Sample records for sub-horizontal lower-crustal reflectors

  1. Lower Crustal and Moho Reflections Beneath Mount St. Helens (United States)

    Levander, A.; Kiser, E.; Zelt, C. A.; Creager, K.; Ulberg, C. W.; Schmandt, B.; Hansen, S. M.; Abers, G. A.


    The multi-disciplinary project iMUSH (imaging Magma Under St. Helens) was designed to illuminate the magmatic system beneath Mount St Helens (MSH) from the subducting Juan de Fuca slab to the surface using seismic, magnetotelluric, and petrologic data. The iMUSH active source experiment consisted of 23 large shots and 6000 seismograph locations. Included in the active-source seismic experiment were 2 dense linear profiles striking NW-SE and NE-SW, each with over 1000 receivers ( 150 m spacing) and 8 shots. Using the 1D average velocity model around MSH determined from travel-time analysis (Kiser et al., 2016, Geology), we have common-midpoint stacked STA/LTA envelope functions from all of the data along the NW-SE profile. A number of bright reflection events in the CMP section show remarkably good correspondence with abrupt velocity changes that were imaged in the 2D travel-time analysis in the mid to lower crust and at the Moho: Reflections appear at 20-25 km depth at the tops of two lower crustal high velocity (Vp > 7.5 km/s) bodies. One of these high velocity bodies is directly beneath MSH. The other is 40 km SE of MSH, under the Indian Heaven volcanic field, a basaltic field last active 9 ka. We have interpreted the high velocity bodies as cumulates from Quaternary or Tertiary volcanism. Separating the two high Vp bodies is a lower velocity column (Vp ≤ 6.5 km/s) dipping to the SE from the midcrust to the Moho. In the CMP section, the Moho reflection is bright under the region of low velocity and dims beneath both of the high velocity lower crustal bodies. Seismicity associated with the 1980 eruption extended from the summit to 20 km depth, stopping just above the bright reflection at the top of the MSH high Vp body. Deep long period events under MSH, often associated with motion of magmatic fluids, cluster at 20-30 km depth along the southeastern edge of the same reflection. This leads us to suggest that lower crustal magmas migrate along the southeastern

  2. Lower-crustal flow and detachment in the North American Cordillera: a consequence of Cordillera-wide high temperatures (United States)

    Hyndman, R. D.


    In this paper, I make the case for widespread lower-crustal detachment and flow in the North American Cordillera. An indicator that geologically recent flow has occurred comes from seismic structure data showing the crust in most of the Cordillera from Mexico to Alaska is uniformly thin, 33 ± 3 km, with a remarkably flat Moho. The flat Moho is in spite of extensive normal faulting and shortening that might be expected to deform the Moho. It has been concluded previously that the high topographic elevations are due to thermal expansion from Cordillera-wide high temperatures compared to stable areas, not due to a crustal root. I argue that the constant crustal thickness and flat Moho also are a consequence of temperatures sufficiently hot for flow in the lower crust. Lower-crust detachment and flow has previously been inferred for Tibet and the high Andes where the crust is thick such that unusually high temperatures are expected. More surprising is the similar conclusion for the Basin and Range of western USA where the crust is thin, but high temperatures have been inferred to result from current extension. There are now adequate data to conclude the Basin and Range is not unique in crustal thickness or in temperature. The crust in most of the Cordillera is similarly hot in common with many other backarcs. Five thermal constraints are discussed that indicate that for most of the Cordillera, the temperature at the Moho is 800-850 °C compared to 400-450 °C in stable areas. At these temperatures, the effective viscosity is low enough for flow near the base of the crust. The backarc Moho may be viewed as a boundary between almost 'liquid' lower crust over a higher viscosity, but still weak upper mantle. The temperatures are sufficiently high for the Moho to relax to a nearly horizontal gravitational equipotential over a few tens of millions of years. The inference of a weak lower crust also suggests that topography over horizontal scales of over 100 km must be short

  3. The role of lower-crustal hydration in the tectonic evolution of the Colorado Plateau (United States)

    Porter, Ryan; Hoisch, Thomas; Holt, William E.


    Geologists have long debated the timing and mechanism for uplift of the Colorado Plateau with numerous hypotheses proposed to explain each. We use surface wave tomography to examine the lithospheric structure of the Colorado Plateau and surrounding regions and combine these data with thermodynamic modeling to better constrain lower crustal composition, water content, and density. Our results show that about 15% ( 290 m) of the modern plateau elevation can be supported isostatically by hydration of the lower crust, which reduces the overall density of the lithosphere. Hydration of the Colorado Plateau lithosphere likely occurred due to dewatering of the Farallon slab during flat-slab subduction. Subsequent warming and extension have likely further reduced the density of the crust along the plateau margins by as much as 110 kg/m3. This is likely a result of extension encroaching into the plateau and small-scale convection occurring within the mantle surrounding the plateau, and may help explain the high topography on the margins of the plateau.

  4. Thermal and petrologic constraints on lower crustal melt accumulation under the Salton Sea Geothermal Field (United States)

    Karakas, Ozge; Dufek, Josef; Mangan, Margaret T.; Wright, Heather M.; Bachmann, Olivier


    In the Salton Sea region of southern California (USA), concurrent magmatism, extension, subsidence, and sedimentation over the past 0.5 to 1.0 Ma have led to the creation of the Salton Sea Geothermal Field (SSGF)-the second largest and hottest geothermal system in the continental United States-and the small-volume rhyolite eruptions that created the Salton Buttes. In this study, we determine the flux of mantle-derived basaltic magma that would be required to produce the elevated average heat flow and sustain the magmatic roots of rhyolite volcanism observed at the surface of the Salton Sea region. We use a 2D thermal model to show that a lower-crustal, partially molten mush containing rate) given extension rates at or below the current value of ∼0.01 m/yr (Brothers et al., 2009). These regions of partial melt are a natural consequence of a thermal regime that scales with average surface heat flow in the Salton Trough, and are consistent with seismic observations. Our results indicate limited melting and assimilation of pre-existing rocks in the lower crust. Instead, we find that basalt fractionation in the lower crust produces derivative melts of andesitic to dacitic composition. Such melts are then expected to ascend and accumulate in the upper crust, where they further evolve to give rise to small-volume rhyolite eruptions (Salton Buttes) and fuel local spikes in surface heat flux as currently seen in the SSGF. Such upper crustal magma evolution, with limited assimilation of hydrothermally altered material, is required to explain the slight decrease in δ18 O values of zircons (and melts) that have been measured in these rhyolites.

  5. Dating High Temperature Mineral Fabrics in Lower Crustal Granulite Facies Rocks (United States)

    Stowell, H. H.; Schwartz, J. J.; Tulloch, A. J.; Klepeis, K. A.; Odom Parker, K.; Palin, M.; Ramezani, J.


    Granulite facies rocks may record strain that provides a record of compressional and/or extensional crustal events in hot orogenic cores and the roots of magmatic arcs. Although the precise timing of these events is important for constructing tectonic histories, it is often difficult to determine due to uncertain relationships between isotopic signatures, mineral growth, and textural features that record strain. In addition, there may be large uncertainties in isotope data due to intracrystalline diffusion and multiple crystallization events. L-S tectonites in lower crustal rocks from Fiordland, NZ record the early stages of extensional collapse of thickened magmatic arc crust. The precise age of these fabrics is important for constraining the timing of extension that led to opening of the Tasman Sea. High temperature granulite facies L-S fabrics in garnet reaction zones (GRZ) border syn- to post-deformational leucosomes. U-Pb zircon, Lu-Hf garnet, and Sm-Nd garnet ages, and trace elements in these phases indicate the complexity of assigning precise and useful ages. Zircon have soccer ball morphology with patchy and sector zoned CL. Zircon dates for igneous host and adjacent GRZ range over ca. 17 Ma. 236U-208Pb LA-ICP-MS are 108-125 Ma, N=124 (host & GRZ); however, chemical abrasion (CA) shifts GRZ dates ca. 2 Ma older. 236U-208Pb SHRIMP-RG dates cluster in 2 groups: 118.5±0.8 Ma, N=23 and 111.0±0.8 Ma, N=6. CA single crystal TIMS dates also fall into 2 groups: 117.6±0.1 Ma, N=4 and 116.6±0.2 Ma N=4. Garnet isochron ages determined from coarse garnet selvages adjacent to leucosomes range from 112.8±2.2 (147Sm-143Nd, 10 pts.) to 114.8±3.5 (177Lu-176Hf, 6 pts.) Ma. Zircon dates from all methods show ranges (>10 Ma) and 2 distinct populations. Host and GRZ zircon cannot be readily distinguished by age, lack younger rims, but have distinct Th/U trends and Eu/Eu* vs. Hf ratios. Difference in zircon trace element composition indicates either early leucosome

  6. Rehydration reactions and microstructure development in lower crustal granulites from the Bergen Arcs, Norway (United States)

    Erickson, Timmons; Reddy, Steven; Clark, Chris; Hand, Martin; Bhowany, Kamini; Prent, Alex


    An investigation of the feedbacks generated between lower crust-derived fluids and deformation microstructures formed within retrogressed granulites from the Bergen Arcs on the west coast of Norway will be presented. We hope to assess the role of deformation microstructures in assisting fluid infiltration into nominally impermeable lower crustal rocks, the role of fluids in driving mineral reactions and thus weakening the rock strength, and the interplay between these mechanisms. Granulite wall-rock adjacent to an amphibolite facies shear zone near Isdal, Norway has been sectioned, texturally mapped using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and chemically mapped using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS). The granuilte protolith is made up of a Precambrian anorthosite - gabbro assemblage of plagioclase and coronas of garnet around clinopyroxene. Local alteration of the granulite to eclogite and amphibolite occurred during the Caledonian orogen and has been attributed to the infiltration of fluids during the high strain event (Mukai et al., 2014). In thin section a thin ( 75 µm) rim of pargasite amphibole can be seen between the garnet and plagioclase, while the rim of amphibole is thicker (600 µm) when between the clinopyroxene and plagioclase. Plagioclase is coarse grained (mms in diameter) and displays prominent growth twins within the undeformed regions of the granulite. However, within a sheared domain of the granulite the grain size has been significantly reduced (max diameter = 74 µm) as has the growth twinning. The plagioclase from the sheared domain also displays a crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) which does not appear to be inherited from the 'parent' grains. Within the strained domain there is also an increase in the reaction of garnet to pargasite, which also displays a strong CPO. These textural relationships offer the opportunity to study the active mechanisms during hydration of the lower crust and evaluate the relationships

  7. Seismogenesis of the lower crustal intraplate earthquakes occurring in Kachchh, Gujarat, India (United States)

    Mandal, Prantik; Pandey, O. P.


    into the lithosphere. It appears that such kind of crust-mantle structure, deepening of brittle-ductile transition and a high input of volatiles containing CO 2 emanating from mantle control the seismogenesis of lower crustal earthquakes in the Kachchh continental rift zone.

  8. Structural evolution of a composite middle to lower crustal section: The Sierra de Pie de Palo, northwest Argentina (United States)

    Mulcahy, S. R.; Roeske, S. M.; McClelland, W. C.; Jourdan, F.; Iriondo, A.; Renne, P. R.; Vervoort, J. D.; Vujovich, G. I.


    The Sierra de Pie de Palo of northwest Argentina preserves middle to lower crustal metamorphic rocks that were penetratively deformed during Ordovician accretion of the Precordillera terrane to the Gondwana margin. New structural, petrologic, and geochronologic data from a 40 km structural transect reveals that the Sierra de Pie de Palo preserves a middle to lower crustal ductile thrust complex consisting of individual structural units and not an intact ophiolite and cover sequence. Top-to-the-west thrusting occurred intermittently on discrete ductile shear zones from ˜515 to ˜417 Ma and generally propagated toward the foreland with progressive deformation. Ordovician crustal shortening and peak metamorphic temperatures in the central portion of the Sierra de Pie de Palo were synchronous with retro-arc shortening and magmatic flare-up within the Famatina arc. Accretion of the Precordillera terrane resulted in the end of arc flare-up and the onset of synconvergent extension by ˜439 Ma. Continued synextensional to postextensional convergence was accommodated along progressively lower grade shear zones following terrane accretion and the establishment of a new plate margin west of the Precordillera terrane. The results support models of Cordilleran orogens that link voluminous arc magmatism to periods of regional shortening. The deformation, metamorphic, and magmatic history within the Sierra de Pie de Palo is consistent with models placing the region adjacent to the Famatina margin in the middle Cambrian and not as basement to the Precordillera terrane.

  9. Reflector homogenization

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    Sanchez, R.; Ragusa, J.; Santandrea, S. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Direction de l' Energie Nucleaire, Service d' Etudes de Reacteurs et de Modelisation Avancee, CEA de Saclay, DM2S/SERMA 91 191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)]. e-mail:


    The problem of the determination of a homogeneous reflector that preserves a set of prescribed albedo is considered. Duality is used for a direct estimation of the derivatives needed in the iterative calculation of the optimal homogeneous cross sections. The calculation is based on the preservation of collapsed multigroup albedo obtained from detailed reference calculations and depends on the low-order operator used for core calculations. In this work we analyze diffusion and transport as low-order operators and argue that the P{sub 0} transfers are the best choice for the unknown cross sections to be adjusted. Numerical results illustrate the new approach for SP{sub N} core calculations. (Author)

  10. The Summerville Formation: Evidence for a sub-horizontal stratigraphic sequence below the post-rift unconformity in the Middleton Place Summerville Seismic Zone (United States)

    Getz, Joseph Edward

    The Middleton Place Summerville Seismic Zone (MPSSZ) near Summerville, South Carolina was the site of renewed extensive investigation, beginning in the 1970's, for the source of the 1886 Charleston earthquake. Reactivation of faults associated with a putative fault-bounded Triassic rift basin through analysis of seismic reflection, seismic refraction, and well data has since become the favored interpretation for the source of MPSSZ seismicity. Critical to this interpretation is the association of continental redbed sedimentary rocks with Triassic basins identified throughout the North American Atlantic margin. Reanalysis of 18 seismic reflection profiles and 25 seismic refraction profiles within the MPSSZ suggests that the red beds found here are a thin, sub-horizontal, regionally extensive, generally unbroken subsurface stratigraphic sequence distinct from the sedimentary architecture observed in analog Triassic rift systems. In addition, this sequence appears to unconformably overly a structural depression (the Jedberg basin) previously interpreted as a Triassic rift basin in the vicinity of the MPSSZ. In addition to the geometries observed on seismic reflection profiles, seismic refraction velocities ranging from 4.2 to 6.1 km/s can be correlated with (1) Jurassic basalt flows, (2) the newly proposed Summerville Formation, and (3) the Basement (B) sequences respectively. The current study maps the Summerville red bed section and its bounding reflectors. In addition to mapping the regional extent of the newly proposed Summerville Formation, refraction velocities and changes in reflection character, the lateral extent of the basalt flows can be changed to a more localized flow rather than a regionally extensive flow of which was previously thought. Reanalysis of data in the MPSSZ suggests that the area may not be part of the Triassic South Georgia Rift system due to the sub-horizontal geometry of the red bed reflections, the apparent lack of faulting, and their

  11. Nuclear reactor reflector (United States)

    Hopkins, R.J.; Land, J.T.; Misvel, M.C.


    A nuclear reactor reflector is disclosed that comprises a stack of reflector blocks with vertical water flow passages to cool the reflector. The interface between blocks is opposite support points for reactor fuel rods. Water flows between the reflector and the reactor barrel from passages in a bottom block. The top block contains a flange to limit this flow and the flange has a slot to receive an alignment pin that is welded to the barrel. The pin is held in the slot by two removable shims. Alignment bars extend the length of the stack in slots machined in each block when the stack is assembled. 12 figs.

  12. Coupling in reflector arrays

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    Appel-Hansen, Jørgen


    In order to reduce the space occupied by a reflector array, it is desirable to arrange the array antennas as close to each other as possible; however, in this case coupling between the array antennas will reduce the reflecting properties of the reflector array. The purpose of the present communic......In order to reduce the space occupied by a reflector array, it is desirable to arrange the array antennas as close to each other as possible; however, in this case coupling between the array antennas will reduce the reflecting properties of the reflector array. The purpose of the present...

  13. Nuclear reactor reflector (United States)

    Hopkins, Ronald J.; Land, John T.; Misvel, Michael C.


    A nuclear reactor reflector is disclosed that comprises a stack of reflector blocks with vertical water flow passages to cool the reflector. The interface between blocks is opposite support points for reactor fuel rods. Water flows between the reflector and the reactor barrel from passages in a bottom block. The top block contains a flange to limit this flow and the flange has a slot to receive an alignment pin that is welded to the barrel. The pin is held in the slot by two removable shims. Alignment bars extend the length of the stack in slots machined in each block when the stack is assembled.


    Fraas, A.P.


    A reflector for nuclear reactors that comprises an assembly of closely packed graphite rods disposed with their major axes substantially perpendicular to the interface between the reactor core and the reflector is described. Each graphite rod is round in transverse cross section at (at least) its interface end and is provided, at that end, with a coaxial, inwardly tapering hole. (AEC)

  15. The effects of lower crustal strength and preexisting midcrustal shear zones on the formation of continental core complexes and low-angle normal faults

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    Wu, Guangliang


    To investigate the formation of core complexes and low-angle normal faults, we devise thermomechanical simulations on a simplified wedge-like orogenic hinterland that has initial topography, Moho relief, and a preexisting midcrustal shear zone that can accommodate shear at very low angles (<20°). We mainly vary the strength of the lower crust and the frictional strength of the preexisting midcrustal shear zone. We find that the strength of the lower crust and the existence and strength of a preexisting shear zone significantly affect the formation and evolution of core complexes. With increasing lower crustal strength, we recognize varying extensional features with decreasing exhumation rate: these are characterized by bivergent metamorphic massifs, classic Cordilleran metamorphic core complexes, multiple consecutive core complexes (or boudinage structures), and a flexural core complex underlined by a large subsurface low-angle detachment fault with a small convex curvature. Topographic loading and mantle buoyancy forces, together with divergent boundaries, drive a regional lower crustal flow that leads to the exhumation of the lower crust where intensive upper crustal faulting induces strong unloading. The detachment fault is a decoupling zone that accommodates large displacement and accumulates sustained shear strain at very low angle between upper and lower crust. Though the regional stress is largely Andersonian, we find non-Andersonian stress in regions adjacent to the preexisting shear zone and those with high topographic gradient. Our new models provide a view that is generally consistent with geological and geophysical observations on how core complexes form and evolve.

  16. CNGS Reflector installed

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    A major component that will help target the CNGS neutrino beam for its 732km journey through the earth's crust, from CERN to the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy, has been installed in its final position. The transport of the huge magnetic horn reflector through the CNGS access gallery. A team from CNGS and TS/IC, and the contractors DBS, transported the magnetic horn reflector on 5th December, in a carefully conducted operation that took just under two hours. The reflector is 7m long, 1.6m in diameter and 1.6 tonnes in weight. With only a matter of centimetres to spare on either side, the reflector was transported through the CNGS access gallery, before being installed in the experiment's target chamber. The larger of two magnetic horns, the reflector will help refocus sprays of high energy pions and kaons emitted after a 0.5MW stream of protons from the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) strikes nucleons in a graphite target. The horns are toroidal magnetic lenses and work with high pulsed currents: 150 kA f...

  17. Corrosion protection for silver reflectors (United States)

    Arendt, Paul N.; Scott, Marion L.


    A method of protecting silver reflectors from damage caused by contact with gaseous substances which are often present in the atmosphere and a silver reflector which is so protected. The inventive method comprises at least partially coating a reflector with a metal oxide such as aluminum oxide to a thickness of 15 .ANG. or less.

  18. Impact of sub-horizontal discontinuities and vertical heterogeneities on recharge processes in a weathered crystalline aquifer in southern India (United States)

    Nicolas, Madeleine; Selles, Adrien; Bour, Olivier; Maréchal, Jean-Christophe; Crenner, Marion; Wajiduddin, Mohammed; Ahmed, Shakeel


    In the face of increasing demands for irrigated agriculture, many states in India are facing water scarcity issues, leading to severe groundwater depletion. Because perennial water resources in southern India consist mainly of crystalline aquifers, understanding how recharge takes place and the role of preferential flow zones in such heterogeneous media is of prime importance for successful and sustainable aquifer management. Here we investigate how vertical heterogeneities and highly transmissive sub-horizontal discontinuities may control groundwater flows and recharge dynamics. Recharge processes in the vadose zone were examined by analysing the propagation of an infiltration front and mass transfers resulting from the implementation of a managed aquifer recharge (MAR) structure. Said structure was set up in the Experimental Hydrogeological Park in Telangana (Southern India), a well-equipped and continuously monitored site, which is periodically supplied with surface water deviated from the nearby Musi river, downstream of Hyderabad. An initial volume balance equation was applied to quantify the overall inputs from the MAR structure into the groundwater system, which was confirmed using a chloride mass balance approach. To understand how this incoming mass is then distributed within the aquifer, we monitored the evolution of water volumes in the tank, and the resulting lateral propagation front observed in the surrounding borehole network. Borehole logs of temperature and conductivity were regularly performed to identify preferential flow paths. As a result we observed that mass transfers take place in the way of preferential lateral flow through the most transmissive zones of the profile. These include the interface between the lower portion of the upper weathered horizon (the saprolite) and the upper part of the underlying fissured granite, as well as the first flowing fractures. This leads to a rapid lateral transfer of recharge, which allows quick

  19. Lower-crustal xenoliths from Jurassic kimberlite diatremes, upper Michigan (USA): Evidence for Proterozoic orogenesis and plume magmatism in the lower crust of the southern Superior Province (United States)

    Zartman, Robert E.; Kempton, Pamela D.; Paces, James B.; Downes, Hilary; Williams, Ian S.; Dobosi, Gábor; Futa, Kiyoto


    Jurassic kimberlites in the southern Superior Province in northern Michigan contain a variety of possible lower-crustal xenoliths, including mafic garnet granulites, rare garnet-free granulites, amphibolites and eclogites. Whole-rock major-element data for the granulites suggest affinities with tholeiitic basalts. P–T estimates for granulites indicate peak temperatures of 690–730°C and pressures of 9–12 kbar, consistent with seismic estimates of crustal thickness in the region. The granulites can be divided into two groups based on trace-element characteristics. Group 1 granulites have trace-element signatures similar to average Archean lower crust; they are light rare earth element (LREE)-enriched, with high La/Nb ratios and positive Pb anomalies. Most plot to the left of the geochron on a 206Pb/€204Pb vs 207Pb/€204Pb diagram, and there was probably widespread incorporation of Proterozoic to Archean components into the magmatic protoliths of these rocks. Although the age of the Group 1 granulites is not well constrained, their protoliths appear to be have been emplaced during the Mesoproterozoic and to be older than those for Group 2 granulites. Group 2 granulites are also LREE-enriched, but have strong positive Nb and Ta anomalies and low La/Nb ratios, suggesting intraplate magmatic affinities. They have trace-element characteristics similar to those of some Mid-Continent Rift (Keweenawan) basalts. They yield a Sm–Nd whole-rock errorchron age of 1046 ± 140 Ma, similar to that of Mid-Continent Rift plume magmatism. These granulites have unusually radiogenic Pb isotope compositions that plot above the 207Pb/€204Pb vs 206Pb/€204Pb growth curve and to the right of the 4·55 Ga geochron, and closely resemble the Pb isotope array defined by Mid-Continent Rift basalts. These Pb isotope data indicate that ancient continental lower crust is not uniformly depleted in U (and Th) relative to Pb. One granulite xenolith, S69-5, contains quartz, and has a

  20. The Planck Telescope reflectors (United States)

    Stute, Thomas


    The mechanical division of EADS-Astrium GmbH, Friedrichshafen is currently engaged with the development, manufacturing and testing of the advanced dimensionally stable composite reflectors for the ESA satellite borne telescope Planck. The objective of the ESA mission Planck is to analyse the first light that filled the universe, the cosmic microwave background radiation. Under contract of the Danish Space Research Institute and ESA EADS-Astrium GmbH is developing the all CFRP primary and secondary reflectors for the 1.5-metre telescope which is the main instrument of the Planck satellite. The operational frequency ranges from to 25 GHz to 1000 GHz. The demanding high contour accuracy and surface roughness requirements are met. The design provides the extreme dimensional stability required by the cryogenic operational environment at around 40 K. The elliptical off-axis reflectors display a classical lightweight sandwich design with CFRP core and facesheets. Isostatic mounts provide the interfaces to the telescope structure. Protected VDA provides the reflecting surface. The manufacturing is performed at the Friedrichshafen premises of EADS-Space Transportation GmbH, the former Dornier composite workshops. Advanced manufacturing technologies like true angle lay-up by CNC fibre placement and filament winding are utilized. The protected coating is applied at the CAHA facilities at the Calar Alto Observatory, Spain. The exhaustive environmental testing is performed at the facilities of IABG, Munich (mechanical testing) and for the cryo-optical tests at CSL Liege. The project is in advanced state with both Qualification Models being under environmental testing. The flight models will be delivered in 2004. The paper gives an overview over the requirements and the main structural features how these requirements are met. Special production aspects and available test results are reported.

  1. Radio Telescope Reflectors (United States)

    Baars, Jacob W. M.; Kärcher, Hans J.


    This book demonstrates how progress in radio astronomy is intimately linked to the development of reflector antennas of increasing size and precision. The authors describe the design and construction of major radio telescopes as those in Dwingeloo, Jodrell Bank, Parkes, Effelsberg and Green Bank since 1950 up to the present as well as millimeter wavelength telescopes as the 30m MRT of IRAM in Spain, the 50m LMT in Mexico and the ALMA submillimeter instrument. The advances in methods of structural design and coping with environmental influences (wind, temperature, gravity) as well as application of new materials are explained in a non-mathematical, descriptive and graphical way along with the story of the telescopes. Emphasis is placed on the interplay between astronomical and electromagnetic requirements and structural, mechanical and control solutions. A chapter on management aspects of large telescope projects closes the book. The authors address a readership with interest in the progress of engineering solutions applied to the development of radio telescope reflectors and ground station antennas for satellite communication and space research. The book will also be of interest to historians of science and engineering with an inclination to astronomy.

  2. Advanced Manufacture of Reflectors

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    Angel, Roger [Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States)


    The main project objective has been to develop an advanced gravity sag method for molding large glass solar reflectors with either line or point focus, and with long or short focal length. The method involves taking standard sized squares of glass, 1.65 m x 1.65 m, and shaping them by gravity sag into precision steel molds. The method is designed for high volume manufacture when incorporated into a production line with separate pre-heating and cooling. The performance objectives for the self-supporting glass mirrors made by this project include mirror optical accuracy of 2 mrad root mean square (RMS), requiring surface slope errors less than 1 mrad rms, a target not met by current production of solar reflectors. Our objective also included development of new methods for rapidly shaping glass mirrors and coating them for higher reflectivity and soil resistance. Reflectivity of 95% for a glass mirror with anti-soil coating was targeted, compared to the present ~94% with no anti-soil coating. Our mirror cost objective is ~$20/m2 in 2020, a significant reduction compared to the present ~$35/m2 for solar trough mirrors produced for trough solar plants.

  3. Mesh surfaces for reflector applications (United States)

    Kauffman, Frank


    The topics of mesh reflectors, methods of analysis, measurements, problems of current interest, and future research, are those which should be addressed in assessing the current state of metallic mesh technology for spaceborne reflector antennas. The study of the properties of the conducting mesh material is discussed. To calculate the radiation patterns of antennas with conducting mesh reflectors, the electromagnetic properties of the mesh material must be integrated into an appropriate reflector antenna computer code. Such a code would take into account such factors as the curvature of the reflector surface, the radiation pattern(s) of the feed(s), etc. Many organizations have developed their own codes for these calculations. An excellent example of such a code is the one developed by Rahmat-Samii and Lee.

  4. Lower crustal hydrothermal circulation at slow-spreading ridges: evidence from chlorine in Arctic and South Atlantic basalt glasses and melt inclusions (United States)

    van der Zwan, Froukje M.; Devey, Colin W.; Hansteen, Thor H.; Almeev, Renat R.; Augustin, Nico; Frische, Matthias; Haase, Karsten M.; Basaham, Ali; Snow, Jonathan E.


    -melt thermobarometry on rare clinopyroxene phenocrysts present in the SMAR magmas yield lower crustal crystallization/assimilation depths (10-13 km in the segment containing clinopyroxene). The Cl-excesses in SMAR melt inclusions indicate that assimilation occurred before crystallization, while also homogeneous Cl in melts from Gakkel Ridge indicate Cl addition during magma chamber processes. Combined, these observations imply that hydrothermal circulation reaches the lower crust at slow-spreading ridges, and thereby promotes cooling of the lower crust. The generally lower Cl-excess at slow-spreading ridges (compared to fast-spreading ridges) is probably related to them having few if any permanent magma chambers. Magmas therefore do not fractionate as extensively in the crust, providing less heat for assimilation (on average, slow-spreading ridge magmas have higher Mg#), and hydrothermal systems are ephemeral, leading to lower total degrees of crustal alteration and more variation in the amount of Cl contamination. Hydrothermal plumes and vent fields have samples in close vicinity that display Cl-excess, mostly of > 25 ppm, which thus can aid as a guide for the exploration of (active or extinct) hydrothermal vent fields on the axis.

  5. Small-scale lithospheric foundering beneath the Peruvian Altiplano: evidence from back arc potassic volcanic rocks and lower crustal and mantle xenoliths (United States)

    Chapman, A. D.; Ducea, M. N.


    Small-volume, Pliocene to Quaternary back arc high-K calc-alkaline to shoshonitic volcanic rocks and entrained xenoliths of southeastern Peru permit evaluation of models for the removal of crustal and mantle lithosphere beneath the northwestern Altiplano. Two distinct subsets of volcanic samples are apparent based on sample location, eruption age, geochemistry, and xenolith types. Suite 1 Quaternary mafic extrusives show: high K2O (1.3-8.4%), steep rare earth element patterns with La/Yb ranging from 17 to 161 and lacking Eu anomalies, and Sr-Nd isotope decoupling with 143Nd/144Nd from 0.5124 to 0.5129 at 87Sr/86Sr of 0.7095 to 0.7038. A second Plio-Quaternary suite shows small Eu anomalies, lower K2O (2.3-3.4%), a lower and narrower range of La/Yb (from 28 to 50), and Nd and Sr isotopic data follow an array from 143Nd/144Nd = 0.5125 to 0.5123 with corresponding range in 87Sr/86Sr from 0.7059 to 0.7072. Xenoliths from suite 2 lavas consist almost exclusively of clinopyroxene and plagioclase, whereas suite 1 inclusions are more diverse, containing clinopyroxenite (× garnet × plagioclase), garnet-bearing gabbro and diorite, aluminous garnet granulite gneiss; and rare spinel harzburgite. Thermobarometric, geochronologic, and Sr-Nd isotopic relations suggest a melting link between suite 1 xenoliths and volcanic rocks. Geochemical differences between back arc suites and frontal arc volcanic rocks strongly suggest that each was derived from a different source. Most notably, higher Nd isotopic values, younger depleted mantle model ages, and higher La/Yb in suite 1 vs. suite 2 lavas suggest an increased contribution of asthenospheric material and an increase in the depth to melting in the back arc region from Pliocene to Quaternary time. Variations in transition element ratios from the back arc to the frontal arc suggest a larger contribution of pyroxenitic material in the source of the former. Interactions between a downgoing lower crustal drip structure and upwelling

  6. Reflectors for SAR performance testing.

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    Doerry, Armin Walter


    Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) performance testing and estimation is facilitated by observing the system response to known target scene elements. Trihedral corner reflectors and other canonical targets play an important role because their Radar Cross Section (RCS) can be calculated analytically. However, reflector orientation and the proximity of the ground and mounting structures can significantly impact the accuracy and precision with which measurements can be made. These issues are examined in this report.

  7. Holographic reflector for reflective LCDs (United States)

    Sato, Atsushi; Murillo-Mora, Luis M.; Iwata, Fujio


    We describe a new holographic optical element to improve the image's quality of a reflective liquid crystal displays (LCDs). This new holographic reflector consists basically of 2 layers: a volume type transmission hologram layer and a metallic reflection layer. Compared with conventional reflectors for reflective LCDs, a high optical efficiency can be obtained because the hologram is able to concentrate the reflected light to the observer's eyes. Also, it avoids the problems of glare in the LCDs by deviating the reflected incident light (used for display) away from the direction of the direct reflection light. The transmission hologram's low wavelength selectivity permits us to obtain a near white color reflector for reflective LCDs which for multiple applications is the preferable color for the background.

  8. Lamp bulb with integral reflector (United States)

    Levin, Izrail; Shanks, Bruce; Sumner, Thomas L.


    An improved electrodeless discharge lamp bulb includes an integral ceramic reflector as a portion of the bulb envelope. The bulb envelope further includes two pieces, a reflector portion or segment is cast quartz ceramic and a light transmissive portion is a clear fused silica. In one embodiment, the cast quartz ceramic segment includes heat sink fins or stubs providing an increased outside surface area to dissipate internal heat. In another embodiment, the quartz ceramic segment includes an outside surface fused to eliminate gas permeation by polishing.

  9. Extreme Precision Antenna Reflector Study Results (United States)

    Sharp, G. R.; Gilger, L. D.; Ard, K. E.


    Thermal and mechanical distortion degrade the RF performance of antennas. The complexity of future communications antennas requires accurate, dimensionally stable antenna reflectors and structures built from materials other than those currently used. The advantages and disadvantages of using carbon fibers in an epoxy matrix are reviewed as well as current reflector fabrications technology and adjustment. The manufacturing sequence and coefficient of thermal expansion of carbon fiber/borosilicate glass composites is described. The construction of a parabolic reflector from this material and the assembling of both reflector and antenna are described. A 3M-aperture-diameter carbon/glass reflector that can be used as a subassembly for large reflectors is depicted. The deployment sequence for a 10.5M-aperture-diameter antenna, final reflector adjustment, and the deployment sequence for large reflectors are also illustrated.

  10. Surface Optimization Techniques for Deployable Reflectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Under this and several other programs, CTD has developed TEMBOREG deployable solid-surface reflectors (TEMBOREG Reflectors) to provide future NASA and Air Force...

  11. Reflectors to Focus Wave Energy

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    Kramer, Morten; Frigaard, Peter


    boundary element method. The calculations are verified by laboratory experiments and a very good agreement is found. The paper gives estimates of possible power benefit for different wave reflector geometries and optimal geometrical design parameters are specified. On this basis inventors of WEC’s can...

  12. Transport of the CNGS reflector.

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    Maximilien Brice


    The CNGS magnetic horn reflectorwas transported on 5 December 2005 through the facility's access gallery. The reflector - a major component that will help target the CNGS neutrino beam for its 732km journey through the earth's crust, from CERN to the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy - is 7m long, 1.6m in diameter and 1.6 tonnes in weight.

  13. Membrane Shell Reflector Segment Antenna (United States)

    Fang, Houfei; Im, Eastwood; Lin, John; Moore, James


    The mesh reflector is the only type of large, in-space deployable antenna that has successfully flown in space. However, state-of-the-art large deployable mesh antenna systems are RF-frequency-limited by both global shape accuracy and local surface quality. The limitations of mesh reflectors stem from two factors. First, at higher frequencies, the porosity and surface roughness of the mesh results in loss and scattering of the signal. Second, the mesh material does not have any bending stiffness and thus cannot be formed into true parabolic (or other desired) shapes. To advance the deployable reflector technology at high RF frequencies from the current state-of-the-art, significant improvements need to be made in three major aspects: a high-stability and highprecision deployable truss; a continuously curved RF reflecting surface (the function of the surface as well as its first derivative are both continuous); and the RF reflecting surface should be made of a continuous material. To meet these three requirements, the Membrane Shell Reflector Segment (MSRS) antenna was developed.

  14. Springback-Compensated, Submillimeter Reflectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Inconsistent radius of curvature of replicated, composite reflector panels limit application of composites to large, segmented telescope apertures. This project...

  15. U-Th and Os isotopes trace lower crustal interaction in magmas erupted during the build-up to the 7.7 ka climactic eruption of Mount Mazama, Crater Lake, Oregon (United States)

    Ankney, M. E.; Johnson, C.; Bacon, C. R.; Hart, G. L.; Shirey, S. B.; Beard, B. L.


    High 230Th-excesses (up to 44.4%) are observed in mafic magmas erupted during the 30 kyr build up to the climactic caldera-forming eruption of Mount Mazama, Crater Lake, Oregon (Ankney et al., 2013, CMP). Modeling of U-Th isotope compositions and rare earth elements indicates that these can be attributed to interaction with mafic lower crust in the presence of garnet produced through the breakdown of amphibole and plagioclase during dehydration melting, given the strong affinity of garnet for U over Th. Importantly, dehydration melting in the lower crust may offer a solution to the 'hot arc' paradox of the Cascades, where low volatile contents are predicted due to high slab temperatures, yet higher water contents than expected have been documented in erupted lavas. Os isotopic composition is also particularly sensitive to interaction with mafic lower crust. Highly radiogenic (high 187Os/188Os) mafic crust relative to the mantle can develop in just a few million years due to the large Re-Os fractionation between the mantle and crust. By combining U-Th and Os isotope ratios it may be possible to confirm the presence of lower crustal interaction and also determine the amount of lower crust that has been incorporated into magmas rising from the mantle, an approach previously applied at Mt. Adams, another Cascade volcano, by Jicha et al. (2009, EPSL). Preliminary data for nine samples indicate that Os isotopic composition may be correlated with U-Th isotope composition at Mt. Mazama. The sample with the highest γOs (γOs=[(187Os/188Os)meas/(187Os/188Os)mantle-1]×100=118.9) also has the highest 230Th-excess (~14%) analyzed, whereas the sample with the lowest γOs (35.4) has the highest 238U-excess (~6%). Os isotope measurements for samples with higher 230Th-excesses (>20%) should have significantly higher γOs and, if so, will allow us to determine the amount of lower crustal assimilation these rocks experienced with more accuracy.

  16. Nanolaminate Membranes as Cylindrical Telescope Reflectors (United States)

    Dooley, Jennifer; Dragovan, Mark; Hickey, Gregory; Lih, Shyh-Shiu Lih


    A document discusses a proposal to use axially stretched metal nanolaminate membranes as lightweight parabolic cylindrical reflectors in the Dual Anamorphic Reflector Telescope (DART) - a planned spaceborne telescope in which the cylindrical reflectors would be arranged to obtain a point focus. The discussion brings together a combination of concepts reported separately in several prior NASA Tech Briefs articles, the most relevant being "Nanolaminate Mirrors With Integral Figure-Control Actuators" NPO -30221, Vol. 26, No. 5 (May 2002), page 90; and "Reflectors Made From Membranes Stretched Between Beams" NPO -30571, Vol. 33, No. 10 (October 2009), page 11a. The engineering issues receiving the greatest emphasis in the instant document are (1) the change in curvature associated with the Poisson contraction of a stretched nanolaminate reflector membrane and (2) the feasibility of using patches of poly(vinylidene fluoride) on the rear membrane surface as piezoelectric actuators to correct the surface figure for the effect of Poisson contraction and other shape errors.

  17. Reflectors Made from Membranes Stretched Between Beams (United States)

    Dooley, Jennifer; Dragovan, Mark; Tolomeo, Jason


    Lightweight cylindrical reflectors of a proposed type would be made from reflective membranes stretched between pairs of identically curved and identically oriented end rails. In each such reflector, the curvature of the two beams would define the reflector shape required for the intended application. For example, the beams could be curved to define a reflector of parabolic cross section, so that light incident along the axis of symmetry perpendicular to the cylindrical axis would be focused to a line. In addition, by applying suitable forces to the ends of the beams, one could bend the beams to adjust the reflector surface figure to within a precision of the order of the wavelength of the radiation to be reflected. The figure depicts an example of beams shaped so that in the absence of applied forces, each would be flat on one side and would have a radius of curvature R on the opposite side. Alternatively, the curvature of the reflector-membrane side could be other than circular. In general, the initial curvature would be chosen to optimize the final reflector shape. Then by applying forces F between the beam ends in the positions and orientations shown in the figure, one could bend beams to adjust their shape to a closer approximation of the desired precise circular or noncircular curvature.

  18. Microwave diode switchable metamaterial reflector/absorber (United States)

    Xu, Wangren; Sonkusale, Sameer


    We embed diodes as active circuit elements within a metamaterial to implement a switchable metamaterial reflector/absorber at microwave frequencies. Diodes are placed in series with the unit cells of the metamaterial array. This results in just a pair of control lines to actively tune all the diodes in a metamaterial. Diodes can be tuned on and off to switch the function of the metamaterial between a perfect absorber and a reflector. The design, simulation, and experimental results of a switchable reflector/absorber in 2-6 GHz range are presented.

  19. Structural verification of an aged composite reflector (United States)

    Lou, Michael C.; Tsuha, Walter S.


    A structural verification program applied to qualifying two heritage composite antenna reflectors for flight on the TOPEX satellite is outlined. The verification requirements and an integrated analyses/test approach employed to meet these requirements are described. Structural analysis results and qualification vibration test data are presented and discussed. It was determined that degradation of the composite and bonding materials caused by long-term exposure to an uncontrolled environment had not severely impaired the integrity of the reflector structures. The reflectors were assessed to be structurally adequate for the intended TOPEX application.

  20. Uniform sunlight concentration reflectors for photovoltaic cells. (United States)

    Rabady, Rabi Ibrahim


    Sunlight concentration is essential to reach high temperatures of a working fluid in solar-thermal applications and to reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation systems. Commonly, sunlight concentration is realized by parabolic or cylindrical reflectors, which do not provide uniform concentration on the receiver finite surface. Uniform concentration of sunlight is favored especially for the PV conversion applications since it not only enhances the conversion efficiency of sunlight but also reduces the thermal variations along the receiving PV cell, which can be a performance and life-span limiting factor. In this paper a reflector profile that uniformly infiltrates the concentrated sunlight into the receiving unit is attempted. The new design accounts for all factors that contribute to the nonuniform concentration, like the reflector curvature, which spatially reflects the sunlight nonuniformly, and the angular dependency of both the reflector reflectivity and the sunlight transmission through the PV cell.

  1. Efficient Wave Energy Amplification with Wave Reflectors

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    Kramer, Morten Mejlhede; Frigaard, Peter Bak


    Wave Energy Converters (WEC's) extract wave energy from a limited area, often a single point or line even though the wave energy is generally spread out along the wave crest. By the use of wave reflectors (reflecting walls) the wave energy is effectively focused and increased to approximately 130......-140%. In the paper a procedure for calculating the efficiency and optimizing the geometry of wave reflectors are described, this by use of a 3D boundary element method. The calculations are verified by laboratory experiments and a very good agreement is found. The paper gives estimates of possible power benifit...... for different geometries of the wave reflectors and optimal geometrical design parameters are specified. On this basis inventors of WEC's can evaluate whether a specific WEC possible could benefit from wave reflectors....

  2. Focal region fields of distorted reflectors (United States)

    Buris, N. E.; Kauffman, J. F.


    The problem of the focal region fields scattered by an arbitrary surface reflector under uniform plane wave illumination is solved. The physical optics (PO) approximation is used to calculate the current induced on the reflector. The surface of the reflector is described by a number of triangular domain-wise 5th degree bivariate polynomials. A 2-dimensional Gaussian quadrature is employed to numerically evaluate the integral expressions of the scattered fields. No Freshnel or Fraunhofer zone approximations are made. The relation of the focal fields problem to surface compensation techniques and other applications are mentioned. Several examples of distorted parabolic reflectors are presented. The computer code developed is included, together with instructions on its usage.

  3. Handbook of reflector antennas and feed systems v.3 applications of reflectors

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    Rao, Sudhakar; Sharma, Satish K


    This is the first truly comprehensive and most up-to-date handbook available on modern reflector antennas and feed sources for diversified space and ground applications. There has never been such an all-encompassing reflector handbook in print, and no currently available title offers coverage of such recent research developments. The Handbook consists of three volumes. Volume III focuses on the range of reflector antenna applications, including space, terrestrial, and radar. The intent of this book volume is to provide practical applications and design information on reflector antennas used fo

  4. Gain Estimation of Doubly Curved Reflector Antenna

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    V. Schejbal


    Full Text Available A simple formula of approximate gain estimation is verified for the doubly curved reflector antenna. Numerical simulations using physical optics and experimental results of the shaped-beam doubly curved reflector antenna are compared with the simple approximation of gain. That approximation could be very valuable for system engineers to accurately estimate antenna gain and coverage pattern and perform EMC calculations (estimations of interferences and susceptibilities even for the operation and out of operation frequency bands of shapedbeam antenna.

  5. Efficient Wave Energy Amplification with Wave Reflectors


    Kramer, Morten Mejlhede; Frigaard, Peter Bak


    Wave Energy Converters (WEC's) extract wave energy from a limited area, often a single point or line even though the wave energy is generally spread out along the wave crest. By the use of wave reflectors (reflecting walls) the wave energy is effectively focused and increased to approximately 130-140%. In the paper a procedure for calculating the efficiency and optimizing the geometry of wave reflectors are described, this by use of a 3D boundary element method. The calculations are verified ...

  6. Freeform reflector design for LED street lighting (United States)

    Li, Chen; Schreiber, Peter; Walkling, Andreas; Schierz, Christoph; Schwede, Maik; Gühne, Volker


    Faceted freeform reflectors were designed for intelligent street lighting with LED cluster arrays for main traffic roads. Special attention was paid to achieve highly efficient illumination on both wet and dry road surfaces. CIE reflection tables W4 and C2 were applied in the simulation for these two conditions, respectively. The reflector design started with plane facets, then - to avoid artifacts from the images of the individual LEDs - plane facets were replaced with cylindrical facets. To get even more flexibility for the design and optimization, freeform facets were employed, modeled by extruding two different conic curves together. Besides of achieving well-proportioned road luminance distribution, the basic shapes of the reflectors were formed to control stray light caused by multiple reflections within the reflector and by reflection of light from neighbor clusters within the cluster array. The merit functions include useful transmission of light to the road as well as overall and lengthwise uniformity according to road illumination standards. Due to the large amount of variables, the optimization was carried out sequentially facet by facet. The design loops included compromising with manufacturing limitations for plastics molding and thorough analysis of conformity with DIN EN 13201 standards for ME road lighting classes. The calculated reflector profiles are realized by plastic injection molding.

  7. Handbook of reflector antennas and feed systems v.1 theory and design of reflectors

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    Sharma, Satish K; Shafai, Lotfollah


    This is the first truly comprehensive and most up-to-date handbook available on modern reflector antennas and feed sources for diversified space and ground applications. There has never been such an all-encompassing reflector handbook in print, and no currently available title offers coverage of such recent research developments. The Handbook consists of three volumes. Volume I provides a unique combination of theoretical underpinnings with design considerations and techniques. The need for knowledge in reflector antennas has grown steadily over the last two decades due to increased use in spa

  8. Hybrid grating reflectors: Origin of ultrabroad stopband

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    Park, Gyeong Cheol; Taghizadeh, Alireza; Chung, Il-Sug


    Hybrid grating (HG) reflectors with a high-refractive-index cap layer added onto a high contrast grating (HCG) provide a high reflectance close to 100% over a broader wavelength range than HCGs. The combination of a cap layer and a grating layer brings a strong Fabry-Perot (FP) resonance as well ...

  9. Low Sidelobe Reflector Antenna Design for Communications (United States)


    tradeoffs involved in the antenna design As mentioned earlier, the greatest challenge was selecting the geometrical parameters to provide acceptable...Horizontal or vertical polarization Weigth 17.5 lbs Maximum Input Power 15 W Maximum Output Power 2320 W Effective Radiated Power ( ERP ) Reflector Dimensions...Guayaquil, Ecuador 8. Direcci6n General De Educaci6n Base Naval Sur Guayaquil, Ecuador 69

  10. Precision segmented reflectors for space applications (United States)

    Lehman, David H.; Pawlik, Eugene V.; Meinel, Aden B.; Fichter, W. B.


    A project to develop precision segmented reflectors (PSRs) which operate at submillimeter wavelengths is described. The development of a light efficient means for the construction of large-aperture segmented reflecting space-based telescopes is the primary aim of the project. The 20-m Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) telescope is being developed for a survey mission, and it will make use of the reflector panels and materials, structures, and figure control being elaborated for the PSR. The surface accuracy of a 0.9-m PSR panel is shown to be 1.74-micron RMS, the goal of 100-micron RMS positioning accuracy has been achieved for a 4-m erectable structure. A voice-coil actuator for the figure control system architecture demonstrated 1-micron panel control accuracy in a 3-axis evaluation. The PSR technology is demonstrated to be of value for several NASA projects involving optical communications and interferometers as well as missions which make use of large-diameter segmented reflectors.

  11. Vertical reflector for bifacial PV-panels

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    Jakobsen, Michael Linde; Thorsteinsson, Sune; Poulsen, Peter Behrensdorff


    Bifacial solar modules offer an interesting price/performance ratio, and much work has been focused on directing the ground albedo to the back of the solar cells. In this work we design and develop a reflector for a vertical bifacial panel, with the objective to optimize the energy harvest...

  12. Calculated scan characteristics of a large spherical reflector antenna (United States)

    Agrawal, P. K.; Croswell, W. F.; Kauffman, J. F.


    A previously published numerical method to calculate the radiation properties of parabolic reflectors has been modified to also include very large spherical reflectors. The method has been verified by comparing the calculated and the measured results for a 120-wavelength spherical reflector.


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    I. A. Konyakhin


    Full Text Available Subject of Research. The paper deals with application of quaternions for optimization of reflector parameters at autocollimation measurements in comparison with a matrix method. Computer-based results on the quaternionic models are presented that have given the possibility to determine conditions of measurement error reduction in view of apriori information on the rotation axis position. The practical synthesis technique for tetrahedron reflector parameters using found ratios is considered. Method. Originally, received conditions for reduction of autocollimation system measurement error are determined with the use of a matrix method for definition of an angular object position as a set of three equivalent consecutive turns about coordinate axes. At realization of these conditions the numerous recalculation of orientation parameters between various systems of coordinates is necessary that increases complexity and reduces resulting accuracy of autocollimation system at practical measurements. The method of quaternions gives the possibility to analyze the change of an absolute angular position in space, thus, there are conditions of accuracy increase regardless of the used systems of coordinates. Main Results. Researches on the mathematical model have shown, that the orthogonal arrangement of two basic constant directions for autocollimator tetrahedron reflector is optimal with respect to criterion of measurement error reduction at bisection arrangement of actual turn axis against them. Practical Relevance. On the basis of the found ratios between tetrahedron reflector angles and angles of its initial orientation parameters we have developed a practical method of reflector synthesis for autocollimation measurements in case of apriori information on an actual turn axis at monitoring measurements of the shaft or pipelines deformations.

