Sample records for nonlinear bistable detectors

  1. Optical bistability in a nonlinear-shell-coated metallic nanoparticle (United States)

    Chen, Hongli; Zhang, Youming; Zhang, Baile; Gao, Lei


    We provide a self-consistent mean field approximation in the framework of Mie scattering theory to study the optical bistability of a metallic nanoparticle coated with a nonlinear shell. We demonstrate that the nanoparticle coated with a weakly nonlinear shell exhibits optical bistability in a broad range of incident optical intensity. This optical bistability critically relies on the geometry of the shell-coated nanoparticle, especially the fractional volume of the metallic core. The incident wavelength can also affect the optical bistability. Through an optimization-like process, we find a design with broader bistable region and lower threshold field by adjusting the size of the nonlinear shell, the fractional volume of the metallic core, and the incident wavelength. These results may find potential applications in optical bistable devices such as all-optical switches, optical transistors and optical memories. PMID:26907967

  2. Optical bistability in nonlinear composites with coated ellipsoidal nanoparticles

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    Pinchuk, A


    Nonlinear composite structures show great promise for use in optical switching, signal processing, etc. We derive an effective nonlinear dielectric permittivity of composite structures where coated ellipsoidal nonlinear particles are imbedded in a linear host medium. The derived expression for the effective dielectric permittivity tensor follows the Clasius-Mossotti approximation. We observe conditions for the existence of the optical bistability effect in a coated ellipsoidal particle with a nonlinear core and a metallic shell. Our numerical results show stronger bistability effects in more dense suspensions of nonlinear heterogeneous ellipsoids.

  3. Intrinsic optical bistability between left-handed material and nonlinear optical materials

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    Shi Hong-Yan; Jiang Yong-Yuan; Sun Xiu-Dong; Guo Ru-Hai; Zhao Yi-Ping


    The electromagnetic properties of the interface between a left-handed material and a conventional nonlinear material were investigated theoretically and numerically. We found a new phenomenon-optical bistability of the interface.It was shown that the incident intensity, incident angle and permeability ratio between the left-handed and the nonlinear materials could dramatically affect the optical bistable behaviour. We also compared the bistable behaviours of different electromagnetic modes. The results indicated that the TE mode was prior to the TM mode to obtain optical bistability for the same parameter.

  4. Two optical bistability domains in composites of metal nanoparticles with nonlinear dielectric core

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    Shewamare, Sisay, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 1176, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); Mal' nev, V.N., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Addis Ababa University, P.O. Box 1176, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)


    It is shown that the local field in metal spherical particles with a dielectric core in an external varying electric field has two maxima at two different frequencies. The second maximum becomes more important with an increment in the metal fraction. Due to the nonlinear dielectric function of the core, the composite of these inclusions may have two optically induced bistability domains at different frequencies. At rather high metal fraction, two bistability domains merge and form one entire bistability domain. The parameters of these domains are studied numerically. The paper focuses on the second bistability domain, which has not been discussed in the literature so far. This domain exists in a comparatively narrow frequency range and its onset fields are lower than those of the first bistability domain. The lowest bistability onset fields are obtained in the entire domain. This peculiarity of the optical induced bistability in the metal composite with small dielectric cores can be attractive for possible applications.

  5. Switching between bistable states in a discrete nonlinear model with long-range dispersion

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    Johansson, Magnus; Gaididei, Yuri B.; Christiansen, Peter Leth


    In the framework of a discrete nonlinear Schrodinger equation with long-range dispersion, we propose a general mechanism for obtaining a controlled switching between bistable localized excitations. We show that the application of a spatially symmetric kick leads to the excitation of an internal...

  6. Origin of optical bistability and hysteretic reflectivity on account of nonlinearity at optically induced gallium silica interface (United States)

    Sharma, Arvind; Nagar, A. K.


    The origin of optical bistability and hysterectic reflectivity on account of nonlinearity at optically induced Gallium silica interface has been investigated. Assuming the wave to be incident from the gallium nano particle layer side at gallium silica interface. The coupling between incident and reflected waves has shown nonlinear effects on Snell's law and Fresnel law. Effect of these nonlinear processes optical bistability and hysterectic reflectivity theoretically has been investigated. Theoretical results obtained are consistent with the available experimental results.

  7. A novel benzene quantitative analysis method using miniaturized metal ionization gas sensor and non-linear bistable dynamic system. (United States)

    Tang, Xuxiang; Liu, Fuqi


    In this paper, a novel benzene quantitative analysis method utilizing miniaturized metal ionization gas sensor and non-linear bistable dynamic system was investigated. Al plate anodic gas-ionization sensor was installed for electrical current-voltage data measurement. Measurement data was analyzed by non-linear bistable dynamics system. Results demonstrated that this method realized benzene concentration quantitative determination. This method is promising in laboratory safety management in benzene leak detection.

  8. Kerr nonlinearity and plasmonic bistability in graphene nanoribbons

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    Christensen, Thomas; Yan, Wei; Jauho, Antti-Pekka;


    We theoretically examine the role of Kerr nonlinearities for graphene plasmonics in nanostructures, specifically in nanoribbons. The nonlinear Kerr interaction is included semiclassically in the intraband approximation. The resulting electromagnetic problem is solved numerically by self-consisten...

  9. Control of optical bistability and third-order nonlinearity via tunneling induced quantum interference in triangular quantum dot molecules

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    Tian, Si-Cong, E-mail:; Tong, Cun-Zhu, E-mail:; Zhang, Jin-Long; Shan, Xiao-Nan; Fu, Xi-Hong; Zeng, Yu-Gang; Qin, Li; Ning, Yong-Qiang [State Key laboratory of Luminescence and Applications, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130033 (China); Wan, Ren-Gang [School of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China)


    The optical bistability of a triangular quantum dot molecules embedded inside a unidirectional ring cavity is studied. The type, the threshold and the hysteresis loop of the optical bistability curves can be modified by the tunneling parameters, as well as the probe laser field. The linear and nonlinear susceptibilities of the medium are also studied to interpret the corresponding results. The physical interpretation is that the tunneling can induce the quantum interference, which modifies the linear and the nonlinear response of the medium. As a consequence, the characteristics of the optical bistability are changed. The scheme proposed here can be utilized for optimizing and controlling the optical switching process.

  10. Eversion of bistable shells under magnetic actuation: a model of nonlinear shapes (United States)

    Seffen, Keith A.; Vidoli, Stefano


    We model in closed form a proven bistable shell made from a magnetic rubber composite material. In particular, we incorporate a non-axisymmetrical displacement field, and we capture the nonlinear coupling between the actuated shape and the magnetic flux distribution around the shell. We are able to verify the bistable nature of the shell and we explore its eversion during magnetic actuation. We show that axisymmetrical eversion is natural for a perfect shell but that non-axisymmetrical eversion rapidly emerges under very small initial imperfections, as observed in experiments and in a computational analysis. We confirm the non-uniform shapes of shell and we study the stability of eversion by considering how the landscape of total potential and magnetic energies of the system changes during actuation.

  11. Nonlinear targeted energy transfer of two coupled cantilever beams coupled to a bistable light attachment (United States)

    Mattei, P.-O.; Ponçot, R.; Pachebat, M.; Côte, R.


    In order to control the sound radiation by a structure, one aims to control vibration of radiating modes of vibration using "Energy Pumping" also named "Targeted Energy Transfer". This principle is here applied to a simplified model of a double leaf panel. This model is made of two beams coupled by a spring. One of the beams is connected to a nonlinear absorber. This nonlinear absorber is made of a 3D-printed support on which is clamped a buckled thin small beam with a small mass fixed at its centre having two equilibrium positions. The experiments showed that, once attached onto a vibrating system to be controlled, under forced excitation of the primary system, the light bistable oscillator allows a reduction of structural vibration up to 10 dB for significant amplitude and frequency range around the first two vibration modes of the system.

  12. van't Hoff-Arrhenius Analysis of Mesoscopic and Macroscopic Dynamics of Simple Biochemical Systems: Stochastic vs. Nonlinear Bistabilities

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    Zhang, Yunxin; Qian, Hong


    Multistability of mesoscopic, driven biochemical reaction systems has implications to a wide range of cellular processes. Using several simple models, we show that one class of bistable chemical systems has a deterministic counterpart in the nonlinear dynamics based on the Law of Mass Action, while another class, widely known as noise-induced stochastic bistability, does not. Observing the system's volume ($V$) playing a similar role as the inverse temperature ($\\beta$) in classical rate theory, an van't Hoff-Arrhenius like analysis is introduced. In one-dimensional systems, a transition rate between two states, represented in terms of a barrier in the landscape for the dynamics $\\Phi(x,V)$, $k\\propto\\exp\\{-V\\Delta\\Phi^{\\ddag}(V)\\}$, can be understood from a decomposition $\\Delta\\Phi^{\\ddag}(V) \\approx\\Delta\\phi_0^{\\ddag} \\Delta\\phi_1^{\\ddag}/V$. Nonlinear bistability means $\\Delta\\phi_0^{\\ddag}>0$ while stochastic bistability has $\\Delta\\phi_0^{\\ddag}0$. Stochastic bistabilities can be viewed as remants (or ...

  13. Nonlinear dynamics of tapping mode atomic force microscopy in the bistable phase (United States)

    Bahrami, Arash; Nayfeh, Ali H.


    Nonlinear dynamics of amplitude modulation atomic force microscopy (AFM) is studied employing a reduced-order model based on a differential quadrature method (DQM). The AFM microcantilever is assumed to be operating in the dynamic contact or tapping mode while the microcantilever tip being initially located in the bistable region. We have found that the DQM is capable of precise prediction of the static bifurcation diagram and natural frequencies of the microcantilever. We have used the DQM to discretize the partial-differential equation governing the microcantilever motion and a finite difference method (FDM) to calculate limit-cycle responses of the AFM tip. It is shown that a combination of the DQM and FDM applied, respectively, to discretize the spatial and temporal derivatives provides an efficient, accurate procedure to address the complicated dynamic behavior exhibited by the AFM probe. The procedure was, therefore, utilized to study the response of the microcantilever to a base harmonic excitation through several numerical examples. We found that the dynamics of the AFM probe in the bistable region is totally different from those in the monostable region.

  14. Bistability and instability of dark-antidark solitons in the cubic-quintic nonlinear Schrödinger equation

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    Crosta, M.


    We characterize the full family of soliton solutions sitting over a background plane wave and ruled by the cubic-quintic nonlinear Schrödinger equation in the regime where a quintic focusing term represents a saturation of the cubic defocusing nonlinearity. We discuss the existence and properties of solitons in terms of catastrophe theory and fully characterize bistability and instabilities of the dark-antidark pairs, revealing mechanisms of decay of antidark solitons into dispersive shock waves.

  15. Bistable Behaviour of N Two-Level Atoms Interacting with the Field inside a High-Q Cavity Containing a Nonlinear Kerr-Like Medium

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    LUO Jin-Ming; LI Jia-Hua; XIE Xiao-Tao


    @@ Taking the intensity-dependent coupling between atoms and cavity mode into account, we investigate a system consisting of N homogeneously broadened two-level atoms interacting with the field inside a single-mode Fabry Perot cavity containing a nonlinear Kerr-like medium. We derive the steady-state bistable behaviour of the system, and further analyse in details the influence of several critical parameters on the bistable behaviour.

  16. Large enhancement of nonlinear Goos-Hänchen shifts and optical bistability due to surface plasmon excitations (United States)

    Kim, Kihong


    The Goos-Hänchen shift of p wave beams incident on a metal-nonlinear dielectric bilayer in the Kretschmann configuration is studied theoretically. The reflectance, the phase of the reflection coefficient and the Goos-Hänchen shift are calculated in a numerically precise manner by using the invariant imbedding method. The Goos-Hänchen shift has been found to be able to take both extremely large positive and negative values due to surface plasmon excitations and very strong bistability and unique hysteresis phenomena appear. In addition, several previous results on the intensity dependence of the Goos-Hänchen shift are pointed out to be erroneous.

  17. Numerical and Experimental Studies on Nonlinear Dynamics and Performance of a Bistable Piezoelectric Cantilever Generator

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    Kangkang Guo


    Full Text Available A piezo-magneto-elastically coupled distributed-parameter model of a bistable piezoelectric cantilever generator is developed by using the generalized Hamilton principle. The influence of the spacing between two adjacent magnets on the static bifurcation characteristics of the system is studied and the range of magnet spacing corresponding to the bistable states is obtained. Numerical and experimental studies are carried out to analyze the bifurcation, response characteristics, and their impact on the electrical output performance under varying external excitations. Results indicate that interwell limit cycle motion of the beam around the two centers corresponds to optimum power output; interwell chaotic motion and multiperiodic motion including intrawell oscillations are less effective. At a given frequency, the phenomena of symmetric-breaking and amplitude-phase modulation are observed with increase of base excitation. Both period-doubling bifurcation and intermittency routes to chaotic motion in the bistable system are found. It can be observed that the power output is not proportional to the excitation level because of the bifurcation behaviours.

  18. Jumps and bi-stability in the phase-gain characteristics of a nonlinear parametric amplifier

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    Neumeyer, Stefan; van de Looij, Ruud; Thomsen, Jon Juel


    This work experimentally investigates the impact of nonlinearity on macromechanical parametric amplification. For a strong cubic stiffness nonlinearity we observe jumps in gain (ratio of steady-state vibration amplitude of the externally and parametrically excited system, to vibration amplitude...

  19. Optical bistability controlling light with light

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    Gibbs, Hyatt


    Optical Bistability: Controlling Light with Light focuses on optical bistability in nonlinear optical systems. Emphasis is on passive (non-laser) systems that exhibit reversible bistability with input intensity as the hysteresis variable, along with the physics and the potential applications of such systems for nonlinear optical signal processing. This book consists of seven chapters and begins with a historical overview of optical bistability in lasers and passive systems. The next chapter describes steady-state theories of optical bistability, including the Bonifacio-Lugiato model, as we

  20. Asymmetric bistable reflection and polarization switching in a magnetic nonlinear multilayer structure

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    Tuz, Vladimir R.; Novitsky, Denis V.; Prosvirnin, Sergey L.


    Optical properties of one-dimensional photonic structures consisting of Kerr-type nonlinear and magnetic layers under the action of an external static magnetic field in the Faraday geometry are investigated. The structure is a periodic arrangement of alternating nonlinear and magnetic layers (a one...

  1. Transient and chaotic low-energy transfers in a system with bistable nonlinearity

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    Romeo, F., E-mail: [Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering, SAPIENZA University of Rome, Rome (Italy); Manevitch, L. I. [Institute of Chemical Physics, RAS, Moscow (Russian Federation); Bergman, L. A.; Vakakis, A. [College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Champaign, Illinois 61820 (United States)


    The low-energy dynamics of a two-dof system composed of a grounded linear oscillator coupled to a lightweight mass by means of a spring with both cubic nonlinear and negative linear components is investigated. The mechanisms leading to intense energy exchanges between the linear oscillator, excited by a low-energy impulse, and the nonlinear attachment are addressed. For lightly damped systems, it is shown that two main mechanisms arise: Aperiodic alternating in-well and cross-well oscillations of the nonlinear attachment, and secondary nonlinear beats occurring once the dynamics evolves solely in-well. The description of the former dissipative phenomenon is provided in a two-dimensional projection of the phase space, where transitions between in-well and cross-well oscillations are associated with sequences of crossings across a pseudo-separatrix. Whereas the second mechanism is described in terms of secondary limiting phase trajectories of the nonlinear attachment under certain resonance conditions. The analytical treatment of the two aformentioned low-energy transfer mechanisms relies on the reduction of the nonlinear dynamics and consequent analysis of the reduced dynamics by asymptotic techniques. Direct numerical simulations fully validate our analytical predictions.

  2. Optical bistability at 980 nm in a strained InGaAs/GaAs multiple quantum well microcavity with resonant periodic nonlinearity (United States)

    Pellat, D.; Azoulay, R.; Leroux, G.; Dugrand, L.; Raffle, Y.; Kuszelewicz, R.; Oudar, J. L.


    We report on a novel monolithic all-optical bistable device operating at 980 nm, based on the dispersive optical nonlinearity of strained InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells located at the antinodes of the microcavity optical field. This design maximizes the interaction with the intracavity field, and allowed the use of only twelve quantum wells of 10 nm thickness. The first observation of all-optical bistability with strained InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells is reported, with a contrast ratio of 7:1 and a threshold intensity of 1 kW/sq cm. The operating wavelength offers such key advantages as substrate transparency and compatibility with vertical cavity surface emitting lasers.

  3. 纵向辅磁双稳态压电悬臂梁非线性动力学%Nonlinear Dynamicson Auxiliary Magnet for a Bistable Piezoelectric Cantilever Beam

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    姚明辉; 李印波; 张伟


    为了解决双稳态压电悬臂梁输出电压小等问题,引入了上吸引下排斥纵向辅助磁力,通过实验研究了辅助磁力对于双稳态压电悬臂梁复杂非线性动力学行为的影响. 实验所用的材料为上下对称的层合梁,压电层的材料为极化后的PVDF,基层的材料为黄铜. 对压电悬臂梁进行简谐激励,通过电压和位移的正向扫频和逆向扫频研究系统的跳跃现象,研究辅助磁力对于系统动力学行为的影响,分析纵向辅助磁力对系统由倍周期分叉进入混沌运动的影响. 实验结果表明:当辅助磁铁与主磁铁之间的距离较大时,该双稳态系统表现出明显的硬弹簧特性;当辅助磁铁与主磁铁之间的距离较小时,该双稳态系统表现出明显的软弹簧特性;当辅助磁铁与主磁铁之间的距离由小变大时,系统表现出复杂化的非线性行为.%This paper introduced the auxiliary magnetic force based on the bistable piezoelectric cantilever beam in order to improve the voltage output of the bistable piezoelectric cantilever beam. The influence of the auxiliary magnetic force on the complex nonlinear dynamic responses of the bistable piezoelectric cantilever beam was studied. The experiment structure was a symmetric laminated beam. The material of the piezoelectric layer was PVDF, and the material of the basic layer was brass. The excitation of the piezoelectric cantilever beam was the harmonic excitation. The jump phenomenon was studied by the forward sweep frequency and the reverse sweep frequency of the voltage and displacement. The effect of longitudinal auxiliary magnetic force on the chaotic motion of the system was researched. Experimental results showed that when the distance between the auxiliary magnet and the primary magnet is large, the bistable system exhibits obvious hard spring characteristic. When the distance between the auxiliary magnet and the primary magnet is small, the bistable system exhibits

  4. Multiple spreading phenomena for a free boundary problem of a reaction-diffusion equation with a certain class of bistable nonlinearity (United States)

    Kawai, Yusuke; Yamada, Yoshio


    This paper deals with a free boundary problem for diffusion equation with a certain class of bistable nonlinearity which allows two positive stable equilibrium states as an ODE model. This problem models the invasion of a biological species and the free boundary represents the spreading front of its habitat. Our main interest is to study large-time behaviors of solutions for the free boundary problem. We will completely classify asymptotic behaviors of solutions and, in particular, observe two different types of spreading phenomena corresponding to two positive stable equilibrium states. Moreover, it will be proved that, if the free boundary expands to infinity, an asymptotic speed of the moving free boundary for large time can be uniquely determined from the related semi-wave problem.

  5. Supra-transmission and bistability in nonlinear media with a photonic and electronic forbidden band gap; Supratransmission et bistabilite nonlineaire dans les milieux a bandes interdites photoniques et electroniques

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    Chevriaux, D


    We study wave scattering in different nonlinear media possessing a natural forbidden band gap. In particular, we show the existence of a bistable behavior in media governed by the sine-Gordon equation (short pendular chain, Josephson junction array, quantum Hall bilayer), or the nonlinear Schroedinger equation (Kerr and Bragg media), in discrete and continuous models. These different media are submitted to periodic boundary conditions with a frequency in the forbidden band gap and an amplitude that determines their stability states. Indeed, for a sufficient amplitude (supra-transmission), the medium switches from reflector to transmitter, hence allowing the output signal to jump from evanescent to large values. We give a complete analytical description of the bistability that allows to understand the different stationary states observed and to predict the switch of one state to the other. (author)

  6. A novel bistable energy harvesting concept (United States)

    Scarselli, G.; Nicassio, F.; Pinto, F.; Ciampa, F.; Iervolino, O.; Meo, M.


    Bistable energy harvesting has become a major field of research due to some unique features for converting mechanical energy into electrical power. When properly loaded, bistable structures snap-through from one stable configuration to another, causing large strains and consequently power generation. Moreover, bistable structures can harvest energy across a broad-frequency bandwidth due to their nonlinear characteristics. Despite the fact that snap-through may be triggered regardless of the form or frequency of exciting vibration, the external force must reach a specific snap-through activation threshold value to trigger the transition from one stable state to another. This aspect is a limiting factor for realistic vibration energy harvesting application with bistable devices. This paper presents a novel power harvesting concept for bistable composites based on a ‘lever effect’ aimed at minimising the activation force to cause the snap through by choosing properly the bistable structures’ constraints. The concept was demonstrated with the help of numerical simulation and experimental testing. The results showed that the actuation force is one order of magnitude smaller (3%-6%) than the activation force of conventionally constrained bistable devices. In addition, it was shown that the output voltage was higher than the conventional configuration, leading to a significant increase in power generation. This novel concept could lead to a new generation of more efficient bistable energy harvesters for realistic vibration environments.

  7. Characterization of chaos generated by bistable optical systems with a nonlinearity of the form sin2(x) (United States)

    Ghosh, A. K.; Verma, P.


    Generation of chaos from nonlinear optical systems with an optical or electronic feedback has been studied for several years. Such chaotic signals have an important application in providing secure encryption in free-space optical communication systems. Lyapunov exponent is an important parameter for analysis of chaos generated by a nonlinear system. The Lyapunov exponent of a class of a nonlinear optical system showing a nonlinear transfer characteristics of the form sin2(x) is determined and calculated in this paper to understand the dependence of the chaotic response on the system parameters such as bias, feedback gain, input intensity and initial condition exciting the optical system. Analysis of chaos using Lyapunov exponent is consistent with bifurcation analysis and is useful in encrypting data signal.

  8. Nonlinear magnetic metamaterials and possible applications on all-optical comparers and bistabilities in Fabry-Perot cavities


    Ding, Yi S.; Wang, Ruo-Peng


    We investigate the modulational instability and time-domain dynamics of nonlinear magnetic metamaterials composed of coupled split-ring resonators loaded by Kerr nonlinearity. Our results indicate that the recently proposed optical switching of local optical index based on uniform-response assumption seems fragile. We conceive two alternative schemes to utilize the valuable enhanced non- linearity, one is to focus on few-body systems and directly make use of the modulational instability (e.g....

  9. NaI detector nonlinearity for PGNAA applications

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    Gardner, R P


    The nonlinearity of a 6''x6'' NaI detector used for PGNAA has been measured. The prompt gamma-rays from pure element samples mixed with graphite were used for this determination in the range from 1.712 to 10.829 MeV and gamma-rays from radioisotope sources were used in the range from 0.356 to 1.333 MeV. A surprising result is that the pulse height per unit absorbed energy is slightly higher from single escape as opposed to full energy peaks. One explanation for this is that the light production efficiency for positrons may be different than that for electrons. By interpolation a value for the coincidence spectral full energy peak exhibited by NaI detectors that are neutron activated is obtained. The value reported is 6.885 MeV which is slightly higher than the cross section weighted value of 6.834 MeV. (The reported S sub N values for I and Na are 6.826 and 6.959 MeV, respectively.)

  10. An analytical study on bistability of Fabry-Perot semiconductor optical amplifiers (United States)

    Wang, Gang; Chen, Shuqiang; Yang, Huajun


    Optical bistabilities have been considered to be useful for sensor applications. As a typical nonlinear device, Fabry-Perot semiconductor optical amplifiers (FPSOAs) exhibit bistability under certain conditions. In this paper, the bistable characteristics in FPSOAs are investigated theoretically. Based on Adams's relationship between the incident optical intensity I in and the z-independent average intracavity intensity I av, an analytical expression of the bistable loop width in SOAs is derived. Numerical simulations confirm the accuracy of the analytical result.

  11. Correction of detector nonlinearity for the balloonborne Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding. (United States)

    Kleinert, Anne


    The detectors used in the cryogenic limb-emission sounder MIPAS-B2 (Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding) show a nonlinear response, which leads to radiometric errors in the calibrated spectra if the nonlinearity is not taken into account. In the case of emission measurements, the dominant error that arises from the nonlinearity is the changing detector responsivity as the incident photon load changes. The effect of the distortion of a single interferogram can be neglected. A method to characterize the variable responsivity and to correct for this effect is proposed. Furthermore, a detailed error estimation is presented.

  12. Correction of non-linearity effects in detectors for electron spectroscopy

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    Mannella, N; Kay, A W; Nambu, A; Gresch, T; Yang, S H; Mun, B S; Bussat, J M; Rosenhahn, A; Fadley, C S


    Using photoemission intensities and a detection system employed by many groups in the electron spectroscopy community as an example, we have quantitatively characterized and corrected detector non-linearity effects over the full dynamic range of the system. Non-linearity effects are found to be important whenever measuring relative peak intensities accurately is important, even in the low-countrate regime. This includes, for example, performing quantitative analyses for surface contaminants or sample bulk stoichiometries, where the peak intensities involved can differ by one or two orders of magnitude, and thus could occupy a significant portion of the detector dynamic range. Two successful procedures for correcting non-linearity effects are presented. The first one yields directly the detector efficiency by measuring a flat-background reference intensity as a function of incident x-ray flux, while the second one determines the detector response from a least-squares analysis of broad-scan survey spectra at di...

  13. Correction of detector nonlinearity in Fourier transform spectroscopy with a low-temperature blackbody (United States)

    Fiedler, Lars; Newman, Stuart; Bakan, Stephan


    The nonlinearity of a mercury cadmium telluride photoconductive detector, an integral part of a modified commercial interferometer used for airborne research, has been analyzed and evaluated against a number of correction schemes. A high-quality blackbody with accurate temperature control has been used as a stable and well-characterized radiation source. The detector nonlinearity was established as a function of scene temperature between 194 and 263 K. Second- and third-order corrections to the measured interferogram have been tested by analyzing the measured signal both within and outside the spectral response region of the detector. A combined correction scheme is proposed that best represents the real nonlinear response of the detector.

  14. Unveiling linearly and nonlinearly correlated signals between gravitational wave detectors and environmental monitors (United States)

    Yuzurihara, Hirotaka; Hayama, Kazuhiro; Mano, Shuhei; Verkindt, Didier; Kanda, Nobuyuki


    Noise hunting is a critical requirement for realizing design sensitivity of a detector, and consequently, noise origins and its features have been revealed partially. Among the noise sources to be hunted, sources of nonlinearly correlated noise, such up-conversion noise, are hard to find and can limit the sensitivity of gravitational wave searches with advanced detectors. We propose using a correlation analysis method called maximal information coefficient (MIC) to find both nonlinear and linear correlations. We apply MIC to the scattered light noise correlated between the seismic activity and the strain signal, which limited the sensitivity of the Virgo detector during the first science run. The results show that MIC can find nonlinearly correlated noise more efficiently than the Pearson correlation method. When the data is linearly correlated, the efficiency of the Pearson method and MIC is comparable. On the other hand, when the data is known to be nonlinearly correlated, MIC finds the correlation while the Pearson method fails completely.

  15. Effects, determination, and correction of count rate nonlinearity in multi-channel analog electron detectors

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    Reber, T. J.; Plumb, N. C.; Waugh, J. A.; Dessau, D. S. [Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0390 (United States)


    Detector counting rate nonlinearity, though a known problem, is commonly ignored in the analysis of angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy where modern multichannel electron detection schemes using analog intensity scales are used. We focus on a nearly ubiquitous “inverse saturation” nonlinearity that makes the spectra falsely sharp and beautiful. These artificially enhanced spectra limit accurate quantitative analysis of the data, leading to mistaken spectral weights, Fermi energies, and peak widths. We present a method to rapidly detect and correct for this nonlinearity. This algorithm could be applicable for a wide range of nonlinear systems, beyond photoemission spectroscopy.

  16. Correction of complex nonlinear signal response from a pixel array detector. (United States)

    van Driel, Tim Brandt; Herrmann, Sven; Carini, Gabriella; Nielsen, Martin Meedom; Lemke, Henrik Till


    The pulsed free-electron laser light sources represent a new challenge to photon area detectors due to the intrinsic spontaneous X-ray photon generation process that makes single-pulse detection necessary. Intensity fluctuations up to 100% between individual pulses lead to high linearity requirements in order to distinguish small signal changes. In real detectors, signal distortions as a function of the intensity distribution on the entire detector can occur. Here a robust method to correct this nonlinear response in an area detector is presented for the case of exposures to similar signals. The method is tested for the case of diffuse scattering from liquids where relevant sub-1% signal changes appear on the same order as artifacts induced by the detector electronics.

  17. Laser beam-induced bistability of concentration in nanofluids (United States)

    Livashvili, A. I.; Krishtop, V. V.; Karpets, Y. M.; Bryuhanova, T. N.; Kireeva, N. M.


    We conduct a theoretical study ofthe dynamics of the concentration of nanoparticles in liquid-phase media under the influence of a laser light field. An exact solution of the nonlinear diffusion equation in the form of switching wavesis found. It is shown that, in the conditions of a fixed temperature and a nonlinear medium thermal conductivity, nanofluid becomes bistable.

  18. The formation process of a bistable state in nanofluids (United States)

    Livashvili, A. I.; Krishtop, V. V.; Karpets, Y. M.; Kireyeva, N. M.


    We study the theory of the dynamics of the concentration of nanoparticles in a liquid-phase environment under the influence of a light field. An exact solution for the nonlinear diffusion equation was found in the form of switching waves. It is shown that under the conditions of a stationary and nonlinear temperature coefficient of thermal conductivity of the medium, nanofluids become bistable.

  19. Back-action on the flux-qubit from a driven non-linear detector

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    Leyton Ortega, Vicente Ancelmo; Peano, Vittorio; Thorwart, Michael [Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet Freiburg, 79104 Freiburg (Germany); Reina, John Henrry [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de Fisica, A.A. 25360, Cali (Colombia)


    We consider a superconducting flux qubit inductively coupled to a driven SQUID, acting as a detector, in presence of weak dissipation and close to the optimal working point. We study the nonlinear response of the detector to the drive and the population difference of the qubit state. By varying the external magnetic field piercing the SQUID, we access two different regimes: i) For vanishing external flux, the SQUID acts as a Josephson bifurcation amplifier, however, operated here with few energy quanta rather than in its classical regime. In this regime, we show that the back-action of the detector on the qubit is small, rendering the driven SQUID an ideal detector. ii) When the external flux is close to half a flux quantum, the combined qubit-oscillator system implements the two-photon Jaynes-Cummings model. We study multiphoton (anti-)resonances in the two-photon transition regime.

  20. Controllable optical bistability and multistability in asymmetric double quantum wells via spontaneously generated coherence

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    Chen, Yuan; Deng, Li [Department of Applied Physics, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, 330013 (China); Chen, Aixi, E-mail: [Department of Applied Physics, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, 330013 (China); Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada)


    We investigate the nonlinear optical phenomena of the optical bistability and multistability via spontaneously generated coherence in an asymmetric double quantum well structure coupled by a weak probe field and a controlling field. It is shown that the threshold and hysteresis cycle of the optical bistability can be conveniently controlled only by adjusting the intensity of the SGC or the controlling field. Moreover, switching between optical bistability and multistability can be achieved. These studies may have practical significance for the preparation of optical bistable switching device.

  1. Quantum analysis of a nonlinear microwave cavity-embedded dc SQUID displacement detector (United States)

    Nation, P. D.; Blencowe, M. P.; Buks, E.


    We carry out a quantum analysis of a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) mechanical displacement detector, comprising a SQUID with mechanically compliant loop segment, which is embedded in a microwave transmission line resonator. The SQUID is approximated as a nonlinear current-dependent inductance, inducing an external flux tunable nonlinear Duffing self-interaction term in the microwave resonator mode equation. Motion of the compliant SQUID loop segment is transduced inductively through changes in the external flux threading SQUID loop, giving a ponderomotive radiation pressure-type coupling between the microwave and mechanical resonator modes. Expressions are derived for the detector signal response and noise, and it is found that a soft-spring Duffing self-interaction enables a closer approach to the displacement detection standard quantum limit, as well as cooling closer to the ground state.

  2. Bistable characteristics of point defect in two dimensional nonlinear photonic crystals%二维非线性光子晶体点缺陷的双稳态特性

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    赵年顺; 孙剑


    采用时域有限差分技术分析了非线性光子晶体点缺陷的双稳态特性,选择一定频率失谐的连续波入射并观察透射现象。分析发现,当连续波功率增加到阈值点时透射率达到最大值。采用大功率脉冲辅助连续波的方式发现点缺陷的透射率一直处于高透射状态,直至连续波功率下降到很低时,透射率才迅速下降。双稳态特性由频率失谐δ、缺陷谐振频率ω0及非线性系数 n2等3个参数决定。采用空间电磁场的摄动理论验证所得结果与数值模拟结果一致。%This paper conducts a research on the bistable characteristics of point defect in two dimensional nonlinear photonic crystals with finite-difference time-domain technique. It analyzes the transmission be-havior of input continuous wave with frequency detuning,and the results show that the maximum transmis-sion is detected when the continuous wave reaches the threshold power. What’s more,the defect can be boosted into high transmission state by superposing continuous wave with a high peak-power pulse,and it won’t decrease rapidly until the continuous wave power is brought down to a very low degree. The fre-quency detuning,the resonant frequency,the nonlinear coefficient n2 are needed to characterize a bistable switch. In addition,the dynamic shift of the cavity modes is derived by using the perturbation theory. The conclusion provides some reference for the design of all optical devices based on PC defect.

  3. Bistability, mushrooms, and isolas (United States)

    Ganapathisubramanian, N.; Showalter, Kenneth


    The iodate oxidation of arsenous acid exhibits single-hysteresis bistability in a continuous flow stirred tank reactor. Other patterns of multiple stationary states including mushrooms and isolas are exhibited by this system when a constant flow of solvent is introduced to the CSTR in addition to the usual flow of reactants. A simple empirical rate law model provides a near quantitative description of the behavior. This model is analyzed and compared to other model systems.

  4. Low-threshold optical bistability of graphene-wrapped dielectric composite. (United States)

    Huang, Yang; Miroshnichenko, Andrey E; Gao, Lei


    We theoretically study the effective third-order nonlinear response and optical bistability of the 3D graphene based composite consisting of graphene wrapped dielectric nanoparticles embedded in dielectric host at terahertz frequencies. Taking into account the nonlinear conductivity of graphene, we derive the analytical expressions for the effective third-order nonlinear coefficient χe3 in weakly nonlinear limit. Moreover, for strong applied fields, the criterion for achieving optical bistability in such a graphene coated sphere, as well as the switching thresholds of optical bistability are discussed. We find that both χe3 and optical bistability are strongly dependent on the Fermi energy of graphene and it is possible to achieve very low switching thresholds under the normal graphene dissipation. We further propose a scheme to study the transmittance of this nonlinear composite slab. These results reveal novel regime of the optical bistability of the transmittance of light. We show that this kind of graphene-wrapped composite, which has tunable and low threshold optical bistability, can be the best candidate for unique nonlinear optical materials.

  5. Distributed processing in bistable perception

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    Knapen, T.H.J.


    A very incisive way of studying visual awareness and the mechanisms that underlie it, it to use bistable perception. In bistable perception, an observer's perceptual state alternates between one interpretation and its mutually exclusive counterpart while the stimulus remains the same. This gives us

  6. The effect of detector nonlinearity on WFIRST PSF profiles for weak gravitational lensing measurements

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    Plazas, Andrés A; Kannawadi, Arun; Mandelbaum, Rachel; Rhodes, Jason D; Smith, Roger


    Weak gravitational lensing (WL) is one of the most powerful techniques to learn about the dark sector of the universe. To extract the WL signal from astronomical observations, galaxy shapes must be measured and corrected for the point spread function (PSF) of the imaging system with extreme accuracy. Future WL missions (such as the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope, WFIRST) will use a family of hybrid nearinfrared CMOS detectors (HAWAII-4RG) that are untested for accurate WL measurements. Like all image sensors, these devices are subject to conversion gain nonlinearities (voltage response to collected photo-charge) that bias the shape and size of bright objects such as reference stars that are used in PSF determination. We study this type of detector nonlinearity (NL) and show how to derive requirements on it from WFIRST PSF size and ellipticity requirements. We simulate the PSF optical profiles expected for WFIRST and measure the fractional error in the PSF size and the absolute error in the PSF elliptici...

  7. Numerical simulation of optical bi-stability in antiferromagnetic sandwich structure

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    Sun Dongmei [Provincial Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional and Mesoscopic Physics, School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Harbin Normal University, Harbin 150025 (China); Fu Shufang, E-mail: [Provincial Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional and Mesoscopic Physics, School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Harbin Normal University, Harbin 150025 (China); Zhou Sheng; Wang Xuanzhang [Provincial Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional and Mesoscopic Physics, School of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Harbin Normal University, Harbin 150025 (China)


    The magnetically optical bi-stability, a third-order nonlinear response, is investigated on an antiferromagnetic (AF) sandwich structure, where an AF film is sandwiched between two dielectric films. The configuration with the AF anisotropy axis and external static magnetic field both in the interfaces and normal to the incident plane is used. The incident wave is taken as a TE wave with its electric component transverse to the incident plane. We find that bistable switches can appear only in a finite frequency range and an incident angle range for a given regime of incident power, which means that there are the critical incident angle and frequency. The power threshold value for the bi-stability increases with the incident angle. In addition, the bi-stability also easily is modulated by the external magnetic field. - Highlights: > Antiferromagnetic sandwich NM/AF/NM. > Optical bi-stability near the resonant frequency. > Effect of magnetic field and incident angle.

  8. Charge-induced optical bistability in thermal Rydberg vapor

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    Weller, Daniel; Rico, Andy; Löw, Robert; Kübler, Harald


    We investigate the phenomenon of optical bistability in a driven ensemble of Rydberg atoms. By performing two experiments with thermal vapors of rubidium and cesium, we are able to shed light onto the underlying interaction mechanisms causing such a non-linear behavior. Due to the different properties of these two atomic species, we conclude that the large polarizability of Rydberg states in combination with electric fields of spontaneously ionized Rydberg atoms is the relevant interaction mechanism. In the case of rubidium, we directly measure the electric field in a bistable situation via two-species spectroscopy. In cesium, we make use of the different sign of the polarizability for different l-states and the possibility of applying electric fields. Both these experiments allow us to rule out dipole-dipole interactions, and support our hypothesis of a charge-induced bistability.

  9. The Effect of Detector Nonlinearity on WFIRST PSF Profiles for Weak Gravitational Lensing Measurements (United States)

    Plazas, A. A.; Shapiro, C.; Kannawadi, A.; Mandelbaum, R.; Rhodes, J.; Smith, R.


    Weak gravitational lensing (WL) is one of the most powerful techniques to learn about the dark sector of the universe. To extract the WL signal from astronomical observations, galaxy shapes must be measured and corrected for the point-spread function (PSF) of the imaging system with extreme accuracy. Future WL missions—such as NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST)—will use a family of hybrid near-infrared complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor detectors (HAWAII-4RG) that are untested for accurate WL measurements. Like all image sensors, these devices are subject to conversion gain nonlinearities (voltage response to collected photo-charge) that bias the shape and size of bright objects such as reference stars that are used in PSF determination. We study this type of detector nonlinearity (NL) and show how to derive requirements on it from WFIRST PSF size and ellipticity requirements. We simulate the PSF optical profiles expected for WFIRST and measure the fractional error in the PSF size (ΔR/R) and the absolute error in the PSF ellipticity (Δe) as a function of star magnitude and the NL model. For our nominal NL model (a quadratic correction), we find that, uncalibrated, NL can induce an error of ΔR/R = 1 × 10-2 and Δe 2 = 1.75 × 10-3 in the H158 bandpass for the brightest unsaturated stars in WFIRST. In addition, our simulations show that to limit the bias of ΔR/R and Δe in the H158 band to ˜10% of the estimated WFIRST error budget, the quadratic NL model parameter β must be calibrated to ˜1% and ˜2.4%, respectively. We present a fitting formula that can be used to estimate WFIRST detector NL requirements once a true PSF error budget is established.

  10. Frequency-shift vibro-acoustic modulation driven by low-frequency broadband excitations in a bistable cantilever oscillator (United States)

    He, Qingbo; Xu, Yanyan; Lu, Siliang; Shao, Yong


    This paper reports a frequency-shift vibro-acoustic modulation (VAM) effect in a bistable microcracked cantilever oscillator. Low-frequency broadband excitations induced a VAM effect with a shifted modulation frequency through involving a microcracked metal beam in a bistable oscillator model. We used nonlinear dynamics equations and principles to describe the mechanism of a bistable oscillator whose natural frequency varied as the oscillation amplitude increased. We demonstrated this frequency-shift VAM effect using a prototype bistable oscillator model designed to efficiently detect microcracks in solid materials via the VAM effect using ambient vibration excitations.

  11. Reversibly Bistable Flexible Electronics

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    Alfaraj, Nasir


    Introducing the notion of transformational silicon electronics has paved the way for integrating various applications with silicon-based, modern, high-performance electronic circuits that are mechanically flexible and optically semitransparent. While maintaining large-scale production and prototyping rapidity, this flexible and translucent scheme demonstrates the potential to transform conventionally stiff electronic devices into thin and foldable ones without compromising long-term performance and reliability. In this work, we report on the fabrication and characterization of reversibly bistable flexible electronic switches that utilize flexible n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors. The transistors are fabricated initially on rigid (100) silicon substrates before they are peeled off. They can be used to control flexible batches of light-emitting diodes, demonstrating both the relative ease of scaling at minimum cost and maximum reliability and the feasibility of integration. The peeled-off silicon fabric is about 25 µm thick. The fabricated devices are transferred to a reversibly bistable flexible platform through which, for example, a flexible smartphone can be wrapped around a user’s wrist and can also be set back to its original mechanical position. Buckling and cyclic bending of such host platforms brings a completely new dimension to the development of flexible electronics, especially rollable displays.

  12. Experimental investigation of broadband energy harvesting of a bi-stable composite piezoelectric plate (United States)

    Pan, Diankun; Ma, Benbiao; Dai, Fuhong


    In this work, a bi-stable vibration energy harvester is presented to scavenge energy from ambient vibrations over a wide frequency range. This bi-stable harvester consists of a bi-stable hybrid composite plate as host structure and several pieces of piezoelectric ceramics. Three linear harvesters with the same geometry were employed as the control samples to illustrate the advantages of this bi-stable harvester. The voltage–frequency responses were measured with different g-level excitations, and the output powers across various resistances were measured at different frequencies and accelerations. Unlike the linear harvesters which are effective only near their natural frequencies, the obvious nonlinearities of this bi-stable harvester broaden its working bandwidth. Additionally, the characteristics of this bi-stable host structure contribute to the output power. Under the same condition, when this bi-stable harvester is under cross-well oscillation pattern the maximum output powers are several times higher than those of the linear harvesters. The measured highest output power of this bi-stable harvester is 36.2 mW with 38 Hz frequency and 5g acceleration (g = 9.8 m s‑2).

  13. Band gap transmission in periodic bistable mechanical systems (United States)

    Frazier, Michael J.; Kochmann, Dennis M.


    We theoretically and numerically investigate the supratransmission phenomenon in discrete, nonlinear systems containing bistable elements. While linear waves cannot propagate within the band gaps of periodic structures, supratransmission allows large-amplitude waves to transmit energy through the band gap. For systems lacking bistability, the threshold amplitude for such energy transmission at a given frequency in the linear band gap is fixed. We show that the topological transitions due to bistability provide an avenue for switching the threshold amplitude between two well-separated values. Moreover, this versatility is achieved while leaving the linear dispersion properties of the system essentially unchanged. Interestingly, the behavior changes when an elastic chain is coupled to bistable resonators (in an extension of the well-studied linear locally resonant metamaterials). Here, we show that a fraction of the injected energy is confined near the boundary due to the resonators, providing a means of regulating the otherwise unrestrained energy flow due to supratransmission. Together, the results illustrate new means of controlling nonlinear wave propagation and energy transport in systems having multi-stable elements.

  14. Dynamics of a bistable Miura-origami structure (United States)

    Fang, Hongbin; Li, Suyi; Ji, Huimin; Wang, K. W.


    Origami-inspired structures and materials have shown extraordinary properties and performances originating from the intricate geometries of folding. However, current state of the art studies have mostly focused on static and quasistatic characteristics. This research performs a comprehensive experimental and analytical study on the dynamics of origami folding through investigating a stacked Miura-Ori (SMO) structure with intrinsic bistability. We fabricate and experimentally investigated a bistable SMO prototype with rigid facets and flexible crease lines. Under harmonic base excitation, the SMO exhibits both intrawell and interwell oscillations. Spectrum analyses reveal that the dominant nonlinearities of SMO are quadratic and cubic, which generate rich dynamics including subharmonic and chaotic oscillations. The identified nonlinearities indicate that a third-order polynomial can be employed to approximate the measured force-displacement relationship. Such an approximation is validated via numerical study by qualitatively reproducing the phenomena observed in the experiments. The dynamic characteristics of the bistable SMO resemble those of a Helmholtz-Duffing oscillator (HDO); this suggests the possibility of applying the established tools and insights of HDO to predict origami dynamics. We also show that the bistability of SMO can be programmed within a large design space via tailoring the crease stiffness and initial stress-free configurations. The results of this research offer a wealth of fundamental insights into the dynamics of origami folding, and provide a solid foundation for developing foldable and deployable structures and materials with embedded dynamic functionalities.

  15. Annealing study of a bistable cluster defect

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    Junkes, Alexandra, E-mail: alexandra.junkes@desy.d [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Eckstein, Doris [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); Pintilie, Ioana [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany); NIMP Bucharest-Margurele (Romania); Makarenko, Leonid F. [Belarusian State University, Minsk (Belarus); Fretwurst, Eckhart [Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Hamburg, 22761 Hamburg (Germany)


    This work deals with the influence of neutron and proton induced cluster related defects on the properties of n-type silicon detectors. Defect concentrations were obtained by means of Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) and Thermally Stimulated Current (TSC) technique, while the full depletion voltage and the reverse current were extracted from capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. The annealing behaviour of the reverse current can be correlated with the annealing of the cluster related defect levels labeled E4a and E4b by making use of their bistability. This bistability was characterised by isochronal and isothermal annealing studies and it was found that the development with increasing annealing temperature is similar to that of divacancies. This supports the assumption that E4a and E4b are vacancy related defects. In addition we observe an influence of the disordered regions on the shape and height of the DLTS or TSC signals corresponding to point defects like the vacancy-oxygen complex.

  16. Phase-bistable Kerr cavity solitons and patterns (United States)

    de Valcárcel, Germán J.; Staliunas, Kestutis


    We study pattern formation in a passive nonlinear optical cavity on the basis of the classic Lugiato-Lefever model with a periodically modulated injection. When the injection amplitude sign alternates, e.g., following a sinusoidal modulation in time or in space, a phase-bistable response emerges, which is at the root of the spatial pattern formation in the system. An asymptotic description is given in terms of a damped nonlinear Schrödinger equation with parametric amplification, which allows gaining insight into the basic spatiotemporal dynamics of the system. One- and two-dimensional phase-bistable spatial patterns, such as bright and dark-ring cavity solitons and labyrinths, are demonstrated.

  17. Perceptual incongruence influences bistability and cortical activation

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    Brouwer, G.J.; Tong, F.; Hagoort, P.; van Ee, R.


    We employed a parametric psychophysical design in combination with functional imaging to examine the influence of metric changes in perceptual incongruence on perceptual alternation rates and cortical responses. Subjects viewed a bistable stimulus defined by incongruent depth cues; bistability

  18. A bistable microelectronic circuit for sensing extremely low electric field (United States)

    In, Visarath; Longhini, Patrick; Liu, Norman; Kho, Andy; Neff, Joseph D.; Palacios, Antonio; Bulsara, Adi R.


    Bistable systems are prevalently found in many sensor systems. Recently, we have explored (unidirectionally) coupled overdamped bistable systems that admit self-sustained oscillations when the coupling parameter is swept through the critical points of bifurcations [V. In et al., Phys. Rev. E 68, 045102-R (2003); A. R. Bulsara et al., Phys. Rev. E 70, 036103 (2004); V. In et al., Phys. Rev. E 72, 045104-R (2005); Phys Rev. Lett. 91, 244101 (2003); A. Palacios et al., Phys. Rev. E 72, 026211 (2005); V. In et al., Phys. Rev. E 73, 066121 (2006)]. Complex behaviors emerge, in addition, from these (relatively simple) coupled systems when an external signal (ac or dc) is applied uniformly to all the elements in the array. In particular, we have demonstrated this emergent behavior for a coupled system comprised of mean-field hysteretic elements describing a "single-domain" ferromagnetic sample. The results are being used to develop extremely sensitive magnetic sensors capable of resolving field changes as low as 150 pT by observing the changes in the oscillation characteristics of the coupled sensors. In this paper, we explore the underlying dynamics of a coupled bistable system realized by coupling microelectronic circuits, which belong to the same class of dynamics as the aforementioned (ferromagnetic) system, with the nonlinear features and coupling terms modeled by hyperbolic tangent nonlinearities; these nonlinearities stem from the operational transconductance amplifiers used in constructing the microcircuits. The emergent behavior is being applied to develop an extremely sensitive electric-field sensor.

  19. Bistability and chaos at low levels of quanta. (United States)

    Gevorgyan, T V; Shahinyan, A R; Chew, Lock Yue; Kryuchkyan, G Yu


    We study nonlinear phenomena of bistability and chaos at a level of few quanta. For this purpose, we consider a single-mode dissipative oscillator with strong Kerr nonlinearity with respect to the dissipation rate driven by a monochromatic force as well as by a train of Gaussian pulses. The quantum effects and decoherence in the oscillatory mode are investigated in the framework of the purity of states and the Wigner functions calculated from the master equation. We demonstrate the quantum chaotic regime by means of a comparison between the contour plots of the Wigner functions and the strange attractors on the classical Poincaré section. Considering bistability at a low limit of quanta, we analyze the minimal level of excitation numbers at which the bistable regime of the system is displayed. We also discuss the formation of an oscillatory chaotic regime by varying oscillatory excitation numbers at ranges of a few quanta. We demonstrate quantum-interference phenomena that are assisted hysteresis-cycle behavior and quantum chaos for the oscillator driven by a train of Gaussian pulses. We establish the border of quantum-classical correspondence for chaotic regimes in the case of strong nonlinearities.

  20. Optical bistability without the rotating wave approximation

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    Sharaby, Yasser A., E-mail: [Physics Department, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Suez Canal University, Suez (Egypt); Joshi, Amitabh, E-mail: ajoshi@eiu.ed [Department of Physics, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920 (United States); Hassan, Shoukry S., E-mail: [Mathematics Department, College of Science, University of Bahrain, P.O. Box 32038 (Bahrain)


    Optical bistability for two-level atomic system in a ring cavity is investigated outside the rotating wave approximation (RWA) using non-autonomous Maxwell-Bloch equations with Fourier decomposition up to first harmonic. The first harmonic output field component exhibits reversed or closed loop bistability simultaneously with the usual (anti-clockwise) bistability in the fundamental field component.

  1. Innovative Energy Harvester Design Using Bistable Mechanism With Compensational Springs In Gravity Field (United States)

    Vysotskyi, Bogdan; Parrain, Fabien; Aubry, Denis; Gaucher, Philippe; Lefeuvre, Elie


    The purpose of the presented work is to introduce the novel design of electrostatic energy harvester using bistable mechanism with compensational springs in gravity field capable of providing the output of several μW under the excitation of extremely small amplitude (up to 0.2g) and low frequency (10-100Hz). Presented energy harvester uses the bistable hysteresis modification to achieve low-frequency low-amplitude sensibility. It was demonstrated with finite element modelling (FEM) that hysteresis width produced by bistability is changing with a constant linear coefficient as a function of a compensational spring stiffness and thus a device sensitivity could be adjusted to the minimum point for the amplitude of external excitation. Further, highly non-linear bistable double curved beam mechanism assures the high sensitivity in frequencial domain due to the non-defined bandwidth. The equivalent circuit technique is used for simulating the device performance.

  2. Bistable Output from a Coupled-Resonator Vertical-Cavity Laser Diode

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    The authors report a monolithic coupled-resonator vertical-cavity laser with an ion-implanted top cavity and a selectively oxidized bottom cavity which exhibits bistable behavior in the light output versus injection current. Large bistability regions over current ranges as wide as 18 mA have been observed with on/off contrast ratios of greater than 20 dB. The position and width of the bistability region can be varied by changing the bias to the top cavity. Switching between on and off states can be accomplished with changes as small as 250 {micro}W to the electrical power applied to the top cavity. Theoretical analysis suggests that the bistable behavior is the response of the nonlinear susceptibility in the top cavity to the changes in the bottom intracavity laser intensity as the bottom cavity reaches the thermal rollover point.

  3. Bistability properties of magnetic micro-nanowires (United States)

    Baranov, S. A.; Yaltychenko, O. V.; Kanarovskii, E. Yu.


    A mathematical model that describes the process of the reversal magnetization of an amorphous microwire with the help of a large Barkhausen jump is proposed. The model has been estimated with regard to the optimization of the signal-tonoise ratio. Using nonlinear model, we studied the physical factors that cause the fluctuations of the start field. Based on the results of numerical experiments, the new data on the behavior of the start field under different conditions of a switching in a bistable ferromagnetic, including the conditions of high-frequency swapping, have been obtained and compared to the existing data. The results obtained do not contradict the existing physical concepts concerning a domain wall motion and are more general and realistic in a comparison with the previous model.

  4. Bistability of Slow and Fast Traveling Waves in Fluid Mixtures

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    Hollinger, S; Lücke, M; Hollinger, St.


    The appearence of a new type of fast nonlinear traveling wave states in binary fluid convection with increasing Soret effect is elucidated and the parameter range of their bistability with the common slower ones is evaluated numerically. The bifurcation behavior and the significantly different spatiotemporal properties of the different wave states - e.g. frequency, flow structure, and concentration distribution - are determined and related to each other and to a convenient measure of their nonlinearity. This allows to derive a limit for the applicability of small amplitude expansions. Additionally an universal scaling behavior of frequencies and mixing properties is found. PACS: 47.20.-k, 47.10.+g, 47.20.Ky

  5. Optically levitated nanoparticle as a model system for stochastic bistable dynamics (United States)

    Ricci, F.; Rica, R. A.; Spasenović, M.; Gieseler, J.; Rondin, L.; Novotny, L.; Quidant, R.


