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  1. The Role of Iron In Sporadic E Layers

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    Vondrak, T.; Woodcock, K. R. I.; Plane, J. M. C.

    Sporadic E layers in the lower thermosphere are mostly composed of metallic ions, of which Fe+ is the most abundant. Because dielectric recombination (Fe+ + elec- tron) is very slow, the lifetime of Fe+ above about 100 km is at least several days. However, below this height molecular ions such as FeO+, FeO2+ and FeN2+ form in- creasingly rapidly through reactions with O3, O2 and N2, respectively. These undergo rapid dissociative recombination with electrons, causing Fe+ to be neutralised increas- ingly rapidly as a sporadic E layer descends. Indeed, this is the most likely mechanism for the formation of the sporadic neutral Fe layers that are observed by lidar. However, atomic O plays a very important role in reducing these molecular ions back to Fe+, competing with dissociative recombination and thus slowing the rate at which Fe+ is neutralised and a sporadic E layer dissipates. This paper will discuss a laboratory and modelling study of the reactions of FeO+, FeO2+ and FeN2+ with atomic O. These reactions were studied (for the first time) in a fast flow tube, using the pulsed laser ablation of a rotating iron rod as the source of Fe+ ions in the upstream section of the tube. Reactants were then added to produce molecular ions, and atomic O further downstream through a movable injector. Fe+ and the molecular ions were detected at the downstream end of the tube using a two-stage quadrupole mass spectrometer. The spectroscopy of the FeO+ ion, observed by laser induced fluorescence, will also be discussed as a candidate for future ground-based lidar studies of the ion chemistry of the lower thermosphere.

  2. Sporadic potassium layers and their connection to sporadic E layers in the mesopause region at Beijing, China

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    Jing Jiao

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available A double-laser beam lidar to measure potassium (K layer at Beijing (40.5° N, 116.2° E was successfully developed in 2010. The parameters of sporadic Ks layers and their distributions were given. The seasonal distribution of Ks occurrence frequency was obtained, with two maxima in July and January. The seasonal distributions of sporadic Es layer occurrence frequency over Beijing differ from those of Ks. However, the good correlation between Es and Ks in the case-by-case studies supports the mechanism of neutralization of metal ions in a descending Es layer.

  3. Sporadic Ca and Ca+ layers at mid-latitudes: Simultaneous observations and implications for their formation

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    M. Gerding

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available We report on the observations of 188 sporadic layers of either Ca atoms and/or Ca ions that we have observed during 112 nights of lidar soundings of Ca, and 58 nights of Ca+ soundings, at Kühlungsborn, Germany (54° N, 12° E. The Ca+ soundings have been performed simultaneously and in a common volume with the Ca soundings by two separate lidars. Correlations between sporadic neutral and ionized metal layers are demonstrated through four case studies. A systematic study of the variations of occurrence of sporadic Ca and Ca+ layers reveals that neutral and ionized Ca layers are not as closely correlated as expected earlier: (a The altitude distribution shows the simultaneous occurrence of both sporadic Ca and Ca+ layers to be most likely only in the narrow altitude range between 90 and 95 km. Above that region, in the lower thermosphere, the sporadic ion layers are much more frequent than atom layers. Below 90 km only very few sporadic layers have been observed; (b The seasonal variation of sporadic Ca layers exhibits a minimum of occurrence in summer, while sporadic Ca+ layers do not show a significant seasonal variation (only the dense Ca+ layers appear to have a maximum in summer. At mid-latitudes sporadic Ca layers are more frequent than sporadic layers of other atmospheric metals like Na or K. For the explanation of our observations new formation mechanisms are discussed.Key words. Ionosphere (ion chemistry and composition; ionosphere-atmosphere interactions; mid-latitude ionosphere

  4. Mechanism for the formation of sporadic-E layers in the high-latitude ionosphere

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    Vlasov, M.N.; Mishin, E.V.; Telegin, V.A.

    1980-09-01

    A model of the collective interaction of precipitating electrons and the ionospheric plasma is used to explain the formation of short-duration sporadic-E layers in the high-latitude ionosphere. The changes produced in electron density by this collective interaction mechanism are considered.

  5. Sporadic sodium and E layers observed during the summer 2002 MaCWAVE/MIDAS rocket campaign

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    B. P. Williams

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available On 5 July 2002, a MaCWAVE (Mountain and Convective Waves Ascending VErtically payload launched from Andøya Rocket Range, Norway, observed narrow enhanced layers of electron density that were nearly coincident with sporadic sodium layers measured by the Weber sodium lidar at the nearby ALOMAR Observatory. We investigate the formation mechanism of these layers using the neutral wind and temperature profiles measured directly by the lidar and the vertical motion deduced from the sodium mixing ratio. Through comparisons of the lidar data to the sporadic E in situ data, we find support for the concentration and downward motion of ions to an altitude where chemical models predict the rapid conversion of sodium ions to neutral sodium.

  6. Seasonal variability and descent of mid-latitude sporadic E layers at Arecibo

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    N. Christakis

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Sporadic E layers (Es follow regular daily patterns in variability and altitude descent, which are determined primarily by the vertical tidal wind shears in the lower thermosphere. In the present study a large set of sporadic E layer incoherent scatter radar (ISR measurements are analyzed. These were made at Arecibo (Geog. Lat. ~18° N; Magnetic Dip ~50° over many years with ISR runs lasting from several hours to several days, covering evenly all seasons. A new methodology is applied, in which both weak and strong layers are clearly traced by using the vertical electron density gradient as a function of altitude and time. Taking a time base equal to the 24-h local day, statistics were obtained on the seasonal behavior of the diurnal and semidiurnal tidal variability and altitude descent patterns of sporadic E at Arecibo. The diurnal tide, most likely the S(1,1 tide with a vertical wavelength around 25 km, controls fully the formation and descent of the metallic Es layers at low altitudes below 110 km. At higher altitudes, there are two prevailing layers formed presumably by vertical wind shears associated mainly with semidiurnal tides. These include: 1 a daytime layer starting at ~130 km around midday and descending down to 105 km by local midnight, and 2 a less frequent and weaker nighttime layer which starts prior to midnight at ~130 km, descending downwards at somewhat faster rate to reach 110 km by sunrise. The diurnal and semidiurnal-like pattern prevails, with some differences, in all seasons. The differences in occurrence, strength and descending speeds between the daytime and nighttime upper layers are not well understood from the present data alone and require further study.

  7. Seasonal variability and descent of mid-latitude sporadic E layers at Arecibo

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    N. Christakis

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Sporadic E layers (Es follow regular daily patterns in variability and altitude descent, which are determined primarily by the vertical tidal wind shears in the lower thermosphere. In the present study a large set of sporadic E layer incoherent scatter radar (ISR measurements are analyzed. These were made at Arecibo (Geog. Lat. ~18° N; Magnetic Dip ~50° over many years with ISR runs lasting from several hours to several days, covering evenly all seasons. A new methodology is applied, in which both weak and strong layers are clearly traced by using the vertical electron density gradient as a function of altitude and time. Taking a time base equal to the 24-h local day, statistics were obtained on the seasonal behavior of the diurnal and semidiurnal tidal variability and altitude descent patterns of sporadic E at Arecibo. The diurnal tide, most likely the S(1,1 tide with a vertical wavelength around 25 km, controls fully the formation and descent of the metallic Es layers at low altitudes below 110 km. At higher altitudes, there are two prevailing layers formed presumably by vertical wind shears associated mainly with semidiurnal tides. These include: 1 a daytime layer starting at ~130 km around midday and descending down to 105 km by local midnight, and 2 a less frequent and weaker nighttime layer which starts prior to midnight at ~130 km, descending downwards at somewhat faster rate to reach 110 km by sunrise. The diurnal and semidiurnal-like pattern prevails, with some differences, in all seasons. The differences in occurrence, strength and descending speeds between the daytime and nighttime upper layers are not well understood from the present data alone and require further study.

  8. Exchange bias variations of the seed and top NiFe layers in NiFe/FeMn/NiFe trilayer as a function of seed layer thickness

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    Sankaranarayanan, V.K.; Yoon, S.M.; Kim, C.G.; Kim, C.O.

    2005-01-01

    Development of exchange bias at the seed and top NiFe layers in the NiFe (t nm)/FeMn(10 nm)/NiFe(5 nm) trilayer structure is investigated as a function of seed layer thickness, in the range of 2-20 nm. The seed NiFe layer shows maximum exchange bias at 4 nm seed layer thickness. The bias shows inverse thickness dependence with increasing thickness. The top NiFe layer on the other hand shows only half the bias of the seed layer which is retained even after the sharp fall in seed layer bias. The much smaller bias for the top NiFe layer is related to the difference in crystalline texture and spin orientations at the top FeMn/NiFe interface, in comparison to the bottom NiFe/FeMn interface which grows on a saturated NiFe layer with (1 1 1) orientation

  9. Occurrence of the blanketing sporadic E layer during the recovery phase of the October 2003 superstorm

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    Denardini, Clezio Marcos; Resende, Laysa Cristina Araújo; Moro, Juliano; Chen, Sony Su

    2016-05-01

    We have routinely monitored the total frequency ( ftEs) and the blanketing frequency ( fbEs) of sporadic E layers with the digital sounder under the magnetic equator in the Brazilian sector. Sporadic layers appear in the equatorial region (Esq) at heights between 90 and 130 km, mainly due to irregularities in the equatorial electrojet current. However, during the recovery phase of the October 2003 superstorm, an anomalous intensification of the ionospheric density that exceeded the normal ambient background values for local time and location was observed. The parameter fbEs rose to almost 7.5 MHz during this event, due to a type "c" blanketing sporadic layer (Esc), which is driven by wind shear. This result is discussed in terms of the atmosphere dynamics based on magnetic signature of the equatorial electrojet current using magnetometer data. Also, using data measured by sensors onboard the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) 10 we analyze the possible influence of the solar flare-associated X-ray flux as an additional source of ionization.

  10. Influence of an Fe cap layer on the structural and magnetic properties of Fe49Pt51/Fe bi-layers

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    Chao-Yang, Duan; Bin, Ma; Zong-Zhi, Zhang; Qing-Yuan, Jin; Fu-Lin, Wei

    2009-01-01

    The influences of an Fe cap layer on the structural and magnetic properties of FePt/Fe bi-layers are investigated. Compared with single FePt alloy films, a thin Fe layer can affect the crystalline orientation and improve the chemical ordering of L1 0 FePt films. Moreover, the coercivity increases when a thin Fe layer covers the FePt layer. Beyond a critical thickness, however, the Fe cover layer quickens the magnetization reversal of Fe 49 Pt 51 /Fe bi-layers by their exchange coupling

  11. Searching for effects caused by thunderstorms in midlatitude sporadic E layers

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    Barta, V.; Haldoupis, C.; Sátori, G.; Burešová, Dalia; Chum, Jaroslav; Pozoga, M.; Berényi, K. A.; Bór, J.; Popek, Martin; Kis, Á.; Bencze, P.

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 161, August (2017), s. 150-159 ISSN 1364-6826 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GC15-07281J; GA ČR(CZ) GAP209/12/2440; GA ČR(CZ) GA14-31899S Institutional support: RVO:68378289 Keywords : atmospheric gravity waves * ionosphere coupling * lightning * sporadic E layer * sprites * thunderstorm Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology OBOR OECD: Meteorology and atmospheric sciences Impact factor: 1.326, year: 2016 https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.00270

  12. Searching for possible effects on midlatitude sporadic E layer, caused by tropospheric lightning.

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    Barta, Veronika; Haldoupis, Christos; Sátori, Gabriella; Buresova, Dalia

    2016-07-01

    Thunderstorms in the troposphere may affect the overlying ionosphere through electrodynamic and/or neutral atmosphere wave coupling processes. For example, it is well known that lightning discharges may impact upper atmosphere through quasi-electrostatic fields and strong electromagnetic pulses, leading to transient luminous phenomena, such as sprites and elves, along with electron heating and ionization changes in the upper D and lower E-region ionosphere that have been detected in VLF transmissions propagating in the earth-ionosphere waveguide. On the other hand, mechanical coupling between the troposphere and the ionosphere may be caused by neutral atmosphere gravity waves which are known to have their origin in massive thunderstorms. The effects of troposphere-ionosphere coupling during thunderstorms, are not yet fully established and understood, therefore there is need for more correlative studies, for example by using concurrent ionospheric and lightning observations. In the present work an effort is made to investigate a possible relationship between tropospheric lighting and sporadic E layer, which are known to dominate at bottomside ionosphere and at middle latitudes during summer. For this, a correlative analysis was undertaken using lightning data obtained with the LINET lightning detection network in Central Europe, and E region ionospheric parameters (fmin, foE, foEs, fbEs) measured with the Pruhonice (50° N, 14.5° E) DPS-4D digisonde in the summer of 2009. For direct correlation with the digisonde data, the lightning activity was quantified every 15 minutes in coincidence with the measured ionogram parameters. In the search for relation between lightning and sporadic E, the digisonde observations during lightning were also compared with those taken during a number of tropospheric storm-free days in Pruhonice. The results of this correlative study did not provide evidence of significance that favors a relationship between tropospheric lightning and

  13. Energetics and structure of the lower E region associated with sporadic E layer

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    K.-I. Oyama

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available The electron temperature (Te, electron density (Ne, and two components of the electric field were measured from the height of 90 km to 150 km by one of the sounding rockets launched during the SEEK-2 campaign. The rocket went through sporadic E layer (Es at the height of 102 km–109 km during ascent and 99 km–108 km during decent, respectively. The energy density of thermal electrons calculated from Ne and Te shows the broad maximum in the height range of 100–110 km, and it decreases towards the lower and higher altitudes, which implies that a heat source exists in the height region of 100 km–110 km. A 3-D picture of Es, that was drawn by using Te, Ne, and the electric field data, corresponded to the computer simulation; the main structure of Es is projected to a higher altitude along the magnetic line of force, thus producing irregular structures of Te, Ne and electric field in higher altitude.

  14. Electric field measurements of DC and long wavelength structures associated with sporadic-E layers and QP radar echoes

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    S. Ohtsuki

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Electric field and plasma density data gathered on a sounding rocket launched from Uchinoura Space Center, Japan, reveal a complex electrodynamics associated with sporadic-E layers and simultaneous observations of quasi-periodic radar echoes. The electrodynamics are characterized by spatial and temporal variations that differed considerably between the rocket's upleg and downleg traversals of the lower ionosphere. Within the main sporadic-E layer (95–110 km on the upleg, the electric fields were variable, with amplitudes of 2–4 mV/m that changed considerably within altitude intervals of 1–3 km. The identification of polarization electric fields coinciding with plasma density enhancements and/or depletions is not readily apparent. Within this region on the downleg, however, the direction of the electric field revealed a marked change that coincided precisely with the peak of a single, narrow sporadic-E plasma density layer near 102.5 km. This shear was presumably associated with the neutral wind shear responsible for the layer formation. The electric field data above the sporadic-E layer on the upleg, from 110 km to the rocket apogee of 152 km, revealed a continuous train of distinct, large scale, quasi-periodic structures with wavelengths of 10–15 km and wavevectors oriented between the NE-SW quadrants. The electric field structures had typical amplitudes of 3–5 mV/m with one excursion to 9 mV/m, and in a very general sense, were associated with perturbations in the plasma density. The electric field waveforms showed evidence for steepening and/or convergence effects and presumably had mapped upwards along the magnetic field from the sporadic-E region below. Candidate mechanisms to explain the origin of these structures include the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and the Es-layer instability. In both cases, the same shear that formed the sporadic-E layer would provide the energy to generate the km-scale structures. Other possibilities

  15. Giant magnetoimpedance effect in sputtered single layered NiFe film and meander NiFe/Cu/NiFe film

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    Chen, L.; Zhou, Y.; Lei, C.; Zhou, Z.M.; Ding, W.

    2010-01-01

    Giant magnetoimpedance (GMI) effect on NiFe thin film is very promising due to its application in developing the magnetic field sensors with highly sensitivity and low cost. In this paper, the single layered NiFe thin film and NiFe/Cu/NiFe thin film with a meander structure are prepared by the MEMS technology. The influences of sputtering parameters, film structure and conductor layer width on GMI effect in NiFe single layer and meander NiFe/Cu/NiFe film are investigated. Maximum of the GMI ratio in single layer and sandwich film is 5% and 64%, respectively. The results obtained are useful for developing the high-performance magnetic sensors based on NiFe thin film.

  16. Self organization of FeGe/FeSi/FeGe layered structures on Ge and their electrical conduction properties

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    Matsukura, B.; Hiraiwa, Y.; Nakajima, T.; Narumi, K.; Sakai, S.; Sadoh, T.; Miyao, M.; Maeda, Y.

    We have investigated self organization of novel FeGe/FeSi/FeGe layered structures on Ge(111) and their electrical conduction properties. From analyses of compositional change, diffusion dynamics analyses and microstructure observations, it was revealed that the self organization of the layered structures was enhanced by spinodal decomposition which may be induced by pronounced compositional changes associating to inhomogeneous interdiffusion. The electrical conduction showed singular temperature dependence which obviously reflected natureof Kondo insulator FeSi.

  17. Multi-layer structure of mid-latitude sporadic-E observed during the SEEK-2 campaign

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    T. Ono

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available In the mid-latitude ionospheric region, sporadic-E layers (Es layers have often been observed, revealing multiple layers. The Es layers observed during the SEEK-2 rocket campaign showed double electron density peaks; namely, there are stable lower peaks and relatively unstable upper peaks. We examined the effects of wind shear and the electric fields on the generation of the multiple layer structure, in comparison with the electron density profile, the neutral wind, and the DC electric field observed by the S310 rocket experiments. The results showed that the neutral wind shear is mainly responsible for the generation of the lower layer, while the DC electric field makes a significant contribution to the formation of the upper layer. The difference between the lower and upper layers was also explained by the enhanced AC electric field observed at about 103–105 km altitude. The external DC electric field intensity is expected to be ~5 mV/m, which is enough to contribute to generate the Es layers in the ionosphere. Keywords. Ionosphere (Electric fields; Ionospheric irregularities, Mid-latitude ionosphere

  18. Results of Experimental and Theoretical Studies of the Atmospheric Turbulence, Internal Gravity Waves and Sporadic-E Layers by Resonant Scattering of Radio Waves on Artificial Periodic Irregularities

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    Bakhmetieva, Nataliya V.; Grigoriev; Tolmacheva, Ariadna V.

    predominant metallic ions at the E _{s}-layer height is one of the API applications (Bakhmetieva N.V. and Belikovich V.V. Radiophys. Quantum Electron., 2008, Vol. 51, No 11, pp. 956-969). It is based on the observed fact of the local maximum of the API relaxation time at the sporadic E-layer location. The long-lived metallic ions cause the growth of the API relaxation time tauτ at the E _{s}-layer height. It is shown by API technique the sporadic E-layers contain Mg (+) , Ca (+) and Fe (+) ions predominantly at heights of 95-110 km. The new applications are based on the so-called two-frequency method of the API creation and their diagnostics. The method allows one to define the neutral atmosphere and the ionosphere parameters with high accuracy. The main results of the lower ionosphere studies carried out in 2006-2012 by the API technique using the SURA heating facility (56,1 N; 46,15 E) are presented and discussed. We aslo discuss the studies of the HF pumping effects on the formation and parameters of the sporadic E-layers and the modification of the semitransparent E _{s}-layer by the powerful radio wave and diagnostics by the API technique. The work was supported by Russian Foundation for Basic Research under project No 13-02-97067, 13-02-12074 and 13-05-00511.

  19. Case study of inclined sporadic E layers in the Earth's ionosphere observed by CHAMP/GPS radio occultations: Coupling between the tilted plasma layers and internal waves

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    Gubenko, Vladimir N.; Pavelyev, A. G.; Kirillovich, I. A.; Liou, Y.-A.

    2018-04-01

    We have used the radio occultation (RO) satellite data CHAMP/GPS (Challenging Minisatellite Payload/Global Positioning System) for studying the ionosphere of the Earth. A method for deriving the parameters of ionospheric structures is based upon an analysis of the RO signal variations in the phase path and intensity. This method allows one to estimate the spatial displacement of a plasma layer with respect to the ray perigee, and to determine the layer inclination and height correction values. In this paper, we focus on the case study of inclined sporadic E (Es) layers in the high-latitude ionosphere based on available CHAMP RO data. Assuming that the internal gravity waves (IGWs) with the phase-fronts parallel to the ionization layer surfaces are responsible for the tilt angles of sporadic plasma layers, we have developed a new technique for determining the parameters of IGWs linked with the inclined Es structures. A small-scale internal wave may be modulating initially horizontal Es layer in height and causing a direction of the plasma density gradient to be rotated and aligned with that of the wave propagation vector k. The results of determination of the intrinsic wave frequency and period, vertical and horizontal wavelengths, intrinsic vertical and horizontal phase speeds, and other characteristics of IGWs under study are presented and discussed.

  20. Height and critical frequency variations of the sporadic-E layer at midlatitudes

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    Šauli, Petra; Bourdillon, A.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 70, č. 15 (2008), s. 1904-1910 ISSN 1364-6826 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA300420704 Grant - others:European Union(XE) COST 296 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30420517 Keywords : Sporadic E * Planetary waves * Tidal waves * Mid-latitude ionosphere * Wavelet transform Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology Impact factor: 1.667, year: 2008

  1. Study of sporadic E layers based on GPS radio occultation measurements and digisonde data over the Brazilian region

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    Resende, Laysa C. A.; Arras, Christina; Batista, Inez S.; Denardini, Clezio M.; Bertollotto, Thainá O.; Moro, Juliano

    2018-04-01

    This work presents new results about sporadic E-layers (Es layers) using GPS (global positioning system) radio occultation (RO) measurements obtained from the FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC satellites and digisonde data. The RO profiles are used to study the Es layer occurrence as well as its intensity of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the 50 Hz GPS L1 signal. The methodology was applied to identify the Es layer on RO measurements over Cachoeira Paulista, a low-latitude station in the Brazilian region, in which the Es layer development is not driven tidal winds only as it is at middle latitudes. The coincident events were analyzed using the RO technique and ionosonde observations during the year 2014 to 2016. We used the electron density obtained using the blanketing frequency parameter (fbEs) and the Es layer height (h'Es) acquired from the ionograms to validate the satellite measurements. The comparative results show that the Es layer characteristics extracted from the RO measurements are in good agreement with the Es layer parameters from the digisonde.

  2. Equatorial E Region Electric Fields and Sporadic E Layer Responses to the Recovery Phase of the November 2004 Geomagnetic Storm

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    Moro, J.; Resende, L. C. A.; Denardini, C. M.; Xu, J.; Batista, I. S.; Andrioli, V. F.; Carrasco, A. J.; Batista, P. P.; Schuch, N. J.

    2017-12-01

    Equatorial E region electric fields (EEFs) inferred from coherent radar data, sporadic-E (Es) layers observed from a digital ionosonde data, and modeling results are used to study the responses of the equatorial E region over São Luís (SLZ, 2.3°S, 44.2°W, -7° dip angle), Brazil, during the super storm of November 2004. The EEF is presented in terms of the zonal (Ey) and vertical (Ez) components in order to analyze the corresponding characteristics of different types of Es seen in ionograms and simulated with the E region ionospheric model. We bring out the variabilities of Ey and Ez components with storm time changes in the equatorial E region. In addition, some aspects of the electric fields and Es behavior in three cases of weak, very weak, and strong Type II occurrences during the recovery phase of the geomagnetic storm are discussed. The connection between the enhanced occurrence and suppressions of the Type II irregularities and the q-type Es (Esq) controlled by electric fields, with the development or disruption of the blanketing sporadic E (Esb) layers produced by wind shear mechanism, is also presented. The mutual presence of Esq along with the Esb occurrences is a clear indicator of the secular drift of the magnetic equator and hence that of the equatorial electrojet (EEJ) over SLZ. The results show evidence about the EEJ and Es layer electrodynamics and coupling during geomagnetic disturbance time electric fields.

  3. Analysis of wave-like oscillations in parameters of sporadic E layer and neutral atmosphere

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    Mošna, Zbyšek; Koucká Knížová, Petra

    90-91, SI (2012), s. 172-178 ISSN 1364-6826. [IAGA/ICMA/CAWSES-II TG4 Workshop on Vertical Coupling in the Atmosphere-Ionosphere System /4./. Prague, 14.02.2011-18.02.2011] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA300420704 Institutional support: RVO:68378289 Keywords : Sporadic E * Planetary waves * Tidal waves * Mid-latitude ionosphere Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology Impact factor: 1.417, year: 2012 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364682612001186

  4. Magnetostrictive GMR spin valves with composite FeGa/FeCo free layers

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    Liu, Luping [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Devices & Zhejiang Province Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Application Technology, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Institute of Materials Science, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Zhan, Qingfeng, E-mail: zhanqf@nimte.ac.cn, E-mail: runweili@nimte.ac.cn; Yang, Huali; Li, Huihui; Zhang, Shuanglan; Liu, Yiwei; Wang, Baomin; Li, Run-Wei, E-mail: zhanqf@nimte.ac.cn, E-mail: runweili@nimte.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Devices & Zhejiang Province Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Application Technology, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Tan, Xiaohua [Institute of Materials Science, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China)

    2016-03-15

    We have fabricated strain-sensitive spin valves on flexible substrates by utilizing the large magnetostrictive FeGa alloy to promote the strain sensitivity and the composite free layer of FeGa/FeCo to avoid the drastic reduction of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) ratio. This kind of spin valve (SV-FeGa/FeCo) displays a MR ratio about 5.9%, which is comparable to that of the conventional spin valve (SV-FeCo) with a single FeCo free layer. Different from the previously reported works on magnetostrictive spin valves, the SV-FeGa/FeCo displays an asymmetric strain dependent GMR behavior. Upon increasing the lateral strain, the MR ratio for the ascending branch decreases more quickly than that for the descending branch, which is ascribed to the formation of a spiraling spin structure around the FeGa/FeCo interface under the combined influences of both magnetic field and mechanical strain. A strain sensitivity of GF = 7.2 was achieved at a magnetic bias field of -30 Oe in flexible SV-FeGa/FeCo, which is significantly larger than that of SV-FeCo.

  5. Magnetostrictive GMR spin valves with composite FeGa/FeCo free layers

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    Liu, Luping; Zhan, Qingfeng; Yang, Huali; Li, Huihui; Zhang, Shuanglan; Liu, Yiwei; Wang, Baomin; Li, Run-Wei; Tan, Xiaohua

    2016-01-01

    We have fabricated strain-sensitive spin valves on flexible substrates by utilizing the large magnetostrictive FeGa alloy to promote the strain sensitivity and the composite free layer of FeGa/FeCo to avoid the drastic reduction of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) ratio. This kind of spin valve (SV-FeGa/FeCo) displays a MR ratio about 5.9%, which is comparable to that of the conventional spin valve (SV-FeCo) with a single FeCo free layer. Different from the previously reported works on magnetostrictive spin valves, the SV-FeGa/FeCo displays an asymmetric strain dependent GMR behavior. Upon increasing the lateral strain, the MR ratio for the ascending branch decreases more quickly than that for the descending branch, which is ascribed to the formation of a spiraling spin structure around the FeGa/FeCo interface under the combined influences of both magnetic field and mechanical strain. A strain sensitivity of GF = 7.2 was achieved at a magnetic bias field of -30 Oe in flexible SV-FeGa/FeCo, which is significantly larger than that of SV-FeCo.

  6. Magnetostrictive GMR spin valves with composite FeGa/FeCo free layers

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    Liu, Luping; Zhan, Qingfeng; Yang, Huali; Li, Huihui; Zhang, Shuanglan; Liu, Yiwei; Wang, Baomin; Tan, Xiaohua; Li, Run-Wei

    2016-03-01

    We have fabricated strain-sensitive spin valves on flexible substrates by utilizing the large magnetostrictive FeGa alloy to promote the strain sensitivity and the composite free layer of FeGa/FeCo to avoid the drastic reduction of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) ratio. This kind of spin valve (SV-FeGa/FeCo) displays a MR ratio about 5.9%, which is comparable to that of the conventional spin valve (SV-FeCo) with a single FeCo free layer. Different from the previously reported works on magnetostrictive spin valves, the SV-FeGa/FeCo displays an asymmetric strain dependent GMR behavior. Upon increasing the lateral strain, the MR ratio for the ascending branch decreases more quickly than that for the descending branch, which is ascribed to the formation of a spiraling spin structure around the FeGa/FeCo interface under the combined influences of both magnetic field and mechanical strain. A strain sensitivity of GF = 7.2 was achieved at a magnetic bias field of -30 Oe in flexible SV-FeGa/FeCo, which is significantly larger than that of SV-FeCo.

  7. Electron density and plasma waves in mid-latitude sporadic-E layer observed during the SEEK-2 campaign

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    H. Mori

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available The SEEK-2 campaign was carried out over Kyushu Island in Japan on 3 August 2002, by using the two sounding rockets of S310-31 and S310-32. This campaign was planned to elucidate generation mechanisms of Quasi-Periodic Echoes (QPEs associated with mid-latitude sporadic-E (Es layers. Electron number densities were successfully measured in the Es layers by using the impedance probe on board two rockets. The plasma waves in the VLF and ELF ranges were also observed on board the S310-32 rocket. Results of electron density measurement showed that there were one or two major peaks in the Es layers along the rockets' trajectories near the altitude of about 10km. There were some smaller peaks associated with the main Es layers in the altitude range from 90 to 120 km. These density peaks were distributed in a very large extent during the SEEK-2 campaign. The Es layer structure is also measured by using the Fixed Bias Probe (FBP, which has a high spatial resolution of several meters (the impedance probe has an altitude resolution of about 400 m. The comparison with the total electron content (TEC measured by the Dual Band Beacon revealed that the Es layer was also modulated in the horizontal direction with the scale size of 30–40 km. It was shown that the QP echoes observed by the ground-based coherent radar come from the major density peak of the Es layer. The plasma wave instrument detected the enhancement of VLF and ELF plasma waves associated with the operation of the TMA release, and also with the passage of the Es layers. Keywords. Ionosphere (Ionospheric irregularities; Midlatitude ionosphere; Plasma temeperature and density

  8. Layer magnetization canting in {sup 57}Fe/FeSi multilayer observed by synchrotron Moessbauer reflectometry

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    Bottyan, L. [KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (Hungary); Dekoster, J. [University of Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica (Belgium); Deak, L. [KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (Hungary); Baron, A.Q.R. [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (France); Degroote, S.; Moons, R. [University of Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica (Belgium); Nagy, D.L. [KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (Hungary); Langouche, G. [University of Leuven, Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica (Belgium)

    1998-08-15

    Synchrotron Moessbauer reflectometry and CEMS results on a [{sup 57}Fe(2.55 nm)/FeSi(1.57 nm)]{sub 10} multilayer (ML) on a Zerodur substrate are reported. CEMS spectra are satisfactorily fitted by {alpha}-Fe and an interface layer of random {alpha}-(Fe, Si) alloy of 20% of the {sup 57}Fe layer thickness on both sides of the individual Fe layers. Kerr loops show a fully compensated AF magnetic layer structure. Prompt X-ray reflectivity curves show the structural ML Bragg peak and Kiessig oscillations corresponding to a bilayer period and total film thickness of 4.12 and 41.2 nm, respectively. Grazing incidence nuclear resonant {theta}-2{theta} scans and time spectra (E = 14.413 keV, {lambda} = 0.0860 nm) were recorded in different external magnetic fields (0 < B{sup ext} < 0.95 T) perpendicular to the scattering plane. The time integral delayed nuclear {theta}-2{theta} scans reveal the magnetic ML period doubling. With increasing transversal external magnetic field, the antiferromagnetic ML Bragg peak disappears due to Fe layer magnetization canting, the extent of which is calculated from the fit of the time spectra and the {theta}-2{theta} scans using an optical approach. In a weak external field the Fe layer magnetization directions are neither parallel with nor perpendicular to the external field. We suggest that the interlayer coupling in [Fe/FeSi]{sub 10} varies with the distance from the substrate and the ML consists of two magnetically distinct regions, being of ferromagnetic character near substrate and antiferromagnetic closer to the surface.

  9. A Sporadic Topside Layer in the Ionosphere of Mars From Analysis of MGS Radio Occultation Data

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    Mayyasi, Majd; Withers, Paul; Fallows, Kathryn

    2018-01-01

    The topside ionosphere of Mars is subject to dynamic interactions between the planet and the surrounding space environment. Significant variations in its structure have been observed that have not been consistently investigated or explained. All 5,600 ionospheric profiles obtained by the Mars Global Surveyor Radio Science experiment are analyzed here to systematically characterize a topside ionospheric layer that is visible in 50% of the observations. For simplicity, we refer to this layer of plasma as the M3 layer and find that it is located, on average, 40 km above the main ionospheric peak and reaches average maximum concentrations of 9 × 103 cm-3. The properties of this topside feature, derived from the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) radio occultation data set, are compared with existing findings of topside plasma enhancements at Mars observed in other data sets. Newly found characteristics in the topside layer properties are shown to support that solar radiation is not the main production source of this layer, in contrast to the behavior expected for the lower ionospheric photochemical layers at Mars. The analysis presents a set of trends that must be explained by theory for the formation mechanisms. These trends do not support some popular explanations such as Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities and crustal magnetic field localization. Occurrence rates suggest a more constant source, such precipitation from the solar wind, and possible subsequent heating. These findings shed light on the enigmatic behavior of the topside Martian ionosphere and its surrounding dynamics.

  10. Spacer layer effect and microstructure on multi-layer [NdFeB/Nb]n films

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    Tsai, J.-L.; Yao, Y.-D.; Chin, T.-S.; Kronmueller, H.

    2002-01-01

    Spacer layer effect on multi-layer [NdFeB/Nb] n films has been investigated from the variation of magnetic properties and microstructure of the films. From a HRTEM cross-section view observation, the average grain size of [NdFeB/Nb] n multi-layers was controlled by both annealing temperature and thickness of NdFeB layer. Selected area diffraction pattern indicated that the structure of Nb spacer layer was amorphous. The grain size and coercivity of [NdFeB x /Nb] n films change from 50 nm and 16.7 kOe to 167 nm and 9 kOe for films with x=40 nm, n=10 and x=200 nm, n=2, respectively

  11. Growth kinetics of thin oxide layers; oxidation of Fe and Fe-N phases at room temperature

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    Kooi, Bart J.; Somers, Marcel A.J.; Mittemeijer, Eric J.

    1996-01-01

    The evolution of iron-oxide layers at room temperature on pure polycrystalline α-Fe and on the Fe-N phases γ-Fe[N], γ'-Fe4N1-x and ε-Fe2N1-z was followed in situ with Auger-Electron Spectroscopy. The observed oxidation kinetics of the Fe and Fe-N phases were interpreted using a model considering

  12. An Experiment to Study Sporadic Sodium Layers in the Earth's Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere

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    Swenson, Charles M.

    2002-01-01

    The Utah State University / Space Dynamics Lab was funded under a NASA Grant. This investigation has been part of Rockwell Universities Sudden Atom Layer Investigation (SAL). USU/SDL provided an electron density measurement instrument, the plasma frequency probe, which was launched on the vehicle 21.117 from Puerto-Rico in February of 1998. The instrument successfully measured electron density as designed and measurement techniques included in this version of the Plasma Frequency probe provided valuable insight into the electron density structures associated with sudden sodium layers in a collisional plasma. Electron density data was furnished to Rockwell University but no science meetings were held by Rockwell Data from the instrument was presented to the scientific community at the URSI General Session in 1999. A paper is in preparation for publication in Geophysical Research Letters. The following document provides a summary of the experiment and data obtained as a final report on this grant.

  13. An Experiment to Study Sporadic Atom Layers in the Earth's Mesosphere and Lower Thermosphere (SAL)

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    Kelley, Michael C.

    1999-01-01

    The Sudden Atom Layer (SAL) Rocket was successfully launched in February 1998. All instruments worked well except those supplied by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. (A dummy weight was launched for the neutral mass spectrometer and the ion version died shortly after lift-off.) A paper has already been published in GRL concerning the dust layer detected by an on board instrument and compared to ground-based observations made at the Arecibo Observatory by Cornell graduate student S. Collins (lidar) and Q. Zhou (radar). Collins presented a comparison of the sodium lidar data and onboard observations with a theoretical model by Plane and Cox at the Fan AGU Meeting. In addition Gelinas and Kelley presented a review paper dealing with the entire SAL instrument complement at the same meeting. An unexpected new explanation for the outer scale of E region plasma irregularities has come out of the data set. We anticipate at least a total of four papers will be published within a year of launch.

  14. CoCr/NiFe double layers studied by FMR and VSM

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    Stam, M.T.H.C.W.; Gerritsma, G.J.; Lodder, J.C.; Popma, T.J.A.

    1987-01-01

    CoCr/NiFe double layers were investigated by FMR and VSM. The FMR linewidth of NiFe of the double layer is about twice that of a single NiFe layer. The resonance field is the same in both cases. Using the VSM the coercive field of the CoCr layer of the double layer was obtained. It is approximately

  15. Amorphous surface layers in Ti-implanted Fe

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    Knapp, J.A.; Follstaedt, D.M.; Picraux, S.T.

    1979-01-01

    Implanting Ti into high-purity Fe results in an amorphous surface layer which is composed of not only Fe and Ti, but also C. Implantations were carried out at room temperature over the energy range 90 to 190 keV and fluence range 1 to 2 x 10/sup 16/ at/cm/sup 2/. The Ti-implanted Fe system has been characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), ion backscattering and channeling analysis, and (d,p) nuclear reaction analysis. The amorphous layer was observed to form at the surface and grow inward with increasing Ti fluence. For an implant of 1 x 10/sup 17/ Ti/cm/sup 2/ at 180 keV the layer thickness was 150 A, while the measured range of the implanted Ti was approx. 550 A. This difference is due to the incorporation of C into the amorphous alloy by C being deposited on the surface during implantation and subsequently diffusing into the solid. Our results indicate that C is an essential constituent of the amorphous phase for Ti concentrations less than or equal to 10 at. %. For the 1 x 10/sup 17/ Ti/cm/sup 2/ implant, the concentration of C in the amorphous phase was approx. 25 at. %, while that of Ti was only approx. 3 at. %. A higher fluence implant of 2 x 10/sup 17/ Ti/cm/sup 2/ produced an amorphous layer with a lower C concentration of approx. 10 at. % and a Ti concentration of approx. 20 at. %.

  16. Enhancement of magnetoresistance using CoFe/Ru/CoFe synthetic ferrimagnetic pinned layer in BiFeO3 based spin-valves

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    Naganuma, Hiroshi; Bae, In-Tae; Miyazaki, Takamichi; Kubota, Miho; Inami, Nobuhito; Kawada, Yuki; Oogane, Mikihiko; Mizukami, Shigemi; Han, X. F.; Ando, Yasuo

    2012-08-01

    SrTiO3 (100) sub/BiFeO3/CoFe/Ru/CoFe/Cu/CoFe/Ta structure was prepared by a combination of chemical solution deposition and sputtering method, and followed by a systematical investigation for the structural, magnetic and magnetoresistance properties at room temperature (RT) as a function of CoFe and Ru thicknesses. It was revealed that introduction of synthetic CoFe/Ru/CoFe as a pinning layer increased the giant magentoresistance (MR) ratio to 8.3% at RT. This enhancement of MR ratio might be attributed to (i) the increase of pinning field, and (ii) suppression of the influence of the surface roughness of BiFeO3 by inserting the synthetic CoFe/Ru/CoFe layer.

  17. Soft magnetic properties of hybrid ferromagnetic films with CoFe, NiFe, and NiFeCuMo layers

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    Choi, Jong-Gu; Hwang, Do-Guwn; Rhee, Jang-Roh; Lee, Sang-Suk

    2011-01-01

    Two-layered ferromagnetic alloy films (NiFe and CoFe) with intermediate NiFeCuMo soft magnetic layers of different thicknesses were investigated to understand the relationship between coercivity and magnetization process by taking into account the strength of hard-axis saturation field. The thickness dependence of H EC (easy-axis coercivity), H HS (hard-axis saturation field), and χ (susceptibility) of the NiFeCuMo thin films in glass/Ta(5 nm)/[CoFe or NiFe(5 nm-t/2)]/NiFeCuMo(t = 0, 4, 6, 8, 10 nm)/[CoFe or NiFe(5 nm-t/2)]/Ta(5 nm) films prepared using the ion beam deposition method was determined. The magnetic properties (H EC , H HS , and χ) of the ferromagnetic CoFe, NiFe three-layers with an intermediate NiFeCuMo super-soft magnetic layer were strongly dependent on the thickness of the NiFeCuMo layer.

  18. Preparation of FeS2 nanotube arrays based on layer-by-layer assembly and their photoelectrochemical properties

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    Wang, Mudan; Xue, Dongpeng; Qin, Haiying; Zhang, Lei; Ling, Guoping; Liu, Jiabin; Fang, Youtong; Meng, Liang

    2016-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Amorphous Fe 2 O 3 nanotube arrays are prepared via layer-by-layer assembly. • Pyrite FeS 2 nanotube arrays are obtained by sulfurizing Fe 2 O 3 nanotube arrays. • Various electrochemical properties are characterized. • A comparison between FeS 2 nanotube and nanoparticle films is conducted. • Nanotube arrays show enhanced corrosion resistance and photoresponse. - Abstract: Well-aligned one-dimensional iron pyrite FeS 2 nanotube arrays have been fabricated via layer-by-layer assembly technique on ZnO nanorod arrays in combination with subsequent sulfurization. The as-prepared products were confirmed to be pure phase pyrite FeS 2 with Fe/S ratio approaching 1/2. Typical nanotube structure was observed for the FeS 2 with average outer diameter of 150 ± 20 nm and wall thickness of 50 ± 5 nm. Comparisons of photoelectrochemical properties between FeS 2 nanotubes and FeS 2 nanoparticles were conducted. Tafel polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicate that FeS 2 nanotubes possess high corrosion resistance and electrochemical stability. The J–V curves show that the photocurrent at 1.0 V for FeS 2 nanotubes is more than five times larger than that of FeS 2 nanoparticles, indicating enhanced photoresponse and rapid charge transfer performances of 1-D nanotube structure. The enhanced photoelectrochemical properties mainly benefit from the unique architecture features of nanotube array structure.

  19. Local structure of Fe in Fe-doped misfit-layered calcium cobaltite: An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study

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    Prasoetsopha, Natkrita; Pinitsoontorn, Supree; Bootchanont, Atipong; Kidkhunthod, Pinit; Srepusharawoot, Pornjuk; Kamwanna, Teerasak; Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2013-01-01

    Polycrystalline Ca 3 Co 4−x Fe x O 9+δ ceramics (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) were fabricated using a simple thermal hydro-decomposition method and a spark plasma sintering technique. Thermoelectric property measurements showed that increasing Fe concentration resulted in a decrease in electrical resistivity, thermopower and thermal conductivity, leading to an improvement in the dimensionless figure-of-merit, >35% for x=0.05 at 1073 K. An X-ray absorption spectroscopy technique was used to investigate the local structure of Fe ions in the Ca 3 Co 4−x Fe x O 9+δ structure for the first time. By fitting data from the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra and analyzing the X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra incorporated with first principle simulation, it was shown that Fe was substituted for Co in the the Ca 2 CoO 3 (rocksalt, RS) layer rather than in the CoO 2 layer. Variation in the thermoelectric properties as a function of Fe concentration was attributed to charge transfer between the CoO 2 and the RS layers. The origin of the preferential Fe substitution site was investigated considering the ionic radii of Co and Fe and the total energy of the system. - Graphical abstract: The Fe K-edge XANES spectra of: (a) experimental result in comparison to the simulated spectra when Fe atoms were substituted in the RS layer; (b) with magnetic moment; (c) without magnetic moment, and in the CoO 2 layer; (d) with magnetic moment and (e) without magnetic moment. Highlights: • Synthesis, structural studies, and thermoelectric properties of Ca 3 Co 4−x Fe x O 9+δ . • Direct evidence for the local structure of the Fe ions in the Ca 3 Co 4−x Fe x O 9+δ using XAS analysis. • EXAFS and XANES analysis showed that Fe was likely to be situated in the RS layer structure. • Changes in TE property with Fe content was due to charge transfer between the CoO 2 and the RS layers. • Total energy calculation showed energetically favorable Fe

  20. Pd Layer Thickness Dependence of Tunnel Magnetoresistance Properties in CoFeB/MgO-Based Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with Perpendicular Anisotropy CoFe/Pd Multilayers

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    Mizunuma, Kotaro; Yamanouchi, Michihiko; Ikeda, Shoji; Sato, Hideo; Yamamoto, Hiroyuki; Gan, Hua-Dong; Miura, Katsuya; Hayakawa, Jun; Matsukura, Fumihiro; Ohno, Hideo

    2011-02-01

    The authors investigated tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) properties in [CoFe/Pd]-multilayer/CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB/[Pd/CoFe]-multilayer magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) having two different Pd layer thicknesses. By reducing the Pd layer thickness from 1.2 to 0.2 nm, the TMR ratio was enhanced from 7 to 101% at the annealing temperature (Ta) of 300 °C. The thin Pd layers resulted in high residual B concentration in the CoFeB layer after high-Ta annealing and in the suppression of crystallization of the CoFeB layer from the fcc(111)-Pd layer side.

  1. Sporadic E S Layers at High Latitudes During a Magnetic Storm of March 17, 2015 According to the Vertical and Oblique Ionospheric Sounding Data

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    Blagoveshchensky, D. V.; Maltseva, O. A.; Anishin, M. M.; Rogov, D. D.

    2017-11-01

    We consider the behavior of the parameters of the ionospheric E s layers according to the vertical sounding at the Sodankylä observatory and oblique sounding at the Lovozero (Murmansk region)—Gor'kovskaya station (Leningrad region) path during a superstorm of March 17, 2015. Temporal and spatial behavior of these parameters is compared. It was found that the storm significantly distorted the normal course of variations of the sporadic E s layer characteristics. Specific behavior of the layers during a storm at points separated by about 300 km was detected. With the help of ray tracing calculations using the IRI model, oblique sounding ionograms were constructed for the radio path analyzed. Primary attention is given to the maximum usable frequency of the F 2 layer—MUF- F 2. Additionally, for the disturbed conditions where there is only a high-power E s layer on the experimental ionograms, the values of MUF- E s and the ratio K =MUF- E s/ f o E s for various cutoff frequencies f o E s of the E s layer and its altitudes {h}_{E_s} are calculated within the framework of the well-known approximations. Calculations for the case of weak disturbance and semitransparent E s layers are carried out with the IRI model adapted to the current diagnostics parameters. It was found that the calculated and experimental values of MUF- F 2 are close to each other or coincide, while this cannot be said about MUF- E s. The calculated and experimental values of MUF- E s can be matched in the model of mirror reflection from a flat layer for intense layers and the model of the E layer for thick E s layers of low intensity.

  2. Surfactant-induced layered growth in homoepitaxy of Fe on Fe(100)-c(2 x 2)O reconstruction surface

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    Kamiko, Masao; Mizuno, Hiroyuki; Chihaya, Hiroaki; Xu, Junhua; Kojima, Isao; Yamamoto, Ryoichi

    2007-01-01

    In this study, the effects of several surfactants (Pb, Bi, and Ag) on the homoepitaxial growth of Fe(100) were studied and compared. The reflection high-energy electron diffraction measurements clearly reveal that these surfactants enhance the layer-by-layer growth of Fe on an Fe(100)-c(2 x 2)O reconstruction surface. The dependence of growth on the surfactant layer thickness suggests that there exists a suitable amount of surfactant layer that induces a smoother layer-by-layer growth. Comparisons between the atomic force microscopy images reveal that the root-mean-square surface roughness of Fe films mediated by Pb and Bi surfactants are considerably smaller than those of the films mediated by Ag surfactant. The Auger electron spectra show that Pb and Bi segregate at the top of the surface. It has been concluded that Pb and Bi are effective surfactants for enhancing layer-by-layer growth in Fe homoepitaxy. Ag has the same effect, but it is less efficient due to the weak surface segregation of Ag

  3. A pulse synthesis of beta-FeSi sub 2 layers on silicon implanted with Fe sup + ions

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    Batalov, R I; Terukov, E I; Kudoyarova, V K; Weiser, G; Kuehne, H

    2001-01-01

    The synthesis of thin beta-FeSi sub 2 films was performed by means of the Fe sup + ion implantation into Si (100) and the following nanosecond pulsed ion treatment of implanted layer. Using the beta-FeSi sub 2 beta-FeSi sub 2 e X-ray diffraction it is shown that the pulsed ion treatment results in the generation of the mixture of two phases: FeSi and beta-FeSi sub 2 with stressed crystal lattices. The following short-time annealing leads to the total transformation of the FeSi phase into the beta-FeSi sub 2 one. The Raman scattering data prove the generation of the beta-FeSi sub 2 at the high degree of the silicon crystallinity. The experimental results of the optical absorption testify to the formation of beta-FeSi sub 2 layers and precipitates with the straight-band structure. The photoluminescence signal at lambda approx = 1.56 mu m observes up to 210 K

  4. Study of ion beam sputtered Fe/Si interfaces as a function of Si layer thickness

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    Kumar, Anil; Brajpuriya, Ranjeet; Singh, Priti

    2018-01-01

    The exchange interaction in metal/semiconductor interfaces is far from being completely understood. Therefore, in this paper, we have investigated the nature of silicon on the Fe interface in the ion beam deposited Fe/Si/Fe trilayers keeping the thickness of the Fe layers fixed at 3 nm and varying the thickness of the silicon sandwich layer from 1.5 nm to 4 nm. Grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy techniques were used, respectively, to study the structural and morphological changes in the deposited films as a function of layer thickness. The structural studies show silicide formation at the interfaces during deposition and better crystalline structure of Fe layers at a lower spacer layer thickness. The magnetization behavior was investigated using magneto-optical Kerr effect, which clearly shows that coupling between the ferromagnetic layers is highly influenced by the semiconductor spacer layer thickness. A strong antiferromagnetic coupling was observed for a value of tSi = 2.5 nm but above this value an unexpected behavior of hysteresis loop (step like) with two coercivity values is recorded. For spacer layer thickness greater than 2.5 nm, an elemental amorphous Si layer starts to appear in the spacer layer in addition to the silicide layer at the interfaces. It is observed that in the trilayer structure, Fe layers consist of various stacks, viz., Si doped Fe layers, ferromagnetic silicide layer, and nonmagnetic silicide layer at the interfaces. The two phase hysteresis loop is explained on the basis of magnetization reversal of two ferromagnetic layers, independent of each other, with different coercivities. X-ray photo electron spectroscopy technique was also used to study interfaces characteristics as a function of tSi.

  5. Correlation between impurities in Fe-Si amorphous layers synthesized by Fe implantation and photoluminescence property of {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates in Si

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    Sun, C.M. [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (China)], E-mail: cmsun@ee.cuhk.edu.hk; Tsang, H.K.; Wong, S.P.; Ke, N. [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (China); Hark, S.K. [Department of Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong (China)

    2008-11-15

    Completely amorphous Fe-Si layers are formed by Fe implantation into Si substrate at a dosage of 5x10{sup 15} cm{sup -2} using a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source under 80 kV extraction voltage and cryogenic temperature. After thermal annealing, {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates are formed in Si matrix. The influence of impurities in these amorphous Fe-Si layers on the photoluminescence (PL) from {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates is investigated. PL is found to be significantly enhanced by optimizing the impurity concentration and annealing scheme. After 60 s of rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at 900 deg. C, {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates in medium boron-doped Si substrate give the strongest PL intensity without boron out-diffusion from them.

  6. Simultaneous lidar observation of peculiar sporadic K and Na layers at São José dos Campos (23.1°S, 45.9°W), Brazil

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    Jiao, Jing; Yang, Guotao; Cheng, Xuewu; Liu, Zhengkuan; Wang, Jihong; Yan, Zhenzhong; Wang, Chi; Batista, Paulo; Pimenta, Alexandre; Andrioli, Vânia; Denardini, C. M.

    2018-04-01

    We present the first simultaneous observation of mesopause sodium (Na) and potassium (K) layer by a lidar which has Na and K channel simultaneously at the South Hemisphere site, São José dos Campos (23.1°S, 45.9°W). Measurements reported here were conducted on two nights with 3.5 and 8 h of observations in November 2016. On 20 November 2016, sporadic layers in both Na and K layer occurred above 100 km, and the higher layers corresponded well with sporadic E (Es) layer. And the density of Na at 100-105 km is higher than that at main layer around 90 km, but K density around 100 km is at least 3 times smaller compared with the K density around 90 km for the similar period. On 21 November 2016, both sporadic layers occurred in main layer height with obvious descending variations with time, which seems like tidal induced. Notably, the peak K/Na ratio slowly increased with time. And Na layer and K layer showed different processes along with time with K density reaching its maximum 1 h later than that of Na. Correlations of Na/K density, Es, and winds were also discussed.

  7. Electrodeposition of Fe3O4 layer from solution of Fe2(SO4)3 with addition ethylene glycol

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    Dahlan, Dahyunir; Asrar, Allan

    2016-01-01

    The electrodeposition of Fe 3 O 4 layer from the solution Fe 2 (SO 4 ) 3 with the addition of ethylene glycol on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) substrate has been performed. The electrodeposition was carried out using a voltage of 5 volts for 120 seconds, with and without the addition of 2% wt ethylene glycol. Significant effects of temperature on the resulting the samples is observed when they are heated at 400 °C. Structural characterization using X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that all samples produce a layer of Fe 3 O 4 with particle size less than 50 nanometers. The addition of ethylene glycol and the heating of the sample causes a shrinkage in particle size. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) characterization shows that Fe 3 O 4 layer resulting from the process of electrodeposition of Fe 2 (SO 4 ) 3 without ethylene glycol, independent of whether the sample is heated or not, is uneven and buildup. Layer produced by the addition of ethylene glycol without heating produces spherical particles. On contrary, when the layer is heated the spherical particles transform to irregularly-shaped particles with smaller size.

  8. Synthesis of Zn–Fe layered double hydroxides via an oxidation process and structural analysis of products

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    Morimoto, Kazuya, E-mail: kazuya.morimoto@aist.go.jp [Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8567 (Japan); Tamura, Kenji [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Anraku, Sohtaro [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita 13 Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Sato, Tsutomu [Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita 13 Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Suzuki, Masaya [Institute for Geo-Resources and Environment, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8567 (Japan); Yamada, Hirohisa [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2015-08-15

    The synthesis of Zn–Fe(III) layered double hydroxides was attempted, employing different pathways using either Fe(II) or Fe(III) species together with Zn as the initial reagents. The product derived from the synthesis employing Fe(II) was found to transition to a Zn–Fe(III) layered double hydroxides phase following oxidation process. In contrast, the product obtained with Fe(III) did not contain a layered double hydroxides phase, but rather consisted of simonkolleite and hydrous ferric oxide. It was determined that the valency of the Fe reagent used in the initial synthesis affected the generation of the layered double hydroxides phase. Fe(II) species have ionic radii and electronegativities similar to those of Zn, and therefore are more likely to form trioctahedral hydroxide layers with Zn species. - Graphical abstract: The synthesis of Zn–Fe(III) layered double hydroxides was attempted, employing different pathways using either Fe(II) or Fe(III) species together with Zn as the initial reagents. - Highlights: • Iron valency affected the generation of Zn–Fe layered double hydroxides. • Zn–Fe layered double hydroxides were successfully synthesized using Fe(II). • Fe(II) species were likely to form trioctahedral hydroxide layers with Zn species.

  9. Structural characterization of amorphous Fe-Si and its recrystallized layers

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    Naito, Muneyuki; Ishimaru, Manabu; Hirotsu, Yoshihiko; Valdez, James A.; Sickafus, Kurt E.

    2006-01-01

    We have synthesized amorphous Fe-Si thin layers and investigated their microstructure using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Si single crystals with (1 1 1) orientation were irradiated with 120 keV Fe + ions to a fluence of 4.0 x 10 17 cm -2 at cryogenic temperature (120 K), followed by thermal annealing at 1073 K for 2 h. A continuous amorphous layer with a bilayered structure was formed on the topmost layer of the Si substrate in the as-implanted specimen: the upper layer was an amorphous Fe-Si, while the lower one was an amorphous Si. After annealing, the amorphous bilayer crystallized into a continuous β-FeSi 2 thin layer

  10. Effect of Ti seed and spacer layers on structure and magnetic properties of FeNi thin films and FeNi-based multilayers

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    Svalov, A.V., E-mail: andrey.svalov@ehu.es [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Larrañaga, A. [SGIker, Servicios Generales de Investigación, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Kurlyandskaya, G.V. [Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48080 Bilbao (Spain); Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Fe{sub 19}Ni{sub 81} films and FeNi-based multilayers were prepared by magnetron sputtering. • The samples were deposited onto glass substrates at room temperature. • Ti/FeNi films exhibit good (1 1 1) texture and crystallinity. • The thick Cu seed increases the coercive force of the magnetic layer. • The thin Ti spacer restores the magnetic softness of the Cu/Ti/FeNi multilayers. - Abstract: The microstructure and magnetic properties of sputtered permalloy films and FeNi-based multilayers prepared by magnetron sputtering have been studied. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that Ti/FeNi films exhibit good (1 1 1) texture and crystallinity. Ti/FeNi bilayers with high crystallographic quality have relatively low resistivity. The Ti seed layer does not influence the magnetic properties of FeNi film in Ti/FeNi bilayers, but the thick Cu seed layer leads to an increase of the coercive force of the magnetic layer. For the FeNi films deposited on thick Cu seed layer, the (0 1 0) and (0 0 2) diffraction peaks of hcp nickel were clearly observed. The thin Ti spacer between Cu and FeNi layers prevents the formation of the nickel phase and restores the magnetic softness of the FeNi layer in the Cu/Ti/FeNi sample. Obtained results can be important for the development of multilayer sensitive elements for giant magnetoimpedance or magnetoresistance detectors.

  11. Timing and Distribution of Single-Layered Ejecta Craters Imply Sporadic Preservation of Tropical Subsurface Ice on Mars

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    Kirchoff, Michelle R.; Grimm, Robert E.

    2018-01-01

    Determining the evolution of tropical subsurface ice is a key component to understanding Mars's climate and geologic history. Study of an intriguing crater type on Mars—layered ejecta craters, which likely form by tapping subsurface ice—may provide constraints on this evolution. Layered ejecta craters have a continuous ejecta deposit with a fluidized-flow appearance. Single-layered ejecta (SLE) craters are the most common and dominate at tropical latitudes and therefore offer the best opportunity to derive new constraints on the temporal evolution of low-latitude subsurface ice. We estimate model formation ages of 54 SLE craters with diameter (D) ≥ 5 km using the density of small, superposed craters with D D 1 km indicates that ice could be preserved as shallow as 100 m or less at those locations. Finally, there is a striking spatial mixing in an area of highlands near the equator of layered and radial (lunar-like ballistic) ejecta craters; the latter form where there are insufficient concentrations of subsurface ice. This implies strong spatial heterogeneity in the concentration of tropical subsurface ice.

  12. Fabrication of carbon layer coated FE-nanoparticles using an electron beam irradiation

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    Kim, Hyun Bin; Jeun, Joon Pyo; Kang, Phil Hyun; Oh, Seung-Hwan

    2016-01-01

    A novel synthesis of carbon encapsulated Fe nanoparticles was developed in this study. Fe chloride (III) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) were used as precursors. The crosslinking of PAN molecules and the nucleation of Fe nanoparticles were controlled by the electron beam irradiation dose. Stabilization and carbonization processes were carried out using a vacuum furnace at 275 °C and 1000 °C, respectively. Micro structures were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fe nanoparticles were formed with diameters of 100 nm, and the Fe nanoparticles were encapsulated by carbon layers. As the electron beam irradiation dose increased, it was observed that the particle sizes decreased.

  13. Perpendicular magnetization of CoFeB on top of an amorphous buffer layer

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    Kim, Dongseok; Jung, K.Y. [Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics, Korea University, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Joo, Sungjung [Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics, Korea University, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Center for Electricity and Magnetism, Korea Research Institute of Standard and Science, Daejeon 305-340 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Youngjae; Hong, Jinki [Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics, Korea University, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, B.C.; You, C.Y.; Cho, J.H. [Department of Physics, Inha University, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, M.Y. [Department of Nano Physics, Sookmyung Women' s University, Seoul 140-742 (Korea, Republic of); Rhie, K., E-mail: krhie@korea.ac.kr [Department of Display and Semiconductor Physics, Korea University, Sejong 339-700 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy was observed in sputtered FeZr/CoFeB/MgO multilayers. A thin paramagnetic amorphous FeZr layer was used as a buffer layer and perpendicular anisotropy was obtained by annealing the samples without an external magnetic field. The critical CoFeB thickness for perpendicular anisotropy was 1.8 nm; the anisotropy changes from out-of-plane to in-plane as the CoFeB thickness increases beyond this point. Perpendicular anisotropy was also enhanced when a Ta layer was capped on top of the MgO layer. The amorphous buffer provided better perpendicular anisotropy than previously reported Ta buffer, and it may be applied to perpendicular magnetization MRAM devices where good uniformity of tunnel junctions is required. - Highlights: • Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) of buffer/CoFeB/MgO was investigated. • The PMA was enhanced by using an amorphous buffer. • The PMA of the CoFeB layer was maintained up to 1.8 nm. • Ta capping layer further improved the PMA by 40%.

  14. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L.; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-12-01

    Spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) attracts extensive attentions due to its non-volatility, high density and low power consumption. The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). It has been experimentally proven that a capping layer coating on CoFeB layer is essential to obtain a strong PMA. However, the physical mechanism of such effect remains unclear. In this paper, we investigate the origin of the PMA in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures by using a first-principles computation scheme. The trend of PMA variation with different capping materials agrees well with experimental results. We find that interfacial PMA in the three-layer structures comes from both the MgO/CoFe and CoFe/capping layer interfaces, which can be analyzed separately. Furthermore, the PMAs in the CoFe/capping layer interfaces are analyzed through resolving the magnetic anisotropy energy by layer and orbital. The variation of PMA with different capping materials is attributed to the different hybridizations of both d and p orbitals via spin-orbit coupling. This work can significantly benefit the research and development of nanoscale STT-MRAM.

  15. High Field Linear Magnetoresistance Sensors with Perpendicular Anisotropy L10-FePt Reference Layer

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    X. Liu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available High field linear magnetoresistance is an important feature for magnetic sensors applied in magnetic levitating train and high field positioning measurements. Here, we investigate linear magnetoresistance in Pt/FePt/ZnO/Fe/Pt multilayer magnetic sensor, where FePt and Fe ferromagnetic layers exhibit out-of-plane and in-plane magnetic anisotropy, respectively. Perpendicular anisotropy L10-FePt reference layer with large coercivity and high squareness ratio was obtained by in situ substrate heating. Linear magnetoresistance is observed in this sensor in a large range between +5 kOe and −5 kOe with the current parallel to the film plane. This L10-FePt based sensor is significant for the expansion of linear range and the simplification of preparation for future high field magnetic sensors.

  16. More evidence for a planetary wave link with midlatitude E region coherent backscatter and sporadic E layers

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    Full Text Available Measurements of midlatitude E region coherent backscatter obtained during four summers with SESCAT, a 50 MHz Doppler system operating in Crete, Greece, and concurrent ionosonde recordings from the same ionospheric volume obtained with a CADI for one of these summers, are used to analyse the long-term variability in echo and Es occurrence. Echo and Es layer occurrences, computed in percent of time over a 12-h nighttime interval, take the form of time sequences. Linear power spectrum analysis shows that there are dominant spectral peaks in the range of 2–9 days, the most commonly observed periods appearing in two preferential bands, of 2–3 days and 4–7 days. No connection with geomagnetic activity was found. The characteristics of these periodicities compare well with similar properties of planetary waves, which suggests the possibility that planetary waves are responsible for the observed long-term periodicities. These findings indicate also a likely close relation between planetary wave (PW activity and the well known but not well understood seasonal Es dependence. To test the PW postulation, we used simultaneous neutral wind data from the mesopause region around 95 km, measured from Collm, Germany. Direct comparison of the long-term periodicities in echo and Es layer occurrence with those in the neutral wind show some reasonable agreement. This new evidence, although not fully conclusive, is the first direct indication in favour of a planetary wave role on the unstable midlatitude E region ionosphere. Our results suggest that planetary waves observation is a viable option and a new element into the physics of midlatitude Es layers that needs to be considered and investigated.Key words: Ionosphere (ionosphere irregularities; mid-latitude ionosphere – Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (waves and tides

  17. Surface morphology evolution of amorphous Fe-Si layers upon thermal annealing

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    Sun, C M; Tsang, H K; Wong, S P; Ke, N [Department of Electronic Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China); Hark, S K [Department of Physics, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong (China)], E-mail: cmsun@ee.cuhk.edu.hk

    2008-04-21

    Changes in the surface morphology of ion-beam-synthesized amorphous Fe-Si layers after rapid thermal annealing (RTA) and furnace annealing (FA) were investigated using atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Completely amorphous Fe-Si layers were formed by Fe implantation at a dosage of 5 x 10{sup 15} cm{sup -2} using a metal vapour vacuum arc ion source under 80 kV extraction voltage and cryogenic temperature. After RTA at 850 deg. C, {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates in Si are completely aggregated from this amorphous Fe-Si layer and the surface of the implanted layer remains flat. To date, no obvious photoluminescence (PL) spectrum has been reported from RTA treated {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates. However, after annealing at 850 deg. C for 40 s, high-quality {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates in Si are obtained which clearly show 1.5 {mu}m PL at 80 K for the first time. Even though additional long-term FA at 850 deg. C can enhance PL intensity to a limited extent, the longer thermal treatment induces the outdiffusion of {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} precipitates and degrades the surface flatness.

  18. Vertically Aligned FeOOH/NiFe Layered Double Hydroxides Electrode for Highly Efficient Oxygen Evolution Reaction.

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    Chi, Jun; Yu, Hongmei; Qin, Bowen; Fu, Li; Jia, Jia; Yi, Baolian; Shao, Zhigang

    2017-01-11

    Employing a low-cost and highly efficient electrocatalyst to replace Ir-based catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) has drawn increasing interest in renewable energy storage. In this work, a vertically aligned FeOOH/NiFe layered double hydroxides (LDHs) nanosheets supported on Ni foam (VA FeOOH/NiFe LDHs-NF) is prepared as a highly effective OER electrode in alkaline electrolyte. The VA FeOOH/NiFe LDHs-NF represents nanosheet arrays on nickel foam with some interspace among them. The vertically aligned and interlayer-structured architecture is binder-free and contributes to facile strain relaxation, relieving the exfoliation of the catalysts layer caused by the oxygen evolution process. The as-prepared electrode shows current densities of 10 and 500 mA cm -2 at overpotentials of 208 and 288 mV, and good stability in a half-cell electrolyzer. Besides, the alkaline polymer electrolyte water electrolyzer (APEWE) with this electrode showed 1.71 V at 200 mA cm -2 , and 2.041 V at 500 mA cm -2 , exhibiting the corresponding energy efficiency of 86.0% and 72.0% (based on the lower heating value of hydrogen), which is better than the typical commercial alkaline water electrolyzer.

  19. Moessbauer-spectroscopic study of structure and magnetism of the exchange-coupled layer systems Fe/FeSn{sub 2}, and Fe/FeSi/Si and the ion-implanted diluted magnetic semiconductor SiC(Fe); Moessbauerspektroskopische Untersuchung von Struktur und Magnetismus der austauschgekoppelten Schichtsysteme Fe/FeSn{sub 2} und Fe/FeSi/Si und des ionenimplantierten verduennten magnetischen Halbleiters SiC(Fe)

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    Stromberg, Frank

    2009-07-07

    In line with this work the structural and magnetic properties of the exchange coupled layered systems Fe/FeSn{sub 2} and Fe/FeSi/Si and of the Fe ion implanted diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) SiC(Fe) were investigated. The main measuring method was the isotope selective {sup 57}Fe conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS), mostly in connection with the {sup 57}Fe tracer layer technique, in a temperature range from 4.2 K to 340 K. Further measurement techniques were X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron diffraction (LEED, RHEED), SQUID magnetometry and FMR (Ferromagnetic Resonance). In the first part of this work the properties of thin AF FeSn{sub 2}(001) films and of the exchange-bias system Fe/FeSn{sub 2}(001) on InSb(001) were investigated. With the application of {sup 57}Fe-tracer layers and CEMS both the Fe-spin structure and the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field (B{sub hf}) of FeSn{sub 2} could be examined. The evaporation of Fe films on the FeSn{sub 2} films produced in the latter ones a high perpendicular spin component at the Fe/FeSn{sub 2} interface. In some distance from the interface the Fe spins rotate back into the sample plane. Furthermore {sup 57}Fe-CEMS provided a correlation between the absolute value of the exchange field vertical stroke He vertical stroke and the amount of magnetic defects within the FeSn{sub 2}. Temperature dependent CEMS-measurements yielded informations about the spin dynamics within the AF. The transition temperatures T{sub B}{sup *}, which were interpreted as superparamagnetic blocking temperatures, obtain higher values compared to the temperatures T{sub B} of the exchange-bias effect, obtained with magnetometry measurements. The second part of this work deals with the indirect exchange coupling within Fe/FeSi/Si/FeSi/Fe multilayers and FeSi diffusion barriers. The goal was to achieve Fe free Si interlayers. The CEMS results show that starting from a thickness of t{sub FeSi}=10-12 A of the

  20. Electrodeposition and Properties of Copper Layer on NdFeB Device

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    LI Yue

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available To decrease the impact of the regular Ni/Cu/Ni coating on the magnetic performance of sintered NdFeB device, alkaline system of HEDP complexing agent was applied to directly electro-deposit copper layer on NdFeB matrix, then nickel layer was electrodeposited on the copper layer and Cu/Ni coating was finally obtained to replace the regular Ni/Cu/Ni coating. The influence of concentration of HEDP complexing agent on deposition course was tested by electrochemical testing; morphology of copper layer was characterized by SEM, XRD and TEM; the binding force of copper layer and the thermal reduction of magnetic of NdFeB caused by electrodeposited coating were respectively explored through the thermal cycle test and thermal demagnetization test. The results show that the concentration of HEDP has great impact on the deposition overpotential of copper. In the initial electrodepositing stage, copper particles precipitate at the grain boundaries of NdFeB magnets with a preferred (111 orientation. The copper layer is compact and has enough binding force with the NdFeB matrix to meet the requirements in SJ 1282-1977. Furthermore, the thermal demagnetization loss rate of the sintered NdFeB with the protection of Cu/Ni coating is significantly less than that with the protection of Ni/Cu/Ni coating.

  1. Investigation of the seasonal and local time variations of the high-altitude sporadic Na layer (Nas) formation and the associated midlatitude descending E layer (Es) in lower E region

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    Yuan, T.; Wang, Jihong; Cai, Xuguang; Sojka, J.; Rice, D.; Oberheide, J.; Criddle, N.

    2014-07-01

    Recent studies have suggested that the major reservoir for the sporadic sodium layer (Nas) above 95 km in altitude is likely the sodium ion (Na+) within the sporadic E layer (Es) in the lower E region. However, theoretical and laboratory works have demonstrated that the metal ion's neutralization process is quite difficult above 100 km, while intensive neutral metal layers are consistently observed in the lower E region between 100 km and 125 km. In this paper, the multiyear observations of a Na lidar and an ionosonde at Utah State University (41.7°N, 111.8°W) and the nearby Bear Lake Observatory (41.9°N, 111.4°W) are utilized to understand their seasonal and local time variations. The comparison study between this set of the Nas and the nocturnal Nas observations in Beijing China (40.2°N, 116.1°E) reveals similar variations, but major differences are also noticed. To investigate the mechanism of these variations, the Hamburg Model of the Neutral and Ionized Atmosphere and the Climatological Tidal Model of the Thermosphere are utilized to simulate the ion vertical drift in the lower E region. The simulation shows that the lower E region is dominated by convergence of metal ions in summer, and ion diffusion prevails during winter. The tidal wind modulates the ion vertical drift speed and increases the likelihood of Es evolution at certain local times during the summer, while the tidal components of atmospheric density facilitate Nas formation by neutralizing the Na+ within the Es.

