Sample records for rb sr zr

  1. Isotopic evidence for the retention of Sr-90 inferred from excess Zr-90 in the Oklo natural fission reactors: Implication for geochemical behaviour of fissiogenic Rb, Sr, Cs and Ba

    Hidaka, Hiroshi; Sugiyama, Takeshi; Ebihara, Mitsuru; Holliger, Philippe


    In order to investigate the mobility of fissiogenic Sr-90 in the geological environment, the Zr isotopic compositions of seven samples from one of the newly formed Oklo natural reactor zones (i.e., reactor core and adjacent rocks (10, SF84)) in the Republic of Gabon were determined with an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). Zr isotopes in uraninite grains from different reactor zones were also measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). Fissiogenic Zr isotopic abundances of three samples from the reactor core have excess Zr-90, which has never before been formed in previous Oklo samples. In this paper, the geochemical behaviour of Zr-90 is discussed by making use of the relative retentivity inferred from the isotopic abundance of Sr. The excess in Zr-90 suggests dependence on the degree of retention/migration of Sr-90, the precursor of Zr-90 in the fission chain. In the aqueous phase, chemical fractionation between Sr and Zr could have occurred before radioactive Sr-90 decayed. Considering the halflife of Sr-90 (t(sub 1/2) = 29.1 y), considerable amounts of the latter have been produced during criticality. Sr and Zr (including Zr-90) could have been redistributed between the reactor core and its vicinity. The retentivity of fissiogenic Zr-90 in reactor core 10 is not homogeneous. In addition, the distributions of Rb, Cs and Ba is also heterogeneous.

  2. Unreported Emission Lines of Rb, Ce, La, Sr, Y, Zr, Pb and Se Detected Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

    Lepore, K. H.; Mackie, J.; Dyar, M. D.; Fassett, C. I.


    Information on emission lines for major and minor elements is readily available from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as part of the Atomic Spectra Database. However, tabulated emission lines are scarce for some minor elements and the wavelength ranges presented on the NIST database are limited to those included in existing studies. Previous work concerning minor element calibration curves measured using laser-induced break-down spectroscopy found evidence of Zn emission lines that were not documented on the NIST database. In this study, rock powders were doped with Rb, Ce, La, Sr, Y, Zr, Pb and Se in concentrations ranging from 10 percent to 10 parts per million. The difference between normalized spectra collected on samples containing 10 percent dopant and those containing only 10 parts per million were used to identify all emission lines that can be detected using LIBS (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) in a ChemCam-like configuration at the Mount Holyoke College LIBS facility. These emission spectra provide evidence of many previously undocumented emission lines for the elements measured here.

  3. Interstitial and substitutional Zr in SrTiO3

    Jaffe, John; van Ginhoven, Renee; Jiang, Weilin


    We investigate Zr in SrTi O3 (STO) as an electronic dopant and as a model for nuclear waste forms in which radioactive Sr decays to Y and then to stable Zr through beta emission. Density functional theory (DFT) within the supercell model is used to predict the thermodynamic stability and electronic states of interstitial and Sr- or Ti-substituted Zr atoms in the STO lattice. Native point defects such as vacancies and antisites are also considered. When Zr replaces Sr, its most stable configuration is to simply occupy the Sr site (instead of, for example, replacing a Ti and displacing the Ti to the Sr site.) For Zr added to the lattice, its most stable configuration is to replace a Ti, making a Zr Ti impurity plus a Ti interstitial (as opposed to the Zr just remaining as an interstitial atom.) Zr Sr is predicted to be a double electron donor, Zr Ti is electrically inactive and interstitial Zr and Ti are predicted to be quadruple donors, with all donor levels in the conduction band. Zr Sr and the tetravalent interstitials are all predicted to increase the crystal volume, and the interstitials also are predicted to lead to a tetragonal distortion of the lattice. Experiments with injection of Zr atoms into STO qualitatively confirm these predictions of crystal structural changes. Supported by U.S. Department of Energy Waste Form Campaign.

  4. Mass measurements of neutron-rich Rb and Sr isotopes

    Klawitter, R; Brodeur, M; Chowdhury, U; Chausdhuri, A; Fallis, J; Gallant, A T; Grossheim, A; Kwiatkowski, A A; Lascar, D; Leach, K G; Lennarz, A; Macdonald, T D; Pearkes, J; Seeraji, S; Simon, M C; Simon, V V; Schultz, B E; Dilling, J


    We report on the mass measurements of several neutron-rich $\\mathrm{Rb}$ and $\\mathrm{Sr}$ isotopes in the $A \\approx 100$ region with the TITAN Penning-trap mass spectrometer. Using highly charged ions in the charge state $q=10+$, the masses of $^{98,99}\\mathrm{Rb}$ and $^{98-100}\\mathrm{Sr}$ have been determined with a precision of $6 - 12\\ \\mathrm{keV}$, making their uncertainty negligible for r-process nucleosynthesis network calculations. The mass of $^{101}\\mathrm{Sr}$ has been determined directly for the first time with a precision eight times higher than the previous indirect measurement and a deviation of $3\\sigma$ when compared to the Atomic Mass Evaluation. We also confirm the mass of $^{100}\\mathrm{Rb}$ from a previous measurement. Furthermore, our data indicates the existance of a low-lying isomer with $80\\ \\mathrm{keV}$ excitation energy in $^{98}\\mathrm{Rb}$. We show that our updated mass values lead to minor changes in the r-process by calculating fractional abundances in the $A\\approx 100$ re...

  5. Mg-Zr-Sr alloys as biodegradable implant materials.

    Li, Yuncang; Wen, Cuie; Mushahary, Dolly; Sravanthi, Ragamouni; Harishankar, Nemani; Pande, Gopal; Hodgson, Peter


    Novel Mg-Zr-Sr alloys have recently been developed for use as biodegradable implant materials. The Mg-Zr-Sr alloys were prepared by diluting Mg-Zr and Mg-Sr master alloys with pure Mg. The impact of Zr and Sr on the mechanical and biological properties has been thoroughly examined. The microstructures and mechanical properties of the alloys were characterized using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and compressive tests. The corrosion resistance was evaluated by electrochemical analysis and hydrogen evolution measurement. The in vitro biocompatibility was assessed using osteoblast-like SaOS2 cells and MTS and haemolysis tests. In vivo bone formation and biodegradability were studied in a rabbit model. The results indicated that both Zr and Sr are excellent candidates for Mg alloying elements in manufacturing biodegradable Mg alloy implants. Zr addition refined the grain size, improved the ductility, smoothed the grain boundaries and enhanced the corrosion resistance of Mg alloys. Sr addition led to an increase in compressive strength, better in vitro biocompatibility, and significantly higher bone formation in vivo. This study demonstrated that Mg-xZr-ySr alloys with x and y ≤5 wt.% would make excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. Copyright © 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Decoupled Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic evolution of the continental crust

    Goldstein, S. L.


    Evidence was presented that the Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic systems are decoupled in crust-mantle evolution. Rare earth element (including Sm and Nd) residue principally in silicates, and are resistant to mobilization by weathering and metamorphism. In contrast, Rb and Sr are easily fractionated by crustal processes and residue in carbonates as well as in silicates. As a result, continental Sr, but not Nd, can be recycled into the mantle by exchange of seawater with basalt at spreading ridges and by subduction of carbonates associated with ridge processes. These effects result in mean Rb-Sr ages of the continental crust and of the upper mantle that are too young. Crustal growth curves based largely on Rb-Sr data, such that of Hurley and Rand, are therefore incorrect.

  7. Derivation of Apollo 14 High-Al Basalts at Discrete Times: Rb-Sr Isotopic Constraints

    Hui. Hejiu; Neal, Clive, R.; Shih, Chi-Yu; Nyquist, Laurence E.


    Pristine Apollo 14 (A-14) high-Al basalts represent the oldest volcanic deposits returned from the Moon [1,2] and are relatively enriched in Al2O3 (>11 wt%) compared to other mare basalts (7-11 wt%). Literature Rb-Sr isotopic data suggest there are at least three different eruption episodes for the A-14 high-Al basalts spanning the age range approx.4.3 Ga to approx.3.95 Ga [1,3]. Therefore, the high-Al basalts may record lunar mantle evolution between the formation of lunar crust (approx.4.4 Ga) and the main basin-filling mare volcanism (basalts were originally classified into five compositional groups [5,6], and then regrouped into three with a possible fourth comprising 14072 based on the whole-rock incompatible trace element (ITE) ratios and Rb-Sr radiometric ages [7]. However, Rb-Sr ages of these basalts from different laboratories may not be consistent with each other because of the use of different 87Rb decay constants [8] and different isochron derivation methods over the last four decades. This study involved a literature search for Rb-Sr isotopic data previously reported for the high-Al basalts. With the re-calculated Rb-Sr radiometric ages, eruption episodes of A-14 high-Al basalts were determined, and their petrogenesis was investigated in light of the "new" Rb-Sr isotopic data and published trace element abundances of these basalts.

  8. Experimental study of the isovector giant dipole resonance in 80Zr and 81Rb

    Ceruti, S.; Camera, F.; Bracco, A.; Mentana, A.; Avigo, R.; Benzoni, G.; Blasi, N.; Bocchi, G.; Bottoni, S.; Brambilla, S.; Crespi, F. C. L.; Giaz, A.; Leoni, S.; Million, B.; Morales, A. I.; Nicolini, R.; Pellegri, L.; Riboldi, S.; Wieland, O.; Bazzacco, D.; Ciemala, M.; Farnea, E.; Gottardo, A.; Kmiecik, M.; Maj, A.; Mengoni, D.; Michelagnoli, C.; Modamio, V.; Montanari, D.; Napoli, D.; Recchia, F.; Sahin, E.; Ur, C.; Valiente-Dobón, J. J.; Wasilewska, B.; Zieblinski, M.


    The isovector giant dipole resonance (IVGDR) γ decay was measured in the compound nuclei 80Zr and 81Rb at an excitation energy of E*=54 MeV. The fusion reaction 40Ca+40Ca at Ebeam=136 MeV was used to form the compound nucleus 80Zr, while the reaction 37Cl+44Ca at Ebeam=95 MeV was used to form the compound nucleus 81Rb at the same excitation energy. The IVGDR parameters extracted from the analysis were compared with the ones found at higher excitation energy (E*=83 MeV). The comparison allows one to observe two different nuclear mechanisms: (i) the IVGDR intrinsic width remains constant with the excitation energy in the nucleus 81Rb; (ii) the isospin-violating spreading width (i.e., Coulomb spreading width) remains constant with the excitation energy in the nucleus 80Zr. The experimental setup used for the γ -ray detection was composed by the AGATA demonstrator array coupled to the large-volume LaBr3:Ce detectors of the HECTOR+ array.

  9. K-Ca and Rb-Sr Dating of Lunar Granite 14321 Revisited

    Simon, Justin I.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.


    K-Ca and Rb-Sr age determinations were made for a bulk feldspar-rich portion of an Apollo rock fragment of the pristine lunar granite clast (14321,1062), an acid-leached split of the sample, and the leachate. K-Ca and Rb-Sr data were also obtained for a whole rock sample of Apollo ferroan anorthosite (FAN, 15415). The recent detection [1] of widespread intermediate composition plagioclase indicates that the generation of a diversity of evolved lunar magmas maybe more common and therefore more important to our understanding of crust formation than previously believed. Our new data strengthen the K-Ca and Rb-Sr internal isochrons of the well-studied Apollo sample 14321 [2], which along with a renewed effort to study evolved lunar magmas will provide an improved understanding of the petrogenetic history of evolved rocks on the Moon.

  10. Derivation of Apollo 14 High-Al Basalts at Discrete Times: Rb-Sr Isotopic Constraints

    Hui, H.; Neal, C. R.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.


    Four eruption episodes were identified for A-14 high-Al basalts. Rb-Sr isotopic data and ITE ratios show that their parental melt compositions of are correlated through mixing of evolved components with a relatively primitive magma ocean cumulate.

  11. Preparation of SrZrO3 Thermal Barrier Coating by Solution Precursor Plasma Spray

    Li, Xinhui; Ma, Wen; Wen, Jing; Bai, Yu; Sun, Li; Chen, Baodong; Dong, Hongying; Shuang, Yingchai


    The solution precursor plasma spray (SPPS) process is capable of depositing highly durable thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). In this study, an aqueous chemical precursor feedstock was injected into the plasma jet to deposit SrZrO3 thermal barrier coating on metal substrate. Taguchi design of experiments was employed to optimize the SPPS process. The thermal characteristics and phase evolution of the SrZrO3 precursor, as well as the influence of various spray parameters on the coating deposition rate, microhardness, microstructure, and phase stability, were investigated. The experimental results showed that, at given spray distance, feedstock flow rate, and atomization pressure, the optimized spray parameters were arc current of 600 A, argon flow rate of 40 L/min, and hydrogen flow rate of 10 L/min. The SrZrO3 coating prepared using the optimized spray parameters had single-pass thickness of 6.0 μm, porosity of 18%, and microhardness of 6.8 ± 0.1 GPa. Phase stability studies indicated that the as-sprayed SrZrO3 coating had good phase stability in the temperature range from room temperature to 1400 °C, gradually exhibiting a phase transition from t'-ZrO2 to m-ZrO2 in the SrZrO3 coating at 1450 °C with increasing time, while the SrZrO3 phase did not change.

  12. Experimental investigation and thermodynamic calculation of the Mg-Sr-Zr system

    Zhou, Hua; Chen, Chong; Du, Yong [Central South Univ., Hunan (China). State Key Lab. of Powder Metallurgy; Central South Univ., Hunan (China). Sino-German cooperation group ' ' Microstructure in Al alloys' ' ; Gong, Haoran [Central South Univ., Hunan (China). State Key Lab. of Powder Metallurgy


    Both experimental investigation and thermodynamic calculation were performed for the Mg-Sr-Zr system. Four decisive alloys were firstly selected and prepared using a powder metallurgy method to measure the isothermal section at 400 C via a combination of X-ray diffraction and electron probe microanalysis. No ternary compound has been observed for this ternary system. Four three-phase regions, (Mg) + (αZr) + Mg{sub 17}Sr{sub 2}, Mg{sub 17}Sr{sub 2} + (αZr) + Mg{sub 38}Sr{sub 9}, Mg{sub 38}Sr{sub 9} + (αZr) + Mg{sub 23}Sr{sub 6}, and Mg{sub 23}Sr{sub 6} + (αZr) + Mg{sub 2}Sr, have been identified at 400 C. No appreciable ternary solubility has been detected in the binary Mg-Sr compounds. Phase transition temperatures of the Mg-Sr-Zr alloys were measured by means of differential scanning calorimetry. The thermodynamic calculations match well with the experimental data in the present work, indicating that no ternary thermodynamic parameters are needed for the thermodynamic description of this ternary system. In order to verify the reliability of the current thermodynamic calculations of the Mg-Sr-Zr system, eight as-cast alloys in the Mg-rich corner were also prepared. The calculated liquidus projection is consistent with the observed primary phase regions. The present thermodynamic calculations are reliable and can be used in the development of Mg alloys.

  13. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd Study of Asuka 881394: Evidence of "Late" Metamorphism

    Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Reese, Y.; Takeda, H.


    The Asuka 881394 achondrite contains fossil Al-26 and Mn-53 [1,2,3] and has a Pb-207/Pb-206 age of 4566.5 plus or minus 0.2 Ma [3], the oldest for an achondrite. Preliminary results showed initial Sm-146/Sm-144 = (7.4 plus or minus 1.2) x 10(exp -3), indicative of an ancient age, but Rb-87 - Sr-87 and Sm-147 - Nd-143 ages of 4370 plus or minus 60 and 4490 plus or minus 20 Ma, resp. [1], were younger than expected from the presence of short-lived nuclides. We revisit the Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd chronology of A881394 in an attempt to establish whether late metamorphism led to inconsistency in its apparent ages.

  14. Ar-Ar and Rb-Sr Ages of the Tissint Olivine-phyric Martian Shergottite

    Park, J.; Herzog, G. F.; Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Turin, B.; Lindsay, F. N.; Delaney, J. S.; Swisher, C. C., III; Agee, C.


    The fifth martian meteorite fall, Tissint, is an olivine-phyric shergottite that contains olivine macrocrysts (approximately 1.5 mm) [1]. [2] reported the Sm-Nd age of Tissint as 596 plus or minus 23 Ma along with Rb-Sr data that defined no isochron. [3] reported Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd ages of 583 plus or minus 86 Ma and 616 plus or minus 67 Ma, respectively. The cosmic-ray exposure ages of Tissint are 1.10 plus or minus 0.15 Ma based on 10Be [4], and 1.0-1.1 Ma, based on 3He, 21Ne, and 38Ar [5,6].We report Ar-Ar ages and Rb-Sr data.

  15. Absolute branching intensities in the decay of 92Rb to 92Sr

    Lhersonneau, G; Rizzi, V; Alyakrinskiy, O; Lanchais, A; Volkov, Yu.M; Barzakh, A.E; Fedorov, D.V; Ionan, A.M; Ivanov, V.S; Mezilev, K.A; Moroz, F.V; Orlov, S.Yu; Panteleev, V.N; Lau, C; Bajeat, O; Essabaa, S; Leroy, R; Jardin, P; Stroe, L; 10.1103/PhysRevC.74.017308


    The branching of the 2+ to 0+ transition in 92Sr has been measured to 0.032(4) per 92Rb decay. It confirms an earlier measurement however discarded in nuclear data evaluations since in contradiction with accepted lower logft limits. The conflict could be solved assuming that close to half of the decay intensity, mostly as high-energy ground-state transitions, is missing in th edecay scheme.

  16. Mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion and biocompatibility of newly developed biodegradable Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys for biomedical applications.

    Ding, Yunfei; Lin, Jixing; Wen, Cuie; Zhang, Dongmei; Li, Yuncang


    Our previous studies have demonstrated that Mg-Zr-Sr alloys can be anticipated as excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. In general, rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in magnesium (Mg) alloys with the aim of enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys. In this study, the REE holmium (Ho) was added to an Mg-1Zr-2Sr alloy at different concentrations of Mg1Zr2SrxHo alloys (x = 0, 1, 3, 5 wt. %) and the microstructure, mechanical properties, degradation behaviour and biocompatibility of the alloys were systematically investigated. The results indicate that the addition of Ho to Mg1Zr2Sr led to the formation of the intermetallic phases MgHo3, Mg2Ho and Mg17Sr2 which resulted in enhanced mechanical strength and decreased degradation rates of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. Furthermore, Ho addition (≤5 wt. %) to Mg-Zr-Sr alloys led to enhancement of cell adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast cells on the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. The in vitro biodegradation and the biocompatibility of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys were both influenced by the Ho concentration in the Mg alloys; Mg1Zr2Sr3Ho exhibited lower degradation rates than Mg1Zr2Sr and displayed the best biocompatibility compared with the other alloys.

  17. Mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion and biocompatibility of newly developed biodegradable Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys for biomedical applications

    Ding, Yunfei; Lin, Jixing; Wen, Cuie; Zhang, Dongmei; Li, Yuncang


    Our previous studies have demonstrated that Mg-Zr-Sr alloys can be anticipated as excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. In general, rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in magnesium (Mg) alloys with the aim of enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys. In this study, the REE holmium (Ho) was added to an Mg-1Zr-2Sr alloy at different concentrations of Mg1Zr2SrxHo alloys (x = 0, 1, 3, 5 wt. %) and the microstructure, mechanical properties, degradation behaviour and biocompatibility of the alloys were systematically investigated. The results indicate that the addition of Ho to Mg1Zr2Sr led to the formation of the intermetallic phases MgHo3, Mg2Ho and Mg17Sr2 which resulted in enhanced mechanical strength and decreased degradation rates of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. Furthermore, Ho addition (≤5 wt. %) to Mg-Zr-Sr alloys led to enhancement of cell adhesion and proliferation of osteoblast cells on the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys. The in vitro biodegradation and the biocompatibility of the Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys were both influenced by the Ho concentration in the Mg alloys; Mg1Zr2Sr3Ho exhibited lower degradation rates than Mg1Zr2Sr and displayed the best biocompatibility compared with the other alloys.

  18. Rb-Sr And Sm-Nd Ages, and Petrogenesis of Depleted Shergottite Northwest Africa 5990

    Shih, C. Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Reese, Y.; Irving, A. J.


    Northwest Africa (NWA) 5990 is a very fresh Martian meteorite recently found on Hamada du Draa, Morocco and was classified as an olivine-bearing diabasic igneous rock related to depleted shergottites [1]. The study of [1] also showed that NWA 5990 resembles QUE 94201 in chemical, textural and isotopic aspects, except QUE 94201 contains no olivine. The depleted shergottites are characterized by REE patterns that are highly depleted in LREE, older Sm-Nd ages of 327-575 Ma and highly LREE-depleted sources with Nd= +35+48 [2-7]. Age-dating these samples by Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr methods is very challenging because they have been strongly shocked and contain very low abundances of light rare earth elements (Sm and Nd), Rb and Sr. In addition, terrestrial contaminants which are commonly present in desert meteorites will compromise the equilibrium of isotopic systems. Since NWA 5990 is a very fresh meteorite, it probably has not been subject to significant desert weathering and thus is a good sample for isotopic studies. In this report, we present Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic results for NWA 5990, discuss the correlation of the determined ages with those of other depleted shergottites, especially QUE 94201, and discuss the petrogenesis of depleted shergottites.

  19. Spatiotemporal variations of Zr/Rb ratio in three last interglacial paleosol profiles across the Chinese Loess Plateau and its implications for climatic interpretation

    WANG HaiBin; LIU LianYou; FENG ZhaoDong


    The ratio of Zirconium to Rubidium (Zr/Rb) is suggested to be a better proxy for the East Asian winter monsoon strength than the widely-used grain size distribution. The rationale for the Zr/Rb proxy relies on the following assumptions: (1) Grain size fractionating characteristics during eolian dust transport should be archived in the Zr/Rb ratio records and this assumption is based on the premise that Zr is preferentially enriched in coarser grain size fraction while Rb tend to be enriched in finer grain size fraction; and (2) post-depositional weathering does not change the Zr/Rb ratio due to the immobility of these two elements. To examine these two assumptions, three last interglacial paleosols (S1) from Dingxi, Tianshui and Lantian, along a NW-SE transect across the Chinese Loess Plateau, were geo-chemically investigated. Our results show that the Rb concentration exhibits an increasing trend along the NW-SE transect both in the paleosol (S1) and the measured portions of the loess units (L1 and L2), being supportive to the assumption that Rb is enriched in the fine particles. But we also found that Rb loss did occur to some extent in the three profiles, contradicting to the presumption of Rb immobility during pedogenic processes. The Zr concentration exhibits an expected decreasing trend in the measured portions of the loess units and an unexpected increasing trend in the paleosol along the NW-SE transect. Moreover, the ratios of Zirconium to Hafnium (Zr/Hf) show different variation patterns between interglacial and glacial, implying that Zr-bearing minerals and their resident grain size frac-tions are probably not identical during interglacial and glacial. Thus, the assumption that Zr is enriched in coarse grain size fraction can no longer hold. We conclude that the final Zr/Rb value is not only de-pendent on grain size sorting processes but also on post-depositional alteration and source prove-nance. Under enhanced chemical weathering, especially when

  20. First observation of nonyrast levels in Zr-103 and level systematics of N=63 Sr, Zr, and Mo isotones

    Lhersonneau, G; Dendooven, P; Honkanen, A; Huhta, M; Oinonen, M; Penttila, H; Aysto, J; Kurpeta, J; Persson, B.L.; Popov, A


    The beta decay of the very-neutron-rich nucleus Y-103 has been studied at the isotope separator IGISOL, allowing for the first time the observation of nonyrast levels in its daughter Zr-103(40)63. The level structure is similar to that of its isotones Sr-101 and Mo-105, suggesting a targe ground-sta

  1. Rb-Sr geochronological study on Tatehira granodiorite, Oshima Peninsula, Southwest Hokkaido, Japan

    Iizumi, Shigeru; Kobayashi, Hideo; Toyoda, Minoru


    It has been known that Tatehira granodiorite, a pluton which occurs sporadically in the southwest region of Hokkaido, is related with Kanoite formation. The radiometric age of this granodiorite still remains unknown. The Tatehira granodiorite intrudes into late Paleozoic or early Mesozoic Matsumae group, and is overlain by Miocene Usubetsu formation unconformably. It occurs as several separated small plutons. The samples for Rb-Sr analysis were collected from one of the plutons in southern part. The determination of the isochron age of rock-minerals and the initial Sr isotopic ratio of Tatehira granodiorite were carried out. This granodiorite is able to be classified into two phases, namely melanocratic (WRM) and leucocratic (WRL) phases. The samples of WRM and WRL were powdered and subjected to X-ray analysis. It was found that the chemical compositions were similar except slight differences in FeO + Fe2O3, CaO and K2O. The Sr isotopic ratio was determined with a MAT 261 mass spectrometer, and the results were analyzed statistically. The Rb and Sr concentrations and the Sr isotopic ratio of WRM, WRL, and PRF (plagio-clase rich fraction) and BRF (biotite rich fraction) separated from the WRL were determined, and the age of 102.5 +- 0.3 Ma and the initial ratio of 0.70538 +- 0.00001 were obtained. The ratio of Tatehira granodiorite is comparable to that of Okushiri Island. Comparing with the data obtained from other region, the granodiorites of Tatehira and Okushiri Island should be related with the granitoids of Abukuma granite province.

  2. Rb-Sr age of Gaik granite, Ladakh Batholith, northwest Himalaya

    Trivedi, J.R.; Gopalan, K. (Physical Research Lab., Ahmedabad (India)); Sharma, K.K.; Gupta, K.R.; Choubey, V.M. (Wadia Inst. of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun (India))


    The Gaik Granite is a part of Ladakh batholith outcropping between Gaik and Kiari in NW Himalaya. This is a pink porphyritic granite rich in biotite and poor in hornblende. Rb-Sr analyses have been made on six whole-rock samples of the Gaik Granite. Though the samples are poorly enriched in radiogenic Sr, they define a reliable isochron corresponding to an age of 235+-13(2sigma) m.y. and initial /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratio of 0.7081+-0.0004 (2sigma), Biotite, plagioclase and potash feldspar fractions separated from two of the samples have yielded a much younger mineral isochron at 30+-1.5 m.y. indicating a nearly complete redistribution of Sr isotopes between mineral phases at a time much later than the primary emplacement of the granite. The present results show that at least some components of the Ladakh batholith are of Permo-Triassic aqe. These rocks were isotopically re-equilibrated on a mineral scale during Upper Oligocene in response to the Himalayan orogeny.

  3. Synthesis, structural and optical properties of SrZrO3:Eu3+phosphor

    Sheetal; V.B.Taxak; Rajni Arora; Dayawati; S.P.Khatkar


    Eu3+activated Sr1-xEuxZrO3 (x=0.01-0.04) phosphor with perovskite structure was successfully synthesized by using com-bustion method. The structure, morphology and optical properties of the material were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and fluorescence spectrometry. The XRD results indicated that crystals of SrZrO3:Eu3+belongs to tetragonal perovskite system. The phosphor could be effectively excited by UV light and the emission spectra results indicated that red-dish-orange luminescence of SrZrO3:Eu3+due to magnetic dipole transition 5D0→7F1 at 593 nm was dominant. Thus, the prepared phosphor showed remarkable luminescent properties which find applications in field emission display (FED) and plasma display panel (PDP) devices.

  4. Rb-Sr middle Devonian age of cordierite bearing migmatites from Lyonnais area (French Massif Central). Age Rb-Sr, Devonien moyen des migmatites a cordierite du Lyonnais (Massif central Francais)

    Duthou, J.L. (Clermont-Ferrand-2 Univ., 63 - Aubiere (France)); Chenevoy, M.; Gay, M. (Lyon-1 Univ., 69 - Villeurbanne (France))


    On the basis of Rb-Sr whole rock data, a middle Devonian age (384[+-]16 Ma) is ascribed to the cordierite bearing migmatites (gneiss d'Aubusson) in the Lyonnais area. In the barrovian domain, this anatexis is therefore synchronous throughout the northern part of the french ''Massif Central''. Rb and Sr concentrations were determined by X-ray fluorescence analysis, and isotopic compositions by mass spectrometry. (A.B.). 28 refs., 2 figs. 1 tab.

  5. Low-temperature photoluminescence for polycrystalline SrZrO{sub 3} and SrHfO{sub 3}

    Park, Jin Won; Lee, Dong Jae; Kim, Dong Hwan; Lee, Yun Sang [Soongsil University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    We measured the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra of polycrystalline 4d SrZrO{sub 3} and 5d SrHfO{sub 3} synthesized by using the solid state reaction method. While the bandgap energies of both materials are higher than the light excitation energy (325 nm) we observed distinct PL signals near 1.75 eV and 2.5 eV at the lowest temperatures, which should be associated with localized states in the fairly wide bandgap. According to the literature, these peaks could be related to defect states originating from structural disorder or oxygen vacancies. The blue emission near 2.5 eV for our samples is quite similar to that observed in various 3d oxides such as SrTiO{sub 3}. Interestingly, the blue emission of SrHfO{sub 3} is stronger than that of SrZrO{sub 3}, which suggests that SrHfO{sub 3} could be a new optoelectronic material.

  6. Comparative ab initio calculations of SrTiO{sub 3}/BaTiO{sub 3} and SrZrO{sub 3}/PbZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) heterostructures

    Piskunov, Sergei, E-mail:; Eglitis, Roberts I., E-mail:


    Using a B3PW hybrid exchange–correlation functional within the density functional theory (DFT) we calculated from the first principles the electronic structure of BaTiO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3}/SrZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) interfaces. The optical band gap of both BaTiO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3}/SrZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) interfaces depends mostly from BaO or TiO{sub 2} and SrO or ZrO{sub 2} termination of the upper layer, respectively. Based on the results of our calculations we predict increase of the Ti–O and Zr–O chemical bond covalency near the SrTiO{sub 3}/BaTiO{sub 3} and SrZrO{sub 3}/PbZrO{sub 3} (0 0 1) interfaces as compared to the BaTiO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} bulk.

  7. Precision-controlled elution of a 82Sr/82Rb generator for cardiac perfusion imaging with positron emission tomography

    Klein, R.; Adler, A.; Beanlands, R. S.; de Kemp, R. A.


    A rubidium-82 (82Rb) elution system is described for use with positron emission tomography. Due to the short half-life of 82Rb (76 s), the system physics must be modelled precisely to account for transport delay and the associated activity decay and dispersion. Saline flow is switched between a 82Sr/82Rb generator and a bypass line to achieve a constant-activity elution of 82Rb. Pulse width modulation (PWM) of a solenoid valve is compared to simple threshold control as a means to simulate a proportional valve. A predictive-corrective control (PCC) algorithm is developed which produces a constant-activity elution within the constraints of long feedback delay and short elution time. The system model parameters are adjusted through a self-tuning algorithm to minimize error versus the requested time-activity profile. The system is self-calibrating with 2.5% repeatability, independent of generator activity and elution flow rate. Accurate 30 s constant-activity elutions of 10-70% of the total generator activity are achieved using both control methods. The combined PWM-PCC method provides significant improvement in precision and accuracy of the requested elution profiles. The 82Rb elution system produces accurate and reproducible constant-activity elution profiles of 82Rb activity, independent of parent 82Sr activity in the generator. More reproducible elution profiles may improve the quality of clinical and research PET perfusion studies using 82Rb.

  8. An In-Situ Rb-Sr Dating & Organics Characterization Instrument For A MER+ Sized Rover

    Anderson, F.; Whitaker, T.; Nowicki, K.; Zacny, K.; Pierce, J.


    We posit that a Mars in-situ geochronology mission that will triage and validate samples for Mars Sample Return (MSR) is technically feasible in the 2018-2022 time frame and addresses the competing scientific, political, and fiscal requirements for flight in this decade.The mission must be responsive to the astrobiological and chronological science goals of the MEPAG, Decadal Survey (DS), and E2E-iSAG, and avoid the MSR appearance of long term political commitment and cost. These requirements can best be accomplished by a rover with a coring drill. JPL has reassessed the MER landing system performance, and determined that the system is capable of significantly higher landed mass (~40-60 kg plus reserve), allowing more sophisticated instruments to be carried. The instrument package is comprised of a time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer combined with a laser desorption resonance ionization source to sensitively measure isobar free Rb-Sr isotopes for geochronology and organics characterization. The desorption laser is also used with a μRaman/LIBS for mineral characterization, which in combination with the TOF, will additionally provide measurements of K-Ar isotopes for a second form of radiometric dating. The laser desorption resonance ionization mass spectrometry (LDRIMS) technique avoids the interference and mass resolution issues associated with geochronology measurements, and has miniaturization potential. A sample is placed in the TOF mass spectrometer and surface atoms, molecules, and ions are desorbed with a 213 nm laser. Ions are suppressed by an electric field and the plume of expanding particles is present for many μs, during which it is first illuminated with laser light tuned to ionize only Sr, and then 1-3 μs later, for Rb. We have partially miniaturized the instrument, including Sr lasers, ablation laser, and mass spectrometer, and will soon to start using the instrument for field measurements. Our current prototype can measure the isotope ratio of

  9. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotope geochemistry and chronology of cherts from the Onverwacht Group (3.5 AE), South Africa

    Weis, D.; Wasserburg, G. J.


    An Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic analysis of Archean chert samples from the Onverwacht Group, South Africa is presented, showing the same characteristic Rb and Sr concentrations as Phanerozoic cherts, with a very large range of Rb-87/Sr-86 ratios. A good correlation line in the Rb-87 to Sr-87 evolution diagram, corresponding to an age of about 2119 My and an initial Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio of about 0.72246, is derived which may be interpreted as reflecting the age of rehomogenization of the Sr in the protolith and the recrystallization of these cherts due to circulating hydrothermal fluids during regional metamorphism about 1.4 AE after deposition of the Onverwacht Group. The Sm-Nd systematics reflect an ancient source age of about 3.5 AE.

  10. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr Ages for Northwest Africa 2977, A Young Lunar Gabbro from the PKT

    Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Reese, Y. D.; Irving, A. J.


    Northwest Africa (NWA) 2977 is an olivine gabbro cumulate equivalent to one of the lithologies in lunar mare breccia NWA 773 [1,2,3]. The Ar-39-Ar-40 age is 2.77+/-0.04 Ga based on the last approx.57% of the gas release [4], similar to results for NWA 773 [5]. A Sm-Nd age (T) of 2.865+/-0.031 Ga and Epsilon(sub Nd) = -7.84+/-0.22 for the NWA 773 gabbro reported by [6] has been revised to T = 2.993+/-=0.032 Ga, Epsilon(sub Nd) -4.5+/-0.3 [7]. Sm-147-Nd-143 isochron for NWA 2977: Whole rock, pyroxene, olivine, plagioclase, whole rock leachate (approx.phosphate) and the combined leachates from the mineral separates yield a well defined Sm-Nd isochron for an age T = 3.10+/-0.05 Ga and Epsilon(sub Nd-CHUR) = -3.74+/-0.26 [8], or Epsilon(sub Nd-HEDR) = -4.61+/-0.26 [9]. Rb-87-Sr-87 isochron: NWA 2977 contains only a modest amount of Rb and/or Sr contamination. The Sr-isotopic composition of the contaminant closely resembles that of seawater. The whole rock residue after leaching combined with leach residues for plagioclase and pyroxene define an isochron age of 3.29+/-0.11 Ga for initial Sr-87/Sr-86 = 0.70287+/-18. The olivine residue, with lower Sr abundance of approx 1.5 ppm, is only slightly displaced from the isochron. The relatively small uncertainties of the Rb-Sr isochron parameters and near-concordancy with the Sm-Nd age indicate that both the Rb-Sr and the Sm-Nd ages are reliable.

  11. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd Isotopic Studies of Lunar Green and Orange Glasses

    Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Reese, Y.


    Lunar volcanic glassy beads have been considered as quenched basaltic magmas derived directly from deep lunar mantle during fire-fountaining eruptions [1]. Since these sub-mm size glassy melt droplets were cooled in a hot gaseous medium during free flight [2], they have not been subject to mineral fractionations. Thus, they represent primary magmas and are the best samples for the investigation of the lunar mantle. Previously, we presented preliminary Rb- Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic results for green and orange glassy samples from green glass clod 15426,63 and orange soil 74220,44, respectively [3]. Using these isotopic data, initial Sr-87/Sr-86 and Nd ratios for these pristine mare glass sources can be calculated from their respective crystallization ages previously determined by other age-dating techniques. These isotopic data were used to evaluate the mineralogy of the mantle sources. In this report, we analyzed additional glassy samples in order to further characterize isotopic signatures of their source regions. Also, we'll postulate a relationship between these two major mare basalt source mineralogies in the context of lunar magma ocean dynamics.

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

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

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

  13. Magnetism without magnetic ions in non-magnetic perovskites SrTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and SrSnO{sub 3}

    Bannikov, V.V.; Shein, I.R.; Kozhevnikov, V.L. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620041 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ivanovskii, A.L. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 620041 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)], E-mail:


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

  14. Rb-Sr, Pb-Pb, U-Pb dating in the Bandja plutonic series of Western Cameroon. Donnees geochronologiques (Rb-Sr, Pb-Pb, U-Pb) sur le complexe plutonique de Bandja (Centre-Ouest Cameroun)

    Tchankam, C.N. (Nancy-1 Univ., 54 (France)); Vialette, Y. (Clermont-Ferrand-2 Univ., 63 - Aubiere (France))


    The results of U-Pb zircon and Pb-Pb on minerals and whole rocks are reported on a charnockite syn-D1 from the Bandja series in the western Cameroon. Data are interpreted as representing a plutonic emplacement at 640 Ma. A syn- to post-tectonic pluton is dated at 557 [+-] 8 Ma (Rb-Sr whole rocks isochron). These results confirm the Pan-African age of the charnockitic intrusive body. Initial isotopic [sup 87]Sr/[sup 86]Sr ratios of charnockite (0.709) and granite (0.7089) show the importance of crustal imprint in the magma genesis. (authors).

  15. Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, and Mn-Cr Ages of Yamato 74013

    Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C.- Y.; Reese, Y.D.


    Yamato 74013 is one of 29 paired diogenites having granoblastic textures. The Ar-39 - Ar-40 age of Y-74097 is approximately 1100 Ma. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd analyses of Y-74013, -74037, -74097, and -74136 suggested that multiple young metamorphic events disturbed their isotopic systems. Masuda et al. reported that REE abundances were heterogeneous even within the same sample (Y-74010) for sample sizes less than approximately 2 g. Both they and Nyquist et al. reported data for some samples showing significant LREE enrichment. In addition to its granoblastic texture, Y-74013 is characterized by large, isolated clots of chromite up to 5 mm in diameter. Takeda et al. suggested that these diogenites originally represented a single or very small number of coarse orthopyroxene crystals that were recrystallized by shock processes. They further suggested that initial crystallization may have occurred very early within the deep crust of the HED parent body. Here we report the chronology of Y-74013 as recorded in chronometers based on long-lived Rb-87 and Sm-147, intermediate- lived Sm-146, and short-lived Mn-53.

  16. Rb-Sr and Nd-Sr isotope geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Misho Mountains mafic dikes (NW Iran

    Maryam Ahankoub


    Full Text Available Introduction There are some theories about the Paleotethys event during the Paleozoic that have been proposed by geologists (Metcalfe, 2006. Some scientist offered some pieces of evidence about the northern margin of Gondwana (Zhu et al., 2010. The Paleotethys Ocean and Hercynian orogenic report first in Iran, have been Offered from the Morrow and Misho Mountain (Eftekharnejad, 1981. Misho Mountains is located between the north and south Misho faults and cause the formation of a positive flower structure (Moayyed and Hossainzade, 2011. There is theory about Misho southern fault as the best candidate of the Paleotethys suture zone (Moayyed and Hossainzade, 2011. Geochemistry and Sr –Nd isotopic data of the A2 granitic and Synite rocks of the East Misho, indicate that the magmatism post collision has occurred in the active continental margin by extensional zones of the following the closure of the Paleotethys (Ahankoub, 2012. Granite and syenite rocks have been cut by mafic dikes. Mafic dikes are often formed in extensional tectonic settings related to mantle plume or continental break –up (Zhu et al., 2009. In this paper, we use the geochemistry and Nd-Sr isotope data to determined petrogenesis, tectono-magmatic setting and age of Misho mafic dikes. Materials and methods After petrography study of 30 thin sections of mafic dike rocks, 8 samples were selected for whole-rock chemical analyses using ICP-MS and ICP-AES instruments by ACME Company in Vancouver, Canada. We prepared 6 sample For Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr analysis. Sr and Nd isotope ratios were measured with a thermal ionization mass spectrometer, VG Sector 54–30 at the Nagoya University. The isotope abundances of Rb, Sr, Nd, and Sm were measured by the ID method with a Finnigan MAT Thermoquad THQ thermal ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer at the Nagoya University. NBS987 and JNdi-1 were measured as natural Sr and Nd isotope ratio standards (Tanaka et al., 2000. Averages and 2σ errors

  17. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd chronology and genealogy of mare basalts from the Sea of Tranquility

    Papanastassiou, D. A.; Depaolo, D. J.; Wasserburg, G. J.


    Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd ages of two Apollo 11 mare basalts, high-K basalt 10072 and low-K basalt 10062, are reported. Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, and Ar-40-Ar-39 ages are in good agreement and indicate an extensive time interval for filling of the Sea of Tranquility, presumably by thin lava flows, in agreement with similar observations for the Ocean of Storms. Initial Sr and Nd isotopic compositions on Apollo 11 basalts reveal at least two parent sources producing basalts. The Sm-Nd isotopic data demonstrate that low-K and high-Ti basalts from Apollo 11 and 17 derived from distinct reservoirs, while low-Ti Apollo 15 mare basalt sources have Sm/Nd similar to the sources of Apollo 11 basalts. Groupings of mare basalt based on Ti content and on isotopic data do not coincide.

  18. Single grain Rb-Sr dating of euhedral and cataclastic pyrite from the Qiyugou gold deposit in western Henan,central China

    HAN YiGui; LI XiangHui; ZHANG ShiHong; ZHANG YuanHou; CHEN FuKun


    The Rb-Sr isotopic dating of pyrite mineral from ore deposits can directly provide mineralization age. However,many geological factors may affect the Rb-Sr isotopic system,which baffles application of this method. Employing ultra-low procedural blank Rb-Sr method,we have dated pyrites separated from the No. 4 breccia pipe of the Qiyugou gold deposit,western Henan Province. Single grains of euhedral pyrite crystal with few micro-cracks yield an isochron age of 126 ± 11 Ma,which represents time of the main mineralization stage of the deposit. Pyrite grains of cataclastic type show nevertheless scattered Rb-Sr isotopic composition and no reasonable isochron can be defined. Crystal morphology and mineral inclusion studies reveal that Rb and Sr of pyrite mineral probably are preserved mainly in biotite,K-feldspar,and sericite mineral inclusions. The dating results likely suggest that cataclastic pyrite is not suitable for the Rb-Sr dating due to modification of the Rb-Sr isotopic system by later hydrothermal activity of fluid.

  19. Rb-Sr Isotopic Systematics of Alkali-Rich Fragments in the Yamato-74442 LL-Chondritic Breccia

    Yokoyama, T.; Misawa, K.; Okano, O.; Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Simo, J. I.; Tappa, M. J.; Yoneda, S.


    Alkali-rich igneous fragments were identified in the brecciated LL-chondrites, Kr henberg (LL5)], Bhola (LL3-6) and Yamato (Y)-74442 (LL4), and show characteristic fractionation patterns of alkaline elements. The K-Rb-Cs-rich fragments in Kr henberg, Bhola, and Y-74442 are very similar in mineralogy and petrography (olivine + pyroxene + glass), suggesting that they could have come from related precursor materials. We have undertaken Rb-Sr isotopic studies on alkali-rich fragments in Y-74442 to precisely determine their crystallization ages and the isotopic signatures of their precursor material(s).

  20. Air Plasma-Sprayed La2Zr2O7-SrZrO3 Composite Thermal Barrier Coating Subjected to CaO-MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 (CMAS)

    Cai, Lili; Ma, Wen; Ma, Bole; Guo, Feng; Chen, Weidong; Dong, Hongying; Shuang, Yingchai


    La2Zr2O7-SrZrO3 composite thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) were prepared by air plasma spray (APS). The La2Zr2O7-SrZrO3 composite TBCs covered with calcium-magnesium-aluminum-silicate (CMAS) powder, as well as the powder mixture of CMAS and spray-dried La2Zr2O7-SrZrO3 composite powder, were heat-treated at 1250 °C in air for 1, 4, 8, and 12 h. The phase constituents and microstructures of the reaction products were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. Experimental results showed that the La2Zr2O7-SrZrO3 composite TBCs had higher CMAS resistance than 8YSZ coating. A dense new layer developed between CMAS and La2Zr2O7-SrZrO3 composite TBCs during interaction, and this new layer consisted mostly of apatite (Ca2La8(SiO4)6O2) and c-ZrO2. The newly developed layer effectively protected the La2Zr2O7-SrZrO3 composite TBCs from further CMAS attack.

  1. DFT LCAO and plane wave calculations of SrZrO{sub 3}

    Evarestov, R.A.; Bandura, A.V.; Alexandrov, V.E. [Department of Quantum Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, 26 Universitetskiy Prospekt, Stary Peterhof 198504 (Russian Federation); Kotomin, E.A. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Heisenbergstr. 1, 70569, Stuttgart (Germany)


    The results of the density functional (DFT) LCAO and plane wave (PW) calculations of the electronic and structural properties of four known SrZrO{sub 3} phases (Pm3m, I4/mcm, Cmcm and Pbnm) are presented and discussed. The calculated unit cell energies and relative stability of these phases agree well with the experimental sequence of SrZrO{sub 3} phases as the temperature increases. The lattice structure parameters optimized in the PW calculations for all four phases are in good agreement with the experimental neutron diffraction data. The LCAO and PW results for the electronic structure, density of states and chemical bonding in the cubic phase (Pm3m) are discussed in detail and compared with the results of previous PW calculations. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. Lattice dynamics of proton conductor SrZrO{sub 3} in orthorhombic phase

    Sharma, Anupam Deep, E-mail: [Sant Baba Bhag Singh Institute of Engineering and Technology, Padhiana, Jalandhar (Punjab)-144030 (India); Sinha, M. M., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology, Longowal, Sangrur (Punjab) - 148106 (India)


    In the this paper, we are presenting the results of our theoretical investigation on the zone centre phonon frequencies and phonon dispersion relation of SrZrO{sub 3} in its orthorhombic phase by using lattice dynamical simulation method based on short range force constant model to understand the role of phonon in this system. The calculations involves interatomic force constants upto third neighbour. The calculated zone centre phonon frequencies in Raman mode, agrees well with available existing results.

  3. New Rb-Sr mineral ages temporally link plume events with accretion at the margin of Gondwana

    Flowerdew, M.J.; Daly, J.S.; Riley, T.R.


    Five of six Rb-Sr muscovite mineral isochron ages from the Scotia Metamorphic Complex of the South Orkney Islands, West Antarctica, average 190 ± 4 Ma. The muscovite ages are interpreted to date foliation-formation and thus also accretion and subduction at the Gondwana margin. Coincident picrite and ferropicrite magmatism, indicative of melts from deep-seated depleted mantle, permits a causative link between accretion and the arrival of the Karoo – Ferrar – Chon Aike mantle plume in the Early Jurassic. Three biotite Rb-Sr mineral isochron ages are consistently younger and average 176 ± 5 Ma. The biotite ages may record post-metamorphic cooling or more likely retrogressive metamorphic effects during uplift.

  4. Hybrid HF-DFT comparative study of SrZrO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) surface properties

    Evarestov, R.A.; Bandura, A.V.; Alexandrov, V.E. [Department of Quantum Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University, 26 Universitetskii Prospekt, Stary Petergof, 198504 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)


    Hybrid HF-DFT LCAO simulations of SrZrO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}(001) surface properties are performed in a single-slab model framework. The SrZrO{sub 3}(001) surface was studied by an ab initio method for the first time. Three slab models with different surface terminations including up to 8 atomic planes were used for calculation of the various surface characteristics (surface energies, atomic charges, density of electronic states). The dependence of the results on the chosen model and on the kind of d-element is analyzed. The dissimilarity in the surface oxygen atom contributions to the total density of states of two crystals is attributed to the more ionic nature of Zr-O bonds compared to Ti-O bonds. It is found that in the case of SrZrO{sub 3} the electronic density is biased towards the SrO-terminated surface and this surface should be more basic in nature than the SrO surface of SrTiO{sub 3} crystal. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. Mechanical properties, in vitro corrosion and biocompatibility of newly developed biodegradable Mg-Zr-Sr-Ho alloys for biomedical applications

    Yunfei Ding; Jixing Lin; Cuie Wen; Dongmei Zhang; Yuncang Li


    Our previous studies have demonstrated that Mg-Zr-Sr alloys can be anticipated as excellent biodegradable implant materials for load-bearing applications. In general, rare earth elements (REEs) are widely used in magnesium (Mg) alloys with the aim of enhancing the mechanical properties of Mg-based alloys. In this study, the REE holmium (Ho) was added to an Mg-1Zr-2Sr alloy at different concentrations of Mg1Zr2SrxHo alloys (x?=?0, 1, 3, 5?wt. %) and the microstructure, mechanical properties, d...

  6. Ground and excited state properties of the polar and paramagnetic RbSr molecule: a comparative study

    Żuchowski, Piotr S; Dulieu, Olivier


    This paper deals with the electronic structure of RbSr, a molecule possessing both a permanent magnetic and electric dipole moment in its own frame allowing its manipulation with external fields. Two complementary ab-initio approaches are used for the ground and lowest excited states: first, an approach relying on optimized effective core potentials with core polarization potentials based on a full configuration interaction involving three valence electrons, and second, an approach using a small-size effective core potential with 19 correlated electrons in the framework of coupled-cluster theory. We have found excellent agreement between these two approaches for the ground state properties including the permanent dipole moment. We have focused on studies of excited states correlated to the two lowest asymptotes Rb(5p)+Sr(5s) and Rb(5s)+Sr(5s5p) relevant for ongoing experiments on quantum degenerate gases. We present also the Hund c) case potential curves obtained using atomic spin-orbit constants. These poten...

  7. Effects of Dy, Sr and Die Casting on Microstructure, Mechanical and Corrosion Properties of Mg-Dy-Sr-Nd-Zr Alloys

    Liu, Dexue; Yin, Xunyan; Pang, Xin; Hu, Shiwen; Ding, Yutian


    By adding 2, 6 and 10 wt.% Dy and 0.5, 1.5 and 2 wt.% Sr elements to Mg-2.4Nd-0.5Zr alloys and adopting die-casting process for biomedical Mg-10Dy-0.5Sr-2.4Nd-0.5Zr alloys, the effects of Dy and Sr elements and die-casting process on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of Mg-Dy-Sr-Nd-Zr alloys were investigated. The new biomedical Mg-10Dy-0.5Sr-2.4Nd-0.5Zr alloys were designed, and the grain size of the as-cast new alloy was refined to 70 μm and distributed equably. The ultimate tensile strength increased with increasing Dy content and decreasing Sr content. The corrosion rate decreased firstly and then increased with increasing Dy content and decreased with increasing Sr content. By adjusting the content of Sr and Dy, the ultimate tensile strength of as-cast new Mg-10Dy-0.5Sr-2.4Nd-0.5Zr alloys increased to 203 MPa, elongation was 7.4%, and the corrosion rate decreased to 0.48 mm/a. The elongation rate increased to 10.2% after the new biomedical alloys were processed by die casting with an refine-grained microstructure of 18 μm, meanwhile the ultimate tensile strength decreased to 180 MPa, and the corrosion rate was 1.29 mm/a.

  8. Utilisation of Rb/Sr as proxy for mass wasting events in peat records from the Romanian Carpathians

    Longman, Jack; Ersek, Vasile; Veres, Daniel; Salzmann, Ulrich


    Mass wasting events, including landslides, avalanches and flooding related to heavy rains can have a major impact on the local environment. Due to their association to extreme precipitation and glacial retreat, their occurrence is likely to increase as the climate changes in the future. As such, understanding their causation, and predicting their future impact is of paramount importance. To make such predictions, understanding of the relationship between the climate and the mass-wasting event is key. For this to happen, we must use historical records of mass wasting and climate to tie the two together. As a result, a reliable, quick and easy method for determining these events in the sedimentological record must be developed. The Rb/Sr ratio has been suggested as one indicator of mass wasting events, particularly based on lake sediment research in glaciated terrain. Our work was initially developed upon the behaviour of the two elements during weathering, considering that Rb commonly substitutes for K in mineral lattices and Sr commonly for Ca, due to similar ionic radii. Minerals containing K are much more resistant than Ca-bearing ones, and so there is enrichment in weathering products of Ca, and therefore Sr. As a result, Sr should be enriched in weathered material, resulting in a lowering of the Rb/Sr ratio. This assumption has been proven as reliable in similar research involving aeolian deposits and lake sediments. Here we present the first Holocene record based on this proxy from a peat archive from a raised mountain bog in the Romanian Carpathians, nested at the foot of an avalanche-prone glacial cirque. Our geochemical assessments are based on complete digestion of samples, and analysis via ICP-OES, rather than based only on core scanning. Initial results look promising, with the peat core below the active layer (acrotelm) and above the minerogenically-influenced zone producing strong correlation to the estimates of the minerogenic input over the bog based

  9. Dipole Polarizability of Alkali-Metal (Na, K, Rb) - Alkaline-Earth-Metal (Ca,Sr) Polar molecules - Prospects of Alignment

    Gopakumar, Geetha; Hada, Masahiko; Kajita, Masatoshi


    Electronic open-shell ground-state properties of selected alkali-metal (AM) - alkaline-earth-metal (AEM) polar molecules are investigated. We determine potential energy curves of the 2{\\Sigma}+ ground state at the coupled-cluster singles and doubles with partial triples (CCSD(T)) level of electron correlation. Calculated spectroscopic constants for the isotopes (23Na, 39K, 85Rb) - (40Ca, 88Sr) are compared with available theoretical and experimental results. The variation of the permanent dipole moment (PDM), average dipole polarizability, and polarizability anisotropy with internuclear distance is determined using finite-field perturbation theory at the CCSD(T) level. Owing to moderate PDM (KCa: 1.67 D, RbCa: 1.75 D, KSr: 1.27 D, RbSr: 1.41 D) and large polarizability anisotropy (KCa: 566 a.u., RbCa: 604 a.u., KSr: 574 a.u., RbSr: 615 a.u.), KCa, RbCa, KSr, and RbSr are potential candidates for alignment and orientation in combined intense laser and external static electric fields.

  10. Luminescence of Bi3+ in the orthorhombic perovskites, SrB4+O3 (B4+=Zr, Sn)

    Srivastava, Alok M.


    This paper examines the optical properties of Bi3+ in the orthorhombic perovskites SrB4+O3 [B4+=Sn, Zr]. The luminescence of SrZrO3 is associated with emission from the D-state that corresponds with the Bi3+ (6s2) -Zr4+ (4d0) charge transfer transition. The emission spectrum as a function of temperature was monitored for SrSnO3:Bi3+. At low temperatures, the localized 3P0,1 → 1S0 transition dominates the emission spectrum. With increasing temperature, the localized emission quenches in favor of emission from the D-state. A comparative study of the Bi3+ luminescence in the orthorhombic perovskites CaZrO3, CaSnO3, SrZrO3 and SrSnO3 shows that D-state emission occurs when the fundamental absorption band of the perovskite host lattice is less than about 6 eV.

  11. Rb, Sr and strontium isotopic composition, K/Ar age and large ion lithophile trace element abundances in rocks and glasses from the Wanapitei Lake impact structure

    Winzer, S. R.; Lum, R. K. L.; Schuhmann, S.


    Shock metamorphosed rocks and shock-produced melt glasses from the Wanapitei Lake impact structure have been examined petrographically and by electron microprobe. Eleven clasts exhibiting varying degrees of shock metamorphism and eight impact-produced glasses have been analyzed for Rb, Sr and Sr isotopic composition. Five clasts and one glass have also been analyzed for large ion lithophile (LIL) trace element abundances including Li, Rb, Sr, and Ba and the REE's. The impact event forming the Wanapitei Lake structure occurred 37 m.y. ago based on K/Ar dating of glass and glassy whole-rock samples. Rb/Sr isotopic dating failed to provide a meaningful whole-rock or internal isochron. The isotopic composition of the glasses can be explained by impact-produced mixing and melting of metasediments.

  12. Mechanoluminescence, photoluminescence and thermoluminescence studies of SrZrO3:Ce phosphor

    Neha Tiwari


    Full Text Available The present paper reports the synthesis and characterization, photoluminescence thermoluminescence and mechanoluminescence studies of Ce3+ doped SrZrO3 phosphors. The effects of variable concentration of Cerium on meachanoluminescence (ML and photoluminescence behavior were studied. The samples were prepared by combustion a synthesis technique which is suitable for less time taking techniques also for large scale production for phosphors. The starting material used for sample preparation are Sr(NO33, Zr(NO33 XH2O and Ce(NO33 6H2O and urea used as a fuel. The prepared sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction technique (XRD with variable concentration of Ce (0.05–0.5 mol%. There is no any phase change found with increase the concentration of Ce. Sample shows orthorhombic structure and the particle size calculated by Scherer's formula. The surface morphology of prepared phosphor was determined by field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEGSEM technique. Mechanoluminescence studies on SrZrO3phosphors doped with Ce and underwent an impulsive deformation with an impact of a piston for Mechanoluminescence (ML investigations. Temporal characteristics in order to investigate about the luminescence centre responsible for ML peak, increasing impact velocity causes more number of electrons will be ionized to reach to the conduction band so there will be more number of electrons available to be recombined at recombination or luminescence centre. In photoluminescence study PL emission spectra show the isolated peak position observed at 388 nm near UV region of spectrum due to 5d–4f transition of Ce3+ion.Thermoluminescence study shows doping of Ce3+ ions reduced the TL intensity TL glow curve shows the high fading and less stability when it doped with cerium. The activation energy high for the doped SrZrO3 phosphor means that the trapped electron is highly trapped in trap level. The present study gives the advance application for fracture

  13. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd Ages of Zagami DML and SR Isotopic Heterogeneity in Zagami

    Nyquist, L.aurenceE.; Shih, C.-Y.; Reese, Y. D.


    Zagami contains lithologic heterogeneity suggesting that it did not form in a homogeneous, thick lava flow [1]. We have previously investigated the Sr and Nd isotopic systematics of Coarse-Grained (CG) and Fine-Grained (FG) lithologies described by [2]. Both appear to belong to Normal Zagami (NZ) [1,3], but their initial Sr-isotopic compositions differ [4,5]. Here we report new analyses of the Dark Mottled Lithology (DML, [3]) that show its age and initial Sr and Nd isotopic compositions to be identical within error limits with those of CG, but Sr initial isotopic compositions differ from those of FG.

  14. Thermoluminescent dosimetry of beta radiations of {sup 90} Sr/ {sup 90} Y using ZrO{sub 2}: Eu; Dosimetria termoluminiscente de radiaciones beta de {sup 90} Sr/ {sup 90} Y usando ZrO{sub 2}: Eu

    Olvera T, L.; Azorin N, J.; Barrera S, M.; Soto E, A.M. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Rivera M, T. [CICATA-IPN, Legaria 694, 11500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    In this work the results of studying the thermoluminescent properties (TL) of the doped zirconium oxide with europium (ZrO{sub 2}: Eu{sup 3+}) before beta radiations of {sup 90}Sr/ {sup 90}Y are presented. The powders of ZrO{sub 2}: Eu{sup 3+} were obtained by means of the sol-gel technique and they were characterized by means of thermal analysis and by X-ray diffraction. The powders of ZrO{sub 2}: Eu{sup 3+}, previously irradiated with beta particles of {sup 90}Sr/ {sup 90}Y, presented a thermoluminescent curve with two peaks at 204 and 292 C respectively. The TL response of the ZrO{sub 2}: Eu{sup 3+} as function of the absorbed dose was lineal from 2 Gy up to 90 Gy. The fading of the information of the ZrO{sub 2}: Eu{sup 3+} was of 10% the first 2 hours remaining almost constant the information by the following 30 days. The ZrO{sub 2} doped with the (Eu{sup 3+}) ion it was found more sensitive to the beta radiation that the one of zirconium oxide without doping (ZrO{sub 2}) obtained by the same method. Those studied characteristics allow to propose to the doped zirconium oxide with europium like thermoluminescent dosemeter for the detection of the beta radiation. (Author)

  15. Temperature dependent electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) of SrZrO{sub 3}

    Gupta, Santosh K., E-mail: [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai (India); Pathak, Nimai [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai (India); Ghosh, P.S. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Rajeshwari, B. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai (India); Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Natarajan, V. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Kadam, R.M. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai (India)


    SrZrO{sub 3} (SZO), a distorted perovskite was synthesized using gel-combustion route employing citric acid as a fuel and ammonium nitrate as oxidizer followed by characterization using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Purity of the sample is confirmed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) analysis. Broadening and shift of the resonance field position in EPR spectrum to the lower field was observed as the temperature is lowered; which is the characteristic of ferromagnetic resonance spectra. The value of Curie–Weiss temperature obtained for SZO particles is 8.7 K. The positive sign of the Curie–Weiss temperature indicates that some of the spins are ferromagnetically coupled in this sample. Theoretical investigation using density functional theory (DFT) calculation revealed that Vacancy at zirconium site contribute maximum to the magnetic moment. - Highlights: • Gel-combustion synthesis of SrZrO{sub 3} perovskite at relatively low temperature. • EPR evidence for ferromagnetic resonance. • Positive sign of the Curie–Weiss temperature ~8.7 K. • Defect induced magnetism- Zirconium vacancy induces maximum magnetic moment.

  16. Nuclear geochronology. Chapter 6: Sedimentary rocks dating by the Rubidium-Strontium (Rb/Sr) and Potassium-Argon (K/Ar) radiometric methods; Geocronologia nuclear. Capitulo 6: Datacao de rochas sedimentares pelos metodos radiometricos rubidio-estroncio (Rb/Sr) e potassio-argonio (K/Ar)

    Thomaz Filho, Antonio [Universidade do Estado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Mizusaki, Ana Maria Pimentel [Rio Grande do Sul Univ., Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Kawashita, Koji [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Torquato, Joaquim Raul [Ceara Univ., Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Dept. de Geologia


    The paper deals with the Rubidium/Strontium (Rb/Sr) and Potassium/Argon (K/Ar) radiometric methods application in the sedimentary rocks dating, including the methodology, the method restrictions and the ages meaning. The work concludes that the sedimentary rocks radiometric dating, by the Rb/Sr method is possible, furnishing results geologically significant. The {sup 87} Sr/{sup 86} Sr of marine carbonates has propitiated, mainly in the last years, the dating possibility of sedimentary rocks. The K/Ar radiometric method has been applied to determine the diagenetic events age of the sedimentary rocks, including its application in mesozoic and recent rocks, where the RB/Sr radiometric method presents some limitations 71 refs., 18 figs.

  17. First observation of nonyrast levels in {sup 103}Zr and level systematics of {ital N} = 63 Sr, Zr, and Mo isotones

    Lhersonneau, G.; Dendooven, P.; Honkanen, A.; Huhta, M.; Oinonen, M.; Penttilae, H.; Aeystoe, J. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, Finland, P.O. Box 35, FIN-40351 Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Kurpeta, J. [Institute of Experimental Physics, Warsaw University, ul. Hoza 69, Pl 00-681, Warszawa (Poland); Persson, J.R. [School of Physics and Space Research, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT (United Kingdom); Popov, A. [St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, 188350, Gatchina (Russia)


    The {beta} decay of the very-neutron-rich nucleus {sup 103}Y has been studied at the isotope separator IGISOL, allowing for the first time the observation of nonyrast levels in its daughter {sub 40}{sup 103}Zr{sub 63}. The level structure is similar to that of its isotones {sup 101}Sr and {sup 105}Mo, suggesting a large ground-state deformation of {beta}{approx_equal} 0.4. Level systematics allows for new level assignments in both {sup 103}Zr and {sup 105}Mo. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  18. Description of the neutron deficient Sr and Zr isotopes in the interacting boson model

    Bucurescu, D.; Cata, G.; Cutoiu, D.; Constantinescu, G.; Ivascu, M.; Zamfir, N.V. (Institutul Central de Fizica, Bucharest (Romania))


    The available experimental data for the neutron deficient isotopes of Sr (78 to 86) and Zr (80 to 86) are collected and compared to the predictions of IBA-1 model calculations. The variations of the collectivity along these two isotopic chains is well reproduced with a set of smoothly varying parameters of the model. The description of both the energy levels and the B(E2) transition probabilities improves with decreasing N, the hamiltonian evolving towards an SU(3) dynamical symmetry. Both the large B(E2) value of the 2/sub 1//sup +/->0/sup +/sub(g.s.) transition and the predicted prolate shape for the very light isotopes, agree well with the recent findings of superdeformed nuclei around Z, N proportional 38. Transition strengths for the (p,t) reaction are calculated and compared to experimental observations for 0/sup +/ states, and a discussion is made about the possible intruder character of the O/sub 2//sup +/ state. The interacting boson-fermion approximation (IBFA) model is used to extend the calculations to some odd nuclei. Two shell (1gsub(9/2), 2dsub(5/2)) calculations are performed for the positive-parity states in /sup 83/Sr, /sup 81/Sr and /sup 85/Y and they compare well with the experimental level scheme of these nuclei below 3 MeV excitation.

  19. Thermoluminescent dosimetry of beta radiations of {sup 90} Sr/ {sup 90} Y using amorphous ZrO{sub 2}; Dosimetria termoluminiscente de radiaciones beta de {sup 90} Sr/ {sup 90} Y usando ZrO{sub 2} amorfo

    Rivera M, T. [CICATA-Legaria, IPN, Legaria Num. 694, 11500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Olvera T, L.; Azorin N, J.; Barrera R, M.; Soto E, A.M. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    In this work the results of studying the thermoluminescent properties (Tl) of the zirconium oxide in its amorphous state (ZrO{sub 2}-a) before beta radiations of {sup 90} Sr/ {sup 90} Y are presented. The amorphous powders of the zirconium oxide were synthesized by means of the sol-gel technique. The sol-gel process using alkoxides like precursors, is an efficient method to prepare a matrix of zirconium oxide by hydrolysis - condensation of the precursor to form chains of Zr-H{sub 3} and Zr-O{sub 2}. One of the advantages of this technique is the obtention of gels at low temperatures with very high purity and homogeneity. The powders were characterized by means of thermal analysis and by X-ray diffraction. The powders of ZrO{sub 2}-a, previously irradiated with beta particles of {sup 90} Sr/{sup 90} Y, presented a thermoluminescent curve with two peaks at 150 and 257 C. The dissipation of the information of the one ZrO{sub 2}-a was of 40% the first 2 hours remaining constant the information for the following 30 days. The reproducibility of the information was of {+-} 2.5% in standard deviation. The studied characteristics allow to propose to the amorphous zirconium oxide as thermoluminescent dosemeter for the detection of beta radiation. (Author)

  20. Structural,Electronic and Elastic Properties of Cubic Perovskites SrSnO3 and SrZrO3 under Hydrostatic Pressure Effect

    SHI Li-Wei; DUAN Yi-Feng; YANG Xian-Qing; QIN Li-Xia


    @@ Using the plane-wave pesudopotential(PWPP)method within the generalized gradient approximation(GGA),we investigate the hydrostatic pressure induced effect on the structural,electronic and elastic properties of cubic perovskites SrSnO3 and SrZrO3.The pressure dependence of the lattice constants,some indirect and direct band gaps,the upper valence bandwidths,the elastic stiffness constants and the aggregate elastic moduli,as well as the Debye temperature are investigated.Our calculated ground-state results are in good agreement with the available experimental and theoretical data.

  1. Spatial and temporal changes of summer monsoon on the Loess Plateau of Central China during the last 130 ka inferred from Rb/Sr ratios

    陈旸; 陈骏; 刘连文; 季峻峰; 张建新


    The Rb/Sr ratios for samples from six loess-paleosol sections on the Chinese Loess Plateau during the last glacial-interglacial cycle, and for samplesfrom 18 modern surface soils, have been analyzed. The six sections are along north-south and west-east transects respectively. The results show that the spatial distribution of Rb/Sr is characterized by a remarkable increase from north to south while Rb/Sr ratio changes little from west to east, whose latitude indicates shift of summer monsoon intensity. A regression equation between Rb/Sr ratiosand mean annual precipitation(MAP) has been constructed through statistical analysis for the modern surface soils. Paleorainfall during the last 130 ka is estimated for the six sections based on the regression equation. It is evident thatprecipitation increased remarkably during marine isotope stages 3 and 5, exhibiting the high and similar gradients of variation with latitude. This demonstrates that the environmental effect is more prominent in the south of the Loess Plateau than in the north during the dominance of summer monsoon.

  2. Composition dependences of crystal structure and electrical properties of epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 films grown on Si and SrTiO3 substrates

    Okamoto, Shoji; Okamoto, Satoshi; Yokoyama, Shintaro; Akiyama, Kensuke; Funakubo, Hiroshi


    {100}-oriented Pb(Zr x ,Ti1- x )O3 (PZT) thin films of approximately 2 µm thickness and Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratios of 0.39-0.65 were epitaxially grown on (100)cSrRuO3//(100)SrTiO3 (STO) and (100)cSrRuO3//(100)cLaNiO3//(100)CeO2//(100)YSZ//(100)Si (Si) substrates having different thermal expansion coefficients by pulsed metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The effects of Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratio and type of substrate on the crystal structure and dielectric, ferroelectric and piezoelectric properties of the films were systematically investigated. The X-ray diffraction measurement showed that both films changed from having a tetragonal symmetry to rhombohedral symmetry through the coexisting region with increasing Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratio. This region showed the Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratios of 0.45-0.59 for the films on the STO substrates that were wider than the films on the Si substrates. Saturation polarization values were minimum at approximately Zr/(Zr + Ti) = 0.50 for the films on the STO substrates, and no obvious Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratio dependence was detected in the films on the Si substrates. On the other hand, the maximum field-induced strain values measured by scanning force microscopy at approximately Zr/(Zr + Ti) = 0.50 at 100 kV/cm were about 0.5 and 0.1% in the films on the Si and STO, respectively.

  3. Metallo-organic decomposition derived (Ca, Sr)ZrO{sub 3} dielectric thin films on Pt coated Si substrate

    Chen Changhong [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)]. E-mail:; Huang Dexiu [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Zhu Weiguang [Microelectronics Center, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Yao Xi [Microelectronics Center, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)


    Metallo-organic decomposition derived dielectric thin films of calcium zirconate doped with various concentrations of strontium ((Ca, Sr)ZrO{sub 3}) were prepared on Pt coated silicon substrate. Mainly in this paper, we present the investigations of their structural developments and present their electric and dielectric properties as well. The structural developments show that the CaZrO{sub 3} film has amorphous structure with carbonate existing when annealed at 600 deg. C, while annealed at 650 deg. C and above, the carbonate is decomposed and those films crystallize into perovskite phase without preferred orientation. In addition, the prepared (Ca, Sr)ZrO{sub 3} films with their Zr-O bonds affected by strontium doping are homogenous and stable as solid solutions in any concentration of strontium and all Bragg diffraction characteristics for the films shift downward with the increase in the concentration of strontium. Moreover, the electric properties show that the (Ca, Sr)ZrO{sub 3} films have very low leakage current density and high breakdown strength; typically, the CaZrO{sub 3} film annealed at 650 deg. C has the leakage current density approximately 9.5 x 10{sup -8} A cm{sup -2} in the field strength of 2.6 MV cm{sup -1}. Furthermore, the dielectric properties show that their dielectric constants are higher than 12.8 with very little dispersion in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 1 MHz and are independent of applied dc bias as well. The dielectric properties, in combination with the electric properties, make the materials promising candidates for high-voltage and high-reliability capacitor applications.

  4. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd study of granite-charnockite association in the Pudukkottai region and the link between metamorphism and magmatism in the Madurai Block

    Sekaran, M. Chandra; Bhutani, Rajneesh; Balakrishnan, S.


    Pudukkottai region in the northeastern part of the Madurai Block exposes the garnetiferous pink granite that intruded the biotite gneiss. Charnockite patches are associated with both the rock types. Rb-Sr biotite and Sm-Nd whole-rock isochron ages indicate a regional uplift and cooling at ˜550 Ma. The initial Nd isotope ratios (\\varepsilon _{ {Nd}}t=-20 to -22) and Nd depleted-mantle model ages (TDM = 2.25 to 2.79 Ga) indicate a common crustal source for the pink-granite and associated charnockite, while the biotite gneiss and the charnockite within it represent an older crustal source (\\varepsilon _{ {Nd}}t= -29 and TDM = > 3.2 Ga). The Rb-Sr whole-rock data and initial Sr-Nd isotope ratios also help demonstrate the partial but systematic equilibration of Sr isotope and Rb/Sr ratios during metamorphic mineral-reactions resulting in an `apparent whole-rock isochron'. The available geochronological results from the Madurai Block indicate four major periods of magmatism and metamorphism: Neoarchaean-Paleoproterozoic, Mesoproterozoic, mid-Neoproterozoic and late-Neoproterozoic. We suggest that the high-grade and ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism was preceded by magmatism which `prepared' the residual crust to sustain the high P- T conditions. There also appears to be cyclicity in the tectono-magmatic events and an evolutionary model for the Madurai Block should account for the cyclicity in the preserved records.

  5. Nd isotopic disequilibrium be- tween minerals and Rb-Sr age of the secondary phengite in eclogite from the Yangkou area, Qingdao, eastern China


    There are two generations of white micas in retrograded coesite-bearing eclogite from the Yangkou area near Qingdao, eastern China. The secondary phengite developed along the folliations in eclogite is the majority of the white micas. Nd and Sr isotopic disequilibriums between garnet and retrograded omphacite as well as secondary phengite have been observed. Consequently, the Rb-Sr ages ((193 ± 4) Ma―(195 ± 4) Ma) given by the tie lines of the secondary phengite + garnet or whole rock may predate the formation time of the phengite. The Rb-Sr age of (183 ± 4) Ma given by the secondary phengite + retrograde omphacite is much closer to the formation time of the phengite indicating the retrograde age of eclogite instead of a cooling age of eclogite at 500℃.

  6. Geología y geocronología Rb-Sr de granitoides de Sierra Grande, provincia de Río Negro

    Ricardo Varela


    Full Text Available Al este de Sierra Grande la unidad más antigua es la Ectinita El Jagüelito, metagrauvacas y pizarras, cortadas por granitoides ordovícicos (Rb-Sr en roca total 467 ± 16 Ma; U-Pb en circón 476 ± 4 Ma. Ectinitas y granitoides son cubiertos discordantemente por sedimentitas clásticas fosilíferas silúricas de la Formación Sierra Grande y el total de unidades deformado por pliegues y fallas. Al sur de Sierra Grande, Mina Hiparsa, afloran la Ectinita El Jagüelito, la Formación Sierra Grande y granitoides, en un contexto de fuerte deformación tectónica. Desde mitad de siglo pasado se discute si los granitoides constituyen el basamento de la Formación Sierra Grande o si son intrusivos en la misma. La Formación Sierra Grande está afectada por metamorfismo térmico. Datos radimétricos previos de granitoides son discordantes (Rb-Sr en roca total 252 ± 5 Ma; 363 ± 57 Ma; 318 ± 28 Ma; U-Pb SHRIMP en circón 476 ± 6 Ma. Se efectuaron nuevos análisis Rb-Sr en roca total y minerales y se propone la existencia de dos unidades graníticas. En granitoides del noroeste de la mina, Granito Mina Hiparsa, se obtuvieron dos isocronas (262 ± 6 Ma, 87Sr/86Sr inicial = 0,7162 ± 0,0003 y 263 ± 9 Ma, 87Sr/86Sr inicial = 0,7149 ± 0,0009. En los granitoides al oeste de la Mina Hiparsa, Granodiorita Laguna Medina, se efectuó una isocrona (260 ± 3 Ma, 87Sr/86Sr Inicial = 0,7078 ± 0,0012. Las rocas estudiadas son el producto de plutonismo ordovícico temprano y pérmico tardío-temprano. Las tres isocronas roca total-minerales son pérmicas, pero dos por metamorfismo y reseteo de rocas ordovícicas (87Sr/86Sr inicial ~ 0,7150 y una por cristalización (87Sr/86Sr inicial ~ 0,7080.

