Random quasi-phase-matched second-harmonic generation in periodically poled lithium tantalate
Stivala, Salvatore; Pasquazi, Alessia; Oliveri, Roberto L; Morandotti, Roberto; Assanto, Gaetano; 10.1364/OL.35.000363
2012-01-01
We observe second harmonic generation via random quasi-phase-matching in a 2.0 \\mu m periodically poled, 1-cm-long, z-cut lithium tantalate. Away from resonance, the harmonic output profiles exhibit a characteristic pattern stemming from a stochastic domain distribution and a quadratic growth with the fundamental excitation, as well as a broadband spectral response. The results are in good agreement with a simple model and numerical simulations in the undepleted regime, assuming an anisotropic spread of the random nonlinear component.
Quasi-Coherent Noise Jamming to LFM Radar Based on Pseudo-random Sequence Phase-modulation
2015-01-01
A novel quasi-coherent noise jamming method is proposed against linear frequency modulation (LFM) signal and pulse compression radar. Based on the structure of digital radio frequency memory (DRFM), the jamming signal is acquired by the pseudo-random sequence phase-modulation of sampled radar signal. The characteristic of jamming signal in time domain and frequency domain is analyzed in detail. Results of ambiguity function indicate that the blanket jamming effect along the range direction wi...
Niu, Y F; Vigezzi, E; Bai, C L; Sagawa, H
2016-01-01
We propose a self-consistent quasi-particle random phase approximation (QRPA) plus quasi-particle-vibration coupling (QPVC) model with Skyrme interactions to describe the width and the line shape of giant resonances in open-shell nuclei, in which the effect of superfluidity should be taken into account in both the ground state and the excited states. We apply the new model to the Gamow-Teller resonance in the superfluid nucleus $^{120}$Sn, including both the isoscalar spin-triplet and the isovector spin-singlet pairing interactions. The strength distribution in $^{120}$Sn is well reproduced and the underlying microscopic mechanisms, related to QPVC and also to isoscalar pairing, are analyzed in detail.
Quasi-Coherent Noise Jamming to LFM Radar Based on Pseudo-random Sequence Phase-modulation
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N. Tai
2015-12-01
Full Text Available A novel quasi-coherent noise jamming method is proposed against linear frequency modulation (LFM signal and pulse compression radar. Based on the structure of digital radio frequency memory (DRFM, the jamming signal is acquired by the pseudo-random sequence phase-modulation of sampled radar signal. The characteristic of jamming signal in time domain and frequency domain is analyzed in detail. Results of ambiguity function indicate that the blanket jamming effect along the range direction will be formed when jamming signal passes through the matched filter. By flexible controlling the parameters of interrupted-sampling pulse and pseudo-random sequence, different covering distances and jamming effects will be achieved. When the jamming power is equivalent, this jamming obtains higher process gain compared with non-coherent jamming. The jamming signal enhances the detection threshold and the real target avoids being detected. Simulation results and circuit engineering implementation validate that the jamming signal covers real target effectively.
Localization in Interacting Fermionic Chains with Quasi-Random Disorder
Mastropietro, Vieri
2017-04-01
We consider a system of fermions with a quasi-random almost-Mathieu disorder interacting through a many-body short range potential. We establish exponential decay of the zero temperature correlations, indicating localization of the interacting ground state, for weak hopping and interaction and almost everywhere in the frequency and phase; this extends the analysis in Mastropietro (Commun Math Phys 342(1):217-250, 2016) to chemical potentials outside spectral gaps. The proof is based on Renormalization Group and it is inspired by techniques developed to deal with KAM Lindstedt series.
Martini, M; Goriely, S
2014-01-01
The charge-exchange excitations in nuclei are studied within the fully self-consistent proton-neutron quasiparticle random-phase approximation using the finite-range Gogny interaction. No additional parameters beyond those included in the effective nuclear force are included. Axially symmetric deformations are consistently taken into account, both in the description of the ground states and spin-isospin excitations. We focus on the isobaric analog and Gamow-Teller resonances. A comparison of the predicted strength distributions to the existing experimental data is presented and the role of nuclear deformation analyzed. The Gamow-Teller strength is used to estimate the beta-decay half-life of nuclei for which experimental data exist. A satisfactory agreement with experimental half-lives is found and justifies the additional study of the exotic neutron-rich N=82, 126 and 184 isotonic chains of relevance for the r-process nucleosynthesis.
Random Phases and Energy Dispersion
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刘全慧; 刘天贵; 班卫全
2003-01-01
Using 2N + 1 successive stationary states centred at nth, we construct a rectangular wavepacket in which the stationary states are superimposed with the equal weight √2N + 1. With the requirement of the wavepacket to be a quasi-classical state, the number N is determined by minimizing the uncertainty △x△p. Since the stationary state can only be determined to within an arbitrary multiplicative complex phase factor of unit magnitude, a number of N is obtained as a set of the phases are given. For a harmonic oscillator, when all of the phase factors are essentially the same, we have N ≈ [61/3n2/3] with [x] signifying the integral part of positive number x. When every phase in the phase factors is given by a random number generated in a closed interval [0, 2π] and when n ≥ 10, the probability of appearance of N is roughly 1/2N when N = 1 to 7, and does not exceed 0.01 whenN ≥ 8.
Studies of nondegenerate, quasi-phase-matched optical parametric amplification
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2004-03-18
We have performed extensive numerical studies of quasi-phase-matched optical parametric amplification with the aim to improve its nondegenerate spectral bandwidth. Our multi-section fan-out design calculations indicate a 35-fold increase in spectral bandwidth.
Quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser
Ma, R.; Zhang, W. L.; Zeng, X. P.; Yang, Z. J.; Rao, Y. J.; Yao, B. C.; Yu, C. B.; Wu, Y.; Yu, S. F.
2016-12-01
Mode-locking is a milestone in the history of lasers that allows the generation of short light pulses and stabilization of lasers. This phenomenon is known to occur only in standard ordered lasers for long time and until recently it is found that it also occurs in disordered random lasers formed by nanoscale particles. Here, we report the realization of a so-called quasi mode-locking of coherent feedback random fiber laser which consists of a partially disordered linear cavity formed between a point reflector and a random distributed fiber Bragg grating array with an inserted graphene saturable absorber. We show that multi-groups of regular light pulses/sub-pulses with different repetition frequencies are generated within the quasi mode-locking regime through the so-called collective resonances phenomenon in such a random fiber laser. This work may provide a platform to study mode locking as well as pulse dynamic regulation of random lasing emission of coherent feedback disordered structures and pave the way to the development of novel multi-frequency pulse fiber lasers with potentially wide frequency tuning range.
Nondestructive testing by ESPI and quasi phase shift gradient technique
Pang, Linyong; Wu, Xiaoping
1996-09-01
A new nondestructive testing (NDT) technique, which is based on Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI) and digital image processing with quasi phase shift and gradient technique, is presented. A simple phase reduction algorithm is developed, which replaced an accurate phase shifter. Compared with other phase shift techniques, this method is insensitive to environmental vibration and air disturbance, has visible procedures and results allows the object to move slowly during the inspection procedure, does not need phase unwrapping, and has a quick image processing speed. As an application, this NDT technique is used to detect defects in composite materials and the resulting deformation phase gradient image shows a better visual effect than normal ESPI.
Broadband sum frequency generation via chirped quasi-phase-matching
Rangelov, A A
2011-01-01
An efficient broadband sum frequency generation (SFG) technique using the two collinear optical parametric processes \\omega 3=\\omega 1+\\omega 2 and \\omega 4=\\omega 1+\\omega 3 is proposed. The technique uses chirped quasi-phase-matched gratings, which, in the undepleted pump approximation, make SFG analogous to adiabatic population transfer in three-state systems with crossing energies in quantum physics. If the local modulation period %for aperiodically poled quasi-phase-matching first makes the phase match occur for \\omega 3 and then for \\omega 4 SFG processes then the energy is converted adiabatically to the \\omega 4 field. Efficient SFG of the \\omega 4 field is also possible by the opposite direction of the local modulation sweep; then transient SFG of the \\omega 3 field is strongly reduced. Most of these features remain valid in the nonlinear regime of depleted pump.
Solid-Phase Random Glycosylation
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Agoston, K.; Kröger, Lars; Dekany, Gyula
2009-01-01
Two different approaches were employed to study solid phase random glycosylations to obtain oligosaccharide libraries. In approach I, Wang resin esters were attached to the acceptors structures. Following their glycosylation and resin cleavage, the peracetylated components of the oligosaccharide ...
Magnetic Quasi-Phase Matching All-Fiber Isolator
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Chunte A. Lu
2010-01-01
Full Text Available We have experimentally demonstrated an all-fiber optical isolator with 20 dB isolation. The result shows that the quasi-phase matching technique via a meter-long magnet array is highly feasible to generate more than 45 degrees of Faraday rotation in the fibers. The all-fiber isolator can also be temperature tuned to operate between 1048 nm and 1066 nm wavelength.
Quasi-Stationary Regime of a Branching Random Walk in Presence of an Absorbing Wall
Simon, Damien; Derrida, Bernard
2008-04-01
A branching random walk in presence of an absorbing wall moving at a constant velocity v undergoes a phase transition as the velocity v of the wall varies. Below the critical velocity v c , the population has a non-zero survival probability and when the population survives its size grows exponentially. We investigate the histories of the population conditioned on having a single survivor at some final time T. We study the quasi-stationary regime for v< v c when T is large. To do so, one can construct a modified stochastic process which is equivalent to the original process conditioned on having a single survivor at final time T. We then use this construction to show that the properties of the quasi-stationary regime are universal when v→ v c . We also solve exactly a simple version of the problem, the exponential model, for which the study of the quasi-stationary regime can be reduced to the analysis of a single one-dimensional map.
Beyond the random phase approximation
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Olsen, Thomas; Thygesen, Kristian S.
2013-01-01
We assess the performance of a recently proposed renormalized adiabatic local density approximation (rALDA) for ab initio calculations of electronic correlation energies in solids and molecules. The method is an extension of the random phase approximation (RPA) derived from time-dependent density...
A Quasi-Type-1 Phase-Locked Loop Structure
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Golestan, Saeed; Fernandez, Francisco Daniel Freijedo; Vidal, Ana;
2014-01-01
to the phase of its input signal. Arguably, the simplest PLL is a type-1 PLL. The type-1 PLLs are characterized by having only one integrator in their control loop and therefore having a high stability margin. However, they suffer from a serious drawback: they cannot achieve zero average steady-state phase-error...... in the presence of frequency drifts. To overcome this drawback of type-1 PLLs, and at the same time, to achieve a fast dynamic response and high filtering capability, a modified PLL structure is proposed in this letter. The proposed PLL has a similar structure to a type-1 PLL, but from the control point of view...... is a type-2 control system. For this reason, it is called the quasi-type-1 PLL (QT1-PLL). The effectiveness of the proposed PLL is confirmed through simulation and experimental results and comparison with standard PLLs....
On the creation of representative samples of random quasi-orders
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Martin eSchrepp
2015-11-01
Full Text Available Dependencies between educational test items can be represented as quasi-orders on the item set of a knowledge domain and used for an efficient adaptive assessment of knowledge. One approach to uncovering such dependencies is by exploratory algorithms of Item Tree Analysis (ITA. There are several methods of ITA available. The basic tool to compare such algorithms concerning their quality are large-scale simulation studies that are crucially set up on a large collection of quasi-orders. A serious problem is that all known ITA algorithms are sensitive to the structure of the underlying quasi-order. Thus, it is crucial to base any simulation study that tries to compare the algorithms upon samples of quasi-orders that are representative, meaning each quasi-order is included in a sample with the same probability. Up to now, no method to create representative quasi-orders on larger item sets is known. Non-optimal algorithms for quasi-order generation were used in previous studies, which caused misinterpretations and erroneous conclusions. In this paper, we present a method for creating representative random samples of quasi-orders. The basic idea is to consider random extensions of quasi-orders from lower to higher dimension and to discard extensions that do not satisfy the transitivity property.
Quasi-steady-state analysis of two-dimensional random intermittent search processes
Bressloff, Paul C.
2011-06-01
We use perturbation methods to analyze a two-dimensional random intermittent search process, in which a searcher alternates between a diffusive search phase and a ballistic movement phase whose velocity direction is random. A hidden target is introduced within a rectangular domain with reflecting boundaries. If the searcher moves within range of the target and is in the search phase, it has a chance of detecting the target. A quasi-steady-state analysis is applied to the corresponding Chapman-Kolmogorov equation. This generates a reduced Fokker-Planck description of the search process involving a nonzero drift term and an anisotropic diffusion tensor. In the case of a uniform direction distribution, for which there is zero drift, and isotropic diffusion, we use the method of matched asymptotics to compute the mean first passage time (MFPT) to the target, under the assumption that the detection range of the target is much smaller than the size of the domain. We show that an optimal search strategy exists, consistent with previous studies of intermittent search in a radially symmetric domain that were based on a decoupling or moment closure approximation. We also show how the decoupling approximation can break down in the case of biased search processes. Finally, we analyze the MFPT in the case of anisotropic diffusion and find that anisotropy can be useful when the searcher starts from a fixed location. © 2011 American Physical Society.
Surface quasi periodic and random structures based on nanomotor lithography for light trapping
Golghasemi Sorkhabi, Sh.; Ahmadi-Kandjani, S.; Cousseau, F.; Loumaigne, M.; Zielinska, S.; Ortyl, E.; Barille, R.
2017-07-01
We compare the characteristics of two types of patterns obtained with two azopolymer materials: a Gaussian random pattern and a quasi-random grating pattern. The surface structurations have been obtained with a simple bottom-up technique, illuminating azopolymer thin films with a single laser beam. We demonstrate the interesting generated properties of these two surfaces. In particular, the surface with quasi-random gratings can address beam splitting for light coupling in different directions in an ultra-thin film. We use these two surfaces as a mold and replicate them on a transparent elastomeric material and demonstrate a very good light entrapment. We also show that the efficiency of light trapping is 20% better with the quasi-random gratings, than with the Gaussian random surface, and is close to 40%.
The quasi-equilibrium phase of nonlinear chains
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T R Krishna Mohan; Surajit Sen
2005-03-01
We show that time evolution initiated via kinetic energy perturbations in conservative, discrete, spring-mass chains with purely nonlinear, non-integrable, algebraic potentials of the form ( − +1 ∼ $(_{} − _{+1})^{2}$, ≥ 2 and an integer, occurs via discrete solitary waves (DSWs) and discrete antisolitary waves (DASWs). Presence of reflecting and periodic boundaries in the system leads to collisions between the DSWs and DASWs. Such collisions lead to the breakage and subsequent reformation of (different) DSWs and DASWs. Our calculations show that the system eventually reaches a stable `quasi-equilibrium' phase that appears to be independent of initial conditions, possesses Gaussian velocity distribution, and has a higher mean kinetic energy and larger range of kinetic energy fluctuations as compared to the pure harmonic system with = 1; the latter indicates possible violation of equipartition.
Micro-Texture Synthesis by Phase Randomization
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Bruno Galerne
2011-09-01
Full Text Available This contribution is concerned with texture synthesis by example, the process of generating new texture images from a given sample. The Random Phase Noise algorithm presented here synthesizes a texture from an original image by simply randomizing its Fourier phase. It is able to reproduce textures which are characterized by their Fourier modulus, namely the random phase textures (or micro-textures.
A Realization of a Quasi-Random Walk for Atoms in Time-Dependent Optical Potentials
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Torsten Hinkel
2015-09-01
Full Text Available We consider the time dependent dynamics of an atom in a two-color pumped cavity, longitudinally through a side mirror and transversally via direct driving of the atomic dipole. The beating of the two driving frequencies leads to a time dependent effective optical potential that forces the atom into a non-trivial motion, strongly resembling a discrete random walk behavior between lattice sites. We provide both numerical and analytical analysis of such a quasi-random walk behavior.
Quasi-normal phase chromatography of nitrogen-containing adamantane derivatives
Prokopov, S. V.; Tyrina, E. V.; Davankov, V. A.; Il'in, M. M.; Kurbatova, S. V.
2013-01-01
The chromatographic retention of adamantyl-containing amidrazones and triazoles is studied under the conditions of quasi-normal phase (QNP) and reversed phase high-performance liquid chromatography using partially sulfonated hypercrosslinked polystyrene as a stationary phase. The considerable effect of the sorbent-sorbate π interactions on the retention factor of the analytes, particularly under conditions of QNP chromatography, is revealed.
Beck, Joakim
2014-03-01
In this work we consider quasi-optimal versions of the Stochastic Galerkin method for solving linear elliptic PDEs with stochastic coefficients. In particular, we consider the case of a finite number N of random inputs and an analytic dependence of the solution of the PDE with respect to the parameters in a polydisc of the complex plane CN. We show that a quasi-optimal approximation is given by a Galerkin projection on a weighted (anisotropic) total degree space and prove a (sub)exponential convergence rate. As a specific application we consider a thermal conduction problem with non-overlapping inclusions of random conductivity. Numerical results show the sharpness of our estimates. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Quasi-Random Resistor Network Model for Linear Magnetoresistance of Metal-Semiconductor Composite
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XU Jie; ZHANG Duan-Ming; DENG Zong-Wei; YANG Feng-Xia; LI Zhi-Hua; PAN Yuan
2008-01-01
A new model for the linear magentoresistance (MR) of the Ag2+δ Se and Ag2+δ Te thin films is proposed. The thin film is considered as a metal-semiconductor composite and dispersed into an N×N quasi-random resistor network. The network is constructed from four-terminal resistors and the mobility of carries μ within the network has a quasi-random distribution, i.e. a Gaussian distribution with two constraint conditions. The model predicts that the MR increases with the increasing magnetic fields, and increases linearly at high field. Moreover, the MR decreases with the increasing temperatures. A good agreement between the theoretical MR and the available experimental data is found.
Efficiency analysis on a two-level three-phase quasi-soft-switching inverter
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Geng, Pan; Wu, Weimin; Huang, Min;
2013-01-01
for non-conventional inverters with special shoot-through state is introduced and illustrated through the analysis on a special two-level three-phase quasi-soft-switching inverter. Efficiency comparison between the classical two-stage two-level three-phase inverter and the two-level three-phase quasi......-soft-switching inverter is carried out. A 10 kW/380 V prototype is constructed to verify the analysis. The experimental results show that the efficiency of the new inverter is higher than that of the traditional two-stage two- level three-phase inverter....
Spatial Solitons and Induced Kerr Effects in Quasi-Phase-Matched Quadratic Media
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Clausen, Carl A. Balslev; Bang, Ole; Kivshar, Yu.S.
1997-01-01
We show that the evolution of the average intensity of cw beams in a quasi-phase-matched quadratic (or chi((2))) medium is strongly influenced by induced Kerr effects, such as self- and cross-phase modulation. We prove the existence of rapidly oscillating solitary waves (a spatial analog of the g......We show that the evolution of the average intensity of cw beams in a quasi-phase-matched quadratic (or chi((2))) medium is strongly influenced by induced Kerr effects, such as self- and cross-phase modulation. We prove the existence of rapidly oscillating solitary waves (a spatial analog...
A modified two-level three-phase quasi-soft-switching inverter
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Liu, Yusheng; Wu, Weimin; Blaabjerg, Frede;
2014-01-01
to reduce the extra conduction power loss and the voltage stress across the DC-link capacitor, a modified two-level three-phase quasi-soft-switching inverter is proposed by using a SiC MOSFET instead of an IGBT. The principle of the modified two-level three-phase quasi-soft-switching inverter is analyzed...... in detail. And the performance is verified through simulations and experiments on a 5 kW/380 V three-phase prototype....
Accurate switching intensities and length scales in quasi-phase-matched materials
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Bang, Ole; Graversen, Torben Winther; Corney, Joel Frederick
2001-01-01
We consider unseeded typeI second-harmonic generation in quasi-phase-matched quadratic nonlinear materials and derive an accurate analytical expression for the evolution of the average intensity. The intensity- dependent nonlinear phase mismatch that is due to the cubic nonlinearity induced by qu...
Random-phase metasurfaces at optical wavelengths
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Pors, Anders; Ding, Fei; Chen, Yiting
2016-01-01
, with statistics obeying the theoretical predictions. We foresee the use of random-phase metasurfaces for camouflage applications and as high-quality reference structures in dark-field microscopy, while the control of the statistics for polarised and unpolarised light might find usage in security applications......Random-phase metasurfaces, in which the constituents scatter light with random phases, have the property that an incident plane wave will diffusely scatter, hereby leading to a complex far-field response that is most suitably described by statistical means. In this work, we present and exemplify...... the statistical description of the far-field response, particularly highlighting how the response for polarised and unpolarised light might be alike or different depending on the correlation of scattering phases for two orthogonal polarisations. By utilizing gap plasmon-based metasurfaces, consisting...
Quasi-phase-matched high-order harmonic generation using tunable pulse trains.
O'Keeffe, Kevin; Lloyd, David T; Hooker, Simon M
2014-04-07
A simple technique for generating trains of ultrafast pulses is demonstrated in which the linear separation between pulses can be varied continuously over a wide range. These pulse trains are used to achieve tunable quasi-phase-matching of high harmonic generation over a range of harmonic orders up to the harmonic cut-off, resulting in enhancements of the harmonic intensity in excess of an order of magnitude. The peak enhancement of the harmonics is clearly shown to depend on the separation between pulses, as well as the number of pulses in the train, representing an easily tunable source of quasi-phase-matched high harmonic generation.
Estimation of quasi-stiffness of the human hip in the stance phase of walking.
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Kamran Shamaei
Full Text Available This work presents a framework for selection of subject-specific quasi-stiffness of hip orthoses and exoskeletons, and other devices that are intended to emulate the biological performance of this joint during walking. The hip joint exhibits linear moment-angular excursion behavior in both the extension and flexion stages of the resilient loading-unloading phase that consists of terminal stance and initial swing phases. Here, we establish statistical models that can closely estimate the slope of linear fits to the moment-angle graph of the hip in this phase, termed as the quasi-stiffness of the hip. Employing an inverse dynamics analysis, we identify a series of parameters that can capture the nearly linear hip quasi-stiffnesses in the resilient loading phase. We then employ regression analysis on experimental moment-angle data of 216 gait trials across 26 human adults walking over a wide range of gait speeds (0.75-2.63 m/s to obtain a set of general-form statistical models that estimate the hip quasi-stiffnesses using body weight and height, gait speed, and hip excursion. We show that the general-form models can closely estimate the hip quasi-stiffness in the extension (R(2 = 92% and flexion portions (R(2 = 89% of the resilient loading phase of the gait. We further simplify the general-form models and present a set of stature-based models that can estimate the hip quasi-stiffness for the preferred gait speed using only body weight and height with an average error of 27% for the extension stage and 37% for the flexion stage.
Quasi-stationary phase change heat transfer on a fin
Orzechowski, Tadeusz; Stokowiec, Katarzyna
2016-03-01
The paper presents heat transfer research basing on a long fin with a circular cross-section. Its basis is welded to the pipe where the hot liquid paraffin, having a temperature of 70°C at the inflow, is pumped. The analyzed element is a recurrent part of a refrigeration's condenser, which is immersed in a paraffin. The temperature of the inflowing liquid is higher than the temperature of the melting process for paraffin, which allows the paraffin to liquify. The temperature at the basis of the rib changes and it is assumed that the heat transfer is quasi-stationary. On this basis the estimation of the mean value of heat transfer coefficient was conducted. The unsteady thermal field of the investigated system was registered with an infrared camera V50 produced by a Polish company Vigo System. This device is equipped with a microbolometric detector with 384 × 288 elements and the single pixel size 25 × 25 μm. Their thermal resolution is lower than 70 mK at a temperature of 30 °C. The camera operates at 7,5 ÷ 14 μm long-wave infrared radiation range. For a typical lens 35 mm the special resolution is 0.7 mrad. The result of the calculations is mean heat transfer coefficient for the considered time series. It is equal to 50 W m -2 K-1 and 47 W m -2 K-1 on the left and right side of the fin, respectively. The distance between the experimental data and the curve approximating the temperature distribution was assessed with the standard deviation, Sd = 0.04 K.
Quasi-stationary phase change heat transfer on a fin
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Orzechowski Tadeusz
2016-01-01
Full Text Available The paper presents heat transfer research basing on a long fin with a circular cross-section. Its basis is welded to the pipe where the hot liquid paraffin, having a temperature of 70°C at the inflow, is pumped. The analyzed element is a recurrent part of a refrigeration’s condenser, which is immersed in a paraffin. The temperature of the inflowing liquid is higher than the temperature of the melting process for paraffin, which allows the paraffin to liquify. The temperature at the basis of the rib changes and it is assumed that the heat transfer is quasi-stationary. On this basis the estimation of the mean value of heat transfer coefficient was conducted. The unsteady thermal field of the investigated system was registered with an infrared camera V50 produced by a Polish company Vigo System. This device is equipped with a microbolometric detector with 384 × 288 elements and the single pixel size 25 × 25 μm. Their thermal resolution is lower than 70 mK at a temperature of 30 °C. The camera operates at 7,5 ÷ 14 μm long-wave infrared radiation range. For a typical lens 35 mm the special resolution is 0.7 mrad. The result of the calculations is mean heat transfer coefficient for the considered time series. It is equal to 50 W m −2 K−1 and 47 W m −2 K−1 on the left and right side of the fin, respectively. The distance between the experimental data and the curve approximating the temperature distribution was assessed with the standard deviation, Sd = 0.04 K.
Faddeev Random Phase Approximation for Molecules
Degroote, Matthias; Barbieri, Carlo
2010-01-01
The Faddeev Random Phase Approximation is a Green's function technique that makes use of Faddeev-equations to couple the motion of a single electron to the two-particle--one-hole and two-hole--one-particle excitations. This method goes beyond the frequently used third-order Algebraic Diagrammatic Construction method: all diagrams involving the exchange of phonons in the particle-hole and particle-particle channel are retained, but the phonons are described at the level of the Random Phase Approximation. This paper presents the first results for diatomic molecules at equilibrium geometry. The behavior of the method in the dissociation limit is also investigated.
Random-phase metasurfaces at optical wavelengths
Pors, Anders; Ding, Fei; Chen, Yiting; Radko, Ilya P.; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.
2016-06-01
Random-phase metasurfaces, in which the constituents scatter light with random phases, have the property that an incident plane wave will diffusely scatter, hereby leading to a complex far-field response that is most suitably described by statistical means. In this work, we present and exemplify the statistical description of the far-field response, particularly highlighting how the response for polarised and unpolarised light might be alike or different depending on the correlation of scattering phases for two orthogonal polarisations. By utilizing gap plasmon-based metasurfaces, consisting of an optically thick gold film overlaid by a subwavelength thin glass spacer and an array of gold nanobricks, we design and realize random-phase metasurfaces at a wavelength of 800 nm. Optical characterisation of the fabricated samples convincingly demonstrates the diffuse scattering of reflected light, with statistics obeying the theoretical predictions. We foresee the use of random-phase metasurfaces for camouflage applications and as high-quality reference structures in dark-field microscopy, while the control of the statistics for polarised and unpolarised light might find usage in security applications. Finally, by incorporating a certain correlation between scattering by neighbouring metasurface constituents new types of functionalities can be realised, such as a Lambertian reflector.
Sinai Diffusion at Quasi-1D Topological Phase Transitions
Bagrets, Dmitry; Altland, Alexander; Kamenev, Alex
2016-11-01
We consider critical quantum transport in disordered topological quantum wires at the transition between phases with different topological indices. Focusing on the example of thermal transport in class D ("Majorana") quantum wires, we identify a transport universality class distinguished for anomalous retardation in the propagation of excitations—a quantum generalization of Sinai diffusion. We discuss the expected manifestations of this transport mechanism for heat propagation in topological superconductors near criticality and provide a microscopic theory explaining the phenomenon.
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Ali Chen; Yuesheng Wang; Guilan Yu; Yafang Guo; Zhengdao Wang
2008-01-01
The band structures of both in-plane and anti-plane elastic waves propagating in two-dimensional ordered and disordered (in one direction) phononic crystals are studied in this paper. The localization of wave propagation due to random disorder is discussed by introducing the concept of the localization factor that is calculated by the plane-wave-based transfer-matrix method. By treating the quasi-periodicity as the deviation from the periodicity in a special way, two kinds of quasi phononic crystal that has quasi-periodicity (Fibonacci sequence) in one direction and translational symmetry in the other direction are considered and the band structures are characterized by using localization factors. The results show that the localization factor is an effective parameter in characterizing the band gaps of two-dimensional perfect, randomly disordered and quasi-periodic phcnonic crystals. Band structures of the phononic crystals can be tuned by different random disorder or changing quasi-periodic parameters. The quasi phononic crystals exhibit more band gaps with narrower width than the ordered and randomly disordered systems.
Tamellini, Lorenzo
2016-01-05
In this talk we discuss possible strategies to minimize the impact of the curse of dimensionality effect when building sparse-grid approximations of a multivariate function u = u(y1, ..., yN ). More precisely, we present a knapsack approach , in which we estimate the cost and the error reduction contribution of each possible component of the sparse grid, and then we choose the components with the highest error reduction /cost ratio. The estimates of the error reduction are obtained by either a mixed a-priori / a-posteriori approach, in which we first derive a theoretical bound and then tune it with some inexpensive auxiliary computations (resulting in the so-called quasi-optimal sparse grids ), or by a fully a-posteriori approach (obtaining the so-called adaptive sparse grids ). This framework is very general and can be used to build quasi-optimal/adaptive sparse grids on bounded and unbounded domains (e.g. u depending on uniform and normal random distributions for yn), using both nested and non-nested families of univariate collocation points. We present some theoretical convergence results as well as numerical results showing the efficiency of the proposed approach for the approximation of the solution of elliptic PDEs with random diffusion coefficients. In this context, to treat the case of rough permeability fields in which a sparse grid approach may not be suitable, we propose to use the sparse grids as a control variate in a Monte Carlo simulation.
Retrieving quasi-phase-matching structure with discrete layer-peeling method
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Zhang, Q. W.; Zeng, Xianglong; Wang, M.;
2012-01-01
An approach to reconstruct a quasi-phase-matching grating by using a discrete layer-peeling algorithm is presented. Experimentally measured output spectra of Solc-type filters, based on uniform and chirped QPM structures, are used in the discrete layer-peeling algorithm. The reconstructed QPM...
Dmitriev, VG; Yur'ev, YV
1999-01-01
The question of the quasi-phase-matching bandwidth for second harmonic generation in crystals with a regular domain structure is considered in terms of the approximation of a constant field of the fundamental-frequency radiation and in the nonlinear conversion regime.
Quadratic solitary waves in a counterpropagating quasi-phase-matched configuration
Kolossovski, K Y; Sammut, R A; Kolossovski, Kazimir Y.; Buryak, Alexander V.; Sammut, Rowland. A.
1999-01-01
We demonstrate the possibility of self-trapping of optical beams by use of quasi phase matching in a counterpropagating configuration in quadratic media. We also show the predominant stability of these spatial self-guided beams and estimate the power level required for their experimental observation.
Faddeev Random Phase Approximation applied to molecules
Degroote, Matthias
2012-01-01
This Ph.D. thesis derives the equations of the Faddeev Random Phase Approximation (FRPA) and applies the method to a set of small atoms and molecules. The occurence of RPA instabilities in the dissociation limit is addressed in molecules and by the study of the Hubbard molecule as a test system with reduced dimensionality.
Yachini, Michal; Bahabad, Alon
2016-01-01
It is shown theoretically that the use of accelerating spatiotemporal quasi-phase-matching (QPM) modulation patterns in media with parametric optical interactions makes it possible to generate a time-reversed replica of the pump pulse envelope in a frequency converted signal. The conversion is dependent on the group-velocity mismatch between the fundamental and up-converted harmonics, and controlled by the acceleration rate (chirp) of the QPM phase pattern. Analytical results are corroborated by numerical simulations.
Evolution of Dark Spatial Soliton in Quasi-phase-matched Quadratic Media
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WANG Fei-Yu; CHEN Xian-Feng; CHEN Yu-Ping; YANG Yi; XIA Yu-Xing
2005-01-01
We theoretically investigate the evolvement of dark spatial soliton with cascading quadratic nonlinearity in quasi-phase-matched second harmonic generation. It is shown that the dark solitary wave can propagate stably when background intensity is large enough, in which diffraction of beam can be balanced by the cascading quadratic nonlinearity. We also analyze the influence of phase-mismatch on the stability of dark soliton propagation.
Quasi-particle Specific Heats for the Crystalline Color Superconducting Phase of QCD
Casalbuoni, Roberto; Mannarelli, M; Nardulli, Giuseppe; Ruggieri, Marco; Stramaglia, S
2003-01-01
We calculate the specific heats of quasi-particles of two-flavor QCD in its crystalline phases for low temperature. We show that for the different crystalline structures considered here there are gapless modes contributing linearly in temperature to the specific heat. We evaluate also the phonon contributions which are cubic in temperature. These features might be relevant for compact stars with an inner shell in a color superconducting crystalline phase.
Quasi-particle specific heats for the crystalline color superconducting phase of QCD
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Casalbuoni, R.; Gatto, R.; Mannarelli, M.; Nardulli, G.; Ruggieri, M.; Stramaglia, S
2003-11-27
We calculate the specific heats of quasi-particles of two-flavor QCD in its crystalline phases for low temperature. We show that for the different crystalline structures considered here there are gapless modes contributing linearly in temperature to the specific heat. We evaluate also the phonon contributions which are cubic in temperature. These features might be relevant for compact stars with an inner shell in a color superconducting crystalline phase.
Induced Kerr effects and self-guided beams in quasi-phase-matched quadratic media [CBC4
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Clausen, Carl A. Balslev; Bang, Ole; Kivshar, Yuri S.
1997-01-01
We show that quasi-phase-matching of quadratic media induces Kerr effects, such as self- and cross-phase modulation, and leads to the existence of a novel class of solitary waves, QPM-solitons......We show that quasi-phase-matching of quadratic media induces Kerr effects, such as self- and cross-phase modulation, and leads to the existence of a novel class of solitary waves, QPM-solitons...
Time-delayed feedback control optimization for quasi linear systems under random excitations
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Xueping Li; Detain Wei; Weiqiu Zhu
2009-01-01
A strategy for time-delayed feedback control optimization of quasi linear systems with random excita-tion is proposed. First, the stochastic averaging method is used to reduce the dimension of the state space and to derive the stationary response of the system. Secondly, the control law is assumed to be velocity feedback control with time delay and the unknown control gains are determined by the performance indices. The response of the controlled system is predicted through solving the Fokker-Plank-Kolmogorov equation associated with the averaged It6 equation. Finally, numerical examples are used to illustrate the proposed con-trol method, and the numerical results are confirmed by Monte Carlo simulation.
O'Keeffe, Kevin; Robinson, Tom; Hooker, Simon M
2012-03-12
Quasi-phase-matched high harmonic generation using trains of up to 8 counter-propagating pulses is explored. For trains of up to 4 pulses the measured enhancement of the harmonic signal scales with the number of pulses N as (N + 1)², as expected. However, for trains with N > 4, no further enhancement of the harmonic signal is observed. This effect is ascribed to changes of the coherence length Lc within the generating medium. Techniques for overcoming the variation of Lc are discussed. The pressure dependence of quasi-phase-matching is investigated and the switch from true-phase-matching to quasi-phase-matching is observed.
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Sano, Nobuyuki, E-mail: sano@esys.tsukuba.ac.jp [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)
2015-12-28
The impurity-limited resistance and the effect of the phase interference among localized multiple impurities in the quasi-one dimensional (quasi-1D) nanowire structures are systematically investigated under the framework of the scattering theory. We derive theoretical expressions of the impurity-limited resistance in the nanowire under the linear response regime from the Landauer formula and from the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) with the relaxation time approximation. We show that the formula from the BTE exactly coincides with that from the Landauer approach with the weak-scattering limit when the energy spectrum of the in-coming electrons from the reservoirs is narrow and, thus, point out a possibility that the distinction of the impurity-limited resistances derived from the Landauer formula and that of the BTE could be made clear. The derived formulas are applied to the quasi-1D nanowires doped with multiple localized impurities with short-range scattering potential and the validity of various approximations on the resistance are discussed. It is shown that impurity scattering becomes so strong under the nanowire structures that the weak-scattering limit breaks down in most cases. Thus, both phase interference and phase randomization simultaneously play a crucial role in determining the impurity-limited resistance even under the fully coherent framework. When the impurity separation along the wire axis direction is small, the constructive phase interference dominates and the resistance is much greater than the average resistance. As the separation becomes larger, however, it approaches the series resistance of the single-impurity resistance due to the phase randomization. Furthermore, under the uniform configuration of impurities, the space-average resistance of multiple impurities at room temperature is very close to the series resistance of the single-impurity resistance, and thus, each impurity could be regarded as an independent scattering center. The
Frequency-domain nonlinear optics in two-dimensionally patterned quasi-phase-matching media
Phillips, C R; Gallmann, L; Keller, U
2015-01-01
Advances in the amplification and manipulation of ultrashort laser pulses has led to revolutions in several areas. Examples include chirped pulse amplification for generating high peak-power lasers, power-scalable amplification techniques, pulse shaping via modulation of spatially-dispersed laser pulses, and efficient frequency-mixing in quasi-phase-matched nonlinear crystals to access new spectral regions. In this work, we introduce and demonstrate a new platform for nonlinear optics which has the potential to combine all of these separate functionalities (pulse amplification, frequency transfer, and pulse shaping) into a single monolithic device. Moreover, our approach simultaneously offers solutions to the performance-limiting issues in the conventionally-used techniques, and supports scaling in power and bandwidth of the laser source. The approach is based on two-dimensional patterning of quasi-phase-matching gratings combined with optical parametric interactions involving spatially dispersed laser pulses...
Nonlinear Transformation of Orbital Angular Momentum through Quasi-phase Matching
Shao, Guang-hao; Chen, Jin-hui; Xu, Fei; Lu, Yan-qing
2013-01-01
We propose and investigate the quasi-phase matched (QPM) nonlinear optical frequency conversion of optical vortices in periodically poled Lithium Niobate (PPLN). Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) modes are used to represent the orbital angular momentum (OAM) states, characterized with the azimuthal and radial indices. Typical three-wave nonlinear interactions among the involved OAM modes are studied with the help of coupling wave equations. Being different from normal QPM process where the energy and quasi-momentum conservations are satisfied, both of the azimuthal and radial indices of the OAM states keep constant in most of the cases. However, abnormal change of the radial index is observed when there is asynchronous nonlinear conversion in different parts of the beams. The QPM nonlinear evolution of fractional OAM states is also discussed showing some interesting properties. In comparison with the traditional birefringent phase matching (BPM), the QPM technique avoids the undesired walk-off effect to reserve high-qua...
Zhang, Xiaoshi; Lytle, Amy L.; Cohen, Oren; Kapteyn, Henry C.; Murnane, Margaret M.
2010-11-09
All-optical quasi-phase matching (QPM) uses a train of counterpropagating pulses to enhance high-order harmonic generation (HHG) in a hollow waveguide. A pump pulse enters one end of the waveguide, and causes HHG in the waveguide. The counterpropagation pulses enter the other end of the waveguide and interact with the pump pulses to cause QPM within the waveguide, enhancing the HHG.
Quasi-phase-matched high harmonic generation in corrugated micrometer-scale waveguides
Husakou, Anton
2016-01-01
The high harmonic generation in periodically corrugated submicrometer waveguides is studied numerically. Plasmonic field enhancement in the vicinity of the corrugations allows to use low pump intensities. Simultaneously, periodic placement of the corrugations leads to quasi-phase-matching and corresponding increase of the high harmonic efficiency. The optimization of waveguide geometry is performed, and the resulting spectra are analyzed by the means of (1+1)D numerical model.
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Wei Xie(谢威); Xianfeng Chen(陈险峰); Like He(何利科); Yuping Chen(陈玉萍); Yuxing Xia(夏宇兴)
2004-01-01
The direct fourth harmonic generation (FHG) is theoretically demonstrated based on quasi-phase-matching (QPM) configuration in periodically poled lithium tantalate (PPLT). The wavelength dependence of the period of FHG QPM gratings is calculated. Bandwidths of fundamental wavelength, temperature, and incident angle are also studied. A very wide bandwidth, as large as 119.5 nm, of fundamental wavelength near 3699 nm is found with the QPM period of 9.442 μm and the crystal length of 1 cm.
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ALTINOZ, O. T.
2014-08-01
Full Text Available Nature-inspired optimization algorithms can obtain the optima by updating the position of each member in the population. At the beginning of the algorithm, the particles of the population are spread into the search space. The initial distribution of particles corresponds to the beginning points of the search process. Hence, the aim is to alter the position for each particle beginning with this initial position until the optimum solution will be found with respect to the pre-determined conditions like maximum iteration, and specific error value for the fitness function. Therefore, initial positions of the population have a direct effect on both accuracy of the optima and the computational cost. If any member in the population is close enough to the optima, this eases the achievement of the exact solution. On the contrary, individuals grouped far away from the optima might yield pointless efforts. In this study, low-discrepancy quasi-random number sequence is preferred for the localization of the population at the initialization phase. By this way, the population is distributed into the search space in a more uniform manner at the initialization phase. The technique is applied to the Gravitational Search Algorithm and compared via the performance on benchmark function solutions.
Nobile, Fabio
2015-11-26
In this work we compare different families of nested quadrature points, i.e. the classic Clenshaw–Curtis and various kinds of Leja points, in the context of the quasi-optimal sparse grid approximation of random elliptic PDEs. Numerical evidence suggests that both families perform comparably within such framework.
Static correlation beyond the random phase approximation
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Olsen, Thomas; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer
2014-01-01
We investigate various approximations to the correlation energy of a H2 molecule in the dissociation limit, where the ground state is poorly described by a single Slater determinant. The correlation energies are derived from the density response function and it is shown that response functions...... derived from Hedin's equations (Random Phase Approximation (RPA), Time-dependent Hartree-Fock (TDHF), Bethe-Salpeter equation (BSE), and Time-Dependent GW) all reproduce the correct dissociation limit. We also show that the BSE improves the correlation energies obtained within RPA and TDHF significantly...
A unified phase-field theory for the mechanics of damage and quasi-brittle failure
Wu, Jian-Ying
2017-06-01
Being one of the most promising candidates for the modeling of localized failure in solids, so far the phase-field method has been applied only to brittle fracture with very few exceptions. In this work, a unified phase-field theory for the mechanics of damage and quasi-brittle failure is proposed within the framework of thermodynamics. Specifically, the crack phase-field and its gradient are introduced to regularize the sharp crack topology in a purely geometric context. The energy dissipation functional due to crack evolution and the stored energy functional of the bulk are characterized by a crack geometric function of polynomial type and an energetic degradation function of rational type, respectively. Standard arguments of thermodynamics then yield the macroscopic balance equation coupled with an extra evolution law of gradient type for the crack phase-field, governed by the aforesaid constitutive functions. The classical phase-field models for brittle fracture are recovered as particular examples. More importantly, the constitutive functions optimal for quasi-brittle failure are determined such that the proposed phase-field theory converges to a cohesive zone model for a vanishing length scale. Those general softening laws frequently adopted for quasi-brittle failure, e.g., linear, exponential, hyperbolic and Cornelissen et al. (1986) ones, etc., can be reproduced or fit with high precision. Except for the internal length scale, all the other model parameters can be determined from standard material properties (i.e., Young's modulus, failure strength, fracture energy and the target softening law). Some representative numerical examples are presented for the validation. It is found that both the internal length scale and the mesh size have little influences on the overall global responses, so long as the former can be well resolved by sufficiently fine mesh. In particular, for the benchmark tests of concrete the numerical results of load versus displacement
Phase-field modeling of isothermal quasi-incompressible multicomponent liquids
Tóth, Gyula I.
2016-09-01
In this paper general dynamic equations describing the time evolution of isothermal quasi-incompressible multicomponent liquids are derived in the framework of the classical Ginzburg-Landau theory of first order phase transformations. Based on the fundamental equations of continuum mechanics, a general convection-diffusion dynamics is set up first for compressible liquids. The constitutive relations for the diffusion fluxes and the capillary stress are determined in the framework of gradient theories. Next the general definition of incompressibility is given, which is taken into account in the derivation by using the Lagrange multiplier method. To validate the theory, the dynamic equations are solved numerically for the quaternary quasi-incompressible Cahn-Hilliard system. It is demonstrated that variable density (i) has no effect on equilibrium (in case of a suitably constructed free energy functional) and (ii) can influence nonequilibrium pattern formation significantly.
Phase-field modeling of isothermal quasi-incompressible multicomponent liquids
Toth, Gyula I
2016-01-01
In this paper general dynamic equations describing the time evolution of isothermal quasi-incompressible multicomponent liquids are derived in the framework of the classical Ginzburg-Landau theory of first order phase transformations. Based on the fundamental continuum mechanical equations, a general convection-diffusion dynamics is set up first for compressible liquids. The constitutive relations for the diffusion fluxes and the capillary stress are determined in the framework of gradient theories. A mathematically precise definition of incompressibility is then given, which is taken into account by using the Lagrange multiplier method. To validate the theory, the general dynamic equations are solved numerically for the quaternary quasi-incompressible Cahn-Hilliard system. It is demonstrated that variable density (i) has no effect on equilibrium only in case of a suitably constructed free energy functional, while (ii) may influence non-equilibrium pattern formation significantly.
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Bang, Ole; Graversen, T. W.; Clausen, Carl A. Balslev
2000-01-01
Quasi-phase-matching gratings induces Kerr effects in quadratic nonlinear materials. We show analytically and confirm numerically how modulating the grating changes the effective quadratic and cubic nonlinearities and allows for multi-wavelength second-harmonic generation....
Phase of transmitted wave in dynamical theory and quasi-kinematical approximation
Gorobtsov, O. Yu.; Vartanyants, I. A.
2016-05-01
Variation of the phase of the beam transmitted through a crystalline material as a function of the rocking angle is a well-known dynamical effect in x-ray scattering. Unfortunately, it is not so easy to directly measure these phase variations in a conventional scattering experiment. It was recently suggested that the transmitted phase can be directly measured in ptychography experiments performed on nanocrystal samples. Results of such experiment for different crystal thickness, reflections, and incoming photon energies, in principle, can be fully described in the frame of dynamical theory. However, dynamical theory does not provide a simple analytical expression for the further analysis. Here we develop a quasi-kinematical theory approach that allows one to correctly describe the phase of the transmitted beam for the crystal thickness less than extinction length that is beyond applicability of the conventional kinematical theory.
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Zeng, Xianglong; Guo, Hairun; Zhou, Binbin
2012-01-01
In few-cycle soliton generation with large compression factors using cascaded nonlinearities the pulse quality can be improved by engineering quasi-phase-matching structures. The soliton-induced mid-IR optical Cherenkov wave is also enhanced.......In few-cycle soliton generation with large compression factors using cascaded nonlinearities the pulse quality can be improved by engineering quasi-phase-matching structures. The soliton-induced mid-IR optical Cherenkov wave is also enhanced....
Magliano, Lorenza; Rinaldi, Angela; Costanzo, Regina; De Leo, Renata; Schioppa, Giustina; Petrillo, Miriam; Read, John
2016-01-01
Despite scientific evidence that the majority of people with schizophrenia (PWS) have personal histories of traumatic life events and adversities, their needs for psychological support often remain unmet. Poor availability of nonpharmacological therapies in schizophrenia may be partly because of professionals' attitudes toward people diagnosed with this disorder. As future health professionals, psychology students represent a target population for efforts to increase the probability that PWS will be offered effective psychological therapies. This quasi-randomized controlled study investigated the effect of an educational intervention, addressing common prejudices via scientific evidence and prerecorded audio-testimony from PWS, on the attitudes of psychology students toward PWS. Students in their fifth year of a master's degree in Psychology at the Second University of Naples, Italy were randomly assigned to an experimental group-which attended two 3-hr sessions a week apart-or to a control group. Compared with their baseline assessment, at 1-month reassessment the 76 educated students endorsed more psychosocial causes and more of them recommended psychologists in the treatment of schizophrenia. They were also more optimistic about recovery, less convinced that PWS are recognizable and unpredictable, and more convinced that treatments, pharmacological and psychological, are useful. No significant changes were found, from baseline to 1-month reassessment, in the 112 controls. At 1-month reassessment, educated students were more optimistic about recovery and less convinced that PWS are unpredictable than controls. These findings suggest that psychology students' attitudes toward PWS can be improved by training initiatives including education and indirect contact with users. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).
Order, Chaos and Quasi Symmetries in a First-Order Quantum Phase Transition
Leviatan, A
2014-01-01
We study the competing order and chaos in a first-order quantum phase transition with a high barrier. The boson model Hamiltonian employed, interpolates between its U(5) (spherical) and SU(3) (deformed) limits. A classical analysis reveals regular (chaotic) dynamics at low (higher) energy in the spherical region, coexisting with a robustly regular dynamics in the deformed region. A quantum analysis discloses, amidst a complicated environment, persisting regular multiplets of states associated with partial U(5) and quasi SU(3) dynamical symmetries.
Goldstone modes in the random phase approximation
Neergård, Kai
2016-01-01
I show that the kernel of the random phase approximation (RPA) matrix based on a stable Hartree, Hartree-Fock, Hartree-Bogolyubov or Hartree-Fock-Bogolyubov mean field solution is decomposed into a subspace with a basis whose vectors are associated, in the equivalent formalism of a classical Hamiltonian linear in canonic coordinates, with conjugate momenta of cyclic coordinates (Goldstone modes) and a subspace with a basis whose vectors are associated with pairs of conjugate canonic coordinates that do not enter the Hamiltonian at all. In a subspace complementary to the one spanned by all these coordinates including the conjugate coordinates of the Goldstone momenta, the RPA matrix behaves as in the case of a zerodimensional kernel. This result was derived very recently by Nakada as a corollary to a general analysis of RPA matrices based on both stable and unstable mean field solutions. The present proof does not rest on Nakada's general results.
Demontis, Alessandra; Trainito, Sabina; Del Felice, Alessandra; Masiero, Stefano
2016-03-01
Balance impairment is a frequent and undertreated manifestation in ankylosing spondylitis, leading to increased risk of falls and lower quality of life. Our aim was to assess supervised training and home-based rehabilitation efficacy on balance improvement in ankylosing spondylitis subjects on biologic agents. This was a single-blinded, quasi-randomized parallel study in a single outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic of a tertiary referral center. Subjects with ankylosing spondylitis on biologic agents were assigned either to supervised training and home-based rehabilitation program (rehabilitation group) plus educational-behavioral therapy, or to educational-behavioral therapy alone (educational groups). The same therapist provided therapy. Outcome measures were assessed at baseline (T0), end of treatment (T1) and at 7-month follow-up (T2). Rheumatologic outcomes were Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Functional Index and Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index. Balance parameters (anterior-posterior oscillation, latero-lateral oscillation, sway area, sway density and sway path) were evaluated by stabilometry in a condition of open and closed eyes. Forty-six subjects (36 M, 10 F) were enrolled. Demographic data and clinical status at baseline were comparable between the two groups (22 rehabilitation group, 20 educational group). Primary outcome was sway density that improved both at T1 (SDy: open eyes p = 0.003, closed eyes p = 0.004) and at T2 (SDx: open eyes p = 0.0015, closed eyes p = 0.032). A trend toward improvement in the rehabilitation group rather than in the educational group emerged for balance parameters, especially those measured with closed eyes (0.004 exercise lead to balance improvement in people with ankylosing spondylitis. Eyes-closed trials show a more marked trend toward improvement, and this may suggest a positive effect of rehabilitation on proprioception.
A novel random phase-shifting digital holographic microscopy method
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2009-01-01
This paper proposes a new method that reconstructs the information of specimen by using random phase shift step in digital holographic microscopy (DHM). The principles of the method are described and discussed in detail. In practical experiment, because the phase shifter is neither perfectly linear nor calibrated, digital holograms with inaccurate phase shift step are recorded by the charge-coupled device (CCD). The phase could be accurately reconstructed from the recorded digital holograms by using the random phase-shifting algorithm, which makes up for reconstructed phase error caused by ordinary phase-shifting algorithm. The phase aberration compensation is also discussed. In order to verify the flexibility of the proposed method, numerical simulation of random phase-shifting DHM was carried out. The simulation results illustrated that the presented method is effective when the phase shift step is unknown or random in DHM.
Sono, Tleyane J.; Riziotis, Christos; Mailis, Sakellaris; Eason, Robert W.
2017-09-01
Fabrication capabilities of high optical quality hexagonal superstructures by chemical etching of inverted ferroelectric domains in lithium niobate platform suggests a route for efficient implementation of compact hexagonal microcavities. Such nonlinear optical hexagonal micro-resonators are proposed as a platform for second harmonic generation (SHG) by the combined mechanisms of total internal reflection (TIR) and quasi-phase-matching (QPM). The proposed scheme for SHG via TIR-QPM in a hexagonal microcavity can improve the efficiency and also the compactness of SHG devices compared to traditional linear-type based devices. A simple theoretical model based on six-bounce trajectory and phase matching conditions was capable for obtaining the optimal cavity size. Furthermore numerical simulation results based on finite difference time domain beam propagation method analysis confirmed the solutions obtained by demonstrating resonant operation of the microcavity for the second harmonic wave produced by TIR-QPM. Design aspects, optimization issues and characteristics of the proposed nonlinear device are presented.
Zhou, Zhi-Yuan; Jiang, Yun-Kun; Li, Yan; Shi, Shuai; Wang, Xi-Shi; Shi, Bao-Sen; Guo, Guang-Can
2014-01-01
Light with helical phase structures, carrying quantized orbital angular momentum (OAM), has many applications in both classical and quantum optics, such as high-capacity optical communications and quantum information processing. Frequency conversion is a basic technique to expand the frequency range of fundamental light. The frequency conversion of OAM-carrying light gives rise to new physics and applications such as up-conversion detection of images and high dimensional OAM entanglements. Quasi-phase matching (QPM) nonlinear crystals are good candidates for frequency conversion, particularly for their high-valued effective nonlinear coefficients and no walk-off effect. Here we report the first experimental second-harmonic generation (SHG) of OAM light with a QPM crystal, where a UV light with OAM of 100 is generated. OAM conservation is verified using a specially designed interferometer. With a pump beam carrying an OAM superposition of opposite sign, we observed interesting interference phenomena in the SHG...
Rangelov, Andon A
2012-01-01
We propose an efficient broadband frequency generation technique for two collinear optical parametric processes $\\omega_3=\\omega_1+\\omega_2$ and $\\omega_4=\\omega_1-\\omega_2$. It exploits chirped quasi-phase-matched gratings, which in the undepleted pump approximation regime perform population transfer that is analogous to adiabatic population transfer in a three-state ``vee'' quantum system. The energy of the input fields is transferred adiabatically either into $\\omega_3$ or $\\omega_4$ field, depending on which of the two phase matchings occurs first by the local modulation period in the crystal. One can switch the output between $\\omega_3$ and $\\omega_4$ by inverting the direction of the local modulation sweep, which corresponds to a rotation of the crystal by angle $\\pi$
Balogh, Emeric
2016-01-01
High-order harmonic generation in gas targets is a widespread scheme used to produce extreme ultraviolet radiation, however, it has a limited microscopic efficiency. Macroscopic enhancement of the produced radiation relies on phase-matching, often only achievable in quasi-phase-matching arrangements. In the present work we numerically study quasi-phase-matching induced by low-intensity assisting fields. We investigate the required assisting field strength dependence on the wavelength and intensity of the driving field, harmonic order, trajectory class and period of the assisting field. We comment on the optimal spatial beam profile of the assisting field.
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A. S. Saluja
2013-01-01
Full Text Available We introduce a new implicit random iteration process generated by a finite family of asymptotically quasi-nonexpansive-type mappings and study necessary and sufficient conditions for the convergence of this process in a uniformly convex Banach space. The results presented in this paper extend and improve the recent ones announced by Plubtieng et al. (2007, Beg and Thakur (2009, and Saluja and Nashine (2012.
Quasi-Periodic Pulsations during the Impulsive and Decay phases of an X-class Flare
Hayes, Laura A; Dennis, Brian R; Ireland, Jack; Inglis, Andrew R; Ryan, Daniel F
2016-01-01
Quasi-periodic pulsations (QPP) are often observed in X-ray emission from solar flares. To date, it is unclear what their physical origins are. Here, we present a multi-instrument investigation of the nature of QPP during the impulsive and decay phases of the X1.0 flare of 28 October 2013. We focus on the character of the fine structure pulsations evident in the soft X-ray time derivatives and compare this variability with structure across multiple wavelengths including hard X-ray and microwave emission. We find that during the impulsive phase of the flare, high correlations between pulsations in the thermal and non-thermal emissions are seen. A characteristic timescale of ~20s is observed in all channels and a second timescale of ~55s is observed in the non-thermal emissions. Soft X-ray pulsations are seen to persist into the decay phase of this flare, up to 20 minutes after the non-thermal emission has ceased. We find that these decay phase thermal pulsations have very small amplitude and show an increase i...
Tanaka, Akira; Lim, Hwan Hong; Subashchandran, Shanthi; Okano, Masayuki; Zhang, Labao; Kang, Lin; Chen, Jian; Wu, Peiheng; Hirohata, Toru; Kurimura, Sunao; Takeuchi, Shigeki; 10.1364/OE.20.025228
2012-01-01
Quantum entanglement of two photons created by spontaneous parametric downconversion (SPDC) can be used to probe quantum optical phenomena during a single cycle of light. Harris [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 063602 (2007)] suggested using ultrabroad parametric fluorescence generated from a quasi-phase-matched (QPM) device whose poling period is chirped. In the Harris\\' s original proposal, it is assumed that the photons are collinearly generated and then spatially separated by frequency filtering. Here, we alternatively propose using noncollinearly generated SPDC. In our numerical calculation, to achieve 1.2 cycle temporal correlation for a 532 nm pump laser, only 10% -chirped device is sufficient when noncollinear condition is applied, while a largely chirped (50%) device is required in collinear condition. We also experimentally demonstrate an octave-spanning (790-1610 nm) noncollinear parametric fluorescence from a 10% chirped MgSLT crystal using both a superconducting nanowire single-photon detector and photomult...
Theoretical investigation of three-dimensional quasi-phase-matching photonic structures
Pogosian, Tamara; Lai, Ngoc Diep
2016-12-01
We present a full theoretical analysis of quasi-phase-matching (QPM) in three-dimensional (3D) periodic structures and point up optimum nonlinear structures, which promote the best nonlinear conversion efficiencies and are close to real structures. The QPM properties of 14 Bravais lattices are investigated as a function of motifs (orthorhombic and spherical) and of modulation types ("+/-" and "+/0"). This full 3D QPM theory allows us to produce all results of one- and two-dimensional QPM structures by choosing appropriate lattice periodicity and motif. The optimization of nonlinear conversion efficiencies in 3D QPM is obtained by analyzing four particular structures (simple cubic, body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, and diamond cubic lattices) with different filling factors and motifs. In particular, 3D structures, which are very close to those realized in practice, are proposed and simulated, creating a guide for fabrication of real optimum QPM structures.