  2. Simple electrodepositing of CoFe/Cu multilayers: Effect of ferromagnetic layer thicknesses

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    Tekgül, Atakan, E-mail: atakantekgul@gmail.com [Akdeniz University, Physics Department, Science Faculty, TR-07058 Antalya (Turkey); Uludag University, Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, TR-16059 Bursa (Turkey); Alper, Mürsel [Uludag University, Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, TR-16059 Bursa (Turkey); Kockar, Hakan [Balikesir University, Physics Department, Science and Literature Faculty, TR-10145 Balikesir (Turkey)

    2017-01-01

    The CoFe/Cu magnetic multilayers were produced by changing CoFe ferromagnetic layers from 3 nm to 10 nm using electrodeposition. By now, the thinnest Cu (0.5 nm) layer thicknesses were used to see whether the GMR effect in the multilayers can be obtained or not since the pinning of non-magnetic layer between the ferromagnetic layers is required. For the proper depositions, the cyclic voltammograms was used, and the current–time transients were obtained. The Cu and CoFe layers were deposited at a cathode potential of −0.3 and −1.5 V with respect to saturated calomel electrode, respectively. From the XRD patterns, the multilayers were shown to be fcc crystal structures. For the magnetization measurements, saturation magnetization increases from 160 to 600 kA/m from 3 to 8 nm ferromagnetic layer thicknesses. And, the coercivity values increase until the 8 nm of the CoFe layer thickness. It is seen that the thin Cu layer (fixed at 0.5 nm) and pinholes support the random magnetization orientation and thus all multilayers exhibited the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect, and the highest GMR value was observed about 5.5%. And, the variation of GMR field sensitivity was calculated. The results show that the GMR and GMR sensitivity are compatible among the multilayers. The CoFe/Cu magnetic multilayers having GMR properties are used in GMR sensors and hard disk drive of the nano-technological devices. - Highlights: • The much thinner (0.5 nm) Cu layer was used to obtain the GMR effect on the electrodeposited CoFe/Cu multilayers. • All samples exhibited GMR and the maximum GMR value was 5.5%. • The M{sub s} and the H{sub c} changed with increasing magnetic layer thickness.

  3. Preparation and properties of [(NdFeB)x/(Nb)z]n multi-layer films

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    Tsai, J.-L.; Chin, T.-S.; Yao, Y.-D.; Melsheimer, A.; Fisher, S.; Drogen, T.; Kelsch, M.; Kronmueller, H.

    2003-01-01

    Multi-layer [(NdFeB) x /(Nb) z ] n films with 200 nm≥x≥10 nm, 10 nm≥z≥0, 40≥n≥2, prepared by ion beam sputtering and subsequent annealing, show significantly enhanced coercivity due to the reduced grain size that enhances the anisotropy of individual grains. After annealing at 630 deg. C, some Nd 2 Fe 14 B grains were enriched with Nb and isolated as the thickness of the Nb spacer layer increases. For multi-layer (NdFeB x /Nb z ) n films with 100 nm ≥x≥25 nm, 5 nm≥z≥2 nm, their coercivity and remanence ratio are better than that of a single NdFeB film. Up to 17.8 kOe room temperature coercivity has been obtained for a sample with x=25 nm, z=5 nm and n=16

  4. Boriding kinetics of Fe2B layers formed on AISI 1045 steel

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    Zuno-Silva J.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, a diffusion model was suggested to study the growth kinetics of Fe2B layers grown on the AISI 1045 steel by the pack-boriding treatment. The generated boride layers were analyzed by optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The applied diffusion model is based on the principle of mass conservation at the (Fe2B/ substrate interface. It was used to estimate the boron diffusion coefficients of Fe2B in the temperature range of 1123-1273 K. A validation of the model was also made by comparing the experimental Fe2B layer thickness obtained at 1253 K for 5 h of treatment with the predicted value. Basing on our experimental results, the boron activation energy was estimated as 180 kJ mol-1 for the AISI 1045 steel.

  5. Antiferro quadrupolar ordering in Fe intercalated few layers graphene

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    Abu Jahid Akhtar

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The π electron cloud above and below the honeycomb structure of graphene causes each carbon atom to carry a permanent electric quadrupole moment which can attach any cation to impart interesting physical properties. We have synthesized Fe intercalated graphene structures to investigate tunable magnetic properties as a result of this chemical modification. An interesting antiferro quadrupolar ordering is observed which arises due to a coupling between magnetic dipole moment of Fe and electric quadrupole moment on graphene surface. In contrast to antiferromagnetic Neel temperature (TN, here the ordering temperature (TQ increases from 35.5 K to 47.5 K as the magnetic field is raised upto 1 Tesla.

  6. Magnetic hybride layers. Magnetic properties of locally exchange-coupled NiFe/IrMn layers; Magnetische Hybridschichten. Magnetische Eigenschaften lokal austauschgekoppelter NiFe/IrMn-Schichten

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    Hamann, Christine

    2010-10-06

    By the lateral modification of the magnetic properties of exchange-coupled NiFe/IrMn layers soft-magnetic layers were produced, which show both new static and dynamic properties. As lateral structuration methods hereby the localoxidation as well as ion implantation were applied. By means of thes procedures it has been succeeded to mould specific magnetic domain configurations with strp structure into the layers. In dependence of the structure orientation as well as strip period the remagnetization behavior as well as the magnetic-resonance frequency and damping of the layers could directly be modified. The new dynamical properties are hereby discussed in the framework of the coupling via dynamical charges and the direct affection of the effective field of the artificially inserted domain state. The presented results prove by this the large potential of the lateral magneto-structuration for the tuning of specifical static as well as dynamic properties of magnetically thin layers.

  7. Formation of a mixed Fe(II)-Zn-Al layered hydroxide: Effects of Zn co-sorption on Fe(II) layered hydroxide formation and kinetics

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    Starcher, Autumn N.; Elzinga, Evert J.; Sparks, Donald L.

    2017-08-01

    Previous research demonstrated the formation of single divalent metal (Co, Ni, and ZnAl) and mixed divalent metal (NiZnAl) layered double hydroxide (LDH) phases from reactions of the divalent metal with Al-bearing substrates and soils in both laboratory experiments and in the natural environment. Recently Fe(II)-Al-LDH phases have been found in laboratory batch reaction studies, and although they have yet to be found in the natural environment. Potential locations of Fe(II)-Al-LDH phases in nature include areas with suboxic and anoxic conditions. Because these areas can be environments of significant contaminant accumulation, it is important to understand the possible interactions and impacts of contaminant elements on LDH phase formation. One such contaminant, Zn, can also form as an LDH and has been found to form as a mixed divalent layered hydroxide phase. To understand how Zn impacts the formation of Fe(II)-Al-LDH phase formation and kinetics, 3 mM or 0.8 mM Fe(II) and 0.8 mM Zn were batch reacted with either 10 g/L pyrophyllite or 7.5 g/L γ-Al2O3 for up to three months under anoxic conditions. Aqueous samples were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and solid samples were analyzed with X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Shell-by-shell fits of Fe(II) and co-sorption samples with pyrophyllite show the formation of a mixed divalent metal (Fe(II)-Zn-Al) layered hydroxide phase, while Fe(II) and Zn co-sorption samples with γ-Al2O3 produce Fe(II)-Al-LDH phases and Zn in inner-sphere complexation with the γ-Al2O3. This study demonstrates the formation of a mixed divalent metal layered hydroxide and further iterates the importance of sorbent reactivity on LDH phase formation.

  8. Electrochemical Corrosion Behavior of Oxidation Layer on Fe30Mn5Al Alloy

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    ZHU Xue-mei

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available The Fe30Mn5Al alloy was oxidized at 800℃ in air for 160h, the oxidation-induced layer about 15μm thick near the scale-metal interface was induced to transform to ferrite and become enriched in Fe and depletion in Mn. The effect of the oxidation-induced Mn depletion layer on the electrochemical corrosion behavior of Fe30Mn5Al alloy was evaluated. The results show that in 1mol·L-1 Na2SO4 solution, the anodic polarization curve of the Mn depletion layer exhibits self-passivation, compared with Fe30Mn5Al austenitic alloy, and the corrosion potential Evs SCE is increased to -130mV from -750mV and the passive current density ip is decreased to 29μA/cm2 from 310μA/cm2. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy(EIS of the Mn depletion layer has the larger diameter of capacitive arc, the higher impedance modulus|Z|, and the wider phase degree range, and the fitted polarization resistant Rt is increased to 9.9kΩ·cm2 from 2.7kΩ·cm2 by using an equivalent electric circuit of Rs-(Rt//CPE. The high insulation of the Mn depletion layer leads to an improved corrosion resistance of Fe30Mn5Al austenitic alloy.

  9. Growth of Functional FeTi Clusters Covered with Carbon Layer

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    Chihiro Kaito

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available FeTi clusters with a diameter of less than 10 nm and covered with a graphitic layer have been preferentially produced in an H2 gas atmosphere at pressures of 10 and 26.6 kPa by the simultaneous evaporation of Fe and Ti wires from a concave carbon boat. To compare this result with cluster formation in an inert gas atmosphere, the result for an Ar gas pressure of 10 kPa is also discussed. The formation of disordered FeNi clusters predominately took place in an H2 gas atmosphere.

  10. A new layered iron arsenide superconductor: (Ca,Pr)FeAs2.

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    Yakita, Hiroyuki; Ogino, Hiraku; Okada, Tomoyuki; Yamamoto, Akiyasu; Kishio, Kohji; Tohei, Tetsuya; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Gotoh, Yoshito; Fujihisa, Hiroshi; Kataoka, Kunimitsu; Eisaki, Hiroshi; Shimoyama, Jun-ichi

    2014-01-22

    A new iron-based superconductor, (Ca,Pr)FeAs2, was discovered. Plate-like crystals of the new phase were obtained, and its crystal structure was investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The structure was identified as the monoclinic system with space group P2₁/m, composed of two Ca(Pr) planes, Fe2As2 layers, and As2 zigzag chain layers. Plate-like crystals of the new phase showed superconductivity, with a T(c) of ~20 K in both magnetization and resistivity measurements.

  11. Magnetic properties of ultrathin Ni81Fe19 films with Ta and Ru capping layers.

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    Kezilebieke, S; Ali, M; Shadeke, B; Gunnella, R

    2013-11-27

    Magnetic properties of Ni81Fe19 (permalloy) ultrathin films with Ru and Ta capping layers (CLs) were investigated for applications to magnetic random access memory units (MRAM). The sample structure, which simulated an MRAM free layer, is Si- sub./SiO2/Ni81Fe19/Ru(Ta). The Ni81Fe19 thin films less than 3 nm thick with Ru CL show low coercive fields compared with the Ta capping layer. Both systems showed loss of momentum equivalent to magnetically dead layers of thickness (δ) ~0.6 nm for Ru cap layer and ~1.4 nm for Ta cap layer, respectively. Moreover, after annealing the thicknesses are slightly increased to an equivalent magnetic dead layer thickness of δ ~0:84 nm and ~1.80 nm for Ru and Ta CL, respectively. Our calculations showed that the presence of only 11% Ta concentration at the interface reduced the Ni momentum to zero, with the Ni–Ta coupling being anti-ferromagnetic; while 50% Ru intermixing at the interface reduced the Ni momentum to zero with the coupling between Ru and Ni being ferromagnetic. To find out more about the intermixing at the interface, the composition and chemical states were characterized by the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and peak decomposition technique. The result showed that the peak positions were different from the pure metallic case at the interface region, mainly because of the intermixing between two layers. In conclusion, the Ru capping layer might be important for MRAM use in terms of low coercive field and small δ layer thickness if compared with the Ta capping layer.

  12. CoCr double-layered media with NiFe and CoZrNb soft-magnetic layers (invited)

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    Bernards, J.P.C.; Schrauwen, C.P.G.; Zieren, V.; Luitjens, S.B.

    1988-01-01

    The magnetic, structural, and recording properties of CoCr double-layered media are investigated. The underlayer materials NiFe (crystalline) and CoZrNb (amorphous) were combined with two different kinds of intermediate layers: Ti (crystalline) and Ge (amorphous). Applying a bias voltage during sputtering of NiFe results in a low coercivity of the NiFe layer and in a high coercivity of the CoCr layer. The structure of the NiFe layer influences the structure of the CoCr layer. A Ti layer between the NiFe and CoCr layers decreases the in-plane remanence of the CoCr layer. The coercivity of all CoZrNb layers is low, independent of the application of a bias voltage. The orientation and structure of CoCr on CoZrNb can be improved by using a Ge intermediate layer, which results in a low coercivity of the CoCr. A Ti intermediate layer increases the coercivity. Ring heads show a dependence of spike noise on the underlayer coercivity and on the applied normal force. A probe-type head shows a dependence of its output on the CoCr coercivity, which may be understood in terms of demagnetization and writing depth

  13. Magnetic domain observation of FeCo thin films fabricated by alternate monoatomic layer deposition

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    Ohtsuki, T., E-mail: ohtsuki@spring8.or.jp; Kotsugi, M.; Ohkochi, T. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), 1-1-1 Koto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Kojima, T.; Mizuguchi, M.; Takanashi, K. [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2014-01-28

    FeCo thin films are fabricated by alternate monoatomic layer deposition method on a Cu{sub 3}Au buffer layer, which in-plane lattice constant is very close to the predicted value to obtain a large magnetic anisotropy constant. The variation of the in-plane lattice constant during the deposition process is investigated by reflection high-energy electron diffraction. The magnetic domain images are also observed by a photoelectron emission microscope in order to microscopically understand the magnetic structure. As a result, element-specific magnetic domain images show that Fe and Co magnetic moments align parallel. A series of images obtained with various azimuth reveal that the FeCo thin films show fourfold in-plane magnetic anisotropy along 〈110〉 direction, and that the magnetic domain structure is composed only of 90∘ wall.

  14. Consideration of R2Fe14B layers as targets with polarized electrons

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    Hoogduin, JM; van Klinken, J

    Thin layers of R2Fe14B magnets (R = rare earth) can be magnetized perpendicularly to their planes and can be used as targets of polarized electrons with polarization of approximate to 4% to facilitate Moller/Bhabha and Compton polarimetry of electrons/positrons and photons, respectively. (C) 1998

  15. Weathering of PGE sulfides and Pt-Fe alloys in the Freetown Layered Complex, Sierra Leone

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    Bowles, John F. W.; Suárez, Saioa; Prichard, Hazel M.; Fisher, Peter C.

    2017-12-01

    Fresh and weathered rocks and saprolite from Horizon B of the Freetown Layered Complex contain platinum-group minerals (PGM). The PGM in the fresh rocks are 1-7 μm across, including cooperite (PtS), isoferroplatinum (Pt3Fe), minor tetraferroplatinum (PtFe), tulameenite (Pt2FeCu), Os-bearing laurite (RuS2), and other base metal-sulfide (BMS)-bearing PGM. The weathered rocks contain fewer of those PGM but a high proportion of disordered Cu-(±Pd)-bearing Pt-Fe alloys. The saprolite hosts scarce, smaller (1-3 μm) ordered PtFe and disordered PtFe3. The Pt-Fe alloys became increasingly Fe rich as weathering proceeded. Pt-Fe oxides appeared during weathering. Copper sulfides associated with the primary PGM and cooperite (with <3% Pd) were destroyed to provide the minor Cu and Pd found in some of the disordered Pt-Fe alloys. Platinum- and Pd-bearing saprolites have retained the original rock fabric and, to a depth of about 2 m, surround residual rocks that show progressive weathering (corestones). Ground water passing through the saprolite has transported Pt and Pd (and probably Au) in solution down slope into saprolite over unmineralized rocks. Transport is marked by changes in the Pt/Pd ratio indicating that the metals have moved independently. Palladium is present in marginally higher concentrations in the deeper saprolite than in the corestones suggesting some retention of Pd in the deeper saprolite. Platinum and Pd are less concentrated in the upper saprolite than the deeper saprolite indicating surface leaching. Alteration occurred over a long period in an organic and microbial rich environment that may have contributed to the leaching and transport of PGE.

  16. Photoluminescence properties of {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} grains on Si with coating Au layer

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    Akiyama, K; Kaneko, S; Hirabayashi, Y [Kanagawa Industrial Technology Center, 705-1 Shimoimaizumi, Edina, Kanagawa, 243-0435 (Japan); Yokomizo, K; Itakura, M, E-mail: akiyama@kanagawa-iri.go.jp [Department of Applied Science for Electronics and Materials, Kyusyu University, 6- 1 Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan)

    2011-10-29

    We have investigated the growth of {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} grains on Si(001) substrates with 90-nm-thick gold layer and its photoluminescence (PL) property. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy observations revealed that coarse island {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} grains with sizes from several to tens of micrometers were formed on the Si surface. A clear PL spectrum for the {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} grains was observed on as deposited sample by argon-ion laser irradiation to the Si substrate side. The values of the activation energy for a non-radiative recombination path were large, and indicated the formation of high-crystal-quality {beta}-FeSi{sub 2} with a low-level non-radiative center without post-annealing.

  17. The Fe-layer in the MLT region at Davis, Antarctica

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    Viehl, Timo; Luebken, Franz-Josef; Morris, Ray; Höffner, Josef; Kaifler, Bernd

    The mobile Fe-Lidar of the Leibniz-Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP) was operated at Davis, Antarctica (69°S) from December 15th, 2010 to December 31st, 2012 in a joint project with the Australian Antarctic Division. Here we present recent results of the analyses of more than 2900 hours of temperature, Fe metal density and NLC/PMSE measurements in the MLT region with an emphasis on new insights about the Fe-layer’s summer time behaviour. We show that the seasonal change of the Fe-layer is not dominated by ice particles, but by temperature and dynamics. Furthermore we present measurements of temperatures in PMSE and NLC.

  18. Effect of Fe inter-diffusion on properties of InP layers grown with addition of RE elements

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    Prochazkova, O.; Zavadil, J.; Zdansky, K.

    2005-01-01

    This contribution reports the redistribution behaviour of Fe during the growth of InP layers from liquid phase with addition of some rare earth elements on semi-insulating InP:Fe substrates. We have studied the influence of different rare earths on the Fe diffusion into InP layer and compared it with the phenomenon of an extraction of iron from Fe doped materials into adjacent layers doped by Zn, Cd and Be, reported recently. In the case of Tm addition a conversion of electrical conductivity of InP layer to semi-insulating as a consequence of Fe diffusion has been observed while no significant Fe inter-diffusion has been confirmed in the presence of other investigated rare earth additions. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  19. The role of Mg interface layer in MgO magnetic tunnel junctions with CoFe and CoFeB electrodes

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    Hyunsoo Yang

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The tunneling spin polarization (TSP is directly measured from reactively sputter deposited crystalline MgO tunnel barriers with various CoFe(B compositions using superconducting tunneling spectroscopy. We find that the Mg interface layer thickness dependence of TSP values for CoFeB/Mg/MgO junctions is substantially different from those for CoFe/Mg/MgO especially in the pre-annealed samples due to the formation of boron oxide at the CoFeB/MgO interface. Annealing depletes boron at the interface thus requiring a finite Mg interface layer to prevent CoFeOx formation at the CoFeB/MgO interface so that the TSP values can be optimized by controlling Mg thickness.

  20. Epitaxial growth of BiFeO3 films on TiN under layers by sputtering deposition

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    Yue Wang

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available BiFeO3/TiN/MgO (001 films have been prepared by magneton sputtering, where TiN serves as a conductive under layer. X-ray diffraction profiles and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy images reveal that not only (001-epitaxial BiFeO3 films are obtained, but also both tetragonal and rhombohedral phases co-exist in BiFeO3 films. Their crystallographic relationship is shown as following: tetragonal-BiFeO3 (001 [100]//TiN (001 [100]//MgO (001 [100] and rhombohedral-BiFeO3 (001 [100]//TiN (001 [100]//MgO (001 [100]. Besides, an oxidized TiN layer (∼ 20 nm has also been detected between BiFeO3 and TiN layers and its formation may originate from oxygen inter-diffusion from BiFeO3 layer. Despite of the existence of the oxidized TiN layer, it does not affect the epitaxial growth of BiFeO3 films. On the other hand, the coercivity electric field obtained in ferroelectric loop of BiFeO3 is greatly enhanced to 49 MV/cm due to the existence of oxidized TiN layer.

  1. Giant interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Zhao, Weisheng; Qiao, Junfeng; Su, Li; Zhou, Jiaqi; Yang, Hongxin; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhang, Youguang; Grezes, Cecile; Amiri, Pedram Khalili; Wang, Kang L.

    2017-02-01

    Magnetic tunnel junction based on the CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB structures is of great interest due to its application in the spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM). Large interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is required to achieve high thermal stability. Here, we use the first-principles calculations to investigate the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) of the MgO/CoFe/capping layer structures, where the capping materials include 5d metals Hf, Ta, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, and Au and 6p metals Tl, Pb, and Bi. We demonstrate that it is feasible to enhance PMA by using proper capping materials. Relatively large PMA is found in the structures with the capping materials of Hf, Ta, Os, Ir, and Pb. More importantly, the MgO/CoFe/Bi structure gives rise to giant PMA (6.09 mJ/m2), which is about three times larger than that of the MgO/CoFe/Ta structure. The origin of the MAE is elucidated by examining the contributions to MAE from each atomic layer and orbital. These findings provide a comprehensive understanding of the PMA and point towards the possibility to achieve the advanced-node STT-MRAM with high thermal stability.

  2. Tuning the band structure and superconductivity in single-layer FeSe by interface engineering.

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    Peng, R; Xu, H C; Tan, S Y; Cao, H Y; Xia, M; Shen, X P; Huang, Z C; Wen, C H P; Song, Q; Zhang, T; Xie, B P; Gong, X G; Feng, D L

    2014-09-26

    The interface between transition metal compounds provides a rich playground for emergent phenomena. Recently, significantly enhanced superconductivity has been reported for single-layer FeSe on Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrate. Yet it remains mysterious how the interface affects the superconductivity. Here we use in situ angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to investigate various FeSe-based heterostructures grown by molecular beam epitaxy, and uncover that electronic correlations and superconducting gap-closing temperature (Tg) are tuned by interfacial effects. Tg up to 75 K is observed in extremely tensile-strained single-layer FeSe on Nb-doped BaTiO3, which sets a record high pairing temperature for both Fe-based superconductor and monolayer-thick films, providing a promising prospect on realizing more cost-effective superconducting device. Moreover, our results exclude the direct correlation between superconductivity and tensile strain or the energy of an interfacial phonon mode, and highlight the critical and non-trivial role of FeSe/oxide interface on the high Tg, which provides new clues for understanding its origin.

  3. Multi-Layered Effects of Fe on EMI Shielding of Sn-Al Hotel Architectural Powder

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    Hung Fei-Shuo

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available No evident effect in shielding efficiency is observed when the electromagnetic wave-absorbing coating materials were applied in single layers because of the dispersing nature of the powder. When increased to two-layer coating, shielding effects were evident at both high and low frequencies, with greater shielding efficiency at low frequencies over high frequencies. It is worth noting that when increased to three-layer coating, as the weight percentage of powdered Fe increased from 5% to 8% , the shielding efficiency of the powdered-Fe composite material was raised to −35 dB This shows that, as the weight percentage gets higher, the powder shows the resonance phenomenon of permeability spectrum, and at high frequencies, the electromagnetic wave shielding efficiency of the composite materials were greatly increased. As the weight percentage of the powered Fe were increased to 8% , we were unable to spread the powder evenly in the epoxy because of the dispersing characteristic in the electromagnetic properties of Fe and the anisotropic and heterogeneous nature of a powered composite material. During production, the powder aggregates often resulted in greater heterogeneity in the materials and consequently, lowered shielding efficiency at 3GHz.

  4. Soft magnetic characteristics of an ultrathin CoFeNi free layer in spin-valve films

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    Fukuzawa, Hideaki; Iwasaki, Hitoshi; Koi, Katsuhiko; Sahashi, Masashi

    2006-01-01

    We have investigated the soft magnetic characteristics of an ultrathin Co-rich CoFeNi free layer in spin-valve films. By addition of Ni to a Co-rich CoFe free layer, magnetostriction (λ) of the films increased positively with Ni concentration, in contrast to which a Co 90 Fe 10 free layer showed a negatively large λ. However, Ni addition also caused an increase in coercivity of the easy axis direction (H c e.a. ). To avoid this problem, a slight decrease in the Co contents of a CoFeNi free layer was found to be effective for decreasing H c e.a. . In order to satisfy both the small λ and H c e.a. , a free layer of (Co 86 Fe 14 ) 88-94 Ni 12-6 proved to be an optimum composition in spin-valve films. Moreover, the zero λ composition of the CoFeNi free layer was changed by a high-conductance Cu layer deposited on the free layer, which was considered to come from the lattice strain of a free layer

  5. Influence of the spacer layer on microstructure and magnetic properties of [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn thin films

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    Chiriac, H. [National Institute of R and D for Technical Physics, 47 Mangeron Blvd., 700050 Iasi (Romania); Grigoras, M. [National Institute of R and D for Technical Physics, 47 Mangeron Blvd., 700050 Iasi (Romania); Urse, M. [National Institute of R and D for Technical Physics, 47 Mangeron Blvd., 700050 Iasi (Romania)]. E-mail: urse@phys-iasi.ro

    2007-09-15

    Some results concerning the influence of the composition and thickness of NbCu spacer layer on the microstructure and magnetic properties of multilayer [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn films, in view of their utilization for manufacturing the thin film permanent magnets are presented. A comparison between the microstructure and magnetic properties of NdFeB single layer and [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn multilayer is also presented. The multilayer [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn thin films with the thickness of the NdFeB layer of 180nm and the thickness of the NbCu spacer layer of 3nm, exhibit good hard magnetic characteristics such as coercive force H{sub c} of about 1510kA/m and the remanence ratio M{sub r}/M{sub s} of about 0.8.

  6. Influence of the spacer layer on microstructure and magnetic properties of [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn thin films

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    Chiriac, H.; Grigoras, M.; Urse, M.

    2007-01-01

    Some results concerning the influence of the composition and thickness of NbCu spacer layer on the microstructure and magnetic properties of multilayer [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn films, in view of their utilization for manufacturing the thin film permanent magnets are presented. A comparison between the microstructure and magnetic properties of NdFeB single layer and [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn multilayer is also presented. The multilayer [NdFeB/(NbCu)]xn thin films with the thickness of the NdFeB layer of 180nm and the thickness of the NbCu spacer layer of 3nm, exhibit good hard magnetic characteristics such as coercive force H c of about 1510kA/m and the remanence ratio M r /M s of about 0.8

  7. Growth and microstructure of iron nitride layers and pore formation in {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N

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    Middendorf, C.; Mader, W. [Univ. Bonn, Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie, Bonn (Germany)

    2003-03-01

    Layers of {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N and {gamma}'-Fe{sub 4}N on ferrite were produced by nitriding iron single crystals or rolled sheets of iron in flowing ammonia at 520 C. The nitride layers were characterised using X-ray diffraction, light microscopy as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The compound layer consists of {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N at the surface and of {gamma}'-Fe{sub 4}N facing the ferrite. After 4 h of nitriding, pores develop in the near surface region of {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N showing more or less open porosity. Growth of the entire compound layer as well as of the massive and the porous {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N sublayer is diffusion-controlled and follows a parabolic growth rate. The {gamma}'-Fe{sub 4}N layer is formed as a transition phase within a narrow interval of nitrogen activity, and it shows little growth in thickness. The transformation of {gamma}'-Fe{sub 4}N to {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N is topotactic, where the orientation of the closed-packed iron layers of the crystal structures is preserved. Determination of lattice plane spacings was possible by X-ray diffraction, and this was correlated to the nitrogen content of {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N. While the porous layer exhibits an enhanced nitrogen content corresponding to the chemical composition Fe{sub 3}N{sub 1.1}, the massive e Fe{sub 3}N layer corresponds to Fe{sub 3}N{sub 1.0}. The pore formation in {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N{sub 1.1} is concluded to be the result of excess nitrogen atoms on non-structural sites, which have a high mobility. Therefore, recombination of excess nitrogen to molecular N{sub 2} at lattice defects is preferred in {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N with high nitrogen content compared to stoichiometric {epsilon}-Fe{sub 3}N{sub 1.0} with nitrogen on only structural sites. (orig.)

  8. Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy in FePt Patterned Media Employing a CrV Seed Layer

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    Chun Dong

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract A thin FePt film was deposited onto a CrV seed layer at 400°C and showed a high coercivity (~3,400 Oe and high magnetization (900–1,000 emu/cm3 characteristic of L10 phase. However, the magnetic properties of patterned media fabricated from the film stack were degraded due to the Ar-ion bombardment. We employed a deposition-last process, in which FePt film deposited at room temperature underwent lift-off and post-annealing processes, to avoid the exposure of FePt to Ar plasma. A patterned medium with 100-nm nano-columns showed an out-of-plane coercivity fivefold larger than its in-plane counterpart and a remanent magnetization comparable to saturation magnetization in the out-of-plane direction, indicating a high perpendicular anisotropy. These results demonstrate the high perpendicular anisotropy in FePt patterned media using a Cr-based compound seed layer for the first time and suggest that ultra-high-density magnetic recording media can be achieved using this optimized top-down approach.

  9. Magnetic behavior of Mg-Al-Zn-Fe mixed oxides from precursors layered double hydroxide

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    Oliva, M.I., E-mail: marcosivanoliva@gmail.com [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, M. Allende y H. de la Torre Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina); IFFAM AF (CONICET - FaMAF UNC), M. Allende y H. de la Torre Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina); Heredia, A. [CITeQ - Facultad R. Cordoba, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Maestro Lopez esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, CP 5016 Cordoba (Argentina); Zandalazini, C.I. [Centro Laser de Ciencias Moleculares. INFIQC-FCQ-Grupo de Ciencia de Materiales-FaMAF-Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, CP5000 Cordoba, Argentina CONICET (Argentina); Crivello, M. [CITeQ - Facultad R. Cordoba, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Maestro Lopez esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, CP 5016 Cordoba (Argentina); Corchero, E. [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, M. Allende y H. de la Torre Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    Mixed oxides of Mg-Al-Zn-Fe were obtained by calcination of layered double hydroxides (LDH) prepared by coprecipitation reaction with hydrothermal treatment. The structural characterization of precursors and oxides was carried out by X rays diffraction, showing increases of ZnO phase with the increase of the zinc content. Magnetic behavior was studied by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and by a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) showing both paramagnetic and super paramagnetic behavior depending on both particles size and composition.

  10. Development of High Energy Thin Layers of Exchange Spring Magnets Originating from Rare Earth Magnets of NdFeB/FeCo

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    A. R. Khanjani

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this study, nine Nd-Fe-B and FeCe thin films with 10-50 nanometers width were prepared by RF magnetron sputtering on the Si/SiO2 substrate. Then, the films were annealed at 800 oC for 5 sec in rapid thermal annealing furnace. X-ray diffractometry (XRD was used to analyze the phase composition of layers and existance of Nd2F14 and Fe65Co35 phase was confirmed, without formation of any other secondary phase. The layers surfaces were investigated using Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM. The morphology of layers surfaces was investigated using Atomic Force Microscope (AFM. The magnetic properties of layers were evaluated by vibrating sample magnetometer with maximum applied field of 24kOe, in order to measure coercivity, saturation of magnetization, hysteresis area, rectangular ratio and (BHmax. It was found that all layers have vertical magnetic anisotropy. Increasing thickness of FeCo resulted in increasing saturation of magnetization,  coercivity and saturation magnetization. The results indicate that by an increase in thickness of FeCo up to 20nm, exchange interaction strength between hard and soft magnetic layers is enhanced and, consequently, maximum energy induced from this hetero-structure is increased.

  11. Buffer layer dependence of magnetoresistance effects in Co2Fe0.4Mn0.6Si/MgO/Co50Fe50 tunnel junctions

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    Sun, Mingling; Kubota, Takahide; Takahashi, Shigeki; Kawato, Yoshiaki; Sonobe, Yoshiaki; Takanashi, Koki

    2018-05-01

    Buffer layer dependence of tunnel magnetoresistance (TMR) effects was investigated in Co2Fe0.4Mn0.6Si (CFMS)/MgO/Co50Fe50 magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs). Pd, Ru and Cr were selected for the buffer layer materials, and MTJs with three different CFMS thicknesses (30, 5, and 0.8 nm) were fabricated. A maximum TMR ratio of 136% was observed in the Ru buffer layer sample with a 30-nm-thick CFMS layer. TMR ratios drastically degraded for the CFMS thickness of 0.8 nm, and the values were 26% for Cr buffer layer and less than 1% for Pd and Ru buffer layers. From the annealing temperature dependence of the TMR ratios, amounts of interdiffusion and effects from the lattice mismatch were discussed.

  12. Tuning the magnetism of the top-layer FeAs on BaFe2As2 (001): First-principles study

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    Zhang, Bing-Jing; Liu, Kai; Lu, Zhong-Yi

    2018-04-01

    Magnetism may play an important role in inducing the superconductivity in iron-based superconductors. As a prototypical system, the surface of BaFe2As2 provides a good platform for studying related magnetic properties. We have designed systematic first-principles calculations to clarify the surface magnetism of BaFe2As2 (001), which previously has received little attention in comparison with surface structures and electronic states. We find that the surface environment has an important influence on the magnetic properties of the top-layer FeAs. For As-terminated surfaces, the magnetic ground state of the top-layer FeAs is in the staggered dimer antiferromagnetic (AFM) order, distinct from that of the bulk, while for Ba-terminated surfaces the collinear (single-stripe) AFM order is the most stable, the same as that in the bulk. When a certain coverage of Ba or K atoms is deposited onto the As-terminated surface, the calculated energy differences among different AFM orders for the top-layer FeAs on BaFe2As2 (001) can be much reduced, indicating enhanced spin fluctuations. To compare our results with available scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements, we have simulated the STM images of several structural/magnetic terminations. Astonishingly, when the top-layer FeAs is in the staggered dimer AFM order, a stripe pattern appears in the simulated STM image even when the surface Ba atoms adopt a √{2 }×√{2 } structure, while a √{2 }×√{2 } square pattern comes out for the 1 ×1 full As termination. Our results suggest: (i) the magnetic state at the BaFe2As2 (001) surface can be quite different from that in the bulk; (ii) the magnetic properties of the top-layer FeAs can be tuned effectively by surface doping, which may likely induce superconductivity at the surface layer; (iii) both the surface termination and the AFM order in the top-layer FeAs can affect the STM image of BaFe2As2 (001), which needs to be taken into account when identifying the surface

  13. Enhanced magnetic properties of chemical solution deposited BiFeO3 thin film with ZnO buffer layer

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    Rajalakshmi, R.; Kambhala, Nagaiah; Angappane, S.

    2012-01-01

    Highlights: ► Enhanced magnetization of BiFeO 3 is important for strong magnetoelectric coupling. ► BiFeO 3 film with ZnO buffer layer was successfully synthesized by chemical method. ► Magnetization of BiFeO 3 has increased by more than 10 times with ZnO buffer layer. ► A mechanism for enhancement in ferromagnetism of BiFeO 3 film is proposed. - Abstract: Magnetic properties of BiFeO 3 films deposited on Si substrates with and without ZnO buffer layer have been studied in this work. We adopted the chemical solution deposition method for the deposition of BiFeO 3 as well as ZnO films. The x-ray diffraction measurements on the deposited films confirm the formation of crystalline phase of BiFeO 3 and ZnO films, while our electron microscopy measurements help to understand the morphology of few micrometers thick films. It is found that the deposited ZnO film exhibit a hexagonal particulate surface morphology, whereas BiFeO 3 film fully covers the ZnO surface. Our magnetic measurements reveal that the magnetization of BiFeO 3 has increased by more than ten times in BiFeO 3 /ZnO/Si film compared to BiFeO 3 /Si film, indicating the major role played by ZnO buffer layer in enhancing the magnetic properties of BiFeO 3 , a technologically important multiferroic material.

  14. Influence of the surface topography, morphology and structure on magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered iron layers, Fe/Cr/Fe- and Fe/MgO/Fe multilayers; Untersuchung der Morphologie und magnetische Eigenschaften von ionenstrahl-gesputterten Eisen-Einzelschichten, Fe/Cr/Fe- und Fe/MgO/Fe-Schichtsystemen

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    Steeb, Alexandra

    2007-04-05

    In this PhD Thesis, the influence of the surface topography, morphology and structure on magnetic properties of ion beam sputtered iron layers on GaAs is examined. To analyze the structure of the produced iron films, low energy electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy is employed. The utilized methods to investigate the magnetic properties are Kerr- and SQUID-magnetometry and ferromagnetic resonance. It is demonstrated that on untreated as well as on presputtered and heated GaAs substrates the sputtered iron films grow epitaxially. The least surface roughness of 1 A exhibit iron films grown on untreated GaAs, while iron films on heated GaAs have the highest roughness of 30 A. The largest crystal anisotropy constant is found for the presputtered GaAs/Fe-System. For this preparation method, two monolayers of iron are determined to be magnetically dead layers. At a film thickness of 100 A, 83% of the value for saturation magnetization of bulk iron are achieved. The small observed FMR-linewidths confirm the good bulk properties of the ion beam sputtered iron. Furthermore, an antiferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling in sputtered Fe/Cr/Fe-films was achieved. For a thickness of 12 to 17 A of the chrome interlayer, a coupling strength up to 0.2 mJ/m{sup 2} is found. To account for the small coupling strength, a strong intermixing at the interface is assumed. Finally, epitaxial Fe/MgO/Fe/FeMn multilayers are deposited on GaAs. After the structuring, it is possible to detect tunneling processes in the tunneling contacts with current-voltage measurements. The tunnel magneto resistance values of 2% are small, which can be explained by the absence of sharp, well-defined interfaces between the Fe/FeMn and the Fe/MgO interfaces. These results demonstrate, that analog to MBE the ion beam sputtering method realizes good magnetic bulk properties. However, interface sensitive phenomena are weakened because of a strong intermixing at the interfaces. (orig.)

  15. Charge-density study on layered oxyarsenides (LaO)MAs (M = Mn, Fe, Ni, Zn)

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    Takase, Kouichi; Hiramoto, Shozo; Fukushima, Tetsuya; Sato, Kazunori; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Kuroiwa, Yoshihiro

    2017-12-01

    Using synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, we investigate the charge-density distributions of the layered oxypnictides (LaO)MnAs, (LaO)FeAs, (LaO)NiAs, and (LaO)ZnAs, which are an antiferromagnetic semiconductor, a parent material of an iron-based superconductor, a low-temperature superconductor, and a non-magnetic semiconductor, respectively. For the metallic samples, clear charge densities are observed in both the transition-metal pnictide layers and the rare-earth-oxide layers. However, in the semiconducting samples, there is no finite charge density between the transition-metal element and As. These differences in charge density reflect differences in physical properties. First-principles calculations using density functional theory reproduce the experimental results reasonably well.

  16. A study of thermally activated Mg–Fe layered double hydroxides as potential environmental catalysts

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    MILICA S. HADNAĐEV-KOSTIĆ

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Layered double hydroxides (LDHs and mixed oxides derived after thermal decomposition of LDHs with different Mg–Fe contents were investigated. These materials were chosen because of the possibility to tailor their various properties, such as ion-exchange capability, redox and acid–base and surface area. Layered double hydroxides, [Mg1-xFex(OH2](CO3x/2×mH2O (where x presents the content of trivalent ions, x = M(III/(M(II + M(III were synthesized using the low supersaturation precipitation method. The influence of different Mg/Fe ratios on the structure and surface properties of the LDH and derived mixed oxides was investigated in correlation to their catalytic properties in the chosen test reaction (Fischer–Tropsch synthesis. It was determined that the presence of active sites in the mixed oxides is influenced by the structural properties of the initial LDH and by the presence of additional Fe phases. Furthermore, a synthesis outside the optimal range for the synthesis of single phase LDHs leads to the formation of metastable, multiphase systems with specific characteristics and active sites.

  17. Characterization of rust layer formed on Fe, Fe-Ni and Fe-Cr alloys exposed to Cl-rich environment by Cl and Fe K-edge XANES measurements

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    Konishi, Hiroyuki; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro; Yamashita, Masato; Uchida, Hitoshi

    2005-01-01

    Chloride in atmosphere considerably reduces the corrosion resistance of conventional weathering steel containing a small amount of Cr. Ni is an effective anticorrosive element for improving the corrosion resistance of steel in a Cl-rich environment. In order to clarify the structure of the protective rust layer of weathering steel, Cl and Fe K-edge X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) spectra of atmospheric corrosion products (rust) formed on Fe, Fe-Ni and Fe-Cr alloys exposed to Cl-rich atmosphere were measured. The Fe K-XANES measurements enable the characterization of mixture of iron oxides such as rust. The chemical composition of the rust was determined by performing pattern fitting of the measured spectra. All the rust is composed mainly of goethite, akaganeite, lepidocrocite and magnetite. Among these iron oxides, akaganeite in particular is the major component in the rust. Additionally, the amount of akaganeite in the rust of Fe-Ni alloy is much greater than that in rust of Fe-Cr alloy. Akaganeite is generally considered to facilitate the corrosion of steel, but our results indicate that akaganeite in the rust of Fe-Ni alloy is quantitatively different from that in rust of Fe-Cr alloy and does not facilitate the corrosion of steel. The shoulder peak observed in Cl K-XANES spectra reveals that the rust contains a chloride other than akaganeite. The energy of the shoulder peak does not correspond to that of any well-known chlorides. In the measured spectra, there is no proof that Cl, by combining with the alloying element, inhibits the alloying element from acting in corrosion resistance. The shoulder peak appears only when the content of the alloying element is lower than a certain value. This suggests that the generation of the unidentified chloride is related to the corrosion rate of steel. (author)

  18. High-resolution electron microscopy study of Ni81Fe19 film with Co33Cr67 buffer layer

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    Xu, Q.Y.; Wang, Z.M.; Shen, F.; Du, Y.W.; Zhang, Z.

    2003-01-01

    The anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) in permalloy Ni 81 Fe 19 film deposited on a 1.2 nm Co 33 Cr 67 buffer layer was significantly enhanced. The high-resolution electron microscopy was used to study the microstructure of Ni 81 Fe 19 film with and without Co 33 Cr 67 buffer layer. It was found that Co 33 Cr 67 buffer layer can induce good (1 1 1) texture, while without Co 33 Cr 67 buffer layer, Ni 81 Fe 19 film show randomly oriented grain structure. The Δρ/ρ enhancement is attributed to the decrease in the resistivity ρ of the Ni 81 Fe 19 film due to the formation of the large (1 1 1) textured grains in Ni 81 Fe 19 film with Co 33 Cr 67 buffer layer. However, the surface roughness of substrate may limit the (1 1 1) textured grain size and induce additional grain boundaries in Ni 81 Fe 19 film with Co 33 Cr 67 buffer layer, limit the enhancement of the AMR effect

  19. Introduction to Sporadic Groups

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    Luis J. Boya

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This is an introduction to finite simple groups, in particular sporadic groups, intended for physicists. After a short review of group theory, we enumerate the 1+1+16=18 families of finite simple groups, as an introduction to the sporadic groups. These are described next, in three levels of increasing complexity, plus the six isolated ''pariah'' groups. The (old five Mathieu groups make up the first, smallest order level. The seven groups related to the Leech lattice, including the three Conway groups, constitute the second level. The third and highest level contains the Monster group M, plus seven other related groups. Next a brief mention is made of the remaining six pariah groups, thus completing the 5+7+8+6=26 sporadic groups. The review ends up with a brief discussion of a few of physical applications of finite groups in physics, including a couple of recent examples which use sporadic groups.

  20. Effects of buffer layer temperature on the magnetic properties of NdFeB thin film magnets

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    Kim, Y.B.; Cho, S.H.; Kim, H.T.; Ryu, K.S.; Lee, S.H.; Lee, K.H.; Kapustin, G.A.

    2004-01-01

    Effects of the buffer layer temperature (T b ) on the magnetic properties and microstructure of [Mo/NdFeB/Mo]-type thin films have been investigated. The Mo-buffer layer with low T b is composed of fine grains while that with high T b has coarse grains. The subsequent NdFeB layer also grows with fine or coarse grains following the buffer layer structure. The NdFeB layer grown on a low T b buffer shows high coercivity and strong perpendicular anisotropy. The best magnetic properties of i H c =1.01 MA/m (12.7 kOe), B r =1.31 T (13.1 kG) and BH max =329 kJ/m 3 (41.4 MGOe) were obtained from the film with T b =400 deg. C

  1. Co/Pt multilayer-based magnetic tunnel junctions with a CoFeB/Ta insertion layer

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    Ishikawa, S.; Sato, H.; Yamanouchi, M.; Ikeda, S.; Fukami, S.; Matsukura, F.; Ohno, H.

    2014-05-01

    We investigate properties of magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) having a Co/Pt multilayer as a recording layer. A CoFeB layer is inserted between MgO barrier and the recording layer in order to enhance the tunnel magnetoresistance ratio. We show that an additional layer of Ta inserted between CoFeB and Co/Pt multilayer is effective in improving the MTJ properties after annealing. A high effective magnetic anisotropy energy per unit area over 1.2 mJ/m2 is obtained after annealing at 300 °C. Using a 1.6 nm-thick CoFeB insertion layer, both high thermal stability factor of 92 and high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio of 91% are achieved in a MTJ with 17 nm in diameter.

  2. APT analyses of deuterium-loaded Fe/V multi-layered films

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    Gemma, R.

    2009-04-01

    Interaction of hydrogen with metallic multi-layered thin films remains as a hot topic in recent days Detailed knowledge on such chemically modulated systems is required if they are desired for application in hydrogen energy system as storage media. In this study, the deuterium concentration profile of Fe/V multi-layer was investigated by atom probe tomography (APT) at 60 and 30 K. It is firstly shown that deuterium-loaded sample can easily react with oxygen at the Pd capping layer on Fe/V and therefore, it is highly desired to avoid any oxygen exposure after D(2) loading before APT analysis. The analysis temperature also has an impact on D concentration profile. The result taken at 60 K shows clear traces of surface segregation of D atoms towards analysis surface. The observed diffusion profile of D allows us to estimate an apparent diffusion coefficient D. The calculated D at 60 K is in the order of 10(-17) cm(2)/s, deviating 6 orders of magnitude from an extrapolated value. This was interpreted with alloying, D-trapping at defects and effects of the large extension to which the extrapolation was done. A D concentration profile taken at 30 K shows nosegregation anymore and a homogeneous distribution at C(D) = 0.05(2) D/Me, which is in good accordance with that measured in the corresponding pressure-composition isotherm. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Enhancement of the superconducting transition temperature of FeSe by intercalation of a molecular spacer layer.

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    Burrard-Lucas, Matthew; Free, David G; Sedlmaier, Stefan J; Wright, Jack D; Cassidy, Simon J; Hara, Yoshiaki; Corkett, Alex J; Lancaster, Tom; Baker, Peter J; Blundell, Stephen J; Clarke, Simon J

    2013-01-01

    The discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in a layered iron arsenide has led to an intensive search to optimize the superconducting properties of iron-based superconductors by changing the chemical composition of the spacer layer between adjacent anionic iron arsenide layers. Superconductivity has been found in iron arsenides with cationic spacer layers consisting of metal ions (for example, Li(+), Na(+), K(+), Ba(2+)) or PbO- or perovskite-type oxide layers, and also in Fe(1.01)Se (ref. 8) with neutral layers similar in structure to those found in the iron arsenides and no spacer layer. Here we demonstrate the synthesis of Li(x)(NH(2))(y)(NH(3))(1-y)Fe(2)Se(2) (x~0.6; y~0.2), with lithium ions, lithium amide and ammonia acting as the spacer layer between FeSe layers, which exhibits superconductivity at 43(1) K, higher than in any FeSe-derived compound reported so far. We have determined the crystal structure using neutron powder diffraction and used magnetometry and muon-spin rotation data to determine the superconducting properties. This new synthetic route opens up the possibility of further exploitation of related molecular intercalations in this and other systems to greatly optimize the superconducting properties in this family.

  4. Iron silicide formation at different layers of (Fe/Si){sub 3} multilayered structures determined by conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Badía-Romano, L., E-mail: lbadia@unizar.es; Bartolomé, J. [Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Rubín, J. [Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales y Fluidos, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Magén, C. [Laboratorio de Microscopías Avanzadas (LMA), Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón (INA), Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Bürgler, D. E. [Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-6), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, D-52425 Jülich (Germany)

    2014-07-14

    The morphology and the quantitative composition of the Fe-Si interface layer forming at each Fe layer of a (Fe/Si){sub 3} multilayer have been determined by means of conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). For the CEMS measurements, each layer was selected by depositing the Mössbauer active {sup 57}Fe isotope with 95% enrichment. Samples with Fe layers of nominal thickness d{sub Fe} = 2.6 nm and Si spacers of d{sub Si} = 1.5 nm were prepared by thermal evaporation onto a GaAs(001) substrate with an intermediate Ag(001) buffer layer. HRTEM images showed that Si layers grow amorphous and the epitaxial growth of the Fe is good only for the first deposited layer. The CEMS spectra show that at all Fe/Si and Si/Fe interfaces a paramagnetic c-Fe{sub 1−x}Si phase is formed, which contains 16% of the nominal Fe deposited in the Fe layer. The bottom Fe layer, which is in contact with the Ag buffer, also contains α-Fe and an Fe{sub 1−x}Si{sub x} alloy that cannot be attributed to a single phase. In contrast, the other two layers only comprise an Fe{sub 1−x}Si{sub x} alloy with a Si concentration of ≃0.15, but no α-Fe.

  5. Unforeseen high temperature and humidity stability of FeCl3 intercalated few layer graphene

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    Wehenkel, Dominique Joseph; Bointon, Thomas Hardisty; Booth, Tim

    2015-01-01

    microscopy and Raman spectroscopy conclusively demonstrate the unforseen stability of this transparent conductor to a relative humidity up to 100% at room temperature for 25 days, to a temperature up to 150 degrees C in atmosphere and to a temperature as high as 620 degrees C in vacuum, that is more than......We present the first systematic study of the stability of the structure and electrical properties of FeCl3 intercalated few-layer graphene to high levels of humidity and high temperature. Complementary experimental techniques such as electrical transport, high resolution transmission electron...

  6. Characterisation of NdFeB thin films prepared on (100)Si substrates with SiO2 barrier layers

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    Sood, D.K.; Muralidhar, G.K.

    1998-01-01

    This work presents a systematic study of the deposition and characterization of NdFeB films on substrates of Si(100) and of SiO2 layer thermally grown on Si(100) held at RT, 360 deg C or 440 deg C. The post-deposition annealing is performed at 600 or 800 deg C in vacuum. The films are characterised using the analytical techniques of RBS, SIMS, XRD, OM and SEM. Results indicate that SiO2 is, in deed, an excellent diffusion barrier layer till 600 deg C but becomes relatively less effective at 800 deg C. Without this barrier layer, interdiffusion at the Si-NdFeB film interface leads to formation of iron silicides, α-Fe and B exclusion from the diffusion zone, in competition with the formation of the magnetic NdFeB phase. (authors)

  7. Large enhancement of magnetoresistance in NiFe film with MgO layers sandwiched after annealing

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    Zhao, Zhi-Duo; Li, Ming-Hua; Zhao, Chong-Jun; Yang, Guang; Zhang, Jing-Yan; Jiang, Shao-Long; Zhao, Yun-Chi; Cui, Xiao-Peng; Yu, Guang-Hua

    2014-12-01

    A large enhancement of magnetoresistance (MR) up to 6.0% has been observed in NiFe sandwiched by MgO layers, which is 50% larger than the highest MR (4%) in bulk materials. The great improvement of MR derives from the slight increase in corresponding resistivity change Δρ and the great decrease in resistivity ρ. The enhancement of Δρ is attributed to the strengthened spin-dependent scattering of the interfacial conductive electrons but the contribution will be slight with the increase in NiFe thickness. The main contribution is from the significant decrease in ρ, originating from confinement effect on electrons from well-formed oxide/metal interfaces after annealing. Surprisingly, this effect still exists when the NiFe thickness reaches 100 nm. Meanwhile, the oxide (MgO) layers inserted prevents the atomic interdiffusion of Ta and NiFe at the interfaces, which decreases the thickness of magnetic dead layer.

  8. High Ms Fe16N2 thin film with Ag under layer on GaAs substrate

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    Allard Jr, Lawrence Frederick [ORNL

    2016-01-01

    (001) textured Fe16N2 thin film with Ag under layer is successfully grown on GaAs substrate using a facing target sputtering (FTS) system. After post annealing, chemically ordered Fe16N2 phase is formed and detected by X-ray diffraction (XRD). High saturation magnetization (Ms) is measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). In comparison with Fe16N2 with Ag under layer on MgO substrate and Fe16N2 with Fe under layer on GaAs substrate, the current layer structure shows a higher Ms value, with a magnetically softer feature in contrast to the above cases. In addition, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is performed to characterize the binding energy of N atoms. To verify the role of strain that the FeN layer experiences in the above three structures, Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD) is conducted to reveal a large in-plane lattice constant due to the in-plane biaxial tensile strain. INTRODUCTION

  9. Rotation angle of magneto-optical Kerr effect with different capping layer on CoFe film

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    Wu, K.-M.; Wang, J.-F.; Chen, K.-C.; Wu, J.-C.; Horng, Lance

    2007-01-01

    To understand the influence of rotation angle in magneto-optical effect between conductor and insulator capping layer, we fabricate Co 50 Fe 50 /Ta, Co 50 Fe 50 /MgO, and Co 50 Fe 50 /SiN x bilayers with fixed CoFe thickness and modulated capping layer to systematically study the dependence on the thickness and material of capping layer. We also changed the CoFe thickness with fixed Ta. The switching characteristics were studied using longitudinal magneto-optic Kerr effect (LMOKE) techniques. The hysteresis loops (MH loops) and the coercivity measured by AGM are independent of the capping layer. Our data show the Kerr rotation angle as a function of capping layer thickness. Based on our calculations, the effective rotation angle changes with different capping material. The phenomenon of the increasing Kerr rotation angle is known to be dependent on the dielectric constant and refractive index of the capping layer. A comparison between the rotation angle in LMOKE and the material property has led to a better understanding of the relationship of light refracted in Ta, MgO and SiN x

  10. The Adsorption of Dextranase onto Mg/Fe-Layered Double Hydroxide: Insight into the Immobilization

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    Yi Ding

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available We report the adsorption of dextranase on a Mg/Fe-layered double hydroxide (Mg/Fe-LDH. We focused the effects of different buffers, pH, and amino acids. The Mg/Fe-LDH was synthesized, and adsorption experiments were performed to investigate the effects. The maximum adsorption occurred in pH 7.0 4-(2-hydroxyethyl-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES buffer, and the maximum dextranase adsorption uptake was 1.38 mg/g (416.67 U/mg; histidine and phenylalanine could affect the adsorption. A histidine tag could be added to the protein to increase the adsorption significantly. The performance features and mechanism were investigated with X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR. The protein could affect the crystal structure of LDH, and the enzyme was adsorbed on the LDH surface. The main interactions between the protein and LDH were electrostatic and hydrophobic. Histidine and phenylalanine could significantly affect the adsorption. The hexagonal morphology of LDH was not affected after adsorption.

  11. The Adsorption of Dextranase onto Mg/Fe-Layered Double Hydroxide: Insight into the Immobilization

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    Ding, Yi; Liu, Le; Fang, Yaowei; Zhang, Xu; Lyu, Mingsheng; Wang, Shujun

    2018-01-01

    We report the adsorption of dextranase on a Mg/Fe-layered double hydroxide (Mg/Fe-LDH). We focused the effects of different buffers, pH, and amino acids. The Mg/Fe-LDH was synthesized, and adsorption experiments were performed to investigate the effects. The maximum adsorption occurred in pH 7.0 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid (HEPES) buffer, and the maximum dextranase adsorption uptake was 1.38 mg/g (416.67 U/mg); histidine and phenylalanine could affect the adsorption. A histidine tag could be added to the protein to increase the adsorption significantly. The performance features and mechanism were investigated with X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR). The protein could affect the crystal structure of LDH, and the enzyme was adsorbed on the LDH surface. The main interactions between the protein and LDH were electrostatic and hydrophobic. Histidine and phenylalanine could significantly affect the adsorption. The hexagonal morphology of LDH was not affected after adsorption. PMID:29562655

  12. Common electronic origin of superconductivity in (Li,Fe)OHFeSe bulk superconductor and single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

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    Zhao, Lin; Liang, Aiji; Yuan, Dongna; Hu, Yong; Liu, Defa; Huang, Jianwei; He, Shaolong; Shen, Bing; Xu, Yu; Liu, Xu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Zhou, Huaxue; Huang, Yulong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhou, Fang; Liu, Kai; Lu, Zhongyi; Zhao, Zhongxian; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Zhou, X J

    2016-02-08

    The mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity in the iron-based superconductors remains an outstanding issue in condensed matter physics. The electronic structure plays an essential role in dictating superconductivity. Recent revelation of distinct electronic structure and high-temperature superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films provides key information on the role of Fermi surface topology and interface in inducing or enhancing superconductivity. Here we report high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission measurements on the electronic structure and superconducting gap of an FeSe-based superconductor, (Li0.84Fe0.16)OHFe0.98Se, with a Tc at 41 K. We find that this single-phase bulk superconductor shows remarkably similar electronic behaviours to that of the superconducting single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films in terms of Fermi surface topology, band structure and the gap symmetry. These observations provide new insights in understanding high-temperature superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films and the mechanism of superconductivity in the bulk iron-based superconductors.

  13. Electronic origin of high-temperature superconductivity in single-layer FeSe superconductor.

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    Liu, Defa; Zhang, Wenhao; Mou, Daixiang; He, Junfeng; Ou, Yun-Bo; Wang, Qing-Yan; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; Zhao, Lin; He, Shaolong; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Xu; Chen, Chaoyu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Hu, Jiangping; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun; Zhou, X J

    2012-07-03

    The recent discovery of high-temperature superconductivity in iron-based compounds has attracted much attention. How to further increase the superconducting transition temperature (T(c)) and how to understand the superconductivity mechanism are two prominent issues facing the current study of iron-based superconductors. The latest report of high-T(c) superconductivity in a single-layer FeSe is therefore both surprising and significant. Here we present investigations of the electronic structure and superconducting gap of the single-layer FeSe superconductor. Its Fermi surface is distinct from other iron-based superconductors, consisting only of electron-like pockets near the zone corner without indication of any Fermi surface around the zone centre. Nearly isotropic superconducting gap is observed in this strictly two-dimensional system. The temperature dependence of the superconducting gap gives a transition temperature T(c)~ 55 K. These results have established a clear case that such a simple electronic structure is compatible with high-T(c) superconductivity in iron-based superconductors.

  14. Role of the antiferromagnetic pinning layer on spin wave properties in IrMn/NiFe based spin-valves

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    Gubbiotti, G., E-mail: gubbiotti@fisica.unipg.it; Tacchi, S. [Istituto Officina dei Materiali del CNR (IOM-CNR), Unità di Perugia, I-06123 Perugia (Italy); Del Bianco, L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, I-40127 Bologna (Italy); Department of Physics and Earth Sciences and CNISM, University of Ferrara, I-44122 Ferrara (Italy); Bonfiglioli, E.; Giovannini, L.; Spizzo, F.; Zivieri, R. [Department of Physics and Earth Sciences and CNISM, University of Ferrara, I-44122 Ferrara (Italy); Tamisari, M. [Department of Physics and Earth Sciences and CNISM, University of Ferrara, I-44122 Ferrara (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Università di Perugia, I-06123 Perugia (Italy)

    2015-05-07

    Brillouin light scattering (BLS) was exploited to study the spin wave properties of spin-valve (SV) type samples basically consisting of two 5 nm-thick NiFe layers (separated by a Cu spacer of 5 nm), differently biased through the interface exchange coupling with an antiferromagnetic IrMn layer. Three samples were investigated: a reference SV sample, without IrMn (reference); one sample with an IrMn underlayer (10 nm thick) coupled to the bottom NiFe film; one sample with IrMn underlayer and overlayer of different thickness (10 nm and 6 nm), coupled to the bottom and top NiFe film, respectively. The exchange coupling with the IrMn, causing the insurgence of the exchange bias effect, allowed the relative orientation of the NiFe magnetization vectors to be controlled by an external magnetic field, as assessed through hysteresis loop measurements by magneto-optic magnetometry. Thus, BLS spectra were acquired by sweeping the magnetic field so as to encompass both the parallel and antiparallel alignment of the NiFe layers. The BLS results, well reproduced by the presented theoretical model, clearly revealed the combined effects on the spin dynamic properties of the dipolar interaction between the two NiFe films and of the interface IrMn/NiFe exchange coupling.

  15. The effect of growth surface morphology on the crystal structure and magnetic property of L1{sub 0} order PtFe layers deposited by magnetron sputtering

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    Ding Wanyu, E-mail: dwysd_2000@163.com [Graduate School of Saitama Institute of Technology, Fukaya, Saitama 369-0293 (Japan) and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian Jiaotong University, Dalian 116028 (China); Ishiguro, Satoshi; Ogatsu, Ryo [Graduate School of Saitama Institute of Technology, Fukaya, Saitama 369-0293 (Japan); Ju, Dongying, E-mail: dyju@sit.ac.jp [Graduate School of Saitama Institute of Technology, Fukaya, Saitama 369-0293 (Japan)

    2012-08-01

    The Fe/Pt/Fe/Pt layers (Pt/Fe multilayer) were deposited on general glass substrate at room temperature by magnetron sputtering technique. Varying the deposition and post-annealing treatment parameters, the PtFe alloy (PtFe) layer with different crystal structures and magnetic properties were obtained at the interface between Fe and Pt layer. The characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that the as-deposited Pt/Fe multilayer only contained pure Fe and Pt with body-centered and face-centered cubic structures, respectively. As-deposited Pt layer displayed (2 0 0) preferred orientation, and the columnar grains structure could be observed by the scanning electron microscopy. The PtFe layers with L1{sub 0} face-centered cubic structure could be formed at the interface between Pt and Fe layers by post-annealing the multilayers at 500 Degree-Sign C. In case of Pt/Fe multilayer deposited on smooth substrate, the larger columnar grains in Pt layer resulted in L1{sub 0} PtFe layers without any preferred orientation. While in case of Pt/Fe multilayer deposited on the rough substrate, the thinner columnar grains in Pt layer could induce L1{sub 0} PtFe layers with (2 0 0) preferred orientation. In this case, the vibrating sample magnetometer results indicated that, the magnetic coercivity in plane and out-of-plane model could reach 3.72 and 2.32 kOe, respectively. Based on above results, the L1{sub 0} structure Pt/Fe multilayer with satisfied magnetic properties could be prepared at low temperature by our simple route.

  16. Influence of the thickness of BiFeO3 on the ferromagnet properties of layered multiferroic CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 films

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    Liu, Y. Q.; Wu, Y. H.; Zhang, J.; Wei, M. B.; Liu, Y.; Li, D.; Yang, L. L.; Yang, J. H.

    2013-03-01

    Multiferroic layered films consisting of CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 (CFO-BFO) with increasing the thickness of BFO layer have been prepared on the LaNiO3 (LNO)-buffered Si (1 0 0) substrate via a simple spin-coating process. The thickness effects of BFO layer on the magnetic properties of CFO-BFO films have been investigated in detail. The X-ray diffraction results testify that magnetic CFO and ferroelectric BFO phases coexist in the heterostructured films. The HRTEM images show the well-defined microstructure of the CFO layer on LNO buffer. The magnetic measurement reveal that, with increasing the BFO thickness, the Ms of CFO-BFO films will be enhanced due to the stress. The film with 400 nm thickness BFO layers demonstrates the highest Ms value of 230 emu/cm3, which exhibits 137.1% enhancement than that of the film without BFO layers.

  17. Comparison of a stoichiometric analysis of Fe3-delta O4 layers by magneto-optical Kerr spectroscopy with Mossbauer results

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    Fontijn, WFJ; vanderHeijden, PAA; Voogt, FC; Hibma, T; vanderZaag, PJ

    The stoichiometry of a series of 300 Angstrom thick Fe3-deltaO4 layers grown by means of molecular beam epitaxy on MgO(100) has been investigated both by magneto-optical Ken spectroscopy and by Mossbauer spectroscopy, The layers consisted of a 200 Angstrom thick Fe3-deltaO4 layer grown with the

  18. Magnetic properties of Pr-Fe-B thick-film magnets deposited on Si substrates with glass buffer layer

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    Nakano, M.; Kurosaki, A.; Kondo, H.; Shimizu, D.; Yamaguchi, Y.; Yamashita, A.; Yanai, T.; Fukunaga, H.

    2018-05-01

    In order to improve the magnetic properties of PLD-made Pr-Fe-B thick-film magnets deposited on Si substrates, an adoption of a glass buffer layer was carried out. The glass layer could be fabricated under the deposition rate of approximately 70 μm/h on a Si substrate using a Nd-YAG pulse laser in the vacuum atmosphere. The use of the layer enabled us to reduce the Pr content without a mechanical destruction and enhance (BH)max value by approximately 20 kJ/m3 compared with the average value of non-buffer layered Pr-Fe-B films with almost the same thickness. It is also considered that the layer is also effective to apply a micro magnetization to the films deposited on Si ones.

  19. Measurement of K-shell population of swift sulphur ions penetrating Fe and Ni foils using the probe layer technique

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    Tribedi, L.C.; Prasad, K.G.; Tandon, P.N. (Tata Inst. of Fundamental Research, Bombay (India))

    1993-06-01

    Single and double K-vacancy fractions at sulphur ions in Fe and Ni are measured for ion velocities between 7v[sub 0] and 14v[sub 0] (v[sub 0]=c/137) using the probe layer technique. The derived values for the degree of polarization of these ions from the available transient magnetic field data at a velocity of 8v[sub 0] in Fe and Ni agrees with the general trends seen for light ions. (orig.).

  20. Influence of interfacial scattering and surface roughness on giant magnetoresistance in Fe/Cr trilayers using ab initio layer potentials

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    Pereiro, M.; Botana, J.; Baldomir, D.; Warda, K.; Wojtczak, L.; Man'kovsky, S.V.; Iglesias, M.; Pardo, V.; Arias, J.E.

    2005-01-01

    Ab initio full-potential linearized augmented-plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method combined with the semiclassical Boltzmann formalism was employed to calculate the giant magnetoresistance ratio in the trilayers nFe/3Cr/nFe (1=< n=<8). The present results emphasize the very important role of the ferromagnetic layer as well as the interfacial scattering and surface roughness on the giant magnetoresistance effect

  1. Dependence of magnetic anisotropy on MgO thickness and buffer layer in Co20Fe60B20-MgO structure

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    Yamanouchi, M.; Koizumi, R.; Ikeda, S.; Sato, H.; Mizunuma, K.; Miura, K.; Gan, H. D.; Matsukura, F.; Ohno, H.

    2011-04-01

    We investigated the dependence of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in CoFeB-MgO on the MgO layer thickness. Magnetization curves show that a clear perpendicular magnetic easy axis is obtainable in a 1.5-nm thick CoFeB layer by depositing MgO of more than three monolayers. We investigated anisotropy in CoFeB-MgO deposited on four different buffer layers. Results show that a counter interface of CoFeB-nonmagnetic metal affects the perpendicular anisotropy of CoFeB/MgO.

  2. Fabrication and magnetic properties of FePt/Al2O3 composite film by atomic-layer-deposition

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    Kong, Ji-Zhou; Gao, Mo-Yun; Zhai, Hai-Fa; Yan, Qing-Yu; Li, Ai-Dong; Li, Hui; Wu, Di

    2013-01-01

    Self-assembled face-centered cubic FePt nanoparticles were capped by a amorphous Al 2 O 3 capping layer with the thickness of 10 nm using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) technology, and transmission electron microscopy indicates that the FePt nanocrystals are well-separated. After annealing the composite film at 700 °C, well-monodispersed face-centered tetragonal FePt particles can be obtained, yielding a coercivity value Hc=5.9 kOe with the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 3.86 MJ/m 3 . The thermal factor for the composite film is 68.5, meeting the industry requirement (K u V/k B T ≥ 50). The protection of amorphous Al 2 O 3 matrix can effectively inhibit grain growth and particle aggregation, and preserve the ordered domains of FePt nanoparticles during the L1 0 ordering transition. The combination of ALD-capping layer and self-assembled FePt nanoparticles provides a new potential approach to fabricate patterned magnetic recording media with ultrahigh areal density. - Highlights: • Well-monodispersed fcc-FePt NPs were prepared via chemical reduction. • Self-assembled fcc-FePt NPs were capped by Al 2 O 3 layer via ALD. • Al 2 O 3 capping layer can prevent particles from agglomerating and sintering. • A coercivity of 5.9 kOe with the magnetocrystalline anisotropy of 3.86 MJ/m 3 was obtained. • The thermal factor of the composite film is 68.5, meeting the industry requirement

  3. Magnetic properties of MgO-[Co/Pt] multilayers with a CoFeB insertion layer

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    Ishikawa, S.; Sato, H.; Yamanouchi, M.; Ikeda, S.; Fukami, S.; Matsukura, F.; Ohno, H.

    2013-05-01

    Magnetic properties of MgO-[Co/Pt] multilayers with a CoFeB insertion layer were investigated and the structure was adopted as a recording layer in magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with perpendicular magnetic easy-axis to attain a high thermal stability. Perpendicular easy-axis was obtained with the Pt thickness range of 0.6-1.2 nm and the CoFeB thickness range of 0.6-1.5 nm. As-made MTJs employing the CoFeB-[Co/Pt] multilayer structure as a recording layer showed tunnel magnetoresistance of 40% on average. A high thermal stability factor over 200 was obtained in the MTJs with the size of 25 nm in diameter.

  4. The dependence of critical current density of GdFeCo layer on composition of thermally assisted STT-RAM

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    Dai, B.; Zhu, J.; Liu, K.; Yang, L.; Han, J.

    2017-07-01

    Amorphous rare earth-transitional metal (RETM) GdFeCo memory layer with RE- and TM-rich compositions was fabricated in stacks of GdFeCo (10 nm)/Cu (3 nm)/[Co(0.2 nm)/Pd(0.4 nm)]6. Their magnetic properties and spin transfer torque (STT) switching of magnetization were investigated. The maximum magneto-resistance (MR) was around 0.24% for the TM-rich Gd21.4 (Fe90Co10)78.6 memory layer and was -0.03% for the RE-rich Gd29.0 (Fe90Co10)71.0 memory layer. The critical current densities Jc to switch the GdFeCo memory layers are in the range of 1.4 × 107 A/cm2-4.5 × 107 A/cm2. The dependence of critical current density Jc and effective anisotropy constant Keff on Gd composition were also investigated. Both Jc and Keff have maximum values in the Gd composition range from 21-29 at.%, suitable for thermally assisted STT-RAM for storage density exceeding Gb/inch2.

  5. A kinetic model for estimating the boron activation energies in the FeB and Fe{sub 2}B layers during the gas-boriding of Armco iron: Effect of boride incubation times

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    Keddam, M. [Laboratoire de Technologie des Matériaux, Département de Sciences des Matériaux, Faculté de Génie Mécanique et Génie des Procédés, USTHB, B.P N°32, 16111, El-Alia, Bab-Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Kulka, M., E-mail: michal.kulka@put.poznan.pl [Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Pl. M.Sklodowskiej-Curie 5, 60-965 Poznan (Poland); Makuch, N.; Pertek, A. [Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Pl. M.Sklodowskiej-Curie 5, 60-965 Poznan (Poland); Małdziński, L. [Poznan University of Technology, Institute of Machines and Motor Vehicles, Piotrowo Street 3, 60-965 Poznan (Poland)

    2014-04-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The mass balance equations were formulated for the FeB and Fe{sub 2}B layers grown on Fe Armco by gas-boriding. • The effect of boride incubation times was incorporated in the present model. • The boride incubation time was shorter for FeB phase. • The calculated boron activation energies in FeB and Fe{sub 2}B were respectively close to 78.03 and 120.65 kJ mol{sup −1}. • The lower activation energy in FeB phase was characteristic of gas-boriding. - Abstract: The present work deals with a simulation of the growth kinetics of boride layers grown on Armco iron substrate. The formed boride layers (FeB + Fe{sub 2}B) are obtained by the gas-boriding in the temperature range of 1073–1273 K during a time duration ranging from 80 to 240 min. The used approach solves the mass balance equations at the two growing fronts: (FeB/Fe{sub 2}B) and (Fe{sub 2}B/Fe) under certain assumptions. To consider the effect of the incubation times for the borides formation, the temperature-dependent function Φ(T) was incorporated in the model. The following input data: (the boriding temperature, the treatment time, the upper and lower values of boron concentrations in FeB and Fe{sub 2}B and the experimental parabolic growth constants) are needed to determine the boron activation energies in the FeB and Fe{sub 2}B layers. The obtained values of boron activation energies were then compared with the values available in the literature. Finally, a good agreement was obtained between the simulated values of boride layers thicknesses and the experimental ones in the temperature range of 1073–1273 K.