  14. Shaped reflector antenna designed using optimization techniques (United States)

    Hall, W. J.; Curtis, I.; Tennant, A.; Wilcockson, P. C.

    A technique used to optimize the design of a shaped reflector antenna is presented. The antenna described is designed by the addition to the main reflector of sets of distortion functions which are optimized to achieve an approximation to a specified gain distribution. The distortions which match the radiation pattern to the coverage zones are applied as two sets of Fourier coefficients referred to as the 'coarse' and the 'fine' distortions; the values of the coefficients in the series are determined using the Madsen (1975) minimax optimization technique. The optimization points include the band edge frequencies and the two zones of different gain. The antenna design provides a coverage matched to the Eutelsat 2 continental coverage zone.

  15. Broadband Approximations for Doubly Curved Reflector Antenna

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    V. Schejbal


    Full Text Available The broadband approximations for shaped-beam doubly curved reflector antennas with primary feed (rectangular horn producing uniform amplitude and phase aperture distribution are derived and analyzed. They are very valuable for electromagnetic compatibility analyses both from electromagnetic interference and susceptibility point of view, because specialized more accurate methods such as physical optics are only used by antenna designers. To allow quick EMC analyses, typical values, beamwidth changes, sidelobe levels and aperture efficiencies are given for frequency changes approximately up to four times operating frequency. A comparison of approximated and measured patterns of doubly curved reflector antennas shows that the given approximation could be reliably used for analyses of pattern changes due to very broad frequency changes.

  16. Contour mode resonators with acoustic reflectors (United States)

    Olsson, Roy H [Albuquerque, NM; Fleming, James G [Albuquerque, NM; Tuck, Melanie R [Albuquerque, NM


    A microelectromechanical (MEM) resonator is disclosed which has a linear or ring-shaped acoustic resonator suspended above a substrate by an acoustic reflector. The acoustic resonator can be formed with a piezoelectric material (e.g. aluminum nitride, zinc oxide or PZT), or using an electrostatically-actuated material. The acoustic reflector (also termed an acoustic mirror) uses alternating sections of a relatively low acoustic impedance Z.sub.L material and a relatively high acoustic impedance Z.sub.H material to isolate the acoustic resonator from the substrate. The MEM resonator, which can be formed on a silicon substrate with conventional CMOS circuitry, has applications for forming oscillators, rf filters, and acoustic sensors.

  17. Articulated Deployment System for Antenna Reflectors (United States)

    Kroon, M.; Borst, G.; Grimminck, M.; Robroek, M.; Geuskens, F.


    An articulated deployment system is developed for the deployment and pointing of antenna reflectors with a larger diameter and extended focal length. The articulated boom can be folded in several configurations to stow on the spacecraft sidewall. The boom, made of carbon fibre that is configured for a low CTE of better than ±0.3μm/m-K, deploys by means of spring-driven hinges interconnected via synchronisation cables and is controlled by an actuator. When fully deployed the hinges are latched, providing a stiff structure essential for disturbance-free pointing of the antenna. For pointing, the existing ADTM Mk2 gimbal by Airbus Defence and Space UK is used. The arm is mounted (repeatably) to the spacecraft with an adjustable range of ±7mm in all axes for coarse adjustment and mounted (repeatably) to the reflector with fine adjustment range of ±2mm and ±1.5°.The reflector boom has a modular design, which allows a wide range of mission configurations by tuning only a few design parameters such as limb length, deployment angles, and the number of articulations required to stow the boom.

  18. Effect of graphite reflector on activation of fusion breeding blanket

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    Lee, Cheol Woo, E-mail: [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daeduk-daero 989, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Hanyang University, 222 Wangshimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Young-Ouk; Lee, Dong Won [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daeduk-daero 989, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Seungyon; Ahn, Mu-Young [National Fusion Research Institute, Gwahangno, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: • The graphite reflector concept has been applied in the design of the Korea HCCR TBM for ITER and this concept is also a candidate design option for Korea Demo. • In the graphite reflector, C-14, B-11 and Be-10 are produced after an irradiation. Impurities in both case of beryllium and graphite is dominant in the shutdown dose after an irradiation. • Based on the evaluation, the graphite reflector is a good alternative of the beryllium multiplier in the view of induced activity and shutdown dose. But C-14 produced in the graphite reflector should be considered carefully in the view of radwaste management. - Abstract: Korea has proposed a Helium-Cooled Ceramic Reflector (HCCR) breeding blanket concept relevant to fusion power plants. Here, graphite is used as a reflector material by reducing the amount of beryllium multiplier. In this paper, activity analysis was performed and the effect of graphite reflector in the view of activation was compared to the beryllium multiplier. As a result, it is expected that using the graphite reflector instead of the beryllium multiplier decreases total activity very effectively. But the graphite reflector produces C-14 about 17.2 times than the beryllium multiplier. Therefore, C-14 produced in the graphite reflector is expected as a significant nuclide in the view of radwaste management.

  19. On an algorithm for analysis of the radiation patterns of dual reflector and segmented reflector antennas (United States)

    Christodoulou, C. G.; Botula, A. B.; Kauffman, J. F.


    An algorithm has been developed to calculate the radiation patterns of a large reflector antenna for space applications. The algorithm treats each panel in the reflector array as an analytic surface having n-sided polygonal boundaries. The radiation fields for individual panels are computed and stored separately, and then added to yield a uniform radiation pattern for the entire reflector. Numerical methods developed to reduce the overlap of the aperture fields of adjacent panels are described in detail. Calculations of the tangential field components of the aperture plane are carried out based on the principles of geometric optics (GO). Some radiation patterns calculated with the algorithm are compared with patterns produced by other methods, together with measured data for a classical Cassegrain antenna and the calculated patterns are illustrated.

  20. Ray Tracing Modelling of Reflector for Vertical Bifacial Panel

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    Jakobsen, Michael Linde; Thorsteinsson, Sune; Poulsen, Peter Behrensdorff


    Bifacial solar panels have recently become a new attractive building block for PV systems. In this work we propose a reflector system for a vertical bifacial panel, and use ray tracing modelling to model the performance. Particularly, we investigate the impact of the reflector volume being filled...... with a refractive medium, and shows the refractive medium improves the reflector performance since it directs almost all the light incident on the incoming plane into the PV panel....

  1. Preliminary design of large reflectors with flat facets (United States)

    Agrawal, P. K.; Anderson, M. S.; Card, M. F.


    A concept for approximating curved antenna surfaces using flat facets is discussed. A preliminary design technique for determining the size of the reflector surface facets necessary to meet antenna surface accuracy requirements is presented. A proposed large microwave radiometer satellite (MRS) is selected as an application, and the far-field electromagnetic response of a faceted reflector surface is compared with that from a spherical reflector surface.

  2. Lightweight Thermally Stable Multi-Meter Aperture Submillimeter Reflectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Future astrophysics missions will require lightweight, thermally stable, submillimeter reflectors in sizes of 4m and greater. To date, graphite fiber reinforced...

  3. Large space reflector technology on the Space Station (United States)

    Mankins, J. C.; Dickinson, R. M.; Freeland, R. E.; Marzwell, N. I.


    This paper discusses the role of the Space Station in the evolutionary development of large space reflector technology and the accommodation of mission systems which will apply large space reflectors during the late 1990s and the early part of the next century. Reflectors which range from 10 to 100 meters in size and which span the electromagnetic spectrum for applications that include earth communications, earth observations, astrophysics and solar physics, and deep space communications are discussed. The role of the Space Station in large space reflector technology development and system performance demonstration is found to be critical; that role involves the accommodation of a wide variety of technology demonstrations and operational activities on the Station, including reflector deployment and/or assembly, mechanical performance verification and configuration refinement, systematic diagnostics of reflector surfaces, structural dynamics and controls research, overall system performance characterization and modification (including both radio frequency field pattern measurements and required end-to-end system demonstrations), and reflector-to-spacecraft integration and staging. A unique facility for Space Station-based, large space reflector research and development is proposed. A preliminary concept for such a Space Station-based Large Space Reflector Facility (LSRF) is described.

  4. Shaped reflector software and breadboard antenna (United States)

    Hall, W. J.; Stirland, S. J.

    Shaped reflector antennas have several advantages in illuminating communications satellite coverage zones. These advantages include low spillover losses, simplicity of feed construction and the ability to achieve low levels of cross-polarization without the use of grids. This paper describes a design technique based upon the iterative use of analysis software controlled by a minimax optimizing routine. The design technique and the breadboarding of a typical design are described. This design is based upon a European coverage requirement with coverage zones of two different gains and a cross-polarization requirement of 34dB.

  5. Optical Reflectance Measurements for Commonly Used Reflectors (United States)

    Janecek, Martin; Moses, William W.


    When simulating light collection in scintillators, modeling the angular distribution of optical light reflectance from surfaces is very important. Since light reflectance is poorly understood, either purely specular or purely diffuse reflectance is generally assumed. In this paper we measure the optical reflectance distribution for eleven commonly used reflectors. A 440 nm, output power stabilized, un-polarized laser is shone onto a reflector at a fixed angle of incidence. The reflected light's angular distribution is measured by an array of silicon photodiodes. The photodiodes are movable to cover 2pi of solid angle. The light-induced current is, through a multiplexer, read out with a digital multimeter. A LabVIEW program controls the motion of the laser and the photodiode array, the multiplexer, and the data collection. The laser can be positioned at any angle with a position accuracy of 10 arc minutes. Each photodiode subtends 6.3deg, and the photodiode array can be positioned at any angle with up to 10 arc minute angular resolution. The dynamic range for the current measurements is 10 5:1. The measured light reflectance distribution was measured to be specular for several ESR films as well as for aluminum foil, mostly diffuse for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tape and titanium dioxide paint, and neither specular nor diffuse for Lumirrorreg, Melinexreg and Tyvekreg. Instead, a more complicated light distribution was measured for these three materials.

  6. Design of a plasmonic Bragg reflector cavity (United States)

    Pokhrel, Shiva Prasad

    A plasmon based Bragg reflector cavity is designed and studied. In order to design the plasmon based Bragg cavity, reflectivity with and without loss are calculated using the transfer matrix method. The simulated Bragg reflector showed better performance as the period increased and achieved 95.16% reflectivity with no loss and 94.94% reflectivity when the predominantly plasmon based losses are included in the 120 period calculation. Plasmon based cavities have been proposed for those instances where high field interactions are required to occur in the near surface region of a semiconductor such as when exciting surface depleted quantum dots for integrated quantum optics applications or when acting as a cavity for short period quantum cascade lasers. Quantum dots and integrated quantum cascade lasers have been proposed as a means to produce and manipulate single photons. The production and detection of single photons is considered the key enabling technology for the realization of a variety of diverse engineered quantum systems such as quantum communication, quantum metrology and quantum computation.

  7. Hybrid grating reflectors: Origin of ultrabroad stopband

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    Park, Gyeong Cheol; Taghizadeh, Alireza; Chung, Il-Sug, E-mail: [DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)


    Hybrid grating (HG) reflectors with a high-refractive-index cap layer added onto a high contrast grating (HCG) provide a high reflectance close to 100% over a broader wavelength range than HCGs. The combination of a cap layer and a grating layer brings a strong Fabry-Perot (FP) resonance as well as a weak guided mode (GM) resonance. Most of the reflected power results from the FP resonance, while the GM resonance plays a key role in achieving a reflectance close to 100% as well as broadening the stopband. An HG sample with 7 InGaAlAs quantum wells included in the cap layer has been fabricated by directly wafer-bonding a III-V cap layer onto a Si grating layer. Its reflection property has been characterized. This heterogeneously integrated HG reflector may allow for a hybrid III-V on Si laser to be thermally efficient, which has promising prospects for silicon photonics light sources and high-speed operation.

  8. 78 FR 14357 - Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps, Products Containing Same and Components Thereof... (United States)


    ... COMMISSION Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps, Products Containing Same and Components Thereof... importation of certain compact fluorescent reflector lamps, products containing same and components thereof by... importation of certain compact fluorescent reflector lamps, products containing same and components thereof by...

  9. Impact of HFIR LEU Conversion on Beryllium Reflector Degradation Factors

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    Ilas, Dan [ORNL


    An assessment of the impact of low enriched uranium (LEU) conversion on the factors that may cause the degradation of the beryllium reflector is performed for the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR). The computational methods, models, and tools, comparisons with previous work, along with the results obtained are documented and discussed in this report. The report documents the results for the gas and neutronic poison production, and the heating in the beryllium reflector for both the highly enriched uranium (HEU) and LEU HFIR configurations, and discusses the impact that the conversion to LEU may have on these quantities. A time-averaging procedure was developed to calculate the isotopic (gas and poisons) production in reflector. The sensitivity of this approach to different approximations is gauged and documented. The results show that the gas is produced in the beryllium reflector at a total rate of 0.304 g/cycle for the HEU configuration; this rate increases by ~12% for the LEU case. The total tritium production rate in reflector is 0.098 g/cycle for the HEU core and approximately 11% higher for the LEU core. A significant increase (up to ~25%) in the neutronic poisons production in the reflector during the operation cycles is observed for the LEU core, compared to the HEU case, for regions close to the core s horizontal midplane. The poisoning level of the reflector may increase by more than two orders of magnitude during long periods of downtime. The heating rate in the reflector is estimated to be approximately 20% lower for the LEU core than for the HEU core. The decrease is due to a significantly lower contribution of the heating produced by the gamma radiation for the LEU core. Both the isotopic (gas and neutronic poisons) production and the heating rates are spatially non-uniform throughout the beryllium reflector volume. The maximum values typically occur in the removable reflector and close to the midplane.

  10. Composite technology in radar equipment. Dopler Meteo radar reflector device

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    A. V. Shumov


    Full Text Available The article is devoted features of the application composite materials in radar technology for example adjustment of the development technology of the reflector antenna device DMRL-S - radar for monitoring meteorological conditions.Russian and foreign analogues DMRL-S are made of aluminum, which no longer meets modern requirements for strength and weight. Also aluminum reflectors are not temperature stable. Composite materials are characterized by higher values of specific characteristics: temporary resistance, endurance limit, stiffness, elastic modulus, and less prone to cracking. The use of such materials improves the strength, rigidity and durability.For the manufacture of the DMRL-C reflector used composite materials based on epoxy resins reinforced with fiberglass (both unidirectional and woven. To increase the rigidity and weight reflector is made in the form of three-layer sandwich fiberglass panels with honeycomb core variable height. Design work was carried out in a CAD Siemens NX8.0 / Unigraphics, through which was established mathematical model layered reflector, as well as all accessories used in the manufacture. With the program NX Nastran was held strength calculation and analysis of stiffness on the finite element method.After the manufacture of the product, we measured the standard deviation of the working surface of the reflector from the theoretical surface using a three-dimensional laser scanner. Measurements were made at different angular positions of the reflector, and when loading. It is shown that the maximum strain in the operating modes of operation across the surface of the product does not exceed 4%, which will provide the most accurate operation of the product in any position of the antenna system.As a result of this work reflector design was developed, created and verified by experimental data calculation model. Reflector antenna device of the DMRL-S was manufactured and tested. The reflector was made of reinforced

  11. Imaging with spherically bent crystals or reflectors (United States)

    Bitter, M.; Delgado Aparicio, L. F.; Hill, K. W.; Scott, S.; Ince-Cushman, A.; Reinke, M.; Podpaly, Y.; Rice, J. E.; Beiersdorfer, P.; Wang, E.


    This paper consists of two parts: part I describes the working principle of a recently developed x-ray imaging crystal spectrometer, where the astigmatism of spherically bent crystals is being used with advantage to record spatially resolved spectra of highly charged ions for Doppler measurements of the ion-temperature and toroidal plasma-rotation-velocity profiles in tokamak plasmas. This type of spectrometer was thoroughly tested on NSTX and Alcator C-Mod, and its concept was recently adopted for the design of the ITER crystal spectrometers. Part II describes imaging schemes, where the astigmatism has been eliminated by the use of matched pairs of spherically bent crystals or reflectors. These imaging schemes are applicable over a wide range of the electromagnetic radiation, which includes microwaves, visible light, EUV radiation and x-rays. Potential applications with EUV radiation and x-rays are the diagnosis of laser-produced plasmas, imaging of biological samples with synchrotron radiation and lithography.

  12. Inline microring reflector for photonic applications (United States)

    Kang, Young Mo

    The microring is a compact resonator that is used as a versatile building block in photonic circuits ranging from filters, modulators, logic gates, sensors, switches, multiplexers, and laser cavities. The Bragg grating is a periodic structure that allows the selection of a narrow bandwidth of spectrum for stable lasing operation. In this dissertation, we study analysis and simulations of a compact microring based reflector assembled by forming a Bragg grating into a loop. With the appropriate design, the microring resonance can precisely align with the reflection peak of the grating while all other peaks are suppressed by reflection nulls of the grating. The field buildup at the resonance effectively amplifies small reflection of the grating, thereby producing significant overall reflection from the ring, and it is possible to achieve a stable narrow linewidth compact laser by forming a single mode laser cavity. The device operation principle is studied from two distinct perspectives; the first looks at coupling of two contra-directional traveling waves within the ring whereas the second aspect investigates relative excitation of the two competing microring resonant modes. In the former method, we relate the steady state amplitudes of the two traveling waves to the reflection spectrum of the grating and solve for the reflection and transmission response for each wavelength of interest. In the latter approach, we expand the field in terms of the resonant modes of the ring cavity and derive transfer functions for reflection and transmission from the nearby mode frequencies. The angular periodicity of the reflective microring geometry allows us to effectively simulate the resonant modes from a computational domain of a single period grating when the continuity boundary condition is applied. We successfully predict the reflection and transmission response of a Si3N 4/SiO2 microring reflector using this method---otherwise too large to carry out full-wave simulation

  13. Studies of a lead reflector for a pulsed neutron source

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    Taylor, A.D.; Russell, G.J.; Meier, M.M.; Robinson, H.


    This paper examines the consequences of adopting a non-moderating reflector and compares its performance to that of beryllium. Reflector studies on a time modulated source have shown lead to be an excellent reflector, maintaining the structure of the long time pulse (500 marginally better than beryllium and with a slightly superior yield. Engineering, fabrication and cost factors as well as improved gamma and fast neutron shielding properties further favour lead as a reflector for these sources. Even for truly pulsed sources which rely primarily on time of flight for energy selection, Monte Carlo studies have shown that a lead reflector maintains an excellent time structure in hydrogenous moderators in the slowing down region. This paper describes the experimental comparison of lead and beryllium reflectors for the case of a pulsed spallation source. The target-moderator-reflector configuration used was a mock-up of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's SNS geometry. The experiments were performed in the low current target area of the Los Alamos National Laboratory's spallation source, the WNR. This work was complemented by Monte Carlo calculations using the TIMOC code.

  14. Detection of reflector surface from near field phase measurements (United States)

    Ida, Nathan


    The deviation of a reflector antenna surface from a perfect parabolic shape causes degradation of the performance of the antenna. The problem of determining the shape of the reflector surface in a reflector antenna using near field phase measurements is not a new one. A recent issue of the IEEE tansactions on Antennas and Propagation (June 1988) contained numerous descriptions of the use of these measurements: holographic reconstruction or inverse Fourier transform. Holographic reconstruction makes use of measurement of the far field of the reflector and then applies the Fourier transform relationship between the far field and the current distribution on the reflector surface. Inverse Fourier transformation uses the phase measurements to determine the far field pattern using the method of Kerns. After the far field pattern is established, an inverse Fourier transform is used to determine the phases in a plane between the reflector surface and the plane in which the near field measurements were taken. These calculations are time consuming since they involve a relatively large number of operations. A much faster method can be used to determine the position of the reflector. This method makes use of simple geometric optics to determine the path length of the ray from the feed to the reflector and from the reflector to the measurement point. For small physical objects and low frequencies, diffraction effects have a major effect on the error, and the algorithm provides incorrect results. It is believed that the effect is less noticeable for large distortions such as antenna warping, and more noticeable for small, localized distortions such as bumps and depressions such as might be caused by impact damage.

  15. Performance of a PV module augmented by a plane reflector

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    Ahmad, G. E; Hussein, H. M. S; Mohamad, M. A [Dokki, Giza (Egypt)


    This paper presents a comparative experimental study on the performance of a PV module augmented by a south facing titled plane reflector and another identical one without reflector. The tilt angles of the two PV modules and reflector overhang are selected to be according to a previous theoretical study by the authors. The reflector tilt angle has been changed once a month so that the reflected beams from the plane reflector cover the total surface area of the PV module all days of every month during the high solar radiation period (i.e. three hours before and after solar noon). The study has been carried out on the two PV modules for a complete year under the actual atmospheric conditions of Cairo, Egypt. The measuring system used in the study comprises a data acquisition system, a computer, an electronic load and weather station. The experimental results indicate that the plane reflector enhances the yearly output energy of the PV module y about 22%. [Spanish] Este articulo presenta un estudio comparativo experimental sobre el rendimiento de un modulo de PV aumentado por un reflector plano inclinado mirando hacia el sur y otro identico sin reflector. Los angulos de inclinacion de los dos modulos y el reflector sobresaliente se seleccionan para que esten de acuerdo con un estudio teorico previo hecho por los autores. El angulo de inclinacion del reflector se cambio una vez al mes de manera que los rayos reflejados por el reflector plano cubrieran el area total de la superficie del modulo de PV todos los dias de cada mes durante el periodo de radiacion alto (o sea tres horas antes y despues del medio dia solar). El estudio ha sido llevado a cabo en dos modulos de PV durante un ano completo bajo condiciones atmosfericas reales de El Cairo, Egipto. El sistema de medicion usado en el estudio comprende un sistema de adquisicion de datos, una computadora, una memoria electronica y una estacion climatologica. Los resultados experimentales indican que el reflector plano

  16. Incidental Reflector Comparison of Containerized Dry Fire Extinguishing Agents

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    Chapman, Bryan Scott [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Wysong, Andrew Russell [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    This document addresses the incidental reflector reactivity worth of containerized fire extinguishing agents authorized for use in PF-4 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The intent of the document is to analyze dry fire extinguishing agent that remains in a container and is not actively being used in a fire emergency. The incidental reflector reactivity worth is determined by comparison to various thicknesses of close fitting water reflection which is commonly used to bound incidental reflectors in criticality safety evaluations. The conclusion is that even in unlimited quantities, when containerized the authorized dry fire extinguishing agents are bound by 0.4 inches of close fitting water.


    Treshow, M.


    A line connecting the reactor with a spent steam condenser contains a valve set to open when the pressure in the reactor exceeds a predetermined value and an orifice on the upstream side of the valve. Another line connects the reflector with this line between the orifice and the valve. An excess steam pressure causes the valve to open and the flow of steam through the line draws water out of the reflector. Provision is also made for adding water to the reflector when the steam pressure drops. (AEC)

  18. Designing retrodirective reflector on a planar surface by transformation optics

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    Shuai Xiong


    Full Text Available In this paper, we present the design of a retrodirective reflector with dielectric cover on a planar conducting plane based on the transformation optics. By employing a simple linear coordinate transformation, the retrodirective reflector can be achieved with dielectric cover constructed with homogeneous birefringent dielectric medium, which reduces the complexity of practical realization. Such simple design allows us to further realize the retrodirective reflector by alternative layers of normal dielectrics based on the effective medium theory. The proposed design and a practical realization at microwave regime have been validated by full wave electromagnetic simulation, which demonstrates a broadband retrodirective response range from 5 GHz to 10 GHz.

  19. Hybrid grating reflector with high reflectivity and broad bandwidth

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    Taghizadeh, Alireza; Park, Gyeong Cheol; Mørk, Jesper


    We suggest a new type of grating reflector denoted hybrid grating (HG) which shows large reflectivity in a broad wavelength range and has a structure suitable for realizing a vertical cavity laser with ultra-small modal volume. The properties of the grating reflector are investigated numerically...... and explained. The HG consists of an un-patterned III-V layer and a Si grating. The III-V layer has a thickness comparable to the grating layer, introduces more guided mode resonances and significantly increases the bandwidth of the reflector compared to the well-known high-index-contrast grating (HCG...

  20. Deployable reflector design for Ku-band operation (United States)

    Tankersley, B. C.


    A project was conducted to extend the deployable antenna technology state-of-the art through the design, analysis, construction, and testing of a lightweight, high surface tolerance, 12.5 foot diameter reflector for Ku-band operation. The applicability of the reflector design to the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) program was one requirement to be met. A documentary of the total program is presented. The performance requirements used to guide and constrain the design are discussed. The radio frequency, structural/dynamic, and thermal performance results are reported. Appendices are used to provide test data and detailed fabrication drawings of the reflector.

  1. Space Reflector Materials for Prometheus Application

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    J. Nash; V. Munne; LL Stimely


    The two materials studied in depth which appear to have the most promise in a Prometheus reflector application are beryllium (Be) and beryllium oxide (BeO). Three additional materials, magnesium oxide (MgO), alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}), and magnesium aluminate spinel (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) were also recently identified to be of potential interest, and may have promise in a Prometheus application as well, but are expected to be somewhat higher mass than either a Be or BeO based reflector. Literature review and analysis indicates that material properties for Be are largely known, but there are gaps in the properties of Be0 relative to the operating conditions for a Prometheus application. A detailed preconceptual design information document was issued providing material properties for both materials (Reference (a)). Beryllium oxide specimens were planned to be irradiated in the JOY0 Japanese test reactor to partially fill the material property gaps, but more testing in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) test reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was expected to be needed. A key issue identified for BeO was obtaining material for irradiation testing with an average grain size of {approx}5 micrometers, reminiscent of material for which prior irradiation test results were promising. Current commercially available material has an average grain size of {approx}10 micrometers. The literature indicated that improved irradiation performance could be expected (e.g., reduced irradiation-induced swelling) with the finer grain size material. Confirmation of these results would allow the use of historic irradiated materials test results from the literature, reducing the extent of required testing and therefore the cost of using this material. Environmental, safety and health (ES&H) concerns associated with manufacturing are significant but manageable for Be and BeO. Although particulate-generating operations (e.g., machining, grinding, etc.) involving Be

  2. Semitransparent organic solar cells with organic wavelength dependent reflectors

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    Galagan, Y.O.; Debije, M.G.; Blom, P.W.M.


    Semitransparent organic solar cells employing solution-processable organic wavelength dependent reflectors of chiral nematic (cholesteric) liquid crystals are demonstrated. The cholesteric liquid crystal (CLC) reflects only in a narrow band of the solar spectrum and remains transparent for the

  3. Lightweight Thermally Stable Multi-Meter Aperture Submillimeter Reflectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The objective of the Phase II effort will be an affordable demonstrated full-scale design for a thermally stable multi-meter submillimeter reflector. The Phase I...

  4. Friction-Sensing Reflector Array Patches (FRAP) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Research Support Instruments, Inc. (RSI) proposes to develop the Friction-Sensing Reflector Array Patches (FRAP), a technology that will measure the shear stress...

  5. Analysis of the radiation patterns of reflector antennas (United States)

    Kauffman, J. F.; Croswell, W. F.; Jowers, L. J.


    The development and application of a numerical technique for rapid calculation of the far-field radiation patterns of a reflector antenna from either a measured or computed feed pattern are reported. The reflector is defined by the intersection of a cone with any surface of revolution or an offset sector of any surface of revolution. The feed is assumed to be linearly polarized and can have an arbitrary location. Both the copolarized and the cross-polarized reflector radiation patterns are computed. Calculations using the technique compare closely with measured radiation patterns of a waveguide-fed offset parabolic reflector. Unique features of this technique are freedom from restrictive feed assumptions and the numerical methods used in preparing the aperture-plane electric-field data for integration.

  6. A bionic approach to mathematical modeling the fold geometry of deployable reflector antennas on satellites (United States)

    Feng, C. M.; Liu, T. S.


    Inspired from biology, this study presents a method for designing the fold geometry of deployable reflectors. Since the space available inside rockets for transporting satellites with reflector antennas is typically cylindrical in shape, and its cross-sectional area is considerably smaller than the reflector antenna after deployment, the cross-sectional area of the folded reflector must be smaller than the available rocket interior space. Membrane reflectors in aerospace are a type of lightweight structure that can be packaged compactly. To design membrane reflectors from the perspective of deployment processes, bionic applications from morphological changes of plants are investigated. Creating biologically inspired reflectors, this paper deals with fold geometry of reflectors, which imitate flower buds. This study uses mathematical formulation to describe geometric profiles of flower buds. Based on the formulation, new designs for deployable membrane reflectors derived from bionics are proposed. Adjusting parameters in the formulation of these designs leads to decreases in reflector area before deployment.

  7. Accurate antenna reflector loss measurements for radiometer calibration budget

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    Skou, Niels


    Antenna reflector losses may play an important role in the calibration budget for a microwave radiometer. If the losses are small they are difficult to measure by traditional means. However, they can be assessed directly by radiometric means using the sky brightness temperature as incident radiat...... radiation. The paper describes how such measurements are carried out as well as a suitable experimental set-up. The main reflector of the European Space Agency's MIMR system is used to demonstrate the principle...

  8. Solar cell comprising a plasmonic back reflector and method therefor (United States)

    Ding, I-Kang; Zhu, Jia; Cui, Yi; McGehee, Michael David


    A method for forming a solar cell having a plasmonic back reflector is disclosed. The method includes the formation of a nanoimprinted surface on which a metal electrode is conformally disposed. The surface structure of the nanoimprinted surface gives rise to a two-dimensional pattern of nanometer-scale features in the metal electrode enabling these features to collectively form the plasmonic back reflector.

  9. Reflectors for SAR performance testing-second edition

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    Doerry, Armin Walter


    Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) performance testing and estimation is facilitated by observing the system response to known target scene elements. Trihedral corner reflectors and other canonical targets play an important role because their Radar Cross Section (RCS) can be calculated analytically. However, reflector orientation and the proximity of the ground and mounting structures can significantly impact the accuracy and precision with which measurements can be made. These issues are examined in this report.

  10. Development of Full-Scale Ultrathin Shell Reflector

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    Durmuş Türkmen


    Full Text Available It is aimed that a new ultrathin shell composite reflector is developed considering different design options to optimize the stiffness/mass ratio, cost, and manufacturing. The reflector is an offset parabolic reflector with a diameter of 6 m, a focal length of 4.8 m, and an offset of 0.3 m and has the ability of folding and self-deploying. For Ku-band missions a full-scale offset parabolic reflector antenna is designed by considering different concepts of stiffening: (i reflective surface and skirt, (ii reflective surface and radial ribs, and (iii reflective surface, skirt, and radial ribs. In a preliminary study, the options are modeled using ABAQUS finite element program and compared with respect to their mass, fundamental frequency, and thermal surface errors. It is found that the option of reflective surface and skirt is more advantageous. The option is further analyzed to optimize the stiffness/mass ratio considering the design parameters of material thickness, width of the skirt, and ply angles. Using the TOPSIS method is determined the best reflector concept among thirty different designs. Accordingly, new design can be said to have some advantages in terms of mass, natural frequency, number of parts, production, and assembly than both SSBR and AstroMesh reflectors.

  11. Large deployable reflectors for telecom and earth observation applications (United States)

    Scialino, L.; Ihle, A.; Migliorelli, M.; Gatti, N.; Datashvili, L.; van `t Klooster, K.; Santiago Prowald, J.


    Large deployable antennas are one of the key components for advanced missions in the fields of telecom and earth observation. In the recent past, missions have taken on board large deployable reflector (LDR) up to 22 m of diameter and several missions have already planned embarking large reflectors, such as the 12 m of INMARSAT XL or BIOMASS. At the moment, no European LDR providers are available and the market is dominated by Northrop-Grumman and Harris. Consequently, the development of European large reflector technology is considered a key step to maintain commercial and strategic competitiveness (ESA Large Reflector Antenna Working Group Final Report, TEC-EEA/2010.595/CM, 2010). In this scenario, the ESA General Study Project RESTEO (REflector Synergy between Telecom and Earth Observation), starting from the identification of future missions needs, has identified the most promising reflector concepts based on European heritage/technology, able to cover the largest range of potential future missions for both telecom and earth observation. This paper summarizes the activities and findings of the RESTEO Study.

  12. Lower crustal intrusions beneath the southern Baikal Rift Zone

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    Nielsen, Christoffer; Thybo, Hans


    The Cenozoic Baikal Rift Zone (BRZ) is situated in south-central Siberia in the suture between the Precambrian Siberian Platform and the Amurian plate. This more than 2000-km long rift zone is composed of several individual basement depressions and half-grabens with the deep Lake Baikal at its ce...

  13. Highly accurate photogrammetric measurements of the Planck reflectors (United States)

    Amiri Parian, Jafar; Gruen, Armin; Cozzani, Alessandro


    The Planck mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) is designed to image the anisotropies of the Cosmic Background Radiation Field over the whole sky. To achieve this aim, sophisticated reflectors are used as part of the Planck telescope receiving system. The system consists of secondary and primary reflectors which are sections of two different ellipsoids of revolution with mean diameters of 1 and 1.6 meters. Deformations of the reflectors which influence the optical parameters and the gain of receiving signals are investigated in vacuum and at very low temperatures. For this investigation, among the various high accuracy measurement techniques, photogrammetry was selected. With respect to the photogrammetric measurements, special considerations had to be taken into account in design steps, measurement arrangement and data processing to achieve very high accuracies. The determinability of additional parameters of the camera under the given network configuration, datum definition, reliability and precision issues as well as workspace limits and propagating errors from different sources are considered. We have designed an optimal photogrammetric network by heuristic simulation for the flight model of the primary and the secondary reflectors with relative precisions better than 1:1000'000 and 1:400'000 to achieve the requested accuracies. A least squares best fit ellipsoid method was developed to determine the optical parameters of the reflectors. In this paper we will report about the procedures, the network design and the results of real measurements.

  14. Square Van Atta reflector with conducting mounting flame

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    Nielsen, Erik Dragø


    by transmission lines of equal electrical length. The dipoles are placed in a plane which is parallel to the conducting plate when this is present. In the theory, each pair of antenna elements with the interconnecting transmission line is represented by an equivalent circuit. The mutual impedance between...... the antenna elements and the reradiation from the elements as well as from the conducting plate have been taken into account. The influence of the conducting plate on the induced dipole currents has been treated using the theory of images. The scattering cross section of Van Atta reflectors with or without......A theoretical and numerical analysis of square Van Atta reflectors has been carried out with or without a conducting plate, used for mounting of the antenna elements. The Van Atta reflector investigated has antenna elements which are parallel half-wave dipoles interconnected in pairs...

  15. KuDGR- Dual Gridded Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic Reflector (United States)

    Ihle, Alexander; Reichmann, O.; Lori, M.; Nathrath, N.; Pereira, C.; Linke, S.; Rinous, P.


    In the frame of an ESA-funded TRP activity HPS GmbH, together with INVENT GmbH and INEGI, has developed an advanced concept for dual gridded reflectors. The target frequency band is the Ku-band requiring high in-orbit thermo-elastic stability. It is a follow-on of the previous KaDGR [1] activity. The concept concerns the polarisation grid of the front and rear reflector. The grids are connected by a full CFRP monolithic peripheral ring. The demonstrator has an overall diameter of 1.4 x 1.2 m and a weight of only 4.23 kg. The design of this concept allows for smaller and larger reflectors.In the following we will present the results of the different development steps and current status of the TRP activity.

  16. Effect of phototherapy with alumunium foil reflectors on neonatal hyperbilirubinemia

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    Tony Ijong Dachlan


    Full Text Available Background Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia (NH is one of the most common problems in neonates, but it can be treated with blue light phototherapy. Developing countries with limited medical equipment and funds have difficulty providing effective phototherapy to treat NH, leading to increased risk of bilirubin encephalopathy. Phototherapy with white reflecting curtains can decrease the duration of phototherapy needed to reduce bilirubin levels. Objective To compare the duration of phototherapy needed in neonates with NH who underwent phototherapy with and without aluminum foil reflectors. Methods This open clinical trial was conducted from July to August 2013 at Dr. Hasan Sadikin Hospital, Bandung, Indonesia. The inclusion criteria were term neonates with uncomplicated NH presenting in their first week of life. Subjects were randomized into two groups, those who received phototherapy with or without aluminum foil reflectors. Serum bilirubin is taken at 12th, 24th, 48th hours, then every 24 hours if needed until phototherapy can be stopped according to American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines. The outcome measured was the duration of phototherapy using survival analysis. The difference between the two groups was tested by Gehan method. Results Seventy newborns who fulfilled the inclusion criteria and had similar characteristics were randomized into two groups. The duration of phototherapy needed was significantly less in the group with aluminum foil reflectors than in the group without reflectors [72 vs. 96 hours, respectively, (P<0.01]. Conclusion The required duration of phototherapy with aluminum foil reflectors is significantly less than that of phototherapy without reflectors, in neonates with NH.

  17. Recent Developments of Reflectarray Antennas in Dual-Reflector Configurations

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    Carolina Tienda


    Full Text Available Recent work on dual-reflector antennas involving reflectarrays is reviewed in this paper. Both dual-reflector antenna with a reflectarray subreflector and dual-reflectarrays antennas with flat or parabolic main reflectarray are considered. First, a general analysis technique for these two configurations is described. Second, results for beam scanning and contoured-beam applications in different frequency bands are shown and discussed. The performance and capabilities of these antennas are shown by describing some practical design cases for radar, satellite communications, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS applications.

  18. Measurement of small antenna reflector losses for radiometer calibration budget

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    Skou, Niels


    Antenna reflector losses play an important role in the calibration budget for a microwave radiometer. If the losses are small, they are difficult to measure by traditional means. However, they can be assessed directly by radiometric means using the sky brightness temperature as incident radiation...

  19. Frequency Selective Surfaces for extended Bandwidth backing reflector functions

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    Pasian, M.; Neto, A.; Monni, S.; Ettorre, M.; Gerini, G.


    This paper deals with the use of Frequency Selective Surfaces (FSS) to increase the Efficiency × Bandwidth product in Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) antenna arrays whose efficiency is limited by the front-to-back ratio. If the backing reflector is realized in one metal plane solution its location will be

  20. Optical phased array using guided resonance with backside reflectors

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    Horie, Yu; Arbabi, Amir; Faraon, Andrei


    Methods and systems for controlling the phase of electromagnetic waves are disclosed. A device can consist of a guided resonance grating layer, a spacer, and a reflector. A plurality of devices, arranged in a grid pattern, can control the phase of reflected electromagnetic phase, through refractive index control. Carrier injection, temperature control, and optical beams can be applied to control the refractive index.

  1. Leaky Wave Enhanced Feeds for Multi-Beam Reflector Systems

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    Neto, A.; Gerini, G.; Llombart, N.; Ettorre, M.; Maagt, P. de


    Abstract—This paper discusses the use of dielectric superlayers to shape the radiation pattern of focal plane feeds of a multi-beam reflector system. The shaping of the pattern is obtained by exciting a pair (TE/TM) of leaky waves that radiate incrementally as they propagate between the ground plane

  2. Metasurface Waveguides Applied to Matched Feeds for Reflector Antennas

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    Palvig, Michael Forum; Jorgensen, Erik; Meincke, Peter


    Waveguides with anisotropic surface impedance boundaries have been investigated for the purpose of matched feeds for offset reflectors. Matched feeds employ higher order waveguide modes to cancel out cross polarization introduced by the offset geometry. Since the higher order modes propagate at d...

  3. Step-Stress Accelerated Degradation Testing for Solar Reflectors: Preprint

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    Jones, W.; Elmore, R.; Lee, J.; Kennedy, C.


    To meet the challenge to reduce the cost of electricity generated with concentrating solar power (CSP) new low-cost reflector materials are being developed including metalized polymer reflectors and must be tested and validated against appropriate failure mechanisms. We explore the application of testing methods and statistical inference techniques for quantifying estimates and improving lifetimes of concentrating solar power (CSP) reflectors associated with failure mechanisms initiated by exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) part of the solar spectrum. In general, a suite of durability and reliability tests are available for testing a variety of failure mechanisms where the results of a set are required to understand overall lifetime of a CSP reflector. We will focus on the use of the Ultra-Accelerated Weathering System (UAWS) as a testing device for assessing various degradation patterns attributable to accelerated UV exposure. Depending on number of samples, test conditions, degradation and failure patterns, test results may be used to derive insight into failure mechanisms, associated physical parameters, lifetimes and uncertainties. In the most complicated case warranting advanced planning and statistical inference, step-stress accelerated degradation (SSADT) methods may be applied.

  4. "Isichazamazwi SesiNdebele" as reflector of the moral and ...

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    Isichazamazwi SesiNdebele (henceforth the ISN) reflect the moral and ideological val-ues of society. This article analyses the ISN as reflector of the moral and ideological values of the Ndebele society. The ISN highlights fundamental beliefs and ideas of the Ndebele people. The study stems from the observation that the ...

  5. 49 CFR 393.26 - Requirements for reflectors. (United States)


    ... NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Electrical Wiring § 393.26 Requirements for... operation, converter dollies and pole trailers) on vehicles manufactured on or after December 25, 1968... vehicle. Reflex reflectors on projecting loads, vehicles transported in a driveaway-towaway operation, and...

  6. Comparison of space antennas mirror reflectors parameters made of composite materials

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    Reznik S.V.


    Full Text Available Communication satellites today are fitted with one or more parabolic antenna reflectors. The unique mechanical and thermal characteristics mean that space antenna reflectors (AR are most frequently fabricated from carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP. The reflector design must meet the stringent requirements for low linear density and high dimensional stability.

  7. 78 FR 7450 - Certain Fluorescent Reflector Lamps and Products and Components Containing Same; Notice of... (United States)


    ... COMMISSION Certain Fluorescent Reflector Lamps and Products and Components Containing Same; Notice of Receipt... Commission has received a complaint entitled Certain Compact Fluorescent Reflector Lamps and Products and... importation of certain fluorescent reflector lamps and products and components containing same. The complaint...

  8. Method of manufacturing a reflector, reflector manufactured thereby, phase shift mask and lithographic apparatus making use of them

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    ASML; Delft University of Technology


    A reflector for EUV has additional multi-layers on the front surface of a base multilayer stack provided selectively to compensate for figure errors in the base multilayer stack or the substrate on which the multilayer stack is provided. A phase shift mask for EUV uses two multilayer stacks, one

  9. A Nonlinear Dynamic Model and Free Vibration Analysis of Deployable Mesh Reflectors (United States)

    Shi, H.; Yang, B.; Thomson, M.; Fang, H.


    This paper presents a dynamic model of deployable mesh reflectors, in which geometric and material nonlinearities of such a space structure are fully described. Then, by linearization around an equilibrium configuration of the reflector structure, a linearized model is obtained. With this linearized model, the natural frequencies and mode shapes of a reflector can be computed. The nonlinear dynamic model of deployable mesh reflectors is verified by using commercial finite element software in numerical simulation. As shall be seen, the proposed nonlinear model is useful for shape (surface) control of deployable mesh reflectors under thermal loads.

  10. Demonstration of a single-crystal reflector-filter for enhancing slow neutron beams

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    Muhrer, G.; Schonfeldt, T.; Iverson, E. B.


    , the suppression of intermediate wavelength neutrons is often unwelcome. It has been hypothesized that replacing the polycrystalline reflector-filter concept with a single-crystal reflector-filter concept would overcome the suppression of intermediate wavelength neutrons and thereby extend the usability...... of the reflector-filter concept to shorter but still important wavelengths. In this paper we present the first experimental data on a single-crystal reflector-filter at a reflected neutron source and compare experimental results with hypothesized performance. We find that a single-crystal reflector-filter retains...

  11. Concentric circular focusing reflector realized using high index contrast gratings (United States)

    Fang, Wenjing; Huang, Yongqing; Fei, Jiarui; Duan, Xiaofeng; Liu, Kai; Ren, Xiaomin


    A non-periodic concentric circular high index contrast grating (CC-HCG) focusing reflector on 500 nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) platform is fabricated and experimentally demonstrated. The proposed mirror is realized with phase modulation of wave front in a high reflectivity region. The circular structure based HCG focusing reflector has a spot of high concentration at the 10.87 mm with normal incidence for radially polarization, along with the center wavelength set at 1550 nm. The FWHM spot size of the focusing beam decreases to 260 μm, and the intensity increases to 1.26 compared with the incident beam. The focusing efficiency of about 80% is observed at 1550 nm in the experimental measurement.

  12. Large-scale Optimization of Contoured Beam Reflectors and Reflectarrays

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    Borries, Oscar; Sørensen, Stig B.; Jørgensen, Erik


    Designing a contoured beam reflector or performing a direct optimization of a reflectarray requires a mathematical optimization procedure to determine the optimum design of the antenna. A popular approach, used in the market-leading TICRA software POS, can result in computation times on the order...... of days, due to the optimization algorithm. The present paper discusses recent improvements, allowing reductions in optimization time by two orders of magnitude or more on several application examples....

  13. Polarization modulation by tunable electromagnetic metamaterial reflector/absorber


    Zhu, Bo; Zhao, Yijun Feng Junming; Huang, Ci; Wang, Zhengbin; Jiang, Tian


    We propose a polarization modulation scheme of electromagnetic (EM) waves through reflection of a tunable metamaterial reflector/absorber. By constructing the metamaterial with resonant unit cells coupled by diodes, we demonstrate that the EM reflections for orthogonal polarized incident waves can be tuned independently by adjusting the bias voltages on the corresponding diodes. Owing to this feature, the reflected EM waves can be electrically controlled to a linear polarization with continuo...

  14. Switchable metamaterial reflector/absorber for different polarized electromagnetic waves


    Zhu, Bo; Feng, Yijun; Zhao, Juming; Huang, Ci; Jiang, Tian


    We demonstrate a controllable electromagnetic wave reflector/absorber for different polarizations with metamaterial involving electromagnetic resonant structures coupled with diodes. Through biasing at different voltages to turn ON and OFF the diodes, we are able to switch the structure between nearly total reflection and total absorption of a particularly polarized incident wave. By arranging orthogonally orientated resonant cells, the metamaterial can react to different polarized waves by s...

  15. Soiling and Cleaning of Polymer Film Solar Reflectors


    Christopher Sansom; Aránzazu Fernández-García; Florian Sutter; Heather Almond; Peter King; Lucía Martínez-Arcos


    This paper describes the accelerated ageing of commercially available silvered polymer film by contact cleaning using brushes and water in the presence of soiling created by dust and sand particles. These conditions represent cleaning regimes in real concentrating solar power (CSP) solar fields in arid environments, where contact cleaning using brushes and water is often required to clean the reflecting surfaces. Whilst suitable for glass reflectors, this paper discusses the effects of these ...

  16. Prestack exploding reflector modeling and migration in TI media

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    Wang, H.


    Prestack depth migration in anisotropic media, especially those that exhibit tilt, can be costly using reverse time migration (RTM). We present two-way spectral extrapolation of prestack exploding reflector modeling and migration (PERM) in acoustic transversely isotropic (TI) media. We construct systematic ways to evaluate phase angles and phase velocities in dip oriented TI (DTI), vertical TI (VTI) and tilted TI (TTI) media. Migration results from the Marmousi VTI model and the BP2007 TTI model show the feasibility of our approach.

  17. Diffractive surfaces for cat-eye array retro-reflectors (United States)

    Glaser, I.


    Cat-eye-array retro-reflectors, combining a lenslet array with a reflective surface at the common focal plane of the lenslets, are widely used due to their simple structure and low cost. While for many applications the performance (brightness, acceptance angle range and directionality) is acceptable, others could benefit from better performance. Improving these retroreflectors is difficult because their simplicity results in too few degrees of freedom. Here, we show how the use of one or two diffractive surfaces can significantly increase the brightness of the reflected beam and/or the acceptance angle while still allowing inexpensive manufacturing by molding or replication. Specifically, we focus here on one potential application of cat-eye-array retro-reflectors: semipassive optical communication units. Semi-passive communication units combine a retroreflector with a light modulator. The directional auto-aligned retro-reflected signal enhances security and power efficiency. Furthermore, many modulators use very low power: far lower than light emitter. Modulated retro-reflectors have already been demonstrated for space and military communication. Here we focus on a different application: optical smart cards. These devices described elsewhere, can be used, for example, for access control identification or as non-contact secure teller machine ID. Such devices must have an optical modulator in the optical path, so the effect of the modulator must also be accounted for in the design. As a consumer product, low cost manufacturability is another requirement. Design examples are presented.

  18. Vacuum-deposited polymer/silver reflector material (United States)

    Affinito, John D.; Martin, Peter M.; Gross, Mark E.; Bennett, Wendy D.


    Weatherable, low cost, front surface, solar reflectors on flexible substrates would be highly desirable for lamination to solar concentrator panels. The method to be described in this paper may permit such reflector material to be fabricated for less the 50$CNT per square foot. Vacuum deposited Polymer/Silver/Polymer reflectors and Fabry-Perot interference filters were fabricated in a vacuum web coating operation on polyester substrates. Reflectivities were measured in the wavelength range from .4 micrometers to .8 micrometers . It is hoped that a low cost substrate can be used with the substrate laminated to the concentrator and the weatherable acrylic polymer coating facing the sun. This technique should be capable of deposition line speeds approaching 1500 linear feet/minute2. Central to this technique is a new vacuum deposition process for the high rate deposition of polymer films. This polymer process involves the flash evaporation of an acrylic monomer onto a moving substrate. The monomer is subsequently cured by an electron beam or ultraviolet light. This high speed polymer film deposition process has been named the PML process- for Polymer Multi- Layer.

  19. A new fabrication method for precision antenna reflectors for space flight and ground test (United States)

    Sharp, G. Richard; Wanhainen, Joyce S.; Ketelsen, Dean A.