  7. Luminescence Properties of SrZrO3/Tb(3+) Perovskite: Host-Dopant Energy-Transfer Dynamics and Local Structure of Tb(3+).

    Gupta, Santosh Kumar; Ghosh, Partha Sarathi; Yadav, Ashok Kumar; Pathak, Nimai; Arya, Ashok; Jha, Shambhu Nath; Bhattacharyya, Dibyendu; Kadam, Ramakant Mahadeo


    SrZrO3 perovskite (SZP) was synthesized using gel-combustion route and characterized systematically using X-ray diffraction and time-resolved photoluminescence techniques. A detailed analysis of the optical properties of Tb(3+) ions in SrZrO3 was performed to correlate them with the local environment of the lanthanide ions in this perovskite. Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy showed that emission spectrum consists of host as well as Tb(3+) emission indicating the absence of complete host-dopant energy transfer. On the basis of emission spectrum and PL decay study it was also observed that Tb(3+) is not homogeneously distributed in SrZrO3 perovskite; rather, it is occupying two different sites. It is corroborated using extended X-ray absorption fine structure studies that Tb(3+) is stabilized on both six-coordinated Zr(4+) and eight-coordinated Sr(2) site. The energies calculated using density functional theory (DFT) indicates that Tb occupation in Sr site is energetically more favorable than Zr site. The analysis of valence charge distribution also substantiated our structural stability analysis of site-selective Tb doping in SrZrO3. Time-resolved emission spectroscopy is employed to elucidate the difference in the spectral feature of Tb(3+) ion at Sr(2+) and Zr(4+) site. DFT-calculated density of states analysis showed that energy mismatch of Tb-d states with Zr-d and O-p states of SZP makes the energy transfer from host SZP to Tb(3+) ion difficult.

  8. 87Sr/86Sr Ratios in Carbonate From the Red Lake and Steep Rock Groups in Canada Suggest Rb-enriched Continental Crust was Influencing Seawater Chemistry Prior to 3.0 Ga

    Satkoski, A.; Fralick, P. W.; Beard, B. L.; Johnson, C.


    Previous work has suggested that prior to 2.5 Ga, Sr isotope compositions of seawater were essentially mantle buffered and the effects of continental weathering on seawater chemistry were negligible. To test this, we collected Sr isotope data from 2.93 and 2.80 Ga carbonates that are part of the Red Lake and Steep Rock groups (Canada), respectively. To better understand carbonate formation and any post-depositional alteration, Sr isotopes are considered with O isotopes and REEs, as well as Rb and Sr contents, including correction for decay of 87Rb. All samples have Y/Ho ratios higher than chondrite and have positive La anomalies, which, combined with low Rb contents suggests that clastic contamination is negligible. Samples we consider near pristine have δ18O (VSMOW) values >20‰. Samples with the highest Y/Ho ratios and largest La anomalies from Red Lake and Steep Rock have initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.7018-0.7020. This Sr isotope composition is significantly more radiogenic than contemporaneous mantle (0.7011-0.7012), especially at a time when the isotopic difference between the crust and mantle was much less than today. This implies that radiogenic continental crust was emergent and shed detritus into the world's oceans prior to 3.0 Ga, in contrast with proposals for submerged continental crust, but in line with new estimates that continental crust at 3.0 Ga was 60-70% of current volume. We contend that this large amount of crust combined with enhanced Archean weathering could account for the radiogenic Sr isotope compositions we report here, and suggests a significant impact from continental weathering on ocean chemistry during the Archean.

  9. Cretaceous high-pressure metamorphism and low pressure overprint in the Sistan Suture Zone, eastern Iran: Additional temperature estimates for eclogites, geological significance of U-Pb zircon ages and Rb-Sr constraints on the timing of exhumation

    Kurzawa, Timon; Bröcker, Michael; Fotoohi Rad, Gholamreza; Berndt, Jasper; Lisker, Frank


    The Sistan Suture Zone, eastern Iran, includes blocks and lenses of eclogite-, blueschist- and/or epidote amphibolite-facies rocks that provide an excellent opportunity to examine the exhumation history of oceanic HP/LT rocks and their retrograde derivatives. Zr-in-rutile thermometry of eclogites corroborates previous interpretations suggesting metamorphic temperatures of ca. 550-600 °C during the HP stage in the Sistan area. Flat HREE distribution patterns and Ti-in-zircon temperatures of ca. 500-600 °C document that zircon in eclogite is of metamorphic origin. REE patterns of zircon from felsic meta-igneous rocks do not allow to distinguish between a magmatic or metamorphic origin, but relatively low temperatures indicated by Ti-in-zircon thermometry (ca. 500-600 °C) and the close similarity of zircon (U-Pb) and white mica (Rb-Sr, Ar-Ar) ages favor a metamorphic zircon origin. Previously published isotopic ages of the felsic rocks cannot unambiguously be linked to the eclogite- and/or blueschist-facies P-T conditions due to the absence of unequivocal mineralogical and petrological evidence. Instead, these rocks may record contemporaneous metamorphic processes that took place at a different depth within the subduction complex, or may indicate active ridge subduction and/or melt formation in the subduction zone at relatively low pressures. Biotite-based internal Rb-Sr isochrons of newly dated epidote amphibolite and biotite-albite gneisses indicate ages of ca. 74-80 Ma, either dating fluid-infiltration-induced formation of biotite during relatively fast uplift, or the time of final passage through the effective biotite closure temperature. Rb-Sr ages of phengite from both an epidote amphibolite and a biotite-albite gneiss yield ages that correspond to the HP/LT stage. This outcome, combined with textural evidence for derivation from eclogitic precursors documents that white mica ages of some strongly overprinted Sistan rocks are compromised by inheritance and do

  10. Abundances of Sr, Y, and Zr in Metal-Poor Stars and Implications for Chemical Evolution in the Early Galaxy

    Qian, Y -Z


    Studies of nucleosynthesis in neutrino-driven winds from nascent neutron stars show that the elements from Sr through Ag with mass numbers A~88-110 are produced by charged-particle reactions (CPR) during the alpha-process in the winds. Accordingly, we have attributed all these elements in stars of low metallicities ([Fe/H]-0.32 for all metal-poor stars. The high-resolution data now available on Sr abundances in Galactic halo stars show that there is a great shortfall of Sr relative to Fe in many stars with [Fe/H]<-3. This is in direct conflict with the above prediction. The same conflict also exists for two other CPR elements Y and Zr. The very low abundances of Sr, Y, and Zr observed in stars with [Fe/H]<-3 thus require a stellar source that cannot be low-mass or normal SNe. We show that this observation requires a stellar source leaving behind black holes and that hypernovae (HNe) from progenitors of ~25-50M_sun are the most plausible candidates. (Abridged)

  11. Excitation functions of 85Rb(p,xn)(85m,g,83,82,81)Sr reactions up to 100 MeV: integral tests of cross section data, comparison of production routes of 83Sr and thick target yield of 82Sr.

    Kastleiner, S; Qaim, S M; Nortier, F M; Blessing, G; van der Walt, T N; Coenen, H H


    The beta+ emitter 83Sr (T(1/2) = 32.4 h, Ebeta+ = 1.23 MeV, Ibeta+ = 24%) is a potentially useful radionuclide for therapy planning prior to the use of the beta+ emitter 89Sr (T(1/2) = 50.5 d). In order to investigate its production possibility, cross section measurements on the 85Rb(p,xn)-reactions, leading to the formation of the isotopes (85m,g)Sr, 83Sr, 82Sr and 81Sr, were carried out using the stacked-foil technique. In a few cases, the products were separated via high-performance liquid chromatography. For 82Sr, both gamma-ray and X-ray spectrometry were applied; in other cases only gamma-ray spectrometry was used. From the measured excitation functions, the expected yields were calculated. For the energy range Ep = 37 --> 30 MeV the 83Sr yield amounts to 160 MBq/microA h and the level of the 85gSr (T(1,2) = 64.9 d) and 82Sr (T(1/2) = 25.5 d) impurities to functions. The results of the 85Rb(p,3n)83Sr reaction were compared with the data on the production of 83Sr via the 82Kr(3He,2n)-process. In the energy range E3Hc = 18 --> 10 MeV the theoretical yield of 83Sr amounts to 5 MBq/microA h and the 82Sr impurity to about 0.2%. The method of choice for the production of 83Sr is thus the 85Rb(p,3n)-process, provided a 40 MeV cyclotron is available. During this study some supplementary information on the yield and purity of 82Sr was also obtained.

  12. Dating Melt Rock 63545 By Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd: Age of Imbrium; Spa Dress Rehearsal

    Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C. Y.; Reese, Y. D.


    Apollo 16 sample 63545 was initially described as one of a group of 19 generally rounded, fine-grained, crystalline rocks that were collected as rake samples [1]. This 16 g "rocklet" was collected at Station 13 on the ejecta blanket of North Ray Crater at the foot of Smoky Mountain [2]. Originally classified as a Very High Alumina (VHA) basalt on geochemical grounds [3], it was later argued to be an impact melt rock [4]. Here we report a Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic study that shows that some portions of the rock failed to reach isotopic equilibrium on last melting in agreement with the impact melt rock interpretation. Nevertheless, by omitting mineral fractions that are discordant with the majority of the data, we arrive at the time of last melting as 3.88 plus or minus 0.05 Ga ago. This age is in agreement with the Ar-39/Ar-40 plateau age of 3839 plus or minus 23 Ma [5], if the latter is adjusted for the 1.4-1.8% revision in the age of the hornblende monitor [6]. This investigation was undertaken in part as proof-of-concept for SPA-basin sample return.

  13. Rb-Sr isotopic composition of granites in the Western Krušné hory/Erzgebirge pluton, Central Europe: record of variations in source lithologies, mafic magma input and postmagmatic hydrothermal events

    Dolejš, David; Bendl, Jiří; Štemprok, Miroslav


    The late Variscan (327-318 Ma) Western Krušné hory/Erzgebirge pluton (Czech Republic and Germany) represents a multiply emplaced intrusive sequence ranging from low-F biotite monzogranites (with rare minor bodies of gabbrodiorites and granodiorites) to high-F topaz-zinnwaldite alkali-feldspar granites. This granite suite is characterized by progressively increasing concentrations of incompatible elements (Li, Rb, F), monotonous decrease in mafic components and compatible elements (FeOtot, MgO, TiO2, CaO, Sr) with increasing silica. Consequently, this leads to extreme variations in the Rb/Sr ratios (0.52 to 59), which impose highly variable 87Rb/86Sr and 87Sr/86Sr signatures. The low-F biotite monzogranites represent isotopically heterogeneous mixture with (87Sr/86Sr)323 = 0.707-0.709 between partial melts from the Saxothuringian metasediments and mantle-derived mafic precursors. The medium-F two-mica microgranites show variable (87Sr/86Sr)323 = 0.708-0.714, indicating involvement of multiple precursors and more mature crustal protoliths. The evolved high-F topaz-zinnwaldite alkali-feldspar granites were derived from a precursor with (87Sr/86Sr)320 = 0.707-0.708 at 324-317 Ma by differentiation, which produced the extreme Rb/Sr enrichment and variations. The Li/Rb ratios remain nearly constant (~0.5), thus insensitive to the degree of geochemical differentiation. In comparison to terrestrial variations, the high Li/Rb values indicate derivation of granitic magmas from predominantly sedimentary precursors, in accord with 7Li-6Li and 143Nd-144Nd isotope composition reported previously. The Rb-Sr element variations in each granite unit are sligthly different and indicate ascent and emplacement of separate magma batches, which do not form a single liquid line of descent. We consider the enrichment of granites in incompatible elements (Li, Rb, F) and compatible depletion of ferromagnesian components, CaO and Sr as a combined effect of multiple precursors, changes in

  14. Luminescence properties of long-lasting phosphor SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Ho3+, Zr4+

    Tang, Wei; Wang, Mingwen; Lin, Wei; Ye, Yaping; Wu, Xue


    Novel long lasting phosphors SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Zr4+, SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Ho3+ and SrMg2(PO4)2:Eu2+, Ho3+, Zr4+ were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction method. The luminescent properties were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescent excitation and emission spectra, as well as thermoluminescence spectrum and decay curves. The XRD patterns indicated that the samples belonged to monoclinic phase and co-doping Eu2+, Ho3+ and Zr4+ ions had no effect on the basic crystal structure. These phosphors emitting purplish blue light is related to the characteristic emission of Eu2+. The afterglow time of Eu2+ activated SrMg2(PO4)2 can be greatly enhanced by the co-doping of Ho3+, Zr4+. After the 365 nm UV light excitation source switching off, the Sr0.92Mg1.95(PO4)2:Eu2+0.01, Zr4+0.05, Ho3+0.07 phosphorescence can be observed for more than 1013 s in the limit of light perception of dark-adapted human eyes (0.32 mcd/m2). Different kinds of TL peaks at 423, 448 and 473 K have appeared, and traps densities have increased compared with the Eu2+ single doped SrMg2(PO4)2 phosphor. By analyzing the TL curve the depths of traps were calculated to be 0.846, 0.896 and 0.946 eV, respectively, which suggested that the co-doping of Ho3+, Zr4+ improved the electron storage ability of material. Besides, the mechanism was discussed in this report.

  15. Thermal expansion behavior of KZr2P3O12-SrZr4P6O24 ceramics

    张彪; 郭景坤; 诸培南


    The relationships between thermal expansion and density,microcracking,stress and phase transition in K1/2Sr1/4Zr2P3O12(K2) and with K2 containing 2 mass fraction of MgO (K2M2) have been studied.The materials showed a little thermal expansion anisotropy,hysteresis,and microcracking Thermal shock-induced cracks resulted in a decrease of the coefficient of thermal expansion.Phase transition caused crack healing resulting in a decrease in specimen size.

  16. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr Isotopic Studies of Meteorite Kalahari 009: An Old VLT Mare Basalt

    Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Reese, Y.; Bischoff, A.


    Lunar meteorite Kalahari 009 is a fragmental basaltic breccia contain ing various very-low-Ti (VLT) mare basalt clasts embedded in a fine-g rained matrix of similar composition. This meteorite and lunar meteorite Kalahari 008, an anorthositic breccia, were suggested to be paired mainly due to the presence of similar fayalitic olivines in fragment s found in both meteorites. Thus, Kalahari 009 probably represents a VLT basalt that came from a locality near a mare-highland boundary r egion of the Moon, as compared to the typical VLT mare basalt samples collected at Mare Crisium during the Luna-24 mission. The concordant Sm-Nd and Ar-Ar ages of such a VLT basalt (24170) suggest that the extrusion of VLT basalts at Mare Crisium occurred 3.30 +/- 0.05 Ga ag o. Previous age results for Kalahari 009 range from approximately 4.2 Ga by its Lu-Hf isochron age to 1.70?0.04 Ga of its Ar-Ar plateau ag e. However, recent in-situ U-Pb dating of phosphates in Kalahari 009 defined an old crystallization age of 4.35+/- 0.15 Ga. The authors su ggested that Kalahari 009 represents a cryptomaria basalt. In this r eport, we present Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotopic results for Kalahari 009, discuss the relationship of its age and isotopic characteristics to t hose of other L-24 VLT mare basalts and other probable cryptomaria ba salts represented by Apollo 14 aluminous mare basalts, and discuss it s petrogenesis.

  17. Alkaline-alkaline earth fluoride carbonate crystals ABCO3F (A = K, Rb, Cs; B = Ca, Sr, Ba) as nonlinear optical materials.

    Zou, Guohong; Ye, Ning; Huang, Ling; Lin, Xinsong


    A new series of alkaline-alkaline earth fluoride carbonates (KSrCO(3)F, RbSrCO(3)F, KCaCO(3)F, RbCaCO(3)F, CsCaCO(3)F, and Cs(3)Ba(4)(CO(3))(3)F(5)) were synthesized by spontaneous crystallization with molten fluxes. Their crystal structures, except for Cs(3)Ba(4)(CO(3))(3)F(5), exhibit the stacking of [AF](∞) (A = K, Rb, Cs) and [B(CO(3))](∞) (B = Ca, Sr) layers, and the coplanar alignment of [CO(3)] triangles. The results from the UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy study of the powder samples indicated that the short-wavelength absorption edges were all below 200 nm, except for Cs(3)Ba(4)(CO(3))(3)F(5), which is about 210 nm. Second-harmonic generation (SHG) on polycrystalline samples was measured using the Kurtz and Perry technique, which indicated that these carbonates are all phase-matchable materials in both visible and the UV region, and their measured SHG coefficients were about 3.33, 3.33, 3.61, 1.11, 1.11, and 1.20 times as large as that of d(36) (KDP), respectively. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  18. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotopic data on the sanukitoid intrusions of the Karelia, Baltic Shield

    Kovalenko, A. V.; Savatenkov, V. M.


    Sanukitoid intrusions from the Baltic Shield form post-tectonic differentiated intrusions 2.74-2.72 Ga old (Chekulaev, 1999, Lobach-Zhuchenko et al., 2000). They are represented by alkaline and calc-alkaline types which have high mg# (up to 0.6), strong LREE enrichment (Ce(N)=80-150, Yb(N)=4-7, Ce(N)/Yb(N)>20), high Sr, Ba (>1000 ppm), P2O5 (up to 1.5%) and Cr, Ni concentrations. Some intrusions contain rocks varying from ultramafite to quartz syenite. All sanukitoids are intruded by lamprophyre dykes having similar geochemical signatures. In this study we focus on the Karelian greenstone terrain within the Baltic Shield, in which sanukitoids are restricted to the younger western and central domains (2.7-2.9 Ga). Sanukitoids appear to be absent from the older Vodlozero domain (>3.0 Ga) in eastern Karelia (Lobach-Zhuchenko et al., 2000, Lobach-Zhuchenko et al., in press). About 70 Sm-Nd isotopic data on the sanukitoids of the Karelia were obtained. There is the regional distinction of the isotope composition of the rocks between the Central and West Karelian domains. The initial Epsilon Nd values and TDM range from +1.1 to +2.0 and 2.70-2.85 Ga accordingly in the youngest Central Karelian domain. The West Karelian intrusions yield an initial Epsilon Nd of -0.3- +0.7 and give the older TDM of about 2.82-2.92 Ga. It is to be noted that some intrusions of the Central Karelia domain, occurred closely to the ancient Vodlozero domain, also exhibit a similar range of initial Epsilon Nd and TDM to the intrusions of the West Karelia. There are narrow Nd isotopic compositional ranges within the individual intrusions. Rb-Sr isotopic system was studied in sanukitoids and lamprophyres of differentiated Panozero intrusion, Central Karelia. The initial 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios range from 0.7000 to 0.7021 in these rocks indicating the derivation of these magmas from depleted mantle. Very low initial 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios of the sanukitoids confirm the Nd isotopic characteristics

  19. Structural, microwave dielectric properties and dielectric resonator antenna studies of Sr(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} ceramics

    Parida, S. [Department of Applied Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (India); Rout, S.K., E-mail: [Department of Applied Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (India); Subramanian, V. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Barhai, P.K. [Department of Applied Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi 835215 (India); Gupta, N.; Gupta, V.R. [Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, BIT Mesra, Ranchi 835215, Jharkhand (India)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer XRD and Raman analysis show about phase transition of Sr(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} ceramic. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TE{sub 01{delta}} cavity method is used for study of microwave properties of Sr(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} ceramic. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The microwave dielectric constant decreased from 253 to 25 and the value of {tau}{sub f} changed from 1771 ppm/ Degree-Sign C to -82 ppm/ Degree-Sign C. - Abstract: Compositionally induced phase transitions in the system Sr(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} were analyzed using a combination of X-ray diffraction, FT-Raman and FTIR spectroscopy. Sr(Zr{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x})O{sub 3} system showed at least two tilting of phase transitions, pm3m-I4mcm and I4/mcm-pnma. The structural transition occurred due to tilting of BO{sub 6} octahedra. Dielectric constant measured with Hakki-Coleman technique decreased from 253 to 25 with increase of Zr content. The value of {tau}{sub f} found 1771 ppm/ Degree-Sign C for SrTiO{sub 3} which decreased to -82 ppm/ Degree-Sign C for the SrZrO{sub 3}. The dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) was investigated experimentally and numerically using a monopole antenna through an infinite ground plane and Ansoft's high frequency structure simulator software, respectively. The required resonance frequency and bandwidth of DRA were investigated in the composition between 0 {<=} x {<=} 1.0.

  20. Novel SrCe_(0.75)Zr_(0.20)Tm_(0.05)O_(3-δ) membrane for hydrogen separation


    Dense ceramic membranes with protonic and electronic conductivity have attracted considerable interest in recent years.In this paper,the powders of SrCe_(0.75)Zr_(0.20)Tm_(0.05)O_(3-δ) were synthesized via the liquid citrate method,and the membranes of SrCe_(0.75)Zr_(0.20)Tm_(0.05)O_(3-δ) were prepared by pressing followed by sintering.X-ray diffraction(XRD) was used to characterize the phase structure of both the powder and sintered membrane.The microstructure of the sintered membranes was studied by sc...

  1. Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, K-Ca, O, and H isotopic study of Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sediments, Caravaca, Spain: Evidence for an oceanic impact site

    DePaolo, D.J.; Kyte, F.T.; Marshall, B.D.; O' Neil, J.R.; Smit, J.


    Isotopic ratios and trace element abundances were measured on samples of IR-enriched clay at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, and in carbonate and marl from 5 cm below and 3 cm above the boundary. Samples were leached with acetic acid to remove carbonate, and with hydrochloric acid. Leachates and residues were measured. The Sr, Nd, O and H isotopic compositions of the boundary clay residues are distinct from those of the stratigraphically neighboring materials. The data indicate that most of the clay material was derived from a terrestrial source with relatively low /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr and high /sup 143/Nd//sup 144/Nd ratios. The delta/sup 18/O data suggest that the detritus has been modified by submarine weathering. K-Ca and Rb-Sr systematics, as well as O isotope ratios of K-feldspar spherules within the boundary clay, suggest that they are predominantly authigenic and may have formed after the time of deposition. However, Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr isotopic data indicate that the spherules contain relict material that provides information on the nature of the original detritus. The isotopic evidence for foreign terrestrial detritus in the boundary clay, the low rare earth element concentrations and high Ni concentration, support the hypothesis of a terminal Cretaceous asteroidal impact that produced a global layer of fallout. The data are most easily explained if the impact sites was on oceanic crust rather than continental crust, and if a substantial fraction of the fallout was derived from relatively deep within the lithosphere (> 3 km). This would probably require a single large impactor. 60 references.

  2. Dating fault-generated pseudotachylytes: comparison of 40Ar/39Ar stepwise-heating, laser-ablation and Rb-Sr microsampling analyses

    Müller, Wolfgang; Kelley, Simon; Villa, Igor


    Three different geochronological techniques (stepwise-heating, laser-ablation 40Ar/39Ar, Rb-Sr microsampling) have been evaluated for dating fault-generated pseudotachylytes sampled along the Periadriatic Fault System (PAF) of the Alps. Because pseudotachylytes are whole-rock systems composed of melt, clast and alteration phases, chemical control from both Ar isotopes (Cl/K, Ca/K ratios) and EMPA analyses is crucial for their discrimination. When applied to stepwise-heating 40Ar/39Ar analyses, this approach yields accurate melt-related ages, even for complex age spectra. The spatial resolution of laser-ablation 40Ar/39Ar analyses is capable of contrasting melt, clast and alteration phases in situ, provided the clasts are not too fine grained, the latter of which results in integrated "mixed" ages without geological information. Elevated Cl/K and Ca/K ratios were found to be an invaluable indicator for the presence of clast admixture or inherited 40Ar. Due to incomplete isotopic resetting during frictional melting, Rb-Sr microsampling dating did not furnish geologically meaningful ages. On the basis of isotopic disequilibria among pseudotachylyte matrix phases, and independent Rb-Sr microsampling dating of cogenetic (ultra)mylonites, the concordant 40Ar/39Ar pseudotachylyte ages are interpreted as formation ages. The investigated pseudotachylytes altogether reveal a Cretaceous to Miocene history for the entire PAF, consistent with independent geological evidence. Individual faults, however, consistently reveal narrower intervals of enhanced activity lasting a few million years. Electronic supplementary material to this paper can be obtained by using the Springer LINK server at

  3. Temperature dependence of the damping constant and the relaxation time close to the tetragonal-cubic phase transition in SrZrO3

    Yurtseven, H.; Kiraci, A.


    The damping constant Γsp due to the pseudospin-phonon coupling is calculated as a function of temperature using the pseudospin-phonon coupled model and the energy fluctuation model close to the tetragonal-cubic transition (TC = 1443 K) in SrZrO3. Using the observed Raman frequencies and the linewidth (FWHM) of the soft modes (Eg and A1g) from the literature, predictions of both models studied, are examined for the tetragonal-cubic transition in this crystalline system. Values of the activation energy U are extracted and also the inverse relaxation time is predicted as a function of temperature close to the phase transition studied in SrZrO3. Divergence behaviour of the damping constant (FWHM) of the soft modes is predicted from both models as also observed experimentally when TC is approached from the tetragonal to the cubic phase in SrZrO3. The relaxation time also diverges close to the TC in this crystal. It is indicated that the tetragonal-cubic transition is of a second order as predicted from both models studied here, as also observed experimentally in SrZrO3.

  4. Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, K-Ca, O, and H isotopic study of Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sediments, Caravaca, Spain Evidence for an oceanic impact site

    Depaolo, D.J.; Kyte, F.T.; Marshall, B.D.


    The results of isotopic and trace-element-abundance analyses of Ir-enriched Cretaceous-Tertiary-boundary clay sediments from Caravaca, Spain, and of adjacent carbonate and marl layers, are presented. Acetic-acid and HCl leachates and residues were analyzed by isotope dilution to determine K, Rb, Sr, Sm, and Nd concentrations and Sr-87/Sr-86 and Nd-143/Nd-144 ratios. The stable isotope ratios delta-D, delta-(C-13), and delta-(0-18) were also determined. The results are presented in tables and graphs and compared with published data on the Caravaca sediments and on samples from other locations. The boundary clay is found to be distinguished from the adjacent layers by its isotopic ratios and to be of mainly terrestrial, lithospheric (deeper than 3-km) origin. Although submarine-weathering effects are evident and difficult to quantify, the degree of variation in Ni, Ir, Sr, and REE concentrations is considered too large to be attributed to postdepositional processes alone. These findings are seen as evidence for the ocean impact of a large single asteroid producing a worldwide blanket of ejecta, a large injection of water vapor into the atmosphere, and perhaps a gigantic tsunami, at the end of the Cretaceous period.

  5. Synthesis and thermal expansion hysteresis of Ca1–SrZr4P6O24

    Basavaraj Angadi; V M Jali; M T Lagare; N S Kini; A M Umarji


    The low thermal expansion ceramic system, Ca1-SrZr4P6O24, for the compositions with = 0, 0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1 was synthesized by solid-state reaction. The sintering characteristics were ascertained by bulk density measurements. The fracture surface microstructure examined by scanning electron microscopy showed the average grain size of 2.47 m for all the compositions. The thermal expansion data for these ceramic systems over the temperature range 25–800°C is reported. The sinterability of various solid solutions and the hysteresis in dilatometric behaviour are shown to be related to the crystallographic thermal expansion anisotropy. A steady increase in the amount of porosity and critical grain size with increase in is suggested to explain the observed decrease in the hysteresis.

  6. Effects of zirconium oxide on the sintering of SrCe{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (0.0 ≦ x ≦ 0.5)

    Hsu, Kai-Ti, E-mail: [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Jang, Jason Shian-Ching, E-mail: [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Ren, Yu-Jing; Tsai, Pei-Hua [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Li, Chuan; Tseng, Chung-Jen [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Lin, Jing-Chie [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan, ROC (China); Hsi, Chi-Shiung [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan, ROC (China); Hung, I-Ming [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan-Ze University, Taoyuan 32003, Taiwan, ROC (China)


    Graphical abstract: SEM cross-sectional microstructures of (a) the HTM with multilayer-supported structure sintered at 1550 °C for 4 h; the sequence of distinct layer is SrCeO{sub 3}, SrCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.4}O{sub 3-δ}, and SrZrO{sub 3} from the middle to the outer surface. (b) Enlaged image from circle A in Fig. 7(a). (c) Enlarged image from circle B in Fig. 7(a). - Highlights: • The sinterability of SrCe{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3-δ} (0.0 ≦ x ≦ 0.5) oxides decreased with increasing Zr contents. • The porosities of sintered SrCe{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3-δ}(0.0 ≦ x ≦ 0.5) oxides increased with increasing Zr contents. • SrCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.4}O{sub 3-δ} ceramics sintered at 1500 °C has the largest porosity in the SrCe{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3-δ}(0.0 ≦ x ≦ 0.5) ceramics system. • A flat HTM with porous supporting layers was fabricated by constrained sintering. - Abstract: SrCe{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (0.0 ≦ x ≦ 0.5) proton-conducting oxides had been successfully prepared using a solid state reaction method. In this study, the relationships between the Zr contents and microstructures, shrinkages, and sintering of these SrCe{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} (0.0 ≦ x ≦ 0.5) were systemically studied by using X-ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Thermal dilatometer analysis (TDA). The XRD results showed that no second phase could be found from the 1500 °C sintered SrCe{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3−δ}. The SEMs shows that the porosities of sintered SrCe{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} increased with increasing the Zr contents. The largest porosity about 27.53% could be obtained at the SrCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.4}O{sub 3−δ} ceramics sintered at 1500 °C for 2 h in the SrCe{sub 1−x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 3−δ} ceramics. According to the sintering behaviour and properties characterizations, a flat HTM with porous supporting layers of SrCe{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.4}O{sub 3−δ} and SrZrO{sub 3} was fabricated by constrained

  7. Low temperature and high pressure thermoelastic and crystallographic properties of SrZrO3 perovskite in the Pbnm phase

    Knight, Kevin S.; Bull, Craig L.


    The thermoelastic and structural properties of SrZrO3 perovskite in the Pnma (Pbnm) phase have been studied using neutron powder diffraction at 82 temperatures between 11 K and 406 K at ambient pressure, and at sixteen pressures between 0.07 and 6.7 GPa at ambient temperature. The bulk modulus, derived by fitting the equation of state to a second order Birch-Murnaghan equation-of-state, 157(5) GPa, is in excellent agreement with that deduced in a recent resonant ultrasound investigation. Experimental axial compressional moduli are in agreement with those calculated from the elastic stiffness coefficients derived by ab-initio calculation, although the experimental bulk modulus is significantly softer than that calculated. Following low temperature saturation for temperatures less than 40 K, the unit cell monotonically increases with a predicted high temperature limit in the volume expansivity of ∼2.65 × 10-5 K-1. Axial linear thermal expansion coefficients are found to be in the order αb cell volume. Atomic displacement parameters have been fitted to a modified Debye model in which the zero-point term is an additional refinable variable and shows the cations and anions have well separated Debye temperatures, mirroring the need for two Debye-like distributions in the vibrational density of states. The temperature dependence of the crystal structure is presented in terms of the amplitudes of the seven symmetry-adapted basis vectors of the aristotype phase that are consistent with space group Pbnm, thus permitting a direct measure of the order parameter evolution in SrZrO3. The temperature variation of the in-phase tilt, which is lost at the phase transition at 973 K, is consistent with tricritical behaviour, in agreement with published results based on high temperature crystallographic data.

  8. Solar Thermochemical Energy Storage Through Carbonation Cycles of SrCO3/SrO Supported on SrZrO3.

    Rhodes, Nathan R; Barde, Amey; Randhir, Kelvin; Li, Like; Hahn, David W; Mei, Renwei; Klausner, James F; AuYeung, Nick


    Solar thermochemical energy storage has enormous potential for enabling cost-effective concentrated solar power (CSP). A thermochemical storage system based on a SrO/SrCO3 carbonation cycle offers the ability to store and release high temperature (≈1200 °C) heat. The energy density of SrCO3/SrO systems supported by zirconia-based sintering inhibitors was investigated for 15 cycles of exothermic carbonation at 1150 °C followed by decomposition at 1235 °C. A sample with 40 wt % of SrO supported by yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) shows good energy storage stability at 1450 MJ m(-3) over fifteen cycles at the same cycling temperatures. After further testing over 45 cycles, a decrease in energy storage capacity to 1260 MJ m(-3) is observed during the final cycle. The decrease is due to slowing carbonation kinetics, and the original value of energy density may be obtained by lengthening the carbonation steps.

  9. Visible light emitting Ln{sup 3+} ion (Ln=Sm, Eu and Dy) as a structural probe: A case study with SrZrO{sub 3}

    Gupta, Santosh K., E-mail: [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (India); Yadav, A.K.; Bhattacharya, D.; Jha, S.N. [Atomic and Molecular Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Natarajan, V. [Radiochemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (India)


    Undoped and various rare earth ion doped SrZrO{sub 3} (SZO) perovskite based phosphors have been synthesized using the gel-combustion technique employing citric acid as a fuel. The phase purity of the sample is confirmed by the X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. It was observed that average particle size of perovskite particle was around 100 nm. In order to probe the local structure and symmetry around lanthanide ions in SrZrO{sub 3}, detailed experimental investigation has been carried out. X-ray absorption near edge fine (XANES) measurements along with their respective emission spectroscopy confirm that on doping lanthanide ion; in cases they were found to get stabilized as trivalent species. Extensive time resolved emission spectroscopy (TRES) on doped samples shows that on doping Sm{sup 3+} in SZO; an efficient energy transfer takes place and Sm{sup 3+} ions are localized both in Sr and Zr positions of SZO. PL decay time shows the presence of two life time values in case of nanocrystalline SrZrO{sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+}: (i) Sm{sup 3+} at Zr{sup 4+} site (τ=500 µs) and (ii) Sm{sup 3+} at Sr{sup 2+} site (τ=1.2 ms) in the ratio of 3:1. Based on TRES for europium doped sample, it was inferred that, two different types of Eu{sup 3+} ions were present in the SZO matrix. The first type was a long lived species present at relatively higher symmetric site of 'Sr{sup 2+}' and the second was a short lived species present at relatively lower symmetric 'Zr{sup 4+}' site which gets selectively excited at 296 nm. Dysprosium ion specifically occupies Zr{sup 4+} site only in SZO. EXAFS studies supported the TRES results. - Highlights: • Site occupancy of lanthanide. • Time resolved emission is explored. • XANES is used for oxidation state determination. • EXAFS for local structure investigation.

  10. Dating and source determination of volcanic rocks from Khunik area (South of Birjand, South Khorasan using Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopes

    Somayeh Samiee


    Full Text Available The Khunik area is located in the south of Birjand, Khorasan province, in the eastern margin of Lut block. Tertiary volcanic rocks have andesite to trachy-andesite composition. Dating analyzing by Rb-Sr method on plagioclase and hornblende as well as whole-rock isochron method was performed on pyroxene-hornblende andesite rock unit. On this basis the emplacement age is Upper Paleocene (58±11 Ma. These rocks have initial 87Sr/86Sr and εNd 0.7046-0.7049 and 2.16-3.12, respectively. According to isotopic data, volcanic rocks originated from depleted mantle and have the least crust contamination while it was fractionated. Geochemically, Khunik volcanic rocks have features typical of calk-alkaline to shoshonite and are metaluminous. Enrichment in LILEs and typical negative anomalies of Nb and Ti are evidences that the volcanic rocks formed in a subduction zone and active continental margin. Modeling suggests that these rocks were derived dominantly from 1–5% partial melting of a mainly spinel garnet lherzolite mantle source that is metasomatized by slab-derived fluid.

  11. A combined Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, and U-Pb isotopic study of Mg-suite norite 78238: Further evidence for early differentiation of the Moon

    Edmunson, J; E.Borg, L; Nyquist, L E; Asmerom, Y


    Lunar Mg-suite norite 78238 was dated using the Sm-Nd, Rb-Sr, and U-Pb isotopic systems in order to constrain the age of lunar magma ocean solidification and the beginning of Mg-suite magmatism, as well as to provide a direct comparison between the three isotopic systems. The Sm-Nd isotopic system yields a crystallization age for 78238 of 4334 {+-} 37 Ma and an initial {var_epsilon}{sub Nd}{sup 143} value of -0.27 {+-} 0.74. The age-initial {var_epsilon}{sub Nd}{sup 143} (T-I) systematics of a variety of KREEP-rich samples, including 78238 and other Mg-suite rocks, KREEP basalts, and olivine cumulate NWA 773, suggest that lunar differentiation was completed by 4492 {+-} 61 Ma assuming a Chondritic Uniform Reservoir bulk composition for the Moon. The Rb-Sr isotopic systematics of 78238 were disturbed by post-crystallization processes. Nevertheless, selected data points yield two Rb-Sr isochrons. One is concordant with the Sm-Nd crystallization age, 4366 {+-} 53 Ma. The other is 4003 {+-} 95 Ma and is concordant with an Ar-Ar age for 78236. The {sup 207}Pb-{sup 206}Pb age of 4333 {+-} 59 Ma is concordant with the Sm-Nd age. The U-Pb isotopic systematics of 78238 yield linear arrays equivalent to younger ages than the Pb-Pb system, and may reflect fractionation of U and Pb during sample handling. Despite the disturbed nature of the U-Pb systems, a time-averaged {mu} ({sup 238}U/{sup 204}Pb) value of the source can be estimated at 27 {+-} 30 from the Pb-Pb isotopic systematics. Because KREEP-rich samples are likely to be derived from source regions with the highest U/Pb ratios, the relatively low {mu} value calculated for the 78238 source suggests the bulk Moon does not have an exceedingly high {mu} value.

  12. Luminescence properties of tunable white-light long-lasting phosphor YPO4: Eu3+, Tb3+, Sr2+, Zr4+

    Tang, Wei; Wang, Mingwen; Meng, Xiangxue; Lin, Wei


    A series of novel YPO4: Eu3+, Tb3+, Sr2+, Zr4+ tunable white-light long lasting phosphors were synthesized by conventional solid-state reaction method. The luminescent properties were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescent excitation and emission spectra, thermoluminescence spectrum and decay curves. The XRD patterns indicated that the samples belonged to tetragonal phase and co-doping Eu3+, Tb3+, Sr2+ and Zr4+ ions have no effect on the basic crystal structure. Under the excitation of 372 nm wavelength, it was first discovered that the specific concentration of Sr2+ can improve the emission intensity of Eu2+. The blue (Eu2+), green (Tb3+) and red (Eu3+) lights were emitted simultaneously and therefore produced white light in the same YPO4 matrix. Tunable color from the white to purple region was achieved not only by increasing the concentration of Zr4+ and Sr2+, but also by increasing the concentration of Eu3+. The CIE chromaticity coordinates of Y0.89PO4: Eu3+0.06, Tb3+0.05, Sr2+0.06, Zr4+0.06 (0.33, 0.31) were the closest to point (0.33, 0.33) which delegates the ideal white and trap depths for the two glow peaks are 0.88 eV and 0.85 eV. The fitting decay constant of τ2 corresponding to the slow exponentially decay components was 101.30 s.

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

    马文; 宋峰雨; 董红英; 许萍; 伦文山; 郑学斌


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

  14. Trace element geochemistry (Li, Ba, Sr, and Rb) using Curiosity's ChemCam: early results for Gale crater from Bradbury Landing Site to Rocknest

    Ollila, Ann M.; Newsom, Horton E.; Clark, Benton; Wiens, Roger C.; Cousin, Agnes; Blank, Jen G.; Mangold, Nicolas; Sautter, Violaine; Maurice, Sylvestre; Clegg, Samuel M.; Gasnault, Olivier; Forni, Olivier; Tokar, Robert; Lewin, Eric; Dyar, M. Darby; Lasue, Jeremie; Anderson, Ryan; McLennan, Scott M.; Bridges, John; Vaniman, Dave; Lanza, Nina; Fabre, Cecile; Melikechi, Noureddine; Perett, Glynis M.; Campbell, John L.; King, Penelope L.; Barraclough, Bruce; Delapp, Dorothea; Johnstone, Stephen; Meslin, Pierre-Yves; Rosen-Gooding, Anya; Williams, Josh


    The ChemCam instrument package on the Mars rover, Curiosity, provides new capabilities to probe the abundances of certain trace elements in the rocks and soils on Mars using the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy technique. We focus on detecting and quantifying Li, Ba, Rb, and Sr in targets analyzed during the first 100 sols, from Bradbury Landing Site to Rocknest. Univariate peak area models and multivariate partial least squares models are presented. Li, detected for the first time directly on Mars, is generally low (100 ppm and >1000 ppm, respectively. These analysis locations tend to have high Si and alkali abundances, consistent with a feldspar composition. Together, these trace element observations provide possible evidence of magma differentiation and aqueous alteration.

  15. Trace element geochemistry (Li, Ba, Sr, and Rb) using Curiosity's ChemCam: Early results for Gale crater from Bradbury Landing Site to Rocknest

    Ollila, Ann M.; Newsom, Horton E.; Clark, Benton; Wiens, Roger C.; Cousin, Agnes; Blank, Jen G.; Mangold, Nicolas; Sautter, Violaine; Maurice, Sylvestre; Clegg, Samuel M.; Gasnault, Olivier; Forni, Olivier; Tokar, Robert; Lewin, Eric; Dyar, M. Darby; Lasue, Jeremie; Anderson, Ryan; McLennan, Scott M.; Bridges, John; Vaniman, Dave; Lanza, Nina; Fabre, Cecile; Melikechi, Noureddine; Perrett, Glynis M.; Campbell, John L.; King, Penelope L.; Barraclough, Bruce; Delapp, Dorothea; Johnstone, Stephen; Meslin, Pierre-Yves; Rosen-Gooding, Anya; Williams, Josh


    ChemCam instrument package on the Mars rover, Curiosity, provides new capabilities to probe the abundances of certain trace elements in the rocks and soils on Mars using the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy technique. We focus on detecting and quantifying Li, Ba, Rb, and Sr in targets analyzed during the first 100 sols, from Bradbury Landing Site to Rocknest. Univariate peak area models and multivariate partial least squares models are presented. Li, detected for the first time directly on Mars, is generally low (100 ppm and >1000 ppm, respectively. These analysis locations tend to have high Si and alkali abundances, consistent with a feldspar composition. Together, these trace element observations provide possible evidence of magma differentiation and aqueous alteration.

  16. Penning-trap mass spectrometry of highly charged, neutron-rich Rb and Sr isotopes in the vicinity of $A\\approx100$

    Simon, V V; Chowdhury, U; Eberhardt, B; Ettenauer, S; Gallant, A T; Mané, E; Simon, M C; Delheij, P; Pearson, M R; Audi, G; Gwinner, G; Lunney, D; Schatz, H; Dilling, J


    The neutron-rich mass region around $A\\approx100$ presents challenges for modeling the astrophysical $r$-process because of rapid shape transitions. We report on mass measurements using the TITAN Penning trap at TRIUMF-ISAC to attain more reliable theoretical predictions of $r$-process nucleosynthesis paths in this region. A new approach using highly charged ($q=15+$) ions has been applied which considerably saves measurement time and preserves accuracy. New mass measurements of neutron-rich $^{94,97,98}$Rb and $^{94,97-99}$Sr have uncertainties of less than 4 keV and show deviations of up to 11$\\sigma$ to previous measurements. An analysis using a parameterized $r$-process model is performed and shows that mass uncertainties for the A=90 abundance region are eliminated.

  17. Trace element geochemistry (Li, Ba, Sr, and Rb) using Curiosity's ChemCam: early results for Gale crater from Bradbury Landing Site to Rocknest

    Ollila, Ann M.; Newsom, Horton E.; Clark, Benton; Wiens, Roger C.; Cousin, Agnes; Blank, Jen G.; Mangold, Nicolas; Sautter, Violaine; Maurice, Sylvestre; Clegg, Samuel M.; Gasnault, Olivier; Forni, Olivier; Tokar, Robert; Lewin, Eric; Dyar, M. Darby; Lasue, Jeremie; Anderson, Ryan; McLennan, Scott M.; Bridges, John; Vaniman, Dave; Lanza, Nina; Fabre, Cecile; Melikechi, Noureddine; Perett, Glynis M.; Campbell, John L.; King, Penelope L.; Barraclough, Bruce; Delapp, Dorothea; Johnstone, Stephen; Meslin, Pierre-Yves; Rosen-Gooding, Anya; Williams, Josh


    The ChemCam instrument package on the Mars rover, Curiosity, provides new capabilities to probe the abundances of certain trace elements in the rocks and soils on Mars using the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy technique. We focus on detecting and quantifying Li, Ba, Rb, and Sr in targets analyzed during the first 100 sols, from Bradbury Landing Site to Rocknest. Univariate peak area models and multivariate partial least squares models are presented. Li, detected for the first time directly on Mars, is generally low (100 ppm and >1000 ppm, respectively. These analysis locations tend to have high Si and alkali abundances, consistent with a feldspar composition. Together, these trace element observations provide possible evidence of magma differentiation and aqueous alteration.

  18. Erosion of the Alps: use of Rb-Sr isotopic data from molassic sediments to identify the ages of the metamorphism recorded by the eroded rocks; Erosion des Alpes: histoire metamorphique des roches erodees par l`analyse du couple Rb-Sr des sediments molassiques

    Henry, P.; Deloule, E. [Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 54 - Nancy (France). Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques; Michard, A. [Aix-Marseille-3 Univ., 13 - Marseille (France)


    Rb-Sr isotopic data from Oligocene and Miocene peri-alpine molassic sediments allow us to identify the different periods for which the eroded rocks have or have not recorded an alpine metamorphism. The Chattian and the Burdigalian sediments result from the erosion of rocks for which the latest metamorphic event was variscan, while the Stampian, Aquitanian and ``Helvetian`` sediments show evidence for the erosion of rocks which have recorded alpine metamorphic events. The application of this method to old detrital sediments could permit determination of the ages of the tectonic events which occurred in the sediment source regions. (authors). 18 refs., 6 figs.

  19. Epitaxial SrRuO3 thin films deposited on SrO buffered-Si(001) substrates for ferroelectric Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 thin films

    Xian, Cheng-Ji; Seong, Nak-Jin; Yoon, Soon-Gil


    SrRuO3 thin film electrodes are epitaxially grown on SrO buffered-Si(001) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. The optimum conditions of the SrO buffer layers for epitaxial SrRuO3 films are a deposition temperature of 700 °C, deposition pressure of 1 × 10-6 Torr, and thickness of 6 nm. The 100 nm thick-SrRuO3 bottom electrodes deposited above 650 °C on SrO buffered-Si (001) substrates have a rms (root mean square) roughness of approximately 5.0 Å and a resistivity of 1700 µω-cm, exhibiting an epitaxial relationship. The 100 nm thick-Pb(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O3 thin films deposited at 575 °C have a (00l) preferred orientation and exhibit 2Pr of 40 µC/cm2, Ec of 100 kV/cm, and leakage current of about 1 × 10-7 A/cm2 at 1 V. The silicon oxide phase which presents within PZT and SrRuO3 films, influences the crystallinity of the PZT films and the resistivity of the SrRuO3 electrodes.

  20. Vibronic Transitions in the X-Sr Series (X=Li, Na, K, Rb): on the Accuracy of Nuclear Wavefunctions Derived from Quantum Chemistry

    Meyer, Ralf; Pototschnig, Johann V.; Hauser, Andreas W.; Ernst, Wolfgang E.


    Research on ultracold molecules has seen a growing interest recently in the context of high-resolution spectroscopy and quantum computation. The preparation of molecules in low vibrational levels of the ground state is experimentally challenging, and typically achieved by population transfer using excited electronic states. On the theoretical side, highly accurate potential energy surfaces are needed for a correct description of processes such as the coherent de-excitation from the highest and therefore weakly bound vibrational levels in the electronic ground state via couplings to electronically excited states. Particularly problematic is the correct description of potential features at large intermolecular distances. Franck-Condon overlap integrals for nuclear wavefunctions in barely bound vibrational states are extremely sensitive to inaccuracies of the potential at long range. In this study, we compare the predictions of common, wavefunction-based ab initio techniques for a known de-excitation mechanism in alkali-alkaline earth dimers. It is the aim to analyze the predictive power of these methods for a preliminary evaluation of potential cooling mechanisms in heteronuclear open shell systems which offer the experimentalist an electric as well as a magnetic handle for manipulation. The series of X-Sr molecules, with X = Li, Na, K and Rb, has been chosen for a direct comparison. Quantum degenerate mixtures of Rb and Sr have already been produced, making this combination very promising for the production of ultracold molecules. B. Pasquiou, A. Bayerle, S. M. Tzanova, S. Stellmer, J. Szczepkowski, M. Parigger, R. Grimm, and F. Schreck, Phys. Rev. A, 2013, 88, 023601

  1. Synthesis and microwave dielectric properties of Ca substituted SrLa4Ti4.93Zr0.07O17 ceramics

    Abdul Manan; Ibrahim Qazi


    Microwave dielectric ceramics in Sr1-CaLa4Ti4.93Zr0.07O17 (0 ≤ ≤ 0.5) composition series were processed via a solid-state sintering rout. X-ray diffraction revealed single phase ceramics. Ca substitutions for Sr tuned f towards zero with increased uo values. In the present study, r∼ 55, uo ∼ 11960 GHz and ∼ 5.2 ppm/°C were achieved for the composition with = 0.3.

  2. Toward complete isotopic analysis of individual presolar silicon carbide grains : C, N, Si, Sr, Zr, Mo, and Ba in single grains of type X.

    Pellin, M. J.; Calaway, W. F.; Davis, A. M.; Lewis, R. S.; Amari, S.; Clayton, R. N.


    Presolar silicon carbide grains form in a variety of types of stars, including asymptotic giant branch red giant stars and supernovae. The dominant mechanisms of heavy element nucleosynthesis, the s-process and r-process, are thought to occur mainly in AGB stars and supernovae, respectively [1]. We have previously reported that mainstream SiC grains have strong enrichments in the s-process isotopes of Sr, Zr and Mo [2-4] and initial results for X-type SiC grains showing enrichments in the r-process isotopes of Mo[5]. We report here the first measurements of Zr, Sr, and Ba isotopes along with expanded studies of Mo in individual X-type SiC grains, which have previously been identified as having formed from supernova ejects.

  3. Proton diffusion in SrZr{sub 0.95}Y{sub 0.05}O{sub 3} observed by quasielastic neutron scattering

    Sata, Noriko; Ishigame, Mareo [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Research Inst. for Scientific Measurements; Shin, Shik; Shibata, Kaoru


    Proton diffusion was observed in Y-dopedSrZrO{sub 3} ceramics above 500 deg C by quasielastic neutron scattering. The line width of the quasielastic component varies with energy transfer Q and temperature. The temperature dependence is well elucidated by the thermal activation-type proton migration with activation energy of 0.2eV. The observed hopping distance was 1.7A, which is comparable to one of the distances between two proton sites. (author)

  4. Algumas idades Rb-Sr e K-Ar de rochas granitóides da região de Vilarinho da Castanheira-Foz do Sabor (Carrazeda de Anciães-Nordeste de Portugal)

    Silva, Antero Ferreira da; KAWASHITA,KOJI


    Neste trabalho apresentam-se algumas determinações isotópicas Rb/Sr e K/Ar de idades absolutas em rochas granitóides do antiforma de Alijó-Carviçais, correspondente à região es-sudeste de Carrazeda de Anciães (Vilarinho da Castanheira-Foz do Sabor). A rocha total de duas amostras dos granitos de Castedo-Cabanas de Cima e Zêdes-Cabeça Boa-Especiarias, indiferenciados localmente, proporcionaram as idades convencionais Rb/Sr de 361.1±23.8 e 404.7±22.3M.a., com razão inicial (87Sr/86S...

  5. Crystallization behavior of ZrO{sub 2}−3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}−xSrO precursor powders synthesized by a coprecipitation process

    Chu, Hsueh-Liang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta- Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Hwang, Weng-Sing [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta- Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Institute of Nanotechnology and Microsystems Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, 1 Ta- Hsueh Road, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Du, Je-Kang [Department of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Department of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University, Chung Ho Memorial Hospital, 100 Tzyou 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Chen, Ker-Kong, E-mail: [Department of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Department of Dentistry, Kaohsiung Medical University, Chung Ho Memorial Hospital, 100 Tzyou 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China); Wang, Moo-Chin, E-mail: [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetic Science, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 80708, Taiwan (China)


    Crystallization behaviors of ZrO{sub 2}−3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}−xSrO precursor powders were studied with zirconium nitrate (Zr(NO{sub 3}){sub 4}·xH{sub 2}O), yttrium nitrate (Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O) and strontium nitrate (Sr(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}) constituting the initial materials. Differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), nano beam electron diffraction (NBED) and high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) were utilized to characterize the crystallization behavior of ZrO{sub 2}−3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}−xSrO precursor powders. The activation energies of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} (t-ZrO{sub 2}) crystallization were 389.1, 327.6, and 315.1 kJ/mol with SrO content for 1, 2, and 3 mol%, respectively, obtained with a non-isothermal method. The growth morphology parameter and growth mechanism index were close to 2.0 and 1.0, respectively, showing that t-ZrO{sub 2} had a plate-like morphology. - Highlights: • The single phase of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} formed when calcined at 923 K for 2 h. • ZrO{sub 2}−3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}−2SrO precursor powders crystallization is at 765.6 K. • The activation energy of t-ZrO{sub 2} crystallization was 389.1 kJ/mol with 1 mol% SrO. • The growth morphology and index of crystallization were close to 2.0 and 1.0.

  6. Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd Studies of Olivine-Phyric Shergottites RBT 04262 and LAR 06319: Isotopic Evidence for Relationship to Enriched Basaltic Shergottites

    Nyquist, L.E.; Shih, C.-Y.; Reese, Y.


    RBT 04262 and LAR 06319 are two Martian meteorites recently discovered in Antarctica. Both contain abundant olivines, and were classified as olivine-phyric shergottites. A detailed petrographic study of RBT 04262 suggested it should be reclassified as a lherzolitic shergottite. However, the moderately LREE-depleted REE distribution pattern indicated that it is closely related to enriched basaltic shergottites like Shergotty, Zagami, Los Angeles, etc. In earlier studies of a similarly olivinephyric shergottite NWA 1068 which contains 21% modal olivine, it was shown that it probably was produced from an enriched basaltic shergottite magma by olivine accumulation . As for LAR 06319, recent petrographic studies suggested that it is different from either lherzolitic shergottites or the highly LREE-depleted olivine-phyric shergottites. We performed Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic analyses on RBT 04262 and LAR 06319 to determine their crystallization ages and Sr and Nd isotopic signatures, and to better understand the petrogenetic relationships between them and other basaltic, lherzolitic and depleted olivine-phyric shergottites.

  7. Effect of Wood Aging on Wine Mineral Composition and (87)Sr/(86)Sr Isotopic Ratio.

    Kaya, Ayse D; Bruno de Sousa, Raúl; Curvelo-Garcia, António S; Ricardo-da-Silva, Jorge M; Catarino, Sofia


    The evolution of mineral composition and wine strontium isotopic ratio (87)Sr/(86)Sr (Sr IR) during wood aging were investigated. A red wine was aged in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves (Quercus sessiliflora Salisb.), with three industrial scale replicates. Sampling was carried out after 30, 60, and 90 days of aging, and the wines were evaluated in terms of general analysis, phenolic composition, total polysaccharides, multielement composition, and Sr IR. Li, Be, Mg, Al, Sc, Ti, V, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Ga, Ge, As, Rb, Sr, Y, Zr, Mo, Sb, Cs, Ba, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb, Lu, Tl, and Pb elements and (87)Sr/(86)Sr were determined by quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (Q-ICP-MS) and Na, K, Ca, and Fe by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). Two-way ANOVA was applied to assess wood aging and time effect on Sr IR and mineral composition. Wood aging resulted in significantly higher concentrations of Mg, V, Co, Ni, and Sr. At the end of the aging period, wine exhibited statistically identical Sr IR compared to control. Study suggests that wood aging does not affect (87)Sr/(86)Sr, not precluding the use of this parameter for wine traceability purposes.

  8. The water adsorption on the surfaces of SrMO{sub 3} (M= Ti, Zr, and Hf) crystalline oxides: quantum and classical modelling

    Evarestov, R A; Bandura, A V; Blokhin, E N [Department of Quantum Chemistry, St. Petersburg State University 26 University Ave., Petergoff, St. Petersburg, 198504 (Russian Federation)


    Hybrid HF-DFT LCAO simulations of (001) surface properties and water adsorption on cubic SrTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3}, and SrHfO{sub 3} perovskites are performed in a single-slab model framework. The optimized atomic structures and water adsorption energies have been calculated for a single water molecule per the surface unit cell. The possibility of the water molecular dissociation was investigated. Basing on the experimental data and results of the ab initio calculations the new interatomic potentials have been developed to describe the bulk and surface properties of the binary and ternary titanium and zirconium oxides. The proposed force-field takes into account the polarization effects via the shell model. The force-field suggested was used in the molecular mechanics calculations with the extended unit cells to study the possible surface reconstruction upon relaxation and hydroxylation of cubic perovskites.

  9. Optical and structural characterization of SrZr{sub 0,1}Ti{sub 0,9}O{sub 3}

    Delgado-Nino, Pilar [Laboratorio de Catalisis Heterogenea, Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, D.C. (Colombia); Lopez-Rivera, S.A., E-mail: [Grupo de Fisica Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de los Andes, Merida (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Mestres-Vila, Lourdes; Martinez-Sarrion, Maria Luisa [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Facultad de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Espana (Spain); Valencia-Rios, Jesus S. [Laboratorio de Catalisis Heterogenea, Departamento de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, D.C. (Colombia)


    In this work, the ceramic compound SrTi{sub 0.90}Zr{sub 0,1}O{sub 3} (SZT) was synthesized by the citrate method. This solid showed a 12 nm crystallite size, reflecting the high degree of crystallinity obtained by this synthesis route. Differential and gravimetric thermal analysis showed that the solid was formed from 520 Degree-Sign C; the chemical composition was determined by ICP-AES4, giving a stoichiometry corresponding to the SrTi{sub 0.90}Zr{sub 0.10}O{sub 3} formula, and proved to be compatible with the X-ray diffraction data, refined by the Rietveld method. The morphology was explored by means of SEM and TEM, finding a homogenous particles distribution, arranged in lumps, susceptible to density changes by sintering between 1000 Degree-Sign C and 1200 Degree-Sign C. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum shows a band between 470 nm and 520 nm, corresponding to the Ti and Zr ions 3d electronic transition. The SZT crystal structure is tetragonal with space group I4/mcm, number (140). - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ceramic nano structured compound SrTi{sub 0.90}Zr{sub 0,1}O{sub 3} was synthesized by the citrate method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Differential and gravimetric thermal analysis showed the right thermodynamical parameters Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good agreement between the crystal structure, group theory and the optical properties was obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sized and high crystallinity of the nanoparticules was confirmed by SEM and TEM. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structure is tetragonal with space group I4/mcm was found by X-ray and Rietveld refinement.

  10. An Ldrims Instrument for Portable Rb-Sr Dating with Accuracy of Better than ±150 MA for the MARS-2020 Rover

    Anderson, F. Scott; Whitaker, Tom; Hamilton, Victoria; Nowicki, Keith


    Using a laser desorption resonance ionization mass spectrometer (LDRIMS), we can now demonstrate repeatable dates with portable hardware that could be carried on MER- or MSL-sized rovers. This is important because NASA is developing science requirements for a Mars 2020 rover mission based on MSL hardware, and for Mars, the National Research Council Decadal Survey (NRC DS) specifically supports: "...long-term development of instruments ... focusing on the most important future in situ measurements... [including] ... in situ geochronology experiments". The LDRIMS instrument can produce these science measurements today, and in so doing, triage samples for Mars Sample Return. The LDRIMS technique can be miniaturized and avoids the mass interference issues requiring unwieldy chemical separation for traditional geochronology techniques. With LDRIMS sample is placed in a time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer and surface atoms, molecules, and ions are desorbed with a 213 nm laser. Ions are suppressed by an electric field and the plume of expanding particles is present for many μs, during which it is first illuminated with laser light tuned to ionize only Sr, and then 1-3 μs later, for Rb. This eliminates isobars for Rb and Sr, insures that the measured atoms come from the same ablation event, and hence target materials, and reduces the total number of measurements required. The LDRIMS system has demonstrated a sensitivity of 300 parts-per-trillion, and isotope ratio precisions of ±0.3 to ±0.1% in 3000-5000 ablations of one spot on a sample in 3-5 minutes. The bench top prototype has been tested on the Boulder Creek Granite (BCG) from Elephant Butte, Colorado, comprised primarily of a gneissic quartz monzonite and granodiorite. Whole rock Rb-Sr TIMS measurements of the BCG, and our own preliminary micro-drill TIMS measurements of individual minerals, are consistent with an age of 1700±40 Ma. To obtain a LDRIMS date using the BCG sample, we measured hundreds of spots

  11. Preparation and electrochemical properties of SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9 electrolyte

    Juan Li; Ruisong Guo; Hong Jiang


    The perovskite Yb-doped strontium cerate–zirconate material, SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9, was prepared by solid-state reaction and the structure was characterized by X-ray diffraction. The calcination process of the powder was investigated by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TG–DTA). The high temperature conductivities were measured by d.c. four-probe technique in the temperature range from 500 to 950°C in wet hydrogen and effect of temperature on conductivity was investigated. The conductivity increased with the elevation of temperature from 500 to 950°C. The highest conductivity of 4.4 × 10-2 was observed for SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9 at 950°C. The current–voltage (–) and current–power (–) characteristics of the single cell (H2, Pt/SrCe0.4Zr0.4Yb0.2O2.9/Pt, O2) at temperature range from 600 to 850°C were tested. With the temperature increasing from 600 to 850°C, the open circuit voltage (OCV) decreased from 1.164 to 1.073 V and the ionic transfer number decreased from 0.996 to 0.946. At 850°C, the maximum power density of 25.2 was observed.

  12. The Rb problem in massive AGB stars.

    Pérez-Mesa, V.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Zamora, O.; Plez, B.; Manchado, A.; Karakas, A. I.; Lugaro, M.


    The asymptotic giant branch (AGB) is formed by low- and intermediate-mass stars (0.8 M_{⊙} develop thermal pulses (TP) and suffer extreme mass loss. AGB stars are the main contributor to the enrichment of the interstellar medium (ISM) and thus to the chemical evolution of galaxies. In particular, the more massive AGB stars (M > 4 M_{⊙}) are expected to produce light (e.g., Li, N) and heavy neutron-rich s-process elements (such as Rb, Zr, Ba, Y, etc.), which are not formed in lower mass AGB stars and Supernova explosions. Classical chemical analyses using hydrostatic atmospheres revealed strong Rb overabundances and high [Rb/Zr] ratios in massive AGB stars of our Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds (MC), confirming for the first time that the ^{22}Ne neutron source dominates the production of s-process elements in these stars. The extremely high Rb abundances and [Rb/Zr] ratios observed in the most massive stars (specially in the low-metallicity MC stars) uncovered a Rb problem; such extreme Rb and [Rb/Zr] values are not predicted by the s-process AGB models, suggesting fundamental problems in our present understanding of their atmospheres. We present more realistic dynamical model atmospheres that consider a gaseous circumstellar envelope with a radial wind and we re-derive the Rb (and Zr) abundances in massive Galactic AGB stars. The new Rb abundances and [Rb/Zr] ratios derived with these dynamical models significantly resolve the problem of the mismatch between the observations and the theoretical predictions of the more massive AGB stars.

  13. Dependence of Quasi-Particle Alignment on Proton Number in N=44 Isotones 82^Sr, 83^Y, 84^Zr and 85^Nb

    范平; 袁大庆; 郑永男; 左翼; 周冬梅; 张乔丽; 吴晓光; 李广生; 竺礼华; 许国基; 樊启文; 张锡珍; 朱升云


    The g-factors of Ground Rotational Band states of N = 44 isotones 82^Sr, 83^Y, 84^Zr and 85^Nb have been measured by the transient-magnetic-field ion implantation perturbed angular distribution (TMF-IMPAD) method. The measured g-factors of 82^Sr increase with the increase of spin I, indicating a proton alignment only. Positive peaks appear in the variation of g-factors with spin for 83^Y and 84^Zzr at spin 21/2^+ and 10^+ respectively, indicating a proton alignment followed by a neutron alignment. A negative peak occurs for SSNb at the spin 25/2^+, indicating a neutron alignment followed by a proton alignment.




    Full Text Available Bulk modulus & charge density of cubic SrMO3 perovskites (M = Ti, Zr, Mo, Rh & Ru have been investigated systematically using the first principle density functional calculations. Local density approximation (LDAmethod has been used to compute the two quantities for five perovskites. It is found that the calculated bulk modulus for all the transition metal oxides are in good agreement with the available experimental data and with other theoretical results previously reported in the literature. ABINIT computer code is used to carry out all the calculations. Charge density plots for all the five cubic SrMO3 perovskites have been drawn using MATLAB. The maximum and minimum values of charge density along with the corresponding reduced coordinates are reported for all the perovskites.

  15. Crystal structures of the four new quaternary copper(I)-selenides A0.5CuZrSe3 and ACuYSe3(A=Sr, Ba)

    Maier, Stefan; Prakash, Jai; Berthebaud, David; Perez, Olivier; Bobev, Svilen; Gascoin, Franck


    The four new quaternary copper(I)-selenides, Sr0.5CuZrSe3 (a=3.8386(7), b=14.197(2), c=10.1577(17) Å), Ba0.5CuZrSe3 (a=3.8386(7), b=14.196(2), c=10.1577(17) Å), SrCuYSe3 (a=10.620(2), b=4.1000(8), c=13.540(3) Å) and BaCuYSe3 (a=4.1800(7), b=13.940(2), c=10.6200(17) Å) were synthesized by high-temperature solid state reactions and their crystal structures were determined using single-crystal X-ray diffraction. A0.5CuZrSe3 (A= Sr, Ba) and BaCuYSe3 crystallize in the KCuZrS3 structure type (Cmcm), while SrCuYSe3 is isostructural to Eu2CuS3 (Pnma). All compounds form layered structures in which the charge of the - ∞ 2[CuZrSe3 and 2 - ∞ 2[CuYSe3 ] layers as well as the site occupancy of the A cations depend on the transition metal. Combining the alkaline earth metals Sr and Ba with tetravalent Zr leads to the formation of cation vacancies between the - ∞ 2[CuZrSe3 ] layers and structure type as well as symmetry are determined by the ratio between the cation and transition metal ionic radii r(A2+)/r(M3+/4+).

  16. Rb-Sr and single - zircon grain 207Pb / 206Pb chronology of the Monesterio granodiorite and related migmatites. Evidence of a Late Cambrian melting event in the Ossa-Morena Zone, Iberian Massif

    Bea, F.


    Full Text Available The Monesterio granodiorite, a small granodioritic body placed in a migmatitic complex in the SW of the Olivenza-Monesterio antiform, is a key plutonic body to understanding the relationships among the magmatism, metamorphism, and deformation in the Ossa-Morena Zone, SW Iberian Massif. We dated the granodiorite with the single zircon stepwise-evaporation 207Pb/206Pb method, and the related migmatization event with the Rb-Sr method on leucosomes. Our results indicate that the Monesterio granodiorite crystallised at 510 ± 7 Ma and its protolith had a component with Upper Proterozoic zircons with a minimum age of 1696 Ma. Leucosomes give a Rb-Sr age of 511 ± 40 Ma (MSWD =1,7 with initial 87Sr/86Sr =0.70914 ± 0.00048. The lower initial 87Sr/86Sr of the granodiorite and its calc-alkaline chemistry precludes it from having derived from the same protolith as the migmatites. The existence of different magmatic bodies in the Ossa-Morena Zone with ages clustering around 500-510 Ma reveals the existence of a significant melting event during the Late Cambrian that involved protoliths with very different geochemical and isotopic signatures.La granodiorita de Monesterio es un pequeño cuerpo emplazado en un complejo migmatítico en el SO del antiforme Olivenza-Monesterio, importante para entender las relaciones entre magmatismo, metamorfismo y deformación en la Zona de Ossa-Morena. Se ha datado la granodiorita por el método de evaporación secuencial de 207Pb/206Pb en cristal único de circón y los leucosomes de las migmatitas circundantes por el método Rb-Sr. Los datos indican una edad de cristalización de la granodiorita de 510 ± 4 Ma y un posible protolito Proterozoico Superior con una edad mínima de ∼1.700 Ma, obtenida a partir de núcleos heredados de los circones analizados. Los leucosomes dan una edad Rb-Sr de 511 ± 40 Ma, con una relación 87Sr/86Sr=0,70914 ± 0,00048. La relación inicial de 87Sr/86Sr en la granodiorita (

  17. Evaluating crustal contributions to enriched shergottites from the petrology, trace elements, and Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotope systematics of Northwest Africa 856

    Ferdous, J.; Brandon, A. D.; Peslier, A. H.; Pirotte, Z.


    The origin of the incompatible trace element (ITE) characteristics of enriched shergottites has been critical for examining two contradicting scenarios to explain how these Martian meteorites form. The first scenario is that it reflects ITE enrichment in an early-formed mantle reservoir whereas the second scenario attributes it to assimilation of ancient Martian crust (∼4-4.5 Ga) by ITE-depleted magmas. Strongly differentiated shergottite magmas may yield added constraints for determining which scenario can best explain this signature in enriched shergottites. The meteorite Northwest Africa (NWA) 856 is a basaltic shergottite that, unlike many enriched shergottites, lacks olivine and has undergone extensive differentiation from more primitive parent magma. In similarity to other basaltic shergottites, NWA 856 is comprised primarily of compositionally zoned clinopyroxenes (45% pigeonite and 23% augite), maskelynite (23%) and accessory minerals such as ulvöspinel, merrillite, Cl-apatite, ilmenite, pyrrhotite, baddeleyite and silica polymorph. The CI-chondrite normalized rare earth element (REE) abundance patterns for its maskelynite, phosphates, and its whole rock are flat with corresponding light-REE depletions in clinopyroxenes. The 87Rb-87Sr and 147Sm-143Nd internal isochron ages are 162 ± 14 (all errors are ±2σ) Ma and 162.7 ± 5.5 Ma, respectively, with an initial εNdI = -6.6 ± 0.2. The Rb-Sr isotope systematics are affected by terrestrial alteration resulting in larger scatter and a less precise internal isochron age. The whole rock composition is used in MELTS simulations to model equilibrium and fractional crystallization sequences to compare with the crystallization sequence from textural observations and to the mineral compositions. These models constrain the depth of initial crystallization to a pressure range of 0.4-0.5 GPa (equivalent to 34-42 km) in anhydrous conditions at the Fayalite-Magnetite-Quartz buffer, and consistently reproduce the

  18. Single Variable and Multivariate Analysis of Remote Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectra for Prediction of Rb, Sr, Cr, Ba, and V in Igneous Rocks

    Clegg, Samuel M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Wiens, Roger C. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Speicher, Elly A [MT HOLYOKE COLLEGE; Dyar, Melinda D [MT HOLYOKE COLLEGE; Carmosino, Marco L [MT HOLYOKE COLLEGE


    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) will be employed by the ChemCam instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity to obtain UV, VIS, and VNIR atomic emission spectra of surface rocks and soils. LIBS quantitative analysis is complicated by chemical matrix effects related to abundances of neutral and ionized species in the resultant plasma, collisional interactions within plasma, laser-to-sample coupling efficiency, and self-absorption. Atmospheric composition and pressure also influence the intensity of LIBS plasma. These chemical matrix effects influence the ratio of intensity or area of a given emission line to the abundance of the element producing that line. To compensate for these complications, multivariate techniques, specifically partial least-squares regression (PLS), have been utilized to predict major element compositions (>1 wt.% oxide) of rocks, PLS methods regress one or multiple response variables (elemental concentrations) against multiple explanatory variables (intensity at each pixel of the spectrometers). Because PLS utilizes all available explanatory variable and eliminates multicollinearity, it generally performs better than univariate methods for prediction of major elements. However, peaks arising from emissions from trace elements may be masked by peaks of higher intensities from major elements. Thus in PLS regression, wherein a correlation coefficient is determined for each elemental concentration at each spectrometer pixel, trace elements may show high correlation with more intense lines resulting from optical emissions of other elements. This could result in error in predictions of trace element concentrations. Here, results of simple linear regression (SLR) and multivariate PLS-2 regression for determination of trace Rb, Sr, Cr, Ba, and V in igneous rock samples are compared. This study focuses on comparisons using only line intensities rather than peak areas to highlight differences between SLR and PLS.

  19. Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr Isotopic Systematics of a Heavily Shocked Martian Meteorite Tissint and Petrogenesis of Depleted Shergottites

    Shih, C.-Y.; Nyquist, L. E.; Park, J.; Agee, Carl B.


    Tissint is a very fresh Martian meteorite that fell near the town of Tissint in Morocco on July 18, 2011. It contains abundant olivine megacrysts (23%) in a fine-grained matrix of pyroxene (55%), maskelynitized plagioclase (15%), opaques (4%) and melt pockets (3%) and is petrographically similar to lithologies A and C of picritic shergottite EETA 79001 [1,2]. The presence of 2 types of shock-induced glasses and all 7 high-pressure mineral phases that were ever found in melt pockets of Martian meteorites suggests it underwent an intensive shock metamorphism of 25 GPa and 2000 C localized in melt pockets [2]. Mineral textures suggest that olivines, pyroxenes and plagioclases probably did not experience such hightemperature. Earlier determinations of its age yielded 596+/-23 Ma [3] and 616+/-67 Ma [4], respectively, for the Sm-Nd system and 583+/-86 Ma for the Lu-Hf system [4], in agreement with the 575+/-18 Ma age of the oldest olivine-phyric depleted shergottite Dho 019 [5]. However, the exposure ages of Tissint (1 Ma [1, 6, 7]) and Dho 019 (20 Ma [8]) are very different requiring two separate ejection events. These previously determined Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf ages are older than the Ar-Ar maskelynite plateau age of 524+/-15 Ma [9], reversing the pattern usually observed for Martian meteorites. In order to clarify these age issues and place models for Tissint's petrogenesis on a firm basis, we present new Rb-Sr and Sm- Nd isotopic results for Tissint, and discuss (a) the shock effects on them and the Ar-Ar chronometer, (b) correlation of the determined ages with those of other depleted shergottites, and (c) the petrogenesis of depleted shergottites. Since the meteorite is a recent fall, terrestrial contamination is expected to be minimal, but, the strong shock metamorphism might be expected to compromise the equilibrium of the isotopic systems.