  6. Tailoring magnetic properties of multicomponent layered structure via current annealing in FePd thin films.

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    Cialone, Matteo; Celegato, Federica; Coïsson, Marco; Barrera, Gabriele; Fiore, Gianluca; Shvab, Ruslan; Klement, Uta; Rizzi, Paola; Tiberto, Paola

    2017-11-30

    Multicomponent layered systems with tailored magnetic properties were fabricated via current annealing from homogeneous Fe 67 Pd 33 thin films, deposited via radio frequency sputtering on Si/SiO2 substrates from composite target. To promote spontaneous nano-structuring and phase separation, selected samples were subjected to current annealing in vacuum, with a controlled oxygen pressure, using various current densities for a fixed time and, as a consequence, different phases and microstructures were obtained. In particular, the formation of magnetite in different amount was observed beside other iron oxides and metallic phases. Microstructures and magnetic properties evolution as a function of annealing current were studied and interpreted with different techniques. Moreover, the temperature profile across the film thickness was modelled and its role in the selective oxidation of iron was analysed. Results show that is possible to topologically control the phases formation across the film thickness and simultaneously tailor the magnetic properties of the system.

  7. Strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy at FeCoB/MgO interface with an ultrathin HfOx insertion layer

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    Ou, Yongxi; Ralph, Daniel; Buhrman, Robert

    The realization of robust perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in heavy metal(HM)/FeCoB/MgO thin-film heterostructures has enabled a pathway for the implementation of high density memory elements based on perpendicularly magnetized tunnel junctions, and also provides a platform for the study and control of domain walls and of novel magnetic chiral structures such as skyrmions in nanowire structures. Here we report on the achievement of more robust PMA in Ta/FeCoB/MgO heterostructures by the insertion of an ultrathin HfOx passivation layer at the FeCoB/MgO interface. This is accomplished by depositing one to two atomic layers of Hf onto the FeCoB before the subsequent rf sputter deposition of the MgO layer, which fully oxidizes the Hf layer as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. The result is a strong interfacial perpendicular anisotropy energy density as large as 1.7 erg/cm-2 without any post-fabrication annealing treatment. Similar results have been achieved with the use of W and Pt HM base layers. This work broadens the class and enhances the capabilities of PMA HM/FM heterostructures for spintronics research and applications.

  8. Single-Atom Au/NiFe Layered Double Hydroxide Electrocatalyst: Probing the Origin of Activity for Oxygen Evolution Reaction.

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    Zhang, Jingfang; Liu, Jieyu; Xi, Lifei; Yu, Yifu; Chen, Ning; Sun, Shuhui; Wang, Weichao; Lange, Kathrin M; Zhang, Bin

    2018-03-21

    A fundamental understanding of the origin of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity of transition-metal-based electrocatalysts, especially for single precious metal atoms supported on layered double hydroxides (LDHs), is highly required for the design of efficient electrocatalysts toward further energy conversion technologies. Here, we aim toward single-atom Au supported on NiFe LDH ( s Au/NiFe LDH) to clarify the activity origin of LDHs system and a 6-fold OER activity enhancement by 0.4 wt % s Au decoration. Combining with theoretical calculations, the active behavior of NiFe LDH results from the in situ generated NiFe oxyhydroxide from LDH during the OER process. With the presence of s Au, s Au/NiFe LDH possesses an overpotential of 0.21 V in contrast to the calculated result (0.18 V). We ascribe the excellent OER activity of s Au/NiFe LDH to the charge redistribution of active Fe as well as its surrounding atoms causing by the neighboring s Au on NiFe oxyhydroxide stabilized by interfacial CO 3 2- and H 2 O interfacing with LDH.

  9. Experimental study of 2-layer regenerators using Mn-Fe-Si-P materials

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    Christiaanse, T. V.; Trevizoli, P. V.; Misra, Sumohan; Carroll, Colman; van Asten, David; Zhang, Lian; Teyber, R.; Govindappa, P.; Niknia, I.; Rowe, A.

    2018-03-01

    This work describes an experimental study of a two layer active magnetic regenerator with varying transition temperature spacing. The transition temperature of the materials is based on the specific heat peak of the materials. A transition temperature based on the average of the heating and cooling curves at zero Tesla field value is used to refer to the materials throughout this paper. This study uses five Mn-Fe-Si-P materials with transition temperatures of 294.6 K, 292.3 K, 290.7 K, 282.5 K and 281.4 K. Six different regenerators are tested. A reference configuration is tested using the 294.6 K material a hot side layer and with a second passive layer of lead spheres as cold side layer. Followed by four configurations that use the same 294.6 K material as hot side layer, but where each configuration uses a different cold side material. For the second active layer the materials are used in sequence; 292.3 K, 290.7 K, 282.5 K and 281.4K. Lastly, a sixth configuration uses the 292.3 K and 282.5 K materials. For each configuration, the temperature span is measured for rejection temperatures from 40 °C to 9 °C and at 0 W and 2 W applied load. Experimental results for temperature span and exergetic cooling power are compared based on the differences from the reference configuration. Materials are analysed based on material performance metrics such as peak adiabatic temperature change, peak entropy change and RCP(s) values. For the cases considered, a closer transition temperature spacing generally gives a greater temperature span and exergetic cooling power than further spaced materials, even when the combined materials have comparatively lower performance metrics. When two materials with higher RCP(s) values with large transition temperature spacing are compared to materials with lower RCP(s) values but, closer transition temperature spacing a higher exergetic cooling power and temperature span is found for the latter.

  10. Peculiarities of superconductivity in the single-layer FeSe /SrTi O3 interface

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    Gor'kov, Lev P.

    2016-02-01

    Observation of replica bands in the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) spectra of single-layer FeSe on a strontium titanate substrate revealed a phonon component contribution to mechanisms behind its high-Tc superconductivity. We study the interaction of the in-layer FeSe electrons with the electric potential of the longitudinal (LO) modes at the surface of bulk SrTi O3 . A two-dimensional system of charges at the FeSe /SrTi O3 interface includes both the itinerant and the immobile electrons. The latter significantly change the interface characteristics, increasing screening at the substrate surface and thereby reducing the strength of the electron-LO-phonon interaction. In what follows, the dielectric constant serves as a free parameter and is determined using the ARPES measurements of the replicas. Two-dimensional Coulomb screening is accounted for in the random-phase approximation. It is shown that the model is applicable over the entire range of the parameters typical for current experiments. The estimates from this model make possible the conclusion that the LO-phonon-mediated pairing alone cannot account for the temperatures of the superconducting transitions Tc in the single-layer FeSe /SrTi O3 reported in these experiments. This does not exclude that the LO-phonon mechanisms can become more significant in differently and better prepared single-layer FeSe films. Available experiments are briefly discussed. Thus far no measurements exist on the dependence of Tc on the concentration of electrons doped into the in-layer FeSe band.

  11. Radiation induced topotactic [2 + 2] dimerisation of acrylate derivatives among the layers of a CaFe layered double hydroxide followed by IR spectroscopy

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    Srankó, D. F.; Canton, S.; Enghdahl, A.; Muráth, Sz.; Kukovecz, Á.; Kónya, Z.; Sipiczki, M.; Sipos, P.; Pálinkó, I.

    2013-07-01

    Various acrylates [E-phenylpropenoate, E-3(4‧-nitrophenyl)propenoate, E-3(2‧,5‧-difluorphenyl)propenoate, E-3(2‧-thienyl)propenoate, E-3(4‧-imidazolyl)propenoate or E-2,3-dimethylpropenoate] were successfully intercalated into Ca(II)Fe(III) layered double hydroxide (CaFe-LDH) verified by a range of instrumental methods. The possible arrangements for the organic anions were suggested on the basis of basal spacing data, layer thickness and the dimensions of the quantum chemically optimised structures of the acrylate ions. Using the acrylate-CaFe-LDHs as reactant-filled nanoreactors, photoinitiated topotactic [2 + 2] cyclisation reactions followed by IR spectroscopy could be performed with many representatives [E-phenylpropenoate-, E-3(4‧-nitrophenyl)propenoate-, E-3(2‧,5‧-difluorphenyl)propenoate- or E-3(2‧-thienyl)propenoate-CaFe-LDHs] resulting in cyclobutane derivatives within the layers of the host material indicating that there were domains where the intercalated anions were in close proximity to each other and in proper arrangement for the reaction to occur.

  12. Synthesis, structure, and magnetic studies on the CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 nanocomposite films with different number of CoFe2O4 layers

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    Liu, Y. Q.; Zhang, B.; Wu, Y. H.; Zhang, J.; Li, D.; Liu, Y.; Wei, M. B.; Yang, J. H.

    2013-09-01

    The multiferroic heterostructures consisting of CoFe2O4 (CFO)-BiFeO3 (BFO) layers with increasing the number of CFO layers (2, 4, 6 and 8) have been grown on LaNiO3 buffered Si (1 0 0) substrate by a simple sol-gel spin-coating route. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the CFO and BFO phases have been successfully retained in the heterostructures and the films are polycrystalline. The high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) images show the clear interplanar distances and the interface between the two phases. The magnetization (M) versus field (H) loops reveal that, with increasing the CFO layers, the magnetization of CFO-BFO films will be enhanced. The Ms, Mr and Hc of the composite film with 8 CFO layers are measured to be the largest values of 1304 emu/cm3, 562 emu/cm3 and 2074 Oe, respectively.

  13. Synthesis of Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxide nanowires with controllable morphology in a water-in-oil microemulsion

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    Wu Hongyu; Jiao Qingze; Zhao Yun; Huang Silu; Li Xuefei; Liu Hongbo; Zhou Mingji

    2010-01-01

    The Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxide nanowires were synthesized via a reverse microemulsion method by using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) /n-hexane/n-hexanol/water as Soft-Template. ZnSO 4 , CoSO 4 , Fe 2 (SO 4 ) 3 and urea were used as raw materials. The influence of reaction temperature, time, urea concentration and Cn (molar ratio of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide to water) on the structure and morphology of Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxides was investigated. The samples were characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Infrared Absorption Spectrum (IR). The results indicate that higher temperature is beneficial to the formation of layered double hydroxides, but particles apart from nanowires could be produced if temperature is up to 120 deg. C. By varying the temperature, reaction time, urea concentration and Cn, we got the optimum conditions of synthesizing uniform Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxide nanowires: 100 deg. C, more than 12 h, Cn: 30-33, urea concentration: 0.3 M.

  14. Synthesis of Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxide nanowires with controllable morphology in a water-in-oil microemulsion

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    Wu Hongyu; Jiao Qingze [School of Chemical Engineering and Environment, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081 (China); Zhao Yun, E-mail: zhaoyun@bit.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering and Environment, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081 (China); Huang Silu; Li Xuefei; Liu Hongbo; Zhou Mingji [School of Chemical Engineering and Environment, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081 (China)

    2010-02-15

    The Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxide nanowires were synthesized via a reverse microemulsion method by using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) /n-hexane/n-hexanol/water as Soft-Template. ZnSO{sub 4}, CoSO{sub 4}, Fe{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} and urea were used as raw materials. The influence of reaction temperature, time, urea concentration and Cn (molar ratio of cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide to water) on the structure and morphology of Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxides was investigated. The samples were characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Infrared Absorption Spectrum (IR). The results indicate that higher temperature is beneficial to the formation of layered double hydroxides, but particles apart from nanowires could be produced if temperature is up to 120 deg. C. By varying the temperature, reaction time, urea concentration and Cn, we got the optimum conditions of synthesizing uniform Zn/Co/Fe-layered double hydroxide nanowires: 100 deg. C, more than 12 h, Cn: 30-33, urea concentration: 0.3 M.

  15. Double-layered perpendicular magnetic recording media of granular-type FePt-MgO films

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    Zhang Zhengang; Singh, Amarendra K.; Yin Jinhua; Perumal, A.; Suzuki, Takao

    2005-01-01

    The recording performance of double-layered granular-type FePt-MgO perpendicular magnetic recording media fabricated onto glass discs by sputtering is investigated. The (0 0 1)-textured FePt granular films are obtained by annealing FePt/MgO multilayers. Three different multilayer structures are compared in their magnetic properties and recording SNR performances. To evaluate thermal stability property of these granular-type FePt disks, the time-dependent magnetic force microscope (MFM) signal from the written bits on one of these disks is recorded in the temperature range 25-200 degree sign C. The signal decay at high observation temperature is interpreted based on the temperature dependence of magnetic anisotropy (K u )

  16. The Ultrathin Limit and Dead-layer Effects in Local Polarization Switching of BiFeO3

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    Maksymovych, Petro [ORNL; Huijben, Mark [University of Twente, Netherlands; Pan, Minghu [ORNL; Jesse, Stephen [ORNL; Balke, Nina [ORNL; Chang, Hye Jung [ORNL; Borisevich, Albina Y [ORNL; Baddorf, Arthur P [ORNL; Rijnders, Guus [MESA+ University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands; Blank, Dave H. A. [University of Twente, Netherlands; Ramesh, R. [University of California, Berkeley; Kalinin, Sergei V [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    Using piezoresponse force microscopy in ultra-high vacuum, polarization switching has been detected and quantified in epitaxial BiFeO3 films from 200 down to ~ 4 unit cells. Local remnant piezoresponse was used to infer the applied electric field inside the ferroelectric volume, and account for the elusive effect of dead-layers in ultrathin films. The dead-layer manifested itself in the slower than anticipated decrease of the switching bias with film thickness, yielding apparent Kay-Dunn scaling of the switching field, while the statistical analysis of hysteresis loops revealed lateral variation of the dead-layer with sub-10 nm resolution.

  17. Energy Storage Characteristics of BiFeO3/BaTiO3 Bi-Layers Integrated on Si

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    Menglin Liu

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available BiFeO3/BaTiO3 bi-layer thick films (~1 μm were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/(100 Si substrates with LaNiO3 buffer layers at 500 °C via a rf magnetron sputtering process. X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis revealed that both BiFeO3 and BaTiO3 layers have a (00l preferred orientation. The films showed a small remnant polarization (Pr ~ 7.8 μC/cm2 and a large saturated polarization (Ps ~ 65 μC/cm2, resulting in a slim polarization-electric field (P-E hysteresis loop with improved energy storage characteristics (Wc = 71 J/cm3, η = 61%. The successful “slim-down” of the P-E loop from that of the pure BiFeO3 film can be attributed to the competing effects of space charges and the interlayer charge coupling on charge transport of the bi-layer film. The accompanying electrical properties of the bi-layer films were measured and the results confirmed their good quality.

  18. Photocatalytic enhancement of floating photocatalyst: Layer-by-layer hybrid carbonized chitosan and Fe-N- codoped TiO{sub 2} on fly ash cenospheres

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    Song, Jingke; Wang, Xuejiang, E-mail: wangxj@tongji.edu.cn; Bu, Yunjie; Wang, Xin; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Jiayu; Ma, RongRong; Zhao, Jianfu

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Multifunctional TiO{sub 2} was coated on floating fly ash cenospheres. • TiO{sub 2} was integrated with carbonaceous layer from chitosan and Fe-N co-doping. • Carbonized chitosan improved the adsorption of pollutant and photon absorption ability of TiO{sub 2}. • Modified TiO{sub 2} exhibited superior photocatalytic activity and better recyclability. - Abstract: Due to the advantage of floating on water surface, floating photocatalysts show higher rates of radical formation and collection efficiencies. And they were expected to be used for solar remediation of non-stirred and non-oxygenated reservoirs. In this research, floating fly ash cenospheres (FAC) supported layer-by- layer hybrid carbonized chitosan and Fe-N-codoped TiO{sub 2} was prepared by a simple sol-gel method. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy(FESEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy(DRS), nitrogen adsorption analyses for Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area. It is indicated that Fe-N codoped narrowed the material’s band gap, and the layer of carbonized chitosan (Cts) increased the catalyst’s adsorption capacity and the absorption ability of visible light. Comparing with Fe-N-TiO{sub 2}/FAC and N-TiO{sub 2}/FAC, the composite photocatalyst show excellent performance on the degradation of RhB. Photodegradation rate of RhB by Fe-N-TiO{sub 2}/FAC-Cts was 0.01018 min{sup −1}, which is about 1.5 and 2.09 times higher than Fe-N-TiO{sub 2}/FAC and N-TiO{sub 2}/FAC under visible light irradiation in 240 min, respectively. The dye photosentization, capture of holes and electrons by Fe{sup 3+} ion, and synergistic effect of adsorption and photodegradation were attributed to the results for the improvement of photocatalytic performance. The floating photocatalyst can be reused for at least three consecutive

  19. Photoelectrochemical Characterization of Sprayed alpha-Fe2O3 Thin Films : Influence of Si Doping and SnO2 Interfacial Layer

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    Liang, Y.; Enache, C.S.; Van De Krol, R.

    2008-01-01

    a-Fe2O3 thin film photoanodes for solar water splitting were prepared by spray pyrolysis of Fe(AcAc)3. The donor density in the Fe2O3 films could be tuned between 10171020cm-3 by doping with silicon. By depositing a 5 nm SnO2 interfacial layer between the Fe2O3 films and the transparent conducting

  20. Microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt film with combined MoC/(Mg–X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) intermediate layers

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    Tsai, Jai-Lin; Tzeng, Jie-Lin; Hu, Keng-Chun; Li, Hsu-Kang; Pan, Zu-Yu; Chang, Yuan-Shuo; Liao, Chang-Chun

    2017-01-01

    The magnetic properties and microstructure of FePt films grown on MoC layer and MoC/(Mg–X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) combined intermediate layers were studied. The (Mg–X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) layer with thickness of 5 nm was deposited on CrRu seed layer at 395 °C. The CrRu (200) texture was enhanced which may due to well grains growth in specific orientation and small lattice mismatch with (Mg–X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co). Finally, the FePt/MoC layers were deposited on (Mg–X)O layer at 425 °C. Using MoC/MgCuO combined intermediate layers, the rocking width of FePt (001) and CrRu (200) diffraction peak were changed from 7.1° to 6.1°, and 5.7° to 3.8°, respectively. For MoC/MgCoO dual intermediate layers, the rocking width of FePt (001) and CrRu (200) diffraction peak were 6.7° and 4.1°. The FePt/MoC/MgCoO film illustrates perpendicular magnetic anisotropy with out-of plane coercivity of 9.3 kOe which is higher than FePt film deposited on MoC layer (8.5 kOe) and the in-plane loops is linear. From microstructure, the FePt grains were more separated on MoC/(Mg–X)O (X=Cu, Ni, Co) combined intermediate layers. - Highlights: • The MgCoO intermediate layer was resisted the Cr diffusion. • The MgCoO capped layer promote the CrRu(200) texture. • The FePt film shows high perpendicular magnetization on MoC/MgCoO layer.

  1. Highly ordered mesoporous few-layer graphene frameworks enabled by fe3 o4 nanocrystal superlattices.

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    Jiao, Yucong; Han, Dandan; Liu, Limin; Ji, Li; Guo, Guannan; Hu, Jianhua; Yang, Dong; Dong, Angang

    2015-05-04

    While great progress has been achieved in the synthesis of ordered mesoporous carbons in the past decade, it still remains a challenge to prepare highly graphitic frameworks with ordered mesoporosity and high surface area. Reported herein is a simple synthetic methodology, based on the conversion of self-assembled superlattices of Fe3 O4 nanocrystals, to fabricate highly ordered mesoporous graphene frameworks (MGFs) with ultrathin pore walls consisting of three to six stacking graphene layers. The MGFs possess face-centered-cubic symmetry with interconnected mesoporosity, tunable pore width, and high surface area. Because of their unique architectures and superior structural durability, the MGFs exhibit excellent cycling stability and rate performance when used as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries, thus retaining a specific capacity of 520 mAh g(-1) at a current density of 300 mA g(-1) after 400 cycles. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Effect of Ru substitution on atomic displacements in the layered SmFe1-xRuxAsO0.85F0.15 superconductor

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    Iadecola, A.; Joseph, B.; Simonelli, L.; Maugeri, L.; Fratini, M.; Martinelli, A.; Palenzona, A.; Putti, M.; Saini, N. L.

    2012-06-01

    The effect of Ru substitution on the local structure of layered SmFe1-xRuxAsO0.85F0.15 superconductor has been studied by As K- and Sm L3-edge x-ray-absorption spectroscopy. The extended x-ray-absorption fine-structure measurements reveal distinct Fe-As and Ru-As bond lengths in the Ru substituted samples with the latter being ˜0.03 Å longer. Local disorder induced by the Ru substitution is mainly confined to the FeAs layer while the SmO spacer layer sustains a relative order, consistent with the x-ray-absorption near-edge structure spectra. The results suggest that, in addition to the order/disorder in the active FeAs layer, its coupling to the rare-earth-oxygen spacer layer needs to be considered for describing the electronic properties of these layered superconductors.

  3. Reduced graphene oxide modified NiFe-calcinated layered double hydroxides for enhanced photocatalytic removal of methylene blue

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    Zhao, Guoqing; Li, Caifeng; Wu, Xia; Yu, Jingang; Jiang, Xinyu; Hu, Wenjihao; Jiao, Feipeng

    2018-03-01

    Calcined layered double hydroxides (CLDH) are one of the remarkable photocatalysts passionately studied for photodecolorization of organic dyes. NiFe-CLDH was successfully modified by reduced graphene oxide (RGO) through a facile in situ crystallization technique. The obtained RGO/NiFe-CLDH composites were fully characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The results analysis indicated that RGO sheets could work as base course to prompt the growth of LDH crystallites and NiFe-LDH lamellar crystal promiscuously distributed on the sheets with a strong interplay between each other. The photocatalytic performance of RGO/NiFe-CLDH composites toward decolorization of methylene blue tightly depended on the mass fraction of RGO and calcinated temperature. At the RGO weight loading of 1%, calcination temperature of 500 °C, the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of RGO/NiFe-CLDH composites reached 93.0% within 5.0 h. The enhanced activity of RGO/NiFe-CLDH composites may be due to the concerted catalysis effect between two constituents of as-prepared composites.

  4. An experimental study on the preparation of tochilinite-originated intercalation compounds comprised of Fe 1-xS host layers and various kinds of guest layers

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    Peng, Yiya; Xi, Guangcheng; Zhong, Chang; Wang, Linping; Lu, Jun; Sun, Ximeng; Zhu, Lu; Han, Qikun; Chen, Lin; Shi, Lei; Sun, Mei; Li, Qianrong; Yu, Min; Yin, Mingwen

    2009-08-01

    Tochilinite represents a mineral group of ordered mixed-layer structures containing alternating Fe 1-xS layers with mackinawite-like structure and metal hydroxide layers with Mg(OH) 2-like structure. In this article, we report the preparation of a series of tochilinite-originated (or Fe 1-xS-based) intercalation compounds (ICs). According to their preparation procedures, these ICs can be divided into four kinds. The first kind of IC was sodium tochilinite (Na-tochilinite), which was prepared by the hydrothermal reaction of metallic Fe particles with concentrated Na 2S·9H 2O aqueous solutions. The hydroxide layer of the Na-tochilinite was a mixed hydroxide of Na + ions along with a certain amount of Fe 2+ ions. When the hydroxide layer of the Na-tochilinite completely dissolved in aqueous solutions, a Fe-deficient mackinawite-like phase Fe 1-xS was obtained, which was probably an electron-deficient p-type conductor. The second kind of ICs was prepared by 'low-temperature direct intercalation in aqueous solutions, using Na-tochilinite as a parental precursor. When the Na-tochilinite was ultrasonicated in aqueous solutions containing Lewis basic complexing agents (like NH 3, N 2H 4, 2,2'-bipyridine (bipy), and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen)), the Na + ions of the Na-tochilinite were removed and the Lewis basic complexing agents entered the hydroxide layer of the Na-tochilinite and became coordinated with the Fe 2+ ions, and the second kind of ICs was thus produced. The second kind of ICs includes NH 3 IC, N 2H 4 IC, N 2H 4-NH 3 IC, [Fe(bipy) 3] 2+-containing IC and [Fe(phen) 3] 2+-containing IC. The third kind of ICs, which includes NH 3 IC, N 2H 4-NH 3 IC and N 2H 4-LiOH (NaOH) IC, was prepared by the hydrothermal reaction of metallic Fe particles with (NH 4) 2S aqueous solution, S (elemental) + N 2H 4·H 2O aqueous solution, and S + N 2H 4·H 2O + LiOH (NaOH) aqueous solution, respectively. The third kind of ICs has a close relationship with the second kind of ICs both

  5. Influence of face-centered-cubic texturing of Co2Fe6B2 pinned layer on tunneling magnetoresistance ratio decrease in Co2Fe6B2/MgO-based p-MTJ spin valves stacked with a [Co/Pd](n)-SyAF layer.

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    Takemura, Yasutaka; Lee, Du-Yeong; Lee, Seung-Eun; Chae, Kyo-Suk; Shim, Tae-Hun; Lian, Guoda; Kim, Moon; Park, Jea-Gun

    2015-05-15

    The TMR ratio of Co2Fe6B2/MgO-based p-MTJ spin valves stacked with a [Co/Pd]n-SyAF layer decreased rapidly when the ex situ magnetic annealing temperature (Tex) was increased from 275 to 325 °C, and this decrease was associated with degradation of the Co2Fe6B2 pinned layer rather than the Co2Fe6B2 free layer. At a Tex above 325 °C the amorphous Co2Fe6B2 pinned layer was transformed into a face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystalline layer textured from [Co/Pd]n-SyAF, abruptly reducing the Δ1 coherence tunneling of perpendicular-spin-torque electrons between the (100) MgO tunneling barrier and the fcc Co2Fe6B2 pinned layer.

  6. Control of Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of FePt Thin Films with TiN-MgO Intermediate Layer.

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    Dong, Kai-Feng; Jin, Fang; Mo, Wen-Qin; Song, Jun-Lei; Cheng, Wei-Ming

    2018-04-01

    The effects of TiN-MgO intermediate layer on the microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt-SiNx-C films were investigated. With doping MgO into TiN, three components were formed, including titanium dioxide, titanium nitride and titanium oxynitride. This caused the decrease of the surface energy and the increase of the interface energy, and further induced the promotion of island growth of FePt, thus the improvement of the isolation and the decrease of FePt grains. On the other hand, the decrease of surface energy and the forming of some titanium dioxide with doping MgO would accompany the deterioration of epitaxial growth and thus the deterioration of the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of FePt films in a certain degree. By optimizing the concentration of TiN and MgO, the FePt-SiNx-C films with small grain size of 5.86±1.03 nm and good perpendicular anisotropy would be obtained.

  7. Dependency of tunneling magneto-resistance on Fe insertion-layer thickness in Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2}/MgO-based magnetic tunneling junctions

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    Chae, Kyo-Suk [MRAM Center, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., San #16 Banwol-dong, Hwasung-City, Gyeonggi-Do 445-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jea-Gun, E-mail: parkjgL@hanyang.ac.kr [MRAM Center, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-21

    For Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2}/MgO-based perpendicular magnetic tunneling junctions spin valves with [Co/Pd]{sub n}-synthetic-antiferromagnetic (SyAF) layers, the tunneling-magneto-resistance (TMR) ratio strongly depends on the nanoscale Fe insertion-layer thickness (t{sub Fe}) between the Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2} pinned layer and MgO tunneling barrier. The TMR ratio rapidly increased as t{sub Fe} increased up to 0.4 nm by improving the crystalline linearity of a MgO tunneling barrier and by suppressing the diffusion of Pd atoms from a [Co/Pd]{sub n}-SyAF. However, it abruptly decreased by further increasing t{sub Fe} in transferring interfacial-perpendicular magnetic anisotropy into the IMA characteristic of the Co{sub 2}Fe{sub 6}B{sub 2} pinned layer. Thus, the TMR ratio peaked at t{sub Fe} = 0.4 nm: i.e., 120% at 29 Ωμm{sup 2}.

  8. Zn Thin Film Deposition for Fe Layer Shielding Use the Sputtering Technique on Cylindrical Form

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    Yunanto; Tjipto Sujitno, BA; Suprapto; Simbolon, Sahat

    2002-01-01

    Deposition of thin film on Fe substrate use sputtering technique on cylindrical form was carried out. The purpose of this research is to protect Fe due to the corrosion with Zn thin film. Sputtering method was proposed to protect a component of complex form. Substrate has functioned as anode, meanwhile target in cylindrical form as a cathode. Argon ion from anode bombard Zn with enough energy for releasing Zn. Zn atom would scatter and some of then was focused on the anode. For testing Zn atom on Fe by using XRF and corrosion rate with potentiostat. It was found that corrosion rate was decreased from 0.051 mpy to 0.031 mpy on 0.63 % of Fe substrate. (author)

  9. Assessment of Paint Layers by FE-SEM and EDS Examination

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    Harris, Donovan

    2004-01-01

    .... The approach was to remove free-film samples from each panel, fracture the films, and then examine at high magnification the cross sections using a field emission-scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM...

  10. Effects of interfacial transition layers on the electrical properties of individual Fe 30 Co 61 Cu 9 /Cu multilayer nanowires

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    Ma, Hongbin

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we accurately measure the electrical properties of individual Fe30Co61Cu9/Cu multilayered nanowires using nanomanipulators in in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal that interfacial transition layers are influential in determining their transport behaviors. We investigate the morphology, crystal structure and chemistry of the Fe30Co61Cu9/Cu multilayered nanowires to characterize them at the nanoscale. We also compare the transport properties of these multilayered nanowires to those of individual pure Cu nanowires and to those of alloy Fe30Co61Cu9 nanowires. The multilayered nanowires with a 50 nm diameter had a remarkable resistivity of approximately 5.41 × 10-7 Ω m and a failure current density of 1.54 × 1011 A m-2. Detailed analysis of the electrical data reveals that interfacial transition layers influence the electrical properties of multilayered nanowires and are likely to have a strong impact on the life of nanodevices. This work contributes to a basic understanding of the electrical parameters of individual magnetic multilayered nanowires for their application as functional building blocks and interconnecting leads in nanodevices and nanoelectronics, and also provides a clear physical picture of a single multilayered nanowire which explains its electrical resistance and its source of giant magnetoresistance. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016.

  11. Earth Abundant Fe/Mn-Based Layered Oxide Interconnected Nanowires for Advanced K-Ion Full Batteries.

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    Wang, Xuanpeng; Xu, Xiaoming; Niu, Chaojiang; Meng, Jiashen; Huang, Meng; Liu, Xiong; Liu, Ziang; Mai, Liqiang

    2017-01-11

    K-ion battery (KIB) is a new-type energy storage device that possesses potential advantages of low-cost and abundant resource of K precursor materials. However, the main challenge lies on the lack of stable materials to accommodate the intercalation of large-size K-ions. Here we designed and constructed a novel earth abundant Fe/Mn-based layered oxide interconnected nanowires as a cathode in KIBs for the first time, which exhibits both high capacity and good cycling stability. On the basis of advanced in situ X-ray diffraction analysis and electrochemical characterization, we confirm that interconnected K 0.7 Fe 0.5 Mn 0.5 O 2 nanowires can provide stable framework structure, fast K-ion diffusion channels, and three-dimensional electron transport network during the depotassiation/potassiation processes. As a result, a considerable initial discharge capacity of 178 mAh g -1 is achieved when measured for KIBs. Besides, K-ion full batteries based on interconnected K 0.7 Fe 0.5 Mn 0.5 O 2 nanowires/soft carbon are assembled, manifesting over 250 cycles with a capacity retention of ∼76%. This work may open up the investigation of high-performance K-ion intercalated earth abundant layered cathodes and will push the development of energy storage systems.

  12. Hard magnetic properties of rapidly annealed NdFeB thin films on Nb and V buffer layers

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    Jiang, H.; Evans, J.; O'Shea, M.J.; Du Jianhua

    2001-01-01

    NdFeB thin films of the form A (20 nm)/NdFeB(d nm)/A(20 nm), where d ranges from 54 to 540 nm and the buffer layer A is Nb or V were prepared on a Si(1 0 0) substrate by magnetron sputtering. The hard Nd 2 Fe 14 B phase is formed by a 30 s rapid anneal or a 20 min anneal. Average crystallite size ranged from 20 to 35 nm with the rapidly annealed samples having the smaller crystallite size. These samples also exhibited a larger coercivity and energy product than those treated by a 20 min vacuum anneal. A maximum coercivity of 26.3 kOe at room temperature was obtained for a Nb/NdFeB (180 nm)/Nb film after a rapid anneal at 725 deg. C. Initial magnetization curves indicate magnetization rotation rather than nucleation of reverse domains is important in the magnetization process. A Brown's equation analysis of the coercivity as a function of temperature allowed us to compare the rapidly annealed and 20 min annealed samples. This analysis suggests that rapid annealing gives higher quality crystalline grains than the 20 min annealed sample leading to the observed large coercivity in the rapidly annealed samples

  13. Fine structures in Fe3Al alloy layer of a new hot dip aluminized steel

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    films and were further etched by the electrolysis spray method. Afterwards, the phase ... the surface layer was lower (HV 130 ~ 250), the micro- hardness of the sub-surface layer was higher (HV. 490 ~ 860), and then it reduced gradually. There was micro roughness phenomenon on the sur- face of the Fe–Al alloy layer of the ...

  14. Spin-wave mode profiles versus surface/interface conditions in ferromagnetic Fe/Ni layered composites

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    Krawczyk, M; Levy, J C S; Mercier, D

    2003-01-01

    Spin-wave excitations in ferromagnetic layered composite (AB centre dot centre dot centre dot BA; A and B being different homogeneous ferromagnetic materials) are analysed theoretically, by means of the transfer matrix approach. The properties of multilayer spin-wave mode profiles are discussed in relation to multilayer characteristics, such as the filling fraction and the exchange or magnetization contrast; also, surface spin pinning conditions and dipolar interactions are taken into account. The interface conditions are satisfied by introducing an effective exchange field expressed by interface gradients of the exchange constant and the magnetization. This approach provides an easy way to find frequencies and amplitudes of standing spin waves in the multilayer. The developed theory is applied to interpretation of spin wave resonance (SWR) spectra obtained experimentally by Chambers et al in two systems: a bilayer Fe/Ni and a trilayer Ni/Fe/Ni, in perpendicular (to the multilayer surface) configuration of th...

  15. Activation of Al–Cu–Fe quasicrystalline surface: fabrication of a fine nanocomposite layer with high catalytic performance

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    Satoshi Kameoka

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A fine layered nanocomposite with a total thickness of about 200 nm was formed on the surface of an Al63Cu25Fe12 quasicrystal (QC. The nanocomposite was found to exhibit high catalytic performance for steam reforming of methanol. The nanocomposite was formed by a self-assembly process, by leaching the Al–Cu–Fe QC using a 5 wt% Na2CO3 aqueous solution followed by calcination in air at 873 K. The quasiperiodic nature of the QC played an important role in the formation of such a structure. Its high catalytic activity originated from the presence of highly dispersed copper and iron species, which also suppressed the sintering of nanoparticles.

  16. Oxygen-participated electrochemistry of new lithium-rich layered oxides Li3MRuO5 (M = Mn, Fe).

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    Laha, S; Natarajan, S; Gopalakrishnan, J; Morán, E; Sáez-Puche, R; Alario-Franco, M Á; Dos Santos-Garcia, A J; Pérez-Flores, J C; Kuhn, A; García-Alvarado, F

    2015-02-07

    We describe the synthesis, crystal structure and lithium deinsertion-insertion electrochemistry of two new lithium-rich layered oxides, Li3MRuO5 (M = Mn, Fe), related to rock salt based Li2MnO3 and LiCoO2. The Li3MnRuO5 oxide adopts a structure related to Li2MnO3 (C2/m) where Li and (Li0.2Mn0.4Ru0.4) layers alternate along the c-axis, while the Li3FeRuO5 oxide adopts a near-perfect LiCoO2 (R3[combining macron]m) structure where Li and (Li0.2Fe0.4Ru0.4) layers are stacked alternately. Magnetic measurements indicate for Li3MnRuO5 the presence of Mn(3+) and low spin configuration for Ru(4+) where the itinerant electrons occupy a π*-band. The onset of a net maximum in the χ vs. T plot at 9.5 K and the negative value of the Weiss constant (θ) of -31.4 K indicate the presence of antiferromagnetic superexchange interactions according to different pathways. Lithium electrochemistry shows a similar behaviour for both oxides and related to the typical behaviour of Li-rich layered oxides where participation of oxide ions in the electrochemical processes is usually found. A long first charge process with capacities of 240 mA h g(-1) (2.3 Li per f.u.) and 144 mA h g(-1) (1.38 Li per f.u.) is observed for Li3MnRuO5 and Li3FeRuO5, respectively. An initial sloping region (OCV to ca. 4.1 V) is followed by a long plateau (ca. 4.3 V). Further discharge-charge cycling points to partial reversibility (ca. 160 mA h g(-1) and 45 mA h g(-1) for Mn and Fe, respectively). Nevertheless, just after a few cycles, cell failure is observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterisation of both pristine and electrochemically oxidized Li3MRuO5 reveals that in the Li3MnRuO5 oxide, Mn(3+) and Ru(4+) are partially oxidized to Mn(4+) and Ru(5+) in the sloping region at low voltage, while in the long plateau, O(2-) is also oxidized. Oxygen release likely occurs which may be the cause for failure of cells upon cycling. Interestingly, some other Li-rich layered oxides have been reported to

  17. Oxygen vacancy formation and the ion migration mechanism in layered perovskite (Sr,La)3Fe2O(7-δ).

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    Kagomiya, Isao; Jimbo, Keigo; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi; Nakayama, Masanobu; Masson, Olivier

    2014-06-14

    Metal oxides are widely used in devices such as sensors, fuel cells, and oxygen permeation membranes. Understanding the oxide ion migration mechanism would provide fundamental insights into the relationships between the structure and properties such as ionic conductivity. The Ruddlesden-Popper perovskite (Sr,La)n+1(Fe,Co)nO3n+1 (n = 2) has characteristic oxygen permeation and ion conduction properties, resulting from the layered perovskite structure. To elucidate the ion migration mechanism in Sr2.46La0.54Fe2O7-δ (SLF) we used a combination of experimental techniques [X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and enthalpy investigations of the oxygen vacancy formation reaction] and computational techniques [the bond valence sum (BVS) approach and ab initio density functional theory (DFT)]. The structural analyses of SLF by XRPD and DFT agreed well. They showed that the oxygen vacancies in SLF are located at the O1 oxygen site, which is on the vertex shared by two FeO6 octahedra in the perovskite layer. Enthalpy of the oxygen vacancy formation changed at 830 °C. This is similar to the ionic conduction behavior reported for Sr3Fe2O7. The XRPD study indicates that the host structural framework did not change with temperature, while the oxygen/vacancy arrangement in SLF did change at 830 °C. The BVS and DFT studies suggested a change in the ion migration pathway, in which the ion migration through O1 sites becomes more important at temperatures higher than 830 °C.

  18. Effect of interleaved Si layer on the magnetotransport and semiconducting properties of n-Si/Fe Schottky junctions

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    Das, Sudhansu Sekhar; Kumar, M. Senthil

    2017-12-01

    Heterostructure films of the form n-Si/Si(tSi)/Fe(800 Å) were prepared by DC magnetron sputtering. In these films, the Si and Fe (800 Å) films were deposited onto n-Si(100) substrates. Substrates with different doping concentration ND were used. The thickness tSi of the interleaved Si layer is varied. For tSi = 0, the heterostructures form n-Si/Fe Schottky junctions. Structural studies on the samples as performed through XRD indicate the polycrystalline nature of the films. The magnetization data showed that the samples have in-plane easy axis of magnetization. The coercivity of the samples is of the order of 90 Oe. The I-V measurements on the samples showed nonlinear behavior. The diode ideality factor η = 2.6 is observed for the junction with ND = 1018 cm-3. The leakage current I0 increases with the increase of ND. Magnetic field has less effect on the electrical properties of the junctions. A positive magnetoresistance in the range 1 - 10 % was observed for the Si/Fe Schottky junctions in the presence of magnetic field of strength 2 T. The origin of the MR is analyzed using a model where the ratio of the currents across the junctions with and without the applied magnetic field, IH=2T/IH=0 is studied as a function of the bias voltage Vbias. The ratio IH=2T/IH=0 shows a decreasing trend with the Vbias, suggesting that the contribution to the MR in our n-Si/Fe Schottky junctions due to the spin dependent scattering is very less as compared to that due to the suppression of the impact ionization process.

  19. CEMS and XRD studies on changing shape of iron nano-particles by irradiation of Au ions of Fe-implanted Al2O3 granular layer

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    Kato, T.; Wakabayashi, H.; Hashimoto, M.; Toriyama, T.; Taniguchi, S.; Hayashi, N.; Sakamoto, I.

    2007-01-01

    In order to observe an inverse Ostwald ripening of Fe nano-particles in Fe-implanted Al 2 O 3 granular layers, 3 MeV Au ions were irradiated to Fe nano-particles in these layers with doses of 0.5x and 1.5x10 16 ions/cm 2 . It was found by Conversion Electron Mossbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) that the inverse Ostwald ripening occurred by fractions of percentages and the magnetic anisotropy of Fe nano-particles was induced to the direction of Au ion beam, i.e. perpendicular to the granular plane. The average crystallite diameters of Fe nano-particles for Au ions unirradiated and irradiated samples were measured using Scherrer's formula from FWHM of Fe (110) X-ray Diffraction (XRD) patterns obtained by 2θ and 2θ/θ methods. It was confirmed that the average crystallite diameters of Fe nano-particles in Fe-implanted Al 2 O 3 granular layers were extended by Au ions irradiation. (author)

  20. Laser MBE-grown CoFeB epitaxial layers on MgO: Surface morphology, crystal structure, and magnetic properties

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    Kaveev, Andrey K.; Bursian, Viktor E.; Krichevtsov, Boris B.; Mashkov, Konstantin V.; Suturin, Sergey M.; Volkov, Mikhail P.; Tabuchi, Masao; Sokolov, Nikolai S.

    2018-01-01

    Epitaxial layers of CoFeB were grown on MgO by means of laser molecular beam epitaxy using C o40F e40B20 target. The growth was combined with in situ structural characterization by three-dimensional reciprocal space mapping obtained from reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED) data. High-temperature single stage growth regime was adopted to fabricate CoFeB layers. As confirmed by the atomic force microscopy, the surface of CoFeB layers consists of closely spaced nanometer sized islands with dimensions dependent on the growth temperature. As shown by RHEED and XRD analysis, the CoFeB layers grown at high-temperature on MgO(001) possess body centered cubic (bcc) crystal structure with the lattice constant a =2.87 Å close to that of the C o75F e25 alloy. It was further shown that following the same high-temperature growth technique the MgO/CoFeB/MgO(001) heterostructures can be fabricated with top and bottom MgO layers of the same crystallographic orientation. The CoFeB layers were also grown on the GaN(0001) substrates using MgO(111) as a buffer layer. In this case, the CoFeB layers crystallize in bcc crystal structure with the (111) axis perpendicular to the substrate surface. The magnetic properties of the CoFeB/MgO (001) heterostructures have been investigated by measuring magnetization curves with a vibrating sample magnetometer as well as by performing magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) studies. FMR spectra were obtained for the variety of the magnetic field directions and typically consisted of a single relatively narrow resonance line. The magnetization orientations and the resonance conditions were calculated in the framework of a standard magnetic energy minimization procedure involving a single K1 c cubic term for the magnetocrystalline anisotropy. This allows a fairly accurate description of the angular dependences of the resonance fields—both in-plane and out-of-plane. It was shown that CoFeB layers exhibit

  1. Uniaxial anisotropy of two-magnon scattering in an ultrathin epitaxial Fe layer on GaAs

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    Kurebayashi, H.; Skinner, T. D.; Khazen, K.; Olejník, K.; Fang, D.; Ciccarelli, C.; Campion, R. P.; Gallagher, B. L.; Fleet, L.; Hirohata, A.; Ferguson, A. J.

    2013-02-01

    We report an on-chip, electrically detected ferromagnetic resonance study on microbars made from GaAs/Fe(1 nm)/GaAs layers. Our experiments, performed at several different microwave frequencies and static magnetic field directions, enable us to observe a strong in-plane uniaxial anisotropy of the linewidth. We attribute the linewidth anisotropy to the two magnon scattering process, supporting this by calculations of possible linewidth broadening mechanisms. Our findings are useful for designing future high-performance spintronic devices based on nanoscale magnetic structures.

  2. Soft x-ray photoemission spectroscopy of the Ba atomic layer deposition on the ceramic multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Benemanskaya, G.V., E-mail: galina.benemanskaya@mail.ioffe.ru [Ioffe Institute, Politekhnicheskaya str. 26, St. Petersburg, 194021 (Russian Federation); Dementev, P.A.; Lapushkin, M.N. [Ioffe Institute, Politekhnicheskaya str. 26, St. Petersburg, 194021 (Russian Federation); Timoshnev, S.N. [St Petersburg Academic University, Khlopina str.8/3, St. Petersburg, 194021 (Russian Federation); Senkovskiy, B. [Helmholts-Zentrum Berlin, Elektronenspeicherring BESSY II, Albert-Einstein-Strasse 15, D-12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2017-04-01

    Highlights: • Ba/BiFeO{sub 3} interface was studied by X-ray synchrotron- photoemission spectroscopy. • Ba adsorption is found to modify the Bi 4f, O 1s and Fe 2p core level spectra. • Ba induced charge transfer causes increasing in Bi-valency and O-ionicity. • Ba adsorption results in increasing the amount of Fe{sup 2+} ions in the surface region. - Abstract: Electronic structure of the ceramic multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} and the Ba/BiFeO{sub 3} nanointerface is investigated in situ in an ultrahigh vacuum by synchrotron-based photoemission spectroscopy with the excited photon energy from 120 eV to 900 eV. The Bi 4f, O 1s, Fe 2p, and Ba 5p core-levels spectra are studied. The Ba atomic layer deposition is found to induce a significant change in spectra that is originated from the charge transfer between Ba adatoms and Bi, O surface atoms with increasing the Bi-valency and O-ionicity. The Fe 2p{sub 3/2} core level spectrum for the clean BiFeO{sub 3} is shown to contain both the Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ion components with the atomic ratio of Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} ∼1. The Ba adsorption is found to increase the ratio up to ∼1.5. This new effect is clearly caused by recharge between Fe{sup 3+} ↔ Fe{sup 2+} ions with increasing the amount of Fe{sup 2+} ions.

  3. Novel Solution Process for Fabricating Ultra-Thin-Film Absorber Layers in Fe2SiS4 and Fe2GeS4 Photovoltaics

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    Orefuwa, Samuel A.; Lai, Cheng-Yu; Dobson, Kevin D.; Ni, Chaoying; Radu, Daniela R.

    2014-05-12

    Fe2SiS4 and Fe2GeS4 crystalline materials posses direct bandgaps of ~1.55 and ~1.4 eV respectively and an absorption coefficient larger than 10^5 cm–1; their theoretical potential as solar photovoltaic absorbers has been demonstrated. However, no solar devices that employ either Fe2SiS4 or Fe2GeS4 have been reported to date. In the presented work, nanoprecursors to Fe2SiS4 and Fe2GeS4 have been fabricated and employed to build ultra-thin-film layers via spray coating and rod coating methods. Temperature-dependent X-Ray diffraction analyses of nanoprecursors coatings show an unprecedented low temperature for forming crystalline Fe2SiS4 and Fe2GeS4. Fabricating of ultra-thin-film photovoltaic devices utilizing Fe2SiS4 and Fe2GeS4 as solar absorber material is presented.

  4. Damping constant in a free layer in nanoscale CoFeB/MgO magnetic tunnel junctions investigated by homodyne-detected ferromagnetic resonance

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    Shinozaki, Motoya; Hirayama, Eriko; Kanai, Shun; Sato, Hideo; Matsukura, Fumihiro; Ohno, Hideo

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the damping constant of a free layer with a perpendicular magnetic easy axis in nanoscale CoFeB/MgO magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) with a reference layer with an in-plane easy direction. The built-in noncollinear magnetization configuration in the MTJs allows us to measure homodyne-detected ferromagnetic resonance without tilting the magnetization direction of the free layer from the device normal. The damping constants determined from the spectral linewidths after the subtraction of the inhomogeneous broadening are nearly independent of the device diameter ranging from 70 to 100 nm, and take values similar to those reported for blanket CoFeB films.

  5. Spin-wave mode profiles versus surface/interface conditions in ferromagnetic Fe/Ni layered composites

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    Krawczyk, M; Puszkarski, H; Levy, J-C S; Mercier, D

    2003-01-01

    Spin-wave excitations in ferromagnetic layered composite (AB · · · BA; A and B being different homogeneous ferromagnetic materials) are analysed theoretically, by means of the transfer matrix approach. The properties of multilayer spin-wave mode profiles are discussed in relation to multilayer characteristics, such as the filling fraction and the exchange or magnetization contrast; also, surface spin pinning conditions and dipolar interactions are taken into account. The interface conditions are satisfied by introducing an effective exchange field expressed by interface gradients of the exchange constant and the magnetization. This approach provides an easy way to find frequencies and amplitudes of standing spin waves in the multilayer. The developed theory is applied to interpretation of spin wave resonance (SWR) spectra obtained experimentally by Chambers et al in two systems: a bilayer Fe/Ni and a trilayer Ni/Fe/Ni, in perpendicular (to the multilayer surface) configuration of the applied magnetic field. By fitting the SWR spectra obtained experimentally and those found numerically, the surface anisotropies are estimated on multilayer surfaces; then, the observed resonance lines are identified as associated with bulk, surface or interface modes. The theory can be extended to a general case of any multi-component layered system

  6. Annealing temperature dependence of magnetic properties of CoFeB/MgO stacks on different buffer layers

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    Watanabe, Kyota; Fukami, Shunsuke; Sato, Hideo; Ikeda, Shoji; Matsukura, Fumihiro; Ohno, Hideo

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the annealing temperature dependence of the magnetic properties of CoFeB/MgO stacks with different buffer materials (Mo, Ta, and W). For Mo and W, bcc-crystalline and amorphous-like films are prepared by changing the deposition conditions. A relatively small saturation magnetization is maintained after annealing up to 400 °C for the samples with bcc-W, bcc-Mo, and amorphous-like Mo buffers. A small variation in magnetic dead layer thickness with annealing is observed for the samples with bcc-crystalline buffer layers. The interfacial anisotropy is found to mainly depend on the element of the buffer layer used regardless of its crystalline structure, and is larger for the samples with W and Mo buffers than those with Ta buffer. The sample with bcc-Mo buffer shows the highest robustness against annealing among the studied systems. We give a systematic picture based on the thermochemistry that can reasonably explain the observed buffer layer dependence of the variations in magnetic properties with annealing.

  7. Difference between Cr and Ni K-edge XANES spectra of rust layers formed on Fe-based binary alloys exposed to Cl-rich environment

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    Konishi, Hiroyuki; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro; Yamashita, Masato; Uchida, Hitoshi

    2005-01-01

    The rust layer formed on weathering steel possesses a strong protective ability against corrosives in an atmospheres. This ability is related to the structure of the rust layer. The difference in the protective ability of a rust layer. The difference in the protective ability of a rust layer in a Cl-rich environment between conventional weathering steel containing Cr and advanced weathering steel containing Ni is believed to be caused by the differences in local structural and chemical properties between alloying elements. Cr and Ni, in the rust layer. In order to examine the effect of these alloying elements on the structure of the rust layer formed on steel in a Cl-rich environment, we have performed Cr and Ni K-edge X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) measurements for the rust layer of Fe-Cr and Fe-Ni binary alloys exposed to a Cl-rich atmosphere using synchrotron radiation. The results of the Cr K-edge XANES measurements for the rust layer of Fe-Cr binary alloys show that the atomic geometry around Cr depends on the concentration of Cr. Therefore, it is expected that the local structure around Cr in the rust layer is unstable. On the other hand, from the results of the Ni K-edge XANES measurements for the rust layer of Fe-Ni binary alloys. Ni is considered to be positioned at a specific site in the crystal structure of a constituent of the rust layer, such as akaganeite or magnetite. As a consequence, Ni negligibly interacts with Cl - ions in the rust layer. (author)

  8. Giant negative thermal expansion in Fe-doped layered ruthenate ceramics

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    Takenaka, Koshi; Shinoda, Tsubasa; Inoue, Naruhiro; Okamoto, Yoshihiko; Katayama, Naoyuki; Sakai, Yuki; Nishikubo, Takumi; Azuma, Masaki

    2017-11-01

    The effects of iron doping on the giant negative thermal expansion (NTE) of Ca2RuO4- y ceramics are investigated. Fe-doped ruthenate ceramics exhibit a large NTE even though the crystallographic unit-cell volume shows no NTE. The anisotropic thermal strain of crystal grains consumes open spaces in the sintered body and causes giant bulk volume contraction on heating. This giant NTE is reproducible against repeated thermal cycling, indicating a tough microstructure. The thermal expansion of epoxy resin is fully suppressed below 400 K by the 56 vol % loading of the Fe-doped ruthenate ceramic powder, demonstrating tough microstructures and the capability of thermal expansion compensation of the ruthenate sintered body.

  9. A comprehensive study of magnetic exchanges in the layered oxychalcogenides Sr 3 Fe 2 O 5 Cu 2 Q 2 ( Q = S, Se)

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    Lü, Minfeng; Mentré, Olivier; Gordon, Elijah E.; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan; Wattiaux, Alain; Duttine, Mathieu; Tiercelin, Nicolas; Kabbour, Houria

    2017-12-01

    The layered oxysulfide Sr3Fe2O5Cu2S2 was prepared, and its crystal structure and magnetic properties were characterized by synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD), powder neutron diffraction (PND), Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements and by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In addition, the spin exchange interactions leading to the ordered magnetic structure of Sr3Fe2O5Cu2S2 were compared with those of its selenium analogue Sr3Fe2O5Cu2Se2. The oxysulfide Sr3Fe2O5Cu2S2 adopts a G-type antiferromagnetic (AFM) structure at a temperature in the range 485–512 K, which is comparable with the three-dimensional (3D) AFM ordering temperature, TN ≈ 490 K, found for Sr3Fe2O5Cu2Se2. Consistent with this observation, the spin exchange interactions of the magnetic (Sr3Fe2O5)2+ layers are slightly greater (but comparable) for oxysulfide than for the oxyselenide. Attempts to reduce or oxidize Sr3Fe2O5Cu2S2 using topochemical routes yield metallic Fe.

  10. Magnetic Properties and Microstructure of FeOx/Fe/FePt and FeOx/FePt Films

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The Fe(6 nm/FePt film with perpendicular magnetization was deposited on the glass substrate. To study the oxygen diffusion effect on the coupling of Fe/FePt bilayer, the plasma oxidation with 0.5~7% oxygen flow ratio was performed during sputtered part of Fe layer and formed the FeOx(3 nm/Fe(3 nm/FePt trilayer. Two-step magnetic hysteresis loops were found in trilayer with oxygen flow ratio above 1%. The magnetization in FeOx and Fe/FePt layers was decoupled. The moments in FeOx layer were first reversed and followed by coupled Fe/FePt bilayer. The trilayer was annealed again at 500°C and 800°C for 3 minutes. When the FeOx(3 nm/Fe(3 nm/FePt trilayer was annealed at 500°C, the layers structure was changed to FeOx(6 nm/FePt bilayer due to oxygen diffusion. The hard-magnetic FeOx(6 nm/FePt film was coupled with single switching field. The FeOx/(disordered FePt layer structure was observed with further annealing at 800°C and presented soft-magnetic loop. In summary, the coupling between soft-magnetic Fe, FeOx layer, and hard-magnetic L10 FePt layer can be controlled by the oxygen diffusion behavior, and the oxidation of Fe layer was tuned by the annealing temperature. The ordered L10 FePt layer was deteriorated by oxygen and became disordered FePt when the annealed temperature was up to 800°C.

  11. Effect of TiN-ZrO{sub 2} intermediate layer on the microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt and FePt-SiO{sub 2}-C thin films

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    Dong, K.F., E-mail: dongkf1981@163.com; Mo, W.Q.; Jin, F.; Song, J.L.

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • The TiN-ZrO{sub 2} consisted of solid solution of Ti(Zr)ON segregated by amorphous ZrO{sub 2}. • With doping ZrO{sub 2} into TiN layer, grain size of FePt films significantly decreased. • By introducing TiN-ZrO{sub 2}/TiN combined layer, the magnetic properties were improved. - Abstract: The microstructures and magnetic properties of FePt based thin films grown on TiN-ZrO{sub 2} and TiN-ZrO{sub 2}/TiN intermediate layers were systematically investigated. The TiN-ZrO{sub 2} intermediate layer was granular consisting of grains of solid solution of Ti(Zr)ON segregated by amorphous ZrO{sub 2}. It was found with doping ZrO{sub 2} into TiN intermediate layer, grain size of FePt-SiO{sub 2}-C films significantly decreased. Simultaneously, the isolation was obviously improved and grain size distribution became more uniform. However, the magnetic properties of the FePt-SiO{sub 2}-C films grown on TiN-ZrO{sub 2} intermediate layers were slowly deteriorated, which was due to the disturbance of the epitaxial growth of FePt by amorphous ZrO{sub 2} in TiN-ZrO{sub 2} intermediate layer. In order to improve the TiN-ZrO{sub 2} (0 0 2) texture and the crystallinity of TiN-ZrO{sub 2}, TiN-ZrO{sub 2}/TiN combined intermediate layer was introduced. And the magnetic properties were improved, simultaneously, achieving the benefit of grain size reduction. For the FePt 4 nm-SiO{sub 2} 40 vol%-C 20 vol% film grown on TiN/TiN-ZrO{sub 2} 30 vol% combined intermediate layer, well isolated FePt (0 0 1) granular films with coercivity higher than 17.6 kOe and an average size as small as 6.5 nm were achieved.

  12. Synthesis, structure and properties of layered iron-oxychalcogenides Nd2Fe2Se2−xSxO3

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    Liu, Y.; Zhang, S.B.; Tan, S.G.; Yuan, B.; Kan, X.C.; Zu, L.; Sun, Y.P.

    2015-01-01

    A new series of sulfur-substituted iron-oxychalcogenides Nd 2 Fe 2 Se 2−x S x O 3 (0≤x≤0.4) was synthesized by solid state reaction method, and investigated by structure, transport, magnetic and specific heat measurements. The compounds crystallize in the layered tetragonal structure with I4/mmm space group, and show semiconducting behavior. The large discrepancy between the activation energies for conductivity, E ρ (152–202 meV), and thermopower, E S (15.6–39.8 meV), indicates the polaronic transport mechanism of the carrier. The parent compound Nd 2 Fe 2 Se 2 O 3 exhibits a frustrated antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state, and the S-substitution induces an enhanced ferromagnetic (FM) component and possible increased degree of frustration. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Nd 2 Nd 2 Fe 2 Se 2−x S x O 3 is built up by stacking fluorite-like Nd 2 O 2 layers and anti-CuO 2 -type Fe 2 O(Se/S) 2 layers with Fe 2+ cations coordinated by two in-plane O 2- and four Se 2- above and below the square Fe 2 O plane. - Highlights: • We have synthesized a new series of layered iron-oxychalcogenides Nd 2 Fe 2 Se 2−x S x O 3 . • They crystallize in layered tetragonal structure and show semiconducting behavior. • The transport analysis indicates the polaronic transport mechanism of the carrier. • The parent compound shows a frustrated antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state. • The S-substitution induces an enhanced ferromagnetic (FM) component

  13. Magnetic anisotropy of epitaxial Fe layers grown on Si(0 0 1)

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    Bertoncini, P.; Wetzel, P.; Berling, D.; Mehdaoui, A.; Loegel, B.; Gewinner, G.; Poinsot, R.; Pierron-Bohnes, V.

    2001-01-01

    The magnetic properties of epitaxial iron films up to 80 monolayers (ML) thickness grown on Si(0 0 1) by using a template technique were investigated by means of superconducting quantum interference device and magneto-optic Kerr effect techniques. The thinnest films investigated (∼3 ML) exhibit a composition close to Fe 3 Si with a Curie temperature below room temperature (RT) and strong out-of-plane remanent magnetization that reflects the presence of a dominant second order surface anisotropy term. Thicker films (≥4 ML) are ferromagnetic at RT with remanent magnetization in film-plane and a composition closer to pure Fe with typically 8-10% silicon content. When deposited at normal incidence such films show simple in-plane fourfold anisotropy without uniaxial contribution. The relevant fourth-order effective anisotropy constant K 4 eff was measured versus film thickness and found to change its sign near 18 ML. The origin of this remarkable behavior is investigated by means of a Neel model and mainly traced back to fourth-order surface anisotropy and magneto-elastic effects related to the large biaxial in-plane compressive strain up to 3.5% in the thinnest (≤25 ML) films

  14. Ultrathin Porous NiFeV Ternary Layer Hydroxide Nanosheets as a Highly Efficient Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Overall Water Splitting.

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    Dinh, Khang Ngoc; Zheng, Penglun; Dai, Zhengfei; Zhang, Yu; Dangol, Raksha; Zheng, Yun; Li, Bing; Zong, Yun; Yan, Qingyu

    2018-02-01

    Herein, the hydrothermal synthesis of porous ultrathin ternary NiFeV layer double hydroxides (LDHs) nanosheets grown on Nickel foam (NF) substrate as a highly efficient electrode toward overall water splitting in alkaline media is reported. The lateral size of the nanosheets is about a few hundreds of nanometers with the thickness of ≈10 nm. Among all molar ratios investigated, the Ni 0.75 Fe 0.125 V 0.125 -LDHs/NF electrode depicts the optimized performance. It displays an excellent catalytic activity with a modest overpotential of 231 mV for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and 125 mV for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in 1.0 m KOH electrolyte. Its exceptional activity is further shown in its small Tafel slope of 39.4 and 62.0 mV dec -1 for OER and HER, respectively. More importantly, remarkable durability and stability are also observed. When used for overall water splitting, the Ni 0.75 Fe 0.125 V 0.125 -LDHs/NF electrodes require a voltage of only 1.591 V to reach 10 mA cm -2 in alkaline solution. These outstanding performances are mainly attributed to the synergistic effect of the ternary metal system that boosts the intrinsic catalytic activity and active surface area. This work explores a promising way to achieve the optimal inexpensive Ni-based hydroxide electrocatalyst for overall water splitting. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Electronic evidence of an insulator-superconductor crossover in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films.

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    He, Junfeng; Liu, Xu; Zhang, Wenhao; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Defa; He, Shaolong; Mou, Daixiang; Li, Fangsen; Tang, Chenjia; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Yan; Chen, Chaoyu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun; Zhou, X J

    2014-12-30

    In high-temperature cuprate superconductors, it is now generally agreed that superconductivity is realized by doping an antiferromagnetic Mott (charge transfer) insulator. The doping-induced insulator-to-superconductor transition has been widely observed in cuprates, which provides important information for understanding the superconductivity mechanism. In the iron-based superconductors, however, the parent compound is mostly antiferromagnetic bad metal, raising a debate on whether an appropriate starting point should go with an itinerant picture or a localized picture. No evidence of doping-induced insulator-superconductor transition (or crossover) has been reported in the iron-based compounds so far. Here, we report an electronic evidence of an insulator-superconductor crossover observed in the single-layer FeSe film grown on a SrTiO3 substrate. By taking angle-resolved photoemission measurements on the electronic structure and energy gap, we have identified a clear evolution of an insulator to a superconductor with increasing carrier concentration. In particular, the insulator-superconductor crossover in FeSe/SrTiO3 film exhibits similar behaviors to that observed in the cuprate superconductors. Our results suggest that the observed insulator-superconductor crossover may be associated with the two-dimensionality that enhances electron localization or correlation. The reduced dimensionality and the interfacial effect provide a new pathway in searching for new phenomena and novel superconductors with a high transition temperature.

  16. Electronic evidence of an insulator–superconductor crossover in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 films

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    He, Junfeng; Liu, Xu; Zhang, Wenhao; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Defa; He, Shaolong; Mou, Daixiang; Li, Fangsen; Tang, Chenjia; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Yan; Chen, Chaoyu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun; Zhou, X. J.

    2014-01-01

    In high-temperature cuprate superconductors, it is now generally agreed that superconductivity is realized by doping an antiferromagnetic Mott (charge transfer) insulator. The doping-induced insulator-to-superconductor transition has been widely observed in cuprates, which provides important information for understanding the superconductivity mechanism. In the iron-based superconductors, however, the parent compound is mostly antiferromagnetic bad metal, raising a debate on whether an appropriate starting point should go with an itinerant picture or a localized picture. No evidence of doping-induced insulator–superconductor transition (or crossover) has been reported in the iron-based compounds so far. Here, we report an electronic evidence of an insulator–superconductor crossover observed in the single-layer FeSe film grown on a SrTiO3 substrate. By taking angle-resolved photoemission measurements on the electronic structure and energy gap, we have identified a clear evolution of an insulator to a superconductor with increasing carrier concentration. In particular, the insulator–superconductor crossover in FeSe/SrTiO3 film exhibits similar behaviors to that observed in the cuprate superconductors. Our results suggest that the observed insulator–superconductor crossover may be associated with the two-dimensionality that enhances electron localization or correlation. The reduced dimensionality and the interfacial effect provide a new pathway in searching for new phenomena and novel superconductors with a high transition temperature. PMID:25502774

  17. Tuning the magnetic properties of stripe domain structured CoFeB films using stack structure with spacer layer thickness dependent interlayer coupling

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    Das, Camelia; Alagarsamy, Perumal

    2018-02-01

    We report a novel approach for tuning the magnetic properties of stripe domain structured amorphous Co40Fe40B20 (CoFeB) films by using stack structured [CoFeB (100 nm)/Ta (z = 0-1.5 nm)]n= 0-4/CoFeB (100 nm) films with spacer layer thickness dependent interlayer coupling. All the as-deposited films deposited directly on thermally oxidized Si substrate at ambient temperature exhibit amorphous structure. Single-layer CoFeB (x = 100-300 nm) films display transcritical loops with high coercivity (HC > 4 kA/m) and large applied field required for magnetization saturation (HS > 40 kA/m) due to the formation of magnetic stripe domains induced by the stress quenched in during the preparation of the films at a high deposition rate to form amorphous structure. With increasing n, the number of CoFeB layers in stack structure increases providing an enhanced interlayer coupling and a better flux closure, which leads to a substantial drop in HC (∼1.8 kA/m) and changes the loop shape away from transcritical into soft magnetic type with reduced HS (∼10 kA/m) and increased remanence ratio (>75%). However, the improvement in magnetic properties strongly depends on the values of n and z. Temperature dependent M-H loops reveal a competition between interlayer coupling and interfacial strain, which provides unusual variation of HC(T), i.e., minimum in HC(T) vs T curve, depending on z and n. The observed results are explained on the basis of stress dependent stripe domains in single layer films and number of CoFeB layers and spacer layer thickness dependent interlayer coupling in stack structured films. It is revealed that the fabrication of stack of thick CoFeB films having stripe domains and separated by optimum z is an alternative approach to improve the magnetic properties of thick CoFeB films.

  18. Uniform Fe3O4 coating on flower-like ZnO nanostructures by atomic layer deposition for electromagnetic wave absorption.

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    Wan, Gengping; Wang, Guizhen; Huang, Xianqin; Zhao, Haonan; Li, Xinyue; Wang, Kan; Yu, Lei; Peng, Xiange; Qin, Yong

    2015-11-21

    An elegant atomic layer deposition (ALD) method has been employed for controllable preparation of a uniform Fe3O4-coated ZnO (ZnO@Fe3O4) core-shell flower-like nanostructure. The Fe3O4 coating thickness of the ZnO@Fe3O4 nanostructure can be tuned by varying the cycle number of ALD Fe2O3. When serving as additives for microwave absorption, the ZnO@Fe3O4-paraffin composites exhibit a higher absorption capacity than the ZnO-paraffin composites. For ZnO@500-Fe3O4, the effective absorption bandwidth below -10 dB can reach 5.2 GHz and the RL values below -20 dB also cover a wide frequency range of 11.6-14.2 GHz when the coating thickness is 2.3 mm, suggesting its potential application in the treatment of the electromagnetic pollution problem. On the basis of experimental observations, a mechanism has been proposed to understand the enhanced microwave absorption properties of the ZnO@Fe3O4 composites.

  19. The Numerical and Experimental Investigation of the Multi-layer Laser-MIG Hybrid Welding for Fe36Ni Invar Alloy

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    Zhan, Xiaohong; Liu, Yun; Ou, Wenmin; Gu, Cheng; Wei, Yanhong

    2015-12-01

    Numerical and experimental investigations of multi-layer laser-MIG hybrid welding for Fe36Ni Invar alloy were presented in this paper. The multi-layer laser-MIG hybrid welding experiments with different parameters were conducted for the 19.5-mm-thick Invar plates. A finite element (FE) model was established to predict the temperature field, residual stress, and deformation distribution during and after welding. A plane-conical combined heat source model was used to simulate the laser-MIG hybrid welding process. Different numbers of welding layers were chosen to study the effect of welding layer on the temperature field, residual stress, and deformation distribution. It was found that the maximum residual stress of Invar plates after laser-MIG hybrid welding is 300 MPa and maximum deformation is 0.4 mm, so that laser-MIG hybrid welding can be used in actual manufacture of Invar moulds.

  20. Origin of rhythmic anorthositic-pyroxenitic layering in the Damiao anorthosite complex, China: Implications for late-stage fractional crystallization and genesis of Fe-Ti oxide ores

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    Li, Li-Xing; Li, Hou-Min; Li, Yong-Zhan; Yao, Tong; Yang, Xiu-Qing; Chen, Jing

    2015-12-01

    The ∼1.7 Ga Damiao anorthosite complex (DAC) in the North China Craton contains abundant Ti-magnetite-dominated ore deposits. Both the Fe-Ti-P-rich silicate rocks and massive Fe-Ti-(P) ores occur as discordant late-stage dikes cross-cutting early-stage anorthosites with irregular but sharp boundaries. Field and petrographic observations indicate that some late-stage dikes are composed of unique oxide-apatite gabbronorites (OAGNs), whereas others comprise well-developed alternating late-stage anorthosites and Fe-Ti-P-rich pyroxenites defining rhythmic layers. Massive Fe-Ti-(P) ores are closely related to the Fe-Ti-P-rich pyroxenites. Plagioclase and whole-rock compositions of different rock types were analyzed to constrain the late-stage magma evolution and genesis of the Fe-Ti oxide ores. The similar mineralogical assemblages, REE and HFSE patterns suggest that the different rock types formed by differentiation from a common parental magma. Early-stage anorthosites are characterized by positive Eu anomalies and low REE contents, whereas the late-stage dike-like rocks display no significant Eu anomalies and high REE contents. Plagioclase compositions in the late-stage rocks show a decrease of An contents when compared to that of the early-stage rocks. Based on field relations, petrography and well-defined linear compositional trends, the sequence of crystallization is inferred as: early-stage anorthosites + leuconorites + norites, OAGNs, late-stage anorthosites + Fe-Ti-P-rich pyroxenites + massive Fe-Ti-(P) ores, and massive Fe-Ti-(P) ores. The OAGNs which underwent relatively rapid crystallization represent an early phase during the residual magma evolution after anorthosite separation, whereas the rhythmic layers formed by slow but extensive fractional crystallization of interstitial melt. High solubility of phosphorous played an important role in the formation of rhythmic layering. Massive Fe-Ti-(P) ores crystallized and segregated directly from the magma of Fe

  1. Phase diagram and electronic indication of high-temperature superconductivity at 65 K in single-layer FeSe films.

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    He, Shaolong; He, Junfeng; Zhang, Wenhao; Zhao, Lin; Liu, Defa; Liu, Xu; Mou, Daixiang; Ou, Yun-Bo; Wang, Qing-Yan; Li, Zhi; Wang, Lili; Peng, Yingying; Liu, Yan; Chen, Chaoyu; Yu, Li; Liu, Guodong; Dong, Xiaoli; Zhang, Jun; Chen, Chuangtian; Xu, Zuyan; Chen, Xi; Ma, Xucun; Xue, Qikun; Zhou, X J

    2013-07-01

    The recent discovery of possible high-temperature superconductivity in single-layer FeSe films has generated significant experimental and theoretical interest. In both the cuprate and the iron-based high-temperature superconductors, superconductivity is induced by doping charge carriers into the parent compound to suppress the antiferromagnetic state. It is therefore important to establish whether the superconductivity observed in the single-layer sheets of FeSe--the essential building blocks of the Fe-based superconductors--is realized by undergoing a similar transition. Here we report the phase diagram for an FeSe monolayer grown on a SrTiO3 substrate, by tuning the charge carrier concentration over a wide range through an extensive annealing procedure. We identify two distinct phases that compete during the annealing process: the electronic structure of the phase at low doping (N phase) bears a clear resemblance to the antiferromagnetic parent compound of the Fe-based superconductors, whereas the superconducting phase (S phase) emerges with the increase in doping and the suppression of the N phase. By optimizing the carrier concentration, we observe strong indications of superconductivity with a transition temperature of 65±5 K. The wide tunability of the system across different phases makes the FeSe monolayer ideal for investigating not only the physics of superconductivity, but also for studying novel quantum phenomena more generally.

