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  1. The effects of an environmental "enrichment" program on the behavior of institutionalized profoundly retarded children.

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    Horner, R D

    1980-01-01

    This study determined the effects of procedures designed to "enrich" the physical and social environment of an institutional ward on the "adaptive" and "maladaptive" child, adult, self, and object-directed behaviors of five profoundly retarded ambulatory females. Behavior observed in two treatment conditions, an environment "enriched" with toys and objects and an "enriched" environment coupled with differential reinforcement of adaptive behavior, was compared to behavior occurring in correspo...

  2. Resonant behavior of dielectric objects (electrostatic resonances).

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    Fredkin, D R; Mayergoyz, I D

    2003-12-19

    Resonant behavior of dielectric objects occurs at certain frequencies for which the object permittivity is negative and the free-space wavelength is large in comparison with the object dimensions. Unique physical features of these resonances are studied and a novel technique for the calculation of resonance values of permittivity, and hence resonance frequencies, is proposed. Scale invariance of resonance frequencies, unusually strong orthogonality properties of resonance modes, and a two-dimensional phenomenon of "twin" spectra are reported. The paper concludes with brief discussions of optical controllability of these resonances in semiconductor nanoparticles and a plausible, electrostatic resonance based, mechanism for nucleation and formation of ball lightning.

  3. Acquisition and generalization of instruction following behavior in profoundly retarded individuals.

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    Ivy, R; Dubin, W

    1979-08-01

    Four profoundly retarded male residents of a state institution learned to comply with the instructions "come here," "stay," and "sit." Acquisition occurred in a special therapy room and instructions were presented in a fixed sequence. All subjects learned to comply with the instructions in the training environment. Testing occurred in the subject's ward dayroom where instructions were presented in a random sequence. Despite dramatic changes in the stimulus conditions associated with the transfer to the testing situation the subjects performed close to their asymptotic level. Three experimentally naive subjects participated in a second experiment which was similar to the first, except that the number of acquisition sessions and the number of trials per session were reduced. The reduction in number of acquisition trials did not appear to affect performance in the testing environment. The possibility of terminating off-task behavior of institutionalized individuals by eliciting previously acquired instruction following behavior was discussed.

  4. Surface Modification of Textured Dielectrics and Their Wetting Behavior

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    Kumar, Vijay; Dhillon, Ajaypal Singh; Sharma, Niti Nipun

    2017-02-01

    Controlling the wettability on dielectric materials is a classical topic in surface engineering. Surface texturing and deposition of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are major approaches to achieve lower or higher water contact angle ( θ c) and thereby making surface less or more wettable (more hydrophobic). Dielectric surfaces wetting has been engineered by surface modification and has been shown to achieve θ c to a maximum of 120° ± 5°. Further improvement in θ c to an extent greater than 150° ± 5° is desired to render the surface superhydrophobic. We report in this work an achievement of θ c > 150° ± 5° by combining the plasma-treated surface and octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) SAMs deposition on dielectrics, and this had been shown on dielectric ranging from low- k to high- k values. The improvement in wetting behavior and quality of dielectric surface with monolayer on plasma-treated surfaces are (is) investigated and characterized using atomic-force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), contact angle goniometer, and Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and are compared with untreated dielectric surface with OTS monolayers.

  5. Sintering behavior and microwave dielectric properties of a new ...

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    Sintering behavior and microwave dielectric properties of a new complex perovskite: (1–x)(Sr0.3Ca0.427Nd0.182)TiO3-xSmAlO3 ceramics. JING JING QU1, FEI LIU2,*, XING WEI1, CHANG LAI YUAN3, XIAN PEI. HUANG3. 1Department of Information Engineering, Guilin University of Aerospace. Technology, Guilin 541004 ...

  6. Dielectric behavior of gelatine-glycosaminoglycans blends: an impedance analysis.

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    Kanungo, Ivy; Fathima, Nishter Nishad; Rao, Jonnalagadda Raghava

    2013-05-01

    The dielectric behavior of the gelatine-GAGs based blend systems has been studied to understand the dynamic behavior of the water at the protein-GAGs interfaces which are relevant for tissue engineering application. Impedance (Z) and phase have been measured as a function of frequencies from 0.01 Hz to 100 kHz. GAGs tunes the ionic charge drift which initiates polarization mechanisms through charge accumulation at structural interfaces and creates conduction currents. The admittance results showed that at high frequency, the conductivity increases with increasing GAGs concentration indicating changes in hydration shell of the gelatine by the GAGs. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Improved electromechanical behavior in castable dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Akbari, Samin; Rosset, Samuel; Shea, Herbert R.

    2013-02-01

    Non-viscoelastic castable elastomers are replacing the polyacrylate VHB films in the new generations of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) to achieve fast and reliable actuation. We introduce the optimum prestretch conditions to enhance the electromechanical behavior of the castable DEAs resulting in large actuation strain. For castable actuator in which the thickness is selected independent of the prestretch, uniaxial prestretch mode offers the highest actuation strain in the transverse direction compared to biaxial and pure shear. We experimentally demonstrate that miniaturization hinders the loss of tension and up to 85% linear actuation strain is generated with a 300 × 300 μm2 polydimethylsiloxanes-based DEA.

  8. Effects of living room, Snoezelen room, and outdoor activities on stereotypic behavior and engagement by adults with profound mental retardation.

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    Cuvo, A J; May, M E; Post, T M

    2001-01-01

    Two experiments were conducted to test the effect of a room with sensory equipment, or Snoezelen room, on the stereotypic behavior and engagement of adults with profound mental retardation. In Experiment 1, participants were observed in their living room before and after attending the Snoezelen room. Results showed that there tended to be a reduction in stereotypy and increase in engagement when participants went from their living room to the Snoezelen room, and a return of these behaviors to pre-Snoezelen levels in the living room. Positive effects in the Snoezelen room did not carryover to the living room. In Experiment 2, the living and Snoezelen rooms were compared to an outdoor activity condition with the same participants and target behaviors. Results showed that the outdoor condition was superior, the Snoezelen condition intermediate, and the living room least effective in their impact on stereotypic behavior and engagement. Conceptualizations regarding factors that maintain stereotypic behavior and engagement were discussed in the context of the three experimental conditions.

  9. Behavioral cardiology: recognizing and addressing the profound impact of psychosocial stress on cardiovascular health.

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    Das, Sajal; O'Keefe, James H

    2008-10-01

    Psychosocial stress exerts independent adverse effects on cardiovascular health. The INTERHEART study reported that psychosocial stress accounted for approximately 30% of the attributable risk of acute myocardial infarction. Prospective studies consistently indicate that hostility, depression, and anxiety are related to increased risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular death. A sense of hopelessness, in particular, appears to be strongly correlated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Time urgency and impatience have not been consistently related to risk of coronary disease, but increase the likelihood of developing hypertension. Psychosocial stress appears to adversely affect autonomic and hormonal homeostasis, resulting in metabolic abnormalities, inflammation, insulin resistance, and endothelial dysfunction. Also, stress is often associated with self-destructive behavior and medication noncompliance. Psychosocial stress is a highly modifiable risk; many factors have been shown to be protective. These include psychosocial support, regular exercise, stress reduction training, sense of humor, optimism, altruism, faith, and pet ownership. Simple screening questions are available to reliably indicate a patient at risk for psychosocial stress-related health problems.

  10. Dielectric relaxation, resonance and scaling behaviors in Sr3Co2Fe24O41 hexaferrite

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    Tang, Rujun; Jiang, Chen; Qian, Wenhu; Jian, Jie; Zhang, Xin; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Hao

    2015-01-01

    The dielectric properties of Z-type hexaferrite Sr3Co2Fe24O41 (SCFO) have been investigated as a function of temperature from 153 to 503 K between 1 and 2 GHz. The dielectric responses of SCFO are found to be frequency dependent and thermally activated. The relaxation-type dielectric behavior is observed to be dominating in the low frequency region and resonance-type dielectric behavior is found to be dominating above 108 Hz. This frequency dependence of dielectric behavior is explained by the damped harmonic oscillator model with temperature dependent coefficients. The imaginary part of impedance (Z″) and modulus (M″) spectra show that there is a distribution of relaxation times. The scaling behaviors of Z″ and M″ spectra further suggest that the distribution of relaxation times is temperature independent at low frequencies. The dielectric loss spectra at different temperatures have not shown a scaling behavior above 108 Hz. A comparison between the Z″ and the M″ spectra indicates that the short-range charges motion dominates at low temperatures and the long-range charges motion dominates at high temperatures. The above results indicate that the dielectric dispersion mechanism in SCFO is temperature independent at low frequencies and temperature dependent at high frequencies due to the domination of resonance behavior. PMID:26314913

  11. Dielectric Behavior of Low Microwave Loss Unit Cell for All Dielectric Metamaterial

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    Tianhuan Luo

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available With a deep study of the metamaterial, its unit cells have been widely extended from metals to dielectrics. The dielectric based unit cells attract much attention because of the advantage of easy preparation, tunability, and higher frequency response, and so forth. Using the conventional solid state method, we prepared a kind of incipient ferroelectrics (calcium titanate, CaTiO3 with higher microwave permittivity and lower loss, which can be successfully used to construct metamaterials. The temperature and frequency dependence of dielectric constant are also measured under different sintering temperatures. The dielectric spectra showed a slight permittivity decrease with the increase of temperature and exhibited a loss of 0.0005, combined with a higher microwave dielectric constant of ~167 and quality factor Q of 2049. Therefore, CaTiO3 is a kind of versatile and potential metamaterial unit cell. The permittivity of CaTiO3 at higher microwave frequency was also examined in the rectangular waveguide and we got the permittivity of 165, creating a new method to test permittivity at higher microwave frequency.

  12. Electromechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced dielectric elastomer membrane

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    Chi Li

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Based on its large deformation, light weight, and high energy density, dielectric elastomer (DE has been used as driven muscle in many areas. We design the fiber-reinforced DE membrane by adding fibers in the membrane. The deformation and driven force direction of the membrane can be tuned by changing the fiber arrangements. The actuation in the perpendicular direction of the DE membrane with long fibers first increases and then decreases by the increasing of the fiber spacing in the perpendicular direction. The horizontal actuation of the membrane decreases by decreasing the spacing of short fibers. In the membrane-inflating structure, the radially arranged fibers will break the axisymmetric behavior of the structure. The top area of the inflated balloon without fiber will buckle up when the voltage reaches a certain level. Finite element simulations based on nonlinear field theory are conducted to investigate the effects of fiber arrangement and verify the experimental results. This work can guide the design of fiber-reinforced DE.

  13. Multi-Sensory Rooms: Comparing Effects of the Snoezelen and the Stimulus Preference Environment on the Behavior of Adults with Profound Mental Retardation

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    Fava, Leonardo; Strauss, Kristin

    2010-01-01

    The present study examined whether Snoezelen and Stimulus Preference environments have differential effects on disruptive and pro-social behaviors in adults with profound mental retardation and autism. In N = 27 adults these target behaviors were recorded for a total of 20 sessions using both multi-sensory rooms. Three comparison groups were…

  14. Structural, dielectric and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline zinc substituted magnesium ferrite

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    Jyoti,, E-mail: jyotijoshi.phy2008@gmail.com; Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, D. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004 (India); Kumar, S. [Department of Physics, Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Rajasthan (India); Sharma, K. B. [Department of Physics, S. S. Jain Subodh P. G. College, Jaipur (India)

    2015-06-24

    Zinc substituted magnesium ferrites Zn{sub 0.2}Mg{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and Zn{sub 0.4}Mg{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. Rietveld profile refinement of the XRD patterns confirms the formation of a cubic spinel structure in single phase. The dielectric properties viz. dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent tanδ increase with increasing temperature. The dielectric behavior is explained by using the mechanism of polarization process, which is correlated to that of electron exchange interaction. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanent magnetization decreases appreciably with increase in Zn which could be attributed to change in cation distribution.

  15. Structural, dielectric and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline zinc substituted magnesium ferrite

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    Jyoti, Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, D.; Kumar, S.; Sharma, K. B.

    2015-06-01

    Zinc substituted magnesium ferrites Zn0.2Mg0.8Fe2O4 and Zn0.4Mg0.6Fe2O4 were prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. Rietveld profile refinement of the XRD patterns confirms the formation of a cubic spinel structure in single phase. The dielectric properties viz. dielectric constant and dielectric loss tangent tanδ increase with increasing temperature. The dielectric behavior is explained by using the mechanism of polarization process, which is correlated to that of electron exchange interaction. The saturation magnetization, coercivity and remanent magnetization decreases appreciably with increase in Zn which could be attributed to change in cation distribution.

  16. Fracture Behavior of Dielectric Elastomer under Pure Shear Loading

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    Ahmad, D.; Patra, K.

    2017-09-01

    Dielectric elastomer has become a very important material for many emerging applications areas like optics, micro fluidics, sensors, actuators and energy harvesting. However, these elastomer components are prone to fracture or catastrophic failure because of defects likes notches, flaws, and fatigue crack, impurities which occur during production or during service. To make better use of this material, it is important to investigate fracture characteristics under different operating conditions. This study experimentally investigated the effects of notch length and strain rate on the fracture toughness, failure stretch and failure stress of acrylic elastomer under pure shear deformation mode. It is observed that failure stretch depends on notch length and independent of strain rate, but failure stress decreases with increasing notch length and increases with increasing strain rate. It is also found that fracture toughness is independent of notch lengths. However, fracture toughness is found to increase with strain rate.

  17. Magnetic and dielectric behavior of chromium substituted Co-Mg ferrite nanoparticles

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    Jadoun, Priya, E-mail: priya4jadoun@gmail.com; Jyoti,; Prashant, B. L.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, D.; Saxena, V. K. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302004 (India)

    2016-05-06

    The chromium doped Co-Mg ferrite with composition Co{sub 0.5}Mg{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 1.8}O{sub 4} has been synthesized using sol-gel auto combustion method. The crystal structure has been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. XRD pattern reveals the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure. The magnetic measurements show ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature and large coercivity is observed on cooling down the temperature to 20 K. Dielectric constant (ε’) and dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) have been determined at room temperature as a function of frequency in the frequency range 75 kHz to 80 MHz. The decrease in dielectric constant with increasing frequency attributes to Maxwell Wagner model and conduction mechanism in ferrites.

  18. Magnetic and dielectric behavior of chromium substituted Co-Mg ferrite nanoparticles

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    Jadoun, Priya; Jyoti, Prashant, B. L.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, D.; Saxena, V. K.

    2016-05-01

    The chromium doped Co-Mg ferrite with composition Co0.5Mg0.5Cr0.2Fe1.8O4 has been synthesized using sol-gel auto combustion method. The crystal structure has been analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. XRD pattern reveals the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure. The magnetic measurements show ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature and large coercivity is observed on cooling down the temperature to 20 K. Dielectric constant (ɛ') and dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) have been determined at room temperature as a function of frequency in the frequency range 75 kHz to 80 MHz. The decrease in dielectric constant with increasing frequency attributes to Maxwell Wagner model and conduction mechanism in ferrites.

  19. Controllable rotating behavior of individual dielectric microrod in a rotating electric field.

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    Liu, Weiyu; Ren, Yukun; Tao, Ye; Li, Yanbo; Chen, Xiaoming

    2017-06-01

    We report herein controllable rotating behavior of an individual dielectric microrod driven by a background rotating electric field. By disposing or removing structured floating microelectrode, the rigid rod suspended in electrolyte solution accordingly exhibits cofield or antifield rotating motion. In the absence of the ideally polarizable metal surface, the dielectric rod rotates opposite to propagation of electric field, with the measured rotating rate much larger than predicted by Maxwell-Wager interfacial polarization theory incorporating surface conduction of fixed bond charge. Surprisingly, with floating electrode embedded, a novel kind of cofield rotation mode occurs in the presence of induced double-layer polarization, due to the action of hydrodynamic torque from rotating induced-charge electroosmosis. This method of achieving switchable spin modes of dielectric particles would direct implications in constructing flexible electrokinetic framework for analyzing 3D profile of on-chip biomicrofluidic samples. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. What is profound?

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    Sobisch, Jan-Ulrich

    2013-01-01

    Discussing the question, which elements on the path are to be considered profound. While a general view is that the most subtle practises are also the most profound, 'Jig-rten-mgon-po maintains that the most fundamental one's are to be considered the most profound.......Discussing the question, which elements on the path are to be considered profound. While a general view is that the most subtle practises are also the most profound, 'Jig-rten-mgon-po maintains that the most fundamental one's are to be considered the most profound....

  1. Statistical modelling of discharge behavior of atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge

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    Tay, W. H.; Kausik, S. S.; Wong, C. S., E-mail: cswong@um.edu.my; Yap, S. L.; Muniandy, S. V. [Plasma Technology Research Centre, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2014-11-15

    In this work, stochastic behavior of atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) has been investigated. The experiment is performed in a DBD reactor consisting of a pair of stainless steel parallel plate electrodes powered by a 50 Hz ac high voltage source. Current pulse amplitude distributions for different space gaps and the time separation between consecutive current pulses are studied. A probability distribution function is proposed to predict the experimental distribution function for the current pulse amplitudes and the occurrence of the transition regime of the pulse distribution. Breakdown voltage at different positions on the dielectric surface is suggested to be stochastic in nature. The simulated results based on the proposed distribution function agreed well with the experimental results and able to predict the regime of transition voltage. This model would be useful for the understanding of stochastic behaviors of DBD and the design of DBD device for effective operation and applications.

  2. Dielectric and conducting behavior of gadolinium-terbium fumarate heptahydrate crystals

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    Shah, M. D.; Want, B.

    2015-07-01

    Gadolinium-terbium fumarate heptahydrate crystals were grown in silica gel by using single gel diffusion technique. The crystals were characterized by different physico-chemical techniques of characterization. Powder X-ray diffraction results showed that the grown material is purely crystalline in nature. Elemental analyses suggested the chemical formula of the compound to be Gd Tb (C4H2O4)3ṡ7H2O. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis confirmed the presence of Gd and Tb in the title compound. The dielectric and conductivity studies of the grown compound were carried as function of frequency of applied field and the temperature. The grown material showed a dielectric anomaly which was correlated with its thermal behavior. The ac conductivity of the material showed Jonscher's power law behavior: σ(ω)=σo+Aωs, with a temperature-dependent power exponent s(<1). The conductivity was found to be a function of temperature and frequency.

  3. The influence of self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles on the dielectric polymer composites

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    Xin Lu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available To clearify the influence of the distribution of the conductive nanoparticles on the dielectric properties of the corresponding polymer composites, the microstructure and dielectric character of the composites based on the oleic acid modified ferroferric oxide and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF polymer have been studied experimentally. It is found that these composites exhibit a normal percolative phase transition over the filler content from insulator to conductor, consistent with the classical percolation theory. However, when the percentage of fillers is at a certain value which is below the percolation threshold, these nanoparticles can assemble into a special porous structure in the PVDF matrix, associated with the enhancement of dielectric constant at low frequency. In addition, the controllable dispersion of conducting nanoparticles in a polymer matrix can prevent premature agglomeration at low filling fractions and avoid the appearance of anomalously early percolation. Therefore, the self-assembly behavior of nanoparticles can be beneficial to preparation of the high dielectric constant and low loss composites for the application of electric energy storage.

  4. Investigation on the viscoelastic behaviors of a circular dielectric elastomer membrane undergoing large deformation

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    Bing Wang

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available To explore the time-dependent dissipative behaviors of a circular dielectric elastomer membrane subject to force and voltage, a viscoelastic model is formulated based on the nonlinear theory for dissipative dielectrics. The circular membrane is attached centrally to a light rigid disk and then connected to a fixed rigid ring. When subject to force and voltage, the membrane deforms into an out-of plane shape, undergoing large deformation. The governing equations to describe the large deformation are derived by using energy variational principle while the viscoelasticity of the membrane is describe by a two-unit spring-dashpot model. The evolutions of the considered variables and the deformed shape are illustrated graphically. In calculation, the effects of the voltage and the pre-stretch on the electromechanical behaviors of the membrane are examined and the results show that they significantly influence the electromechanical behaviors of the membrane. It is expected that the present model may provide some guidelines in the design and application of such dielectric elastomer transducers.

  5. PROFOUND AND SEXUALLY DIMORPHIC EFFECTS OF CLINICALLY-RELEVANT LOW DOSE SCATTER IRRADIATION ON THE BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR

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    Anna eKovalchuk

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Irradiated cells can signal damage and distress to both close and distant neighbors that have not been directly exposed to the radiation (naïve bystanders. While studies have shown that such bystander effects occur in the shielded brain of animals upon body irradiation, their mechanism remains unexplored. Observed effects may be caused by some blood-borne factors; however they may also be explained, at least in part, by very small direct doses received by the brain that result from scatter or leakage. In order to establish the roles of low doses of scatter irradiation in the brain response, we developed a new model for scatter irradiation analysis whereby one rat was irradiated directly at the liver and the second rat was placed adjacent to the first and received a scatter dose to its body and brain. This work focuses specifically on the response of the latter rat brain to the low scatter irradiation dose. Here, we provide the first experimental evidence that very low, clinically relevant doses of scatter irradiation alter gene expression, induce changes in dendritic morphology, and lead to behavioral deficits in exposed animals. The results showed that exposure to radiation doses as low as 0.115 cGy caused changes in gene expression and reduced spine density, dendritic complexity, and dendritic length in the prefrontal cortex tissues of females, but not males. In the hippocampus, radiation altered neuroanatomical organization in males, but not in females. Moreover, low dose radiation caused behavioral deficits in the exposed animals. This is the first study to show that low dose scatter irradiation influences the brain and behavior in a sex-specific way.

  6. Structural and dielectric behavior of Cr3+ and Gd3+ substituted Ni-Zn nano ferrites

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    Anupama M., K.; Jagadeesha Angadi, V.; Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Pattar, Vinayak; Rudraswamy, B.

    2016-05-01

    A series of Gd3+ doped nano crystalline Ni0.6Zn0.4Cr0.5GdxFe1.5-xO4 (where x=0. 00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06) were prepared by solution combustion method using oxalyl dehydrazide (ODH) as a fuel. The Structural and dielectric behavior of as synthesized material was characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). XRD pattern reveals that the formation of single phase with cubic spinel structure. The average crystallite size and lattice parameter were found to increase with increasing Gd3+ concentration. The FTIR spectra shows two strong absorption bands at 387 cm-1 and 564 cm-1 both represents tetrahedral and octahedral stretching bonds respectively. The dielectric properties were carried out as a function of frequency and composition with the frequency range 40Hz to 10MHz. All the samples show the collective contribution of n-type and p-type carriers. The permittivity were found to decrease with increasing of Gd3+ concentration this is due to hopping off electrons and charge transport which is typical characteristic of polar dielectrics. Complex impedance was studied to know the contribution of grains and grain boundary resistance has explained according to the Maxwell Wagener type two layer model.

  7. Influence of ionic liquids on the dielectric relaxation behavior of CNT based elastomer nanocomposites

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    A. Das

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The influence of an imidazolium type ionic liquid (IL on the relaxation behavior of carbon-nanotube (CNT based polychloroprene nanocomposites prepared by melt mixing has been investigated by broadband dielectric spectroscopy. It is demonstrated that the presence of the ionic liquid modifies the relaxation behavior of the pure rubber matrix and leads to a significant increase of the conductivity for the CNT/rubber composites. For the unfilled rubber, a distinct glass transition of the IL is observed for high concentrations demonstrating that the IL forms a separate phase. The increased conductivity of the CNT-filled rubber composites is related to a physical coupling between CNTs and rubber matrix mediated by IL leading to a better dispersion of the CNTs.

  8. Casimir free energy of dielectric films: classical limit, low-temperature behavior and control.

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    Klimchitskaya, G L; Mostepanenko, V M

    2017-07-12

    The Casimir free energy of dielectric films, both free-standing in vacuum and deposited on metallic or dielectric plates, is investigated. It is shown that the values of the free energy depend considerably on whether the calculation approach used neglects or takes into account the dc conductivity of film material. We demonstrate that there are material-dependent and universal classical limits in the former and latter cases, respectively. The analytic behavior of the Casimir free energy and entropy for a free-standing dielectric film at low temperature is found. According to our results, the Casimir entropy goes to zero when the temperature vanishes if the calculation approach with neglected dc conductivity of a film is employed. If the dc conductivity is taken into account, the Casimir entropy takes the positive value at zero temperature, depending on the parameters of a film, i.e. the Nernst heat theorem is violated. By considering the Casimir free energy of SiO2 and Al2O3 films deposited on a Au plate in the framework of two calculation approaches, we argue that physically correct values are obtained by disregarding the role of dc conductivity. A comparison with the well known results for the configuration of two parallel plates is made. Finally, we compute the Casimir free energy of SiO2, Al2O3 and Ge films deposited on high-resistivity Si plates of different thicknesses and demonstrate that it can be positive, negative and equal to zero. The effect of illumination of a Si plate with laser light is considered. Possible applications of the obtained results to thin films used in microelectronics are discussed.

  9. Electric Conductivity and Dielectric-Breakdown Behavior for Polyurethane Magnetic Elastomers.

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    Sasaki, Shuhei; Tsujiei, Yuri; Kawai, Mika; Mitsumata, Tetsu

    2017-02-23

    The electric-voltage dependence of the electric conductivity for cross-linked and un-cross-linked magnetic elastomers was measured at various magnetic fields, and the effect of cross-linking on the electric conductivity and the dielectric-breakdown behavior was investigated. The electric conductivity for un-cross-linked elastomers at low voltages was independent of magnetic fields and the volume fraction of magnetic particles, indicating the electric conduction in the polyurethane matrix. At high voltages, the electric conductivity increased with the magnetic field, showing the electric conduction via chains of magnetic particles. On the other hand, the electric conductivity at low voltages for cross-linked elastomers with volume fractions below 0.06 was independent of the magnetic field, suggesting the electric conduction in the polyurethane matrix. At volume fractions above 0.14, the electric conductivity increased with the magnetic field, suggesting the electric conduction via chains of magnetic particles. At high voltages, the electric conductivity for cross-linked elastomers with a volume fraction of 0.02 was independent of the magnetic field, indicating the electric conduction through the polyurethane matrix. At volume fractions above 0.06, the electric conductivity suddenly increased at a critical voltage, exhibiting the dielectric breakdown at the bound layer of magnetic particles and/or the discontinuous part between chains.

  10. Effect of dc-bias on the dielectric behavior of CNT/ABS nanocomposites

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    El Ghanem, Hasan M., E-mail: hmel@just.edu.jo [Physics Department, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110 (Jordan); Abdul Jawad, Saa' di [Physics Department, Hashemite University, P.O. Box 150459, Zarqa 13115 (Jordan); Al-Saleh, Mohammed H.; Hussain, Yazan A [Department of Chemical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110 (Jordan); Salah, Wael [Physics Department, Hashemite University, P.O. Box 150459, Zarqa 13115 (Jordan)

    2013-06-01

    Several aspects of the dielectric behavior of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/acrylonitrile–butadiene–styrene (ABS) nanocomposites were studied. MWCNT/ABS nanocomposites with filler content between 2 wt% and 15 wt% were prepared by melt mixing and characterized by the impedance technique. The results showed that the dc and ac conductivities increase with increasing dc bias and MWCNT content. The effect of dc bias was more pronounced for nanocomposites with low MWCNT content. The bode diagram of the real impedance for nanocomposites containing 2 wt% MWCNT or higher exhibited a frequency independent plateau in the low frequency region revealing that dc conduction is the dominant conduction mechanism. The critical frequency at which ac conductivity becomes frequency dependent increased with increasing dc bias and MWCNT content.

  11. Dielectric Relaxation Behavior of Poly(acrylonitrile-co-methacrylonitrile) Microcapsules Dispersed in a Silicone Matrix

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    Park, Taigyoo; OBrien, Emmett; Lizotte, Jeremy R.; Glass, Thomas E.; Ward, Thomas C.; Long, Timothy E.; Leo, Donald J.

    2006-01-01

    The dielectric relaxation behavior of poly(acrylonitrile-co-methacrylonitrile) dispersed in a cured polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS) matrix as microcapsules was investigated over multiple thermal cycles and at varying concentrations. The copolymer microcapsules contained an isopentane core. In the PDMS matrix this copolymer displayed a pronounced relaxation signal at temperatures above the glass transition of the copolymers due to Maxwell-Wagner-Sillars (MWS) relaxation. The mechanism of MWS relaxation interpreted by the Havriliak-Negami and Kohlrausch-Williams-Watts relaxation functions was found to be very similar to previous studies of neat polyacrylonitrile and its copolymer. The activation energy of the relaxation decreased over successive thermal cycling coincident with a decreasing strength of the relaxation. These observations were attributed to the decreasing concentration of nitrile groups due to intramolecular cyclizations.

  12. Anomalous bulging behaviors of a dielectric elastomer balloon under internal pressure and electric actuation

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    Wang, Fangfang; Yuan, Chao; Lu, Tongqing; Wang, T. J.

    2017-05-01

    When a clamped membrane of elastomer is subject to a lateral pressure, it bulges into a hemispherical balloon. However, for a clamped membrane of dielectric elastomer (DE) under a lateral pressure as well as a voltage through the thickness, it may bulge into a regular hemispherical balloon or an irregular shape. This work focuses on the anomalous bulging behaviors (i.e. the irregular bulging shape) of a DE balloon under electromechanical coupling loading. The full set of the equilibrium configurations of the DE balloon is theoretically derived within the framework of thermodynamics, based on which we find that with the increase of the applied voltage, the pressure-volume relationship changes from the single-N shape for the case of purely mechanical loading to a double-N shape, where five or more equilibrium configurations exist including both regular and irregular bulging shapes. Through stability analysis we find that the anomalous bulging is a common behavior for the DE balloon under electromechanical coupling loading and all types of irregular bulging shapes can be achieved by following carefully designed loading paths. Besides, the irregular bulging region usually has the largest local strain which may initiate the failure of the DE membrane. Guided by the theoretical analysis, we conducted experiments on a DE balloon under the internal pressure and electrical actuation. Typical irregular shapes were successfully observed and the entire evolution of the shape changing agrees very well with theoretical predictions. These findings enrich understandings of highly nonlinear behaviors for soft materials under electromechanical coupling loading.

  13. Anisotropic properties of high-temperature polyimide thin films: Dielectric and thermal-expansion behaviors

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    Ree, M.; Chen, K.-J.; Kirby, D. P.; Katzenellenbogen, N.; Grischkowsky, D.

    1992-09-01

    Multilayer poly(p-phenylene biphenyltetracarboximide) (BPDA-PDA) polyimide films of 172 μm total thickness (11.4 μm per layer) were prepared from the poly(amic acid) precursor solution through repetition of a spin-coat/softbake/cure process. Wide-angle x-ray diffraction results indicate that the polyimide molecules in the multilayer films are highly ordered along the chain axes as well as in the lateral direction and furthermore are highly oriented in the film plane as observed in a single-layer film of 11.4 μm thickness. The multilayer films showed the same dynamic mechanical properties and glass transition behavior (Tg = 330 °C) as a single-layer film. For the multilayer films both the in-plane dielectric constant (ɛ'XY) and out-of-plane thermal-expansion coefficient (αZ) were measured using time-domain spectroscopy and conventional thermal mechanical analysis, respectively. The ɛ'XY at room temperature was 3.69 (±0.08) over a frequency range of 0.35-2.50 THz. A similar ɛ'XY is predicted at frequencies of ≤0.35 THz. In contrast to the ɛ'XY, a relatively lower out-of-plane dielectric constant (ɛ'Z) was observed: ɛ'Z = 2.96-3.03 (±0.02) at 1 MHz, depending on moisture content in the film. The dielectric loss ɛ`Z at 1 MHz was 0.011-0.014 (±0.001), depending on moisture content. The measured αZ was 74 ppm/°C over the temperature range of 25-150 °C, which was much higher than αXY = 2.6-5 ppm/°C. Consequently, large anisotropic ɛ' and α have been observed in the in plane and out of plane of the thermally imidized BPDA-PDA films. The anisotropic ɛ' and α were caused by high in-plane orientation of the polyimide molecules highly ordered along the chain axes in the films.

  14. Dielectric behavior and phase transition in [111]-oriented PIN–PMN–PT single crystals under dc bias

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    Yuhui Wan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Temperature and electric field dependences of the dielectric behavior and phase transition for [111]-oriented 0.23PIN–0.52PMN–0.25PT (PIN-PMN–0.25PT and 0.24PIN–0.43PMN–0.33PT (PIN–PMN–0.33PT single crystals were investigated over a temperature range from -100°C to 250°C using field-heating (FH dielectric measurements. The transition phenomenon from ferroelectric microdomain to macrodomain was found in rhombohedra (R phase region in the single crystals under dc bias. This transition temperature Tf of micro-to-macrodomain is sensitive to dc bias and move quickly to lower temperature with increasing dc bias. The phase transition temperatures in the two single crystals shift toward high temperature and the dielectric permittivities at the phase transition temperature decrease with increasing dc bias. Especially, the phase transition peaks are gradually broad in PIN–PMN–0.33PT single crystal with the increasing dc bias. Effects of dc bias on the dielectric behavior and phase transition in PIN–PMN–PT single crystals are discussed.

  15. Structure and phase formation behavior and dielectric and magnetic properties of lead iron tantalate-lead zirconate titanate multiferroic ceramics

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    Wongmaneerung, R., E-mail: re_nok@yahoo.com [Faculty of Science, Maejo University, Chiang Mai 50290 (Thailand); Tipakontitikul, R. [Department of Physics, Ubonratchathani University, Ubonratchathani 31490 (Thailand); Jantaratana, P. [Department of Physics, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand); Bootchanont, A.; Jutimoosik, J.; Yimnirun, R. [School of Physics, Institute of Science, and NANOTEC-SUT Center of Excellence on Advanced Functional Nanomaterials, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand); Ananta, S. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200 (Thailand)

    2016-03-15

    Highlights: • The multiferroic ceramics consisted of PFT and PZT. • Crystal structure changed from cubic to mixedcubic and tetragonal with increasing PZT content. • Dielectric showed the samples underwent a typical relaxor ferroelectric behavior. • Magnetic properties showed very interesting behavior with square saturated magnetic hysteresis loops. - Abstract: Multiferroic (1 − x)Pb(Fe{sub 0.5}Ta{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}–xPb(Zr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47})O{sub 3} (or PFT–PZT) ceramics were synthesized by solid-state reaction method. The crystal structure and phase formation of the ceramics were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The local structure surrounding Fe and Ti absorbing atoms was investigated by synchrotron X-ray Absorption Near-Edge Structure (XANES) measurement. Dielectric properties were studied as a function of frequency and temperature using a LCR meter. A vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) was used to determine the magnetic hysteresis loops. XRD study indicated that the crystal structure of the sample changed from pure cubic to mixed cubic and tetragonal with increasing PZT content. XANES measurements showed that the local structure surrounding Fe and Ti ions was similar. Dielectric study showed that the samples underwent a typical relaxor ferroelectric behavior while the magnetic properties showed very interesting behavior with square saturated magnetic hysteresis loops.

  16. AC conductivity and dielectric behavior of polyaniline/sodium metavenadate (PANI/NaVO{sub 3}) composites

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    Machappa, T. [Department of Physics, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga 585 106, Karnataka (India); Ambika Prasad, M.V.N., E-mail: Prasad1_Amb@rediffmail.co [Department of Materials Science, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga 585 106, Karnataka (India)

    2009-11-15

    The conducting polyaniline/sodium metavenadate (PANI/NaVO{sub 3}) composites were synthesized by single step in situ polymerization technique by placing finely grinded powder of NaVO{sub 3} during the polymerization of aniline. The formation of mixed phases of the polymer together with the conducting emeraldine salt phase was confirmed by spectroscopic techniques like FTIR. SEM images indicated a systematic morphological variation of particles aggregated in the composite matrix as compared to the pristine PANI. AC conductivity and dielectric behavior of these composites were investigated in the frequency range 50 Hz to 5 MHz. It is found that AC conductivity obeyed the power law index and the variation of conductivity with wt% of NaVO{sub 3} could be related to conductivity relaxation phenomenon. These composites have shown high dielectric constant, which is related to polarization. It is seen that both dielectric constant and dielectric loss decrease with increase in frequency. Variations in measured parameters of AC response with increasing frequency of these composites are found to follow systematic trends that are similar to those observed with temperature and doping.

  17. Evaluating the blue-shift behaviors of the surface plasmon coupling of an embedded light emitter with a surface Ag nanoparticle by adding a dielectric interlayer or coating.

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    Kuo, Yang; Chang, Wen-Yen; Lin, Chun-Han; Yang, C C; Kiang, Yean-Woei

    2015-11-30

    The surface plasmon (SP) coupling behaviors of an embedded light emitter or radiating dipole in GaN with a surface Ag nanoparticle (NP) in four structures of different added dielectric geometries, including an extended dielectric interlayer (DI) and a DI of a finite width between the Ag NP and GaN, a dielectric coating on the Ag NP, and no dielectric addition, are numerically compared. Either an added DI or dielectric coating can lead to the blue shift of localized surface plasmon (LSP) dipole resonance peak or the spectral peak of radiated power enhancement ratio with respect to that of the structure without dielectric addition. A smaller dielectric refractive-index or a larger dielectric thickness results in a larger blue-shift range. Under the condition of the same dielectric refractive-index and thickness, the structure of a DI with a finite width leads to the largest blue-shift range, followed by the structure of an extended DI and then the structure of a dielectric coating. In a practical application, for a given emission wavelength of a blue-emitting quantum well, the emission enhancement effect through SP coupling depends on the LSP resonance strength at this wavelength. Our study also shows that although the LSP resonance peak can be blue-shifted by reducing the size of a surface Ag NP, its SP coupling strength is dramatically reduced. Adding a DI or dielectric coating is a more practical approach for shifting the major LSP resonance mode of a surface Ag NP from the green into blue range.

  18. Enhancement in dielectric behavior of (Ni, Zn)Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite

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    Sheikh, Javed R.; Gaikwad, Vishwajit M.; Moon, Vaibhav C.; Acharya, Smita A., E-mail: saha275@yahoo.com [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University Campus, Nagpur-440033 (India)

    2016-05-06

    In present work, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}(NFO), ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (ZFO) and Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (NZFO) are synthesized by microwave assisted co-precipitation route. Their structural properties are confirmed by X-ray diffraction and data is fitted through Reitveld refinement using Full-Prof software suite. After refinement, the systematic crystal structures of NFO, ZFO and NZFO compounds are generated using output .cif file by VESTA (Visualization for Electronic and Structural Analysis) program. Structural parameters obtained after refinement and unit cell construction, are systematically tabulated. Room temperature frequency dependence dielectric properties are studied. We found enhanced values of dielectric constant for NZFO than individual NFO and ZFO phases. For NZFO sample, greater electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} which enhances polarization and dielectric constant.

  19. Structural and dielectric behavior of Cr{sup 3+} and Gd{sup 3+} substituted Ni-Zn nano ferrites

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    Anupama, M. K.; Angadi, Jagadeesha V.; Matteppanavar, Shidaling; Pattar, Vinayak; Rudraswamy, B., E-mail: brudraswamy@gmail.com [Department of Physics, JB Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore–560056 (India)

    2016-05-06

    A series of Gd{sup 3+} doped nano crystalline Ni{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Cr{sub 0.5}Gd{sub x}Fe{sub 1.5-x}O{sub 4} (where x=0. 00, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06) were prepared by solution combustion method using oxalyl dehydrazide (ODH) as a fuel. The Structural and dielectric behavior of as synthesized material was characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). XRD pattern reveals that the formation of single phase with cubic spinel structure. The average crystallite size and lattice parameter were found to increase with increasing Gd{sup 3+} concentration. The FTIR spectra shows two strong absorption bands at 387 cm{sup −1} and 564 cm{sup −1} both represents tetrahedral and octahedral stretching bonds respectively. The dielectric properties were carried out as a function of frequency and composition with the frequency range 40Hz to 10MHz. All the samples show the collective contribution of n-type and p-type carriers. The permittivity were found to decrease with increasing of Gd{sup 3+} concentration this is due to hopping off electrons and charge transport which is typical characteristic of polar dielectrics. Complex impedance was studied to know the contribution of grains and grain boundary resistance has explained according to the Maxwell Wagener type two layer model.

  20. Low-temperature dielectric behavior of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}-SiO{sub 2} solid solutions.

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    Choosuwan, H.; Guo, R.; Bhalla, A. S.; Balachandran, U.; Energy Technology; Pennsylvania State Univ.

    2003-03-01

    Dielectric properties of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}(0.92):SiO{sub 2}(0.08) ceramic were measured in the temperature range of 10-300 K by the cryostat system. Frequency-dependent dielectric loss suggests the relaxation behavior of this material. The relaxation mechanism was analyzed by the Arrhenius relationship and the Cole-Cole plot. Calculated distribution of relaxation time reveals deviation from the pure Debye relaxation.

  1. Theoretical prediction of electrocaloric effect based on non-linear behaviors of dielectric permittivity under temperature and electric fields

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    Hongbo Liu

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The electrocaloric (EC effect has been paid great attentions recently for applications on cooling or electricity generation. However, the directly commercial measurement equipment for the effect is still unavailable. Here we report a novel method to predict EC effect by non-linear behaviors of dielectric permittivity under temperature and electric fields. According to the method, the analytical equations of EC temperature change ΔT are directly given for normal ferroelectrics and relaxor. The calculations have been performed on several materials and it is shown that the method is suitable for both inorganic and organic ferroelectrics, and relaxor.

  2. Original and pyrometamorphical altered Bentheimer sandstone : Petrophysical properties, surface and dielectric behavior

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    Peksa, A.E.; Wolf, K.H.A.A.; Slob, E.C.; Chmura, L.A.; Zitha, P.L.J.

    2016-01-01

    Bentheimer sandstone is a quartz-rich permeable hard sedimentary rock used for core flooding experiments. When fired to stabilize clays (subjected to high temperatures), pyrometamorphical phase changes induce texture and pore framework alteration. As a consequence the new dielectric response may

  3. An electro-mechanically coupled model for the dynamic behavior of a dielectric electro-active polymer actuator

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    Hodgins, M.; Rizzello, G.; Naso, D.; York, A.; Seelecke, S.

    2014-10-01

    Dielectric electro-active polymer (DEAP) technology holds promise for enabling lightweight, energy efficient, and scalable actuators. The circular DEAP actuator configuration (also known as cone or diaphragm actuator) in particular shows potential in applications such as pumps, valves, micro-positioners and loudspeakers. For a quantitative prediction of the actuator behavior as well as for design optimization tasks, material models which can reproduce the coupled electromechanical behavior inherent to these actuators are necessary. This paper presents a non-linear viscoelastic model based on an electro-mechanical Ogden free energy expression for the DEAP. The DEAP model is coupled with a spring/mass system to study the dynamic performance of such a representative system from static behavior to 50 Hz. The system is identified and validated by several different experiments.

  4. The Effects of Weighted Vests on Appropriate In-Seat Behaviors of Elementary-Age Students with Autism and Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities

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    Cox, Amy L.; Gast, David L.; Luscre, Deanna; Ayres, Kevin M.

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of weighted vests on the amount of time 3 elementary-age students with autism, intellectual disabilities, and sensory processing abnormalities engaged in appropriate in-seat behavior. An alternating treatments design was used to examine the duration of appropriate in-seat behavior under three…

  5. Dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity behavior of carboxyl functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes/poly (vinyl alcohol) composites

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    Amrin, Sayed; Deshpande, V. D.

    2017-03-01

    We study the dielectric relaxation and ac conductivity behavior of MWCNT-COOH/Polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposite films in the temperature (T) range 303-423 K and in the frequency (f) range 0.1 Hz-1 MHz. The dielectric constant increases with an increase in temperature and also with an increase in MWCNT-COOH loading into the polymer matrix, as a result of interfacial polarization. The permittivity data were found to fit well with the modified Cole-Cole equation. Temperature dependent values of the relaxation times, free charge carrier conductivity and space charge carrier conductivity were extracted from the equation. An observed increment in the ac conductivity for the nanocomposites was analysed by a Jonscher power law which suggests that the correlated barrier hopping is the dominant charge transport mechanism for the nanocomposite films. The electric modulus study revealed deviations from ideal Debye-type behavior which are explained by considering a generalized susceptibility function. XRD and DSC results show an increase in the degree of crystallinity.

  6. Synthesis, structural characterization and dielectric behavior of new oxime-cyclotriphosphazene derivatives

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    Koran, Kenan; Özen, Furkan; Biryan, Fatih; Görgülü, Ahmet Orhan

    2016-02-01

    The cyclotriphosphazene compound (2) bearing formyl groups as side groups was obtained from the reaction of 2,2-Dichloro-4,4,6,6-bis[spiro(2‧,2″-dioxy-1‧,1″-biphenylyl)]cyclotriphosphazene (1) with 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde in the presence K2CO3 in tetrahydrofuran. Oxime-cyclotriphosphazene compound (3) was synthesized from the reaction of compound 2 with hydroxylamine hydrochloride in pyridine. The synthesized oxime-phosphazene compound (3) was reacted with alkyl and acyl halides. As a results, the cyclotriphosphazene compounds (1-10) bearing oxime ether and ester as side groups were obtained. The chemical structures of these compounds (1-10) were determined by elemental analysis, FT-IR, 1H, 13C and 31P NMR spectroscopic methods. Dielectric constant, dielectric loss factors and conductivity properties of cyclotriphosphazene compounds were measured over the frequency range from 100 Hz to 2 kHz at 25 °C and compared with each other. It is found that ester substituted cyclotriphosphazenes have higher dielectric constant. Our study suggests that these phosphazenes promising candidate materials in multifunctional optoelectronic devices.

  7. Effect of samarium doping on the dielectric behavior of barium zircomium titanate ceramic

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    Badapanda, T., E-mail: badapanda.tanmaya@gmail.com [Department of Physics, C.V. Raman College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar, Odisha-752054 (India); Sarangi, S.; Behera, B. [School of Physics, Sambalpur University, Jyoti Vihar Sambalpur, Odisha-768019 (India); Anwar, S. [Colloids and Materials Chemistry, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha-751013 (India); Sinha, T. P. [Department of Physics, Bose Institute, Kolkata-700009 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Samarium doped Barium Zirconium Titanate ceramic with general formula Ba{sub 1−x}Sm{sub 2x/3}Zr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3} [x=0.0,0.01,0.02,0.03,0.04] has been prepared by high energy ball milling. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed that these ceramics have a single phase with perovskite-type upto x≤0.03 and a small secondary phase exist at x=0.04. The temperature dependent dielectric study shows a ferroelectric phase transition and transition temperature decreases with an increase in the Samarium content.

  8. Al doping effect on electrical and dielectric aging behavior against impulse surge in ZPCCYA-based varistors

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    Nahm, Choon-W., E-mail: cwnahm@deu.ac.kr [Semiconductor Ceramics Lab., Department of Electrical Engineering, Dongeui University, 995 Eomgwangno, Busanjin-Gu, Busan 614-714 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-06-15

    Al doping effect on electrical and dielectric aging behavior against impulse surge in the ZPCCYA-based varistors was investigated. The clamp ratio (K) decreased in accordance with increasing Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content up to 0.005 mol%. A further increase in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} doping level caused K to increase. The K value at a surge current of 5 A and 10 A for the varistor doped with 0.005 mol% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited 1.49 and 1.57, respectively. Furthermore, the K value at a higher surge current of 1200 A was 2.44 for the varistors doped with 0.005 mol% and 0.01 mol% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The best electrical and dielectric stability against impulse surge current of 1200 A was obtained at 0.01 mol% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, where %{Delta}E{sub 1mA/cm}{sup 2} = -1.0%, %{Delta}{alpha} = 0%, %{Delta}J{sub L} = -3.9%, %{Delta}{epsilon}'{sub APP} = +1.4%, and %{Delta} tan {delta} = -10.5%. Conclusively, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content was optimized at 0.01 mol% in terms of the surge absorption capability.

  9. Dielectric behavior of La1-xCaxMnO3 (0.4 ≤ x ≤ 0.5

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    Fondado, A.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work the dielectric behavior of semiconducting La-manganites in an intermediate Ca-doping regime is studied. Ceramic samples were prepared by conventional solid-state reaction, using elemental oxides as starting reactants. A chemical, structural and microstructural characterization of the prepared manganites was performed by iodometric titrations, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The magnetic susceptibility and electrical resistivity as a function of temperature were also measured. The complex dielectric permittivity of the samples was determined as a function of frequency and temperature. Very high values of dielectric constant in a wide frequency and temperature range were observed for all the synthesized samples. Moreover, an increase of the dielectric constant at temperatures close to chargeorder or metal-insulator transition is reported.En este trabajo se estudia el comportamiento dieléctrico de manganitas de La dopadas con Ca en un rango de composición cercano a 0.5. Se prepararon muestras cerámicas por el método de reacción en estado sólido, utilizando los óxidos elementales como reactivos. Los materiales obtenidos fueron caracterizados química, estructural y microestructuralmente mediante titulaciones iodométricas, difracción de rayos X y microscopía electrónica de barrido, respectivamente. Se hicieron medidas de susceptibilidad magnética y resistividad eléctrica en función de la temperatura. Además se determinó la permitividad dieléctrica compleja de las muestras sintetizadas en función de la frecuencia y la temperatura. Se observaron valores muy elevados de la constante dieléctrica en un amplio rango de frecuencias y temperaturas para todos los materiales obtenidos. También se encontró un aumento de la constante dieléctrica a temperaturas cercanas a las de las transiciones de orden de carga o metal-aislante sufridas por estos materiales.

  10. Thermal and Dielectric Behavior Studies of Poly(Arylene Ether Sulfones with Sulfonated and Phosphonated Pendants

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    Shimoga D. Ganesh

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The present paper discusses the aspects of the synthesizing valeric acid based poly(ether sulfones with active carboxylic acid pendants (VALPSU from solution polymerization technique via nucleophilic displacement polycondensation reaction among 4,4′-dichlorodiphenyl sulfone (DCDPS and 4,4′-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl valeric acid (BHPA. The conditions necessary to synthesize and purify the polymer were investigated in some detail. The synthesized poly(ether sulfones comprise sulfone and ether linkages in addition to reactive carboxylic acid functionality; these active carboxylic acid functional groups were exploited to hold the phenyl sulphonic acid and phenyl phosphonic acid pendants. The phenyl sulphonic acid pendants in VALPSU were easily constructed by altering active carboxylic acid moieties by sulfanilic acid using N,N′-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC mediated mild synthetic route, whereas the latter one was built in two steps. Initially, polyphosphoric acid condensation with VALPSU by 4-bromoaniline and next straightforward palladium catalyzed synthetic route, in both of which acidic pendants are clenched by polymer backbone via amide linkage. Without impairing the primary polymeric backbone modified polymers were prepared by varying the stoichiometric ratios of respective combinations. All the polymers were physicochemically characterized and pressed into tablets; electrical contacts were established to study the dielectric properties. Finally, the influence of the acidic pendants on the dielectric properties was examined.

  11. Dielectric behaviors at microwave frequencies and Mössbauer effects of chalcedony, agate, and zultanite

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    Paralı, Levent; Şabikoǧlu, İsrafil; Tucek, Jiri; Pechousek, Jiri; Novak, Petr; Navarik, Jakub

    2015-05-01

    In this study, dielectric properties within 8-12 GHz microwave frequencies, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, synchronized two thermal analyses, and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy analysis of chalcedony, agate, and zultanite samples from Turkey are presented. Agate and chalcedony show the same nine vibrational absorption peaks obtained unlike zultanite from FTIR spectra in the 350 cm-1 to 4000 cm-1 range, ɛ‧ values of chalcedony, agate and zultanite derived at 10.5 GHz were 4.67, 4.41, and 7.34, respectively, ɛ‧ and ɛ″ values of the studied samples at the microwave frequencies are related to the percentage weight of their constituent parts in their chemical compositions. 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy results confirm the existence of iron-containing islands in the crystal structure of zultanite, agate, and chalcedony samples, equipped them with magnetic features typical for magnetic nanoparticles including superparamagnetism. The presence of iron-containing islands significantly affects the magnetic, dielectric, and optical properties of studied samples that are not observed for pure minerals without any foreign inclusions. Project supported by the Project LO1305 and Operational Program Education for Competitiveness-European Social Fund of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (Grant No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0155), and the Internal Student Grant IGA of Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic (Grant No. IGA PrF 2014017).

  12. Review of dissertation «School-Wide Positive Behavior Support for Individuals with Severe and Profound Disabilities» by Brittany A. Judge

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    Florova N.B.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The review presents a study provided to t the Faculty of psychology and Department of Graduate College of the University of Nebraska (United States by the Supervisory Commission draft Ed. S. Field Project. The Commission examined this study to assess the conformity of the rules of procedures for the award of a master's degree in the field of school psychology. Publication may be of interest to readers because of the unrelenting relevance of psycho-pedagogical problems of safety and effectiveness of educational environment for students with developmental and behavioral limitations, as well as the need to expand the arsenal of tools and school preventive intervention strategies in alternative schools. The publication helps to estimate the difficulty of psycho-pedagogical work and educational process in relation to children with severe personality disorderss

  13. Microstructure and dielectric behavior of Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15 ceramics.

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    Hu, Guoxin; Gao, Feng; Liu, Liangliang; Deng, Zhenqi; Liu, Zhengtang

    2013-07-01

    Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15(KSNB) ceramics with relative density higher than 96% were successfully prepared by sintering at 1300 °C. The addition of Bi2O3 will decrease the tetragonal degree of the materials, improve the densification, and promote the grain growth of KSNB ceramics. Relaxation behavior can be observed in KSNB ceramics, which is attributed to the complex response of the polar nanoregions and matrices resulting from substitution of Bi3+ for Sr2+ and K+. Bi2O3-doped KSr2Nb5O15 ceramics show good temperature-dependence performance and high dielectric tunability. KSNB ceramics with 4.0 wt% added Bi2O3 show the maximum tunability, and capacitance changes with temperature meet the requirement of the X7R standard, which makes these ceramics promising candidate materials for multilayer capacitors and tunable phase shifters.