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Chirkin, A S [Physics Department, M V Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorob' evy Gory, 119899 Moscow (Russian Federation)
2002-06-01
The results of quantum analysis of the light generated by consecutive and simultaneous quasi-phase-matched (QPM) wave interactions in periodically poled nonlinear crystals (PPNCs) are presented. In the case of the consecutive interactions of waves with multiple frequencies {omega}, 2{omega} and 3{omega}, the parametric amplification at low-frequency pumping is investigated. Generation of the quadrature-squeezed light at frequencies {omega} and 3{omega} in the 2{omega} frequency pumping field, the photon statistics and correlation as well as the entanglement properties for photons produced at different frequencies are studied. In the case of simultaneous QPM spontaneous parametric down-conversion processes in single PPNC, the main attention is paid to obtaining the polarization-entangled states at the collinear geometry of the wave interaction.
Efficient supercontinuum generation in quadratic nonlinear waveguides without quasi-phase matching
Guo, Hairun; Steinert, Michael; Setzpfandt, Frank; Pertsch, Thomas; Chung, Hung-ping; Chen, Yen-Hung; Bache, Morten
2014-01-01
Efficient supercontinuum generation (SCG) requires excitation of solitons at the pump laser wavelength. Quadratic nonlinear waveguides may support an effective self-defocusing nonlinearity so solitons can directly be generated at common ultrafast laser wavelengths without any waveguide dispersion engineering. We here experimentally demonstrate efficient SCG in a standard lithium niobate (LN) waveguide without using quasi-phase matching (QPM). By using femtosecond pumps with wavelengths in the $1.25-1.5 \\mu\\rm m$ range, where LN has normal dispersion and thus supports self-defocusing solitons, octave-spanning SCG is observed. An optimized mid-IR waveguide design is expected to support even broader spectra. The QPM-free design reduces production complexity, allows longer waveguides, limits undesired spectral resonances and effectively allows using nonlinear crystals where QPM is inefficient or impossible. This result is important for mid-IR SCG, where QPM-free self-defocusing waveguides in common mid-IR nonline...
Vlad, M
2016-01-01
The quasi-coherent effects in two-dimensional incompressible turbulence are analyzed starting from the test particle trajectories. They can acquire coherent aspects when the stochastic potential has slow time variation and the motion is not strongly perturbed. The trajectories are, in these conditions, random sequences of large jumps and trapping or eddying events. Trapping determines quasi-coherent trajectory structures, which have a micro-confinement effect that is reflected in the transport coefficients. They determine non-Gaussian statistics and flows associated to an average velocity. Trajectory structures also influence the test modes on turbulent plasmas. Nonlinear damping and generation of zonal flow modes is found in drift turbulence in uniform magnetic field. The coupling of test particle and test mode studies permitted to evaluate the self-consistent evolution of the drift turbulence in an iterated approach. The results show an important nonlinear effect of ion diffusion, which can prevent the tran...
The random phase property and the Lyapunov spectrum for disordered multi-channel systems
Roemer, Rudolf A
2009-01-01
A random phase property establishing a link between quasi-one-dimensional random Schroedinger operators and full random matrix theory is advocated. Briefly summarized it states that the random transfer matrices placed into a normal system of coordinates act on the isotropic frames and lead to a Markov process with a unique invariant measure which is of geometric nature. On the elliptic part of the transfer matrices, this measure is invariant under the full hermitian symplectic group of the universality class under study. While the random phase property can up to now only be proved in special models or in a restricted sense, we provide strong numerical evidence that it holds in the Anderson model of localization. A main outcome of the random phase property is a perturbative calculation of the Lyapunov exponents which shows that the Lyapunov spectrum is equidistant and that the localization lengths for large systems in the unitary, orthogonal and symplectic ensemble differ by a factor 2 each. In an Anderson-And...
Li, Yongfeng; Ma, Hua; Wang, Jiafu; Pang, Yongqiang; Zheng, Qiqi; Chen, Hongya; Han, Yajuan; Zhang, Jieqiu; Qu, Shaobo
2017-01-01
A high-efficiency tri-band quasi-continuous phase gradient metamaterial is designed and demonstrated based on spoof surface plasmon polaritons (SSPPs). High-efficiency polarizaiton conversion transmission is firstly achieved via tailoring phase differece between the transmisive SSPP and the space wave in orthogonal directions. As an example, a tri-band circular-to-circular (CTC) polarization conversion metamateiral (PCM) was designed by a nonlinearly dispersive phase difference. Using such PCM unit cell, a tri-band quasi-continuous phase gradient metamaterial (PGM) was then realized by virtue of the Pancharatnam-Berry phase. The distribution of the cross-polarization transmission phase along the x-direction is continuous except for two infinitely small intervals near the phases 0° and 360°, and thus the phase gradient has definition at any point along the x-direction. The simulated normalized polarization conversion transmission spectrums together with the electric field distributions for circularly polarized wave and linearly polarized wave demonstrated the high-efficiency anomalous refraction of the quasi-continuous PGM. The experimental verification for the linearly polarized incidence was also provided.
Comparison of Gamow-Teller strengths in the random phase approximation
Nabi, Jameel-Un
2012-01-01
The Gamow-Teller response is astrophysically important for a number of nuclides, particularly around iron. The random phase approximation (RPA) is an efficient way to generate strength distributions. In order to better understand both theoretical systematics and uncertainties, we compare the Gamow-Teller strength distributions for a suite of nuclides and for a suite of interactions, including semi-realistic interactions in the $1p$-$0f$ space with the RPA and a separable multi-shell interaction in the quasi-particle RPA. We also compare with experimental results for GT$_-$ on ${54}$Fe.
Enbutsu, Koji; Umeki, Takeshi; Tadanaga, Osamu; Asobe, Masaki; Takenouchi, Hirokazu
2015-07-15
We propose a quasi-phase-matched second-harmonic generator integrated with an electro-optic phase modulator in a directly bonded LiNbO3 (DB-LN) waveguide to obtain high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) pump light for a phase-sensitive amplifier (PSA). This integrated device exhibits 1-MHz modulation and 1-W second-harmonic-generation properties sufficient for phase-locking between the signal and pump and for PSA gain, respectively. A novel PSA configuration based on the high-input-power tolerance of the device helps to suppress the noise from the erbium-doped fiber amplifier used for pump-light generation and leads to an improvement of the SNR of the pump light. The SNR improvement was confirmed by comparing the noise figure of a PSA employing the DB-LN waveguide with that of a PSA using a Ti-diffused LN waveguide modulator.
Cluster modeling of quasi-adaptive phases in vitreous germanium selenides
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Shpotyuk, Oleh; Golovchak, Roman [Lviv Institute of Materials of SRC, Lviv 79031 (Ukraine); Institute of Physics, Jan Dlugosz University, Czestochowa 42201 (Poland); Boyko, Vitaliy [Lviv Polytechnic National University, Lviv 79013 (Ukraine); Kozyukhin, Sergei [Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of RAS, Leninsky Pr. 31, Moscow 199991 (Russian Federation)
2010-04-15
The developed cluster modeling approach based on ab-initio calculations with RHF/6-311G{sup *} basis set testifies absence of intermediate optimally-constrained phase in binary Ge{sub x} Se{sub 100-x} system within 20 {<=} x < 26 domain. It is shown, that character ''outrigger raft'' carcass is conserved for all glass compositions within expected reversibility window. Thus, the structure of binary Ge{sub x} Se{sub 100-x} glasses can be described in terms of ''chains crossing'' model in case of x < 12, mixed ''chains crossing'' and ''outrigger raft'' models in case of 12{<=}x< 20 and modified ''outrigger raft'' model in case of x {>=} 20. The expected reversibility window in binary Ge{sub x} Se{sub 100-x} glasses is shown to be only quasi-adaptive phase, based on ''outrigger raft'' structural motive with two edge- and four corner-sharing tetrahedra interconnected by optimally-constrained Ge-Se-Se-Ge bridges with extra Se atoms in ring-like configurations replaced Se-Se dimers. The results of quantum mechanics modeling are confirmed well by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements in this system. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)
Quasi-stagnant plasmoid in the middle tail - A new preexpansion phase phenomenon
Nishida, A.; Terasawa, T.; Scholer, M.; Bame, S. J.; Zwickl, R. D.; Gloeckler, G.; Smith, E. J.
1986-04-01
From the analysis of ISEE 3 data it is found that a plasmoid is sometimes formed in the middle tail outside the intervals of the substorm expansion phase. This plasmoid is produced by reconnection at the X-type neutral line, which is located earthward of the distant neutral line but beyond the substorm-associated near-tail neutral line, and it is almost stagnant in that the associated flow speed is less than 300 km/s. The blocking effect of the distant neutral line is the most probable reason for the slow movement. The quasi-stagnant plasmoid is observed at x = -60 to - 100 earth radii for a duration of a few tens of minutes, and in about one half of the cases it is followed by the fast tailward streaming. The onset of this streaming tends to coincide with the onset of the substorm expansion phase, and this probably occurs when the reconnection at the middle-tail neutral line comes close to processing the last closed field line. Intensification of the dawn-to-dusk electric field that causes the mantle plasma to reach the plasma sheet boundary closer to the earth is suggested as the reason for the formation of the middle-tail neutral line earthward of the distant neutral line. The effects on the energetic particle flux and relation to the near-tail reconnection are also discussed.
Busacca, Alessandro C; Eason, Robert W; Mailis, Sakellaris; 10.1063/1.1758776
2012-01-01
We demonstrate efficient first-order quasi-phase-matched second-harmonic generation in a surface periodically poled Ti:indiffused lithium niobate waveguide; 6 mW of continuous-wave blue radiation (wavelength = 412.6 nm) was produced showing the potential of surface domain inversion for efficient nonlinear waveguide interactions.
Estimation of quasi-stiffness and propulsive work of the human ankle in the stance phase of walking.
Shamaei, Kamran; Sawicki, Gregory S; Dollar, Aaron M
2013-01-01
Characterizing the quasi-stiffness and work of lower extremity joints is critical for evaluating human locomotion and designing assistive devices such as prostheses and orthoses intended to emulate the biological behavior of human legs. This work aims to establish statistical models that allow us to predict the ankle quasi-stiffness and net mechanical work for adults walking on level ground. During the stance phase of walking, the ankle joint propels the body through three distinctive phases of nearly constant stiffness known as the quasi-stiffness of each phase. Using a generic equation for the ankle moment obtained through an inverse dynamics analysis, we identify key independent parameters needed to predict ankle quasi-stiffness and propulsive work and also the functional form of each correlation. These parameters include gait speed, ankle excursion, and subject height and weight. Based on the identified form of the correlation and key variables, we applied linear regression on experimental walking data for 216 gait trials across 26 subjects (speeds from 0.75-2.63 m/s) to obtain statistical models of varying complexity. The most general forms of the statistical models include all the key parameters and have an R(2) of 75% to 81% in the prediction of the ankle quasi-stiffnesses and propulsive work. The most specific models include only subject height and weight and could predict the ankle quasi-stiffnesses and work for optimal walking speed with average error of 13% to 30%. We discuss how these models provide a useful framework and foundation for designing subject- and gait-specific prosthetic and exoskeletal devices designed to emulate biological ankle function during level ground walking.
Estimation of quasi-stiffness and propulsive work of the human ankle in the stance phase of walking.
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Kamran Shamaei
Full Text Available Characterizing the quasi-stiffness and work of lower extremity joints is critical for evaluating human locomotion and designing assistive devices such as prostheses and orthoses intended to emulate the biological behavior of human legs. This work aims to establish statistical models that allow us to predict the ankle quasi-stiffness and net mechanical work for adults walking on level ground. During the stance phase of walking, the ankle joint propels the body through three distinctive phases of nearly constant stiffness known as the quasi-stiffness of each phase. Using a generic equation for the ankle moment obtained through an inverse dynamics analysis, we identify key independent parameters needed to predict ankle quasi-stiffness and propulsive work and also the functional form of each correlation. These parameters include gait speed, ankle excursion, and subject height and weight. Based on the identified form of the correlation and key variables, we applied linear regression on experimental walking data for 216 gait trials across 26 subjects (speeds from 0.75-2.63 m/s to obtain statistical models of varying complexity. The most general forms of the statistical models include all the key parameters and have an R(2 of 75% to 81% in the prediction of the ankle quasi-stiffnesses and propulsive work. The most specific models include only subject height and weight and could predict the ankle quasi-stiffnesses and work for optimal walking speed with average error of 13% to 30%. We discuss how these models provide a useful framework and foundation for designing subject- and gait-specific prosthetic and exoskeletal devices designed to emulate biological ankle function during level ground walking.
Random shortcuts induce phase synchronization in complex Chua systems
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Wei Du-Qu; Luo Xiao-Shu; Qin Ying-Hua
2009-01-01
This paper studies how phase synchronization in complex networks depends on random shortcuts, using the piecewise-continuous chaotic Chua system as the nodes of the networks. It is found that for a given coupling strength,when the number of random shortcuts is greater than a threshold the phase synchronization is induced. Phase synchronization becomes evident and reaches its maximum as the number of random shortcuts is further increased. These phenomena imply that random shortcuts can induce and enhance the phase synchronization in complex Chua systems.Furthermore, the paper also investigates the effects of the coupling strength and it is found that stronger coupling makes it easier to obtain the complete phase synchronization.
Review of Random Phase Encoding in Volume Holographic Storage
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Wei-Chia Su
2012-09-01
Full Text Available Random phase encoding is a unique technique for volume hologram which can be applied to various applications such as holographic multiplexing storage, image encryption, and optical sensing. In this review article, we first review and discuss diffraction selectivity of random phase encoding in volume holograms, which is the most important parameter related to multiplexing capacity of volume holographic storage. We then review an image encryption system based on random phase encoding. The alignment of phase key for decryption of the encoded image stored in holographic memory is analyzed and discussed. In the latter part of the review, an all-optical sensing system implemented by random phase encoding and holographic interconnection is presented.
ZUÑIGA VUKUSICH, JAIME MIGUEL
2011-01-01
En esta tesis estudiamos propiedades de transporte cuántico en guías de onda finitas periódicas quasi-unidimensionales, cuya dinámica clásica asociada es difusiva. Nos enfocamos en el límite semiclásico el cual nos permite emplear un modelo de Teoria de Matrices Aleatorias (TMA) para describir el sistema. El requisito de difusión normal de la dinámica clásica restringe la configuración de la celda unitaria a tener horizonte finito, y significa que los ensembles apropiados de TMA son los en...
Paul, B; Mugnier, L M; Dohlen, K; Petit, C; Fusco, T; Mouillet, D; Beuzit, J -L; Ferrari, M
2014-01-01
The second-generation instrument SPHERE, dedicated to high-contrast imaging, will soon be in operation on the European Very Large Telescope. Such an instrument relies on an extreme adaptive optics system coupled with a coronagraph that suppresses most of the diffracted stellar light. However, the coronagraph performance is strongly limited by quasi-static aberrations that create long-lived speckles in the scientific image plane, which can easily be mistaken for planets. The ultimate performance is thus limited by the unavoidable differential aberrations between the wave-front sensor and the scientific camera, which have to be estimated andcompensated for. In this paper, we use the COFFEE approach to measure and compensate for SPHERE's quasi-static aberrations. COFFEE (for COronagraphic Focal-plane wave-Front Estimation for Exoplanet detection), which consists in an extension of phase diversity to coronagraphic imaging, estimates the quasi-static aberrations, including the differential ones, using only two foc...
Quasi-phase-matched electro-optic modulators for high-speed signal processing
Toney, James E.; Stenger, Vincent E.; Busch, James; Pontius, Peter; Clabough, Michael; Pollick, Andrea; Sriram, Sri
2013-01-01
This paper reports on the design, fabrication and testing of quasi-phase-matched (QPM) lithium niobate electro-optic modulators optimized for the 40-60 GHz frequency range. The device used a single-drive, coplanar-waveguide (cpw) electrode structure that provided a good balance between impedance and RF loss, and a DC Vπ.L product of approximately 10 V.cm. Ferroelectric domain engineering enabled push-pull operation with a single drive, while achieving low chirp. A custom developed pulsed poling process was used to fabricate periodic domain QPM structures in lithium niobate. QPM periods were in the range of 3 mm to 4.5 mm, depending on the design frequency. The pulse method enabled precise domain definition with a minimum of overpoling. Low-loss diffused optical waveguides were fabricated by an annealed proton exchange (APE) process. By operating in both co-propagating and counter-propagating modes, the QPM devices can be used to implement dual band RF bandpass filters simultaneously covering both 10-20 GHz and 40-60 GHz frequency bands. Arrays of QPM device structures demonstrated in this work form the basis for a reconfigurable RF photonic filter. The RF photonic QPM technology enables efficient concurrent antenna remoting and filtering functionality. Applications of the technology include fiber radio for cellular access and finite impulse response filters for wideband electronic warfare receivers.
Quasi-homogeneous oxidation of glycerol by unsupported gold nanoparticles in the liquid phase.
Skrzyńska, Elżbieta; Ftouni, Jamal; Girardon, Jean-Sébastien; Capron, Mickaël; Jalowiecki-Duhamel, Louise; Paul, Jean-François; Dumeignil, Franck
2012-10-01
A quasi-homogeneous solution of gold nanoparticles prepared by the Turkevich method was used as an unconventional catalyst in the oxidation of glycerol (GLY) in the liquid phase. The highest obtained conversion was 100 % after 3 h of reaction at 100 °C under an oxygen atmosphere (5 bar). The main products were glyceric, glycolic, formic, tartronic, and oxalic acid with selectivities of 28, 36, 25, 9, and 2 %, respectively. Traces of hydroxypyruvic and acetic acid were also detected (combined selectivities below 1 %). To elucidate the reaction mechanism and specify the role of gold nanoparticles in the oxidation process, a series of experiments under various reaction conditions were carried out. The effect of reaction temperature, oxygen pressure, gold concentration, and GLY/base molar ratio was investigated. All catalytic results were systematically compared to the corresponding noncatalytic base-induced transformations (blank tests). Such an approach allowed us to separate and clarify the respective driving parameters for the transformation of GLY (presence of a base and activity of the gold catalyst). The reaction mechanism comprised a series of oxidation and C-C cleavage reactions, whereas additional oxidation-reduction reactions (of the Cannizzaro type) could also occur in the presence of the base.
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Johansen, Steffen Kjær; Baldi, Pascal
2004-01-01
A new scheme for nondestructive characterization of quasi-phase-matching grating structures and temperature gradients through inverse Fourier theory using second-harmonic-generation experiments is proposed. By inserting a mirror to reflect the signals back through the sample, we show how it is po......A new scheme for nondestructive characterization of quasi-phase-matching grating structures and temperature gradients through inverse Fourier theory using second-harmonic-generation experiments is proposed. By inserting a mirror to reflect the signals back through the sample, we show how...... it is possible to retrieve the relevant information by measuring only the generated second-harmonic power, avoiding more complicated phase measurements. The potential of the scheme is emphasized through theoretical and numerical investigations in the case of periodically poled lithium niobate bulk crystals...
Ng, Jason C; Herman, Peter R; Qian, Li
2017-01-15
Second harmonic generation (SHG) is demonstrated in femtosecond laser written waveguides in fused silica through a combination of thermal poling and laser-based quasi-phase-matching (QPM) techniques. Quasi-phase-matching was controlled by the periodic erasure of induced nonlinearity through femtosecond laser erasure. A maximum SHG conversion efficiency of 6.6±0.5×10-5%/W is reported for the fundamental wavelength of 1552.8 nm with a phase-matching bandwidth of 4.4 nm for a 10.0 mm long waveguide. For a shorter sample, an effective second-order nonlinearity of χ(2)=0.012±0.001 pm/V was measured. Chirped QPM structures for wider SHG bandwidths also were demonstrated. Such periodically poled waveguides are promising for introducing nonlinear optical components within the 3D passive optical circuits that can be flexibly formed in fused silica by femtosecond laser writing.
Decryption of a random-phase multiplexing recording system
Chang, Chi-Ching; Liu, Jung-Ping; Lee, Hsiao-Yi; Lin, Ching-Yang; Chang, Tsung-Chien; Yau, Hon-Fai
2006-03-01
In practice, decrypting a random-phase encrypted volume holographic data storage system is impossible unless the original random-phase plate for the encryption is available. However, this study demonstrates that under certain conditions, ways are available that can decrypt an encrypted photorefractive LiNbO3 crystal holographic storage system. In addition to presenting experimental results that show the efficacy of this decryption approach, problems and difficulties in the experiments are discussed.
Optical frequency conversion in quasi-phase-matched stacks of nonlinear crystals
Rustagi, K. C.; Mehendale, S. C.; Meenakshi, S.
1982-06-01
The paper presents a quantitative theory of nonlinear frequency conversion in stacks of crystals in which the phase mismatch due to dispersion is compensated by changing the sign of the nonlinear coupling coefficient in successive crystals. The effects of systematic and random departures in crystal lengths are studied with emphasis on the evolution of the relative phase. It is shown that with the appropriate choice of the signs of the nonlinear coupling coefficient in various crystals, high efficiency frequency conversion should be possible using almost any sufficiently large set of nonlinear crystals. In addition, the theory of second harmonic generation in periodic stacks and in rotating twinned crystals of zinc-blend structure is described.
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2007-01-01
@@ We consider the two-dimensional stochastic quasi-geostrophic equation[12p.234,13]((Э)/(Э)t+(Э)ψ/(Э)x(Э)/(Э)y-(Э)ψ/(Э)y(Э)/(Э)x)(△ψ-Fψ+β0y)=1/Re△2ψ-r/2△ψ+f(x,y,t) (1.1)on a regular bounded open domain D (С) R2,where ψis the stream function,F Froude Number (F≈O(1)),Re Reynolds number(Re≥102),β0a Positive constant(β0≈O(10-1)),r the Ekman dissipation constant(r≈O(1)),the external forcing term f(x,y,t)=-dW/dt(the definition of W will be given later)a Gaussian random field,white noise in time,subject to the restrictions imposed below.
The chiral phase transition in a random matrix model with molecular correlations
Wettig, T; Weidenmüller, H A; Wettig, Tilo
1995-01-01
The chiral phase transition of QCD is analyzed in a model combining random matrix elements of the Dirac operator with specially chosen non-random ones. The special form of the latter is motivated by the assumption that the fermionic quasi-zero modes associated with instanton and anti-instanton configurations determine the chiral properties of QCD. Our results show that the degree of correlation between these modes plays the decisive role. To reduce the value of the chiral condensate by more than a factor of 2 about 95 percent of the instantons and anti-instantons must form so-called molecules. This conclusion agrees with numerical results of the Stony Brook group.
Revealing novel quantum phases in quantum antiferromagnets on random lattices
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R. Yu
2009-01-01
Full Text Available Quantum magnets represent an ideal playground for the controlled realization of novel quantum phases and of quantum phase transitions. The Hamiltonian of the system can be indeed manipulated by applying a magnetic field or pressure on the sample. When doping the system with non-magnetic impurities, novel inhomogeneous phases emerge from the interplay between geometric randomness and quantum fluctuations. In this paper we review our recent work on quantum phase transitions and novel quantum phases realized in disordered quantum magnets. The system inhomogeneity is found to strongly affect phase transitions by changing their universality class, giving the transition a novel, quantum percolative nature. Such transitions connect conventionally ordered phases to unconventional, quantum disordered ones - quantum Griffiths phases, magnetic Bose glass phases - exhibiting gapless spectra associated with low-energy localized excitations.
Complete modulational-instability gain spectrum of nonlinear quasi-phase-matching gratings
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Corney, Joel F.; Bang, Ole
2004-01-01
We consider plane waves propagating in quadratic nonlinear slab waveguides with nonlinear quasi-phasematching gratings. We predict analytically and verify numerically the complete gain spectrum for transverse modulational instability, including hitherto undescribed higher-order gain bands....
Yu, Youbin; Wang, HuaiJun; Zhao, Junwei; Ji, Fengmin; Wang, Yajuan
2016-08-01
Three-colour continuous-variable entanglement produced by single-pass cascaded quasi-phase-matching fourth harmonic generation is investigated. The fourth harmonic can be generated through cascaded double-frequency processes in a quasiperiodic optical superlattice by using quasi-phase-matching technology. The conversion dynamics of the cascaded double-frequency processes is studied using quantum stochastic methods. The nature of the entanglement is discussed by applying a necessary and sufficient criterion for continuous-variable entanglement. Strong three-colour entanglement among the fundamental, second-, and fourth-harmonic beams with a double frequency interval can be produced without an optical oscillator cavity. This is experimentally feasible and has potential applications in quantum communication and computation networks.
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Tselev, Alexander; Strelcov, Evgheni; Lukyanchuk, Igor A.; Budai, John D.; Tischler, Jonathan Z.; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Jones, Keith; Proksch, Roger; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Kolmakov, Aandrei (Asylum); (ORNL); (SIUC); (UPJV)
2010-07-06
Formation of ferroelastic twin domains in vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) nanosystems can strongly affect local strain distributions, and hence couple to the strain-controlled metal-insulator transition. Here we report polarized-light optical and scanning microwave microscopy studies of interrelated ferroelastic and metal-insulator transitions in single-crystalline VO{sub 2} quasi-two-dimensional (quasi-2D) nanoplatelets (NPls). In contrast to quasi-1D single-crystalline nanobeams, the 2D geometric frustration results in emergence of several possible families of ferroelastic domains in NPls, thus allowing systematic studies of strain-controlled transitions in the presence of geometrical frustration. We demonstrate the possibility of controlling the ferroelastic domain population by the strength of the NPl-substrate interaction, mechanical stress, and by the NPl lateral size. Ferroelastic domain species and domain walls are identified based on standard group-theoretical considerations. Using variable temperature microscopy, we imaged the development of domains of metallic and semiconducting phases during the metal-insulator phase transition and nontrivial strain-driven reentrant domain formation. A long-range reconstruction of ferroelastic structures accommodating metal-insulator domain formation has been observed. These studies illustrate that a complete picture of the phase transitions in single-crystalline and disordered VO{sub 2} structures can be drawn only if both ferroelastic and metal-insulator strain effects are taken into consideration and understood.
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Tselev, Alexander; Strelcov, Evgheni; Lukyanchuk, Igor A.; Budai, John D.; Tischler, Jonathan Z.; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Jones, Keith; Proksch, Roger; Kalinin, Sergei V.; Kolmakov, Andrei (Asylum); (ORNL); (SIUC); (UPJV)
2011-08-09
Formation of ferroelastic twin domains in vanadium dioxide (VO{sub 2}) nanosystems can strongly affect local strain distributions, and hence couple to the strain-controlled metal-insulator transition. Here we report polarized-light optical and scanning microwave microscopy studies of interrelated ferroelastic and metal-insulator transitions in single-crystalline VO{sub 2} quasi-two-dimensional (quasi-2D) nanoplatelets (NPls). In contrast to quasi-1D single-crystalline nanobeams, the 2D geometric frustration results in emergence of several possible families of ferroelastic domains in NPls, thus allowing systematic studies of strain-controlled transitions in the presence of geometrical frustration. We demonstrate the possibility of controlling the ferroelastic domain population by the strength of the NPl-substrate interaction, mechanical stress, and by the NPl lateral size. Ferroelastic domain species and domain walls are identified based on standard group-theoretical considerations. Using variable temperature microscopy, we imaged the development of domains of metallic and semiconducting phases during the metal-insulator phase transition and nontrivial strain-driven reentrant domain formation. A long-range reconstruction of ferroelastic structures accommodating metal-insulator domain formation has been observed. These studies illustrate that a complete picture of the phase transitions in single-crystalline and disordered VO{sub 2} structures can be drawn only if both ferroelastic and metal-insulator strain effects are taken into consideration and understood.
Performance and limitations of quasi-phase matching semiconductor waveguides with picosecond pulses
Wagner, Sean J.; Kumar, S. Chaitanya; Kokabee, Omid; Holmes, Barry M.; Younis, Usman; Ebrahim Zadeh, Majid; Hutchings, David C.; Helmy, Amr S.; Aitchison, J. Stewart
2010-06-01
Quasi-phase matched (QPM) second-order nonlinear optical processes in compound semiconductors are attractive for frequency conversion because of their large nonlinear susceptibilities and their mature fabrication processes that permit monolithic integration with pump lasers and other optical elements. Using quantum well intermixing (QWI), we have fabricated domain-disordered QPM (DD-QPM) waveguides in GaAs/AlGaAs superlattices and have previously demonstrated continuous-wave (CW) Type-I second-harmonic generation (SHG) and pulsed Type-II SHG. CW experiments were complicated by Fabry-Perot resonances and thermal bistability. Experiments using a 2-ps pulsed system were affected by third-order nonlinear effects, group-velocity mismatch (GVM), and poor spectral overlap with the conversion bandwidth. A better evaluation of the conversion efficiency may, however, be determined by using longer pulses in order to avoid these complications. By this, the effective CW conversion efficiency and χ(2) modulation can be ascertained. In this paper, we demonstrate SHG in DD-QPM waveguides with reduced parasitic effects by using 20 ps pulses. The waveguide structure consisted of a core layer of GaAs/Al0.85Ga0.15As superlattice into which QPM gratings with a period of 3.8 μm were formed using QWI by As2+ ion implantation. For a Type-I phase matching wavelength of 1583.4 nm, average second-harmonic (SH) powers produced were as high as 2.5 μW for 2 ps pulses and 3.5 μW for 20-ps pulses. At low input powers, the SHG average power conversion efficiency of the 2-ps system was more than 10 times larger than the 20 ps system. As power was increased, the SH power saturated and conversion efficiency decreased to nearly equal to the 20-ps system which remained consistent over the same power range. This is attributed to a reduction in third-order nonlinear effects, a smaller pulse spectral width that overlaps better with the conversion bandwidth, and less pulse walkoff for the 20-ps pulses
Estimation of quasi-stiffness of the human knee in the stance phase of walking.
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Kamran Shamaei
Full Text Available Biomechanical data characterizing the quasi-stiffness of lower-limb joints during human locomotion is limited. Understanding joint stiffness is critical for evaluating gait function and designing devices such as prostheses and orthoses intended to emulate biological properties of human legs. The knee joint moment-angle relationship is approximately linear in the flexion and extension stages of stance, exhibiting nearly constant stiffnesses, known as the quasi-stiffnesses of each stage. Using a generalized inverse dynamics analysis approach, we identify the key independent variables needed to predict knee quasi-stiffness during walking, including gait speed, knee excursion, and subject height and weight. Then, based on the identified key variables, we used experimental walking data for 136 conditions (speeds of 0.75-2.63 m/s across 14 subjects to obtain best fit linear regressions for a set of general models, which were further simplified for the optimal gait speed. We found R(2 > 86% for the most general models of knee quasi-stiffnesses for the flexion and extension stages of stance. With only subject height and weight, we could predict knee quasi-stiffness for preferred walking speed with average error of 9% with only one outlier. These results provide a useful framework and foundation for selecting subject-specific stiffness for prosthetic and exoskeletal devices designed to emulate biological knee function during walking.
Avena, L
2012-01-01
We perform simulations for one dimensional continuous-time random walks in two dynamic random environments with fast (independent spin-flips) and slow (simple symmetric exclusion) decay of space-time correlations, respectively. We focus on the asymptotic speeds and the scaling limits of such random walks. We observe different behaviors depending on the dynamics of the underlying random environment and the ratio between the jump rate of the random walk and the one of the environment. We compare our data with well known results for static random environment. We observe that the non-diffusive regime known so far only for the static case can occur in the dynamic setup too. Such anomalous fluctuations emerge in a new phase diagram. Further we discuss possible consequences for general static and dynamic random environments.
Phase transitions for information diffusion in random clustered networks
Lim, Sungsu; Shin, Joongbo; Kwak, Namju; Jung, Kyomin
2016-09-01
We study the conditions for the phase transitions of information diffusion in complex networks. Using the random clustered network model, a generalisation of the Chung-Lu random network model incorporating clustering, we examine the effect of clustering under the Susceptible-Infected-Recovered (SIR) epidemic diffusion model with heterogeneous contact rates. For this purpose, we exploit the branching process to analyse information diffusion in random unclustered networks with arbitrary contact rates, and provide novel iterative algorithms for estimating the conditions and sizes of global cascades, respectively. Showing that a random clustered network can be mapped into a factor graph, which is a locally tree-like structure, we successfully extend our analysis to random clustered networks with heterogeneous contact rates. We then identify the conditions for phase transitions of information diffusion using our method. Interestingly, for various contact rates, we prove that random clustered networks with higher clustering coefficients have strictly lower phase transition points for any given degree sequence. Finally, we confirm our analytical results with numerical simulations of both synthetically-generated and real-world networks.
Random phase-free computer holography and its applications
Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Kakue, Takashi; Ito, Tomoyoshi
2016-06-01
Random phase is required in computer-generated hologram (CGH) to widely diffuse object light and to avoid its concentration on the CGH; however, the random phase causes considerable speckle noise in the reconstructed image and degrades the image quality. We introduce a simple and computationally inexpensive method that improves the image quality and reduces the speckle noise by multiplying the object light with the designed convergence light. We furthermore propose the improved method of the designed convergence light with iterative method to reduce ringing artifacts. Subsequently, as the application, a lensless zoomable holographic projection is introduced.
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T. N. Knepp
2009-10-01
Full Text Available A chamber was constructed within which snow crystals were grown on a string at various temperatures, relative humidities, and acetic acid gas phase mole fractions. The temperature, relative humidity, and acid mole fraction were measured for the first time at the point of crystal growth. Snow crystal morphological transition temperature shifts were recorded as a function of acid mole fraction, and interpreted according to the calculated acid concentration in the crystal's quasi-liquid layer, which is believed to have increased in thickness as a function of acid mole fraction, thereby affecting the crystal's morphology consistent with the hypothesis of Kuroda and Lacmann. Deficiencies in the understanding of the quasi-liquid layer and its role in determining snow crystal morphology are briefly discussed.
Bashtani, Farzad; Maini, Brij; Kantzas, Apostolos
2016-08-01
3D random networks are constructed in order to represent the tight Mesaverde formation which is located in north Wyoming, USA. The porous-space is represented by pore bodies of different shapes and sizes which are connected to each other by pore throats of varying length and diameter. Pore bodies are randomly distributed in space and their connectivity varies based on the connectivity number distribution which is used in order to generate the network. Network representations are then validated using publicly available mercury porosimetry experiments. The network modeling software solves the fundamental equations of two-phase immiscible flow incorporating wettability and contact angle variability. Quasi-static displacement is assumed. Single phase macroscopic properties (porosity, permeability) are calculated and whenever possible are compared to experimental data. Using this information drainage and imbibition capillary pressure, and relative permeability curves are predicted and (whenever possible) compared to experimental data. The calculated information is grouped and compared to available literature information on typical behavior of tight formations. Capillary pressure curve for primary drainage process is predicted and compared to experimental mercury porosimetry in order to validate the virtual porous media by history matching. Relative permeability curves are also calculated and presented.
Single-random-phase holographic encryption of images
Tsang, P. W. M.
2017-02-01
In this paper, a method is proposed for encrypting an optical image onto a phase-only hologram, utilizing a single random phase mask as the private encryption key. The encryption process can be divided into 3 stages. First the source image to be encrypted is scaled in size, and pasted onto an arbitrary position in a larger global image. The remaining areas of the global image that are not occupied by the source image could be filled with randomly generated contents. As such, the global image as a whole is very different from the source image, but at the same time the visual quality of the source image is preserved. Second, a digital Fresnel hologram is generated from the new image, and converted into a phase-only hologram based on bi-directional error diffusion. In the final stage, a fixed random phase mask is added to the phase-only hologram as the private encryption key. In the decryption process, the global image together with the source image it contained, can be reconstructed from the phase-only hologram if it is overlaid with the correct decryption key. The proposed method is highly resistant to different forms of Plain-Text-Attacks, which are commonly used to deduce the encryption key in existing holographic encryption process. In addition, both the encryption and the decryption processes are simple and easy to implement.
Continuum Random Phase Approximation with finite-range interactions
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Co' , Giampaolo [Universita del Salento, Dipartimento di Fisica ' ' E. De Giorgi' ' , Lecce (Italy); INFN, Sezione di Lecce, Lecce (Italy); De Donno, Viviana [Universita del Salento, Dipartimento di Fisica ' ' E. De Giorgi' ' , Lecce (Italy); Anguiano, Marta; Lallena, Antonio M. [Universidad de Granada, Departamento de Fisica Atomica, Molecular y Nuclear, Granada (Spain)
2016-05-15
We rewrite the Random Phase Approximation secular equations in a form which allows the treatment of the continuum part of the single-particle spectrum without approximations. Within this formalism finite-range interactions can be used without restrictions. We present some results, obtained with Gogny interactions, where the role of the continuum is relevant. (orig.)
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Meenakshi T.
2016-09-01
Full Text Available This paper presents the modeling and simulation of a novel topology of quasi Z-Multilevel Inverter with stepped DC input. The proposed inverter incorporates a simple switching technique with reduced component count and is aimed at producing boosted multilevel output AC voltage. The inverter consists of two stages and the buck /boost operation is obtained by varying the shoot through period of the pulses obtained by maximum constant boost control with third harmonic injection. With all the advantages of the quasi Z-network, the proposed inverter eliminates the fly back diodes and capacitors present in a conventional Z-Multilevel Inverter. Further the stress on the devices is less which leads to reduction in component value and hence the cost. The novel stepped DC coupled Single Phase quasi Z-Multilevel Inverter is modeled and simulated in the MATLAB - SIMULINK environment and its performance is analyzed for varying input and switching conditions. The voltage and current waveforms across each stage of the inverter is analyzed and the results are presented for different levels of input.
Relationship between phases of quasi-decadal oscillations of total ozone and the 11-year solar cycle
Visheratin, K. N.
2012-02-01
Temporal variability of the relationship between the phases of quasi-decadal oscillations (QDOs) of total ozone (TO), measured at the Arosa station, and the Ri international sunspot number have been analyzed for the period of 1932-2009. Before the 1970s, the maximum phase of ozone QDOs lagged behind solar activity variations by about 2.5-2.8 years and later outstripped by about 1.5 years. We assumed that the TO QDOs in midlatitudes of the Northern Hemisphere were close to being in resonance with solar activity oscillations in the period from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s and assessed the characteristic delay period of TO QDOs. The global distribution of phases and amplitudes of TO QDOs have been studied for the period from 1979 to 2008 based on satellite data. The maximum phase of TO QDOs first onsets in northern middle and high latitudes and coincides with the end of the growth phase of the 11-year solar cycle. In the tropics, the maximum oscillation phase lags behind by 0.5-1 year. The maximum phase lag near 40-50° S is about two years. The latitudinal variations of the phase of TO QDOs have been approximated.
Random phase-free computer-generated hologram
Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi
2015-01-01
Addition of random phase to the object light is required in computer-generated holograms (CGHs) to widely diffuse the object light and to avoid its concentration on the CGH; however, this addition causes considerable speckle noise in the reconstructed image. For improving the speckle noise problem, techniques such as iterative phase retrieval algorithms and multi-random phase method are used; however, they are time consuming and are of limited effectiveness. Herein, we present a simple and computationally inexpensive method that drastically improves the image quality and reduces the speckle noise by multiplying the object light with the virtual convergence light. Feasibility of the proposed method is shown using simulations and optical reconstructions; moreover, we apply it to lens-less zoom-able holographic projection. The proposed method is useful for the speckle problems in holographic applications.
Random phase-free computer-generated hologram.
Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Ito, Tomoyoshi
2015-04-01
Addition of random phase to the object light is required in computer-generated holograms (CGHs) to widely diffuse the object light and to avoid its concentration on the CGH; however, this addition causes considerable speckle noise in the reconstructed image. For improving the speckle noise problem, techniques such as iterative phase retrieval algorithms and multi-random phase method are used; however, they are time consuming and are of limited effectiveness. Herein, we present a simple and computationally inexpensive method that drastically improves the image quality and reduces the speckle noise by multiplying the object light with the virtual convergence light. Feasibility of the proposed method is shown using simulations and optical reconstructions; moreover, we apply it to lens-less zoom-able holographic projection. The proposed method is useful for the speckle problems in holographic applications.
Quasi-phase-matched high-harmonic generation in composites of metal nanoparticles and a noble gas
Husakou, A.; Herrmann, J.
2014-08-01
We theoretically study high-harmonic generation (HHG) in a composite which consists of ellipsoidal silver nanoparticles in argon. The significant field enhancement in argon in the vicinity of metal nanoparticles allows us to use much lower incident intensities than in typical HHG experiments. A periodic modulation of the nanoparticle concentration provides quasi-phase matching, which mitigates the negative effect of the significant phase mismatch. First, we study the linear optical properties of such a composite and the field enhancement and consider the technological possibilities of creating such a composite. Then the generation of high harmonics is simulated using a propagation equation which includes field enhancement, phase mismatch, absorption of the pump beam and harmonics, and other relevant effects. Generation of harmonics with an efficiency above 10-7 is predicted.
Kiefer, Thomas; Villanueva, Guillermo; Brugger, Jürgen
2009-08-01
In this study we investigate electrical conduction in finite rectangular random resistor networks in quasione and two dimensions far away from the percolation threshold p(c) by the use of a bond percolation model. Various topologies such as parallel linear chains in one dimension, as well as square and triangular lattices in two dimensions, are compared as a function of the geometrical aspect ratio. In particular we propose a linear approximation for conduction in two-dimensional systems far from p(c), which is useful for engineering purposes. We find that the same scaling function, which can be used for finite-size scaling of percolation thresholds, also applies to describe conduction away from p(c). This is in contrast to the quasi-one-dimensional case, which is highly nonlinear. The qualitative analysis of the range within which the linear approximation is legitimate is given. A brief link to real applications is made by taking into account a statistical distribution of the resistors in the network. Our results are of potential interest in fields such as nanostructured or composite materials and sensing applications.
Randomly phase-locked microlaser arrays and fuzzy eigenmodes with stochastic phasing.
Riyopoulos, S
2006-10-30
Deviations in the cold cavity parameters, random or systematic, produce incoherently phased-locked laser arrays with unevenly distributed phase difference and intensity. The collective radiation fields constitute "fuzzy" eigenmodes; the phasing among cavities is constant in time but changes randomly from site-to-site. The existence and structure of such eigenmodes is demonstrated numerically and analyzed theoretically using the rate equations for coupled semiconductor laser cavities. Active coupling, whereby one cavity's radiation field modulates the complex gain of nearby cavities (cross-cavity hole burning), is essential for the frequency pulling allowing synchronization of the laser operating frequencies.
A third-order phase transition in random tilings
Colomo, F
2013-01-01
We consider the domino tilings of an Aztec diamond with a cut-off corner of macroscopic square shape and given size, and address the bulk properties of tilings as the size is varied. We observe that the free energy exhibits a third-order phase transition when the cut-off square, increasing in size, reaches the arctic ellipse---the phase separation curve of the original (unmodified) Aztec diamond. We obtain this result by studying the thermodynamic limit of certain nonlocal correlation function of the underlying six-vertex model with domain wall boundary conditions, the so-called emptiness formation probability (EFP). We consider EFP in two different representations: as a tau-function for Toda chains and as a random matrix model integral. The latter has a discrete measure and a linear potential with hard walls; the observed phase transition shares properties with both Gross-Witten-Wadia and Douglas-Kazakov phase transitions.
Pan, Chong; Wang, Hongping; Wang, Jinjun
2013-05-01
This work mainly deals with the proper orthogonal decomposition (POD) time coefficient method used for extracting phase information from quasi-periodic flow. The mathematical equivalence between this method and the traditional cross-correlation method is firstly proved. A two-dimensional circular cylinder wake flow measured by time-resolved particle image velocimetry within a range of Reynolds numbers is then used to evaluate the reliability of this method. The effect of both the sampling rate and Reynolds number on the identification accuracy is finally discussed. It is found that the POD time coefficient method provides a convenient alternative for phase identification, whose feasibility in low-sampling-rate measurement has additional advantages for experimentalists.
Quasi-phase-matched DC-induced three wave mixing versus four wave mixing: a simulated comparison.
Sapiano, Christopher A; Aitchison, J Stewart; Qian, Li
2012-04-01
A comparison is made between DC-induced three-wave mixing under an on-off quasi-phase-matching scheme and a perfectly phase-matched four wave mixing process. It is shown that the DC-induced process is capable of producing a significantly larger conversion efficiency than the four wave mixing process. Despite the fact that it suffers greater effects of dispersion, the enhanced growth rate of the DC-induced process provides a conversion efficiency roughly 300× larger than that of four wave mixing. Over a sample length of 20 cm the DC-induced process is able to generate idler power more than 270 times greater than that produced by the equivalent four wave mixing process.
Resistance of the double random phase encryption against various attacks.
Frauel, Yann; Castro, Albertina; Naughton, Thomas J; Javidi, Bahram
2007-08-06
Several attacks are proposed against the double random phase encryption scheme. These attacks are demonstrated on computer-generated ciphered images. The scheme is shown to be resistant against brute force attacks but susceptible to chosen and known plaintext attacks. In particular, we describe a technique to recover the exact keys with only two known plain images. We compare this technique to other attacks proposed in the literature.
Extended Quark Potential Model From Random Phase Approximation
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DENGWei－Zhen; CHENXiao－Lin; 等
2002-01-01
The quark potential model is extended to include the sea quark excitation using the random phase approximation.The effective quark interaction preserves the important QCD properties-chiral symmetry and confinement simultaneously.A primary qualitative analysis shows that the π meson as a well-known typical Goldstone boson and the other mesons made up of valence qq quark pair such as the ρ meson can also be described in this extended quark potential model.
Extended Quark Potential Model from Random Phase Approximation
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DENG Wei-Zhen; CHEN Xiao-Lin; LU Da-Hai; YANG Li-Ming
2002-01-01
The quark potential model is extended to include the sea quark excitation using the random phase approx-imation. The effective quark interaction preserves the important QCD properties - chiral symmetry and confinementsimultaneously. A primary qualitative analysis shows that the π meson as a well-known typical Goldstone boson andthe other mesons made up of valence qq quark pair such as the ρ meson can also be described in this extended quarkpotential model.
Quasiparticle Random Phase Approximation with an optimal Ground State
Simkovic, F; Raduta, A A
2001-01-01
A new Quasiparticle Random Phase Approximation approach is presented. The corresponding ground state is variationally determined and exhibits a minimum energy. New solutions for the ground state, some with spontaneously broken symmetry, of a solvable Hamiltonian are found. A non-iterative procedure to solve the non-linear QRPA equations is used and thus all possible solutions are found. These are compared with the exact results as well as with the solutions provided by other approaches.
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Jun Xie; Yuping Chen; Wenjie Lu; Xianfeng Chen
2011-01-01
@@ Based on the second-order nonlinearity, we present a bidirectional tunable all-optical switch at C-band by introducing backward quasi-phase-matching technique in Mg-doped periodically poled lithium niobate (MgO:PPLN) waveguide with a nano-8tructure called multiple resonators.Two injecting forward lights and one backward propagating light interact with difference frequency generations.The transmission of forward signal and backward idler light can be modulated simultaneously with the variation of control light power based on the basic "phase shift" structure of a single resonator.In this scheme, all the results come from our simulation, The speed of tlus bidirectional optical switch can reach to femtosecond if a femtosecond laser is used as the control light.%Based on the second-order nonlinearity, we present a bidirectional tunable all-optical switch at C-band by introducing backward quasi-phase-matching technique in Mg-doped periodically poled lithium niobate (MgO:PPLN) waveguide with a nano-structure called multiple resonators.Two injecting forward lights and one backward propagating light interact with difference frequency generations.The transmission of forward signal and backward idler light can be modulated simultaneously with the variation of control light power based on the basic "phase shift" structure of a single resonator.In this scheme, all the results come from our simulation.The speed of this bidirectional optical switch can reach to femtosecond if a femtosecond laser is used as the control light.
Phase shifting interferometry from two normalized interferograms with random tilt phase-shift.
Liu, Fengwei; Wu, Yongqian; Wu, Fan
2015-07-27
We propose a novel phase shifting interferometry from two normalized interferograms with random tilt phase-shift. The determination of tilt phase-shift is performed by extracting the tilted phase-shift plane from the phase difference of two normalized interferograms, and with the calculated tilt phase-shift value the phase distribution can be retrieved from the two normalized frames. By analyzing the distribution of phase difference and utilizing special points fitting method, the tilted phase-shift plane is extracted in three different cases, which relate to different magnitudes of tilts. Proposed method has been applied to simulations and experiments successfully and the satisfactory results manifest that proposed method is of high accuracy and high speed compared with the three step iterative method. Additionally, both open and closed fringe can be analyzed with proposed method. What's more, it cannot only eliminate the small tilt-shift error caused by slight vibration in phase-shifting interferometry, but also detect the large tilt phase-shift in phase-tilting interferometry. Thus, it will relaxes the requirements on the accuracy of phase shifter, and the costly phase shifter may even be useless by applying proposed method in high amplitude vibrated circumstance to achieve high-precision analysis.
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Koorosh Ahmadi
2015-12-01
Full Text Available Macintosh direct laryngoscope has been the most widely used device for tracheal intubation. GlideScope video laryngoscope (GVL has been recently introduced as an alternative device for performing intubation; however, its validity in emergency settings has not been thoroughly evaluated. The aim of this study was to compare Macintosh direct laryngoscope versus GVL for emergency endotracheal intubation. This quasi-randomized clinical trial was performed on 97 patients referred to Imam Reza Hospital whom all needed emergency intubation in 2011. Patients were divided into two groups of the easy airway and difficult airway; intubation was performed for patients with direct laryngoscopy or GVL. Then, the patients were evaluated in terms of demographic characteristics, successful intubation rate and intubation time. Data was analyzed by SPSS software 16. There was no significant difference in demographic characteristics of the patients in both easy airway and difficult airway groups who intubated with direct laryngoscopy and GVL methods (P>0.05. In difficult airway group, a significant difference was found in successful intubation at the first attempt (60.9% vs. 87.5%; P=0.036, overall intubation time (32.7 ± 14.58 vs. 22.5±7.88; P<0.001 and first attempt intubation time (28.43 ± 12.51 vs. 21.48±7.8; P=0.001 between direct laryngoscopy and GVL. These variables were not significantly different between two methods in easy airway group. According to the results, GVL can be a useful alternative to direct laryngoscopy in emergency situations and especially in cases with a difficult airway.
Quasi experimental designs in pharmacist intervention research.
Krass, Ines
2016-06-01
Background In the field of pharmacist intervention research it is often difficult to conform to the rigorous requirements of the "true experimental" models, especially the requirement of randomization. When randomization is not feasible, a practice based researcher can choose from a range of "quasi-experimental designs" i.e., non-randomised and at time non controlled. Objective The aim of this article was to provide an overview of quasi-experimental designs, discuss their strengths and weaknesses and to investigate their application in pharmacist intervention research over the previous decade. Results In the literature quasi experimental studies may be classified into five broad categories: quasi-experimental design without control groups; quasi-experimental design that use control groups with no pre-test; quasi-experimental design that use control groups and pre-tests; interrupted time series and stepped wedge designs. Quasi-experimental study design has consistently featured in the evolution of pharmacist intervention research. The most commonly applied of all quasi experimental designs in the practice based research literature are the one group pre-post-test design and the non-equivalent control group design i.e., (untreated control group with dependent pre-tests and post-tests) and have been used to test the impact of pharmacist interventions in general medications management as well as in specific disease states. Conclusion Quasi experimental studies have a role to play as proof of concept, in the pilot phases of interventions when testing different intervention components, especially in complex interventions. They serve to develop an understanding of possible intervention effects: while in isolation they yield weak evidence of clinical efficacy, taken collectively, they help build a body of evidence in support of the value of pharmacist interventions across different practice settings and countries. However, when a traditional RCT is not feasible for
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Suzuki, Masatsugu; Suzuki, Itsuko S.; Walter, Juergen
2004-02-15
The magnetic properties of a quasi-two-dimensional (2D) superconductor, Sn-metal graphite (MG), are studied using DC and AC magnetic susceptibility. Sn-MG has a unique layered structure where Sn metal layer is sandwiched between adjacent graphene sheets. This compound undergoes a superconducting transition at T{sub c}=3.75 K at H=0. The H-T diagram of Sn-MG is similar to that of a quasi-2D superconductors. The phase boundaries of vortex liquid, vortex glass, and vortex lattice phase merge into a multicritical point located at T*=3.4 K and H*=40 Oe. There are two irreversibility lines denoted by H{sub gl} (de Almeida-Thouless type) and H{sub gl{sup '}} (Gabay-Toulouse type), intersecting at T{sub 0}{sup '}=2.5 K and H{sub 0}{sup '}=160 Oe. The nature of slow dynamic and nonlinearity of the vortex glass phase is studied.
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Wagner, Hans Peter; Schätz, A.; Maier, R.
1997-01-01
We investigate the dephasing of heavy-hole excitons in different free-standing ZnSxSe1-x/ZnSe layer structures by spectrally resolved transient four-wave mixing. ZnSe layers of 80, 8, and 4 nm thickness with ternary barriers are studied, representing the crossover from quasi-three-dimensional to ......We investigate the dephasing of heavy-hole excitons in different free-standing ZnSxSe1-x/ZnSe layer structures by spectrally resolved transient four-wave mixing. ZnSe layers of 80, 8, and 4 nm thickness with ternary barriers are studied, representing the crossover from quasi...
A Model for Solving the Maxwell Quasi Stationary Equations in a 3-Phase Electric Reduction Furnace
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S. Ekrann
1982-10-01
Full Text Available A computer code has been developed for the approximate computation of electric and magnetic fields within an electric reduction furnace. The paper describes the numerical methods used to solve Maxwell's quasi-stationary equations, which are the governing equations for this problem. The equations are discretized by a staggered grid finite difference technique. The resulting algebraic equations are solved by iterating between computations of electric and magnetic quantities. This 'outer' iteration converges only when the skin depth is larger or of about the same magnitude as the linear dimensions of the computational domain. In solving for electric quantities with magnetic quantities being regarded as known, and vice versa, the central computational task is the solution of a Poisson equation for a scalar potential. These equations are solved by line successive overrelaxation combined with a rebalancing technique.
Absolute Uniqueness of Phase Retrieval with Random Illumination
Fannjiang, Albert
2011-01-01
Random phase or amplitude illumination is proposed to remove at once all types of ambiguity, trivial or nontrivial, at once from phase retrieval. Almost sure irreducibility is proved for {\\em any} complex-valued object of arbitrary sparsity. While this irreducibility result can be viewed as a probabilistic version of the classical result by Bruck, Sodin and Hayes, it provides a new perspective and an effective method for achieving absolute uniqueness in phase retrieval for {\\em every} object, not just objects outside of a measure-zero set. In particular, almost sure absolute uniqueness is proved for complex-valued objects under a general two-point assumption. For objects of nonnegative real and imaginary parts, absolute uniqueness is proved to hold with probability exponentially close to unity as the object sparsity increases.
Multiple image encryption and watermarking by random phase matching
He, M. Z.; Cai, L. Z.; Liu, Q.; Wang, X. C.; Meng, X. F.
2005-03-01
Usually a set of transmitted patterns can realize encryption and/or watermarking just for one hidden image. In this paper, we propose a novel method of multiple image encryption and watermarking by random phase matching, which can encrypt and then decrypt more than one image with the same set of transmitted patterns based on the idea of double phase encoding and the wave field superposition. The principle and procedure of this method are explained. A series of computer simulations with phase-shifting interferometry have shown that two or four independent images can be encrypted and decrypted without or with watermarking successfully with one set of composite interferograms. The ability of this method to retrieve hidden image(s) from part of the transmitted patterns has also been verified. This technique can considerably raise the efficiency of data transmission, and it is particularly suitable for the image transmission via Internet.
Cascading dynamics on random networks: Crossover in phase transition
Liu, Run-Ran; Wang, Wen-Xu; Lai, Ying-Cheng; Wang, Bing-Hong
2012-02-01
In a complex network, random initial attacks or failures can trigger subsequent failures in a cascading manner, which is effectively a phase transition. Recent works have demonstrated that in networks with interdependent links so that the failure of one node causes the immediate failures of all nodes connected to it by such links, both first- and second-order phase transitions can arise. Moreover, there is a crossover between the two types of transitions at a critical system-parameter value. We demonstrate that these phenomena can occur in the more general setting where no interdependent links are present. A heuristic theory is derived to estimate the crossover and phase-transition points, and a remarkable agreement with numerics is obtained.
Neutron diffusion in a randomly inhomogeneous multiplying medium with random phase approximation
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Imre, Kaya [Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York 10012 (United States); Akcasu, A. Ziya [University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (United States)
2012-06-15
Neutron diffusion in a randomly inhomogeneous multiplying medium is studied. By making use of a random phase assumption we show that the average neutron density approximately satisfies an integral equation in Fourier space, which is solved using Kummer functions. We used multi-dimensional formulation. In the case of one dimension, we obtain the result of Rosenbluth and Tao for the mean total density for large t. In the three-dimensional case, a closed form of solution is derived for the mean total neutron density. Its asymptotic behavior is also investigated for large t.
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Bang, Ole; Corney, Joel Frederick
2001-01-01
In continuous-wave operation asymmetric induced nonlinearities induce an intensity-dependent phase mismatch that implies a nonzero so-called separatrix intensity, the crossing of which changes the one-period phase shift of the fundamental by Pi , with obvious use in switching applications.We deri...
Fully phase image encryption using double random-structured phase masks in gyrator domain.
Singh, Hukum; Yadav, A K; Vashisth, Sunanda; Singh, Kehar
2014-10-01
We propose a method for fully phase image encryption based on double random-structured phase mask encoding in the gyrator transform (GT) domain. The security of the system is strengthened by parameters used in the construction of a structured phase mask (SPM) based on a devil's vortex Fresnel lens (DVFL). The input image is recovered using the correct parameters of the SPMs, transform orders of the GT, and conjugate of the random phase masks. The use of a DVFL-based SPM enhances security by increasing the key space for encryption, and also overcomes the problem of axis alignment associated with an optical setup. The proposed scheme can also be implemented optically. The computed values of mean squared error between the retrieved and the original image show the efficacy of the proposed scheme. We have also investigated the scheme's sensitivity to the encryption parameters, and robustness against occlusion and multiplicative Gaussian noise attacks.
Left-turn phase: permissive, protected, or both? A quasi-experimental design in New York City.