    Communications satellites are using increasingly higher frequencies that require increasingly precise antenna reflectors for use in space. Traditional industry fabrication methods for space antenna reflectors employ successive modeling techniques using high- and low-temperature molds for reflector face sheets and then a final fit-up of the completed honeycomb sandwich panel antenna reflector to a master pattern. However, as new missions are planned at much higher frequencies, greater accuracies will be necessary than are achievable using these present methods. A new approach for the fabrication of ground-test solid-surface antenna reflectors is to build a rigid support structure with an easy-to-machine surface. This surface is subsequently machined to the desired reflector contour and coated with a radio-frequency-reflective surface. This method was used to fabricate a 2.7-m-diameter ground-test antenna reflector to an accuracy of better than 0.013 mm (0.0005 in.) rms. A similar reflector for use on spacecraft would be constructed in a similar manner but with space-qualified materials. The design, analysis, and fabrication of the 2.7-m-diameter precision antenna reflector for antenna ground tests and the extension of this technology to precision, space-based antenna reflectors are described.

  20. FACT. Reflector alignment results based on solar concentrator characterization at night (SCCAN) and Bokeh alignment

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    Mueller, Sebastian [Universitaet Dortmund (Germany); ETH Zuerich (Switzerland); Noethe, Max; Buss, Jens [Universitaet Dortmund (Germany); Collaboration: FACT-Collaboration


    Imaging Air Cherenkov Telescopes, including the First G-APD Cherenkov Telescope (FACT), use multiple mirror reflectors. These reflectors offer a great performance for very little resources. However one challange of multiple mirror reflectors is the alignment of the single mirrors to gain a good image. To align the FACT reflector a method developed by the VERITAS group was adopted and enhanced. Using a 1/10th scale model of FACT, the alignment system was developed off site in the lab which results in a highly telescope independent procedure. Finally FACT's reflector was aligned using all new Bokeh alignment and fine adjusted using enhanced SCCAN in May 2014. The basic alignment system and the alignment procedure on the telescope are presented. Alignment results are presented by comparison of star images using visible light and actual muon detection rates to compare the overall telescope performance before and after the reflector alignment.


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    I B Kd Surya Negara


    Full Text Available Indonesia merupakan negara beriklim tropis yang memiliki intensitas radiasi matahari yang sangat besar dan intensitas radiasi tersebut berpotensi untuk dikembangkan menjadi Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Surya. Efisiensi dari panel surya saat ini masih perlu pertimbangan lebih lanjut. Efisiensi panel surya yang rendah ini, berpengaruh pada hasil output daya listrik yang dihasilkan. Upaya untuk meningkatkan output daya listrik panel surya, yaitu dengan sistem tracking dan solar reflector. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui output daya listrik yang lebih maksimal. Metode dalam penelitian ini menggunakan sistem tracking yang pergerakannya berdasarkan waktu dan menggunakan solar reflector dengan cermin datar dan sudut reflector yang berbeda. Hasil dari perbandingan sistem tracking dengan solar reflector yaitu solar reflector menghasilkan output daya listrik lebih besar dibandingan dengan sistem tracking, dimana solar reflector menghasilkan output daya listrik sebesar 0.1224 Watt dan sistem tracking sebesar 0.1136 Watt.

  2. Bifacial PV cell with reflector for stand-alone mast for sensor powering purposes

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    Jakobsen, Michael Linde; Thorsteinsson, Sune; Poulsen, Peter Behrensdorff

    Reflectors to bifacial PV-cells are simulated and prototyped in this work. The aim is to optimize the reflector to specific latitudes, and particularly northern latitudes. Specifically, by using minimum semiconductor the reflector must be able to deliver the electrical power required at minimum...... the condition of solar travel above the horizon, worst weather condition etc. We will test a bifacial PV-cell with a retroreflector, and compare the output with simulations combined with local solar data....

  3. Bifacial PV cell with reflector for stand-alone mast for sensor powering purposes

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    Jakobsen, Michael Linde; Thorsteinsson, Sune; Poulsen, Peter Behrensdorff


    Reflectors to bifacial PV-cells are simulated and prototyped in this work. The aim is to optimize the reflector to specific latitudes, and particularly northern latitudes. Specifically, by using minimum semiconductor area the reflector must be able to deliver the electrical power required at the ...... at the condition of minimum solar travel above the horizon, worst weather condition etc. We will test a bifacial PV-module with a retroreflector, and compare the output with simulations combined with local solar data....

  4. Ultrabroadband Hybrid III-V/SOI Grating Reflector for On-chip Lasers

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    Park, Gyeong Cheol; Taghizadeh, Alireza; Chung, Il-Sug


    We report on a new type of III-V/SOI grating reflector with a broad stopband of 350 nm. This reflector has promising prospects for applications in high-speed III-V/SOI vertical cavity lasers with an improved heat dissipation capability.......We report on a new type of III-V/SOI grating reflector with a broad stopband of 350 nm. This reflector has promising prospects for applications in high-speed III-V/SOI vertical cavity lasers with an improved heat dissipation capability....

  5. Characterization of a Bifacial Photovoltaic Panel Integrated with External Diffuse and Semimirror Type Reflectors

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    P. Ooshaksaraei


    Full Text Available Silicon wafer accounts for almost one-half the cost of a photovoltaic (PV panel. A bifacial silicon solar cell is attractive due to its potential of enhancing power generation from the same silicon wafer in comparison with a conventional monofacial solar cell. The bifacial PV cell is able to capture solar radiation by back surface. This ability requires a suitable reflector appropriately oriented and separated from the cell’s rear surface. In order to optimize the bifacial solar cell performance with respect to an external back surface reflector, diffuse and semimirror reflectors were investigated at various angles and separations from the back surface. A simple bifacial solar panel, consisting of four monocrystalline Si solar cells, was designed and built. Reflection from the rear surface was provided by an extended semimirror and a white-painted diffuse reflector. Maximum power generation was observed at 30° with respect to ground for the semimirror reflector and 10° for diffuse reflector at an optimized reflector-panel separation of 115 mm. Output power enhancement of 20% and 15% from semimirror and diffuse reflectors, respectively, were observed. This loss from diffuse reflector is attributed to scattering of light beyond the rear surface capture cross-section of the bifacial solar panel.

  6. Demonstration of a single-crystal reflector-filter for enhancing slow neutron beams

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    Muhrer, G. [European Spallation Source, Lund (Sweden); Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Schönfeldt, T. [Center for Nuclear Technologies, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde (Denmark); European Spallation Source, Lund (Sweden); Iverson, E.B., E-mail: [Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Mocko, M. [Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Baxter, D.V. [Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (United States); Hügle, Th.; Gallmeier, F.X. [Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Klinkby, E.B. [Center for Nuclear Technologies, Technical University of Denmark, Roskilde (Denmark); European Spallation Source, Lund (Sweden)


    The cold polycrystalline beryllium reflector-filter concept has been used to enhance the cold neutron emission of cryogenic hydrogen moderators, while suppressing the intermediate wavelength and fast neutron emission at the same time. While suppressing the fast neutron emission is often desired, the suppression of intermediate wavelength neutrons is often unwelcome. It has been hypothesized that replacing the polycrystalline reflector-filter concept with a single-crystal reflector-filter concept would overcome the suppression of intermediate wavelength neutrons and thereby extend the usability of the reflector-filter concept to shorter but still important wavelengths. In this paper we present the first experimental data on a single-crystal reflector-filter at a reflected neutron source and compare experimental results with hypothesized performance. We find that a single-crystal reflector-filter retains the long-wavelength benefit of the polycrystalline reflector-filter, without suffering the same loss of important intermediate wavelength neutrons. This finding extends the applicability of the reflector-filter concept to intermediate wavelengths, and furthermore indicates that the reflector-filter benefits arise from its interaction with fast (background) neutrons, not with intermediate wavelength neutrons of potential interest in many types of neutron scattering.

  7. Reflector and Shield Material Properties for Project Prometheus

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    J. Nash


    This letter provides updated reflector and shield preliminary material property information to support reactor design efforts. The information provided herein supersedes the applicable portions of Revision 1 to the Space Power Program Preliminary Reactor Design Basis (Reference (a)). This letter partially answers the request in Reference (b) to provide unirradiated and irradiated material properties for beryllium, beryllium oxide, isotopically enriched boron carbide ({sup 11}B{sub 4}C) and lithium hydride. With the exception of {sup 11}B{sub 4}C, the information is provided in Attachments 1 and 2. At the time of issuance of this document, {sup 11}B{sub 4}C had not been studied.

  8. A Van Atta reflector consisting of half-wave dipoles

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    Appel-Hansen, Jørgen


    The reradiation pattern of a passive Van Atta reflector consisting of half-wave dipoles is investigated. The character of the reradiation pattern first is deduced by qualitative and physical considerations. Various types of array elements are considered and several geometrical configurations...... of these elements are outlined. Following this, an analysis is made of the reradiation pattern of a linear Van Atta array consisting of four equispaced half-wave dipoles. The general form of the reradiation pattern is studied analytically. The influence of scattering and coupling is determined and the dependence...

  9. Broadband aberration-free focusing reflector for acoustic waves (United States)

    Wang, Aixia; Qu, Shaobo; Ma, Hua; Wang, Jiafu; Jiang, Wei; Feng, Mingde


    An aberration-free focusing reflector (AFR) for acoustic waves is proposed with the aim to eliminate spherical aberration and coma simultaneously. Meanwhile, the AFR can focus acoustic waves with low dispersion in a wide frequency range of 14-50 kHz. The broadband aberration-free focusing effect is originated from an elliptical reflection phase gradient profile, which is achieved by milling different depths of axisymmetric grooves on a planoconcave-like brass plate using the ray theory. Theoretical and numerical results are in good agreement. The designed AFR can find broad engineering, industrial and medical applications.

  10. Design, Development and Testing of the GMI Reflector Deployment Assembly (United States)

    Guy, Larry; Foster, Mike; McEachen, Mike; Pellicciotti, Joseph; Kubitschek, Michael


    The GMI Reflector Deployment Assembly (RDA) is an articulating structure that accurately positions and supports the main reflector of the Global Microwave Imager (GMI) throughout the 3 year mission life. The GMI instrument will fly on the core Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) spacecraft and will be used to make calibrated radiometric measurements at multiple microwave frequencies and polarizations. The GPM mission is an international effort managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to improve climate, weather, and hydrometeorological predictions through more accurate and frequent precipitation measurements1. Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation (BATC) was selected by NASA Goddard to design, build, and test the GMI instrument. The RDA was designed and manufactured by ATK Aerospace Systems Group to meet a number of challenging packaging and performance requirements. ATK developed a flight-like engineering development unit (EDU) and two flight mechanisms that have been delivered to BATC. This paper will focus on driving GMI instrument system requirements, the RDA design, development, and test activities performed to demonstrate that requirements have been met.

  11. Iterative alignment of reflector segments using a laser tracker (United States)

    Cabrera Cuevas, Lizeth; Lucero Alvarez, Maribel; Leon-Huerta, Andrea; Hernandez Rios, Emilio; Hernandez Lázaro, Josefina; Tzile Torres, Carlos; Castro Santos, David; Gale, David M.; Wilson, Grant; Narayanan, Gopal; Smith, David R.


    The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) is a 50m diameter millimetre-wave radio telescope situated on the summit of Sierra Negra, Puebla, at an altitude of 4600 meters. The reflector surface of the LMT currently employs84 segments arranged in three annular rings. Each segment is comprised of 8 precision composite subpanels located on five threaded adjusters. During the current primary surface refurbishment, individual segments are aligned in the telescope basement using a laser tracker. This allows increased spatial resolution in shorter timescales, resulting in the opportunity for improved logistics and increased alignment precision. To perform segment alignment an iterative process is carried out whereby the surface is measured and subpanel deformations are corrected with the goal of 40 microns RMS. In practice we have been able to achieve RMS errors of almost 20 microns, with 35 microns typical. The number of iterations varies from around ten to over 20, depending mainly on the behaviour of the mechanical adjusters that support the individual subpanels. Cross marks scribed on the reflector surface are used as fiducials, because their positions on the paraboloid are well known. Measurement data is processed using a robust curve fitting algorithm which provides a map of the surface showing the subpanel deviations. From this map the required subpanel adjuster movements are calculated allowing surface improvement in a stepwise manner.

  12. Soiling and Cleaning of Polymer Film Solar Reflectors

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    Christopher Sansom


    Full Text Available This paper describes the accelerated ageing of commercially available silvered polymer film by contact cleaning using brushes and water in the presence of soiling created by dust and sand particles. These conditions represent cleaning regimes in real concentrating solar power (CSP solar fields in arid environments, where contact cleaning using brushes and water is often required to clean the reflecting surfaces. Whilst suitable for glass reflectors, this paper discusses the effects of these established cleaning processes on the optical and visual characteristics of polymer film surfaces, and then describes the development of a more benign but effective contact cleaning process for cleaning polymer reflectors. The effects of a range of cleaning brushes are discussed, with and without the presence of water, in the presence of sand and dust particles from selected representative locations. The experiments were repeated using different experimental equipment at Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA in Spain and Cranfield University in the UK. The results highlight differences that are attributable to the experimental methods used. Reflectance measurements and visual inspection show that a soft cleaning brush with a small amount of water, used in a cleaning head with both linear and rotational motion, can clean polymer film reflecting surfaces without inflicting surface damage or reducing specular reflectance.

  13. Silicon nanopowder as diffuse rear reflector for silicon solar cells (United States)

    Schäfer, S.; Haase, F.; Peibst, R.; Brendel, R.


    Highly efficient solar cells require minimized recombination and maximized optical absorption. We apply Si nanopowder with a median particle size of 500 nm to the rear side of poly-Si on oxide (POLO) passivated Si wafers that have a planar front side. The enhanced optical absorption consists of a useful component from the wafer and useless absorption by the Si pigments and the poly-Si layer. We derive and successfully apply an analytical model that accounts for both contributions and for the light trapping that is caused by light scattering at the nanopowder layer. We measure and model that this rear side increases the photogenerated current density by 1.3 mA/cm2 for a 140 μm-thick planar cell. We compare the performance of the Si-pigmented diffuse rear side reflectors (PDR) with reflectors using random pyramids (RPs) and POLO junctions. We find that for full surface coverage by Si nanopowder, the better surface passivation compensates for an inferior optical performance of a PDR when compared to RP.

  14. The Design and Analysis of Electrically Large Custom-Shaped Reflector Antennas (United States)


    feeding structure of sparse reflector . . . 57 3.13 The needed beamwidths to illuminate the entire cross-shaped reflector . . . . . 58 3.14 Trigonometry ...includes the transverse directions. The z-direction is the longitudinal direction. 58 Figure 3.14: Trigonometry used to solve for needed beamwidths and

  15. Electromagnetic Simulations for an Axisymmetric Gregorian Reflector System for a Space Deployed Inflatable Antenna (United States)


    Electromagnetic Simulations for an Axisymmetric Gregorian Reflector System for a Space-Deployed Inflatable Antenna Alan J. Fenn Lincoln...Laboratory Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lexington, Massachusetts, USA Jared W. Jordan Lincoln Laboratory Massachusetts Institute...of Technology Lexington, Massachusetts, USA Abstract— An axisymmetric array-fed confocal parabolic Gregorian reflector

  16. The role of oxide interlayers in back reflector configurations for amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Demontis, V.; Sanna, C.; Melskens, J.; Santbergen, R.; Smets, A.H.M.; Damiano, A.; Zeman, M.


    Thin oxide interlayers are commonly added to the back reflector of thin-film silicon solar cells to increase their current. To gain more insight in the enhancement mechanism, we tested different back reflector designs consisting of aluminium-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) and/or hydrogenated silicon

  17. Experimental investigation of dual wave optimized reflector stacks in solidly mounted resonators

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    Jose, Sumy; Hueting, Raymond Josephus Engelbart


    Optimizing the reflector stacks for both longitudinal and shear waves is critical in the design of SMRs for high Quality factor (Q) filters. In this work, we experimentally investigate two design approaches for reflector stack optimization, i.e. the phase error approach and the diffraction grating

  18. A new fabrication method for precision antenna reflectors for space flight and ground test (United States)

    Sharp, G. Richard; Wanhainen, Joyce S.; Ketelsen, Dean A.


    The use of higher frequencies on communications satellites has led to the requirement for increasingly precise antenna reflectors for use in space. Typical industry fabrication methods for space antenna reflectors employ successive molding techniques for reflector face sheets and a final fit-up to a master mold in order to achieve the required accuracies. However, new missions at much higher frequencies will require greater accuracies than may be achievable using these present methods. A new approach for the fabrication of ground-test antenna reflectors is to machine the reflective surface into a stainless steel and fiberglass composite structure. A 2.7-m diameter ground-test antenna reflector fabricated using this method has an accuracy of better than 0.013 mm (0.0005 in.) rms. A similar design concept for a solid surface reflector for use on spacecraft would involve fabrication in a similar manner but using space-qualified materials. This report describes the design, analysis, and fabrication of the 2.7-m-diameter precision antenna reflector for antenna ground test and the extension of this technology to precision space antenna reflectors.

  19. The effects of stainless steel radial reflector on core reactivity for small modular reactor (United States)

    Kang, Jung Kil; Hah, Chang Joo; Cho, Sung Ju; Seong, Ki Bong


    Commercial PWR core is surrounded by a radial reflector, which consists of a baffle and water. Radial reflector is designed to reflect neutron back into the core region to improve the neutron efficiency of the reactor and to protect the reactor vessels from the embrittling effects caused by irradiation during power operation. Reflector also helps to flatten the neutron flux and power distributions in the reactor core. The conceptual nuclear design for boron-free small modular reactor (SMR) under development in Korea requires to have the cycle length of 4˜5 years, rated power of 180 MWth and enrichment less than 5 w/o. The aim of this paper is to analyze the effects of stainless steel radial reflector on the performance of the SMR using UO2 fuels. Three types of reflectors such as water, water/stainless steel 304 mixture and stainless steel 304 are selected to investigate the effect on core reactivity. Additionally, the thickness of stainless steel and double layer reflector type are also investigated. CASMO-4/SIMULATE-3 code system is used for this analysis. The results of analysis show that single layer stainless steel reflector is the most efficient reflector.

  20. Leaky-Wave Slot Array Antenna Fed by a Dual Reflector System

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    Maci, S.; Ettorre, M.; Neto, A.; Gerini, G.


    A leaky-wave slot array antenna fed by a dual offset Gregorian reflector system is realized by pins in a parallel plate waveguide. The radiating part of the antenna is composed by parallel slots etched on one side of the same parallel plate waveguide. The dual offset Gregorian reflector system is

  1. Theoretical modeling of the dynamics of a semiconductor laser subject to double-reflector optical feedback

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    Bakry, A. [King Abdulaziz University, 80203, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science (Saudi Arabia); Abdulrhmann, S. [Jazan University, 114, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences (Saudi Arabia); Ahmed, M., E-mail: [King Abdulaziz University, 80203, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science (Saudi Arabia)


    We theoretically model the dynamics of semiconductor lasers subject to the double-reflector feedback. The proposed model is a new modification of the time-delay rate equations of semiconductor lasers under the optical feedback to account for this type of the double-reflector feedback. We examine the influence of adding the second reflector to dynamical states induced by the single-reflector feedback: periodic oscillations, period doubling, and chaos. Regimes of both short and long external cavities are considered. The present analyses are done using the bifurcation diagram, temporal trajectory, phase portrait, and fast Fourier transform of the laser intensity. We show that adding the second reflector attracts the periodic and perioddoubling oscillations, and chaos induced by the first reflector to a route-to-continuous-wave operation. During this operation, the periodic-oscillation frequency increases with strengthening the optical feedback. We show that the chaos induced by the double-reflector feedback is more irregular than that induced by the single-reflector feedback. The power spectrum of this chaos state does not reflect information on the geometry of the optical system, which then has potential for use in chaotic (secure) optical data encryption.

  2. Leaky wave enhanced feeds for multibeam reflectors to be used for telecom satellite based links

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    Neto, A.; Ettorre, M.; Gerini, G.; Maagt, P. de


    The use of dielectric super-layers for shaping the radiation pattern of focal plane feeds of a multibeam reflector system is discussed. Using the super-layers, it is possible to reduce the spillover from the reflectors without increasing the dimension of each aperture. The effect has been

  3. Main-Reflector Manufacturing Technology for the Deep Space Optical Communications Ground Station (United States)

    Britcliffe, M. J.; Hoppe, D. J.


    The Deep Space Network (DSN) has plans to develop a 10-m-diameter optical communications receiving station. The system uses the direct detection technique, which has much different requirements from a typical astronomical telescope. The receiver must operate in daylight and nighttime conditions. This imposes special requirements on the optical system to reject stray light from the Sun and other sources. One of the biggest challenges is designing a main-reflector surface that meets these requirements and can be produced at a reasonable cost. The requirements for the performance of the reflector are presented. To date, an aspherical primary reflector has been assumed. A reflector with a spherical reflector has a major cost advantage over an aspherical design, with no sacrifice in performance. A survey of current manufacturing techniques for optical mirrors of this type was performed. Techniques including solid glass, lightweight glass, diamond-turned aluminum, and composite mirrors were investigated.

  4. Reflector and Protections in a Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor: Modelling and Optimization (United States)

    Blanchet, David; Fontaine, Bruno


    The ASTRID project (Advanced Sodium Technological Reactor for Industrial Demonstration) is a Generation IV nuclear reactor concept under development in France [1]. In this frame, studies are underway to optimize radial reflectors and protections. Considering radial protections made in natural boron carbide, this study is conducted to assess the neutronic performances of the MgO as the reference choice for reflector material, in comparison with other possible materials including a more conventional stainless steel. The analysis is based upon a simplified 1-D and 2-D deterministic modelling of the reactor, providing simplified interfaces between core, reflector and protections. Such models allow examining detailed reaction rate distributions; they also provide physical insights into local spectral effects occurring at the Core-Reflector and at the Reflector-Protection interfaces.

  5. 16 CFR Table 1 to Part 1512 - Minimum Candlepower per Incident Foot-Candle for Clear Reflector 1 (United States)


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Minimum Candlepower per Incident Foot-Candle for Clear Reflector 1 1 Table 1 to Part 1512 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION..., and side reflectors; entrance angle in degrees 0 10 up/down 20 left/right Pedal reflectors; entrance...

  6. Evaluation of seismic reflector slopes with a Yoyo-CTD (United States)

    Krahmann, G.; Papenberg, C.; Brandt, P.; Vogt, M.


    In spring 2007 a dedicated seismic and oceanographic experiment was conducted in the Gulf of Cadiz. Employing two research vessels seismic and hydrographic observations were made contemporaneously and in close proximity. At a 12 hour long station inside a Meddy a conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) probe was lowered and raised repeatedly while the seismic vessel conducted a repetitive survey on tracks nearby. Over the period 17 CTD profiles were collected covering the depth interval from 500 to 1700 m. The CTD data show the Meddy's elevated temperatures and salinities as well as varying intrusive features. When converted into reflection coefficients and convoluted with the seismic source signal the CTD data agrees well with nearby seismic data. The comparison of the temporal/spatial slopes of CTD-derived reflectors with those of isopycnals shows a good agreement when the slopes are determined over intervals shorter than 4 hours.

  7. Polarization modulation by tunable electromagnetic metamaterial reflector/absorber. (United States)

    Zhu, Bo; Feng, Yijun; Zhao, Junming; Huang, Ci; Wang, Zhengbin; Jiang, Tian


    We propose a polarization modulation scheme of electromagnetic (EM) waves through reflection of a tunable metamaterial reflector/absorber. By constructing the metamaterial with resonant unit cells coupled by diodes, we demonstrate that the EM reflections for orthogonal polarized incident waves can be tuned independently by adjusting the bias voltages on the corresponding diodes. Owing to this feature, the reflected EM waves can be electrically controlled to a linear polarization with continuously tunable azimuth angle from 0° to 90° at the resonant frequency, or an elliptical polarization with tunable azimuth angle of the major axis when off the resonant frequency. The proposed property has been verified through both numerical simulations and experimental measurements at microwave band, which enables us to electrically modulate the polarization state of EM waves flexibly.

  8. Investigation of Flexible Textile Antennas and AMC Reflectors

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    M. Mantash


    Full Text Available In this paper, two different methods for fabric characterization are presented: a single frequency method and a broadband method. Felt and denim fabrics are characterized, and patch antennas are designed using these substrates to test both methods. Prototypes of the antennas on felt and denim are manufactured using conductive textile (called electrotextile aiming to obtain fully flexible antennas. The prototypes are characterized in anechoic chamber to be compared and obtain conclusions related to the characterization methods. A new dual-band hexagonal AMC reflector combinable with antennas is also proposed to improve their performance and reduce the backward radiation to the human body. A novel broadband CPW-fed monopole antenna is designed to be combined with the AMC. The resulted prototype is characterized and compared with the performance of the CPW-fed antenna alone.

  9. Development of sheet-metal parabolic-trough reflector panels (United States)

    Biester, A. W.


    Efforts to develop accurate, durable, and mass producible sheet metal parabolic trough solar collectors and the associated support for the collectors are described. The design considered is similar to an automobile hood, a two-piece sheet metal structure consisting of a formed steel frame or stiffening panel and a smooth contoured skin. The two pieces may be bonded or welded to form a rigid structure, and a reflective surface applied such as a film, glass mirror, or any of the presently utilized materials. The work encompassed material selection, adhesive selection and testing, tool design and fabrication, prototype panel production, and design and development of torque tube assemblies on which the trough is inclined. Results of adhesive bonding studies are given. It is found that high volume technology can be used to produce accurate and structurally sound reflector panels, and one configuration was selected for fabrication in suitable quantities for performance testing.

  10. Radio telescope reflectors historical development of design and construction

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    Baars, Jacob W M


    This book demonstrates how progress in radio astronomy is intimately linked to the development of reflector antennas of increasing size and precision. The authors describe the design and construction of major radio telescopes as those in Dwingeloo, Jodrell Bank, Parkes, Effelsberg and Green Bank since 1950 up to the present as well as millimeter wavelength telescopes as the 30m MRT of IRAM in Spain, the 50m LMT in Mexico and the ALMA submillimeter instrument. The advances in methods of structural design and coping with environmental influences (wind, temperature, gravity) as well as application of new materials are explained in a non-mathematical, descriptive and graphical way along with the story of the telescopes. Emphasis is placed on the interplay between astronomical and electromagnetic requirements and structural, mechanical and control solutions. A chapter on management aspects of large telescope projects closes the book. The authors address a readership with interest in the progress of engineering sol...

  11. The effect of reflector with sound-absorbing material on supersonic jet noise (United States)

    Kweon, Y.-H.; Tsuchida, M.; Miyazato, Y.; Aoki, T.; Kim, H.-D.; Setoguchi, T.


    This paper describes an experimental work to investigate the effect of a reflector on supersonic jet noise radiated from a convergent-divergent nozzle with a design Mach number 2.0. In the present study, a metal reflector and reflectors made of three different sound-absorbing materials (grass wool and polyurethane foam) were employed, and the reflector size was varied. Acoustic measurement is carried out to obtain the acoustic characteristics such as frequency, amplitude of screech tone and overall sound pressure level (OASPL). A high-quality schlieren optical system is used to visualize the detailed structure of supersonic jet. The results obtained show that the acoustic characteristics of supersonic jet noise are strongly dependent upon the jet pressure ratio and the reflector size. It is also found that the reflector with sound-absorbing material reduces the screech tone amplitude by about 5 13dB and the overall sound pressure levels by about 2 5dB, compared with those of the metal reflector.

  12. Electrophoretic deposited TiO(2) pigment-based back reflectors for thin film solar cells. (United States)

    Bills, Braden; Morris, Nathan; Dubey, Mukul; Wang, Qi; Fan, Qi Hua


    Highly reflective coatings with strong light scattering effect have many applications in optical components and optoelectronic devices. This work reports titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) pigment-based reflectors that have 2.5 times higher broadband diffuse reflection than commercially produced aluminum or silver based reflectors and result in efficiency enhancements of a single-junction amorphous Si solar cell. Electrophoretic deposition is used to produce pigment-based back reflectors with high pigment density, controllable film thickness and site-specific deposition. Electrical conductivity of the pigment-based back reflectors is improved by creating electrical vias throughout the pigment-based back reflector by making holes using an electrical discharge / dielectric breakdown approach followed by a second electrophoretic deposition of conductive nanoparticles into the holes. While previous studies have demonstrated the use of pigment-based back reflectors, for example white paint, on glass superstrate configured thin film Si solar cells, this work presents a scheme for producing pigment-based reflectors on complex shape and flexible substrates. Mechanical durability and scalability are demonstrated on a continuous electrophoretic deposition roll-to-roll system which has flexible metal substrate capability of 4 inch wide and 300 feet long.

  13. Electrically switchable polymer stabilised broadband infrared reflectors and their potential as smart windows for energy saving in buildings. (United States)

    Khandelwal, Hitesh; Loonen, Roel C G M; Hensen, Jan L M; Debije, Michael G; Schenning, Albertus P H J


    Electrically switchable broadband infrared reflectors that are relatively transparent in the visible region have been fabricated using polymer stabilised cholesteric liquid crystals. The IR reflectors can change their reflection/transmission properties by applying a voltage in response to changes in environmental conditions. Simulations predict that a significant amount of energy can be saved on heating, cooling and lighting of buildings in places such as Madrid by using this switchable IR reflector. We have also fabricated a switchable IR reflector which can also generate electricity. These polymer based switchable IR reflectors are of high potential as windows of automobiles and buildings to control interior temperatures and save energy.

  14. High-contrast grating reflectors for 980 nm vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (United States)

    Gebski, M.; Kuzior, O.; Wasiak, M.; Szerling, A.; Wójcik-Jedlińska, A.; Pałka, N.; Dems, M.; Xie, Y. Y.; Xu, Z. J.; Wang, Q. J.; Zhang, D. H.; Czyszanowski, T.


    This paper presents results of computer simulation of 1D monolithic high refractive index contrast grating (MHCG) reflector also called surface grating reflector (SGR). We analyzed optical properties of the GaAs reflector designed for 980 nm wavelength with respect to the grating parameters variation. We also determined the electric field patterns after reflection from the structure in several cases of parameters variation. We show that thanks to the scalability and design simplicity, proposed design is a promising candidate for simple, next generation vertical cavity surface emitting lasers emitting from ultra-violet to infrared.

  15. Quality control facilities for large optical reflectors at ENEA-Casaccia for physics application

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    Baccaro, S.; Bosio, C.; Maccari, A.; Montecchi, M


    The paper describes the quality control facilities for large optical reflectors available at ENEA-Casaccia. Commercial and custom spectrophotometers allow to measure the reflectance; specular and diffused for flat samples, and specular for the full-size reflector. In the case of spherical shape, the 2f and the pin-hole optical tests give a quick evaluation of the focusing effectiveness and the curvature uniformity, respectively. An optical profilometer allows to accurately measure the reflector profile and its deviations from the project specifications.

  16. Strategy for reflector pattern calculation: Let the computer do the work (United States)

    Lam, P. T.; Lee, S. W.; Hung, C. C.; Acousta, R.


    Using high frequency approximations, the secondary pattern of a reflector antenna can be calculated by numerically evaluating a radiation integral I(u,v). In recent years, tremendous effort has been expended to reducing I(u,v) to Fourier integrals. These reduction schemes are invariably reflector geometry dependent. Hence, different analyses/computer software development must be carried out for different reflector shapes/boundaries. it is pointed out, that, as the computer power improves, these reduction schemes are no longer necessary. Comparable accuracy and computation time can be achieved by evaluating I(u,v) by a brute force FFT described in this note. Furthermore, there is virtually no restriction on the reflector geometry by using the brute force FFT.

  17. Strategy for reflector pattern calculation - Let the computer do the work (United States)

    Lam, P. T.; Lee, S.-W.; Hung, C. C.; Acosta, R.


    Using high frequency approximations, the secondary pattern of a reflector antenna can be calculated by numerically evaluating a radiation integral I(u,v). In recent years, tremendous effort has been expended to reducing I(u,v) to Fourier integrals. These reduction schemes are invariably reflector geometry dependent. Hence, different analyses/computer software development must be carried out for different reflector shapes/boundaries. It is pointed out, that, as the computer power improves, these reduction schemes are no longer necessary. Comparable accuracy and computation time can be achieved by evaluating I(u,v) by a brute force FFT described in this note. Furthermore, there is virtually no restriction on the reflector geometry by using the brute force FFT.

  18. Affordable Unfurlable Fan-Fold Wrapable Reflector for Small and Large Apertures Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Deployable Space Systems (DSS) will focus the proposed SBIR program on the development and concept feasibility of an innovative deployable mesh/membrane reflector...

  19. Monolithic distributed Bragg reflector cavities in Al2O3 with quality factors exceeding one million

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    Bernhardi, Edward; van Wolferen, Hendricus A.G.M.; Worhoff, Kerstin; de Ridder, R.M.; Pollnau, Markus

    Monolithic distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) cavities with quality factors exceeding one million have been realized in aluminum oxide channel waveguides. This technology enabled the successful demonstration of the first DBR laser in this waveguide platform.

  20. A New Method of Designing Circularly Symmetric Shaped Dual Reflector Antennas Using Distorted Conics

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    Mohammad Asif Zaman


    Full Text Available A new method of designing circularly symmetric shaped dual reflector antennas using distorted conics is presented. The surface of the shaped subreflector is expressed using a new set of equations employing differential geometry. The proposed equations require only a small number of parameters to accurately describe practical shaped subreflector surfaces. A geometrical optics (GO based method is used to synthesize the shaped main reflector surface corresponding to the shaped subreflector. Using the proposed method, a shaped Cassegrain dual reflector system is designed. The field scattered from the subreflector is calculated using uniform geometrical theory of diffraction (UTD. Finally, a numerical example is provided showing how a shaped subreflector produces more uniform illumination over the main reflector aperture compared to an unshaped subreflector.

  1. Wafer-bonding AlGaInP light emitting diodes with pyramidally patterned metal reflector (United States)

    Zhiyuan, Zuo; Wei, Xia; Gang, Wang; Xiangang, Xu


    We demonstrate and introduce here a pyramidally patterned metal reflector into wafer-bonding AlGaInP light emitting diodes (LEDs) to improve the light extraction efficiency by using a photo-assisted chemical etched GaP:Mg layer. The pyramid patterns were fabricated employing a HF and H2O2 mixed solution in combination with a 532 nm laser on a GaP:Mg surface firstly, and then a gold reflector layer was evaporated onto the patterned GaP:Mg surface. After the whole chip process, the patterned gold reflector structure was confirmed to be efficient for light extraction and a 18.55% enhancement of the electroluminescent flux has been obtained by an integrating sphere, compared to the surface textured LEDs with flat reflectors.

  2. Measurement of the stored energy in the NRX reactor reflector graphite

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    Hilton, H.B.; Larson, E.A.G.


    With the co-operation of workers at Windscale and Harwell, whose assistance is hereby gratefully acknowledged, the stored energy content of the inner reflector graphite of NRX has been measured. Measurements made at three different elevations and at different positions through the reflector show that there is, at present, no danger to NRX from an accidental release of the energy. The energy stored in the reflector in 1958 is less by a factor five to ten than the stored energy as measured in 1953. It appears that there has been a continual release of stored energy since 1954 when, after the rehabilitation, the maximum power was raised to 40 MW. Additional thermocouples have been installed in the inner reflector, and future stored energy measurements are being scheduled. (author)

  3. A Comparative Physics Study on Low Boron Concentration Small PWR Core Designs using Different Reflectors

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    Yoo, Ho Seong; Hong, Ser Gi [Kyung Hee University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)


    In this work, we considered not only water reflector but also several different solid reflectors for this purpose. In this work, we performed the comparative physics study on the long cycle small PWR core with the several different reflector assemblies. A reference core having water reflector was designed to have low boron concentration by using new FCM burnable poison rods with B4C kernel BISO particles. Then, the comparative study was performed by replacing the water reflector with the candidate reflector compositions in the reference core. The SMRs have been designed to simplify the system components so as to improve passive safety by integrating the main system components into reactor vessel with the removal of valves and pipes. Korea also has supported a project for designing the light water cooled SMR which can be operated without soluble boron or low boron concentration. As a part of this project, we have designed an advanced light water cooled SMR core with new Fully Ceramic Micro-encapsulated(FCM) burnable poison rods (BPR) which can be operated over 4 EFPYs with low boron concentration (<350 ppm). The objective of this work is to analyze the effects of different radial reflector materials on the performances of our SMR core having FCM BPRs because it is considered interesting to know how long we can extend the cycle length of the SMR core by optimizing the reflector design. Also, to improve the accuracy of the reflector homogenized two-group cross sections, we performed two-dimensional whole core transport calculations with DeCART2D to obtain the detailed spectrum of the reflector and used it in producing the reflector homogenized two-group cross sections. The study showed that the reference water reflected core has the shortest cycle length of 3.5 EFPYs and the lowest boron concentration of 221ppm while the other solid reflected cores have significantly longer cycle lengths but higher boron concentrations. Of the cores, the graphite reflected core has

  4. Computational Electromagnetic Studies for Low-Frequency Compensation of the Reflector Impulse-radiating Antenna (United States)


    realized as constant- angular structures, such as biconical and bowtie antennas . Inevitably, the ge- ometry must be truncated at some point, so physical...COMPUTATIONAL ELECTROMAGNETIC STUDIES FOR LOW-FREQUENCY COMPENSATION OF THE REFLECTOR IMPULSE-RADIATING ANTENNA THESIS Casey E. Fillmore, Capt, USAF...ELECTROMAGNETIC STUDIES FOR LOW-FREQUENCY COMPENSATION OF THE REFLECTOR IMPULSE-RADIATING ANTENNA THESIS Presented to the Faculty Department of Electrical and

  5. The ABCD matrix for parabolic reflectors and its application to astigmatism free four-mirror cavities (United States)

    Dupraz, K.; Cassou, K.; Martens, A.; Zomer, F.


    The ABCD matrix for parabolic reflectors is derived for any incident angles. It is used in numerical studies of four-mirror cavities composed of two flat and two parabolic mirrors. Constraints related to laser beam injection efficiency, optical stability, cavity-mode, beam-waist size and high stacking power are satisfied. A dedicated alignment procedure leading to stigmatic cavity-modes is employed to overcome issues related to the optical alignment of parabolic reflectors.

  6. Simulation of environment effects on retro-reflectors in ITER

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    Voitsenya, V.S.; Berezhnyj, V.L.; Konovalov, V.G.; Naidenkova, D.I.; Ryzhkov, V.I.; Solodovchenko, S.I. [NSC KIPT, Kharkov (Ukraine); Bardamid, A.F.; Vinnichenko, M.V. [Shevchenko National Univ., 03127 Kiev (Ukraine); Belyaeva, A.I. [National Technical Univ., Kharkov (Ukraine); Donne, A.J.H. [FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen (Netherlands); Gil, Ch.; Lipa, M.; Schunke, B. [Euratom-CEA, Centre d' Etudes de Cadarache, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee; Malaquais, A. [International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna (Austria); Topkov, A.N. [National University, Kharkov (Ukraine)


    The use of retro-reflectors (RR) is considered for 2 plasma diagnostics in ITER: -) poloidal multichannel polarimetry that is supposed to operate on a single wavelength (118 {mu}m) and -) toroidal multichannel polarimetry that will use a dual frequency CO{sub 2} laser operating at 10.6 and 9.27 {mu}m. In order to shorten the time of simulation experiments, the long term sputtering effects on optical properties of RR were studied with Cu mirrors instead of Mo mirrors, results are reported in this series of slides. It was shown that the sputtering of the top 5 {mu}m layer from a poly-crystal Mo mirror would not result in a noticeable decrease of reflectance at 118 {mu}m. For the toroidal polarimetry system with much shorter wavelengths, a similar sputtering rate is absolutely inadmissible due to much longer path length of the probing beam. It was also shown that the micro-relief that will develop on the surface of RR due to long-term sputtering, can significantly change both the reflectance and the polarization angle of the reflecting beam. Polarization angle will also be changed if the surface of RR is coated with a carbon film.

  7. Experimental Validation of Plasma Metasurfaces as Tunable THz Reflectors (United States)

    Colon Quinones, Roberto; Underwood, Thomas; Cappelli, Mark


    Measurements are presented which validate the use of plasma metasurfaces (PMs) as potential tunable THz reflectors. The PM considered here is an n x n array of laser produced plasma kernels generated by focusing the fundamental output from a 2 J/p Q-switched Nd:YAG laser through a multi-lens array (MLA) and into a gas of varying pressure. An M Squared Firefly-THz laser is used to generate a collimated pulse of THz light, which is then directed to the PM at varying angles of incidence. The reflected energy is measured using a Gentec-EO SDX-1187 joulemeter probe to characterize the surface impedance or reflectivity. In this presentation, we will compare the measured reflectance to values obtained from theoretical predictions and 3D finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulations. Work supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). R. Colon Quinones and T. Underwood acknowledge the support of the Department of Defense (DoD) through the National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) Program.

  8. Assessment of irradiation effects on beryllium reflector and heavy water tank of JRR-3M

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    Murayama, Yoji; Kakehuda, Kazuhiro [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment


    The JRR-3M, a swimming pool type research reactor with beryllium and heavy water reflectors, has been operated since 1990. Since the beryllium reflectors are close to fuel and receive high fast neutron fluence in a relatively short time, they may be subject to change their dimensions by swelling due mostly to entrapped helium gaseous. This may bend the reflectors to the outside and narrow gaps between the reflectors and the fuel elements. The gaps have been measured with an ultrasonic thickness gage in an annual inspection. The results in 1996 show that the maximum of expansion in the diametral directions was 0.6 mm against 1.6 mm of a managed value for replacement of the reflector. A heavy water tank of the JRR-3M is made of aluminum alloy A5052. Surveillance tests of the alloy have been conducted to evaluate irradiation effects of the heavy water tank. Five sets of specimens of the alloy have been irradiated in the beryllium reflectors where fast neutron flux is higher than that in the heavy water tank. In 1994, one set of specimens had been unloaded and carried out the post-irradiation tests. The results show that the heavy water tank preserved satisfactory mechanical properties. (author)

  9. Structural-electromagnetic bidirectional coupling analysis of space large film reflector antennas (United States)

    Zhang, Xinghua; Zhang, Shuxin; Cheng, ZhengAi; Duan, Baoyan; Yang, Chen; Li, Meng; Hou, Xinbin; Li, Xun


    As used for energy transmission, a space large film reflector antenna (SLFRA) is characterized by large size and enduring high power density. The structural flexibility and the microwave radiation pressure (MRP) will lead to the phenomenon of structural-electromagnetic bidirectional coupling (SEBC). In this paper, the SEBC model of SLFRA is presented, then the deformation induced by the MRP and the corresponding far field pattern deterioration are simulated. Results show that, the direction of the MRP is identical to the normal of the reflector surface, and the magnitude is proportional to the power density and the square of cosine incident angle. For a typical cosine function distributed electric field, the MRP is a square of cosine distributed across the diameter. The maximum deflections of SLFRA linearly increase with the increasing microwave power densities and the square of the reflector diameters, and vary inversely with the film thicknesses. When the reflector diameter becomes 100 m large and the microwave power density exceeds 102 W/cm2, the gain loss of the 6.3 μm-thick reflector goes beyond 0.75 dB. When the MRP-induced deflection degrades the reflector performance, the SEBC should be taken into account.

  10. High-Precision Shape Control of In-Space Deployable Large Membrane/Thin-Shell Reflectors (United States)

    Watkins, Ronald; Goebel, Dan; Hofer, Richard


    This innovation has been developed to improve the resolutions of future spacebased active and passive microwave antennas for earth-science remote sensing missions by maintaining surface figure precisions of large membrane/thin-shell reflectors during orbiting. The intention is for these sensing instruments to be deployable at orbit altitudes one or two orders of magnitude higher than Low Earth Orbit (LEO), but still being able to acquire measurements at spatial resolution and sensitivity similar to those of LEO. Because active and passive microwave remote sensors are able to penetrate through clouds to acquire vertical profile measurements of geophysical parameters, it is desirable to elevate them to the higher orbits to obtain orbital geometries that offer large spatial coverage and more frequent observations. This capability is essential for monitoring and for detailed understanding of the life cycles of natural hazards, such as hurricanes, tropical storms, flash floods, and tsunamis. Major components of this high-precision antenna-surface-control system include a membrane/thin shell reflector, a metrology sensor, a controller, actuators, and corresponding power amplifier and signal conditioning electronics (see figure). Actuators are attached to the back of the reflector to produce contraction/ expansion forces to adjust the shape of the thin-material reflector. The wavefront-sensing metrology system continuously measures the surface figure of the reflector, converts the surface figure to digital data and feeds the data to the controller. The controller determines the control parameters and generates commands to the actuator system. The flexible, piezoelectric polymer actuators are thus activated, providing the control forces needed to correct any distortions that exist in the reflector surface. Piezoelectric polymer actuators are very thin and flexible. They can be implemented on the back of the membrane/thin-shell reflector without introducing significant

  11. Stacking illumination of a confocal reflector light emitting diode automobile headlamp with an asymmetric triangular prism. (United States)

    Chen, Hsi-Chao; Zhou, Jia-Hao; Zhou, Yang


    A confocal reflector lamp with an asymmetric triangular prism was designed for a stacking illumination of a light emitting diode (LED) automobile headlamp fitting ECE R112 asymmetrical regulation. The optical system includes three 1st elliptic reflectors, three 2nd parabolic reflectors, and one asymmetric triangular prism. Three elliptic and parabolic reflectors were assembled with three confocal reflector modules; two modules projected the cut-off line of a 0° angle, and the other module projected the cut-off line of a 15° angle using of an asymmetric triangular prism. The ray tracing, optical simulation, and mockup experiment results exhibited that the illumination distribution met the regulation of ECE R112 class B, and the ideal efficiency could reach 96.8% in theory. The tolerance analysis showed the efficiency remained above 98% under the error values of ±0.2  mm of the position of the LED light source, and the y direction of the up-down movement was more sensitive than the x and z directions. The measurement results of the mockup sample safety factor were all larger than 1.15 and supported the regulation of the ECE R112 Class B.

  12. Neutron fluence effects on SLOWPOKE-2 beryllium reflector composition and reactivity

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    Puig, Francesc, E-mail: [Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Dennis, Haile, E-mail: [International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences, 2 Anguilla Close, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7 (Jamaica)


    Highlights: • SLOWPOKE-2 reflector composition evolution estimated using two different methods. • Reactivity effects of reflector composition changes calculated using MCNP5. • Impurities depletion dominates over poisons buildup, increasing reactivity. • Results contradict previously published behavior estimates for MNSR reactors. • Identified main factors explaining the observed prediction discrepancies. - Abstract: Within the scope of the conversion process from HEU to LEU of the Jamaican SLOWPOKE-2 reactor (JM-1), the effects of the neutron fluence on the beryllium reflector composition, and the corresponding effect on reactivity throughout the life of the reactor core, have been studied. Two different methods have been used and compared involving MCNP5, ORIGEN2.2, ORIGEN-S and COUPLE codes, reaching excellent agreement between them. The neutron flux profile and energy spectrum specific to the beryllium reflectors of this reactor design have been taken into account to analyze several scenarios, comprising both real and hypothetical conditions and involving different initial reflector compositions and reactor burnups. The analysis has been extended to provide estimates for the similar MNSR reactor design and compared with previously published predictions for the Syrian MNSR. The results show small overall reactivity effects in most cases, being dominated by impurity depletion as opposed to poison buildup, contrarily to what generally occurs in beryllium reflected reactors of far higher power and to MNSR predictions. The resulting reactivity increases are typically of less than 0.4 mk for usual impurity levels and maximum HEU core burnup achievable.

  13. Coherent control of high efficiency metasurface beam deflectors with a back partial reflector

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    Shota Kita


    Full Text Available Recently, coherent control of absorption in metallic metasurfaces has been demonstrated, and this phenomenon was applied to intriguing light-by-light switching operation. Here we experimentally demonstrate coherent control of beam deflection by high-efficiency metasurfaces for the first time. Although the beam deflection efficiency by a metasurface is generally small, high-efficiency metasurfaces, which consist of a single layer metasurface with a back reflector, are known to exhibit significantly high deflection efficiency. A key point of our study is to replace the back reflector with a partial reflector instead, which enables light-by-light control of a high-efficiency metasurface with a pair of counter-propagating coherent beam inputs. By adjusting the partial reflector thickness appropriately, the proposed device outperforms ones without a reflector, especially for the deflection efficiency. We finally experimentally demonstrate the expected operation of the fabricated device at a visible wavelength, which reveals that the deflection efficiency of 45% (49% in theory. This result demonstrates highly efficient light-by-light control of the beam deflection by a metasurface, which opens up possible applications to ultrathin photonic devices for linear all-optical switching and logic functions.

  14. A nonlinear equivalent circuit method for analysis of passive intermodulation of mesh reflectors

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    Jiang Jie


    Full Text Available Passive intermodulation (PIM has gradually become a serious electromagnetic interference due to the development of high-power and high-sensitivity RF/microwave communication systems, especially large deployable mesh reflector antennas. This paper proposes a field-circuit coupling method to analyze the PIM level of mesh reflectors. With the existence of many metal–metal (MM contacts in mesh reflectors, the contact nonlinearity becomes the main reason for PIM generation. To analyze these potential PIM sources, an equivalent circuit model including nonlinear components is constructed to model a single MM contact so that the transient current through the MM contact point induced by incident electromagnetic waves can be calculated. Taking the electric current as a new electromagnetic wave source, the far-field scattering can be obtained by the use of electromagnetic numerical methods or the communication link method. Finally, a comparison between simulation and experimental results is illustrated to verify the validity of the proposed method.