  2. Influence of the buffer-layer on the tunnel barrier quality in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB magnetic tunnel junctions on the tunnel magneto resistance (TMR)

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    Zbarsky, Vladyslav; Walter, Marvin; Eilers, Gerrit; Leutenantsmeyer, Johannes Christian; Muenzenberg, Markus [I. Physikalisches Institut, Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, 37077 Goettingen (Germany); Peretzki, Patrick; Seibt, Michael [IV. Physikalisches Institut, Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, 37077 Goettingen (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    The optimization of MTJs is necessary for increasing of TMR and therefore is very important for the production of MRAM devices. The quality of the tunnel barrier of our CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB MTJs is essential for getting high TMR. For this reason we investigate the influence of roughness of the MgO layer on the TMR. Another important parameter which we could optimize is the choice and preparation of the buffer-layer. For example we compared two sorts of Ta buffer-layers: prepared via magnetron sputtering and via e-beam evaporation. Already by optimizing these two parameters we increase the TMR from 80% to above 200%. In addition we show the investigations of the influence of the annealing temperatures and annealing duration on the TMR. Fast annealing time prevents diffusion, however for short annealing time no full crystallization is observed.

  3. 57Fe-Mössbauer spectroscopy and electrochemical activities of graphitic layer encapsulated iron electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction

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    Zhong, Lijie; Frandsen, Cathrine; Mørup, Steen

    2018-01-01

    Graphitic layer encapsulated iron based nanoparticles (G@FeNPs) have recently been disclosed as an interesting type of highly active electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). However, the complex composition of the metal-containing components and their contributions in catalysis r...

  4. Effect of temperature on magnetic and impedance properties of Fe3BO6 of nanotubular structure with a bonded B2O3 surface layer

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    Kumari, Kalpana; Ram, S.; Kotnala, R. K.

    2018-03-01

    In this investigation, we explore a facile synthesis of Fe3BO6 in the form of small crystallites in the specific shape of nanotubes crystallized from a supercooled liquid Fe2O3-B2O3 precursor. This study includes high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) images, magnetic, optical, and impedance properties of the sample. HRTEM images reveal small tubes of Fe3BO6 of 20 nm diameter. A well resolved hysteresis loop appears at 5 K in which the magnetization does not saturate even up to as high field as 50 kOe. It means that the Fe3BO6 nanotubes behave as highly antiferromagnetic in nature in which the surface spins do not align along the field so easily. The temperature dependent impedance describes an ionic Fe3BO6 conductor with a reasonably small activation energy Ea ˜ 0.33 eV. Impedance formalism in terms of a Cole-Cole plot shows a deviation from an ideal Debye-like behavior. We have also reported that electronic absorption spectra are over a spectral range 200-800 nm of wavelengths in order to find out how a bonded surface layer present on the Fe3BO6 crystallites tunes the 3d → 3d electronic transitions in Fe3+ ions.

  5. SrFe1‑xMoxO2+δ : parasitic ferromagnetism in an infinite-layer iron oxide with defect structures induced by interlayer oxygen

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    Guo, Jianhui; Shi, Lei; Zhao, Jiyin; Wang, Yang; Yuan, Xueyou; Li, Yang; Wu, Liang

    2018-04-01

    The recent discovered compound SrFeO2 is an infinite-layer-structure iron oxide with unusual square-planar coordination of Fe2+ ions. In this study, SrFe1‑xMoxO2+δ (x topotactic reduction. The parasitic ferromagnetism of the compound and its relationship to the defect structures are investigated. It is found that substitution of high-valent Mo6+ for Fe2+ results in excess oxygen anions O2‑ inserted at the interlayer sites for charge compensation, which further causes large atomic displacements along the c-axis. Due to the robust but flexible Fe-O-Fe framework, the samples are well crystallized within the ab-plane, but are significantly poorer crystallized along the c-axis. Defect structures including local lattice distortions and edge dislocations responsible for the lowered crystallinity are observed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. Both the magnetic measurements and electron spin resonance spectra provide the evidence of a parasitic ferromagnetism (FM). The week FM interaction originated from the imperfect antiferromagnetic (AFM) ordering could be ascribed to the introduction of uncompensated magnetic moments due to substitution of Mo6+ (S = 0) for Fe2+ (S = 2) and the canted/frustrated spins resulted from defect structures.

  6. Ag-loaded MgSrFe-layered double hydroxide/chitosan composite scaffold with enhanced osteogenic and antibacterial property for bone engineering tissue.

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    Cao, Dandan; Xu, Zhengliang; Chen, Yixuan; Ke, Qinfei; Zhang, Changqing; Guo, Yaping

    2018-02-01

    Bone tissue engineering scaffolds for the reconstruction of large bone defects should simultaneously promote osteogenic differentiation and avoid postoperative infection. Herein, we develop, for the first time, Ag-loaded MgSrFe-layered double hydroxide/chitosan (Ag-MgSrFe/CS) composite scaffold. This scaffold exhibits three-dimensional interconnected macroporous structure with a pore size of 100-300 μm. The layered double hydroxide nanoplates in the Ag-MgSrFe/CS show lateral sizes of 200-400 nm and thicknesses of ∼50 nm, and the Ag nanoparticles with particle sizes of ∼20 nm are uniformly dispersed on the scaffold surfaces. Human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) present good adhesion, spreading, and proliferation on the Ag-MgSrFe/CS composite scaffold, suggesting that the Ag and Sr elements in the composite scaffold have no toxicity to hBMSCs. When compared with MgFe/CS composite scaffold, the Ag-MgSrFe/CS composite scaffold has better osteogenic property. The released Sr 2+ ions from the composite scaffold enhance the alkaline phosphatase activity of hBMSCs, promote the extracellular matrix mineralization, and increase the expression levels of osteogenic-related RUNX2 and BMP-2. Moreover, the Ag-MgSrFe/CS composite scaffold possesses good antibacterial property because the Ag nanoparticles in the composite scaffold effectively prevent biofilm formation against S. aureus. Hence, the Ag-MgSrFe/CS composite scaffold with excellent osteoinductivity and antibacterial property has a great potential for bone tissue engineering. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 106B: 863-873, 2018. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Structure and magnetic properties of NdFeB thin films with Cr, Mo, Nb, Ta, Ti, and V buffer layers

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    Jiang, H.; O'Shea, M.J.

    2000-01-01

    Layers of NdFeB of the form A(20 nm)/NdFeB(d nm)/A(20 nm) where A represents Cr, Mo, Nb, Ta, Ti, V were prepared on a silicon substrate by magnetron sputtering. The purpose is to determine how (i) the chosen buffer layer and (ii) NdFeB layer thickness d (especially d 2 Fe 14 B with no preferred crystalline orientation. Our highest coercivities occur for buffer layer elements from row five of the periodic table, 20 kOe (1600 kA/m) in a Nb buffered sample with d of 180 nm and 17 kOe (1350 kA/m) in a Mo buffered sample with d of 180 nm. Buffer layers from row four (Ti, V, and Cr) and row six (Ta) all give lower coercivities. Our largest energy product, 10.3 MG-Oe (82 kJ/m 3 ), is obtained for the Mo buffered sample. Average Nd 2 Fe 14 B crystallite size for this sample is 27 nm. Only the Cr and Ti buffered films show a large coercivity (≥2 kOe) for d of 54 nm with the Cr films showing the highest coercivity, 2.7 kOe (215 kA/m). In films subjected to a rapid thermal anneal (anneal time 30 s) we find that both the coercivity and energy product are larger than in samples subjected to a 20 min anneal. In our Nb buffered systems we obtain coercivities as high as 26.3 kOe (2090 kA/m) after a rapid thermal anneal

  8. Effect of layer thickness in selective laser melting on microstructure of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 powder consolidated parts.

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    Dadbakhsh, Sasan; Hao, Liang

    2014-01-01

    In situ reaction was activated in the powder mixture of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM) to directly fabricate aluminium metal matrix composite parts. The microstructural characteristics of these in situ consolidated parts through SLM were investigated under the influence of thick powder bed, 75  μm layer thickness, and 50  μm layer thickness in various laser powers and scanning speeds. It was found that the layer thickness has a strong influence on microstructural outcome, mainly attributed to its impact on oxygen content of the matrix. Various microstructural features (such as granular, coralline-like, and particulate appearance) were observed depending on the layer thickness, laser power, and scanning speed. This was associated with various material combinations such as pure Al, Al-Fe intermetallics, and Al(-Fe) oxide phases formed after in situ reaction and laser rapid solidification. Uniformly distributed very fine particles could be consolidated in net-shape Al composite parts by using lower layer thickness, higher laser power, and lower scanning speed. The findings contribute to the new development of advanced net-shape manufacture of Al composites by combining SLM and in situ reaction process.

  9. Effect of Layer Thickness in Selective Laser Melting on Microstructure of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 Powder Consolidated Parts

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    Sasan Dadbakhsh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In situ reaction was activated in the powder mixture of Al/5 wt.%Fe2O3 by using selective laser melting (SLM to directly fabricate aluminium metal matrix composite parts. The microstructural characteristics of these in situ consolidated parts through SLM were investigated under the influence of thick powder bed, 75 μm layer thickness, and 50 μm layer thickness in various laser powers and scanning speeds. It was found that the layer thickness has a strong influence on microstructural outcome, mainly attributed to its impact on oxygen content of the matrix. Various microstructural features (such as granular, coralline-like, and particulate appearance were observed depending on the layer thickness, laser power, and scanning speed. This was associated with various material combinations such as pure Al, Al-Fe intermetallics, and Al(-Fe oxide phases formed after in situ reaction and laser rapid solidification. Uniformly distributed very fine particles could be consolidated in net-shape Al composite parts by using lower layer thickness, higher laser power, and lower scanning speed. The findings contribute to the new development of advanced net-shape manufacture of Al composites by combining SLM and in situ reaction process.

  10. Textures and mineral compositions of the Xinjie layered intrusion, SW China: Implications for the origin of magnetite and fractionation process of Fe-Ti-rich basaltic magmas

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    Huan Dong

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The Xinjie layered intrusion in the Panxi region, SW China, hosts both Fe-Ti oxide and platinum-group element (PGE sulfide mineralization. The intrusion can be divided, from the base upward, into Units I, II and III, in terms of mineral assemblages. Units I and II are mainly composed of wehrlite and clinopyroxenite, whereas Unit III is mainly composed of gabbro. PGE sulfide-rich layers mainly occur in Unit I, whereas thick Fe-Ti oxide-rich layers mainly occur in Unit III. An ilmenite-rich layer occurs at the top of Unit I. Fe-Ti oxides include magnetite and ilmenite. Small amounts of cumulus and intercumulus magnetite occur in Units I and II. Cumulus magnetite grains are commonly euhedral and enclosed within olivine and clinopyroxene. They have high Cr2O3 contents ranging from 6.02 to 22.5 wt.%, indicating that they are likely an early crystallized phase from magmas. Intercumulus magnetite that usually displays ilmenite exsolution occupies the interstices between cumulus olivine crystals and coexists with interstitial clinopyroxene and plagioclase. Intercumulus magnetite has Cr2O3 ranging from 1.65 to 6.18 wt.%, lower than cumulus magnetite. The intercumulus magnetite may have crystallized from the trapped liquid. Large amounts of magnetite in Unit III contains Cr2O3 (<0.28 wt.% much lower than magnetite in Units I and II. The magnetite in Unit III is proposed to be accumulated from a Fe-Ti-rich melt. The Fe-Ti-rich melt is estimated to contain 35.9 wt.% of SiO2, 26.9 wt.% of FeOt, 8.2 wt.% of TiO2, 13.2 wt.% of CaO, 8.3 wt.% of MgO, 5.5 wt.% of Al2O3 and 1.0 wt.% of P2O5. The composition is comparable with the Fe-rich melts in the Skaergaard and Sept Iles intrusions. Paired non-reactive microstructures, granophyre pockets and ilmenite-rich intergrowths, are representative of Si-rich melt and Fe-Ti-rich melt, and are the direct evidence for the existence of an immiscible Fe-Ti-rich melt that formed from an evolved ferro-basaltic magma.

  11. Epitaxial integration of CoFe2O4 thin films on Si (001) surfaces using TiN buffer layers

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    Prieto, Pilar; Marco, José F.; Prieto, José E.; Ruiz-Gomez, Sandra; Perez, Lucas; del Real, Rafael P.; Vázquez, Manuel; de la Figuera, Juan

    2018-04-01

    Epitaxial cobalt ferrite thin films with strong in-plane magnetic anisotropy have been grown on Si (001) substrates using a TiN buffer layer. The epitaxial films have been grown by ion beam sputtering using either metallic, CoFe2, or ceramic, CoFe2O4, targets. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rutherford spectrometry (RBS) in random and channeling configuration have been used to determine the epitaxial relationship CoFe2O4 [100]/TiN [100]/Si [100]. Mössbauer spectroscopy, in combination with XRD and RBS, has been used to determine the composition and structure of the cobalt ferrite thin films. The TiN buffer layer induces a compressive strain in the cobalt ferrite thin films giving rise to an in-plane magnetic anisotropy. The degree of in-plane anisotropy depends on the lattice mismatch between CoFe2O4 and TiN, which is larger for CoFe2O4 thin films grown on the reactive sputtering process with ceramic targets.

  12. PROPERTIES OF ORGANIC COATINGS CONTAINING PIGMENTS WITH SURFACE MODIFIED WITH A LAYER OF ZnFe2O4

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    Kateřina Nechvílová

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This work is focussed on the properties of organic coatings containing pigments whose surface was chemically coated with zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4 layer. Four silicate types with different particle shapes were selected as the cores: diatomite, talc, kaolin and wollastonite. The untreated particles exhibit a barrier effect. The aim of this project was to apply the surface treatment approach with a view to enhancing not only the model paint films’ anticorrosion properties but also their resistance to physico- mechanical tests pursuant to ISO standards (cupping, bending, impact, adhesion. Other parameters examined included: particle size and morphology, density of the modified pigment, oil consumption, pH, conductivity, and electrochemical properties of the paint film. A solvent-based epoxy-ester resin was used as the binder and also served as the reference material. The pigment volume concentration (PVC was 1% and 10%. During the last stage of the experiment, the paint films were exposed to a corrosive environment stimulating seaside conditions or conditions roads treated with rock salt. The accelerated cyclic corrosion test in a neutral salt mist atmosphere was conducted for 864 hours. The results served to ascertain a suitable environment for organic coatings.

  13. Epitaxial growth of Co(0 0 0 1)hcp/Fe(1 1 0)bcc magnetic bi-layer films on SrTiO3(1 1 1) substrates

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    Ohtake, Mitsuru; Shikada, Kouhei; Kirino, Fumiyoshi; Futamoto, Masaaki

    2008-01-01

    Co(0 0 0 1) hcp /Fe(1 1 0) bcc epitaxial magnetic bi-layer films were successfully prepared on SrTiO 3 (1 1 1) substrates. The crystallographic properties of Co/Fe epitaxial magnetic bi-layer films were investigated. Fe(1 1 0) bcc soft magnetic layer grew epitaxially on SrTiO 3 (1 1 1) substrate with two type variants, Nishiyama-Wasserman and Kurdjumov-Sachs relationships. An hcp-Co single-crystal layer is obtained on Ru(0 0 0 1) hcp interlayer, while hcp-Co layer formed on Au(1 1 1) fcc or Ag(1 1 1) fcc interlayer is strained and may involve fcc-Co phase. It has been shown possible to prepare Co/Fe epitaxial magnetic bi-layer films which can be usable for patterned media application

  14. Role of Ta-spacer layer on tuning the tilt angle magnetic anisotropy of L1{sub 1}-CoPt/Ta/NiFe exchange springs

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    Saravanan, P., E-mail: psdrdo@gmail.com [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India); Talapatra, A.; Mohanty, J. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Hyderabad 502285 (India); Hsu, Jen-Hwa, E-mail: jhhsu@phys.ntu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Kamat, S.V. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India)

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • Role of Ta-spacer layer in L1{sub 1}-CoPt(10 nm)/Ta//NiFe(4 nm) trilayers was investigated. • Domain size increased at the expense of magnetic phase contrast with increasing t{sub Ta}. • Tilt angle magnetization increased from 43° to 77° upon increasing t{sub Ta} (0–2.5 nm). • Micromagnetic studies confirmed the existence of tilted magnetic anisotropy. • Ta-spacer is effective in preserving competing anisotropies of CoPt and NiFe-layers. - Abstract: L1{sub 1}-CoPt/Ta/NiFe trilayers are chosen as model films for probing the role of spacer layer on tuning the tilt angle magnetization (θ{sub M}) in such exchange springs. For this purpose, a non-magnetic layer (Ta) with varying thickness (t{sub Ta}) from 0 to 2.5 nm was inserted between 10-nm thick CoPt film exhibiting strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) and 4-nm thick NiFe film having in-plane magnetic anisotropy (IMA). With the insertion of Ta-spacer, the magnetic hysteresis loops become more and more tilted as t{sub Ta} increases. Upon increasing the t{sub Ta} from 0 to 2.5 nm, the estimated SQR{sub ⊥} (=M{sub r⊥}/M{sub s⊥}) from the M–H loops is found to decrease moderately; while the θ{sub M} increases significantly from 43° to 77°. MFM images revealed maze-like domain patterns and the domain size tends to increase at the expense of magnetic phase contrast with increasing t{sub Ta}. Micro-magnetic simulation of tilt in the anisotropy axis with respect to the bare CoPt-layer showed a trend similar to that of those observed with the M–H loops obtained by VSM measurements. The results of present study suggest that the insertion of Ta-spacer is not only beneficial in terms of preserving the competing anisotropies such as PMA and IMA of CoPt and NiFe-layers respectively through weakened exchange coupling; but also, act as an appropriate means for realizing tunable tilted magnetic anisotropy in the L1{sub 1}-CoPt/NiFe exchange springs.

  15. Double-layer Electromagnetic Wave Absorber Based on Carbon Nanotubes Doped with La(NO33 and Fe3O4 Nanoparticles

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    Cuiling HOU

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Double-layer structure absorbing materials based on the impedance matching principle and transmission line theory can effectively improve the electromagnetic wave absorbing properties. In this paper, the electro-magnetic wave absorbing properties of double-layer absorbers (2 mm thickness, where multiwall carbon nanotube (MWCNT-La(NO33/polyvinyl chloride (PVC and MWCNT-Fe3O4/PVC composites had been taken turns as the absorption layer and matching layer, were investigated in 2 – 18 GHz range. The absorbing properties of single- and double-layer structure and different each-layer thickness with two types of combinations were compared. The results showed that the design of double-layer structure for composites could effectively broaden the absorption frequency area, and increase the absorption intensity. When MWCNT-La(NO33/PVC composite were used as absorption layers with 0.6 mm thickness, the absorption bandwidth (< – 15 dB or > 97 % of double-layer composite was the widest, reaching a maximum of about 3.36 GHz, and the absorption peak value was also the lowest about – 46.02 dB at 16.24 GHz.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.23.3.16279

  16. Adult onset sporadic ataxias: a diagnostic challenge

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    Orlando Graziani Povoas Barsottini

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Patients with adult onset non-familial progressive ataxia are classified in sporadic ataxia group. There are several disease categories that may manifest with sporadic ataxia: toxic causes, immune-mediated ataxias, vitamin deficiency, infectious diseases, degenerative disorders and even genetic conditions. Considering heterogeneity in the clinical spectrum of sporadic ataxias, the correct diagnosis remains a clinical challenge. In this review, the different disease categories that lead to sporadic ataxia with adult onset are discussed with special emphasis on their clinical and neuroimaging features, and diagnostic criteria.

  17. Pulse electrodeposition of CoFe thin films covered with layered double hydroxides as a fast route to prepare enhanced catalysts for oxygen evolution reaction

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    Sakita, Alan M. P.; Noce, Rodrigo Della; Vallés, Elisa; Benedetti, Assis V.

    2018-03-01

    A novel, ultra-fast, and one-step method for obtaining an effective catalyst for oxygen evolution reaction is proposed. The procedure consists in direct electrodeposition, in a free-nitrate bath, of CoFe alloy films covered with layered double hydroxides (LDH), by potentiostatic mode, in continuous or pulsed regime. The catalyst is directly formed on glassy carbon substrates. The best-prepared catalyst material reveals a mixed morphology with granular and dendritic CoFe alloy covered with a sponge of CoFe-LDH containing a Cl interlayer. An overpotential of η10 mA = 286 mV, with a Tafel slope of 48 mV dec-1, is obtained for the OER which displays the enhanced properties of the catalyst. These improved results demonstrate the competitiveness and efficacy of our proposal for the production of OER catalysts.

  18. Preparation and characterization of lactate-intercalated Co-Fe layered double hydroxides and exfoliated nanosheet film with low infrared emissivity

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    Zhu Yunxia [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Engineering Laboratory, Jiangsu, Nanjing 211189 (China); Zhou Yuming, E-mail: ymzhou@seu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Engineering Laboratory, Jiangsu, Nanjing 211189 (China); Zhang Tao; He Man; Wang Yongjuan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Engineering Laboratory, Jiangsu, Nanjing 211189 (China); Yang Xiaoming [Suzhou Sidike New Material Technology Co., Ltd., Suzhou 215400 (China); Yang Yong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southeast University, Optoelectronic Functional Materials and Engineering Laboratory, Jiangsu, Nanjing 211189 (China)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We use ferrous, cobalt powders and lactic acid to synthesis lactate-intercalated Co-Fe layered double hydroxides successfully. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A possible orientation of the intercalated lactate between the layers is carried out. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thin nanosheet film is fabricated and the surface is very smooth and flat. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The infrared emissivity value of Co-Fe LDHs is lower than that of Zn-Al or Mg-Al LDHs, and the value is further reduced after forming a thin film. - Abstract: Lactate-intercalated Co-Fe layered double hydroxides (LDHs) were successfully prepared by coprecipitation and hydrothermal method. In this process, divalent metal ions as precursors can be obtained from the reduction reaction of lactic acid and metal powder (cobalt and ferrous). In order to obtain Fe{sup 3+}, H{sub 2}O{sub 2} (30%) was used to oxidize Fe{sup 2+}. Meanwhile, the produced lactate was intercalated into the LDHs interlayers to compensate the positively charged layers. The as-synthesized LDHs were studied by element chemical analysis, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR spectroscopy, thermogravitry (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), TEM. The results indicated that the basal spacing value of the LDHs was larger than that of lactate-intercalated Mg-Al or Zn-Al LDHs. It proved that the lactate anions were inserted into the gallery in the form of dimers which made it easy to be delaminated in water. The obtained nanosheets were deposited on the substrates to form the film which was characterized by TEM and AFM, and infrared emissivity value (8-14 {mu}m) was also investigated. The infrared emissivity values of Co-Fe LDHs were lower than that of Zn-Al which took advantage of the special electronic structure in Co and Fe. Besides, the orderly structure and the reduction of the interfacial deficiency of the film made the values further reduced.

  19. Relativistic spin-polarized KKR theory for superconducting heterostructures: Oscillating order parameter in the Au layer of Nb/Au/Fe trilayers

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    Csire, Gábor; Deák, András; Nyári, Bendegúz; Ebert, Hubert; Annett, James F.; Újfalussy, Balázs

    2018-01-01

    The fully relativistic spin-polarized multiple-scattering theory is developed for inhomogeneous superconductors, including superconducting/normal-metal/ferromagnet heterostructures. The method allows the solution of the first-principles Dirac-Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations combined with a semiphenomenological parametrization of the exchange-correlation functional. Simple conditions are derived for the case when the right-hand-side and left-hand-side solutions must be treated separately when setting up the corresponding Green's function. As an application of the theory, we calculate the order parameters of Nb/Fe and Nb/Au/Fe systems. We find Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov-like oscillations in the iron layers, but more interestingly an oscillatory behavior is observed in the gold layers as well. The band-structure calculations suggest that this is the consequence of an interplay between the quantum-well states and ferromagnetism.

  20. New magnetic rails with double-layer Halbach structure by employing NdFeB and ferrite magnets for HTS maglev

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    Sun, Ruixue; Zheng, Jun; Zheng, Botian; Qian, Nan; Li, Jipeng; Deng, Zigang

    2018-01-01

    In the high temperature superconducting (HTS) maglev system, the magnetic rail as an essential infrastructure is needed all along the route to carry passengers and goods to the destinations. Thus, large amount of rare earth magnetic materials are required in the magnetic rail construction. In order to decrease the dependence of magnetic rails on rare earth elements, the ferrite magnet is employed to replace part of the NdFeB magnets containing rare earth elements. Consequently, a new type rail with double-layer Halbach structure is presented, which is consisted of NdFeB and ferrite magnets. In this paper, we designed and fabricated the proposed rail, and further measured its magnetic flux density distribution and electromagnetic force interacting with HTS bulks. Experimental results indicate that, this new type rail, in double-layer Halbach structure, can achieve an equivalent distribution of magnetic flux density and levitation performance as the pure NdFeB Halbach rail, while a 10% reduction in NdFeB magnet consumption can be realized at the same time. In addition this work explores another magnetic material selection for HTS maglev applications. The dependence on rare earth element and the cost of magnetic rails can be further reduced, as the coercive force of ferrite magnets improved.

  1. Multiferroic and visible light photocatalytic properties of six-layered perovskite oxide Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20}

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    Cheng, Xiangyi; Yang, Hongshun; Ruan, Keqing; Xu, Xiaoliang [University of Science and Technology of China, Key Laboratory of Strongly-Coupled Quantum Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences and School of Physical Sciences, Hefei (China); Meng, Dechao [University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale, Hefei (China)

    2017-04-15

    The layered perovskite-related oxide Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20} was prepared by incorporating NdFeO{sub 3} in the host Nd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} using floating-zone melting technique. XRD and HRTEM results suggested that the material has a layered structure of n = 6 type. Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20} exhibited spin glass-like behavior, and its magnetic behavior was affected by magnetic Nd{sup 3+} ions strongly at low temperature. The ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties were observed by magnetic and PFM measurements at the room temperature. UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy revealed that the compound is a visible light absorbing photocatalyst with a direct band gap of 2.2 eV. In addition, the photocatalytic behaviors of bulk Nd{sub 6}Ti{sub 4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 20} were evaluated by photodegradation of rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. (orig.)

  2. [Bimetallic coordination polymers [[ML][FeIIFeIII(ox)3].1.5H2O] infinity with layer structure syntheses, spectra characterization].

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    Chen, You-cun; Liu, Guang-xiang; Zhou, Hong; Ren, Xiao-ming

    2002-10-01

    Two new schiff base complexes, NiL(ClO4).3H2O (1) and CuL(ClO4).4H2O (2) [L was condensed from equation molar salicylaldehyde and diethylenetriamine] have been synthesized and characterized. Further, two new bimetallic coordination polymers, [[ML][FeIIFeIII(ox)3].1.5H2O] infinity were synthesized and characterized, where ox2- = oxalate, M = Ni2+ (3) or Cu2+ (4). The tested results of elementary analysis of coordination polymers (3) and (4) were according with the theoretical value, and the results of the IR indicated that the coordination of oxalate were bridgetype in compound (3) and (4). 2-D layer coordination polymers were synthesized by oxalate and Fe3+, Fe2+. The result of Mössbauer spectra of (3) and (4) in room temperature revealed that two different postural ferric ions were found in coordination polymer (3) and (4), and anions layer was formed by [FeIIFeIII(ox)3]- unit. The compounds of (3) and (4) were bimetallic coordination polymers.

  3. Direct observation of nanometer-scale amorphous layers and oxide crystallites at grain boundaries in polycrystalline Sr1−xKxFe2As2 superconductors

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    Wang, Lei

    2011-06-01

    We report here an atomic resolution study of the structure and composition of the grain boundaries in polycrystallineSr0.6K0.4Fe2As2superconductor. A large fraction of grain boundaries contain amorphous layers larger than the coherence length, while some others contain nanometer-scale crystallites sandwiched in between amorphous layers. We also find that there is significant oxygen enrichment at the grain boundaries. Such results explain the relatively low transport critical current density (Jc) of polycrystalline samples with respect to that of bicrystal films.

  4. Post-mortem analysis on LiFePO4|Graphite cells describing the evolution & composition of covering layer on anode and their impact on cell performance

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    Lewerenz, Meinert; Warnecke, Alexander; Sauer, Dirk Uwe

    2017-11-01

    During cyclic aging of lithium-ion batteries the formation of a μm-thick covering layer on top of the anode facing the separator is found on top of the anode. In this work several post-mortem analyses of cyclic aged cylindrical LFP|Graphite cells are evaluated to give a detailed characterization of the covering layer and to find possible causes for the evolution of such a layer. The analyses of the layer with different methods return that it consists to high percentage of plated active lithium, deposited Fe and products of a solid electrolyte interphase (SEI). The deposition is located mainly in the center of the cell symmetrical to the coating direction. The origin of these depositions is assumed in locally overcharged particles, Fe deposition or inhomogeneous distribution of capacity density. As a secondary effect the deposition on one side increases the thickness locally; thereafter a pressure-induced overcharging due to charge agglomeration of the back side of the anode occurs. Finally a compact and dense covering layer in a late state of aging leads to deactivation of the covered parts of the anode and cathode due to suppressed lithium-ion conductivity. This leads to increasing slope of capacity fade and increase of internal resistance.

  5. Sn-L3 EDGE and Fe K edge XANES spectra of the surface layer of ancient Chinese black mirror Heiqigu

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    Gaowei Mengjia; Liu Yuzhen; Chu Wangsheng; Wu Ziyu; Wang Changsui

    2009-01-01

    The Chinese ancient black mirror known as Heiqigu was studied by x-ray-absorption near-edge structure spectroscopy and results were reported. The Sn-L 3 edge and Fe K edge spectra further confirmed the Schottky-type defect model in the Heiqigu surface system. And it was suggested that the surface layer of the mirror was a combined structure of oxidation of Sn(IV) and Sn(II). (authors)

  6. Enhanced Removal of Arsenic and Antimony in the Mining Site by Calcined γ-Fe2O3/Layered Double Hydroxide Nanocomposite

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    Lee, Sang-Ho; Choi, Heechul; Kim, Kyoung-Woong

    2016-04-01

    Arsenic (As) and Antimony (Sb) have been recognized as harmful contaminants in aquatic environment due to its high toxicity and carcinogenicity. Especially, the contamination of arsenic in the mining areas is considered as a serious emerging environmental issue in Korea. Due to the hazardous effect of arsenic, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) regulated maximum contamination level of arsenic to 10 μg/L in drinking water. The harmful effect on human health by excessive intake of antimony was also reported by previous studies, and severe contamination level (100 - 7,000 μg/L) of antimony reported in surface and groundwater of abandoned mining area in China and Slovakia. Therefore, US EPA regulated maximum contaminants level of antimony in drinking water to 6 μg/L. In order to remove anionic contaminants in drinking water, various type of nanomaterials have been developed. Layered double hydroxide (LDH) is the artificial anionic clay that is based on the layered structure of positively charged brucite-like layers with interlayers of anions. The LDH is one of the promising nanomaterials for the removal of anionic contaminants because it has high selectivity for arsenic, phosphate, chromium and antimony. However, the biggest problem of LDH for wastewater treatment is that the particles cannot be easily separated after the removal of contaminants. In this study, magnetic nanoparticles (γ-Fe2O3) supported LDH nanocomposite (γ-Fe2O3/LDH) was investigated to enhance magnetic particle recovery and removal efficiency for arsenic and antimony. The calcined γ-Fe2O3/LDH nanocomposites synthesized by co-precipitation method, and the crystallographic properties of maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) and layered structure of LDH were confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The nano-sized γ-Fe2O3 (30 to 50 nm) was stably attached on the surface of LDH (100 to 150 nm) and O1s spectrum by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) explained that there are both physical and

  7. Magnetic properties of Aurivillius lanthanide-bismuth (LnFeO3nBi4Ti3O12 (n = 1,2 layered titanates

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    Tartaj, J.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth titanates of Aurivillius layer-structure (BiFeO3nBi4Ti3O12, are of great technological interest because of their applications as non-volatile ferroelectric memories and high-temperature piezoelectric materials. The synthesis and crystallographic characterization of a new family of compounds (LnFeO3nBi4Ti3O12 was recently reported, in which the layers consist of LnFeO3 perovskites with a lanthanide Ln3+ substituting diamagnetic Bi3+. We report herein the magnetic properties of bulk samples, with Ln = Nd, Eu, Gd and Tb, and n = 1 and 2. Single-layer materials are paramagnetic, similar to non-substituted bismuth titanate Bi5FeTi3O15, and show crystal field effects due to the crystallographic environment of Eu3+ and Tb3+. Several anomalies are detected in the magnetization M(T of double-layer (LnFeO32Bi4Ti3O12 compounds, related to the strong magnetism of Tb and Gd, since they weakly appear for Nd and they are absent in the VanVleck Eu3+ ion and in the parent Bi6Fe2Ti3O18 compound.Los titanatos de hierro y bismuto con estructura laminar tipo Aurivillius, (BiFeO3nBi4Ti3O12, tienen un gran interés tecnológico debido a sus aplicaciones como memorias ferroeléctricas no volátiles y como piezoeléctrico cerámico de alta temperatura. La síntesis y la caracterización cristalina de una nueva familia de compuestos (LnFeO3nBi4Ti3O12 han sido recientemente reportadas, en la que el catión diamagnético Bi3+ ha sido sustituido por los paramagnéticos Ln3+ en los bloques de perovskita. Se estudian las propiedades magnéticas de muestras cerámicas en volumen con Ln = Nd, Eu, Gd y Tb, y n = 1 y 2. Los materiales con n=1 son paramagnéticos y similares al no sustituido Bi5FeTi3O15, y muestran efectos de campo cristalino debido al entorno cristalino de Eu3+ y Tb3+. Se han detectado algunas anomalías en la magnetización M(T de los compuestos n=2 (LnFeO32Bi4Ti3O12 que están relacionadas con el fuerte magnetismo de Tb y Gd, que aparecen d

  8. Study of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) removal by Cu-Fe-layered double hydroxide from aqueous solution

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    Nejati, Kamellia, E-mail: k_nejati@pnu.ac.ir; Davary, Soheila; Saati, Marziye

    2013-09-01

    The hydrotalcite-like compound of Cu-Fe-layered double hydroxide was studied as a potential adsorbent of herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). The nanoparticles of Cu-Fe layered double hydroxide were prepared by Cu/Fe molar ratio of 2:1 using a coprecipitation method at pH 8.5 and characterized by the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), the thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and the elemental analysis. The size and morphology of nanoparticles were examined by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The adsorption experiments on LDH, on the other hand, were conducted in three different procedures, namely, time-dependent, pH-dependent and temperature-dependent. Characterization of the adsorption products by the XRD method indicates that the intercalation of 2,4-D between the LDH layers has not occurred and the surface adsorption had taken place. The adsorption kinetic was tested for pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order, Elovich and Intra-particle diffusion kinetic models and the rate constants were calculated. The equilibrium adsorption data were described by Langmuir and Freundlich equations. It was observed that, the Langmuir isotherm slightly better fitted to the experimental data rather than that of Freundlich. In the adsorption experiments, the Gibbs free energy values, ΔG°, the enthalpy, ΔH°, and the entropy, ΔS° were also determined.

  9. Electron paramagnetic resonance investigations of Fe3+ doped layered TiInS2 and TiGaSe2 single crystals

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    Faik, Mikailov; Bulat, Rameev; Sinan, Kazan; Bekir, Aktash; Faik, Mikailov; Bulat, Rameev

    2005-01-01

    Full text : TiInS 2 and TiGaSe 2 single crystals doped by paramagnetic Fe ions have been studied at room temperature by Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) technique. A fine structure of EPR spectra of paramagnetic Fe 3 + ions was observed. The spectra were interpreted to correspond to the transitions among spin multiplet which are splitted by the local ligand crystal field (CF) of orthorhombic symmetry. Four equivalent Fe 3 + centers have been observed in the EPR spectra and the local symmetry of crystal field at the Fe 3 + site and CF parameters were determined. It was established that symmetry axis of the axial component in the CF is making an angle of about 48 and 43 degree with the plane of layers of TiInS 2 and TiGaSe 2 crystals respectively. Experimental results indicate that the Fe ions substitute In (GA) at the center of InS 4 (GaSe 4 ) tetrahedrons, and the rhombic distortion of the CF is caused by the TI ions located in the trigonal cavities between the tethedral complexes

  10. High magnetic hardness for the canted antiferromagnetic, ferroelectric, and ferroelastic layered perovskite-like (C2H5NH3)2[Fe(II)Cl4].

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    Han, Jing; Nishihara, Sadafumi; Inoue, Katsuya; Kurmoo, Mohamedally

    2015-03-16

    An unusual high magnetic hardness for the layered perovskite-like (C2H5NH3)2[Fe(II)Cl4], in addition to its already found canted antiferromagnetism, ferroelasticity, and ferroelectricity, which are absent for (CH3NH3)2[Fe(II)Cl4], has been observed. The additional CH2 in the ethylammonium compared to methylammonium allows more degrees of freedom and therefore numerous phase transitions which have been characterized by single-crystal structure determinations from 383 to 10 K giving the sequence from tetragonal to orthorhombic to monoclinic (I4/mmm ↔ P42/ncm ↔ Pccn ↔ Pcab ↔ C2/c) accompanied by both tilting and rotation of the FeCl6 octahedra. The magnetic properties on single crystal and powder samples at high temperature are similar for both compounds, but at TN (C2H5NH3)2[Fe(II)Cl4] is a proper canted antiferromagnet unlike the hidden canting observed for (CH3NH3)2[Fe(II)Cl4]. The canting angle is 0.6° toward the c-axis, and thus the moments lie in the easy plane of the iron-chloride layer defined by a critical exponent β = 0.18. The isothermal magnetizations for the field along the three orthogonal crystallographic axes show wider hysteresis for H ∥ c and is present at all temperature below 98 K. The coercive field increases as the temperature is lowered, and at T magnetization after zero-field-cool (ZFC) indicates that the high coercive field is due to domain wall pinning. Thus, there are unusual associated anomalies such as asymmetric hysteresis and history dependence. The difference in magnetic hardness of the two compounds suggests that magnetic, electric, and elastic domains are intricately manifested and therefore raise the key question of how the different domains interact.

  11. Ultrathin Epitaxial Ferromagneticγ-Fe2O3Layer as High Efficiency Spin Filtering Materials for Spintronics Device Based on Semiconductors

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    Li, Peng

    2016-06-01

    In spintronics, identifying an effective technique for generating spin-polarized current has fundamental importance. The spin-filtering effect across a ferromagnetic insulating layer originates from unequal tunneling barrier heights for spin-up and spin-down electrons, which has shown great promise for use in different ferromagnetic materials. However, the low spin-filtering efficiency in some materials can be ascribed partially to the difficulty in fabricating high-quality thin film with high Curie temperature and/or partially to the improper model used to extract the spin-filtering efficiency. In this work, a new technique is successfully developed to fabricate high quality, ferrimagnetic insulating γ-Fe2O3 films as spin filter. To extract the spin-filtering effect of γ-Fe2O3 films more accurately, a new model is proposed based on Fowler–Nordheim tunneling and Zeeman effect to obtain the spin polarization of the tunneling currents. Spin polarization of the tunneled current can be as high as −94.3% at 2 K in γ-Fe2O3 layer with 6.5 nm thick, and the spin polarization decays monotonically with temperature. Although the spin-filter effect is not very high at room temperature, this work demonstrates that spinel ferrites are very promising materials for spin injection into semiconductors at low temperature, which is important for development of novel spintronics devices. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

  12. Dependence of Interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction on Layer Thicknesses in Ta /Co -Fe -B /TaOx Heterostructures from Brillouin Light Scattering

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    Chaurasiya, Avinash Kumar; Choudhury, Samiran; Sinha, Jaivardhan; Barman, Anjan

    2018-01-01

    The interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (IDMI) has recently drawn extensive research interest due to its fundamental role in stabilizing chiral spin textures in ultrathin ferromagnets, which are suitable candidates for future magnetic-memory devices. Here, we explore the ferromagnetic and heavy-metal layer-thickness dependence of IDMI in technologically important Ta /Co20Fe60B20/TaOx heterostructures by measuring nonreciprocity in spin-wave frequency using the Brillouin light-scattering technique. The observed value of the IDMI constant agrees with that obtained from a separate measurement of in-plane angular dependence of frequency nonreciprocity, which is also in good agreement with the theory predicted by Cortes-Ortuno and Landeros. Linear scaling behavior of IDMI with the inverse of Co-Fe-B thicknesses suggests that IDMI originates primarily from the interface in these heterostructures, whereas we observe a weak dependence of Ta thickness on the strength of IDMI. Importantly, the observed value of the IDMI constant is reasonably large by a factor of 3 compared to annealed Ta /Co -Fe -B /MgO heterostructures. We propose that the observation of large IDMI is likely due to the absence of boron diffusion towards the Ta /Co -Fe -B interface as the heterostructures are as deposited. Our detailed investigation opens up a route to designing thin-film heterostructures with the tailored IDMI constant for controlling Skyrmion-based magnetic-memory devices.

  13. Simultaneous observation of sporadic E with a rapid-run ionosonde and VHF coherent backscatter radar

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    T. Maruyama

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available During the SEEK 2 rocket campaign, ionograms were recorded every minute at the Yamagawa Radio Observatory at about 90km west of the region monitored by a VHF (very high frequency coherent backscatter radar. Sporadic E-layer parameters, which include the critical (foEs and blanketing (fbEs frequencies, the layer height (h'Es, and the width of the range spread of sporadic E-traces, were compared with RTI (range-time-intensity plots of VHF quasi-periodic (QP and continuous coherent backscatter echoes. A close relationship was found between the appearance of QP echoes in the RTI plots and the level of spatial inhomogeneity in sporadic E plasma, signified here by the difference between foEs and fbEs. During QP echo events, foEs increased while fbEs decreased, so that the difference foEs-fbEs was enhanced, indicating the development of strong spatial structuring in electron density within a sporadic E-layer. On the other hand, increases in sporadic E range spreading also correlated with the occurrence of QP echoes but the degree of correlation varied from event to event. Continuous radar echoes were observed in association with low altitude sporadic E-layers, located well below 100 km and at times as low as 90 km. During the continuous echo events, both foEs and fbEs were less variable, and the difference foEs-fbEs was small and not as dynamic as in the QP echoes. On the other hand, the Es-layer spread intensified during continuous echoes, which means that some patchiness or corrugation in those low altitude layers is also necessary for the continuous backscatter echoes to take place.

  14. Simultaneous observation of sporadic E with a rapid-run ionosonde and VHF coherent backscatter radar

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    T. Maruyama

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available During the SEEK 2 rocket campaign, ionograms were recorded every minute at the Yamagawa Radio Observatory at about 90km west of the region monitored by a VHF (very high frequency coherent backscatter radar. Sporadic E-layer parameters, which include the critical (foEs and blanketing (fbEs frequencies, the layer height (h'Es, and the width of the range spread of sporadic E-traces, were compared with RTI (range-time-intensity plots of VHF quasi-periodic (QP and continuous coherent backscatter echoes. A close relationship was found between the appearance of QP echoes in the RTI plots and the level of spatial inhomogeneity in sporadic E plasma, signified here by the difference between foEs and fbEs. During QP echo events, foEs increased while fbEs decreased, so that the difference foEs-fbEs was enhanced, indicating the development of strong spatial structuring in electron density within a sporadic E-layer. On the other hand, increases in sporadic E range spreading also correlated with the occurrence of QP echoes but the degree of correlation varied from event to event. Continuous radar echoes were observed in association with low altitude sporadic E-layers, located well below 100 km and at times as low as 90 km. During the continuous echo events, both foEs and fbEs were less variable, and the difference foEs-fbEs was small and not as dynamic as in the QP echoes. On the other hand, the Es-layer spread intensified during continuous echoes, which means that some patchiness or corrugation in those low altitude layers is also necessary for the continuous backscatter echoes to take place.

  15. Crystal Structure, Defects, Magnetic and Dielectric Properties of the Layered Bi3n+1Ti7Fe3n-3O9n+11 Perovskite-Anatase Intergrowths.

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    Batuk, Dmitry; Batuk, Maria; Filimonov, Dmitry S; Zakharov, Konstantin V; Volkova, Olga S; Vasiliev, Alexander N; Tyablikov, Oleg A; Hadermann, Joke; Abakumov, Artem M

    2017-01-17

    The Bi 3n+1 Ti 7 Fe 3n-3 O 9n+11 materials are built of (001) p plane-parallel perovskite blocks with a thickness of n (Ti,Fe)O 6 octahedra, separated by periodic translational interfaces. The interfaces are based on anatase-like chains of edge-sharing (Ti,Fe)O 6 octahedra. Together with the octahedra of the perovskite blocks, they create S-shaped tunnels stabilized by lone pair Bi 3+ cations. In this work, the structure of the n = 4-6 Bi 3n+1 Ti 7 Fe 3n-3 O 9n+11 homologues is analyzed in detail using advanced transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. The connectivity of the anatase-like chains to the perovskite blocks results in a 3a p periodicity along the interfaces, so that they can be located either on top of each other or with shifts of ±a p along [100] p . The ordered arrangement of the interfaces gives rise to orthorhombic Immm and monoclinic A2/m polymorphs with the unit cell parameters a = 3a p , b = b p , c = 2(n + 1)c p and a = 3a p , b = b p , c = 2(n + 1)c p - a p , respectively. While the n = 3 compound is orthorhombic, the monoclinic modification is more favorable in higher homologues. The Bi 3n+1 Ti 7 Fe 3n-3 O 9n+11 structures demonstrate intricate patterns of atomic displacements in the perovskite blocks, which are supported by the stereochemical activity of the Bi 3+ cations. These patterns are coupled to the cationic coordination of the oxygen atoms in the (Ti,Fe)O 2 layers at the border of the perovskite blocks. The coupling is strong in the n = 3, 4 homologues, but gradually reduces with the increasing thickness of the perovskite blocks, so that, in the n = 6 compound, the dominant mode of atomic displacements is aligned along the interface planes. The displacements in the adjacent perovskite blocks tend to order antiparallel, resulting in an overall antipolar structure. The Bi 3n+1 Ti 7 Fe 3n-3 O 9n+11 materials demonstrate an unusual diversity of structure defects. The n = 4-6 homologues are

  16. Correlating material-specific layers and magnetic distributions within onion-like Fe3O4/MnO/γ-Mn2O3 core/shell nanoparticles

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    Krycka, K. L.; Borchers, J. A.; Laver, M.; Salazar-Alvarez, G.; López-Ortega, A.; Estrader, M.; Suriñach, S.; Baró, M. D.; Sort, J.; Nogués, J.

    2013-05-01

    The magnetic responses of two nanoparticle systems comprised of Fe3O4/γ-Mn2O3 (soft ferrimagnetic, FM/hard FM) and Fe3O4/MnO/γ-Mn2O3 (soft FM/antiferromagnetic, AFM/hard FM) are compared, where the MnO serves to physically decouple the FM layers. Variation in the temperature and applied field allows for Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) measurements of the magnetic moments both parallel and perpendicular to an applied field. Data for the bilayer particle indicate that the graded ferrimagnetic layers are coupled and respond to the field as a single unit. For the trilayer nanoparticles, magnetometry suggests a Curie temperature (TC) ≈ 40 K for the outer γ-Mn2O3 component, yet SANS reveals an increase in the magnetization associated with outer layer that is perpendicular to the applied field above TC during magnetic reversal. This result suggests that the γ-Mn2O3 magnetically reorients relative to the applied field as the temperature is increased above 40 K.

  17. Efficient removal of dyes by a novel magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/ZnCr-layered double hydroxide adsorbent from heavy metal wastewater

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    Chen, Dan; Li, Yang; Zhang, Jia [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, No. 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444 (China); Li, Wenhui [Department of Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, 130 Meilong Road, Shanghai 200237 (China); Zhou, Jizhi; Shao, Li [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, No. 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444 (China); Qian, Guangren, E-mail: grqian@shu.edu.cn [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghai University, No. 99 Shangda Road, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: To purify heavy metal wastewater (pickling waste liquor (PWL{sub A} and PWL{sub B}) and electroplating wastewater (EPW{sub C} and EPW{sub D})), a novel magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/ZnCr-LDH material was formed via two-step microwave hydrothermal method (Step 1 and Step 2) and applicable for organic dyes wastewater treatment. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/ZnCr-layered double hydroxide adsorbent was produced from wastewater. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer RSM was successfully applied to the optimization of the preparation conditions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The maximum adsorption capacity of MO was found to be 240.16 mg/g. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The MO adsorption mechanism on MFLA was certified. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer MFLA could be recycled after catalytic regeneration by the oxidation technology. - Abstract: A novel magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/ZnCr-layered double hydroxide adsorbent was produced from electroplating wastewater and pickling waste liquor via a two-step microwave hydrothermal method. Adsorption of methyl orange (MO) from water was studied using this material. The effects of three variables have been investigated by a single-factor method. The response surface methodology (RSM) based on Box-Behnken design was successfully applied to the optimization of the preparation conditions. The maximum adsorption capacity of MO was found to be 240.16 mg/g, indicating that this material may be an effective adsorbent. It was shown that 99% of heavy metal ions (Fe{sup 2+}, Fe{sup 3+}, Cr{sup 3+}, and Zn{sup 2+}) can be effectively removed into precipitates and released far less in the adsorption process. In addition, this material with adsorbed dye can be easily separated by a magnetic field and recycled after catalytic regeneration with advanced oxidation technology. Meanwhile, kinetic models, FTIR spectra and X-ray diffraction pattern were applied to the experimental data to examine uptake mechanism. The

  18. Dielectric properties of layered FeGaInS{sub 4} single crystals in an alternating electric field

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    Mammadov, F. M. [Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, Nagiyev Institute of Catalysis and Inorganic Chemistry (Azerbaijan); Niftiyev, N. N., E-mail: namiq7@bk.ru [Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University (Azerbaijan)

    2016-09-15

    The results of investigations of the frequency and temperature dependences of dielectric losses and the imaginary part of the dielectric permittivity in FeGaInS{sub 4} single crystals are presented. Their experimental values are determined. It is established that the loss tangent and the imaginary part of the permittivity of FeGaInS{sub 4} single crystals in a field with frequencies of 10{sup 4}–10{sup 6} Hz decrease inversely proportional to the frequency (tanδ ~ 1/ω), and the conductivity is characterized by the band–hopping mechanism. For FeGaInS{sub 4}, the relaxation time is calculated, and it is established that there is a mechanism of electron polarization caused by thermal motion in this crystal.

  19. Electron spin injection from a regrown Fe layer in a spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser

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    Holub, M.; Bhattacharya, P.; Shin, J.; Saha, D.

    2007-04-01

    An electroluminescence circular polarization of 23% and threshold current reduction of 11% are obtained in an electrically pumped spin-polarized vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. Electron spin injection is accomplished utilizing a regrown Fe/ n-AlGaAs Schottky tunnel barrier deposited around the base of the laser mesas. Negligible circular polarizations and threshold current reductions are measured for nonmagnetic and Fe-based control VCSELs, which provides convincing evidence of spin injection, transport, and detection in our spin-polarized laser.

  20. Electronic structure, magnetism and thermoelectricity in layered perovskites: Sr2SnMnO6 and Sr2SnFeO6

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    Khandy, Shakeel Ahmad; Gupta, Dinesh C.

    2017-11-01

    Layered structures especially perovskites have titanic potential for novel device applications and thanks to the multifunctional properties displayed in these materials. We forecast and justify the robust spin-polarized ferromagnetism in half-metallic Sr2SnFeO6 and semiconducting Sr2SnMnO6 perovskite oxides. Different approximation methods have been argued to put forward their physical properties. The intriguingly intricate electronic band structures favor the application of these materials in spintronics. The transport parameters like Seebeck coefficient, electrical and thermal conductivity, have been put together to establish their thermoelectric response. Finally, the layered oxides are found to switch their application as thermoelectric materials and hence, these concepts design the principles of the technologically desired thermoelectric and spin based devices.

  1. Static and dynamic properties of Co2FeAl thin films: Effect of MgO and Ta as capping layers

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    Husain, Sajid; Barwal, Vineet; Kumar, Ankit; Behera, Nilamani; Akansel, Serkan; Goyat, Ekta; Svedlindh, Peter; Chaudhary, Sujeet

    2017-05-01

    The influence of MgO and Ta capping layers on the static and dynamic magnetic properties of Co2FeAl (CFA) Heusler alloy thin films has been investigated. It is observed that the CFA film deposited with MgO capping layer is preeminent compared to the uncapped or Ta capped CFA film. In particular, the magnetic inhomogeneity contribution to the ferromagnetic resonance line broadening and damping constant are found to be minimal for the MgO capped CFA thin film i.e., 0.12±0.01 Oe and 0.0074±0.00014, respectively. The saturation magnetization was found to be 960±25emu/cc.

  2. Ultrathin limit and dead-layer effects in local polarization switching of BiFeO3

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    Maksymovych, P.; Huijben, Mark; Pan, M.; Jesse, S.; Balke, N.; Chu, Y.H.; Chang, H.J.; Borisevich, A.Y.; Baddorf, A.P.; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.; Blank, David H.A.; Ramesh, R.; Kalinin, S.V.

    2012-01-01

    Using piezoresponse force microscopy in an ultrahigh vacuum, polarization switching has been detected and quantified in epitaxial BiFeO3 films from 200 to about 4 unit cells thick. Local remnant piezoresponse was utilized to probe both ferroelectric properties and effects of imperfect electrical

  3. Polypyrrole layer coated MnO{sub x}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanotubes with enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium ion batteries

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    Jin, Rencheng, E-mail: jinrc427@126.com; Wang, Qingyao; Li, Honghao; Ma, Yuqian; Sun, Yexian; Li, Guihua

    2017-05-01

    Highlights: • MnO{sub x}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/polypyrrole nanotubes have been fabricated by a facile method. • The composites display the specific capacity of 1060 mA h g{sup −1} after 100 cycles. • The specific capacity maintains at 630 mA h g{sup −1} at 5000 mA g{sup −1}. - Abstract: MnO{sub x}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/polypyrrole nanotubes have been fabricated by a facile method, which involves a hydrothermal method, chemical solution route, annealing process and a subsequent chemical polymerization method. Electrochemical measurement shows that MnO{sub x}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/polypyrrole nanotubes display excellent electrochemical properties. A reversible specific capacity of 1060 mA h g{sup −1} is achieved after 100 cycles at the current density of 200 mA g{sup −1}. Even at higher current density of 5000 mA g{sup −1}, the specific capacity of the electrode can be kept at 630 mA h g{sup −1}. The excellent electrochemical performances are ascribed to the synergetic effect of different components and the conductive polypyrrole layer.

  4. On the nature of the structural and magnetic phase transitions in the layered perovskite-like (CH3NH3)2[Fe(II)Cl4].

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    Han, Jing; Nishihara, Sadafumi; Inoue, Katsuya; Kurmoo, Mohamedally

    2014-02-17

    In view of renewed interest in multiferroic for molecular systems, we re-examine the structural and magnetic properties of the potentially ferroic layered perovskite-like (CH3NH3)2[Fe(II)Cl4] due to its high-temperature magnetic ordering transition. The structures from several sets of diffraction data of single crystals consist of square-grid layers of corner-sharing FeCl6 octahedra and changes from the high-symmetry I4/mmm (T > 335 K) to the low-symmetry Pccn (T magnetic at 95 K. The temperature dependences of the dc magnetization (zero-field and field-cooling modes) in different applied fields (10-10,000 Oe) on several aligned single crystals independently reveal a hidden-canted antiferromagnetic ground state of at least four sublattices and not the reported canted antiferromagnetic ground state. A metamagnetic critical field of only 200 Oe transforms it to a canted antiferromagnet. The estimated canting angle is 1.4° in zero field, and it folds to ca. 2.8° in a field of 50 kOe at 2 K. The easy axis is along 010, the hard axis is along 100, and the intermediate and canting axis is 001. Using the available extracted parameters the phase diagram has been constructed. This study provides evidence of a complex and intricate manifestation of the orientation, temperature, and field dependence of the interplay between anisotropy and coherent lengths, which would need further studies.

  5. Corrosion and corrosion-friction properties of plasma cladding wear-resistant layer on Fe-based alloy

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    Zhang, Dekun; Yu, Ruoqi; Chen, Kai; Yang, Xuehui; Liu, Yuan; Yin, Yan

    2018-02-01

    Plasma cladding technology is used to prepare a plasma cladding gradient wear-resistant layer, and the corrosion and corrosion-friction properties of the plasma cladding wear-resistant layer are analyzed. The results indicate that under pure immersion corrosion, the plasma gradient cladding wear-resisting layer has better corrosion resistance compared with that of single cladding specimen. No obvious corrosion traces occur on the corrosion surface. Under corrosion-friction conditions, the variety law of friction coefficient can be divided into four stages: rapid decline zone, slight increase zone, fluctuation zone and steady zone. The fluctuation ranges of friction coefficient and wear loss greatly reduce compared with those of dry friction. Furthermore, the wear scar has no obvious corrosion traces. The wear mechanism of the substrate is corrosion wear, adhesive wear, abrasive wear and fatigue wear, while the plasma cladding gradient wear-resistant layer is given priority to with adhesive wear and abrasive wear.

  6. The Influence of Grain Structure on Intermetallic Compound Layer Growth Rates in Fe-Al Dissimilar Welds

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    Xu, Lei; Robson, Joseph D.; Wang, Li; Prangnell, Philip B.

    2018-02-01

    The thickness of the intermetallic compound (IMC) layer that forms when aluminum is welded to steel is critical in determining the properties of the dissimilar joints. The IMC reaction layer typically consists of two phases ( η and θ) and many attempts have been made to determine the apparent activation energy for its growth, an essential parameter in developing any predictive model for layer thickness. However, even with alloys of similar composition, there is no agreement of the correct value of this activation energy. In the present work, the IMC layer growth has been characterized in detail for AA6111 aluminum to DC04 steel couples under isothermal annealing conditions. The samples were initially lightly ultrasonically welded to produce a metallic bond, and the structure and thickness of the layer were then characterized in detail, including tracking the evolution of composition and grain size in the IMC phases. A model developed previously for Al-Mg dissimilar welds was adapted to predict the coupled growth of the two phases in the layer, whilst accounting explicitly for grain boundary and lattice diffusion, and considering the influence of grain growth. It has been shown that the intermetallic layer has a submicron grain size, and grain boundary diffusion as well as grain growth plays a critical role in determining the thickening rate for both phases. The model was used to demonstrate how this explains the wide scatter in the apparent activation energies previously reported. From this, process maps were developed that show the relative importance of each diffusion path to layer growth as a function of temperature and time.

  7. Sporadic lymphoplasmacytic cholecystitis: a clinicopathologic entity.

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    Hammer, Suntrea T G; Appelman, Henry D

    2014-08-01

    To describe a sporadic form of lymphoplasmacytic cholecystitis (LPC), a condition known to occur in patients with chronic biliary tract disease. One year's worth of cholecystectomies was reviewed for sporadic cases of LPC. Histologic, radiologic, and clinical findings were reviewed and compared with noninflamed controls. Sporadic cases were also compared histologically with obstructive LPC cases. Sporadic LPC made up 7% of cholecystectomies, had a male predominance (54.2%), and more often presented with clinical signs of acute inflammation compared with controls. Radiologic findings identified gallstones in 71.4% of patients. The second most common finding was unexplained extrahepatic biliary dilation. There were no unique histologic findings to separate sporadic cases from those associated with pancreatobiliary disease. While obstructive LPC is traditionally described as acalculous, chronic cholecystitis, we show this inflammatory pattern occurs both in the presence of gallstones and outside of previously described disease categories. In addition, LPC occurs in a unique patient demographic (older men), often presenting similarly to acute cholecystitis. Copyright© by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

  8. Morphology and the magnetic and conducting properties of heterogeneous layered magnetic structures [(Co45Fe45Zr10)35(Al2O3)65/ a-Si:H]36

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    Dyadkina, E. A.; Vorobiev, A. A.; Ukleev, V. A.; Lott, D.; Sitnikov, A. V.; Kalinin, Yu. E.; Gerashchenko, O. V.; Grigoriev, S. V.

    2014-03-01

    The morphology and the magnetic and conducting properties of an amorphous multilayer nanosystem [(Co45Fe45Zr10)35(Al2O3)65/ a-Si:H]36 consisting of (Co45Fe45Zr10)35(Al2O3)65 magnetic layers and semiconducting hydrogenated amorphous silicon ( a-Si:H) layers of various thicknesses have been studied. Using a combination of methods (including polarized neutron reflectometry and grazing incidence small-angle X-ray scattering), it is shown that the magnetic and electrical properties of these multilayer structures are determined by their morphology. It is established that the magnetization and electric resistance of a sample is a nonmonotonic function of the a-Si:H layer thickness. Both characteristics are at a minimum for a structure with a semiconductor layer thickness of 0.4 nm. Samples with silicon layer thicknesses below 0.4 nm represent a three-dimensional structure of Co45Fe45Zr10 grains weakly ordered in space, while in samples with silicon layer thicknesses above 0.4 nm, these grains are packed in layers alternating in the vertical direction. The average lateral distance between nanoparticles in the layer plane has been determined, from which the dimensions of metal grains in each sample have been estimated.

  9. Epoxy-bonded La(Fe,mn,si)13Hz As A Multi Layered Active Magnetic Regenerator

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    Neves Bez, Henrique; Navickaité, Kristina; Lei, Tian

    2016-01-01

    of the material may break apart during operation. In this context, we studied epoxy-bonded La(Fe,Mn,Si)13Hz regenerators, in a small versatile active magnetic regeneration (AMR) test device with a 1.1 T permanent magnet source. The magnetocaloric material was in the form of packed irregular particles (250-500 µm......), which were mechanically held in place by an epoxy matrix connecting the particles, improving the mechanical integrity, while allowing a continuous porosity for the fluid flow. Water with 2 wt% ENTEK FNE as anti-corrosion additive was used as the heat transfer fluid for the epoxy-bonded regenerators...

  10. FE-MODELLING OF A CONTACT LAYER BETWEEN ELEMENTS JOINED IN PRELOADED BOLTED CONNECTIONS FOR THE OPERATIONAL CONDITION

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    Rafał Grzejda

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Modelling and calculations of a contact layer between elements joined in a preloaded bolted connection for the operational condition are presented. The physical model of the bolted connection is based on a flexible flange element that is joined with a rigid support by means of the no-bolt model (at the assembly stage or the rigid body bolt model (at the operational stage. The contact layer between joined elements is described as the nonlinear Winkler model. The contact joint model considering an experimental normal elastic characteristic is presented. Examples of normal contact pressure and normal contact deformations distributions are contained.

  11. Double MgO-based Perpendicular Magnetic-Tunnel-Junction Spin-valve Structure with a Top Co2Fe6B2Free Layer using a Single SyAF [Co/Pt]nLayer.

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    Choi, Jin-Young; Lee, Dong-Gi; Baek, Jong-Ung; Park, Jea-Gun

    2018-02-01

    A new perpendicular spin-transfer-torque magnetic-tunnel-junction (p-MTJ) spin-valve was developed to achieve a high tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio. It had a double MgO-based spin-valve structure with a top Co 2 Fe 6 B 2 free layer and incorporated a single SyAF [Co(0.4 nm)/Pt(0.3 nm)] 3 layer and a new buffer layer of Co(0.6)/Pt(0.3)/Co(0.4). It had a TMR ratio of 180% and anisotropy exchange field (H ex ) of 3.44 kOe after ex-situ annealing of 350 °C for 30 min under a vacuum below 10 -6 torr and a perpendicular magnetic field of 3 tesla, thereby ensuring a memory margin and avoiding read disturbance failures. Its high level of performance was due to the face-center-cubic crystallinity of the MgO tunneling barrier being significantly improved by decreasing its surface roughness (i.e., peak-to-valley length of 1.4 nm).

  12. Preparation and estimation of thermodynamic properties of Fe(II)-, Co(II)-, Ni(II)- and Zr(IV)-containing layered double hydroxides

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    Rozov, Konstantin; Curtius, Hilde; Bosbach, Dirk [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany). Inst. for Nuclear Waste Management and Reactor Safety (IEK-6)

    2015-07-01

    The investigation of layered double hydroxides (LDHs) was performed because they and similar 'green rust' phases were identified as specific secondary phases forming during the evolution of the disposed research reactor fuel elements under nuclear repository relevant conditions. LDHs or 'hydrotalcite-like' solids are of interest in environmental geochemistry because they can substitute various cations and especially due to the anion-exchange properties and, therefore, can be considered as buffer materials for retention of mobile and hazardous radionuclides (like, {sup 14}C, {sup 129}I, {sup 36}Cl, {sup 79}Se etc.). In our study Fe{sup 2+}-, Co{sup 2+}-, Ni{sup 2+}- and Zr{sup 4+}-containing LDHs have been synthesized by co-precipitation method and characterized (PXRD, FT-IR, SEM-EDX, TGA-DSC) in order to investigate the effect of substitution of 2- and 4-valent cations on the stability of LDHs. PXRD measurements demonstrated that: (1) pure Mg-Al-Fe(II) LDHs are existing in the range of the mole fraction of iron x{sub Fe} = Fe/(Mg+Fe) between 0 and 0.13. Unit-cell parameters (a{sub o}=b{sub o}) as a function of x{sub Fe} follow Vegard's law corroborating the existence of a solid solution when x{sub Fe} = 0 - 0.13. Products of syntheses with x{sub Fe} ≥ 0.13 contain detectable amounts (≥1-2 wt%) of additional phases (like, magnetite, maghemite, lepidocrocite); (2) pure Ni{sup 2+}- and Co{sup 2+}-containing LDHs (mole fractions of Ni and Co were equal to 0.1) have been synthesized successfully; (3) Mg-Al-Zr(IV) precipitates with mole fraction of zirconium x{sub Zr} = Zr/(Zr+Al) = 0.0 - 0.5 show PXRD patterns attributed to pure LDHs and the variation of lattice parameters a{sub o}=b{sub o} as a function of x{sub Zr} is in agreement with Vegard's law demonstrating the presence of solid solution. In contrast, PXRD analyses of precipitates with x{sub Zr} ≥ 0.5 have shown the presence of additional X-ray reflexes typical for brucite. The

  13. Improved performance of LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3 solid oxide fuel cell cathode by application of a thin interface cathode functional layer

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    Molin, Sebastian; Jasinski, Piotr Z.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, novel functional layers were prepared by a low temperature spray pyrolysis method on the oxygen side of the solid oxide cells. Thin layers of Ce0.8Gd0.2O2 and LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3 are prepared between the electrolyte and the porous oxygen electrode. Additionally the influence of the sprayed...... ceria barrier layer on the zirconia based electrolyte with the new layers is evaluated. Impedance spectroscopy results show improvement in contact between the electrolyte and the porous cathode electrode. Additionally, electrochemical performance of the cathode is improved, as evidenced by a lowered...

  14. Fe(II)–Al(III) layered double hydroxides prepared by ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation method for the reduction of bromate

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    Zhong, Yu; Yang, Qi; Luo, Kun; Wu, Xiuqiong; Li, Xiaoming; Liu, Yang; Tang, Wangwang; Zeng, Guangming; Peng, Bo

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: ► Fe(II)–Al(III) LDHs were synthesized by ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation method. ► The Fe–Al (30 min) exhibited highly reduction reactivity on bromate. ► Pseudo-first-order model described the experimental data well. ► The mechanisms of bromate removal were proposed. -- Abstract: Bromate is recognized as an oxyhalide disinfection byproduct in drinking water. In this paper, Fe(II)–Al(III) layered double hydroxides (Fe–Al LDHs) prepared by the ultrasound-assisted co-precipitation method were used for the reduction of bromate in solution. The Fe–Al LDHs particles were characterized by X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry. It was found that ultrasound irradiation assistance promoted the formation of the hydrotalcite-like phase and then improved the removal efficiency of bromate. In addition, the effects of solid-to-solution ratio, contact time, initial bromate concentration, initial pH, coexisting anions on the bromate removal were investigated. The results showed the bromate with an initial concentration of 1.56 μmol/L could be completely removed from solution by Fe–Al LDHs within 120 min. When the initial bromate concentration was 7.81 μmol/L, the Fe–Al LDHs with irradiation time of 30 min exhibited the optimum removal efficiency and the bromate removal capacity (q e ) was 6.80 μmol/g. In addition, the appearance of sulfate and production of bromide were observed simultaneously in this process, which suggested that ion-exchange between sulfate and bromate, and the reduction of bromate to bromide by Fe 2+ were the main mechanisms responsible for the bromate removal by Fe–Al LDHs

  15. Enhanced activity of CaFeMg layered double hydroxides-supported gold nanodendrites for the electrochemical evolution of oxygen and hydrogen in alkaline media

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    Havakeshian, Elaheh; Salavati, Hossein; Taei, Masoumeh; Hasheminasab, Fatemeh; Seddighi, Mohadeseh

    2018-02-01

    In this study, Au was electrodeposited on a support of CaFeMg layered double hydroxide and then, its catalytic activity was investigated for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). Field emission scanning electron microscopy images showed that a uniform porous film of aggregated nano-particles of the LDH has been decorated with Au nanodendrite-like structures (AuNDs@LDH). The results obtained from polarization curves, Tafel plots and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy showed that the AuNDs@LDH exhibits lower overpotential, higher current density, faster kinetics and enhanced stability for both of the OER and HER, in comparison with the single AuNPs and LDH catalysts.

  16. Genetic instability in inherited and sporadic leukemias.

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    Popp, Henning D; Bohlander, Stefan K

    2010-12-01

    Genetic instability due to increased DNA damage and altered DNA repair is of central significance in the initiation and progression of inherited and sporadic human leukemias. Although very rare, some inherited DNA repair insufficiency syndromes (e.g., Fanconi anemia, Bloom's syndrome) have added substantially to our understanding of crucial mechanisms of leukemogenesis in recent years. Conversely, sporadic leukemias account for the main proportion of leukemias and here DNA damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) play a central role. Although the exact mechanisms of increased ROS production remain largely unknown and no single pathway has been detected thus far, some oncogenic proteins (e.g., the activated tyrosine kinases BCR-ABL1 and FLT3-ITD) seem to play a key role in driving genetic instability by increased ROS generation which influences the disease course (e.g., blast crisis in chronic myeloid leukemia or relapse in FLT3-ITD positive acute myeloid leukemia). Of course other mechanisms, which promote genetic instability in leukemia also exist. A newly emerging mechanism is the genome-wide alteration of epigenetic marks (e.g., hypomethylation of histone H3K79), which promotes chromosomal instability. Taken together genetic instability plays a critical role both in inherited and sporadic leukemias and emerges as a common theme in both inherited and sporadic leukemias. Beyond its theoretical impact, the analysis of genetic instability may lead the way to the development of innovative therapy strategies. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  17. Control of oxygen octahedral rotation in BiFeO3 films using modulation of SrRuO3 bottom electrode layer

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    Lee, Sungsu; Jo, Ji Young

    2015-03-01

    Oxygen octahedral rotation of multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) has attracted great attention due to changes of electrical and magnetic properties. Coupling of octahedral rotation in BFO-bottom electrode layer interface remains unexplored. Recently, there have been reported the control of octahedral rotation in SrRuO3 (SRO) film on SrTiO3 (001) substrate by coherently controlling the oxygen pressure during growth and interfacial coupling. Here we demonstrate that the octahedral rotation of BFO film is changed using tetragonal a0a0c- tilted-SRO bottom electrodes. In this work, BFO/SRO heterostructure is fabricated to SrTiO3 (001) single crystal substrates by pulsed laser deposition at different oxygen partial pressures. The rotation pattern of FeO6 and the structural symmetry are identified from half-integer reflections using high-resolution X-ray diffraction. The effects depending on octahedral tilting of BFO films on the magnetic and ferroelectric properties will be presented.

  18. Effect of Magnetic Field on Surface Morphology and Magnetic Properties of FeCu/Cu Nano layers Prepared by Electrodeposition Technique: Investigation of Magneto-hydrodynamic Effect

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the effect of magnetic field on the morphology, structure and magnetic properties of electrodeposited FeCu/Cu thin films was investigated. The films were deposited on Au2PdAg/glass substrates using electrodeposition technique in potentiostatic control. The magnetic fields of 5000 and 7000 Oe were applied on deposition bath during deposition. Two series of thin films were prepared in the same deposition conditions, one in the presence and the other in absence of magnetic field and the products were compared. The results indicate that applying the magnetic field has a significant effect on the growth process, i.e. morphology, crystal structure and magnetic properties of the films. The morphology and structure of the FeCu/Cu Nano layers were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The weight percentages of the elements in the deposited multilayers were determined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS. Magnetic properties of thin films were studied using the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM.