    Nano-mechanical resonators have gained an increasing importance in nanotechnology owing to their contributions to both fundamental and applied science. Yet, their small dimensions and mass raises some challenges as their dynamics gets dominated by nonlinearities that degrade their performance, for instance in sensing applications. Here, we report on the precise control of the nonlinear and stochastic bistable dynamics of a levitated nanoparticle in high vacuum. We demonstrate how it can lead to efficient signal amplification schemes, including stochastic resonance. This work contributes to showing the use of levitated nanoparticles as a model system for stochastic bistable dynamics, with applications to a wide variety of fields.

  6. Flexible Bistable Cholesteric Reflective Displays (United States)

    Yang, Deng-Ke


    Cholesteric liquid crystals (ChLCs) exhibit two stable states at zero field condition-the reflecting planar state and the nonreflecting focal conic state. ChLCs are an excellent candidate for inexpensive and rugged electronic books and papers. This paper will review the display cell structure,materials and drive schemes for flexible bistable cholesteric (Ch) reflective displays.

  7. Functionally rigid bistable [2]rotaxanes

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    Nygaard, Sune; Leung, Ken C-F; Aprahamian, Ivan;


    was investigated as a means to simplify both molecular structure and switching function previously observed in related bistable [2]rotaxanes with flexible spacers between their stations and incorporating a cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT4+) ring. The nondegenerate MPTTF-NP switch was isolated as near isomer...

  8. Studies of Bistable Optical Devices. (United States)


    Alternate Switching, and Subharmonic Generation in Bistable Optical Devices" (J. A. Goldstone, P.-T. Ho, E. Garmire) Appl. Phys. Lett. 37, 126 (1980). 7...demonstrated with modulators which are inherently slow, but have useful features. This includes driving a thin Fabry-Perot with a piezo -electric (McCall, Appl

  9. Bi-stable optical actuator (United States)

    Holdener, Fred R.; Boyd, Robert D.


    The present invention is a bi-stable optical actuator device that is depowered in both stable positions. A bearing is used to transfer motion and smoothly transition from one state to another. The optical actuator device may be maintained in a stable position either by gravity or a restraining device.

  10. Random-order fractional bistable system and its stochastic resonance (United States)

    Gao, Shilong; Zhang, Li; Liu, Hui; Kan, Bixia


    In this paper, the diffusion motion of Brownian particles in a viscous liquid suffering from stochastic fluctuations of the external environment is modeled as a random-order fractional bistable equation, and as a typical nonlinear dynamic behavior, the stochastic resonance phenomena in this system are investigated. At first, the derivation process of the random-order fractional bistable system is given. In particular, the random-power-law memory is deeply discussed to obtain the physical interpretation of the random-order fractional derivative. Secondly, the stochastic resonance evoked by random-order and external periodic force is mainly studied by numerical simulation. In particular, the frequency shifting phenomena of the periodical output are observed in SR induced by the excitation of the random order. Finally, the stochastic resonance of the system under the double stochastic excitations of the random order and the internal color noise is also investigated.

  11. Achieving high bit rate logical stochastic resonance in a bistable system by adjusting parameters (United States)

    Yang, Ding-Xin; Gu, Feng-Shou; Feng, Guo-Jin; Yang, Yong-Min; Ball, Andrew


    The phenomenon of logical stochastic resonance (LSR) in a nonlinear bistable system is demonstrated by numerical simulations and experiments. However, the bit rates of the logical signals are relatively low and not suitable for practical applications. First, we examine the responses of the bistable system with fixed parameters to different bit rate logic input signals, showing that an arbitrary high bit rate LSR in a bistable system cannot be achieved. Then, a normalized transform of the LSR bistable system is introduced through a kind of variable substitution. Based on the transform, it is found that LSR for arbitrary high bit rate logic signals in a bistable system can be achieved by adjusting the parameters of the system, setting bias value and amplifying the amplitudes of logic input signals and noise properly. Finally, the desired OR and AND logic outputs to high bit rate logic inputs in a bistable system are obtained by numerical simulations. The study might provide higher feasibility of LSR in practical engineering applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51379526).

  12. Achieving high bit rate logical stochastic resonance in a bistable system by adjusting parameters

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    杨定新; 谷丰收; 冯国金; 杨拥民


    The phenomenon of logical stochastic resonance (LSR) in a nonlinear bistable system is demonstrated by numerical simulations and experiments. However, the bit rates of the logical signals are relatively low and not suitable for practical applications. First, we examine the responses of the bistable system with fixed parameters to different bit rate logic input signals, showing that an arbitrary high bit rate LSR in a bistable system cannot be achieved. Then, a normalized transform of the LSR bistable system is introduced through a kind of variable substitution. Based on the transform, it is found that LSR for arbitrary high bit rate logic signals in a bistable system can be achieved by adjusting the parameters of the system, setting bias value and amplifying the amplitudes of logic input signals and noise properly. Finally, the desired OR and AND logic outputs to high bit rate logic inputs in a bistable system are obtained by numerical simulations. The study might provide higher feasibility of LSR in practical engineering applications.

  13. Low-threshold optical bistability with multilayer graphene-covering Otto configuration (United States)

    Wang, Hengliang; Wu, Jipeng; Guo, Jun; Jiang, Leyong; Xiang, Yuanjiang; Wen, Shuangchun


    In this paper, we propose a modified Otto configuration to realize tunable and low-threshold optical bistability at terahertz frequencies by attaching multilayer graphene sheets to a nonlinear substrate interface. Our work demonstrates that the threshold of optical bistability can be markedly reduced (three orders of magnitude) by covering the nonlinear substrate with multilayer graphene sheets, due to strong local field enhancement with the excitation of surface plasmons. We present the influences of the Fermi energy of graphene, the incident angle, the thickness of air gap and the relaxation time of graphene on the hysteresis phenomenon and give a way to optimize the surface plasmon resonance, which will enable us to further lower the minimal power requirements for realizing optical bistability due to the strong interaction of light with graphene sheets. These results are promising for realization of terahertz optical switches, optical modulators and logical devices.

  14. Bistability in radiative heat exchange (United States)

    Rudakov, V. I.; Ovcharov, V. V.; Prigara, V. P.


    The possibility of a bistable regime in systems with radiative heat exchange is theoretically demonstrated for the first time. The transfer characteristics of a radiation-closed stationary system have been calculated, in which the radiator is a blackbody and the absorber is made of a material with the absorptivity sharply increasing in a certain temperature interval. The radiator and absorber are separated by a vacuum gap. The heat exchange between the system and the environment is controlled by varying the flow rate of a heat-transfer agent cooling the absorber. The output parameter of a bistable system is the absorber temperature, while the input parameter can be either the radiator temperature or the heat-transfer agent flow rate. Depending on the choice of the input parameter, the transfer characteristic of the system is either represented by a usual S-like curve or has an inverted shape.

  15. Linear analysis of signal and noise characteristics of a nonlinear CMOS active-pixel detector for mammography (United States)

    Yun, Seungman; Kim, Ho Kyung; Han, Jong Chul; Kam, Soohwa; Youn, Hanbean; Cunningham, Ian A.


    The imaging properties of a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) active-pixel photodiode array coupled to a thin gadolinium-based granular phosphor screen with a fiber-optic faceplate are investigated. It is shown that this system has a nonlinear response at low detector exposure levels (<10 mR), resulting in an over-estimation of the detective quantum efficiency (DQE) by a factor of two in some cases. Errors in performance metrics on this scale make it difficult to compare new technologies with established systems and predict performance benchmarks that can be achieved in practice and help understand performance bottlenecks. It is shown the CMOS response is described by a power-law model that can be used to linearize image data. Linearization removed an unexpected dependence of the DQE on detector exposure level.

  16. Optical Bistable Arrays: Prospects for Ultimate Performances, (United States)


  17. Brain networks underlying bistable perception. (United States)

    Baker, Daniel H; Karapanagiotidis, Theodoros; Coggan, David D; Wailes-Newson, Kirstie; Smallwood, Jonathan


    Bistable stimuli, such as the Necker Cube, demonstrate that experience can change in the absence of changes in the environment. Such phenomena can be used to assess stimulus-independent aspects of conscious experience. The current study used resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) to index stimulus-independent changes in neural activity to understand the neural architecture that determines dominance durations during bistable perception (using binocular rivalry and Necker cube stimuli). Anterior regions of the Superior Parietal Lobule (SPL) exhibited robust connectivity with regions of primary sensorimotor cortex. The strength of this region's connectivity with the striatum predicted shorter dominance durations during binocular rivalry, whereas its connectivity to pre-motor cortex predicted longer dominance durations for the Necker Cube. Posterior regions of the SPL, on the other hand, were coupled to associative cortex in the temporal and frontal lobes. The posterior SPL's connectivity to the temporal lobe predicted longer dominance during binocular rivalry. In conjunction with prior work, these data suggest that the anterior SPL contributes to perceptual rivalry through the inhibition of incongruent bottom up information, whereas the posterior SPL influences rivalry by supporting the current interpretation of a bistable stimulus. Our data suggests that the functional connectivity of the SPL with regions of sensory, motor, and associative cortex allows it to regulate the interpretation of the environment that forms the focus of conscious attention at a specific moment in time. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  18. Experimental chaotic quantification in bistable vortex induced vibration systems (United States)

    Huynh, B. H.; Tjahjowidodo, T.


    The study of energy harvesting by means of vortex induced vibration systems has been initiated a few years ago and it is considered to be potential as a low water current energy source. The energy harvester is realized by exposing an elastically supported blunt structure under water flow. However, it is realized that the system will only perform at a limited operating range (water flow) that is attributed to the resonance phenomenon that occurs only at a frequency that corresponds to the fluid flow. An introduction of nonlinear elements seems to be a prominent solution to overcome the problem. Among many nonlinear elements, a bistable spring is known to be able to improve the harvested power by a vortex induced vibrations (VIV) based energy converter at the low velocity water flows. However, it is also observed that chaotic vibrations will occur at different operating ranges that will erratically diminish the harvested power and cause a difficulty in controlling the system that is due to the unpredictability in motions of the VIV structure. In order to design a bistable VIV energy converter with improved harvested power and minimum negative effect of chaotic vibrations, the bifurcation map of the system for varying governing parameters is highly on demand. In this study, chaotic vibrations of a VIV energy converter enhanced by a bistable stiffness element are quantified in a wide range of the governing parameters, i.e. damping and bistable gap. Chaotic vibrations of the bistable VIV energy converter are simulated by utilization of a wake oscillator model and quantified based on the calculation of the Lyapunov exponent. Ultimately, a series of experiments of the system in a water tunnel, facilitated by a computer-based force-feedback testing platform, is carried out to validate the existence of chaotic responses. The main challenge in dealing with experimental data is in distinguishing chaotic response from noise-contaminated periodic responses as noise will smear

  19. Atom-loss-induced quantum optical bi-stability switch

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    Wu Bao-Jun; Cui Fu-Cheng


    We investigate the nonlinear dynamics of a system composed of a cigar-shaped Bose-Einstein condensate and an optical cavity with the two sides coupled dispersively.By adopting discrete-mode approximation for the condensate,taking atom loss as a necessary part of the model to analyze the evolution of the system,while using trial and errormethod to find out steady states of the system as a reference,numerical simulation demonstrates that with a constant pump,atom loss will trigger a quantum optical bi-stability switch,which predicts a new interesting phenomenon for experiments to verify.

  20. Cutoff solitons and bistability of the discrete inductance-capacitance electrical line: theory and experiments. (United States)

    Ve Koon, K Tse; Leon, J; Marquié, P; Tchofo-Dinda, P


    A discrete nonlinear system driven at one end by a periodic excitation of frequency above the upper band edge (the discreteness induced cutoff) is shown to be a means to (1) generate propagating breather excitations in a long chain and (2) reveal the bistable property of a short chain. After detailed numerical verifications, the bistability prediction is demonstrated experimentally on an electrical transmission line made of 18 inductance-capacitance (LC) cells. The numerical simulations of the LC -line model allow us also to verify the breather generation prediction with a striking accuracy.

  1. Controlling steady-state and dynamical properties of atomic optical bistability

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    Joshi, Amitabh


    This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the theoretical and experimental studies of atomic optical bistability and multistability, and their dynamical properties in systems with two- and three-level inhomogeneously-broadened atoms inside an optical cavity. By making use of the modified linear absorption and dispersion, as well as the greatly enhanced nonlinearity in the three-level electromagnetically induced transparency system, the optical bistablity and efficient all-optical switching can be achieved at relatively low laser powers, which can be well controlled and manipulated. Un

  2. Optical bistability effect in plasmonic racetrack resonator with high extinction ratio. (United States)

    Wang, Xiaolei; Jiang, Houqiang; Chen, Junxue; Wang, Pei; Lu, Yonghua; Ming, Hai


    In this paper, optical bistability effect in an ultracompact plasmonic racetrack resonator with nonlinear optical Kerr medium is investigated both analytically and numerically. The properties of optical bistability and pump threshold are studied at 1.55 µm with various detuning parameters by an analytical model. The transmission switch from the upper branch to the lower branch with a pulse is also demonstrated by a finite-difference time-domain method. An extinction ratio of 97.8% and a switching time of 0.38 ps can be achieved with proper detuning parameter. Such a plasmonic resonator design provides a promising realization for highly effective optical modulators and switch.

  3. Optical bistability in a high-Q racetrack resonator based on small SU-8 ridge waveguides. (United States)

    Jin, Li; Fu, Xin; Yang, Bo; Shi, Yaocheng; Dai, Daoxin


    A racetrack resonator with a high Q value (~34,000) is demonstrated experimentally based on small SU-8 optical ridge waveguides, which were fabricated with an improved etchless process. Optical bistability is observed in the present racetrack resonator even with a low input optical power (5.6-7.3 mW), which is attributed to the significant thermal nonlinear optical effect due to the high Q value and the large negative thermo-optical coefficient of SU-8. Theoretical modeling for the optical bistability is also given, and it agrees well with the experimental result.

  4. Bistability and squeezing of the librational mode of an optically trapped nanoparticle (United States)

    Xiao, Ke-Wen; Zhao, Nan; Yin, Zhang-qi


    We systematically investigate the bistable behavior and squeezing property of the librational mode of a levitated nonspherical nanoparticle trapped by laser beams. By expanding the librational potential to the fourth order of the librational angle θ , we find that the nonlinear coefficient of this mode is dependent only on the size and material of nanoparticle, but independent of trapping potential shape. The bistability and hysteresis are displayed when the driving frequency is red detuned to the librational mode. In the blue-detuned region, we have studied squeezing of the variance of librational mode in detail, which has potential application for measurement of angle and angular momentum.

  5. Operation of a titanium nitride superconducting microresonator detector in the nonlinear regime

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    Swenson, L.J.; Day, P.K.; Eom, B.H.; Leduc, H.G.; Llombart, N.; McKenney, C.M.; Noroozian, O.; Zmuidzinas, J.


    If driven sufficiently strongly, superconducting microresonators exhibit nonlinear behavior including response bifurcation. This behavior can arise from a variety of physical mechanisms including heating effects, grain boundaries or weak links, vortex penetration, or through the intrinsic nonlineari

  6. Flip-flop between soft-spring and hard-spring bistabilities in the approximated Toda oscillator analysis

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    B K Goswami


    We study theoretically the effect of truncating the nonlinear restoring force (exp $()−1 = \\Sum^{∞}_{n=1} ^n/n!$) in the bistability pattern of the periodically driven, damped one-degree-of-freedom Toda oscillator that originally exhibits soft-spring bistability with counterclockwise hysteresis cycle. We observe that if the truncation is made third order, the harmonic bistability changes to hard-spring type with a clockwise hysteresis cycle. In contrast, for the fourth-order truncation, the bistability again becomes soft-spring type, overriding the effect of third-order nonlinearity. Furthermore, each higher odd-order truncation attempts to introduce hard-spring nature while each even-order truncation turns to soft-spring type of bistability. Overall, the hard-spring effect of every odd-order nonlinear term is weaker in comparison to the soft-spring effect of the next even-order nonlinear term. As a consequence, higher-order approximations ultimately converge to the soft-spring nature. Similar approximate analysis of Toda lattice has in recent past revealed remarkably similar flip-flop pattern between stochasticity (chaotic behaviour) and regularity (integrability).

  7. Characterization of Photon-Counting Detector Responsivity for Non-Linear Two-Photon Absorption Process (United States)

    Sburlan, S. E.; Farr, W. H.


    Sub-band absorption at 1550 nm has been demonstrated and characterized on silicon Geiger mode detectors which normally would be expected to have no response at this wavelength. We compare responsivity measurements to singlephoton absorption for wavelengths slightly above the bandgap wavelength of silicon (approx. 1100 microns). One application for this low efficiency sub-band absorption is in deep space optical communication systems where it is desirable to track a 1030 nm uplink beacon on the same flight terminal detector array that monitors a 1550 nm downlink signal for pointingcontrol. The currently observed absorption at 1550 nm provides 60-70 dB of isolation compared to the response at 1064 nm, which is desirable to avoid saturation of the detector by scattered light from the downlink laser.

  8. Characterization of Photon-Counting Detector Responsivity for Non-Linear Two-Photon Absorption Process (United States)

    Sburlan, S. E.; Farr, W. H.


    Sub-band absorption at 1550 nm has been demonstrated and characterized on silicon Geiger mode detectors which normally would be expected to have no response at this wavelength. We compare responsivity measurements to singlephoton absorption for wavelengths slightly above the bandgap wavelength of silicon (approx. 1100 microns). One application for this low efficiency sub-band absorption is in deep space optical communication systems where it is desirable to track a 1030 nm uplink beacon on the same flight terminal detector array that monitors a 1550 nm downlink signal for pointingcontrol. The currently observed absorption at 1550 nm provides 60-70 dB of isolation compared to the response at 1064 nm, which is desirable to avoid saturation of the detector by scattered light from the downlink laser.

  9. Optimization of Bistable Viscoelastic Systems

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    Jensen, Kristian Ejlebjærg; Szabo, Peter; Okkels, Fridolin


    We consider the flow of a viscoelastic fluid in a symmetric cross geometry. For small driving pressures the flow is symmetric, but beyond a certain critical pressure the symmetric flow becomes unstable; two stable asymmetric solutions appear, and forcing of the unstable symmetric flow beyond...... find a design that significantly reduces the driving pressure required for bistability, and furthermore is in agreement with the approach followed by experimental researchers. Furthermore, by comparing the two asymmetric solutions, we succesfully apply the same approach to a problem with two fluids...

  10. Bistability induces episodic spike communication by inhibitory neurons in neuronal networks (United States)

    Kazantsev, V. B.; Asatryan, S. Yu.


    Bistability is one of the important features of nonlinear dynamical systems. In neurodynamics, bistability has been found in basic Hodgkin-Huxley equations describing the cell membrane dynamics. When the neuron is clamped near its threshold, the stable rest potential may coexist with the stable limit cycle describing periodic spiking. However, this effect is often neglected in network computations where the neurons are typically reduced to threshold firing units (e.g., integrate-and-fire models). We found that the bistability may induce spike communication by inhibitory coupled neurons in the spiking network. The communication is realized in the form of episodic discharges with synchronous (correlated) spikes during the episodes. A spiking phase map is constructed to describe the synchronization and to estimate basic spike phase locking modes.

  11. Manipulating the optical bistability at terahertz frequency in the Fabry-Perot cavity with graphene. (United States)

    Jiang, Leyong; Guo, Jun; Wu, Leiming; Dai, Xiaoyu; Xiang, Yuanjiang


    We investigate theoretically the optical bistability from a Fabry-Perot cavity with graphene in the terahertz (THz) frequency. It is demonstrated that the optical bistablility in this cavity can be realized due to the electric field enhancement and the giant third-order nonlinear conductivity of graphene. The optical bistable behavior is strongly dependent on the transmission amplitude of the mirror and the position of the graphene in the cavity. It is especially important that the hysterical behaviors of the transmitted light rely on the optical conductivity of graphene, making the Fabry-Perot cavity to be a good candidate for dynamic tunable optical bistable device in the THz frequencies, owing to the possibility of high tunability of graphene conductivity by means of external electrostatic or magnetostatic field.

  12. Integrated bistable generator for wideband energy harvesting with optimized synchronous electric charge extraction circuit (United States)

    Liu, Weiqun; Badel, Adrien; Formosa, Fabien; Wu, Yipeng; Agbossou, Amen


    Bistable generators have been proposed as potential solutions to the challenge of variable vibration frequencies. In the authors' previous works, a specific BSM (Buckled-Spring-Mass) harvester architecture has been suggested. It presents some properties of interests: simplicity, compactness and wide bandwidth. Using a normalized model of the BSM generator for design and optimization at different scales, this paper presents a new integrated BSM bistable generator design with the OSECE (Optimized Synchronous Electric Charge Extraction) technique which is used for broadband energy harvesting. The experimental results obtained from an initial prototype device show that the BSM generator with the OSECE circuit exhibits better performance for low coupling cases or reverse sweep excitations. This is also confirmed by simulations for the proposed integrated generator. Good applications prospective is expected for the bistable generator with the nonlinear OSECE circuit.

  13. On the control of bistability in non-contact mode AFM using modulated time delay

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    Kirrou I.


    Full Text Available We study the control of bistability in non-contact mode AFM using time delay with modulated feedback gain. We consider that the tip-sample interaction force is described by Lennard-Jones potential and the equation of motion is modeled by single degree of freedom system. Perturbation analysis is performed to obtain the modulation equations of the slow dynamic. The influence of the modulated time delay on the nonlinear characteristic of the frequency response is analyzed and the evolution of the bistability region in the modulated time delay parameter plan is examined. Results show that modulation of the feedback gain can be used to reduce the amplitude of the microcanteliver response and to suppress the bistability regime in large region of the modulated delay parameter space. The analytical predictions are compared to numerical simulations for validation.

  14. Stochastic bifurcation, slow fluctuations, and bistability as an origin of biochemical complexity. (United States)

    Qian, Hong; Shi, Pei-Zhe; Xing, Jianhua


    We present a simple, unifying theory for stochastic biochemical systems with multiple time-scale dynamics that exhibit noise-induced bistability in an open-chemical environment, while the corresponding macroscopic reaction is unistable. Nonlinear stochastic biochemical systems like these are fundamentally different from classical systems in equilibrium or near-equilibrium steady state whose fluctuations are unimodal following Einstein-Onsager-Lax-Keizer theory. We show that noise-induced bistability in general arises from slow fluctuations, and a pitchfork bifurcation occurs as the rate of fluctuations decreases. Since an equilibrium distribution, due to detailed balance, has to be independent of changes in time-scale, the bifurcation is necessarily a driven phenomenon. As examples, we analyze three biochemical networks of currently interest: self-regulating gene, stochastic binary decision, and phosphorylation-dephosphorylation cycle with fluctuating kinase. The implications of bistability to biochemical complexity are discussed.

  15. Optical bistability with film-coupled metasurfaces. (United States)

    Huang, Zhiqin; Baron, Alexandre; Larouche, Stéphane; Argyropoulos, Christos; Smith, David R


    Metasurfaces comprising arrays of film-coupled, nanopatch antennas are a promising platform for low-energy, all-optical switches. The large field enhancements that can be achieved in the dielectric spacer region between the nanopatch and the metallic substrate can substantially enhance optical nonlinear processes. Here we consider a dielectric material that exhibits an optical Kerr effect as the spacer layer and numerically calculate the optical bistability of a metasurface using the finite element method (FEM). We expect the proposed method to be highly accurate compared with other numerical approaches, such as those based on graphical post-processing techniques, because it self-consistently solves for both the spatial field distribution and the intensity-dependent refractive index distribution of the spacer layer. This method offers an alternative approach to finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) modeling. We use this numerical tool to design a metasurface optical switch and our optimized design exhibits exceptionally low switching intensity of 33  kW/cm2, corresponding to switching energy on the order of tens of attojoules per resonator, a value much smaller than those found for most devices reported in the literature. We propose our method as a tool for designing all-optical switches and modulators.

  16. Extended depth of field with a nonlinear silver-halide emulsion detector. (United States)

    Greengard, Adam; Cathey, W Thomas


    Presented here are experimental results of an extended depth-of-field (EDF) system using film to record the image. The EDF system used is an application of wave-front coding. A phase mask is placed in the aperture stop of the lens to code the image data; then digital signal processing is used to decode the image. Wave-front coding is based on linear systems theory, but film is not a linear medium. An extra step of linearization is then needed to apply the technique. Both nonlinear and linearized results are shown, as is a test image that demonstrates the success of the technique for nonlinear media.

  17. Correction of complex nonlinear signal response from a pixel array detector

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    Brandt van Driel, Tim; Herrmann, Sven; Carini, Gabriella


    The pulsed free-electron laser light sources represent a new challenge to photon area detectors due to the intrinsic spontaneous X-ray photon generation process that makes single-pulse detection necessary. Intensity fluctuations up to 100% between individual pulses lead to high linearity requirem...

  18. Non-Linear Optical Phenomena in Detecting Materials as a Possibility for Fast Timing in Detectors of Ionizing Radiation

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    Korjik, M. V.; Buganov, O.; Fedorov, A. A.; Emelianchik, I.; Griesmayer, E.; Mechinsky, V.; Nargelas, S.; Sidletskiy, O.; Tamulaitis, G.; Tikhomirov, S. N.; Vaitkevicius, A.


    The time resolution of the detectors currently in use is limited by 50-70 ps due to the spontaneous processes involved in the development of the response signal, which forms after the relaxation of carriers generated during the interaction. In this study, we investigate the feasibility of exploiting sub-picosecond phenomena occurring after the interaction of scintillator material with ionizing radiation by probing the material with ultra-short laser pulses. One of the phenomena is the elastic polarization due to the local lattice distortion caused by the displacement of electrons and holes generated by ionization. The key feature of the elastic polarization is its short response time, which makes it prospective for using as an optically detectable time mark. The nonlinear optical absorption of femtosecond light pulses of appropriate wavelength is demonstrated to be a prospective tool to form the mark. This study was aimed at searching for inorganic crystalline media combining scintillation properties and non-...

  19. Switching between optical bistability and multistability in plasmonic multilayer nanoparticles (United States)

    Daneshfar, Nader; Naseri, Tayebeh


    We study the nonlinear optical response of multilayer metallic nanoparticles driven by an electromagnetic wave, which can show large field enhancement, hence significantly enhancing optical processes. In addition to optical bistability (OB), we find that optical multistability (OM), which plays a more important role in some applications than OB, is achievable and can be obtained in a multilayer plasmonic nanoparticle. Our results demonstrate that owing to strong localized fields created in the core and each layer of multilayer nanoshells, which occurs in the particles at frequencies close to the surface plasmon resonance, multilayer nanoparticles are promising systems with unique optical characteristics to control the light by light at the nanometer scale. It is demonstrated that OB can be converted to OM via adjusting the wavelength of the applied field and the size of the nanoshell, and the system can manifest optical hysteresis. It is found that the optical bistable or multistable threshold and the shape of hysteresis loops are strongly dependent on the thickness of shells, the incident wavelength, the permittivity of the surrounding medium, and the composition of the core and the inner/outer layers. We also give a discussion on the impact of the exciton-plasmon interaction and the intrinsic size effect on the nonlinear optical response of multilayer spherical nanoparticles.

  20. Transcriptional delay stabilizes bistable gene networks (United States)

    Gupta, Chinmaya; López, José Manuel; Ott, William; Josić, Krešimir; Bennett, Matthew R.


    Transcriptional delay can significantly impact the dynamics of gene networks. Here we examine how such delay affects bistable systems. We investigate several stochastic models of bistable gene networks and find that increasing delay dramatically increases the mean residence times near stable states. To explain this, we introduce a non-Markovian, analytically tractable reduced model. The model shows that stabilization is the consequence of an increased number of failed transitions between stable states. Each of the bistable systems that we simulate behaves in this manner. PMID:23952450

  1. Survey of the nonlinearities structures in gamma ray energy calibration using HPGe detectors

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    Serra, Andre da Silva; Pascholati, Paulo Reginaldo; Guillaumon, Pedro Vinicius, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: pedrovg@if.usp.b [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica. Lab. do Acelerador Linear; Castro, Ruy Morgado de, E-mail: rmcastro@ieav.cta.b [Centro Tecnologico da Aeronautica, Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil)


    The present work aims to survey the typical fine energy calibration structure in gamma-ray spectroscopy systems which use successive approximation ADC and shows that the knowledge of this fine structure, about 5 eV per 10{sup 2} channels, allows achieving correct statistic energy calibrations without the usually ad hoc introduction of uncertainties associated with the differential non-linearity inherent to those systems. Differently of previous works, the One Step Self-Calibration Procedure implementation allows the proper use of all covariances between the experimental data. At the end of the interactive scheme proposed in this work, it was achieved a reduced chi-square of 1,107 without the ad hoc introduction of uncertainties related to the differential nonlinearities. (author)

  2. Equalized near maximum likelihood detector



    This paper presents new detector that is used to mitigate intersymbol interference introduced by bandlimited channels. This detector is named equalized near maximum likelihood detector which combines nonlinear equalizer and near maximum likelihood detector. Simulation results show that the performance of equalized near maximum likelihood detector is better than the performance of nonlinear equalizer but worse than near maximum likelihood detector.

  3. Generalized Bistability in Origami Cylinders (United States)

    Reid, Austin; Adda-Bedia, Mokhtar; Lechenault, Frederic

    Origami folded cylinders (origami bellows) have found increasingly sophisticated applications in space flight, medicine, and even experimental nuclear physics. In spite of this interest, a general understanding of the dynamics of an origami folded cylinder has been elusive. By solving the fully constrained behavior of a periodic fundamental origami cell defined by unit vectors, we have found an analytic solution for all possible rigid-face states accessible from a cylindrical Miura-ori pattern. Although an idealized bellows has two rigid-face configurations over a well-defined region, a physical device, limited by nonzero material thickness and forced to balance hinge with plate-bending energy, often cannot stably maintain a stowed configuration. We have identified and measured the parameters which control this emergent bistability, and have demonstrated the ability to fabricate bellows with tunable deployability.

  4. A Nonlinear-Phase, Model-Based Human Detector for Radar (Preprint) (United States)


    characterization techniques cannot be applied. Note that the Fourier transform implements a linear- phase filter yielding a peak response...history of a human target can be highly nonlinear, resulting in an inherent SNR loss when matched filtered with a linear- phase filter , such as the FFT...filter with a linear phase filter , which may be expressed as  TNjNj ee   )1(121  LINw , (9) where i and  are generalized


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    Gazol, Adriana [Centro de Radioastronomia y Astrofisica, UNAM, A. P. 3-72, c.p. 58089 Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Kim, Jongsoo, E-mail:, E-mail: [Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, 61-1, Hwaam-Dong, Yuseong-Ku, Daejeon 305-348 (Korea, Republic of)


    We numerically study the volume density probability distribution function (n-PDF) and the column density probability distribution function ({Sigma}-PDF) resulting from thermally bistable turbulent flows. We analyze three-dimensional hydrodynamic models in periodic boxes of 100 pc by side, where turbulence is driven in the Fourier space at a wavenumber corresponding to 50 pc. At low densities (n {approx}< 0.6 cm{sup -3}), the n-PDF is well described by a lognormal distribution for an average local Mach number ranging from {approx}0.2 to {approx}5.5. As a consequence of the nonlinear development of thermal instability (TI), the logarithmic variance of the distribution of the diffuse gas increases with M faster than in the well-known isothermal case. The average local Mach number for the dense gas (n {approx}> 7.1 cm{sup -3}) goes from {approx}1.1 to {approx}16.9 and the shape of the high-density zone of the n-PDF changes from a power law at low Mach numbers to a lognormal at high M values. In the latter case, the width of the distribution is smaller than in the isothermal case and grows slower with M. At high column densities, the {Sigma}-PDF is well described by a lognormal for all of the Mach numbers we consider and, due to the presence of TI, the width of the distribution is systematically larger than in the isothermal case but follows a qualitatively similar behavior as M increases. Although a relationship between the width of the distribution and M can be found for each one of the cases mentioned above, these relations are different from those of the isothermal case.

  6. A Compliant Bistable Mechanism Design Incorporating Elastica Buckling Beam Theory and Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model

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    Sönmez, Ümit; Tutum, Cem Celal


    In this work, a new compliant bistable mechanism design is introduced. The combined use of pseudo-rigid-body model (PRBM) and the Elastica buckling theory is presented for the first time to analyze the new design. This mechanism consists of the large deflecting straight beams, buckling beams......, and a slider. The kinematic analysis of this new mechanism is studied, using nonlinear Elastica buckling beam theory, the PRBM of a large deflecting cantilever beam, the vector loop closure equations, and numerically solving nonlinear algebraic equations. A design method of the bistable mechanism...... and the buckling Elastica solution for an original compliant mechanism kinematic analysis. New compliant mechanism designs are presented to highlight where such combined kinematic analysis is required....

  7. A concept for a magnetic field detector underpinned by the nonlinear dynamics of coupled multiferroic devices (United States)

    Beninato, A.; Emery, T.; Baglio, S.; Andò, B.; Bulsara, A. R.; Jenkins, C.; Palkar, V.


    Multiferroic (MF) composites, in which magnetic and ferroelectric orders coexist, represent a very attractive class of materials with promising applications in areas, such as spintronics, memories, and sensors. One of the most important multiferroics is the perovskite phase of bismuth ferrite, which exhibits weak magnetoelectric properties at room temperature; its properties can be enhanced by doping with other elements such as dysprosium. A recent paper has demonstrated that a thin film of Bi0.7Dy0.3FeO3 shows good magnetoelectric coupling. In separate work it has been shown that a carefully crafted ring connection of N (N odd and N ≥ 3) ferroelectric capacitors yields, past a critical point, nonlinear oscillations that can be exploited for electric (E) field sensing. These two results represent the starting point of our work. In this paper the (electrical) hysteresis, experimentally measured in the MF material Bi0.7Dy0.3FeO3, is characterized with the applied magnetic field (B) taken as a control parameter. This yields a "blueprint" for a magnetic (B) field sensor: a ring-oscillator coupling of N = 3 Sawyer-Tower circuits each underpinned by a mutliferroic element. In this configuration, the changes induced in the ferroelectric behavior by the external or "target" B-field are quantified, thus providing a pathway for very low power and high sensitivity B-field sensing.

  8. A bistable system with an electromagnetically induced grating

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    苏雪梅; 卓仲畅; 王立军; 高锦岳


    We propose a scheme of a bistable system with an electromagnetically induced grating and analyse the opticalbistabilities in the system. The stationary equations describing the system have been derived. This bistable systemshows typical hysteresis behaviour.

  9. Effect of signal modulating noise in bistable stochastic dynamical systems

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    肖方红; 闫桂荣; 张新武


    The effect of signal modulating noise in bistable stochastic dynamical systems is studied.The concept of instan taneous steady state is proposed for bistable dynamical systems.By making a dynamical analysis of bistable stochastic systems,we find that global and local effect of signal modulating noise as well as stochastic resonance can occur in bistable dynamical systems on which both a weak sinusoidal signal and noise are forced.The effect is demonstrated by numerical simulation.

  10. Reversing invasion in bistable systems. (United States)

    Alzahrani, Ebraheem O; Davidson, Fordyce A; Dodds, Niall


    In this paper, we discuss a class of bistable reaction-diffusion systems used to model the competitive interaction of two species. The interactions are assumed to be of classic "Lotka-Volterra" type and we will consider a particular problem with relevance to applications in population dynamics: essentially, we study under what conditions the interplay of relative motility (diffusion) and competitive strength can cause waves of invasion to be halted and reversed. By establishing rigorous results concerning related degenerate and near-degenerate systems, we build a picture of the dependence of the wave speed on system parameters. Our results lead us to conjecture that this class of competition model has three "zones of response". In the central zone, varying the motility can slow, halt and reverse invasion. However, in the two outer zones, the direction of invasion is independent of the relative motility and is entirely determined by the relative competitive strengths. Furthermore, we conjecture that for a large class of competition models of the type studied here, the wave speed is an increasing function of the relative motility.

  11. Hybrid optoelectronic device with multiple bistable outputs (United States)

    Costazo-Caso, Pablo A.; Jin, Yiye; Gelh, Michael; Granieri, Sergio; Siahmakoun, Azad


    Optoelectronic circuits which exhibit optical and electrical bistability with hysteresis behavior are proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The systems are based on semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA), bipolar junction transistors (BJT), PIN photodiodes (PD) and laser diodes externally modulated with integrated electro-absorption modulators (LD-EAM). The device operates based on two independent phenomena leading to both electrical bistability and optical bistability. The electrical bistability is due to the series connection of two p-i-n structures (SOA, BJT, PD or LD) in reverse bias. The optical bistability is consequence of the quantum confined Stark effect (QCSE) in the multi-quantum well (MQW) structure in the intrinsic region of the device. This effect produces the optical modulation of the transmitted light through the SOA (or reflected from the PD). Finally, because the optical transmission of the SOA (in reverse bias) and the reflected light from the PD are so small, a LD-EAM modulated by the voltage across these devices are employed to obtain a higher output optical power. Experiments show that the maximum switching frequency is in MHz range and the rise/fall times lower than 1 us. The temporal response is mainly limited by the electrical capacitance of the devices and the parasitic inductances of the connecting wires. The effects of these components can be reduced in current integration technologies.

  12. Modeling of optically controlled reflective bistability in a vertical cavity semiconductor saturable absorber (United States)

    Mishra, L.


    Bistability switching between two optical signals has been studied theoretically utilizing the concept of cross absorption modulation in a vertical cavity semiconductor saturable absorber (VCSSA). The probe beam is fixed at a wavelength other than the low power cavity resonance wavelength, which exhibits bistable characteristic by controlling the power of a pump beam (λpump≠λprobe). The cavity nonlinear effects that arises simultaneously from the excitonic absorption bleaching, and the carrier induced nonlinear index change has been considered in the model. The high power absorption in the active region introduces thermal effects within the nonlinear cavity due to which the effective cavity length changes. This leads to a red-shift of the cavity resonance wavelength, which results a change in phase of the optical fields within the cavity. In the simulation, the phase-change due to this resonance shifting is considered to be constant over time, and it assumes the value corresponding to the maximum input power. Further, an initial phase detuning of the probe beam has been considered to investigate its effect on switching. It is observed from the simulated results that, the output of the probe beam exhibits either clockwise or counter-clockwise bistability, depending on its initial phase detuning.

  13. Perceptual incongruence influences bistability and cortical activation.

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    Gijs Joost Brouwer

    Full Text Available We employed a parametric psychophysical design in combination with functional imaging to examine the influence of metric changes in perceptual incongruence on perceptual alternation rates and cortical responses. Subjects viewed a bistable stimulus defined by incongruent depth cues; bistability resulted from incongruence between binocular disparity and monocular perspective cues that specify different slants (slant rivalry. Psychophysical results revealed that perceptual alternation rates were positively correlated with the degree of perceived incongruence. Functional imaging revealed systematic increases in activity that paralleled the psychophysical results within anterior intraparietal sulcus, prior to the onset of perceptual alternations. We suggest that this cortical activity predicts the frequency of subsequent alternations, implying a putative causal role for these areas in initiating bistable perception. In contrast, areas implicated in form and depth processing (LOC and V3A were sensitive to the degree of slant, but failed to show increases in activity when these cues were in conflict.

  14. Bistable dielectric elastomer minimum energy structures (United States)

    Zhao, Jianwen; Wang, Shu; McCoul, David; Xing, Zhiguang; Huang, Bo; Liu, Liwu; Leng, Jinsong


    Dielectric elastomer minimum energy structures (DEMES) can realize large angular deformations by small voltage-induced strains, which make them an attractive candidate for use as soft actuators. If the task only needs binary action, the bistable structure will be an efficient solution and can save energy because it requires only a very short duration of voltage to switch its state. To obtain bistable DEMES, a method to realize the two stable states of traditional DEMES is provided in this paper. Based on this, a type of symmetrical bistable DEMES is proposed, and the required actuation pulse duration is shorter than 0.1 s. When a suitable mass is attached to end of the DEMES, or two layers of dielectric elastomer are affixed to both sides of the primary frame, the DEMES can realize two stable states and can be switched by a suitable pulse duration. To calculate the required minimum pulse duration, a mathematical model is provided and validated by experiment.

  15. Dynamical bistability in driven Josephson circuits - the WKB limit and beyond.

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    Peano, Vittorio; Thorwart, Michael [FRIAS Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Freiburg (Germany)


    Driven and dissipative nonlinear quantum oscillators can be operated in a regime where a bistability is induced dynamically. Prominent examples are the Josephson bifurcation amplifier and the driven circuit QED set-up of the superconducting transmon qubit. Josephson circuits with their large quality factors and scalable nonlinearities are the perfect playground to explore this phenomenon from the classical limit down to the quantum scale. We show that the WKB approximation is an excellent tool in all these regimes. We explore its limit of validity, focusing thereby on the quantum Duffing oscillator and the driven circuit QED.

  16. Effects of oblique wave propagation on the nonlinear plasma resonance in the two-dimensional channel of the Dyakonov-Shur detector (United States)

    Rupper, Greg; Rudin, Sergey; Crowne, Frank J.


    In the Dyakonov-Shur terahertz detector the conduction channel of a heterostructure High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) is used as a plasma wave resonator for density oscillations in electron gas. Nonlinearities in the plasma wave propagation lead to a constant source-to-drain voltage, providing the detector output. In this paper, we start with the quasi-classical Boltzmann equation and derive the hydrodynamic model with temperature dependent transport coefficients for a two-dimensional viscous flow. This derivation allows us to obtain the parameters for the hydrodynamic model from the band-structure of the HEMT channel. The treatment here also includes the energy balance equation into the analysis. By numerical solution of the hydrodynamic equations with a non-zero boundary current we evaluate the detector response function and obtain the temperature dependence of the plasma resonance. The present treatment extends the theory of Dyakonov-Shur plasma resonator and detector to account for the temperature dependence of viscosity, the effects of oblique wave propagation on detector response, and effects of boundary current in two-dimensional flow on quality of the plasma resonance. The numerical results are given for a GaN channel. We also investigated a stability of source to drain flow and formation of shock waves.

  17. Asymptotic iteration approach to supersymmetric bistable potentials

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    H. Ciftci; O. ozer; P. Roy


    We examine quasi exactly solvable bistable potentials and their supersymmetric partners within the framework of the asymptotic iteration method (AIM).It is shown that the AIM produces excellent approximate spectra and that sometimes it is found to be more useful to use the partner potential for computation. We also discuss the direct application of the AIM to the Fokker-Planck equation.

  18. Organic bistable light-emitting devices (United States)

    Ma, Liping; Liu, Jie; Pyo, Seungmoon; Yang, Yang


    An organic bistable device, with a unique trilayer structure consisting of organic/metal/organic sandwiched between two outmost metal electrodes, has been invented. [Y. Yang, L. P. Ma, and J. Liu, U.S. Patent Pending, U.S. 01/17206 (2001)]. When the device is biased with voltages beyond a critical value (for example 3 V), the device suddenly switches from a high-impedance state to a low-impedance state, with a difference in injection current of more than 6 orders of magnitude. When the device is switched to the low-impedance state, it remains in that state even when the power is off. (This is called "nonvolatile" phenomenon in memory devices.) The high-impedance state can be recovered by applying a reverse bias; therefore, this bistable device is ideal for memory applications. In order to increase the data read-out rate of this type of memory device, a regular polymer light-emitting diode has been integrated with the organic bistable device, such that it can be read out optically. These features make the organic bistable light-emitting device a promising candidate for several applications, such as digital memories, opto-electronic books, and recordable papers.

  19. A CW Gunn diode bistable switching element. (United States)

    Hurtado, M.; Rosenbaum, F. J.


    Experiments with a current-controlled bistable switching element using a CW Gunn diode are reported. Switching rates of the order of 10 MHz have been obtained. Switching is initiated by current pulses of short duration (5-10 ns). Rise times of the order of several nanoseconds could be obtained.

  20. Gain-assisted optical bistability and multistability in superconducting phase quantum circuits (United States)

    Amini Sabegh, Z.; Maleki, M. A.; Mahmoudi, M.


    We study the absorption and optical bistability (OB) behavior of the superconducting phase quantum circuits in the four-level cascade and closed-loop configurations. It is shown that the OB is established in both configurations and it can be controlled by the intensity and frequency of applied fluxes. It is also demonstrated that the gain-assisted OB is generated in both configurations and can switch to the gain-assisted optical multistability (OM) only by changing the relative phase of applied fluxes in closed-loop quantum system. It is worth noting that the several significant output fluxes with negligible inputs can be seen in bistable behavior of the closed-loop configuration due to the nonlinear processing.

  1. Nonlinear channelizer (United States)

    In, Visarath; Longhini, Patrick; Kho, Andy; Neff, Joseph D.; Leung, Daniel; Liu, Norman; Meadows, Brian K.; Gordon, Frank; Bulsara, Adi R.; Palacios, Antonio


    The nonlinear channelizer is an integrated circuit made up of large parallel arrays of analog nonlinear oscillators, which, collectively, serve as a broad-spectrum analyzer with the ability to receive complex signals containing multiple frequencies and instantaneously lock-on or respond to a received signal in a few oscillation cycles. The concept is based on the generation of internal oscillations in coupled nonlinear systems that do not normally oscillate in the absence of coupling. In particular, the system consists of unidirectionally coupled bistable nonlinear elements, where the frequency and other dynamical characteristics of the emergent oscillations depend on the system's internal parameters and the received signal. These properties and characteristics are being employed to develop a system capable of locking onto any arbitrary input radio frequency signal. The system is efficient by eliminating the need for high-speed, high-accuracy analog-to-digital converters, and compact by making use of nonlinear coupled systems to act as a channelizer (frequency binning and channeling), a low noise amplifier, and a frequency down-converter in a single step which, in turn, will reduce the size, weight, power, and cost of the entire communication system. This paper covers the theory, numerical simulations, and some engineering details that validate the concept at the frequency band of 1-4 GHz.

  2. Theoretical Investigation on Bistable Switching and Dynamic Characteristics of Tapered Nonlinear Bragg Gratings%切趾型非线性布拉格光纤光栅双稳开关及动态特性的理论研究

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    陈建军; 木拉提·哈米提; 胡彦婷


    基于耦合模方程,利用含有时间推移变量的传输矩阵方法对非线性布拉格光栅(NLBG)双稳特性进行了理论分析,结果表明:在稳态情况下,不同切趾参数对NLBG双稳开关的阈值影响不同,并且正负切趾具有明显的光隔离器特点.考虑连续波输入,NLBG表现出的双稳开关特性在动态情形下极易出现一定周期性的自脉动,而且当输入光强增大到临界光强,输出可由自脉动转变为混沌状态;考虑切趾参数一定时,耦合系数的增大会导致脉动基座宽度和频率减小,当耦合系数达到一定数值后.输出状态将转变为弛豫衰减振荡.%Based on the coupled mode theory, by using the time-domain transfer matrix method, the bistable characteristics of nonlinear Bragg gratings (NLBG) are analyzed numerically. The results show that under steady case, various tapered factors have a different effects on the threshold switching energy and also positive and negative taper can cause the response of optical isolator in NLBG. On the other hand, with the continuous wave taken into consideration, the periodic self-pulsation may emerge extremely easy under the dynamic conditions in NLBG. As the input power increases to the critical intensity, the self-pulsation transforms into the chaos. For a certain tapered factor, the pulsation width and the frequency of the self-pulsation will reduce with the increase of coupling coefficient, but the output state will transform into relaxation damped oscillation when the coupling coefficient reaches a certain value.

  3. Identification of optimal parameter combinations for the emergence of bistability. (United States)

    Májer, Imre; Hajihosseini, Amirhossein; Becskei, Attila


    Bistability underlies cellular memory and maintains alternative differentiation states. Bistability can emerge only if its parameter range is either physically realizable or can be enlarged to become realizable. We derived a general rule and showed that the bistable range of a reaction parameter is maximized by a pair of other parameters in any gene regulatory network provided they satisfy a general condition. The resulting analytical expressions revealed whether or not such reaction pairs are present in prototypical positive feedback loops. They are absent from the feedback loop enclosed by protein dimers but present in both the toggle-switch and the feedback circuit inhibited by sequestration. Sequestration can generate bistability even at narrow feedback expression range at which cooperative binding fails to do so, provided inhibition is set to an optimal value. These results help to design bistable circuits and cellular reprogramming and reveal whether bistability is possible in gene networks in the range of realistic parameter values.

  4. Bistable perception modeled as competing stochastic integrations at two levels.

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    Guido Gigante


    Full Text Available We propose a novel explanation for bistable perception, namely, the collective dynamics of multiple neural populations that are individually meta-stable. Distributed representations of sensory input and of perceptual state build gradually through noise-driven transitions in these populations, until the competition between alternative representations is resolved by a threshold mechanism. The perpetual repetition of this collective race to threshold renders perception bistable. This collective dynamics - which is largely uncoupled from the time-scales that govern individual populations or neurons - explains many hitherto puzzling observations about bistable perception: the wide range of mean alternation rates exhibited by bistable phenomena, the consistent variability of successive dominance periods, and the stabilizing effect of past perceptual states. It also predicts a number of previously unsuspected relationships between observable quantities characterizing bistable perception. We conclude that bistable perception reflects the collective nature of neural decision making rather than properties of individual populations or neurons.

  5. Identification of optimal parameter combinations for the emergence of bistability (United States)

    Májer, Imre; Hajihosseini, Amirhossein; Becskei, Attila


    Bistability underlies cellular memory and maintains alternative differentiation states. Bistability can emerge only if its parameter range is either physically realizable or can be enlarged to become realizable. We derived a general rule and showed that the bistable range of a reaction parameter is maximized by a pair of other parameters in any gene regulatory network provided they satisfy a general condition. The resulting analytical expressions revealed whether or not such reaction pairs are present in prototypical positive feedback loops. They are absent from the feedback loop enclosed by protein dimers but present in both the toggle-switch and the feedback circuit inhibited by sequestration. Sequestration can generate bistability even at narrow feedback expression range at which cooperative binding fails to do so, provided inhibition is set to an optimal value. These results help to design bistable circuits and cellular reprogramming and reveal whether bistability is possible in gene networks in the range of realistic parameter values.

  6. Memory devices based on organic electric bistable materials

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    CHEN Qi; BAI Hua; SHI GaoQuan


    Organic/metallic composites have demonstrated electrical bistability, as well as memory effects. These advanced materials have shown potential applications in digital information storage because of their good stability, flexibility and fast response speed. The electric bistability phenomenon can be explained by electric field-induced electron transfer/storage. This article reviews the recent progress of memory devices based on organic/metallic and polymeric composites with electric bistability.

  7. Dynamo efficiency controlled by hydrodynamic bistability. (United States)

    Miralles, Sophie; Herault, Johann; Herault, Johann; Fauve, Stephan; Gissinger, Christophe; Pétrélis, François; Daviaud, François; Dubrulle, Bérengère; Boisson, Jean; Bourgoin, Mickaël; Verhille, Gautier; Odier, Philippe; Pinton, Jean-François; Plihon, Nicolas


    Hydrodynamic and magnetic behaviors in a modified experimental setup of the von Kármán sodium flow-where one disk has been replaced by a propeller-are investigated. When the rotation frequencies of the disk and the propeller are different, we show that the fully turbulent hydrodynamic flow undergoes a global bifurcation between two configurations. The bistability of these flow configurations is associated with the dynamics of the central shear layer. The bistable flows are shown to have different dynamo efficiencies; thus for a given rotation rate of the soft-iron disk, two distinct magnetic behaviors are observed depending on the flow configuration. The hydrodynamic transition controls the magnetic field behavior, and bifurcations between high and low magnetic field branches are investigated.

  8. Catalytic constants enable the emergence of bistability in dual phosphorylation. (United States)

    Conradi, Carsten; Mincheva, Maya


    Dual phosphorylation of proteins is a principal component of intracellular signalling. Bistability is considered an important property of such systems and its origin is not yet completely understood. Theoretical studies have established parameter values for multistationarity and bistability for many types of proteins. However, up to now no formal criterion linking multistationarity and bistability to the parameter values characterizing dual phosphorylation has been established. Deciding whether an unclassified protein has the capacity for bistability, therefore requires careful numerical studies. Here, we present two general algebraic conditions in the form of inequalities. The first employs the catalytic constants, and if satisfied guarantees multistationarity (and hence the potential for bistability). The second involves the catalytic and Michaelis constants, and if satisfied guarantees uniqueness of steady states (and hence absence of bistability). Our method also allows for the direct computation of the total concentration values such that multistationarity occurs. Applying our results yields insights into the emergence of bistability in the ERK-MEK-MKP system that previously required a delicate numerical effort. Our algebraic conditions present a practical way to determine the capacity for bistability and hence will be a useful tool for examining the origin of bistability in many models containing dual phosphorylation.

  9. Bistable heat transfer in a nanofluid. (United States)

    Donzelli, Gea; Cerbino, Roberto; Vailati, Alberto


    Heat convection in water can be suppressed by adding a small amount of highly thermophilic nanoparticles. We show that such suppression is not effective when a suspension with uniform concentration of nanoparticles is suddenly heated from below. At Rayleigh numbers smaller than a sample dependent threshold Ra;{*} we observe transient oscillatory convection. Unexpectedly, the duration of convection diverges at Ra;{*}. Above Ra;{*} oscillatory convection becomes permanent and the heat transferred exhibits bistability. Our results are explained only partially and qualitatively by existing theories.

  10. Bistable (latching) solenoid actuated propellant isolation valve (United States)

    Wichmann, H.; Deboi, H. H.


    The design, fabrication, assembly and test of a development configuration bistable (latching) solenoid actuated propellant isolation valve suitable for the control hydrazine and liquid fluorine to an 800 pound thrust rocket engine is described. The valve features a balanced poppet, utilizing metal bellows, a hard poppet/seat interface and a flexure support system for the internal moving components. This support system eliminates sliding surfaces, thereby rendering the valve free of self generated particles.

  11. Dynamics and bistability in a reduced model of the lac operon (United States)

    Yildirim, Necmettin; Santillán, Moisés; Horike, Daisuke; Mackey, Michael C.


    It is known that the lac operon regulatory pathway is capable of showing bistable behavior. This is an important complex feature, arising from the nonlinearity of the involved mechanisms, which is essential to understand the dynamic behavior of this molecular regulatory system. To find which of the mechanisms involved in the regulation of the lac operon is the origin of bistability, we take a previously published model which accounts for the dynamics of mRNA, lactose, allolactose, permease and β-galactosidase involvement and simplify it by ignoring permease dynamics (assuming a constant permease concentration). To test the behavior of the reduced model, three existing sets of data on β-galactosidase levels as a function of time are simulated and we obtain a reasonable agreement between the data and the model predictions. The steady states of the reduced model were numerically and analytically analyzed and it was shown that it may indeed display bistability, depending on the extracellular lactose concentration and growth rate.