  15. Development and test of an end reflector for parabolic trough collectors

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    Fend, T.; Bohmer, M.; Binner, P.; Deidewig, F. [Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V., Solare Energietechnik, Koln (Germany); Leon, J.; Kemme, R. [Plataforma Solar de Almeria (Spain)


    Within the DLR-Project PAREX (PArabolRinnen EXperiment) it could be shown by experiments and calculations, that collector efficiencies of parabolic troughs car be increased by up to 2% by means of the use of an end reflector, which is placed at the north end of each trough (in case of a north-south oriented plant at the northern hemisphere). Calculations show that the intensity of the incident concentrated radiation on the surface of the absorber increases by a factor of two. A first prototype of a 0,7 m{sup 2} end reflector was tested at the DLR in the PARMESAN (PArabolRinnenMESsANlage) test facility. The radiation profile around the absorber was measured and compared to the calculated results. A second 6,4 m{sup 2} end reflector was designed and built up at the LS-3 test loop at the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA). (authors)

  16. Broadband Metamaterial Reflectors for Polarization Manipulation Based on Cross/Ring Resonators

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    Z. Zhang


    Full Text Available We presented the investigation of broadband metamaterial reflector for polarization manipulation based on cross/ring resonators. It is demonstrated that the meta¬material reflector can convert the linearly polarized inci¬dent wave to its cross polarized wave or circularly polar¬ized wave. Due to the multiple resonances at neighboring frequencies, the proposed reflector presents broadband property and high efficiency. The measured fraction band¬width of cross polarization conversion is 55.5% with effi¬ciency higher than 80%. Furthermore, a broadband circu¬lar polarizer is designed by adjusting the dimension para¬meters and the measured fraction bandwidth exceeds 30%.

  17. Water resistant rhodium plated reflectors for use in the DIRC BaBar Cherenkov detector

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    Benkebil, M; Plaszczynski, S; Schune, M H; Wormser, G


    Early simulation studies showed that reflectors mounted on the photomultipliers would be useful for the DIRC BaBar Cherenkov detector, showing a gain between 20% and 30% in the number of Cherenkov photons. The proof of principle for these reflectors has been obtained during the beam test of a large-scale prototype of the DIRC detector. An extensive R and D has been conducted in order to test different metallization procedures. Indeed, the challenge was to find a metallization technique which can resist the pure de-ionized water (>15 M OMEGA) up to 10 yr. The chosen technology was rhodium plated reflectors. During the first BaBar cosmic run, the measured performance confirmed the results of the simulation, the prototype-II and the R and D.

  18. GPCA vs. PCA in Recognition and 3-D Localization of Ultrasound Reflectors

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    Carlos A. Luna


    Full Text Available In this paper, a new method of classification and localization of reflectors, using the time-of-flight (TOF data obtained from ultrasonic transducers, is presented. The method of classification and localization is based on Generalized Principal Component Analysis (GPCA applied to the TOF values obtained from a sensor that contains four ultrasound emitters and 16 receivers. Since PCA works with vectorized representations of TOF, it does not take into account the spatial locality of receivers. The GPCA works with two-dimensional representations of TOF, taking into account information on the spatial position of the receivers. This report includes a detailed description of the method of classification and localization and the results of achieved tests with three types of reflectors in 3-D environments: planes, edges, and corners. The results in terms of processing time, classification and localization were very satisfactory for the reflectors located in the range of 50–350 cm.

  19. GPCA vs. PCA in Recognition and 3-D Localization of Ultrasound Reflectors (United States)

    Luna, Carlos A.; Jiménez, José A.; Pizarro, Daniel; Losada, Cristina; Rodriguez, José M.


    In this paper, a new method of classification and localization of reflectors, using the time-of-flight (TOF) data obtained from ultrasonic transducers, is presented. The method of classification and localization is based on Generalized Principal Component Analysis (GPCA) applied to the TOF values obtained from a sensor that contains four ultrasound emitters and 16 receivers. Since PCA works with vectorized representations of TOF, it does not take into account the spatial locality of receivers. The GPCA works with two-dimensional representations of TOF, taking into account information on the spatial position of the receivers. This report includes a detailed description of the method of classification and localization and the results of achieved tests with three types of reflectors in 3-D environments: planes, edges, and corners. The results in terms of processing time, classification and localization were very satisfactory for the reflectors located in the range of 50–350 cm. PMID:22363203

  20. On-ground electrical performance verification strategies for large deployable reflector antennas

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Breinbjerg, Olav


    In this paper, possible verification strategies for large deployable reflector antennas are reviewed and analysed. One of the approaches considered to be the most feasible and promising is based on measurements of the feed characteristics, such as pattern and gain, and then calculation of the ove......In this paper, possible verification strategies for large deployable reflector antennas are reviewed and analysed. One of the approaches considered to be the most feasible and promising is based on measurements of the feed characteristics, such as pattern and gain, and then calculation...... of the overall reflector antenna pattern and gain. The approach is further investigated by computer simulations. A reference result is obtained by simulation of the entire antenna using the Method of Moments. The measurements of the feed are then simulated in several configurations, including the feed alone...

  1. Improved Vlasov Antenna with Curved Cuts and Optimized Reflector Position and Shape

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    H. M. El Misilmani


    Full Text Available This paper presents a Vlasov antenna with curved cut shape and improved reflector position and geometry suitable for high power microwave applications. The curved shape of the proposed cut totally eliminates the sharp edges and angles present in Vlasov antennas with step and bevel cuts. Furthermore, with the proposed reflector configuration, the wave is radiated in the direction of the axis of the waveguide. A Vlasov antenna, designed for operation at 3 GHz, is used to compare the three cut types. An additional comparison is conducted to validate the concept of the enhanced reflector position, using the bevel-cut antenna and the improved cut. The proposed antenna results in increased antenna gain and in good performance in terms of sidelobe level and half-power beamwidth, with maximum radiation directed toward the axis of the waveguide center.

  2. Initial global 2-D shielding analysis for the Advanced Neutron Source core and reflector

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    Bucholz, J.A.


    This document describes the initial global 2-D shielding analyses for the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) reactor, the D{sub 2}O reflector, the reflector vessel, and the first 200 mm of light water beyond the reflector vessel. Flux files generated here will later serve as source terms in subsequent shielding analyses. In addition to reporting fluxes and other data at key points of interest, a major objective of this report was to document how these analyses were performed, the phenomena that were included, and checks that were made to verify that these phenomena were properly modeled. In these shielding analyses, the fixed neutron source distribution in the core was based on the `lifetime-averaged` spatial power distribution. Secondary gamma production cross sections in the fuel were modified so as to account intrinsically for delayed fission gammas in the fuel as well as prompt fission gammas. In and near the fuel, this increased the low-energy gamma fluxes by 50 to 250%, but out near the reflector vessel, these same fluxes changed by only a few percent. Sensitivity studies with respect to mesh size were performed, and a new 2-D mesh distribution developed after some problems were discovered with respect to the use of numerous elongated mesh cells in the reflector. All of the shielding analyses were performed sing the ANSL-V 39n/44g coupled library with 25 thermal neutron groups in order to obtain a rigorous representation of the thermal neutron spectrum throughout the reflector. Because of upscatter in the heavy water, convergence was very slow. Ultimately, the fission cross section in the various materials had to be artificially modified in order to solve this fixed source problem as an eigenvalue problem and invoke the Vondy error-mode extrapolation technique which greatly accelerated convergence in the large 2-D RZ DORT analyses. While this was quite effective, 150 outer iterations (over energy) were still required.

  3. Contoured-beam synthesis for array-fed reflector antennas by field correlation (United States)

    Bird, T. S.


    A method is described for calculating the feed excitations of an array-fed reflector antenna for the production of a desired contoured beam. It is based on field correlation at the nearest reflector between the surface currents from selected stations in the field of view and the field radiated by the array. Mode coupling in the array is included in the formulation. The feed excitation is derived by satisfying constraints on the envelope of the copolar and crosspolar correlation functions through a minimax optimization. Some preliminary results are presented for a simple contoured beam, which is realized using an open Cassegrain antenna and a 19-element circular-waveguide feed cluster.

  4. Actively controlled plasmonic Bragg reflector based on a graphene parallel-plate waveguide

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    Yueke Wang


    Full Text Available We investigate theoretically and numerically a graphene parallel-plate waveguide structure with two alternate chemical potentials (which can be realized by alternately applying two biased voltages to graphene. A plasmonic Bragg reflector can be formed in infrared range because of the alternate effective refractive indexes of SPPs propagating along graphene sheets. By introducing a defect into the Bragg reflector, and then the defect resonance mode can be formed. Thanks to the tunable permittivity of graphene by bias voltages, the central wavelength and bandwidth of SPPs stop band, and the wavelength of the defect mode can be tuned.

  5. Precision bragg reflectors obtained by molecular beam epitaxy under in situ tunable dynamic reflectometry control

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    Bardinal, V.; Legros, R.; Fontaine, C.


    Highly accurate layer thickness are required for multilayers involved in photonic devices, such as Bragg reflectors. In this letter, we demonstrate that precise, real-time monitoring of molecular beam epitaxy growing layers can be achieved by near-normal incidence dynamic reflectometry with a tunable sapphire-titanium laser used as a source. The advantage of this new technique lies in the possibility of synchronizing the material changes and the reflectivity extrema by selecting adequate analysis wavelengths. This technique is shown to provide 885 nm GaAs-AlAs Bragg reflectors with a layer thickness accuracy in excess of 1%. (author). 17 refs.

  6. Comparative analysis of the honeycomb and thin-shell space antenna reflectors

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    Reznik Sergey V.


    Full Text Available Parabolic three-layered reflectors from polymer composite materials with the aluminium honeycomb fillers became widely used in space communication systems in the past decades. There are technological possibilities for creating reflectors in the form of thin-walled ribbed shell with the lower linear density than that of the three-layered structures. The paper presents the results of the temperature and stress-strain analysis for the two types of structures, which could help to select the variant with the best performance characteristics.

  7. Compact MEMS-driven pyramidal polygon reflector for circumferential scanned endoscopic imaging probe. (United States)

    Mu, Xiaojing; Zhou, Guangya; Yu, Hongbin; Du, Yu; Feng, Hanhua; Tsai, Julius Ming Lin; Chau, Fook Siong


    A novel prototype of an electrothermal chevron-beam actuator based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) platform has been successfully developed for circumferential scan. Microassembly technology is utilized to construct this platform, which consists of a MEMS chevron-beam type microactuator and a micro-reflector. The proposed electrothermal microactuators with a two-stage electrothermal cascaded chevron-beam driving mechanism provide displacement amplification, thus enabling a highly reflective micro-pyramidal polygon reflector to rotate a large angle for light beam scanning. This MEMS platform is ultra-compact, supports circumferential imaging capability and is suitable for endoscopic optical coherence tomography (EOCT) applications, for example, for intravascular cancer detection.

  8. Long-wave infrared digital holography for the qualification of large space reflectors (United States)

    Vandenrijt, J. F.; Thizy, C.; Georges, M. P.; Queeckers, P.; Dubois, F.; Doyle, D.


    Deformation metrology of complex and large space reflectors is a recurrent problem addressed by ESA. The challenging tasks of on-ground qualification and verification testing are to achieve the required accuracy in the measurement of these reflectors deformation and to verify their performance under simulated space conditions (vacuum, low temperature). A long-wave infrared digital holographic interferometer for the verification and validation of this type of reflector in a space environment is presented. It has been developed to fill the gap between holography/interferometry techniques in the visible wavelengths and methods based on structured light illumination like videogrammetry, stereocorrelation, and fringe/pattern projection. The former provide a good measurement uncertainty but the displacements are often too large to be measured and they require a very stable environment, while the latter provide large measurement range but with higher measurement uncertainty. The new instrument is based on digital holography and uses a CO2 lasers emitting at 10.6μm combined with a commercial thermographic camera. A diffuser is illuminated by the laser beam, producing a speckle wavefront which is observed after reflection on the reflector surface. This reflected speckle wavefront behaves exactly as if the reflector was a diffusive surface, producing its own speckle, allowing the measurement of its deformation. The advantage of this configuration compared to a classical interferometer working at 10.6μm, is that it requires no specific optics such as a null lens (in the case of parabola) or expensive illumination/collection optics (in the case of ellipse). The metrological certification of the system was performed in the laboratory by measuring the tilts of a 1.1 meter diameter parabolic reflector. The displacements are measured in parallel with a Doppler effect interferometer and the measurement uncertainty is estimated. The technique has been certified during a thermal

  9. Improvement of Axial Reflector Cross Section Generation Model for PWR Core Analysis

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    Shim, Cheon Bo; Lee, Kyung Hoon; Cho, Jin Young [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    This paper covers the study for improvement of axial reflector XS generation model. In the next section, the improved 1D core model is represented in detail. Reflector XS generated by the improved model is compared to that of the conventional model in the third section. Nuclear design parameters generated by these two XS sets are also covered in that section. Significant of this study is discussed in the last section. Two-step procedure has been regarded as the most practical approach for reactor core designs because it offers core design parameters quite rapidly within acceptable range. Thus this approach is adopted for SMART (System-integrated Modular Advanced Reac- Tor) core design in KAERI with the DeCART2D1.1/ MASTER4.0 (hereafter noted as DeCART2D/ MASTER) code system. Within the framework of the two-step procedure based SMART core design, various researches have been studied to improve the core design reliability and efficiency. One of them is improvement of reflector cross section (XS) generation models. While the conventional FA/reflector two-node model used for most core designs to generate reflector XS cannot consider the actual configuration of fuel rods that intersect at right angles to axial reflectors, the revised model reflects the axial fuel configuration by introducing the radially simplified core model. The significance of the model revision is evaluated by observing HGC generated by DeCART2D, reflector XS, and core design parameters generated by adopting the two models. And it is verified that about 30 ppm CBC error can be reduced and maximum Fq error decreases from about 6 % to 2.5 % by applying the revised model. Error of AO and axial power shapes are also reduced significantly. Therefore it can be concluded that the simplified 1D core model improves the accuracy of the axial reflector XS and leads to the two-step procedure reliability enhancement. Since it is hard for core designs to be free from the two-step approach, it is necessary to find

  10. Shielding Analysis for the Lower Reflector Block of a PGSFR Fuel Assembly

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    Lim, Jae-Yong; Hartanto, Donny [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    The purpose of this paper is to analyze the stability of the EBR-I core meltdown accident using the NuSTAB code. The result of NuSTAB analysis is compared with previous stability analysis by Sandmeier using the root locus method. The PGSFR uses single enriched uranium metal-alloy fuel, U-10%Zr, initially and it will be gradually converted into a TRU metal-alloy (UTRU- 10%Zr) fueled core. The fuel assemblies are arranged into a 7-hexagonal-ring configuration, surrounded by stainless steel reflectors and B{sub 4}C shields. Each fuel assembly consists of a fuel rod bundle with 217 fuel pins and a lower/upper reflector block. A lower and an upper reflector blocks are installed inside the fuel assembly to reduce the radiation damage on the core support plate and the radioactivity on head access area respectively. This design can satisfy the radiation damage limit on permanent structure, but it has a high coolant pressure drop caused by the warped coolant path when analyzed using detailed CFD. To address this issue, three reflector block designs which have a lower pressure drop were proposed. In this paper, we analyzed the shielding capability of the three new reflector blocks. The shielding evaluations were performed for the new different reflector block models. In order to describe the complex internal/external structure of the reflector design in detailed, Serpent 2 code was employed instead of MCNP6. The code comparison between MCNP6 and Serpent 2 was examined and confirmed good agreement within a few percent relative error. By the 3-D whole core modeling, the DPA analyses for 3 new reflector block models were conducted and all models satisfied the DPA limit on SS316 support grid plate. The NuSTAB code has an advantage of analyzing space-dependent fast reactors and predicting regional oscillations compared to the point kinetics. Also, NuSTAB can be useful when the coupled neutronic-thermal-hydraulic codes cannot be used for stability analysis.

  11. Development of optical ground verification method for μm to sub-mm reflectors (United States)

    Stockman, Y.; Thizy, C.; Lemaire, P.; Georges, M.; Mazy, E.; Mazzoli, A.; Houbrechts, Y.; Rochus, P.; Roose, S.; Doyle, D.; Ulbrich, G.


    Large reflectors and antennas for the IR to mm wavelength range are being planned for many Earth observation and astronomical space missions and for commercial communication satellites as well. Scientific observatories require large telescopes with precisely shaped reflectors for collecting the electro-magnetic radiation from faint sources. The challenging tasks of on-ground testing are to achieve the required accuracy in the measurement of the reflector shapes and antenna structures and to verify their performance under simulated space conditions (vacuum, low temperatures). Due to the specific surface characteristics of reflectors operating in these spectral regions, standard optical metrology methods employed in the visible spectrum do not provide useful measurement results. The current state-of-the-art commercial metrology systems are not able to measure these types of reflectors because they have to face the measurement of shape and waviness over relatively large areas with a large deformation dynamic range and encompassing a wide range of spatial frequencies. 3-D metrology (tactile coordinate measurement) machines are generally used during the manufacturing process. Unfortunately, these instruments cannot be used in the operational environmental conditions of the reflector. The application of standard visible wavelength interferometric methods is very limited or impossible due to the large relative surface roughnesses involved. A small number of infrared interferometers have been commercially developed over the last 10 years but their applications have also been limited due to poor dynamic range and the restricted spatial resolution of their detectors. These restrictions affect also the surface error slopes that can be captured and makes their application to surfaces manufactured using CRFP honeycomb technologies rather difficult or impossible. It has therefore been considered essential, from the viewpoint of supporting future ESA exploration missions, to

  12. Uranium enrichment reduction in the Prototype Gen-IV sodium-cooled fast reactor (PGSFR) with PBO reflector

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    Hartanto, Donny; Kim, Chi Hyung; Kim, Yong Hee [Dept. of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    The Korean Prototype Gen-IV sodium-cooled fast reactor (PGSFR) is supposed to be loaded with a relatively-costly low-enriched U fuel, while its envisaged transuranic fuels are not available for transmutation. In this work, the U-enrichment reduction by improving the neutron economy is pursued to save the fuel cost. To improve the neutron economy of the core, a new reflector material, PbO, has been introduced to replace the conventional HT9 reflector in the current PGSFR core. Two types of PbO reflectors are considered: one is the conventional pin-type and the other one is an inverted configuration. The inverted PbO reflector design is intended to maximize the PbO volume fraction in the reflector assembly. In addition, the core radial configuration is also modified to maximize the performance of the PbO reflector. For the baseline PGSFR core with several reflector options, the U enrichment requirement has been analyzed and the fuel depletion analysis is performed to derive the equilibrium cycle parameters. The linear reactivity model is used to determine the equilibrium cycle performances of the core. Impacts of the new PbO reflectors are characterized in terms of the cycle length, neutron leakage, radial power distribution, and operational fuel cost.

  13. Study on differences between high contrast grating reflectors for TM and TE polarizations and their impact on VCSEL designs. (United States)

    Chung, Il-Sug


    A theoretical study of differences in broadband high-index-contrast grating (HCG) reflectors for TM and TE polarizations is presented, covering various grating parameters and properties of HCGs. It is shown that the HCG reflectors for TM polarization (TM HCG reflectors) have much thicker grating thicknesses and smaller grating periods than the TE HCG reflectors. This difference is found to originate from the different boundary conditions met for the electric field of each polarization. Due to this difference, the TM HCG reflectors have much shorter evanescent extension of HCG modes into low-refractive-index media surrounding the HCG. This enables to achieve a very short effective cavity length for VC-SELs, which is essential for ultrahigh speed VCSELs and MEMS-tunable VCSELs. The obtained understandings on polarization dependences will be able to serve as important design guidelines for various HCG-based devices.

  14. Analytical modelling of waveguide mode launchers for matched feed reflector systems

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    Palvig, Michael Forum; Breinbjerg, Olav; Meincke, Peter


    Matched feed horns aim to cancel cross polarization generated in offset reflector systems. An analytical method for predicting the mode spectrum generated by inclusions in such horns, e.g. stubs and pins, is presented. The theory is based on the reciprocity theorem with the inclusions represented...

  15. Reconfigurable Yagi-Uda antenna based on a silicon reflector with a solid-state plasma. (United States)

    Kim, Da-Jin; Park, Jang-Soon; Kim, Cheol Ho; Hur, Jae; Kim, Choong-Ki; Cho, Young-Kyun; Ko, Jun-Bong; Park, Bonghyuk; Kim, Dongho; Choi, Yang-Kyu


    This paper describes the fabrication and characterization of a reconfigurable Yagi-Uda antenna based on a silicon reflector with a solid-state plasma. The silicon reflector, composed of serially connected p-i-n diodes, forms a highly dense solid-state plasma by injecting electrons and holes into the intrinsic region. When this plasma silicon reflector is turned on, the front-realized gain of the antenna increases by more than 2 dBi beyond 5.3 GHz. To achieve the large gain increment, the structure of the antenna is carefully designed with the aid of semiconductor device simulation and antenna simulation. By using an aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate with high thermal conductivity, self-heating effects from the high forward current in the p-i-n diode are efficiently suppressed. By comparing the antenna simulation data and the measurement data, we estimated the conductivity of the plasma silicon reflector in the on-state to be between 104 and 105 S/m. With these figures, silicon material with its technology is an attractive tunable material for a reconfigurable antenna, which has attracted substantial interest from many areas, such as internet of things (IoT) applications, wireless network security, cognitive radio, and mobile and satellite communications as well as from multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems.

  16. Autocollimation system for measuring angular deformations with reflector designed by quaternionic method (United States)

    Hoang, Phong V.; Konyakhin, Igor A.


    Autocollimators are widely used for angular measurements in instrument-making and the manufacture of elements of optical systems (wedges, prisms, plane-parallel plates) to check their shape parameters (rectilinearity, parallelism and planarity) and retrieve their optical parameters (curvature radii, measure and test their flange focusing). Autocollimator efficiency is due to the high sensitivity of the autocollimation method to minor rotations of the reflecting control element or the controlled surface itself. We consider using quaternions to optimize reflector parameters during autocollimation measurements as compared to the matrix technique. Mathematical model studies have demonstrated that the orthogonal positioning of the two basic unchanged directions of the tetrahedral reflector of the autocollimator is optimal by the criterion of reducing measurement errors where the axis of actual rotation is in a bisecting position towards them. Computer results are presented of running quaternion models that yielded conditions for diminishing measurement errors provided apriori information is available on the position of rotation axis. A practical technique is considered for synthesizing the parameters of the tetrahedral reflector that employs the newly-retrieved relationships. Following the relationships found between the angles of the tetrahedral reflector and the angles of the parameters of its initial orientation, an applied technique was developed to synthesize the control element for autocollimation measurements in case apriori information is available on the axis of actual rotation during monitoring measurements of shaft or pipeline deformation.

  17. Modeling and optimization of white paint back reflectors for thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Lipovšek, B.; Kr?, J.; Isabella, O.; Zeman, M.; Topi?, M.


    Diffusive dielectric materials such as white paint have been demonstrated as effective back reflectors in the photovoltaic technology. In this work, a one-dimensional (1D) optical modeling approach for simulation of white paint films is developed and implemented in a 1D optical simulator for

  18. Dielectric-Metal-Dielectric (D-M-D) infrared (IR) heat reflectors (United States)

    Butt, M. A.; Fomchenkov, S. A.; Khonina, S. N.


    Sunlight is the primary source of light in the buildings and automobiles. However, infrared (IR) radiations in the sunlight result in heat generation. In this work, dielectric-metal-dielectric (D-M-D) heat reflectors are demonstrated which is transparent for visible light 400-700 nm while reflecting IR radiations above 700 nm. These reflectors are based on a TiO2-Ag-TiO2 sandwich structure with 22 nm of the thickness of each layer shows the maximum transmission of 83 % theoretically and 81 % experimentally in the visible wavelengths region observed by ellipsometer; a maximum reflection of IR wavelengths was also observed. The study was also extended to experimental verification of heat transmission by testing these reflectors both under IR lamp and sun in the month of June 2016. Experimental results confirm less heat transfer through these filters as compared to the commercially available tinting paper. As a practical application, these reflectors can be used in automobiles and houses during summer to reflect back the excessive heat from the sun.

  19. Periodic orbits for space-based reflectors in the circular restricted three-body problem (United States)

    Salazar, F. J. T.; McInnes, C. R.; Winter, O. C.


    The use of space-based orbital reflectors to increase the total insolation of the Earth has been considered with potential applications in night-side illumination, electric power generation and climate engineering. Previous studies have demonstrated that families of displaced Earth-centered and artificial halo orbits may be generated using continuous propulsion, e.g. solar sails. In this work, a three-body analysis is performed by using the circular restricted three body problem, such that, the space mirror attitude reflects sunlight in the direction of Earth's center, increasing the total insolation. Using the Lindstedt-Poincaré and differential corrector methods, a family of halo orbits at artificial Sun-Earth L_2 points are found. It is shown that the third order approximation does not yield real solutions after the reflector acceleration exceeds 0.245 mm s^{-2}, i.e. the analytical expressions for the in- and out-of-plane amplitudes yield imaginary values. Thus, a larger solar reflector acceleration is required to obtain periodic orbits closer to the Earth. Derived using a two-body approach and applying the differential corrector method, a family of displaced periodic orbits close to the Earth are therefore found, with a solar reflector acceleration of 2.686 mm s^{-2}.

  20. Development of wavelength shifter coated reflectors for the ArDM argon dark matter detector (United States)

    Ar DM Collaboration; Boccone, V.; Lightfoot, P. K.; Mavrokoridis, K.; Regenfus, C.; Amsler, C.; Badertscher, A.; Bueno, A.; Cabrera, H.; Carmona-Benitez, M. C.; Daniel, M.; Daw, E. J.; Degunda, U.; Dell'Antone, A.; Gendotti, A.; Epprecht, L.; Horikawa, S.; Kaufmann, L.; Knecht, L.; Laffranchi, M.; Lazzaro, C.; Lussi, D.; Lozano, J.; Marchionni, A.; Melgarejo, A.; Mijakowski, P.; Natterer, G.; Navas-Concha, S.; Otyugova, P.; de Prado, M.; Przewlocki, P.; Resnati, F.; Robinson, M.; Rochet, J.; Romero, L.; Rondio, E.; Rubbia, A.; Spooner, N. J. C.; Strauss, T.; Ulbricht, J.; Viant, T.


    To optimise the design of the light readout in the ArDM 1-ton liquid argon dark matter detector, a range of reflector and WLS coating combinations were investigated in several small setups, where argon scintillation light was generated by radioactive sources in gas at normal temperature and pressure and shifted into the blue region by tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB). Various thicknesses of TPB were deposited by spraying and vacuum evaporation onto specular 3MTM-foil and diffuse Tetratex® (TTX) substrates. Light yields of each reflector and TPB coating combination were compared. Reflection coefficients of TPB coated reflectors were independently measured using a spectroradiometer in a wavelength range between 200 and 650 nm. WLS coating on the PMT window was also studied. These measurements were used to define the parameters of the light reflectors of the ArDM experiment. Fifteen large 120 × 25 cm2 TTX sheets were coated and assembled in the detector. Measurements in argon gas are reported providing good evidence of fulfilling the light collection requirements of the experiment.

  1. Buoy-Tracking Trials Using Decca 916 Radar and Three Types of Reflector. (United States)


    all stages of the tri 1. Mr Trevor Donald of the Bureau of Meteorology , Sydney, provided the Umb.awind fabric reflectors used in the trial. Mr Keith...Donald, Bureau of Meteorology , No 2 Goulburn St., Darlinghurst 2010 34" Mr J.W. Hill 35 Dr M.R. Battaglia 36 AGPS 37 DWSRL 38 %AN- 06

  2. High power singlemode GaInAs lasers with distributed Bragg reflectors (United States)

    O'Brien, S.; Parke, R.; Welch, D. F.; Mehuys, D.; Scifres, D.


    High power singlemode strained GaInAs lasers have been fabricated which use buried second order gratings as distributed Bragg reflectors. The lasers operate in an edge emitting fashion with CW powers in excess of 110 mW with single longitudinal and transverse mode operation at 971.9 nm up to 42 mW.

  3. Development of wavelength shifter coated reflectors for the ArDM argon dark matter detector

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    Boccone, V; Regenfus, C; Amsler, C; Cabrera, H; Dell' Antone, A [University of Zuerich, Physik-Institut, CH-8057 Zuerich (Switzerland); Lightfoot, P K; Mavrokoridis, K; Daw, E J [University of Sheffield, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, Sheffield, S3 7RH (United Kingdom); Badertscher, A; Degunda, U; Gendotti, A; Epprecht, L; Horikawa, S; Kaufmann, L; Knecht, L; Laffranchi, M; Lazzaro, C [ETH Zurich, Institute for Particle Physics, CH-8093 Zuerich (Switzerland); Bueno, A; Carmona-Benitez, M C [University of Granada, Dpto. de Fisica Teorica y del Cosmos and C.A.F.P.E, Campus Fuente Nueva, 18071 Granada (Spain); Daniel, M [CIEMAT, Div. de Fisica de Particulas, Avda. Complutense, 22, E-28040, Madrid (Spain)], E-mail: (and others)


    To optimise the design of the light readout in the ArDM 1-ton liquid argon dark matter detector, a range of reflector and WLS coating combinations were investigated in several small setups, where argon scintillation light was generated by radioactive sources in gas at normal temperature and pressure and shifted into the blue region by tetraphenyl butadiene (TPB). Various thicknesses of TPB were deposited by spraying and vacuum evaporation onto specular 3M{sup TM}-foil and diffuse Tetratex (registered) (TTX) substrates. Light yields of each reflector and TPB coating combination were compared. Reflection coefficients of TPB coated reflectors were independently measured using a spectroradiometer in a wavelength range between 200 and 650 nm. WLS coating on the PMT window was also studied. These measurements were used to define the parameters of the light reflectors of the ArDM experiment. Fifteen large 120 x 25 cm{sup 2} TTX sheets were coated and assembled in the detector. Measurements in argon gas are reported providing good evidence of fulfilling the light collection requirements of the experiment.

  4. Reduction of effective terahertz focal spot size by means of nested concentric parabolic reflectors

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    Neumann, V.A.; Laurita, N.J.; Pan, LiDong; Armitage, N.P.


    An ongoing limitation of terahertz spectroscopy is that the technique is generally limited to the study of relatively large samples of order 4 mm across due to the generally large size of the focal beam spot. We present a nested concentric parabolic reflector design which can reduce the terahertz

  5. Optimization of a dielectric radome for a dual-reflector omnidirectional antenna

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    Kim, Oleksiy S.


    In the millimetre-wave range, cylindrical dielectric insertions are employed to support a subreflector and, at the same time, as a radome of a dual-reflector omnidirectional antenna. Such a dielectric discontinuity can substantially degrade both matching and radiation characteristics of the anten...

  6. Modeling for control of an inflatable space reflector, the nonlinear 1-D case

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    Voß, T.; Scherpen, J.M.A.; Onck, P.R.


    In this paper we develop a mathematical model of the dynamics for an inflatable space reflector, which can be used to design a controller for the shape of the inflatable structure. Inflatable structures have very nice properties, suitable for aerospace applications. We can construct e.g. a huge

  7. Modeling for control of an inflatable space reflector, the linear 1-D case

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    Voß, T.; Scherpen, J.M.A.; van der Schaft, A.J.


    In this paper we develop a mathematical model of the dynamics for an inflatable space reflector, which can be used to design a controller for the shape of the inflatable structure. Inflatable structures have very nice properties, suitable for aerospace applications. We can construct e.g. a huge

  8. Array feed synthesis for correction of reflector distortion and Vernier beamsteering (United States)

    Blank, Stephen J.; Imbriale, William A.


    An algorithmic procedure for the synthesis of planar array feeds for paraboloidal reflectors is described which simultaneously provides electronic correction of systematic reflector surface distortions as well as a Vernier electronic beamsteering capability. Simple rules of thumb for the optimum chioce of planar array feed configuration (i.e., the number and type of elements) are derived from a parametric study made using the synthesis procedure. A number of f/D ratios and distortion models were examined that are typical of large paraboloidal reflectors. Numerical results are presented showing that, for the range of distortion models considered, good on-axis gain restoration can be achieved with as few as seven elements. For beamsteering to +/- 1 beamwidth (BW), 19 elements are required. For arrays with either 7 or 19 elements, the results indicate that the use of high-aperture-efficiency elements (e.g., disk-on-rod and short backfire) in the array yields higher system gain than can be obtained with elements having lower aperture efficiency (e.g., open-ended waveguides). With 37 elements, excellent gain and beamsteering performance to +/- 1.5 BW are obtained independent of the assumed effective aperture of the array element. An approximate expression is derived for the focal-plane field distribution of the distorted reflector. Contour plots of the focal-plane fields are also presented for various distortion and beam scan angle cases. The results obtained show the effectiveness of the array feed approach.

  9. Photovoltaic generator with a spherical imaging lens for use with a paraboloidal solar reflector (United States)

    Angel, Roger P


    The invention is a generator for photovoltaic conversion of concentrated sunlight into electricity. A generator according to the invention incorporates a plurality of photovoltaic cells and is intended for operation near the focus of a large paraboloidal reflector pointed at the sun. Within the generator, the entering concentrated light is relayed by secondary optics to the cells arranged in a compact, concave array. The light is delivered to the cells at high concentration, consistent with high photovoltaic conversion efficiency and low cell cost per unit power output. Light enters the generator, preferably first through a sealing window, and passes through a field lens, preferably in the form of a full sphere or ball lens centered on the paraboloid focus. This lens forms a concentric, concave and wide-angle image of the primary reflector, where the intensity of the concentrated light is stabilized against changes in the position of concentrated light entering the generator. Receiving the stabilized light are flat photovoltaic cells made in different shapes and sizes and configured in a concave array corresponding to the concave image of a given primary reflector. Photovoltaic cells in a generator are also sized and interconnected so as to provide a single electrical output that remains high and stable, despite aberrations in the light delivered to the generator caused by, for example, mispointing or bending of the primary reflector. In some embodiments, the cells are set back from the image formed by the ball lens, and part of the light is reflected onto each cell small secondary reflectors in the form of mirrors set around its perimeter.

  10. Uric Acid Spherulites in the Reflector Layer of Firefly Light Organ (United States)

    Goh, King-Siang; Sheu, Hwo-Shuenn; Hua, Tzu-En; Kang, Mei-Hua; Li, Chia-Wei


    Background In firefly light organs, reflector layer is a specialized tissue which is believed to play a key role for increasing the bioluminescence intensity through reflection. However, the nature of this unique tissue remains elusive. In this report, we investigated the role, fine structure and nature of the reflector layer in the light organ of adult Luciola cerata. Principal Findings Our results indicated that the reflector layer is capable of reflecting bioluminescence, and contains abundant uric acid. Electron microscopy (EM) demonstrated that the cytosol of the reflector layer's cells is filled with densely packed spherical granules, which should be the uric acid granules. These granules are highly regular in size (∼700 nm in diameter), and exhibit a radial internal structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses revealed that an intense single peak pattern with a d-spacing value of 0.320 nm is specifically detected in the light organ, and is highly similar to the diffraction peak pattern and d-spacing value of needle-formed crystals of monosodium urate monohydrate. However, the molar ratio evaluation of uric acid to various cations (K+, Na+, Ca2+ and Mg2+) in the light organ deduced that only a few uric acid molecules were in the form of urate salts. Thus, non-salt uric acid should be the source of the diffraction signal detected in the light organ. Conclusions In the light organ, the intense single peak diffraction signal might come from a unique needle-like uric acid form, which is different from other known structures of non-salt uric acid form. The finding of a radial structure in the granules of reflector layer implies that the spherical uric acid granules might be formed by the radial arrangement of needle-formed packing matter. PMID:23441187

  11. Probability Model of Center-of-mass Calibration of Satellites' Retro-reflectors Used for Laser Ranging

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    ZHAO Qunhe


    Full Text Available Satellite laser ranging system calculates the distance from ground-based observatories to satellites using the round-trip travel time of laser pulse. The position of retro-reflectors on satellites needs to be corrected which is helpful to improvie the measuring precision of satellite laser ranging. The correction errors of center-of-mass(CoMare mainly caused by the distribution effects of retro-reflectors on satellites.CoM is related to incident angle, structural alignment of retro-reflectors and ground-based position. Based on the reflecting probability of photons for retro-reflectors is proportional to the cross sections of retro-reflectors, the cross section area of corner reflectors is fitted and the probabilistic model is established using incident angle as the random variable. The corrections of CoMs of spherical satellite such as LAGEOS-1/2 are calculated and different CoM values are applied for SLR precise orbit determination using long-term full rate observation data with different WRMS results analyzed. At last, for the planar array retro-reflectors, the CoMs of BeiDou navigational satellite such as BeiDou-M3 are also calculated and analyzed using one month SLR full rate data. The result shows that the calculated CoMs based on probability theory have the comparative precision in SLR precise orbit determination.

  12. Geodetic evidence for lower crustal magma withdrawal during the 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano, Alaska (United States)

    Cervelli, P. F.; Grapenthin, R.; Freymueller, J. T.


    Redoubt volcano, on the western side of Cook Inlet about 100 miles WSW of Anchorage, Alaska began erupting in March 2009. The eruption continued for nearly 3 months, and slow dome growth may still persist. No continuously recording GPS instrumentation existed with 25 km of Redoubt at the beginning of major precursory unrest in January 2009. The closest CPGS instrument at that time was the Plate Boundary Observatory (PBO) backbone station AC17, about 27 km northeast of the volcano's summit. A small GPS campaign network, consisting of about 15 benchmarks, had been established at Redoubt in 2001 and had been partially reoccupied in 2008. In response to the precursory unrest, the Alaska Volcano Observatory deployed continuously recording GPS instruments at five of the campaign benchmarks, though only one of these was telemetered. Several distinct signals appear in the GPS time series, suggesting an interplay of at least two sources ranging in depth from the lower crust to within the volcanic edifice. The most remarkable of these signals, measured more than 25 km from Redoubt at AC17, shows a movement down and toward the volcano coincident in time with the initial onset of extrusion in late March, but ending well before the emplacement of the large, 70 million cubic meter lava dome through mid-April to mid-May that culminated the eruption. Closer stations show an exponentially decaying pattern of deflation that seems to follow the temporal pattern of dome growth. These contrasting styles and scales of deformation almost certainly indicate multiple sources operating over a range of depths. The rapid augmentation of the Redoubt geophysical network with CGPS proved quite useful, not just from the standpoint of engendering scientific research, but also from the perspective of providing short-term forecasts of volcanic hazard. As demonstrated during the recent eruption of Redoubt, as well as at other volcanoes in Alaska and elsewhere, we argue that routine use of CGPS on stratovolcanoes is an investment well worth making. The initial outlay of funding, logistics, and general effort involved with building CGPS instrumentation and telemetry infrastructure has now paid off handsomely at three volcanoes in the last five years: Augustine in 2006, Okmok in 2008, and now Redoubt in 2009. Of course, experience has shown that deploying CGPS instrumentation before unrest, as at Augustine and Okmok, is vastly preferable to a hasty after-the-fact deployment, which is inevitably more dangerous to install, subject to much more inflexible logistical constraints, and is likely to image only a fraction of the total deformation signal in evidence over the entirety of an eruption.

  13. Protracted weakening during lower crustal shearing along an extensional shear zone (United States)

    degli Alessandrini, Giulia; Menegon, Luca; Giuntoli, Francesco


    This study investigates grain-scale deformation mechanisms in the mafic lower continental crust, with particular focus on the role of syn-kinematic metamorphic reactions and their product - symplectites - in promoting grain size reduction, phase mixing and thus strain localization. The investigated extensional shear zone is hosted in the Finero mafic-ultramafic complex in the Italian Southern Alps. Field and microstructural observations indicate that strain partitioned in gabbroic layers where the primary mineralogical assemblage contained amphibole, forming ultramylonites. These ultramylonites are characterized by isolated porphyroclasts of amphibole, garnet, clinopyroxene and orthopyroxene, embedded in a matrix of plagioclase (ca. 39 vol%) + amphibole (25 vol%) + clinopyroxene (18 vol%) + orthopyroxene (11 vol%) + Fe-Ti oxides (6 vol%) ± apatite (CPO with [001] axes preferentially aligned parallel to the stretching lineation, which we interpret as oriented grain growth during heterogeneous nucleation of amphibole. Pyroxenes and plagioclase lack a CPO and evidence for dislocation creep and dynamic recrystallization. Protracted shearing was initiated by syn-kinematic metamorphic reactions: garnet porphyroclasts formed orthopyroxene + plagioclase symplectites and amphibole porphyroclasts formed pyroxene + plagioclase symplectites. The latter reaction indicates that strain localization initiated with dehydration reactions leading to primary amphibole breakdown into pyroxene and plagioclase, now preserved in the ultramylonite. Geothermobarometry using plagioclase-amphibole pairs in the ultramylonites indicate temperature conditions of ca. 800˚ C and pressures from 8 to 6kbar. This suggests that protracted shearing in the ultramylonites occurred at decreasing pressure and nearly constant T. We suggest that the fluids released during the dehydration reaction were channelized in the ultramylonites and subsequently assisted amphibole nucleation in dilatant sites during creep cavitation, as shearing protracted at P, T conditions at which amphibole was stable again. The addition of fluid to the system, combined with chemically-driven grain-size reduction, promoted deformation by diffusion-accommodated grain boundary sliding. This study highlights the importance of dehydration reactions for grain size reduction and strain localization in the lower crust, as well as the possibility that fluids can be channelized in discrete shear zones during protracted tectono-metamorphic events.

  14. Precise tremor source locations and amplitude variations along the lower-crustal central San Andreas Fault (United States)

    Shelly, David R.; Hardebeck, Jeanne L.


    We precisely locate 88 tremor families along the central San Andreas Fault using a 3D velocity model and numerous P and S wave arrival times estimated from seismogram stacks of up to 400 events per tremor family. Maximum tremor amplitudes vary along the fault by at least a factor of 7, with by far the strongest sources along a 25 km section of the fault southeast of Parkfield. We also identify many weaker tremor families, which have largely escaped prior detection. Together, these sources extend 150 km along the fault, beneath creeping, transitional, and locked sections of the upper crustal fault. Depths are mostly between 18 and 28 km, in the lower crust. Epicenters are concentrated within 3 km of the surface trace, implying a nearly vertical fault. A prominent gap in detectible activity is located directly beneath the region of maximum slip in the 2004 magnitude 6.0 Parkfield earthquake.

  15. Probability Model of Center-of-mass Calibration of Satellites' Retro-reflectors Used for Laser Ranging


    ZHAO Qunhe; Wang, Xiaoya; He, Bing; ZHANG Zhongping; Wanzhen CHEN; Chen, Hongyu; Jiang, Hu; HU Xiaogong


    Satellite laser ranging system calculates the distance from ground-based observatories to satellites using the round-trip travel time of laser pulse. The position of retro-reflectors on satellites needs to be corrected which is helpful to improvie the measuring precision of satellite laser ranging. The correction errors of center-of-mass(CoM)are mainly caused by the distribution effects of retro-reflectors on satellites.CoM is related to incident angle, structural alignment of retro-reflector...

  16. Prominent reflector beneath around the segmentation boundary between Tonankai-Nankai earthquake area (United States)

    Nakanishi, A.; Shimomura, N.; Fujie, G.; Kodaira, S.; Obana, K.; Takahashi, T.; Yamamoto, Y.; Yamashita, M.; Takahashi, N.; Kaneda, Y.; Mochizuki, K.; Kato, A.; Iidaka, T.; Kurashimo, E.; Shinohara, M.; Takeda, T.; Shiomi, K.


    In the Nankai Trough subduction seismogenic zone, the Nankai and Tonankai earthquakes had often occurred simultaneously, and caused a great event. In most cases, first break of such large events of Nankai Trough usually begins from southwest off the Kii Peninsula so far. The idea of split Philippine Sea plate between the Kii Peninsula and the Shikoku Island, which explains seismicity, tectonic background, receiver function image and historical plate motion, was previously suggested. Moreover, between the Kii Peninsula and the Shikoku Island, there is a gap of deep low-frequency events observed in the belt-like zone along the strike of the subducting Philippine Sea plate. In 2010 and 2011, we conducted the large-scale high-resolution wide-angle and reflection (MCS) seismic study, and long-term observation from off Shikoku and Kii Peninsula. Marine active source seismic data have been acquired along grid two-dimensional profiles having the total length of ~800km/year. A three-dimensional seismic tomography using active and passive seismic data observed both land and ocean bottom stations have been also performed. From those data, we found a possible prominent reflector imaged in the offshore side in the Kii channel at the depth of ~18km. The velocity just beneath the reflector cannot be determined due to the lack of ray paths. Based of the amplitude information, we interpret the reflector as the forearc Moho based on the velocity gap (from ~6.4km/s to ~7.4km/s). However, the reflector is shallower than the forearc Moho of other area along the Nankai Trough. Similar reflectors are recognized along other seismic profiles around the Kii channel. In this presentation, we will show the result of structure analysis to understand the peculiar structure including the prominent reflector around the Kii channel. Relation between the structure and the existence of the segmentation of the Nankai megathrust earthquake or seismic gap of the deep low-frequency events will be also

  17. Studying sub-crustal reflectors in SW-Spain with wide-angle profiles (United States)

    Palomeras, Imma; Ayarza, Puy; Carbonell, Ramon; Afonso, JuanCarlos; Diaz, Jordi


    It is nowadays widely accepted that the mantle is highly heterogeneous and has lithologies that are capable of giving impedance enough to be observed in seismic data. Nevertheless, observing those impedance contrasts at mantle depths is a challenging problem. SW Iberia has been sampled by different deep vertical reflection and wide-angle reflection/refraction experiments ILIHA, IBERSEIS, and ALCUDIA, and hence provide a good opportunity to study seismically sub-crustal reflectors. These datasets have imaged a conspicuous sub-crustal reflector. This mantle reflector was first identified on the IBERSEIS wide angle reflection shot-gathers at large offsets (above 180 km). It was modeled as a boundary located between 61-72 km depth with a Vp increase from 8.2 km/s to 8.3 km/s. The fact that this reflector was not identified in the coincident vertical incidence dataset led us to interpret it as a gradient zone. A correlation with the 'Hales gradient zone', i.e. the boundary between spinel and garnet peridotites, was our preferred interpretation. The ALCUDIA experiment also shows prominent sub-crustal arrivals with the same characteristics as those observed in the IBERSEIS wide-angle data. However, these reflections also appear, locally and at 19 s TWT, in the vertical incidence dataset. In addition, the ALCUDIA wide-angle dataset shows a deeper reflector that maybe preliminarily associated with mantle anisotropy or even with the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary. Both upper mantle reflectors are modeled at 65 km and 100 km depth, respectively, shallowing to the north to 55 km and 90 km depth. Integration of the information provided by the IBERSEIS and ALCUDIA datasets with older and lower resolution data from the ILIHA project, where three sub-crustal phases were identified in SW Iberia, allows us to conclude that, in this area, mantle reflectivity is outstanding. Also, modeling of all the datasets contributes to map, at a regional scale, the Hales discontinuity or

  18. Transformation of the corner: A shield cloak and a planar retro-reflector (United States)

    Yang, R.; Lei, Z. Y.; Fan, J.; Gao, D. X.; Wang, Z. X.; Xie, Y. J.


    A metallic sheet, coated with a few blocks of all-dielectric isotropic materials, is presented for creating an illusion or an image of a corner based on quasi-conformal transformation optics. On the one hand, our design is able to generate cloaking effects to conceal objects hiding inside a corner. On the other hand, we propose to use such a planar transformation device to represent a corner reflector that reflects light directly back to its source. The full wave simulation shows our device is capable of operating considerably well in a broad frequency range, and presents only the appearance of a bare corner functioning as a shield cloak or a planar retro-reflector.

  19. Platinum/carbon multilayer reflectors for soft-x-ray optics. (United States)

    Lodha, G S; Yamashita, K; Suzuki, T; Hatsukade, I; Tamura, K; Ishigami, T; Takahama, S; Namba, Y


    We have fabricated platinum/carbon (Pt/C) multilayer reflectors with 2d spacaings between 50 and 200 Å, using an electron-beam evaporator. We investigated the effects of 2d values, the number of layer pairs, substrate temperature, coatings, and the long-term stability on the reflectivity performance by using characteristic x rays and monochromatized synchrotron radiation in the 0.8-8-keV region. In this study we show that Pt/C multilayers with 10-20 layer pairs exhibit high and stable soft-x-ray reflectivity. The interfacial roughness was measured in the range of 5 Å and becomes lower for structures deposited at liquid-nitrogen temperatures. Coating these reflectors with a 100-Å-thick platinum layer increased the grazing angle reflectivity without significantly lowering the Bragg peak reflectivity.

  20. A transparency model and its applications for simulation of reflector arrays and sound transmission (A)

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    Christensen, Claus Lynge; Rindel, Jens Holger


    The paper describes a new method for simulating the frequency-dependent reflection and transmission of reflector arrays, and the frequency-dependent airborne sound insulation between rooms by means of a room acoustic computer model. The method makes use of a transparency method in the ray......-tracing process. In the first step of the calculation the rays hitting the relevant surfaces may either be reflected or transmitted, using a probability of 50%. In the next step the impulse responses in the receiver positions are calculated using a frequency-dependent correction to account for the reflected...... or transmitted energy. The method applied for the reflector array is based on a theoretical model that takes into account the dimensions of the reflecting surface, path lengths, and angle of incidence. The transmission calculation is based on the users' data for the frequency-dependent transmission loss...

  1. The paraboloidal reflector antenna in radio astronomy and communication theory and practice

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    Baars, Jacob W M


    Reflector antennas are widely used in the microwave and millimeter wavelength domain. Radio astronomers have developed techniques of calibration of large antennas with radio astronomical methods. These have not been comprehensively described. This text aims to fill this gap. The Paraboloidal Reflector Antenna in Radio Astronomy and Communication: Theory and Practice takes a practical approach to the characterization of antennas. All calculations and results in the form of tables and figures have been made with Mathematica by Wolfram Research. The reader can use the procedures for the implementation of his/her own input data. The book should be of use to all who are involved in the design and calibration of large antennas, like ground station managers and engineers, practicing radio astronomers, and finally, graduate students in radio astronomy and communication technology.