  19. Superconductivity at 43 K in an iron-based layered compound LaO(1-x)F(x)FeAs.

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    Takahashi, Hiroki; Igawa, Kazumi; Arii, Kazunobu; Kamihara, Yoichi; Hirano, Masahiro; Hosono, Hideo

    2008-05-15

    The iron- and nickel-based layered compounds LaOFeP (refs 1, 2) and LaONiP (ref. 3) have recently been reported to exhibit low-temperature superconducting phases with transition temperatures T(c) of 3 and 5 K, respectively. Furthermore, a large increase in the midpoint T(c) of up to approximately 26 K has been realized in the isocrystalline compound LaOFeAs on doping of fluoride ions at the O2- sites (LaO(1-x)F(x)FeAs). Experimental observations and theoretical studies suggest that these transitions are related to a magnetic instability, as is the case for most superconductors based on transition metals. In the copper-based high-temperature superconductors, as well as in LaOFeAs, an increase in T(c) is often observed as a result of carrier doping in the two-dimensional electronic structure through ion substitution in the surrounding insulating layers, suggesting that the application of external pressure should further increase T(c) by enhancing charge transfer between the insulating and conducting layers. The effects of pressure on these iron oxypnictide superconductors may be more prominent than those in the copper-based systems, because the As ion has a greater electronic polarizability, owing to the covalency of the Fe-As chemical bond, and, thus, is more compressible than the divalent O2- ion. Here we report that increasing the pressure causes a steep increase in the onset T(c) of F-doped LaOFeAs, to a maximum of approximately 43 K at approximately 4 GPa. With the exception of the copper-based high-T(c) superconductors, this is the highest T(c) reported to date. The present result, together with the great freedom available in selecting the constituents of isocrystalline materials with the general formula LnOTMPn (Ln, Y or rare-earth metal; TM, transition metal; Pn, group-V, 'pnicogen', element), indicates that the layered iron oxypnictides are promising as a new material platform for further exploration of high-temperature superconductivity.

  20. Very smooth FeSb.sub.2./sub.Te and Ce.sub.0.1./sub.Fe.sub.0.7./sub.Co.sub.3.3./sub.Sb.sub.12./sub. layers prepared by modified PLD

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    Remsa, Jan; Jelínek, Miroslav; Kocourek, Tomáš; Zeipl, Radek; Navrátil, Jiří

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 45, č. 3 (2016), s. 1921-1926 ISSN 0361-5235 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-33056S Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61389013 Keywords : PLD * RTA * thermoelectric layer * Harman * FeSb 2 Te * Ce 0.1 Fe 0.7 Co 3.3 Sb 12 Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism; CD - Macromolecular Chemistry (UMCH-V) Impact factor: 1.579, year: 2016

  1. Formation and preservation of greigite (Fe3S4) in a thick sediment layer from the central South Yellow Sea

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    Liu, Jianxing; Mei, Xi; Shi, Xuefa; Liu, Qingsong; Liu, Yanguang; Ge, Shulan

    2018-04-01

    Sediments from continental shelves are sensitive to changes in both oceanic and terrestrial conditions, and, therefore, magnetic minerals in such sediments are affected strongly by depositional and diagenetic processes. Here, we investigated systematically an N-S transect of three sediment cores from the central South Yellow Sea (SYS) muddy area. Magnetic data indicate the presence of a horizontally distributed thick greigite-bearing layer. From an age model based on published magnetostratigraphy, accelerator mass spectrometry 14C dating ages, sedimentary characteristics and foraminiferal analysis, this layer was deposited within marine isotope stages (MIS) 17-13, following an enhanced sulphidic period over MIS 21-19 when the YS Warm Current and the associated YS Cold Water Mass were strong and where underlying sediments have higher total organic carbon, total sulphur and trace element molybdenum contents. Trace element cadmium enrichment in the greigite-bearing layers is documented for the first time, which indicates that weakly sulphidic (i.e. with trace levels of free H2S) conditions existed before greigite formed in a sulphidic environment during early diagenesis. It also indicates that subsequent conditions free of oxygen and H2S after greigite formation are more favourable for its preservation. We propose that organic matter supply was controlled over an extended period by moderate primary productivity. The combined effects of palaeoclimate and local tectonic subsidence were crucial for the formation and preservation of the identified greigite. In brief, our study improves understanding of the formation and preservation mechanisms of greigite in continental shelf sediments and reveals mid-Pleistocene palaeoenvironmental changes in the SYS.

  2. Magnetic reversal dynamics of NiFe-based artificial spin ice: Effect of Nb layer in normal and superconducting state

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    Kaur, M.; Gupta, Anurag; Varandani, D.; Verma, Apoorva; Senguttuvan, T. D.; Mehta, B. R.; Budhani, R. C.

    2017-11-01

    Square arrays of artificial spin ice (ASI) constituting weakly interacting NiFe nano-islands, with length ˜312 nm, width ˜125 nm, thickness ˜20 nm, and lattice constant ˜570 nm, were fabricated on Nb thin film and on thermally grown 300 nm SiO2 on silicon. Detailed investigations of magnetic force microscopy (MFM) at room temperature, and magnetization M(H) loops and relaxation of remanent magnetization (Mr) at various temperatures were carried out in two in-plane field geometries, namely, parallel ("P"-parallel to the square lattice) and diagonal ("D"- 45° to the square lattice). The magnetic response of the ASI samples shows striking difference for insulating (SiO2), metallic (Nb, T > 6.6 K) and superconducting (Nb, T 6.6 K), (1) in "P" geometry the M(H) loops are found to be more "S" shaped in comparison with that for SiO2 base; (2) the ratio of magnetic vertex population of Type II to Type III vertices extracted from MFM studies in "P"("D") geometry is ˜1:1.1(1.2:1) that changed for the SiO2 base to ˜2.1:1 (4: 1). However, the NiFe-ASI on both metallic Nb and SiO2 bases exhibit a highly athermal decay of magnetization, and the % change in Mr in about two hours at T = 10 K (300 K) lies in a range of ˜1.07-1.80 (0.25-0.62). With Nb base in superconducting state (T < 6.6 K), the M(H) loops not only look radically different from those with SiO2 and metallic Nb as bases but also show significant difference in "P" and "D" geometries. These results are discussed in terms of inter-island magnetostatic energy as influenced by field geometry, presence of metallic Nb base and competing vortex pinning energy of superconducting Nb base.

  3. Prominent electric properties of BiFeO₃ shells sputtered on ZnO-nanorod cores with LaNiO₃ buffer layers.

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    Chiu, Kuan-Chang; Yang, Tung-Han; Wu, Jenn-Ming

    2013-06-07

    In this work, template-assisted methods were adopted to grow BiFeO3 (BFO)-nanorod arrays on substrates. Well-aligned ZnO-nanorod arrays (ZNAs) grown hydrothermally were chosen as positive templates. It was found that perovskite BFO could not be radio frequency (RF)-magnetron sputtered directly on a ZNA at elevated temperatures. Only amorphous BFO was obtained. However, polycrystalline BFO shells could be fabricated by RF-magnetron sputtering on ZNA templates by the introduction of LaNiO3 (LNO) buffer layers. The LNO buffer layer deposited on the ZNA by RF-magnetron sputtering was demonstrated to improve the adhesion and crystallization of the sequentially sputtered BFO shells. The electrical properties were evaluated by conductive atomic force microscopy and piezoresponse force microscopy. Bulk-limited Poole-Frenkel emission dominates the conduction of BFO shells at positive bias, while barrier-limited Schottky emission accounts for the conduction at negative bias due to the interface between the Pt/Ir-coated tip and the BFO. The piezoelectric coefficient (d33) was estimated to be ∼32.93 pm V(-1) and a polarization of 133 μC cm(-2) was derived. These values are higher than those reported previously for BFO films.

  4. Prominent electric properties of BiFeO3 shells sputtered on ZnO-nanorod cores with LaNiO3 buffer layers

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    Chiu, Kuan-Chang; Yang, Tung-Han; Wu, Jenn-Ming

    2013-06-01

    In this work, template-assisted methods were adopted to grow BiFeO3 (BFO)-nanorod arrays on substrates. Well-aligned ZnO-nanorod arrays (ZNAs) grown hydrothermally were chosen as positive templates. It was found that perovskite BFO could not be radio frequency (RF)-magnetron sputtered directly on a ZNA at elevated temperatures. Only amorphous BFO was obtained. However, polycrystalline BFO shells could be fabricated by RF-magnetron sputtering on ZNA templates by the introduction of LaNiO3 (LNO) buffer layers. The LNO buffer layer deposited on the ZNA by RF-magnetron sputtering was demonstrated to improve the adhesion and crystallization of the sequentially sputtered BFO shells. The electrical properties were evaluated by conductive atomic force microscopy and piezoresponse force microscopy. Bulk-limited Poole-Frenkel emission dominates the conduction of BFO shells at positive bias, while barrier-limited Schottky emission accounts for the conduction at negative bias due to the interface between the Pt/Ir-coated tip and the BFO. The piezoelectric coefficient (d33) was estimated to be ˜32.93 pm V-1 and a polarization of 133 μC cm-2 was derived. These values are higher than those reported previously for BFO films.

  5. The driver landscape of sporadic chordoma.

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    Tarpey, Patrick S; Behjati, Sam; Young, Matthew D; Martincorena, Inigo; Alexandrov, Ludmil B; Farndon, Sarah J; Guzzo, Charlotte; Hardy, Claire; Latimer, Calli; Butler, Adam P; Teague, Jon W; Shlien, Adam; Futreal, P Andrew; Shah, Sohrab; Bashashati, Ali; Jamshidi, Farzad; Nielsen, Torsten O; Huntsman, David; Baumhoer, Daniel; Brandner, Sebastian; Wunder, Jay; Dickson, Brendan; Cogswell, Patricia; Sommer, Josh; Phillips, Joanna J; Amary, M Fernanda; Tirabosco, Roberto; Pillay, Nischalan; Yip, Stephen; Stratton, Michael R; Flanagan, Adrienne M; Campbell, Peter J

    2017-10-12

    Chordoma is a malignant, often incurable bone tumour showing notochordal differentiation. Here, we defined the somatic driver landscape of 104 cases of sporadic chordoma. We reveal somatic duplications of the notochordal transcription factor brachyury (T) in up to 27% of cases. These variants recapitulate the rearrangement architecture of the pathogenic germline duplications of T that underlie familial chordoma. In addition, we find potentially clinically actionable PI3K signalling mutations in 16% of cases. Intriguingly, one of the most frequently altered genes, mutated exclusively by inactivating mutation, was LYST (10%), which may represent a novel cancer gene in chordoma.Chordoma is a rare often incurable malignant bone tumour. Here, the authors investigate driver mutations of sporadic chordoma in 104 cases, revealing duplications in notochordal transcription factor brachyury (T), PI3K signalling mutations, and mutations in LYST, a potential novel cancer gene in chordoma.

  6. Catalytic Properties of Fe-containing Layered Aluminosilicates in Photo-oxidation of Dye “Methyl Green”

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    Shadrina, O. A.; Dashinamzhilova, E. Ts; Khankhasaeva, S. Ts

    2017-11-01

    The iron-containing materials with an iron content of 40 mg/g and 52.5 mg/g, a specific surface area of 107 m2/g and 96 m2/g are developed on the basis of natural layered aluminosilicate (montmorillonite) and polyhydroxo complexes of iron. It is shown that the materials exhibit high catalytic activity in the photo-oxidation of dye “Methyl Green”. The influence of physicochemical parameters (loading of the catalyst, a ratio of initial concentrations [H2O2]/[MG] on the efficiency of the dye photo-oxidation was established. The optimum conditions, which made it possible to achieve high mineralization and 100 % the dye oxidation efficiency were determined: the catalyst loading equal to 1.0 g/l and the ratio of [H2O2] and [MG] equal to stoichiometric ratio (55 mol/mol). The decrease of the total organic carbon content after photo-oxidation reaction was 56.5%. The average value of the quantum yield of the dye photo-oxidation was to 0.30 mol/Einstein. The results of the conducted research show that the developed iron-containing materials are the promising catalysts for photo-Fenton processes of oxidative degradation of organic compounds. The materials are of interest for use in wastewater treatment processes from toxic organic pollutants.

  7. Sporadic-E associated with the Leonid meteor shower event of November 1998 over low and equatorial latitudes

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    H. Chandra

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Rapid radio soundings were made over Ahmedabad, a low latitude station during the period 16–20 November 1998 to study the sporadic-E layer associated with the Leonid shower activity using the KEL Aerospace digital ionosonde. Hourly ionograms for the period 11 November to 24 November were also examined during the years from 1994 to 1998. A distinct increase in sporadic-E layer occurrence is noticed on 17, 18 and 19 November from 1996 to 1998. The diurnal variations  of  f0Es and fbEs also show significantly enhanced values for the morning hours of 18 and 19 November 1998. The ionograms clearly show strong sporadic-E reflections at times of peak shower activity with multiple traces in the altitude range of 100–140 km in few ionograms. Sporadic-E layers with multiple structures in altitude are also seen in some of the ionograms (quarter hourly at Thumba, situated near the magnetic equator. Few of ionograms recorded at Kodaikanal, another equatorial station, also show sporadic- E reflections in spite of the transmitter power being significantly lower. These new results highlighting the effect of intense meteor showers in the equatorial and low latitude E-region are presented.Key words. Ionosphere (equatorial ionosphere – Radio science (ionospheric physics

  8. Sporadic-E associated with the Leonid meteor shower event of November 1998 over low and equatorial latitudes

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    H. Chandra

    Full Text Available Rapid radio soundings were made over Ahmedabad, a low latitude station during the period 16–20 November 1998 to study the sporadic-E layer associated with the Leonid shower activity using the KEL Aerospace digital ionosonde. Hourly ionograms for the period 11 November to 24 November were also examined during the years from 1994 to 1998. A distinct increase in sporadic-E layer occurrence is noticed on 17, 18 and 19 November from 1996 to 1998. The diurnal variations 
    of  f0Es and fbEs also show significantly enhanced values for the morning hours of 18 and 19 November 1998. The ionograms clearly show strong sporadic-E reflections at times of peak shower activity with multiple traces in the altitude range of 100–140 km in few ionograms. Sporadic-E layers with multiple structures in altitude are also seen in some of the ionograms (quarter hourly at Thumba, situated near the magnetic equator. Few of ionograms recorded at Kodaikanal, another equatorial station, also show sporadic- E reflections in spite of the transmitter power being significantly lower. These new results highlighting the effect of intense meteor showers in the equatorial and low latitude E-region are presented.

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  9. Comparison Between Sporadic and Misdiagnosed Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: A Report of Two Cases.

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    Zhao, Xiongfei; Yu, Yingxin; Zhao, Zhiru; Xu, Jiaping

    2015-06-01

    Definite accurate diagnosis for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) depends on neuropathologic examination of brain biopsy or autopsy. However, transmissible nature makes the invasive examination dangerous. This study was set to determine that the clinical features are for the diagnosis of CJD through a comparison study. We compared clinical features of two cases with initial diagnosis of sporadic CJD. One case was finally diagnosed as definite sporadic CJD. According to World Health Organization diagnosis criteria, the other one, which had been diagnosed as probable sporadic CJD, was confirmed as limbic encephalitis after long-term follow-up. Compared with the case of definite sporadic CJD, the misdiagnosed case did not present typical electroencephalogram (EEG) and diffusion-weighted in magnetic resonance images (DWI) of CJD. However, cerebrospinal fluid in the misdiagnosed patient showed 14-3-3 protein positivity. The patient conditions improved after treatment. Through this case comparison, we conclude that EEG and DWI are necessary for accurate diagnosis of sporadic CJD. Further, long-term follow-up is crucial to diagnosis and treatment of CJD.

  10. Construction of hierarchically porous graphitized carbon-supported NiFe layered double hydroxides with a core-shell structure as an enhanced electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction.

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    Ni, Yuanman; Yao, Lihua; Wang, Yin; Liu, Bing; Cao, Minhua; Hu, Changwen

    2017-08-17

    The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a vital half-reaction in water splitting and metal-air batteries. Developing earth-abundant, highly efficient and durable OER catalysts has faced huge challenges until now, because OER is a strict kinetic sluggish process. Herein, we report the construction of hierarchically porous graphitized carbon (HPGC) supported NiFe layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with a core-shell structure (denoted as HPGC@NiFe) by a facile strategy. The HPGC was first obtained by pyrolysing phenolic resin nanospheres with FeCl 3 and ZnCl 2 as the catalyst and the activator, respectively. Then the NiFe LDH arrays were directly grown on the HPGC by a one-step hydrothermal method. The as-synthesized HPGC@NiFe reveals excellent OER properties with a low onset potential, a lower overpotential of 265 mV (corresponding to the current density at 10 mA cm -2 ) and a small Tafel slope (56 mV per decade). And its catalytic activity is even superior to that of the start-of-the-art noble-metal catalyst IrO 2 /C. Notably, the HPGC@NiFe electrode shows admirable stability measured by performing 2000 cycle CVs and long-term electrolysis for 50 h. The prominent performance can be attributed to the synergistic effect between the NiFe-LDHs and the hierarchically porous graphitized carbon, in which the former can increase the exposure of the active sites, while the latter can increase the charge transfer efficiency. Our research implies the possibility for the development of low-cost layered double hydroxides as a promising candidate in electrochemical energy storage and conversion equipment.

  11. Removal of indigo carmine and green bezanyl-F2B from water using calcined and uncalcined Zn/Al + Fe layered double hydroxide

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    Hassiba Bessaha

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Layered double hydroxide Zn/(Al + Fe with a molar ratio of 3:(0.85 + 0.15, designated as ZAF-HT, was synthetized by co-precipitation. Its calcined product CZAF was obtained by heat treatment of ZAF-HT at 500°C. The calcined and uncalcined materials were used to remove the acid dyes indigo carmine (IC and green bezanyl-F2B (F2B from water in batch mode. The synthetized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller analysis, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy and thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis. The sorption kinetic data fitted a pseudo-second-order model. The adsorbed amounts of the calcined material were much larger than ZAF-HT. The maximum adsorption capacity of CZAF was found to be 617.3 mg g−1 for IC and 1,501.4 mg g−1 for F2B. The isotherms showed that the removal of IC and F2B by ZAF-HT and CZAF could be described by a Langmuir model. The thermodynamic parameters were also calculated. The negative values of standard free energy ΔG° indicate the spontaneity of sorption process. The reuse of CZAF was studied for both dyes and the calcined material showed a good stability for four thermal cycles.

  12. Synthesis, structure and properties of layered iron-oxychalcogenides Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2−x}S{sub x}O{sub 3}

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    Liu, Y. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Zhang, S.B., E-mail: sbzhang@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Tan, S.G.; Yuan, B.; Kan, X.C.; Zu, L. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Sun, Y.P., E-mail: ypsun@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)

    2015-01-15

    A new series of sulfur-substituted iron-oxychalcogenides Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2−x}S{sub x}O{sub 3} (0≤x≤0.4) was synthesized by solid state reaction method, and investigated by structure, transport, magnetic and specific heat measurements. The compounds crystallize in the layered tetragonal structure with I4/mmm space group, and show semiconducting behavior. The large discrepancy between the activation energies for conductivity, E{sub ρ} (152–202 meV), and thermopower, E{sub S} (15.6–39.8 meV), indicates the polaronic transport mechanism of the carrier. The parent compound Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibits a frustrated antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state, and the S-substitution induces an enhanced ferromagnetic (FM) component and possible increased degree of frustration. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structure of Nd{sub 2}Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2−x}S{sub x}O{sub 3} is built up by stacking fluorite-like Nd{sub 2}O{sub 2} layers and anti-CuO{sub 2}-type Fe{sub 2}O(Se/S){sub 2} layers with Fe{sup 2+} cations coordinated by two in-plane O{sup 2-} and four Se{sup 2-} above and below the square Fe{sub 2}O plane. - Highlights: • We have synthesized a new series of layered iron-oxychalcogenides Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 2}Se{sub 2−x}S{sub x}O{sub 3}. • They crystallize in layered tetragonal structure and show semiconducting behavior. • The transport analysis indicates the polaronic transport mechanism of the carrier. • The parent compound shows a frustrated antiferromagnetic (AFM) ground state. • The S-substitution induces an enhanced ferromagnetic (FM) component.

  13. Single-layer and double-layer microwave absorbers based on Co{sub 67}Ni{sub 33} microspheres and Ni{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocrystals

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    Wang, Min [Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials of Anhui Province, School of Physics & Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Wang, Zhongzhu, E-mail: wangzz@ahu.edu.cn [Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials of Anhui Province, School of Physics & Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Wang, Peihong; Liao, Yanlin [Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials of Anhui Province, School of Physics & Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Bi, Hong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China)

    2017-03-01

    Co{sub 67}Ni{sub 33} microspheres and Ni{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocrystals were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The complex permeability and complex permittivity of the as-prepared powders dispersing in wax (60 wt% powder) were measured using a vector network analyzer in 2–18 GHz frequency range. The calculated microwave absorption of single-layer and double-layer absorbers based on Co{sub 67}Ni{sub 33} microspheres and Ni{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocrystals were analyzed in 2–18 GHz frequency range. The results show that the Ni{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}nanocrystals with the relatively low permittivity and Co{sub 67}Ni{sub 33} microspheres with the relatively high dielectric loss and magnetic loss can be used as proper matching layer and excellent absorption layer, respectively. The double-layer absorber with a coating thickness of 2.1 mm exhibits a maximum reflection loss of −43.8 dB as well as a bandwidth (reflection loss less than −10 dB) of 5 GHz. Moreover, their absorption peak and the absorption intensity can be adjusted easily through changing the stacking order and each layer thickness. - Highlights: • Ni-Zn ferrite nanocrystals can use as matching layer in double-layer absorbers. • Co{sub 67}Ni{sub 33} microspheres with high dielectric loss can use as absorption layer. • Double-layer absorbers exhibits an excellent microwave absorption in 2–18 GHz.

  14. Spin injection into silicon in three-terminal vertical and four-terminal lateral devices with Fe/Mg/MgO/Si tunnel junctions having an ultrathin Mg insertion layer

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    Sato, Shoichi; Nakane, Ryosho; Hada, Takato; Tanaka, Masaaki

    2017-12-01

    We demonstrate that the spin injection/extraction efficiency is enhanced by an ultrathin Mg insertion layer (⩽2 nm) in Fe /Mg /MgO /n+-Si tunnel junctions. In diode-type vertical three-terminal devices fabricated on a Si substrate, we observe the narrower three-terminal Hanle (N-3TH) signals indicating true spin injection into Si and estimate the spin polarization in Si to be 16% when the thickness of the Mg insertion layer is 1 nm, whereas no N-3TH signal is observed without the Mg insertion. This means that the spin injection/extraction efficiency is enhanced by suppressing the formation of a magnetically dead layer at the Fe/MgO interface. We also observe clear spin transport signals, such as nonlocal Hanle signals and spin-valve signals, in a lateral four-terminal device with the same Fe /Mg /MgO /n+-Si tunnel junctions fabricated on a Si-on-insulator substrate. It is found that both the intensity and linewidth of the spin signals are affected by the geometrical effects (device geometry and size). We have derived analytical functions taking into account the device structures, including channel thickness and electrode size, and estimated important parameters: spin lifetime and spin polarization. Our analytical functions explain the experimental results very well. Our study shows the importance of suppressing a magnetically dead layer and provides a unified understanding of spin injection/detection signals in different device geometries.

  15. Tunneling-Magnetoresistance Ratio Comparison of MgO-Based Perpendicular-Magnetic-Tunneling-Junction Spin Valve Between Top and Bottom Co2Fe6B2 Free Layer Structure.

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    Lee, Du-Yeong; Lee, Seung-Eun; Shim, Tae-Hun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2016-12-01

    For the perpendicular-magnetic-tunneling-junction (p-MTJ) spin valve with a nanoscale-thick bottom Co2Fe6B2 free layer ex situ annealed at 400 °C, which has been used as a common p-MTJ structure, the Pt atoms of the Pt buffer layer diffused into the MgO tunneling barrier. This transformed the MgO tunneling barrier from a body-centered cubic (b.c.c) crystallized layer into a mixture of b.c.c, face-centered cubic, and amorphous layers and rapidly decreased the tunneling-magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio. The p-MTJ spin valve with a nanoscale-thick top Co2Fe6B2 free layer could prevent the Pt atoms diffusing into the MgO tunneling barrier during ex situ annealing at 400 °C because of non-necessity of a Pt buffer layer, demonstrating the TMR ratio of ~143 %.

  16. Risk factors for sporadic ovarian cancer

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    M. M. Vysotsky

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The review of the literature on the problems of sporadic ovarian cancer details the present views of its disputable risk factors, such as dietary habits, body weight, contraception, and labor, and age of commencing a sexual activity. It discusses the dietary and sexual behavior model that has changed since the Neolithic, as well as the number of menses and ovulations throughout the reproductive peri- od. The works by authors dealing with the impact of smoking and alcohol consumption on the risk of ovarian cancer are analyzed.

  17. Exchange bias properties of 140 nm-sized dipolarly interacting circular dots with ultrafine IrMn and NiFe layers

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    Spizzo, F., E-mail: spizzo@fe.infn.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra and CNISM, Università di Ferrara, I-44122 Ferrara (Italy); Tamisari, M. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra and CNISM, Università di Ferrara, I-44122 Ferrara (Italy); Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia and CNISM, Università di Perugia, I-06123 Perugia (Italy); Chinni, F.; Bonfiglioli, E. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra and CNISM, Università di Ferrara, I-44122 Ferrara (Italy); Gerardino, A. [Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CNR, I-00156 Roma (Italy); Barucca, G. [Dipartimento SIMAU, Università Politecnica delle Marche, I-60131 Ancona (Italy); Bisero, D.; Fin, S.; Del Bianco, L. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze della Terra and CNISM, Università di Ferrara, I-44122 Ferrara (Italy)

    2016-02-15

    We studied the exchange bias effect in an array of IrMn(3 nm)/NiFe(3 nm) circular dots (size ~140 nm and center-to-center distance ~200 nm, as revealed by microscopy analyses), prepared on a large area (3×3 mm{sup 2}) by electron beam lithography and lift-off, using dc sputtering deposition. Hysteresis loops were measured by SQUID magnetometer at increasing values of temperature T (in the 5–300 K range) after cooling from 300 K down to 5 K in zero field (ZFC mode) and in a saturating magnetic field (FC mode). The exchange bias effect disappears above T~200 K and, at each temperature, the exchange field H{sub EX} measured in ZFC is substantially lower than the FC one. Micromagnetic calculations indicate that, at room temperature, each dot is in high-remanence ground state, but magnetic dipolar interactions establish a low-remanence configuration of the array as a whole. Hence, at low temperature, following the ZFC procedure, the exchange anisotropy in the dot array is averaged out, tending to zero. However, even the FC values of H{sub EX} and of the coercivity H{sub C} are definitely smaller compared to those measured in a reference continuous film with the same stack configuration (at T=5 K, H{sub EX}~90 Oe and H{sub C}~180 Oe in the dots and H{sub EX}~1270 Oe and H{sub C}~860 Oe in the film). Our explanation is based on the proven glassy magnetic nature of the ultrathin IrMn layer, implying the existence of magnetic correlations among the spins, culminating in a collective freezing below T~100 K. We propose, also by the light of micromagnetic simulations, that the small dot size imposes a spatial constraint on the magnetic correlation length among the IrMn spins so that, even at the lowest temperature, their thermal stability, especially at the dot border, is compromised. - Highlights: • Exchange bias in 140 nm-sized IrMn(3 nm)/NiFe(3 nm) dots much weaker than in a film. • Glassy magnetic nature of the IrMn phase and collective spin freezing at T<100 K

  18. Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer

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    Kenner, Barbara J.; Chari, Suresh T.; Cleeter, Deborah F.; Go, Vay Liang W.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Innovation leading to significant advances in research and subsequent translation to clinical practice is urgently necessary in early detection of sporadic pancreatic cancer. Addressing this need, the Early Detection of Sporadic Pancreatic Cancer Summit Conference was conducted by Kenner Family Research Fund in conjunction with the 2014 American Pancreatic Association and Japan Pancreas Society Meeting. International interdisciplinary scientific representatives engaged in strategic facilitated conversations based on distinct areas of inquiry: Case for Early Detection: Definitions, Detection, Survival, and Challenges; Biomarkers for Early Detection; Imaging; and Collaborative Studies. Ideas generated from the summit have led to the development of a Strategic Map for Innovation built upon 3 components: formation of an international collaborative effort, design of an actionable strategic plan, and implementation of operational standards, research priorities, and first-phase initiatives. Through invested and committed efforts of leading researchers and institutions, philanthropic partners, government agencies, and supportive business entities, this endeavor will change the future of the field and consequently the survival rate of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. PMID:25938853

  19. Self-Supported Stainless Steel Nanocone Array Coated with a Layer of Ni-Fe Oxides/(Oxy)hydroxides as a Highly Active and Robust Electrode for Water Oxidation.

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    Shen, Junyu; Wang, Mei; Zhao, Liang; Jiang, Jian; Liu, Hong; Liu, Jinxuan

    2018-03-14

    Highly efficient, robust, and cheap water oxidation electrodes are of great significance for large-scale production of hydrogen by electrolysis of water. Here, a self-supported stainless steel (SS) nanocone array coated with a layer of nanoparticulate Ni-Fe oxides/(oxy)hydroxides was fabricated by a facile, low-cost, and easily scalable two-step process. The construction of a nanocone array on the surface of an AISI 304 SS plate by acid corrosion greatly enlarged the specific surface area of the substrate, and the subsequent formation of a layer of Ni-Fe oxides/(oxy)hydroxides featuring the NiFe 2 O 4 spinel phase on the nanocone surface by electrodeposition of [Ni(bpy) 3 ] 2+ significantly enhanced the intrinsic activity and the stability of the SS-based electrode. The as-prepared electrode demonstrated superior activity for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in 1 M KOH, with 232 and 280 mV overpotentials to achieve 10 and 100 mA cm geo -2 current densities, respectively. The high activity of the electrode was maintained over 340 h of chronopotentiometric test at 20 mA cm geo -2 , and the electrode also showed good stability over 100 h of electrolysis at high current density (200 mA cm -2 ). More important for practical application, the used SS-based electrode can be easily regenerated with the original OER activity. The superior activity of this SS-based electrode stems from synergistic combination of high conductivity of the SS substrate, a large electrochemically active surface area of the nanocone array, and a uniformly coated nanoparticulate Ni-Fe oxide/(oxy)hydroxide layer with an optimal Ni/Fe ratio.

  20. Synthesis and absorbing mechanism of two-layer microwave absorbers containing flocs-like nano-BaZn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27} and carbonyl iron

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    Qiao, Miaojie, E-mail: qmj1933@sina.com [Faculty of Material Science, Materials Science and Engineering School, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); No. 33rd Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Zhang, Cunrui, E-mail: zcr19831616@sina.com [Faculty of Material Science, Materials Science and Engineering School, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); No. 33rd Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Taiyuan 030006 (China); Jia, Haiye [Faculty of Material Science, Materials Science and Engineering School, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); No. 33rd Research Institute of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, Taiyuan 030006 (China)

    2012-08-15

    Flocs-like nano-barium ferrite (BaZn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27}) was synthesized by sol-gel method using the absorbent cotton as template for the first time. A possible mechanism for the formation of flocs-like nano-barium ferrite had been proposed. Two-layer microwave nano-BaZn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27}/carbonyl iron composite has been prepared by as-prepared material. The structure, morphology and properties of the composites are characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Net-work Analyzer. The complex permittivity and reflection loss (dB) of the composites have been measured at different microwave frequencies from 30 MHz to 6000 MHz employing vector network analyzer model PNA 3629D vector. The effect of the layer thickness of carbonyl iron on the microwave loss properties of the composites is investigated. A possible microwave absorbing mechanism of nano-BaZn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27}/carbonyl iron composite has been proposed. The nano-BaZn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27}/carbonyl iron composite can find applications in suppression of electromagnetic interference (EMI), and reduction of radar signature. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Flocs-like BaZn{sub 1.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27} was synthesized for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A possible formation mechanism for flocs-like ferrite had been proposed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two-layer microwave composite has been prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A possible microwave absorbing mechanism of the composite has been proposed.

  1. Tumour suppressor genes in sporadic epithelial ovarian cancer

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    Liu, Ying; Ganesan, Trivadi S

    2002-01-01

    Ovarian cancer is the most frequent cause of death from gynaecological malignancies in the western world, and sporadic epithelial ovarian cancer is its most predominant form. The aetiology of sporadic ovarian cancer remains unknown. Genetic studies have enabled a better understanding...... of the evolution of tumour progression. A major focus of research has been to identify tumour suppressor genes implicated in sporadic ovarian cancer over the past decade. Several tumour suppressor genes have been identified by strategies such as positional cloning and differential expression display. Further...... research is warranted to understand fully their contribution to the pathogenesis of sporadic ovarian cancer....

  2. Dependency of tunneling magnetoresistance ratio on Pt seed-layer thickness for double MgO perpendicular magnetic tunneling junction spin-valves with a top Co2Fe6B2 free layer ex-situ annealed at 400 °C.

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    Takemura, Yasutaka; Lee, Du-Yeong; Lee, Seung-Eun; Park, Jea-Gun

    2016-12-02

    For the double MgO based perpendicular magnetic tunneling junction (p-MTJ) spin-valves with a top Co 2 Fe 6 B 2 free layer ex situ annealed at 400 °C, the tunneling-magnetoresistance ratio (TMR) strongly depended on the platinum (Pt) seed layer thickness (t Pt ): it peaked (∼134%) at a specific t Pt (3.3 nm). The TMR ratio was initially and slightly increased from 113%-134% by the enhancement of the magnetic moment of the Co 2 Fe 6 B 2 pinned layer when t Pt increased from 2.0-3.3 nm, and then rapidly decreased from 134%-38.6% by the degrading face-centered-cubic crystallinity of the MgO tunneling barrier when t Pt increased from 3.3-14.3 nm.

  3. Ultratrace determination of arsenic in water samples by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry after pre-concentration with Mg-Al-Fe ternary layered double hydroxide nano-sorbent.

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    Abdolmohammad-Zadeh, Hossein; Jouyban, Abolghasem; Amini, Roghayeh

    2013-11-15

    A selective solid phase extraction method, based on nano-structured Mg-Al-Fe(NO3(-)) ternary layered double hydroxide as a sorbent, is developed for the pre-concentration of ultra-trace levels of arsenic (As) prior to determination by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. It is found that both As(III) and As(V) could be quantitatively retained on the sorbent within a wide pH range of 4-12. Accordingly, the presented method is applied to determination of total inorganic As in aqueous solutions. Maximum analytical signal of As is achieved when the pyrolysis and atomization temperatures are close to 900 °C and 2300 °C, respectively. Several variables affecting the extraction efficiency including pH, sample flow rate, amount of nano-sorbent, elution conditions and sample volume are optimized. Under the optimized conditions, the limit of detection (3Sb/m) and the relative standard deviation are 4.6 pg mL(-1) and 3.9%, respectively. The calibration graph is linear in the range of 15.0-650 pg mL(-1) with a correlation coefficient of 0.9979, sorption capacity and pre-concentration factor are 8.68 mg g(-1) and 300, respectively. The developed method is validated by the analysis of a standard reference material (SRM 1643e) and is successfully applied to the determination of ultra-trace amounts of As in different water samples. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Establishment of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC line from a 57-year old patient with sporadic Alzheimer's disease

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    Anna Ochalek

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs were collected from a clinically characterised 57-year old woman with sporadic Alzheimer's disease. The PMBCs were reprogrammed with the human OSKM transcription factors using the Sendai-virus delivery system. The transgene-free iPSC showed pluripotency verified by immunocytochemistry for pluripotency markers and differentiated spontaneously towards the 3 germ layers in vitro. Furthermore, the iPSC line showed normal karyotype. Our model might offer a good platform to further study the pathomechanism of sporadic AD, to identify early biomarkers and also for drug testing and gene therapy studies.

  5. MRI of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    Kong, A.; Vliet, A. Van der.

    2008-01-01

    Full text: The key MRI findings in five cases of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) are illustrated with four 'definite' and one 'probable' according to World Health Organization criteria. Close attention to fluid-attenuation inversion recovery and diffusion-weighted imaging sequences are important for diagnosis, noting especially restricted diffusion in cortical and deep grey matter. Our study and those of others show predominant cortical, caudate and thalamic involvement. This pattern is highly sensitive and specific for the diagnosis. Fluid-attenuation inversion recovery and diffusion-weighted imaging signal abnormality becomes progressively more extensive and bilateral as disease progresses, but may become less pronounced in end-stage disease because of atrophy.

  6. Detection of a persistent meteoric metal layer in the Martian atmosphere

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    Crismani, M. M. J.; Schneider, N. M.; Plane, J. M. C.; Evans, J. S.; Jain, S. K.; Chaffin, M. S.; Carrillo-Sanchez, J. D.; Deighan, J. I.; Yelle, R. V.; Stewart, A. I. F.; McClintock, W.; Clarke, J.; Holsclaw, G. M.; Stiepen, A.; Montmessin, F.; Jakosky, B. M.

    2017-06-01

    Interplanetary dust particles sporadically enter planetary atmospheres at orbital velocities and ablate as collisions occur with ambient gases to produce a persistent layer of metallic atoms (for example, Fe, Mg, Na) in their upper atmospheres. Such layers are well studied at Earth, but have not been directly detected elsewhere in the Solar System. Here we report the detection of a meteoric layer consisting of Mg+ ions near an altitude of 90 km in the Martian atmosphere from ultraviolet remote sensing observations by NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. We observe temporal variability in the Mg+ layer over the course of a Martian year, moving up and down in altitude seasonally and in response to dust storms, and displaying diurnal fluctuations in density. We also find that most meteor showers do not significantly perturb this layer, which constrains the fluence of eleven observed Martian meteor showers to less than our estimated global dust flux. The persistence and variability of the Mg+ layer are difficult to explain with existing models and reconcile with other transient layers of ions observed in the Martian ionosphere. We suggest that the transient layers are not sourced from the persistent Mg+ layer and thus not derived from meteoric material, but are ambient ions produced by some unknown mechanism.

  7. Dietary factors and microsatellite instability in sporadic colon carcinomas

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    Diergaarde, B.; Braam, H.; Muijen, van G.N.P.; Ligtenberg, M.J.L.; Kok, F.J.; Kampman, E.

    2003-01-01

    Microsatellite instability (MSI) occurs in 10-20% of the sporadic colon carcinomas and appears to be primarily due to alterations in hMLH1 and hMSH2. Little is known about the role of diet in MSI-related colon carcinogenesis. We used data from a Dutch population-based case-control study on sporadic

  8. Perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in Mo/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5/MgO/Mo multilayers with optimal Mo buffer layer thickness

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    Saravanan, L.; Raja, M. Manivel; Prabhu, D.; Pandiyarasan, V.; Ikeda, H.; Therese, H. A.

    2018-05-01

    Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy (PMA) was realized in as-deposited Mo(10)/Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5(CFAS)(3)/MgO(0.5)/Mo multilayer stacks with large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy energy (Keff). PMA of this multilayer is found to be strongly dependent on the thickness of the individual CFAS (tCFAS), Mo (tMo) and MgO (tMgO) layers and annealing temperatures. The interactions at the Mo/CFAS/MgO interfaces are critical to induce PMA and are tuned by the interfacial oxidation. The major contribution to PMA is due to iron oxide at the CFAS/MgO interface. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectroscopic (FT-IR) studies further ascertain this. However, an adequate oxidation of MgO and the formation of (0 2 4) and (0 1 8) planes of α-Fe2O3 at the optimal Mo buffer layer thickness is mainly inducing PMA in Mo/CFAS/MgO/Mo stack. Microstructural changes in the films are observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) demonstrates the oxidation of CFAS/MgO interface and the formation of Fe-O bonds confirming that the real origin of PMA in Mo/CFAS/MgO is due to hybridization of Fe (3dz2) and O (2pz) orbitals and the resulted spin-orbit interaction at their interface. The half-metallic nature CFAS with Mo layer exhibiting PMA can be a potential candidate as p-MTJs electrodes for the new generation spintronic devices.

  9. Preparation and Mechanical Properties of TiC-Fe Cermets and TiC-Fe/Fe Bilayer Composites

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    Zheng, Yong; Zhou, Yang; Li, Runfeng; Wang, Jiaqi; Chen, Lulu; Li, Shibo

    2017-10-01

    TiC-Fe cermets and TiC-Fe/Fe bilayer composites consisting of a pure Fe layer and a TiC-Fe cermets layer were fabricated by hot-pressing sintering. The pure Fe layer contributes to the toughness of composites, and the TiC-Fe cermets layer endows the composites with an improved tensile strength and hardness. The effect of TiC contents (30-60 vol.%) on the mechanical properties of TiC-Fe cermets and TiC-Fe/Fe bilayer composites was investigated. Among the TiC-Fe cermets, the 40 vol.% TiC-Fe cermets possessed the highest tensile strength of 581 MPa and Vickers hardness of 5.1 GPa. The maximum fracture toughness of 17.0 MPa m1/2 was achieved for the TiC-Fe cermets with 30 vol.% TiC. For the TiC-Fe/Fe bilayer composites, the 40 vol.% TiC-Fe/Fe bilayer composite owns the maximum tensile strength of 588 MPa, which is higher than that of 40 vol.% TiC-Fe cermets. In addition, the 33.5% increment of tensile strength of 30 vol.% TiC-Fe/Fe bilayer composite comparing with the 30 vol.% TiC-Fe cermets, which is attributed to the 30 vol.% TiC-Fe/Fe bilayer composite exhibited the largest interlaminar shear strength of 335 MPa. The bilayer composites are expected to be used as wear resistance components in some heavy wear conditions.

  10. Sporadic aurorae observed in East Asia

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    D. M. Willis

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available All the accessible auroral observations recorded in Chinese and Japanese histories during the interval AD 1840–1911 are investigated in detail. Most of these auroral records have never been translated into a Western language before. The East Asian auroral reports provide information on the date and approximate location of each auroral observation, together with limited scientific information on the characteristics of the auroral luminosity such as colour, duration, extent, position in the sky and approximate time of occurrence. The full translations of the original Chinese and Japanese auroral records are presented in an appendix, which contains bibliographic details of the various historical sources. (There are no known reliable Korean observations during this interval. A second appendix discusses a few implausible "auroral" records, which have been rejected. The salient scientific properties of all exactly dated and reliable East Asian auroral observations in the interval AD 1840–1911 are summarised succinctly. By comparing the relevant scientific information on exactly dated auroral observations with the lists of great geomagnetic storms compiled by the Royal Greenwich Observatory, and also the tabulated values of the Ak (Helsinki and aa (Greenwich and Melbourne magnetic indices, it is found that 5 of the great geomagnetic storms (aa>150 or Ak>50 during either the second half of the nineteenth century or the first decade of the twentieth century are clearly identified by extensive auroral displays observed in China or Japan. Indeed, two of these great storms produced auroral displays observed in both countries on the same night. Conversely, at least 29 (69% of the 42 Chinese and Japanese auroral observations occurred at times of weak-to-moderate geomagnetic activity (aa or Ak≤50. It is shown that these latter auroral displays are very similar to the more numerous (about 50 examples of sporadic aurorae observed in the United States

  11. Sporadic aurorae observed in East Asia

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    D. M. Willis

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available All the accessible auroral observations recorded in Chinese and Japanese histories during the interval AD 1840–1911 are investigated in detail. Most of these auroral records have never been translated into a Western language before. The East Asian auroral reports provide information on the date and approximate location of each auroral observation, together with limited scientific information on the characteristics of the auroral luminosity such as colour, duration, extent, position in the sky and approximate time of occurrence. The full translations of the original Chinese and Japanese auroral records are presented in an appendix, which contains bibliographic details of the various historical sources. (There are no known reliable Korean observations during this interval. A second appendix discusses a few implausible "auroral" records, which have been rejected. The salient scientific properties of all exactly dated and reliable East Asian auroral observations in the interval AD 1840–1911 are summarised succinctly. By comparing the relevant scientific information on exactly dated auroral observations with the lists of great geomagnetic storms compiled by the Royal Greenwich Observatory, and also the tabulated values of the Ak (Helsinki and aa (Greenwich and Melbourne magnetic indices, it is found that 5 of the great geomagnetic storms (aa>150 or Ak>50 during either the second half of the nineteenth century or the first decade of the twentieth century are clearly identified by extensive auroral displays observed in China or Japan. Indeed, two of these great storms produced auroral displays observed in both countries on the same night. Conversely, at least 29 (69% of the 42 Chinese and Japanese auroral observations occurred at times of weak-to-moderate geomagnetic activity (aa or Ak≤50. It is shown that these latter auroral displays are very similar to the more numerous (about 50 examples of sporadic

  12. Photoelectrochemical energy conversion obtained with ultrathin organo-metallic-chemical-vapor-deposition layer of FeS2 (pyrite) on TiO2

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    Ennaoui, A.; Fiechter, S.; Tributsch, H.; Giersig, M.; Vogel, R.; Weller, H.

    1992-01-01

    Ultrathin (10 to 20 nm thick), polycrystalline films of FeS 2 (pyrite) were grown on TiO 2 (anatase) by chemical vapor deposition. The FeS 2 films were characterized using optical absorption and high-resolution electron microscopy. Photoelectrochemical solar cells, using TiO 2 (anatase) coated with FeS 2 ultrathin films, generated high open-circuit photo-voltages, of up to 600 mV, compared with a single crystal of pyrite electrode (200 mV). The photoelectrochemical behavior shows a strong dependence of photovoltage and photocurrent on the pH of the solution. This paper reports that it is explained by electron injection from the conduction band of FeS 2 to the conduction band of TiO 2 . Regeneration of holes is taking place by electron transfer from the redox system in the electrolyte

  13. Photoelectrochemical energy conversion obtained with ultrathin organo-metallic-chemical-vapor-deposition layer of FeS[sub 2] (pyrite) on TiO[sub 2

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    Ennaoui, A.; Fiechter, S.; Tributsch, H. (Abt. Solare Energetik, Hahn-Meitner-Inst., D-1000 Berlin 39 (Germany)); Giersig, M.; Vogel, R.; Weller, H. (Abt. Photochemie, Hahn-Meitner-Inst., D-1000 Berlin 39 (Germany))

    1992-09-01

    Ultrathin (10 to 20 nm thick), polycrystalline films of FeS[sub 2] (pyrite) were grown on TiO[sub 2] (anatase) by chemical vapor deposition. The FeS[sub 2] films were characterized using optical absorption and high-resolution electron microscopy. Photoelectrochemical solar cells, using TiO[sub 2] (anatase) coated with FeS[sub 2] ultrathin films, generated high open-circuit photo-voltages, of up to 600 mV, compared with a single crystal of pyrite electrode (200 mV). The photoelectrochemical behavior shows a strong dependence of photovoltage and photocurrent on the pH of the solution. This paper reports that it is explained by electron injection from the conduction band of FeS[sub 2] to the conduction band of TiO[sub 2]. Regeneration of holes is taking place by electron transfer from the redox system in the electrolyte.

  14. Structural features of layered iron pnictide oxides (Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2})(Sr{sub 4}M{sub 2}O{sub 6})

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    Ogino, H., E-mail: tuogino@mail.ecc.u-tokyo.ac.j [Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); JST-TRIP, Sanban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan); Sato, S.; Matsumura, Y.; Kawaguchi, N.; Ushiyama, K. [Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); JST-TRIP, Sanban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan); Katsura, Y. [Magnetic Materials Laboratory, RIKEN, 2-1 Hirosawa, Wako-shi, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan); Horii, S. [JST-TRIP, Sanban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan); Kochi University of Technology, Kami, Kochi 782-8502 (Japan); Kishio, K.; Shimoyama, J. [Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); JST-TRIP, Sanban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075 (Japan)

    2010-12-15

    Structural features of newly found perovskite-based iron pnictide oxide system have been studied. Compared to REFePnO system, perovskite-based system tend to have smaller Pn-Fe-Pn angle and higher pnictogen height owing to low electronegativity of alkaline earth metal and small repulsive force between pnictogen and oxigen atoms. As-Fe-As angles of (Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2})(Sr{sub 4}Cr{sub 2}O{sub 6}), (Fe{sub 2}As{sub 2})(Sr{sub 4}V{sub 2}O{sub 6}) and (Fe{sub 2}Pn{sub 2})(Sr{sub 4}MgTiO{sub 6}) are close to ideal tetrahedron and those pnictogen heights of about 1.40 A are close to NdFeAsO with optimized carrier concentration. These structural features of this system may lead to realization of high-T{sub c} superconductivity in this system.

  15. The evolving genetic risk for sporadic ALS.

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    Gibson, Summer B; Downie, Jonathan M; Tsetsou, Spyridoula; Feusier, Julie E; Figueroa, Karla P; Bromberg, Mark B; Jorde, Lynn B; Pulst, Stefan M

    2017-07-18

    To estimate the genetic risk conferred by known amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-associated genes to the pathogenesis of sporadic ALS (SALS) using variant allele frequencies combined with predicted variant pathogenicity. Whole exome sequencing and repeat expansion PCR of C9orf72 and ATXN2 were performed on 87 patients of European ancestry with SALS seen at the University of Utah. DNA variants that change the protein coding sequence of 31 ALS-associated genes were annotated to determine which were rare and deleterious as predicted by MetaSVM. The percentage of patients with SALS with a rare and deleterious variant or repeat expansion in an ALS-associated gene was calculated. An odds ratio analysis was performed comparing the burden of ALS-associated genes in patients with SALS vs 324 normal controls. Nineteen rare nonsynonymous variants in an ALS-associated gene, 2 of which were found in 2 different individuals, were identified in 21 patients with SALS. Further, 5 deleterious C9orf72 and 2 ATXN2 repeat expansions were identified. A total of 17.2% of patients with SALS had a rare and deleterious variant or repeat expansion in an ALS-associated gene. The genetic burden of ALS-associated genes in patients with SALS as predicted by MetaSVM was significantly higher than in normal controls. Previous analyses have identified SALS-predisposing variants only in terms of their rarity in normal control populations. By incorporating variant pathogenicity as well as variant frequency, we demonstrated that the genetic risk contributed by these genes for SALS is substantially lower than previous estimates. © 2017 American Academy of Neurology.

  16. Bottom and top AF/FM interfaces of NiFe/FeMn/NiFe trilayers

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    Nascimento, V.P. [Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Multidisciplinar, Rua Professor Paris, s/n Centro, 26221-150 Nova Iguacu, RJ (Brazil)], E-mail: valberto@cbpf.br; Passamani, E.C. [Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Depto. Fisica, Avenida Fernando Ferrari, 514 Goiabeiras, 29075-910 Vitoria, ES (Brazil); Alvarenga, A.D. [Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalizacao e Qualidade Industrial, Avenida Nossa Senhora das Gracas, 50 Duque de Caxias, 25250-020 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Biondo, A. [Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Depto. Fisica, Avenida Fernando Ferrari, 514 Goiabeiras, 29075-910 Vitoria, ES (Brazil); Pelegrini, F. [Universidade Federal de Goias, Instituto de Fisica, Campus Samambaia, 74001-970 Goiania, GO (Brazil); Saitovitch, E. Baggio [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas, Rua Dr. Xavier Sigaud, 150 Urca, 22290-180 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2008-01-30

    X-ray reflectivity analyses were performed in the Si/WTi (7 nm)/NiFe (30 nm)/FeMn (13 nm)/NiFe (10 nm)/WTi (7 nm) exchange-biased system prepared by magnetron sputtering under three different argon working pressures. Layer-by-layer analyses were realized in order to obtain the interfacial roughness parameters quantitatively. For a fixed argon pressure, the root-mean-square roughness (including the atomic grading) of the upper (FeMn/NiFe) interface are greater than that for the lower one in all studied samples. Argon working pressure also has severe influence over the NiFe/FeMn interfaces, being more pronounced at the upper interfaces.

  17. Electric-field tunable perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in tetragonal Fe4N/BiFeO3 heterostructures

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    Yin, Li; Wang, Xiaocha; Mi, Wenbo

    2017-07-01

    Electric field control on perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is indispensable for spintronic devices. Herewith, in tetragonal Fe4N/BiFeO3 heterostructures with the FeAFeB/Fe-O2 interface, PMA in each Fe4N layer, not merely interfacial layers, is modulated by the electric field, which is attributed to the broken spin screening of the electric field in highly spin-polarized Fe4N. Moreover, the periodical dx y+dy z+dz2 and dx y+dx2-y2 orbital-PMA oscillation enhances the interactions between adjacent FeAFeB and (FeB)2N atomic layers, which benefits the electric field modulation on PMA in the whole Fe4N atomic layers. The electric-field control on PMA in Fe4N/BiFeO3 heterostructures is favored by the electric-field-lifted potential in Fe4N.

  18. Clinicopathologic factors identify sporadic mismatch repair-defective colon cancers

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    Halvarsson, Britta; Anderson, Harald; Domanska, Katarina

    2008-01-01

    Identification of sporadic mismatch repair (MMR)-defective colon cancers is increasingly demanded for decisions on adjuvant therapies. We evaluated clinicopathologic factors for the identification of these prognostically favorable tumors. Histopathologic features in 238 consecutive colon cancers...

  19. Reducing Aircraft Down for Lack of Parts with Sporadic Demand

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    Bachman, Tovey

    2004-01-01

    .... Because of their sporadic demand, it is difficult to decide when to buy these items and in what quantities. As systems become more reliable and failure rates decrease, the number of these infrequently demanded parts is likely to grow...

  20. Updated clinical diagnostic criteria for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    Kallenberg, K.; Summers, D. M.; Romero, C.; Taratuto, A.; Heinemann, U.; Breithaupt, M.; Varges, D.; Meissner, B.; Ladogana, A.; Schuur, M.; Haik, S.; Collins, S. J.; Jansen, Gerard H.; Stokin, G. B.; Pimentel, J.; Hewer, E.; Collie, D.; Smith, P.; Roberts, H.; Brandel, J. P.; van Duijn, C.; Pocchiari, M.; Begue, C.; Cras, P.; Will, R. G.; Sanchez-Juan, P.

    2009-01-01

    Several molecular subtypes of sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease have been identified and electroencephalogram and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers have been reported to support clinical diagnosis but with variable utility according to subtype. In recent years, a series of publications have demonstrated a potentially important role for magnetic resonance imaging in the pre-mortem diagnosis of sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. Magnetic resonance imaging signal alterations correlate with distinct sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease molecular subtypes and thus might contribute to the earlier identification of the whole spectrum of sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease cases. This multi-centre international study aimed to provide a rationale for the amendment of the clinical diagnostic criteria for sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. Patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and fluid attenuated inversion recovery or diffusion-weight imaging were recruited from 12 countries. Patients referred as ‘suspected sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease’ but with an alternative diagnosis after thorough follow up, were analysed as controls. All magnetic resonance imaging scans were assessed for signal changes according to a standard protocol encompassing seven cortical regions, basal ganglia, thalamus and cerebellum. Magnetic resonance imaging scans were evaluated in 436 sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease patients and 141 controls. The pattern of high signal intensity with the best sensitivity and specificity in the differential diagnosis of sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease was identified. The optimum diagnostic accuracy in the differential diagnosis of rapid progressive dementia was obtained when either at least two cortical regions (temporal, parietal or occipital) or both caudate nucleus and putamen displayed a high signal in fluid attenuated inversion recovery or diffusion-weight imaging magnetic resonance imaging. Based on our analyses, magnetic

  1. Clinical Significance of Microsatellite Instability in Sporadic Epithelial Ovarian Tumors

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    Yoon, Bo-Sung; Kim, Young-Tae; Kim, Jae-Hoon; Kim, Sang-Wun; Nam, Eun-Ji; Cho, Nam-Hoon; Kim, Jae-Wook; Kim, Sunghoon

    2008-01-01

    Purpose We evaluated the expression of microsatellite instability (MSI) in sporadic ovarian tumors using 5 standard and 9 new MSI markers to determine the clinical significance of MSI in sporadic epithelial ovarian tumors. Materials and Methods MSI was examined in 21 borderline and 25 malignant ovarian tumors. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed using the 5 markers recommended by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for colon cancer and 9 additional markers. MSI was determined using ...

  2. Magnetoelectric effect in two-layered self-biased composites Tb{sub 0.12}Dy{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.68}/epoxy - PbZr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}O{sub 3}

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    Kalgin, A.V.; Gridnev, S.A.; Popov, I.I. [Voronezh State Technical University, Voronezh (Russian Federation)

    2017-03-15

    Direct magnetoelectric (ME) effect in two-layered Tb{sub 0.12}Dy{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.68}/Epoxy - PbZr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}O{sub 3} composites containing magnetostrictive layers of the epoxy with distributed in it Tb{sub 0.12}Dy{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.68} granules and piezoelectric layers of the PbZr{sub 0.53}Ti{sub 0.47}O{sub 3} ceramics was studied. It was found, that the gradient distribution of Tb{sub 0.12}Dy{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.68} granules in magnetostrictive layers induces the internal (self-biased) magnetic field. This field leads to the increase in ME responses in composites with the gradient distribution of Tb{sub 0.12}Dy{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.68} granules in magnetostrictive layers as compared with ME responses in composites with the random distribution of Tb{sub 0.12}Dy{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.68} granules in magnetostrictive layers, which does not induce the internal magnetic field. We revealed the possibility of controlling and determining values of the internal magnetic field in composites and conditions for obtaining optimal ME responses. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. Magnetostriction of FM/TbFe (FM=Fe, Py-permalloy, FeCo) coupled bilayer

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    Li Jianjun

    2012-01-01

    Choosing TbFe as the magnetostrictive layer and using soft ferromagnetic materials (FM=Fe, Py-permalloy, FeCo) as the inductive layer, we report the magnetization and magnetostriction of the S/FM(10 nm)/TbFe(10 nm) coupled bilayer (S-glass substrate). The magnetization of the coupled bilayer is attributed to the soft ferromagnetic layer and there is no contribution from the TbFe layer. Interfacial exchange interaction plays an important role in determining the magnetostriction of the coupled bilayer. The effect coming from the deposition Argon pressure on the magnetostriction of the coupled bilayer was also investigated. - Highlights: ► Choosing TbFe as magnetostrictive layer and with soft ferromagnetic material (FM=Fe, Py-permalloy, FeCo) as inductive layer. ► We report the magnetization and magnetostriction of the S/FM(10 nm)/TbFe(10 nm) coupled bilayer (S-glass substrate). ► The magnetization of coupled bilayer is attributed to soft ferromagnetic layer and there is no contribution from TbFe layer. ► Interfacial exchange interaction plays an important role in determining the magnetostriction of the coupled bilayer.

  4. MFM study of NdFeB and NdFeB/Fe/NdFeB thin films

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    Gouteff, P.C.; Folks, L.; Street, R.

    1998-01-01

    Domain structures of NdFeB thin films, ranging in thickness between 1500 and 29 nm, have been studied qualitatively by magnetic force microscopy (MFM). Samples were prepared using a range of sputtering conditions resulting in differences in properties such as texture, coercivity and magnetic saturation. MFM images of all the films showed extensive interaction domain structures, similar to those observed in nanocrystalline bulk NdFeB. An exchange-coupled NdFeB/Fe/NdFeB trilayer with layer thicknesses 18 nm/15 nm/18 nm, respectively, was also examined using MFM. (orig.)

  5. The crystal chemistry and physical properties of the triple layer perovskite intergrowths LaSr{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 10-delta} and LaSr{sub 3}(Fe{sub 3-x}Al{sub x})O{sub 10-delta}.

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    Lee, J. Y.; Swinnea, J. S.; Steinfink, H.; Reiff, W. M.; Pei, S.; Jorgensen, J. D.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of Texas; Northeastern Univ.

    1993-03-01

    Single-crystal X-ray diffraction and neutron powder diffraction analyses were employed to study the reversible intercalation of oxygen in the phase LaSr{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 10-{delta}} and in the mixed Fe/Al analogue. A single-crystal X-ray diffraction study was done on LaSr{sub 3}(Fe{sub 0.8}Al{sub 0.2})3O{sub 8.95}, M{sub r} = 695.18, tetragonal I4/mmm, a = 3.8665(8) Angstroms, c = 28.369(4) Angstroms, V = 424.1(2) Angstroms{sup 3}, Z = 2, D{sub x} = 5.44 g cm{sup -3}, MoK{alpha} = 0.71069 Angstroms, {mu} = 272.1 cm{sup -1}, F(000) = 625.6, R = 0.025 for 227 reflections with F > 5{sigma}(F). The crystal structure consists of a triple layer of octahedra separated by La/Sr-O layers. The oxygen stoichiometry is variable and Rietveld refinement of neutron powder diffraction data in addition to the X-ray study was used to determine the vacancy sites. The vacancies occur primarily in the equatorial layer of the central octahedron. The value of the c-axis parameter is a linear function of the oxygen stoichiometry and increases with decreasing oxygen content. It varies from 28.04 Angstroms for the phase LaSr{sub 3}Fe{sub 3}O{sub 9.9} to 28.52 Angstroms for the phase containing 9.2 oxygen atoms. The range of the c -axis variation is narrower for the Al-containing phase than for the pure Fe compounds. It ranges from about 28.1 Angstroms for LaSr{sub 3} Fe{sub 2.4}Al{sub 0.6}O{sub 9.3} to 28.4 Angstroms for the phase containing about 8.9 oxygen atoms. Intercalation of oxygen occurs reversibly as a function of temperature. A given oxygen stoichiometry can be obtained by quenching the material from an elevated temperature into liquid nitrogen. The thermal displacement parameter of the cation occupying the central octahedron increases in the (001) plane with increasing oxygen deficiency in the equatorial layer of this octahedron. This displacement is interpreted as motion of the cation into a tetrahedral coordination environment. The range of oxygen stoichiometry for La

  6. Layered double hydroxides

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    López Rayo, Sandra; Imran, Ahmad; Hansen, Hans Chr. Bruun

    2017-01-01

    A novel zinc (Zn) fertilizer concept based on Zn doped layered double hydroxides (Zn-doped Mg-Fe-LDHs) has been investigated. Zn-doped Mg-Fe-LDHs were synthetized, their chemical composition was analyzed and their nutrient release was studied in buffered solutions with different pH values. Uptake...

  7. Diffusional Growth Kinetics Analisys of Fe2B Layers Applied During the Coating Powder-Pack Boriding Process on an AISI 1026 Steel

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    M. Elias-Espinosa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available La exigencia de emplear materiales con propiedades avanzadas incluyen la necesidad de aplicar recubrimientos de alta resistencia que alarguen la vida de útil de aceros comerciales, de esta forma, el tratamiento termoquímico de borurización tiene el potencial para cumplir estos requerimientos. En este trabajo de investigación se formula un modelo matemático para analizar la cinética de crecimiento de las capas de 2 Fe B formadas sobre la superficie de un acero AISI 1026. El modelo matemático propuesto se desarrolló en base a la solución de la ecuación de balance de masa de la interface de crecimiento 2 Fe B/Fe para evaluar el coeficiente de difusión del boro a través de las capas de Fe2B en un rango de temperaturas de 1123 a1273 K. En el modelo desarrollado se incluyó el tiempo de incubación del boruro para formar la fase Fe2B. El modelo matemático fue validado con datos experimentales realizados a una temperatura de 1253 K y tiempo de siete horas. Las capas de boruro fueron caracterizadas y analizadas por microscopia óptica y de barrido (se obtuvo un EDS, así como por Difracción de Rayos – X (XRD. Se utilizó la técnica de indentación Daimler-Benz Rockwell-C para evaluar cualitativamente la adherencia de la capa de Fe2B sobre el sustrato (acero AISI 1026. Para usos prácticos y para un espesor determinado, se propuso un diagrama a espesor constante (215 μm el cual es controlado con la variación de la temperatura y tiempo de exposición al recubrimiento. De los resultados obtenidos, se encontró que la energía de activación para el boro en el acero AISI 1026 es igual a 178 kJ mol-1.

  8. A room-temperature-operated Si LED with β-FeSi2 nanocrystals in the active layer: μW emission power at 1.5 μm

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    Shevlyagin, A. V.; Goroshko, D. L.; Chusovitin, E. A.; Balagan, S. A.; Dotsenko, S. A.; Galkin, K. N.; Galkin, N. G.; Shamirzaev, T. S.; Gutakovskii, A. K.; Latyshev, A. V.; Iinuma, M.; Terai, Y.

    2017-03-01

    This article describes the development of an Si-based light-emitting diode with β-FeSi2 nanocrystals embedded in the active layer. Favorable epitaxial conditions allow us to obtain a direct band gap type-I band alignment Si/β-FeSi2 nanocrystals/Si heterostructure with optical transition at a wavelength range of 1500-1550 nm at room temperature. Transmission electron microscopy data reveal strained, defect-free β-FeSi2 nanocrystals of diameter 6 and 25 nm embedded in the Si matrix. Intense electroluminescence was observed at a pumping current density as low as 0.7 A/cm2. The device reached an optical emission power of up to 25 μW at 9 A/cm2 with an external quantum efficiency of 0.009%. Watt-Ampere characteristic linearity suggests that the optical power margin of the light-emitting diode has not been exhausted. Band structure calculations explain the luminescence as being mainly due to radiative recombination in the large β-FeSi2 nanocrystals resulting from the realization of an indirect-to-direct band gap electronic configuration transformation arising from a favorable deformation of nanocrystals. The direct band gap structure and the measured short decay time of the luminescence of several tens of ns give rise to a fast operation speed for the device. Thus a method for developing a silicon-based photonic integrated circuit, combining complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor technology functionality and near-infrared light emission, is reported here.

  9. In Situ FTIR Analysis of CO-Tolerance of a Pt-Fe Alloy with Stabilized Pt Skin Layers as a Hydrogen Anode Catalyst for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

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    Yoshiyuki Ogihara

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The CO-tolerance mechanism of a carbon-supported Pt-Fe alloy catalyst with two atomic layers of stabilized Pt-skin (Pt2AL–PtFe/C was investigated, in comparison with commercial Pt2Ru3/C (c-Pt2Ru3/C, by in situ attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR spectroscopy in 0.1 M HClO4 solution at 60 °C. When 1% CO (H2-balance was bubbled continuously in the solution, the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR activities of both catalysts decreased severely because the active sites were blocked by COad, reaching the coverage θCO ≈ 0.99. The bands in the IR spectra observed on both catalysts were successfully assigned to linearly adsorbed CO (COL and bridged CO (COB, both of which consisted of multiple components (COL or COB at terraces and step/edge sites. The Pt2AL–PtFe/C catalyst lost 99% of its initial mass activity (MA for the HOR after 30 min, whereas about 10% of the initial MA was maintained on c-Pt2Ru3/C after 2 h, which can be ascribed to a suppression of linearly adsorbed CO at terrace sites (COL, terrace. In contrast, the HOR activities of both catalysts with pre-adsorbed CO recovered appreciably after bubbling with CO-free pure H2. We clarify, for the first time, that such a recovery of activity can be ascribed to an increased number of active sites by a transfer of COL, terrace to COL, step/edge, without removal of COad from the surface. The Pt2AL–PtFe/C catalyst showed a larger decrease in the band intensity of COL, terrace. A possible mechanism for the CO-tolerant HOR is also discussed.

  10. Spin structure of exchange biased heterostructures. Fe/MnF{sub 2} and Fe/FeF{sub 2}

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    Sahoo, B.

    2006-12-18

    In this work, the {sup 57}Fe probe layer technique is used in order to investigate the depth- and temperature-dependent Fe-layer spin structure of exchange biased Fe/MnF{sub 2} and Fe/FeF{sub 2} (pseudo-twinned) antiferromagnetic (AFM) systems by conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) and nuclear resonant scattering (NRS) of synchrotron radiation. Two kinds of samples with a 10 A {sup 57}Fe probe layer directly at or 35 A away from the interface, labeled as interface and center sample, respectively, were studied in this work. The results obtained by CEMS for Fe/MnF{sub 2} suggests that, at 80 K, i.e., above T{sub N}=67 K of MnF{sub 2}, the remanent state Fe-layer spin structure of the two studied samples are slightly different due to their different microstructure. In the temperature range from 300 K to 80 K, the Fe-layer spin structure does not change just by zero-field cooling the sample in remanence. For Fe/FeF{sub 2}, a continuous non-monotonic change of the remanent-state Fe spin structure was observed by cooling from 300 K to 18 K. NRS of synchrotron radiation was used to investigate the temperature- and depth-dependent Fe-layer spin structure during magnetization reversal in pseudo-twinned Fe/MnF{sub 2}. A depthdependent Fe spin structure in an applied magnetic field (applied along the bisector of the twin domains) was observed at 10 K, where the Fe spins closer to the interface are not aligned along the field direction. The depth-dependence disappears at 150 K. (orig.)

  11. Electronic structure, optical and thermoelectric transport properties of layered polyanionic hydrosulfate LiFeSO{sub 4}OH: Electrode for Li-ion batteries

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    Reshak, A.H. [New Technologies-Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilson (Czech Republic); Center of Excellence Geopolymer and Green Technology, School of Material Engineering, University Malaysia Perlis, 01007 Kangar, Perlis (Malaysia); Khan, Wilayat, E-mail: walayat76@gmail.com [New Technologies-Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilson (Czech Republic)

    2014-04-05

    Highlights: • LiFeSO{sub 4}OH is direct band gap semiconductor of about 0.334 eV, 0.580 eV and 1.114 eV. • The optical spectra are calculated using EVGGA in the photon energy range up to 13.8 eV. • Thermoelectric properties using the BoltzTraP code are calculated. • DFT is used for theoretical analysis of electronic structure of LiFeSO{sub 4}OH. • Bonding nature of the atoms are investigated. -- Abstract: Theoretical analysis of electronic structure and optical properties of LiFeSO{sub 4}OH, using the full-potential linearized augmented plane waves (FPLAPW), on the basis of density-functional theory (DFT), with in the local density approach (LDA), generalized gradient approach (GGA) and Engel–Vosko GGA (EVGGA). Electronic structure and bonding nature of the atoms are investigated in the entire calculation of partial, total density of states and electronic charge densities. The band structure calculations show that the investigated compound is direct band gap semiconductor of about 0.334 eV, 0.580 eV and 1.114 eV. The optical spectra are calculated using EVGGA in the photon energy range up to 13.8 eV. The anisotropic behavior of the imaginary and real parts of the complex dielectric function, reflectivity, refractive index, extension co-efficient and energy loss function are studied for parallel and perpendicular component of electric field polarization. Thermoelectric properties namely, electrical and thermal conductivity, Seebeck co-efficient and power factor are calculated and discussed with the constant relaxation time, using the BoltzTraP code.

  12. Similar phenotype characteristics comparing familial and sporadic premature ovarian failure.

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    Janse, Femi; Knauff, Erik A H; Niermeijer, Martinus F; Eijkemans, Marinus J; Laven, Joop S E; Lambalk, Cornelius B; Fauser, Bart C J M; Goverde, Angelique J

    2010-07-01

    Premature ovarian failure (POF) is characterized by secondary amenorrhea before the age of 40 years, along with repeated increased follicle-stimulating hormone and low estrogen concentrations. POF is considered a complex genetic disease with a familial presentation in 12% to 50% of cases. POF may originate from different genes and various gene-environment interactions. The aim of this study was to identify possible differences in phenotype comparing women with familial and women with sporadic POF. A multicenter study was initiated in the Netherlands using standardized phenotyping. For each woman, medical history, menstrual cycle, and fertility and smoking status were assessed and a standardized examination was performed. Based on a detailed three-generation family history, women were identified as having either familial (defined as having at least one relative with POF) or sporadic POF. A total of 58 familial cases and 142 sporadic cases of POF were identified. Maternal age at menopause was significantly lower in the women with familial compared with the women with sporadic POF (41.0 +/- 7.5 and 49.7 +/- 2.6 y, respectively; P hormone-binding globulin concentration was significantly higher in the women with familial than in the women with sporadic POF (73.6 +/- 37.1 and 55.2 +/- 26.9 nmol/L, respectively; P = 0.002). All other characteristics, such as parity, bone mineral density, and serum follicle-stimulating hormone and lipid levels were similar, as was the incidence of autoimmunity and cytogenetic abnormalities. Familial and sporadic POF do not differ in phenotype except for maternal menopause age and sex hormone-binding globulin concentration. Future studies are needed to unravel the genotype-phenotype interactions in POF.