  12. Nonlinear biochemical signal processing via noise propagation. (United States)

    Kim, Kyung Hyuk; Qian, Hong; Sauro, Herbert M


    Single-cell studies often show significant phenotypic variability due to the stochastic nature of intra-cellular biochemical reactions. When the numbers of molecules, e.g., transcription factors and regulatory enzymes, are in low abundance, fluctuations in biochemical activities become significant and such "noise" can propagate through regulatory cascades in terms of biochemical reaction networks. Here we develop an intuitive, yet fully quantitative method for analyzing how noise affects cellular phenotypes based on identifying a system's nonlinearities and noise propagations. We observe that such noise can simultaneously enhance sensitivities in one behavioral region while reducing sensitivities in another. Employing this novel phenomenon we designed three biochemical signal processing modules: (a) A gene regulatory network that acts as a concentration detector with both enhanced amplitude and sensitivity. (b) A non-cooperative positive feedback system, with a graded dose-response in the deterministic case, that serves as a bistable switch due to noise-induced ultra-sensitivity. (c) A noise-induced linear amplifier for gene regulation that requires no feedback. The methods developed in the present work allow one to understand and engineer nonlinear biochemical signal processors based on fluctuation-induced phenotypes.

  13. Nonlinear optical systems

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    Lugiato, Luigi; Brambilla, Massimo


    Guiding graduate students and researchers through the complex world of laser physics and nonlinear optics, this book provides an in-depth exploration of the dynamics of lasers and other relevant optical systems, under the umbrella of a unitary spatio-temporal vision. Adopting a balanced approach, the book covers traditional as well as special topics in laser physics, quantum electronics and nonlinear optics, treating them from the viewpoint of nonlinear dynamical systems. These include laser emission, frequency generation, solitons, optically bistable systems, pulsations and chaos and optical pattern formation. It also provides a coherent and up-to-date treatment of the hierarchy of nonlinear optical models and of the rich variety of phenomena they describe, helping readers to understand the limits of validity of each model and the connections among the phenomena. It is ideal for graduate students and researchers in nonlinear optics, quantum electronics, laser physics and photonics.

  14. An analytical approach for predicting the energy capture and conversion by impulsively-excited bistable vibration energy harvesters (United States)

    Harne, R. L.; Zhang, Chunlin; Li, Bing; Wang, K. W.


    Impulsive energies are abundant throughout the natural and built environments, for instance as stimulated by wind gusts, foot-steps, or vehicle-road interactions. In the interest of maximizing the sustainability of society's technological developments, one idea is to capture these high-amplitude and abrupt energies and convert them into usable electrical power such as for sensors which otherwise rely on less sustainable power supplies. In this spirit, the considerable sensitivity to impulse-type events previously uncovered for bistable oscillators has motivated recent experimental and numerical studies on the power generation performance of bistable vibration energy harvesters. To lead to an effective and efficient predictive tool and design guide, this research develops a new analytical approach to estimate the electroelastic response and power generation of a bistable energy harvester when excited by an impulse. Comparison with values determined by direct simulation of the governing equations shows that the analytically predicted net converted energies are very accurate for a wide range of impulse strengths. Extensive experimental investigations are undertaken to validate the analytical approach and it is seen that the predicted estimates of the impulsive energy conversion are in excellent agreement with the measurements, and the detailed structural dynamics are correctly reproduced. As a result, the analytical approach represents a significant leap forward in the understanding of how to effectively leverage bistable structures as energy harvesting devices and introduces new means to elucidate the transient and far-from-equilibrium dynamics of nonlinear systems more generally.

  15. Bistable optical devices with laser diodes coupled to absorbers of narrow spectral bandwidth. (United States)

    Maeda, Y


    An optical signal inverter was demonstrated with a combination of the following two effects: One is the decrease of the transmission of an Er-doped YAG crystal with increasing red shift of a laser diode resulting from an increase in the injection current, and the other is a negative nonlinear absorption in which the transmission decreases inversely with increasing laser intensity. Because a hysteresis characteristic exists in the relationship between the wavelength and the injection current of the laser diode, an optical bistability was observed in this system.

  16. Surface plasmon-assisted optical bistability in the quantum dot-metal nanoparticle hybrid system (United States)

    Bao, Chengjun; Qi, Yihong; Niu, Yueping; Gong, Shangqing


    We theoretically investigated optical bistability (OB) of a coupled excition-plasmon hybrid system in a unidirectional ring cavity. It is found that the threshold and the region of OB can be tuned by adjusting the center-center distance between the quantum dot and metal nanoparticle (MNP), the Rabi frequency of the control field and the radius of the MNP. Due to the significantly enhanced optical nonlinearity by the surface plasmon effect, the threshold of OB can be decreased greatly when the probe field is parallel to the major axis of the hybrid system. The enhanced OB may have promising applications in optical switching and optical storage.

  17. Phase-controlled bistability of a dark soliton train in a polariton fluid

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    Goblot, Valentin; Carusotto, Iacopo; Galopin, Elisabeth; Lemaître, Aristide; Sagnes, Isabelle; Amo, Alberto; Bloch, Jacqueline


    We use a one-dimensional polariton fluid in a semiconductor microcavity to explore the rich nonlinear dynamics of counter-propagating interacting Bose fluids. The intrinsically driven-dissipative nature of the polariton fluid allows to use resonant pumping to impose a phase twist across the fluid. When the polariton-polariton interaction energy becomes comparable to their kinetic energy, linear interference fringes transform into a train of solitons. A novel type of bistable behavior controlled by the phase twist across the fluid is experimentally evidenced.

  18. Stochastic resonance in a bistable system with coloured correlation between additive and multiplicative noise

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    Luo Xiao-Qin; Zhu Shi-Qun


    The phenomenon of stochastic resonance (SR) in a bistable nonlinear system with coupling between additive and multiplicative noises is investigated when the correlation between two noise terms is coloured. It is found that the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the system is affected not only by the coupling strength λ between two noise terms, but also by the noise correlation time . The SNR is changed from a single peak, to two peaks with a dip, and then to a monotonically decreasing function with noise strength. The dependence of the SR on the initial conditions is entirely caused by the coupling strength λ between two noise terms.

  19. Steady state statistical correlations predict bistability in reaction motifs. (United States)

    Chakravarty, Suchana; Barik, Debashis


    Various cellular decision making processes are regulated by bistable switches that take graded input signals and convert them to binary all-or-none responses. Traditionally, a bistable switch generated by a positive feedback loop is characterized either by a hysteretic signal response curve with two distinct signaling thresholds or by characterizing the bimodality of the response distribution in the bistable region. To identify the intrinsic bistability of a feedback regulated network, here we propose that bistability can be determined by correlating higher order moments and cumulants (≥2) of the joint steady state distributions of two components connected in a positive feedback loop. We performed stochastic simulations of four feedback regulated models with intrinsic bistability and we show that for a bistable switch with variation of the signal dose, the steady state variance vs. covariance adopts a signatory cusp-shaped curve. Further, we find that the (n + 1)th order cross-cumulant vs. nth order cross-cumulant adopts a closed loop structure for at least n = 3. We also propose that our method is capable of identifying systems without intrinsic bistability even though the system may show bimodality in the marginal response distribution. The proposed method can be used to analyze single cell protein data measured at steady state from experiments such as flow cytometry.

  20. Bubbling and bistability in two parameter discrete systems

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    G Ambika; N V Sujatha


    We present a graphical analysis of the mechanisms underlying the occurrences of bubbling sequences and bistability regions in the bifurcation scenario of a special class of one dimensional two parameter maps. The main result of the analysis is that whether it is bubbling or bistability is decided by the sign of the third derivative at the inflection point of the map function.

  1. Structured populations: immigration, (bi)stability and the net growth rate

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    Farkas, Jozsef Z


    We consider a class of physiologically structured population models, a first order nonlinear partial differential equation equipped with a nonlocal boundary condition, with a constant external inflow of individuals. We prove that the linearized system is governed by a quasicontraction semigroup. We also establish that linear stability of equilibrium solutions is governed by a generalized net reproduction function. In a special case of the model ingredients we discuss the nonlinear dynamics of the system when the spectral bound of the linearized operator equals zero, i.e. when linearization does not decide stability. This allows us to demonstrate, through a concrete example, how immigration might be beneficial to the population. In particular, we show that from a nonlinearly unstable positive equilibrium a linearly stable and unstable pair of equilibria bifurcates. In fact, the linearized system exhibits bistability, for a certain range of values of the external inflow, induced potentially by Allee-effect.

  2. Bistability: requirements on cell-volume, protein diffusion, and thermodynamics.

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    Robert G Endres

    Full Text Available Bistability is considered wide-spread among bacteria and eukaryotic cells, useful, e.g., for enzyme induction, bet hedging, and epigenetic switching. However, this phenomenon has mostly been described with deterministic dynamic or well-mixed stochastic models. Here, we map known biological bistable systems onto the well-characterized biochemical Schlögl model, using analytical calculations and stochastic spatiotemporal simulations. In addition to network architecture and strong thermodynamic driving away from equilibrium, we show that bistability requires fine-tuning towards small cell volumes (or compartments and fast protein diffusion (well mixing. Bistability is thus fragile and hence may be restricted to small bacteria and eukaryotic nuclei, with switching triggered by volume changes during the cell cycle. For large volumes, single cells generally loose their ability for bistable switching and instead undergo a first-order phase transition.

  3. Non-linear neuronal responses as an emergent property of afferent networks: a case study of the locust lobula giant movement detector.

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    Sergi Bermúdez i Badia


    Full Text Available In principle it appears advantageous for single neurons to perform non-linear operations. Indeed it has been reported that some neurons show signatures of such operations in their electrophysiological response. A particular case in point is the Lobula Giant Movement Detector (LGMD neuron of the locust, which is reported to locally perform a functional multiplication. Given the wide ramifications of this suggestion with respect to our understanding of neuronal computations, it is essential that this interpretation of the LGMD as a local multiplication unit is thoroughly tested. Here we evaluate an alternative model that tests the hypothesis that the non-linear responses of the LGMD neuron emerge from the interactions of many neurons in the opto-motor processing structure of the locust. We show, by exposing our model to standard LGMD stimulation protocols, that the properties of the LGMD that were seen as a hallmark of local non-linear operations can be explained as emerging from the dynamics of the pre-synaptic network. Moreover, we demonstrate that these properties strongly depend on the details of the synaptic projections from the medulla to the LGMD. From these observations we deduce a number of testable predictions. To assess the real-time properties of our model we applied it to a high-speed robot. These robot results show that our model of the locust opto-motor system is able to reliably stabilize the movement trajectory of the robot and can robustly support collision avoidance. In addition, these behavioural experiments suggest that the emergent non-linear responses of the LGMD neuron enhance the system's collision detection acuity. We show how all reported properties of this neuron are consistently reproduced by this alternative model, and how they emerge from the overall opto-motor processing structure of the locust. Hence, our results propose an alternative view on neuronal computation that emphasizes the network properties as opposed

  4. Morphing of Bistable Composite Laminates Using Distributed Piezoelectric Actuators

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    Marie-Laure Dano


    Full Text Available The use of bistable unsymmetric cross-ply laminates for morphing application has received growing attention in the last few years. So far, most studies use large rectangular piezoelectric Macro Fiber Composite (MFC patches bonded at the center of the laminate to induce snap-through. However, the use of large rectangular MFC patches bonded in the center of the laminates significantly influences the shape of the laminate by greatly reducing the curvature at the midsection of the laminate where the MFC patches are bonded. This paper presents a study where narrow cocured MFC strips distributed over the entire surface are used to induce snap-through of unsymmetric cross-ply laminates. This MFC configuration allows having a more uniform curvature in the laminate. Since the strips are bonded on both sides, reverse snap-through should be obtained. The study was both theoretical and experimental. A finite element nonlinear analysis was used to predict the two stable cylindrical configurations and the snap-through induced by MFC actuation. For the experimental study, a laminate-MFC structure was manufactured and tested. The shapes were measured using a 3D image correlation system as a function of applied voltage. Good correlations for the cylindrical shape and displacement field were observed.

  5. Domain wall dynamics of magnetically bistable microwires

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    Ipatov M.


    Full Text Available We studied domain wall propagation of magnetically-bistable Fe- Co-rich microwires paying attention on effect of applied and internal stresses. We measured hysteresis loops and domain wall propagation in various magnetic Fe- Co-rich amorphous microwires with metallic nucleus diameters (from 12 □m till 22 □m using Sixtus Tonks-like experiments. Application of tensile stresses results in decreasing of domain wall velocity. We discussed magnetoelastic contribution in dynamics of domain wall propagation. We observed, that microwires with different geometries exhibit v(H dependences with different slopes. Application of stresses resulted in decrease of DW velocity, v, and DW mobility S. Quite fast DW propagation (v till 2500 m/s at H about 30 A/m has been observed in low magnetostrictive magnetically bistable Co56Fe8Ni10Si110B16 microwires. Consequently, we can assume that generally magnetoelastic energy affects DW dynamics: decreasing magnetoelastic energy, Kme, DW velocity increases.

  6. Nonlinear properties of a graded-index photonic heterostructure

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    B Tavakkoly Moghaddam; S Roshan Entezar; H Pashei Adl


    The optical properties of a one-dimensional (1D) photonic heterostructure with gradedindex nonlinear materials are demonstrated theoretically. The influence of the gradation profile of the graded-index nonlinear layers on the linear and nonlinear responses of the structure are analysed. It is shown that the -factor of the defect mode and the threshold input intensity to achieve the optical bistability in the used photonic heterostructure depend on the gradation profile of the gradedindex nonlinear layers.

  7. Membrane Bistability in Thalamic Reticular Neurons During Spindle Oscillations (United States)

    Fuentealba, Pablo; Timofeev, Igor; Bazhenov, Maxim; Sejnowski, Terrence J.; Steriade, Mircea


    The thalamic reticular (RE) nucleus is a major source of inhibition in the thalamus. It plays a crucial role in regulating the excitability of thalamocortical networks and in generating some sleep rhythms. Current-clamp intracellular recordings of RE neurons in cats under barbiturate anesthesia revealed the presence of membrane bistability in ~20% of neurons. Bistability consisted of two alternate membrane potentials, separated by ~17–20 mV. While non-bistable (common) RE neurons fired rhythmic spike-bursts during spindles, bistable RE neurons fired tonically, with burst modulation, throughout spindle sequences. Bistability was strongly voltage dependent and only expressed under resting conditions (i.e. no current injection). The transition from the silent to the active state was a regenerative event that could be activated by brief depolarization, whereas brief hyperpolarizations could switch the membrane potential from the active to the silent state. These effects outlasted the current pulses. Corticothalamic stimulation could also switch the membrane potential from silent to active states. Addition of QX-314 in the recording micropipette either abolished or disrupted membrane bistability, suggesting INa(p) to be responsible for its generation. Thalamocortical cells presented various patterns of spindling that reflected the membrane bistability in RE neurons. Finally, experimental data and computer simulations predicted a role for RE neurons’ membrane bistability in inducing various patterns of spindling in target thalamocortical cells. We conclude that membrane bistability of RE neurons is an intrinsic property, likely generated by INa(p) and modulated by cortical influences, as well as a factor that determines different patterns of spindle rhythms in thalamocortical neurons. PMID:15331618

  8. Dynamics of the quantum Duffing oscillator in the driving induced bistable regime

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    Peano, V. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik IV, Universitaet Duesseldorf, Universitaetsstr. 1, 40225 Duesseldorf (Germany); Thorwart, M. [Institut fuer Theoretische Physik IV, Universitaet Duesseldorf, Universitaetsstr. 1, 40225 Duesseldorf (Germany)], E-mail:


    We investigate the non-linear response of an anharmonic monostable quantum mechanical resonator to strong external periodic driving. The driving thereby induces an effective bistability in which resonant tunneling can be identified. Within the framework of a Floquet analysis, an effective Floquet-Born-Markovian master equation with time-independent coefficients can be established which can be solved straightforwardly. Various effects including resonant tunneling and multi-photon transitions will be described. Our model finds applications in nano-electromechanical devices such as vibrating suspended nano-wires as well as in non-destructive read-out procedures for superconducting quantum bits involving the non-linear response of the read-out SQUID.

  9. Bistability, Epigenetics, and Bet-Hedging in Bacteria

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    Veening, Jan-Willem; Smits, Wiep Klaas; Kuipers, Oscar P.


    Clonal populations of microbial cells often show a high degree of phenotypic variability under homogeneous conditions. Stochastic fluctuations in the cellular components that determine cellular states can cause two distinct subpopulations, a property called bistability Phenotypic heterogeneity can b

  10. On the Selection of Bistability in Genetic Regulatory Circuits (United States)

    Ghim, Cheol-Min; Almaas, Eivind


    Bistability is a defining character of switching and memory devices. Many regulatory circuits observed in cellular reaction networks contain ``bistability motifs'' that endow a cell with efficient and reliable switching between different physiological modes of operation. One of the best characterized system, the lac operon in E. coli, has been shown to display a saddle-node bifurcation when induced by nonmetabolizable lactose analogue inducers, such as isopropylthio-β-D-galactoside (IPTG) and thio-methyl-galactoside (TMG). Motivated by the absence of bifurcation in the same system with its natural inducer, lactose, we studied the conditions for bistability and rationalized its fitness effects in the light of evolution. Stochastic simulations as well as mean-field approach confirm that history-dependent behavior as well as nongenetic inheritance, being realized by bistability motifs, may be beneficial in fluctuating environments.

  11. Bifurcation of transition paths induced by coupled bistable systems (United States)

    Tian, Chengzhe; Mitarai, Namiko


    We discuss the transition paths in a coupled bistable system consisting of interacting multiple identical bistable motifs. We propose a simple model of coupled bistable gene circuits as an example and show that its transition paths are bifurcating. We then derive a criterion to predict the bifurcation of transition paths in a generalized coupled bistable system. We confirm the validity of the theory for the example system by numerical simulation. We also demonstrate in the example system that, if the steady states of individual gene circuits are not changed by the coupling, the bifurcation pattern is not dependent on the number of gene circuits. We further show that the transition rate exponentially decreases with the number of gene circuits when the transition path does not bifurcate, while a bifurcation facilitates the transition by lowering the quasi-potential energy barrier.

  12. Phenotypic bistability in Escherichia coli's central carbon metabolism

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    Kotte, Oliver; Volkmer, Benjamin; Radzikowski, Jakub L.; Heinemann, Matthias


    Fluctuations in intracellular molecule abundance can lead to distinct, coexisting phenotypes in isogenic populations. Although metabolism continuously adapts to unpredictable environmental changes, and although bistability was found in certain substrate-uptake pathways, central carbon metabolism is

  13. Generic Bistability in Creased Conical Surfaces (United States)

    Lechenault, F.; Adda-Bedia, M.


    The emerging field of mechanical metamaterials has sought inspiration in the ancient art of origami as archetypal deployable structures that carry geometric rigidity, exhibit exotic material properties, and are potentially scalable. A promising venue to introduce functionality consists in coupling the elasticity of the sheet and the kinematics of the folds. In this spirit, we introduce a scale-free, analytical description of a very general class of snap-through, bistable patterns of creases naturally occurring at the vertices of real origami that can be used as building blocks to program and actuate the overall shape of the decorated sheet. These switches appear at the simplest possible level of creasing and admit straightforward experimental realizations.

  14. Bistability in one equation or fewer. (United States)

    Anderson, Graham A; Liu, Xuedong; Ferrell, James E


    When several genes or proteins modulate one another's activity as part of a network, they sometimes produce behaviors that no protein could accomplish on its own. Intuition for these emergent behaviors often cannot be obtained simply by tracing causality through the network in discreet steps. Specifically, when a network contains a feedback loop, biologists need specialized tools to understand the network's behaviors and their necessary conditions. This analysis is grounded in the mathematics of ordinary differential equations. We, however, will demonstrate the use of purely graphical methods to determine, for experimental data, the plausibility of two network behaviors, bistability and irreversibility. We use the Xenopus laevis oocyte maturation network as our example, and we make special use of iterative stability analysis, a graphical tool for determining stability in two dimensions.

  15. Electronic bistability in linear beryllium chains. (United States)

    Helal, Wissam; Monari, Antonio; Evangelisti, Stefano; Leininger, Thierry


    A theoretical investigation on the mixed-valence behavior (bistability) of a series of cationic linear chains composed of beryllium atoms, Be(N)(+) (with N = 6,..., 12), is presented. The calculations were performed at CAS-SCF and MR-CI levels by using an ANO basis set containing 6s4p3d2f orbitals for each atom. Our results show a consistent gradual shift between different classes of mixed-valence compounds as the number of beryllium atoms increases, from class III strong coupling toward class II valence trapped. Indeed, in the largest cases (N > 10), the cationic chains were found to be closer to class I, where the coupling vanishes. The intramolecular electron transfer parameters V(ab), E(a), and E(opt) were calculated for each atomic chain. It is shown that the decrease of V(ab) with increasing N follows an exponential pattern.

  16. Lattice stretching bistability and dynamic heterogeneity

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    Christiansen, Peter Leth; Savin, A. V.; Zolotaryuk, A. V.


    A simple one-dimensional lattice model is suggested to describe the experimentally observed plateau in force-stretching diagrams for some macromolecules. This chain model involves the nearest-neighbor interaction of a Morse-like potential (required to have a saturation branch) and a harmonic second......-neighbor coupling. Under an external stretching applied to the chain ends, the intersite Morse-like potential results in the appearance of a double-well potential within each chain monomer, whereas the interaction between the second neighbors provides a homogeneous bistable (degenerate) ground state, at least...... stretched bonds with a double-well potential. This case allows us to explain the existence of a plateau in the force-extension diagram for DNA and α-helix protein. Finally, the soliton dynamics are studied in detail....

  17. Engineering optical soliton bistability in colloidal media

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    Matuszewski, Michal


    We consider a mixture consisting of two species of spherical nanoparticles dispersed in a liquid medium. We show that with an appropriate choice of refractive indices and particle diameters, it is possible to observe the phenomenon of optical soliton bistability in two spatial dimensions in a broad beam power range. Previously, this possibility was ruled out in the case of a single-species colloid. As a particular example, we consider the system of hydrophilic silica particles and gas bubbles generated in the process of electrolysis in water. The interaction of two soliton beams can lead to switching of the lower branch solitons to the upper branch, and the interaction of solitons from different branches is phase independent and always repulsive.

  18. Interaction of multiarmed spirals in bistable media. (United States)

    He, Ya-feng; Ai, Bao-quan; Liu, Fu-cheng


    We study the interaction of both dense and sparse multiarmed spirals in bistable media modeled by equations of the FitzHugh-Nagumo type. A dense one-armed spiral is characterized by its fixed tip. For dense multiarmed spirals, when the initial distance between tips is less than a critical value, the arms collide, connect, and disconnect continuously as the spirals rotate. The continuous reconstruction between the front and the back drives the tips to corotate along a rough circle and to meander zigzaggedly. The rotation frequency of tip, the frequency of zigzagged displacement, the frequency of spiral, the oscillation frequency of media, and the number of arms satisfy certain relations as long as the control parameters of the model are fixed. When the initial distance between tips is larger than the critical value, the behaviors of individual arms within either dense or sparse multiarmed spirals are identical to that of corresponding one-armed spirals.

  19. Bistability in a Driven-Dissipative Superfluid (United States)

    Labouvie, Ralf; Santra, Bodhaditya; Heun, Simon; Ott, Herwig


    We experimentally study a driven-dissipative Josephson junction array, realized with a weakly interacting Bose-Einstein condensate residing in a one-dimensional optical lattice. Engineered losses on one site act as a local dissipative process, while tunneling from the neighboring sites constitutes the driving force. We characterize the emerging steady states of this atomtronic device. With increasing dissipation strength γ the system crosses from a superfluid state, characterized by a coherent Josephson current into the lossy site, to a resistive state, characterized by an incoherent hopping transport. For intermediate values of γ , the system exhibits bistability, where a superfluid and an incoherent branch coexist. We also study the relaxation dynamics towards the steady state, where we find a critical slowing down, indicating the presence of a nonequilibrium phase transition.

  20. Does visual attention drive the dynamics of bistable perception? (United States)

    Dieter, Kevin C; Brascamp, Jan; Tadin, Duje; Blake, Randolph


    How does attention interact with incoming sensory information to determine what we perceive? One domain in which this question has received serious consideration is that of bistable perception: a captivating class of phenomena that involves fluctuating visual experience in the face of physically unchanging sensory input. Here, some investigations have yielded support for the idea that attention alone determines what is seen, while others have implicated entirely attention-independent processes in driving alternations during bistable perception. We review the body of literature addressing this divide and conclude that in fact both sides are correct-depending on the form of bistable perception being considered. Converging evidence suggests that visual attention is required for alternations in the type of bistable perception called binocular rivalry, while alternations during other types of bistable perception appear to continue without requiring attention. We discuss some implications of this differential effect of attention for our understanding of the mechanisms underlying bistable perception, and examine how these mechanisms operate during our everyday visual experiences.

  1. Polarization bistability in strained ridge-waveguide InGaAsP/InP lasers: Experiment and theory (United States)

    Berger, G.; Müller, R.; Klehr, A.; Voss, M.


    New experimental and theoretical results on TE/TM bistability in 1.3 μm ridge-waveguide InGaAsP/InP bulk lasers at room temperature are presented. Measured polarization resolved light power-current (P-I) characteristics as well as lateral near- and far-field patterns are compared with results from a theoretical model based on the paraxial wave equations for TE- and TM-polarized modes and the diffusion equation for the carrier distribution. The model was numerically evaluated by use of the beam propagation method. The observed TE/TM bistability is explained by the interplay of three different effects: (i) Tensile stress of about 109 dyn/cm2 promotes the TM gain strongly enough to compete with the TE mode. (ii) Improved TM waveguiding due to an enhancement of the effective refractive index near the beam axis caused by carrier depletion with increasing current leads to the onset of TM lasing and TE/TM switching. (iii) The TE/TM transition is accompanied by an abrupt increase of spatial hole burning in the lateral carrier distribution. Because of this nonlinear effect, a lower current is needed to switch the laser back to TE, giving rise to a hysteresis loop in the P-I characteristics and to TE/TM polarization bistability.

  2. Nonlinear resonance phenomena of a doped fibre laser under cavity-loss modulation: Experimental demonstrations

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    A Ghosh; B K Goswami; R Vijaya


    Our experiments with an erbium-doped fibre ring laser (CW, single transverse mode and multiaxial mode) with an intracavity LiNbO3 electro-optic modulator (EOM) display the characteristic features of a nonlinear oscillator (e.g., harmonic and period-2 sub-harmonic resonances) when the EOM driver voltage is modulated periodically. Harmonic resonance leads to period-1 bistability and hysteresis. Inside the period-2 sub-harmonic resonance region, the laser exhibits Feigenbaum sequence and generalized bistability.

  3. Controllable optical bistability of Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical cavity with a Kerr medium

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    Zheng Qiang; Li Sheng-Chang; Zhang Xiao-Ping; You Tai-Jie; Fu Li-Bin


    We study the optical bistability for a Bose-Einstein condensate of atoms in a driven optical cavity with a Kerr medium.We find that both the threshold point of optical bistability transition and the width of optical bistability hysteresis can be controlled by appropriately adjusting the Kerr interaction between the photons.In particular,we show that the optical bistability will disappear when the Kerr interaction exceeds a critical value.

  4. Bistability in doped organic thin film transistors. (United States)

    Stricker, Jeffery T; Gudmundsdóttir, Anna D; Smith, Adam P; Taylor, Barney E; Durstock, Michael F


    Organic thin film transitors (TFTs) with the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonic acid), PEDOT:PSS, as the active layer and cross-linked, layer-by-layer assembled poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/poly(acrylic acid) (PAH/PAA) multilayers as the gate dielectric layer were investigated. A combination of spectroscopic data and device performance characteristics was used to study the behavior of these TFT devices under a variety of controlled environmental test conditions. It was shown that depletion and recovery of the device can be induced to occur by a means that is consistent with the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of water contained in the film. In addition to acting as a reactant, moisture also acts as a plasticizer to control the mobility of other species contained in the film and thereby permits bistable operation of these devices. Raman spectroscopy was used to show that the observed device switching behavior is due to a change in the PEDOT doping level.

  5. Epigenetic chromatin silencing: bistability and front propagation (United States)

    Sedighi, Mohammad; Sengupta, Anirvan M.


    The role of post-translational modification of histones in eukaryotic gene regulation is well recognized. Epigenetic silencing of genes via heritable chromatin modifications plays a major role in cell fate specification in higher organisms. We formulate a coarse-grained model of chromatin silencing in yeast and study the conditions under which the system becomes bistable, allowing for different epigenetic states. We also study the dynamics of the boundary between the two locally stable states of chromatin: silenced and unsilenced. The model could be of use in guiding the discussion on chromatin silencing in general. In the context of silencing in budding yeast, it helps us understand the phenotype of various mutants, some of which may be non-trivial to see without the help of a mathematical model. One such example is a mutation that reduces the rate of background acetylation of particular histone side chains that competes with the deacetylation by Sir2p. The resulting negative feedback due to a Sir protein depletion effect gives rise to interesting counter-intuitive consequences. Our mathematical analysis brings forth the different dynamical behaviors possible within the same molecular model and guides the formulation of more refined hypotheses that could be addressed experimentally.

  6. Bistability of mangrove forests and competition with freshwater plants (United States)

    Jiang, Jiang; Fuller, Douglas O; Teh, Su Yean; Zhai, Lu; Koh, Hock Lye; DeAngelis, Donald L.; Sternberg, L.D.S.L.


    Halophytic communities such as mangrove forests and buttonwood hammocks tend to border freshwater plant communities as sharp ecotones. Most studies attribute this purely to underlying physical templates, such as groundwater salinity gradients caused by tidal flux and topography. However, a few recent studies hypothesize that self-reinforcing feedback between vegetation and vadose zone salinity are also involved and create a bistable situation in which either halophytic dominated habitat or freshwater plant communities may dominate as alternative stable states. Here, we revisit the bistability hypothesis and demonstrate the mechanisms that result in bistability. We demonstrate with remote sensing imagery the sharp boundaries between freshwater hardwood hammock communities in southern Florida and halophytic communities such as buttonwood hammocks and mangroves. We further document from the literature how transpiration of mangroves and freshwater plants respond differently to vadose zone salinity, thus altering the salinity through feedback. Using mathematical models, we show how the self-reinforcing feedback, together with physical template, controls the ecotones between halophytic and freshwater communities. Regions of bistability along environmental gradients of salinity have the potential for large-scale vegetation shifts following pulse disturbances such as hurricane tidal surges in Florida, or tsunamis in other regions. The size of the region of bistability can be large for low-lying coastal habitat due to the saline water table, which extends inland due to salinity intrusion. We suggest coupling ecological and hydrologic processes as a framework for future studies.

  7. Oscillations in the bistable regime of neuronal networks. (United States)

    Roxin, Alex; Compte, Albert


    Bistability between attracting fixed points in neuronal networks has been hypothesized to underlie persistent activity observed in several cortical areas during working memory tasks. In network models this kind of bistability arises due to strong recurrent excitation, sufficient to generate a state of high activity created in a saddle-node (SN) bifurcation. On the other hand, canonical network models of excitatory and inhibitory neurons (E-I networks) robustly produce oscillatory states via a Hopf (H) bifurcation due to the E-I loop. This mechanism for generating oscillations has been invoked to explain the emergence of brain rhythms in the β to γ bands. Although both bistability and oscillatory activity have been intensively studied in network models, there has not been much focus on the coincidence of the two. Here we show that when oscillations emerge in E-I networks in the bistable regime, their phenomenology can be explained to a large extent by considering coincident SN and H bifurcations, known as a codimension two Takens-Bogdanov bifurcation. In particular, we find that such oscillations are not composed of a stable limit cycle, but rather are due to noise-driven oscillatory fluctuations. Furthermore, oscillations in the bistable regime can, in principle, have arbitrarily low frequency.

  8. Chaos crisis and bistability of self-pulsing dynamics in a laser diode with phase-conjugate feedback

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    Virte, Martin; Karsaklian Dal Bosco, Andreas; Wolfersberger, Delphine; Sciamanna, Marc [Supelec, OPTEL Research Group, Laboratoire Materiaux Optiques, Photonique et Systemes, EA-4423, 2 rue Edouard Belin, F-57070 Metz (France)


    A laser diode subject to a phase-conjugate optical feedback can exhibit rich nonlinear dynamics and chaos. We report here on two bifurcation mechanisms that appear when increasing the amount of light being fed back to the laser. First, we report on a full suppression of chaos from a crisis induced by a saddle-node bifurcation on self-pulsing, so-called external-cavity-mode solutions (ECMs). Second, the feedback-dependent torus and saddle-node bifurcations on ECMs may be responsible for large regions of bistability between ECMs of different and high (beyond gigahertz) frequencies.

  9. Temporal dynamics of optical bistability and modulation instability in colloidal nanoparticles (United States)

    Sharif, Morteza A.; Ghafary, Bijan; Majles Ara, M. H.


    Colloidal nanoparticles are attractive optical materials for their low threshold nonlinear response and thus all-optical, nondestructive features which are important in biomedical optics and optical processing. We develop a theoretical scheme based on numerical solution of Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation and nonideal gas model of nonlinearity to investigate temporal analysis of optical bistability (OB) and modulation instability in colloidal nanoparticles. Our scheme determines the dependence of a nanosuspension system dynamic state on characteristic/control parameters including external feedback depth, nanosuspension length, and the initial density of nanoparticles as well as the optical input power. We show that these parameters are intensely correlated. We also indicate that the nonlinear response of nanosuspension may be saturated over a threshold of input power, and thus an unexpected procedure of system evolution toward stability rather than transition to chaos will occur. Consequently, provided that internal feedback is present inside the nanosuspension controlling chaos will be attainable by simply adjusting the optical input power as the control parameter in contrast to the other chaos control methods which require external injection. Finally, we propose an approach which gives a measure of switching time to optimize OB. The optimum results are obtained for the lowest taken values of characteristic/control parameters.

  10. Influence of combined fundamental potentials in a nonlinear vibration energy harvester (United States)

    Podder, Pranay; Mallick, Dhiman; Amann, Andreas; Roy, Saibal


    Ambient mechanical vibrations have emerged as a viable energy source for low-power wireless sensor nodes aiming the upcoming era of the ‘Internet of Things’. Recently, purposefully induced dynamical nonlinearities have been exploited to widen the frequency spectrum of vibration energy harvesters. Here we investigate some critical inconsistencies between the theoretical formulation and applications of the bistable Duffing nonlinearity in vibration energy harvesting. A novel nonlinear vibration energy harvesting device with the capability to switch amidst individually tunable bistable-quadratic, monostable-quartic and bistable-quartic potentials has been designed and characterized. Our study highlights the fundamentally different large deflection behaviors of the theoretical bistable-quartic Duffing oscillator and the experimentally adapted bistable-quadratic systems, and underlines their implications in the respective spectral responses. The results suggest enhanced performance in the bistable-quartic potential in comparison to others, primarily due to lower potential barrier and higher restoring forces facilitating large amplitude inter-well motion at relatively lower accelerations.

  11. Modeling and experiment of bistable two-degree-of-freedom energy harvester with magnetic coupling (United States)

    Wang, Hongyan; Tang, Lihua


    The operating bandwidth of energy harvesters is one main concern in vibration energy harvesting due to the random and time-varying nature of most vibration sources. Recent research efforts have been made to address this issue including exploiting multimodal structures and nonlinear dynamics. These ideas have yielded some exciting results to leverage the broadband performance. Hybrid configurations combining these ideas are expected to provide an even better operating bandwidth and yet to be studied. In this paper, a bistable two-degree-of-freedom (2-DOF) piezoelectric energy harvester (PEH) with magnetic coupling is proposed, in which a linear parasitic oscillator attached to the main energy harvesting beam is used to generate two resonant peaks and the magnetic coupling is used to generate nonlinear dynamics, thus to achieve broadband electrical outputs. A nonlinear electromechanical model of the proposed harvester is established and the parametric study is conducted for various parasitic oscillator configurations. Experiment is subsequently performed to validate the theoretical analysis. The results indicate that nonlinear responses can appear at any of the two peaks or at both. One strong nonlinear peak in addition to a quasi-linear peak can be achieved by adequate adjustment of the parasitic oscillator. This is advantageous over the optimal linear 2-DOF PEH in terms of wider bandwidth thanks to the involved nonlinear dynamics. In addition, the load resistance has significant influence around the peak with strong nonlinear responses, resulting in evident peak shift. The best power output is accompanied with a shrunk bandwidth due to the peak shift.

  12. Working cycles of devices based on bistable carbon nanotubes (United States)

    Shklyaev, Oleg; Mockensturm, Eric; Crespi, Vincent; Carbon Nanotubes Collaboration


    Shape-changing nanotubes are an example of variable-shape sp2 carbon-based systems where the competition between strain and surface energies can be moderated by an externally controllable stimuli such as applied voltage, temperature, or pressure of gas encapsulated inside the tube. Using any of these stimuli one can transition a bistable carbon nanotube between the collapsed and inflated states and thus perform mechanical work. During the working cycle of such a device, energy from an electric or heat source is transferred to mechanical energy. Combinations of these stimuli allow the system to convert energy between different sources using the bistable shape-changing tube as a mediator. For example, coupling a bistable carbon nanotube to the heat and charge reservoirs can enable energy transfer between heat and electric forms. The developed theory can be extended to other nano-systems which change configurations in response to external stimuli.

  13. Realization of optical bistability and multistability in Landau-quantized graphene

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    Hamedi, H. R. [Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy, Vilnius University, A. Gostauto 12, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Asadpour, S. H. [Department of Physics, University of Guilan, Rasht P. O. Box 1914, 41335 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    The solution of input-output curves in an optical ring cavity containing Landau-quantized graphene is theoretically investigated taking the advantage of density-matrix method. It is found that under the action of strong magnetic and infrared laser fields, one can efficiently reduce the threshold of the onset of optical bistability (OB) at resonance condition. At non-resonance condition, we observed that graphene metamaterial can support the possibility to obtain optical multistability (OM), which is more practical in all-optical switching or coding elements. We present an analytical approach to elucidate our simulations. Due to very high infrared optical nonlinearity of graphene stemming from very unique and unusual properties of quantized Landau levels near the Dirac point, such controllability on OB and OM may provide new technological possibilities in solid state quantum information science.

  14. How to turn a genetic circuit into a synthetic tunable oscillator, or a bistable switch.

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    Lucia Marucci

    Full Text Available Systems and Synthetic Biology use computational models of biological pathways in order to study in silico the behaviour of biological pathways. Mathematical models allow to verify biological hypotheses and to predict new possible dynamical behaviours. Here we use the tools of non-linear analysis to understand how to change the dynamics of the genes composing a novel synthetic network recently constructed in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae for In-vivo Reverse-engineering and Modelling Assessment (IRMA. Guided by previous theoretical results that make the dynamics of a biological network depend on its topological properties, through the use of simulation and continuation techniques, we found that the network can be easily turned into a robust and tunable synthetic oscillator or a bistable switch. Our results provide guidelines to properly re-engineering in vivo the network in order to tune its dynamics.

  15. Self-Organized Stationary Patterns in Networks of Bistable Chemical Reactions. (United States)

    Kouvaris, Nikos E; Sebek, Michael; Mikhailov, Alexander S; Kiss, István Z


    Experiments with networks of discrete reactive bistable electrochemical elements organized in regular and nonregular tree networks are presented to confirm an alternative to the Turing mechanism for the formation of self-organized stationary patterns. The results show that the pattern formation can be described by the identification of domains that can be activated individually or in combinations. The method also enabled the localization of chemical reactions to network substructures and the identification of critical sites whose activation results in complete activation of the system. Although the experiments were performed with a specific nickel electrodissolution system, they reproduced all the salient dynamic behavior of a general network model with a single nonlinearity parameter. Thus, the considered pattern-formation mechanism is very robust, and similar behavior can be expected in other natural or engineered networked systems that exhibit, at least locally, a treelike structure.

  16. Squeezing spectra from s-ordered quasiprobability distributions. Application to dispersive optical bistability

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    Garcia-Ferrer, F V; De Valcarcel, G J; Roldan, E; Garcia-Ferrer, Ferran V.; Perez-Arjona, Isabel; Valcarcel, German J. de; Roldan, Eugenio


    It is well known that the squeezing spectrum of the field exiting a nonlinear cavity can be directly obtained from the fluctuation spectrum of normally ordered products of creation and annihilation operators of the cavity mode. In this article we show that the output field squeezing spectrum can be derived also by combining the fluctuation spectra of any pair of s-ordered products of creation and annihilation operators. The interesting result is that the spectrum obtained in this way from the linearized Langevin equations is exact, and this occurs in spite of the fact that no s-ordered quasiprobability distribution verifies a true Fokker-Planck equation, i.e., the Langevin equations used for deriving the squeezing spectrum are not exact. The (linearized) intracavity squeezing obtained from any s-ordered distribution is also exact. These results are exemplified in the problem of dispersive optical bistability.

  17. Design of a bistable switch to control cellular uptake. (United States)

    Oyarzún, Diego A; Chaves, Madalena


    Bistable switches are widely used in synthetic biology to trigger cellular functions in response to environmental signals. All bistable switches developed so far, however, control the expression of target genes without access to other layers of the cellular machinery. Here, we propose a bistable switch to control the rate at which cells take up a metabolite from the environment. An uptake switch provides a new interface to command metabolic activity from the extracellular space and has great potential as a building block in more complex circuits that coordinate pathway activity across cell cultures, allocate metabolic tasks among different strains or require cell-to-cell communication with metabolic signals. Inspired by uptake systems found in nature, we propose to couple metabolite import and utilization with a genetic circuit under feedback regulation. Using mathematical models and analysis, we determined the circuit architectures that produce bistability and obtained their design space for bistability in terms of experimentally tuneable parameters. We found an activation-repression architecture to be the most robust switch because it displays bistability for the largest range of design parameters and requires little fine-tuning of the promoters' response curves. Our analytic results are based on on-off approximations of promoter activity and are in excellent qualitative agreement with simulations of more realistic models. With further analysis and simulation, we established conditions to maximize the parameter design space and to produce bimodal phenotypes via hysteresis and cell-to-cell variability. Our results highlight how mathematical analysis can drive the discovery of new circuits for synthetic biology, as the proposed circuit has all the hallmarks of a toggle switch and stands as a promising design to control metabolic phenotypes across cell cultures. © 2015 The Author(s).

  18. Inclusion of the glucocorticoid receptor in a hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis model reveals bistability

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    Vernon Suzanne D


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The body's primary stress management system is the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA axis. The HPA axis responds to physical and mental challenge to maintain homeostasis in part by controlling the body's cortisol level. Dysregulation of the HPA axis is implicated in numerous stress-related diseases. Results We developed a structured model of the HPA axis that includes the glucocorticoid receptor (GR. This model incorporates nonlinear kinetics of pituitary GR synthesis. The nonlinear effect arises from the fact that GR homodimerizes after cortisol activation and induces its own synthesis in the pituitary. This homodimerization makes possible two stable steady states (low and high and one unstable state of cortisol production resulting in bistability of the HPA axis. In this model, low GR concentration represents the normal steady state, and high GR concentration represents a dysregulated steady state. A short stress in the normal steady state produces a small perturbation in the GR concentration that quickly returns to normal levels. Long, repeated stress produces persistent and high GR concentration that does not return to baseline forcing the HPA axis to an alternate steady state. One consequence of increased steady state GR is reduced steady state cortisol, which has been observed in some stress related disorders such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS. Conclusion Inclusion of pituitary GR expression resulted in a biologically plausible model of HPA axis bistability and hypocortisolism. High GR concentration enhanced cortisol negative feedback on the hypothalamus and forced the HPA axis into an alternative, low cortisol state. This model can be used to explore mechanisms underlying disorders of the HPA axis.

  19. Bistable fiber-optic Michelson interferometer that uses wavelength control. (United States)

    Fürstenau, N


    Feedback of the interference signal of an unbalanced Michelson interferometer to the current supply of the semiconductor-laser source yields bistability under input intensity variation owing to wavelength-induced phase modulation. A linear stability analysis of the system's differential equation gives the ratio of the system time constant tau to the feedback delay time T to determine the critical input intensity for the onset of self-oscillations. Input-output characteristics that exhibit bistability and self-oscillations are obtained experimentally through modulation of the input power by using an integrated-optics intensity modulator.

  20. On the Origin of Traveling Pulses in Bistable Systems

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    Elphick, C; Malomed, B A; Meron, E


    The interaction between a pair of Bloch fronts forming a traveling domain in a bistable medium is studied. A parameter range beyond the nonequilibrium Ising-Bloch bifurcation is found where traveling domains collapse. Only beyond a second threshold the repulsive front interactions become strong enough to balance attractive interactions and asymmetries in front speeds, and form stable traveling pulses. The analysis is carried out for the forced complex Ginzburg-Landau equation. Similar qualitative behavior is found in the bistable FitzHugh-Nagumo model.

  1. Enhanced Nonlinear Effects in Metamaterials and Plasmonics

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    C. Argyropoulos


    Full Text Available In this paper we provide an overview of the anomalous and enhanced nonlinear effects available when optical nonlinear materials are combined inside plasmonic waveguide structures. Broad, bistable and all-optical switching responses are exhibited at the cut-off frequency of these waveguides, characterized by reduced Q-factor resonances. These phenomena are due to the large field enhancement obtained inside specific plasmonic gratings, which ensures a significant boosting of the nonlinear operation. Several exciting applications are proposed, which may potentially lead to new optical components and add to the optical nanocircuit paradigm.

  2. Pattern formation in the bistable Gray-Scott model

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    Mazin, W.; Rasmussen, K.E.; Mosekilde, Erik


    The paper presents a computer simulation study of a variety of far-from-equilibrium phenomena that can arise in a bistable chemical reaction-diffusion system which also displays Turing and Hopf instabilities. The Turing bifurcation curve and the wave number for the patterns of maximum linear grow...

  3. Bistability in a simple fluid network due to viscosity contrast

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    Geddes, John B; Gardner, David; Carr, Russell T


    We study the existence of multiple equilibrium states in a simple fluid network using Newtonian fluids and laminar flow. We demonstrate theoretically the presence of hysteresis and bistability, and we confirm these predictions in an experiment using two miscible fluids of different viscosity--sucrose solution and water. Possible applications include bloodflow, microfluidics, and other network flows governed by similar principles.

  4. The Missing Luminous Blue Variables and the Bistability Jump

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    N. Smith; J.S. Vink; A. de Koter


    We discuss an interesting feature of the distribution of luminous blue variables (LBVs) on the H-R diagram, and we propose a connection with the bistability jump seen in the winds of early-type supergiants. There appears to be a deficiency of quiescent LBVs on the S Doradus instability strip at lumi

  5. Nonlinear Dynamics in Double Square Well Potential

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    Khomeriki, Ramaz; Ruffo, Stefano; Wimberger, Sandro; 10.1007/s11232-007-0096-y


    Considering the coherent nonlinear dynamics in double square well potential we find the example of coexistence of Josephson oscillations with a self-trapping regime. This macroscopic bistability is explained by proving analytically the simultaneous existence of symmetric, antisymmetric and asymmetric stationary solutions of the associated Gross-Pitaevskii equation. The effect is illustrated and confirmed by numerical simulations. This property allows to make suggestions on possible experiments using Bose-Einstein condensates in engineered optical lattices or weakly coupled optical waveguide arrays.

  6. Topical Meeting on Optical Bistability Held at Rochester, New York on 15-17 June 1983. (United States)


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  7. Bistability between equatorial and axial dipoles during magnetic field reversals

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    Gissinger, Christophe; Schrinner, Martin; Dormy, Emmanuel


    Numerical simulations of the geodynamo in presence of an heterogeneous heating are presented. We study the dynamics and the structure of the magnetic field when the equatorial symmetry of the flow is broken. If the symmetry breaking is sufficiently strong, the m = 0 axial dipolar field is replaced by an hemispherical magnetic field, dominated by an oscillating m = 1 magnetic field. Moreover, for moderate symmetry breaking, a bistability between the axial and the equatorial dipole is observed. In this bistable regime, the axial magnetic field exhibits chaotic switches of its polarity, involving the equatorial dipole during the transition period. This new scenario for magnetic field reversals is discussed within the framework of the Earth's dynamo.

  8. Bistability between equatorial and axial dipoles during magnetic field reversals. (United States)

    Gissinger, Christophe; Petitdemange, Ludovic; Schrinner, Martin; Dormy, Emmanuel


    Numerical simulations of the geodynamo in the presence of heterogeneous heating are presented. We study the dynamics and the structure of the magnetic field when the equatorial symmetry of the flow is broken. If the symmetry breaking is sufficiently strong, the m=0 axial dipolar field is replaced by a hemispherical magnetic field, dominated by an oscillating m=1 magnetic field. Moreover, for moderate symmetry breaking, a bistability between the axial and the equatorial dipole is observed. In this bistable regime, the axial magnetic field exhibits chaotic switches of its polarity, involving the equatorial dipole during the transition period. This new scenario for magnetic field reversals is discussed within the framework of Earth's dynamo.

  9. Stochastic sensitivity of a bistable energy model for visual perception (United States)

    Pisarchik, Alexander N.; Bashkirtseva, Irina; Ryashko, Lev


    Modern trends in physiology, psychology and cognitive neuroscience suggest that noise is an essential component of brain functionality and self-organization. With adequate noise the brain as a complex dynamical system can easily access different ordered states and improve signal detection for decision-making by preventing deadlocks. Using a stochastic sensitivity function approach, we analyze how sensitive equilibrium points are to Gaussian noise in a bistable energy model often used for qualitative description of visual perception. The probability distribution of noise-induced transitions between two coexisting percepts is calculated at different noise intensity and system stability. Stochastic squeezing of the hysteresis range and its transition from positive (bistable regime) to negative (intermittency regime) are demonstrated as the noise intensity increases. The hysteresis is more sensitive to noise in the system with higher stability.

  10. Snaking and isolas of localised states in bistable discrete lattices

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    Taylor, Chris; 10.1016/j.physleta.2010.10.010


    We consider localised states in a discrete bistable Allen-Cahn equation. This model equation combines bistability and local cell-to-cell coupling in the simplest possible way. The existence of stable localised states is made possible by pinning to the underlying lattice; they do not exist in the equivalent continuum equation. In particular we address the existence of 'isolas': closed curves of solutions in the bifurcation diagram. Isolas appear for some non-periodic boundary conditions in one spatial dimension but seem to appear generically in two dimensions. We point out how features of the bifurcation diagram in 1D help to explain some (unintuitive) features of the bifurcation diagram in 2D.

  11. In-Plane Bistable Nanowire For Memory Devices

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    Charlot, B; Yamashita, K; Fujita, H; Toshiyoshi, H


    We present a nanomechanical device design to be used in a non-volatile mechanical memory point. The structure is composed of a suspended slender nanowire (width : 100nm, thickness 430nm length : 8 to 30$\\mu$m) clamped at its both ends. Electrodes are placed on each sides of the nanowire and are used to actuate the structure (writing, erasing) and to measure the position through a capactive bridge (reading). The structure is patterned by electron beam lithography on a pre-stressed thermally grown silicon dioxide layer. When later released, the stressed material relaxes and the beam buckles in a position of lower energy. Such symmetric beams, called Euler beams, show two stable deformed positions thus form a bistable structure. This paper will present the fabrication, simulation and mechanical and electrical actuation of an in plane bistable nanowire. Final paper will include a section on FEM simulations.

  12. Intrinsic Optical Bistability in a Strongly-Driven Rydberg Ensemble

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    de Melo, Natalia R; Sibalic, Nikola; Kondo, Jorge M; Adams, Charles S; Weatherill, Kevin J


    We observe and characterize intrinsic optical bistability in a dilute Rydberg vapor. The bistability is characterized by sharp jumps between states of low and high Rydberg occupancy with jump up and down positions displaying hysteresis depending on the direction in which the control parameter is changed. We find that the shift in frequency of the jump point scales with the fourth power of the principal quantum number. Also, the width of the hysteresis window increases with increasing principal quantum number, before reaching a peak and then closing again. The experimental results are consistent with predictions from a simple theoretical model based on semiclassical Maxwell-Bloch equations including the effect of broadening and frequency shifts. These results provide insight to the dynamics of driven dissipative systems.

  13. Statistical Mechanics of finite arrays of coupled bistable elements


    Gómez-Ordóñez, José; Casado, José M.; Morillo, Manuel; Honisch, Christoph; Friedrich, Rudolf


    We discuss the equilibrium of a single collective variable characterizing a finite set of coupled, noisy, bistable systems as the noise strength, the size and the coupling parameter are varied. We identify distinct regions in parameter space. The results obtained in prior works in the asymptotic infinite size limit are significantly different from the finite size results. A procedure to construct approximate 1-dimensional Langevin equation is adopted. This equation provides a useful tool to u...

  14. Stochastic resonance enhanced by dichotomic noise in a bistable system

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    Rozenfeld, Robert [Institute for Physics, Humboldt University at Berlin, D-10115, Berlin, (Germany); Neiman, Alexander [Center for Neurodynamics, University of Missouri at St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 63121 (United States); Schimansky-Geier, Lutz [Institute for Physics, Humboldt University at Berlin, D-10115, Berlin, (Germany)


    We study linear responses of a stochastic bistable system driven by dichotomic noise to a weak periodic signal. We show that the effect of stochastic resonance can be greatly enhanced in comparison with the conventional case when dichotomic forcing is absent, that is, both the signal-to-noise ratio and the spectral power amplification reach much greater values than in the standard stochastic resonance setup. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  15. Multivariate analysis of bistable flow; Analisis multivariable de flujo biestable

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    Castillo D, R.; Ortiz V, J.; Ruiz E, J.A. [ININ, 52750 La Marquesa, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Calleros M, G. [CFE, Alto LUcero, Veracruz (Mexico)]. e-mail:


    In this work a bistable flow analysis with an autoregressive multivariate analysis is presented. The bistable flow happens in the boiling water nuclear reactors with external recirculation pumps, and it is presented in the bolster of discharge of the recirculation knot toward the central jet pumps. The phenomenon has two flow patterns, one with greater hydraulic lost that the other one. To irregular time intervals, the flow changes pattern in a random way. The program NOISE that it is in development in the ININ was used and that it uses a autoregressive multivariate model to determine the autoregression coefficients that contain the dynamic information of the signals and that later on they are used to obtain the relative contribution of power, which allows to settle down the influence that exists among the different analyzed variables. It was analyzed an event of bistable flow happened in a BWR5 to operation conditions of 80% power and 69% of total flow through the core. The signal flow noise in each one of the 20 jet pumps, of the power of a monitor of power average, of the motive flows of recirculation, of the controllers and of the position of the control valves in the knots, of the signals of the instrumentation of the recirculation pumps (power, current, pressure drop and suction temperature), and of the buses of where they take the feeding voltage the motors of the pumps. Among the main results it was found that the phenomenon of bistable flow affects to the pressure drop in the recirculation pump of the knot in that occur, what affects to the motor flow in the knot by what the opening system of the flow control valve of recirculation of the knot responds. (Author)

  16. The pressure distribution in thermally bistable turbulent flows



    We present a systematic numerical study of the effect of turbulent velocity fluctuations on the thermal pressure distribution in thermally bistable flows. The simulations employ a random turbulent driving generated in Fourier space rather than star-like heating. The turbulent fluctuations are characterized by their rms Mach number M and the energy injection wavenumber, k_for. Our results are consistent with the picture that as either of these parameters is increased, the local ratio of turbul...