Chen, Li; Chen, Cynthia; Ewing, Reid
2015-03-01
The practice of left-turn phasing selection (permissive, protected-only, or both) varies from one locality to another. The literature evidence on this issue is equally mixed and insufficient. In this study, we evaluate the safety impacts of changing left-turn signal phasing from permissive to protected/permissive or protected-only at 68 intersections in New York City using a rigorous quasi-experimental design accompanied with regression modeling. Changes in police reported crashes including total crashes, multiple-vehicle crashes, left-turn crashes, pedestrian crashes and bicyclist crashes were compared between before period and after period for the treatment group and comparison group by means of negative binomial regression using a Generalized Estimating Equations (GEE) technique. Confounding factors such as the built environment characteristics that were not controlled in comparison group selection are accounted for by this approach. The results show that the change of permissive left-turn signal phasing to protected/permissive or protected-only signal phasing does not result in a significant reduction in intersection crashes. Though the protected-only signal phasing does reduce the left-turn crashes and pedestrian crashes, this reduction was offset by a possible increase in over-taking crashes. These results suggest that left-turn phasing should not be treated as a universal solution that is always better than the permissive control for left-turn vehicles. The selection and implementation of left-turn signal phasing needs to be done carefully, considering potential trade-offs between safety and delay, and many other factors such as geometry, traffic flows and operations. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
McMurtry, C Meghan; Noel, Melanie; Taddio, Anna; Antony, Martin M; Asmundson, Gordon J G; Riddell, Rebecca Pillai; Chambers, Christine T; Shah, Vibhuti
2015-10-01
This systematic review evaluated the effectiveness of exposure-based psychological and physical interventions for the management of high levels of needle fear and/or phobia and fainting in children and adults. A systematic review identified relevant randomized and quasi-randomized controlled trials of children, adults, or both with high levels of needle fear, including phobia (if not available, then populations with other specific phobias were included). Critically important outcomes were self-reported fear specific to the feared situation and stimulus (psychological interventions) or fainting (applied muscle tension). Data were pooled using standardized mean difference (SMD) or relative risk with 95% confidence intervals. The systematic review included 11 trials. In vivo exposure-based therapy for children 7 years and above showed benefit on specific fear (n=234; SMD: -1.71 [95% CI: -2.72, -0.7]). In vivo exposure-based therapy with adults reduced fear of needles posttreatment (n=20; SMD: -1.09 [-2.04, -0.14]) but not at 1-year follow-up (n=20; SMD: -0.28 [-1.16, 0.6]). Compared with single session, a benefit was observed for multiple sessions of exposure-based therapy posttreatment (n=93; SMD: -0.66 [-1.08, -0.24]) but not after 1 year (n=83; SMD: -0.37 [-0.87, 0.13]). Non in vivo e.g., imaginal exposure-based therapy in children reduced specific fear posttreatment (n=41; SMD: -0.88 [-1.7, -0.05]) and at 3 months (n=24; SMD: -0.89 [-1.73, -0.04]). Non in vivo exposure-based therapy for adults showed benefit on specific fear (n=68; SMD: -0.62 [-1.11, -0.14]) but not procedural fear (n=17; SMD: 0.18 [-0.87, 1.23]). Applied tension showed benefit on fainting posttreatment (n=20; SMD: -1.16 [-2.12, -0.19]) and after 1 year (n=20; SMD: -0.97 [-1.91, -0.03]) compared with exposure alone. Exposure-based psychological interventions and applied muscle tension show evidence of benefit in the reduction of fear in pediatric and adult populations.
Random phase wave: a soluble non-Markovian system
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Dewar, R.L.
1977-12-01
The averaged propagator and the corresponding mass operator (non-Markovian particle-wave collision operator) of a particle being accelerated by a random potential are constructed explicitly in a model system. The model consists of an ensemble of monochromatic waves of random phase, such as arises in narrow-bandwidth plasma turbulence, and is particularly interesting as a system exhibiting strong trapping. An essential simplifying feature is that the propagator is evaluated in oscillation-center picture, which greatly simplifies the momentum-space operators occurring in the problem, and leads to a remarkable factorization of the mass operator. General analyticity and symmetry properties are derived using a projection-operator method, and verified for the solution of the model system. The nature of the memory exhibited by the mass operator is briefly examined.
Doorway States in the Random-Phase Approximation
De Pace, A; Weidenmueller, H A
2014-01-01
By coupling a doorway state to a see of random background states, we develop the theory of doorway states in the framework of the random-phase approximation (RPA). Because of the symmetry of the RPA equations, that theory is radically different from the standard description of doorway states in the shell model. We derive the Pastur equation in the limit of large matrix dimension and show that the results agree with those of matrix diagonalization in large spaces. The complexity of the Pastur equation does not allow for an analytical approach that would approximately describe the doorway state. Our numerical results display unexpected features: The coupling of the doorway state with states of opposite energy leads to strong mutual attraction.
Doorway states in the random-phase approximation
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De Pace, A., E-mail: depace@to.infn.it [Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Torino, via P.Giuria 1, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Molinari, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica Teorica dell’Università di Torino, via P.Giuria 1, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sezione di Torino, via P.Giuria 1, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Weidenmüller, H.A. [Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, D-69029 Heidelberg (Germany)
2014-12-15
By coupling a doorway state to a sea of random background states, we develop the theory of doorway states in the framework of the random-phase approximation (RPA). Because of the symmetry of the RPA equations, that theory is radically different from the standard description of doorway states in the shell model. We derive the Pastur equation in the limit of large matrix dimension and show that the results agree with those of matrix diagonalization in large spaces. The complexity of the Pastur equation does not allow for an analytical approach that would approximately describe the doorway state. Our numerical results display unexpected features: The coupling of the doorway state with states of opposite energy leads to strong mutual attraction.
Mg-doped congruent LiTaO3 crystal for large-aperture quasi-phase matching device.
Ishizuki, Hideki; Taira, Takunori
2008-10-13
Mg-doped congruent composition LiTaO(3) (MgLT) crystal, which can be grown by a conventional Czochralski method, has improved properties such as transparent range, thermal conductivity, and coercive field compared to conventional undoped congruent LiTaO(3). In this paper, various properties of MgLT including Mg-doping dependence are characterized, and also compared to that of undoped congruent LiTaO(3), LiNbO(3), and Mg-doped congruent LiNbO(3), as a material of high power quasi-phase matching (QPM) device. Up to 3-mm-thick periodically poled MgLT crystal is shown to demonstrate the possibility of large-aperture QPM-MgLT devices. Subsequently, optical parametric oscillation experiments by using periodically poled MgLT are demonstrated to discuss an efficient QPM condition.
de Oliveira, Rafael E P; de Matos, Christiano J S
2013-12-30
Actively-controlled second harmonic generation in a silicon nitride ring resonator is proposed and simulated. The ring was designed to resonate at both pump and second harmonic wavelengths and quasi-phase-matched frequency conversion is induced by a periodic static electric field generated by voltage applied to electrodes arranged along the ring. Nonlinear propagation simulations were undertaken and an efficiency of -21.67 dB was calculated for 60 mW of pump power at 1550 nm and for a 30V applied voltage, which compares favorably with demonstrated all-optical second harmonic generation in integrated microresonators. Transient effects were also evaluated. The proposed design can be exploited for the construction of electro-optical devices based on nonlinear effects in CMOS compatible circuits.
Detection of phase randomly distributed weak transient signal using chaos
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2005-01-01
In practical communication and radar system s, the phase of the received signal is random, the arrival time is unknown, the lasting time is limited and the SNR is often very low. In order to realize the detection of the signal, the method of using a group of nonlinear differential equations is presented. The theory of this chaos-based detection is analyzed. Computer simulation indicates that the shortest lasting time of the transient signal that can be detected out is 12 periods, the detection error of arrival time is less than 7/8 signal's period, the detection characteristics are got using Monte-Carlo simulation.
Relativistic quasiparticle random phase approximation in deformed nuclei
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Pena Arteaga, D.
2007-06-25
Covariant density functional theory is used to study the influence of electromagnetic radiation on deformed superfluid nuclei. The relativistic Hartree-Bogolyubov equations and the resulting diagonalization problem of the quasiparticle random phase approximation are solved for axially symmetric systems in a fully self-consistent way by a newly developed parallel code. Three different kinds of high precision energy functionals are investigated and special care is taken for the decoupling of the Goldstone modes. This allows the microscopic investigation of Pygmy and scissor resonances in electric and magnetic dipole fields. Excellent agreement with recent experiments is found and new types of modes are predicted for deformed systems with large neutron excess. (orig.)
Enhanced wavefront reconstruction by random phase modulation with a phase diffuser
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Almoro, Percival F; Pedrini, Giancarlo; Gundu, Phanindra Narayan
2011-01-01
propagation in free space. The presentation of this technique is carried out using two setups. In the first setup, a diffuser plate is placed at the image plane of a metallic test object. The benefit of randomizing the phase of the object wave is the enhanced intensity recording due to high dynamic range...
Phase diagram of the quasi-binary system TlInSe{sub 2}-SnSe{sub 2}
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Mozolyuk, M.Yu.; Piskach, L.V. [Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, Voli Ave 13, 43025 Lutsk (Ukraine); Fedorchuk, A.O. [Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, Lviv National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies, Pekarska St., 50, 79010 Lviv (Ukraine); Kityk, I.V. [Electrical Engineering Department, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 17/19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Olekseyuk, I.D. [Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, Voli Ave 13, 43025 Lutsk (Ukraine); Parasyuk, O.V., E-mail: oleg@univer.lutsk.ua [Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University, Voli Ave 13, 43025 Lutsk (Ukraine)
2011-02-10
Research highlights: > The phase diagram of the quasi-binary system TlInSe{sub 2}-SnSe{sub 2} was investigated by X-ray powder diffraction and differential thermal analysis. > The system is of the eutectic type, with the invariant point at 63 mol.% SnSe{sub 2} and 788 K. The solid solution range of the ternary component extends to 28 mol.% SnSe{sub 2}. > The crystal structure of the solid solution alloy of 25 mol.% TlInSe{sub 2} was investigated (space group I4/mcm, a = 0.8091 nm, c = 0.6744 nm). A comparison with CuInSe{sub 2}-SnSe{sub 2} and AgInSe{sub 2}-SnSe{sub 2} systems is discussed. - Abstract: The TlInSe{sub 2}-SnSe{sub 2} quasibinary system was investigated using differential thermal and X-ray phase analysis methods. The phase diagram is of eutectic type (V type of the Rozeboom classification). The solid solution range of the ternary compound in the TlInSe{sub 2}-SnSe{sub 2} system extends to 28 mol.% SnSe{sub 2} at 670 K. The eutectic point coordinates are 63 mol.% SnSe{sub 2} and 788 K.
Quasi-periodic oscillations in superfluid, relativistic magnetars with nuclear pasta phases
Passamonti, Andrea; Pons, José A.
2016-12-01
We study the torsional magneto-elastic oscillations of relativistic superfluid magnetars and explore the effects of a phase transition in the crust-core interface (nuclear pasta) which results in a weaker elastic response. Exploring various models with different extension of nuclear pasta phases, we find that the differences in the oscillation spectrum present in purely elastic modes (weak magnetic field) are smeared out with increasing strength of the magnetic field. For magnetar conditions, the main characteristic and features of models without nuclear pasta are preserved. We find, in general, two classes of magneto-elastic oscillations which exhibit a different oscillation pattern. For Bp global magneto-elastic oscillations show a constant phase and become dominant when Bp > 5 × 1014 G. We do not find any evidence of fundamental pure crustal modes in the low-frequency range (below 200 Hz) for Bp ≥ 1014 G.
A Novel Multilevel Quad-Inverter Configuration for Quasi Six-Phase Open-Winding Converter
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Padmanaban, Sanjeevi Kumar; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wheeler, Patrick
2016-01-01
-level modulation (MSCFM) algorithm is developed in this work and easy for implementing in real digital processors. The proposed modulation algorithm is capable of generating, 5-level voltages at each output of four VSI as one equivalent to multilevel inverter. The total power is among the four DC sources......This paper developed a novel quad-inverter configuration for multilevel six-phase asymmetrical open-winding AC converter. Proposal found to be suited for (low-voltage/high-current) applications such as AC tractions and `More-Electric Aircraft' propulsion systems. Modular power circuit comprises...... of standard four three-phase voltage source inverter (VSI) and each connected to the open-end windings. Each VSIs are incorporated with one bi-directional switching device (MOSFET/IGBT) per phase and two capacitors with neutral point connected. Further, an original modified single carrier five...
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Leena K Sahoo; R C Budhani; D Kanjilal; G K Mehta
2002-05-01
Understanding the dynamics of vortex matter subjected to random and correlated pinning disorders in layered superconductors remains a topic of considerable interest. The dynamical behavior of vortices in these systems shows a rich variety of effects due to many competing interactions. Here, we study the ac response of as-grown as well as heavy-ion-irradiated Tl2Ba2CaCu2O8 (Tl-2212) thin ﬁlms by using a micro Hall-probe susceptometer. We ﬁnd that the dynamics of vortices in the high-temperature, low-ﬁeld regime of the - phase diagram investigated here depends on the nature of pinning defects. While the decay of screening currents () indicates a glassy behavior in both types of samples, the nature of the glassy phase is different in the two cases. Samples with columnar defects show distinct signature of a Bose glass in the measurement of () and the angular dependence of the irreversibility ﬁeld (irr).
The decryption of random phase multiplexing encoding system
Lee, Hsiao-Yi; Liu, Jung-Ping; Chang, Chi-Ching; Yau, Hon-Fai; Chang, Tsung-Chien
2004-10-01
Random-phase-multiplexing storage using photorefractive crystals is one of the most important topics in the field of photorefractive optics. To achieve random phase recording, we can use a diffuser to encrypt the reference light in a holographic recording setup. To decrypt the recorded pattern, the same diffuser used in encryption must be used in the reconstruction light, and it must be set in the original orientation. In this way, a number of 2-D patterns can be stored in a single photorefractive crystal with a single diffuser set at different orientations for different patterns. A merit in this recording method is that the encryption is virtually not possible to be decrypted if the original diffuser for encrypting is not available. In this paper, we proposed a way to decrypt the encrypted information in a photorefractive lithium niobate crystal without the possession of the original diffuser. In this method, we suppose somehow we know one of the patterns stored in the crystal, and then we retrieve the original diffuser with this pattern. And ultimately all the other patterns stored in the crystal are decrypted and retrieved with this retrieved diffuser.
A Novel Multilevel Quad-Inverter Configuration for Quasi Six-Phase Open-Winding Converter
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Padmanaban, Sanjeevi Kumar; Blaabjerg, Frede; Wheeler, Patrick
2016-01-01
This paper developed a novel quad-inverter configuration for multilevel six-phase asymmetrical open-winding AC converter. Proposal found to be suited for (low-voltage/high-current) applications such as AC tractions and `More-Electric Aircraft' propulsion systems. Modular power circuit comprises o...
Quasi-periodic oscillations in superfluid, relativistic magnetars with nuclear pasta phases
Passamonti, Andrea
2016-01-01
We study the torsional magneto-elastic oscillations of relativistic superfluid magnetars and explore the effects of a phase transition in the crust-core interface (nuclear pasta) which results in a weaker elastic response. Exploring various models with different extension of nuclear pasta phases, we find that the differences in the oscillation spectrum present in purely elastic modes (low magnetic field), are smeared out with increasing strength of the magnetic field. For magnetar conditions, the main characteristic and features of models without nuclear pasta are preserved. We find in general two classes of magneto-elastic oscillations which exhibit a different oscillation pattern. For B_p 5 x 10^{14} G. We do not find any evidence of fundamental pure crustal modes in the low frequency range (below 200 Hz) for B_p >= 10^{14} G.
A quasi-symmetric beam splitter with 90° phase shift for p-polarized light
Mamaev, Yu. A.
2015-07-01
A beam splitter with a two-layer metal-dielectric structure in a Michelson interferometer is considered. It is shown that introduction of an additional dielectric interference layer makes it possible to reduce significantly (in comparison with a beam splitter with one metal layer) the difference in the reflectance from the side of air, the reflectance from the side of substrate, and the transmittance for p-polarized light, with conservation of a 90° phase shift for two outputs.
Liu, Zhongqiu; Sun, Zhenbang; Li, Baokuan
2016-12-01
Lagrangian tracking model combined with Eulerian multi-phase model is employed to predict the time-dependent argon-steel-slag-air quasi-four-phase flow inside a slab continuous casting mold. The Eulerian approach is used for the description of three phases (molten steel, liquid slag, and air at the top of liquid slag layer). The dispersed argon bubble injected from the SEN is treated in the Lagrangian way. The complex interfacial momentum transfers between various phases are considered. Validation is supported by the measurement data of cold model experiments and industrial practice. Close agreements were achieved for the gas volume fraction, liquid flow pattern, level fluctuation, and exposed slag eye phenomena. Many known phenomena and new predictions were successfully reproduced using this model. The vortex slag entrapment phenomenon at the slag-steel interface was obtained using this model, some small slag drops are sucked deep into the liquid pool of molten steel. Varying gas flow rates have a large effect on the steel flow pattern in the upper recirculation zone. Three typical flow patterns inside the mold with different argon gas flow rates have been obtained: double roll, three roll, and single roll. Effects of argon gas flow rate, casting speed, and slag layer thickness on the exposed slag eye and level fluctuation at the slag-steel interface were studied. A dimensionless value of H ave/h was proposed to describe the time-averaged level fluctuation of slag-steel interface. The exposed slag eye near the SEN would be formed when the value of H ave/h is larger than 0.4.
Study on Bubbly Two-Phase Flow Across Twisted Tube Bundles Based on Quasi 3D High Speed Video
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Jicheng Zhou
2013-12-01
Full Text Available In flooded evaporators, refrigerants are boiling outside the tubes. This paper focuses on the bubbly two-phase flow characteristics in twisted tube bundles. The quasi 3-D high speed video method and computational fluid dynamics are carried out to understand the effects which angles between the major axis of the cylinder and vertical direction ( and bubble diameters have on the motion behaviours of bubbly flow. is adjusted to 0°, 30°, 45° and 60°，respectively. Bubble diameter is 4mm, 6mm and 8mm, respectively. The turbulence intensity of fluid outside the tubes which is resulted by bubble rising behaviour is also investigated. The results show that the elliptical cylinders with different s lead to bubble sliding out the surface of tubes, rising steadily and spreading widely in tube bundles. And larger bubbles have a stronger effect on turbulence intensity of liquid phase flow. It also can be concluded that the surface geometry of twisted tube plays an active role in heat transfer enhancement of the twisted tube evaporator
N'Diaye, M; Fusco, T; Paul, B
2013-01-01
Context. Several exoplanet direct imaging instruments will soon be in operation. They use an extreme adaptive optics (XAO) system to correct the atmospheric turbulence and provide a highly-corrected beam to a near-infrared (IR) coronagraph for starlight suppression. The performance of the coronagraph is however limited by the non-common path aberrations (NCPA) due to the differential wavefront errors existing between the visible XAO sensing path and the near-IR science path, leading to residual speckles in the coronagraphic image. Aims. Several approaches have been developed in the past few years to accurately calibrate the NCPA, correct the quasi-static speckles and allow the observation of exoplanets at least 1e6 fainter than their host star. We here propose an approach based on the Zernike phase-contrast method for the measurements of the NCPA between the optical path seen by the visible XAO wavefront sensor and that seen by the near-IR coronagraph. Methods. This approach uses a focal plane phase mask of s...
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Panfilov, Dmitry; Husev, Oleksandr; Blaabjerg, Frede
2016-01-01
This study compares a three-phase three-level voltage source inverter with an intermediate dc-dc boost converter and a quasi-Z-source inverter in terms of passive elements values and dimensions, semiconductor stresses, and overall efficiency. A comparative analysis was conducted with relative par...
Testing a random phase approximation for bounded turbulent flow
Ulitsky, Mark; Clark, Tim; Turner, Leaf
1999-05-01
Tractable implementation of a spectral closure requires that the modal representation of the energy satisfy a restricted random phase approximation (RRPA). This condition is exactly satisfied when the statistical system is homogeneous and the basis functions are Fourier modes. In this case, the ensemble average of the spectral covariance diagonalizes, i.e., =δ(k1+k2), where c(k,t) is a Fourier coefficient in a Galerkin representation of the velocity field. However, for inhomogeneous statistical systems in which the Fourier system is inappropriate, the RRPA requires validation. We use direct numerical simulations (DNSs) of the Navier-Stokes and truncated Euler equations to test the degree to which the RRPA is satisfied when applied to a recent representation due to Turner (LANL Unclassified Report No. LA-UR-96-3257) of a bounded turbulent rectangular channel flow with free slip, stress free walls. It is shown that a complete test of the RRPA for a fully inhomogeneous DNS with N3 grid points actually requires N3+1 members in the ensemble. The ``randomness'' of the phase can be characterized by a probability density function (PDF) of the modulus of the normalized spectral covariance. Results reveal that for both the Navier-Stokes and Euler systems the PDF does not change in time as the turbulence decays, and that the PDF for the Euler system is virtually identical to the one produced from an ensemble of random fields. This result is consistent with the equipartition of energy for the Euler system, in which the RRPA becomes an exact result rather than an approximation as the number of realizations approaches N3+1. The slight differences observed between the PDF produced from the random fields and the one from the Navier-Stokes system are thus shown to be entirely a result of the presence of a finite viscosity. It is also shown that there is great variation between statistics computed over the ensemble and those for a single realization.
Rajput, Sudheesh K.; Nishchal, Naveen K.
2017-04-01
We propose a novel security scheme based on the double random phase fractional domain encoding (DRPE) and modified Gerchberg-Saxton (G-S) phase retrieval algorithm for securing two images simultaneously. Any one of the images to be encrypted is converted into a phase-only image using modified G-S algorithm and this function is used as a key for encrypting another image. The original images are retrieved employing the concept of known-plaintext attack and following the DRPE decryption steps with all correct keys. The proposed scheme is also used for encryption of two color images with the help of convolution theorem and phase-truncated fractional Fourier transform. With some modification, the scheme is extended for simultaneous encryption of gray-scale and color images. As a proof-of-concept, simulation results have been presented for securing two gray-scale images, two color images, and simultaneous gray-scale and color images.
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JI An-Chun; TIAN Guang-Shan
2007-01-01
In the present paper, we investigate the quantum phase transition in a spatially anisotropic antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model of S = 1 with single-ion energy anisotropy. By using the Schwinger boson representation, we calculate the Gaussian correction to the critical value Jc⊥ caused by quantum spin fluctuations. We find that, for the positive single-ion energy, a nonzero value of Jc⊥ is always needed to stabilize the antiferromagnetic long-range order in this model. It resolves a difference among literature and shows clearly that the effect of quantum fluctuations may qualitatively change a result obtained by the mean-field theories on lower-dimensional systems.
Force-Field Based Quasi-Chemical Method for Rapid Evaluation of Binary Phase Diagrams.
Sweere, Augustinus J M; Fraaije, Johannes G E M
2015-11-05
We present the Pair Configurations to Molecular Activity Coefficients (PAC-MAC) method. The method is based on the pair sampling technique of Blanco (Fan, C. F.; Olafson, B. D.; Blanco, M.; Hsu, S. L. Application of Molecular Simulation to Derive Phase Diagrams of Binary Mixtures. Macromolecules 1992, 25, 3667-3676) with an extension that takes the packing of the molecules into account by a free energy model. The intermolecular energy is calculated using classical force fields. PAC-MAC is able to predict activity coefficients and corresponding vapor-liquid equilibrium diagrams at least 4 orders of magnitude faster than molecular simulations. The accuracy of the PAC-MAC method is tested by comparing the results with experimental data and with the results of the COSMO-SAC model (Lin, S.-T.; Sandler, S. I. A Priori Phase Equilibrium Prediction from a Segment Contribution Solvation Model. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2002, 41, 899-913). PAC-MAC (using the OPLS-aa force field) is shown to be comparable in accuracy to COSMO-SAC, at the considerable advantage that PAC-MAC in principle does not require quantum calculation, provided proper force fields to be available.
Analytic interatomic forces in the random phase approximation
Ramberger, Benjamin; Kresse, Georg
2016-01-01
We discuss that in the random phase approximation (RPA) the first derivative of the energy with respect to the Green's function is the self-energy in the GW approximation. This relationship allows to derive compact equations for the RPA interatomic forces. We also show that position dependent overlap operators are elegantly incorporated in the present framework. The RPA force equations have been implemented in the projector augmented wave formalism, and we present illustrative applications, including ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, the calculation of phonon dispersion relations for diamond and graphite, as well as structural relaxations for water on boron nitride. The present derivation establishes a concise framework for forces within perturbative approaches and is also applicable to more involved approximations for the correlation energy.
Accuracy of the Faddeev Random Phase Approximation for Light Atoms
Barbieri, C; Degroote, M
2010-01-01
The accuracy of the Faddeev random phase approximation (FRPA) method is tested by calculating the total and ionization energies of a set of light atoms up to Ar. Comparisons are made with the results of coupled-cluster singles and doubles (CCSD), third-order algebraic diagrammatic construction [ADC(3)], and with the experiment. It is seen that even for two-electron systems, He and Be-2+, the inclusion of RPA effects leads to satisfactory results and therefore it does not over-correlate the ground state. The FRPA becomes progressively better for larger atomic numbers where it gives about 5 mH more correlation energy and it shifts ionization potentials by 2-10 mH, with respect to its sister method ADC(3). The corrections for ionization potentials consistently reduce the discrepancies with the experiment.
Key-space analysis of double random phase encryption technique
Monaghan, David S.; Gopinathan, Unnikrishnan; Naughton, Thomas J.; Sheridan, John T.
2007-09-01
We perform a numerical analysis on the double random phase encryption/decryption technique. The key-space of an encryption technique is the set of possible keys that can be used to encode data using that technique. In the case of a strong encryption scheme, many keys must be tried in any brute-force attack on that technique. Traditionally, designers of optical image encryption systems demonstrate only how a small number of arbitrary keys cannot decrypt a chosen encrypted image in their system. However, this type of demonstration does not discuss the properties of the key-space nor refute the feasibility of an efficient brute-force attack. To clarify these issues we present a key-space analysis of the technique. For a range of problem instances we plot the distribution of decryption errors in the key-space indicating the lack of feasibility of a simple brute-force attack.
Surface wake in the random-phase approximation
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Garcia de Abajo, F.J. (Departamento de Ciencias de la Computacion e Inteligencia Artificial, Facultad de Informatica, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Apartado 649, 20080 San Sebastian (Spain)); Echenique, P.M. (Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad del Pais Vasco, Apartado 1072, 20080 San Sebastian (Spain))
1993-11-01
The scalar-electric-potential distribution set up by an ion traveling in the vicinity of a plane solid-vacuum interface, that is, the surface-wake potential, is investigated with the specular-reflection model to describe the response of the surface and with the random-phase approximation for the dielectric function of the bulk material. This permits us to address the study of the low-velocity surface wake: the static potential is found to have a dip at the position of the ion; that dip is shifted towards the direction opposite to the velocity vector for velocities smaller than the threshold of creation of plasmons ([approx]1.3[ital v][sub [ital F
A mathematical formulation of the random phase approximation for crystals
Cances, Eric
2011-01-01
This works extends the recent study on the dielectric permittivity of crystals within the Hartree model [E. Cances and M. Lewin, Arch. Rational Mech. Anal., 197 (2010) 139--177] to the time-dependent setting. In particular, we prove the existence and uniqueness of the nonlinear Hartree dynamics, also called the random phase approximation in the physics literature, in a suitable functional space allowing to describe a local defect embedded in a perfect crystal. We also give a rigorous mathematical definition of the microscopic frequency-dependent polarization matrix, and derive the macroscopic Maxwell-Gauss equation for insulating and semiconducting crystals, from a first order approximation of the nonlinear Hartree model, by means of homogenization arguments.
Improvement of the image quality of random phase--free holography using an iterative method
Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Endo, Yutaka; Hirayama, Ryuji; Hiyama, Daisuke; Hasegawa, Satoki; Nagahama, Yuki; Sano, Marie; Oikawa, Minoru; Sugie, Takashige; Ito, Tomoyoshi
2015-01-01
Our proposed method of random phase-free holography using virtual convergence light can obtain large reconstructed images exceeding the size of the hologram, without the assistance of random phase. The reconstructed images have low-speckle noise in the amplitude and phase-only holograms (kinoforms); however, in low-resolution holograms, we obtain a degraded image quality compared to the original image. We propose an iterative random phase-free method with virtual convergence light to address this problem.
Nobile, F.
2015-10-30
In this work we provide a convergence analysis for the quasi-optimal version of the sparse-grids stochastic collocation method we presented in a previous work: “On the optimal polynomial approximation of stochastic PDEs by Galerkin and collocation methods” (Beck et al., Math Models Methods Appl Sci 22(09), 2012). The construction of a sparse grid is recast into a knapsack problem: a profit is assigned to each hierarchical surplus and only the most profitable ones are added to the sparse grid. The convergence rate of the sparse grid approximation error with respect to the number of points in the grid is then shown to depend on weighted summability properties of the sequence of profits. This is a very general argument that can be applied to sparse grids built with any uni-variate family of points, both nested and non-nested. As an example, we apply such quasi-optimal sparse grids to the solution of a particular elliptic PDE with stochastic diffusion coefficients, namely the “inclusions problem”: we detail the convergence estimates obtained in this case using polynomial interpolation on either nested (Clenshaw–Curtis) or non-nested (Gauss–Legendre) abscissas, verify their sharpness numerically, and compare the performance of the resulting quasi-optimal grids with a few alternative sparse-grid construction schemes recently proposed in the literature.
Berger, Rony; Pat-Horenczyk, Ruth; Gelkopf, Marc
2007-08-01
A school-based intervention for preventing and reducing children's posttraumatic stress-related symptoms, somatic complaints, functional impairment, and anxiety due to exposure to terrorism was evaluated. In a quasi-randomized controlled trial, elementary school students were randomly assigned to an eight-session structured program, "Overshadowing the Threat of Terrorism" or to a waiting list control comparison group. Two months postintervention, the study group reported significant improvement on all measures. The authors conclude that a school-based universal intervention may significantly reduce posttraumatic stress disorder- (PTSD-) related symptoms in children repeatedly exposed to terrorist attacks and propose that it serve as a component of a public mental health approach dealing with children exposed to ongoing terrorism in a country ravaged by war and terrorism.
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Xue, Yaosuo [ORNL
2016-01-01
The battery energy stored quasi-Z-source (BES-qZS) based photovoltaic (PV) power generation system combines advantages of the qZS inverter and the battery energy storage system. However, the second harmonic (2 ) power ripple will degrade the system's performance and affect the system's design. An accurate model to analyze the 2 ripple is very important. The existing models did not consider the battery, and with the assumption L1=L2 and C1=C2, which causes the non-optimized design for the impedance parameters of qZS network. This paper proposes a comprehensive model for single-phase BES-qZS-PV inverter system, where the battery is considered and without any restriction of L1, L2, C1, and C2. A BES-qZS impedance design method based on the built model is proposed to mitigate the 2 ripple. Simulation and experimental results verify the proposed 2 ripple model and design method.
The phase lags of high-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations in four black-hole candidates
Mendez, Mariano; Belloni, Tomaso; Sanna, Andrea
2013-01-01
We measured the phase-lag spectrum of the high-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPO) in the black hole systems (at QPO frequencies) GRS 1915+105 (35 Hz and 67 Hz), GRO J1655-40 (300 Hz and 450 Hz), XTE J1550-564 (180 Hz and 280 Hz), and IGR J17091-3624 (67 Hz). The lag spectra of the 67-Hz QPO in, respectively, GRS 1915+105 and IGR J17091-3624, and the 450-Hz QPO in GRO J1655-40 are hard (hard photons lag the soft ones) and consistent with each other, with the hard lags increasing with energy. On the contrary, the lags of the 35-Hz QPO in GRS 1915+105 are soft, with the lags becoming softer as the energy increases; the lag spectrum of the 35-Hz QPO is inconsistent with that of the 67-Hz QPO. The lags of the 300-Hz QPO in GRO J1655-40, and the 180-Hz and the 280-Hz QPO in XTE J1550-564 are independent of energy, consistent with each other and with being zero or slightly positive (hard lags). For GRO J1655-40 the lag spectrum of the 300-Hz QPO differs significantly from that of the 450-Hz QPOs. The simila...
Nagasawa, Y; Demura, S; Hamazaki, H
2010-09-01
This study examined age and sex differences of controlled force exertion measured by a computer-generated quasi-random target-pursuit system in 207 males and 249 females aged 15 to 86 years. The participants matched submaximal grip exertion of their dominant hand to changing demand values, appearing as a moving quasi-random waveform on the display of a personal computer. They performed the test three times with 1-min intervals (one trial was 40 sec). The total sum of the percent of differences between the demand value and the grip exertion value for 25 sec was used as an evaluation parameter. The errors in controlled force exertion tended to increase constantly with age in both sexes. Significant linear regressions were identified, but there was no significant difference in the rate of increase in both sexes. Analysis of variance showed nonsignificant sex differences among means, except for those in individuals older than 60 years; significant differences between means in the groups older than the 40 yr.-old age group and the 20-24 yr.-old group were found in both sexes. Controlled force exertion did not show a significant sex difference and decreased gradually with age in both sexes, but decreased remarkably after 40 years of age.
Expectation values of single-particle operators in the random phase approximation ground state.
Kosov, D S
2017-02-07
We developed a method for computing matrix elements of single-particle operators in the correlated random phase approximation ground state. Working with the explicit random phase approximation ground state wavefunction, we derived a practically useful and simple expression for a molecular property in terms of random phase approximation amplitudes. The theory is illustrated by the calculation of molecular dipole moments for a set of representative molecules.
Expectation values of single-particle operators in the random phase approximation ground state
Kosov, D. S.
2017-02-01
We developed a method for computing matrix elements of single-particle operators in the correlated random phase approximation ground state. Working with the explicit random phase approximation ground state wavefunction, we derived a practically useful and simple expression for a molecular property in terms of random phase approximation amplitudes. The theory is illustrated by the calculation of molecular dipole moments for a set of representative molecules.
Relativistic Quasiparticle Random Phase Approximation with a Separable Pairing Force
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TIAN Yuan; MA Zhong-Yu; Ring Peter
2009-01-01
In our previous work [Phys. Lett. (to be published), Chin. Phys. Lett. 23 (2006) 3226], we introduced a separable pairing force for relativistic Hartree-Bogoliubov calculations. This force was adjusted to reproduce the pairing properties of the Gogny force in nuclear matter. By using the well known techniques of Talmi and Moshinsky it can be expanded in a series of separable terms and converges quickly after a few terms. It was found that the pairing properties can be depicted on almost the same footing as the original pairing interaction, not only in nuclear matter, but also in finite nuclei. In this study, we construct a relativistic quasiparticle random phase approximation (RQRPA ) with this separable pairing interaction and calculate the excitation energies of the first excited 2+ .states and reduced B(E2; 0+ → 2+) transition rates for a chain of Sn isotopes in RQRPA. Compared with the results of the full Gogny force, we find that this simple separable pairing interaction can describe the pairing properties of the excited vibrational states as well as the original pairing interaction.
Relativistic continuum random phase approximation in spherical nuclei
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Daoutidis, Ioannis
2009-10-01
Covariant density functional theory is used to analyze the nuclear response in the external multipole fields. The investigations are based on modern functionals with zero range and density dependent coupling constants. After a self-consistent solution of the Relativistic Mean Field (RMF) equations for the nuclear ground states multipole giant resonances are studied within the Relativistic Random Phase Approximation (RRPA), the small amplitude limit of the time-dependent RMF. The coupling to the continuum is treated precisely by calculating the single particle Greens-function of the corresponding Dirac equation. In conventional methods based on a discretization of the continuum this was not possible. The residual interaction is derived from the same RMF Lagrangian. This guarantees current conservation and a precise decoupling of the Goldstone modes. For nuclei with open shells pairing correlations are taken into account in the framework of BCS theory and relativistic quasiparticle RPA. Continuum RPA (CRPA) presents a robust method connected with an astonishing reduction of the numerical effort as compared to conventional methods. Modes of various multipolarities and isospin are investigated, in particular also the newly discovered Pygmy modes in the vicinity of the neutron evaporation threshold. The results are compared with conventional discrete RPA calculations as well as with experimental data. We find that the full treatment of the continuum is essential for light nuclei and the study of resonances in the neighborhood of the threshold. (orig.)
Expectation values of single-particle operators in the random phase approximation ground state
Kosov, Daniel S
2016-01-01
We developed a method for computing matrix elements of single-particle operators in the correlated random phase approximation ground state. Working with the explicit random phase approximation ground state wavefunction, we derived practically useful and simple expression for a molecular property in terms of random phase approximation amplitudes. The theory is illustrated by the calculation of molecular dipole moments. It is shown that Hartree-Fock based random phase approximation provides a systematic improvement of molecular dipole moment values in comparison to M{\\o}ller-Plesset second order perturbation theory and coupled cluster method for a considered set of molecules.
Simsek, Gorkem; Roudbari, Mahnaz Shokrpour; van Brummelen, E Harald
2016-01-01
We derive a new form of a thermodynamically consistent quasi-incompressible diffuse-interface Navier-Stokes Cahn-Hilliard model for a two-phase-flow of incompressible fluids with different densities. The derivation is based on mixture theory by invoking the second law of thermodynamics and Coleman-Noll procedure. In addition, we develop a linear and unconditionally energy stable time-integration scheme for the derived model. Such a scheme is nontrivial, because it has to suitably deal with all nonlinear terms in the model. Our proposed scheme is the first linear method satisfying a discrete energy law for quasi-incompressible two-phase flows. The scheme also preserves mass. Numerical experiments verify the suitability of the scheme for high density ratios and for large time step sizes by considering the coalescence and break-up dynamics of droplets including pinching due to gravity.
Moura, Marcel; Fiorentino, Eve-Agnès; Jørgen Måløy, Knut; Toussaint, Renaud; Schäfer, Gerhard
2015-04-01
We have performed two-phase flow experiments to analyze the drainage from a quasi-2D random porous medium. The medium is transparent, which allows for the visualization of the invasion pattern during the flow and is initially fully saturated with a viscous fluid (a dyed glycerol-water mix). As the pressure in the fluid is gradually reduced, air penetrates from an open inlet, thus displacing the fluid which leaves the system from the outlet in the opposite side. A feedback mechanism was devised to control the experiment: the capillary pressure (difference in pressure between the non-wetting and wetting phases) is continuously increased to be just above the threshold value necessary to drive the invasion process. This mechanism is intended to keep the invasion process slow, in the so-called capillary regime, where capillary forces dominate the dynamics. Pressure measurements and pictures of the flow are recorded and the pressure-saturation relationship is computed. The effects of the boundary conditions to this quantity are verified experimentally by repeatedly performing the analysis using porous media of different sizes. We show that some features of the pressure-saturation curve are strongly affected by boundary effects. The invasion close to the inlet and outlet of the model are particularly influenced by the boundaries and this is reflected in the phases of pressure building up in the pressure-saturation curves, in the beginning and end of the invasion process. Conversely, at the central part of the model (away from the boundaries), the invasion process happens at an essentially constant capillary pressure, which is reflected as a plateau in the pressure-saturation curve. Additionally, the use of a high-resolution camera allows us to analyze the images down to the pore scale. We can directly obtain a distribution of pore-throat sizes in the model (and their associated capillary pressure thresholds) and divide it into distributions of invaded / non-invaded pores
Lavdas, Spyros; Zhao, Shuang; Driscoll, Jeffrey B.; Grote, Richard R.; Osgood, Richard M.; Panoiu, Nicolae C.
2014-01-01
We present a theoretical analysis supported by comprehensive numerical simulations of quasi phase-matched four-wave mixing (FWM) of ultrashort optical pulses that propagate in weakly width-modulated silicon photonic nanowire gratings. Our study reveals that, by properly designing the optical waveguide such that the interacting pulses co-propagate with the same group-velocity, a conversion efficiency enhancement of more than 15 dB, as compared to a uniform waveguide, can readily be achieved. W...
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Tselev, Alexander [ORNL; Strelcov, Evgheni [Southern Illinois University; Luk' yanchuk, Prof. Igor A. [University of Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France; Ivanov, Ilia N [ORNL; Budai, John D [ORNL; Tischler, Jonathan Zachary [ORNL; Jones, Keith M [ORNL; Proksch, Roger [Asylum Research, Santa Barbara, CA; Kalinin, Sergei V [ORNL; Kolmakov, Andrei [ORNL
2010-01-01
Formation of ferroelastic twin domains in VO_2 nanosystems can strongly affect local strain distributions, and hence couple to the strain-controlled metal-insulator transition. Here we report polarized-light optical and scanning microwave microscopy studies of interrelated ferroelastic and metal-insulator transitions in single-crystalline vanadium dioxide (VO_2) quasi-two-dimensional (quasi-2D) nanoplatelets (NPls). In contrast to quasi-1D single-crystalline nanobeams, the geometric frustration results in emergence of several possible families of ferroelastic domains in NPls, thus allowing systematic studies of strain-controlled transitions in the presence of geometrical frustration. We demonstrate possibility of controlling the ferroelastic domain population by the strength of the NPl-substrate interaction, mechanical stress, and by the NPl lateral size. Ferroelastic domain species and domain walls are identified based on standard group-theoretical considerations. Using variable temperature microscopy, we imaged the development of domains of metallic and semiconducting phases during the metal-insulator phase transition and non-trivial strain-driven reentrant domain formation. A long-range reconstruction of ferroelastic structures accommodating metal-insulator domain formation has been observed. These studies illustrate that complete picture of the phase transitions in single-crystalline and disordered VO_2 structures can be drawn only if both ferroelastic and metal-insulator strain effects are taken into consideration and understood.
Phase Transitions in Sampling Algorithms and the Underlying Random Structures
Randall, Dana
Sampling algorithms based on Markov chains arise in many areas of computing, engineering and science. The idea is to perform a random walk among the elements of a large state space so that samples chosen from the stationary distribution are useful for the application. In order to get reliable results, we require the chain to be rapidly mixing, or quickly converging to equilibrium. For example, to sample independent sets in a given graph G, the so-called hard-core lattice gas model, we can start at any independent set and repeatedly add or remove a single vertex (if allowed). By defining the transition probabilities of these moves appropriately, we can ensure that the chain will converge to a use- ful distribution over the state space Ω. For instance, the Gibbs (or Boltzmann) distribution, parameterized by Λ> 0, is defined so that p(Λ) = π(I) = Λ|I| /Z, where Z = sum_{J in Ω} Λ^{|J|} is the normalizing constant known as the partition function. An interesting phenomenon occurs as Λ is varied. For small values of Λ, local Markov chains converge quickly to stationarity, while for large values, they are prohibitively slow. To see why, imagine the underlying graph G is a region of the Cartesian lattice. Large independent sets will dominate the stationary distribution π when Λ is sufficiently large, and yet it will take a very long time to move from an independent set lying mostly on the odd sublattice to one that is mostly even. This phenomenon is well known in the statistical physics community, and characterizes by a phase transition in the underlying model.
Wong, C. H.; Wu, R. P. H.; Lortz, R.
2017-03-01
The dimensional crossover from a 1D fluctuating state at high temperatures to a 3D phase coherent state in the low temperature regime in two coaxial weakly-coupled cylindrical surfaces formed by two-dimensional arrays of parallel nanowires is studied via an 8-state 3D-XY model. This system serves as a model for quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in the form of bundles of weakly-coupled superconducting nanowires. A periodic variation of the dimensional crossover temperature TDC is observed when the inner superconducting cylindrical surface is rotated in the angular plane. TDC reaches a maximum when the relative angle between the cylinders is 2.81°, which corresponds to the maximum separation of nanowires between the two cylindrical surfaces. We demonstrate that the relative strength of phase fluctuations in this system is controllable by the rotational angle between the two surfaces with a strong suppression of the fluctuation strength at 2.81°. The phase fluctuations are suppressed gradually upon cooling, before they abruptly vanish below TDC. Our model thus allows us to study how phase fluctuations can be suppressed in quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in order to achieve a global phase coherent state throughout the nanowire array with zero electric resistance.
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Wong, C.H., E-mail: ch.kh.vong@urfu.ru [Institute of Physics and Technology, Ural Federal University, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon (Russian Federation); Wu, R.P.H., E-mail: pak-hong-raymond.wu@connect.polyu.hk [Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong); Lortz, R., E-mail: lortz@ust.hk [Department of Physics, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
2017-03-15
The dimensional crossover from a 1D fluctuating state at high temperatures to a 3D phase coherent state in the low temperature regime in two coaxial weakly-coupled cylindrical surfaces formed by two-dimensional arrays of parallel nanowires is studied via an 8-state 3D-XY model. This system serves as a model for quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in the form of bundles of weakly-coupled superconducting nanowires. A periodic variation of the dimensional crossover temperature T{sub DC} is observed when the inner superconducting cylindrical surface is rotated in the angular plane. T{sub DC} reaches a maximum when the relative angle between the cylinders is 2.81°, which corresponds to the maximum separation of nanowires between the two cylindrical surfaces. We demonstrate that the relative strength of phase fluctuations in this system is controllable by the rotational angle between the two surfaces with a strong suppression of the fluctuation strength at 2.81°. The phase fluctuations are suppressed gradually upon cooling, before they abruptly vanish below T{sub DC}. Our model thus allows us to study how phase fluctuations can be suppressed in quasi-one-dimensional superconductors in order to achieve a global phase coherent state throughout the nanowire array with zero electric resistance.
Electron correlation effects beyond the random phase approximation
Fan, J. D.; Malozovsky, Y. M.
2016-04-01
The methods that have been used to deal with a many-particle system can be basically sorted into three types: Hamiltonian, field theory and phenomenological method. The first two methods are more popular. Traditionally, the Hamiltonian method has been widely adopted in the conventional electronic theory for metals, alloys and semiconductors. Basically, the mean-field approximation (MFA) that has been working well for a weakly coupled system like a metal is employed to simplify a Hamiltonian corresponding to a particular electron system. However, for a strongly coupled many-particle system like a cuprate superconductor MFA should in principle not apply. Therefore, the field theory on the basis of Green’s function and the Feynman diagrams must be invoked. In this method, one is however more familiar with the random phase approximation (RPA) that gives rise to the same results as MFA because of being short of the information for higher-order terms of interaction. For a strongly coupled electron system, it is obvious that one has to deal with higher-order terms of a pair interaction to get a correct solution. Any ignorance of the higher-order terms implies that the more sophisticated information contained in those terms is discarded. However, to date one has not reached a consensus on how to deal with the higher-order terms beyond RPA. We preset here a method that is termed the diagrammatic iteration approach (DIA) and able to derive higher-order terms of the interaction from the information of lower-order ones on the basis of Feynman diagram, with which one is able to go beyond RPA step by step. It is in principle possible that all of higher-order terms can be obtained, and then sorted to groups of diagrams. It turns out that each of the groups can be replaced by an equivalent one, forming a diagrammatic Dyson-equation-like relation. The diagrammatic solution is eventually “translated” to a four-dimensional integral equation. The method can be applied to a
Deep Learning the Quantum Phase Transitions in Random Two-Dimensional Electron Systems
Ohtsuki, Tomoki; Ohtsuki, Tomi
2016-12-01
Random electron systems show rich phases such as Anderson insulator, diffusive metal, quantum Hall and quantum anomalous Hall insulators, Weyl semimetal, as well as strong/weak topological insulators. Eigenfunctions of each matter phase have specific features, but owing to the random nature of systems, determining the matter phase from eigenfunctions is difficult. Here, we propose the deep learning algorithm to capture the features of eigenfunctions. Localization-delocalization transition, as well as disordered Chern insulator-Anderson insulator transition, is discussed.
Shaping the spectrum of random-phase radar waveforms
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Doerry, Armin W.; Marquette, Brandeis
2017-05-09
The various technologies presented herein relate to generation of a desired waveform profile in the form of a spectrum of apparently random noise (e.g., white noise or colored noise), but with precise spectral characteristics. Hence, a waveform profile that could be readily determined (e.g., by a spoofing system) is effectively obscured. Obscuration is achieved by dividing the waveform into a series of chips, each with an assigned frequency, wherein the sequence of chips are subsequently randomized. Randomization can be a function of the application of a key to the chip sequence. During processing of the echo pulse, a copy of the randomized transmitted pulse is recovered or regenerated against which the received echo is correlated. Hence, with the echo energy range-compressed in this manner, it is possible to generate a radar image with precise impulse response.
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Nalin eHarischandra
2015-08-01
Full Text Available An essential component of autonomous and flexible behaviour in animals is active exploration of the environment, allowing for perception-guided planning and control of actions. An important sensory system involved is active touch. Here, we introduce a general modelling framework of Central Pattern Generators (CPGs for movement generation in active tactile exploration behaviour. The CPG consists of two network levels: (i phase-coupled Hopf oscillators for rhythm generation, and (ii pattern formation networks for capturing the frequency and phase characteristics of individual joint oscillations. The model captured the natural, quasi-rhythmic joint kinematics as observed in coordinated antennal movements of walking stick insects. Moreover, it successfully produced tactile exploration behaviour on a three-dimensional skeletal model of the insect antennal system with physically realistic parameters. The effect of proprioceptor ablations could be simulated by changing the amplitude and offset parameters of the joint oscillators, only. As in the animal, the movement of both antennal joints was coupled with a stable phase difference, despite the quasi-rhythmicity of the joint angle time courses. We found that the phase-lead of the distal scape-pedicel joint relative to the proximal head-scape joint was essential for producing the natural tactile exploration behaviour and, thus, for tactile efficiency. For realistic movement patterns, the phase-lead could vary within a limited range of 10 to 30 degrees only. Tests with artificial movement patterns strongly suggest that this phase sensitivity is not a matter of the frequency composition of the natural movement pattern. Based on our modelling results, we propose that a constant phase difference is coded into the CPG of the antennal motor system and that proprioceptors are acting locally to regulate the joint movement amplitude.
Phase-locking-level statistics of coupled random fiber lasers.
Fridman, Moti; Pugatch, Rami; Nixon, Micha; Friesem, Asher A; Davidson, Nir
2012-10-01
We measure the statistics of phase locking levels of coupled fiber lasers with fluctuating cavity lengths. We found that the measured distribution of the phase locking level of such coupled lasers can be described by the generalized extreme value distribution. For large number of lasers the distribution of the phase locking level can be approximated by a Gumbel distribution. We present a simple model, based on the spectral response of coupled lasers, and the calculated results are in good agreement with the experimental results.
Mugnier, L M; Fusco, T; Cornia, A; Dandy, S
2008-01-01
The phase diversity technique is a useful tool to measure and pre-compensate for quasi-static aberrations, in particular non-common path aberrations, in an adaptive optics corrected imaging system. In this paper, we propose and validate by simulations an extension of the phase diversity technique that uses long exposure adaptive optics corrected images for sensing quasi-static aberrations during the scientific observation, in particular for high-contrast imaging. The principle of the method is that, for a sufficiently long exposure time, the residual turbulence is averaged into a convolutive component of the image and that phase diversity estimates the sole static aberrations of interest. The advantages of such a procedure, compared to the processing of short-exposure image pairs, are that the separation between static aberrations and turbulence-induced ones is performed by the long-exposure itself and not numerically, that only one image pair must be processed, that the estimation benefits from the high SNR ...
Hadas, Itai; Bahabad, Alon
2016-09-01
The two main mechanisms of a periodic density modulation relevant to nonlinear optical conversion in a gas medium are spatial modulations of the index of refraction and of the number of emitters. For a one-dimensional model neglecting focusing and using a constant ambient pressure, it is shown theoretically and demonstrated numerically that the effects of these two mechanisms during frequency conversion cancel each other exactly. Under the considered conditions, this makes density modulation inefficient for quasi-phase-matching an optical frequency conversion process. This result is particularly relevant for high-order harmonic generation.
Kamiyama, Kyohei; Endo, Tetsuro; Imai, Isao; Komuro, Motomasa
2016-06-01
Double covering (DC) bifurcation of a 2-torus quasi-periodic flow in a phase-locked loop circuit was experimentally investigated using an electronic circuit and via SPICE simulation; in the circuit, the input radio-frequency signal was frequency modulated by the sum of two asynchronous sinusoidal baseband signals. We observed both DC and period-doubling bifurcations of a discrete map on two Poincaré sections, which were realized by changing the sample timing from one baseband sinusoidal signal to the other. The results confirm the DC bifurcation of the original flow.
Thermal behavior for a nanoscale two ferromagnetic phase system based on random anisotropy model
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Muraca, D., E-mail: diego.muraca@gmail.co [INTECIN - Instituto de Tecnologia y Ciencias de la Ingenieria ' Hilario Fernandez Long' (UBA-CONICET), Facultad de Ingenieria, Paseo Colon 850, (1063), Buenos Aires (Argentina); Sanchez, F.H. [Departamento de Fisica-Instituto de Fisica de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, C. C. 69, (1900), La Plata (Argentina); Pampillo, L.G.; Saccone, F.D. [INTECIN - Instituto de Tecnologia y Ciencias de la Ingenieria ' Hilario Fernandez Long' (UBA-CONICET), Facultad de Ingenieria, Paseo Colon 850, (1063), Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2010-03-15
Advances in theory that explain the magnetic behavior as function of temperature for two phase nanocrystalline soft magnetic materials are presented. The theory developed is based on the well known random anisotropy model, which includes the crystalline exchange stiffness and anisotropy energies in both amorphous and crystalline phases. The phenomenological behavior of the coercivity was obtained in the temperature range between the amorphous phase Curie temperature and the crystalline phase one.
Collaborative Randomized Beamforming for Phased Array Radio Interferometers
Ocal, Orhan; Cherubini, Giovanni; Kazemi, Sanaz
2014-01-01
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will form the largest radio telescope ever built and such a huge instrument in the desert poses enormous engineering and logistic challenges. Algorithmic and architectural breakthroughs are needed. Data is collected and processed in groups of antennas before transport for central processing. This processing includes beamforming, primarily so as to reduce the amount of data sent. The principal existing technique points to a region of interest independently of the sky model and how the other stations beamform. We propose a new collaborative beamforming algorithm in order to maximize information captured at the stations (thus reducing the amount of data transported). The method increases the diversity in measurements through randomized beam- forming. We demonstrate through numerical simulation the effectiveness of the method. In particular, we show that randomized beamforming can achieve the same image quality while producing 40% less data when compared to the prevailing method m...
Infinite randomness fixed point of the superconductor-metal quantum phase transition.
Del Maestro, Adrian; Rosenow, Bernd; Müller, Markus; Sachdev, Subir
2008-07-18
We examine the influence of quenched disorder on the superconductor-metal transition, as described by a theory of overdamped Cooper pairs which repel each other. The self-consistent pairing eigenmodes of a quasi-one-dimensional wire are determined numerically. Our results support the recent proposal by Hoyos et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 230601 (2007)10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.230601] that the transition is characterized by the same strong-disorder fixed point describing the onset of ferromagnetism in the random quantum Ising chain in a transverse field.
Optical encryption for large-sized images using random phase-free method
Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Endo, Yutaka; Hirayama, Ryuji; Hiyama, Daisuke; Hasegawa, Satoki; Nagahama, Yuki; Sano, Marie; Sugie, Takashige; Ito, Tomoyoshi
2015-01-01
We propose an optical encryption framework that can encrypt and decrypt large-sized images beyond the size of the encrypted image using our two methods: random phase-free method and scaled diffraction. In order to record the entire image information on the encrypted image, the large-sized images require the random phase to widely diffuse the object light over the encrypted image; however, the random phase gives rise to the speckle noise on the decrypted images, and it may be difficult to recognize the decrypted images. In order to reduce the speckle noise, we apply our random phase-free method to the framework. In addition, we employ scaled diffraction that calculates light propagation between planes with different sizes by changing the sampling rates.
Singh, Madan; Kumar, Arvind; Singh, Kehar
2008-10-01
In this paper, we have described a simple and secure double random phase encoding and decoding system to encrypt and decrypt a two-dimensional gray scale image. We have used jigsaw transforms of the second random phase mask and the encrypted image. The random phase mask placed in the Fourier plane is broken into independent non-overlapping segments by applying the jigsaw transform. To make the system more secure, a jigsaw transform on the encrypted image is also carried out. The encrypted image is also broken into independent non-overlapping segments. The jigsaw transform indices of random phase code and the encrypted image form the keys for the successful retrieval of the data. Encrypting with this technique makes it almost impossible to retrieve the image without using both the right keys. Results of computer simulation have been presented in support of the proposed idea. Mean square error (MSE) between the decrypted and the original image has also been calculated in support of the technique.
Nonequilibrium phase transition in directed small-world-Voronoi-Delaunay random lattices
Lima, F. W. S.
2016-01-01
On directed small-world-Voronoi-Delaunay random lattices in two dimensions with quenched connectivity disorder we study the critical properties of the dynamics evolution of public opinion in social influence networks using a simple spin-like model. The system is treated by applying Monte Carlo simulations. We show that directed links on these random lattices may lead to phase diagram with first- and second-order social phase transitions out of equilibrium.
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Elsa Moggia
2014-01-01
This work dealt with the computation of the mean activity coefficients of rare-earth halide aqueous solutions at 25°C, by means of the Quasi Random Lattice (QRL) model. The osmotic coefficients were then calculated consistently, through the integration of the Gibbs-Duhem equation. Using of QRL was mainly motivated by its dependence on one parameter, given in the form of an elec-trolyte-dependent concentration, which was also the highest concentration at which the model could be applied. For all the electrolyte solutions here considered, this parameter was experimentally known and ranged from 1.5 to 2.2 mol/kg, at 25 °C. Accordingly, rare-earth halide concentrations from strong dilution up to 2 mol/kg about could be considered without need for best-fit treatment in order to compute their osmotic and mean activity coefficients. The experimental knowledge about the parameter was an advantageous fea-ture of QRL compared to existing literature models. Following a trend already observed with low charge electrolytes, a satisfactory agreement was obtained with the experimental values for all the investigated rare-earth chlorides and bromides. For the sake of com-pactness, in this work the considered rare-earth halides were all belonging to the P63/m space group in their crystalline (anhydrous) form.
Day, Frank C.; Srinivasan, Malathi; Der-Martirosian, Claudia; Griffin, Erin; Hoffman, Jerome R.; Wilkes, Michael S.
2014-01-01
Purpose Few studies have compared the effect of web-based eLearning versus small-group learning on medical student outcomes. Palliative and end-of-life (PEOL) education is ideal for this comparison, given uneven access to PEOL experts and content nationally. Method In 2010, the authors enrolled all third-year medical students at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine into a quasi-randomized controlled trial of web-based interactive education (eDoctoring) compared to small-group education (Doctoring) on PEOL clinical content over two months. All students participated in three 3-hour PEOL sessions with similar content. Outcomes included a 24-item PEOL-specific self-efficacy scale with three domains (diagnosis/treatment [Cronbach’s alpha = 0.92, CI: 0.91–0.93], communication/prognosis [alpha = 0.95; CI: 0.93–0.96], and social impact/self-care [alpha = 0.91; CI: 0.88–0.92]); eight knowledge items; ten curricular advantage/disadvantages, and curricular satisfaction (both students and faculty). Results Students were randomly assigned to web-based eDoctoring (n = 48) or small-group Doctoring (n = 71) curricula. Self-efficacy and knowledge improved equivalently between groups: e.g., prognosis self-efficacy, 19%; knowledge, 10–42%. Student and faculty ratings of the web-based eDoctoring curriculum and the small group Doctoring curriculum were equivalent for most goals, and overall satisfaction was equivalent for each, with a trend towards decreased eDoctoring student satisfaction. Conclusions Findings showed equivalent gains in self-efficacy and knowledge between students participating in a web-based PEOL curriculum, in comparison to students learning similar content in a small-group format. Web-based curricula can standardize content presentation when local teaching expertise is limited, but may lead to decreased user satisfaction. PMID:25539518
Non-equilibrium Phase Transitions: Activated Random Walks at Criticality
Cabezas, M.; Rolla, L. T.; Sidoravicius, V.