  20. Constraints on Hf and Zr mobility in high-sulfidation epithermal systems: formation of kosnarite, KZr2(PO4)3, in the Chaquicocha gold deposit, Yanacocha district, Peru

    Deditius, Artur P.; Utsunomiya, Satoshi; Sanchez-Alfaro, Pablo; Reich, Martin; Ewing, Rodney C.; Kesler, Stephen E.


    We report the first occurrence of Hf-rich kosnarite [K(Hf,Zr)2(PO4)3], space group R- 3c, Z = 6, in the giant Chaquicocha high-sulfidation epithermal gold deposit in the Yanacocha mining district, Peru. Kosnarite crystals are small (Yanacocha is indicative of Hf and Zr mobility under highly acidic conditions and points towards an unforeseen role of phosphates as sinks of Zr and Hf in high-sulfidation epithermal environments. Finally, potentially new geochronological applications of highly insoluble vein kosnarite, including Rb-Sr dating, may provide further age constraints in pervasively altered areas where other isotopic systems might have been reset.

  1. The application and comparison of 97Zr and 92Sr in the absolute determination of the contribution of power density and cladding activation in a VVER-1000 Mock-Up on the LR-0 Research Reactor

    Košťál, Michal; Švadlenková, Marie; Milčák, Ján


    97Zr is a relatively high-yield fission product that can be used for zero reactor power determination. The technique is not widely used because in the case of reactors that use zirconium metal in the fuel cladding, it is not only a fission product but is also produced by activation. In an appropriately chosen time interval, results obtained using 97Zr can be compared to those of power determination performed using 92Sr. The knowledge of the ratio between fission-induced 97Zr and the portion of 97Zr activated in the cladding can be used not only for power-density determination but also as an important indication of fuel failures.

  2. Self-propagating combustion synthesis of Pb1–SrZrO3 (0 ≤ ≤ 0.20) ceramics and their dielectric properties

    K Boopathy; A Samson Nesaraj; V Rajendran


    Lead strontium zirconate, Pb1–SrZrO3 (0 ≤ ≤ 0.20) ceramics, were prepared by novel glycine–nitrate self-propagating combustion technique. The crystal structure of the ceramics was investigated as a function of composition via X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD patterns obtained on these powders showed the formation of pure orthorhombic phase of lead strontium zirconate without impurities and all the compounds retained the orthorhombic structure. The samples were sintered at 900–1100°C for 2 h. It has been observed that the dielectric constant decreases with increase in strontium content (100 kHz). In all compositions, dielectric constant showed a peak at transition temperature and the magnitude of the peak was found to decrease with strontium doping level.

  3. Cooling age of the Birimian juvenile crust in West Africa. U-Pb, Rb-Sr and K-Ar data on the 2. 1 Ga granite-greenstone terrains from SW-Niger. Age de refroidissement de la croute juvenile birimienne d'Afrique de l'Ouest. Donnees U-Pb, Rb-Sr et K-Ar sur les formations a 2. 1 Ga du SW-Niger

    Lama, C.; Dautel, D.; Zimmermann, J.L. (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 54 - Nancy (France). Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques); Barbey, P. (Nancy-1 Univ., 54 (France)); Cheilletz, A. (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 54 - Nancy (France). Centre de Recherches Petrographiques et Geochimiques Ecole Nationale Superieure de Geologie Appliquee et de Prospection Miniere, 54 - Nancy (France)); Pons, J. (Orleans Univ., 45 (France))


    A comparison between zircon U-Pb, whole-rock Rb-Sr and biotite-amphibole K-Ar data on Birimian granite-greenstone terrains from SW-Niger indicates that the youngest granitic plutons were emplaced at 2.115 [+-] 5 Ma and that both the plutons and the surrounding greenstones yield cooling ages around 2.118 Ma. The age similarity between the end of the plutonism and the cooling of plutons and surrounding greenstone further suggests rapid cooling at the end of the plutonic event and, thus, corroborates a model of greenstone metamorphism linked to the thermal effect of the plutons. (authors).

  4. Distribution and Environmental Information of Rb and Sr in the Mawo Karst Basin Sediments of Weining in Guizhou%贵州威宁麻窝山岩溶盆地剖面中Rb、Sr分布及环境信息

    曹振兴; 吴攀; 顾尚义; 彭德海; 杨绍章


    The evolution of karst basin plays a crucial role in earth surface processes, which well records the history of watershed erosion and chemical weathering. Rb/Sr has been widely used for revealing environmental information among different palaeoclimatic archives. In this study, based upon the 14C dates and characteristics of K and Ca in the Mawo karst basin sediments from Weining county of Guizhou province, the geochemical behaviour of Rb and Sr were analysed and Rb/Sr were compiled for the palaeoclimate in Northwest Guizhou. The results showed that concentrations of Rb in the four studied profiles were mostly greater than Sr, and strong positive correlations between Rb and K and between Sr and Ca were observed, which further confirmed the notion that Sr was more mobile than Rb in the evolution of Mawo karst basin. The vertical variation of Rb/Sr in all profiles suggested periodic sedimentary environment in the studied area, which corresponded to the field characteristics, especially the color variation of the sediments. High Rb/Sr primarily controlled by Rb indicated the arid climate or a low water level of the basin, otherwise the opposite.There existed 3 -1/2 dry-moist climate cycles in the past 40ka of the karst basin that could be used as ideal archive for reconstructing palaeoclimate in karst areas.%岩溶盆地的演化清晰地记录了流域侵蚀和化学风化等重要过程,Rb/Sr是有效获取地表过程中环境信息的重要手段之一.本文基于14C定年方法,结合研究剖面中K、Ca等元素的组成特征,对贵州威宁麻窝山岩溶盆地中4个沉积剖面的Rb、Sr分布和地球化学行为进行了分析,并讨论了Rb/Sr指示的环境意义和盆地的演化历程.结果表明,剖面中Rb元素含量普遍高于Sr元素且波动幅度较Sr元素大.此外,Rb与K,Sr与Ca之间均有较好的正相关关系,即在流域物质的侵蚀、搬运和盆地沉积物的形成演化过程中,Sr的活动性明显高于Rb.各剖面Rb、Sr

  5. Influence of 120 MeV Au+9 ions irradiation on resistive switching properties of Cr:SrZrO3/SRO junctions

    Bhavsar, Komal H.; Joshi, Utpal S.


    Swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation has been successfully used to modify structural and electrical properties of heterostructured Cr doped SrZrO3 thin films grown on 200 nm thick SrRuO3/SiO2 by chemical solution deposition method. Samples were irradiated by 120 MeV Au+9 ions with fluence value 1 × 1012 ions/cm2 in order to investigate the influence of SHI irradiation on the resistive switching (RS) phenomenon. Structural characterization with grazing angle X-ray diffraction exhibited an enhancement of crystallinity as well as crystallographic strain. Typical energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) spectrum was carried out to study the interface mixing, if any, after the ion irradiation. The pristine sample exhibits a narrow hysteresis loop in the current voltage (I-V) curves with maximum RS ratio of 98. Highly reproducible resistive switching characteristics with pronounced loops in the I-V curves have been observed for the irradiated Ag/Cr:SZO/SRO structure with maximum RS ratio of 985. I-V curves in low resistive state (LRS) demonstrate linear Ohmic conduction mechanism for both positive as well as negative bias region. The high resistive state (HRS) is consistent with space charge limited (SCLC) mechanism. The observed electrical behavior can be attributed to the high energy density of electronic excitations resulting from the impact of swift heavy ions induced defects and strain.

  6. Influence of 120 MeV Au{sup +9} ions irradiation on resistive switching properties of Cr:SrZrO{sub 3}/SRO junctions

    Bhavsar, Komal H.; Joshi, Utpal S., E-mail:


    Swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation has been successfully used to modify structural and electrical properties of heterostructured Cr doped SrZrO{sub 3} thin films grown on 200 nm thick SrRuO{sub 3}/SiO{sub 2} by chemical solution deposition method. Samples were irradiated by 120 MeV Au{sup +9} ions with fluence value 1 × 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2} in order to investigate the influence of SHI irradiation on the resistive switching (RS) phenomenon. Structural characterization with grazing angle X-ray diffraction exhibited an enhancement of crystallinity as well as crystallographic strain. Typical energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX) spectrum was carried out to study the interface mixing, if any, after the ion irradiation. The pristine sample exhibits a narrow hysteresis loop in the current voltage (I–V) curves with maximum RS ratio of 98. Highly reproducible resistive switching characteristics with pronounced loops in the I–V curves have been observed for the irradiated Ag/Cr:SZO/SRO structure with maximum RS ratio of 985. I–V curves in low resistive state (LRS) demonstrate linear Ohmic conduction mechanism for both positive as well as negative bias region. The high resistive state (HRS) is consistent with space charge limited (SCLC) mechanism. The observed electrical behavior can be attributed to the high energy density of electronic excitations resulting from the impact of swift heavy ions induced defects and strain.

  7. Synergetic pinning centres in BaZrO3-doped YBa2Cu3O7-x films induced by SrTiO3 nano-layers

    Crisan, A.; Dang, V. S.; Mikheenko, P.; Ionescu, A. M.; Ivan, I.; Miu, L.


    We report on the enhancement of critical current density (J c) and the unusual behaviour of its dependence on field orientation in YBa2Cu3O7‑x (YBCO) nanostructured films by a combination of substrate decoration with Ag nano-dots, of the incorporation of BaZrO3 (BZO) nano-particles and nano-rods, and of multilayer architecture (a thin SrTiO3 layer separating two 1.5 μm-thick YBCO layers). SrTiO3 insulating layers were 15, 30 or 45 nm thick. The highest improvement of J c in applied magnetic fields along the c-axis and smaller than 1 T occurs in the bi-layer with 30 nm-thick STO, but the influence of STO thickness is small. Our thick nanostructured films show significant improvement of J c in the magnetic field along the ab-plane direction. The presence of BZO nano-rods, ab-plane defects and nano particles of BZO and Y2O3 was observed in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of the film. The peculiarities of artificial pinning centres revealed in the TEM images of the nanostructured films are used to explain an unusual split of the peak in the J c dependence on the magnetic field along the ab-plane of YBCO. Effective pinning potentials in high magnetic fields have rather high values for such thick films.

  8. Resistance switching mode transformation in SrRuO3/Cr-doped SrZrO3/Pt frameworks via a thermally activated Ti out-diffusion process.

    Jo, Yongcheol; Jung, Kyooho; Kim, Jongmin; Woo, Hyeonseok; Han, Jaeseok; Kim, Hyungsang; Hong, Jinpyo; Lee, Jeon-Kook; Im, Hyunsik


    This work reports on a mechanism for irreversible resistive switching (RS) transformation from bipolar to unipolar RS behavior in SrRuO3 (SRO)/Cr-doped SrZrO3 (SZO:Cr)/Pt capacitor structures prepared on a Ti/SiO2/Si substrate. Counter-clockwise bipolar RS memory current-voltage (I-V) characteristics are observed within the RS voltage window of -2.5 to +1.9 V, with good endurance and retention properties. As the bias voltage increases further beyond 4 V under a forward bias, a forming process occurs resulting in irreversible RS mode transformation from bipolar to unipolar mode. This switching mode transformation is a direct consequence of thermally activated Ti out-diffusion from a Ti adhesion layer. Transition metal Ti effectively out-diffuses through the loose Pt electrode layer at high substrate temperatures, leading to the unintended formation of a thin titanium oxide (TiO(x) where x < 2) layer between the Pt electrode and the SZO:Cr layer as well as additional Ti atoms in the SZO:Cr layer. Cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy depth-profile measurements provided apparent evidence of the Ti out-diffusion phenomenon. We propose that the out-diffusion-induced additional Ti atoms in the SZO:Cr layer contributes to the creation of the metallic filamentary channels.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of S2O8^2-/ZrO2 SrFe12O19 strontium magnetic solid acid catalyst%锶磁性固体酸S2O8^2-/ZrO2-SrFe12O19催化剂的制备和表征

    谢太平; 刘成伦; 徐龙君; 谢昭明


    以具有优异磁学特性的锶铁氧体(SrFe12O19)粒子为磁性基体, 负载固体酸制备锶磁性固体酸催化剂S2O8^2-/ZrO2-SrFe12O19。利用XRD、 比表面积测试(BET)、 振动样品磁强计(VSM)、 IR等表征手段, 研究了磁性催化剂的表面性质和催化性能。结果表明: SrFe12O19的掺入提高了介稳的四方晶型t-ZrO2的热稳定性; 固体酸的磁性能较好, 饱和磁化强度(Ms)在30.0 emu·g^-1左右, 矫顽力(Hc)大于3900 G, 有利于磁分离和重复使用; BET表面积为16.0 m2·g^-1, 平均孔径为8.16 nm, 属于介孔磁性材料; 以乌桕油与甲醇的酯交换为探针反应的研究表明, 该固体酸能在较短时间内有效发挥催化作用。%The magnetic solid acid catalyst(S2O8^2-/ZrO2-SrFe12O19) was prepared by strontium ferrites(SrFe12O19) particle carrying with solid acid, which exhibited excellent magnetic properties as a magnetic matrix. The surface properties and catalytic performance of the magnetic catalyst were analyzed by means of XRD, nitrogen adsorption-desorption (BET), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), FTIR. The results show that the introduction of SrFe12O19 can increase thermal stability of the metastable tetragonal type t-ZrO2. The saturated magnetization (Ms) is about 30.0 emu·g^-1, and the coercive force is greater than 3900 G, which is good for the magnetic separation and reuse. The specific surface area of solid acid is 16.0 m^2·g^-1 and the average pore size is 8.16 nm, certifying that the solid acid catalyst is a mesoporous magnetic material. The test for transesterification by tallow oil with methanol as probe reaction shows that the solid acid becomes an effective catalyst in a relatively short time.

  10. Compositional controls on the partitioning of U, Th, Ba, Pb, SR and Zr between clinopyroxene and haplobasaltic melts: Implications for uranium series disequilibria in basalts

    Lundstrom, C. C.; Shaw, H. F.; Ryerson, F. J.; Phinney, D. L.; Gill, J. B.; Williams, Q.


    The partitioning of U, Th, Pb, Sr, Zr and Ba between coexisting chromian diopsides and haplobasaltic liquids at oxygen fugacities between the iron-wustite buffer and air at 1285 C has been characterized using secondary ion mass spectrometry. The partition coefficients for Th, U and Zr show a strong dependence on the Al and Na content of the clinopyroxene. A good correlation between Al-IV and DTh exists for all recent Th partitioning studies, providing a simple explanation for the two order of magnitude variation in DTh observed in this and previous studies. Because mantle clinopyroxenes generally have greater than 5 wt% Al2O3, we suggest that the relevant partition coefficients for U and Th are between 0.01 and 0.02. While variations in Al and Na in clinopyroxene affect the absolute value of the Th and U partition coefficients, they have no effect on their ratio, DTh/DU. Our results reinforce the inference that equilibrium partioning of U and Th between clinopyroxene and melt cannot explain the observed Th-230 excesses in basalts. Indeed, under the oxygen fugacities relevant to mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) petrogenesis, clinopyroxene has little ability to fractionate U from Th (DTh/D(sub U less than 2), implying that chemical disequilibrium between melt and wall rock during transport is not required to preserve Th-230 excess generated in the garnet stability field. If the Ba partition coefficient serves as an analog for Ra and the partition coefficient of U(5+) serves as an analog for Pa(5+), then Ra-226 and Pa-231 excesses can be generated by clinopyroxene-melt partitioning. Using compositionally dependent partition coefficients, a melting model is used to show that equilibrium porous flow can explain variation in uranium series activities from the East Pacific Rise by varying the depth of melting.

  11. High performing BaCe0.8Zr0.1Y0.1O3-δ-Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ based protonic ceramic fuel cell

    Dailly, J.; Taillades, G.; Ancelin, M.; Pers, P.; Marrony, M.


    The electrochemical performances of a composite cathode consisted of Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ and BaCe0.8Zr0.1Y0.1O3-δ coated onto a BaCe0.8Zr0.1Y0.1O3-δ-based half-cell are evaluated in the intermediate temperature range 600-700 °C. Powders for the manufacture of anode substrate and electrolyte are commercial products, whereas a glycine-nitrate process is used to synthesize the cathode material. The complete cell is manufactured by wet chemical routes, using the combination of tape-casting for the anode substrate NiO-BaCe0.8Zr0.1Y0.1O3-δ and wet powder spraying for the elaboration of the electrolyte BaCe0.8Zr0.1Y0.1O3-δ and air electrode Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ-BaCe0.8Zr0.1Y0.1O3-δ. Thin electrolytes and porous electrodes are successfully elaborated for a cell size of 3 × 3 cm2. A high open circuit voltage of 1.11 V at 600 °C indicates an excellent gas-tightness of the protonic ceramic electrolyte. A maximum power density of 370-530 mW cm-2 in the range 600-700 °C is measured validating Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3-δ material as promising cathode for protonic-based cells.

  12. Structure and magnetic properties of Zr–Mn substituted strontium hexaferrite Sr(Zr,Mn)$_x$Fe$_{12−2x}$O$_{19}$ nanoparticles synthesized by sol–gel auto-combustion method



    In this research, nano-sized powders of Zr–Mn substituted strontium hexaferrite (Sr(Zr,Mn)$_x$Fe$_{12−2x}$O$_{19}$ ($x = 0, 2, 2.5, 3$)) were synthesized by sol–gel auto-combustion route using subsequent heat treatment. The samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mössbauer spectroscopyand vibration sample magnetometer (VSM) techniques. XRD and Mössbauer spectroscopy results revealed formation of Sr(Zr,Mn)$_x$Fe$_{12−2x}$O$_{19}$ accompanied with Mn$_{\\delta}$Fe$_{2−\\delta}$O$_4$ lateral phase in the samples. Also, FTIR and XRDresults demonstrated presence of SrO impurity phase. FESEM micrographs show particle size reduction and presence of two distinct powder morphologies with different brightness levels with Zr$^{4+}$ and Mn$^{2+}$ substitutions which approves existence of lateral phases in the substituted samples. TEM micrographs show nanometric particles with sizes smaller than 100nm with high crystallinity. Mössbauer results showed that at low level of substitution, Zr$^{4+}$ ions prefer to occupy both 4f1 and 2b however, at higher level of substitution, they prefer exclusively 4f1 site. While, Mn$^{2+}$ ions distributed approximately equally between 12k and 2a sites. The presence of nonmagnetic Zr$^{4+}$ cation leads to decrease in exchange interaction, especially at 12k and 2a sites. VSM results showed decrement of coercivity force (${}_i$H$_c$) from 5593.60 to 3282.46 Oe and maximum magnetization from 62.60 to 46.15 emu g$^{−1}$, respectively, by increment of Zr–Mn substitution values. Variations in maximum magnetization magnitude have been explained on the basis of occupation of the substituted cations at different iron sites.

  13. Discovery of Rb, Zr, LREE Minerallization of Syenite Bodies in Zhifang-Huangzhuang Area, Western Henan Province%豫西纸房--黄庄地区正长岩岩体铷、锆和轻稀土矿化的发现

    梁涛; 白凤军; 卢仁; 罗照华; 卢欣祥; 铁锦林; 李景文




    Göktuğ GÜNKAYA


    Full Text Available According to the relevant literature, the utilization of different kind of glass fibers in concrete introduces positive effect on the mechanical behavior, especially toughness. There are many glassfibers available to reinforce concretes. Glass fiber composition is so important because it may change the properties such as strength, elastic modulus and alkali resistance. Its most important property to be used in concrete is the alkali resistance. Some glasses of SrO–MgO–ZrO2–SiO2 (SMZS quaternary system, such as 26SrO, 20MgO, 14ZrO2, 40SiO2 (Zrn glass, have been found to be highly alkali resistant thanks to their high ZrO2 and MgO contents. Previous researches on these glasses with MnO and/or Fe2O3 partially replacing SrO have been made with the aim of improving the chemical resistance and decreasing the production cost.The main target of the present study, first of all, was to characterize commercially available alkali resistant glass fiber for concrete reinforcement and then to compare its alkali durability with those of the SrO-Mn2O3-Fe2O3-MgO-ZrO2-SiO2 (SMFMZS system glasses. For such purposes, XRF, Tg-DTA, alkali resistance tests and SEM analysis conducted with EDX were employed. According tothe alkali endurance test results it was revealed that some of the SMFMZS system glass powders are 10 times resistant to alkali environments than the commercial glass fibers used in this study.Therefore, they can be considered as alternative filling materials on the evolution of chemically resistant concrete structures.

  15. Effect of Gamma Ray Irradiation on Epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 /SrRuO3 Tunable Varactor Devices

    Barala, Surendra Singh; Banerjee, Nirupam; Kumar, Mahesh


    Epitaxial morphotropic PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT) thin films were employed to enhance the dielectric tunability of microwave filter devices without compromising the device impedance matching and low bias voltage (<10 V) requirements. Epitaxial heterostructure of ferroelectric PZT(001)/SrRuO3 (SRO) were grown on single crystal SrTiO3 (001) substrates by pulsed laser deposition, and a platinum (Pt) electrode was deposited on top of the PZT film. The tunability of the Pt/PZT/SRO varactor devices are strongly dependent on bias voltage and exhibited good dielectric tunability of 55% at 100 kHz and 10 V. The capacitance ( C P) of the heteroepitaxial varactor devices was 105 pF at 10 V applied bias with a corresponding small leakage current of 1 nA. The influence of gamma ( γ-ray) irradiation on the intrinsic electrical properties of the epitaxial PZT varactor devices was investigated as a function of the irradiation dose from 0 kGy to 400 kGy, in terms of the capacitance-voltage ( C- V) characteristics and loss tangent response. With enhancing γ-ray irradiation doses the ferroelectric capacitance was found to decrease accompanying degradation in the loss tangent values. The results indicate that tunability of the epitaxial PZT ferroelectric thin-film capacitors decreased with increasing gamma irradiation dose and degraded ˜25% at 400 kGy dose than unexposed devices. Possible reasons for the degradation behavior of dielectric properties and tunability due to radiation-induced defects has been discussed.

  16. Effect of Ferroelectric Properties of Zr doping on Ba0.5Sr0.5Nb2O6 Ceramics%锆掺杂对Ba0.5Sr0.5Nb2O6陶瓷铁电性能的影响

    刘玉杰; 隋万美; 苏龙; 张古品


    Lead-free ferroelectric ceramics Ba0.5Sr0.5Nb2O6 with and without Zr4+ dopant were prepared by a partial co-precipitation method,and their phase transformation,density and ferroelectric properties were investigated.Results indicate that with the cooperative effects of Zr4+ doping and silica sintering additive,all the ceramics can be well sintered and exhibit a dense and pure tungsten-bronze structureon the sintering behaviors,the coercive field Ec of ceramics,as well as the remanent polarization Pr and the spontaneous polarizationPs,decrease with increasing Zr4+ content.%采用部分共沉淀法制备了纯相及锆掺杂的Ba0.5Sr05Nb2O6无铅铁电陶瓷,研究了其相组成、致密度及铁电性能.结果表明,适量的掺杂锆,并引入SiO2为烧结助剂,可制备出致密、单一的钨青铜Ba0.5Sr0.5(ZrxNb1-x)2O6陶瓷.随着Zr4+掺杂量的增加,陶瓷的矫顽场Ec有所降低,剩余极化强度Pr和饱和极化强度Ps均减小.

  17. Photocatalytic hydrogen generation of Pt-Sr(Zr1-xYx)03-δ-Ti02 heterojunction under the irradiation of simulated sunlight

    Jianhui YAN; Qiang LIU; Luxiong GUAN; Feng LIANG; Haojie GU


    The Pt-Sr(Zr1-xYx)O3-δ-Ti02 (Pt-SZYT) heterojunction photocatalysts were prepared by a photodepo-sition method. The composite particles were characterized by XRD, SEM, UV-Vis DRS, and PL techniques. Photocatalytic hydrogen generation in H2C2O4 aqueous solution under the irradiation of simulated sunlight was used as a probe reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the photocatalysts. The effects of the content of Pt loading and the concentration of oxalic acid on the photocatalytic activity of the catalyst were discussed. The continuous photocatalytic activity of the Pt-SZYT and the relationship between PL intensity and hydrogen generation were also discussed. The results show that Pt-SZYT catalysts had high photocatalytic activity of hydrogen generation. The content of Pt loading and the concentration of oxalic acid have important influence on the photocatalytic hydrogen generation. The optimal loading content of platinum was 0.90 mass%. Under this condition, the average rate of photocatalytic hydrogen generation was 1.68mmol-h ' when the concentration of oxalic acid was 50mmol-L"'. The higher the photocatalytic activity, the weaker the PL intensity, which was demonstrated by the analysis of PL spectra.

  18. Relaxor behaviour of (Ba0.5Sr0.5)(Ti0.6Zr0.4)O3 ceramics

    T Badapanda; S K Rout; S Panigrahi; T P Sinha


    Ba0.5Sr0.5Ti0.6Zr0.4O3 ceramic has been prepared through solid state reaction route. X-ray diffraction shows that the sample has cubic perovskite structure with space group –3 at room temperature. Temperature dependent dielectric study of the ceramic has been investigated in the frequency range 50 Hz–1 MHz. The density of the sample is determined using Archimedes’ principle and is found to be ∼99% of X-ray density. The dielectric study revealed diffuse phase transition of second order. A broad dielectric anomaly coupled with the shift of dielectric maxima toward a higher temperature with increasing frequency indicates the relaxor-type behaviour in the ceramics. The index of relaxation () and the broadening parameter () were estimated from a linear fit of the modified Curie–Weiss law. The value of ∼ 1.72 indicates the strong relaxor nature of the ceramic. A remarkably good fit to the Vogel–Fulcher relation further supports such a relaxor nature.

  19. Standards for Analysis of Ce, La, Pb, Rb, Se, Sr, Y, AND Zr in Rock Samples Using Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and X-ray Fluorescence

    Mackie, Jason; Dyar, M. Darby; Ytsma, Caroline; Lepore, Kate; Fassett, Caleb I.; Hanlon, Avery; Wagoner, Carlie; Treiman, Allan


    Analytical geochemistry has long depended on the availability of robust suites of rock standards with well-characterized compositions. Standard rock powders for wet chemistry and x-ray fluorescence were initially characterized and supplied to the community by the U.S. Geological Survey, which continues to distribute a few dozen standards. Many other rock standards have subsequently been developed by organizations such as the Centre de Recherches Pétrographiques et Géochimiques (CRPG) and Brammer Standard Company, Inc.

  20. Investigation on some ceramic materials for electrochemical device applications. [ZrO[sub 2]-CeO[sub 2]-Y[sub 2]O[sub 3]; Y-Sr-Cr-O; La-Sr-Cr-O

    Patil, D.S.; Venkatramani, N.; Rohatgi, V.K. (Laser and Plasma Technology Div., Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Bombay (India)); Mutsuddy, B.C. (Inst. of Materials Processing, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton (United States))


    The recent developments in the field of high temperature technology demand materials with tailor-made electrical properties. These conductors play an important role in many practical applications. Energy conversion devices like fuel cells require solid electrolyte materials with ionic conductivity and electrodes with electronic conductivity. Mixed conductors are useful for hightemperature electrolysis of water vapor resulting in substantial energy savings in comparision with conventional electrolysis techniques. Because of their stability and reasonably high conductivity the cubic fluorite oxides of zirconia-ceria and chromite-based perovskites have received considerable attention for such applications. Ceramics based on tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (TZP) are being projected as potential fuel cell electrolyte materials. Microwave processing of these materials is a promising approach for the future development of ceramic devices for various electrochemical applications. As a part of the program designed to develop suitable materials for some of these applications, this paper will cover the method of preparation and electrical conductivity study performed on (ZrO[sub 2])[sub 0.85](CeO[sub 2])[sub 0.12](Y[sub 2]O[sub 3])[sub 0.03] and doped chromites A[sub 1-x]Sr[sub x]CrO[sub 3] (A = La, Y). We have also successfully sintered the Y-TZP ceramics to density close to the theoretical by using microwave energy and a single mode applicator. Some of the results will be presented in this paper.

  1. Holocene millennium-scale climatic variations as recorded by Rb and Sr concentrations for the MGS1 stratigraphical segment of Milanggouwan section in the Salawusu River Valley of Southeast Mu Us Desert%萨拉乌苏河流域MGS1 Rb和Sr记录的全新世千年尺度气候变化

    牛东风; 李保生; 魏建国; 温小浩; 舒培仙; 司月君


    萨拉乌苏河流域米浪沟湾剖面全新世地层MGS1层段记录了11个由风成砂与河流相或湖沼相构成的沉积旋回。对该层段63个样品的Rb、Sr数据进行了分析,结果显示由沙丘砂至上覆河湖相Rb和Sr含量由低增高,而Rb/Sr比值的分布则显示出与Rb和Sr含量变化相反的趋势,三者与平均粒径Mz(f)的相关系数都在0.43以上。研究表明MGS1至少经历了11次冷干和11次暖湿的气候波动。米浪沟湾剖面MGS1记录的千年尺度气候波动既是对东亚季风环流演变历史的体现,同时也是对全球气候与环境变化的响应。%The MGS1 stratigraphical segment of Milanggouwan section is located in the Salawusu River Valley of southeast Mu Us Desert. The segment documents 11 sedimentary cycles consisting of aeolian facies and fluvial facies or lacustrine-swamp facies. Totally 63 samples were analyzed for rubidium (Rb) and strontium (Sr) concentrations. The results show that Rb and Sr concentrations increase as the sediments vary from aeolian facies to lacustrine-swamp facies, however, variation of the Rb/Sr ratios shows reversed trends in contrast to that of Rb and Sr concentrations. The line correlation coefficients of Rb and Sr concentrations and Rb/Sr ratios with mean grain size are all above 0.43. All these indicate that the MGS1 stratigraphic segment at least records 11 cold-dry and 11 warm-humid millennium-scale climatic oscillations, which represent the evolution history of East Asian monsoon circulation and show good correspondence to global climatic and environment variations.

  2. Appendix to Health and Safety Laboratory environmental quarterly, March 1, 1976--June 1, 1976. [Tabulated data on content of lead in surface air and /sup 7/Be, /sup 95/Zr, /sup 137/Cs, /sup 144/Ce, and /sup 90/Sr in surface air, milk, drinking water, and foods sampled in USA

    Hardy, E.P. Jr.


    Tabulated data are presented on: the monthly deposition of /sup 89/Sr and /sup 90/Sr at some 100 world land sites; the content of lead and /sup 7/Be, /sup 95/Zr, /sup 137/Cs, and /sup 144/Ce in samples of surface air from various world sites; and the content of /sup 90/Sr in samples of milk, drinking water, and animal and human diets collected at various locations throughout the USA. (CH)

  3. Overview of the geochemistry and Rb/Sr, Sm/Nd isotopes of Middle Jurassic and Tertiary granitoid intrusions: a new insight on tectono-magmatism and mineralization of this period in Iran

    Mohammad Ali Jazi


    Full Text Available One of the most intensive occurrences of magmatism in Iran was in the middle Jurassic period. Among the granitoid intrusions in this period as discrete bodies or complexes can be pointed to Aligoodarz, Alvand, Astaneh, Boroujerd, Malayer, and Chah-Dozdan in the Sanandaj-Sirjan zone; Shir-kuh and Ayrakan in the Central Iran zone; Shah-kuh, Sorkh-kuh and Kalateh-Ahani in the Lut Block. These granitoids are mostly peraluminous and belong to high-K calc-alkaline series. CaO/Na2O ratios (0.12 to 8.37 mostly suggest a clay-free source for formation of the intrusive rocks magma. Chondrite-normalized Rare Earth Elements (REEs diagram do not display high enrichment of Light Rare Earth Elements (LREEs than Heavy Rare Earth Elements (HREEs and general pattern is relatively flat. In addition, diagram shows Eu negative anomaly, which can be attributed to indicate reducing conditions in formation of magma and/or magma derived from plagioclase depth as source. The lower continental crust-normalized spider diagram indicates enrichment in LILE (Rb, Cs, and K and LREE (La and Ce and depletion in Ba, Nb, Ta, Sr, and Ti. Initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios are 0.70609 to 0.71938 and initial εNd values are negative (from -6.51 to -1.1 indicating that magma derived from continental crust. Geochemical and isotopic evidence of the intrusive rocks shows continental crust origin (S-type granitoid and due to continental collision. Geological findings such as stop in sedimentation, regional metamorphism, ophiolite displacement, and continental collision-related mineralization confirm continental collision between Iranian and Arabian plates in the Middle Jurassic period.

  4. Behaviour of the Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr systems of the mafic-ultramafic layered sequence from Ribeirao dos Motas (Archaean), meridional craton Sao Francisco: evidences of mantle source enrichment and isotopic fractionation; Comportamento dos sistemas Sm-Nd e Rb-Sr da sequencia acamadada mafico-ultramafico Ribeirao dos Motas (Arqueano), craton Sao Francisco Meridional: evidencias de enriquecimento mantelico e fracionamento isotopico

    Carneiro, Mauricio Antonio; Carvalho Junior, Irneu Mendes de; Oliveira, Arildo Henrique de [Ouro Preto Univ., (UFOP), MG (Brazil). Dept. de Geologia]. E-mail:; Teixeira, Wilson [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Dept. de Mineralogia e Geotectonica; Pimentel, Marcio Martins [Brasilia Univ., DF (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Lab. de Geocronologia


    The Ribeirao dos Motas layered sequence (SARM) crops out in the southern part of the Sao Francisco Craton, Brazil. This sequence comprises phaneritic meta ultramafic and metamafic rocks, which, although slightly deformed and metamorphosed, retain primary igneous layers. Porphyritic rocks with idiomorphic pyroxene crystals and heteradcumulate and adcumulate textures are also present. Eighteen isotopic analyses were performed in the SARM, comprising rocks with primary (relict) textures, as well as rocks in amphibolite facies and retro-metamorphosed to green-schist facies. Seven samples yield a Sm/Nd isochron age of 2.79 +- 0.30 Ga (MSWD=1.2 e epsilon {sub Ndt}=+0.48), constraining the accretion time of the SARM rocks. The positive epsilon {sub Ndt} value coupled with the Rb/Sr evidence is consistent with mantle source relatively enriched in Nd and Sr isotopes. Nevertheless, some SARM samples display isotopic fractionation and disturbance, which can be ascribed to the following processes or their combinations: a) mobilization of the incompatible elements due to regional high grade metamorphism; b) isotopic changes during upper amphibolite facies overprint; c) isotopic resetting by low-grade fluids associated to the Claudio Shear zone, which is located nearby the SARM. (author)

  5. Growth and microstructure of columnar Y-doped SrZrO{sub 3} films deposited on Pt-coated MgO by pulsed laser deposition

    Luo, Sijun, E-mail:; Riggs, Brian C.; Shipman, Joshua T.; Adireddy, Shiva; Sklare, Samuel C.; Chrisey, Douglas B., E-mail: [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 (United States); Zhang, Xiaodong; Koplitz, Brent [Department of Chemistry, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 (United States)


    Direct integration of proton conductor films on Pt-coated substrates opens the way to film-based proton transport devices. Columnar SrZr{sub 0.95}Y{sub 0.05}O{sub 3−δ} (SZY) films with dense microstructure were deposited on Pt-coated MgO(100) substrates at 830 °C by pulsed laser deposition. The optimal window of ambient O{sub 2} pressure for good crystallinity of SZY films is from 400 to 600 mTorr. The ambient O{sub 2} compresses the plasma plume of SZY and increases the deposition rate. The 10 nm thick Ti adhesion layer on MgO(100) greatly affects the orientation of the sputtered Pt layers. Pt deposited directly on MgO shows a highly (111)-preferred orientation and leads to preferentially oriented SZY films while the addition of a Ti adhesion layer makes Pt show a less preferential orientation that leads to randomly oriented SZY films. The RMS surface roughness of preferentially oriented SZY films is larger than that of randomly oriented SZY films deposited under the same ambient O{sub 2} pressure. As the O{sub 2} pressure increased, the RMS surface roughness of preferentially oriented SZY films increased, reaching 45.7 nm (2.61% of film thickness) at 600 mTorr. This study revealed the ambient O{sub 2} pressure and orientation dependent surface roughness of SZY films grown on Pt-coated MgO substrates, which provides the potential to control the surface microstructure of SZY films for electrochemical applications in film-based hydrogen devices.

  6. Effect of sintering conditions on the electrical-transport properties of the SrZrO3-based protonic ceramic electrolyser membrane

    Heras-Juaristi, Gemma; Pérez-Coll, Domingo; Mather, Glenn C.


    The effects of sintering temperature and addition of 4 mol.% ZnO as sintering additive on the crystal structure, microstructure and electrical properties of SrZr0.9Y0.1O3-δ are reported. The presence of ZnO as sintering aid brings about high densification at 1300 °C (relative density ∼97%); gas-tightness is not achieved for ZnO-free samples sintered below 1600 °C. Bulk conductivity (σB) is considerably higher in wet and dry O2 on doping with ZnO, but only slight variations of σB with sintering temperature are observed for the Zn-containing phases. Similarly, the apparent grain-boundary conductivities are much greater for the Zn-doped samples. The grain-boundary volume and accompanying resistances are much reduced on sintering at 1500 °C with ZnO addition in comparison to Zn-modified samples sintered below 1500 °C, with only minor changes in grain-boundary relaxation frequency observed. Conversely, in comparison to the undoped sample with sintering temperature of 1600 °C, there is an enormous improvement in the specific grain-boundary conductivity of two orders of magnitude for the ZnO-containing samples. Analysis on the basis of the core space-charge-layer model relates the enhancement of the grain-boundary transport to a higher concentration of charge carriers in the space-charge layer and associated lower potential barrier heights.

  7. The Magma feeding system of Somma-Vesuvius (Italy)strato-volcano:new inferences from a review of geochemical and Sr,Nd,Pb and O isotope data. Volcanism in the Campania Plain: Vesuvius, Campi Flegrei and Ignimbrites

    Piochi, M.; De Vivo, B.; Ayuso, R. A.


    A large database of major, trace and isotope (Sr, Nd, Pb, O) data exists for rocks produced by the volcanic activity of Somma-Vesuvius volcano. Variation diagrams strongly suggest a major role for evolutionary processes such as fractional crystallization, contamination, crystal trapping and magma mixing, occurring after magma genesis in the mantle. Most mafic magmas are enriched in LILE (K, Rb, Ba), REE (Ce, Sm) and Y, show small Nb–Ta negative anomalies, and have values of Nb/Zr ...

  8. Blueschist-facies high-Si phengites record the timing of greenschist-facies overprinting: a Rb-Sr and Ar-ar study of marbles from the Cyclades, Greece

    Bieling, D.; Bröcker, M.; Hacker, B.; Gans, P.


    In the Attic-Cycladic crystalline belt (Greece), white mica geochronology (Rb-Sr, K-Ar, Ar-Ar) has established time constraints for at least two metamorphic events: well-preserved high-pressure/low-temperature rocks yielded Eocene ages (c. 50-40 Ma); their greenschist-facies counterparts provided Oligocene-Miocene dates (c. 25-20 Ma). Previous studies indicated that the ages recorded by high-Si phengites may not correspond to the high-pressure stage but to the subsequent greenschist-facies overprint. This hypothesis is based on the observation that the range in Si-contents and the modal proportion of phengites with a specific Si-value are not significantly different between Eocene HP rocks and Oligocene-Miocene greenschists. The possibility that the barometric information and the geochronological record might be decoupled is of general importance for interpretation of phengite ages from polymetamorphic rocks. In order to look in more detail into this problem, we have studied marbles from Tinos and Sifnos. On both islands, HP rocks are best preserved in the upper parts of the metamorphic succession. Towards the base, the degree of greenschist overprinting increases. Phengite populations of blueschist- and greenschist facies rocks mostly show a considerable range in Si-values. However, in marbles which are either associated with HP or strongly retrogressed rocks, homogeneous high-Si phengite populations (>3.5 pfu) were recognized. On Tinos, Rb-Sr and Ar-Ar white mica dating of such samples yielded ages between 40 to 24 Ma. Of special interest are samples which yielded ages of c. 24 Ma. If the earlier metamorphic history is not taken into account, such datasets may suggest the erroneous conclusion of Miocene HP metamorphism. Recent studies [1] have reported large displacements (> 100km) for detachment faults in the Aegean. The critical parameter for such models is the age of HP metamorphism as deduced from white mica dating [1,2]. In the light of the complexities

  9. First-principles study on the ferromagnetism of Co-doped SrZrO3%锆酸锶掺Co后磁性质的第一性原理研究

    唐春红; 吴庆春; 崔云康


    本文使用在位库仑作用、局域密度近似下的投影缀加平面波方法,计算了钙钛矿材料锆酸锶(SrZrO3)正交相掺Co前后的晶体结构、电子能带结构及掺Co后的磁性质.结果表明:当Co Co之间的间距L为0.4097 nm,即最近邻,且体系为铁磁构型时对应的总能最低,表明 Co 掺杂进入钙钛矿 B位后,容易出现 Co 离子的团簇聚集,出现铁磁性;电子能带结构图显示Co部分替代Zr4+后变为 Co4+(3d5),相对于标准化合价的 Co3+(3d6),有一条空的d轨道未占据,又由于掺杂Co后其d轨道与近邻O 的p轨道有强烈杂化,有部分Co的d轨道及O 的部分p轨道越过价带进入带隙,在0~2.60 eV之间,自旋向上出现3条Co 3d能带,自旋向下出现7条 Co 3d能带,且导带底向低能移动;部分Co离子替代钙钛矿B位的Zr4+后,体系出现磁性,由于 Co 离子形式化合价为+3,替代 Zr4+后,这种空穴掺杂将在价带顶引入空的掺杂能级;态密度结果表明该能级为 Co4+离子部分空的d轨道,通过 O 的p轨道,造成体系中Co3+、Co4+离子的出现,而它们之间的双交换耦合使得体系出现铁磁性.%The structural,electronic properties,and the ferromagnetism of Co-doped orthorhombic SrZrO3 are calculated using the first-principles methods,which are performed within the density functional theory(DFT)using the projector augmented wave(PAW)implemented in the Vienna ab initio Simulation Package(VASP),and the exchange-correlation potential is treated in the local density approximation using the Ceperly-Alder scheme.SrZrO3 has been the subject of investigations because of its technological applications.For instance,the wide band gap and high dielectric constant of SrZrO3 can be used in the electronic industry,and its refractory properties are of interest in hightemperature applications.The first-principles methods have been a powerful tool for obtaining accurate ground state and indicating the relevance between the

  10. Rb-Sr age and content of potassium, rubidium strontium, barium, and rare earths in surface material from the Sea of Fertility

    Allegre, C. J.; Birck, J. L.; Loubet, M.; Provost, A.


    The Luna 16 automatic station returned from the Sea of Fertility a 35 cm long column of lunar surface material. 1 g of the Luna 16 lunar surface material, taken at a depth of 22 cm, consists of fine material: surface material and fine fragments of rocks from 1 to 4 mm in diameter. Analyses made on 17 mg of the fine lunar surface material are presented. The results obtained for the Luna 16 surface material are plotted on the diagram of the isotopic evolution of strontium and show that this surface material is most depleted of radiogenic Sr-87 of all the known lunar surface materials and that the point characterizing Lunar 16 lies somewhat to the right of the line corresponding to an age of 4.6 billion years.

  11. Negative ion-gas reaction studies using ion guides and accelerator mass spectrometry I: SrF{sub 3}{sup −}, YF{sub 3}{sup −}, ZrF{sub 3}{sup −}, YF{sub 4}{sup −} and ZrF{sub 5}{sup −} in NO{sub 2}

    Eliades, J.A., E-mail: [Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Hwarang-ro 14-gil 5, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-791 (Korea, Republic of); Zhao, X.-L. [University of Ottawa, Department of Physics and Lalonde AMS Laboratory, 25 Templeton St., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada); Litherland, A.E. [University of Toronto, Department of Physics, 60 St. George St., Toronto, ON M5S 1A7 (Canada); Kieser, W.E. [University of Ottawa, Department of Physics and Lalonde AMS Laboratory, 25 Templeton St., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5 (Canada)


    Typical accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) ion sources readily produce useable currents of a wide variety of negative ions, including exotic species, and the sensitivity and dynamic range of AMS can be used for relatively unambiguous ion identification at low count rates. Difficulty producing negative ion currents with high fluxes (ex. when electron binding energies are small) and unambiguous identification of reaction products can be obstacles to negative ion-gas reaction studies. Thus, an AMS setup can be considered to be suitable for certain ion-gas reaction studies. Presented here are preliminary studies on interactions of SrF{sub 3}{sup −}, YF{sub 3}{sup −}, ZrF{sub 3}{sup −}, YF{sub 4}{sup −} and ZrF{sub 5}{sup −} with NO{sub 2} gas at <50 eV kinetic energies using a prototype radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) instrument installed before the accelerator on the low-energy side of an AMS system. The superhalogen anions SrF{sub 3}{sup −}, YF{sub 4}{sup −} and ZrF{sub 5}{sup −} were found to be highly unreactive with NO{sub 2}, consistent with expected electron binding energies greater than 3.6 eV. YF{sub 3}{sup −} and ZrF{sub 3}{sup −} were found to have large overall attenuation cross sections in NO{sub 2} of 7.6 × 10{sup −15} ± 4.4% cm{sup 2} and 1.5 × 10{sup −14} ± 21% cm{sup 2} respectively at the ion energies created under the experimental conditions. The major reaction channels were shown to be electron transfer and oxygen capture. A cluster NO{sub 2}·(YF{sub 3}{sup −}) was also observed.

  12. Systematics of even-even T{sub z}= 1 nuclei in the A= 80 region: High-spin rotational bands in {sup 74}Kr, {sup 78}Sr, and {sup 82}Zr

    Rudolph, D.; Baktash, C.; Gross, C.J.; Jin, H.; Yu, C.H. [Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Rudolph, D. [Sektion Physik der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Gross, C.J. [Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Satula, W. [Department of Physics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 (United States); Satula, W. [Joint Institute for Heavy Ion Research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Satula, W. [Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University, PL-00681 Warsaw (Poland); Wyss, R. [The Royal Institute of Technology, Physics Department Frescati, S-104 05 Stockholm (Sweden); Birriel, I.; Saladin, J.X.; Winchell, D.F.; Wood, V.Q. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States); Devlin, M.; LaFosse, D.R.; Lerma, F.; Sarantites, D.G. [Chemistry Department, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130 (United States); Sylvan, G.N.; Tabor, S.L. [Department of Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306 (United States)


    High-spin states of T{sub z}=1 nuclei were studied with the reactions {sup 58}Ni({sup 28}Si,3{alpha}){sup 74}Kr, {sup 58}Ni({sup 28}Si,2{alpha}){sup 78}Sr, and {sup 58}Ni({sup 28}Si,2p2n){sup 82}Zr at 130 MeV beam energy. The Gammasphere array in conjunction with the 4{pi} charged-particle detector array Microball was used to detect {gamma} rays in coincidence with evaporated light charged particles. The known {pi}=+, {alpha}=0 yrast bands were extended to I=28{h_bar} at 20 MeV excitation energy. For all three nuclei, a number of positive- and negative-parity sidebands were established; altogether 15 new rotational bands were found. The data are discussed using the pairing-and-deformation self-consistent total Routhian surface (TRS) model: High-spin structures of {sup 74}Kr and {sup 78}Sr are governed by the shell gaps at large prolate deformation while {sup 82}Zr seems to exhibit shape coexistence. Nearly identical bands were established which may be explained as arising from the fp orbits acting as spectators at very elongated shapes. The experimental data in these T{sub z}=1 nuclei are in good agreement with predictions of the TRS model using conventional T=1 like-nucleon pairing correlations. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  13. Geology, mineralization, Rb-Sr & Sm-Nd geochemistry, and U–Pb zircon geochronology of Kalateh Ahani Cretaceous intrusive rocks, southeast Gonabad

    Mohammad Hassan Karimpour


    Full Text Available Kalateh Ahani is located 27 km southeast of Gonabad within the Khorasan Razavi province. The area is part of Lut Block. Sub-volcanic monzonitic rocks intruded regional metamorphosed Shemshak Formation (Jurassic age. Magnetic susceptibility of less altered monzonitic rocks is 0.6%., As, Pb and Zn > 1%, Au up to 150 ppb and Sn = 133 ppm. The Sn content of vein in the northern part of Kalateh Ahani (Rud Gaz is > 1%. Based on mineralization, alteration and geochemistry, it seems that Sn mineralization is associated with the Cretaceous monzonitic rocks. Zircon U–Pb dating indicates that the age of the monzonitic rocks associated with mineralization is 109 Ma (Lower Cretaceous. Based on (87Sr/86Sri = 0.71089-0.710647 and (143Nd/144Ndi = 0.512113-0.51227 of the monzonitic rocks, the magma for these rocks were originated from the continental crust. This research has opened new window with respect to Sn-Cu mineralization and exploration within the Lut Block which is associated with Cretaceous granitoid rocks (reduced type, ilmenite series originated from the continental crust.

  14. Enhancing photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production and pollutant degradation by modifying tetragonal ZrO2 with monolayers slab surface of BiVO4, Ag3PO4, SrTiO3 and WO3: A first-principles study

    Opoku, F


    Full Text Available Semiconductor-based photocatalysis has received increasing attention in energy storage and environmental remediation process due to the abundant solar energy. For this purpose, heterostructures of ZrO2 coupled with BiVO4, Ag3PO4, SrTiO3 and WO3...

  15. Synthesis of new brownmillerite-type systems A{sub 2}(M{sup 2+},M{sup 4+,}){sub 2}O{sub 5} (A = Ba, Sr, Ca; M{sup 2+} = Zn, Mg, Cd, Be; M{sup 4+,} = Zr, Ce, Ti, Hf)

    Ito, Shigeharu; Watanabe, Masayuki; Saito, Miwa; Yamamura, Hiroshi, E-mail: [Department of Material and Life Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University, 3-27-1, Rokkakubashi, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama 221-8686 (Japan)


    The A{sub 2}(M,M'){sub 2}O{sub 5} systems (A=Ba, Sr, Ca; M{sup 2+}=Zn, Mg, Cd, Be; M{sup 4+}'=Zr, Ce, Ti. Hf, Sn) having a brownmillerite-type compositions were prepared by a solid state reaction. X-ray diffraction analyses confirmed that only the combinations of (Ba-Zn-Zr), (Ba-Zr-Ce), (Ba-Zn-Hf), (Sr-Zn-Zr), (Sr-Zn-Ti) and (Sr-Zn-Hf) for the A-M{sup 2+}-M{sup 4+}' in the present systems showed single phases of cubic or orthorhombic perovskite-type structures at room temperature. When the average ionic radii of B site increased, the lattice constants and lattice volumes also increased. Although the samples have the brownmillerite composition, the obtained samples showed perovskite-type structure. The tolerance factor of single phased samples having the brownmillerite composition were estimated to be in the range of 0.9428 {approx} 1.0061. It was found that the electrical comductivities of the new phases increased with increasing unit cell free volume.

  16. Effect of sintering condition on properties of Cr-doped Pb0.95Sr0.05 (Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 ceramics

    J Costa Marrero; A Suárez-Gómez; J Saniger Blesa; F Calderón-Piñar


    The effects of sintering temperature (sinter) and sintering time (sinter) were investigated for Pb0.95Sr0.05(Zr0.53Ti0.47)O3 + %wtCr2O3 system to determine the optimum regimen of sintering. The study was performed by determining the following parameters: relative density (ρrel) and sintering rate ($\\dot{\\varepsilon}_{\\rho}$). The grain size was diminished when small amounts of Cr2O3 were added to system and was enhanced when the sintering temperature and time was increased. The dielectric constant becomes maximum and the electric loss becomes minimum with the sintering temperature of 1290°C. The optimum regimen of sintering is sinter = 1290°C during 70 min. The piezoelectric properties for the optimum regimen of sintering were studied.

  17. Investigation of rare-earth metal-doped Ba{sub 0.96}Sr{sub 0.04}Zr{sub 0.04}Ti{sub 0.96}O{sub 3} ceramics

    Zhang, X.S.; Sun, X.J.; Chen, X.Y.; Zhang, D.Y.; Yu, P. [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610064 (China)


    The dielectric properties of Ba{sub 0.96}Sr{sub 0.04}Zr{sub 0.04}Ln{sub x}Ti{sub 0.96-x}O{sub 3-δ} (Ln = Y, Dy, Gd, Yb) ceramics were investigated in this work. The permittivity dependence on temperature showed the Curie temperature of the investigated ceramic samples was around 100 C. The permittivity (>10000) at room temperature is obtained when the x is 0.004 and 0.003 for Y{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+}, respectively. The origin of the dielectric abnormality may result from the amphoteric properties of Y{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+}. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Photoluminescence in Pb{sub 0.95}Sr{sub 0.05}(Zr{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}){sub 1−y}Cr{sub y}O{sub 3} ferroelectric ceramic system

    Hernández-García, M.; Costa-Marrero, J. [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Instituto de Cibernética, Matemática y Física, 15 # 551, Vedado, Ciudad Habana, CP 10400 (Cuba); Durruthy-Rodríguez, M. D., E-mail: [Departamento de Física Aplicada, Instituto de Cibernética, Matemática y Física, 15 # 551, Vedado, Ciudad Habana, CP 10400 (Cuba); CINVESTAV-Unidad Querétaro, IPN, Libramiento Norponiente No. 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, CP. 76230 Querétaro, Querétaro (Mexico); Calderón-Piñar, F. [Laboratorio de Magnetismo, Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales, Universidad de La Habana, La Habana, CP 10400 (Cuba); CINVESTAV-Unidad Querétaro, IPN, Libramiento Norponiente No. 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, CP. 76230 Querétaro, Querétaro (Mexico); Guerra, J. D. S. [Grupo de Ferroelétricos e Materiais Multifuncionais, Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, MG (Brazil); Yañez-Limón, J. M. [CINVESTAV-Unidad Querétaro, IPN, Libramiento Norponiente No. 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, CP. 76230 Querétaro, Querétaro (Mexico)


    Over the past several years, there has been a remarkable growth and development in new ceramic and/or composite materials to be used in the electro-electronic industry. Ferroelectric materials have been recognized for their multifunctional physical properties; also, their optical properties are a subject of intense research effort due to their possible electro-optic applications. In this work, the visible photoluminescence effect is analyzed at room temperature in a sintered Pb{sub 0.95}Sr{sub 0.05}(Zr{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x}){sub 1−y}Cr{sub y}O{sub 3} perovskite-type structure system, doped with Sr and Cr. The excitation bands used were 267, 325, 373, 457, 635, and 680 nm, but the best result was obtained at 373 nm. The intensity and energy of such emission in this system have been studied by changing the molar Cr concentration (0 < y < 0.005) and the Ti content (x), with x = 0.20, 0.40, 0.53, 0.60, and 0.80, on both sides of the morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) zone. The principal emission bands are at the energies 1.73, 1.87, and 3.03 eV. The changes that were caused by Zr or Ti ions in the symmetry presented in the rhombohedral or tetragonal side of the MPB are more important. Additionally, structural and micro-structural measurements were performed by the x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques, respectively. The micro-Raman technique is also used in the study of this set of samples, which allows finding the Raman shift modes and the influence on the structural changes of the dopants.

  19. Synthesis, microstructure and thermal expansion studies on Ca0.5+/2Sr0.5+/2Zr4P6−2Si2O24 system prepared by co-precipitation method

    Basavaraj Angadi; M R Ajith; A M Umarji


    We report on the synthesis, microstructure and thermal expansion studies on Ca0.5+/2Sr0.5+/2Zr4P6−2Si2O24 ( = 0.00 to 1.00) system which belongs to NZP family of low thermal expansion ceramics. The ceramics synthesized by co-precipitation method at lower calcination and the sintering temperatures were in pure NZP phase up to = 0.37. For ≥ 0.5, in addition to NZP phase, ZrSiO4 and Ca2P2O7 form as secondary phases after sintering. The bulk thermal expansion behaviour of the members of this system was studied from 30 to 850 °C. The thermal expansion coefficient increases from a negative value to a positive value with the silicon substitution in place of phosphorous and a near zero thermal expansion was observed at = 0.75. The amount of hysteresis between heating and cooling curves increases progressively from = 0.00 to 0.37 and then decreases for ≥ 0.37. The results were analysed on the basis of formation of the silicon based glassy phase and increase in thermal expansion anisotropy with silicon substitution.

  20. Remarkable charge-trapping performance based in Zr0.5Hf0.5O2 with nanocrystal Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 blocking layer for nonvolatile memory device

    Yan, X. B.; Jia, X. L.; Yang, T.; Zhao, J. H.; Li, Y. C.; Zhou, Z. Y.; Zhang, Y. Y.


    Two kinds of charge trapping memory device with Au/Zr0.5Hf0.5O2(ZHO)/SiO2/p-Si and Au/Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3(BST)/Zr0.5Hf0.5O2/SiO2/p-Si structure were fabricated and investigated. The double BST/ZHO films exhibit a larger memory window of 7.36 V under ±14 V sweeping voltages in its C-V curve and the device has good charge retention properties with only small charge loss of ∼ 5% after more than 104 s. The good characteristics are attributed to the inter-diffusion between BST and ZHO where more deep defect sites were created after RTA treatment, which provides high potential barriers for the trapped charges to tunnel back to the silicon substrate. Furthermore, the nanocrystal in the BST layer increases the tunneling barrier of tunneling current into the gate and effectively restrains the leakage of storage charge from blocking layer, which improves the charge retention characteristic.

  1. A comparative study of SrO and BaO doping to CeO{sub 2}-ZrO{sub 2}: Characteristic and its catalytic performance for three-way catalysts

    Guo, Jiaxiu, E-mail: [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Flue Gas Desulfurization, Chengdu 610065 (China); Shi, Zhonghua, E-mail: [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Wu, Dongdong [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Yin, Huaqiang [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Flue Gas Desulfurization, Chengdu 610065 (China); Gong, Maochu [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); Chen, Yaoqiang [College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064 (China); National Engineering Research Center for Flue Gas Desulfurization, Chengdu 610065 (China)


    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► The prepared materials have a face-centered cubic structure and nanosize particles. ►Comparing to CZB, aged CZS has 494 μmol/g of OSC and 30 m{sup 2}/g of surface area. ► CZS and CZB have similar NO sorption and reductive properties and different H{sub 2} uptake. ► T{sub 50} of Pt-Rh/CZS/LA is as low as 199 °C for CO, 228 °C for NO, and 252 °C for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}. ► Pt-Rh/CZS/LA has wider working-window at 320 °C under different λ value. -- Abstract: Ceria-zirconia-strontia (Ce{sub 0.35}Zr{sub 0.55}Sr{sub 0.10}O{sub 1.9}) and ceria-zirconia-baria (Ce{sub 0.35}Zr{sub 0.55}Ba{sub 0.10}O{sub 1.9}) were synthesized using an oxidation-co-precipitation method with hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) as oxidant. The physical and chemical properties of the prepared materials were investigated using Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area characterization, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and oxygen pulse reaction. The prepared materials were used in preparing three-way catalysts with low Pt and Rh content. Moreover, catalytic activities were evaluated at a fixed bed under a simulated gaseous mixture. The results are as follows: (1) the prepared materials have a face-centered cubic structure and are nano-sized; (2) aged Ce{sub 0.35}Zr{sub 0.55}Sr{sub 0.10}O{sub 1.9} has higher oxygen storage capacity (494 μmol/g), better thermal stability (30 m{sup 2}/g), good low-temperature reducibility, and high hydrogen uptake after TPR-redox cycles; (3) the light-off temperature (T{sub 50}) of Pt-Rh/CZS/LA can be as low as 199 °C for CO, 228 °C for NO, and 252 °C for C{sub 3}H{sub 8}; and (4) Pt-Rh/CZS/LA has a fairly wide working-window.

  2. 山东微山稀土矿矿床成因:来自云母Rb-Sr年龄、激光Nd同位素及流体包裹体的证据%Genesis of the Weishan REE deposit, Shandong Province: Evidences from Rb-Sr isochron age, LA-MC-ICPMS Nd isotopic compositions and fluid inclusions

    蓝廷广; 范宏瑞; 胡芳芳; 杨奎锋; 王永


    Weishan REE deposit, a pegmatite-type REE deposit related to alkaline rocks, is located in Luxi Block, southeastern North China Craton. Muscovite Rb-Sr isochron yields an age of 119.5 Ma, which belonged to the Early Cretaceous large-scale mineralization in the North China Craton. LA-ICPMS Nd isotopic compositions of bastnaesite and monazite indicate that the source of the REE deposit is the enriched lithospheric mantle. Four types of fluid inclusions have been identified in quartz, fluorite and barite, including (1) H2O inclusions (H), (2) pure CO2 inclusions (C), (3) H2O+CO2 inclusions (HC) and (4) H2O+CO2+daughter mineral inclusions (HCD). The H inclusions are secondary while others are primary. The daughter minerals in HCD inclusions include thenardite, barite, celestine, calcite, aphthitalite and glauberite. The homogenization and capture pressures of HC and HCD inclusions range from 205-433 ℃ and 120-200 Mpa, respectively. Coupled with the existence of abundant daughter minerals and S stable isotopic compositions, it can be deduced that the initial ore-forming fluidswere high-temperature, moderate-pressure and high-concentration orthomagmatic fluids, which were characterized by enrichment of HCO-3/CO2-3, SO2-4 and F~ and multi-component (e.g., Na+, K+, Ca+, Ba2+, Sr2+ and REE3+). The coexistence of C, HC and HCD inclusions and the wide range of liquid/vapor ratios between these inclusions suggest that fluid unmixing may have occurred during ore-forming process. REE were most probably transported as [REEF]2+ and precipitated through fluid unmixing. Fluids mixing, which contributed little to the REE precipitation, also happened in the late stage of the ore-forming process.%微山稀土矿位于华北克拉通东南缘的鲁西地块,为与碱性岩相关的伟晶岩型稀土矿床.根据单颗粒云母Rb-Sr定年,其形成于119.5 Ma,属于华北克拉通早白垩世大规模成矿事件的一部分.稀土矿物氟碳铈矿和独居石的激光Nd同位素研

  3. Multiferroic magnetoelectric coupling effect of bilayer La1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7/PbZr0.3Ti0.7O3 complex thin film

    Liang, K.; Zhou, P.; Ma, Z. J.; Qi, Y. J.; Mei, Z. H.; Zhang, T. J.


    Magnetoelectric (ME) coupling effect of 2-2-type ferromagnetic/ferroelectric bi-layer multiferroic epitaxial thin film (La1.2Sr1.8Mn2O7/PbZr0.3Ti0.7O3, LSMO/PZT) on SrRuO3 (SRO) substrate is investigated systematically by using Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire (LGD) thermodynamic theory and modified constitutive equations. The calculating results clarify the detail relationships between ME coupling response and the residual strain, the volume fraction of constituent phases, the interface coupling coefficients, the magnetic field and the temperature. It also shows that improved ME coupling response can be modulated by these parameters. External magnetic fields (H1) induced ME coupling effect could be enhanced around Curie Temperature (Tc) of ferromagnetic phase and ME voltage coefficient (αE31) approaches a maximum at H1 ∼ 4.5 kOe near Tc. The remarkable variations of ME coupling response can be used to provide useful guidelines on the design of multifunctional devices.

  4. /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios for basalt from Loihi Seamount, Hawaii

    Lanphere, M. (Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (USA))


    /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios of 15 samples of basalt dredged from Loihi Seamount range from 0.70334 to 0.70368. The basalt types range from tholeiite to basanite in composition and can be divided into six groups on the basis of abundances of K/sub 2/O, Na/sub 2/O, Rb and Sr and /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratio. The isotopic data require that the various basalt types be derived from source regions differing in Sr isotopic composition. The Loihi basalts may be produced by mixing of isotopically distinct sources, but the tholeiites and alkalic basalts from Loihi do not show a well-developed inverse trend between Rb/Sr and /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr that is characteristic of the later stages of Hawaiian volcanoes such as Haleakala and Koolau.

  5. Heterogeneous distribution of B-site cations in BaZr{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} epitaxial thin films grown on (0 0 1) SrTiO{sub 3} by pulsed laser deposition

    Ventura, J. [Departament de Física Aplicada i Òptica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Polo, M.C., E-mail: [Departament de Física Aplicada i Òptica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Ferrater, C. [Departament de Física Aplicada i Òptica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Hernández, S. [Departament d’Electrònica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Sancho-Parramón, J. [Ruđer Bošković Institute, Bijenička 54, Zagreb 1000 (Croatia); Coy, L.E. [NanoBioMedical Centre AMU, Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznan (Poland); Rodríguez, L.; Canillas, A. [Departament de Física Aplicada i Òptica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain); Fábrega, L. [Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, CSIC, Campus de la UAB, Barcelona (Spain); Varela, M. [Departament de Física Aplicada i Òptica, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain)


    Highlights: • Wide compositional range of BaZr{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} (BZT) thin films on SrTiO{sub 3} grown by PLD. • Heterogeneous distribution of B-site cations with local clustering. • Asymmetric nonparabolic dependence of band gap energy with composition. • Nonideal solid solution behaviour with inherent tendency to phase segregation. - Abstract: The isovalent susbstitution of Ti{sup 4+} by Zr{sup 4+} in BaZr{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} modifies the dielectric character of ferroelectric BaTiO{sub 3} yielding different behaviours such as relaxor, polar cluster, etc. The dynamic coupling between BaTiO{sub 3} polar nanoregions and BaZrO{sub 3} nonpolar ones as well as microstrain between them are thought to be behind such a rich phase diagram. However, these short-range compositonal variations are elusive to detect and this topic is thus rarely addressed. We have grown epitaxial thin films of BaZr{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x}O{sub 3} on (0 0 1)-oriented SrTiO{sub 3} substrates by pulsed laser deposition sweeping the entire composition range between BaTiO{sub 3} and BaZrO{sub 3} in increments of 0.1 in x. Several characterization techniques (AFM, TEM, XRD, Raman spectroscopy) were used for this research in order to understand the morphological and structural properties of the deposited films. Ellipsometric measurements allowed the calculation of the band gap energy of the films. This work demonstrates the existence of a heterogeneous distribution in the substitution of titanium by zirconium yielding relaxor and polar cluster nanoregions.

  6. Synthesis of Ba{sub 0}.75Sr{sub 0}.25Al{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} - ZrO{sub 2} Ceramic Composites by Solid State Reaction of Mechanically Activated Precursor Mixtures

    Ramos-Ramirez, M. V.; Lopez-Cuevas, J.; Rodriguez-Galicia, J. L.; Rendon-Angeles, J. C.


    Precursor mixtures composed of fly ash, BaCO{sub 3}, SrCO{sub 3}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2}, were subjected to attrition milling for 0-8 h and then uniaxially pressed and sintered at 900-1500 degree centigrade/5 h, for the in situ solid state synthesis of composites with nominal Ba{sub 0}.75Sr{sub 0}.25Al{sub 2}Si{sub 2}O{sub 8} (SBAS)/ZrO{sub 2} mass ratios of: 1) 90/10, 2) 70/30, and 3) 50/50. Mechanical activation, combined with the likely generation of a considerable amount of transient liquid during sintering of the composites, notably enhanced the reactivity of the precursor mixtures. ZrO{sub 2} decreased the conversion from the hexagonal (Hexacelsian) into the monoclinic (Celsian) phases of SBAS in the composites, which became more pronounced when the content of ZrO{sub 2} was increased in the materials. Nearly full conversions could be achieved at temperatures as low as 1100 degree centigrade, by mechanically activating the precursor mixtures for times that increased with increasing content of ZrO{sub 2} in the materials. An increment in the time of mechanical activation of the precursor mixtures, as well as in their ZrO{sub 2} content and in the sintering temperature, increased the mechanical properties of the synthesized materials. Thus, the best mechanical properties were obtained for composition 3 milled for 8 h and sintered at 1500 degree centigrade. (Author)

  7. Strategy for stabilization of the antiferroelectric phase (Pbma) over the metastable ferroelectric phase (P2{sub 1}ma) to establish double loop hysteresis in lead-free (1−x)NaNbO{sub 3}-xSrZrO{sub 3} solid solution

    Guo, Hanzheng, E-mail:; Randall, Clive A. [Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States); Shimizu, Hiroyuki; Mizuno, Youichi [Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd., Takasaki, Gunma 370-3347 (Japan)


    A new lead-free antiferroelectric solid solution system, (1−x)NaNbO{sub 3}-xSrZrO{sub 3}, was rationalized through noting the crystal chemistry trend, of decreasing the tolerance factor and an increase in the average electronegativity of the system. The SrZrO{sub 3} doping was found to effectively stabilize the antiferroelectric (P) phase in NaNbO{sub 3} without changing its crystal symmetry. Preliminary electron diffraction and polarization measurements were presented which verified the enhanced antiferroelectricity. In view of our recent report of another lead-free antiferroelectric system (1−x)NaNbO{sub 3}-xCaZrO{sub 3} [H. Shimizu et al. “Lead-free antiferroelectric: xCaZrO{sub 3} - (1−x)NaNbO{sub 3} system (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.10),” Dalton Trans. (published online)], the present results point to a general strategy of utilizing tolerance factor to develop a broad family of new lead-free antiferroelectrics with double polarization hysteresis loops. We also speculate on a broad family of possible solid solutions that could be identified and tested for this important type of dielectric.

  8. Microstructure and biocorrosion behaviors of solution treated and as-extruded Mg-2.2Nd-xSr-0.3Zr alloys%固溶处理及挤压态Mg-2.2Nd-xSr-0.3Zr镁合金的显微组织与生物腐蚀行为

    章晓波; 巴志新; 王章忠; 薛亚军; 王强


    Mg−2.2Nd−xSr−0.3Zr alloys (x=0, 0.4 and 0.7, mass fraction, %) were prepared by gravity casting. Solution treatment was conducted on the as-cast alloys to homogenize microstructure, and hot extrusion was subsequently conducted. Microstructure was observed using an optical microscope and a scanning electron microscope. Biocorrosion behaviors of the alloy in simulated body fluid were analyzed by mass loss, hydrogen evolution and Tafel polarization experiments. The results show that the amount of residual eutectic phase of the solution treated alloys increases with increasing Sr addition, and the grains are significantly refined after hot extrusion. The corrosion resistance of the solution treated alloys deteriorates apparently with increasing Sr addition, while the corrosion resistance of the as-extruded alloys is improved with Sr addition. Nevertheless, the biocorrosion behavior of the as-extruded alloys obtained by Tafel polarization shows different trends from those obtained by the other two methods.%采用重力铸造制备Mg−2.2Nd−xSr−0.3Zr(x=0,0.4和0.7,质量分数,%)镁合金。为使组织均匀,对铸态合金进行了固溶处理,并对固溶处理后的合金进行热挤压。采用光学显微镜和扫描电子显微镜观察合金的组织;采用失重、析氢和Tafel极化法分析合金在模拟体液中的生物腐蚀行为。研究结果表明:随着Sr含量的增加,固溶处理态合金中的残余共晶相增加,挤压后晶粒显著细化。3种腐蚀性能测试方法均表明固溶处理态合金的耐蚀性能随Sr含量的增加而显著降低,而挤压态合金的耐蚀性能随Sr的加入而提高。然而,Tafel极化法获得的挤压态合金的腐蚀趋势和其他2种方法获得的趋势不同。

  9. Composition-dependent structural, dielectric and ferroelectric responses of lead-free Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-SrZrO3 ceramics

    Maqbool, Adnan; Hussain, Ali; Rahman, Jamil Ur; Malik, Rizwan Ahmed; Song, Tae Kwon; Kim, Myong-Ho; Kim, Won-Jeong


    The influence of SrZrO3 (SZ) addition on the crystal structure, piezoelectric and the dielectric properties of lead-free Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 (BNT-SZ100 x, with x = 0 - 0.10) ceramics was systematically investigated. A significant reduction in the grain size was observed with SZ substitution. The X-ray diffraction analysis of the sintered BNT-SZ ceramics revealed a single perovskite phase with a pseudocubic symmetry; however, electric poling indicated a non-cubic distortion in the poled BNT-SZ ceramics. With increase in the SZ content, the temperature of maximum dielectric constant ( T m ) shifted towards lower temperatures, and the curves became more diffuse. Enhanced piezoelectric constant ( d 33 = 102 pC/N) and polarization response were observed for the BNT-SZ5 ceramics. The results indicated that SZ substitution induced a transition from a ferroelectric to relaxor state with a field-induced strain of 0.24% for BNT-SZ9 corresponding to a normalized strain of 340 pm/V.

  10. Extremely fine structured cathode for solid oxide fuel cells using Sr-doped LaMnO3 and Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 nano-composite powder synthesized by spray pyrolysis

    Shimada, Hiroyuki; Yamaguchi, Toshiaki; Sumi, Hirofumi; Nomura, Katsuhiro; Yamaguchi, Yuki; Fujishiro, Yoshinobu


    A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for high power density operation was developed with a microstructure-controlled cathode using a nano-composite powder of Sr-doped LaMnO3 (LSM) and Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) synthesized by spray pyrolysis. The individual LSM-YSZ nano-composite particles, formed by crystalline and amorphous nano-size LSM and YSZ particles, showed spherical morphology with uniform particle size. The use of this powder for cathode material led to an extremely fine microstructure, in which all the LSM and YSZ grains (approximately 100-200 nm) were highly dispersed and formed their own network structures. This microstructure was due to the two phase electrode structure control using the powder, namely, nano-order level in each particle and micro-order level between particles. An anode-supported SOFC with the LSM-YSZ cathode using humidified H2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant exhibited high power densities, such as 1.29 W cm-2 under a voltage of 0.75 V and a maximum power density of 2.65 W cm-2 at 800 °C. Also, the SOFC could be stably operated for 250 h with no degradation, even at a high temperature of 800 °C.

  11. Characterization of low-temperature-grown epitaxial BaPbO 3 and Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3/BaPbO 3 films on SrTiO 3 substrates

    Liang, Chun-Sheng; Lee, Yi-Hsien; Wu, Jenn-Ming


    The epitaxial BaPbO 3 (BPO) and Pb(Zr,Ti)O 3 (PZT)/BPO films were grown on (0 0 1)- and (1 1 1)-oriented SrTiO 3 (STO) substrates by RF-magnetron sputtering. With the self-template of BPO buffer layer (deposited at 650 °C), BPO main layer and PZT films can be epitaxially grown at temperatures as low as 350 and 475 °C, respectively. The (0 0 1)-oriented BPO film showed a rougher surface and higher work function compared to the (2 2 2)-oriented film. The crystallinity and resistivity of BPO films were independent of their orientation. However, the crystallinity of PZT deposited afterward depends greatly on the orientation of BPO. The crystallinity of PZT deposited on BPO/STO(1 1 1) is significantly higher than that on BPO/STO(0 0 1). The remnant polarization, coercive field, dielectric constant, and resistivity of the PZT/BPO/STO(1 1 1) heterostructure were 35.54 μC/cm 2, 102.67 kV/cm, 242, and 1.1-1.6×10 11 Ω cm, respectively, which are much better than those of the PZT/BPO/STO(0 0 1) heterostructures.