  17. Bistable large-strain actuation of interpenetrating polymer networks. (United States)

    Niu, Xiaofan; Yang, Xinguo; Brochu, Paul; Stoyanov, Hristiyan; Yun, Sungryul; Yu, Zhibin; Pei, Qibing


    The bistable electroactive polymer is a new smart material capable of large strain, rigid-to-rigid actuation. At the rubbery state of the polymer heated to above its glass transition, stable electrically-induced actuation is obtained at strains as large as 150%. Electromechanical instability can be effectively overcome by the formation of interpenetrating polymer networks. An application as a refreshable braille display is demonstrated. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Software development for bistable module of SMART plant protection system

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    Kim, J. H.; Park, H. S.; Jeo, C. W. [Samchang Enterprise Co., Ltd., Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, J. G.; Park, H. Y.; Koo, I. S. [KAERI, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    Digitalized PPS(Plant Protection System) is going on development for SMART. The PPS consists of two different types of CPUs and DSP boards for the each functional processor modules of PPS. Software for the system has been progressed with teamwork of CASE TOOL to develop the reliable software. In this paper, we propose the software development method and show the examples for Bistable module through the functional analysis and the development of Structure Chart and M-Spec.

  19. A Precise Temperature-Responsive Bistable Switch Controlling Yersinia Virulence (United States)

    Klein, Johannes; Bücker, René; Herbst, Katharina; Heroven, Ann Kathrin; Pisano, Fabio; Wittmann, Christoph; Münch, Richard; Müller, Johannes; Jahn, Dieter


    Different biomolecules have been identified in bacterial pathogens that sense changes in temperature and trigger expression of virulence programs upon host entry. However, the dynamics and quantitative outcome of this response in individual cells of a population, and how this influences pathogenicity are unknown. Here, we address these questions using a thermosensing virulence regulator of an intestinal pathogen (RovA of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis) as a model. We reveal that this regulator is part of a novel thermoresponsive bistable switch, which leads to high- and low-invasive subpopulations within a narrow temperature range. The temperature range in which bistability is observed is defined by the degradation and synthesis rate of the regulator, and is further adjustable via a nutrient-responsive regulator. The thermoresponsive switch is also characterized by a hysteretic behavior in which activation and deactivation occurred on vastly different time scales. Mathematical modeling accurately mirrored the experimental behavior and predicted that the thermoresponsiveness of this sophisticated bistable switch is mainly determined by the thermo-triggered increase of RovA proteolysis. We further observed RovA ON and OFF subpopulations of Y. pseudotuberculosis in the Peyer’s patches and caecum of infected mice, and that changes in the RovA ON/OFF cell ratio reduce tissue colonization and overall virulence. This points to a bet-hedging strategy in which the thermoresponsive bistable switch plays a key role in adapting the bacteria to the fluctuating conditions encountered as they pass through the host’s intestinal epithelium and suggests novel strategies for the development of antimicrobial therapies. PMID:28006011

  20. Bistable non-volatile elastic membrane memcapacitor exhibiting chaotic behavior


    Martinez-Rincon, J.; Pershin, Y. V.


    We suggest a realization of a bistable non-volatile memory capacitor (memcapacitor). Its design utilizes a strained elastic membrane as a plate of a parallel-plate capacitor. The applied stress generates low and high capacitance configurations of the system. We demonstrate that a voltage pulse of an appropriate amplitude can be used to reliably switch the memcapacitor into the desired capacitance state. Moreover, charged-voltage and capacitance-voltage curves of such a system demonstrate hyst...

  1. Autocatalytic, bistable, oscillatory networks of biologically relevant organic reactions (United States)

    Semenov, Sergey N.; Kraft, Lewis J.; Ainla, Alar; Zhao, Mengxia; Baghbanzadeh, Mostafa; Campbell, Victoria E.; Kang, Kyungtae; Fox, Jerome M.; Whitesides, George M.


    Networks of organic chemical reactions are important in life and probably played a central part in its origin. Network dynamics regulate cell division, circadian rhythms, nerve impulses and chemotaxis, and guide the development of organisms. Although out-of-equilibrium networks of chemical reactions have the potential to display emergent network dynamics such as spontaneous pattern formation, bistability and periodic oscillations, the principles that enable networks of organic reactions to develop complex behaviours are incompletely understood. Here we describe a network of biologically relevant organic reactions (amide formation, thiolate-thioester exchange, thiolate-disulfide interchange and conjugate addition) that displays bistability and oscillations in the concentrations of organic thiols and amides. Oscillations arise from the interaction between three subcomponents of the network: an autocatalytic cycle that generates thiols and amides from thioesters and dialkyl disulfides; a trigger that controls autocatalytic growth; and inhibitory processes that remove activating thiol species that are produced during the autocatalytic cycle. In contrast to previous studies that have demonstrated oscillations and bistability using highly evolved biomolecules (enzymes and DNA) or inorganic molecules of questionable biochemical relevance (for example, those used in Belousov-Zhabotinskii-type reactions), the organic molecules we use are relevant to metabolism and similar to those that might have existed on the early Earth. By using small organic molecules to build a network of organic reactions with autocatalytic, bistable and oscillatory behaviour, we identify principles that explain the ways in which dynamic networks relevant to life could have developed. Modifications of this network will clarify the influence of molecular structure on the dynamics of reaction networks, and may enable the design of biomimetic networks and of synthetic self-regulating and evolving

  2. Nonlinear organic plasmonics

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    Fainberg, B D


    Purely organic materials with negative and near-zero dielectric permittivity can be easily fabricated. Here we develop a theory of nonlinear non-steady-state organic plasmonics with strong laser pulses. The bistability response of the electron-vibrational model of organic materials in the condensed phase has been demonstrated. Non-steady-state organic plasmonics enable us to obtain near-zero dielectric permittivity during a short time. We have proposed to use non-steady-state organic plasmonics for the enhancement of intersite dipolar energy-transfer interaction in the quantum dot wire that influences on electron transport through nanojunctions. Such interactions can compensate Coulomb repulsions for particular conditions. We propose the exciton control of Coulomb blocking in the quantum dot wire based on the non-steady-state near-zero dielectric permittivity of the organic host medium.

  3. TOSA中pin背光探测器的P-I非线性特性研究%Study of P-I Nonlinear Response of pin Back Light Detectors In TOSA

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    丁国庆; 杜治国


    The pin back light detector used in TOSA is the sensitive device for monitoring and controlling the LD' s front output light power. The light power (P) from the back of LD should have the linear relationship with its photoelectric current (I). The tests show that the P-I characteristic of the detector with the different structures and sizes may be different. Some kinds of P-I nonlinear of the plane light detector were reported. It is pointed out that this kind of P-I nonlinear is concerned with the internal structure of devices, superficial contact layer situation, incident light density, negative bias voltages and load resistance. It is indicated that the P-I nonlinear of pin detector may be neglected,when the poison of pi junction in pin-PD is suitable, the negative bias voltage is larger than 1.5 V, the light power from the front of LD is lower than 8 mW and the road resistance of pin-PD is lower than 1 kΩ.%TOSA中用到的pin背光探测器是监测与控制LD前光输出特性的敏感器件,其光功率(P)和光电流(I)应具有线性关系.测试发现,不同结构和尺寸的探测器的P-I特性可能有所不同.目前普遍使用的正面进光的pin平面型光探测器,常存在某种范围的P-I非线性.分析指出, 这种非线性与器件内部结构、表面接触层情况、入射光密度、外加负偏压大小和负载电阻有关;并指出,当pin-PD中pi结位置合适、外加负偏压1.5 V以上,负载电阻1kΩ,LD前光入射光功率8mW以下,则pin背光探测器的P-I非线性可忽略.

  4. Bistability of silence and seizure-like bursting. (United States)

    Barnett, William; O'Brien, Gabrielle; Cymbalyuk, Gennady


    Neuronal circuits exhibiting seizure episodes have been shown to be prone to multistability. The coexistence of normal and pathological regimes could explain why seizures suddenly start and stop. Methods developed in dynamical systems theory are powerful tools for determining the cellular mechanisms that underlie multistable seizure dynamics. Here, we present two different approaches to assess multistability in a model neuron. In this model, we identified a bursting regime and a silent regime. First, we investigated properties of a square pulse of injected current which produced a switch from seizure-like bursting into silence. By systematically varying the phase and amplitude of the pulse, we found contiguous pulse parameter sets, so-called windows, that satisfied this criterion, and we determined the dependence of these windows on the parameter gleak. As gleak increased, the size of each window scaled according to the same law as the amplitude of the saddle orbit. Second, we examined the role of each current in supporting bistability of bursting and silence. We defined the index of propensity for multistability as the range of gleak for which bursting and silence coexisted. We computed this quantity while iteratively varying the maximal conductance of each voltage-gated current one at a time. Increasing the maximal conductance of the slow potassium current or the hyperpolarization-activated current increased the range of bistability. In contrast, decreasing the maximal conductance of the persistent sodium current increased the range of bistability. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Analysis on optical bistability parameters in photonic switching devices (United States)

    Sarafraz, Hossein; Sayeh, Mohammad R.


    An investigation has been done on the parameters of a hysteretic bistable optical Schmitt trigger device. From a design point of view, it is important to know the regions where this bistability occurs and is fully functional with respect to its subsystem parameters. Otherwise experimentally reaching such behavior will be very time-consuming and frustrating, especially with multiple devices employed in a single photonic circuit. A photonic Schmitt trigger consisting of two feedbacked inverting amplifiers, each characterized by -m (slope), A (y-intercept), and B (constant base) parameters is considered. This system is investigated dynamically with a varying input to find its stable and unstable states both mathematically and with simulation. In addition to a complete mathematical analysis of the system, we also describe how m, A, and B can be properly chosen in order to satisfy certain system conditions that result in bistability. More restrictions are also imposed to these absolute conditions by the system conditions as will be discussed. Finally, all results are verified in a more realistic photonic simulation.

  6. Bistable liquid crystal device fabricated via microscale liquid crystal alignment (United States)

    Honma, Michinori; Toyoshima, Wataru; Nose, Toshiaki


    Bistable liquid crystal (LC) molecular orientation properties in micropatterned LC cells were investigated experimentally and theoretically. When an LC cell was heated to the phase-transition temperature and then cooled, an LC orientation with ±π/2-twist domains (±π/2-twist mode) was obtained. Furthermore, a different LC orientation with ±π-twist domains (±π-twist mode) was observed when a 10-V potential was applied across a sample LC cell. Both orientation states were stably retained over a long period. Herein, cross-sectional LC orientation models in the ±π/2- and ±π-twist modes are proposed to explain the generation and behavior of two different disclination lines. The total energies within one period in the ±π/2- and ±π-twist modes (F±π/2 and F±π, respectively) were estimated theoretically. These energies were found to depend on the LC layer thickness and to cross over at a certain thickness; this indicates that F±π is equal to F±π/2 at this equilibrium thickness. The best temporal stability is likely attained at this equilibrium thickness. We demonstrated a bistable color-switching device by combining a full-wave plate and crossed polarizers. When these optical components were configured properly, stable bistable switching between two colors was achieved.

  7. Brain mechanisms for simple perception and bistable perception. (United States)

    Wang, Megan; Arteaga, Daniel; He, Biyu J


    When faced with ambiguous sensory inputs, subjective perception alternates between the different interpretations in a stochastic manner. Such multistable perception phenomena have intrigued scientists and laymen alike for over a century. Despite rigorous investigations, the underlying mechanisms of multistable perception remain elusive. Recent studies using multivariate pattern analysis revealed that activity patterns in posterior visual areas correlate with fluctuating percepts. However, increasing evidence suggests that vision--and perception at large--is an active inferential process involving hierarchical brain systems. We applied searchlight multivariate pattern analysis to functional magnetic resonance imaging signals across the human brain to decode perceptual content during bistable perception and simple unambiguous perception. Although perceptually reflective activity patterns during simple perception localized predominantly to posterior visual regions, bistable perception involved additionally many higher-order frontoparietal and temporal regions. Moreover, compared with simple perception, both top-down and bottom-up influences were dramatically enhanced during bistable perception. We further studied the intermittent presentation of ambiguous images--a condition that is known to elicit perceptual memory. Compared with continuous presentation, intermittent presentation recruited even more higher-order regions and was accompanied by further strengthened top-down influences but relatively weakened bottom-up influences. Taken together, these results strongly support an active top-down inferential process in perception.

  8. Asymmetry bistability for a coupled dielectric elastomer minimum energy structure (United States)

    Li, Wen-Bo; Zhang, Wen-Ming; Zou, Hong-Xiang; Peng, Zhi-Ke; Meng, Guang


    In this paper, a novel design of asymmetry bistability for a coupled dielectric elastomer minimum energy structure (DEMES) is presented. The structure can be stable both in the stretched and curved configurations, which are induced by the geometry coupling effect of two DEMESs with perpendicular bending axes. The unique asymmetry bistability and fully flexible compact design of the coupled DEMES can enrich the active morphing modes of the dielectric elastomer actuators. A theoretical model of the system’s strain energy is established to explain the bistability. Furthermore, a prototype is fabricated to verify the conceptual design. The experimental results show that when the applied voltage is below a critical transition one, the structure behaves as a conventional DEMES, once the applied voltage exceeds the critical voltage, the structure could change from the stretched (curved) configuration to the curved (stretched) configuration abruptly and maintain in a new stable configuration when the voltage is removed. A multi-segment structure with the coupled DEMES is also presented and fabricated, and it displays various voltage-actuated morphings. It indicates that the coupled DEMES and the multi-segment structures can be useful for the soft and shape-shifting robots.

  9. Bistable flapping of flexible flyers in oscillatory flow (United States)

    Huang, Yangyang; Kanso, Eva


    Biological and bio-inspired flyers move by shape actuation. The direct control of shape variables for locomotory purposes is well studied. Less is known about indirect shape actuation via the fluid medium. Here, we consider a flexible Λ-flyer in oscillatory flow that is free to flap and rotate around its fixed apex. We study its motion in the context of the inviscid vortex sheet model. We first analyze symmetric flapping about the vertical axis of gravity. We find that there is a finite value of the flexibility that maximizes both the flapping amplitude and elastic energy storage. Our results show that rather than resonance, the flyer relies on fluidic effects to optimize these two quantities. We then perturb the flyer away from the vertical and analyze its stability. Four distinct types of rolling behavior are identified: mono-stable, bistable, bistable oscillatory rotations and chaotic dynamics. We categorize these types of behavior in terms of the flyer's and flow parameters. In particular, the transition from mono-stable to bistable behavior occurs at a constant value of the product of the flow amplitude and acceleration. This product can be interpreted as the ratio of fluidic drag to gravity, confirming the fluid role in this transition.

  10. Localized modes in nonlinear photonic kagome nanoribbons

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    Molina, Mario I., E-mail: [Departamento de Física, MSI – Nucleus for Advanced Optics, and Center for Optics and Photonics (CEFOP), Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile)


    We examine localization of light in nonlinear (Kerr) kagome lattices in the shape of narrow strips of varying width. For the narrowest ribbon, the band structure features a flat band leading to linear dynamical trapping of an initially localized excitation. We also find a geometry-induced bistability of the nonlinear modes as the width of the strip is changed. A crossover from one to two dimensions localization behavior is observed as the width is increased, attaining two-dimensional behavior for relatively narrow ribbons.

  11. Quantum well nonlinear microcavities (United States)

    Oudar, J. L.; Kuszelewicz, R.; Sfez, B.; Pellat, D.; Azoulay, R.

    We report on recent progress in reducing the power threshold of all-optical bistable quantum well vertical microcavities. Significant improvements are achieved through an increase of the cavity finesse, together with a reduction of the device active layer thickness. A critical intensity of 5 μW/μm 2 has been observed on a microcavity of finesse 250, with a nonlinear medium of only 18 GaAs quantum wells of 10 nm thickness. Further improvements of the Bragg mirror quality resulted in a finesse of 700 and a power-lifetime product of 15 fJ/μm 2. Microresonator pixellation allows to obtain 2-dimensional arrays. A thermally-induced alloy-mixing technique is described, which produced a 110 meV carrier confinement energy, together with a refractive index change of -.012, averaged over the 2.6 μm nonlinear medium thickness. The resulting electrical and optical confinement is shown to improve the nonlinear characteristics, by limiting lateral carrier diffusion and light diffraction.

  12. Stirring effects and bistability in the iodate-arsenous acid reaction: Premixed vs segregated flows (United States)

    Hannon, L.; Horsthemke, W.


    Using a coalescence-dispersion model of the continuous flow-stirred tank reactor (CSTR), we study the effect of premixed vs nonpremixed reactant flows on chemical bistability. The region of bistability is smaller for segregated feed streams than for a fully premixed feed stream. The transition from flow branch to thermodynamic branch is particularly sensitive to the feed stream configuration.

  13. Optical bistability in Er-Yb codoped phosphate glass microspheres at room temperature

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    Warda, Jonathan M.; O'Shea, Danny G.; Shortt, Brian J.; Chormaic, Sile Nic


    We experimentally demonstrate optical bistability in Er(3+)-Yb(3+) phosphate glass microspheres at 295 K. Bistability is associated with both Er(3+) fluorescence and lasing behavior, and chromatic switching. The chromatic switching results from an intrinsic mechanism exploiting the thermal coupling

  14. Bistable hot electron transport in InP/GaInAs composite collector heterojunction bipolar transistors (United States)

    Ritter, D.; Hamm, R. A.; Feygenson, A.; Temkin, H.; Panish, M. B.; Chandrasekhar, S.


    The transport mechanism of electrons across an energy barrier in the collector of a heterojunction bipolar transistor is studied and identified as hot electron thermionic emission. Bistability between tunneling and thermionic emission was observed at 77 K and room temperature. The bistability can be suppressed by n-type doping of the heterointerface vicinity.

  15. Prediction and Control of the Bi-stable Functionally Graded Composites by Temperature Gradient Field

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    Zheng ZHANG


    Full Text Available The bi-stable cylindrical composites, which are composed of the fiber-through-thickness variation functionally graded material (FGM subjected to a temperature gradient field, studied in the paper. The advantages of both of the FGMs’ adaptability for the temperature field variation and the bi-stability of the un-symmetric and anti-symmetric orthogonal lay-ups are combined, the presented bi-stable structure has a potential application in many fields. The thermal-induced bi-stable FGM un-symmetric and anti-symmetric orthogonal shell is studied by the finite element analysis. The different FGM lay-ups are simulated successfully by the commercial finite element software ABAQUS and its subroutines. The curved shapes, the temperature-load history and stress distributions are also given to understand this bi-stable phenomenon.DOI:

  16. Linear population allocation by bistable switches in response to transient stimulation.

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    Jaydeep K Srimani

    Full Text Available Many cellular decision processes, including proliferation, differentiation, and phenotypic switching, are controlled by bistable signaling networks. In response to transient or intermediate input signals, these networks allocate a population fraction to each of two distinct states (e.g. OFF and ON. While extensive studies have been carried out to analyze various bistable networks, they are primarily focused on responses of bistable networks to sustained input signals. In this work, we investigate the response characteristics of bistable networks to transient signals, using both theoretical analysis and numerical simulation. We find that bistable systems exhibit a common property: for input signals with short durations, the fraction of switching cells increases linearly with the signal duration, allowing the population to integrate transient signals to tune its response. We propose that this allocation algorithm can be an optimal response strategy for certain cellular decisions in which excessive switching results in lower population fitness.

  17. Negative and positive hysteresis in double-cavity optical bistability in three-level atom

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    Babu, H Aswath


    We present novel hysteretic behaviour of a three-level ladder atomic system exhibiting double-cavity optical bistability in the mean-field limit. The two fields coupling the atomic system experience feedback via two independent, unidirectional, single mode ring cavities and exhibit cooperative phenomena, simultaneously. The system displays a range of rich dynamical features varying from normal switching to self pulsing and a period-doubling route to chaos for both the fields. We focus our attention to a new hump like feature in the bistable curve arising purely due to cavity induced inversion, which eventually leads to negative hysteresis in the bistable response. This is probably the only all-optical bistable system that exhibits positive as well as negative bistable hysteresis in different input field intensity regimes. For both the fields, the switching times, the associated critical slowing down, the self-pulsing characteristics, and the chaotic behaviour can be controlled to a fair degree, moreover, all ...

  18. Bistability and Bifurcation in Minimal Self-Replication and Nonenzymatic Catalytic Networks. (United States)

    Wagner, Nathaniel; Mukherjee, Rakesh; Maity, Indrajit; Peacock-Lopez, Enrique; Ashkenasy, Gonen


    Bistability and bifurcation, found in a wide range of biochemical networks, are central to the proper function of living systems. We investigate herein recent model systems that show bistable behavior based on nonenzymatic self-replication reactions. Such models were used before to investigate catalytic growth, chemical logic operations, and additional processes of self-organization leading to complexification. By solving for their steady-state solutions by using various analytical and numerical methods, we analyze how and when these systems yield bistability and bifurcation and discover specific cases and conditions producing bistability. We demonstrate that the onset of bistability requires at least second-order catalysis and results from a mismatch between the various forward and reverse processes. Our findings may have far-reaching implications in understanding early evolutionary processes of complexification, emergence, and potentially the origin of life.

  19. Optical nonlinear response of a single nonlinear dielectric layer sandwiched between two linear dielectric structures

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    Lidorikis, E. [Ames Laboratory--USDOE and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States); Busch, K. [Ames Laboratory--USDOE and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)]|[Instituet fuer Theorie der Kondensierten Materie, Universitaet Karlsruhe, D-76128, Karlsruhe (Germany); Li, Q. [Ames Laboratory--USDOE and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States); Chan, C.T. [Ames Laboratory--USDOE and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)]|[Department of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Soukoulis, C.M. [Ames Laboratory--USDOE and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011 (United States)


    We consider the general problem of electromagnetic wave propagation through a one-dimensional system consisting of a nonlinear medium sandwiched between two linear structures. Special emphasis is given to systems where the latter comprise Bragg reflectors. We obtain an exact expression for the nonlinear response of such dielectric superlattices when the nonlinear impurity is very thin, or in the {delta}-function limit. We find that both the switching-up and switching-down intensities of the bistable response can be made very low, when the frequency of the incident wave matches that of the impurity mode of the structure. Numerical results for a nonlinear layer of finite width display qualitatively similar behavior, thus confirming the usefulness of the simpler {delta}-function model. In addition, an analytical solution for the resonance states of an infinitely extended finite-width superlattice with a finite-width nonlinear impurity is presented. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  20. Bistability in a stochastic RNA-mediated gene network (United States)

    Lloyd-Price, Jason; Ribeiro, Andre S.


    Small regulatory RNAs (srRNAs) are important regulators of gene expression in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. A common motif containing srRNA is a bistable two-gene motif where one gene codes for a transcription factor (TF) which represses the transcription of the second gene, whose transcript is a srRNA which targets the first gene's transcript. Here, we investigate the properties of this motif in a stochastic model which takes the low copy numbers of the RNA components into account. First, we examine the conditions for stability of the two “noisy attractors.” We find that for realistic low copy numbers, extreme, but within realistic intervals, mutual repression strengths are required to compensate for the variability of the RNA numbers and thus, achieve long-term bistability. Second, the promoter initiation kinetics is found to strongly influence the bistability of the switch. Super-Poissonian RNA production disrupts the ability of the srRNA to silence its target, though sub-Poissonian RNA production does not rule out the need for strong mutual repression. Finally, we show that asymmetry between the two interactions forming the switch allows an external input to induce the transition from “high srRNA” to “‘high TF” more easily (i.e., with a shorter input) than in the opposite direction. We hypothesize that this asymmetric switching property allows these circuits to be more sensitive to one external input, without sacrificing the stability of one of the noisy attractors.

  1. Basic non-linear effects in silicon radiation detector in detection of highly ionizing particles: registration of ultra rare events of superheavy nuclei in the long-term experiments

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    Tsyganov, Y S


    Sources of non-linear response of PIPS detector, when detecting highly ionizing particles like recoils (EVR), fission fragments and heavy ions, including formation of large pulse-height defect (PHD) are considered. An analytical formula to calculate the recombination component of EVR PHD is proposed on the base of surface recombination model with some empirical correction. PC-based simulation code for generating the spectrum of the measured recoil signal amplitudes of the heavy implanted nuclei is presented. The simulated spectra are compared with the experimental ones for the different facilities: the Dubna Gas Filled Recoil Separator (DGFRS), SHIP and RIKEN gas-filled separator. After the short reviewing of the detection system of the DGFRS, is considered the real-time matrix algorithm application aimed to the radical background suppression in the complete-fusion heavy-ion induced nuclear reactions. Typical examples of application in the long term experiments aimed to the synthesis of superheavy elements Z=...

  2. GENERAL: Bistability in Coupled Oscillators Exhibiting Synchronized Dynamics (United States)

    Olusola, O. I.; Vincent, U. E.; Njah, A. N.; Olowofela, J. A.


    We report some new results associated with the synchronization behavior of two coupled double-well Duffing oscillators (DDOs). Some sufficient algebraic criteria for global chaos synchronization of the drive and response DDOs via linear state error feedback control are obtained by means of Lyapunov stability theory. The synchronization is achieved through a bistable state in which a periodic attractor co-exists with a chaotic attractor. Using the linear perturbation analysis, the prevalence of attractors in parameter space and the associated bifurcations are examined. Subcritical and supercritical Hopf bifurcations and abundance of Arnold tongues — a signature of mode locking phenomenon are found.

  3. Controllable Optical Bistability in a Crystal of Molecular Magnets System

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    LIU Ji-Bing; LU Xin-You; HAO Xiang-Ying; SI Liu-Gang; YANG Xiao-Xue


    We investigate the formation of opticai bistability (OB) in a crystal of molecular magnets contained in a unidirectional ring cavity. The crystal is subjected to one de magnetic field and two (probe and coupling) ac resonant magnetic field. The results show that OB can be controlled efficiently by adjusting the intensity of the control field, the detuning of probe magnetic field and the cooperation parameter. Furthermore, within certain parameter range, the optical multistablity (OM) can also be observed in the crystal medium. This investigation can be used for designing new types of nonelectronic devices for realizing switching process.

  4. Application of the Asymptotic Taylor Expansion Method to Bistable Potentials

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    Okan Ozer


    Full Text Available A recent method called asymptotic Taylor expansion (ATEM is applied to determine the analytical expression for eigenfunctions and numerical results for eigenvalues of the Schrödinger equation for the bistable potentials. Optimal truncation of the Taylor series gives a best possible analytical expression for eigenfunctions and numerical results for eigenvalues. It is shown that the results are obtained by a simple algorithm constructed for a computer system using symbolic or numerical calculation. It is observed that ATEM produces excellent results consistent with the existing literature.

  5. Bistability and chaos in the Taylor-Green dynamo. (United States)

    Yadav, Rakesh K; Verma, Mahendra K; Wahi, Pankaj


    Using direct numerical simulations, we study dynamo action under Taylor-Green forcing for a magnetic Prandtl number of 0.5. We observe bistability with weak- and strong-magnetic-field branches. Both the dynamo branches undergo subcritical dynamo transition. We also observe a host of dynamo states including constant, periodic, quasiperiodic, and chaotic magnetic fields. One of the chaotic states originates through a quasiperiodic route with phase locking, while the other chaotic attractor appears to follow the Newhouse-Ruelle-Takens route to chaos. We also observe intermittent transitions between quasiperiodic and chaotic states for a given Taylor-Green forcing.

  6. A faster switching regime for zenithal bistable nematic displays

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    Rudin, J


    A simpler and faster switching regime for Zenithal Bistable Nematic displays is reported. A cell, based on homeotropic alignment of nematic liquid crystal over a continuous blazed monograting on one surface, can be switched using bipolar pulses an order of magnitude faster than monopolar pulses of the same voltage. We propose that this regime relies on simple dielectric coupling to drive the cell into a higher energy state with a long pulse time, and the relaxation into a lower energy state after the creation of surface defects from a shorter applied pulse. Although flexoelectric effects are observed, they do not form the basis of state selection as was proposed for the monopolar pulses

  7. Subharmonic transitions in a bistable oscillator with bimodal periodic excitation. (United States)

    Kovaleva, Agnessa


    We analyze the phenomenon of low-frequency signal enhancement in a bistable system excited by a sum of low-frequency and high-frequency harmonic signals. A mechanism alternate to chaotic resonance is discussed. It is shown that a high-frequency signal may generate interwell transitions of subharmonic frequency. If the frequency of the slow signal is equal or close to a subharmonic frequency of the fast signal, then the improvement of the low-frequency constituent in the output spectrum is due to sustained subharmonic resonance.

  8. Optical bistabilities of higher harmonics: Inhomogeneous and transverse effects

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    Hassan, S.S., E-mail: [Department of Mathematics, College of Science, University of Bahrain, P.O. Box 32038 (Bahrain); Manchester Metropolitan University, Dept. of Computing, Maths. and Digital Technology, Manchester M1 5GD (United Kingdom); Sharaby, Y.A., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Suez (Egypt); Ali, M.F.M., E-mail: [Department of Mathematics: Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); Joshi, A., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL 61920 (United States)


    The steady state behavior of optical bistable system in a ring cavity with transverse field variations and inhomogeneousely broadened two-level atoms is investigated outside the rotating wave approximation (RWA). Analytical and numerical investigation is presented for different cases of transverse field variations with Lorentzian or Gaussian line widths. When both (transverse and inhomogeneous) features taken into account, the first harmonic output field component outside the RWA exhibits a one-way switching down processes (butterfly OB) or reversed (clockwise) OB behavior, depending on the atomic linewidth shape.

  9. Bistable Nonvolatile Elastic-Membrane Memcapacitor Exhibiting a Chaotic Behavior (United States)

    Martinez-Rincon, Julian; Pershin, Yuriy V.


    We suggest a realization of a bistable non-volatile memory capacitor (memcapacitor). Its design utilizes a strained elastic membrane as a plate of a parallel-plate capacitor. The applied stress generates low and high capacitance configurations of the system. We demonstrate that a voltage pulse of an appropriate amplitude can be used to reliably switch the memcapacitor into the desired capacitance state. Moreover, charged-voltage and capacitance-voltage curves of such a system demonstrate hysteresis and transition into a chaotic regime in a certain range of ac voltage amplitudes and frequencies. Membrane memcapacitor connected to a voltage source comprises a single element nonautonomous chaotic circuit.

  10. Toggling bistable atoms via mechanical switching of bond angle. (United States)

    Sweetman, Adam; Jarvis, Sam; Danza, Rosanna; Bamidele, Joseph; Gangopadhyay, Subhashis; Shaw, Gordon A; Kantorovich, Lev; Moriarty, Philip


    We reversibly switch the state of a bistable atom by direct mechanical manipulation of bond angle using a dynamic force microscope. Individual buckled dimers at the Si(100) surface are flipped via the formation of a single covalent bond, actuating the smallest conceivable in-plane toggle switch (two atoms) via chemical force alone. The response of a given dimer to a flip event depends critically on both the local and nonlocal environment of the target atom-an important consideration for future atomic scale fabrication strategies.

  11. Noticeable positive Doppler effect on optical bistability in an N-type active Raman gain atomic system

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    Chang Zeng-Guang; Niu Yue-Ping; Zhang Jing-Tao; Gong Shang-Qing


    We theoretically investigate the Doppler effect on optical bistability in an N type active Raman gain atomic system inside an optical ring cavity.It is shown that the Doppler effect can greatly enhance the dispersion and thus create the bistable behaviour or greatly increase the bistable region,which has been known as the positive Doppler effect on optical bistability.In addition,we find that a positive Doppler effect can change optical bistability from the hybrid dispersion-gain type to a dispersive type.

  12. The rate dependent response of a bistable chain at finite temperature (United States)

    Benichou, Itamar; Zhang, Yaojun; Dudko, Olga K.; Givli, Sefi


    We study the rate dependent response of a bistable chain subjected to thermal fluctuations. The study is motivated by the fact that the behavior of this model system is prototypical to a wide range of nonlinear processes in materials physics, biology and chemistry. To account for the stochastic nature of the system response, we formulate a set of governing equations for the evolution of the probability density of meta-stable configurations. Based on this approach, we calculate the behavior for a wide range of parametric values, such as rate, temperature, overall stiffness, and number of elements in the chain. Our results suggest that fundamental characteristics of the response, such as average transition stress and hysteresis, can be captured by a simple law which folds the influence of all these factors into a single non-dimensional quantity. We also show that the applicability of analytical results previously obtained for single-well systems can be extended to systems having multiple wells by proper definition of rate and of the transition stress.

  13. Tunable bistability and asymmetric line shape in ring cavity-coupled Michelson interferometer (United States)

    Li, Li; Zhang, Xinlu; Chen, Lixue


    A novel configuration of ring cavity-coupled Michelson interferometer is proposed to create sharp asymmetric multiple-resonance line shape, in which a ring cavity is side-coupled to one arm and a phase shifter is introduced into the other arm for static phase compensation. Such asymmetric line shape allows the tuning of the system between zero and complete transmission, with a phase offset much narrower than the full width of the cavity resonance itself. As tuning between resonance peak and notch of such asymmetric profile, optical transmission becomes much more sensitive to the round-trip phase shift of ring cavity than that in the case of symmetric Lorentzian line shape. By cooperating Kerr nonlinearity and cavity feedback, novel hysteresis loops and intrinsic bistability are achievable by adjusting incident power. The shapes of hysteresis curves associated with asymmetric resonance line shape are different from those arising from symmetric line shape. By adjusting the static phase compensation of phase shifter, tunable hysteresis loop and asymmetric multiple-resonance transmission can be easy performed. The simply constructed device is a good reference for sensitive optical switch, filter and sensor.

  14. Multiple cross-correlation noise induced transition in a stochastic bistable system (United States)

    Wang, Can-Jun; Yang, Ke-Li; Du, Chun-Yan


    Based on the stochastic equivalent rules, the Fokker-Planck Equation for a general one-dimensional nonlinear system subjected to N-component noises and cross-correlation noises is derived, and the greatest advantage of the method lies in its simplicity. Applying this method, the effects of multiple sources of noise and the correlation forms of noises among them (i.e., two multiplicative noises, an additive noise and the correlation between the three noises) on the steady-state properties and the mean first passage time (MFPT) of a stochastic bistable system are discussed in details. The results show rich transition phenomena, such as the reentrance-like noise-induced phenomenon and the switch between the bimodal and the unimodal structure for different noise intensities. Moreover, the effects of the cross-correlation among the three noise sources on the MFPT are also discussed, and the noise-enhanced stability phenomenon and the resonant activation phenomenon are observed. The numerical results are in basic agreement with the theoretical predictions.

  15. Nonlinear Multiantenna Detection Methods

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    Chen Sheng


    Full Text Available A nonlinear detection technique designed for multiple-antenna assisted receivers employed in space-division multiple-access systems is investigated. We derive the optimal solution of the nonlinear spatial-processing assisted receiver for binary phase shift keying signalling, which we refer to as the Bayesian detector. It is shown that this optimal Bayesian receiver significantly outperforms the standard linear beamforming assisted receiver in terms of a reduced bit error rate, at the expense of an increased complexity, while the achievable system capacity is substantially enhanced with the advent of employing nonlinear detection. Specifically, when the spatial separation expressed in terms of the angle of arrival between the desired and interfering signals is below a certain threshold, a linear beamformer would fail to separate them, while a nonlinear detection assisted receiver is still capable of performing adequately. The adaptive implementation of the optimal Bayesian detector can be realized using a radial basis function network. Two techniques are presented for constructing block-data-based adaptive nonlinear multiple-antenna assisted receivers. One of them is based on the relevance vector machine invoked for classification, while the other on the orthogonal forward selection procedure combined with the Fisher ratio class-separability measure. A recursive sample-by-sample adaptation procedure is also proposed for training nonlinear detectors based on an amalgam of enhanced -means clustering techniques and the recursive least squares algorithm.

  16. Bistability vs. Metastability in Driven Dissipative Rydberg Gases

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    Letscher, Fabian; Niederprüm, Thomas; Fleischhauer, Michael; Ott, Herwig


    We investigate the possibility of a bistable phase in an open many-body system. To this end we discuss the microscopic dynamics of a continuously off-resonantly driven Rydberg lattice gas in the regime of strong decoherence. Our experimental results reveal a prolongation of the temporal correlations with respect to the lifetime of a single Rydberg excitation and show strong evidence for the formation of finite-sized Rydberg excitation clusters in the steady state. We simulate our data using a simplified and a full many-body rate-equation model. The results are compatible with the formation of metastable states associated with a bimodal counting distribution as well as dynamic hysteresis. A scaling analysis reveals however, that the correlation times remain finite for all relevant system parameters. This suggest that the Rydberg aggregate is composed of many small clusters and all correlation lengths remain finite. This is a strong indication for the absence of a global bistable phase, previously suggested to ...

  17. Magnetic actuation and transition shapes of a bistable spherical cap

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    Full Text Available Multistable shells have been proposed for a variety of applications; however, their actuation is almost exclusively addressed through embedded piezoelectric patches. Additional actuation techniques are needed for applications requiring high strains or where remote actuation is desirable. Part of the reason for the lack of research in this area is the absence of appropriate models describing the detailed deformation and energetics of such shells. This work presents a bistable spherical cap made of iron carbonyl-infused polydimethylsiloxane. The magnetizable structure can be actuated remotely through permanent magnets while the transition is recorded with a high-speed camera. Moreover, the experiment is reproduced in a finite element (FE dynamic model for comparison with the physical observations. High-speed footage of the physical cap inversion together with the FE modeling gives valuable insight on preferable intermediate geometries. Both methods return similar values for the magnetic field strength required for the snap-through. High-strain multistable spherical cap transformation is demonstrated, based on informed material selection. We discover that non-axisymmetric transition shapes are preferred in intermediate geometries by bistable spherical caps. We develop the methods for design and analysis of such actuators, including the feasibility of remote actuation methods for multistable shells.

  18. Designing a stochastic genetic switch by coupling chaos and bistability

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    Zhao, Xiang [State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics and School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Ouyang, Qi [State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics and School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Center for Quantitative Biology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); The Peking-Tsinghua Center for Life Sciences, Beijing 100871 (China); Wang, Hongli, E-mail: [State Key Laboratory for Mesoscopic Physics and School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Center for Quantitative Biology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)


    In stem cell differentiation, a pluripotent stem cell becomes progressively specialized and generates specific cell types through a series of epigenetic processes. How cells can precisely determine their fate in a fluctuating environment is a currently unsolved problem. In this paper, we suggest an abstract gene regulatory network to describe mathematically the differentiation phenomenon featuring stochasticity, divergent cell fates, and robustness. The network consists of three functional motifs: an upstream chaotic motif, a buffering motif of incoherent feed forward loop capable of generating a pulse, and a downstream motif which is bistable. The dynamic behavior is typically a transient chaos with fractal basin boundaries. The trajectories take transiently chaotic journeys before divergently settling down to the bistable states. The ratio of the probability that the high state is achieved to the probability that the low state is reached can maintain a constant in a population of cells with varied molecular fluctuations. The ratio can be turned up or down when proper parameters are adjusted. The model suggests a possible mechanism for the robustness against fluctuations that is prominently featured in pluripotent cell differentiations and developmental phenomena.

  19. Control and characterization of a bistable laminate generated with piezoelectricity (United States)

    Lee, Andrew J.; Moosavian, Amin; Inman, Daniel J.


    Extensive research has been conducted on utilizing smart materials such as piezoelectric and shape memory alloy actuators to induce snap through of bistable structures for morphing applications. However, there has only been limited success in initiating snap through from both stable states due to the lack of actuation authority. A novel solution in the form of a piezoelectrically generated bistable laminate consisting of only macro fiber composites (MFC), allowing complete configuration control without any external assistance, is explored in detail here. Specifically, this paper presents the full analytical, computational, and experimental results of the laminate’s design, geometry, bifurcation behavior, and snap through capability. By bonding two actuated MFCs in a [0MFC/90MFC]T layup and releasing the voltage post cure, piezoelectric strain anisotropy and the resulting in-plane residual stresses yield two statically stable states that are cylindrically shaped. The analytical model uses the Rayleigh-Ritz minimization of total potential energy and finite element analysis is implemented in MSC Nastran. The [0MFC/90MFC]T laminate is then manufactured and experimentally characterized for model validation. This paper demonstrates the adaptive laminate’s unassisted forward and reverse snap through capability enabled by the efficiencies gained from simultaneously being the actuator and the primary structure.

  20. S6-4: Visual Awareness Modulated by Conditioned Fear during Bistable Perception

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    Chai-Youn Kim


    Full Text Available Bistable perception has been considered as a useful means to study visual awareness since it induces spontaneous fluctuation in awareness despite constant physical stimulation. Whether visual awareness during bistable perception is modulated by emotional valence associated with one of the two visual interpretations has been of great interest. This talk will present results from a couple of recent studies in my lab to investigate this issue. By comparing bistable perception prior to and followed by Pavlovian fear conditioning using disambiguated versions of the ambiguous figure, I and my colleagues found that negative emotional valence associated with one of two interpretations significantly influences conscious visual awareness during bistable perception. Specifically after fear conditioning, participants tended to be consciously aware of the interpretation associated with the aversive stimulation (CS+ longer at a time compared to the other (CS-. This influence of fear conditioning on bistable perception occurs only when the fear conditioning was effective indicated by the participant's differential physiological response (heart rate to CS+ and CS-. Changes in bistable perception after fear conditioning were also found to be correlated positively with the State-Anxiety score. I will also discuss results from the follow-up study showing that visual awareness during bistable perception is also modulated “unconsciously” conditioned fear.

  1. Dynamic Equations and Nonlinear Dynamics of Cascade Two-Photon Laser

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    XIE Xia; HUANG Hong-Bin; QIAN Feng; ZHANG Ya-Jun; YANG Peng; QI Guan-Xiao


    We derive equations and study nonlinear dynamics of cascade two-photon laser, in which the electromagnetic field in the cavity is driven by coherently prepared three-level atoms and classical field injected into the cavity. The dynamic equations of such a system are derived by using the technique of quantum Langevin operators, and then are studied numerically under different driving conditions. The results show thgt under certain conditions the cascade twophoton laser can generate chaotic, period doubling, periodic, stable and bistable states. Chaos can be inhibited by atomic populations, atomic coherences, and injected classical field. In addition, no chaos occurs in optical bistability.

  2. Reliability-based design optimization for nonlinear energy harvesters (United States)

    Seong, Sumin; Lee, Soobum; Hu, Chao


    The power output of a vibration energy harvesting device is highly sensitive to uncertainties in materials, manufacturing, and operating conditions. Although the use of a nonlinear spring (e.g., snap-through mechanism) in energy harvesting device has been reported to reduce the sensitivity of power output with respect to the excitation frequency, the nonlinear spring characteristic remains significantly sensitive and it causes unreliable power generation. In this paper, we present a reliability-based design optimization (RBDO) study of vibration energy harvesters. For a nonlinear harvester, a purely mechanical nonlinear spring design implemented in the middle of cantilever beam harvester is considered in the study. This design has the curved section in the center of beam that causes bi-stable configuration. When vibrating, the inertia of the tip mass activates the curved shell to cause snap-through buckling and make the nature of vibration nonlinear. In this paper, deterministic optimization (DO) is performed to obtain deterministic optimum of linear and nonlinear energy harvester configuration. As a result of the deterministic optimization, an optimum bi-stable vibration configuration of nonlinear harvester can be obtained for reliable power generation despite uncertainty on input vibration condition. For the linear harvester, RBDO is additionally performed to find the optimum design that satisfies a target reliability on power generation, while accounting for uncertainty in material properties and geometric parameters.

  3. Bistability Analysis of Excitatory-Inhibitory Neural Networks in Limited-Sustained-Activity Regime

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    倪赟; 吴亮; 吴丹; 朱士群


    Bistable behavior of neuronal complex networks is investigated in the limited-sustained-activity regime when the network is composed of excitatory and inhibitory neurons. The standard stability analysis is performed on the two metastable states separately. Both theoretical analysis and numerical simulations show consistently that the difference between time scales of excitatory and inhibitory populations can influence the dynamical behaviors of the neuronal networks dramatically, leading to the transition from bistable behaviors with memory effects to the collapse of bistable behaviors. These results may suggest one possible neuronal information processing by only tuning time scales.

  4. Application of bistable optical logic gate arrays to all-optical digital parallel processing (United States)

    Walker, A. C.


    Arrays of bistable optical gates can form the basis of an all-optical digital parallel processor. Two classes of signal input geometry exist - on- and off-axis - and lead to distinctly different device characteristics. The optical implementation of multisignal fan-in to an array of intrinsically bistable optical gates using the more efficient off-axis option is discussed together with the construction of programmable read/write memories from optically bistable devices. Finally the design of a demonstration all-optical parallel processor incorporating these concepts is presented.

  5. Comparison of Bistable Systems and Matched Filters in Non-Gaussian Noise (United States)

    Zhang, Xinming; Yan, Jianfeng; Duan, Fabing


    In this paper, we report that for a weak signal buried in the heavy-tailed noise, the bistable system can outperform the matched filter, yielding a higher output signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) or a lower probability of error. Moreover, by adding mutually independent internal noise components to an array of bistable systems, the output SNR or the probability of error can be further improved via the mechanism of stochastic resonance (SR). These comparison results demonstrate the potential capability of bistable systems for detecting weak signals in non-Gaussian noise environments.

  6. Reduced threshold all-optical bistability in etched quantum well microresonators (United States)

    Rivera, T.; Ladan, F. R.; Izrael, A.; Azoulay, R.; Kuszelewicz, R.; Oudar, J. L.


    Etched vertical microresonators made of GaAs/AlGaAs multiple quantum wells produced by reactive ion etching was investigated to study the optical bistability phenomena. Reactive ion etching was preferred because of smooth vertical and minimization of density of surface recombination centers. A high cavity finesse was observed in the microresonators producing an optical bistability with wide hysteresis loops. A low threshold power of 70 microwatts was measured due to carrier confinement and vertical walls. The low bistability threshold power was attributed to self passivation happening during etching process, which produced a small surface recombination rate.

  7. Discrete dissipative localized modes in nonlinear magnetic metamaterials. (United States)

    Rosanov, Nikolay N; Vysotina, Nina V; Shatsev, Anatoly N; Shadrivov, Ilya V; Powell, David A; Kivshar, Yuri S


    We analyze the existence, stability, and propagation of dissipative discrete localized modes in one- and two-dimensional nonlinear lattices composed of weakly coupled split-ring resonators (SRRs) excited by an external electromagnetic field. We employ the near-field interaction approach for describing quasi-static electric and magnetic interaction between the resonators, and demonstrate the crucial importance of the electric coupling, which can completely reverse the sign of the overall interaction between the resonators. We derive the effective nonlinear model and analyze the properties of nonlinear localized modes excited in one-and two-dimensional lattices. In particular, we study nonlinear magnetic domain walls (the so-called switching waves) separating two different states of nonlinear magnetization, and reveal the bistable dependence of the domain wall velocity on the external field. Then, we study two-dimensional localized modes in nonlinear lattices of SRRs and demonstrate that larger domains may experience modulational instability and splitting.

  8. Quantum Dynamics of Nonlinear Cavity Systems


    Nation, Paul D.


    We investigate the quantum dynamics of three different configurations of nonlinear cavity systems. To begin, we carry out a quantum analysis of a dc superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) mechanical displacement detector comprised of a SQUID with a mechanically compliant loop segment. The SQUID is approximated by a nonlinear current-dependent inductor, inducing a flux tunable nonlinear Duffing term in the cavity equation of motion. Expressions are derived for the detector signal ...

  9. Nonlinear interferometry approach to photonic sequential logic

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    Mabuchi, Hideo


    Motivated by rapidly advancing capabilities for extensive nanoscale patterning of optical materials, I propose an approach to implementing photonic sequential logic that exploits circuit-scale phase coherence for efficient realizations of fundamental components such as a NAND-gate-with-fanout and a bistable latch. Kerr-nonlinear optical resonators are utilized in combination with interference effects to drive the binary logic. Quantum-optical input-output models are characterized numerically using design parameters that yield attojoule-scale energy separation between the latch states.

  10. A bistable switch in dynamic thiodepsipeptide folding and template-directed ligation. (United States)

    Mukherjee, Rakesh; Cohen-Luria, Rivka; Wagner, Nathaniel; Ashkenasy, Gonen


    Bistable reaction networks provide living cells with chemically controlled mechanisms for long-term memory storage. Such networks are also often switchable and can be flipped from one state to the other. We target here a major challenge in systems chemistry research, namely developing synthetic, non-enzymatic, networks that mimic such a complex function. Therefore, we describe a dynamic network that depending on initial thiodepsipeptide concentrations leads to one of two distinct steady states. This bistable system is readily switched by applying the appropriate stimuli. The relationship between the reaction network topology and its capacity to invoke bistability is then analyzed by control experiments and theory. We suggest that demonstrating bistable behavior using synthetic networks further highlights their possible role in early evolution, and may shine light on potential utility for novel applications, such as chemical memories.

  11. Evidence for dynamo bistability among very low mass stars

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    Morin, J; Donati, J -F; Dormy, E; Forveille, T; Jardine, M; Petit, P; Schrinner, M


    Dynamo action in fully convective stars is a debated issue that also questions our understanding of magnetic field generation in partly convective Sun-like stars. During the past few years, spectropolari- metric observations have demonstrated that fully convective objects are able to trigger strong large-scale and long-lived magnetic fields. We present here the first spectropolarimetric study of a sample of active late M dwarfs (M5-M8) carried out with ESPaDOnS@CFHT. It reveals the co-existence of two distinct types of magnetism among stars having similar masses and rotation rates. A possible explanation for this unexpected discovery is the existence of two dynamo branches in this parameter regime, we discuss here the possible identification with the weak vs strong field bistability predicted for the geodynamo.

  12. Zero-power shock sensors using bistable compliant mechanisms (United States)

    Hansen, Brett J.; Carron, Christopher J.; Hawkins, Aaron R.; Schultz, Stephen M.


    This paper demonstrates the design, fabrication, and analysis of a small plastic latching accelerometer, or shock sensor, that is bi-stable and functions without the use of electricity. The sensor has two stable mechanical states. When force above a certain threshold limit is applied, the sensor changes states and remains in the changed state indicating the amount of force that has been applied to the sensor. The devices were laser-cut from ABS and Delrin plastics, and the surface area of the free-moving section was varied to produce sensors with a range of force sensitivities. The switching action of the devices was analyzed with the use of a centrifuge, which supplied the necessary force to switch the accelerometers from one mechanical state to another. The surface area of the sensors varied from 100 mm2 to 500 mm2 and the G-force sensitivity range varied between 10 and 800 g.

  13. Study of spatial signal transduction in bistable switches (United States)

    Zhao, Qi; Yao, Cheng-Gui; Tang, Jun; Liu, Li-Wei


    Bistable switch modules are among the most important fundamental motifs in signal-transduction pathways. To better understand their spatial signal transduction, we model the diffusion process in the one-dimensional (1-D) domain. We find that when none of the elements diffuse, the response of the system exhibits a spatial switch-like property. However, when one of the elements is highly diffusible, the response of the system does not show any spatial switching behavior. Furthermore, we observe that the spatial responses of the system are more sensitive to the time constant of the switch when none of the elements are diffusible. Further, a slow loop keeps the system in the high steady state more positions than that in the fast loop. Finally, we consolidate our numerical results analytically by performing a mathematical method.

  14. Bistability in the Chemical Master Equation for Dual Phosphorylation Cycles

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    Bazzani, A; Giampieri, E; Remondini, D; Cooper, L N


    Dual phospho/dephosphorylation cycles, as well as covalent enzymatic-catalyzed modifications of substrates, are widely diffused within cellular systems and are crucial for the control of complex responses such as learning, memory and cellular fate determination. Despite the large body of deterministic studies and the increasing work aimed to elucidate the effect of noise in such systems, some aspects remain unclear. Here we study the stationary distribution provided by the two-dimensional Chemical Master Equation for a well known model of a two step phospho/dephosphorylation cycle using the quasi steady state approximation of the enzymatic kinetics. Our aim is to analyze the role of fluctuations and the molecules distribution properties in the transition to a bistable regime. When detailed balance conditions are satisfied it is possible to compute equilibrium distributions in a closed and explicit form. When detailed balance is not satisfied, the stationary non-equilibrium state is strongly influenced by the ...

  15. Bistable mode of THG for femtosecond laser pulse (United States)

    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Sidorov, Pavel S.; Kuchik, Igor E.


    We develop an analytical solution for the THG problem with taking into account self- and cross- modulation of interacting waves. Consideration is made in the framework of long pulse duration approximation and plane wave approximation. Using the original approach, we obtain the explicit solution of Schrödinger equations describing the THG in the framework under consideration both for zero-value amplitude of a wave with triple frequency and for its non-zero value. It should be stressed that the main feature of our approach consists in conservation laws using, which correspond to wave interaction process. We found various regimes of frequency trebling and showed that the THG process possesses a bistable feature under certain condition. We found out also the THG mode, at which the intensities of interacting waves do not change along their propagation coordinate. This leads to existence of soliton solution for THG of femtosecond laser pulses.