2014-06-01
In this paper we present rigorous results on the critical behavior of the Activated Random Walk model. We conjecture that on a general class of graphs, including , and under general initial conditions, the system at the critical point does not reach an absorbing state. We prove this for the case where the sleep rate is infinite. Moreover, for the one-dimensional asymmetric system, we identify the scaling limit of the flow through the origin at criticality. The case remains largely open, with the exception of the one-dimensional totally-asymmetric case, for which it is known that there is no fixation at criticality.
Liao, Meihua; He, Wenqi; Lu, Dajiang; Wu, Jiachen; Peng, Xiang
2017-02-01
The traditional phase-shifting interferometry (PSI)-based cryptosystem is one of the most classical optical cryptosystems. It employs the Mach-Zahnder interferometer to record the intensity distributions to partly overcome the inconvenience while storing the complex-valued ciphertext in some other optical cryptosystems (e.g., double random phase encoding technique). However, it has been proven to be vulnerable to chosen-plaintext attack and known-plaintext attack. In this manuscript, we propose an alternative method to enhance the security strength of the traditional PSI-based cryptosystem. By substituting the fixed random phase mask (RPM) and the phase retarder in the reference arm with four independent and different RPMs (served as secret keys) in four exposures, we can correspondingly capture four intensity-only patterns (regarded as ciphertexts). Theoretical analysis, especially with respect to security characteristics, as well as the numerical simulations are presented to verify the feasibility and reliability of the proposed cryptosystem.
Simulation of heterogeneous two-phase media using random fields and level sets
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George STEFANOU[1,2
2015-01-01
The accurate and efficient simulation of random heterogeneous media is important in the framework of modeling and design of complex materials across multiple length scales. It is usually assumed that the morphology of a random microstructure can be described as a non-Gaussian random field that is completely defined by its multivariate distribution. A particular kind of non-Gaussian random fields with great practical importance is that of translation fields resulting from a simple memory-less transformation of an underlying Gaussian field with known second-order statistics. This paper provides a critical examination of existing random field models of heterogeneous two-phase media with emphasis on level-cut random fields which are a special case of translation fields. The case of random level sets, often used to represent the geometry of physical systems, is also examined. Two numerical examples are provided to illustrate the basic features of the different approaches.
A Randomized Double-Blind Crossover Study of Phase-Shift Sound Therapy for Tinnitus
Heijneman, Karin M.; de Kleine, Emile; van Dijk, Pim
2012-01-01
Objective. The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy of the treatment of tinnitus with a phase-shifting pure tone to that of the same tone treatment without phase shifting. Study Design. A double-blind crossover randomized controlled trial. Setting. This study was conducted at the Univer
Signal analysis and processing for random binary phase coded pulse radar
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孙光民; 刘国岁; 顾红
2004-01-01
The application of the random binary phase coded signal in the CW radar system has been limited by the difficulty to isolate the tranmission and reception signal. In order to make use of the random binary phase coded signal, the random binary phase coded pulse radar (RBPC-PR) system has been studied. First, the average ambiguity function (AAF) of the RBPC-PR signal has been analyzed. Then, a statistical method of reducing the range sidelobe (RSL) is presented. Finally, a signal processing scheme of the RBPC-PR is developed. The simulation results show that by using the scheme, the jamming immunity of the system, the resolution and accuracy of distance and velocity have been improved, and the distance and velocity vagueness caused by periods can also be removed. The RSL can be reduced over 30dB by the statistical average method, thus the probability ambiguity caused by random noise can be avoided.
Image encryption using the Gyrator transform and random phase masks generated by using chaos
Vilardy, Juan M.; Jimenez, Carlos J.; Perez, Ronal
2017-06-01
The Gyrator transform (GT), chaotic random phase masks (CRPMs) and a random permutation of the Jigsaw transform (JT) are utilized to design an images encryption-decryption system. The encryption-decryption system is based on the double random phase encoding (DRPE) in the Gyrator domain (GD), this technique uses two random phase masks (RPMs) to encode the image to encrypt (original image) into a random noise. The RPMs are generated by using chaos, these masks are CRPMs. The parameters of the chaotic function have the control of the generation of the CRPMs. We apply a random permutation to the resulting image of the DRPE technique, with the purpose of obtaining an encrypted image with a higher randomness. In order to successfully retrieve the original image (without errors or noise-free) at the output of the decryption system is necessary to have all the proper keys, which are: the rotation angles of the GTs, the parameters of the chaotic function utilized to generate the two CRPMs and the random permutation of the JT. We check and analyze the validity of the image encryption and decryption systems by means of computing simulations.
Bias phase and light power dependence of the random walk coefficient of fiber optic gyroscope
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Jian Mi; Chunxi Zhang; Zheng Li; Zhanjun Wu
2006-01-01
@@ Taking account of shot noise, thermal noise, dark current noise, and intensity noise that come from broad band light source, the dependence of the random walk coefficient of fiber optic gyroscope (FOG) on bias phase and light power is studied theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that with different optical and electronic parameters, the optimal bias phase is different and should be adjusted accordingly to improve the FOG precision. By choosing appropriate bias phase, the random walk coefficient of the aim FOG is reduced from 0.0026 to 0.0019 deg./h1/2.
Xi, Sixing; Wang, Xiaolei; Song, Lipei; Zhu, Zhuqing; Zhu, Bowen; Huang, Shuai; Yu, Nana; Wang, Huaying
2017-04-03
Optical image encryption, especially double-random-phase-based, is of great interest in information security. In this work, we experimentally demonstrate the security and feasibility of optical image encryption with asymmetric double random phase and computer-generated hologram (CGH) by using spatial light modulator. First of all, the encrypted image modulated by asymmetric double random phase is numerically encoded into real-value CGH. Then, the encoded real-value CGH is loaded on the spatial light modulator and optically decrypted in self-designed experimental system. Experimental decryption results are in agreement with numerical calculations under the prober/mistaken phase keys condition. This optical decryption technology opens a window of optical encryption practical application and shows great potential for digital multimedia product copyright protection and holographic false trademark.
Quasi-steady-state model of a counter flow air-to-air heat exchanger with phase change
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Rose, Jørgen; Nielsen, Toke Rammer; Kragh, Jesper;
2008-01-01
into account the effects of condensation and frost formation. The model is developed as an Excel spreadsheet, and specific results are compared with laboratory measurements. As an example, the model is used to determine the most energy-efficient control strategy for a specific heat-exchanger under northern......Using mechanical ventilation with highly efficient heat-recovery in northern European or arctic climates is a very efficient way of reducing the energy use for heating in buildings. However, it also presents a series of problems concerning condensation and frost formation in the heat......-exchanger. Developing highly efficient heat-exchangers and strategies to avoid/remove frost formation implies the use of detailed models to predict and evaluate different heat-exchanger designs and strategies. This paper presents a quasi-steady-state model of a counter-flow air-to-air heat-exchanger that takes...
Rufo, Sabrina; Mendonça, Griffith; Plascak, J A; de Sousa, J Ricardo
2013-09-01
The ground-state properties of the quasi-one-dimensional spin-1/2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg model is investigated by using a variational method. Spins on chains along the x direction are antiferromagnetically coupled with exchange J>0, while spins between chains in the y direction are coupled either ferromagnetically (J' 0). The staggered and the colinear antiferromagnetic magnetizations are computed and their dependence on the anisotropy parameter λ=|J'|/J is analyzed. It is found that an infinitesimal interchain coupling parameter is sufficient to stabilize a long-range order with either a staggered magnetization m_{s} (J' > 0) or a colinear antiferromagnetic magnetization m_{caf} (J' < 0), both behaving as ≃λ¹/² for λ → 0.
Bhat, Gopalakrishna K.
1994-10-01
A fringe analysis technique, which makes use of the spatial filtering property of the Fourier transform method, for the elimination of random impulsive noise in the wrapped phase maps obtained using the phase stepping technique, is presented. Phase noise is converted into intensity noise by transforming the wrapped phase map into a continuous fringe pattern inside the digital image processor. Fourier transform method is employed to filter out the intensity noise and recover the clean wrapped phase map. Computer generated carrier fringes are used to preserve the sign information. This technique makes the two dimensional phase unwrapping process less involved, because it eliminates the local phase fluctuations, which act as pseudo 2π discontinuities. The technique is applied for the elimination of noise in a phase map obtained using electro-optic holography.
Masking property of quantum random cipher with phase mask encryption
Sohma, Masaki; Hirota, Osamu
2014-10-01
The security analysis of physical encryption protocol based on coherent pulse position modulation (CPPM) originated by Yuen is one of the most interesting topics in the study of cryptosystem with a security level beyond the Shannon limit. Although the implementation of CPPM scheme has certain difficulty, several methods have been proposed recently. This paper deals with the CPPM encryption in terms of symplectic transformation, which includes a phase mask encryption as a special example, and formulates a unified security analysis for such encryption schemes. Specifically, we give a lower bound of Eve's symbol error probability using reliability function theory to ensure that our proposed system exceeds the Shannon limit. Then we assume the secret key is given to Eve after her heterodyne measurement. Since this assumption means that Eve has a great advantage in the sense of the conventional cryptography, the lower bound of her error indeed ensures the security level beyond the Shannon limit. In addition, we show some numerical examples of the security performance.
Liu, Baoshun; Zhao, Xiujian; Yu, Jiaguo; Fujishima, Akira; Nakata, Kazuya
2016-11-23
In the photocatalysis of porous nano-crystalline materials, the transfer of electrons to O2 plays an important role, which includes the electron transport to photocatalytic active centers and successive interfacial transfer to O2. The slowest of them will determine the overall speed of electron transfer in the photocatalysis reaction. Considering the photocatalysis of porous nano-crystalline TiO2 as an example, although some experimental results have shown that the electron kinetics are limited by the interfacial transfer, we still lack the depth of understanding the microscopic mechanism from a theoretical viewpoint. In the present research, a stochastic quasi-equilibrium (QE) theoretical model and a stochastic random walking (RW) model were established to discuss the electron transport and electron interfacial transfer by taking the electron multi-trapping transport and electron interfacial transfer from the photocatalytic active centers to O2 into consideration. By carefully investigating the effect of the electron Fermi level (EF) and the photocatalytic center number on electron transport, we showed that the time taken for an electron to transport to a photocatalytic center predicated by the stochastic RW model was much lower than that predicted by the stochastic QE model, indicating that the electrons cannot reach a QE state during their transport to photocatalytic centers. The stochastic QE model predicted that the electron kinetics of a real photocatalysis for porous nano-crystalline TiO2 should be limited by electron transport, whereas the stochastic RW model showed that the electron kinetics of a real photocatalysis can be limited by the interfacial transfer. Our simulation results show that the stochastic RW model was more in line with the real electron kinetics that have been observed in experiments, therefore it is concluded that the photoinduced electrons cannot reach a QE state before transferring to O2.
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Afzal, Muhammad U., E-mail: muhammad.afzal@mq.edu.au; Esselle, Karu P. [Department of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109 (Australia)
2015-06-07
This paper presents a quasi-analytical technique to design a continuous, all-dielectric phase correcting structures (PCSs) for circularly polarized Fabry-Perot resonator antennas (FPRAs). The PCS has been realized by varying the thickness of a rotationally symmetric dielectric block placed above the antenna. A global analytical expression is derived for the PCS thickness profile, which is required to achieve nearly uniform phase distribution at the output of the PCS, despite the non-uniform phase distribution at its input. An alternative piecewise technique based on spline interpolation is also explored to design a PCS. It is shown from both far- and near-field results that a PCS tremendously improves the radiation performance of the FPRA. These improvements include an increase in peak directivity from 22 to 120 (from 13.4 dBic to 20.8 dBic) and a decrease of 3 dB beamwidth from 41.5° to 15°. The phase-corrected antenna also has a good directivity bandwidth of 1.3 GHz, which is 11% of the center frequency.
Murata, K.; Kang, W.; Masuda, K.; Fukumoto, Y.; Graf, D.; Kiswandhi, A.; Choi, E. S.; Brooks, J. S.; Sasaki, T.; Yokogawa, K.; Yoshino, H.; Kato, R.
2013-03-01
HMTSF-TCNQ is a quasi-one-dimensional organic conductor which undergoes CDW(charge density wave) transition at 30 K at ambient pressure, where HMTSF-TCNQ is hexamethylenetetraselena fulvalene-tetracyano quino dimethane. This CDW is suppressed by the pressure of 1 GPa. At this pressure, we found field-induced successive hysteretic transitions in magnetoresistance. This reminds us of the successive field-induced SDW (spin density wave) phases in TMTSF2X salts. However, the field range of interest is 2-3 times higher than that of TMTSF2X salts. Therefore, we need really high field to examine these properties. It is very likely that the field induced phases are of field induced CDW (FICDW), where quantum Hall effect and many interesting phenomena are expected like in the case of FISDW. Together with the magnetoresistance study up to the field of 31 Tesla and at temperatures down to 0.4 K in various magnetic field angles respective to the crystal axes, we examined the angular dependence of magnetoresistance oscillations(AMRO). It turned out that AMRO demonstrates clearly the occurrence of field-induced phase rather than the magneto-resistance by field sweep. Since the Hall resistance, R xy in the field-induced phases showed stepwise plateau structure against the field sweep, and its strength was in the order of magnitude of h/ e 2 per molecular sheet, the Hall effect is very suggestive of quantum Hall effect.
Phase microscopy of technical and biological samples through random phase modulation with a difuser
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Almoro, Percival; Pedrini, Giancarlo; Gundu, Phanindra Narayan
2010-01-01
A technique for phase microscopy using a phase diffuser and a reconstruction algorithm is proposed. A magnified specimen wavefront is projected on the diffuser plane that modulates the wavefront into a speckle field. The speckle patterns at axially displaced planes are sampled and used...... in an iterative phase retrieval algorithm based on a wave-propagation equation. The technique offers a whole-field and high-resolution wavefront reconstruction of unstained microstructures. Phase maps of photoresist targets and human cheek cells are obtained to demonstrate the effectiveness of our method. (C......) 2010 Optical Society of America...
Torregrosa, Adrián J; Maestre, Haroldo; Capmany, Juan
2013-11-18
The availability of reconfigurable all-optical wavelength converters for an efficient and flexible use of optical resources in WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) networks is still lacking at present. We propose and report preliminary results on a versatile active technique for multiple and tunable wavelength conversions in the 1500-1700 nm spectral region. The technique is based on combining broadband quasi-phase matched intra-cavity parametric single-pass difference-frequency generation close to degeneracy in a diode-pumped tunable laser. A periodically poled stoichiometric lithium tantalate crystal is used as the nonlinear medium, with a parametric pump wave generated in a continuous-wave self-injection locked Cr3+:LiCAF tunable laser operating at around 800 nm.
Mayer, Benedikt W; Gallmann, Lukas; Keller, Ursula
2014-01-01
We report a hybrid OPCPA system with the capability of generating broadband mid-infrared idler pulses from a non-collinear quasi-phase-matched power amplifier on the basis of periodically poled MgO:LiNbO3. It is seeded by the idler generated from a two-stage collinear pre-amplifier based on aperiodically poled MgO:LiNbO3. The amplification and pulse compression scheme we use does not require any angular dispersion to be introduced or compensated for on either the seed or the generated idler pulses. The mid-IR idler output has a bandwidth of 800 nm centered at 3.4 $\\mu$m. After compression, we obtain a pulse duration of 43.1 fs (FWHM; 41.4-fs transform limit) and a pulse energy of 17.2 $\\mu$J at a repetition rate of 50 kHz.
Taniguchi, Kouji; Narushima, Keisuke; Yamagishi, Kayo; Shito, Nanami; Kosaka, Wataru; Miyasaka, Hitoshi
2017-06-01
Electrical magnetism control is realized in a Li-ion battery system through a redox reaction involving ion migrations; “magneto-ionic control”. A quasi-layered metal-organic framework compound with a cross-linked π-conjugated/unconjugated one-dimensional chain motifs composed of electron-donor/acceptor units is developed as the cathode material. A change in magnetic phase from paramagnetic to ferrimagnetic is demonstrated by means of electron-filling control for the acceptor units via insertion of Li+-ions into pores in the material. The transition temperature is as high as that expected for highly π-conjugated layered systems, indicating an extension of π-conjugated exchange paths by rearranging coordination bonds in the first discharge process.
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Tang, Yi; Zhu, Dexuan; Jin, Chi
2015-01-01
voltage will be fairly constant. The dynamic response of this regulation loop is also very fast and the system is therefore insensitive to external disturbances. Both simulation and experimental results are presented to show the effectiveness of this converter as well as its efficiency improvement against......This paper presents a three-level quasi-two-stage single-phase power factor correction (PFC) converter that has flexible output voltage and improved conversion efficiency. The proposed PFC converter features sinusoidal input current, three-level output characteristic, and a wide range of output dc...... voltages, and it will be very suitable for high-power applications where the output voltage can be either lower or higher than the peak ac input voltage, e.g., plug-in hybrid electric vehicle charging systems. Moreover, the involved dc/dc buck conversion stage may only need to process partial input power...
Destruction of first-order phase transition in a random-field Ising model
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Crokidakis, Nuno; Nobre, Fernando D [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rua Xavier Sigaud 150, 22290-180, Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Brazil)], E-mail: nuno@if.uff.br, E-mail: fdnobre@cbpf.br
2008-04-09
The phase transitions that occur in an infinite-range-interaction Ising ferromagnet in the presence of a double Gaussian random magnetic field are analyzed. Such random fields are defined as a superposition of two Gaussian distributions, presenting the same width {sigma}. It is argued that this distribution is more appropriate for a theoretical description of real systems than other simpler cases, i.e. the bimodal ({sigma} = 0) and single Gaussian distributions. It is shown that a low-temperature first-order phase transition may be destroyed for increasing values of {sigma}, similarly to what happens in the compound Fe{sub x}Mg{sub 1-x}Cl{sub 2}, whose finite-temperature first-order phase transition is presumably destroyed by an increase in the field randomness.
Phase microscopy of technical and biological samples through random phase modulation with a difuser
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Almoro, Percival; Pedrini, Giancarlo; Gundu, Phanindra Narayan
2010-01-01
A technique for phase microscopy using a phase diffuser and a reconstruction algorithm is proposed. A magnified specimen wavefront is projected on the diffuser plane that modulates the wavefront into a speckle field. The speckle patterns at axially displaced planes are sampled and used in an iter...
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Li, W. C.; Song, X.; Feng, J. J.; Zeng, M.; Gao, X. S.; Qin, M. H., E-mail: qinmh@scnu.edu.cn [Institute for Advanced Materials and Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Quantum Engineering and Quantum Materials, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Jia, X. T. [School of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China)
2015-07-07
In this work, the effects of the random exchange interaction on the phase transitions and phase diagrams of classical frustrated Heisenberg model are investigated by Monte Carlo simulation in order to simulate the chemical doping effect in real materials. It is observed that the antiferromagnetic transitions shift toward low temperature with the increasing magnitude of the random exchange interaction, which can be qualitatively understood from the competitions among local spin states. This study is related to the magnetic properties in the doped iron-based superconductors.
Asymptotic key generation rates with phase-randomized coherent light by decoy method
Hayashi, M
2007-01-01
The asymptotic key generation (AKG) rates of quantum key distribution (QKD) with the decoy method are discussed in both the forward error correction and the reverse error correction cases when the QKD system is equipped with phase-randomized coherent light with arbitrary number of intensities. For this purpose, we derive a useful convex expansion of the phase-randomized coherent state. We also derive upper bounds of AKG rates on a natural and concrete channel model. Using these upper bounds, we numerically check that the AKG rates are almost saturated when the number of intensities is three.
Phase Diagram and Tricritical Behavior of a Spin-2 Transverse Ising Model in a Random Field
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LIANG Ya-Qiu; WEI Guo-Zhu; SONG Li-Li; SONG Guo-Li; ZANG Shu-Liang
2004-01-01
The phase diagrams of a spin-2 transverse Ising model with a random field on honeycomb, square, and simple-cubic lattices, respectively, are investigated within the framework of an effective-field theory with correlations.We find the behavior of the tricritical point and the reentrant phenomenon for the system with any coordination number z, when the applied random field is bimodal. The behavior of the tricritical point is also examined as a function of applied transverse field. The reentrant phenomenon comes from the competition between the transverse field and the random field.
de Avellar, Marcio G B; Altamirano, Diego; Sanna, Andrea; Zhang, Guobao
2016-01-01
While there are many dynamical mechanisms and models that try to explain the origin and phenomenology of the quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) seen in the X-ray light curves of low-mass X-ray binaries, few of them address how the radiative processes occurring in these extreme environments give rise to the rich set of variability features actually observed in these light curves. A step towards this end comes from the study of the energy and frequency dependence of the phase lags of these QPOs. Here we used a methodology that allowed us to study, for the first time, the dependence of the phase lags of all QPOs in the range of 1 Hz to 1300 Hz detected in the low-mass X-ray binary 4U 1636-53 upon energy and frequency as the source changes its states as it moves through the colour-colour diagram. Our results suggest that within the context of models of up-scattering Comptonization, the phase lags dependencies upon frequency and energy can be used to extract size scales and physical conditions of the medium that p...
Eijnden, Jakob van den; Uttley, Phil
2016-01-01
We present a model-independent analysis of the short-timescale energy dependence of low frequency quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) in the X-ray flux of GRS 1915+105. The QPO frequency in this source has previously been observed to depend on photon energy, with the frequency increasing with energy for observations with a high ($\\gtrsim 2$ Hz) QPO frequency, and decreasing with energy for observations with a low ($\\lesssim 2$ Hz) QPO frequency. As this observed energy dependence is currently unexplained, we investigate if it is intrinsic to the QPO mechanism by tracking phase lags on (sub)second timescales. We find that the phase lag between two broad energy bands systematically increases for $5$ - $10$ QPO cycles, after which the QPO becomes decoherent, the phase lag resets and the pattern repeats. This shows that the band with the higher QPO frequency is running away from the other band on short timescales, providing strong evidence that the energy dependence of the QPO frequency is intrinsic. We also find ...
Phase Diagrams and Tricritical Behaviour of the Spin-2 Ising Model in a Longitudinal Random Field
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LIANG Ya-Qiu; WEI Guo-Zhu; ZHANG Qi; SONG Guo-Li
2004-01-01
@@ Within the framework of the effective-field theory with correlations, we study the ferromagnetic spin-2 randomfield Ising model (RFIM) in the presence of a crystal field on honeycomb (z = 3), square (z = 4) and simple cubic (z = 6) lattices. The effects of the crystal field and the longitudinal random field on the phase diagrams are investigated. Some characteristic features of the phase diagrams, such as the tricritical phenomena, reentrant phenomena and existence of two tricritical points, are found.
Security enhancement of double-random phase encryption by iterative algorithm
Qian, Sheng-Xia; Li, Yongnan; Kong, Ling-Jun; Li, Si-Min; Ren, Zhi-Cheng; Tu, Chenghou; Wang, Hui-Tian
2014-08-01
We propose an approach to enhance the security of optical encryption based on double-random phase encryption in a 4f system. The phase key in the input plane of the 4f system is generated by the Yang-Gu algorithm to control the phase of the encrypted information in the output plane of the 4f system, until the phase in the output plane converges to a predesigned distribution. Only the amplitude of the encrypted information must be recorded as a ciphertext. The information, which needs to be transmitted, is greatly reduced. We can decrypt the ciphertext with the aid of the predesigned phase distribution and the phase key in the Fourier plane. Our approach can resist various attacks.
Single-random phase encoding architecture using a focus tunable lens
Mosso, E. F.; Bolognini, N.; Pérez, D. G.
2016-02-01
We propose a new nonlinear optical architecture based on a focus tunable lens and an iterative phase retrieval algorithm. It constitutes a compact encryption system that uses a single-random phase key to simultaneously encrypt (decrypt) amplitude and phase data. Summarily, the information encoded in a transmittance object (phase and amplitude) is randomly modulated by a diffuser when a laser beam illuminates it; once the beam reaches a focus tunable lens, different subjective speckle distributions are registered at some image plane as the focal length is tuned to different values. This set of speckle patterns constitutes a delocalized ciphertext, which is used in an iterative phase retrieval algorithm to reconstruct a complex ciphertext. The original data are decrypted propagating this ciphertext through a virtual optical system. In this system, amplitude data are straightforwardly decrypted while phase data can only be restored if the random modulation produced in the encryption process is compensated. Thus, an encryption-decryption process and authentication protocol can simultaneously be performed. We validate the feasibility of our proposal with simulated and experimental results.
The generation of 68 Gbps quantum random number by measuring laser phase fluctuations
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Nie, You-Qi; Liu, Yang; Zhang, Jun, E-mail: zhangjun@ustc.edu.cn; Pan, Jian-Wei [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale and Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); CAS Center for Excellence and Synergetic Innovation Center in Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Huang, Leilei; Payne, Frank [Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PJ (United Kingdom)
2015-06-15
The speed of a quantum random number generator is essential for practical applications, such as high-speed quantum key distribution systems. Here, we push the speed of a quantum random number generator to 68 Gbps by operating a laser around its threshold level. To achieve the rate, not only high-speed photodetector and high sampling rate are needed but also a very stable interferometer is required. A practical interferometer with active feedback instead of common temperature control is developed to meet the requirement of stability. Phase fluctuations of the laser are measured by the interferometer with a photodetector and then digitalized to raw random numbers with a rate of 80 Gbps. The min-entropy of the raw data is evaluated by modeling the system and is used to quantify the quantum randomness of the raw data. The bias of the raw data caused by other signals, such as classical and detection noises, can be removed by Toeplitz-matrix hashing randomness extraction. The final random numbers can pass through the standard randomness tests. Our demonstration shows that high-speed quantum random number generators are ready for practical usage.
The generation of 68 Gbps quantum random number by measuring laser phase fluctuations
Nie, You-Qi; Huang, Leilei; Liu, Yang; Payne, Frank; Zhang, Jun; Pan, Jian-Wei
2015-06-01
The speed of a quantum random number generator is essential for practical applications, such as high-speed quantum key distribution systems. Here, we push the speed of a quantum random number generator to 68 Gbps by operating a laser around its threshold level. To achieve the rate, not only high-speed photodetector and high sampling rate are needed but also a very stable interferometer is required. A practical interferometer with active feedback instead of common temperature control is developed to meet the requirement of stability. Phase fluctuations of the laser are measured by the interferometer with a photodetector and then digitalized to raw random numbers with a rate of 80 Gbps. The min-entropy of the raw data is evaluated by modeling the system and is used to quantify the quantum randomness of the raw data. The bias of the raw data caused by other signals, such as classical and detection noises, can be removed by Toeplitz-matrix hashing randomness extraction. The final random numbers can pass through the standard randomness tests. Our demonstration shows that high-speed quantum random number generators are ready for practical usage.
Reichhardt, C.; Olson Reichhardt, C. J.
2017-02-01
We review the depinning and nonequilibrium phases of collectively interacting particle systems driven over random or periodic substrates. This type of system is relevant to vortices in type-II superconductors, sliding charge density waves, electron crystals, colloids, stripe and pattern forming systems, and skyrmions, and could also have connections to jamming, glassy behaviors, and active matter. These systems are also ideal for exploring the broader issues of characterizing transient and steady state nonequilibrium flow phases as well as nonequilibrium phase transitions between distinct dynamical phases, analogous to phase transitions between different equilibrium states. We discuss the differences between elastic and plastic depinning on random substrates and the different types of nonequilibrium phases which are associated with specific features in the velocity-force curves, fluctuation spectra, scaling relations, and local or global particle ordering. We describe how these quantities can change depending on the dimension, anisotropy, disorder strength, and the presence of hysteresis. Within the moving phase we discuss how there can be a transition from a liquid-like state to dynamically ordered moving crystal, smectic, or nematic states. Systems with periodic or quasiperiodic substrates can have multiple nonequilibrium second or first order transitions in the moving state between chaotic and coherent phases, and can exhibit hysteresis. We also discuss systems with competing repulsive and attractive interactions, which undergo dynamical transitions into stripes and other complex morphologies when driven over random substrates. Throughout this work we highlight open issues and future directions such as absorbing phase transitions, nonequilibrium work relations, inertia, the role of non-dissipative dynamics such as Magnus effects, and how these results could be extended to the broader issues of plasticity in crystals, amorphous solids, and jamming phenomena.
Phase Transitions for the Cavity Approach to the Clique Problem on Random Graphs
Gaudillière, Alexandre; Scoppola, Benedetto; Scoppola, Elisabetta; Viale, Massimiliano
2011-12-01
We give a rigorous proof of two phase transitions for a disordered statistical mechanics system used to define an algorithm to find large cliques inside Erdös random graphs. Such a system is a conservative probabilistic cellular automaton inspired by the cavity method originally introduced in spin glass theory.
Modulated amplitude waves with non-trivial phase in quasi-1D inhomogeneous Bose–Einstein condensates
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Torres, Pedro J., E-mail: ptorres@ugr.es
2014-10-03
We consider a 1D nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) which describes the mean field dynamics of an elongated Bose–Einstein condensate and prove the existence of modulated amplitude waves with non-trivial phase and minimal spatial period tending to infinite. The proof combines the theory of local continuation of non-degenerate periodic solutions with a property of the Ermakov–Pinney equation. - Highlights: • A rigorous proof of the existence of rotating MAWs in an inhomogeneous BEC. • No condition on the sign or the magnitude of the trap or the scattering length. • Non-trivial phase leads to a singular ODE for the amplitude. • The proof combines a local continuation theorem and properties of rotation numbers.
3D Multisource Full‐Waveform Inversion using Dynamic Random Phase Encoding
Boonyasiriwat, Chaiwoot
2010-10-17
We have developed a multisource full‐waveform inversion algorithm using a dynamic phase encoding strategy with dual‐randomization—both the position and polarity of simultaneous sources are randomized and changed every iteration. The dynamic dual‐randomization is used to promote the destructive interference of crosstalk noise resulting from blending a large number of common shot gathers into a supergather. We compare our multisource algorithm with various algorithms in a numerical experiment using the 3D SEG/EAGE overthrust model and show that our algorithm provides a higher‐quality velocity tomogram than the other methods that use only monorandomization. This suggests that increasing the degree of randomness in phase encoding should improve the quality of the inversion result.
Fractional Fourier transform-based optical encryption with treble random phase-encoding
Xin, Yi; Tao, Ran; Wang, Yue
2008-03-01
We propose a new architecture of optical encryption technique using the fractional Fourier transform with three statistically independent random phase masks. Compared with the existing double-phase encoding method in the fractional Fourier-domain, the proposed extra phase mask in the last fractional Fourier domain makes the architecture symmetrical, and additive processing to the encrypted image can be turned into complex stationary white noise after decryption, and enlarge the key space without any degradation of its robustness to blind decryption. This property can be utilized to improve the quality of the recover image. Simulation results have verified the validity.
N'Diaye, M.; Vigan, A.; Dohlen, K.; Sauvage, J.-F.; Caillat, A.; Costille, A.; Girard, J. H. V.; Beuzit, J.-L.; Fusco, T.; Blanchard, P.; Le Merrer, J.; Le Mignant, D.; Madec, F.; Moreaux, G.; Mouillet, D.; Puget, P.; Zins, G.
2016-08-01
Warm or massive gas giant planets, brown dwarfs, and debris disks around nearby stars are now routinely observed by dedicated high-contrast imaging instruments that are mounted on large, ground-based observatories. These facilities include extreme adaptive optics (ExAO) and state-of-the-art coronagraphy to achieve unprecedented sensitivities for exoplanet detection and their spectral characterization. However, low spatial frequency differential aberrations between the ExAO sensing path and the science path represent critical limitations for the detection of giant planets with a contrast lower than a few 10-6 at very small separations (measure these quasi-static aberrations at a nanometric level. We present the design, manufacturing, and testing of ZELDA, a prototype that was installed on VLT/SPHERE during its reintegration in Chile. Using the internal light source of the instrument, we first performed measurements in the presence of Zernike or Fourier modes introduced with the deformable mirror. Our experimental results are consistent with the results in simulations, confirming the ability of our sensor to measure small aberrations (measurements and estimated a contrast gain of 10 in the coronagraphic image at 0.2'', reaching the raw contrast limit set by the coronagraph in the instrument. In addition to this encouraging result, the simplicity of the design and its phase reconstruction algorithm makes ZELDA an excellent candidate for the online measurements of quasi-static aberrations during the observations. The implementation of a ZELDA-based sensing path on the current and future facilities (ELTs, future space missions) could facilitate the observation of cold gaseous or massive rocky planets around nearby stars.
Magnetic phases of the quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnet CuCrO2 on a triangular lattice
Sakhratov, Yu. A.; Svistov, L. E.; Kuhns, P. L.; Zhou, H. D.; Reyes, A. P.
2016-09-01
We have carried out Cu,6563 NMR spectra measurements in a magnetic field up to about 45 T on a single crystal of a multiferroic triangular antiferromagnet CuCrO2. The measurements were performed for magnetic fields aligned along the crystal c axis. Field and temperature evolution of the spectral shape demonstrates a number of phase transitions. It was found that the 3D magnetic ordering takes place in the low field range (H ≲15 T). At higher fields magnetic structures form within individual triangular planes whereas the spin directions of the magnetic ions from neighboring planes are not correlated. It is established that the 2D-3D transition is hysteretic in field and temperature. Line-shape analysis reveals several possible magnetic structures existing within individual planes for different phases of CuCrO2. Within certain regions on the magnetic H -T phase diagram of CuCrO2 a 3D magnetic ordering with tensor order parameter is expected.
de Avellar, Marcio G. B.
2017-06-01
The majority of attempts to explain the origin and phenomenology of the quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) detected in low-mass X-ray binaries invoke dynamical models, and it was just in recent years that renewed attention has been given on how radiative processes occurring in these extreme environments gives rise to the variability features observed in the X-ray light curves of these systems. The study of the dependence of the phase lags upon the energy and frequency of the QPOs is a step towards this end. The methodology we developed here allowed us to study for the first time these dependencies for all QPOs detected in the range of 1 to 1300 Hz in the low-mass X-ray binary 4U 1636-53 as the source changes its state during its cycle in the colour-colour diagram. Our results suggest that within the context of models of up-scattering Comptonization, the phase lags dependencies upon frequency and energy can be used to extract size scales and physical conditions of the medium that produces the lags.
Hacking on decoy-state quantum key distribution system with partial phase randomization
Sun, Shi-Hai; Jiang, Mu-Sheng; Ma, Xiang-Chun; Li, Chun-Yan; Liang, Lin-Mei
2014-04-01
Quantum key distribution (QKD) provides means for unconditional secure key transmission between two distant parties. However, in practical implementations, it suffers from quantum hacking due to device imperfections. Here we propose a hybrid measurement attack, with only linear optics, homodyne detection, and single photon detection, to the widely used vacuum + weak decoy state QKD system when the phase of source is partially randomized. Our analysis shows that, in some parameter regimes, the proposed attack would result in an entanglement breaking channel but still be able to trick the legitimate users to believe they have transmitted secure keys. That is, the eavesdropper is able to steal all the key information without discovered by the users. Thus, our proposal reveals that partial phase randomization is not sufficient to guarantee the security of phase-encoding QKD systems with weak coherent states.
Choice of optical system is critical for the security of double random phase encryption systems
Muniraj, Inbarasan; Guo, Changliang; Malallah, Ra'ed; Cassidy, Derek; Zhao, Liang; Ryle, James P.; Healy, John J.; Sheridan, John T.
2017-06-01
The linear canonical transform (LCT) is used in modeling a coherent light-field propagation through first-order optical systems. Recently, a generic optical system, known as the quadratic phase encoding system (QPES), for encrypting a two-dimensional image has been reported. In such systems, two random phase keys and the individual LCT parameters (α,β,γ) serve as secret keys of the cryptosystem. It is important that such encryption systems also satisfy some dynamic security properties. We, therefore, examine such systems using two cryptographic evaluation methods, the avalanche effect and bit independence criterion, which indicate the degree of security of the cryptographic algorithms using QPES. We compared our simulation results with the conventional Fourier and the Fresnel transform-based double random phase encryption (DRPE) systems. The results show that the LCT-based DRPE has an excellent avalanche and bit independence characteristics compared to the conventional Fourier and Fresnel-based encryption systems.
Güven, Can; Hinczewski, Michael; Berker, A. Nihat
2011-03-01
The tensor renormalization-group method, developed by Levin and Nave, brings systematic improvability to the position-space renormalization-group method and yields essentially exact results for phase diagrams and entire thermodynamic functions. The method, previously used on systems with no quenched randomness, is extended in this study to systems with quenched randomness. Local magnetizations and correlation functions as a function of spin separation are calculated as tensor products subject to renormalization-group transformation. Phase diagrams are extracted from the long-distance behavior of the correlation functions. The approach is illustrated with the quenched bond-diluted Ising model on the triangular lattice. An accurate phase diagram is obtained in temperature and bond-dilution probability for the entire temperature range down to the percolation threshold at zero temperature. This research was supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK), and the Academy of Sciences of Turkey.
Güven, Can; Hinczewski, Michael; Berker, A Nihat
2010-11-01
The tensor renormalization-group method, developed by Levin and Nave, brings systematic improvability to the position-space renormalization-group method and yields essentially exact results for phase diagrams and entire thermodynamic functions. The method, previously used on systems with no quenched randomness, is extended in this study to systems with quenched randomness. Local magnetizations and correlation functions as a function of spin separation are calculated as tensor products subject to renormalization-group transformation. Phase diagrams are extracted from the long-distance behavior of the correlation functions. The approach is illustrated with the quenched bond-diluted Ising model on the triangular lattice. An accurate phase diagram is obtained in temperature and bond-dilution probability for the entire temperature range down to the percolation threshold at zero temperature.
An ultrafast quantum random number generator based on quantum phase fluctuations
Xu, Feihu; Ma, Xiongfeng; Xu, He; Zheng, Haoxuan; Lo, Hoi-Kwong
2012-01-01
A quantum random number generator (QRNG) can generate true randomness by exploiting the fundamental indeterminism of quantum mechanics. Most approaches to QRNG employ single-photon detection technologies and are limited in speed. Here, we propose and experimentally demonstrate an ultrafast QRNG at a rate over 6 Gb/s based on the quantum phase fluctuations of a laser operating near threshold. Moreover, we consider a potential adversary who has partial knowledge on the raw data and discuss how one can rigorously remove such partial knowledge with post-processing. We quantify the quantum randomness through min-entropy by modeling our system, and employ two extractors, Trevisan's extractor and Toeplitz-hashing, to distill the randomness, which is information-theoretically provable. The simplicity and high-speed of our experimental setup show the feasibility of a robust, low-cost, high-speed QRNG.
Ohtsuki, Tomi; Ohtsuki, Tomoki
2017-04-01
Three-dimensional random electron systems undergo quantum phase transitions and show rich phase diagrams. Examples of the phases are the band gap insulator, Anderson insulator, strong and weak topological insulators, Weyl semimetal, and diffusive metal. As in the previous paper on two-dimensional quantum phase transitions [J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 85, 123706 (2016)], we use an image recognition algorithm based on a multilayered convolutional neural network to identify which phase the eigenfunction belongs to. The Anderson model for localization-delocalization transition, the Wilson-Dirac model for topological insulators, and the layered Chern insulator model for Weyl semimetal are studied. The situation where the standard transfer matrix approach is not applicable is also treated by this method.
Numerical Simulation for Two-Phase Water Hammer Flows in Pipe by Quasi-Two-Dimensional Model
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Tae Uk Jang; Yuebin Wu; Ying Xu; Qiang Sun
2016-01-01
The features of a quasi⁃two⁃dimensional ( quasi⁃2D) model for simulating two⁃phase water hammer flows with vaporous cavity in a pipe are investigated. The quasi⁃2D model with discrete vaporous cavity in the pipe is proposed in this paper. This model uses the quasi⁃2D model for pure liquid zone and one⁃dimensional ( 1D ) discrete vapor cavity model for vaporous cavity zone. The quasi⁃2D model solves two⁃dimensional equations for both axial and radial velocities and 1D equations for both pressure head and discharge by the method of characteristics. The 1D discrete vapor cavity model is used to simulate the vaporous cavity occurred when the pressure in the local pipe is lower than the vapor pressure of the liquid. The proposed model is used to simulate two⁃phase water flows caused by the rapid downstream valve closure in a reservoir⁃pipe⁃valve system. The results obtained by the proposed model are compared with those by the corresponding 1D model and the experimental ones provided by the literature, respectively. The comparison shows that the maximum pressure heads simulated by the proposed model are more accurate than those by the corresponding 1D model.
2016-05-23
total energy, spin angular momentum and linear momentum of the photons participating in the process are conserved. Here we propose a new perspective on...different from the case of line- arly polarized lasers [47, 48]. In HHG driven by bi-chromatic linearly polarized light, the relative phase between the...function of the relative phase between the two colors of a co-linearly polarized bi-chromatic driving laser focused into a gas jet (see apparatus in [46
Kfir, Ofer; Grychtol, Patrik; Turgut, Emrah; Knut, Ronny; Zusin, Dmitriy; Fleischer, Avner; Bordo, Eliyahu; Fan, Tingting; Popmintchev, Dimitar; Popmintchev, Tenio; Kapteyn, Henry; Murnane, Margaret; Cohen, Oren
2016-06-01
Phase matching of circularly polarized high-order harmonics driven by counter-rotating bi-chromatic lasers was recently predicted theoretically and demonstrated experimentally. In that work, phase matching was analyzed by assuming that the total energy, spin angular momentum and linear momentum of the photons participating in the process are conserved. Here we propose a new perspective on phase matching of circularly polarized high harmonics. We derive an extended phase matching condition by requiring a new propagation matching condition between the classical vectorial bi-chromatic laser pump and harmonics fields. This allows us to include the influence of the laser pulse envelopes on phase matching. We find that the helicity dependent phase matching facilitates generation of high harmonics beams with a high degree of chirality. Indeed, we present an experimentally measured chiral spectrum that can support a train of attosecond pulses with a high degree of circular polarization. Moreover, while the degree of circularity of the most intense pulse approaches unity, all other pulses exhibit reduced circularity. This feature suggests the possibility of using a train of attosecond pulses as an isolated attosecond probe for chiral-sensitive experiments.
A phase 3 randomized trial comparing inolimomab vs usual care in steroid-resistant acute GVHD.
Socié, Gérard; Vigouroux, Stéphane; Yakoub-Agha, Ibrahim; Bay, Jacques-Olivier; Fürst, Sabine; Bilger, Karin; Suarez, Felipe; Michallet, Mauricette; Bron, Dominique; Gard, Philippe; Medeghri, Zakaria; Lehert, Philippe; Lai, Chinglin; Corn, Tim; Vernant, Jean-Paul
2017-02-02
Treatment of steroid-resistant acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains an unmet clinical need. Inolimomab, a monoclonal antibody to CD25, has shown encouraging results in phase 2 trials. This phase 3 randomized, open-label, multicenter trial compared inolimomab vs usual care in adult patients with steroid-refractory acute GVHD. Patients were randomly selected to receive treatment with inolimomab or usual care (the control group was treated with antithymocyte globulin [ATG]). The primary objective was to evaluate overall survival at 1 year without changing baseline allocated therapy. A total of 100 patients were randomly placed: 49 patients in the inolimomab arm and 51 patients in the ATG arm. The primary criteria were reached by 14 patients (28.5%) in the inolimomab and 11 patients (21.5%) in the ATG arms, with a hazard ratio of 0.874 (P = .28). With a minimum follow-up of 1 year, 26 (53%) and 31 (60%) patients died in the inolimomab and ATG arms, respectively. Adverse events were similar in the 2 arms, with fewer viral infections in the inolimomab arm compared with the ATG arm. The primary end point of this randomized phase 3 trial was not achieved. The lack of a statistically significant effect confirms the need for development of more effective treatments for acute GVHD. This trial is registered to https://www.clinicaltrialsregister.eu/ctr-search/search as EUDRACT 2007-005009-24.
Shabunina, E. V.; Spirin, D. V.; Popov, A. A.; Udodov, V. N.; Potekaev, A. I.
2013-05-01
Using a Monte Carlo simulation, the effect of external field, temperature, system's dimensions and interaction of non-nearest neighbors on the relaxation time and critical indices of an antiferromagnetic-to-ferromagnetic phase transition is investigated taking into account nonmagnetic impurities within a modified, onedimensional, nanosized Ising model. It is shown that the non-equilibrium processes taking place in the magnetic material could be classified as fast and slow, whose velocities differ by more than a thousand times. In the case of fast processes, metastable (including ferromagnetic) states (observed experimentally) are the first to form, while in the case of slow processes the system transits into a stable state. The behavior of the dynamic critical exponent ( z) and static correlation-length critical exponent ( ν) is revealed for the model of a 1D ferromagnetic for the case of arbitrary concentrations of nonmagnetic impurities.
The two-body random spin ensemble and a new type of quantum phase transition
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Pizorn, Iztok; Prosen, Tomaz [Department of Physics, FMF, University of Ljubljana, Jadranska 19, SI-1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Mossmann, Stefan; Seligman, Thomas H [Instituto de Ciencias FIsicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, CP 62132 Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)], E-mail: tomaz.prosen@fmf.uni-lj.si
2008-02-15
We study in this paper the properties of a two-body random matrix ensemble for distinguishable spins. We require the ensemble to be invariant under the group of local transformations and analyze a parametrization in terms of the group parameters and the remaining parameters associated with the 'entangling' part of the interaction. We then specialize to a spin chain with nearest-neighbour interactions and numerically find a new type of quantum-phase transition related to the strength of a random external field, i.e. the time-reversal-breaking one-body interaction term.
The two-body random spin ensemble and a new type of quantum phase transition
Pižorn, Iztok; Prosen, Tomaž; Mossmann, Stefan; Seligman, Thomas H.
2008-02-01
We study in this paper the properties of a two-body random matrix ensemble for distinguishable spins. We require the ensemble to be invariant under the group of local transformations and analyze a parametrization in terms of the group parameters and the remaining parameters associated with the 'entangling' part of the interaction. We then specialize to a spin chain with nearest-neighbour interactions and numerically find a new type of quantum-phase transition related to the strength of a random external field, i.e. the time-reversal-breaking one-body interaction term.
Si1Sb2Te3 phase change material for chalcogenide random access memory
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Zhang Ting; Song Zhi-Tang; Liu Bo; Liu Wei-Li; Feng Song-Lin; Chen Bomy
2007-01-01
This paper investigated phase change Si1Sb2Te3 material for application of chalcogenide random access memory.Current-voltage performance was conducted to determine threshold current of phase change from amorphous phase to polycrystalline phase.The film holds a threshold current about 0.155 mA,which is smaller than the value 0.31 mA of Ge2Sb2Te5 film.Amorphous Si1Sb2Te3 changes to face-centred-cubic structure at～180°C and changes to hexagonal structure at～270°C.Annealing temperature dependent electric resistivity of Si1Sb2Te3 film was studied by four-point probe method.Data retention of the films was characterized as well.
Role of an encapsulating layer for reducing resistance drift in phase change random access memory
Jin, Bo; Kim, Jungsik; Pi, Dong-Hai; Kim, Hyoung Seop; Meyyappan, M.; Lee, Jeong-Soo
2014-12-01
Phase change random access memory (PCRAM) devices exhibit a steady increase in resistance in the amorphous phase upon aging and this resistance drift phenomenon directly affects the device reliability. A stress relaxation model is used here to study the effect of a device encapsulating layer material in addressing the resistance drift phenomenon in PCRAM. The resistance drift can be increased or decreased depending on the biaxial moduli of the phase change material (YPCM) and the encapsulating layer material (YELM) according to the stress relationship between them in the drift regime. The proposed model suggests that the resistance drift can be effectively reduced by selecting a proper material as an encapsulating layer. Moreover, our model explains that reducing the size of the phase change material (PCM) while fully reset and reducing the amorphous/crystalline ratio in PCM help to improve the resistance drift, and thus opens an avenue for highly reliable multilevel PCRAM applications.
The phase diagram of random Boolean networks with nested canalizing functions
Peixoto, Tiago P
2010-01-01
We obtain the phase diagram of random Boolean networks with nested canalizing functions. Using the annealed approximation, we obtain the evolution of the number $b_t$ of nodes with value one, and the network sensitivity $\\lambda$, and we compare with numerical simulations of quenched networks. We find that, contrary to what was reported by Kauffman et al. [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 2004 101 49 17102-7], these networks have a rich phase diagram, were both the "chaotic" and frozen phases are present, as well as an oscillatory regime of the value of $b_t$. We argue that the presence of only the frozen phase in the work of Kauffman et al. was due simply to the specific parametrization used, and is not an inherent feature of this class of functions. However, these networks are significantly more stable than the variants where all possible Boolean functions are allowed.
Role of an encapsulating layer for reducing resistance drift in phase change random access memory
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Bo Jin
2014-12-01
Full Text Available Phase change random access memory (PCRAM devices exhibit a steady increase in resistance in the amorphous phase upon aging and this resistance drift phenomenon directly affects the device reliability. A stress relaxation model is used here to study the effect of a device encapsulating layer material in addressing the resistance drift phenomenon in PCRAM. The resistance drift can be increased or decreased depending on the biaxial moduli of the phase change material (YPCM and the encapsulating layer material (YELM according to the stress relationship between them in the drift regime. The proposed model suggests that the resistance drift can be effectively reduced by selecting a proper material as an encapsulating layer. Moreover, our model explains that reducing the size of the phase change material (PCM while fully reset and reducing the amorphous/crystalline ratio in PCM help to improve the resistance drift, and thus opens an avenue for highly reliable multilevel PCRAM applications.
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N. G. Kleimenova
2005-10-01
Full Text Available Unusually large-amplitude morning Pc5 magnetic pulsations during the recovery phase of the huge magnetic storm in November 2003 have been studied by using ground-based multi-point observations. Two main spectral Pc5 enhancements were observed: at f≈2 mHz, which featured slowly increasing frequency with decreasing latitude, and at f≈3 mHz, which was latitude independent. The Pc5 pulsations were observed at wide range of latitudes (more than 10° with the same very strong amplitude (up to 500nT and with the same polarization. Only the 3-mHz peak was clearly seen in the spectra of pulsating auroral radio absorption, as observed by the Finnish riometer chain. Short and localized bursts of PiB (f~50–100 mHz magnetic pulsations and simultaneous short bursts of energetic electron precipitation were observed in the morning sector, as well. The beginning of the large-amplitude morning Pc5 activity occurred simultaneously with a substorm onset in the evening and midnight sectors. However, the spectra of pulsations in the morning and evening sectors were different. They were compared with spectra of IMF and solar wind parameters, measured by ACE spacecraft. The similarity between the spectra of morning Pc5 and IMF B_{y} was found, but the spectra of evening Pi3 pulsations were similar to the spectra of solar wind density variations. The Pc5 and PiB pulsations, as well as bursts of the auroral radio absorption, suddenly disappeared, when the solar wind density abruptly dropped. We suppose that the ~2-mHz Pc5 geomagnetic pulsations could be attributed to field line resonance (FLR, however, the 3-mHz oscillations were apparently non-resonance origin.
Keywords. Magnetospheric physics (MHD waves and instabilities; Solar wind-magnetosphere interaction; Storms and substorms
Phase diagram and criticality of the random anisotropy model in the large-N limit
Mouhanna, Dominique; Tarjus, Gilles
2016-12-01
We revisit the thermodynamic behavior of the random-anisotropy O(N ) model by investigating its large-N limit. We focus on the system at zero temperature where the mean-field-like artifacts of the large-N limit are less severe. We analyze the connection between the description in terms of self-consistent Schwinger-Dyson equations and the functional renormalization group. We provide a unified description of the phase diagram and critical behavior of the model and clarify the nature of the possible "glassy" phases. Finally we discuss the implications of our findings for the finite-N and finite-temperature systems.
Information hiding based on double random-phase encoding and public-key cryptography.
Sheng, Yuan; Xin, Zhou; Alam, Mohammed S; Xi, Lu; Xiao-Feng, Li
2009-03-01
A novel information hiding method based on double random-phase encoding (DRPE) and Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) public-key cryptosystem is proposed. In the proposed technique, the inherent diffusion property of DRPE is cleverly utilized to make up the diffusion insufficiency of RSA public-key cryptography, while the RSA cryptosystem is utilized for simultaneous transmission of the cipher text and the two phase-masks, which is not possible under the DRPE technique. This technique combines the complementary advantages of the DPRE and RSA encryption techniques and brings security and convenience for efficient information transmission. Extensive numerical simulation results are presented to verify the performance of the proposed technique.
N'Diaye, M; Dohlen, K; Sauvage, J -F; Caillat, A; Costille, A; Girard, J H V; Beuzit, J -L; Fusco, T; Blanchard, P; Merrer, J Le; Mignant, D Le; Madec, F; Moreaux, G; Mouillet, D; Puget, P; Zins, G
2016-01-01
Warm or massive gas giant planets, brown dwarfs, and debris disks around nearby stars are now routinely observed by dedicated high-contrast imaging instruments on large, ground-based observatories. These facilities include extreme adaptive optics (ExAO) and state-of-the-art coronagraphy to achieve unprecedented sensitivities for exoplanet detection and spectral characterization. However, differential aberrations between the ExAO sensing path and the science path represent a critical limitation for the detection of giant planets with a contrast lower than a few $10^{-6}$ at very small separations (<0.3\\as) from their host star. In our previous work, we proposed a wavefront sensor based on Zernike phase contrast methods to circumvent this issue and measure these quasi-static aberrations at a nanometric level. We present the design, manufacturing and testing of ZELDA, a prototype that was installed on VLT/SPHERE during its reintegration in Chile. Using the internal light source of the instrument, we performed...
Zhao, Li-Ming; Zhou, Yun-Song; Wang, Ai-Hua
2017-02-01
Second harmonic generation (SHG) in a two-dimensional (2D) nonlinear photonic crystal (NPC) with finite width along z-direction that is embedded in air is investigated, without adopting the traditional approximations such as a plane-wave approximation (PWA) and slowly varying amplitude approximation (SVAA). The so-called quasi-phase-matching (QPM) and the corresponding SHG conversion efficiency can be modulated significantly by the field of fundamental wave (FW). It is assumed that the incident light, along z-direction, is normally launched upon the surface of the sample, and QPM for different directions is investigated. It is found that the QPM shows significant differences, compared with the traditional QPM along the two different directions: in the direction of finite width of the sample, the peak value of SHG conversion efficiency is deviated from the traditional case and it gets to its peak values when the transmittance resonance occurs. However, in the other direction, the deviation from the traditional QPM arises from the field modulation of the second harmonic wave (SHW) and in this direction, it is investigated that the full width at half maximum of QPM is much wider than that in the direction of finite width of the sample. These results can be used to provide a theoretical guidance for achieving QPM SHG.
Gong, Yuezheng; Zhao, Jia; Wang, Qi
2017-10-01
A quasi-incompressible hydrodynamic phase field model for flows of fluid mixtures of two incompressible viscous fluids of distinct densities and viscosities is derived by using the generalized Onsager principle, which warrants the variational structure, the mass conservation and energy dissipation law. We recast the model in an equivalent form and discretize the equivalent system in space firstly to arrive at a time-dependent ordinary differential and algebraic equation (DAE) system, which preserves the mass conservation and energy dissipation law at the semi-discrete level. Then, we develop a temporal discretization scheme for the DAE system, where the mass conservation and the energy dissipation law are once again preserved at the fully discretized level. We prove that the fully discretized algorithm is unconditionally energy stable. Several numerical examples, including drop dynamics of viscous fluid drops immersed in another viscous fluid matrix and mixing dynamics of binary polymeric solutions, are presented to show the convergence property as well as the accuracy and efficiency of the new scheme.
Markman, Adam; Carnicer, Artur; Javidi, Bahram
2017-05-01
We overview our recent work [1] on utilizing three-dimensional (3D) optical phase codes for object authentication using the random forest classifier. A simple 3D optical phase code (OPC) is generated by combining multiple diffusers and glass slides. This tag is then placed on a quick-response (QR) code, which is a barcode capable of storing information and can be scanned under non-uniform illumination conditions, rotation, and slight degradation. A coherent light source illuminates the OPC and the transmitted light is captured by a CCD to record the unique signature. Feature extraction on the signature is performed and inputted into a pre-trained random-forest classifier for authentication.
Impulse attack-free four random phase mask encryption based on a 4-f optical system.
Kumar, Pramod; Joseph, Joby; Singh, Kehar
2009-04-20
Optical encryption methods based on double random phase encryption (DRPE) have been shown to be vulnerable to different types of attacks. The Fourier plane random phase mask (RPM), which is the most important key, can be cracked with a single impulse function attack. Such an attack is viable because the Fourier transform of a delta function is a unity function. Formation of a unity function can be avoided if RPMs are placed in front of both lenses in a 4-f optical setup, thereby protecting the DRPE from an impulse attack. We have performed numerical simulations to verify the proposed scheme. Resistance of this scheme is checked against the brute force and the impulse function attacks. The experimental results validate the feasibility of the scheme.
Simulation of single-photon state tomography using phase-randomized coherent states
Valente, P
2016-01-01
We have experimentally simulated the quantum state tomography of single-photon states of temporal modes of duration T and constant amplitude using phase randomized coherent states (PRCS). A stationary laser beam, whose phase relative to a local oscillator is varied at random, was used as a multiple realization of a PRCS of the temporal mode. The quadrature fluctuations histograms corresponding to the marginal distributions of the PRCS, were acquired with an oscilloscope using a sampling period T. Following a recent suggestion by Yuan et al \\cite{YUAN16}, we have derived estimates for the marginal distribution of the single-photon state. Based on these estimates, the approximate Wigner function and density matrix of the single-photon state were reconstructed with good precision. The sensitivity of the simulation to experimental errors and the number of PRCS used is addressed.
Phase diagram of the classical Heisenberg model in a trimodal random field distribution
Santos-Filho, A.; Albuquerque, D. F. de; Santos-Filho, J. B.; Batista, T. S. Araujo
2016-11-01
The classical spin 1 / 2 Heisenberg model on a simple cubic lattice, with fluctuating bond interactions between nearest neighbors and in the presence of a random magnetic field, is investigated by effective field theory based on two-spin cluster. The random field is drawn from the asymmetric and anisotropic trimodal probability distribution. The fluctuating bond is extracted from the symmetric and anisotropic bimodal probability. We estimate the transition temperatures, and the phase diagram in the Tc- h, Tc- p and Tc - α planes. We observe that the temperature of the tricritical point decreases with the increase of disorder in exchange interactions until the system ceases to display tricritical behavior. The disorder of the interactions and reentrant phenomena depends on the trimodal distribution of the random field.
All-Optical Quantum Random Bit Generation from Intrinsically Binary Phase of Parametric Oscillators
Marandi, Alireza; Vodopyanov, Konstantin L; Byer, Robert L
2012-01-01
True random number generators (RNGs) are desirable for applications ranging from cryptogra- phy to computer simulations. Quantum phenomena prove to be attractive for physical RNGs due to their fundamental randomness and immunity to attack [1]- [5]. Optical parametric down conversion is an essential element in most quantum optical experiments including optical squeezing [9], and generation of entangled photons [10]. In an optical parametric oscillator (OPO), photons generated through spontaneous down conversion of the pump initiate the oscillation in the absence of other inputs [11, 12]. This quantum process is the dominant effect during the oscillation build-up, leading to selection of one of the two possible phase states above threshold in a degenerate OPO [13]. Building on this, we demonstrate a novel all-optical quantum RNG in which the photodetection is not a part of the random process, and no post processing is required for the generated bit sequence. We implement a synchronously pumped twin degenerate O...