  14. Ionic structure in liquids confined by dielectric interfaces

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    Jing, Yufei; Jadhao, Vikram; Zwanikken, Jos W.; Olvera de la Cruz, Monica

    2015-11-01

    The behavior of ions in liquids confined between macromolecules determines the outcome of many nanoscale assembly processes in synthetic and biological materials such as colloidal dispersions, emulsions, hydrogels, DNA, cell membranes, and proteins. Theoretically, the macromolecule-liquid boundary is often modeled as a dielectric interface and an important quantity of interest is the ionic structure in a liquid confined between two such interfaces. The knowledge gleaned from the study of ionic structure in such models can be useful in several industrial applications, such as in the design of double-layer supercapacitors for energy storage and in the extraction of metal ions from wastewater. In this article, we compute the ionic structure in a model system of electrolyte confined by two planar dielectric interfaces using molecular dynamics simulations and liquid state theory. We explore the effects of high electrolyte concentrations, multivalent ions, dielectric contrasts, and external electric field on the ionic distributions. We observe the presence of non-monotonic ionic density profiles leading to a layered structure in the fluid which is attributed to the competition between electrostatic and steric (entropic) interactions. We find that thermal forces that arise from symmetry breaking at the interfaces can have a profound effect on the ionic structure and can oftentimes overwhelm the influence of the dielectric discontinuity. The combined effect of ionic correlations and inhomogeneous dielectric permittivity significantly changes the character of the effective interaction between the two interfaces.

  15. Electromechanical behavior of a novel dielectric elastomer sensor for compressive force detection (Conference Presentation)

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    Liu, Junjie; Mao, Guoyong; Huang, Xiaoqiang; Zou, Zhanan; Qu, Shaoxing; Wang, Peng

    2016-04-01

    Dielectric elastomers (DEs) have been extensively studied as DE actuators, DE generators, and DE sensors. Compared with DE actuators and generators, DE sensing application has the advantage that it is no need for high voltage. However, to realize the high sensitivity of the DE sensor, a well-designed structure is essential. A typical DE sensor consists of DE membrane covered by compliant electrodes on both sides. Expanding in the area and shrinking in the thickness of DE membrane subjected to external force will lead to the increasement of the capacitance. We propose a novel DE sensor to detect compressive force. The DE sensor consists of three layers. The two layers of outside can penetrate each other to deform the middle layer and achieve high sensitivity for compressive force measurement. This sensor consists of a series of sensor elements made of DE membrane with out-of-plane deformation. Each sensor element experiences highly inhomogeneous large deformation to obtain high sensitivity. We conduct the experiment to optimize the performance of the sensor element, and also the corresponding theoretical analysis is developed. The effects of the prestretches and the aspect ratios of the sensor element on the sensitivity are achieved. The soft sensor composed of a series of such sensor elements may comply with complicated surfaces and can be used to detect both the total value and the distribution of the compressive force exerted on the surface. Furthermore, the reliability of the sensor element is studied by additional experimental investigation. The experiment shows that the sensor element operates steadily after 2000 cyclic loadings. This study provides guidance for the design and performance analysis of soft sensors. This work has been published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics, 82(10), No. 101004 (2015).

  16. When Lightning Strikes Twice: Profoundly Gifted, Profoundly Accomplished.

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    Makel, Matthew C; Kell, Harrison J; Lubinski, David; Putallaz, Martha; Benbow, Camilla P

    2016-07-01

    The educational, occupational, and creative accomplishments of the profoundly gifted participants (IQs ⩾ 160) in the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) are astounding, but are they representative of equally able 12-year-olds? Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP) identified 259 young adolescents who were equally gifted. By age 40, their life accomplishments also were extraordinary: Thirty-seven percent had earned doctorates, 7.5% had achieved academic tenure (4.3% at research-intensive universities), and 9% held patents; many were high-level leaders in major organizations. As was the case for the SMPY sample before them, differential ability strengths predicted their contrasting and eventual developmental trajectories-even though essentially all participants possessed both mathematical and verbal reasoning abilities far superior to those of typical Ph.D. recipients. Individuals, even profoundly gifted ones, primarily do what they are best at. Differences in ability patterns, like differences in interests, guide development along different paths, but ability level, coupled with commitment, determines whether and the extent to which noteworthy accomplishments are reached if opportunity presents itself. © The Author(s) 2016.

  17. Design of Thermochromic Polynorbornene Bearing Spiropyran Chromophore Moieties: Synthesis, Thermal Behavior and Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Treatment

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    Saleh A. Ahmed

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available A new class of thermochromic polynorbornene with pendent spiropyran moieties has been synthesized. Functionalization of norbornene monomers with spirobenzopyran moieties has been achieved using Steglich esterification. These new monomeric materials were polymerized via Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization (ROMP. In spite of their poor solubility, polynorbornenes with spirobenzopyran exhibited thermochromic behavior due to the conversion of their closed spiropyran moieties to the open merocyanine form. Moreover, these polymers displayed bathochromic shifts in their optical response, which was attributed to the J-aggregation of the attached merocyanine moieties that were associated with their high concentration in the polymeric chain. The surface of the obtained polymers was exposed to atmospheric pressure air Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD plasma system, which resulted in the reduction of the surface porosity and converted some surface area into completely non-porous regions. Moreover, the plasma system created some areas with highly ordered J-aggregates of the merocyanine form in thread-like structures. This modification of the polymers’ morphology may alter their applications and allow for these materials to be potential candidates for new applications, such as non-porous membranes for reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, or molecular separation in the gas phase.

  18. Dielectric dispersion and thermodynamic behavior of stearic acid binary mixtures with alcohol as co-solvent using time domain reflectometry

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    Sylvester, M. Maria; Ganesh, T.; Karunakaran, D. J. S. Anand; Senthilkumar, P.; Hudge, Praveen G.; Kumbharkhane, A. C.

    Dielectric permittivity and relaxation dynamics of binary and ternary mixture of stearic acid on various concentration and their thermodynamic effects are studied. The static dielectric constant (ɛ0), dielectric permittivity (ɛ‧) and dielectric loss (ɛ‧‧) are found by bilinear calibration. The relaxation time (τ), dielectric strength (Δɛ) and the excess permittivity (ɛE) are found. The thermodynamic parameters such as enthalpy (ΔH), entropy (ΔS) and Gibb’s free energy (ΔG) are evolved. The significant changes in dielectric parameters are due to the intramolecular and intermolecular interactions in response to the applied frequency. The permittivity spectra of stearic acid-alcohol in the frequency range of 10MHz to 30GHz have been measured using picoseconds Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR). The dielectric parameters (ɛ0, ɛ‧, ɛ‧‧) are found by bilinear calibration method. Influence of temperature in intermolecular interaction and the relaxation process are also studied. The FT-IR spectral analysis reveals that the conformation of functional groups and formation for hydrogen bonding are present in both binary and ternary mixtures of stearic acid.

  19. Dielectric siphons.

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    Jones, T. B.; Perry, M. P.; Melcher, J. R.

    1971-01-01

    The normally weak polarization force density, exerted on insulating dielectric liquids by a nonuniform electric field, is enhanced if high pressures are used. The nonuniform electric field acts as an elastic ?wall' to contain and guide the dielectric fluid. A general theory for these electrohydrodynamic (EHD) conduits has been developed. An illustrative example of the EHD conduits is the dielectric siphon consisting of two U-shaped electrodes held adjacent to each other by insulating nylon screws.

  20. Dielectric and conductivity behavior of Mn-doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 single crystal

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    Yan, Tianxiang; Sun, Xiaojun; Deng, Jianming; Liu, Saisai; Han, Feifei; Liu, Xiaoqi; Fang, Liang; Lin, Dabing; Peng, Biaolin; Liu, Laijun

    2017-09-01

    Dielectric and conduction behaviors of [001]-oriented K0.5Na0.5Nb0.5O3 single crystal (KNN) and 0.5 at% Mn-doped KNN single crystal (KNN-Mn) have been investigated in a broad temperature range. At low temperatures (330-400 K), an observed slight decrease of conductivity could be connected with the decreases of hole carrier concentration and mobility for the KNN-Mn. At high temperatures (723-773 K) above Cure temperature, the dielectric relaxation and conduction behavior of the samples were analyzed by measurements of impedance spectroscopy and universal dielectric response law. The activation energy values for relaxation frequency and conduction were 0.97 eV and 0.60 eV for the KNN-Mn, respectively. They could be attributed to the thermal motion of double ionized oxygen vacancies and the formation of defect dipoles. The defect compensation mechanism was proposed based on Mn4+ ion substitution. The KNN-Mn promoted a higher concentration of oxygen vacancies compared with KNN crystal, which gave rise to smaller domain size and higher piezoelectric properties.

  1. Electric and dielectric behavior of the eucryptite and gallium spodumene in vitreous phase; Comportamiento electrico y dielectrico de la eucriptita y espodumeno de galio en fase vitrea

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    Olguin, G.; Quintana, P.; Huanosta T, A. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City (Mexico). Inst. de Investigaciones en Materiales

    1999-05-01

    In this work we have made an electric and dielectric characterization of two glasses of lithium gallium silicates with eucryptite and spodumene composition. The characteristic parameters were obtained by ac measurements using discrete R and C elements, this technique was mainly applied for the bulk conductivity determination. Electric and dielectric behavior is presented in terms of different type of plots, such as Arrhenius plots, dielectric loss, etc. In the case of eucryptite we have also collected the electrical response from the crystalline phase, the obtained results are discussed between both physical states. Experiments were made from room temperature up to 400 Centigrade for the glassy phase, and close to 700 Centigrade for the crystalline material. The frequency range used was 5 Hz to 13 MHz, and the applied voltage 1 V. A remarkably difference in the conductivity behavior between the glassy and crystalline phases is found and it is discussed in terms of the modified random network model from G.N. Greaves (23). (Author)

  2. Dielectric Metamaterials

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    2015-05-29

    Final Report  29 May 2015 Dielectric Metamaterials SRI Project P21340 ONR Contract N00014-12-1-0722 Prepared by: Srini Krishnamurthy...2 2. Theory of Metamaterials ....................................................................................................... 2 2.1...accurately assess the impact of various forms of disorder on metamaterials (MMs) (both dielectric and metal inclusions); and (5) identify designs

  3. Dielectric and magnetic behavior of nanocrystalline Cu{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite

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    Jadoun, Priya, E-mail: priya4jadoun@gmail.com; Sharma, Jyoti; Prashant, B. L.; Dolia, S. N.; Bhatnagar, Deepak; Saxena, V. K. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur 302012 (India)

    2016-05-23

    The mixed copper cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (Cu{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) have been synthesized by sol-gel auto combustion route with aqueous metal nitrates and citric acid as the precursor. The crystal structure has been analyzed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) method. XRD reveals the formation of single phase cubic spinel structure. The Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is used for morphological studies. The dielectric measurements at room temperature show the decrease in dielectric constant with increasing frequency which is attributed to Maxwell Wagner model and conduction mechanism in ferrites.The magnetic measurements show ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature and large coercivity is observed on cooling down the temperature to 20 K.

  4. Gate drain-overlapped-asymmetric gate dielectric-GAA-TFET: a solution for suppressed ambipolarity and enhanced ON state behavior

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    Madan, Jaya; Chaujar, Rishu

    2016-11-01

    The goal of this work is to overcome the major impediments of tunnel FET such as the inherent ambipolar current ( I AMB) and the lower ON current ( I ON). To suppress the I AMB, gate drain overlap (GDO) engineering scheme has been incorporated over the cylindrical gate all around TFET (GAA-TFET). However, to enhance the I ON, heterogate dielectrics (HD) are used in the gate oxide region. Results indicate that an appreciably reduced I AMB and significantly enhanced I ON has been obtained with the amalgamation of GDO and HD, respectively, onto GAA-TFET. Further, the effect of GDO length ( L ov) has also been studied. Quantitative analysis of ambipolarity factor " α" reveals that at large L ov, " α" improves. It is found that GDO degrades the high-frequency (HF) performance such as cutoff frequency ( f T) of the device, because of the enhanced parasitic capacitances. To surpass the deterioration at HF caused by GDO, the dielectric over GDO region has been altered, and it has been analyzed that by inserting a material of low-dielectric constant ( k = 1) and parasitic capacitances of the device reduces, resulting into enhancement in f T. Moreover, the low-k dielectric inserted over L ov reduces the I AMB supplementary, along with enhanced f T. Suppressed I AMB and enhanced f T of GDO-HD-GAA-TFET with low-k dielectric over L ov make it adequate for application in HF and digital circuitry.

  5. Impact of oxygen precursor flow on the forward bias behavior of MOCVD-Al2O3 dielectrics grown on GaN

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    Chan, Silvia H.; Bisi, Davide; Liu, Xiang; Yeluri, Ramya; Tahhan, Maher; Keller, Stacia; DenBaars, Steven P.; Meneghini, Matteo; Mishra, Umesh K.

    2017-11-01

    This paper investigates the effects of the oxygen precursor flow supplied during metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) of Al2O3 films on the forward bias behavior of Al2O3/GaN metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors. The low oxygen flow (100 sccm) delivered during the in situ growth of Al2O3 on GaN resulted in films that exhibited a stable capacitance under forward stress, a lower density of stress-generated negative fixed charges, and a higher dielectric breakdown strength compared to Al2O3 films grown under high oxygen flow (480 sccm). The low oxygen grown Al2O3 dielectrics exhibited lower gate current transients in stress/recovery measurements, providing evidence of a reduced density of trap states near the GaN conduction band and an enhanced robustness under accumulated gate stress. This work reveals oxygen flow variance in MOCVD to be a strategy for controlling the dielectric properties and performance.

  6. Teaching Profoundly Retarded Adults to Ascend Stairs Safely.

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    Cipani, Ennio; And Others

    1982-01-01

    The study was designed to modify the stair climbing behavior of two profoundly retarded residents through backward shaping with graduated guidance, edible rewards, a correction procedure, and a 30 second timeout. Both residents showed an increase in the number of correct steps used while ascending the stairs.

  7. The Profound Power of Groups

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    Brendtro, Larry K.; Mitchell, Martin L.

    2010-01-01

    Decades of studies show that children's behavior is shaped by relationships in the "social ecology" of family, peers, school, and community. But in recent decades the prevailing scientific dogma was that genes determine destiny. Now it is clear that experience changes genes. For better or worse, environmental experiences including nutrition,…

  8. Super Dielectric Materials

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    Fromille, Samuel; Phillips, Jonathan

    2014-01-01

    Evidence is provided here that a class of materials with dielectric constants greater than 105 at low frequency (dielectric materials (SDM), can be generated readily from common, inexpensive materials. Specifically it is demonstrated that high surface area alumina powders, loaded to the incipient wetness point with a solution of boric acid dissolved in water, have dielectric constants, near 0 Hz, greater than 4 × 108 in all cases, a remarkable increase over the best dielectric constants previously measured for energy storage capabilities, ca. 1 × 104. It is postulated that any porous, electrically insulating material (e.g., high surface area powders of silica, titania, etc.), filled with a liquid containing a high concentration of ionic species will potentially be an SDM. Capacitors created with the first generated SDM dielectrics (alumina with boric acid solution), herein called New Paradigm Super (NPS) capacitors display typical electrostatic capacitive behavior, such as increasing capacitance with decreasing thickness, and can be cycled, but are limited to a maximum effective operating voltage of about 0.8 V. A simple theory is presented: Water containing relatively high concentrations of dissolved ions saturates all, or virtually all, the pores (average diameter 500 Å) of the alumina. In an applied field the positive ionic species migrate to the cathode end, and the negative ions to the anode end of each drop. This creates giant dipoles with high charge, hence leading to high dielectric constant behavior. At about 0.8 V, water begins to break down, creating enough ionic species to “short” the individual water droplets. Potentially NPS capacitor stacks can surpass “supercapacitors” in volumetric energy density. PMID:28788298

  9. Low-Temperature Sintering Behavior and Dielectric Properties of Li2O-Nb2O5-TiO2 Ceramics with Li-B-Si-O Glass

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    Li, Enzhu; Zhang, Peng; Mi, Yuean; Wang, Jing; Yuan, Ying; Zhou, Xiaohua

    2015-11-01

    This paper reports an investigation of the low-temperature sintering behaviors, microstructures, and microwave dielectric properties of Li1.0Nb0.6Ti0.5O3 (LNT) ceramics fired with addition of different amounts of Li2O-B2O3-SiO2 (LBS) glass. The results suggest that addition of LBS glass can effectively reduce the sintering temperature of LNT ceramic from 1100°C to 900°C without detriment of its microwave dielectric properties. However, addition of excess LBS glass leads to rapid grain growth and therefore decreases the density and microwave dielectric properties of the LNT ceramic. Optimized specimens with 1.0 wt.% LBS glass sintered at 900°C possessed excellent microwave dielectric properties of ɛ r ≈ 66.17, Q × f ≈ 5170 GHz ( f = 4.32 GHz), and τ f ≈ 19.2 ppm/°C.

  10. Correlation between the dielectric and the mechanical behavior of cellulose nanocomposites extracted from the rachis of the date palm tree

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    Ladhar, A.; Arous, M.; Kaddami, H.; Ayadi, Z.; Kallel, A.

    2017-10-01

    In the present study, the dielectric and mechanical properties of natural rubber (NR) based nanocomposites are investigated. Cellulose nanofillers are used in two forms as reinforcing phase: nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). In the dielectric study, different relaxation phenomena are detected: the α dipolar relaxation, the lignin and hemicelluloses relaxation, the water dipoles relaxation, the interfacial polarization and the ionic conduction. For the interfacial polarization, the dielectric strength Δε showed lower values for NFC-filled nanocomposites than CNC-filled samples. It was explained with higher interactions between induced dipoles and lower mobility, assuring a better adhesion between the NR and the NFC. Moreover, in tensile tests, the elastic modulus increases with filling indicating the reinforcement effect of nanofillers. In addition, the NR-NFC nanocomposites display the highest tensile modulus. This result shows the higher compatibility of NFC with the NR matrix, and the ensuing higher filler/matrix adhesion. In dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), a significant reinforcing effect of NFC was shown. This effect is manifested with the high storage modulus E‧, suggesting that the interactions between the NR matrix and the NFC fibers were stronger.

  11. Dielectric Relaxation Behavior of Bismuth Doped (Ba0.2Sr0.8 TiO3 Ceramics

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    Baptista, J. L.

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available The dielectric properties of bismuth doped (Ba0.2Sr0.8TiO3 ceramics are investigated. The temperature dependence of the dielectric permittivity and loss factor were measured from 102 to 106Hz in the temperature range 12-320K. As the amount of Bi increases, the ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition gets diffused and relaxed. In addition to this ferroelectric-paraelectric phase transition, other two sets of dielectric anomalies, located at 50-100K and 200-300K respectively, are also found. The possible relaxation mechanisms are briefly discussed.Las propiedades dieléctricas de cerámicos dopados con bismuto son investigadas. La dependencia con la temperatura de la permitividad dieléctrica y el factor de pérdidas se midieron entre 02 y 106Hz en el rango de temperatura 12-320K. Con el aumento del contenido en Bi, la transición de fase ferroeléctrica-paraléctrica se hace difusa y reloja. Junto a esta transición de fase los conjuntos de anomalías dieléctricas, localizados a 50-100k y 200-300k respectivamente, también se encontraron. Se discute brevemente los posibles mecanismos de relajación.

  12. Interfacial nucleation behavior of inkjet-printed 6,13 bis(tri-isopropylsilylethynyl) pentacene on dielectric surfaces

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    Wang, Xianghua, E-mail: xhwang@hfut.edu.cn; Lv, Shenchen; Chen, Mengjie; Qiu, Longzhen, E-mail: lzhqiu@hfut.edu.cn; Zhang, Guobing; Lu, Hongbo [Key Lab of Special Display Technology, Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab of Special Display Technology, National Key Lab of Advanced Display Technology, Academy of Opto-Electronic Technology, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China); Yuan, Miao; Qin, Mengzhi [Key Lab of Special Display Technology, Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab of Special Display Technology, National Key Lab of Advanced Display Technology, Academy of Opto-Electronic Technology, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China); School of Electronic Science and Applied Physics, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China)

    2015-01-14

    The performance of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) is heavily dependent on the interface property between the organic semiconductor and the dielectric substrate. Device fabrication with bottom-gate architecture by depositing the semiconductors with a solution method is highly recommended for cost-effectiveness. Surface modification of the dielectric layer is employed as an effective approach to control film growth. Here, we perform surface modification via a self-assembled monolayer of silanes, a spin-coated polymer layer or UV-ozone cleaning, to prepare surfaces with different surface polarities and morphologies. The semiconductor is inkjet-printed on the surface-treated substrates as single-line films with overlapping drop assignment. Surface morphologies of the dielectric before film deposition and film morphologies of the inkjet-printed semiconductor are characterized with polarized microscopy and AFM. Electrical properties of the films are studied through organic thin-film transistors with bottom-gate/bottom-contact structure. With reduced surface polarity and nanoscale aggregation of silane molecules on the substrates, semiconductor nucleates from the interior interface between the ink solution and the substrate, which contributes to film growth with higher crystal coverage and better film quality at the interface. Surface treatment with hydrophobic silanes is a promising approach to fabrication of high performance OTFTs with nonpolar conjugated molecules via solution methods.

  13. Dielectrically Loaded Biconical Antennas

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    Nusseibeh, Fouad Ahmed

    1995-01-01

    Biconical antennas are of great interest to those who deal with broadband applications including the transmission/reception of pulses. In particular, wide-angle conical antennas are an attractive choice in many applications including Electronic Support Measures (ESM) and the measurements of transient surface currents and charge densities on aircraft. Dielectric loading in the interior region of a conical antenna can be used to reduce the size of the antenna especially at low frequencies and/or for structural strength. Therefore, having an analytical solution for the input impedance and the frequency response is very helpful in optimizing the design and understanding the behavior of the antenna. From the quasi-analytical solution for the input impedance and the electric field of a wide-angle conical antenna, it can be seen that the dielectric loading in the antenna region improves the input impedance at low frequencies, but increases the number of resonance points and the magnitude of these peaks. When an inhomogeneous dielectric load is used, the magnitude of the resonance peaks is decreased (depending on the way the load is distributed), improving the input impedance of the antenna significantly. Introducing a dielectric load in the interior region of an electrically short receiving cone makes the antenna behave as an electrically longer antenna. However, this is not true for the case for electrical1y long antennas. For the case of pulse transmission, the dielectric load affects only the amplitude. Of course, if the dielectric fills the whole space, both transmitting and receiving antennas behave as electrically longer antennas.

  14. Effect of the GO Reduction Method on the Dielectric Properties, Electrical Conductivity and Crystalline Behavior of PEO/rGO Nanocomposites

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    Asish Malas

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The effect of the reduction method to prepare reduced graphene oxide (rGO on the melt linear viscoelastic properties, electrical conductivity, polymer matrix crystalline behavior and dielectric properties of PEO-rGO nanocomposites was investigated. Reduction was performed chemically with either sodium borohydride (NaBH4 or hydrazine monohydrate (N2H4·H2O or both reduction agents consecutively as well as thermally at 1000 °C. The different reduction methods resulted in exfoliated rGO sheets with different types and amounts of remaining functional groups, as indicated by FT-IR, Raman, TGA and XRD characterization. Moreover, their electrical conductivity ranged between 10−4 and 10−1 S/cm, with the consecutive use of both chemical reduction agents being far superior. PEO nanocomposites with filler loadings of 0.5 wt %, 1 wt % and 2 wt % were prepared by solvent mixing. The rGO fillers affected the melt linear viscoelastic and crystalline behavior of the PEO matrix and resulted in nanocomposites with a substantially increased electrical conductivity. Despite the wide variability in filler conductivity, the effects on the polymer nanocomposite properties were less distinctive. A correlation was obtained between the reduction of the mobility of the polymer chains (evaluated by the glass transition temperature and the dielectric strength of the interfacial polarisation originating from the effective entrapment of GO/rGO filler charges at the interface with the less conductive PEO. Thus, favorable interactions of the polar PEO with the filler led to reduced mobility of the PEO chains and thereby a more effective entrapment of the filler charges at the PEO interface.

  15. Dielectric Spectroscopy in Biomaterials: Agrophysics

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    El Khaled, Dalia; Castellano, Nuria N.; Gázquez, Jose A.; Perea-Moreno, Alberto-Jesus; Manzano-Agugliaro, Francisco

    2016-01-01

    Being dependent on temperature and frequency, dielectric properties are related to various types of food. Predicting multiple physical characteristics of agri-food products has been the main objective of non-destructive assessment possibilities executed in many studies on horticultural products and food materials. This review manipulates the basic fundamentals of dielectric properties with their concepts and principles. The different factors affecting the behavior of dielectric properties have been dissected, and applications executed on different products seeking the characterization of a diversity of chemical and physical properties are all pointed out and referenced with their conclusions. Throughout the review, a detailed description of the various adopted measurement techniques and the mostly popular equipment are presented. This compiled review serves in coming out with an updated reference for the dielectric properties of spectroscopy that are applied in the agrophysics field. PMID:28773438

  16. Dielectric behavior of CaCu3Ti4O12: Poly Vinyl Chloride ceramic polymer composites at different temperature and frequencies

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    Ajay Pratap Singh

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the efforts have been made to obtain relatively high dielectric constant polymer-ceramic composite by incorporating the giant dielectric constant material, calcium copper titanate (CCTO in a PVC polymer matrix. We have prepared composites of CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO ceramic and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC polymer in various ratios (by volume in addition to pure CCTO. For this, CCTO was prepared by the conventional oxide route (solid-state reaction method. The structural, the microstructural and the dielectric properties of the composites were studied using X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscope, and impedance analyzer respectively. The study of dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the pure CCTO and the composites reveal that there is good range of dielectric constants and dielectric losses for the studied composites. The pure sample of CCTO exhibits giant dielectric constant at low frequency within the studied temperature range. As frequency increases, dielectric constant drastically decreases and approaching a constant value at 1 MHz. Above the intermediate temperature, the dielectric constant and dielectric loss for pure CCTO is more frequency dependent than its composites.

  17. Profound thrombocytopenia after primary exposure to eptifibatide

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    Nicholas B Norgard

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Nicholas B Norgard, Brian T BadgleyUniversity at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY, USAAbstract: Eptifibatide is a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonist used to reduce the incidence of ischemic events in patients with acute coronary syndromes and those undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. A minority of patients given eptifibatide develop acute, profound thrombocytopenia (<20,000 cells/mm3 within a few hours of receiving the drug. This case report discusses a patient who developed profound thrombocytopenia within hours of receiving eptifibatide for the first time. The Naranjo algorithm classified the likelihood that this patient’s thrombocytopenia was related to eptifibatide as probable. Profound thrombocytopenia is an uncommon but clinically important complication of eptifibatide. This case report emphasizes the importance of monitoring platelet counts routinely at baseline and within 2–6 hours of eptifibatide administration.Keywords: drug-induced thrombocytopenia, glycoprotein IIb/IIIa antagonists, eptifibatide, thrombocytopenia

  18. Conductivity and dielectric behavior of NaPO{sub 3}–ZnO–V{sub 2}O{sub 5} glasses

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    Langar, A. [Laboratoire de physico-chimie des matériaux minéraux et leurs applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95 Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Sdiri, N., E-mail: sdirinasr@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de physico-chimie des matériaux minéraux et leurs applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95 Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Elhouichet, H. [Laboratoire de physico-chimie des matériaux minéraux et leurs applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95 Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia); Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Campus ElManar 2092 (Tunisia); Ferid, M. [Laboratoire de physico-chimie des matériaux minéraux et leurs applications, Centre National de Recherches en Sciences des Matériaux, B.P. 95 Hammam-Lif 2050 (Tunisia)

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    Graphical abstract: Variation of loss tan (δ) and quality factor, Q values, versus frequency for NZV3 glass at different temperatures. Highlights: • We have prepared a new zinc-phosphate vanadium oxide glasses. • Investigate thermal, electrical conductivity and dielectric properties of the glass. • There are charge carriers are mobile over long distances and over short distances. -- Abstract: A series of zinc-phosphate glass containing different concentrations of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} ((80−x) NaPO{sub 3} + 20 ZnO + x V{sub 2}O{sub 5} (x = 0–25 mol%)) was prepared by melt quenching method and analyzed by differential scanning caloremetry (DSC) and impredance spectroscopy. The electrical properties of these samples were measured using ac impedance spectroscopy technique over a frequency range of 10 Hz to 13 MHz at several temperatures in the range of 323–673 K. The ac conductivity, dc conductivity, dielectric constant and loss factors were obtained from these measurements. Constant-phase elements (CPE) are used in equivalent electrical circuits for the fitting of experimental impedance data. The impedance spectra have also indicated that the conduction is predominantly polaronic in nature. The frequency and temperature dependence of the electrical modulis as well as dielectric loss parameters have exhibited a relaxation character attributed to the vanadyl complexes. The relaxation effects have been analyzed by the graphical method. From this analysis, it has been established that there is a spread of relaxation times. The results have been further discussed quantitatively in the light of different valance states of vanadium ions with the aid of the data on spectroscopic properties. The frequency dependence of the electric conductivity was found to follow a simple power law behavior, in accordance with the relation σ{sub ac}(ω)=σ(0)+A{sub 1}.ω{sub 1}{sup s}+A{sub 2}.ω{sub 2}{sup s}, where s{sub 1} and s{sub 2} are smaller than 1. The thermal activation

  19. Profound thrombocytopenia after primary exposure to eptifibatide.

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    Norgard, Nicholas B; Badgley, Brian T

    2010-01-01

    Eptifibatide is a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonist used to reduce the incidence of ischemic events in patients with acute coronary syndromes and those undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. A minority of patients given eptifibatide develop acute, profound thrombocytopenia (eptifibatide for the first time. The Naranjo algorithm classified the likelihood that this patient's thrombocytopenia was related to eptifibatide as probable. Profound thrombocytopenia is an uncommon but clinically important complication of eptifibatide. This case report emphasizes the importance of monitoring platelet counts routinely at baseline and within 2-6 hours of eptifibatide administration.

  20. Influence of bulk dielectric polarization upon partial discharge transients effect of heterogeneous dielectric geometry

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Crichton, George C.

    2000-01-01

    in the polarization of the bulk dielectric. These changes are brought about by the field produced by the space charge. The magnitude of the induced charge and its components are examined for several heterogeneous dielectric systems. It is demonstrated that, in relation to a homogeneous dielectric system......, the magnitude of the induced charge either increases or decreases depending on the ratio of the dielectric permittivities and within which dielectric the void is located. It is shown that this behavior is directly related to the magnitude and polarity of the polarization component of the induced charge....... Furthermore, we demonstrate that the geometry of the dielectric system and the physical dimensions of the different dielectrics influence in a similar manner the magnitude of the induced charge, although to a lesser degree....

  1. Dielectric behavior and phase transition in perovskite oxide Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)1?xTixO3 single crystal

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    Jia, Y.; Luo, H.; Or, S.W.; Wang, Y.; Chan, H.L.W.

    2009-01-01

    Perovskite oxide Pb(Fe1/2Nb1/2)0.52Ti0.48O3 crystals, which were grown using a modified Bridgman method, show a high low-frequency dielectric constant response at room temperature. The Curie phase transition occurs at 523 K. The characteristic frequency of the dielectric dispersion versus the

  2. Internal and external resonances of dielectric disks

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    Dettmann, C. P.; Morozov, G. V.; Sieber, M.; Waalkens, H.

    Circular microresonators (microdisks) are micron size dielectric disks embedded in a material of lower refractive index. They possess modes with complex eigenvalues (resonances) which are solutions of analytically given transcendental equations. The behavior of such eigenvalues in the small opening

  3. Profound thrombocytopenia after primary exposure to eptifibatide

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    Norgard, Nicholas; Badgley,Brian

    2010-01-01

    Nicholas B Norgard, Brian T BadgleyUniversity at Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Buffalo, NY, USAAbstract: Eptifibatide is a glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonist used to reduce the incidence of ischemic events in patients with acute coronary syndromes and those undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention. A minority of patients given eptifibatide develop acute, profound thrombocytopenia (<20,000 cells/mm3) within a few hours of receiving the drug. This c...

  4. Micro-Raman scattering and dielectric investigations of phase transition behavior in the BaTiO{sub 3}{endash}BaZrO{sub 3} system

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    Dobal, P. S.; Dixit, A.; Katiyar, R. S.; Yu, Z.; Guo, R.; Bhalla, A. S.

    2001-06-15

    In this study, the phase transition behavior of the BaTiO{sub 3}{endash}BaZrO{sub 3} system was studied using micro-Raman scattering and dielectric measurement techniques. BaZr{sub x}Ti{sub 1{minus}x}O{sub 3} ceramics were prepared for x=0.00, 0.05, 0.08, 0.15, 0.20, and 1.00 compositions using a solid-state reaction technique. A single-phase perovskite structure of the ceramics was identified by the x-ray diffraction technique. The basic phase transition temperatures in these compositions were studied in the temperature range of 70{endash}575 K. The tetragonal to cubic transition temperature was found to decrease with increasing Zr content. The orthorhombic to tetragonal transition temperature that increases with an initial increase in Zr content merges with the tetragonal{endash}cubic transition for x{ge}0.15 compositions. Raman spectra of rhombohedral and orthorhombic phases could not be distinguished. Excellent agreement between the crystallographic transition temperatures obtained by both techniques suggested that Zr substituted octahedra were uniformly distributed in the material without introducing any mechanical stress. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  5. Unravelling the anomalous dielectric permittivity of nanoconfined electrolyte solutions.

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    Renou, Richard; Szymczyk, Anthony; Ghoufi, Aziz

    2015-04-21

    The dielectric properties of sodium chloride solutions confined in a hydrophilic nanocavity were investigated by means of molecular dynamics simulations. Unlike what is observed in the bulk phase, three dielectric regimes were evidenced, namely an anomalous increase in the dielectric permittivity at low concentrations (with respect to confined pure water), a dielectric plateau at intermediate concentrations and finally a bulk-like behavior for salt concentrations higher than a critical value. It was shown that this peculiar behavior results from the competition between dielectric saturation due to the electric field generated by ions (which tends to lower the dielectric permittivity) and the ion-induced perturbation of pre-oriented water molecules inside the nanocavity which gain some rotational degrees of freedom (entropic contribution) leading to an increase in dipolar fluctuations responsible for the increase in the dielectric permittivity.

  6. Asystole Following Profound Vagal Stimulation During Hepatectomy

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Asystole in a non laparoscopic upper abdominal surgery following intense vagal stimulation is a rare event. This case report highlights the need for awareness of such a complication when a thoracic epidural anaesthetic has been given in addition to a general anaesthetic for an upper abdominal procedure. A combined thoracic epidural and general anaesthetic was given. The anterior abdominal wall was retracted forty minutes after administration of the epidural bolus. This maneuver resulted in a profound vagal response with bradycardia and asystole. The patient was resuscitated successfully with a cardiac massage, atropine and adrenaline and the surgery was resumed. Surgery lasted eleven hours and was uneventful.

  7. Effect of temperature on electromechanical instability of dielectric elastomers

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    Sheng, Junjie; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo; Wang, Yongquan; Qiang, Junhua

    2012-04-01

    The electromechanical behavior of dielectric elastomer is strongly affected by the temperature. Very few models accounting for the effects of temperature exist in the literature. A recent experiment showed that the variation of dielectric constant of the most widely used dielectric elastomer (VHB 4910, 3M) according to temperature is relatively significant. In this paper, we develop a thermodynamic model to study the influence of temperature on the instability in dielectric elastomer by involving deformation and temperature-dependent dielectric constant. The results indicate that the increase of temperature could improve the actuation stress and the electromechanical instability of the elastomer.

  8. Conduction Mechanisms at Interface of AlN/SiN Dielectric Stacks with AlGaN/GaN Heterostructures for Normally-off High Electron Mobility Transistors: Correlating Device Behavior with Nanoscale Interfaces Properties.

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    Greco, Giuseppe; Fiorenza, Patrick; Iucolano, Ferdinando; Severino, Andrea; Giannazzo, Filippo; Roccaforte, Fabrizio

    2017-10-11

    In this work, the conduction mechanisms at the interface of AlN/SiN dielectric stacks with AlGaN/GaN heterostructures have been studied combining different macroscopic and nanoscale characterizations on bare materials and devices. The AlN/SiN stacks grown on the recessed region of AlGaN/GaN heterostructures have been used as gate dielectric of hybrid metal-insulator-semiconductor high electron mobility transistors (MISHEMTs), showing a normally-off behavior (V th = +1.2 V), high channel mobility (204 cm 2 V -1 s -1 ), and very good switching behavior (I ON /I OFF current ratio of (5-6) × 10 8 and subthreshold swing of 90 mV/dec). However, the transistors were found to suffer from a positive shift of the threshold voltage during subsequent bias sweeps, which indicates electron trapping in the dielectric stack. To get a complete understanding of the conduction mechanisms and of the charge trapping phenomena in AlN/SiN films, nanoscale current and capacitance measurements by conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM) and scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) have been compared with a macroscopic temperature-dependent characterization of gate current in MIS capacitors. The nanoscale electrical analyses showed the presence of a spatially uniform distribution of electrons trapping states in the insulator and the occurrence of a density of 7 × 10 8 cm -2 of local and isolated current spots at high bias values. These nanoscale conductive paths can be associated with electrically active defects responsible for the trap-assisted current transport mechanism through the dielectric, observed by the temperature-dependent characterization of the gate current. The results of this study can be relevant for future applications of AlN/SiN bilayers in GaN hybrid MISHEMT technology.

  9. Deformation and instabilities in dielectric elastomer composites

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    Li, Wenyuan; Landis, Chad M.

    2012-09-01

    The deformation behavior in dielectric elastomer composites due to applied mechanical and electrical loadings is investigated using finite element methods. The composite structure consists of a dielectric elastomer matrix with a regular square array of cylindrical holes or rigid conducting inclusions. The dielectric elastomer material is represented with either a compressible Neo-Hookean model for the elasticity or a compressible Gent model. Following previous work, the dielectric constant relating the true electric displacement to the true electric field is taken to be independent of the deformation. The finite element method is used to analyze the electromechanical behavior of representative unit cells of the composite material structure. Results are presented for the stress-strain, electric field-electric displacement and coupled electromechanical responses of the different composite types.

  10. Dielectric characterisation of soil

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    Hilhorst, M.A.

    1998-01-01

    The potential of dielectric measuring techniques for soil characterisation has not been fully explored. This is attributed to the complex and incomplete theory on dielectrics, as well as to the lack of sensors suited for practical applications.

    The theory on dielectric properties of soils is

  11. Dielectrics in electric fields

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    Raju, Gorur G

    2003-01-01

    Discover nontraditional applications of dielectric studies in this exceptionally crafted field reference or text for seniors and graduate students in power engineering tracks. This text contains more than 800 display equations and discusses polarization phenomena in dielectrics, the complex dielectric constant in an alternating electric field, dielectric relaxation and interfacial polarization, the measurement of absorption and desorption currents in time domains, and high field conduction phenomena. Dielectrics in Electric Fields is an interdisciplinary reference and text for professionals and students in electrical and electronics, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering; physical, surface, and colloid chemistry; materials science; and chemical physics.

  12. Lattices of dielectric resonators

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    Trubin, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    This book provides the analytical theory of complex systems composed of a large number of high-Q dielectric resonators. Spherical and cylindrical dielectric resonators with inferior and also whispering gallery oscillations allocated in various lattices are considered. A new approach to S-matrix parameter calculations based on perturbation theory of Maxwell equations, developed for a number of high-Q dielectric bodies, is introduced. All physical relationships are obtained in analytical form and are suitable for further computations. Essential attention is given to a new unified formalism of the description of scattering processes. The general scattering task for coupled eigen oscillations of the whole system of dielectric resonators is described. The equations for the  expansion coefficients are explained in an applicable way. The temporal Green functions for the dielectric resonator are presented. The scattering process of short pulses in dielectric filter structures, dielectric antennas  and lattices of d...

  13. Dielectric and electric properties of new chitosan-hydroxyapatite materials for biomedical application: Dielectric spectroscopy and corona treatment.

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    Petrov, Ivo; Kalinkevich, Oksana; Pogorielov, Maksym; Kalinkevich, Aleksei; Stanislavov, Aleksandr; Sklyar, Anatoly; Danilchenko, Sergei; Yovcheva, Temenuzhka

    2016-10-20

    Chitosan-hydroxyapatite composite materials were synthesized and the possibility to make their surface charged by corona discharge treatment has been evaluated. Dielectric and electric properties of the materials were studied by dielectric spectroscopy, including application of equivalent circuits method and computer simulations. Dielectric spectroscopy shows behavior of the materials quite different from that of both chitosan and HA alone. The obtained dielectric permittivity data are of particular interest in predicting the materials' behavior in electrostimulation after implantation. The ε values observed at physiological temperature in the frequency ranges applied are similar to ε data available for bone tissues. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Staffs' documentation of participation for adults with profound intellectual disability or profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.

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    Talman, Lena; Gustafsson, Christine; Stier, Jonas; Wilder, Jenny

    2017-06-21

    This study investigated what areas of International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health were documented in implementation plans for adults with profound intellectual disability or profound intellectual and multiple disabilities with focus on participation. A document analysis of 17 implementation plans was performed and International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health was used as an analytic tool. One hundred and sixty-three different codes were identified, especially in the components Activities and participation and Environmental factors. Participation was most frequently coded in the chapters Community, social and civic life and Self-care. Overall, the results showed that focus in the implementation plans concerned Self-care and Community, social and civic life. The other life areas in Activities and participation were seldom, or not at all, documented. A deeper focus on participation in the implementation plans and all life areas in the component Activities and participation is needed. It is important that the documentation clearly shows what the adult wants, wishes, and likes in everyday life. It is also important to ensure that the job description for staff contains both life areas and individual preferences so that staff have the possibility to work to fulfill social and individual participation for the target group. Implications for rehabilitation There is a need for functioning working models to increase participation significantly for adults with profound intellectual disability or profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. For these adults, participation is achieved through the assistance of others and support and services carried out must be documented in an implementation plan. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health can be used to support staff and ensure that information about the most important factors in an individual's functioning in their environment is not omitted in

  15. Profound Olfactory Dysfunction in Myasthenia Gravis

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    Leon-Sarmiento, Fidias E.; Bayona, Edgardo A.; Bayona-Prieto, Jaime; Osman, Allen; Doty, Richard L.

    2012-01-01

    In this study we demonstrate that myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune disease strongly identified with deficient acetylcholine receptor transmission at the post-synaptic neuromuscular junction, is accompanied by a profound loss of olfactory function. Twenty-seven MG patients, 27 matched healthy controls, and 11 patients with polymiositis, a disease with peripheral neuromuscular symptoms analogous to myasthenia gravis with no known central nervous system involvement, were tested. All were administered the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) and the Picture Identification Test (PIT), a test analogous in content and form to the UPSIT designed to control for non-olfactory cognitive confounds. The UPSIT scores of the myasthenia gravis patients were markedly lower than those of the age- and sex-matched normal controls [respective means (SDs) = 20.15 (6.40) & 35.67 (4.95); p<0.0001], as well as those of the polymiositis patients who scored slightly below the normal range [33.30 (1.42); p<0.0001]. The latter finding, along with direct monitoring of the inhalation of the patients during testing, implies that the MG-related olfactory deficit is unlikely due to difficulties sniffing, per se. All PIT scores were within or near the normal range, although subtle deficits were apparent in both the MG and PM patients, conceivably reflecting influences of mild cognitive impairment. No relationships between performance on the UPSIT and thymectomy, time since diagnosis, type of treatment regimen, or the presence or absence of serum anti-nicotinic or muscarinic antibodies were apparent. Our findings suggest that MG influences olfactory function to the same degree as observed in a number of neurodegenerative diseases in which central nervous system cholinergic dysfunction has been documented. PMID:23082113

  16. Characterization of dielectric materials

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    King, Danny J.; Babinec, Susan; Hagans, Patrick L.; Maxey, Lonnie C.; Payzant, Edward A.; Daniel, Claus; Sabau, Adrian S.; Dinwiddie, Ralph B.; Armstrong, Beth L.; Howe, Jane Y.; Wood, III, David L.; Nembhard, Nicole S.

    2017-06-27

    A system and a method for characterizing a dielectric material are provided. The system and method generally include applying an excitation signal to electrodes on opposing sides of the dielectric material to evaluate a property of the dielectric material. The method can further include measuring the capacitive impedance across the dielectric material, and determining a variation in the capacitive impedance with respect to either or both of a time domain and a frequency domain. The measured property can include pore size and surface imperfections. The method can still further include modifying a processing parameter as the dielectric material is formed in response to the detected variations in the capacitive impedance, which can correspond to a non-uniformity in the dielectric material.

  17. Resonant dielectric metamaterials

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    Loui, Hung; Carroll, James; Clem, Paul G; Sinclair, Michael B

    2014-12-02

    A resonant dielectric metamaterial comprises a first and a second set of dielectric scattering particles (e.g., spheres) having different permittivities arranged in a cubic array. The array can be an ordered or randomized array of particles. The resonant dielectric metamaterials are low-loss 3D isotropic materials with negative permittivity and permeability. Such isotropic double negative materials offer polarization and direction independent electromagnetic wave propagation.

  18. Effects of B{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition on sintering behavior and microwave dielectric properties of ixiolite-structure ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics

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    Wu, Haitao, E-mail: msse_wuht@ujn.edu.cn; Mei, Quanjing; Xing, Chunfang; Bi, Jinxin

    2016-09-15

    The effects of B{sub 2}O{sub 3} additives on the sintering behavior, microstructure and microwave dielectric properties of ixiolite-structure ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics prepared by conventional solid-state route were investigated. The B{sub 2}O{sub 3} additives, acting as a sintering aid, can effectively decrease the sintering temperature of ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics to 1050 °C, due to the formation of liquid phase. Little second phase from XRD results was observed throughout the entire experiments. The variations in the dielectric constant (ε{sub r}) and quality factor (Q·f) of the ixiolite-structure ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics were studied systematically depending on the adopting of B{sub 2}O{sub 3} and the sintering temperatures. With the increase of the B{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition, ε{sub r} and Q·f decreased and the temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (τ{sub f}) slightly fluctuated around −20 ppm/°C. The optimal microwave dielectric properties with high ε{sub r} ∼35.04, Q·f ∼50,100 GHz, and a near-zero τ{sub f} ∼−20.21 ppm/°C were obtained at 1 wt%-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped samples sintered at 1050 °C. The relatively low sintering temperature and high dielectric properties in microwave range would make ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics promising for application in electronics. - Highlights: • B{sub 2}O{sub 3} was doped to reduce the sintering temperature of ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics. • The τ{sub f} values of ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics were in range of −10.21 to −32.2 ppm/°C. • The 1 wt% B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-doped ZnTiNb{sub 2}O{sub 8} ceramics were sintered at 1050 °C. • The optimal microwave dielectric properties were ε{sub r} ∼35.04 and Q·ƒ ∼50,100 GHz.

  19. Inductive dielectric analyzer

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    Agranovich, Daniel; Polygalov, Eugene; Popov, Ivan; Ben Ishai, Paul; Feldman, Yuri

    2017-03-01

    One of the approaches to bypass the problem of electrode polarization in dielectric measurements is the free electrode method. The advantage of this technique is that, the probing electric field in the material is not supplied by contact electrodes, but rather by electromagnetic induction. We have designed an inductive dielectric analyzer based on a sensor comprising two concentric toroidal coils. In this work, we present an analytic derivation of the relationship between the impedance measured by the sensor and the complex dielectric permittivity of the sample. The obtained relationship was successfully employed to measure the dielectric permittivity and conductivity of various alcohols and aqueous salt solutions.

  20. Method of making dielectric capacitors with increased dielectric breakdown strength

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    Ma, Beihai; Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Liu, Shanshan

    2017-05-09

    The invention is directed to a process for making a dielectric ceramic film capacitor and the ceramic dielectric laminated capacitor formed therefrom, the dielectric ceramic film capacitors having increased dielectric breakdown strength. The invention increases breakdown strength by embedding a conductive oxide layer between electrode layers within the dielectric layer of the capacitors. The conductive oxide layer redistributes and dissipates charge, thus mitigating charge concentration and micro fractures formed within the dielectric by electric fields.

  1. Magnetic, dielectric properties, and scaling behaviors of Aurivillius compounds Bi{sub 6−x∕3}Fe{sub 2}Ti{sub 3−2x}(WCo){sub x}O{sub 18} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15)

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    Zuo, X. Z.; Yang, J., E-mail: jyang@issp.ac.cn; Yuan, B.; Tang, X. W.; Zhang, K. J.; Zhu, X. B.; Song, W. H.; Dai, J. M., E-mail: jmdai@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Song, D. P. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Sun, Y. P. [High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2015-03-21

    We investigate the structural, magnetic, dielectric properties, and scaling behaviors of Aurivillius compounds Bi{sub 6−x∕3}Fe{sub 2}Ti{sub 3−2x}(WCo){sub x}O{sub 18} (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15). The room-temperature weak ferromagnetism is observed for the W/Co co-doped samples. The results of the dielectric constant ε{sub r}, complex impedance Z″, the dc conductivity σ{sub dc}, and hopping frequency f{sub H} manifest that the dielectric relaxation of the x = 0 sample and the doped samples in the dielectric anomaly region (450–750 K) can be ascribed to the trap-controlled ac conduction around the doubly ionized oxygen vacancies and the localized hopping process of oxygen vacancies, respectively. The scaling behaviors reveal that the dynamic process of both electrons in the x = 0 sample and oxygen vacancies in the doped samples is temperature independent. The ferroelectric Curie-temperature T{sub c} decreases slightly from 973 K to 947 K with increasing the doping level of W/Co. In addition, the dielectric loss exhibits a dielectric relaxation above 800 K with the rather large activation energies (1.95 eV ≤ E{sub a} ≤ 2.72 eV)

  2. Analyses of ionic conductivity and dielectric behavior of solid polymer electrolyte based 2-hydroxyethyl cellulose doped ammonium nitrate plasticized with ethylene carbonate

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    Hafiza, M. N.; Isa, M. I. N.

    2017-09-01

    A solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) based 2-hydroxyethyl cellulose (2-HEC) doped ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) plasticized with ethylene carbonate (EC) has been investigated using electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The highest ionic conductivity of (1.17±0.01) × 10-3 Scm-1 was obtained for 2-HEC-NH4NO3 plasticized with 16 wt.% EC. Dielectric and modulus study showed non-Debye type of 2-HEC-NH4NO3-EC SPE.

  3. Analysis of a shielded TE011 mode composite dielectric resonator ...

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    Abstract. Analysis of a TE011 mode composite sapphire–rutile dielectric resonator has been car- ried out to study the temperature variation of resonance frequency, close to the Cs atomic clock hyperfine frequency of 9.192 GHz. The complementary behavior of dielectric permittivity with tem- perature of the composite has ...

  4. Analysis of a shielded TE 011 mode composite dielectric resonator ...

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    Analysis of a TE011 mode composite sapphire–rutile dielectric resonator has been carried out to study the temperature variation of resonance frequency, close to the Cs atomic clock hyperfine frequency of 9.192 GHz. The complementary behavior of dielectric permittivity with temperature of the composite has been exploited ...

  5. Computational electromagnetics and the rational design of new dielectric heterostructures

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    Brosseau, C; Beroual, A

    2003-01-01

    ... the dielectric behavior of composite materials containing a mixture of conducting and insulating components have uncovered quite different pieces of information, the a priori prediction of dielectric properties of these media remains an outstanding problem in materials physics. Fundamental knowledge of the polarization mechanisms in ...

  6. Suppression of electromechanical instability in fiber-reinforced dielectric elastomers

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    Rui Xiao

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The electromechanical instability of dielectric elastomers has been a major challenge for the application of this class of active materials. In this work, we demonstrate that dielectric elastomers filled with soft fiber can suppress the electromechanical instability and achieve large deformation. Specifically, we developed a constitutive model to describe the dielectric and mechanical behaviors of fiber-reinforced elastomers. The model was applied to study the influence of stiffness, nonlinearity properties and the distribution of fiber on the instability of dielectric membrane under an electric field. The results show that there exists an optimal fiber distribution condition to achieve the maximum deformation before failure.

  7. Profound Impacts of AN Arctic Face Lift

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    Nghiem, Son

    Son Nghiem, son.v.nghiem@jpl.nasa.gov Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, United States The ice cover on the Arctic Ocean has undergone a face lift that removes much of the older and thicker perennial ice and replaces it with the younger and thinner seasonal ice. Although the sea ice cover is a thin skin compared to the depth of the Arctic Ocean, this face lift exerts profound change in the Arctic environment. Here, we present scatterometer remote sensing of Arctic sea ice change and its implication on chemical processes from the ice surface to the troposphere extending into the internal continental land. In the context of a half century change, the extent of perennial ice declines at rate of 0.5 million km2 per decade in the 1970s-1990s while there is no discernable trend in the 1950s-1960s. Abruptly, the rate of decrease has tripled to 1.5 million km2 per decade in the 2000s. A record was set in the reduction of Arctic perennial ice extent in winter 2008. By 1 March 2008, perennial ice extent was reduced by one million km2 compared to that at the same time in 2007. On 1 May 2009, perennial ice extent was reduced to 2.1 million km2 , which is a virtual tie to 2.2 million km2 of perennial ice extent on 1 May 2008 given the uncertainty of ±0.2 million km2 . Although the extent of perennial ice extent is similar, its distribution is quite different, with a significant perennial ice pack in the Beaufort Sea in 2008, and in contrast a large expanse of perennial ice along the Transpolar Drift Stream in 2009. The continuing drastic reduction of perennial ice significantly decreases the overall surface albedo, resulting in enhanced solar heat absorption in spring and summer, which further decreases the Arctic ice pack through the ice-albedo feedback mechanism and ice melt from the underside due to oceanic thermodynamic interactions. Satellite maps of sea ice class distribution show the closely conformation with patterns of

  8. Optics of dielectric microstructures

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    Søndergaard, Thomas

    2002-01-01

    From the work carried out within the ph.d. project two topics have been selected for this thesis, namely emission of radiation by sources in dielectric microstructures, and planar photonic crystal waveguides. The work done within the first topic, emission of radiation by sources in dielectric mic...

  9. Contemporary dielectric materials

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    Saravanan, R

    2016-01-01

    This book deals with experimental results of the physical characterization of several important, dielectric materials of great current interest. The experimental tools used for the analysis of these materials include X-ray diffraction, dielectric measurements, magnetic measurements using a vibrating sample magnetometer, optical measurements using a UV-Visible spectrometer etc.