  16. Stochastic Resonance in a Bistable System Subject to Dichotomous Noise

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    ZHOU Yu-Rong; PAN Hui-Mei; GUO Feng; PANG Xiao-Feng


    The stochastic resonance phenomenon in a bistable system subject to Markov dichotomous noise (DN) is investigated. Based on the adiabatic elimination and the two-state theories, the explicit expressions for the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and the spectral power amplification (SPA) have been obtained. It is shown that two peaks can occur on the curve of SNR versus the intensity of the DN. Moreover, the SNR is a non-monotonic function of the correlation time of the DN. The SPA varies non-monotonously with the strength of the DN. The dependence of the SNR on the frequency and the amplitude of the external periodic signal are discussed. The effect of the external frequency and the correlation time of the DN on the SPA are analyzed.

  17. First-Order-Like Transition for Dispersive Optical Bistability

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    HE Ying; ZHU Shi-Qun


    The first-order-like phase transition (FOLT) in the dispersive optical bistability is investigated when the fluctuation in the incident light field is considered as colored noise. A unified colored-noise approximation is applied to obtain the steady state distribution (SSD) when either the intensity or phase fluctuations of the incident field are included in the system. For intensity fluctuations only, the curve of SSD is changed from single extreme to two extremes, and then to three extremes. The colored nature of the noise can reduce the fluctuation in the system. However, for phase fluctuations only, the FOLT is mainly induced by the colored nature of the noise. The curve of SSD is changed from single extreme to three extremes directly. There is no FOLT existing for white noise.

  18. Synaptic Bistability Due to Nucleation and Evaporation of Receptor Clusters

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    Burlakov, V. M.


    We introduce a bistability mechanism for long-term synaptic plasticity based on switching between two metastable states that contain significantly different numbers of synaptic receptors. One state is characterized by a two-dimensional gas of mobile interacting receptors and is stabilized against clustering by a high nucleation barrier. The other state contains a receptor gas in equilibrium with a large cluster of immobile receptors, which is stabilized by the turnover rate of receptors into and out of the synapse. Transitions between the two states can be initiated by either an increase (potentiation) or a decrease (depotentiation) of the net receptor flux into the synapse. This changes the saturation level of the receptor gas and triggers nucleation or evaporation of receptor clusters. © 2012 American Physical Society.

  19. Heat dissipation and information flow for delayed bistable Langevin systems near coherence resonance (United States)

    Xiao, Tiejun


    In this paper, stochastic thermodynamics of delayed bistable Langevin systems near coherence resonance is discussed. We calculate the heat dissipation rate and the information flow of a delayed bistable Langevin system under various noise intensities. Both the heat dissipation rate and the information flow are found to be bell-shaped functions of the noise intensity, which implies that coherence resonance manifests itself in the thermodynamic properties.

  20. Bistability in an uncatalyzed bromate oscillator in a continuously fed stirred tank reactor (United States)

    Dutt, Arun K.; Müller, S. C.


    Uncatalyzed gallic acid oscillating system has been investigated in a continuously fed stirred tank reactor (CSTR). In the [Bromate]0-[Bromide]0 concentration space, a region has been located where a bistability is observed between an oscillatory branch and a flow branch. To our knowledge this is the first evidence of bistability in an uncatalyzed bromate oscillator. Some observations have been explained in terms of the skeleton mechanism proposed in the past.

  1. Coupled chaotic attractors and driving-induced bistability: A brief review

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    Manish Agrawal


    We investigate the effects of symmetry-preserving and symmetry-breaking interactions n a drive–response system with the driving-induced bistability. The basins of attraction on the initial conditions plane are observed for the driving-induced bistability. The basins are dependent on the interaction between the driven and the driving system. The coexisting attractors display both in-phase as well as antiphase synchrony.

  2. Indicators of Arctic Sea Ice Bistability in Climate Model Simulations and Observations (United States)


    1 DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Indicators of Arctic Sea Ice Bistability in Climate...possibility that the climate system supports multiple Arctic sea ice states that are relevant for the evolution of sea ice during the next several...the most relevant scalar quantities related to the hemisphere-scale Arctic sea ice cover that indicate the presence of bistability, as well as the

  3. Piezoelectric vibration-driven locomotion systems - Exploiting resonance and bistable dynamics (United States)

    Fang, Hongbin; Wang, K. W.


    While a piezoelectric-based vibration-driven system is an excellent candidate for actuating small-size crawling-type locomotion robots, it has the major drawback of limited stroke output that would severely constraint the system's locomotion performance. In this paper, to advance the state of the art, we propose two novel designs of piezoelectric vibration-driven locomotion systems. The first utilizes the resonant amplification concept, and the second explores the design of a bistable device. While these two ideas have been explored for piezoelectric actuation amplification in general, they have never been exploited for crawling-type robotic locomotion. Numerical analyses on both systems reveal that resonance and bistability can substantially increase the systems' average locomotion speed. Moreover, this research shows that with bistability, the system is able to output high average locomotion speed in a wider frequency band, possess multiple locomotion modes, and achieve fast switches among them. Through proof-of-concept prototypes, the predicted locomotion performance improvements brought by resonance and bistability are verified. Finally, the basin stability is evaluated to systematically describe the occurring probability of certain locomotion behavior of the bistable system, which would provide useful guideline to the design and control of bistable vibration-driven locomotion systems.

  4. Detector Unit

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    Original detector unit of the Instituut voor Kernfysisch Onderzoek (IKO) BOL project. This detector unit shows that silicon detectors for nuclear physics particle detection were already developed and in use in the 1960's in Amsterdam. Also the idea of putting 'strips' onto the silicon for high spatial resolution of a particle's impact on the detector were implemented in the BOL project which used 64 of these detector units. The IKO BOL project with its silicon particle detectors was designed, built and operated from 1965 to roughly 1977. Detector Unit of the BOL project: These detectors, notably the ‘checkerboard detector’, were developed during the years 1964-1968 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, by the Natuurkundig Laboratorium of the N.V. Philips Gloeilampen Fabrieken. This was done in close collaboration with the Instituut voor Kernfysisch Onderzoek (IKO) where the read-out electronics for their use in the BOL Project was developed and produced.

  5. Bistability of optical response of an ultra thin layer consisting of two-level atoms: account of the local field (United States)

    Shuval-Sergeeva, E. V.; Zaitsev, A. I.


    When describing the phenomenon of bistability of optical response of an ultra thin layer consisting of two-level atoms it is important to take into account the local field correction. The account of the correction results in the improvement of existence conditions of bistability. One more bistable region is formed starting with certain value of local field parameter. Both effects are induced by the dynamical frequency shift.

  6. Infrared detectors

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    Rogalski, Antonio


    This second edition is fully revised and reorganized, with new chapters concerning third generation and quantum dot detectors, THz detectors, cantilever and antenna coupled detectors, and information on radiometry and IR optics materials. Part IV concerning focal plane arrays is significantly expanded. This book, resembling an encyclopedia of IR detectors, is well illustrated and contains many original references … a really comprehensive book.-F. Sizov, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine

  7. Optical bistability in a one-dimensional photonic crystal resonator using a reverse-biased pn-junction

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    Sodagar, Majid; Eftekhar, Ali A; Adibi, Ali


    Optical bistability provides a simple way to control light with light. We demonstrate low-power thermo-optical bistability caused by the Joule heating mechanism in a one-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) nanobeam resonator with a moderate quality factor (Q ~ 8900) with an embedded reverse-biased pn-junction. We show that the photocurrent induced by the linear absorption in this compact resonator considerably reduces the threshold optical power. The proposed approach substantially relaxes the requirements on the input optical power for achieving optical bistability and provides a reliable way to stabilize the bistable features of the device.

  8. Optical bistability in fiber ring resonator containing an erbium doped fiber amplifier and quantum dot doped fiber saturable absorber. (United States)

    Tofighi, Sara; Farshemi, Somayeh Safari; Sajjad, Batool; Shahshahani, Fatemeh; Bahrampour, Ali Reza


    In this paper we study the optical bistability in a double coupler fiber ring resonator which consists of an erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) in half part of the fiber ring and a quantum dot doped fiber (QDF) saturable absorber in the other half. The bistability is provided by the QDF section of the ring resonator. The EDFA is employed to reduce the switching power. The transmitted and reflected bistability characteristics are investigated. It is shown that the switching power for this new bistable device is less than 10 mW.

  9. Optical bistability in a one-dimensional photonic crystal resonator using a reverse-biased pn-junction. (United States)

    Sodagar, Majid; Miri, Mehdi; Eftekhar, Ali A; Adibi, Ali


    Optical bistability provides a simple way to control light with light. We demonstrate low-power thermo-optical bistability caused by the Joule heating mechanism in a one-dimensional photonic crystal (PC) nanobeam resonator with a moderate quality factor (Q ~8900) with an embedded reverse-biased pn-junction. We show that the photocurrent induced by the linear absorption in this compact resonator considerably reduces the threshold optical power. The proposed approach substantially relaxes the requirements on the input optical power for achieving optical bistability and provides a reliable way to stabilize the bistable features of the device.

  10. Gaseous Detectors: Charged Particle Detectors - Particle Detectors and Detector Systems

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    Hilke, H J


    Gaseous Detectors in 'Charged Particle Detectors - Particle Detectors and Detector Systems', part of 'Landolt-Börnstein - Group I Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms: Numerical Data and Functional Relationships in Science and Technology, Volume 21B1: Detectors for Particles and Radiation. Part 1: Principles and Methods'. This document is part of Part 1 'Principles and Methods' of Subvolume B 'Detectors for Particles and Radiation' of Volume 21 'Elementary Particles' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I 'Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms'. It contains the Subsection '3.1.2 Gaseous Detectors' of Section '3.1 Charged Particle Detectors' of Chapter '3 Particle Detectors and Detector Systems' with the content: 3.1.2 Gaseous Detectors Introduction Basic Processes Gas ionization by charged particles Primary clusters Cluster size distribution Total number of ion pairs Dependence of energy deposit on particle velocity Transport of...

  11. Optical bistability and four-wave mixing with a single nitrogen-vacancy center coupled to a photonic crystal nanocavity in the weak-coupling regime. (United States)

    Li, Jiahua; Yu, Rong; Ding, Chunling; Wu, Ying


    We explore optical bistability and degenerate four-wave mixing of a hybrid optical system composed of a photonic crystal nanocavity, a single nitrogen-vacancy center embedded in the cavity, and a nearby photonic waveguide serving for in- and outcoupling of light into the cavity in the weak-coupling regime. Here the hybrid system is coherently driven by a continuous-wave bichromatic laser field consisting of a strong control field and a weak probe field. We take account of the nonlinear nature of the nitrogen-vacancy center in the Heisenberg-Langevin equations and give an effective perturbation method to deal with such problems in the continuous-wave-operation regime. The results clearly show that the bistability region of the population inversion and the intensity of the generated four-wave mixing field can be well controlled by properly adjusting the system practical parameters. The nanophotonic platform can be used to implement our proposal. This investigation may be useful for gaining further insight into the properties of solid-state cavity quantum electrodynamics system and find applications in all-optical wavelength converter and switch in a photonic crystal platform.

  12. A hybrid nonlinear vibration energy harvester (United States)

    Yang, Wei; Towfighian, Shahrzad


    Vibration energy harvesting converts mechanical energy from ambient sources to electricity to power remote sensors. Compared to linear resonators that have poor performance away from their natural frequency, nonlinear vibration energy harvesters perform better because they use vibration energy over a broader spectrum. We present a hybrid nonlinear energy harvester that combines bi-stability with internal resonance to increase the frequency bandwidth. A two-fold increase in the frequency bandwidth can be obtained compared to a bi-stable system with fixed magnets. The harvester consists of a piezoelectric cantilever beam carrying a movable magnet facing a fixed magnet. A spring allows the magnet to move along the beam and it provides an extra stored energy to further increase the amplitude of vibration acting as a mechanical amplifier. An electromechanically coupled mathematical model of the system is presented to obtain the dynamic response of the cantilever beam, the movable magnet and the output voltage. The perturbation method of multiple scales is applied to solve these equations and obtain approximate analytical solutions. The effects of various system parameters on the frequency responses are investigated. The numerical approaches of the long time integration (Runge-Kutta method) and the shooting technique are used to verify the analytical results. The results of this study can be used to improve efficiency in converting wasted mechanical vibration to useful electrical energy by broadening the frequency bandwidth.

  13. Cycle slipping in nonlinear circuits under periodic nonlinearities and time delays

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    Smirnova, Vera; Proskurnikov, Anton; Utina, Natalia V.


    Phase-locked loops (PLL), Costas loops and other synchronizing circuits are featured by the presence of a nonlinear phase detector, described by a periodic nonlinearity. In general, nonlinearities can cause complex behavior of the system such multi-stability and chaos. However, even phase locking ma

  14. Convergent transcription confers a bistable switch in Enterococcus faecalis conjugation. (United States)

    Chatterjee, Anushree; Johnson, Christopher M; Shu, Che-Chi; Kaznessis, Yiannis N; Ramkrishna, Doraiswami; Dunny, Gary M; Hu, Wei-Shou


    Convergent gene pairs with head-to-head configurations are widespread in both eukaryotic and prokaryotic genomes and are speculated to be involved in gene regulation. Here we present a unique mechanism of gene regulation due to convergent transcription from the antagonistic prgX/prgQ operon in Enterococcus faecalis controlling conjugative transfer of the antibiotic resistance plasmid pCF10 from donor cells to recipient cells. Using mathematical modeling and experimentation, we demonstrate that convergent transcription in the prgX/prgQ operon endows the system with the properties of a robust genetic switch through premature termination of elongating transcripts due to collisions between RNA polymerases (RNAPs) transcribing from opposite directions and antisense regulation between complementary counter-transcripts. Evidence is provided for the presence of truncated RNAs resulting from convergent transcription from both the promoters that are capable of sense-antisense interactions. A mathematical model predicts that both RNAP collision and antisense regulation are essential for a robust bistable switch behavior in the control of conjugation initiation by prgX/prgQ operons. Moreover, given that convergent transcription is conserved across species, the mechanism of coupling RNAP collision and antisense interaction is likely to have a significant regulatory role in gene expression.

  15. Bistable dynamics of an insect–pathogen model

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    Nayana Mukherjee; Swarup Poria


    We consider a model for insect–pathogen interaction where the insect population is divided into two groups, one group susceptible to disease and other resistant to disease. An individual born susceptible to or resistant to disease depends on the local population levels at the start of each generation. Here we consider density-dependent models of transmission because we characterize diseases that spread through environmental propagules or through random contact among individuals. We consider the case where the fraction of resistant individuals increases as the total population increases. White and Wilson (Theor. Popul. Biol. 56, 163 (1999)) have reported the results of density-dependent monotonic increase of resistance class by choosing a particular type of function. In this paper, we have chosen a class of monotonic density-dependent resistance functions and studied their effects on insect–pathogen dynamics. In particular, we have investigated the effects of different types of monotonic density-dependent resistance on the bistable nature of the model. Numerical simulation results are presented and interpreted.

  16. Emergent equilibrium in many-body optical bistability (United States)

    Foss-Feig, M.; Niroula, P.; Young, J. T.; Hafezi, M.; Gorshkov, A. V.; Wilson, R. M.; Maghrebi, M. F.


    Many-body systems constructed of quantum-optical building blocks can now be realized in experimental platforms ranging from exciton-polariton fluids to ultracold Rydberg gases, establishing a fascinating interface between traditional many-body physics and the driven-dissipative, nonequilibrium setting of cavity QED. At this interface, the standard techniques and intuitions of both fields are called into question, obscuring issues as fundamental as the role of fluctuations, dimensionality, and symmetry on the nature of collective behavior and phase transitions. Here, we study the driven-dissipative Bose-Hubbard model, a minimal description of numerous atomic, optical, and solid-state systems in which particle loss is countered by coherent driving. Despite being a lattice version of optical bistability, a foundational and patently nonequilibrium model of cavity QED, the steady state possesses an emergent equilibrium description in terms of a classical Ising model. We establish this picture by making new connections between traditional techniques from many-body physics (functional integrals) and quantum optics (the system-size expansion). To lowest order in a controlled expansion—organized around the experimentally relevant limit of weak interactions—the full quantum dynamics reduces to nonequilibrium Langevin equations, which support a phase transition described by model A of the Hohenberg-Halperin classification. Numerical simulations of the Langevin equations corroborate this picture, revealing that canonical behavior associated with the Ising model manifests readily in simple experimental observables.

  17. Tuning size and thermal hysteresis in bistable spin crossover nanoparticles. (United States)

    Galán-Mascarós, José Ramón; Coronado, Eugenio; Forment-Aliaga, Alicia; Monrabal-Capilla, María; Pinilla-Cienfuegos, Elena; Ceolin, Marcelo


    Nanoparticles of iron(II) triazole salts have been prepared from water-organic microemulsions. The mean size of the nanoparticles can be tuned down to 6 nm in diameter, with a narrow size distribution. A sharp spin transition from the low spin (LS) to the high spin (HS) state is observed above room temperature, with a 30-40-K-wide thermal hysteresis. The same preparation can yield second generation nanoparticles containing molecular alloys by mixing triazole with triazole derivatives, or from metallic mixtures of iron(II) and zinc(II). In these nanoparticles of 10-15 nm, the spin transition "moves" towards lower temperatures, reaching a 316 K limit for the cooling down transition and maintaining a thermal hysteresis over 15-20-K-wide. The nanoparticles were characterized by dynamic light scattering, TEM, and AFM, after deposition on gold or silicon surfaces. The spin transition was characterized by magnetic susceptibility measurements and EXAFS (in solid samples after solvent removal) and also by the color change between the LS (violet) and HS (colorless) states in an organic solvent suspension. The discovery of bistable magnetic nanoparticles of 6 nm with a wide thermal hysteresis above room temperature showcases the actual possibilities of spin crossover materials for nanotechnological applications.

  18. Bi-stability in turbulent, rotating spherical Couette flow

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    Zimmerman, Daniel S; Lathrop, Daniel P; 10.1063/1.3593465


    Flow between concentric spheres of radius ratio $\\eta = r_\\mathrm{i}/r_\\mathrm{o} = 0.35$ is studied in a 3 m outer diameter experiment. We have measured the torques required to maintain constant boundary speeds as well as localized wall shear stress, velocity, and pressure. At low Ekman number $E = 2.1\\times10^{-7}$ and modest Rossby number $0.07 < Ro < 3.4$, the resulting flow is highly turbulent, with a Reynolds number ($Re=Ro/E$) exceeding fifteen million. Several turbulent flow regimes are evident as $Ro$ is varied for fixed $E$. We focus our attention on one flow transition in particular, between $Ro = 1.8$ and $Ro = 2.6$, where the flow shows bistable behavior. For $Ro$ within this range, the flow undergoes intermittent transitions between the states observed alone at adjacent $Ro$ outside the switching range. The two states are clearly distinguished in all measured flow quantities, including a striking reduction in torque demanded from the inner sphere by the state lying at higher $Ro$. The redu...

  19. Resonant Phenomenon in a Stochastic Delayed Bistable Chemical System (United States)

    Li, Chunxuan; Yang, Tao


    In this paper, the resonant phenomenon for a bistable chemical system in the presence of noises and delayed feedback is investigated. The signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is calculated when periodic signal is introduced additively (or multiplicatively). The impacts of the parameter μ of the reaction, time delay τ, strength K of the feedback loop, multiplicative ( D) and additive ( Q) noise strengths and cross-correlation strength λ between two noises on the SNR are discussed. When the periodic signal is introduced additively, our results show (i) the SNR as a function of the parameter μ exhibits a maximum, the existence of the maximum is a characteristic of the parametric resonance (PR) phenomenon; (ii) the SNR as a function of D exhibits only a maximum, however, for the case of SNR as a function of Q exhibits not only a maximum, but also a minimum. The existence of the maximum and minimum in the SNR is the identifying characteristics of the stochastic resonance (SR) and reverse-resonance (RR); and (iii) the increases of τ, K and λ enhance the SR and weaken the RR. Finally, we compare the resonant phenomenon for the additive periodic signal with that for multiplicative one in the chemical system.

  20. Making of a nonlinear optical cavity

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    Martínez-Lorente, R; Esteban-Martín, A; García-Monreal, J; Roldán, E; Silva, F


    In the article we explain in detail how to build a photorefractive oscillator (PRO), which is a laser-pumped nonlinear optical cavity containing a photorefractive crystal. The specific PRO whose construction we describe systematically, is based on a Fabry-Perot optical cavity working in a non-degenerate four wave-mixing configuration. This particular PRO has the property that the generated beam exhibits laser-like phase invariance and, as an application, we show how a suitably modulated injected beam converts the output field from phase-invariant into phase-bistable. While the emphasis is made on the making of the experimental device and on the way measurements are implemented, some introduction to the photorefractive effect as well as to the necessary concepts of nonlinear dynamics are also given, so that the article is reasonably self-contained.

  1. Pixel Detectors


    Wermes, Norbert


    Pixel detectors for precise particle tracking in high energy physics have been developed to a level of maturity during the past decade. Three of the LHC detectors will use vertex detectors close to the interaction point based on the hybrid pixel technology which can be considered the state of the art in this field of instrumentation. A development period of almost 10 years has resulted in pixel detector modules which can stand the extreme rate and timing requirements as well as the very harsh...

  2. Remarkable Stability of High Energy Conformers in Self-Assembled Monolayers of a Bistable Electro- and Photoswitchable Overcrowded Alkene

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    Ivashenko, Oleksii; Logtenberg, Hella; Areephong, Jetsuda; Coleman, Anthony C.; Wesenhagen, Philana V.; Geertsema, Edzard M.; Heureux, Nicolas; Feringa, Ben L.; Rudolf, Petra; Browne, Wesley R.


    Although bistability of molecular switches in solution is well established, achieving highly robust bistable molecular switching in self-assembled monolayers remains a challenge. Such systems are highly attractive as components in organic electronics and molecular-based photo and electrochromic

  3. Chip scale low dimensional materials: optoelectronics & nonlinear optics (United States)

    Gu, Tingyi

    The CMOS foundry infrastructure enables integration of high density, high performance optical transceivers. We developed integrated devices that assemble resonators, waveguide, tapered couplers, pn junction and electrodes. Not only the volume standard manufacture in silicon foundry is promising to low-lost optical components operating at IR and mid-IR range, it also provides a robust platform for revealing new physical phenomenon. The thesis starts from comparison between photonic crystal and micro-ring resonators based on chip routers, showing photonic crystal switches have small footprint, consume low operation power, but its higher linear loss may require extra energy for signal amplification. Different designs are employed in their implementation in optical signal routing on chip. The second part of chapter 2 reviews the graphene based optoelectronic devices, such as modulators, lasers, switches and detectors, potential for group IV optoelectronic integrated circuits (OEIC). In chapter 3, the highly efficient thermal optic control could act as on-chip switches and (transmittance) tunable filters. Local temperature tuning compensates the wavelength differences between two resonances, and separate electrode is used for fine tuning of optical pathways between two resonators. In frequency domain, the two cavity system also serves as an optical analogue of Autler-Towns splitting, where the cavity-cavity resonance detuning is controlled by the length of pathway (phase) between them. The high thermal sensitivity of cavity resonance also effectively reflects the heat distribution around the nanoheaters, and thus derives the thermal conductivity in the planar porous suspended silicon membrane. Chapter 4 & 5 analyze graphene-silicon photonic crystal cavities with high Q and small mode volume. With negligible nonlinear response to the milliwatt laser excitation, the monolithic silicon PhC turns into highly nonlinear after transferring the single layer graphene with

  4. Bistable behavior of the lac operon in E. coli when induced with a mixture of lactose and TMG

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    Orlando Díaz-Hernández


    Full Text Available In this work we investigate multistability in the lac operon of Escherichia coli when it is induced by a mixture of lactose and the non-metabolizable thiomethyl galactoside (TMG. In accordance with previously published experimental results and computer simulations, our simulations predict that: (1 when the system is induced by TMG, the system shows a discernible bistable behavior while, (2 when the system is induced by lactose, bistability does not disappear but excessively high concentrations of lactose would be required to observe it. Finally, our simulation results predict that when a mixture of lactose and TMG is used, the bistability region in the extracellular glucose concentration vs. extracellular lactose concentration parameter space changes in such a way that the model predictions regarding bistability could be tested experimentally. These experiments could help to solve a recent controversy regarding the existence of bistability in the lac operon under natural conditions.

  5. Green upconversion lasing and thermo-optical bistability in ZBNA microspheres (United States)

    Wu, Yuqiang; Ward, Jonathan M.; Nic Chormaic, Síle


    We demonstrate upconversion lasing and fluorescence from active microspheres fabricated from a novel fluorozirconate, Er3+-doped glass, ZBNA, when pumped around 978 nm through a tapered optical fibre. An ultralow, green lasing threshold of ~3 μW for 550 nm emissions is measured. This is one order of magnitude lower than that previously obtained for ZBLAN microspheres. Optical bistability effects observed within the microspheres indicate that this material is suitable for low-frequency, all-optical switching. The bistable mechanism is discussed and attributed to shifts of the resonances due to thermal expansion of the sphere, where the heat is generated by phonon transitions excited after optical pumping around 978 nm. We also report multiple bistability loops within the microspheres. In a separate experiment, the latching behaviour of the microspheres is illustrated.

  6. Metal Detectors. (United States)

    Harrington-Lueker, Donna


    Schools that count on metal detectors to stem the flow of weapons into the schools create a false sense of security. Recommendations include investing in personnel rather than hardware, cultivating the confidence of law-abiding students, and enforcing discipline. Metal detectors can be quite effective at afterschool events. (MLF)

  7. Optical Detectors (United States)

    Tabbert, Bernd; Goushcha, Alexander

    Optical detectors are applied in all fields of human activities from basic research to commercial applications in communication, automotive, medical imaging, homeland security, and other fields. The processes of light interaction with matter described in other chapters of this handbook form the basis for understanding the optical detectors physics and device properties.

  8. Bistable dynamics underlying excitability of ion homeostasis in neuron models.

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    Niklas Hübel


    Full Text Available When neurons fire action potentials, dissipation of free energy is usually not directly considered, because the change in free energy is often negligible compared to the immense reservoir stored in neural transmembrane ion gradients and the long-term energy requirements are met through chemical energy, i.e., metabolism. However, these gradients can temporarily nearly vanish in neurological diseases, such as migraine and stroke, and in traumatic brain injury from concussions to severe injuries. We study biophysical neuron models based on the Hodgkin-Huxley (HH formalism extended to include time-dependent ion concentrations inside and outside the cell and metabolic energy-driven pumps. We reveal the basic mechanism of a state of free energy-starvation (FES with bifurcation analyses showing that ion dynamics is for a large range of pump rates bistable without contact to an ion bath. This is interpreted as a threshold reduction of a new fundamental mechanism of ionic excitability that causes a long-lasting but transient FES as observed in pathological states. We can in particular conclude that a coupling of extracellular ion concentrations to a large glial-vascular bath can take a role as an inhibitory mechanism crucial in ion homeostasis, while the Na⁺/K⁺ pumps alone are insufficient to recover from FES. Our results provide the missing link between the HH formalism and activator-inhibitor models that have been successfully used for modeling migraine phenotypes, and therefore will allow us to validate the hypothesis that migraine symptoms are explained by disturbed function in ion channel subunits, Na⁺/K⁺ pumps, and other proteins that regulate ion homeostasis.

  9. Perceptual memory drives learning of retinotopic biases for bistable stimuli.

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    Aidan Peter Murphy


    Full Text Available The visual system exploits past experience at multiple timescales to resolve perceptual ambiguity in the retinal image. For example, perception of a bistable stimulus can be biased towards one interpretation over another when preceded by a brief presentation of a disambiguated version of the stimulus (positive priming or through intermittent presentations of the ambiguous stimulus (stabilization. Similarly, prior presentations of unambiguous stimuli can be used to explicitly train a long-lasting association between a percept and a retinal location (perceptual association. These phenonema have typically been regarded as independent processes, with short-term biases attributed to perceptual memory and longer-term biases described as associative learning. Here we tested for interactions between these two forms of experience-dependent perceptual bias and demonstrate that short-term processes strongly influence long-term outcomes. We first demonstrate that the establishment of long-term perceptual contingencies does not require explicit training by unambiguous stimuli, but can arise spontaneously during the periodic presentation of brief, ambiguous stimuli. Using rotating Necker cube stimuli, we observed enduring, retinotopically specific perceptual biases that were expressed from the outset and remained stable for up to forty minutes, consistent with the known phenomenon of perceptual stabilization. Further, bias was undiminished after a break period of five minutes, but was readily reset by interposed periods of continuous, as opposed to periodic, ambiguous presentation. Taken together, the results demonstrate that perceptual biases can arise naturally and may principally reflect the brain’s tendency to favor recent perceptual interpretation at a given retinal location. Further, they suggest that an association between retinal location and perceptual state, rather than a physical stimulus, is sufficient to generate long-term biases in perceptual

  10. Bistabilities in 1,3,2-dithiazolyl radicals. (United States)

    Brusso, Jaclyn L; Clements, Owen P; Haddon, Robert C; Itkis, Mikhail E; Leitch, Alicea A; Oakley, Richard T; Reed, Robert W; Richardson, John F


    New synthetic methods for heterocyclic 1,3,2-dithiazolyl (DTA) radicals have been developed, and trends in the molecular spin distributions and electrochemical properties of a series of DTA radicals are reported. The crystal structures of [1,2,5]thiadiazolo[3,4-f][1,3,2]benzodithiazol-2-yl (TBDTA) and [1,3,2]pyrazinodithiazol-2-yl (PDTA) have been determined. The structure of TBDTA (at 293 and 95 K) contains two molecules in the asymmetric unit, each of which generates pi-stacked arrays, one consisting of antiparallel chains of centrosymmetrically associated dimers, the other comprising parallel chains of unassociated radicals. The structure of PDTA (at 293 and 95 K) is simpler, consisting of slipped stacks of pi-dimers. Variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility (chi(P)) measurements on TBDTA indicate essentially paramagnetic behavior for the unassociated radical pi-stacks over the range 5-400 K. By contrast PDTA is diamagnetic at all temperatures below 300 K, but between 300 and 350 K the value of chi(P) follows a sharp and well-defined hysteresis loop, with T(C) downward arrow = 297 K and T(C) upward arrow = 343 K. These features are symptomatic of a regime of bistability involving the observed low temperature pi-dimer structure and a putative high-temperature radical pi-stack. A mechanism for the interconversion of the two phases of PDTA and related structures is proposed in which hysteretic behavior arises from cooperative effects associated with the breaking and making of a lattice-wide network of intermolecular S- - -N' and/or S- - -S' interactions.

  11. The Pressure Distribution in Thermally Bistable Turbulent Flows (United States)

    Gazol, Adriana; Vázquez-Semadeni, Enrique; Kim, Jongsoo


    We present a systematic numerical study of the effect of turbulent velocity fluctuations on the thermal pressure distribution in thermally bistable flows. The turbulent fluctuations are characterized by their rms Mach number M (with respect to the warm medium) and the energy injection (forcing) wavenumber kfor=1/l, where l is the injection size scale in units of the box size L=100 pc. The numerical simulations employ random turbulent driving generated in Fourier space rather than starlike heating, in order to allow for precise control of the parameters. Our range of parameters is 0.5kfor7.1 cm-3) with P>104 cm-3 K increases from roughly 0.1% at kfor=2 and M=0.5 to roughly 70% for kfor=16 and M=1.25. A preliminary comparison with the recent pressure measurements of Jenkins in C I favors our case with M=0.5 and kfor=2. In all cases, the dynamic range of the pressure in any given density interval is larger than one order of magnitude, and the total dynamic range, summed over the entire density range, typically spans 3-4 orders of magnitude. The total pressure histogram widens as the Mach number is increased, and moreover develops near-power-law tails at high (low) pressures when γe~1), which occurs at kfor=2 (kfor=16) in our simulations. The opposite side of the pressure histogram decays rapidly, in an approximately lognormal form. This behavior resembles that of the corresponding density histograms, in spite of the large scatter of the pressure in any given density interval. Our results show that turbulent advection alone can generate large pressure scatters, with power-law high-P tails for large-scale driving, and provide validation for approaches attempting to derive the shape of the pressure histogram through a change of variable from the known form of the density histogram, such as that performed by Mac Low et al.

  12. Thermal and Magnetic Pressure in a Turbulent Bistable Medium (United States)

    Gazol, A.; Kim, J.; Vazquez-Semadeni, E.; Luis, L.


    We present results from a systematic numerical study of the effect of turbulent velocity fluctuations on the thermal and magnetic pressure distributions in thermally bistable flows. The turbulent fluctuations are characterized by their rms Mach number M (with respect to the warm medium) and the energy injection wavenumber, kfor. The behavior of the thermal pressure is consistent with the picture that as either of these parameters is increased, the local ratio of turbulent crossing time to cooling time decreases, causing transient structures in which the effective behavior is intermediate between the thermal-equilibrium and adiabatic regimes. As a result, the effective polytropic exponent of the simulations ranges between ˜ 0.2 to ˜ 1.1, and the mean pressure of the diffuse gas is generally reduced below the thermal equilibrium pressure Peq, while that of the dense gas is increased with respect to Peq. For the magnetic and for the non-magnetic cases, a preliminary comparison of the fraction of high-density zones (n > 7.1cm-3) with P > 104 K cm-3 with the recent pressure measurements of Jenkins (2004) in CI favors our case with M=0.5 and kfor=2. The presence of the magnetic field has an important effect on the thermal pressure distribution, which does not longer show a power-law shape and develops a low pressure tail due to the presence of magnetically dominated regions.The magnetic pressure distribution shows a large dynamical range and a large spread for a given density, indicating that the magnetic field intensity is determined by turbulent motions.We do not observe any correlation between the density and the magnetic field for low densities (n< 80cm-3 ) but the denser gas in our simulations is however over-pressurized thermally and magnetically, indicating that the formation of dense regions by TI, which do not involve strong compressions, prevents this correlation as long as the density is low enough.

  13. Bistable soliton states and switching in doubly inhomogeneously doped fiber couplers

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    Ajit Kumar


    Switching between the bistable soliton states in a doubly and inhomogeneously doped fiber system is studied numerically. Both the cases of lossless as well as lossy couplers are considered. It is shown that both up-switching (from the low state to the high state) and down-switching (from the high state to the low state) of solitons between bistable states are realizable, if the amplification of the input soliton for up-switching and the extraction of energy from it for down-switching are suitably adjusted.

  14. Reentrant Origami-Based Metamaterials with Negative Poisson's Ratio and Bistability (United States)

    Yasuda, H.; Yang, J.


    We investigate the unique mechanical properties of reentrant 3D origami structures based on the Tachi-Miura polyhedron (TMP). We explore the potential usage as mechanical metamaterials that exhibit tunable negative Poisson's ratio and structural bistability simultaneously. We show analytically and experimentally that the Poisson's ratio changes from positive to negative and vice versa during its folding motion. In addition, we verify the bistable mechanism of the reentrant 3D TMP under rigid origami configurations without relying on the buckling motions of planar origami surfaces. This study forms a foundation in designing and constructing TMP-based metamaterials in the form of bellowslike structures for engineering applications.

  15. Stable Amplification and High Current Drop Bistable Switching in Supercritical GaAs Tills

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    Izadpanah, S.H; Jeppsson, B; Jeppesen, Palle


    Bistable switching with current drops of 40% and switching times of 100 ps are obtained in pulsed operation of 10¿m supercritically doped n+ nn+ GaAs Transferred Electron Devices (TEDs). When CW-operated the same devices exhibit a 5-17 GHz bandwidth for the stable negative resistance.......Bistable switching with current drops of 40% and switching times of 100 ps are obtained in pulsed operation of 10¿m supercritically doped n+ nn+ GaAs Transferred Electron Devices (TEDs). When CW-operated the same devices exhibit a 5-17 GHz bandwidth for the stable negative resistance....

  16. A silicon-nanowire memory driven by optical gradient force induced bistability

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    Dong, B. [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore 117685 (Singapore); Cai, H., E-mail:; Gu, Y. D.; Kwong, D. L. [Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore 117685 (Singapore); Chin, L. K.; Ng, G. I.; Ser, W. [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Huang, J. G. [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Institute of Microelectronics, A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), Singapore 117685 (Singapore); School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049 (China); Yang, Z. C. [School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Liu, A. Q., E-mail: [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)


    In this paper, a bistable optical-driven silicon-nanowire memory is demonstrated, which employs ring resonator to generate optical gradient force over a doubly clamped silicon-nanowire. Two stable deformation positions of a doubly clamped silicon-nanowire represent two memory states (“0” and “1”) and can be set/reset by modulating the light intensity (<3 mW) based on the optical force induced bistability. The time response of the optical-driven memory is less than 250 ns. It has applications in the fields of all optical communication, quantum computing, and optomechanical circuits.

  17. Analysis of bistability in molecular J aggregates under their resonant optical excitation taking into account multiparticle effects (United States)

    Nesterov, L. A.; Fedorov, S. V.; Rosanov, N. N.; Levinsky, B. N.; Fainberg, B. D.


    Using a model of a homogeneous chain of molecules, we have analyzed bistability in resonantly excited J aggregates taking into account three-particle contributions to the exciton-exciton annihilation. These contributions, which have an interference nature, have previously been calculated in a work by B.N. Levinsky, L.A. Nesterov, B.D. Fainberg, and N.N. Rosanov (Opt. Spectrosc. 115 (3), 406 (2013)) in the course of derivation of equations of motion for J aggregates from first principles. Factorization of expectation values that correspond to these contributions leads to a closed system of equations in which not only pair, but also triple, interactions between molecules of the chain are taken into account. Numerical calculations have been performed, and their results have been compared with those obtained in calculations without taking into account three-particle contributions. We have shown that, on the whole, the inclusion of three-particle interference contributions in equations of motion leads to a restriction of the domain of existence of hysteresis. This, in turn, makes it possible to more reliably single out a real range of parameters in which nonlinear optical effects can considerably manifest themselves.

  18. Graphical and Analytical Analysis of the Non-Linear PLL

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    de Boer, Bjorn; Radovanovic, S.; Annema, Anne J.; Nauta, Bram

    The fixed width control pulses from the Bang-Bang Phase Detector in non-linear PLLs allow for operation at higher data rates than the linear PLL. The high non-linearity of the Bang- Bang Phase Detector gives rise to unwanted effects, such as limit-cycles, not yet fully described. This paper

  19. Non-Linear Acoustic Concealed Weapons Detector (United States)


    below in Figure 8. 11 The cloth is stretched over the objects. The objects were loosely draped with cloth. The specimen was placed on a tissue...clock to control 2 AD9959 4 channel direct digital synthesizer chips to produce an 8 channel phased array system. The programming on the AD9959 shows...clock is used to clock both output synthesizer chips and also used to gate each of the synthesizers, then all 8 outputs will be coherent. This

  20. Ultrafast graphene-based broadband THz detector

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    Mittendorff, Martin; Kamann, Josef; Eroms, Jonathan; Weiss, Dieter; Schneider, Harald; Helm, Manfred


    We present an ultrafast graphene-based detector, working in the THz range at room temperature. A logarithmic-periodic antenna is coupled to a graphene flake that is produced by exfoliation on SiO2. The detector was characterized with the free-electron laser FELBE for wavelengths from 8 um to 220 um. The detector rise time is 50 ps in the wavelength range from 30 um to 220 um. Autocorrelation measurements exploiting the nonlinear photocurrent response at high intensities reveal an intrinsic response time below 10 ps. This detector has a high potential for characterizing temporal overlaps, e. g. in two-color pump-probe experiments.

  1. DUMAND detector

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    This object is one of the 256 other detectors of the DUMAND (Deep Underwater Muon And Neutrino Detection) experiment. The goal of the experiment was the construction of the first deep ocean high energy neutrino detector, to be placed at 4800 m depth in the Pacific Ocean off Keahole Point on the Big Island of Hawaii. A few years ago, a European conference with Cosmic experiments was organized at CERN as they were projects like DUMAND in Hawaii. Along with the conference, a temporary exhibition was organised as well. It was a collaboration of institutions from Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the U.S.A. CERN had borrowed equipment and objects from different institutes around the world, including this detector of the DUMAND experiment. Most of the equipment were sent back to the institutes, however this detector sphere was offered to a CERN member of the personnel.

  2. Bistability breaks-off deterministic responses to intracortical stimulation during non-REM sleep

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    Andrea Pigorini


    These results point to bistability as the underlying critical mechanism that prevents the emergence of complex interactions in human thalamocortical networks during NREM sleep. Besides sleep, the same basic neurophysiological dynamics may play a role in pathological conditions(Casali et al., 2013; Rosanova et al., 2012 where cortico-cortical communication and consciousness are impaired in spite of preserved neuronal activity.

  3. Interplay of Multisensory Processing, Attention, and Consciousness as Revealed by Bistable Figures

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    Su-Ling Yeh


    Full Text Available We examined the novel crossmodal semantic congruency effect on bistable figures in which a static stimulus gives rise to two competing percepts that alternate over time. Participants viewed the bistable figure “my wife or my mother-in-law” while listening to the voice of an old woman or a young lady speaking in an unfamiliar language. They had to report whether they saw the old woman, the young lady, or a mixed percept. Robust crossmodal semantic congruency effects in the measures of the first percept and the predominance duration were observed. The possibilities that the participants simply responded to, and/or that they fixed at the location in favor of, the percept congruent with the sound that they happened to hear were ruled out. When the participants were instructed to maintain their attention to a specific view, a strong top-down modulation on the perception of bistable figure was observed, although the audiovisual semantic congruency effect still remained. These results thus demonstrate that top-down attention (ie,, selection and/or voluntary control modulates the audiovisual semantic congruency effect. As the alternating percepts in bistable figures indicate competition for conscious perception, this study has important implications for the multifaceted interactions between multisensory processing, attention, and consciousness.

  4. First-passage time in a bistable potential with colored noise

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    Ramirez-Piscina, L.; Maria Sancho, J.; Javier de la Rubia, F.; Lindenberg, K.; Tsironis, G. P.


    A precise digital simulation of a bistable system under the effect of colored noise is carried out. A set of data for the mean first-passage time is obtained. The results are interpreted and compared with presently available theories, which are revisited following a new insight. Discrepancies that have been discussed in the literature are understood within our framework.

  5. Temperature persistent bistability and threshold switching in a single barrier heterostructure hot-electron diode

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    Stasch, R.; Hey, R.; Asche, M.


    Bistable current–voltage characteristics caused by competition of tunneling through and field-enhanced thermionic emission across a single barrier are investigated in an n–-GaAs/Al0.34Ga0.66As/n+-GaAs structure. The S-shaped part of the characteristic persists in the whole temperature regime betw...

  6. Flexible Bistable Smectic-A Liquid Crystal Device Using Photolithography and Photoinduced Phase Separation

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    Yang Lu


    Full Text Available A flexible bistable smectic-A liquid crystal (SmA LC device using pixel-isolated mode was demonstrated, in which SmA LC molecules were isolated in pixels by vertical polymer wall and horizontal polymer layer. The above microstructure was achieved by using ultraviolet (UV photolithography and photoinduced phase separation. The polymer wall was fabricated by photolithography, and then the SmA LC was encapsulated in pixels between polymer wall through UV-induced phase separation, in which the polymer wall acts as supporting structure from mechanical pressure and maintains the cell gap from bending, and the polymer layer acts as adhesive for tight attachment of two substrates. The results demonstrated that all the intrinsic bistable properties of the SmA LC are preserved, and good electrooptical characteristics such as high contrast ratio and excellent stability of the bistable states were characterized. This kind of SmA bistable flexible display has high potential to be used as electronic paper, smart switchable reflective windows, and so forth.

  7. Optical bistability and hysteresis of a hybrid metal-semiconductor nanodimer

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    Malyshev, A. V.; Malyshev, V. A.


    Optical response of an artificial composite nanodimer comprising a semiconductor quantum dot and a metal nanosphere is analyzed theoretically. We show that internal degrees of freedom of the system can manifest bistability and optical hysteresis as functions of the incident field intensity. We argue

  8. An analytical approach to bistable biological circuit discrimination using real algebraic geometry. (United States)

    Siegal-Gaskins, Dan; Franco, Elisa; Zhou, Tiffany; Murray, Richard M


    Biomolecular circuits with two distinct and stable steady states have been identified as essential components in a wide range of biological networks, with a variety of mechanisms and topologies giving rise to their important bistable property. Understanding the differences between circuit implementations is an important question, particularly for the synthetic biologist faced with determining which bistable circuit design out of many is best for their specific application. In this work we explore the applicability of Sturm's theorem--a tool from nineteenth-century real algebraic geometry--to comparing 'functionally equivalent' bistable circuits without the need for numerical simulation. We first consider two genetic toggle variants and two different positive feedback circuits, and show how specific topological properties present in each type of circuit can serve to increase the size of the regions of parameter space in which they function as switches. We then demonstrate that a single competitive monomeric activator added to a purely monomeric (and otherwise monostable) mutual repressor circuit is sufficient for bistability. Finally, we compare our approach with the Routh-Hurwitz method and derive consistent, yet more powerful, parametric conditions. The predictive power and ease of use of Sturm's theorem demonstrated in this work suggest that algebraic geometric techniques may be underused in biomolecular circuit analysis.

  9. Temporal dynamics of different cases of bi-stable figure-ground perception. (United States)

    Kogo, Naoki; Hermans, Lore; Stuer, David; van Ee, Raymond; Wagemans, Johan


    Segmentation of a visual scene in "figure" and "ground" is essential for perception of the three-dimensional layout of a scene. In cases of bi-stable perception, two distinct figure-ground interpretations alternate over time. We were interested in the temporal dynamics of these alternations, in particular when the same image is presented repeatedly, with short blank periods in-between. Surprisingly, we found that the intermittent presentation of Rubin's classical "face-or-vase" figure, which is frequently taken as a standard case of bi-stable figure-ground perception, often evoked perceptual switches during the short presentations and stabilization was not prominent. Interestingly, bi-stable perception of Kanizsa's anomalous transparency figure did strongly stabilize across blanks. We also found stabilization for the Necker cube, which we used for comparison. The degree of stabilization (and the lack of it) varied across stimuli and across individuals. Our results indicate, against common expectation, that the stabilization phenomenon cannot be generally evoked by intermittent presentation. We argue that top-down feedback factors such as familiarity, semantics, expectation, and perceptual bias contribute to the complex processes underlying the temporal dynamics of bi-stable figure-ground perception.

  10. Evaluation of an Asymmetric Bistable System for Signal Detection under LévyStable Noise

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    HUANG Jia-Min; TAO Wei-Ming; XU Bo-Hou


    We evaluate the performance of a typical asymmetric bistable system for detecting aperiodic signal under Lévy stable noise.A Grünwald-Letnikov implicit finite difference method is employed to solve the fractional FokkerPlanck equation numerically.The noise-induced stochastic resonance (SR) and the parameter-induced SR both exist in the asymmetric bistable systems.The increase of the skewness parameter γ may deteriorate the system performance.However,by tuning the system parameters,the effects of asymmetry on the system performance can be reduced.%We evaluate the performance of a typical asymmetric bistable system for detecting aperiodic signal under Levy stable noise. A Griinwald-Letnikov implicit finite difference method is employed to solve the fractional Fokker-Planck equation numerically. The noise-induced stochastic resonance (SR) and the parameter-induced SR both exist in the asymmetric bistable systems. The increase of the skewness parameter 7 may deteriorate the system performance. However, by tuning the system parameters, the effects of asymmetry on the system performance can be reduced.

  11. Energy landscape and dynamics of brain activity during human bistable perception. (United States)

    Watanabe, Takamitsu; Masuda, Naoki; Megumi, Fukuda; Kanai, Ryota; Rees, Geraint


    Individual differences in the structure of parietal and prefrontal cortex predict the stability of bistable visual perception. However, the mechanisms linking such individual differences in brain structures to behaviour remain elusive. Here we demonstrate a systematic relationship between the dynamics of brain activity, cortical structure and behaviour underpinning bistable perception. Using fMRI in humans, we find that the activity dynamics during bistable perception are well described as fluctuating between three spatially distributed energy minimums: visual-area-dominant, frontal-area-dominant and intermediate states. Transitions between these energy minimums predicted behaviour, with participants whose brain activity tend to reflect the visual-area-dominant state exhibiting more stable perception and those whose activity transits to frontal-area-dominant states reporting more frequent perceptual switches. Critically, these brain activity dynamics are correlated with individual differences in grey matter volume of the corresponding brain areas. Thus, individual differences in the large-scale dynamics of brain activity link focal brain structure with bistable perception.

  12. Brain activity dynamics in human parietal regions during spontaneous switches in bistable perception. (United States)

    Megumi, Fukuda; Bahrami, Bahador; Kanai, Ryota; Rees, Geraint


    The neural mechanisms underlying conscious visual perception have been extensively investigated using bistable perception paradigms. Previous functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies suggest that the right anterior superior parietal (r-aSPL) and the right posterior superior parietal lobule (r-pSPL) have opposite roles in triggering perceptual reversals. It has been proposed that these two areas are part of a hierarchical network whose dynamics determine perceptual switches. However, how these two parietal regions interact with each other and with the rest of the brain during bistable perception is not known. Here, we investigated such a model by recording brain activity using fMRI while participants viewed a bistable structure-from-motion stimulus. Using dynamic causal modeling (DCM), we found that resolving such perceptual ambiguity was specifically associated with reciprocal interactions between these parietal regions and V5/MT. Strikingly, the strength of bottom-up coupling between V5/MT to r-pSPL and from r-pSPL to r-aSPL predicted individual mean dominance duration. Our findings are consistent with a hierarchical predictive coding model of parietal involvement in bistable perception and suggest that visual information processing underlying spontaneous perceptual switches can be described as changes in connectivity strength between parietal and visual cortical regions.

  13. Early Top-Down Influences on Bistable Perception Revealed by Event-Related Potentials (United States)

    Pitts, Michael A.; Gavin, William J.; Nerger, Janice L.


    A longstanding debate exists in the literature concerning bottom-up vs. top-down influences on bistable perception. Recently, a technique has been developed to measure early changes in brain activity (via ERPs) related to perceptual reversals (Kornmeier & Bach, 2004). An ERP component, the reversal negativity (RN) has been identified, and is…

  14. Optical Stabilizer Based on Optical Bistable Devices with All-Fibre Construction

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    LI Cheng; YE Hong-An; ZHAO Xue-Zeng; YANG Jiu-Ru; ZHANG Xin-Ming; LU Guo-Hui


    @@ We propose a fibre optical stabilizer constituted by a photoelectric-hybrid optical bistable device in which fibre Bragg grating is used as a light intensity modulator. The intensity noise-reducing ability is well improved through the method by employing two feed signals. As a result, the light intensity variation can be reduced to ~ 1/64.

  15. Ground-state kinetics of bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules. (United States)

    Fahrenbach, Albert C; Bruns, Carson J; Li, Hao; Trabolsi, Ali; Coskun, Ali; Stoddart, J Fraser


    The ability to design and confer control over the kinetics of theprocesses involved in the mechanisms of artificial molecular machines is at the heart of the challenge to create ones that can carry out useful work on their environment, just as Nature is wont to do. As one of the more promising forerunners of prototypical artificial molecular machines, chemists have developed bistable redox-active donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules (MIMs) over the past couple of decades. These bistable MIMs generally come in the form of [2]rotaxanes, molecular compounds that constitute a ring mechanically interlocked around a dumbbell-shaped component, or [2]catenanes, which are composed of two mechanically interlocked rings. As a result of their interlocked nature, bistable MIMs possess the inherent propensity to express controllable intramolecular, large-amplitude, and reversible motions in response to redox stimuli. In this Account, we rationalize the kinetic behavior in the ground state for a large assortment of these types of bistable MIMs, including both rotaxanes and catenanes. These structures have proven useful in a variety of applications ranging from drug delivery to molecular electronic devices. These bistable donor-acceptor MIMs can switch between two different isomeric states. The favored isomer, known as the ground-state co-conformation (GSCC) is in equilibrium with the less favored metastable state co-conformation (MSCC). The forward (kf) and backward (kb) rate constants associated with this ground-state equilibrium are intimately connected to each other through the ground-state distribution constant, KGS. Knowing the rate constants that govern the kinetics and bring about the equilibration between the MSCC and GSCC, allows researchers to understand the operation of these bistable MIMs in a device setting and apply them toward the construction of artificial molecular machines. The three biggest influences on the ground-state rate constants arise from

  16. Optical bistability of graphene in the terahertz range

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    Peres, N. M. R.; Bludov, Yu V.; Santos, Jaime E.


    We use an exact solution of the relaxation-time Boltzmann equation in a uniform ac electric field to describe the nonlinear optical response of graphene in the terahertz (THz) range. The cases of monolayer, bilayer, and ABA-stacked trilayer graphene are considered, and the monolayer species...

  17. Nonlinear dynamics of nanoelectromechanical cantilevers based on nanowire piezoresistive detection

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    Baguet S.


    Full Text Available The nonlinear dynamics of in-plane nanoelectromechanical cantilevers based on silicon nanowire piezoresistive detection is investigated using a comprehensive analytical model that remains valid up to large displacements in the case of electrostatic actuation. This multiphysics model takes into account geometric, inertial and electrostatic nonlinearities as well as the fringing field effects which are significant for thin resonators. The bistability as well as multistability limits are considered in order to provide close-form expressions of the critical amplitudes. Third order nonlinearity cancellation is analytically inspected and set via an optimal DC drive voltage which permits the actuation of the NEMS beyond its critical amplitude. It may result on a large enhancement of the sensor performances by driving optimally the nanocantilever at very large amplitude, while suppressing the hysteresis.

  18. High-resolution mapping of bifurcations in nonlinear biochemical circuits (United States)

    Genot, A. J.; Baccouche, A.; Sieskind, R.; Aubert-Kato, N.; Bredeche, N.; Bartolo, J. F.; Taly, V.; Fujii, T.; Rondelez, Y.


    Analog molecular circuits can exploit the nonlinear nature of biochemical reaction networks to compute low-precision outputs with fewer resources than digital circuits. This analog computation is similar to that employed by gene-regulation networks. Although digital systems have a tractable link between structure and function, the nonlinear and continuous nature of analog circuits yields an intricate functional landscape, which makes their design counter-intuitive, their characterization laborious and their analysis delicate. Here, using droplet-based microfluidics, we map with high resolution and dimensionality the bifurcation diagrams of two synthetic, out-of-equilibrium and nonlinear programs: a bistable DNA switch and a predator-prey DNA oscillator. The diagrams delineate where function is optimal, dynamics bifurcates and models fail. Inverse problem solving on these large-scale data sets indicates interference from enzymatic coupling. Additionally, data mining exposes the presence of rare, stochastically bursting oscillators near deterministic bifurcations.