Implementation of the direct evaluation of strains using a phase analysis code for random patterns
Molimard, Jérôme
2011-01-01
A new approach for decoding directly strains from surfaces encoded with random patterns has been developed and validated. It is based on phase analysis of small region of interest. Here we adapt to random patterns new concepts proposed by Badulescu (2009) on the grid method. First metrological results are encouraging: resolution is proportional to strain level, being 9% of the nominal value, for a spatial resolution of 9 pixels (ZOI 64 \\times 64 pixels2). Random noise has to be carefully controlled. A numerical example shows the relevance of the approach. Then, first application on a carbon fiber reinforced composite is developed. Fabric intertwining is studied using a tensile test. Over-strains are clearly visible, and results connect well with the previous studies
Hartree-Fock and Random Phase Approximation theories in a many-fermion solvable model
Co', Giampaolo
2016-01-01
We present an ideal system of interacting fermions where the solutions of the many-body Schroedinger equation can be obtained without making approximations. These exact solutions are used to test the validity of two many-body effective approaches, the Hartree-Fock and the Random Phase Approximation theories. The description of the ground state done by the effective theories improves with increasing number of particles.
Solutions of random-phase approximation equation for positive-semidefinite stability matrix
Nakada, H
2016-01-01
It is mathematically proven that, if the stability matrix $\\mathsf{S}$ is positive-semidefinite, solutions of the random-phase approximation (RPA) equation are all physical or belong to Nambu-Goldstone (NG) modes, and the NG-mode solutions may form Jordan blocks of $\\mathsf{N\\,S}$ ($\\mathsf{N}$ is the norm matrix) but their dimension is not more than two. This guarantees that the NG modes in the RPA can be separated out via canonically conjugate variables.
Calculating beta decay in the deformed self-consistent quasiparticle random phase approximation
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Engel, Jonathan, E-mail: engelj@physics.unc.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255 (United States); Mustonen, M. T., E-mail: mika.mustonen@yale.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3255 (United States); Center for Theoretical Physics, Sloane Physics Laboratory, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06052 (United States)
2016-06-21
We discuss a recent global calculation of beta-decay rates in the self-consistent Skyrme quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA), with axially symmetric nuclear deformation treated explicitly. The calculation makes makes use of the finite-amplitude method, first proposed by Nakatsukasa and collaborators, to reduce computation time. The results are comparable in quality to those of several other global QRPA calculations. The QRPA may have reached the limit of its accuracy.
Quasi-Experimental Designs for Causal Inference
Kim, Yongnam; Steiner, Peter
2016-01-01
When randomized experiments are infeasible, quasi-experimental designs can be exploited to evaluate causal treatment effects. The strongest quasi-experimental designs for causal inference are regression discontinuity designs, instrumental variable designs, matching and propensity score designs, and comparative interrupted time series designs. This…
What makes a phase transition? Analysis of the random satisfiability problem
Zweig, K A; Vicsek, T; 10.1016/j.physa.2009.12.051
2010-01-01
In the last 30 years it was found that many combinatorial systems undergo phase transitions. One of the most important examples of these can be found among the random k-satisfiability problems (often referred to as k-SAT), asking whether there exists an assignment of Boolean values satisfying a Boolean formula composed of clauses with k random variables each. The random 3-SAT problem is reported to show various phase transitions at different critical values of the ratio of the number of clauses to the number of variables. The most famous of these occurs when the probability of finding a satisfiable instance suddenly drops from 1 to 0. This transition is associated with a rise in the hardness of the problem, but until now the correlation between any of the proposed phase transitions and the hardness is not totally clear. In this paper we will first show numerically that the number of solutions universally follows a lognormal distribution, thereby explaining the puzzling question of why the number of solutions ...
Vapour-liquid phase diagram for an ionic fluid in a random porous medium.
Holovko, M F; Patsahan, O; Patsahan, T
2016-10-19
We study the vapour-liquid phase behaviour of an ionic fluid confined in a random porous matrix formed by uncharged hard sphere particles. The ionic fluid is modelled as an equimolar binary mixture of oppositely charged equisized hard spheres, the so-called restricted primitive model (RPM). Considering the matrix-fluid system as a partly-quenched model, we develop a theoretical approach which combines the method of collective variables with the extension of the scaled-particle theory (SPT) for a hard-sphere fluid confined in a disordered hard-sphere matrix. The approach allows us to formulate the perturbation theory using the SPT for the description of the thermodynamics of the reference system. The phase diagrams of the RPM in matrices of different porosities and for different size ratios of matrix and fluid particles are calculated in the random-phase approximation and also when the effects of higher-order correlations between ions are taken into account. Both approximations correctly reproduce the basic effects of porous media on the vapour-liquid phase diagram, i.e. with a decrease of porosity the critical point shifts towards lower fluid densities and lower temperatures and the coexistence region gets narrower. For the fixed matrix porosity, both the critical temperature and the critical density increase with an increase of size of matrix particles and tend to the critical values of the bulk RPM.
Vapour-liquid phase diagram for an ionic fluid in a random porous medium
Holovko, M. F.; Patsahan, O.; Patsahan, T.
2016-10-01
We study the vapour-liquid phase behaviour of an ionic fluid confined in a random porous matrix formed by uncharged hard sphere particles. The ionic fluid is modelled as an equimolar binary mixture of oppositely charged equisized hard spheres, the so-called restricted primitive model (RPM). Considering the matrix-fluid system as a partly-quenched model, we develop a theoretical approach which combines the method of collective variables with the extension of the scaled-particle theory (SPT) for a hard-sphere fluid confined in a disordered hard-sphere matrix. The approach allows us to formulate the perturbation theory using the SPT for the description of the thermodynamics of the reference system. The phase diagrams of the RPM in matrices of different porosities and for different size ratios of matrix and fluid particles are calculated in the random-phase approximation and also when the effects of higher-order correlations between ions are taken into account. Both approximations correctly reproduce the basic effects of porous media on the vapour-liquid phase diagram, i.e. with a decrease of porosity the critical point shifts towards lower fluid densities and lower temperatures and the coexistence region gets narrower. For the fixed matrix porosity, both the critical temperature and the critical density increase with an increase of size of matrix particles and tend to the critical values of the bulk RPM.
Pundt, A.; Dornheim, M.; Guerdane, M.; Teichler, H.; Ehrenberg, H.; Reetz, M. T.; Jisrawi, N. M.
2002-06-01
An in situ synchrotron radiation study of quasi-free five nanometer-sized palladium clusters during hydrogen absorption is combined with molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the structural development. In the diffraction patterns, strong intensity changes are found that provide evidence for a structural phase transformation that is significantly different from the α α' Pd H bulk phase transition. The structural transition is reversible and driven by the hydrogen concentration. The intensity changes are consistent with a cubic-to-icosahedral structural phase transition obtained in molecular dynamical simulations using embedded-atom-method potentials.
Zhang, Liangsheng; Zhao, Bo; Devakul, Trithep; Huse, David A.
2016-06-01
We present a simplified strong-randomness renormalization group (RG) that captures some aspects of the many-body localization (MBL) phase transition in generic disordered one-dimensional systems. This RG can be formulated analytically and is mathematically equivalent to a domain coarsening model that has been previously solved. The critical fixed-point distribution and critical exponents (that satisfy the Chayes inequality) are thus obtained analytically or to numerical precision. This reproduces some, but not all, of the qualitative features of the MBL phase transition that are indicated by previous numerical work and approximate RG studies: our RG might serve as a "zeroth-order" approximation for future RG studies. One interesting feature that we highlight is that the rare Griffiths regions are fractal. For thermal Griffiths regions within the MBL phase, this feature might be qualitatively correctly captured by our RG. If this is correct beyond our approximations, then these Griffiths effects are stronger than has been previously assumed.
Coulomb and spin-orbit interactions in random phase approximation calculations
De Donno, V; Anguiano, M; Lallena, A M
2013-01-01
We present a fully self-consistent computational framework composed by Hartree-Fock plus ran- dom phase approximation where the spin-orbit and Coulomb terms of the interaction are included in both steps of the calculations. We study the effects of these terms of the interaction on the random phase approximation calculations, where they are usually neglected. We carry out our investigation of excited states in spherical nuclei of oxygen, calcium, nickel, zirconium, tin and lead isotope chains. We use finite-range effective nucleon-nucleon interactions of Gogny type. The size of the effects we find is, usually, of few hundreds of keV. There are not simple approximations which can be used to simulate these effects since they strongly depend on all the variables related to the excited states, angular momentum, parity, excitation energy, isoscalar and isovector characters. Even the Slater approximation developed to account for the Coulomb exchange terms in Hartree-Fock is not valid in random phase approximation ca...
Chaos Control for Coupling of the Double-Well Duffing System Based on Random Phase Disturbance
Wu, Gang; Li, Longsuo; Cong, Xinrong
2013-06-01
Non-feedback methods of chaos control are suited for practical applications. For possible practical applications of the control methods, the robustness of the methods in the presence of noise is of special interest. The noise can be in the form of external disturbances to the system or in the form of uncertainties due to inexact model of the system. This paper deals with the effect of random phase disturbance for a class of coupling of the Double-Well Duffing system in the presence of the noise. Lyapunov index is an important indicator to describe chaos. When the sign of the top Lyapunov exponent is positive, the system is chaotic. We compute top Lyapunov exponent by the Khasminskii's transform formula of spherical coordinate and extension of Wedig's algorithm based on linear stochastic system. With the change of the average of top Lyapunov exponent sign, we show that random phase can suppress chaos. Finally Poincaré map and phase portraits analysis are studied to confirm the obtained results.
Phase Behavior and Percolation Properties of the Patchy Colloidal Fluids in the Random Porous Media.
Kalyuzhnyi, Y V; Holovko, M; Patsahan, T; Cummings, P T
2014-12-18
The lack of a simple analytical description of the hard-sphere fluid in a matrix with hard-core obstacles is limiting progress in the development of thermodynamic perturbation theories for the fluid in random porous media. We propose a simple and highly accurate analytical scheme, which allows us to calculate thermodynamic and percolation properties of a network-forming fluid confined in the random porous media, represented by the hard-sphere fluid and overlapping hard-sphere matrices, respectively. Our scheme is based on the combination of scaled-particle theory, Wertheim's thermodynamic perturbation theory for associating fluids and extension of the Flory-Stockmayer theory for percolation. The liquid-gas phase diagram and percolation threshold line for several versions of the patchy colloidal fluid model confined in a random porous media are calculated and discussed. The method presented enables calculation of the thermodynamic and percolation properties of a large variety of polymerizing and network-forming fluids confined in random porous media.
Phase Diagram in a Random Mixture of Two Antiferromagnets with Competing Spin Anisotropies. I
Someya, Yoshiko
1981-12-01
The phase diagram of a random mixture of two antiferromagnets with competing spin anisotropies (A1-xBx) has been analyzed by extending the theory of Matsubara and Inawashiro, and Oguchi and Ishikawa. In the model assumed, the anisotropy energies are expressed by the anisotropic exchange interactions. According to this formulation, it has been shown that the concentration dependence of TN becomes a function of \\includegraphics{dummy.eps}, where P, Q=A, B; SP is a magnitude of P-spin, and JPQη is a η component of exchange integral between P- and Q-spin). Further, the phase boundary between an AF phase and an OAF (oblique antiferromagnetic) phase at T{=}0 K has been shown to be determined by α({\\equiv}SB/SA), if \\includegraphics{dummy.eps} are given. The obtained phase diagrams for Fe1-xCoxCl2, K2Mn1-xFexF4 and Fe1-xCoxCl2\\cdot2H2O are compared with the experimental ones.
Neuhauser, Daniel; Rabani, Eran; Baer, Roi
2013-04-04
A fast method is developed for calculating the random phase approximation (RPA) correlation energy for density functional theory. The correlation energy is given by a trace over a projected RPA response matrix, and the trace is taken by a stochastic approach using random perturbation vectors. For a fixed statistical error in the total energy per electron, the method scales, at most, quadratically with the system size; however, in practice, due to self-averaging, it requires less statistical sampling as the system grows, and the performance is close to linear scaling. We demonstrate the method by calculating the RPA correlation energy for cadmium selenide and silicon nanocrystals with over 1500 electrons. We find that the RPA correlation energies per electron are largely independent of the nanocrystal size. In addition, we show that a correlated sampling technique enables calculation of the energy difference between two slightly distorted configurations with scaling and a statistical error similar to that of the total energy per electron.
Isoscalar Giant Resonances of 120Sn in the Quasiparticle Relativistic Random Phase Approximation
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CAO Li-Gang; MA Zhong-Yu
2004-01-01
@@ The quasiparticle relativistic random phase approximation (QRRPA) is formulated based on the relativistic mean field ground state in the response function formalism. The pairing correlations are taken into account in the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer approximation with a constant pairing gap. The numerical calculations are performed in the case of various isoscalar giant resonances of nucleus 120Sn with parameter set NL3. The calculated results show that the QRRPA approach could satisfactorily reproduce the experimental data of the energies of low-lying states.
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Olsen, Thomas; Yan, Jun; Mortensen, Jens Jørgen
2011-01-01
We calculate the potential energy surfaces for graphene adsorbed on Cu(111), Ni(111), and Co(0001) using density functional theory and the random phase approximation (RPA). For these adsorption systems covalent and dispersive interactions are equally important and while commonly used approximations...... for exchange-correlation functionals give inadequate descriptions of either van der Waals or chemical bonds, RPA accounts accurately for both. It is found that the adsorption is a delicate competition between a weak chemisorption minimum close to the surface and a physisorption minimum further from the surface....
Yang, Ding; Ma, Zhongyu
2013-01-01
Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B, 98(1):173-225, 2008n exotic nuclei are studied in the framework of a fully self-consistent relativistic continuum random phase approximation (RCRPA). In this method the contribution of the continuum spectrum to nuclear excitations is treated exactly by the single particle Green's function. Different from the cases in stable nuclei, there are strong low-energy excitations in neutron-rich nuclei and proton-rich nuclei. The neutron or proton excess pushes the centroid of the strength function to lower energies and increases the fragmentation of the strength distribution. The effect of treating the contribution of continuum exactly are also discussed.
Dual random phase encoding: a temporal approach for fiber optic applications.
Cuadrado-Laborde, Christian; Duchowicz, Ricardo; Torroba, Roberto; Sicre, Enrique E
2008-04-10
We analyze the dual random phase encoding technique in the temporal domain to evaluate its potential application for secure data transmission in fiber optic links. To take into account the optical fiber multiplexing capabilities, the noise content of the signal is restricted when multiple channels are transmitted over a single fiber optic link. We also discuss some mechanisms for producing encoded time-limited as well as bandwidth-limited signals and a comparison with another recently proposed technique is made. Numerical simulations have been carried out to analyze the system performance. The results indicate that this multiplexing encryption method could be a good alternative compared with other well-established methods.
Microstructural Characterization in Reliability Measurement of Phase Change Random Access Memory
Bae, Junsoo; Hwang, Kyuman; Park, Kwangho; Jeon, Seongbu; Kang, Dae-hwan; Park, Soonoh; Ahn, Juhyeon; Kim, Seoksik; Jeong, Gitae; Chung, Chilhee
2011-04-01
The cell failures after cycling endurance in phase-change random access memory (PRAM) have been classified into three groups, which have been analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Both stuck reset of the set state (D0) and stuck set of the reset state (D1) are due to a void created inside GeSbTe (GST) film or thereby lowering density of GST film. The decrease of the both set and reset resistances that leads to the tails from the reset distribution are induced from the Sb increase with cycles.
Generalized model of double random phase encoding based on linear algebra
Nakano, Kazuya; Takeda, Masafumi; Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Yamaguchi, Masahiro
2013-01-01
We propose a generalized model for double random phase encoding (DRPE) based on linear algebra. We defined the DRPE procedure in six steps. The first three steps form an encryption procedure, while the later three steps make up a decryption procedure. We noted that the first (mapping) and second (transform) steps can be generalized. As an example of this generalization, we used 3D mapping and a transform matrix, which is a combination of a discrete cosine transform and two permutation matrices. Finally, we investigated the sensitivity of the proposed model to errors in the decryption key.
Cryptographic salting for security enhancement of double random phase encryption schemes
Velez Zea, Alejandro; Fredy Barrera, John; Torroba, Roberto
2017-10-01
Security in optical encryption techniques is a subject of great importance, especially in light of recent reports of successful attacks. We propose a new procedure to reinforce the ciphertexts generated in double random phase encrypting experimental setups. This ciphertext is protected by multiplexing with a ‘salt’ ciphertext coded with the same setup. We present an experimental implementation of the ‘salting’ technique. Thereafter, we analyze the resistance of the ‘salted’ ciphertext under some of the commonly known attacks reported in the literature, demonstrating the validity of our proposal.
Matsuo, Masayuki
2014-01-01
We formulate a many-body theory to calculate the cross section of direct radiative neutron capture reaction by means of the Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov mean-field model and the continuum quasiparticle random phase approximation (QRPA). A focus is put on very neutron-rich nuclei and low-energy neutron kinetic energy in the range of O(1 keV) - O(1 MeV), relevant for the rapid neutron-capture process of nucleosynthesis. We begin with the photo-absorption cross section and the E1 strength function, t...
Random-phase approximation and its applications in computational chemistry and materials science
Ren, Xinguo; Rinke, Patrick; Joas, Christian; Scheffler, Matthias
2012-11-01
The random-phase approximation (RPA) as an approach for computing the electronic correlation energy is reviewed. After a brief account of its basic concept and historical development, the paper is devoted to the theoretical formulations of RPA, and its applications to realistic systems. With several illustrating applications, we discuss the implications of RPA for computational chemistry and materials science. The computational cost of RPA is also addressed which is critical for its widespread use in future applications. In addition, current correction schemes going beyond RPA and directions of further development will be discussed.
Optical information authentication via compressed sensing and double random phase encoding
Chen, Junxin; Bao, Nan; Zhu, Zhi-liang
2017-10-01
This paper presents a novel information authentication scheme via compressed sensing and double random phase encoding. Two alternative architectures have been investigated, in which significantly compressed data with micro percentage is sufficient for authentication. At the decoder end, a noise-like image with no leakage of the plaintext is recovered and subsequently authenticated using a nonlinear optical correlation approach. The authentication effectiveness, noise resistance and security performance of the proposed scheme have been experimentally validated. This work was supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (N162410002-4, N151904002), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61374178).
Oshima, Teppei; Matsudo, Yusuke; Kakue, Takashi; Arai, Daisuke; Shimobaba, Tomoyoshi; Ito, Tomoyoshi
2015-09-01
Digital holography has the twin image problem that unwanted lights (conjugate and direct lights) overlap in the object light in the reconstruction process. As a method for extracting only the object light, phase-shifting digital holography is widely used; however, this method is not applicable for the observation of moving objects, because this method requires the recording of plural holograms. In this study, we propose a twin-image reduction method by combining the "periphery" method with the "random phase-shifting" method. The proposed method succeeded in improving the reconstruction quality, compared to other one-shot recording methods ("parallel phase-shifting digital holography" and "random phase-shifting").
Computer and graphics modeling of heat transfer and phase change in a wall with randomly imbibed PCM
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Solomon, A.D.
1989-03-01
We describe the theoretical basis and computer implementation of a simulation code for heat transfer and phase change in a rectangular 2-dimensional region in which PCM has been randomly placed with a preassigned volume fraction.
Kantarjian, Hagop M.; Shah, Neil P.; Cortes, Jorge E.; Baccarani, Michele; Agarwal, Mohan B.; Soledad Undurraga, Maria; Wang, Jianxiang; Kassack Ipina, Juan Julio; Kim, Dong-Wook; Ogura, Michinori; Pavlovsky, Carolina; Junghanss, Christian; Milone, Jorge H.; Nicolini, Franck E.; Robak, Tadeusz; Van Droogenbroeck, Jan; Vellenga, Edo; Bradley-Garelik, M. Brigid; Zhu, Chao; Hochhaus, Andreas
2012-01-01
Dasatinib is a highly potent BCR-ABL inhibitor with established efficacy and safety in imatinib-resistant/-intolerant patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). In the phase 3 DASISION trial, patients with newly diagnosed chronic-phase (CP) CML were randomized to receive dasatinib 100 mg (n = 259
Toward a Principled Sampling Theory for Quasi-Orders
Ünlü, Ali; Schrepp, Martin
2016-01-01
Quasi-orders, that is, reflexive and transitive binary relations, have numerous applications. In educational theories, the dependencies of mastery among the problems of a test can be modeled by quasi-orders. Methods such as item tree or Boolean analysis that mine for quasi-orders in empirical data are sensitive to the underlying quasi-order structure. These data mining techniques have to be compared based on extensive simulation studies, with unbiased samples of randomly generated quasi-orders at their basis. In this paper, we develop techniques that can provide the required quasi-order samples. We introduce a discrete doubly inductive procedure for incrementally constructing the set of all quasi-orders on a finite item set. A randomization of this deterministic procedure allows us to generate representative samples of random quasi-orders. With an outer level inductive algorithm, we consider the uniform random extensions of the trace quasi-orders to higher dimension. This is combined with an inner level inductive algorithm to correct the extensions that violate the transitivity property. The inner level correction step entails sampling biases. We propose three algorithms for bias correction and investigate them in simulation. It is evident that, on even up to 50 items, the new algorithms create close to representative quasi-order samples within acceptable computing time. Hence, the principled approach is a significant improvement to existing methods that are used to draw quasi-orders uniformly at random but cannot cope with reasonably large item sets. PMID:27965601
High energy X-ray phase and dark-field imaging using a random absorption mask
Wang, Hongchang; Kashyap, Yogesh; Cai, Biao; Sawhney, Kawal
2016-07-01
High energy X-ray imaging has unique advantage over conventional X-ray imaging, since it enables higher penetration into materials with significantly reduced radiation damage. However, the absorption contrast in high energy region is considerably low due to the reduced X-ray absorption cross section for most materials. Even though the X-ray phase and dark-field imaging techniques can provide substantially increased contrast and complementary information, fabricating dedicated optics for high energies still remain a challenge. To address this issue, we present an alternative X-ray imaging approach to produce transmission, phase and scattering signals at high X-ray energies by using a random absorption mask. Importantly, in addition to the synchrotron radiation source, this approach has been demonstrated for practical imaging application with a laboratory-based microfocus X-ray source. This new imaging method could be potentially useful for studying thick samples or heavy materials for advanced research in materials science.
Dual-channel in-line digital holographic double random phase encryption.
Das, Bhargab; Yelleswarapu, Chandra S; Rao, D V G L N
2012-10-01
We present a robust encryption method for the encoding of 2D/3D objects using digital holography and virtual optics. Using our recently developed dual-plane in-line digital holography technique, two in-line digital holograms are recorded at two different planes and are encrypted using two different double random phase encryption configurations, independently. The process of using two mutually exclusive encryption channels makes the system more robust against attacks since both the channels should be decrypted accurately in order to get a recognizable reconstruction. Results show that the reconstructed object is unrecognizable even when the portion of the correct phase keys used during decryption is close to 75%. The system is verified against blind decryptions by evaluating the SNR and MSE. Validation of the proposed method and sensitivities of the associated parameters are quantitatively analyzed and illustrated.
Angular momentum coupling and symmetries of the random phase approximation equations
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Hoffman, M.J.H.; De Kock, P.R. (Stellenbosch Univ. (South Africa). Dept. of Physics)
1985-06-01
This article presents a formal and tensor-algebraic reduction of the state vectors of a many-fermion system, which are described by the random phase approximation (RPA), to eigenvectors of the square and the z-component of the angular-momentum operator. The angular momentum coupled RPA equations are obtained in a concise manner by the reduction of the uncoupled equations to a set of independent equations for each irreducible component of the RPA state vector. These equations are also rewritten in a form which is symmetric with regard to the treatment of particle and hole states and it is finally shown how this symmetry can be neatly incorporated by a specific phase convention for the initial basis vectors. The required coupling of angular momentum characterized creation and annihilation operators for particles to similar operators for particle-hole pairs which then form the components of a contrastandard tensorial set, is also formally presented.
Kirousis, Lefteris; Ortiz-Gracia, Luis; Serna, Maria
2017-01-01
This book is divided into two parts, the first of which seeks to connect the phase transitions of various disciplines, including game theory, and to explore the synergies between statistical physics and combinatorics. Phase Transitions has been an active multidisciplinary field of research, bringing together physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians. The main research theme explores how atomic agents that act locally and microscopically lead to discontinuous macroscopic changes. Adopting this perspective has proven to be especially useful in studying the evolution of random and usually complex or large combinatorial objects (like networks or logic formulas) with respect to discontinuous changes in global parameters like connectivity, satisfiability etc. There is, of course, an obvious strategic element in the formation of a transition: the atomic agents “selfishly” seek to optimize a local parameter. However, up to now this game-theoretic aspect of abrupt, locally triggered changes had not been e...
Low-noise multiple watermarks technology based on complex double random phase encoding method
Zheng, Jihong; Lu, Rongwen; Sun, Liujie; Zhuang, Songlin
2010-11-01
Based on double random phase encoding method (DRPE), watermarking technology may provide a stable and robust method to protect the copyright of the printing. However, due to its linear character, DRPE exist the serious safety risk when it is attacked. In this paper, a complex coding method, which means adding the chaotic encryption based on logistic mapping before the DRPE coding, is provided and simulated. The results testify the complex method will provide better security protection for the watermarking. Furthermore, a low-noise multiple watermarking is studied, which means embedding multiple watermarks into one host printing and decrypt them with corresponding phase keys individually. The Digital simulation and mathematic analysis show that with the same total embedding weight factor, multiply watermarking will improve signal noise ratio (SNR) of the output printing image significantly. The complex multiply watermark method may provide a robust, stability, reliability copyright protection with higher quality printing image.
Nanda, Rita; Stringer-Reasor, Erica M.; Saha, Poornima; Kocherginsky, Masha; Gibson, Jean; Libao, Bernadette; Hoffman, Philip C.; Obeid, Elias; Merkel, Douglas E.; Khramtsova, Galina; Skor, Maxwell; Krausz, Thomas; Cohen, Ronald N.; Ratain, Mark J.; Fleming, Gini F.
2016-01-01
Purpose Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) overexpression is associated with poor prognosis ER-negative breast cancer. GR antagonism with mifepristone increases chemotherapy-induced breast cancer cell death, therefore we conducted a phase I clinical trial of mifepristone and nab-paclitaxel in advanced breast cancer. Methods A novel randomized phase I design was used to assess the effect of mifepristone on nab-paclitaxel pharmacokinetics and toxicity. Patients were randomized to placebo or mifeprist...
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Kornblit, Brian; Maloney, David G; Storer, Barry E
2014-01-01
The study is a randomized phase II trial investigating graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis after non-myeloablative (90 mg/m(2) fludarabine and 2 Gy total body irradiation) human leukocyte antigen matched unrelated donor transplantation. Patients were randomized as follows: arm 1 - tacrolimus 18...
Phase Transitions on Fixed Connected Graphs and Random Graphs in the Presence of Noise
Liu, Jialing; Sehgal, Hullas; Olson, Joshua M; Liu, Haifeng; Elia, Nicola
2008-01-01
In this paper, we study the phase transition behavior emerging from the interactions among multiple agents in the presence of noise. We propose a simple discrete-time model in which a group of non-mobile agents form either a fixed connected graph or a random graph process, and each agent, taking bipolar value either +1 or -1, updates its value according to its previous value and the noisy measurements of the values of the agents connected to it. We present proofs for the occurrence of the following phase transition behavior: At a noise level higher than some threshold, the system generates symmetric behavior (vapor or melt of magnetization) or disagreement; whereas at a noise level lower than the threshold, the system exhibits spontaneous symmetry breaking (solid or magnetization) or consensus. The threshold is found analytically. The phase transition occurs for any dimension. Finally, we demonstrate the phase transition behavior and all analytic results using simulations. This result may be found useful in t...
Singh, Hukum
2016-05-01
An optical color image encryption in the Fractional Wavelet Transform (FWT) domain is carried out. The original images are segregated into three colors components: R (red), G (green) and B (blue). After that the components are encrypted separately using double random phase encoding (DRPE) in the FWT domain. Random phase masks (RPMs) are used in the input as well as in Fourier plane. The images to be encrypted are transformed with the discrete wavelet transform (DWT), the resulting coefficients from the DWT are multiplied each one by masks different form RPM. Masks are independent each other and the results are applied an inverse discrete Wavelet Transform (IDWT), obtaining the encrypted images. The input images are recovered from their corresponding encrypted images by using the correct parameters of the FWT, and its digital implementation has been performed using MATLAB 7.6.0 (R2008a). The mother wavelet family and fractional orders associated with the FWT are extra keys that access difficulty an attacker; thereby the scheme is more secure as compared to conventional techniques. The sensitivity of proposed scheme is verified with encryption parameters, occlusions, and noise attacks.
Band-phase-randomized Surrogates to assess nonlinearity in non-stationary time series
Guarin, Diego; Orozco, Alvaro
2011-01-01
Testing for nonlinearity is one of the most important preprocessing steps in nonlinear time series analysis. Typically, this is done by means of the linear surrogate data methods. But it is a known fact that the validity of the results heavily depends on the stationarity of the time series. Since most physiological signals are non-stationary, it is easy to falsely detect nonlinearity using the linear surrogate data methods. In this document, we propose a methodology to extend the procedure for generating constrained surrogate time series in order to assess nonlinearity in non-stationary data. The method is based on the band-phase-randomized surrogates, which consists (contrary to the linear surrogate data methods) in randomizing only a portion of the Fourier phases in the high frequency band. Analysis of simulated time series showed that in comparison to the linear surrogate data method, our method is able to discriminate between linear stationarity, linear non-stationary and nonlinear time series. When apply...
Néel temperature of quasi-low-dimensional Heisenberg antiferromagnets.
Yasuda, C; Todo, S; Hukushima, K; Alet, F; Keller, M; Troyer, M; Takayama, H
2005-06-03
The Néel temperature T(N) of quasi-one- and quasi-two-dimensional antiferromagnetic Heisenberg models on a cubic lattice is calculated by Monte Carlo simulations as a function of interchain (interlayer) to intrachain (intralayer) coupling J(')/J down to J(')/J approximately = 10(-3). We find that T(N) obeys a modified random-phase approximationlike relation for small J(')/J with an effective universal renormalized coordination number, independent of the size of the spin. Empirical formulas describing T(N) for a wide range of J(') and useful for the analysis of experimental measurements are presented.
Monotone Increasing Properties and Their Phase Transitions in Uniform Random Intersection Graphs
Zhao, Jun; Gligor, Virgil
2015-01-01
Uniform random intersection graphs have received much interest and been used in diverse applications. A uniform random intersection graph with $n$ nodes is constructed as follows: each node selects a set of $K_n$ different items uniformly at random from the same pool of $P_n$ distinct items, and two nodes establish an undirected edge in between if and only if they share at least one item. For such graph denoted by $G(n, K_n, P_n)$, we present the following results in this paper. First, we provide an exact analysis on the probabilities of $G(n, K_n, P_n)$ having a perfect matching and having a Hamilton cycle respectively, under $P_n = \\omega\\big(n (\\ln n)^5\\big)$ (all asymptotic notation are understood with $n \\to \\infty$). The analysis reveals that just like ($k$-)connectivity shown in prior work, for both properties of perfect matching containment and Hamilton cycle containment, $G(n, K_n, P_n)$ also exhibits phase transitions: for each property above, as $K_n$ increases, the limit of the probability that $G...
Chan, Julia Y. K.; Bauer, Christopher F.
2015-01-01
This study investigated exam achievement and affective characteristics of students in general chemistry in a fully-randomized experimental design, contrasting Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) participation with a control group balanced for time-on-task and study activity. This study population included two independent first-semester courses with…
Apol, M.E F; Amadei, A; Berendsen, H.J.C.
1996-01-01
In this article we investigate the applicability of the statistical Gamma state as following from the quasi-Gaussian entropy theory, where all thermodynamic properties at every temperature are obtained from the knowledge of the potential energy distribution at one temperature. We compared for a typi
Apol, M.E F; Amadei, A; Berendsen, H.J.C.
1996-01-01
In this article we investigate the applicability of the statistical Gamma state as following from the quasi-Gaussian entropy theory, where all thermodynamic properties at every temperature are obtained from the knowledge of the potential energy distribution at one temperature. We compared for a
Wang, Yong; Markman, Adam; Quan, Chenggen; Javidi, Bahram
2016-11-01
We present a photon-counting double-random-phase encryption technique that only requires the photon-limited amplitude of the encrypted image for decryption. The double-random-phase encryption is used to encrypt an image, generating a complex image. Photon counting is applied to the amplitude of the encrypted image, generating a sparse noise-like image; however, the phase information is not retained. By not using the phase information, the encryption process is simplified, allowing for intensity detection and also less information to be recorded. Using a phase numerically generated from the correct encryption keys together with the photon-limited amplitude of the encrypted image, we are able to decrypt the image. Moreover, nonlinear correlation algorithms can be used to authenticate the decrypted image. Both amplitude-based and full-phase encryption using the proposed method are investigated. Preliminary computational results and performance evaluation are presented.
Ling, Tong; Yang, Yongying; Liu, Dong; Yue, Xiumei; Jiang, Jiabin
2015-10-01
A wavefront retrieval method for the quadriwave lateral shearing interferogram obtained by randomly encoded hybrid grating (REHG) is proposed. The REHG consists of a binary amplitude grating and a phase chessboard, and the Faunhofer diffractions of this grating only contain the +/-1 orders in two orthogonal directions. As a result, no order selection mask is ever needed by the REHG for quadriwave lateral shearing interference. To retrieve the phase distributions from the REHG interferograms, fast Fourier transform (FFT) technique is employed at first to get the frequency spectrum. By performing inverse fast Fourier transform (IFFT) of the +1 order spectrum in the x and y directions, it is possible to extract shearing wavefronts from the interferogram in both two orthogonal directions. Using the translation property of Fourier transform, the relationship between the Fourier spectrum of the shearing wavefronts and the Fourier spectrum of the wavefront under test is deduced. The wavefront under test is retrieved by establishing an evaluation function firstly and finding the minimum value with least-square-solution. Analysis and compensations are made to reduce the errors in the testing results. Simulation experiments have shown that this method can retrieve different phase distributions without losing high-frequency information.
Super-rough glassy phase of the random field XY model in two dimensions.
Perret, Anthony; Ristivojevic, Zoran; Le Doussal, Pierre; Schehr, Grégory; Wiese, Kay J
2012-10-12
We study both analytically, using the renormalization group (RG) to two loop order, and numerically, using an exact polynomial algorithm, the disorder-induced glass phase of the two-dimensional XY model with quenched random symmetry-breaking fields and without vortices. In the super-rough glassy phase, i.e., below the critical temperature T(c), the disorder and thermally averaged correlation function B(r) of the phase field θ(x), B(r)=([θ(x)-θ(x+r)](2)) behaves, for r > a, as B(r) is approximately equal to A(τ)ln(2)(r/a) where r=|r| and a is a microscopic length scale. We derive the RG equations up to cubic order in τ=(T(c)-T)/T(c) and predict the universal amplitude A(τ)=2τ(2)-2τ(3)+O(τ(4)). The universality of A(τ) results from nontrivial cancellations between nonuniversal constants of RG equations. Using an exact polynomial algorithm on an equivalent dimer version of the model we compute A(τ) numerically and obtain a remarkable agreement with our analytical prediction, up to τ≈0.5.
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Batool Hossein Rashidi
2014-12-01
Full Text Available To evaluate the impact of luteal phase support with vaginal progesterone on pregnancy rates in the intrauterine insemination (IUI cycles, stimulated with clomiphene citrate and human menopausal gonadotropin (hMG, in sub fertile couples.This prospective, randomized, double blind study was performed in a tertiary infertility center from March 2011 to January 2012. It consisted of 253 sub fertile couples undergoing ovarian stimulation for IUI cycles. They underwent ovarian stimulation with clomiphene citrate (100 mg and hMG (75 IU in preparation for the IUI cycle. Study group (n = 127 received luteal phase support in the form of vaginal progesterone (400 mg twice a day, and control group (n = 126 received placebo. Clinical pregnancy and abortion rates were assessed and compared between the two groups.The clinical pregnancy rate was not significantly higher for supported cycles than that for the unsupported ones (15.75% vs. 12.69%, p = 0.3. The abortion rate in the patients with progesterone luteal support compared to placebo group was not statistically different (10% vs. 18.75%, p = 0.45.It seems that luteal phase support with vaginal progesterone was not enhanced the success of IUI cycles outcomes, when clomiphene citrate and hMG were used for ovulation stimulation.
Statistical mechanics of random geometric graphs: Geometry-induced first-order phase transition.
Ostilli, Massimo; Bianconi, Ginestra
2015-04-01
Random geometric graphs (RGGs) can be formalized as hidden-variables models where the hidden variables are the coordinates of the nodes. Here we develop a general approach to extract the typical configurations of a generic hidden-variables model and apply the resulting equations to RGGs. For any RGG, defined through a rigid or a soft geometric rule, the method reduces to a nontrivial satisfaction problem: Given N nodes, a domain D, and a desired average connectivity 〈k〉, find, if any, the distribution of nodes having support in D and average connectivity 〈k〉. We find out that, in the thermodynamic limit, nodes are either uniformly distributed or highly condensed in a small region, the two regimes being separated by a first-order phase transition characterized by a O(N) jump of 〈k〉. Other intermediate values of 〈k〉 correspond to very rare graph realizations. The phase transition is observed as a function of a parameter a∈[0,1] that tunes the underlying geometry. In particular, a=1 indicates a rigid geometry where only close nodes are connected, while a=0 indicates a rigid antigeometry where only distant nodes are connected. Consistently, when a=1/2 there is no geometry and no phase transition. After discussing the numerical analysis, we provide a combinatorial argument to fully explain the mechanism inducing this phase transition and recognize it as an easy-hard-easy transition. Our result shows that, in general, ad hoc optimized networks can hardly be designed, unless to rely to specific heterogeneous constructions, not necessarily scale free.
Roles of Antinucleon Degrees of Freedom in the Relativistic Random Phase Approximation
Kurasawa, Haruki
2015-01-01
Roles of antinucleon degrees of freedom in the relativistic random phase approximation(RPA) are investigated. The energy-weighted sum of the RPA transition strengths is expressed in terms of the double commutator between the excitation operator and the Hamiltonian, as in nonrelativistic models. The commutator, however, should not be calculated with a usual way in the local field theory, because, otherwise, the sum vanishes. The sum value obtained correctly from the commutator is infinite, owing to the Dirac sea. Most of the previous calculations takes into account only a part of the nucleon-antinucleon states, in order to avoid the divergence problems. As a result, RPA states with negative excitation energy appear, which make the sum value vanish. Moreover, disregarding the divergence changes the sign of nuclear interactions in the RPA equation which describes the coupling of the nucleon particle-hole states with the nucleon-antinucleon states. Indeed, excitation energies of the spurious state and giant monop...
Losa, C; Dossing, T; Vigezzi, E; Broglia, R A
2010-01-01
We present a calculation of the properties of vibrational states in deformed, axially--symmetric even--even nuclei, within the framework of a fully self--consistent Quasparticle Random Phase Approximation (QRPA). The same Skyrme energy density and density-dependent pairing functionals are used to calculate the mean field and the residual interaction in the particle-hole and particle-particle channels. We have tested our software in the case of spherical nuclei against fully self consistent calculations published in the literature, finding excellent agreement. We investigate the consequences of neglecting the spin-orbit and Coulomb residual interactions in QRPA. Furthermore we discuss the improvement obtained in the QRPA result associated with the removal of spurious modes. Isoscalar and isovector responses in the deformed ${}^{24}{}^{-}{}^{26}$Mg, ${}^{34}$Mg isotopes are presented and compared to experimental findings.
A study of key features of random atmospheric disturbance models for the approach flight phase
Heffley, R. K.
1977-01-01
An analysis and brief simulator experiment were performed to identify and classify important features of random turbulence for the landing approach flight phase. The analysis of various wind models was carried out within the context of the longitudinal closed-loop pilot/vehicle system. The analysis demonstrated the relative importance of atmospheric disturbance scale lengths, horizontal versus vertical gust components, decreasing altitude, and spectral forms of disturbances versus the pilot/vehicle system. Among certain competing wind models, the analysis predicted no significant difference in pilot performance. This was confirmed by a moving base simulator experiment which evaluated the two most extreme models. A number of conclusions were reached: attitude constrained equations do provide a simple but effective approach to describing the closed-loop pilot/vehicle. At low altitudes the horizontal gust component dominates pilot/vehicle performance.
Mussard, Bastien; Jansen, Georg; Angyan, Janos
2016-01-01
Starting from the general expression for the ground state correlation energy in the adiabatic connection fluctuation dissipation theorem (ACFDT) framework, it is shown that the dielectric matrix formulation, which is usually applied to calculate the direct random phase approximation (dRPA) correlation energy, can be used for alternative RPA expressions including exchange effects. Within this famework, the ACFDT analog of the second order screened exchange (SOSEX) approximation leads to a logarithmic formula for the correlation energy similar to the direct RPA expression. Alternatively, the contribution of the exchange can be included in the kernel used to evaluate the response functions. In this case the use of an approximate kernel is crucial to simplify the formalism and to obtain a correlation energy in logarithmic form. Technical details of the implementation of these methods are discussed and it is shown that one can take advantage of density fitting or Cholesky decomposition techniques to improve the co...
Collective Modes in a Superfluid Neutron Gas within the Quasiparticle Random-Phase Approximation
Martin, Noël
2014-01-01
We study collective excitations in a superfluid neutron gas at zero temperature within the quasiparticle random phase approximation. The particle-hole residual interaction is obtained from a Skyrme functional, while a separable interaction is used in the pairing channel which gives a realistic density dependence of the pairing gap. In accordance with the Goldstone theorem, we find an ungapped collective mode (analogous to the Bogoliubov-Anderson mode). At low momentum, its dispersion relation is approximately linear and its slope coincides with the hydrodynamic speed of sound calculated with the Skyrme equation of state. The response functions are compared with those obtained within the Landau approximation. We also compute the contribution of the collective mode to the specific heat of the neutron gas, which is relevant for the thermodynamic properties of the inner crust of neutron stars.
Phase transition in a random fragmentation problem with applications to computer science
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Dean, David S.; Majumdar, Satya N. [IRSAMC, Laboratoire de Physique Quantique (UMR 5626 du CNRS), Universite Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (France)
2002-08-16
We study a fragmentation problem where an initial object of size x is broken into m random pieces provided x>x{sub 0} where x{sub 0} is an atomic cut-off. Subsequently, the fragmentation process continues for each of those daughter pieces whose sizes are bigger than x{sub 0}. The process stops when all the fragments have sizes smaller than x{sub 0}. We show that the fluctuation of the total number of splitting events, characterized by the variance, generically undergoes a nontrivial phase transition as one tunes the branching number m through a critical value m=m{sub c}. For m
Driven random-phase three-wave interactions: Cycles, bursts, and stochasticity
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Robinson, P.A. (School of Physics, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia))
1992-11-01
Steadily driven, undriven, and stochastically driven three-wave decay processes involving groups of random-phase waves are investigated analytically and numerically. Steadily driven systems in which one product wave is suppressed exhibit neutrally stable Lotka--Volterra cycles, as for the true two-component case, whereas three-component systems are stable below a critical driver strength and unstable beyond that point. Initially unstable, but undriven, systems produce bursts of product waves, after which the parent waves fall to a final level that is an exponentially decreasing function of their initial level. Three-component systems where the product waves have near-equal dissipation rates are an exception to the latter behavior; in such systems the final parent-wave level is almost independent of the initial one. Stochastic driving gives rise to bursts of product waves in a cycle of fluctuating period, whereas a low-level noise source tends to stabilize the system.
{beta}-decay rates of r-process nuclei in the relativistic quasiparticle random phase approximation
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Niksic, T.; Marketin, T.; Vretenar, D. [Zagreb Univ. (Croatia). Faculty of Science, Physics Dept.; Paar, N. [Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany). Inst. fuer Kernphysik; Ring, P. [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Physik-Department
2004-12-08
The fully consistent relativistic proton-neutron quasiparticle random phase approximation (PN-RQRPA) is employed in the calculation of {beta}-decay half-lives of neutron-rich nuclei in the N{approx}50 and N{approx}82 regions. A new density-dependent effective interaction, with an enhanced value of the nucleon effective mass, is used in relativistic Hartree-Bogolyubov calculation of nuclear ground states and in the particle-hole channel of the PN-RQRPA. The finite range Gogny D1S interaction is employed in the T=1 pairing channel, and the model also includes a proton-neutron particle-particle interaction. The theoretical half-lives reproduce the experimental data for the Fe, Zn, Cd, and Te isotopic chains, but overestimate the lifetimes of Ni isotopes and predict a stable {sup 132}Sn. (orig.)
Time-dependent Relativistic Mean-field Theory and Random Phase Approximation
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P.Ring; D.Vretenar; A.Wandelt; NguyenVanGiai; MAZhong-yu; CAOLi-gang
2001-01-01
The relativistic random phase approximation (RRPA) is derived from the time-dependent relativistic mean field (TD RMF) theory in the limit of small amplitude oscillations. In the no-sea approximation of the RMF theory, the RRPA configuration space includes not only the usual particle-hole ph-states, but also ah configurations, i.e. pairs formed from occupied states in the Fermi sea and empty negative-energy states in the Dirac sea. The contribution of the negative energy states to the RRPA matrices is examined in a schematic model, and the large effect of Dirac sea states on isoscalar strength distributions is illustrated for the giant monopole resonance in 116Sn. It is shown that
Quantum Phase Transition in the Two-Dimensional Random Transverse-Field Ising Model
Pich, C.; Young, A. P.
1998-03-01
We study the quantum phase transition in the random transverse-field Ising model by Monte Carlo simulations. In one-dimension it has been established that this system has the following striking behavior: (i) the dynamical exponent is infinite, and (ii) the exponents for the divergence of the average and typical correlation lengths are different. An important issue is whether this behavior is special to one-dimension or whether similar behavior persists in higher dimensions. Here we attempt to answer this question by studies of the two-dimensional model. Our simulations use the Wolff cluster algorithm and the results are analyzed by anisotropic finite size scaling, paying particular attention to the Binder ratio of moments of the order parameter distribution and the distribution of the spin-spin correlation functions for various distances.
Evaluation of ground state entanglement in spin systems with the random phase approximation
Matera, J M; Canosa, N
2010-01-01
We discuss a general treatment based on the mean field plus random phase approximation (RPA) for the evaluation of subsystem entropies and negativities in ground states of spin systems. The approach leads to a tractable general method, becoming straightforward in translationally invariant arrays. The method is examined in arrays of arbitrary spin with $XYZ$ couplings of general range in a uniform transverse field, where the RPA around both the normal and parity breaking mean field state, together with parity restoration effects, are discussed in detail. In the case of a uniformly connected $XYZ$ array of arbitrary size, the method is shown to provide simple analytic expressions for the entanglement entropy of any global bipartition, as well as for the negativity between any two subsystems, which become exact for large spin. The limit case of a spin $s$ pair is also discussed.
Evaluation of ground-state entanglement in spin systems with the random phase approximation
Matera, J. M.; Rossignoli, R.; Canosa, N.
2010-11-01
We discuss a general treatment based on the mean field plus random-phase approximation (RPA) for the evaluation of subsystem entropies and negativities in ground states of spin systems. The approach leads to a tractable general method that becomes straightforward in translationally invariant arrays. The method is examined in arrays of arbitrary spin with XYZ couplings of general range in a uniform transverse field, where the RPA around both the normal and parity-breaking mean-field state, together with parity-restoration effects, is discussed in detail. In the case of a uniformly connected XYZ array of arbitrary size, the method is shown to provide simple analytic expressions for the entanglement entropy of any global bipartition, as well as for the negativity between any two subsystems, which become exact for large spin. The limit case of a spin s pair is also discussed.
Lu, Jianfeng
2016-01-01
The particle-particle random phase approximation (pp-RPA) has been shown to be capable of describing double, Rydberg, and charge transfer excitations, for which the conventional time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) might not be suitable. It is thus desirable to reduce the computational cost of pp-RPA so that it can be efficiently applied to larger molecules and even solids. This paper introduces an $O(N^3)$ algorithm, where $N$ is the number of orbitals, based on an interpolative separable density fitting technique and the Jacobi-Davidson eigensolver to calculate a few low-lying excitations in the pp-RPA framework. The size of the pp-RPA matrix can also be reduced by keeping only a small portion of orbitals with orbital energy close to the Fermi energy. This reduced system leads to a smaller prefactor of the cubic scaling algorithm, while keeping the accuracy for the low-lying excitation energies.
Analysis of double random phase encryption from a key-space perspective
Monaghan, David S.; Situ, Guohai; Ryle, James; Gopinathan, Unnikrishnan; Naughton, Thomas J.; Sheridan, John T.
2007-09-01
The main advantage of the double random phase encryption technique is its physical implementation however to allow us to analyse its behaviour we perform the encryption/decryption numerically. A typically strong encryption scheme will have an extremely large key-space, which will make the probable success of any brute force attack on that algorithm miniscule. Traditionally, designers of optical image encryption systems only demonstrate how a small number of arbitrary keys cannot decrypt a chosen encrypted image in their system. We analyse this algorithm from a key-space perspective. The key-space of an encryption algorithm can be defined as the set of possible keys that can be used to encode data using that algorithm. For a range of problem instances we plot the distribution of decryption errors in the key-space indicating the lack of feasibility of a simple brute force attack.
Niu, YiFei; Vretenar, Dario; Meng, Jie
2011-01-01
We introduce a self-consistent microscopic theoretical framework for modelling the process of electron capture on nuclei in stellar environment, based on relativistic energy density functionals. The finite-temperature relativistic mean-field model is used to calculate the single-nucleon basis and the occupation factors in a target nucleus, and $J^{\\pi} = 0^{\\pm}$, $1^{\\pm}$, $2^{\\pm}$ charge-exchange transitions are described by the self-consistent finite-temperature relativistic random-phase approximation. Cross sections and rates are calculated for electron capture on 54,56Fe and 76,78Ge in stellar environment, and results compared with predictions of similar and complementary model calculations.
Toulouse, Julien; Angyan, Janos G; Savin, Andreas
2010-01-01
Using Green-function many-body theory, we present the details of a formally exact adiabatic-connection fluctuation-dissipation density-functional theory based on range separation, which was sketched in Toulouse, Gerber, Jansen, Savin and Angyan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 096404 (2009). Range-separated density-functional theory approaches combining short-range density functional approximations with long-range random phase approximations (RPA) are then obtained as well-identified approximations on the long-range Green-function self-energy. Range-separated RPA-type schemes with or without long-range Hartree-Fock exchange response kernel are assessed on rare-gas and alkaline-earth dimers, and compared to range-separated second-order perturbation theory and range-separated coupled-cluster theory.
Modelisation of London dispersion forces by random phase approximation: methodological developments
Mussard, B
2015-01-01
In this thesis are shown developments in the random phase approximation (RPA) in the context of range-separated theories. We present advances in the formalism of the RPA in general, and particularly in the "dielectric matrix" formulation of RPA, which is explored in details. We show a summary of a work on the RPA equations with localised orbitals, especially developments of the virtual localized orbitals that are the "projected oscillatory orbitals" (POO). A program has been written to calculate functions such as the exchange hole, the response function, etc on real space grid (parallelepipedic or of the "DFT" type) ; some of those visualisations are shown here. In the real space, we offer an adaptation of the effective energy denominator approximation (EED), originally developped in the reciprocal space in solid physics. The analytical gradients of the RPA correlation energies in the context of range separation has been derived. The formalism developped here with a lagrangian allows an all-in-one derivation ...
Hohenemser, K. H.; Gaonkar, G. H.
1968-01-01
A comparison with NASA conducted simulator studies has shown that the approximate digital method for computing rotor blade flapping responses to random inputs, tentatively suggested in Phase I Report, gives with increasing rotor advance ratio the wrong trend. Consequently, three alternative methods of solution have been considered and are described: (1) an approximate method based on the functional relation between input and output double frequency spectra, (2) a numerical method based on the system responses to deterministic inputs and (3) a perturbation approach. Among these the perturbation method requires the least amount of computation and has been developed in two forms - the first form to obtain the response correlation function and the second for the time averaged spectra of flapping oscillations.
Matera, Juan Mauricio; Canosa, Norma; 10.1103/PhysRevA.78.042319
2011-01-01
We discuss a general mean field plus random phase approximation (RPA) for describing composite systems at zero and finite temperature. We analyze in particular its implementation in finite systems invariant under translations, where for uniform mean fields it requires just the solution of simple local-type RPA equations. As test and application, we use the method for evaluating the entanglement between two spins in cyclic spin 1/2 chains with both long and short range anisotropic XY-type couplings in a uniform transverse magnetic field. The approach is shown to provide an accurate analytic description of the concurrence for strong fields, for any coupling range, pair separation or chain size, where it predicts an entanglement range which can be at most twice that of interaction. It also correctly predicts the existence of a separability field together with full entanglement range in its vicinity. The general accuracy of the approach improves as the range of the interaction increases.
Hohenemser, K. H.; Gaonkar, G. H.
1967-01-01
A number of lifting rotor conditions with random inputs are discussed. The present state of random process theory, applicable to lifting rotor problems is sketched. Possible theories of random blade flapping and random blade flap-bending are outlined and their limitations discussed. A plan for preliminary experiments to study random flapping motions of a see-saw rotor is developed.
Influence of limited random-phase of objects on the image quality of 3D holographic display
Ma, He; Liu, Juan; Yang, Minqiang; Li, Xin; Xue, Gaolei; Wang, Yongtian
2017-02-01
Limited-random-phase time average method is proposed to suppress the speckle noise of three dimensional (3D) holographic display. The initial phase and the range of the random phase are studied, as well as their influence on the optical quality of the reconstructed images, and the appropriate initial phase ranges on object surfaces are obtained. Numerical simulations and optical experiments with 2D and 3D reconstructed images are performed, where the objects with limited phase range can suppress the speckle noise in reconstructed images effectively. It is expected to achieve high-quality reconstructed images in 2D or 3D display in the future because of its effectiveness and simplicity.
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Kaneko, Masao; Nomura, Tomoyo; Sasaki, Chie [Faculty of Science, Ibaraki University, 2-1-1 Bunkyo, Mito (Japan)
2003-05-07
Solar cells comprised of nanoparticulate TiO{sub 2} porous film photosensitized with an adsorbing dye have been utilized as photoinduced charge separation systems in aqueous media with the view to forming future artificial photosynthetic systems able to create fuels from solar energy and water. The photoinduced charge separation of the sensitized TiO{sub 2} cell in a quasi-solid, made from agarose or {kappa}-carrageenan, was investigated. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)
Collapse of the random phase approximation: examples and counter-examples from the shell model
Johnson, Calvin W
2009-01-01
The Hartree-Fock approximation to the many-fermion problem can break exact symmetries, and in some cases by changing a parameter in the interaction one can drive the Hartree-Fock minimum from a symmetry-breaking state to a symmetry-conserving state (also referred to as a ``phase transition'' in the literature). The order of the transition is important when one applies the random phase approximation (RPA) to the of the Hartree-Fock wavefunction: if first order, RPA is stable through the transition, but if second-order, then the RPA amplitudes become large and lead to unphysical results. The latter is known as ``collapse'' of the RPA. While the difference between first- and second-order transitions in the RPA was first pointed out by Thouless, we present for the first time non-trivial examples of both first- and second-order transitions in a uniform model, the interacting shell-model, where we can compare to exact numerical results.
Yousefjani, Rozhin; Nichols, Rosanna; Salimi, Shahriar; Adesso, Gerardo
2017-06-01
Quantum metrology aims to exploit quantum phenomena to overcome classical limitations in the estimation of relevant parameters. We consider a probe undergoing a phase shift φ whose generator is randomly sampled according to a distribution with unknown concentration κ , which introduces a physical source of noise. We then investigate strategies for the joint estimation of the two parameters φ and κ given a finite number N of interactions with the phase imprinting channel. We consider both single qubit and multipartite entangled probes, and identify regions of the parameters where simultaneous estimation is advantageous, resulting in up to a twofold reduction in resources. Quantum enhanced precision is achievable at moderate N , while for sufficiently large N classical strategies take over and the precision follows the standard quantum limit. We show that full-scale entanglement is not needed to reach such an enhancement, as efficient strategies using significantly fewer qubits in a scheme interpolating between the conventional sequential and parallel metrological schemes yield the same effective performance. These results may have relevant applications in optimization of sensing technologies.
Schuyler, Adam D; Maciejewski, Mark W; Stern, Alan S; Hoch, Jeffrey C
2015-01-01
Nonuniform sampling (NUS) in multidimensional NMR permits the exploration of higher dimensional experiments and longer evolution times than the Nyquist Theorem practically allows for uniformly sampled experiments. However, the spectra of NUS data include sampling-induced artifacts and may be subject to distortions imposed by sparse data reconstruction techniques, issues not encountered with the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) applied to uniformly sampled data. The characterization of these NUS-induced artifacts allows for more informed sample schedule design and improved spectral quality. The DFT–Convolution Theorem, via the point-spread function (PSF) for a given sampling scheme, provides a useful framework for exploring the nature of NUS sampling artifacts. In this work, we analyze the PSFs for a set of specially constructed NUS schemes to quantify the interplay between randomization and dimensionality for reducing artifacts relative to uniformly undersampled controls. In particular, we find a synergistic relationship between the indirect time dimensions and the “quadrature phase dimension” (i.e. the hypercomplex components collected for quadrature detection). The quadrature phase dimension provides additional degrees of freedom that enable partial-component NUS (collecting a subset of quadrature components) to further reduce sampling-induced aliases relative to traditional full-component NUS (collecting all quadrature components). The efficacy of artifact reduction is exponentially related to the dimensionality of the sample space. Our results quantify the utility of partial-component NUS as an additional means for introducing decoherence into sampling schemes and reducing sampling artifacts in high dimensional experiments. PMID:25899289
A Multispectral Photon-Counting Double Random Phase Encoding Scheme for Image Authentication
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Faliu Yi
2014-05-01
Full Text Available In this paper, we propose a new method for color image-based authentication that combines multispectral photon-counting imaging (MPCI and double random phase encoding (DRPE schemes. The sparsely distributed information from MPCI and the stationary white noise signal from DRPE make intruder attacks difficult. In this authentication method, the original multispectral RGB color image is down-sampled into a Bayer image. The three types of color samples (red, green and blue color in the Bayer image are encrypted with DRPE and the amplitude part of the resulting image is photon counted. The corresponding phase information that has nonzero amplitude after photon counting is then kept for decryption. Experimental results show that the retrieved images from the proposed method do not visually resemble their original counterparts. Nevertheless, the original color image can be efficiently verified with statistical nonlinear correlations. Our experimental results also show that different interpolation algorithms applied to Bayer images result in different verification effects for multispectral RGB color images.