  10. On the Evaluation of Gate Dielectrics for 4H-SiC Based Power MOSFETs

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    Muhammad Nawaz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This work deals with the assessment of gate dielectric for 4H-SiC MOSFETs using technology based two-dimensional numerical computer simulations. Results are studied for variety of gate dielectric candidates with varying thicknesses using well-known Fowler-Nordheim tunneling model. Compared to conventional SiO2 as a gate dielectric for 4H-SiC MOSFETs, high-k gate dielectric such as HfO2 reduces significantly the amount of electric field in the gate dielectric with equal gate dielectric thickness and hence the overall gate current density. High-k gate dielectric further reduces the shift in the threshold voltage with varying dielectric thicknesses, thus leading to better process margin and stable device operating behavior. For fixed dielectric thickness, a total shift in the threshold voltage of about 2.5 V has been observed with increasing dielectric constant from SiO2 (k=3.9 to HfO2 (k=25. This further results in higher transconductance of the device with the increase of the dielectric constant from SiO2 to HfO2. Furthermore, 4H-SiC MOSFETs are found to be more sensitive to the shift in the threshold voltage with conventional SiO2 as gate dielectric than high-k dielectric with the presence of interface state charge density that is typically observed at the interface of dielectric and 4H-SiC MOS surface.

  11. Cast dielectric composite linear accelerator

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    Sanders, David M [Livermore, CA; Sampayan, Stephen [Manteca, CA; Slenes, Kirk [Albuquerque, NM; Stoller, H M [Albuquerque, NM

    2009-11-10

    A linear accelerator having cast dielectric composite layers integrally formed with conductor electrodes in a solventless fabrication process, with the cast dielectric composite preferably having a nanoparticle filler in an organic polymer such as a thermosetting resin. By incorporating this cast dielectric composite the dielectric constant of critical insulating layers of the transmission lines of the accelerator are increased while simultaneously maintaining high dielectric strengths for the accelerator.

  12. Dielectric materials for electrical engineering

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    Martinez-Vega, Juan

    2013-01-01

    Part 1 is particularly concerned with physical properties, electrical ageing and modeling with topics such as the physics of charged dielectric materials, conduction mechanisms, dielectric relaxation, space charge, electric ageing and life end models and dielectric experimental characterization. Part 2 concerns some applications specific to dielectric materials: insulating oils for transformers, electrorheological fluids, electrolytic capacitors, ionic membranes, photovoltaic conversion, dielectric thermal control coatings for geostationary satellites, plastics recycling and piezoelectric poly

  13. Center for Dielectric Studies,

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    1984-05-01

    desired dielectric formulation into thin sheets, then laminating and firing the shoots to form a monolithic structure with the noble metal probes internal...of the pyre-signaL of she disordered PST ceramicas under DC bias.The dmini e of miroaemem La reliaxr ferrol.,crIcs La che tperacure region lower chin...increase the dielectric constant. ....... .. Itoci Many of today’s multilayer ceramic capacitors employ costly precious metal internal electrodes. In some

  14. Temperature dependence of the dielectric constant of acrylic dielectric elastomer

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    Sheng, Junjie; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo; Chang, Longfei [Xi' an Jiaotong University, State Key Laboratory for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures, Xi' an (China); Xi' an Jiaotong University, School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi' an (China)

    2013-02-15

    The dielectric constant is an essential electrical parameter to the achievable voltage-induced deformation of the dielectric elastomer. This paper primarily focuses on the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant (within the range of 173 K to 373 K) for the most widely used acrylic dielectric elastomer (VHB 4910). First the dielectric constant was investigated experimentally with the broadband dielectric spectrometer (BDS). Results showed that the dielectric constant first increased with temperature up to a peak value and then dropped to a relative small value. Then by analyzing the fitted curves, the Cole-Cole dispersion equation was found better to characterize the rising process before the peak values than the Debye dispersion equation, while the decrease process afterward can be well described by the simple Debye model. Finally, a mathematical model of dielectric constant of VHB 4910 was obtained from the fitted results which can be used to further probe the electromechanical stability of the dielectric elastomers. (orig.)

  15. Temperature dependence of the dielectric constant of acrylic dielectric elastomer

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    Sheng, Junjie; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo; Chang, Longfei

    2013-02-01

    The dielectric constant is an essential electrical parameter to the achievable voltage-induced deformation of the dielectric elastomer. This paper primarily focuses on the temperature dependence of the dielectric constant (within the range of 173 K to 373 K) for the most widely used acrylic dielectric elastomer (VHB 4910). First the dielectric constant was investigated experimentally with the broadband dielectric spectrometer (BDS). Results showed that the dielectric constant first increased with temperature up to a peak value and then dropped to a relative small value. Then by analyzing the fitted curves, the Cole-Cole dispersion equation was found better to characterize the rising process before the peak values than the Debye dispersion equation, while the decrease process afterward can be well described by the simple Debye model. Finally, a mathematical model of dielectric constant of VHB 4910 was obtained from the fitted results which can be used to further probe the electromechanical stability of the dielectric elastomers.

  16. Dielectric spectroscopy in agrophysics

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    Skierucha, W.; Wilczek, A.; Szypłowska, A.

    2012-04-01

    The paper presents scientific foundation and some examples of agrophysical applications of dielectric spectroscopy techniques. The aim of agrophysics is to apply physical methods and techniques for studies of materials and processes which occur in agriculture. Dielectric spectroscopy, which describes the dielectric properties of a sample as a function of frequency, may be successfully used for examinations of properties of various materials. Possible test materials may include agrophysical objects such as soil, fruit, vegetables, intermediate and final products of the food industry, grain, oils, etc. Dielectric spectroscopy techniques enable non-destructive and non-invasive measurements of the agricultural materials, therefore providing tools for rapid evaluation of their water content and quality. There is a limited number of research in the field of dielectric spectroscopy of agricultural objects, which is caused by the relatively high cost of the respective measurement equipment. With the fast development of modern technology, especially in high frequency applications, dielectric spectroscopy has great potential of expansion in agrophysics, both in cognitive and utilitarian aspects.

  17. Metal-dielectric interfaces in gigascale electronics thermal and electrical stability

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    He, Ming

    2012-01-01

    Metal-dielectric interfaces are ubiquitous in modern electronics. As advanced gigascale electronic devices continue to shrink, the stability of these interfaces is becoming an increasingly important issue that has a profound impact on the operational reliability of these devices. In this book, the authors present the basic science underlying  the thermal and electrical stability of metal-dielectric interfaces and its relationship to the operation of advanced interconnect systems in gigascale electronics. Interface phenomena, including chemical reactions between metals and dielectrics, metallic-atom diffusion, and ion drift, are discussed based on fundamental physical and chemical principles. Schematic diagrams are provided throughout the book to illustrate  interface phenomena and the principles that govern them. Metal-Dielectric Interfaces in Gigascale Electronics  provides a unifying approach to the diverse and sometimes contradictory test results that are reported in the literature on metal-dielectric i...

  18. Role of the Fe-substitution in dielectric behavior of the glass-ceramic cordierite Mg2Al4Si5O18 system

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    Kirat, G.; Aksan, M. A.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, Mg2-xMxAl4Si5O18, where M=Fe and x=0.0, 0.20, 0.50, 1.0 and 1.5, have been synthesized using an arc-melter system. As a result of Fe-substitution, complex, deformed and multiphase samples were obtained. Microstructural analysis indicated that crystals of α-cordierite disappeared in the x=1.5 Fe-substituted sample. However, more densified samples than the unsubstituted sample were obtained. Dielectric constant increased gradually and capacitive resistance decreased with increasing the Fe-content in the system. The results suggested that the Mg2Al4Si5O18 materials obtained by the Fe-substitution are not suitable for high frequency applications.

  19. Structural characterization, vibrational spectroscopy accomplished with DFT calculation, thermal and dielectric behaviors in a new organic-inorganic tertrapropylammonium aquapentachlorostannate dihydrate compound

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    Hajlaoui, Sondes, E-mail: hajlaouisondes@yahoo.fr [Unité de recherche de la matière condensée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Université de Sfax, BP 1171, 3000, Sfax (Tunisia); Chaabane, Iskandar [Unité de recherche de la matière condensée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Université de Sfax, BP 1171, 3000, Sfax (Tunisia); Lhoste, Jérôme; Bulou, Alain [LUNAM Université, Université du Maine, CNRS UMR 6283, Institut des Molécules et Matériaux du Mans (IMMM), Avenue Olivier Messiaen, 72085, Le Mans, Cedex 9 (France); Guidara, Kamel [Unité de recherche de la matière condensée, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Université de Sfax, BP 1171, 3000, Sfax (Tunisia)

    2016-09-15

    In this work a novel compound tertrapropylammonium aquapentachlorostannate dihydrate was synthesized and characterized by; single crystal X-ray diffraction, vibrational spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetric and dielectric measurement. The crystal structure refinement at room temperature reveled that this later belongs to the monoclinic compound with P121/c1 space group with the following unit cell parameters a = 8.2699(3) Å, b = 12.4665(4) Å, c = 22.3341(7) Å and β = 92.94(0)°. The crystal arrangement can be described by stacked organic-inorganic layers in the c direction with two independent water molecules placed between each two layers. The detailed interpretations of the vibrational properties of the studied compound were performed using density functional theory (DFT) with the B3LYP/LanL2DZ basis set, and has enabled us to make the detailed assignments by comparative study of the experimental and calculated Raman and IR spectra. The differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurement disclosed two anomalies in the temperature range 356–376 (T{sub 1}) K and at 393 K (T{sub 2}) characterized by the dehydration of the sample and probably a reconstruction of a new structure after T{sub 2} transition. The temperature dependences of dielectric permittivity show a relaxation process around T{sub 2} anomaly indicating the occurrence of the disorder at high temperature. The dependence of the exponent m(T) on temperature, extracted from the straight lines of log(ε″) with log (ω), suggests that the correlated barrier hopping is the appropriate model for the conduction mechanism. - Highlights: • The single-crystal X-ray diffraction has been performed. • The assignments of the vibration modes based on DFT were reported and discussed. • Differential scanning calorimetric reveals the presence of two endothermic peaks. • The electric permittivity was studied using the impedance measurements. • The CBH is the appropriate model for the conduction

  20. How do profoundly deaf children learn to read?

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    伊藤, 泰子

    2013-01-01

    We know that children who were born profoundly deaf have much difficulty to learn to speak English or Japanese. But is it possible that profoundly deaf children learn to read written English or Japanese? Some researchers mention that early exposure to fingerspelling actually helps deaf children become better readers. Then I tried to find the reason why fingerspelling helps deaf children develop their reading ability and examined how to develop deaf children’s reading ability with fingerspelli...

  1. Harnessing Quantum Interference in Molecular Dielectric Materials.

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    Bergfield, Justin P; Heitzer, Henry M; Van Dyck, Colin; Marks, Tobin J; Ratner, Mark A

    2015-06-23

    We investigate the relationship between dielectric response and charge transport in molecule-based materials operating in the quantum coherent regime. We find that quantum interference affects these observables differently, for instance, allowing current passing through certain materials to be reduced by orders of magnitude without affecting dielectric behavior (or band gap). As an example, we utilize ab initio electronic structure theory to calculate conductance and dielectric constants of cross-conjugated anthraquinone (AQ)-based and linearly conjugated anthracene (AC)-based materials. In spite of having nearly equal fundamental gaps, electrode bonding configurations, and molecular dimensions, we find a ∼1.7 order of magnitude (∼50-fold) reduction in the conductance of the AQ-based material relative to the AC-based material, a value in close agreement with recent measurements, while the calculated dielectric constants of both materials are nearly identical. From these findings, we propose two molecular materials in which quantum interference is used to reduce leakage currents across a ∼25 Å monolayer gap with dielectric constants larger than 4.5.

  2. Dielectric relaxation and conduction in SrTiO{sub 3} thin films under dc bias

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    Ang, Chen; Yu, Zhi; Cross, L. E.; Guo, Ruyan; Bhalla, A. S.

    2001-08-06

    The dielectric and conduction behavior of SrTiO{sub 3} thin films deposited on a SrTiO{sub 3} single-crystal substrate is studied. Without dc bias, an obvious dielectric 'defect mode' in the dielectric loss is observed in the temperature range of {approx}100--200 K; however, no noticeable corresponding dielectric constant peak is observed. By applying a high dc bias ({>=}40 kV/cm), a dielectric constant peak with frequency dispersion appears in the same temperature range, the dielectric loss is increased, and simultaneously high dc conduction is observed. The induced dielectric constant peak is related to dc conduction and attributed to the coupling effect of the mobile carriers with the dielectric defect mode. {copyright} 2001 American Institute of Physics.

  3. An approach to the interpretation of Cole-Davidson and Cole-Cole dielectric functions

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    Iglesias, T. P.; Vilão, G.; Reis, João Carlos R.

    2017-08-01

    Assuming that a dielectric sample can be described by Debye's model at each frequency, a method based on Cole's treatment is proposed for the direct estimation at experimental frequencies of relaxation times and the corresponding static and infinite-frequency permittivities. These quantities and the link between dielectric strength and mean molecular dipole moment at each frequency could be useful to analyze dielectric relaxation processes. The method is applied to samples that follow a Cole-Cole or a Cole-Davidson dielectric function. A physical interpretation of these dielectric functions is proposed. The behavior of relaxation time with frequency can be distinguished between the two dielectric functions. The proposed method can also be applied to samples following a Navriliak-Negami or any other dielectric function. The dielectric relaxation of a nanofluid consisting of graphene nanoparticles dispersed in the oil squalane is reported and discussed within the novel framework.

  4. Experimental study on the dielectric properties of polyacrylate dielectric elastomer

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    Qiang, Junhua; Chen, Hualing; Li, Bo

    2012-02-01

    The dielectric constant of elastomeric dielectric material is an essential physical parameter, whose value may affect the electromechanical deformation of a dielectric elastomer actuator. Since the dielectric constant is influenced by several external factors as reported before, and no certain value has been confirmed to our knowledge, in the present paper, on the basis of systematical comparison of recent past literature, we conducted extensive works on the measurement of dielectric properties of VHB films, involving five influencing factors: prestretch (both equal and unequal biaxial), electrical frequency, electrode material, stress relaxation time and temperature. Experimental results directly show that the dielectric response changes according to these factors, based on which we investigate the significance of each factor, especially the interaction of two external conditions on the dielectric constant of deformable dielectric, by presenting a physical picture of the mechanism of polarization.

  5. High frequency dielectric relaxation in lanthanum modified PbTiO3 ferroelectric ceramics

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    Guerra José de los Santos

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Dielectric measurements of lanthanum modified lead titanate ceramics were carried out in a frequency and temperature range of 70 ´ 10(6Hz - 2 ´ 10(9Hz and 300 K - 420 K, respectively. Dielectric relaxation appears around 7 ´ 10(8Hz at room temperature, and the maximum of the dielectric relaxation was around 393 K, the transition temperature (Tc. The relaxation frequency passes through a minimum at Tc and the dielectric relaxation exists in both paraelectric and ferroelectric phases. A fitting of the experimental data with the Debye relations gives some keys for understanding the dielectric behavior of such materials.

  6. Dielectric and Raman spectroscopy of TlSe thin films

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    Ozel, Aysen E.; Deger, Deniz; Celik, Sefa; Yakut, Sahin; Karabak, Binnur; Akyüz, Sevim; Ulutas, Kemal

    2017-12-01

    In this report, the results of Dielectric and Raman spectroscopy of TlSe thin films are presented. The films were deposited in different thicknesses ranging from 290 Å to 3200 Å by thermal evaporation method. The relative permittivity (dielectric constant εr‧) and dielectric loss (εr″) of TlSe thin films were calculated by measuring capacitance (C) and dielectric loss factor (tan δ) in the frequencies ranging between 10-2 Hz-107 Hz and in the temperature ranging between 173 K and 433 K. In the given intervals, both the dielectric constant and the dielectric loss of TlSe thin films decrease with increasing frequency, but increase with increasing temperature. This behavior can be explained as multicomponent polarization in the structure. The ac conductivity obeys the ωs law when s (s dielectric constant of TlSe thin films is determined from Dielectric and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The results obtained by two different methods are in agreement with each other.

  7. Thickness and dielectric constant determination of thin dielectric layers

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    de Bruijn, H.E.; de Bruijn, Helene E.; Minor, Marcel; Kooyman, R.P.H.; Greve, Jan

    1993-01-01

    We derive a method for the determination of the dielectric constant and thickness of a thin dielectric layer, deposited on top of a thick dielectric layer which is in turn present on a metal film. Reflection of p- and s-polarized light from the metal layer yields minima for certain angles of

  8. Investigations of novel high dielectric materials and new mechanisms

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    Guo, Meng

    dielectric constant ˜ 46 with a dielectric loss formation of certain packing in the CuPc dendrimer are all factors that affect the polarization and contribute to the change in the dielectric behavior; (4) in terms of the fabrication process, the solvent polarity, the type of the electrode and substrate, the surfactant properties and the heat treatment processes play important roles. This dissertation discovers the designing criteria for high dielectric constant materials utilizing the mechanism of long range delocalization in certain hyperbranched or dendritic systems.

  9. Absorption in dielectric models

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    Churchill, R J

    2015-01-01

    We develop a classical microscopic model of a dielectric. The model features nonlinear interaction terms between polarizable dipoles and lattice vibrations. The lattice vibrations are found to act as a pseudo-reservoir, giving broadband absorption of electromagnetic radiation without the addition of damping terms in the dynamics. The effective permittivity is calculated using a perturbative iteration method and is found to have the form associated with real dielectrics. Spatial dispersion is naturally included in the model and we also calculate the wavevector dependence of the permittivity.

  10. Human dignity and the profoundly disabled: a theological perspective.

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    Matthews, Pia

    2011-01-01

    One challenge to the concept of human dignity is that it is a rootless notion invoked simply to mask inequalities that inevitably exist between human beings. This privileging of humans is speciesist and its weak point is the profoundly disabled human being. This article argues that far from being a weak point, the profoundly disabled person is a source of strength and witness to the intrinsic dignity that all human beings have by virtue of being human. The disabled represent the reality of human existence that is both strong and fragile. Although human dignity can be understood philosophically its depth is rooted in Christian theological insights. The profoundly disabled occupy a privileged position and share in a theology of mission since they testify to the interdependence of every human being and human dependence on God to a myopic world that only values strength, autonomy and independence.

  11. Unusual dielectric response in cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide

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    Akhtar, Abu Jahid; Gupta, Abhisek; Kumar Shaw, Bikash; Saha, Shyamal K., E-mail: cnssks@iacs.res.in [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2013-12-09

    Intensive research on cobalt doped reduced graphene oxide (Co-RGO) to investigate the modification in graphene magnetism and spin polarization due to presence of transition metal atom has been carried out, however, its dielectric spectroscopy, particularly, how capacitance changes with impurity levels in graphene is relatively unexplored. In the present work, dielectric spectroscopy along with magneto-dielectric effect are investigated in Co-RGO. Contrary to other materials, here permittivity increases abruptly with frequency in the low frequency region and continues to increase till 10{sup 7} Hz. This unusual behavior is explained on the basis of trap induced capacitance created due to impurity levels.

  12. Dielectric Spectroscopy of Nanostructured Polypyrrole-NiO Composites

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    Syeda Seema

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Conducting polypyrrole-nickel oxide (polypyrrole-NiO composites were synthesized by in situ deposition technique by placing different weight percentages of NiO powder (10, 20, 30, 40, and 50% during the polymerisation of pyrrole. The polypyrrole-NiO composites were later characterised with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR which confirms the presence of polypyrrole in the composite. AC conductivity was studied in the frequency range from 102 to 107 Hz. From these studies it is found that AC conductivity remains constant at low frequency and increases rapidly at higher frequency, which is the characteristic behavior of disordered materials. The dielectric behavior of these composites was also investigated in the frequency range 102–107 Hz. It is observed from these studies that the dielectric constant and dielectric tangent loss decrease exponentially with frequency. The composites exhibit a low value of dielectric loss at higher frequency.

  13. Dielectric properties of fly ash

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    Abstract. This paper reports the dielectric properties of fly ash. The dielectric measurements were performed as a function of frequency and temperature. The sample of fly ash shows almost similar behaviour in the frequency and temperature range studied. The large value of dielectric constant in the typical frequency range.

  14. Effects of annealing conditions on the dielectric properties of solution-processed Al2O3 layers for indium-zinc-tin-oxide thin-film transistors.

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    Kim, Yong-Hoon; Kim, Kwang-Ho; Park, Sung Kyu

    2013-11-01

    In this paper, the effects of annealing conditions on the dielectric properties of solution-processed aluminum oxide (Al2O3) layers for indium-zinc-tin-oxide (IZTO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) have been investigated. The dielectric properties of Al2O3 layers such as leakage current density and dielectric strength were largely affected by their annealing conditions. In particular, oxygen partial pressure in rapid thermal annealing, and the temperature profile of hot plate annealing had profound effects on the dielectric properties. From a refractive index analysis, the enhanced dielectric properties of Al2O3 gate dielectrics can be attributed to higher film density depending on the annealing conditions. With the low-temperature-annealed Al2O3 gate dielectric at 350 degrees C, solution-processed IZTO TFTs with a field-effect mobility of approximately 2.2 cm2/Vs were successfully fabricated.

  15. Microwave dielectric tangent losses in KDP and DKDP crystals

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    phases at 10 GHz. This shows Curie–Weiss behavior of the dielectric tangent loss. Keywords. Ferroelectrics; Green's function; soft mode; anharmonicity; dielectric loss .... K =Ω2Jq[kT2 c cosh2 βcΩ]. 1. (11). When T. Tc,Ω¼¼ 0, eq. (5) gives. Tc =Ω k tanh 1. 4Ω. J¼q. 1. (12). 528. Pramana – J. Phys., Vol. 60, No. 3, March 2003 ...

  16. Molds for cable dielectrics

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    Roose, L.D.

    1996-12-10

    Molds for use in making end moldings for high-voltage cables are described wherein the dielectric insulator of a cable is heated and molded to conform to a desired shape. As a consequence, high quality substantially bubble-free cable connectors suitable for mating to premanufactured fittings are made. 5 figs.

  17. Dielectric Waveguide lasers

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    Pollnau, Markus; Orlovic, V.A.; Pachenko, V.; Scherbakov, I.A.

    2007-01-01

    Our recent results on planar and channel waveguide fabrication and lasers in the dielectric oxide materials Ti:sapphire and rare-earth-ion-doped potassium yttrium double tungstate (KYW) are reviewed. We have employed waveguide fabrication methods such as liquid phase epitaxy and reactive ion etching

  18. Multisensory Speech Perception by Profoundly Hearing-Impaired Children.

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    Lynch, Michael P.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    Eight profoundly hearing-impaired children, aged 5-11, received tactual word recognition training with tactual speech perception aids. Following training, subjects were tested on trained words and new words. Performance was significantly better on both sets of words when words were presented with a combined condition of tactual aid and aided…

  19. Standing Ovations and Profound Learning: Cultural Diversity in Theatre.

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    Ellis, Roger

    2000-01-01

    Describes the profound learning that took place at the International Children's Theatre Festival in Toyama City, Japan in July 2000. Argues that participation by the Japanese-American Drama Ensemble, a youth group from the public schools in Lexington, Massachusetts, and more than 400 children from all over the planet, showcased the cultural…

  20. Pre-Language Activities for the Profoundly Mentally Retarded.

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    Poole, Marilyn R.; And Others

    Provided are sample lesson plans for a program to develop pre-language skills in profoundly retarded children and adults. Characteristic of the suggested activities is the stimulation of all sensory channels through structured infant-like play activities in five general areas: oral stimulation, sensory arousal, motor stimulation, vocal play, and…

  1. Profound Haemaological Changes In Rats Fed On Different Diet ...

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    At the end of six weeks feeding period, blood samples were obtained and total leukocyte count was done. The results of total court show that animals fed in protein supplemented diet had a profound increase in their leukocyte court when compered with the control. The study shows that specific dietary elements can induce ...

  2. Camera-Based Microswitch Technology for Eyelid and Mouth Responses of Persons with Profound Multiple Disabilities: Two Case Studies

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    Lancioni, Giulio E.; Bellini, Domenico; Oliva, Doretta; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff

    2010-01-01

    These two studies assessed camera-based microswitch technology for eyelid and mouth responses of two persons with profound multiple disabilities and minimal motor behavior. This technology, in contrast with the traditional optic microswitches used for those responses, did not require support frames on the participants' face but only small color…

  3. DIELECTRIC WAKE FIELD RESONATOR ACCELERATOR MODULE

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    Hirshfield, Jay L.

    2013-11-06

    Results are presented from experiments, and numerical analysis of wake fields set up by electron bunches passing through a cylindrical or rectangular dielectric-lined structure. These bunches excite many TM-modes, with Ez components of the wake fields sharply localized on the axis of the structure periodically behind the bunches. The experiment with the cylindrical structure, carried out at ATF Brookhaven National Laboratory, used up to three 50 MeV bunches spaced by one wake field period (21 cm) to study the superposition of wake fields by measuring the energy loss of each bunch after it passed through the 53-cm long dielectric element. The millimeter-wave spectrum of radiation excited by the passage of bunches is also studied. Numerical analysis was aimed not only to simulate the behavior of our device, but in general to predict dielectric wake field accelerator performance. It is shown that one needs to match the radius of the cylindrical dielectric channel with the bunch longitudinal rms-length to achieve optimal performance.

  4. Antenna with Dielectric Having Geometric Patterns

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    Dudley, Kenneth L. (Inventor); Elliott, Holly A. (Inventor); Cravey, Robin L. (Inventor); Connell, John W. (Inventor); Ghose, Sayata (Inventor); Watson, Kent A. (Inventor); Smith, Jr., Joseph G. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    An antenna includes a ground plane, a dielectric disposed on the ground plane, and an electrically-conductive radiator disposed on the dielectric. The dielectric includes at least one layer of a first dielectric material and a second dielectric material that collectively define a dielectric geometric pattern, which may comprise a fractal geometry. The radiator defines a radiator geometric pattern, and the dielectric geometric pattern is geometrically identical, or substantially geometrically identical, to the radiator geometric pattern.

  5. Fifth International Conference on Dielectric and Realted Phenomena

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    1998-01-01

    ...: relaxation theory, characterized of dielectric responses, molecular dynamics, "smart" dielectric, polymer-ceramic structures, nonlinear optical materials, space charges in dielectric, dielectric...

  6. Dielectric Nanorod Scattering and its Influence on Material Interfaces.

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    Mangalgiri, Gauri M; Manley, Phillip; Riedel, Wiebke; Schmid, Martina

    2017-06-27

    This work elaborates on the high scattering which dielectric nanorods exhibit and how it can be exploited to control light propagation across material interfaces. A detailed overview of how dielectric nanorods interact with light through a combination of dipolar scattering and leaky modes is performed via outward power flux calculations. We establish and account for design parameters that best result in light magnification owing to resonant behavior of nanorods. Impact of material parameters on scattering and their dispersion have been calculated to establish that low loss dielectric oxides like ZnO when nanostructured show excellent antenna like resonances which can be used to control light coupling and propagation. Interfacial scattering calculations demonstrate the high forward directivity of nanorods for various dielectric interfaces. A systematic analysis for different configurations of single and periodic nanorods on air dielectric interface emphasizes the light coupling tendencies exhibited by nanorods to and from a dielectric. Spatial characteristics of the localized field enhancement of the nanorod array on an air dielectric interface show focusing attributes of the nanorod array. We give a detailed account to tailor and selectively increase light propagation across an interface with good spectral and spatial control.

  7. How does static stretching decrease the dielectric constant of VHB 4910 elastomer?

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    Vu-Cong, T.; Nguyen-Thi, N.; Jean-Mistral, C.; Sylvestre, A.

    2014-03-01

    Subject to a voltage, dielectric elastomers deform by the effect of Maxwell stress which is depended directly on the dielectric constant of the material. The combination of large strain, soft elastic response and good dielectric properties has established VHB 4910 elastomer as the most used material for dielectric elastomer actuators. However, the effect of stretch on the dielectric constant for this elastomer is much debated topic while controversy results are demonstrated in the literature. The dielectric constant of this material is studied and demonstrated that it decreases slightly or hugely among the stretch but any pertinent response and any physic explications are validated by the scientific community. In this paper, we presented a detail study about dielectric behavior of VHB 4910 elastomer versus a broadband of stretch and temperature. We found that the dielectric constant of this material depends strongly on the stretch following a polynomial law. Among all the explanations of stretch dependence of the dielectric constant of VHB 4910 in the literature: the crystallization, the change of glass transition temperature, the decrease of dipole orientation, the electrostriction effect under stress; and based on our experimental result, we conclude that the decrease of dipole orientation seems the main reason to the drop of dielectric constant of VHB 4910 elastomer versus the stretch. We proposed also an accurate model describing the dielectric constant of this material for a large range of stretch and temperature.

  8. DIELECTRIC WALL ACCELERATOR TECHNOLOGY

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    Sampayan, S; Caporaso, G; Chen, Y; Harris, J; Hawkins, S; Holmes, C; Nelson, S; Poole, B; Rhodes, M; Sanders, D; Sullivan, J; Wang, L; Watson, J

    2007-10-18

    The dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) is a compact pulsed power device where the pulse forming lines, switching, and vacuum wall are integrated into a single compact geometry. For this effort, we initiated a extensive compact pulsed power development program and have pursued the study of switching (gas, oil, laser induced surface flashover and photoconductive), dielectrics (ceramics and nanoparticle composites), pulse forming line topologies (asymmetric and symmetric Blumleins and zero integral pulse forming lines), and multilayered vacuum insulator (HGI) technology. Finally, we fabricated an accelerator cell for test on ETAII (a 5.5 MeV, 2 kA, 70 ns pulsewidth electron beam accelerator). We review our past results and report on the progress of accelerator cell testing.

  9. A Comparison of Exact Versus Perturbed Pole Locations of Dielectric Objects in Dielectric Medium

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    Worthy, Mark

    1997-01-01

    The dielectric properties of soils and plastic targets are given. The approach for finding exact pole locations from a dielectric infinite slab, a dielectric sphere, and a dielectric infinite cylinder is presented (and applied...

  10. The dielectric breakdown limit of silicone dielectric elastomer actuators

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    Gatti, Davide; Haus, Henry; Matysek, Marc; Frohnapfel, Bettina; Tropea, Cameron; Schlaak, Helmut F.

    2014-02-01

    Soft silicone elastomers are used in a generation of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) with improved actuation speed and durability compared to the commonly used, highly viscoelastic polyacrylate 3M VHB™ films. The maximum voltage-induced stretch of DEAs is ultimately limited by their dielectric breakdown field strength. We measure the dependence of dielectric breakdown field strength on thickness and stretch for a silicone elastomer, when voltage-induced deformation is prevented. The experimental results are combined with an analytic model of equi-biaxial actuation to show that accounting for variable dielectric field strength results in different values of optimal pre-stretch and thickness that maximize the DEA actuation.

  11. Visual impairment in severe and profound sensorineural deafness.

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    Armitage, I M; Burke, J. P.; Buffin, J T

    1995-01-01

    The frequency of reversible and irreversible visual impairment was determined in children with severe and profound sensorineural deafness, as subnormal vision can adversely affect their educational and social development. Eighty three of 87 such children attending an audiology service were examined to assess the incidence and severity of visual impairment. Each child underwent a detailed ophthalmic assessment. The criteria for visual impairment were visual acuity < 6/9 Snellen or equivalent a...

  12. Observations on Working Psychoanalytically with a Profoundly Amnesic Patient.

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    Moore, Paul A; Salas, Christian E; Dockree, Suvi; Turnbull, Oliver H

    2017-01-01

    Individuals with profound amnesia are markedly impaired in explicitly recalling new episodic events, but appear to preserve the capacity to use information from other sources. Amongst these preserved capacities is the ability to form new memories of an emotional nature - a skill at the heart of developing and sustaining interpersonal relationships. The psychoanalytic study of individuals with profound amnesia might contribute to the understanding the importance of each memory system, including effects on key analytic processes such as transference and countertransference. However, psychoanalytic work in the presence of profound amnesia might also require important technical modifications. In the first report of its kind, we describe observations from a long term psychoanalytic process (72 sessions) with an individual (JL) who has profound amnesia after an anoxic episode. The nature of therapy was shaped by JL's impairment in connecting elements that belong to distant (and even relatively close) moments in the therapeutic process. However, we were also able to document areas of preservation, in what appears to be a functioning therapeutic alliance. As regards transference, the relationship between JL and his analyst can be viewed as the evolution of a narcissistic transference, and case material is provided that maps this into three phases: (i) rejecting; (ii) starting to take in; and (iii) full use of the analytic space - where each phase exhibits differing degrees of permeability between JL and the analyst. This investigation appears to have important theoretical implications for psychoanalytic practice, and for psychotherapy in general - and not only with regard to brain injured populations. We especially note that it raises questions concerning the mechanism of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and the apparent unimportance of episodic memory for many elements of therapeutic change.

  13. Profound hyperlipidaemia due to concomitant diabetes and hypothyroidism

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    Samaan, M Constantine; Murphy, Nuala; Costigan, Colm

    2010-01-01

    A previously well 5-year-old girl presented with new onset type 1 diabetes mellitus and diabetic ketoacidosis, and was found to be profoundly hyperlipidaemic. Further investigations showed that she had associated hypothyroidism. She responded to insulin and L-thyroxine treatments and her lipid profile returned to normal 2 months after diagnosis. Despite starting anticoagulant therapy early, she developed deep vein thrombosis of the lower limb. Her family screen did not demonstrate familial hy...

  14. Observations on Working Psychoanalytically with a Profoundly Amnesic Patient

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    Moore, Paul A.; Salas, Christian E.; Dockree, Suvi; Turnbull, Oliver H.

    2017-01-01

    Individuals with profound amnesia are markedly impaired in explicitly recalling new episodic events, but appear to preserve the capacity to use information from other sources. Amongst these preserved capacities is the ability to form new memories of an emotional nature – a skill at the heart of developing and sustaining interpersonal relationships. The psychoanalytic study of individuals with profound amnesia might contribute to the understanding the importance of each memory system, including effects on key analytic processes such as transference and countertransference. However, psychoanalytic work in the presence of profound amnesia might also require important technical modifications. In the first report of its kind, we describe observations from a long term psychoanalytic process (72 sessions) with an individual (JL) who has profound amnesia after an anoxic episode. The nature of therapy was shaped by JL’s impairment in connecting elements that belong to distant (and even relatively close) moments in the therapeutic process. However, we were also able to document areas of preservation, in what appears to be a functioning therapeutic alliance. As regards transference, the relationship between JL and his analyst can be viewed as the evolution of a narcissistic transference, and case material is provided that maps this into three phases: (i) rejecting; (ii) starting to take in; and (iii) full use of the analytic space – where each phase exhibits differing degrees of permeability between JL and the analyst. This investigation appears to have important theoretical implications for psychoanalytic practice, and for psychotherapy in general – and not only with regard to brain injured populations. We especially note that it raises questions concerning the mechanism of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and the apparent unimportance of episodic memory for many elements of therapeutic change. PMID:28890703

  15. Observations on Working Psychoanalytically with a Profoundly Amnesic Patient

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    Paul A. Moore

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Individuals with profound amnesia are markedly impaired in explicitly recalling new episodic events, but appear to preserve the capacity to use information from other sources. Amongst these preserved capacities is the ability to form new memories of an emotional nature – a skill at the heart of developing and sustaining interpersonal relationships. The psychoanalytic study of individuals with profound amnesia might contribute to the understanding the importance of each memory system, including effects on key analytic processes such as transference and countertransference. However, psychoanalytic work in the presence of profound amnesia might also require important technical modifications. In the first report of its kind, we describe observations from a long term psychoanalytic process (72 sessions with an individual (JL who has profound amnesia after an anoxic episode. The nature of therapy was shaped by JL’s impairment in connecting elements that belong to distant (and even relatively close moments in the therapeutic process. However, we were also able to document areas of preservation, in what appears to be a functioning therapeutic alliance. As regards transference, the relationship between JL and his analyst can be viewed as the evolution of a narcissistic transference, and case material is provided that maps this into three phases: (i rejecting; (ii starting to take in; and (iii full use of the analytic space – where each phase exhibits differing degrees of permeability between JL and the analyst. This investigation appears to have important theoretical implications for psychoanalytic practice, and for psychotherapy in general – and not only with regard to brain injured populations. We especially note that it raises questions concerning the mechanism of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and the apparent unimportance of episodic memory for many elements of therapeutic change.

  16. Foveal Processing Under Concurrent Peripheral Load in Profoundly Deaf Adults

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    2016-01-01

    Development of the visual system typically proceeds in concert with the development of audition. One result is that the visual system of profoundly deaf individuals differs from that of those with typical auditory systems. While past research has suggested deaf people have enhanced attention in the visual periphery, it is still unclear whether or not this enhancement entails deficits in central vision. Profoundly deaf and typically hearing adults were administered a variant of the useful field of view task that independently assessed performance on concurrent central and peripheral tasks. Identification of a foveated target was impaired by a concurrent selective peripheral attention task, more so in profoundly deaf adults than in the typically hearing. Previous findings of enhanced performance on the peripheral task were not replicated. These data are discussed in terms of flexible allocation of spatial attention targeted towards perceived task demands, and support a modified “division of labor” hypothesis whereby attentional resources co-opted to process peripheral space result in reduced resources in the central visual field. PMID:26657078

  17. Intubation of Profoundly Agitated Patients Treated with Prehospital Ketamine.

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    Olives, Travis D; Nystrom, Paul C; Cole, Jon B; Dodd, Kenneth W; Ho, Jeffrey D

    2016-12-01

    Profound agitation in the prehospital setting confers substantial risk to patients and providers. Optimal chemical sedation in this setting remains unclear. The goal of this study was to describe intubation rates among profoundly agitated patients treated with prehospital ketamine and to characterize clinically significant outcomes of a prehospital ketamine protocol. This was a retrospective cohort study of all patients who received prehospital ketamine, per a predefined protocol, for control of profound agitation and who subsequently were transported to an urban Level 1 trauma center from May 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013. Identified records were reviewed for basic ambulance run information, subject characteristics, ketamine dosing, and rate of intubation. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulance run data were matched to hospital-based electronic medical records. Clinically significant outcomes are characterized, including unadjusted and adjusted rates of intubation. Overall, ketamine was administered 227 times in the prehospital setting with 135 cases meeting study criteria of use of ketamine for treatment of agitation. Endotracheal intubation was undertaken for 63% (85/135) of patients, including attempted prehospital intubation in four cases. Male gender and late night arrival were associated with intubation in univariate analyses (χ2=12.02; P=.001 and χ2=5.34; P=.021, respectively). Neither ketamine dose, co-administration of additional sedating medications, nor evidence of ethanol (ETOH) or sympathomimetic ingestion was associated with intubation. The association between intubation and both male gender and late night emergency department (ED) arrival persisted in multivariate analysis. Neither higher dose (>5mg/kg) ketamine nor co-administration of midazolam or haloperidol was associated with intubation in logistic regression modeling of the 120 subjects with weights recorded. Two deaths were observed. Post-hoc analysis of intubation rates suggested a

  18. Very high dielectric strength for dielectric elastomer actuators in liquid dielectric immersion

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong

    2013-05-01

    This letter reported that a dielectric elastomer actuator (3M VHB), which is immersed in a liquid dielectric bath, is enhanced tremendously in dielectric strength up to 800 MV/m, as compared to 450 MV/m for the actuator operated in air. The bath consists of silicone oil (Dow Corning Fluid 200 50cSt), which is 6.5 times more thermally conductive than air, and it is found able to maintain the actuator at a stable temperature. As a result, the oil-immersed dielectric elastomer actuator is prevented from local thermal runaway, which causes loss of electrical insulation, and consequently avoids the damage by electromechanical instability.

  19. Isomorph theory prediction for the dielectric loss variation along an isochrone

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    Xiao, Wence; Tofteskov, Jon; Dyre, J. C.

    2015-01-01

    This paper derives a prediction for the variation of the amplitude of the dielectric loss from isomorph theory, and presents an experimental test of the prediction performed by measuring the dielectric relaxation behavior of the van der Waals liquid 5-phenyl-4-ether (5PPE). The liquid is studied...

  20. A quantitative review of self-help research with the severely and profoundly mentally retarded.

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    Konarski, E A; Diorio, M S

    1985-01-01

    Eighty-seven studies published since 1964 through 1982 on training self-help skills to severely and profoundly mentally retarded persons were analyzed according to 19 parameters reflecting their methodological details. The results showed a steady interest in this research area over time, but 63% of the studies focused on toileting and feeding with fewer studies looking at other self-help skills. Package treatments composed primarily of accelerative techniques were most frequently used to train these skills. Methodologically, it was found that these studies typically involved profoundly mentally retarded people (33% of studies) who were trained by residential staff (69% of studies) in institutional settings (63% of studies). The results also indicated an increase over time in the number of studies rated acceptable on the reliability and design parameters. Finally, very few studies reported assessments of generalization, maintenance, or social validity. It was concluded that, (a) researchers need to broaden their interests in terms of settings, trainers, and behaviors studied to best meet the needs of this population, (b) the experimental quality of this literature is improving, and (c) the social impact of observed behavior changes has yet to be fully explored.

  1. Dielectric materials and electrostatics

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    Gallot-Lavalle, Olivier

    2013-01-01

    An introduction to the physics of electrical insulation, this book presents the physical foundations of this discipline and the resulting applications. It is structured in two parts. The first part presents a mathematical and intuitive approach to dielectrics; various concepts, including polarization, induction, forces and losses are discussed. The second part provides readers with the keys to understanding the physics of solid, liquid and gas insulation. It comprises a phenomenological description of discharges in gas and its resulting applications. Finally, the main electrical properties

  2. Interaural comparison of spiral ganglion cell counts in profound deafness.

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    Seyyedi, Mohammad; Eddington, Donald K; Nadol, Joseph B

    2011-12-01

    This study is designed to measure the degree to which spiral ganglion cell (SGC) survival in the left and right ears is similar in profoundly hearing-impaired human patients with symmetric (right/left) etiology and sensitivity. This is of interest because a small difference between ears would imply that one ear could be used as a control ear in temporal bone studies evaluating the impact on SGC survival of a medical intervention in the other ear. Forty-two temporal bones from 21 individuals with bilaterally symmetric profound hearing impairment were studied. Both ears in each individual were impaired by the same etiology. Rosenthal's canal was reconstructed in two dimensions and segmental and total SGCs were counted. Correlation analysis and t-tests were used to compare segmental and total counts of left and right ears. Statistical power calculations illustrate how the results can be used to estimate the effect size (right/left difference in SGC count) that can be reliably identified as a function of sample size. Left counts (segmental and total) were significantly correlated with those in the right ears (p total count were respectively 0.64, 0.91, 0.93, 0.91 and 0.98. The hypothesis that mean segmental and total counts of right and left are the same could not be rejected by paired t-test. The variance in the between-ear difference across the temporal bones studied indicates that useful effect sizes can be reliably identified using subject numbers that are practical for temporal bone studies. For instance, there is 95% likelihood that an interaural difference in SGC count of approximately 1000 cells associated with a treatment/manipulation of one ear will be reliably detected in a bilaterally-symmetric profound hearing loss population of temporal bones from approximately 10 subjects. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Profound Muscle Weakness and Pain after One Dose of Actonel

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    Irina Badayan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The World Health Organization (WHO defines osteopenia as a bone density between 1 and 2.5 standard deviation (SD below the bone density of a normal young adult Iqbal 2000. Osteoporosis is defined as 2.5 SD or more below that reference point Iqbal 2000. Bisphosphonates are a group of medications used to treat osteoporosis, Padget's disease of bone, and osteopenia. We report a woman who developed profound muscle weakness and pain after one dose of Risedronate (Actonel.

  4. Organic thin-film transistors using thin ormosil-based hybrid dielectric

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    Jeong, Sunho; Kim, Dongjo; Lee, Sul; Park, Bong Kyun [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Jooho [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: jmoon@yonsei.ac.kr

    2007-07-16

    We synthesized a novel thermally-crosslinkable ormosil-based hybrid material as a solution-processable dielectric layer for organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs). Dielectrics with a thickness of 50-260 nm were fabricated via spin-coating in order to evaluate their applicability as an ultra-thin gate dielectric. It was observed that the capacitance of the hybrid dielectric increases with decreasing film thickness. Hybrid dielectrics with a thickness of 260 nm and 160 nm, respectively, exhibited adequate leakage current behavior. Coplanar-type OTFTs were fabricated using each of the hybrid dielectrics (i.e., thickness of 260 nm and 160 nm). The off-current, threshold voltage, and field-effect mobility of both transistors were analyzed to investigate the effects of capacitance and film thickness on the electrical performance of the transistors.

  5. Image potential in lossy dielectrics

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    Lenac, Z.

    2017-11-01

    The interaction of a point charge with surrounding media ( the image potential) is analyzed using the quantum-mechanical description of dielectrics that consistently takes losses in media into account. We have derived a real dielectric function (without an imaginary part) appropriate for lossy dielectrics which, compared to the lossless one, significantly changes the image potential in the standard (first-order) calculations. However, when one adds to the Hamiltonian all higher-order terms caused by the losses, one finds that the image potential remains the same, as if there were no losses in media. Our calculations are approximative when analyzing complicated systems with various lossy dielectrics, but in some simple and essential cases ( e.g., a dielectric plate) we are able to give the exact proof.

  6. Nonlinear dielectric effect in supercritical diethyl ether.

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    Drozd-Rzoska, Aleksandra; Rzoska, Sylwester J; Martinez-Garcia, Julio Cesar

    2014-09-07

    Nonlinear dielectric effect (NDE) describes changes of dielectric permittivity induced by a strong electric field in a liquid dielectric. The most classical finding related to this magnitude is the negative sign of NDE in liquid diethyl ether (DEE), recalled by Peter Debye in his Nobel Prize lecture. This article shows that the positive sign of NDE in DEE is also possible, in the supercritical domain. Moreover, NDE on approaching the gas-liquid critical point exhibits a unique critical effect described by the critical exponent ψ ≈ 0.4 close to critical temperature (T(C)) and ψ ≈ 0.6 remote from T(C). This can be linked to the emergence of the mean-field behavior in the immediate vicinity of T(C), contrary to the typical pattern observed for critical phenomena. The multi-frequency mode of NDE measurements made it possible to estimate the evolution of lifetime of critical fluctuations. The new way of data analysis made it possible to describe the critical effect without a knowledge of the non-critical background contribution in prior.

  7. Eptifibatide-induced acute profound thrombocytopenia: a case report.

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    Graidis, Christos; Golias, Christos; Dimitriadis, Dimokritos; Dimitriadis, Georgios; Bitsis, Theodosis; Dimitrelos, Ilias; Tsiakou, Afroditi; Charalabopoulos, Konstantinos

    2014-02-25

    The interactions among cells or among cells and components of the extracellular matrix, is a crucial pathophysiological process involving some molecules collectively known as adhesion molecules (CAMs). Glycoprotein IIb / IIIa receptors are only restricted to blood platelets and they bind fibrinogen and adhesion proteins such as fibronectin, vitronectin, von Willebrand factor to form cross bridges between adjacent platelets. IIb/IIIa receptor antagonists are an object of intense research activity for target therapy worldwide during the last decades. Three GPIIb/IIIa inhibitors, abciximab, tirofiban, and eptifibatide, have been approved for clinical use. Profound thrombocytopenia is an uncommon but clinically important complication of glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors. This case report discusses a forty-four-year-old male patient with acute coronary syndrome who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention and developed profound thrombocytopenia within 4 hours of first administration of eptifibatide. This report adds another case of eptifibatide-induced thrombocytopenia to the medical literature and endorses the importance of platelet count monitoring after initiating therapy with this agent.

  8. Modeling of dielectric elastomer as electromechanical resonator

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    Li, Bo, E-mail: liboxjtu@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Liu, Lei; Chen, Hualing; Jia, Shuhai [School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, 28 Xianning West Road, Xi' an 710049 (China); State Key Laboratory for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures, Xi' an Jiaotong University, 28 Xianning West Road, Xi' an 710049 (China); Zhang, Junshi [State Key Laboratory for Strength and Vibration of Mechanical Structures, Xi' an Jiaotong University, 28 Xianning West Road, Xi' an 710049 (China); School of Aerospace Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, 28 Xianning West Road, Xi' an 710049 (China); Li, Dichen [School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, 28 Xianning West Road, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2014-09-28

    Dielectric elastomers (DEs) feature nonlinear dynamics resulting from an electromechanical coupling. Under alternating voltage, the DE resonates with tunable performances. We present an analysis of the nonlinear dynamics of a DE as electromechanical resonator (DEER) configured as a pure shear actuator. A theoretical model is developed to characterize the complex performance under different boundary conditions. Physical mechanisms are presented and discussed. Chaotic behavior is also predicted, illustrating instabilities in the dynamics. The results provide a guide to the design and application of DEER in haptic devices.

  9. Persistent Thalamic Sound Processing Despite Profound Cochlear Denervation

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    Anna R. Chambers

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Neurons at higher stages of sensory processing can partially compensate for a sudden drop in input from the periphery through a homeostatic plasticity process that increases the gain on weak afferent inputs. Even after a profound unilateral auditory neuropathy where > 95% of synapses between auditory nerve fibers and inner hair cells have been eliminated with ouabain, central gain can restore the cortical processing and perceptual detection of basic sounds delivered to the denervated ear. In this model of profound auditory neuropathy, cortical processing and perception recover despite the absence of an auditory brainstem response (ABR or brainstem acoustic reflexes, and only a partial recovery of sound processing at the level of the inferior colliculus (IC, an auditory midbrain nucleus. In this study, we induced a profound cochlear neuropathy with ouabain and asked whether central gain enabled a compensatory plasticity in the auditory thalamus comparable to the full recovery of function previously observed in the auditory cortex (ACtx, the partial recovery observed in the IC, or something different entirely. Unilateral ouabain treatment in adult mice effectively eliminated the ABR, yet robust sound-evoked activity persisted in a minority of units recorded from the contralateral medial geniculate body (MGB of awake mice. Sound-driven MGB units could decode moderate and high-intensity sounds with accuracies comparable to sham-treated control mice, but low-intensity classification was near chance. Pure tone receptive fields and synchronization to broadband pulse trains also persisted, albeit with significantly reduced quality and precision, respectively. MGB decoding of temporally modulated pulse trains and speech tokens were both greatly impaired in ouabain-treated mice. Taken together, the absence of an ABR belied a persistent auditory processing at the level of the MGB that was likely enabled through increased central gain. Compensatory

  10. Dielectric interfaces in DC constructions : Space charge and polarization phenomena

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    Morshuis, P.H.F.; Bodega, R.; Fabiani, D.; Montanari, G.C.; Dissado, L.A.; Smit, J.J.

    2007-01-01

    Interfaces between dielectrics are considered one of the weakest parts of an insulation system but their behavior under electrical stress is not yet completely understood. In particular, when a dc voltage is applied, the electric field distribution at the interface is quite difficult to predict.

  11. Tunable dielectric properties of ferrite-dielectric based metamaterial.

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    K Bi

    Full Text Available A ferrite-dielectric metamaterial composed of dielectric and ferrite cuboids has been investigated by experiments and simulations. By interacting with the electromagnetic wave, the Mie resonance can take place in the dielectric cuboids and the ferromagnetic precession will appear in the ferrite cuboids. The magnetic field distributions show the electric Mie resonance of the dielectric cuboids can be influenced by the ferromagnetic precession of ferrite cuboids when a certain magnetic field is applied. The effective permittivity of the metamaterial can be tuned by modifying the applied magnetic field. A good agreement between experimental and simulated results is demonstrated, which confirms that these metamaterials can be used for tunable microwave devices.

  12. Children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities : the effects of functional movement activities

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    van der Putten, A; Vlaskamp, C; Reynders, K; Nakken, H

    Objective: To determine the effect of functional movement activities within the MOVE ( Mobility Opportunities Via Education) curriculum on the independence of children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Subjects: Forty-four children with profound intellectual and multiple

  13. Effect of water on Debye peak in mono-hydroxy liquid: A high frequency dielectric study

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    Singh, Lokendra P.

    2017-07-01

    High frequency dielectric spectroscopy has been used to investigate the dielectric behavior of the pure as well as the aqueous solutions of 2-ethyl-1-hexanol at 270 and 300 K. It was found that the strength of Debye peak decreases systematically with increasing concentration of water. This behavior has been explained on the basis of the fact that alcohol favors more reduced structure in presence of water. This result is consistent with the simulation work as well as low frequency dielectric results on alcohol-water system.

  14. Dielectric fluid directional spreading under the action of corona discharge

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    Zhou, Shangru; Liu, Jie; Hu, Qun; Jiang, Teng; Yang, Jinchu; Liu, Sheng; Zheng, Huai

    2018-01-01

    Liquid spreading is a very common nature phenomenon and of significant importance for a broad range of applications. In this study, a dielectric fluid directional spreading phenomenon is presented. Under the action of corona discharge, a dielectric fluid, here a typical silicone directionally spreads along conductive patterns on conductive/nonconductive substrates. Directional spreading behaviors of silicone were experimentally observed on different conductive patterns in detail. Spreading speeds were analyzed at different driving voltages, which induced the corona discharge. The presented phenomenon may be useful to inspire several techniques of manipulating liquid transportation and fabricating micropatterns.

  15. Alternative Gate Dielectrics on Semiconductors for MOSFET Device Applications

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    Norton, D. P.; Budai, J. D.; Chisholm, M. F.; Pennycook, S. J.; McKee, R.; Walker, F.; Lee, Y.; Park, C.

    1999-12-06

    We have investigated the synthesis and properties of deposited oxides on Si and Ge for use as alternative gate dielectrics in MOSFET applications. The capacitance and leakage current behavior of polycrystalline Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} films synthesized by pulsed-laser deposition is reported. In addition, we also discuss the growth of epitaxial oxide structures. In particular, we have investigated the use of silicide termination for oxide growth on (001) Si using laser-molecular beam epitaxy. In addition, we discuss a novel approach involving the use of hydrogen to eliminate native oxide during initial dielectric oxide nucleation on (001) Ge.

  16. Preparation, structure and dielectric property of barium stannate titanate ceramics

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    Wei Xiaoyong [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Xi' an Jiaotong Univesity, Xi' an 710049 (China)]. E-mail: wdy@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Yao Xi [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Education, Xi' an Jiaotong Univesity, Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2007-02-25

    The processing route of barium stannate titanate ceramics were optimized to prepare full composition range solid solution sample. The phase structure, microscopic morphology and dielectric properties of barium stannate titanate ceramics were studied. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that the samples are of single perovskite structure. Linear empirical relationship between crystal lattice and tin content was proposed. This relationship is valid covering the full composition range, which suggests that this solid solution system is ultimate mutual soluble. The phase transition behavior was studied and a phase diagram was obtained based on the dielectric measurements.