  2. Effects of Radial Reflector Composition on Core Reactivity and Peak Power

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    Park, Sang Yoon; Lee, Kyung Hoon; Song, Jae Seung


    The effects of radial SA-240 alloy shroud on core reactivity and peak power are evaluated. The existence of radial SA-240 alloy shroud makes reflector water volume decrease, so the thermal absorption cross section of radial reflector is lower than without SA-240 alloy shroud case. Finally, the cycle length is increased from 788 EFPD to 845 EFPD and the peak power is decreased from 1.66 to 1.49. In the case of without SA-240 alloy shroud, a new core loading pattern search has been performed. For the guarantee of the same equivalent cycle length of with SA-240 alloy shroud case, the enrichment of U-235 should be increased from 4.22 w/o to 4.68 w/o. The nuclear key safety parameters of new core loading pattern have been calculated and recorded for the future.

  3. Fabrication of SiC membrane HCG blue reflector using nanoimprint lithography (United States)

    Lai, Ying-Yu; Matsutani, Akihiro; Lu, Tien-Chang; Wang, Shing-Chung; Koyama, Fumio


    We designed and fabricated a suspended SiC-based membrane high contrast grating (HCG) reflectors. The rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) was employed to verify the structural parameters including grating periods, grating height, filling factors and air-gap height. From the optimized simulation results, the designed SiC-based membrane HCG has a wide reflection stopband (reflectivity (R) HCG reflectors were fabricated by nanoimprint lithography and two-step etching technique. The corresponding reflectivity was measured by using a micro-reflectivity spectrometer. The experimental results show a high reflectivity (R<90%), which is in good agreement with simulation results. This achievement should have an impact on numerous III-N based photonic devices operating in the blue wavelength or even ultraviolet region.

  4. Diffuse reflectors for improving light management in solar cells: a review and outlook (United States)

    Barugkin, Chog; Beck, Fiona J.; Catchpole, Kylie R.


    Pigment based diffuse reflectors (DRs) have several advantages over metal reflectors such as good stability, high reflectivity, and low parasitic absorption. As such, DRs have the potential to be applied on high efficiency silicon solar cells and further increase the power conversion efficiency. In this paper, we perform a thorough review on the notable achievements to date of DRs’ application for photovoltaics. We outline unique attributes of these technologies and discuss the theoretical and laboratory development working towards overcoming the challenges of transferring to high efficiency silicon solar cells. In order to understand the potential of DRs for high efficiency silicon solar cells, we provide a qualitative analysis of the impact of front reflection, rear absorption and the angular distribution on the useful light absorption in silicon wafers. By including this discussion, we provide an outlook for the application of DR in reaching maximum photo-current for high efficiency silicon solar cells.

  5. Intermediate reflectors for enhanced top cell performance in photovoltaic thin-film tandem cells. (United States)

    Bielawny, Andreas; Rockstuhl, Carsten; Lederer, Falk; Wehrspohn, Ralf B


    We have investigated the impact of three types of intermediate reflectors on the absorption enhancement in the top cell of micromorph tandem solar cells using rigorous diffraction theory. As intermediate reflectors we consider homogenous dielectric thin-films and 1D and 3D photonic crystals. Besides the expected absorption enhancements in cases where photonic band gaps are matched to the absorption edge of the semiconductor, our results distinguish between the impact of zero order Bragg-resonances and diffraction-based enhancement at larger lattice constants of the 3D photonic crystal. Our full-spectrum analysis permits for a quantitative prediction of the photovoltaic conversion efficiency increase of the a-Si:H top cell.

  6. Solar receiver heliostat reflector having a linear drive and position information system (United States)

    Horton, Richard H.


    A heliostat for a solar receiver system comprises an improved drive and control system for the heliostat reflector assembly. The heliostat reflector assembly is controllably driven in a predetermined way by a light-weight drive system so as to be angularly adjustable in both elevation and azimuth to track the sun and efficiently continuously reflect the sun's rays to a focal zone, i.e., heat receiver, which forms part of a solar energy utilization system, such as a solar energy fueled electrical power generation system. The improved drive system includes linear stepping motors which comprise low weight, low cost, electronic pulse driven components. One embodiment comprises linear stepping motors controlled by a programmed, electronic microprocessor. Another embodiment comprises a tape driven system controlled by a position control magnetic tape.

  7. From the generalized reflection law to the realization of perfect anomalous reflectors

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    Díaz-Rubio, Ana; and, Amr Elsakka; Tretyakov, Sergei


    The use of the generalized Snell's law opens wide possibilities for the manipulation of transmitted and reflected wavefronts. However, known structures designed to shape reflection wave fronts suffer from significant parasitic reflections in undesired directions: In fact, the desired field distributions do not satisfy Maxwell's equations if the boundary conditions are specified in accordance with the generalized Snell's law. In this work, we explore the limitations of the existing solutions for the design of passive planar reflectors and demonstrate that strongly non-local response is required for perfect performance. Ideal reflective surfaces capable of steering the energy into any desired direction have to localize and carry energy along the inhomogeneous reflective surface. A new paradigm for the design of perfect reflectors based on energy surface channeling is introduced. We realize and experimentally verify a theoretically perfect design of an anomalously reflective surface using an array of rectangular...

  8. Final Technical Report: Development of an Abrasion-Resistant Antisoiling Coating for Front-Surface Reflectors

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    Gee, Randy C. [Sundog Solar Technology, Arvada, CO (United States)


    A high-performance reflective film has been successfully developed for Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) solar concentrators. Anti-soiling properties and abrasion resistance have been incorporated into the reflector to reduce reflector cleaning costs and to enhance durability. This approach has also resulted in higher reflectance and improved specularity. From the outset of this project we focused on the use of established high-volume roll-to-roll manufacturing techniques to achieve low manufacturing costs on a per ubit area basis. Roll-to-roll manufacturng equipment has a high capital cost so there is an entire industry devoted to roll-to-roll “toll” manufacturing, where the equipment is operated “around the clock” to produce a multitude of products for a large variety of uses. Using this approach, the reflective film can be manufactured by toll coaters/converters on an as-needed basis.

  9. Reflectors and resonators for high-k bulk Bloch plasmonic waves in multilayer hyperbolic metamaterials

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    Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei


    We propose proof-of-concept designs of Bragg reflectors and Fabry-Pe´rot resonators for large wave vector waves (Bloch bulk plasmon polaritons) in multilayer metal-dielectric hyperbolic metamaterials. The designs are based on hybrid multilayers having both subwavelength and wavelength......-scale structuring. This multiscale approach is shown to be a promising platform for using bulk plasmonic waves in complex multilayer metamaterials as a new kind of information carriers....

  10. Model Testing of Forces in the Reflector Joint and Mooring Forces on Wave Dragon

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    Gilling, Lasse; Kofoed, Jens Peter; Tedd, James

    This report aims to present the results of a test series analysing the forces in the redesigned reflector joint and the forces in the main mooring link. The resluts presented are intended to be used by WD project partners, for the design and construction of the joint on the prototype Wave Dragon...... at Nissum Bredning and for future North Sea scale Wave Dragon. Lengths, forces and other dimentions presented are scaled to the North sea Wave Dragon unless otherwise specified....

  11. Effect of back reflectors on photon absorption in thin-film amorphous silicon solar cells (United States)

    Hossain, Mohammad I.; Qarony, Wayesh; Hossain, M. Khalid; Debnath, M. K.; Uddin, M. Jalal; Tsang, Yuen Hong


    In thin-film solar cells, the photocurrent conversion productivity can be distinctly boosted-up utilizing a proper back reflector. Herein, the impact of different smooth and textured back reflectors was explored and effectuated to study the optical phenomena with interface engineering strategies and characteristics of transparent contacts. A unique type of wet-chemically textured glass-substrate 3D etching mask used in superstrate (p-i-n) amorphous silicon-based solar cell along with legitimated back reflector permits joining the standard light-trapping methodologies, which are utilized to upgrade the energy conversion efficiency (ECE). To investigate the optical and electrical properties of solar cell structure, the optical simulations in three-dimensional measurements (3D) were performed utilizing finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique. This design methodology allows to determine the power losses, quantum efficiencies, and short-circuit current densities of various layers in such solar cell. The short-circuit current densities for different reflectors were varied from 11.50 to 13.27 and 13.81 to 16.36 mA/cm2 for the smooth and pyramidal textured solar cells, individually. Contrasted with the comparable flat reference cell, the short-circuit current density of textured solar cell was increased by around 24%, and most extreme outer quantum efficiencies rose from 79 to 86.5%. The photon absorption was fundamentally improved in the spectral region from 600 to 800 nm with no decrease of photocurrent shorter than 600-nm wavelength. Therefore, these optimized designs will help to build the effective plans next-generation amorphous silicon-based solar cells.

  12. Advanced ultraviolet-resistant silver mirrors for use in solar reflectors (United States)

    Jorgensen, Gary J [Pine, CO; Gee, Randy [Arvada, CO


    A silver mirror construction that maintains a high percentage of hemispherical reflectance throughout the UV and visible spectrum when used in solar reflectors, comprising:a) a pressure sensitive adhesive layer positioned beneath a silver overlay;b) a polymer film disposed on the silver overlay;c) an adhesive layer positioned on the polymer film; andd) a UV screening acrylic film disposed on the adhesive layer.

  13. See-Through Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Photonic Reflectors for Tandem and Building Integrated Photovoltaics

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    Heiniger, Leo-Philipp


    See-through dye-sensitized solar cells with 1D photonic crystal Bragg reflector photoanodes show an increase in peak external quantum efficiency of 47% while still maintaining high fill factors, resulting in an almost 40% increase in power conversion efficiency. These photoanodes are ideally suited for tandem and building integrated photovoltaics. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Modeling and optimization of white paint back reflectors for thin-film silicon solar cells


    Lipovšek, B.; Kr?, J.; Isabella, O.; Zeman, M.; Topi?, M.


    Diffusive dielectric materials such as white paint have been demonstrated as effective back reflectors in the photovoltaic technology. In this work, a one-dimensional (1D) optical modeling approach for simulation of white paint films is developed and implemented in a 1D optical simulator for thin-film solar cells. The parameters of white paint, such as the paint film thickness, the pigment volume concentration (PVC), and the pigment/binder refractive index ratio (RIR), are examined and optimi...

  15. A compact biconical dual-mode feed for low-cost offset reflector antennas (United States)

    Mania, Lucio; Vatalaro, Francesco


    This paper describes a version of the dual-model feed horn that is considered particularly suitable for application in receive-only reflector antennas. The potential advantages of this feed horn for low-cost satellite earth stations are discussed, and the design methodology that was adopted is briefly illustrated. Finally, some of the experimental and theoretical results are presented which are in good agreement and demonstrate the performance achievable with this class of feeds.

  16. Membrane Reflector Vertical Cavity Lasers at Near- and Midwave-Infrared (United States)


    spectral linewidth is ~ 0.9 nm. Currently this MR- VCSEL thermal performance is limited by the use of the low index SiO2 layer, which has poor...electrically-pumped MR- VCSELs . Fig. 14 Room temperature electrically-pumped MR- VCSEL performance: (a) Measured light- current -voltage (L-I-V) curves...SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: We carried out both fundamental and developmental research on a novel DBR-free membrane reflector based VCSELs (MR- VCSELs

  17. 16 CFR Table 2 to Part 1512 - Minimum Candlepower per Incident Foot-Candle for Clear Reflector 1 (United States)


    ... 16 Commercial Practices 2 2010-01-01 2010-01-01 false Minimum Candlepower per Incident Foot-Candle for Clear Reflector 1 2 Table 2 to Part 1512 Commercial Practices CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION..., and side reflectors; entrance angle in degrees 30 left/right 40 left/right 50 left/right 0.2 8.0 7.0 6...

  18. Unidirectional Dual-Band CPW-Fed Antenna Loaded with an AMC Reflector

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    Qun Luo


    Full Text Available A unidirectional dual-band coplanar waveguide fed antenna (DB-CPWFA loaded with a reflector is presented in this paper. The reflector is made of an electric ground plane, a dielectric substrate, and artificial magnetic conductor (AMC which shows an effective dual operational bandwidth. Then, the closely spaced AMC reflector is employed under the DB-DPWFA for performance improvement including unidirectional radiation, low profile, gain enhancement, and higher front-to-back (F/B ratio. The final antenna design exhibits an 8% and 13% impedance bandwidths for 2.45 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequency regions, respectively. The overall gain enhancement of about 4 dB is achieved. The F/B ratio is approximate to 20 dB with a 16 dB improvement. The measured results are inconsistent with the numerical values. The presented design is a suitable candidate for radio frequency identification (RFID reader application.

  19. Integrated confocal Raman probe combined with a free-form reflector based lab-on-chip (United States)

    Liu, Qing; Barbieri, Giancarlo; Thienpont, Hugo; Ottevaere, Heidi


    Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool for analytical measurements in many applications. Traditional Raman spectroscopic analyses require bulky equipment, considerable time of signal acquisition and manual sampling of substances under test. In this paper, we take a step from bulky and manual consuming laboratory testing towards lab-on-chip (LOC) analyses. We miniaturize the Raman spectroscopic system by combining a free-form reflector based polymer LOC with a customized Raman probe. By using the confocal detection principle, we aim to enhance the detection of the Raman signals from the substance of interest due to the suppression of the background Raman signal from the polymer of the chip. Next to the LOC we miniaturize the external optical components, surrounding the reflector embedding optofluidic chip, and assemble these in a Raman probe. We evaluate the misalignment tolerance of internal optics (LOC) and external optics (Raman probe) by non-sequential ray tracing which shows that off-axis misalignment is around ±400μm and the maximum working distance of our Raman probe is 71mm. Using this probe, the system could be implemented as a portable reader unit containing the external optics, in which a low-cost, robust and mass manufacturable microfluidic LOC containing a freeform reflector is inserted, to enable confocal Raman spectroscopy measurements.

  20. Ceiling baffles and reflectors for controlling lecture-room sound for speech intelligibility. (United States)

    Yang, Wonyoung; Hodgson, Murray


    Reinforcing speech levels and controlling noise and reverberation are the ultimate acoustical goals of lecture-room design to achieve high speech intelligibility. The effects of sound absorption on these factors have opposite consequences for speech intelligibility. Here, novel ceiling baffles and reflectors were evaluated as a sound-control measure, using computer and 1/8-scale models of a lecture room with hard surfaces and excessive reverberation. Parallel ceiling baffles running front to back were investigated. They were expected to absorb reverberation incident on the ceiling from many angles, while leaving speech signals, reflecting from the ceiling to the back of the room, unaffected. Various baffle spacings and absorptions, central and side speaker positions, and receiver positions throughout the room, were considered. Reflective baffles controlled reverberation, with a minimum decrease of sound levels. Absorptive baffles reduced reverberation, but reduced speech levels significantly. Ceiling reflectors, in the form of obstacles of semicircular cross section, suspended below the ceiling, were also tested. These were either 7 m long and in parallel, front-to-back lines, or 0.8 m long and randomly distributed, with flat side up or down, and reflective or absorptive top surfaces. The long reflectors with flat side down and no absorption were somewhat effective; the other configurations were not.

  1. Tower reflector for focussing solar power stations. Turmreflektor fuer konzentrierende Solarkraftwerke

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    Schmidt, G.


    The invention concerns a tower collector for focussing solar power stations according to the method of two stage focussing. The purpose of the invention is to create an efficient tower reflector, which can be built simply and which can guarantee a long life by simple measures, particularly with regard to the mirrors. The problem is solved by building up a reflector structure so that the mirrors are carried on a profile structure, which can be cooled. In a first version of the ideas of the invention, the tower reflector is produced by having the galvanised profile structure consisting of material of high conductivity and making it possible to galvanise the mirrors, that a galvanised covering is deposited on the back forming closed cooling ducts, and by depositing a covering of galvanised armouring of great strength for fixing the supporting element afterwards. This galvanised construction can achieve the required high optical surface accuracy and prolonged use due to the active cooling. The temperature of the mirror surface is always kept low, so that radiation losses are prevented. (orig./BWI).

  2. Tower reflector for focussing solar power stations. Turmreflektor fuer konzentrierende Solarkraftwerke

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    Schmidt, G.


    The invention concerns a tower collector for focussing solar power stations according to the method of two stage focussing. The purpose of the invention is to create an efficient tower reflector, which can be built simply and which can guarantee a long life by simple measures, particularly with regard to the mirrors. The problem is solved by building up a reflector structure so that the mirrors are carried on a profile structure, which can be cooled. In a first version of the ideas of the invention, the tower reflector is produced by having the galvanised profile structure consisting of material of high conductivity and making it possible to galvanise the mirrors, so that a galvanised covering is deposited on the back forming closed cooling ducts, and by depositing a covering of galvanised armouring of great strength for fixing the supporting element afterwards. This galvanised construction can achieve the required high optical surface accuracy and prolonged use due to the active cooling. The temperature of the mirror surface is always kept low, so that radiation losses are prevented.

  3. Fabrication and Thermo-Optical Properties of the MLS Composite Primary Reflector (United States)

    Willis, Paul B.; Dyer, Jack; Dummer, Sam


    The Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) is a limb-sounding radiometer sensing emissions in the millimeter and sub-millimeter range. MLS will contribute to an understanding of atmospheric chemistry by assessing stratospheric and tropospheric ozone depletion, climate forcings and volcanic effects. The heart of the antenna is the primary reflector, constructed from graphite/cyanate composites in a facesheet/core construction. The reflector has an aperture of one square meter, a mass of 8.7 kilos and final figure accuracy of 4.37 microns rms. The surface is also modified to ensure RF reflectivity, prevent solar concentration and provide thermal balance to the spacecraft The surface is prepared by precision beadblasting, then coated with vapor deposited aluminum (VDA) and finally a layer of silicon suboxide (SiO(x)) to control the infrared emissivity. The resulting surface has a solar absorptance of 0.43 and an absorptance/emittance ratio of 1.3. BRDF analysis shows that 93% of the incident thermal energy is reflected outside a 10 degree angle of cone. For its mass and aperture, we believe this reflector to have the highest figure accuracy yet achieved in a composite antenna construction.

  4. Experimental Investigation on a Thermal Model for a Basin Solar Still with an External Reflector

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    Masoud Afrand


    Full Text Available In this study, a thermal model for estimating the efficiency of a basin solar still with an external reflector was introduced using the energy balance equations of different parts of the solar still. Then, in order to verify the precision and accuracy of this model, a basin solar still with an external reflector was constructed and some experiments were performed. The hourly temperature values for different places of the still and amount of distilled water were calculated using the thermal model and compared with experimental measurements. Comparisons show that the thermal model of the still is in good agreement with the experimental results. Therefore, it can be concluded that the introduced thermal model can be used reliably to estimate the amount of distilled water and efficiency of the basin solar still with an external reflector. Results also revealed that the efficiency of the solar still is low in the early hours, while it was enhanced 44% in the afternoon. Furthermore, it was concluded that the accumulated distilled water is 4600 mL/day and 4300 mL/day for theoretical and experimental examinations, respectively.

  5. Method of manufacturing large dish reflectors for a solar concentrator apparatus (United States)

    Angel, Roger P [Tucson, AZ; Olbert, Blain H [Tucson, AZ


    A method of manufacturing monolithic glass reflectors for concentrating sunlight in a solar energy system is disclosed. The method of manufacturing allows large monolithic glass reflectors to be made from float glass in order to realize significant cost savings on the total system cost for a solar energy system. The method of manufacture includes steps of heating a sheet of float glass positioned over a concave mold until the sheet of glass sags and stretches to conform to the shape of the mold. The edges of the dish-shaped glass are rolled for structural stiffening around the periphery. The dish-shaped glass is then silvered to create a dish-shaped mirror that reflects solar radiation to a focus. The surface of the mold that contacts the float glass preferably has a grooved surface profile comprising a plurality of cusps and concave valleys. This grooved profile minimizes the contact area and marring of the specular glass surface, reduces parasitic heat transfer into the mold and increases mold lifetime. The disclosed method of manufacture is capable of high production rates sufficiently fast to accommodate the output of a conventional float glass production line so that monolithic glass reflectors can be produced as quickly as a float glass production can make sheets of float glass to be used in the process.

  6. High performance near-ultraviolet flip-chip light-emitting diodes with distributed Bragg reflector (United States)

    Choi, Il-Gyun; Jin, Geun-Mo; Park, Jun-Cheon; Jeon, Soo-Kun; Park, Eun-Hyun


    We have fabricated the near-ultraviolet (NUV) flip-chip (FC) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with the high external quantum efficiency (EQE) using distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) and compared with conventional FC-LED using silver (Ag) reflector. Reflectance of Ag is very high (90 ~ 95 %) at visible spectrum region, but sharply decrease at NUV region. Therefore we used DBR composed of two different materials which have high-index contrast, such as TiO2 and SiO2. However, to achieve high-performance NUV flip-chip LEDs, we used Ta2O5 instead of TiO2 that absorbs lights of NUV region. Thus, we have designed a DBR composed of twenty pairs of Ta2O5 and SiO2 using optical coating design software. The DBR designed by our group achieves a reflectance of ~99 % in the NUV region (350 ~ 500 nm), which is much better than Ag reflector. Optical power is higher than the Ag-LED up to 22 % @ 390 nm.

  7. Design of Semiconductor-Based Back Reflectors for High Voc Monolithic Multijunction Solar Cells: Preprint

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    Garcia, I.; Geisz, J.; Steiner, M.; Olson, J.; Friedman, D.; Kurtz, S.


    State-of-the-art multijunction cell designs have the potential for significant improvement before going to higher number of junctions. For example, the Voc can be substantially increased if the photon recycling taking place in the junctions is enhanced. This has already been demonstrated (by Alta Devices) for a GaAs single-junction cell. For this, the loss of re-emitted photons by absorption in the underlying layers or substrate must be minimized. Selective back surface reflectors are needed for this purpose. In this work, different architectures of semiconductor distributed Bragg reflectors (DBR) are assessed as the appropriate choice for application in monolithic multijunction solar cells. Since the photon re-emission in the photon recycling process is spatially isotropic, the effect of the incident angle on the reflectance spectrum is of central importance. In addition, the DBR structure must be designed taking into account its integration into the monolithic multijunction solar cells, concerning series resistance, growth economics, and other issues. We analyze the tradeoffs in DBR design complexity with all these requirements to determine if such a reflector is suitable to improve multijunction solar cells.

  8. The SLAC Design and Manufacturing Process of Sphere-Mounted Reflectors (Oct 1997)

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    Ruland, R E


    Sphere-Mounted Reflectors (SMRs) are used at SLAC for a variety of alignment purposes. They consist of a retroreflective set of mirrors mounted inside a hollowed out sphere. The most significant property of these is that the reflected beam emerging from the SMR is parallel to the incoming beam. The reflector is comprised of three reflective surfaces that are mutually orthogonal forming the geometrical equivalent of the corner of a cube. Initially a series of 1 1/2 inch (38.10 mm) versions were purchased for $3250 each. These consisted of steel balls that were hollowed out allowing an air-cube to be precisely inserted into the ball so that the apex of the mirror planes would intersect the center of the ball. This is critical so that when the SMR is placed into a ''nest'' it will always reflect from the same three-dimensional position regardless what orientation it is in. Due to the high cost of manufacturing, a delivery time of several months, and with no assurance that the reflector will pass quality control,...

  9. Chemical Effect of Dry and Wet Cleaning of the Ru Protective Layer of the Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) Lithography Reflector

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    Belau, Leonid; Park, Jeong Y.; Liang, Ted; Seo, Hyungtak; Somorjai, Gabor A.


    The authors report the chemical influence of cleaning of the Ru capping layer on the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) reflector surface. The cleaning of EUV reflector to remove the contamination particles has two requirements: to prevent corrosion and etching of the reflector surface and to maintain the reflectivity functionality of the reflector after the corrosive cleaning processes. Two main approaches for EUV reflector cleaning, wet chemical treatments [sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide mixture (SPM), ozonated water, and ozonated hydrogen peroxide] and dry cleaning (oxygen plasma and UV/ozone treatment), were tested. The changes in surface morphology and roughness were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, while the surface etching and change of oxidation states were probed with x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Significant surface oxidation of the Ru capping layer was observed after oxygen plasma and UV/ozone treatment, while the oxidation is unnoticeable after SPM treatment. Based on these surface studies, the authors found that SPM treatment exhibits the minimal corrosive interactions with Ru capping layer. They address the molecular mechanism of corrosive gas and liquid-phase chemical interaction with the surface of Ru capping layer on the EUV reflector.

  10. Performance of a high-resolution depth encoding PET detector using barium sulfate reflector (United States)

    Kuang, Zhonghua; Wang, Xiaohui; Li, Cheng; Deng, Xinhan; Feng, Kai; Hu, Zhanli; Fu, Xin; Ren, Ning; Zhang, Xianming; Zheng, Yunfei; Liang, Dong; Liu, Xin; Zheng, Hairong; Yang, Yongfeng


    Small animal positron emission tomography (PET) is a well-established imaging modality in preclinical biomedical research. The performance of current small animal PET scanners is mainly limited by the detector performance and depth-encoding detectors are required to simultaneously achieve high spatial resolution and high sensitivity. In this work, the performance of a high-resolution dual-ended readout lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) array using barium sulfate powder (BaSO4) as the inter-crystal reflector was measured for the first time and compared to that of a LYSO array using the most commonly used enhanced specular reflector (ESR). Both LYSO arrays have 18  ×  18 crystals and the crystal size is about 0.62  ×  0.62  ×  20 mm3. The LYSO arrays are readout by two position-sensitive photomultiplier tubes (PSPMTs) from both ends. The flood histograms, energy resolution, depth of interaction (DOI) resolution and timing resolution were measured. The flood histograms of the LYSO array with BaSO4 reflector is much better than that of the LYSO array with ESR reflector. For the BaSO4 array, all crystals can be clearly resolved. For the ESR array, all crystals in one direction can be clearly resolved, but the edge 2-3 columns of the crystals in the other direction cannot be resolved. The average energy resolution of the BaSO4 and ESR arrays are 15.2% and 15.3%, respectively. The average DOI resolution of the BaSO4 array is 2.19 mm, which is 24% worse than the 1.76 mm DOI resolution of the ESR array. The timing resolution of both arrays is ~1.6 ns. The LYSO array with the new BaSO4 reflector provided an much better flood histogram in a high resolution dual-ended readout PET detectors as compared to the ESR array, and will be used to develop a small animal PET scanner that can simultaneously achieve uniform high spatial resolution, high sensitivity and low cost.

  11. Performance of a high-resolution depth encoding PET detector using barium sulfate reflector. (United States)

    Kuang, Zhonghua; Wang, Xiaohui; Li, Cheng; Deng, Xinhan; Feng, Kai; Hu, Zhanli; Fu, Xin; Ren, Ning; Zhang, Xianming; Zheng, Yunfei; Liang, Dong; Liu, Xin; Zheng, Hairong; Yang, Yongfeng


    Small animal positron emission tomography (PET) is a well-established imaging modality in preclinical biomedical research. The performance of current small animal PET scanners is mainly limited by the detector performance and depth-encoding detectors are required to simultaneously achieve high spatial resolution and high sensitivity. In this work, the performance of a high-resolution dual-ended readout lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) array using barium sulfate powder (BaSO4) as the inter-crystal reflector was measured for the first time and compared to that of a LYSO array using the most commonly used enhanced specular reflector (ESR). Both LYSO arrays have 18  ×  18 crystals and the crystal size is about 0.62  ×  0.62  ×  20 mm3. The LYSO arrays are readout by two position-sensitive photomultiplier tubes (PSPMTs) from both ends. The flood histograms, energy resolution, depth of interaction (DOI) resolution and timing resolution were measured. The flood histograms of the LYSO array with BaSO4 reflector is much better than that of the LYSO array with ESR reflector. For the BaSO4 array, all crystals can be clearly resolved. For the ESR array, all crystals in one direction can be clearly resolved, but the edge 2-3 columns of the crystals in the other direction cannot be resolved. The average energy resolution of the BaSO4 and ESR arrays are 15.2% and 15.3%, respectively. The average DOI resolution of the BaSO4 array is 2.19 mm, which is 24% worse than the 1.76 mm DOI resolution of the ESR array. The timing resolution of both arrays is ~1.6 ns. The LYSO array with the new BaSO4 reflector provided an much better flood histogram in a high resolution dual-ended readout PET detectors as compared to the ESR array, and will be used to develop a small animal PET scanner that can simultaneously achieve uniform high spatial resolution, high sensitivity and low cost.

  12. Proposed suitable electron reflector layer materials for thin-film CuIn1-xGaxSe2 solar cells (United States)

    Sharbati, Samaneh; Gharibshahian, Iman; Orouji, Ali A.


    This paper investigates the electrical properties of electron reflector layer to survey materials as an electron reflector (ER) for chalcopyrite CuInGaSe solar cells. The purpose is optimizing the conduction-band and valence-band offsets at ER layer/CIGS junction that can effectively reduce the electron recombination near the back contact. In this work, an initial device model based on an experimental solar cell is established, then the properties of a solar cell with electron reflector layer are physically analyzed. The electron reflector layer numerically applied to baseline model of thin-film CIGS cell fabricated by ZSW (efficiency = 20.3%). The improvement of efficiency is achievable by electron reflector layer materials with Eg > 1.3 eV and -0.3 0.5) are efficient electron reflector layer materials, so the potential improvement in efficiency obtained relative gain of 5%.

  13. Transparent conducting oxide contacts and textured metal back reflectors for thin film silicon solar cells (United States)

    Franken, R. H.-J.


    With the growing population and the increasing environmental problems of the 'common' fossil and nuclear energy production, the need for clean and sustainable energy sources is evident. Solar energy conversion, such as in photovoltaic (PV) systems, can play a major role in the urgently needed energy transition in electricity production. At the present time PV module production is dominated by the crystalline wafer technology. Thin film silicon technology is an alternative solar energy technology that operates at lower efficiencies, however, it has several significant advantages, such as the possibility of deposition on cheap (flexible) substrates and the much smaller silicon material consumption. Because of the small thickness of the solar cells, light trapping schemes are needed in order to obtain enough light absorption and current generation. This thesis describes the research on thin film silicon solar cells with the focus on the optimization of the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) layers and textured metal Ag substrate layers for the use as enhanced light scattering back reflectors in n-i-p type of solar cells. First we analyzed ZnO:Al (TCO) layers deposited in an radio frequent (rf) magnetron deposition system equipped with a 7 inch target. We have focused on the improvement of the electrical properties without sacrificing the optical properties by increasing the mobility and decreasing the grain boundary density. Furthermore, we described some of the effects on light trapping of ZnO:Al enhanced back reflectors. The described effects are able to explain the observed experimental data. Furthermore, we present a relation between the surface morphology of the Ag back contact and the current enhancement in microcrystalline (muc-Si:H) solar cells. We show the importance of the lateral feature sizes of the Ag surface on the light scattering and introduce a method to characterize the quality of the back reflector by combining the vertical and lateral feature sizes

  14. Gyrotron whispering gallery mode coupler with a mode conversion reflector for exciting a circular symmetric uniform phase RF beam in a corrugated waveguide (United States)

    Neilson, Jeffrey M.


    A cylindrical waveguide with a mode converter transforms a whispering gallery mode from a gyrotron cylindrical waveguide with a helical cut launch edge to a quasi-Gaussian beam suitable for conveyance through a corrugated waveguide. This quasi-Gaussian beam is radiated away from the waveguide using a spiral cut launch edge, which is in close proximity to a first mode converting reflector. The first mode converting reflector is coupled to a second mode converting reflector which provides an output free-space HE11 mode wave suitable for direct coupling into a corrugated waveguide. The radiated beam produced at the output of the second mode converting reflector is substantially circular.

  15. Corner-cube retro-reflector instrument for advanced lunar laser ranging (United States)

    Turyshev, Slava G.; Williams, James G.; Folkner, William M.; Gutt, Gary M.; Baran, Richard T.; Hein, Randall C.; Somawardhana, Ruwan P.; Lipa, John A.; Wang, Suwen


    Lunar laser ranging (LLR) has made major contributions to our understanding of the Moon's internal structure and the dynamics of the Earth-Moon system. Because of the recent improvements of the ground-based laser ranging facilities, the present LLR measurement accuracy is limited by the retro-reflectors currently on the lunar surface, which are arrays of small corner-cubes. Because of lunar librations, the surfaces of these arrays do not, in general, point directly at the Earth. This effect results in a spread of arrival times, because each cube that comprises the retroreflector is at a slightly different distance from the Earth, leading to the reduced ranging accuracy. Thus, a single, wide aperture corner-cube could have a clear advantage. In addition, after nearly four decades of successful operations the retro-reflectors arrays currently on the Moon started to show performance degradation; as a result, they yield still useful, but much weaker return signals. Thus, fresh and bright instruments on the lunar surface are needed to continue precision LLR measurements. We have developed a new retro-reflector design to enable advanced LLR operations. It is based on a single, hollow corner cube with a large aperture for which preliminary thermal, mechanical, and optical design and analysis have been performed. The new instrument will be able to reach an Earth-Moon range precision of 1-mm in a single pulse while being subjected to significant thermal variations present on the lunar surface, and will have low mass to allow robotic deployment. Here we report on our design results and instrument development effort.

  16. A simplified geometrical model for transient corium propagation in core for LWR with heavy reflector

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    Saas Laurent


    Full Text Available In the context of the simulation of the Severe Accidents (SA in Light Water Reactors (LWR, we are interested on the in-core corium pool propagation transient in order to evaluate the corium relocation in the vessel lower head. The goal is to characterize the corium and debris flows from the core to accurately evaluate the corium pool propagation transient in the lower head and so the associated risk of vessel failure. In the case of LWR with heavy reflector, to evaluate the corium relocation into the lower head, we have to study the risk associated with focusing effect and the possibility to stabilize laterally the corium in core with a flooded down-comer. It is necessary to characterize the core degradation and the stratification of the corium pool that is formed in core. We assume that the core degradation until the corium pool formation and the corium pool propagation could be modeled separately. In this document, we present a simplified geometrical model (0D model for the in-core corium propagation transient. A degraded core with a formed corium pool is used as an initial state. This state can be obtained from a simulation computed with an integral code. This model does not use a grid for the core as integral codes do. Geometrical shapes and 0D models are associated with the corium pool and the other components of the degraded core (debris, heavy reflector, core plate…. During the transient, these shapes evolve taking into account the thermal and stratification behavior of the corium pool and the melting of the core surrounding components. Some results corresponding to the corium pool propagation in core transients obtained with this model on a LWR with a heavy reflector are given and compared to grid approach of the integral codes MAAP4.

  17. Stochastic and sensitivity analysis of shape error of inflatable antenna reflectors (United States)

    San, Bingbing; Yang, Qingshan; Yin, Liwei


    Inflatable antennas are promising candidates to realize future satellite communications and space observations since they are lightweight, low-cost and small-packaged-volume. However, due to their high flexibility, inflatable reflectors are difficult to manufacture accurately, which may result in undesirable shape errors, and thus affect their performance negatively. In this paper, the stochastic characteristics of shape errors induced during manufacturing process are investigated using Latin hypercube sampling coupled with manufacture simulations. Four main random error sources are involved, including errors in membrane thickness, errors in elastic modulus of membrane, boundary deviations and pressure variations. Using regression and correlation analysis, a global sensitivity study is conducted to rank the importance of these error sources. This global sensitivity analysis is novel in that it can take into account the random variation and the interaction between error sources. Analyses are parametrically carried out with various focal-length-to-diameter ratios (F/D) and aperture sizes (D) of reflectors to investigate their effects on significance ranking of error sources. The research reveals that RMS (Root Mean Square) of shape error is a random quantity with an exponent probability distribution and features great dispersion; with the increase of F/D and D, both mean value and standard deviation of shape errors are increased; in the proposed range, the significance ranking of error sources is independent of F/D and D; boundary deviation imposes the greatest effect with a much higher weight than the others; pressure variation ranks the second; error in thickness and elastic modulus of membrane ranks the last with very close sensitivities to pressure variation. Finally, suggestions are given for the control of the shape accuracy of reflectors and allowable values of error sources are proposed from the perspective of reliability.

  18. Optical Coating Performance for Heat Reflectors of the JWST-ISIM Electronic Component (United States)

    Rashford, Robert A.; Perrygo, Charles M.; Garrison, Matthew B.; White, Bryant K.; Threat, Felix T.; Quijada, Manuel A.; Jeans, James W.; Huber, Frank K.; Bousquet, Robert R.; Shaw, Dave


    A document discusses a thermal radiator design consisting of lightweight composite materials and low-emittance metal coatings for use on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) structure. The structure will have a Thermal Subsystem unit to provide passive cooling to the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM) control electronics. The ISIM, in the JWST observatory, is the platform that provides the mounting surfaces for the instrument control electronics. Dissipating the control electronic generated-heat away from JWST is of paramount importance so that the spacecraft s own heat does not interfere with the infrared-light gathering of distant cosmic sources. The need to have lateral control in the emission direction of the IEC (ISIM Electronics Compartment) radiators led to the development of a directional baffle design that uses multiple curved mirrorlike surfaces. This concept started out from the so-called Winston non-imaging optical concentrators that use opposing parabolic reflector surfaces, where each parabola has its focus at the opposite edge of the exit aperture. For this reason they are often known as compound parabolic concentrators or CPCs. This radiator system with the circular section was chosen for the IEC reflectors because it offers two advantages over other designs. The first is that the area of the reflector strips for a given radiator area is less, which results in a lower mass baffle assembly. Secondly, the fraction of energy emitted by the radiator strips and subsequently reflected by the baffle is less. These fewer reflections reduced the amount of energy that is absorbed and eventually re-emitted, typically in a direction outside the design emission range angle. A baffle frame holds the mirrors in position above a radiator panel on the IEC. Together, these will direct the majority of the heat from the IEC above the sunshield away towards empty space.

  19. Relativistic backward wave oscillator operating in TM02 with cutoff-type resonant reflector (United States)

    Teng, Yan; Shi, Yanchao; Yang, Dewen; Cao, Yibing; Zhang, Zhijun


    This paper proposes an overmoded relativistic backward wave oscillator (RBWO) operating in the TM02 mode with the cutoff-type resonant reflector characterized by the advantages of the cutoff neck and the single resonant cavity. In order to protect the explosive emission of the annular cathode from the disturbance of the microwave leakage, the cutoff-type resonant reflector can effectively prevent the microwave consisting of several modes from propagating into the diode region. Attributed to the strong reflections caused by the cutoff-type resonant reflector at the front end of the overmoded slow-wave structure (SWS), the overmoded RBWO works in the state of the strong resonance, which enhances the beam-to-microwave power conversion efficiency. TM02 is selected as the operation mode so as to increase the power handling capability. The nonuniform SWS depresses the cross-excitation of the unwanted longitudinal modes of TM02 and improves the synchronous interaction between the electron beam and the structure wave. It is found that when we make the peak values of the longitudinal electric field and the modulated current appear nearly at the same position in the overmoded SWS by optimizing the electrodynamic structure, the conversion efficiency will be enhanced significantly. In the numerical simulation, the microwave generation with power 2.99 GW and efficiency 0.45 is obtained under the diode voltage 851 kV and current 7.8 kA with the guide magnetic field of 4.3 T. The microwave generation with the pure frequency spectrum of 10.083 GHz radiates in the TM01 mode. The conversion efficiency keeps above 0.40 over the diode voltage range of 220 kV.

  20. Dirac fermion reflector by ballistic graphene sawtooth-shaped npn junctions


    Morikawa, Sei; wilmart, quentin; Masubuchi, Satoru; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Plaçais, Bernard; Machida, Tomoki


    We have realized a Dirac fermion reflector in graphene by controlling the ballistic carrier trajectory in a sawtooth-shaped npn junction. When the carrier density in the inner p-region is much larger than that in the outer n-regions, the first straight np interface works as a collimator and the collimated ballistic carriers can be totally reflected at the second zigzag pn interface. We observed clear resistance enhancement around the np+n regime, which is in good agreement with the numerical ...

  1. Structural characterization of Pt/C multilayer phase-shift reflectors (United States)

    Pradhan, P. C.; Bhartiya, S.; Nayak, M.; Lodha, G. S.


    A Pt/C multilayer based phase-shift reflector (MPR) with grating period ˜800 nm and multilayer period ˜4.8 nm with the number of layer pairs 10 was characterized by hard x-ray reflectivity (XRR), rocking scan and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XRR results show the Bragg peaks up to 5th orders indicate good quality of MPR. Well defined grating truncation rods (GTRs) are observed in the rocking scan performed along the grating dispersive direction. AFM image shows that the depth of the MPR is˜35 nm, which can be used to suppress the wavelength region centered at λ = ˜140 nm.

  2. Double Star Measurements at the Southern Sky with a 50 cm Reflector in 2016 (United States)

    Anton, Rainer


    A 50 cm Ritchey-Chrétien reflector was used for recordings of double stars with a CCD webcam, and measurements of 95 pairs were mostly obtained from “lucky images”, and in some cases by speckle interferometry. The image scale was calibrated with reference systems from the recently published Gaia catalogue of precise position data. For several pairs, deviations from currently assumed orbits were found. Some images of noteworthy systems are also pre-sented.

  3. Performance of the Reflector of the CANGAROO-III Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov Telescope (United States)

    Ohnishi, M.; Kawachi, A.; Mori, M.; Asahara, A.; Bicknell, G. V.; Clay, R. W.; Doi, Y.; Edwards, P. G.; Enomoto, R.; Gunji, S.; Hara, S.; Hara, T.; Hattori, T.; Itoh, C.; Kabuki, S.; Kajino, F.; Katagiri, H.; Kifune, T.; Ksenofontov, L. T.; Kurihara, T.; Kurosaka, R.; Kushida, J.; Matsubara, Y.; Miyashita, Y.; Mizumoto, Y.; Moro, H.; Muraishi, H.; Muraki, Y.; Naito, T.; Nakase, T.; Nishida, D.; Nishijima, K.; Okumura, K.; Patterson, J. R.; Protheore, R. J.; Sakamoto, N.; Sakurazawa, K.; Swaby, D. L.; Tanimori, T.; Tanimura, H.; Thornton, G.; Tokanai, F.; Tsuchiya, K.; Uchida, T.; Watanabe, S.; Yamaoka, T.; Yanagita, S.; Yoshida, T.; Yoshikoshi, T.


    The second 10m-diameter telescope of the CANGAROO-I I I project was completed in December 2002. The reflector is a tessellated parab oloid which consists of 114 spherical mirror segments with a f/d ratio of 0.8. In order to obtain light-weight, durable segments, we have been working on development of FRP (Fib er Reinforced Plastic) composite mirrors since 1995. These segments are all equipp ed with a remote-control alignment system and their optical axes were aligned using bright stars as standard light sources.

  4. Selecting detection wavelength of resonant cavity-enhanced photodetectors by guided-mode resonance reflectors. (United States)

    Lai, Kuo-Wei; Lee, Yi-Shan; Fu, Ying-Jhe; Lin, Sheng-Di


    We propose and demonstrate a novel device structure of resonant cavity-enhanced photodetector (RCE-PD). The new RCE-PD structure consists of a bottom distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), a cavity with InGaAs multiple quantum wells (MQWs) for light absorption and a top mirror of sub-wavelength grating. By changing the fill factor of the 2-D grating, the effective cavity length of RCE-PDs can be varied so the resonant wavelength can be selected post growth. Accordingly, we can fabricate an array of PDs on a single chip, on which every PD aims for a specific wavelength.

  5. Stationary concentrating reflector cum tracking absorber solar energy collector: optical design characteristics. (United States)

    Steward, W G; Kreith, F


    This article presents an analysis of the optical design characteristics of a stationary reflecting/tracking absorber solar energy collector. This type of collector consists of a segment of a spherical mirror placed in a stationary position facing the sun, but having a linear absorber that can track the image of the sun by a simple pivoting motion about the center of curvature of the reflector. The optical characteristics of this system and the axial variation of its concentration ratio are developed to provide information for the engineering design and sizing of this type of solar energy collector system.

  6. In-orbit assessment of laser retro-reflector efficiency onboard high orbiting satellites (United States)

    Wilkinson, Matthew; Appleby, Graham


    The navigation and geodetic satellites that orbit the Earth at altitudes of approximately 20,000 km are tracked routinely by many of the Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) stations of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS). In order to meet increasing demands on SLR stations for daytime and nighttime observations, any new mission needs to ensure a strong return signal so that the target is easily acquirable. The ILRS has therefore set a minimum effective cross-section of 100 million square metres for the on-board laser retro-reflector arrays (LRAs) and further recommends the use of 'uncoated' cubes in the arrays. Given the large number of GNSS satellites that are currently supported by SLR, it is informative to make an assessment of the relative efficiencies of the various LRAs employed. This paper uses the laser ranging observations themselves to deduce and then compare the efficiencies of the LRAs on the COMPASS-M1 navigation satellite, two satellites from the GPS and three from the GLONASS constellations, the two GIOVE test satellites from the upcoming Galileo constellation, the two Etalon geodetic spheres and the geosynchronous communications test satellite, ETS-8. All the LRAs on this set of satellites employ back-coated retro-reflector cubes, except those on the COMPASS-M1 and ETS-8 vehicles which are uncoated. A measure of return signal strength, and thus of LRA-efficiency, is calculated using the laser-range full-rate data archive from 2007 to 2010, scaled to remove the effects of variations in satellite range, atmospheric attenuation and retro-reflector target total surface area. Observations from five SLR stations are used in this study; they are Herstmonceux (UK), Yarragadee (Australia), Monument Peak and McDonald (USA) and Wettzell (Germany). Careful consideration is given to the treatment of the observations from each station in order to take account of local working practices and system upgrades. The results show that the uncoated retro-reflector

  7. Damage thresholds of thin film materials and high reflectors at 248 nm

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    Rainer, F.; Lowdermilk, W.H.; Milam, D.; Carniglia, C.K.; Hart, T.T.; Lichtenstein, T.L.


    Twenty-ns, 248-nm KrF laser pulses were used to measure laser damage thresholds for halfwave-thick layers of 15 oxide and fluoride coating materials, and for high reflectance coatings made with 13 combinations of these materials. The damage thresholds of the reflectors and single-layer films were compared to measurements of several properties of the halfwave-thick films to determine whether measurements of these properties of single-layer films to determine whether measurements of these properties of single-layer films were useful for identifying materials for fabrication of damage resistant coatings.

  8. Towards planar phaseless near-field measurements of ESA's JUICE mission 600 GHz SWI reflector antenna

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    Fernandez Alvarez, Javier; Breinbjerg, Olav


    The Submillimeter Wave Instrument is a 600GHz spectrometer with a 30cm reflector antenna, part of the payload of the ESA JUICE mission. Due to the difficulty of producing reliable phase measurements at such high frequency a phaseless planar nearfield measurement based on the Iterative Fourier...... Technique (IFT) is explored. The IFT is a well-known technique which has shown good results with aperture-type antennas; furthermore, probe correction has been demonstrated to be possible in one experimental case. In this paper a series of numerical results are presented pointing to the feasibility...

  9. A Planar Reconfigurable Radiation Pattern Dipole Antenna with Reflectors and Directors for Wireless Communication Applications

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    Imen Ben Trad


    Full Text Available A planar printed dipole antenna with reflectors and directors, able to steer its radiation pattern in different directions, is proposed for telecommunication applications. Starting from a dual-beam printed dipole antenna achieved by combining two elementary dipoles back to back, and by loading four PIN diodes, three modes of reconfigurable radiation patterns are achieved at the frequency 2.56 GHz thanks to switches states. A prototype of the structure was realized and characterized; an efficiency of 75% is obtained. Simulation and measured results of the results are presented and discussed.

  10. Modeling for control of an inflatable space reflector, the linear 2-D case


    Voß, T.; Scherpen, J.M.A.; Edelmayer, András


    In this paper we develop a mathematical model for the dynamics of a linear plate with piezoelectric actuation. This model can then be used to design controllers with the goal of achieving a desired shape of the plate. This control scheme can be used for several applications, e.g., vibration control in structures or shape control for high precision structures like inflatable space reflectors. The starting point of the control design is modeling for control. We will do this in the framework of ...

  11. Tunable Mesoporous Bragg Reflectors Based on Block-Copolymer Self-Assembly

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    Guldin, Stefan


    Mesoporous Bragg reflectors are a promising materials platform for photovoltaics, light emission, and sensing. A fast and versatile fabrication route that relies on the self-assembly of the block copolymer poly(isoprene-b-ethylene oxide) in combination with simple sol-gel chemistry is reported. The method allows extended control over porosity and pore size in the resulting inorganic material and results in high-quality optical elements. © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Refractive index dispersion sensing using an array of photonic crystal resonant reflectors

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    Hermannsson, Pétur Gordon; Vannahme, Christoph; Smith, Cameron


    Refractive index sensing plays a key role in various environmental and biological sensing applications. Here, a method is presented for measuring the absolute refractive index dispersion of liquids using an array of photonic crystal resonant reflectors of varying periods. It is shown...... that by covering the array with a sample liquid and measuring the resonance wavelength associated with transverse electric polarized quasi guided modes as a function of period, the refractive index dispersion of the liquid can be accurately obtained using an analytical expression. This method is compact, can...

  13. Analysis of Arbitrary Reflector Antennas Applying the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction Together with the Master Points Technique

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    María Jesús Algar


    Full Text Available An efficient approach for the analysis of surface conformed reflector antennas fed arbitrarily is presented. The near field in a large number of sampling points in the aperture of the reflector is obtained applying the Geometrical Theory of Diffraction (GTD. A new technique named Master Points has been developed to reduce the complexity of the ray-tracing computations. The combination of both GTD and Master Points reduces the time requirements of this kind of analysis. To validate the new approach, several reflectors and the effects on the radiation pattern caused by shifting the feed and introducing different obstacles have been considered concerning both simple and complex geometries. The results of these analyses have been compared with the Method of Moments (MoM results.

  14. Ultrafast pre-breakdown dynamics in Al₂O₃SiO₂ reflector by femtosecond UV laser spectroscopy. (United States)

    Du, Juan; Li, Zehan; Xue, Bing; Kobayashi, Takayoshi; Han, Dongjia; Zhao, Yuanan; Leng, Yuxin


    Ultrafast carrier dynamics in Al2O3/SiO2 high reflectors has been investigated by UV femtosecond laser. It is identified by laser spectroscopy that, the carrier dynamics contributed from the front few layers of Al2O3 play a dominating role in the initial laser-induced damage of the UV reflector. Time-resolved reflection decrease after the UV excitation is observed, and conduction electrons is found to relaxed to a mid-gap defect state locating about one photon below the conduction band . To interpret the laser induced carrier dynamics further, a theoretical model including electrons relaxation to a mid-gap state is built, and agrees very well with the experimental results.. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study on the pre-damage dynamics in UV high reflector induced by femtosecond UV laser.