Bunketorp-Käll, Lina; Lundgren-Nilsson, Åsa; Samuelsson, Hans; Pekny, Tulen; Blomvé, Karin; Pekna, Marcela; Pekny, Milos; Blomstrand, Christian; Nilsson, Michael
2017-07-01
Treatments that improve function in late phase after stroke are urgently needed. We assessed whether multimodal interventions based on rhythm-and-music therapy or horse-riding therapy could lead to increased perceived recovery and functional improvement in a mixed population of individuals in late phase after stroke. Participants were assigned to rhythm-and-music therapy, horse-riding therapy, or control using concealed randomization, stratified with respect to sex and stroke laterality. Therapy was given twice a week for 12 weeks. The primary outcome was change in participants' perception of stroke recovery as assessed by the Stroke Impact Scale with an intention-to-treat analysis. Secondary objective outcome measures were changes in balance, gait, grip strength, and cognition. Blinded assessments were performed at baseline, postintervention, and at 3- and 6-month follow-up. One hundred twenty-three participants were assigned to rhythm-and-music therapy (n=41), horse-riding therapy (n=41), or control (n=41). Post-intervention, the perception of stroke recovery (mean change from baseline on a scale ranging from 1 to 100) was higher among rhythm-and-music therapy (5.2 [95% confidence interval, 0.79-9.61]) and horse-riding therapy participants (9.8 [95% confidence interval, 6.00-13.66]), compared with controls (-0.5 [-3.20 to 2.28]); P=0.001 (1-way ANOVA). The improvements were sustained in both intervention groups 6 months later, and corresponding gains were observed for the secondary outcomes. Multimodal interventions can improve long-term perception of recovery, as well as balance, gait, grip strength, and working memory in a mixed population of individuals in late phase after stroke. URL: http//www.ClinicalTrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01372059. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.
Wang, Xiaogang; Zhao, Daomu
2013-09-15
We propose a simple amplitude-phase retrieval attack free cryptosystem based on direct attack to phase-truncated Fourier-transform-based encryption using a random amplitude mask (RAM). The RAM that is not saved during the encryption provides extremely high security for the two private keys, and no iterative calculations are involved in the nonlinear encryption process. Lack of enough constraints makes the specific attack based on iterative amplitude-phase retrieval algorithms unusable. Numerical simulation results are given for testing the validity and security of the proposed approach.
Phase Diagram and Tricritical Behavior of a Spin-2 Transverse Ising Model in aRandom Field
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LIANGYa-Qiu; WEIGuo-Zhu; SONGLi-Li; SONGGuo-Li; ZANGShu-Liang
2004-01-01
The phase diagrams of a spin-2 transverse Ising model with a random field on honeycomb, square, and simple-cubic lattices, respectively, are investigated within the framework of an effective-field theory with correlations.We find the behavior of the tricritical point and the reentrant phenomenon for the system with any coordination number z, when the applied random field is bimodal. The behavior of the tricritical point is also examined as a function of applied transverse field. The reentrant phenomenon comes from the competition between the transverse field and the random field.
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Annalisa Pezzi
2016-11-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background Randomization procedure in randomized controlled trials (RCTs permits an unbiased estimation of causal effects. However, in clinical practice, differential compliance between arms may cause a strong violation of randomization balance and biased treatment effect among those who comply. We evaluated the effect of the consolidation phase on disease-free survival of patients with multiple myeloma in an RCT designed for another purpose, adjusting for potential selection bias due to different compliance to previous treatment phases. Methods We computed two propensity scores (PS to model two different selection processes: the first to undergo autologous stem cell transplantation, the second to begin consolidation therapy. Combined stabilized inverse probability treatment weights were then introduced in the Cox model to estimate the causal effect of consolidation therapy miming an ad hoc RCT protocol. Results We found that the effect of consolidation therapy was restricted to the first 18 months of the phase (HR: 0.40, robust 95 % CI: 0.17-0.96, after which it disappeared. Conclusions PS-based methods could be a complementary approach within an RCT context to evaluate the effect of the last phase of a complex therapeutic strategy, adjusting for potential selection bias caused by different compliance to the previous phases of the therapeutic scheme, in order to simulate an ad hoc randomization procedure. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01134484 May 28, 2010 (retrospectively registered EudraCT: 2005-003723-39 December 17, 2008 (retrospectively registered
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O. W. Roberts
2014-08-01
Full Text Available Recent observations of astrophysical magnetic fields have shown the presence of fluctuations being wave-like (propagating in the plasma frame and those described as being structure-like (advected by the plasma bulk velocity. Typically with single spacecraft missions it is impossible to differentiate between these two fluctuations, due to the inherent spatio-temporal ambiguity associated with a single point measurement. However missions such as Cluster which contain multiple spacecraft have allowed temporal and spatial changes to be resolved, with techniques such as the k-filtering technique. While this technique does not assume Taylor's hypothesis as is necessary with single spacecraft missions, it does require weak stationarity of the time series, and that the fluctuations can be described by a superposition of plane waves with random phase. In this paper we test whether the method can cope with a synthetic signal which is composed of a combination of non-random phase coherent structures with a mean radius d and a mean separation λ, as well as plane waves with random phase.
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O. W. Roberts
2014-12-01
Full Text Available Recent observations of astrophysical magnetic fields have shown the presence of fluctuations being wave-like (propagating in the plasma frame and those described as being structure-like (advected by the plasma bulk velocity. Typically with single-spacecraft missions it is impossible to differentiate between these two fluctuations, due to the inherent spatio-temporal ambiguity associated with a single point measurement. However missions such as Cluster which contain multiple spacecraft have allowed for temporal and spatial changes to be resolved, using techniques such as k filtering. While this technique does not assume Taylor's hypothesis it requires both weak stationarity of the time series and that the fluctuations can be described by a superposition of plane waves with random phases. In this paper we test whether the method can cope with a synthetic signal which is composed of a combination of non-random-phase coherent structures with a mean radius d and a mean separation λ, as well as plane waves with random phase.
Recombinant Bile Salt-Stimulated Lipase in Preterm Infant Feeding: A Randomized Phase 3 Study.
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Charlotte Casper
Full Text Available Feeding strategies are critical for healthy growth in preterm infants. Bile salt-stimulated lipase (BSSL, present in human milk, is important for fat digestion and absorption but is inactivated during pasteurization and absent in formula. This study evaluated if recombinant human BSSL (rhBSSL improves growth in preterm infants when added to formula or pasteurized breast milk.LAIF (Lipase Added to Infant Feeding was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 study in infants born before 32 weeks of gestation. The primary efficacy variable was growth velocity (g/kg/day during 4 weeks intervention. Follow-up visits were at 3 and 12 months. The study was performed at 54 centers in 10 European countries.In total 415 patients were randomized (rhBSSL n = 207, placebo n = 208, 410 patients were analyzed (rhBSSL n = 206, placebo n = 204 and 365 patients were followed until 12 months. Overall, there was no significantly improved growth velocity during rhBSSL treatment compared to placebo (16.77 vs. 16.56 g/kg/day, estimated difference 0.21 g/kg/day, 95% CI [-0.40; 0.83], nor were secondary endpoints met. However, in a predefined subgroup, small for gestational age infants, there was a significant effect on growth in favor of rhBSSL during treatment. The incidence of adverse events was higher in the rhBSSL group during treatment.Although this study did not meet its primary endpoint, except in a subgroup of infants small for gestational age, and there was an imbalance in short-term safety, these data provide insights in nutrition, growth and development in preterm infants.ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01413581.
Felluga, Margherita; Rabach, Ingrid; Minute, Marta; Montico, Marcella; Giorgi, Rita; Lonciari, Isabella; Taddio, Andrea; Barbi, Egidio
2016-05-01
The aim of the study is to investigate if the presence of medical clowns during painful procedures in the emergency department (ED) affects children's anxiety and pain. Forty children (4-11 years) admitted to the ED with the need of painful procedures were prospectively enrolled. They were randomly assigned to the clown group, where children interacted with clowns or to the control group in which they were entertained by parents and ED nurses. The children's anxiety was assessed by the Children's Anxiety and Pain Scales; pain was evaluated with the Numerical Rating Scale and Wong-Backer Scale, according to the children's age. Staff and clown's opinions were evaluated by means of dedicated questionnaires. Children's anxiety levels in the clown group were significantly lower than those compared with the control group, while children's pain levels did not change between the two groups. The presence of clowns in the ED before and during painful procedures was effective in reducing children's anxiety. • Anxiety and fear caused by medical procedures exacerbate children's pain and may interfere with the procedure. • To reduce anxiety, fear, and pain and to facilitate patient's evaluation, different non-pharmacological approaches have been proposed and positive effects of laughter and humor have been reported. What is New: • The presence of clowns in the waiting room and in the ED during medical evaluation and painful procedures helps to reduce children's anxiety.
A simulation of the measurement of electrical conductivity in randomly generated two-phase rocks.
Mandolesi, Eric; Moorkamp, Max; Jones, Alan G.
2014-05-01
Geological models of the subsurface require detailed data, often unavailable from direct observation or well logs. Hence imaging the subsurface relies on models obtained by interpretation of geophysical data. Several electromagnetic (EM) geophysical methods focus on the EM properties of rocks and sediments to determine a reliable image of the subsurface, while the same electromagnetic properties are directly measured in laboratories. Often these laboratory measurements return equivocal results that are difficult to reconcile with field observations. Recently different numerical approaches have been investigated in order to understand the effects of the geometry and continuity of interconnected pathways of conductors on EM field measurements, often restricting the studies to direct current (DC) sources. Bearing in mind the time-varying nature of the natural electromagnetic sources that play a role in field measurements, we numerically simulate the effects of such EM sources on the conductivity measured on the surface of a randomly generated three-dimensional body embedded in a uniform host by using electromagnetic induction equations, thus simulating a magnetotelluric (MT) survey. A key point in such a simulation is the scalability of the problem: the deeper the target, the longer the period of the EM source is needed. On the other hand, a long period signal ignores small heterogeneous conductors in the target bulk of the material, averaging the different conductivities in a median value. Since most real rocks are poor conductors, we have modeled a two-phase mixture of rock and interconnected conductive elements (representing melts, saline fluids, sulphidic, carbonitic, or metallic sediments, etc.), randomly generated within the background host. We have compared the results from the simulated measurements with the target rock embedded at different depths with electrical conductivity predicted by both Hashin-Shtrikman (HS) bounds and an updated multi-phase Archie
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Sara Llufriu
Full Text Available Uncontrolled studies of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs in multiple sclerosis suggested some beneficial effect. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover phase II study we investigated their safety and efficacy in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients. Efficacy was evaluated in terms of cumulative number of gadolinium-enhancing lesions (GEL on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI at 6 months and at the end of the study.Patients unresponsive to conventional therapy, defined by at least 1 relapse and/or GEL on MRI scan in past 12 months, disease duration 2 to 10 years and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS 3.0-6.5 were randomized to receive IV 1-2×10(6 bone-marrow-derived-MSCs/Kg or placebo. After 6 months, the treatment was reversed and patients were followed-up for another 6 months. Secondary endpoints were clinical outcomes (relapses and disability by EDSS and MS Functional Composite, and several brain MRI and optical coherence tomography measures. Immunological tests were explored to assess the immunomodulatory effects.At baseline 9 patients were randomized to receive MSCs (n = 5 or placebo (n = 4. One patient on placebo withdrew after having 3 relapses in the first 5 months. We did not identify any serious adverse events. At 6 months, patients treated with MSCs had a trend to lower mean cumulative number of GEL (3.1, 95% CI = 1.1-8.8 vs 12.3, 95% CI = 4.4-34.5, p = 0.064, and at the end of study to reduced mean GEL (-2.8±5.9 vs 3±5.4, p = 0.075. No significant treatment differences were detected in the secondary endpoints. We observed a non-significant decrease of the frequency of Th1 (CD4+ IFN-γ+ cells in blood of MSCs treated patients.Bone-marrow-MSCs are safe and may reduce inflammatory MRI parameters supporting their immunomodulatory properties. ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01228266.
Effective restoration of dipole sum rules within the renormalized random-phase approximation
Hung, N Quang; Hao, T V Nhan; Phuc, L Tan
2016-01-01
The dipole excitations for calcium and zirconium isotopes are studied within the fully self-consistent Hartree-Fock mean field incorporated with the renormalized random-phase approximation (RRPA) using the Skyrme interaction SLy5. The RRPA takes into account the effect of ground-state correlations beyond RPA owing to the Pauli principle between the particle-hole pairs that form the RPA excitations as well as the correlations due to the particle-particle and hole-hole transitions, whose effects are treated here in an effective way. By comparing the RPA results with the RRPA ones, which are obtained for isoscalar (IS) and isovector (IV) dipole excitations in $^{48, 52, 58}$Ca and $^{90, 96, 110}$Zr, it is shown that ground-state correlations beyond the RPA reduce the IS transition strengths. They also shift up the energy of the lowest IV dipole state and slightly push down the peak energy of the IV giant dipole resonance. As the result, the energy-weighted sums of strengths of both IS and IV modes decrease, cau...
Time-reversal acoustic focusing system as a virtual random phased array.
Sarvazyan, Armen; Fillinger, Laurent; Gavrilov, Leonid
2010-04-01
This paper compares the performance of two different systems for dynamic focusing of ultrasonic waves: conventional 2-D phased arrays (PA) and a focusing system based on the principles of time-reversed acoustics (TRA). Focused ultrasound fields obtained in the experiments with the TRA focusing system (TRA FS), which employs a liquid-filled reverberator with 4 piezotransducers attached to its wall, are compared with the focused fields obtained by mathematical simulation of PAs comprised from several tens to several hundreds of elements distributed randomly on the array surface. The experimental and simulated focusing systems had the same aperture and operated at a frequency centered about 600 kHz. Experimental results demonstrated that the TRA FS with a small number of channels can produce complex focused patterns and can steer them with efficiency comparable to that of a PA with hundreds of elements. It is shown that the TRA FS can be realized using an extremely simple means, such as a reverberator made of a water-filled plastic bottle with just a few piezotransducers attached to its walls.
Beyond-mean-field corrections within the second random-phase approximation
Grasso, M.; Gambacurta, D.; Engel, J.
2016-06-01
A subtraction procedure, introduced to overcome double-counting problems in beyond-mean-field theories, is used in the second random-phase approximation (SRPA). Doublecounting problems arise in the energy-density functional framework in all cases where effective interactions tailored at leading order are used for higher-order calculations, such as those done in the SRPA model. It was recently shown that this subtraction procedure also guarantees that the stability condition related to the Thouless theorem is verified in extended RPA models. We discuss applications of the subtraction procedure, introduced within the SRPA model, to the nucleus 16O. The application of the subtraction procedure leads to: (i) stable results that are weakly cutoff dependent; (ii) a considerable upwards correction of the SRPA spectra (which were systematically shifted downwards by several MeV with respect to RPA spectra, in all previous calculations). With this important implementation of the model, many applications may be foreseen to analyze the genuine impact of 2 particle-2 hole configurations (without any cutoff dependences and anomalous shifts) on the excitation spectra of medium-mass and heavy nuclei.
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Peng, Degao; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Peng [Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Yang, Weitao, E-mail: weitao.yang@duke.edu [Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States)
2014-12-07
In this article, we develop systematically second random phase approximations (RPA) and Tamm-Dancoff approximations (TDA) of particle-hole and particle-particle channels for calculating molecular excitation energies. The second particle-hole RPA/TDA can capture double excitations missed by the particle-hole RPA/TDA and time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT), while the second particle-particle RPA/TDA recovers non-highest-occupied-molecular-orbital excitations missed by the particle-particle RPA/TDA. With proper orbital restrictions, these restricted second RPAs and TDAs have a formal scaling of only O(N{sup 4}). The restricted versions of second RPAs and TDAs are tested with various small molecules to show some positive results. Data suggest that the restricted second particle-hole TDA (r2ph-TDA) has the best overall performance with a correlation coefficient similar to TDDFT, but with a larger negative bias. The negative bias of the r2ph-TDA may be induced by the unaccounted ground state correlation energy to be investigated further. Overall, the r2ph-TDA is recommended to study systems with both single and some low-lying double excitations with a moderate accuracy. Some expressions on excited state property evaluations, such as 〈S{sup ^2}〉 are also developed and tested.
Peng, Degao; Yang, Yang; Zhang, Peng; Yang, Weitao
2014-12-01
In this article, we develop systematically second random phase approximations (RPA) and Tamm-Dancoff approximations (TDA) of particle-hole and particle-particle channels for calculating molecular excitation energies. The second particle-hole RPA/TDA can capture double excitations missed by the particle-hole RPA/TDA and time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT), while the second particle-particle RPA/TDA recovers non-highest-occupied-molecular-orbital excitations missed by the particle-particle RPA/TDA. With proper orbital restrictions, these restricted second RPAs and TDAs have a formal scaling of only O(N4). The restricted versions of second RPAs and TDAs are tested with various small molecules to show some positive results. Data suggest that the restricted second particle-hole TDA (r2ph-TDA) has the best overall performance with a correlation coefficient similar to TDDFT, but with a larger negative bias. The negative bias of the r2ph-TDA may be induced by the unaccounted ground state correlation energy to be investigated further. Overall, the r2ph-TDA is recommended to study systems with both single and some low-lying double excitations with a moderate accuracy. Some expressions on excited state property evaluations, such as < hat{S}2rangle are also developed and tested.
Loke, Desmond; Shi, Luping; Wang, Weijie; Zhao, Rong; Yang, Hongxin; Ng, Lung-Tat; Lim, Kian-Guan; Chong, Tow-Chong; Yeo, Yee-Chia
2011-06-24
Phase-change random access memory cells with superlattice-like (SLL) GeTe/Sb(2)Te(3) were demonstrated to have excellent scaling performance in terms of switching speed and operating voltage. In this study, the correlations between the cell size, switching speed and operating voltage of the SLL cells were identified and investigated. We found that small SLL cells can achieve faster switching speed and lower operating voltage compared to the large SLL cells. Fast amorphization and crystallization of 300 ps and 1 ns were achieved in the 40 nm SLL cells, respectively, both significantly faster than those observed in the Ge(2)Sb(2)Te(5) (GST) cells of the same cell size. 40 nm SLL cells were found to switch with low amorphization voltage of 0.9 V when pulse-widths of 5 ns were employed, which is much lower than the 1.6 V required by the GST cells of the same cell size. These effects can be attributed to the fast heterogeneous crystallization, low thermal conductivity and high resistivity of the SLL structures. Nanoscale PCRAM with SLL structure promises applications in high speed and low power memory devices.
Gould, Tim
2012-01-01
The inhomogeneous Singwi, Tosi, Land and Sjolander (ISTLS) correlation energy functional of Dobson, Wang and Gould [PRB {\\bf 66} 081108(R) (2008)] has proved to be excellent at predicting correlation energies in semi-homogeneous systems, showing promise as a robust `next step' fifth-rung functional by using dynamic correlation to go beyond the limitations of the direct random-phase approximation (dRPA), but with similar numerical scaling with system size. In this work we test the functional on fourteen spherically symmetric, neutral and charged atomic systems and find it gives excellent results (within 2mHa/$e^-$ except Be) for the absolute correlation energies of the neutral atoms tested, and good results for the ions (within 4mHa/$e^-$). In all cases it performs better than the dRPA. When combined with the previous successes, these new results point to the ISTLS functional being a prime contender for high-accuracy, benchmark DFT correlation energy calculations.
Chuang, Cheng-Hung; Chen, Yen-Lin
2013-02-01
This study presents a steganographic optical image encryption system based on reversible data hiding and double random phase encoding (DRPE) techniques. Conventional optical image encryption systems can securely transmit valuable images using an encryption method for possible application in optical transmission systems. The steganographic optical image encryption system based on the DRPE technique has been investigated to hide secret data in encrypted images. However, the DRPE techniques vulnerable to attacks and many of the data hiding methods in the DRPE system can distort the decrypted images. The proposed system, based on reversible data hiding, uses a JBIG2 compression scheme to achieve lossless decrypted image quality and perform a prior encryption process. Thus, the DRPE technique enables a more secured optical encryption process. The proposed method extracts and compresses the bit planes of the original image using the lossless JBIG2 technique. The secret data are embedded in the remaining storage space. The RSA algorithm can cipher the compressed binary bits and secret data for advanced security. Experimental results show that the proposed system achieves a high data embedding capacity and lossless reconstruction of the original images.
Mussard, Bastien; Rocca, Dario; Jansen, Georg; Ángyán, János G
2016-05-10
Starting from the general expression for the ground state correlation energy in the adiabatic-connection fluctuation-dissipation theorem (ACFDT) framework, it is shown that the dielectric matrix formulation, which is usually applied to calculate the direct random phase approximation (dRPA) correlation energy, can be used for alternative RPA expressions including exchange effects. Within this famework, the ACFDT analog of the second order screened exchange (SOSEX) approximation leads to a logarithmic formula for the correlation energy similar to the direct RPA expression. Alternatively, the contribution of the exchange can be included in the kernel used to evaluate the response functions. In this case, the use of an approximate kernel is crucial to simplify the formalism and to obtain a correlation energy in logarithmic form. Technical details of the implementation of these methods are discussed, and it is shown that one can take advantage of density fitting or Cholesky decomposition techniques to improve the computational efficiency; a discussion on the numerical quadrature made on the frequency variable is also provided. A series of test calculations on atomic correlation energies and molecular reaction energies shows that exchange effects are instrumental for improvement over direct RPA results.
Biometrics based key management of double random phase encoding scheme using error control codes
Saini, Nirmala; Sinha, Aloka
2013-08-01
In this paper, an optical security system has been proposed in which key of the double random phase encoding technique is linked to the biometrics of the user to make it user specific. The error in recognition due to the biometric variation is corrected by encoding the key using the BCH code. A user specific shuffling key is used to increase the separation between genuine and impostor Hamming distance distribution. This shuffling key is then further secured using the RSA public key encryption to enhance the security of the system. XOR operation is performed between the encoded key and the feature vector obtained from the biometrics. The RSA encoded shuffling key and the data obtained from the XOR operation are stored into a token. The main advantage of the present technique is that the key retrieval is possible only in the simultaneous presence of the token and the biometrics of the user which not only authenticates the presence of the original input but also secures the key of the system. Computational experiments showed the effectiveness of the proposed technique for key retrieval in the decryption process by using the live biometrics of the user.
Random phase approximation with second-order screened exchange for current-carrying atomic states
Zhu, Wuming; Zhang, Liang; Trickey, S. B.
2016-12-01
The direct random phase approximation (RPA) and RPA with second-order screened exchange (SOSEX) have been implemented with complex orbitals as a basis for treating open-shell atoms. Both RPA and RPA+SOSEX are natural implicit current density functionals because the paramagnetic current density implicitly is included through the use of complex orbitals. We confirm that inclusion of the SOSEX correction improves the total energy accuracy substantially compared to RPA, especially for smaller-Z atoms. Computational complexity makes post self-consistent-field (post-SCF) evaluation of RPA-type expressions commonplace, so orbital basis origins and properties become important. Sizable differences are found in correlation energies, total atomic energies, and ionization energies for RPA-type functionals evaluated in the post-SCF fashion with orbital sets obtained from different schemes. Reference orbitals from Kohn-Sham calculations with semi-local functionals are more suitable for RPA+SOSEX to generate accurate total energies, but reference orbitals from exact exchange (non-local) yield essentially energetically degenerate open-shell atom ground states. RPA+SOSEX correlation combined with exact exchange calculated from a hybrid reference orbital set (half the exchange calculated from exact-exchange orbitals, the other half of the exchange from orbitals optimized for the Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) exchange functional) gives the best overall performance. Numerical results show that the RPA-like functional with SOSEX correction can be used as a practical implicit current density functional when current effects should be included.
Zhang, Yin; Liang, Lanju; Yang, Jing; Feng, Yijun; Zhu, Bo; Zhao, Junming; Jiang, Tian; Jin, Biaobing; Liu, Weiwei
2016-05-01
Suppressing specular electromagnetic wave reflection or backward radar cross section is important and of broad interests in practical electromagnetic engineering. Here, we present a scheme to achieve broadband backward scattering reduction through diffuse terahertz wave reflection by a flexible metasurface. The diffuse scattering of terahertz wave is caused by the randomized reflection phase distribution on the metasurface, which consists of meta-particles of differently sized metallic patches arranged on top of a grounded polyimide substrate simply through a certain computer generated pseudorandom sequence. Both numerical simulations and experimental results demonstrate the ultralow specular reflection over a broad frequency band and wide angle of incidence due to the re-distribution of the incident energy into various directions. The diffuse scattering property is also polarization insensitive and can be well preserved when the flexible metasurface is conformably wrapped on a curved reflective object. The proposed design opens up a new route for specular reflection suppression, and may be applicable in stealth and other technology in the terahertz spectrum.
Combining double random phase encoding for color image watermarking in quaternion gyrator domain
Shao, Zhuhong; Duan, Yuping; Coatrieux, Gouenou; Wu, Jiasong; Meng, Jinyu; Shu, Huazhong
2015-05-01
Quaternion representation of color image has attracted great attention due to its capability to treat holistically the three color channels. In a more general way, it has successfully been used in multi-channel signal processing applications over the past few decades. In this study, a joint encryption/watermarking system with more security based on double random phase encoding (DRPE) in quaternion gyrator transform domain is addressed. In the proposed scheme, an RGB-scale watermark image together with a grayscale watermark image or not is encoded into a quaternion matrix and encrypted through the DRPE, the encrypted data is then fused into the middle coefficients of the quaternion gyrator-transformed host image. In the process of extracting watermarks, it is impossible to retrieve them without authorized keys. Compared with the three channels independently processing approach implemented in fractional Fourier domain, the proposed algorithm achieves lower complexity by reason of avoiding repetitive operations. Experimental results have demonstrated the feasibility of the proposed algorithm and its superior performance in terms of noise robustness.
First-order corrections to random-phase approximation GW calculations in silicon and diamond
Ummels, R. T. M.; Bobbert, P. A.; van Haeringen, W.
1998-05-01
We report on ab initio calculations of the first-order corrections in the screened interaction W to the random-phase approximation polarizability and to the GW self-energy, using a noninteracting Green's function, for silicon and diamond. It is found that the first-order vertex and self-consistency corrections to the polarizability largely compensate each other. This does not hold, however, for the first-order corrections to the GW gap. For silicon the compensation between the first-order vertex and self-consistency correction contributions to the gap is only about 35%, while for diamond it is even absent. The resulting gap values are significantly and systematically too large, the direct gaps for silicon and diamond being 0.4 eV and 0.7 eV larger than their GW values, respectively. The success of GW in predicting electronic properties of, e.g., silicon and diamond can therefore apparently not be understood in terms of ``small'' corrections to GW to first order in W using a noninteracting Green's function.
Scuseria, Gustavo E; Henderson, Thomas M; Bulik, Ireneusz W
2013-09-14
We establish a formal connection between the particle-particle (pp) random phase approximation (RPA) and the ladder channel of the coupled cluster doubles (CCD) equations. The relationship between RPA and CCD is best understood within a Bogoliubov quasiparticle (qp) RPA formalism. This work is a follow-up to our previous formal proof on the connection between particle-hole (ph) RPA and ring-CCD. Whereas RPA is a quasibosonic approximation, CC theory is a "correct bosonization" in the sense that the wavefunction and Hilbert space are exactly fermionic, yet the amplitude equations can be interpreted as adding different quasibosonic RPA channels together. Coupled cluster theory achieves this goal by interacting the ph (ring) and pp (ladder) diagrams via a third channel that we here call "crossed-ring" whose presence allows for full fermionic antisymmetry. Additionally, coupled cluster incorporates what we call "mosaic" terms which can be absorbed into defining a new effective one-body Hamiltonian. The inclusion of these mosaic terms seems to be quite important. The pp-RPA and qp-RPA equations are textbook material in nuclear structure physics but are largely unknown in quantum chemistry, where particle number fluctuations and Bogoliubov determinants are rarely used. We believe that the ideas and connections discussed in this paper may help design improved ways of incorporating RPA correlation into density functionals based on a CC perspective.
Scuseria, Gustavo E; Bulik, Ireneusz W
2013-01-01
We establish a formal connection between the particle-particle (pp) random phase approximation (RPA) and the ladder channel of the coupled cluster doubles (CCD) equations. The relationship between RPA and CCD is best understood within a Bogoliubov quasiparticle (qp) RPA formalism. This work is a follow-up to our previous formal proof on the connection between particle-hole (ph) RPA and ring-CCD. Whereas RPA is a quasibosonic approximation, CC theory is a correct bosonization in the sense that the wavefunction and Hilbert space are exactly fermionic. Coupled cluster theory achieves this goal by interacting the ph (ring) and pp (ladder) diagrams via a third channel that we here call "crossed-ring" whose presence allows for full fermionic antisymmetry. Additionally, coupled cluster incorporates what we call "mosaic" terms which can be absorbed into defining a new effective one-body Hamiltonian. The inclusion of these mosaic terms seems to be quite important. The pp-RPA an d qp-RPA equations are textbook material...
First principle calculations of long range correlation effects within the random phase approximation
Lu, Deyu; Li, Yan; Wilson, Hugh; Galli, Giulia
2009-03-01
The local and semi-local approximations to Density Functional Theory fail to describe correctly certain types of weak interactions (e.g. van der Waals forces) due an incorrect account of long range correlation effects. Such effects may be described by computing correlation energies within the random phase approximation (RPA), using the fluctuation-dissipation theorem and the adiabatic connection. We present an approach to compute RPA correlation energies based on an eigenmode expansion of the dielectric matrix [1,2]. By solving the frequency dependent Sternheimer equation within linear response theory [3], we eliminate the need to compute single particle unoccupied states, which makes our approach more efficient than methods using the direct-summation technique. Furthermore, the use of a dielectric eigenmode representation allows for a physical interpretation of several, different contributions to correlation energies. Results for graphite and the benzene crystal will be discussed. [1] H. Wilson, F. Gygi and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. B, 78:113303, (2008). [2] D. Lu, F. Gygi and G. Galli, Phys. Rev. Lett., 100:147601(2008). [3] S. Baroni, S. de Gironcoli, A. Dal Corso, and P. Giannozzi, Rev. Mod. Phys. 73:515, (2001).
Kvasil, J; Repko, A; Kleinig, W; Reinhard, P -G
2016-01-01
The deformation-induced splitting of isoscalar giant monopole resonance (ISGMR) is systematically analyzed in a wide range of masses covering medium, rare-earth, actinide, and superheavy axial deformed nuclei. The study is performed within the fully self-consistent quasiparticle random-phase-approximation (QRPA) method based on the Skyrme functional. Two Skyrme forces, one with a large (SV-bas) and one with a small (SkP) nuclear incompressibility, are considered. The calculations confirm earlier results that, due to the deformation-induced E0-E2 coupling, the isoscalar E0 resonance attains a double-peak structure and significant energy upshift. Our results are compared with available analytic estimations. Unlike earlier studies, we get a smaller energy difference between the lower and upper peaks and thus a stronger E0-E2 coupling. This in turn results in more pumping of E0 strength into the lower peak and more pronounced splitting of ISGMR. We also discuss widths of the peaks and their negligible correlation...
Qi, Bing; Lo, Hoi-Kwong; Qian, Li
2009-01-01
In this paper, we present a high speed random number generation scheme based on measuring the quantum phase noise of a single mode diode laser operating at a low intensity level near the lasing threshold. A delayed self-heterodyning system has been developed to measure the random phase fluctuation. We experimentally investigate this random number generation scheme under two different operating conditions: with or without active phase stabilization of the fiber interferometer in the self-heterodyning system. The achieved random number generation rates are 500Mbit/s and 50Mbit/s, respectively. The generated random numbers have passed all the DIEHARD tests.
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Guijun YANG; Lu LIN; Runchu ZHANG
2007-01-01
Quasi-regression, motivated by the problems arising in the computer experiments, focuses mainly on speeding up evaluation. However, its theoretical properties are unexplored systemically. This paper shows that quasi-regression is unbiased, strong convergent and asymptotic normal for parameter estimations but it is biased for the fitting of curve. Furthermore, a new method called unbiased quasi-regression is proposed. In addition to retaining the above asymptotic behaviors of parameter estimations, unbiased quasi-regression is unbiased for the fitting of curve.
Hennelly, B. M.; Javidi, B.; Sheridan, J. T.
2005-09-01
A number of methods have been recently proposed in the literature for the encryption of 2-D information using linear optical systems. In particular the double random phase encoding system has received widespread attention. This system uses two Random Phase Keys (RPK) positioned in the input spatial domain and the spatial frequency domain and if these random phases are described by statistically independent white noises then the encrypted image can be shown to be a white noise. Decryption only requires knowledge of the RPK in the frequency domain. The RPK may be implemented using a Spatial Light Modulators (SLM). In this paper we propose and investigate the use of SLMs for secure optical multiplexing. We show that in this case it is possible to encrypt multiple images in parallel and multiplex them for transmission or storage. The signal energy is effectively spread in the spatial frequency domain. As expected the number of images that can be multiplexed together and recovered without loss is proportional to the ratio of the input image and the SLM resolution. Many more images may be multiplexed with some loss in recovery. Furthermore each individual encryption is more robust than traditional double random phase encoding since decryption requires knowledge of both RPK and a lowpass filter in order to despread the spectrum and decrypt the image. Numerical simulations are presented and discussed.
Mi, Guodong; Wu, Zunyou; Wang, Xiaodong; Shi, Cynthia X; Yu, Fei; Li, Tian; Zhang, Linglin; McGoogan, Jennifer M; Pang, Lin; Xu, Jie; Rou, Keming
2015-01-01
The men who have sex with men (MSM) population in China has experienced a recent increase in HIV incidence. Due to the dual stigma and discrimination towards homosexuality and HIV infection, most MSM living with HIV/AIDS are hard to reach by offline intervention initiatives. We recruited HIV-positive MSM participants in Chengdu, China and assessed whether they disclosed their HIV status to partners, motivated a partner to receive testing, used condoms consistently, or initiated antiretroviral therapy. Participants were quasi-randomized to either the intervention or control arm. The intervention group was given instructions for an online program with four modules: an information exchange website, a bulletin board system, individualized online counseling with trained peer educators, and an animation game. All participants were re-assessed at 6 months. The study enrolled 202 HIV-positive MSM. The intervention group had significant increases in disclosing their HIV status to their partners (76.0% vs 61.2%, P=0.0388) and motivating partners to accept HIV testing (42.3% vs 25.5%, P=0.0156) compared with the control group, but there were no between-group differences in receiving early treatment or using condoms consistently. We found that a web-based intervention targeting HIV-positive MSM was an effective tool in increasing the uptake of HIV testing within this high-risk population.
Chaos control of a class of parametrically excited Duffing's system using a random phase
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Li Longsuo, E-mail: lilongsuo@126.com [Department of Mathematics, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yu Hedan [Pharmaceutical College, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin 150001 (China)
2011-07-15
Highlights: > The chaotic dynamical behavior first has been controlled by random phase. > It can be proved that chaos has been suppressed from the Lyapunov exponents. > It is verified that chaos has been suppressed from Poincare map. - Abstract: As the analysis of the chaotic dynamical behavior of a parametric Duffing's system, we show that chaos can be suppressed by addition the Gauss white noise phase and determined by the sign of the top Lyapunov exponent, which is based on the Khasminskii's formulation and the extension of Wedig's algorithm for linear stochastic systems. Also Poincare map analysis is carried out to confirm the obtained results. So random phase can be realized as one of the methods of chaos control.
Chen, Tong; Yan, Fei; Qian, Jiaming; Guo, Mingzhou; Zhang, Hongbing; Tang, Xiaofei; Chen, Fang; Stoner, Gary D.; Wang, Xiaomin
2016-01-01
Dysplasia is a histologic precursor of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). We previously showed that dietary freeze-dried, or lyophilized, strawberry powder inhibits N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine-induced SCC in the rat esophagus. On the basis of this observation, we conducted a randomized (noncomparative) phase II trial in China to investigate the effects of two doses of freeze-dried strawberries in patients with esophageal dysplastic lesions in a high-risk area for esophageal cancer. We randomly assigned 75 patients identified by endoscopy to have dysplastic esophageal premalignant lesions to receive freeze-dried strawberry powder at either 30 g/d (37 patients) or 60 g/d (38 patients) for six months; the powder was mixed with water and drunk. After six months, we assessed the changes in histologic grade of these lesions (primary endpoint) in a blinded fashion. The dose of 30 g/d, did not significantly affect histology or any other measured parameter. The dose of 60 g/d, however, reduced the histologic grade of dysplastic premalignant lesions in 29 (80.6%) of the 36 patients at this dose who were evaluated for histology (P < 0.0001). The strawberry powder was well tolerated, with no toxic effects or serious adverse events. Strawberries (60 g/d) also reduced protein expression levels of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) by 79.5% (P < 0.001), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) by 62.9% (P < 0.001), phospho-nuclear factor kappa B (NFκB)-p65 (pNFκB-p65) by 62.6% (P < 0.001), and phospho-S6 (pS6) by 73.2% (P < 0.001). Freeze-dried strawberries (60 g/d) also significantly inhibited the Ki-67 labeling index by 37.9% (P = 0.023). Our present results indicate the potential of freeze-dried strawberry powder for preventing human esophageal cancer, supporting further clinical testing of this natural agent in this setting. PMID:22135048
A Phase 3 Randomized Trial of Nicotinamide for Skin-Cancer Chemoprevention.
Chen, Andrew C; Martin, Andrew J; Choy, Bonita; Fernández-Peñas, Pablo; Dalziell, Robyn A; McKenzie, Catriona A; Scolyer, Richard A; Dhillon, Haryana M; Vardy, Janette L; Kricker, Anne; St George, Gayathri; Chinniah, Niranthari; Halliday, Gary M; Damian, Diona L
2015-10-22
Nonmelanoma skin cancers, such as basal-cell carcinoma and squamous-cell carcinoma, are common cancers that are caused principally by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) has been shown to have protective effects against damage caused by UV radiation and to reduce the rate of new premalignant actinic keratoses. In this phase 3, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial, we randomly assigned, in a 1:1 ratio, 386 participants who had had at least two nonmelanoma skin cancers in the previous 5 years to receive 500 mg of nicotinamide twice daily or placebo for 12 months. Participants were evaluated by dermatologists at 3-month intervals for 18 months. The primary end point was the number of new nonmelanoma skin cancers (i.e., basal-cell carcinomas plus squamous-cell carcinomas) during the 12-month intervention period. Secondary end points included the number of new squamous-cell carcinomas and basal-cell carcinomas and the number of actinic keratoses during the 12-month intervention period, the number of nonmelanoma skin cancers in the 6-month postintervention period, and the safety of nicotinamide. At 12 months, the rate of new nonmelanoma skin cancers was lower by 23% (95% confidence interval [CI], 4 to 38) in the nicotinamide group than in the placebo group (P=0.02). Similar differences were found between the nicotinamide group and the placebo group with respect to new basal-cell carcinomas (20% [95% CI, -6 to 39] lower rate with nicotinamide, P=0.12) and new squamous-cell carcinomas (30% [95% CI, 0 to 51] lower rate, P=0.05). The number of actinic keratoses was 11% lower in the nicotinamide group than in the placebo group at 3 months (P=0.01), 14% lower at 6 months (Pnicotinamide was discontinued. Oral nicotinamide was safe and effective in reducing the rates of new nonmelanoma skin cancers and actinic keratoses in high-risk patients. (Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council; ONTRAC Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials
Methadone induction in primary care (ANRS-Methaville: a phase III randomized intervention trial
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Roux Perrine
2012-06-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background In France, the rapid scale-up of buprenorphine, an opioid maintenance treatment (OMT, in primary care for drug users has led to an impressive reduction in HIV prevalence among injecting drug users (IDU but has had no major effect on Hepatitis C incidence. To date, patients willing to start methadone can only do so in a methadone clinic (a medical centre for drug and alcohol dependence (CSAPA or a hospital setting and are referred to primary care physicians after dose stabilization. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of methadone in patients who initiated treatment in primary care compared with those who initiated it in a CSAPA, by measuring abstinence from street opioid use after one year of treatment. Methods/Design The ANRS-Methaville study is a randomized multicenter non-inferiority control trial comparing methadone induction (lasting approximately 2 weeks in primary care and in CSAPA. The model of care chosen for methadone induction in primary care was based on study-specific pre-training of all physicians, exclusion criteria and daily supervision of methadone during the initiation phase. Between January 2009 and January 2011, 10 sites each having one CSAPA and several primary care physicians, were identified to recruit patients to be randomized into two groups, one starting methadone in primary care (n = 147, the other in CSAPA (n = 48. The primary outcome of the study is the proportion of participants abstinent from street opioids after 1 year of treatment i.e. non-inferiority of primary care model in terms of the proportion of patients not using street opioids compared with the proportion observed in those starting methadone in a CSAPA. Discussion The ANRS-Methaville study is the first in France to use an interventional trial to improve access to OMT for drug users. Once the non-inferiority results become available, the Ministry of Health and agency for the safety of health products may change the the
Benchmark tests and spin adaptation for the particle-particle random phase approximation.
Yang, Yang; van Aggelen, Helen; Steinmann, Stephan N; Peng, Degao; Yang, Weitao
2013-11-07
The particle-particle random phase approximation (pp-RPA) provides an approximation to the correlation energy in density functional theory via the adiabatic connection [H. van Aggelen, Y. Yang, and W. Yang, Phys. Rev. A 88, 030501 (2013)]. It has virtually no delocalization error nor static correlation error for single-bond systems. However, with its formal O(N(6)) scaling, the pp-RPA is computationally expensive. In this paper, we implement a spin-separated and spin-adapted pp-RPA algorithm, which reduces the computational cost by a substantial factor. We then perform benchmark tests on the G2/97 enthalpies of formation database, DBH24 reaction barrier database, and four test sets for non-bonded interactions (HB6/04, CT7/04, DI6/04, and WI9/04). For the G2/97 database, the pp-RPA gives a significantly smaller mean absolute error (8.3 kcal/mol) than the direct particle-hole RPA (ph-RPA) (22.7 kcal/mol). Furthermore, the error in the pp-RPA is nearly constant with the number of atoms in a molecule, while the error in the ph-RPA increases. For chemical reactions involving typical organic closed-shell molecules, pp- and ph-RPA both give accurate reaction energies. Similarly, both RPAs perform well for reaction barriers and nonbonded interactions. These results suggest that the pp-RPA gives reliable energies in chemical applications. The adiabatic connection formalism based on pairing matrix fluctuation is therefore expected to lead to widely applicable and accurate density functionals.
Effective restoration of dipole sum rules within the renormalized random-phase approximation
Hung, N. Quang; Dang, N. Dinh; Hao, T. V. Nhan; Phuc, L. Tan
2016-12-01
The dipole excitations for calcium and zirconium isotopes are studied within the fully self-consistent Hartree-Fock mean field incorporated with the renormalized random-phase approximation (RRPA) using the Skyrme interaction SLy5. The RRPA takes into account the effect of ground-state correlations beyond RPA owing to the Pauli principle between the particle-hole pairs that form the RPA excitations as well as the correlations due to the particle-particle and hole-hole transitions, whose effects are treated here in an effective way. By comparing the RPA results with the RRPA ones, which are obtained for isoscalar (IS) and isovector (IV) dipole excitations in 48,52,58Ca and 90,96,110Zr, it is shown that ground-state correlations beyond the RPA reduce the IS transition strengths. They also shift up the energy of the lowest IV dipole state and slightly push down the peak energy of the IV giant dipole resonance. As the result, the energy-weighted sums of strengths of both IS and IV modes decrease, causing the violation of the corresponding energy-weighted sum rules (EWSR). It is shown that this sum rule violation can be eliminated by taking into account the contribution of the particle-particle and hole-hole excitations together with the particle-hole ones in a simple and perturbative way. Consequently, the ratio of the energy-weighted sum of strengths of the pygmy dipole resonance to that of the giant dipole resonance increases.
A randomized, phase 2 clinical trial of lithium carbonate in Machado-Joseph disease.
Saute, Jonas Alex Morales; de Castilhos, Raphael Machado; Monte, Thais Lampert; Schumacher-Schuh, Artur Francisco; Donis, Karina Carvalho; D'Ávila, Rui; Souza, Gabriele Nunes; Russo, Aline Dutra; Furtado, Gabriel Vasata; Gheno, Tailise Conte; de Souza, Diogo Onofre Gomes; Portela, Luis Valmor Cruz; Saraiva-Pereira, Maria-Luiza; Camey, Suzi Alvez; Torman, Vanessa Bielefeld Leotti; de Mello Rieder, Carlos Roberto; Jardim, Laura Bannach
2014-04-01
Because lithium exerts neuroprotective effects in preclinical models of polyglutamine disorders, our objective was to assess the safety and efficacy of lithium carbonate (0.5-0.8 milliequivalents per liter) in patients with Machado-Joseph disease (spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 [MJD/SCA3]). For this phase 2, single-center, double-blind, parallel, placebo-controlled trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT01096082), 62 patients who had MJD/SCA3 with a disease duration ≤10 years and an independent gait were randomly assigned (1:1) to receive either lithium or placebo. After 24 weeks, 169 adverse events were reported, including 50.3% in the lithium group (P = 1.00; primary safety outcome). Sixty patients (31 in the placebo group and 29 in the lithium group) were analyzed for efficacy (intention-to-treat analysis). Mean progression between groups did not differ according to scores on the Neurological Examination Score for the Assessment of Spinocerebellar Ataxia (NESSCA) after 48 weeks (-0.35; 95% confidence interval, -1.7 to 1.0; primary efficacy outcome). The lithium group exhibited minor progression on the PATA speech-rate (P = 0.002), the nondominant Click Test (P = 0.023), the Spinocerebellar Ataxia Functional Index (P = 0.003), and the Composite Cerebellar Functional Score (P = 0.029). Lithium was safe and well tolerated, but it had no effect on progression when measured using the NESSCA in patients with MJD/SCA3. This slowdown in secondary outcomes deserves further clarification. © 2014 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
van Aggelen, Helen; Yang, Yang; Yang, Weitao
2014-05-14
Despite their unmatched success for many applications, commonly used local, semi-local, and hybrid density functionals still face challenges when it comes to describing long-range interactions, static correlation, and electron delocalization. Density functionals of both the occupied and virtual orbitals are able to address these problems. The particle-hole (ph-) Random Phase Approximation (RPA), a functional of occupied and virtual orbitals, has recently known a revival within the density functional theory community. Following up on an idea introduced in our recent communication [H. van Aggelen, Y. Yang, and W. Yang, Phys. Rev. A 88, 030501 (2013)], we formulate more general adiabatic connections for the correlation energy in terms of pairing matrix fluctuations described by the particle-particle (pp-) propagator. With numerical examples of the pp-RPA, the lowest-order approximation to the pp-propagator, we illustrate the potential of density functional approximations based on pairing matrix fluctuations. The pp-RPA is size-extensive, self-interaction free, fully anti-symmetric, describes the strong static correlation limit in H2, and eliminates delocalization errors in H2(+) and other single-bond systems. It gives surprisingly good non-bonded interaction energies--competitive with the ph-RPA--with the correct R(-6) asymptotic decay as a function of the separation R, which we argue is mainly attributable to its correct second-order energy term. While the pp-RPA tends to underestimate absolute correlation energies, it gives good relative energies: much better atomization energies than the ph-RPA, as it has no tendency to underbind, and reaction energies of similar quality. The adiabatic connection in terms of pairing matrix fluctuation paves the way for promising new density functional approximations.
Byrd, John C; Flynn, Joseph M; Kipps, Thomas J; Boxer, Michael; Kolibaba, Kathryn S; Carlile, David J; Fingerle-Rowson, Guenter; Tyson, Nicola; Hirata, Jamie; Sharman, Jeff P
2016-01-07
Obinutuzumab is a glycoengineered, type 2 anti-CD20 humanized antibody with single-agent activity in relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). With other CD20 antibodies, a dose-response relationship has been shown. We therefore performed a randomized phase 2 study in symptomatic, untreated CLL patients to evaluate if an obinutuzumab dose response exists. Obinutuzumab was given at a dose of 1000 mg (100 mg IV day 1, 900 mg day 2, 1000 mg day 8 and day 15 of cycle 1; 1000 mg day 1 of cycles 2-8) or 2000 mg (100 mg IV day 1, 900 mg day 2, 1000 mg day 3, 2000 mg day 8 and day 15 of cycle 1; 2000 mg day 1 of cycles 2-8). The primary end point was overall response rate (ORR). Eighty patients were enrolled with similar demographics: median age 67 years, 41% high-risk Rai disease, and 10% del(17p)(13.1). ORR (67% vs 49%, P = .08) and complete response (CR) or CR with incomplete cytopenia response (20% vs 5%) favored 2000 mg obinutuzumab. Overall, therapy was well tolerated, and infusion events were manageable. This study demonstrates significant efficacy of obinutuzumab monotherapy, for 1000 mg as well as for 2000 mg, in untreated CLL patients with acceptable toxicity. Although exploratory, a dose-response relationship may exist, but its relevance to improving progression-free survival is uncertain and will require further follow-up. This trial was registered at www.clinicaltrials.gov as #NCT01414205.
Kimura, Morihiko; Tominaga, Takeshi; Kimijima, Izo; Takatsuka, Yuichi; Takashima, Shigemitsu; Nomura, Yasuo; Kasumi, Fujio; Yamaguchi, Akihiro; Masuda, Norikazu; Noguchi, Shinzaburo; Eshima, Nobuoki
2014-05-01
Toremifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator, is used as adjuvant therapy for postmenopausal patients with breast cancer in Japan. For Japanese patients, however, only limited data are available on the efficacy and safety profile of toremifene. To establish the long term efficacy and safety of toremifene for Japanese patients, we conducted a prospective, multicenter, randomized phase III trial comparing toremifene and tamoxifen. The subjects were postmenopausal Japanese patients who had undergone surgery for node-negative breast cancer. Toremifene or tamoxifen was administered for 2 years. The primary endpoint was demonstration of the non-inferiority of toremifene compared with tamoxifen in respect of 5-year survival. Secondary endpoints were cumulative overall survival, cumulative disease-free survival, effects on lipid profiles, and adverse events. A total of 253 patients were enrolled. The baseline characteristics of the two treatment groups were well-balanced. Median follow-up was 66.5 months. Five-year survival was similar for toremifene and tamoxifen (97.0 vs. 96.9 %; 90 % confidence interval -3.9 to 4.1), indicating that toremifene is not inferior to tamoxifen for postmenopausal Japanese patients with early breast cancer. Cumulative overall survival and cumulative disease-free survival were also very similar for toremifene and tamoxifen (97.5 vs. 97.3 %, log-rank test P = 0.9458; 88.4 vs. 90.6 %, log-rank test P = 0.3359, respectively). Adverse events in both groups were similar and mostly mild or moderate. Thus, both are equally effective and well tolerated. Our results suggest that the efficacy and safety of toremifene and tamoxifen are equivalent for postmenopausal Japanese patients with early breast cancer.
Deng, L.; Liu, X.; Liu, H.; Dong, J.
2010-12-01
The high pressure physical-chemical behaviors of feldspar in subducted slab are very important to the geodynamic process in the deep interior of the Earth. Albite (NaAlSi3O8;Ab) is one of the few end members in the feldspar family, and its high-P behavior is obviously a prerequisite to the full understanding of the physical-chemical properties of feldspar at high pressures. So far it has been well accepted that Ab breaks down to the phase assemblage of Jadeite+Stishovite(NaAlSi2O6; Jd, SiO2; St,JS hereafter) at ~9-10 GPa. The JS phase assemblage might be stable up to ~23 GPa, and eventually directly change into the phase assemblage of calcium-ferrite type NaAlSiO4 (Cf) +2St (CS hereafter). However, some independent researches suggest there is an intermediate phase Na-hollandite (Na-Hall; a phase with the composition of NaAlSi3O8 and the structure of hollandite) between JS phase assemblage transition into CS phase assemblage (Liu 1978; Tutti 2007; Sekine and Ahrens, 1992; Beck et al., 2004). Whether Na-Hall is a thermodynamic stable phase under high P-T conditions remains unknown. In this work, phase relations in the composition of albite NaAlSi3O8 at pressures up to 40 GPa were constrained by a theoretical method that combines the ab initio calculation and quasi-harmonic Debyemodel. First, the P-T dependence of the thermodynamic potentials of the individual phase, St, Cf, Jd and the hypothetical Na-Holl were derived. Our results are generally in consistent agreement with available experimental data and previous theoretical predictions. Second, the Gibbs free energy of the hypothetical Na-Holl phase was compared with that of the phase assemblages JS and CS. Our results show that the Na-Holl phase is not a thermodynamically stable phase over the studied P-T conditions of 0-40 GPa and 100-600 K, which rules it out as a possible intermediate phase along the transition path from the JS phase assemblage to CS phase assemblage. Our calculations have predicted that the JS
Basha, Tamer A; Akçakaya, Mehmet; Goddu, Beth; Berg, Sophie; Nezafat, Reza
2015-01-01
The aim of this study was to implement and evaluate an accelerated three-dimensional (3D) cine phase contrast MRI sequence by combining a randomly sampled 3D k-space acquisition sequence with an echo planar imaging (EPI) readout. An accelerated 3D cine phase contrast MRI sequence was implemented by combining EPI readout with randomly undersampled 3D k-space data suitable for compressed sensing (CS) reconstruction. The undersampled data were then reconstructed using low-dimensional structural self-learning and thresholding (LOST). 3D phase contrast MRI was acquired in 11 healthy adults using an overall acceleration of 7 (EPI factor of 3 and CS rate of 3). For comparison, a single two-dimensional (2D) cine phase contrast scan was also performed with sensitivity encoding (SENSE) rate 2 and approximately at the level of the pulmonary artery bifurcation. The stroke volume and mean velocity in both the ascending and descending aorta were measured and compared between two sequences using Bland-Altman plots. An average scan time of 3 min and 30 s, corresponding to an acceleration rate of 7, was achieved for 3D cine phase contrast scan with one direction flow encoding, voxel size of 2 × 2 × 3 mm(3) , foot-head coverage of 6 cm and temporal resolution of 30 ms. The mean velocity and stroke volume in both the ascending and descending aorta were statistically equivalent between the proposed 3D sequence and the standard 2D cine phase contrast sequence. The combination of EPI with a randomly undersampled 3D k-space sampling sequence using LOST reconstruction allows a seven-fold reduction in scan time of 3D cine phase contrast MRI without compromising blood flow quantification. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Morais, C. V.; Zimmer, F. M.; Lazo, M. J.; Magalhães, S. G.; Nobre, F. D.
2016-06-01
The behavior of the nonlinear susceptibility χ3 and its relation to the spin-glass transition temperature Tf in the presence of random fields are investigated. To accomplish this task, the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model is studied through the replica formalism, within a one-step replica-symmetry-breaking procedure. In addition, the dependence of the Almeida-Thouless eigenvalue λAT (replicon) on the random fields is analyzed. Particularly, in the absence of random fields, the temperature Tf can be traced by a divergence in the spin-glass susceptibility χSG, which presents a term inversely proportional to the replicon λAT. As a result of a relation between χSG and χ3, the latter also presents a divergence at Tf, which comes as a direct consequence of λAT=0 at Tf. However, our results show that, in the presence of random fields, χ3 presents a rounded maximum at a temperature T* which does not coincide with the spin-glass transition temperature Tf (i.e., T*>Tf for a given applied random field). Thus, the maximum value of χ3 at T* reflects the effects of the random fields in the paramagnetic phase instead of the nontrivial ergodicity breaking associated with the spin-glass phase transition. It is also shown that χ3 still maintains a dependence on the replicon λAT, although in a more complicated way as compared with the case without random fields. These results are discussed in view of recent observations in the LiHoxY1 -xF4 compound.
q-exchangeability via quasi-invariance
Gnedin, A.V.; Olshanski, G.
2010-01-01
For positive q is not 1, the q-exchangeability of an infinite random word is introduced as quasi-invariance under permutations of letters, with a special cocycle which accounts for inversions in the word. This framework allows us to extend the q-analog of de Finetti’s theorem for binary sequences—se
Tashima, Hideaki; Takeda, Masafumi; Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Obi, Takashi; Yamaguchi, Masahiro; Ohyama, Nagaaki
2010-06-21
We have shown that the application of double random phase encoding (DRPE) to biometrics enables the use of biometrics as cipher keys for binary data encryption. However, DRPE is reported to be vulnerable to known-plaintext attacks (KPAs) using a phase recovery algorithm. In this study, we investigated the vulnerability of DRPE using fingerprints as cipher keys to the KPAs. By means of computational experiments, we estimated the encryption key and restored the fingerprint image using the estimated key. Further, we propose a method for avoiding the KPA on the DRPE that employs the phase retrieval algorithm. The proposed method makes the amplitude component of the encrypted image constant in order to prevent the amplitude component of the encrypted image from being used as a clue for phase retrieval. Computational experiments showed that the proposed method not only avoids revealing the cipher key and the fingerprint but also serves as a sufficiently accurate verification system.
Variability and self-average of impurity-limited resistance in quasi-one dimensional nanowires
Sano, Nobuyuki
2017-02-01
The impurity-limited resistance in quasi-one dimensional (quasi-1D) nanowires is studied under the framework of the Lippmann-Schwinger scattering theory. The resistance of cylindrical nanowires is calculated theoretically under various spatial configurations of localized impurities with a simplified short-range scattering potential. Then, the relationship between the phase interference and the variability in the impurity-limited resistances is clarified. We show that there are two different and independent mechanisms leading to the variability in impurity-limited resistances; incoherent and phase-coherent randomization processes. The latter is closely related to the so-called "self-average" and its physical origin under nanowire structures is clarified. We point out that the ensemble average also comes into play in the cases of long channel nanowires, which leads to the self-average resistance of multiple impurities.
Lofwall, Michelle R.; Babalonis, Shanna; Nuzzo, Paul A.; Siegel, Anthony; Campbell, Charles; Walsh, Sharon L.