  17. Role of Hard-Acid/Hard-Base Interaction on Structural and Dielectric Behavior of Solid Polymer Electrolytes Based on Chitosan-XCF3SO3 (X = Li+, Na+, Ag+

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    Shujahadeen B. Aziz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Solid films of pure chitosan, chitosan-LiCF3SO3, chitosan-NaCF3SO3, and chitosan-AgCF3SO3 were prepared using solution cast technique. The influence of cation size on the chitosan structure has been investigated by X-ray diffraction technique. The interaction between the alkali metal ions and the donor atoms of chitosan polymer is a strong hard-acid/hard-base interaction. It was found that the intensity of crystalline peaks of chitosan decreases with increase of cation size. The impedance analysis shows that ionic transport is high for the high amorphous system. The second semicircle in Z′′-Z′ plots and the surface plasmonic resonance (SPR peaks in chitosan-AgCF3SO3 sample system reveal the formations of silver metal nanoparticles. It was found that the high amorphous sample exhibits the high dielectric constant and dielectric loss values. The increase of dielectric constant and dielectric loss with temperature for chitosan-salt membranes indicated an increase of charge carrier concentration.

  18. Ion implanted dielectric elastomer circuits

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    O’Brien, Benjamin M.; Rosset, Samuel; Anderson, Iain A.; Shea, Herbert R.

    2013-01-01

    Starfish and octopuses control their infinite degree of- freedom arms with panache—capabilities typical of nature where the distribution of reflex-like intelligence throughout soft muscular networks greatly outperforms anything hard, heavy, and man-made. Dielectric elastomer actuators show great promise for soft artificial muscle networks. One way to make them smart is with piezo-resistive Dielectric Elastomer Switches (DES) that can be combined with artificial muscles to create arbitrary dig...

  19. A longitudinal study of active treatment of adaptive skills of individuals with profound mental retardation.

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    Bat-haee, M A

    2001-10-01

    A longitudinal study indicated that a single group of adults living in a large state institution (O'Berry Center in Goldsboro, North Carolina) benefited from receiving active treatment, although no control group was permitted. After five years, 59 individuals with profound mental retardation improved their skills in six general areas of dressing, grooming, eating, toileting, communication, and social interaction. After five more years of active treatment, 51 persons who had remained in the program maintained their skills in dressing, grooming, eating, and communication. Significant improvement in the use of toilet and a loss in social interaction were observed. Although the participants were 10 years older at the end of this study, their adaptive behaviors, in comparison to the date of entry, either improved or were maintained. Therefore, aging was not associated with decline in skills.

  20. Sensorimotor functioning and prelinguistic communication of severely and profoundly retarded individuals.

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    Lobato, D; Barrera, R D; Feldman, R S

    1981-03-01

    The prelinguistic, nonverbal communicative behavior of 40 institutionalized severely and profoundly retarded children and adolescents functioning at various stages of Piaget's sensorimotor period was examined. Five scales of the Uzgiris and Hunt (1975) sensorimotor assessment were used to determine general level of sensorimotor functioning. A standard set of communication elicitation tasks was employed to examine the gestures used to communicate in both imperative and declarative contexts. More competent sensorimotor performance was associated with higher frequency of more sophisticated and symbolic forms of gestural communication, and subjects generally used more complex gestures to communicate in the imperative than in the declarative tasks. Applicability of the results to the design of future language-intervention programs and their implications for general theory concerning the relations between language and cognition and between normal and atypical development were discussed.

  1. Interconnect Between a Waveguide and a Dielectric Waveguide Comprising an Impedance Matched Dielectric Lens

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    Decrossas, Emmanuel (Inventor); Chattopadhyay, Goutam (Inventor); Chahat, Nacer (Inventor); Tang, Adrian J. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    A lens for interconnecting a metallic waveguide with a dielectric waveguide is provided. The lens may be coupled a metallic waveguide and a dielectric waveguide, and minimize a signal loss between the metallic waveguide and the dielectric waveguide.

  2. Soft Dielectric Elastomer Oscillators Driving Bioinspired Robots.

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    Henke, E-F Markus; Schlatter, Samuel; Anderson, Iain A

    2017-12-01

    Entirely soft robots with animal-like behavior and integrated artificial nervous systems will open up totally new perspectives and applications. To produce them, we must integrate control and actuation in the same soft structure. Soft actuators (e.g., pneumatic and hydraulic) exist but electronics are hard and stiff and remotely located. We present novel soft, electronics-free dielectric elastomer oscillators, which are able to drive bioinspired robots. As a demonstrator, we present a robot that mimics the crawling motion of the caterpillar, with an integrated artificial nervous system, soft actuators and without any conventional stiff electronic parts. Supplied with an external DC voltage, the robot autonomously generates all signals that are necessary to drive its dielectric elastomer actuators, and it translates an in-plane electromechanical oscillation into a crawling locomotion movement. Therefore, all functional and supporting parts are made of polymer materials and carbon. Besides the basic design of this first electronic-free, biomimetic robot, we present prospects to control the general behavior of such robots. The absence of conventional stiff electronics and the exclusive use of polymeric materials will provide a large step toward real animal-like robots, compliant human machine interfaces, and a new class of distributed, neuron-like internal control for robotic systems.

  3. Elastomer modulus and dielectric strength scaling with sample thickness

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    Larson, Kent

    2015-04-01

    Material characteristics such as adhesion and dielectric strength have well recognized dependencies on material thickness. There is disagreement, however, on the scale: the long held dictum that dielectric strength is inversely proportional to the square root of sample thickness has been shown to not always hold true for all materials, nor for all possible thickness regions. In D-EAP applications some studies have postulated a "critical thickness" below which properties show significantly less thickness dependency. While a great deal of data is available for dielectric strength, other properties are not nearly as well documented as samples get thinner. In particular, elastic modulus has been found to increase and elongation to decrease as sample thickness is lowered. This trend can be observed experimentally, but has been rarely reported and certainly does not appear in typical suppliers' product data sheets. Both published and newly generated data were used to study properties such as elastic modulus and dielectric strength vs sample thickness in silicone elastomers. Several theories are examined to explain such behavior, such as the impact of defect size and of common (but not well reported) concentration gradients that occur during elastomer curing that create micron-sized layers at the upper and lower interfaces with divergent properties to the bulk material. As Dielectric Electro-Active Polymer applications strive to lower and lower material thickness, changing mechanical properties must be recognized and taken into consideration for accurate electro-mechanical predictions of performance.

  4. Dielectric optical invisibility cloaks

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    Blair, J.; Tamma, V. A.; Park, W.; Summers, C. J.

    2010-08-01

    Recently, metamaterial cloaks for the microwave frequency range have been designed using transformative optics design techniques and experimentally demonstrated. The design of these structures requires extreme values of permittivity and permeability within the device, which has been accomplished by the use of resonating metal elements. However, these elements severely limit the operating frequency range of the cloak due to their non-ideal dispersion properties at optical frequencies. In this paper we present designs to implement a simpler demonstration of cloaking, the carpet cloak, in which a curved reflective surface is compressed into a flat reflective surface, effectively shielding objects behind the curve from view with respect to the incoming radiation source. This approach eliminates the need for metallic resonant elements. These structures can now be fabricated using only high index dielectric materials by the use of electron beam lithography and standard cleanroom technologies. The design method, simulation analysis, device fabrication, and near field optical microscopy (NSOM) characterization results are presented for devices designed to operate in the 1400-1600nm wavelength range. Improvements to device performance by the deposition/infiltration of linear, and potentially non-linear optical materials, were investigated.

  5. Profound sedation with propofol modifies atrial fibrillation dynamics.

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    Cervigón, Raquel; Moreno, Javier; Pérez-Villacastín, Julián; Castells, Francisco

    2013-09-01

    During atrial fibrillation (AF), multiple wandering propagation wavelets at high rates drift around both atria under controversial hierarchical models. Antiarrhythmic drugs modify the cardiac ionic currents supporting the fibrillation process within the atria, and can alter AF propagation dynamics and even terminate the arrhythmia. However, some other drugs, theoretically nonantiarrhythmic, may slightly block particular cardiac ionic currents through uncertain mechanisms in such a subtle way at regular heart rates that may have been pharmacologically overlooked. These potential effects might be better exposed at much higher activation rates as in AF, where atrial cells depolarize over 400 times per second. In this review, we aimed to compile and discuss results from several studies evaluating the net effect of profound sedation with propofol on atrial cells and atrioventricular (AV) conduction. Propofol is a very commonly used anesthetic agent, and its possible effect on AF dynamics has systematically not been taken into account in the myriad of clinical studies dealing with AF intracardiac recordings. The possible effect of sedation with propofol on AF was evaluated through the analysis of AF propagation patterns before and after its infusion in a series of patients submitted to pulmonary vein ablation. Effect on AV conduction will be discussed as well. ©2013, The Authors. Journal compilation ©2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  6. Multisensory speech perception of young children with profound hearing loss.

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    Kishon-Rabin, L; Haras, N; Bergman, M

    1997-10-01

    The contribution of a two-channel vibrotactile aid (Trill VTA 2/3, AVR Communications LTD) to the audiovisual perception of speech was evaluated in four young children with profound hearing loss using words and speech pattern contrasts. An intensive, hierarchical, and systematic training program was provided. The results show that the addition of the tactile (T) modality to the auditory and visual (A+V) modalities enhanced speech perception performance significantly on all tests. Specifically, at the end of the training sessions, the tactile supplementation increased word recognition scores in a 44-word, closed-set task by 12 percentage points; detection of consonant in final position by 50 percentage points; detection of sibilant in final position by 30 percentage points; and detection of voicing in final position by 25 percentage points. Significant learning over time was evident for all test materials, in all modalities. As expected, fastest learning (i.e., smallest time constants) was found for the AVT condition. The results of this study provide further evidence that sensory information provided by the tactile modality can enhance speech perception in young children.

  7. EFFECT OF JUMPS IN PROFOUNDNESS ON THE FOOTBALLER REFLECTION

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The treatment endured one month. For this time 8 trainings and totally 322 jums in profoundness were done with differant altitudes from 42 cm to 105 cm. The complete time of work with time-out between sequences was about 120 minutes. The time-out between the sequences was from 2 ' til 6'. The pause between the training was from 2 to 5 days. The puls after 30 '' from the finishing of the jums in th sequence was from 100 to 140 pulsation in the minute measured by palpation. On the finaly measurement is constated that the two leg jump from place in height was better for 7 cm , and the one leg jump with three footsteps spring was better for 2 cm. This such result indicate on the assumption that the progress must bi greater if the program would be longer , for example two, three months and if this program should be done by footbalers which are active and in the best player years i.e. between 18 -30 year. The author was by this time 40 years old.

  8. Cancer Prevention Knowledge of People with Profound Hearing Loss

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    Meador, Helen E.; Reed, Barbara D.; Sen, Ananda; Gorenflo, Daniel W.

    2009-01-01

    BACKGROUND Deaf persons, a documented minority population, have low reading levels and difficulty communicating with physicians. The effect of these on their knowledge of cancer prevention recommendations is unknown. METHODS A cross-sectional study of 222 d/Deaf persons in Michigan, age 18 and older, chose one of four ways (voice, video of a certified American Sign Language interpreter, captions, or printed English) to complete a self-administered computer video questionnaire about demographics, hearing loss, language history, health-care utilization, and health-care information sources, as well as family and social variables. Twelve questions tested their knowledge of cancer prevention recommendations. The outcome measures were the percentage of correct answers to the questions and the association of multiple variables with these responses. RESULTS Participants averaged 22.9% correct answers with no gender difference. Univariate analysis revealed that smoking history, types of medical problems, last physician visit, and women having previous cancer preventive tests did not affect scores. Improved scores occurred with computer use (p = 0.05), higher education (p English in multiple situations (p English use (p = 0.01) and believing that smoking was bad (p = 0.05) were associated with improved scores. CONCLUSION Persons with profound hearing loss have poor knowledge of recommended cancer prevention interventions. English use in multiple settings was strongly associated with increased knowledge. PMID:19132325

  9. Dielectric Sensors Based on Electromagnetic Energy Tunneling

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    Omar Siddiqui

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available We show that metallic wires embedded in narrow waveguide bends and channels demonstrate resonance behavior at specific frequencies. The electromagnetic energy at these resonances tunnels through the narrow waveguide channels with almost no propagation losses. Under the tunneling behavior, high-intensity electromagnetic fields are produced in the vicinity of the metallic wires. These intense field resonances can be exploited to build highly sensitive dielectric sensors. The sensor operation is explained with the help of full-wave simulations. A practical setup consisting of a 3D waveguide bend is presented to experimentally observe the tunneling phenomenon. The tunneling frequency is predicted by determining the input impedance minima through a variational formula based on the Green function of a probe-excited parallel plate waveguide.

  10. Cochlear implantation in autistic children with profound sensorineural hearing loss.

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    Lachowska, Magdalena; Pastuszka, Agnieszka; Łukaszewicz-Moszyńska, Zuzanna; Mikołajewska, Lidia; Niemczyk, Kazimierz

    2016-11-19

    Cochlear implants have become the method of choice for the treatment of severe-to-profound hearing loss in both children and adults. Its benefits are well documented in the pediatric and adult population. Also deaf children with additional needs, including autism, have been covered by this treatment. The aim of this study was to assess the benefits from cochlear implantation in deafened children with autism as the only additional disability. This study analyzes data of six children. The follow-up time was at least 43 months. The following data were analyzed: medical history, reaction to music and sound, Ling's six sounds test, onomatopoeic word test, reaction to spoken child's name, response to requests, questionnaire given to parents, sound processor fitting sessions and data. After cochlear implantation each child presented other communication skills. In some children, the symptoms of speech understanding were observed. No increased hyperactivity associated with daily use cochlear implant was observed. The study showed that in autistic children the perception is very important for a child's sense of security and makes contact with parents easier. Our study showed that oral communication is not likely to be a realistic goal in children with cochlear implants and autism. The implantation results showed benefits that varied among those children. The traditional methods of evaluating the results of cochlear implantation in children with autism are usually insufficient to fully assess the functional benefits. These benefits should be assessed in a more comprehensive manner taking into account the limitations of communication resulting from the essence of autism. It is important that we share knowledge about these complex children with cochlear implants. Copyright © 2016 Associação Brasileira de Otorrinolaringologia e Cirurgia Cérvico-Facial. Published by Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  11. Metabolic Surgery Profoundly Influences Gut Microbial-Host Metabolic Crosstalk

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    Li, Jia V.; Ashrafian, Hutan; Bueter, Marco; Kinross, James; Sands, Caroline; le Roux, Carel W; Bloom, Stephen R.; Darzi, Ara; Athanasiou, Thanos; Marchesi, Julian R.; Nicholson, Jeremy K.; Holmes, Elaine

    2013-01-01

    Background and Aims Bariatric surgery is increasingly performed worldwide to treat morbid obesity and is also known as metabolic surgery to reflect its beneficial metabolic effects especially with respect to improvement in type 2 diabetes. Understanding surgical weight loss mechanisms and metabolic modulation is required to enhance patient benefits and operative outcomes. Methods We apply a parallel and statistically integrated metagenomic and metabonomic approach to characterize Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) effects in a rat model. Results We show substantial shifts of the main gut phyla towards higher levels of Proteobacteria (52-fold) specifically Enterobacter hormaechei. We also find low levels of Firmicutes (4.5-fold) and Bacteroidetes (2-fold) in comparison to sham-operated rats. Faecal extraction studies reveal a decrease in faecal bile acids and a shift from protein degradation to putrefaction through decreased faecal tyrosine with concomitant increases in faecal putrescine and diamnoethane. We find decreased urinary amines and cresols and demonstrate indices of modulated energy metabolism post-RYGB including decreased urinary succinate, 2-oxoglutarate, citrate and fumarate. These changes could also indicate renal tubular acidosis, which associates with increased flux of mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates. A surgically-induced effect on the gut-brain-liver metabolic axis is inferred by increased neurotropic compounds; faecal γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate. Conclusion This profound co-dependence of mammalian and microbial metabolism, which is systematically altered following RYGB surgery, suggests that RYGB exerts local and global metabolic activities. The effect of RYGB surgery on the host metabolic-microbial crosstalk augments our understanding of the metabolic phenotype of bariatric procedures and can facilitate enhanced treatments for obesity-related diseases. PMID:21572120

  12. Study of Dielectric Behavior and Charge Conduction Mechanism of Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) (PVA)-Copper (Cu) and Gold (Au) Nanocomposites as a Bio-resorbable Material for Organic Electronics

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    Mahendia, Suman; Goyal, Parveen Kumar; Tomar, Anil Kumar; Chahal, Rishi Pal; Kumar, Shyam

    2016-10-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) embedded with varying concentrations of chemically synthesized copper (Cu) and gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared using ex situ sol-gel casting method. The addition of almost the same concentration of CuNPs in PVA improves the conducting properties, while that of AuNPs improves the dielectric nature of composite films. It has been found that addition of AuNPs up to ˜0.4 wt.% concentration enhaneces the capacitive nature due to the formation of small Coulomb tunneling knots as internal capacitors. The dielectric studies suggest the Maxwell-Wagner interfacial polarization as the dominant dielectric relaxation process, whereas the I- V characteristics indicate bulk limited Poole-Frenkel emission at high voltages as the dominant charge transport mechanism operating at room temperature in all specimens. These novel features lead to the conclusion that addition of a small quantity of metal nanoparticles can help tune the properties of PVA for desired applications in bio-compatible polymer-based organic electronic devices.

  13. Materials Fundamentals of Gate Dielectrics

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    Demkov, Alexander A

    2006-01-01

    This book presents materials fundamentals of novel gate dielectrics that are being introduced into semiconductor manufacturing to ensure the continuous scalling of the CMOS devices. This is a very fast evolving field of research so we choose to focus on the basic understanding of the structure, thermodunamics, and electronic properties of these materials that determine their performance in device applications. Most of these materials are transition metal oxides. Ironically, the d-orbitals responsible for the high dielectric constant cause sever integration difficulties thus intrinsically limiting high-k dielectrics. Though new in the electronics industry many of these materials are wel known in the field of ceramics, and we describe this unique connection. The complexity of the structure-property relations in TM oxides makes the use of the state of the art first-principles calculations necessary. Several chapters give a detailed description of the modern theory of polarization, and heterojunction band discont...

  14. High permittivity gate dielectric materials

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    "The book comprehensively covers all the current and the emerging areas of the physics and the technology of high permittivity gate dielectric materials, including, topics such as MOSFET basics and characteristics, hafnium-based gate dielectric materials, Hf-based gate dielectric processing, metal gate electrodes, flat-band and threshold voltage tuning, channel mobility, high-k gate stack degradation and reliability, lanthanide-based high-k gate stack materials, ternary hafnia and lanthania based high-k gate stack films, crystalline high-k oxides, high mobility substrates, and parameter extraction. Each chapter begins with the basics necessary for understanding the topic, followed by a comprehensive review of the literature, and ultimately graduating to the current status of the technology and our scientific understanding and the future prospects."

  15. Silicone-based Dielectric Elastomers

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    Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    energy efficient solutions are highly sought. These properties allow for interesting products ranging very broadly, e.g. from eye implants over artificial skins over soft robotics to huge wave energy harvesting plants. All these products utilize the inherent softness and compliance of the dielectric...... investigated but rarely discussed in the context of mechani-cal integrity and thus product reliability. Focus here is on long-term reliability of the dielectric elastomers and how to achieve this by means of careful elastomer design. This thesis presents methods and results of analyses acquired in the cross......-disciplinary, collaborative effort on dielectric elastomers funded by Innovationsfonden Denmark (formerly Advanced Technology Foundation) with the materials workgroup headed by the author. Main contributors to the work have been research scientists at Danfoss PolyPower, colleagues from the Danish Polymer Centre, as well as 7...

  16. Capacitive Cells for Dielectric Constant Measurement

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    Aguilar, Horacio Munguía; Maldonado, Rigoberto Franco

    2015-01-01

    A simple capacitive cell for dielectric constant measurement in liquids is presented. As an illustrative application, the cell is used for measuring the degradation of overheated edible oil through the evaluation of their dielectric constant.

  17. USDA/ARS and dielectric properties research

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    An overview of the research is presented, including RF dielectric heating for seed treatment, insect control, product conditioning, and moisture and quality sensing applications, equipment used, dielectric properties measurement techniques, broad- frequency- range data obtained, and research results...

  18. Lifetime of dielectric elastomer stack actuators

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    Lotz, Peter; Matysek, Marc; Schlaak, Helmut F.

    2011-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer stack actuators (DESA) are well suited for the use in mobile devices, fluidic applications and small electromechanical systems. Despite many improvements during the last years the long term behavior of dielectric elastomer actuators in general is not known or has not been published. The first goal of the study is to characterize the overall lifetime under laboratory conditions and to identify potential factors influencing lifetime. For this we have designed a test setup to examine 16 actuators at once. The actuators are subdivided into 4 groups each with a separate power supply and driving signal. To monitor the performance of the actuators driving voltage and current are measured continuously and additionally, the amplitude of the deformations of each actuator is measured sequentially. From our first results we conclude that lifetime of these actuators is mainly influenced by the contact material between feeding line and multilayer electrodes. So far, actuators themselves are not affected by long term actuation. With the best contact material actuators can be driven for more than 2700 h at 200 Hz with an electrical field strength of 20 V/μm. This results in more than 3 billion cycles. Actually, there are further actuators driven at 10 Hz for more than 4000 hours and still working.

  19. Fluorine implantation effects on Ta2O5 dielectrics on polysilicon treated with post rapid thermal annealing

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    Chen, Hsiang; Kao, Chyuan Haur; Huang, Bo Yun; Lo, Wen Shih

    2013-10-01

    This paper investigates effects of fluorine implantation with post rapid thermal annealing on electrical characteristics and material properties of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) dielectrics. The electrical behaviors of the dielectrics under various implantation doses were measured. To investigate annealing effects, secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) was used to measure depth profiles of various atoms inside the dielectrics with and without annealing. In addition, atomic force microscopy measurements visualize the surface roughness and material properties of the dielectrics with different implantation doses. The dielectric performance can be significantly improved by an appropriate fluorine implantation dose of 1 × 1015 ions/cm2 with post annealing at 800 °C. The improvements in electrical characteristics were caused by the appropriate incorporation of the fluorine atoms presented in SIMS profiles and the removal of the dangling bonds and traps. The Ta2O5 dielectric incorporated with appropriate fluorine implantation and annealing treatments shows great promise for future generation of memory applications.

  20. III-V semiconductor nano-resonators-a new strategy for passive, active, and nonlinear all-dielectric metamaterials

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    Liu, Sheng; Reno, John L; Sinclair, Michael B; Brener, Igal

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    Metamaterials comprising assemblies of dielectric resonators have attracted much attention due to their low intrinsic loss and isotropic optical response. In particular, metasurfaces made from silicon dielectric resonators have shown desirable behaviors such as efficient nonlinear optical conversion, spectral filtering and advanced wave-front engineering. To further explore the potential of dielectric metamaterials, we present all-dielectric metamaterials fabricated from epitaxially grown III-V semiconductors that can exploit the high second-order optical susceptibilities of III-V semiconductors, as well as the ease of monolithically integrating active/gain media. Specifically, we create GaAs nano-resonators using a selective wet oxidation process that forms a low refractive index AlGaO (n~1.6) under layer similar to silicon dielectric resonators formed using silicon-on-insulator wafers. We further use the same fabrication processes to demonstrate multilayer III-V dielectric resonator arrays that provide us w...

  1. [Speech perception test in Italian language for profoundly deaf children].

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    Genovese, E; Orzan, E; Turrini, M; Babighian, G; Arslan, E

    1995-10-01

    Speech perception tests are an important part of procedures for diagnosing pre-verbal hearing loss. Merely establishing a child's hearing threshold with and without a hearing aid is not sufficient to ensure an adequate evaluation with a view to selecting cases suitable for cochlear implants because it fails to indicate the real benefit obtained from using a conventional hearing aid reliably. Speech perception tests have proved useful not only for patient selection, but also for subsequent evaluation of the efficacy of new hearing aids, such as tactile devices and cochlear implants. In clinical practice, the tests most commonly adopted with small children are: The Auditory Comprehension Test (ACT), Discrimination after Training (DAT), Monosyllable, Trochee, Spondee tests (MTS), Glendonald Auditory Screening Priocedure (GASP), Early Speech Perception Test (ESP), Rather than considering specific results achieved in individual cases, reference is generally made to the four speech perception classes proposed by Moog and Geers of the CID of St. Louis. The purpose of this classification, made on the results obtained with suitably differentiated tests according to the child's age and language ability, is to detect differences in perception of a spoken message in ideal listening conditions. To date, no italian language speech perception test has been designed to establish the assessment of speech perception level in children with profound hearing impairment. We attempted, therefore, to adapt the existing English tests to the Italian language taking into consideration the differences between the two languages. Our attention focused on the ESP test since it can be applied to even very small children (2 years old). The ESP is proposed in a standard version for hearing-impaired children over the age of 6 years and in a simplified version for younger children. The rationale we used for selecting Italian words reflect the rationale established for the original version, but the

  2. Nanotechnological Inventions and Nanomaterials Produce A Profound Effect

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The inventions in the area of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials produce a profound effect in construction, housing and communal services and adjacent economic fields as they allow us: to increase mechanical strength, coefficient of elasticity, alkali resistance and temperature of products vitrification; to obtain nanostructured coatings with the property of shape memory on the steel; to raise the dynamics of coal burning and its full burnout in the boilers of thermoelectric power station; to produce metal nanopowders with increased stored energy 10–15% etc. For example, the invention «Epoxy composition for high strength, alkali resistant structures» refers to epoxy composition used as a binder for production of high strength, thermal- and alkali-resistant glass-fiber material which can be applied in the manufacture process of construction reinforcement to strengthen concrete structures. The invention «The method to produce nanostructured reaction foil» can be used to join different materials including metal alloys, ceramics, amorphous materials and elements of microelectronic devices that are sensible to the heating. This process provides decreased labour-output ratio and energy consumption as well as the condition to manufacture foil with specified stored energy and high mechanical properties. The invention «The method of intensification of burning lowreactionary coal in the boilers of thermoelectric power station» refers to the thermal energy and can be implemented at the thermal plants. The increased dynamics of inflaming and burning leads to full burnout of powdered-coal low-reactionary fuel and decreased mechanical underfiring. The specialists may be also interested in the following inventions: fine dispersed organic suspension of carbon metal-containing nanostructures and the method to produce it; the dispersion of carbon nanotubes; the composition for reinforcement of building structures; the reinforced plate element made of

  3. Extinction by the long dielectric needles

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    Cherkas, Nadejda L

    2016-01-01

    Electromagnetic wave extinction by the very long but finite dielectric needle is compared with that by the infinite dielectric cylinder for an oblique incidence of the electromagnetic wave. It is shown that the renormalized Hankel functions without the logarithmic terms should be used for the calculation of the extinction per unit length of the infinite dielectric cylinder to apply it for extinction calculations by the finite dielectric cylinder.

  4. Dielectric response of the human tooth dentine

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    Leskovec, J.; Filipič, C.; Levstik, A.

    2005-07-01

    Dielectric properties of tooth dentine can be well described by the model which was developed for the dielectric response to hydrating porous cement paste. It is shown that the normalized dielectric constant and the normalized specific conductivity are proportional to the model parameters ɛ and σv, indicating the deposition of AgCl in the dentine tubules during the duration of the precipitation. The fractal dimension of the tooth dentine was determined by dielectric spectroscopy.

  5. Dielectric response of the human tooth dentine

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    Leskovec, J. [Dental Clinic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Hrvatski trg 6, 1104 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Filipic, C. [Jozef Stefan Institute, P.O. Box 3000, 1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Levstik, A. [Jozef Stefan Institute, P.O. Box 3000, 1001 Ljubljana (Slovenia)]. E-mail: adrijan.levstik@ijs.si

    2005-07-15

    Dielectric properties of tooth dentine can be well described by the model which was developed for the dielectric response to hydrating porous cement paste. It is shown that the normalized dielectric constant and the normalized specific conductivity are proportional to the model parameters -bar {sub v0} and {sigma}{sub v}, indicating the deposition of AgCl in the dentine tubules during the duration of the precipitation. The fractal dimension of the tooth dentine was determined by dielectric spectroscopy.

  6. Dielectric shimming : exploiting dielectric interactions in High Field MRI

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    Brink, Wyger Maurits

    2016-01-01

    This thesis reports on the utility of high permittivity dielectric materials for adjusting the radiofrequency (RF) field in high field MR. The performance-driven trend towards higher static magnetic field strengths drives MR operation into the regime where the dimensions of the body section being

  7. Theory of Dielectric Elastomers

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    2010-10-25

    Programmable Matter; W911NF-10-1-0113, Cephalopod -inspired Adaptive Photonic Systems). This paper is submitted to a special issue of Acta Mechanica...Mathger, L.M., Denton, E.J., Marshall, N.J. and Hanlon. R.T., Mechanisms and behavioral functions of structural coloration in cephalopods , J. R

  8. Unusual dielectric strength of Debye relaxation in monohydroxy alcohols upon mixing.

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    Gong, Hongxiang; Chen, Zeming; Bi, Dongyang; Sun, Mingdao; Tian, Yongjun; Wang, Li-Min

    2012-09-20

    The dielectric strength of the Debye relaxation in the binary mixtures of two isomeric monohydroxy alcohols, 2-ethyl-1-butanol (2E1B) and 4-methyl-2-pentanol (4M2P), is studied at low temperature near glass transition. Enhanced dielectric strength is exhibited in the mixtures, remarkably different from the mixing behaviors of the structural (α-) relaxation of generic liquids. A similar result is observed when analyzing the dielectric data of the binary mixtures of 2-ethyl-1-hexanol and 2-methyl-1-butanol reported in an early study. The unusual behavior of the dielectric strength in the mixtures reveals a new feature of the Debye relaxation in monohydroxy alcohols. Yet, the calorimetric measurements of the glass transition temperature in 2E1B-4M2P mixtures show a distinct negative deviation from the ideal mixing law. The explanation of the Debye relaxation is discussed with the results.

  9. Artificial Dielectric Shields for Integrated Transmission Lines

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    Ma, Y.; Rejaei, B.; Zhuang, Y.

    2008-01-01

    We present a novel shielding method for on-chip transmission lines built on conductive silicon substrates. The shield consists of an artificial dielectric with a very high in-plane dielectric constant, built from two patterned metal layers isolated by a very thin dielectric film. Inserted below an

  10. Behaviorism

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    Moore, J

    2011-01-01

    .... Watson proposed an alternative: classical S-R behaviorism. According to Watson, behavior was a subject matter in its own right, to be studied by the observational methods common to all sciences...

  11. Silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity and high dielectric breakdown strength based on dipolar copolymers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Daugaard, Anders Egede

    2014-01-01

    Dielectric elastomers (DES) are a promising new transducer technology, but high driving voltages limit their current commercial potential. One method used to lower driving voltage is to increase dielectric permittivity of the elastomer. A novel silicone elastomer system with high dielectric......-4-nitrobenzene. Here, a high increase in dielectric permittivity (similar to 70%) was obtained without compromising other favourable DE properties such as elastic modulus, gel fraction, dielectric loss and electrical breakdown strength. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved....

  12. Profound vision loss impairs psychological well-being in young and middle-aged individuals

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    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Giancarlo A Garcia,1,2 Matin Khoshnevis,1,3 Jesse Gale,1,4 Starleen E Frousiakis,1,5 Tiffany J Hwang,1,6 Lissa Poincenot,1 Rustum Karanjia,1,7–9 David Baron,6 Alfredo A Sadun1,7 1Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 2University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA, USA; 3Department of Ophthalmology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA; 4Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Otago, Wellington, NZ; 5Department of Ophthalmology, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, USA; 6Department of Psychiatry & The Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA; 7Doheny Eye Centers, Department of Ophthalmology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles California, CA, USA; 8Department of Ophthalmology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada; 9Ottawa Hospital Health Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of profound vision loss on psychological well-being in adolescents, young adults, and middle-aged adults with regard to mood, interpersonal interactions, and career-related goals. In addition, we assessed the significance of the resources that may be used to enhance psychological well-being in cases of profound vision loss, and in particular, examined the utility of low vision aids and the role of the ophthalmologist as a provider of emotional support.Methods: A questionnaire was issued to individuals aged 13–65 years with profound vision loss resulting from Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON. Depression prevalence was evaluated with questions regarding major depressive disorder symptomatology. Participants appraised the effects of vision loss on their interpersonal interactions and career goals by providing an impact rating (IR on a 21-point psychometric scale from −10 to +10. Social well-being index was defined as the average of interpersonal IR and career IR

  13. Competition and evolution of dielectric waveguide mode and plasmonic waveguide mode

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    Yuan, Sheng-Nan; Fang, Yun-Tuan

    2017-10-01

    In order to study the coupling and evolution law of the waveguide mode and two plasmonic surface modes, we construct a line defect waveguide based on hexagonal honeycomb plasmonic photonic crystal. Through adjusting the radius of the edge dielectric rods, the competition and evolution behaviors occur between dielectric waveguide mode and plasmonic waveguide mode. There are three status: only plasmonic waveguide modes occur for rA 0.25a; two kinds of modes coexist for 0.09a slow light.

  14. [Dielectric parameters of ascitic and pleural fluids in the microwave range in different nosologies].

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    Romanov, A N; Kovrigin, A O; Grigorchuk, O G; Lubennikov, V A; Lazarev, A F

    2011-01-01

    The dielectric parameters of ascitic and pleural fluids formed in the human body in oncological and nononcological diseases of different nosology have been estimated in the range between 400 MHz and 1.2 GHZ. The dependence of refractive and absorption indices of ascitic and pleural liquids on the signal frequency and mass concentration of dissolved substances was found. Common regularities and distinctions in the behavior of their dielectric properties were revealed.

  15. Dielectric monitoring of rouleaux formation in human whole blood: a feasibility study.

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    Irimajiri, A; Ando, M; Matsuoka, R; Ichinowatari, T; Takeuchi, S

    1996-08-13

    In search of a method for detecting rouleaux formation in vitro, we studied the dielectric behavior of human blood under both agitated and stationary conditions. Among the parameters examined, relative permittivity ('dielectric constant') at 50-100 kHz was found to be a suitable measure of rouleaux growth, which has been difficult to quantify through conventional optical approaches. The electrical method presented here appears applicable to the kinetic analysis of rouleaux formation in undiluted whole blood.

  16. Counteracting Gravitation In Dielectric Liquids

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    Israelsson, Ulf E.; Jackson, Henry W.; Strayer, Donald M.

    1993-01-01

    Force of gravity in variety of dielectric liquids counteracted by imposing suitably contoured electric fields. Technique makes possible to perform, on Earth, variety of experiments previously performed only in outer space and at great cost. Also used similarly in outer space to generate sort of artificial gravitation.

  17. Entirely soft dielectric elastomer robots

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    Henke, E.-F. Markus; Wilson, Katherine E.; Anderson, Iain A.

    2017-04-01

    Multifunctional Dielectric Elastomer (DE) devices are well established as actuators, sensors and energy har- vesters. Since the invention of the Dielectric Elastomer Switch (DES), a piezoresistive electrode that can directly switch charge on and off, it has become possible to expand the wide functionality of DE structures even more. We show the application of fully soft DE subcomponents in biomimetic robotic structures. It is now possible to couple arrays of actuator/switch units together so that they switch charge between them- selves on and off. One can then build DE devices that operate as self-controlled oscillators. With an oscillator one can produce a periodic signal that controls a soft DE robot - a DE device with its own DE nervous system. DESs were fabricated using a special electrode mixture, and imprinting technology at an exact pre-strain. We have demonstrated six orders of magnitude change in conductivity within the DES over 50% strain. The control signal can either be a mechanical deformation from another DE or an electrical input to a connected dielectric elastomer actuator (DEA). We have demonstrated a variety of fully soft multifunctional subcomponents that enable the design of autonomous soft robots without conventional electronics. The combination of digital logic structures for basic signal processing, data storage in dielectric elastomer flip-flops and digital and analogue clocks with adjustable frequencies, made of dielectric elastomer oscillators (DEOs), enables fully soft, self-controlled and electronics-free robotic structures. DE robotic structures to date include stiff frames to maintain necessary pre-strains enabling sufficient actuation of DEAs. Here we present a design and production technology for a first robotic structure consisting only of soft silicones and carbon black.

  18. The dielectric constant of 3M VHB: a parameter in dispute

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    McKay, Thomas G.; Calius, Emilio; Anderson, Iain A.

    2009-03-01

    Dielectric Elastomer (DE) transducers are essentially compliant capacitors fabricated from highly flexible materials that can be used as sensors, actuators and generators. The energy density of DE is proportional to their dielectric constant (ɛr), therefore an understanding of the dielectric constant and how it can be influenced by the stretch state of the material is required to predict or optimize DE device behavior. DE often operate in a stretched state. Wissler and Mazza, Kofod et al., and Choi et al. all measured an ɛr of approximately 4.7 for virgin VHB, but their results for prestretched DE showed that the dielectric constant decayed to varying degrees. Ma and Cross measured a dielectric constant of 6 for the same material with no mention of prestretch. In an attempt to resolve this discrepancy, ɛr measurements were performed on parallel plate capacitors consisting of virgin and stretched VHB4905 tape electroded with either gold sputtered coatings or Nyogel 756G carbon grease. For an unstretched VHB tape, an ɛr of 4.5 was measured with both electrode types, but the measured ɛr of equibiaxially stretched carbon specimens was lower by between 10 to 15%. The dielectric constant of VHB under high fields was assessed using blocked force measurements from a dielectric elastomer actuator. Dielectric constants ranging from 4.6-6 for stretched VHB were calculated using the blocked force tests. Figure of merits for DE generators and actuators that incorporate their nonlinear behavior were used to assess the sensitivity of these systems to the dielectric constant.

  19. Role of Dielectric Constant on Ion Transport: Reformulated Arrhenius Equation

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    Full Text Available Solid and nanocomposite polymer electrolytes based on chitosan have been prepared by solution cast technique. The XRD results reveal the occurrence of complexation between chitosan (CS and the LiTf salt. The deconvolution of the diffractogram of nanocomposite solid polymer electrolytes demonstrates the increase of amorphous domain with increasing alumina content up to 4 wt.%. Further incorporation of alumina nanoparticles (6 to 10 wt.% Al2O3 results in crystallinity increase (large crystallite size. The morphological (SEM and EDX analysis well supported the XRD results. Similar trends of DC conductivity and dielectric constant with Al2O3 concentration were explained. The TEM images were used to explain the phenomena of space charge and blocking effects. The reformulated Arrhenius equation (σ(ε′,T=σoexp(-Ea/KBε′T was proposed from the smooth exponential behavior of DC conductivity versus dielectric constant at different temperatures. The more linear behavior of DC conductivity versus 1000/(ɛ′×T reveals the crucial role of dielectric constant in Arrhenius equation. The drawbacks of Arrhenius equation can be understood from the less linear behavior of DC conductivity versus 1000/T. The relaxation processes have been interpreted in terms of Argand plots.

  20. Healhy Ageing in People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities : Promoting Physical Activity

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    van Alphen, Helena; Bossink, Leontien; Schalen, Gertruud Henrike; van der Putten, Annette

    2016-01-01

    Physical activity is beneficial, also for people who are characterized by profound intellectual and severe motor disabilities. However, these people are totally dependent on others to participate in physical activities. To date, promoting physical activity in people with these profound disabilities

  1. Teaching Individuals with Profound Multiple Disabilities to Access Preferred Stimuli with Multiple Microswitches

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    Tam, Gee May; Phillips, Katrina J.; Mudford, Oliver C.

    2011-01-01

    We replicated and extended previous research on microswitch facilitated choice making by individuals with profound multiple disabilities. Following an assessment of stimulus preferences, we taught 6 adults with profound multiple disabilities to emit 2 different responses to activate highly preferred stimuli. All participants learnt to activate…

  2. Joint Attention Behaviours in People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities: The Influence of the Context

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    Neerinckx, Heleen; Maes, Bea

    2016-01-01

    Background: In spite of the profound cognitive and physical problems, people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) are able to develop joint attention behaviours (JAB) and benefit from positive interactions. Aims: To investigate which context factors influence the JAB of people with PIMD. Method: Based on video recordings of…

  3. Fluorescence Spectroscopy with Metal-Dielectric Waveguides.

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    Badugu, Ramachandram; Szmacinski, Henryk; Ray, Krishanu; Descrovi, Emiliano; Ricciardi, Serena; Zhang, Douguo; Chen, Junxue; Huo, Yiping; Lakowicz, Joseph R

    2015-07-16

    We describe a hybrid metal-dielectric waveguide structures (MDWs) with numerous potential applications in the biosciences. These structures consist of a thin metal film coated with a dielectric layer. Depending on the thickness of the dielectric layer, the modes can be localized near the metal, within the dielectric, or at the top surface of the dielectric. The optical modes in a metal-dielectric waveguide can have either S (TE) or P (TM) polarization. The dielectric spacer avoids the quenching, which usually occurs for fluorophores within about 5 nm from the metal. Additionally, the resonances display a sharp angular dependence and can exhibit several hundred-fold increases in intensity (E2) at the silica-air interface relative to the incident intensity. Fluorophores placed on top of the silica layer couple efficiently with the metal, resulting in a sharp angular distribution of emission through the metal and down from the bottom of the structure. This coupling occurs over large distances to several hundred nm away from the metal and was found to be consistent with simulations of the reflectivity of the metal-dielectric waveguides. Remarkably, for some silica thicknesses, the emission is almost completely coupled through the structure with little free-space emission away from the metal-dielectric waveguide. The efficiency of fluorophore coupling is related to the quality of the resonant modes sustained by the metal-dielectric waveguide, resulting in coupling of most of the emission through the metal into the underlying glass substrates. Metal-dielectric waveguides also provide a method to resolve the emission from surface-bound fluorophores from the bulk-phase fluorophores. Metal-dielectric waveguides are simple to fabricate for large surface areas, the resonance wavelength can be adjusted by the dielectric thickness, and the silica surface is suitable for coupling to biomolecules. Metal-dielectric waveguides can have numerous applications in diagnostics and high

  4. Enhancement of the dielectric response in polymer nanocomposites with low dielectric constant fillers.

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    Thakur, Yash; Zhang, Tian; Iacob, C; Yang, Tiannan; Bernholc, J; Chen, L Q; Runt, J; Zhang, Q M

    2017-08-10

    In order to increase the dielectric constants of polymer-based dielectrics, composite approaches, in which inorganic fillers with much higher dielectric constants are added to the polar polymer matrix, have been investigated. However, high dielectric constant fillers cause high local electric fields in the polymer, resulting in a large reduction of the electric breakdown strength. We show that a significant increase in the dielectric constant can be achieved in polyetherimide nanocomposites with nanofillers whose dielectric constant can be similar to that of the matrix. The presence of nanofillers reduces the constraints on the dipole response to the applied electric field, thus enhancing the dielectric constant. Our results demonstrate that through nanostructure engineering, the dielectric constant of nanocomposites can be enhanced markedly without using high dielectric constant nanofillers.

  5. Two-phase mixed media dielectric with macro dielectric beads for enhancing resistivity and breakdown strength

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    Falabella, Steven; Meyer, Glenn A; Tang, Vincent; Guethlein, Gary

    2014-06-10

    A two-phase mixed media insulator having a dielectric fluid filling the interstices between macro-sized dielectric beads packed into a confined volume, so that the packed dielectric beads inhibit electro-hydrodynamically driven current flows of the dielectric liquid and thereby increase the resistivity and breakdown strength of the two-phase insulator over the dielectric liquid alone. In addition, an electrical apparatus incorporates the two-phase mixed media insulator to insulate between electrical components of different electrical potentials. And a method of electrically insulating between electrical components of different electrical potentials fills a confined volume between the electrical components with the two-phase dielectric composite, so that the macro dielectric beads are packed in the confined volume and interstices formed between the macro dielectric beads are filled with the dielectric liquid.

  6. Are Auditory Steady-State Responses Useful to Evaluate Severe-to-Profound Hearing Loss in Children?

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    Signe Schuster Grasel

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To evaluate Auditory Steady-State Responses (ASSR at high intensities in pediatric cochlear implant candidates and to compare the results to behavioral tests responses. Methods. This prospective study evaluated 42 children with suspected severe-to-profound hearing loss, aged from 3 to 72 months. All had absent ABR and OAE responses. ASSR were evoked using binaural single frequency stimuli at 110 dB HL with a 10 dB down-seeking procedure. ASSR and behavioral test results were compared. Results. Forty-two subjects completed both ASSR and behavioral evaluation. Eleven children (26.2% had bilateral responses. Four (9.5% showed unilateral responses in at least two frequencies, all confirmed by behavioral results. Overall 61 ASSR responses were obtained, most (37.7% in 500 Hz. Mean thresholds were between 101.3 and 104.2 dB HL. Among 27 subjects with absent ASSR, fifteen had no behavioral responses. Seven subjects showed behavioral responses with absent ASSR responses. No spurious ASSR responses were observed at 100 or 110 dB HL. Conclusion. ASSR is a valuable tool to detect residual hearing. No false-positive ASSR results were observed among 42 children, but in seven cases with absent ASSR, the test underestimated residual hearing as compared to the behavioral responses.

  7. Complex Amorphous Dielectrics

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    van Dover, Robert Bruce [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    2014-11-22

    This work focused on synthesizing a wide range of oxides containing two or more metals, and measuring their properties. Many simple metal oxides such as zirconium oxide, have been extensively studied in the past. We developed a technique in which we create a large number of compositions simultaneously and examine their behavior to understand trends and identify high performance materials. Superior performance generally comes in the form of increased responsiveness; in the materials we have studied this may mean more electrical charge for a given voltage in a capacitor, faster switching for a given drive in a transistor, more current for a given voltage in an ionic conductor, or more current for a given illumination in a solar cell. Some of the materials we have identified may find use in decreasing the power needed to operate integrated circuits, other materials could be useful for solar power or other forms of energy conversion.

  8. Behaviorism

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    Moore, J.

    2011-01-01

    Early forms of psychology assumed that mental life was the appropriate subject matter for psychology, and introspection was an appropriate method to engage that subject matter. In 1913, John B. Watson proposed an alternative: classical S-R behaviorism. According to Watson, behavior was a subject matter in its own right, to be studied by the…

  9. Dielectric and Electromechanical Properties of Polyurethane and Polydimethylsiloxane Blends and their Nanocomposites

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    Cakmak, Enes

    Conventional means of converting electrical energy to mechanical work are generally considered too noisy and bulky for many contemporary technologies such as microrobotic, microfluidic, and haptic devices. Dielectric electroactive polymers (D-EAPs) constitude a growing class of electroactive polymers (EAP) that are capable of producing mechanica work induced by an applied electric field. D-EAPs are considered remarkably efficient and well suited for a wide range of applications, including ocean-wave energy harvesters and prosthetic devices. However, the real-world application of D-EAPs is very limited due to a number of factors, one of which is the difficulty of producing high actuation strains at acceptably low electric fields. D-EAPs are elastomeric polymers and produce large strain response induced by external electric field. The electromechanical properties of D-EAPs depend on the dielectric properties and mechanical properties of the D-EAP. In terms of dielectric behavior, these actuators require a high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss, and high dielectric strength to produce an improved actuation response. In addition to their dielectric properties, the mechanical properties of D-EAPs, such as elastic moduli and hysteresis, are also of importance. Therefore, material properties are a key feature of D-EAP technology. DE actuator materials reported in the literature cover many types of elastomers and their composites formed with dielectric fillers. Along with polymeric matrix materials, various ceramic, metal, and organic fillers have been employed in enhancing dielectric behavior of DEs. This work describes an effort to characterize elastomer blends and composites of different matrix and dielectric polymer fillers according to their dielectric, mechanical, and electromechanical responses. This dissertation focuses on the development and characterization of polymer-polymer blends and composites from a high-k polyurethane (PU) and polydimethylsiloxane

  10. Simple model dielectric functions for insulators

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    Vos, Maarten; Grande, Pedro L.

    2017-05-01

    The Drude dielectric function is a simple way of describing the dielectric function of free electron materials, which have an uniform electron density, in a classical way. The Mermin dielectric function describes a free electron gas, but is based on quantum physics. More complex metals have varying electron densities and are often described by a sum of Drude dielectric functions, the weight of each function being taken proportional to the volume with the corresponding density. Here we describe a slight variation on the Drude dielectric functions that describes insulators in a semi-classical way and a form of the Levine-Louie dielectric function including a relaxation time that does the same within the framework of quantum physics. In the optical limit the semi-classical description of an insulator and the quantum physics description coincide, in the same way as the Drude and Mermin dielectric function coincide in the optical limit for metals. There is a simple relation between the coefficients used in the classical and quantum approaches, a relation that ensures that the obtained dielectric function corresponds to the right static refractive index. For water we give a comparison of the model dielectric function at non-zero momentum with inelastic X-ray measurements, both at relative small momenta and in the Compton limit. The Levine-Louie dielectric function including a relaxation time describes the spectra at small momentum quite well, but in the Compton limit there are significant deviations.

  11. Role of the Fe-substitution in dielectric behavior of the glass–ceramic cordierite Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 4}Si{sub 5}O{sub 18} system

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    Kirat, G.; Aksan, M.A., E-mail: mehmet.aksan@inonu.edu.tr

    2014-12-01

    In this study, Mg{sub 2−x}M{sub x}Al{sub 4}Si{sub 5}O{sub 18}, where M=Fe and x=0.0, 0.20, 0.50, 1.0 and 1.5, have been synthesized using an arc-melter system. As a result of Fe-substitution, complex, deformed and multiphase samples were obtained. Microstructural analysis indicated that crystals of α-cordierite disappeared in the x=1.5 Fe-substituted sample. However, more densified samples than the unsubstituted sample were obtained. Dielectric constant increased gradually and capacitive resistance decreased with increasing the Fe-content in the system. The results suggested that the Mg{sub 2}Al{sub 4}Si{sub 5}O{sub 18} materials obtained by the Fe-substitution are not suitable for high frequency applications.

  12. Asymmetric Dielectric Elastomer Composite Material

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    Stewart, Brian K. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Embodiments of the invention provide a dielectric elastomer composite material comprising a plurality of elastomer-coated electrodes arranged in an assembly. Embodiments of the invention provide improved force output over prior DEs by producing thinner spacing between electrode surfaces. This is accomplished by coating electrodes directly with uncured elastomer in liquid form and then assembling a finished component (which may be termed an actuator) from coated electrode components.

  13. Dielectric Elastomer Actuators for Microfluidics

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    Maffli, Luc; Rosset, Samuel; Shea, Herbert

    2012-01-01

    One of the goals of microfluidics is to bring a whole laboratory processing chain on a few square centimeters, Lab-On-Chips (LOC). But current LOCs require many heavy and power-consuming off-chip controls like pneumatics, pumps and valves, which keep the small chip bound to the lab. Miniaturized Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (DEA) are excellent candidates to make LOC truly portable, since they combine electrical actuation, large stroke volumes and high output forces. We report on the use of ...

  14. Dielectric decrement effects in electrokinetics

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    Figliuzzi, Bruno; Chan, Wai Hong Ronald; Buie, Cullen; Moran, Jeffrey

    2015-11-01

    Understanding the nonlinear phenomena that occur in the electric double layer (EDL) that forms at charged surfaces is a key issue in electrokinetics. In recent studies, Nakayama and Andelman [J. Chem. Physics 2015] Hatlo et al. [EPL 2012], and Zhao and Zhai [JFM 2013] demonstrated that dielectric decrement significantly influences the ionic concentration in the electric double layer (EDL) at high zeta potential, leading to the formation of a condensed layer near the particle's surface. In this presentation, we apply the dielectric decrement model to study two archetypal problems in electrokinetics, namely the electrophoresis of particles with fixed surface charges and the electrophoresis of ideally polarizable particles. Our aim is to rely on numerical simulations to incorporate nonlinear effects including crowding effects due to the finite size of ions, dielectric decrement in the EDL, surface conduction, concentration polarization and advection in the bulk solution. In parallel, we derive a simplified composite layer model that enables us to obtain analytical estimates of the physical quantities involved in the physical description of the problem.

  15. Dielectric anisotropy of the single crystal of isopropylviologen copper(I) triiodide.

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    Chen, Yang; Yang, Zhou; Wu, Xin-Yi; Ni, Chun-Yan; Ren, Zhi-Gang; Lang, Jian-Ping

    2011-06-14

    Solvothermal reactions of CuI with isopropanol, 4,4'-bipyridine, I(2) and a small amount of water in MeCN produced one coordination compound [isopropylviologen][CuI(3)] (isopropylviologen = N,N'-diisopropyl-4,4'-bipyridinium) (1). The dielectric constants of the single crystal of 1 along the three crystal axes are different with the largest diversity ratio of ∼3.3, showing dielctric anisotropic behavior. Under low temperature (<273 K) or medium electric field frequency range (1 KHz-1 MHz), the dielectric constant of the title compound is nearly unchanged, exhibiting a temperature/frequency-independent characteristics. The crystalline powder of 1 has a low dielectric constant and low dielectric loss in the medium electric field frequency range, which is comparable to the traditional low-k material SiO(2). This journal is © the Owner Societies 2011

  16. Electric field dependent dielectric response of alumina/silicone oil colloids

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    Magallon, Louis; Tsui, Stephen

    2014-03-01

    We investigate the dielectric response of a mixture of alumina nanopowder and silicone oil. Frequency and electric field dependent measurements of another insulating colloid, i.e., urea-coated Ba0.8Rb0.4TiO(C2O4)2 nanoparticles immersed in silicone oil, revealed universal dielectric response (UDR) characteristics and, with the application of high voltage, a negative capacitance. Alumina in silicone oil represents a simpler system in which to perform similar dielectric investigation. This colloid is sandwiched in a parallel plate capacitor cell, and the complex impedance is measured via lock-in amplifier at various frequencies and applied dc biases. Furthermore, we will compare and discuss the dielectric behaviors of different sized suspended alumina particles.

  17. Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism.