  15. Holographic Read-Only Memory Fabricated by Deposition of Reflector after Writing Process with Aromatic Photopolymer Recording Layer (United States)

    Ando, Toshio; Masaki, Kazuyoshi; Shimizu, Takehiro


    The deposition of reflector after writing (DRAW) process has been proposed for the fabrication of reflective-type holographic read-only memories. In the DRAW process, a reflector is deposited on a recording medium after signal writing, resulting in the reduction of noise holograms written by reflected beams from a reflector in the write process. Significant improvements are experimentally confirmed in read and write (R/W) performances in DRAW-processed holographic media. The combination of the DRAW process and an aromatic photopolymer recording material realizes low noise, high signal-to-noise ratio, and low symbol error rate characteristics at large multiplexing numbers up to 1020. In conventional reflective-type holographic media, ghost noise is superimposed on the readout signal, causing deterioration in R/W characteristics. The wave vector analyses clarify the mechanism by which the noise holograms are written and ghost noise is superimposed on the signal beam in the conventional media.

  16. Performance Evaluation of a Double-Glazed Box-Type Solar Oven with Reflector

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    Joshua Folaranmi


    Full Text Available This research paper describes the performance evaluation of a double-glazed box-type solar oven with reflector fabricated using locally available materials, compressed sawdust with binder; size of the box is 700 mm ×  700 mm × 400 mm and 10 mm thickness. The experimental solar cooker consists of an aluminium absorber plate (1 mm painted matt black and a double-glazed lid. The bottom and sides are lagged with fibreglass wool insulator, thickness = 50 mm,  W/m°C. The reflector consists of a wooden-framed commercially available specular plane mirror which is sized to form a cover for the box when not being in use. Its thermal performance was tested according to the ASAE International Test procedure and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS for testing the thermal performance of box-type solar cooker. Thermal performance experiments were conducted in order to determine the first figure of merit (F1, the second figure of merit (F2 and standard cooking power (Ps. The obtained test results were employed to calculate the two figures of merit (F1, and F2 and the standard cooking power (P50 to be 0.11 Km2w−1, 0.31, and 23.95 W, respectively. Finally, the results illustrated that the cooker has a good reliability for cooking food and boiling water.

  17. A transversely isotropic medium with a tilted symmetry axis normal to the reflector

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    The computational tools for imaging in transversely isotropic media with tilted axes of symmetry (TTI) are complex and in most cases do not have an explicit closed-form representation. Developing such tools for a TTI medium with tilt constrained to be normal to the reflector dip (DTI) reduces their complexity and allows for closed-form representations. The homogeneous-case zero-offset migration in such a medium can be performed using an isotropic operator scaled by the velocity of the medium in the tilt direction. For the nonzero-offset case, the reflection angle is always equal to the incidence angle, and thus, the velocities for the source and receiver waves at the reflection point are equal and explicitly dependent on the reflection angle. This fact allows for the development of explicit representations for angle decomposition as well as moveout formulas for analysis of extended images obtained by wave-equation migration. Although setting the tilt normal to the reflector dip may not be valid everywhere (i.e., on salt flanks), it can be used in the process of velocity model building, in which such constrains are useful and typically are used. © 2010 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  18. Rapid prototyping of reflectors for vehicle lighting using laser activated remote phosphor (United States)

    Lachmayer, Roland; Kloppenburg, Gerolf; Wolf, Alexander


    Bright white light sources are of significant importance for automotive front lighting systems. Today's upper class vehicles mainly use HID or LED as light source. As a further step in this development laser diode based systems offer high luminance, efficiency and allow the realization of new styling concepts and new dynamic lighting functions. These white laser diode systems can either be realized by mixing different spectral sources or by combining diodes with specific phosphors. Based on the approach of generating light using a laser and remote phosphor, lighting modules are manufactured. Four blue laser diodes (450 nm) are used to activate a phosphor coating and thus to achieve white light. A segmented paraboloid reflector generates the desired light distribution for an additional car headlamp. We use high speed milling and selective laser melting to build the reflector system for this lighting module. We compare the spectral reflection grade of these materials. Furthermore the generated modules are analyzed regarding their efficiency and light distribution. The use of Rapid Prototyping technologies allows an early validation of the chosen concept and is supposed to reduce cost and time in the product development process significantly. Therefor we discuss costs and times of the applied manufacturing technologies.

  19. Mapping the Large Millimeter Telescope primary reflector using photogrammetry: a first comparison with 12 GHz holography (United States)

    Gale, David M.; Leon-Huerta, Andrea; Cabrera Cuevas, Lizeth; Castro Santos, David; Hernández Ríos, Emilio; Lucero Álvarez, Maribel; Tecuapetla Sosa, Esteban; Tzile Torres, Carlos; Sánchez-Argüelles, David; Narayanan, Gopal; Schloerb, F. Peter; Wilson, Grant W.; Smith, David R.


    The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) makes extensive use of 12 GHz holography during maintenance periods to finetune the alignment of primary reflector segments to the best-fit design parabola. Tracker measurements have also been used for this task, however the technique is severely limited by environmental noise and large data collection times, on the order of many hours for a single map. In 2015 we started photogrammetry trials as a complimentary measurement technique. Photogrammetry can offer reduced mapping times compared with laser trackers, and like holography, allows maps to be made at arbitrary elevation angles. Depending on the placement of reflecting targets, the technique can also provide higher spatial resolution than currently achieved using our holography system. Accurate photogrammetry requires a robust strategy for the incorporation of multiple camera stations, a task complicated by the size of the antenna, obstructions of the surface by the sub-reflector and tetrapod legs, and the practicability of using the site tower crane as a moving camera platform. Image scaling is also a major consideration, since photogrammetry lacks any inherent distance reference. Therefore appropriate scale bars must be fabricated and located within the camera field of view. Additional considerations relate to the size and placement of reflective targets, and the optimization of camera settings. In this paper we present some initial comparisons of laser tracker, holography and photogrammetry measurements taken in 2015, showing clearly the status of alignment for distinct zones of the currently operating 32.5 m primary collecting area.

  20. Design of polymer multilayer heterostructure broadband reflector for the near-infrared using genetic algorithm (United States)

    Cheng, Xiang; Yang, Weimin; Lin, Chengyou; Ding, Yumei; Jiao, Zhiwei


    A broadband reflector for the near-infrared (NIR) was designed using a multilayer heterostructure consisting of several quarter-wave stacks (QWSs), which were composed of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) films. Taking the solar power density as the target and using the Bragg wavelength of each QWS as the variable, the genetic algorithm was applied to look for the optimal multilayer heterostructure for broadband NIR reflection. As high as 99.46% total energy reflectivity in the short-wavelength NIR region (780 to 1100 nm) and 89.56% total energy transmissivity in the visible light region (380 to 780 nm) were realized by a multilayer heterostructure consisting of six quarter-wave PMMA/PET stacks, which can be easily fabricated based on the micronano multilayer coextrusion technology. The designed structure possesses good stability, and its total energy reflectivity is not sensitive to the incident angle of light. The proposed broadband NIR reflector can be applied to buildings as energy-saving films.

  1. Reflectance bandwidth and efficiency improvement of light-emitting diodes with double-distributed Bragg reflector. (United States)

    Ding, Xinghuo; Gui, Chengqun; Hu, Hongpo; Liu, Mengling; Liu, Xingtong; Lv, Jiajiang; Zhou, Shengjun


    Distributed Bragg reflectors (DBR) with metal film on the bottom have been demonstrated to further improve the light output power of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Periods of TiO2/SiO2 stacks, thickness of metal film, and material of metallic reflector were designed and optimized in simulation software. The maximal bandwidth of double-DBR stacks have reached up to 272 nm, which was 102 nm higher than a single-DBR stack. The average reflectance of LEDs with wavelength from 380 nm to 780 nm in double-DBR stacks is 95.09% at normal incident, which was much higher than that of a single-DBR stack whose average reflectance was 91.38%. Meanwhile, maximal average reflectance of LEDs for double-DBR stacks with an incident angle from 0 to 90° was 97.41%, which was 3.2% higher than that of a single-DBR stack with maximal average reflectance of 94.21%. The light output power of an LED with double-DBR stacks is 3% higher than that of an LED with a single-DBR stack, which was attributed to high reflectance of double-DBR stacks.

  2. Analysis of the Thermo-Elastic Response of Space Reflectors to Simulated Space Environment (United States)

    Allegri, G.; Ivagnes, M. M.; Marchetti, M.; Poscente, F.


    The evaluation of space environment effects on materials and structures is a key matter to develop a proper design of long duration missions: since a large part of satellites operating in the earth orbital environment are employed for telecommunications, the development of space antennas and reflectors featured by high dimensional stability versus space environment interactions represents a major challenge for designers. The structural layout of state of the art space antennas and reflectors is very complex, since several different sensible elements and materials are employed: particular care must be placed in evaluating the actual geometrical configuration of the reflectors operating in the space environment, since very limited distortions of the designed layout can produce severe effects on the quality of the signal both received and transmitted, especially for antennas operating at high frequencies. The effects of thermal loads due to direct sunlight exposition and to earth and moon albedo can be easily taken into account employing the standard methods of structural analysis: on the other hand the thermal cycling and the exposition to the vacuum environment produce a long term damage accumulation which affects the whole structure. The typical effects of the just mentioned exposition are the outgassing of polymeric materials and the contamination of the exposed surface, which can affect sensibly the thermo-mechanical properties of the materials themselves and, therefore, the structural global response. The main aim of the present paper is to evaluate the synergistic effects of thermal cycling and of the exposition to high vacuum environment on an innovative antenna developed by Alenia Spazio S.p.a.: to this purpose, both an experimental and numerical research activity has been developed. A complete prototype of the antenna has been exposed to the space environment simulated by the SAS facility: this latter is constituted by an high vacuum chamber, equipped by

  3. The Effect of Booster-Mirror Reflector on the Thermal Performance of a Truncated Pyramid Solar Thermal Cooker


    I. L. Mohammed; Aliyu, M. M.


    In this paper, the results and analysis of the performance of a truncated pyramid solar thermal cooker under two conditions are presented: booster-mirror reflector covered with black cloth, and booster-mirror reflector exposed to solar radiation. Results of the thermal performance tests show respective stagnation absorber plate temperatures of 145 oC and 137 oC. First/Second Figures of Merit are 0.120/0.346 and 0.125/0.400 respectively. The total heating times of 5.2 kg of wate...

  4. Self-assembly method for controlling spatial frequency response of plasmonic back reflectors in organic thin-film solar cells (United States)

    Okamoto, Takayuki; Shinotsuka, Kei; Kawamukai, Etsuko; Ishibashi, Koji


    We propose a novel colloidal lithography technique that uses a mixture of colloidal particles with a few different diameters. This technique can be used for fabricating quasi-random nanostructures whose k-space spectra can be easily controlled by using an appropriate combination of particles. We introduced such nanostructures into the back reflectors of organic thin-film solar cells, where they serve as plasmonic back reflectors for recycling the nonabsorbed transmitted light into surface plasmons. The obtained photon-to-current efficiency was enhanced by 14-20% compared with that of a flat cell.

  5. Digital holographic interferometry with CO2 lasers and diffuse illumination applied to large space reflector metrology [Invited]. (United States)

    Georges, Marc P; Vandenrijt, Jean-François; Thizy, Cédric; Stockman, Yvan; Queeckers, Patrick; Dubois, Frank; Doyle, Dominic


    Digital holographic interferometry in the long-wave infrared domain has been developed by combining a CO(2) laser and a microbolometer array. The long wavelength allows large deformation measurements, which are of interest in the case of large space reflectors undergoing thermal changes when in orbit. We review holography at such wavelengths and present some specific aspects related to this spectral range on our measurements. For the design of our digital holographic interferometer, we studied the possibility of illuminating specular objects by a reflective diffuser. We discuss the development of the interferometer and the results obtained on a representative space reflector, first in the laboratory and then during vacuum cryogenic test.

  6. A Review of the Reflector Compact Fluorescent Lights Technology Procurement Program: Conclusions and Results

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    Sandahl, Linda J.; Gilbride, Theresa L.; Ledbetter, Marc R.; McCullough, Jeffrey J.


    This report describes a project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and implemented by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), from 2000 to 2007 to improve the performance of reflector type (R-lamp) compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and increase their availability throughout the United States by means of a technology development and procurement strategy. In 2000, at the request of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Emerging Technologies Program and its predecessors, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory undertook a technology procurement seeking R-CFLs that were specifically designed for use in ICAT recessed can fixtures and that met other minimum performance criteria including minimum light output and size restrictions (to ensure they fit in standard residential recessed cans). The technology procurement included two phases. In Phase I, requests for proposals (RFPs) were issued in October 2002 and five manufacturers responded with 12 lamp models. Eight of these models met the minimum requirements and passed the 6-hour short-term test in a simulated ICAT environment. These eight models were subjected to long-term tests of 6,000 or more hours in a simulated ICAT environment. Three of these models passed the short- and long-term tests and were promoted through the program website (, press releases, and fliers. To increase the number of qualifying models, a second RFP was issued in June 2005. In April 2007, DOE announced that 16 reflector CFL (R-CFL) models by four manufacturers had met all the minimum requirements of Phase 2 of the R-CFL Technology Innovation Competition. PNNL developed both the criteria and the test apparatus design for Elevated Temperature Life Testing (ETLT), which has been included by DOE in its draft ENERGY STAR specifications for the reflector category of CFLs. PNNL promoted the winning lamps through a program website, press releases, and fliers as well as through program partners. PNNL also helped

  7. Optical constants in the hard X-ray/Soft gamma ray range of selected materials for multilayer reflectors

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    Cooper-Jensen, Carsten P.; Romaine, S.; Bruni, R.


    Future Astrophysics missions operating in the hard X-ray/Soft Gamma ray range is slated to carry novel focusing telescopes based on the use of depth graded multilayer reflectors. Current design studies show that, at the foreseen focal lengths, it should be feasible to focus X-rays at energies...

  8. Beam splitting target reflector based compensation for angular drift of laser beam in laser autocollimation of measuring small angle deviations

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    Zhu Fan; Tan Jiubin; Cui Jiwen [Center of Ultra-precision Optoelectronic Instrument Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China)


    Beam splitting target reflector based compensation for the angular drift of laser beam in laser autocollimation is proposed in this article to improve the measurement accuracy and stability of small angle deviations. A beam splitting target reflector is used to replace the plane mirror in laser autocollimation to generate a reference beam when returning the measurement beam. The reference beam and measurement beam have the same angular drift, but have different sensitivities to the rotation angle of the reflector due to the unique characteristics of the reflector. Thus, the angular drift of laser beam in laser autocollimation can be compensated in real time by using the drift of reference beam. Experimental results indicate that an output stability of 0.085 arc sec in 2 h can be achieved after compensation. And a measurement accuracy of {+-}0.032 arc sec can be obtained over the range of {+-}1190 arc sec with an effective resolution of 0.006 arc sec. It is confirmed that the compensation method for the angular drift of laser beam is necessary for improving the measurement accuracy and stability in laser autocollimation.

  9. Beam splitting target reflector based compensation for angular drift of laser beam in laser autocollimation of measuring small angle deviations. (United States)

    Zhu, Fan; Tan, Jiubin; Cui, Jiwen


    Beam splitting target reflector based compensation for the angular drift of laser beam in laser autocollimation is proposed in this article to improve the measurement accuracy and stability of small angle deviations. A beam splitting target reflector is used to replace the plane mirror in laser autocollimation to generate a reference beam when returning the measurement beam. The reference beam and measurement beam have the same angular drift, but have different sensitivities to the rotation angle of the reflector due to the unique characteristics of the reflector. Thus, the angular drift of laser beam in laser autocollimation can be compensated in real time by using the drift of reference beam. Experimental results indicate that an output stability of 0.085 arc sec in 2 h can be achieved after compensation. And a measurement accuracy of ±0.032 arc sec can be obtained over the range of ±1190 arc sec with an effective resolution of 0.006 arc sec. It is confirmed that the compensation method for the angular drift of laser beam is necessary for improving the measurement accuracy and stability in laser autocollimation.

  10. A Low-Profile Reflector-Enhanced Drop-Shaped Printed Antenna for Wide-Band Wireless Communications

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    Giovanni Cappelletti


    Full Text Available An improved low-profile printed antipodal drop-shaped dipole antenna for wide-band wireless applications is presented. The proposed radiating structure is integrated with a planar metal reflector useful to enhance antenna gain up to 5.5 dBi and the front-to-back ratio up to 21 dB. The geometry of reflector, feeding line, and dipole arms is optimized in order to achieve a broad operating bandwidth useful to meet the requirements of modern wireless communication protocols. Furthermore, the particular shape of the metal reflector and the adoption of a thin low-permittivity dielectric substrate result in a low distortion of the radiated field and a limited back radiation which makes the antenna suitable for UWB applications as well. These features, together with the low profile and the limited occupation area, make the antenna well adapted to mobile terminals as well as radio base stations. A locally conformal FDTD numerical procedure has been adopted to design and analyse the radiating structure, while a SEM technique has been employed to highlight the field perturbation caused by the antenna reflector as well as to extract the characteristics underlying the transient behaviour of the antenna. The experimental measurements performed on an antenna prototype are found to be in good agreement with the numerical computations.

  11. Simultaneous travel time tomography for updating both velocity and reflector geometry in triangular/tetrahedral cell model (United States)

    Bai, Chao-ying; He, Lei-yu; Li, Xing-wang; Sun, Jia-yu


    To conduct forward and simultaneous inversion in a complex geological model, including an irregular topography (or irregular reflector or velocity anomaly), we in this paper combined our previous multiphase arrival tracking method (referred as triangular shortest-path method, TSPM) in triangular (2D) or tetrahedral (3D) cell model and a linearized inversion solver (referred to as damped minimum norms and constrained least squares problem solved using the conjugate gradient method, DMNCLS-CG) to formulate a simultaneous travel time inversion method for updating both velocity and reflector geometry by using multiphase arrival times. In the triangular/tetrahedral cells, we deduced the partial derivative of velocity variation with respective to the depth change of reflector. The numerical simulation results show that the computational accuracy can be tuned to a high precision in forward modeling and the irregular velocity anomaly and reflector geometry can be accurately captured in the simultaneous inversion, because the triangular/tetrahedral cell can be easily used to stitch the irregular topography or subsurface interface.

  12. Improved light trapping in microcrystalline silicon solar cells by plasmonic back reflector with broad angular scattering and low parasitic absorption

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    Tan, H.; Sivec, L.; Yan, B.; Santbergen, R.; Zeman, M.; Smets, A.H.M.


    We show experimentally that the photocurrent of thin-film hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon (?c-Si:H) solar cells can be enhanced by 4.5?mA/cm2 with a plasmonic back reflector (BR). The light trapping performance is improved using plasmonic BR with broader angular scattering and lower parasitic

  13. Optical absorptions in ZnO/a-Si distributed Bragg reflectors

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    Chen, Aqing, E-mail:; Chen, Zhian [Hangzhou Dianzi University, College of Materials & Environmental Engineering (China); Zhu, Kaigui [Beihang University, Department of physics (China); Ji, Zhenguo [Hangzhou Dianzi University, College of Materials & Environmental Engineering (China)


    The distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) consisting of alternating layers of ZnO and heavy doped amorphous silicon (a-Si) have been fabricated by magnetron sputtering. It is novel to find that the optical absorptions exist in the stopband of the DBRs, and that many discrete strong optical absorption peaks exist in the wavelength range of visible to near-infrared. The calculated results by FDTD show that the absorptions in the stopband mainly exist in the first a-Si layer, and that the light absorbed by other a-Si layers inside contributes to the two absorption peaks in near-infrared range. The strong absorptions ranged from visible to infrared open new possibilities to the enhancement of the performance of amorphous silicon solar cells.


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    I. Hlaváčová


    Full Text Available The mining area previously monitored by TerraSAR-X InSAR is now monitored by Sentinel-1 InSAR. Although the processing of the IWS (TOPS mode requires additional processing steps and the coregistration has to be performed with the precision of 0.001 pixel (in the azimuth direction, if an area within one burst is processed, such a precise coregistration is not necessary. Information from 11 corner reflectors is evaluated, and significant movements at one of them were detected. Although it seems to be uplift, it is more probable that the movement is in down-the-slope direction, which has a negative sensitivity with regard to the satellite line of sight. The movement is similar to the one detected by TerraSAR-X satellite in the past. At the end of the monitoring period, the movement seems to settle down; future monitoring will show more about the dynamicity of the movement.

  15. Assessment of aluminum structural materials for service within the ANS reflector vessel

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    Farrell, K.


    Most of the components in the Advanced Neutron Source (ANS) reactor, including the reflector vessel, will be built from the aluminum alloy 6061 (lMg,0.6Si) in its precipitation-hardened T6 and T651 conditions. The microstructural and mechanical characteristics of the alloy are described, and its operating boundaries of stress, temperature, and time in its unirradiated state are defined. The material`s responses to neutron radiation exposure in aqueous environments are reviewed in detail. The particular service conditions of stress, temperature, and radiation exposure expected for individual components in the ANS are listed, and the suitability of each component to meet the demands is assessed. Areas of uncertainties are outlined, and various suggestions and recommendations are made to give improved confidence in the predictions.

  16. Design and optimization of ultrathin crystalline silicon solar cells using an efficient back reflector

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    S. Saravanan


    Full Text Available Thin film solar cells are cheaper but having low absorption in longer wavelength and hence, an effective light trapping mechanism is essential. In this work, we proposed an ultrathin crystalline silicon solar cell which showed extraordinary performance due to enhanced light absorption in visible and infrared part of solar spectrum. Various designing parameters such as number of distributed Bragg reflector (DBR pairs, anti-reflection layer thickness, grating thickness, active layer thickness, grating duty cycle and period were optimized for the optimal performance of solar cell. An ultrathin silicon solar cell with 40 nm active layer could produce an enhancement in cell efficiency ∼15 % and current density ∼23 mA/cm2. This design approach would be useful for the realization of new generation of solar cells with reduced active layer thickness.

  17. New Method to Characterize Degradation of First Surface Aluminum Reflectors: Preprint

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    Sutter, F.; Heller, P.; Meyen, S.; Pitz-Paal, R.; Kennedy, C.; Fernandez-Garcia, A.; Schmucker, M.


    This paper reports the development of a new optical instrument capable of characterizing the aging process of enhanced first surface aluminum reflectors for concentrating solar power (CSP) application. Samples were exposed outdoors at different sites and in accelerated exposure tests. All samples exposed outdoors showed localized corrosion spots. Degradation originated from points of damage in the protective coating, but propagated underneath the protective coating. The degraded samples were analyzed with a microscope and with a newly designed space-resolved specular reflectometer (SR)2 that is capable of optically detecting and characterizing the corrosion spots. The device measures the specular reflectance at three acceptance angles and the wavelengths with spatial resolution using a digital camera's CMOS sensor. It can be used to measure the corrosion growth rate during outdoor and accelerated exposure tests. These results will allow a correlation between the degraded mirror surface and its specular reflectance.

  18. Design of grazing-incidence multilayer supermirrors for hard-X-ray reflectors

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    Joensen, K. D.; Voutov, P.; Szentgyorgyi, A.


    Extremely broadband grazing-incidence multilayers for hard-X-ray reflection can be obtained by a gradual change of the layer thicknesses down through the structure. Existing approaches for designing similar neutron optics, called supermirrors, are shown to provide respectable performance when...... applied to X-ray multilayers. However, none of these approaches consider the effects of imperfect layer interfaces and absorption in the overlying layers. Adaptations of neutron designs that take these effects into account are presented, and a thorough analysis of two specific applications (a single hard-X-ray...... reflector and a hard-X-ray telescope) shows that an improved performance can be obtained. A multilayer whose bilayer thicknesses are given by a power law expression is found to provide the best solution; however, it is only slightly better than some of the adapted neutron designs...

  19. Large-area broadband saturable Bragg reflectors by use of oxidized AlAs. (United States)

    Tandon, S N; Gopinath, J T; Shen, H M; Petrich, G S; Kolodziejski, L A; Kärtner, F X; Ippen, E P


    Broadband saturable Bragg reflectors (SBRs) are designed and fabricated by monolithic integration of semiconductor saturable absorbers with broadband Bragg mirrors. The wet oxidation of AlAs creates low-index AlxOy layers for broadband, high-index-contrast AlGaAs/AlxOy or InGaAlP/AlxOy mirrors. SBR mirror designs indicate greater than 99% reflectivity over bandwidths of 294, 466, and 563 nm for center wavelengths of 800, 1300, and 1550 nm, respectively. Highly strained and unstrained absorbers are stably integrated with the oxidized mirrors. Large-scale lateral oxidation techniques permit the fabrication of SBRs with diameters of 500 microm. Large-area, broadband SBRs are used to self-start and mode lock a variety of laser systems at wavelengths from 800 to 1550 nm.

  20. Source‐receiver two‐way wave extrapolation for prestack exploding‐reflector modeling and migration

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    While most of the modern seismic imaging methods perform imaging by separating input data into parts (shot gathers), we develop a formulation that is able to incorporate all available data at once while numerically propagating the recorded multidimensional wavefield backward in time. While computationally extensive, this approach has the potential of generating accurate images, free of artifacts associated with conventional approaches. We derive novel high‐order partial differential equations in source‐receiver‐time domain. The fourth order nature of the extrapolation in time has four solutions two of which correspond to the ingoing and outgoing P‐waves and reduces to the zero‐offset exploding‐reflector solutions when the source coincides with the receiver. Using asymptotic approximations, we develop an approach to extrapolating the full prestack wavefield forward or backward in time.

  1. Design of a Shape Memory Alloy deployment hinge for reflector facets (United States)

    Anders, W. S.; Rogers, C. A.


    A design concept for a Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuated hinge mechanism for deploying segmented facet-type reflector surfaces on antenna truss structures is presented. The mechanism uses nitinol, a nickel-titanium shape memory alloy, as a displacement-force micro-actuator. An electrical current is used to resistively heat a 'plastically' elongated SMA actuator wire, causing it to contract in response to a thermally-induced phase transformation. The resulting tension creates a moment, imparting rotary motion between two adjacent panels. Mechanical stops are designed into the device to limit its range of motion and to establish positioning accuracy at the termination of deployment. The concept and its operation are discussed in detail, and an analytical dynamic simulation model is presented. The model has been used to perform nondimensionalized parametric design studies.

  2. Tunable multiple channeled phenomena in graphene-based plasmonic Bragg reflectors (United States)

    Wang, Jicheng; Shao, Hongyan; Song, Ci; Zheng, Gaige; Hu, Zheng-Da; Sang, Tian


    Plasmonic Bragg reflectors based on graphene with multiple channeled phenomena are proposed and investigated numerically. As a mid-infrared waveguide, the monolayer graphene exhibits locally variable optical properties through the modulation of electric fields. The periodical change of the effective refractive index (ERI) on graphene can be determined by applying external gate voltage. When we introduce an unmatched configuration or gate voltage, periodicity is disrupted, and a defect resonance mode is generated. At this point, the structure can be regard as a Fabry-Perot cavity. Accordingly, multiple-channel effects can be achieved by introducing cascaded multiple defects or including double symmetrical Fabry-Perot structures. This design shows applications potential in the graphene-based optoelectronic devices, particularly in the development of low-cost hyperspectral imaging sensors in mid-infrared region.

  3. High power GaInAs lasers with distributed Bragg reflectors (United States)

    O'Brien, S.; Parke, R.; Welch, D. F.; Mehuys, D.; Scifres, D.


    Single-mode strained-layer lasers have been fabricated which use buried second-order gratings for distributed Bragg reflectors. The lasers contain a strained GaInAs quantum well in the active region and operate in an edge emitting fashion with CW powers in excess of 110 mW. Single longitudinal and transverse mode operation is maintained at about 971.9 nm up to 42 mW. Total power conversion efficiencies as high as 28 percent have been observed. The longitudinal and transverse mode behavior is stable under 90 percent amplitude modulation with 50 percent duty cycle pulses at 10 kHz and 10 MHz. Preliminary life-test data at 40 C also indicate room temperature lifetimes in excess of 45,000 hours.

  4. Measurements of 208 Aitken Visual Binary Stars with a 280 mm Reflector (United States)

    Serot, J.


    This paper presents the measurements of 208 visual binary stars discovered by R.G. Aitken and listed in the WDS catalog. These measurements were obtained between November 2016 and January 2017 with an 11" reflector telescope and an ASI 290MM CMOS-based camera. Binaries with a secondary component up to magnitude 15 and separation between 0.6 and 5 arcsec have been measured. Measurements were carried out on auto-correlograms computed on sequences of a thousand images. This approach allowed us to obtain reliable measurements for pairs with very large difference of magnitude (up to 6). A significant part of the observed pairs had not been observed in the previous decades and show significant movement compared to their last measurement. We also report the discovery of a yet unobserved component for the star A 2455 (WDS 06426+1937).

  5. Measurements of Close Visual Binaries with a 280 mm Reflector and the ASI 290MM Camera (United States)

    Serot, J.


    This paper presents the measurements of 305 visual binary stars obtained between Feb and Oct 2016 with an 11" reflector telescope and a ASI 290MM CMOS-based camera. Binaries with a secondary component up to mag 12 or as close as 0.5 arcsec could be routinely measured. Exceptionally, pairs with very faint secondary components (up to mag 13) or with separation at the theoretical diffraction limit (0.4 arcsec) have also been measured. We also point out several binaries with known orbits for which our measurement, together with the latest ones, suggest a recalculation of the orbit. Finally, we report the discovery of a yet unobserved component for the star A 303 (WDS 21555+2724).

  6. Refractive index dispersion sensing using an array of photonic crystal resonant reflectors

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    Hermannsson, Pétur G.; Vannahme, Christoph; Smith, Cameron L. C.; Sørensen, Kristian T.; Kristensen, Anders, E-mail: [Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark, Ørsteds Plads, Building 345E, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)


    Refractive index sensing plays a key role in various environmental and biological sensing applications. Here, a method is presented for measuring the absolute refractive index dispersion of liquids using an array of photonic crystal resonant reflectors of varying periods. It is shown that by covering the array with a sample liquid and measuring the resonance wavelength associated with transverse electric polarized quasi guided modes as a function of period, the refractive index dispersion of the liquid can be accurately obtained using an analytical expression. This method is compact, can perform measurements at arbitrary number of wavelengths, and requires only a minute sample volume. The ability to sense a material's dispersion profile offers an added dimension of information that may be of benefit to optofluidic lab-on-a-chip applications.

  7. Monochromatization by multilayered optics on a cylindrical reflector and on an ellipsoidal focusing ring. (United States)

    Marshall, G. F.

    The isoangle and isobragg are new concepts used in mapping loci of incident and reflected rays associated with a dispersive reflector. An isoangle is a line joining the points of incidence at which the angle of incidence of rays from a point source is the same. An isobragg is the line joining the points of intersection at any surface by rays of the same wavelength that have been reflected according to Bragg's law. Their patterns provide an understanding of why and where we use dispersive multilayered optics in X-ray monochromators and spectrometers with Rowland circle geometry. They have led to the design of an X-ray focusing ring for electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis instrumentation and the possibility of a design for a scanning X-ray microscope.

  8. Failure Predictions for Graphite Reflector Bricks in the Very High Temperature Reactor with the Prismatic Core Design

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    Singh, Gyanender, E-mail: [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 111, Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Fok, Alex [Minnesota Dental Research in Biomaterials and Biomechanics, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota, 515, Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 111, Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States); Mantell, Susan [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 111, Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (United States)


    Highlights: • Failure probability of VHTR reflector bricks predicted though crack modeling. • Criterion chosen for defining failure strongly affects the predictions. • Breaching of the CRC could be significantly delayed through crack arrest. • Capability to predict crack initiation and propagation demonstrated. - Abstract: Graphite is used in nuclear reactor cores as a neutron moderator, reflector and structural material. The dimensions and physical properties of graphite change when it is exposed to neutron irradiation. The non-uniform changes in the dimensions and physical properties lead to the build-up of stresses over the course of time in the core components. When the stresses reach the critical limit, i.e. the strength of the material, cracking occurs and ultimately the components fail. In this paper, an explicit crack modeling approach to predict the probability of failure of a VHTR prismatic reactor core reflector brick is presented. Firstly, a constitutive model for graphite is constructed and used to predict the stress distribution in the reflector brick under in-reactor conditions of high temperature and irradiation. Fracture simulations are performed as part of a Monte Carlo analysis to predict the probability of failure. Failure probability is determined based on two different criteria for defining failure time: A) crack initiation and B) crack extension to near control rod channel. A significant difference is found between the failure probabilities based on the two criteria. It is predicted that the reflector bricks will start cracking during the time range of 5–9 years, while breaching of the control rod channels will occur during the period of 11–16 years. The results show that, due to crack arrest, there is a significantly delay between crack initiation and breaching of the control rod channel.

  9. Large networks of artificial radar reflectors to monitor land subsidence in natural lowlying coastal areas (United States)

    Tosi, Luigi; Strozzi, Tazio; Teatini, Pietro


    Deltas, lagoons, estuaries are generally much prone to land subsidence. They are also very sensitive to land lowering due to their small elevation with respect to the mean sea level, also in view of the expected eustatic sea rise due to climate changes. Land subsidence can be presently monitored with an impressive accuracy by Persistent Scatterer Interferometry (PSI) on the large megacities that are often located on lowlying coastlands, e.g., Shanghai (China) on the Yangtze River delta, Dhaka (Bangladesh) on the Gange River delta, New Orleans (Louisiana) on the Mississippi river delta. Conversely, the land movements of the portions of these transitional coastlands where natural environments still persist are very challenging to be measured. The lack of anthropogenic structures strongly limits the use of PSI and the difficult accessibility caused by the presence of marshlands, tidal marshes, channels, and ponds yield traditional methodologies, such as levelling and GPS, both time-consuming and costly. In this contribution we present a unique experimental study aimed at using a large network of artificial radar reflectors to measure land subsidence in natural coastal areas. The test site is the 60-km long, 10-15 km wide lagoon of Venice, Italy, where previous PSI investigations revealed the lack of radar reflectors in large portions of the northern and southern lagoon basins (e.g., Teatini et al., 2011). A network of 57 trihedral corner reflectors (TCRs) were established between the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 and monitored by ENVISAT ASAR and TerraSAR-X acquisitions covering the time period from 2007 to 2011 (Strozzi et al., 2012). The application has provided general important insights on the possibility of controlling land subsidence using this approach. For example: (i) relatively small-size (from 0.5 to 1.0 m edge length) and cheap (few hundred euros) TCRs suffice to be clearly detectable from the radar sensors because of the low backscattering

  10. Guided-mode resonant filters and reflectors: Principles, design, and fabrication (United States)

    Niraula, Manoj

    angular and spectral domains and realized with carefully crafted nanogratings operating in the non-subwavelength regime. We study the pathway and inter-modal interference effects inducing this intriguing reflection state. In a proof-of-concept experiment, we obtain angular and spectral bandwidths of 4 mrad and 1 nm, respectively. This filter concept can be used for focus-free spectral and spatial filtering in compact holographic and interferometric optical instruments. We report unpolarized broadband reflectors enabled by a serial arrangement of a pair of polarized subwavelength gratings. Optimized with inverse numerical methods, our elemental gratings consist of a partially etched crystalline-silicon film on a quartz substrate. The resulting reflectors exhibit extremely wide spectral reflection bands in one polarization. By arranging two such reflectors sequentially with orthogonal periodicities, there results an unpolarized spectral band possessing bandwidth exceeding those of the individual polarized bands. In the experiments reported herein, we achieve zero-order reflectance exceeding 97% under unpolarized light incidence over a 500-nm-wide wavelength band in the near-infrared domain. Moreover, the resonant unpolarized broadband accommodates an ultra-high-reflection band spanning 85 nm and exceeding 99.9% in efficiency. The elemental polarization-sensitive reflectors based on one-dimensional resonant gratings have simple design, robust performance, and are straightforward to fabricate. Hence, this technology is a promising alternative to traditional multilayer thin-film reflectors especially at longer wavelengths of light where multilayer deposition may be infeasible or impractical. We demonstrate an interesting attribute of resonant bandpass filters which is high angular stability for fully conical light incidence. Fashioning an experimental bandpass filter with a subwavelength silicon grating on a quartz substrate, we show that fully conical incidence provides an

  11. Initial evaluation of acoustic reflectors for the preservation of sensitive abdominal skin areas during MRgFUS treatment

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    Gorny, Krzysztof R; Chen Shigao; Hangiandreou, Nicholas J; Hesley, Gina K; Woodrum, David A; Brown, Douglas L; Felmlee, Joel P [Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905 (United States)


    During MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) treatments of uterine fibroids using ExAblate (registered) 2000 (InSightec, Haifa, Israel), individual tissue ablations are performed extracorporeally through the patient's abdomen using an annular array FUS transducer embedded within the MR table. Ultrasound intensities in the near field are below therapeutic levels and, under normal conditions, heating of the patient skin is minimal. However, increased absorption of ultrasound energy within sensitive skin areas or areas with differing acoustic properties, such as scars, may lead to skin burns and therefore these areas must be kept outside the near field of the FUS beam. Depending on their location and size the sensitive areas may either obstruct parts of the fibroid from being treated or prevent the entire MRgFUS treatment altogether. The purpose of this work is to evaluate acoustic reflector materials that can be applied to protect skin and the underlying sensitive areas. Reflection coefficients of cork (0.88) and foam (0.91) based materials were evaluated with a hydrophone. An ExAblate 2000 MRgFUS system was used to simulate clinical treatment with discs of reflector materials placed in a near field underneath a gel phantom. MR thermometry was used to monitor temperature elevations as well as the integrity of the focal spot. The phantom measurements showed acoustic shadow zones behind the reflectors with zone depths changing between 7 and 27 mm, for reflector disc diameters increasing from 10 to 30 mm (40 mm diameter discs completely blocked the FUS beam at the depth evaluated). The effects on thermal lesions due to the presence of the reflectors in the FUS beam were found to diminish with decreasing disc diameter and increasing sonication depth. For a 20 mm diameter disc and beyond 50 mm sonication depth, thermal lesions were minimally affected by the presence of the disc. No heating was observed on the skin side of the foam reflectors, as confirmed by

  12. On the Design of Radar Corner Reflectors for Deformation Monitoring in Multi-Frequency InSAR

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    Matthew C. Garthwaite


    Full Text Available Trihedral corner reflectors are being increasingly used as point targets in deformation monitoring studies using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR techniques. The frequency and size dependence of the corner reflector Radar Cross Section (RCS means that no single design can perform equally in all the possible imaging modes and radar frequencies available on the currently orbiting Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR satellites. Therefore, either a corner reflector design tailored to a specific data type or a compromise design for multiple data types is required. In this paper, I outline the practical and theoretical considerations that need to be made when designing appropriate radar targets, with a focus on supporting multi-frequency SAR data. These considerations are tested by performing field experiments on targets of different size using SAR images from TerraSAR-X, COSMO-SkyMed and RADARSAT-2. Phase noise behaviour in SAR images can be estimated by measuring the Signal-to-Clutter ratio (SCR in individual SAR images. The measured SCR of a point target is dependent on its RCS performance and the influence of clutter near to the deployed target. The SCR is used as a metric to estimate the expected InSAR displacement error incurred by the design of each target and to validate these observations against theoretical expectations. I find that triangular trihedral corner reflectors as small as 1 m in dimension can achieve a displacement error magnitude of a tenth of a millimetre or less in medium-resolution X-band data. Much larger corner reflectors (2.5 m or greater are required to achieve the same displacement error magnitude in medium-resolution C-band data. Compromise designs should aim to satisfy the requirements of the lowest SAR frequency to be used, providing that these targets will not saturate the sensor of the highest frequency to be used. Finally, accurate boresight alignment of the corner reflector can be critical to the overall

  13. A numerical study on high-pressure water-spray cleaning for CSP reflectors (United States)

    Anglani, Francesco; Barry, John; Dekkers, Willem


    Mirror cleaning for concentrated solar thermal (CST) systems is an important aspect of operation and maintenance (O&M), which affects solar field efficiency. The cleaning process involves soil removal by erosion, resulting from droplet impingement on the surface. Several studies have been conducted on dust accumulation and CSP plant reflectivity restoration, demonstrating that parameters such as nozzle diameter, jet impingement angle, interaxial distance between nozzles, standoff distance, water velocity, nozzle pressure and others factors influence the extent of reflectance restoration. In this paper we aim at identifying optimized cleaning strategies suitable for CST plants, able to restore mirror reflectance by high-pressure water-spray systems through the enhancement of shear stress over reflectors' surface. In order to evaluate the forces generated by water-spray jet impingement during the cleaning process, fluid dynamics simulations have been undertaken with ANSYS CFX software. In this analysis, shear forces represent the "critical phenomena" within the soil removal process. Enhancing shear forces on a particular area of the target surface, varying the angle of impingement in combination with the variation of standoff distances, and managing the interaxial distance of nozzles can increase cleaning efficiency. This procedure intends to improve the cleaning operation for CST mirrors reducing spotted surface and increasing particles removal efficiency. However, turbulence developed by adjacent flows decrease the shear stress generated on the reflectors surface. The presence of turbulence is identified by the formation of "fountain regions" which are mostly responsible of cleaning inefficiency. By numerical analysis using ANSYS CFX, we have modelled a stationary water-spray system with an array of three nozzles in line, with two angles of impingement: θ = 90° and θ = 75°. Several numerical tests have been carried out, varying the interaxial distance of

  14. Interpretation and attribute analysis of the S-reflector from Galicia Margin, offshore Spain (United States)

    Schuba, C. N.; Sawyer, D. S.; Gray, G. G.; Shillington, D. J.; Minshull, T. A.; Morgan, J.


    The majority of our understanding of rift evolution comes from passive continental margins and interpretations of their tectonic framework. The Galicia Margin, located in offshore western Spain, is an archetypical magma-poor rift margin that is part of the Newfoundland-Iberia rift system. Here we focus on the major low-angle detachment fault in the hyperextended Deep Galicia Margin, called the S-reflector. Interpretations, attribute and isopach maps are presented from a 3-D seismic reflection dataset that was acquired in 2013 and processed to prestack time migration by Repsol S.A. in 2015. The prestack time migrated volume has an azimuth direction of 87 degrees, and is 68 km wide (E-W) and 20 km long (N-S). The record length is 15 seconds, which penetrates well into the upper mantle.The S-reflector detachment fault is mapped as two distinct, non-parallel surfaces that define the top and bottom of a zone with a thickness range of 0-429 m. A new nomenclature for this zone, which we term the "S-interval" is presented, and this reflection package is interpreted as the top and base of a thick gouge zone. This area has morphological and tectonic similarities to both oceanic and continental core complexes, including highly rotated, 'domino-style' fault blocks in the hanging wall and corrugations in patches on the fault surface. The corrugations trend at 109, 103 and 128 degrees suggesting that there were local variations in the minimum stress directions during rifting. These angles are on average perpendicular to the M0 magnetic anomaly ( 121 Ma), which supports an interpretation that the corrugations formed +/- perpendicular to the rift axis. The S-interval splays into three branches towards the continent. These splays are interpreted as older remnants of the S detachment fault that were active between mid-crustal and translithospheric scales. Taken together, we interpret this area as a unique type of blended continental/oceanic core complex system.

  15. A new DOI detector design using discrete crystal array with depth-dependent reflector patterns and single-ended readout

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    Lee, Seung-Jae; Lee, Chaeyeong [Department of Radiological Science, Yonsei University, Wonju 26493 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Jihoon, E-mail: [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Chonnam National University, 50 Daehak-ro, Yeosu, Jeonnam 59626 (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Yong Hyun, E-mail: [Department of Radiological Science, Yonsei University, Wonju 26493 (Korea, Republic of)


    We developed a depth of interaction (DOI) positron emission tomography (PET) detector using depth-dependent reflector patterns in a discrete crystal array. Due to the different reflector patterns at depth, light distribution was changed relative to depth. As a preliminary experiment, we measured DOI detector module crystal identification performance. The crystal consisted of a 9×9 array of 2 mmx2 mmx20 mm lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) crystals. The crystal array was optically coupled to a 64-channel position-sensitive photomultiplier tube with a 2 mmx2 mm anode size and an 18.1 mmx18.1 mm effective area. We obtained the flood image with an Anger-type calculation. DOI layers and 9×9 pixels were well distinguished in the obtained images. Preclinical PET scanners based on this detector design offer the prospect of high and uniform spatial resolution.

  16. Extended exploding reflector concept for computing prestack traveltimes for waves of different type in the DSR framework

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    Duchkov, Anton A.


    The double-square-root (DSR) equation can be viewed as a Hamilton-Jacobi equation describing kinematics of downward data continuation in depth. It describes simultaneous propagation of source and receiver rays which allows computing reflection wave prestack traveltimes (for multiple sources) in a one run thus speeding up solution of the forward problem. Here we give and overview of different alternative forms of the DSR equation which allows stepping in two-way time and subsurface offset instead of depth. Different forms of the DSR equation are suitable for computing different types of waves including reflected, head and diving waves. We develop a WENO-RK numerical scheme for solving all mentioned forms of the DSR equation. Finally the extended exploding reflector concept can be used for computing prestack traveltimes while initiating the numerical solver as if a reflector was exploding in extended imaging space.

  17. Hohlraum glint and laser pre-pulse detector for NIF experiments using velocity interferometer system for any reflector. (United States)

    Moody, J D; Clancy, T J; Frieders, G; Celliers, P M; Ralph, J; Turnbull, D P


    Laser pre-pulse and early-time laser reflection from the hohlraum wall onto the capsule (termed "glint") can cause capsule imprint and unwanted early-time shocks on indirect drive implosion experiments. In a minor modification to the existing velocity interferometer system for any reflector diagnostic on NIF a fast-response vacuum photodiode was added to detect this light. The measurements show evidence of laser pre-pulse and possible light reflection off the hohlraum wall and onto the capsule.

  18. Viability study of porous silicon photonic mirrors as secondary reflectors for solar concentration systems

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    de la Mora, M.B.; Jaramillo, O.A.; Nava, R.; Tagueena-Martinez, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A. P. 34, 62580 Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); del Rio, J.A. [Centro Morelense de Innovacion y Transferencia Tecnologica, CCyTEM Camino Temixco a Emiliano Zapata, Km 0.3, Colonia Emiliano Zapata, 62760 Morelos (Mexico)


    In this paper we report the viability of using porous silicon photonic mirrors (PSPM) as secondary reflectors in solar concentration systems. The PSPM were fabricated with nanostructured porous silicon to reflect light from the visible range to the near infrared region (500-2500 nm), although this range could be tuned for specific wavelength applications. Our PSPM are multilayers of two alternated refractive indexes (1.5 and 2.0), where the condition of a quarter wavelength in the optical path was imposed. The PSPM were exposed to high radiation in a solar concentrator equipment. As a result, we observed a significant degradation of the mirrors at an approximated temperature of 900 C. In order to analyze the origin of the degradation of PSPM, we model the samples with a non-linear optical approach and study the effect of a temperature increase. Those theoretical and experimental studies allow us to conclude that the main phenomenon involved in the breakdown of the photonic mirrors is of thermal origin, produced by heterogeneous expansion of each layer. Our next step was to introduce a cooling system into the solar concentrator to keep the mirrors at approximately 70 C, with very good results. As a conclusion we propose the use of PSPM as selective secondary mirrors in solar concentration devices using temperature control to avoid thermal degradation. (author)

  19. High reflectivity YDH/SiO2 distributed Bragg reflector for UV-C wavelength regime

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal


    A distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) composed of Y2O3-doped HfO2 (YDH)/SiO2 layers with high reflectivity spectrum centered at a wavelength of ~240 nm is deposited using radio-frequency magnetron sputtering. Before the DBR deposition, optical properties for a single layer of YDH, SiO2, and HfO2 thin films were studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry and spectrophotometry. To investigate the performance of YDH as a material for the high refractive index layer in the DBR, a comparison of its optical properties was made with HfO2 thin films. Due to larger optical bandgap, the YDH thin films demonstrated higher transparency, lower extinction coefficient, and lower absorption coefficient in the UV-C regime (especially for wavelengths below 250 nm) compared to the HfO2 thin films. The deposited YDH/SiO2 DBR consisting of 15 periods achieved a reflectivity higher than 99.9% at the wavelength of ~240 nm with a stopband of ~50 nm. The high reflectivity and broad stopband of YDH/SiO2 DBRs will enable further advancement of various photonic devices such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, resonant-cavity light-emitting diodes, and resonant-cavity photodetectors operating in the UV-C wavelength regime.

  20. Observation of Significant Quantum Efficiency Enhancement from a Polarized Photocathode with Distributed Bragg Reflector

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    Zhang, Shukui [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States); Poelker, Matthew [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States); Stutzman, Marcy L. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States); Chen, Yiqiao [SVT Associates, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN (United States); Moy, Aaron [SVT Associates, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN (United States)


    Polarized photocathodes with higher Quantum efficiency (QE) would help to reduce the technological challenge associated with producing polarized beams at milliampere levels, because less laser light would be required, which simplifies photocathode cooling requirements. And for a given amount of available laser power, higher QE would extend the photogun operating lifetime. The distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) concept was proposed to enhance the QE of strained-superlattice photocathodes by increasing the absorption of the incident photons using a Fabry-Perot cavity formed between the front surface of the photocathode and the substrate that includes a DBR, without compromising electron polarization. Here we present recent results showing QE enhancement of a GaAs/GaAsP strained-superlattice photocathode made with a DBR structure. Typically, a GaAs/GaAsP strained-superlattice photocathode without DBR provides a QE of 1%, at a laser wavelength corresponding to peak polarization. In comparison, the GaAs/GaAsP strained-superlattice photocathodes with DBR exhibited an enhancement of over 2 when the incident laser wavelength was tuned to meet the resonant condition for the Fabry-Perot resonator.