2013-01-01
Background Tramadol is an atypical analgesic with monoamine and modest mu opioid agonist activity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate: 1) the efficacy of extended-release (ER) tramadol in treating prescription opioid withdrawal and 2) whether cessation of ER tramadol produces opioid withdrawal. Methods Prescription opioid users with current opioid dependence and observed withdrawal participated in this inpatient, two-phase double blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial. In Phase 1 (days 1-7), participants were randomly assigned to matched oral placebo or ER tramadol (200 or 600 mg daily). In Phase 2 (days 8-13), all participants underwent double blind crossover to placebo. Breakthrough withdrawal medications were available for all subjects. Enrollment continued until 12 completers/group was achieved. Results Use of breakthrough withdrawal medication differed significantly (ptramadol 200 mg produced significantly lower peak ratings than placebo on ratings of insomnia, lacrimation, muscular tension, and sneezing. Only tramadol 600 mg produced miosis in Phase 1. In Phase 2, tramadol 600 mg produced higher peak ratings of rhinorrhea, irritable, depressed, heavy/sluggish, and hot/cold flashes than placebo. There were no serious adverse events and no signal of abuse liability for tramadol. Conclusions ER tramadol 200 mg modestly attenuated opioid withdrawal. Mild opioid withdrawal occurred after cessation of treatment with 600 mg tramadol. These data support the continued investigation of tramadol as a treatment for opioid withdrawal. PMID:23755929
Nachum, Zohar; Garmi, Gali; Kadan, Yfat; Zafran, Noah; Shalev, Eliezer; Salim, Raed
2010-11-07
A prolonged latent phase is independently associated with an increased incidence of subsequent labor abnormalities. We aimed to compare between oxytocin augmentation, amniotomy and a combination of both on the duration of labor among women with a prolonged latent phase. Women with a singleton fetus in cephalic presentation who have a prolonged latent phase, were randomly allocated to amniotomy (group 1), oxytocin (group 2) or both (group 3). A group of women who progressed spontaneously without intervention composed the control group (group 4). The primary outcome was the duration of time from initiation of augmentation until delivery. A total of 213 women were consented and randomized to group 1 (70 women), group 2 (72 women) and group 3 (71 women). Group 4 was composed from additional 70 women. A mean reduction of 120 minutes in labor duration was observed among group 3 compared to group 1 (p = 0.08) and 180 minutes compared to group 2 and 4 (p = 0.001). Women in group 3 had a shorter length of time from augmentation until the beginning of the active phase and a shorter first stage of labor than group 1 (p = 0.03), group 2 (p = 0.001) and group 4 (p = 0.001). Satisfaction was greater among group 3 and 4. Mode of delivery and neonatal outcome were comparable between the groups. Labor augmentation by combined amniotomy and oxytocin among women with a prolonged latent phase at term seems superior compared to either of them alone.
Sanna, A; Altamirano, D; Homan, J; Casella, P; Belloni, T; Lin, D; van der Klis, M; Wijnands, R
2010-01-01
We analysed 866 observations of the neutron-star low-mass X-ray binary XTE J1701-462 during its 2006-2007 outburst. XTE J1701-462 is the only example so far of a source that during an outburst showed, beyond any doubt, spectral and timing characteristics both of the Z and atoll type. We found that the lower kHz QPO in the atoll phase has a significantly higher coherence and fractional rms amplitude than any of the kHz QPOs seen during the Z phase, and that in the same frequency range, atoll lower kHz QPOs show coherence and fractional rms amplitude, respectively, 2 and 3 times larger than the Z kHz QPOs. Out of the 707 observations in the Z phase, there is no single observation in which the kHz QPOs have a coherence or rms amplitude similar to those seen when XTE J1701-462 was in the atoll phase, even though the total exposure time was about 5 times longer in the Z than in the atoll phase. Since it is observed in the same source, the difference in QPO coherence and rms amplitude between the Z and atoll phase ...
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Amaran, Saieswari; Kosloff, Ronnie [Fritz Haber Research Centre and The Department of Physical Chemistry, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904 (Israel); Tomza, Michał; Skomorowski, Wojciech; Pawłowski, Filip; Moszynski, Robert [Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw, Pasteura 1, 02-093 Warsaw (Poland); Rybak, Leonid; Levin, Liat; Amitay, Zohar [The Shirlee Jacobs Femtosecond Laser Research Laboratory, Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Berglund, J. Martin; Reich, Daniel M.; Koch, Christiane P. [Theoretische Physik, Universität Kassel, Heinrich-Plett-Straße 40, 34132 Kassel (Germany)
2013-10-28
Two-photon photoassociation of hot magnesium atoms by femtosecond laser pulses, creating electronically excited magnesium dimer molecules, is studied from first principles, combining ab initio quantum chemistry and molecular quantum dynamics. This theoretical framework allows for rationalizing the generation of molecular rovibrational coherence from thermally hot atoms [L. Rybak, S. Amaran, L. Levin, M. Tomza, R. Moszynski, R. Kosloff, C. P. Koch, and Z. Amitay, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 273001 (2011)]. Random phase thermal wavefunctions are employed to model the thermal ensemble of hot colliding atoms. Comparing two different choices of basis functions, random phase wavefunctions built from eigenstates are found to have the fastest convergence for the photoassociation yield. The interaction of the colliding atoms with a femtosecond laser pulse is modeled non-perturbatively to account for strong-field effects.
Burow, Asbjörn M; Bates, Jefferson E; Furche, Filipp; Eshuis, Henk
2014-01-14
The random phase approximation (RPA) is an increasingly popular method for computing molecular ground-state correlation energies within the adiabatic connection fluctuation-dissipation theorem framework of density functional theory. We present an efficient analytical implementation of first-order RPA molecular properties and nuclear forces using the resolution-of-the-identity (RI) approximation and imaginary frequency integration. The centerpiece of our approach is a variational RPA energy Lagrangian invariant under unitary transformations of occupied and virtual reference orbitals, respectively. Its construction requires the solution of a single coupled-perturbed Kohn-Sham equation independent of the number of perturbations. Energy gradients with respect to nuclear displacements and other first-order properties such as one-particle densities or dipole moments are obtained from partial derivatives of the Lagrangian. Our RPA energy gradient implementation exhibits the same [Formula: see text] scaling with system size N as a single-point RPA energy calculation. In typical applications, the cost for computing the entire gradient vector with respect to nuclear displacements is ∼5 times that of a single-point RPA energy calculation. Derivatives of the quadrature nodes and weights used for frequency integration are essential for RPA gradients with an accuracy consistent with RPA energies and can be included in our approach. The quality of RPA equilibrium structures is assessed by comparison to accurate theoretical and experimental data for covalent main group compounds, weakly bonded dimers, and transition metal complexes. RPA outperforms semilocal functionals as well as second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2) theory, which fails badly for the transition metal compounds. Dipole moments of polarizable molecules and weakly bound dimers show a similar trend. RPA harmonic vibrational frequencies are nearly of coupled cluster singles, doubles, and perturbative triples quality
A randomized controlled phase Ib trial of the malaria vaccine candidate GMZ2 in African children.
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Sabine Bélard
Full Text Available BACKGROUND: GMZ2 is a fusion protein of Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 3 (MSP3 and glutamate rich protein (GLURP that mediates an immune response against the blood stage of the parasite. Two previous phase I clinical trials, one in naïve European adults and one in malaria-exposed Gabonese adults showed that GMZ2 was well tolerated and immunogenic. Here, we present data on safety and immunogenicity of GMZ2 in one to five year old Gabonese children, a target population for future malaria vaccine efficacy trials. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Thirty children one to five years of age were randomized to receive three doses of either 30 µg or 100 µg of GMZ2, or rabies vaccine. GMZ2, adjuvanted in aluminum hydroxide, was administered on Days 0, 28 and 56. All participants received a full course of their respective vaccination and were followed up for one year. Both 30 µg and 100 µg GMZ2 vaccine doses were well tolerated and induced antibodies and memory B-cells against GMZ2 as well as its antigenic constituents MSP3 and GLURP. After three doses of vaccine, the geometric mean concentration of antibodies to GMZ2 was 19-fold (95%CI: 11,34 higher in the 30 µg GMZ2 group than in the rabies vaccine controls, and 16-fold (7,36 higher in the 100 µg GMZ2 group than the rabies group. Geometric mean concentration of antibodies to MSP3 was 2.7-fold (1.6,4.6 higher in the 30 µg group than in the rabies group and 3.8-fold (1.5,9.6 higher in the 100 µg group. Memory B-cells against GMZ2 developed in both GMZ2 vaccinated groups. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Both 30 µg as well as 100 µg intramuscular GMZ2 are immunogenic, well tolerated, and safe in young, malaria-exposed Gabonese children. This result confirms previous findings in naïve and malaria-exposed adults and supports further clinical development of GMZ2. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00703066.
Hida, Kazuo
2006-07-01
The multiple reentrant quantum phase transitions in the S=1/2 antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chains with random bond alternation in the magnetic field are investigated by the density matrix renormalization group method combined with interchain mean field approximation. It is assumed that odd numbered bonds are antiferromagnetic with strength J and even numbered bonds can take the values JS and JW (JS > J > JW > 0) randomly with the probabilities p and 1- p, respectively. The pure version ( p=0 and 1) of this model has a spin gap but exhibits a field-induced antiferromagnetism in the presence of interchain coupling if Zeeman energy due to the magnetic field exceeds the spin gap. For 0 < p < 1, antiferromagnetism is induced by randomness at the small field region where the ground state is disordered due to the spin gap in the pure version. At the same time, this model exhibits randomness-induced plateaus at several values of magnetization. The antiferromagnetism is destroyed on the plateaus. As a consequence, we find a series of reentrant quantum phase transitions between transverse antiferromagnetic phases and disordered plateau phases with the increase of magnetic field for a moderate strength of interchain coupling. Above the main plateaus, the magnetization curve consists of a series of small plateaus and jumps between them. It is also found that antiferromagnetism is induced by infinitesimal interchain coupling at the jumps between the small plateaus. We conclude that this antiferromagnetism is supported by the mixing of low-lying excited states by the staggered interchain mean field even though the spin correlation function is short ranged in the ground state of each chain.
Weinberg, David H.; Gott, J. Richard, III; Melott, Adrian L.
1987-01-01
Many models for the formation of galaxies and large-scale structure assume a spectrum of random phase (Gaussian), small-amplitude density fluctuations as initial conditions. In such scenarios, the topology of the galaxy distribution on large scales relates directly to the topology of the initial density fluctuations. Here a quantitative measure of topology - the genus of contours in a smoothed density distribution - is described and applied to numerical simulations of galaxy clustering, to a variety of three-dimensional toy models, and to a volume-limited sample of the CfA redshift survey. For random phase distributions the genus of density contours exhibits a universal dependence on threshold density. The clustering simulations show that a smoothing length of 2-3 times the mass correlation length is sufficient to recover the topology of the initial fluctuations from the evolved galaxy distribution. Cold dark matter and white noise models retain a random phase topology at shorter smoothing lengths, but massive neutrino models develop a cellular topology.
Kolb, R.; Schlapp, M.; Hesse, S.; Schmechel, R.; von Seggern, H.; Fasel, C.; Riedel, R.; Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H.
2002-08-01
In order to understand the formation and stoichiometry of the x-ray storage phosphor BaFBr : Eu2+, the phase diagram of the quasi-binary BaF2-BaBr2 system has been investigated. The phase diagram was obtained by means of differential thermal analysis and temperature controlled x-ray diffraction experiments. The resulting phase diagram indicates that BaFBr forms a compound with no detectable solid solubility for neither BaF2 nor BaBr2. Experiments to obtain non-stoichiometric BaFBr via the synthesis route using BaF2 and NH4Br as proposed in the literature could not be verified. It will be shown that the type of colour centre created during x-ray irradiation is related to the non-stoichiometry of the starting compositions before sintering. A surplus of either barium fluoride or barium bromide during sintering allows the controlled formation of F(Br-)- and F(F-)-centres, respectively.
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Kolb, R.; Schlapp, M.; Hesse, S.; Schmechel, R.; Seggern, H. von [Department of Electronic Materials, Institute of Materials Science, Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt (Germany); Fasel, C.; Riedel, R. [Department of Nondispersive Solids, Institute of Materials Science, Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt (Germany); Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H. [Department of Structural Research, Institute of Materials Science, Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt (Germany)
2002-08-21
In order to understand the formation and stoichiometry of the x-ray storage phosphor BaFBr:Eu{sup 2+}, the phase diagram of the quasi-binary BaF{sub 2}-BaBr{sub 2} system has been investigated. The phase diagram was obtained by means of differential thermal analysis and temperature controlled x-ray diffraction experiments. The resulting phase diagram indicates that BaFBr forms a compound with no detectable solid solubility for neither BaF{sub 2} nor BaBr{sub 2}. Experiments to obtain non-stoichiometric BaFBr via the synthesis route using BaF{sub 2} and NH{sub 4}Br as proposed in the literature could not be verified. It will be shown that the type of colour centre created during x-ray irradiation is related to the non-stoichiometry of the starting compositions before sintering. A surplus of either barium fluoride or barium bromide during sintering allows the controlled formation of F(Br{sup -})- and F(F{sup -})-centres, respectively. (author)
Hartford, Edward John
This position-space renormalization-group study focuses on two systems with quenched disorder: the Ising spin glass and the asymmetric random-field Ising model. We have employed the Migdal-Kadanoff approach to determine local recursion relations and have retained the full correlated probability distribution of interactions and fields at each iteration in a series of histograms. We find an equilibrium spin-glass phase in three dimensions, but not in two. The spin glass is characterized by a distribution of effective interactions that broadens under iteration, signaling both the long-range order of the phase and the importance of competing interactions on all length scales. We have introduced a method to calculate the distribution of local properties by differentiating the free energy with respect to a particular magnetic field or interaction. Within the spin-glass phase, the nearest neighbor correlation ranges from negative one to one, showing the strong correlations and the local variation within the phase. The spin-glass-to-paramagnet phase transition is second order, with a smooth specific heat indicated by a negative critical exponent alpha. The multicritical point separating the spin-glass, paramagnetic, and ferromagnetic phases lies along the Nishimori line and also has a nondivergent specific heat. When the system undergoes quenched dilution, the resulting critical and multicritical behaviors are identical to those of the undiluted system. Even the addition of an infinitesimal magnetic field destroys the long-range spin-glass order; however, the characteristic broadening of the distribution continues for several iterations for small fields and low temperatures, suggesting the persistence of sizable spin-glass domains. Our study of the asymmetric random-field Ising model is motivated by recent experiments on phase transitions in porous media and mean-field treatments, which suggest that new critical behavior could occur when the distribution of fields is
Generalized quasi variational inequalities
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Noor, M.A. [King Saud Univ., Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
1996-12-31
In this paper, we establish the equivalence between the generalized quasi variational inequalities and the generalized implicit Wiener-Hopf equations using essentially the projection technique. This equivalence is used to suggest and analyze a number of new iterative algorithms for solving generalized quasi variational inequalities and the related complementarity problems. The convergence criteria is also considered. The results proved in this paper represent a significant improvement and refinement of the previously known results.
De, Santanu; Kumar, Kranti; Banerjee, A.; Chaddah, P.
2016-05-01
We have found that the geometrically frustrated spin chain compound Ca3Co2O6 belonging to Ising like universality class with uniaxial anisotropy shows kinetic arrest of first order intermediate phase (IP) to ferrimagnetic (FIM) transition. In this system, dc magnetization measurements followed by different protocols suggest the coexistence of high temperature IP with equilibrium FIM phase in low temperature. Formation of metastable state due to hindered first order transition has also been probed through cooling and heating in unequal field (CHUF) protocol. Kinetically arrested high temperature IP appears to persist down to almost the spin freezing temperature in this system.
Hu, Bei; Younes, Anas; Westin, Jason R; Turturro, Francesco; Claret, Linda; Feng, Lei; Fowler, Nathan; Neelapu, Sattva; Romaguera, Jorge; Hagemeister, Fredrick B; Rodriguez, Maria Alma; Samaniego, Felipe; Fayad, Luis E; Copeland, Amanda R; Nastoupil, Loretta J; Nieto, Yago; Fanale, Michelle A; Oki, Yasuhiro
2017-08-09
This phase-I/phase-II study evaluated panobinostat in combination with ifosfamide, carboplatin, etoposide (P-ICE) in relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma. During phase I, panobinostat was given daily on Monday/Wednesday/Friday starting one week prior to Cycle 1 (C1) of ICE and during two weeks of C1-2 of ICE (Schedule A). No DLT was observed at 30 mg. However, frequent (84%) grade-4 thrombocytopenia during second week prompted us to omit the second week of panobinostat 30 mg (Schedule B) for phase II, where this regimen was compared to ICE. In the randomized phase-II study, CR was seen in 9/11 (82%) and 8/12 (67%) for P-ICE and ICE, respectively (p = .64). Grade-4 neutropenia (55% vs. 8%) and thrombocytopenia (100% vs. 33%) were more common in P-ICE. In summary, combination therapy using panobinostat produced high CR rate at the cost of greater bone marrow toxicity. Investigation of panobinostat with less myelosuppressive agents is of interest.
Mita, Akifumi; Okamoto, Atsushi; Funakoshi, Hisatoshi
2004-06-01
We have proposed an all-optical authentic memory with the two-wave encryption method. In the recording process, the image data are encrypted to a white noise by the random phase masks added on the input beam with the image data and the reference beam. Only reading beam with the phase-conjugated distribution of the reference beam can decrypt the encrypted data. If the encrypted data are read out with an incorrect phase distribution, the output data are transformed into a white noise. Moreover, during read out, reconstructions of the encrypted data interfere destructively resulting in zero intensity. Therefore our memory has a merit that we can detect unlawful accesses easily by measuring the output beam intensity. In our encryption method, the random phase mask on the input plane plays important roles in transforming the input image into a white noise and prohibiting to decrypt a white noise to the input image by the blind deconvolution method. Without this mask, when unauthorized users observe the output beam by using CCD in the readout with the plane wave, the completely same intensity distribution as that of Fourier transform of the input image is obtained. Therefore the encrypted image will be decrypted easily by using the blind deconvolution method. However in using this mask, even if unauthorized users observe the output beam using the same method, the encrypted image cannot be decrypted because the observed intensity distribution is dispersed at random by this mask. Thus it can be said the robustness is increased by this mask. In this report, we compare two correlation coefficients, which represents the degree of a white noise of the output image, between the output image and the input image in using this mask or not. We show that the robustness of this encryption method is increased as the correlation coefficient is improved from 0.3 to 0.1 by using this mask.
Phase Behavior of the Ternary Solution Involving Rodlike and Random Coil Polymers
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2000-01-01
The present paper covers the phase behavior of poly(p-benzamide)(PBA)/Nylon 6/H2SO4 and poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (PPTA)/Nylon 6/H2SO4 systems. The transition temperatures detected by the Depolarized Light Intensity measurements were used to construct the phase diagram in which the influence of temperature was shown. The enhanced depolarized light intensity observed in the ternary system suggests that the coil polymer chains may tend to be extended and contribute to the overall anisotropy of the liquid crystal phase.
Phase-space diffusion in turbulent plasmas: The random acceleration problem revisited
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Pécseli, H.L.; Trulsen, J.
1991-01-01
Phase-space diffusion of test particles in turbulent plasmas is studied by an approach based on a conditional statistical analysis of fluctuating electrostatic fields. Analytical relations between relevant conditional averages and higher-order correlations, , and triple...
Alpha-helix <-> random coil phase transition: analysis of ab initio theory predictions
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Solov'yov, Ilia; Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Andrey V.;
2008-01-01
In the present paper we present results of calculations obtained with the use of the theoretical method described in our preceding paper [Eur. Phys. J. D, DOI 10.1140/epjd/e2007-00328-9] and perform detail analysis of -helix random coil transition in alanine polypeptides of different length. We...
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Roy, D.; Pratt, C.M.; Torp-Pedersen, C.;
2008-01-01
Background - The present study assessed the efficacy and safety of vernakalant hydrochloride ( RSD1235), a novel compound, for the conversion of atrial fibrillation ( AF). Methods and Results - Patients were randomized in a 2: 1 ratio to receive vernakalant or placebo and were stratified by AF du...
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Shalev Eliezer
2010-11-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background A prolonged latent phase is independently associated with an increased incidence of subsequent labor abnormalities. We aimed to compare between oxytocin augmentation, amniotomy and a combination of both on the duration of labor among women with a prolonged latent phase. Methods Women with a singleton fetus in cephalic presentation who have a prolonged latent phase, were randomly allocated to amniotomy (group 1, oxytocin (group 2 or both (group 3. A group of women who progressed spontaneously without intervention composed the control group (group 4. The primary outcome was the duration of time from initiation of augmentation until delivery. Results A total of 213 women were consented and randomized to group 1 (70 women, group 2 (72 women and group 3 (71 women. Group 4 was composed from additional 70 women. A mean reduction of 120 minutes in labor duration was observed among group 3 compared to group 1 (p = 0.08 and 180 minutes compared to group 2 and 4 (p = 0.001. Women in group 3 had a shorter length of time from augmentation until the beginning of the active phase and a shorter first stage of labor than group 1 (p = 0.03, group 2 (p = 0.001 and group 4 (p = 0.001. Satisfaction was greater among group 3 and 4. Mode of delivery and neonatal outcome were comparable between the groups. Conclusion Labor augmentation by combined amniotomy and oxytocin among women with a prolonged latent phase at term seems superior compared to either of them alone.
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Kitazaki, Tamotsu; Kato, Tomohiko, E-mail: katou@fit.ac.jp
2014-03-15
Random magnets generally exhibit gradual phase transitions more or less. The origin of the phenomena has been controversial for a long time: intrinsic phenomena of disordered magnets or non-equilibrium effect due to finite observation time. We now support the latter, but there have not been clear evidences experimentally and theoretically. We show that the behavior of phase transition of a simple random magnetic system differs in the observation time by using a dynamic Monte Carlo simulation. The target of the simulation is experiments of the line width of NMR spin-echo spectra, a type of the order parameter, on Mn{sub x}Cd{sub 1−x} (HCOO){sub 2}·2(NH{sub 2})2CO. The calculated results indicate that, as the averaging time becomes shorter, the phase transition becomes more gradual. This tendency is most pronounced around the percolation concentration. The calculated results coincide well with the characteristic features of the experimental results. This coincidence supports that the smearing behavior of the order parameter is a non-equilibrium effect, though Ising model employed in the simulation is different with Heisenberg system of the target substance.
Ohno, T; Ichinose, I; Matsui, T; Ohno, Takuya; Arakawa, Gaku; Ichinose, Ikuo; Matsui, Tetsuo
2004-01-01
We study the phase structure of the random-plaquette Z_2 lattice gauge model in three dimensions. In this model, the "gauge coupling" for each plaquette is a quenched random variable that takes the value \\beta with the probability 1-p and -\\beta with the probability p. This model is relevant for the recently proposed quantum memory of toric code. The parameter p is the concentration of the plaquettes with "wrong-sign" couplings -\\beta, and interpreted as the error probability per qubit in quantum code. In the gauge system with p=0, i.e., with the uniform gauge couplings \\beta, it is known that there exists a second-order phase transition at a certain critical "temperature", T(\\equiv \\beta^{-1}) = T_c =1.31, which separates an ordered(Higgs) phase at TT_c. As p increases, the critical temperature T_c(p) decreases. In the p-T plane, the curve T_c(p) intersects with the Nishimori line T_{N}(p) at the certain point (p_c, T_{N}(p_c)). The value p_c is just the accuracy threshold for a fault-tolerant quantum memory...
Liu, Gang; Mao, Zhu; Todd, Michael
2016-11-01
This paper proposes a damage detection method based on the geometrical variation of transient trajectories in phase-space, and the proposed methodology is compatible with non-stationary excitations (e.g., earthquake-induced ground motion). The work presented assumes zero-mean non-stationary excitation, and extends the random decrement technique to convert non-stationary response signals of the structure into free-vibration data. Transient trajectories of the structure are reconstructed via the embedding theorem from the converted free-vibration data, and trajectories are mapped successively into phase-space to enhance statistical analysis. Based upon the characterized system dynamics in terms of phase-space, the time prediction error is adopted as the damage index. To identify the presence and severity of damage in a statistically rigorous way, receiver operating characteristic curves and the Bhattacharyya distance are employed. The results from both numerical simulations and experiments validate the proposed framework, when the test structures are subject to non-stationary excitations. The extension achieved in this paper enables the phase-space damage detection approach to be compatible with non-stationary scenarios, such as traffic, wind, and earthquake loadings. Moreover, the results indicate that this phase-state-based method is able to identify damage-induced nonlinearity in response, which is an intrinsic characteristic associated with most structural damage types.
Wang, Xiaogang; Zhao, Daomu; Chen, Yixiang
2014-08-10
We present a study about information disclosure in phase-truncation-based cryptosystems. The main information of the original image to be encoded can be obtained by using a decryption key in the worst case. The problem cannot be thoroughly solved by imaginary part truncating, keeping the encryption keys as private keys, or applying different phase keys for different plaintexts during each encryption process as well as the phase modulation in the frequency domain. In order to eliminate the risk of unintended information disclosure, we further propose a nonlinear spatial and spectral encoding technique using a random amplitude mask (RAM). The encryption process involving two security layers can be fully controlled by a RAM. The spatial encoding of the plaintext images and the simultaneous encryption of the plaintext images and the encryption key greatly enhance the security of system, avoiding several attacks that have cracked the phase-truncation-based cryptosystems. Besides, the hybrid encryption system retains the advantage of a trap door one-way function of phase truncation. Numerical results have demonstrated the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed encryption algorithm.
Hong, Peilong; Li, Liming; Liu, Jianji; Zhang, Guoquan
2016-03-29
Young's double-slit or two-beam interference is of fundamental importance to understand various interference effects, in which the stationary phase difference between two beams plays the key role in the first-order coherence. Different from the case of first-order coherence, in the high-order optical coherence the statistic behavior of the optical phase will play the key role. In this article, by employing a fundamental interfering configuration with two classical point sources, we showed that the high- order optical coherence between two classical point sources can be actively designed by controlling the statistic behavior of the relative phase difference between two point sources. Synchronous position Nth-order subwavelength interference with an effective wavelength of λ/M was demonstrated, in which λ is the wavelength of point sources and M is an integer not larger than N. Interestingly, we found that the synchronous position Nth-order interference fringe fingerprints the statistic trace of random phase fluctuation of two classical point sources, therefore, it provides an effective way to characterize the statistic properties of phase fluctuation for incoherent light sources.
Iwano, Kaoru; Shimoi, Yukihiro
2010-10-01
We focus on the electronic property of the high-temperature phase of (EDO-TTF)2PF6. Applying a cluster-based density-functional theory (DFT) calculation augmented by a self-consistent environment, we recognize a strong electron-electron repulsion in a dimer-Mott-type ground state. On the basis of this ground state, we obtain an absorption spectrum that takes a form of a single peak in the mid-infrared (mid-IR) region. We next analyze a Hubbard model with alternate transfers, of which the values are determined by the DFT calculations. The obtained absorption peak energy is comparable to the mid-IR peak energy observed in the experiment. Finally, we also investigate other one-dimensional conductors, (TMTSF)2PF6 and (TMTTF)2PF6, which are known as correlated metals, and conclude that (EDO-TTF)2PF6 also falls in this category, in spite of its unique (0110)-type charge ordering observed in the low-temperature phase.
Continuity of the Phase Transition for Planar Random-Cluster and Potts Models with {1 ≤ q ≤ 4}
Duminil-Copin, Hugo; Sidoravicius, Vladas; Tassion, Vincent
2017-01-01
This article studies the planar Potts model and its random-cluster representation. We show that the phase transition of the nearest-neighbor ferromagnetic q-state Potts model on Z^2 is continuous for {q in {2,3,4}}, in the sense that there exists a unique Gibbs state, or equivalently that there is no ordering for the critical Gibbs states with monochromatic boundary conditions. The proof uses the random-cluster model with cluster-weight {q ≥ 1} (note that q is not necessarily an integer) and is based on two ingredients: The fact that the two-point function for the free state decays sub-exponentially fast for cluster-weights {1≤ q≤ 4}, which is derived studying parafermionic observables on a discrete Riemann surface.
Nanda, Rita; Stringer-Reasor, Erica M; Saha, Poornima; Kocherginsky, Masha; Gibson, Jean; Libao, Bernadette; Hoffman, Philip C; Obeid, Elias; Merkel, Douglas E; Khramtsova, Galina; Skor, Maxwell; Krausz, Thomas; Cohen, Ronald N; Ratain, Mark J; Fleming, Gini F; Conzen, Suzanne D
2016-01-01
Glucocorticoid receptor (GR) overexpression is associated with poor prognosis ER-negative breast cancer. GR antagonism with mifepristone increases chemotherapy-induced breast cancer cell death, therefore we conducted a phase I clinical trial of mifepristone and nab-paclitaxel in advanced breast cancer. A novel randomized phase I design was used to assess the effect of mifepristone on nab-paclitaxel pharmacokinetics and toxicity. Patients were randomized to placebo or mifepristone for the first cycle; mifepristone was given to all for subsequent cycles. Nine patients were enrolled. All were found to have a twofold or greater increase in serum cortisol after mifepristone administration, reflecting effective GR inhibition. Neutropenia occurred at both nab-paclitaxel dose levels studied (100 and 80 mg/m(2)), and was easily managed with dose reduction and/or growth factor administration. Pharmacokinetic data suggest an interaction between nab-paclitaxel and mifepristone in some patients. Two patients had complete responses (CR), three partial responses (PR), one stable disease (SD), and three progressive disease (PD). Immunohistochemical staining for GR found six of nine tumors were GR-positive. All six GR-positive tumors were triple-negative at the time of recurrence. Of these six patients, two had CRs, two PRs, one SD, and one PD. GR appears to be a promising target in TNBC, and GR inhibition plus chemotherapy produces manageable toxicity. While neutropenia was observed in some, a nab-paclitaxel dose of 100 mg/m(2) plus mifepristone 300 mg was found to be tolerable, and a randomized phase II trial of nab-paclitaxel with/without mifepristone is planned in GR-positive advanced TNBC.
Nakada, H
2016-01-01
Influence of the Nambu-Goldstone (NG) mode on the energy-weighted sum (EWS) of the excitation strengths is analyzed, within the random-phase approximation (RPA). When a certain symmetry is broken at the mean-field level, a NG mode emerges in the RPA, which can be represented by canonical variables forming a two-dimensional Jordan block. A general formula is derived which separates out the NG-mode contribution to the EWS, via the projection on the subspace directed by the NG mode. As examples, the formula is applied to the $E1$ excitation and the rotational excitations in nuclei.
Altmeyer, Michaela; Guterding, Daniel; Hirschfeld, P. J.; Maier, Thomas A.; Valentí, Roser; Scalapino, Douglas J.
2016-12-01
In the framework of a multiorbital Hubbard model description of superconductivity, a matrix formulation of the superconducting pairing interaction that has been widely used is designed to treat spin, charge, and orbital fluctuations within a random phase approximation (RPA). In terms of Feynman diagrams, this takes into account particle-hole ladder and bubble contributions as expected. It turns out, however, that this matrix formulation also generates additional terms which have the diagrammatic structure of vertex corrections. Here we examine these terms and discuss the relationship between the matrix-RPA superconducting pairing interaction and the Feynman diagrams that it sums.
Xu, Hongsheng; Sang, Nong
2011-12-01
Optical information hiding system has many features such as high processing speed, high parallel, high encryption dimension and high speed of optical transformation and related operations, more advantages than digital method in some way. But it has not adequate security, and enough combination with techniques of digital image processing. So on basis of analyzing existing image hiding and analyzing techniques, we give out the idea. We should adopt idea of virtual optics on the way of all-digital simulation to do research of optical image hiding and analyzing methods based on optical image processing technique especially technique of double random phase encoding and digital holography.
Helmy, Adel; Guilfoyle, Mathew R.; Carpenter, Keri LH; Pickard, John D.; Menon, David K.; Hutchinson, Peter J.
2014-01-01
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the commonest cause of death and disability in those aged under 40 years. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL1ra) is an endogenous competitive antagonist at the interleukin-1 type-1 receptor (IL-1R). Antagonism at the IL-1R confers neuroprotection in several rodent models of neuronal injury (i.e., trauma, stroke and excitotoxicity). We describe a single center, phase II, open label, randomized-control study of recombinant human IL1ra (rhIL1ra, anakinra) in se...
Parrondo, Juan M. R.
2001-09-01
The role of symmetry breaking phase transitions in the Szilard engine is analyzed. It is shown that symmetry breaking is the only necessary ingredient for the engine to work. To support this idea, we show that the Ising model behaves exactly as the Szilard engine. We design a purely macroscopic Maxwell demon from an Ising model, demonstrating that a demon can operate with information about the macrostate of the system. We finally discuss some aspects of the definition of entropy and how thermodynamics should be modified to account for the variations of entropy in second-order phase transitions.
Mehta, Dhagash; Kastner, Michael
2011-06-01
We study the stationary points of what is known as the lattice Landau gauge fixing functional in one-dimensional compact U(1) lattice gauge theory, or as the Hamiltonian of the one-dimensional random phase XY model in statistical physics. An analytic solution of all stationary points is derived for lattices with an odd number of lattice sites and periodic boundary conditions. In the context of lattice gauge theory, these stationary points and their indices are used to compute the gauge fixing partition function, making reference in particular to the Neuberger problem. Interpreted as stationary points of the one-dimensional XY Hamiltonian, the solutions and their Hessian determinants allow us to evaluate a criterion which makes predictions on the existence of phase transitions and the corresponding critical energies in the thermodynamic limit.
Alpha-helix <-> random coil phase transition: analysis of ab initio theory predictions
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Solov'yov, Ilia; Yakubovich, Alexander V.; Solov'yov, Andrey V.
2008-01-01
In the present paper we present results of calculations obtained with the use of the theoretical method described in our preceding paper [Eur. Phys. J. D, DOI 10.1140/epjd/e2007-00328-9] and perform detail analysis of -helix random coil transition in alanine polypeptides of different length. We...... have obtained same thermodynamical characteristics from the use of molecular dynamics simulations and compared them with the results of the new statistical mechanics approach. The comparison proves the validity of the statistical mechanic approach and establishes its accuracy....
Karpov, V. G.; Niraula, D.; Karpov, I. V.; Kotlyar, R.
2017-08-01
We present a phenomenological theory of bipolar filamentary resistive random-access memory describing the commonly observed features of their current-voltage characteristics. Our approach follows the approach of a thermodynamic theory developed earlier for chalcogenide memory and threshold switches and largely independent of their microscopic details. It explains, without adjustable parameters, such features as the domains of filament formation and switching, voltage-independent current in set and current-independent voltage in reset regimes, the relation between the set and reset voltages, filament resistance independent of its length, etc. Furthermore, it expresses the observed features through the material and circuitry parameters, thus paving the way to device improvements.
Monthus, Cécile
2017-07-01
When random quantum spin chains are submitted to some periodic Floquet driving, the eigenstates of the time-evolution operator over one period can be localized in real space. For the case of periodic quenches between two Hamiltonians (or periodic kicks), where the time-evolution operator over one period reduces to the product of two simple transfer matrices, we propose a block-self-dual renormalization procedure to construct the localized eigenstates of the Floquet dynamics. We also discuss the corresponding strong disorder renormalization procedure, that generalizes the RSRG-X procedure to construct the localized eigenstates of time-independent Hamiltonians.
Moldawer, Adam Lyle
The family of nitride semiconductors has had a profound influence on the development of optoelectronics for a large variety of applications. However, as of yet there are no native substrates commercially available that are grown by liquid phase methods as with Si and GaAs. As a result, the majority of electronic and optoelectronic devices are grown heteroepitaxially on sapphire and SiC. This PhD research addresses both the development of polar and non-polar GaN and AIN templates by Hydride Vapor Phase Epitaxy (HVPE) on sapphire and SiC substrates, as well as the growth and characterization of optoelectronic devices on these templates by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). Polar and non-polar GaN templates have been grown in a vertical HVPE reactor on the C- and R-planes of sapphire respectively. The growth conditions have been optimized to allow the formation for thick (50um) GaN templates without cracks. These templates were characterized structurally by studying their surface morphologies by SEM and AFM, and their structure through XRD and TEM. The polar C-plane GaN templates were found to be atomically smooth. However, the surface morphology of the non-polar GaN films grown on the R-plane of sapphire were found to have a facetted surface morphology, with the facets intersecting at 120° angles. This surface morphology reflects an equilibrium growth, since the A-plane of GaN grows faster than the M-planes of GaN due to the lower atomic density of the plane. For the development of deep-UV optoelectronics, it is required to grow AIGaN quantum wells on AIN templates. However, since AIN is a high melting point material, such templates have to be grown at higher temperatures, close to half the melting point of the material (1500 °C). As these temperatures cannot be easily obtained by traditional furnace heating, an HVPE reactor has been designed to heat the substrate inductively to these temperatures. This apparatus has been used to grow high-quality, transparent AIN films
The quasi-periodicity of the minority game revisited
Acosta, Gabriel; Caridi, Inés; Guala, Sebastián; Marenco, Javier
2013-10-01
We analyze two well-known related aspects regarding the sequence of minority sides from the Minority Game (MG) in its symmetric phase: period-two dynamics and quasi-periodic behavior. We also study the sequence of minority sides in a general way within a graph-theoretical framework. In order to analyze the outcome dynamics of the MG, it is useful to define the MG, namely an MG with a new choosing rule of the strategy to play, which takes into account both prior preferences and game information. In this way, each time an agent is undecided because two of her best strategies predict different choices while being equally successful so far, she selects her a priori favorite strategy to play, instead of performing a random tie-break as in the MG. This new choosing rule leaves the generic behavior of the model unaffected and simplifies the game analysis. Furthermore, interesting properties arise which are only partially present in the MG, like the quasi-periodic behavior of the sequence of minority sides, which turns out to be periodic for the MG.
Cloutier, Francis; Khoury, Naim; Ghostine, Jimmy; Farzin, Behzad; Kotowski, Marc; Weill, Alain; Roy, Daniel; Raymond, Jean
2017-02-01
Background and purpose Endovascular coil embolization of cerebral aneurysms is associated with suboptimal angiographic results in up to 20-30% of patients. Coil packing density has been used as an index of the success of the initial procedure. The trial sought to study the effects of using 15-caliber coils, as compared with 10-caliber coils, on packing density. Methods Does Embolization with Larger coils lead to better Treatment of Aneurysms (DELTA) is an investigator-initiated multicenter prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Patients are randomized 1:1 to embolization with either 10-caliber coils exclusively (control group) or the highest safely achievable proportion of 15-caliber coils and 10-caliber coils if necessary (intervention group) in 4-12-mm aneurysms. The endpoint of the pilot phase of the trial was the capacity to increase packing density of the initial procedure, calculated using a mathematical transformation of the dimensions entered into the case report forms. Secondary outcomes included the total number of coils used per aneurysm, total fluoroscopy time, initial angiographic outcomes and any adverse or undesirable event. Results Seventy patients were recruited between June 2014 and November 2015. Compared with 10-caliber coils, the 15-caliber coil group had a higher median packing density (44% vs 24%, p = 0.017). Results of other outcome measures were similar for the two groups. Conclusion Coiling of small and medium aneurysms randomized to 15-caliber coils achieved higher packing densities compared with coiling using 10-caliber coils.
Bukhanko, F. N.; Bukhanko, A. F.
2016-10-01
Characteristic signs of the universal Nelson-Kosterlitz jump of the superconducting liquid density in the temperature dependences of the magnetization of La1- y Sm y MnO3 + δ samples with samarium concentrations y = 0.85 and 1.0, which are measured in magnetic fields 100 Oe ≤ H ≤ 3.5 kOe, are detected. As the temperature increases, the sample with y = 0.85 exhibits a crescent-shaped singularity in the dc magnetization curve near the critical temperature of decoupling vortex-antivortex pairs ( T KT ≡ T c ≈ 43 K), which is independent of measuring magnetic field H and is characteristic of the dissociation of 2D vortex pairs. A similar singularity is also detected in the sample with a samarium concentration y = 1.0 at a significantly lower temperature ( T KT ≈ 12 K). The obtained experimental results are explained in terms of the topological Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition of dissociation of 2D vortex pairs in a quasi-two-dimensional weak Josephson coupling network.
Klotz, L; Meuth, S G; Kieseier, B; Wiendl, H
2013-08-01
In November 2012 the results of 2 clinical phase III trials were published which addressed the effects of alemtuzumab in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). In the CARE-MS-I study patients with early untreated MS (EDSS ≤ 3.0, disease duration alemtuzumab in patients with persisting disease activity under standard disease-modifying treatment (EDSS ≤ 5.0, disease duration alemtuzumab compared to interferon in terms of reduction of relapse rate as well as the number of new or enlarging T2 lesions and gadolinium-enhancing lesions. Moreover, the CARE-MS-II study showed a significant delay in disease progression by alemtuzumab. The portfolio and the frequency of relevant side effects, such as infusion-related reactions, development of secondary autoimmunity or infections were within the expected range. Taken together these studies confirm the high anti-inflammatory efficacy of alemtuzumab and hence provide the first evidence of superiority of a monotherapy in direct comparison to standard disease-modifying treatment in two phase III trials in relapsing-remitting MS. These data in the context of the mode of action of alemtuzumab provide evidence for the relevance of immune cells, especially T cells, in the pathophysiology of MS. Experience with long-term effects of alemtuzumab, e.g. from the phase II extension trial as well as the side effect profile argue in favor of a sustained reprogramming of the immune system as a consequence of immune cell depletion by alemtuzumab.
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Palma David A
2012-07-01
Full Text Available Abstract Background Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR has emerged as a new treatment option for patients with oligometastatic disease. SABR delivers precise, high-dose, hypofractionated radiotherapy, and achieves excellent rates of local control. Survival outcomes for patients with oligometastatic disease treated with SABR appear promising, but conclusions are limited by patient selection, and the lack of adequate controls in most studies. The goal of this multicenter randomized phase II trial is to assess the impact of a comprehensive oligometastatic SABR treatment program on overall survival and quality of life in patients with up to 5 metastatic cancer lesions, compared to patients who receive standard of care treatment alone. Methods After stratification by the number of metastases (1-3 vs. 4-5, patients will be randomized between Arm 1: current standard of care treatment, and Arm 2: standard of care treatment + SABR to all sites of known disease. Patients will be randomized in a 1:2 ratio to Arm 1:Arm 2, respectively. For patients receiving SABR, radiotherapy dose and fractionation depends on the site of metastasis and the proximity to critical normal structures. This study aims to accrue a total of 99 patients within four years. The primary endpoint is overall survival, and secondary endpoints include quality of life, toxicity, progression-free survival, lesion control rate, and number of cycles of further chemotherapy/systemic therapy. Discussion This study will provide an assessment of the impact of SABR on clinical outcomes and quality of life, to determine if long-term survival can be achieved for selected patients with oligometastatic disease, and will inform the design of a possible phase III study. Trial registration Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT01446744
A New Multi-Frequency Random Phase Code Radar Signal Designing Method%多载频类随机相位编码雷达信号设计与特性分析
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黄琼丹; 李勇; 付银娟
2013-01-01
We propose what we believe to be a new multi-frequency random phase code ( MRPC) radar signal de-signing method .Its core consists of:( 1) we use the chaotic biphased code based on the improved Logistic mapping and the piecewise Logistic mapping to modulate the phase of the multi-carrier phase code ( MCPC) radar signal;(2) we introduce the quasi-random properties of a chaotic signal into the MCPC radar signal and design the MRPC radar signal, whose ambiguity function , interception factor and peak-to-mean envelope power ratio ( PMEPR) is then analyzed;(3) to select the initial value of the chaotic sequence of the MRPC radar signal , the number of its frequency carriers and the number of its phase-modulated bits, we present their influence on the PMEPR .The sim-ulation results, given in Figs.2 through 6, and their analysis show preliminarily that:(1) the new MRPC radar sig-nal we thus designed keeps the strong points of the MCPC radar signal , has the thumbtack function of the quasi-noise radar signal and the excellent anti-jamming and LPI performances;( 2) the piecewise Logistic MRPC radar signal has a better performance of these kinds than the improved one .%基于OFDM技术的多频多相编码（multifrequency complementary phase coded ，简称MCPC）宽带雷达信号具有控制简单、生成便利和良好的频谱利用率等优点，己成为雷达信号研究领域的重要发展方向和研究热点。用基于改进型Logistic及分段Logistic映射的混沌二相码调制MCPC信号各载频的相位，把混沌信号类随机的性质引入到 MCP C 信号中，设计出多载频类随机相位编码（multifrequency random-like phase coded，简称MRPC）雷达信号，并对MRPC信号的模糊函数、截获因子、峰均包络功率比（ PMEPR）等进行了分析。给出了混沌序列的初值、MRPC信号的载频数及码元个数对P MEP R的影响关系，以便于选择合适的初值、载频数和码元数。仿真结果表明，设
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Korotkevich, Alexander O.; Lushnikov, Pavel M., E-mail: plushnik@math.unm.edu [Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 (United States); Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2 Kosygin Str., Moscow 119334 (Russian Federation); Rose, Harvey A. [Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory, MS-B213, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); New Mexico Consortium, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544 (United States)
2015-01-15
We developed a linear theory of backward stimulated Brillouin scatter (BSBS) of a spatially and temporally random laser beam relevant for laser fusion. Our analysis reveals a new collective regime of BSBS (CBSBS). Its intensity threshold is controlled by diffraction, once cT{sub c} exceeds a laser speckle length, with T{sub c} the laser coherence time. The BSBS spatial gain rate is approximately the sum of that due to CBSBS, and a part which is independent of diffraction and varies linearly with T{sub c}. The CBSBS spatial gain rate may be reduced significantly by the temporal bandwidth of KrF-based laser systems compared to the bandwidth currently available to temporally smoothed glass-based laser systems.
Using Propensity Scores in Quasi-Experimental Designs to Equate Groups
Lane, Forrest C.; Henson, Robin K.
2010-01-01
Education research rarely lends itself to large scale experimental research and true randomization, leaving the researcher to quasi-experimental designs. The problem with quasi-experimental research is that underlying factors may impact group selection and lead to potentially biased results. One way to minimize the impact of non-randomization is…
A randomized controlled Phase Ib trial of the malaria vaccine candidate GMZ2 in African children
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Bélard, Sabine; Issifou, Saadou; Hounkpatin, Aurore B
2011-01-01
GMZ2 is a fusion protein of Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 3 (MSP3) and glutamate rich protein (GLURP) that mediates an immune response against the blood stage of the parasite. Two previous phase I clinical trials, one in naïve European adults and one in malaria-exposed Gabonese ...... adults showed that GMZ2 was well tolerated and immunogenic. Here, we present data on safety and immunogenicity of GMZ2 in one to five year old Gabonese children, a target population for future malaria vaccine efficacy trials....
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Wu Yang YU; Dong Hua WU; Gang Song LENG
2007-01-01
The purpose of this paper is to generalize the notion of intersection bodies to that of quasi Lp-intersection bodies. The Lp-analogs of the Busemann intersection inequality and the Brunn Minkowski inequality for the quasi Lp-intersection bodies are obtained. The Aleksandrov-Fenchel inequality for the mixed quasi Lp-intersection bodies is also established.
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Suleymanov, Mais [CIIT, Islamabad (Pakistan); Shahaliev, Ehtiram [HEPL, JINR, Dubna (Russian Federation)
2009-07-01
Over the last 25 years a lot of efforts have been made to search for new phases of strongly interacting matter. Heavy ion collisions are of great importance since they open a way to reproduce these phases in the Earth laboratory. But in this case the volume of information increases sharply as well as the background information. A method was introduced a method on the basic of Random Matrix Theory to study the fluctuations of neutron resonances in compound nuclei which doesn't depend on the background of measurements. To analyze the energetic levels of compound nuclei the function of distances between two energetic levels p(s{sub i}) is defined as the general distributions for probability of all kinds of ensembles. At values of the index of universality {nu}=0 it will change to Poisson type distributions pointing to absence of any correlations in the system and at the values of {nu}=1 it will change to Wigner type behavior directing to some correlation in the studying ensemble. We discuss that the experimental study of the behavior of p(s{sub i}) distribution for secondary particles could give a signal on the phase transitions.
Kline, J L; Montgomery, D S; Flippo, K A; Johnson, R P; Rose, H A; Shimada, T; Williams, E A
2008-10-01
A short pulse (few picoseconds) laser probe provides high temporal resolution measurements to elucidate details of fast dynamic phenomena not observable with typical longer laser pulse probes and gated diagnostics. Such a short pulse laser probe (SPLP) has been used to measure filamentation of a random phase plate (RPP) smoothed laser beam in a gas-jet plasma. The plasma index of refraction due to driven density and temperature fluctuations by the RPP beam perturbs the phase front of a SPLP propagating at a 90 degree angle with respect to the RPP interaction beam. The density and temperature fluctuations are quasistatic on the time scale of the SPLP (approximately 2 ps). The transmitted near-field intensity distribution from the SPLP provides a measure of the phase front perturbation. At low plasma densities, the transmitted intensity pattern is asymmetric with striations across the entire probe beam in the direction of the RPP smoothed beam. As the plasma density increases, the striations break up into smaller sizes along the direction of the RPP beam propagation. The breakup of the intensity pattern is consistent with self-focusing of the RPP smoothed interaction beam. Simulations of the experiment using the wave propagation code, PF3D, are in qualitative agreement demonstrating that the asymmetric striations can be attributed to the RPP driven density fluctuations. Quantification of the beam breakup measured by the transmitted SPLP could lead to a new method for measuring self-focusing of lasers in underdense plasmas.
Di Costanzo, Francesco; Gasperoni, Silvia; Manzione, Luigi; Bisagni, Giancarlo; Labianca, Roberto; Bravi, Stefano; Cortesi, Enrico; Carlini, Paolo; Bracci, Raffaella; Tomao, Silverio; Messerini, Luca; Arcangeli, Annarosa; Torri, Valter; Bilancia, Domenico; Floriani, Irene; Tonato, Maurizio; Dinota, Angelo; Strafiuso, Gennaro; Corgna, Enrichetta; Porrozzi, Stella; Boni, Corrado; Rondini, Ermanno; Giunta, Alessandro; Monzio Compagnoni, Barbara; Biagioni, Franco; Cesari, Maurizio; Fornarini, Giuseppe; Nelli, Fabrizio; Carboni, Manlio; Cognetti, Francesco; Enzo, Maria Ruggeri; Piga, Andrea; Romiti, Adriana; Olivetti, Alessandra; Masoni, Luigi; De Stefanis, Marinella; Dalla Mola, Angelo; Camera, Salvatore; Recchia, Francesco; De Filippis, Sandro; Scipioni, Loreto; Zironi, Sandra; Luppi, Gabriele; Italia, Maurizio; Banducci, Stefano; Pisani Leretti, Andrea; Massidda, Bruno; Ionta, Maria Teresa; Nicolosi, Angelo; Canaletti, Rodolfo; Biscottini, Bruno; Grigniani, Fausto; Di Costanzo, Federica; Rovei, Rossella; Croce, Enrico; Carroccio, Rosalia; Gilli, Germana; Cavalli, Carla; Olgiati, Angelo; Pandolfi, Umberto; Rossetti, Riccardo; Natalini, Giovanni; Foa, Paolo; Oldani, Sabina; Bruno, Lorenzo; Cascinu, Stefano; Catalano, Giuseppina; Catalano, Vincenzo; Lungarotti, Ferdinando; Farris, Antonio; Sarobba, Maria Giuseppina; Trignano, Mario; Muscogiuri, Antonio; Francavilla, Fontana; Figoli, Franco; Leoni, Maurizio; Papiani, Giorgio; Orselli, Gianfranco; Antimi, Mauro; Bellini, Vincenzo; Cabassi, Alessandro; Contu, Antonio; Pazzola, Antonio; Frignano, Mario; Lastraioli, Elena; Saggese, Matilde; Bianchini, Diletta; Antonuzzo, Lorenzo; Mela, Micol; Camisa, Roberta
2008-03-19
Complete surgical resection of gastric cancer is potentially curative, but long-term survival is poor. Patients with histologically proven adenocarcinoma of the stomach of stages IB, II, IIIA and B, or IV (T4N2M0) and treated with potentially curative surgery were randomly assigned to follow-up alone or to intravenous treatment with four cycles (repeated every 21 days) of PELF (cisplatin [40 mg/m(2), on days 1 and 5], epirubicin [30 mg/m(2), days 1 and 5], L-leucovorin [100 mg/m(2), days 1-4], and 5-fluorouracil [300 mg/m(2), days 1-4] in a hospital setting. Frequencies and severity of adverse events were determined. Overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) were compared between the treatment arms using Kaplan-Meier analysis and a Cox proportional hazards regression model. All statistical tests were two-sided. From January 1995 through September 2000, 258 patients were randomly assigned to chemotherapy (n = 130) or surgery alone (n = 128). Patient characteristics were well balanced between the two arms. Among those who received chemotherapy, grade 3 or 4 toxic effects including vomiting, mucositis, and diarrhea were experienced by 21.1%, 8.4%, and 11.8% of patients, respectively. Leucopenia, anemia, and thrombocytopenia of grade 3 or 4 were experienced by 20.3%, 3.3%, and 4.2% of patients, respectively. After a median follow-up of 72.8 months, 128 patients (49.6%) experienced recurrence and 139 (53.9%) deaths were observed, one toxicity-related. Relative to treatment with surgery alone, adjuvant chemotherapy did not increase disease-free survival (hazard ratio [HR] of recurrence = 0.92; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.66 to 1.27) or overall survival (HR of death = 0.90; 95% CI = 0.64 to 1.26). Our results failed to provide proof of an effect of adjuvant chemotherapy with PELF on overall survival or disease-free survival. The estimated effect of chemotherapy (10% reduction in the hazard of death or relapse) is modest and consistent with the results of
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Masahiro Kitamura
Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The options for medical use of signaling molecules as stimulators of tissue regeneration are currently limited. Preclinical evidence suggests that fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2 can promote periodontal regeneration. This study aimed to clarify the activity of FGF-2 in stimulating regeneration of periodontal tissue lost by periodontitis and to evaluate the safety of such stimulation. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We used recombinant human FGF-2 with 3% hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC as vehicle and conducted a randomized double-blinded controlled trial involving 13 facilities. Subjects comprised 74 patients displaying a 2- or 3-walled vertical bone defect as measured > or = 3 mm apical to the bone crest. Patients were randomly assigned to 4 groups: Group P, given HPC with no FGF-2; Group L, given HPC containing 0.03% FGF-2; Group M, given HPC containing 0.1% FGF-2; and Group H, given HPC containing 0.3% FGF-2. Each patient underwent flap operation during which we administered 200 microL of the appropriate investigational drug to the bone defect. Before and for 36 weeks following administration, patients underwent periodontal tissue inspections and standardized radiography of the region under investigation. As a result, a significant difference (p = 0.021 in rate of increase in alveolar bone height was identified between Group P (23.92% and Group H (58.62% at 36 weeks. The linear increase in alveolar bone height at 36 weeks in Group P and H was 0.95 mm and 1.85 mm, respectively (p = 0.132. No serious adverse events attributable to the investigational drug were identified. CONCLUSIONS: Although no statistically significant differences were noted for gains in clinical attachment level and alveolar bone gain for FGF-2 groups versus Group P, the significant difference in rate of increase in alveolar bone height (p = 0.021 between Groups P and H at 36 weeks suggests that some efficacy could be expected from FGF-2 in stimulating regeneration
Jin, Curtis; Michielssen, Eric; Rand, Stephen
2014-01-01
Recent theoretical and experimental advances have shed light on the existence of so-called `perfectly transmitting' wavefronts with transmission coefficients close to 1 in strongly backscattering random media. These perfectly transmitting eigen-wavefronts can be synthesized by spatial amplitude and phase modulation. Here, we consider the problem of transmission enhancement using phase-only modulated wavefronts. We develop physically realizable iterative and non-iterative algorithms for increasing the transmission through such random media using backscatter analysis. We theoretically show that, despite the phase-only modulation constraint, the non-iterative algorithms will achieve at least about 25$\\pi$% or about 78.5% transmission assuming there is at least one perfectly transmitting eigen-wavefront and that the singular vectors of the transmission matrix obey a maximum entropy principle so that they are isotropically random. We numerically analyze the limits of phase-only modulated transmission in 2-D with f...
Randomized phase II trial of rubidazone and adriamycin in women with advanced breast cancer.
Ingle, J N; Ahmann, D L; O'Fallon, J R; Bisel, H F; Rubin, J; Kvols, L K; Giuliani, E R
1979-01-01
Thirty-eight females with advanced breast cancer who had failed prior chemotherapy were entered in a randomized study of rubidazone (150 mg/m2 iv over 1 hour) versus Adriamycin (60 mg/m2 iv over 5 minutes), both given every 4 weeks. The two treatment groups each contained 19 patients and were similar with respect to age, menopausal status, dominant disease status, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance score, and prior hormonal therapy and chemotherapy exposure. No regressions (complete or partial) were observed with rubidazone, but four (21%) patients achieved regressions (one complete and three partial) with Adriamycin. Considering all cycles, hematologic toxicity included leukopenia (wbc count nadir of less than 4000/mm3) in 88% of patients receiving rubidazone and in 89% of those receiving Adriamycin. Three of eight patients treated with Adriamycin after rubidazone failure achieved a regression. Rubidazone appears to be of little value in the treatment of patients with advanced breast cancer who have failed prior chemotherapy.
Complex Contagions and hybrid phase transitions in unclustered and clustered random networks
Miller, Joel C
2015-01-01
A complex contagion is an infectious process in which an individual may require multiple transmissions. We typically think of individuals beginning inactive and becoming active once they are contacted by sufficient numbers of active partners. These have been studied in a number of contexts, but the analytic models for dynamic spread of complex contagions are typically complex. Here we study the dynamics of a generalized Watts Threshold Model (gWTM). We first show that a wide range of other processes can be thought of as a special case of this gWTM. Then we adapt an "edge-based compartmental modeling" approach used for infectious diseases in networks to develop and analyze analytic models for the dynamics the gWTM in configuration model and a class of random clustered (triangle-based) networks. The resulting model is relatively simple and compact, and we use this model to gain insights into the dynamics. Under some conditions a cascade can happen with an arbitrarily small initial proportion active, and we deri...
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Roedel, Claus [Frankfurt Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlentherapie und Onkologie; Arnold, Dirk [Halle Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Innere Medizin IV; Becker, Heinz; Ghadimi, Michael; Liersch, Torsten [Goettingen Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Allgemein- und Visceralchirurgie; Fietkau, Rainer; Sauer, Rolf [Erlangen Univ. (Germany). Strahlenklinik; Graeven, Ullrich [Kliniken Maria Hilf GmbH, Moenchengladbach (Germany). Klinik fuer Haematologie, Onkologie und Gastroenterologie; Hess, Clemens [Goettingen Univ. (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie; Hofheinz, Ralf [Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim (Germany). III. Medizinische Klinik Haematologie und Internistische Onkologie; Hohenberger, Werner [Erlangen Univ. (Germany). Chirurgische Klinik; Post, Stefan [Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim (Germany). Chirurgische Klinik; Raab, Rudolf [Klinikum Oldenburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Allgemein- und Visceralchirurgie; Wenz, Frederick [Universitaetsmedizin Mannheim (Germany). Klinik fuer Strahlentherapie und Radioonkologie
2010-12-15
Background: In the era of preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) and total mesorectal excision (TME), the development of distant metastases is the predominant mode of failure in rectal cancer patients today. Integrating more effective systemic therapy into combined modality programs is the challenge. The question that needs to be addressed is how and when to apply systemic treatment with adequate dose and intensity. Material and Methods: This review article focuses on phase II-III trials designed to improve 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-based combined modality treatment for rectal cancer patients through the inclusion of concurrent, adjuvant or, most recently, induction combination chemotherapy. Computerized bibliographic searches of PubMed were supplemented with hand searches of reference lists and abstracts of ASCO/ASTRO/ESTRO meetings. Results: After preoperative CRT and surgical resection, approximately one third of patients do not receive adjuvant chemotherapy, mainly due to surgical complications, patients' refusal, or investigator's discretion. In order to be able to apply chemotherapy with sufficient dose and intensity, an innovative approach is to deliver systemic therapy prior to preoperative CRT rather than adjuvant chemotherapy. Emerging evidence from several phase II trials and, recently, randomized phase II trials indicate that induction chemotherapy is feasible, does not compromise CRT or surgical resection, and enables the delivery of chemotherapy in adequate dose and intensity. Although this approach did not increase local efficacy in recent trials (e.g., pathological complete response rates, tumor regression, R0 resection rates, local control), it may help to improve control of distant disease. Conclusion: Whether this improvement in applicability and dose density of chemotherapy will ultimately translate into improved disease-free survival will have to be tested in a larger phase III trial. (orig.)