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    Pfattheicher, Stefan; Schindler, Simon

    2016-01-01

    The present research investigates the associations between holding favorable views of potential Democratic or Republican candidates for the US presidency 2016 and seeing profoundness in bullshit statements. In this contribution, bullshit is used as a technical term which is defined as communicative expression that lacks content, logic, or truth from the perspective of natural science. We used the Bullshit Receptivity scale (BSR) to measure seeing profoundness in bullshit statements. The BSR scale contains statements that have a correct syntactic structure and seem to be sound and meaningful on first reading but are actually vacuous. Participants (N = 196; obtained via Amazon Mechanical Turk) rated the profoundness of bullshit statements (using the BSR) and provided favorability ratings of three Democratic (Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, and Bernie Sanders) and three Republican candidates for US president (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump). Participants also completed a measure of political liberalism/conservatism. Results revealed that favorable views of all three Republican candidates were positively related to judging bullshit statements as profound. The smallest correlation was found for Donald Trump. Although we observe a positive association between bullshit and support for the three Democrat candidates, this relationship is both substantively small and statistically insignificant. The general measure of political liberalism/conservatism was also related to judging bullshit statements as profound in that individuals who were more politically conservative had a higher tendency to see profoundness in bullshit statements. Of note, these results were not due to a general tendency among conservatives to see profoundness in everything: Favorable views of Republican candidates and conservatism were not significantly related to profoundness ratings of mundane statements. In contrast, this was the case for Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley. Overall, small

  18. Misperceiving Bullshit as Profound Is Associated with Favorable Views of Cruz, Rubio, Trump and Conservatism.

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    Full Text Available The present research investigates the associations between holding favorable views of potential Democratic or Republican candidates for the US presidency 2016 and seeing profoundness in bullshit statements. In this contribution, bullshit is used as a technical term which is defined as communicative expression that lacks content, logic, or truth from the perspective of natural science. We used the Bullshit Receptivity scale (BSR to measure seeing profoundness in bullshit statements. The BSR scale contains statements that have a correct syntactic structure and seem to be sound and meaningful on first reading but are actually vacuous. Participants (N = 196; obtained via Amazon Mechanical Turk rated the profoundness of bullshit statements (using the BSR and provided favorability ratings of three Democratic (Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, and Bernie Sanders and three Republican candidates for US president (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump. Participants also completed a measure of political liberalism/conservatism. Results revealed that favorable views of all three Republican candidates were positively related to judging bullshit statements as profound. The smallest correlation was found for Donald Trump. Although we observe a positive association between bullshit and support for the three Democrat candidates, this relationship is both substantively small and statistically insignificant. The general measure of political liberalism/conservatism was also related to judging bullshit statements as profound in that individuals who were more politically conservative had a higher tendency to see profoundness in bullshit statements. Of note, these results were not due to a general tendency among conservatives to see profoundness in everything: Favorable views of Republican candidates and conservatism were not significantly related to profoundness ratings of mundane statements. In contrast, this was the case for Hillary Clinton and Martin O

  19. Terahertz-frequency dielectric response of liquids

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    Jepsen, Peter Uhd; Møller, Uffe; Cooke, David

    -induced dipole moments. In the polar liquid water the fastest relaxational dynamics is found at terahertz frequencies, just below the first intermolecular vibrational and librational modes. In this presentation we will discuss optical terahertz spectroscopic techniques for measurement of the full dielectric...... function of liquids at terahertz frequencies. We will review the current understanding of the high-frequency dielectric spectrum of water, and discuss the relation between the dielectric spectrum and the thermodynamic properties of certain aqueous solutions.......The dielectric response of liquids spans many decades in frequency. The dielectric response of a polar liquid is typically determined by relaxational dynamics of the dipolar moments of the liquid. In contrast, the dielectric response of a nonpolar liquid is determined by much weaker collision...

  20. Understanding Nonlinear Dielectric Properties in a Biaxially Oriented Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Film at Both Low and High Electric Fields.

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    Li, Yue; Ho, Janet; Wang, Jianchuan; Li, Zhong-Ming; Zhong, Gan-Ji; Zhu, Lei

    2016-01-13

    Understanding nonlinear dielectric behavior in polar polymers is crucial to their potential application as next generation high energy density and low loss dielectrics. In this work, we studied nonlinear dielectric properties of a biaxially oriented poly(vinylidene fluoride) (BOPVDF) film under both low and high electric fields. For fundamental nonlinear dielectric constants at low fields (dielectric spectroscopy (HVBDS) was accurate enough to measure up to the third harmonics. It was observed that the low-field dielectric nonlinearity for the BOPVDF disappeared above 10 Hz at room temperature, suggesting that the low-field dielectric nonlinearity originated from ionic migration of impurity ions rather than dipolar relaxation of the amorphous segments. Above the coercive field (EC ≈ 70 MV/m), bipolar electric displacement-electric field (D-E) loop tests were used to extract the nonlinear behavior for pure PVDF crystals, which had a clear origin of ferroelectric switching of polar crystalline dipoles and domains and nonpolar-to-polar (α → δ → β) phase transformations. By using HVBDS, it was observed that the ferroelectric switching of polar crystalline dipoles and domains in BOPVDF above the EC always took place between 20 and 500 Hz regardless of a broad range of temperature from -30 to 100 °C. This behavior was drastically different from that of the amorphous PVDF dipoles, which had a strong dependence on frequency over orders of magnitude.

  1. Realizing Optical Magnetism from Dielectric Metamaterials

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    Ginn, James C.; Brener, Igal; Peters, David W.; Wendt, Joel R.; Stevens, Jeffrey O.; Hines, Paul F.; Basilio, Lorena I.; Warne, Larry K.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Clem, Paul G.; Sinclair, Michael B.

    2012-03-01

    We demonstrate, for the first time, an all-dielectric metamaterial composite in the midinfrared based on micron-sized, high-index tellurium dielectric resonators. Dielectric resonators are desirable compared to conventional metallodielectric metamaterials at optical frequencies as they are largely angular invariant, free of Ohmic loss, and easily integrated into three-dimensional volumes. Measurements and simulation provide evidence of optical magnetism, which could be used for infrared magnetic mirrors, hard or soft surfaces, and subwavelength cavities.

  2. Plasmonic mode coupling of silver nanoparticles through thin dielectric films

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    Goering, Andrea; Deutsch, Miriam

    Tunable optical performance at the nanoscale can be engineered by coupling elementary plasmonic modes in new ways, for application to enhanced absorption in polymer photovoltaic devices. Plasmonic mode coupling in systems of solution-processed films with diverse and tunable morphologies represents an economic alternative to lithographically-defined systems, yet interactions between localized plasmons in solution-processable material systems have not been as well-explored as their lithographic counterparts. We seek to characterize plasmonic mode coupling in an architecture consisting of a thin dielectric spacer layer sandwiched between two layers of sparse disordered silver nanoparticles. Coupling is observed in UV-vis spectroscopy as a spectral splitting in the hybridized mode structure, as the plasmons supported on each silver layer couple through the dielectric. We explore the tunability of this coupling by modifying the spacer layer thickness, and compare behavior in systems containing non-absorbing and absorbing spacer layers. NSF award DMR-1404676 and the NSF GRFP.

  3. New multipactor dynamics in presence of dielectrics

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    Sorolla, E.; Belhaj, M.; Sombrin, J.; Puech, J.

    2017-10-01

    A new multipactor saturation mechanism is presented for high power microwave devices in the presence of dielectrics. Recent measures have shown that the positive charge deposited on a dielectric as a consequence of the secondary electron emission causes the reduction of its secondary electron yield. This work shows a new multipactor dynamics within a partially filled parallel-plate waveguide where both the decrease of the secondary electron yield with the charge on the dielectric and the subsequent electrostatic field produced are taken into account. The results obtained show that these two mechanisms predict the multipactor saturation as well as some differences with the classical resonance theory when charged dielectrics come into play.

  4. Solar cell with silicon oxynitride dielectric layer

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    Shepherd, Michael; Smith, David D

    2015-04-28

    Solar cells with silicon oxynitride dielectric layers and methods of forming silicon oxynitride dielectric layers for solar cell fabrication are described. For example, an emitter region of a solar cell includes a portion of a substrate having a back surface opposite a light receiving surface. A silicon oxynitride (SiO.sub.xN.sub.y, 0dielectric layer is disposed on the back surface of the portion of the substrate. A semiconductor layer is disposed on the silicon oxynitride dielectric layer.

  5. Silicone elastomers with high dielectric permittivity and high dielectric breakdown strength based on tunable functionalized copolymers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Daugaard, Anders Egede

    2015-01-01

    High driving voltages currently limit the commercial potential of dielectric elastomers (DEs). One method used to lower driving voltage is to increase dielectric permittivity of the elastomer. A novel silicone elastomer system with high dielectric permittivity was prepared through the synthesis...

  6. Factors influencing attentiveness of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities in multisensory storytelling

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    Ten Brug, Annet; Van der Putten, Annette A.J.; Penne, Anneleen; Maes, Bea; Vlaskamp, Carla

    Multisensory storytelling (MSST) is a storytelling method developed for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). The developers of MSST have established specific guidelines aimed at increasing the listener's attention. Whether, and to what extent, these guidelines indeed

  7. Acute profound thrombocytopenia with second exposure to eptifibatide associated with a strong antibody reaction

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    ATTAYA, SHARIFF; KANTHI, YOGENDRA; ASTER, RICHARD; MCCRAE, KEITH

    2015-01-01

    We present a case of eptifibatide-induced acute profound thrombocytopenia in a 64-year-old male receiving eptifibatide for the second time during percutaneous coronary intervention. Although rare, short and self-limited episodes of acute and profound thrombocytopenia have been associated with eptifibatide exposure. The thrombocytopenia is thought to be immune mediated, and assays are available to test for eptifibatide-induced platelet antibodies. PMID:19172524

  8. Acute profound thrombocytopenia with second exposure to eptifibatide associated with a strong antibody reaction

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    ATTAYA, SHARIFF; KANTHI, YOGENDRA; ASTER, RICHARD; MCCRAE, KEITH

    2009-01-01

    We present a case of eptifibatide-induced acute profound thrombocytopenia in a 64-year-old male receiving eptifibatide for the second time during percutaneous coronary intervention. Although rare, short and self-limited episodes of acute and profound thrombocytopenia have been associated with eptifibatide exposure. The thrombocytopenia is thought to be immune mediated, and assays are available to test for eptifibatide-induced platelet antibodies.

  9. Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome with unusual profound sensorineural hearing loss.

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    Gagliardi, Lucia; Nataren, Nathalie; Feng, Jinghua; Schreiber, Andreas W; Hahn, Christopher N; Conwell, Louise S; Coman, David; Scott, Hamish S

    2015-08-01

    The Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome is caused by mutations in the thyroid hormone transporter, Monocarboxylate transporter 8 (MCT8). It is characterized by profound intellectual disability and abnormal thyroid function. We report on a patient with Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome (AHDS) with profound sensorineural hearing loss which is not usually a feature of AHDS and which may have been due to a coexisting nonsense mutation in Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF). © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Dielectric properties of ceramics in lead zirconate titanate - lead magnesium niobate system

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    Pitak Laoratakul

    2004-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the xPb(Zr0.52Ti0.48O3 - (1-xPb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O3 (when x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, and 1.0 ceramic composites are prepared from PZT and PMN powders by a conventional mixed-oxide method. The dielectric properties of the ceramics are measured as functions of both temperature (-150 - 400ºC and frequency (100 Hz - 1 MHz. The results indicate that the dielectric properties of the pure phase PZT and PMN are of normal and relaxor ferroelectric behaviors, respectively. The dielectric behaviors of the 0.9PZT - 0.1PMN and 0.7PZT - 0.3PMN ceramics are more of normal ferroelectrics, while the other compositions are obviously of relaxor ferroelectrics. In addition, the transition temperature decreases and the maximum dielectric constant increases with increasing PMN content in the system. These results clearly show the significance of PMN in controlling the dielectric behavior of the PZT-PMN system.

  11. Rehabilitation and outcome of severe profound deafness in a group of 16 infants affected by congenital cytomegalovirus infection.

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    Ciorba, Andrea; Bovo, Roberto; Trevisi, Patrizia; Bianchini, Chiara; Arboretti, Rosa; Martini, Alessandro

    2009-10-01

    The aim of the study was to characterize the audiological consequences of congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) and to evaluate the outcome of rehabilitation with hearing aids and/or cochlear implant (CI), associated with an adequate speech-language therapy. A retrospective review of data was made from a total of 16 infants, affected by severe to profound hearing loss from congenital CMV infection, referred to a tertiary audiological center for rehabilitation. Audiological evaluation was performed using behavioral audiometry, auditory brainstem responses (ABR) and/or electrocochleography (ECochG). Of the 16 children (median age at diagnosis of hearing loss: 21.33 +/- 0.7 months) with CMV hearing loss, 14 were affected by profound bilateral hearing loss and received a CI, while 2 were affected by bilateral severe hearing loss and received hearing aids. Cochlear implants can provide useful speech comprehension to patients with CMV-related deafness, even if language development is lower when compared to a group of Connexin (Cx) 26+ cochlear-implanted children (eight subjects), matched for age. Congenital CMV infection still represents a serious clinical condition, as well as an important cause of hearing loss in children. More studies have claimed to identify the pathophysiological mechanisms of damage and thus to ensure a better therapeutic approach. Nonetheless, in cases of CMV-deafened babies, the overall outcome of cochlear implantation is good.

  12. Inhibiting electro-thermal breakdown of acrylic dielectric elastomer actuators by dielectric gel coating

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong

    2016-01-01

    Electrical breakdown of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) is very localized; a spark and a pinhole (puncture) in dielectric ends up with short-circuit. This letter shows that prevention of electrothermal breakdown helps defer failure of DEAs even with conductive-grease electrodes. Dielectric gel encapsulation or coating (Dow Corning 3-4170) helps protect acrylic elastomer (VHB 4905), making it thermally more stable and delaying its thermal oxidation (burn) from 218 °C to 300 °C. Dielectric-gel-coated acrylic DEAs can withstand higher local leak-induced heating and thus achieve higher dielectric strengths than non-coated DEAs do.

  13. Nonlinear dielectric response in ferroelectric thin films

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    Lente, M. H.

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available Electrical permittivity dependence on electric external bias field was investigated in PZT thin films. The results revealed the existence of two mechanisms contributing to the electrical permittivity. The first one was related to the domain reorientation, which was responsible for a strong no linear dielectric behavior, acting only during the poling process. The second mechanism was associated with the domain wall vibrations, which presented a reasonable linear electrical behavior with the applied bias field, contributing always to the permittivity independently of the poling state of the sample. The results also indicated that the gradual reduction of the permittivity with the increase of the bias field strength may be related to the gradual bending of the domain walls. It is believed that the domain wall bending induces a hardening and/or a thinning of the walls, thus reducing the electrical permittivity. A reinterpretation of the model proposed in the literature to explain the dielectric characteristics of ferroelectric materials at high electric field regime is proposed.

    Se ha estudiado la dependencia de la permitividad eléctrica con un campo bias externo en láminas delgadas de PZT. Los resultados revelaron la existencia de dos mecanismos que contribuyen a la permitividad eléctrica. El primero está relacionado con la reorientación de dominios, actúa sólo durante el proceso de polarización y es responsable de un comportamiento dieléctrico fuertemente no lineal. El segundo mecanismo se asocia a las vibraciones de las paredes de dominio, presentando un comportamiento eléctrico razonablemente lineal con el campo bias aplicado, contribuyendo siempre a la permitividad independientemente del estado de polarización de la muestra. Los resultados indicaron también que la reducción gradual de la permitividad con el aumento de la fuerza del campo bias podría estar relacionada con el “bending” gradual de las paredes de dominio

  14. Crosslinked polymeric dielectric materials and electronic devices incorporating same

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    Marks, Tobin J. (Inventor); Facchetti, Antonio (Inventor); Wang, Zhiming (Inventor); Choi, Hyuk-Jin (Inventor); Suh, legal representative, Nae-Jeong (Inventor)

    2012-01-01

    Solution-processable dielectric materials are provided, along with precursor compositions and processes for preparing the same. Composites and electronic devices including the dielectric materials also are provided.

  15. A Split Ring Resonator Dielectric Probe for Near-Field Dielectric Imaging.

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    Isakov, Dmitry; Stevens, Chris J; Castles, Flynn; Grant, Patrick S

    2017-05-17

    A single split-ring resonator (SRR) probe for 2D surface mapping and imaging of relative dielectric permittivity for the characterisation of composite materials has been developed. The imaging principle, the analysis and the sensitivity of the SRR surface dielectric probe data is described. The surface dielectric properties of composite materials in the frequency range 1-3 GHz have been measured based on the magnetic resonance frequency of the transmission loss of the SRR dielectric probe when in contact with the surface. The SRR probe performance was analysed analytically and using full-wave simulation, and predictions showed close agreement with experiment for composite materials with spatially varying dielectric permittivity manufactured by 3D printing. The spatial and permittivity resolution of the SRR dielectric probe were controlled by the geometrical parameters of the SRR which provided flexibility to tune the SRR probe. The best accuracy of the dielectric permittivity measurements was within 5%.

  16. Stretch dependence of the electrical breakdown strength and dielectric constant of dielectric elastomers

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    Tröls, Andreas; Kogler, Alexander; Baumgartner, Richard; Kaltseis, Rainer; Keplinger, Christoph; Schwödiauer, Reinhard; Graz, Ingrid; Bauer, Siegfried

    2013-10-01

    Dielectric elastomers are used for electromechanical energy conversion in actuators and in harvesting mechanical energy from renewable sources. The electrical breakdown strength determines the limit of a dielectric elastomer for its use in actuators and energy harvesters. We report two experimental configurations for the measurement of the stretch dependence of the electrical breakdown strength of dielectric elastomers, and compare the electrical breakdown fields for compliant and rigid electrodes on the elastomer. We show that the electrode configuration strongly influences the electrical breakdown field strength. Further, we compare the stretch dependent dielectric function and breakdown of the acrylic elastomer VHB 4910™ from 3M™, and of the natural rubber ZruElast™ A1040™ from Zrunek rubber technology. While the dielectric permittivity of VHB decreases with increasing stretch ratio, the dielectric constant of rubber is insensitive to stretch. Our results suggest natural rubber as a versatile material for dielectric elastomer energy harvesting.

  17. Dielectric behaviour of strontium tartrate single crystals

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    ... dielectric loss (tan ) as functions of frequency and temperature. Ion core type polarization is seen in the temperature range 75–180°C, and above 180°C, there is interfacial polarization for relatively lower frequency range. One observes dielectric dispersion at lower frequency presumably due to domain wall relaxation.

  18. Fullerene derivatives with increased dielectric constants

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    Jahani, Fatemeh; Torabi, Solmaz; Chiechi, Ryan C; Koster, L Jan Anton; Hummelen, Jan C

    2014-01-01

    The invention of new organic materials with high dielectric constants is of extreme importance for the development of organic-based devices such as organic solar cells. We report on a synthetic way to increase the dielectric constant of fullerene derivatives. It is demonstrated that introducing

  19. Aging of Dielectric Properties below Tg

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    Olsen, Niels Boye; Dyre, Jeppe; Christensen, Tage Emil

    The dielectric loss at 1Hz in TPP is studied during a temperature step from one equilibrium state to another. In the applied cryostate the temperature can be equilibrated on a timescale of 1 second. The aging time dependence of the dielectric loss is studied below Tg applying temperature steps...

  20. Preparation, characterization and dielectric behaviour of some ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 26; Issue 5. Preparation, characterization and dielectric behaviour of some yttrium doped strontium stannates. P K Bajpai Kuldeep Ratre Mukul Pastor T P Sinha. Sensor Materials Volume ... Keywords. Electronic ceramics; sensors; dielectric constant; strontium stannate.

  1. Liquid crystal infiltration of complex dielectrics

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    Gottardo, Stefano; Wiersma, Diederik S.; Vos, W.L

    2003-10-01

    Liquid crystal infiltration is becoming an important tool to control the optical properties of complex dielectric systems like photonic crystals and disordered dielectrics. We discuss the technical aspects of liquid crystal infiltration in meso-porous structures, give some details of the sample preparation process, and discuss possibilities for tuning the optical properties of both ordered and disordered systems.

  2. NIR emission studies and dielectric properties of Er(3+)-doped multicomponent tellurite glasses.

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    Sajna, M S; Thomas, Sunil; Jayakrishnan, C; Joseph, Cyriac; Biju, P R; Unnikrishnan, N V

    2016-05-15

    Multicomponent tellurite glasses containing altered concentrations of Er2O3 (ranging from 0 to 1 mol%) were prepared by the standard melt quenching technique. Investigations through energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), Raman scattering spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, near-infrared (NIR) emission studies and dielectric measurement techniques were done to probe their compositional, structural, spectroscopic and dielectric characteristics. The broad emission together with the high values of the effective linewidth (~63 nm), stimulated emission cross-section (9.67 × 10(-21) cm(2)) and lifetime (2.56 ms) of (4)I13/2 level for 0.5 mol% of Er(3+) makes these glasses attractive for broadband amplifiers. From the measured capacitance and dissipation factor, the relative permittivity, dielectric loss and the conductivity were computed; which furnish the dielectric nature of the multicomponent tellurite glasses that depend on the applied frequency. Assuming the ideal Debye behavior as substantiated by Cole-Cole plot, an examination of the real and imaginary parts of impedance was performed. The power-law and Cole-Cole parameters were resolved for all the glass samples. From the assessment of the emission analysis and dielectric properties of the glass samples, it was obvious that the Er(3+) ion concentration had played a vital role in tuning the optical and dielectric properties and the 0.5 mol% of Er(3+) -doped glass was confirmed as the optimum composition. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Dielectric and modulus analysis of the photoabsorber Cu2SnS3

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    Lahlali, S.; Essaleh, L.; Belaqziz, M.; Chehouani, H.; Alimoussa, A.; Djessas, K.; Viallet, B.; Gauffier, J. L.; Cayez, S.

    2017-12-01

    Dielectric properties of the ternary semiconductor compound Cu2SnS3 is studied for the first time in the high temperature range from 300 °C to 440 °C with the frequency range 1 kHz to 1 MHz. The dielectric constant ε ‧ and dielectric loss tan (δ) were observed to increase with temperature and decrease rapidly with frequency to remains constant at high frequencies. The variation of the dielectric loss Ln (ε ") with L n (ω) was found to follow the empirical law, ε " = B ω m (T). The dielectric data were analyzed using complex electrical modulus M* at various temperatures. The activation energy responsible for the relaxation is estimated from the analysis of the modulus spectra. The value of the hopping barrier potential is estimated from the dielectric loss and compared with the value previously obtained from ac-conductivity. These results are critical for understanding the behavior of based polycrystalline family of Cu2SnS3 for absorber materials in solar-cells.

  4. Low frequency dielectric dispersion study of PVC-PPy blends in dilute solution of different solvents

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    Sharma, Deepika; Tripathi, Deepti

    2017-05-01

    In present study,the effect of adding Polypyrrole (PPy), a conductive polymer, on the dielectric and electrical behavior of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in dilute solution of moderate polar solvent Tetrahydrofuran (THF) and polar solvent M-Cresol at low frequency is investigated. The blend of PVC with PPy forms a colloidal solution in both the solvents. The dielectric dispersion study of PVC-PPy blends in THF and M-Cresol has been carried out in the frequency range of 20Hz to 2MHz at temperature of 303 K. The influence of solvent on dielectric and electrical parameters such as dielectric constant [ɛ*(ω)], loss tangent (tan δ) and ac conductivity (σac) of PVC - PPy solutions is studied. At low frequencies, electrode polarization seems to have dominant effect on the complex dielectric constant. The values of relaxation time corresponding to this phenomena is also reported. Dielectric dispersion studies show that the solvent environment plays significant role in governing segmental motion of polymer chain in solution.

  5. Dielectric studies on struvite urinary crystals, a gateway to the new treatment modality for urolithiasis.

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    Rajan, Reshma; Raj, N Arunai Nambi; Madeswaran, S; Babu, D Rajan

    2015-09-05

    Struvite or magnesium ammonium phosphate hexahydrate (MAPH) are biological crystals, found in the kidney, which are formed due to the infection caused by urea splitting bacteria in the urinary tract. The struvite crystals observe different morphologies and were developed using single diffusion gel growth technique. The crystalline nature and its composition were studied from different characterization techniques like X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and FTIR. The dielectric behavior of the developed crystal was studied by varying temperature and at different frequencies. The parameters like dielectric constant, dielectric loss, ac conductivity, ac resistivity, impedance and admittance of the struvite crystals were calculated. The studies proved that the dielectric loss or dissipation heat is high in lower frequencies at normal body temperature, which develops a plasma state in the stones and in turn leads to the disintegration of urinary stones. The dielectric nature of the stones leads to the dielectric therapy, which will be a gateway for future treatment modality for urolithiasis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Electrical conductivity and dielectric relaxation of 2-(antipyrin-4-ylhydrazono)-2-(4-nitrophenyl)acetonitrile

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    El-Menyawy, E.M., E-mail: emad_elmenyawy@yahoo.com [Solid State Electronics Laboratory, Solid State Physics Department, Physics Division, National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo 12311 (Egypt); Zedan, I.T. [Basic Science Department, High Institute of Engineering and Technology, El-Arish, North Sinai (Egypt); Nawar, H.H. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Education, Al Jabal Al Gharbi University (Libya)

    2014-03-15

    The electrical and dielectric properties of the synthesized 2-(antipyrin-4-ylhydrazono)-2-(4-nitrophenyl)acetonitrile (AHNA) have been studied. The direct and alternating current (DC and AC) conductivities and complex dielectric constant were investigated in temperature range 303–403 K. The AC conductivity and dielectric properties of AHNA were investigated over frequency range 100 Hz–5 MHz. From DC and AC measurements, electrical conduction is found to be a thermally activated process. The frequency-dependent AC conductivity obeys Jonscher's universal power law in which the frequency exponent decreases with increasing temperature. The correlated barrier hopping (CBH) is the predominant model for describing the charge carrier transport in which the electrical parameters are evaluated. The activation energy is found to decrease with increasing frequency. The behaviors of dielectric and dielectric loss are discussed in terms of a polarization mechanism. The dielectric loss shows frequency power law from which the maximum barrier height is determined as 0.19 eV in terms of the Guintini model.

  7. Study of low weight percentage filler on dielectric properties of MCWNT-epoxy nanocomposites

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    Manindra Trihotri

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available An attempt is made to study the effect of low weight percentage multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT powder on dielectric properties of MWCNT reinforced epoxy composites. For that MWCNT (of different low weight percentage reinforced epoxy composite was prepared by dispersing the MWCNT in resin. Samples were prepared by solution casting process and characterized for their dielectric properties such as dielectric constant (ε′, dielectric dissipation factor (tan δ and AC conductivity (σac. The main objective is the investigation of the dielectric properties of the prepared samples at the low weight percentage of the filler at different temperatures and frequencies. From the two mechanisms of electrical conduction, first the leakage current obtained by the formation of a percolation network in the matrix and the other by tunneling of electrons formed among conductors nearby (tunneling current; here we are getting conduction by the second mechanism. Generally, leakage current makes more contribution to conductivity than tunneling current. Dielectric dissipation factor at 250Hz frequency is greater than all other frequencies and starts increasing from 60∘C. The peak height of the transition temperature decreases with increasing frequency. This study shows that the addition of a low weight percentage of MWCNT can modify considerably the electrical behavior of epoxy nanocomposites without chemical functionalization of filler.

  8. New operating limits for applications with electroactive elastomer: effect of the drift of the dielectric permittivity and the electrical breakdown

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    Vu-Cong, T.; Jean-Mistral, C.; Sylvestre, A.

    2013-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer generators are a promising solution to scavenge energy from human motion, due to their lightweight, high efficiency low cost and high energy density. Performances of a dielectric elastomer used in a generator application are generally evaluated by the maximum energy which can be converted. This energy is defined by an area of allowable states and delimited by different failure modes such as: electrical breakdown, loss of tension, mechanical rupture and electromechanical instability, which depend deeply on dielectric behaviors of the material. However, there is controversy on the dielectric constant (permittivity) of usual elastomers used for these applications. This paper aims to investigate the dielectric behaviors of two popular dielectric elastomers: VHB 4910 (3M) and Polypower (Danfoss). This study is undertaken on a broad range of temperature. We focus on the influence of pre-stretch in the change of the dielectric constant. An originality of this study is related to the significant influence of the nature of compliant electrodes deposited on these elastomers. Additionally, the electrical breakdown field of these two elastomers has been studied as a function of pre-stretch and temperature. Lastly, thanks to these experiments, analytic equations have been proposed to take into account the influence of the temperature, the pre-stretch and the nature of the compliant electrodes on the permittivity. These analytic equations and the electrical breakdown field were embedded in a thermodynamic model making it possible to define new limits of operation closer to the real use of these elastomers for energy harvesting applications.

  9. Spectral characterization of dielectric materials using terahertz measurement systems

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    Seligman, Jeffrey M.

    The performance of modern high frequency components and electronic systems are often limited by the properties of the materials from which they are made. Over the past decade, there has been an increased emphasis on the development of new, high performance dielectrics for use in high frequency systems. The development of these materials requires novel broadband characterization, instrumentation, and extraction techniques, from which models can be formulated. For this project several types of dielectric sheets were characterized at terahertz (THz) frequencies using quasi-optical (free-space) techniques. These measurement systems included a Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS, scalar), a Time Domain Spectrometer (TDS, vector), a Scalar Network Analyzer (SNA), and a THz Vector Network Analyzer (VNA). Using these instruments the THz spectral characteristics of dielectric samples were obtained. Polarization based anisotropy was observed in many of the materials measured using vector systems. The TDS was the most informative and flexible instrument for dielectric characterization at THz frequencies. To our knowledge, this is the first such comprehensive study to be performed. Anisotropy effects within materials that do not come into play at microwave frequencies (e.g. ~10 GHz) were found, in many cases, to increase measured losses at THz frequencies by up to an order of magnitude. The frequency dependent properties obtained during the course of this study included loss tangent, permittivity (index of refraction), and dielectric constant. The results were largely consistent between all the different systems and correlated closely to manufacturer specifications over a wide frequency range (325 GHz-1.5 THz). Anisotropic behavior was observed for some of the materials. Non-destructive evaluation and testing (NDE/NDT) techniques were used throughout. A precision test fixture was developed to accomplish these measurements. Time delay, insertion loss, and S-parameters were

  10. Dielectric relaxation in dipolar mixtures

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    Sharma, Ashok K.; Agarwal, Vinod K.; Mansingh, Abhai

    1981-08-01

    Dielectric constants and losses have been measured at several microwave frequencies in the range 2.4-25 GHz for two binary mixtures: bromoform +1-bromonaphthalene (dipole moment ratio is about 1:1), and nitrobenzene +1-bromonaphthalene (dipole moment ratio is about 4:1). The dielectric data of each binary system have been analyzed in terms of two superimposed Debye regions. This analysis has been carried out to study the effect of internal field on the numerical values of the relative weights or amplitudes C1 and C2 in the dipolar mixtures. It is observed that the discrepancy between the numerical values of weight factors obtained from relaxation data and dipole moment and mole fractions of the binary mixture cannot be attributed to the internal field. For the bromoform +1-bromonaphthalene system, it has been found that both the Budo and Cole-Cole equation represent the system equally well, but for nitrobenzene +1-bromonaphthalene system the Cole distribution fits better than Budo's equation.

  11. Microregional electrical analysis of multilayer ceramic capacitors with BaTiO3-based dielectric material

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    Shibahara, Takeshi; Kawanami, Takahiro; Takahashi, Tetsuhiro

    2017-10-01

    A microregional analysis technique is newly developed to evaluate the mechanism of resistance degradation of dielectric materials during the highly accelerated lifetime test. The Schottky-type current through grains is revealed to predominantly contribute to the total leakage current. The leakage currents on dielectric layer of various thicknesses showed strong dependence on the number of grain boundaries in positively biased region. They are controlled by revere biased Schottky contact between the dielectric material and the probe of measurement system in negatively biased region, on the other hand. These results imply that the leakage current behaviors along with the applied voltage are originated by the electrical behaviors of the double Schottky barriers formed around the grain boundaries.

  12. Dielectric properties of binary polyvinylidene fluoride/barium titanate nanocomposites and their nanographite doped hybrids

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Binary polyvinylidene fluoride/barium titanate (PVDF/BaTiO3 and its nanographite (GN doped ternary nanocomposites were fabricated using a simple solution casting process followed by compression molding. The dielectric behavior of such hybrids over a wide frequency range was studied. Additions of GN with contents close to the percolation threshold were found to be very effective to enhance dielectric permittivity of the PVDF/BaTiO3 nanocomposites. In this regard, the electrical behavior of ternary PVDF/BaTiO3/GN hybrids can be explained in terms of the percolation theory. Furthermore, both dielectric constant and electrical conductivity of hybrids were found to be strongly frequency and temperature dependent.

  13. Effect of annealing on the dielectric properties of PZN-PT-BT ceramics

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    Wang Xiaoli; Chen Haydn

    2003-05-25

    The dielectric behaviors of Pb(Zn{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}-PbTiO{sub 3}-BaTiO{sub 3} (PZN-PT-BT) ceramics of several compositions have been systematically studied in as-prepared (unannealed) condition as well as after annealing (at 880 deg. C for 16 h). The general trend seems to indicate that the annealed samples become more ferroelectric-like as opposed to relaxor type in the unannealed state. It also shows a shift of T{sub m}, the temperature at dielectric maximum, toward higher value after annealing. Both behaviors are composition dependent. X-ray diffraction patterns reveal changes of crystalline structure after annealing, which can be correlated to the accompanied changes in dielectric properties. Those experimental results may be understood using a model of paraelectric BZN nano-phase particles embedded in the PZN-PT-BT matrix.

  14. Characterization of universal dielectric response and negative capacitance in compressed nanopowders

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    Perry, Madison; Tsui, Stephen

    2014-03-01

    Universal dielectric response (UDR) has been reported in disordered systems exhibiting percolative electrical conduction. Measurements of the complex impedance of a compressed pellet made up of alumina nanopowder reveal a low frequency dispersion of the off-phase component consistent with UDR. However, upon the application of applied dc bias beyond a certain voltage threshold, the dielectric behavior deviates from UDR and exhibits negative capacitance, which manifests as a pseudo-inductive phase angle in the complex impedance. This phenomenon has also been previously reported in other compressed nanopowder systems. We hereby examine the electrical impedances of various pellets made of different sized alumina nanopowders in an effort to correlate their applied bias-dependent dielectric behaviors with particle size.

  15. Dielectric breakdown of fast switching LCD shutters

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    Mozolevskis, Gatis; Sekacis, Ilmars; Nitiss, Edgars; Medvids, Arturs; Rutkis, Martins

    2017-02-01

    Fast liquid crystal optical shutters due to fast switching, vibrationless control and optical properties have found various applications: substitutes for mechanical shutters, 3D active shutter glasses, 3D volumetric displays and more. Switching speed depends not only on properties of liquid crystal, but also on applied electric field intensity. Applied field in the shutters can exceed >10 V/micron which may lead to dielectric breakdown. Therefore, a dielectric thin film is needed between transparent conductive electrodes in order to reduce breakdown probability. In this work we have compared electrical and optical properties of liquid crystal displays with dielectric thin films with thicknesses up to few hundred nanometers coated by flexo printing method and magnetron sputtering. Dielectric breakdown values show flexographic thin films to have higher resistance to dielectric breakdown, although sputtered coatings have better optical properties, such as higher transmission and no coloration.

  16. Flat dielectric grating reflectors with focusing abilities

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    Fattal, David; Li, Jingjing; Peng, Zhen; Fiorentino, Marco; Beausoleil, Raymond G.

    2010-07-01

    Sub-wavelength dielectric gratings have emerged recently as a promising alternative to distributed Bragg reflection dielectric stacks for broadband, high-reflectivity filtering applications. Such a grating structure composed of a single dielectric layer with the appropriate patterning can sometimes perform as well as 30 or 40 dielectric distributed Bragg reflection layers, while providing new functionalities such as polarization control and near-field amplification. In this Letter, we introduce an interesting property of grating mirrors that cannot be realized by their distributed Bragg reflection counterpart: we show that a non-periodic patterning of the grating surface can give full control over the phase front of reflected light while maintaining a high reflectivity. This new feature of dielectric gratings allows the creation of miniature planar focusing elements that could have a substantial impact on a number of applications that depend on low-cost, compact optical components, from laser cavities to CD/DVD read/write heads.

  17. DMPD: Gram-negative endotoxin: an extraordinary lipid with profound effects oneukaryotic signal transduction. [Dynamic Macrophage Pathway CSML Database

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  18. Light propagation in quasiperiodic dielectric multilayers separated by graphene

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    Costa, Carlos H.; Pereira, Luiz F. C.; Bezerra, Claudionor G.

    2017-09-01

    The study of photonic crystals, artificial materials whose dielectric properties can be tailored according to the stacking of its constituents, remains an attractive research area. In this article we have employed a transfer matrix treatment to study the propagation of light waves in Fibonacci quasiperiodic dielectric multilayers with graphene embedded. We calculated their dispersion and transmission spectra in order to investigate the effects of the graphene monolayers and quasiperiodic disorder on the system physical behavior. The quasiperiodic dielectric multilayer is composed of two building blocks, silicon dioxide (building block A =SiO2 ) and titanium dioxide (building block B =TiO2 ). Our numerical results show that the presence of graphene monolayers reduces the transmissivity on the whole range of frequency and induces a transmission gap in the low frequency region. Regarding the polarization of the light wave, we found that the transmission coefficient is higher for the transverse magnetic (TM) case than for the transverse electric (TE) one. We also conclude from our numerical results that the graphene induced photonic band gaps (GIPBGs) do not depend on the polarization (TE or TM) of the light wave nor on the Fibonacci generation index n . Moreover, the GIPBGs are omnidirectional photonic band gaps, therefore light cannot propagate in these structures for frequencies lower than a certain value, whatever the incidence angle. Finally, a plot of the transmission spectra versus chemical potential shows that one can, in principle, adjust the width of the photonic band gap by tuning the chemical potential via a gate voltage.

  19. Dielectric properties of nickel doped bismuth lithium borate glasses

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    Dalal, Seema, E-mail: seemadal2014@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Baba Mast Nath University, Asthal Bohr, Rohtak-124001 (India); Department of Physics, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal-131039 (India); Dahiya, Sunita [Department of Physics, Baba Mast Nath University, Asthal Bohr, Rohtak-124001 (India); Ashima,; Khasa, S. [Department of Physics, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal-131039 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Glasses with composition xBi{sub 2}O{sub 3}•(30-x)Li{sub 2}O•70B{sub 2}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 2, 5, 7 and 10 mol% with codes BLBN1-5 respectively) containing 2 mol% of NiO were prepared via melt-quenching technique and dielectric properties are discussed. The dielectric properties have been studied using impedance spectroscopy. The frequency dependent conductivity investigations for prepared compositions have been carried out using impedance spectroscopy over a frequency range of 1 KHz to 5 MHz and in the temperature range of 300 K-523 K. The complex impedance data have been analyzed by using both the conductivity and the electric modulus formalisms. Standard dielectric behavior is observed in prepared samples. The ac conductivity variations satisfy the Arrhenius relation. The study of the equivalent circuit analysis up to a temperature of 473 K shows a significant change in the equivalent circuit with change in temperature and composition.

  20. Can molecular dynamics help in understanding dielectric phenomena?

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    Olmi, Roberto; Bittelli, Marco

    2017-01-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) is a modeling technique widely used in material science as well as in chemical physics, biochemistry and biophysics. MD is based on ‘first principles’, allowing one to compute the physical characteristics of a material, such as density, heat capacity, isothermal compressibility and also the dielectric constant and relaxation, mixing a classical physics approach and statistical mechanics. Although a number of papers exist in the literature concerning the study of the dielectric properties of liquid and solid materials, the MD approach appears to be almost ignored in the electromagnetic aquametry community. We use a rather simple example, a mixture of ethanol and water at various concentrations, to introduce MD as a theoretical tool for investigating the dielectric behavior of more complex moist substances. We show that MD simulations suggest a time-domain model for alcohol-water solutions, consisting in a mixture of a KWW stretched-exponential and a simple exponential, whose validity could be subjected to an experimental verification.

  1. Dynamic pattern of wrinkles in a dielectric elastomer.

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    Godaba, Hareesh; Zhang, Zhi-Qian; Gupta, Ujjaval; Chiang Foo, Choon; Zhu, Jian

    2017-04-19

    A membrane of a dielectric elastomer may undergo electromechanical phase transition from the flat to wrinkled state, when the applied voltage reaches a critical value. The wrinkled region is observed to expand at the expense of the flat region during the phase transition. In this paper, we report on a dynamic pattern of wrinkles in a circular membrane of a dielectric elastomer. During phase transition, both the flat and wrinkled regions move interchangeably in the membrane. The radial prestretch is found to significantly affect electromechanical phase transition. For example, a membrane with a small prestretch can exhibit a dynamic pattern of wrinkles, which is essentially related to snap-through instability. However, a membrane with a large prestretch undergoes continuous phase transition, without exhibiting a dynamic pattern. An analytical model is developed to interpret these experimental phenomena. Finite element simulations are performed to predict the wrinkle morphology, especially the coexistence of flat and wrinkled regions. Both the theoretical calculations and finite element simulations are qualitatively consistent with the experiments. Additionally, we observe another type of electromechanical behavior involving a dynamic pattern of wrinkles with different wavelengths. The membrane first undergoes continuous transition from the flat to wrinkled state, followed by discontinuous transition from one wrinkled state to another. These results may inspire new applications for dielectric elastomers such as on-demand patterning of wrinkles for microfluidics and stretchable electronics.

  2. Structural, optical, electron paramagnetic, thermal and dielectric characterization of chalcopyrite

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    Prameena, B.; Anbalagan, G.; Gunasekaran, S.; Ramkumaar, G. R.; Gowtham, B.

    2014-03-01

    Chalcopyrite (CuFeS2) a variety of pyrite minerals was investigated through spectroscopic techniques and thermal analysis. The morphology and elemental analysis of the chalcopyrite have been done by high resolution SEM with EDAX. The lattice parameters were from the powder diffraction data (a = 5.3003 ± 0.0089 Å, c = 10.3679 ± 0.0289 Å; the volume of the unit cell = 291.266 Å3 with space group I42d (1 2 2)). The thermal decomposition behavior of chalcopyrite was studied by means of thermogravimetric analysis at three different heating rates 10, 15 and 20 °C/min. The values of effective activation energy (Ea), pre-exponential factor (ln A) for thermal decomposition have been measured at three different heating rates by employing Kissinger, Kim-Park and Flynn-Wall methods. Dielectric studies at different temperatures have also been carried out and it was found that both dielectric constant and dielectric loss decreases with the increase of frequency.

  3. Acrylic interpenetrating polymer network dielectric elastomers for energy harvesting

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    Brochu, Paul; Niu, Xiaofan; Pei, Qibing

    2011-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer energy harvesters are an emerging technology that promise high power density, low cost, scalability, and the capability of fitting niche markets that have yet to be exploited. To date, materials issues that limit their overall performance have hampered the full potential of these devices. In order to supplant existing technologies, even in niche markets, dielectric elastomer generators must increase their reliability and energy density. Previous work has indicated that stiffer elastomers should be capable of higher energy densities; the increased stiffness of the elastomer films should results in lower Maxwell pressure induced strains, and thus allow the elastomer to relax further, resulting in a larger swing in capacitance and larger energy gains. In this paper we examine the use of VHB-based acrylic interpenetrating polymer network dielectric elastomers with a trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate additive network for energy harvesting purposes. We test films with varying additive content and compare their performance with highly prestrained VHB acrylic elastomers. We show that by increasing additive content, Maxwell induced strains can be suppressed and larger energy gains can be achieved at higher bias fields. Moreover, the introduction of the additive network stabilizes the highly prestrained acrylic elastomers mechanically, thereby increasing their mechanical robustness. However, the interpenetrating polymer network films suffer from an increase in viscoelastic behavior that hinders their overall performance.

  4. Studies of ferroelectric and dielectric properties of pure and doped barium titanate prepared by sol-gel method

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    Bisen, Supriya; Mishra, Ashutosh; Jarabana, Kanaka M. [School of Physics, Vigyan Bhawan, Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Road Indore-452001 (India)

    2016-05-23

    In this work, Barium Titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) powders were synthesized via Sol-Gel auto combustion method using citric acid as a chelating agent. We study the behavior of ferroelectric and dielectric properties of pure and doped BaTiO{sub 3} on different concentration. To understand the phase and structure of the powder calcined at 900°C were characterized by X-ray Diffraction shows that tetragonal phase is dominant for pure and doped BTO and data fitted by Rietveld Refinement. Electric and Dielectric properties were characterized by P-E Hysteresis and Dielectric measurement. In P-E measurement ferroelectric loop tracer applied for different voltage. The temperature dependant dielectric constant behavior was observed as a function of frequency recorded on hp-Hewlett Packard 4192A, LF impedance, 5Hz-13Hz analyzer.

  5. The Study of Electrical Properties for Multilayer La2O3/Al2O3 Dielectric Stacks and LaAlO3 Dielectric Film Deposited by ALD.

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    Feng, Xing-Yao; Liu, Hong-Xia; Wang, Xing; Zhao, Lu; Fei, Chen-Xi; Liu, He-Lei

    2017-12-01

    The capacitance and leakage current properties of multilayer La2O3/Al2O3 dielectric stacks and LaAlO3 dielectric film are investigated in this paper. A clear promotion of capacitance properties is observed for multilayer La2O3/Al2O3 stacks after post-deposition annealing (PDA) at 800 °C compared with PDA at 600 °C, which indicated the recombination of defects and dangling bonds performs better at the high-k/Si substrate interface for a higher annealing temperature. For LaAlO3 dielectric film, compared with multilayer La2O3/Al2O3 dielectric stacks, a clear promotion of trapped charges density (N ot) and a degradation of interface trap density (D it) can be obtained simultaneously. In addition, a significant improvement about leakage current property is observed for LaAlO3 dielectric film compared with multilayer La2O3/Al2O3 stacks at the same annealing condition. We also noticed that a better breakdown behavior for multilayer La2O3/Al2O3 stack is achieved after annealing at a higher temperature for its less defects.

  6. Dielectric properties of nanocrystalline Co-Mg ferrites

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    Sharma, Jyoti, E-mail: jyotijoshi.phy2008@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India); Sharma, Neha [Department of Physics, VEC Lakhanpur, Sarguja University, Ambikapur (C.G.) (India); Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V.K.; Bhatnagar, D. [Department of Physics, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India); Sharma, K.B. [Department of Physics, S. S. Jain Subodh P. G. College, Jaipur (India)

    2015-11-15

    Nanocrystalline powder samples with chemical formula Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) have been synthesized by sol–gel auto combustion method using citric acid as fuel agent. The rietveld refinement study of x-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the spinel single phase formation for all samples. Dielectric constant (ε′), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) and AC conductivity of Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles have been measured at room temperature in the frequency range from 1000 Hz to 120 MHz. The dielectric dispersion observed at lower frequency region is attributed to Maxwell–Wagner two layer model, which is in agreement with Koops phenomenological theory. The observed results have been explained by polarization which is attributed to the electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions. The temperature variation of ε′ and tanδ for some particular frequencies were studied. The rapid increase in ε′ and tan δ has been explained using thermally activated electron exchange between Fe{sup 2+} ↔ Fe{sup 3+} and Co{sup 2+} ↔ Co{sup 3+} ions at adjacent octahedral sites. The role of interfacial polarization has been focused to explain the high dispersion in ε′ and tanδ with temperature observed at low frequencies. - Graphical abstract: (a) TEM image of Co{sub 0.4}Mg{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} shows the nano size of the synthesized ferrite particles and (b) Dielectric constant behavior with frequency of Co{sub x}Mg{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite.

  7. A Prognostic Model for Development of Profound Shock among Children Presenting with Dengue Shock Syndrome.

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    Phung Khanh Lam

    Full Text Available To identify risk factors and develop a prediction model for the development of profound and recurrent shock amongst children presenting with dengue shock syndrome (DSS.We analyzed data from a prospective cohort of children with DSS recruited at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital for Tropical Disease in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The primary endpoint was "profound DSS", defined as ≥2 recurrent shock episodes (for subjects presenting in compensated shock, or ≥1 recurrent shock episodes (for subjects presenting initially with decompensated/hypotensive shock, and/or requirement for inotropic support. Recurrent shock was evaluated as a secondary endpoint. Risk factors were pre-defined clinical and laboratory variables collected at the time of presentation with shock. Prognostic model development was based on logistic regression and compared to several alternative approaches.The analysis population included 1207 children of whom 222 (18% progressed to "profound DSS" and 433 (36% had recurrent shock. Independent risk factors for both endpoints included younger age, earlier presentation, higher pulse rate, higher temperature, higher haematocrit and, for females, worse hemodynamic status at presentation. The final prognostic model for "profound DSS" showed acceptable discrimination (AUC=0.69 for internal validation and calibration and is presented as a simple score-chart.Several risk factors for development of profound or recurrent shock among children presenting with DSS were identified. The score-chart derived from the prognostic models should improve triage and management of children presenting with DSS in dengue-endemic areas.

  8. Numerical analysis of helical dielectric elastomer actuator

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    Park, Jang Ho; Nair, Saurabh; Kim, Daewon

    2017-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) are known for its capability of experiencing extreme strains, as it can expand and contract based on specific actuation voltage applied. On contrary, helical DEA (HDEA) with its unique configuration does not only provide the contractile and extendable capabilities, but also can aid in attaining results for bending and torsion. The concept of HDEA embraces many new techniques and can be applied in multiple disciplines. Thus, this paper focuses on the simulation of HDEA with helical compliant electrodes that is a major factor prior to its application. The attributes of the material used to build the structure plays a vital role in the behavior of the system. For numerical analysis of HDEA, the material characteristics are input into a commercial grade software, and then the appropriate analysis is performed to retrieve its outcome. Applying the material characteristics into numerical analysis modeling, the functionality of HDEA for various activations can be achieved, which is used to test and comply with the fabricated final product.

  9. Continuum vibration analysis of dielectric elastomer membranes

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    Nalbach, S.; Rizzello, G.; Seelecke, S.

    2017-04-01

    Dielectric Elastomer (DE) transducers are well known for the possibility of responding to an applied voltage with relatively large actuation strains, often larger than 100%, and for their relatively high actuation bandwidth (order of several kHz). However, up to date there are relatively few applications which use the dynamic behavior of DEs. Some relevant examples include loudspeakers and fluid dispensers. Motivated by the potentialities of DEs in high-frequency applications, the aim of this work is the investigation of the continuous vibrations observed when DE membranes are actuated electrically. The system under analysis consists of a circular DE membrane pre-loaded with a spring. While exciting the DE membrane actuator with high-voltage, high-frequency signals, the motion of the membrane is detected with a 3D laser vibrometer which uses Doppler effect to reconstruct the system spectrum and vibration modes. An extensive experimental investigation is performed to study the influence of system parameters, such as membrane geometry and pre-stress, on the membrane frequency spectrum and vibrational modes.

  10. Effect of argon ion implantation on the electrical and dielectric properties of CR-39

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    Chawla, Mahak, E-mail: mahak.chawla@gmail.com; Shekhawat, Nidhi; Goyal, Meetika; Gupta, Divya; Sharma, Annu; Aggarwal, Sanjeev [Department of Physics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra - 136119 (India)

    2016-05-23

    The objective of the present work is to study the effect of 130 keV Ar{sup +} ions on the electrical and dielectric properties of CR-39 samples at various doses 5×10{sup 14}, 1×10{sup 15} and 1×10{sup 16} Ar{sup +} cm{sup −2}. Current-Voltage (I-V characteristics) measurements have been used to study the electrical properties of virgin and Ar{sup +} implanted CR-39 specimens. The current has been found to be increased with increasing voltage as well as with increasing ion dose. The dielectric spectroscopy of these specimens has been done in the frequency range of 100 kHz-100 MHz. The dielectric constant has been found to be decreasing whereas dielectric loss factor increases with increasing ion fluence. These kind of behavior observed in the implanted specimens indicate towards the formation of carbonaceous clusters due to the cross linking, chemical bond cleavage, formation of free radicals. The changes observed in the dielectric behavior have been further correlated with the structural changes observed through I-V characteristics.

  11. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES – THE WAY OF SOCIALIZATION OF PEOPLE WITH PROFOUND VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS

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    Serhii I. Netosov

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The article analyzes the software and hardware, that give people with profound visual impairments the opportunity to work on the computer. Attention is drawn to the Braille printers, relief-dot displays, voice synthesizers, scanners that can read, adaptation and correction programs and so on. It is emphasized that ICT for the blind is a factor of their inclusion in the life as the subjects of action. For solving this problem people with profound visual impairments need systemic help of the state and civil society in getting programs and equipment, because they are high-tech, and therefore expensive. It is important to spread the information about the activity of the centers of tiflo-computerization, to organize the laboratories of correction and socialization of people with profound visual impairments, to provide the training of the specialists.

  12. Virtual gap dielectric wall accelerator

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    Caporaso, George James; Chen, Yu-Jiuan; Nelson, Scott; Sullivan, Jim; Hawkins, Steven A

    2013-11-05

    A virtual, moving accelerating gap is formed along an insulating tube in a dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) by locally controlling the conductivity of the tube. Localized voltage concentration is thus achieved by sequential activation of a variable resistive tube or stalk down the axis of an inductive voltage adder, producing a "virtual" traveling wave along the tube. The tube conductivity can be controlled at a desired location, which can be moved at a desired rate, by light illumination, or by photoconductive switches, or by other means. As a result, an impressed voltage along the tube appears predominantly over a local region, the virtual gap. By making the length of the tube large in comparison to the virtual gap length, the effective gain of the accelerator can be made very large.

  13. Femtosecond optomagnetism in dielectric antiferromagnets

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    Bossini, D.; Rasing, Th

    2017-02-01

    Optical femtosecond manipulation of magnetic order is attractive for the development of new concepts for ultrafast magnetic recording. Theoretical and experimental investigations in this research area aim at establishing a physical understanding of magnetic media in light-induced non-equilibrium states. Such a quest requires one to adjust the theory of magnetism, since the thermodynamical concepts of elementary excitations and spin alignment determined by the exchange interaction are not applicable on the femtosecond time-scale after the photo-excitation. Here we report some key milestones concerning the femtosecond optical control of spins in dielectric antiferromagnets, whose spin dynamics is by nature faster than that of ferromagnets and can be triggered even without any laser heating. The recent progress of the opto-magnetic effect in the sub-wavelength regime makes this exciting research area even more promising, in terms of both fundamental breakthroughs and technological perspectives.

  14. Tuning sound with soft dielectrics

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    Bortot, Eliana; Shmuel, Gal

    2017-04-01

    Soft dielectric tubes undergo large deformations when subjected to radial voltage. Using the theory of nonlinear electroelasticity, we investigate how voltage-controlled deformations of these tubes in an array alter acoustic wave propagation through it. We show that the propagation is annihilated across a certain audible frequency range, referred to as a sonic band gap. We carry out a numerical study, to find that the band gap depends nonlinearly on the voltage, owing to geometrical and material nonlinearities. By analyzing different mechanical constraints, we demonstrate that snap-through instabilities resulting from these nonlinearities can be harnessed to achieve sharp transitions in the gap width. Our conclusions hint at a new strategy to adaptively filter sound using a simple control parameter—an applied voltage.