  1. Fine tuning of transmission features in nanoporous anodic alumina distributed Bragg reflectors (United States)

    Lim, Siew Yee; Law, Cheryl Suwen; Santos, Abel


    This study introduces an innovative apodisation strategy to tune the filtering features of distributed Bragg reflectors based on nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA-DBRs). The effective medium of NAA-DBRs, which is modulated in a stepwise fashion by a pulse-like anodisation approach, is apodised following a logarithmic negative function to engineer the transmission features of NAA-DBRs. We investigate the effect of various apodisation parameters such as apodisation amplitude difference, anodisation period, current density offset and pore widening time, to tune and optimise the optical properties of NAA-DBRs in terms of central wavelength position, full width at half maximum and quality of photonic stop band. The transmission features of NAA-DBRs are shown to be fully controllable with precision across the spectral regions by means of the apodisation parameters. Our study demonstrates that an apodisation strategy can significantly narrow the width and enhance the quality of the characteristic photonic stop band of NAA-DBRs. This rationally designed anodisation approach based on the combination of apodisation and stepwise pulse anodisation enables the development of optical filters with tuneable filtering features to be integrated into optical technologies acting as essential photonic elements in devices such as optical sensors and biosensors.

  2. Interferometric SAR monitoring of the Vallcebre landslide (Spain using corner reflectors

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    M. Crosetto


    Full Text Available This paper describes the deformation monitoring of the Vallcebre landslide (Eastern Pyrenees, Spain using the Differential Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (DInSAR technique and corner reflectors (CRs. The fundamental aspects of this satellite-based deformation monitoring technique are described to provide the key elements needed to fully understand and correctly interpret its results. Several technical and logistic aspects related to the use of CRs are addressed including an analysis of the suitability of DInSAR data to monitor a specific landslide, a discussion on the choice of the type of CRs, suggestions for the installation of CRs and a description of the design of a CR network. This is followed by the description of the DInSAR data analysis procedure required to derive deformation estimates starting from the main observables of the procedure, i.e., the interferometric phases. The main observation equation is analysed, discussing the role of each phase component. A detailed discussion is devoted to the phase unwrapping problem, which has a direct impact on the deformation monitoring capability. Finally, the performance of CRs for monitoring ground displacements has been tested in the Vallcebre landslide (Eastern Pyrenees, Spain. Two different periods, which provide interesting results to monitor over time the kinematics of different parts of the considered landslide unit, are analysed and described.

  3. Searching for optimal mitigation geometries for laser resistant multilayer high reflector coatings

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    Qiu, S R; Wolfe, J E; Monterrosa, A M; Feit, M D; Pistor, T V; STolz, C J


    Growing laser damage sites on multilayer high reflector coatings can limit mirror performance. One of the strategies to improve laser damage resistance is to replace the growing damage sites with pre-designed benign mitigation structures. By mitigating the weakest site on the optic, the large aperture mirror will have a laser resistance comparable to the intrinsic value of the multilayer coating. To determine the optimal mitigation geometry, the finite difference time domain method (FDTD) was used to quantify the electric-field intensification within the multilayer, at the presence of different conical pits. We find that the field intensification induced by the mitigation pit is strongly dependent on the polarization and the angle of incidence (AOI) of the incoming wave. Therefore the optimal mitigation conical pit geometry is application specific. Furthermore, our simulation also illustrates an alternative means to achieve an optimal mitigation structure by matching the cone angle of the structure with the AOI of the incoming wave, except for the p-polarization wave at a range of incident angles between 30{sup o} and 45{sup o}.

  4. Use of acoustic reflector to make a compact photoacoustic tomography system (United States)

    Kalva, Sandeep Kumar; Pramanik, Manojit


    A typical photoacoustic tomography (PAT) system uses a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser for irradiating the sample and a single-element ultrasound transducer (UST) for acquiring the photoacoustic data. Conventionally, in PAT systems, the UST is held in a horizontal position and moved in a circular motion around the sample in full 2π radians. Horizontal positioning of the UST requires a large water tank to house, and load on the motor is also high. To overcome this limitation, we used the UST in the vertical plane instead of the horizontal plane. The photoacoustic (PA) waves generated from the sample are directed to the detector surface using an acoustic reflector placed at 45 deg to the transducer body. Hence, we can reduce the scanning radius, which, in turn, will reduce the size of the water tank and load on the motor, and the overall conventional PAT system size can be minimized. In this work, we demonstrate that with this system configuration, we acquire nearly similar images for phantom and in vivo data as that of the conventional PAT system using both flat and focused USTs.


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    Mamdouh Abbas HELMY


    Full Text Available The proposed approach in the present study is to employ a mirror augmented PV solar panel to track the sun and reflect rays on to the PV panel. Its performance was compared with same PV module without reflector under the same environmental conditions. The mirror augmented solar PV panel tracked sun from East to West along the daytime in Winter 2011 with tilt angle0.523 rad (30 deg for panel and 0.122 rad (7deg for mirror which are estimated by experiment. The average energy output values of 1.11 and 0.95 kWh/day were recorded for panel with and without mirror, respectively. The average daily .panel values of 12.6 and 11.02 % were recorded for panel with and without mirror, respectively. The increase percentages in the output of panel and discharge differs with the solar radiation along daytime. The application of mirror is an efficient and an effective way to enhance the performance of solar photovoltaic pumping system with the same panel area.

  6. Radiogenic lead as coolant, reflector and moderator in advanced fast reactors (United States)

    Kulikov, E. G.


    Main purpose of the study is assessing reasonability for recovery, production and application of radiogenic lead as a coolant, neutron moderator and neutron reflector in advanced fast reactors. When performing the study, thermal, physical and neutron-physical properties of natural and radiogenic lead were analyzed. The following results were obtained: 1. Radiogenic lead with high content of isotope 208Pb can be extracted from thorium or mixed thorium-uranium ores because 208Pb is a final product of 232Th natural decay chain. 2. The use of radiogenic lead with high 208Pb content in advanced fast reactors and accelerator-driven systems (ADS) makes it possible to improve significantly their neutron-physical and thermal-hydraulic parameters. 3. The use of radiogenic lead with high 208Pb content in advanced fast reactors as a coolant opens the possibilities for more intense fuel breeding and for application of well-known oxide fuel instead of the promising but not tested enough nitride fuel under the same safety parameters. 4. The use of radiogenic lead with high 208Pb content in ADS as a coolant can upgrade substantially the level of neutron flux in the ADS blanket, which enables effective transmutation of radioactive wastes with low cross-sections of radiative neutron capture.

  7. An improved silicon-oxide-based intermediate-reflector for micromorph solar cells

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    Kirner, Simon; Calnan, Sonya; Gabriel, Onno; Neubert, Sebastian; Zelt, Matthias; Stannowski, Bernd; Schlatmann, Rutger [PVcomB, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie, Schwarzschildstr. 3, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Rech, Bernd [Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin fuer Materialien und Energie, Kekulestrasse 5, 12489 Berlin (Germany)


    In this paper, we report on the development of an n-type silicon oxide intermediate reflector (SOIR) for a-Si:H/{mu}c-Si:H tandem solar cells produced in an industrial-type AKT1600 PECVD reactor. A comparison to a tunnel recombination junction with {mu}c-SiO{sub x} in the p-layer is made. Lower fill factors, resulting from the implementation of the SOIR, could be avoided by the deposition of a thin n-doped microcrystalline silicon ({mu}c-Si) recombination layer after the SOIR. A cell efficiency of 9.5% after 168 h of light soaking at 50 C and 1 sun was reached on commercially available SnO{sub 2}:F front TCO, which is a 2% relative increase over a similar cell without the SOIR. Possible explanations for the role of this recombination layer are discussed (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Source-receiver two-way wave extrapolation for prestack exploding-reflector modelling and migration

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    Most modern seismic imaging methods separate input data into parts (shot gathers). We develop a formulation that is able to incorporate all available data at once while numerically propagating the recorded multidimensional wavefield forward or backward in time. This approach has the potential for generating accurate images free of artiefacts associated with conventional approaches. We derive novel high-order partial differential equations in the source-receiver time domain. The fourth-order nature of the extrapolation in time leads to four solutions, two of which correspond to the incoming and outgoing P-waves and reduce to the zero-offset exploding-reflector solutions when the source coincides with the receiver. A challenge for implementing two-way time extrapolation is an essential singularity for horizontally travelling waves. This singularity can be avoided by limiting the range of wavenumbers treated in a spectral-based extrapolation. Using spectral methods based on the low-rank approximation of the propagation symbol, we extrapolate only the desired solutions in an accurate and efficient manner with reduced dispersion artiefacts. Applications to synthetic data demonstrate the accuracy of the new prestack modelling and migration approach.

  9. Weathering characteristics of potential solar reflector materials: a survey of the literature

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    Hampton, H.L.; Lind, M.A.


    A review of the available literature on the weatherability/durability of materials with possible applications in solar reflectors is summarized. A number of techniques used to weather solar materials are reviewed. These include both natural and simulated weathering. Little correlation has been shown to exist between natural and accelerated weathering, and much work needs to be done before results of accelerated aging tests can be used with confidence to predict material lifetimes under outdoors exposure conditions. Some of the techniques used to measure or monitor material degradation are discussed. Emphasis in the literature has been placed chiefly on mechanical properties or appearance oriented measurements. The need is apparent for more detailed optical measurements of materials properties that are directly useful in engineering design. Although a great deal of literature is available on the materials described in the survey, there is very little solid data on the properties important for solar applications. A brief discussion of some of the applicable data on polymeric materials and glass is presented and referenced. The importance of cleaning solar materials is emphasized and some attempts at modeling degradation are discussed.

  10. Migration using a transversely isotropic medium with symmetry normal to the reflector dip

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    A transversely isotropic (TI) model in which the tilt is constrained to be normal to the dip (DTI model) allows for simplifications in the imaging and velocity model building efforts as compared to a general TI (TTI) model. Although this model cannot be represented physically in all situations, for example, in the case of conflicting dips, it handles arbitrary reflector orientations under the assumption of symmetry axis normal to the dip. Using this assumption, we obtain efficient downward continuation algorithms compared to the general TTI ones, by utilizing the reflection features of such a model. Phase-shift migration can be easily extended to approximately handle lateral inhomogeneity using, for example, the split-step approach. This is possible because, unlike the general TTI case, the DTI model reduces to VTI for zero dip. These features enable a process in which we can extract velocity information by including tools that expose inaccuracies in the velocity model in the downward continuation process. We test this model on synthetic data corresponding to a general TTI medium and show its resilience. 2011 Tariq Alkhalifah and Paul Sava.

  11. MOCVD ZnO/Screen Printed Ag Back Reflector for Flexible Thin Film Silicon Solar Cell Application

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    Amornrat Limmanee


    Full Text Available We have prepared Ag back electrode by screen printing technique and developed MOCVD ZnO/screen printed Ag back reflector for flexible thin film silicon solar cell application. A discontinuity and poor contact interface between the MOCVD ZnO and screen printed Ag layers caused poor open circuit voltage (Voc and low fill factor (FF; however, an insertion of a thin sputtered ZnO layer at the interface could solve this problem. The n type hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H film is preferable for the deposition on the surface of MOCVD ZnO film rather than the microcrystalline film due to its less sensitivity to textured surface, and this allowed an improvement in the FF. The n-i-p flexible amorphous silicon solar cell using the MOCVD ZnO/screen printed Ag back reflector showed an initial efficiency of 6.2% with Voc=0.86 V, Jsc=12.4 mA/cm2, and FF = 0.58 (1 cm2. The identical quantum efficiency and comparable performance to the cells using conventional sputtered Ag back electrode have verified the potential of the MOCVD ZnO/screen printed Ag back reflector and possible opportunity to use the screen printed Ag thick film for flexible thin film silicon solar cells.

  12. SweepSAR: Beam-forming on Receive Using a Reflector-Phased Array Feed Combination for Spaceborne SAR (United States)

    Freeman, A.; Krieger, G.; Rosen, P.; Younis, M.; Johnson, W. T. K.; Huber, S.; Jordan, R.; Moreira, A.


    In this paper, an alternative approach is described that is suited for longer wavelength SARs in particular, employing a large, deployable reflector antenna and a much simpler phased array feed. To illuminate a wide swath, a substantial fraction of the phased array feed is excited on transmit to sub-illuminate the reflector. Shorter transmit pulses are required than for conventional SAR. On receive, a much smaller portion of the phased array feed is used to collect the return echo, so that a greater portion of the reflector antenna area is used. The locus of the portion of the phased array used on receive is adjusted using an analog beam steering network, to 'sweep' the receive beam(s) across the illuminated swath, tracking the return echo. This is similar in some respects to the whiskbroom approach to optical sensors, hence the name: SweepSAR.SweepSAR has advantages over conventional SAR in that it requires less transmit power, and if the receive beam is narrow enough, it is relatively immune to range ambiguities. Compared to direct radiating arrays with digital beam- forming, it is much simpler to implement, uses currently available technologies, is better suited for longer wavelength systems, and does not require extremely high data rates or onboard processing.

  13. Design of broadband near-infrared reflector using polymer multilayer heterostructure with low-refractive-index contrast (United States)

    Cheng, Xiang; Yang, Weimin; Lin, Chengyou; Ding, Yumei; Jiao, Zhiwei


    In the paper, to achieve total reflection in the short-wavelength near-infrared (NIR) region (780-1100 nm), a broadband NIR reflector using polymer multilayer heterostructure composed of several quarter-wave stacks was proposed. The reflector used two kinds of polymer materials: PMMA and PET with low-refractive-index contrast. Taking the solar power density as the target and the Bragg wavelength of each quarter-wave stack as the variable, a searching method based on arithmetic progression was applied to find the optimal results for broadband NIR reflection. The simulation results show that the broadband NIR reflector can obtain higher total reflectivity with the increase of the number of quarter-wave stacks, and 99.06% total reflectivity in the short-wavelength NIR region can be achieved by the polymer multilayer heterostructure with six quarter-wave stacks. The proposed polymer multilayer heterostructure can be fabricated by the micro-nanomultilayer co-extrusion technology based on torsion lamination, and could be applied in agriculture as NIR-blocking films.

  14. Research on the reflection coating at three wavelengths for primary reflector of the optical antenna in the laser communication systems (United States)

    Liu, Huasong; Liu, Muxiao; Wang, Zhanshan; Ji, Yiqin; Lu, Jiangtao


    Primary reflector of the optical antenna is a key component in the space laser communication systems, and multi-wavelengths laser need to be worked in the common aperture. Reflection coating is designed for the primary reflector of a laser communication system, which can work at three wavelengths (633nm, 808nm, 1550nm), the designed target reflectance are R633nm>=50%, R808nm>=99% and R1550nm>=99% at angle of incidence from 0 to 20 deg. We selected Ta2O5 and SiO2 as the high refractive index and low refractive index coating materials, analyzed the impact on the reflection coating of the systemic errors and random errors, and determined the manufacture error of the coater system which can't greater than 1%. The Ion beam sputtering deposition technique was used to manufacture reflection coating for three-wavelengths and a LAMBDA900 spectrophotometer was used to analysis the reflectance at three wavelengths which achieved the design requirements. Finally we give the origin of manufacture error source for this high reflection coating. The reflection coating component was successfully used in the primary reflector of the optical antenna of the laser communication systems.

  15. Suspended p-n junction InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells device with bottom silver reflector (United States)

    Gao, Xumin; Li, Xin; Yang, Yongchao; Yuan, Wei; Xu, Yin; Cai, Wei; Wang, Yongjin


    In this study, we propose, fabricate, and characterize suspended p-n junction InGaN/GaN multiple quantum wells (MQWs) device with a bottom silver reflector for diverse applications. The suspended device was achieved through a double-side process on the GaN-on-silicon platform and tested by using a micro-reflectance/transmittance setup. When the suspended device operates under the light-emitting diode mode, a fraction of the emitted light reflected by the bottom silver reflector can enter into the air through the top escape cone, leading to improved light extraction efficiency. When the suspended device operates under the photodiode mode, part of the transmitted light can be reflected back by the bottom silver reflector to enhance the photovoltaic effect. The experimental results demonstrate that such suspended device can be used as both transmitter and receiver for visible light communication. And the detecting features even when the suspended structure is under turn-on state, demonstrating a potential realization of light emission and photodetection simultaneously.

  16. Charging suppression in focused-ion beam fabrication of visible subwavelength dielectric grating reflector using electron conducting polymer

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal


    Nanoscale periodic patterning on insulating materials using focused-ion beam (FIB) is challenging because of charging effect, which causes pattern distortion and resolution degradation. In this paper, the authors used a charging suppression scheme using electron conducting polymer for the implementation of FIB patterned dielectric subwavelength grating (SWG) reflector. Prior to the FIB patterning, the authors numerically designed the optimal structure and the fabrication tolerance for all grating parameters (period, grating thickness, fill-factor, and low refractive index layer thickness) using the rigorous-coupled wave analysis computation. Then, the authors performed the FIB patterning on the dielectric SWG reflector spin-coated with electron conducting polymer for the anticharging purpose. They also performed similar patterning using thin conductive film anticharging scheme (30 nm Cr coating) for comparison. Their results show that the electron conducting polymer anticharging scheme effectively suppressing the charging effect during the FIB patterning of dielectric SWG reflector. The fabricated grating exhibited nanoscale precision, high uniformity and contrast, constant patterning, and complied with fabrication tolerance for all grating parameters across the entire patterned area. Utilization of electron conducting polymer leads to a simpler anticharging scheme with high precision and uniformity for FIB patterning on insulator materials.

  17. Endoluminal ultrasound applicator configurations utilizing deployable arrays, reflectors and lenses to augment and dynamically adjust treatment volume, gain, and depth (United States)

    Adams, Matthew S.; Salgaonkar, Vasant A.; Sommer, Graham; Diederich, Chris J.


    Endoluminal high-intensity ultrasound offers spatially-precise thermal ablation of tissues adjacent to body lumens, but is constrained in treatment volume and penetration depth by the effective aperture of integrated transducers, which are limited in size to enable delivery through anatomical passages, endoscopic instrumentation, or laparoscopic ports. This study introduced and investigated three distinct endoluminal ultrasound applicator designs that can be delivered in a compact state then deployed or expanded at the target luminal site to increase the effective therapeutic aperture. The first design incorporated an array of planar transducers which could be unfolded at specific angles of convergence between the transducers. Two alternative designs consisted of fixed transducer sources surrounded by an expandable multicompartment balloon that contained acoustic reflector and dynamically-adjustable fluid lenses compartments. Parametric studies of acoustic output were performed across device design parameters via the rectangular radiator and secondary sources methods. Biothermal models were used to simulate resulting temperature distributions in three-dimensional heterogeneous tissue models. Simulations indicate that a deployable transducer array can increase volumetric coverage and penetration depth by 80% and 20%, respectively, while permitting more conformal thermal lesion shapes based on the degree of convergence between the transducers. The applicator designs incorporating reflector and fluid lenses demonstrated enhanced focal gain and penetration depth that increased with the diameter of the expanded reflector-lens balloon. Thermal simulations of assemblies with 12 mm compact profiles and 50 mm expanded balloon diameters demonstrated generation of localized thermal lesions at depths up to 10 cm in liver tissue.

  18. IER 203 CED-2 Report: LLNL Final Design for BERP Ball With a Composite Reflector of Thin Polyethylene Backed by Nickel

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    Percher, C. M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Heinrichs, D. P. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Kim, S. K. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    This report documents the results of final design (CED-2) for IER 203, BERP Ball Composite Reflection, and focuses on critical configurations with a 4.5 kg α-phase plutonium sphere reflected by a combination of thin high-density polyethylene (HDPE) backed by a thick nickel reflector. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) Nuclear Criticality Safety Division, in support of fissile material operations, calculated surprisingly reactive configurations when a fissile core was surrounded by a thin, moderating reflector backed by a thick metal reflector. These composite reflector configurations were much more reactive than either of the single reflector materials separately. The calculated findings have resulted in a stricter-than-anticipated criticality control set, impacting programmatic work. IER 203 was requested in response to these seemingly anomalous calculations to see if the composite reflection effect could be shown experimentally. This report focuses on the Beryllium Reflected Plutonium (BERP) ball as a fissile material core reflected by polyethylene and nickel. A total of four critical configurations were designed as part of CED-2. Fabrication costs are estimated to be $98,500, largely due to the cost of the large nickel reflectors. The IER 203 experiments could reasonably be expected to begin in early FY2017.

  19. Crystallization of oxidized, moderately hydrous arc basalt at mid- to lower-crustal pressures: Implications for andesite genesis (United States)

    Blatter, Dawnika L.; Sisson, Thomas W.; Hankins, W. Ben


    This study focuses on the production of convergent margin calc-alkaline andesites by crystallization–differentiation of basaltic magmas in the lower to middle crust. Previous experimental studies show that dry, reduced, subalkaline basalts differentiate to tholeiitic (high Fe/Mg) daughter liquids, but the influences of H2O and oxidation on differentiation are less well established. Accordingly, we performed crystallization experiments at controlled oxidized fO2 (Re–ReO2 ≈ ΔNi–NiO + 2) on a relatively magnesian basalt (8.7 wt% MgO) typical of mafic magmas erupted in the Cascades near Mount Rainier, Washington. The basalt was synthesized with 2 wt% H2O and run at 900, 700, and 400 MPa and 1,200 to 950 °C. A broadly clinopyroxenitic crystallization interval dominates near the liquidus at 900 and 700 MPa, consisting of augite + olivine + orthopyroxene + Cr-spinel (in decreasing abundance). With decreasing temperature, plagioclase crystallizes, Fe–Ti-oxide replaces spinel, olivine dissolves, and finally amphibole appears, producing gabbroic and then amphibole gabbroic crystallization stages. Enhanced plagioclase stability at lower pressure narrows the clinopyroxenitic interval and brings the gabbroic interval toward the liquidus. Liquids at 900 MPa track along Miyashiro’s (Am J Sci 274(4):321–355, 1974) tholeiitic versus calc-alkaline boundary, whereas those at 700 and 400 MPa become calc-alkaline at silica contents ≥56 wt%. This difference is chiefly due to higher temperature appearance of magnetite (versus spinel) at lower pressures. Although the evolved liquids are similar in many respects to common calc-alkaline andesites, the 900 and 700 MPa liquids differ in having low CaO concentrations due to early and abundant crystallization of augite, with the result that those liquids become peraluminous (ASI: molar Al/(Na + K + 2Ca) > 1) at ≥61 wt% SiO2, similar to liquids reported in other studies of the high-pressure crystallization of hydrous basalts (Müntener and Ulmer in Geophys Res Lett 33(21):L21308, 2006). The lower-pressure liquids (400 MPa) have this same trait, but to a lesser extent due to more abundant near-liquidus plagioclase crystallization. A compilation of >6,500 analyses of igneous rocks from the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada batholith, representative of convergent margin (arc) magmas, shows that ASI increases continuously and linearly with SiO2 from basalts to rhyolites or granites and that arc magmas are not commonly peraluminous until SiO2 exceeds 69 wt%. These relations are consistent with plagioclase accompanying mafic silicates over nearly all the range of crystallization (or remelting). The scarcity of natural peraluminous andesites shows that progressive crystallization–differentiation of primitive basalts in the deep crust, producing early clinopyroxenitic cumulates and evolved liquids, does not dominate the creation of intermediate arc magmas or of the continental crust. Instead, mid- to upper-crustal differentiation and/or open-system processes are critical to the production of intermediate arc magmas. Primary among the open-system processes may be extraction of highly evolved (granitic, rhyolitic) liquids at advanced degrees of basalt solidification (or incipient partial melting of predecessor gabbroic intrusions) and mixing of such liquids into replenishing basalts. Furthermore, if the andesitic-composition continents derived from basaltic sources, the arc ASI–SiO2 relation shows that the mafic component returned to the mantle was gabbroic in composition, not pyroxenitic.

  20. Low lower crustal velocity across Ethiopia: Is the Main Ethiopian Rift a narrow rift in a hot craton? (United States)

    Keranen, K.M.; Klemperer, S.L.; Julia, J.; Lawrence, J. F.; Nyblade, A.A.


    [1] The Main Ethiopian Rift (MER) is a classic narrow rift that developed in hot, weak lithosphere, not in the initially cold, thick, and strong lithosphere that would be predicted by common models of rift mode formation. Our new 1-D seismic velocity profiles from Rayleigh wave/receiver function joint inversion across the MER and the Ethiopian Plateau indicate that hot lower crust and upper mantle are present throughout the broad region affected by Oligocene flood basalt volcanism, including both the present rift and the adjacent Ethiopian Plateau hundreds of kilometers from the rift valley. The region of hot lithosphere closely corresponds to the region of flood basalt volcanism, and we interpret that the volcanism and thermal perturbation were jointly caused by impingement of the Afar plume head. Across the affected region, Vs is 3.6-3.8 km/s in the lowermost crust and ???4.3 km/s in the uppermost mantle, both ??0.3 km/s lower than in the eastern and western branches of the East African Rift System to the south. We interpret the low Vs in the lower crust and upper mantle as indicative of hot lithosphere with partial melt. Our results lead to a hybrid rift mode, in which the brittle upper crust has developed as a narrow rift along the Neoproterozoic suture between East and West Gondwana, while at depth lithospheric deformation is distributed over the broad region (??400 km wide) thermally perturbed by the broad thermal upwelling associated with the Afar plume head. Development of both the East African Rift System to the south (in cold, strong lithosphere) and the MER to the north (in hot, weak lithosphere) as narrow rifts, despite their vastly different initial thermal states and depth-integrated lithospheric strength, indicates that common models of rift mode formation that focus only on temperature, thickness, and vertical strength profiles do not apply to these classic continental rifts. Instead, inherited structure and associated lithospheric weaknesses are the primary control on the mode of extension. ?? 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

  1. Mechanical behaviour of the Oman metamorphic sole: rheology of amphibolites at lower crustal conditions during subduction initiation (United States)

    Soret, Mathieu; Agard, Philippe; Ildefonse, Benoît; Dubacq, Benoît; Prigent, Cécile; Yamato, Philippe


    Amphibolites are commonly found in the middle to lower continental crust and along oceanic transform faults and detachments. Amphibolites are also the main component of metamorphic soles beneath highly strained peridotites at the base of large-scale ophiolites as exemplified in Oman. Metamorphic soles are crustal slivers stripped from the slab during early subduction and underplated below the upper plate (future ophiolite) mantle when the subduction interface is still young and warm (i.e. during the first million years -My- of intra-oceanic subduction). Understanding the rheological behaviour of amphibolitic rocks is therefore of major interest to model and quantify deformation and strain localisation in varied geodynamical environments. This contribution focuses on the deformation mechanisms of amphibole through a microstructural and petrological study of garnet-bearing and garnet-free clinopyroxene-bearing amphibolites, using EBSD analysis. The first aim is to test the influence of progres- sive changes in PT conditions during deformation and of the appearance/disappearance of anhydrous minerals (plagioclase, clinopyroxene and garnet) on the mechanical behaviour of mafic amphibolites. The second aim is to track deformation mechanisms during early subduction, through the study of these metamorphosed oceanic rocks, commonly 10-100 m thick, which range from high- to low-grade away from the contact with the peridotites (i.e. from 800 ± 100˚C - 0.9 ± 0.2 GPa to 500 ± 100˚C - 0.5 ± 0.1 GPa) and are essentially mafic at the top). Our study points out the existence of two major steps of deformation in the high-temperature amphibolite slices of the metamorphic soles during the early subdduction dynamics. These two steps witness important mechanical coupling and progressive strain localization at plate interface under cooling and hydrated conditions after subduction initiation. During the accretion of the first slice of metamorphic sole at 850 ± 50˚C (the garnet-clinopyroxene amphibolite), strain was essentially accommodated by the orientation of amphibole grains in the foliation plane, promoted by cataclastic deformation. Clinopyroxene grains were deformed at peak conditions by dislocation creep, resulting in formation and rotation of subgrains and minor rigid grain rotation, where embedded in amphibole-rich matrix. During the accretion of the second slice of the downgoing plate, at lower P-T conditions, strain was accommodated by amphibole and plagioclase (present in equal modal proportions). Plagioclase grains were deformed by dislocation creep and formed a less viscous matrix promoting rigid body rotation of amphibole grains in the foliation plane. This step of deformation was assisted by an increase of fluid infiltration leading to the partial dissolution-precipitation of amphibole and plagioclase.

  2. Garnet cannibalism provides clues to extensive hydration of lower crustal fragments in a subduction channel (Sesia Zone, Northwestern Alps) (United States)

    Giuntoli, Francesco; Lanari, Pierre; Engi, Martin


    The extent to which granulites are transformed to eclogites is thought to impose critical limits on the subduction of continental lower crust. Although it is seldom possible to document such densification processes in detail, the transformation is believed to depend on fluid access and deformation. Remarkably complex garnet porphyroblasts are widespread in eclogite facies micaschists in central parts of the Sesia Zone (Western Italian Alps). They occur in polydeformed samples in assemblages involving phengite+quartz+rutile ±paragonite, Na-amphibole, Na-pyroxene, chloritoid. Detailed study of textural and compositional types reveals a rich inventory of growth and partial resorption zones in garnet. These reflect several stages of the polycyclic metamorphic evolution. A most critical observation is that the relict garnet cores indicate growth at 900 °C and 0.9 GPa. This part of the Eclogitic Micaschist Complex thus derived from granulite facies metapelites of Permian age. These dry rocks must have been extensively hydrated during Cretaceous subduction, and garnet records the conditions of these processes. Garnet from micaschist containing rutile, epidote, paragonite and phengite were investigated in detail. Two types of garnet crystals are found in many thin sections: mm-size porphyroclasts and smaller atoll garnets, some 100 µm in diameter. X-ray maps of the porphyroclasts show complex zoning in garnet: a late Paleozoic HT-LP porphyroclastic core is overgrown by several layers of HP-LT Alpine garnet, these show evidence of growth at the expense of earlier garnet generations. Textures indicate 1-2 stages of resorption, with garnet cores that were fractured and then sealed by garnet veins, rimmed by multiple Alpine overgrowth rims with lobate edges. Garnet rim 1 forms peninsula and embayment structures at the expense of the core. Rim 2 surrounds rim 1, both internally and externally, and seems to have grown mainly at the expense of the core. Rim 3 grew mainly at the expense of earlier Alpine rims. In the same samples that show porphyroclastic garnet, atoll garnet occurs, filled with quartz, and the same Alpine overgrowth zones are observed in both types of garnet. Similar features of garnet zoning are present in various lithotypes, allowing the evolution of this continental domain during subduction to be traced. Modeling the different garnet growth zones is challenging, each growth step demanding an estimate the effective bulk composition. According to the XRF analyses of the bulk sample, the core is found to have formed at 900°C, 0.9 GPa. Based on effective bulk compositions, the successive Alpine rims are found to reflect an increase from 600°C, 1.55-1.60 GPa for rim 1 to 630-640°C, 1.9-2.0 GPa for rim 2. Allanite crystals contain inclusions of Alpine garnet; in situ geochronology (U-Th-Pb by LA-ICP-MS) on allanite yields a (minimum) age of ~69 Ma for the main growth of garnet. In summary, the textures and mineral compositions clearly reflect reactive interaction of major amounts of hydrous fluids with dry protoliths. The source of these fluids responsible for converting granulites back to micaschists at eclogite facies conditions within the Sesia subduction channel is being investigated.

  3. Application of Vision Metrology to In-Orbit Measurement of Large Reflector Onboard Communication Satellite for Next Generation Mobile Satellite Communication (United States)

    Akioka, M.; Orikasa, T.; Satoh, M.; Miura, A.; Tsuji, H.; Toyoshima, M.; Fujino, Y.


    Satellite for next generation mobile satellite communication service with small personal terminal requires onboard antenna with very large aperture reflector larger than twenty meters diameter because small personal terminal with lower power consumption in ground base requires the large onboard reflector with high antenna gain. But, large deployable antenna will deform in orbit because the antenna is not a solid dish but the flexible structure with fine cable and mesh supported by truss. Deformation of reflector shape deteriorate the antenna performance and quality and stability of communication service. However, in case of digital beam forming antenna with phased array can modify the antenna beam performance due to adjustment of excitation amplitude and excitation phase. If we can measure the reflector shape precisely in orbit, beam pattern and antenna performance can be compensated with the updated excitation amplitude and excitation phase parameters optimized for the reflector shape measured every moment. Softbank Corporation and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology has started the project "R&D on dynamic beam control technique for next generation mobile communication satellite" as a contracted research project sponsored by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of Japan. In this topic, one of the problem in vision metrology application is a strong constraints on geometry for camera arrangement on satellite bus with very limited space. On satellite in orbit, we cannot take many images from many different directions as ordinary vision metrology measurement and the available area for camera positioning is quite limited. Feasibility of vision metrology application and general methodology to apply to future mobile satellite communication satellite is to be found. Our approach is as follows: 1) Development of prototyping simulator to evaluate the expected precision for network design in zero order and first order 2) Trial


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    M. Akioka


    Full Text Available Satellite for next generation mobile satellite communication service with small personal terminal requires onboard antenna with very large aperture reflector larger than twenty meters diameter because small personal terminal with lower power consumption in ground base requires the large onboard reflector with high antenna gain. But, large deployable antenna will deform in orbit because the antenna is not a solid dish but the flexible structure with fine cable and mesh supported by truss. Deformation of reflector shape deteriorate the antenna performance and quality and stability of communication service. However, in case of digital beam forming antenna with phased array can modify the antenna beam performance due to adjustment of excitation amplitude and excitation phase. If we can measure the reflector shape precisely in orbit, beam pattern and antenna performance can be compensated with the updated excitation amplitude and excitation phase parameters optimized for the reflector shape measured every moment. Softbank Corporation and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology has started the project "R&D on dynamic beam control technique for next generation mobile communication satellite" as a contracted research project sponsored by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication of Japan. In this topic, one of the problem in vision metrology application is a strong constraints on geometry for camera arrangement on satellite bus with very limited space. On satellite in orbit, we cannot take many images from many different directions as ordinary vision metrology measurement and the available area for camera positioning is quite limited. Feasibility of vision metrology application and general methodology to apply to future mobile satellite communication satellite is to be found. Our approach is as follows: 1 Development of prototyping simulator to evaluate the expected precision for network design in zero order and first order

  5. Efficient Modeling and Migration in Anisotropic Media Based on Prestack Exploding Reflector Model and Effective Anisotropy

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    Wang, Hui


    This thesis addresses the efficiency improvement of seismic wave modeling and migration in anisotropic media. This improvement becomes crucial in practice as the process of imaging complex geological structures of the Earth\\'s subsurface requires modeling and migration as building blocks. The challenge comes from two aspects. First, the underlying governing equations for seismic wave propagation in anisotropic media are far more complicated than that in isotropic media which demand higher computational costs to solve. Second, the usage of whole prestack seismic data still remains a burden considering its storage volume and the existing wave equation solvers. In this thesis, I develop two approaches to tackle the challenges. In the first part, I adopt the concept of prestack exploding reflector model to handle the whole prestack data and bridge the data space directly to image space in a single kernel. I formulate the extrapolation operator in a two-way fashion to remove he restriction on directions that waves propagate. I also develop a generic method for phase velocity evaluation within anisotropic media used in this extrapolation kernel. The proposed method provides a tool for generating prestack images without wavefield cross correlations. In the second part of this thesis, I approximate the anisotropic models using effective isotropic models. The wave phenomena in these effective models match that in anisotropic models both kinematically and dynamically. I obtain the effective models through equating eikonal equations and transport equations of anisotropic and isotropic models, thereby in the high frequency asymptotic approximation sense. The wavefields extrapolation costs are thus reduced using isotropic wave equation solvers while the anisotropic effects are maintained through this approach. I benchmark the two proposed methods using synthetic datasets. Tests on anisotropic Marmousi model and anisotropic BP2007 model demonstrate the applicability of my

  6. Air-suspended TiO2-based HCG reflectors for visible spectral range (United States)

    Hashemi, Ehsan; Bengtsson, Jörgen; Gustavsson, Johan; Carlsson, Stefan; Rossbach, Georg; Haglund, Åsa


    For GaN-based microcavity light emitters, such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and resonant cavity light emitting diodes (RCLEDs) in the blue-green wavelength regime, achieving a high reflectivity wide bandwidth feedback mirror is truly challenging. The material properties of the III-nitride alloys are hardly compatible with the conventional distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) and the newly proposed high-contrast gratings (HCGs). Alternatively, at least for the top outcoupling mirror, dielectric materials offer more suitable material combinations not only for the DBRs but also for the HCGs. HCGs may offer advantages such as transverse mode and polarization control, a broader reflectivity spectrum than epitaxially grown DBRs, and the possibility to set the resonance wavelength after epitaxial growth by the grating parameters. In this work we have realized an air-suspended TiO2 grating with the help of a SiO2 sacrificial layer. The deposition processes for the dielectric layers were fine-tuned to minimize the residual stress. To achieve an accurate control of the grating duty cycle, a newly developed lift-off process, using hydrogen silesquioxan (HSQ) and sacrificial polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) resists, was applied to deposit the hard mask, providing sub-10 nm resolution. The finally obtained TiO2/air HCGs were characterized in a micro-reflectance measurement setup. A peak power reflectivity in excess of 95% was achieved for TM polarization at the center wavelength of 435 nm, with a reflectivity stopband width of about 80 nm (FWHM). The measured HCG reflectance spectra were compared to corresponding simulations obtained from rigorous coupled-wave analysis and very good agreement was found.

  7. Structurally embedded reflectors and mirrors for elastic wave focusing and energy harvesting (United States)

    Tol, S.; Degertekin, F. L.; Erturk, A.


    The harvesting of elastic waves propagating in structures can be enhanced dramatically via spatial focusing using mirror and lens concepts. Recent efforts on the mirror design have employed cylindrical stubs that form elliptical and parabolic geometries to focus structure-borne waves originating from a point source and incident plane waves, respectively. In those first-generation heuristic efforts, bulky cylindrical attachments served as effective reflectors while drastically altering thin host structures. Enabling structurally embedded mirror (SEM) configurations that avoid substantial modification of the host system requires a thorough understanding of the elastic mirror dynamics. This work presents a detailed investigation of SEM design, analysis, and experimental validation for enhanced elastic wave energy harvesting, among other applications that can benefit from spatially focused wave intensity. The SEM concept proposed in this effort uses metallic spheres (e.g., tungsten, lead, and steel) inserted into blind holes in a flat aluminum plate domain. The results show that, while SEM performance improves with property mismatch between the inclusion and the host materials, transmission resonances of the inclusions are detrimental to reflection performance and have to be avoided. A relationship between elastic mirror geometry and wavelength is unveiled to minimize the energy concentration in the side lobes around the intended focus, enabling small-sized and simple harvester design. These basic concepts and principles, demonstrated through finite-element simulations, are validated experimentally over a range of frequencies. Dramatic enhancement of the harvested power (by an order of magnitude) is also demonstrated using an elliptical SEM made from spherical tungsten inclusions in an aluminum plate. The case of a perforated mirror is also addressed briefly.

  8. Electromagnetic analysis of the Korean helium cooled ceramic reflector test blanket module set

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    Lee, Youngmin, E-mail: [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ku, Duck Young [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Dong Won [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Ahn, Mu-Young; Park, Yi-Hyun; Cho, Seungyon [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    Korean helium cooled ceramic reflector (HCCR) test blanket module set (TBM-set) will be installed at equatorial port #18 of Vacuum Vessel in ITER in order to test the breeding blanket performance for forthcoming fusion power plant. Since ITER tokamak has a set of electromagnetic coils (Central Solenoid, Poloidal Field and Toroidal Field coil set) around Vacuum Vessel, the HCCR TBM-set, the TBM and associated shield, is greatly influenced by magnetic field generated by these coils. In the case of fast transient electromagnetic events such as major disruption, vertical displacement event or magnet fast discharge, magnetic field and induced eddy current results in huge electromagnetic load, known as Lorentz load, on the HCCR TBM-set. In addition, the TBM-set experiences electromagnetic load due to magnetization of the structural material not only during the fast transient events but also during normal operation since the HCCR TBM adopts Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steel as a structural material. This is known as Maxwell load which includes Lorentz load as well as load due to magnetization of structure material. This paper presents electromagnetic analysis results for the HCCR TBM-set. For analysis, a 20° sector finite model was constructed considering ITER configuration such as Vacuum Vessel, ITER shield blankets, Central Solenoid, Poloidal Field, Toroidal Field coil set as well as the HCCR TBM-set. Three major disruptions (operational event, likely event and highly unlikely event) were selected for analysis based on the load specifications. ANSYS-EMAG was used as a calculation tool. The results of EM analysis will be used as input data for the structural analysis.

  9. Metasurface Reflector (MSR Loading for High Performance Small Microstrip Antenna Design.

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    Md Rezwanul Ahsan

    Full Text Available A meander stripline feed multiband microstrip antenna loaded with metasurface reflector (MSR structure has been designed, analyzed and constructed that offers the wireless communication services for UHF/microwave RFID and WLAN/WiMAX applications. The proposed MSR assimilated antenna comprises planar straight forward design of circular shaped radiator with horizontal slots on it and 2D metasurface formed by the periodic square metallic element that resembles the behavior of metamaterials. A custom made high dielectric bio-plastic substrate (εr = 15 is used for fabricating the prototype of the MSR embedded planar monopole antenna. The details of the design progress through numerical simulations and experimental results are presented and discussed accordingly. The measured impedance bandwidth, radiation patterns and gain of the proposed MSR integrated antenna are compared with the obtained results from numerical simulation, and a good compliance can be observed between them. The investigation shows that utilization of MSR structure has significantly broadened the -10 dB impedance bandwidth than the conventional patch antenna: from 540 to 632 MHz (17%, 467 to 606 MHz (29% and 758 MHz to 1062 MHz (40% for three distinct operating bands centered at 0.9, 3.5 and 5.5 GHz. Additionally, due to the assimilation of MSR, the overall realized gains have been upgraded to a higher value of 3.62 dBi, 6.09 dBi and 8.6 dBi for lower, middle and upper frequency band respectively. The measured radiation patterns, impedance bandwidths (S11<-10 dB and gains from the MSR loaded antenna prototype exhibit reasonable characteristics that can satisfy the requirements of UHF/microwave (5.8 GHz RFID, WiMAX (3.5/5.5 GHz and WLAN (5.2/5.8 GHz applications.

  10. Reflector Technology Development and System Design for Concentrating Solar Power Technologies

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    Adam Schaut


    Alcoa began this program in March of 2008 with the goal of developing and validating an advanced CSP trough design to lower the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) as compared to existing glass based, space-frame trough technology. In addition to showing a pathway to a significant LCOE reduction, Alcoa also desired to create US jobs to support the emerging CSP industry. Alcoa's objective during Phase I: Concept Feasibility was to provide the DOE with a design approach that demonstrates significant overall system cost savings without sacrificing performance. Phase I consisted of two major tasks; reflector surface development and system concept development. Two specific reflective surface technologies were investigated, silver metallized lamination, and thin film deposition both applied on an aluminum substrate. Alcoa prepared samples; performed test validation internally; and provided samples to the NREL for full-spectrum reflectivity measurements. The final objective was to report reflectivity at t = 0 and the latest durability results as of the completion of Phase 1. The target criteria for reflectance and durability were as follows: (1) initial (t = 0), hemispherical reflectance >93%, (2) initial spectral reflectance >90% for 25-mrad reading and >87% for 7-mrad reading, and (3) predicted 20 year durability of less than 5% optical performance drop. While the results of the reflective development activities were promising, Alcoa was unable to down-select on a reflective technology that met the target criteria. Given the progress and potential of both silver film and thin film technologies, Alcoa continued reflector surface development activities in Phase II. The Phase I concept development activities began with acquiring baseline CSP system information from both CSP Services and the DOE. This information was used as the basis to develop conceptual designs through ideation sessions. The concepts were evaluated based on estimated cost and high-level structural

  11. Reinterpretation of adcoh and cocorp seismic reflection data with constraints from detailed forward modeling of potential field data - Implications for Laurentia-Peri-Gondwana suture (United States)

    Duff, Patrick D.; Kellogg, James N.


    To better constrain the structure of the Laurentian - Peri-Gondwana suture zone, maps and a 2-dimensional regional cross-section model constrained by seismic data and surface geology have been developed by forward and inverse modeling the aeromagnetic and gravity fields. The Central Piedmont Suture (CPS), the boundary between the Laurentian Inner Piedmont and the Peri-Gondwanan Carolina terrane is a low-angle thrust fault ( 30°) ramping up from an Alleghanian mid-crustal detachment at depths of about 12 km. ADCOH and COCORP seismic data image anticlinal structures in the footwalls of the Hayesville thrust and the CPS, above the Alleghanian decollement. The footwall rocks have previously been interpreted as Paleozoic shelf strata on the basis of sub-horizontal seismic reflectors; however, the high densities required to fit the observed gravity anomaly suggest that the folded footwall reflectors may need to be reinterpreted as horse blocks or duplex structures of Grenvillian basement. The Appalachian paired gravity anomaly can be explained by an increase in crustal thickness and a decrease in upper crustal density moving northwestward from the Carolina Terrane toward the Appalachian core. A change in lower crustal density is not required, so that Grenville basement rocks may extend farther to the southeast than previously thought. The 5 to 10 km of Alleghanian uplift and exhumation predicted by P-T crystallization data compiled in this paper can be easily accommodated by thrusting on four major low-angle thrust systems: Great Smoky Mountain Thrust (GSMT), Hayesville, Brevard, and CPS. Unroofing of metamorphic core complexes by normal faulting may therefore not be required to explain the observed exhumation. Alleghanian collision along the southeastern Appalachian margin was predominately orthogonal to strike consistent with the previous reconstructions that call for the counter-clockwise rotation of Gondwanan West Africa, creating head-on collision in the southern

  12. Thermal Distortion Measurements of a Dual Gridded Antenna Reflector with Laser Radar System Integrated to a Thermal Vacuum Test Facility (United States)

    Hein, Peter Jens; Doring, Daniel; Ihle, Alexander; Reichmann, Olaf; Maeyaert, Michiel


    A dual gridded reflector for Ku-Band applications (KuDGR) with two actually gridded shells made of single and individually shaped CFRP-rods (single carbon fibre reinforced plastic) has been developed by HPS. Due to the fact that these shells are made of CFRP-rods conventional methods for coordinate and thermal-distortion (TD) measuring could not be used. Therefore, the Laser Radar system (LR) was identified as best suitable measurement method for this application.The LR was chosen during the KaDGR study performed by HPS due to its capability to measure points contactless without targets and with high precision and a great number of measurement points in a short time. Furthermore, due to the gridded structure measurement systems using interferometric patterns (ESPI, Shearography) or structured light projection could not be applied.The performance of the Laser Radar system was tested during preliminary measurements on the KuDGR bread- board model. For the first environmental tests on the engineering model, the test methods at IABG were specifically adapted and qualified in order to verify that the Laser Radar system can handle the constrains set by a thermal-vacuum (TV) test facility. During the verification test run the objectives were to verify the compatibility of the LR with the positioning with respect to the chamber, the visibility, the test facilities viewport and setup inside the chamber as well as the achievable measurement accuracy. The general compatibility could be shown and optimisations regarding test setup and better accuracy were identified. Since the active surfaces of the reflector contains a multitude of single rods all with different shapes and lengths the vibration influences of the individual facility systems onto the reflector were investigated.The LR system is widely used in industrial applications but references regarding measuring thermo-elastic distortions in a TV test facility using this method are still rare. IABG has developed and

  13. Resonance-Based Reflector and Its Application in Unidirectional Antenna with Low-Profile and Broadband Characteristics for Wireless Applications (United States)

    Peng, Lin; Xie, Ji-yang; Sun, Kai; Jiang, Xing; Li, Si-min


    In this research, the novel concept of a resonance-based reflector (RBR) was proposed, and a ring-shaped RBR was utilized to design a unidirectional antenna with low-profile and broadband characteristics. Research found the ring operates as two half-wavelength (λ/2) resonators. Then, the resonance effect transforms the reflection phase of the ring RBR, and achieves a reflection phase of 0° wireless systems—such as indoors communication, remote sensing, and wireless sensor systems—for signal receiving or transmitting. PMID:27941702

  14. Demonstration of a widely tunable digital supermode distributed Bragg reflector laser as a versatile source for near-infrared spectroscopy (United States)

    Ciaffoni, L.; Hancock, G.; Hurst, P. L.; Kingston, M.; Langley, C. E.; Peverall, R.; Ritchie, G. A. D.; Whittaker, K. E.


    In this paper we report the characterization of a novel, widely tunable, diode laser source operating over the full telecom L-band (1563-1613 nm), namely the digital supermode distributed Bragg reflector (DS-DBR) laser, and its application to multi-wavelength gas sensing via absorption strategies. The spectroscopic performance of the laser has been assessed by investigating the ro-vibrational spectrum of CO2, and wavelength modulation spectroscopy was accomplished for proof-of-principle sensitive measurements in discrete spectral regions.

  15. Design of chirped distributed Bragg reflector for octave-spanning frequency group velocity dispersion compensation in terahertz quantum cascade laser. (United States)

    Xu, Chao; Ban, Dayan


    The strategies and approaches of designing chirped Distributed Bragg Reflector for group velocity compensation in metal-metal waveguide terahertz quantum cascade laser are investigated through 1D and 3D models. The results show the depth of the corrugation periods plays an important role on achieving broad-band group velocity compensation in terahertz range. However, the deep corrugation also brings distortion to the group delay behavior. A two-section chirped DBR is proposed to provide smoother group delay compensation while still maintain the broad frequency range (octave) operation within 2 THz to 4 THz.

  16. Enhanced performance of photodetector and photovoltaic based on carrier reflector and back surface field generated by doped graphene (United States)

    Chang, Che-Wei; Wang, Di-Yan; Tan, Wei-Chun; Huang, I.-Sheng; Wang, I.-Sheng; Chen, Chia-Chun; Yang, Ying-Jay; Chen, Yang-Fang


    We report the influence of carrier reflector and back surface field generated by doped graphene on n-ZnO nanoridges/p-silicon photodetectors and silicon solar cells. It is found that the p-type graphene not only acts as an electron blocking layer, but also helps the collection of photogenerated holes. Quite surprisingly, the on/off ratio of the photodetector with the insertion of doped graphene can be increased by up to 40 times. Moreover, we demonstrate that typical silicon solar cells with the doped graphene, the cell efficiency can be enhanced by about 20%. Our approach would expand numerous applications for graphene-based optoelectronic devices.