  19. High-resolution mapping of bifurcations in nonlinear biochemical circuits. (United States)

    Genot, A J; Baccouche, A; Sieskind, R; Aubert-Kato, N; Bredeche, N; Bartolo, J F; Taly, V; Fujii, T; Rondelez, Y


    Analog molecular circuits can exploit the nonlinear nature of biochemical reaction networks to compute low-precision outputs with fewer resources than digital circuits. This analog computation is similar to that employed by gene-regulation networks. Although digital systems have a tractable link between structure and function, the nonlinear and continuous nature of analog circuits yields an intricate functional landscape, which makes their design counter-intuitive, their characterization laborious and their analysis delicate. Here, using droplet-based microfluidics, we map with high resolution and dimensionality the bifurcation diagrams of two synthetic, out-of-equilibrium and nonlinear programs: a bistable DNA switch and a predator-prey DNA oscillator. The diagrams delineate where function is optimal, dynamics bifurcates and models fail. Inverse problem solving on these large-scale data sets indicates interference from enzymatic coupling. Additionally, data mining exposes the presence of rare, stochastically bursting oscillators near deterministic bifurcations.

  20. Electromagnetic wave diffraction by periodic planar metamaterials with nonlinear constituents

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    Khardikov, V; Prosvirnin, S; Tuz, V


    We present a theory which explains how to achieve an enhancement of nonlinear effects in a thin layer of nonlinear medium by involving a planar periodic structure specially designed to bear a trapped-mode resonant regime. In particular, the possibility of a nonlinear thin metamaterial to produce the bistable response at a relatively low input intensity due to a large quality factor of the trapped-mode resonance is shown. Also a simple design of an all-dielectric low-loss silicon-based planar metamaterial which can provide an extremely sharp resonant reflection and transmission is proposed. The designed metamaterial is envisioned for aggregating with a pumped active medium to achieve an enhancement of quantum dots luminescence and to produce an all-dielectric analog of a 'lasing spaser'.

  1. Nonlinear optics

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    Bloembergen, Nicolaas


    Nicolaas Bloembergen, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1981), wrote Nonlinear Optics in 1964, when the field of nonlinear optics was only three years old. The available literature has since grown by at least three orders of magnitude.The vitality of Nonlinear Optics is evident from the still-growing number of scientists and engineers engaged in the study of new nonlinear phenomena and in the development of new nonlinear devices in the field of opto-electronics. This monograph should be helpful in providing a historical introduction and a general background of basic ideas both for expe

  2. Nonlinear supratransmission

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    Geniet, F; Leon, J [Physique Mathematique et Theorique, CNRS-UMR 5825, 34095 Montpellier (France)


    A nonlinear system possessing a natural forbidden band gap can transmit energy of a signal with a frequency in the gap, as recently shown for a nonlinear chain of coupled pendulums (Geniet and Leon 2002 Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 134102). This process of nonlinear supratransmission, occurring at a threshold that is exactly predictable in many cases, is shown to have a simple experimental realization with a mechanical chain of pendulums coupled by a coil spring. It is then analysed in more detail. First we go to different (nonintegrable) systems which do sustain nonlinear supratransmission. Then a Josephson transmission line (a one-dimensional array of short Josephson junctions coupled through superconducting wires) is shown to also sustain nonlinear supratransmission, though being related to a different class of boundary conditions, and despite the presence of damping, finiteness, and discreteness. Finally, the mechanism at the origin of nonlinear supratransmission is found to be a nonlinear instability, and this is briefly discussed here.

  3. Calorimeter detectors

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    de Barbaro, P; The ATLAS collaboration


    Although the instantaneous and integrated luminosity in HL-LHC will be far higher than the LHC detectors were originally designed for, the Barrel calorimeters of the four experiments are expected to continue to perform well  throughout the Phase II program. The conditions for the End-Cap calorimeters are far more challenging and whilst some detectors will require relatively modest changes, others require far more substantial upgrades. We present the results of longevity and performance studies for the calorimeter systems of the four main LHC experiments and outline the upgrade options under consideration. We include a discussion of the R&D required to make the final technology choices for the upgraded detectors.

  4. Pixel detectors

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    Passmore, M S


    positions on the detector. The loss of secondary electrons follows the profile of the detector and increases with higher energy ions. studies of the spatial resolution predict a value of 5.3 lp/mm. The image noise in photon counting systems is investigated theoretically and experimentally and is shown to be given by Poisson statistics. The rate capability of the LAD1 was measured to be 250 kHz per pixel. Theoretical and experimental studies of the difference in contrast for ideal charge integrating and photon counting imaging systems were carried out. It is shown that the contrast differs and that for the conventional definition (contrast = (background - signal)/background) the photon counting device will, in some cases, always give a better contrast than the integrating system. Simulations in MEDICI are combined with analytical calculations to investigate charge collection efficiencies (CCE) in semiconductor detectors. Different pixel sizes and biasing conditions are considered. The results show charge shari...

  5. Nonlinear signaling on biological networks: The role of stochasticity and spectral clustering (United States)

    Hernandez-Hernandez, Gonzalo; Myers, Jesse; Alvarez-Lacalle, Enrique; Shiferaw, Yohannes


    Signal transduction within biological cells is governed by networks of interacting proteins. Communication between these proteins is mediated by signaling molecules which bind to receptors and induce stochastic transitions between different conformational states. Signaling is typically a cooperative process which requires the occurrence of multiple binding events so that reaction rates have a nonlinear dependence on the amount of signaling molecule. It is this nonlinearity that endows biological signaling networks with robust switchlike properties which are critical to their biological function. In this study we investigate how the properties of these signaling systems depend on the network architecture. Our main result is that these nonlinear networks exhibit bistability where the network activity can switch between states that correspond to a low and high activity level. We show that this bistable regime emerges at a critical coupling strength that is determined by the spectral structure of the network. In particular, the set of nodes that correspond to large components of the leading eigenvector of the adjacency matrix determines the onset of bistability. Above this transition the eigenvectors of the adjacency matrix determine a hierarchy of clusters, defined by its spectral properties, which are activated sequentially with increasing network activity. We argue further that the onset of bistability occurs either continuously or discontinuously depending upon whether the leading eigenvector is localized or delocalized. Finally, we show that at low network coupling stochastic transitions to the active branch are also driven by the set of nodes that contribute more strongly to the leading eigenvector. However, at high coupling, transitions are insensitive to network structure since the network can be activated by stochastic transitions of a few nodes. Thus this work identifies important features of biological signaling networks that may underlie their biological

  6. Thermal bistability-based method for real-time optimization of ultralow-threshold whispering gallery mode microlasers

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    Lin, Guoping; Tillement, O; Cai, Zhiping; Lefèvre-Seguin, V; Hare, J


    A method based on thermal bistability for ultralow-threshold microlaser optimization is demonstrated. When sweeping the pump laser frequency across a pump resonance, the dynamic thermal bistability slows down the power variation. The resulting line shape modification enables a real-time monitoring of the laser characteristic. We demonstrate this method for a functionalized microsphere exhibiting a submicrowatt laser threshold. This approach is confirmed by comparing the results with a step-by-step recording in quasi-static thermal conditions.

  7. Intrinsic Bistability and Critical Slowing in Tm3+/Yb3+ Codoped Laser Crystal with the Photon Avalanche Mechanism

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    LI Li; ZHANG Xin-Lu; CHEN Li-Xue


    We present theoretically a novel intrinsic optical bistability (IOB) in the Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped system with a photon avalanche mechanism.Numerical simulations based on the rate equation model demonstrate distinct IOB hysteresis and critical slowing dynamics around the avalanche thresholds.Such an IOB characteristic in Tm3+/Yb3+ codoped crystal has potential applications in solid-state bistable optical displays and luminescence switchers in visible-infrared spectra.

  8. Nonlinear interaction of two trapped-mode resonances in a bilayer "fish-scale" metamaterial

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    Tuz, Vladimir R; Mladyonov, Pavel L; Prosvirnin, Sergey L; Novitsky, Andrey V


    We report on a bistable light transmission through a bilayer "fish-scale" (meander-line) metamaterial. It is demonstrated that an all-optical switching may be achieved nearly the frequency of the high-quality-factor Fano-shaped trapped-mode resonance excitation. The nonlinear interaction of two closely spaced trapped-mode resonances in the bilayer structure composed with a Kerr-type nonlinear dielectric slab is analyzed in both frequency and time domains. It is demonstrated that these two resonances react differently on the applied intense light which leads to destination of a multistable transmission.

  9. XMASS detector

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    Abe, K; Hiraide, K; Hirano, S; Kishimoto, Y; Kobayashi, K; Moriyama, S; Nakagawa, K; Nakahata, M; Nishiie, H; Ogawa, H; Oka, N; Sekiya, H; Shinozaki, A; Suzuki, Y; Takeda, A; Takachio, O; Ueshima, K; Umemoto, D; Yamashita, M; Yang, B S; Tasaka, S; Liu, J; Martens, K; Hosokawa, K; Miuchi, K; Murata, A; Onishi, Y; Otsuka, Y; Takeuchi, Y; Kim, Y H; Lee, K B; Lee, M K; Lee, J S; Fukuda, Y; Itow, Y; Nishitani, Y; Masuda, K; Takiya, H; Uchida, H; Kim, N Y; Kim, Y D; Kusaba, F; Motoki, D; Nishijima, K; Fujii, K; Murayama, I; Nakamura, S


    The XMASS project aims to detect dark matter, pp and $^{7}$Be solar neutrinos, and neutrinoless double beta decay using ultra pure liquid xenon. The first phase of the XMASS experiment searches for dark matter. In this paper, we describe the XMASS detector in detail, including its configuration, data acquisition equipment and calibration system.

  10. XMASS detector

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    Abe, K. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8582 (Japan); Hieda, K. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Hiraide, K. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8582 (Japan); Hirano, S. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Kishimoto, Y.; Kobayashi, K.; Moriyama, S. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8582 (Japan); Nakagawa, K. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Nakahata, M. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8582 (Japan); Nishiie, H. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Ogawa, H. [Kamioka Observatory, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, The University of Tokyo, Higashi-Mozumi, Kamioka, Hida, Gifu 506-1205 (Japan); Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, the University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8582 (Japan); and others


    The XMASS project aims to detect dark matter, pp and {sup 7}Be solar neutrinos, and neutrinoless double beta decay using ultra pure liquid xenon. The first phase of the XMASS experiment searches for dark matter. In this paper, we describe the XMASS detector in detail, including its configuration, data acquisition equipment and calibration system.

  11. Contribution of disparity to the perception of 3D shape as revealed by bistability of stereoscopic Necker cubes. (United States)

    Erkelens, C J


    The Necker cube is a famous demonstration of ambiguity in visual perception of 3D shape. Its bistability is attributed to indecisiveness because monocular cues do not allow the observer to infer one particular 3D shape from the 2D image. A remarkable but not appreciated observation is that Necker cubes are bistable during binocular viewing. One would expect disparity information to veto bistability. To investigate the effect of zero and non-zero disparity on perceptual bistability in detail, perceptual dominance durations were measured for luminance- and disparity-defined Necker cubes. Luminance-defined Necker cubes were bistable for all tested disparities between the front and back faces of the cubes. Absence of an effect of disparity on dominance durations suggested the suppression of disparity information. Judgments of depth between the front and back sides of the Necker cubes, however, showed that disparity affected perceived depth. Disparity-defined Necker cubes were also bistable but dominance durations showed different distributions. I propose a framework for 3D shape perception in which 3D shape is inferred from pictorial cues acting on luminance- and disparity-defined 2D shapes.

  12. Effects of quadratic and cubic nonlinearities on a perfectly tuned parametric amplifier (United States)

    Neumeyer, S.; Sorokin, V. S.; Thomsen, J. J.


    We consider the performance of a parametric amplifier with perfect tuning (two-to-one ratio between the parametric and direct excitation frequencies) and quadratic and cubic nonlinearities. A forced Duffing-Mathieu equation with appended quadratic nonlinearity is considered as the model system, and approximate analytical steady-state solutions and corresponding stabilities are obtained by the method of varying amplitudes. Some general effects of pure quadratic, and mixed quadratic and cubic nonlinearities on parametric amplification are shown. In particular, the effects of mixed quadratic and cubic nonlinearities may generate additional amplitude-frequency solutions. In this case an increased response and a more phase sensitive amplitude (phase between excitation frequencies) is obtained, as compared to the case with either pure quadratic or cubic nonlinearity. Furthermore, jumps and bi-stability in the amplitude-phase characteristics are predicted, supporting previously reported experimental observations.

  13. Practical Nonlinearities (United States)


    Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Dynamics-Enabled Frequency Sources (DEFYS) program is focused on the convergence of nonlinear dynamics and...Early work in this program has shown that nonlinear dynamics can provide performance advantages. However, the pathway from initial results to...dependent nonlinear stiffness observed in these devices. This work is ongoing, and will continue through the final period of this program . Reference 9

  14. Nonlinear oscillations

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    Nayfeh, Ali Hasan


    Nonlinear Oscillations is a self-contained and thorough treatment of the vigorous research that has occurred in nonlinear mechanics since 1970. The book begins with fundamental concepts and techniques of analysis and progresses through recent developments and provides an overview that abstracts and introduces main nonlinear phenomena. It treats systems having a single degree of freedom, introducing basic concepts and analytical methods, and extends concepts and methods to systems having degrees of freedom. Most of this material cannot be found in any other text. Nonlinear Oscillations uses sim

  15. Nonlinear Science

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    Yoshida, Zensho


    This book gives a general, basic understanding of the mathematical structure "nonlinearity" that lies in the depths of complex systems. Analyzing the heterogeneity that the prefix "non" represents with respect to notions such as the linear space, integrability and scale hierarchy, "nonlinear science" is explained as a challenge of deconstruction of the modern sciences. This book is not a technical guide to teach mathematical tools of nonlinear analysis, nor a zoology of so-called nonlinear phenomena. By critically analyzing the structure of linear theories, and cl

  16. Nonlinear analysis

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    Nanda, Sudarsan


    "Nonlinear analysis" presents recent developments in calculus in Banach space, convex sets, convex functions, best approximation, fixed point theorems, nonlinear operators, variational inequality, complementary problem and semi-inner-product spaces. Nonlinear Analysis has become important and useful in the present days because many real world problems are nonlinear, nonconvex and nonsmooth in nature. Although basic concepts have been presented here but many results presented have not appeared in any book till now. The book could be used as a text for graduate students and also it will be useful for researchers working in this field.

  17. Multiple omnidirectional defect modes and nonlinear magnetic-field effects in metamaterial photonic superlattices with a polaritonic defect (United States)

    Robles-Uriza, A. X.; Reyes Gómez, F.; Mejía-Salazar, J. R.


    We report the existence of multiple omnidirectional defect modes in the zero-nbar gap of photonic stacks, made of alternate layers of conventional dielectric and double-negative metamaterial, with a polaritonic defect layer. In the case of nonlinear magnetic metamaterials, the optical bistability phenomenon leads to switching from negligible to perfect transmission around these defect modes. We hope these findings have potential applications in the design and development of multichannel optical filters, power limiters, optical-diodes and optical-transistors.

  18. Semiconductor Detectors; Detectores de Semiconductores

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    Cortina, E.


    Particle detectors based on semiconductor materials are among the few devices used for particle detection that are available to the public at large. In fact we are surrounded by them in our daily lives: they are used in photoelectric cells for opening doors, in digital photographic and video camera, and in bar code readers at supermarket cash registers. (Author)

  19. Optical Bistability with Two Serially Integrated InP-SOAs on a Chip (United States)

    Plascak, Michael Edward

    Optical Bistability with Two Serially Integrated InP-SOAs on a Chip Thesis Advisor: Dr. Azad Siahmakoun A photonic switch using two series-connected, reverse-biased semiconductor optical amplifiers integrated onto a single device has been proposed and switching operation has been verified experimentally. The switching operates on two principles; an electrical bistability arising from the connection of two p-i-n structures in series, and the quantum confined Stark effect in reverse-biased multiple quantum well structures. The result is an electroabsorption modulation of the light through the SOAs due to the alternating voltage states. The system simultaneously produces outputs with both inverted and non-inverted hysteresis behavior, with experimental switching speeds demonstrated up to 400 kHz for a reverse-bias voltage of VRB=2.000V.

  20. Feedback-induced Bistability of an Optically Levitated Nanoparticle: A Fokker-Planck Treatment

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    Ge, Wenchao; Bhattacharya, M


    Optically levitated nanoparticles have recently emerged as versatile platforms for investigating macroscopic quantum mechanics and enabling ultrasensitive metrology. In this article we theoretically consider two damping regimes of an optically levitated nanoparticle cooled by cavityless parametric feedback. Our treatment is based on a generalized Fokker-Planck equation derived from the quantum master equation presented recently and shown to agree very well with experiment [1]. For low damping, we find that the resulting Wigner function yields the single-peaked oscillator position distribution and recovers the appropriate energy distribution derived earlier using a classical theory and verified experimentally [2]. For high damping, in contrast, we predict a double-peaked position distribution, which we trace to an underlying bistability induced by feedback. Unlike in cavity-based optomechanics, stochastic processes play a major role in determining the bistable behavior. To support our conclusions, we present a...

  1. Oscillatory pulses and wave trains in a bistable reaction-diffusion system with cross diffusion. (United States)

    Zemskov, Evgeny P; Tsyganov, Mikhail A; Horsthemke, Werner


    We study waves with exponentially decaying oscillatory tails in a reaction-diffusion system with linear cross diffusion. To be specific, we consider a piecewise linear approximation of the FitzHugh-Nagumo model, also known as the Bonhoeffer-van der Pol model. We focus on two types of traveling waves, namely solitary pulses that correspond to a homoclinic solution, and sequences of pulses or wave trains, i.e., a periodic solution. The effect of cross diffusion on wave profiles and speed of propagation is analyzed. We find the intriguing result that both pulses and wave trains occur in the bistable cross-diffusive FitzHugh-Nagumo system, whereas only fronts exist in the standard bistable system without cross diffusion.

  2. Bistability and steady-state spin squeezing in diamond nanostructures controlled by a nanomechanical resonator (United States)

    Ma, Yong-Hong; Zhang, Xue-Feng; Song, Jie; Wu, E.


    As the quantum states of nitrogen vacancy (NV) center can be coherently manipulated and obtained at room temperature, it is important to generate steady-state spin squeezing in spin qubits associated with NV impurities in diamond. With this task we consider a new type of a hybrid magneto-nano-electromechanical resonator, the functionality of which is based on a magnetic-field induced deflection of an appropriate cantilever that oscillates between NV spins in diamond. We show that there is bistability and spin squeezing state due to the presence of the microwave field, despite the damping from mechanical damping. Moreover, we find that bistability and spin squeezing can be controlled by the microwave field and the parameter Vz. Our scheme may have the potential application on spin clocks, magnetometers, and other measurements based on spin-spin system in diamond nanostructures.

  3. Evaluation of the current biased integrated optical processors based on bistable dode elements (United States)

    Tang, C. L.; Swanson, P. D.; Parker, M. A.; Libby, S. I.


    Three optical switching elements have been designed, fabricated and tested for use in an integrated, optical signal processor. The first, and optical NOR logic gate, uses gain quenching as a means of allowing one (or more) light beam (s) to control the output light. This technique, along with the use of a two-pad bistable output laser, is used in the demonstration of the feasibility of the second device, an all optical RS flip-flop. The third device consists of a broad area orthogonal mode switch laser, whose corollary outputs correspond to the sign of the voltage difference between its two high impedance electrical inputs. This device also has possible memory applications if bistable mode switching within the broad area laser can be achieved.

  4. Electrical bistable characteristics of poly (phenylene sulfide) thin film deposited by thermal evaporation

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    GUO XiaoChun; DONG GuiFang; QIU Yong


    Poly(phenylene sulfide) (PPS) is a well-known organic insulator. However, the PPS thin film, deposited by thermal evaporation in vacuum, showed electrical bistable characteristics. The structure of the PPS thin-film device was glass/ITO/PPS (300 nm)/Au. The thin film can be converted to a high conductance state by applying a pulse of 80 V (5 s), and brought back to a low conductance state by applying a pulse of 100 V (5 s). This kind of thin film is potential for active layer of a memory device. The critical voltage of the device is about 40 V, while the read-out voltage is 5 V. We tentatively ascribe the bistable phenomenon to the charge transfer from S to C atoms in the PPS molecule chains.

  5. Modulating resonance behaviors by noise recycling in bistable systems with time delay

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    Sun, Zhongkui, E-mail:; Xu, Wei [Department of Applied Mathematics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710072 (China); Yang, Xiaoli [College of Mathematics and Information Science, Shaan' xi Normal University, Xi' an 710062 (China); Xiao, Yuzhu [Department of Mathematics and Information Science, Chang' an University, Xi' an 710086 (China)


    In this paper, the impact of noise recycling on resonance behaviors is studied theoretically and numerically in a prototypical bistable system with delayed feedback. According to the interior cooperating and interacting activity of noise recycling, a theory has been proposed by reducing the non-Markovian problem into a two-state model, wherein both the master equation and the transition rates depend on not only the current state but also the earlier two states due to the recycling lag and the feedback delay. By virtue of this theory, the formulae of the power spectrum density and the linear response function have been found analytically. And the theoretical results are well verified by numerical simulations. It has been demonstrated that both the recycling lag and the feedback delay play a crucial role in the resonance behaviors. In addition, the results also suggest an alternative scheme to modulate or control the coherence or stochastic resonance in bistable systems with time delay.

  6. Towards an optimal model for a bistable nematic liquid crystal display device

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    Cummings, L. J.


    Bistable liquid crystal displays offer the potential for considerable power savings compared with conventional (monostable) LCDs. The existence of two stable field-free states that are optically distinct means that contrast can be maintained in a display without an externally applied electric field. An applied field is required only to switch the device from one state to the other, as needed. In this paper we examine a theoretical model of a possible bistable device, originally proposed by Cummings and Richardson (Euro J Appl Math 17:435-463 2006), and explore means by which it may be optimized, in terms of optical contrast, manufacturing considerations, switching field strength, and switching times. The compromises inherent in these conflicting design criteria are discussed. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

  7. Fractionation of parietal function in bistable perception probed with concurrent TMS-EEG (United States)

    Schauer, Georg; Chang, Acer; Schwartzman, David; Rae, Charlotte L.; Iriye, Heather; Seth, Anil K.; Kanai, Ryota


    When visual input has conflicting interpretations, conscious perception can alternate spontaneously between these possible interpretations. This is called bistable perception. Previous neuroimaging studies have indicated the involvement of two right parietal areas in resolving perceptual ambiguity (ant-SPLr and post-SPLr). Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies that selectively interfered with the normal function of these regions suggest that they play opposing roles in this type of perceptual switch. In the present study, we investigated this fractionation of parietal function by use of combined TMS with electroencephalography (EEG). Specifically, while participants viewed either a bistable stimulus, a replay stimulus, or resting-state fixation, we applied single pulse TMS to either location independently while simultaneously recording EEG. Combined with participant’s individual structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, this dataset allows for complex analyses of the effect of TMS on neural time series data, which may further elucidate the causal role of the parietal cortex in ambiguous perception. PMID:27529410

  8. Signal modulating noise effect in bistable stochastic resonance systems and its analog simulation

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    XIAO Fang-hong; YAN Gui-rong; XIE Shi-cheng


    The effect of signal modulating noise in bistable stochastic resonance systems was studied theoretically and experimentally. A mathematical analysis was made on the bistable stochastic resonance model with small system parameters. An analogue circuit was designed to perform the effect. The effect of signal modulating noise was shown in the analog simulation experiment. The analog experiment was conducted for two sinusoidal signals with different frequencies. The results show that there are a sinusoidal component corresponding to the input sinusoidal signal and a noise component presented as a Wiener process corresponding to the input white noise in the system output. By properly selecting system parameters, the effect of signal modulating noise can be manifested in the system output.

  9. Packing induced bistable phenomenon in granular flow:analysis from complex network perspective

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    胡茂彬; 刘启一; 孙王平; 姜锐; 吴清松


    The effects of packing configurations on the phase transition of straight granular chute flow with two bottlenecks are studied. The granular flow shows a dilute-to-dense flow transition when the channel width is varied, accompanied with a peculiar bistable phenomenon. The bistable phenomenon is induced by the initial packing config-uration of particles. When the packing is dense, the initial flux is small and will induce a dense flow. When the packing is loose, the initial flux is large and will induce a di-lute flow. The fabric network of granular packing is analyzed from a complex network perspective. The degree distribution shows quantitatively different characteristics for the configurations. A two-dimensional (2D) packing clustering coefficient is defined to better quantify the fabric network.

  10. Bistable aggregate of all-trans-astaxanthin in an aqueous solution (United States)

    Mori, Yuso; Yamano, Kuniko; Hashimoto, Hideki


    The temperature dependence of the optical absorption spectra for astaxanthin aggregate has been studied between 2 and 32°C. Red-shifted absorption bands as compared to the monomer absorption band are found above 21°C in addition to the blue-shifted band of the aggregate. The spectra suggest that the molecular arrangement in the aggregate is a bistable one consisting of head-to-tail and card-packed arrangements. A diagram describing the bistability together with the monomer state is proposed in the space defined by the free energy and the quantity of Σi = 1 N< θ12 + < σθ12 for the ith molecule in the N-molecule aggregate.

  11. Analysis of noise-induced bistability in Michaelis Menten single-step enzymatic cycle

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    Remondini, Daniel; Bazzani, Armando; Castellani, Gastone; Maritan, Amos


    In this paper we study noise-induced bistability in a specific circuit with many biological implications, namely a single-step enzymatic cycle described by Michaelis Menten equations with quasi-steady state assumption. We study the system both with a Master Equation formalism, and with the Fokker-Planck continuous approximation, characterizing the conditions in which the continuous approach is a good approximation of the exact discrete model. An analysis of the stationary distribution in both cases shows that bimodality can not occur in such a system. We discuss which additional requirements can generate stochastic bimodality, by coupling the system with a chemical reaction involving enzyme production and turnover. This extended system shows a bistable behaviour only in specific parameter windows depending on the number of molecules involved, providing hints about which should be a feasible system size in order that such a phenomenon could be exploited in real biological systems.

  12. Bifurcation properties of nematic liquid crystals exposed to an electric field: Switchability, bistability, and multistability

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    Cummings, L. J.


    Bistable liquid crystal displays (LCDs) offer the potential for considerable power savings compared with conventional (monostable) LCDs. The existence of two (or more) stable field-free states that are optically distinct means that contrast can be maintained in a display without an externally applied electric field. An applied field is required only to switch the device from one state to the other, as needed. In this paper we examine the basic physical principles involved in generating multiple stable states and the switching between these states. We consider a two-dimensional geometry in which variable surface anchoring conditions are used to control the steady-state solutions and explore how different anchoring conditions can influence the number and type of solutions and whether or not switching is possible between the states. We find a wide range of possible behaviors, including bistability, tristability, and tetrastability, and investigate how the solution landscape changes as the boundary conditions are tuned. © 2013 American Physical Society.

  13. Control of stochastic resonance in bistable systems by using periodic signals

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    Lin Min; Fang Li-Min; Zheng Yong-Jun


    According to the characteristic structure of double wells in bistable systems, this paper analyses stochastic fluctu-ations in the single potential well and probability transitions between the two potential wells and proposes a method of controlling stochastic resonance by using a periodic signal. Results of theoretical analysis and numerical simulation show that the phenomenon of stochastic resonance happens when the time scales of the periodic signal and the noise-induced probability transitions between the two potential wells achieve stochastic synchronization. By adding a bistable system with a controllable periodic signal, fluctuations in the single potential well can be effectively controlled, thus affecting the probability transitions between the two potential wells. In this way, an effective control can be achieved which allows one to either enhance or realize stochastic resonance.

  14. The bistability phenomenon in single and coupled oscillators based on VO2 switches (United States)

    Belyaev, M. A.; Putrolaynen, V. V.; Velichko, A. A.


    New operation regimes of single and coupled oscillators in circuits based on planar VO2 switches have been studied. The phenomenon of bistability is discovered, which consists in controlled switching of self-sustained oscillations by external pulses, which is a promising basis for the creation of oscillatory memory cells and implementation of pulse coupling regimes in artificial neural networks (ANNs). The duration of switch-on and switch-off pulses is no less that 20 μs and 30 ms, respectively. It is established that the region of threshold voltages for bistable switching in coupled oscillators is much wider than in a single oscillator and the hysteresis width in the former case can reach 2 V. A regime of initiation of switching packets has been observed that models the ANN packet activity.

  15. Optimal Size for Maximal Energy Efficiency in Information Processing of Biological Systems Due to Bistability

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    Zhang, Chi; Wang, Long-Fei; Yue, Yuan; Yu, Lian-Chun


    Energy efficiency is closely related to the evolution of biological systems and is important to their information processing. In this paper, we calculated the excitation probability of a simple model of a bistable biological unit in response to pulsatile inputs, and its spontaneous excitation rate due to noise perturbation. Then we analytically calculated the mutual information, energy cost, and energy efficiency of an array of these bistable units. We found that the optimal number of units could maximize this array's energy efficiency in encoding pulse inputs, which depends on the fixed energy cost. We conclude that demand for energy efficiency in biological systems may strongly influence the size of these systems under the pressure of natural selection.

  16. Parietal theta burst TMS: Functional fractionation observed during bistable perception not evident in attention tasks. (United States)

    Schauer, Georg; Kanai, Ryota; Brascamp, Jan W


    When visual input is ambiguous, perception spontaneously alternates between interpretations: bistable perception. Studies have identified two distinct sites near the right intraparietal sulcus where inhibitory transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) affects the frequency of occurrence of these alternations, but strikingly with opposite directions of effect for the two sites. Lesion and TMS studies on spatial and sustained attention have also indicated a parcellation of right parietal cortex, into areas serving distinct attentional functions. We used the exact TMS procedure previously employed to affect bistable perception, yet measured its effect on spatial and sustained attention tasks. Although there was a trend for TMS to affect performance, trends were consistently similar for both parietal sites, with no indication of opposite effects. We interpret this as signifying that the previously observed parietal fractionation of function regarding the perception of ambiguous stimuli is not due to TMS-induced modification of spatial or sustained attention.

  17. Rotary bistable and Parametrically Excited Vibration Energy Harvesting (United States)

    Kurmann, L.; Jia, Y.; Hoffmann, D.; Manoli, Y.; Woias, P.


    Parametric resonance is a type of nonlinear vibration phenomenon [1], [2] induced from the periodic modulation of at least one of the system parameters and has the potential to exhibit interesting higher order nonlinear behaviour [3]. Parametrically excited vibration energy harvesters have been previously shown to enhance both the power amplitude [4] and the frequency bandwidth [5] when compared to the conventional direct resonant approach. However, to practically activate the more profitable regions of parametric resonance, additional design mechanisms [6], [7] are required to overcome a critical initiation threshold amplitude. One route is to establish an autoparametric system where external direct excitation is internally coupled to parametric excitation [8]. For a coupled two degrees of freedom (DoF) oscillatory system, principal autoparametric resonance can be achieved when the natural frequency of the first DoF f1 is twice that of the second DoF f2 and the external excitation is in the vicinity of f1. This paper looks at combining rotary and translatory motion and use autoparametric resonance phenomena.

  18. Resonance phenomena of a solitonlike extended object in a bistable potential

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    González, J A; Reyes, L I; Guerrero, L E


    We investigate the dynamics of a soliton that behaves as an extended particle. The soliton motion in an effective bistable potential can be chaotic in a similar way as the Duffing oscillator. We generalize the concept of geometrical resonance to spatiotemporal systems and apply it to design a nonfeedback mechanism of chaos control using localized perturbations.We show the existence of solitonic stochastic resonance.

  19. Noise-Induced Phase Locking and Frequency Mixing in an Optical Bistable System with Delayed Feedback (United States)

    Misono, Masatoshi; Miyakawa, Kenji


    The interplay between stochastic resonance (SR) and coherence resonance (CR) is experimentally studied in an optical bistable system with a time-delayed feedback loop. We demonstrate that the phase of the noise-induced motion is locked to that of the periodic input when the ratio of their frequencies is a simple rational number. We also demonstrate that the interplay between SR and CR generates frequency-mixed modes, and that the efficiency of frequency mixing is enhanced by the optimum noise.

  20. Low Threshold Bistability In TiO2-SiO2 Interference Filters (United States)

    Mitschke, Fedor M.; Ankerhold, George; Lange, Wulfhard K.


    We have studied optical bistability in Ti02/Si02 interference filters ("hard coatings"). These systems compare favourably with the more conventional ZnSe filters in important characteristics, particularly in durability, switching contrast and long term stability. Unfortunately, switching is very slow. Our analysis reveals a unique mechanism: water molecu)es in pores of the coating are reversibly desorbed from well below the outside surface as the spot temperature is driven up and down by the irradiated light.

  1. Solution-verified reliability analysis and design of bistable MEMS using error estimation and adaptivity.

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    Eldred, Michael Scott; Subia, Samuel Ramirez; Neckels, David; Hopkins, Matthew Morgan; Notz, Patrick K.; Adams, Brian M.; Carnes, Brian; Wittwer, Jonathan W.; Bichon, Barron J.; Copps, Kevin D.


    This report documents the results for an FY06 ASC Algorithms Level 2 milestone combining error estimation and adaptivity, uncertainty quantification, and probabilistic design capabilities applied to the analysis and design of bistable MEMS. Through the use of error estimation and adaptive mesh refinement, solution verification can be performed in an automated and parameter-adaptive manner. The resulting uncertainty analysis and probabilistic design studies are shown to be more accurate, efficient, reliable, and convenient.

  2. Optical bistability in artificial composite nanoscale molecules: Towards all optical processing at the nanoscale

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    Malyshev, A V


    Optical response of artificial composite nanoscale molecules comprising a closely spaced noble metal nanoparticle and a semiconductor quantum dot have been studied theoretically. We consider a system composed of an Au particle and CdSe or CdSe/ZnSe quantum dot and predict optical bistability and hysteresis in its response, which suggests various applications, in particular, all-optical processing and optical memory.

  3. Demonstration of brain noise on human EEG signals in perception of bistable images (United States)

    Grubov, Vadim V.; Runnova, Anastasiya E.; Kurovskaya, Maria K.; Pavlov, Alexey N.; Koronovskii, Alexey A.; Hramov, Alexander E.


    In this report we studied human brain activity in the case of bistable visual perception. We proposed a new approach for quantitative characterization of this activity based on analysis of EEG oscillatory patterns and evoked potentials. Accordingly to theoretical background, obtained experimental EEG data and results of its analysis we studied a characteristics of brain activity during decision-making. Also we have shown that decisionmaking process has the special patterns on the EEG data.

  4. Transient behavior in absorptive optical bistability by the Hamilton-Jacobi method (United States)

    Sarkar, S.; Satchell, J. S.


    One-, two-, and five-dimensional Fokker-Planck equations for absorptive bistability are solved with use of small-noise asymptotic expansions, which are different from Gaussian linearized analysis. The cases studied are the bifurcation point for the start of hysteresis, where there is critical slowing down and the fluctuations are large, and the evolution of a steady-state distribution when the input field has a step change. The time evolution of the probability distribution is calculated.

  5. Energy harvester for rotating environments using offset pendulum and nonlinear dynamics (United States)

    Roundy, Shad; Tola, Jeffry


    We present an energy harvester for environments that rotate through the Earth’s gravitational field. Example applications include shafts connected to motors, axles, propellers, fans, and wheels or tires. Our approach uses the unique dynamics of an offset pendulum along with a nonlinear bistable restoring spring to improve the operational bandwidth of the system. Depending on the speed of the rotating environment, the system can act as a bistable oscillator, monostable stiffening oscillator, or linear oscillator. We apply our approach to a tire pressure monitoring system mounted on a car rim. Simulation and experimental test results show that the prototype generator is capable of directly powering an RF transmission every 60 s or less over a speed range of 10 to 155 kph.

  6. Revisiting bistability in the lysis/lysogeny circuit of bacteriophage lambda.

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    Michael Bednarz

    Full Text Available The lysis/lysogeny switch of bacteriophage lambda serves as a paradigm for binary cell fate decision, long-term maintenance of cellular state and stimulus-triggered switching between states. In the literature, the system is often referred to as "bistable." However, it remains unclear whether this term provides an accurate description or is instead a misnomer. Here we address this question directly. We first quantify transcriptional regulation governing lysogenic maintenance using a single-cell fluorescence reporter. We then use the single-cell data to derive a stochastic theoretical model for the underlying regulatory network. We use the model to predict the steady states of the system and then validate these predictions experimentally. Specifically, a regime of bistability, and the resulting hysteretic behavior, are observed. Beyond the steady states, the theoretical model successfully predicts the kinetics of switching from lysogeny to lysis. Our results show how the physics-inspired concept of bistability can be reliably used to describe cellular phenotype, and how an experimentally-calibrated theoretical model can have accurate predictive power for cell-state switching.

  7. On square-wave-driven stochastic resonance for energy harvesting in a bistable system

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    Dongxu Su


    Full Text Available Stochastic resonance is a physical phenomenon through which the throughput of energy within an oscillator excited by a stochastic source can be boosted by adding a small modulating excitation. This study investigates the feasibility of implementing square-wave-driven stochastic resonance to enhance energy harvesting. The motivating hypothesis was that such stochastic resonance can be efficiently realized in a bistable mechanism. However, the condition for the occurrence of stochastic resonance is conventionally defined by the Kramers rate. This definition is inadequate because of the necessity and difficulty in estimating white noise density. A bistable mechanism has been designed using an explicit analytical model which implies a new approach for achieving stochastic resonance in the paper. Experimental tests confirm that the addition of a small-scale force to the bistable system excited by a random signal apparently leads to a corresponding amplification of the response that we now term square-wave-driven stochastic resonance. The study therefore indicates that this approach may be a promising way to improve the performance of an energy harvester under certain forms of random excitation.

  8. Prompt efficiency of energy harvesting by magnetic coupling of an improved bi-stable system (United States)

    Li, Hai-Tao; Qin, Wei-Yang


    In order to improve the transform efficiency of bi-stable energy harvester (BEH), this paper proposes an advanced bi-stable energy harvester (ABEH), which is composed of two bi-stable beams coupling through their magnets. Theoretical analyzes and simulations for the ABEH are carried out. First, the mathematical model is established and its dynamical equations are derived. The formulas of magnetic force in two directions are given. The potential energy barrier of ABEH is reduced and the snap-through is liable to occur between potential wells. To demonstrate the ABEH’s advantage in harvesting energy, comparisons between the ABEH and the BEH are carried out for both harmonic and stochastic excitations. Our results reveal that the ABEH’s inter-well response can be elicited by a low-frequency excitation and the harvester can attain frequent jumping between potential wells at fairly weak random excitations. Thus, it can generate a higher output power. The present findings prove that the ABEH is preferable in harvesting energy and can be optimally designed such that it attains the best harvesting performance. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11172234) and the Scholarship from China Scholarship Council (Grant No. 201506290092).

  9. Concurrent design of a morphing aerofoil with variable stiffness bi-stable laminates (United States)

    Kuder, I. K.; Fasel, U.; Ermanni, P.; Arrieta, A. F.


    Morphing systems able to efficiently adjust their characteristics to resolve the conflicting demands of changing operating conditions offer great potential for enhanced performance and functionality. The main practical challenge, however, consists in combining the desired compliance to accomplish radical reversible geometry modifications at reduced actuation effort with the requirement of high stiffness imposed by operational functions. A potential decoupling strategy entails combining the conformal shape adaptation benefits of distributed compliance with purely elastic stiffness variability provided by embedded bi-stable laminates. This selective compliance can allow for on-demand stiffness adaptation by switching between the stable states of the internal elements. The current paper considers the optimal positioning of the bi-stable components within the structure while assessing the energy required for morphing under aerodynamic loading. Compared to a time-invariant system, activating specific deformation modes permits decreasing the amount of actuation energy, and hence the amount of actuation material to be carried. A concurrent design and optimisation framework is implemented to develop selective configurations targeting different flight conditions. First, an aerodynamically favourable high-lift mode achieves large geometric changes due to reduced actuation demands. This is only possible by virtue of the internally tailored compliance, arising from the stable state switch of the embedded bi-stable components. A second, stiff configuration, targets operation under increased aerodynamic loading. The dynamic adequacy of the design is proved via high fidelity fluid-structure interaction simulations.

  10. Bistable light shutter using dye-doped liquid crystals for a see-through display (United States)

    Huh, Jae-Won; Heo, Joon; Yu, Byeong-Huh; Yoon, Tae-Hoon


    See-through displays have got high attention as one of the next generation display devices. Especially, see-through displays that use organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and liquid crystal displays (LCDs) have been actively studied. However, a see-through display using OLEDs cannot provide black color because of their see-through area. Although a see-through display using LCDs can provide black color with crossed polarizers, it cannot block the background. This inevitable problem can be solved by placing a light shutter at the back of a see-through display. To maintain the transparent or opaque state, an electric field must be applied to a light shutter. To achieve low power consumption, a bistable light shutter using polymer-stabilized cholesteric liquid crystals (CLC) has been proposed. It is switchable between the translucent and transparent states only. Therefore, it cannot provide black color. Moreover, it cannot block the background perfectly because of poor performance in the translucent state. In this work we will introduce a bistable light shutter using dye-doped CLCs. To improve the electro-optic characteristics in the opaque state, we employed a crossed electrode structure instead of a parallel one. We will demonstrate that the light shutter can exhibit stable bistable operation between the transparent homeotropic and opaque focal-conic states thanks to polymer stabilization.

  11. Transcriptional infidelity promotes heritable phenotypic change in a bistable gene network.

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    Alasdair J E Gordon


    Full Text Available Bistable epigenetic switches are fundamental for cell fate determination in unicellular and multicellular organisms. Regulatory proteins associated with bistable switches are often present in low numbers and subject to molecular noise. It is becoming clear that noise in gene expression can influence cell fate. Although the origins and consequences of noise have been studied, the stochastic and transient nature of RNA errors during transcription has not been considered in the origin or modeling of noise nor has the capacity for such transient errors in information transfer to generate heritable phenotypic change been discussed. We used a classic bistable memory module to monitor and capture transient RNA errors: the lac operon of Escherichia coli comprises an autocatalytic positive feedback loop producing a heritable all-or-none epigenetic switch that is sensitive to molecular noise. Using single-cell analysis, we show that the frequency of epigenetic switching from one expression state to the other is increased when the fidelity of RNA transcription is decreased due to error-prone RNA polymerases or to the absence of auxiliary RNA fidelity factors GreA and GreB (functional analogues of eukaryotic TFIIS. Therefore, transcription infidelity contributes to molecular noise and can effect heritable phenotypic change in genetically identical cells in the same environment. Whereas DNA errors allow genetic space to be explored, RNA errors may allow epigenetic or expression space to be sampled. Thus, RNA infidelity should also be considered in the heritable origin of altered or aberrant cell behaviour.

  12. Manually operatable on-chip bistable pneumatic microstructures for microfluidic manipulations. (United States)

    Chen, Arnold; Pan, Tingrui


    Bistable microvalves are of particular interest because of their distinct nature of requiring energy consumption only during the transition between the open and closed states. This characteristic can be highly advantageous in reducing the number of external inputs and the complexity of control circuitries since microfluidic devices as contemporary lab-on-a-chip platforms are transferring from research settings to low-resource environments with high integrability and a small form factor. In this paper, we first present manually operatable, on-chip bistable pneumatic microstructures (BPMs) for microfluidic manipulation. The structural design and operation of the BPM devices can be readily integrated into any pneumatically powered microfluidic network consisting of pneumatic and fluidic channels. It is mainly composed of a vacuum activation chamber (VAC) and a pressure release chamber (PRC), of which users have direct control through finger pressing to switch either to the bistable vacuum state (VS) or the atmospheric state (AS). We have integrated multiple BPM devices into a 4-to-1 microfluidic multiplexor to demonstrate on-chip digital flow switching from different sources. Furthermore, we have shown its clinical relevance in a point-of-care diagnostic chip that processes blood samples to identify the distinct blood types (A/B/O) on-chip.

  13. A simple photometric factor in perceived depth order of bistable transparency patterns. (United States)

    Fukiage, Taiki; Oishi, Takeshi; Ikeuchi, Katsushi


    Previous studies on perceptual transparency defined the photometric condition in which perceived depth ordering between two surfaces becomes ambiguous. Even under this bistable transparency condition, it is known that depth-order perceptions are often biased toward one specific interpretation (Beck, Prazdny, & Ivry, 1984; Delogu, Fedorov, Belardinelli, & van Leeuwen, 2010; Kitaoka, 2005; Oyama & Nakahara, 1960). In this study, we examined what determines the perceived depth ordering for bistable transparency patterns using stimuli that simulated two partially overlapping disks resulting in four regions: a (background), b (portion of right disk), p (portion of left disk), and q (shared region). In contrast to the previous theory that proposed contributions of contrast against the background region (i.e., contrast at contour b/a and contrast at contour p/a) to perceived depth order in bistable transparency patterns, the present study demonstrated that contrast against the background region has little influence on perceived depth order compared with contrast against the shared region (i.e., contrast at contour b/q and contrast at contour p/q). In addition, we found that the perceived depth ordering is well predicted by a simpler model that takes into consideration only relative size of lightness difference against the shared region. Specifically, the probability that the left disk is perceived as being in front is proportional to (|b - q| - |p - q|) / (|b - q| + |p - q|) calculated based on lightness.

  14. Modelling and Feedback Control of Bistability in a Turbulent Bluff Body Wake (United States)

    Brackston, Rowan; Wynn, Andrew; Garcia de La Cruz, Juan Marcos; Rigas, Georgios; Morrison, Jonathan


    The turbulent wake behind many three-dimensional bluff bodies exhibits a bistable behaviour, the properties of which has been the subject of significant recent interest. This feature of the wake is known to contribute to the pressure drag on the body and is relevant for geometries representative of many road vehicles. Furthermore, due to its high visibility from surface mounted pressure measurements, it is a feature that may be observed and controlled in real-time. In Brackston et al. we have recently demonstrated such a feedback control strategy that aims to suppress the bistable feature of the wake. Starting from a stochastic modelling approach, we identify a linearised model for this mode of the flow, obtaining parameters via a system identification. The identified model is then used to design the feedback controller, with the aim of restoring the flow to the unstable, symmetric state. The controller is implemented experimentally at Re 2 . 3 ×105 and is found to both suppress the bistability of the flow and reduce the drag on the body. Furthermore, the control system is found to have a positive energy balance, providing a key demonstration of efficient feedback control applied to a 3D bluff body wake at turbulent Reynolds numbers.

  15. On square-wave-driven stochastic resonance for energy harvesting in a bistable system

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    Su, Dongxu, E-mail: [Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 1538505 (Japan); Zheng, Rencheng; Nakano, Kimihiko [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo 1538505 (Japan); Cartmell, Matthew P [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD (United Kingdom)


    Stochastic resonance is a physical phenomenon through which the throughput of energy within an oscillator excited by a stochastic source can be boosted by adding a small modulating excitation. This study investigates the feasibility of implementing square-wave-driven stochastic resonance to enhance energy harvesting. The motivating hypothesis was that such stochastic resonance can be efficiently realized in a bistable mechanism. However, the condition for the occurrence of stochastic resonance is conventionally defined by the Kramers rate. This definition is inadequate because of the necessity and difficulty in estimating white noise density. A bistable mechanism has been designed using an explicit analytical model which implies a new approach for achieving stochastic resonance in the paper. Experimental tests confirm that the addition of a small-scale force to the bistable system excited by a random signal apparently leads to a corresponding amplification of the response that we now term square-wave-driven stochastic resonance. The study therefore indicates that this approach may be a promising way to improve the performance of an energy harvester under certain forms of random excitation.

  16. Coupling between feedback loops in autoregulatory networks affects bistability range, open-loop gain and switching times. (United States)

    Tiwari, Abhinav; Igoshin, Oleg A


    Biochemical regulatory networks governing diverse cellular processes such as stress-response, differentiation and cell cycle often contain coupled feedback loops. We aim at understanding how features of feedback architecture, such as the number of loops, the sign of the loops and the type of their coupling, affect network dynamical performance. Specifically, we investigate how bistability range, maximum open-loop gain and switching times of a network with transcriptional positive feedback are affected by additive or multiplicative coupling with another positive- or negative-feedback loop. We show that a network's bistability range is positively correlated with its maximum open-loop gain and that both quantities depend on the sign of the feedback loops and the type of feedback coupling. Moreover, we find that the addition of positive feedback could decrease the bistability range if we control the basal level in the signal-response curves of the two systems. Furthermore, the addition of negative feedback has the capacity to increase the bistability range if its dissociation constant is much lower than that of the positive feedback. We also find that the addition of a positive feedback to a bistable network increases the robustness of its bistability range, whereas the addition of a negative feedback decreases it. Finally, we show that the switching time for a transition from a high to a low steady state increases with the effective fold change in gene regulation. In summary, we show that the effect of coupled feedback loops on the bistability range and switching times depends on the underlying mechanistic details.

  17. Nonlinear Reconstruction

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    Zhu, Hong-Ming; Pen, Ue-Li; Chen, Xuelei; Yu, Hao-Ran


    We present a direct approach to non-parametrically reconstruct the linear density field from an observed non-linear map. We solve for the unique displacement potential consistent with the non-linear density and positive definite coordinate transformation using a multigrid algorithm. We show that we recover the linear initial conditions up to $k\\sim 1\\ h/\\mathrm{Mpc}$ with minimal computational cost. This reconstruction approach generalizes the linear displacement theory to fully non-linear fields, potentially substantially expanding the BAO and RSD information content of dense large scale structure surveys, including for example SDSS main sample and 21cm intensity mapping.

  18. Nonlinear optics

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    Boyd, Robert W


    Nonlinear Optics is an advanced textbook for courses dealing with nonlinear optics, quantum electronics, laser physics, contemporary and quantum optics, and electrooptics. Its pedagogical emphasis is on fundamentals rather than particular, transitory applications. As a result, this textbook will have lasting appeal to a wide audience of electrical engineering, physics, and optics students, as well as those in related fields such as materials science and chemistry.Key Features* The origin of optical nonlinearities, including dependence on the polarization of light* A detailed treatment of the q

  19. Nonlinear dynamics and chaos in an optomechanical beam

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    Navarro-Urrios, D; Colombano, M F; Garcia, P D; Sledzinska, M; Alzina, F; Griol, A; Martinez, A; Sotomayor-Torres, C M


    Optical non-linearities, such as thermo-optic effects and free-carrier-dispersion, are often considered as undesired effects in silicon-based resonators and, more specifically, optomechanical (OM) cavities, affecting the relative detuning between an optical resonance and the excitation laser. However, the interplay between such mechanisms could also enable unexpected physical phenomena to be used in new applications. In the present work, we exploit those non-linearities and their intercoupling with the mechanical degrees of freedom of a silicon OM nanobeam to unveil a rich set of fundamentally different complex dynamics. By smoothly changing the parameters of the excitation laser, namely its power and wavelength, we demonstrate accurate control for activating bi-dimensional and tetra-dimensional limit-cycles, a period doubling route and chaos. In addition, by scanning the laser parameters in opposite senses we demonstrate bistability and hysteresis between bi-dimensional and tetra-dimensional limit-cycles, be...

  20. Multistable internal resonance in electroelastic crystals with nonlinearly coupled modes (United States)

    Kirkendall, Christopher R.; Kwon, Jae W.


    Nonlinear modal interactions have recently become the focus of intense research in micro- and nanoscale resonators for their use to improve oscillator performance and probe the frontiers of fundamental physics. However, our understanding of modal coupling is largely restricted to clamped-clamped beams, and lacking in systems with both geometric and material nonlinearities. Here we report multistable energy transfer between internally resonant modes of an electroelastic crystal plate and use a mixed analytical-numerical approach to provide new insight into these complex interactions. Our results reveal a rich bifurcation structure marked by nested regions of multistability. Even the simple case of two coupled modes generates a host of topologically distinct dynamics over the parameter space, ranging from the usual Duffing bistability to complex multistable behaviour and quasiperiodic motion.

  1. Nonlinear optimization

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    Ruszczynski, Andrzej


    Optimization is one of the most important areas of modern applied mathematics, with applications in fields from engineering and economics to finance, statistics, management science, and medicine. While many books have addressed its various aspects, Nonlinear Optimization is the first comprehensive treatment that will allow graduate students and researchers to understand its modern ideas, principles, and methods within a reasonable time, but without sacrificing mathematical precision. Andrzej Ruszczynski, a leading expert in the optimization of nonlinear stochastic systems, integrates t

  2. Stochastic dynamics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics of a bistable chemical system: the Schlögl model revisited. (United States)

    Vellela, Melissa; Qian, Hong


    Schlögl's model is the canonical example of a chemical reaction system that exhibits bistability. Because the biological examples of bistability and switching behaviour are increasingly numerous, this paper presents an integrated deterministic, stochastic and thermodynamic analysis of the model. After a brief review of the deterministic and stochastic modelling frameworks, the concepts of chemical and mathematical detailed balances are discussed and non-equilibrium conditions are shown to be necessary for bistability. Thermodynamic quantities such as the flux, chemical potential and entropy production rate are defined and compared across the two models. In the bistable region, the stochastic model exhibits an exchange of the global stability between the two stable states under changes in the pump parameters and volume size. The stochastic entropy production rate shows a sharp transition that mirrors this exchange. A new hybrid model that includes continuous diffusion and discrete jumps is suggested to deal with the multiscale dynamics of the bistable system. Accurate approximations of the exponentially small eigenvalue associated with the time scale of this switching and the full time-dependent solution are calculated using Matlab. A breakdown of previously known asymptotic approximations on small volume scales is observed through comparison with these and Monte Carlo results. Finally, in the appendix section is an illustration of how the diffusion approximation of the chemical master equation can fail to represent correctly the mesoscopically interesting steady-state behaviour of the system.

  3. Two-oscillator model of trapped-modes interaction in a nonlinear bilayer fish-scale metamaterial

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    Tuz, Vladimir R; Kochetova, Lyudmila A; Mladyonov, Pavel L; Prosvirnin, Sergey L


    We discuss the similarity between the nature of resonant oscillations in two nonlinear systems, namely, a chain of coupled Duffing oscillators and a bilayer fish-scale metamaterial. In such systems two different resonant states arise which differ in their spectral lines. The spectral line of the first resonant state has a Lorentzian form, while the second one has a Fano form. This difference leads to a specific nonlinear response of the systems which manifests itself in appearance of closed loops in spectral lines and bending and overlapping of resonant curves. Conditions of achieving bistability and multistability are found out.

  4. Radiation detector

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    Taleyarkhan, Rusi P.