  15. Oscillatory shear and high-pressure dielectric study of 5-methyl-3-heptanol

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    Hecksher, Tina; Jakobsen, Bo; Dyre, J. C.

    2014-01-01

    The monohydroxy alcohol 5-methyl-3-heptanol is studied using rheology at ambient pressure and using dielectric spectroscopy at elevated pressures up to 1.03 GPa. Both experimental techniques reveal that the relaxational behavior of this liquid is intermediate between those that show a large Debye...

  16. Dielectrical properties of composites LDPE+CB

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    Škipina Blanka

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available There is currently great interest in the technological properties of conductive polymer composites because their cost-performance balance. They have a wide range of industrial applications -in anti-static materials, self regulating heaters, current overload and overheating protection devices, and materials for electromagnetic radiation shielding. Measurements of the electrical properties of polymer composites are one of the most convenient and sensitive methods for studying polymer structure. A polymer composite differs substantially from a free polymer in a wide range of properties. The presence of filler affects both the electrical, as well as mechanical properties. One of the most important characteristics of conductive polymer composites is that their electrical conductivity increases nonlinearly with the increase of the concentration of filler particles. When the concentration of filler particles reaches a certain critical value, a drastic transition from an electrical insulator to a conductor is exhibited. This conductivity behavior resulting in a sudden insulator-conductor transition is ascribed to a percolation process, and the critical filler concentration at which the conductivity jump occurs is called ‘percolation threshold’. In the past few years, a lot of studies have been carried out to analyze the percolation phenomenon and mechanisms of the conductive behavior in conductive polymer composites. It has been established that the electrical conductivity of conductive polymer composites uncommonly depends on the temperature. Some of such composites show a sharp increase and/or decrease in electrical conductivity at specific temperatures. The conductive temperature coefficient (CTC of conductive polymer composites has been widely investigated. In these work we investigated how concentration of the CB affects the dielectrical properties of the composite LDPE+CB. The ac electrical conductivity, σac, for such composites was measured

  17. On gel electrophoresis of dielectric charged particles with hydrophobic surface: A combined theoretical and numerical study.

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    Majee, Partha Sarathi; Bhattacharyya, Somnath; Gopmandal, Partha Pratim; Ohshima, Hiroyuki

    2017-09-21

    A theoretical study on the gel electrophoresis of a charged particle incorporating the effects of dielectric polarization and surface hydrophobicity at the particle-liquid interface is made. A simplified model based on the weak applied field and low charge density assumption is also presented and compared with the full numerical model for a nonpolarizable particle to elucidate the nonlinear effects such as double layer polarization and relaxation as well as surface conduction. The main motivation of this study is to analyze the electrophoresis of the surface functionalized nanoparticle with tunable hydrophobicity or charged fluid drop in gel medium by considering the electrokinetic effects and hydrodynamic interactions between the particle and the gel medium. An effective medium approach, in which the transport in the electrolyte-saturated hydrogel medium is governed by the Brinkman equation, is adopted in the present analysis. The governing electrokinetic equations based on the conservation principles are solved numerically. The Navier-slip boundary condition along with the continuity condition of dielectric displacement are imposed on the surface of the hydrophobic polarizable particle. The impact of the slip length on the electrophoresis is profound for a thinner Debye layer, however, surface conduction effect also becomes significant for a hydrophobic particle. Impact of hydrophobicity and relaxation effects are higher for a larger particle. Dielectric polarization creates a reduction in its electrophoretic propulsion and has negligible impact at the thinner Debye length as well as lower gel screening length. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. Influence of dielectric surface modification on growth, structure and transport properties of perylene films

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    Effertz, Christian; Beigmohamadi, Maryam; Niyamakom, Phenwisa; Schulz, Philip; Wuttig, Matthias [Institute of Physics (IA), RWTH Aachen University, 52064 Aachen (Germany)

    2008-05-15

    In this study the properties of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) based on perylene films have been investigated. To tailor the film properties, the dielectric layer on which the perylene films were deposited on was modified by different chemical treatments. Both film properties and the device efficiency have been studied employing a range of techniques including atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and a drop shape analysis for the determination of the surface free energy. A clear correlation between the adhesion energy with the dielectric surface modification is found. The change in adhesion energy influences the thin-film growth on the modified substrate and therefore the film morphology and structure. This in turn has a profound impact on the transistors performance as the charge carrier mobility and the on-to-off current ratio are effected. Hence by tailoring of the dielectric surface for the growth of perylene films, the thin-film transistor performance can be optimized. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. Epoxy Foam Encapsulants: Processing and Dielectric Characterization

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    Linda Domeier; Marion Hunter

    1999-01-01

    The dielectric performance of epoxy foams was investigated to determine if such materials might provide advantages over more standard polyurethane foams in the encapsulation of electronic assemblies. Comparisons of the dielectric characteristics of epoxy and urethane encapsulant foams found no significant differences between the two resin types and no significant difference between as-molded and machined foams. This study specifically evaluated the formulation and processing of epoxy foams using simple methylhydrosiloxanes as the flowing agent and compared the dielectric performance of those to urethane foams of similar density.

  20. Modeling of a Dielectric Elastomer Bender Actuator

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    Paul White

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The current smallest self-contained modular robot uses a shape memory alloy, which is inherently inefficient, slow and difficult to control. We present the design, fabrication and demonstration of a module based on dielectric elastomer actuation. The module uses a pair of bowtie dielectric elastomer actuators in an agonist-antagonist configuration and is seven times smaller than previously demonstrated. In addition, we present an intuitive model for the bowtie configuration that predicts the performance with experimental verification. Based on this model and the experimental analysis, we address the theoretical limitations and advantages of this antagonistic bender design relative to other dielectric elastomer actuators.

  1. A simple method for reducing inevitable dielectric loss in high-permittivity dielectric elastomers

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    Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Yu, Liyun; Mazurek, Piotr Stanislaw

    2016-01-01

    elastomer matrix, with high dielectric permittivity and a low Young's modulus, aligned with no loss of mechanical stability, was prepared through the use of commercially available chloropropyl-functional silicone oil mixed into a tough commercial liquid silicone rubber silicone elastomer. The addition......Commercial viability of dielectric elastomers (DEs) is currently limited by a few obstacles, including high driving voltages (in the kV range). Driving voltage can be lowered by either decreasing the Young's modulus or increasing the dielectric permittivity of silicone elastomers, or a combination...... of chloropropyl-functional silicone oil in concentrations up to 30 phr was found to improve the properties of the silicone elastomer significantly, as dielectric permittivity increased to 4.4, dielectric breakdown increased up to 25% and dielectric losses were reduced. The chloropropyl-functional silicone oil...

  2. Dielectric behaviour of Ni substituted Cu nano-ferrite

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    Parashar, Jyoti; Saxena, V. K.; Jyoti, Bhatnagar, Deepak; Sharma, K. B.

    2015-06-01

    Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant and dielectric loss factor tan δ are reported for Ni substituted Cu ferrite having formula Cu1-xNixFe2O4 prepared by sol-gel auto combustion method. The variation of real part of dielectric constant and dielectric loss tan δ with frequency are measured in the frequency range 1000 Hz to 120 MHz at room temperature. The real part of dielectric constant (ɛ') decreases with the increase in frequency. The relation of tan δ with frequency shows relaxation spectra. Dielectric constant as a function of temperature is studied at different temperatures ranging from 303 K to 623 K.

  3. Magnetic and dielectric properties of Co doped nano crystalline Li ferrites by auto combustion method

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    Aravind, G. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana State (India); Raghasudha, M., E-mail: raghasudha_m@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana State (India); Ravinder, D. [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500007, Telangana State (India); Kumar, R. Vijaya [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, 500046 Telangana State (India)

    2016-05-15

    The ultra fine particles of the cobalt substituted lithium ferrites with the formula [Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}]{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0≤x≤1.0) were synthesized by low temperature citrate-gel auto combustion method. Structural characterization of the samples was carried out using XRD studies and FESEM (Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy) analysis. XRD studies confirms the formation of single phased spinel structure with crystallite size in the range of 36–43 nm. The M–H loops have been traced using Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) for all the compositions at room temperature and hysteresis parameters were evaluated. The hysteresis loops of the prepared samples show clear saturation at an applied field of ±20 k Oe and the loops were highly symmetric in nature. The dielectric parameters such as dielectric constant (ε'), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) of the samples were studied as a function of frequency in the range of 20 Hz to 2 MHz at room temperature using LCR Meter. The dielectric constant and loss tangent of the samples show a normal dielectric behavior with frequency which reveals that the dispersion is due to the Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and hopping of electrons between the Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions. - Highlights: • [Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}]{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0≤x≤1.0) have size in the range of 36–43 nm. • These materials are used for the fabrication of hard magnets. • Doping of Co in the Li ferrites changed the magnetic behavior from soft to hard. • Materials show normal dielectric behavior.

  4. Enhanced magnetic behavior, exchange bias effect, and dielectric property of BiFeO{sub 3} incorporated in (BiFeO{sub 3}){sub 0.50} (Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.4}Cu{sub 0.2} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5} nanocomposite

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    Mukhopadhyay, K.; Mahapatra, A. S.; Sutradhar, S.; Chakrabarti, P. K., E-mail: pabitra-c@hotmail.com [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Burdwan University, Burdwan-713104, West Bengal (India)

    2014-03-15

    Nanoparticles of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) are incorporated in the nanocomposite of (BiFeO{sub 3}){sub 0.50} (Co{sub 0.4}Zn{sub 0.4}Cu{sub 0.2} Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 0.5}, (BFO-CZCF) and these are prepared by chemical route. The formation of pure crystallographic phase of each component (BFO and CZCF) in the nanocomposite of BFO-CZCF has been confirmed by Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffractograms using FULLPROF program. Morphology, average particle size and its distribution, crystallographic phase etc. are obtained from the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy of BFO-CZCF. Magnetic measurements of BFO-CZCF have been carried out to explore the modulation of magnetic behavior of BFO in BFO-CZCF. Interestingly, magnetization of BFO-CZCF has been drastically enhanced compared to that of the pristine BFO. An exchange bias effect is also observed in the M vs. H loops of BFO-CZCF recorded in field cooled and zero field cooled conditions, which suggest that nanoparticles of BFO (AFM) are encapsulated by nanoparticles of CZCF (FM) in BFO-CZCF. Thermal variation of dielectric constant of BFO-CZCF is recorded in the range of 300 to 1073 K and a ferroelectric to paraelectric transition is observed at ∼728 K. Enhanced magnetic property of BFO would quite interesting for this important multiferroic.

  5. Enhanced magnetic behavior, exchange bias effect, and dielectric property of BiFeO3 incorporated in (BiFeO3)0.50 (Co0.4Zn0.4Cu0.2 Fe2O4)0.5 nanocomposite

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    Mukhopadhyay, K.; Mahapatra, A. S.; Sutradhar, S.; Chakrabarti, P. K.

    2014-03-01

    Nanoparticles of BiFeO3 (BFO) are incorporated in the nanocomposite of (BiFeO3)0.50 (Co0.4Zn0.4Cu0.2 Fe2O4)0.5, (BFO-CZCF) and these are prepared by chemical route. The formation of pure crystallographic phase of each component (BFO and CZCF) in the nanocomposite of BFO-CZCF has been confirmed by Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffractograms using FULLPROF program. Morphology, average particle size and its distribution, crystallographic phase etc. are obtained from the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy of BFO-CZCF. Magnetic measurements of BFO-CZCF have been carried out to explore the modulation of magnetic behavior of BFO in BFO-CZCF. Interestingly, magnetization of BFO-CZCF has been drastically enhanced compared to that of the pristine BFO. An exchange bias effect is also observed in the M vs. H loops of BFO-CZCF recorded in field cooled and zero field cooled conditions, which suggest that nanoparticles of BFO (AFM) are encapsulated by nanoparticles of CZCF (FM) in BFO-CZCF. Thermal variation of dielectric constant of BFO-CZCF is recorded in the range of 300 to 1073 K and a ferroelectric to paraelectric transition is observed at ˜728 K. Enhanced magnetic property of BFO would quite interesting for this important multiferroic.

  6. Enhanced magnetic behavior, exchange bias effect, and dielectric property of BiFeO3 incorporated in (BiFeO30.50 (Co0.4Zn0.4Cu0.2 Fe2O40.5 nanocomposite

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    K. Mukhopadhyay

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticles of BiFeO3 (BFO are incorporated in the nanocomposite of (BiFeO30.50 (Co0.4Zn0.4Cu0.2 Fe2O40.5, (BFO-CZCF and these are prepared by chemical route. The formation of pure crystallographic phase of each component (BFO and CZCF in the nanocomposite of BFO-CZCF has been confirmed by Rietveld analysis of the X-ray diffractograms using FULLPROF program. Morphology, average particle size and its distribution, crystallographic phase etc. are obtained from the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy of BFO-CZCF. Magnetic measurements of BFO-CZCF have been carried out to explore the modulation of magnetic behavior of BFO in BFO-CZCF. Interestingly, magnetization of BFO-CZCF has been drastically enhanced compared to that of the pristine BFO. An exchange bias effect is also observed in the M vs. H loops of BFO-CZCF recorded in field cooled and zero field cooled conditions, which suggest that nanoparticles of BFO (AFM are encapsulated by nanoparticles of CZCF (FM in BFO-CZCF. Thermal variation of dielectric constant of BFO-CZCF is recorded in the range of 300 to 1073 K and a ferroelectric to paraelectric transition is observed at ∼728 K. Enhanced magnetic property of BFO would quite interesting for this important multiferroic.

  7. Dynamic dielectric and magnetic properties of a spontaneously polarized single layer of the polar dielectric

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    Mkrtchian, Vanik E.; Badalyan, Hamlet G.

    2017-11-01

    In the framework of the Debye-Smoluchowski theory and in local electric field approximation, an expression of the dielectric susceptibility tensor is derived for a single layer of spontaneously polarized polar dielectric in the field of a monochromatic radiation. It is shown that the AC radiation also generates or induces magnetic moments with a density that is expressed by the components of the dielectric susceptibility tensor of the layer.

  8. Postural control in children with typical development and children with profound hearing loss

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    Monteiro de Sousa AM

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Aneliza Maria Monteiro de Sousa,1 Jônatas de França Barros,2 Brígido Martins de Sousa Neto31Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil; 2Department of Physical Education at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil; 3University Center UNIEURO, Brasilia, Federal District, BrazilPurpose: To describe the behavior of the postural control in children with profound sensorineural hearing loss and compare the results of experimental tests with hearing children aged 7 to 10 years.Patients and methods: This is a cross-sectional study where 100 children were divided into experimental and control groups. We used a force platform, AccuSway Plus, where the tests were conducted under the experimental conditions: open base, eyes open (OBEO; open base, eyes closed (OBEC; closed base, eyes open (CBEO; closed base, eyes closed (CBEC. The body sway velocity (V of the center of pressure, the displacement in the anteroposterior direction (COPap and mediolateral (COPml of the center of pressure were the parameters to evaluate the postural control. For statistical analysis we used the nonparametric Mann–Whitney U test, with a significance level of 5%.Results: In comparisons of variables between the groups, the experimental group outperformed by at least 75% of the control group values. In terms of global trends, the experimental group shows higher values of body oscillations in all experimental conditions and variables evaluated. Children with hearing loss had poorer balance performance compared to the group of hearing. The inferential analysis revealed a statistically significant difference in the balance between deaf and hearing children in the OBEC experimental condition in relation to the COPml parameter (P = 0.04. There were no statistically significant differences in comparisons between the sexes when the groups were analyzed separately. The prevalence of unknown etiology

  9. Research Update: Polyimide/CaCu3Ti4O12 nanofiber functional hybrid films with improved dielectric properties

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    Yang Yang

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available This work reports the excellent dielectric properties of polyimide (PI embedded with CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO nanofibers. The dielectric behaviors were investigated over a frequency of 100 Hz–1 MHz. It is shown that embedding CCTO nanofibers with high aspect ratio (67 is an effective means to enhance the dielectric permittivity and reduce the percolation threshold. The dielectric permittivity of PI/CCTO nanofiber composites is 85 with 1.5 vol.% loading of filler, also the dielectric loss is only 0.015 at 100 Hz. Monte Carlo simulation was used to investigate the percolation threshold of CCTO nanofibers reinforced polyimide matrix by using excluded volume theory and soft, hard-core models. The results are in good agreement with the percolation theory and the hard-core model can well explain the percolation phenomena in PI/CCTO nanofiber composites. The dielectric properties of the composites will meet the practical requirements for the application in high dielectric constant capacitors and high energy density materials.

  10. Identification of structural relaxation in the dielectric response of water

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    Hansen, Jesper Schmidt; Kisliuk, Alexander; Solokov, Alexei P.

    2016-01-01

    One century ago pioneering dielectric results obtained for water and n-alcohols triggered the advent of molecular rotation diffusion theory considered by Debye to describe the primary dielectric absorption in these liquids. Comparing dielectric, viscoelastic, and light scattering results, we...... unambiguously demonstrate that the structural relaxation appears only as a high-frequency shoulder in the dielectric spectra of water. In contrast, the main dielectric peak is related to a supramolecular structure, analogous to the Debye-like peak observed in monoalcohols....

  11. Dielectric-breakdown and conduction-mechanism in a thinned alkali-free glass

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    Lee, Hoikwan; Lanagan, Michael T. [The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (United States)

    2014-10-15

    The leakage current in alkali-free glass was analyzed to understand the dielectric breakdown behavior and the potential conduction mechanism. The dielectric breakdown strength and the leakage current were increased after the thickness of the glass had been recuded. To identify the predominant conduction mechanism, we carefully interpreted the dc voltage-current curves via fitting with various conduction mechanisms, e.g., Poole-Frenkel emission, Schottky emission, space charge-limited current, and hopping conduction. The result suggested that the space-charge-limited current and the hopping conduction of thermally-excited carriers were the most likely mechanisms of conduction in alkali-free glass.

  12. Infrared and THz spectroscopy of nanostructured dielectrics

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    Jan Petzelt

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Results achieved using the infrared/THz spectroscopy of various inhomogeneous dielectrics in the Department of Dielectrics, Institute of Physics, Prague, during the last decade are briefly reviewed. The discussion concerns high-permittivity ceramics with inevitable low-permittivity dead layers along the grain boundaries, relaxor ferroelectrics with highly anisotropic polar nano-regions, classical matrix-type composites, core-shell composites, filled nanoporous glasses, polycrystalline and epitaxial thin films, heterostructures and superlattices on dielectric substrates. The analysis using models based on the effective medium approach is discussed. The importance of depolarizing field and of the percolation of components on the effective ac dielectric response and the excitations contributing to it are emphasized.

  13. Chemically prepared lead magnesium niobate dielectrics

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    Tuttle, B.A.; Voigt, J.A.; Sipola, D.L.; Olson, W.R.; Goy, D.M.

    1998-11-01

    A chemical solution powder synthesis technique has been developed that produces first, uniform powders of lead magnesium niobate (PMN) with 60 to 80 nm crystallite size. The synthesis technique was based on the dissolution of lead acetate and alkoxide precursors in acetic acid followed by precipitation with oxalic acid/propanol solutions. Lead magnesium niobate ceramics fabricated from these chemically derived powders had smaller, more uniform grain size and higher dielectric constants than ceramics fabricated from mixed oxide powders that were processed under similar thermal conditions. Chem-prep PMN dielectrics with peak dielectric constants greater than 22,000 and polarizations in excess of 29 {micro}C/cm{sup 2} were obtained for 1,100 C firing treatments. Substantial decreases in dielectric constant and polarization were measured for chemically prepared PMN ceramics fired at lower temperatures, consistent with previous work on mixed oxide materials.

  14. The Electrical Breakdown of Thin Dielectric Elastomers

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    Zakaria, Shamsul Bin; Morshuis, Peter H. F.; Yahia, Benslimane Mohamed

    2014-01-01

    Dielectric elastomers are being developed for use in actuators, sensors and generators to be used in various applications, such as artificial eye lids, pressure sensors and human motion energy generators. In order to obtain maximum efficiency, the devices are operated at high electrical fields....... This increases the likelihood for electrical breakdown significantly. Hence, for many applications the performance of the dielectric elastomers is limited by this risk of failure, which is triggered by several factors. Amongst others thermal effects may strongly influence the electrical breakdown strength....... In this study, we model the electrothermal breakdown in thin PDMS based dielectric elastomers in order to evaluate the thermal mechanisms behind the electrical failures. The objective is to predict the operation range of PDMS based dielectric elastomers with respect to the temperature at given electric field...

  15. Profound Endothelial Damage Predicts Impending Organ Failure and Death in Sepsis

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    Johansen, Maria E; Johansson, Pär I.; Ostrowski, Sisse R

    2015-01-01

    Endothelial damage contributes to organ failure and mortality in sepsis, but the extent of the contribution remains poorly quantified. Here, we examine the association between biomarkers of superficial and profound endothelial damage (syndecan-1 and soluble thrombomodulin [sTM], respectively), or...

  16. Visual impairments in people with severe and profound multiple disabilities: An inventory of visual functioning

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    van den Broek, E.G.C.; Janssen, C.G.C.; van Ramshorst, T.; Deen, L.

    2006-01-01

    Background: The prevalence of visual impairments in people with severe and profound multiple disabilities (SPMD) is the subject of considerable debate and is difficult to assess. Methods: In a typical Dutch care organization, all clients with SPMD (n = 76) participated in the study and specific

  17. The Relationship between Communication Problems and Psychological Difficulties in Persons with Profound Acquired Hearing Loss.

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    Knutson, John F.; Lansing, Charissa R.

    1990-01-01

    Twenty-seven adults with postlingually acquired profound deafness were administered the Communication Profile for the Hearing Impaired and several tests of psychological functioning and adjustment. Inadequate communication strategies and poor accommodations to deafness were associated with depression, social introversion, loneliness, and social…

  18. The Role of Sound in Residential Facilities for People With Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities

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    van den Bosch, Kirsten A.; Andringa, Tjeerd C.; Baskent, Deniz; Vlaskamp, Carla

    2016-01-01

    Attention to the auditory environment of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) is limited, both in research and practice. As there is a dynamic interplay between the quality of the auditory environment and well-being, a study was undertaken to test the validity of the

  19. Staff interactive style during multisensory storytelling with persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

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    Penne, A.; ten Brug, A.; Munde, V.; van der Putten, A.; Vlaskamp, C.; Maes, B.

    Background Multisensory storytelling (MSST) is an individualised activity for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) in which a story is being told with an emphasis on sensory experiences and social interaction. MSST is a promising approach, but needs more empirical

  20. Staff Interactive Style during Multisensory Storytelling with Persons with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities

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    Penne, A.; ten Brug, A.; Munde, V.; van der Putten, A.; Vlaskamp, C.; Maes, B.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Multisensory storytelling (MSST) is an individualised activity for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) in which a story is being told with an emphasis on sensory experiences and social interaction. MSST is a promising approach, but needs more empirical research evidence. In general, there is a lack of…

  1. The Curriculum for Children with Severe and Profound Learning Difficulties at Stephen Hawking School

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    Rayner, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    The increasing number of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties means that many schools for children with severe learning difficulties are having to review the curriculum that they offer. In addition, these schools are continuing to question whether a subject-based approach, in line with the National Curriculum, is the most…

  2. The Influence of Phonological Mechanisms in Written Spelling of Profoundly Deaf Children

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    Colombo, Lucia; Arfe, Barbara; Bronte, Tiziana

    2012-01-01

    In the present study, the effect of phonological and working memory mechanisms involved in spelling Italian single words was explored in two groups of children matched for grade level: a group of normally hearing children and a group of pre-verbally deaf children, with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Three-syllable and four-syllable familiar…

  3. The role of attention in the affective life of people with severe or profound intellectual disabilities

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    Vos, Pieter; De Cock, Paul; Munde, Vera; Neerinckx, Heleen; Petry, Katja; Van den Noortgate, Wim; Maes, Bea

    Although it is shown that attention plays an important role both in the onset and in the regulation of emotions in people without disabilities there is no information about how attention is related to emotions in people with severe or profound intellectual disability (ID). Therefore, in our study,

  4. The impact of medical conditions on the support of children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

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    Zijlstra, HP; Vlaskamp, C

    Background The aim of this study was to analyse the impact of medical conditions of children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities on the professional support they receive in centres for special education. Method The medical files, the daily records and daily communication records

  5. Assessing the Efficacy of an Academic Hearing Peer Tutor for a Profoundly Deaf Student.

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    Burley, Suzanne; And Others

    1994-01-01

    Evaluation of using a hearing peer tutor to provide daily 20-minute math instruction for a profoundly deaf sixth-grade girl indicated that the peer tutoring intervention was highly successful, with the tutee meeting accuracy criteria for each of 4 curriculum objectives after only a brief period of intervention. (Author/DB)

  6. Profoundly Gifted Girls and Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Psychometric Case Study Comparison

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    Assouline, Susan G.; Nicpon, Megan Foley; Doobay, Alissa

    2009-01-01

    A case study of the psychometric characteristics of two profoundly gifted girls, one with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the other without ASD, is used to describe the nuances and subtleties most relevant in understanding the relationship between extreme giftedness and social difficulties. Through the presentation of the results from…

  7. Identification Audiometry in an Institutionalized Severely and Profoundly Mentally Retarded Population.

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    Moore, Ernest J.; And Others

    An audiometric screening survey was conducted on a severely and profoundly mentally retarded population using noise-makers and pure tone audiometry. Of those tested with noise-makers, 83% gave an identifiable response to sound, 7% did not respond, and 10% were considered difficult-to-test. By contrast, 4% passed, 2% failed, and 94% were…

  8. Incidence of Short-Sleep Patterns in Institutionalized Individuals with Profound Mental Retardation.

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    Poindexter, Ann R.; Bihm, Elson M.

    1994-01-01

    Sleep patterns of 103 institutionalized individuals with profound mental retardation were explored. Almost 40% were found to have short-sleep patterns. Short-sleep was predicted by blindness; nonshort-sleep was predicted by diagnosis of cerebral palsy and sodium valproate usage. Techniques for minimizing possible negative consequences of…

  9. What parents find important in the support of a child with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

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    Jansen, S. L. G.; van der Putten, A. A. J.; Vlaskamp, C.

    Background The importance of a partnership between parents and professionals in the support of children with disabilities is widely acknowledged and is one of the key elements of family-centred care'. To what extent family-centred principles are also applied to the support of persons with profound

  10. Motor interventions in children with severe or profound intellectual disabilities: motor, cognitive and social effects

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    Houwen, Suzanne; van der Putten, Annette; Vlaskamp, Carla

    2014-01-01

    Background: It is generally agreed that motor activity promotes motor, cognitive, and social development, but the specific benefits in children with severe or profound intellectual disabilities (S-PID) are as yet unknown. The aim of this study was to systematically review the evidence related to

  11. Multisensory Narrative Tracking by a Profoundly Deaf Subject Using an Electrocutaneous Vocoder and a Vibrotactile Aid.

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    Lynch, Michael P.; And Others

    1989-01-01

    The study assessed the ability to track connected discourse by a congenitally profoundly deaf adult using an electrocutaneous vocoder and/or a vibrotactile aid in conjunction with or without lipreading and aided hearing. Overall, improvement in tracking performance occurred within and across phases of the study. (Author/DB)

  12. Investigating the Relationship between Observed Mood and Emotions in People with Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities

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    Vos, P.; De Cock, P.; Petry, K.; Van Den Noortgate, W.; Maes, B.

    2013-01-01

    Background: The measurement of subjective well-being in people with severe and profound intellectual disabilities (ID) is a difficult challenge. As they cannot self-report about their life satisfaction, because of severe communicative and cognitive limitations, behavioural observations of their emotions and moods are important in the measurement…

  13. Eptifibatide induced profound thrombocytopenia in a patient with pelvic malignancy: A case report

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    Squires, Kathryn C.; Guntupalli, Saketh R.; Thaker, Premal H.

    2012-01-01

    ► Eptifibatide is associated with profound thrombocytopenia and thrombosis secondary to a HITT-like mechanism associated with drug-dependant antibodies. ► Caution with eptifibatide use is needed in those pre-disposed to hypercoaguability, particularly those with an underlying malignancy.

  14. The Development of Plato Computer-Based Instruction for the Severely and Profoundly Developmentally Disabled.

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    Siegel, Martin A.; Clapp, Elizabeth Jane

    The 2 year project (July 1, 1978 through June 30, 1980) sought to determine the viability, attractiveness, and effectiveness of computer based instruction with approximately 225 severely and profoundly mentally handicapped and developmentally disabled institutionalized children and adults. Over 100 instructional formats were developed by staff…

  15. Peer Interactions among children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities during group activities

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    Nijs, Sara; Penne, Anneleen; Vlaskamp, Carla; Maes, Bea

    Background Children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) meet other children with PIMD in day care centres or schools. This study explores the peer-directed behaviours of children with PIMD, the peer interaction-influencing behaviour of the direct support workers and the

  16. Profound hypotension after an intradermal injection of indigo carmine for sentinel node mapping.

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    Jo, Youn Yi; Lee, Mi Geum; Yun, Soon Young; Lee, Kyung Cheon

    2013-03-01

    Intradermal injections of indigo carmine for sentinel node mapping are considered safe and no report of an adverse reaction has been published. The authors described two cases of profound hypotension in women that underwent breast-conserving surgery after an intradermal injection of indigo carmine into the periareolar area for sentinel node mapping.

  17. Profound Hypotension after an Intradermal Injection of Indigo Carmine for Sentinel Node Mapping

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    Jo, Youn Yi; Lee, Mi Geum; Yun, Soon Young; Lee, Kyung Cheon

    2013-01-01

    Intradermal injections of indigo carmine for sentinel node mapping are considered safe and no report of an adverse reaction has been published. The authors described two cases of profound hypotension in women that underwent breast-conserving surgery after an intradermal injection of indigo carmine into the periareolar area for sentinel node mapping.

  18. Extent, Duration, and Content of Day Services' Activities for Persons with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities

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    Vlaskamp, Carla; Hiemstra, Saskia J.; Wiersma, Linda A.; Zijlstra, Bonne J. H.

    2007-01-01

    In the Netherlands, the Dutch government instituted policies that enable persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) to attend day services. Over the past 15 years, surveys have indicated a progressive increase in the number of hours that such adults spend at day activities centers. However, information about how these…

  19. Individual Focus in an Activity Centre: An Observational Study among Persons with Profound and Multiple Disabilities

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    Hiemstra, S. J.; Vlaskamp, C.; Wiersma, L. A.

    2007-01-01

    Increasing numbers of adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) are being offered more--and more frequent--day services at activity centres. Little is known about the way direct support persons (DSP) in activity centres divide their time over the various tasks they have to perform and to what extent they are focused on…

  20. Interaction between Persons with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities and Their Partners: A Literature Review

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    Hostyn, Ine; Maes, Bea

    2009-01-01

    Background: High quality interactions are of crucial importance for quality of life of persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). This literature review describes and synthesises studies addressing the interaction between persons with PIMD and their partners. Method: A computerised literature search using defined…

  1. A functionally focused curriculum for children with profound multiple disabilities : A goal analysis

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    van der Putten, A; Reynders, K; Vlaskamp, C; Nakken, H

    Background This study analysed goals formulated in a functionally focused curriculum called Mobility Opportunities Via Education(TM) (MOVE). Method The subjects were 49 children with profound multiple disabilities (PMD) who attended a centre for special education where the MOVE curriculum was

  2. Heart rate and physical activity patterns in persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities

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    Waninge, A.; Putten, A.A.J. van der; Stewart, R.E.; Steenbergen, B.; Wijck, R. van; Schans, C.P. van der

    2013-01-01

    Because physical fitness and health are related to physical activity, it is important to gain an insight into the physical activity levels of persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). The purpose of this study was to examine heart rate patterns to measure the activity

  3. Heart rate and physical activity patterns in persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.

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    Waninge, A.; Putten, A.A. van der; Stewart, R.E.; Steenbergen, B.; Wijck, R. van; Schans, C.P. van der

    2013-01-01

    Because physical fitness and health are related to physical activity, it is important to gain an insight into the physical activity levels of persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). The purpose of this study was to examine heart rate patterns to measure the activity

  4. The Effects of Governing Board Configuration on Profound Organizational Change in Hospitals

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    Alexander, Jeffrey A.; Ye, Yining; Lee, Shoou-Yih D.; Weiner, Bryan J.

    2006-01-01

    This study extends the literature on governing boards and organizational change by examining how governing board configurations have influenced profound organizational change in U.S. hospitals, and the conditions under which such change occurs. Hospitals governed by boards that more closely resembled a corporate governance model were more likely…

  5. HEART RATE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PATTERNS IN PERSONS WITH PROFOUND INTELLECTUAL AND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES

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    Waninge, Aly; van der Putten, Annette A. J.; Stewart, Roy E.; Steenbergen, Bert; van Wijck, Ruud; van der Schans, Cees P.

    2013-01-01

    Because physical fitness and health are related to physical activity, it is important to gain an insight into the physical activity levels of persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). The purpose of this study was to examine heart rate patterns to measure the activity

  6. Connections that Count: Brain-Computer Interface Enables the Profoundly Paralyzed to Communicate

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    ... a team of researchers in developing a brain-computer interface (BCI) system to help the profoundly paralyzed communicate. Dr. Wolpaw has received support from two NIH Institutes—NIBIB and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development—and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. "For the ...

  7. Making Sense of Bereavement in People with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities: Carer Perspectives

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    Young, Hannah; Hogg, James; Garrard, Brenda

    2017-01-01

    Background: People with intellectual disabilities are thought to have a reduced capacity for understanding death. Drawing on cognitive theory, researchers have suggested that those with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities mainly perceive loss as a mismatch between past and present experiences. However, very little research has…

  8. Assessment of Computer-Based Preferences of Students with Profound Multiple Disabilities

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    Mechling, Linda C.; Bishop, Vanessa A.

    2011-01-01

    This article reports on two studies investigating the use of computer-based stimuli that may then be used to develop activities and programming for students with profound multiple disabilities (PMD). Both studies used an alternating treatments design and systematic assessment strategy to present stimuli sequentially and to measure student…

  9. Peer Interactions among Children with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities during Group Activities

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    Nijs, Sara; Penne, Anneleen; Vlaskamp, Carla; Maes, Bea

    2016-01-01

    Background: Children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) meet other children with PIMD in day care centres or schools. This study explores the peer-directed behaviours of children with PIMD, the peer interaction-influencing behaviour of the direct support workers and the children's positioning. Method: Group activities for…

  10. The Structure of Informal Social Networks of Persons with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities

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    Kamstra, A.; van der Putten, A. A. J.; Vlaskamp, C.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Persons with less severe disabilities are able to express their needs and show initiatives in social contacts, persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD), however, depend on others for this. This study analysed the structure of informal networks of persons with PIMD. Materials and Methods: Data concerning the…

  11. Social Peer Interactions in Persons with Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities: A Literature Review

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    Nijs, Sara; Maes, Bea

    2014-01-01

    Social interactions may positively influence developmental and quality of life outcomes. Research in persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) mostly investigated interactions with caregivers. This literature review focuses on peer interactions of persons with PIMD. A computerized literature search of three databases was…

  12. An Analysis of Snoezelen Equipment to Reinforce Persons with Severe or Profound Mental Retardation

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    Matson, Johnny L.; Bamburg, Jay W.; Smalls, Yemonja

    2004-01-01

    Systematically developing methods of reinforcement for persons with severe and profound mental retardation has only recently received a good deal of attention. This topic is important since professionals in the field often have difficulty identifying sufficient numbers of positive stimuli. Snoezelen equipment as reinforcement for individuals with…

  13. Enhancement of dielectric strength in nanocomposites

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    Tuncer, Enis [Applied Superconductivity Group, Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Sauers, Isidor [Applied Superconductivity Group, Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); James, D Randy [Applied Superconductivity Group, Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Ellis, Alvin R [Applied Superconductivity Group, Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Paranthaman, M Parans [Materials Chemistry Group, Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Goyal, Amit [Superconductive and Energy Efficient Materials Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); More, Karren L [Microscopy Microanalysis and Microstructures Group, Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States)

    2007-08-15

    In this paper, we report the dielectric breakdown properties of a nanocomposite, a potential electrical insulation material for cryogenic high voltage applications. The material is composed of a high molecular weight polyvinyl alcohol and nanosized in situ synthesized titanate particles. The dielectric breakdown strengths of the filled material samples, measured in liquid nitrogen, indicate a significant increase in their strengths as compared to unfilled polyvinyl alcohol. We conclude that nanometre-sized particles can be adopted as a voltage stabilization additive.

  14. In-beam dielectric properties of alumina

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    Molla, J. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Investigacion Basica; Ibarra, A. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Investigacion Basica; Hodgson, E.R. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas, Medioambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Madrid (Spain). Inst. de Investigacion Basica

    1995-03-01

    The dielectric properties (permittivity and loss tangent) of a 99.7% purity alumina grade have been measured over a wide frequency range (1 kHz-15 GHz) before and after 2 MeV electron irradiation at different temperatures. The dielectric properties at 15 GHz were measured during irradiation. Both prompt and fluence effects are observed together with permanent changes which continue to evolve following irradiation. The behaviour is complex, consistent with both radiation induced electronic effects and aggregation processes. ((orig.)).

  15. Impedance Spectroscopy of Dielectrics and Electronic Conductors

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    Bonanos, Nikolaos; Pissis, Polycarpos; Macdonald, J. Ross

    2013-01-01

    Impedance spectroscopy is used for the characterization of materials, such as electroceramics, solid and liquid electrochemical cells, dielectrics and also fully integrated devices, such as fuel cells. It consists of measuring the electrical impedance - or a closely related property, such as admi......Impedance spectroscopy is used for the characterization of materials, such as electroceramics, solid and liquid electrochemical cells, dielectrics and also fully integrated devices, such as fuel cells. It consists of measuring the electrical impedance - or a closely related property...

  16. PREFACE: Dielectrics 2009: Measurement Analysis and Applications

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    Vaughan, Alun; Williams, Graham

    2009-07-01

    The conference Dielectrics 2009: Measurements, Analysis and Applications represents a significant milestone in the evolution of dielectrics research in the UK. It is reasonable to state that the academic study of dielectrics has led to many fundamental advances and that dielectric materials underpin the modern world in devices ranging from field effect transistors, which operate at extremely high fields, albeit low voltages, to the high voltage plants that provide the energy that powers our economy. The origins of the Dielectrics Group of the Institute of Physics (IOP), which organized this conference, can be traced directly back to the early 1960s, when Professor Mansel Davies was conducting research into the dielectric relaxation behaviour of polar liquids and solids at The Edward Davies Chemical Laboratories of the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He was already well-known internationally for his studies of molecular structure and bonding of small molecules, using infra-red-spectroscopy, and of the physical properties of hydrogen-bonded liquids and solids, using thermodynamic methods. Dielectric spectroscopy was a fairly new area for him and he realized that opportunities for scientists in the UK to gather together and discuss their research in this developing area of physical chemistry/chemical physics were very limited. He conceived the idea of forming a Dielectrics Discussion Group (DDG), which would act as a meeting point and provide a platform for dielectrics research in the UK and beyond and, as a result, a two-day Meeting was convened in the spring of 1968 at Gregynog Hall of the University of Wales, near Newtown, Montgomeryshire. It was organized by Mansel Davies, Alun Price and Graham Williams, all physical chemists from the UCW, Aberystwyth. Fifty scientists attended, being a mix of physical chemists, theoretical chemists, physicists, electrical engineers, polymer and materials scientists, all from the UK, except Dr Brendan Scaife of Trinity

  17. Methacrylate Copolymers with Liquid Crystalline Side Chains for Organic Gate Dielectric Applications.

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    Berndt, Andreas; Pospiech, Doris; Jehnichen, Dieter; Häußler, Liane; Voit, Brigitte; Al-Hussein, Mahmoud; Plötner, Matthias; Kumar, Amit; Fischer, Wolf-Joachim

    2015-06-17

    Polymers for all-organic field-effect transistors are under development to cope with the increasing demand for novel materials for organic electronics. Besides the semiconductor, the dielectric layer determines the efficiency of the final device. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) is a frequently used dielectric. In this work, the chemical structure of this material was stepwise altered by incorporation of cross-linkable and/or self-organizing comonomers to improve the chemical stability and the dielectric properties. Different types of cross-linking methods were used to prevent dissolution, swelling or intermixing of the dielectric e.g. during formation processes of top electrodes or semiconducting layers. Self-organizing comonomers were expected to influence the dielectric/semiconductor interface, and moreover, to enhance the chemical resistance of the dielectric. Random copolymers were obtained by free radical and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. With 6-[4-(4'-cyanophenyl)phenoxy]alkyl side chains having hexyl or octyl spacer, thermotropic liquid crystalline (LC) behavior and nanophase separation into smectic layers was observed, while copolymerization with methyl methacrylate induced molecular disorder. In addition to chemical, thermal and structural properties, electrical characteristics like breakdown field strength (EBD) and relative permittivity (k) were determined. The dielectric films were studied in metal-insulator-metal setups. EBD appeared to be strongly dependent on the type of electrode used and especially the ink formulation. Cross-linking of PMMA yielded an increase in EBD up to 4.0 MV/cm with Ag and 5.7 MV/cm with PSS electrodes because of the increased solvent resistance. The LC side chains reduce the ability for cross-linking resulting in decreased breakdown field strengths.

  18. Dielectric properties, optimum formulation and microwave baking conditions of chickpea cakes.

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    Alifakı, Yaşar Özlem; Şakıyan, Özge

    2017-03-01

    The aim of this study was to correlate dielectric properties with quality parameters, and to optimize cake formulation and baking conditions by response surface methodology. Weight loss, color, specific volume, hardness and porosity were evaluated. The samples with different DATEM (0.4, 0.8 and 1.2%) and chickpea flour concentrations (30, 40 and 50%) were baked in microwave oven at different power (300, 350, 400 W) and baking times (2.50, 3.0, 3.50 min). It was found that microwave power showed significant effect on color, while baking time showed effect on weight loss, porosity, hardness, specific volume and dielectric properties. Emulsifier level affected porosity, specific volume and dielectric constant. Chickpea flour level affected porosity, color, hardness and dielectric properties of cakes. The optimum microwave power, baking time, DATEM level and chickpea flour level were found as 400 W, 2.84 min, 1.2% and 30%, respectively. The comparison between conventionally baked and the microwave baked cakes at optimum points showed that color difference, weight loss, specific volume and porosity values of microwave baked cakes were less than those of conventionally baked cakes, on the other hand, hardness values were higher. Moreover, a negative correlation between dielectric constant and porosity, and weight loss values were detected for microwave baked samples. A negative correlation between dielectric loss factor and porosity was observed. These correlations indicated that quality characteristics of a microwave baked cake sample can be assessed from dielectric properties. These correlations provides understanding on the behavior of food material during microwave processing.

  19. Thin film dielectric composite materials

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    Jia, Quanxi; Gibbons, Brady J.; Findikoglu, Alp T.; Park, Bae Ho

    2002-01-01

    A dielectric composite material comprising at least two crystal phases of different components with TiO.sub.2 as a first component and a material selected from the group consisting of Ba.sub.1-x Sr.sub.x TiO.sub.3 where x is from 0.3 to 0.7, Pb.sub.1-x Ca.sub.x TiO.sub.3 where x is from 0.4 to 0.7, Sr.sub.1-x Pb.sub.x TiO.sub.3 where x is from 0.2 to 0.4, Ba.sub.1-x Cd.sub.x TiO.sub.3 where x is from 0.02 to 0.1, BaTi.sub.1-x Zr.sub.x O.sub.3 where x is from 0.2 to 0.3, BaTi.sub.1-x Sn.sub.x O.sub.3 where x is from 0.15 to 0.3, BaTi.sub.1-x Hf.sub.x O.sub.3 where x is from 0.24 to 0.3, Pb.sub.1-1.3x La.sub.x TiO.sub.3+0.2x where x is from 0.23 to 0.3, (BaTiO.sub.3).sub.x (PbFeo.sub.0.5 Nb.sub.0.5 O.sub.3).sub.1-x where x is from 0.75 to 0.9, (PbTiO.sub.3).sub.- (PbCo.sub.0.5 W.sub.0.5 O.sub.3).sub.1-x where x is from 0.1 to 0.45, (PbTiO.sub.3).sub.x (PbMg.sub.0.5 W.sub.0.5 O.sub.3).sub.1-x where x is from 0.2 to 0.4, and (PbTiO.sub.3).sub.x (PbFe.sub.0.5 Ta.sub.0.5 O.sub.3).sub.1-x where x is from 0 to 0.2, as the second component is described. The dielectric composite material can be formed as a thin film upon suitable substrates.

  20. Dielectric silicone elastomers with mixed ceramic nanoparticles

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    Stiubianu, George, E-mail: george.stiubianu@icmpp.ro [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Aleea Gr. Ghica Voda 41A, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Bele, Adrian; Cazacu, Maria; Racles, Carmen; Vlad, Stelian [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Aleea Gr. Ghica Voda 41A, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Ignat, Mircea [National R& D Institute for Electrical Engineering ICPE-CA Bucharest, Splaiul Unirii 313, District 3, Bucharest 030138 (Romania)

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • Composite ceramics nanoparticles (MCN) with zirconium dioxide and lead zirconate. • Dielectric elastomer films wDith PDMS matrix and MCN as dielectric filler. • Hydrophobic character—water resistant and good flexibility specific to siloxanes. • Increased value of dielectric constant with the content of MCN in dielectric films. • Increased energy output from uniaxial deformation of the dielectric elastomer films. - Abstract: A ceramic material consisting in a zirconium dioxide-lead zirconate mixture has been obtained by precipitation method, its composition being proved by wide angle X-ray powder diffraction and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The average diameter of the ceramic particles ranged between 50 and 100 nm, as revealed by transmission electron microscopy images. These were surface treated and used as filler for a high molecular mass polydimethylsiloxane-α,ω-diol (Mn = 450,000) prepared in laboratory, the resulted composites being further processed as films and crosslinked. A condensation procedure, unusual for polydimethylsiloxane having such high molecular mass, with a trifunctional silane was approached for the crosslinking. The effect of filler content on electrical and mechanical properties of the resulted materials was studied and it was found that the dielectric permittivity of nanocomposites increased in line with the concentration of ceramic nanoparticles.

  1. Interference effects at a dielectric plate applied as a high-power-laser attenuator.

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    Gregorcic, Peter; Babnik, Ales; Mozina, Janez

    2010-02-15

    The interference effects caused by the Fresnel reflections of a Gaussian beam on the boundaries of a dielectric plate, which can be considered as a Fabry-Perot etalon, were theoretically and experimentally investigated. In addition to the incident angle and the polarization of the incident light, two additional parameters--the plate's parallelism and the temperature--which are often neglected, were analyzed. Based on the theoretical predictions and the measured behavior of the transmittance of the dielectric plate a new, temperature-controlled variable high-power-laser attenuator is proposed. Unwanted changes in the plate's transmittance caused by the absorption of laser pulses within the plate are also presented. These phenomena are important in many applications where dielectric plates are used for a variety of purposes.

  2. Study of strained-Si p-channel MOSFETs with HfO2 gate dielectric

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    Pradhan, Diana; Das, Sanghamitra; Dash, Tara Prasanna

    2016-10-01

    In this work, the transconductance of strained-Si p-MOSFETs with high-K dielectric (HfO2) as gate oxide, has been presented through simulation using the TCAD tool Silvaco-ATLAS. The results have been compared with a SiO2/strained-Si p-MOSFET device. Peak transconductance enhancement factors of 2.97 and 2.73 has been obtained for strained-Si p-MOSFETs in comparison to bulk Si channel p-MOSFETs with SiO2 and high-K dielectric respectively. This behavior is in good agreement with the reported experimental results. The transconductance of the strained-Si device at low temperatures has also been simulated. As expected, the mobility and hence the transconductance increases at lower temperatures due to reduced phonon scattering. However, the enhancements with high-K gate dielectric is less as compared to that with SiO2.

  3. Dielectric spectroscopy of small molecule pharmaceuticals-effect of sample configuration.

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    Kothari, Khushboo; Ragoonanan, Vishard; Suryanarayanan, Raj

    2014-10-01

    In dielectric spectroscopy, a technique traditionally used to characterize molecular mobility in polymers, the sample is usually analyzed as a thin film. In recent years, the technique has been extended to characterize both drug substances and drug products and has revealed a correlation between molecular mobility and stability. However, for pharmaceutical systems, analysis of powders is strongly preferred over films. Therefore, the dielectric behavior of several compounds of pharmaceutical interest-nifedipine, indomethacin, itraconazole, and griseofulvin-obtained using powder and film samples were compared. The magnitudes of the intrinsic dielectric properties were affected by the sample configuration with the powder samples consistently yielding lower values. The use of effective medium theories enabled us to account for the effect of air in the powder samples. The relaxation time, a property of immense importance to the pharmaceutical community, was not influenced by the sample configuration. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  4. Dielectric Characterization of composite building materials depending on the volume fraction for Mobile Phone Frequencies

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    Terhzaz Jaouad

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This W presents a new technique of Dielectric Characterization of composites building materials. This technique is based on the modeling of an open coaxial cell with a mathematical formulation that links the admittances of the filled and empty cell to the complex permittivity ε* of materials characterization. We applied this technique to the dielectric characterization of some building materials powder in the frequency band (100MHz-4GHz. We also characterize some composite materials (sand- brick, cement- sand, and cement-brick depending on the volume fraction for Mobile Phone Frequencies. We made a comparison with the laws of mixtures to identify the most appropriate law to render the dielectric behavior of these materials.

  5. ROLE OF PIEZOELECTRICITY IN DIELECTRIC RESPONSE OF ROCHELLE SALT TYPE CRYSTALS

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    R.R.Levitskii

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Comparing the spontaneous polarizations, static and dynamic dielectric properties of piezoelectric Rochelle salt and non-piezoelectric RbHSO4 we explore the role played by piezoelectric coupling in forming the dielectric response of the crystals of this type. The calculations for crystals of both types are performed within the Mitsui model, modified for the case of Rochelle salt by including the terms related to piezoelectric coupling with spontaneous strain ε4. It is shown that such a modification improves the agreement between theory and experiment for spontaneous polarization and yields a correct temperature behavior of relaxation times and dynamic dielectric permittivity of Rochelle salt in the vicinity of the transition points.

  6. Magnetic and dielectric properties of Co doped nano crystalline Li ferrites by auto combustion method

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    Aravind, G.; Raghasudha, M.; Ravinder, D.; Kumar, R. Vijaya

    2016-05-01

    The ultra fine particles of the cobalt substituted lithium ferrites with the formula [Li0.5Fe0.5]1-xCoxFe2O4 (0.0≤x≤1.0) were synthesized by low temperature citrate-gel auto combustion method. Structural characterization of the samples was carried out using XRD studies and FESEM (Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy) analysis. XRD studies confirms the formation of single phased spinel structure with crystallite size in the range of 36-43 nm. The M-H loops have been traced using Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) for all the compositions at room temperature and hysteresis parameters were evaluated. The hysteresis loops of the prepared samples show clear saturation at an applied field of ±20 k Oe and the loops were highly symmetric in nature. The dielectric parameters such as dielectric constant (ε'), dielectric loss tangent (tan δ) of the samples were studied as a function of frequency in the range of 20 Hz to 2 MHz at room temperature using LCR Meter. The dielectric constant and loss tangent of the samples show a normal dielectric behavior with frequency which reveals that the dispersion is due to the Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and hopping of electrons between the Fe2+ and Fe3+ ions.

  7. From organized high throughput data to phenomenological theory: The example of dielectric breakdown

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    Kim, Chiho; Pilania, Ghanshyam; Ramprasad, Rampi

    Understanding the behavior (and failure) of dielectric insulators experiencing extreme electric fields is critical to the operation of present and emerging electrical and electronic devices. Despite its importance, the development of a predictive theory of dielectric breakdown has remained a challenge, owing to the complex multiscale nature of this process. Here, we focus on the intrinsic dielectric breakdown field of insulators--the theoretical limit of breakdown determined purely by the chemistry of the material, i.e., the elements the material is composed of, the atomic-level structure, and the bonding. Starting from a benchmark dataset (generated from laborious first principles computations) of the intrinsic dielectric breakdown field of a variety of model insulators, simple predictive phenomenological models of dielectric breakdown are distilled using advanced statistical or machine learning schemes, revealing key correlations and analytical relationships between the breakdown field and easily accessible material properties. The models are shown to be general, and can hence guide the screening and systematic identification of high electric field tolerant materials.

  8. Enhancing dielectric permittivity for energy-storage devices through tricritical phenomenon.

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    Gao, Jinghui; Wang, Yan; Liu, Yongbin; Hu, Xinghao; Ke, Xiaoqin; Zhong, Lisheng; He, Yuting; Ren, Xiaobing

    2017-01-18

    Although dielectric energy-storing devices are frequently used in high voltage level, the fast growing on the portable and wearable electronics have been increasing the demand on the energy-storing devices at finite electric field strength. This paper proposes an approach on enhancing energy density under low electric field through compositionally inducing tricriticality in Ba(Ti,Sn)O3 ferroelectric material system with enlarged dielectric response. The optimal dielectric permittivity at tricritical point can reach to εr = 5.4 × 104, and the associated energy density goes to around 30 mJ/cm3 at the electric field of 10 kV/cm, which exceeds most of the selected ferroelectric materials at the same field strength. The microstructure nature for such a tricritical behavior shows polarization inhomogeneity in nanometeric scale, which indicates a large polarizability under external electric field. Further phenomenological Landau modeling suggests that large dielectric permittivity and energy density can be ascribed to the vanishing of energy barrier for polarization altering caused by tricriticality. Our results may shed light on developing energy-storing dielectrics with large permittivity and energy density at low electric field.

  9. Large energy storage efficiency of the dielectric layer of graphene nanocapacitors

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    Bezryadin, A.; Belkin, A.; Ilin, E.; Pak, M.; Colla, Eugene V.; Hubler, A.