  13. Fabrication of a novel NiFe2O4/Zn-Al layered double hydroxide intercalated with EDTA composite and its adsorption behavior for Cr(VI) from aqueous solution

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    Deng, Lin; Shi, Zhou; Wang, Li; Zhou, Shiqing

    2017-05-01

    A novel magnetic NiFe2O4/Zn-Al layered double hydroxide intercalated with EDTA composite (NiFe2O4/ZnAl-EDTA LDH) was prepared through modified coprecipitation method and employed for adsorptive removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution. The adsorbents were characterized using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Factors affecting the Cr(VI) adsorption, such as initial solution pH, adsorbent dosage, contact time, initial Cr(VI) concentration, temperature and coexisting ions, were studied systematically. Experiments results show that the magnetic NiFe2O4/ZnAl-EDTA LDH exhibits high adsorption efficiency within a wide pH range of 3.0-7.0 (R>80% at Cr(VI) concentration 50 mg L-1, contact time 360 min, and adsorbent dosage 2 g/L) and quick separation property. The adsorption process is fitted well with the Langmuir isotherm and pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The maximum theoretical adsorption capacity is found to be 77.22 mg g-1 at pH 6.0 and 318 K. The positive ΔH value (2.907 kJ mol-1) and negative ΔG value (-4.722 kJ mol-1) at 298-318 K reveals that the adsorption process is feasible, spontaneous and endothermic. Coexisting anions (PO43-, SO42-, CO32-, HCO3-, Cl-, and NO3-) have no significant effect on Cr(VI) removal. The mechanism study indicates that the adsorption of Cr(VI) onto NiFe2O4/ZnAl-EDTA LDH mainly involves electrostatic attraction and ion exchange interaction. It is interesting to note that a proportion of Cr(VI) adsorbed on the adsorbent surface are reduced to Cr(III) during the adsorption process. Results from this study demonstrate the potential utility of the magnetic NiFe2O4/ZnAl-EDTA LDH that could be developed into a viable technology for efficient removal of Cr(VI) from aqueous solution.

  14. Variations of trace element concentration of magnetite and ilmenite from the Taihe layered intrusion, Emeishan large igneous province, SW China: Implications for magmatic fractionation and origin of Fe-Ti-V oxide ore deposits

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    She, Yu-Wei; Song, Xie-Yan; Yu, Song-Yue; He, Hai-Long

    2015-12-01

    In situ LA-ICP-MS trace elemental analysis has been applied to magnetite and ilmenite of the Taihe layered intrusion, Emeishan large igneous province, SW China, in order to understand better fractionation processes of magma and origin of Fe-Ti-V oxide ore deposits. The periodic reversals in Mg, Ti, Mn in magnetite and Mg, Sc in ilmenite are found in the Middle Zone of the intrusion and agree with fractionation trends as recorded by olivine (Fo), plagioclase (An) and clinopyroxene (Mg#) compositions. These suggest the Taihe intrusion formed from open magma chamber processes in a magma conduit with multiple replenishments of more primitive magmas. The V and Cr of magnetite are well correlated with V and Cr of clinopyroxene indicating that they became liquidus phases almost simultaneously at an early stage of magma evolution. Ilmenite from the Middle and Upper Zones shows variable Cr, Ni, V, Mg, Nb, Ta and Sc contents indicating that ilmenite at some stratigraphic levels crystallized slightly earlier than magnetite and clinopyroxene. The early crystallization of magnetite and ilmenite is the result of the high FeOt and TiO2 contents in the parental magma. The ilmenite crystallization before magnetite in the Middle and Upper Zones can be attributed to higher TiO2 content of the magma due to the remelting of pre-existing ilmenite in a middle-level magma chamber. Compared to the coeval high-Ti basalts, the relatively low Zr, Hf, Nb and Ta contents in both magnetite and ilmenite throughout the Taihe intrusion indicate that they crystallized from Fe-Ti-(P)-rich silicate magmas. Positive correlations of Ti with Mg, Mn, Sc and Zr of magnetite, and Zr with Sc, Hf and Nb of ilmenite also suggest that magnetite and ilmenite crystallized continuously from the homogeneous silicate magma rather than an immiscible Fe-rich melt. Therefore, frequent replenishments of Fe-Ti-(P)-rich silicate magma and gravitational sorting and settling are crucial for the formation the massive and

  15. Optical properties of Pb (Zr0.52Ti0.48) O3/BiFeO3 multilayers with ZnO buffer layer

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    Dutta, Shankar; Pandey, Akhilesh; Jindal, Kajal; Thakur, O. P.; Gupta, Vinay; Chatterjee, Ratnamala

    2015-07-01

    This paper discussed about the optical properties of the PZT-BFO multilayer thin films, deposited with or without ZnO buffer layer. The elemental distribution of the PZT and BFO layers is found to vary across the thickness of the multilayer films. Raman spectroscopy measurement of both the multilayers samples has showed no sharp peaks due to the polycrystalline nature of the films and partial overlap of the Raman peaks of individual PZT and BFO layers. Photoluminescence study of the buffered film showed peaks at 400, 525, and 580 nm, whereas the un-buffered film showed PL peaks at 405 and 530 nm. The peak at 580 nm appears to be due to the ZnO buffer layer. The ZnO-buffered thin film shows more intense Raman and photoluminescence peaks compared with the thin film with no buffer. The absorption spectra of the PZT-BFO multilayers under the mid-IR radiations showed a sharp peak at 690 cm-1 in both the samples. It might be due to the structural rearrangement of the BO6 and AO12 units resulting in perovskite phase (ABO3) formation.

  16. Tunnel Magneto Resistance of Fe/Insulator/Fe

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    Aryee, Dennis; Seifu, Dereje

    Tri-layer thin films of Fe/Insulator/Fe were synthesized using magnetron DC/ RF sputtering with MgO insulator and Bi2Te3 topological insulators as middle buffer layer. The multi-layered samples thus produced were studied using in-house built magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) instrument, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), torque magnetometer (TMM), AFM, MFM, and magneto-resistance (MR). This system, that is Fe/Insulator/Fe on MgO(100) substrate, is a well-known tunnel magneto resistance (TMR) structure often used in magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) devices. TMR effect is a method by which MTJs are used in developing magneto-resistive random access memory (MRAM), magnetic sensors, and novel logic devices. The main purpose behind this research is to measure the magnetic anisotropy of Fe/Insulator /Fe structure and correlate it to magneto-resistance. In this presentation, we will present results from MOKE, VSM, TMM, AFM, MFM, and MR studies of Fe/Insulator/Fe on MgO(100). We would like to acknowledge support by NSF-MRI-DMR-1337339.

  17. Laser alloyed Al-Ni-Fe coatings

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    Pityana, SL

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work was to produce crack-free thin surface layers consisting of binary (Al-Ni, Al-Fe) and ternary (Al-Ni-Fe) intermetallic phases by means of a high power laser beam. The laser surface alloying was carried out by melting Fe and Ni...

  18. Improve oxidation resistance at high temperature by nanocrystalline surface layer

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    Xia, Z. X.; Zhang, C.; Huang, X. F.; Liu, W. B.; Yang, Z. G.

    2015-01-01

    An interesting change of scale sequence occurred during oxidation of nanocrystalline surface layer by means of a surface mechanical attrition treatment. The three-layer oxide structure from the surface towards the matrix is Fe3O4, spinel FeCr2O4 and corundum (Fe,Cr)2O3, which is different from the typical two-layer scale consisted of an Fe3O4 outer layer and an FeCr2O4 inner layer in conventional P91 steel. The diffusivity of Cr, Fe and O is enhanced concurrently in the nanocrystalline surfac...

  19. Multi-layers castings

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    J. Szajnar

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In paper is presented the possibility of making of multi-layers cast steel castings in result of connection of casting and welding coating technologies. First layer was composite surface layer on the basis of Fe-Cr-C alloy, which was put directly in founding process of cast carbon steel 200–450 with use of preparation of mould cavity method. Second layer were padding welds, which were put with use of TIG – Tungsten Inert Gas surfacing by welding technology with filler on Ni matrix, Ni and Co matrix with wolfram carbides WC and on the basis on Fe-Cr-C alloy, which has the same chemical composition with alloy, which was used for making of composite surface layer. Usability for industrial applications of surface layers of castings were estimated by criterion of hardness and abrasive wear resistance of type metal-mineral.

  20. Sporadic plasma heating in the lower chromosphere

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    Zaitsev, V. V.

    2014-12-01

    It is usually assumed that heating of the chromosphere is caused by the precipitation of energetic particles (electrons and protons) accelerated in the solar corona, namely, at flare arc tops. On the other hand, recently obtained observational data show that the chromospheric footpoints of compact magnetic loops are directly heated to ≥106 K, and hot plasma erupted from the footpoints of such loops. The plasma mechanism of the THz emission of flares may also indicate that deep chromospheric layers with densities up to n ≈ 1015 cm-3 can be heated to about 105-106 K. It has been shown that electrons can be accelerated and plasma can be heated in the lower chromosphere when the Rayleigh-Taylor instability develops at magnetic loop chromo-spheric footpoints. This instability results in the penetration of the upper chromospheric plasma into a loop and induces an electric field that effectively accelerates electrons and leads to in situ heating of the chromo-sphere.

  1. Thin (111) oriented CoFe2O4 and Co3O4 films prepared by decomposition of layered cobaltates

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    Buršík, Josef; Soroka, Miroslav; Uhrecký, Róbert; Kužel, R.; Mika, Filip; Huber, Š.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 376, JUL (2016), s. 209-218 ISSN 0169-4332 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-18392S; GA ČR GA13-03708S Institutional support: RVO:61388980 ; RVO:68081731 Keywords : Layered cobaltates * Spinels * Chemical solution deposition * Thin films * Oriented growth Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry; JD - Computer Applications, Robotics (UPT-D) Impact factor: 3.387, year: 2016

  2. Fe/V and Fe/Co (0 0 1) superlattices: growth, anisotropy, magnetisation and magnetoresistance

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    Nordblad, P.; Broddefalk, A.; Mathieu, R.; Blomqvist, P.; Eriksson, O.; Waeppling, R.

    2003-01-01

    Some physical properties of BCC Fe/V and Fe/Co (0 0 1) superlattices are reviewed. The dependence of the magnetic anisotropy on the in-plane strain introduced by the lattice mismatch between Fe and V is measured and compared to a theoretical derivation. The dependence of the magnetic anisotropy (and saturation magnetisation) on the layer thickness ratio Fe/Co is measured and a value for the anisotropy of BCC Co is derived from extrapolation. The interlayer exchange coupling of Fe/V superlattices is studied as a function of the V layer thickness (constant Fe thickness) and layer thickness of Fe (constant V thickness). A region of antiferromagnetic coupling and GMR is found for V thicknesses 12-14 monolayers. However, surprisingly, a 'cutoff' of the antiferromagnetic coupling and GMR is found when the iron layer thickness exceeds about 10 monolayers

  3. Brain sonography in African infants with complicated sporadic ...

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    Background: To determine the structural findings in brain sonography of African infants with complicated sporadic bacterial meningitis. Materials and Methods: Retrospective assessment of medical records of patients who underwent brain sonography on account of complicated bacterial meningitis. The brain sonography ...

  4. Updated clinical diagnostic criteria for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    I. Zerr; K. Kallenberg; D.M. Summers; C. Romero; A. Taratuto; U. Heinemann; M. Breithaupt; D. Varges; B. Meissner; A. Ladogana (Anna); M. Schuur (Maaike); S. Haik; S.J. Collins (Steven); G.H. Jansen (Gerard); G.B. Stokin; J. Pimentel; E. Hewer; D. Collie; P. Smith; H. Roberts; J.P. Brandel; P. Tikka-Kleemola (Päivi); M. Pocchiari (Maurizio); C. Begue; P. Cras (Patrick); R.G. Will; P. Sanchez-Juan (Pascual)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractSeveral molecular subtypes of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease have been identified and electroencephalogram and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers have been reported to support clinical diagnosis but with variable utility according to subtype. In recent years, a series of publications

  5. Comparing Sporadic and Outbreak-associated Foodborne Illness

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    Dr. Eric Ebel, a veterinarian and risk analyst with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, discusses his article on sporadic and outbreak-associated cases of foodborne illness.  Created: 11/4/2016 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 11/4/2016.

  6. Prevalence of Abnormal Cervical Smears from Sporadic Screening ...

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    The aim of the study was to find the prevalence of abnormal smears in an unscreened population of sexually active women attending a gynaecological clinic. “Pap” smears were taken sporadically for cytological examination from sexually active women attending gynaecological clinics at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe.

  7. Legionnaires’ Disease: Clinicoradiological Comparison of Sporadic Versus Outbreak Cases

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    Hafiz Rizwan Talib Hashmi

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: In 2015, New York City experienced the worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the history of the city. We compare patients seen during the 2015 outbreak with sporadic cases of Legionella during the past 5 years. Methods: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 90 patients with Legionnaires’ disease, including sporadic cases of Legionella infection admitted from 2010 to 2015 (n = 55 and cases admitted during the 2015 outbreak (n = 35. Results: We saw no significant differences between the 2 groups regarding demographics, smoking habits, alcohol intake, underlying medical disease, or residence type. Univariate and multivariate analyses showed that patients with sporadic case of Legionella had a longer stay in the hospital and intensive care unit as well as an increased stay in mechanical ventilation. Short-term mortality, discharge disposition, and most clinical parameters did not differ significantly between the 2 groups. Conclusions: We found no specific clinicoradiological characteristics that could differentiate sporadic from epidemic cases of Legionella . Early recognition and high suspicion for Legionnaires’ disease are critical to provide appropriate treatment. Cluster of cases should increase suspicion for an outbreak.

  8. Cyclin D1 genotype and expression in sporadic hemangioblastomas.

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    Gijtenbeek, J.M.M.; Sprenger, S.H.E.; Franke, B.; Wesseling, P.; Jeuken, J.W.M.

    2005-01-01

    Central nervous system (CNS) hemangioblastomas are highly-vascularized tumors occurring in sporadic form or as a manifestation of von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL). The VHL protein (pVHL) regulates various target genes, one of which is the CCND1 gene, encoding cyclin D1, a protein that plays a

  9. Dyschromatosis symmetrica hereditaria: Report of a sporadic case ...

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    ... hands and feet, with no family history of similar lesions. The diagnosis was confirmed by the typical histologic finding of basal hyperpigmentation with normal number of melanocytes and absence of melanin incontinence from a hyperpigmented lesion. Keywords: DyschromatosisSymmetricaHereditaria, Nigerian, Sporadic ...

  10. Interpretation of electrodiagnostic findings in sporadic progressive muscular atrophy

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    Visser, J.; de Visser, M.; van den Berg-Vos, R. M.; van den Berg, L. H.; Wokke, J. H. J.; de Jong, J. M. B. V.; Franssen, H.

    2008-01-01

    Objective We present the electrophysiologic data at baseline of 37 patients who were included in our prospective study on sporadic adult-onset progressive muscular atrophy (PMA). The aim was to correlate electrophysiological. signs of lower motor neuron (LMN) loss with clinical signs of LMN loss,

  11. Clinicopathologic factors identify sporadic mismatch repair-defective colon cancers

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    Halvarsson, Britta; Anderson, Harald; Domanska, Katarina

    2008-01-01

    Identification of sporadic mismatch repair (MMR)-defective colon cancers is increasingly demanded for decisions on adjuvant therapies. We evaluated clinicopathologic factors for the identification of these prognostically favorable tumors. Histopathologic features in 238 consecutive colon cancers...... and excluded 61.5% of the tumors from MMR testing. This clinicopathologic index thus successfully selects MMR-defective colon cancers. Udgivelsesdato: 2008-Feb...

  12. [The practice guideline 'Dermatomyositis, polymyositis and sporadic inclusion body myositis'

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    Hoogendijk, J.E.; Bijlsma, J.W.J.; Engelen, B.G.M. van; Lindeman, E.J.M.; Royen-Kerkhof, A. van; Rie, M.A. de; Visser, M. de; Jennekens, F.G.I.

    2005-01-01

    This guideline presents recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of dermatomyositis, polymyositis and sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) according to the best available evidence. Characteristic skin abnormalities can be sufficient for the diagnosis of dermatomyositis. In case of doubt, a

  13. SEEK-2 (Sporadic-E Experiment over Kyushu 2 − Project Outline, and Significance

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    R. Pfaff

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available SEEK-2 (Sporadic-E Experiment over Kyushu 2 is an observation campaign to study the spatial structure of the field-aligned irregularity (FAI and sporadic-E(Es-layer by means of two sounding rockets and a ground-based observation network with radars and optical instruments. The experiment was successfully conducted on 3 August 2002, with successive launches of two sounding rockets from the Uchinoura Space Center (USC of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA. The timing of the experiment was carefully selected, while intense quasi-periodic (QP echoes were observed with two radars in Tanegashima. The main Es-layer, with its double-layered structure, was observed at altitudes of 103–105 km, the presence of which was well accounted for by the ion accumulation due to neutral-wind shear. Several minor peaks were detected in the electron density profiles at altitudes of up to 130 km. The intensity of the electric field was 5–10 mV/m and showed intense fluctuations below 110 km. Wave-like variation of the electric field was seen above 110 km. From radar experiments, we found that QP echoes appeared around 105 km, which agreed well with the main Es-layer height. The QP echoes propagated to the west-northwest, with frontal structures elongated from north-northeast to south-southwest. Radar observations conduced throughout the SEEK-2 period, on the other hand, showed that frontal structures of the QP echoes were most frequently propagated to the southeast. This result was consistent with the direction of gravity-wave propagation observed with the OH imager during the same period. The rocket beacon experiment with the Es-layers revealed the spatial structure of the plasma densities. On the basis of these results and those from SEEK-1 in 1996, we examined the structures of the nighttime mid-latitude E-region. We concluded that the QP echoes reflect the horizontal structures of the main Es-layers. The source of the structures was not clearly

  14. Advanced atherosclerosis is associated with increased medial degeneration in sporadic ascending aortic aneurysms.

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    Albini, Paul T; Segura, Ana Maria; Liu, Guanghui; Minard, Charles G; Coselli, Joseph S; Milewicz, Dianna M; Shen, Ying H; LeMaire, Scott A

    2014-02-01

    The pathogenesis of non-familial, sporadic ascending aortic aneurysms (SAAA) is poorly understood, and the relationship between ascending aortic atherosclerosis and medial degeneration is unclear. We evaluated the prevalence and severity of aortic atherosclerosis and its association with medial degeneration in SAAA. Atherosclerosis was characterized in ascending aortic tissues collected from 68 SAAA patients (mean age, 62.9 ± 12.0 years) and 15 controls (mean age, 56.6 ± 11.4 years [P = 0.07]) by using a modified American Heart Association classification system. Upon histologic examination, 97% of SAAA patients and 73% of controls showed atherosclerotic changes. Most SAAA samples had intermediate (types 2 and 3, 35%) or advanced atherosclerosis (types ≥ 4; 40%), whereas most control samples showed minimal atherosclerosis (none or type 1, 80%; P atherosclerosis grade. Advanced atherosclerosis was associated with higher grades of smooth muscle cell depletion (P atherosclerosis than in patients with minimal (P = 0.04) or intermediate atherosclerosis (P = 0.04). Immunostaining showed marked CD3+ T-cell and CD68+ macrophage infiltration, MMP-2 and MMP-9 production, and cryopyrin expression in the medial layer adjacent to atherosclerotic plaque. SAAA tissues exhibited advanced atherosclerosis that was associated with severe medial degeneration and increased aortic diameter. Our findings suggest a role for atherosclerosis in the progression of sporadic ascending aortic aneurysms. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Temporal evolution of the HF-enhanced plasma line in sporadic E

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    Djuth, F.T.; Gonzales, C.A.

    1988-01-01

    The high-power, high-frequency (HF) facility at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has been used to study the excitation of Langmuir waves in mid-latitude sporadic E. Measurements of the temporal evolution of so-called HF-enhanced plasma line (HFPL) were made using the Arecibo 430-MHz radar. After HF turn-on in the plasma the HFPL exhibits a rapid growth phase followed by a quick overshoot. During periods of strong HFPL excitation the e-folding growth time of the HFPL power is typically approx-lt 20 μs, and the total overshoot period is ∼1 ms. On the basis of the current observations, mode conversion of the HF wave into Langmuir waves near HF reflection appears to be a promising mechanism for the production of Langmuir waves in sporadic E. Caviton formation at the critical layer is expected to accompany this process, and there is some evidence that the 430-MHz radar is probing the plasma in a region where density cavities of this nature form. While no specific explanation is offered for the HFPL overshoot, it appears that this phenomenon is fundamental to the Langmuir wave excitation process

  16. Investigation of magnetic interactions at Y3Fe5O12/ Gd3Ga5O12 interface by inserting a diamagnetic Y3Sc2Al3O12 buffer layer

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    Cheng, Yang; Lee, Aidan; Yu, Muqing; Brangham, Jack; Yang, Fengyuan

    Y3Fe5O12 (YIG) is a well-established material for microwave applications and pure spin transport. Gd3Ga5O12 (GGG) is a widely used substrate for epitaxial YIG film growth with very small lattice mismatch. Based on our recent study showing enhanced magnetization in YIG films, we suspect the strong Gd moment in GGG may couple to YIG and affect ferromagnetic resonance spin pumping. To probe this effect, we selected a lattice-matched diamagnetic buffer layer, Y3Sc2Al3O12 (YSAG), to decouple the potential magnetic interaction between YIG and GGG. Phase-pure YSAG powder, prepared by sol-gel synthesis, was made into a target for epitaxial growth of YSAG films on GGG using off-axis sputtering. X-ray diffraction revealed clear Laue oscillations and a narrow YSAG rocking curve of FWHM 0.0074 degrees, demonstrating high crystalline quality. In addition, the in-plane lattice constant of YSAG films is within 0.1% to those of GGG and YIG, making it an ideal buffer layer for this study. We then grow YIG films on YSAG buffered GGG, which show similarly high crystalline quality and ferromagnetic resonance properties to YIG films on GGG. We will also discuss dynamic spin transport studies using YIG/YSAG/GGG. NSF Grant No. DMR-1507274.

  17. Photocatalytic Property of Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 Core-Shell Nanoparticle with Different Functional Layer Thicknesses

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    Junyang Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examined the different properties of Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 (FST core-shell nanoparticles encapsulated for one to five different times, represented as FST1 to FST5, respectively. These FST nanoparticles were obtained using the carbon reduction and sol-gel methods, and their properties were characterized by various tools, such as scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, vibratory sample magnetometer, laser granularity apparatus, and specific surface area analyzer. The relationship between irradiation time and decoloration ratio indicates that FST2 demonstrated significant efficiency in the decolorization of methyl orange (MO under UV light. Further study on recycle activity showed that FST2 had a high decoloration rate after four cycles of photocatalysis, and its degradation of MO was well aligned with the apparent first-order kinetic equation. Furthermore, FST2 exhibited the highest apparent rate in the first cycle. All these results demonstrate that the recoverable FST2 possessed excellent photocatalytic activity while maintaining outstanding stability for further applications, such as managing environmental pollution.

  18. Corroded microstructure of HDDR-NdFeB magnetic powders

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    Zhu, L.Y.; Itakura, M.; Tomokiyo, Y.; Kuwano, N.; Machida, K.

    2004-01-01

    The microstructure of corroded HDDR-NdFeB magnetic powders in bonded magnet has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy. Following an exposure time of 300 h at 398 K in air, the HDDR-NdFeB magnetic powders are found covered with an altered layer about 300 nm thick on the surface. The layer is composed of α-Fe grains 5-10 nm in diameter and h-Nd 2 O 3 grains smaller than 5 nm. Under the altered layer, corrosion has proceeded along the Nd 2 (Fe,Co) 14 B grain boundaries to leave a wetting layer composed of a dense mixture of α-Fe and h-Nd 2 O 3 phase. The appearance of α-Fe grains in both of the altered layer wetting layer leads to the high magnetic flux loss of the corroded HDDR-NdFeB bonded magnet

  19. White matter involvement in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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    Caverzasi, Eduardo; Mandelli, Maria Luisa; DeArmond, Stephen J; Hess, Christopher P; Vitali, Paolo; Papinutto, Nico; Oehler, Abby; Miller, Bruce L; Lobach, Irina V; Bastianello, Stefano; Geschwind, Michael D; Henry, Roland G

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    Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is considered primarily a disease of grey matter, although the extent of white matter involvement has not been well described. We used diffusion tensor imaging to study the white matter in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease compared to healthy control subjects and to correlated magnetic resonance imaging findings with histopathology. Twenty-six patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and nine age- and gender-matched healthy control subjects underwent volumetric T1-weighted and diffusion tensor imaging. Six patients had post-mortem brain analysis available for assessment of neuropathological findings associated with prion disease. Parcellation of the subcortical white matter was performed on 3D T1-weighted volumes using Freesurfer. Diffusion tensor imaging maps were calculated and transformed to the 3D-T1 space; the average value for each diffusion metric was calculated in the total white matter and in regional volumes of interest. Tract-based spatial statistics analysis was also performed to investigate the deeper white matter tracts. There was a significant reduction of mean (P=0.002), axial (P=0.0003) and radial (P=0.0134) diffusivities in the total white matter in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Mean diffusivity was significantly lower in most white matter volumes of interest (PCreutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Mean diffusivity reduction reflected concomitant decrease of both axial and radial diffusivity, without appreciable changes in white matter anisotropy. Tract-based spatial statistics analysis showed significant reductions of mean diffusivity within the white matter of patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, mainly in the left hemisphere, with a strong trend (P=0.06) towards reduced mean diffusivity in most of the white matter bilaterally. In contrast, by visual assessment there was no white matter abnormality either on T2-weighted or diffusion-weighted images. Widespread reduction in white matter mean

  20. MAJOR MOLECULAR GENETIC DRIVERS IN SPORADIC PRIMARY HYPERPARATHYROIDISM.

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    Arnold, Andrew

    2016-01-01

    Primary hyperparathyroidism is primarily due to a solitary parathyroid adenoma but multi-gland disease, parathyroid carcinoma, and ectopic parathyroid hormone production can occur. Although primary hyperparathyroidism mostly presents sporadically, strong familial predispositions also exist. Much is known about heritable genetic mutations responsible for these syndromes, including multiple endocrine neoplasia types 1 and 2A, hyperparathyroidism-jaw tumor syndrome, and familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia. Acquired mutations in common sporadic hyperparathyroidism have also been discovered. Here we focus on the most common and well-established genetic drivers: 1) involvement of the oncogene cyclin D1 in human neoplasia was first established in parathyroid adenomas, followed by recognition of its importance in other tumor types including breast cancer and B-lymphoid malignancy; and 2) somatic mutation of the MEN1 gene, first identified as the source of pathogenic germline mutations in patients with familial endocrinopathies, is found in a substantial fraction of non-familial parathyroid adenomas.

  1. Systematic comparison of sporadic and syndromic pancreatic islet cell tumors.

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    Erlic, Zoran; Ploeckinger, Ursula; Cascon, Alberto; Hoffmann, Michael M; von Duecker, Laura; Winter, Aurelia; Kammel, Gerit; Bacher, Janina; Sullivan, Maren; Isermann, Berend; Fischer, Lars; Raffel, Andreas; Knoefel, Wolfram Trudo; Schott, Matthias; Baumann, Tobias; Schaefer, Oliver; Keck, Tobias; Baum, Richard P; Milos, Ioana; Muresan, Mihaela; Peczkowska, Mariola; Januszewicz, Andrzej; Cupisti, Kenko; Tönjes, Anke; Fasshauer, Mathias; Langrehr, Jan; von Wussow, Peter; Agaimy, Abbas; Schlimok, Günter; Lamberts, Regina; Wiech, Thorsten; Schmid, Kurt Werner; Weber, Alexander; Nunez, Mercedes; Robledo, Mercedes; Eng, Charis; Neumann, Hartmut P H

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    Pancreatic islet cell tumors (ICTs) occur as sporadic neoplasias or as a manifestation of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) and von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL). Molecular classification of ICTs is mandatory for timely diagnosis and surveillance. Systematic comparison of VHL-ICTs and sporadic ICTs has been lacking. Our registry-based approaches used the German NET-Registry with 259 patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), who were primarily diagnosed with NETs, and the German VHL-Registry with 485 molecular genetically confirmed patients who had undergone magnetic resonance imaging or computed tomography of the abdomen. All patients provided blood DNA for testing of the MEN1 and VHL genes for intragenic mutations and large deletions. In the NET-Registry, 9/101 patients (8.9%) with ICTs had germline mutations, 8 in MEN1 and 1 in VHL. In the VHL-Registry, prevalence of NETs was 52/487 (10.6%), and all were ICTs. Interestingly, of those with VHL p.R167W, 47% developed ICTs, compared to 2% of those with p.Y98H. In total, there were 92 truly sporadic, i.e. mutation-negative ICT patients. Comparing these with the 53 VHL-ICT patients, the statistically significant differences were predominance of female gender (P=0.01), multifocal ICTs (P=0.0029), and lower malignancy rate (PICTs compared to sporadic cases. VHL was prevalent in ICTs, which are rarely the first presentation. Patients with NETs should not be subjected to genetic testing of the VHL gene, unless they have multifocal ICTs, other VHL-associated tumors, and/or a family history for VHL.

  2. Measurements of the ionization heights of sporadic radio-meteors

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    Baggaley, W.J.; Webb, T.H.

    1980-01-01

    The echo heights and echo point ionization densities of 4587 sporadic radio-meteors have been determined using a calibrated interferometric height-finding system. Over the height interval 92 to 96 km no association was found between height and ionization but, for radio-meteors ablating above and below this region, significant and opposite trends exist in the data. It is suggested that this could be evidence for the influx of two distinct meteoroid populations. (author)

  3. Screening of hypoxia-inducible genes in sporadic ALS.

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    Cronin, Simon

    2008-10-01

    Genetic variations in two hypoxia-inducible angiogenic genes, VEGF and ANG, have been linked with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (SALS). Common variations in these genes may reduce the levels or functioning of their products. VEGF and ANG belong to a larger group of angiogenic genes that are up-regulated under hypoxic conditions. We hypothesized that common genetic variation across other members of this group may also predispose to sporadic ALS. To screen other hypoxia-inducible angiogenic genes for association with SALS, we selected 112 tagging single nucleotide polymorphisms (tgSNPs) that captured the common genetic variation across 16 VEGF-like and eight ANG-like hypoxia-inducible genes. Screening for association was performed in 270 Irish individuals with typical SALS and 272 ethnically matched unrelated controls. SNPs showing association in the Irish phase were genotyped in a replication sample of 281 Swedish sporadic ALS patients and 286 Swedish controls. Seven markers showed association in the Irish. The one modest replication signal observed in the Swedish replication sample, at rs3801158 in the gene inhibin beta A, was for the opposite allele vs. the Irish cohort. We failed to detect association of common variation across 24 candidate hypoxia-inducible angiogenic genes with SALS.

  4. Next generation sequencing in sporadic retinoblastoma patients reveals somatic mosaicism.

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    Amitrano, Sara; Marozza, Annabella; Somma, Serena; Imperatore, Valentina; Hadjistilianou, Theodora; De Francesco, Sonia; Toti, Paolo; Galimberti, Daniela; Meloni, Ilaria; Cetta, Francesco; Piu, Pietro; Di Marco, Chiara; Dosa, Laura; Lo Rizzo, Caterina; Carignani, Giulia; Mencarelli, Maria Antonietta; Mari, Francesca; Renieri, Alessandra; Ariani, Francesca

    2015-11-01

    In about 50% of sporadic cases of retinoblastoma, no constitutive RB1 mutations are detected by conventional methods. However, recent research suggests that, at least in some of these cases, there is somatic mosaicism with respect to RB1 normal and mutant alleles. The increased availability of next generation sequencing improves our ability to detect the exact percentage of patients with mosaicism. Using this technology, we re-tested a series of 40 patients with sporadic retinoblastoma: 10 of them had been previously classified as constitutional heterozygotes, whereas in 30 no RB1 mutations had been found in lymphocytes. In 3 of these 30 patients, we have now identified low-level mosaic variants, varying in frequency between 8 and 24%. In 7 out of the 10 cases previously classified as heterozygous from testing blood cells, we were able to test additional tissues (ocular tissues, urine and/or oral mucosa): in three of them, next generation sequencing has revealed mosaicism. Present results thus confirm that a significant fraction (6/40; 15%) of sporadic retinoblastoma cases are due to postzygotic events and that deep sequencing is an efficient method to unambiguously distinguish mosaics. Re-testing of retinoblastoma patients through next generation sequencing can thus provide new information that may have important implications with respect to genetic counseling and family care.

  5. Stable and sporadic symbiotic communities of coral and algal holobionts

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    Hester, Eric R; Barott, Katie L; Nulton, Jim; Vermeij, Mark JA; Rohwer, Forest L

    2016-01-01

    Coral and algal holobionts are assemblages of macroorganisms and microorganisms, including viruses, Bacteria, Archaea, protists and fungi. Despite a decade of research, it remains unclear whether these associations are spatial–temporally stable or species-specific. We hypothesized that conflicting interpretations of the data arise from high noise associated with sporadic microbial symbionts overwhelming signatures of stable holobiont members. To test this hypothesis, the bacterial communities associated with three coral species (Acropora rosaria, Acropora hyacinthus and Porites lutea) and two algal guilds (crustose coralline algae and turf algae) from 131 samples were analyzed using a novel statistical approach termed the Abundance-Ubiquity (AU) test. The AU test determines whether a given bacterial species would be present given additional sampling effort (that is, stable) versus those species that are sporadically associated with a sample. Using the AU test, we show that coral and algal holobionts have a high-diversity group of stable symbionts. Stable symbionts are not exclusive to one species of coral or algae. No single bacterial species was ubiquitously associated with one host, showing that there is not strict heredity of the microbiome. In addition to the stable symbionts, there was a low-diversity community of sporadic symbionts whose abundance varied widely across individual holobionts of the same species. Identification of these two symbiont communities supports the holobiont model and calls into question the hologenome theory of evolution. PMID:26555246

  6. Magnetic depth profiling of Fe/Au multilayer using neutron ...

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    Au multilayer sample for characterizing the layer structure and magnetic moment density profile. Fe/Au multilayer shows strong spin-dependent scattering at interfaces, making it a prospective GMR material. Fe/Au multilayer with bilayer ...

  7. Generation of an integration-free induced pluripotent stem cell line (CSC-43 from a patient with sporadic Parkinson's disease

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    Ana Marote

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available An induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC line was generated from a 36-year-old patient with sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD. Skin fibroblasts were reprogrammed using the non-integrating Sendai virus technology to deliver OCT3/4, SOX2, c-MYC and KLF4 factors. The generated cell line (CSC-43 exhibits expression of common pluripotency markers, in vitro differentiation into three germ layers and normal karyotype. This iPSC line can be used to study the mechanisms underlying the development of PD.

  8. Generation of a human induced pluripotent stem cell line (CSC-42 from a patient with sporadic form of Parkinson's disease

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    Ekaterina Savchenko

    2018-03-01

    Full Text Available Skin fibroblasts were collected from a 44-year-old patient with sporadic case of Parkinson's disease (PD. The non-integrating Sendai virus vector encoding OCT3/4, SOX2, c-MYC and KLF4 was used to reprogram fibroblasts into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs. Generated iPSCs had normal karyotypes, expressed common stem cell markers, and were capable of differentiating into all three germ layers. Generated line could be used for PD modeling to understand the mechanisms that influence the disorder.

  9. Multiple Interfacial Fe3O4@BaTiO3/P(VDF-HFP) Core-Shell-Matrix Films with Internal Barrier Layer Capacitor (IBLC) Effects and High Energy Storage Density.

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    Zhou, Ling; Fu, Qiuyun; Xue, Fei; Tang, Xiahui; Zhou, Dongxiang; Tian, Yahui; Wang, Geng; Wang, Chaohong; Gou, Haibo; Xu, Lei

    2017-11-22

    Flexible nanocomposites composed of high dielectric constant fillers and polymer matrix have shown great potential for electrostatic capacitors and energy storage applications. To obtain the composited material with high dielectric constant and high breakdown strength, multi-interfacial composited particles, which composed of conductive cores and insulating shells and possessed the internal barrier layer capacitor (IBLC) effect, were adopted as fillers. Thus, Fe 3 O 4 @BaTiO 3 core-shell particles were prepared and loaded into the poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (P(VDF-HFP)) polymer matrix. As the mass fraction of core-shell fillers increased from 2.5 wt % to 30 wt %, the dielectric constant of the films increased, while the loss tangent remained at a low level (energy storage density of 7.018 J/cm 3 was measured at 2350 kV/cm, which shows significant enhancement than those of the pure P(VDF-HFP) films and analogous composited films with converse insulating-conductive core-shell fillers. A Maxwell-Wagner capacitor model was also adopted to interpret the efficiency of IBLC effects on the suppressed loss tangent and the superior breakdown strength. This work explored an effective approach to prepare dielectric nanocomposites for energy storage applications experimentally and theoretically.

  10. Exchange biased FeNi/FeMn bilayers with coercivity and switching field enhanced by FeMn surface oxidation

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    A. V. Svalov

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available FeNi/FeMn bilayers were grown in a magnetic field and subjected to heat treatments at temperatures of 50 to 350 °C in vacuum or in a gas mixture containing oxygen. In the as-deposited state, the hysteresis loop of 30 nm FeNi layer was shifted. Low temperature annealing leads to a decrease of the exchange bias field. Heat treatments at higher temperatures in gas mixture result in partial oxidation of 20 nm thick FeMn layer leading to a nonlinear dependence of coercivity and a switching field of FeNi layer on annealing temperature. The maximum of coercivity and switching field were observed after annealing at 300 °C.

  11. Chemically abrupt interface between Ce oxide and Fe films

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    Lee, H.G.; Lee, D.; Kim, S.; Kim, S.G.; Hwang, Chanyong

    2005-01-01

    A chemically abrupt Fe/Ce oxide interface can be formed by initial oxidation of an Fe film followed by deposition of Ce metal. Once a Ce oxide layer is formed on top of Fe, it acts a passivation barrier for oxygen diffusion. Further deposition of Ce metal followed by its oxidation preserve the abrupt interface between Ce oxide and Fe films. The Fe and Ce oxidation states have been monitored at each stage using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

  12. Atom exchange between aqueous Fe(II) and structural Fe in clay minerals.

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    Neumann, Anke; Wu, Lingling; Li, Weiqiang; Beard, Brian L; Johnson, Clark M; Rosso, Kevin M; Frierdich, Andrew J; Scherer, Michelle M

    2015-03-03

    Due to their stability toward reductive dissolution, Fe-bearing clay minerals are viewed as a renewable source of Fe redox activity in diverse environments. Recent findings of interfacial electron transfer between aqueous Fe(II) and structural Fe in clay minerals and electron conduction in octahedral sheets of nontronite, however, raise the question whether Fe interaction with clay minerals is more dynamic than previously thought. Here, we use an enriched isotope tracer approach to simultaneously trace Fe atom movement from the aqueous phase to the solid ((57)Fe) and from the solid into the aqueous phase ((56)Fe). Over 6 months, we observed a significant decrease in aqueous (57)Fe isotope fraction, with a fast initial decrease which slowed after 3 days and stabilized after about 50 days. For the aqueous (56)Fe isotope fraction, we observed a similar but opposite trend, indicating that Fe atom movement had occurred in both directions: from the aqueous phase into the solid and from the solid into aqueous phase. We calculated that 5-20% of structural Fe in clay minerals NAu-1, NAu-2, and SWa-1 exchanged with aqueous Fe(II), which significantly exceeds the Fe atom layer exposed directly to solution. Calculations based on electron-hopping rates in nontronite suggest that the bulk conduction mechanism previously demonstrated for hematite1 and suggested as an explanation for the significant Fe atom exchange observed in goethite2 may be a plausible mechanism for Fe atom exchange in Fe-bearing clay minerals. Our finding of 5-20% Fe atom exchange in clay minerals indicates that we need to rethink how Fe mobility affects the macroscopic properties of Fe-bearing phyllosilicates and its role in Fe biogeochemical cycling, as well as its use in a variety of engineered applications, such as landfill liners and nuclear repositories.

  13. Application of quantitative DTI metrics in sporadic CJD

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    E. Caverzasi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Diffusion Weighted Imaging is extremely important for the diagnosis of probable sporadic Jakob–Creutzfeldt disease, the most common human prion disease. Although visual assessment of DWI MRI is critical diagnostically, a more objective, quantifiable approach might more precisely identify the precise pattern of brain involvement. Furthermore, a quantitative, systematic tracking of MRI changes occurring over time might provide insights regarding the underlying histopathological mechanisms of human prion disease and provide information useful for clinical trials. The purposes of this study were: 1 to describe quantitatively the average cross-sectional pattern of reduced mean diffusivity, fractional anisotropy, atrophy and T1 relaxation in the gray matter (GM in sporadic Jakob–Creutzfeldt disease, 2 to study changes in mean diffusivity and atrophy over time and 3 to explore their relationship with clinical scales. Twenty-six sporadic Jakob–Creutzfeldt disease and nine control subjects had MRIs on the same scanner; seven sCJD subjects had a second scan after approximately two months. Cortical and subcortical gray matter regions were parcellated with Freesurfer. Average cortical thickness (or subcortical volume, T1-relaxiation and mean diffusivity from co-registered diffusion maps were calculated in each region for each subject. Quantitatively on cross-sectional analysis, certain brain regions were preferentially affected by reduced mean diffusivity (parietal, temporal lobes, posterior cingulate, thalamus and deep nuclei, but with relative sparing of the frontal and occipital lobes. Serial imaging, surprisingly showed that mean diffusivity did not have a linear or unidirectional reduction over time, but tended to decrease initially and then reverse and increase towards normalization. Furthermore, there was a strong correlation between worsening of patient clinical function (based on modified Barthel score and increasing mean diffusivity.

  14. Mutations in the RET proto-oncogene in sporadic pheochromocytomas

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    Thibodeau, S.N.; Lindor, N.M.; Honchel, R. [Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, MN (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Mutations in the RET proto-oncogene have recently been demonstrated in kindreds with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN) types 2A and 2B. Both of these autosomal dominant disorders are characterized by the development of neoplasia in cell lines of neural crest origin, such as medullary throid carcinomas and pheochromocytomas. Individuals with MEN 2B have, in addition, ganglioneuromas of the lips, tongue and colon, a marfanoid habitus, and corneal nerve thickening. Approximately 90% of patients with MEN 2A have a germline mutation in exons 10 or 11, while 95% of patients with MEN 2B have a T{yields}C transition in codon 918 of exon 16. In this study, pheochromocytomas from 29 individuals who had no clinical evidence of MEN 2A or 2B (sporadic) were examined for the presence of either germline or somatic mutations in exons 10, 11, and 16 of the RET proto-oncogene. Of the 29 tumors examined, 3 (10%) were found to have a mutation in one of the three exons. One tumor had a G{yields}A transition in codon 609 (exon 10), another had a 6 bp deletion encompassing codons 632 & 633 (exon 11), and the final tumor had a T{yields}C transition in codon 918 (exon 16). These mutations were not found in the corresponding normal DNA from these individuals, indicating that the mutation were somatic in origin. Although we cannot exclude the possibility of mutations in other regions of the RET proto-oncogene, our data suggests that: (1) individuals presenting with apparently sporadic pheochromocytomas are not likely to have undiagnosed MEN 2A or 2B; and (2) somatic mutations in the RET proto-oncogene contribute to the process of tumorigenesis in a small percentage of sporadic pheochromocytomas.

  15. Dissolved organic carbon and major and trace elements in peat porewater of sporadic, discontinuous, and continuous permafrost zones of western Siberia

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    T. V. Raudina

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Mobilization of dissolved organic carbon (DOC and related trace elements (TEs from the frozen peat to surface waters in the permafrost zone is expected to enhance under ongoing permafrost thaw and active layer thickness (ALT deepening in high-latitude regions. The interstitial soil solutions are efficient tracers of ongoing bio-geochemical processes in the critical zone and can help to decipher the intensity of carbon and metals migration from the soil to the rivers and further to the ocean. To this end, we collected, across a 640 km latitudinal transect of the sporadic to continuous permafrost zone of western Siberia peatlands, soil porewaters from 30 cm depth using suction cups and we analyzed DOC, dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC, and 40 major elements and TEs in 0.45 µm filtered fraction of 80 soil porewaters. Despite an expected decrease in the intensity of DOC and TE mobilization from the soil and vegetation litter to the interstitial fluids with the increase in the permafrost coverage and a decrease in the annual temperature and ALT, the DOC and many major and trace elements did not exhibit any distinct decrease in concentration along the latitudinal transect from 62.2 to 67.4° N. The DOC demonstrated a maximum of concentration at 66° N, on the border of the discontinuous/continuous permafrost zone, whereas the DOC concentration in peat soil solutions from the continuous permafrost zone was equal to or higher than that in the sporadic/discontinuous permafrost zone. Moreover, a number of major (Ca, Mg and trace (Al, Ti, Sr, Ga, rare earth elements (REEs, Zr, Hf, Th elements exhibited an increasing, not decreasing, northward concentration trend. We hypothesize that the effects of temperature and thickness of the ALT are of secondary importance relative to the leaching capacity of peat, which is in turn controlled by the water saturation of the peat core. The water residence time in peat pores also plays a role in enriching the

  16. Dissolved organic carbon and major and trace elements in peat porewater of sporadic, discontinuous, and continuous permafrost zones of western Siberia

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    Raudina, Tatiana V.; Loiko, Sergey V.; Lim, Artyom G.; Krickov, Ivan V.; Shirokova, Liudmila S.; Istigechev, Georgy I.; Kuzmina, Daria M.; Kulizhsky, Sergey P.; Vorobyev, Sergey N.; Pokrovsky, Oleg S.

    2017-07-01

    Mobilization of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and related trace elements (TEs) from the frozen peat to surface waters in the permafrost zone is expected to enhance under ongoing permafrost thaw and active layer thickness (ALT) deepening in high-latitude regions. The interstitial soil solutions are efficient tracers of ongoing bio-geochemical processes in the critical zone and can help to decipher the intensity of carbon and metals migration from the soil to the rivers and further to the ocean. To this end, we collected, across a 640 km latitudinal transect of the sporadic to continuous permafrost zone of western Siberia peatlands, soil porewaters from 30 cm depth using suction cups and we analyzed DOC, dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), and 40 major elements and TEs in 0.45 µm filtered fraction of 80 soil porewaters. Despite an expected decrease in the intensity of DOC and TE mobilization from the soil and vegetation litter to the interstitial fluids with the increase in the permafrost coverage and a decrease in the annual temperature and ALT, the DOC and many major and trace elements did not exhibit any distinct decrease in concentration along the latitudinal transect from 62.2 to 67.4° N. The DOC demonstrated a maximum of concentration at 66° N, on the border of the discontinuous/continuous permafrost zone, whereas the DOC concentration in peat soil solutions from the continuous permafrost zone was equal to or higher than that in the sporadic/discontinuous permafrost zone. Moreover, a number of major (Ca, Mg) and trace (Al, Ti, Sr, Ga, rare earth elements (REEs), Zr, Hf, Th) elements exhibited an increasing, not decreasing, northward concentration trend. We hypothesize that the effects of temperature and thickness of the ALT are of secondary importance relative to the leaching capacity of peat, which is in turn controlled by the water saturation of the peat core. The water residence time in peat pores also plays a role in enriching the fluids in some elements

  17. Imaging and clinical characteristics of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    HAN Shun-chang

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Five patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD presented rapidly progressive dementia which were subacute onset from 1 to 4 months. Among these cases, periodic synchronous discharge (PSD of electroencephalography (EEG was seen in 2 patients. Besides, 4 patients obtained positive results in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF analysis for 14-3-3 protein. The cranial MRI examination showed symmetrical or asymmetrical colored-ribbon-shaped high signals in cerebral cortex or basal ganglia by diffusion weighted imaging (DWI, suggesting that DWI had high sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of sCJD as a preferred method in the clinical examination of sCJD.

  18. Diffusion MR imaging in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    Burcak Cakir Pekoz

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD is a rare dementing disease and is thought to caused by a prion. It is characterized by rapidly progressive dementia, ataxia, myoclonus, akinetic mutism and eventual death. Brain biopsy or autopsy is required for a definitive diagnosis of CJD. Diffusion-weighted imaging became an important tool for early diagnosis of CJD because of the high sensitivity. We present 59-year-old female patient diagnosed as sporadic CJD with typical MR imagings. [Cukurova Med J 2014; 39(4.000: 880-883

  19. The monster sporadic group and a theory underlying superstring models

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    Chapline, G.

    1996-09-01

    The pattern of duality symmetries acting on the states of compactified superstring models reinforces an earlier suggestion that the Monster sporadic group is a hidden symmetry for superstring models. This in turn points to a supersymmetric theory of self-dual and anti-self-dual K3 manifolds joined by Dirac strings and evolving in a 13 dimensional spacetime as the fundamental theory. In addition to the usual graviton and dilaton this theory contains matter-like degrees of freedom resembling the massless states of the heterotic string, thus providing a completely geometric interpretation for ordinary matter. 25 refs

  20. Discovery of Suprathermal Fe+ in and near Earth's Magnetosphere

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    Christon, S. P.; Hamilton, D. C.; Plane, J. M. C.; Mitchell, D. G.; Grebowsky, J. M.; Spjeldvik, W. N.; Nylund, S. R.

    2017-12-01

    Suprathermal (87-212 keV/e) singly charged iron, Fe+, has been observed in and near Earth's equatorial magnetosphere using long-term ( 21 years) Geotail/STICS ion composition data. Fe+ is rare compared to dominant suprathermal solar wind and ionospheric origin heavy ions. Earth's suprathermal Fe+ appears to be positively associated with both geomagnetic and solar activity. Three candidate lower-energy sources are examined for relevance: ionospheric outflow of Fe+ escaped from ion layers altitude, charge exchange of nominal solar wind Fe+≥7, and/or solar wind transported inner source pickup Fe+ (likely formed by solar wind Fe+≥7 interaction with near sun interplanetary dust particles, IDPs). Semi-permanent ionospheric Fe+ layers form near 100 km altitude from the tons of IDPs entering Earth's atmosphere daily. Fe+ scattered from these layers is observed up to 1000 km altitude, likely escaping in strong ionospheric outflows. Using 26% of STICS's magnetosphere-dominated data at low-to-moderate geomagnetic activity levels, we demonstrate that solar wind Fe charge exchange secondaries are not an obvious Fe+ source then. Earth flyby and cruise data from Cassini/CHEMS, a nearly identical instrument, show that inner source pickup Fe+ is likely not important at suprathermal energies. Therefore, lacking any other candidate sources, it appears that ionospheric Fe+ constitutes at least an important portion of Earth's suprathermal Fe+, comparable to observations at Saturn where ionospheric origin suprathermal Fe+ has also been observed.

  1. Effect of a CGO buffer layer on the performance of (La0.6Sr0.40.995Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ cathode in YSZ-Based SOFC

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    Ruiz-Morales, J. C.

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The electrochemical properties of (La0.6Sr0.40.995Co0.2Fe0.8O3-s (LSCF and LSCF-gadolinium-doped ceria (CGO composite electrodes towards oxygen reduction were studied by impedance spectroscopy in a symmetric cell configuration using yttriastabilised zirconia (YSZ as electrolyte and a CGO buffer layer between the electrode and the electrolyte materials. The best polarisation resistance values were obtained for a LSCF-CGO (60/40, wt.% composite with values ranging between 0.07 and 0.4 Ωcm2 in the temperature range of 650-775ºC. The effect of the CGO buffer on the polarisation resistance of the LSCF electrode and the series resistance of the symmetrical LSCF/YSZ cell was also investigated. In addition, X-ray diffraction analysis was carried out to study the chemical compatibility between LSCF, YSZ and CGO materials.Las propiedades electroquímicas de los electrodos (La0.6Sr0.40.995Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF y composites de LSCF con ceria dopada con gadolinio (CGO, respecto la reacción de reducción del oxígeno, fueron estudiadas mediante espectroscopía de impedancia usando una configuración de celda simétrica, con circonia estabilizada con itria (YSZ como electrolito y CGO como capa de protección entre el material de electrodo y electrolito. Los mejores valores de resistencia de polarización fueron obtenidos para el composite LSCF-CGO (60/40, % en peso con valores comprendidos entre 0,07 y 0,4 Ωcm2 para el rango de temperaturas de 650-775ºC. El efecto de la capa intermedia de CGO sobre la resistencia de polarización del electrodo LSCF y la resistencia en serie de la celda simétrica LSCF/YSZ fue también investigado. La compatibilidad química de LSCF, YSZ y CGO se ha estudiado mediante difracción de rayos X.

  2. Rapid degradation of dyes in water by magnetic Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene composites.

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    Chong, Shan; Zhang, Guangming; Tian, Huifang; Zhao, He

    2016-06-01

    Magnetic Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene has been successfully synthesized by a one-step reduction method and investigated in rapid degradation of dyes in this work. The material was characterized by N2 sorption-desorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating-sample magnetometer (VSM) measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene had a layered structure with Fe crystals highly dispersed in the interlayers of graphene, which could enhance the mass transfer process between Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene and pollutants. Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene exhibited ferromagnetism and could be easily separated and re-dispersed for reuse in water. Typical dyes, such as Methyl Orange, Methylene Blue and Crystal Violet, could be decolorized by Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene rapidly. After 20min, the decolorization efficiencies of methyl orange, methylene blue and crystal violet were 94.78%, 91.60% and 89.07%, respectively. The reaction mechanism of Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene with dyes mainly included adsorption and enhanced reduction by the composite. Thus, Fe(0)/Fe3O4/graphene prepared by the one-step reduction method has excellent performance in removal of dyes in water. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. High Temperature Magnetic Properties of Indirect Exchange Spring FePt/M(Cu,C/Fe Trilayer Thin Films

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    Anabil Gayen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the investigation of temperature dependent magnetic properties of FePt and FePt(30/M(Cu,C/Fe(5 trilayer thin films prepared by using magnetron sputtering technique at ambient temperature and postannealed at different temperatures. L10 ordering, hard magnetic properties, and thermal stability of FePt films are improved with increasing postannealing temperature. In FePt/M/Fe trilayer, the formation of interlayer exchange coupling between magnetic layers depends on interlayer materials and interface morphology. In FePt/C/Fe trilayer, when the C interlayer thickness was about 0.5 nm, a strong interlayer exchange coupling between hard and soft layers was achieved, and saturation magnetization was enhanced considerably after using interlayer exchange coupling with Fe. In addition, incoherent magnetization reversal process observed in FePt/Fe films changes into coherent switching process in FePt/C/Fe films giving rise to a single hysteresis loop. High temperature magnetic studies up to 573 K reveal that the effective reduction in the coercivity decreases largely from 34 Oe/K for FePt/Fe film to 13 Oe/K for FePt/C(0.5/Fe film demonstrating that the interlayer exchange coupling seems to be a promising approach to improve the stability of hard magnetic properties at high temperatures, which is suitable for high-performance magnets and thermally assisted magnetic recording media.

  4. Exchange bias in sputtered FeNi/FeMn systems: Effect of short low-temperature heat treatments

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    Savin, Peter, E-mail: peter.savin@urfu.ru [Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensors, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Guzmán, Jorge [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid-CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Lepalovskij, Vladimir [Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensors, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Svalov, Andrey; Kurlyandskaya, Galina [Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensors, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, Universidad del País Vasco (UPV/EHU), 48940 Leioa, Vizcaya (Spain); Asenjo, Agustina [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid-CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Vas’kovskiy, Vladimir [Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensors, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Vazquez, Manuel [Department of Magnetism and Magnetic Nanomaterials, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensors, Ural Federal University, 620002 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid-CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2016-03-15

    Short (5 min) post-deposition thermal treatments under magnetic field at low temperature (up to 200 °C) performed in exchange-coupled FeNi(40 nm)/FeMn(20 nm) bilayer thin films prepared by magnetron sputtering are shown to be effective to significantly modify their exchange field (from around 40 Oe down to 27 Oe) between FeNi and FeMn layers. A similar exchange field decrease was observed for the first deposited FeNi layer of the FeNi(40 nm)/FeMn(20 nm)/FeNi(40 nm) trilayer films after the same thermal treatments. The exchange field value for the second FeNi layer was not substantially changed. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicates that such a heat treatment has no effect on the grain size and crystalline texture of the films, while atomic force microscope studies reveal an increase of the surface roughness after the treatment which is more noticeable in the case of the trilayer film. Analysis of the experimental results leads us to conclude that the variations of the exchange field after heat treatment are likely caused by a modification of interfacial roughness and/or interfacial magnetic structure, but unlikely by the changes in the microstructure and/or changes of composition of the antiferromagnetic FeMn layer. - Highlights: • FeNi/FeMn bilayers and FeNi/FeMn/FeNi trilayers were prepared by magnetron sputtering. • Post-deposition heat treatments at the temperatures below 200 °C during 5 min were made. • Annealing reduces the exchange field for the first FeNi layer in trilayers. • The exchange field value for the second FeNi layer was not substantially changed. • Exchange field changes are most likely caused by a modification of interface roughness.

  5. Slower Dynamics and Aged Mitochondria in Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease

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    Gargini, Ricardo; García, Esther; Perry, George

    2017-01-01

    Sporadic Alzheimer's disease corresponds to 95% of cases whose origin is multifactorial and elusive. Mitochondrial dysfunction is a major feature of Alzheimer's pathology, which might be one of the early events that trigger downstream principal events. Here, we show that multiple genes that control mitochondrial homeostasis, including fission and fusion, are downregulated in Alzheimer's patients. Additionally, we demonstrate that some of these dysregulations, such as diminished DLP1 levels and its mitochondrial localization, as well as reduced STOML2 and MFN2 fusion protein levels, take place in fibroblasts from sporadic Alzheimer's disease patients. The analysis of mitochondrial network disruption using CCCP indicates that the patients' fibroblasts exhibit slower dynamics and mitochondrial membrane potential recovery. These defects lead to strong accumulation of aged mitochondria in Alzheimer's fibroblasts. Accordingly, the analysis of autophagy and mitophagy involved genes in the patients demonstrates a downregulation indicating that the recycling mechanism of these aged mitochondria might be impaired. Our data reinforce the idea that mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the key early events of the disease intimately related with aging. PMID:29201274

  6. Fe3Si surface coating on SiFe steel

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    Schneeweiss, O.; Pizurova, N.; Jiraskova, Y.; Zak, T.; Cornut, B.

    2000-01-01

    Fe 3 Si layers were prepared using chemical vapor deposition of Si on the surface of Go steel and its subsequent heat treatment. The changes in the structure and phase composition after different heat treatment conditions have been analyzed. The coating is characterized by high hardness, good corrosion resistance, high electrical resistivity, and the spin texture which differs from the steel substrate

  7. Perpendicular exchange coupling effects in ferrimagnetic TbFeCo/GdFeCo hard/soft structures

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    Wang, Ke; Wang, Yahong; Ling, Fujin; Xu, Zhan

    2018-04-01

    Bilayers consisting of magnetically hard TbFeCo and soft GdFeCo alloy were fabricated. Exchange-spring and sharp switching in a step-by-step fashion were observed in the TbFeCo/GdFeCo hard/soft bilayers with increasing GdFeCo thickness. A perpendicular exchange bias field of several hundred Oersteds is observed from the shift of minor loops pinned by TbFeCo layer. The perpendicular exchange energy is derived to be in the range of 0.18-0.30 erg/cm2. The exchange energy is shown to increase with the thickness of GdFeCo layer in the bilayers, which can be attributed to the enhanced perpendicular anisotropy of GdFeCo layer in our experimental range.

  8. First principles calculations of interlayer exchange coupling in bcc Fe/Cu/Fe structures

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    Kowalewski, M.; Heninrich, B. [Simon Fraser Univ., Burnaby, British Columbia (Canada); Schulthess, T.C.; Butler, W.H. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-01-01

    The authors report on theoretical calculations of interlayer exchange coupling between two Fe layers separated by a modified Cu spacer. These calculations were motivated by experimental investigations of similar structures by the SFU group. The multilayer structures of interest have the general form: Fe/Cu(k)/Fe and Fe/Cu(m)/X(1)/Cu(n)/Fe where X indicates one AL (atomic layer) of foreign atoms X (Cr, Ag, or Fe) and k, m, n represent the number of atomic layers of Cu. The purpose of the experimental and theoretical work was to determine the effect of modifying the pure Cu spacer by replacing the central Cu atomic layer with the atomic layer of foreign atoms X. The first principles calculation were performed using the Layer Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker (LKKR) method. The theoretical thickness dependence of the exchange coupling between two semi-infinite Fe layers was calculated for pure Cu spacer thicknesses in the range of 0 < k < 16. The effect of the foreign atoms X on the exchange coupling was investigated using the structure with 9 AL Cu spacer as a reference sample. The calculated changes in the exchange coupling are in qualitative agreement with experiment.

  9. Effect of doubly layered Ru intermediate layers in perpendicular magnetic recording tape media

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    Sakai, Hidetada; Saemma, Gaku; Nakagawa, Shigeki

    2014-05-01

    Si/NiFe bilayer structures are very effective to obtain c-axis orientation in both a Ru intermediate layer and a CoPtCr-SiO2 recording layer when they successively deposited on the Si/NiFe bilayer. Doubly layered Ru which consists of two Ru layers prepared at low and high sputtering gas pressures promoted c-axis orientation and well-isolated grains of the CoPtCr even when the Ru intermediate layer was very thin. Doubly layered Ru intermediate layers deposited on Si/NiFe seed layers attained suitable c-axis orientation and well-isolated grains of the CoPtCr recording layer, even though the Ru double-layer was as thin as 5 nm.

  10. Structural and magnetic properties of NdFeB and NdFeB/Fe films with Mo addition

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    Urse, M; Grigoras, M; Lupu, N; Chiriac, H, E-mail: urse@phys-iasi.ro [National Institute of R and D for Technical Physics, 47 Mangeron Blvd., 700050 Iasi (Romania)

    2011-07-06

    The influence of the Mo addition on the microstructure and magnetic properties of Nd-Fe-B and Nd-Fe-B/Fe films was studied. The coercivity is a key parameter in the control of technical performances of Nd-Fe-B films. A small amount of about 1 at.% Mo can enhance the coercivity of Nd-Fe-B film by controlling the growth of soft and hard magnetic grains. A coercivity of 22.1 kOe, a remanence ratio, M{sub r}/M{sub s}, of 0.83 and a maximum energy product of 8 MGOe were obtained for Ta/[NdFeBMo(1at.%)(540nm)/Ta films annealed at 650{sup 0}C for 20 minutes due to Mo precipitates formed at the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B phase boundaries which prevent the nucleation and expansion of the magnetic domains. Simultaneous use of Mo as addition and the stratification of Nd-Fe-B-Mo films using Fe as spacer layer are important tools for the improvement of the hard magnetic properties of Nd-Fe-B films. The Ta/[NdFeBMo(1at.%)(180nm)/Fe(1nm)]x3/Ta multilayer film annealed at 620{sup 0}C exhibits an increase in the coercivity from 12.1 kOe to 22.8 kOe, in the remanence ratio from 0.77 to 0.80, and in the maximum energy product from 4.5 to 7.1 MGOe in comparison with Ta/Nd-Fe-B/Ta film. As compared to Ta/Nd-Fe-B/Ta film, the Ta/[NdFeBMo(1at.%)(180nm)/Fe(1nm)]x3/Ta film presents a decrease in the crystallization temperature of about 30{sup 0}C.

  11. BRCAness profile of sporadic ovarian cancer predicts disease recurrence.

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    Weiya Z Wysham

    Full Text Available The consequences of defective homologous recombination (HR are not understood in sporadic ovarian cancer, nor have the potential role of HR proteins other than BRCA1 and BRCA2 been clearly defined. However, it is clear that defects in HR and other DNA repair pathways are important to the effectiveness of current therapies. We hypothesize that a subset of sporadic ovarian carcinomas may harbor anomalies in HR pathways, and that a BRCAness profile (defects in HR or other DNA repair pathways could influence response rate and survival after treatment with platinum drugs. Clinical availability of a BRCAness profile in patients and/or tumors should improve treatment outcomes.To define the BRCAness profile of sporadic ovarian carcinoma and determine whether BRCA1, PARP, FANCD2, PTEN, H2AX, ATM, and P53 protein expression correlates with response to treatment, disease recurrence, and recurrence-free survival.Protein microarray analysis of ovarian cancer tissue was used to determine protein expression levels for defined DNA repair proteins. Correlation with clinical and pathologic parameters in 186 patients with advanced stage III-IV and grade 3 ovarian cancer was analyzed using Chi square, Kaplan-Meier method, Cox proportional hazard model, and cumulative incidence function.High PARP, FANCD2 and BRCA1 expressions were significantly correlated with each other; however, elevated p53 expression was associated only with high PARP and FANCD2. Of all patients, 9% recurred within the first year. Among early recurring patients, 41% had high levels of PARP, FANCD2 and P53, compared to 19.5% of patients without early recurrence (p = 0.04. Women with high levels of PARP, FANCD2 and/or P53 had first year cumulative cancer incidence of 17% compared with 7% for the other groups (P = 0.03.Patients with concomitantly high levels of PARP, FANCD2 and P53 protein expression are at increased risk of early ovarian cancer recurrence and platinum resistance.

  12. Aberrant gene promoter methylation associated with sporadic multiple colorectal cancer.

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    Victoria Gonzalo

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC multiplicity has been mainly related to polyposis and non-polyposis hereditary syndromes. In sporadic CRC, aberrant gene promoter methylation has been shown to play a key role in carcinogenesis, although little is known about its involvement in multiplicity. To assess the effect of methylation in tumor multiplicity in sporadic CRC, hypermethylation of key tumor suppressor genes was evaluated in patients with both multiple and solitary tumors, as a proof-of-concept of an underlying epigenetic defect. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We examined a total of 47 synchronous/metachronous primary CRC from 41 patients, and 41 gender, age (5-year intervals and tumor location-paired patients with solitary tumors. Exclusion criteria were polyposis syndromes, Lynch syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. DNA methylation at the promoter region of the MGMT, CDKN2A, SFRP1, TMEFF2, HS3ST2 (3OST2, RASSF1A and GATA4 genes was evaluated by quantitative methylation specific PCR in both tumor and corresponding normal appearing colorectal mucosa samples. Overall, patients with multiple lesions exhibited a higher degree of methylation in tumor samples than those with solitary tumors regarding all evaluated genes. After adjusting for age and gender, binomial logistic regression analysis identified methylation of MGMT2 (OR, 1.48; 95% CI, 1.10 to 1.97; p = 0.008 and RASSF1A (OR, 2.04; 95% CI, 1.01 to 4.13; p = 0.047 as variables independently associated with tumor multiplicity, being the risk related to methylation of any of these two genes 4.57 (95% CI, 1.53 to 13.61; p = 0.006. Moreover, in six patients in whom both tumors were available, we found a correlation in the methylation levels of MGMT2 (r = 0.64, p = 0.17, SFRP1 (r = 0.83, 0.06, HPP1 (r = 0.64, p = 0.17, 3OST2 (r = 0.83, p = 0.06 and GATA4 (r = 0.6, p = 0.24. Methylation in normal appearing colorectal mucosa from patients with multiple and solitary CRC showed no relevant

  13. Room temperature exchange bias in BiFeO3 / Co-Fe bilayers

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    Sterwerf, Christian; Meinert, Markus; Arenholz, Elke; Schmalhorst, Jan-Michael; Reiss, Günter

    2015-01-01

    Thin highly epitaxial BiFeO$_3$ films were prepared on SrTiO$_3$ (100) substrates by reactive magnetron co-sputtering. Detailed MOKE measurements on BiFeO$_3$/Co-Fe bilayers were performed to investigate the exchange bias as a function of the films thicknesses and Co-Fe stoichiometries. We found a maximum exchange bias of H$_{\\mathrm{eb}}$=92 Oe and a coercive field of H$_{\\mathrm{c}}$=89 Oe for a 12.5 nm thick BiFeO$_3$ film with a 2 nm thick Co layer. The unidirectional anisotropy is clearl...

  14. Magnetic nanowires (Fe, Fe-Co, Fe-Ni – magnetic moment reorientation in respect of wires composition

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    Kalska-Szostko Beata

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic nanowires of Fe, Fe-Co, and Fe-Ni alloy and layered structure were prepared by electrochemical alternating current (AC deposition method. The morphology of the nanowires in and without the matrix was studied by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and X-ray diffraction (XRD, respectively. The wires either show strong dependence on the combination of elements deposition (alloy or layered or chemical composition (Co or Ni. The magnetic properties of the nanostructures were determined on the basis of Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS.

  15. A Unifying Hypothesis for Familial and Sporadic Alzheimer's Disease

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    Carole J. Proctor

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Alzheimer's disease (AD is characterised by the aggregation of two quite different proteins, namely, amyloid-beta (Aβ, which forms extracellular plaques, and tau, the main component of cytoplasmic neurofibrillary tangles. The amyloid hypothesis proposes that Aβ plaques precede tangle formation but there is still much controversy concerning the order of events and the linkage between Aβ and tau alterations is still unknown. Mathematical modelling has become an essential tool for generating and evaluating hypotheses involving complex systems. We have therefore used this approach to discover the most probable pathway linking Aβ and tau. The model supports a complex pathway linking Aβ and tau via GSK3β, p53, and oxidative stress. Importantly, the pathway contains a cycle with multiple points of entry. It is this property of the pathway which enables the model to be consistent with both the amyloid hypothesis for familial AD and a more complex pathway for sporadic forms.

  16. Physical function and muscle strength in sporadic inclusion body myositis

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    Jørgensen, Anders N; Aagaard, Per; Nielsen, Jakob L

    2017-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: In this study, self-reported physical function, functional capacity, and isolated muscle function were investigated in sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM) patients. METHODS: The 36-item Short Form (SF-36) Health Survey and 2-min walk test (2MWT), timed up & go test (TUG), and 30-s...... chair stand performance were evaluated. In addition, patients were tested for knee extensor muscle strength (isokinetic dynamometer) and leg extension power (Nottingham power rig). RESULTS: TUG performance was the strongest predictor of self-reported physical function (r(2) = 0.56, P ... to sensitively predict self-perceived physical function in sIBM patients. Notably, between-limb asymmetry in lower limb muscle strength had a substantial negative impact on motor tasks involving gait function. Muscle Nerve, 2017....

  17. Sporadic Insulinoma Presenting as Early Morning Night Terrors.

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    Beisang, Daniel; Forlenza, Gregory P; Luquette, Mark; Sarafoglou, Kyriakie

    2017-06-01

    A 16-year-old boy with a recent diagnosis of night terrors was evaluated for recurrent early morning hypoglycemia after an early morning seizure. Evaluation in clinic with critical laboratories identified hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. Additional investigation revealed a sporadic insulinoma as the etiology of his hypoglycemia and all symptoms were resolved after pancreaticoduodenectomy. The importance of obtaining critical laboratory samples is highlighted and appropriate radiologic, medical, and pathologic testing is discussed. We additionally review the medical and surgical management of hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia. A discussion of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 associated insulinomas is included as well. This case highlights the importance of considering hypoglycemia in the evaluation of night terrors and new-onset seizures. Copyright © 2017 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  18. Cathepsin D polymorphism in Italian sporadic and familial Alzheimer's disease.

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    Bagnoli, Silvia; Nacmias, Benedetta; Tedde, Andrea; Guarnieri, Bianca Maria; Cellini, Elena; Ciantelli, Monica; Petruzzi, Concetta; Bartoli, Antonella; Ortenzi, Luigi; Serio, Antonio; Sorbi, Sandro

    2002-08-16

    A recent study has shown that a genetic variation in the Cathepsin D (catD) gene is a major risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). CatD is an intracellular aspartyl protease involved in neurodegeneration. A C-->T (Ala-->Val) transition at position 224 has been associated with altered intracellular maturation. Recently, a significant overrepresentation of the T allele of the catD gene in AD patients compared with controls was reported. However, this finding has not yet been confirmed. We analyzed the distribution of catD and apolipoprotein E polymorphisms in Italian patients with sporadic and familial AD (FAD). Our studies revealed that the distribution of catD polymorphism did not differ in AD and FAD patients and controls. Thus, our data do not support a role for the catD gene as a genetic risk factor in the development of AD.

  19. Magnetic depth profiling of Fe/Au multilayer using neutron ...

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    We present unpolarized and polarized neutron reflectometry data on Fe/Au multilayer sample for characterizing the layer structure and magnetic moment density profile. Fe/Au multilayer shows strong spin-dependent scattering at interfaces, making it a prospective GMR material. Fe/Au multilayer with bilayer thickness of 130 ...

  20. Micromagnetic finite element study for magnetic properties of nanocomposite exchange coupled Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/α-Fe multilayer systems

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    Ryo, Hyok-Su [School of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Faculty of Physics, Kim Il Sung University, Pyongyang 999093, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Korea, Republic of); Hu, Lian-Xi [School of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Kim, Jin-Guk [School of Material Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Faculty of Physics, Kim Il Sung University, Pyongyang 999093, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Yu-Lin [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2017-03-15

    In this study, magnetic properties of exchange coupled nanocomposite multilayer thin films constructed alternately with magnetic hard Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B layers and soft α-Fe layers have been studied by micromagnetic finite element method (FEM). According to the results, effects of the thicknesses of layers and the magneto-crystalline anisotropy on the magnetic properties of the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/α-Fe multilayer systems have been estimated. On the other hand, the results have been analyzed by means of efficiency of interphase exchange coupling, which can be estimated by volume ratios of exchange coupled areas between magnetically hard Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and soft α-Fe phase layers. The results show that the magnetic properties of exchange coupled Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/α-Fe multilayer systems can be enhanced by efficient interphase exchange coupling between magnetically hard Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B layers and soft α-Fe layers. - Highlights: • Phase layer thicknesses dependence of magnetic properties of Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/α-Fe multilayers. • Analyzation of the effectiveness of exchange coupling between the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and α-Fe layers. • Dependence of the magnetic properties on direction of external field of exchange coupled Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/α-Fe multilayers. • Dependence of the magnetic properties on magneto-crystalline anisotropy of exchange coupled Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B/α-Fe multilayers.