    Alpha particle detecting devices are disclosed that have a chamber that can hold a fluid in a tensioned metastable state. The chamber is tuned with a suitable fluid and tension such that alpha emitting materials such as radon and one or more of its decay products can be detected. The devices can be portable and can be placed in areas, such as rooms in dwellings or laboratories and used to measure radon in these areas, in situ and in real time. The disclosed detectors can detect radon at and below 4 pCi/L in air; also, at and below 4,000 pCi/L or 300 pCi/L in water.

  5. Phase dependence of optical bistability and multistability in a four-level quantum system near a plasmonic nanostructure

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    Asadpour, Seyyed Hossein; Rahimpour Soleimani, H., E-mail: [Computational Nanophysics Laboratory (CNL), Department of Physics, University of Guilan, Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    The optical bistability and multistability properties of a four-level quantum system near a plasmonic nanostructure embedded in a unidirectional ring cavity are studied theoretically. Two orthogonal circularly polarized laser fields with the same frequency, different phases and electric fields amplitude are interacted by four-level quantum system. It is found that in the presence of the plasmonic nanostructure, the bistable behaviors related to one of the laser fields propagating through the unidirectional ring cavity can be modified by relative phase and amplitude control of another laser fields. Our obtained results show that the optical bistability can be converted into the optical multistability by varying the value of distance between the quantum system and the surface of the plasmonic nanostructure. Moreover, it is shown that under specific condition related to the distance, the lasing without population inversion can be obtained.

  6. Frustrated bistability as a means to engineer oscillations in biological systems (United States)

    Krishna, S.; Semsey, S.; Jensen, M. H.


    Oscillations play an important physiological role in a variety of biological systems. For example, respiration and carbohydrate synthesis are coupled to the circadian clock in cyanobacteria (Ishiura et al 1998 Science 281 1519) and ultradian oscillations with time periods of a few hours have been observed in immune response (NF-κB, Hoffmann et al 2002 Science 298 1241, Neson et al 2004 Science 306 704), apoptosis (p53, Lahav et al 2004 Nat. Genet. 36 53), development (Hes, Hirata et al 2002 Science 298 840) and growth hormone secretion (Plotsky and Vale 1985 Science 230 461, Zeitler et al 1991 Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 88 8920). Here we discuss how any bistable system can be 'frustrated' to produce oscillations of a desired nature—we use the term frustration, in analogy to frustrated spins in antiferromagnets, to refer to the addition of a negative feedback loop that destabilizes the bistable system. We show that the molecular implementation can use a wide variety of methods ranging from translation regulation, using small non-coding RNAs, to targeted protein modification to transcriptional regulation. We also introduce a simple graphical method for determining whether a particular implementation will produce oscillations. The shape of the resulting oscillations can be readily tuned to produce spiky and asymmetric oscillations—quite different from the shapes produced by synthetic oscillators (Elowitz and Leibler 2000 Nature 403 335, Fung et al 2005 Nature 435 118). The time period and amplitude can also be manipulated and these oscillators are easy to reset or switch on and off using a tunable external input. The mechanism of frustrated bistability could thus prove to be an easily implementable way to synthesize flexible, designable oscillators.

  7. Nonlinear dynamics

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    Turchetti, G. (Bologna Univ. (Italy). Dipt. di Fisica)


    Research in nonlinear dynamics is rapidly expanding and its range of applications is extending beyond the traditional areas of science where it was first developed. Indeed while linear analysis and modelling, which has been very successful in mathematical physics and engineering, has become a mature science, many elementary phenomena of intrinsic nonlinear nature were recently experimentally detected and investigated, suggesting new theoretical work. Complex systems, as turbulent fluids, were known to be governed by intrinsically nonlinear laws since a long time ago, but received purely phenomenological descriptions. The pioneering works of Boltzmann and Poincare, probably because of their intrinsic difficulty, did not have a revolutionary impact at their time; it is only very recently that their message is reaching a significant number of mathematicians and physicists. Certainly the development of computers and computer graphics played an important role in developing geometric intuition of complex phenomena through simple numerical experiments, while a new mathematical framework to understand them was being developed.

  8. Bistable switching in supercritical n+-n-n+GaAs transferred electron devices

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    Jøndrup, Peter; Jeppesen, Palle; Jeppson, Bert


    Bistable switching in supercritically doped n+-n-n+GaAs transferred electron devices (TED's) is investigated experimentally and interpreted in computer simulations, for which details of the computer program are given. Three switching modes all leading to stable anode domains are discussed, namely......: 1) cathode-triggered traveling domain; 2) cathode-triggered accumulation layer; 3) anode-triggered domain. Relative current drops up to 40 percent, and switching times down to 60 ps are obtained in low-duty-cycle pulsed experiments with threshold currents around 400 mA. Optimum device parameters...

  9. Effect of Asymmetry in a Bistable System Subject to Multiplicative Colored Noise

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    By the method of the stochastic energetics, we investigate the stochastic resonance (SR) phenomenon of an overdamped Brown particle in an asymmetric bistable potential, driven by external periodical signal and multiplicative noise. The expressions have been obtained for the quasi-steady-state probability distribution function. It is found that the input energy (IE) pumped into the system by the external driving shows an SR-like behavior as a function of the noise strength, whereas the IE turns to be a monotonic function of the correlation time of the noise. The effect of potential asymmetry is also studied on SR and IE.

  10. Are buffers boring? Uniqueness and asymptotical stability of traveling wave fronts in the buffered bistable system. (United States)

    Tsai, Je-Chiang; Sneyd, James


    Traveling waves of calcium are widely observed under the condition that the free cytosolic calcium is buffered. Thus it is of physiological interest to determine how buffers affect the properties of calcium waves. Here we summarise and extend previous results on the existence, uniqueness and stability of traveling wave solutions of the buffered bistable equation, which is the simplest possible model of the upstroke of a calcium wave. Taken together, the results show that immobile buffers do not change the existence, uniqueness or stability of the traveling wave, while mobile buffers can eliminate a traveling wave. However, if a wave exists in the latter case, it remains unique and stable.

  11. Bistable Intrinsic Charge Fluctuations of a Dust Grain Subject to Secondary Electron Emission in a Plasma

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    Shotorban, Babak


    A master equation was formulated to study intrinsic charge fluctuations of a grain in a plasma as ions and primary electrons are attached to the grain through collisional collection, and secondary electrons are emitted from the grain. Two different plasmas with Maxwellian and non-Maxwellian distributions were considered. The fluctuations could be bistable in either plasma when the secondary electron emission is present, as two stable macrostates, associated with two stable roots of the charge net current, may exist. Metastablity of fluctuations, manifested by the passage of the grain charge between two macrostates, was shown to be possible.

  12. Bistable intrinsic charge fluctuations of a dust grain subject to secondary electron emission in a plasma. (United States)

    Shotorban, B


    A master equation was formulated to study intrinsic charge fluctuations of a grain in a plasma as ions and primary electrons are attached to the grain through collisional collection, and secondary electrons are emitted from the grain. Two different plasmas with Maxwellian and non-Maxwellian distributions were considered. The fluctuations could be bistable in either plasma when the secondary electron emission is present, as two stable macrostates, associated with two stable roots of the charge net current, may exist. Metastablity of fluctuations, manifested by the passage of the grain charge between two macrostates, was shown to be possible.

  13. Delay induced transitions in an asymmetry bistable system and stochastic resonance

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    The delay Fokker-Planck equation is given for an asymmetry bistable system with correlated Gaussian white noises. The small delay approximation based on the probability density approach is used and the approximate stationary probability density function is obtained. The phenomenon of delay induced transitions is found. When a weak periodic signal is added, the phenomenon of stochastic resonance is investigated. Expression of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is obtained by using the two-state theory. It is shown that the time delay can suppress or promote the stochastic resonance phenomenon.

  14. Bistable electroactive polymer for refreshable Braille display with improved actuation stability (United States)

    Niu, Xiaofan; Brochu, Paul; Stoyanov, Hristiyan; Yun, Sung Ryul; Pei, Qibing


    Poly(t-butyl acrylate) is a bistable electroactive polymer (BSEP) capable of rigid-to-rigid actuation. The BSEP combines the large-strain actuation of dielectric elastomers with shape memory property. We have introduced a material approach to overcome pull-in instability in poly(t-butyl acrylate) that significantly improves the actuation lifetime at strains greater than 100%. Refreshable Braille display devices with size of a smartphone screen have been fabricated to manifest a potential application of the BSEP. We will report the testing results of the devices by a Braille user.

  15. Technology for zenithal bistable display%顶点双稳显示技术

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    顶点双稳显示(Zenithal Bistable Display,简称ZBD)技术的最大特点是零功耗显示,它是唯一能够同有源阵列LCD竞争的无源寻址技术。ZBD技术能提供与有源阵列LcD同样的性能及图像质量,但功耗更低,且成本节约一半。

  16. Optical bistability in erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet crystal combined with a laser diode. (United States)

    Maeda, Y


    Optical bistability was observed in a simple structure of an injection laser diode combined with an erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet crystal. Since a hysteresis characteristic exists in the relationship between the wavelength and the injection current of a laser diode, an optical memory function capable of holding the output status is confirmed. In addition, an optical signal inversion was caused by the decrease of transmission of the erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet crystal against the red shift (principally mode hopping) of the laser diode. It is suggested that the switching time of this phenomenon is the time necessary for a mode hopping by current injection.

  17. A bistable switch and anatomical site control Vibrio cholerae virulence gene expression in the intestine.

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    Alex T Nielsen

    Full Text Available A fundamental, but unanswered question in host-pathogen interactions is the timing, localization and population distribution of virulence gene expression during infection. Here, microarray and in situ single cell expression methods were used to study Vibrio cholerae growth and virulence gene expression during infection of the rabbit ligated ileal loop model of cholera. Genes encoding the toxin-coregulated pilus (TCP and cholera toxin (CT were powerfully expressed early in the infectious process in bacteria adjacent to epithelial surfaces. Increased growth was found to co-localize with virulence gene expression. Significant heterogeneity in the expression of tcpA, the repeating subunit of TCP, was observed late in the infectious process. The expression of tcpA, studied in single cells in a homogeneous medium, demonstrated unimodal induction of tcpA after addition of bicarbonate, a chemical inducer of virulence gene expression. Striking bifurcation of the population occurred during entry into stationary phase: one subpopulation continued to express tcpA, whereas the expression declined in the other subpopulation. ctxA, encoding the A subunit of CT, and toxT, encoding the proximal master regulator of virulence gene expression also exhibited the bifurcation phenotype. The bifurcation phenotype was found to be reversible, epigenetic and to persist after removal of bicarbonate, features consistent with bistable switches. The bistable switch requires the positive-feedback circuit controlling ToxT expression and formation of the CRP-cAMP complex during entry into stationary phase. Key features of this bistable switch also were demonstrated in vivo, where striking heterogeneity in tcpA expression was observed in luminal fluid in later stages of the infection. When this fluid was diluted into artificial seawater, bacterial aggregates continued to express tcpA for prolonged periods of time. The bistable control of virulence gene expression points to a

  18. Optical bistability and multistability via atomic coherence in the quasi-Λ-type atomic system

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    The steady-state optical bistability(OB) and optical multistability(OM) behavior in the quasi——type atomic system driven by a probe field and a coherent coupling field inside a unidirectional ring cavity are shown,and the effects of coupling-field detuning and coupling-field intensity on the OB and OM behavior are investigated. The transition from OB to OM or vice versa is found by varying the detuning of the coherent coupling field or by adjusting the intensity of the coupling field. The influence of the atomic cooperation parameter on the OM behavior is also discussed.

  19. Tree cover bistability in the MPI Earth system model due to fire-vegetation feedback (United States)

    Lasslop, Gitta; Brovkin, Victor; Kloster, Silvia; Reick, Christian


    The global distribution of tree cover is mainly limited by precipitation and temperature. Within tropical ecosystems different tree cover values have been observed in regions with similar climate. Satellite data even revealed a lack of ecosystems with tree coverage around 60% and dominant tree covers of 20% and 80%. Conceptual models have been used to explain this tree cover distribution and base it on a bistability in tree cover caused by fire-vegetation interactions or competition between trees and grasses. Some ecological models also show this property of multiple stable tree covers, but it remains unclear which mechanism is the cause for this behaviour. Vegetation models used in climate simulations usually use simple approaches and were criticised to neglect such ecological theories and misrepresent tropical tree cover distribution and dynamics. Here we show that including the process based fire model SPITFIRE generated a bistability in tree cover in the land surface model JSBACH. Previous model versions showed only one stable tree cover state. Using a conceptual model we can show that a bistability can occur due to a feedback between grasses and fire. Grasses and trees are represented in the model based on plant functional types. With respect to fire the main difference between grasses and trees is the fuel characteristics. Grass fuels are smaller in size, and have a higher surface area to volume ratio. These grass fuels dry faster increasing their flammability which leads to a higher fire rate of spread. Trees are characterized by coarse fuels, which are less likely to ignite and rather suppress fire. Therefore a higher fraction of grasses promotes fire, fire kills trees and following a fire, grasses establish faster. This feedback can stabilize ecosystems with low tree cover in a low tree cover state and systems with high tree cover in a high tree cover state. In previous model versions this feedback was absent. Based on the new JSBACH model driven with

  20. Outflowing disk formation in B[e] supergiants due to rotation and bi--stability in radiation driven winds

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    Cure, M; Cidale, L


    The effects of rapid rotation and bi-stability upon the density contrast between the equatorial and polar directions of a B[e] supergiant are re-investigated. Based upon a new slow solution for different high rotational radiation driven winds (Cur\\'e 2004) and the fact that bi--stability allows a change in the line--force parameters ($\\alpha$, $k$, and $\\delta$), the equatorial densities are about $10^2$--$10^4$ times higher than the polar ones. These values are in qualitative agreement with the observations.

  1. Optical bistability and multistability driven by external magnetic field in a dielectric slab doped with nanodiamond nitrogen vacancy centres (United States)

    Nasehi, R.; Norouzi, F.


    The theoretical investigation of controlling the optical bistability (OB) and optical multistability (OM) in a dielectric medium doped with nanodiamond nitrogen vacancy centres under optical excitation are reported. The shape of the OB curve from dielectric slab can be tuned by changing the external magnetic field and polarization of the control beam. The effect of the intensity of the control laser field and the frequency detuning of probe laser field on the OB and OM behaviour are also discussed in this paper. The results obtained can be used for realizing an all-optical bistable switching or development of nanoelectronic devices.

  2. Effects of buffer layer and thermal annealing on the performance of hybrid Cu2S/PVK electrically bistable devices (United States)

    Li, Xu; Lu, Yue; Guan, Li; Li, Jiantao; Wang, Yichao; Dong, Guoyi; Tang, Aiwei; Teng, Feng


    Hybrid organic/inorganic electrically bistable devices (EBDs) based on Cu2S/PVK nanocomposites have been fabricated by using a simple spin-coating method. An obvious electrical bistability is observed in the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics of the devices, and the presence of the buffer layer and the annealing process have an important effect on the enhancement of the ON/OFF current ratios. Different electrical conduction mechanisms are responsible for the charge switching of the devices in the presence and absence of the buffer layer.

  3. Finite mixture model applied in the analysis of a turbulent bistable flow on two parallel circular cylinders

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    De Paula, A.V.; Moeller, S.V., E-mail:, E-mail: [UFRGS - Univ. Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, PROMEC - Programa de Pos Graduacao em Engenharia Mecanica, Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)


    This paper presents a study of the bistable phenomenon which occurs in the turbulent flow impinging on circular cylinders placed side-by-side. Time series of axial and transversal velocity obtained with the constant temperature hot wire anemometry technique in an aerodynamic channel are used as input data in a finite mixture model, to classify the observed data according to a family of probability density functions. Wavelet transforms are applied to analyze the unsteady turbulent signals. Results of flow visualization show a predominantly two-dimensional behavior. A double-well energy model is suggested to describe the behavior of the bistable phenomenon in this case. (author)

  4. Thermodynamic Limit of a Nonequilibrium Steady-State: Maxwell-Type Construction for a Bistable Biochemical System

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    Ge, Hao


    We show that the thermodynamic limit of a bistable phosphorylation-dephosphorylation cycle has a selection rule for the "more stable" macroscopic steady state. The analysis is akin to the Maxwell construction. Based on the chemical master equation approach, it is shown that, except at a critical point, bistability disappears in the stochastic model when fluctuation is sufficiently low but unneglectable. Onsager's Gaussian fluctuation theory applies to the unique macroscopic steady state. With initial state in the basin of attraction of the "less stable" steady state, the deterministic dynamics obtained by the Law of Mass Action is a metastable phenomenon. Stability and robustness in cell biology are stochastic concepts.

  5. CLIC Detector Power Requirements

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    Gaddi, A


    An estimate for the CLIC detector power requirements is outlined starting from the available data on power consumptions of the four LHC experiments and considering the differences between a typical LHC Detector (CMS) and the CLIC baseline detector concept. In particular the impact of the power pulsing scheme for the CLIC Detector electronics on the overall detector consumption is considered. The document will be updated with the requirements of the sub-detector electronics once they are more defined.

  6. Pixel Vertex Detectors


    Wermes, Norbert


    Pixel vertex detectors are THE instrument of choice for the tracking of charged particles close to the interaction point at the LHC. Hybrid pixel detectors, in which sensor and read-out IC are separate entities, constitute the present state of the art in detector technology. Three of the LHC detectors use vertex detectors based on this technology. A development period of almost 10 years has resulted in pixel detector modules which can stand the extreme rate and timing requirements as well as ...


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    F. Gasparini

    DT As announced in the previous Bulletin MU DT completed the installation of the vertical chambers of barrel wheels 0, +1 and +2. 242 DT and RPC stations are now installed in the negative barrel wheels. The missing 8 (4 in YB-1 and 4 in YB-2) chambers can be installed only after the lowering of the two wheels into the UX cavern, which is planned for the last quarter of the year. Cabling on the surface of the negative wheels was finished in May after some difficulties with RPC cables. The next step was to begin the final commissioning of the wheels with the final trigger and readout electronics. Priority was giv¬en to YB0 in order to check everything before the chambers were covered by cables and services of the inner detectors. Commissioning is not easy since it requires both activity on the central and positive wheels underground, as well as on the negative wheels still on the surface. The DT community is requested to commission the negative wheels on surface to cope with a possible lack of time a...

  8. Nonlinear Systems. (United States)

    Seider, Warren D.; Ungar, Lyle H.


    Describes a course in nonlinear mathematics courses offered at the University of Pennsylvania which provides an opportunity for students to examine the complex solution spaces that chemical engineers encounter. Topics include modeling many chemical processes, especially those involving reaction and diffusion, auto catalytic reactions, phase…

  9. Exploiting a nonlinear restoring force to improve the performance of flow energy harvesters (United States)

    Bibo, Amin; Alhadidi, Ali H.; Daqaq, Mohammed F.


    This paper investigates employing a nonlinear restoring force to improve the performance of flow energy harvesters (FEHs). To that end, a galloping FEH possessing a quartic potential energy function of the form V =1/2 μy2+1/4 γy4 is considered. This potential function is used to model either a softening (μ > 0, γ 0, γ > 0), or bi-stable (μ 0) restoring force. A physics-based model of the harvester is obtained assuming piezoelectric transduction and a quasi-steady flow field. The model is validated against experimental data and used to obtain a closed-form solution of the response by employing a multiple scaling perturbation analysis using the Jacobi elliptic functions. The attained solution is subsequently used to investigate the influence of the nonlinearity on the performance of the harvester and to illustrate how to optimize the restoring force in order to maximize the output power for given design conditions and airflow parameters. Specifically, it is shown that for similar design parameters and equal magnitudes of μ, and γ, a bi-stable energy harvester outperforms all other configurations as long as the inter-well motions are activated. On the other hand, if the motion of the bi-stable harvester is limited to a single well, then a harvester incorporating a softening nonlinear restoring force outperforms all other configurations. Furthermore, when comparing two FEHs incorporating the same type of restoring force at the optimal load and similar values of μ, then the FEH with the smaller γ is shown to provide higher output power levels.

  10. Detector response calculated with libamtrack compared with data for different solid state detectors

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    Herrmann, Rochus; Greilich, Steffen; Grzanka, Leszek

    Dosimetry of heavy charged particles (HCPs) with solid state detectors is challenging due to their LET dependence and the increased LET found near the distal end of a particle trajectory in a pristine or spread out Bragg peak. For prediction of the non-linear dose response, amorphous track models...

  11. Confinement and diffusion modulate bistability and stochastic switching in a reaction network with positive feedback (United States)

    Mlynarczyk, Paul J.; Pullen, Robert H.; Abel, Steven M.


    Positive feedback is a common feature in signal transduction networks and can lead to phenomena such as bistability and signal propagation by domain growth. Physical features of the cellular environment, such as spatial confinement and the mobility of proteins, play important but inadequately understood roles in shaping the behavior of signaling networks. Here, we use stochastic, spatially resolved kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to explore a positive feedback network as a function of system size, system shape, and mobility of molecules. We show that these physical properties can markedly alter characteristics of bistability and stochastic switching when compared with well-mixed simulations. Notably, systems of equal volume but different shapes can exhibit qualitatively different behaviors under otherwise identical conditions. We show that stochastic switching to a state maintained by positive feedback occurs by cluster formation and growth. Additionally, the frequency at which switching occurs depends nontrivially on the diffusion coefficient, which can promote or suppress switching relative to the well-mixed limit. Taken together, the results provide a framework for understanding how confinement and protein mobility influence emergent features of the positive feedback network by modulating molecular concentrations, diffusion-influenced rate parameters, and spatiotemporal correlations between molecules.

  12. Bio-inspired structural bistability employing elastomeric origami for morphing applications (United States)

    Daynes, Stephen; Trask, Richard S.; Weaver, Paul M.


    A structural concept based upon the principles of adaptive morphing cells is presented whereby controlled bistability from a flat configuration into a textured arrangement is shown. The material consists of multiple cells made from silicone rubber with locally reinforced regions based upon kirigami principles. On pneumatic actuation these cells fold or unfold based on the fold lines created by the interaction of the geometry with the reinforced regions. Each cell is able to maintain its shape in either a retracted or deployed state, without the aid of mechanisms or sustained actuation, due to the existence of structural bistability. Mathematical quantification of the surface texture is introduced, based on out-of-plane deviations of a deployed structure compared to a reference plane. Additionally, finite element analysis is employed to characterize the geometry and stability of an individual cell during actuation and retraction. This investigation highlights the critical role that angular rotation, at the center of each cell, plays on the deployment angle as it transitions through the elastically deployed configuration. The analysis of this novel concept is presented and a pneumatically actuated proof-of-concept demonstrator is fabricated.

  13. Bistable Switch in let-7 miRNA Biogenesis Pathway Involving Lin28

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    Fei Shi


    Full Text Available miRNAs are small noncoding RNAs capable of regulating gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. A growing body of evidence demonstrated that let-7 family of miRNAs, as one of the highly conserved miRNAs, plays an important role in cell differentiation and development, as well as tumor suppressor function depending on their levels of expression. To explore the physiological significance of let-7 in regulating cell fate decisions, we present a coarse grained model of let-7 biogenesis network, in which let-7 and its regulator Lin28 inhibit mutually. The dynamics of this minimal network architecture indicates that, as the concentration of Lin28 increases, the system undergoes a transition from monostability to a bistability and then to a one-way switch with increasing strength of positive feedback of let-7, while in the absence of Lin28 inhibition, the system loses bistability. Moreover, the ratio of degradation rates of let-7 and Lin28 is critical for the switching sensitivity and resistance to stimulus fluctuations. These findings may highlight why let-7 is required for normal gene expression in the context of embryonic development and oncogenesis, which will facilitate the development of approaches to exploit this regulatory pathway by manipulating Lin28/let-7 axis for novel treatments of human diseases.

  14. Bistable switch in let-7 miRNA biogenesis pathway involving Lin28. (United States)

    Shi, Fei; Yu, Wenbao; Wang, Xia


    miRNAs are small noncoding RNAs capable of regulating gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. A growing body of evidence demonstrated that let-7 family of miRNAs, as one of the highly conserved miRNAs, plays an important role in cell differentiation and development, as well as tumor suppressor function depending on their levels of expression. To explore the physiological significance of let-7 in regulating cell fate decisions, we present a coarse grained model of let-7 biogenesis network, in which let-7 and its regulator Lin28 inhibit mutually. The dynamics of this minimal network architecture indicates that, as the concentration of Lin28 increases, the system undergoes a transition from monostability to a bistability and then to a one-way switch with increasing strength of positive feedback of let-7, while in the absence of Lin28 inhibition, the system loses bistability. Moreover, the ratio of degradation rates of let-7 and Lin28 is critical for the switching sensitivity and resistance to stimulus fluctuations. These findings may highlight why let-7 is required for normal gene expression in the context of embryonic development and oncogenesis, which will facilitate the development of approaches to exploit this regulatory pathway by manipulating Lin28/let-7 axis for novel treatments of human diseases.

  15. Stochastic resonance in coupled weakly-damped bistable oscillators subjected to additive and multiplicative noises

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    Yan-Mei Kang; Mei Wang; Yong Xie


    With coupled weakly-damped periodically driven bistable oscillators subjected to additive and multiplicative noises under concern,the objective of this paper is to check to what extent the resonant point predicted by the Gaussian distribution assumption can approximate the simulated one.The investigation based on the dynamical mean-field approximation and the direct simulation demonstrates that the predicted resonant point and the simulated one are basically coincident for the case of pure additive noise,but for the case including multiplicative noise the situation becomes somewhat complex.Specifically speaking,when stochastic resonance (SR) is observed by changing the additive noise intensity,the predicted resonant point is lower than the simulated one; nevertheless,when SR is observed by changing the multiplicative noise intensity,the predicted resonant point is higher than the simulated one.Our observations imply that the Gaussian distribution assumption can not exactly describe the actual situation,but it is useful to some extent in predicting the low-frequency stochastic resonance of the coupled weakly-damped bistable oscillator.

  16. Slowly rotating bars-Morphologies introduced by bistability in barred-spiral galactic potentials

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    Tsigaridi, L


    We investigate the orbital dynamics of a \\textit{barred-spiral} model when the system is rotating slowly and corotation is located beyond the end of the spiral arms. In the characteristic of the central family of periodic orbits we find a "bistable region". In the response model we observe a ring surrounding the bar and spiral arms starting tangential to the ring. This is a morphology resembling barred-spiral systems with inner rings. However, the dynamics associated with this structure in the case we study is different from that of a typical bar ending close to corotation. The ring of our model is round, or rather elongated perpendicular to the bar. It is associated with a folding (an "S" shaped feature) of the characteristic of the central family, which is typical in bistable bifurcations. Along the "S" part of the characteristic we have a change in the orientation of the periodic orbits from a x1-type to a x2-type morphology. The orbits populated in the response model change rather abruptly their orientati...

  17. Bistability and resonance in the periodically stimulated Hodgkin-Huxley model with noise

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    Borkowski, L S


    We describe general characteristics of the Hodgkin-Huxley neuron's response to a periodic train of short current pulses with Gaussian noise. The deterministic neuron is bistable for antiresonant frequencies. When the stimuli arrive at the resonant frequency the firing rate is a continuous function of the current amplitude $I_0$ and scales as $(I_0-I_{th})^{1/2}$, where $I_{th}$ is an approximate threshold. Intervals of continuous irregular response alternate with integer mode-locked regions with bistable excitation edge. There is an even-all multimodal transition between the 2:1 and 3:1 states in the vicinity of the main resonance, which is analogous to the odd-all transition discovered earlier in the high-frequency regime. For $I_0

  18. Effects of small time delay on a bistable system subject to Levy stable noise

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    Huang Jiamin; Tao Weiming; Xu Bohou, E-mail: [Department of Mechanics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)


    Levy stable noise is often used to describe impulsive noise bursting in communication systems. This paper investigates the effects of small time delay on a bistable system driven by an aperiodic bipolar pulse signal and Levy stable noise. We obtain the dynamical probability density of the system response by solving the approximated time-delayed fractional Fokker-Planck equation (FFPE) via an implicit finite difference method. A new approach to evaluate the system response time is presented. The bit error rate (BER) is employed to measure the performance of the bistable system in detecting binary signals. The theoretical BER is validated by the Monte-Carlo simulation. We find that the existence of time delay can change both the drift term and the diffusion coefficient in time-delayed FFPE. For small noise intensity, the time delay extends the system response time and thus reduces the detection performance. However, effects of this kind will fade away with the increase of noise intensity. (paper)

  19. Analysis of bistable inductive micro-switch based on surface micro size effect (United States)

    Tian, Wenchao; Chen, Zhiqiang


    The inductive micro-switch can not only induce an external acceleration, but also be controlled by the external acceleration to realize a trigger action. It is an integrative device of a sensor and an actuator. However, little work has been done to develop a comprehensive model to accurately analyze the micro size effect during micro-switch contact process. So its malfunctions related to "fail-to-closure" and "transient-closure" result in low reliability and weak anti-jamming capability. A bistable inductive micro-switch is presented based on nano electro-mechanical system (NEMS) technology and micro size effect. And the sine-model is used to describe the rough contact surface of the micro-switch. Micro size forces such as the Casimir force and van der Waals (vdW) force are analyzed in detail using the principles of vacuum energy and the Wigner-Seitz micro-continuum media. The vdW force includes the repulsive force. The simulation results of the Casimir force varied with the gap are obtained, which is compared with the relative experimental result. The dynamic equation of the bistable inductive micro-switch is established. Dynamic simulation results are shown to be in agreement with experimental results. The threshold acceleration is 6.8 g, and the response time is 17.5 μs.

  20. Fabrication of electrically bistable organic semiconducting/ferroelectric blend films by temperature controlled spin coating. (United States)

    Hu, Jinghang; Zhang, Jianchi; Fu, Zongyuan; Weng, Junhui; Chen, Weibo; Ding, Shijin; Jiang, Yulong; Zhu, Guodong


    Organic semiconducting/ferroelectric blend films attracted much attention due to their electrical bistability and rectification properties and thereof the potential in resistive memory devices. During film deposition from the blend solution, spinodal decomposition induced phase separation, resulting in discrete semiconducting phase whose electrical property could be modulated by the continuous ferroelectric phase. However, blend films processed by common spin coating method showed extremely rough surfaces, even comparable to the film thickness, which caused large electrical leakage and thus compromised the resistive switching performance. To improve film roughness and thus increase the productivity of these resistive devices, we developed temperature controlled spin coating technique to carefully adjust the phase separation process. Here we reported our experimental results from the blend films of ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE)) and semiconducting poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). We conducted a series of experiments at various deposition temperatures ranging from 20 to 90 °C. The resulting films were characterized by AFM, SEM, and VPFM to determine their structure and roughness. Film roughness first decreased and then increased with the increase of deposition temperature. Electrical performance was also characterized and obviously improved insulating property was obtained from the films deposited between 50 and 70 °C. By temperature control during film deposition, it is convenient to efficiently fabricate ferroelectric/semiconducting blend films with good electrical bistability.

  1. Performance Study of a Fluidic Hammer Controlled by an Output-Fed Bistable Fluidic Oscillator

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    Xinxin Zhang


    Full Text Available Using a no-moving-component output-fed bistable fluidic oscillator to control fluid flows into a parallel path has been recognized for a considerable time, but as yet it is not so widely adopted as its obvious benefits would deserve. This may be attributed to the encountered problems associated with its jet behavior, complicated by its loading characteristics. In order to investigate a typical case for the application of the output-fed fluidic oscillator, this paper elaborates on the computational fluid dynamics (CFD simulation method for studying the performance of a fluidic hammer controlled by an output-fed bistable fluidic oscillator. Given that couple mechanism exists between the flow field in the fluidic oscillator and the impact body, dynamic mesh technique and a user-defined function written in C programming language were used to update the mesh in the simulations. In terms of the evaluation of performance, the focus is on the single-impact energy and output power of the fluidic hammer in this study, to investigate the effect of different parameters of the impact body on them. Experimental tests based on the noncontact measuring method were conducted to verify the simulation results, by which the accuracy and reliability of this CFD simulation method was proved.

  2. Bistability in Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy of Ga-terminated Si(111) (United States)

    Chen, Dongmin; Altfeder, Igor


    The bistable transport characteristics have been the basis of modern power and high speed switching devices. All these devices share a common and essential double barrier structure. Here we report on a surprising observation of the bistable tunneling characteristics in an apparent single barrier tunnel junction consisted of a Ga-terminated Si(111) surface and a W-tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) operating at 77K. Under a negative tip bias condition, a switching from an initially high-impedance, low-current OFF state to a low-impedance, high-current ON state occurs at a bias higher than that for the subsequent reversal transition, giving rise to a large hysteresis loops. The turn-on bias varies from 3.1V to 4.0V,showing a large inverse dependence on the tip-sample distances, indicating strong field effect. On contrary, the turn-off bias is essentially pined at 2.7V, suggesting the existence of a conductance threshold. This opens the possioblity to engineer a new type of swithching device using only single layer atomic dopping in place of a more complex double barrier structure.

  3. Theoretical and applied research on bistable dual-piezoelectric-cantilever vibration energy harvesting toward realistic ambience (United States)

    Gao, Y.; Leng, Y.; Javey, A.; Tan, D.; Liu, J.; Fan, S.; Lai, Z.


    Pink noise, which is similar to realistic ambient noise, is normally used to simulate ambience where a piezoelectric energy harvesting system (PEHS) is set up. However, pink noise with standard spectral representation can only be used to simulate excitations assumed to possess constant intensity, whereas realistic ambient noise normally appears with a random spectrum and varying intensity in terms of different locations and time. The output performance of conventional bistable magnetic repulsive energy harvesters is significantly affected by the ambience intensity. Considering this fact, a model bistable dual-piezoelectric-cantilever energy harvester (DPEH) is developed in this study to achieve optimal broadband energy harvesting under a varying-intensity realistic circumstance. We utilized various realistic ambient conditions as excitations to obtain the DPEH energy harvesting performance for theoretical and applied study. The elastically supported PEHS has been proven to be more adaptive to realistic ambience with significant or medium intensity variation, but is less qualified for realistic ambience with constant intensity compared with the rigidly supported PEHS (RPEHS). Fortunately, the dual-piezoelectric-cantilever energy harvesting system is superior to the RPEHS under all circumstances because the dual-piezoelectric cantilevers are efficiently utilized for electromechanical energy conversion to realize optimal energy harvesting.

  4. An adaptive unsaturated bistable stochastic resonance method and its application in mechanical fault diagnosis (United States)

    Qiao, Zijian; Lei, Yaguo; Lin, Jing; Jia, Feng


    In mechanical fault diagnosis, most traditional methods for signal processing attempt to suppress or cancel noise imbedded in vibration signals for extracting weak fault characteristics, whereas stochastic resonance (SR), as a potential tool for signal processing, is able to utilize the noise to enhance fault characteristics. The classical bistable SR (CBSR), as one of the most widely used SR methods, however, has the disadvantage of inherent output saturation. The output saturation not only reduces the output signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) but also limits the enhancement capability for fault characteristics. To overcome this shortcoming, a novel method is proposed to extract the fault characteristics, where a piecewise bistable potential model is established. Simulated signals are used to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method, and the results show that the method is able to extract weak fault characteristics and has good enhancement performance and anti-noise capability. Finally, the method is applied to fault diagnosis of bearings and planetary gearboxes, respectively. The diagnosis results demonstrate that the proposed method can obtain larger output SNR, higher spectrum peaks at fault characteristic frequencies and therefore larger recognizable degree than the CBSR method.

  5. Perceptual detection as a dynamical bistability phenomenon: A neurocomputational correlate of sensation (United States)

    Deco, Gustavo; Pérez-Sanagustín, Mar; de Lafuente, Victor; Romo, Ranulfo


    Recent studies that combined psychophysical/neurophysiological experiments [de Lafuente V, Romo R (2005) Nat Neurosci 8:1698–1703] analyzed the responses from single neurons, recorded in several cortical areas of parietal and frontal lobes, while trained monkeys reported the presence or absence of a mechanical vibration of varying amplitude applied to skin of one fingertip. The analysis showed that the activity of primary somatosensory cortex neurons covaried with the stimulus strength but did not covary with the animal's perceptual reports. In contrast, the activity of medial premotor cortex (MPC) neurons did not covary with the stimulus strength but did covary with the animal's perceptual reports. Here, we address the question of how perceptual detection is computed in MPC. In particular, we regard perceptual detection as a bistable neurodynamical phenomenon reflected in the activity of MPC. We show that the activity of MPC is consistent with a decision-making-like scenario of fluctuation-driven computation that causes a probabilistic transition between two bistable states, one corresponding to the case in which the monkey detects the sensory input, the other corresponding to the case in which the monkey does not. Moreover, the high variability activity of MPC neurons both within and between trials reflects stochastic fluctuations that may play a crucial role in the monkey's probabilistic perceptual reports. PMID:18077434

  6. Enhancing ability of harvesting energy from random vibration by decreasing the potential barrier of bistable harvester (United States)

    Lan, Chunbo; Qin, Weiyang


    When a bistable energy harvester (BEH) is driven by weak random excitation, its harvesting efficiency will decrease due to the seldom occurrence of interwell motion. To overcome this defect, we developed an improved bistable energy harvester (IBEH) from BEH by adding a small magnet at the middle of two fixed magnets. It is proved that the attractive force originated from the additional magnet can pull down the potential barrier and shallow the potential well, but still keep the middle position of beam unstable. This can make jumping between potential wells easier. Thus IBEH can realize snap-through even at fairly weak excitation. The magnetic potential energy is given and the electromechanical equations are derived. Then the harvesting performance of IBEH under random excitation is studied. Validation experiments are designed and carried out. Comparisons prove that IBEH is preferable to BEH in harvesting random energy and can give out a high output voltage even at weak excitation. The size of additional magnet can be optimized to reach the best performance of IBEH.

  7. Wavelength tunable single freqeuncy bistability erbium-doped fiber ring laser (United States)

    Wang, Tianshu; Qian, Sheng; Zhou, Xuefang; Qi, Yongmin; Li, Qiliang


    In this paper, a tunable single-frequency fiber laser is designed. For narrow linewidth and single frequency operation, a length of 2.75m unpumped EDF as a saturable absorber is used. The FBG combined with the unpumped EDF provides narrow frequency selection. Counter propagating beams in the unpumped EDF form a standing wave that results in periodic spatial hole burning. This creates a narrower bandwidth absorption grating than the FBG. The output laser wavelength can be changed from 1530nm to 1570nm by the FBG. The 3dB spectrum width of output laser is 0.08nm and the side mode suppression ratio is 55dB. The maximum output power exceeds 12mW, and the stability is less than +/-0.005dB. A nice single-frequency laser is observed. From the relationship of the pump power and output power, it is obvious that the optical bistability switchable phenomena is showed in output characteristics. The bistability switchable phenomena is caused by the saturable absorber in the ring cavity. A 10Gb/s codes rate is used in the fiber laser transmission experiment. The high speed optical signal is transmitted in long distance without regeneration. The eye diagrams of optical transmission are measured, the performance of long haul transmission with high speed modulation is perfect.

  8. Feedback Control of Bistability in the Turbulent Wake of an Ahmed Body (United States)

    Brackston, Rowan; Wynn, Andrew; Garcia de La Cruz, Juan Marcos; Rigas, Georgios; Morrison, Jonathan


    Three-dimensional bluff body wakes have seen considerable interest in recent years, not least because of their relevance to road vehicles. A key feature of these wakes is spatial symmetry breaking, reminiscent of the large scale structures observed during the laminar and transitional regimes. For the flat backed Ahmed body, this feature manifests itself as a bistability of the wake in which the flow switches randomly between two asymmetric states. This feature is associated with instantaneous lateral forces on the body as well as increased pressure drag. Starting from the modelling approach of Rigas et al. (J. Fluid Mech. 778, R2, 2015)we identify a linearised model for this mode of the flow, obtaining parameters via a system identification. The identified model is then used to design a linear feedback controller with the aim of restoring the flow to the unstable, symmetric state. The controller is implemented experimentally at Re ~ 3 ×105 and is found to both suppress the bistability of the flow and reduce the drag on the body. Furthermore, the control system is found to have a positive energy balance, providing a key demonstration of efficient feedback control applied to a 3D bluff body at Reynolds numbers representative of road vehicle wakes.

  9. Amplification without inversion, fast light and optical bistability in a duplicated two-level system

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    Ebrahimi Zohravi, Lida; Vafafard, Azar; Mahmoudi, Mohammad, E-mail:


    The optical properties of a weak probe field in a duplicated two-level system are investigated in multi-photon resonance (MPR) condition and beyond it. It is shown that by changing the relative phase of applied fields, the absorption switches to the amplification without inversion in MPR condition. By applying the Floquet decomposition to the equations of motion beyond MPR condition, it is shown that the phase-dependent behavior is valid only in MPR condition. Moreover, it is demonstrated that the group velocity of light pulse can be controlled by the intensity of the applied fields and the gain-assisted superluminal light propagation (fast light) is obtained in this system. In addition, the optical bistability (OB) behavior of the system is studied beyond MPR condition. We apply an indirect incoherent pumping field to the system and it is found that the group velocity and OB behavior of the system can be controlled by the incoherent pumping rate. - Highlights: • We studied the optical properties of DTL system under MPR condition and beyond it. • By changing the relative phase, the absorption switches to the amplification without inversion in MPR condition. • The gain-assisted superluminal light propagation (fast light) is obtained in this system. • The optical bistability (OB) behavior of the system is studied beyond MPR condition. • The incoherent pumping rate has a major role in controlling the group velocity and OB behavior of the system.

  10. Two independent positive feedbacks and bistability in the Bcl-2 apoptotic switch.

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    Jun Cui

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The complex interplay between B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2 family proteins constitutes a crucial checkpoint in apoptosis. Its detailed molecular mechanism remains controversial. Our former modeling studies have selected the 'Direct Activation Model' as a better explanation for experimental observations. In this paper, we continue to extend this model by adding interactions according to updating experimental findings. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Through mathematical simulation we found bistability, a kind of switch, can arise from a positive (double negative feedback in the Bcl-2 interaction network established by anti-apoptotic group of Bcl-2 family proteins. Moreover, Bax/Bak auto-activation as an independent positive feedback can enforce the bistability, and make it more robust to parameter variations. By ensemble stochastic modeling, we also elucidated how intrinsic noise can change ultrasensitive switches into gradual responses. Our modeling result agrees well with recent experimental data where bimodal Bax activation distributions in cell population were found. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Along with the growing experimental evidences, our studies successfully elucidate the switch mechanism embedded in the Bcl-2 interaction network and provide insights into pharmacological manipulation of Bcl-2 apoptotic switch as further cancer therapies.

  11. Phase-dependent dynamic potential of magnetically coupled two-degree-of-freedom bistable energy harvester (United States)

    Kim, Pilkee; Nguyen, Minh Sang; Kwon, Ojin; Kim, Young-Jin; Yoon, Yong-Jin


    A system of magnetically coupled oscillators has been recently considered as a promising compact structure to integrate multiple bistable energy harvesters (BEHs), but its design is not straightforward owing to its varying potential energy pattern, which has not been understood completely yet. This study introduces the concept of phase-dependent dynamic potential in a magnetically coupled BEH system with two degrees of freedom (DOFs) to explain the underlying principle of the complicated dynamics of the system. Through theoretical simulations and analyses, two distinct dynamic regimes, called the out-of-phase and in-phase mode regimes in this report, are found to exist in the frequency regions of the 1st and 2nd primary intrawell resonances. For the out-of-phase mode regime, the frequency displacement (and output power) responses of the 2-DOF BEH system exhibit typical double-well dynamics, whereas for the in-phase mode regime, only single-well dynamics is observed though the system is statically bistable. These dynamic regimes are also revealed to be caused by the difference in the dynamic potential energy trajectories propagating on a high-dimensional potential energy surface. The present approach to the dynamics of the 2-DOF BEH system can be extended and applied to higher-DOF systems, which sheds light on compact and efficient designs of magnetically coupled BEH chain structures.

  12. Electrical Conductance Tuning and Bistable Switching in Poly(N-vinylcarbazole)-Carbon Nanotube Composite Films. (United States)

    Liu, Gang; Ling, Qi-Dan; Teo, Eric Yeow Hwee; Zhu, Chun-Xiang; Chan, D Siu-Hung; Neoh, Koon-Gee; Kang, En-Tang


    By varying the carbon nanotube (CNT) content in poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) composite thin films, the electrical conductance behavior of an indium-tin oxide/PVK-CNT/aluminum (ITO/PVK-CNT/Al) sandwich structure can be tuned in a controlled manner. Distinctly different electrical conductance behaviors, such as (i) insulator behavior, (ii) bistable electrical conductance switching effects (write-once read-many-times (WORM) memory effect and rewritable memory effect), and (iii) conductor behavior, are discernible from the current density-voltage characteristics of the composite films. The turn-on voltage of the two bistable conductance switching devices decreases and the ON/OFF state current ratio of the WORM device increases with the increase in CNT content of the composite film. Both the WORM and rewritable devices are stable under a constant voltage stress or a continuous pulse voltage stress, with an ON/OFF state current ratio in excess of 10(3). The conductance switching effects of the composite films have been attributed to electron trapping in the CNTs of the electron-donating/hole-transporting PVK matrix.

  13. Phase-dependent dynamic potential of magnetically coupled two-degree-of-freedom bistable energy harvester (United States)

    Kim, Pilkee; Nguyen, Minh Sang; Kwon, Ojin; Kim, Young-Jin; Yoon, Yong-Jin


    A system of magnetically coupled oscillators has been recently considered as a promising compact structure to integrate multiple bistable energy harvesters (BEHs), but its design is not straightforward owing to its varying potential energy pattern, which has not been understood completely yet. This study introduces the concept of phase-dependent dynamic potential in a magnetically coupled BEH system with two degrees of freedom (DOFs) to explain the underlying principle of the complicated dynamics of the system. Through theoretical simulations and analyses, two distinct dynamic regimes, called the out-of-phase and in-phase mode regimes in this report, are found to exist in the frequency regions of the 1st and 2nd primary intrawell resonances. For the out-of-phase mode regime, the frequency displacement (and output power) responses of the 2-DOF BEH system exhibit typical double-well dynamics, whereas for the in-phase mode regime, only single-well dynamics is observed though the system is statically bistable. These dynamic regimes are also revealed to be caused by the difference in the dynamic potential energy trajectories propagating on a high-dimensional potential energy surface. The present approach to the dynamics of the 2-DOF BEH system can be extended and applied to higher-DOF systems, which sheds light on compact and efficient designs of magnetically coupled BEH chain structures. PMID:27677356

  14. Modeling Maintenance of Long-Term Potentiation in Clustered Synapses: Long-Term Memory without Bistability

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    Paul Smolen


    Full Text Available Memories are stored, at least partly, as patterns of strong synapses. Given molecular turnover, how can synapses maintain strong for the years that memories can persist? Some models postulate that biochemical bistability maintains strong synapses. However, bistability should give a bimodal distribution of synaptic strength or weight, whereas current data show unimodal distributions for weights and for a correlated variable, dendritic spine volume. Thus it is important for models to simulate both unimodal distributions and long-term memory persistence. Here a model is developed that connects ongoing, competing processes of synaptic growth and weakening to stochastic processes of receptor insertion and removal in dendritic spines. The model simulates long-term (>1 yr persistence of groups of strong synapses. A unimodal weight distribution results. For stability of this distribution it proved essential to incorporate resource competition between synapses organized into small clusters. With competition, these clusters are stable for years. These simulations concur with recent data to support the “clustered plasticity hypothesis” which suggests clusters, rather than single synaptic contacts, may be a fundamental unit for storage of long-term memory. The model makes empirical predictions and may provide a framework to investigate mechanisms maintaining the balance between synaptic plasticity and stability of memory.

  15. Effects of nonlinear forces on dynamic mode atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy. (United States)

    Das, Soma; Sreeram, P A; Raychaudhuri, A K


    In this paper, we describe the effects of nonlinear tip-sample forces on dynamic mode atomic force microscopy and spectroscopy. The jumps and hysteresis observed in the vibration amplitude (A) versus tip-sample distance (h) curves have been traced to bistability in the resonance curve. A numerical analysis of the basic dynamic equation was used to explain the hysteresis in the experimental curve. It has been found that the location of the hysteresis in the A-h curve depends on the frequency of the forced oscillation relative to the natural frequency of the cantilever.

  16. Noise-induced transitions in a double-well oscillator with nonlinear dissipation (United States)

    Semenov, Vladimir V.; Neiman, Alexander B.; Vadivasova, Tatyana E.; Anishchenko, Vadim S.


    We develop a model of bistable oscillator with nonlinear dissipation. Using a numerical simulation and an electronic circuit realization of this system we study its response to additive noise excitations. We show that depending on noise intensity the system undergoes multiple qualitative changes in the structure of its steady-state probability density function (PDF). In particular, the PDF exhibits two pitchfork bifurcations versus noise intensity, which we describe using an effective potential and corresponding normal form of the bifurcation. These stochastic effects are explained by the partition of the phase space by the nullclines of the deterministic oscillator.

  17. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Organic and Polymeric Thin Film Materials of Potential for Microgravity Processing Studies (United States)

    Abdeldayem, Hossin; Frazier, Donald O.; Paley, Mark S.; Penn, Benjamin; Witherow, William K.; Bank, Curtis; Shields, Angela; Hicks, Rosline; Ashley, Paul R.


    In this paper, we will take a closer look at the state of the art of polydiacetylene, and metal-free phthalocyanine films, in view of the microgravity impact on their optical properties, their nonlinear optical properties and their potential advantages for integrated optics. These materials have many attractive features with regard to their use in integrated optical circuits and optical switching. Thin films of these materials processed in microgravity environment show enhanced optical quality and better molecular alignment than those processed in unit gravity. Our studies of these materials indicate that microgravity can play a major role in integrated optics technology. Polydiacetylene films are produced by UV irradiation of monomer solution through an optical window. This novel technique of forming polydiacetylene thin films has been modified for constructing sophisticated micro-structure integrated optical patterns using a pre-programmed UV-Laser beam. Wave guiding through these thin films by the prism coupler technique has been demonstrated. The third order nonlinear parameters of these films have been evaluated. Metal-free phthalocyanine films of good optical quality are processed in our laboratories by vapor deposition technique. Initial studies on these films indicate that they have excellent chemical, laser, and environmental stability. They have large nonlinear optical parameters and show intrinsic optical bistability. This bistability is essential for optical logic gates and optical switching applications. Waveguiding and device making investigations of these materials are underway.

  18. A statically balanced and bi-stable compliant end effector combined with a laparoscopic 2DoF robotic arm

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    Lassooij, J.; Tolou, N.; Tortora, G.; Caccavaro, S.; Menciassi, A.; Herder, J.L.


    This article presents the design of a newly developed 2DoF robotic arm with a novel statically balanced and bi-stable compliant grasper as the end effector for laparoscopic surgery application. The arm is based on internal motors actuating 2 rotational DoFs: pitch and roll. The positive stiffness of

  19. The effects of intrinsic noise on the behaviour of bistable cell regulatory systems under quasi-steady state conditions

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    Cruz, Roberto; Alarcón, Tomás de la [Centre de Recerca Matemàtica. Edifici C, Campus de Bellaterra, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona) (Spain); Departament de Matemàtiques, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona) (Spain); Guerrero, Pilar [Department of Mathematics, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Spill, Fabian [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University, 44 Cummington Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)


    We analyse the effect of intrinsic fluctuations on the properties of bistable stochastic systems with time scale separation operating under quasi-steady state conditions. We first formulate a stochastic generalisation of the quasi-steady state approximation based on the semi-classical approximation of the partial differential equation for the generating function associated with the chemical master equation. Such approximation proceeds by optimising an action functional whose associated set of Euler-Lagrange (Hamilton) equations provides the most likely fluctuation path. We show that, under appropriate conditions granting time scale separation, the Hamiltonian can be re-scaled so that the set of Hamilton equations splits up into slow and fast variables, whereby the quasi-steady state approximation can be applied. We analyse two particular examples of systems whose mean-field limit has been shown to exhibit bi-stability: an enzyme-catalysed system of two mutually inhibitory proteins and a gene regulatory circuit with self-activation. Our theory establishes that the number of molecules of the conserved species is order parameters whose variation regulates bistable behaviour in the associated systems beyond the predictions of the mean-field theory. This prediction is fully confirmed by direct numerical simulations using the stochastic simulation algorithm. This result allows us to propose strategies whereby, by varying the number of molecules of the three conserved chemical species, cell properties associated to bistable behaviour (phenotype, cell-cycle status, etc.) can be controlled.

  20. A statically balanced and bi-stable compliant end effector combined with a laparoscopic 2DoF robotic arm

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    Lassooij, J.; Tolou, N.; Tortora, G.; Caccavaro, S.; Menciassi, A.; Herder, J.L.


    This article presents the design of a newly developed 2DoF robotic arm with a novel statically balanced and bi-stable compliant grasper as the end effector for laparoscopic surgery application. The arm is based on internal motors actuating 2 rotational DoFs: pitch and roll. The positive stiffness of

  1. Bistability in the Rac1, PAK, and RhoA Signaling Network Drives Actin Cytoskeleton Dynamics and Cell Motility Switches (United States)

    Byrne, Kate M.; Monsefi, Naser; Dawson, John C.; Degasperi, Andrea; Bukowski-Wills, Jimi-Carlo; Volinsky, Natalia; Dobrzyński, Maciej; Birtwistle, Marc R.; Tsyganov, Mikhail A.; Kiyatkin, Anatoly; Kida, Katarzyna; Finch, Andrew J.; Carragher, Neil O.; Kolch, Walter; Nguyen, Lan K.; von Kriegsheim, Alex; Kholodenko, Boris N.


    Summary Dynamic interactions between RhoA and Rac1, members of the Rho small GTPase family, play a vital role in the control of cell migration. Using predictive mathematical modeling, mass spectrometry-based quantitation of network components, and experimental validation in MDA-MB-231 mesenchymal breast cancer cells, we show that a network containing Rac1, RhoA, and PAK family kinases can produce bistable, switch-like responses to a graded PAK inhibition. Using a small chemical inhibitor of PAK, we demonstrate that cellular RhoA and Rac1 activation levels respond in a history-dependent, bistable manner to PAK inhibition. Consequently, we show that downstream signaling, actin dynamics, and cell migration also behave in a bistable fashion, displaying switches and hysteresis in response to PAK inhibition. Our results demonstrate that PAK is a critical component in the Rac1-RhoA inhibitory crosstalk that governs bistable GTPase activity, cell morphology, and cell migration switches. PMID:27136688

  2. All-optical switching in subwavelength metallic grating structure containing nonlinear optical materials. (United States)

    Min, Changjun; Wang, Pei; Chen, Chunchong; Deng, Yan; Lu, Yonghua; Ming, Hai; Ning, Tingyin; Zhou, Yueliang; Yang, Guozhen


    All-optical switching based on a subwavelength metallic grating structure containing nonlinear optical materials has been proposed and numerically investigated. Metal-dielectric composite material is used in the switching for its larger third-order nonlinear susceptibility (approximately 10(-7)esu) and ultrafast response properties. The calculated dependence of the signal light intensity on the pump light intensity shows a bistable behavior, which results in a significant switch effect. It rests on a surface plasmon's enhanced intensity-dependent change of the effective dielectric constant of Kerr nonlinear media, corresponding to a transition of the far-field transmission from a low- to high-transmission state. The study of this switching structure shows great advantages of smaller size, lower requirement of pump light intensity, and shorter switching time at approximately the picosecond level.