    2017-12-01

    Electric capacitors are commonly used in electronic circuits for the short-term storage of small amounts of energy. It is desirable however to use capacitors to store much larger energy amounts to replace rechargeable batteries. Unfortunately existing capacitors cannot store sufficient energy to be able to replace common electrochemical energy storage systems. Here we examine the energy storage capabilities of graphene nanocapacitors, which are tri-layer devices involving an Al film, Al2O3 dielectric layer, and a single layer of carbon atoms, i.e., graphene. This is a purely electronic capacitor and therefore it can function in a wide temperature interval. The capacitor shows a high dielectric breakdown electric field strength, of the order of 1000 kV mm‑1 (i.e., 1 GV m‑1), which is much larger than the table value of the Al2O3 dielectric strength. The corresponding energy density is 10–100 times larger than the energy density of a common electrolytic capacitor. Moreover, we discover that the amount of charge stored in the dielectric layer can be equal or can even exceed the amount of charge stored on the capacitor plates. The dielectric discharge current follows a power-law time dependence. We suggest a model to explain this behavior.

  10. Method for Estimating the Charge Density Distribution on a Dielectric Surface.

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    Nakashima, Takuya; Suhara, Hiroyuki; Murata, Hidekazu; Shimoyama, Hiroshi

    2017-06-01

    High-quality color output from digital photocopiers and laser printers is in strong demand, motivating attempts to achieve fine dot reproducibility and stability. The resolution of a digital photocopier depends on the charge density distribution on the organic photoconductor surface; however, directly measuring the charge density distribution is impossible. In this study, we propose a new electron optical instrument that can rapidly measure the electrostatic latent image on an organic photoconductor surface, which is a dielectric surface, as well as a novel method to quantitatively estimate the charge density distribution on a dielectric surface by combining experimental data obtained from the apparatus via a computer simulation. In the computer simulation, an improved three-dimensional boundary charge density method (BCM) is used for electric field analysis in the vicinity of the dielectric material with a charge density distribution. This method enables us to estimate the profile and quantity of the charge density distribution on a dielectric surface with a resolution of the order of microns. Furthermore, the surface potential on the dielectric surface can be immediately calculated using the obtained charge density. This method enables the relation between the charge pattern on the organic photoconductor surface and toner particle behavior to be studied; an understanding regarding the same may lead to the development of a new generation of higher resolution photocopiers.

  11. Large energy storage efficiency of the dielectric layer of graphene nanocapacitors.

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    Bezryadin, A; Belkin, A; Ilin, E; Pak, M; Colla, Eugene V; Hubler, A

    2017-12-08

    Electric capacitors are commonly used in electronic circuits for the short-term storage of small amounts of energy. It is desirable however to use capacitors to store much larger energy amounts to replace rechargeable batteries. Unfortunately existing capacitors cannot store sufficient energy to be able to replace common electrochemical energy storage systems. Here we examine the energy storage capabilities of graphene nanocapacitors, which are tri-layer devices involving an Al film, Al2O3 dielectric layer, and a single layer of carbon atoms, i.e., graphene. This is a purely electronic capacitor and therefore it can function in a wide temperature interval. The capacitor shows a high dielectric breakdown electric field strength, of the order of 1000 kV mm(-1) (i.e., 1 GV m(-1)), which is much larger than the table value of the Al2O3 dielectric strength. The corresponding energy density is 10-100 times larger than the energy density of a common electrolytic capacitor. Moreover, we discover that the amount of charge stored in the dielectric layer can be equal or can even exceed the amount of charge stored on the capacitor plates. The dielectric discharge current follows a power-law time dependence. We suggest a model to explain this behavior.

  12. Applications of dielectric barrier discharges

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    Falkenstein, Z.

    1998-12-01

    Dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) in oxygen and air are well established for the production of large quantities of ozone and are more recently being applied to a wider range of plasmachemical processes. As an introduction of this type of gas discharge, the main plasmaphysical features of sinusoidal-driven DBDs (transient, non-thermal plasmas at atmospheric pressure) will be described, and plasmachemical reaction pathways for the generation of ozone will be briefly discussed. The generation of atomic oxygen for ozone synthesis leads inevitably to the second application of DBDs, the non-thermal oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in dry and humid air. Another application of DBDs is the generation of excited dimers and exiplexes for the production of incoherent (V)UV/visible light. The last and latest application of DBDs is the surface processing near atmospheric pressures. As an example, results of photoresist ashing on Si wafers in an oxygen plasma will be shown as function of gas pressure, gap spacing, and applied frequency. The surface of the etched photoresist is characterized by profilometry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The possibility of material deposition with DBDs will also be presented, where DBDs in acetylene lead to fast substrate deposition. Here, only the effects of the gas pressure and gap distance are explored.

  13. Fruit and Vegetable Quality Assessment via Dielectric Sensing.

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    El Khaled, Dalia; Novas, Nuria; Gazquez, Jose A; Garcia, Rosa M; Manzano-Agugliaro, Francisco

    2015-06-29

    The demand for improved food quality has been accompanied by a technological boost. This fact enhances the possibility of improving the quality of horticultural products, leading towards healthier consumption of fruits and vegetables. A better electrical characterization of the dielectric properties of fruits and vegetables is required for this purpose. Moreover, a focused study of dielectric spectroscopy and advanced dielectric sensing is a highly interesting topic. This review explains the dielectric property basics and classifies the dielectric spectroscopy measurement techniques. It comprehensively and chronologically covers the dielectric experiments explored for fruits and vegetables, along with their appropriate sensing instrumentation, analytical modelling methods and conclusions. An in-depth definition of dielectric spectroscopy and its usefulness in the electric characterization of food materials is presented, along with the various sensor techniques used for dielectric measurements. The collective data are tabulated in a summary of the dielectric findings in horticultural field investigations, which will facilitate more advanced and focused explorations in the future.

  14. A solid-state dielectric elastomer switch for soft logic

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    Chau, Nixon [Biomimetics Laboratory, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, The University of Auckland, Level 6, 70 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010 (New Zealand); Slipher, Geoffrey A., E-mail: geoffrey.a.slipher.civ@mail.mil; Mrozek, Randy A. [U.S. Army Research Laboratory, 2800 Powder Mill Road, Adelphi, Maryland 20783 (United States); O' Brien, Benjamin M. [StretchSense, Ltd., 27 Walls Rd., Penrose, Auckland 1061 (New Zealand); Anderson, Iain A. [Biomimetics Laboratory, Auckland Bioengineering Institute, The University of Auckland, Level 6, 70 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010 (New Zealand); StretchSense, Ltd., 27 Walls Rd., Penrose, Auckland 1061 (New Zealand); Department of Engineering Science, School of Engineering, The University of Auckland, Level 3, 70 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010 (New Zealand)

    2016-03-07

    In this paper, we describe a stretchable solid-state electronic switching material that operates at high voltage potentials, as well as a switch material benchmarking technique that utilizes a modular dielectric elastomer (artificial muscle) ring oscillator. The solid-state switching material was integrated into our oscillator, which self-started after 16 s and performed 5 oscillations at a frequency of 1.05 Hz with 3.25 kV DC input. Our materials-by-design approach for the nickel filled polydimethylsiloxane based switch has resulted in significant improvements over previous carbon grease-based switches in four key areas, namely, sharpness of switching behavior upon applied stretch, magnitude of electrical resistance change, ease of manufacture, and production rate. Switch lifetime was demonstrated to be in the range of tens to hundreds of cycles with the current process. An interesting and potentially useful strain-based switching hysteresis behavior is also presented.

  15. Determination of thickness and dielectric constant of thin transparent dielectric layers using Surface Plasmon Resonance

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    de Bruijn, H.E.; de Bruijn, Helene E.; Altenburg, Bert S.F.; Kooyman, R.P.H.; Greve, Jan

    1991-01-01

    The determination of the thickness and dielectric constant of thin dielectric layers by means of surface plasmon resonance is discussed. It appears to be impossible to determine these parameters from one surface plasmon response experiment. This is illustrated theoretically. Variation of the

  16. Graphene encapsulated rubber latex composites with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss and low percolation threshold.

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    Tian, Ming; Zhang, Jing; Zhang, Liqun; Liu, Suting; Zan, Xiaoqing; Nishi, Toshio; Ning, Nanying

    2014-09-15

    A dielectric composite with high dielectric constant, low dielectric loss and low percolation threshold was prepared by using the combined strategy of encapsulating of graphene oxide nanosheets (GONS) on carboxylated nitrile rubber (XNBR) latex particles and the in situ thermal reduction in GONS at a moderate temperature. The encapsulation of GONS on XNBR latex particles was mainly realized via the hydrogen bonding interactions between GONS and XNBR during latex mixing. A segregated graphene network was obtained at a low content of thermally reduced graphene (TRG), resulting in a low percolation threshold (0.25 vol.%). The dielectric constant at 100 Hz obviously increased from 23 for pure XNBR to 2211 and 5542 for the composite with 0.5 vol.% and 0.75 vol.% of TRG, respectively. The dielectric loss of the composites retained at a low value (less than 1.5). Meanwhile, the elastic modulus only slightly increased with the presence of 0.1-0.5 vol.% of TRG, keeping the good flexibility of the dielectric composites. This study provides a simple, low-cost and effective method to prepare high performance dielectric composites, facilitating the wide application of dielectric materials. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Energy deposition characteristics of nanosecond dielectric barrier discharge plasma actuators : Influence of dielectric material

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    Correale, G.; Winkel, R.; Kotsonis, M.

    2015-01-01

    An experimental study aimed at the characterization of energy deposition of nanosecond Dielectric Barrier Discharge (ns-DBD) plasma actuators was carried out. Special attention was given on the effect of the thickness and material used for dielectric barrier. The selected materials for this study

  18. Oral Communication Development in Severe to Profound Hearing Impaired Children After Receiving Aural Habilitation

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    Soleimani Farin

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Communication, cognition, language, and speech are interrelated and develop together. It should come as no surprise to us that the key to intervention with deaf children is to establish, as early as possible, a functional communication system for the child and the parents. Early intervention programs need to be multidisciplinary, technologically sound and most important, it should take cognizance of the specific context (community, country in which the child and family function. The main aim of this study was to obtain oral communication development regarding current status of the intervention (aural habilitation and speech therapyfor children with severe to profound hearing impairment in Iran. A prospective longitudinal study was undertaken on a consecutive group of children with severe to profound deafness. Nine severe to profound hearing-impaired children out of the primer 42 cases, who were detected below two years old, had been selected in the previous study to receive aural habilitation. The average of their speech intelligibility scores was near 70% at age 6, which was accounted as poor oral communication and only two of them were able to communicate by spoken language. An integrated intervention services continued again for one year and their oral communication skill was assessed by their speech intelligibility. The intelligibility test of children was recorded on audio-tape, when they read 10 questions such as where is your home. This can be answered only in one word. Each tape was presented to10 normal hearing listeners, and their task was to write down, the answers in Persian orthography. At the beginning (at age 6 the average speech intelligibility score of these children was 72% and only two of them had score of 90% and 100%. At age 7, all of the severe groups were over 90%, and only two profound ones achieved the score of 48% and 62%. All of severe groups develop oral communication, but profound ones had a semi-intelligible speech

  19. Radiation Characteristics Enhancement of Dielectric Resonator Antenna Using Solid/Discrete Dielectric Lenses

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    H. A. E. Malhat

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The radiation characteristics of the dielectric resonator antennas (DRA is enhanced using different types of solid and discrete dielectric lenses. One of these approaches is by loading the DRA with planar superstrate, spherical lens, or by discrete lens (transmitarray. The dimensions and dielectric constant of each lens are optimized to maximize the gain of the DRA. A comparison between the radiations characteristics of the DRA loaded with different lenses are introduced. The design of the dielectric transmitarray depends on optimizing the heights of the dielectric material of the unit cell. The optimized transmitarray achieves 7 dBi extra gain over the single DRA with preserving the circular polarization. The proposed antenna is suitable for various applications that need high gain and focused antenna beam.

  20. Heat treatment effects on dielectric properties of SRFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} hexaferrite prepared by an SHS route

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    Panchal, Nital R.; Jotania, Rajshree B., E-mail: natal_panchal@yahoo.co.in, E-mail: rbjotania@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad (India)

    2011-07-01

    The M-type Strontium Hexaferrite SRFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} particles were prepared by a Self propagating High temperature Synthesis (SHS) route. Precursors were heated under two different conditions: microwave heating for 30 minutes and sintered at 950 deg C for 4 hrs. The dielectric properties: dielectric constant ({epsilon}{sup '}), dielectric loss (tan {delta} ) and ac conductivity ({sigma}{sub ac}) were measured at room temperature in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 2 MHz. The samples present a non-linear behavior for the dielectric constant at 1 kHz, 100 kHz and 2 MHz. The dielectric properties of prepared Strontium Hexaferrite samples were discussed in view of applications as a material for microwave devices, permanent magnets and high density magnetic recording media. (author)

  1. Dielectric properties of binary solutions a data handbook

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    Akhadov, Y Y

    1980-01-01

    Dielectric Properties of Binary Solutions focuses on the investigation of the dielectric properties of solutions, as well as the molecular interactions and mechanisms of molecular processes that occur in liquids. The book first discusses the fundamental formulas describing the dielectric properties of liquids and dielectric data for binary systems of non-aqueous solutions. Topics include permittivity and dielectric dispersion parameters of non-aqueous solutions of organic and inorganic compounds. The text also tackles dielectric data for binary systems of aqueous solutions, including permittiv

  2. The Theory of SERS on Dielectrics and Semiconductors

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    Polubotko, V P Chelibanov A M

    2016-01-01

    It is demonstrated that the reason of SERS on dielectric and semiconductor substrates is the enhancement of the electric field in the regions of the tops of the surface roughness with very small radius, or a very large curvature. The enhancement depends on the dielectric constant of the substrate and is stronger for a larger dielectric constant. It is indicated that the enhancement on dielectrics and semiconductors is stronger than on metals with the same modulus of the dielectric constant. The result obtained is confirmed by experimental data on the enhancement coefficients obtained for various semiconductor and dielectric substrates.

  3. Applications of dielectric barrier discharges

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    Falkenstein, Z.

    1998-12-31

    Dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) in oxygen and air are well established for the production of large quantities of ozone and are more recently being applied to a wider range of plasmachemical processes. Here, the application of DBDs for ozone synthesis, the non-thermal oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air, the generation of incoherent (V)UV radiation and surface processing (etching, ashing) is presented. The main plasmaphysical features of sinusoidally-driven DBDs (transient, filamented, non-thermal plasmas at atmospheric pressure) are described, and a simple plasmachemical reaction pathway for ozone synthesis are give. Experimental results on the degradation of VOCs (2-propanol, trichloroethylene, carbon tetrachloride), as well as byproduct formation is presented for stand-alone DBD treatment, as well as for simultaneous (V)UV illumination of the discharge. Illumination of the discharge with (V)UV can change the plasmachemistry by enhanced formation of certain species of radicals--and thereby change byproduct formation--but also can change the discharge physics, known as the Joshi effect. As an example for generation of excited dimers and exiplexes for the production of incoherent UV light, experimental results on a XeBr* excimer UV light source are presented. Effects of the total and partial pressure of a Xe/Br{sub 2} system, the gap spacing and the applied driving frequency on the UV radiant efficiency are shown. For the application of DBDs for surface processing, experimental results of photoresist ashing on Si wafers using DBDs in oxygen are shown function of gas pressure, gap spacing and applied frequency.

  4. Magnetic and dielectric properties of Co–Zn ferrite

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    Slatineanu, Tamara; Iordan, Alexandra Raluca; Oancea, Victor [Faculty of Chemistry, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 (Romania); Palamaru, Mircea Nicolae, E-mail: palamaru@uaic.ro [Faculty of Chemistry, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 (Romania); Dumitru, Ioan; Constantin, Cristin Petrica; Caltun, Ovidiu Florin [Faculty of Physics, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 (Romania)

    2013-09-20

    Highlights: • Co–Zn ferrite series are synthesized by sol–gel method using tartaric acid. • XRD patterns reveal pure spinel structure and the crystallite size is max. 68 nm. • The optimal dielectric properties belong to Co{sub 0.2}Zn{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample. • The maximum saturation magnetization value was found for Co{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline powders of Co substituted Zn ferrite with the chemical formula Co{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1) were synthesized by sol–gel autocombustion method using tartaric acid as fuel agent. The samples were sintered in static air atmosphere for 7 h at 773 K, 7 h at 973 K and 10 h at 1173 K. The organic phase extinction and the spinel phase formation were monitored by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction patterns analysis confirmed the spinel single phase accomplishment. Crystallite size, average grains size, lattice parameter and cation distribution were estimated. Magnetic behavior of the as-obtained samples by means of M-H hysteresis measurements was studied at room temperature. Permeability and dielectric permittivity at room temperature versus frequency was the subject of a comparative study for the Co{sub x}Zn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} series. In agreement with the proposed cation distribution the sample with Co{sub 0.8}Zn{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} formula exhibits the optimal magnetic and dielectric properties.

  5. Affect attunement in communicative interactions between adults with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities and support workers

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    Forster, Sheridan Lee

    2017-01-01

    The quality of life of people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD) is affected by many factors, including health status, involvement in activities, and social networks; but most critical is the quality of interaction experienced by the person on a daily basis. For many people with PIMD, most of whom reside in residential services where they receive 24-hour support, the primary people for interaction are paid disability support workers (DSWs). Quality interaction is ...

  6. Epidemiology of fractures in people with severe and profound developmental disabilities

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    Glick, N.R.; Fischer, M.H.; Heisey, D.M.; Leverson, G.E.; Mann, D.C.

    2005-01-01

    Fractures are more prevalent among people with severe and profound developmental disabilities than in the general population. In order to characterize the tendency of these people to fracture, and to identify features that may guide the development of preventive strategies, we analyzed fracture epidemiology in people with severe and profound developmental disabilities who lived in a stable environment. Data from a 23-year longitudinal cohort registry of 1434 people with severe and profound developmental disabilities were analyzed to determine the effects of age, gender, mobility, bone fractured, month of fracture, and fracture history upon fracture rates. Eighty-five percent of all fractures involved the extremities. The overall fracture rate increased as mobility increased. In contrast, femoral shaft fracture risk was substantially higher in the least mobile [relative risk (RR), 10.36; 95% confidence interval (CI), 3.29-32.66] compared with the most mobile group. Although the overall fracture rate was not associated with age, the femoral shaft fractures decreased but hand/foot fractures increased with age. Overall fracture risk declined in August and September (RR, 0.70; 95% CI, 0.55-0.89), being especially prominent for tibial/fibular fractures (RR, 0.31; 95% CI, 0.13-0.70). Gender was not a factor in fracture risk. Two primary fracture mechanisms are apparent: one, largely associated with lack of weight-bearing in people with the least mobility, is exemplified by femoral fractures during non-traumatic events as simple as diapering or transfers; the other, probably due to movement- or fall-related trauma, is exemplified by hand/foot fractures in people who ambulate. The fracture experience of people with severe and profound developmental disabilities is unique and, because it differs qualitatively from postmenopausal osteoporosis, may require population-specific methods for assessing risk, for improving bone integrity, and for reduction of falls and accidents

  7. Not all SCN1A epileptic encephalopathies are Dravet syndrome: Early profound Thr226Met phenotype.

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    Sadleir, Lynette G; Mountier, Emily I; Gill, Deepak; Davis, Suzanne; Joshi, Charuta; DeVile, Catherine; Kurian, Manju A; Mandelstam, Simone; Wirrell, Elaine; Nickels, Katherine C; Murali, Hema R; Carvill, Gemma; Myers, Candace T; Mefford, Heather C; Scheffer, Ingrid E

    2017-09-05

    To define a distinct SCN1A developmental and epileptic encephalopathy with early onset, profound impairment, and movement disorder. A case series of 9 children were identified with a profound developmental and epileptic encephalopathy and SCN1A mutation. We identified 9 children 3 to 12 years of age; 7 were male. Seizure onset was at 6 to 12 weeks with hemiclonic seizures, bilateral tonic-clonic seizures, or spasms. All children had profound developmental impairment and were nonverbal and nonambulatory, and 7 of 9 required a gastrostomy. A hyperkinetic movement disorder occurred in all and was characterized by dystonia and choreoathetosis with prominent oral dyskinesia and onset from 2 to 20 months of age. Eight had a recurrent missense SCN1A mutation, p.Thr226Met. The remaining child had the missense mutation p.Pro1345Ser. The mutation arose de novo in 8 of 9; for the remaining case, the mother was negative and the father was unavailable. Here, we present a phenotype-genotype correlation for SCN1A. We describe a distinct SCN1A phenotype, early infantile SCN1A encephalopathy, which is readily distinguishable from the well-recognized entities of Dravet syndrome and genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus. This disorder has an earlier age at onset, profound developmental impairment, and a distinctive hyperkinetic movement disorder, setting it apart from Dravet syndrome. Remarkably, 8 of 9 children had the recurrent missense mutation p.Thr226Met. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology.

  8. Profound Effects of Population Density on Fitness-Related Traits in an Invasive Freshwater Snail

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    Nicholas Zachar; Maurine Neiman

    2013-01-01

    Population density can profoundly influence fitness-related traits and population dynamics, and density dependence plays a key role in many prominent ecological and evolutionary hypotheses. Here, we evaluated how individual-level changes in population density affect growth rate and embryo production early in reproductive maturity in two different asexual lineages of Potamopyrgus antipodarum, a New Zealand freshwater snail that is an important model system for ecotoxicology and the evolution o...

  9. Speech timing and working memory in profoundly deaf children after cochlear implantation

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    Burkholder, Rose A.; Pisoni, David B.

    2003-01-01

    Thirty-seven profoundly deaf children between 8- and 9-years-old with cochlear implants and a comparison group of normal-hearing children were studied to measure speaking rates, digit spans, and speech timing during digit span recall. The deaf children displayed longer sentence durations and pauses during recall and shorter digit spans compared to the normal-hearing children. Articulation rates, measured from sentence durations, were strongly correlated with immediate memory span in both norm...

  10. Reversal of profound vecuronium-induced neuromuscular block under sevoflurane anesthesia: sugammadex versus neostigmine.

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    Lemmens Hendrikus JM

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors cannot rapidly reverse profound neuromuscular block. Sugammadex, a selective relaxant binding agent, reverses the effects of rocuronium and vecuronium by encapsulation. This study assessed the efficacy of sugammadex compared with neostigmine in reversal of profound vecuronium-induced neuromuscular block under sevoflurane anesthesia. Methods Patients aged ≥18 years, American Society of Anesthesiologists class 1-4, scheduled to undergo surgery under general anesthesia were enrolled in this phase III, multicenter, randomized, safety-assessor blinded study. Sevoflurane anesthetized patients received vecuronium 0.1 mg/kg for intubation, with maintenance doses of 0.015 mg/kg as required. Patients were randomized to receive sugammadex 4 mg/kg or neostigmine 70 μg/kg with glycopyrrolate 14 μg/kg at 1-2 post-tetanic counts. The primary efficacy variable was time from start of study drug administration to recovery of the train-of-four ratio to 0.9. Safety assessments included physical examination, laboratory data, vital signs, and adverse events. Results Eighty three patients were included in the intent-to-treat population (sugammadex, n = 47; neostigmine, n = 36. Geometric mean time to recovery of the train-of-four ratio to 0.9 was 15-fold faster with sugammadex (4.5 minutes compared with neostigmine (66.2 minutes; p Conclusions Recovery from profound vecuronium-induced block is significantly faster with sugammadex, compared with neostigmine. Neostigmine did not rapidly reverse profound neuromuscular block (Trial registration number: NCT00473694.

  11. An epidemiological and genetic study of congenital profound deafness in Tunisia (governorate of Nabeul).

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    Ben Arab, S; Bonaïti-Pellié, C.; Belkahia, A

    1990-01-01

    An epidemiological and genetic study of profound deafness has been undertaken in the governorate of Nabeul in Tunisia. This paper deals with sensorineural deafness with no associated abnormalities. The prevalence was estimated to be 0.0007 and four clusters could be identified, two of which represent 51% and 34% respectively of the total number of cases. Segregation analysis performed in 29 pedigrees containing 415 subjects with 129 affected cases provided evidence for simple recessive inheri...

  12. A Vibrotactile Interface to Motivate Movement for Children with Severe to Profound Disabilities

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    Manresa-Yee, Cristina; Morrison, Ann; Larsen, Jeppe Veirum

    2014-01-01

    V-Sense is a vibrotactile interface that encourages children with severe or profound cognitive, sensory and physical impairments to move. The interface makes use of touch, in particular vibrations, as a supportive function to motivate users' actions. Specifically, we propose a vibrotactile...... interface on the arm and around the shoulder using the saltation perceptual illusion to induce movement of the corresponding joint. In this paper we describe the design principles of the interface and the proposed experimental design to evaluate it....

  13. Localization training results in individuals with unilateral severe to profound hearing loss.

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    Firszt, Jill B; Reeder, Ruth M; Dwyer, Noël Y; Burton, Harold; Holden, Laura K

    2015-01-01

    Adults with unilateral hearing loss often demonstrate decreased sound localization ability and report that situations requiring spatial hearing are especially challenging. Few studies have evaluated localization abilities combined with training in this population. The present pilot study examined whether localization of two sound types would improve after training, and explored the relation between localization ability or training benefit and demographic factors. Eleven participants with unilateral severe to profound hearing loss attended five training sessions; localization cues gradually decreased across sessions. Localization ability was assessed pre- and post-training. Assessment stimuli were monosyllabic words and spectral and temporal random spectrogram sounds. Root mean square errors for each participant and stimulus type were used in group and correlation analyses; individual data were examined with ordinary least squares regression. Mean pre-to post-training test results were significantly different for all stimulus types. Among the participants, eight significantly improved following training on at least one localization measure, whereas three did not. Participants with the poorest localization ability improved the most and likewise, those with the best pre-training ability showed the least training benefit. Correlation results suggested that test age, age at onset of severe to profound hearing loss and better ear high frequency audibility may contribute to localization ability. Results support the need for continued investigation of localization training efficacy and consideration of localization training within rehabilitation protocols for individuals with unilateral severe to profound hearing loss. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Static and Dynamic Balance in Congenital Severe to Profound Hearing-Impaired Children

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    Farideh HajiHeydari

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Research conducted since the early 1900s has consistently identified differences between deaf and hearing children on performance of a wide variety of motor tasks, most notably balance. Our study was performed to test static and dynamic balance skills in congenital severe to profound hearing impaired children in comparison with normal age-matched children.Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 30 severe to profound hearing impaired and 40 normal children with age 6 to 10 years old. Bruininks-Oseretsky test of motor proficiency 2, balance subset with 9 parts was used for evaluation of balance skills.Results: Hearing-impaired children showed 16.7 to 100% fail results in 7 parts of the balance subset. In normal children fail result was revealed just in 3 parts of the balance subset from 2.5 to 57.5%, and differences between two groups were significant (p<0.0001. There was a significant difference between two groups in two static balance skills of standing on one leg on a line and standing on one leg on a balance beam with eyes closed (p<0.0001.conclusion: It seems that development of static balance skills are longer than dynamic ones. Because severe to profound hearing-impaired children showed more weakness than normal children in both static and dynamic balance abilities, functional tests of balance proficiency can help to identify balance disorders in these children.

  15. Frequency compression hearing aid for severe-to-profound hearing impairments.

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    Sakamoto, S; Goto, K; Tateno, M; Kaga, K

    2000-10-01

    Objective of this study is to know how a frequency compression hearing aid with new concepts is beneficial for severe-to-profound hearing impairments. (2) Clinical trials of this hearing aid were conducted for 11 severe-to-profound hearing impaired listeners. These 11 wore the frequency compression hearing aid in their daily life and reported subjectively on its performance. Speech recognition tests with five listeners and audio-visual short sentence recognition tests with three listeners were also conducted. This hearing aid can separately adjust the fundamental frequency from the spectral envelope of input speech and can adjust frequency response by use of a post-processing digital filter. (3) Five listeners out of these 11 came to prefer this hearing aid in their daily life and are still wearing it. The results of the speech recognition tests show that the speech recognition scores were not improved for all listeners and the results of the audio-visual short sentence recognition tests do that the audio-visual recognition scores were improved for two listeners. (4) There were some severe-to-profound hearing impaired listeners who preferred the frequency compression hearing aid finally. It is also suggested that the benefits of this hearing aid may be evaluated correctly using not only speech but also visual materials.

  16. Accelerating Dielectrics Design Using Thinking Machines

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    Ramprasad, R.

    2013-03-01

    High energy density capacitors are required for several pulsed power and energy storage applications, including food preservation, nuclear test simulations, electric propulsion of ships and hybrid electric vehicles. The maximum electrostatic energy that can be stored in a capacitor dielectric is proportional to its dielectric constant and the square of its breakdown field. The current standard material for capacitive energy storage is polypropylene which has a large breakdown field but low dielectric constant. We are involved in a search for new classes of polymers superior to polypropylene using first principles computations combined with statistical and machine learning methods. Essential to this search are schemes to efficiently compute the dielectric constant of polymers and the intrinsic dielectric breakdown field, as well as methods to determine the stable structures of new classes of polymers and strategies to efficiently navigate through the polymer chemical space offered by the periodic table. These methodologies have been combined with statistical learning paradigms in order to make property predictions rapidly, and promising classes of polymeric systems for energy storage applications have been identified. This work is being supported by the Office of Naval Research.

  17. Microwave dielectric properties of plant materials

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    Ulaby, F. T.; Jedlicka, R. P.

    1984-01-01

    Three waveguide transmission systems covering the 1-2, 3.5-6.5, and 7.5-8.5 GHZ bands were used to measure the dielectric properties of vegetation material as a function of moisture content and microwave frequency. The materials measured included, primarily, the leaves and stalks of corn and wheat. Dielectric measurements also were made of the liquid included in the vegetation material after it was extracted from the vegetation by mechanical means. The extracted liquids were found to have an equivalent NaCl salinity of about 10 per mil, which can have a significant effect on the dielectric loss at frequencies below 5 GHz. The results of attempts to model the dielectric constant of the vegetatioon-water mixture in terms of the dielectric constants and volume fractions of its constituent parts (i.e., bulk vegetation, air, bound water, and free water) are discussed. Additionally, measurements of the temporal variations in the total attenuation at 10.2 GHz are presented for a corn canopy and a soybean canopy.

  18. Origin of colossal dielectric permittivity of rutile Ti₀.₉In₀.₀₅Nb₀.₀₅O₂: single crystal and polycrystalline.

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Sui, Yu; Liu, Ziyi; Zhang, Yu; Zhan, Hongsheng; Song, Bingqian; Liu, Zhiguo; Lv, Zhe; Tao, Lei; Tang, Jinke

    2016-02-12

    In this paper, we investigated the dielectric properties of (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 single crystal and polycrystalline ceramics. Both of them showed colossal, up to 10(4), dielectric permittivity at room temperature. The single crystal sample showed one dielectric relaxation process with a large dielectric loss. The voltage-dependence of dielectric permittivity and the impedance spectrum suggest that the high dielectric permittivity of single crystal originated from the surface barrier layer capacitor (SBLC). The impedance spectroscopy at different temperature confirmed that the (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 polycrystalline ceramic had semiconductor grains and insulating grain boundaries, and that the activation energies were calculated to be 0.052 eV and 0.35 eV for grain and grain boundary, respectively. The dielectric behavior and impedance spectrum of the polycrystalline ceramic sample indicated that the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) mode made a major contribution to the high ceramic dielectric permittivity, instead of the electron-pinned defect-dipoles.

  19. Origin of colossal dielectric permittivity of rutile Ti0.9In0.05Nb0.05O2: single crystal and polycrystalline

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    Song, Yongli; Wang, Xianjie; Sui, Yu; Liu, Ziyi; Zhang, Yu; Zhan, Hongsheng; Song, Bingqian; Liu, Zhiguo; Lv, Zhe; Tao, Lei; Tang, Jinke

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we investigated the dielectric properties of (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 single crystal and polycrystalline ceramics. Both of them showed colossal, up to 104, dielectric permittivity at room temperature. The single crystal sample showed one dielectric relaxation process with a large dielectric loss. The voltage-dependence of dielectric permittivity and the impedance spectrum suggest that the high dielectric permittivity of single crystal originated from the surface barrier layer capacitor (SBLC). The impedance spectroscopy at different temperature confirmed that the (In + Nb) co-doped rutile TiO2 polycrystalline ceramic had semiconductor grains and insulating grain boundaries, and that the activation energies were calculated to be 0.052 eV and 0.35 eV for grain and grain boundary, respectively. The dielectric behavior and impedance spectrum of the polycrystalline ceramic sample indicated that the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) mode made a major contribution to the high ceramic dielectric permittivity, instead of the electron-pinned defect-dipoles. PMID:26869187

  20. Research Ethics Committees and the Benefits of Involving People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities in Research

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    Boxall, Kathy; Ralph, Sue

    2011-01-01

    Although there is increasing interest in service user involvement in research, such involvement rarely extends to people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. New developments in visual methodologies offer the potential for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities to be included in research. At the same time, however,…

  1. On equilibrium charge distribution above dielectric surface

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    Yu.V. Slyusarenko

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The problem of the equilibrium state of the charged many-particle system above dielectric surface is formulated. We consider the case of the presence of the external attractive pressing field and the case of its absence. The equilibrium distributions of charges and the electric field, which is generated by these charges in the system in the case of ideally plane dielectric surface, are obtained. The solution of electrostatic equations of the system under consideration in case of small spatial heterogeneities caused by the dielectric surface, is also obtained. These spatial inhomogeneities can be caused both by the inhomogeneities of the surface and by the inhomogeneous charge distribution upon it. In particular, the case of the "wavy" spatially periodic surface is considered taking into account the possible presence of the surface charges.

  2. Tailorable Dielectric Material with Complex Permittivity Characteristics

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    Dudley, Kenneth L. (Inventor); Elliott, Holly A (Inventor); Connell, John W. (Inventor); Smith, Joseph G. (Inventor); Ghose, Sayata (Inventor); Watson, Kent A. (Inventor); Delozier, Donavon Mark (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    A dielectric material includes a network of nanosubstrates, such as but not limited to nanotubes, nanosheets, or other nanomaterials or nanostructures, a polymer base material or matrix, and nanoparticles constructed at least partially of an elemental metal. The network has a predetermined nanosubstrate loading percentage by weight with respect to a total weight of the dielectric material, and a preferential or predetermined longitudinal alignment with respect to an orientation of an incident electrical field. A method of forming the dielectric material includes depositing the metal-based nanoparticles onto the nanosubstrates and subsequently mixing these with a polymer matrix. Once mixed, alignment can be achieved by melt extrusion or a similar mechanical shearing process. Alignment of the nanosubstrate may be in horizontal or vertical direction with respect to the orientation of an incident electrical field.

  3. High Performance Composite Dielectric Ink for Ultracapacitors

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    Rolin, Terry D. (Inventor); Hill, Curtis W. (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    The present invention is a dielectric ink and means for printing using said ink. Approximately 10-20% of the ink is a custom organic vehicle made of a polar solvent and a binder. Approximately 30-70% of the ink is a dielectric powder having an average particle diameter of approximately 10-750 nm. Approximately 5-15% of the ink is a dielectric constant glass. Approximately 10-35% of the ink is an additional amount of solvent. The ink is deposited on a printing substrate to form at least one printed product, which is then dried and cured to remove the solvent and binder, respectively. The printed product then undergoes sintering in an inert gas atmosphere.

  4. High efficiency dielectric metasurfaces at visible wavelengths

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    Devlin, Robert C; Chen, Wei-Ting; Oh, Jaewon; Capasso, Federico

    2016-01-01

    Metasurfaces are planar optical elements that hold promise for overcoming the limitations of refractive and conventional diffractive optics1-3. Dielectric metasurfaces demonstrated thus far4-10 are limited to transparency windows at infrared wavelengths because of significant optical absorption and loss at visible wavelengths. It is critical that new materials and fabrication techniques be developed for dielectric metasurfaces at visible wavelengths to enable applications such as three-dimensional displays, wearable optics and planar optical systems11. Here, we demonstrate high performance titanium dioxide dielectric metasurfaces in the form of holograms for red, green and blue wavelengths with record absolute efficiency (>78%). We use atomic layer deposition of amorphous titanium dioxide that exhibits low surface roughness of 0.738 nm and ideal optical properties. To fabricate the metasurfaces we use a lift-off-like process that allows us to produce highly anisotropic nanofins with shape birefringence. This ...

  5. Studies on metal-dielectric plasmonic structures.

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    Chettiar, Uday K. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Liu, Zhengtong (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Thoreson, Mark D. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Shalaev, Vladimir M. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Drachev, Vladimir P. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Pack, Michael Vern; Kildishev, Alexander V. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Nyga, Piotr (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN)

    2010-01-01

    The interaction of light with nanostructured metal leads to a number of fascinating phenomena, including plasmon oscillations that can be harnessed for a variety of cutting-edge applications. Plasmon oscillation modes are the collective oscillation of free electrons in metals under incident light. Previously, surface plasmon modes have been used for communication, sensing, nonlinear optics and novel physics studies. In this report, we describe the scientific research completed on metal-dielectric plasmonic films accomplished during a multi-year Purdue Excellence in Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories. A variety of plasmonic structures, from random 2D metal-dielectric films to 3D composite metal-dielectric films, have been studied in this research for applications such as surface-enhanced Raman sensing, tunable superlenses with resolutions beyond the diffraction limit, enhanced molecular absorption, infrared obscurants, and other real-world applications.

  6. Method for fabrication of crack-free ceramic dielectric films

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    Ma, Beihai; Narayanan, Manoj; Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Chao, Sheng; Liu, Shanshan

    2017-12-05

    The invention provides a process for forming crack-free dielectric films on a substrate. The process comprises the application of a dielectric precursor layer of a thickness from about 0.3 .mu.m to about 1.0 .mu.m to a substrate. The deposition is followed by low temperature heat pretreatment, prepyrolysis, pyrolysis and crystallization step for each layer. The deposition, heat pretreatment, prepyrolysis, pyrolysis and crystallization are repeated until the dielectric film forms an overall thickness of from about 1.5 .mu.m to about 20.0 .mu.m and providing a final crystallization treatment to form a thick dielectric film. The process provides a thick crack-free dielectric film on a substrate, the dielectric forming a dense thick crack-free dielectric having an overall dielectric thickness of from about 1.5 .mu.m to about 20.0 .mu.m.

  7. Dielectric and thermal studies on gel grown strontium tartrate ...

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    /fulltext/boms/033/04/0377-0382. Keywords. Permittivity; polarization effects; strontium tartrate; thermal properties; dielectric properties. Abstract. Results of dielectric and thermal studies on strontium tartrate pentahydrate crystals are described.

  8. Method for fabrication of crack-free ceramic dielectric films

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    Ma, Beihai; Balachandran, Uthamalingam; Chao, Sheng; Liu, Shanshan; Narayanan, Manoj

    2014-02-11

    The invention provides a process for forming crack-free dielectric films on a substrate. The process comprise the application of a dielectric precursor layer of a thickness from about 0.3 .mu.m to about 1.0 .mu.m to a substrate. The deposition is followed by low temperature heat pretreatment, prepyrolysis, pyrolysis and crystallization step for each layer. The deposition, heat pretreatment, prepyrolysis, pyrolysis and crystallization are repeated until the dielectric film forms an overall thickness of from about 1.5 .mu.m to about 20.0 .mu.m and providing a final crystallization treatment to form a thick dielectric film. Also provided was a thick crack-free dielectric film on a substrate, the dielectric forming a dense thick crack-free dielectric having an overall dielectric thickness of from about 1.5 .mu.m to about 20.0 .mu.m.

  9. New calibration algorithms for dielectric-based microwave moisture sensors

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    New calibration algorithms for determining moisture content in granular and particulate materials from measurement of the dielectric properties at a single microwave frequency are proposed. The algorithms are based on identifying empirically correlations between the dielectric properties and the par...

  10. Direct measurement of the dielectric polarization properties of DNA

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    Cuervo, Ana; Dans, Pablo D.; Carrascosa, José L.; Orozco, Modesto; Gomila, Gabriel; Fumagalli, Laura

    2014-01-01

    The electric polarizability of DNA, represented by the dielectric constant, is a key intrinsic property that modulates DNA interaction with effector proteins. Surprisingly, it has so far remained unknown owing to the lack of experimental tools able to access it. Here, we experimentally resolved it by detecting the ultraweak polarization forces of DNA inside single T7 bacteriophages particles using electrostatic force microscopy. In contrast to the common assumption of low-polarizable behavior like proteins (εr ∼ 2–4), we found that the DNA dielectric constant is ∼8, considerably higher than the value of ∼3 found for capsid proteins. State-of-the-art molecular dynamic simulations confirm the experimental findings, which result in sensibly decreased DNA interaction free energy than normally predicted by Poisson–Boltzmann methods. Our findings reveal a property at the basis of DNA structure and functions that is needed for realistic theoretical descriptions, and illustrate the synergetic power of scanning probe microscopy and theoretical computation techniques. PMID:25136104

  11. A high energy density relaxor antiferroelectric pulsed capacitor dielectric

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    Jo, Hwan Ryul; Lynch, Christopher S. [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States)

    2016-01-14

    Pulsed capacitors require high energy density and low loss, properties that can be realized through selection of composition. Ceramic (Pb{sub 0.88}La{sub 0.08})(Zr{sub 0.91}Ti{sub 0.09})O{sub 3} was found to be an ideal candidate. La{sup 3+} doping and excess PbO were used to produce relaxor antiferroelectric behavior with slim and slanted hysteresis loops to reduce the dielectric hysteresis loss, to increase the dielectric strength, and to increase the discharge energy density. The discharge energy density of this composition was found to be 3.04 J/cm{sup 3} with applied electric field of 170 kV/cm, and the energy efficiency, defined as the ratio of the discharge energy density to the charging energy density, was 0.920. This high efficiency reduces the heat generated under cyclic loading and improves the reliability. The properties were observed to degrade some with temperature increase above 80 °C. Repeated electric field cycles up to 10 000 cycles were applied to the specimen with no observed performance degradation.

  12. Theory of the dielectric wakefield accelerator

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    Mtingwa, S.K.

    1990-10-01

    The general theory for all angular modes m of the dielectric wakefield accelerator is reformulated. The expressions for the accelerating electric fields and transverse wake forces are written in terms of matrices, the zeros of one of which determine the excitation frequencies of the dielectric structure. In this scheme it is possible to obtain a maximum accelerating gradient of 2.0 megavolts per meter per nanoCoulomb of driver beam charge, for a driver beam of 0.7 millimeters rms bunch length. 29 refs., 5 figs.

  13. FDTD Method for Piecewise Homogeneous Dielectric Media

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    Zh. O. Dombrovskaya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we consider a numerical solution of Maxwell’s curl equations for piecewise uniform dielectric medium by the example of a one-dimensional problem. For obtaining the second order accuracy, the electric field grid node is placed into the permittivity discontinuity point of the medium. If the dielectric permittivity is large, the problem becomes singularly perturbed and a contrast structure appears. We propose a piecewise quasi-uniform mesh which resolves all characteristic solution parts of the problem (regular part, boundary layer and transition zone placed between them in detail. The features of the mesh are discussed. 

  14. Spontaneous emission from active dielectric microstructures

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    Søndergaard, Thomas; Tromborg, Bjarne

    2001-01-01

    Spontaneous emission is one of the key factors that determine the noise properties of photonic devices and the pump power threshold of lasers. The spontaneous emission in dielectric microstructures (micro-cavities, photonic crystals, optical waveguides, etc.) can to some extend be controlled...... and engineered due to the dependence of the emission rate on the location and polarisation of the emitters in the structure. This paper addresses the methods of quantum electrodynamics of dielectric media which enable calculation of the local rate of spontaneous emission in active microstructures....

  15. Dielectric insulation and high-voltage issues

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    Tommasini, D

    2010-01-01

    Electrical faults are in most cases dramatic events for magnets, due to the large stored energy which is potentially available to be dissipated at the fault location. After a reminder of the principles of electrostatics in Section 1, the basic mechanisms of conduction and breakdown in dielectrics are summarized in Section 2. Section 3 introduces the types and function of the electrical insulation in magnets, and Section 4 its relevant failure mechanisms. Section 5 deals with ageing and, finally, Section 6 gives some principles for testing. Though the School specifically dealt with warm magnets, for completeness some principles of dielectric insulation for superconducting accelerator magnets are briefly summarized in a dedicated appendix.

  16. The dielectric function of condensed systems

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    Keldysh, LV; Kirzhnitz, DA

    1989-01-01

    Much progress has been made in the understanding of the general properties of the dielectric function and in the calculation of this quantity for many classes of media. This volume gathers together the considerable information available and presents a detailed overview of the present status of the theory of electromagnetic response functions, whilst simultaneously covering a wide range of problems in its application to condensed matter physics.The following subjects are covered:- the dielectric function of the homogeneous electron gas, of crystalline systems, and of inh

  17. Dielectric barrier discharge actuator for vehicle drag reduction at highway speeds

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    Subrata Roy

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We propose and demonstrate reduction of aerodynamic drag for a realistic geometry at highway speeds using serpentine dielectric barrier discharge actuators. A comparable linear plasma actuator fails to reduce the drag at these speeds. Experimental data collected for linear and serpentine plasma actuators under quiescent operating conditions show that the serpentine design has profound effect on near wall flow structure and resulting drag. For certain actuator arrangement, the measured drag reduced by over 14% at 26.8 m/s (60 mph and over 10% at 31.3 m/s (70 mph opening up realistic possibility of reasonable energy savings for full scale ground vehicles. In addition, the power consumption data and drag reduction effectiveness for different input signals are also presented.

  18. Dielectric Properties of Marsh Vegetation in a Frequency Range of 0.1-18 GHz Under Variation of Temperature and Moisture

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    Romanov, A. N.; Kochetkova, T. D.; Suslyaev, V. I.; Shcheglova, A. S.

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    Dielectric characteristics of some species of marsh vegetation: lichen Cladonia stellaris (Opiz) Pouzar, moss Sphagnum, and a representative of Bryidae mosses - Dicranum polysetum are studied in the frequency range from 100 MHz to 18 GHz. At a frequency of 1.41 GHz, the influence of temperature in the range from -12 to +20°C on the behavior of dielectric characteristics of mosses, lichens, and peat is studied. The dependences of the dielectric characteristics of vegetation on the volumetric wetness are established.

  19. Dielectric measurements on PWB materials at microwave frequencies

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    In quest of finding new substrate for printed wiring board (PWB) having low dielectric constant, we have made PSF/PMMA blends and evaluated the dielectric parameters at 8.92 GHz frequency and at 35°C temperature. Incorporating PMMA in PSF matrix results in reduced dielectric constant than that of pure PSF.

  20. Elaboration and dielectric characterization of a doped ferroelectric ...

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    ... 1150,1180 and 1200 °C successively to optimize the sintering temperature optimal where the density of the sample is maximum (near theoretical density) and therefore the product has better physical quality. The study of dielectric properties of all samples showed a high permittivity dielectric εr = 18018, low dielectric loss: ...

  1. RF cavity using liquid dielectric for tuning and cooling

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    Popovic, Milorad [Warrenville, IL; Johnson, Rolland P [Newport News, VA

    2012-04-17

    A system for accelerating particles includes an RF cavity that contains a ferrite core and a liquid dielectric. Characteristics of the ferrite core and the liquid dielectric, among other factors, determine the resonant frequency of the RF cavity. The liquid dielectric is circulated to cool the ferrite core during the operation of the system.

  2. Norbornylene-based polymer systems for dielectric applications

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    Dirk, Shawn M [Albuquerque, NM; Wheeler, David R [Albuquerque, NM

    2012-07-17

    A capacitor having at least one electrode pair being separated by a dielectric component, with the dielectric component being made of a polymer such as a norbornylene-containing polymer with a dielectric constant greater than 3 and a dissipation factor less than 0.1 where the capacitor has an operating temperature greater than 100.degree. C. and less than 170.degree. C.

  3. Use of material dielectric properties for agricultural applications

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    The use of dielectric properties of materials for applications in agriculture are reviewed, and research findings on use of dielectric heating of materials and on sensing of product moisture content and other quality factors are discussed. Dielectric heating applications, include treatment of seed...

  4. Use of material dielectric properties in agricultural applications

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    The use of dielectric properties of materials for applications in agriculture are reviewed, and research findings on use of dielectric heating of materials and on sensing of product moisture content and other quality factors are discussed. Dielectric heating applications, include treatment of seed...

  5. Dielectric properties of Al-substituted Co ferrite nanoparticles

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    The low dielectric behaviour makes ferrite materials useful in high frequency applications. Keywords. Co-Al-ferrites; sol–gel; nanoparticles; dielectric constant; dielectric loss tangent. 1. Introduction. Spinel ferrites are an important class of compounds hav- ing large variety of electronic, magnetic and catalytic properties as ...

  6. Temperature dependence of the dielectric properties of rubber wood

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    Mohammed Firoz Kabir; Wan M. Daud; Kaida B. Khalid; Haji A.A. Sidek

    2001-01-01

    The effect of temperature on the dielectric properties of rubber wood was investigated in three anisotropic directions—longitudinal, radial, and tangential, and at different measurement frequencies. Low frequency measurements were conducted with a dielectric spectrometer, and high frequencies used microwave applied with open-ended coaxial probe sensors. Dielectric...

  7. Internal dielectric transduction: optimal position and frequency scaling.

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    Weinstein, Dana; Bhave, Sunil A

    2007-12-01

    We propose the optimal design for "internal dielectric transduction" of longitudinal bulk mode resonators. This transduction increases in efficiency as the dielectric thickness approaches half the acoustic wavelength. With dielectric films at positions of maximum strain (minimum displacement) in the resonator, 60 GHz resonators are proposed with 50 Omega motional impedance.

  8. Maturation of the mitochondrial redox response to profound asphyxia in fetal sheep.

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    Paul P Drury

    Full Text Available Fetal susceptibility to hypoxic brain injury increases over the last third of gestation. This study examined the hypothesis that this is associated with impaired mitochondrial adaptation, as measured by more rapid oxidation of cytochrome oxidase (CytOx during profound asphyxia.Chronically instrumented fetal sheep at 0.6, 0.7, and 0.85 gestation were subjected to either 30 min (0.6 gestational age (ga, n = 6, 25 min (0.7 ga, n = 27 or 15 min (0.85 ga, n = 17 of complete umbilical cord occlusion. Fetal EEG, cerebral impedance (to measure brain swelling and near-infrared spectroscopy-derived intra-cerebral oxygenation (ΔHb = HbO(2 - Hb, total hemoglobin (THb and CytOx redox state were monitored continuously. Occlusion was associated with profound, rapid fall in ΔHb in all groups to a plateau from 6 min, greatest at 0.85 ga compared to 0.6 and 0.7 ga (p<0.05. THb initially increased at all ages, with the greatest rise at 0.85 ga (p<0.05, followed by a progressive fall from 7 min in all groups. CytOx initially increased in all groups with the greatest rise at 0.85 ga (p<0.05, followed by a further, delayed increase in preterm fetuses, but a striking fall in the 0.85 group after 6 min of occlusion. Cerebral impedance (a measure of cytotoxic edema increased earlier and more rapidly with greater gestation. In conclusion, the more rapid rise in CytOx and cortical impedance during profound asphyxia with greater maturation is consistent with increasing dependence on oxidative metabolism leading to earlier onset of neural energy failure before the onset of systemic hypotension.

  9. Effect of profound normovolemic hypotension and moderate hypothermia on circulating cytokines and adhesion molecules.

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    Hansen, D; Bogatzki, S; Syben, R; Bechrakis, N E; Dopjans, D; Spies, C; Welte, M; Schaffartzik, W

    1999-11-01

    Hypotension caused by hypovolemic, hemorrhagic shock induces disturbances in the immune system that may contribute to an increased susceptibility to sepsis. The effect of chemically induced hypotension on circulating cytokines and adhesion molecules has not been investigated yet. In 21 patients scheduled for resection of malignant choroidal melanoma of the eye the perioperative serum levels of the cytokines IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-alpha, and the adhesion molecules sE-Selectin and sICAM-1 were investigated. Moderate hypothermia of 32 degrees C was induced in all patients. In 14 patients profound hypotension (mean arterial blood pressure 35-40 mmHg, hypotension group) was induced by enalapril and nitroglycerin for a mean duration of 71 min. In 7 patients the tumor was not resectable, and hypotension was not induced (controls). We did not detect significant differences in serum levels of cytokines or sE-Selectin perioperatively in patients with profound hypotension compared with controls. In both groups IL-6 serum levels increased significantly and reached a maximum after rewarming (17 +/- 6 and 16 +/- 5 pg/dL, respectively, P < 0.001). IL-1beta, IL-10, and TNF-alpha did not change perioperatively in both groups. On the first postoperative day sICAM-1 serum levels were significantly increased in both groups (mean increase of 96 and 54 ng/mL, respectively, P < 0.01 and P < 0.05). We conclude from this study that profound normovolemic arterial hypotension does not seem to have effects on serum levels of circulating IL-1beta, IL-6, IL-10, TNF-alpha, and sE-Selectin. Perioperative moderate hypothermia may be the reason for the postoperative increase in sICAM-1 levels independent of the blood pressure.

  10. Acute profound thrombocytopenia associated with readministration of eptifibatide: case report and review of the literature.

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    Russell, Kimberly N; Schnabel, Joseph G; Rochetto, Richard P; Tanner, Matthew C

    2009-07-01

    The glycoprotein IIb-IIIa inhibitor eptifibatide has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of acute coronary syndromes and during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Case reports of acute profound thrombocytopenia have been reported with eptifibatide, yet the true incidence of this reaction is unknown. We describe a 50-year-old woman with severe coronary artery disease who developed acute profound thrombocytopenia after readministration of eptifibatide. Eptifibatide was administered through hospital day 3, when it was discontinued in preparation for coronary angiography and PCI; the drug was restarted on day 5. On hospital day 6, she was noted to have a platelet count below 5 x 10(3)/mm,(3) indicating a profound decrease from a baseline of 456 x 10(3)/mm(3) on admission. Eptifibatide, heparin, vancomycin, and clopidogrel were potential causative agents. Anticoagulation and vancomycin were stopped, and her platelet count increased to 30 x 10(3)/mm(3) on day 7. Subsequent reexposure to heparin and vancomycin yielded no adverse effects. The patient's platelet count increased over the remainder of her hospitalization, and she was discharged home on day 19. Based on clinical presentation and negative heparin platelet factor 4 antibody test, eptifibatide was the most likely cause of thrombocytopenia. Use of the Naranjo adverse drug reaction probability scale indicated that eptifibatide was the probable cause of thrombocytopenia (score of 5); scores of 1 (possible) or 0 (doubtful) were derived with heparin, vancomycin, and clopidogrel. We conducted a literature search and compiled information from published case reports to describe the pattern of onset and recovery of eptifibatide-induced thrombocytopenia. In all patients receiving eptifibatide, routine platelet counts should be monitored at baseline and within 2-6 hours after starting the drug.