  1. Antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling in Fe/V and Fe/Cr

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    Vega, A.; Rubio, A.; Balbas, L.C.; Dorantes-Davila, J.; Bouarab, S.; Demangeat, C.; Mokrani, A.; Dreysse, H.

    1991-01-01

    Antiferromagnetic (AF) coupling between Fe and V atoms is observed experimentally at the Fe/V and Fe/Cr interfaces. In the self-consistent tight-binding derivation of the unrestricted approximation of the Hubbard Hamiltonian, we have investigated Fe 3 V n (n=1--5) superlattices and Fe 3 V n (n=1--5) films. In all cases one finds an AF coupling between Fe and V together with a decreasing oscillation of the induced magnetic moment on the V atoms when the distance from Fe increases. The distributions of local magnetic moments on Fe and Cr layers in Fe 3 Cr n (n=3--5) superlattices have been determined self-consistently. Both AF and ferromagnetic (F) coupling between Fe layers separated by Cr have been studied. In all cases one finds strong AF couplings between Fe and Cr nearest neighbors with an important increase of the Cr magnetic moment at the interface as compared to the Cr bulk value

  2. Antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling in Fe/V and Fe/Cr

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    Vega, A.; Rubio, A.; Balbas, L.C. (Departamento de Fisica Teorica, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain (ES)); Dorantes-Davila, J. (Departamento de Fisica Teorica, CINVESTAN-IPN, Apdo. 14-740, Mexico, (Mexico)); Bouarab, S.; Demangeat, C. (IPCMS, Universite Louis Pasteur, 4 rue Blaise Pascal, 67070 Strasbourg, (France)); Mokrani, A.; Dreysse, H. (Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, BP 239, 54506 Vandoeuvre-les Nancy, (France))

    1991-04-15

    Antiferromagnetic (AF) coupling between Fe and V atoms is observed experimentally at the Fe/V and Fe/Cr interfaces. In the self-consistent tight-binding derivation of the unrestricted approximation of the Hubbard Hamiltonian, we have investigated Fe{sub 3}V{sub {ital n}} ({ital n}=1--5) superlattices and Fe{sub 3}V{sub {ital n}} ({ital n}=1--5) films. In all cases one finds an AF coupling between Fe and V together with a decreasing oscillation of the induced magnetic moment on the V atoms when the distance from Fe increases. The distributions of local magnetic moments on Fe and Cr layers in Fe{sub 3}Cr{sub {ital n}} ({ital n}=3--5) superlattices have been determined self-consistently. Both AF and ferromagnetic ({ital F}) coupling between Fe layers separated by Cr have been studied. In all cases one finds strong AF couplings between Fe and Cr nearest neighbors with an important increase of the Cr magnetic moment at the interface as compared to the Cr bulk value.

  3. Pillar shape modulation in epitaxial BiFeO3–CoFe2O4 vertical nanocomposite films

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    Dong Hun Kim; Nicolas M. Aimon; C. A. Ross

    2014-01-01

    Self-assembled epitaxial CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 nanocomposite films, in which pillars of CoFe2O4 grow within a single crystal BiFeO3 matrix, show both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity. The pillars typically have a uniform cross-section, but here two methods are demonstrated to produce a width modulation during growth by pulsed laser deposition. This was achieved by growing a blocking layer of BiFeO3 to produce layers of separated pillars or pillars with constrictions, or by changing the temperatur...

  4. 3D tomography of midlatitude sporadic-E in Japan from GNSS-TEC data

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    Muafiry, Ihsan Naufal; Heki, Kosuke; Maeda, Jun

    2018-03-01

    We studied ionospheric irregularities caused by midlatitude sporadic-E ( Es) in Japan using ionospheric total electron content (TEC) data from a dense GNSS array, GEONET, with a 3D (three-dimensional) tomography technique. Es is a thin layer of unusually high ionization that appears at altitudes of 100 km. Here, we studied five cases of Es irregularities in 2010 and 2012, also reported in previous studies, over the Kanto and Kyushu Districts. We used slant TEC residuals as the input and estimated the number of electron density anomalies of more than 2000 small blocks with dimensions of 20-30 km covering a horizontal region of 300 × 500 km. We applied a continuity constraint to stabilize the solution and performed several different resolution tests with synthetic data to assess the accuracy of the results. The tomography results showed that positive electron density anomalies occurred at the E region height, and the morphology and dynamics were consistent with those reported by earlier studies.

  5. Adhesive and Cohesive Strength in FeB/Fe2B Systems

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    Meneses-Amador, A.; Blancas-Pérez, D.; Corpus-Mejía, R.; Rodríguez-Castro, G. A.; Martínez-Trinidad, J.; Jiménez-Tinoco, L. F.

    2018-01-01

    In this work, FeB/Fe2B systems were evaluated by the scratch test. The powder-pack boriding process was performed on the surface of AISI M2 steel. The mechanical parameters, such as yield stress and Young's modulus of the boride layer, were obtained by the instrumented indentation technique. Residual stresses produced on the boride layer were estimated by using the x-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The scratch test was performed in order to evaluate the cohesive/adhesive strength of the FeB/Fe2B coating. In addition, a numerical evaluation of the scratch test on boride layers was performed by the finite element method. Maximum principal stresses were related to the failure mechanisms observed by the experimental scratch test. Shear stresses at the interfaces of the FeB/Fe2B/substrate system were also evaluated. Finally, the results obtained provide essential information about the effect of the layer thickness, the residual stresses, and the resilience modulus on the cohesive/adhesive strength in FeB/Fe2B systems.

  6. Predictors of Preoperative Tinnitus in Unilateral Sporadic Vestibular Schwannoma

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    Georgios Naros

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveNearly two-thirds of patients with vestibular schwannoma (VS are reporting a significantly impaired quality of life due to tinnitus. VS-associated tinnitus is attributed to an anatomical and physiological damage of the hearing nerve by displacing growth of the tumor. In contrast, the current pathophysiological concept of non-VS tinnitus hypothesizes a maladaptive neuroplasticity of the central nervous system to a (hidden hearing impairment resulting in a subjective misperception. However, it is unclear whether this concept fits to VS-associated tinnitus. This study aims to determine the clinical predictors of VS-associated tinnitus to ascertain the compatibility of both pathophysiological concepts.MethodsThis retrospective study includes a group of 478 neurosurgical patients with unilateral sporadic VS evaluated preoperatively regarding the occurrence of ipsilateral tinnitus depending on different clinical factors, i.e., age, gender, tumor side, tumor size (T1–T4 according to the Hannover classification, and hearing impairment (Gardner–Robertson classification, GR1–5, using a binary logistic regression.Results61.8% of patients complain about a preoperative tinnitus. The binary logistic regression analysis identified male gender [OR 1.90 (1.25–2.75; p = 0.002] and hearing impairment GR3 [OR 1.90 (1.08–3.35; p = 0.026] and GR4 [OR 8.21 (2.29–29.50; p = 0.001] as positive predictors. In contrast, patients with large T4 tumors [OR 0.33 (0.13–0.86; p = 0.024] and complete hearing loss GR5 [OR 0.36 (0.15–0.84; p = 0.017] were less likely to develop a tinnitus. Yet, 60% of the patients with good clinical hearing (GR1 and 25% of patients with complete hearing loss (GR5 suffered from tinnitus.ConclusionThese data are good accordance with literature about non-VS tinnitus indicating hearing impairment as main risk factor. In contrast, complete hearing loss appears a negative predictor for tinnitus. For the first

  7. SDHAF2 mutations in familial and sporadic paraganglioma and phaeochromocytoma.

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    Bayley, Jean-Pierre; Kunst, Henricus P M; Cascon, Alberto; Sampietro, Maria Lourdes; Gaal, José; Korpershoek, Esther; Hinojar-Gutierrez, Adolfo; Timmers, Henri J L M; Hoefsloot, Lies H; Hermsen, Mario A; Suárez, Carlos; Hussain, A Karim; Vriends, Annette H J T; Hes, Frederik J; Jansen, Jeroen C; Tops, Carli M; Corssmit, Eleonora P; de Knijff, Peter; Lenders, Jacques W M; Cremers, Cor W R J; Devilee, Peter; Dinjens, Winand N M; de Krijger, Ronald R; Robledo, Mercedes

    2010-04-01

    Paragangliomas and phaeochromocytomas are neuroendocrine tumours associated frequently with germline mutations of SDHD, SDHC, and SDHB. Previous studies have shown the imprinted SDHAF2 gene to be mutated in a large Dutch kindred with paragangliomas. We aimed to identify SDHAF2 mutation carriers, assess the clinical genetic significance of SDHAF2, and describe the associated clinical phenotype. We undertook a multicentre study in Spain and The Netherlands in 443 apparently sporadic patients with paragangliomas and phaeochromocytomas who did not have mutations in SDHD, SDHC, or SDHB. We analysed DNA of 315 patients for germline mutations of SDHAF2; a subset (n=200) was investigated for gross gene deletions. DNA from a group of 128 tumours was studied for somatic mutations. We also examined a Spanish family with head and neck paragangliomas with a young age of onset for the presence of SDHAF2 mutations, undertook haplotype analysis in this kindred, and assessed their clinical phenotype. We did not identify any germline or somatic mutations of SDHAF2, and no gross gene deletions were noted in the subset of apparently sporadic patients analysed. Investigation of the Spanish family identified a pathogenic germline DNA mutation of SDHAF2, 232G-->A (Gly78Arg), identical to the Dutch kindred. SDHAF2 mutations do not have an important role in phaeochromocytoma and are rare in head and neck paraganglioma. Identification of a second family with the Gly78Arg mutation suggests that this is a crucial residue for the function of SDHAF2. We conclude that SDHAF2 mutation analysis is justified in very young patients with isolated head and neck paraganglioma without mutations in SDHD, SDHC, or SDHB, and in individuals with familial antecedents who are negative for mutations in all other risk genes. Dutch Cancer Society, European Union 6th Framework Program, Fondo Investigaciones Sanitarias, Fundación Mutua Madrileña, and Red Temática de Investigación Cooperativa en Cáncer. 2010

  8. Sporadic cases of adult measles: a research article.

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    Premaratna, Ranjan; Luke, Nathasha; Perera, Harsha; Gunathilake, Mahesh; Amarasena, Pubudu; Chandrasena, T G A Nilmini

    2017-01-10

    Measles caused by a paramyxovirus, characterized by fever, malaise, cough, coryza conjunctivitis, a maculopapular rash is known to result in pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Fatal cases of measles in Sri Lanka are rare after implementation of the National Immunization Programme in 1984. Thereafter 0.1% case fatality rate was observed during October 1999-June 2000 which is a very low figure compared to other regional countries. Immunization guidelines were further revised in 2001, 2011 and in 2012 when additional immunization was recommended to age group 4-21 years; who are likely to have inadequate immunization, in order to achieve elimination of Measles by 2020. However, in 2013-2014, 4690 cases were reported and the majority were children less than 1 year of age. The occurrence in adults is hard to retrieve in published epidemiological reports, however had been 38% (out of 1008 patients) in the 3rd quarter of 2013. During this outbreak 73/101 (72%) reported from the North Central Province of Sri Lanka had been more than 12 years of age with 50% being more than 29 years. 14 Sri lankan adult patients [median age 32 years (range 25-48)] who presented sporadically from June 2014 to March 2016, with confirmed measles infection were enrolled retrospectively after informed consent. Details with regards to their clinical presentation, immunization and other relevant areas were collected using an interviewer administered questionnaire or using patient management records. The patients presented with high fever, headache, severe body aches, sore throat, dry cough, intense tearing, red eyes and posterior cervical lymphadenopathy over 3-5 days duration. Later they developed discrete maculopapular rash helping the diagnosis. They had a variable degree of leucopenia, lymphocytosis, thrombocytopenia and derangements in the liver functions mimicking any other acute febrile illnesses such as dengue, chikungunya, leptospirosis or Zika virus infection. At least a 3-5

  9. Solid FeS lubricant: a possible alternative to MoS2 for Cu-Fe-based friction materials

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    Peng, Tao; Yan, Qing-zhi; Zhan, Xiao-lu; Shi, Xiao-jiao

    2017-11-01

    Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is one of the most commonly used solid lubricants for Cu-Fe-based friction materials. Nevertheless, MoS2 reacts with metal matrices to produce metal sulfides (e.g., FeS) and Mo during sintering, and the lubricity of the composite may be related to the generation of FeS. Herein, the use of FeS as an alternative to MoS2 for producing Cu-Fe-based friction materials was investigated. According to the reaction principle of thermodynamics, two composites—one with MoS2 (Fe-Cu-MoS2 sample) and the other with FeS (FeS-Cu2S-Cu-Fe-Mo sample), were prepared and their friction behaviors and mechanical properties were compared. The results showed that MoS2 reacted with the Cu-Fe matrix to produce FeS, metallic ternary sulfides, and Mo when sintered at 1050°C. The MoS2-Cu-Fe and FeS-Cu2S-Cu-Fe-Mo samples thereby exhibited similar characteristics with respect to phase composition, density, hardness, and tribological behaviors. Micrographs of the worn surfaces revealed that the stable friction regime for both composites stemmed from the iron sulfides friction layers rather than from the molybdenum sulfides layers.

  10. Silicon induced Fe deficiency affects Fe, Mn, Cu and Zn distribution in rice (Oryza sativa L.) growth in calcareous conditions.

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    Carrasco-Gil, Sandra; Rodríguez-Menéndez, Sara; Fernández, Beatriz; Pereiro, Rosario; de la Fuente, Vicenta; Hernandez-Apaolaza, Lourdes

    2018-02-01

    A protective effect by silicon in the amelioration of iron chlorosis has recently been proved for Strategy 1 species, at acidic pH. However in calcareous conditions, the Si effect on Fe acquisition and distribution is still unknown. In this work, the effect of Si on Fe, Mn, Cu and Zn distribution was studied in rice (Strategy 2 species) under Fe sufficiency and deficiency. Plants (+Si or-Si) were grown initially with Fe, and then Fe was removed from the nutrient solution. The plants were then analysed using a combined approach including LA-ICP-MS images for each element of interest, the analysis of the Fe and Si concentration at different cell layers of root and leaf cross sections by SEM-EDX, and determining the apoplastic Fe, total micronutrient concentration and oxidative stress indexes. A different Si effect was observed depending on plant Fe status. Under Fe sufficiency, Si supply increased Fe root plaque formation, decreasing Fe concentration inside the root and increasing the oxidative stress in the plants. Therefore, Fe acquisition strategies were activated, and Fe translocation rate to the aerial parts was increased, even under an optimal Fe supply. Under Fe deficiency, +Si plants absorbed Fe from the plaque more rapidly than -Si plants, due to the previous activation of Fe deficiency strategies during the growing period (+Fe + Si). Higher Fe plaque formation due to Si supply during the growing period reduced Fe uptake and could activate Fe deficiency strategies in rice, making it more efficient against Fe chlorosis alterations. Silicon influenced Mn and Cu distribution in root. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  11. CAMS newly detected meteor showers and the sporadic background

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    Jenniskens, P.; Nénon, Q.; Gural, P. S.; Albers, J.; Haberman, B.; Johnson, B.; Morales, R.; Grigsby, B. J.; Samuels, D.; Johannink, C.

    2016-03-01

    The Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance (CAMS) video-based meteoroid orbit survey adds 60 newly identified showers to the IAU Working List of Meteor Showers (numbers 427, 445-446, 506-507, and part of 643-750). 28 of these are also detected in the independent SonotaCo survey. In total, 230 meteor showers and shower components are identified in CAMS data, 177 of which are detected in at least two independent surveys. From the power-law size frequency distribution of detected showers, we extrapolate that 36% of all CAMS-observed meteors originated from ∼700 showers above the N = 1 per 110,000 shower limit. 71% of mass falling to Earth from streams arrives on Jupiter-family type orbits. The transient Geminids account for another 15%. All meteoroids not assigned to streams form a sporadic background with highest detected numbers from the apex source, but with 98% of mass falling in from the antihelion source. Even at large ∼7-mm sizes, a Poynting-Robertson drag evolved population is detected, which implies that the Grün et al. collisional lifetimes at these sizes are underestimated by about a factor of 10. While these large grains survive collisions, many fade on a 104-y timescale, possibly because they disintegrate into smaller particles by processes other than collisions, leaving a more resilient population to evolve.

  12. Radiosurgical treatment of sporadic vestibular schwannomas: A prospective cohort study

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    Martel V, Freddy; Iniguez S, Rodrigo; Venencia M, Daniel; Tagle M, Patricio; Besa D, Pelayo; Lorenzoni S, Jose

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    Objective: To analyze the preliminary experience of radiosurgery for Vestibular Schwannomas at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Material and methods: The first 17 patients with sporadic Vestibular Schwannomas treated by radiosurgery at our institution are reported. The marginal dose used was 12 to 12.5 Gy. prescribed at the 70 or 80 isodose fine. Patients were controlled at 6, 12 and 24 months with magnetic resonance, audiometric study and clinical examination. Results: In all of the 17 patients treated a decrease tumor enhancement on MR was demonstrated. In 16 patients (94%) a pattern of central tumor necrosis was observed during the firs year Actuarial useful hearing was maintained in 62.5% at 2 year after treatment. Facial nerve function was maintained in all of the 15 patients with normal function at treatment (100%). Trigeminal function was maintained in ah of the 14 patients (100%) with previous normal trigeminal function. The mean time to return to work or normal activities was 11.5 days after treatment. Conclusions: These preliminary results are comparable with results published in the literature and reinforce the demonstrate role of radiosurgery in the management of vestibular schwannomas

  13. A review of drug therapy for sporadic fatal insomnia.

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    Tabaee Damavandi, Pardis; Dove, Martin T; Pickersgill, Richard W

    2017-09-03

    Sporadic fatal insomnia (sFI) is a rapid progressive neurodegenerative disease characterised by gradual to perpetual insomnia, followed by dysautonomia, coma and death. 1 The cause of sFI was recently mapped to a mutation in a protein, the prion, found in the human brain. It is the unfolding of the prion that leads to the generation of toxic oligomers that destroy brain tissue and function. Recent studies have confirmed that a methionine mutation at codon 129 of the human Prion is characteristic of sFI. Current treatment slows down the progression of the disease, but no cure has been found, yet. We used Molecular Docking and Molecular Dynamics simulation methods, to study the toxic Fatal-Insomnia-prion conformations at local unfolding. The idea was to determine these sites and to stabilise these regions against unfolding and miss-folding, using a small ligand, based on a phenothiazine "moiety". As a result we here discuss current fatal insomnia therapy and present seven novel possible compounds for in vitro and in vivo screening.

  14. Facing and managing natural disasters in the Sporades islands, Greece

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    Karanikola, P.; Panagopoulos, T.; Tampakis, S.; Karantoni, M. I.; Tsantopoulos, G.

    2014-04-01

    The region of the Sporades islands located in central Greece is at the mercy of many natural phenomena, such as earthquakes due to the marine volcano Psathoura and the rift of Anatolia, forest fires, floods, landslides, storms, hail, snowfall and frost. The present work aims at studying the perceptions and attitudes of the residents regarding how they face and manage natural disasters. A positive public response during a hazard crisis depends not only upon the availability and good management of a civil defense plan but also on the knowledge and perception of the possible hazards by the local population. It is important for the stakeholders to know what the citizens expect so that the necessary structures can be developed in the phase of preparation and organization. The residents were asked their opinion about what they think should be done by the stakeholders after a catastrophic natural disaster, particularly about the immediate response of stakeholders and their involvement and responsibilities at different, subsequent intervals of time following the disaster. The residents were also asked about the most common disasters that happen in their region and about the preparation activities of the stakeholders.

  15. [Lung transplantation in sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis: study of 7 cases].

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    Ansótegui Barrera, Emilio; Mancheño Franch, Nuria; Peñalver Cuesta, Juan Carlos; Vera-Sempere, Francisco; Padilla Alarcón, José

    2013-10-19

    Sporadic lymphangioleiomyomatosis (S-LAM) is a rare disease that affects only women. It is characterized by an abnormal proliferation of immature smooth muscle cells (LAM cells) that grow in an aberrant manner in the airway, parenchymal lung lymph and blood vessels, determining the onset of pulmonary cystic lesions. The disease has no treatment, progressing to respiratory failure, and lung transplantation (LT) may be a treatment option at this stage. Our goal was to study 7 patients undergoing LT for S-LAM. We studied a series of clinical and demographic characteristics, diagnostic modality and post-transplant outcomes. We performed a descriptive analysis of the series. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate survival. The mean age of onset of symptoms was 35 years, the diagnosis of 37 years and that of LT 38 years. The most common symptom was dyspnea. Four patients had a history of pneumothorax and pleural effusion. The mean forced expiratory volume in one second was 32.7% and the diffusing capacity for carbon monoxide was 29%. All patients were subjected to LT and survival was 100, 85.7 and 57.1% at one, 3 and 5 years, respectively. Three died of bronchiolitis obliterans and 2 necropsies did not show evidence of disease recurrence. LT is a therapeutic option in patients with S-LAM with an advanced respiratory functional impairment. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  16. Thyroid Sporadic Goiter with Adult Heterotopic Bone Formation

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    Adriana Handra-Luca

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Thyroid heterotopic bone formation (HBF in goiter is a rare finding. Five thyroid resection specimens were analyzed for HBF. The results were correlated with clinicomorphological features. All patients were women (33–82 years. The preoperative diagnosis was thyroid goiter or nodule. Treatment consisted in thyroidectomy and lobectomy (3 and 2, resp.. Microscopy showed sporadic nodular goiter. Malformative blood vessels and vascular calcifications were seen in intra- and extrathyroid location (5 and 3, resp.. The number and size of HBFs (total: 28 ranged between 1 and 23/thyroid gland (one bilateral and 1 and 10 mm, respectively. Twelve HBFs were in contact with the thyroid capsule. Most were extranodular (21, versus 6 intranodular. The medical history was positive for dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, renal dysfunction, and hyperuricemia (2, 3, and 3 cases and 1 case, resp. without any parathyroid abnormality. In conclusion, thyroid HBF may be characterized by subcapsular or extranodular location, various size (usually ≥2 mm, and vascular calcifications and malformations. Features of metabolic syndrome and renal dysfunction may be present, but their exact role in the pathogenesis of HBFs remains to be elucidated.

  17. Chemistry of the Fe2O3/BiFeO3 Interface in BiFeO3 Thin Film Heterostructures

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    Valanoor Nagarajan

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    Full Text Available We investigate the interfacial chemistry of secondary Fe2O3 phases formed in a BiFeO3 (BFO layer in BFO/ La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO/SrTiO3 (STO heterostructures. A combination of high-resolution spherical aberration corrected scanning TEM and spectroscopy results, reveals that specific chemical and crystallographic similarities between Fe2O3 and BFO, enable the BFO layer to form a facile host for Fe2O3.

  18. Structural and magnetic properties of Gd/Fe multilayers grown by pulsed laser deposition

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    Kant, K. Mohan; Bahl, Christian Robert Haffenden; Pryds, Nini

    2010-01-01

    This work investigates the structural and the magnetic properties of Gd/Fe multilayered thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition onto Si (001) substrates at room temperature. he Fe layer thickness is varied from 70 to 150 nm and its effect on the structural and magnetic properties of Fe/Gd/Fe ...

  19. Coexistence of protease sensitive and resistant prion protein in 129VV homozygous sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease: a case report

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    Rodríguez-Martínez Ana B

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The coexistence of different molecular types of classical protease-resistant prion protein in the same individual have been described, however, the simultaneous finding of these with the recently described protease-sensitive variant or variably protease-sensitive prionopathy has, to the best of our knowledge, not yet been reported. Case presentation A 74-year-old Caucasian woman showed a sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease clinical phenotype with reactive depression, followed by cognitive impairment, akinetic-rigid Parkinsonism with pseudobulbar syndrome and gait impairment with motor apraxia, visuospatial disorientation, and evident frontal dysfunction features such as grasping, palmomental reflex and brisk perioral reflexes. She died at age 77. Neuropathological findings showed: spongiform change in the patient’s cerebral cortex, striatum, thalamus and molecular layer of the cerebellum with proteinase K-sensitive synaptic-like, dot-like or target-like prion protein deposition in the cortex, thalamus and striatum; proteinase K-resistant prion protein in the same regions; and elongated plaque-like proteinase K-resistant prion protein in the molecular layer of the cerebellum. Molecular analysis of prion protein after proteinase K digestion revealed decreased signal intensity in immunoblot, a ladder-like protein pattern, and a 71% reduction of PrPSc signal relative to non-digested material. Her cerebellum showed a 2A prion protein type largely resistant to proteinase K. Genotype of polymorphism at codon 129 was valine homozygous. Conclusion Molecular typing of prion protein along with clinical and neuropathological data revealed, to the best of our knowledge, the first case of the coexistence of different protease-sensitive prion proteins in the same patient in a rare case that did not fulfill the current clinical diagnostic criteria for either probable or possible sporadic Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. This highlights the

  20. Surface magnetism of Fe(001)

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    Ohnishi, S.; Freeman, A.J.; Weinert, M.

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    Results of all-electron self-consistent semirelativistic full-potential linearized augmented-plane-wave local-density and local-spin-density studies are reported for a seven-layer Fe(001) thin film. The calculated work function for the ferromagnetic state is found to be in excellent agreement with experiment, whereas that calculated for the paramagnetic state is significantly worse (namely, 0.5 eV too large), indicating the importance of spin polarization on this electrostatic property. For both states, partial densities of states (projected by layer and by orbital angular momentum), surface states, and charge (and spin) densities are presented and their differences employed to discuss the origin of surface magnetism. No Friedel oscillation is found in the layer-by-layer charge density. The surface-layer magnetic moment is found to have been increased by 0.73μ/sub B/ from the center layer to 2.98μ/sub B//atom; a very small Friedel oscillation is obtained for the spin density, which indicates possible size effects in this seven-layer film. Layer-by-layer Fermi contact hyperfine fields are presented: While the core-polarization contributions are proportional to the magnetic moment, the conduction-electron contribution shows a pronounced Friedel oscillation in the central layer and, significantly, a change of sign and increase in the magnitude for the surface-layer contribution. The hyperfine field at the nucleus of the center-layer atoms is found to be in excellent agreement with experiment

  1. Breakdown of antiferromagnet order in polycrystalline NiFe/NiO bilayers probed with acoustic emission

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    Lebyodkin, M. A.; Lebedkina, T. A.; Shashkov, I. V.; Gornakov, V. S.

    2017-07-01

    Magnetization reversal of polycrystalline NiFe/NiO bilayers was investigated using magneto-optical indicator film imaging and acoustic emission techniques. Sporadic acoustic signals were detected in a constant magnetic field after the magnetization reversal. It is suggested that they are related to elastic waves excited by sharp shocks in the NiO layer with strong magnetostriction. Their probability depends on the history and number of repetitions of the field cycling, thus testifying the thermal-activation nature of the long-time relaxation of an antiferromagnetic order. These results provide evidence of spontaneous thermally activated switching of the antiferromagnetic order in NiO grains during magnetization reversal in ferromagnet/antiferromagnet (FM/AFM) heterostructures. The respective deformation modes are discussed in terms of the thermal fluctuation aftereffect in the Fulcomer and Charap model which predicts that irreversible breakdown of the original spin orientation can take place in some antiferromagnetic grains with disordered anisotropy axes during magnetization reversal of exchange-coupled FM/AFM structures. The spin reorientation in the saturated state may induce abrupt distortion of isolated metastable grains because of the NiO magnetostriction, leading to excitation of shock waves and formation of plate (or Lamb) waves.

  2. Clinical Perspective of Oxidative Stress in Sporadic ALS

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    D’Amico, Emanuele; Factor-Litvak, Pam; Santella, Regina M.; Mitsumoto, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    Sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (sALS) is one of the most devastating neurological diseases; most patients die within 3 to 4 years after symptom onset. Oxidative stress is a disturbance in the pro-oxidative/anti-oxidative balance favoring the pro-oxidative state. Autopsy and laboratory studies in ALS indicate that oxidative stress plays a major role in motor neuron degeneration and astrocyte dysfunction. Oxidative stress biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid, plasma, and urine, are elevated, suggesting that abnormal oxidative stress is generated outside of the central nervous system. Our review indicates that agricultural chemicals, heavy metals, military service, professional sports, excessive physical exertion, chronic head trauma, and certain foods might be modestly associated with ALS risk, with a stronger association between risk and smoking. At the cellular level, these factors are all involved in generating oxidative stress. Experimental studies indicate that a combination of insults that induce modest oxidative stress can exert additive deleterious effects on motor neurons, suggesting multiple exposures in real-world environments are important. As the disease progresses, nutritional deficiency, cachexia, psychological stress, and impending respiratory failure may further increase oxidative stress. Moreover, accumulating evidence suggests that ALS is possibly a systemic disease. Laboratory, pathologic, and epidemiologic evidence clearly support the hypothesis that oxidative stress is central in the pathogenic process, particularly in genetically susceptive individuals. If we are to improve ALS treatment, well-designed biochemical and genetic epidemiological studies, combined with a multidisciplinary research approach, are needed and will provide knowledge crucial to our understanding of ALS etiology, pathophysiology, and prognosis. PMID:23797033

  3. MTHFR polymorphisms as prognostic factors in sporadic colorectal cancer.

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    Osian, Gelu; Procopciuc, Lucia; Vlad, Liviu

    2007-09-01

    Theoretically, individuals having at least one mutant allele present a modified activity of the MTHFR enzyme and low methylation, DNA synthesis-repair respectively, which could imply a higher risk of colorectal cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relations of these mutations with the clinico-pathological aspects of colorectal cancer. The study included 69 patients with sporadic colorectal cancer. The relative risk in homozygous patients with a normal allele and for mutations C667T and A1298C, in heterozygous patients with one normal and one mutant allele, and for homozygous patients for the mutant allele was calculated. C667T and A1298C mutations represent a risk factor for colorectal cancer with an OR (odds ratio) = 2.13 (CI (0.51-8.91)) and 3 (CI(0.3-29.58), respectively, in homozygous patients. These mutations are associated with a more frequent location of lesions at the colon level, OR=2.3 and 2.15 respectively. The incidence of the A1298C mutation was more frequent in stage N0 than N+ (p<0.05), pT2 vs. pT3 (p<0.05), as well as in Dukes stages B and D vs. A or C (p<0.05). The results obtained support the hypothesis of an increased colorectal cancer prevalence in patients with one of the MTHFR gene mutations. These patients develop colon cancer more frequently, they present lymph node invasion more rarely, and develop more often distant metastases.

  4. Upregulated Genes In Sporadic, Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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    Yacoub Magdi H

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To elucidate further the pathogenesis of sporadic, idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH and identify potential therapeutic avenues, differential gene expression in IPAH was examined by suppression subtractive hybridisation (SSH. Methods Peripheral lung samples were obtained immediately after removal from patients undergoing lung transplant for IPAH without familial disease, and control tissues consisted of similarly sampled pieces of donor lungs not utilised during transplantation. Pools of lung mRNA from IPAH cases containing plexiform lesions and normal donor lungs were used to generate the tester and driver cDNA libraries, respectively. A subtracted IPAH cDNA library was made by SSH. Clones isolated from this subtracted library were examined for up regulated expression in IPAH using dot blot arrays of positive colony PCR products using both pooled cDNA libraries as probes. Clones verified as being upregulated were sequenced. For two genes the increase in expression was verified by northern blotting and data analysed using Student's unpaired two-tailed t-test. Results We present preliminary findings concerning candidate genes upregulated in IPAH. Twenty-seven upregulated genes were identified out of 192 clones examined. Upregulation in individual cases of IPAH was shown by northern blot for tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-3 and decorin (P Conclusion Four of the up regulated genes, magic roundabout, hevin, thrombomodulin and sucrose non-fermenting protein-related kinase-1 are expressed specifically by endothelial cells and one, muscleblind-1, by muscle cells, suggesting that they may be associated with plexiform lesions and hypertrophic arterial wall remodelling, respectively.

  5. Chlamydia pecorum: fetal and placental lesions in sporadic caprine abortion.

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    Giannitti, Federico; Anderson, Mark; Miller, Myrna; Rowe, Joan; Sverlow, Karen; Vasquez, Marce; Cantón, Germán

    2016-03-01

    Chlamydial abortion in small ruminants is usually associated with Chlamydia abortus infection. Although Chlamydia pecorum has been detected in aborted ruminants and epidemiological data suggests that C. pecorum is abortigenic in these species, published descriptions of lesions in fetuses are lacking. This work describes fetoplacental lesions in a caprine abortion with C. pecorum infection, and further supports the abortigenic role of C. pecorum in ruminants. A 16-month-old Boer goat aborted twin fetuses at ~130 days of gestation. Both fetuses (A and B) and the placenta of fetus A were submitted for postmortem examination and diagnostic workup. At autopsy, the fetuses had moderate anasarca, intermuscular edema in the hindquarters (A), and brachygnathia and palatoschisis (B). In the placenta, the cotyledons were covered by yellow fibrinosuppurative exudate that extended into the adjacent intercotyledonary areas. Histologically, there was severe suppurative and necrotizing placentitis with vasculitis (arteriolitis) and thrombosis, multifocal lymphohistiocytic and neutrophilic hepatitis (A), and fibrinosuppurative enteritis in both fetuses. Chlamydia antigen was detected in the placenta by the direct fluorescent antibody test and in fetal intestines by immunohistochemistry. Nested polymerase chain reaction of DNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections of placenta and intestine amplified 400 bp of the Chlamydia 16S rRNA gene that was sequenced and found to be 99% identical to C. pecorum by BLAST analysis. Other known abortigenic infectious agents were ruled out by specific testing. It is concluded that C. pecorum infection is associated with fetoplacental lesions and sporadic abortion in goats. © 2015 The Author(s).

  6. Genotype and phenotype analysis of patients with sporadic periodic paralysis.

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    Sung, Chih-Chien; Cheng, Chih-Jen; Lo, Yi-Fen; Lin, Mei-Shan; Yang, Sung-Sen; Hsu, Yu-Chuan; Lin, Shih-Hua

    2012-04-01

    Sporadic periodic paralysis (SPP), the second leading cause of hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HPP) in Asia, has a presentation similar to that of familial periodic paralysis (FPP) and is caused by gene mutations in the calcium (Ca(2+)) (CACNA1S) and sodium (Na(+)) (SCN4A) channels of skeletal muscle. The authors determined whether SPP shares similar genotype and phenotype with FPP. Sixty SPP patients who did not have a family history of paralysis, abnormal thyroid function tests and other identifiable causes of HPP, and 8 FPP patients were enrolled. Genomic DNA was isolated from blood leukocytes of all SPP and FPP patients. Genetic analysis of whole S4 segment in CACNA1S and SCN4A was performed. Phenotypic analysis included clinical presentations, laboratory data and precipitating events. All FPP patients had mutations in either CACNA1S or SCN4A, but only 4 SPP patients had de novo mutations in CACNA1S (R1239H) and SCN4A (R669×2, R1135H). SPP patients with de novo mutations manifested a phenotype indistinguishable from that of FPP patients except a later age of onset. SPP patients without mutations also had a later age of onset, significantly fewer attacks of paralysis than FPP patients, and unidentifiable precipitating factors. A minority of SPP patients had de novo CACNA1S or SCN4A mutations and may have a variant of FPP. The majority of SPP patients, those without mutations in CACNA1S and SCN4A, represent a unique subgroup of HPP patients, and this form of SPP usually manifests at a later age, is associated with fewer attacks and lacks apparent triggering factors.

  7. Identification of epigenetically altered genes in sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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    Claudia Figueroa-Romero

    Full Text Available Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS is a terminal disease involving the progressive degeneration of motor neurons within the motor cortex, brainstem and spinal cord. Most cases are sporadic (sALS with unknown causes suggesting that the etiology of sALS may not be limited to the genotype of patients, but may be influenced by exposure to environmental factors. Alterations in epigenetic modifications are likely to play a role in disease onset and progression in ALS, as aberrant epigenetic patterns may be acquired throughout life. The aim of this study was to identify epigenetic marks associated with sALS. We hypothesize that epigenetic modifications may alter the expression of pathogenesis-related genes leading to the onset and progression of sALS. Using ELISA assays, we observed alterations in global methylation (5 mC and hydroxymethylation (5 HmC in postmortem sALS spinal cord but not in whole blood. Loci-specific differentially methylated and expressed genes in sALS spinal cord were identified by genome-wide 5mC and expression profiling using high-throughput microarrays. Concordant direction, hyper- or hypo-5mC with parallel changes in gene expression (under- or over-expression, was observed in 112 genes highly associated with biological functions related to immune and inflammation response. Furthermore, literature-based analysis identified potential associations among the epigenes. Integration of methylomics and transcriptomics data successfully revealed methylation changes in sALS spinal cord. This study represents an initial identification of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in sALS which may improve our understanding of sALS pathogenesis for the identification of biomarkers and new therapeutic targets.

  8. Geographical and seasonal correlation of multiple sclerosis to sporadic schizophrenia

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    Fritzsche Markus

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Clusters by season and locality reveal a striking epidemiological overlap between sporadic schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis (MS. As the birth excesses of those individuals who later in life develop schizophrenia mirror the seasonal distribution of Ixodid ticks, a meta analysis has been performed between all neuropsychiatric birth excesses including MS and the epidemiology of spirochaetal infectious diseases. Results The prevalence of MS and schizophrenic birth excesses entirely spares the tropical belt where human treponematoses are endemic, whereas in more temperate climates infection rates of Borrelia garinii in ticks collected from seabirds match the global geographic distribution of MS. If the seasonal fluctuations of Lyme borreliosis in Europe are taken into account, the birth excesses of MS and those of schizophrenia are nine months apart, reflecting the activity of Ixodes ricinus at the time of embryonic implantation and birth. In America, this nine months' shift between MS and schizophrenic births is also reflected by the periodicity of Borrelia burgdorferi transmitting Ixodes pacificus ticks along the West Coast and the periodicity of Ixodes scapularis along the East Coast. With respect to Ixodid tick activity, amongst the neuropsychiatric birth excesses only amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS shows a similar seasonal trend. Conclusion It cannot be excluded at present that maternal infection by Borrelia burgdorferi poses a risk to the unborn. The seasonal and geographical overlap between schizophrenia, MS and neuroborreliosis rather emphasises a causal relation that derives from exposure to a flagellar virulence factor at conception and delivery. It is hoped that the pathogenic correlation of spirochaetal virulence to temperature and heat shock proteins (HSP might encourage a new direction of research in molecular epidemiology.

  9. Visual art therapy in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: a case study.

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    Shrestha, Rajeet; Trauger-Querry, Barbara; Loughrin, Athena; Appleby, Brian S

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the diagnostic and treatment utility of visual art therapy in a case of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Visual art therapy was compared longitudinally with clinical and neuroimaging data over five-month period in an autopsy-confirmed case of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease of MM2-cortical subtype. Art therapy sessions and content were useful in ascertaining neuropsychiatric symptoms during the course of her illness. Art therapy offered a unique emotional and cognitive outlet as illness progressed. Patients and families affected by sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease may benefit from art therapy despite the rapidly progressive nature of the illness. Art therapy can also be useful for assessment of patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease by healthcare professionals.

  10. Genetic architecture of sporadic frontotemporal dementia and overlap with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

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    Ferrari, Raffaele; Wang, Yunpeng; Vandrovcova, Jana

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Clinical, pathological and genetic overlap between sporadic frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) has been suggested; however, the relationship between these disorders is still not well understood. Here we evaluated genetic overlap betwee...

  11. Nanostructure and magnetization reversal process in TbFeCo/Yx(FeCo)1-x spring-magnet type multilayers

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    Duc, N.H.; Huong Giang, D.T.; Chau, N.

    2004-01-01

    Studies of the naturally formed nanostructure and magnetization reversal process were performed for the sputtered Tb(Fe 0.55 Co 0.45 ) 1.5 /Y x (Fe 0.7 Co 0.3 ) 1-x multilayers (0≤x≤0.2) with a TbFeCo layer thickness t TbFeCo =12 nm and YFeCo layer thickness t YFeCo =10 nm. The structural investigations showed that nanocrystals are naturally formed and coexist within the amorphous matrix in Y 0.1 (FeCo) 0.9 layers. In this state, low magnetic coercivity and large parallel magnetostrictive susceptibility are observed. The results are discussed in terms of the crystalline discontinuity of the soft YFeCo layers

  12. The investigation of interface properties of FeCo/Bepp2 heterostructures

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    Li, Dong; Han, Xuemeng; Wang, Zhen; Li, Yue; Guo, Xiaobin; Zuo, Yalu; Xi, Li

    2014-01-01

    Highlights: • The interface between organic Bepp2 and FeCo is important for organic spin-valves. • The interaction at the interface is investigated by XPS and magnetic measurement. • A different fabrication sequence has a different interfacial reaction. • A quite weak interfacial reaction happens when evaporating Bepp2 on FeCo layer. • Ta capping layer is important to prevent the interfacial reaction for Si/FeCo/Bepp2. - Abstract: The interface has become an important issue in organic magnetic spin-valves. In this work, Si/FeCo/Ta, Si/FeCo/Bepp2/Ta, and Si/Bepp2/FeCo/Ta samples with the variation of the FeCo layer thickness were fabricated by direct-current magnetron sputtering for FeCo layers and the thermal evaporation method for Bepp2 layers. The interaction at the interfaces between the FeCo magnetic layer and Bepp2 organic layer was investigated by the traditional magnetic properties measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy with the Argon ion etching technique. The experimental results show that the interfacial reaction is strong when sputtering FeCo on Bepp2 layer due to the high energy of sputtered FeCo atoms in contrast with the weak interfacial reaction when evaporating Bepp2 on FeCo layer. Moreover, the capping layer of Ta is quite important to protect FeCo layer against oxidation from air either by direct contact or through Bepp2 layer. Our experiment is very helpful for fabricating organic spin-valves with high-spin injection efficiency

  13. Modification of interlayer exchange coupling in Fe/V/Fe trilayers using hydrogen

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    Skoryna, J., E-mail: jskoryna@ifmpan.poznan.pl [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Smoluchowskiego 17 St., 60-179 Poznań (Poland); Marczyńska, A. [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Smoluchowskiego 17 St., 60-179 Poznań (Poland); Lewandowski, M. [NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 85 St., 61-614 Poznań (Poland); Smardz, L. [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Smoluchowskiego 17 St., 60-179 Poznań (Poland)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Magnetic films and multilayers. • Thin films. • Hydrogen absorbing materials. • Magnetic measurements. • Exchange coupling. - Abstract: Fe/V/Fe trilayers with constant-thickness Fe and step-like wedged V sublayers were prepared at room temperature using UHV magnetron sputtering. The bottom Fe layer grows onto oxidised Si(1 0 0) substrate and shows relatively high coercivity. The top Fe layer grows on vanadium spacer and shows considerably lower coercivity. The planar growth of the Fe and V sublayers was confirmed in-situ by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Results show that the Fe sublayers are weakly exchange coupled for d{sub V} > 1.4 nm. Results on the coercivity studies as a function of the V interlayer thickness show near d{sub V} ∼ 1.95 nm (∼2.45 nm) weak antiferromagnetic (ferromagnetic) coupling, respectively. The hydrogenation of the Fe/V/Fe trilayers leads to increase of the strength of the ferromagnetic interlayer exchange coupling.

  14. A study of the properties of core/shell/shell Ag/FeCo/Ag nanoparticles

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    Kamzin, A. S.; Takahashi, M.; Maenosono, S.; Valiullin, A. A.

    2017-10-01

    The properties of heterophase core/shell/shell Ag/FeCo/Ag nanoparticles synthesized via a plasma method that are promising for biological applications are studied. As is established, the core/shell/shell Ag/FeCo/Ag nanoparticles exhibit a superparamagnetic state at room temperature that allows one to manage the hyperthermia process. The magnetic characteristics of core/shell/shell Ag/FeCo/Ag nanoparticles are interpreted by assuming partial oxidation of the surface layer of a ferromagnetic FeCo shell and formation of the antiferromagnetic CoxFe1-xO layer on the FeCo surface. The interaction between the surface antiferromagnetic CoxFe1-xO layer and the ferromagnetic FeCo shell causes the emergence of the exchange bias in Ag/FeCo/Ag nanoparticles.

  15. Electric Field Effect on Magnetization of an Fe Ultrathin Film

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    Kawaguchi, Masashi; Shimamura, Kazutoshi; Ono, Shimpei; Fukami, Shunsuke; Matsukura, Fumihiro; Ohno, Hideo; Chiba, Daichi; Ono, Teruo

    2012-06-01

    We show the effect of an applied electric field on the magnetization of an Fe ultrathin film. An electric double layer was formed at the interface between an ionic liquid and the Fe layer by the accumulation of ions caused by applying a gate voltage, and a large electric field was exerted on the Fe film surface. The saturation magnetization increased when the electron density at the Fe surface increased. A change in the saturation magnetization of ˜50% was observed by applying a gate voltage of +/-2 V.

  16. Anomalous Hall effect in Fe/Gd bilayers

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    Xu, W. J.

    2010-04-01

    Non-monotonic dependence of anomalous Hall resistivity on temperature and magnetization, including a sign change, was observed in Fe/Gd bilayers. To understand the intriguing observations, we fabricated the Fe/Gd bilayers and single layers of Fe and Gd simultaneously. The temperature and field dependences of longitudinal resistivity, Hall resistivity and magnetization in these films have also been carefully measured. The analysis of these data reveals that these intriguing features are due to the opposite signs of Hall resistivity/or spin polarization and different Curie temperatures of Fe and Gd single-layer films. Copyright (C) EPLA, 2010

  17. Serum uric acid and lipid profiles in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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    Chen, Shuai; He, Shuang; Shang, Jun-Kui; Ma, Ming-Ming; Xu, Chang-Shui; Shi, Xiao-Hong; Zhang, Jie-Wen

    2016-02-01

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, rapidly progressive, and fatal neurodegenerative disease affecting the central nervous system. Brain lipid homeostasis and oxidative stress seem to play an important role in the disease pathogenesis. But little was known whether serum lipids and uric acid (a natural antioxidant) levels changed in patients with prion disease. Here we retrospectively reviewed and compared the serum lipids and uric acid levels of 19 probable sporadic CJD patients and 26 healthy control subjects. We found that the serum uric acid levels in sporadic CJD patients were significantly lower than that in controls (P=0.01). Serum triglycerides, cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA1) were similar in sporadic CJD patients and controls. However, LDL/HDL ratio was lower in sporadic CJD patients (P=0.003). The low serum uric acid and LDL/HDL ratio levels in sporadic CJD indicate that dysfunction in the lipid homeostasis and oxidative stress is associated with sporadic prion disease. Copyright © 2015 The Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. The Prion Protein Preference of Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Subtypes*

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    Klemm, Helen M. J.; Welton, Jeremy M.; Masters, Colin L.; Klug, Genevieve M.; Boyd, Alison; Hill, Andrew F.; Collins, Steven J.; Lawson, Victoria A.

    2012-01-01

    Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is the most prevalent manifestation of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies or prion diseases affecting humans. The disease encompasses a spectrum of clinical phenotypes that have been correlated with molecular subtypes that are characterized by the molecular mass of the protease-resistant fragment of the disease-related conformation of the prion protein and a polymorphism at codon 129 of the gene encoding the prion protein. A cell-free assay of prion protein misfolding was used to investigate the ability of these sporadic CJD molecular subtypes to propagate using brain-derived sources of the cellular prion protein (PrPC). This study confirmed the presence of three distinct sporadic CJD molecular subtypes with PrPC substrate requirements that reflected their codon 129 associations in vivo. However, the ability of a sporadic CJD molecular subtype to use a specific PrPC substrate was not determined solely by codon 129 as the efficiency of prion propagation was also influenced by the composition of the brain tissue from which the PrPC substrate was sourced, thus indicating that nuances in PrPC or additional factors may determine sporadic CJD subtype. The results of this study will aid in the design of diagnostic assays that can detect prion disease across the diversity of sporadic CJD subtypes. PMID:22930754

  19. Sporadic-E and spread-F in high latitude region

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    Tao, Kazuhiko

    1974-01-01

    The heretofore made morphological studies of sporadic-E and spread-F as the typical irregularities of electron density are reviewed. These phenomena have close correlation with other geophysical phenomena which occur in the atmosphere of superhigh altitude in high latitude region. Many of these phenomena occur from same causes. Although the quantitative data are insufficient, the sporadic-E and spread-F in high latitude region are supposed to be caused by the precipitating charged particles falling from magnetosphere. A system, which can observe such phenomena simultaneously using the measuring instruments carried by satellites in the atmosphere of high altitude over high latitude region, is desirable to solve such problems. In detail, the morphological study on sporadic-E obtained from the observation of vertically projected ionosphere and the morphological study on sporadic-E from the observation of forward scattering and slanting entrance are reviewed. The correlation of the occurrence frequency of sporadic-E with solar activity, geomagnetic activity and other phenomena was studied. The morphological study on spread-F occurrence is reviewed. The observation of the spread-F in high latitude region by the application of top side sounding is reviewed. The correlation of the sporadic-E and spread-F in high latitude region with other geophysical phenomena is discussed. Finally, the discrete phenomenon and the diffuse phenomenon are discussed too. (Iwakiri, K.)

  20. Photo-induced antiferromagnetic interlayer coupling in Fe superlattices with iron silicide spacers

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    Mattson, J.E.; Fullerton, E.E.; Kumar, S.; Lee, S.R.; Sowers, C.H.; Grimsditch, M.; Bader, S.D. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Parker, F.T. [California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States). Center for Magnetic Recording Research

    1993-09-01

    Sputtered Fe/FeSi films possessing antiferromagnetic (AF) interlayer coupling at room temperature develop ferromagnetic remanence when cooled below 100K, but the AF coupling can be restored at low temperature by exposure to visible light of sufficient intensity (>10 mW/mm{sup 2}). We attribute these effects to charge carriers in the FeSi spacer layer which, when thermally or photo-generated, are capable of communicating spin information between the Fe layers.

  1. Morphology, magnetic and resonance properties of Fe/MgO multilayers

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    Garcia-Garcia, A; Algarabel, P A; Ibarra, M R; Vovk, A; Strichovanec, P; Pardo, J A; Magen, C; Golub, V; Salyuk, O

    2011-01-01

    Magnetic, resonance and transport properties of Fe(t nm)/MgO(3.0 nm) multilayers prepared by pulsed laser deposition were investigated. Comparison of the data allows conclusions on Fe layers morphology. For t 1.25 nm a continuous coverage of MgO by Fe takes place. However, the morphology of Fe layers is rough. This causes the appearance of magnetostatic resonance modes analogous to those observed for continuous films deposited on embossed surfaces.

  2. Anodic oxidation of Ta/Fe alloys

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    Mato, S.; Alcala, G.; Thompson, G.E.; Skeldon, P.; Shimizu, K.; Habazaki, H.; Quance, T.; Graham, M.J.; Masheder, D.

    2003-01-01

    The behaviour of iron during anodizing of sputter-deposited Ta/Fe alloys in ammonium pentaborate electrolyte has been examined by transmission electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Anodic films on Ta/1.5 at.% Fe, Ta/3 at.% Fe and Ta/7 at.% Fe alloys are amorphous and featureless and develop at high current efficiency with respective formation ratios of 1.67, 1.60 and 1.55 nm V -1 . Anodic oxidation of the alloys proceeds without significant enrichment of iron in the alloy in the vicinity of the alloy/film interface and without oxygen generation during film growth, unlike the behaviour of Al/Fe alloys containing similar concentrations of iron. The higher migration rate of iron species relative to that of tantalum ions leads to the formation of an outer iron-rich layer at the film surface

  3. Fabrication of novel electrolyte-layer free fuel cell with semi-ionic conductor (Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ- Sm0.2Ce0.8O1.9) and Schottky barrier

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    Afzal, Muhammad; Saleemi, Mohsin; Wang, Baoyuan; Xia, Chen; Zhang, Wei; He, Yunjuan; Jayasuriya, Jeevan; Zhu, Bin

    2016-10-01

    Perovskite Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCF) is synthesized via a chemical co-precipitation technique for a low temperature solid oxide fuel cell (LTSOFC) (300-600 °C) and electrolyte-layer free fuel cell (EFFC) in a comprehensive study. The EFFC with a homogeneous mixture of samarium doped ceria (SDC): BSCF (60%:40% by weight) which is rather similar to the cathode (SDC: BSCF in 50%:50% by weight) used for a three layer SOFC demonstrates peak power densities up to 655 mW/cm2, while a three layer (anode/electrolyte/cathode) SOFC has reached only 425 mW/cm2 at 550 °C. Chemical phase, crystal structure and morphology of the as-prepared sample are characterized by X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy. The electrochemical performances of 3-layer SOFC and EFFC are studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). As-prepared BSCF has exhibited a maximum conductivity above 300 S/cm at 550 °C. High performance of the EFFC device corresponds to a balanced combination between ionic and electronic (holes) conduction characteristic. The Schottky barrier prevents the EFFC from the electronic short circuiting problem which also enhances power output. The results provide a new way to produce highly effective cathode materials for LTSOFC and semiconductor designs for EFFC functions using a semiconducting-ionic material.

  4. Sporadic colorectal cancer: Studying ways to an end

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    Fidalgo, Paulo; Filipe, Bruno; Albuquerque, Cristina; Fonseca, Ricardo; Chaves, Paula; Pereira, António D

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Although colorectal cancer (CRC) has often been regarded as a single entity, different pathways may lead to macroscopically similar cancers. These pathways may evolve into a patchy colonic field defect that we aimed to study in consecutive CRC patients. Methods In a single-center, observational, prospective study, consecutive CRC patients were included if surgery and a perioperative colonoscopy were planned. Personal and familial history data were collected. Tumors were studied for microsatellite instability (MSI) status, DNA repair protein expression (DRPE) and presence of BRAF and/or APC mutations. Macroscopically normal mucosa samples were tested for APC mutations. Presence and location of synchronous and metachronous adenomas and patient follow-up were analyzed. The association of two categorical variables was tested through the Fisher’s exact test (SPSS 19). Results Twenty-four patients (12 male, mean age 69 years) were studied. High-grade MSI (MSI-H) was found in eight tumors—these were significantly more common in the right colon (p = 0.047) and more likely to have an altered DRPE (p = 0.007). BRAF mutation was found in two of six tested MSI-H tumors. APC gene mutations were found in nine of 16 non-MSI-H tumors and absent in normal mucosa samples. There was a nonsignificant co-localization of CRC and synchronous adenomas and a significant co-localization (p = 0.05) of synchronous and metachronous adenomas. Discussion Sporadic CRCs evolve through distinct pathways, evidenced only by pathological and molecular analysis, but clinically relevant both for patients and their families. In non-MSI-H tumors, the expected APC gene mutations were not detected by the most commonly used techniques in a high number of cases. More studies are needed to fully characterize these tumors and to search for common early events in normal mucosa patches, which might explain the indirect evidence found here for a field defect in the colon. PMID:27087959

  5. Microstructure and Magnetic Properties of NdFeB Films through Nd Surface Diffusion Process

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    Liu, Wenfeng; Zhang, Mingang; Zhang, Kewei; Chai, Yuesheng

    2017-01-01

    Ta/Nd/NdFeB/Nd/Ta films were deposited by magnetron sputtering on Si (100) substrates and subsequently annealed for 30 min at 923 K in vacuum. It was found that the microstructure and magnetic properties of Ta/Nd/NdFeB/Nd/Ta films strongly depend on the NdFeB layer thickness. With NdFeB layer thickness increasing, both the grain size and the strain firstly reduce and then increase. When NdFeB layer thickness is 750 nm, the strain reaches the minimum value. Meanwhile, both the in-plane and per...

  6. Polarized neutron reflectometry study on BiFeO3/Co0.9Fe0.1 heterostructures: enhanced magnetization in BiFeO3 and strong magnetic coupling at interface

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    Wang, Qiang; Gao, Ya; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Fitzsimmons, Michael

    2015-03-01

    Polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR) quantified the uncompensated magnetization occurring throughout the thickness of a BiFeO3 (BFO)/ Co0.9Fe0.1 (CoFe) heterostructures. The net uncompensated magnetization (1.0 μB/Fe) within BFO layer is much larger than that which has been theoretically predicted (0.1 μB/Fe) due to the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya (DM) type interaction. The field dependent study indicates strong interfacial coupling between BFO and CoFe which extends into CoFe layer within about 1 nm interfacial region. The study also suggests the uncompensated magnetization in the BFO layer has relatively small anisotropy.

  7. Microstructure and properties of FeSiCr/PA6 composites by injection molding using FeSiCr powders by phosphating and coupling treatment

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    Wang, Lulu; Qiao, Liang; Zheng, Jingwu; Cai, Wei; Ying, Yao; Li, Wangchang; Che, Shenglei; Yu, Jing

    2018-04-01

    FeSiCr/PA6 composites were prepared by injection molding using the FeSiCr powders modified by different phosphating agents and KH550 coupling agent. The resistivity, impact strength, magnetic permeability and magnetic loss of the FeSiCr/PA6 composites were measured. The morphologies of different FeSiCr powders and the FeSiCr/PA6 composites were also observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results showed that 1-Hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid, phytic acid and H3PO4 could improve the electrical resistivity of FeSiCr powders by forming the dense phosphating layer except diphenylphosphinic acid. However, the resistivity of FeSiCr/PA6 composites using the FeSiCr powders treated by all the four phosphating agents had no obvious increase though the phosphating layer on the surface of FeSiCr powder came into being. The nylon insulation layer had much stronger influence than the phosphating layer on electrical resistivity of the composites. After adding appropriate KH550 coupling agent, the impact strengths of FeSiCr/PA6 composites were significantly improved, which may be associated with the tiny gap between FeSiCr powder and PA6 matrix. The effects of the phosphating agents on the magnetic permeability and loss of the FeSiCr/PA6 were small and the mechanism were also discussed.

  8. Magnetoresistance and magnetostriction of Ni81Fe19 and Co90Fe10 mono- and bilayer films

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    Sahingoz, R.; Hollingworth, M.P.; Gibbs, M.R.J.; Murdoch, S.J.

    2005-01-01

    Monolayer and bilayer films of Ni 81 Fe 19 , Co 90 Fe 10 , Co 90 Fe 10 /Ni 81 Fe 19 , and Ni 81 Fe 19 /Co 90 Fe 10 have been grown on thermally oxidized Si. The magnetoresistance (MR) of the samples was measured as a function of applied DC magnetic field, using a four-point probe method. The magnetostriction constant, λ s , was derived from the change of anisotropy field as a function of strain. The dependence of the MR on different combinations of film layers was investigated. The magnetoresistance of the bilayers changed dramatically upon reversal of the layer order. The mono- and bilayer samples with the same material on top of the substrate showed similar MR loop shapes. However, the saturation fields of the bilayers were larger than those for the monolayers. The magnetostriction of all samples was negative. We discuss the consequences for the study and optimization of spin-valve devices

  9. Effects of intermediate layers on magnetic properties and read/write performance in CoCrPt perpendicular recording media with an FeHfN soft magnetic underlayer

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    Hong, D.H.; Shin, J.N.; Lee, T.D.; Hong, S.Y.; Lee, H.J.

    2003-01-01

    In this study, the effects of CoCrPtTa and CoCrPtB magnetic intermediate layers (ILs) on the magnetic properties and read/write performance of CoCrPt/soft magnetic layer perpendicular recording media were investigated. Even though the perpendicular coercivity of the media with these ILs was reduced by 500 Oe, these media still showed a low exchange slope of 1.4 and a large negative nucleation field of about -1000 Oe. Additionally, the reduced grain size of the media with these IL was observed by transmission electron microscopy. From the read/write test, these media with ILs showed improved performance of 3-5 dB higher signal-to-noise ratio and overwrite ratio (OW) compared to the media without ILs. These enhancements could be attributed to the reduction of grain size of the magnetic layer and weakening of the intergranular interaction between grains by insertion of the IL

  10. Effect of interface intermixing on giant magnetoresistance in NiFe/Cu and Co/NiFe/Co/Cu multilayers

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    Nagamine, L.C.C.M.; Biondo, A.; Pereira, L.G.; Mello, A.; Schmidt, J.E.; Chimendes, T.W.; Cunha, J.B.M.; Saitovitch, E.B.

    2003-01-01

    This article reports on the important influence of the spontaneously built-in paramagnetic interfacial layers on the magnetic and magnetoresistive properties of NiFe/Cu and Co/NiFe/Co/Cu multilayers grown by magnetron sputtering. A computational simulation, based on a semiclassical model, has been used to reproduce the variations of the resistivity and of the magnetoresistance (MR) amplitude with the thickness of the NiFe, Cu, and Co layers. We showed that the compositionally intermixed layers at NiFe/Cu interfaces, which are paramagnetic, reduce the flow of polarized electrons and produce a masking on the estimated mean-free path of both types of electrons due to the reduction of their effective values, mainly for small NiFe thickness. Moreover, the transmission coefficients for the electrons decrease when Fe buffer layers are replaced by NiFe ones. This result is interpreted in terms of the variations of the interfacial intermixing and roughness at the interfaces, leading to an increase of the paramagnetic interfacial layer thickness. The effect provoked by Co deposition at the NiFe 16 A/Cu interfaces has also been investigated. The maximum of the MR amplitudes was found at 5 A of Co, resulting in the quadruplication of the MR amplitude. This result is partially attributed to the interfacial spin-dependent scattering due to the increase of the magnetic order at interfaces. Another effect observed here was the increase of the spin-dependent scattering events in the bulk NiFe due to a larger effective NiFe thickness, since the paramagnetic interfacial layer thickness is decreased

  11. Vertical distribution of 55Fe in the ocean

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    Jennings, C.D.

    1976-01-01

    The highest concentrations of 55 Fe in the ocean are found in the epipelagic and mesopelagic zones with only low concentrations occurring in benthic animals and sediments. 55 Fe in the sediment appears in a very thin surface layer in the equatorial Pacific so that great care in sampling must be exercised to ensure accurate measurement

  12. Magnetic ordering in Fe/Co sandwiches on Cu(100)

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    Razee, S. S. A.; Staunton, J. B.; Szunyogh, L.

    2009-07-01

    We investigate magnetic correlations and local magnetic moments at finite temperatures of some Fe and Co multilayers on Cu(100) substrates, such as ComFenCom/Cu(100) and FemConFem/Cu(100). We use an ab initio mean-field theory of magnetic fluctuations for layered materials based on the first-principles local spin-density functional theory implemented through the screened Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker method. We find that the presence of Fe layers in the neighbourhood of a Co layer always leads to a reduction in the magnetic moment of the Co atoms, whereas that of the Fe atoms is enhanced. Of particular interest is the lack of local moment formation on the single fcc-Co layer sandwiched between two fcc-Fe layers. However, a Co layer completely immersed in a Cu environment remains ferromagnetic. The Curie temperature of the ComFenCom/Cu(100) system oscillates as the Fe layer thickness is increased whereas that of the FemConFem/Cu(100) system increases almost monotonically with Co layer thickness.

  13. Ferroelectric control of magnetization in BiFeO3/CoFe heterostructures.

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    Gajek, Martin; Martin, Lane; Heron, John; Seidel, Jan; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy

    2009-03-01

    The cross coupling between ferroic order parameters in multiferroics opens an alternative for the control of magnetism in magnetoelectric devices by purely electrical means. We first report on the exchange coupling between BiFeO3, an antiferromagnetic ferroelectric , and CoFe. We then show that the domain structure of the ferromagnet can be changed by poling the ferroelectric layer. Finally, we will discuss the implementation of our findings into possible device schemes.

  14. Magnetic resonance spectroscopic abnormalities in sporadic and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    Pandya, H.G.; Coley, S.C.; Wilkinson, I.D.; Griffiths, P.D.

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To study the proton MR spectroscopic findings in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) (sporadic and variant). MATERIALS AND METHODS: MR imaging and proton MR spectra were acquired in two patients with sporadic CJD (biopsy proven) and one patient with variant CJD. RESULTS: The two patients with sporadic CJD demonstrated MR signal change within the basal ganglia and thalami and reduced N-acetylaspartate (NAA):creatine ratios. The patient with variant CJD showed characteristic signal change within the pulvinar of the thalami and a markedly reduced N-acetylaspartate:creatine ratio. CONCLUSION: All three patients with CJD demonstrated evidence of reduced N-acetylaspartate: creatine ratios on MR spectroscopy. These changes imply that neuronal loss and/or dysfunction is a consistent finding in established CJD. Pandya H. G., et al (2003) Clinical Radiology58, 148--153

  15. Magnetic resonance spectroscopic abnormalities in sporadic and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    Pandya, H.G.; Coley, S.C.; Wilkinson, I.D.; Griffiths, P.D

    2003-02-01

    AIM: To study the proton MR spectroscopic findings in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) (sporadic and variant). MATERIALS AND METHODS: MR imaging and proton MR spectra were acquired in two patients with sporadic CJD (biopsy proven) and one patient with variant CJD. RESULTS: The two patients with sporadic CJD demonstrated MR signal change within the basal ganglia and thalami and reduced N-acetylaspartate (NAA):creatine ratios. The patient with variant CJD showed characteristic signal change within the pulvinar of the thalami and a markedly reduced N-acetylaspartate:creatine ratio. CONCLUSION: All three patients with CJD demonstrated evidence of reduced N-acetylaspartate: creatine ratios on MR spectroscopy. These changes imply that neuronal loss and/or dysfunction is a consistent finding in established CJD. Pandya H. G., et al (2003) Clinical Radiology58, 148--153.

  16. Hospital Admissions, Biological Therapy, and Surgery in Familial and Sporadic Cases of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Trier Moller, Frederik; Andersen, Vibeke; Andersson, Mikael

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Easily accessible predictors of disease course in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are scarce, and it remains largely unknown whether a family history of IBD predicts the course of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). We aimed to compare the course of disease in familial...... and sporadic cases of IBD. However, patients with familial CD had significantly higher risk of major surgery than sporadic CD cases after 2 years of disease duration (hazard ratio, 1.62; 95% confidence interval, 1.26-2.07). Also, sensitivity analysis suggested a slightly reduced time from diagnosis to first......-related hospitalization, biological treatment, and surgery in familial versus sporadic cases of IBD. RESULTS: A total of 27,886 IBD cases, including 1006 IBD-relative pairs, were followed-up for up to 16 years, totaling 164,979 person-years. We observed no difference in risk of hospital admissions between familial...

  17. The genetics of radiation-induced and sporadic osteosarcoma: a unifying theory?

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    Rosemann, Michael; Kuosaite, Virginija; Nathrath, Michaela; Atkinson, Michael J.

    2002-01-01

    Cancer is a disease of the genome, with the neoplastic phenotype being passed from one cell generation to the other. Radiation-induced cancer has often been considered to represent a unique entity amongst neoplasia, with the energy deposition being held responsible for both direct (gene mutations) and indirect (bystander effects, induced instability etc) alterations to the cellular genome. However, radiogenic tumours in man and experimental animals appear to be physiologically and genetically indistinguishable from their sporadic counterparts, suggesting that the aetiologies of these two tumour types are in fact closely related. We have conducted a general screen of the genetic alterations in radiation-induced mouse osteosarcoma, a tumour that is histopathologically indistinguishable from human sporadic osteosarcoma. Comparison of the two tumour types indicates the existence of a common set of genetic changes, providing additional evidence to support the concept that the molecular pathology of radiation-induced malignancy is no different to that of sporadic cancers. (author)

  18. BRCA 1/2-Mutation Related and Sporadic Breast and Ovarian Cancers: More Alike than Different

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    Burgess, Melissa; Puhalla, Shannon

    2014-01-01

    No longer is histology solely predictive of cancer treatment and outcome. There is an increasing influence of tumor genomic characteristics on therapeutic options. Both breast and ovarian cancers are at higher risk of development in patients with BRCA 1/2-germline mutations. Recent data from The Cancer Genome Atlas and others have shown a number of genomic similarities between triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) and ovarian cancers. Recently, poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors have shown promising activity in hereditary BRCA 1/2-mutated and sporadic breast and ovarian cancers. In this review, we will summarize the current literature regarding the genomic and phenotypic similarities between BRCA 1/2-mutation related cancers, sporadic TNBCs, and sporadic ovarian cancers. We will also review Phase I, II, and III data using PARP inhibitors for these malignancies and compare and contrast the results with respect to histology. PMID:24579064

  19. Microsatellite D21D210 (GT-12) allele frequencies in sporadic Alzheimer's disease

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    Lannfelt, L.; Lilius, L.; Viitanen, M.; Winblad, B.; Basun, H.; Houlden, H.; Rossor, M.; Hardy, J.

    1995-01-01

    Four disease-causing mutations have so far been described in the amyloid precursor protein gene on chromosome 21 in familial early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Linkage analysis with a fourteen-allele microsatellite at D21S210 named GT-12 has proven useful in the elucidation of amyloid presursor protein gene involvement in Alzheimer's disease families, as it is closely linked to the gene. Most cases of Alzheimer's disease are thought to be sporadic and not familial. However, evidence from earlier studies suggests an important genetic contribution also in sporadic cases, where gene-environment interaction may contribute to the disease. We have determined frequencies of the GT-12 alleles in 78 Swedish and 49 British sporadic Alzheimer's disease cases and 104 healthy elderly control subjects, to investigate if the disease associates with a particular genotype in GT-12. However, no differences in allele frequencies were observed between any of the groups. (au) (26 refs.)

  20. Neuropathological and biochemical criteria to identify acquired Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease among presumed sporadic cases.

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    Kobayashi, Atsushi; Parchi, Piero; Yamada, Masahito; Mohri, Shirou; Kitamoto, Tetsuyuki

    2016-06-01

    As an experimental model of acquired Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), we performed transmission studies of sporadic CJD using knock-in mice expressing human prion protein (PrP). In this model, the inoculation of the sporadic CJD strain V2 into animals homozygous for methionine at polymorphic codon 129 (129 M/M) of the PRNP gene produced quite distinctive neuropathological and biochemical features, that is, widespread kuru plaques and intermediate type abnormal PrP (PrP(Sc) ). Interestingly, this distinctive combination of molecular and pathological features has been, to date, observed in acquired CJD but not in sporadic CJD. Assuming that these distinctive phenotypic traits are specific for acquired CJD, we revisited the literature and found two cases showing widespread kuru plaques despite the 129 M/M genotype, in a neurosurgeon and in a patient with a medical history of neurosurgery without dura mater grafting. By Western blot analysis of brain homogenates, we revealed the intermediate type of PrP(Sc) in both cases. Furthermore, transmission properties of brain extracts from these two cases were indistinguishable from those of a subgroup of dura mater graft-associated iatrogenic CJD caused by infection with the sporadic CJD strain V2. These data strongly suggest that the two atypical CJD cases, previously thought to represent sporadic CJD, very likely acquired the disease through exposure to prion-contaminated brain tissues. Thus, we propose that the distinctive combination of 129 M/M genotype, kuru plaques, and intermediate type PrP(Sc) , represents a reliable criterion for the identification of acquired CJD cases among presumed sporadic cases. © 2015 Japanese Society of Neuropathology.

  1. Mutation analysis for DJ-1 in sporadic and familial parkinsonism: screening strategy in parkinsonism.

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    Tomiyama, Hiroyuki; Li, Yuanzhe; Yoshino, Hiroyo; Mizuno, Yoshikuni; Kubo, Shin-Ichiro; Toda, Tatsushi; Hattori, Nobutaka

    2009-05-22

    DJ-1 mutations cause autosomal recessive parkinsonism (ARP). Although some reports of DJ-1 mutations have been published, there is lack of information on the prevalence of these mutations in large-scale studies of both familial and sporadic parkinsonism. In this genetic screening study, we analyzed the distribution and frequency of DJ-1 mutations by direct nucleotide sequencing of coding exons and exon-intron boundaries of DJ-1, in 386 parkin-negative parkinsonism patients (371 index cases: 67 probands of autosomal recessive parkinsonism families, 90 probands of autosomal dominant parkinsonism families, 201 patients with sporadic parkinsonism, and 13 with unknown family histories) from 12 countries (Japan 283, China 27, Taiwan 22, Korea 22, Israel 16, Turkey 5, Philippines 2, Bulgaria 2, Greece 2, Tunisia 1, USA 2, Ukraine 1, unknown 1). None had causative mutation in DJ-1, suggesting DJ-1 mutation is very rare among patients with familial and sporadic parkinsonism from Asian countries and those with other ethnic background. This is in contrast to the higher frequencies and worldwide distribution of parkin- and PINK1-related parkinsonism in ARP and sporadic parkinsonism. Thus, after obtaining clinical information, screening for mutations in (1) parkin, (2) PINK1, (3) DJ-1, (4) ATP13A2 should be conducted in that order, in ARP and sporadic parkinsonism, based on their reported frequencies. In addition, haplotype analysis should be employed to check for homozygosity of 1p36, which harbors a cluster of causative genes for ARP such as DJ-1, PINK1 and ATP13A2 in ARP and sporadic parkinsonism, especially in parkinsonism with consanguinity.