  12. Elastic properties of perovskite ATiO{sub 3} (A = Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, and Ba) and PbBO{sub 3} (B = Ti, Zr, and Hf): First principles calculations

    Pandech, Narasak; Limpijumnong, Sukit, E-mail: [School of Physics and NANOTEC-SUT Center of Excellence on Advanced Functional Nanomaterials, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand); Synchrotron Light Research Institute, Nakhon Ratchasima 30000 (Thailand); Thailand Center of Excellence in Physics (ThEP Center), Commission on Higher Education, Bangkok 10400 (Thailand); Sarasamak, Kanoknan [College of Nanotechnology, King Mongkut' s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok 10520 (Thailand)


    The mechanical properties of perovskite oxides depend on two metal oxide lattices that are intercalated. This provides an opportunity for separate tuning of hardness, Poisson's ratio (transverse expansion in response to the compression), and shear strength. The elastic constants of series of perovskite oxides were studied by first principles approach. Both A-site and B-site cations were systematically varied in order to see their effects on the elastic parameters. To study the effects of A-site cations, we studied the elastic properties of perovskite ATiO{sub 3} for A being Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, or Ba, one at a time. Similarly, for B-site cations, we studied the elastic properties of PbBO{sub 3} for B being Ti, Zr, or Hf, one at a time. The density functional first principles calculations with local density approximation (LDA) and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) were employed. It is found that the maximum C{sub 11} elastic constant is achieved when the atomic size of the cations at A-site and B-site are comparable. We also found that C{sub 12} elastic constant is sensitive to B-site cations while C{sub 44} elastic constant is more sensitive to A-site cations. Details and explanations for such dependencies are discussed.

  13. Phase relations and conductivity of Sr-zirconates and La-zirconates

    Poulsen, F.W.; Vanderpuil, N.


    The formation of the strontium zirconates SrZrO3, Sr4Zr3O10, Sr3Zr2O7 and Sr2ZrO4, and of the lanthanum zirconates La2Zr2O7 and La2-xYZr2O7 at 1450-degrees-C was investigated by x-ray powder diffraction and DTA. Three different routes of synthesis were tested. In the Sr-zirconate system, single...... phase orthorhombic SrZrO3 and somewhat impure, tetragonal Sr2ZrO4 were observed, whereas the formation of ordered Ruddlesden-Popper phases, SrnZrn-1O3n-2, where n = 4 and 3, could not be verified. The conductivity of La2Zr2O7 was 3.7 X 10(-6) S/cm at 750-degrees-C and 3.8 x 10(-5) S/cm at 1000-degrees......-C. The conductivity of the Sr-zirconates increases with increasing Sr/Zr ratio. Samples with a nominal composition corresponding to Sr2ZrO4 have a conductivity of 7.5 x 10(-5) and 5.9 x 10(-4) S/cm at 750 and 1000-degrees-C, respectively. For all samples one observes low activation energies for ionic conduction (0...

  14. Genesis of Sr Isotopes in Groundwater of Hebei Plain


    To analyze the genesis of Sr isotopes in groundwater of Hebei plain, time-accumulative effect of 87Sr/86Sr ratio was studied. It is shown that 87Sr/86Sr ratio increases with the increasing age and depth of groundwater and has a positive correlation to 4Heexc and a negative correlation to δ18O and δD.The groundwater is divided into three groups to discuss the relation between 87Sr/86Sr ratio and Sr2+ content: ① moderate Sr2+ content and higher 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅰ); ② lower Sr2+ content and higher 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅱ); and ③ higher Sr2+ content and lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio (water Ⅲ), that is hot water. On the basis of integrated analysis, it was considered that ① the radiogenic Sr in the Quaternary groundwater (Q4-Q1) originates from weathering of silicate rich in Na and Rb, mainly from plagioclase; ② the radiogenic Sr of hot water in Huanghua port is attributed to carbonate dissolution, with lower 87Sr/86Sr ratio and higher Sr/Na ratio; ③ the recharge area is laterally recharged by the groundwater flowing through igneous and metamorphic rocks, with moderate 87Sr/86Sr ratio. However, the formation mechanism of Sr isotopes in Tertiary groundwater needs further studies.

  15. Room temperature light emission from the low-dimensional semiconductors AZrPS{sub 6} ( A = K, Rb, Cs).

    Banerjee, S.; Szarko, J. M.; Yuhas, B. D.; Malliakas, C. D.; Chen, L. X.; Kanatzidis, M. G. (Materials Science Division); (Northwestern Univ.)


    The new semiconducting thiophosphate compounds KZrPS{sub 6}, RbZrPS{sub 6}, and CsZrPS{sub 6} exhibit red light emission at room temperature. The materials have longer photoluminescence lifetimes than most of the inorganic chalcogenide semiconductors. They can be solution processed into thin films for potential device fabrication.

  16. Comparative behavior of Sr, Nd and Hf isotopic systems during fluid-related deformation at middle crust levels

    Luais, Béatrice; Le Carlier de Veslud, Christian; Géraud, Yves; Gauthier-Lafaye, François


    We have carried out a comparative Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotopic study of a progressively deformed hercynian leucogranite from the French Massif Central, belonging to the La Marche ductile shear zone, in order to investigate the respective perturbation of these geochronometers with fluid induced deformation. The one-meter wide outcrop presents a strongly deformed and mylonitized zone at the center, and an asymmetric deformation pattern with a higher deformation gradient on the northern side of the zone. Ten samples have been carefully collected every 10 cm North and South away from the strongest deformed mylonitic zone. They have been analyzed for a complete major, trace element data set, oxygen isotopes, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd and Lu-Hf isotopic systematics. We show that most of major and trace elements except SiO 2, alkaline elements (K 2O, Rb), and some metal transition elements (Cu), are progressively depleted with increasing deformation. This depletion includes REE + Y, but also HFS elements (Ti, Hf, Zr, Nb) which are commonly considered as immobile elements during upper level processes. Variations in elemental ratios with deformation, e.g. decrease in LREE/MREE- HREE, Nd/Hf, Th/Sr, increase in Rb/Sr, U/Th and constant Sr/Nd, lead to propose the following order of element mobility: U ≫ Th > Sr = Nd ≫ Hf + HREE. We conclude in agreement with previous tectonic and metallogenic studies that trace element patterns across the shear zone result from circulation of oxidizing F-rich hydrothermal fluids associated with deformation. A temperature of the fluid of 470-480 °C can be deduced from the δ 18O equilibrium between quartz-muscovite pairs. Elemental fractionation induces perturbation of the Rb-Sr geochronometer. The well-defined 87Rb/ 86Sr- 87Sr/ 86Sr correlation gives an apparent age of 294 ± 19 Ma, slightly younger than the 323 ± 4 Ma age of leucogranites in this area. This apparent age is interpreted as dating event of intense deformation and fluid circulation

  17. Properties of Pb(0.92)La(0.08)Zr(0.52)Ti(0.48)O(3) thin films grown on SrRuO(3) buffered nickel and silicon substrates by chemical solution deposition

    Narayanan, M.; Ma, B.; Tong, S.; Koritala, R.; Balachandran, U. (Energy Systems); ( MSD)


    Ferroelectric film-on-foil capacitors are suitable to replace discrete passive components in the quest to develop electronic devices that show superior performance and are smaller in size. The film-on-foil approach is the most practical method to fabricate such components. Films of Pb{sub 0.92}La{sub 0.08}Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48}O{sub 3} (PLZT) were deposited on SrRuO{sub 3} (SRO) buffer films over nickel and silicon substrates. High-quality polycrystalline SRO thin-film electrodes were first deposited by chemical solution deposition. A phase pure, dense, uniform microstructure with grain size <100 nm was obtained in films crystallized at 700 C. The room-temperature resistivity of the SRO films crystallized at 700 C was {approx}800-900 {mu}{Omega}-cm. The dielectric properties of sol-gel derived PLZT capacitors on SRO-buffered nickel were evaluated as a function of temperature, bias field, and frequency, and the results were compared to those of the same films on silicon substrates. The comparison demonstrated the integrity of the buffer layer and its compatibility with nickel substrates. Device-quality dielectric properties were measured on PLZT films deposited on SRO-buffered nickel foils and found to be superior to those for PLZT on SRO-buffered silicon and expensive platinized silicon. These results suggest that SRO films can act as an effective barrier layer on nickel substrates suitable for embedded capacitor applications.


    Mariele Fioreze


    Full Text Available A utilização de organismos vivos como indicadores da qualidade do ar atmosférico é uma alternativa que vem crescendo e ganhando destaque em diversos trabalhos pelo mundo. Dentre os organismos mais utilizados, estão os liquens, que se destacam pela alta capacidade de acumulação de elementos metálicos e do íon sulfato, gerando respostas significativas quando expostos a ambientes sob influência de agentes contaminantes. O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a qualidade do ar atmosférico da cidade de Frederico Westphalen, RS, através da determinação de Sr, Zr, Br, Cu e Zn em amostras de liquens do gênero Parmotrema. Para tanto, foram comparadas as concentrações das espécies em estudo presentes em liquens que naturalmente se desenvolveram no perímetro urbano do município com as concentrações encontradas em amostras de liquens retiradas de área rural preservada da ação de poluentes urbanos. O uso do gênero Parmotrema como bioindicador da qualidade do ar atmosférico permitiu visualizar o aumento dos níveis de acumulação dos elementos em estudo em liquens da área urbana do município, o que comprova a existência de fontes de poluição que influenciam na qualidade do ar atmosférico nesse local.

  19. Rb-Sr whole-rock and mineral ages, K-Ar, 40Ar/39Ar, and U-Pb mineral ages, and strontium, lead, neodymium, and oxygen isotopic compositions for granitic rocks from the Salinian Composite Terrane, California:

    Kistler, R.W.; Champion, D.E.


    This report summarizes new and published age and isotopic data for whole-rocks and minerals from granitic rocks in the Salinian composite terrane, California. Rubidium-strontium whole-rock ages of plutons are in two groups, Early Cretaceous (122 to 100 Ma) and Late Cretaceous (95 to 82 Ma). Early Cretaceous plutons occur in all granitic rock exposures from Bodega Head in the north to those from the Santa Lucia and Gabilan Ranges in the central part of the terrane. Late Cretaceous plutons have been identified in the Point Reyes Peninsula, the Santa Lucia and the Gabilan Ranges, and in the La Panza Range in the southern part of the terrane. Ranges of initial values of isotopic compositions are 87Sr/86Sr, 0.7046-0.7147, δ18O, +8.5 to +12.5 per mil, 206Pb/204Pb, 18.901-19.860, 207Pb/204Pb, 15.618-15.814, 208Pb/204Pb, 38.569- 39.493, and εNd, +0.9 to -8.6. The initial 87Sr/86Sr=0.706 isopleth is identified in the northern Gabilan Range and in the Ben Lomond area of the Santa Cruz Mountains, in Montara Mountain, in Bodega Head, and to the west of the Farallon Islands on the Cordell Bank. This isotopic boundary is offset about 95 miles (160km) by right-lateral displacements along the San Gregorio-Hosgri and San Andreas fault systems.

  20. Effect of A-site stoichiometry on phase stability and electrical conductivity of the perovskite Las(Ni0.59Fe0.41)O3-δ and its compatibility with (La0.8, 5Sr0.15)0.91MnO3-δ and Zr0.85Y0.15O2.925

    Knudsen, J.; Friehling, P.B.; Bonanos, N.


    , prepared by the glycine nitrate combustion method. The chemical compatibility of La-0.99(Ni0.59Fe0.41)O3-delta with the cathode material (La0.85Sr0.15)(0.91)MnO3-delta and the electrolyte Y2O3-doped ZrO2 (8 mol%) was likewise studied by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Small deviations...... (similar to 1 at.%) in the A-site stoichiometry of the perovskite did not result in significant change to the electrical conductivity. Extensive reaction between La-0.99(Ni0.59Fe0.41)O3-delta and 8 mol% Y2O3 doped ZrO2 after sintering was observed by X-ray diffraction. Reaction between La-0.99(Ni0.59Fe0...

  1. Enhancing the Oxygen Permeation Rate of Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92 - La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.5Fe0.5O3-δ Dual-Phase Hollow Fiber Membrane by Coating with Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 Nanoparticles

    Liu, Tong; Wang, Yao; Yuan, Ronghua; Gao, Jianfeng; Chen, Chusheng; Bouwmeester, H.J.M.


    Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92−La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.5Fe0.5O3−δ (YSZ-LSCrF) dual-phase composite hollow fiber membranes were prepared by a combined phase-inversion and sintering method. The shell surface of the hollow fiber membrane was modified with Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 (SDC) via a drop−coating method. As the rate of oxygen p

  2. A high performance BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ-based solid oxide fuel cell with a cobalt-free Ba0.5Sr0.5FeO3-δ–Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ composite cathode

    Sun, Wenping; Shi, Zhen; Fang, Shumin; Yan, Litao; Zhu, Zhiwen; Liu, Wei


    A cobalt-free Ba0.5Sr0.5FeO3-δ–Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ (BSF–SDC) composite is employed as a cathode for an anode-supported proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (H-SOFCs) using BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.2O3-δ (BZCY) as the electrolyte. The chemical compatibility between BSF and SDC is evaluated. The XRD results show

  3. Phosphate Ca{sub 1/4}Sr{sub 1/4}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} of the NaZr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} structure type: Synthesis of a dense ceramic material and its radiation testing

    Orlova, A.I., E-mail: [N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Gagarina Ave. 23, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation); Volgutov, V.Yu.; Mikhailov, D.A.; Bykov, D.M. [N.I. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Gagarina Ave. 23, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation); Skuratov, V.A. [Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Joliot-Curie St. 6, 141980 Dubna (Russian Federation); Chuvil’deev, V.N.; Nokhrin, A.V.; Boldin, M.S.; Sakharov, N.V. [Physico-Technical Research Institute of the State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Gagarina Ave. 23, b. 3, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation)


    Highlights: •High density ceramics with NZP structure were prepared by Spark Plasma Sintering. •Ceramic materials were irradiated in cyclotron by Xe ions with fluences 6 × 10{sup 10} to 1 × 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. •The conditions of transformation from metamict to crystalline state have been found. -- Abstract: The powder of phosphate Ca{sub 1/4}Sr{sub 1/4}Zr{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} was synthesized by sol–gel processes in the presence of citric acid and ethylene glycol. Ceramic samples were prepared from this powder by Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS), their relative densities were found to be 99.5 ± 0.3% after the isothermal treatment at 860 °S for 3 min. Sintered disc-shaped ceramic samples (d = 10 mm, h = 4 mm) were bombarded at 300 K by 167 MeV Xe{sup 26+} ions with fluences ranging from 6 ⋅ 10{sup 10} to 1 ⋅ 10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2}. It was found that exposure to the highest fluence (10{sup 13} ion/cm{sup 2}) led to a complete amorphization of the irradiated layer. The observed phase transition is ascribed to the formation of amorphous latent tracks via dense electronic excitations. Postradiation heat treatment revealed that the transformation from metamict to crystalline form took place after annealing at T = 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 800 °S and t = 3, 13, 11, 5, 17 and 15 h, respectively.

  4. Geochemistry of trace elements and Sr- Nd isotopes of foraminifera shell from the Okinawa Trough


    Trace elemental associations and Sr - Nd isotopic compositions are of important to recognition of biogenic material from mixed marine sediments. The foraminifera shell from the Okinawa Trough strongly enrichesSr, P, Mn andBa, enriches Li, U, Th, Sc, Co, Cu, Pb, Zn, Cr, Rb, Y, Sb and light rare earth elements, slightly enriches V, Ga, Zr, Nb, Cd and middle rare earth elements,is short of Mo, In, Sn, Cs, Hf, Ta, W, Ti, Bi and heavy rare earth elements. The mechanism of elemental enrichment in forminifera is the concentrations of trace elements in sea water and selective absorption of trace elements during foraminifera living, as well as the geochemical affinity between major elements and trace elements. The REE (rare earth elements) partition pattern of foraminifera shell of the Okinawa Trough shows enrichment of middle rare earth elements with slightly negative Ce anomaly,which are different from those of foraminifera of the Pacific Ocean. The Sr, Nd isotopic ratios of the Okinawa Trough foraminifera are 0.709 769 and 0.512 162, respectively, which are different not only from those of oceanic water, but also from those of river water of China's Mainland, the former is slightly higher than those of oceanic water, but much lower than those of river water; the latter is slightly lower than those of oceanic water, but higher than those of river water, demonstrating that the Okinawa Trough sea water has been influenced by river water of China's Mainland.

  5. Microstructure and performance of La0.58Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3−δ cathodes deposited on BaCe0.2Zr0.7Y0.1O3−δ by infiltration and spray pyrolysis

    Ricote, Sandrine; Bonanos, Nikolaos; Rørvik, Per Martin


    La0.58Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3−δ (LSCF) cathodes have been deposited on proton-conducting BaCe0.2Zr0.7Y0.1O3−δ (BCZY27) electrolyte and studied in symmetric cells to investigate the cathode microstructure and electrochemical performance. Three different types of cathodes have been prepared: two prepared...

  6. Reassessment and new chronological data (Ar/Ar, Rb/Sr and Sm/Nd) from the Pelotas batholith, Rio Grande do Sul state: petrogenesis implications and reactivation age of the shear zones; Reavaliacao e novos dados geocronologicos (Ar/Ar, Rb/Sr e Sm/Nd) do batolito Pelotas, no Rio Grande do Sul: implicacoes petrogeneticas e idade de reativacao das zonas de cisalhamento

    Philipp, Ruy Paulo; Chemale Junior, Farid [Rio Grande do Sul Univ., Porto Alegre (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Centro de Estudos em Petrologia e Geoquimica]. E-mail:; Machado, Romulo [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Dept. de Mineralogia e Geotectonica


    SHRIMP and conventional U-Pb and Pb/Pb evaporation dating of zircon from the Pelotas batholith indicates one group of ages between 625 and 633 Ma for the Pinheiro Machado suite, and another group between 575 and 599 Ma for the Viamao, Encruzilhada do Sul and Dom Feliciano suites. Sr 87/Sr 86 isotopic ratios of 0.7060-0.7016, epsilon{sub Nd} values of -5 and -10, and Nd T{sub DM} model ages between 2200 and 1600 Ma suggest that the suites were mainly derived by melting of Paleoproterozoic crust formed during the Tranzamazonic Cycle. Basic magmatism and heterogeneous magma mixing in the Pinheiro Machado, Viamao, Encruzilhada do Sul and Dom Feliciano suite and the Piquiri alkaline magmatism, with Pb/Pb zircon evaporation ages between 610 and 615 Ma, suggest that a mantle component also contributed to the formation of the Pelotas batholith. 39 Ar/40 Ar determinations in micas from mylonitic rocks of high- and low-dip shear zones showed ages between 540 and 530 Ma, which show that important tectonic events occurred after the emplacement of the batholith. This event developed in a transpressive regime, was responsible for the reactivation of older shear zones, and was probably contemporaneous with the development of the Camaqua basin. (author)

  7. Stabilization of 3d Transition Metal Hydrido Complexes in SrH2Mg2[Co(I)H5], BaH2Mg5[Co(-I)H4]2, and RbH2Mg5[Co(-I)H4 Ni(0)H4] via Easily Polarizable Hydride Ligands.

    Fahlquist, Henrik; Moser, David; Noréus, Dag; Refson, Keith; Parker, Stewart F


    A combined study using neutron diffraction, inelastic neutron scattering, and first-principles calculations describe cobalt with a very low formal oxidation state of (-I) in a slightly distorted tetrahedral Co(-I)H4-complex in BaH2Mg5[Co(-I)H4]2 and in the structurally related RbH2Mg5[Co(-I)H4 Ni(0)H4]. This indicates that the electron "back donating" effect via the polarizable hydride ions to the counterions in the solid state hydrides, can be compared to more conventional "back bonding" able to reduce the oxidation state down to -I. The hydrides were synthesized by hot sintering of transition metal powders with corresponding binary alkali- and alkaline earth hydrides. In the similarly synthesized SrH2Mg2[Co(I)H5], cobalt is formally + I-valent, showing a high sensitivity to differences in the counterion framework, which can also influence electrical properties.

  8. Influence of modulation ratio on structure and properties of nanoscale ZrB2/ZrAlN multilayered coatings


    ZrB2/ZrAlN multilayered coatings with various modulation ratios(t ZrB2:t ZrAlN)and constant modulation periods were prepared by magnetron sputtering system at room temperature.SEM,XRD,surface profiler and nano-indenter were employed to investigate the influences of tZ rB 2:tZrAlNon the microstructure and mechanical properties of the coatings.Sharp interfaces and nanoscale multilayered modulation were confirmed by SEM.The multilayer with modulation period of 40 nm and ratio of 3:1 displayed the highest hardness(36.4 GPa)and critical fracture load(76.477 mN)with lower stress.The polycrystalline structure and multilayered modulate structure were directly responsible for the enhanced mechanical properties.

  9. Luminescence and scintillation properties of Rb2HfCl6 crystals

    Saeki, Keiichiro; Wakai, Yuki; Fujimoto, Yutaka; Koshimizu, Masanori; Yanagida, Takayuki; Nakauchi, Daisuke; Asai, Keisuke


    We developed a scintillator based on a Rb2HfCl6 crystal as a ternary halide crystal with intrinsic luminescence. In the photoluminescence spectra, two emission bands are observed at 383 and 434 nm. The 434 nm emission band for Rb2HfCl6 may be attributed to [HfCl6]2- complex ion or [ZrCl6]2- impurity, since the Rb2HfCl6 contained Zr as impurity at 0.62 mol %. The radioluminescence band is observed at 420 nm and can be attributed to the same origin as the photoluminescence band at 434 nm. The scintillation decay-time constants were 0.84 and 5.4 µs. The light yield was estimated to be 24,100 photons/MeV.

  10. U/Pb (SHRIMP), {sup 207}Pb/{sup 206}Pb, Rb/Sr, Sm/Nd e K/Ar geochronology of granite-greenstone terrains of Gaviao Block: implications for the Proterozoic and Archean evolution of Sao Francisco Craton, Brazil; Geocronologia U/Pb (SHRIMP), {sup 207}Pb/{sup 206}Pb, Rb/Sr, Sm/Nd e K/Ar dos terrenos granito-greenstone do Bloco do Gaviao: implicacoes para a evolucao arqueana e proterozoica do craton do Sao Francisco, Brasil

    Leal, Luiz Rogerio Bastos


    The Gaviao Block (GB) in the northern portion of the Sao Francisco Craton-Northeast of Brazil, constitutes one of the oldest Archean fragments of the South American Platform Archean crust. GB underwent several events of juvenile accretion and reworking of continental crust along its evolutionary history, notably between the Archean and the Paleoproterozoic. {sup 207}Pb/{sup 206}Pb isotopic analyses were carried out in two zircons populations from strongly migmatized TTG terranes found in the proximity of Brumado: the first population (7 crystals) is taken as representative of the crystallization period of the TTG terranes at 3300 {+-} 45 Ma; the second (2 crystals) represents the age of the first even of metamorphism/migmatization at 2910 {+-} 10 Ma. {sup 207} Pb/{sup 206} Pb analyses in zircons from an outcrop of non-migmatized TTG in the area yielded a 3202 {+-} 15 Ma age (4 crystals), interpreted to be the crystallization period of the gneiss protolith. Sm/Nd analyses on the TTG rocks of the Brumado region yielded T{sub DM} model ages varying between 3.26 and 3.36 Ga and {epsilon}{sub Nd}{sup (t)} between -3.5 and +0.7. These data suggest the occurrence of juvenile accretions to the continental crust during the Archean, with differential involvement of crustal materials. The geochemical data of rare earth elements corresponding to the TTG terranes revealed moderate LRRE contents (La{sub N}=83,5), low HREE contents (La{sub N}=2,5) and a fairly fractionated pattern (La/Yb){sub N}=34, besides lack of negative Eu anomaly, showing that these rocks have similar compositions to those TTG terranes of cratonic continents, as well as some Archean rocks from CSF (e.g. Sete Voltas, Boa Vista). Finally, the youngest ages present in GB rocks (ca. 1.2-0.45 Ga) represent the role played by tectono thermal events, which produced partial or total rejuvenation of the Rb/Sr and K/Ar isotopic systems during the Espinhaco and Brasiliano cycles. In particular, K/Ar ages illustrate the

  11. RB: Programmer Specification of Redundancy

    Smith, Jonathan M.; Gerald Q. Maguire Jr.


    RB is a programming language for specifying redundancy in various dimensions. Avizienis's notation T I HIS, for Time I Hardware I Software, describes the different types of redundancy possible in a computation: repetition (nT I HIS), redundant hardware (T I nH I S), and program (software) (T I H InS). These can each be controlled by the programmer with RB. RB derives its name from its use of the recovery block notion to specify fault-tolerant segments of software. RB also supplies the program...

  12. Zr, Hf, U, Th and REE-Fertile Lower Proterozoic Potassic Granite from Parts of Andhra Pradesh, South India

    Yamuna SINGH


    The medium- to coarse-grained and porphyritic granitoid of Dharmawaram, Karimnagar district, Andhra Pradesh, south India is a biotite-hornblende granite with notable contents of rare metal (Zr, Hf, Th) and rare earth (including Y) minerals like zircon, thorite, allanite, monazite and xenotime. Chemically, it is metaluminous (average A/C+N+K = 0.95)-type, potassic (ay. 5% K2O) granite, with dominantly sub-alkaline characters. It shows up to 8 times enrichment of rare metals (Zr, Hf, U, Th) and rare earths (including Y, Sc), with reference to their abundances in normal unevolved granite, and hence, fertile for some of these elements. Field, petrological, geochemical and isotopic data of potassic granite (PG) indicate involvement of silica-rich metasedimentary-basic crustal rocks (amphibole-quartzite,amphibolite, hornblende-biotite gneiss, etc.) in its genesis, at a depth range of 30 km. Further, chondrite-normalized REE patterns demonstrate that low-degree partial melting of source rocks is the major controlling factor in the genesis of PG.Mild negative Eu-anomaiy (av. Eu/Eu* = 0.48), plots of Ba-Rb-Sr in the field of anomalous granite and K/Rb ratios (av.239) in the range that is shown by normal unevolved granite together indicate less fractionated nature of the PG. Limited fractionation of metalumination-type, involving hornblende, led to occasional weak alumina saturation. Interestingly,geochemical and petrogenetic features of the studied PG broadly match with those potassic granites which are already known to host anomalously high enrichment of rare metals and rare earths in other parts of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Kamataka.

  13. Synthesis by spark plasma sintering of a novel protonic/electronic conductor composite: BaCe0.2Zr0.7Y0.1O3−δ /Sr0.95Ti0.9Nb0.1O3−δ (BCZY27/STN95)

    Fish, Jason; Ricote, Sandrine; Lenrick, Filip


    A novel two-phase ceramic composite (cercer) material consisting of a solid solution of barium cerate and -zirconate doped with yttrium (BaCe0.2Zr0.7Y0.1O3−δ : BCZY27), together with niobium-doped strontium titanate (Sr0.95Ti0.9Nb0.1O3−δ : STN95), has been synthesized by solid-state reaction...... %) and showed less reaction between phases. A pseudo-optimum SPS profile was developed, accounting for the effects of thermal expansion mismatch between BCZY27 and STN95. X-ray diffraction indicated secondary phases exist, but there was no indication of their presence at grain boundaries based on thorough study...

  14. Genetic Predisposition to Retinoblastoma (Rb)


    Determination of 8 cytogenetic indicators in 14 cases of Rb,their 21 parents and 14 normal controls revealed various degrees ofchromosome instability and nondisjunction in the patients and their parents,indicating the presence of genetic neoplastic predisposition to neoplasm inRb patients.Eye Science 1993;9:149-152.

  15. SR-XRFA in Biogeochemical Studies: Elemental Composition of Larch Tissues (Larix cajanderi Mayr.) of the Kuranakh Gold ore Field (Russia, Yakutia)

    Artamonova, Svetlana Yu.; Zhuravskaya, Alla N.

    Technogenic impact on the elemental composition of larch (Larix cajanderi Mayr.) in the Kuranakh Gold ore field (Russia, Yakutia) is considered. Elemental composition of the larch tissues was determined by means of X-ray fluorescence measurements with synchrotron radiation at the "Siberian Synchrotron and Terahertz Radiation Center" based on VEPP-3 of the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS. Comprehensive possibilities of the X-ray fluorescence measurements along with the simple preparation of biological samples, allowed us to carry out valuable biogeochemical studies. New data on the accumulation of macroelements K, Ca, Mn, Fe, biophilic microelements Cu, Zn, chalcophilous Mo, Pb, Ag, As, Sb, Ga, Cd, Tl, rare lithophilous Rb, Sr, Zr, Y, Nb, in the tissues of larch (Larix cajanderi Mayr.) of the natural taiga landscape and the tailing dump in the Kuranakh Gold ore field were obtained. The results allow us to assess both natural and technogenic biogeochemical anomalous aureole of gold mining areas.

  16. Estimating the distribution of strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr in the Precambrian of Finland

    Lars Kaislaniemi


    Full Text Available A method to estimate the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of a rock based on its age and Rb/Sr ratio is presented. This method, together with data from the Rock Geochemical Database of Finland (n=6544 is used to estimate the 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the Precambrian of Finland and in its different major units. A generalization to cover the whole area of Finland is achieved by smoothing of estimation points. The estimation method is evaluated by comparing its results to published Rb-Sr isotope analyses (n=138 obtained on the Finnish Precambrian. The results show correspondence to different geological units of Finland,but no systematic difference between Archaean and younger areas is evident. Evaluation of the method shows that most of the estimates are reliable and accurate to be used as background material for provenance studies in archaeology, paleontology and sedimentology. However, some granitic rocks may have large (>1.0 % relative errors.Strontium concentration weighted average of the estimates differs only by 0.001 from the average 87Sr/86Sr ratio (0.730 of the rivers on the Fennoscandian shield.

  17. RB975242 and RB975201 - Late maturation sugarcane varieties

    Monalisa Sampaio Carneiro


    Full Text Available The sugarcane varieties RB975201 and RB975242 were developed and released for harvest at the end of the season (late maturation in the CentralSouth region of Brazil. In specific environments, these varieties were compared with commercial standards in sugar yield per area. They are resistant to major sugarcane diseases and present the Bru1 gene of resistance to brown rust.

  18. Major, trace element and isotope geochemistry (Sr-Nd-Pb) of interplinian magmas from Mt. Somma-Vesuvius (Southern Italy)

    Somma, R.; Ayuso, R.A.; de Vivo, B.; Rolandi, G.


    Major, trace element and isotopic (Sr, Nd, Pb) data are reported for representative samples of interplinian (Protohistoric, Ancient Historic and Medieval Formations) activity of Mt. Somma-Vesuvius volcano during the last 3500 years. Tephra and lavas exhibit significant major, trace element and isotopic variations. Integration of these data with those obtained by previous studies on the older Somma suites and on the latest activity, allows to better trace a complete petrological and geochemical evolution of the Mt. Somma-Vesuvius magmatism. Three main groups of rocks are recognized. A first group is older than 12.000 yrs, and includes effusive-explosive activity of Mt. Somma. The second group (8000-2700 yrs B.P.) includes the products emitted by the Ottaviano (8000 yrs. B.P.) and Avellino (3550 yrs B.P.) plinian eruptions and the interplinian activity associated with the Protohistoric Formation. Ancient Historic Formation (79-472 A.D.), Medieval Formation (472-1139 A.D.) and Recent interplinian activity (1631-1944 A.D.) belong to the third group of activity (79-1944 A.D.). The three groups of rocks display distinct positive trends of alkalis vs. silica, which become increasingly steeper with age. In the first group there is an increase in silica and alkalis with time, whereas an opposite tendency is observed in the two younger groups. Systematic variations are also evident among the incompatible (Pb, Zr, Hf, Ta, Th, U, Nb, Rb, Cs, Ba) and compatible elements (Sr, Co, Cr). REE document variable degrees of fractionation, with recent activity displaying higher La/Yb ratios than Medieval and Ancient Historic products with the same degree of evolution. N-MORB normalized multi-element diagrams for interplinian rocks show enrichment in Rb, Th, Nb, Zr and Sm (> *10 N-MORB). Sr isotope ratios are variable, with Protohistoric rocks displaying 87Sr/86Sr= 0.70711-0.70810, Ancient Historic 87Sr/86Sr=0.70665-0.70729, and Medieval 87Sr/86Sr=0.70685-0.70803. Neodymium isotopic

  19. Sr isotope evolution during chemical weathering of granites -- impact of relative weathering rates of minerals


    The Sr isotopic systematics in the weathering profiles of biotite granite and granite porphyry in southern Jiangxi Province were investigated. The results showed that during the chemical weathering of granites, remarked fractionation occurred between Rb and Sr. During the early stages of chemical weathering of granites, the released Sr/Si and Sr/Ca ratios are larger than those of the parent rocks, and the leaching rate of Sr is higher than those of Si, Ca, K, Rb, etc. Dynamic variations in relative weathering rates of the main Sr-contributing minerals led to fluctuation with time in 87Sr/86Sr ratios of inherent and released Sr in the weathering crust of granite. Successive weathering of biotite, plagioclase and K-feldspar made 87Sr/86Sr ratios in the weathering residues show such a fluctuation trend as to decrease first, increase, and then decrease again till they maintain stable. This work further indicates that when Sr isotopes are used to trace biogeochemical processes on both the catchment and global scales, one must seriously take account of the prefer-ential release of Sr from dissolving solid phase and the fluctuation of 87Sr/86Sr ratios caused by the variations of relative weathering rates of Sr-contributing minerals.

  20. Variation of Zr-L2,3 XANES in tetravalent zirconium oxides.

    Ikeno, Hidekazu; Krause, Michael; Höche, Thomas; Patzig, Christian; Hu, Yongfeng; Gawronski, Antje; Tanaka, Isao; Rüssel, Christian


    Zr-L2,3 XANESs of tetravalent zirconium oxides with different coordination numbers and local symmetries are systematically investigated by ab initio multiplet calculations using fully relativistic molecular spinors for model clusters. Experimental Zr-L2,3 XANESs are obtained for SrZrO3, m-ZrO2 (monoclinic) and t-ZrO2 (tetragonal). The theoretical spectra are in good agreement with the experimental data. The multiplet effects are found to play essential roles in determining the peak shape. The shapes of L3- and L2-edges are systematically different. The intensity ratios of the doublet peaks at both L3- and L2-edges are found to be sensitive to the coordination number of Zr. The ratio can therefore be used to estimate the coordination number of Zr in such oxides.

  1. Development of an on-line flow injection Sr/matrix separation method for accurate, high-throughput determination of Sr isotope ratios by multiple collector-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry.

    Galler, Patrick; Limbeck, Andreas; Boulyga, Sergei F; Stingeder, Gerhard; Hirata, Takafumi; Prohaska, Thomas


    This work introduces a newly developed on-line flow injection (FI) Sr/Rb separation method as an alternative to the common, manual Sr/matrix batch separation procedure, since total analysis time is often limited by sample preparation despite the fast rate of data acquisition possible by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometers (ICPMS). Separation columns containing approximately 100 muL of Sr-specific resin were used for on-line FI Sr/matrix separation with subsequent determination of (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotope ratios by multiple collector ICPMS. The occurrence of memory effects exhibited by the Sr-specific resin, a major restriction to the repetitive use of this costly material, could successfully be overcome. The method was fully validated by means of certified reference materials. A set of two biological and six geological Sr- and Rb-bearing samples was successfully characterized for its (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotope ratios with precisions of 0.01-0.04% 2 RSD (n = 5-10). Based on our measurements we suggest (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotope ratios of 0.713 15 +/- 0.000 16 (2 SD) and 0.709 31 +/- 0.000 06 (2 SD) for the NIST SRM 1400 bone ash and the NIST SRM 1486 bone meal, respectively. Measured (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotope ratios for five basalt samples are in excellent agreement with published data with deviations from the published value ranging from 0 to 0.03%. A mica sample with a Rb/Sr ratio of approximately 1 was successfully characterized for its (87)Sr/(86)Sr isotope signature to be 0.718 24 +/- 0.000 29 (2 SD) by the proposed method. Synthetic samples with Rb/Sr ratios of up to 10/1 could successfully be measured without significant interferences on mass 87, which would otherwise bias the accuracy and uncertainty of the obtained data.

  2. Crystal structures of Sr-diphylloaluminosilicates synthesized from LTA and FAU zeolites

    Nedić, Bojana; Kremenović, Aleksandar; Dimitrijević, Radovan; Dondur, Vera


    Crystal structures of stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric Sr-diphylloaluminosilicate phases are solved and refined using X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) data by Rietveld method in trigonal space group P3¯c1 (No. 165) and hexagonal space group P6 3/ mcm (No. 193), respectively. The stoichiometric phase is synthesized from the Sr-LTA zeolite, whereas the non-stoichiometric phase is prepared from the Sr-FAU zeolite by thermal treatment. Structural models described in the space group P3¯c1 are refined to the agreement factors: Rexp = 3.32, Rp = 6.63, Rwp = 9.27, RB = 3.70 for Sr-diphylloaluminosilicate LTA and Rexp = 3.64, Rp = 7.06, Rwp = 10.1, RB = 3.76 for Sr-diphylloaluminosilicate FAU. Structural models described in the space group P6 3/ mcm are refined to the agreement factors: Rexp = 3.32, Rp = 6.50, Rwp = 9.10, RB = 3.40 for Sr-diphylloaluminosilicate LTA and Rexp = 3.64, Rp = 6.92, Rwp = 9.90, RB = 3.55 for Sr-diphylloaluminosilicate FAU. Vacancies in the positions occupied by the Sr 2+ ions are characteristic of the Sr-diphylloaluminosilicate FAU structure.

  3. U-Pb zircon geochronology, petrochemical and Sr-Nd isotopic characteristic of Late Neoproterozoic granitoid of the Bornaward Complex (Bardaskan-NE Iran)

    Bagherzadeh, R. Monazzami; Karimpour, M. H.; Farmer, G. Lang; Stern, C. R.; Santos, J. F.; Rahimi, B.; Heidarian Shahri, M. R.


    The Bornaward Granitoid Complex (BGC) in the Taknar Zone is located in the northeast of Central Iranian Block. The BGC consists of granite, alkaligranite, syenogranite, leucogranite, granophyre, monzogranite, granodiorite, tonalite and diorite that have intruded into the center of Taknar Zone. These intrusive rocks affected by low grade metamorphism. Because of there are no reliable isotope dating data, for the Bornaward Granitoid Complex rocks have been proposed discordant ages (Jurassic, Cretaceous or even younger ages) by many studies. In the present study, new isotopic information based on zircon U-Pb dating has revealed the origin and time of the formation of the BGC. These new results do not confirm previously proposed ages. The results obtained from zircon U-Pb dating of the BGC rocks suggest late-Neoproterozoic (Precambrian) age (540-550 Ma). The Bornaward Granitoid Complex is middle-high metaluminous to lower-middle peraluminous and belongs to tholeiite, calc-alkaline to high-K calc-alkaline rock series with enrichment in LIL (Cs, Rb and Ba, U, K, Zr, Y, Th) and depletion in HIL (Sr and Nb, Ta, Ti) elements. Chondrite-normalized Rare Earth Elements (REE) plots indicate minor enrichment of LREE compared to HREE, and strong negative anomaly of Eu compared to other Rare Earth Elements. Furthermore, initial 87Sr/86Sr and 143Nd/144Nd range from 0.70351 to 0.71689 and 0.511585 to 0.512061, respectively, and initial εNd isotope values for granite, granodiorite and diorite range from -6.73 to 2.52. These all indicate that the BGC has derived from partial melting of distinct basement source regions with very high initial 87Sr/86Sr and undergoing extensive crustal contamination (S-type granite).

  4. Performance of large-scale anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells with impregnated La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}}+Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} stabilized ZrO{sub 2} composite cathodes

    Chen, Jing; Liang, Fengli; Yan, Dong; Pu, Jian; Chi, Bo; Jian, Li [School of Materials Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die and Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Jiang, San Ping [School of Materials Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die and Mould Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)


    Anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with an active area of 81 cm{sup 2} (9 cm x 9 cm) and nano-structured La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} + Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (LSCF + YSZ) composite cathodes are successfully fabricated by tape casting, screen printing, co-firing and solution impregnation, and tested using H{sub 2} fuel and air oxidant at various flow rates. Maximum power densities of 437 and 473 mW cm{sup -2} are achieved at 750 C by loading 0.6 and 1.3 mg cm{sup -2} of LSCF in the composite cathodes, respectively. The gas flow rates, particularly the air, have a significant effect on the cell performance. Cell performance degradation with time is also observed, which is considered to be associated with the growth and coalescence of the nanosized LSCF particles in the composite cathode. The use of the LSCF cathode in combination with YSZ electrolyte without a Gd-doped CeO{sub 2} (GDC) buffer layer is proved to be applicable in large cells, even though the thermal stability of the nanosized LSCF needs to be further improved. (author)

  5. Enhancing the oxygen permeation rate of Zr(0.84)Y(0.16)O(1.92)-La(0.8)Sr(0.2)Cr(0.5)Fe(0.5)O(3-δ) dual-phase hollow fiber membrane by coating with Ce(0.8)Sm(0.2)O(1.9) nanoparticles.

    Liu, Tong; Wang, Yao; Yuan, Ronghua; Gao, Jianfeng; Chen, Chusheng; Bouwmeester, Henny J M


    Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92-La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.5Fe0.5O3-δ (YSZ-LSCrF) dual-phase composite hollow fiber membranes were prepared by a combined phase-inversion and sintering method. The shell surface of the hollow fiber membrane was modified with Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 (SDC) via a drop-coating method. As the rate of oxygen permeation of the unmodified membrane is partly controlled by the surface exchange kinetics, coating of a porous layer of SDC on the shell side (oxygen reduction side) of the hollow fiber membrane was found to improve its oxygen permeability. Rate enhancements up to 113 and 48% were observed, yielding a maximum oxygen flux of 0.32 and 4.53 mL min(-1) cm(-2) under air/helium and air/CO gradients at 950 °C, respectively. Excess coating of SDC was found to induce significant gas phase transport limitations and hence lower the rate of oxygen permeation. A model was proposed to calculate the length of triple phase boundaries (TPBs) for the coated dual-phase composite membrane and to explain the effect of coating on the oxygen permeability.

  6. RB1 in cancer: different mechanisms of RB1 inactivation and alterations of pRb pathway in tumorigenesis.

    Di Fiore, Riccardo; D'Anneo, Antonella; Tesoriere, Giovanni; Vento, Renza


    Loss of RB1 gene is considered either a causal or an accelerating event in retinoblastoma. A variety of mechanisms inactivates RB1 gene, including intragenic mutations, loss of expression by methylation and chromosomal deletions, with effects which are species-and cell type-specific. RB1 deletion can even lead to aneuploidy thus greatly increasing cancer risk. The RB1gene is part of a larger gene family that includes RBL1 and RBL2, each of the three encoding structurally related proteins indicated as pRb, p107, and p130, respectively. The great interest in these genes and proteins springs from their ability to slow down neoplastic growth. pRb can associate with various proteins by which it can regulate a great number of cellular activities. In particular, its association with the E2F transcription factor family allows the control of the main pRb functions, while the loss of these interactions greatly enhances cancer development. As RB1 gene, also pRb can be functionally inactivated through disparate mechanisms which are often tissue specific and dependent on the scenario of the involved tumor suppressors and oncogenes. The critical role of the context is complicated by the different functions played by the RB proteins and the E2F family members. In this review, we want to emphasize the importance of the mechanisms of RB1/pRb inactivation in inducing cancer cell development. The review is divided in three chapters describing in succession the mechanisms of RB1 inactivation in cancer cells, the alterations of pRb pathway in tumorigenesis and the RB protein and E2F family in cancer.

  7. Mantle source heterogeneity and magmatic evolution at Carlsberg Ridge (3.7°N): constrains from elemental and isotopic (Sr, Nd, Pb) data

    Chen, Ling; Tang, Limei; Yu, Xing; Dong, Yanhui


    We present new major element, ICP-MS trace element, and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope data of basalts from four locations along the Carlsberg Ridge (CR), northern Indian Ocean. The basalts are low-K tholeiites with 7.52-9.51 wt% MgO, 49.40-50.60 wt% SiO2, 0.09-0.27 wt% K2O, 2.55-2.90 wt% Na2O, and 0.60-0.68 Mg#. Trace element contents of the basalts show characteristics similar to those of average normal MORB, such as LREE depleted patterns with (La/Sm)N ratio of 0.55-0.69; however, some samples are enriched in large-ion lithophile elements such as K and Rb, suggesting probable modification of the mantle source. Poor correlations between the compatible elements [e.g. Ni, Cr, and Sr (related to olivine, clinopyroxene and plagioclase, respectively)] and the incompatible elements (e.g. Zr and Y), and positive correlations in the Zr versus Zr/Y and Nb versus Nb/Y plots suggest a magmatic evolution controlled mainly by mantle melting rather than fractional crystallization. Our results extend the CR basalt range to higher radiogenic Pb isotopes and lower 143Nd/144Nd. These basalts and basalts from the northern Indian Ocean Ridge show lower 143Nd/144Nd and higher 87Sr/86Sr values than those of the depleted mantle (DM), defining a trend towards pelagic sediment composition. The Pb isotopic ratios of basalts from CR 3-4°N lie along the compositional mixing lines between the DM and the upper continental crust. However, the low radiogenic Pb of basalts from CR 9-10°N lie on the mixing line between the DM and lower continental crust. Since the Pb isotopic ratio of MORB would decrease if the source mantle was contaminated by continental lithospheric mantle, we suggest that CR contains continental lithospheric material, resulting in heterogeneous mantle beneath different ridge segments. The continental lithospheric material was introduced into the asthenosphere before or during the breakup of the Gondwana. These results support the long-term preservation of continental material in the

  8. Crystal chemistry of elpidite from Khan Bogdo (Mongolia) and its K- and Rb-exchanged forms

    Grigor' eva, A. A.; Zubkova, N. V., E-mail:; Pekov, I. V. [Moscow State University, Faculty of Geology (Russian Federation); Kolitsch, U. [Museum of Natural History of Vienna, Department of Mineralogy and Petrography (Austria); Pushcharovsky, D. Yu.; Vigasina, M. F. [Moscow State University, Faculty of Geology (Russian Federation); Giester, G.; Dordevic, T.; Tillmanns, E. [University of Vienna, Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography (Austria); Chukanov, N. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics (Russian Federation)


    Elpidite Na{sub 2}ZrSi{sub 6}O{sub 15} {center_dot} 3H{sub 2}O [space group Pbcm, a = 7.1312(12), b = 14.6853(12), and c = 14.6349(15) Angstrom-Sign ] from Khan Bogdo (Mongolia) and its K- and Rb-exchanged forms K{sub 1.78}Na{sub 0.16}H{sub 0.06}ZrSi{sub 6}O{sub 15} {center_dot} 0.85H{sub 2}O [Cmce, a = 14.054(3), b = 14.308(3), and c = 14.553(3) Angstrom-Sign ] and Na{sub 1.58}Rb{sub 0.2}H{sub 0.22}ZrSi{sub 6}O{sub 15} {center_dot} 2.69H{sub 2}O [Pbcm, a = 7.1280(10), b = 14.644(3), and c = 14.642(3) Angstrom-Sign ] that were obtained by cation exchange at 90 Degree-Sign C, as well as K{sub 1.84}Na{sub 0.11}H{sub 0.05}ZrSi{sub 6}O{sub 15} {center_dot} 0.91H{sub 2}O [Cmce, a = 14.037(3), b = 14.226(3), and c = 14.552(3) Angstrom-Sign ] and Rb{sub 1.78}Na{sub 0.06}H{sub 0.16}ZrSi{sub 6}O{sub 15} {center_dot} 0.90H{sub 2}O [Cmce, a = 14.2999(12), b = 14.4408(15), and c = 14.7690(12) Angstrom-Sign ], obtained at 150 Degree-Sign C are studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and IR spectroscopy. The base of the structures is a heteropolyhedral Zr-Si-O framework whose cavities accommodate Na (K, Rb) cations and H{sub 2}O molecules.

  9. Effect of ZrO2 Source Variations on PbZrO3 - PbTiO3 Piezoelectric Properties.


    soluble impurities. The crystalline zirconyl chloride is separated from its mother liquor on a perforated basket centrifuge which gives a very dry...the average particle size obtained was that of strong agglomerated particles of ZrO2 , which probably approaches the particle diameter of the ZrO xH2...accomplished by dissolving purified hydroxide with ammonia and citric acid. Unfortunately, Ba and Sr form insoluble citrates and precipitate too rapidly to

  10. Study of the electric properties of the nanometric interface La0,80Sr0,20MnO3 +/-delta-Y0,08Zr0,92O1,96

    Touati, A.; Madani, A.; Hammou, A.; Boussetta, H.


    Conductivity of perovskite-type oxide LSM20 was measured in air for different temperatures (375-1273 degrees K) using the 4 point method. LSM20 was prepared by solid-state reaction starting from mixtures of La2O3, MnCO3, and SrCO3 and sintered at 1673 degrees K. The results show that conductivity obeys the following law: sigma = AT (3/2) exp(-(E-a/kT)), which is representative of an activated jump mechanism between Mn3+ and Mn4+ sites. The LSM20-n (nanometric)YZ8 interface was characterized by impedance spectroscopy. Symmetrical cells with two LSM20 electrodes were used. The electrolyte conductivity values are very close to those obtained with silver electrodes (Ag-nYZ8) showing that the electrolyte response is independent of the nature of the electrode material. The study of the electrode conductivity versus temperature shows an activation energy equal to 1.67 eV slightly lower than that observed by other authors. The nanometric grain size of the electrolyte could be at the origin of this difference. The variation of the electrode conductivity versus oxygen partial pressure is described by the following law sigma = sigma(0) Po-2(1/2), suggesting that the limiting step of the electrode reaction is the dissociative adsorption of O-2 on the electrode material.

  11. RbYb(PO34

    Hui Chen


    Full Text Available Rubidium ytterbium(III tetrakis(polyphosphate, RbYb(PO34, was synthesized by solid-state reaction. It adopts structure type IV of the MRE(PO34 (M = alkali metal and RE = rare earth metal family of compounds. The structure is composed of a three-dimensional framework made up from double spiral polyphosphate chains parallel to [10-1] and irregular [YbO8] polyhedra. There are eight PO4 tetrahedra in the repeat unit of the polyphosphate chains. The Rb+ cation is located in channels extending along [100] that are delimited by the three-dimensional framework. It is surrounded by 11 O atoms, defining an irregular polyhedron.

  12. Geochronology, geochemistry, and Sr-Nd-Pb-Hf isotopes of the Zhunsujihua granitoid intrusions associated with the molybdenum deposit, northern Inner Mongolia, China: implications for petrogenesis and tectonic setting

    Zhang, Xiaojun; Lentz, David R.; Yao, Chunliang; Liu, Rui; Yang, Zhen; Mei, Yanxiong; Fan, Xianwang; Huang, Fei; Qin, Ying; Zhang, Kun; Zhang, Zhenfei


    The Zhunsujihua porphyry molybdenum deposit, located in northern Inner Mongolia of China that belongs to Central-Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), is the only Mo deposit formed in the late Carboniferous in this area so far. Its mineralization is mainly restricted to the Zhunsujihua granitoid intrusions, which are composed of the main granodiorite (GD) and crosscutting, virtually coeval minor syn-ore leucogranite (LG) and diorite porphyry (DP) dykes. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb dating yields crystallization ages of 300.0 ± 2.0, 299.3 ± 2.0, and 299.0 ± 2.6 Ma for the GD, LG, and DP, respectively. The major and trace element lithogeochemical data show that the GD and LG are metaluminous to weakly peraluminous, high-K calc-alkaline series with I-type granite characteristics, strongly oxidized, with low concentrations of Ba, Nb, Sr, P, and Ti and elevated K and Rb contents, indicating typical arc magmatic features. The LG is a product derived by extensive fractional crystallization of a parental magma similar to the GD as evident from the lower Eu/Eu*, Nb/Ta, Zr/Hf, and T Zr. The moderately altered DP exhibits high concentrations of K, Rb, Cs, LREE, Y, and low Sr/Y, with a positive ɛ Nd (300 Ma), which indicates a mantle or juvenile source associated with an arc setting. The Sr-Nd-Hf isotope data show low I Sr (0.70406-0.70461) and moderate ɛ Nd (300 Ma) (-0.9 to 1.5) for the GD and LG, and relatively high ɛ Hf (300 Ma) values (-3.6 to +11.2) for the GD, suggesting the magma mainly originated from the juvenile lower crust that was derived from depleted mantle, with a minor component of ancient continental crust. Lead isotope data have characteristics of a lower crust source with minor contamination by upper crustal material. Combined with previous research, the Zhunsujihua granitoid intrusions developed in an intracontinental volcanic arc (Uliastai) associated with northward subduction of the Paleo-Asian Ocean plate during late Carboniferous to early Permian; this suggests

  13. Observation of broad p-wave Feshbach resonances in ultracold $^{85}$Rb-$^{87}$Rb mixtures

    Dong, Shen; Shen, Chuyang; Wu, Yewei; Tey, Meng Khoon; You, Li; Gao, Bo


    We observe new Feshbach resonances in ultracold mixtures of $^{85}$Rb and $^{87}$Rb atoms in the $^{85}$Rb$|2, +2\\rangle$+$^{87}$Rb$|1, +1\\rangle$ and $^{85}$Rb$|2, -2\\rangle$+$^{87}$Rb$|1, -1\\rangle$ scattering channels. The positions and properties of the resonances are predicted and characterized using the semi-analytic multichannel quantum-defect theory by Gao. Of particular interest, a number of broad entrance-channel dominated p-wave resonances are identified, implicating exciting opportunities for studying a variety of p-wave interaction dominated physics.

  14. Characterization of epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition on silicon cantilevers

    Nguyen, M.D.; Nazeer, H.; Karakaya, K.; Pham, S.V.; Steenwelle, R.; Dekkers, M.; Abelmann, L.; Blank, D.H.A.; Rijnders, G.


    This paper reports on the piezoelectric-microelectromechanical system micro-fabrication process and the behavior of piezoelectric stacks actuated silicon cantilevers. All oxide layers in the piezoelectric stacks, such as buffer-layer/bottom-electrode/film/top-electrode: YSZ/SrRuO\\3/Pb(Zr, Ti)\\3/SrRu

  15. Characterization of epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition on silicon cantilevers

    Nguyen, M.D.; Nazeer, H.; Karakaya, K.; Pham, S.V.; Steenwelle, R.; Dekkers, M.; Abelmann, L.; Blank, D.H.A.


    This paper reports on the piezoelectric-microelectromechanical system micro-fabrication process and the behavior of piezoelectric stacks actuated silicon cantilevers. All oxide layers in the piezoelectric stacks, such as buffer-layer/bottom-electrode/film/top-electrode: YSZ/SrRuO3/Pb(Zr,Ti)3/SrRuO3,

  16. The superconducting phase and electronic excitations of (Rb,Cs) Fe 2 As 2

    Kanter, J.; Shermadini, Z.; Khasanov, R.; Amato, A.; Bukowski, Z.; Batlogg, B.


    We present specific heat, transport and Muon-Spin Rotation (μ SR) results on (Rb,Cs) Fe 2 As 2 . RbFe 2 As 2 was only recently found to be superconducting below 2.6 K by Bukowski et al. Compared to the related BaFe 2 As 2 the electron density is lower and no magnetic order is observed. For the superconducting phase the superfluid density was calculated from μ SR data. The temperature dependence of the superfluid density and the magnetic penetration depth is well described by a multi-gap scenario. In addition the electronic contribution the specific heat was studied for different compositions and magnetic fields and reveals a high value for the Sommerfeld coefficient γ .

  17. Synthesis, crystal structure, and TEM analysis of Sr19Li44 and Sr3Li2: a reinvestigation of the Sr-Li phase diagram.

    Smetana, Volodymyr; Kienle, Lorenz; Duppel, Viola; Simon, Arndt


    Two intermetallic phases in the Sr-Li system have been synthesized and structurally characterized. According to single-crystal X-ray diffraction data, Sr(19)Li(44) and Sr(3)Li(2) crystallize with tetragonal unit cells (Sr(19)Li(44), I-42d, a = 15.9122(7) Å, c = 31.831(2) Å, Z = 4, V = 8059(2) Å(3); Sr(3)Li(2), P42/mnm, a = 9.803(1) Å, c = 8.784(2) Å, Z = 4, V = 844.2(2) Å(3)). The first compound is isostructural with the recently discovered Ba(19)Li(44). Sr in Sr(19)Li(44) can be fully replaced by Ba with no changes to the crystal structure, whereas the substitution of Sr by Ca is only possible within a limited concentration range. Sr(3)Li(2) can be assigned to the Al(2)Zr(3) structure type. The crystal structure determination of Sr(19)Li(44) was complicated by multiple twinning. As an experimental highlight, an electron microscopy investigation of the highly moisture- and electron-beam-sensitive crystals was performed, enabling high-resolution imaging of the defect structure.

  18. U-Pb zircon dating, geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic compositions of mafic intrusive rocks in the Motuo, SE Tibet constrain on their petrogenesis and tectonic implication

    Pan, Fa-Bin; Zhang, Hong-Fei; Xu, Wang-Chun; Guo, Liang; Luo, Bi-Ji; Wang, Shuai


    Mafic intrusive rocks are widely exposed in the Motuo tectono-magmatic belt, southeast Lhasa terrane. LA-ICP-MS U-Pb zircon dating shows that they have magma crystallization ages of 69 and ca. 50 Ma. These mafic intrusive rocks are characterized by variable SiO2 (44.60-57.60 wt.%), high Al2O3 (17.19-20.86 wt.%), and low MgO (1.85-5.38 wt.%) with Mg# of 31-55. Their chemical composition is comparable with low-MgO high-Al basalts to basaltic andesites. They are enriched in LILEs (Rb, Ba, K) and LREE and depleted in HFSEs (Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf, Ti), with weakly evolved Sr-Nd-Hf compositions (whole-rock (87Sr/86Sr)0 = 0.7064 to 0.7086, εNd(t) = - 3.41 to + 1.22, and zircon εHf(t) = - 3.8 to + 6.4). The mafic rocks were derived from partial melting of metasomatized lithospheric mantle. Geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic data show that they were insignificantly modified during magma emplacement. We provide a different secular evolution of the lithospheric mantle beneath the eastern part relative to the central part of the southern Lhasa terrane. Sr-Nd isotopic composition of the Motuo Late Cretaceous-Eocene mafic rocks argues that they were derived from partial melting of a relatively homogeneous and depleted lithospheric mantle. We propose that the Late Cretaceous delamination resulted in the replacement of ancient lithospheric mantle by the juvenile homogeneous lithospheric mantle in the eastern Lhasa terrane. The foundered ancient materials may subsequently re-fertilize the lithospheric mantle not only in the eastern Lhasa terrane but also in the surrounding areas.

  19. Sr Isotope Constraints on the Age and Source of Ore—Forming Materials of Gold Deposits,Southwestern Hunan

    彭建堂; 戴塔根; 等


    We have measured Rb and Sr concentrations in fluid inclusions of quartz in gold deposits,southwestern Hunan,The Rb-Sr isochron ages of 435±9Ma and 412±33Ma are respectively determined,revealing that gold mineralization in this area took place in the Caledonian period rather than in the Wuling-Xuefeng period as traditionalyy considered.Sr isotope geochemistry of the hydrothermal fluid indicates that the ore-forming materials are of crust origin,derived largely from the ore-hositng strata rather than from the basic dikes.

  20. [Rb(18-crown-6][Rb([2.2.2]-cryptand]Rb2Sn9·5NH3

    Stefanie Gaertner


    Full Text Available The crystal structure of the title compound, poly[[(4,7,13,16,21,24-hexaoxa-1,10-diazabicyclo[8.8.8]hexacosanerubidium] [[(1,4,7,10,13,16-hexaoxacyclooctadecanerubidium]di-μ-rubidium-μ-nonastannide] pentaammonia], {[Rb(C18H36N2O6][Rb3Sn9(C12H24O6C12H24O6]·5NH3}n represents the first ammoniate of a Zintl anion together with two different chelating substances, namely 18-crown-6 and [2.2.2]-cryptand. The involvement of these large molecules in the crystal structure of [Rb(18-crown-6][Rb([2.2.2]-cryptand]Rb2Sn9·5NH3 leads to the formation of a new structural motif, namely one-dimensionally extended double strands running parallel to [100] and built by Sn94− cages and Rb+ cations. The double strands are shielded by 18-crown-6 and [2.2.2]-cryptand. The cations are additionally coordinated by ammonia molecules. One of the four independent Rb+ cations is disordered over two sets of sites in a 0.74 (2:0.26 (2 ratio.

  1. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activities of ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag composites with core-shell structure

    Liu Qinqin, E-mail: [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Sun Shuai; Li Haohua; Yang Xiaofei; Shen Hao; Cheng Xiaonong; Dong Shubin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, 301 Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China)


    ZrWMoO{sub 8} rods with negative thermal expansion and ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag composites with core-shell structure were first proved to exhibit photocatalytic activity under UV-irradiation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZrWMoO{sub 8} rods with negative thermal expansion property were first studied for its photocatalytic activity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag composites with core-shell structure were prepared using a simple reduction method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Improved photocatalytic activity was found in the ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag heterostructures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag heterostructure promotes the separation of electron-hole pairs and enhances the photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: A novel photocatalytic ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag composite with core-shell structure was prepared. The composites were composed of ZrWMoO{sub 8} rods with negative thermal expansion (NTE) property as cores and Ag nanoparticles as shell. The resulting products were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-visible spectrophotometer (UV-vis DRS). The results showed that ZrWMoO{sub 8} rods displayed not only negative thermal expansion but also photocatalytic efficiency toward Rhodamine B (RB) degradation under UV-irradiation. The as-prepared ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag composites exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than that of pure ZrWMoO{sub 8}, thereby implying that the ZrWMoO{sub 8}/Ag interfaces promote the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and enhance the photocatalytic activity.

  2. A cobalt-free SrFe{sub 0.9}Sb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} cathode material for proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells with stable BaZr{sub 0.1}Ce{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.1}Yb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} electrolyte

    Ling, Yihan; Zhao, Ling; Lin, Bin; Liu, Xingqin [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Zhang, Xiaozhen [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Key Laboratory of Jiangxi Universities for Inorganic Membranes, School of Material Science and Engineering, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen 333001 (China); Wang, Songlin [CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tongling University (TLU), Tongling, Anhui 244000 (China)


    A cobalt-free cubic perovskite oxide SrFe{sub 0.9}Sb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} (SFSb) is investigated as a novel cathode for proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (H-SOFCs). XRD results show that SFSb cathode is chemically compatible with the electrolyte BaZr{sub 0.1}Ce{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.1}Yb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BZCYYb) for temperatures up to 1000 C. Thin proton-conducting BZCYYb electrolyte and NiO-BaZr{sub 0.1}Ce{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.1}Yb{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} (NiO-BZCYYb) anode functional layer are prepared over porous anode substrates composed of NiO-BZCYYb by a one-step dry-pressing/co-firing process. Laboratory-sized quad-layer cells of NiO-BZCYYb/NiO-BZCYYb/BZCYYb/SFSb are operated from 550 to 700 C with humidified hydrogen ({proportional_to}3% H{sub 2}O) as fuel and the static air as oxidant. An open-circuit potential of 0.996 V, maximum power density of 428 mW cm{sup -2}, and a low electrode polarization resistance of 0.154 {omega} cm{sup 2} are achieved at 700 C. The experimental results indicate that the cobalt-free SFSb is a promising candidate for cathode material for H-SOFCs. (author)

  3. Skin tumors Rb(eing uncovered



    Full Text Available The Rb1 gene was the first bona fide tumor suppressor identified and cloned more than 25 years ago. Since then, a plethora of studies have revealed the functions of pRb and the existence of a sophisticated and strictly regulated pathway that modulates such functional roles. An emerging paradox affecting Rb1 in cancer connects the relatively low number of mutations affecting Rb1 gene in specific human tumors, compared with the widely functional inactivation of pRb in most, if not in all, human cancers. The existence of a retinoblastoma family of proteins pRb, p107 and p130 and their potential unique and overlapping functions as master regulators of cell cycle progression and transcriptional modulation by similar processes, may provide potential clues to explain such conundrum. Here, we will review the development of different genetically engineered mouse models, in particular those affecting stratified epithelia, and how they have offered new avenues to understand the roles of the Rb family members and their targets in the context of tumor development and progression.

  4. Excitation functions of {sup nat}Zr + p nuclear processes up to 70 MeV: New measurements and compilation

    Szelecsényi, F., E-mail: [Cyclotron Application Department, Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bem tér 18/c, Debrecen H-4026 (Hungary); Steyn, G.F. [iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Sciences, Faure, P.O. Box 722, Somerset West 7129 (South Africa); Kovács, Z. [Cyclotron Application Department, Institute for Nuclear Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Bem tér 18/c, Debrecen H-4026 (Hungary); Vermeulen, C. [Centre for Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Paul Scherrer Institute, 5232 Villigen-PSI (Switzerland); Nagatsu, K.; Zhang, M.-R.; Suzuki, K. [Molecular Imaging Center, National Institute of Radiological Sciences, 4-9-1 Anagawa, Inage-ku-Chiba, 263-8555 (Japan)


    Excitation functions for the formation of various radionuclides of Nb, Zr, Y and Sr in proton-induced reactions on natural zirconium were measured up to 66 MeV using the stacked-foil technique. New data are presented for {sup 89m,89g}Nb, {sup 90(m+g)}Nb, {sup 91m}Nb, {sup 92m}Nb, {sup 95m,95g}Nb, {sup 96}Nb, {sup 86}Zr, {sup 87(m+g)}Zr, {sup 88}Zr, {sup 89(0.94m+g)}Zr, {sup 95}Zr, {sup 85m,85g}Y, {sup 86m,86(0.99m+g)}Y, {sup 87m,87(0.984m+g)}Y, {sup 88}Y, {sup 90m}Y, {sup 91m}Y and {sup 85(0.87m+g)}Sr. The experimental results are compared with the available literature data as well as the evaluated theoretical predictions by means of the TALYS code, up to 70 MeV, as compiled in the TENDL-2013 library. For a number of short-lived radionuclides, i.e., {sup 85m}Y, {sup 85g}Y, {sup 86m}Y, {sup 90m}Y, {sup 91m}Y and {sup 87(m+g)}Zr, the present experimental cross sections are likely the first to be reported for their formation in {sup nat}Zr + p.

  5. Protonic defects in pure and doped La2Zr2O7 pyrochlore oxide

    Björketun, Mårten; Knee, Christopher S.; Nyman, B. Joakim


    migration pathway that enables long-range transport is proposed. In addition, the interaction energies between protons and divalent Ba, Sr, Ca, and Mg dopants located on the La- and Zr-sites have been calculated. All interactions are found to be attractive; they are strong in the case of Ba and Mg and quite...


    ZENG Ji-bin; SONG Yue; WANG Yi; SHI Yu-yuan


    @@ Genetic alternations, such as mutations caused inactivities of tumor suppressor gene, have been identified in a wide variety of tumors, including osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma is the most frequent primary malignant bone tumor that occurs in the extremities of young adolescents in most cases. Because of the high frequent occurrence of this type of tumor in hereditary retinoblastoma patients, involvement of the Rb1 gene mutations was suspected in the development of osteosarcoma, and a few reports have shown alternations of the Rb1 gene in osteosarcoma. We studied Rb1 gene mutations in 9 osteosarcoma samples and one cell line (OS 732) to explore the types and mechanism of Rb1 gene mutations in osteosarcoma.

  7. Minor-element and Sr-isotope geochemistry of tertiary stocks, Colorado mineral belt

    Simmons, E.C.; Hedge, C.E.


    Rocks of the northeast portion of the Colorado mineral belt form two petrographically, chemically and geographically distinct rock suites: (1) a silica oversaturated granodiorite suite; and (2) a silica saturated, high alkali monzonite suite. Rocks of the granodiorite suite generally have Sr contents less than 1000 ppm, subparallel REE patterns and initial 87Sr/ 86Sr ratios greater than 0.707. Rocks of the monzonite suite are restricted to the northeast part of the mineral belt, where few rocks of the granodiorite suite occur, and generally have Sr contents greater than 1000 ppm, highly variable REE patterns and 87Sr/86Sr initial ratios less than 0.706. Despite forming simple, smooth trends on major element variation diagrams, trace element data for rocks of the granodiorite suite indicate that they were not derived from a single magma. These rocks were derived from magmas having similar REE patterns, but variable Rb and Sr contents, and Rb/Sr ratios. The preferred explanation for these rocks is that they were derived by partial melting of a mixed source, which yielded pyroxene granulite or pyroxenite residues. The monzonite suite is chemically and petrographically more complex than the granodiorite suite. It is subdivided here into alkalic and mafic monzonites, and quartz syenites, based on the textural relations of their ferromagnesian phases and quartz. The geochemistry of these three rock types require derivation from separate and chemically distinct magma types. The preferred explanation for the alkalic monzonites is derivation from a heterogeneous mafic source, leaving a residue dominated by garnet and clinopyroxene. Early crystallization of sphene from these magmas was responsible for the severe depletion of the REE observed in the residual magmas. The lower Sr content and higher Rb/Sr ratios of the mafic monzonites requires a plagioclase-bearing source. The Sr-isotope systematics of the majority of these rocks are interpreted to be largely primary, and not

  8. RB975952 – Early maturing sugarcane cultivar

    Monalisa Sampaio Carneiro


    Full Text Available RB975952 is an early maturing sugarcane cultivar released for the South-Central region of Brazil. It should be harvested between April and May, and it is recommended for planting in environments with medium to high production potential. RB975952 has high resistance levels to the main diseases of the crop, it also has a good shoot development after mechanical harvesting, and high sucrose yields.

  9. Lysine methylation regulates the pRb tumour suppressor protein.

    Munro, S; Khaire, N; Inche, A; Carr, S; La Thangue, N B


    The pRb tumour suppressor protein has a central role in coordinating early cell cycle progression. An important level of control imposed on pRb occurs through post-translational modification, for example, phosphorylation. We describe here a new level of regulation on pRb, mediated through the targeted methylation of lysine residues, by the methyltransferase Set7/9. Set7/9 methylates the C-terminal region of pRb, both in vitro and in cells, and methylated pRb interacts with heterochromatin protein HP1. pRb methylation is required for pRb-dependent cell cycle arrest and transcriptional repression, as well as pRb-dependent differentiation. Our results indicate that methylation can influence the properties of pRb, and raise the interesting possibility that methylation modulates pRb tumour suppressor activity.

  10. RB: An essential player in adult neurogenesis.

    Fong, Bensun C; Slack, Ruth S


    The fundamental mechanisms underlying adult neurogenesis remain to be fully clarified. Members of the cell cycle machinery have demonstrated key roles in regulating adult neural stem cell (NSC) quiescence and the size of the adult-born neuronal population. The retinoblastoma protein, Rb, is known to possess CNS-specific requirements that are independent from its classical role as a tumor suppressor. The recent study by Vandenbosch et al. has clarified distinct requirements for Rb during adult neurogenesis, in the restriction of proliferation, as well as long-term adult-born neuronal survival. However, Rb is no longer believed to be the main cell cycle regulator maintaining the quiescence of adult NSCs. Future studies must consider Rb as part of a larger network of regulatory effectors, including the other members of the Rb family, p107 and p130. This will help elucidate the contribution of Rb and other pocket proteins in the context of adult neurogenesis, and define its crucial role in regulating the size and fate of the neurogenic niche.

  11. Sr and Nd isotopic and trace element compositions of Quaternary volcanic centers of the southern Andes

    Futa, Kiyoto; Stern, C.R.


    Isotopic compositions of samples from six Quaternary volcanoes located in the northern and southern extremities of the Southern Volcanic Zone (SVZ, 33-46/sup 0/S) of the Andes and from four centers in the Austral Volcanic Zone (AVZ, 49-54/sup 0/S) range for /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr from 0.70280 to 0.70591 and for /sup 143/Nd//sup 144/Nd from 0.51314 to 0.51255. Basalts and basaltic andesites from three centers just north of the Chile Rise-Trench triple junction have /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr, /sup 143/Nd//sup 144/Nd, La/Yb, Ba/La and Hf/Lu that lie within the relatively restricted ranges of the basic magmas erupted from the volcanic centers as far north as 35/sup 0/S in the SVZ of the Andes. The trace element and Sr and Nd isotopic characteristics of these magmas may be explained by source region contamination of subarc asthenosphere, with contaminants derived from subducted pelagic sediments and seawater-altered basalts by dehydration of subducted oceanic lithosphere. In the northern extremity of the SVZ between 33/sup 0/ and 34/sup 0/S, basaltic andesites and andesites have higher /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr, Rb/Cs, and Hf/Lu, and lower /sup 143/Nd//sup 144/Nd than basalts and basaltic andesites erupted farther south in the SVZ, which suggests involvement of components derived from the continental crust. In the AVZ, the most primitive sample, high-Mg andesite from the southernmost volcanic center in the Andes (54/sup 0/S) has Sr and Nd isotopic compositions and K/Rb and Ba/La similar to MORB. The high La/Yb of this sample suggests formation by small degrees of partial melting of subducted MORB with garnet as a residue. Samples from centers farther north in the AVZ show a regionally regular northward increase in SiO/sub 2/, K/sub 2/O, Rb, Ba, Ba/La, and /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr and decrease in MgO, Sr, K/Rb, Rb/Cs, and /sup 143/Nd//sup 144/Nd, suggesting increasingly greater degrees of fractional crystallization and associated intra-crustal contamination. (orig./SHOE).

  12. Sr and Nd isotopic and trace element compositions of Quaternary volcanic centers of the Southern Andes

    Futa, K.; Stern, C.R.


    Isotopic compositions of samples from six Quaternary volcanoes located in the northern and southern extremities of the Southern Volcanic Zone (SVZ, 33-46??S) of the Andes and from four centers in the Austral Volcanic Zone (AVZ, 49-54??S) range for 87Sr 86Sr from 0.70280 to 0.70591 and for 143Nd 144Nd from 0.51314 to 0.51255. The ranges are significantly greater than previously reported from the southern Andes but are different from the isotopic compositions of volcanoes in the central and northern Andes. Basalts and basaltic andesites from three centers just north of the Chile Rise-Trench triple junction have 87Sr 86Sr, 143Nd 144Nd, La Yb, Ba La, and Hf Lu that lie within the relatively restricted ranges of the basic magmas erupted from the volcanic centers as far north as 35??S in the SVZ of the Andes. The trace element and Sr and Nd isotopic characteristics of these magmas may be explained by source region contamination of subarc asthenosphere, with contaminants derived from subducted pelagic sediments and seawater-altered basalts by dehydration of subducted oceanic lithosphere. In the northern extremity of the SVZ between 33?? and 34??S, basaltic andesites and andesites have higher 87Sr 86Sr, Rb Cs, and Hf Lu, and lower 143Nd 144Nd than basalts and basaltic andesites erupted farther south in the SVZ, which suggests involvement of components derived from the continental crust. In the AVZ, the most primitive sample, high-Mg andesite from the southernmost volcanic center in the Andes (54??S) has Sr and Nd isotopic compositions and K Rb and Ba La similar to MORB. The high La Yb of this sample suggests formation by small degrees of partial melting of subducted MORB with garnet as a residue. Samples from centers farther north in the AVZ show a regionally regular northward increase in SiO2, K2O, Rb, Ba, Ba La, and 87Sr 86Sr and decrease in MgO, Sr, K Rb, Rb Cs, and 143Nd 144Nd, suggesting increasingly greater degrees of fractional crystallization and associated intra

  13. /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios and their source materials of the volcanic rocks from the Pliocene Misasa Group in San-in district

    Nagao, T.; Nishikawa, J. (Hokkaido Univ., Sapporo (Japan). Faculty of Science)


    /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios of the volcanic rocks from the Pliocene Misasa Group and the andesite from the Quaternary Daisen volcano in San'in district were determined. The alkaline basalt and the calc-alkaline andesite from the Misasa Group have a restricted range of /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios (basalt 0.7051 -- 0.7052; andesite 0.7052) and Rb/Sr ratios (basalt 0.03 -- 0.04; andesite 0.04) with low Rb (basalt 19.4 -- 34.5 ppm; andesite 29.2 ppm) and Sr (basalt 631 -- 851 ppm; andesite 729 ppm) contents. These results may indicate that the calc-alkaline andesite may not have been derived from the alkaline basaltic magma by fractional crystallization or assimilation of older sialic materials. An analysis of the Daisen andesite yields a /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratio 0f 0.7050, which is almost identical with that of the Misasa andesite. In /sup 87/Sr//sup 86/Sr ratios, the Misasa alkaline basalt, calc-alkaline andesite and the Daisen calc-alkaline andesite are very similar to the Oki-Dogo alkaline basalt (0.7048) which carries ultramafic inclusions and is possibly of the upper mantle origin (Kaneoka et al., 1978). This similarity in Sr isotopic ratios suggests that both the Misasa and Daisen volcanic rocks may have been derived from the upper mantle similar to the source material of the Oki-Dogo alkaline basalt.