Dzhioev, Alan A.; Vdovin, A. I.; Martínez-Pinedo, G.; Wambach, J.; Stoyanov, Ch.
2016-07-01
The thermal quasiparticle random-phase approximation is combined with the Skyrme energy density functional method (Skyrme-TQRPA) to study the response of a hot nucleus to an external perturbation. For the sample nuclei 56Fe and 82Ge, the Skyrme-TQRPA is applied to analyze thermal effects on the strength function of charge-neutral Gamow-Teller transitions, which dominate neutrino-nucleus reactions at Eν≲20 MeV. For the relevant supernova temperatures we calculate the cross sections for inelastic neutrino scattering. We also apply the method to examine the rate of neutrino-antineutrino pair emission by hot nuclei. The cross sections and rates are compared with those obtained earlier from the TQRPA calculations based on the phenomenological quasiparticle-phonon model Hamiltonian. For inelastic neutrino scattering on 56Fe we also compare the Skyrme-TQRPA results to those obtained earlier from a hybrid approach that combines shell-model and RPA calculations.
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Patrick, Christopher; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer
2016-01-01
In non-self-consistent calculations of the total energy within the random-phase approximation (RPA) for electronic correlation, it is necessary to choose a single-particle Hamiltonian whose solutions are used to construct the electronic density and noninteracting response function. Here we invest...... and qualitatively different from that found from calculations employingU-corrected (semi)local functionals.However we also find that the+U term cannot be used to correct the RPA’s poor description of the heat of formation of NiO....... investigate the effect of including a Hubbard-U term in this single-particle Hamiltonian, to better describe the on-site correlation of 3d electrons in the transitionmetal compounds ZnS, TiO2, and NiO.We find that the RPA lattice constants are essentially independent of U, despite large changes...
Yan, Zidan; Perdew, John P.; Kurth, Stefan
2000-03-01
Within a density functional context, the random phase approximation (RPA) for the correlation emergy makes a short-range error which is well-suited for correction by a local spin density or generalized gradient approximation (GGA). Here we construct a GGA for the short-range correction, following the same reliable procedure used earlier to construct the GGA for the whole exchange-correlation energy: real-space cutoff of the spurious long-range contribution to the gradient expansion of the hole around an electron. The resulting density functional is nearly local, and predicts a substantial correction to the RPA correlation energy of an atom but \\underlinevery small corrections to the RPA atomization energy of a molecule, which may by itself come close to "chemical accuracy", and to the RPA surface energy of a metal. A by-product of this work is a density functional for the system-averaged correlation hole within RPA.
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Yang, Yang [Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Aggelen, Helen van [Department of Chemistry, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States); Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent (Belgium); Yang, Weitao, E-mail: weitao.yang@duke.edu [Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708 (United States)
2013-12-14
Double, Rydberg, and charge transfer (CT) excitations have been great challenges for time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). Starting from an (N ± 2)-electron single-determinant reference, we investigate excitations for the N-electron system through the pairing matrix fluctuation, which contains information on two-electron addition/removal processes. We adopt the particle-particle random phase approximation (pp-RPA) and the particle-particle Tamm-Dancoff approximation (pp-TDA) to approximate the pairing matrix fluctuation and then determine excitation energies by the differences of two-electron addition/removal energies. This approach captures all types of interesting excitations: single and double excitations are described accurately, Rydberg excitations are in good agreement with experimental data and CT excitations display correct 1/R dependence. Furthermore, the pp-RPA and the pp-TDA have a computational cost similar to TDDFT and consequently are promising for practical calculations.
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Wilson, D.J.; Clarke, A.N. [Eckenfelder, Inc., Nashville, TN (United States); Kaminski, K.M.; Chang, E.Y. [Martin Luther King Magnet High School, Nashville, TN (United States)
1997-12-01
A mathematical model is developed to simulate the sparging of dissolved volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nonaqueous phase liquid (NAPL) from contaminated aquifers. The sparging air moves through the aquifer in persistent, random channels, to which VOC must move by diffusion/dispersion to be removed. The dependence of the rate of remediation on the various model parameters is investigated and some practical conclusions are reached regarding the operation of air sparging wells for aquifer remediation. VOCs of low water solubility (such as alkanes) and present as NAPL are found to be removed by air sparging much more slowly than VOCs of higher water solubility (such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes) and present as NAPL, due to the very small maximum concentration gradients which can be maintained around droplets of the former. These small concentration gradients result in very slow rates of NAPL solution.
Yang, Yang; van Aggelen, Helen; Yang, Weitao
2013-12-14
Double, Rydberg, and charge transfer (CT) excitations have been great challenges for time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). Starting from an (N ± 2)-electron single-determinant reference, we investigate excitations for the N-electron system through the pairing matrix fluctuation, which contains information on two-electron addition/removal processes. We adopt the particle-particle random phase approximation (pp-RPA) and the particle-particle Tamm-Dancoff approximation (pp-TDA) to approximate the pairing matrix fluctuation and then determine excitation energies by the differences of two-electron addition/removal energies. This approach captures all types of interesting excitations: single and double excitations are described accurately, Rydberg excitations are in good agreement with experimental data and CT excitations display correct 1/R dependence. Furthermore, the pp-RPA and the pp-TDA have a computational cost similar to TDDFT and consequently are promising for practical calculations.
Deepan, B; Quan, C; Wang, Y; Tay, C J
2014-07-10
In this paper, a new multiple-image encryption and decryption technique that utilizes the compressive sensing (CS) concept along with a double-random phase encryption (DRPE) has been proposed. The space multiplexing method is employed for integrating multiple-image data. The method, which results in a nonlinear encryption system, is able to overcome the vulnerability of classical DRPE. The CS technique and space multiplexing are able to provide additional key space in the proposed method. A numerical experiment of the proposed method is implemented and the results show that the proposed method has good accuracy and is more robust than classical DRPE. The proposed system is also employed against chosen-plaintext attacks and it is found that the inclusion of compressive sensing enhances robustness against the attacks.
Sarriguren, P
2013-01-01
Electron-capture rates at different density and temperature conditions are evaluated for a set of pf-shell nuclei representative of the constituents in presupernova formations. The nuclear structure part of the problem is described within a quasiparticle random-phase approximation based on a deformed Skyrme Hartree-Fock selfconsistent mean field with pairing correlations and residual interactions in particle-hole and particle-particle channels. The energy distributions of the Gamow-Teller strength are evaluated and compared to benchmark shell-model calculations and experimental data extracted from charge-exchange reactions. The model dependence of the weak rates are discussed and the various sensitivities to both density and temperature are analyzed.
Zhao, Tieyu; Ran, Qiwen; Yuan, Lin; Chi, Yingying; Ma, Jing
2016-08-01
A novel image encryption system based on double random phase encoding (DRPE) and RSA public-key algorithm is proposed. The main characteristic of the system is that each encryption process produces a new decryption key (even for the same plaintext), thus the encryption system conforms to the feature of the one-time pad (OTP) cryptography. The other characteristic of the system is the use of fingerprint key. Only with the rightful authorization will the true decryption be obtained, otherwise the decryption will result in noisy images. So the proposed system can be used to determine whether the ciphertext is falsified by attackers. In addition, the system conforms to the basic agreement of asymmetric cryptosystem (ACS) due to the combination with the RSA public-key algorithm. The simulation results show that the encryption scheme has high robustness against the existing attacks.
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Dietlind L. Wahner-Roedler
2011-01-01
Full Text Available Most patients with fibromyalgia use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM. Properly designed controlled trials are necessary to assess the effectiveness of these practices. This study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, early phase trial. Fifty patients seen at a fibromyalgia outpatient treatment program were randomly assigned to a daily soy or placebo (casein shake. Outcome measures were scores of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D at baseline and after 6 weeks of intervention. Analysis was with standard statistics based on the null hypothesis, and separation test for early phase CAM comparative trials. Twenty-eight patients completed the study. Use of standard statistics with intent-to-treat analysis showed that total FIQ scores decreased by 14% in the soy group (P = .02 and by 18% in the placebo group (P < .001. The difference in change in scores between the groups was not significant (P = .16. With the same analysis, CES-D scores decreased in the soy group by 16% (P = .004 and in the placebo group by 15% (P = .05. The change in scores was similar in the groups (P = .83. Results of statistical analysis using the separation test and intent-to-treat analysis revealed no benefit of soy compared with placebo. Shakes that contain soy and shakes that contain casein, when combined with a multidisciplinary fibromyalgia treatment program, provide a decrease in fibromyalgia symptoms. Separation between the effects of soy and casein (control shakes did not favor the intervention. Therefore, large-sample studies using soy for patients with fibromyalgia are probably not indicated.
A randomized placebo-controlled phase III trial of oral laquinimod for multiple sclerosis
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Vollmer, T L; Sorensen, P S; Selmaj, K
2014-01-01
The phase III placebo-controlled BRAVO study assessed laquinimod effects in patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), and descriptively compared laquinimod with interferon beta (IFNβ)-1a (Avonex(®) reference arm). RRMS patients age 18-55 years with Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores...... using EDSS was -31 % [hazard ratio (HR) 0.69, p = 0.063], and using Multiple Sclerosis Functional Composite (MSFC) z-score was -77 % (p = 0.150), vs. placebo. IFNβ-1a reduced ARR 26 % (RR = 0.74, 95 % CI 0.60-0.92, p = 0.007), showed no effect on PBVC loss (+11 %, p = 0.14), and changes in disability...... worsening were -26 and -66 % as measured using the EDSS (HR 0.742, p = 0.13) and MSFC (p = 0.208), respectively. Adverse events occurred in 75, 82, and 70 % of laquinimod, IFNβ-1a, and placebo patients, respectively. Once-daily oral laquinimod 0.6 mg resulted in statistically nonsignificant reductions...
Kim, Min Jung; Park, Sung Chan; Park, Ji Won; Chang, Hee Jin; Kim, Dae Yong; Nam, Byung-Ho; Sohn, Dae Kyung; Oh, Jae Hwan
2017-05-25
The phase II randomized controlled trial aimed to compare the outcomes of robot-assisted surgery with those of laparoscopic surgery in the patients with rectal cancer. The feasibility of robot-assisted surgery over laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer has not been established yet. Between February 21, 2012 and March 11, 2015, patients with rectal cancer (cT1-3NxM0) were enrolled. Patients were randomized 1:1 to either robot-assisted or laparoscopic surgery, and stratified per sex and administration of preoperative chemoradiotherapy. The primary outcome was the quality of total mesorectal excision (TME) specimen. Secondary outcomes were the circumferential and distal resection margins, the number of harvested lymph nodes, morbidity, bowel function recovery, and quality of life. A total of 163 patients were randomly assigned to the robot-assisted (n = 81) and laparoscopic (n = 82) surgery groups, and 139 patients were eligible for the analyses (73 vs 66, respectively). One patient (1.2%) in the robot-assisted group was converted to open surgery. The TME quality did not differ between the robot-assisted and laparoscopic groups (80.3% vs 78.1% complete TME, respectively; 18.2% vs 21.9% nearly complete TME, respectively; P = 0.599). The resection margins, number of harvested lymph nodes, morbidity, and bowel function recovery also were not significantly different. On analyzing quality of life, scores of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life (EORTC QLQ C30) and EORTC QLQ CR38 were similar in the 2 groups, but in the EORTC QLQ CR 38 questionnaire, sexual function 12 months postoperatively was better in the robot-assisted group than in the laparoscopic group (P = 0.03). Robot-assisted surgery in rectal cancer showed TME quality comparable with that of laparoscopic surgery, and it demonstrated similar postoperative morbidity, bowel function recovery, and quality of life.
Petersenn, Stephan; Bollerslev, Jens; Arafat, Ayman M; Schopohl, Jochen; Serri, Omar; Katznelson, Laurence; Lasher, Janet; Hughes, Gareth; Hu, Ke; Shen, George; Reséndiz, Karina Hermosillo; Giannone, Vanessa; Beckers, Albert
2014-11-01
Pasireotide (SOM230), a multireceptor-targeted somatostatin analogue, has exhibited favorable safety/tolerability in several clinical studies. A long-acting-release (LAR) formulation of pasireotide may offer advantages over the subcutaneous formulation. This randomized, open-label, Phase I study evaluated the safety, PK, and PD of pasireotide LAR 20, 40, or 60 mg/month in patients with acromegaly. Safety assessments and blood samples for PK and PD were taken at designated time points. Thirty-five patients were randomized and completed the study. Steady-state pasireotide concentrations were achieved following three monthly injections. Trough pasireotide concentrations (ng/mL) 28 days after each injection were: 2.48, 4.16, and 3.10 (20 mg group); 6.42, 6.62, and 7.12 (40 mg group); and 9.51, 11.7, and 13.0 (60 mg group). At study end, 51% and 57% of patients achieved GH levels ≤2.5 μg/L and IGF-1 levels below ULN, respectively. Compared with baseline, fasting blood glucose and HbA1c levels increased, whereas fasting blood insulin levels decreased. Acromegaly symptoms were generally improved. Adverse events were mostly gastrointestinal and mild/moderate. Pasireotide LAR was generally well tolerated. Steady-state PK was achieved after three monthly doses; exposures were approximately dose proportional. Control of GH, IGF-1, and symptoms improved, suggesting that pasireotide LAR may be an effective treatment for acromegaly.
Helmy, Adel; Guilfoyle, Mathew R; Carpenter, Keri L H; Pickard, John D; Menon, David K; Hutchinson, Peter J
2014-05-01
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the commonest cause of death and disability in those aged under 40 years. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL1ra) is an endogenous competitive antagonist at the interleukin-1 type-1 receptor (IL-1R). Antagonism at the IL-1R confers neuroprotection in several rodent models of neuronal injury (i.e., trauma, stroke and excitotoxicity). We describe a single center, phase II, open label, randomized-control study of recombinant human IL1ra (rhIL1ra, anakinra) in severe TBI, at a dose of 100 mg subcutaneously once a day for 5 days in 20 patients randomized 1:1. We provide safety data (primary outcome) in this pathology, utilize cerebral microdialysis to directly determine brain extracellular concentrations of IL1ra and 41 cytokines and chemokines, and use principal component analysis (PCA) to explore the resultant cerebral cytokine profile. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist was safe, penetrated into plasma and the brain extracellular fluid. The PCA showed a separation in cytokine profiles after IL1ra administration. A candidate cytokine from this analysis, macrophage-derived chemoattractant, was significantly lower in the rhIL1ra-treated group. Our results provide promising data for rhIL1ra as a therapeutic candidate by showing safety, brain penetration and a modification of the neuroinflammatory response to TBI by a putative neuroprotective agent in humans for the first time.
Randomized phase II clinical trial of chemo-immunotherapy in advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer
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Eduardo Lasalvia-Prisco
2008-09-01
Full Text Available Eduardo Lasalvia-Prisco1,4, Emilio Garcia-Giralt2, Jesús Vázquez2,4, Marta Aghazarian4, Eduardo Lasalvia-Galante3,4, Joshemaria Larrañaga3,4, Gonzalo Spera31Interdoctors Medical Procedures, North Miami Beach, FL, USA; 2Centre De Cancérologie Hartmann, Neuilly Sur Seine, France; 3Interdoctors Medical Procedures, Montevideo, Uruguay; 4National Institute of Oncology, Montevideo, Uruguay (initial dataAbstract: The purpose of this study was to compare chemotherapy-naive patients with stage IV nonsmall cell lung cancer patients treated with chemotherapy or chemoimmunotherapy. We tested doxetacel plus cisplatinum as chemotherapy protocol. An immunomodulatory adjuvant system was added as chemoimmunotherapy to the previously mentioned protocol. This system contains three well-known and complementary conditioners of protective immune-responses: cyclophosphamide low-dose, granulocyte macrophage-colony stimulant factor and magnesium silicate granuloma. Eighty-eight patients were randomly assigned to receive every 3-weeks one of the treatments under comparison. Patients received four cycles of treatment unless disease progression or unacceptable toxicity was documented. The maximum follow-up was one year. In each arm, tumor response (rate, duration, median survival time, 1-year overall survival, safety, and immunity modifications were assessed. Immunity was evaluated by submitting peripheral blood mononuclear cells to laboratory tests for nonspecific immunity: a phytohemaglutinin-induced lymphocyte proliferation, b prevalence of T-Regulatory (CD4+CD25+ cells and for specific immunity: a lymphocyte proliferation induced by tumor-associated antigens (TAA contained in a previously described autologous thermostable hemoderivative. The difference (chemotherapy vs. chemoimmunotherapy in response rate induced by the two treatments (39.0% and 35.0% was not statistically significant. However, the response duration (22 and 31 weeks, the median survival time (32
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Marla J Keller
Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Acidform gel, an acid-buffering product that inactivates spermatozoa, may be an effective topical non-hormonal contraceptive. This study was designed to evaluate the safety of vaginal dosing and effects of Acidform on mucosal immune mediators, antimicrobial properties of genital secretions, and vaginal microbiota. METHODS: Thirty-six sexually abstinent U.S. women were randomized to apply Acidform or hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC placebo gel twice daily for 14 consecutive days. Safety was assessed by symptoms and pelvic examination. The impact of gel on mucosal immunity was assessed by quantifying cytokines, chemokines, antimicrobial proteins and antimicrobial activity of genital secretions collected by cervicovaginal lavage (CVL at screening, 2 hours after gel application, and on days 7, 14 and 21. Vaginal microbiota was characterized at enrollment and day 14 using species-specific quantitative PCR assays. RESULTS: The median vaginal and cervical pH was significantly lower 2 hours after application of Acidform and was associated with an increase in the bactericidal activity of CVL against E. coli. However, 65% of women who received Acidform had at least one local adverse event compared with 11% who received placebo (p = 0.002. While there was no increase in inflammatory cytokines or chemokines, CVL concentrations of lactoferrin and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra, an anti-inflammatory protein, were significantly lower following Acidform compared to HEC placebo gel application. There were no significant changes in Lactobacillus crispatus or Lactobacillus jensenii in either group but there was a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis in the Acidform group (p = 0.08. CONCLUSIONS: Acidform gel may augment mucosal defense as evidenced by an increase in bactericidal activity of genital secretions against E. coli and a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis colonization. However, Acidform was associated with more irritation than
Keller, Marla J.; Carpenter, Colleen A.; Lo, Yungtai; Einstein, Mark H.; Liu, Congzhou; Fredricks, David N.; Herold, Betsy C.
2012-01-01
Background Acidform gel, an acid-buffering product that inactivates spermatozoa, may be an effective topical non-hormonal contraceptive. This study was designed to evaluate the safety of vaginal dosing and effects of Acidform on mucosal immune mediators, antimicrobial properties of genital secretions, and vaginal microbiota. Methods Thirty-six sexually abstinent U.S. women were randomized to apply Acidform or hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) placebo gel twice daily for 14 consecutive days. Safety was assessed by symptoms and pelvic examination. The impact of gel on mucosal immunity was assessed by quantifying cytokines, chemokines, antimicrobial proteins and antimicrobial activity of genital secretions collected by cervicovaginal lavage (CVL) at screening, 2 hours after gel application, and on days 7, 14 and 21. Vaginal microbiota was characterized at enrollment and day 14 using species-specific quantitative PCR assays. Results The median vaginal and cervical pH was significantly lower 2 hours after application of Acidform and was associated with an increase in the bactericidal activity of CVL against E. coli. However, 65% of women who received Acidform had at least one local adverse event compared with 11% who received placebo (p = 0.002). While there was no increase in inflammatory cytokines or chemokines, CVL concentrations of lactoferrin and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra), an anti-inflammatory protein, were significantly lower following Acidform compared to HEC placebo gel application. There were no significant changes in Lactobacillus crispatus or Lactobacillus jensenii in either group but there was a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis in the Acidform group (p = 0.08). Conclusions Acidform gel may augment mucosal defense as evidenced by an increase in bactericidal activity of genital secretions against E. coli and a decrease in Gardnerella vaginalis colonization. However, Acidform was associated with more irritation than placebo and lower levels
Hoy, Anna M.; Semple, Scott I.; Mungall, Will; Lennen, Ross J.; Moran, Carmel M.; Pellicoro, Antonella; Aucott, Rebecca L.; Severin, Thomas; Saini, Rajnish; Yates, Denise; Dongre, Neelesh; Duffield, Jeremy S.; Webb, David J.; Iredale, John P.; Hayes, Peter C.
2017-01-01
Background Chronic liver scarring from any cause leads to cirrhosis, portal hypertension, and a progressive decline in renal blood flow and renal function. Extreme renal vasoconstriction characterizes hepatorenal syndrome, a functional and potentially reversible form of acute kidney injury in patients with advanced cirrhosis, but current therapy with systemic vasoconstrictors is ineffective in a substantial proportion of patients and is limited by ischemic adverse events. Serelaxin (recombinant human relaxin-2) is a peptide molecule with anti-fibrotic and vasoprotective properties that binds to relaxin family peptide receptor-1 (RXFP1) and has been shown to increase renal perfusion in healthy human volunteers. We hypothesized that serelaxin could ameliorate renal vasoconstriction and renal dysfunction in patients with cirrhosis and portal hypertension. Methods and findings To establish preclinical proof of concept, we developed two independent rat models of cirrhosis that were characterized by progressive reduction in renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate and showed evidence of renal endothelial dysfunction. We then set out to further explore and validate our hypothesis in a phase 2 randomized open-label parallel-group study in male and female patients with alcohol-related cirrhosis and portal hypertension. Forty patients were randomized 1:1 to treatment with serelaxin intravenous (i.v.) infusion (for 60 min at 80 μg/kg/d and then 60 min at 30 μg/kg/d) or terlipressin (single 2-mg i.v. bolus), and the regional hemodynamic effects were quantified by phase contrast magnetic resonance angiography at baseline and after 120 min. The primary endpoint was the change from baseline in total renal artery blood flow. Therapeutic targeting of renal vasoconstriction with serelaxin in the rat models increased kidney perfusion, oxygenation, and function through reduction in renal vascular resistance, reversal of endothelial dysfunction, and increased activation of the
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Katayon Berjis
2008-06-01
Full Text Available Objective: This research was designed to compare the effectiveness of intramuscular progesterone and vaginal progesterone to support luteal phase in IVF cycles. Materials and Methods: In this randomized clinical trial 182 infertile patients between 20-40 years old were selected for rapid ZIFT cycles. In order to support luteal phase Cyclogest suppository (400 mg BID was used for 77 cases and the rest used intramuscular progesterone (100 mg daily. Pregnancy and abortion rates were compared between two groups.Results: Chemical pregnancy rate (positive ß-HCG was %27.3 in Cyclogest group and %30.6 in intramuscular progestrone group (P = 0.7. Clinical pregnancy (gestational sac visible by transvaginal ultrasound was observed in %22.1 of cases in Cyclogest group and %27.1 of cases in intramuscular progestrone group (P = 0.4. Ongoing pregnancy rate (fetal heart action visible by transvaginal ultrasound was %15.6 in Cyclogest group and %18.8 in intramuscular progesterone group (P = 0.6.Conclusion: Chemical pregnancy, clinical pregnancy and ongoing pregnancy rates were similar in vaginal and intramuscular progestrone groups.
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Décio Krause
2002-11-01
Full Text Available Quasi-set theory was developed to deal with collections of indistinguishable objects. In standard mathematics, there are no such kind of entities, for indistinguishability (agreement with respect to all properties entails numerical identity. The main motivation underlying such a theory is of course quantum physics, for collections of indistinguishable (’identical’ in the physicists’ jargon particles cannot be regarded as ’sets’ of standard set theories, which are collections of distinguishable objects. In this paper, a rationale for the development of such a theory is presented, motivated by Heinz Post’s claim that indistinguishability ofquantum entities should be attributed ’right at the start’.
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Jemai, M
2004-07-01
In the present thesis we have applied the self consistent random phase approximation (SCRPA) to the Hubbard model with a small number of sites (a chain of 2, 4, 6,... sites). Earlier SCRPA had produced very good results in other models like the pairing model of Richardson. It was therefore interesting to see what kind of results the method is able to produce in the case of a more complex model like the Hubbard model. To our great satisfaction the case of two sites with two electrons (half-filling) is solved exactly by the SCRPA. This may seem a little trivial but the fact is that other respectable approximations like 'GW' or the approach with the Gutzwiller wave function yield results still far from exact. With this promising starting point, the case of 6 sites at half filling was considered next. For that case, evidently, SCRPA does not any longer give exact results. However, they are still excellent for a wide range of values of the coupling constant U, covering for instance the phase transition region towards a state with non zero magnetisation. We consider this as a good success of the theory. Non the less the case of 4 sites (a plaquette), as indeed all cases with 4n sites at half filling, turned out to have a problem because of degeneracies at the Hartree Fock level. A generalisation of the present method, including in addition to the pairs, quadruples of Fermions operators (called second RPA) is proposed to also include exactly the plaquette case in our approach. This is therefore a very interesting perspective of the present work. (author)
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杨达亮; 卢子广; 杭乃善; 李国进
2011-01-01
建立三相电压型脉宽调制（pulse width modulation，PWM）整流器在不同坐标系下的数学模型，分析直接功率控制（direct power control，DPC）的工作原理。针对直接功率控制中开关频率变化问题，通过对PWM整流器瞬时功率分析推导，提出一种内环直接采用电流控制的新型准定频直接功率控制策略。仿真验证了算法的可行性。采用PM300DVAl20智能功率模块，设计50kVA的三相电压型PWM整流器控制实验，在10kHz、5us的开关频率下获得良好的实验结果。实验结果表明，所提方法实现单位功率因数运行，与现行的DPC—SVM定频控制方法相比，具有更好的动静态响应性能。%This paper established the three-phase voltage-source pulse width modulation （PWM） rectifier mathematical models in different coordinate systems and analyzed the principle of direct power control （DPC）. To alleviate the problem of variable switching frequency, a novel quasi DPC control strategy with current loop was represented through the analysis of PWM rectifier instantaneous power. The novel control strategy was proved feasible by the Matlab/Simulink simulation results. The 50kVA three-phase voltage-source PWM rectifier control experiment system was designed using PM300DVA120 intelligent power module （IPM）, the excellent experiment results were given at the 10kHz switching frequency with 5μs dead time. The experimental results indicate that the PWM rectifier system achieves unity power factor operation and has better performance of dynamic and static response compared to the present space vector modulation （SVM） DPC fixed-frequency control method.
Gavrilik, A M; Rebesh, A P
2010-01-01
We study the properties of sequences of the energy eigenvalues for some generalizations of q-deformed oscillators including the p,q-oscillator, the 3-, 4- and 5-parameter deformed oscillators given in the literature. It is shown that most of the considered models belong to the class of so-called Fibonacci oscillators for which any three consequtive energy levels satisfy the relation E_{n+1}=\\lambda E_n+\\rho E_{n-1} with real constants \\lambda, \\rho. On the other hand, for certain \\mu-oscillator known from 1993 we prove the fact of its non-Fibonacci nature. Possible generalizations of the three-term Fibonacci relation are discussed among which for the \\mu$-oscillator we choose, as the most adequate, the so-called quasi-Fibonacci (or local Fibonacci) property of the energy levels. The property is encoded in the three-term quasi-Fibonacci (QF) relation with non-constant, n-dependent coefficients \\lambda and \\rho. Various aspects of the QF relation are elaborated for the \\mu-oscillator and some of its extensions.
Gavrilik, A. M.; Kachurik, I. I.; Rebesh, A. P.
2010-06-01
We study the properties of the sequences of the energy eigenvalues for some generalizations of q-deformed oscillators including the p, q-oscillator, and the three-, four- and five-parameter deformed oscillators given in the literature. It is shown that most of the considered models belong to the class of so-called Fibonacci oscillators for which any three consecutive energy levels satisfy the relation En + 1 = λEn + ρEn - 1 with real constants λ, ρ. On the other hand, for a certain μ-oscillator known since 1993, we prove its non-Fibonacci nature. Possible generalizations of the three-term Fibonacci relation are discussed, among which for the μ-oscillator we choose, as the most adequate, the so-called quasi-Fibonacci (or local Fibonacci) property of the energy levels. The property is encoded in the three-term quasi-Fibonacci (QF) relation with the non-constant, n-dependent coefficients λ and ρ. Various aspects of the QF relation are elaborated for the μ-oscillator and some of its extensions.
Split Quasi-adequate Semigroups
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Xiao Jiang GUO; Ting Ting PENG
2012-01-01
The so-called split IC quasi-adequate semigroups are in the class of idempotent-connected quasi-adequate semigroups.It is proved that an IC quasi-adequate semigroup is split if and only if it has an adequate transversal.The structure of such semigroup whose band of idempotents is regular will be particularly investigated.Our obtained results enrich those results given by McAlister and Blyth on split orthodox semigroups.
Hvozd, Taras V; Kalyuzhnyi, Yurij V
2017-02-15
We have studied the phase behavior of polydisperse Yukawa hard-sphere fluid confined in random porous media using extension and combination of high temperature approximation and scaled particle theory. The porous media are represented by the matrix of randomly placed hard-sphere obstacles. Due to the confinement, polydispersity effects are substantially enhanced. At an intermediate degree of fluid polydispersity and low density of the matrix, we observe two-phase coexistence with two critical points, and cloud and shadow curves forming closed loops of ellipsoidal shape. With the increase of the matrix density and the constant degree of polydispersity, these two critical points merge and disappear, and at lower temperatures the system fractionates into three coexisting phases. A similar phase behavior was observed in the absence of the porous media caused, however, by the increase of the polydispersity.
Brandes, Ulrik; Strasser, Ben; Wagner, Dorothea
2015-01-01
We introduce Quasi-Threshold Mover (QTM), an algorithm to solve the quasi-threshold (also called trivially perfect) graph editing problem with edge insertion and deletion. Given a graph it computes a quasi-threshold graph which is close in terms of edit count. This edit problem is NP-hard. We present an extensive experimental study, in which we show that QTM is the first algorithm that is able to scale to large real-world graphs in practice. As a side result we further present a simple linear-time algorithm for the quasi-threshold recognition problem.
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Hongmei Lin
2016-12-01
Full Text Available Introduction: Concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT is the standard treatment for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (LA-NSCLC, but is associated with poor chest tumor control. Here we report results of a randomized phase 3 study comparing two CCRT regimens in improving chest tumor control by low-dose paclitaxel chemoradiation for LA-NSCLC. Methods: Due to the logistics of local referral pattern, the study was designed to enroll patients with stage III LA-NSCLC who had completed 2-4 cycles of full-dose chemotherapy. One hundred thirty four were randomized to either Arm 1 (paclitaxel at 15 mg/m2, three times/wk [M, W, F] for 6 weeks, n=74, or Arm 2 (weekly paclitaxel at 45 mg/m2 for 6 weeks, n=60. Chest RT was 60-70 Gy in standard fractionation. Response rate was the primary endpoint, with recurrence-free survival (RFS as the secondary endpoint. Results: From March 2006 to February 2013, seventy-one patients completed Arm 1 treatment, and 59 completed Arm 2 treatment. The response rate for Arm 1 was significantly higher (83.1% than Arm 2 (54.2% (p＝0.001. RFS was superior in Arm 1: median 14.6 months vs. 9.4 months, p=0.005, Hazard ratio (HR 1.868 (95% CI 1.203, 2.901. Overall survival was not significantly different: median 32.6 months in Arm 1 vs. 31.3 months in Arm 2, p = 0.91, HR 0.969 (95% CI 0.552, 1.703. Toxicity was significantly lower in Arm 1 for grade 3 and 4 leucopenia/neutropenia (p<0.001.Conclusions: Pulsed low-dose paclitaxel CCRT resulted in significantly better RFS and tumor response rate, and less hematologic toxicities than weekly CCRT for LA-NSCLC.
Shirahama, Takahisa; Muroya, Daisuke; Matsueda, Satoko; Yamada, Akira; Shichijo, Shigeki; Naito, Masayasu; Yamashita, Takuto; Sakamoto, Shinjiro; Okuda, Koji; Itoh, Kyogo; Sasada, Tetsuro; Yutani, Shigeru
2017-02-11
Since the prognosis of advanced biliary tract cancer (aBTC) still remains very poor, new therapeutic approaches, including immunotherapies, need to be developed. In the current study, we conducted an open-label randomized phase II study to test whether low dose cyclophosphamide (CPA) could improve antigen-specific immune responses and clinical efficacy of personalized peptide vaccination (PPV) in 49 previously treated aBTC patients. Patients with aBTC refractory to at least one regimen of chemotherapies were randomly assigned to receive PPV with low dose CPA (100 mg/ day for 7 days before vaccination) (PPV/CPA, n=24) or PPV alone (n=25). A maximum of four HLA-matched peptides were selected based on the pre-existing peptide-specific IgG responses, followed by subcutaneous administration. T cell responses to the vaccinated peptides in the PPV/CPA arm tended to be greater than those in the PPV alone arm. The PPV/CPA arm showed significantly better progression-free survival (median time: 6.1 vs 2.9 months; hazard ratio (HR): 0.427; P = 0.008) and overall survival (median time: 12.1 vs 5.9 months; HR: 0.376; P = 0.004), compared to the PPV alone arm. The PPV alone arm, but not the PPV/CPA arm, showed significant increase in plasma IL-6 after vaccinations, which might be associated with inhibition of antigen-specific T cell responses. These results suggested that combined treatment with low dose CPA could provide clinical benefits in aBTC patients under PPV, possibly through prevention of IL-6-mediated immune suppression. Further clinical studies would be recommended to clarify the clinical efficacy of PPV/CPA in aBTC patients. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Offidani, Massimo; Pégourie, Brigitte; De La Rubia, Javier; Garderet, Laurent; Laribi, Kamel; Bosi, Alberto; Marasca, Roberto; Laubach, Jacob; Mohrbacher, Ann; Carella, Angelo Michele; Singhal, Anil K.; Tsao, L. Claire; Lynch, Mark; Bleickardt, Eric; Jou, Ying-Ming; Robbins, Michael; Palumbo, Antonio
2016-01-01
In this proof-of-concept, open-label, phase 2 study, patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) received elotuzumab with bortezomib and dexamethasone (EBd) or bortezomib and dexamethasone (Bd) until disease progression/unacceptable toxicity. Primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS); secondary/exploratory endpoints included overall response rate (ORR) and overall survival (OS). Two-sided 0.30 significance level was specified (80% power, 103 events) to detect hazard ratio (HR) of 0.69. Efficacy and safety analyses were performed on all randomized patients and all treated patients, respectively. Of 152 randomized patients (77 EBd, 75 Bd), 150 were treated (75 EBd, 75 Bd). PFS was greater with EBd vs Bd (HR, 0.72; 70% confidence interval [CI], 0.59-0.88; stratified log-rank P = .09); median PFS was longer with EBd (9.7 months) vs Bd (6.9 months). In an updated analysis, EBd-treated patients homozygous for the high-affinity FcγRIIIa allele had median PFS of 22.3 months vs 9.8 months in EBd-treated patients homozygous for the low-affinity allele. ORR was 66% (EBd) vs 63% (Bd). Very good partial response or better occurred in 36% of patients (EBd) vs 27% (Bd). Early OS results, based on 40 deaths, revealed an HR of 0.61 (70% CI, 0.43-0.85). To date, 60 deaths have occurred (28 EBd, 32 Bd). No additional clinically significant adverse events occurred with EBd vs Bd. Grade 1/2 infusion reaction rate was low (5% EBd) and mitigated with premedication. In patients with RRMM, elotuzumab, an immunostimulatory antibody, appears to provide clinical benefit without added clinically significant toxicity when combined with Bd vs Bd alone. Registered to ClinicalTrials.gov as NCT01478048. PMID:27091875
Pujade-Lauraine, Eric; Hilpert, Felix; Weber, Béatrice; Reuss, Alexander; Poveda, Andres; Kristensen, Gunnar; Sorio, Roberto; Vergote, Ignace; Witteveen, Petronella; Bamias, Aristotelis; Pereira, Deolinda; Wimberger, Pauline; Oaknin, Ana; Mirza, Mansoor Raza; Follana, Philippe; Bollag, David; Ray-Coquard, Isabelle
2014-05-01
In platinum-resistant ovarian cancer (OC), single-agent chemotherapy is standard. Bevacizumab is active alone and in combination. AURELIA is the first randomized phase III trial to our knowledge combining bevacizumab with chemotherapy in platinum-resistant OC. Eligible patients had measurable/assessable OC that had progressed two prior anticancer regimens were ineligible. After investigators selected chemotherapy (pegylated liposomal doxorubicin, weekly paclitaxel, or topotecan), patients were randomly assigned to single-agent chemotherapy alone or with bevacizumab (10 mg/kg every 2 weeks or 15 mg/kg every 3 weeks) until progression, unacceptable toxicity, or consent withdrawal. Crossover to single-agent bevacizumab was permitted after progression with chemotherapy alone. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS) by RECIST. Secondary end points included objective response rate (ORR), overall survival (OS), safety, and patient-reported outcomes. The PFS hazard ratio (HR) after PFS events in 301 of 361 patients was 0.48 (95% CI, 0.38 to 0.60; unstratified log-rank P < .001). Median PFS was 3.4 months with chemotherapy alone versus 6.7 months with bevacizumab-containing therapy. RECIST ORR was 11.8% versus 27.3%, respectively (P = .001). The OS HR was 0.85 (95% CI, 0.66 to 1.08; P < .174; median OS, 13.3 v 16.6 months, respectively). Grade ≥ 2 hypertension and proteinuria were more common with bevacizumab. GI perforation occurred in 2.2% of bevacizumab-treated patients. Adding bevacizumab to chemotherapy statistically significantly improved PFS and ORR; the OS trend was not significant. No new safety signals were observed.
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Park, Eun Ah; Lee, Whal [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Doo Kyoung [Dept. of Radiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon (Korea, Republic of); and others
2016-06-15
This multi-center, randomized, double-blind, phase 3 trial was conducted to compare the safety and efficacy of contrast agents iohexol-380 and iohexol-350 for coronary CT angiography in healthy subjects. Volunteers were randomized to receive 420 mgI/kg of either iohexol-350 or iohexol-380 using a flow rate of 4 mL/sec. All adverse events were recorded. Two blinded readers independently reviewed the CT images and conflicting results were resolved by a third reader. Luminal attenuations (ascending aorta, left main coronary artery, and left ventricle) in Hounsfield units (HUs) and image quality on a 4-point scale were calculated. A total of 225 subjects were given contrast media (115 with iohexol-380 and 110 with iohexol-350). There was no difference in number of adverse drug reactions between groups: 75 events in 56 (48.7%) of 115 subjects in the iohexol-380 group vs. 74 events in 51 (46.4%) of 110 subjects in the iohexol-350 group (p = 0.690). No severe adverse drug reactions were recorded. Neither group showed an increase in serum creatinine. Significant differences in mean density between the groups was found in the ascending aorta: 375.8 ± 71.4 HU with iohexol-380 vs. 356.3 ± 61.5 HU with iohexol-350 (p = 0.030). No significant differences in image quality scores between both groups were observed for all three anatomic evaluations (all, p > 0.05). Iohexol-380 provides improved enhancement of the ascending aorta and similar attenuation of the coronary arteries without any increase in adverse drug reactions, as compared with iohexol-350 using an identical amount of total iodine.
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Mahamadou A Thera
Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The objective was to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of the AMA1-based malaria vaccine FMP2.1/AS02(A in children exposed to seasonal falciparum malaria. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A Phase 1 double blind randomized controlled dose escalation trial was conducted in Bandiagara, Mali, West Africa, a rural town with intense seasonal transmission of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. The malaria vaccine FMP2.1/AS02(A is a recombinant protein (FMP2.1 based on apical membrane antigen 1 (AMA1 from the 3D7 clone of P. falciparum, formulated in the Adjuvant System AS02(A. The comparator vaccine was a cell-culture rabies virus vaccine (RabAvert. One hundred healthy Malian children aged 1-6 years were recruited into 3 cohorts and randomized to receive either 10 microg FMP2.1 in 0.1 mL AS02(A, or 25 microg FMP2.1 in 0.25 mL AS02(A, or 50 microg FMP2.1 50 microg in 0.5 mL AS02(A, or rabies vaccine. Three doses of vaccine were given at 0, 1 and 2 months, and children were followed for 1 year. Solicited symptoms were assessed for 7 days and unsolicited symptoms for 30 days after each vaccination. Serious adverse events were assessed throughout the study. Transient local pain and swelling were common and more frequent in all malaria vaccine dosage groups than in the comparator group, but were acceptable to parents of participants. Levels of anti-AMA1 antibodies measured by ELISA increased significantly (at least 100-fold compared to baseline in all 3 malaria vaccine groups, and remained high during the year of follow up. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The FMP2.1/AS02(A vaccine had a good safety profile, was well-tolerated, and induced high and sustained antibody levels in malaria-exposed children. This malaria vaccine is being evaluated in a Phase 2 efficacy trial in children at this site. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00358332 [NCT00358332].
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Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The objective was to evaluate the safety, reactogenicity and immunogenicity of the AMA-1-based blood-stage malaria vaccine FMP2.1/AS02A in adults exposed to seasonal malaria. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A phase 1 double blind randomized controlled dose escalation trial was conducted in Bandiagara, Mali, West Africa, a rural town with intense seasonal transmission of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. The malaria vaccine FMP2.1/AS02A is a recombinant protein (FMP2.1 based on apical membrane antigen-1 (AMA-1 from the 3D7 clone of P. falciparum, adjuvanted with AS02A. The comparator vaccine was a cell-culture rabies virus vaccine (RabAvert. Sixty healthy, malaria-experienced adults aged 18-55 y were recruited into 2 cohorts and randomized to receive either a half dose or full dose of the malaria vaccine (FMP2.1 25 microg/AS02A 0.25 mL or FMP2.1 50 microg/AS02A 0.5 mL or rabies vaccine given in 3 doses at 0, 1 and 2 mo, and were followed for 1 y. Solicited symptoms were assessed for 7 d and unsolicited symptoms for 30 d after each vaccination. Serious adverse events were assessed throughout the study. Titers of anti-AMA-1 antibodies were measured by ELISA and P. falciparum growth inhibition assays were performed on sera collected at pre- and post-vaccination time points. Transient local pain and swelling were common and more frequent in both malaria vaccine dosage groups than in the comparator group. Anti-AMA-1 antibodies increased significantly in both malaria vaccine groups, peaking at nearly 5-fold and more than 6-fold higher than baseline in the half-dose and full-dose groups, respectively. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The FMP2.1/AS02A vaccine had a good safety profile, was well-tolerated, and was highly immunogenic in malaria-exposed adults. This malaria vaccine is being evaluated in Phase 1 and 2 trials in children at this site.
Louie, Thomas; Nord, Carl Erik; Talbot, George H; Wilcox, Mark; Gerding, Dale N; Buitrago, Martha; Kracker, Hilke; Charef, Pascal; Cornely, Oliver A
2015-10-01
Cadazolid, a novel fluoroquinolone-oxazolidinone antibiotic, exhibits potent in vitro activity against Clostridium difficile, including the epidemic BI/NAP1/027 strain. This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, active reference group, phase 2 study evaluated the efficacy and safety of oral cadazolid in treatment of adult patients with C. difficile infection (CDI). Eligible patients with first occurrence/first recurrence of CDI were randomized 1:1:1:1 to 250, 500, or 1,000 mg cadazolid twice daily (BID) or oral 125 mg vancomycin four times daily (QID) for 10 days. The primary endpoint was clinical cure at test of cure (48 ± 24 h after the end of treatment; modified intent-to-treat population), defined as resolution of diarrhea with no further CDI treatment required. Secondary endpoints included recurrence rate, sustained clinical response (clinical cure without recurrence), and time to diarrhea resolution. Of 84 patients enrolled, 20, 22, 20, and 22 received 250, 500, or 1,000 mg cadazolid BID or 125 mg vancomycin QID, respectively. The primary endpoint was achieved in 76.5% (80% confidence interval [CI], 58.4, 89.3), 80.0% (63.9, 91.0), 68.4% (51.1, 82.5), and 68.2% (52.3, 81.3) of patients, respectively. There was no evidence of a cadazolid dosage-dependent response. Each dosage of cadazolid resulted in a lower recurrence rate than with vancomycin (18.2 to 25.0% versus 50%). Consequently, higher sustained clinical response rates were observed with cadazolid (46.7 to 60.0%) than with vancomycin (33.3%). The times to diarrhea resolution were similar for cadazolid and vancomycin. Cadazolid was well tolerated, with no safety signal observed. The results of this phase 2 study support further clinical development of cadazolid. (This study has been registered in the United States at ClinicalTrials.gov under registration no. NCT01222702 and in Europe with the European Medicines Agency under registration no. EUDRA-CT 2010-020941-29.).
Komatsu, Yoshito; Okita, Kenji; Yuki, Satoshi; Furuhata, Tomohisa; Fukushima, Hiraku; Masuko, Hiroyuki; Kawamoto, Yasuyuki; Isobe, Hiroshi; Miyagishima, Takuto; Sasaki, Kazuaki; Nakamura, Michio; Ohsaki, Yoshinobu; Nakajima, Junta; Tateyama, Miki; Eto, Kazunori; Minami, Shinya; Yokoyama, Ryoji; Iwanaga, Ichiro; Shibuya, Hitoshi; Kudo, Mineo; Oba, Koji; Takahashi, Yasuo
2015-07-01
The purpose of this study is to compare the efficacy of a single administration of dexamethasone (DEX) on day 1 against DEX administration on days 1-3 in combination with palonosetron (PALO), a second-generation 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in non-anthracycline and cyclophosphamide (AC) moderately-emetogenic chemotherapy (MEC). This phase III trial was conducted with a multi-center, randomized, open-label, non-inferiority design. Patients who received non-AC MEC as an initial chemotherapy were randomly assigned to either a group administered PALO (0.75 mg, i.v.) and DEX (9.9 mg, i.v.) prior to chemotherapy (study treatment group), or a group administered additional DEX (8 mg, i.v. or p.o.) on days 2-3 (control group). The primary endpoint was complete response (CR) rate. The CR rate difference was estimated by logistic regression with allocation factors as covariates. The non-inferiority margin was set at -15% (study treatment group - control group). From April 2011 to March 2013, 305 patients who received non-AC MEC were randomly allocated to one of two study groups. Overall, the CR rate was 66.2% in the study treatment group (N = 151) and 63.6% in the control group (N = 154). PALO plus DEX day 1 was non-inferior to PALO plus DEX days 1-3 (difference, 2.5%; 95% confidence interval [CI]: -7.8%-12.8%; P-value for non-inferiority test = 0.0004). There were no differences between the two groups in terms of complete control rate (64.9 vs 61.7%) and total control rate (49.7% vs 47.4%). Anti-emetic DEX administration on days 2-3 may be eliminated when used in combination with PALO in patients receiving non-AC MEC.
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Yoon, Dok Hyun [Department of Oncology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Geundoo [Department of Oncology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Department of Internal Medicine, Hallym Medical Center, Hallym University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jong Hoon [Department of Radiation Oncology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yong-Hee [Department of Thoracic Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ji Youn [Department of Oncology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyeong Ryul [Department of Thoracic Surgery, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Hwoon-Yong; Lee, Gin-Hyug [Department of Gastroenterology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Song, Ho Young [Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Kyung-Ja [Department of Pathology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Ryu, Jin-Sook [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sung-Bae, E-mail: sbkim3@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Oncology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)
2015-03-01
Purpose: To assess, in a randomized, phase 2 trial, the efficacy and safety of chemoradiotherapy with or without induction chemotherapy (ICT) of S1 and oxaliplatin for esophageal cancer. Patients and Methods: Patients with stage II, III, or IVA esophageal cancer were randomly allocated to either 2 cycles of ICT (oxaliplatin 130 mg/m{sup 2} on day 1 and S1 at 40 mg/m{sup 2} twice daily on days 1-14, every 3 weeks) followed by concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) (46 Gy, 2 Gy/d with oxaliplatin 130 mg/m{sup 2} on days 1 and 21 and S1 30 mg/m{sup 2} twice daily, 5 days per week during radiation therapy) and esophagectomy (arm A), or the same CCRT followed by esophagectomy without ICT (arm B). The primary endpoint was the pathologic complete response (pCR) rate. Results: A total of 97 patients were randomized (arm A/B, 47/50), 70 of whom underwent esophagectomy (arm A/B, 34/36). The intention-to-treat pCR rate was 23.4% (95% confidence interval [CI] 11.2-35.6%) in arm A and 38% (95% CI 24.5% to 51.5%) in arm B. With a median follow-up duration of 30.3 months, the 2-year progression-free survival rate was 58.4% in arm A and 58.6% in arm B, whereas the 2-year overall survival rate was 60.7% and 63.7%, respectively. Grade 3 or 4 thrombocytopenia during CCRT was more common in arm A than in arm B (35.4% vs 4.1%). The relative dose intensity of S1 (89.5% ± 20.6% vs 98.3% ± 5.2%, P=.005) and oxaliplatin (91.4% ± 16.8% vs 99.0% ± 4.2%, P=.007) during CCRT was lower in arm A compared with arm B. Three patients in arm A, compared with none in arm B, died within 90 days after surgery. Conclusions: Combination chemotherapy of S1 and oxaliplatin is an effective chemoradiotherapy regimen to treat esophageal cancer. However, we failed to show that the addition of ICT to the regimen can improve the pCR rate.
Vives, Roser; Pontes, Caridad; Sarasa, Maria; Millier, Aurelie
2015-09-01
UR-1505 is a new small molecule with immune modulator properties intended for the topical treatment of inflammatory skin diseases that has shown anti-inflammatory effects in models of skin inflammation. We compared the activity of UR-1505 ointment against its vehicle in the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Secondary objectives included exploring dose response, safety, and local tolerability of UR-1505. Patients with AD lesions on 2 symmetrical topographic areas (arms, leg, or trunk) were included in this unicenter randomized, double-blind, within-patient, controlled Phase II exploratory trial and received simultaneously 2 different treatments (0.5%, 1%, or 2% UR-1505 and vehicle or 0.1% tacrolimus ointment) once daily during 28 days. The primary efficacy end point was the change from baseline in the Investigator Global Assessment score at Day 28. Secondary end points were percentage of area clearance, local Eczema Area Severity Index (local EASI), and local tolerability. A linear mixed model was used, fitting treatment, body side, and group (treatment at the contralateral side) as fixed factors and the patient as a random effect. Twenty-eight patients were randomized and 25 patients were included in the per protocol analysis, with 50 evaluable lesions (n = 13 for vehicle, n = 8 for UR-1505 0.5%, n = 9 for 1% UR-1505, n=8 for 2% UR-1505, and n=12 for tacrolimus). The mean Investigator Global Assessment score change from baseline at Day 28 was -1.7 for vehicle, -1.0, -1.2, and -1.5 for 0.5%, 1%, and 2% UR-1505, respectively, and -2.6% for tacrolimus (P = 0.002). No serious nor causal adverse reactions were reported in this study, but patients reported numerous local symptoms after product applications, especially itching, tingling, tightness, and heat/burning sensations at frequencies that were similar for vehicle, 1% UR-1505, and 2% UR-1505; more frequent with 0.5% UR-1505; and lowest for tacrolimus. This study found that UR-1505 may not be a suitable option for the
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Sims, J.R. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Naumovich, G.J.; Hoang, T.A.; Dent, P.C. [Everson Electric Co., Bethlehem, PA (United States)
1996-05-01
The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is completing a quasi-continuous magnet which will sustain a constant field of 60 T for 100 ms in a 32-mm 77 K bore. This magnet consists of 9 mechanically independent, nested, liquid nitrogen-cooled coils which are individually reinforced by high-strength stainless steel outer shells. The coils were wound from rectangular large cross-section, high-strength, high-conductivity copper conductor insulated wtih polyimide and fiberglass tapes. After winding, the coils were inserted into closely fitted, stainless steel reinforcing shells and impregnated with epoxy resin. Design, analysis, material, fabrication and operational issues for this class of magnets are reviewed. Fabrication and quality assurance testing of the 60 T coil set are covered in detail. Future growth of and possible links from this technology to other magnet systems are discussed. Needed improvements in design, analysis, materials, and fabrication are outlined.
Hum, David S.; Fejer, Martin M.
2007-03-01
The use of microstructured crystals in quasi-phasematched (QPM) nonlinear interactions has enabled operation of nonlinear devices in regimes inaccessible to conventional birefringently phasematched media. This review addresses basic aspects of the theory of QPM interactions, microstructured ferroelectrics and semiconductors for QPM, devices based on QPM media, and a series of techniques based on engineering of QPM gratings to tailor spatial and spectral response of QPM interactions. Because it is not possible in a brief review to do justice to the large body of results that have been obtained with QPM media over the past twenty years, the emphasis in this review will be on aspects of QPM interactions beyond their use simply as highly nonlinear alternatives to conventional birefringent media. To cite this article: D.S. Hum, M.M. Fejer, C. R. Physique 8 (2007).
Nazarov, V. U.
2015-10-01
We investigate the wave vector and frequency-dependent screening of the electric field in atomically thin (quasi-two-dimensional) crystals. For graphene and hexagonal boron nitride we find that, above a critical wave vector qc, the static permittivity ɛ (q >qc,ω =0 ) becomes negative and the Kramers-Kronig relations do not hold for ɛ (q >qc,ω ) . Thus, in quasi-two-dimensional crystals, we reveal the physical confirmation of a proposition put forward decades ago [D. A. Kirzhnits, Sov. Phys. Usp. 19, 530 (1976), 10.1070/PU1976v019n06ABEH005268], allowing for the breakdown of Kramers-Kronig relations and for negative static permittivity. In the vicinity of the critical wave vector, we find a giant growth of the permittivity. Our results, obtained in the ab initio calculations using both the random-phase approximation and the adiabatic time-dependent local-density approximation, and further confirmed with a simple slab model, allow us to argue that the above properties, being exceptional in the three-dimensional case, are common to quasi-two-dimensional systems.
Quasi-steady State Reduction of Molecular Motor-Based Models of Directed Intermittent Search
Newby, Jay M.
2010-02-19
We present a quasi-steady state reduction of a linear reaction-hyperbolic master equation describing the directed intermittent search for a hidden target by a motor-driven particle moving on a one-dimensional filament track. The particle is injected at one end of the track and randomly switches between stationary search phases and mobile nonsearch phases that are biased in the anterograde direction. There is a finite possibility that the particle fails to find the target due to an absorbing boundary at the other end of the track. Such a scenario is exemplified by the motor-driven transport of vesicular cargo to synaptic targets located on the axon or dendrites of a neuron. The reduced model is described by a scalar Fokker-Planck (FP) equation, which has an additional inhomogeneous decay term that takes into account absorption by the target. The FP equation is used to compute the probability of finding the hidden target (hitting probability) and the corresponding conditional mean first passage time (MFPT) in terms of the effective drift velocity V, diffusivity D, and target absorption rate λ of the random search. The quasi-steady state reduction determines V, D, and λ in terms of the various biophysical parameters of the underlying motor transport model. We first apply our analysis to a simple 3-state model and show that our quasi-steady state reduction yields results that are in excellent agreement with Monte Carlo simulations of the full system under physiologically reasonable conditions. We then consider a more complex multiple motor model of bidirectional transport, in which opposing motors compete in a "tug-of-war", and use this to explore how ATP concentration might regulate the delivery of cargo to synaptic targets. © 2010 Society for Mathematical Biology.
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Charafeddine Maya
2010-09-01
Full Text Available Abstract Purpose/Objective This is a prospective comparison of weekly cisplatin to weekly paclitaxel as concurrent chemotherapy with standard radiotherapy for locally advanced cervical carcinoma. Materials/Methods Between May 2000 and May 2004, 31 women with FIGO stage IB2-IVA cervical cancer or with postsurgical pelvic recurrence were enrolled into this phase II study and randomized to receive on a weekly basis either 40 mg/m2 Cisplatin (group I; 16 patients or 50 mg/m2 paclitaxel (group II; 15 patients concurrently with radiotherapy. Median total dose to point A was 74 Gy (range: 66-92 Gy for group I and 66 Gy (range: 40-98 Gy for group II. Median follow-up time was 46 months. Results Patient and tumor characteristics were similar in both groups. The mean number of chemotherapy cycles was also comparable with 87% and 80% of patients receiving at least 4 doses in groups I and II, respectively. Seven patients (44% of group I and 8 patients (53% of group II developed tumor recurrence. The Median Survival time was not reached for Group I and 53 months for group II. The proportion of patients surviving at 2 and 5 years was 78% and 54% for group I and 73% and 43% for group II respectively. Conclusions This small prospective study shows that weekly paclitaxel does not provide any clinical advantage over weekly cisplatin for concurrent chemoradiation for advanced carcinoma of the cervix.
Hartley, Madeline K; Vine, Seanna; Walsh, Elizabeth; Avrantinis, Sara; Daub, G William; Cave, Robert J
2016-03-03
We investigate several representative density functional theory approaches for the calculation of relative activation energies and free energies of a set of model pericyclic reactions, some of which have been studied experimentally. In particular, we use a standard hybrid functional (B3LYP), the same hybrid functional augmented with a basis set superposition error and dispersion correction, a meta-hybrid functional developed to treat transition states and weak interactions (M06-2X), and the recently implemented random phase approximation (RPA) based on Kohn-Sham orbitals from conventional density functional theory by Furche and co-workers. We apply these methods to calculate relative activation energies and estimated free energies for the amide acetal Claisen rearrangement. We focus on relative activation energies to assess the effects of steric and weak interactions in the various methods and compare with experiment where possible. We also discuss the advantages of using this set of reactions as a test bed for the comparison of treatments of weak interactions. We conclude that all methods yield similar trends in relative reactivity, but the RPA yields results in best agreement with the experimental values.
Mussard, Bastien; Angyan, Janos; Toulouse, Julien
2015-01-01
We consider several spin-unrestricted random-phase approximation (RPA) variants for calculating correlation energies, with and without range separation, and test them on datasets of atomization energies and reaction barrier heights. We show that range separation greatly improves the accuracy of all RPA variants for these properties. Moreover, we show that a RPA variant with exchange, hereafter referred to as RPAx-SO2, first proposed by Sz-abo and Ostlund [A. Szabo and N. S. Ostlund, J. Chem. Phys. 67, 4351 (1977)] in a spin-restricted closed-shell formalism, and extended here to a spin-unrestricted formalism, provides on average the most accurate range-separated RPA variant for atomization energies and reaction barrier heights. Since this range-separated RPAx-SO2 method had already been shown to be among the most accurate range-separated RPA variants for weak intermolecular interactions [J. Toulouse, W. Zhu, A. Savin, G. Jansen, and J. G. {\\'A}ngy{\\'a}n, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 084119 (2011)], this works confirms...