  2. Thermoelectric properties of Ce.sub.0.09./sub.Fe.sub.0.67./sub.Co.sub.3.33./sub.Sb.sub.12./sub./FeSb.sub.2./sub.Te multi-layered structures

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    Zeipl, Radek; Jelínek, Miroslav; Walachová, J.; Kocourek, Tomáš; Vlček, Milan

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 1, č. 7 (2013), s. 1-4 ISSN 2327-5219 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA13-33056S; GA ČR GAP108/10/1315 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 ; RVO:61389013 Keywords : thermoelectrics * PLD deposition * thin layers * multi-layered systems Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism; JE - Non-nuclear Energetics, Energy Consumption ; Use (UMCH-V) http://www.scirp.org/journal/jcc

  3. Cortical restricted diffusion as the predominant MRI finding in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    Talbott, Sabrina D.; Sattenberg, Ronald J.; Heidenreich, Jens O. (Dept. of Radiology, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville (United States)), e-mail: sdtalb02@gwise.louisville.edu; Plato, Brian M (Dept. of Neurology, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville (United States)); Parker, John (Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Univ. of Louisville, Louisville (United States))

    2011-04-15

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder with MR findings predominantly limited to the grey matter of the cortex and the basal ganglia. Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease can produce a spectrum of MR imaging findings of the brain, most notably on DWI and FLAIR sequences. Involvement of the basal ganglia and neocortex is the most common finding, but isolated involvement of the cortex can also be seen. We describe the clinical history and MRI findings of three patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease confirmed by brain biopsy or autopsy and review the literature of imaging manifestations of this disease

  4. Cortical restricted diffusion as the predominant MRI finding in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

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    Talbott, Sabrina D.; Sattenberg, Ronald J.; Heidenreich, Jens O.; Plato, Brian M; Parker, John

    2011-01-01

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disorder with MR findings predominantly limited to the grey matter of the cortex and the basal ganglia. Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease can produce a spectrum of MR imaging findings of the brain, most notably on DWI and FLAIR sequences. Involvement of the basal ganglia and neocortex is the most common finding, but isolated involvement of the cortex can also be seen. We describe the clinical history and MRI findings of three patients with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease confirmed by brain biopsy or autopsy and review the literature of imaging manifestations of this disease

  5. Sporadic Endolymphatic Sac Tumor-A Very Rare Cause of Hearing Loss, Tinnitus, and Dizziness

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    Schnack, Didde Trærup; Kiss, Katalin; Hansen, Søren

    2017-01-01

    Sporadic endolymphatic sac tumor is a very rare neoplasm. It is low malignant, locally destructive and expansive, but non-metastasizing. The tumor is very rare in the sporadic form, but more often associated with Von Hippel-Lindau disease. A 65-year old man with left sided tinnitus and hearing loss......-operative freeze-microscopy showed inflammation tissue, whereas subsequent microscopy showed papillary-cystic endolymphatic sac tumor. Endolymphatic sac tumor is a rare neoplasm. The tumor may present with asymmetrically sensory neural hearing loss with or without tinnitus, dizziness and facial nerve paresis...

  6. Patterns of Weakness, Classification of Motor Neuron Disease, and Clinical Diagnosis of Sporadic Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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    Statland, Jeffrey M; Barohn, Richard J; McVey, April L; Katz, Jonathan S; Dimachkie, Mazen M

    2015-11-01

    When approaching a patient with suspected motor neuron disease (MND), the pattern of weakness on examination helps distinguish MND from other diseases of peripheral nerves, the neuromuscular junction, or muscle. MND is a clinical diagnosis supported by findings on electrodiagnostic testing. MNDs exist on a spectrum, from a pure lower motor neuron to mixed upper and lower motor neuron to a pure upper motor neuron variant. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive mixed upper and lower motor neuron disorder, most commonly sporadic, which is invariably fatal. This article describes a pattern approach to identifying MND and clinical features of sporadic ALS. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Imaging movement-related activity in medicated Parkin-associated and sporadic Parkinson's disease

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    van Eimeren, Thilo; Binkofski, Ferdinand; Buhmann, Carsten

    2010-01-01

    Treatment-related motor complications such as dyskinesias are a major problem in the long-term management of Parkinson's disease (PD). In sporadic PD, a relatively early onset of the disease is known to be associated with an early development of dyskinesias. Although linked with early onset...... selected movements. Patients with Parkin-associated and sporadic PD showed no difference in movement-related activation patterns. Moreover, the covariates 'age' and 'disease duration' similarly influenced brain activation in both patient groups. The present finding suggests that a stable long-term motor...

  8. Reactive GTS Allocation Protocol for Sporadic Events Using the IEEE 802.15.4

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    Mukhtar Azeem

    2014-01-01

    by the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. The proposed control protocol ensures that a given offline sporadic schedule can be adapted online in a timely manner such that the static periodic schedule has not been disturbed and the IEEE 802.15.4 standard compliance remains intact. The proposed protocol is simulated in OPNET. The simulation results are analyzed and presented in this paper to prove the correctness of the proposed protocol regarding the efficient real-time sporadic event delivery along with the periodic event propagation.

  9. Nb and Pd co-doped La0.57Sr0.38Co0.19Fe0.665Nb0.095Pd0.05O3-δ as a stable, high performance electrode for barrier-layer-free Y2O3-ZrO2 electrolyte of solid oxide fuel cells

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    Chen, Kongfa; He, Shuai; Li, Na; Cheng, Yi; Ai, Na; Chen, Minle; Rickard, William D. A.; Zhang, Teng; Jiang, San Ping

    2018-02-01

    La0.6Sr0.2Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF) is the most intensively investigated high performance cathode for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs), but strontium segregation and migration at the electrode/electrolyte interface is a critical issue limiting the electrocatalytic activity and stability of LSCF based cathodes. Herein, we report a Nb and Pd co-doped LSCF (La0.57Sr0.38Co0.19Fe0.665Nb0.095Pd0.05O3-δ, LSCFNPd) perovskite as stable and active cathode on a barrier-layer-free anode-supported yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte cell using direct assembly method without pre-sintering at high temperatures. The cell exhibits a peak power density of 1.3 W cm-2 at 750 °C and excellent stability with no degradation during polarization at 500 mA cm-2 and 750 °C for 175 h. Microscopic and spectroscopic analysis show that the electrochemical polarization promotes the formation of electrode/electrolyte interface in operando and exsolution of Pd/PdO nanoparticles. The Nb doping in the B-site of LSCF significantly reduces the Sr surface segregation, enhancing the stability of the cathode, while the exsoluted Pd/PdO nanoparticles increases the electrocatalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction. The present study opens up a new route for the development of cobaltite-based perovskite cathodes with high activity and stability for barrier-layer-free YSZ electrolyte based IT-SOFCs.

  10. Sulfidation behavior of Fe20Cr alloys

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    Pillis, Marina Fuser

    2001-01-01

    Alloys for use in high temperature environments rely on the formation of an oxide layer for their protection. Normally, these protective oxides are Cr 2 O 3 , Al 2 O 3 and, some times, SiO 2 . Many industrial gaseous environments contain sulfur. Sulfides, formed in the presence of sulfur are thermodynamically less stable, have lower melting points and deviate much more stoichiometrically, compared to the corresponding oxides. The mechanism of sulfidation of various metals is as yet not clear, in spite of the concerted efforts during the last decade. To help address this situation, the sulfidation behavior of Fe20Cr has been studied as a function of compositional modifications and surface state of the alloy. The alloys Fe20Cr, Fe20Cr0.7Y, Fe20Cr5Al and Fe20Cr5Al0.6Y were prepared and three sets of sulfidation tests were carried out. In the first set, the alloys were sulfidized at 700 deg C and 800 deg C for 10h. In the second set, the alloys were pre-oxidized at 1000 deg C and then sulfidized at 800 deg C for up to 45h. In the third set of tests, the initial stages of sulfidation of the alloys was studied. All the tests were carried out in a thermobalance, in flowing H 2 /2%H 2 S, and the sulfidation behavior determined as mass change per unit area. Scanning electron microscopy coupled to energy dispersive spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis were used to characterize the reaction products. The addition of Y and Al increased sulfidation resistance of Fe20Cr. The addition of Y altered the species that diffused predominantly during sulfide growth. It changed from predominant cationic diffusion to predominant anionic diffusion. The addition of Al caused an even greater increase in sulfidation resistance of Fe20Cr, with the parabolic rate constant decreasing by three orders of magnitude. Y addition to the FeCrAl alloy did not cause any appreciable alteration in sulfidation resistance. Pre-oxidation of the FeCrAl and FeCrAlY alloys resulted in an extended

  11. Thick CoFeB with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in CoFeB-MgO based magnetic tunnel junction

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    V. B. Naik

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the effect of an ultra-thin Ta insertion in the CoFeB (CoFeB/Ta/CoFeB free layer (FL on magnetic and tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR properties of a CoFeB-MgO system with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA. It is found that the critical thickness (tc to sustain PMA is doubled (tc = 2.6 nm in Ta-inserted CoFeB FL as compared to single CoFeB layer (tc = 1.3 nm. While the effective magnetic anisotropy is found to increase with Ta insertion, the saturation magnetization showed a slight reduction. As the CoFeB thickness increasing, the thermal stability of Ta inserted structure is significantly increased by a factor of 2.5 for total CoFeB thickness less than 2 nm. We have observed a reasonable value of TMR for a much thicker CoFeB FL (thickness = 2-2.6 nm with Ta insertion, and without significant increment in resistance-area product. Our results reveal that an ultra-thin Ta insertion in CoFeB might pay the way towards developing the high-density memory devices with enhanced thermal stability.

  12. Properties of thin N-type Yb0.14Co4Sb12 and P-type Ce0.09Fe0.67Co3.33Sb12 skutterudite layers prepared by laser ablation

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    Zeipl, Radek; Walachová, Jarmila; Lorinčík, J.; Leshkov, Sergey; Josieková, M.; Jelínek, M.; Kocourek, Tomáš; Jurek, Karel; Navrátil, Jiří; Beneš, L.; Plecháček, T.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 28, č. 4 (2010), s. 523-527 ISSN 0734-2101 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/10/1315; GA ČR GA203/07/0267 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20670512; CEZ:AV0Z40500505; CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : thermoelectrics * thin layers * skutterudites Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering Impact factor: 1.291, year: 2010

  13. Fabrication of perpendicular magnetic recording tape media with a data capacity of over-50TB using Si/NiFe/FeCoB soft magnetic underlayers

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    Gomi, S.; Mashiko, Y.; Hirata, K.; Matsunuma, S.; Inoue, T.; Doi, T.; Watanabe, T.; Nakagawa, S.

    C-axis orientations of Ru intermediate layer (IML) and CoPtCr-SiO2 recording layer (RL) are attained by using crystalline FeCoB soft magnetic underlayer (SUL). Better (110) orientation of FeCo improves not only (001) orientation of Ru IML but also that of CoPtCr RL. This leads better perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in the RL suitable for perpendicular magnetic recording media. In order to control the (110) orientation in FeCoB layer, various seed layers are prepared beneath the FeCoB layers. Ru and Si/NiFe seed layers gives FeCoB layer a large in-plane magnetic anisotropy that is effective to suppress spike noise from SUL. The laminated FeCoB SUL causes more improvement of Ru (001) texure and leads to better perpendicular magnetic anisotropy of RL. Ru/CoPtCr-SiO2 bilayer deposited on laminated FeCoB SUL on Aramid tape substrate has good perpendicular magnetic properties and reduces the noise from SUL. PACS: Type pacs here, separated by semicolons;

  14. Coherent structures in the Es layer and neutral middle atmosphere

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    Mošna, Zbyšek; Koucká Knížová, Petra; Potužníková, Kateřina

    136 B, December (2015), s. 155-162 ISSN 1364-6826 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-24688S; GA ČR(CZ) GAP209/12/2440 Institutional support: RVO:68378289 Keywords : critical frequency foEs * mesospheric temperature * mesospheric winds * planetary waves * Rossby mode * sporadic layer * stratospheric temperature Subject RIV: DG - Athmosphere Sciences, Meteorology Impact factor: 1.463, year: 2015 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364682615001273

  15. Higher cytoplasmic and nuclear poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase expression in familial than in sporadic breast cancer

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    Klauke, M.L.; Hoogerbrugge-van der Linden, N.; Budczies, J.; Bult, P.; Prinzler, J.; Radke, C.; van Krieken, J.H.; Dietel, M.; Denkert, C.; Muller, B.M.

    2012-01-01

    Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP) is a key element of the single-base excision pathway for repair of DNA single-strand breaks. To compare the cytoplasmic and nuclear poly(ADP-ribose) expression between familial (BRCA1, BRCA2, or non BRCA1/2) and sporadic breast cancer, we investigated 39 sporadic

  16. A randomized trial comparing levothyroxine with radioactive iodine in the treatment of sporadic nontoxic goiter

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    Wesche, M. F.; Tiel-V Buul, M. M.; Lips, P.; Smits, N. J.; Wiersinga, W. M.

    2001-01-01

    A randomized clinical trial was performed in consecutive patients with sporadic nontoxic nodular goiter to compare efficacy and side effects of iodine-131 ((131)I) therapy with suppressive levothyroxine (L-thyroxine) treatment. Sixty-four patients were randomized after stratification for sex and

  17. CSF Neurofilament Proteins Levels are Elevated in Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

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    van Eijk, Jeroen J. J.; van Everbroeck, Bart; Abdo, W. Farid; Kremer, Berry P. H.; Verbeek, Marcel M.

    2010-01-01

    In this study we investigated the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of neurofilament light (NFL) and heavy chain (NFHp35), total tau (t-tau), and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) to detect disease specific profiles in sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob disease (sCJD) patients and Alzheimer's disease

  18. Health professions and risk of sporadic Creutzfeldt- Jakob disease, 1965 to 2010

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    E. Alcalde-Cabero; J. Almazán-Isla; J-P. Brandel (Jean-Philippe); M. Breithaupt; J. Catarino; S.J. Collins (Steven); J. Haybäck; R. Höftberger (Romana); E. Kahana; G.G. Kovacs (Gabor); A. Ladogana (Anna); E. Mitrová (Eva); A. Molesworth; Y. Nakamura; M. Pocchiari (Maurizio); M. Popovic; M. Ruiz-Tovar; A. Taratuto; C. van Duin; M. Yamada; R.G. Will (Robert); I. Zerr (Inga); J. de Pedro-Cuesta (Jesús)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractIn 2009, a pathologist with sporadic Creutzfeldt- Jakob Disease (sCJD) was reported to the Spanish registry. This case prompted a request for information on health-related occupation in sCJD cases from countries participating in the European Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease Surveillance network

  19. Detection of infectivity in blood of persons with variant and sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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    Douet, Jean Yves; Zafar, Saima; Perret-Liaudet, Armand; Lacroux, Caroline; Lugan, Séverine; Aron, Naima; Cassard, Herve; Ponto, Claudia; Corbière, Fabien; Torres, Juan Maria; Zerr, Inga; Andreoletti, Olivier

    2014-01-01

    We report the presence of infectivity in erythrocytes, leukocytes, and plasma of 1 person with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and in the plasma of 2 in 4 persons whose tests were positive for sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The measured infectivity levels were comparable to those reported in various animals with transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.

  20. CT and MRI in iatrogenic and sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: as far as imaging perseives

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    Garcia Santos, J.M. [Servicio de Radiodiagnostico, HU Dr. Morales Meseguer, Murcia (Spain)]|[Section of Neuroradiology, HU Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia (Spain); Lopez Corbalan, J.A. [Section of Neuroradiology, HU Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia (Spain); Martinez-Lage, J.F. [Service of Neurosurgery, HU Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia (Spain); Sicilis Guillen, J. [Service of Neurology, HU Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia (Spain)

    1996-04-01

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), an invariably fatal dementing illness, affects patients in middle and old age (sporadic form). However, the association of CJD with certain treatments (iatrogenic form) has been described in younger patients. The clinical onset of the two forms seems to differ; in the iatrogenic form a high frequency of the ataxic CJD variant has been reported. Nowadays, a definitive diagnosis of CJD is exclusively histological. We present five cases of CJD, one sporadic and the others iatrogenic, following dura mater grafts and analyse their CT and MRI features. CT typically demonstrates brain atrophy, generally progressive, but in sporadic CJD midfield MRI also showed abnormal signal, with predominant deep grey matter involvement. The use of narrow windows with proton-density sequences may reveal subtle cortical signal abnormalities not clearly visible with conventional windows. The early demonstration of these changes, in the appropriate clinical context, may suggest CJD and this supports the use of mid- or high magnetic fields in the diagnosis of CJD and other forms of dementia. In our cases of iatrogenic CJD, low-field MRI did not reveal more than the progressive atrophy displayed by CT, and raises the question on the one hand of possible differences, based on imaging, from the sporadic form, and on the other of the lack of sensitivity of low-field magnets to signal changes in CJD. (orig.)

  1. CT and MRI in iatrogenic and sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: as far as imaging perseives

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    Garcia Santos, J.M.; Lopez Corbalan, J.A.; Martinez-Lage, J.F.; Sicilis Guillen, J.

    1996-01-01

    Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), an invariably fatal dementing illness, affects patients in middle and old age (sporadic form). However, the association of CJD with certain treatments (iatrogenic form) has been described in younger patients. The clinical onset of the two forms seems to differ; in the iatrogenic form a high frequency of the ataxic CJD variant has been reported. Nowadays, a definitive diagnosis of CJD is exclusively histological. We present five cases of CJD, one sporadic and the others iatrogenic, following dura mater grafts and analyse their CT and MRI features. CT typically demonstrates brain atrophy, generally progressive, but in sporadic CJD midfield MRI also showed abnormal signal, with predominant deep grey matter involvement. The use of narrow windows with proton-density sequences may reveal subtle cortical signal abnormalities not clearly visible with conventional windows. The early demonstration of these changes, in the appropriate clinical context, may suggest CJD and this supports the use of mid- or high magnetic fields in the diagnosis of CJD and other forms of dementia. In our cases of iatrogenic CJD, low-field MRI did not reveal more than the progressive atrophy displayed by CT, and raises the question on the one hand of possible differences, based on imaging, from the sporadic form, and on the other of the lack of sensitivity of low-field magnets to signal changes in CJD. (orig.)

  2. Diet-gene interactions in sporadic and hereditary colorectal carcinogenesis : epidemiological perspectives

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    Voskuil, D.

    1999-01-01

    Colorectal cancer is known to develop by accumulation of alterations in regulatory genes. Both familial and environmental factors play a role in the etiology of colorectal cancer and its adenomatous precursor lesions. This thesis examines diet-gene interactions in sporadic and hereditary

  3. A large-scale international meta-analysis of paraoxonase gene polymorphisms in sporadic ALS

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    Wills, A-M.; Cronin, S.; Slowik, A.; Kasperaviciute, D.; Van Es, M. A.; Morahan, J. M.; Valdmanis, P. N.; Meininger, V.; Melki, J.; Shaw, C. E.; Rouleau, G. A.; Fisher, E. M. C.; Shaw, P. J.; Morrison, K. E.; Pamphlett, R.; Van den Berg, L. H.; Figlewicz, D. A.; Andersen, P. M.; Al-Chalabi, A.; Hardiman, O.; Purcell, S.; Landers, J. E.; Brown, R. H.

    2009-01-01

    Background: Six candidate gene studies report a genetic association of DNA variants within the paraoxonase locus with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, several other large studies, including five genome-wide association studies, have not duplicated this finding. Methods: We

  4. Ophthalmoscopy for congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium (CHRPE) in patients with sporadic colorectal carcinoma

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    Hartvigsen, A; Myrhøj, T; Bülow, Steffen

    1995-01-01

    In order to investigate the frequency of congenital hypertrophy of the retinal pigment epithelium (CHRPE) in sporadic colorectal cancer, ophthalmoscopy was carried out in 34 patients with colorectal carcinoma without known familial disposition. CHRPE is one of the most frequent extracolonic...

  5. Interrelationships between age, thyroid volume, thyroid nodularity, and thyroid function in patients with sporadic nontoxic goiter

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    Berghout, A.; Wiersinga, W. M.; Smits, N. J.; Touber, J. L.

    1990-01-01

    To test the hypothesis that during the natural history of sporadic nontoxic goiter (SNG), a diffuse goiter precedes a multinodular goiter with gradual development of autonomous thyroid function. A cross-sectional survey of 102 consecutive patients with SNG (seven male, 95 female) was performed.

  6. Sporadic minute medullary thyroid carcinoma with a double RET mutation: A case report.

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    Yamamoto, Hiroyuki; Ishii, Jun; Chiba, Tomohiro; Nakazato, Yoko; Hirano, Kouichi; Kamma, Hiroshi

    2017-11-01

    We describe a 74-year-old man with a nodular goiter accompanied by an incidental sporadic minute medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC). Histopathologically, the MTC was a well-defined 1.7 mm tumor in the upper one-third right lobe, with solid cell nests (SCNs) adjacent to the MTC. C-cells were scattered mainly around the SCNs, but C-cell hyperplasia was not evident in the background thyroid. The MTC cell phenotype was immunohistochemically identical to background C-cells, but was completely different from the SCN main cells. Direct DNA analyses of isolated MTC paraffin-embedded specimens revealed two RET proto-oncogene missense point mutations in exon 11 (i.e., C630R and C634W). The non-tumor thyroid tissue did not reveal any mutations. This study reports the smallest case of sporadic MTC with a double RET somatic mutation, substantiating that RET mutations can occur during a very early stage of carcinogenesis. The combined presence of C630R and C634W represent a novel somatic mutation in sporadic MTC. The present case indicates that the sporadic MTC originated from the surrounding C-cells of the SCNs without C-cell hyperplasia and that the SCN main cells may not be able to develop into an MTC. © 2017 Japanese Society of Pathology and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.

  7. Analysis of FGGY as a risk factor for sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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    Es, M.A. van; Vught, P.W. van; Veldink, J.H.; Andersen, P.M.; Birve, A.; Lemmens, R.; Cronin, S.; Kooi, A.J. van der; Visser, M. de; Schelhaas, H.J.; Hardiman, O.; Ragoussis, I.; Lambrechts, D.; Robberecht, W.; Wokke, J.H.J.; Ophoff, R.A.; Berg, L.H. van den

    2009-01-01

    A genome-wide association study (GWAS) using pooled DNA samples from 386 sporadic ALS patients and 542 controls from the USA, identified genetic variation in FGGY (FLJ10986) as a risk factor, as well as 66 additional candidate SNPs. Considering the large number of hypotheses that are tested in GWAS,

  8. Medical and environmental risk factors for sporadic frontotemporal dementia: a retrospective case-control study

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    S.M. Rosso (Sonia); E.J. Landweer; M. Houterman; C.M. van Duijn (Cornelia); J.C. van Swieten (John); L. Donker Kaat (Laura)

    2003-01-01

    textabstractA retrospective case-control study was carried out on 80 patients with sporadic frontotemporal dementia and 124 age, sex, and surrogate informant matched controls with respect to various medical and environmental risk factors. Head trauma was associated with an odds ratio of 3.3 (95%

  9. Glycoform-selective prion formation in sporadic and familial forms of prion disease

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    Xiao, X.; Yuan, J.; Haïk, S.; Cali, I.; Zhan, Y.; Moudjou, M.; Li, B.; Laplanche, J.L.; Laude, H.; Langeveld, J.P.M.; Gambetti, P.

    2013-01-01

    The four glycoforms of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) variably glycosylated at the two N-linked glycosylation sites are converted into their pathological forms (PrP(Sc)) in most cases of sporadic prion diseases. However, a prominent molecular characteristic of PrP(Sc) in the recently identified

  10. The clinical phenotype of hereditary versus sporadic prostate cancer: HPC definition revisited

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    Cremers, R.G.H.M.; Aben, K.K.H.; Oort, I.M. van; Sedelaar, J.P.M.; Vasen, H.F.A.; Vermeulen, S.H.; Kiemeney, L.A.L.M.

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The definition of hereditary prostate cancer (HPC) is based on family history and age at onset. Intuitively, HPC is a serious subtype of prostate cancer but there are only limited data on the clinical phenotype of HPC. Here, we aimed to compare the prognosis of HPC to the sporadic form

  11. ATM down-regulation is associated with poor prognosis in sporadic breast carcinomas

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    Bueno, R C; Canevari, R A; Villacis, R A R

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) gene downexpression has been reported in sporadic breast carcinomas (BC); however, the prognostic value and mechanisms of ATM deregulation remain unclear. PATIENTS AND METHODS: ATM and miRNAs (miR-26a, miR-26b, miR-203, miR-421, miR-664, miR-576-5p...

  12. Sporadic nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy: A consecutive series of 8 cases

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    Shih-Bin Yeh

    2014-09-01

    Discussion: These cases confirm that sporadic NFLE closely resembles familial NFLE, and comprises a set of distinct clinical manifestations, with variable intensity, and variable scalp EEG epileptiform abnormalities across sleep and wakefulness, which have previously been identified in Caucasian patients from Europe and North America.

  13. S182 and STM2 gene missense mutations in sporadic alzheimer disease

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    Higuchi, Susumu; Matsushita, Sachio; Hasegawa, Yoshio; Muramatsu, Taro [Kurihama National Hospital, Yokosuka (Japan)] [and others

    1996-07-26

    The linkage of genes S182 and STM2 to early-onset or late-onset sporadic Alzheimer disease (AD) was not found in a group of 97 clinically-diagnosed AD patients and 46 autopsy-confirmed AD cases, using PCR-RFLP methods. 7 refs.

  14. Variation of sporadic meteor activity during the 23. cycle of solar activity

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    Porubcan, V.; Zigo, P.; Cevolani, G.; Rozboril, J.; Pupillo, G.

    2009-01-01

    Analyses of the influence of solar activity on sporadic meteor counts based on visual and radar meteor observations present rather contradictory results, indicating a possible variation of the sporadic meteor counts with a solar activity, with the maximum in observed meteor rates occurring from zero up to about five years after the solar activity maximum. With this perspective, in the present paper observations of the sporadic meteor background, obtained by a forward-scatter radio system for meteor observation operating along the Bologna (Italy)-Modra (Slovakia) baseline in 1996-2007, are analysed and discussed. The activity curves of all echoes and their variations indicate a correlation with solar activity in the 23. solar cycle represented by the solar relative number R (corr. coef. 0.71), as well as with the solar coronal index C1 (corr. coef. 0.73). The mass distribution exponent s and its variations (with corr. coef. against R and C1, 0.12 and 0.25, respectively) does not show a correlation consistent with solar activity and, from the viewpoint of s, suggest the existence of a relatively stable population of sporadic background meteoroids in the surroundings of the Earth's orbit during the investigated period.

  15. Clinical characteristics of familial and sporadic age-related macular degeneration: differences and similarities

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    Saksens, N.T.M.; Kersten, E.; Groenewoud, J.M.M.; Grinsven, M.J.J.P. van; Ven, J.P.H. van de; Sanchez, C.I.; Schick, T.; Fauser, S.; Hollander, A.I. den; Hoyng, C.B.; Boon, C.J.F.

    2014-01-01

    PURPOSE: We describe the differences and similarities in clinical characteristics and phenotype of familial and sporadic patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: We evaluated data of 1828 AMD patients and 1715 controls enrolled in the European Genetic Database. All subjects

  16. KCNQ1OT1 hypomethylation: A Novel disguised genetic predisposition in sporadic pediatric adrenocortical tumors?

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    Wijnen, Mark; Alders, Mariëlle; Zwaan, Christian M.; Wagner, Anja; van den Heuvel-Eibrink, Marry M.

    2012-01-01

    Pediatric adrenal tumors, other than neuroblastoma, are rare and can be associated with a genetic predisposition. In this report we describe two patients with an isolated and apparently sporadic adrenocortical tumor; one girl with a carcinoma, the other girl with an adenoma. In both patients genetic

  17. Single crystal Fe elements patterned by one-step selective chemical wet etching

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    Sun, Li; Wong, P.K.J.; Niu, Daxin; Zou, Xiao; Zhai, Ya; Wu, Jing; Xu, Yongbing; Zhai, Hongru

    2010-01-01

    A technique has been developed to pattern single crystal ultrathin Fe films by selective chemical wet etching of the Au capping layer and then simultaneous oxidization of the ferromagnetic Fe layer underneath. The focused magneto-optical Kerr effect and ferromagnetic resonance measurements

  18. Oestrogen receptor beta isoform expression in sporadic colorectal cancer, familial adenomatous polyposis and progressive stages of colorectal cancer

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    Stevanato Filho, Paulo Roberto; Aguiar Júnior, Samuel; Begnami, Maria Dirlei

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Among the sex hormones, oestrogen may play a role in colorectal cancer, particularly in conjunction with oestrogen receptor-β (ERβ). The expression of ERβ isoform variants and their correlations with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) syndrome and sporadic colorectal carcinomas are ...... provide a better understanding of oestrogens and their potential preventive and therapeutic effects on sporadic colorectal cancer and cancers associated with FAP syndrome.......BACKGROUND: Among the sex hormones, oestrogen may play a role in colorectal cancer, particularly in conjunction with oestrogen receptor-β (ERβ). The expression of ERβ isoform variants and their correlations with familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) syndrome and sporadic colorectal carcinomas...... was identified in sporadic polyps and in sporadic colorectal cancer as well as in polyps from FAP syndrome patients compared with normal tissues (p

  19. Magnetoimpedance of FeNi-based asymmetric sensitive elements

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    Chlenova, A.A., E-mail: chlenova.anna@gmail.com [Ural Federal University, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensorics, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Ekaterinburg, Russian Ferderation (Russian Federation); Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Science and Technology Park “Fabrica”, Gaidara str. 6, Kaliningrad (Russian Federation); Svalov, A.V.; Kurlyandskaya, G.V. [Ural Federal University, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensorics, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Ekaterinburg, Russian Ferderation (Russian Federation); Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Departamento de Electricidad y Electrónica, P.O. Box 644, Bilbao 48080 (Spain); Volchkov, S.O. [Ural Federal University, Laboratory of Magnetic Sensorics, Lenin Ave. 51, 620083 Ekaterinburg, Russian Ferderation (Russian Federation)

    2016-10-01

    [Ti/FeNi]{sub 5}/Ti/Cu/Ti/[FeNi/Ti]{sub x} (x=0–5) multilayers were prepared by sputtering. Their magnetic properties and magnetoimpedance were studied focusing on future technological applications. Both (ΔZ/Z){sub max} and (ΔR/R){sub max} values showed a tendency to decrease with a decrease of the number of magnetic layers of the top multilayer. Such a parameter as an even or odd number of layers is important for the MI value. In the field interval of technological interest all [Ti/FeNi]{sub 5}/Ti/Cu/Ti/[FeNi/Ti]{sub x} structures show similar sensitivities of about 70%/Oe for ΔR/R ratios but the lower the number of magnetic layers in the top multilayer, the higher the operating frequency. - Highlights: • Giant magnetoimpedance effect. • Non-symmetric multilayers sructure. • Biosensing.

  20. Magnetoimpedance of FeNi-based asymmetric sensitive elements

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    Chlenova, A.A.; Svalov, A.V.; Kurlyandskaya, G.V.; Volchkov, S.O.

    2016-01-01

    [Ti/FeNi] 5 /Ti/Cu/Ti/[FeNi/Ti] x (x=0–5) multilayers were prepared by sputtering. Their magnetic properties and magnetoimpedance were studied focusing on future technological applications. Both (ΔZ/Z) max and (ΔR/R) max values showed a tendency to decrease with a decrease of the number of magnetic layers of the top multilayer. Such a parameter as an even or odd number of layers is important for the MI value. In the field interval of technological interest all [Ti/FeNi] 5 /Ti/Cu/Ti/[FeNi/Ti] x structures show similar sensitivities of about 70%/Oe for ΔR/R ratios but the lower the number of magnetic layers in the top multilayer, the higher the operating frequency. - Highlights: • Giant magnetoimpedance effect. • Non-symmetric multilayers sructure. • Biosensing.

  1. Spin and charge transport in double-junction Fe/MgO/GaAs/MgO/Fe heterostructures

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    Wolski, S., E-mail: wolski@prz.edu.pl; Szczepański, T. [Department of Physics, Rzeszów University of Technology, Al. Powstańców Warszawy 6, 35-959 Rzeszów (Poland); Dugaev, V. K. [Department of Physics, Rzeszów University of Technology, Al. Powstańców Warszawy 6, 35-959 Rzeszów (Poland); Departamento de Física and CFIF, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Barnaś, J. [Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Umultowska 85, 61-614 Poznań (Poland); Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Smoluchowskiego 17, 60-179 Poznań (Poland); Landgraf, B.; Slobodskyy, T.; Hansen, W. [Institute for Applied Physics, University of Hamburg, Jungiusstraße 11, 20355 Hamburg (Germany)

    2015-01-28

    We present theoretical and experimental results on tunneling current in single Fe/MgO/GaAs and double Fe/MgO/GaAs/MgO/Fe tunnel junctions. The charge and spin currents are calculated as a function of external voltage for different sets of parameters characterizing the semiconducting GaAs layer. Transport characteristics of a single Fe/MgO/GaAs junction reveal typical diode as well as spin diode features. The results of numerical calculations are compared with current-voltage characteristics measured experimentally for double tunnel junction structures, and a satisfactory agreement of the theoretical and experimental results has been achieved.

  2. Simulation of the growth kinetics of the (FeB/Fe 2B) bilayer obtained on a borided stainless steel

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    Keddam, M.

    2011-01-01

    The present work is an attempt to simulate the growth kinetics of the (FeB/Fe 2B) bilayer grown on a substrate made of AISI 316 stainless steel by the application of the powder-pack boriding process, and using four different temperatures (1123, 1173, 1223 and 1273 K) and five exposure times (2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 h). The adopted diffusion model solves the mass balance equation at each growth front: (FeB/Fe 2B or FeB/substrate) under certain assumptions and without considering the diffusion zone. To consider the effect of the incubation times for the borides formation, the temperature-dependent function ϕ( T) was incorporated in the model. To validate this model, a computer code written in Matlab (version 6.5), was developed with the purpose of simulating the kinetics of the boride layers. This computer code uses the following parameters as input data: (the boriding temperature, the treatment time, the upper and lower limits of boron concentration in each iron boride, the diffusion coefficients of boron in the FeB and Fe 2B phases as well as the ϕ( T) parameter). The outputs of the computer code are the parabolic growth constant at each growth front and the thicknesses of the FeB and Fe 2B layers. A good agreement was obtained between the experimental parabolic growth constants taken from a reference work [I. Campos-Silva et al., Formation and kinetics of FeB/Fe 2B layers and diffusion zone at the surface of AISI 316 borided steels, Surf. Coat Technol., 205 (2010) 403-412] and the simulated values of the parabolic growth constants ( kFeB and k1). The present model was also able to predict the thicknesses of the FeB and Fe 2B layers at a temperature of 1243 K during 3 and 5 h. In addition, the mass gain at the material surface was also estimated as a function of the time and the upper boron content in each iron boride phase. It was shown that the simulated values of the generated mass gain are very sensitive to the increase of both temperature and the upper boron

  3. Growth of Highly Dense Brushlike Carbon Nanotubes Using Layered Catalysts and Rapid Heating

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    Nagasaka, Takeshi; Sakai, Toru; Hirahara, Kaori; Nakayama, Yoshikazu

    2009-06-01

    The key technologies to achieve mass production of brushlike multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are rapid processing for substrate heating and growing CNTs, and then cooling the substrate. We used chemical vapor deposition at 800 °C with a carbon source gas of acetylene to investigate how substrate heating rate affects CNT growth. The results revealed an effective layered structure of an Fe catalyst for the rapid heating process: an oxidized Fe layer and a metal Fe layer formed on a silicon dioxide layer. The relationship among the given structure of Fe catalysts, the catalyst shape after rapid heating, and the resultant CNTs were investigated.

  4. Mutation analysis of the RET gene in individuals with sporadic and familial pheochromocytoma

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    Iyengar, S.; Sirugo, G.; Bale, A.E. [Yale Univ. School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    Pheochromocytoma is common to many familial cancer syndromes including multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2A (MEN2A), von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) and neurofibromatosis (NF). Although sporadic cases of pheochromocytoma have been examined for mutations in exons 10, 11 and 16 of the RET gene, only one case with a mutation in exon 16 has been reported thus far. We are performing systematic examination of exons of the RET gene, which has previously been associated with mutation in both MEN2 A and B, to determine the role RET may play in the etiology of pheochromocytoma. Seventeen cases of sporadic pheochromocytoma and 3 cases of sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma were obtained from the pathology archives. Histopathology of all specimens was confirmed to be either pheochromocytoma or medullary thyroid carcinoma before DNA was extracted from 0.5{mu} thin sections of paraffin-embedded tissue. DNA from familial pheochromocytoma patients was also available for analysis. All sporadic and familial cases were amplified for exons 2, 6 and 16 of the RET gene. Single strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) analysis was performed for exons 2 and 6. On finding a variation in the SSCP pattern in the pheochromocytoma kindred we sequenced all the samples for exon 2. A single base pair variation was found, which did not segregate with pheochromocytoma in the family. No variant SSCP patterns have been observed with the exon 6 PCR products thus far. Exon 16 PCR products were subjected to DNA restriction analysis with Fok I. This enzyme detects a single base pair change associated with MEN2 B. With the exception of one sample with sporadic medullary thyroid carcinoma, all samples showed the normal pattern on DNA restriction analysis. Thus we can exclude exons 2 and 6 of the RET gene in the pathogenesis of pheochromocytoma. SSCP analyses with other exons in the RET gene are underway.

  5. BRCA promoter methylation in sporadic versus BRCA germline mutation-related breast cancers.

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    Vos, Shoko; Moelans, Cathy Beatrice; van Diest, Paul Joannes

    2017-05-31

    In breast cancer, BRCA promoter hypermethylation and BRCA germline mutations are said to occur together rarely, but this property has not yet been translated into a clinical test. Our aim in this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of BRCA1/2 methylation in distinguishing breast carcinomas of BRCA1 and BRCA2 germline mutation carriers from sporadic breast carcinomas using a recently developed BRCA methylation assay based on methylation-specific multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MS-MLPA). MS-MLPAs were performed to assess BRCA1 and BRCA2 methylation in breast carcinoma tissues from 39 BRCA1 and 33 BRCA2 germline mutation carriers, 80 patients with sporadic breast cancer, and normal breast tissues from 5 BRCA1 and 4 BRCA2 mutation carriers and 5 nonmutation carriers. Methylation frequencies varied considerably between CpG sites across the BRCA1 and BRCA2 promoters. Some CpG sites were methylated more frequently in BRCA1/2-related than in sporadic carcinomas, whereas other CpG sites were methylated more frequently in sporadic carcinomas, with large variances in sensitivity and specificity as a consequence. The diagnostic value of BRCA promoter methylation analysis in distinguishing BRCA1/2-related from sporadic breast carcinomas seems to be considerably dependent on the targeted CpG sites. These findings are important for adequate use of BRCA methylation analysis as a prescreening tool for BRCA germline genetic testing or to identify BRCAness patients who may benefit from targeted therapies such as poly(adenosine diphosphate-ribose) polymerase inhibitors.

  6. Sporadic adult onset primary torsion dystonia is a genetic disorder by the temporal discrimination test.

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    Kimmich, Okka

    2012-02-01

    Adult-onset primary torsion dystonia is an autosomal dominant disorder with markedly reduced penetrance; patients with sporadic adult-onset primary torsion dystonia are much more prevalent than familial. The temporal discrimination threshold is the shortest time interval at which two stimuli are detected to be asynchronous and has been shown to be abnormal in adult-onset primary torsion dystonia. The aim was to determine the frequency of abnormal temporal discrimination thresholds in patients with sporadic adult-onset primary torsion dystonia and their first-degree relatives. We hypothesized that abnormal temporal discrimination thresholds in first relatives would be compatible with an autosomal dominant endophenotype. Temporal discrimination thresholds were examined in 61 control subjects (39 subjects <50 years of age; 22 subjects >50 years of age), 32 patients with sporadic adult-onset primary torsion dystonia (cervical dystonia n = 30, spasmodic dysphonia n = 1 and Meige\\'s syndrome n = 1) and 73 unaffected first-degree relatives (36 siblings, 36 offspring and one parent) using visual and tactile stimuli. Z-scores were calculated for all subjects; a Z > 2.5 was considered abnormal. Abnormal temporal discrimination thresholds were found in 1\\/61 (2%) control subjects, 27\\/32 (84%) patients with adult-onset primary torsion dystonia and 32\\/73 (44%) unaffected relatives [siblings (20\\/36; 56%), offspring (11\\/36; 31%) and one parent]. When two or more relatives were tested in any one family, 22 of 24 families had at least one first-degree relative with an abnormal temporal discrimination threshold. The frequency of abnormal temporal discrimination thresholds in first-degree relatives of patients with sporadic adult-onset primary torsion dystonia is compatible with an autosomal dominant disorder and supports the hypothesis that apparently sporadic adult-onset primary torsion dystonia is genetic in origin.

  7. Characteristics of epidemic and sporadic strains of Acinetobacter baumannii isolated in Abu Dhabi hospitals.

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    Sonnevend, Agnes; Ghazawi, Akela; Al Munthari, Noura; Pitout, Martin; Hamadeh, Mohammad Baraa; Hashmey, Rayhan; Girgis, Safinaz Khaleel; Sheikh, Farrukh Amin; Al Haj, Mohamed; Nagelkerke, Nico; Pál, Tibor

    2013-04-01

    We compared the antibiotic susceptibility, clonal lineages and resistance genes of singleton Acinetobacter baumannii strains to those of isolates representing repeatedly encountered molecular types in five Abu Dhabi hospitals. One hundred and ten clinically relevant, non-repeat strains were typed by blaOXA-51-like allele sequencing and by PFGE, and selected isolates also by MLST. Resistance was assessed by MIC determinations and by disc diffusion. Genotyping was carried out by PCR, targeting 28 genes. The 80 epidemic strains belonged to worldwide lineages 1, 2 and 7, representing 11 pulsotypes and 9 genotypes, while the 30 sporadic isolates exhibited a high level of genetic variability and, with the exception of a small subgroup, were not associated with any recognized epidemic lineages. All epidemic subtypes carried the ISAba1-linked blaOXA-23 gene, and harboured the int, the blaPER and the armA genes significantly more frequently than their sporadic counterparts. They were all multi-drug resistant, including non-susceptibility to carbepenems, and were often extensively drug resistant, a phenomenon rarely seen among sporadic strains. Epidemic strains represented 78.8 % of intensive care unit isolates, causing more respiratory infections, while sporadic strains were more frequently isolated from wound and soft tissue infections. The study showed that among strains collected at the same time and from the same region, the very heterogeneous, sensitive sporadic strains, with the exception of a few non-susceptible singleton isolates, clearly differed from the highly resistant epidemic ones, which belonged to multiple pulsotypes and genotypes clustered into three worldwide clonal lineages carrying blaOXA-64, blaOXA-66 and blaOXA-69, respectively.

  8. A genome-wide investigation of copy number variation in patients with sporadic brain arteriovenous malformation.

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    Nasrine Bendjilali

    Full Text Available Brain arteriovenous malformations (BAVM are clusters of abnormal blood vessels, with shunting of blood from the arterial to venous circulation and a high risk of rupture and intracranial hemorrhage. Most BAVMs are sporadic, but also occur in patients with Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia, a Mendelian disorder caused by mutations in genes in the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ signaling pathway.To investigate whether copy number variations (CNVs contribute to risk of sporadic BAVM, we performed a genome-wide association study in 371 sporadic BAVM cases and 563 healthy controls, all Caucasian. Cases and controls were genotyped using the Affymetrix 6.0 array. CNVs were called using the PennCNV and Birdsuite algorithms and analyzed via segment-based and gene-based approaches. Common and rare CNVs were evaluated for association with BAVM.A CNV region on 1p36.13, containing the neuroblastoma breakpoint family, member 1 gene (NBPF1, was significantly enriched with duplications in BAVM cases compared to controls (P = 2.2×10(-9; NBPF1 was also significantly associated with BAVM in gene-based analysis using both PennCNV and Birdsuite. We experimentally validated the 1p36.13 duplication; however, the association did not replicate in an independent cohort of 184 sporadic BAVM cases and 182 controls (OR = 0.81, P = 0.8. Rare CNV analysis did not identify genes significantly associated with BAVM.We did not identify common CNVs associated with sporadic BAVM that replicated in an independent cohort. Replication in larger cohorts is required to elucidate the possible role of common or rare CNVs in BAVM pathogenesis.

  9. Influência de M/C (M = Mo, Cu, Fe e W incorporado à camada difusora do eletrodo de difusão de gás frente à reação de oxidação de hidrogênio na presença de CO The effect of M/C (M = Mo, Cu, Fe and W in the diffusion layer of gas diffusion electrodes on the hydrogen oxidation reaction in the presence of carbon monoxide

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    Luis Gustavo da Silva Pereira

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC with Pt-based anodes is drastically lowered when CO-containing hydrogen is used to feed the system, because of the strong adsorption of CO on platinum. In the present work the effects of the presence of a conversion layer of CO to CO2 composed by several M/C materials (where M = Mo, Cu, Fe and W in gas diffusion anodes formed by Pt catalysts were investigated. The diffusion layers formed by Mo/C e W/C show good CO-tolerance, and this was attributed to the CO removal by parallel occurrence of the water-gas shift reaction and the so-called bifunctional mechanism.

  10. In-plain electric properties of [CaMnO3/REMO3] (RE=Bi, La M=Fe, Fe0.8Mn0.2) superlattices grown by pulsed laser deposition method

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    Iwata, N.; Watabe, Y.; Oikawa, T.; Takase, K.; Huijben, Mark; Inaba, T.; Oshima, K.; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.; Yamamoto, H.

    2014-01-01

    The [CaMnO3 (CMO)/REMO3] (RE = Bi, La M = Fe, Fe0.8Mn0.2) superlattices show semiconducting behavior with transition temperatures (TEg) of 71, 127, and 151 K in the [CMO/BiFe0.8Mn0.2O3], [CMO/BiFeO3], and [CMO/LaFeO3] superlattices. The formation of a magnetic polaron is expected in the CMO layer of

  11. Pillar shape modulation in epitaxial BiFeO3–CoFe2O4 vertical nanocomposite films

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    Dong Hun Kim

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Self-assembled epitaxial CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 nanocomposite films, in which pillars of CoFe2O4 grow within a single crystal BiFeO3 matrix, show both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity. The pillars typically have a uniform cross-section, but here two methods are demonstrated to produce a width modulation during growth by pulsed laser deposition. This was achieved by growing a blocking layer of BiFeO3 to produce layers of separated pillars or pillars with constrictions, or by changing the temperature during growth to produce bowling-pin shaped pillars. Modulated nanocomposites showed changes in their magnetic anisotropy compared to nanocomposites with uniform width. The magnetic anisotropy was interpreted as a result of magnetoelastic and shape anisotropies.

  12. Pillar shape modulation in epitaxial BiFeO3-CoFe2O4 vertical nanocomposite films

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    Kim, Dong Hun; Aimon, Nicolas M.; Ross, C. A.

    2014-08-01

    Self-assembled epitaxial CoFe2O4-BiFeO3 nanocomposite films, in which pillars of CoFe2O4 grow within a single crystal BiFeO3 matrix, show both ferrimagnetism and ferroelectricity. The pillars typically have a uniform cross-section, but here two methods are demonstrated to produce a width modulation during growth by pulsed laser deposition. This was achieved by growing a blocking layer of BiFeO3 to produce layers of separated pillars or pillars with constrictions, or by changing the temperature during growth to produce bowling-pin shaped pillars. Modulated nanocomposites showed changes in their magnetic anisotropy compared to nanocomposites with uniform width. The magnetic anisotropy was interpreted as a result of magnetoelastic and shape anisotropies.

  13. Induced lattice strain in epitaxial Fe-based superconducting films on CaF2 substrates: A comparative study of the microstructures of SmFeAs(O,F), Ba(Fe,Co)2As2, and FeTe0.5Se0.5

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    Ichinose, Ataru; Tsukada, Ichiro; Nabeshima, Fuyuki; Imai, Yoshinori; Maeda, Atsutaka; Kurth, Fritz; Holzapfel, Bernhard; Iida, Kazumasa; Ueda, Shinya; Naito, Michio

    2014-03-01

    The microstructures of SmFeAs(O,F), Ba(Fe,Co)2As2, and FeTe0.5Se0.5 prepared on CaF2 substrates were investigated using transmission electron microscopy. The SmFeAs(O,F)/CaF2 interface is steep, without a disordered layer. By contrast, a chemical reaction occurs at the interface in the cases of Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 and FeTe0.5Se0.5. The reaction layers are located on opposite sides of the interface for Ba(Fe,Co)2As2 and FeTe0.5Se0.5. We found that the lattice distortion of the three superconducting films on the CaF2 substrates enhances the TC values compared with films prepared on oxide substrates. The origin of this lattice deformation varies depending on the superconducting material.

  14. Crystal structure of the Fe-member of usovite

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    Matthias Weil

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Crystals of the title compound, with the idealized composition Ba2CaFeAl2F14, dibarium calcium iron(II dialuminium tetradecafluoride, were obtained serendipitously by reacting a mixture of the binary fluorides BaF2, CaF2 and AlF3 in a leaky steel reactor. The compound crystallizes in the usovite structure type (Ba2CaMgAl2F14, with Fe2+ cations replacing the Mg2+ cations. The principal building units are distorted [CaF8] square-antiprisms (point group symmetry 2, [FeF6] octahedra (point group symmetry -1 and [AlF6] octahedra that are condensed into undulating 2∞[CaFeAl2F14]4− layers parallel (100. The Ba2+ cations separate the layers and exhibit a coordination number of 12. Two crystal structure models with a different treatment of the disordered Fe site [mixed Fe/Ca occupation, model (I, versus underoccupation of Fe, model (II], are discussed, leading to different refined formulae Ba2Ca1.310 (15Fe0.690 (15Al2F14 [model (I] and Ba2CaFe0.90 (1Al2F14 [model (II].

  15. Coercivity Recovery Effect of Sm-Fe-Cu-Al Alloy on Sm2Fe17N3 Magnet

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    Otogawa, Kohei; Asahi, Toru; Jinno, Miho; Yamaguchi, Wataru; Takagi, Kenta; Kwon, Hansang

    2018-03-01

    The potential of a Sm-Fe-Cu-Al binder for improvement of the magnetic properties of Sm2Fe17N3 was examined. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) observation of a Sm-Fe-Cu-Al alloy-bonded Sm2Fe17N3 magnet which showed high coercivity revealed that the Sm-Fe-Cu-Al alloy had an effect of removing the surface oxide layer of the Sm2 Fe17N3 grains. However, the Sm-Fe-Cu-Al binder was contaminated by carbon and nitrogen, which originated from the organic solvent used as the milling medium during pulverization. To prevent carbon and nitrogen contamination, the Sm-Fe- Cu-Al alloy was added directly on the surface of the Sm2Fe17N3 grains by sputtering. Comparing the recovered coercivity per unit amount of the added binder the uncontaminated binder-coated sample had a higher coercivity recovery effect than the milled binder-added sample. These results suggested that sufficient addition of the contamination-free Sm-Fe-Cu-Al binder has the possibility to reduce the amount of binder necessary to produce a high coercive Sm2Fe17N3 magnet.

  16. Magnetic properties of the nanocomposite CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/FeCo-FeO at a high H/T regime

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    Machado, F.L.A., E-mail: flam@df.ufpe.br [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 50670-901, Recife-PE (Brazil); Soares, J.M.; Conceição, O.L.A. [Departamento de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio Grande do Norte, 59610-010 Mossoró-RN (Brazil); Choi, E.S.; Balicas, L. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306 (United States)

    2017-02-15

    The low temperature magnetic properties of nanopowders of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and of CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/FeCo-FeO with average particle size of about 6 nm were investigated for temperatures down to 5 K and for applied magnetic fields up to 350 kOe. Highly enhanced coercive fields were obtained for the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The values of the saturation magnetization M{sub S} and of the anisotropy constant K{sub 1} were also found to be enhanced for the nanocomposite powder sample. The overall results are discussed in terms of a particle model which takes into account a thin amorphous layer present in the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} particles and due to a FeCo-FeO layer grown during an annealing procedure. Moreover, the temperature dependence of K{sub 1} was found to be in good agreement with a model proposed by Tachiki. - Highlights: • The magnetic properties of ferrites were investigated in a high H/T regime. • The nanopowders showed the largest anisotropy constant value found so far. • No other previous work reported this kind of study in cobalt ferrites.

  17. Single and double-layer composite microwave absorbers with hexaferrite BaZn{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.3}X{sub 0.3}Fe{sub 10.8}O{sub 19} (X = Ti, Ce, Sn) powders

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    Afghahi, Seyyed Salman Seyyed [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Imam Hossein University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jafarian, Mojtaba, E-mail: m.jafarian@srbiau.ac.ir [Young Researchers and Elites Club, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Atassi, Yomen [Department of Applied Physics, Higher Institute for Applied Sciences and Technology, Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic); Stergiou, Charalampos A. [Lab. of Inorganic Materials, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, 57001, Thermi (Greece)

    2017-01-15

    In the present study, substituted barium hexaferrites with the composition BaZn{sub 0.6}Zr{sub 0.3} × {sub 0.3}Fe{sub 10.8}O{sub 19} (where X = Ti, Ce, Sn) are prepared with the solid-state reaction method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and network analysis techniques are used to analyze the crystal phases, morphology, static magnetic and microwave absorption properties, respectively. Based on the recorded results, barium hexaferrite is the major phase obtained after milling of the powders for 20 h, followed by calcination at 1000 °C for 5 h. The morphology of the particles of the substituted ferrite samples is plate-like with hexagonal shape. The microwave absorption in the X-band of epoxy composites loaded with the ferrite fillers, either separately, in pairs or all together, has been extensively investigated. Multicomponent composites filled with the new hexaferrites under study are promising candidates for electromagnetic absorbers in the 8–12 GHz range. It is found that single-layer absorbers of 5 mm thickness with 45 wt% of a binary (Sn and Ti-doped hexaferrite) or ternary filler mixture exhibit the maximum bandwidth of 2.7 GHz at the level of −10 dB or maximum losses of 26.4 dB at 10.8 GHz, respectively. - Highlights: • Preparation of substituted hexaferrites via mechanical activation. • We designed a broad band microwave absorber with mixing powders. • We designed single layer absorber with RL{sub min} = −26.4 dB and 1.6 GHz bandwidth. • We designed double layer absorbers, as monoband absorbers at a matching frequency.

  18. Magnetization reversal in textured NdFeB-Fe composites observed by domain imaging

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    Thielsch, Juliane, E-mail: j.thielsch@ifw-dresden.d [IFW Dresden, Institute for Metallic Materials, P.O. Box 27 01 16, D-01171 Dresden (Germany); Hinz, Dietrich; Schultz, Ludwig; Gutfleisch, Oliver [IFW Dresden, Institute for Metallic Materials, P.O. Box 27 01 16, D-01171 Dresden (Germany)

    2010-10-15

    Textured composite samples consisting of Nd{sub 13.6}Fe{sub 73.6}Ga{sub 0.6}Co{sub 6.6}B{sub 5.6} (MQU-F{sup TM}) and micron-sized Fe particles with weight ratios from 100:0 to 70:30 have been prepared by hot deformation. Microstructure studies revealed a layered structure of both phases with the layer normal parallel to the pressing direction. Magnetic measurements showed single-phase hysteresis curves for all samples when measured along the pressing direction, which is also the easy axis of magnetization. Coercivity decreased drastically from 1.32 T for pure NdFeB samples to 0.154 T for a sample with 30 wt% Fe. Magneto-optical Kerr microscopy with a digitally enhanced imaging technique has been used to examine the evolution of magnetic domains in the hard and soft phase during demagnetizing a sample consisting of 70 wt% NdFeB and 30 wt% Fe. It is shown that demagnetization takes place via domain rearrangements within the soft phase, which lead to and support the nucleation of reversed interaction domains at phase boundaries. Also nucleation of interaction domains within the hard magnetic phase could be revealed.

  19. Magnetization reversal in textured NdFeB-Fe composites observed by domain imaging

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    Thielsch, Juliane; Hinz, Dietrich; Schultz, Ludwig; Gutfleisch, Oliver

    2010-01-01

    Textured composite samples consisting of Nd 13.6 Fe 73.6 Ga 0.6 Co 6.6 B 5.6 (MQU-F TM ) and micron-sized Fe particles with weight ratios from 100:0 to 70:30 have been prepared by hot deformation. Microstructure studies revealed a layered structure of both phases with the layer normal parallel to the pressing direction. Magnetic measurements showed single-phase hysteresis curves for all samples when measured along the pressing direction, which is also the easy axis of magnetization. Coercivity decreased drastically from 1.32 T for pure NdFeB samples to 0.154 T for a sample with 30 wt% Fe. Magneto-optical Kerr microscopy with a digitally enhanced imaging technique has been used to examine the evolution of magnetic domains in the hard and soft phase during demagnetizing a sample consisting of 70 wt% NdFeB and 30 wt% Fe. It is shown that demagnetization takes place via domain rearrangements within the soft phase, which lead to and support the nucleation of reversed interaction domains at phase boundaries. Also nucleation of interaction domains within the hard magnetic phase could be revealed.

  20. Fe and N self-diffusion in amorphous FeN: A SIMS and neutron reflectivity study

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    Chakravarty, S. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 017, Madhya Pradesh (India); Gupta, M. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 017, Madhya Pradesh (India)], E-mail: mgupta@csr.ernet.in; Gupta, A. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 017, Madhya Pradesh (India); Rajagopalan, S.; Balamurugan, A.K.; Tyagi, A.K. [Surface Science Section, MSD, IGCAR, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India); Deshpande, U.P. [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandwa Road, Indore 452 017, Madhya Pradesh (India); Horisberger, M.; Gutberlet, T. [Laboratory for Neutron Scattering, ETH Zuerich and Paul Scherrer Institute, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2009-02-15

    Simultaneous self-diffusion measurements of Fe and N in amorphous Fe{sub 86}N{sub 14} alloy using secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) are reported. In addition, neutron reflectivity (NR) was used to study the Fe self-diffusion in the same compound. The broadening of a tracer layer of {sup 57}Fe{sub 86}{sup 15}N{sub 14} sandwiched between Fe{sub 86}N{sub 14} layers was observed by SIMS measurements after the annealing of films at different temperatures. A decay of the Bragg peak intensity after isothermal annealing was also observed in [Fe{sub 86}N{sub 14}/{sup 57}Fe{sub 86}N{sub 14}]{sub 10} multilayers in NR. It was observed by SIMS measurements that Fe diffusion was about 2 orders of magnitude smaller than N, even though the structural relaxation times for Fe and N were almost identical. This is an important result, indicating that the relaxation time of diffusion is basically driven by the relaxation of the structure itself.

  1. Structure, magnetism, and interface properties of epitactical thin Fe and FePt films on GaAs(001) substrates; Struktur, Magnetismus und Grenzflaecheneigenschaften epitaktischer duenner Fe- und FePt-Filme auf GaAs(001)-Substraten

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    Schuster, Ellen Ursula

    2007-12-17

    The research in this thesis is focused on the study of the Fe spin structure and interface magnetism of thin epitaxial Fe layers or epitaxial FePt alloy films with chemical L1{sub 0} order on GaAs(001) surfaces. The main method of investigation was isotope-specific conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) combined with the {sup 57}Fe probe-layer technique in the temperature range of 4.2-300 K. The film structure was studied using electron diffraction (RHEED) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The chemical order parameter S determined by XRD was found to increase with rising growth temperature, T{sub S}, to a maximum value of 0.71, until long range order is destroyed at T{sub S}>350 C by alloying with the substrate. As an important result a linear correlation between short-range order (revealed by the relative spectral area of the L1{sub 0} phase) and long-range order S was observed. The observed perpendicular Fe spin texture, characterized by the mean tilting angle left angle {theta} right angle of the Fe spins (relative to the film normal direction), was found to correlate with the L1{sub 0} phase content and with S. Furthermore, epitaxial Fe(001) films on GaAs(001)-(4 x 6) and on GaAs(001)-LED surfaces were grown successfully. In the initial stage of Fe film growth non-monotonous behavior of the in-plane lattice parameter was observed by RHEED. The magnetic hyperfine field distributions P(B{sub hf}) at the Fe/GaAs interface extracted from CEMS spectra for T{sub S}=-140 C or room temperature (RT) were found to be very similar. The observed large mean hyperfine fields of left angle B{sub hf} right angle {approx}25-27 T at the interface indicate the presence of high average Fe moments of 1.7-1.8 {mu}{sub B}. Nonmagnetic interface layers either can be excluded (Fe/GaAs) or are very thin (0.5 ML,Fe/GaAs-LED). Owing to its island structure an ultrathin (1.9 ML thick) uncoated Fe(001) film on GaAs(001)-(4 x 6) shows superparamagnetism with a blocking temperature of

  2. Magnetic properties of FeV/MgO-based structures

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    Bersweiler, Mathias; Watanabe, Kyota; Sato, Hideo; Matsukura, Fumihiro; Ohno, Hideo

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the magnetic properties of Fe100- x V x /MgO-based structures with a V composition x up to 20 at. %. The introduction of V results in the reduction of spontaneous magnetization, the damping constant, and both interfacial and bulk perpendicular magnetic anisotropies. However, the insertion of thin Fe layers at the FeV/MgO interfaces results in an effective perpendicular magnetic anisotropy as large as that of Fe/MgO. The result shows potential for lowering the threshold current for magnetization switching in FeV/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junctions, while maintaining a thermal stability factor similar to that in Fe/MgO-based junctions.

  3. Epitaxial growth of Fe/BaTiO3 heterostructures

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    Brivio, S., E-mail: m.gooley@elsevier.com [LNESS, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, via Anzani 42, 22100, Como (Italy); Rinaldi, C.; Petti, D.; Bertacco, R. [LNESS, Dipartimento di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, via Anzani 42, 22100, Como (Italy); Sanchez, F. [Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Campus Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra 08193, Catalunya (Spain)

    2011-06-30

    The realization of epitaxial heterostructures involving ferroelectric (FE) and ferromagnetic (FM) materials is one of the possible routes towards the realization of devices exploiting sizable magnetoelectric effects. In this paper we demonstrate the epitaxial growth of Fe on BaTiO{sub 3}(001) as this system represents a prototypical example of interface between well known FE and FM materials with bcc and perovskite structure respectively, both with Curie temperature well above 300 K. Fe grows on BaTiO{sub 3} with 45 deg. rotation of its cubic lattice with respect to that of the substrate in order to reduce the lattice mismatch. Negligible interdiffusion of Ba and Ti cations or Fe atoms is found by X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, while a sizable Fe oxidation occurs within an interfacial layer with thicknesses thinner than 3 nm.

  4. Land cover change in the zone of sporadic permafrost causes shift in landscape-scale turbulent energy fluxes

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    Helbig, M.; Wischnewski, K.; Kljun, N.; Chasmer, L.; Quinton, W. L.; Detto, M.; Sonnentag, O.

    2015-12-01

    Boreal forests in the sporadic permafrost zone have been shown to decline at the expense of wetlands following permafrost disappearance. These land cover changes cause shifts in ecosystem properties and affect biosphere-atmosphere interactions. The goal of our study is to examine the effects of permafrost disappearance on landscape-scale sensible (H) and latent heat fluxes (LE) and related potential feedbacks on regional air temperatures (Ta) We use a combination of nested eddy covariance flux towers, flux footprint and planetary boundary layer (PBL) dynamic modelling, and MOderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) remote sensing products to resolve spatio-temporal dynamics in H and LE at the landscape scale at Scotty Creek, NWT (61º18' N; 121º18' W) and in radiometric land surface temperatures (LST) at the regional scale across the southern Taiga Plains in the sporadic permafrost zone of northwestern Canada. The heterogeneous landscape comprises boreal forests with permafrost and permafrost-free wetlands. Our results show that H above the heterogeneous landscape was about twice as high as above a nearby treeless, permafrost-free bog. In contrast, landscape-scale LE was only about 50 % of LE over the bog. These differences were primarily driven by higher heat transfer efficiency of the aerodynamically rougher forest and lower albedo of the forest compared to the bog (about 10 % lower during summer and about 40 % lower during late winter). Aerodynamic LST increased with the fraction of forest in the flux footprints. This effect was strongest (r2 = 0.55, slope = 0.06 K per % forest) at the end of winter when contrasts in albedo are largest. Bulk surface conductance increased with the fraction of wetlands in the footprints. On a regional scale, radiometric MODIS LST increased with tree cover during the snow cover period (0.06 K per % tree cover), but decreased during the summer (-0.04 K per % tree cover). Modelling results showed that a shift from the

  5. Electroless siliconizing Fe-3% Cr-3% Si alloy

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    Nurlina, Enung; Darmono, Budy; Purwadaria, Sunara

    2000-01-01

    In this research Fe-3%Cr-3%Mo-3%Si and Fe-3%Cr-3%Cu-3%Si alloys had been coated by silicon metal without electricity current which knows as electroless siliconizing. Coating was conducted by immersed sampler into melt fluoride-chloride salt bath at temperature of 750 o C for certain period. The layer consisted of Fe3Si phase. Observation by microscope optic and EDAX showed that the silicide layer were thick enough, adherent, free for crack and had silicon content on the surface more than 15%. The growth rate of silicide layer followed parabolic rate law, where the process predominantly controlled by interdiffusion rate in the solid phase. Key words : electroless siliconizing, the melt fluoride- chloride salt mix, silicide layer

  6. Organometallic Routes into the Nanorealms of Binary Fe-Si Phases

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    Teddy M. Keller

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The Fe-Si binary system provides several iron silicides that have varied and exceptional material properties with applications in the electronic industry. The well known Fe-Si binary silicides are Fe3Si, Fe5Si3, FeSi, a-FeSi2 and b-FeSi2. While the iron-rich silicides Fe3Si and Fe5Si3 are known to be room temperature ferromagnets, the stoichiometric FeSi is the only known transition metal Kondo insulator. Furthermore, Fe5Si3 has also been demonstrated to exhibit giant magnetoresistance (GMR. The silicon-rich b-FeSi2 is a direct band gap material usable in light emitting diode (LED applications. Typically, these silicides are synthesized by traditional solid-state reactions or by ion beam-induced mixing (IBM of alternating metal and silicon layers. Alternatively, the utilization of organometallic compounds with reactive transition metal (Fe-carbon bonds has opened various routes for the preparation of these silicides and the silicon-stabilized bcc- and fcc-Fe phases contained in the Fe-Si binary phase diagram. The unique interfacial interactions of carbon with the Fe and Si components have resulted in the preferential formation of nanoscale versions of these materials. This review will discuss such reactions.

  7. Organometallic Routes into the Nanorealms of Binary Fe-Si Phases

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    Kolel-Veetil, Manoj K.; Keller, Teddy M.

    2010-01-01

    The Fe-Si binary system provides several iron silicides that have varied and exceptional material properties with applications in the electronic industry. The well known Fe-Si binary silicides are Fe3Si, Fe5Si3, FeSi, α-FeSi2 and β-FeSi2. While the iron-rich silicides Fe3Si and Fe5Si3 are known to be room temperature ferromagnets, the stoichiometric FeSi is the only known transition metal Kondo insulator. Furthermore, Fe5Si3 has also been demonstrated to exhibit giant magnetoresistance (GMR). The silicon-rich β-FeSi2 is a direct band gap material usable in light emitting diode (LED) applications. Typically, these silicides are synthesized by traditional solid-state reactions or by ion beam-induced mixing (IBM) of alternating metal and silicon layers. Alternatively, the utilization of organometallic compounds with reactive transition metal (Fe)-carbon bonds has opened various routes for the preparation of these silicides and the silicon-stabilized bcc- and fcc-Fe phases contained in the Fe-Si binary phase diagram. The unique interfacial interactions of carbon with the Fe and Si components have resulted in the preferential formation of nanoscale versions of these materials. This review will discuss such reactions.

  8. Characterization of α-Fe-Free Heteroepitaxial NdFe12- x Ti x Thin-Film Materials with a Novel Cubic Laves Fe2Ti Phase

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    Hadorn, Jason Paul; Hirayama, Yusuke; Ohkubo, Tadakatsu

    2018-01-01

    Thin films with compositions of NdFe12 and NdFe11Ti1 were fabricated on W-buffered MgO(001) substrates of varying roughness. In this study, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to characterize the films microstructurally, chemically, and crystallographically. This study revealed successful heteroepitaxial synthesis of the tetragonal NdFe12 and NdFe12- x Ti x phases in the Ti-free and Ti-containing films, respectively, both with surface-normal c-axis orientation. It also revealed the presence of other phases within the magnetic layer. The NdFe12 films contained many α-Fe particles, which preferentially precipitated at locally rough regions of the W-buffer interface. The NdFe11Ti1 film showed the ubiquitous presence of an Fe2Ti phase, which covered most of the buffer thereby preventing the formation of α-Fe. This phase was determined to have a novel Cu2Mg-type cubic Laves ( C15) crystal structure with fourfold interfacial symmetry, good coherency, and a low mismatch with the W-buffer, thus rendering itself as being an ideal interface for the heteroepitaxial synthesis of NdFe12- x Ti x crystals. It is proposed that successful application of a cubic Fe2Ti underlayer on W can contribute to the development of a fabrication strategy for NdFe12 thin films without the presence of soft magnetic α-Fe.

  9. Magnetoresistance in amorphous NdFeB/FeB compositionally modulated multilayers

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    Peral, G.; Briones, F.; Vicent, J.L.

    1991-01-01

    Resistance measurements have been done in amorphous Nd 12 Fe 80 B 8 sputtered films and in amorphous sputtered Nd 26 Fe 68 B 6 /Fe 92 B 8 multilayers between 6 and 150 K with applied magnetic field parallel (LMR) and perpendicular (TMR) up to 7 T. The samples were grown by dc triode sputtering, with nominal unequal (2:1) layer thicknesses. The layered character of the samples have been tested by x-ray diffraction. Longitudinal magnetoresistance (LMR) is positive and transverse magnetoresistance (TMR) is negative. The magnetoresistance values are higher than in amorphous ferromagnets, and multilayering of these alloys produces much larger magnetoresistance values than either alloy alone and there is a strong dependence on the multilayer wavelength. The MR shows a weak temperature dependence in the temperature interval that was investigated

  10. Interface spins in polycrystalline FeMn/Fe bilayers with small exchange bias

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    Pires, M. J. M.

    2018-04-01

    The magnetic moments at the interface between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic layers play a central role in exchange biased systems, but their behavior is still not completely understood. In this work, the FeMn/Fe interface in polycrystalline thin films has been studied using conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS), magneto-optic Kerr effect (MOKE) and micromagnetic simulations. Samples were prepared with 57Fe layers at two distinct depths in order to probe the interface and bulk behaviors. At the equilibrium, the interface moments are randomly oriented while the bulk of the Fe layer has an in-plane magnetic anisotropy. Several models for the interface and anisotropies of the layers were used in the simulations of spin configurations and hysteresis loops. From the whole set of simulations, one can conclude the direct analysis of hysteresis curves is not enough to infer whether the interface has a configuration with spins tilted out of the film plane at equilibrium since different choices of parameters provide similar curves. The simulations have also shown the occurrence of spin clusters at the interface is compatible with CEMS and MOKE measurements.

  11. The Heterogeneity Between Lynch-Associated and Sporadic MMR Deficiency in Colorectal Cancers.

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    Liu, Guo-Chen; Liu, Ran-Yi; Yan, Jun-Ping; An, Xin; Jiang, Wu; Ling, Yi-Hong; Chen, Jie-Wei; Bei, Jin-Xin; Zuo, Xiao-Yu; Cai, Mu-Yan; Liu, Ze-Xian; Zuo, Zhi-Xiang; Liu, Ji-Hong; Pan, Zhi-Zhong; Ding, Pei-Rong

    2018-02-20

    Previous studies demonstrated that prognosis of germline deficiency in mismatch repair protein (dMMR) was different from that of sporadic dMMR. The underlying mechanism has not been studied. From a prospectively maintained database, we collected dMMR colorectal cancer (CRC) patients identified by postoperative immunohistochemistry screening. According to genetic test, patients were grouped as Lynch-associated or sporadic