  14. Physical properties modulation of Fe3O4/Pb(ZrTi)O3 heterostructure via Fe diffusion

    Chichvarina, O.; Herng, T. S.; Ding, J.


    The manipulation of material properties in perovskite oxide heterojunctions has been increasingly studied, owing to their interacting lattice, charge, spin and orbital degrees of freedom. In this work, the switching, ferroelectricity and magneto-transport properties of epitaxially grown perovskite Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 layers sandwiched between Fe3O4 (top electrode) and SrRuO3 (bottom electrode) are investigated. These films show a typical ferroelectric polarization of ˜50 μC/cm2. Once the Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 films become thinner (˜30 nm), one can set (reset) the Fe3O4/Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3/SrRuO3 structures into a low (high) resistance state via formation (rupture) of an Fe-related filament in Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 through manipulation of an electric field. Interestingly, at the low-resistance state, a prominent magnetoresistance signal of ˜3% was observed. There is no magnetoresistance signal detected in the virgin Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 film (before switching), high-resistive state Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 film and Au/Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3/SrRuO3. These phenomena are attributed to the diffusion of Fe-related ions into the Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 film, turning a non-magnetic and insulating layer of perovskite Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3 into a magnetic and semiconducting-like Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3. The magneto-transport properties of Fe3O4/Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3/SrRuO3 have been studied extensively. Such resistance-ferroelectric-ferromagnetic coupling in a single compound paves the way to the realization of a non-volatile multiple-state Pb(ZrTi)O3 hybrid memory, as well as new computing approaches.

  15. Decay studies of Sr isotpes with high resolution and total absorption techniques

    Perez-Cerdan, Ana-Belen


    High Resolution measurements The beta/EC decay of 77,78Sr and 76,78Rb have been studied in this work. Measurements were carried out of the energies and intensities of the emitted gamma-rays and conversion electrons as well as gamma-gamma and gamma-X-ray coincidences in the decays of 77,78Sr, which have extended our knowledge of their decay schemes including spin and parity assignments to the levels populated in the daughter nucleus, 77Rb and 78Rb respectively. For the decay of 78Sr, 16 new levels and 44 new gamma-ray transitions have been identified. The very much improved experimental knowledge of the 78Rb levels populated in the decay and the strong link between the parent and the daughter states has allowed us to infer some possible level configurations by comparison with HF+BCS calculations using the SG2 Skyrme force. For the decay of 77Sr, 9 new levels and 15 new gamma-ray transitions have been identified. The levels in the low energy part of the level scheme have been discussed in terms of HF+BCS+QRPA c...

  16. Crystal structure of Rb-elpasolite Rb{sub 2}NaAlF{sub 6}

    Yakubovich, O. V., E-mail:; Kiryukhina, G. V.; Dimitrova, O. V. [Moscow State University, Faculty of Geology (Russian Federation)


    Single crystals of Rb{sub 2}NaAlF{sub 6}, the Rb analogue of the mineral elpasolite, are obtained in the NaF-Rb{sub 2}CO{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Rb{sub 3}PO{sub 4}-H{sub 2}O system under hydrothermal conditions, and their structure is determined by X-ray diffraction (R = 0.0188): a = 8.3087(1) A, space group Fm3bar m, Z = 4, and {rho}{sub calcd} = 3.88 g/cm{sup 3}. The hypothesis that Rb elpasolite exists in nature in late associations of pegmatites enriched in rubidium is proposed.

  17. Thermodynamic assessment of Au-Zr system

    李志华; 金展鹏; 刘华山


    Au-Zr binary system was reassessed by using the calculation phase diagram (CALPHAD) technique based on experimental thermodynamic data and newly reported phase diagrams. The excess Gibbs energies of the three terminal solutions and the liquid phases were formulated with Redlich-Kister polynomial. All the intermetallic phases were treated as stoichiometric compounds with the exception of ZrAu which is modeled by a two-sublattice model, (Au,Zr) : (Au, Zr). The results show that there exist seven intermetallics: Zr3Au, Zr2Au, Zr5Au4,Zr7Au10, ZrAu2 , ZrAu3, and ZrAu4 in the system. The eutectoid reaction: β(Zr) →α(Zr)+Zr3Au takes place at 1 048 K and the maximal solubility of Au in α-Zr is 4.7 % (mole fraction). The maximal solubility of Zr in Au is 6.0%(mole fraction) at 1 347 K. The homogeneity range of ZrAu phase is about 44.5%-52.9%(mole fraction) of Au. The present assessment fits experimental data very well.

  18. Rb—Sr Geochronology and Magma Source of the Mesozoic Fault—Granite Belt,East Shandong

    迟效国; 林景仟


    Developed in the southeast coast of te East Shandong Peninsula,the Mesozoic fault-magma belt consists of five rock series:the syenite series;the monzonite series;the megaporphyritic monzogranite series;the biotite-granite series;and the alkali granite seres.Based on their Rb-Sr isochron ages(122-220Ma),these rock series may be divided into three magma subcycles dated at Triassic,Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous.The initial 87Sr/86Sr ration in these rock series range from 0.70436 to 0.7155.The starting points of the Rb-Sr isochrons exhibit four different distribution trends on the(87Sr/86Sr)i-87Rb/86Sr diagram.These characteristics show that the multiple granitic rock series are different in genesis and derivation.The syenite series might be derived from the combination of mantle-derived magma and crustal material,and the others could be derived from granulite-facies and amphibilite-facies rocks in the deep crust.

  19. Proton instability of {sup 73}Rb

    Jokinen, A. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland). PPE Div.; Oinonen, M. [Univ. of Jyvaeskylae (Finland). Dept. of Physics; Aeystoe, J. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland). PPE Div.]|[Univ. of Jyvaeskylae (Finland). Dept. of Physics] [and others; ISOLDE Collaboration


    The study of the stability of an astrophysically interesting nucleus {sup 73}Rb was performed by searching its {beta}{sup +} and proton decay at the ISOLDE facility at CERN. Light rubidium isotopes were produced in a spallation reaction of a niobium target induced by a pulsed 1 GeV proton beam. The previously reported proton-unbound character of {sup 73}Rb was confirmed and the upper limit for its production cross-section was reduced by more than one order of magnitude. (orig.)

  20. Chapter 9 The magma feeding system of Somma-Vesuvius (Italy) strato-volcano: new inferences from a review of geochemical and Sr, Nd, Pb and O isotope data

    Piochi, M.; de Vivo, B.; Ayuso, R.A.


    A large database of major, trace and isotope (Sr, Nd, Pb, O) data exists for rocks produced by the volcanic activity of Somma-Vesuvius volcano. Variation diagrams strongly suggest a major role for evolutionary processes such as fractional crystallization, contamination, crystal trapping and magma maxing, occurring after magma genesis in the mantle. Most mafic magmas are enriched in LILE (Light Ion Lithophile Elements; K. Rb, Ba), REE (Ce, Sm) and Y, show small Nb-Ta negative anomalies, and have values of Nb/Zr at about 0.15. Enrichments in LILE, REE, Nb and Ta do not correlate with Sr isotope values or degree of both K enrichment and silica undersaturation. The results indicate mantle source heterogeneity produced by slab-derived components beneath the volcano. However, the Sr isotope values of Somma-Vesuvius increase from 0.7071 up to 0.7081 with transport through the uppermost 11-12 km of the crust. The Sr isotope variation suggests that the crustal component affected the magmas during ascent through the lithosphere to the surface. Our new geochemical assessment based on chemical, isotopic and fluid inclusion data points to the existence of three main levels of magma storage. Two of the levels are deep and may represent long-lived reservoirs; the uppermost crustal level probably coincides with the volcanic conduit. The deeper level of magma storage is deeper than 12 km and fed the 1944 AD eruption. The intermediate level coincides with the seismic discontinuity detected by Zollo et al. (1996) at about 8 km. This intermediate level supplies magmas with 87Sr/86Sr values between 0.7071 and 0.7074, and ??O18<8% that typically erupted both during interplinian (i.e. 1906 AD) and sub-plinian (472 AD, 1631 AD) events. The shallowest level of magma storage at about 5 km was the site of magma chambers for the Pompei and Avellino plinian eruptions. New investigations are necessary to verify the proposed magma feeding system. ?? 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Additional Sr Isotopic Heterogeneity in Zagami Olivine-Rich Lithology

    Misawa, K.; Niihara, T.; Shih, C.-Y; Reese, Y. D.; Nyquist, L. E.; Yoneda, S.; Yamashita, H.


    Prior isotopic analyses of Zagami have established differing initial Sr-87/Sr-86 (ISr) ratios of among Zagami lithologies, fine-grained (FG), coarse-grained (CG), and dark mottled lithologies (DML)]. The Zagami sample (KPM-NLH000057) newly allocated from the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural History contained DML and the Ol-rich lithology which included more ferroan olivines (Ol-rich: Fa(sub 97- 99) vs late-stage melt pockets: Fa(sub 90-97)]). We have combined mineralogy-petrology and Rb-Sr isotopic studies on the Kanagawa Zagami sample, which will provide additional clues to the genesis of enriched shergottites and to the evolution of Martian crust and mantle

  2. Corrosion Behaviour of New Zr Alloys

    Tolksdorf, E.


    Corrosion studies have indicated that the most promising replacements for Zicaloy-2 are ZrCrFe, ZrVFe and probably ZrNbTa, provided they are in their optimized condition. These alloys are conventionally manufactured alloys. An internally oxidized ZrMgO alloy is even superior, from the corrosion...

  3. Effect of Sr on the properties of Ce–Zr–La mixed oxides



    Full Text Available Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides, with different Sr contents, were prepared by the sol–gel method. In a flow-system microreactor, the reduction properties and the oxygen storage capacity (OSC of the Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides were investigated by a temperature programmed reduction (TPR and a pulse technique. It was shown that the properties of the Ce–Zr–La mixed oxides depend on the Sr content and that the optimum Sr content in the Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxide is 3 mol%. The Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides doped with 3 mol% Sr (Ce0.52Zr0.4La0.05Sr0.03O1.945 has the largest specific surface area and better reduction properties and oxygen storage capacity in comparison to the other investigated samples. The XRD results of the Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides showed that their X-ray diffraction patterns are well in agreement with that of fluorite-type CeO2 with Sr ions incorporated into the Ce–Zr–La mixed oxide structures. With increasing calcination temperature, the intensity of the X-ray diffraction peaks increased, but no new peaks were observed. All of these indicate that the synthesized samples had good thermal stability.

  4. RB1CC1 activates RB1 pathway and inhibits proliferation and cologenic survival in human cancer.

    Tokuhiro Chano

    Full Text Available RB1-inducible coiled-coil 1 (RB1CC1, also known as FIP200 plays a role in the enhancement of the RB1 pathway through the direct binding to a GC-rich region 201bp upstream (from the initiation ATG of the RB1 promoter. Here, we identified hSNF5 and p53 as the binding partners of RB1CC1 by immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence assays. Interaction between these molecules and the RB1 pathway was analyzed by the assays of chromatin immunoprecipitation, luciferase-reporter, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and immunoblot. The tumor growth suppression by RB1CC1 was evaluated by flow cytometry or by a cell growth assay. The nuclear RB1CC1 complex involving hSNF5 and/or p53 activated transcription of RB1, p16 and p21, and suppressed tumor cell growth. Furthermore, nuclear RB1CC1 expression significantly correlated with those of RB1 and p16 in breast cancer tissue in vivo, and the Ki-67 proliferation index was dependent on p53 as well as RB1CC1. The present study indicates that RB1CC1 together with hSNF5 and/or p53 enhances the RB1 pathway through transcriptional activation of RB1, p16 and p21. Evaluation of RB1CC1 expression combined with RB1 and p53 status is expected to provide useful information in clinical practice and future therapeutic strategies in breast cancer.

  5. Doing Business Economy Profile 2015 : Venezuela, RB


    This economy profile for Doing Business 2015 presents the 11 Doing Business indicators for Venezuela RB. To allow for useful comparison, the profile also provides data for other selected economies (comparator economies) for each indicator. Doing Business 2015 is the 12th edition in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain ...

  6. Progress of the ~(87)Rb Fountain Clock

    ZHOU Zi-Chao; WEI Rong; SHI Chun-Yan; LV De-Sheng; LI Tang; WANG Yu-Zhu


    A fountain atomic clock based on cold ~(87)Rb atoms has been in operation in our laboratory for several months.We therefore report the design of the rubidium fountain clock including its physical package,optical system and daily operation.Ramsey fringes have been attained with the signal to noise ratio of about 100.

  7. RB1: a prototype tumor suppressor and an enigma.

    Dyson, Nicholas J


    The retinoblastoma susceptibility gene (RB1) was the first tumor suppressor gene to be molecularly defined. RB1 mutations occur in almost all familial and sporadic forms of retinoblastoma, and this gene is mutated at variable frequencies in a variety of other human cancers. Because of its early discovery, the recessive nature of RB1 mutations, and its frequency of inactivation, RB1 is often described as a prototype for the class of tumor suppressor genes. Its gene product (pRB) regulates transcription and is a negative regulator of cell proliferation. Although these general features are well established, a precise description of pRB's mechanism of action has remained elusive. Indeed, in many regards, pRB remains an enigma. This review summarizes some recent developments in pRB research and focuses on progress toward answers for the three fundamental questions that sit at the heart of the pRB literature: What does pRB do? How does the inactivation of RB change the cell? How can our knowledge of RB function be exploited to provide better treatment for cancer patients?

  8. The experiment on the saturation polarization of Rb vapour

    Huang Xiang-You; You Pei-Lin; Du Wei-Min


    @@ A cylindrical capacitor containing rubidium vapour is made. The capacitance of it at. different voltages is measured under a certain Rb vapour pressure. The experimental C-V curve shows that the saturation polarization of Rb vapour is easily observed. The experiment further supports the idea that the Rb atom has a large permanent electric dipole moment.

  9. Ferroelectric properties of epitaxial Pb(Zr, Ti)O3 thin films on silicon by control of crystal orientation

    Dekkers, Jan M.; Nguyen, Duc Minh; Steenwelle, Ruud Johannes Antonius; te Riele, P.M.; Blank, David H.A.; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.


    Crystalline Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT) thin films between metallic-oxide SrRuO3 (SRO) electrodes were prepared using pulsed laser deposition on CeO2/yttria-stabilized zirconia buffered silicon (001) substrates. Different deposition conditions for the initial layers of the bottom SRO electrode result in an or

  10. Characterization of epitaxial Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 thin films deposited by pulsed laser deposition on silicon cantilevers

    Nguyen, M.D.; Nazeer, H.; Karakaya, K.; Pham, S.V.; Steenwelle, R.; Dekkers, M.; Abelmann, L.; Blank, D.H.A.; Rijnders, G.


    This paper reports on the piezoelectric-microelectromechanical system micro-fabrication process and the behavior of piezoelectric stacks actuated silicon cantilevers. All oxide layers in the piezoelectric stacks, such as buffer-layer/bottom-electrode/film/top-electrode: YSZ/SrRuO\\3/Pb(Zr,

  11. Upper Bound to the Ionization Energy of 85Rb2

    Bellos, M A; Banerjee, J; Ascoli, M; Allouche, A -R; Eyler, E E; Gould, P L; Stwalley, W C


    We report an upper bound to the ionization energy of 85Rb2 of 31348.0(6) cm-1, which also provides a lower bound to the dissociation energy D0 of 85Rb2+ of 6307.5(6) cm-1. These bounds were measured by the onset of autoionization of excited states of 85Rb2 below the 5s+7p atomic limit. We form 85Rb2 molecules via photoassociation of ultracold 85Rb atoms, and subsequently excite the molecules by single-photon ultraviolet transitions to states above the ionization threshold.

  12. Mirror decay of {sup 75}Sr

    Huikari, J.; Huang, W.X. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, P.O. Box 35, FIN-40351, Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Oinonen, M. [Helsinki Institute of Physics, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland); CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Algora, A.; Nacher, E. [Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular, CSIC - University of Valencia, E-46071 Valencia (Spain); Cederkaell, J.; Fraile, L.; Franchoo, S.; Fynbo, H.; Peraejaervi, K.; Weissman, L. [CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Courtin, S.; Dessagne, P.; Knipper, A.; Marechal, F.; Miehe, C.; Poirier, E. [Institut de Recherches Subatomiques, F-67037 Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Jokinen, A.; Aeystoe, J. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, P.O. Box 35, FIN-40351, Jyvaeskylae (Finland); Helsinki Institute of Physics, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki (Finland)


    The {beta}-decay of {sup 75}Sr to its mirror nucleus {sup 75}Rb was studied at the ISOLDE PSB facility at CERN by means of {beta}-delayed {gamma} and proton spectroscopy. The decay Q-value and {beta}-delayed {gamma} intensity were measured for the first time. These results, 10.60{+-}0.22 MeV and 4.5{sup +1.9}{sub -0.7}%, together with accurate measurements of the {beta}-decay half-life and {beta}-delayed proton branching ratio yielded the Gamow-Teller strength 0.35{+-}0.05 for the mirror transition. Implications of the results on studies of deformation effects and on the path of the rapid proton capture process are discussed. (orig.)

  13. Structure-property relations in Sr, Nb, Ba doped lead zirconate titanate

    Zheng, H


    rhombohedral or tetragonal forms or as mixture of the two (MPB), depending on Zi:Ti ratio. Zr:Ti ratio strongly affected d sub 3 sub 3 , which was maximised in the tetragonal phase close to, but not at, the MPB. Sr sup 2 sup + substitution on the A-site promoted tetragonality in PZT, greatly reducing T sub C , and broadening the dielectric maximum. As the Sr sup 2 sup + content was increased, Zr:Ti ratio was adjusted to maximise d sub 3 sub 3 and the optimised d sub 3 sub 3 values increased from 410 pC/N (Sr sup 2 sup + = 0) to 640 pC/N (Sr sup 2 sup + = 0.12), commensurate with a decrease in the T sub C. However, for ceramics where Sr sup 2 sup + > 0.12, optimised d sub 3 sub 3 decreased with respect to the values for ceramics where Sr sup 2 sup + = 0.12 even though T sub C was lowered. Electron diffraction patterns revealed superlattice reflections occurring at 1/2 left brace hkl right brace positions associated with rotations of oxygen octahedra in anti-phase. It was suggested that Sr sup 2 sup + substitut...

  14. 76 FR 24798 - Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 875-17, RB211-Trent 877-17, RB211...


    ...-30-AD; Amendment 39-16657; AD 2011-08-07] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR... 2. The FAA amends Sec. 39.13 by adding the following new AD: 2011-08-07 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment... applies to Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 875-17, RB211-Trent 877-17, RB211-Trent 884-17,...

  15. Sr - an element shows the way - Applications of Sr isotopes for provenance, tracing and migration (Invited)

    Prohaska, T.; Irrgeher, J.; Zitek, A.; Teschler Nicola, M.


    Strontium - named after the small Scottish town Strontian - as such is an element with little popularity. Firstly described by Martin Heinrich Klaproth in 1798, the metal is used in metallurgy to some extent whereas its compounds are interesting in glass industries, electronics and pyrotechnics. The element has chemical similarity to Ca and makes up 1/60 of the earth’s amount of the latter. Nonetheless, it is its isotopic composition which makes Sr so interesting for a large number of scientists. The natural composition of the four naturally occurring isotopes (84Sr, 86Sr 87Sr and 88Sr) varies in nature due to the radioactive decay of 87Rb to 87Sr. Thus, it was early recognized as geochronometer especially in Ca rich matrices. With increasing precision of applied methodology, the natural variation of the 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratio (analyzed at first mainly by thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS)) became more and more popular in provenance studies. The natural variation of the ratio is mainly determined by the geological age and the original composition of the rock and can be used therefore as fingerprint of the local geology. The ratio is transferred with no significant fractionation via the water into plants and finally via the food chain into animal and human tissues (especially bones and teeth). As the element is chemically similar to Ca, it appears in most matrices. The use for provenance studies is supported by the fact that the long half life (4.8 x 1010 years) does not lead to an alteration during the time scales which are investigated (from recent samples to human or animal skeletal remains which date back up to 30.000 BC). The uniqueness of the system besides the natural variation is defined by the ubiquity in nature and the relatively high (and thus measurable) elemental concentration in most tissues. It was finally the advent of multiple collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) which augmented the number of applications

  16. The multiple connections between pRB and cell metabolism.

    Nicolay, Brandon N; Dyson, Nicholas J


    The pRB tumor suppressor is traditionally seen as an important regulator of the cell cycle. pRB represses the transcriptional activation of a diverse set of genes by the E2F transcription factors and prevents inappropriate S-phase entry. Advances in our understanding of pRB have documented roles that extend beyond the cell cycle and this review summarizes recent studies that link pRB to the control of cell metabolism. pRB has been shown to regulate glucose tolerance, mitogenesis, glutathione synthesis, and the expression of genes involved in central carbon metabolism. Several studies have demonstrated that pRB directly targets a set of genes that are crucial for nucleotide metabolism, and this seems likely to represent one of the ways by which pRB influences the G1/S-phase transition and S-phase progression.

  17. The Experimental Study of Nuclear Astrophysics Reaction Rate of 93Zr(n,γ)94Zr

    Gan, L.; Li, Z. H.; Su, J.; Yan, S. Q.; Guo, B.; Du, X. C.; Wu, Z. D.; Zeng, S.; Jin, S. J.; Wang, Y. B.; Bai, X. X.; Zhang, W. J.; Sun, H. B.; Li, E. T.

    The slow neutron capture (s-) process plays a very important role in the nucleosynthesis, which produces about half of the elements heavier than iron. 94Zr is mainly from 93Zr(n,γ)94Zr in the s-process, and the direct component of the 93Zr(n,γ)94Zr capture reaction can be derived from the neutron spectroscopic factor of 94Zr. As the existing neutron spectroscopic factors of 94Zr vary from each other up to 60%, a new work should be adopted to measure it exactly. In the present work, the angular distributions of 94Zr(13C,13C)94Zr, 94Zr(12C,12C)94Zr and 94Zr(12C,13C)93Zr were obtained using the highprecision Q3D magnetic spectrograph. In addition, distorted-wave Born approximation (DWBA) calculations of the transfer differential cross sections were performed. The calculated result displays a good agreement with the experiment data, and a value of 2.60±0.20 for the neutron spectroscopic factor of 94Zr was extracted, and the direct capture cross section versus neutron energy of 93Zr(n,γ)94Zr for the ground state of 94Zr was obtained too.

  18. Three Magnetic Rotation Bands in 84^Rb

    Shen, Shuifa; Han, Guangbing; Wen, Shuxian; Yan, Yupeng; Wu, Xiaoguang; Zhu, Lihua; He, Chuangye; Li, Guangsheng


    High-spin states in $^{84}$Rb are studied by using the $^{70}$Zn($^{18}$O, p3n)$^{84}$Rb reaction at beam energy of 75 MeV. Three high-lying negative-parity bands are established, whose level spacings are very regular, i.e., there don't exist signature splitting. The dipole character of the transitions of these three bands is assigned by the $\\gamma$-$\\gamma$ directional correlations of oriented states (DCO) intensity ratios and the multipolarity M1 is suggested by the analogy to multiparticle excitations in neighboring nuclei. The strong M1 and weak or no E2 transitions are observed. All these characteristic features show they are magnetic rotation bands.

  19. In-plane orientation and composition dependences of crystal structure and electrical properties of {100}-oriented Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 films grown on (100) Si substrates by metal organic chemical vapor deposition

    Okamoto, Shoji; Sankara Rama Krishnan, P. S.; Okamoto, Satoshi; Yokoyama, Shintaro; Akiyama, Kensuke; Funakubo, Hiroshi


    In-plane orientation-controlled Pb(Zr x ,Ti1‑ x )O3 (PZT) films with a thickness of approximately 2 µm and a Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratio of 0.39–0.65 were grown on (100) Si substrates by pulsed metal–organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). In-plane-oriented epitaxial PZT films and in-plane random fiber-textured PZT films with {100} out-of-plane orientation were grown on (100)c SrRuO3//(100)c LaNiO3//(100) CeO2//(100) YSZ//(100) Si and (100)c SrRuO3/(100)c LaNiO3/(111) Pt/TiO2/SiO2/(100) Si substrates, respectively. The effects of Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratio and in-plane orientation on the crystal structure, dielectric, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of the films were systematically investigated. The X-ray diffraction measurement showed that the epitaxial PZT films had a higher volume fraction of (100) orientation than the fiber-textured PZT films in the tetragonal Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratio region. A large difference was not detected between the epitaxial films and the fiber-textured films for Zr/(Zr + Ti) ratio dependence of the dielectric constant, and remanent polarization. However, in the rhombohedral phase region [Zr/(Zr + Ti) = 0.65], coercive field was found to be 1.5-fold different between the epitaxial and fiber-textured PZT films. The maximum field-induced strains measured at 0–100 kV/cm by scanning atomic force microscopy were obtained at approximately Zr/(Zr + Ti) = 0.50 and were about 0.5 and 0.3% for the epitaxial and fiber-textured PZT films, respectively.

  20. Carbonate verse silicate Sr isotope in lake sediments and its response to Little Ice Age


    The 87Sr/86Sr ratios of silicate (acid-insoluble, AI) and carbonate (acid-soluble, AS) of the lake sediments from the Daihai Lake, Inner Mongolia, since the last 500 years are measured respectively, indicating that chemical weathering of silicate minerals was in an early stage since the Little Ice Age within the Daihai watershed by combination with mineral constitute, Rb/Sr ratio and CaCO3 content in the sediments. During the Little Ice Age maximum, an evident peak in the 87Sr/86Sr ratios of both silicate and carbonate in sediments suggests that a cold climate condition is unfavorable to dissolving radiogenic strontium from silicate minerals. Meanwhile, the variation of 87Sr/86Sr ratios of silicate and carbonate also reflects a projected warming climate favorable to intensifying chemical weathering after the Little Ice Age. Consequently, the 87Sr/86Sr ratio of both silicate and carbonate in inland lake sediments can be used as an effective proxy of the past climate in single watershed.

  1. The origin of the RB1 imprint.

    Deniz Kanber

    Full Text Available The human RB1 gene is imprinted due to a differentially methylated CpG island in intron 2. This CpG island is part of PPP1R26P1, a truncated retrocopy of PPP1R26, and serves as a promoter for an alternative RB1 transcript. We show here by in silico analyses that the parental PPP1R26 gene is present in the analysed members of Haplorrhini, which comprise Catarrhini (Old World Monkeys, Small apes, Great Apes and Human, Platyrrhini (New World Monkeys and tarsier, and Strepsirrhini (galago. Interestingly, we detected the retrocopy, PPP1R26P1, in all Anthropoidea (Catarrhini and Platyrrhini that we studied but not in tarsier or galago. Additional retrocopies are present in human and chimpanzee on chromosome 22, but their distinct composition indicates that they are the result of independent retrotransposition events. Chimpanzee and marmoset have further retrocopies on chromosome 8 and chromosome 4, respectively. To examine the origin of the RB1 imprint, we compared the methylation patterns of the parental PPP1R26 gene and its retrocopies in different primates (human, chimpanzee, orangutan, rhesus macaque, marmoset and galago. Methylation analysis by deep bisulfite sequencing showed that PPP1R26 is methylated whereas the retrocopy in RB1 intron 2 is differentially methylated in all primates studied. All other retrocopies are fully methylated, except for the additional retrocopy on marmoset chromosome 4, which is also differentially methylated. Using an informative SNP for the methylation analysis in marmoset, we could show that the differential methylation pattern of the retrocopy on chromosome 4 is allele-specific. We conclude that the epigenetic fate of a PPP1R26 retrocopy after integration depends on the DNA sequence and selective forces at the integration site.

  2. Measurement of isospin mixing at a finite temperature in 80Zr via giant dipole resonance decay

    Corsi, A.; Wieland, O.; Barlini, S.; Bracco, A.; Camera, F.; Kravchuk, V. L.; Baiocco, G.; Bardelli, L.; Benzoni, G.; Bini, M.; Blasi, N.; Brambilla, S.; Bruno, M.; Casini, G.; Ciemala, M.; Cinausero, M.; Crespi, F. C. L.; D'Agostino, M.; Degerlier, M.; Giaz, A.; Gramegna, F.; Kmiecik, M.; Leoni, S.; Maj, A.; Marchi, T.; Mazurek, K.; Meczynski, W.; Million, B.; Montanari, D.; Morelli, L.; Myalski, S.; Nannini, A.; Nicolini, R.; Pasquali, G.; Poggi, G.; Vandone, V.; Vannini, G.


    Isospin mixing in the hot compound nucleus 80Zr was studied by measuring and comparing the γ-ray emission from the fusion reactions 40Ca+40Ca at Ebeam=200 MeV and 37Cl+44Ca at Ebeam=153 MeV. The γ yield associated with the giant dipole resonance is found to be different in the two reactions because, in self-conjugate nuclei, the E1 selection rules forbid the decay between states with isospin I=0. The degree of mixing is deduced from statistical-model analysis of the γ-ray spectrum emitted by the compound nucleus 80Zr with the standard parameters deduced from the γ decay of the nucleus 81Rb. The results are used to deduce the zero-temperature value, which is then compared with the latest predictions. The Coulomb spreading width is found to be independent of temperature.

  3. Diagnostics development plan for ZR.

    Hanson, David Lester


    The Z Refurbishment (ZR) Project is a program to upgrade the Z machine at SNL with modern durable pulsed power technology, providing additional shot capacity and improved reliability as well as advanced capabilities for both pulsed x-ray production and high pressure generation. The development of enhanced diagnostic capabilities is an essential requirement for ZR to meet critical mission needs. This report presents a comprehensive plan for diagnostic instrument and infrastructure development for the first few years of ZR operation. The focus of the plan is on: (1) developing diagnostic instruments with high spatial and temporal resolution, capable of low noise operation and survival in the severe EMP, bremsstrahlung, and blast environments of ZR; and (2) providing diagnostic infrastructure improvements, including reduced diagnostic trigger signal jitter, more and flexible diagnostic line-of-sight access, and the capability for efficient exchange of diagnostics with other laboratories. This diagnostic plan is the first step in an extended process to provide enhanced diagnostic capabilities for ZR to meet the diverse programmatic needs of a broad range of defense, energy, and general science programs of an international user community into the next decade.

  4. Solid-State Coexistance of (Zr12) and (Zr6) Zirconium Oxocarboxylate Clusters

    Malaestean, Lurie [RWTH Aachen University; Alici, Meliha Kutluca [RWTH Aachen University; Besson, Claire [RWTH Aachen University; Ellern, Arkady [Ames Laboratory; Kogerler, Paul [RWTH Aachen University


    Ligand metathesis, Co(II) coordination, and partial condensation reactions of an archetypal {Zr6} zirconium oxocarboxylate cluster result in the first example of the coexistence of the distinct zirconium oxide frameworks {Zr6O8} and {Zr12O22}. Even minor modifications to the reaction conditions push this apparent equilibrium towards the {Zr6O8}-based product.

  5. Finite-size effects in amorphous Fe90Zr10/Al75Zr25 multilayers

    Korelis, P. T.; Jönsson, P. E.; Liebig, A.; Wannberg, H. -E.; Nordblad, P.; Hjörvarsson., B.


    The thickness dependence of the magnetic properties of amorphous Fe90Zr10 layers has been explored using Fe90Zr10/Al75Zr25 multilayers. The Al75Zr25 layer thickness is kept at 40 \\AA, while the thickness of the Fe90Zr10 layers is varied between 5 and 20 \\AA. The thickness of the Al75Zr25 layers is sufficiently large to suppress any significant interlayer coupling. Both the Curie temperature and the spontaneous magnetization decrease non-linearly with decreasing thickness of the Fe90Zr10 layer...

  6. Zr environment in aluminosilicate glasses Zr environment and nucleation role in aluminosilicate glasses

    Cormier, Laurent; Dargaud, Olivier; Calas, Georges; Jousseaume, Cécile; Papin, Sophie; Trcera, Nicolas; Cognigni, Andrea


    International audience; We have investigated the role of ZrO 2 on the nucleation/crystallization properties of aluminosilicate glasses. A comparison between Zr-free and Zr-bearing glasses shows that adding ZrO 2 favors nucleation in Li-, Mg-, Ca-and Zn-bearing glasses and has no effects in Na-bearing glasses. The Zr environment has been elucidated coupling X-ray absorption spectroscopy at both Zr K-and L 2,3 -edges. The Zr environment corresponds to six-fold coordinated sites (Li and Na glass...

  7. Experimental determination and prediction of activity coefficients of RbCl in aqueous (RbCl+RbNO{sub 3}) mixture at T=298.15 K

    Zhang Jun [Chemical Engineering Department, Henan University of Science and Technology, 48 Xiyuan Road, Luoyang, Henan 471003 (China)]. E-mail:; Huang Xingyuan [Chemical Engineering Department, Henan University of Science and Technology, 48 Xiyuan Road, Luoyang, Henan 471003 (China); Xia Shuping [Institute of Salt Lakes, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi' an 710043 (China)


    Activity coefficients for rubidium chloride in the (RbCl+RbNO{sub 3}+H{sub 2}O) ternary system were determined from electromotive force (emf) measurements of the cell:Rb-ionselectiveelectrode(ISE) vertical bar RbCl(m{sub A}),RbNO{sub 3}(m{sub B}),H{sub 2}O vertical bar Ag vertical bar AgClat T=298.15 K and over total ionic strengths from (0.01 upto 3.50){sup -1}. The Rb{sup +} ion selective electrode (Rb-ISE) and Ag vertical bar AgCl electrode used in this work were made in our laboratory and had reasonably good Nernst responses, which demonstrate that the emf method can be applied to measure the above system with high precision. The experimental data were analyzed using the Harned rule and Pitzer model. The Harned coefficients and the Pitzer binary and ternary ionic interaction parameters for the system have been evaluated. The experimental results obey the Harned rule, and the Pitzer model can be used to describe this aqueous system satisfactorily. The activity coefficients of RbNO{sub 3}, the osmotic coefficients of the mixtures and the excess free energy of mixing were also calculated.

  8. Circular Dichroism of RbHe and RbN$_2$ Molecules

    Lancor, B; Wyllie, R; Walker, T G


    We present measurements of the circular dichroism of optically pumped Rb vapor near the D1 resonance line. Collisions with the buffer gases $^3$He and N$_2$ reduce the transparency of the vapor, even when fully polarized. We use two methods to measure this effect, show that the He results can be understood from RbHe potential curves, and show how this effect conspires with the spectral profile of the optical pumping light to increase the laser power demands for optical pumping of very optically thick samples.

  9. Magnetoelectric effect of (1−x) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}+(x) Ni{sub 0.12}Mg{sub 0.18}Cu{sub 0.2}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} composites

    Rahaman, Md. D., E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Saha, S.K.; Ahmed, T.N. [Department of Physics, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Department of Physics, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000 (Bangladesh); Saha, D.K. [Materials Science Division, Atomic Energy Centre, PO Box 164, Dhaka 1000 (Bangladesh); Hossain, A.K.M. Akther [Department of Physics, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000 (Bangladesh)


    The magnetoelectric composites with chemical compositions (1−x) Ba{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Zr{sub 0.5}Ti{sub 0.5}O{sub 3}+(x) Ni{sub 0.12}Mg{sub 0.18}Cu{sub 0.2}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=20, 40, 60 and 80 wt%) was prepared by the conventional solid state reaction method. The presence of a biphase composition was confirmed by X-ray diffraction while the microstructure of the composites was studied by scanning electron microscopy revealing a good mixing of the two phases and a good densification of the bulk ceramics. The dielectric dispersion is observed at lower frequencies due to interfacial polarization arising from the interface of the two phases. At higher frequencies, the dielectric constant is almost constant due to the inability of electric dipoles to follow the first variation of the alternating applied electric field. The dielectric loss shows maxima which are attributed when the hopping frequency of electrons between different ionic sites becomes nearly equal to the frequency of the applied field. The linearity in the log(σ{sub AC}) vs. log(ω{sup 2}) plots confirmed the small polaron hopping type of conduction mechanism. The composite materials are found to exhibit an excellent frequency dependence of magnetic properties. In the high frequency range, with increasing ferrite concentration the initial permeability increases and cut-off frequency decreases. An optimal magnetoelectric coupling responding voltage of about 600 μV cm{sup −1} Oe{sup −1} is obtained for x=20 wt% at room temperature. - Highlights: • XRD patterns confirmed the coexistence of ferroelectric and ferrimagnetic phases. • Dielectric dispersion observed at low frequencies due to interfacial polarization. • Linearity in logσ{sub ac} vs. logω{sup 2} is due to small polaron hopping mechanism. • Maximum ME voltage coefficient 600 μV cm{sup −1} Oe{sup −1} observed for 20% of ferrite.

  10. Dynamic Changes in Ginsenoside Rb 2 and Rb3 Content in Solid-state Fermentation%人参须固态发酵中皂苷 Rb 2与 Rb 3的动态变化

    闫梅霞; 崔丽丽; 许世泉; 刘俊霞; 王英平


    以人参须为发酵基质进行赤芝双向固态发酵,测定发酵过程中人参皂苷Rb2和Rb3的含量,分析固态发酵对其影响。发酵作用使基质中Rb2和Rb3含量发生显著变化,但2种皂苷含量变化不同。Rb2在发酵初期和发酵后期都出现含量先升高后降低的过程,Rb3仅在发酵初期含量先升高后降低,发酵结束时基质中未检测到2种皂苷。%Bidirectional solid-state fermentation was carried out through the strains of Ganoderma lucidum in ginseng .The content of ginseno-side Rb2 and Rb3 was determined and the impact on the ginsenoside by solid -state fermentation was analyzed .The content of Rb2 and Rb3 changed significantly through the fermentation ,but the two kinds of ginsenoside content varied differently .The content of Rb2 increased in the early fermentation stage ,then decreased in the late fermentation stage ,the level of Rb3 increased then decreased only in the early fermentation stage ,the two kinds of ginsenoside content was 0 by the end of the fermentation .

  11. Low-energy Coulomb excitation of Sr,9896 beams

    Clément, E.; Zielińska, M.; Péru, S.; Goutte, H.; Hilaire, S.; Görgen, A.; Korten, W.; Doherty, D. T.; Bastin, B.; Bauer, C.; Blazhev, A.; Bree, N.; Bruyneel, B.; Butler, P. A.; Butterworth, J.; Cederkäll, J.; Delahaye, P.; Dijon, A.; Ekström, A.; Fitzpatrick, C.; Fransen, C.; Georgiev, G.; Gernhäuser, R.; Hess, H.; Iwanicki, J.; Jenkins, D. G.; Larsen, A. C.; Ljungvall, J.; Lutter, R.; Marley, P.; Moschner, K.; Napiorkowski, P. J.; Pakarinen, J.; Petts, A.; Reiter, P.; Renstrøm, T.; Seidlitz, M.; Siebeck, B.; Siem, S.; Sotty, C.; Srebrny, J.; Stefanescu, I.; Tveten, G. M.; Van de Walle, J.; Vermeulen, M.; Voulot, D.; Warr, N.; Wenander, F.; Wiens, A.; De Witte, H.; Wrzosek-Lipska, K.


    The structure of neutron-rich Sr,9896 nuclei was investigated by low-energy safe Coulomb excitation of radioactive beams at the REX-ISOLDE facility, CERN, with the MINIBALL spectrometer. A rich set of transitional and diagonal E 2 matrix elements, including those for non-yrast structures, has been extracted from the differential Coulomb-excitation cross sections. The results support the scenario of a shape transition at N =60 , giving rise to the coexistence of a highly deformed prolate and a spherical configuration in 98Sr, and are compared to predictions from several theoretical calculations. The experimental data suggest a significant contribution of the triaxal degree of freedom in the ground state of both isotopes. In addition, experimental information on low-lying states in 98Rb has been obtained.

  12. Permanent Electric Dipole Moment of an Rb Atom

    黄湘友; 游佩林


    We experimentally determine the conjecture that hydrogen-like atoms such as Rb and Cs may have large permanent electric dipole moments (EDMs). The saturated Rb vapour fills a cylindrical capacitor in the experiment.The influence of the vapour dielectric medium on capacitance is measured with a digital capacitance meter. Supposing that the measurement influence comes from the permanent EDMs of Rb atoms, from the experimental result we find that the EDM is large, i.e. dRb ≥ 8.6e × 10-9 cm.

  13. Quorum Sensing Activity in Pandoraea pnomenusa RB38

    Robson Ee


    Full Text Available Strain RB38 was recovered from a former dumping area in Malaysia. MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and genomic analysis identified strain RB-38 as Pandoraea pnomenusa. Various biosensors confirmed its quorum sensing properties. High resolution triple quadrupole liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry analysis was subsequently used to characterize the N-acyl homoserine lactone production profile of P. pnomenusa strain RB38, which validated that this isolate produced N-octanoyl homoserine lactone as a quorum sensing molecule. This is the first report of the production of N-octanoyl homoserine lactone by P. pnomenusa strain RB38.

  14. Electrophoretic deposition of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} on the porous La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} cathode substrate for SOFC

    Ishihara, Tatsumi; Shimose, Kuninobu; Takita, Yusaku [Oita Univ. (Japan); Shiomitsu, Toru [NKK Corp., Kawasaki, Kanagawa (Japan). Engineering Research Center


    Preparation of YSZ film on La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} porous substrate was investigated using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method. Since the electrical conductivity of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} substrate is satisfactorily high at room temperature, YSZ powders were deposited electrophoretically on La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} substrate without any treatment such as metal coating. Open circuit voltage of SOFC where YSZ film prepared by EPD was applied, increased by repeating the deposition and calcination cycles. 6 or more times in repetitions were required to obtain YSZ film without gas leakage. A planar type SOFC fabricated by using Ni as anode, attained an open circuit voltage and maximum power density of 1.0 V and 1.5 W/cm{sup 2}, respectively. It became evident that YSZ films without gas leakage can be prepared by the EPD method on LaMnO{sub 3} cathode substrates.

  15. Selective Chemosensitization of Rb Mutant Cells


    3 jopaA o E +•» to o ü 2 3 O) U. Vt3*> OOCd» Vl.3» (0 O CM ll I S j 41 • A I O O) Di (0 o CM • o 00 CO Q. o o Q. Ö...Rb) protein, and inac- tivation of both is essential for viral transformation (Lane and Crawford 1979; Linzer and Levine 1979; De- Caprio et al...wild-type MEFs expressing El A dis - played an ~10-fold increase in p53 and Mdm2 levels as compared to their ARF-deficient counterparts, the abso

  16. Neutron Spectroscopic Factor of 94Zr

    GAN; Lin


    94Zr occupies the particularly interesting region just at the border between the weak and main component of the s-process,which contributes to about half of the elements heavier than iron.Thereforethe single neutron capture reaction of 93Zr is very important for the s-process.The(n,γ)cross section of 93Zr is also of great interest for technological reasons,because Zr alloys are largely used as structural material in nuclear reactors and 93Zr is one

  17. Molecular Mechanisms of pRB Function in Differentiation Contributing to pRB Mediated Tumor Suppression


    mutations result in elimination protein-binding functions of the A/B pocket. 1. Using coimmunoprecipitation assays for detection of pRB interacting proteins My...chromatin/nuclear matrix. Another caviat is that pRB interacting proteins are presumably low-extractable nuclear proteins. Also, epitope tag might be... interacting proteins . Due to the failure to detect selective pRB complexes applying immunoprecipitation, I used a modified yeast two-hybrid assay as a backup

  18. Identification of the genomic mutation in Epha4(rb-2J/rb-2J) mice.

    Mohd-Zin, Siti W; Abdullah, Nor-Linda; Abdullah, Aminah; Greene, Nicholas D E; Cheah, Pike-See; Ling, King-Hwa; Yusof, Hadri; Marwan, Ahmed I; Williams, Sarah M; York, Kerri T; Ahmad-Annuar, Azlina; Abdul-Aziz, Noraishah M


    The EphA4 receptor tyrosine kinase is involved in numerous cell-signalling activities during embryonic development. EphA4 has the ability to bind to both types of ephrin ligands, the ephrinAs and ephrinBs. The C57BL/6J-Epha4rb-2J/GrsrJ strain, denoted Epha4(rb-2J/rb-2J), is a spontaneous mouse mutant that arose at The Jackson Laboratory. These mutants exhibited a synchronous hind limb locomotion defect or "hopping gait" phenotype, which is also characteristic of EphA4 null mice. Genetic complementation experiments suggested that Epha4(rb-2J) corresponds to an allele of EphA4, but details of the genomic defect in this mouse mutant are currently unavailable. We found a single base-pair deletion in exon 9 resulting in a frame shift mutation that subsequently resulted in a premature stop codon. Analysis of the predicted structure of the truncated protein suggests that both the kinase and sterile α motif (SAM) domains are absent. Definitive determination of genotype is needed for experimental studies of mice carrying the Epha4(rb-2J) allele, and we have also developed a method to ease detection of the mutation through RFLP. Eph-ephrin family members are reportedly expressed as numerous isoforms. Hence, delineation of the specific mutation in EphA4 in this strain is important for further functional studies, such as protein-protein interactions, immunostaining and gene compensatory studies, investigating the mechanism underlying the effects of altered function of Eph family of receptor tyrosine kinases on phenotype.

  19. Ab Initio Study of Chemical Reactions of Cold SrF and CaF Molecules with Alkali-Metal and Alkaline-Earth-Metal Atoms: The Implications for Sympathetic Cooling.

    Kosicki, Maciej Bartosz; Kędziera, Dariusz; Żuchowski, Piotr Szymon


    We investigate the energetics of the atom exchange reaction in the SrF + alkali-metal atom and CaF + alkali-metal atom systems. Such reactions are possible only for collisions of SrF and CaF with the lithium atoms, while they are energetically forbidden for other alkali-metal atoms. Specifically, we focus on SrF interacting with Li, Rb, and Sr atoms and use ab initio methods to demonstrate that the SrF + Li and SrF + Sr reactions are barrierless. We present potential energy surfaces for the interaction of the SrF molecule with the Li, Rb, and Sr atoms in their energetically lowest-lying electronic spin states. The obtained potential energy surfaces are deep and exhibit profound interaction anisotropies. We predict that the collisions of SrF molecules in the rotational or Zeeman excited states most likely have a strong inelastic character. We discuss the prospects for the sympathetic cooling of SrF and CaF molecules using ultracold alkali-metal atoms.

  20. New FCC Mg–Zr and Mg–Zr–ti deuterides obtained by reactive milling

    Guzik, Matylda N., E-mail:; Deledda, Stefano; Sørby, Magnus H.; Yartys, Volodymyr A.; Hauback, Bjørn C.


    Results for binary Mg–Zr and ternary Mg–Zr–Ti mixtures ball milled at room temperature under reactive deuterium atmosphere (5.6–6.7 MPa) are reported. X-ray and neutron powder diffraction combined with Rietveld refinements show that two new cubic phases were formed during milling. Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.60}D{sub 1.78} and Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.26}Ti{sub 0.34}D{sub 1.98} crystallize with disordered face centered cubic metal atom arrangements. Results of differential scanning calorimetry and termogravimetric measurements demonstrate that both deuterides desorb deuterium at lower temperatures than MgD{sub 2}, ZrD{sub 2} or TiD{sub 2}; 528 and 575 K in the Mg–Zr–D and Mg–Zr–Ti–D system, respectively. Interestingly, Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.26}Ti{sub 0.34}D{sub 1.98} stores deuterium reversibly at 673 K and 10 MPa of D{sub 2}. - Graphical abstract: High resolution SR-PXD patterns obtained for Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.60}D{sub 1.78} and first time reported Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.26}Ti{sub 0.34}D{sub 1.98}. - Highlights: • Synthesis and characterization of Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.60}D{sub 1.78} and Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.26}Ti{sub 0.34}D{sub 1.98}. • New deuterides obtained by milling under H{sub 2} gas pressure in the order of a few MPa. • Phases desorb deuterium at temperature lower than corresponding binary deuterides. • Mg{sub 0.40}Zr{sub 0.26}Ti{sub 0.34}D{sub 1.98} stores hydrogen reversibly at 673 K and 10 MPa of D{sub 2}.

  1. Hydrogen Mobility in Disordered Metals Studied by $\\mu$SR


    A few studies of the behaviour of positive muons in metal hydrides have been made during the last three years under the code SC76, although this code is intended primarily for ``diffusion and trapping of positive muons`` in pure or very weakly doped metals. It has been shown in these studies that $\\mu$SR can provide important information even in concentrated hydrides like $ NbH _{,} _{0},7 - _{0} _{,} _{9} $ and $ Zr V _{2} H _{2} _{m}inus _{3} $ especially concerning mutual $\\mu

  2. Sm-Nd and Initial Sr-87/Sr-86 Isotopic Systematics of Asuka 881394 and Cumulate Eucrites Yamato 980318/433 Compared

    Nyquist, L. E.; Shih, C-Y; Young, Y. D.; Takeda, H.


    The Asuka 881394 achondrite contains fossil Al-26 and Mn-53 and has a Pb-206/Pb-207 age of 4566.5 +/- 0.2 Ma, the oldest for an achondrite. Recent re-investigation of A881394 yielded revised initial Sm-146/Sm-144 = (9.1 +/- 1.4) x 10(exp -3), a Sm-147-Nd-143 age of 4525 +/- 58 Ma, a Rb-87-Sr-87 age of 4490 +/- 130 Ma, and initial Sr-87/Sr-86 = 0.698991 +/- 19, respectively. The relatively large uncertainties in the Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr ages are due to disturbances of the isotopic systematics of tridymite and other minor phases. A preliminary value for the Sm-147-Nd-143 age of the Yamato 980318 cumulate eucrite of 4560 +/- 150 Ma was refined in later work to 4567 +/- 24 Ma as reported orally at LPSC 35. Similarly, a preliminary value for Sm-146/Sm-144 = (7.7 +/- 1.2) x 10 (exp -3) was refined to (6.0 +/- 0.3) x 10(exp -3). For Yamato 980433, a Sm-147-Nd-143 age of 4542 +/-42 Ma and Sm-146/Sm-144 = (5.7 +/- 0.5) x 10(exp -3) has been reported. Because these two cumulate eucrites are paired, we consider them to represent one igneous rock and present their combined isotopic data here.

  3. Histological analysis of cells and matrix mineralization of new bone tissue induced in rabbit femur bones by Mg-Zr based biodegradable implants.

    Ragamouni, Sravanthi; Kumar, Jerald Mahesh; Mushahary, Dolly; Nemani, Harishankar; Pande, Gopal


    The biological efficacy of bone inducing implant materials in situ can be assessed effectively by performing histological analysis. We studied the peri-implant bone regeneration around two types of biodegradable magnesium-zirconium alloys, Mg-5Zr and Mg-Zr-2Sr, using histological, histochemical and immunohistochemical methods in the femur of New Zealand White strain rabbits. Our study includes three animal groups: (a) Mg-5Zr, (b) Mg-Zr-2Sr and (c) control. In each group three animals were used and in groups 'a' and 'b' the respective alloys were implanted in cavities made at the distal ends of the femur; control animals were left without implants to observe natural bone healing. Qualitative assessment of the cellularity and matrix mineralization events of the newly formed bone tissue was done at three months after implantation by histological methods in methyl methacrylate embedded tissue without decalcifying the bone. Quantitative mineral content and density of the new bone (NB) were evaluated by the statistical analysis of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) data obtained from three animals in each experimental group. Based on our analysis we conclude that Mg-Zr-2Sr alloy showed better osseointegration of the newly formed bone with the implant surface. Our methodology of studying peri-implant osteoinduction of degradable implants using low temperature methyl methacrylate embedding resin can be useful as a general method for determining the bio-efficacy of implant materials. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  4. Preparation and determination of the luminescent characteristics of ZrO{sub 2} in powder; Preparacion y determinacion de las caracteristicas luminiscentes del ZrO{sub 2} en polvo

    Rivera M, T. [ESIME-IPN Unidad Culhuacan Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Olvera T, L.; Azorin N, J.; Soto E, A.M.; Velazquez O, C.; Campero C, A. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    In this work the luminescent characteristics of the ZrO{sub 2} are presented using the method of Thermally Stimulated Luminescence (TSL), also called thermoluminescence (Tl). The powders of ZrO{sub 2} were obtained by two preparation methods: for precipitation and for evaporation of Sol-gel. The luminescent characteristics of the ZrO{sub 2} are determined using a lamp of radiation of UV light and a radiation source of beta particles of {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y. Using the method of thermal stimulation the curve representative thermoluminescent of the previously irradiated material was obtained. The curve Tl of the ZrO{sub 2} irradiated with UV light presents a maximum in 180 C. Likewise, the spectrum of the curve Tl of the ZrO{sub 2} irradiated with particles beta presents a maximum centered in 181 C. While using gamma radiation like excitement source one has a spectrum with a peak centered in 184 C. When subjecting the materials obtained by sol-gel to a process of calcination at 1000 C for 24 hours a curved Tl it presents with two maxim in 185 and in 290 C respectively. The intensity of the response induced in the material it is a decisive factor to continue studying the dosimetric characteristics of the ZrO{sub 2} what allows to consider it as a potential material to use it in the beta particle dosimetry and of the UV light using the thermoluminescence method (Tl). (Author)

  5. Petrogenesis of syntectonic granites emplaced at the transition from thrusting to transcurrent tectonics in post-collisional setting: Whole-rock and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope geochemistry in the Neoproterozoic Quatro Ilhas and Mariscal Granites, Southern Brazil

    Florisbal, Luana Moreira; Bitencourt, Maria de Fátima; Janasi, Valdecir de Assis; Nardi, Lauro Valentim Stoll; Heaman, Larry M.


    The Neoproterozoic post-collisional period in southern Brazil (650-580 Ma) is characterized by substantial volumes of magma emplaced along the active shear zones that compose the Southern Brazilian Shear Belt. The early-phase syntectonic magmatism (630-610 Ma) is represented by the porphyritic, high-K, metaluminous to peraluminous Quatro Ilhas Granitoids and the younger heterogranular, slightly peraluminous Mariscal Granite. Quatro Ilhas Granitoids include three main petrographic varieties (muscovite-biotite granodiorite — mbg; biotite monzogranite — bmz; and leucogranite — lcg) that, although sharing some significant geochemical characteristics, are not strictly comagmatic, as shown by chemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope data. The most primitive muscovite-biotite granodiorite was produced by contamination of more mafic melts (possibly with some mantle component) with peraluminous crustal melts; the biotite monzogranite, although more felsic, has higher Ca, MgO, TiO2 and Ba, and lower K2O, FeOt, Sr and Rb contents, possibly reflecting some mixing with coeval mafic magmas of tholeiitic affinity; the leucogranite may be derived from pure crustal melts. The Mariscal Granite is formed by two main granite types which occur intimately associated in the same pluton, one with higher K (5-6.5 wt.% K2O) high Rb and lower CaO, Na2O, Ba and Zr as compared to the other (3-5 wt.% of K2O). The two Mariscal Granite varieties have compositional correspondence with fine-grained granites (fgg) that occur as tabular bodies which intruded the Quatro Ilhas Granoitoids before they were fully crystallized, and are inferred to correspond to the Mariscal Granite feeders, an interpretation that is reinforced by similar U-Pb zircon crystallization ages. The initial evolution of the post-collisional magmatism, marked by the emplacement of the Quatro Ilhas Granitoids varieties, activated sources that produced mantle and crustal magmas whose emplacement was controlled both by flat-lying and

  6. RB, the conductor that orchestrates life, death and differentiation.

    Khidr, L; Chen, P-L


    The retinoblastoma susceptibility gene was the first tumor suppressor gene identified in humans and the first tumor suppressor gene knocked out by targeted deletion in mice. RB serves as a transducer between the cell cycle machinery and promoter-specific transcription factors, its most documented activity being the repression of the E2F family of transcription factors, which regulate the expression of genes involved in cell proliferation and survival. Recent investigations of RB function suggest that it works as a fundamental regulator to coordinate pathways of cellular growth and differentiation. In this review, we unravel the novel role of an equally important aspect of RB in downregulating the differentiation inhibitor EID-1 during cellular differentiation by teasing apart the signal, which elicit differentiation and limit cell cycle progression, since the molecular mechanisms relating to RB activation of differentiation is much less understood. We review the various roles for RB in differentiation of neurons, muscle, adipose tissue, and the retina. In addition, we provide an update for the current models of the role of RB in cell cycle to entry and exit, extending the view toward chromatin remodeling and expose the dichotomies in the regulation of RB family members. We conclude with a discussion of a novel RB regulatory network, incorporating the dynamic contribution of EID family proteins.

  7. In situ synthesis and formation mechanism of ZrC and ZrB2 by combustion synthesis from the Co-Zr-B4C system

    Mengxian Zhang


    Full Text Available ZrC-ZrB2-based composites were prepared by combustion synthesis (CS reaction from 10 wt.% to 50 wt.% Co-Zr-B4C powder mixtures. With increasing Co contents, the particle sizes of near-spherical ZrC and platelet-like ZrB2 decreased from 1 μm to 0.5 μm and from 5 μm to 2 μm, respectively. In addition, the formation mechanism of ZrC and ZrB2 was explored by the phase transition and microstructure evolution on the combustion wave quenched sample in combination with differential scanning calorimeter analysis. The results showed that the production of ZrC was ascribed to the solid-solid reaction between Zr and C and the precipitation from the Co-Zr-B-C melt, while ZrB2 was prepared from the saturated liquid. The low B concentration in the Co-Zr-B-C liquid and high cooling rate during the CS process led to the presence of Co2B and ZrCo3B2 in the composites. The addition of Co in the Co-Zr-B4C system not only prevented ZrC and ZrB2 particulates from growing, but also promoted the occurrence of ZrC-ZrB2-forming reaction.

  8. Precision study of the $\\beta$-decay of $^{74}$Rb

    Van Duppen, P L E; Lunney, D


    We are proposing a high-resolution study of the $\\beta$-decay of $^{74}$Rb in order to extrapolate our precision knowledge of the superallowed $\\beta$-decays from the sd and fp shells towards the medium-heavy Z=N nuclei. The primary goal is to provide new data for testing the CVC hypothesis and the unitarity condition of the CKM matrix of the Standard Model. The presented programme would involve the careful measurements of the decay properties of $^{74}$Rb including the branching ratios to the excited states as well as the precise determination of the decay energy of $^{74}$Rb. The experimental methods readily available at ISOLDE include high-transmission conversion electron spectroscopy, $\\gamma$-ray spectroscopy as well as the measurements of the masses of $^{74}$Rb and $^{74}$Kr using two complementary techniques, ISOLTRAP and MISTRAL. The experiment would rely on a high-quality $^{74}$Rb beam available at ISOLDE with adequate intensity.

  9. Analysis list: RB1 [Chip-atlas[Archive

    Full Text Available RB1 Prostate,Uterus + hg19,, ...

  10. Improved RB-HARQ scheme based on structured LDPC codes

    WANG Wen-jun; LIN Yue-wei; YAN Yuan


    Reliability-based hybrid automatic repeat request (ARQ) (RB-HARQ) is a recently introduced approach to incremental-redundancy ARQ. In RB-HARQ scheme, the bits that are to be retransmitted are adaptively selected at the receiver based on the estimated bit reliability. It could result in significant performance gain but requires huge overhead in the feedback channel. In this study, an improved RB-HARQ scheme (IRB-HARQ) for structured low-density parity-check codes is proposed, which simplifies the comparison operations needed to search the bits to be retransmitted and outperforms the RB-HARQ scheme in consideration of the bit transmission power for the requesting messages on the feedback link. Simulation results show that the IRB-HARQ scheme is more efficient and practical than the RB-HARQ scheme.

  11. 75 FR 51654 - Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-22B and RB211-524 Series Turbofan Engines


    ...-10] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-22B and RB211-524 Series.... The FAA amends Sec. 39.13 by adding the following new AD: 2010-17-10 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment 39... AD applies to Rolls-Royce plc RB211-22B series and RB211-524B4-D-02, RB211-524D4-19,...

  12. Steam effects over Pd/Ce0.67Zr0.33O2 three-way catalyst

    WANG Jianqiang; SHEN Meiqing; WANG Jun; Wang Wulin


    In the purification process of automobile exhaust, existing water plays an important role as an oxidant, which converts CO and hydrocarbons (HCs) by the water-gas shift (WGS) and the steam reforming (SR) reactions, respectively, especially at high temperatures. Meanwhile it is major component of the exhaust which can affect significantly the thermal stability of the three-way catalyst. Activity experiments were carried out close to the real operation conditions (GHSV, concentration, etc.) with a Pd/Ce0.67Zr0.33O2 catalyst supplying information on the CO and C3H8 oxidation reactions in feedstream formed by different reactant combinations. The obtained results showed that the activity of the CO and C3Hs oxidation was promoted by the addition of steam due to the WGS and SR reactions. The WGS and SR reaction were competitive under oxygen-lean conditions. The kinetic analysis was considered for WGS and SR reactions.

  13. RB1 Methylation by SMYD2 Enhances Cell Cycle Progression through an Increase of RB1 Phosphorylation

    Hyun-Soo Cho


    Full Text Available It is well known that RB functions are regulated by posttranslational modifications such as phosphorylation and acetylation, but the significance of lysine methylation on RB has not been fully elucidated. Our expression analysis of SMYD2 by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction showed that expression levels of SMYD2 are significantly elevated in human bladder carcinomas compared with nonneoplastic bladder tissues (P < .0001, and its expression levels in tumor tissues were much higher than those of any other normal tissues. SMYD2 knockdown resulted in the suppression of cancer cell growth, and cell cycle analysis indicated that SMYD2 might play a crucial role in the G1/S transition. According to an in vitro methyltransferase assay, we found that SMYD2 methylates RB1 protein, and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis revealed lysine 810 of RB1 to be methylated by SMYD2. Importantly, this methylation enhanced Ser 807/811 phosphorylation of RB1 both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, we demonstrated that methylated RB1 accelerates E2F transcriptional activity and promotes cell cycle progression. SMYD2 is an important oncoprotein in various types of cancer, and SMYD2-dependent RB1 methylation at lysine 810 promotes cell cycle progression of cancer cells. Further study may explore SMYD2-dependent RB1 methylation as a potential therapeutic target in human cancer.

  14. Direct High-Precision Measurements of the (87)Sr/(86)Sr Isotope Ratio in Natural Water without Chemical Separation Using Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometry Equipped with 10(12) Ω Resistors.

    Li, Chao-Feng; Guo, Jing-Hui; Chu, Zhu-Yin; Feng, Lian-Jun; Wang, Xuan-Ce


    Thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) allows excellent precision for determining Sr isotope ratios in natural water samples. Traditionally, a chemical separation procedure using cation exchange resin has been employed to obtain a high purity Sr fraction from natural water, which makes sample preparation time-consuming. In this study, we present a rapid and precise method for the direct determination of the Sr isotope ratio of natural water using TIMS equipped with amplifiers with two 10(12) Ω resistors. To eliminate the (87)Rb isobaric interference, Re ribbons are used as filaments, providing a significant advantage over W ribbons in the inhibition of Rb(+) emission, based on systematically examining a series of NIST SRM987 standard doping with various amounts of Rb using Re and W ribbons. To validate the applicability of our method, twenty-two natural water samples, including different water types (rain, snow, river, lake and drinking water), that show a large range in Sr content variations (2.54-922.8 ppb), were collected and analyzed from North and South China. Analytical results show good precision (0.003-0.005%, 2 RSE) and the method was further validated by comparative analysis of the same water with and without chemical separation. The method is simple and rapid, eliminates sample preparation time, and prevents potential contamination during complicated sample-preparation procedures. Therefore, a high sample throughput inherent to the TIMS can be fully utilized.

  15. Disturbed Sr and Nd Isotope Systematics in Zircons With Concordant SHRIMP U-Pb Ages

    Weaver, K. L.; Bennett, V. C.; Depaolo, D. J.; Mundil, R.


    Little is known about the Sr- and Nd-isotopic systematics of zircon. With slow diffusion rates and a high resistance to weathering, zircon should preserve accurate age information and initial Sr and Nd isotopic ratios. As a common accessory mineral, it could provide petrogenetic information for rocks that have been altered, weathered, or metamorphosed. We have investigated the Sm-Nd and Rb-Sr systematics of zircons from unmetamorphosed granitic rocks that have yielded concordant U-Pb SHRIMP (Sensitive High Resolution Ion Microprobe) ages and have depleted mantle signatures for Nd and Sr isotopes. Zircon populations from mantle-derived igneous rocks with ages of 0.1, 1.7, and 3.8 Ga were chosen for Sr and Nd isotopic analysis. Low concentrations (Sr, 4 to 8 ppm and Nd, 6 to 12 ppm) and small grain size necessitate the use of multigrain aliquots. Meaningful results can be obtained only if all of the zircons in the rock are a coherent population with homogeneous ages throughout and among grains. Zircon U-Pb ages were characterized using the SHRIMP RG, and trace element concentrations were measured by LA-ICPMS. The populations are homogeneous and the material ablated by the ion beam ( ˜~20 μ m spot size) shows little evidence of lead loss. Results on zircons of 100 Ma and 1700 Ma indicate that both the Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd systems have been severely disturbed. For the 1700 Ma granitic rocks from the Yavapai sequence of Arizona, zircon Sm-Nd apparent ages are ca. 1000 Ma! Leaching was used to remove contributions from adhering or included minerals, but leached residues that presumably most closely approximate the composition of the pure zircon (e.g. have high Sm/Nd) are no less disturbed than unleached samples. Despite the U-Pb SHRIMP ages indicating a closed system, the zircons have failed to preserve a reasonable age or initial isotopic composition for Sr and Nd, indicating that parts of the crystal might be severely affected by radiation damage resulting in disturbed

  16. Observation of Quantum Beating in rb at 2.1 THz and 18.2 THz: Long-Range Rb^{*}-Rb Interactions.

    Goldshlag, William; Ricconi, Brian J.; Eden, J. Gary


    The interaction of Rb 7s ^{2}S_{1/2}, 5d ^{2}D_{3/2,5/2} and 5p ^{2}P_{3/2} atoms with the background species at long range (100-1000Å) has been observed by pump-probe ultrafast laser spectroscopy. Parametric four-wave mixing in Rb vapor with pairs of 50-70 fs pulses produces coherent Rb 6P-5S emission at 420 nm that is modulated by Rb quantum beating. The two dominant beating frequencies are 18.2 THz and 2.07 THz, corresponding to quantum beating between 7S and 5D states and to the (5D-5P_{3/2})-(5P_{3/2}-5S) defect, respectively. Analysis of Rabi oscillations in these pump-probe experiments allows for the mean interaction energy at long range to be determined. The figure shows Fourier transform spectra of representative Rabi oscillation waveforms. The waveform and spectrum at left illustrate quantum beating in Rb at 2.1 THz. The spectrum at right is dominated by the 18.2 THz frequency component generated by 7S-5D beating in Rb. Insets show respective temporal behaviors of the 6P-5S line near the coherent transient (zero interpulse delay).

  17. A cold 87Rb atomic beam

    Wang Xiao-Jia; Feng Yan-Ying; Xue Hong-Bo; Zhou Zhao-Ying; Zhang Wen-Dong


    We demonstrate an experimental setup for the production of a beam source of cold 87Rb atoms.The atoms are extracted from a trapped cold atomic cloud in an unbalanced three-dimensional magneto-optical trap.Via a radiation pressure difference generated by a specially designed leak tunnel along one trapping laser beam,the atoms are pushed out continuously with low velocities and a high flux.The most-probable velocity in the beam is varied from 9 m/s to 19 m/s by varying the detuning of the trapping laser beams in the magneto-optical trap and the flux can be tuned up to 4× 109 s-1 by increasing the intensity of the trapping beams.We also present a simple model for describing the dependence of the beam performance on the magneto-optical trap trapping laser intensity and the detuning.

  18. Identification of Marchfeld asparagus using Sr isotope ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS.

    Swoboda, S; Brunner, M; Boulyga, S F; Galler, P; Horacek, M; Prohaska, T


    This work focuses on testing and application of Sr isotope signatures for the fast and reliable authentication and traceability of Asparagus officinalis originating from Marchfeld, Austria, using multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after optimised Rb/Sr separation. The major sample pool comprises freeze-dried and microwave-digested asparagus samples from Hungary and Slovakia which are compared with Austrian asparagus originating from the Marchfeld region, which is a protected geographical indication. Additional samples from Peru, The Netherlands and Germany were limited in number and allowed therefore only restricted statistical evaluation. Asparagus samples from Marchfeld were harvested within two subsequent years in order to investigate the annual variation. The results show that the Sr isotope ratio is consistent within these 2 years of investigation. Moreover, the Sr isotope ratio of total Sr in soil was found to be significantly higher than in an NH4NO3 extract, reflecting the mobile (bioavailable) phase. The isotope composition in the latter extract corresponds well to the range found in the asparagus samples in Marchfeld, even though the concentration of Sr in asparagus shows no direct correlation to the concentration of Sr in the mobile phase of the soil. The major question was whether the 'Marchfelder Spargel' can be distinguished from samples from the neighbouring countries of Hungary and Slovakia. According to our findings, they can be clearly (100%) singled out from the Hungarian samples and can be distinguished from the Slovakian asparagus samples with a probability of more than 80%.

  19. SR study of scintillators

    Mikhailin, V V


    The technique and the models developed recently in Synchrotron Radiation (SR) Laboratory of Moscow University for the investigation of energy transfer processes in insulators can be applied for a detailed study of scintillator's properties. The experiments with SR in VUV and XUV regions allow to separate various processes and stages of energy transfer and help to indicate the dominating process on each stage. Thus, we can find the way to improve the properties, essential for the particular application of the scintillator: conversion efficiency, decay time, afterglow, radiation hardness, etc. The results of such a study can be used for the testing procedures in scintillator production.

  20. Optical pumping in a microfabricated Rb vapor cell using a microfabricated Rb discharge light source

    Venkatraman, V.; Kang, S.; Affolderbach, C.; Mileti, G., E-mail: [Laboratoire Temps-Fréquence, University of Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel 2000 (Switzerland); Shea, H. [Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Neuchâtel 2002 (Switzerland)


    Miniature (Rb discharge lamp light source, as well as (2) a conventional glass-blown Rb discharge lamp. The microfabricated Rb lamp cell is a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) light source, having the same inner cell volume of around 40 mm{sup 3} as that of the resonance cell, both filled with suitable buffer gases. A miniature (∼2 cm{sup 3} volume) test setup based on the M{sub z} magnetometer interrogation technique was used for observation of optical-radiofrequency double-resonance signals, proving the suitability of the microfabricated discharge lamp to introduce efficient optical pumping. The pumping ability of this light source was found to be comparable to or even better than that of a conventional glass-blown lamp. The reported results indicate that the micro-fabricated DBD discharge lamp has a high potential for the development of a new class of miniature atomic clocks, magnetometers, and quantum sensors.

  1. Thermodynamic stability of in situ W–ZrC and W–Zr(CN) composites

    Kim, Jae-Hee [Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Daejeon 305-806 (Korea, Republic of); Zhe, Gao [Saint-Gobain Research Shanghai Co., Ltd, Wenjing-road, Minhang-district, Shanghai 200245 (China); Lim, Jaehyuk [Samsung Electronics, Yongin 446-811 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Choongkwon [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Shinhoo, E-mail: [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea, Republic of)


    Powders of W–ZrC and W–Zr(CN) were carbothermally synthesized in situ from milled mixtures of graphite, WO{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2}. The thermal stability of Zr(CN) in a W matrix was simulated and compared with that of ZrC in W in terms of free energy change and carbide coarsening. Carbon and nitrogen had high mutual affinity in Zr(CN) of B1 crystal structure, which led their activity curves to exhibit strong negative deviation from ideal mixing behavior. Zr(CN) was more stable than ZrC up to 2075 K; however, a microstructural study showed that it became less stable than ZrC at around 1975 K. This result is attributed to the decreasing thermodynamic stability of ZrN with increasing temperature. Other transition metal carbonitrides containing group 4–6 elements are expected to show similar coarsening behaviors at high temperatures. - Highlights: • The Zr(CN) phase formed due to the high affinity between C and N in ZrC. • A complete reversal of the slope is found in the formation energy curves. • The growth of the carbonitride is due to the nitrogen, reducing the stability. • Solid solutions containing group 4 elements would show similar growth behavior.

  2. 89Zr radiochemistry for positron emission tomography.

    Severin, Gregory W; Engle, Jonathan W; Barnhart, Todd E; Nickles, R Jerry


    The positron emitting isotope (89)Zr is an ideal radionuclide for use in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). This article reviews the cyclotron physics of (89)Zr production, and the chemical separation methods for isolating it from yttrium target material. (89)Zr coordination with the bifunctional chelate desferrioxamine B is discussed, along with the common procedures for attaching the chelate to mAbs. The review is intended to detail the procedure for creating (89)Zr labeled mAbs, going from cyclotron to PET.

  3. Proteomic analysis of pRb loss highlights a signature of decreased mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation.

    Nicolay, Brandon N; Danielian, Paul S; Kottakis, Filippos; Lapek, John D; Sanidas, Ioannis; Miles, Wayne O; Dehnad, Mantre; Tschöp, Katrin; Gierut, Jessica J; Manning, Amity L; Morris, Robert; Haigis, Kevin; Bardeesy, Nabeel; Lees, Jacqueline A; Haas, Wilhelm; Dyson, Nicholas J


    The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor (pRb) protein associates with chromatin and regulates gene expression. Numerous studies have identified Rb-dependent RNA signatures, but the proteomic effects of Rb loss are largely unexplored. We acutely ablated Rb in adult mice and conducted a quantitative analysis of RNA and proteomic changes in the colon and lungs, where Rb(KO) was sufficient or insufficient to induce ectopic proliferation, respectively. As expected, Rb(KO) caused similar increases in classic pRb/E2F-regulated transcripts in both tissues, but, unexpectedly, their protein products increased only in the colon, consistent with its increased proliferative index. Thus, these protein changes induced by Rb loss are coupled with proliferation but uncoupled from transcription. The proteomic changes in common between Rb(KO) tissues showed a striking decrease in proteins with mitochondrial functions. Accordingly, RB1 inactivation in human cells decreased both mitochondrial mass and oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) function. RB(KO) cells showed decreased mitochondrial respiratory capacity and the accumulation of hypopolarized mitochondria. Additionally, RB/Rb loss altered mitochondrial pyruvate oxidation from (13)C-glucose through the TCA cycle in mouse tissues and cultured cells. Consequently, RB(KO) cells have an enhanced sensitivity to mitochondrial stress conditions. In summary, proteomic analyses provide a new perspective on Rb/RB1 mutation, highlighting the importance of pRb for mitochondrial function and suggesting vulnerabilities for treatment.