  11. The Differential Effects of Attentional Focus in Children with Moderate and Profound Visual Impairments

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    Scott W. T. McNamara

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available It has been consistently reported that an external focus of attention leads to better motor performance than an internal focus, but no research to date has explored this effect in a population with visual impairments (VI. External focus statements typically reference something in the environment (e.g., target that may be difficult to conceptualize for people with VI since they cannot generate a visual representation of the object of focus. Internal focus statements could be more closely identifiable with proprioception that is not impaired in this population. Recent studies have reported that sighted adults with temporarily obstructed vision are able to receive an external focus benefit when performing discrete tasks (i.e., golf putt and vertical jump, however, it is unclear if those with VI would experience the same benefit. The purpose of this investigation was to compare how an internal focus and external focus impact the balance of children with VI. Eighteen children with VI were grouped into a moderate (n = 11 and a profound VI group (n = 7. Participants completed a familiarization trial, an internal focus trial (i.e., focusing on feet and an external focus trial (i.e., focusing on markers in a counterbalanced order. The moderate VI group had a lower root mean square error while using an external focus (p = 0.04, while the profound VI group did not differ between conditions (p > 0.05. These results suggest that while performing a task reliant on sensory feedback, an external focus benefit may be dependent on the severity of VI. Further research is needed to examine whether external focus statements can be presented in a way that may be more intuitive to those with profound VI. These findings may help to influence how professionals in health-related fields (e.g., physical therapist and physical educators give instructions on motor performance to populations with VI.

  12. Ceramic-polymer nanocomposites with increased dielectric permittivity and low dielectric loss

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    Bhardwaj, Sumit; Paul, Joginder; Raina, K. K.; Thakur, N. S.; Kumar, Ravi

    2014-04-01

    The use of lead free materials in device fabrication is very essential from environmental point of view. We have synthesized the lead free ferroelectric polymer nanocomposite films with increased dielectric properties. Lead free bismuth titanate has been used as active ceramic nanofillers having crystallite size 24nm and PVDF as the polymer matrix. Ferroelectric β-phase of the polymer composite films was confirmed by X-ray diffraction pattern. Mapping data confirms the homogeneous dispersion of ceramic particles into the polymer matrix. Frequency dependent dielectric constant increases up to 43.4 at 100Hz, whereas dielectric loss decreases with 7 wt% bismuth titanate loading. This high dielectric constant lead free ferroelectric polymer films can be used for energy density applications.

  13. Dielectric elastomers, with very high dielectric permittivity, based on silicone and ionic interpenetrating networks

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    Yu, Liyun; Madsen, Frederikke Bahrt; Hvilsted, Søren

    2015-01-01

    permittivity and the Young's modulus of the elastomer. One system that potentially achieves this involves interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs), based on commercial silicone elastomers and ionic networks from amino- and carboxylic acid-functional silicones. The applicability of these materials as DEs...... is demonstrated herein, and a number of many and important parameters, such as dielectric permittivity/loss, viscoelastic properties and dielectric breakdown strength, are investigated. Ionic and silicone elastomer IPNs are promising prospects for dielectric elastomer actuators, since very high permittivities...... are obtained while dielectric breakdown strength and Young's modulus are not compromised. These good overall properties stem from the softening effect and very high permittivity of ionic networks – as high as ε′ = 7500 at 0.1 Hz – while the silicone elastomer part of the IPN provides mechanical integrity...

  14. Very high breakdown field strength for dielectric elastomer actuators quenched in dielectric liquid bath

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    La, Thanh-Giang; Lau, Gih-Keong

    2013-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) are prone to failure by pull-in instability. However, this work showed that DEAs, which were immersed in a silicone oil bath (Dow Corning Fluid 200 50cSt), can survive the pull-instability and operates beyond the pull-in voltage. Membrane DEAs (VHB 4905), which were pre-stretched bi-axially at 200% strain and immersed in the oil bath, survived a very high eld strength (>800 MV/m) and demonstrated areal strains up to 140%. The dielectric strength, achieved in the immersion, is approximately two times larger than that in the air (450 MV/m). This is achieved because the dielectric liquid bath helps to quench the localized electrical breakdown, which would have discharged sparks and burnt the dielectric lm in the air.

  15. Spider Silk Violin Strings with a Unique Packing Structure Generate a Soft and Profound Timbre

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    Osaki, Shigeyoshi

    2012-04-01

    We overcome the difficulties in pulling long draglines from spiders, twist bundles of dragline filaments, and succeed in preparing violin strings. The twisting is found to change the cross section shapes of filaments from circular to polygonal and to optimize the packing structure with no openings among filaments providing mechanically strong and elastic strings. The spider string signal peaks of overtones for the violin are relatively large at high frequencies, generating a soft and profound timbre. Such a preferable timbre is considered to be due to the unique polygonal packing structure which provides valuable knowledge for developing new types of materials.

  16. A profound case of neurally mediated syncope with asystole after septoplasty.

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    Ruhl, Douglas S; Ramsey, Mitchell J; Ruffin, David M

    2012-06-01

    Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is an alarming yet benign condition that may present postoperatively for the first time in otherwise healthy patients. Although VVS is associated anecdotally with nasal manipulation, no data have been found to quantify this incidence with otolaryngology surgeries. We present a case of profound, recurrent syncope and documented asystole with an initial diagnosis of glossopharyngeal neuralgia. We conclude with a discussion of neurally mediated syncope particular to the perioperative setting. It is essential to recognize neurocardiogenic etiology to differentiate it from other more concerning causes of syncope and asystole. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  17. Developmental dysgraphia with profound hearing impairment: intervention by auditory methods enabled by cochlear implant.

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    Fukushima, Kunihiro; Kawasaki, Akihiro; Nagayasu, Rie; Kunisue, Kazuya; Maeda, Yukihide; Kariya, Shin; Kataoka, Yuko; Nishizaki, Kazunori

    2008-06-01

    Learning disability combined with hearing impairment (LDHI) is a poor prognostic factor for the language development of hearing impaired children after educational intervention. A typical example of a child with LDHI and effective interventions provided by cochlear implants are presented in this report. A case of congenital cytomegaloviral infection that showed dysgraphia as well as profound deafness was reported and an underlying visual processing problem diagnosed in the present case caused the patient's dysgraphia. The dysgraphia could be circumvented by the use of auditory memory fairly established by a cochlear implant.

  18. Lemierre’s Syndrome Associated with Mechanical Ventilation and Profound Deafness

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    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Lemierre’s syndrome is a rare disorder that is characterized by anaerobic organisms inducing a thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein (IJV following a course of oropharyngeal infection. It often occurs in young and healthy patients. Clinicians continuously misinterpret early symptoms until infection disseminates systematically and life-threatening sepsis transpires. We report the case of a 58-year-old female developing Lemierre’s syndrome accompanied by invasive ventilation support and a profound deafness requiring the implementation of a cochlear implant. This is one of two reported cases of Lemierre’s syndrome associated with mechanical ventilation support and the only case associated with a cochlear implant.

  19. Odor-Induced Neuronal Rhythms in the Olfactory Bulb Are Profoundly Modified in ob/ob Obese Mice.

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    Chelminski, Yan; Magnan, Christophe; Luquet, Serge H; Everard, Amandine; Meunier, Nicolas; Gurden, Hirac; Martin, Claire

    2017-01-01

    Leptin, the product of the Ob(Lep) gene, is a peptide hormone that plays a major role in maintaining the balance between food intake and energy expenditure. In the brain, leptin receptors are expressed by hypothalamic cells but also in the olfactory bulb, the first central structure coding for odors, suggesting a precise function of this hormone in odor-evoked activities. Although olfaction plays a key role in feeding behavior, the ability of the olfactory bulb to integrate the energy-related signal leptin is still missing. Therefore, we studied the fate of odor-induced activity in the olfactory bulb in the genetic context of leptin deficiency using the obese ob/ob mice. By means of an odor discrimination task with concomitant local field potential recordings, we showed that ob/ob mice perform better than wild-type (WT) mice in the early stage of the task. This behavioral gain of function was associated in parallel with profound changes in neuronal oscillations in the olfactory bulb. The distribution of the peaks in the gamma frequency range was shifted toward higher frequencies in ob/ob mice compared to WT mice before learning. More notably, beta oscillatory activity, which has been shown previously to be correlated with olfactory discrimination learning, was longer and stronger in expert ob/ob mice after learning. Since oscillations in the olfactory bulb emerge from mitral to granule cell interactions, our results suggest that cellular dynamics in the olfactory bulb are deeply modified in ob/ob mice in the context of olfactory learning.

  20. Dielectric and impedance study of praseodymium substituted Mg-based spinel ferrites

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    Farid, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir, E-mail: tahirfaridbzu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Bahauddin Zakariya, University Multan, 60800 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Ishtiaq; Ali, Irshad [Department of Physics, Bahauddin Zakariya, University Multan, 60800 (Pakistan); Ramay, Shahid M. [College of Science, Physics and Astronomy Department, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, 11451 Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Mahmood, Asif [Chemical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Murtaza, G. [Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics, GC University, Lahore 5400 (Pakistan)

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    Highlights: • Magnesium based spinel ferrites were successfully synthesized by sol-gel method. • Dielectric constant shows the normal spinel ferrites behavior. • The dc conductivity are found to decrease with increasing temperature. • The samples with low conductivity have high values of activation energy. • The Impedance decreases with increasing frequency of applied field. - Abstract: Spinel ferrites with nominal composition MgPr{sub y}Fe{sub 2−y}O{sub 4} (y = 0.00, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.10) were prepared by sol-gel method. Temperature dependent DC electrical conductivity and drift mobility were found in good agreement with each other, reflecting semiconducting behavior. The dielectric properties of all the samples as a function of frequency (1 MHz–3 GHz) were measured at room temperature. The dielectric constant and complex dielectric constant of these samples decreased with the increase of praseodymium concentration. In the present spinel ferrite, Cole–Cole plots were used to separate the grain and grain boundary’s effects. The substitution of praseodymium ions in Mg-based spinel ferrites leads to a remarkable rise of grain boundary’s resistance as compared to the grain’s resistance. As both AC conductivity and Cole–Cole plots are the functions of concentration, they reveal the dominant contribution of grain boundaries in the conduction mechanism. AC activation energy was lower than dc activation energy. Temperature dependence normalized AC susceptibility of spinel ferrites reveals that MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibits multi domain (MD) structure with high Curie temperature while on substitution of praseodymium, MD to SD transitions occurs. The low values of conductivity and low dielectric loss make these materials best candidate for high frequency application.

  1. Research on High-Specific-Heat Dielectrics.

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    1987-05-11

    parameter A was set to 10. Circles denote the same data (Cm ) with a different A and after renormalizing Cp and Cm at (T/T N ) = 0.8. inversely as the...P 2 - ,7- is the dielectric V larization energy including the coupling to the externa . electric field 1, and finally the coupling terms, .J h~7 P2 2

  2. Photoconductivity and dielectric studies of potassium pentaborate ...

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    Single crystal of potassium pentaborate (KB5) has been grown by solution growth technique. FTIR and laser Raman measurements are carried out to make a qualitative analysis on KB5 crystal. Dielectric behaviour of the KB5 crystal has been studied in the microwave region using K-band microwave bench equipped with ...

  3. Structural, optical spectroscopy, optical conductivity and dielectric ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 39; Issue 7 ... Spectral dependence of optical parameters; real and imaginaryparts of the dielectric function, refractive index, extinction coefficient and absorption coefficient were carried out in the range between 1.4 and 4.96 eV by using the ellipsometry experiments.

  4. Spectroscopic, morphological, thermal and dielectrical analysis of ...

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    2017-09-27

    Sep 27, 2017 ... thesis of composite is evident from FTIR, XRD and SEM characterization techniques. The composite shows improved thermal stability as compared with pure PTh, which opens the gate for the material to be used for high-temperature appli- cation purposes. Dielectric study shows that the presence of.

  5. Conductivity, dielectric behaviour and magnetoelectric effect in ...

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    intensity of the magnetic field. The maximum value of ME coefficient was observed for 75% ferroelectric phase composite. Keywords. Conductivity; dielectric behaviour; magnetoelectric effect; CuFe2O4; BaTiO3. 1. Introduction. Magnetoelectric composites consist of two phases viz. piezoelectric and piezomagnetic. The ME ...

  6. Partial discharges and bulk dielectric field enhancement

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Johansson, Torben

    2000-01-01

    A consequence of partial discharge activity within a gaseous void is the production of a field enhancement in the solid dielectric in the proximity of the void. This situation arises due to the charge created by the partial discharges accumulating at the void wall. The influence of the spatial...

  7. Effects of Radiation on Capacitor Dielectrics

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    Bouquet, F. L.; Somoano, R. B.; Frickland, P. O.

    1987-01-01

    Data gathered on key design parameters. Report discusses study of electrical and mechanical properties of irradiated polymer dielectric materials. Data compiled for use by designers of high-energy-density capacitors that operate in presence of ionizing radiation. Study focused on polycarbonates, polyetheretherketones, polymethylpentenes, polyimides (including polyetherimide), polyolefins, polysulfones (including polyethersulfone and polyphenylsulfone), and polyvinylidene fluorides.

  8. Large scale processing of dielectric electroactive polymers

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    Vudayagiri, Sindhu

    Efficient processing techniques are vital to the success of any manufacturing industry. The processing techniques determine the quality of the products and thus to a large extent the performance and reliability of the products that are manufactured. The dielectric electroactive polymer (DEAP...

  9. Femtosecond laser excitation of dielectric materials

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    Wædegaard, Kristian Juncher; Balling, Peter; Frislev, Martin Thomas

    2012-01-01

    We report an approach to modeling the interaction between ultrashort laser pulses and dielectric materials. The model includes the excitation of carriers by the laser through strongfield excitation, collisional excitation, and absorption in the plasma consisting of conduction-band electrons formed...

  10. Characterization of Dielectric Electroactive Polymer transducers

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    Nielsen, Dennis; Møller, Martin B.; Sarban, Rahimullah

    2014-01-01

    This paper analysis the small-signal model of the Dielectric Electro Active Polymer (DEAP) transducer. The DEAP transducer have been proposed as an alternative to the electrodynamic transducer in sound reproduction systems. In order to understand how the DEAP transducer works, and provide...

  11. Development of dielectric window to conductor assembly

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    Heikinheimo, L.; Nuutinen, S.; Taehtinen, S. [VTT Manufacturing Technology, Espoo (Finland). Materials and Structural Integrity

    1998-12-31

    The report summarises the work done by Association Euratom-Tekes in developing manufacturing procedures for vacuum tight ceramic to metal joints and in manufacturing full scale components for the ICRF vacuum window construction. The development started at VTT Manufacturing Technology in 1996 under the Task T238.2 and continued in 1997 under the Underlying Technology tasks. In the design of the components, the following issues were addressed and resolved: (1) The choice of dielectric material; The choice is made as the best compromise among nuclear, mechanical, and thermal properties, but in due consideration of material availability, fabrication issues and response to cyclic loads, (2) Layout and detailed design. The shape of the dielectric window is optimized to minimize electric fields in the dielectric materials; The optimised field distribution is computed in a 2D geometry; The design includes thermal calculation and the cooling layout and includes provision for remote handling replacement in one block, (3) Metal/dielectric joining. The joining technology is selected and justified. Joining tests on material selections to verify the applicability has been done, the validation of the design pre-prototype tests have been carried out selectively. The steps for the manufacture of these full scale components are described in the report with the appropriate concluding remarks and suggestions for the further actions. (orig.)

  12. imide, crystal structure, thermal and dielectric studies

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    IR and Raman spectroscopies and its crystal structure is confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction method. The X-ray studies on ... Di-cationic ionic liquids; crystal structure; dielectric; thermal properties. 1. Introduction. The chemistry of ionic ... exposed in various emerging areas as solvents of high tem- perature organic ...

  13. Dielectric characterisation of human tissue samples

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    Rossum, W.L. van; Nennie, F.; Deiana, D.; Veen, A.J. van der; Monni, S.

    2014-01-01

    The electrical properties of tissues samples are required for investigation and simulation purposes in biomedical applications of EM sensors. While available open literature mostly deals with ex-vivo characterization of isolated tissues, knowledge on dielectric properties of these tissues in their

  14. Actuation response of polyacrylate dielectric elastomers

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    Kofod, G.; Kornbluh, R.; Pelrine, R.

    2001-01-01

    Polyacrylate dielectric elastomers have yielded extremely large strain and elastic energy density suggesting that they are useful for many actuator applications. A thorough understanding of the physics underlying the mechanism of the observed response to an electric field can help develop improve...

  15. Electrical breakdown phenomena of dielectric elastomers

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    Mateiu, Ramona Valentina; Yu, Liyun; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    2017-01-01

    years. However, optimization with respect to the dielectric permittivity solely may lead to other problematic phenomena such as premature electrical breakdown. In this work, we investigate the electrical breakdown phenomena of various types of permittivity-enhanced silicone elastomers. Two types...

  16. 7th International Symposium on Gaseous Dielectrics

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    James, David

    1994-01-01

    The Seventh International Symposium on Gaseous Dielectrics was held in Knoxville, Tennessee, U. S. A. , on April 24-28, 1994. The symposium continued the interdisciplinary character and comprehensive approach of the preceding six symposia. Gaseous DielecIries VII is a detailed record of the symposium proceedings. It covers recent advances and developments in a wide range of basic, applied and industrial areas of gaseous dielectrics. It is hoped that Gaseous DielecIries VII will aid future research and development in, and encourage wider industrial use of, gaseous dielectrics. The Organizing Committee of the Seventh International Symposium on Gaseous Dielectrics consisted of G. Addis (U. S. A. ), L. G. Christophorou (U. S. A. ), F. Y. Chu (Canada), A. H. Cookson (U. S. A. ), O. Farish (U. K. ), I. Gallimberti (Italy) , A. Garscadden (U. S. A. ), D. R. James (U. S. A. ), E. Marode (France), T. Nitta (Japan), W. Pfeiffer (Germany), Y. Qiu (China), I. Sauers (U. S. A. ), R. J. Van Brunt (U. S. A. ), and W. Zaengl...

  17. Vegetable oil based liquid nanocomposite dielectric

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    Leon Chetty

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Physically smaller dielectric materials would improve the optimisation of space for power systems. Development of nanotechnology provides an effective way to improve the performances of insulating oils used in power system applications. In this research study, we focused on the development of nanomodified vegetable oils to be used in power transformers. Higher conduction currents were observed in virgin linseed oil than in virgin castor oil. However, for both virgin linseed and virgin castor oil, the DC conduction current increased approximately linearly with the applied DC voltage. In nanomodified linseed oil, the characteristic curve showed two distinct regions: a linear region (at lower applied voltage and a saturation region (at slightly higher voltage. Conversely, in nanomodified castor oil, the characteristic curve showed three distinct regions: a linear region (at lower applied voltage, a saturation region (at intermediate applied voltage and an exponential growth region (at higher applied voltage. The nanomodified linseed oil exhibited a better dielectric performance than the nanomodified castor oil. Overall, the addition of nanodielectrics to vegetable oils decreased the dielectric performance of the vegetable oils. The results of this study contribute to the understanding of the pre-breakdown phenomenon in liquid nanocomposite dielectrics.

  18. Microwave dielectric properties of nanostructured nickel ferrite

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    ... microwave dielectric; co-precipitation. 1. Introduction. Ferrites find wide technological applications in making cores of audio frequency and high frequency transformers, coils (inductors), chokes, permanent magnets, magneto- optical displays, microwave absorbers, wave guides in the. GHz region and chlorine gas sensors ...

  19. Transformation Optics in Nonvacuum Initial Dielectric Media

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    2010-01-01

    Previous formulations of transformation optics have generally been restricted to transformations from relatively simple initial media, such as the vacuum, because of limitations due to their non-covariance. I show that a completely covariant approach enables arbitrary transformations from arbitrarily complex initial linear dielectrics.

  20. Spontaneous emission in nanoscopic dielectric particles.

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    Rogobete, Lavinia; Schniepp, Hannes; Sandoghdar, Vahid; Henkel, Carsten

    2003-10-01

    We report on theoretical studies of the inhibition of the spontaneous emission process in subwavelength dielectric media. We discuss the modification of the spontaneous emission rate as a function of the size and shape of the medium as well as the position of the emitter in it.

  1. Vectorial analysis of dielectric photonic crystal VCSEL

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    Chung, Il-Sug; Mørk, Jesper

    2009-01-01

    A new vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser structure employing a dielectric photonic crystal mirror has been suggested and been numerically investigated. The new structure has a smaller threshold gain, a moderate strength of single-transverse-mode operation, a high quality of emission beam free...

  2. Pentaquarks in chiral color dielectric model

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    Abstract. Recent experiments indicate that a narrow baryonic state having strangeness. +1 and mass of about 1540 MeV may be existing. Such a state was predicted in chiral model by Diakonov et al. In this work I compute the mass and width of this state in chiral color dielectric model. I show that the computed width is ...

  3. Dihyperons in chiral color dielectric model

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    The mass of the dibaryon having spin, parity =0+, isospin = 0 and strangeness -2 is computed using chiral color dielectric model. The bare wave function is constructed as a product of two color-singlet three-quark clusters and then it is properly antisymmetrized by considering appropriate exchange operators for spin, ...

  4. Pentaquarks in chiral color dielectric model

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    Recent experiments indicate that a narrow baryonic state having strangeness +1 and mass of about 1540 MeV may be existing. Such a state was predicted in chiral model by Diakonov et al. In this work I compute the mass and width of this state in chiral color dielectric model. I show that the computed width is about 30 MeV.

  5. Thermally stimulated discharge current (TSDC) and dielectric ...

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    Measurements of TSDC and dielectric constant, ε ′ , have been carried out in the temperature range 30–300°C. The thermoelectrets were prepared at different polarizing fields. The various observed peaks in the thermograms are discussed on the basis of space charge polarization. The trap energy is evaluated from the ...

  6. Dielectric properties of nanosilica filled epoxy nanocomposites

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    M G Veena

    Greensboro, NC 27411, USA. 3 Materials Technology Division, Central Power Research Institute, Bengaluru 560080, India ... Keywords. AC conductivity; sea water aging; dielectric properties; dispersion; epoxy nanocomposites. 1. Introduction ..... The weight gain after sea water treatment for epoxy- silica nanocomposites ...

  7. Transparent Conveyor of Dielectric Liquids or Particles

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    Calle, Carlos I.; Mantovani, James G.

    2009-01-01

    The concept of a transparent conveyor of small loose dielectric parti cles or small amounts of dielectric liquids has emerged as an outgro wth of an effort to develop efficient, reliable means of automated re moval of dust from solar cells and from windows of optical instrumen ts. This concept is based on the previously reported concept of an e lectrodynamic screen, according to which a grid-like electric field is established on and near a surface and is moved along the surface p erpendicularly to the grid lines. The resulting electrodynamic force s on loose dielectric particles or dielectric liquid drops in the vic inity would move the particles or drops along the surface. In the or iginal dust-removal application, dust particles would thus be swept out of the affected window area. Other potential applications may occ ur in nanotechnology -- for example, involving mixing of two or more fluids and/or nanoscale particles under optical illumination and/or optical observation.

  8. Characterization of dielectric charging in RF MEMS

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    Herfst, R.W.; Huizing, H.G.A.; Steeneken, P.G.; Schmitz, Jurriaan

    Capacitive RF MEMS switches show great promise for use in wireless communication devices such as mobile phones, but the successful application of these switches is hindered by the reliability of the devices: charge injection in the dielectric layer (SiN) can cause irreversible stiction of the moving

  9. Polyvinylidene fluoride film as a capacitor dielectric

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    Dematos, H. V.

    1981-01-01

    Thin strips of polyvinylidene fluoride film (PVDF) with vacuum deposited electrodes were made into capacitors by conventional winding and fabrication techniques. These devices were used to identify and evaluate the performance characteristics offered by the PVDF in metallized film capacitors. Variations in capacitor parameters with temperature and frequence were evaluated and compared with other dielectric films. Their impact on capacitor applications is discussed.

  10. dielectric constants of irradiated and carbonated polymers

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    1985-09-01

    Sep 1, 1985 ... irradiated and carbonated polymers as a function of carbon concentration are investigated. Both low and high density polymers are used. Results predict a quadratic increase in the dielectric constant of specimen as the percentage concentration of carbon is increased. This may be due to the formation of ...

  11. Synthesis, spectral, thermal, optical dispersion and dielectric ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 39; Issue 1. Synthesis, spectral, thermal, optical dispersion and dielectric ... In UV spectrum, the transmittance increases followed by a sharp decrease at wavelength 700–750 nm within visible range. The results of the absorption coefficient were determined to find the ...

  12. Structural, optical, photoluminescence, dielectric and electrical ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 35; Issue 2. Structural, optical, photoluminescence, dielectric and ... At the room temperature, photoluminescence spectra of the films on both the substrates showed sharp peaks with a maximum at 805 nm. This band showed significant narrowing suggesting that it ...

  13. Influence of bulk dielectric polarization upon PD transients: Effect of multiple dielectric layers

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Crichton - Fratrådt, George C

    1999-01-01

    with the actual space charge in the void and one related to changes in the polarization δP&oarr; of the bulk dielectric. These changes are brought about by changes in the field external to the void, which in turn are due to the void space charge. The magnitude of the induced charge component due to δ......P&oarr; is discussed in relation to a three-layer bulk dielectric....

  14. Inter-atomic bonding and dielectric polarization in Gd{sup 3+} incorporated Co-Zn ferrite nanoparticles

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    Pawar, R.A. [Department of Physics, P.V.P. Arts, Commerce and Science College, Pravaranagar, MS (India); Desai, S.S. [Materials Research Laboratory, Shrikrishna Mahavidyalaya, Gunjoti 413613, MS (India); Patange, S.M., E-mail: drsmpatange@rediffmail.com [Materials Research Laboratory, Shrikrishna Mahavidyalaya, Gunjoti 413613, MS (India); Jadhav, S.S. [Department of Physics, Dnyanopasak Shikshan Mandal' s Arts, Commerce and Science College, Jintur 431509, MS (India); Jadhav, K.M. [Department of Physics, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad 431001, MS (India)

    2017-04-01

    A series of ferrite with a chemical composition Co{sub 0.7}Zn{sub 0.3}Gd{sub x}Fe{sub 2−x}O{sub 4} (where x=0.0 to x=0.1) were prepared by sol-gel auto-combustion method. X-ray diffraction pattern were used to determine the crystal structure and phase formation of the prepared samples. Scanning electron microscopy is used to study the surface morphology of the prepared samples. Elastic properties were determined from the infrared spectroscopy. Debye temperature, wave velocities, elastic constants found to increase with the increase in Gd{sup 3+} substitution. Dielectric properties such as dielectric constant and dielectric loss were studied as a function of Gd{sup 3+} substitution and frequency. Dielectric constant decreased with the increase in frequency and Gd{sup 3+} substitution. Behavior of dielectric properties was explained on the basis of Maxwell-Wagner interfacial polarization which in accordance with Koops phenomenological theory. Real and imaginary part of impedance was studied as a function of resistance and Gd{sup 3+} substitution. The behavior of impedance is systematically discussed on the basis of resistance-capacitance circuit.

  15. Broadband Wide Angle Lens Implemented with Dielectric Metamaterials

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    Anthony Starr

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The Luneburg lens is a powerful imaging device, exhibiting aberration free focusing for parallel rays incident from any direction. However, its advantages are offset by a focal surface that is spherical and thus difficult to integrate with standard planar detector and emitter arrays. Using the recently developed technique of transformation optics, it is possible to transform the curved focal surface to a flat plane while maintaining the perfect focusing behavior of the Luneburg over a wide field of view. Here we apply these techniques to a lesser-known refractive Luneburg lens and implement the design with a metamaterial composed of a semi-crystalline distribution of holes drilled in a dielectric. In addition, we investigate the aberrations introduced by various approximations made in the implementation of the lens. The resulting design approach has improved mechanical strength with small aberrations and is ideally suited to implementation at infrared and visible wavelengths.

  16. Dynamic performance of dielectric elastomers utilized as acoustic actuators

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    Hochradel, K.; Rupitsch, S. J.; Sutor, A.; Lerch, R.; Vu, D. K.; Steinmann, P.

    2012-06-01

    We report on the frequency dependent behavior of dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA). The introduced smart material actuators consist of 3M™'s elastomer VHB™4905 (9469) and a compliant, sputtered copper electrode on each side. The presented experiments on these compounds contain the active tuning of their resonance frequency and their application as acoustic actuators. We are able to decrease the membranes' eigenfrequency by 30% with an electrical offset potential. Alternatively, if an alternating signal is applied, sound pressure levels up to 130 dB in an enclosed volume of 28 ccm are achieved. In order to verify the results, a numerical simulation is introduced incorporating the two physical fields involved: electrical and mechanical.

  17. Nonlinear Dynamical Model of a Soft Viscoelastic Dielectric Elastomer

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    Zhang, Junshi; Chen, Hualing; Li, Dichen

    2017-12-01

    Actuated by alternating stimulation, dielectric elastomers (DEs) show a behavior of complicated nonlinear vibration, implying a potential application as dynamic electromechanical actuators. As is well known, for a vibrational system, including the DE system, the dynamic properties are significantly affected by the geometrical sizes. In this article, a nonlinear dynamical model is deduced to investigate the geometrical effects on dynamic properties of viscoelastic DEs. The DEs with square and arbitrary rectangular geometries are considered, respectively. Besides, the effects of tensile forces on dynamic performances of rectangular DEs with comparably small and large geometrical sizes are explored. Phase paths and Poincaré maps are utilized to detect the periodicity of the nonlinear vibrations of DEs. The resonance characteristics of DEs incorporating geometrical effects are also investigated. The results indicate that the dynamic properties of DEs, including deformation response, vibrational periodicity, and resonance, are tuned when the geometrical sizes vary.

  18. Glass tube of high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss for external electrode fluorescent lamps

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    Cho, Guangsup; Shin, Myeong-Ju; Jeong, Jong-Mun; Kim, Jung-Hyun; Hong, Byoung-Hee; Koo, Je-Huan; Kim, YunKi; Choi, Eun-Ha; Fechner, Joerg; Letz, Martin; Ott, Franz

    2007-12-01

    A glass tube of aluminosilicate glass, with high dielectric constant K ˜6.0 and low dielectric loss tan δ˜8.0×10-4, was investigated for the external electrode fluorescent lamps (EEFLs) of a dielectric barrier discharge. Compared with conventional EEFLs made out of borosilicate glass tubes with K˜(4.9-5.3) and tan δ˜(2.3-2.4)×10-3, the efficiency of the aluminosilicate EEFL increases by 15%-25% even at high luminance above 20 000 cd/m2 and the pinhole stability of the aluminosilicate EEFL also improves remarkably. In a soda-lime glass EEFL with a high dielectric loss tan δ˜7.0×10-3, the luminance and pinhole stability deteriorate even with a high dielectric constant K ˜7.2 at room temperature, because the value of tan δ escalates as the temperature on the external electrode increases due to the dielectric heat dissipation.

  19. Identification of structural relaxation in the dielectric response of water

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    Hansen, Jesper Schmidt; Kisliuk, Alexander; Solokov, Alexei P.

    2016-01-01

    unambiguously demonstrate that the structural relaxation appears only as a high-frequency shoulder in the dielectric spectra of water. In contrast, the main dielectric peak is related to a supramolecular structure, analogous to the Debye-like peak observed in monoalcohols.......One century ago pioneering dielectric results obtained for water and n-alcohols triggered the advent of molecular rotation diffusion theory considered by Debye to describe the primary dielectric absorption in these liquids. Comparing dielectric, viscoelastic, and light scattering results, we...

  20. High Frequency Magneto Dielectric Effects In Self Assembled Ferrite Ferroelectric Core Shell Nanoparticles

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    2014-09-10

    estimate the magneto-capacitance effect in BTO or PZT films on substrates of ferromagnetic alloys.25 This work is on the observation and theory of MDE...The sample shows ferromagnetic behavior with hysteresis and remnance and the magnetization compared favorably with reported value for...samples. A strong ME coupling was also evident from H-tuning of dielectric resonance in the composites. A theory for the high frequency magneto

  1. Profound loss of neprilysin accompanied by decreased levels of neuropeptides and increased CRP in ulcerative colitis.

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    Zeynep Gök Sargın

    Full Text Available Neprilysin (NEP, CD10 acts to limit excessive inflammation partly by hydrolyzing neuropeptides. Although deletion of NEP exacerbates intestinal inflammation in animal models, its role in ulcerative colitis (UC is not well explored. Herein, we aimed to demonstrate changes in NEP and associated neuropeptides at the same time in colonic tissue. 72 patients with UC and 27 control patients were included. Patients' demographic data and laboratory findings, five biopsy samples from active colitis sites and five samples from uninvolved mucosa were collected. Substance P (SP, calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP and vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP were extracted from freshly frozen tissues and measured using ELISA. Levels of NEP expression were determined using immunohistochemistry and immunoreactivity scores were calculated. GEBOES grading system was also used. We demonstrated a profound loss (69.4% of NEP expression in UC, whereas all healthy controls had NEP expression. Patients with UC had lower neuronal SP; however non-neuronal SP remained similar. UC patients had also lower neuronal and non-neuronal VIP levels. CGRP were low in general and no significant changes were observed. Additionally, CRP positive patients with UC had higher rates of NEP loss (80% vs 51.9% and lower SP levels when compared with CRP negative patients with UC. Concurrent decreases in SP and VIP with profound loss of NEP expression observed in UC is likely to be one of the factors in pathogenesis. Further studies are required to define the role of neuropeptides and NEP in UC.

  2. Quantification of structural changes in the corpus callosumin children with profound hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury

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    Stivaros, Stavros M. [Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Academic Unit of Paediatric Radiology, Royal Manchester Children' s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester (United Kingdom); University of Manchester, Centre for Imaging Sciences, Institute of Population Health, Manchester (United Kingdom); Radon, Mark R. [The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Neuroradiology, Liverpool (United Kingdom); Mileva, Reneta; Gledson, Ann; Keane, John A. [University of Manchester, School of Computer Science, Manchester (United Kingdom); Connolly, Daniel J.A.; Batty, Ruth [Sheffield Children' s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Neuroradiology, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Cowell, Patricia E. [University of Sheffield, Department of Human Communication Sciences, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Hoggard, Nigel; Griffiths, Paul D. [University of Sheffield, Academic Unit of Radiology, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Wright, Neville B.; Tang, Vivian [Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Academic Unit of Paediatric Radiology, Royal Manchester Children' s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester (United Kingdom)

    2016-01-15

    Birth-related acute profound hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury has specific patterns of damage including the paracentral lobules. To test the hypothesis that there is anatomically coherent regional volume loss of the corpus callosum as a result of this hemispheric abnormality. Study subjects included 13 children with proven acute profound hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury and 13 children with developmental delay but no brain abnormalities. A computerised system divided the corpus callosum into 100 segments, measuring each width. Principal component analysis grouped the widths into contiguous anatomical regions. We conducted analysis of variance of corpus callosum widths as well as support vector machine stratification into patient groups. There was statistically significant narrowing of the mid-posterior body and genu of the corpus callosum in children with hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury. Support vector machine analysis yielded over 95% accuracy in patient group stratification using the corpus callosum centile widths. Focal volume loss is seen in the corpus callosum of children with hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury secondary to loss of commissural fibres arising in the paracentral lobules. Support vector machine stratification into the hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury group or the control group on the basis of corpus callosum width is highly accurate and points towards rapid clinical translation of this technique as a potential biomarker of hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury. (orig.)

  3. Whole exome sequencing identifies mutations in Usher syndrome genes in profoundly deaf Tunisian patients.

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    Zied Riahi

    Full Text Available Usher syndrome (USH is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by combined deafness-blindness. It accounts for about 50% of all hereditary deafness blindness cases. Three clinical subtypes (USH1, USH2, and USH3 are described, of which USH1 is the most severe form, characterized by congenital profound deafness, constant vestibular dysfunction, and a prepubertal onset of retinitis pigmentosa. We performed whole exome sequencing in four unrelated Tunisian patients affected by apparently isolated, congenital profound deafness, with reportedly normal ocular fundus examination. Four biallelic mutations were identified in two USH1 genes: a splice acceptor site mutation, c.2283-1G>T, and a novel missense mutation, c.5434G>A (p.Glu1812Lys, in MYO7A, and two previously unreported mutations in USH1G, i.e. a frameshift mutation, c.1195_1196delAG (p.Leu399Alafs*24, and a nonsense mutation, c.52A>T (p.Lys18*. Another ophthalmological examination including optical coherence tomography actually showed the presence of retinitis pigmentosa in all the patients. Our findings provide evidence that USH is under-diagnosed in Tunisian deaf patients. Yet, early diagnosis of USH is of utmost importance because these patients should undergo cochlear implant surgery in early childhood, in anticipation of the visual loss.

  4. Loss of CIB2 Causes Profound Hearing Loss and Abolishes Mechanoelectrical Transduction in Mice

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    Yanfei Wang

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Calcium and integrin-binding protein 2 (CIB2 belongs to a protein family with four known members, CIB1 through CIB4, which are characterized by multiple calcium-binding EF-hand domains. Among the family members, the Cib1 and Cib2 genes are expressed in mouse cochlear hair cells, and mutations in the human CIB2 gene have been associated with nonsyndromic deafness DFNB48 and syndromic deafness USH1J. To further explore the function of CIB1 and CIB2 in hearing, we established Cib1 and Cib2 knockout mice using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR-associated Cas9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technique. We found that loss of CIB1 protein does not affect auditory function, whereas loss of CIB2 protein causes profound hearing loss in mice. Further investigation revealed that hair cell stereocilia development is affected in Cib2 knockout mice. Noticeably, loss of CIB2 abolishes mechanoelectrical transduction (MET currents in auditory hair cells. In conclusion, we show here that although both CIB1 and CIB2 are readily detected in the cochlea, only loss of CIB2 results in profound hearing loss, and that CIB2 is essential for auditory hair cell MET.

  5. Loss of CIB2 Causes Profound Hearing Loss and Abolishes Mechanoelectrical Transduction in Mice.

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    Wang, Yanfei; Li, Jie; Yao, Xuerui; Li, Wei; Du, Haibo; Tang, Mingliang; Xiong, Wei; Chai, Renjie; Xu, Zhigang

    2017-01-01

    Calcium and integrin-binding protein 2 (CIB2) belongs to a protein family with four known members, CIB1 through CIB4, which are characterized by multiple calcium-binding EF-hand domains. Among the family members, the Cib1 and Cib2 genes are expressed in mouse cochlear hair cells, and mutations in the human CIB2 gene have been associated with nonsyndromic deafness DFNB48 and syndromic deafness USH1J. To further explore the function of CIB1 and CIB2 in hearing, we established Cib1 and Cib2 knockout mice using the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-associated Cas9 nuclease (CRISPR/Cas9) genome editing technique. We found that loss of CIB1 protein does not affect auditory function, whereas loss of CIB2 protein causes profound hearing loss in mice. Further investigation revealed that hair cell stereocilia development is affected in Cib2 knockout mice. Noticeably, loss of CIB2 abolishes mechanoelectrical transduction (MET) currents in auditory hair cells. In conclusion, we show here that although both CIB1 and CIB2 are readily detected in the cochlea, only loss of CIB2 results in profound hearing loss, and that CIB2 is essential for auditory hair cell MET.

  6. Profound effects of population density on fitness-related traits in an invasive freshwater snail.

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    Nicholas Zachar

    Full Text Available Population density can profoundly influence fitness-related traits and population dynamics, and density dependence plays a key role in many prominent ecological and evolutionary hypotheses. Here, we evaluated how individual-level changes in population density affect growth rate and embryo production early in reproductive maturity in two different asexual lineages of Potamopyrgus antipodarum, a New Zealand freshwater snail that is an important model system for ecotoxicology and the evolution of sexual reproduction as well as a potentially destructive worldwide invader. We showed that population density had a major influence on individual growth rate and early-maturity embryo production, effects that were often apparent even when comparing treatments that differed in population density by only one individual. While individual growth rate generally decreased as population density increased, we detected a hump-shaped relationship between embryo production and density, with females from intermediate-density treatments producing the most embryos and females from low- and high-density treatments producing the fewest embryos. The two lineages responded similarly to the treatments, indicating that these effects of population density might apply more broadly across P. antipodarum. These results indicate that there are profound and complex relationships between population density, growth rate, and early-maturity embryo production in at least two lineages of this important model system, with potential implications for the study of invasive populations, research on the maintenance of sex, and approaches used in ecotoxicology.

  7. Electric field and force modeling for electrostatic levitation of lossy dielectric plates

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    Woo, S. J.; Higuchi, T.

    2010-11-01

    Electrostatic levitation holds great promise for the semiconductor, solar panel, and flat-panel display industry where the handling of dielectrics in a contact-free manner can bring many advantages and solve long-standing contamination and particulate control problems. In this work an analytical model is developed for the electrostatic levitation field between a lossy dielectric plate and a generic stator electrode structure consisting of a regular planar array of parallel bar electrodes. Time-varying voltages of differing polarities are alternatingly applied to the bar electrodes. Atmospheric humidity-related surface conduction on the plate is explicitly taken into account in the model since it has a profound effect on the field dynamics. Based on this model, the electrostatic levitation force is calculated using the Maxwell stress tensor formulation. The levitation force dynamics are investigated by evaluating the transient response of the field under a step in the applied voltages. In this context, the rate of electric charge build up on the plate is characterized by the suspension initiation time (TSI), which is defined as the time elapsed between applying step voltages to the stator electrodes and start of lift-off of the dielectric plate from its initial position. TSI is theoretically predicted for 0.7 mm thick soda-lime glass substrates, typically used in the manufacturing of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), as a function of electrode geometry, air gap separation, ambient humidity, and step voltage magnitudes. The predicted results are shown to be in good agreement with previously published experimental data for soda-lime glass substrates.

  8. Dielectric analysis of heterogeneous biological tissues based on mixing rule.

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    Zhang, Liang; Liu, Peiguo; Dong, Xiuzhen; Zhou, Dongming; Shi, Xuetao

    2015-01-01

    Thus far, the measurement of dielectric properties of biological tissues has been achieved on the assumption that the biological tissues are homogeneous. In fact, most tissues should be heterogeneous because there are many small structures included in these tissues, such as blood vessel, nerve fiber and so on. When the dielectric properties of these tissues are measured by conventional sensor, the results are not the dielectric properties of tissues but the effective dielectric properties of the mixture. In this paper, the influence of the inclusion in tissues on the measurement of dielectric properties of heterogeneous biological tissues is studied and the analysis of the effective dielectric properties of heterogeneous tissues based on the mixing rule is proposed. When the coaxial probe is used to measure the dielectric properties of tissue, the results are relative to the dielectric properties of inclusion, dielectric properties of background tissue and the effective volume fraction of inclusion. Therefore, the dielectric properties of inclusion could be calculated according to mixing rule, after the effective dielectric properties are measured and the effective volume fraction of inclusion is estimated.

  9. Electrophysical properties of microalloyed alumo-silicate ceramics as active dielectric

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    Purenović Jelena

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, electrophysical properties of porous alumo-silicate ceramics, modified by alloying with magnesium and microalloying with aluminum, were investigated. Complex multiphase system, as active microalloyed ceramics, has specific behavior under influence of external electrical field, which involves changes of dielectric losses and impedance, depending on frequency and temperature. Dielectric properties were measured in the frequency range 20 Hz - 1 MHz. Values for permittivity (εr ranged between 140 - 430. Order of magnitude for electrical resistivity was about 106 Ωm, for impedance 104 - 108 Ω, and loss tangent had values about and greater than 0.05. Current flow through active dielectric takes place through dielectric barrier and throughout conduction bands of thin aluminum and magnesium metal films. Permittivity has nonlinear distribution and complex functional dependences because of significant nonhomogeneity of active microalloyed ceramics. Lower values of electrical resistivity are the result of complex electron and ion transfer of charge through solid phase and pores, with decreased potential barriers height, due to the influence of additives, ingredients and defects. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 45012 i br. ON 172057

  10. Conduction and dielectric relaxation studies on substituted iron(II) phthalocyanine thin film

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    Can Ömür, Birsel, E-mail: bcan@yildiz.edu.tr; Can, Nursel; Altındal, Ahmet

    2017-01-15

    The dc conductivity and complex impedance behavior of spin-coated 2,9,16,23-Tetra(chloro)-3,10,17,24-tetra(4-(4-methoxyphenyl)- 8 methylcoumarin-7-yloxy)phthalocyaninatoiron-(II) (7) thin film was investigated over a temperature range of 298–550 K. The results obtained on dc conductivity reveals that the conduction is dominated by the variable range hopping in three dimension. Analysis of the frequency dependent conductivity data shows that the variation of the frequency exponent (n) is consistent with the predictions of the correlated barrier hopping (CBH) model below 425 K. On the other hand, the temperature dependence of n becomes stronger than model predictions above 425 K. Complex dielectric formalism was used in order to investigate the dielectric relaxation mechanism in the film. Non-Debye type relaxation process was observed. It was found that the imaginary part of the dielectric function varies as Bω{sup s} with s in the range of 0.35–0.68. - Highlights: • An excellent agreement between the results and prediction of variable range hopping model. • Non-Debye type relaxation process. • Arrhenius type dielectric loss bevavior. • Correlated barrier hopping.

  11. Development of Dielectric Elastomer Nanocomposites as Stretchable and Flexible Actuating Materials

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    Wang, Yu

    Dielectric elastomers (DEs) are a new type of smart materials showing promising functionalities as energy harvesting materials as well as actuating materials for potential applications such as artificial muscles, implanted medical devices, robotics, loud speakers, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), tunable optics, transducers, sensors, and even generators due to their high electromechanical efficiency, stability, lightweight, low cost, and easy processing. Despite the advantages of DEs, technical challenges must be resolved for wider applications. A high electric field of at least 10-30 V/um is required for the actuation of DEs, which limits the practical applications especially in biomedical fields. We tackle this problem by introducing the multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) in DEs to enhance their relative permittivity and to generate their high electromechanical responses with lower applied field level. This work presents the dielectric, mechanical and electromechanical properties of DEs filled with MWNTs. The micromechanics-based finite element models are employed to describe the dielectric, and mechanical behavior of the MWNT-filled DE nanocomposites. A sufficient number of models are computed to reach the acceptable prediction of the dielectric and mechanical responses. In addition, experimental results are analyzed along with simulation results. Finally, laser Doppler vibrometer is utilized to directly detect the enhancement of the actuation strains of DE nanocomposites filled with MWNTs. All the results demonstrate the effective improvement in the electromechanical properties of DE nanocomposites filled with MWNTs under the applied electric fields.

  12. Microwave Dielectric Properties of Alfalfa Leaves From 0.3 to 18 GHz

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    Sokhansanj, Shahabaddine [ORNL; Shrestha, Bijay [University of Saskatchewan; Wood, H.C. [University of Saskatchewan

    2011-01-01

    Dielectric properties (i.e., permittivity) are essential in designing, simulating, and modeling microwave applications. The permittivity of stacked leaves of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were measured with a network analyzer and a coaxial probe, and the effect of moisture content (MC: 12% 73% wet basis), frequency (300 MHz to 18 GHz), bound water (Cole Cole dispersion equation), temperature ( 15 C and 30 C), leaf-orientation, and pressure (0 11 kPa) were investigated. The measured permittivity increased with MC. A critical moisture level (CML) of 23% was reported, below which the permittivity decreased with increasing frequency at 22 C. Above CML and up to 5 GHz, the dielectric constants followed the Cole Cole dispersion, and the dielectric loss factors consisted of ionic and bound water losses. Above 5 GHz, the behavior of the dielectric constant was similar to that of free water, and the polar losses became dominant. Above 0 C, the measured permittivity followed a trend similar to that of free saline water and was characterized by the Debye equation. Below 0 C, it was dominated by nonfreezing bound and unfrozen supercooled moistures. The relaxation parameters and the optimum pressure (9 kPa) for the leaf measurements were determined. The effects of variations among the samples, and their orientations had negligible effects on the measured permittivity.

  13. Dielectric constant in the incommensurate SDW phase of (TMTTF){sub 2}Br

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    Matsunaga, Noriaki, E-mail: mat@phys.sci.hokudai.ac.j [Department of Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan); Akita, Tomonori [Department of Quantum and Condensed Matter Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan); Ichimura, Koichi [Department of Applied Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan); Nomura, Kazushige; Kawamoto, Atsushi [Department of Physics, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan)

    2010-06-01

    The low-frequency dielectric constant was measured in the pressure induced incommensurate SDW phase of (TMTTF){sub 2}Br in order to investigate the dynamics of the SDW. Under the pressure above 0.5 GPa, the huge dielectric constant attributed to the motion of the SDW were observed. The temperature dependence of the real part of the dielectric constant {epsilon}{sup '} whose amplitudes grow with decreasing frequency shows the peak behavior in the incommensurate SDW phase. In contrast of the case of (TMTSF){sub 2}PF{sub 6}, the peak temperature of {epsilon}{sup '} is constant, irrespective of the frequency. These peak temperature T{sub P} are scaled as T{sub P}/T{sub SDW{approx}}0.3 irrespective of pressure for the pressure larger than 0.8 GPa and is associated with the sub-phase transition in the incommensurate SDW proposed by the NMR measurement. The dielectric properties are probably connected with the co-existence of the CDW component proposed for high temperature sub-phase.

  14. Optimization of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell for sensing applications

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    Shirzaditabar, Farzad; Saliminasab, Maryam [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah 67144-15111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-08-15

    In this paper, resonance light scattering (RLS) properties of a silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell, based on quasi-static approach and plasmon hybridization theory, are investigated. Scattering spectrum of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell has two intense and clearly separated RLS peaks and provides a potential for biosensing based on surface plasmon resonance and surface-enhanced Raman scattering. The two RLS peaks in silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell are optimized by tuning the geometrical dimensions. In addition, the optimal geometry is discussed to obtain the high sensitivity of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell. As the silver core radius increases, the sensitivity of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell decreases whereas increasing the middle dielectric thickness increases the sensitivity of silver-dielectric-silver nanoshell.

  15. "Thermal Stabilization Effect" of Al2O3 nano-dopants improves the high-temperature dielectric performance of polyimide.

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    Yang, Yang; He, Jinliang; Wu, Guangning; Hu, Jun

    2015-11-24

    Insulation performance of the dielectrics under extreme conditions always attracts widespread attention in electrical and electronic field. How to improve the high-temperature dielectric properties of insulation materials is one of the key issues in insulation system design of electrical devices. This paper studies the temperature-dependent corona resistance of polyimide (PI)/Al2O3 nanocomposite films under high-frequency square-wave pulse conditions. Extended corona resistant lifetime under high-temperature conditions is experimentally observed in the 2 wt% nanocomposite samples. The "thermal stabilization effect" is proposed to explain this phenomenon which attributes to a new kind of trap band caused by nanoparticles. This effect brings about superior space charge characteristics and corona resistance under high temperature with certain nano-doping concentration. The proposed theory is experimentally demonstrated by space charge analysis and thermally stimulated current (TSC) tests. This discovered effect is of profound significance on improving high-temperature dielectric properties of nanocomposites towards various applications.

  16. Conduction mechanism and dielectric properties of pure and composite resorcinol formaldehyde aerogels doped with silver

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    Attia, S. M.; Abdelfatah, M. S.; Mossad, M. M.

    2017-07-01

    Pure and composite Resorcinol-Formaldehyde (RF) aerogel samples were prepared by sol-gel process using KOH as a catalyst and doped with silver nanoparticles at different concentrations (1.2×10-4, 2.4×10-4, 3.6×10-4, and 4.8×10-4 wt.% at catalyst ratio 0.024 wt.%). DC electrical conductivity σdc, AC electrical conductivity σ‧, and the dielectric properties of the prepared samples have been measured at different frequencies and temperatures. The results show that σ‧ increases with increasing frequency. The values of σ‧ range from ˜10-4 Ω-1m-1 to around unity at room temperature. The analysis of the results of σ‧(ω, T) reveals that the large overlapping polaron (OLP) is the most favorable mechanism to describe the conduction mechanism in these samples. The behavior of the dielectric constant with the frequency of these samples is normal, where it decreases with increasing frequency, while the behavior of dielectric loss tangent tanδ exhibits a peaking behavior at relatively higher temperature.

  17. Infrared dielectric function of polydimethylsiloxane and selective emission behavior

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    Srinivasan, Arvind; Czapla, Braden; Narayanaswamy, Arvind, E-mail: arvind.narayanaswamy@columbia.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027 (United States); Mayo, Jeff [Skycatch, San Francisco, California 94107 (United States)

    2016-08-08

    The complex refractive index of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is determined in the wavelength range between 2.5 μm and 16.7 μm. The parameters of a Drude-Lorentz oscillator model (with 15 oscillators) are extracted from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reflectance measurements made on both bulk PDMS and thin films of PDMS deposited on the gold coated silicon substrates. It is shown that thin films of PDMS atop gold exhibit selective emission in the 8 μm to 13 μm atmospheric transmittance window, which demonstrates that PDMS, especially due to its ease of deposition, may be a viable material for passive radiative cooling applications.

  18. Use of a Treatment Package in the Management of a Profoundly Mentally Retarded Girl's Pica and Self-Stimulation.

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    Paniagua, Freddy A.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    Treatment involving verbal reprimands, physical restraint, response interruption, and positive practice overcorrection resulted in rapid and dramatic decreases in the levels of pica and self-stimulation of a 4-year-old profoundly retarded girl. (CL)

  19. An atypical case of successful resuscitation of an accidental profound hypothermia patient, occurring in a temperate climate.

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    Coleman, E

    2010-03-01

    Cases of accidental profound hypothermia occur most frequently in cold, northern climates. We describe an atypical case, occurring in a temperate climate, where a hypothermic cardiac-arrested patient was successfully resuscitated using extracorporeal circulation (ECC).

  20. Long-term effect of Helicobacter pylori eradication on the reversibility of acid secretion in profound hypochlorhydria.

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    Iijima, K; Sekine, H; Koike, T; Imatani, A; Ohara, S; Shimosegawa, T

    2004-06-01

    Although profound hypochlorhydria is considered to be an important risk factor for development of gastric cancer, long-term effect of Helicobacter pylori eradication on its reversibility remains uncertain. To clarify the change in acid secretion after eradication in a long-term follow-up over 5 years in patients with profound hypochlorhydria. Twenty-three H. pylori-positive patients with hypochlorhydria (hypochlorhydria.