  3. Discourse on the Characterization of Waveguide Distributed Bragg Reflectors for Application to Nonlinear Optics (United States)

    Grieco, Andrew Lewis

    Precise characterization of waveguide parameters is necessary for the successful design of nonlinear photonic devices. This dissertation contains a description of methods for the experimental characterization of distributed Bragg reflectors for use in nonlinear optics and other applications. The general coupled-mode theory of Bragg reflection arising from a periodic dielectric perturbation is developed from Maxwell's equations. This theory is then applied to develop a method of characterizing the fundamental parameters that describe Bragg reflection by comparing the spectral response of Bragg reflector resonators. This method is also extended to characterize linear loss in waveguides. A model of nonlinear effects in Bragg reflector resonators manifesting in bistability is also developed, as this phenomenon can be detrimental to the characterization method. Specific recommendations are made regarding waveguide fabrication and experimental design to reduce sources of experimental error.

  4. Bifurcation and nonlinear analysis of a time-delayed thermoacoustic system (United States)

    Yang, Xiaochuan; Turan, Ali; Lei, Shenghui


    In this paper, of primary concern is a time-delayed thermoacoustic system, viz. a horizontal Rijke tube. A continuation approach is employed to capture the nonlinear behaviour inherent to the system. Unlike the conventional approach by the Galerkin method, a dynamic system is naturally built up by discretizing the acoustic momentum and energy equations incorporating appropriate boundary conditions using a finite difference method. In addition, the interaction of Rijke tube velocity with oscillatory heat release is modeled using a modified form of King's law. A comparison of the numerical results with experimental data and the calculations reported reveals that the current approach can yield very good predictions. Moreover, subcritical Hopf bifurcations and fold bifurcations are captured with the evolution of dimensionless heat release coefficient, generic damping coefficient and time delay. Linear stability boundary, nonlinear stability boundary, bistable region and limit cycles are thus determined to gain an understanding of the intrinsic nonlinear behaviours.

  5. S-polarized nonlinear surface and guided waves in an asymmetric layered structure

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    Mihalache, D.; Totia, H.


    An exact solution of Maxwell's equations is found, corresponding to s-polarized nonlinear surface and guided waves in an asymmetric layered structure. The system under consideration consists of a film with dielectric constant epsilon/sub 2/ bounded at the negative-z side by a linear medium with dielectric constant epsilon/sub 1/ and at the positive -z side by a nonlinear substrate characterized by the diagonal dielectric tensor epsilon/sub 11/ = epsilon/sub 22/ = epsilon/sub 33/ = epsilon/sub 0/ + ..cap alpha.. absolute value of E-vector/sup 2/, ..cap alpha.. > 0 (a selffocussing medium). We predict bistable states of s-polarized nonlinear surface and guided waves provided that the power flow in the wave is the control parameter.

  6. Nonlinear PDEs



    From the Back Cover: The emphasis throughout the present volume is on the practical application of theoretical mathematical models helping to unravel the underlying mechanisms involved in processes from mathematical physics and biosciences. It has been conceived as a unique collection of abstract methods dealing especially with nonlinear partial differential equations (either stationary or evolutionary) that are applied to understand concrete processes involving some important applications re...

  7. Bistability and hysteresis of the 'Secteur' differentiation are controlled by a two-gene locus in Nectria haematococca

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    Daboussi Marie-Josée


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Bistability and hysteresis are increasingly recognized as major properties of regulatory networks governing numerous biological phenomena, such as differentiation and cell cycle progression. The full scope of the underlying molecular mechanisms leading to bistability and hysteresis remains elusive. Nectria haemaotcocca, a saprophytic or pathogenic fungus with sexual reproduction, exhibits a bistable morphological modification characterized by a reduced growth rate and an intense pigmentation. Bistability is triggered by the presence or absence of σ, a cytoplasmic determinant. This determinant spreads in an infectious manner in the hyphae of the growing margin, insuring hysteresis of the differentiation. Results Seven mutants specifically affected in the generation of σ were selected through two different screening strategies. The s1 and s2 mutations completely abolish the generation of σ and of its morphological expression, the Secteur. The remaining five mutations promote its constitutive generation, which determines an intense pigmentation but not growth alteration. The seven mutations map at the same locus, Ses (for 'Secteur-specific'. The s2 mutant was obtained by an insertional mutagenesis strategy, which permitted the cloning of the Ses locus. Sequence and transcription analysis reveals that Ses is composed of two closely linked genes, SesA, mutated in the s1 and s2 mutant strains, and SesB, mutated in the s* mutant strains. SesB shares sequence similarity with animal and fungal putative proteins, with potential esterase/lipase/thioesterase activity, whereas SesA is similar to proteins of unknown function present only in the filamentous fungi Fusarium graminearum and Podospora anserina. Conclusions The cloning of Ses provides evidence that a system encoded by two linked genes directs a bistable and hysteretic switch in a eukaryote. Atypical regulatory relations between the two proteins may account for the hysteresis

  8. Measurement of the ground-state distributions in bistable mechanically interlocked molecules using slow scan rate cyclic voltammetry. (United States)

    Fahrenbach, Albert C; Barnes, Jonathan C; Li, Hao; Benítez, Diego; Basuray, Ashish N; Fang, Lei; Sue, Chi-Hau; Barin, Gokhan; Dey, Sanjeev K; Goddard, William A; Stoddart, J Fraser


    In donor-acceptor mechanically interlocked molecules that exhibit bistability, the relative populations of the translational isomers--present, for example, in a bistable [2]rotaxane, as well as in a couple of bistable [2]catenanes of the donor-acceptor vintage--can be elucidated by slow scan rate cyclic voltammetry. The practice of transitioning from a fast scan rate regime to a slow one permits the measurement of an intermediate redox couple that is a function of the equilibrium that exists between the two translational isomers in the case of all three mechanically interlocked molecules investigated. These intermediate redox potentials can be used to calculate the ground-state distribution constants, K. Whereas, (i) in the case of the bistable [2]rotaxane, composed of a dumbbell component containing π-electron-rich tetrathiafulvalene and dioxynaphthalene recognition sites for the ring component (namely, a tetracationic cyclophane, containing two π-electron-deficient bipyridinium units), a value for K of 10 ± 2 is calculated, (ii) in the case of the two bistable [2]catenanes--one containing a crown ether with tetrathiafulvalene and dioxynaphthalene recognition sites for the tetracationic cyclophane, and the other, tetrathiafulvalene and butadiyne recognition sites--the values for K are orders (one and three, respectively) of magnitude greater. This observation, which has also been probed by theoretical calculations, supports the hypothesis that the extra stability of one translational isomer over the other is because of the influence of the enforced side-on donor-acceptor interactions brought about by both π-electron-rich recognition sites being part of a macrocyclic polyether.

  9. Bi-stable flow in parallel triangular tube arrays with a pitch-to-diameter ratio of 1.375

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    Keogh, Daniel B., E-mail:; Meskell, Craig, E-mail:


    Highlights: • Study of the bi-stable flow in parallel triangular tube arrays (P/d = 1.375). • Experiments used two pressure tapped cylinders and particle image velocimetry. • Pressure signals from each of the instrumented cylinders were highly correlated. • Bi-stable flow occurs simultaneous throughout a tube array. • Bi-stable flow operates in a complex 3-dimensional arrangement. - Abstract: A study of the bi-stable flow in parallel triangular tube arrays with a pitch to diameter ratio of 1.375 has been performed. Using surface pressure data from two instrumented cylinders (one cylinder with 36 circumferential pressure taps, one cylinder with 27 axial pressure taps) and particle image velocimetry (PIV) data, the bi-stable phenomenon has been investigated. Mode-averaged PIV was performed in a draw down wind tunnel using a 125 mm tube array of 28 clear perspex tubes with a diameter of 13 mm in a Reynolds number range of 0.63–1.27×10{sup 4}. The mode of each set of image pairs was determined by simultaneously capturing the images and gathering pressure data from the surface of the test section wall. Further tests were then conducted using two instrumented cylinders mounted in a larger wind tunnel using 28 tubes with a diameter of 38 mm. The Reynolds number range was 1.84–9.19×10{sup 4}. It was found that at certain flow velocities, the pressure signals from each of the instrumented cylinders were highly correlated. Using this data, the circumferential pressure distributions across the span of an instrumented cylinder were determined for each mode using pseudo modal decomposition (PMD). From this the spanwise fluid forces were determined for each mode.

  10. Two bi-stability jumps in theoretical wind models for massive stars and the implications for luminous blue variable supernovae (United States)

    Petrov, Blagovest; Vink, Jorick S.; Gräfener, Götz


    Luminous blue variables (LBVs) have been suggested to be the direct progenitors of supernova Types IIb and IIn, with enhanced mass loss prior to explosion. However, the mechanism of this mass loss is not yet known. Here, we investigate the qualitative behaviour of theoretical stellar wind mass loss as a function of Teff across two bi-stability jumps in blue supergiant regime and also in proximity to the Eddington limit, relevant for LBVs. To investigate the physical ingredients that play a role in the radiative acceleration we calculate blue supergiant wind models with the CMFGEN non-local thermodynamic equilibrium model atmosphere code over an effective temperature range between 30 000 and 8800 K. Although our aim is not to provide new mass-loss rates for BA supergiants, we study and confirm the existence of two bi-stability jumps in mass-loss rates predicted by Vink et al. However, they are found to occur at somewhat lower Teff (20 000 and 9000 K, respectively) than found previously, which would imply that stars may evolve towards lower Teff before strong mass loss is induced by the bi-stability jumps. When the combined effects of the second bi-stability jump and the proximity to Eddington limit are accounted for, we find a dramatic increase in the mass-loss rate by up to a factor of 30. Further investigation of both bi-stability jumps is expected to lead to a better understanding of discrepancies between empirical modelling and theoretical mass-loss rates reported in the literature, and to provide key inputs for the evolution of both normal AB supergiants and LBVs, as well as their subsequent supernova Type II explosions.

  11. Nonlinear waves in electromigration dispersion in a capillary

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    Christov, Ivan C


    We construct exact solutions to an unusual nonlinear advection--diffusion equation arising in the study of Taylor--Aris (also known as shear) dispersion due to electroosmotic flow during electromigration in a capillary. An exact reduction to a Darboux equation is found under a traveling-wave anzats. The equilibria of this ordinary differential equation are analyzed, showing that their stability is determined solely by the (dimensionless) wave speed without regard to any (dimensionless) physical parameters. Integral curves, connecting the appropriate equilibria of the Darboux equation that governs traveling waves, are constructed, which in turn are shown to be asymmetric kink solutions ({\\it i.e.}, non-Taylor shocks). Furthermore, it is shown that the governing Darboux equation exhibits bistability, which leads to two coexisting non-negative kink solutions for (dimensionless) wave speeds greater than unity. Finally, we give some remarks on other types of traveling-wave solutions and a discussion of some approx...

  12. The MINOS Detectors

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    Grashorn, A H E W


    The Main Injector Neutrino Oscillation Search (MINOS) experiment's primary goal is the precision measurement of the neutrino oscillation parameters in the atmospheric neutrino sector. This long-baseline experiment uses Fermilab's NuMI beam, measured with a Near Detector at Fermilab, and again 735 km later using a Far Detector in the Soudan Mine Underground Lab in northern Minnesota. The detectors are magnetized iron/scintillator calorimeters. The Far Detector has been operational for cosmic ray and atmospheric neutrino data from July of 2003, the Near Detector from September 2004, and the NuMI beam started in early 2005. This poster presents details of the two detectors.

  13. GADRAS Detector Response Function.

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    Mitchell, Dean J.; Harding, Lee; Thoreson, Gregory G; Horne, Steven M.


    The Gamma Detector Response and Analysis Software (GADRAS) applies a Detector Response Function (DRF) to compute the output of gamma-ray and neutron detectors when they are exposed to radiation sources. The DRF is fundamental to the ability to perform forward calculations (i.e., computation of the response of a detector to a known source), as well as the ability to analyze spectra to deduce the types and quantities of radioactive material to which the detectors are exposed. This document describes how gamma-ray spectra are computed and the significance of response function parameters that define characteristics of particular detectors.

  14. The TALE Tower Detector (United States)

    Bergman, D. R.

    The TA Low Energy Extension will include a Tower FluorescenceDetector. Extensive air showers at the lowest usful energies for fluorescence detectors will in general be close to the detector. This requires viewing all elevation angles to be able to reconstruct showers. The TALE Tower Detector, operating in conjunction with other TALE detectors will view elevation angles up to above 70 degrees, with an azimuthal coverage of about 90 degrees. Results from a prototype mirror operated in conjunction with the HiRes detector will also be presented.

  15. Light-Modulation of the Charge Injection in a Polymer Thin-Film Transistor by Functionalizing the Electrodes with Bistable Photochromic Self-Assembled Monolayers. (United States)

    Mosciatti, Thomas; Del Rosso, Maria G; Herder, Martin; Frisch, Johannes; Koch, Norbert; Hecht, Stefan; Orgiu, Emanuele; Samorì, Paolo


    High fatigue resistance, bistability, and drastic property changes among isomers allow efficient modulation of the current output of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) to be obtained by a photogating of the charge-injection mechanism.

  16. Ultralow threshold green lasing and optical bistability in ZBNA (ZrF4-BaF2-NaF-AlF3) microspheres (United States)

    Wu, Yuqiang; Ward, Jonathan M.; Nic Chormaic, Síle


    Upconversion lasing and fluorescence from active microspheres fabricated from a novel fluorozirconate, Er3+ doped glass, ZBNA (ZrF4-BaF2-NaF-AlF3), when pumped at 978 nm via a tapered optical fiber is demonstrated. An ultralow, green lasing threshold of ˜3 μW for 550 nm emissions is measured. This is one order of magnitude lower than that previously reported for ZBLAN (ZrF4-BaF2-LaF3-AlF3-NaF) microspheres. Optical bistability effects in ZBNA microspheres are reported and the bistable mechanism is discussed and attributed to shifts of the whispering gallery modes due to thermal expansion of the sphere, where heating is achieved by optical pumping around 978 nm. The effect of the bistability on the upconversion lasing is examined and we report multiple bistability loops within the microspheres.

  17. Stochastic Resonance in a Time-Delayed Bistable System Driven by Square-Wave Signal

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    GUO Feng; ZHOU Yu-Rong; ZHANG Yu


    @@ Stochastic resonance in a time-delayed bistable system subject to asymmetric dichotomous noise and multiplica-tire and additive white noise is investigated.Using small time delay approximation,we obtain the expression of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR).It is found that the SNR is a non-monotonic function of the delayed times,of the amplitude of the input square-wave signal,as well as of the asymmetry of the dichotomous noise.In addition,the SNR varies non-monotonously with the system parameters,with the intensities of the multiplicative and additive noise,as well as with the correlate rate of the dichotomous noise.

  18. Bifurcations Induced in a Bistable Oscillator via Joint Noises and Time Delay (United States)

    Fu, Jin; Sun, Zhongkui; Xiao, Yuzhu; Xu, Wei


    In this paper, noise-induced and delay-induced bifurcations in a bistable Duffing-van der Pol (DVP) oscillator under time delay and joint noises are discussed theoretically and numerically. Based on the qualitative changes of the plane phase, delay-induced bifurcations are investigated in the deterministic case. However, in the stochastic case, the response of the system is a stochastic non-Markovian process owing to the existence of noise and time delay. Then, methods have been employed to derive the stationary probability density function (PDF) of the amplitude of the response. Accordingly, stochastic P-bifurcations can be observed with the variations in the qualitative behavior of the stationary PDF for amplitude. Furthermore, results from both theoretical analyses and numerical simulations best demonstrate the appearance of noise-induced and delay-induced bifurcations, which are in good agreement.

  19. Order reconstruction phenomena and temperature-driven dynamics in a 3D zenithally bistable device

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    Raisch, A.


    We model the zenithally bistable device (ZBD) in three dimensions (3D), within the Landau-de Gennes theory, and find three stable static states in 3D without an applied field: the vertically aligned nematic (VAN) state, the hybrid aligned nematic (HAN) state and a third, high-tilt state, which we call the THAN state, with an interior and a surface defect. We recover the order reconstruction (OR) phenomenon around the defects in the HAN and THAN states and the 3D THAN and HAN solutions exhibit stable biaxial cylinders connecting defects on opposite faces of the ZBD device. We demonstrate a two-way temperature-driven switching between high-tilt and low-tilt states through controlled heating and cooling procedures in two dimensions (2D), with no applied fields. © CopyrightEPLA, 2014.

  20. Stochastic resonance in a time-delayed bistable system driven by trichotomous noise (United States)

    Zhou, Bingchang; Lin, Dandan


    This paper studies the phenomenon of stochastic resonance (SR) in a bistable system with time delay driven by trichotomous noise. Firstly, a method of numerical simulation for trichotomous noise is presented and its accuracy is checked using normalized autocorrelation function. Then the effects of feedback strength and time delay on the system responses and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are studied. The results show that negative feedback strength is more beneficial than positive to promote SR. The effect of time delay on SR is related to the value of feedback strength. The influence of the signal amplitude and frequency on SR is also investigated. It is found that large amplitude and small frequency of the signal can promote the occurrence of SR. Finally, the influence of the amplitude and stationary probability of trichotomous noise on SNR are discussed.

  1. Isomerization and optical bistability of DR1 doped organic-inorganic sol-gel thin film (United States)

    Gao, Tianxi; Que, Wenxiu; Shao, Jinyou


    To investigate the isomerization process of the disperse red 1 (DR1) doped TiO2/ormosil thin film, both the photo-isomerization and the thermal isomerization of the thin films were observed as a change of the absorption spectrum. Under a real-time heat treatment, the change of the linear refractive index shows a thermal stable working temperature range below Tg. The optical bistability (OB) effect of the DR1 doped thin films based on different matrices was studied and measured at a wavelength of 532 nm. Results indicate that the TiO2/ormosils based thin film presents a better OB-gain than that of the poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) based thin film due to its more rigid network structure. Moreover, it is also noted that higher titanium content is helpful for enhancing the OB-gain of the as-prepared hybrid thin films.

  2. Electrical Bistability and Erasable Memory Effect of a Functional Polyimide Film: Synthesis and Investigation of Mechanism (United States)

    Tian, Guofeng; Jia, Nanfang; Qi, Shengli; Wu, Dezhen


    A functional polyimide (PI) film, (hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride-2-(9 H-carbazol-9-yl)ethyl 3,5-diaminobenzoate (6FDA-DADBC), in which DADBC serves as electron donor and 6FDA as electron acceptor, was synthesized in this work. The PI has electrical bistability and the sandwich device ITO‖6FDA-DADBC-PI‖Au made by using this functional PI as the active layer has nonvolatile memory-storage properties. It can be changed between the insulating state (Off state) and the conducting state (On state) by application of potentials of approximately 0.5 V and -2.5 V, respectively, with an On/Off current ratio of approximately 102, which is suitable for use as flash memory. Mechanisms of the charge transfer occurring in the materials were investigated, and are thoroughly discussed on the basis of molecular simulation. The PI has good thermal stability up to 400°C.

  3. Stochastic resonance in parabolic-bistable potential system with an additive colour noise

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    We propose a new model (parabolic bistable system) with a colour noise source. In the presence of periodic input signal, we investigate the output signal to-noise ratio and the power spectral density of output signal, in which the self-correlation time may be an arbitrary value with no restriction. We find that the curves of signal-to-noise ratio versus the noise intensity D exhibits a bell-shape behaviour. The peak height increases with the increasing value of amplitude A0 of the input signal. However, the position of peak does not shift. Moreover, the signal-to-noise ratio is insensitive to the modulation frequency Ω, which completely differs from result of Ref.[6]. The power spectral density also has similar behaviour.

  4. Stochastic resonance in parabolic—bistable potential system with an additive colour noise

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    We propose a new model (parabolic bistable system) with a colour noise source. In the presence of periodic input signal, we investigate the output signal to noise ratio and the power spectral density of output signal, in which the self-correlation time may be an arbitrary value with no restriction. We find that the curves of signal-to-noise ratio versus the noise intensity D exhibits a bell-shape behaviour. The peak height increases with the increasing value of amplitude A0 of the input signal. However, the position of peak does not shift. Moreover, the signal-to-noise ratio is insensitive to the modulation frequency Ω,which completely differs from result of Ref [6]. The power spectral density also has similar behaviour.

  5. Pattern formation in a complex Swift-Hohenberg equation with phase bistability

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    de Valcárcel, Manuel Martínez-Quesada Germán J


    We study pattern formation in a complex Swift Hohenberg equation with phase-sensitive (parametric) gain. Such an equation serves as a universal order parameter equation describing the onset of spontaneous oscillations in extended systems submitted to a kind of forcing dubbed rocking when the instability is towards long wavelengths. Applications include two-level lasers and photorefractive oscillators. Under rocking, the original continuous phase symmetry of the system is replaced by a discrete one, so that phase bistability emerges. This leads to the spontaneous formation of phase-locked spatial structures like phase domains and dark-ring (phase-) cavity solitons. Stability of the homogeneous solutions is studied and numerical simulations are made covering all the dynamical regimes of the model, which turn out to be very rich. Formal derivations of the rocked complex Swift-Hohenberg equation, using multiple scale techniques, are given for the two-level laser and the photorefractive oscillator.

  6. Bistable character of a deep level in polycrystalline Si substrate for solar cell

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    Yamashita, Y., E-mail: [Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Ochi, M.; Yoshinaga, H.; Kamiura, Y.; Ishiyama, T. [Division of Industrial Innovation Sciences, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, 3-1-1 Tsushima-naka, Kita-ku, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan)


    Electronic levels in polycrystalline Si (pc-Si) substrates for solar cells were studied by means of deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). A broad peak was observed at around 250 K when samples with grain boundaries (GBs) were thermally treated. The origin of this peak was investigated and we conclude that it is attributed to Cu contaminants gathered around GBs. We found interesting character of this peak. The peak intensity became small by annealing with reverse-biased voltage on the Schottky junction and it was recovered after keeping the sample at room temperature for several days. We explained this character as bistability of the center depending on its charge state. From the application viewpoint, we tried remote hydrogen-plasma treatment and could annihilate the peak.

  7. Bi-stable behaviour in GaN-based resonant tunnelling diode structures

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    Leconte, S.; Monroy, E. [Equipe mixte CEA-CNRS-UJF Nanophysique et Semiconducteurs, DRFMC/SP2M/PSC, CEA-Grenoble, 17 rue des Martyrs, 38054 Grenoble Cedex (France); Golka, S.; Pozzovivo, G.; Strasser, G. [Zentrum fuer Mikro- und Nanostrukturen, Technische Universitaet Wien, Floragasse 7, 1040 Vienna (Austria); Remmele, T.; Albrecht, M. [Institut fuer Kristallzuechtung, Max-Born-Strasse 2, 12489 Berlin (Germany)


    We have investigated the vertical electronic transport in AlN/GaN/AlN double barrier structures grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy, with AlN barrier thickness of 0.5 nm and a GaN well thickness varying from 0.5 nm to 2 nm. Two different current levels were observed in different devices in all the samples, the highest one being attributed to leakage through dislocations, and the lower one to tunnelling transport through the barriers. In the sample with a well thickness of 0.5 nm, we observed a bi-stable behaviour, with an apparent negative differential resistance in the current-voltage characteristic when scanning the voltage from negative to positive bias. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Magnetic and optical bistability in tetrairon(III) single molecule magnets functionalized with azobenzene groups. (United States)

    Prasad, Thazhe Kootteri; Poneti, Giordano; Sorace, Lorenzo; Rodriguez-Douton, Maria Jesus; Barra, Anne-Laure; Neugebauer, Petr; Costantino, Luca; Sessoli, Roberta; Cornia, Andrea


    Tetrairon(III) complexes known as "ferric stars" have been functionalized with azobenzene groups to investigate the effect of light-induced trans-cis isomerization on single-molecule magnet (SMM) behaviour. According to DC magnetic data and EPR spectroscopy, clusters dispersed in polystyrene (4% w/w) exhibit the same spin (S = 5) and magnetic anisotropy as bulk samples. Ligand photoisomerization, achieved by irradiation at 365 nm, has no detectable influence on static magnetic properties. However, it induces a small but significant acceleration of magnetic relaxation as probed by AC susceptometry. The pristine behaviour can be almost quantitatively recovered by irradiation with white light. Our studies demonstrate that magnetic and optical bistability can be made to coexist in SMM materials, which are of current interest in molecular spintronics.

  9. Stochastic resonance in a time-delayed bistable system driven by trichotomous noise (United States)

    Zhou, Bingchang; Lin, Dandan


    This paper studies the phenomenon of stochastic resonance (SR) in a bistable system with time delay driven by trichotomous noise. Firstly, a method of numerical simulation for trichotomous noise is presented and its accuracy is checked using normalized autocorrelation function. Then the effects of feedback strength and time delay on the system responses and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are studied. The results show that negative feedback strength is more beneficial than positive to promote SR. The effect of time delay on SR is related to the value of feedback strength. The influence of the signal amplitude and frequency on SR is also investigated. It is found that large amplitude and small frequency of the signal can promote the occurrence of SR. Finally, the influence of the amplitude and stationary probability of trichotomous noise on SNR are discussed.

  10. A Bistable Switch and Anatomical Site Control Vibrio cholerae Virulence Gene Expression in the Intestine

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    Nielsen, Alex Toftgaard; Dolganov, N. A.; Rasmussen, Thomas


    A fundamental, but unanswered question in host-pathogen interactions is the timing, localization and population distribution of virulence gene expression during infection. Here, microarray and in situ single cell expression methods were used to study Vibrio cholerae growth and virulence gene...... expression during infection of the rabbit ligated ileal loop model of cholera. Genes encoding the toxin-coregulated pilus (TCP) and cholera toxin (CT) were powerfully expressed early in the infectious process in bacteria adjacent to epithelial surfaces. Increased growth was found to co...... into artificial seawater, bacterial aggregates continued to express tcpA for prolonged periods of time. The bistable control of virulence gene expression points to a mechanism that could generate a subpopulation of V. cholerae that continues to produce TCP and CT in the rice water stools of cholera patients....

  11. Generalized nematohydrodynamic boundary conditions with application to bistable twisted nematic liquid-crystal displays

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    Fang, Angbo


    Parallel to the highly successful Ericksen-Leslie hydrodynamic theory for the bulk behavior of nematic liquid crystals (NLCs), we derive a set of coupled hydrodynamic boundary conditions to describe the NLC dynamics near NLC-solid interfaces. In our boundary conditions, translational flux (flow slippage) and rotational flux (surface director relaxation) are coupled according to the Onsager variational principle of least energy dissipation. The application of our boundary conditions to the truly bistable π -twist NLC cell reveals a complete picture of the dynamic switching processes. It is found that the thus far overlooked translation-rotation dissipative coupling at solid surfaces can accelerate surface director relaxation and enhance the flow rate. This can be utilized to improve the performance of electro-optical nematic devices by lowering the required switching voltages and reducing the switching times. © 2008 The American Physical Society.

  12. Is "Σ" purple or green? Bistable grapheme-color synesthesia induced by ambiguous characters. (United States)

    Kim, Suhkyung; Blake, Randolph; Kim, Chai-Youn


    People with grapheme-color synesthesia perceive specific colors when viewing different letters or numbers. Previous studies have suggested that synesthetic color experience can be bistable when induced by an ambiguous character. However, the exact relationship between processes underlying the identity of an alphanumeric character and the experience of the induced synesthetic color has not been examined. In the present study, we explored this by focusing on the temporal relation of inducer identification and color emergence using inducers whose identity could be rendered ambiguous upon rotation of the characters. Specifically, achromatic alphabetic letters (W/M) and digits (6/9) were presented at varying angles to 9 grapheme-color synesthetes. Results showed that grapheme identification and synesthetically perceived grapheme color covary with the orientation of the test stimulus and that synesthetes were slower naming the experienced color than identifying the character, particularly at intermediate angles where ambiguity was greatest. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Bistable electroactive polymer with sharp rigid-to-rubbery phase transition (United States)

    Qiu, Yu; Ren, Zhi; Hu, Wei; Liu, Chao; Pei, Qibing


    Bistable electroactive polymers (BSEP) usually exhibit glass transition that spans a rather broad temperature range and are normally actuated above 70 °C. High actuation temperature limits the BSEP for wearable and personal assistive applications. A phase-changing polymer is synthesized and employed as BSEP having a narrow rigid-to-rubbery transition temperature range. Shape memory effect with both fixation and recovery rate close to 100% was observed. Diaphragm actuators of the BSEP can be electrically actuated at 50 °C up to 70% strain, and the deformed shape was fixed after cooling the BSEP below the transition temperature. The rigid-to-rigid actuation can be repeated for at least 10,000 cycles.

  14. Stochastic bifurcations in a bistable Duffing-Van der Pol oscillator with colored noise. (United States)

    Xu, Yong; Gu, Rencai; Zhang, Huiqing; Xu, Wei; Duan, Jinqiao


    This paper aims to investigate Gaussian colored-noise-induced stochastic bifurcations and the dynamical influence of correlation time and noise intensity in a bistable Duffing-Van der Pol oscillator. By using the stochastic averaging method, theoretically, one can obtain the stationary probability density function of amplitude for the Duffing-Van der Pol oscillator and can reveal interesting dynamics under the influence of Gaussian colored noise. Stochastic bifurcations are discussed through a qualitative change of the stationary probability distribution, which indicates that system parameters, noise intensity, and noise correlation time, respectively, can be treated as bifurcation parameters. They also imply that the effects of multiplicative noise are rather different from that of additive noise. The results of direct numerical simulation verify the effectiveness of the theoretical analysis. Moreover, the largest Lyapunov exponent calculations indicate that P and D bifurcations have no direct connection.

  15. Bi-stability of micro-plates: A sensitive mechanism for differential pressure measurements (United States)

    Sajadi, Banafsheh; Goosen, Johannes Hans; van Keulen, Fred


    The electrostatic instability (pull-in) of a flat electrode in a parallel plate capacitor has been shown to be highly sensitive to external mechanical loads such as pressure. In this paper, we substantiate the possibility of prompting additional unstable configurations in such a system, with a remarkable sensitivity to the applied pressure. This additional instability has significant advantageous properties for sensing purposes. In addition to the high sensitivity and robustness of the pull-in voltage measurements, it can be adjusted so that after the unstable configuration is met, a snap-through to a new stable configuration occurs. As a result of this bi-stable behavior, the contact between the electrodes, which is the main drawback of pull-in phenomena, will be easily avoided. The results of this paper particularly suggest the suitability of this mechanism for two different methods of pressure measurements.

  16. Controllable optical bistability and multistability in a slab defected with monolayer graphene nanostructure (United States)

    Solookinejad, Gh.


    In this paper, the optical bistability (OB) and optical multistability (OM) properties of weak probe light in a defect dielectric medium doped by four-level graphene nanostructure is theoretically discussed. The double dark resonance can arise by linear polarized control laser fields which consist of linear left and right circularly polarized light. We show that by adjusting the Rabi-frequencies of control fields, frequency detuning of bichromatic electric fields, the intensity threshold and hysteric curves of OB and OM can be manipulated. Moreover, the thickness of the slab is considered as a controllable parameter which can impact the OB and OM behaviors of weak probe light in a defect slab. We find that the transition from OB to OM or vice versa can be possible by adjusting the thickness of the slab. Our results may provide some new application on Nano-scale devices in future all-optical communication and quantum information technologies.

  17. Exchange bias and bistable magneto-resistance states in amorphous TbFeCo thin films

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    Li, Xiaopu, E-mail:; Ma, Chung T.; Poon, S. Joseph, E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Lu, Jiwei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Devaraj, Arun [Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington 99352 (United States); Spurgeon, Steven R.; Comes, Ryan B. [Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington 99352 (United States)


    Amorphous TbFeCo thin films sputter deposited at room temperature on thermally oxidized Si substrate are found to exhibit strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Atom probe tomography, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping have revealed two nanoscale amorphous phases with different Tb atomic percentages distributed within the amorphous film. Exchange bias accompanied by bistable magneto-resistance states has been uncovered near room temperature by magnetization and magneto-transport measurements. The exchange anisotropy originates from the exchange interaction between the ferrimagnetic and ferromagnetic components corresponding to the two amorphous phases. This study provides a platform for exchange bias and magneto-resistance switching using single-layer amorphous ferrimagnetic thin films that require no epitaxial growth.

  18. Exchange bias and bistable magneto-resistance states in amorphous TbFeCo thin films (United States)

    Li, Xiaopu; Ma, Chung T.; Lu, Jiwei; Devaraj, Arun; Spurgeon, Steven R.; Comes, Ryan B.; Poon, S. Joseph


    Amorphous TbFeCo thin films sputter deposited at room temperature on thermally oxidized Si substrate are found to exhibit strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Atom probe tomography, scanning transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping have revealed two nanoscale amorphous phases with different Tb atomic percentages distributed within the amorphous film. Exchange bias accompanied by bistable magneto-resistance states has been uncovered near room temperature by magnetization and magneto-transport measurements. The exchange anisotropy originates from the exchange interaction between the ferrimagnetic and ferromagnetic components corresponding to the two amorphous phases. This study provides a platform for exchange bias and magneto-resistance switching using single-layer amorphous ferrimagnetic thin films that require no epitaxial growth.

  19. A wind-powered one-way bistable medium with parity effects (United States)

    Rosenberger, Tessa; Schattgen, Graham; King-Smith, Matthew; Shrestha, Prakrit; Maxted, Katsuo J.; Lindner, John F.


    We describe the design, construction, and dynamics of low-cost mechanical arrays of 3D-printed bistable elements whose shapes interact with wind to couple them one-way. Unlike earlier hydromechanical unidirectional arrays, our aeromechanical one-way arrays are simpler, easier to study, and exhibit a broader range of phenomena. Solitary waves or solitons propagate in one direction at speeds proportional to wind speeds. Periodic boundaries enable solitons to annihilate in pairs in arrays with an even number of elements. Solitons propagate indefinitely in odd arrays that frustrate pairing. Large noise spontaneously creates soliton-antisoliton pairs. Soliton annihilation times increase quadratically with initial separations, as expected for random-walk models of soliton collisions.

  20. Shallow bistable non-effective-mass-like donors in hydrogen-implanted silicon

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    Tokmoldin, S.Zh. [Institute of Physics and Technology, Ibragimov Street 11, Almaty 050032 (Kazakhstan)]. E-mail:; Issova, A.T. [Institute of Physics and Technology, Ibragimov Street 11, Almaty 050032 (Kazakhstan); Abdullin, Kh.A. [Institute of Physics and Technology, Ibragimov Street 11, Almaty 050032 (Kazakhstan); Mukashev, B.N. [Institute of Physics and Technology, Ibragimov Street 11, Almaty 050032 (Kazakhstan)


    Infrared absorption of float-zone-refined silicon crystals implanted with protons and annealed at 450 deg. C has been investigated in the range 150-1800 cm{sup -1}. Along with the presence of well-known prominent bands related to higher-order electronic transitions of intrinsic defects at 700-1200 cm{sup -1} and wagging vibrations of Si-H bonds in 600-800 cm{sup -1} range, four effective-mass-like donors with binding energies in the range 32.6-38.7 meV and dominating sharp absorption peaks at 309, 373 and 444 cm{sup -1} were observed. The dominant sharp peaks as well as a broad band in the spectral region 200-1800 cm{sup -1} with the maximum at {approx}450 cm{sup -1} demonstrate bistable behavior and arise from hydrogen-related non-effective-mass-like shallow donors.

  1. Organic bistable memory devices based on MoO3 nanoparticle embedded Alq3 structures (United States)

    Abhijith, T.; Kumar, T. V. Arun; Reddy, V. S.


    Organic bistable memory devices were fabricated by embedding a thin layer of molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) between two tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum (Alq3) layers. The device exhibited excellent switching characteristics with an ON/OFF current ratio of 1.15 × 103 at a read voltage of 1 V. The device showed repeatable write–erase capability and good stability in both the conductance states. These conductance states are non-volatile in nature and can be obtained by applying appropriate voltage pulses. The effect of MoO3 layer thickness and its location in the Alq3 matrix on characteristics of the memory device was investigated. The field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) images of the MoO3 layer revealed the presence of isolated nanoparticles. Based on the experimental results, a mechanism has been proposed for explaining the conductance switching of fabricated devices.

  2. Effects of cross-correlated noises on the relaxation time of the bistable system

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    谢崇伟; 梅冬成


    The stationary correlation function and the associated relaxation time for a general system driven by crosscorrelated white noises are derived, by virtue of a Stratonovich-like ansatz. The effects of correlated noises on the relaxation time of a bistable kinetic model coupled to an additive and a multiplicative white noises are studied. It is proved that for small fluctuations the relaxation time Tc as a function of λ (the correlated intensity between noises)exhibits very different behaviours for α< D and for α> D (α and D, respectively, stand for the intensities of additive and multiplicative noises). When α> D, Tc increases with increasing λ. But when α< D, Tc increases with λ for the case of weak correlated noises and sharply decreases with λ for the case of strong correlated noises, and thus Tc-λ curve behaves with one extremum.

  3. Phase control of optical bistability and multistability in closed-type Landau-quantized graphene (United States)

    Zhang, Duo; Yu, Rong; Ding, Chunling; Huang, Hailin; Sun, Zhaoyu; Yang, Xiaoxue


    We investigate the dynamic characteristics of a Landau-quantized graphene monolayer system interacting with three infrared laser probe fields in a monodirectional ring cavity, and analyse the input-output properties of the infrared laser probe field under a steady-state condition. The results show that we can effectively control the appearance or disappearance of optical bistability (OB) or optical multistability (OM) by adjusting the relative phase of three coherent fields, the coupling field intensity, as well as the frequency detunings of the probe field and the control field. In addition, we discuss in detail the influences of the left-hand and right-hand circularly polarized component intensity of the control field on the behaviors of OB and OM. Our investigation may be used to build more efficient logic-gate devices to realize an all-optic switching process.

  4. Induced fluid rotation and bistable fluidic turn-down valves (a survey

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    Tesař Václav


    Full Text Available Paper surveys engineering applications of an unusual fluidic principle — momentum transfer through a relatively small communicating window into a vortex chamber, where the initially stationary fluid is put into rotation. The transfer is often by shear stress acting in the window plane, but may be enhanced and perhaps even dominated by fluid flow crossing the boundary. The case of zero-time-mean fluid transport through the window has found use in experimental fluid mechanics: non-invasive measurement of wall shear stress on objects by evaluating the induced rotation in the vortex chamber. The case with the non-zero flow through the interface became the starting point in development of fluidic valves combining two otherwise mutually incompatible properties: bistability and flow turning down.

  5. Phase transition and bistable phenomenon of granular flows down a chute with successive turnings

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    Yang, Guo-Cheng; Liu, Qi-Yi [School of Engineering Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Hu, Mao-Bin, E-mail: [School of Engineering Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics China at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Jiang, Rui; Wu, Qing-Song [School of Engineering Science, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)


    This paper studies the granular flow down a chute with two successive turnings, which play the role of bottlenecks for the granular flow system and determine the granular flow state in main section between them. With the increase of main section width D, phase transition from dilute to dense granular flow is observed: When the main section width D is small (large), the granular flow at upper (lower) bottleneck is dense and the granular flow is dilute (dense) in the main section. More interestingly, a bistable region is exhibited, in which either dilute flow or dense flow may occur and continue for the entire run. In this region, the packing in the reservoir will affect initial flow rate and then affect the flow pattern. This study can be viewed as a paradigm for the jamming and unjamming transitions under shear due to gravity.

  6. Bistability of mixed states in a neural network storing hierarchical patterns (United States)

    Toya, Kaname; Fukushima, Kunihiko; Kabashima, Yoshiyuki; Okada, Masato


    We discuss the properties of equilibrium states in an autoassociative memory model storing hierarchically correlated patterns (hereafter, hierarchical patterns). We will show that symmetric mixed states (hereafter, mixed states) are bistable on the associative memory model storing the hierarchical patterns in a region of the ferromagnetic phase. This means that the first-order transition occurs in this ferromagnetic phase. We treat these contents with a statistical mechanical method (SCSNA) and by computer simulation. Finally, we discuss a physiological implication of this model. Sugase et al (1999 Nature 400 869) analysed the time-course of the information carried by the firing of face-responsive neurons in the inferior temporal cortex. We also discuss the relation between the theoretical results and the physiological experiments of Sugase et al .

  7. Spatial and temporal distributions of magnetisation in arrays of interacting bistable microwires

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    Velazquez, J


    The unbalanced distribution of magnetic poles at the ends of the bistable Fe-based magnetostrictive glass-coated amorphous microwires generates a magnetic stray field that interacts with magnetisation in neighbouring microwires. A theoretical model is developed to analyse the magnetisation process of a two-dimensional array of quasi-identical microwires, taking into account the symmetry of the distribution (hexagonal, cubic, random), the number of microwires, and the distance between them. The conditions are analysed for arrays which behave as a complex system, specifically a system with self-organised criticality where both distributions of microwires with parallel and antiparallel magnetisation follow a fractal patron, and also conditions when individual magnetisation reversals in the array extend to the neighbours, as well as the possibility of application of this effect in magnetic recording devices.

  8. Gradient sensing by a bistable regulatory motif enhances signal amplification but decreases accuracy in individual cells (United States)

    Sharma, Rati; Roberts, Elijah


    Many vital eukaryotic cellular functions require the cell to respond to a directional gradient of a signaling molecule. The first two steps in any eukaryotic chemotactic/chemotropic pathway are gradient detection and cell polarization. Like many processes, such chemotactic and chemotropic decisions are made using a relatively small number of molecules and are thus susceptible to internal and external fluctuations during signal transduction. Large cell-to-cell variations in the magnitude and direction of a response are therefore possible and do, in fact, occur in natural systems. In this work we use three-dimensional probabilistic modeling of a simple gradient sensing pathway to study the capacity for individual cells to accurately determine the direction of a gradient, despite fluctuations. We include a stochastic external gradient in our simulations using a novel gradient boundary condition modeling a point emitter a short distance away. We compare and contrast three different variants of the pathway, one monostable and two bistable. The simulation data show that an architecture combining bistability with spatial positive feedback permits the cell to both accurately detect and internally amplify an external gradient. We observe strong polarization in all individual cells, but in a distribution of directions centered on the gradient. Polarization accuracy in our study was strongly dependent upon a spatial positive feedback term that allows the pathway to trade accuracy for polarization strength. Finally, we show that additional feedback links providing information about the gradient to multiple levels in the pathway can help the cell to refine initial inaccuracy in the polarization direction.

  9. Interaction of bistable glass-coated microwires in different positional relationship

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    Rodionova, V., E-mail: [Magnetism Department, Faculty of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, 236041 Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Kudinov, N. [Magnetism Department, Faculty of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Zhukov, A. [Departamento Fisica de Materiales, Facultad Quimicas, UPV/EHU, 20018 San Sebastian (Spain); IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, 48011 Bilbao (Spain); Perov, N. [Magnetism Department, Faculty of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation)


    The amorphous ferromagnetic glass-coated microwires with positive magnetostriction constant of the metallic core possess the bistable magnetization reversal and the fast domain wall propagation along the microwire axis. These properties and also the magnetization processes in the systems of the microwires are of interest in the magnetic sensing technology, encoding systems and smart composite applications. In this work we present the results of the experimental investigation, simulations and theoretical estimations of the hysteresis process in the systems of the magnetically bistable microwires with different length and positional relationship between them. The location of the short microwires near the long microwire affects the switching fields (external coaxial magnetic field applied for starting of the domain wall propagation along the microwire axis) and the hysteresis process. The changes of these properties are not directly proportional to the value of the shorter microwire shift along the longer one. When the short microwire was placed in the middle of the long one and when the one end of the long microwire coincided with the end of the short one, the two-steps hysteresis loops were observed for both sample orientations: before and after sample rotation on 180 Degree-Sign . When the short microwire was placed close to the end of the long microwire (but did not coincide with it) we observed at first the two-steps hysteresis loop and single step behavior for one branch of the hysteresis loop after sample rotation. Moreover, changing of the orientation of the samples results in the shift of the switching field of the shorter microwire when its end was located near the end or coincided with the end of the longer one. This uncommon hysteresis behavior was explained and illustrated using results of the simulations. The values of microwires interaction were also estimated.

  10. Pivotal role of hMT+ in long-range disambiguation of interhemispheric bistable surface motion. (United States)

    Duarte, João Valente; Costa, Gabriel Nascimento; Martins, Ricardo; Castelo-Branco, Miguel


    It remains an open question whether long-range disambiguation of ambiguous surface motion can be achieved in early visual cortex or instead in higher level regions, which concerns object/surface segmentation/integration mechanisms. We used a bistable moving stimulus that can be perceived as a pattern comprehending both visual hemi-fields moving coherently downward or as two widely segregated nonoverlapping component objects (in each visual hemi-field) moving separately inward. This paradigm requires long-range integration across the vertical meridian leading to interhemispheric binding. Our fMRI study (n = 30) revealed a close relation between activity in hMT+ and perceptual switches involving interhemispheric segregation/integration of motion signals, crucially under nonlocal conditions where components do not overlap and belong to distinct hemispheres. Higher signal changes were found in hMT+ in response to spatially segregated component (incoherent) percepts than to pattern (coherent) percepts. This did not occur in early visual cortex, unlike apparent motion, which does not entail surface segmentation. We also identified a role for top-down mechanisms in state transitions. Deconvolution analysis of switch-related changes revealed prefrontal, insula, and cingulate areas, with the right superior parietal lobule (SPL) being particularly involved. We observed that directed influences could emerge either from left or right hMT+ during bistable motion integration/segregation. SPL also exhibited significant directed functional connectivity with hMT+, during perceptual state maintenance (Granger causality analysis). Our results suggest that long-range interhemispheric binding of ambiguous motion representations mainly reflect bottom-up processes from hMT+ during perceptual state maintenance. In contrast, state transitions maybe influenced by high-level regions such as the SPL. Hum Brain Mapp 38:4882-4897, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley

  11. Pacemaker-driven stochastic resonance on diffusive and complex networks of bistable oscillators

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    Perc, Matjaz; Gosak, Marko [Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Maribor, Koroska cesta 160, SI-2000 Maribor (Slovenia)], E-mail:


    We study the phenomenon of stochastic resonance on diffusive, small-world and scale-free networks consisting of bistable overdamped oscillators. Important thereby is the fact that the external subthreshold periodic forcing is introduced only to a single oscillator of the network. Hence, the forcing acts as a pacemaker trying to impose its rhythm on the whole network through the unit to which it is introduced. Without the addition of additive spatiotemporal noise, however, the whole network, including the unit that is directly exposed to the pacemaker, remains trapped forever in one of the two stable steady states of the local dynamics. We show that the correlation between the frequency of subthreshold pacemaker activity and the response of the network is resonantly dependent on the intensity of additive noise. The reported pacemaker-driven stochastic resonance depends most significantly on the coupling strength and the underlying network structure. Namely, the outreach of the pacemaker obeys the classic diffusion law in the case of nearest-neighbor interactions, thus being proportional to the square root of the coupling strength, whereas it becomes superdiffusive by an appropriate small-world or scale-free topology of the interaction network. In particular, the scale-free topology is identified as being optimal for the dissemination of localized rhythmic activity across the whole network. Also, we show that the ratio between the clustering coefficient and the characteristic path length is the crucial quantity defining the ability of a small-world network to facilitate the outreach of the pacemaker-emitted subthreshold rhythm. We additionally confirm these findings by using the FitzHugh-Nagumo excitable system as an alternative to the bistable overdamped oscillator.

  12. Reduced-dimension multiuser detection: detectors and performance guarantees

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    Xie, Yao; Goldsmith, Andrea


    We explore several reduced-dimension multiuser detection (RD-MUD) structures that significantly decrease the number of required correlation branches at the receiver front-end, while still achieving performance similar to that of the conventional matched-filter (MF) bank. RD-MUD exploits the fact that the number of active users is typically small relative to the total number of users in the system and relies on ideas of analog compressed sensing to reduce the number of correlators. We first develop a general framework for both linear and nonlinear RD-MUD detectors. We then present theoretical performance analysis for two specific detectors: the linear reduced-dimension decorrelating (RDD) detector, which combines subspace projection and thresholding to determine active users and sign detection for data recovery, and the nonlinear reduced-dimension decision-feedback (RDDF) detector, which combines decision-feedback orthogonal matching pursuit for active user detection and sign detection for data recovery. The t...

  13. Drift Chambers detectors; Detectores de deriva

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    Duran, I.; Martinez laso, L.


    We present here a review of High Energy Physics detectors based on drift chambers. The ionization, drift diffusion, multiplication and detection principles are described. Most common drift media are analysed, and a classification of the detectors according to its geometry is done. Finally the standard read-out methods are displayed and the limits of the spatial resolution are discussed. (Author) 115 refs.

  14. Observation of Nonlinear Compton Scattering

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    Kotseroglou, T.


    This experiment tests Quantum Electrodynamics in the strong field regime. Nonlinear Compton scattering has been observed during the interaction of a 46.6 GeV electron beam with a 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2} laser beam. The strength of the field achieved was measured by the parameter {eta} = e{var_epsilon}{sub rms}/{omega}mc = 0.6. Data were collected with infrared and green laser photons and circularly polarized laser light. The timing stabilization achieved between the picosecond laser and electron pulses has {sigma}{sub rms} = 2 ps. A strong signal of electrons that absorbed up to 4 infrared photons (or up to 3 green photons) at the same point in space and time, while emitting a single gamma ray, was observed. The energy spectra of the scattered electrons and the nonlinear dependence of the electron yield on the field strength agreed with the simulation over 3 orders of magnitude. The detector could not resolve the nonlinear Compton scattering from the multiple single Compton scattering which produced rates of scattered electrons of the same order of magnitude. Nevertheless, a simulation has studied this difference and concluded that the scattered electron rates observed could not be accounted for only by multiple ordinary Compton scattering; nonlinear Compton scattering processes are dominant for n {ge} 3.

  15. Thermal kinetic inductance detector

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    Cecil, Thomas; Gades, Lisa; Miceli, Antonio; Quaranta, Orlando


    A microcalorimeter for radiation detection that uses superconducting kinetic inductance resonators as the thermometers. The detector is frequency-multiplexed which enables detector systems with a large number of pixels.

  16. Forward tracking detectors

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    Klaus Mönig


    Forward tracking is an essential part of a detector at the international linear collider (ILC). The requirements for forward tracking are explained and the proposed solutions in the detector concepts are shown.

  17. Material reconstruction for spectral computed tomography with detector response function (United States)

    Liu, Jiulong; Gao, Hao


    Different from conventional computed tomography (CT), spectral CT using energy-resolved photon-counting detectors is able to provide the unprecedented material compositions. However accurate spectral CT needs to account for the detector response function (DRF), which is often distorted by factors such as pulse pileup and charge-sharing. In this work, we propose material reconstruction methods for spectral CT with DRF. The simulation results suggest that the proposed methods reconstructed more accurate material compositions than the conventional method without DRF. Moreover, the proposed linearized method with linear data fidelity from spectral resampling had improved reconstruction quality from the nonlinear method directly based on nonlinear data fidelity.

  18. The OSMOND detector

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    Bateman, J.E. [Technology Dept. Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Dalgliesh, R. [ISIS Dept. Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Duxbury, D.M., E-mail: [Technology Dept. Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Helsby, W.I. [Science and Technology Facilities Council, Daresbury Laboratory, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4AD (United Kingdom); Holt, S.A.; Kinane, C.J. [ISIS Dept. Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Marsh, A.S. [Diamond Light Source LTD, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Diamond House, Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Rhodes, N.J.; Schooneveld, E.M. [ISIS Dept. Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Spill, E.J.; Stephenson, R. [Technology Dept. Science and Technology Facilities Council, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX (United Kingdom)


    The development and testing of the Off Specular MicrOstrip Neutron Detector (OSMOND) is described. Based on a microstrip gas chamber the aim of the project was to produce a high counting rate detector capable of replacing the existing rate limited scintillator detectors currently in use on the CRISP reflectometer for off specular reflectometry experiments. The detector system is described together with results of neutron beam tests carried out at the ISIS spallation neutron source.

  19. Applications of Nonlinear Dynamics Model and Design of Complex Systems

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    In, Visarath; Palacios, Antonio


    This edited book is aimed at interdisciplinary, device-oriented, applications of nonlinear science theory and methods in complex systems. In particular, applications directed to nonlinear phenomena with space and time characteristics. Examples include: complex networks of magnetic sensor systems, coupled nano-mechanical oscillators, nano-detectors, microscale devices, stochastic resonance in multi-dimensional chaotic systems, biosensors, and stochastic signal quantization. "applications of nonlinear dynamics: model and design of complex systems" brings together the work of scientists and engineers that are applying ideas and methods from nonlinear dynamics to design and fabricate complex systems.

  20. The CAPRICE RICH detector

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    Basini, G. [INFN, Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Rome (Italy); Codino, A.; Grimani, C. [Perugia Univ. (Italy)]|[INFN, Perugia (Italy); De Pascale, M.P. [Rome Univ. `Tor Vergata` (Italy). Dip. di Fisica]|[INFN, Sezione Univ. `Tor Vergata` Rome (Italy); Cafagna, F. [Bari Univ. (Italy)]|[INFN, Bari (Italy); Golden, R.L. [New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM (United States). Particle Astrophysics Lab.; Brancaccio, F.; Bocciolini, M. [Florence Univ. (Italy)]|[INFN, Florence (Italy); Barbiellini, G.; Boezio, M. [Trieste Univ. (Italy)]|[INFN, Trieste (Italy)


    A compact RICH detector has been developed and used for particle identification in a balloon borne spectrometer to measure the flux of antimatter in the cosmic radiation. This is the first RICH detector ever used in space experiments that is capable of detecting unit charged particles, such as antiprotons. The RICH and all other detectors performed well during the 27 hours long flight.