  4. Ginsenoside Rb1 directly scavenges hydroxyl radical and hypochlorous acid.

    Lü, Jian-Ming; Weakley, Sarah M; Yang, Zhen; Hu, Ming; Yao, Qizhi; Chen, Changyi


    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been implicated in a variety of inflammatory diseases including cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, autism, cataracts and aging. When endogenous mechanisms for the maintenance of redox homeostasis are overwhelmed, dietary intake of antioxidants contributes substantially to balancing the body's oxidant/antioxidant status. Ginsenosides are thought to be primarily responsible for the pharmacological effect of P. ginseng root extracts on oxidative stress and inflammation. However, little is known about the underlying antioxidant mechanisms of individual ginsenoside; specifically, the reactivity of ginsenoside Rb1 with ROS has not been well studied. We found that Rb1 can significantly and selectively reduce hydroxyl radical (●OH) and hypochlorous acid (HOCl), two of the strongest ROS, with unique molecular mechanisms in a cell-free system. Rb1 directly scavenges the ●OH and protects plasmid DNA from damage induced by ●OH. ●OH likely attacks the double bond on the side chain of Rb1 as well as hydrogen atoms adjacent to the -OH groups, including those of sugar moieties. Rb1 also shows a high reactivity to HOCl and effectively inhibits HOCl-induced tyrosine chlorination in a cell free system. HOCl is added to the double bond of Rb1; the -Cl group and -OH group of HOCl possibly bond at C-24 and C-25 of Rb1 based on the regioselectivity of Markovnikov's Rule. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that ginsenoside Rb1 scavenges HOCl and protects tyrosine from HOCl-induced chlorination. Thus, this study reveals unique antioxidant mechanisms of individual ginsenoside Rb1, which may contribute to the pharmacological effect of P. ginseng and to the development of effective strategies for clinical applications of ginsenosides.

  5. On-line ion chemistry for the AMS analysis of {sup 90}Sr and {sup 135,137}Cs

    Eliades, J. [IsoTrace Laboratory, University of Toronto, 60 St. George St., Toronto, ON, M5S 1A7 (Canada); Zhao, X.-L. [Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada); Litherland, A.E. [IsoTrace Laboratory, University of Toronto, 60 St. George St., Toronto, ON, M5S 1A7 (Canada); Kieser, W.E., E-mail: [Department of Physics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada)


    The analysis of {sup 90}Sr by AMS has so far required the use of very large tandem accelerators in order to separate the isobar {sup 90}Zr by the rate-of-energy-loss method. The analysis of {sup 135,137}Cs by AMS has never been attempted as the separation of the isobars {sup 135,137}Ba by the traditional method requires even higher energies, so that this approach would become prohibitively expensive for routine analysis. Following the successful demonstration of Cl{sup -}-S{sup -} separation by the Isobar Separator, the same apparatus was used to test the separation of other pairs of isobars. Surprisingly effective results were obtained with NO{sub 2} gas in the cases of SrF{sub 3}{sup -}-ZrF{sub 3}{sup -} and CsF{sub 2}{sup -}-BaF{sub 2}{sup -} separations. Reduction factors of {approx}4 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} for ZrF{sub 3}{sup -}/SrF{sub 3}{sup -} and {approx}2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} for BaF{sub 2}{sup -}/CsF{sub 2}{sup -} were measured. SrF{sub 3}{sup -} and CsF{sub 2}{sup -} are both super-halogen anions and are preferentially produced in the ion source rather than ZrF{sub 3}{sup -} and BaF{sub 2}{sup -} when using the PbF{sub 2} matrix-assisted method. Reduction factors for ion source production with such targets of {approx}3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -5} for ZrF{sub 3}{sup -}-SrF{sub 3}{sup -} and {approx}5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} for BaF{sub 2}{sup -}-CsF{sub 2}{sup -} were found. The combined methods would suggest a theoretical detection sensitivity for {sup 90}Sr/Sr {approx}6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -16}, {sup 135}Cs/Cs {approx}7 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -15} and {sup 137}Cs/Cs {approx}1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -14}, assuming 10 ppm Zr and Ba contamination in the AMS targets. In addition to the earlier Cl{sup -}-S{sup -} separation work, these measurements further illustrate the potential of on-line ion chemical methods for broadening the analytical scope of small AMS systems.

  6. Silencing of RB1 and RB2/P130 during adipogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells results in dysregulated differentiation.

    Capasso, Stefania; Alessio, Nicola; Di Bernardo, Giovanni; Cipollaro, Marilena; Melone, Mariarosa Ab; Peluso, Gianfranco; Giordano, Antonio; Galderisi, Umberto


    Bone marrow adipose tissue (BMAT) is different from fat found elsewhere in the body, and only recently have some of its functions been investigated. BMAT may regulate bone marrow stem cell niche and plays a role in energy storage and thermogenesis. BMAT may be involved also in obesity and osteoporosis onset. Given the paramount functions of BMAT, we decided to better clarify the human bone marrow adipogenesis by analyzing the role of the retinoblastoma gene family, which are key players in cell cycle regulation. Our data provide evidence that the inactivation of RB1 or RB2/P130 in uncommitted bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) facilitates the first steps of adipogenesis. In cultures with silenced RB1 or RB2/P130, we observed an increase of clones with adipogenic potential and a higher percentage of cells accumulating lipid droplets. Nevertheless, the absence of RB1 or RB2/P130 impaired the terminal adipocyte differentiation and gave rise to dysregulated adipose cells, with alteration in lipid uptake and release. For the first time, we evidenced that RB2/P130 plays a role in bone marrow adipogenesis. Our data suggest that while the inactivation of retinoblastoma proteins may delay the onset of last cell division and allow more BMSC to be committed to adipocyte, it did not allow a permanent cell cycle exit, which is a prerequisite for adipocyte terminal maturation.

  7. Shape coexistence in neutron-rich Sr isotopes : Coulomb excitation of $^{96}$Sr

    Clement, E; Siem, S; Czosnyka, T


    The nuclei in the mass region A $\\cong$ 100 around Sr and Zr show a dramatic change of the nuclear ground-state shape from near spherical for N $\\leq$ 58 to strongly deformed for N $\\geq$ 60. Theoretical calculations predict the coexistence of slightly oblate and strongly prolate deformed configurations in the transitional region. However, excited rotational structures based on the highly deformed configuration, which becomes the ground state at N = 60, are not firmly established in the lighter isotopes, and the earlier interpretation of a very abrupt change of shape has been challenged by recent experimental results in favor of a rather gradual change. We propose to study the electromagnetic properties of the neutron-rich nucleus $_{38}^{96}$Sr$_{58}$ by low-energy Coulomb excitation using the REX-ISOLDE facility and the MINIBALL detector array. Both transitional and diagonal matrix elements will be extracted, resulting in a complete description of the transition strengths and quadrupole moments of the low-l...

  8. Doping-induced superconductivity of ZrB2 and HfB2

    Barbero, N.; Shiroka, T.; Delley, B.; Grant, T.; Machado, A. Â. J. Â. S.; Fisk, Z.; Ott, H.-R.; Mesot, J.


    Unlike the widely studied s -type two-gap superconductor MgB2, the chemically similar compounds ZrB2 and HfB2 do not superconduct above 1 K. Yet it has been shown that small amounts of self or extrinsic doping (in particular with vanadium), can induce superconductivity in these materials. Based on results of different macroscopic and microscopic measurements, including magnetometry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), resistivity, and muon-spin rotation (μ+SR ), we present a comparative study of Zr0.96V0.04B2 and Hf0.97V0.03B2 . Their key magnetic and superconducting features are determined and the results are considered within the theoretical framework of multiband superconductivity proposed for MgB2. Detailed Fermi surface (FS) and electronic structure calculations reveal the difference between MgB2 and transition-metal diborides.

  9. RB1 mutation spectrum in a comprehensive nationwide cohort of retinoblastoma patients

    Dommering, Charlotte J.; Mol, Berber M.; Moll, Annette C.; Burton, Margaret; Cloos, Jacqueline; Dorsman, Josephine C.; Meijers-Heijboer, Hanne; van der Hout, Annemarie H.


    Background Retinoblastoma (Rb) is a childhood cancer of the retina, commonly initiated by biallelic inactivation of the RB1 gene. Knowledge of the presence of a heritable RB1 mutation can help in risk management and reproductive decision making. We report here on RB1 mutation scanning in a unique na

  10. Structural evolution in the neutron-rich nuclei 106Zr and 108Zr

    Sumikama, T; Watanabe, H; Nishimura, S; Miyashita, Y; Yamaguchi, K; Sugimoto, K; Chiba, J; Li, Z; Baba, H; Berryman, J S; Blasi, N; Bracco, A; Camera, F; Doornenbal, P; Go, S; Hashimoto, T; Hayakawa, S; Hinke, C; Ideguchi, E; Isobe, T; Ito, Y; Jenkins, D G; Kawada, Y; Kobayashi, N; Kondo, Y; Krücken, R; Kubono, S; Lorusso, G; Nakano, T; Kurata-Nishimura, M; Odahara, A; Ong, H J; Ota, S; Podolyák, Zs; Sakurai, H; Scheit, H; Steiger, K; Steppenbeck, D; Takano, S; Takashima, A; Tajiri, K; Teranishi, T; Wakabayashi, Y; Walker, P M; Wieland, O; Yamaguchi, H


    The low-lying states in 106Zr and 108Zr have been investigated by means of {\\beta}-{\\gamma} and isomer spectroscopy at the RI beam factory, respectively. A new isomer with a half-life of 620\\pm150 ns has been identified in 108Zr. For the sequence of even-even Zr isotopes, the excitation energies of the first 2+ states reach a minimum at N = 64 and gradually increase as the neutron number increases up to N = 68, suggesting a deformed sub-shell closure at N = 64. The deformed ground state of 108Zr indicates that a spherical sub-shell gap predicted at N = 70 is not large enough to change the ground state of 108Zr to the spherical shape. The possibility of a tetrahedral shape isomer in 108Zr is also discussed.

  11. Solubility studies, thermodynamics and electrical conductivity in the Th{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}O{sub 2} system

    Subasri, R.; Mallika, C.; Mathews, T.; Sastry, V.S.; Sreedharan, O.M. E-mail:


    A polymeric gel combustion method was employed for the lower temperature synthesis of 1, 2, 3, 5, 7.5, 10 and 15 mol.% SrO doped ThO{sub 2} solid solutions. After final sintering of these samples at 1573 K in Ar, the solubility limit was found to be 1 mol.%, giving rise to a composition-independent value of (559.84{+-}0.02) pm (at 300 K) for the CaF{sub 2}-type unit cell. AC impedance measurements carried out on discs of 1, 2, 3 and 5 mol.% SrO in ThO{sub 2} discs in flowing Ar, yielded values of 116, 115, 128 and 96 kJ/mol, respectively as the activation energies for the bulk ionic conductivity. The thermodynamic activities of SrO in the 1, 2 and 3 mol.% solid solutions were measured using [SrO]{sub ThO{sub 2}},SrF{sub 2},O{sub 2},Pt as the test electrodes and SrZrO{sub 3},ZrO{sub 2},SrF{sub 2},O{sub 2},Pt as the reference with sintered SrF{sub 2} as the electrolyte over the range of approximately 650-800 K. The activity values differed marginally from each other, but were indicative of the combined (and not free) state of SrO. Hence, only a limiting value of a{sub SrO} for the just saturated (mole fraction of SrO=0.01) thoria solid solution could be derived as log a{sub SrO}=0.36-4602/T (K)

  12. Radioactivity Measurement of Short Life Nuclide 89Rb


    <正>The radioactivity of short life nuclide 89Rb produced by fast radiochemical separation was measured by the digital coincidence counting (DCC) system. In this experiment, there were a large quantity of impurities

  13. SR-71 flyover


    This clip, running about 14 seconds in length, shows the NASA SR-71 (No. 844) lighting off the afterburners on a low pass over the Dryden Flight Research Center. Two SR-71A aircraft on loan from the U.S. Air Force have been used for high-speed, high-altitude research at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, since 1991. One of them was later returned to the Air Force. A third SR-71 on loan from the Air Force is an SR-71B used for training but not for flight research. Developed for the U.S. Air Force as reconnaissance aircraft more than 30 years ago, SR-71 aircraft are still the world's fastest and highest-flying production aircraft. These aircraft can fly more than 2200 miles per hour (Mach 3+ or more than three times the speed of sound) and at altitudes of over 85,000 feet. This operating environment makes the aircraft excellent platforms to carry out research and experiments in a variety of areas--aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, thermal protection materials, high-speed and high-temperature instrumentation, atmospheric studies, and sonic-boom characterization. Data from the SR-71 high-speed research program may be used to aid designers of future supersonic or hypersonic aircraft and propulsion systems, including a possible high-speed civil transport. The SR-71 program at Dryden has been part of the NASA overall high-speed aeronautical research program, and projects have involved other NASA research centers, other government agencies, universities, and commercial firms. One of the first major experiments to be flown in the NASA SR-71 program was a laser air-data collection system. This system used laser light instead of air pressure to produce airspeed and attitude reference data such as angle of attack and angle of sideslip. These data are normally obtained with small tubes and vanes extending into the air stream, or from tubes with flush openings on the aircraft outer skin. The flights provided information on the presence of

  14. SR-71 flight


    The movie clip shown here runs about 13 seconds and shows an air-to-air shot of the front of the SR-71 aircraft and a head-on view of it coming in for a landing. Two SR-71A aircraft on loan from the U.S. Air Force have been used for high-speed, high-altitude research at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, since 1991. One of them was later returned to the Air Force. A third SR-71 on loan from the Air Force is an SR-71B used for training but not for flight research. Developed for the U.S. Air Force as reconnaissance aircraft more than 30 years ago, SR-71 aircraft are still the world's fastest and highest-flying production aircraft. These aircraft can fly more than 2200 miles per hour (Mach 3+ or more than three times the speed of sound) and at altitudes of over 85,000 feet. This operating environment makes the aircraft excellent platforms to carry out research and experiments in a variety of areas--aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, thermal protection materials, high-speed and high-temperature instrumentation, atmospheric studies, and sonic-boom characterization. Data from the SR-71 high-speed research program may be used to aid designers of future supersonic or hypersonic aircraft and propulsion systems, including a possible high-speed civil transport. The SR-71 program at Dryden has been part of the NASA overall high-speed aeronautical research program, and projects have involved other NASA research centers, other government agencies, universities, and commercial firms. One of the first major experiments to be flown in the NASA SR-71 program was a laser air-data collection system. This system used laser light instead of air pressure to produce airspeed and attitude reference data such as angle of attack and angle of sideslip. These data are normally obtained with small tubes and vanes extending into the air stream, or from tubes with flush openings on the aircraft outer skin. The flights provided information on the presence of

  15. Fabrication of ZrC/SiC, ZrO2/SiC and ZrO2 powders by carbothermal reduction of ZrSiO4

    Ljiljana Kljajević


    Full Text Available The zirconia/silicon carbide (ZrO2 /SiC and ZrO2 powders are prepared by carbothermal reduction of natural mineral zircon (ZrSiO4. The zircon powder was mixed with activated carbon as a reducing agent and heattreated in a controlled flow atmosphere of Ar. Phase evolution and phase content were followed as a function of temperature (1573–1973 K and C/ZrSiO4 ratio (C/ZrSiO4 = 1, 4, 5 and 7, by means of ex-situ X-ray diffraction and SEM/EDS analysis. By varying the temperature and C/ZrSiO4 ratio, different powder compositions were obtained (m-ZrO2; m-ZrO2/c-ZrO2; c-ZrO2; c-ZrO2/SiC.

  16. Optimality of Empirical Z-R Relations

    Haddad, Z. S.; Rosenfield, D.


    This paper attempts to justify mathematically the two empirical approaches to the problem of deriving Z-R relations from (Z,R) measurements, namely the power-law regression and the probability matching method (PMM). The basic mathematical assumptions that apply in each case are explicitly identified.

  17. Extreme heterogeneity in Sr isotope systematic in the Himalayan leucogranites: A possible mechanism of partial melting based on thermal modeling

    Dilip K Mukhopadhyay


    The small leucogranite plutons occurring in linear belts in the Higher Himalayas have formed due to post-collision partial melting within the Himalayan crust. Several studies have documented that the Sr isotopic ratios in the granite bodies show chaotic variation and meaningful Rb-Sr isochron ages are difficult, if not impossible, to obtain. In tectonically overthickened crust, the depth-temperature profile (geotherm) remains strongly transient for the first tens of millions of years. It is proposed here that the intersecting relations between the transient geotherms and activity-dependent solidus/melting curves may generate small pods of magma at di erent depths and at di erent times. Each of these pods will have its unique Sr isotopic ratios. Coalescence of these small pods of magma without any e ective homogenization due to deformation-induced fast segregation, ascent and emplacement may lead to pluton-wide extreme heterogeneity in Sr isotopic ratios.

  18. Scattering lengths in isotopologues of the RbYb system

    Borkowski, Mateusz; Ciuryło, Roman; Julienne, Paul S; K{\\ke}dziera, Dariusz; Mentel, Łukasz; Tecmer, Paweł; Münchow, Frank; Bruni, Christian; Görlitz, Axel


    We model the binding energies of rovibrational levels of the RbYb molecule using experimental data from two-color photoassociation spectroscopy in mixtures of ultracold $^{87}$Rb with various Yb isotopes. The model uses a theoretical potential based on state-of-the-art \\emph{ab initio} potentials, further improved by least-squares fitting to the experimental data. We have fixed the number of bound states supported by the potential curve, so that the model is mass scaled, that is, it accurately describes the bound state energies for all measured isotopic combinations. Such a model enables an accurate prediction of the s-wave scattering lengths of all isotopic combinations of the RbYb system. The reduced mass range is broad enough to cover the full scattering lengths range from $-\\infty$ to $+\\infty$. For example, the $^{87}$Rb$^{174}$Yb system is characterized by a large positive scattering length of $+880(120)$~a.u., while $^{87}$Rb$^{173}$Yb has $a=-626(88)$~a.u.. On the other hand $^{87}$Rb$^{170}$Yb has a ...

  19. Immune Response of Calves Vaccinated with Brucella abortus S19 or RB51 and Revaccinated with RB51

    Dorneles, Elaine M. S.; Lima, Graciela K.; Teixeira-Carvalho, Andréa; Araújo, Márcio S. S.; Martins-Filho, Olindo A.; Sriranganathan, Nammalwar; Al Qublan, Hamzeh; Heinemann, Marcos B.; Lage, Andrey P.


    Brucella abortus S19 and RB51 strains have been successfully used to control bovine brucellosis worldwide; however, currently, most of our understanding of the protective immune response induced by vaccination comes from studies in mice. The aim of this study was to characterize and compare the immune responses induced in cattle prime-immunized with B. abortus S19 or RB51 and revaccinated with RB51. Female calves, aged 4 to 8 months, were vaccinated with either vaccine S19 (0.6–1.2 x 1011 CFU) or RB51 (1.3 x 1010 CFU) on day 0, and revaccinated with RB51 (1.3 x 1010 CFU) on day 365 of the experiment. Characterization of the immune response was performed using serum and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Blood samples were collected on days 0, 28, 210, 365, 393 and 575 post-immunization. Results showed that S19 and RB51 vaccination induced an immune response characterized by proliferation of CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells; IFN-ɣ and IL-17A production by CD4+ T-cells; cytotoxic CD8+ T-cells; IL-6 secretion; CD4+ and CD8+ memory cells; antibodies of IgG1 class; and expression of the phenotypes of activation in T-cells. However, the immune response stimulated by S19 compared to RB51 showed higher persistency of IFN-ɣ and CD4+ memory cells, induction of CD21+ memory cells and higher secretion of IL-6. After RB51 revaccination, the immune response was chiefly characterized by increase in IFN-ɣ expression, proliferation of antigen-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells, cytotoxic CD8+ T-cells and decrease of IL-6 production in both groups. Nevertheless, a different polarization of the immune response, CD4+- or CD8+-dominant, was observed after the booster with RB51 for S19 and RB51 prime-vaccinated animals, respectively. Our results indicate that after prime vaccination both vaccine strains induce a strong and complex Th1 immune response, although after RB51 revaccination the differences between immune profiles induced by prime-vaccination become accentuated. PMID:26352261

  20. Immune Response of Calves Vaccinated with Brucella abortus S19 or RB51 and Revaccinated with RB51.

    Dorneles, Elaine M S; Lima, Graciela K; Teixeira-Carvalho, Andréa; Araújo, Márcio S S; Martins-Filho, Olindo A; Sriranganathan, Nammalwar; Al Qublan, Hamzeh; Heinemann, Marcos B; Lage, Andrey P


    Brucella abortus S19 and RB51 strains have been successfully used to control bovine brucellosis worldwide; however, currently, most of our understanding of the protective immune response induced by vaccination comes from studies in mice. The aim of this study was to characterize and compare the immune responses induced in cattle prime-immunized with B. abortus S19 or RB51 and revaccinated with RB51. Female calves, aged 4 to 8 months, were vaccinated with either vaccine S19 (0.6-1.2 x 1011 CFU) or RB51 (1.3 x 1010 CFU) on day 0, and revaccinated with RB51 (1.3 x 1010 CFU) on day 365 of the experiment. Characterization of the immune response was performed using serum and peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Blood samples were collected on days 0, 28, 210, 365, 393 and 575 post-immunization. Results showed that S19 and RB51 vaccination induced an immune response characterized by proliferation of CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells; IFN-ɣ and IL-17A production by CD4+ T-cells; cytotoxic CD8+ T-cells; IL-6 secretion; CD4+ and CD8+ memory cells; antibodies of IgG1 class; and expression of the phenotypes of activation in T-cells. However, the immune response stimulated by S19 compared to RB51 showed higher persistency of IFN-ɣ and CD4+ memory cells, induction of CD21+ memory cells and higher secretion of IL-6. After RB51 revaccination, the immune response was chiefly characterized by increase in IFN-ɣ expression, proliferation of antigen-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells, cytotoxic CD8+ T-cells and decrease of IL-6 production in both groups. Nevertheless, a different polarization of the immune response, CD4+- or CD8+-dominant, was observed after the booster with RB51 for S19 and RB51 prime-vaccinated animals, respectively. Our results indicate that after prime vaccination both vaccine strains induce a strong and complex Th1 immune response, although after RB51 revaccination the differences between immune profiles induced by prime-vaccination become accentuated.

  1. Improved performance and stability of Ag-infiltrated nanocomposite La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ-(Y2O3)0.08(ZrO2)0.92 oxygen electrode for H2O/CO2 co-electrolysis

    Fan, Hui; Han, Minfang


    An Ag-infiltrated nanocomposite LSCF (La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ)-YSZ (yttria stabilized zirconia) oxygen electrode is prepared for co-electrolysis of steam and CO2. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) associated with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) is employed to verify that nano-Ag particles are formed into the porous LSCF-YSZ electrode. Polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) of the cell as well as long-term durability are investigated. In comparison with the Ag-free cell, the Ag-loaded cell exhibited improved performance and long-term stability when 45% H2O, 45% CO2, and 10% H2 is introduced as inlet gas. With infiltration of metal Ag, the ohmic resistance of the cell decreases from 0.14 Ω cm2 to 0.11 Ω cm2, and the polarization resistance from 0.30 Ω cm2 to 0.17 Ω cm2 at 800 °C. No significant deterioration of the Ag-infiltrated cell is observed when operating for 200 h at 1.3 V and 750 °C. With respect to varied H2O/CO2 ratio (1:2, 1:1, and 2:1) in feed gas, higher H2O percent content is resulted into higher cell performance, despite the fact that varied inlet gas composition did not dramatically influence the cell performance.

  2. A New Rb Lamp Exciter Circuit for Rb atomic clocks and Studies on Transition from Ring to Red mode

    Singh, Savita; Saxena, G M


    In this paper we describe the development of novel RF exciter circuit for electrode less Rb lamp. The lamp exciter circuit is a RF oscillator with a a new configuration operating at 60 to 65 MHz frequency with 3 to 4 watt power. The Rb lamp is used in exciting the ground state hyperfine transitions in Rb atom in a glass cell placed inside a tuned microwave cavity, As the frequency of these hyperfine transitions is very stable it is used in the development of Rb atomic clock by phase locking the oven controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO) to this atomic transition frequency. The details of the Rb lamp exciter are presented in the paper.The Lamp is ideally operated in ring mode as in this mode the linewidth is narrow and there is no self reversal. However, high temperature and RF excitation power may drive the Rb lamp to red mode which gives rise to line broadening and self reversal. It is the experience that mode change from ring to red deteriorates the atomic signal strength and S/N. In this paper the reasons o...

  3. Loss of heterozygosity for Rb locus and pRb immunostaining in laryngeal cancer: a clinicopathologic, molecular and immunohistochemical study.

    Andrzej Borzecki


    Full Text Available Several risk factors for the development of laryngeal cancer have been identified, such as smoking and alcohol consumption, but the molecular mechanisms related to the carcinogenesis in the larynx remain under investigation. In this context, deregulations of the cell-cycle-controling mechanisms, Rb-pathway in particular, have been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of laryngeal carcinoma. Our purpose was to investigate 13q14 LOH and the expression of Rb protein and their possible prognostic value in laryngeal cancer. The group of 67 patients with laryngeal cancer, surgically treated with minimum 5 years observation, was multi-variously analysed. LOH for Rb was investigated by PCR-based techniques using two microsatellite markers, D13S263 and D13S126, flanking the Rb locus. Amplification products from each polymorphism were fractionated by denaturing gel electrophoresis and detected by audioradiography. Immunohistochemical staining of paraffin specimens of laryngeal cancers was supervised by the use of monoclonal mouse antibodies IgG1 (Anti-Human Retinoblastoma Gene Product of Dako in dilution of 1:50. Inactivation of Rb protein was assumed to represent the expression in < or =10% tumour cells. The results of each examined individual factor were compared with clinicopathologic features and the results were statistically transformed (Chi-square test with Yates' correction, Mann-Whitney test. The Kaplan and Meier model was used for overall and disease free survival curves. Only p value of less than 0,05 was considered significant. 13q14 LOH was detected in 7/67 (10,4% of informative tumours. No correlations were found between Rb genetic alteration (LOH and gender, age, TNM staging, histological differentiation, nodal and local recurrences (p>0.05. There was a strong association between the loss of Rb and supraglottic localisation of tumour in the larynx (p<0.01. By univariate analysis 13q14 LOH proved to be significantly related to the

  4. Overlapping and distinct pRb pathways in the mammalian auditory and vestibular organs.

    Huang, Mingqian; Sage, Cyrille; Tang, Yong; Lee, Sang Goo; Petrillo, Marco; Hinds, Philip W; Chen, Zheng-Yi


    Retinoblastoma gene (Rb1) is required for proper cell cycle exit in the developing mouse inner ear and its deletion in the embryo leads to proliferation of sensory progenitor cells that differentiate into hair cells and supporting cells. In a conditional hair cell Rb1 knockout mouse, Pou4f3-Cre-pRb(-/-), pRb(-/-) utricular hair cells differentiate and survive into adulthood whereas differentiation and survival of pRb(-/-) cochlear hair cells are impaired. To comprehensively survey the pRb pathway in the mammalian inner ear, we performed microarray analysis of (pRb(-/-) cochlea and utricle. The comparative analysis shows that the core pathway shared between pRb(-/-) cochlea and utricle is centered on E2F, the key pathway that mediates pRb function. A majority of differentially expressed genes and enriched pathways are not shared but uniquely associated with pRb(-/-) cochlea or utricle. In pRb(-/-) cochlea, pathways involved in early inner ear development such as Wnt/β-catenin and Notch were enriched, whereas pathways involving in proliferation and survival are enriched in pRb(-/-) utricle. Clustering analysis showed that the pRb(-/-) inner ear has characteristics of a younger control inner ear, an indication of delayed differentiation. We created a transgenic mouse model (ER-Cre-pRb(flox/flox)) in which Rb1 can be acutely deleted postnatally. Acute Rb1 deletion in the adult mouse fails to induce proliferation or cell death in inner ear, strongly indicating that Rb1 loss in these postmitotic tissues can be effectively compensated for, or that pRb-mediated changes in the postmitotic compartment result in events that are functionally irreversible once enacted. This study thus supports the concept that pRb-regulated pathways relevant to hair cell development, encompassing proliferation, differentiation and survival, act predominantly during early development.

  5. Structural and optical analysis on europium doped AZrO{sub 3} (A=Ba, Ca, Sr) phosphor for display devices application

    Dubey, Vikas, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Bhilai Institute of Technology Raipur, 493661 (India); Tiwari, Neha [Department of Physics, Govt. Model Science College, Jabalpur (India)


    Behavior displayed by europium doped AZrO{sub 3} phosphor which was synthesized by solid state reaction method. For synthesis of BaZrO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and CaZrO{sub 3} phosphor with fixed concentration of europium ion was calcination at 1000°C and sintered at 1300°C following intermediate grinding. Synthesized sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis and crystallite sized was calculated by Scherer’s formula. From PL spectra of prepared phosphors shows intense emission centred at 612nm (red emission) with high intensity for SrZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. For europium doped BaZrO{sub 3} and CaZrO{sub 3} (613nm) phosphor shows less intense PL spectra as compared to SrZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}. The strong emission peak of AZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor is due to forced electric dipole transition of {sup 5}D{sub 0} to {sup 7}F{sub 2} centered at 612 and 613nm. It is characteristic red emission for europium ion. The excitation spectra of AZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphor mainly consists of the charge transfer and (CTB) of Eu{sup 3+} located in 200–350 nm centred at 254nm. The present phosphors can act as single host for red light emission in display devices. The CIE coordinates were calculated by Spectrophotometric method using the spectral energy distribution of the AZrO{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} sample.

  6. Sr-Isotope Composition of Feldspar: Implication for age and Evolution of Gabbros from Uralian-Alaskan Type Complexes in the Ural Mountains, Russia

    Bruegmann, G. E.; Krause, J.; Pushkarev, E.


    Compared to whole-rock or bulk mineral analyses single mineral composition could reveal disequilibrium features between crystals or within individual crystals which provide important information on magma chamber processes. We applied a LA-ICPMS technique to determine Sr isotopes in plagioclase and K-feldspar of gabbroic rocks from the Nizhnii Tagil and Kytlym complexes in the Ural Mountains in Russia. These complexes are Uralian-Alaskan-type zoned mafic-ultramafic complexes, consisting of dunite, clinopyroxenite and gabbro bodies. The rock association is considered to represent a cumulate sequence of a single parental melt feeding a magma chamber system. The instruments used were a NU Plasma MC-ICPMS and a solid-state 193 and 213 nm Nd:YAG laser ablation system from New Wave. The data of the present study includes up to five spot analyses (100-120 μm spot size) of each mineral in a thin section. Baselines for analyses were measured on-peak for 20 s while flushing the sample chamber with He. About 300 to 500 isotope ratios were measured during the ablation time of 80-100 s. Raw data were exported to an external data reduction spreadsheet and corrected for interferences (Kr, Rb) and mass bias using 87Sr/^{88}Sr=0.1194. During the time of analyses we measured the Sr isotope composition of an in-house marine carbonate reference material. Its 87Sr/86Sr of 0.70923±6 (2SD) agrees within error limits with our TIMS measurements. The gabbros have porphyric textures with clinopyroxene phenocrysts in a matrix of olivine, clinopyroxene and spinel. Two gabbro types can be distinguished based on additional matrix minerals. One type of gabbro is silica saturated, contains plagioclase (An57-88) and in places orthopyroxene as matrix phases. The second gabbro type is silica undersaturated and contains in the matrix plagioclase (An29-56) and pseudoleucite, a fine grained intergrowth of nepheline and K-feldspar (Or30-81). In this gabbro plagioclase has generally higher Sr


    Landa, A; Soderlind, P; Turchi, P; Vitos, L; Ruban, A


    Density-functional theory, previously used to describe phase equilibria in the U-Zr alloys [1], is applied to study ground state properties of the bcc U-Pu-Zr solid solutions. Calculated heats of formation of the Pu-U and Pu-Zr alloys are in a good agreement with CALPHAD assessments. We found that account for spin-orbit coupling is important for successful description of Pu-containing alloys.

  8. Electrodeposition of Zr and electrochemical formation of Mg-Zr alloys from the eutectic LiCl-KCl

    Chen Zeng [College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhang Milin [College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China)], E-mail:; Han Wei; Wang Xiaolei; Tang Dingxiang [College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China)


    To investigate the electrodeposition mechanism of Zr(IV), the electrochemistry of a LiCl-KCl-K{sub 2}ZrF{sub 6} melt at molybdenum and tungsten electrodes was studied at the temperature between 773 K and 973 K. Transient eletrochemical techniques, such as cyclic volatmmetry and chronopotentiometry were used. The results showed that Zr(IV) was reduced to Zr metal by a two-step mechanism corresponding to the Zr(IV)/Zr(II) and Zr(II)/Zr transitions. The intermediate product was identified as ZrCl{sub 2} by X-ray diffraction. At a liquid magnesium electrode, Mg-Zr alloy was obtained by potentiostatic electrolysis, and the samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray detector. The zirconium concentration in samples was about 0.8 mass% determined by an inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer.

  9. SUSY effects in Rb: Revisited under current experimental constraints

    Su, Wei; Yang, Jin Min


    In this note we revisit the SUSY effects in Rb under current experimental constraints including the LHC Higgs data, the B-physics measurements, the dark matter relic density and direct detection limits, as well as the precision electroweak data. We first perform a scan to figure out the currently allowed parameter space and then display the SUSY effects in Rb. We find that although the SUSY parameter space has been severely restrained by current experimental data, both the general MSSM and the natural-SUSY scenario can still alter Rb with a magnitude sizable enough to be observed at future Z-factories (ILC, CEPC, FCC-ee, Super Z-factory) which produce 109-1012Z-bosons. To be specific, assuming a precise measurement δRb = 2.0 ×10-5 at FCC-ee, we can probe a right-handed stop up to 530 GeV through chargino-stop loops, probe a sbottom to 850 GeV through neutralino-sbottom loops and a charged Higgs to 770 GeV through the Higgs-top quark loops for a large tan ⁡ β. The full one-loop SUSY correction to Rb can reach 1 ×10-4 in natural SUSY and 2 ×10-4 in the general MSSM.

  10. Spectroscopy of ultracold LiRb molecules using ionization detection

    Altaf, Adeel

    We present spectroscopic studies of ultracold LiRb molecules using ionization detection. The molecules are created by cooling and trapping Li and Rb atoms in overlapping magneto-optical traps (MOTs) and using light resonant with a free-bound transition to create weakly bound excited state molecules in a process known as photoassociation (PA). We explore weakly bound vibrational levels of LiRb with PA spectroscopy using ionization detection and, where possible, compare our results with earlier measurements performed in our lab using trap-loss spectroscopy. In addition, we also probe vibrational levels of the ground triplet electronic state and excited electronic states using resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectroscopy. We identify several vibrational levels of the alpha3Sigma+, (3)3piO and (4)3Sigma + states and compare our observations with theoretical calculations. As LiRb is one of the least studied heteronuclear diatomic molecules, these studies are aimed towards exploring the molecular structure. The spectroscopic work is also in line with the long-term project goals of transferring ultracold LiRb molecules into the lowest rotational and vibrational levels of the ground singlet electronic state. Molecules in this rovibronic ground state possess a large electric dipole moment, which is essential for application of ultracold molecules in various quantum computation schemes. The rovibronic ground state will also be an ideal starting point for investigating molecular entangled states.

  11. Ginsenoside Rb1 attenuates activated microglia-induced neuronal damage

    Lining Ke; Wei Guo; Jianwen Xu; Guodong Zhang; Wei Wang; Wenhua Huang


    The microglia-mediated inlfammatory reaction promotes neuronal damage under cerebral isch-emia/hypoxia conditions. We therefore speculated that inhibition of hypoxia-induced microglial activation may alleviate neuronal damage. To test this hypothesis, we co-cultured ginsenoside Rb1, an active component of ginseng, and cortical neurons. Ginsenoside Rb1 protected neuronal morphology and structure in a single hypoxic culture system and in a hypoxic co-culture system with microglia, and reduced neuronal apoptosis and caspase-3 production. The protective effect was observable prior to placing in co-culture. Additionally, ginsenoside Rb1 inhibited levels of tumor necrosis factor-αin a co-culture system containing activated N9 microglial cells. Ginse-noside Rb1 also signiifcantly decreased nitric oxide and superoxide production induced by N9 microglia. Our ifndings indicate that ginsenoside Rb1 attenuates damage to cerebral cortex neu-rons by downregulation of nitric oxide, superoxide, and tumor necrosis factor-αexpression in hypoxia-activated microglia.

  12. Low-frequency excitations in Rb{sub 3}C{sub 60} and Rb{sub 6}C{sub 60}

    Schober, H. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin, 38 - Grenoble (France); Renker, B. [INFP, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany); Gompf, F. [INFP, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)


    We present inelastic neutron scattering results for Rb{sub 3}C{sub 60} and Rb{sub 6}C{sub 60} covering the energy region from 0.5 to 14 meV. The different contributions to the spectra (translational, libronic, Rb-vibrations) are discussed on the basis of their Q and temperature dependence. In superconducting Rb{sub 3}C{sub 60} the scattering intensity observed in the range from 1.5 to 3.5 meV changes anomalously with temperature. No such behaviour is found in insulating Rb{sub 6}C{sub 60}. (orig.).

  13. Antibacterial activity and cell compatibility of TiZrN, TiZrCN, and TiZr-amorphous carbon coatings

    Huang, Heng-Li [School of Dentistry, China Medical University, Taichung 404, Taiwan (China); Department of Bioinformatics and Medical Engineering, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan (China); Chang, Yin-Yu, E-mail: [Department of Mechanical and Computer-aided Engineering, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China); Liu, Jia-Xu [Department of Mechanical and Computer-aided Engineering, National Formosa University, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Ming-Tzu [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Hungkuang University, Taichung 433, Taiwan (China); Lai, Chih-Ho [Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan (China)


    A cathodic-arc evaporation system with plasma-enhanced duct equipment was used to deposit TiZrN, TiZrCN, and TiZr/a-C coatings. Reactive gases (N{sub 2} and C{sub 2}H{sub 2}) activated by the Ti and Zr plasma in the evaporation process was used to deposit the TiZrCN and TiZr/a-C coatings with different C and nitrogen contents. The crystalline structures and bonding states of coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The microbial activity of the coatings was evaluated against Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive bacteria) and Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans (Gram-negative bacteria) by in vitro antibacterial analysis using a fluorescence staining method employing SYTO9 and a bacterial-viability test on an agar plate. The cell compatibility and morphology related to CCD-966SK cell-line human skin fibroblast cells on the coated samples were also determined using the 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, reverse-transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and scanning electron microscopy. The results suggest that the TiZrCN coatings not only possess better antibacterial performance than TiZrN and TiZr/a-C coatings but also maintain good compatibility with human skin fibroblast cells. - Highlights: • TiZrN, TiZrCN, and TiZr/a-C coatings were deposited using cathodic arc evaporation. • The TiZrCN showed a composite structure containing TiN, ZrN, and a-C. • The TiZrCN-coated Ti showed the least hydrophobicity among the samples. • The TiZrCN-coated Ti showed good human skin fibroblast cell viability. • The TiZrCN-coated Ti exhibited good antibacterial performance.

  14. Development of the new RB26DETT engine. Shingata RB26DETT engine no kaihatsu

    Ura, S.; Nakamura, K.; Fujita, H.; Eto, T.; Yamanaka, J. (Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))


    This paper introduces the RB26DETT engine which was developed by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., for use in the new high-performance Skyline GT-R sports coupe. This is 2.6 liter DOHC twin-turbo engine developed for the aim to built the world {prime} s best mass-produced in-line 6-cylinder engine by integrating the most advanced techniques. It features the adaptation of twin ceramic turbochargers which vastly reduce the interference between exhaust gas flows, and the equipment of large-capacity air-cooled intercooler system which greatly improves the cooling capacity. Other features include the applying of six throttle butterflies for improved intake air response during acceleration and a lighter weight valvetrain. As the result, high output, excellent throttle response and an impressive rotation speed were attained and world-top-class performance surpassing that of sports car engines was obtained. 14 figs., 3 tabs.

  15. Laser-assisted Zr/ZrO(2) coating on Ti for load-bearing implants.

    Balla, Vamsi Krishna; Xue, Weichang; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit


    Oxidized Zr alloys have been shown to exhibit lower friction and superior wear properties, suggesting that they could be used in hip and knee implants. However, conventional oxidation of Zr alloys above 500 degrees C, in dry air, for several hours has been shown to have detrimental effects on the substrate's properties. In this work, we deposited pure Zr on Ti, then oxidized the coating using a continuous-wave Nd:YAG laser, which facilitated localized heating to elevated temperatures without affecting the substrate. Laser-assisted oxidation resulted in a 7microm thick fully dense ZrO(2) layer on Zr in which an increase in oxidation kinetics was evident due to an increase in the laser power and/or the oxygen partial pressure. Due to its high surface energy and wettability, the wear rate of laser-oxidized Zr was two orders of magnitude less compared to that of as-deposited Zr. The oxidized coatings showed comparable in vitro biocompatibility to that of pure Ti and excellent in vitro cell-material interactions. This article reports the processing of Zr/ZrO(2) coatings on Ti using lasers, and the influence of laser parameters and oxygen partial pressure on the coating's mechanical, microstructural, wear and in vitro biological properties using human osteoblast cells.

  16. Detection of Tumor Suppressor Gene and Oncogene in SO-Rb_(50) Human Retinoblastoma Cell Line


    Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most common malignant'cancer of eye. So-Rb_(50) is the first Rb cell line established in China in 1988. It has passed to the 387th passage now. We collected cells of the 327th passage of SO-Rb_(50), purified its genomic DNA and detected it with Rb and c-myc cDNA probes respectively (normal human white blood cells DNA was the control). We found the Rb gene was deleted while c-myc gene was amplified three times. This provides a basis for further study of the regulation of tumor ...

  17. Diffusion of Rb atoms in paraffin - coated resonant vapor cells

    Atutov, S N; Plekhanov, A I; Sorokin, V A; Yakovlev, A V


    We present the results of a study of the diffusion of Rb atoms in paraffin - coated resonant vapor cells. We have modeled the Rb diffusion both in the cell and in the coating, assuming that the main loss of Rb atoms is due to the physical absorption of the atoms by the glass substrate. It is demonstrated that the equilibrium atomic density in the cell is a monotonic function of the thickness of the paraffin coating: the density increases with an increase in the thickness of the coating. The diffusion coefficient for rubidium in paraffin thin films has been determined to be equal to 4,7*10^-7 cm^2/s. The results of the experiment might be useful for a better understanding of the details involved in the processes of the interaction of alkali atoms with a paraffin coating.

  18. \\textit{Ab initio} study of reactive collisions between Rb($^{2}S$) or Rb($^{2}P$) and OH$^{-}$($^{1}\\Sigma^{+}$)

    Kas, Milaim; Liévin, Jacques; Vaeck, Nathalie


    A theoretical rate constant for the associative detachment reaction Rb($^{2}S$)$+$OH$^{-}$($^{1}\\Sigma^{+}$)$\\rightarrow \\,$ RbOH($^{1}\\Sigma^{+}$)$+\\,e^{-}$ of 4$\\,\\times$10$^{-10}$cm$^{3}$s$^{-1}$ at 300 K has been calculated. This result agrees with the experimental rate constant of 2$^{+2}_{-1}\\,\\times10^{-10}$cm$^{3}$s$^{-1}$ obtained by Deiglmayr \\textit{et al.} (Phys. Rev. A 86, 2012) for a temperature between 200 K and 600 K. A Langevin-based dynamics which depends on the crossing point between the anion (RbOH$^{-}$) and neutral (RbOH) potential energy surfaces has been used. The calculation were performed using the ECP28MDF effective core potential to describe the rubidium atom at the CCSD(T) level of theory and extended basis sets. The effect of ECPs and basis set on the height of the crossing point, and hence the rate constant, has been investigated. The temperature dependence of the latter is also discussed. Preliminary work on the potential energy surface for the excited reaction channel Rb($^{2}...

  19. Creep behavior of Zr-Nb alloys

    Suh, Yong Chan; Kim, Young Suk; Cheong, Yong Mu; Kwon, Sang Chul; Kim, Sung Soo; Choo, Ki Nam [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Taejeon (Korea)


    The creep characteristics of Zirconium alloy is affected by several parameters. Out-reactor creep increases both with an increasing amount of Nb, Sn and S contained in alpha-Zr and decreases with the increasing volume of alpha-Zr. Especially, the creep of Zr-2.5Nb alloy depends on the solubility of Nb in alpha-Zr, which is associated with the decomposition of beta-Zr. Since Zr of the hcp structure is strongly anisotropic, it shows the characteristics of texture and results in the anisotropy of creep. Due to the circumferential texture of Zr-2.5%Nb alloy (CANDU Pressure tube), the longitudinal slip is easier than the circumferential one, resulting in the high creep rate. The irradiation creep also increases with increasing neutron fluence. The neutron irradiation increases the strength of the zirconium alloys but decreases their creep strength. In contrast to the out-reactor creep, the irradiation creep is little sensitive to temperature, resulting in the lower activation energy. The most important factor to affect the in-reactor and out-reactor creep of niobium containing alloys seems to be the solution hardening by Nb or Sn which is soluble in alpha-zirconium and the texture as well. Irradiation growth is the mechanism which is caused only by the irradiation. It becomes saturated at lower fluence than the critical fluence but beyond it, shows the break-away growth. The onset of accelerated irradiation growth corresponds with the c-dislocation loop formation, though its mechanism needs better understanding. Generally, the irradiation growth of Zr-Nb alloys increases with an increase in fluence, cold working, dislocation, density and temperature, and with a decrease in the grain size. 141 refs., 59 figs., 10 tabs. (Author)

  20. A Measurement of $R_b$ using Mutually Exclusive Tags

    Barate, R; Décamp, D; Ghez, P; Goy, C; Lees, J P; Lucotte, A; Minard, M N; Nief, J Y; Pietrzyk, B; Casado, M P; Chmeissani, M; Comas, P; Crespo, J M; Delfino, M C; Fernández, E; Fernández-Bosman, M; Garrido, L; Juste, A; Martínez, M; Miquel, R; Mir, L M; Orteu, S; Padilla, C; Park, I C; Pascual, A; Perlas, J A; Riu, I; Sánchez, F; Teubert, F; Colaleo, A; Creanza, D; De Palma, M; Gelao, G; Iaselli, Giuseppe; Maggi, G; Maggi, M; Marinelli, N; Nuzzo, S; Ranieri, A; Raso, G; Ruggieri, F; Selvaggi, G; Silvestris, L; Tempesta, P; Tricomi, A; Zito, G; Huang, X; Lin, J; Ouyang, Q; Wang, T; Xie, Y; Xu, R; Xue, S; Zhang, J; Zhang, L; Zhao, W; Abbaneo, D; Alemany, R; Becker, U; Bazarko, A O; Bright-Thomas, P G; Cattaneo, M; Cerutti, F; Drevermann, H; Forty, Roger W; Frank, M; Hagelberg, R; Harvey, J; Janot, P; Jost, B; Kneringer, E; Knobloch, J; Lehraus, Ivan; Lutters, G; Mato, P; Minten, Adolf G; Moneta, L; Pacheco, A; Pusztaszeri, J F; Ranjard, F; Rensing, P E; Rizzo, G; Rolandi, Luigi; Schlatter, W D; 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Wu, X; Yamartino, J M; Zobernig, G


    A measurement of $R_b$ using five mutually exclusive hemisphere tags has been pe rformed by ALEPH using the full LEP1 statistics. Three tags are designed to sele ct the decay of the $Z^0$ to $b$ quarks, while the remaining two select $Z^0$ decays to $c$ and light quarks, and are used to measure the tagging efficiencies. The result, {$R_b~=~0.2159~\\pm~0.0009\\mbox{(stat)}~\\pm 0.0011\\mbox{(syst)}$}, is in agreement with the electroweak theory prediction of $0.2158 \\pm 0.0003$.

  1. Measurement of $R_{b}$ using a Vertex Mass Tag

    Abe, K; Akagi, T; Allen, N J; Ash, W W; Aston, D; Baird, K G; Baltay, C; Band, H R; Barakat, M B; Baranko, G; Bardon, O; Barklow, T L; Bashindzhagian, G L; Bazarko, A O; Ben-David, R; Benvenuti, Alberto C; Bilei, G M; Bisello, D; Blaylock, G; Bogart, J R; Bolen, B; Bolton, T; Bower, G R; Brau, J E; Breidenbach, M; Bugg, W M; Burke, D; Burnett, T H; Burrows, P N; Busza, W; Calcaterra, A; Caldwell, D O; Calloway, D; Camanzi, B; Carpinelli, M; Cassell, R; Castaldi, R; Castro, A; Cavalli-Sforza, M; Chou, A; Church, E; Cohn, H O; Coller, J A; Cook, V; Cotton, R; Cowan, R F; Coyne, D G; Crawford, G; de Oliveira, A; Damerell, C J S; Daoudi, M; De Groot, N; De Sangro, R; Dell'Orso, R; Dervan, P J; Dima, M; Dong, D N; Du, P Y C; Dubois, R; Eisenstein, B I; Elia, R; Etzion, E; Fahey, S; Falciai, D; Fan, C; Fernández, J P; Fero, M J; Frey, R; Gillman, T; Gladding, G; González, S; Hart, E L; Harton, J L; Hasan, A; Hasegawa, Y; Hasuko, K; Hedges, S J; Hertzbach, S S; Hildreth, M D; Huber, J; Huffer, M E; Hughes, E W; Hwang, H; Iwasaki, Y; Jackson, D J; Jacques, P; Jaros, J A; Jiang, Z Y; Johnson, A S; Johnson, J R; Johnson, R A; Junk, T R; Kajikawa, R; Kalelkar, M; Kang, H J; Karliner, I; Kawahara, H; Kendall, H W; Kim, Y D; King, M E; King, R; Kofler, R R; Krishna, N M; Kroeger, R S; Labs, J F; Langston, M; Lath, A; Lauber, J A; Leith, D W G S; Lia, V; Liu, M X; Liu, X; Loreti, M; Lu, A; Lynch, H L; Ma, J; Mancinelli, G; Manly, S; Mantovani, G C; Markiewicz, T W; Maruyama, T; Masuda, H; Mazzucato, E; McKemey, A K; Meadows, B T; Messner, R; Mockett, P M; Moffeit, K C; Moore, T B; Müller, D; Nagamine, T; Narita, S; Nauenberg, U; Neal, H; Nussbaum, M; Ohnishi, Y; Oishi, N; Onoprienko, D; Osborne, L S; Panvini, R S; Park, C H; Park, H; Pavel, T J; Peruzzi, I; Piccolo, M; Piemontese, L; Pieroni, E; Pitts, K T; Plano, R J; Prepost, R; Prescott, C Y; Punkar, G D; Quigley, J; Ratcliff, B N; Reeves, T W; Reidy, J; Reinertsen, P L; Rensing, P E; Rochester, L S; Rowson, P C; Russell, J J; Saxton, O H; Schalk, T; Schindler, R H; Schumm, B A; Schwiening, J; Sen, S; Serbo, V V; Shaevitz, M H; Shank, J T; Shapiro, G; Sherden, D J; Shmakov, K D; Simopoulos, C; Sinev, N B; Smith, S R; Smy, M B; Snyder, J A; Stängle, H; Stamer, P; Steiner, H; Steiner, R; Strauss, M G; Su, D; Suekane, F; Sugiyama, A; Suzuki, S; Swartz, M; Szumilo, A; Takahashi, T; Taylor, F E; Torrence, E; Trandafir, A I; Turk, J D; Usher, T; Vavra, J; Vannini, C; Vella, E; Venuti, J P; Verdier, R; Verdini, P G; Wagner, D L; Wagner, S R; Waite, A P; Watts, S J; Weidemann, A W; Weiss, E R; Whitaker, J S; White, S L; Wickens, F J; Williams, D C; Williams, S H; Willocq, S; Wilson, R J; Wisniewski, W J; Woods, M; Word, G B; Wyss, J; Yamamoto, R K; Yamartino, J M; Yang, X; Yashima, J; Yellin, S J; Young, C C; Yuta, H; Zapalac, G; Zdarko, R W; Zhou, J


    We report a new measurement of Rb = Gamma(Z0->b-bbar) / Gamma(Z0->hadrons) using a double tag technique, where the b hemisphere selection is based on the reconstructed mass of the B hadron decay vertex. The measurement was performed using a sample of 130k hadronic Z0 events, collected with the SLD at the SLC. The method utilizes the 3-D vertexing abilities of the CCD pixel vertex detector and the small stable SLC beams to obtain a high b-tagging efficiency and purity. We obtain Rb=0.2142+/-0.0034(stat.)+/-0.0015(syst.)+/-0.0002(R_c).

  2. Hydrogenation of nanocrystalline Zr-Fe-H powder

    Roupcova, P. [Institute of Materials Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technicka 2, 616 69 Brno (Czech Republic) and Institute of Physics of Materials, AS CR, Zizkova 22, 616 62 Brno (Czech Republic)]. E-mail:; Schneeweiss, O. [Institute of Physics of Materials, AS CR, Zizkova 22, 616 62 Brno (Czech Republic); Zhu, M. [Department of Mechano-Electrical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, 510640 Guangdong (China)


    Changes in the phase composition of nanocrystalline Zr-Fe powders prepared by spark synthesis were investigated in dependence of the heat treatment in vacuum and hydrogen atmosphere. Mossbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements were applied for phase analysis. {alpha}-Fe, Fe embedded in ZrO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2}, and iron oxides were found in the as-prepared powder. After annealing in hydrogen, {alpha}-Fe and ZrO{sub 2} dominate and minor Fe atoms embedded in ZrO{sub 2} and Fe{sub 2}Zr were detected. Zr-Fe phases were transformed gradually into the {alpha}-Fe and ZrO{sub 2} during the repeated annealing in vacuum and hydrogen. The ability of hydrogen absorption is decreasing with the annealing steps and is connected with the decrease of the Fe{sub 2}Zr phase content.

  3. Investigation of ZrO{sub x}/ZrC-ZrN/Zr thin-film structural evolution and their degradation using X-ray diffraction and Raman spectrometry

    Usmani, B.; Dixit, A. [Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, Department of Physics and Center for Solar Energy, Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India); Vijay, V. [Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, Department of Mathematics, Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India); Chhibber, R. [Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Jodhpur, Rajasthan (India)


    The thin-film structures of DC/FR magnetron-sputtered ZrO{sub x}/ZrC-ZrN/Zr tandem solar-selective coatings are investigated using X-ray diffraction and room-temperature Raman spectroscopic measurements. These studies suggest that the major contribution is coming from h-ZrN{sub 0.28}, c-ZrC, h-Zr{sub 3}C{sub 2} crystallographic phases in ZrN-ZrC absorber layer, in conjunction with mixed ZrO{sub x} crystallographic phases. The change in structure for thermally annealed samples has been examined and observed that cubic and hexagonal ZrO{sub x} phase converted partially into tetragonal and monoclinic ZrO{sub x} phases, whereas hexagonal and cubic ZrN phases, from absorber layer, have not been observed for these thermally treated samples in air. These studies suggest that thermal treatment may lead to the loss of ZrN phase in absorber, degrading the thermal response for the desired wavelength range in open ambient conditions in contrast to vacuum conditions. (orig.)

  4. Geochronology and paleothermometry of Neogene sediments from the Vøring Plateau using Sr, C and O isotopes

    Smalley, P. C.; Nordaa, A.; Råheim, A.


    The Neogene sediments from DSDP site 341 on the Vøring Plateau, Norwegian Sea, contain a thin glauconitic pellet-bearing subunit, which separates underlying pelagic clays from overlying glacial-marine sediments. Oxygen isotope measurements of benthic foraminifera show aδ 18O shift of + 1%. during deposition of this subunit, probably a combined effect of a drop in bottom water temperature and a rise in seawaterδ 18O. The chronology of this sedimentological and O isotope transition is, however, poorly constrained by fossil evidence. Rb sbnd Sr dating of glauconitic pellets indicates that the lower part of the glauconitic subunit was deposited 11.6 ± 0.2 Ma ago. Further geochronological evidence, derived from the Sr and C isotopic compositions of foraminifera compared with known seawater-time variations, indicates that the lower pelagic clays are early to middle Miocene, deposited at a mean rate of ˜ 15 m/Ma. The glauconitic subunit contains part of the middle Miocene and probably all of the late Miocene in a condensed sequence with a very low mean depositional rate (˜ 0.2 m/Ma). The overlying glacial marine sediments are probably Pliocene, with a high mean rate of deposition, ˜ 45 m/Ma. This is the first application of C, O and Sr isotopic stratigraphy combined with Rb sbnd Sr dating of glauconitic minerals, and it illustrates the applications of this integrated approach in geochronology.

  5. Study of [beta][sup +] and electron capture decay of [sup 76]Sr in [gamma]-[gamma] coincidence measurements

    Adzic, P.R.; Zupancic, M.T.; Vukanovic, R.B.; Anicin, I.V.; Skoro, G.P.; Kukoc, A.H. (Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinca' ' , POB 522, 11001 Belgrade (Yugoslavia)); Lindroos, M.; Tengblad, O.; Veskovic, M.; ISOLDE Collaboration (CERN, PPE Division, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland))


    The main goal of this work is to establish the nuclear decay scheme of [sup 76]Sr and energy levels of its doubly odd daughter nucleus [sup 76]Rb. The extremely neutron deficient nucleus [sup 76]Sr lying at the [ital N]=[ital Z] (=38) line with half-life of 8.9 s was produced in spallation reactions of 600 MeV protons from the CERN Synchrocyclotron (SC) with a Nb multifoil target in conjunction with a W surface ionization source at the ISOLDE facility. The [gamma]-spectroscopy measurements have been performed with two Ge detectors which were positioned at about [plus minus]30[degree] respectively downstream to the [sup 76]Sr beam. The obtained singles and coincidence [gamma] spectra were used to determine energies and intensities of [gamma] lines assigned to the decay of [sup 76]Sr and to establish some details of the nuclear level configuration of its daughter nucleus [sup 76]Rb up to 1000 keV.

  6. Zr/Nb isobar separation experiment for future 93Zr AMS measurement

    Lu, W.; Anderson, T.; Bowers, M.; Bauder, W.; Collon, P.; Kutschera, W.; Kashiv, Y.; Lachner, J.; Martschini, M.; Ostdiek, K.; Robertson, D.; Schmitt, C.; Skulski, M.; Steier, P.


    93Zr (t1/2 = 1.6 Ma) is mostly produced by the main s-process in low-to-intermediate mass AGB stars. Large uncertainty exists in the current 92Zr(n,γ)93Zr Maxwellian Average cross section. This could have significant impact on nucleosynthesis calculations. Large amounts of 93Zr are also produced in nuclear reactors and pose long-term environmental radioactivity. Hence, measurement of 93Zr by the AMS is important for both fields above. We report here on progress in the development of AMS method to measure 93Zr. Compared with 98 MeV beam energy, Zr/Nb isobar position separation was improved using 155.2 MeV beam energy and Gas-Filled Magnet. Energy loss measurement with increased beam energy inside the detector indicates that higher beam energy can improve isobar energy loss separation. A chemical procedure to reduce the Nb content in Zr samples has been developed and tested. It reduces the 93Nb content by a factor of 1000.

  7. Sr isotope evolution during chemical weathering of granites -- impact of relative weathering rates of minerals

    MA; Yingjun


    [1]Ma, Y. J., Liu, C. Q., Geochemistry of strontium isotopes in the crust weathering system, Acta Mineralogica Sinica (in Chinese), 1998, 18(3): 350.[2]Ma, Y. J., Liu, C. Q., Using strontium isotopes to trace nutrient element circulation and hydrochemical evolution within an ecosystem, Advance in Earth Sciences (in Chinese), 1999, 14 (4): 377.[3]Brantley, S. L., Chesley, J. T., Stillings, L. L., Isotopic ratios and release rates of strontium from weathering feldspars, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 1998, 62(9): 1493.[4]Blum, J. D., Erel, Y., A silicate weathering mechanism linking increases in marine 87Sr/86Sr with global glaciation, Nature, 1995, 373: 415.[5]Blum, J. D., Erel, Y., Rb-Sr isotope systematics of granitic soil chronosequence: The importance of biotite weathering, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 1997, 61(15): 3193.[6]Bullen, T., Krabbenhoft, D., Kendall, C., Kinetic and mineralogic controls on the evolution of groundwater chemistry and 87Sr/86Sr in a sandy silicate aquifer, northern Wisconsin, USA, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 1996, 60: 1807.[7]Bullen, T., White, A., Blum, A. et al., Chemical weathering of a soil chronosequence on granitoid alluvium: Ⅱminer-alogic and isotopic constraints on the behavior of strontium, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 1997, 61: 291.[8]Blum, J. D., Erel, Y., Brown, K., 87Sr/86Sr ratios of Sierra Nevada stream waters: Implications for relative mineral weath-ering rates, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 1993, 57: 5019.[9]Ma Yingjun, Trace element and strontium isotope geochemistry during chemical weathering, Ph. D. Dissertation, 1999, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.[10]Nesbitt, H. W., Markovics, G., Price, R. C., Chemical processes affecting alkalis and alkaline earths during continental weathering, Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 1980, 44: 1659.[11]Clauer, N., Strontium and argon isotopes in naturally weathered biotites, muscovites and feldspars, Chem. Geol., 1981, 31: 325.[12

  8. Comparative study of the core level photoemission of the ZrB{sub 2} and ZrB{sub 12}

    Huerta, L. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Duran, A. [Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 2681, Ensenada, Baja California 22800 (Mexico); Falconi, R. [Division Academica de Ciencias Basicas, Universidad Juarez Autonoma de Tabasco, Cunduacan, Tabasco, CP 86690, AP 24 (Mexico); Flores, M. [Departamento de Ingenieria de Proyectos, CUCEI, Universidad de Guadalajara, AP 307, Zapopan Jal 45101 (Mexico); Escamilla, R., E-mail: rauleg@servidor.unam.m [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) were used to investigate the binding energies and valence band for ZrB{sub 2} and ZrB{sub 12}. The Zr 3d and B 1s core levels were identified. The Zr 3d core level shows a spin-orbit split 3d{sub 5/2} and 3d{sub 3/2} while that for B 1s core level exhibited a single symmetric peak, these being typical of zirconium and boride signals. Comparing the Zr 3d and B 1s core levels with metallic Zr, B{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2} reference materials only a negative chemical shift for Zr 3d associated to ZrB{sub 2} was observed, which suggests that the charge transfer model based on the concept of electronegativity was not applicable to explain the superconductivity in the ZrB{sub 12} sample. The measured valence band using UPS is consistent with the band-structure calculations indicating a higher density of states (DOS) at E{sub F} for ZrB{sub 12} respect to ZrB{sub 2}. Finally, we found that the weak mixed B-p and Zr-d states for ZrB{sub 12} is crucial for the superconductivity due to the state population increased the DOS at the E{sub F}.

  9. Exchange coupling across quasi-amorphous Zr-Fe spacer

    Smardz, L. [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, M. Smoluchowskiego 17, 60-179 Poznan (Poland); Smardz, K. [Institute of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, M. Currie 5 Sq., 60-965 Poznan (Poland); Niedoba, H. [LMOV de l' Universite de Versailles, 45, av. Des Etas - Unis, 78035 Versailles (France)


    Fe/Zr/Fe trilayers with wedge-shaped Zr interlayer were prepared using UHV (5 x 10{sup -10} mbar) DC/RF magnetron sputtering. The planar growth and interface alloying of the Fe and Zr layers was confirmed in-situ by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. For a Zr layer thickness (d{sub Zr}) from 1 to 3 nm we have observed patch domains characteristic for antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling. Results showed that the Fe sublayers are very weakly exchange coupled or decoupled for d{sub Zr}>3 nm. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Certificate Revocation System's Based on RB_Tree%基于RB_Tree的证书吊销系统



    提出了公钥基础设施(Public Key Infrastructure,PKI)中证书吊销问题的一种解决方案--RB_搜索树解决方案(Certificate Revocation RB_Tree,CRRBT).该方案在查询与更新时最大时间复杂度始终保持在O(log2n)量级,对工程实现具有一定的指导意义.

  11. Thermoluminescent dosimetry of ionizing radiations using ZrO{sub 2} prepared at low temperatures; Dosimetria termoluminiscente de radiaciones ionizantes usando ZrO{sub 2} preparado a bajas temperaturas

    Rivera M, T.; Diaz G, J.A.I. [CICATA-IPN, Legaria 694, 11500 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Olvera T, L.; Azorin N, J.; Barrera S, M.; Soto E, A.M. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    The thermoluminescent dosimetry (TLD) it is a versatile tool for an evaluation of dose of ionizing radiation. A great variety of ceramic materials and their different physical forms allow a determination of the ionizing radiation in a wide dose interval. In this work the results of studying those thermoluminescent characteristics (TL) of the zirconium oxide obtained by means of the sol-gel technique to low temperatures are presented. To these temperatures the material was obtained in its amorphous state (ZrO{sub 2}-a). The structural characteristics of ZrO{sub 2}-a they were obtained by means of X-ray diffraction. The TL characteristics studied were: TL curve, reproducibility of the TL signal and the fading of the information. The powders of ZrO{sub 2}-a, previously irradiated with beta particles of {sup 90}Sr/ {sup 90}Y, they presented a thermoluminescent curve with two peaks at 150 and 260 C. The fading of the information of the one ZrO{sub 2}-a it was of 20% during the first two hours starting from this time there was one lost of information of 5% to the finish of the 30 days. The reproducibility of the information was of {+-} 2.5% in standard deviation. (Author)

  12. 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratio measurements by laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: Reconsidering matrix interferences in bioapatites and biogenic carbonates

    Irrgeher, Johanna; Galler, Patrick; Prohaska, Thomas


    This study is dedicated to the systematic investigation of the effect of interferences on Sr isotopic analyses in biological apatite and carbonate matrices using laser ablation multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-MC ICP-MS). Trends towards higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios for LA-MC ICP-MS compared to solution-nebulization based MC ICP-MS when analysing bioapatite matrices (e.g. human teeth) and lower ratios in case of calcium carbonates (e.g. fish ear stones) were observed. This effect can be related to the presence of significant matrix-related interferences such as molecular ions (e.g. (40Ca-31P-16O)+, (40Ar-31P-16O)+, (42Ca-44Ca)+, (46Ca40Ar)+) as well as in many cases concomitant atomic ions (e.g. 87Rb+, 174Hf2 +). Direct 87Sr/86Sr ratio measurements in Ca-rich samples are conducted without the possibility of prior sample separation, which can be accomplished routinely for solution-based analysis. The presence of Ca-Ar and Ca-Ca molecular ion interferences in the mass range of Sr isotopes is shown using the mass resolving capabilities of a single collector inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometer operated in medium mass resolution when analysing bioapatites and calcium carbonate samples. The major focus was set on analysing human tooth samples, fish hard parts and geological carbonates. Potential sources of interferences were identified and corrected for. The combined corrections of interferences and adequate instrumental isotopic fractionation correction procedures lead to accurate data even though increased uncertainties have to be taken into account. The results are discussed along with approaches presented in literature for data correction in laser ablation analysis.

  13. Genetic and bibliographic information: IL10RB [GenLibi

    Full Text Available IL10RB interleukin 10 receptor, beta human Periodontitis (MeSH) Stomatognathic Dise...ases (C07) > Mouth Diseases (C07.465) > Periodontal Diseases (C07.465.714) > Periodontitis (C07.465.714.533) 02A0614091 ...

  14. RB962962, a sugarcane cultivar for late harvest

    Luiz José Oliveira Tavares de Melo


    Full Text Available In the Northeast of Brazil, sugarcane cultivar RB962962 is harvested at the end of the cycle, between December and February, with a high sugar yield per area. Recommended for sandy soils of medium texture and fertility, it is resistant to the major diseases and fast-growing in plant and ratoon crops.

  15. Dissecting Pin1 and phospho-pRb regulation.

    Rizzolio, Flavio; Caligiuri, Isabella; Lucchetti, Chiara; Fratamico, Robert; Tomei, Valentina; Gallo, Gaia; Agelan, Alexis; Ferrari, Giovanni; Toffoli, Giuseppe; Klein-Szanto, Andres J; Giordano, Antonio


    The activity of the Retinoblastoma protein, the master regulator of the cell cycle, is finely regulated by phosphorylation. CDKs and cyclins are major players in phosphorylation and it has been recently discovered that the prolyl isomerase Pin1 is an essential protein that orchestrates this process. In this article, we report new findings regarding the role of Pin1 in the pRb pathway. Our data suggest that PI3K, CDKs, and the Pin1 axis have a critical role in sustaining the complete phosphorylation of pRb. Furthermore, we analyze the correlation between Pin1 and pRb phosphorylation in vivo. We show that, in human malignant glioma tissue microarrays (TMA) and in Pin1 knockout (KO) mice, there is a positive correlation between Pin1 and pRb phosphorylation. Prospectively, our findings suggest that the synergism between CDKs, Pin1, and PI3K inhibitors hold great promise for targeted pharmacological treatment of cancer patients, with the possibility of reaching high effectiveness at tolerated doses.

  16. A remotely interrogated all-optical Rb-87 magnetometer

    Patton, B.; Versolato, O. O.; Hovde, D. C.; Corsini, E.; Higbie, J. M.; Budker, D.


    Atomic magnetometry was performed at Earth's magnetic field over a free-space distance of ten meters. Two laser beams aimed at a distant alkali-vapor cell excited and detected the Rb-87 magnetic resonance, allowing the magnetic field within the cell to be interrogated remotely. Operated as a driven

  17. Collection of $^{83}$Rb at low implantation energy for KATRIN

    Zboril, M

    KATRIN, the KArlsruhe TRItium Neutrino experiment aims to measure the neutrino mass by spectroscopy of the tritium $\\beta$-decay at the endpoint by means of Magnetic Adiabatic Collimation combined with an Electrostatic filter (MAC-E filter). To monitor the HV-system of the KATRIN-setup, we would need one or two $^{83}$Rb sources roughly every half a year.

  18. Identification of Marchfeld asparagus using Sr isotope ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS

    Swoboda, S.; Brunner, M.; Boulyga, S.F.; Galler, P.; Prohaska, T. [University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Department of Chemistry-VIRIS Project, Vienna (Austria); Horacek, M. [Austrian Research Centers GmbH, Seibersdorf (Austria)


    This work focuses on testing and application of Sr isotope signatures for the fast and reliable authentication and traceability of Asparagus officinalis originating from Marchfeld, Austria, using multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry after optimised Rb/Sr separation. The major sample pool comprises freeze-dried and microwave-digested asparagus samples from Hungary and Slovakia which are compared with Austrian asparagus originating from the Marchfeld region, which is a protected geographical indication. Additional samples from Peru, the Netherlands and Germany were limited in number and allowed therefore only restricted statistical evaluation. Asparagus samples from Marchfeld were harvested within two subsequent years in order to investigate the annual variation. The results show that the Sr isotope ratio is consistent within these 2 years of investigation. Moreover, the Sr isotope ratio of total Sr in soil was found to be significantly higher than in an NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3} extract, reflecting the mobile (bioavailable) phase. The isotope composition in the latter extract corresponds well to the range found in the asparagus samples in Marchfeld, even though the concentration of Sr in asparagus shows no direct correlation to the concentration of Sr in the mobile phase of the soil. The major question was whether the 'Marchfelder Spargel' can be distinguished from samples from the neighbouring countries of Hungary and Slovakia. According to our findings, they can be clearly (100%) singled out from the Hungarian samples and can be distinguished from the Slovakian asparagus samples with a probability of more than 80%. (orig.)

  19. Electron magnetic resonance of diluted solid solutions of Gd{sup 3+} in SrTiO{sub 3}

    Biasi, R.S. de, E-mail: [Secao de Engenharia Mecanica e de Materiais, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, 22290-270 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Grillo, M.L.N., E-mail: [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 20550-013 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    Highlights: {yields} EMR is an effective method to study the range of the exchange interaction in solid solutions. {yields} The range of the exchange interaction between Gd{sup 3+} ions in SrTiO{sub 3} is about 0.96 nm. {yields} The linewidth increases faster with Gd concentration in SrTiO{sub 3} than in other host lattices, such as CeO{sub 2}, SrO, CaO and ZrSiO{sub 4}. - Abstract: Electron magnetic resonance (EMR) spectra of gadolinium-doped strontium titanate (SrTiO{sub 3}) have been studied at room temperature for gadolinium concentrations between 0.20 and 1.20 mol%. The results suggest that the Gd{sup 3+} ions occupy substitutional sites, replacing the Sr{sup 2+} ion, that the electron magnetic resonance linewidth increases with increasing gadolinium concentration and that the range of the exchange interaction between Gd{sup 3+} ions is about 0.96 nm, of the same order as that of the same ion in other host lattices, such as ceria (CeO{sub 2}), quicklime (CaO), strontia (SrO) and zircon (ZrSiO{sub 4}). The fact that the electron magnetic resonance linewidth of the Gd{sup 3+} ion increases, regularly and predictably, with Gd concentration, shows that the Gd{sup 3+} ion can be used as a probe to study, rapidly and non-destructively, the crystallinity and degradation of SrTiO{sub 3}.

  20. Theoretical study of fusion reactions $^{32}$S + $^{94,96}$Zr and $^{40}$Ca + $^{94,96}$Zr and quadrupole deformation of $^{94}$Zr

    Bing WANG; Zhao, Wei-Juan; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui


    The dynamic coupling effects on fusion cross sections for reactions $^{32}$S + $^{94,96}$Zr and $^{40}$Ca + $^{94,96}$Zr are studied with the universal fusion function formalism and an empirical coupled channel (ECC) model. An examination of the reduced fusion functions shows that the total effect of couplings to inelastic excitations and neutron transfer channels on fusion in $^{32}$S + $^{94}$Zr ($^{40}$Ca + $^{94}$Zr) is almost the same as that in $^{32}$S + $^{96}$Zr ($^{40}$Ca + $^{96}$Z...

  1. Frequent disruption of the RB1 pathway in diffuse large B cell lymphoma

    Møller, M B; Kania, Per Walter; Ino, Y


    In the present study, we analysed 34 de novo diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLCL) from a population-based lymphoma registry for alterations of the RB1 pathway at the genetic (RB1 and CDK4) and protein (pRb, cyclin D1, cyclin D3, CDK4, and E2F-1) level. The results were correlated with the data fr...

  2. Expression of CD45RB functionally distinguishes intestinal T lymphocytes in inflammatory bowel disease.

    Hove, T. ten; The Olle, F.; Berkhout, M.; Bruggeman, J.P.; Vyth-Dreese, F.A.; Slors, J.F.M.; Deventer, S.J.H. van; Velde, A.A. te


    The importance of CD45RB expression on T cells was already shown in mice where CD45RB(high) expression determines pathogenic potential. In this study, we analyzed the expression of CD45RA, CD45RB, and CD45RO on CD4(+) T lymphocytes in the intestinal mucosa and in the circulation of patients with inf

  3. Treating cancer when pRb and p53 cannot be reactivated.

    Zhu, Liang


    Activation of oncoproteins and inactivation of tumor suppressors induces tumorigenesis. When these events happen upstream of pRb and p53, cancer therapies may initially succeed and then fail when pRb and p53 are activated and then re-inactivated. Therapies might succeed if they remain effective when pRb and p53 are genetically inactivated.

  4. Immune responses of bison and efficacy after booster vaccination with Brucella abortus strain RB51

    Thirty-one bison heifers were randomly assigned to saline (control; n=7) or single vaccination (n=24) with 1010 CFU of B. abortus strain RB51 (RB51). Some vaccinated bison were randomly selected for booster vaccination with 10**10 CFU of RB51 at 11 months after initial vaccination (n=16). When comp...

  5. Review of accident analyses of RB experimental reactor

    Pešić Milan P.


    Full Text Available The RB reactor is a uranium fuel heavy water moderated critical assembly that has been put and kept in operation by the VTNCA Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro, since April 1958. The first complete Safety Analysis Report of the RB reactor was prepared in 1961/62 yet, the first accident analysis had been made in late 1958 with the aim to examine a power transition and the total equivalent doses received by the staff during the reactivity accident that occurred on October 15, 1958. Since 1960, the RB reactor has been modified a few times. Beside the initial natural uranium metal fuel rods, new types of fuel (TVR-S types of Russian origin consisting of 2% enriched uranium metal and 80% enriched UO2 dispersed in aluminum matrix, have been available since 1962 and 1976 respectively. Modifications of the control and safety systems of the reactor were made occasionally. Special reactor cores were designed and constructed using all three types of fuel elements as well as the coupled fast-thermal ones. The Nuclear Safety Committee of the VINĆA Institute, an independent regulatory body, approved for usage all these modifications of the RB reactor on the basis of the Preliminary Safety Analysis Reports, which, beside proposed technical modifications and new regulation rules, included safety analyses of various possible accidents. A special attention was given (and a new safety methodology was proposed to thorough analyses of the design-based accidents related to the coupled fast-thermal cores that included central zones of the reactor filled by the fuel elements without any moderator. In this paper, an overview of some accidents, methodologies and computation tools used for the accident analyses of the RB reactor is given.

  6. Late Cenozoic Chemical Weathering and Environmental Changes Recorded in the Co Ngoin Sediments, Central Qinghai-Tibet Plateau

    CHEN Shiyue; JIN Zhangdong; WANG Sumin; SHEN Ji


    A series of faulted inland basins were developed in the central Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, among which the Co Ngoin Basin containing thick lacustrine sediments is located in the peripheral area of the Indian monsoon. In this paper, we present the weathering history and paleoclimatic changes in the last 2.8 Ma based on studies of high-resolution temporal distributions of Sr, Rb and Zr concentrations, Rb/Sr and Zr/Rb ratios and δ 13C and TOC for the Co Ngoin sediments, in combination with the sediment properties, grain size distribution and clay mineralogy. The sedimentary records indicate three environmental stages in the last 2.8 Ma. At the core depth of 197-170 m (about 2.8-2.5 Ma), low-intensity chemical weathering in the Co Ngoin catchment was experienced under warm-dry to cool-wet climate conditions with relatively low Sr concentration and high Rb/Sr and Zr/Rb ratios. The sudden occurrence of both subalpine coniferous forest and coarse sand and gravel sediments in the Co Ngoin core reflects a strong tectonic uplift. The high Sr concentrations and low Rb/Sr and Zr/Rb ratios reflect a relatively strong chemical weathering between 2.5 Ma and 0.8 Ma (at the core depth of 170-38.5m) under a temperate/cool and wet climate, characterized by mud and silt with fine sand, probably indicating a stable process of denudation and planation of the plateau. Above the depth of 38.5 m (about 0.8-0 Ma), the coarsening of sediments indicates a strong tectonic uplift and a relatively low intensity of chemical weathering as supported by the record of sediments having relatively low Sr concentrations and high Rb/Sr and Zr/Rb ratios. Since then, the plateau has taken the shape of the modern topographic pattern above 4000 m a.s.1.

  7. First-principles calculations of two cubic fluoropervskite compounds: RbFeF3 and RbNiF3

    Mubarak, A. A.; Al-Omari, Saleh


    We present first-principles calculations of the structural, elastic, electronic, magnetic and optical properties for RbFeF3 and RbNiF3. The full-potential linear augmented plan wave (FP-LAPW) method within the density functional theory was utilized to perform the present calculations. We employed the generalized gradient approximation as exchange-correlation potential. It was found that the calculated analytical lattice parameters agree with previous studies. The analysis of elastic constants showed that the present compounds are elastically stable and anisotropic. Moreover, both compounds are classified as a ductile compound. The calculations of the band structure and density functional theory revealed that the RbFeF3 compound has a half-metallic behavior while the RbNiF3 compound has a semiconductor behavior with indirect (M-Γ) band gap. The ferromagnetic behavior was studied for both compounds. The optical properties were calculated for the radiation of up to 40 eV. A beneficial optics technology is predicted as revealed from the optical spectra.

  8. Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar coatings designed by modelling calculations and deposited by dc magnetron sputtering

    Zhang Qi Chu; Lee, K D; Shen, Y G


    High solar performance Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar coatings were designed using a numerical computer model and deposited experimentally. The layer thickness and Zr metal volume fraction for the Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet solar selective coatings on a Zr or Al reflector with a surface ZrO sub 2 or Al sub 2 O sub 3 anti-reflection layer were optimized to achieve maximum photo-thermal conversion efficiency at 80 deg. C under concentration factors of 1-20 using the downhill simplex method in multi-dimensions in the numerical calculation. The dielectric function and the complex refractive index of Zr-ZrO sub 2 cermet materials were calculated using Sheng's approximation. Optimization calculations show that Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Zr-ZrO sub 2 /Al solar coatings with two cermet layers and three cermet layers have nearly identical solar absorptance, emittance and photo-thermal conversion efficiency that are much better than those for films with one cermet layer. The optimized Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Zr-ZrO sub 2 /Al solar coating film w...

  9. Design of Cu8Zr5-based bulk metallic glasses

    Yang, L.; Xia, J. H.; Wang, Q.; Dong, C.; Chen, L. Y.; Ou, X.; Liu, J. F.; Jiang, J. Z.; Klementiev, K.; Saksl, K.; Franz, H.; Schneider, J. R.; Gerward, L.


    Basic polyhedral clusters have been derived from intermetallic compounds at near-eutectic composition by considering a dense packing and random arrangement of atoms at shell sites. Using such building units, bulk metallic glasses can be formed. This strategy was verified in the Cu-Zr binary system, where we have demonstrated the existence of Cu8Zr5 icosahedral clusters in Cu61.8Zr38.2, Cu64Zr36, and Cu64.5Zr35.5 amorphous alloys. Furthermore, ternary bulk metallic glasses can be developed by doping the basic Cu-Zr alloy with a minority element. This hypothesis was confirmed in systems (Cu0.618Zr0.382)100-xNbx, where x =1.5 and 2.5at.%, and (Cu0.618Zr0.382)98Sn2. The present results may open a route to prepare amorphous alloys with improved glass forming ability.

  10. Thermodynamic assessment of the C-Si-Zr system

    Chen, H.M. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Xiang, Y.; Wang, S. [Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramic Fibres and Composites, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Zheng, F.; Liu, L.B. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Jin, Z.P. [School of Material Science and Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China)], E-mail:


    The reaction between Zr and SiC at 1473 K in vacuum has been studied. A layer structure was observed after high-temperature reactions between Zr and SiC complex. ZrC{sub x} was formed next to the SiC. Thermodynamic description for the C-Si-Zr system was developed based on its constituent binaries and critically reviewed experimental data. The Si-Zr binary has been modified. The high-temperature Zr{sub 5}Si{sub 3} phase and the ternary compound Zr{sub 5}Si{sub 3}C{sub x} was described as one phase, using the model (Zr){sub 5}(Si){sub 3}(C, Va){sub 1}. The calculated results were in good agreement with available experimental data.

  11. 75 FR 33738 - Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-524 Series and RB211 Trent 500, 700, and 800...


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  12. Deletion of Rb1 induces both hyperproliferation and cell death in murine germinal center B cells.

    He, Zhiwen; O'Neal, Julie; Wilson, William C; Mahajan, Nitin; Luo, Jun; Wang, Yinan; Su, Mack Y; Lu, Lan; Skeath, James B; Bhattacharya, Deepta; Tomasson, Michael H


    The retinoblastoma gene (RB1) has been implicated as a tumor suppressor in multiple myeloma (MM), yet its role remains unclear because in the majority of cases with 13q14 deletions, un-mutated RB1 remains expressed from the retained allele. To explore the role of Rb1 in MM, we examined the functional consequences of single- and double-copy Rb1 loss in germinal center B cells, the cells of origin of MM. We generated mice without Rb1 function in germinal center B cells by crossing Rb1(Flox/Flox) with C-γ-1-Cre (Cγ1) mice expressing the Cre recombinase in class-switched B cells in a p107(-/-) background to prevent p107 from compensating for Rb1 loss (Cγ1-Rb1(F/F)-p107(-/-)). All mice developed normally, but B cells with two copies of Rb1 deleted (Cγ1-Rb1(F/F)-p107(-/-)) exhibited increased proliferation and cell death compared with Cγ1-Rb1(+/+)-p107(-/-) controls ex vivo. In vivo, Cγ1-Rb1(F/F)-p107(-/-) mice had a lower percentage of splenic B220+ cells and reduced numbers of bone marrow antigen-specific secreting cells compared with control mice. Our data indicate that Rb1 loss induces both cell proliferation and death in germinal center B cells. Because no B-cell malignancies developed after 1 year of observation, our data also suggest that Rb1 loss is not sufficient to transform post-germinal center B cells and that additional, specific mutations are likely required to cooperate with Rb1 loss to induce malignant transformation.

  13. Observation of Serum Bactericidal Activity of Brucella abortus RB51 OMPs Combined with Brucella abortus RB51 Live Vaccine

    Fahime Gholizadeh


    Full Text Available Background & objectives: vaccination is vital against brucellosis. Although current vaccines have low efficiency, some cell wall compartments such as Outer Membrane Proteins could be used as an immunogenic candidate in vaccine development. By this mean, our aim in this study was to evaluate the humoral immunity of the combination of Brucella abortus RB51 OMPs with the Brucella abortus RB51 live attenuated vaccine, by Serum Bactericidal Acitivity test. Materials and Methods: In this project, first Brucella abortus RB51 was cultivated in brucella agar. The OMPs were extracted by Sodium N-Lauryl Sarcosinate method, then added to the RB51 live attenuated vaccine. Immunization was done by injection of the vaccine to mice and rabbits. The blood was drawn on days 0, 15,30, and 45 from the rabbits and the sera were seperated. Brucella abortus 544 was also injected as challenge. Spleen colony count was also performed. Results: The data from Serum Bactericidal Assay has showed, there was a very high Humoral immunity and response as a bactericidal titre of the serum against Rb51 Live vaccine. There was a significant decrease of colonies in the group vaccinated with the combined vaccine in the Spleen colony count test. Statistical analysis of groups variances showed a significant difference between groups (P<0.05.Conclusions: The Serum Bactericidal Assay results showed despite previous studies, both the combine and live vaccine are capable to stimulate the Humoral immunity. greater activity of combined vaccine to boost the humoral activity might be due to the synergistic effect of this vaccine.

  14. Steam Reforming of Dimethyl Ether over Coupled Catalysts of CuO-ZnO-Al2O3-ZrO2 and Solid-acid Catalyst%二甲醚水蒸气重整制氢CuO-ZnO-Al2O3-ZrO2/固体酸复合催化剂

    冯冬梅; 左宜赞; 王德峥; 王金福


    Steam reforming (SR) of dimethyl ether (DME) was investigated for the production of hydrogen for fuel cells. The activity of a series of solid acids for DME hydrolysis was investigated. The solid acid catalysts were ZSM-5[Si/Al= 25, 38 and 50: denoted Z(Si/Al)] and acidic alumina (γ-Al2O3) with an acid strength order that was Z(25)>Z(38)>Z(50)>γ-Al2O3. Stronger acidity gave higher DME hydrolysis conversion. Physical mixtures containing a CuO-ZnO-Zl2O3-ZrO2 catalyst and solid acid catalyst to couple DME hydrolysis and methanol SR were used to examine the acidity effects on DME SR. DME SR activity strongly depended on the activity for DME hydrolysis. Z(25) was the best solid acid catalyst for DME SR and gave a DME conversion>90% [T= 240℃,n(H2O)/n(DME) = 3.5, space velocity = 1179 ml·(g cat) -1·h-1, and P= 0.1MPa]. The influences of the reaction temperature, space velocity and feed molar ratio were studied. Hydrogen production significantly depended on temperature and space velocity. A bifunctional catalyst of CuO-ZnO-Al2O3-ZrO2 catalyst and ZSM-5 gave a high H2 production rate and CO2 selectivity.

  15. High-Spin States in ~(86)Sr


    The previous works for high spins states of 86Sr were very scarce. In the past, the spin of highest level of 86Sr was 13 found by the reaction 84Kr(α, 2nγ)86Sr in 28 MeV. The current work updates the level scheme of 86Sr to get more information about high spin states in 86Sr.

  16. Electric field cancellation on quartz: a Rb adsorbate induced negative electron affinity surface

    Sedlacek, J A; Rittenhouse, S T; Weck, P F; Sadeghpour, H R; Shaffer, J P


    We investigate the (0001) surface of single crystal quartz with a submonolayer of Rb adsorbates. Using Rydberg atom electromagnetically induced transparency, we investigate the electric fields resulting from Rb adsorbed on the quartz surface, and measure the activation energy of the Rb adsorbates. We show that the adsorbed Rb induces a negative electron affinity (NEA) on the quartz surface. The NEA surface allows low energy electrons to bind to the surface and cancel the electric field from the Rb adsorbates. Our results are important for integrating Rydberg atoms into hybrid quantum systems and the fundamental study of atom-surface interactions, as well as applications for electrons bound to a 2D surface.

  17. Rubidium isotope effect in superconducting Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60

    Burk, B.; Crespi, V.H.; Zettl, A.; Cohen, M.L. (Department of Physics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States) Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States))


    We have measured the resistive supercondeucting transition temperature in C[sub 60] single crystals intercalated with isotopically pure [sup 87]Rb and [sup 85]Rb and with natural abundance rubidium. We obtain a rubidium isotope effect exponent of [alpha][sub Rb]=[minus]0.028[plus minus]0.036, a result which implies that the Rb-C[sub 60] optic phonons play at most a minor role in the pairing mechanism of Rb[sub 3]C[sub 60].

  18. Appendix to Health and Safety Laboratory environmental quarterly report. [Fallout radionuclides deposited and in surface air at various world sites; /sup 137/Cs and /sup 90/Sr in milk and drinking water in New York City; and stable Pb in surface air

    Hardy, E.P. Jr.


    Tabulated data are presented on the deposition of fallout /sup 89/Sr and /sup 90/Sr at various world land sites through 1976; the ..gamma.. spectra and content of /sup 7/Be, /sup 95/Zr, /sup 137/Cs, /sup 144/Ce, /sup 90/Sr, /sup 210/Pb, /sup 238/Pu, /sup 239/Pu, and stable Pb in samples of surface air collected during 1966 at various world sites; and the content of fallout /sup 137/Cs and /sup 90/Sr in samples of drinking water and milk collected in New York City through 1976. (CH)

  19. A New Value of 93Zr Half-Life


    <正>93Zr is a long-lived pure β emitter with energies of 60.6 keV (97.5%) and 91.4 keV (2.5%). It is produced by both nuclear fission and neutron capture of 92Zr. 93Zr has considerable attention because of its

  20. Crystallization of Al-Zr alloys at high cooling rates

    Toropova, L.S.; Kamardinkin, A.N.


    The nonequilibrium crystallization of Al-Zr alloys containing up to 5 mass pct Zr is investigated by light and electron microscopy and on the basis of lattice spacing and electrical conductivity measurements. A phase diagram of the system is presented. The dependence of the dendritic parameters of Al-Zr alloys on the cooling rate is demonstrated. 10 references.

  1. Ternary K2Zn5As4-type pnictides Rb2Cd5As4 and Rb2Zn5Sb4, and the solid solution Rb2Cd5(As,Sb)4.

    He, Hua; Stoyko, Stanislav S; Mar, Arthur; Bobev, Svilen


    Dirubidium pentacadmium tetraarsenide, Rb2Cd5As4, dirubidium pentazinc tetraantimonide, Rb2Zn5Sb4, and the solid-solution phase dirubidium pentacadmium tetra(arsenide/antimonide), Rb2Cd5(As,Sb)4 [or Rb2Cd5As3.00(1)Sb1.00(1)], have been prepared by direct reaction of the component elements at high temperature. These compounds are charge-balanced Zintl phases and adopt the orthorhombic K2Zn5As4-type structure (Pearson symbol oC44), featuring a three-dimensional [M5Pn4](2-) framework [M = Zn or Cd; Pn is a pnicogen or Group 15 (Group V) element] built of linked MPn4 tetrahedra, and large channels extending along the b axis which host Rb(+) cations. The As and Sb atoms in Rb2Cd5(As,Sb)4 are randomly disordered over the two available pnicogen sites. Band-structure calculations predict that Rb2Cd5As4 is a small-band-gap semiconductor and Rb2Zn5Sb4 is a semimetal.

  2. Realization of Gain with Electromagnetically Induced Transparency System with Non-degenerate Zeeman Sublevels in $^{87}$Rb

    Zhou, Minchuan; Shahriar, Selim M


    Previously, we had proposed an optically-pumped five-level Gain EIT (GEIT) system, which has a transparency dip superimposed on a gain profile and exhibits a negative dispersion suitable for the white-light-cavity signal-recycling (WLC-SR) scheme of the interferometeric gravitational wave detector [Phys. Rev. D. 92, 082002 (2015)]. Using this system as the negative dispersion medium (NDM) in the WLC-SR, we get an enhancement in the quantum noise (QN) limited sensitivity-bandwidth product by a factor of ~18. Here, we show how to realize this GEIT system in a realistic platform, using non-degenerate Zeeman sublevels in alkali atoms. Specifically we choose $^{87}$Rb atoms, which produce the negative dispersion around 795nm. The current LIGO operates at 1064nm but future LIGO may operate at a wavelength that is consistent with this atomic system. We present a theoretical analysis for the susceptibilities of the system. To account for the QN from the GEIT system, it is necessary to use the master equation (ME) app...

  3. Coral Sr-U Thermometry

    DeCarlo, T. M.; Gaetani, G. A.; Cohen, A. L.; Foster, G. L.; Alpert, A.; Stewart, J.


    Coral skeletons archive the past two millennia of climate variability in the oceans with unrivaled temporal resolution. However, extracting accurate temperature information from coral skeletons is confounded by "vital effects", which often override the temperature dependence of geochemical proxies. Here, we present a new approach to coral paleothermometry based on results of abiogenic precipitation experiments interpreted within a framework provided by a quantitative model of the coral biomineralization process. We conducted laboratory experiments to test the temperature and carbonate chemistry controls on abiogenic partitioning of Sr/Ca and U/Ca between aragonite and seawater, and we modeled the sensitivity of skeletal composition to processes occurring at the site of calcification. The model predicts that temperature can be accurately reconstructed from coral skeleton by combining Sr/Ca and U/Ca ratios into a new proxy, Sr-U. We tested the model predictions with measured Sr/Ca and U/Ca ratios of fourteen Porites sp. corals collected from the tropical Pacific Ocean and the Red Sea, with a subset also analyzed using the boron isotope (δ11B) pH proxy. Observed relationships among Sr/Ca, U/Ca, and δ11B agree with model predictions, indicating that the model accounts for the key features of the coral biomineralization process. We calibrated Sr-U to instrumental temperature records and found that it captures 93% of mean annual variability (26-30 °C) and predicts temperature within 0.5 °C (1 σ). Conversely, Sr/Ca alone has an error of prediction of 1 °C and often diverges from observed temperature by 3 °C or more. Many of the problems afflicting Sr/Ca - including offsets among neighboring corals and decouplings from temperature during coral stress events - are reconciled by Sr-U. By accounting for the influence of the coral biomineralization process, the Sr-U thermometer may offer significantly improved reliability for reconstructing ocean temperatures from coral

  4. Triaxial superdeformed bands in {sup 86}Zr

    Sarantites, D.G.; LaFosse, D.R.; Devlin, M.; Lerma, F. [Chemistry Department, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130 (United States); Wood, V.Q.; Saladin, J.X.; Winchell, D.F. [Physics Department, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States); Baktash, C.; Yu, C. [Physics Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Fallon, P.; Lee, I.Y.; Macchiavelli, A.O.; MacLeod, R.W. [Nuclear Science Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Afanasjev, A.V.; Ragnarsson, I. [Department of Mathematical Physics, Lund Institute of Technology, Box 118, S-22100 Lund (Sweden)


    Four new superdeformed bands have been found in the nucleus {sup 86}Zr. The good agreement between experiment and configuration-dependent shell correction calculations suggests that three of the bands have triaxial superdeformed shapes. Such unique features in mass A{approximately}80 superdeformed bands have been predicted, but not observed experimentally until now. A fourth band in {sup 86}Zr is interesting due to a fairly constant and unusually high dynamic moment of inertia. Possible interpretations of this structure are discussed. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  5. Binary Cu-Zr Bulk Metallic Glasses

    TANG Mei-Bo; ZHAO De-Qian; PAN Ming-Xiang; WANG Wei-Hua


    @@ We report that bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) can be produced up to 2 mm by a copper mould casting in Cux Zr1-x binary alloy with a wide glass forming composition range (45 < x < 60 at.%). We find that the formation mechanism for the binary Cu-Zr binary BMG-forming alloy is obviously different from that of the intensively studied multicomponent BMGs. Our results demonstrate that the criteria for the multicomponent alloys with composition near deep eutectic and strong liquid behaviour are no longer the major concern for designing BMGs.

  6. Solid-state coexistence of {Zr12} and {Zr6} zirconium oxocarboxylate clusters

    Malaestean, Iurie L. [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Alici, Meliha Kutluca [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Besson, Claire [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany); Ellern, Arkady [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States); Kogerler, Paul [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany)


    Ligand metathesis, Co(II) coordination, and partial condensation reactions of an archetypal {Zr6} zirconium oxocarboxylate cluster result in the first example of the coexistence of the distinct zirconium oxide frameworks {Zr6O8} and {Zr12O22}. Even minor modifications to the reaction conditions push this apparent equilibrium towards the {Zr6O8}-based product.

  7. Spin exchange collision mixing of the K and Rb ac Stark shifts

    Chen, Yao; Fang, Jiancheng


    In a hybrid pumping alkali vapor cell that both K and Rb are filled, K atom spins are optically pumped by laser and Rb atom spins are polarized by the K spins through spin exchange. We find that the AC Stark shift of the Rb atoms is composed of not only the AC Stark shift of the Rb atoms caused by the far off resonant pumping laser which is tuned to the K absorption lines, but also the AC Stark shift of the K atom spins. The mixing of the light shifts through fast spin exchange between K and Rb atoms are studied in this paper and we demonstrate a K-Rb-21Ne co-magnetometer in which the AC Stark shift of the Rb atoms are reduced by the collision mixing.

  8. Desorption Dynamics of Rb_2 Molecules off the Surface of Helium Nanodroplets

    Sieg, A; Stienkemeier, F; Dulieu, O; Mudrich, M


    The desorption dynamics of rubidium dimers (Rb_2) off the surface of helium nanodroplets induced by laser excitation is studied employing both nanosecond and femtosecond ion imaging spectroscopy. Similarly to alkali metal atoms, we find that the Rb_2 desorption process resembles the dissociation of a diatomic molecule. However, both angular and energy distributions of detected Rb_2^+ ions appear to be most crucially determined by the Rb_2 intramolecular degrees of freedom rather than by those of the Rb_2He_N complex. The pump-probe dynamics of Rb_2^+ is found to be slower than that of Rb^+ pointing at a weaker effective guest-host repulsion for excited molecules than for single atoms.

  9. Frequency Stability of Atomic Clocks Based on Coherent Population Trapping Resonance in 85Rb

    LIU Lu; GUO Tao; DENG Ke; LIU Xin-Yuan; CHEN Xu-Zong; WANG Zhong


    An atomic clock system based on coherent population trapping (CPT) resonance in 85Rb is reported, while most past works about the CPT clock are in 87Rb. A new modulation method (full-hyperfine-frequency-splitting modulation) is presented to reduce the effect of light shift to improve the frequency stability of the CPT clock in 85Rb. The experimental results show that the short-term frequency stability of the CPT clock in 85Rb is in the order of 10-10/s and the long-term frequency stability can achieve 1.5 × 10-11 /80000s, which performs as well as 87Rb in CPT resonance. This very good frequency stability performance associated with the low-cost and low-power properties of 85Rb indicates that an atomic clock based on CPT in 85 Rb should be a promising candidate for making the chip scale atomic clock.

  10. Theoretical study of fusion reactions $^{32}$S + $^{94,96}$Zr and $^{40}$Ca + $^{94,96}$Zr and quadrupole deformation of $^{94}$Zr

    Wang, Bing; Zhao, En-Guang; Zhou, Shan-Gui


    The dynamic coupling effects on fusion cross sections for reactions $^{32}$S + $^{94,96}$Zr and $^{40}$Ca + $^{94,96}$Zr are studied with the universal fusion function formalism and an empirical coupled channel (ECC) model. An examination of the reduced fusion functions shows that the total effect of couplings to inelastic excitations and neutron transfer channels on fusion in $^{32}$S + $^{94}$Zr ($^{40}$Ca + $^{94}$Zr) is almost the same as that in $^{32}$S + $^{96}$Zr ($^{40}$Ca + $^{96}$Zr). The enhancements of the fusion cross section at sub-barrier energies due to inelastic channel coupling and neutron transfer channel coupling are evaluated separately by using the ECC model. The results show that effect of couplings to inelastic excitations channels in the reactions with $^{94}$Zr as target should be similar as that in the reactions with $^{96}$Zr as target. This implies that the quadrupole deformation parameters $\\beta_2$ of $^{94}$Zr and $^{96}$Zr should be similar to each other. However, $\\beta_2$'s...

  11. Prediction and Synthesis of Strain Tolerant RbCuTe Crystals Based on Rotation of One-Dimensional Nano Ribbons within a Three-Dimensional Inorganic Network.

    Vermeer, Michael J DeVries; Zhang, Xiuwen; Trimarchi, Giancarlo; Donakowski, Martin D; Chupas, Peter J; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R; Zunger, Alex


    A unique possibility for a simple strain tolerant inorganic solid is envisioned whereby a set of isolated, one-dimensional (1D) nano objects are embedded in an elastically soft three-dimensional (3D) atomic matrix thus forming an interdimensional hybrid structure (IDHS). We predict theoretically that the concerted rotation of 1D nano objects could allow such IDHSs to tolerate large strain values with impunity. Searching theoretically among the 1:1:1 ABX compounds of I-I-VI composition, we identified, via first-principles thermodynamic theory, RbCuTe, which is a previously unreported but now predicted-to-be-stable compound in the MgSrSi-type structure, in space group Pnma. The predicted structure of RbCuTe consists of ribbons of copper and telluride atoms placed antipolar to one another throughout the lattice with rubidium atoms acting as a matrix. A novel synthetic adaptation utilizing liquid rubidium and vacuum annealing of the mixed elemental reagents in fused silica tubes as well as in situ (performed at the Advanced Photon Source) and ex situ structure determination confirmed the stability and predicted structure of RbCuTe. First-principles calculations then showed that the application of up to ∼30% uniaxial strain on the ground-state structure result in a buildup of internal stress not exceeding 0.5 GPa. The increase in total energy is 15-fold smaller than what is obtained for the same RbCuTe material but in structures having a contiguous set of 3D chemical bonds spanning the entire crystal. Furthermore, electronic structure calculations revealed that the HOMO is a 1D energy band localized on the CuTe ribbons and that the 1D insulating band structure is also resilient to such large strains. This combined theory and experiment study reveals a new type of strain tolerant inorganic material.

  12. Elemental concentration analysis in PCa, BPH and normal prostate tissues using SR-TXRF

    Leitao, Roberta G.; Anjos, Marcelino J.; Canellas, Catarine G.L.; Lopes, Ricardo T., E-mail: roberta@lin.ufrj.b [Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia (COPPE/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Instrumentacao Nuclear; Correia, Rodrigo C., E-mail: marcelin@lin.ufrj.b [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Palumbo Junior, Antonio; Souza, Pedro A.V.R.; Nasciutti, Luiz E., E-mail: nasciutt@ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias da Saude. Lab. de Interacoes Celulares; Ferreira, Luiz C., E-mail: luiz.ferreira@ipec.fiocruz.b [Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)


    Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the main causes of illness and death all over the world. In Brazil, prostate cancer currently represents the second most prevalent malignant neoplasia in men, representing 21% of all cancer cases. Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH) is an illness prevailing in men above the age of 50, close to 90% after the age of 80. The prostate presents a high zinc concentration, about 10-fold higher than any other body tissue. In this work, samples of human prostate tissues with cancer (PCa), BPH and normal tissue were analyzed utilizing the total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation technique (SRTXRF) to investigate the differences in the elemental concentrations in these tissues. SR-TXRF analyses were performed at the X-Ray fluorescence beamline at Brazilian National Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), in Campinas, Sao Paulo. It was possible to determine the concentrations of the following elements: P, S, K, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn, Br and Rb. By using Mann-Whitney U test it was observed that almost all elements presented concentrations with significant differences alpha = 0.05) between the groups studied. The elements and groups were: S, K, Ca, Fe, Zn, Br and Rb (PCa X Normal); S, Fe, Zn and Br (PCa X BPH); K, Ca, Fe, Zn, Br and Rb (BPH X Normal). (author)

  13. A subset of malignant phyllodes tumors harbors alterations in the Rb/p16 pathway.

    Cimino-Mathews, Ashley; Hicks, Jessica L; Sharma, Rajni; Vang, Russell; Illei, Peter B; De Marzo, Angelo; Emens, Leisha A; Argani, Pedram


    Breast phyllodes tumors are fibroepithelial neoplasms with variable risk of aggressive local recurrence and distant metastasis, and the molecular pathogenesis is unclear. Here, we systematically study p16 and Rb expression in 34 phyllodes tumors in relation to proliferation. Tissue microarrays were constructed from 10 benign, 10 borderline, and 14 malignant phyllodes (5 cores/tumor) and from 10 fibroadenomas (2 cores/tumor). Tissue microarrays were labeled by immunohistochemistry for p16, Rb, and Ki-67 and by in situ hybridization for high-risk human papillomavirus. Cytoplasmic and nuclear p16 were scored by percentage labeling (0%-100%, diffuse >95%) and intensity. Nuclear Rb was scored by percentage labeling (0%-100%, diffuse >75%) and intensity. p16 and Rb labeling were repeated on whole sections of cases with Rb loss on the tissue microarray. Twenty-nine percent (4/14) malignant phyllodes showed diffuse strong p16 labeling with Rb loss in malignant cells (diffuse p16+/Rb-), whereas 21% (3/14) malignant phyllodes showed the reverse pattern of p16 loss with diffuse strong Rb (p16-/diffuse Rb+). Results were consistent between tissue microarrays and whole sections. No borderline phyllodes, benign phyllodes, or fibroadenoma showed diffuse p16+/Rb- or p16-/diffuse Rb+ phenotypes. No cases contained high-risk human papillomavirus. Average Ki-67 proliferation indices were 15% in malignant phyllodes, 1.7% in borderline phyllodes, 0.5% in benign phyllodes, and 0% in fibroadenoma. Ki-67 was highest in malignant phyllodes with diffuse p16+/Rb- labeling. In summary, 50% malignant phyllodes display evidence of Rb/p16 pathway alterations, likely reflecting p16 or Rb inactivation. These and other mechanisms may contribute to the increased proliferation in malignant phyllodes relative to other fibroepithelial neoplasms.

  14. Terminalia catappa as bioindicator of environmental pollution in Cubatao city by SR-TXRF

    Moreira, Silvana; Geraldo, Simoni Michetti, E-mail: silvana@fec.unicamp.b [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo. Dept. de Saneamento e Ambiente; Barroso, Regina Cely, E-mail: [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica. Dept. de Fisica Aplicada; Vives, Ana Elisa Sirito de, E-mail: aesvives@unimep.b [Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (UNIMEP), Santa Barbara D' Oeste, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Urbanismo; Cardoso, Simone Coutinho, E-mail: simone@if.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia, Arquitetura e Urbanismo. Inst. de Fisica


    Fertilizer industries are considered the main environmental polluting of fluoride (F) and the industrial complex of the city of Cubatao, SP, Brazil, is an important fertilizer producer. This study aimed to evaluate the local pollution for toxic elements and its comparison with fluoride concentration using the urban vegetation as biomarker. For this, leaves of Terminalia catappa (popularly known for Hat-of-sun or Almond tree of the beach) were tested. The leaves were collected in the winter of 2007 in the industrial region around the fertilizer plants and other industries, in the municipal urban areas of Cubatao and Santos cities. The samples were dehydrated, powdered and submitted to an acid digestion for multi-elemental determination by Synchrotron Radiation Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence (SR-TXRF). All the measurements were performed at Synchrotron Light Source Laboratory. The results obtained by SR-TXRF were compared to fluoride determinations. The variance analysis showed the correlation between F and S concentrations (p<0.05). The concentrations of these elements are concentrated around the fertilizer industries (p< 0.05). Using SR-TXRF was possible to determine several elements as: Si, K, Ca, Ti, Cr, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr and Pb in the leaves of Terminalia catappa. Chromium in the areas near to fertilizer industries and also in Santos city which is considered as a control area, present concentrations higher than 18 mg kg{sup -1}, this is considered a toxic value (author)

  15. High-Resolution Spectroscopy of Sr and Y nuclei near N = Z line

    Dendooven, P


    The experiment IS377 aims for investigating the Gamow-Teller strength, isospin symmetry and proton-neutron interaction in the region a nuclide chart where large deformations occur. These studies need detailed information on the low-energy levels in the nuclei. Ground-state masses of Sr and Y nuclei will be studied by using the Penning-trap mass spectrometer ISOLTRAP and the low-energy levels of $^{75}$Rb and $^{78}$Y by $\\beta$-decay spectroscopy. The information obtained can be also used to extend the experimental database for astrophysical rapid proton capture modeling. During 2000 the first step was taken by measuring the masses of $^{76,77}$Sr. The improvement in the absolute mass value of $^{76}$Sr will lead to a significant gain in accuracy of the Gamow-Teller strength involved in the decay. The large deformation of this nucleus has been predicted to alter the strength distribution and this different pattern could be possibly used as a signature of a certain deformation. In addition, $^{76}$Sr, with its...

  16. Charge transfer in the cold Yb$^+$ + Rb collisions

    Sayfutyarova, Elvira R; Yakovleva, Svetlana A; Belyaev, Andrey K


    Charge-transfer cold Yb$^+$ + Rb collision dynamics is investigated theoretically using high-level {\\it ab initio} potential energy curves, dipole moment functions and nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. Within the scalar-relativistic approximation, the radiative transitions from the entrance $A^1\\Sigma^+$ to the ground $X^1\\Sigma^+$ state are found to be the only efficient charge-transfer pathway. The spin-orbit coupling does not open other efficient pathways, but alters the potential energy curves and the transition dipole moment for the $A-X$ pair of states. The radiative, as well as the nonradiative, charge-transfer cross sections calculated within the $10^{-3}-10$ cm$^{-1}$ collision energy range exhibit all features of the Langevin ion-atom collision regime, including a rich structure associated with centrifugal barrier tunneling (orbiting) resonances. Theoretical rate coefficients for two Yb isotopes agree well with those measured by immersing Yb$^+$ ion in an ultracold Rb ensemble in a hybrid trap....

  17. Blackbody radiation shift in ^87Rb frequency standard

    Safronova, Marianna; Safronova, U. I.


    The operation of atomic clocks is generally carried out at room temperature, whereas the definition of the second refers to the clock transition in an atom at absolute zero. This implies that the clock transition frequency should be corrected in practice for the effect of finite temperature of which the leading contributor is the blackbody radiation (BBR) shift. Experimental measurements of the BBR shifts are difficult. In this work, we have calculated the blackbody radiation shift of the ground-state hyperfine microwave transition in ^87Rb using the relativistic all-order method and evaluated the accuracy of our final value. Particular care is taken to accurately account for the contributions from highly-excited states. Various Rb atomic properties, including E1, E2, and E3 ground state polarizabilities, np and nd E1 polarizabilities, and hyperfine constants are also calculated. The results are compared with experiment and other theory where available.

  18. The $d \\: ^3 \\Pi$ state of LiRb

    Stevenson, I; Altaf, A; Chen, Y P; Elliott, D S


    We report our spectroscopic studies of the $d \\ ^3\\Pi$ state of ultra-cold $^7$Li$^{85}$Rb using resonantly-enhanced multi-photon ionization and depletion spectroscopy with bound-to-bound transitions originating from the metastable $a \\ ^3\\Sigma^+$ state. We evaluate the potential of this state for use as the intermediate state in a STIRAP transfer scheme from triplet Feshbach LiRb molecules to the $X \\ ^1\\Sigma^+$ ground state, and find that the lowest several vibrational levels possess the requisite overlap with initial and final states, as well as convenient energies. Using depletion measurements, we measured the well depth and spin-orbit splitting. We suggest possible pathways for short-range photoassociation using deeply-bound vibrational levels of this electronic state.

  19. Nanoscale Multilayered ZrAlN/ZrB2 Coatings Synthesized by Magnetron Sputtering

    Dejun LI


    Multilayered ZrAlN/ZrB2 coatings containing alternating bilayer periods were synthesized by dc magnetron sputtering technique. The intensities of ZrN (111) or ZrN (200) textures in the structure of the nanolayers depended on the bilayer period as well as N2 gas partial pressure during deposition. Nanoindentation testing showed that hardness and internal stress of the nanolayers varied with the bilayer period and crystallographic orientation in the coatings. The hardness of the nanolayers with bilayer periods of 3~6 nm was enhanced (~27%) over the rule-of-mixture value. A low percent of N2 in processing gas was proved to be benefitial to the synthesis of high hard nanoscale multilayered coatings.

  20. Initial stages of Zr-Fe-Si alloy formation on Zr(0001) surface

    Horáková, Kateřina; Cichoň, Stanislav; Lančok, Ján; Sajdl, Petr; Cháb, Vladimír


    We studied initial stages of Fe and Si atoms interaction with the Zr(0001) surface. Fe and Si were deposited in-situ on the clean Zr surface up to coverage of one monolayer. Chemical state of Zr as a function of annealing temperature and the surface composition was investigated. Characteristic (1×1) LEED (Low Energy Electron Diffraction) pattern of the clean Zr surface becomes significantly modified when Fe and Si are deposited and annealed at 400 °C. The arrangement of new spots of the pattern corresponds to the (2√3×2√3)R30° structure, stable up to annealing at 750 °C. Changes in the electronic structure were identified from the images of equi-energy cuts of the k-space covering the entire Brillouin zone. The results imply that hydrogen, typically present in the clean surface, was eliminated either by annealing or upon the deposition of Fe and Si.

  1. Determination of isothermal section of Ag-Ti-Zr ternary system at 1 023 K


    The isothermal section of Ag-Ti-Zr ternary system at 1023 K was determined by diffusion triple and electron probe microanalysis. The results indicate that four binary intermetallic phases of AgTi, AgTi2, AgZr and AgZr2 are found in Ag-Ti-Zr ternary system at 1 023 K. AgZr2 and AgTi2 form a continuous solid solution, namely Ag(Ti,Zr)2. Four three-phase regions: AgTi+AgZr + Ag, AgTi +AgZr + Ag (Ti, Zr)2, α-Zr +β3(Ti, Zr)+ Ag (Ti, Zr)2 and α-Ti +β(Ti, Zr)+ Ag (Ti, Zr)2 exist in the isothermal section. No ternary compound is observed.

  2. Lifetime measurements of normally deformed and superdeformed states in {sup 82}Sr

    Yu, C.; Baktash, C.; Brinkman, M.J.; Jin, H.; Rudolph, D. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Gross, C.J. [Oak Ridge Associate Universities, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Devlin, M.; LaFosse, D.R.; Lerma, F.; Sarantites, D.G. [Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri 63130 (United States); Sylvan, G.N.; Tabor, S.L. [Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306 (United States); Birriel, I.; Saladin, J.X.; Winchell, D.F.; Wood, V.Q. [University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States); Clark, R.M.; Fallon, P.; Lee, I.Y.; Macchiavelli, A.O. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720 (United States); Wells, J.C. [Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee 38505 (United States)]|[Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States); Petrovici, A. [Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, R-76900 Bucharest (Romania); Schmid, K.W.; Faessler, A. [Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Tuebingen, D-72076 Tuebingen (Germany)


    Lifetimes of a superdeformed band in {sup 82}Sr were measured with the centroid shift method. The measured average quadrupole moment of this band corresponds to a quadrupole deformation of {beta}{sub 2}{approx}0.49, which is slightly smaller than both the theoretical prediction, and the measured deformation of the SD band in the neighboring isotone {sup 84}Zr. Lifetimes of high spin states of three normally deformed rotational bands in {sup 82}Sr were also measured with the Doppler shift attenuation method technique. The quadrupole moments of these normally deformed bands show a decrease at the highest spins, supporting the predicted band terminations. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Onset of collectivity in $^{96,98}$Sr studied via Coulomb excitation

    Clement, E; Dijon, A; de France, G; Bastin, B; Blazhev, A; Bree, N; Butler, P; Delahaye, P; Ekstrom, A; Georgiev, G; Hasan, N; Iwanicki, J; Jenkins, D; Korten, W; Larsen, A C; Ljungvall, J; Moschner, K; Napiorkowski, P; Pakarinen, J; Petts, A; Renstrom, T; Seidlitz, M; Siem, S; Sotty, C; Srebrny, J; Stefanescu, I; Tveten, G M; Van de Walle, J; Warr, N; Wrzosek-Lipska, K; Zielinska, M; Bauer, C; Bruyneel, B; Butterworth, J; Fitzpatrick, C; Fransen, C; GernhäUser, R; Hess, H; Lutter, R; Marley, P; Reiter, P; Siebeck, B; Vermeulen, M; Wiens, A; De Witte, H


    A rapid onset of quadrupole deformation is known to occur around the neutron number 60 in the neutron-rich Zr and Sr isotopes. This shape change has made the neutron-rich A = 100 region an active area of experimental and theoretical studies for many decades now. We report in this contribution new experimental results in the neutron rich 96,98Sr investigated by safe Coulomb excitation of radioactive beams at the REX-ISOLDE facility, CERN. Reduced transition probabilities and spectroscopic quadrupole moments have been extracted from the differential Coulomb excitation cross section supporting the scenario of shape coexistence/change at N=60. Future perspectives are presented including the recent experimental campaign performed at ILL-Grenoble.

  4. Fabrication and characterization of (111)-epitaxial Pb(Zr0.35Ti0.65)O3/Pb(Zr0.65Ti0.35)O3 artificial superlattice thin films

    Yamada, Tomoaki; Ebihara, Youhei; Kiguchi, Takanori; Sakata, Osami; Morioka, Hitoshi; Shimizu, Takao; Funakubo, Hiroshi; Konno, Toyohiko J.; Yoshino, Masahito; Nagasaki, Takanori


    Artificial superlattice thin films consisting of two different compositions of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 (PZT), which are in tetragonal and rhombohedral phases at room temperature in the bulk state, were grown on (111) c SrRuO3/(111)SrTiO3 by pulsed laser deposition. Fairly perfect periodicity with sharp interfaces was observed by X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopy. It was found that the film with each layer of 5 nm thickness had a single-domain structure for both PZT layers, which would arise from the strong mechanical and electrical coupling between PZT layers. The fabricated superlattice thin films showed saturated P-E hysteresis curves. Larger electromechanical response was observed in the films with smaller layer thickness.

  5. Coulomb effects in Fermi {beta} decay of {sup 74}Rb

    Oinonen, M. [CERN, EP Div., Geneva (Switzerland)


    Coulomb effects in the {beta} decay of {sup 74}Rb have been studied at ISOLDE. The observation of the non-analog feeding in the {beta} decay allows for an estimation of the Coulomb mixing parameter {delta}{sub IM}{sup 1}. The analysis of the total Coulomb correction {delta}{sub C} is still hampered by the uncertainty in the decay energy. (orig.)

  6. Rb optical resonance inside a random porous medium

    Villalba, S; Laliotis, A; Lenci, L; Barreiro, S; Lezama, A


    We studied absorption and fluorescence of Rb atoms confined to the interstitial cavities of a random porous glass. Due to the diffusive light propagation in the porous sample, resonant light absorption is almost entirely compensated by atomic fluorescence at low atomic densities. For higher densities, radiation trapping increases the probability of non-radiative decay via atom-wall collisions. A simple connection of the fluorescence/absorption yield to the sample porosity is given.

  7. Fullerene molecule strain in RbC 60

    Aksenov, V. L.; Ossipyan, Yu. À.; Forro, L.; Khasanov, S.; Chernyshev, V. V.; Shakhmatov, V. S.


    Strain displacements of carbon atoms in a Ñ 60 molecule in the Pnnm phase of the RbC 60 fulleride are first determined by X-ray diffraction. The measurements show that the polymeric bond length between carbon atoms of two nearest molecules C 60 is equal to 1.69(1) Å, the rotation angle of the molecule about the polymeric direction is 47.0(3)°.

  8. Fullerene Molecule Strain in $RbC_{60}$

    Aksenov, V L; Forró, L; Khasanov, S S; Chernyshev, V V; Shakhmatov, V S


    Strain displacements of carbon atoms in a C$_60$ molecule in the $Pnnm$ phase of the RbC$_60$ fulleride are first determined by X-ray diffraction. The measurements show that the polymeric bond length between carbon atoms of two nearest molecules C$_60$ is equal to 1.69(1) $\\AA$, the rotation angle of the molecule about the polymeric direction is 47.0(3)$^0$.

  9. Development of Zr alloys - Fabrication of Zr-Nb alloy used in PHWRs

    Lee, Kang In; Kim, Won Baek; Choi, Guk Sun; Lee, Chul Kyung; Jang, Dae Kyu; Seo, Chang Yeol; Sim, Kun Joo; Lee, Jae Cheon [Korea Institute of Geology Mining and Materials, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)


    The manufacture of Zr-Nb alloy ingot by EB melting process is carried out to meet the chemical composition and mechanical and property specifications and to ensure that the ingots are free of unacceptable defects through this study. It was established that Zr-Nb alloy was made by EB melting technique including the control of adding elements, melting power and melting and cast device. 28 refs., 13 tabs., 26 figs., 23 ills. (author)

  10. Formation of ultracold RbCs molecules by photoassociation

    Bouloufa-Maafa, N; Dulieu, O; Gabbanini, C


    The formation of ultracold metastable RbCs molecules is observed in a double species magneto-optical trap through photoassociation below the ^85Rb(5S_1/2)+^133Cs(6P_3/2) dissociation limit followed by spontaneous emission. The molecules are detected by resonance enhanced two-photon ionization. Using accurate quantum chemistry calculations of the potential energy curves and transition dipole moment, we interpret the observed photoassociation process as occurring at short internuclear distance, in contrast with most previous cold atom photoassociation studies. The vibrational levels excited by photoassociation belong to the 5th 0^+ or the 4th 0^- electronic states correlated to the Rb(5P_1/2,3/2)+Cs(6S_1/2) dissociation limit. The computed vibrational distribution of the produced molecules shows that they are stabilized in deeply bound vibrational states of the lowest triplet state. We also predict that a noticeable fraction of molecules is produced in the lowest level of the electronic ground state.

  11. Brucella abortus RB51 in milk of vaccinated adult cattle.

    Miranda, Karina Leite; Poester, Fernando Padilla; Dorneles, Elaine Maria Seles; Resende, Thiago Magalhães; Vaz, Adil Knackfuss; Ferraz, Sandra Maria; Lage, Andrey Pereira


    The aim of this study was to evaluate the shedding of Brucella abortus in the milk of cows vaccinated with a full dose of RB51 during lactation. Eighteen cows, nine previously vaccinated with S19 as calves and nine non-vaccinated, were immunized subcutaneously with 1.3×10(10)CFU of B. abortus RB51, 30-60days after parturition. Milk samples from all animals were collected daily until day 7, and at weekly interval for the next 9 weeks after vaccination. To evaluate the shedding of B. abortus, milk samples were submitted for culture and PCR. No B. abortus was isolated from any sample tested. Only one sample, collected on first day after vaccination from a cow previously vaccinated, was faintly positive in the PCR. In conclusion, the public health hazard associated with milk consumption from cows vaccinated with RB51 in post-partum is very low, despite vaccination with the full dose and regardless of previous S19 vaccination.

  12. R$_{b}$ and new physics a comprehensive analysis

    Bamert, P; Cline, J M; London, D; Nardi, E


    We survey the implications for new physics of the discrepancy between the LEP measurement of R_b and its Standard Model prediction. Two broad classes of models are considered: (i) those in which new Z\\bbar b couplings arise at tree level, through Z or b-quark mixing with new particles, and (ii) those in which new scalars and fermions alter the Z \\bbar b vertex at one loop. We keep our analysis as general as possible in order to systematically determine what kinds of features can produce corrections to R_b of the right sign and magnitude. We are able to identify several successful mechanisms, which include most of those which have been recently been proposed in the literature, as well as some earlier proposals (\\eg\\ supersymmetric models). By seeing how such models appear as special cases of our general treatment we are able to shed light on the reason for, and the robustness of, their ability to explain R_b.

  13. ZrN/Cu nanocomposite film - a novel superhard material

    Musil, J.; Zeman, P. [Univ. of West Bohemia, Plzen (Czech Republic). Dept. of Phys.; Hruby, H.; Mayrhofer, P.H. [Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria). Inst. fuer Metallkunde und Werkstoffpruefung


    This article reports on the structure and hardness of ZrCu-N films prepared by dc reactive magnetron sputtering of a ZrCu alloyed target in a mixture of Ar+N{sub 2} using a round planar unbalanced magnetron of diameter 100 mm. It was found that there is a strong correlation between the structure of the film and its hardness. The hard (<40 GPa) ZrCu-N films are characterized by many weak reflections from poly-oriented ZrN and Cu grains. In contrast, the superhard ({>=}40 GPa) ZrCu-N films are characterized by a strong reflection from ZrN grains with a dominate ZrN(111) orientation and no reflections from Cu. The superhard ZrCu-N films with a hardness of 54 GPa are nc-ZrN/Cu nanocomposite films composed of strongly oriented ZrN grains surrounded by a thin layer of Cu. These films exhibit a high elastic recovery of about 80% (determined by a microhardness tester) and contain approximately 1-2 wt.% Cu. The superhard nc-ZrN/Cu nanocomposite films represent a new class of superhard materials of the type nc-MeN/metal. (orig.)

  14. Anodic Fabrication of Ti-Nb-Zr-O Nanotube Arrays

    Qiang Liu


    Full Text Available Highly ordered Ti-Nb-Zr-O nanotube arrays were fabricated through pulse anodic oxidation of Ti-Nb-Zr alloy in 1 M NaH2PO4 containing 0.5 wt% HF electrolytes. The effect of anodization parameters and Zr content on the microstructure and composition of Ti-Nb-Zr-O nanotubes was investigated using a scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive X-ray analysis. It was found that length of the Ti-Nb-Zr-O nanotubes increased with increase of Zr contents. The diameter and the length of Ti-Nb-Zr-O nanotubes could be controlled by pulse voltage. XRD analysis of Ti-Nb-Zr-O samples annealed at 500°C in air indicated that the (101 diffraction peaks shifted from 25.78° to 25.05° for annealed Ti-Nb-Zr-O samples with different Zr contents because of larger lattice parameter of Ti-Nb-Zr-O compared to that of undoped TiO2.

  15. Aging Behavior of Mg-Y-Zr and Mg-Nd-Zr Cast Alloys


    Aging behavior of Mg-3.6Y-0.5Zr and Mg-2.7Nd-0.5Zr alloys was investigated by microhardness measurement and transmission electron microscopy. In the case of Mg-Y-Zr alloy, the presence of β″ phase, a major strengthener, having base centered orthorhombic structure with its lattice constants of aβ″=0.64 nm, bβ″=2.22 nm,and cβ″=0.52 nm was identified. In the case of Mg-Nd-Zr alloy aged at 250℃, the presence ofβ″ and β′phases was identified. The crystal structure ofβ″ phase was found to be DO19 and its orientation relationships with Mg matrix were [0001]β″//[0001]Mg and [01-10]β″//[0110]Mg. The β′ phase had face centered cubicstructure and its orientation relationships with Mg matrix were [011]β′//[0001]Mg and [-11-1]β′//[-2110]Mg.The Mg-2.7Nd-0.5Zr alloy showed higher hardness compared with Mg-3.6Y-0.5Zr alloy.

  16. Saharan dust in Yucatan soils: Sr isotope and trace element evidence of dust inputs

    Das, R.; Pett-Ridge, J. C.; D'Odorico, P.; Lawrence, D.


    Saharan dust transport is an important source of material for soil development in Caribbean islands, and may even be a larger source than the weathering of parent material on calcareous substrates in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. The Yucatan peninsula has similar soils and limestone parent materials, and receives annual Saharan dust inputs, but the importance of long-range dust transport for soil development in the region remains uncertain. Here we find evidence of Saharan dust in soils from a karst landscape in the central Yucatan peninsula using Sr isotopes, trace and rare earth element geochemistry. 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios and trace element concentrations were measured in three soil profiles - an upland mature forest, upland secondary forest and depositional lowland (bajo) mature forest. 87Sr/86Sr isotope ratios in the upland mature and secondary forests were close to local limestone bedrock, while the bajo soil profile had higher values than local bedrock or Central American volcanic inputs, indicating the influence of Saharan dust. Trace element concentrations and rare earth element patterns in the upland mature forest and bajo profiles are more similar to values for Saharan dust and Central American volcanic sources than to local limestone bedrock. However, influence from volcanic sources would have lower 87Sr/86Sr values, indicating that Saharan dust influence is more likely. The bajo soil shows higher 87Sr/86Sr ratios and trace element concentrations compared to the upland soils, especially the secondary forest profile, indicating that soil disturbance and transport within the karst landscape influence the fate of eolian inputs and trace element geochemistry of soils in this region. Saharan dust is an important input to soil development at this location, and further work using isotopes and rare earth elements are necessary to quantify long-term dust inputs as a source material for soil development; Plot of Sr isotope ratio vs trace element (Zr/Y) ratio in

  17. Fabrication ofβ-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON composites using fly ash and zircon%用粉煤灰和锆英石制备β-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON 复合材料

    马北越; 孙明刚; 丁玉石; 闫晨; 厉英


    β-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON composites were successfully fabricated by an in-situ carbothermal reduction−nitridation process with fly ash, zircon and active carbon as raw materials. The effects of raw materials composition and holding time on synthesis process were investigated, and the formation process of the composites was also discussed. The phase composition and microstructure of the composites were characterized by means of XRD and SEM. It was found that increasing carbon content in a sample and holding time could promote the formation of β-Sialon, ZrN and ZrON. The proper processing parameters to synthesize β-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON composites were mass ratio of zircon to fly ash to active carbon of 49:100:100, synthesis temperature of 1550 °C and holding time of 15 h. The average grain size ofβ-Sialon and ZrN(ZrON) synthesized at 1550 °C for 15 h reached about 2 and 1μm, respectively. The fabrication process ofβ-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON composites included the formation ofβ-Sialon and ZrO2 as well as the conversion of ZrO2 to ZrN and ZrON.%以粉煤灰、锆英石和活性炭为原料,采用原位碳热还原氮化法成功制备β-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON 复合材料。研究配料组成和保温时间对合成过程的影响,并讨论材料的生成过程。通过XRD和SEM表征材料的相组成和显微组织。结果表明:增加试样中的碳含量以及延长保温时间均能促进β-Sialon、ZrN 和ZrON 的生成。合成β-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON复合材料的适宜工艺参数为锆英石、粉煤灰和活性炭的质量比49:100:100、合成温度1550°C、保温时间15 h。在1550°C保温15 h合成的β-Sialon 和ZrN(ZrON)的平均粒径分别约为2和1μm。β-Sialon/ZrN/ZrON复合材料的制备过程包括β-Sialon和ZrO2的生成过程以及 ZrO2向ZrN和ZrON的转化过程。

  18. Exploring the structural and functional effect of pRB by significant nsSNP in the coding region of RB1 gene causing retinoblastoma.

    Rajasekaran, R; Sethumadhavan, Rao


    In this study, we identified the most deleterious nsSNP in RB1 gene through structural and functional properties of its protein (pRB) and investigated its binding affinity with E2F-2. Out of 956 SNPs, we investigated 12 nsSNPs in coding region in which three of them (SNPids rs3092895, rs3092903 and rs3092905) are commonly found to be damaged by I-Mutant 2.0, SIFT and PolyPhen programs. With this effort, we modeled the mutant pRB proteins based on these deleterious nsSNPs. From a comparison of total energy, stabilizing residues and RMSD of these three mutant proteins with native pRB protein, we identified that the major mutation is from Glutamic acid to Glycine at the residue position of 746 of pRB. Further, we compared the binding efficiency of both native and mutant pRB (E746G) with E2F-2. We found that mutant pRB has less binding affinity with E2F-2 as compared to native type. This is due to sixteen hydrogen bonding and two salt bridges that exist between native type and E2F-2, whereas mutant type makes only thirteen hydrogen bonds and one salt bridge with E2F-2. Based on our investigation, we propose that the SNP with an id rs3092905 could be the most deleterious nsSNP in RB1 gene causing retinoblastoma.

  19. A 3 He-129 Xe co-magnetometer with 87 Rb magnetometry

    Limes, Mark; Sheng, Dong; Romalis, Mike


    We report progress on a 3 He-129 Xe co-magnetometer detected with a 87 Rb magnetometer. The noble-gas co-magnetometer is insensitive to any long-term bias field drifts, but the presence of hot Rb can cause instability in the ratio of 3 He-129 Xe precession frequencies. We use a sequence of Rb π pulses to suppress the instability due to Rb-noble gas interactions by a factor of 104 along all three spatial axes. For detection, our 87 Rb magnetometer operates using single-axis 87 Rb π pulses with σ+ /σ- pumping-this technique decouples the 87 Rb magnetometer from bias fields, and allows for SERF operation. We are presently investigating systematic effects due to combinations of several imperfections, such as longitudinal noble gas polarization, imperfect 87 Rb π pulses, and 87 Rb pump light shifts. Thus far, our 87 Rb magnetometer has a sensitivity of 40 fT/√{Hz}, and our 3 He-129 Xe co-magnetometer has achieved a single-shot precession frequency ratio error of 20 nHz and a long-term bias drift of 8 nHz at 7 h. We are developing the co-magnetometer for use as an NMR gyro, and to search for possible spin-gravity interactions. Supported by DARPA and NSF.

  20. Hydrothermal Synthesis of RbLn2F7 and VUV Spectroscopy of RbLn2F7:Eu3+(Ln=Gd, Y)


    RbLn2F7 (Ln=Gd, Y, Er, Yb and Lu), crystallized in the hexagonal RbEr2F7 structure type, is synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The excitation spectra of Eu3+-doped RbGd(Y)2F7 suggest that the oxygen content is very low in the samples obtained by hydrothermal synthesis. Only the f-f transitions of Gd3+ ions are observed in the excitation spectrum of RbGd2F7:Eu3+ (0.5mol%), while those of Eu3+ ions do not appear. When the Gd3+ ions are excited, the absorbed energy is transferred efficiently from Gd3+ to Eu3+. The spectra show that the doped Eu3+ ions are located in non-centrosymmetric sites in hexagonal RbLn2F7.

  1. Conditional Deletion of the Retinoblastoma (Rb) Gene in Ovarian Granulosa Cells Leads to Premature Ovarian Failure

    Andreu-Vieyra, Claudia; Chen, Ruihong; Matzuk, Martin M.


    The retinoblastoma protein (RB) regulates cell proliferation and survival by binding to the E2F family of transcription factors. Recent studies suggest that RB also regulates differentiation in a variety of cell types, including myocytes, neurons, adipocytes, and chondrocytes. Rb mutations have been found in ovarian cancer; however, the role of RB in normal and abnormal ovarian function remains unclear. To test the hypothesis that loss of Rb induces ovarian tumorigenesis, we generated an ovarian granulosa cell conditional knockout of Rb (Rb cKO) using the Cre/lox recombination system. Rb cKO females showed 100% survival and no ovarian tumor formation through 9 months of age, but they developed progressive infertility. Prepubertal Rb cKO females showed increased ovulation rates compared with controls, correlating with increased follicle recruitment, higher Fshr and Kitl mRNA levels, and lower anti-Müllerian hormone levels. In contrast, the ovulation rate of 6-wk-old females was similar to that of controls. Morphometric analysis of Rb cKO ovaries from 6-wk-old and older females showed increased follicular atresia and apoptosis. Rb cKO ovaries and preantral follicles had abnormal levels of known direct and indirect target genes of RB, including Rbl2/p130, E2f1, Ccne2, Myc, Fos, and Tgfb2. In addition, preantral follicles showed increased expression of the granulosa cell differentiation marker Inha, decreased levels of Foxl2 and Cyp19a1 aromatase, and abnormal expression of the nuclear receptors Nr5a1, Nr5a2, and Nr0b1. Taken together, our results suggest that RB is required for the temporal-specific pattern of expression of key genes involved in follicular development. PMID:18599617

  2. In vitro phosphorylation and acetylation of the murine pocket protein Rb2/p130.

    Muhammad Saeed

    Full Text Available The retinoblastoma protein (pRb and the related proteins Rb2/p130 and 107 represent the "pocket protein" family of cell cycle regulators. A key function of these proteins is the cell cycle dependent modulation of E2F-regulated genes. The biological activity of these proteins is controlled by acetylation and phosphorylation in a cell cycle dependent manner. In this study we attempted to investigate the interdependence of acetylation and phosphorylation of Rb2/p130 in vitro. After having identified the acetyltransferase p300 among several acetyltransferases to be associated with Rb2/p130 during S-phase in NIH3T3 cells in vivo, we used this enzyme and the CDK4 protein kinase for in vitro modification of a variety of full length Rb2/p130 and truncated versions with mutations in the acetylatable lysine residues 1079, 128 and 130. Mutation of these residues results in the complete loss of Rb2/p130 acetylation. Replacement of lysines by arginines strongly inhibits phosphorylation of Rb2/p130 by CDK4; the inhibitory effect of replacement by glutamines is less pronounced. Preacetylation of Rb2/p130 strongly enhances CDK4-catalyzed phosphorylation, whereas deacetylation completely abolishes in vitro phosphorylation. In contrast, phosphorylation completely inhibits acetylation of Rb2/p130 by p300. These results suggest a mutual interdependence of modifications in a way that acetylation primes Rb2/p130 for phosphorylation and only dephosphorylated Rb2/p130 can be subject to acetylation. Human papillomavirus 16-E7 protein, which increases acetylation of Rb2/p130 by p300 strongly reduces phosphorylation of this protein by CDK4. This suggests that the balance between phosphorylation and acetylation of Rb2/p130 is essential for its biological function in cell cycle control.

  3. Generation of a Retinoblastoma (Rb)1-inducible dominant-negative (DN) mouse model.

    Tarang, Shikha; Doi, Songila M S R; Gurumurthy, Channabasavaiah B; Harms, Donald; Quadros, Rolen; Rocha-Sanchez, Sonia M


    Retinoblastoma 1 (Rb1) is an essential gene regulating cellular proliferation, differentiation, and homeostasis. To exert these functions, Rb1 is recruited and physically interacts with a growing variety of signaling pathways. While Rb1 does not appear to be ubiquitously expressed, its expression has been confirmed in a variety of hematopoietic and neuronal-derived cells, including the inner ear hair cells (HCs). Studies in transgenic mice demonstrate that complete germline or conditional Rb1 deletion leads to abnormal cell proliferation, followed by massive apoptosis; making it difficult to fully address Rb1's biochemical activities. To overcome these limitations, we developed a tetracycline-inducible TetO-CB-myc6-Rb1 (CBRb) mouse model to achieve transient and inducible dominant-negative (DN) inhibition of the endogenous RB1 protein. Our strategy involved fusing the Rb1 gene to the lysosomal protease pre-procathepsin B (CB), thus allowing for further routing of the DN-CBRb fusion protein and its interacting complexes for proteolytic degradation. Moreover, reversibility of the system is achieved upon suppression of doxycycline (Dox) administration. Preliminary characterization of DN-CBRb mice bred to a ubiquitous rtTA mouse line demonstrated a significant inhibition of the endogenous RB1 protein in the inner ear and in a number of other organs where RB1 is expressed. Examination of the postnatal (P) DN-CBRb mice inner ear at P10 and P28 showed the presence of supernumerary inner HCs (IHCs) in the lower turns of the cochleae, which corresponds to the described expression domain of the endogenous Rb1 gene. Selective and reversible suppression of gene expression is both an experimental tool for defining function and a potential means to medical therapy. Given the limitations associated with Rb1-null mice lethality, this model provides a valuable resource for understanding RB1 activity, relative contribution to HC regeneration and its potential therapeutic application.

  4. Determination of (90)Sr in soil samples using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry equipped with dynamic reaction cell (ICP-DRC-MS).

    Feuerstein, J; Boulyga, S F; Galler, P; Stingeder, G; Prohaska, T


    A rapid method is reported for the determination of (90)Sr in contaminated soil samples in the vicinity of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant by ICP-DRC-MS. Sample preparation and measurement procedures focus on overcoming the isobaric interference of (90)Zr, which is present in soils at concentrations higher by more than six orders of magnitude than (90)Sr. Zirconium was separated from strontium in two steps to reduce the interference by (90)Zr(+) ions by a factor of more than 10(7): (i) by ion exchange using a Sr-specific resin and (ii) by reaction with oxygen as reaction gas in a dynamic reaction cell (DRC) of a quadrupole ICP-MS. The relative abundance sensitivity of the ICP-MS was studied systematically and the peak tailing originating from (88)Sr on mass 90 u was found to be about 3 x 10(-9). Detection limits of 4 fg g(-1) (0.02 Bq g(-1)) were achieved when measuring Sr solutions containing no Zr. In digested uncontaminated soil samples after matrix separation as well as in a solution of 5 microg g(-1) Sr and 50 ng g(-1) Zr a detection limit of 0.2 pg g(-1) soil (1 Bq g(-1) soil) was determined. (90)Sr concentrations in three soil samples collected in the vicinity of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were 4.66+/-0.27, 13.48+/-0.68 and 12.9+/-1.5 pg g(-1) corresponding to specific activities of 23.7+/-1.3, 68.6+/-3.5 and 65.6+/-7.8 Bq g(-1), respectively. The ICP-DRC-MS results were compared to the activities measured earlier by radiometry. Although the ICP-DRC-MS is inferior to commonly used radiometric methods with respect to the achievable minimum detectable activity it represents a time- and cost-effective alternative technique for fast monitoring of high-level (90)Sr contamination in environmental or nuclear industrial samples down to activities of about 1 Bq g(-1).

  5. Determination of {sup 90}Sr in soil samples using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry equipped with dynamic reaction cell (ICP-DRC-MS)

    Feuerstein, J.; Boulyga, S.F.; Galler, P.; Stingeder, G. [Department of Chemistry, Division of Analytical Chemistry-VIRIS Laboratory, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Muthgasse 18, A-1190 Vienna (Austria); Prohaska, T. [Department of Chemistry, Division of Analytical Chemistry-VIRIS Laboratory, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Muthgasse 18, A-1190 Vienna (Austria)], E-mail:


    A rapid method is reported for the determination of {sup 90}Sr in contaminated soil samples in the vicinity of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant by ICP-DRC-MS. Sample preparation and measurement procedures focus on overcoming the isobaric interference of {sup 90}Zr, which is present in soils at concentrations higher by more than six orders of magnitude than {sup 90}Sr. Zirconium was separated from strontium in two steps to reduce the interference by {sup 90}Zr{sup +} ions by a factor of more than 10{sup 7}: (i) by ion exchange using a Sr-specific resin and (ii) by reaction with oxygen as reaction gas in a dynamic reaction cell (DRC) of a quadrupole ICP-MS. The relative abundance sensitivity of the ICP-MS was studied systematically and the peak tailing originating from {sup 88}Sr on mass 90 u was found to be about 3 x 10{sup -9}. Detection limits of 4 fg g{sup -1} (0.02 Bq g{sup -1}) were achieved when measuring Sr solutions containing no Zr. In digested uncontaminated soil samples after matrix separation as well as in a solution of 5 {mu}g g{sup -1} Sr and 50 ng g{sup -1} Zr a detection limit of 0.2 pg g{sup -1} soil (1 Bq g{sup -1} soil) was determined. {sup 90}Sr concentrations in three soil samples collected in the vicinity of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were 4.66 {+-} 0.27, 13.48 {+-} 0.68 and 12.9 {+-} 1.5 pg g{sup -1} corresponding to specific activities of 23.7 {+-} 1.3, 68.6 {+-} 3.5 and 65.6 {+-} 7.8 Bq g{sup -1}, respectively. The ICP-DRC-MS results were compared to the activities measured earlier by radiometry. Although the ICP-DRC-MS is inferior to commonly used radiometric methods with respect to the achievable minimum detectable activity it represents a time- and cost-effective alternative technique for fast monitoring of high-level {sup 90}Sr contamination in environmental or nuclear industrial samples down to activities of about 1 Bq g{sup -1}.

  6. Improvement in ferroelectricity of Hf x Zr1- x O2 thin films using ZrO2 seed layer

    Onaya, Takashi; Nabatame, Toshihide; Sawamoto, Naomi; Ohi, Akihiko; Ikeda, Naoki; Chikyow, Toyohiro; Ogura, Atsushi


    The effect of crystallized ZrO2 (ZrO2-seed), amorphous Hf0.43Zr0.57O2 (HZO; HZO-seed), and amorphous Al2O3 (Al2O3-seed) seed layers on the ferroelectricity of HZO films was investigated. The remanent polarization (2P\\text{r} = P\\text{r} + - P\\text{r} - ) of a TiN-electroded capacitor with a ZrO2-seed layer was much larger than that of capacitors with a HZO-seed, Al2O3-seed, or no seed layer. Furthermore, the maximum 2P r was exhibited when the thickness of the ZrO2-seed layer was 2 nm. Large grain growth was observed, which satisfied the same lattice pattern between ZrO2 and HZO films, and indicates that the ZrO2 seed layer plays an important role in the nucleation of the HZO film.

  7. Microstructural and electrical characterization of Nb-doped SrTiO3–YSZ composites for solid oxide cell electrodes

    Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Nielsen, Karsten Agersted


    Nb-doped SrTiO3 (Sr1 − xTi0.9Nb0.1O3, x = 0.01 and 0.06, henceforth known as STN) and 8 mol% Y2O3 stabilized ZrO2 (8YSZ) composites were prepared by mixing them in different volume fractions between 10 vol.% and 50 vol.% of 8YSZ. The composites were compacted into pellets, sintered and evaluated...... phases. However, microstructural analysis revealed segregation and formation of Nb enriched particles in the 50 vol.% 8YSZ composite. Chemical analysis by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) also showed the inter-diffusion of elements (especially Ti from STN and Zr from 8YSZ) from both phases on small...

  8. Remarkable Strontium B-Site Occupancy in FerroelectricPb(Zr1-xTix)O3 Solid Solutions Doped with Cryolite-Type StrontiumNiobate

    Feltz, A.; Schmidt-Winkel, P.; Schossman, M.; Booth, C.H.; Albering, J.


    New high-performance ferroelectric materials based on Pb(Zr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} (PZT) that are doped with cryolite-type strontium niobate (SNO, Sr{sub 4}(Sr{sub 2-2y/3}Nb{sub 2+2y/3})O{sub 11+y}V{sub 0,1-y} with 0 {le} y {le} 1), hence denoted PZT:SNO, and their microscopic structure are described. The combination of exceptional piezoelectric properties, i.e. a piezoelectric strain constant of d{sub 33} {approx} 760 pm/V, with excellent stability and degradation resistance makes ferroelectric PZT:SNO solid solutions very attractive for use in novel and innovative piezoelectric actuator and transducer applications. Extended X-ray absorption fine-structure (EXAFS) analyses of PZT:SNO samples revealed that {approx}10 % of the Sr cations occupy the nominal B-sites of the perovskite-type PZT host lattice. This result was supported by EXAFS analyses of both a canonical SrTiO{sub 3} perovskite and two SNO model and reference compounds. Fit models that do not account for Sr cations on B-sites were ruled out. A clear Sr-Pb peak in Fourier transformed EXAFS data visually confirmed this structural model. The generation of temporary oxygen vacancies and the intricate defect chemistry induced by SNO-doping of PZT are crucial for the exceptional materials properties exhibited by PZT:SNO materials.

  9. Melanin Biosynthesis Inhibition Effects of Ginsenoside Rb2 Isolated from Panax ginseng Berry.

    Lee, Dae Young; Jeong, Yong Tae; Jeong, Sang Chul; Lee, Mi Kyoung; Min, Jin Woo; Lee, Jae Won; Kim, Geum Soog; Lee, Seung Eun; Ahn, Young Sup; Kang, Hee Cheol; Kim, Jin Hee


    Ginsenoside Rb2 (Gin-Rb2) was purified from the fruit extract of Panax ginseng. Its chemical structure was measured by spectroscopic analysis, including HR-FAB-MS, (1)H-NMR, and IR spectroscopy. Gin-Rb2 decreased potent melanogenesis in melan-a cells, with 23.4% at 80 μM without cytotoxicity. Gin-Rb2 also decreased tyrosinase and MITF protein expression in melan-a cells. Furthermore, Gin-Rb2 presented inhibition of the body pigmentation in the zebrafish in vivo system and reduced melanin contents and tyrosinase activity. These results show that Gin-Rb2 isolated from P. ginseng may be an effective skin-whitening agent via the in vitro and in vivo systems.

  10. Photoassociative Production and Detection of Ultracold Polar RbCs Molecules

    JI Zhong-Hua; ZHANG Hong-Shan; WU Ji-Zhou; YUAN Jin-Peng; ZHAO Yan-Ting; MA Jie; WANG Li-Rong; XIAO Lian-Tuan; JIA Suo-Tang


    @@ We have produced Ultracold polar RbCs molecules via photoassociation starting from laser-cooled s5Rb and 133 CS atoms in a dual-species, forced dark magneto-optical trap.The formed electronically excited RbCs* molecules correlated to the Rb(5S,12)+Cs(6P1/2) dissociation limit are observed by trap loss spectroscopy.Following the decay of these excited RbCs* molecules, the formed ground state molecules are directly ionized by a two-photon single-color pulse dye laser, which is a new ionization mechanism for ground state RbCs molecules and thence detected by time-of-flight mass spectroscopy.

  11. The RB/E2F pathway and regulation of RNA processing

    Ahlander, Joseph [Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 1007 East Lowell Street, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States); Bosco, Giovanni, E-mail: [Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 1007 East Lowell Street, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721 (United States)


    The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (RB) is inactivated in a majority of cancers. RB restricts cell proliferation by inhibiting the E2F family of transcription factors. The current model for RB/E2F function describes its role in regulating transcription at gene promoters. Whether the RB or E2F proteins might play a role in gene expression beyond transcription initiation is not well known. This review describes evidence that points to a novel role for the RB/E2F network in the regulation of RNA processing, and we propose a model as a framework for future research. The elucidation of a novel role of RB in RNA processing will have a profound impact on our understanding of the role of this tumor suppressor family in cell and developmental biology.

  12. Spin-exchange collision mixing of the K and Rb ac Stark shifts

    Chen, Yao; Quan, Wei; Duan, Lihong; Lu, Yan; Jiang, Liwei; Fang, Jiancheng


    In a hybrid pumping alkali-metal vapor cell filled with both K and Rb atoms, the K atom spins are optically pumped by the laser and the Rb atom spins are polarized by the K spins through spin exchange. We discovered that the ac Stark shift of the Rb atom spins, caused by the far-off-resonant pumping laser tuned to the K absorption lines, was mixed together with the ac Stark shift of the K atom spins through fast spin exchange. This mixing is studied and we demonstrate a K-Rb-21Ne comagnetometer in which the ac Stark shift of the Rb atom spins is eliminated by compensating for the Rb ac Stark shift with the K ac Stark shift. An ac Stark shift elimination method has been developed.

  13. Photodissociation of Trapped Rb2+: Implications for Simultaneous Trapping of Atoms and Molecular Ions

    Jyothi, S.; Ray, Tridib; Dutta, Sourav; Allouche, A. R.; Vexiau, Romain; Dulieu, Olivier; Rangwala, S. A.


    The direct photodissociation of trapped 85Rb2+ (rubidium) molecular ions by the cooling light for the 85Rb magneto-optical trap (MOT) is studied, both experimentally and theoretically. Vibrationally excited Rb2+ ions are created by photoionization of Rb2 molecules formed photoassociatively in the Rb MOT and are trapped in a modified spherical Paul trap. The decay rate of the trapped Rb2+ ion signal in the presence of the MOT cooling light is measured and agreement with our calculated rates for molecular ion photodissociation is observed. The photodissociation mechanism due to the MOT light is expected to be active and therefore universal for all homonuclear diatomic alkali metal molecular ions.

  14. Photodissociation of trapped Rb$^+_2$ : Implications for hybrid molecular ion-atom trapping

    Jyothi, S; Dutta, Sourav; Allouche, A R; Vexiau, Romain; Dulieu, Olivier; Rangwala, S A


    We observe direct photodissociation of trapped $^{85}$Rb$_2^+$ molecular ions in the presence of cooling light for the $^{85}$Rb magneto optical trap (MOT). Vibrationally excited Rb$_{2}^{+}$ ions are created by photoionization of Rb$_{2}$ molecules formed photoassociatively in the rubidium (Rb) MOT and are trapped in a modified spherical Paul trap co-centric with the MOT. The decay rate of the trapped Rb$_{2}^{+}$ ion signal in the presence of the MOT cooling light is measured and agreement with our calculated rates for molecular ion photodissociation is established. The photodissociation mechanism due to the MOT light is expected to be active and therefore universal for all homonuclear diatomic alkali metal molecular ions.

  15. Cenozoic seawater Sr/Ca evolution

    Sosdian, Sindia M.; Lear, Caroline H.; Tao, Kai; Grossman, Ethan L.; O'Dea, Aaron; Rosenthal, Yair


    Records of seawater chemistry help constrain temporal variations in geochemical processes that impact the global carbon cycle and climate through Earth's history. Here we reconstruct Cenozoic seawater Sr/Ca (Sr/Casw) using fossil Conus and turritellid gastropod Sr/Ca. Combined with an oxygen isotope paleotemperature record from the same samples, the gastropod record suggests that Sr/Caswwas slightly higher in the Eocene (˜11.4 ± 3 mmol/mol) than today (˜8.54 mmol/mol) and remained relatively stable from the mid- to late Cenozoic. We compare our gastropod Cenozoic Sr/Casw record with a published turritellid gastropod Sr/Casw record and other published biogenic (benthic foraminifera, fossil fish teeth) and inorganic precipitate (calcite veins) Sr/Caswrecords. Once the uncertainties with our gastropod-derived Sr/Casw are taken into account the Sr/Casw record agrees reasonably well with biogenic Sr/Caswrecords. Assuming a seawater [Ca] history derived from marine evaporite inclusions, all biogenic-based Sr/Casw reconstructions imply decreasing seawater [Sr] through the Cenozoic, whereas the calcite vein Sr/Casw reconstruction implies increasing [Sr] through the Cenozoic. We apply a simple geochemical model to examine the implications of divergence among these seawater [Sr] reconstructions and suggest that the interpretation and uncertainties associated with the gastropod and calcite vein proxies need to be revisited. Used in conjunction with records of carbonate depositional fluxes, our favored seawater Sr/Ca scenarios point to a significant increase in the proportion of aragonite versus calcite deposition in shelf sediments from the Middle Miocene, coincident with the proliferation of coral reefs. We propose that this occurred at least 10 million years after the seawater Mg/Ca threshold was passed, and was instead aided by declining levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  16. 88Sr/86Sr fractionation in inorganic aragonite and in corals

    Fruchter, Noa; Eisenhauer, Anton; Dietzel, Martin; Fietzke, Jan; Böhm, Florian; Montagna, Paolo; Stein, Moti; Lazar, Boaz; Rodolfo-Metalpa, Riccardo; Erez, Jonathan


    Conflicting results have been reported for the stable Sr isotope fractionation, specifically with respect to the influence of temperature. In an experimental study we have investigated the stable Sr isotope systematics for inorganically precipitated and biogenic (coral) aragonite (natural and laboratory-cultured). Inorganic aragonite precipitation experiments were performed from natural seawater using the CO2 diffusion technique. The experiments were performed at different temperatures and different carbonate ion concentrations. 88Sr/86Sr of the inorganic aragonite precipitated in the experiments are 0.2‰ lighter than seawater, but showed no correlation to the water temperature or to CO32- concentration. Similar observations are made in different coral species (Cladocora caespitosa, Porites sp. and Acropora sp.), with identical fractionation from the bulk solution and no correlation to temperature or CO32- concentration. The lack of 88Sr/86Sr variability in corals at different environmental parameters and the similarity to the 88Sr/86Sr fractionation in inorganic aragonite may indicate a similar Sr incorporation mechanism in corals skeleton and inorganic aragonite, and therefore the previously proposed Rayleigh-based multi element model (Gaetani et al., 2011) cannot explain the process of Sr incorporation in the coral skeletal material. It is proposed that the relatively constant 88Sr/86Sr fractionation in aragonite can be used for paleo reconstruction of seawater 88Sr/86Sr composition. The seawater 88Sr/86Sr ratio reconstruction can be further used in calcite samples to reconstruct paleo precipitation rates.

  17. Possible insect vectors of phytoplasmas affiliated with subgroups 16SrI-B, 16SrI-C, 16SrIII-B and 16SrIII-P in Lithuania

    Phytoplasma strains affiliated with groups 16SrI, 16SrIII, 16SrV, and 16SrXII have been found in Lithuania, but still little is known about insects that could transmit them. In this study, four phytoplasma strains belonging to phytoplasma subgroups 16SrI-B, 16SrI-C, 16SrIII-B and 16SrIII-P were id...

  18. 西藏拉萨冈底斯岩带中酸性岩类的Rb-Sr同位素研究



    The Gangdise rockk belt is the northmost an4 petrochemically the most complex one of the three east-west striking intermedlate-acid rock belt in south Xizang. Rh-Sr whole rock isochronous dating was conducted on samples of different rocks collected aerossing this belt from Quxur throwgh Lhasa to Yangbajan, Results show that these rocks are not contemporaneous and can be roughly assigned to four periods: Indosinian (240±30 my), Early Yenshanian (160--180my), Late Yenshanian (80--100 my), and Himalayanian (20-40 my). Their initial ratios of Sr isotopes are relatively low (0.7033--0.7054). The relationship between Rb, Sr and the major components such as SiO2, K2Oand FeO are also investigated. It seems that, the formation and development of the Gangdise belt can be obviously related with the subduction and collision of the Indian plate with the Eurasian plate. The material that formed this rock belt probably originated from the upper marital or the partial molten products from oceanic crust.

  19. Sr partitioning in the benthic foraminifera

    Langer, G.; Sadekov, A.; Thoms, S.; Keul, N.; Nehrke, G.; Mewes, A.; Greaves, M.; Misra, S.; Reichart, G.-J.; de Nooijer, L.J.; Bijma, J.; Elderfield, H.


    The shallow water benthic foraminifera Ammonia aomoriensis and Amphistegina lessonii were grown at differentseawater Sr/Ca and the test Sr/Ca ratio was determined by Laser Ablation - Inductively Coupled Plasma - MassSpectrometry. A. aomoriensis test Sr/Ca is positively correlated with seawater

  20. Inhibition of pRB Pathway Differentially Modulates Apoptosis in Esophageal Cancer Cells.

    Soletti, Rossana C; Biasoli, Deborah; Rodrigues, Nathassya A L V; Delou, João M A; Maciel, Renata; Chagas, Vera L A; Martins, Rodrigo A P; Rehen, Stevens K; Borges, Helena L


    Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Current chemotherapy regimens include a combination of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and cisplatin, but more efficient therapy strategies are needed to increase 5-year survival. Alterations in the signaling pathway of the tumor suppressor gene Rb-1, which encodes a phosphoprotein (pRB) that negatively regulates the G1/S transition of the cell cycle, are present in 70% of all tumors, but its role in esophageal cancer is still unclear. Most of these are alterations leading to up-regulation of the activity of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) to phosphorylate pRB, which suggests that keeping the wild type pRB phosphorylated might be advantageous. Besides proliferation, pRB also regulates apoptosis induced by tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and DNA-damage. We investigated the status of phosphorylation of pRB along esophageal tumorigenesis stages, as well as whether hyperphosphorylation of pRB could suppress apoptosis induced by cisplatin, 5-FU, or TNF-α in esophageal cancer cells. pRB phosphorylation increased progressively from normal esophageal tissue to metaplasia and adenocarcinoma, suggesting that pRB phosphorylation increases along esophageal tumor stages. When RB-1 was knocked down or CDK inhibitors reduced the levels of phosphorylated pRB, opposite apoptotic effects were observed, depending on the combination of drugs tested: whereas TNF-α- and cisplatin-induced apoptosis increased, 5-FU-induced apoptosis decreased. Taken together, these data suggest that pRB plays a role in esophageal adenocarcinoma and that, depending on the type of anti-cancer treatment, combining CDK inhibitors and chemotherapy has the potential to increase the sensitivity of esophageal cancer cells to cell death. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. A kinase shRNA screen links LATS2 and the pRB tumor suppressor.

    Tschöp, Katrin; Conery, Andrew R; Litovchick, Larisa; Decaprio, James A; Settleman, Jeffrey; Harlow, Ed; Dyson, Nicholas


    pRB-mediated inhibition of cell proliferation is a complex process that depends on the action of many proteins. However, little is known about the specific pathways that cooperate with the Retinoblastoma protein (pRB) and the variables that influence pRB's ability to arrest tumor cells. Here we describe two shRNA screens that identify kinases that are important for pRB to suppress cell proliferation and pRB-mediated induction of senescence markers. The results reveal an unexpected effect of LATS2, a component of the Hippo pathway, on pRB-induced phenotypes. Partial knockdown of LATS2 strongly suppresses some pRB-induced senescence markers. Further analysis shows that LATS2 cooperates with pRB to promote the silencing of E2F target genes, and that reduced levels of LATS2 lead to defects in the assembly of DREAM (DP, RB [retinoblastoma], E2F, and MuvB) repressor complexes at E2F-regulated promoters. Kinase assays show that LATS2 can phosphorylate DYRK1A, and that it enhances the ability of DYRK1A to phosphorylate the DREAM subunit LIN52. Intriguingly, the LATS2 locus is physically linked with RB1 on 13q, and this region frequently displays loss of heterozygosity in human cancers. Our results reveal a functional connection between the pRB and Hippo tumor suppressor pathways, and suggest that low levels of LATS2 may undermine the ability of pRB to induce a permanent cell cycle arrest in tumor cells.

  2. Creation of ultracold $^{87}$RbCs molecules in the rovibrational ground state

    Molony, Peter K; Ji, Zhonghua; Lu, Bo; Köppinger, Michael P; Sueur, C Ruth Le; Blackley, Caroline L; Hutson, Jeremy M; Cornish, Simon L


    We report the creation of a sample of over 1000 ultracold $^{87}$RbCs molecules in the lowest rovibrational ground state, from an atomic mixture of $^{87}$Rb and Cs, by magnetoassociation on an interspecies Feshbach resonance followed by stimulated Raman adiabatic passage (STIRAP). We measure the binding energy of the RbCs molecule to be $h c \\times 3811.576(1)$ cm$^{-1}$ and the $|\

  3. Characterization and retinal neuron differentiation of WERI-Rb1 cancer stem cells

    Hu, Huiling; Deng, Fei; Liu, Ying; Chen, Mengfei; Zhang, Xiulan; Sun, Xuerong; Dong, Zhizhang; Xiaohong LIU; Ge, Jian


    Purpose The evidence is increasing that cancer stem cells (CSCs) expressing embryonic and neuronal stem cell markers are present in human retinoblastoma (Rb). This study was conducted to determine whether stem-like cancer cells (SLCCs) in Rb express retinal stem cell–related genes and whether SLCCs can directly differentiate into retinal neurons. Methods The cancer stem cell characteristics in WERI-Rb1 cells were determined with Hoechst 33,342 staining, clone formation assay, and CD133 flow c...

  4. RB loss contributes to aggressive tumor phenotypes in MYC-driven triple negative breast cancer.

    Knudsen, Erik S; McClendon, A Kathleen; Franco, Jorge; Ertel, Adam; Fortina, Paolo; Witkiewicz, Agnieszka K


    Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is characterized by multiple genetic events occurring in concert to drive pathogenic features of the disease. Here we interrogated the coordinate impact of p53, RB, and MYC in a genetic model of TNBC, in parallel with the analysis of clinical specimens. Primary mouse mammary epithelial cells (mMEC) with defined genetic features were used to delineate the combined action of RB and/or p53 in the genesis of TNBC. In this context, the deletion of either RB or p53 alone and in combination increased the proliferation of mMEC; however, the cells did not have the capacity to invade in matrigel. Gene expression profiling revealed that loss of each tumor suppressor has effects related to proliferation, but RB loss in particular leads to alterations in gene expression associated with the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. The overexpression of MYC in combination with p53 loss or combined RB/p53 loss drove rapid cell growth. While the effects of MYC overexpression had a dominant impact on gene expression, loss of RB further enhanced the deregulation of a gene expression signature associated with invasion. Specific RB loss lead to enhanced invasion in boyden chambers assays and gave rise to tumors with minimal epithelial characteristics relative to RB-proficient models. Therapeutic screening revealed that RB-deficient cells were particularly resistant to agents targeting PI3K and MEK pathway. Consistent with the aggressive behavior of the preclinical models of MYC overexpression and RB loss, human TNBC tumors that express high levels of MYC and are devoid of RB have a particularly poor outcome. Together these results underscore the potency of tumor suppressor pathways in specifying the biology of breast cancer. Further, they demonstrate that MYC overexpression in concert with RB can promote a particularly aggressive form of TNBC.

  5. The effect of mustard gas on salivary trace metals (Zn, Mn, Cu, Mg, Mo, Sr, Cd, Ca, Pb, Rb.

    Elham Zamani Pozveh

    Full Text Available We have determined and compared trace metals concentration in saliva taken from chemical warfare injures who were under the exposure of mustard gas and healthy subjects by means of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES for the first time. The influence of preliminary operations on the accuracy of ICP-OES analysis, blood contamination, the number of restored teeth in the mouth, salivary flow rate, and daily variations in trace metals concentration in saliva were also considered. Unstimulated saliva was collected at 10:00-11:00 a.m. from 45 subjects in three equal groups. The first group was composed of 15 healthy subjects (group 1; the second group consisted of 15 subjects who, upon chemical warfare injuries, did not use Salbutamol spray, which they would have normally used on a regular basis (group 2; and the third group contained the same number of patients as the second group, but they had taken their regular medicine (Salbutamol spray; group 3. Our results showed that the concentration of Cu in saliva was significantly increased in the chemical warfare injures compared to healthy subjects, as follows: healthy subjects 15.3± 5.45 (p.p.b., patients (group 2 45.77±13.65, and patients (Salbutamol spray; group 3 29 ±8.51 (P <0.02. In contrast, zinc was significantly decreased in the patients, as follows: healthy subjects 37 ± 9.03 (p.p.b., patients (group 2 12.2 ± 3.56, and patients (Salbutamol spray; group 3 20.6 ±10.01 (P < 0.01. It is important to note that direct dilution of saliva samples with ultrapure nitric acid showed the optimum ICP-OES outputs.

  6. RB1CC1 activates the p16 promoter through the interaction with hSNF5.

    Ochi, Yasuko; Chano, Tokuhiro; Ikebuchi, Kaichiro; Inoue, Hirokazu; Isono, Takahiro; Arai, Akihito; Tameno, Hitosuke; Shimada, Taketoshi; Hisa, Yasuo; Okabe, Hidetoshi


    RB1-inducible coiled-coil 1 (RB1CC1, also known as FIP200) is involved in dephosphorylation and increase of retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (RB1), but the RB1CC1 molecular mechanism in the dephosphorylation of RB1 is not fully understood. We determined that RB1CC1 activates the expression of p16 (also called INK4a/CDKN2a) through the activation of its promoter, using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and p16 promoter-luciferase reporter assays. In addition, RB1CC1 essentially requires binding with hSNF5 (also known as BAF47/INI1, a chromatin-remodeling factor) to activate the p16 promoter, in order to enhance the RB1 pathway and acts as a tumor suppressor. Evaluation of the RB1CC1 mechanism of action is expected to provide useful information for clinical practice and future therapeutic strategies in human cancers.

  7. pRb is an obesity suppressor in hypothalamus and high-fat diet inhibits pRb in this location.

    Lu, Zhonglei; Marcelin, Genevieve; Bauzon, Frederick; Wang, Hongbo; Fu, Hao; Dun, Siok Le; Zhao, Hongling; Li, Xiaosong; Jo, Young-Hwan; Wardlaw, Sharon; Dun, Nae; Chua, Streamson; Zhu, Liang


    pRb is frequently inactivated in tumours by mutations or phosphorylation. Here, we investigated whether pRb plays a role in obesity. The Arcuate nucleus (ARC) in hypothalamus contains antagonizing POMC and AGRP/NPY neurons for negative and positive energy balance, respectively. Various aspects of ARC neurons are affected in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity mouse model. Using this model, we show that HFD, as well as pharmacological activation of AMPK, induces pRb phosphorylation and E2F target gene de-repression in ARC neurons. Some affected neurons express POMC; and deleting Rb1 in POMC neurons induces E2F target gene de-repression, cell-cycle re-entry, apoptosis, and a hyperphagia-obesity-diabetes syndrome. These defects can be corrected by combined deletion of E2f1. In contrast, deleting Rb1 in the antagonizing AGRP/NPY neurons shows no effects. Thus, pRb-E2F1 is an obesity suppression mechanism in ARC POMC neurons and HFD-AMPK inhibits this mechanism by phosphorylating pRb in this location.

  8. The ancient function of RB-E2F Pathway: insights from its evolutionary history

    Yang Xianmei


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The RB-E2F pathway is conserved in most eukaryotic lineages, including animals and plants. E2F and RB family proteins perform crucial functions in cycle controlling, differentiation, development and apoptosis. However, there are two kinds of E2Fs (repressive E2Fs and active E2Fs and three RB family members in human. Till now, the detail evolutionary history of these protein families and how RB-E2F pathway evolved in different organisms remain poorly explored. Results We performed a comprehensive evolutionary analysis of E2F, RB and DP (dimerization partners of E2Fs protein family in representative eukaryotic organisms. Several interesting facts were revealed. First, orthologues of RB, E2F, and DP family are present in several representative unicellular organisms and all multicellular organisms we checked. Second, ancestral E2F, RB genes duplicated before placozoans and bilaterians diverged, thus E2F family was divided into E2F4/5 subgroup (including repressive E2Fs: E2F4 and E2F5 and E2F1/2/3 subgroup (including active E2Fs: E2F1, E2F2 and E2F3, RB family was divided into RB1 subgroup (including RB1 and RBL subgroup (including RBL1 and RBL2. Third, E2F4 and E2F5 share more sequence similarity with the predicted E2F ancestral sequence than E2F1, E2F2 and E2F3; E2F4 and E2F5 also possess lower evolutionary rates and higher purification selection pressures than E2F1, E2F2 and E2F3. Fourth, for RB family, the RBL subgroup proteins possess lower evolutionary rates and higher purification selection pressures compared with RB subgroup proteins in vertebrates, Conclusions Protein evolutionary rates and purification selection pressures are usually linked with protein functions. We speculated that function conducted by E2F4/5 subgroup and RBL subgroup proteins might mainly represent the ancient function of RB-E2F pathway, and the E2F1/2/3 subgroup proteins and RB1 protein might contribute more to functional diversification in RB-E2F

  9. The ancient function of RB-E2F pathway: insights from its evolutionary history.

    Cao, Lihuan; Peng, Bo; Yao, Lei; Zhang, Xinming; Sun, Kuan; Yang, Xianmei; Yu, Long


    The RB-E2F pathway is conserved in most eukaryotic lineages, including animals and plants. E2F and RB family proteins perform crucial functions in cycle controlling, differentiation, development and apoptosis. However, there are two kinds of E2Fs (repressive E2Fs and active E2Fs) and three RB family members in human. Till now, the detail evolutionary history of these protein families and how RB-E2F pathway evolved in different organisms remain poorly explored. We performed a comprehensive evolutionary analysis of E2F, RB and DP (dimerization partners of E2Fs) protein family in representative eukaryotic organisms. Several interesting facts were revealed. First, orthologues of RB, E2F, and DP family are present in several representative unicellular organisms and all multicellular organisms we checked. Second, ancestral E2F, RB genes duplicated before placozoans and bilaterians diverged, thus E2F family was divided into E2F4/5 subgroup (including repressive E2Fs: E2F4 and E2F5) and E2F1/2/3 subgroup (including active E2Fs: E2F1, E2F2 and E2F3), RB family was divided into RB1 subgroup (including RB1) and RBL subgroup (including RBL1 and RBL2). Third, E2F4 and E2F5 share more sequence similarity with the predicted E2F ancestral sequence than E2F1, E2F2 and E2F3; E2F4 and E2F5 also possess lower evolutionary rates and higher purification selection pressures than E2F1, E2F2 and E2F3. Fourth, for RB family, the RBL subgroup proteins possess lower evolutionary rates and higher purification selection pressures compared with RB subgroup proteins in vertebrates, Protein evolutionary rates and purification selection pressures are usually linked with protein functions. We speculated that function conducted by E2F4/5 subgroup and RBL subgroup proteins might mainly represent the ancient function of RB-E2F pathway, and the E2F1/2/3 subgroup proteins and RB1 protein might contribute more to functional diversification in RB-E2F pathway. Our results will enhance the current

  10. Study of Rapid Radiochemical Separation of 90Rb from Fission Product

    YUE; Yuan-zhen; MAO; Guo-shu; YANG; Lei; DING; You-qian; MA; Peng


    90Rb is a high yield and short-lived fission product,and it is a sensitive monitor at low burnup.The decay data of 90Rb are important,however the uncertainty of the decay data of 90Rb tends to be large,such as the half-life data(58±5)s(with an uncertainty of 3.2%)from ENSDF.In order to get the half-life measured more accurately,a carrier-free 90Rb sample of

  11. Protein phosphatase 2A subunit PR70 interacts with pRb and mediates its dephosphorylation.

    Magenta, Alessandra; Fasanaro, Pasquale; Romani, Sveva; Di Stefano, Valeria; Capogrossi, Maurizio C; Martelli, Fabio


    The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRb) regulates cell proliferation and differentiation via phosphorylation-sensitive interactions with specific targets. While the role of cyclin/cyclin-dependent kinase complexes in the modulation of pRb phosphorylation has been extensively studied, relatively little is known about the molecular mechanisms regulating phosphate removal by phosphatases. Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is constituted by a core dimer bearing catalytic activity and one variable B regulatory subunit conferring target specificity and subcellular localization. We previously demonstrated that PP2A core dimer binds pRb and dephosphorylates pRb upon oxidative stress. In the present study, we identified a specific PP2A-B subunit, PR70, that was associated with pRb both in vitro and in vivo. PR70 overexpression caused pRb dephosphorylation; conversely, PR70 knockdown prevented both pRb dephosphorylation and DNA synthesis inhibition induced by oxidative stress. Moreover, we found that intracellular Ca(2+) mobilization was necessary and sufficient to trigger pRb dephosphorylation and PP2A phosphatase activity of PR70 was Ca(2+) induced. These data underline the importance of PR70-Ca(2+) interaction in the signal transduction mechanisms triggered by redox imbalance and leading to pRb dephosphorylation.

  12. p21 suppresses inflammation and tumorigenesis on pRB-deficient stratified epithelia.

    Saiz-Ladera, C; Lara, M F; Garín, M; Ruiz, S; Santos, M; Lorz, C; García-Escudero, R; Martínez-Fernández, M; Bravo, A; Fernández-Capetillo, O; Segrelles, C; Paramio, J M


    The retinoblastoma gene product (pRb) controls proliferation and differentiation processes in stratified epithelia. Importantly, and in contrast to other tissues, Rb deficiency does not lead to spontaneous skin tumor formation. As the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21 regulates proliferation and differentiation in the absence of pRb, we analyzed the consequences of deleting p21 in pRb-ablated stratified epithelia (hereafter pRb(ΔEpi);p21-/-). These mice display an enhancement of the phenotypic abnormalities observed in pRb(ΔEpi) animals, indicating that p21 partially compensates pRb absence. Remarkably, pRb(ΔEpi);p21-/- mice show an acute skin inflammatory phenotype and develop spontaneous epithelial tumors, particularly affecting tongue and oral tissues. Biochemical analyses and transcriptome studies reveal changes affecting multiple pathways, including DNA damage and p53-dependent signaling responses. Comparative metagenomic analyses, together with the histopathological profiles, indicate that these mice constitute a faithful model for human head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Collectively, our findings demonstrate that p21, in conjunction with pRb, has a central role in regulating multiple epithelial processes and orchestrating specific tumor suppressor functions.

  13. Demonstration of a Dual Alkali Rb/Cs Atomic Fountain Clock

    Guéna, J; Laurent, Ph; Abgrall, M; Rovera, D; Lours, M; Santarelli, G; Tobar, M E; Bize, S; Clairon, A; 10.1109/TUFFC.2010.1461


    We report the operation of a dual Rb/Cs atomic fountain clock. 133Cs and 87Rb atoms are cooled, launched, and detected simultaneously in LNE-SYRTE's FO2 double fountain. The dual clock operation occurs with no degradation of either the stability or the accuracy. We describe the key features for achieving such a simultaneous operation. We also report on the results of the first Rb/Cs frequency measurement campaign performed with FO2 in this dual atom clock configuration, including a new determination of the absolute 87Rb hyperfine frequency.

  14. Perfusion imaging using rubidium-82 ((82)Rb) PET in rats with myocardial infarction

    Clemmensen, Andreas Ettrup; Ghotbi, Adam Ali; Bodholdt, Rasmus Poul


    Assessing myocardial perfusion using 82Rb-PET is emerging as a valuable clinical tool.1,2 The rapid decay (T½ = 76 s) allows for absolute quantification of both rest and stress perfusion within 30 minutes. In addition to evaluation of epicardial disease with perfusion defects, also evaluation...... of balanced coronary and small vessel disease is possible. For further evaluation of how 82Rb-PET can be used clinically, pre-clinical application of the method would be valuable. However, so far no data on the use of 82Rb-PET in small animals have been published nor has the use of 82Rb-PET, to the best...

  15. Leptin-LepRb Expressed in Gastric Cancer Patients and Related to Cancer-Related Depression

    He, Chenyan; Hui, Lingyun; Huang, Tianhe


    Depression is the most common psychiatric disorder among cancer patients. Studies have not only highlighted that leptin and its receptor (LepRb) are independent poor prognostic factors in gastric cancer (GC) patients but also shown that the leptin-LepRb is necessary for antidepressant-like behaviors. In this study, we examined the serum and tissue leptin-LepRb expression in GC patients. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay showed that depressive GC patients had significantly higher serum leptin-LepRb than healthy donors. Leptin-LepRb levels in GC tissues were also significantly higher than in matched paracarcinoma tissues using real-time RT-PCR. Moreover, we observed that both serum and tissue leptin-LepRb were significantly higher in depressive GC patients than those in nondepressive GC patients. Further, the patients with high tumor stage tend to have higher leptin-LepRb mRNA levels than that with low tumor stage. Together, our findings suggest that leptin-LepRb plays an important role in the pathogenesis and depression in GC. Leptin-LepRb therefore could be a potential diagnostic marker and therapeutic target in GC patients with depression.

  16. Immune responses of bison and efficacy after booster vaccination with Brucella abortus strain RB51.

    Olsen, S C; McGill, J L; Sacco, R E; Hennager, S G


    Thirty-one bison heifers were randomly assigned to receive saline or a single vaccination with 10(10) CFU of Brucella abortus strain RB51. Some vaccinated bison were randomly selected for booster vaccination with RB51 at 11 months after the initial vaccination. Mean antibody responses to RB51 were greater (P abortus strain 2308. The incidences of abortion and infection were greater (P Brucella organisms in all tissues, except in retropharyngeal and supramammary lymph nodes. Our study suggests that RB51 booster vaccination is an effective vaccination strategy for enhancing herd immunity against brucellosis in bison.

  17. A comprehensive, sensitive and economical approach for the detection of mutations in the RB1 gene in retinoblastoma

    Vidya Latha Parsam; Chitra Kannabiran; Santosh Honavar; Geeta K. Vemuganti; Mohammad Javed Ali


    Retinoblastoma (Rb) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy in children. It is brought about by the mutational inactivation of both alleles of RB1 gene in the developing retina. To identify the RB1 mutations, we analysed 74 retinoblastoma patients by screening the exons and the promoter region of RB1. The strategy used was to detect large deletions/duplications by fluorescent quantitative multiplex PCR; small deletions/insertions by fluorescent genotyping of RB1 alleles, and point mutations by PCR-RFLP and sequencing. Genomic DNA from the peripheral blood leucocytes of 74 Rb patients (53 with bilateral Rb, 21 with unilateral Rb; 4 familial cases) was screened for mutations. Recurrent mutations were identified in five patients with bilateral Rb, large deletions in 11 patients (nine with bilateral Rb and two with unilateral Rb), small deletions/insertions were found in 12 patients all with bilateral Rb, and point mutations in 26 patients (14 nonsense, six splice site, five substitution and one silent change). Three mutations were associated with variable expressivity of the disease in different family members. Using this method, the detection rates achieved in patients with bilateral Rb were 44/53 (83%) and with unilateral Rb, 5/21 (23.8%). This approach may be feasible for clinical genetic testing and counselling of patients.


    Dwi Biyantoro


    Full Text Available ABSTRAK PEMISAHAN Zr – Hf SECARA SINAMBUNG MENGGUNAKANMIXER SETTLER. Telah dilakukan pemisahanZr – Hf secara sinambung menggunakan pengaduk pengenap (mixer settler 16 stage. Larutan umpan adalah zirkon nitrat dengan kadar Zr = 30786 ppm dan Hf = 499 ppm. Ekstraktan dipakai adalah solven 60 % TBP dalam kerosen dan larutan scrubbingyang dipakai adalah asam nitrat 1 M. Umpan masuk pada stageke 5 dikontakkan secara berlawanan arah dengan solven masuk pada stage ke 16 dan larutan scrubbing masuk pada stage ke 1. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah memisahkan unsur Zr dan Hf dari hasil olah pasir zirkon menggunakan solven TBP dengan alat mixer settler16 stage. Analisis umpan dan hasil proses pemisahan untuk zirkonium (Zr dilakukan dengan menggunakan alat pendar sinar-X, sedangkananalisis unsur hafnium (Hf menggunakan Analisis Pengaktifan Neutron (APN. Parameter penelitian dilakukan dengan variasi keasaman asam nitrat dalam umpan dan variasi waktu pada berbagai laju pengadukan. Hasil penelitian pemisahan unsur Zr dengan Hf diperolehkondisi optimum pada keasaman umpan 4 N HNO3, keseimbangan dicapai setelah 3jam dan laju pengadukan 3300 rpm. Hasil ekstrak  unsur zirkon (Zr diperoleh kadar sebesar 28577 ppm dengan efisiensi 92,76 % serta kadar pengotor hafnium (Hf sebesar 95 ppm. Kata Kunci: pemisahan Zr, Hf, ekstraksi, mixer settler, alat pendar sinar-X, APN. ABSTRACT SEPARATION of Zr - Hf CONTINUOUSLY USE THE MIXER SETTLER. Separation of Zr - Hf continuously using mixer settler 16 stage has been done. The feed solution is zircon nitrate concentration of Zr = 30786 ppm  and Hf = 499 ppm. As the solvent used extractant 60 % TBP in 40 % kerosene. Nitric acid solution used srubbing 1 M. The feed entered into stage to 5 is contacted with solvents direction on the stage to 16 and the scrubbing solution enter the stage to 1. The purpose of this study is to separate Zr and Hf of the results from the process of zircon sand using solvent TBP using 16 stage

  19. Enhanced Spin Depolarization and Storage Time in a Rb Vapor

    QI Yue-Rong; GAO Hong; ZHANG Shou-Gang


    The experiment of measuring the spin depolarized time and light storage time in a Rb vapor under different conditions is performed. Typically, these measurements are accomplished in three different containers: atoms in a bare glass ceil, atoms in a buffer gas cell, and atoms in a tetracontane (C40H82) coating cell. The increasing depolarization and storage times are observed in both the buffer gas ceil and the tetracontane coating cell. In the latter case, a storage time greater than 400 μs is obtained.

  20. Superconductivity in ZrCuxTe2

    Baptista, Naiara; Grant, Ted; Renosto, Sergio; Fisck, Zack; Jefferson Machado, Antonio


    Layered transition metal dichalcogenides of the type MX2 (M is transition metal, X = S, Se, Te) have been studied for their electronic properties due to low dimensionality. In these materials each layer correspond to the hexagonal transition metal intercalated by two similar chalcogen sheets. In ZrTe2 the prototype structure is CdI2. The interaction of layers is weak as van der Walls bonding between chalcogen element (X). In general charge density wave and superconductivity coexist in these of materials. Indeed, various compounds of this material class exhibits this coexistence such as 2H-TaS2, 2H-NbS2 etc. Some results reported in literature about the electrical properties of ZrTe2 show that this material presents metallic behavior at a temperature interval from 4.0 K to 300 K. Thus, in this work we present results about intercalation of Cu in the ZrTe2 compound. The results suggest that the intercalation of Cu is able to induce superconductivity in this compound. The superconducting critical temperature close to 10.2 K is revealed through of magnetization and resistivity measurements. The x-ray result reveals a new compound, originating from Cu intercalation and crystallizes in the LiCrS2 prototype structure.

  1. Review of oxidation of Nb-1Zr

    DiStefano, J.R.


    A major objective of the SP-100 Program Nuclear Assembly Test is to demonstrate the performance of a full-scale nuclear subsystem of a 100-kWe space nuclear power supply. The test will be run in a large vacuum chamber to protect the Nb-1Zr components from oxidation during operation. Much information about the oxidation of niobium and Nb-1Zr alloy already exists, and previous work in this area is reviewed. Oxidation of Nb-1Zr can proceed by solution, internal oxidation, and/or film formation. At temperatures up to about 650 K (377/degree/C), oxidation generally follows a parabolic rate law because of the formation of protective oxide(s). At higher temperatures, oxidation becomes linear, but results are extremely sensitive to pressure and other system variables. Results obtained by several investigators could not be predicted using empirical equations developed by one investigator relating the increase in oxygen concentration to pressure, temperature, time, and specimen thickness. Additional data are required to provide more reliable guidelines for system operation that will protect against catastrophic effects. 20 refs., 12 figs., 7 tabs.

  2. Rapid method for determining Sr-89 and Sr-90 using Cherenkov and proportional counting; Schnellmethode zur Bestimmung von SR-89 und SR-90 durch Cerenkov- und Proportionalzaehlermessungen

    Lange, S.; Wende, C.; Schwokowski, R.; Alisch-Mark, M.; Abraham, A.; Heinrich, T. [Staatliche Betriebsgesellschaft fuer Umwelt und Landwirtschaft, Radebeul (Germany)


    A rapid method for determining Sr-89 and Sr-90 in water, milk and biological samples has been developed and tested. After sample preparation strontium is separated by extraction chromatography using Sr resin. Eluate is divided and transfered to LSC vial and filter paper by SrCO{sub 3} precipitation. A Hidex 300 SL TDCR liquid scintillation counter and Thermo Fisher low level proportional counter have been used. Chemical yield of Sr-85 tracer is determined by Gamma spectroscopy. Uncertainty budget, decision threshold and detection limit are calculated in accordance with GUM and ISO 11929.

  3. Ultraviolet Photoelectric Effect in ZrO2 Single Crystals

    XING Jie; WANG Xu; ZHAO Kun; LI Jie; JIN Kui-Juan; HE Meng; ZHENG Dong-Ning; L(U) Hui-Bin


    Nanosecond photoelectric effect is observed in a ZrO2 single crystal at ambient temperature for the first time.The rise time is 20ns and the full width at half maximum is about 30ns for the photovoltaic pulse when the wafer surface of the ZrO2 single crystal is irradiated by 248nm KrF laser pulses. The experimental results show that ZrO2 single crystals may be a potential candidate in UV photodetectors.

  4. Annotating MYC oncogene status with 89Zr-transferrin imaging

    Holland, Jason P.; Evans, Michael J.; Rice, Samuel L.; Wongvipat, John; Sawyers, Charles L.; Lewis, Jason S.


    A non-invasive technology that quantitatively measures the activity of oncogenic signaling pathways could broadly impact cancer diagnosis and treatment using targeted therapies. Here we describe the development of 89Zr-desferrioxamine transferrin (89Zr-Tf), a novel positron emission tomography (PET) radiotracer that binds the transferrin receptor 1 (TFRC, CD71) with high avidity. 89Zr-Tf produces high contrast PET images that quantitatively reflect treatment-induced changes in MYC-regulated T...

  5. A peristaltic pump driven 89Zr separation module

    Siikanen, J.; Peterson, M.; Tran, T.


    To facilitate the separation of 89Zr produced in yttrium foils, an automated separation module was designed and assembled. The module separates more than 85% of produced 89Zr - activity in 3 g foils in less than 90 min. About 10 % remains in the dissolving vial. The quality of the separated 89Zr ...... activity was investigated for labeling of the HER2-binding monoclonal antibody fragment, trastuzumab-Fab....

  6. Auriferous Quartz Veins from the Dongping Gold Deposit,NW Hebei Province and Metallogenesis—Fluid Inclusion Rb—Sr Isochron Evidence

    莫测辉; 王秀璋; 等


    The Dongping gold deposit,situated on the northern margin of the North China Platform,is a composite deposit composed of auriferous quartz vein-type and altered rock-type ore bodies.It is hosted in the inner contact zone of an alkaline intrusion which was intruded in to Archean metamorphic rocks and was formed not later than the Hercynian period.Auriferous quartz veins of the deposit are dated with the fluid inclusion Rb-Sr isochron method at 103±4Ma ,indicating that the gold deposit was formed in the Yenshanian period,86Sr/86Sr source tracing shows the ore-forming materials came dominantly from alkaline intrusions.These results combined with other isotope and REE data,suggest that the Dongping gold deposit is not a traditiolal magmatic hydrothermal deposit,but a reworked hydrothermal deposit related to heated and evolved meteoric water.

  7. Directional solidification of (Ti, Zr) carbide-(Ti, Zr) diboride eutectics

    Sorrell, C.C.; Beratan, H.R.; Bradt, R.C.; Stubican, V.C.


    The ZrC-ZrB2, ZrC-TiB2, and TiC-TiB2 metal diboride-metal carbide pseudo-binary eutectic systems have been successfully solidified directionally by means of the floating zone method. The first and third of these eutectics possess a morphology consisting of columnar grains of parallel lamellae with interlamellar spacings that adhere to the lambda-squared (R) C relationship, while the second is noted to solidify in a Chinese calligraphy-like morphology of broken and deformed lamellae. This phenomenon may be related to solid solution effects, but it did not prevent the interlamellar spacings from following the aforementioned law. The calligraphic effect's values are larger than those of the other two systems, and the constant, C, is accordingly about an order of magnitude larger. All three of these cubic-hexagonal systems exhibited identical epitaxial relationships. 24 references.

  8. Phosphorylation of pRB at Ser612 by Chk1/2 leads to a complex between pRB and E2F-1 after DNA damage.

    Inoue, Yasumichi; Kitagawa, Masatoshi; Taya, Yoichi


    The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (pRB) plays a critical role in the control of cell proliferation and in the DNA damage checkpoints. pRB inhibits cell cycle progression through interactions with the E2F family of transcription factors. Here, we report that DNA damage induced not only the dephosphorylation of pRB at Cdk phosphorylation sites and the binding of pRB to E2F-1, but also the phosphorylation of pRB at Ser612. Phosphorylation of pRB at Ser612 enhanced the formation of a complex between pRB and E2F-1. Substitution of Ser612 with Ala decreased pRB-E2F-1 binding and the transcriptional repression activity. Until now, Ser612 of pRB has been thought to be phosphorylated by Cdk2. However, the phosphorylation of pRB at Ser612 was conducted by Chk1/2 after DNA damage, and inhibition of ATM-Chk1/2 activity suppressed the phosphorylation of Ser612 and the binding of pRB to E2F-1. These results suggest that Ser612 is phosphorylated by Chk1/2 after DNA damage, leading to the formation of pRB-E2F-1. This is the first report that pRB is phosphorylated in vivo by a kinase other than Cdk.

  9. Band gap tuning of amorphous Al oxides by Zr alloying

    Canulescu, Stela; Jones, N. C.; Borca, C. N.


    The optical band gap and electronic structure of amorphous Al-Zr mixed oxides, with Zr content ranging from4.8 to 21.9% were determined using vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Thelight scattering by the nano-porous structure of alumina at low wavelengths was estima......The optical band gap and electronic structure of amorphous Al-Zr mixed oxides, with Zr content ranging from4.8 to 21.9% were determined using vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Thelight scattering by the nano-porous structure of alumina at low wavelengths...

  10. Theoretical Hardness of Zr3N4 Films

    GAO Fa-Ming


    The structures,energetics and properties for orthohombic Zr3N4 and cubic Zr3N4 are calculated by first-principles calculations.The agreement between the predicted properties with available experimental data is excellent.The cubic phase has a smaller volume (by 11.2%) and a slightly higher total energy (by 0.3eV/pair),in comparison to the orthohombic phase.We elucidate the effects of stress on hardness of Zr3N4 films.The results show that the hardness of c-Zr3N4 increases up to 23% as the stress increases to 15 GPa.

  11. Physical properties of molten core materials: Zr-Ni and Zr-Cr alloys measured by electrostatic levitation

    Ohishi, Yuji; Kondo, Toshiki; Ishikawa, Takehiko; Okada, Junpei T.; Watanabe, Yuki; Muta, Hiroaki; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke


    It is important to understand the behaviors of molten core materials to investigate the progression of a core meltdown accident. In the early stages of bundle degradation, low-melting-temperature liquid phases are expected to form via the eutectic reaction between Zircaloy and stainless steel. The main component of Zircaloy is Zr and those of stainless steel are Fe, Ni, and Cr. Our group has previously reported physical property data such as viscosity, density, and surface tension for Zr-Fe liquid alloys using an electrostatic levitation technique. In this study, we report the viscosity, density, and surface tension of Zr-Ni and Zr-Cr liquid alloys (Zr1-xNix (x = 0.12 and 0.24) and Zr0.77Cr0.23) using the electrostatic levitation technique.

  12. Preparation, characterization and combustion properties of Zr/ZrH2 particles coated with α-FeOOH crystal grains

    Baoliang Lv; Yao Xu; Bo Hou; Dong Wu; Yuhan Sun


    Zr/ZrH2 particles with irregular morphologies and broad size distribution were uniformly coated with aci-cular α-FeOOH crystal grains via a facile route without using polymers or surfactants. The as-synthesized material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), UV-vis diffusion reflection (UV-vis) and Raman spectrometry. Based on these char-acterizations, the synthesis mechanism was explained in terms of combined heterogeneous nucleation and solid state transformation reaction. The presence of α-FeOOH coating greatly changed the combustion behavior of Zr/ZrH2 particles: the combustion lasting time decreased from 32 s for un-coated Zr/ZrH2 par-ticles to 0.2 s for coated particles while the maximum temperature in the combustion process increased from 1510℃ to 2036℃.

  13. Expression of p16 and pRB in invasive breast cancer.

    Shin, Eunah; Jung, Woo-Hee; Koo, Ja-Seung


    We aimed to assess protein expressions of p16 and pRB in breast cancer and explore the clinicopathologic implications. Tissue microarray (TMA) was constructed with 406 cases of breast cancer. The cases were subgrouped into luminal A, luminal B, HER-2, and triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) based on the results of immunohistochemical stains for ER, PR, HER-2, and Ki-67 and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) for HER-2. One hundred and sixty-eight cases were allocated to the subgroup luminal A; 87 cases to the luminal B; 32 cases to the HER-2; and 119 cases to the TNBC. The TNBC group showed the highest negative rate for p16, and the luminal B and HER-2 groups showed the highest positive rate for p16 (P pRB expression rate was the highest in the HER-2 group and lowest in the luminal A group. In addition, p16(+)/pRB(+) type was the most common in the luminal B group, p16(+)/pRB(-) in the luminal A group, and p16(-)/pRB(+) in the TNBC group (P pRB(+) and non-altered p16/pRB(+) type was the most common in the luminal B, and altered p16/pRB(-) and non-altered p16/pRB(+) type was the most common in the luminal A (P pRB positivity was correlated with PR negativity (P = 0.009), HER-2 positivity (P = 0.001), and higher Ki-67 LI (P pRB differ according to the molecular subgroups of breast cancer and they subsequently correlate with clnicopathologic factors.

  14. Pandoraea sp. RB-44, A Novel Quorum Sensing Soil Bacterium

    Robson Ee Han-Jen


    Full Text Available Proteobacteria are known to communicate via signaling molecules and this process is known as quorum sensing. The most commonly studied quorum sensing molecules are N-acylhomoserine lactones (AHLs that consists of a homoserine lactone moiety and an N-acyl side chain with various chain lengths and degrees of saturation at the C-3 position. We have isolated a bacterium, RB-44, from a site which was formally a landfill dumping ground. Using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry analysis, this isolate was identified as a Pandoraea sp.which was then screened for AHL production using biosensors which indicated its quorum sensing properties. To identify the AHL profile of Pandoraea sp. RB-44, we used high resolution tandem mass spectrometry confirming that this isolate produced N-octanoylhomoserine lactone (C8-HSL. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report that showed quorum sensing activity exhibited by Pandoraea sp. Our data add Pandoraea sp. to the growing number of bacteria that possess QS systems.

  15. Short-range Photoassociation of LiRb

    Blasing, David B; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Elliott, Daniel S; Chen, Yong P


    We have observed short-range photoassociation of LiRb to the two lowest vibrational states of the $d\\,^3\\Pi$ potential. These $d\\,^3\\Pi$ molecules then spontaneously decay to vibrational levels of the $a^3\\,\\Sigma^+$ state with generation rates of $\\sim10^3$ molecules per second. This is the first observation of many of these $a\\,^3\\Sigma^+$ levels. We observe an alternation of the peak heights in the rotational photoassociation spectrum that suggests a $p$-wave shape resonance in the scattering state. Franck-Condon overlap calculations predict that photoassociation to higher vibrational levels of the $d\\,^3\\Pi$, in particular the sixth vibrational level, should populate the lowest vibrational level of the $a\\,^3\\Sigma^+$ state with a rate as high as $10^4$ molecules per second. These results encourage further work to explain our observed LiRb collisional physics using PECs. This work also motivates an experimental search for short-range photoassociation to other bound molecules, such as the $c\\,^3\\Sigma^+$ o...

  16. Local structure of solid Rb at megabar pressures

    De Panfilis, S. [Centre for Life Nano Science IIT@Sapienza, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, I-00161 Roma (Italy); Gorelli, F.; Santoro, M. [INO-CNR and LENS, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze (Italy); Ulivi, L. [ISC-CNR, I-50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze (Italy); Gregoryanz, E. [School of Physics and Astronomy, Centre for Science Under Extreme Conditions, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ (United Kingdom); Irifune, T.; Shinmei, T. [Geodynamics Research Center, Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Kantor, I.; Mathon, O.; Pascarelli, S. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, F-38043 Grenoble (France)


    We have investigated the local and electronic structure of solid rubidium by means of x-ray absorption spectroscopy up to 101.0 GPa, thus doubling the maximum investigated experimental pressure. This study confirms the predicted stability of phase VI and was completed by the combination of two pivotal instrumental solutions. On one side, we made use of nanocrystalline diamond anvils, which, contrary to the more commonly used single crystal diamond anvils, do not generate sharp Bragg peaks (glitches) at specific energies that spoil the weak fine structure oscillations in the x-ray absorption cross section. Second, we exploited the performance of a state-of-the-art x-ray focussing device yielding a beam spot size of 5 × 5 μm{sup 2}, spatially stable over the entire energy scan. An advanced data analysis protocol was implemented to extract the pressure dependence of the structural parameters in phase VI of solid Rb from 51.2 GPa up to the highest pressure. A continuous reduction of the nearest neighbour distances was observed, reaching about 6% over the probed pressure range. We also discuss a phenomenological model based on the Einstein approximation to describe the pressure behaviour of the mean-square relative displacement. Within this simplified scheme, we estimate the Grüneisen parameter for this high pressure Rb phase to be in the 1.3–1.5 interval.

  17. Elements redistribution between organic and mineral parts of microbial mats: SR-XRF research (Baikal Rift Zone)

    Lazareva, E.V. [Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS, pr. Ac. Koptug, 3, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)], E-mail:; Bryanskaya, A.V. [Institute of Cytology and Genetics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Zhmodik, S.M.; Kolmogorov, Y.P. [Institute of Geology and Mineralogy SB RAS, pr. Ac. Koptug, 3, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Pestunova, O.P. [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Barkhutova, D.D. [Institute of General and Experimental Biology SB RAS, Ulan-Ude (Russian Federation); Zolotarev, K.V.; Shaporenko, A.D. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)


    In article minerals formation and elements accumulation in microbial mats of some hot springs of the Barguzin basin (Baikal Rift Zone) is discussed. The content of a wide spectrum of elements in microbial mats is studied by means of the method SR-XRF. Regularity of elements accumulation by community depending on geochemical features of hot spring's waters are discussed. These elements are distributed in different ways between organic and mineral substance of the microbial mats. The distribution of K, Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn, Fe is regular, Ca, Rb, Sr are almost totally related with the mats mineral part, while Ga, Ge and Br are accumulated in mats organic substance. Germanium element is concentrated in considerable amounts in the cyanobacterial communities, that develop in sulphideless springs with a higher radon concentration.

  18. Producing composite materials based on ZrB2, ZrB2-SiC

    Mirovoi, Yu A.; Burlachenko, A. G.; Buyakova, S. P.; Sevostiyanova, I. N.; Kulkov, S. N.


    The effect of mechanical treatment by planetary ball milling on the properties of hot pressed ZrB2 - SiC ceramics was studied. It has been shown that material densification after mechanical treatment is finished at initial stages of sintering process. Addition of SiC causes a substantial increase in density of the sample to 99% of the theoretical powder containing 20% of silicon carbide, in comparison with samples ZrB2 density not exceeding 76%. It has been shown that all defects which were accumulated during mechanical treatment anneal in hot pressure process and there are no any changes of CDD values in sintered ceramics.

  19. Zircon LA-ICP-MS U-Pb dating and Sr-Nd isotope study of the Guposhan granite complex, Guangxi, China

    GU Shengyan; HUA Renmin; QI Huawen


    Zircon U-Pb dating by the LA-ICP-MS method was applied to determining the ages of different units of the Guposhan granite complex, among which the East Guposhan unit is 160.8±1.6 Ma, the West Guposhan unit is 165.0±1.9 Ma, and the Lisong unit is 163.0±1.3 Ma in age. Much similarity in ages of the three units has thus proved that the whole Guposhan granite complex was formed in the same period of time. They were the products of large-scale granitic magmatism through crust-remelting in the first stage of the Middle Yanshanian in South China. However, the three units have differences both in petrology and in geochemistry. Besides the differences in major, trace and rare-earth elements, they are distinct in their Rb-Sr and Sm-Nd isotopic compositions. The East Guposhan unit and Lisong unit and its enclaves have a similar (87Sr/86Sr)i value of 0.7064 with an average of εNd(t)=-3.03, indicating that more mantle material was evolved in the magma derivation; whereas the West Guposhan unit has a higher (87Sr/86Sr)i value of 0.7173 but a lower εNd(t) value of -5.00, and is characterized by strong negative Eu anomalies and higher Rb/Sr ratios, suggesting that its source materials were composed of relatively old crust components and new mantle-derived components. In addition, an inherited zircon grain in the East Guposhan unit (GP-1) yielded a 206Pb/238U age of 806.4 Ma, which is similar to the ages of the Jiulin cordierite granite in northern Jiangxi and of the Yinqiao migmatic granite in Guangxi in the HZH granite zone. All this may provide new evidence for Late Proterozoic magmatism in the HZH granite zone.

  20. Study on Preparation of 93Zr AMS Standards——Separation of Zr-Nb by Solvent Extraction with HDEHP

    YINXin-yi; HEMing; YANGYao-yun; CHANGZhi-yuan; LIUFu-hu


    The zirconium isotope 93Zr with a half-life of 1.5×106 is produced by nuclear fission and neutron activation of the stable isotope 92Zr. The measurement of 93Zr can be used for the treatment of nuclear waste and the influence on environment of fission product. AMS is a kind of relative measurement with high sensitivity, which requires standard samples, and furthermore.

  1. Origins of invasive piscivores determined from the strontium isotope ratio (87Sr/86Sr) of otoliths

    Wolff, Brian A.; Johnson, Brett M.; Breton, Andre R.; Martinez, Patrick J.; Winkelman, Dana L.; Gillanders, Bronwyn


    We examined strontium isotope ratios (87Sr/86Sr) in fish otoliths to determine the origins of invasive piscivores in the Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB, western USA). We examined 87Sr/86Sr from fishes in different reservoirs, as well as the temporal stability and interspecies variability of 87Sr/86Sr of fishes within reservoirs, determined if 87Sr/86Sr would be useful for "fingerprinting" reservoirs where invasive piscivores may have been escaping into riverine habitat of endangered fishes in the UCRB, and looked for evidence that such movement was occurring. Our results showed that in most cases 87Sr/86Sr was unique among reservoirs, overlapped among species in a given reservoir, and was temporally stable across years. We identified the likely reservoir of origin of river-caught fish in some cases, and we were also able to determine the year of possible escapement. The approach allowed us to precisely describe the 87Sr/86Sr fingerprint of reservoir fishes, trace likely origins of immigrant river fish, and exclude potential sources, enabling managers to focus control efforts more efficiently. Our results demonstrate the potential utility of 87Sr/86Sr as a site-specific and temporally stable marker for reservoir fish and its promise for tracking fish movements of invasive fishes in river-reservoir systems.

  2. Site preference of Zr in Ti3Al and phase stability of Ti2ZrAl

    C Ravi; R Asokamani


    The site preference of Zr atoms in Ti3Al and the phase stability of Ti2ZrAl are examined using first-principles electronic structure total energy calculations. Of the sixteen possible ways in which Ti, Zr and Al atoms can be arranged, in the lattice sites corresponding to $D0_{19}$ structure of Ti3Al, to obtain Ti2ZrAl, it is s hown that Zr atoms prefer to get substituted at the Ti sites. It is further shown that among the seven crystal structures considered, $D0_{19}$-like and $L1_2$-like are the competing ground-state structures of Ti2ZrAl. The above results are in agreement with the experimental results reported in the literature. Calculated values of equilibrium lattice parameters, heat of formation and bulk modulus of Ti2ZrAl are presented. The basis for the structural stability and bonding are analysed in terms of the density of states. Between the two possible 2-like structures, Ti2ZrAl shows enhanced stability for the one where Zr is substituted in the Ti sublattice, which again is in agreement with the experimental observation.

  3. Electrical Properties of Sputter-deposited ZrO2-based Pt/ZrO2/Si Capacitors

    Keunbin YIM; Yeonkyu PARK; Anna PARK; Namhee CHO; Chongmu LEE


    Pt/ZrO2/Si sandwich structures where ZrO2 is deposited by radio frequency (r.f.) magnetron sputtering using a Zr target in an atmosphere of O2/Ar gas mixture, were fabricated and the effects of the O2/Ar flow ratio in the reactive sputtering process, the annealing temperature, the ZrO2 film thickness on the structure,the surface roughness of ZrO2 films and the electric properties of Pt/ZrO2/Si metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors were investigated. The optimum process parameters of the Pt/ZrO2/Si capacitor based on reactively sputtered-ZrO2 determined in such a way as the capacitance is maximized and the leakage current,the oxide charge, and the interface trap density are minimized that is the O2/Ar flow ratio of 1.5, the annealing temperature of 800℃, and the film thickness of 10 nm. Also the conduction mechanism in the Pt/ZrO2/Si capacitor has been discussed.

  4. ZrO2 and ZrO2-Y2O3 coatings deposited by double pulsed plasma arc


    A novel surface technique has been developed to produce ZrO2 and ZrO2-Y2O3 coatings on the surface of alloys by using double pulsed plasma arc to react with a solution film containing nano-oxide particles. These coatings exhibit smooth surface and excellent adhesion with substrate. The morphologies of the ceramic coatings and phases were analyzed. It was shown that the oxidation resistance of l8-8 stainless steel was markedly improved by applying ZrO2 and ZrO2-Y2O3 coatings.

  5. 视肉膜母细胞瘤(RB)抑癌基因治疗原理及策略%Principles and Strategies for Approaching Retinoblastoma (RB) Tumor Suppressor Gene Therapy

    徐洪基; 缪庆; 胡诗学; 刘秉慈


    The retinoblastoma (RB) gene was the first tumor suppressor gene identified.It encodes a nuclear phosphoprotein which is differentially phosphorylated during the cell cycle.And the RB gene apparently plays a key role in cell growth regulation.Mutations in RB are seen in virtually all cases of retinoblastoma,and loss of RB gene function has been implicated in the progression of many common human cancers.A number of studies have indicated that replacement of the normal RB gene in RB-defective tumor cells could suppress their tumorigenic activity in nude mice.Preclinical studies also demonstrated that treatment of established human xenograft tumors in nude mice by recombinant adenovirus vectors expressing RB protein resulted in regression of the treated tumor.These studies make the emerging RB gene therapy even more attraction.

  6. Exploring the structural and functional effect of pRB by significant nsSNP in the coding region of RB1 gene causing retinoblastoma

    Rajasekaran; R; Rao; Sethumadhavan


    In this study,we identified the most deleterious nsSNP in RB1 gene through structural and functional properties of its protein (pRB) and investigated its binding affinity with E2F-2.Out of 956 SNPs,we investigated 12 nsSNPs in coding region in which three of them (SNPids rs3092895,rs3092903 and rs3092905) are commonly found to be damaged by I-Mutant 2.0,SIFT and PolyPhen programs.With this effort,we modeled the mutant pRB proteins based on these deleterious nsSNPs.From a comparison of total energy,stabilizing residues and RMSD of these three mutant proteins with native pRB protein,we identified that the major mutation is from Glutamic acid to Glycine at the residue position of 746 of pRB.Further,we compared the binding efficiency of both native and mutant pRB (E746G) with E2F-2.We found that mutant pRB has less binding affinity with E2F-2 as compared to native type.This is due to sixteen hydrogen bonding and two salt bridges that exist between native type and E2F-2,whereas mutant type makes only thirteen hydrogen bonds and one salt bridge with E2F-2.Based on our investigation,we propose that the SNP with an id rs3092905 could be the most deleterious nsSNP in RB1 gene causing retinoblastoma.

  7. Structural transition induced by charge-transfer in RbMn[Fe(CN) sub 6]. Investigation by synchrotron-radiation X-ray powder analysis

    Moritomo, Y; Sakata, M; Kato, K; Kuriki, A; Tokoro, H; Ohkoshi, S I; Hashimoto, K


    Temperature dependence of atomic coordinates is determined for RbMn[Fe(CN) sub 6] by means of synchrotron-radiation (SR) X-ray powder structural analysis. We observed a structural transition from the cubic (F4-bar3m; Z=4) to the tetragonal (I4-barm2; Z=2) phase at approx. =210K in the cooling run and at approx. =300K in the warming run. In the low-temperature tetragonal phase, we found Jahn-Tellar type distortion of the MnN sub 6 octahedra and compression of the averaged Fe-C bond distance. These structural data suggest that the structural transition is triggered by the inter-metallic charge-transfer from the Mn(II) site to the Fe(III) site.

  8. Rb and p53 Liver Functions Are Essential for Xenobiotic Metabolism and Tumor Suppression

    Nantasanti, Sathidpak; Toussaint, Mathilda J. M.; Youssef, Sameh A.; Tooten, Peter C. J.; de Bruin, Alain


    The tumor suppressors Retinoblastoma (Rb) and p53 are frequently inactivated in liver diseases, such as hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) or infections with Hepatitis B or C viruses. Here, we discovered a novel role for Rb and p53 in xenobiotic metabolism, which represent a key function of the liver f

  9. Intermediate-range chemical ordering of cations in molten RbCl-AgCl

    Tahara, S. [Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa 903-0213 (Japan); Research and Utilization Division, Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI, SPring-8), Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Kawakita, Y. [J-PARC Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Shimakura, H. [Faculty of Pharmacy, Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences, Niigata 956-8603 (Japan); Ohara, K. [Research and Utilization Division, Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI, SPring-8), Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Fukami, T. [Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa 903-0213 (Japan); Takeda, S. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 812-8581 (Japan)


    A first sharp diffraction peak (FSDP) is observed in the X-ray total structure factor of a molten mixture of RbCl-AgCl, while both pure melts of RbCl and AgCl do not exhibit FSDP individually. Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to investigate the origin of the FSDP with the polarizable ion model (PIM). Coexistence of covalent Ag–Cl and ionic Rb–Cl bonds leads the system to evolve intermediate range ordering, which is simulated by introducing the induced polarization in different ways between Ag–Cl with fully polarizable treatment based on Vashishta-Raman potential and Rb–Cl with suppression over-polarization in the nearest neighbor contribution based on Born-Meyer potential. The partial structure factors for both the Ag–Ag and Rb–Rb correlations, S{sub AgAg}(Q) and S{sub RbRb}(Q), show a positive contribution to the FSDP, while S{sub AgRb}(Q) for the Ag–Rb correlation exhibits a negative contribution, indicating that Ag and Rb ions are distributed in an alternating manner within the intermediate-range length scale. The origin of the intermediate-range chemical ordering of cations can be ascribed to the preferred direction of the dipole moments of anions in the PIM.

  10. Mutational screening of the RB1 gene in Italian patients with retinoblastoma reveals 11 novel mutations.

    Sampieri, Katia; Hadjistilianou, Theodora; Mari, Francesca; Speciale, Caterina; Mencarelli, Maria Antonietta; Cetta, Francesco; Manoukian, Siranoush; Peissel, Bernard; Giachino, Daniela; Pasini, Barbara; Acquaviva, Antonio; Caporossi, Aldo; Frezzotti, Renato; Renieri, Alessandra; Bruttini, Mirella


    Retinoblastoma (RB, OMIM#180200) is the most common intraocular tumour in infancy and early childhood. Constituent mutations in the RB1 gene predispose individuals to RB development. We performed a mutational screening of the RB1 gene in Italian patients affected by RB referred to the Medical Genetics of the University of Siena. In 35 unrelated patients, we identified germline RB1 mutations in 6 out of 9 familial cases (66%) and in 7 out of 26 with no family history of RB (27%). Using the single-strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) technique, 11 novel mutations were detected, including 3 nonsense, 5 frameshift and 4 splice-site mutations. Only two of these mutations (1 splice site and 1 missense) were previously reported. The mutation spectrum reflects the published literature, encompassing predominately nonsense or frameshift and splicing mutations. RB1 germline mutation was detected in 37% of our cases. Gross rearrangements outside the investigated region, altered DNA methylation, or mutations in non-coding regions, may be the cause of disease in the remainder of the patients. Some cases, e.g. a case of incomplete penetrance, or variable expressivity ranging from retinoma to multiple tumours, are discussed in detail. In addition, a case of pre-conception genetic counselling resolved by rescue of banked cordonal blood of the affected deceased child is described.

  11. Experimental research of RB94 gene transfection into retinoblastoma cells using ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction.

    Zheng, Min-Ming; Zhou, Xi-Yuan; Wang, Li-Ping; Wang, Zhi-Gang


    The purpose of this study was to explore the transfection of the recombinant expression plasmid pEGFP-C1/RB94 into human retinoblastoma cells (HXO-Rb44) using ultrasound-targeted microbubble destruction (UTMD). pEGFP-C1/RB94 was transfected into HXO-Rb44 in vitro by UTMD, with liposome as the positive control. After 24 to 72 h, the expression of the reporter gene enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) was observed using fluorescent microscopy and flow cytometry. The cell viability of HXO-Rb44 was measured by a MTT assay. The mRNA and proteins of RB94, caspase-3 and Bax were analyzed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and Western blot. Moreover, the apoptosis rate and cell cycle progression of the cells were detected by flow cytometry. This study demonstrated that UTMD can enhance the transfection efficiency of RB94, which has an obvious impact on the inhibition of the growth process of retinoblastoma cells, suggesting that the combination of UTMD and RB94 compounds might be a useful tool for use in the gene therapy of retinoblastoma.

  12. Deregulation of the RB pathway in human testicular germ cell tumours

    Bartkova, Jirina; Lukas, Claudia; Sørensen, Claus S


    RB was expressed throughout adult spermatogenesis and was detectable in teratomas, but was absent or grossly reduced in carcinoma in situ (CIS) and most seminomas and embryonal carcinomas. Unexpectedly, we also found that pRB was absent from fetal human gonocytes, the candidate target cell for all types of TGCTs...

  13. The role of p53 and pRB in apoptosis and cancer

    Hickman, Emma S; Moroni, M Cristina; Helin, Kristian


    Loss of function of both the p53 pathway and the retinoblastoma protein (pRB) pathway plays a significant role in the development of most human cancers. Loss of pRB results in deregulated cell proliferation and apoptosis, whereas loss of p53 desensitizes cells to checkpoint signals, including...

  14. Immunohistochemical study of p53, pRb, p16 in esophageal cancer

    Zo, Jae Ill; Zo, Kyung Ja; Park, Jong Ho; Kim, Mi Hee [Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    To confirm the expression of molecular genetic alterations of p53, pRb, p16 in esophageal cancer and to investigate the expression of p53, pRb, p16 in esophageal cancer according to the pathologic steps of carcinogenesis, immuno-histochemistry was performed in 15 resected esophageal cancer specimens with multiple separated lesions after pathologic mapping. The accumulation of mutant p53 was observed in 60 % of dysplasia and 47 % of invasive cancer, while pRb was not detected in 91 % of dysplasia and 72.7 % of invasive cancer. But p16 was not observed in 0 % in dysplasia and 7 % of invasive cancer. But p16 was not observed in 0 % in dysplasia and 28.6 % in invasive cancer. There was no simultaneous negative pRb and p16 expression. There was no relations between p53 and p16, pRb. As a results, the expression of p53, pRb, p16 was co-related well with molecular genetic changes and inactivation of p53, pRb, p16 was co-related well with molecular genetic changes and inactivation of p53 and pRb was common and early event in esophageal carcinogenesis in Korea, but inactivation of p16 was a infrequent change. (author). 17 refs., 2 tabs., 7 figs


    Li Jian; Jiang Lei; Xia Yongjing; Li Hongxia; Hu Yajun; Hu Shixue; Xu Hongji


    Objective:To study the role of the most extensively studied tumor suppressor gene, retinoblastoma (Rb) gene,on the growth of lung adenocarcinoma cell line GLC-82 and explore a gene therapy approach for lung adenocarcinoma. Methods: The recombinant Rb gene adenovirus vector was constructed, the control virus which carries LacZ gene was producted by the same method. Infection effects were detected by biochemical staining of β-gal and immunohistochemical analysis of Rb protein. The Rb cDNA of infected cells were determined by PCR. The cell growth rate and cell cycle were observed by cell-counting and flow cytometry. Results: The constructed recombinant adenovirus vector could infect effectively the cells with high level expression of Rb cDNA and Rb protein. The transfection of wild-type Rb gene could suppress GLC-82 cell proliferation and decrease the cellular DNA synthesis. Conclusions: These results showed the possibility of using recombinant Rb gene adenovirus vector in the gene therapy of cancer to inhibit the growth of cancer.

  16. RB1CC1 Protein Suppresses Type II Collagen Synthesis in Chondrocytes and Causes Dwarfism*

    Nishimura, Ichiro; Chano, Tokuhiro; Kita, Hiroko; Matsusue, Yoshitaka; Okabe, Hidetoshi


    RB1-inducible coiled-coil 1 (RB1CC1) functions in various processes, such as cell growth, differentiation, senescence, apoptosis, and autophagy. The conditional transgenic mice with cartilage-specific RB1CC1 excess that were used in the present study were made for the first time by the Cre-loxP system. Cartilage-specific RB1CC1 excess caused dwarfism in mice without causing obvious abnormalities in endochondral ossification and subsequent skeletal development from embryo to adult. In vitro and in vivo analysis revealed that the dwarf phenotype in cartilaginous RB1CC1 excess was induced by reductions in the total amount of cartilage and the number of cartilaginous cells, following suppressions of type II collagen synthesis and Erk1/2 signals. In addition, we have demonstrated that two kinds of SNPs (T-547C and C-468T) in the human RB1CC1 promoter have significant influence on the self-transcriptional level. Accordingly, human genotypic variants of RB1CC1 that either stimulate or inhibit RB1CC1 transcription in vivo may cause body size variations. PMID:22049074

  17. Electrophoretic Deposition of Chitosan/45S5 Bioactive Glass Composite Coatings Doped with Zn and Sr.

    Miola, Marta; Verné, Enrica; Ciraldo, Francesca Elisa; Cordero-Arias, Luis; Boccaccini, Aldo R


    In this research work, the original 45S5 bioactive glass was modified by introducing zinc and/or strontium oxide (6 mol%) in place of calcium oxide. Sr was added for its ability to stimulate bone formation and Zn for its role in bone metabolism, antibacterial properties, and anti-inflammatory effect. The glasses were produced by means of melting and quenching process. SEM and XRD analyses evidenced that Zr and Sr introduction did not modify the glass structure and morphology while compositional analysis (EDS) demonstrated the effective incorporation of these elements in the glass network. Bioactivity test in simulated body fluid (SBF) up to 1 month evidenced a reduced bioactivity kinetics for Zn-doped glasses. Doped glasses were combined with chitosan to produce organic/inorganic composite coatings on stainless steel AISI 316L by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Two EPD processes were considered for coating development, namely direct current EPD (DC-EPD) and alternating current EPD (AC-EPD). The stability of the suspension was analyzed and the deposition parameters were optimized. Tape and bending tests demonstrated a good coating-substrate adhesion for coatings containing 45S5-Sr and 45S5-ZnSr glasses, whereas the adhesion to the substrate decreased by using 45S5-Zn glass. FTIR analyses demonstrated the composite nature of coatings and SEM observations indicated that glass particles were well integrated in the polymeric matrix, the coatings were fairly homogeneous and free of cracks; moreover, the AC-EPD technique provided better results than DC-EPD in terms of coating quality. SEM, XRD analyses, and Raman spectroscopy, performed after bioactivity test in SBF solution, confirmed the bioactive behavior of 45S5-Sr-containing coating while coatings containing Zn exhibited no hydroxyapatite formation.

  18. Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan/45S5 bioactive glass composite coatings doped with Zn and Sr

    Marta eMiola


    Full Text Available In this research work the original 45S5 bioactive glass (BG was modified by introducing zinc and/or strontium oxide (6% mol in place of calcium oxide. Sr was added for its ability to stimulate bone formation, Zn for its role in bone metabolism, antibacterial properties and anti-inflammatory effect. The glasses were produced by means of melting and quenching process. SEM and XRD analyses evidenced that Zr and Sr introduction did not modify the glass structure and morphology, while compositional analysis (EDS demonstrated the effective addition of these elements inside the glass network. Bioactivity test in simulated body fluid (SBF up to one month evidenced a reduced bioactivity kinetics for Zn-doped glasses. Doped glasses were combined with chitosan to produce organic/inorganic composite coatings on stainless steel AISI 316L by electrophoretic deposition (EPD. Two EPD processes were considered for coating development, namely direct current EPD (DC-EPD and alternating current EPD (AC-EPD. The stability of the suspension was analysed and the deposition parameters were optimized. Tape and bending tests demonstrated a good coating-substrate adhesion for coatings containing 45S5-Sr and 45S5-ZnSr glasses, while the adhesion to the substrate decreased by using 45S5-Zn glass. FTIR analyses demonstrated the composite nature of coatings and SEM observations indicated that glass particles were well integrated in the polymeric matrix, the coatings were fairly homogeneous and free of cracks; moreover the AC-EPD technique provided better results than DC-EPD in terms of coating quality. SEM, XRD analyses and Raman spectroscopy, performed after bioactivity test in SBF solution, confirmed the bioactive behaviour of 45S5-Sr containing coating, while coatings containing Zn exhibited no hydroxyapatite formation.

  19. An accurate Rb density measurement method for a plasma wakefield accelerator experiment using a novel Rb reservoir

    Öz, E.; Batsch, F.; Muggli, P.


    A method to accurately measure the density of Rb vapor is described. We plan on using this method for the Advanced Wakefield (AWAKE) (Assmann et al., 2014 [1]) project at CERN , which will be the world's first proton driven plasma wakefield experiment. The method is similar to the hook (Marlow, 1967 [2]) method and has been described in great detail in the work by Hill et al. (1986) [3]. In this method a cosine fit is applied to the interferogram to obtain a relative accuracy on the order of 1% for the vapor density–length product. A single-mode, fiber-based, Mach–Zenhder interferometer will be built and used near the ends of the 10 meter-long AWAKE plasma source to be able to make accurate relative density measurement between these two locations. This can then be used to infer the vapor density gradient along the AWAKE plasma source and also change it to the value desired for the plasma wakefield experiment. Here we describe the plan in detail and show preliminary results obtained using a prototype 8 cm long novel Rb vapor cell.

  20. An accurate Rb density measurement method for a plasma wakefield accelerator experiment using a novel Rb reservoir

    Öz, E.; Batsch, F.; Muggli, P.


    A method to accurately measure the density of Rb vapor is described. We plan on using this method for the Advanced Wakefield (AWAKE) (Assmann et al., 2014 [1]) project at CERN , which will be the world's first proton driven plasma wakefield experiment. The method is similar to the hook (Marlow, 1967 [2]) method and has been described in great detail in the work by Hill et al. (1986) [3]. In this method a cosine fit is applied to the interferogram to obtain a relative accuracy on the order of 1% for the vapor density-length product. A single-mode, fiber-based, Mach-Zenhder interferometer will be built and used near the ends of the 10 meter-long AWAKE plasma source to be able to make accurate relative density measurement between these two locations. This can then be used to infer the vapor density gradient along the AWAKE plasma source and also change it to the value desired for the plasma wakefield experiment. Here we describe the plan in detail and show preliminary results obtained using a prototype 8 cm long novel Rb vapor cell.