  17. Thermal performance evaluation of a latent heat storage unit for late evening cooking in a solar cooker having three reflectors

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    Buddhi, D.; Sharma, A. [Devi Ahilya University, Indore (India). School of Energy and Environmental Studies, Thermal Energy Storage Laboratory; Sharma, S.D. [Mie University, Tsu (Japan). Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture


    In this paper, a phase change material (PCM) storage unit for a solar cooker was designed and developed to store energy during sunshine hours. The stored energy was utilised to cook food in the late evening. Commercial grade acetanilide (melting point 118.9 {sup o}C, latent heat of fusion 222 kJ/kg) was used as a latent heat storage material. Evening cooking experiments were conducted with different loads and loading times during the winter season. The experimental results showed that late evening cooking is possible in a solar cooker having three reflectors to enhance the incident solar radiation with the PCM storage unit. (author)

  18. Laser-induced damage of rugate and quarter-wave stacks high reflectors deposited by ion-beam sputtering (United States)

    Qiao, Zhao; Ma, Ping; Liu, Hao; Pu, Yunti; Liu, Zhichao


    Rugate and high/low quarter-wave stacks high reflector coatings for 1064 nm have been prepared with Ta2O5 and SiO by an ion-beam sputtering technique. A laser-induced damage experiment of the samples has been conducted at 1064 nm with pulse duration of 5 ns [full width at half maximum (FWHM)]. These two samples' damages both initiate at defects and show almost the same damage threshold within the experimental error. Nevertheless, the damage morphology on rugate is less severe at higher fluences. The thermal shock wave induced by a nanosecond pulsed laser is considered to be the main cause of catastrophic damage.

  19. Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) system concept and technology definition study. Analysis of space station requirements for LDR (United States)

    Agnew, Donald L.; Vinkey, Victor F.; Runge, Fritz C.


    A study was conducted to determine how the Large Deployable Reflector (LDR) might benefit from the use of the space station for assembly, checkout, deployment, servicing, refurbishment, and technology development. Requirements that must be met by the space station to supply benefits for a selected scenario are summarized. Quantitative and qualitative data are supplied. Space station requirements for LDR which may be utilized by other missions are identified. A technology development mission for LDR is outlined and requirements summarized. A preliminary experiment plan is included. Space Station Data Base SAA 0020 and TDM 2411 are updated.

  20. 4-nm continuous rapid sweeping spectroscopy in 2-μm band using distributed Bragg reflector laser (United States)

    Abe, M.; Kanai, T.; Fujiwara, N.; Ohiso, Y.; Ishii, H.; Shimokozono, M.; Mastuzaki, H.; Kasahara, R.; Itoh, M.


    We apply a newly developed 2-μm distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser to CO2 spectroscopy. We achieve mode-hop free wavelength tuning over 4 nm by sweeping the DBR current and phase control current, simultaneously. The sensitivity of this laser spectroscopy system is better than 5 × 10-3, which is the noise level, and means that a CO2 concentration of 400 ppm can be detected with a path length of 1 m. We confirm that the DBR laser in the 2-μm region maintains a wide tunability of 4 nm even when rapidly swept at a scan rate of 10 kHz.

  1. Measurement campaigns for selection of optimum on-ground performance verification approach for large deployable reflector antenna

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Nielsen, Jeppe Majlund; Kim, Oleksiy S.


    This paper describes the measurement campaigns carried out at P-band (435 MHz) for selection of optimum on-ground verification approach for a large deployable reflector antenna (LDA). The feed array of the LDA was measured in several configurations with spherical, cylindrical, and planar near......-field techniques at near-field facilities in Denmark and in the Netherlands. The measured results for the feed array were then used in calculation of the radiation pattern and gain of the entire LDA. The primary goals for the campaigns were to obtain realistic measurement uncertainty estimates and to investigate...

  2. Back reflectors based on buried Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} for enhancement of photon recycling in monolithic, on-substrate III-V solar cells

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    García, I. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Instituto de Energía Solar, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Avda Complutense s/n, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Kearns-McCoy, C. F. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States); Ward, J. S.; Steiner, M. A.; Geisz, J. F.; Kurtz, S. R. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)


    Photon management has been shown to be a fruitful way to boost the open circuit voltage and efficiency of high quality solar cells. Metal or low-index dielectric-based back reflectors can be used to confine the reemitted photons and enhance photon recycling. Gaining access to the back of the solar cell for placing these reflectors implies having to remove the substrate, with the associated added complexity to the solar cell manufacturing. In this work, we analyze the effectiveness of a single-layer reflector placed at the back of on-substrate solar cells, and assess the photon recycling improvement as a function of the refractive index of this layer. Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based reflectors, created by lateral oxidation of an AlAs layer, are identified as a feasible choice for on-substrate solar cells, which can produce a V{sub oc} increase of around 65% of the maximum increase attainable with an ideal reflector. The experimental results obtained using prototype GaAs cell structures show a greater than two-fold increase in the external radiative efficiency and a V{sub oc} increase of ∼2% (∼18 mV), consistent with theoretical calculations. For GaAs cells with higher internal luminescence, this V{sub oc} boost is calculated to be up to 4% relative (36 mV), which directly translates into at least 4% higher relative efficiency.

  3. Gas hydrate, fluid flow and free gas: Formation of the bottom-simulating reflector (United States)

    Haacke, R. Ross; Westbrook, Graham K.; Hyndman, Roy D.


    Gas hydrate in continental margins is commonly indicated by a prominent bottom-simulating seismic reflector (BSR) that occurs a few hundred metres below the seabed. The BSR marks the boundary between sediments containing gas hydrate above and free gas below. Most of the reflection amplitude is caused by the underlying free gas. Gas hydrate can occur without a BSR, however, and the controls on its formation are not well understood. Here we describe two complementary mechanisms for free gas accumulation beneath the gas hydrate stability zone (GHSZ). The first is the well-recognised hydrate recycling mechanism that generates gas from dissociating hydrate when the base of the GHSZ moves upward relative to hydrate-bearing sediment. The second is a recently identified mechanism in which the relationship between the advection and diffusion of dissolved gas with the local solubility curve allows the liquid phase to become saturated in a thick layer beneath the GHSZ when hydrate is present near its base. This mechanism for gas production (called the solubility-curvature mechanism) is possible in systems where the influence of diffusion becomes important relative to the influence of advection and where the gas-water solubility decreases to a minimum several hundred metres below the GHSZ. We investigate a number of areas in which gas hydrate occurs to determine where gas formation is dominated by the solubility-curvature mechanism and where it is dominated by hydrate recycling. We show that the former is dominant in areas with low rates of upward fluid flow (such as old, rifted continental margins), low rates of seafloor uplift, and high geothermal gradient and/or pressure. Conversely, free-gas formation is dominated by hydrate recycling where there are rapid rates of upward fluid flow and seabed uplift (such as in subduction zone accretionary wedges). Using these two mechanisms to investigate the formation of free gas beneath gas hydrate in continental margins, we are able

  4. Roof mounted solar collectors with reflectors. Evaluation; Takmonterade solfaangare med reflektorer i Markbacken. Utvaerdering

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    Nilsson, Leif [Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola, Goeteborg (Sweden). Maetcentralen; Perers, B. [Vattenfall Utveckling AB, Stockholm (Sweden)


    A solar heating plant designed for preheating of domestic hot water was built during the spring of 1998 at Markbacken, Oerebro. The collector panels were built with a very low profile, less than 1 m high, but they were quite wide in the east-west direction (6.6 m). The roof-placed collectors, 210 m{sup 2} in all, were thus very discreet and can not be seen from the main facades of the three-storey building on which they are placed. Also, the slim design meant that the entire collector box could be manufactured in a one-step process, bottom and sides being pressed from a single sheet of aluminium. Each collector and its reflector, also of aluminium, shared the same frame. The frame was attached to heavy bars of concrete which was placed on the flat roof. No further anchoring was needed. The tubing from the collectors was drawn to the cellar of the building through an obsolete refuse chute. The circulation pumps, heat exchangers and accumulator were placed in a cellar room. The accumulator consists of three cylindrical tanks with a maximum allowed pressure of 3 bar and a volume of 11 m{sup 3}. Heat from the accumulator is heat-exchanged to the cold water supplied to the system for producing domestic hot water. If the resulting temperature is less required extra heat is added from the district heating net. The solar heating plant has operated very well and has even produced more energy than was calculated in the pre-study. At a system temperature of 40 deg C the specific energy production is about 600 kWh/m{sup 2},year. The typical production is 126 MWh per annum, corresponding to 35% of the hot water consumption. The final cost of the system was some 20% higher than calculated. Some unforeseen additional costs resulted from the need for cellar floor reinforcement and also some roof improvement measures. Too high flow through the solar collectors and through the loading circuit for the accumulator has a destructive action on the temperature stratification in the heat

  5. High-Capacity Communications from Martian Distances Part 4: Assessment of Spacecraft Pointing Accuracy Capabilities Required For Large Ka-Band Reflector Antennas (United States)

    Hodges, Richard E.; Sands, O. Scott; Huang, John; Bassily, Samir


    Improved surface accuracy for deployable reflectors has brought with it the possibility of Ka-band reflector antennas with extents on the order of 1000 wavelengths. Such antennas are being considered for high-rate data delivery from planetary distances. To maintain losses at reasonable levels requires a sufficiently capable Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) onboard the spacecraft. This paper provides an assessment of currently available ADCS strategies and performance levels. In addition to other issues, specific factors considered include: (1) use of "beaconless" or open loop tracking versus use of a beacon on the Earth side of the link, and (2) selection of fine pointing strategy (body-fixed/spacecraft pointing, reflector pointing or various forms of electronic beam steering). Capabilities of recent spacecraft are discussed.

  6. Dual-shaped offset reflector antenna designs from solutions of the geometrical optics first-order partial differential equations (United States)

    Galindo-Israel, V.; Imbriale, W.; Shogen, K.; Mittra, R.


    In obtaining solutions to the first-order nonlinear partial differential equations (PDEs) for synthesizing offset dual-shaped reflectors, it is found that previously observed computational problems can be avoided if the integration of the PDEs is started from an inner projected perimeter and integrated outward rather than starting from an outer projected perimeter and integrating inward. This procedure, however, introduces a new parameter, the main reflector inner perimeter radius p(o), when given a subreflector inner angle 0(o). Furthermore, a desired outer projected perimeter (e.g., a circle) is no longer guaranteed. Stability of the integration is maintained if some of the initial parameters are determined first from an approximate solution to the PDEs. A one-, two-, or three-parameter optimization algorithm can then be used to obtain a best set of parameters yielding a close fit to the desired projected outer rim. Good low cross-polarization mapping functions are also obtained. These methods are illustrated by synthesis of a high-gain offset-shaped Cassegrainian antenna and a low-noise offset-shaped Gregorian antenna.

  7. On the design of reflectors that produce a cut-off line with a given anisotropic source of light (United States)

    Kloos, G.


    The problem of generating a cut-off line with a carefully calculated reflector contour has been treated in detail by Spencer et al. for the case of a cylindrical source of light mounted perpendicular to the optic axis. Because this geometry does not properly represent the geometry in which standard light sources are used in the illumination systems which we study, the attempt was made to extend this theory to anisotropic light sources. This case of lower symmetry is closer to the geometry of light sources encountered in headlamp design. Spencer et al. were able to obtain an implicit algebraic equation for the problem of high symmetry that they analyzed. After adopting their method to the problem under investigation, the method of analysis used was different insofar as an algebraic equation was not obtained and the corresponding ordinary differential equation and the corresponding initial-value problem were solved instead and the solutions are visualized with the aid of a computer-algebra system. In this context, the concept of a so-called polar line or surface proved helpful. This describes a set of points that connect the tangent lines that link a given point of the reflector contour to a given extended lightsource of low symmetry. The extension of the lightsource is assumed to be elliptical in the plane that contains the optic axis and the plane perpendicular to the cut-off line. The analysis extended to the anisotropic case gave some insight into the underlying scaling laws and geometrical constraints.

  8. Solar passive ceiling system. Final report. [Passive solar heating system with venetian blind reflectors and latent heat storage in ceiling

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    Schneider, A.R.


    The construction of a 1200 square foot building, with full basement, built to be used as a branch library in a rural area is described. The primary heating source is a passive solar system consisting of a south facing window system. The system consists of: a set of windows located in the south facing wall only, composed of double glazed units; a set of reflectors mounted in each window which reflects sunlight up to the ceiling (the reflectors are similar to venetian blinds); a storage area in the ceiling which absorbs the heat from the reflected sunlight and stores it in foil salt pouches laid in the ceiling; and an automated curtain which automatically covers and uncovers the south facing window system. The system is totally passive and uses no blowers, pumps or other active types of heat distribution equipment. The building contains a basement which is normally not heated, and the north facing wall is bermed four feet high around the north side.

  9. Design and development of back reflectors for improved light coupling and absorption enhancement in thin MQW solar cells (United States)

    Wang, Wei; Freundlich, Alex


    Optimization of non-planar antireflective coating and back- (or front-) surface texturing are widely studied to further reduce the reflection losses and increase the sunlight absorption path in solar cells. Back reflectors have been developed from perfect mirror to textured mirror in order to further increase light path, which can significantly improve the efficiency and allow for much thinner devices. A Lambertian surface, which has the most random texture, can theoretically raise the light path to 4n2 times that of a smooth surface. It's a challenge however to fabricate ideal Lambertian texture, especially in a fast and low cost way. In this work we have developed a method to overcome this challenge that combines the use of laser interference lithography (LIL) and selective wet etching. The approach allows for a rapid wafer scale texture processing with sub-wavelength (nano)- scale control of the pattern and the pitch. The technique appears as being particularly attractive for the development of ultra-thin III-V devices, or in overcoming the weak sub-bandgap absorption in devices incorporating quantum dots or quantum wells. Preliminary results on the application of the technique for the development of back reflector for 1-1.3 eV (MQW bearing) GaAs solar cells are presented.

  10. Experimental and numerical investigations of a small scale double-reflector concentrating solar system with latent heat storage

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    Woh, Foong Chee


    The main aim of this doctoral thesis is to analyze a small scale double- reflector concentrating solar system with latent heat storage in temperature range 230 to 250 Celsius so that cooking can be done efficiently and effectively in the late evening or at night time. Many solar heat collection systems are based on transportation of heat from the focal point to the storage by a circulating heat transfer fluid. In this study, double-reflector arrangement is designed and tested to heat up the thermal heat storage directly without using any heat transport fluid. This makes the system more simple and easy to fabricate. NaNO3-KNO3 binary mixture is selected as the latent heat storage medium because the melting temperature of around 220 Celsius is in a suitable range.There are several objectives in this study. First of all, characterization of phase change materials has been carried out using differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Important information such as heat capacity as a function of temperature, melting temperature, solid-solid phase transition temperature, enthalpy of fusion, and enthalpy of solid-solid phase transition can be obtained and used in the phase change numerical simulations.After the characterization and selection of a phase change material, a double-reflector system with thermal energy storage was designed and constructed. In order to test the concept of the design, a reflection system using laser diode technique was used in a smoke chamber. Focal point of the primary reflector was determined experimentally and compared with the theoretical calculations. The latent heat storage unit was filled with the NaNO3-KNO3 binary mixture until 90% full. Copper top plate and fin was used to increase the heat transfer rate into the phase change material. With the double-reflector system, thermal charging of the heat storage was carried out under the sun.Numerical simulations of the thermal charging process have been done using finite element model from COMSOL

  11. Terrestrial Laser Scanner Two-Face Measurements for Analyzing the Elevation-Dependent Deformation of the Onsala Space Observatory 20-m Radio Telescope's Main Reflector in a Bundle Adjustment. (United States)

    Holst, Christoph; Schunck, David; Nothnagel, Axel; Haas, Rüdiger; Wennerbäck, Lars; Olofsson, Henrik; Hammargren, Roger; Kuhlmann, Heiner


    For accurate astronomic and geodetic observations based on radio telescopes, the elevation-dependent deformation of the radio telescopes' main reflectors should be known. Terrestrial laser scanning has been used for determining the corresponding changes of focal lengths and areal reflector deformations at several occasions before. New in this publication is the situation in which we minimize systematic measurement errors by an improved measurement and data-processing concept: Sampling the main reflector in both faces of the laser scanner and calibrating the laser scanner in situ in a bundle adjustment. This concept is applied to the Onsala Space Observatory 20-m radio telescope: The focal length of the main reflector decreases by 9.6 mm from 85 ∘ to 5 ∘ elevation angle. Further local deformations of the main reflector are not detected.

  12. Terrestrial Laser Scanner Two-Face Measurements for Analyzing the Elevation-Dependent Deformation of the Onsala Space Observatory 20-m Radio Telescope’s Main Reflector in a Bundle Adjustment (United States)

    Schunck, David; Nothnagel, Axel; Haas, Rüdiger; Wennerbäck, Lars; Olofsson, Henrik; Hammargren, Roger; Kuhlmann, Heiner


    For accurate astronomic and geodetic observations based on radio telescopes, the elevation-dependent deformation of the radio telescopes’ main reflectors should be known. Terrestrial laser scanning has been used for determining the corresponding changes of focal lengths and areal reflector deformations at several occasions before. New in this publication is the situation in which we minimize systematic measurement errors by an improved measurement and data-processing concept: Sampling the main reflector in both faces of the laser scanner and calibrating the laser scanner in situ in a bundle adjustment. This concept is applied to the Onsala Space Observatory 20-m radio telescope: The focal length of the main reflector decreases by 9.6 mm from 85∘ to 5∘ elevation angle. Further local deformations of the main reflector are not detected. PMID:28792449

  13. Development and testing of the pneumatic lunar drill for the emplacement of the corner cube reflector on the Moon (United States)

    Zacny, K.; Currie, D.; Paulsen, G.; Szwarc, T.; Chu, P.


    Lunar Laser Ranging provides a highly accurate measurement of the distance between ground stations on Earth and reflectors on the surface of the Moon. Since retroreflectors were initially placed during the Apollo missions, the ground stations improved the ranging accuracy by a factor of 200 and now the Apollo-era arrays on the Moon pose a significant limitation to the ranging accuracy. The new Lunar Laser Ranging Retroreflector (i.e. the Lunar Laser Ranging retroreflector for the 21st century or LLRRA-21) would provide extensive new information on the lunar interior, general relativity, and cosmology. During the day/night lunar cycle, when the thermal variation of the surface is approximately 300 °C, the regolith will rise and fall by almost 500 μm. Yet, it is estimated that the thermal variation 0.5 m to 1 m below the surface is less than much 1 °C. Thus for the lunar emplacement to support 10s of microns ranging accuracy, the reflectors must be anchored to that thermally stable mass at 0.5 m or greater depth. In this paper, we present a novel method of deploying LLRRA-21 with a Corner Cube Reflector (CCR) on the Moon. The emplacement approach uses a gas-powered drill consisting of a >50 cm long, slim, hollow rod with a perforated anchor-cone at its lower end and the CCR mounted to the top. Gas supplied from a small tank is directed into and down the rod and out through the cone, lofting the soil out of the hole and allowing the rod to sink under its own weight to a depth of 0.5 m. To determine the system performance, we conducted several tests in compacted JSC-1a lunar soil simulant and inside a vacuum chamber. In several tests, the rod successfully sunk under its own weight of 16 N to a depth of 50 cm in 4-6 min. The pneumatic system is the game-changer for subsurface access. The extremely low mass and volume required to reach 50 cm, along with very simple penetration method allow the CCR to remain in a variety of payload architectures.

  14. Performance Improvement of GaN-Based Flip-Chip White Light-Emitting Diodes with Diffused Nanorod Reflector and with ZnO Nanorod Antireflection Layer

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    Hsin-Ying Lee


    Full Text Available The GaN-based flip-chip white light-emitting diodes (FCWLEDs with diffused ZnO nanorod reflector and with ZnO nanorod antireflection layer were fabricated. The ZnO nanorod array grown using an aqueous solution method was combined with Al metal to form the diffused ZnO nanorod reflector. It could avoid the blue light emitted out from the Mg-doped GaN layer of the FCWLEDs, which caused more blue light emitted out from the sapphire substrate to pump the phosphor. Moreover, the ZnO nanorod array was utilized as the antireflection layer of the FCWLEDs to reduce the total reflection loss. The light output power and the phosphor conversion efficiency of the FCWLEDs with diffused nanorod reflector and 250 nm long ZnO nanorod antireflection layer were improved from 21.15 mW to 23.90 mW and from 77.6% to 80.1% in comparison with the FCWLEDs with diffused nanorod reflector and without ZnO nanorod antireflection layer, respectively.

  15. Performance Evaluation of Photovoltaic Solar System with Different Cooling Methods and a Bi-Reflector PV System (BRPVS: An Experimental Study and Comparative Analysis

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    Muhammad Adil Khan


    Full Text Available Reducing the price of solar photovoltaic (PV systems has been a constant challenge. Despite recent advances, solar PV systems are still more costly than conventional energy resources. For the first time, this study examines the effectiveness of three different structures/materials: (i silvered glass plane mirror; (ii convex spherical mirrors; and (iii aluminum (Al foil as reflector. Comparative analysis of four different cooling techniques, i.e., water sprinkling system, passive heat sink method, active air fan method, and closed loop method, for enhancement of output power was performed. A novel Bi reflector solar PV system (BRPVS was suggested to control the working of the reflectors. The Al foil enhanced the power output compared to the others. In addition, the effect of using a reflector on the temperature of a solar PV system was studied. High operating temperatures resulted in a decrease in the maximum output power under the same solar radiation conditions. The combined enhancement of the output power by both Al foil BRPVS system and cooling system was almost 22.75–38.55%. An optimal control algorithm to use cooling and BRPVS in an efficient manner is described.

  16. Statistical studies on the light output and energy resolution of small LSO single crystals with different surface treatments combined with various reflector materials

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    Heinrichs, U; Bussmann, N; Engels, R; Kemmerling, G; Weber, S; Ziemons, K


    The optimization of light output and energy resolution of scintillators is of special interest for the development of high resolution and high sensitivity PET. The aim of this work is to obtain statistically reliable results concerning optimal surface treatment of scintillation crystals and the selection of reflector material. For this purpose, raw, mechanically polished and etched LSO crystals (size 2x2x10 mm sup 3) were combined with various reflector materials (Teflon tape, Teflon matrix, BaSO sub 4) and exposed to a sup 2 sup 2 Na source. In order to ensure the statistical reliability of the results, groups of 10 LSO crystals each were measured for all combinations of surface treatment and reflector material. Using no reflector material the light output increased up to 551+-35% by mechanical polishing the surface compared to 100+-5% for raw crystals. Etching the surface increased the light output to 441+-29%. The untreated crystals had an energy resolution of 24.6+-4.0%. By mechanical polishing the surfac...

  17. The impact of radial reflector on the 8-group cell-averaged cross-sections for the SCWR 62-element lattice cell

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    Salaun, F.; Hummel, D.W.; Novog, D.R., E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [McMaster University, Hamilton, ON (Canada)


    A single lattice cell calculation (assuming an infinite lattice) has historically been used to establish the few energy-group nuclear data required for full core simulations with deterministic codes (except for the Advanced CANDU Reactor [10]). Even though this approximation is accurate enough in the center of the core, since the flux on all cell boundaries is uniform, it turns out to be relatively inaccurate on the edge due to the presence of the reflector. This paper presents the impact of the radial reflector on the 8-group cell-averaged cross-sections of the SCWR 62-element lattice cell. For this purpose, multicell calculations have been carried out with the DRAGON code and compared to the infinite lattice simulation to determine the changes of neutronic properties due to the radial reflector. The results show that cells in contact with the reflector are quite impacted and a minimum of two fuel cell types should be added to the infinite lattice simulation to take into account the environment on the edge of the core. (author)

  18. Lateral integration of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser and slow light Bragg reflector waveguide devices. (United States)

    Shimada, Toshikazu; Matsutani, Akihiro; Koyama, Fumio


    We present the modeling and the experiment on the lateral integration of a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) and slow light Bragg reflector waveguide devices. The modeling shows an efficient direct-lateral coupling from a VCSEL to an integrated slow light waveguide. The calculated result shows a possibility of 13 dB chip gain and an extinction ratio over 5 dB for a compact slow light semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) and electroabsorption modulator integrated with a VCSEL, respectively. We demonstrate an SOA-integrated VCSEL, exhibiting the maximum output power over 6 mW. Also, we fabricate a sub-50-μm long electroabsorption modulator laterally integrated with a VCSEL. An extinction ratio of over 15 dB for a voltage swing of 2.0 V is obtained without noticeable change of threshold. In addition, we demonstrate an on-chip electrothermal beam deflector integrated with a VCSEL.

  19. High resolution large area modular array of reflectors /LAMAR/ Wolter type I X-ray telescope for Spacelab (United States)

    Catura, R. C.; Acton, L. W.; Brown, W. A.; Gilbreth, C. W.; Springer, L. A.; Vieira, J. R.; Culhane, J. L.; Mason, I. W.; Siegmund, O.; Patrick, T. J.


    The Spacelab Wolter type I X-ray telescope, which is intended for both astronomical observations and the functional verification of the future Large Area Modular Array of Reflectors (LAMAR) concept, comprises five mirrors and is designed to have a blur circle radius of 20 arcsec, with effective areas of (1) 400 sq cm at 0.25 keV, (2) 200 sq cm in the 0.5-2.0 keV range, and (3) 50 sq cm between 2 and 5 keV. A rotary interchange mechanism allows either of two imaging proportional counters to be placed at the telescope focus. The telescope's primary objective is the observational study of galactic and extragalactic X-ray sources, extending the work of the Einstein Observatory to fainter sources and higher energies. Secondarily, the costs and performance to be expected from the use of this telescope type in the LAMAR mission will be assessed.

  20. A 1030 nm single-frequency distributed Bragg reflector Yb-doped silica fiber laser (United States)

    Sun, Bo; Jia, Jing; Huang, Jin; Zhang, Xueqiang; Bai, Jintao


    We demonstrate a single-frequency fiber distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser operating at 1030 nm by using a 1.1 cm long commercially available highly Yb-doped silica fiber. The DBR fiber laser has a threshold pump power of 5 mW, and the maximum output power is over 160 mW with a slope efficiency of 27% relative to the launched pump power. The linewidth of the laser at 1030 nm is 6 kHz. With the aid of only a 5 cm long amplifier stage, the output power is scaled up to 306 mW with a slope efficiency of 51.5%.

  1. Air-Hybrid Distributed Bragg Reflector Structure for Improving the Light Output Power in AlGalnP-Based LEDs. (United States)

    Oh, Hwa Sub; Ryu, Ho-Soung; Park, Sueng Ho; Jeong, Tak; Kim, Young Jin; Lee, Hyung Joo; Cho, Young Dae; Kwak, Joon-Seop; Baek, Jong Hyeob


    We investigated air gap-induced hybrid distributed Bragg reflectors (AH-DBRs) for use in high brightness and reliable AlGalnP-based light emitting diodes (LEDs). An air gap was inserted into the side of DBRs by selectively etching the Al(x),Ga1-xAs DBR structures. With the AH-DBR structures, the optical output power of LEDs was enhanced by 15% compared to LEDs having conventional DBRs, due to the effective reflection of obliquely incident light by the air gap structures. In addition, the electrical characteristics showed that the AH-DBR LED is a desirable structure for reducing the leakage current, as it suppresses unwanted surface recombinations.

  2. Integration of GaAs-based VCSEL array on SiN platform with HCG reflectors for WDM applications (United States)

    Kumari, Sulakshna; Gustavsson, Johan S.; Wang, Ruijun; Haglund, Emanuel P.; Westbergh, Petter; Sanchez, Dorian; Haglund, Erik; Haglund, Åsa; Bengtsson, Jörgen; Le Thomas, Nicolas; Roelkens, Gunther; Larsson, Anders; Baets, Roel


    We present a GaAs-based VCSEL structure, BCB bonded to a Si3N4 waveguide circuit, where one DBR is substituted by a free-standing Si3N4 high-contrast-grating (HCG) reflector realized in the Si3N4 waveguide layer. This design enables solutions for on-chip spectroscopic sensing, and the dense integration of 850-nm WDM data communication transmitters where individual channel wavelengths are set by varying the HCG parameters. RCWA shows that a 300nm-thick Si3N4 HCG with 800nm period and 40% duty cycle reflects strongly (HCG's influence on the VCSEL wavelength, allowing for a 15-nm-wide wavelength setting range with low threshold gain (<1000 cm-1).

  3. Fiber-optic ultrasonic hydrophone using short Fabry-Perot cavity with multilayer reflectors deposited on small stub. (United States)

    Kim, Kyung-Su; Mizuno, Yosuke; Nakamura, Kentaro


    A fiber-optic probe with dielectric multilayer films deposited on a small stub is studied for mega-hertz ultrasonic-wave detection in water. The small stub with a short Fabry-Perot cavity and distributed reflectors is attached on the fiber end. The structure is mechanically strong and withstands intense ultrasonic pressure. Ultrasonic waves at 1.56MHz are successfully detected in water with a good signal-to-noise ratio. The working principle and the characteristics are studied by comparing the ultrasonic sensitivity with that of a conventional piezoelectric hydrophone. The distance response and directional response are also investigated. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. The role of magmatic loads and rift jumps in generating seaward dipping reflectors on volcanic rifted margins (United States)

    Buck, W. Roger


    The largest volcanic constructs on Earth are the seismically imaged seaward dipping reflector (SDR) units found offshore of many rifted continental margins, including most that border the Atlantic Ocean. Whether their formation requires large magnitude (i.e. 10 s of km) of normal fault slip or results from the deflection of the lithosphere by the weight of volcanic flows is controversial. Though there is evidence for faulting associated with some SDRs, this paper considers the range of structures that can be produced by magmatic and volcanic loading alone. To do this an idealized mechanical model for the construction of rift-related volcanic flow structures is developed. Dikes open as plates move away from the center of a model rift and volcanic flows fill the depression produced by the load caused by dike solidification. The thin elastic plate flexure approximation allows a closed form description of the shape of both the contacts between flows and between the flows and underlying dikes. The model depends on two independent parameters: the flexure parameter, α, and the maximum isostatically supported extrusive layer thickness, w0. For reasonable values of these parameters the model reproduces the observed down-dip thickening of flows and the range of reflector dip angles. A numerical scheme using the analytic results allows simulation of the effect of temporal changes in the locus of magmatic spreading as well as changes in the amount of volcanic infill. Either jumps in the location of the center of diking or periods with no volcanism result in separate units or "packages" of model SDRs, in which the flow-dike contact dips landward, consistent with observations previously attributed only to listric normal fault offset. When jumps in the spreading center are small (i.e. less than α) they result in thicker, narrower volcanic units on one side of a rift compared to those on the other side. This is similar to the asymmetric distributions of volcanic packages seen

  5. Temporal patterns in road crossing behaviour in roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) at sites with wildlife warning reflectors (United States)

    Kämmerle, Jim-Lino; Kröschel, Max; Hagen, Robert; Storch, Ilse; Suchant, Rudi


    Every year, there are millions of documented vehicle collisions involving cervids across Europe and North America. While temporal patterns in collision occurrence are relatively well described, few studies have targeted deer behaviour as a critical component of collision prevention. In this study, we investigated weekly and daily patterns in road crossing behaviour in roe deer. Using road crossing events and movement data obtained from GPS telemetry, we employed mixed-effect models to explain frequency and timing of crossings at five road segments by a number of predictors including traffic volume, deer movement activity and the presence of wildlife warning reflectors. We analysed 13,689 road crossing events by 32 study animals. Individual variation in crossing frequency was high but daily patterns in crossing events were highly consistent among animals. Variation in the intensity of movement activity on a daily and seasonal scale was the main driver of road crossing behaviour. The seasonal variation in crossing frequency reflected differences in movement activity throughout the reproductive cycle, while daily variation in the probability to cross exhibited a clear nocturnal emphasis and reflected crepuscular activity peaks. The frequency of road crossings increased as a function of road density in the home-range, while traffic volume only exerted marginal effects. Movement activity of roe deer in our study coincided with commuter traffic mainly in the early morning and late afternoon during winter and during periods of high spatial activity such as the rut. Both timing and frequency of crossing events remained unchanged in the presence of reflectors. Our results emphasise the importance of behavioural studies for understanding roe deer vehicle-collision patterns and thus provide important information for collision prevention. We suggest that mitigation of collision risk should focus on strategic seasonal measures and animal warning systems targeting drivers. PMID

  6. Aerial secure display by use of polarization-processing display with retarder film and retro-reflector (United States)

    Ito, Shusei; Uchida, Keitaro; Mizushina, Haruki; Suyama, Shiro; Yamamoto, Hirotsugu


    Security is one of the big issues in automated teller machine (ATM). In ATM, two types of security have to be maintained. One is to secure displayed information. The other is to secure screen contamination. This paper gives a solution for these two security issues. In order to secure information against peeping at the screen, we utilize visual cryptography for displayed information and limit the viewing zone. Furthermore, an aerial information screen with aerial imaging by retro-reflection, named AIRR enables users to avoid direct touch on the information screen. The purpose of this paper is to propose an aerial secure display technique that ensures security of displayed information as well as security against contamination problem on screen touch. We have developed a polarization-processing display that is composed of a backlight, a polarizer, a background LCD panel, a gap, a half-wave retarder, and a foreground LCD panel. Polarization angle is rotated with the LCD panels. We have constructed a polarization encryption code set. Size of displayed images are designed to limit the viewing position. Furthermore, this polarization-processing display has been introduced into our aerial imaging optics, which employs a reflective polarizer and a retro-reflector covered with a quarter-wave retarder. Polarization-modulated light forms the real image over the reflective polarizer. We have successfully formed aerial information screen that shows the secret image with a limited viewing position. This is the first realization of aerial secure display by use of polarization-processing display with retarder-film and retro-reflector.

  7. Reflector modelization in neutronic and optimization methods applied to fuel loading pattern; Modelisation du reflecteur en neutronique et methodes d`optimisation appliquees aux plans de rechargement

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    Argaud, J.P.


    I Physical description of P.W.R nuclear core can be handled by multigroup neutronic diffusion model. We are interested in two problems, using the same approach for the optimization aspect. To deal with some differences between calculations and measurements, the question of their reduction is then introduced. A reflector parameters identification from core measurements is then purposed, the reflector being at the present time the less known part of core diffusion model. This approach conducts to study the reflector model, in particular by an analysis of its transport origin. It leads finally to a new model of reflector described by boundary operators using an integral formulation on the core/reflector interface. That is on this new model that a parameter identification formulation of calculations-measurements differences reduction is given, using an adjoint state formulation to minimize errors by a gradient method. Furthermore, nuclear fuel reload of P.W.R core needs an optimal distribution of fuel assemblies, namely a loading pattern. This combinatorial optimization problem is then expressed as a cost function minimization, the cost function describing the power spatial distribution. Various methods (linear programming, simulated annealing,...), used to solve this problem, are detailed, given in particular a practical search example. A new approach is then proposed, using the gradient of the cost function to direct the search in the patterns discrete space. Final results of complete patterns search trials are presented, and compared to those obtained by other methods. In particular the results are obtained very quickly. (author). 81 refs., 55 figs., 5 appends.

  8. Process modeling and ultra-precision machining technology development for flat reflectors using a diamond milling head

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    S. V. Grubyy


    Full Text Available In the short and medium perspective an essential development of ultra-precision machining and micromachining is expected. It concerns the ultra-precision equipment and processing technology for optical elements and components of machines and devices of different size and purpose. The paper reviews the literature references in the field concerned, investigates the results of national and international researches associated with development of computational models, which describe the process of ultra-precision machining and micromachining. The main objective of the computation models is the relationship between the operating condition parameters and process indicators, such as cutting forces and temperatures, wear and tool life.A significant disadvantage of the models presented in the literature references is their poor adaptation to a possible change in the input data and machining conditions. Usually, their using makes it possible to conduct design analysis of incorporated parameters interrelation, but it is quantitatively impossible to determine the process output parameters with changing machining conditions.One of examples to apply the ultra-precision machining is the plane reflectors made of aluminum alloy. They are used in space technology as a part of the radiative cooler. For such reflector a technology has been designed to provide machining with a diamond milling head on the ultra-precision CNC machine.The calculation part of the paper analyses the kinematic scheme of machining and presents a model to determine a cutting length for the particular surface type. In subsequent calculations the cutting length is treated as a parameter to calculate the tool wear, cutting force and temperature.The presented computational model enables us to determine the cutting forces and temperature on the rake and clearance surface. The calculation takes into account the radius of cutting edge and the wear on the clearance surface, which depends on the path

  9. Transmission Electron Microscopy of the Textured Silver Back Reflector of a Thin Film Silicon Solar Cell: From Crystallography to Optical Absorption

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    Duchamp, Martial; Söderström, K.; Jeangros, Q.


    the creation of surface plasmon polaritons. Here, we use transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques to study the grain structure of a Ag thin-film that was sputtered on top of 2-μm-thick rough ZnO layer - defects, such as twin-boundaries have been observed. A smoothing of the top Ag surface was also......The study of light trapping in amorphous, microcrystalline and micromorph thin-film Si solar cells is an important and active field of investigation. It has been demonstrated that the use of a rough Ag back-reflector lead to an increase of short circuit current but also to losses through...... the origin of optical absorption losses previously measured in Ag back-reflector of thin-film Si solar cells....

  10. Reflectance improvement by thermal annealing of sputtered Ag/ZnO back reflectors in a-Si:H thin film silicon solar cells

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    Haug, Franz-Josef; Söderström, Karin; Pahud, Céline


    Silver can be used as the back contact and reflector in thin film silicon solar cells. When deposited on textured substrates, silver films often exhibit reduced reflectance due to absorption losses by the excitation of surface plasmon resonances. We show that thermal annealing of the silver back...... reflector increases its reflectance drastically. The process is performed at low temperature (150°C) to allow the use of plastic sheets such as polyethylene naphthalate and increases the efficiency of single junction amorphous solar cells dramatically. We present the best result obtained on a flexible...... substrate: a cell with 9.9% initial efficiency and 15.82 mA/cm2 in short circuit current is realized in n-i-p configuration. © 2011 Materials Research Society....

  11. Electrical performance verification methodology for large reflector antennas: based on the P-band SAR payload of the ESA BIOMASS candidate mission

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    Pivnenko, Sergey; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Nielsen, Jeppe Majlund


    In this paper, an electrical performance verification methodology for large reflector antennas is proposed. The verification methodology was developed for the BIOMASS P-band (435 MHz) synthetic aperture radar (SAR), but can be applied to other large deployable or fixed reflector antennas for which...... pattern and gain of the entire antenna including support and satellite structure with an appropriate computational software. A preliminary investigation of the proposed methodology was carried out by performing extensive simulations of different verification approaches. The experimental validation...... the verification of the entire antenna or payload is impossible. The two-step methodology is based on accurate measurement of the feed structure characteristics, such as complex radiation pattern and radiation efficiency, with an appropriate Measurement technique, and then accurate calculation of the radiation...

  12. GaN/AlGaN ultraviolet light-emitting diode with an embedded porous-AlGaN distributed Bragg reflector (United States)

    Wang, Guan-Jhong; Hong, Bo-Syun; Chen, Yi-Yun; Yang, Zhong-Jie; Tsai, Tzong-Liang; Lin, Yung-Sen; Lin, Chia-Feng


    A GaN/AlGaN-based ultraviolet light-emitting diode (LED) structure with an embedded porous-AlGaN reflector was fabricated by a doping-selective electrochemical (EC) wet-etching process. The n+-AlGaN/undoped-AlGaN (u-AlGaN) stack structures with different Al contents were transformed into porous-AlGaN/u-AlGaN stack structures that acted as the embedded distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs). The porosity of the EC-treated AlGaN layer was increased by decreasing the Al content in the n+-AlGaN layer. The reflectivity of the porous-AlGaN DBR structure was measured to be 90% at 379.3 nm with a 37.2 nm stopband width. The photoluminescence emission intensity of the DBR-LED was enhanced by forming the embedded porous-AlGaN DBR structure.

  13. The reflector effect on the neutron lifetimes in the IPEN/MB-01 reactor; O efeito do refletor sobre o tempo de vida neutronico no reator IPEN/MB-01

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    Gonnelli, Eduardo


    The aim of this study is to present the reflector effect on the neutron lifetimes in the IPEN/MB-01 reactor. The proposed method requires an approach which takes into account both the reflector and the core, so that the point kinetics equations, which constitute the theoretical basis of all mathematical development, contemplate both regions of the reactor. From these equations, as known as two regions kinetics point equations, theoretical expressions are obtained for the Auto Power Spectral Densities (APSD), which are used for least squares fit of the experimental data of APSD obtained in several subcritical states. The prompt neutron generation time, the neutron lifetimes in the reflector and the neutron return fraction from the reflector to the core are derived from the fitting. (author)

  14. Midtemperature Solar Systems Test Facility predictions for thermal performance based on test data. Alpha Solarco Model 104 solar collector with 0. 125-inch Schott low-iron glass reflector surface

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    Harrison, T.D.


    Thermal performance predictions based on test data are presented for the Alpha Solarco Model 104 solar collector, with 0.125-inch Schott low-iron glass reflector surface, for three output temperatures at five cities in the United States.

  15. Experimental and Numerical Study of the Influence of String Mismatch on the Yield of PV Modules Augmented By Static Planar Reflectors


    Pavlov, Marko; Migan-Dubois, Anne; Bourdin, Vincent; Pons, Michel; Haeffelin, Martial; Badosa, Jordi


    International audience; Photovoltaic (PV) modules are generally installed by the application of empirical rules aimed at reducing shadows during the periods of high solar irradiation. A traditional installation on a horizontal surface results in largely spaced rows of modules with a relatively low tilt angle. The addition of inter-row reflectors results in more direct and diffuse flux transmitted to the cells. The " Aleph " (Amélioration de l'Efficacité Photovolta¨que) project aims to define ...

  16. Modification of Materials and Thickness Layer of Radial Piercing Beamport (RPB Reflector on Kartini Reactor for Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT

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    Octaviana Erawati F


    Full Text Available Modification of materials and thicknesses reflector RPB of Kartini reactor has been done to support cancer therapy with BNCT method. Modifications have been investigated by computer simulation method based on software MCNP5. Neutron beam for BNCT must be fulfill the criteria recommended by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA, two of which are and  . Before the modification of the neutron beam done, the measurements in the end of the RPB indicate that and  . These conditions were not fulfilling the requirements of the IAEA, so that the modification of the reflector material and thickness layer of RPB should be done. Those modifications were done by varying the materials PbF2, Pb-nat, 209Bi, Ni-nat (95% and Fe-nat. The simulation result showed if the material Ni-nat (95% on the thickness 1.5 cm was use as a coating material reflector optimally. The results after the modification showed that  increased 7,54% with the increase amounted to  decrease 21,45%, then decreasing the value of       became 1,70.  After the modification the results has not yet fulfill the criteria of the IAEA. Because of the reflector was not the only guide neutron beam. Moderator and filter have not been optimized to deliver results for files that match the criteria of the IAEA for BNCT. Therefore, in future studies modified with the addition of a neutron moderator and also filter is expected to help increasing the quantity of  and decreasing of .

  17. Numerical simulation of a Linear Fresnel Reflector Concentrator used as direct generator in a Solar-GAX cycle

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    Velazquez, N.; Sauceda, D.; Beltran, R. [Instituto de Ingenieria, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Blvd. Benito Juarez y Calle de la Normal s/n, Mexicali, Baja California 21280 (Mexico); Garcia-Valladares, O. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Privada Xochicalco s/n, Temixco, Morelos 62580 (Mexico)


    In this work a methodological analysis to design and evaluate the technical feasibility of use a Linear Fresnel Reflector Concentrator (LFRC) as generator in an advanced absorption refrigeration system (Solar-GAX cycle) has been carried out. For this purpose, a detailed one-dimensional numerical simulation of the thermal and fluid-dynamic behavior of a LFRC that solves, in a segregated manner, four subroutines: (a) fluid flow inside the receptor tube, (b) heat transfer in the receptor tube wall, (c) heat transfer in cover tube wall, and (d) solar thermal analysis in the solar concentrator has been developed. The LFRC numerical model has been validated with experimental data obtained from the technical literature; after that, a parametric study for different configurations of design has been carried out in order to obtain the highest solar concentration with the lowest thermal losses, keeping in mind both specific weather conditions and construction restrictions. The numerical result obtained demonstrates that using a LFRC as a direct generator in a Solar-GAX cycle satisfy not only the quantity and quality of the energy demanded by the advanced cooling system, it also allows to obtain higher global efficiencies of the system due to it can be operated in conditions where the maximum performance of the Solar-GAX cycle is obtained without affecting in any significant way the solar collector efficiency. (author)

  18. Optically pumped distributed feedback dye lasing with slide-coated TiO₂ inverse-opal slab as Bragg reflector. (United States)

    Han, Sung Gu; Lim, Jongchul; Shin, Jinsub; Lee, Sung-Min; Park, Taiho; Yoon, Jongseung; Woo, Kyoungja; Lee, Hyunjung; Lee, Wonmok


    We demonstrate an optical amplification of organic dye within a TiO2 inverse-opal (IO) distributed feedback (DFB) reflector prepared by a slide-coating method. Highly reflective TiO2 IO film was fabricated by slide coating the binary aqueous dispersions of polystyrene microspheres and charge-stabilized TiO2 nanoparticles on a glass slide and subsequently removing the polymer-opal template. TiO2 IO film was infiltrated, in turn, with the solutions of DCM, a fluorescent dye in various solvents with different indices of refraction. Optical pumping by frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser resulted in amplified spontaneous emission in each dye solution. In accordance with the semi-empirical simulation by the FDTD method, DCM in ethanol showed the best emission/stopband matching for the TiO2 IO film used in this study. Therefore, photo excitation of a DCM/ethanol cavity showed a single-mode DFB lasing at 640 nm wavelength at moderate pump energy.

  19. Bottom-simulating reflector dynamics at Arctic thermogenic gas provinces: An example from Vestnesa Ridge, offshore west Svalbard (United States)

    Plaza-Faverola, A.; Vadakkepuliyambatta, S.; Hong, W.-L.; Mienert, J.; Bünz, S.; Chand, S.; Greinert, J.


    The Vestnesa Ridge comprises a >100 km long sediment drift located between the western continental slope of Svalbard and the Arctic mid-ocean ridges. It hosts a deep water (>1000 m) gas hydrate and associated seafloor seepage system. Near-seafloor headspace gas compositions and its methane carbon isotopic signature along the ridge indicate a predominance of thermogenic gas sources feeding the system. Prediction of the base of the gas hydrate stability zone for theoretical pressure and temperature conditions and measured gas compositions results in an unusual underestimation of the observed bottom-simulating reflector (BSR) depth. The BSR is up to 60 m deeper than predicted for pure methane and measured gas compositions with >99% methane. Models for measured gas compositions with >4% higher-order hydrocarbons result in a better BSR approximation. However, the BSR remains >20 m deeper than predicted in a region without active seepage. A BSR deeper than predicted is primarily explained by unaccounted spatial variations in the geothermal gradient and by larger amounts of thermogenic gas at the base of the gas hydrate stability zone. Hydrates containing higher-order hydrocarbons form at greater depths and higher temperatures and contribute with larger amounts of carbons than pure methane hydrates. In thermogenic provinces, this may imply a significant upward revision (up to 50% in the case of Vestnesa Ridge) of the amount of carbon in gas hydrates.

  20. Bell-shaped light emitting diodes (BS-LED) with a 45 degree corner reflector, deep side-wall, and microlens (United States)

    Park, Eun-Hyun; Kim, Jae-Ho; Yoo, Tae-Kyung; Kwon, Young-Se


    A new type Bell Shaped Light Emitting Diode(BS-LED) with a circular 45 degree(s) corner reflector, deep side-wall and microlens is proposed and fabricated. Because the light of in-plane radiation in the active layer of Surface Emitting LED(SE-LED) can be extracted to emission surface by a circular 45 degree(s) corner reflector, the output power saturation phenomena that occur due to the in-plane superluminescence can be considerably improved. So, the light output power and the linearity of light-current curve can be improved efficiently by the corner reflector. The deeply etched side-wall can dramatically improve the external quantum efficiency of LED by side-wall reflection and photon recycling mechanism. Microlens is formed on light emission surface to improve the beam pattern. The fabricated BS-LED shows the dramatically improved external quantum efficiency up to about 8 times than that of conventional LED. The output power improvement is simulated as device design parameters. The BS-LED is characterized using spectrum, near-field pattern and light-current measurement.

  1. Development and validation of a nuclear data and calculation system for Superphenix with steel reflectors; Developpement et qualification d`un formulaire adapte a superphenix avec reflecteurs

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    Bosq, J.Ch


    This thesis concerns the definition and the validation of the ERANOS neutronic calculation system for steel reflected fast reactors. The calculation system uses JEF2.2 evaluated nuclear data, the ECCO cell code and the BISTRO and VARIANT transport codes. After a description of the physical phenomena induced by the existence of the these sub-critical media, an inventory of the past studies related to steel reflectors is reported. A calculational scheme taking into account the important physical phenomena (strong neutronic slowing-down, presence of broad resonances of the structural materials and spatial variation of the spectrum in the reflector) is defined. This method is validated with the TRIPOLI4 reference Monte-Carlo code. The use of this upgraded calculation method for the analysis of the part of the CIRANO experimental program devoted to the study of steel reflected configurations leads to discrepancies between the calculated and measured values. These remaining discrepancies obtained for the reactivity and the fission rate traverses are due to inaccurate nuclear data for the structural materials. The adjustment of these nuclear data in order to reduce these discrepancies id demonstrated. The additional uncertainty associated to the integral parameters of interest for a nuclear reactor (reactivity and power distribution) induced by the replacement of a fertile blanket by a steel reflector is determined for the Superphenix reactor and is proved to be small. (author) 86 refs.

  2. Development of a straightness measurement and compensation system with multiple right-angle reflectors and a lead zirconate titanate-based compensation stage. (United States)

    Liu, Chien-Hung; Chen, Jui-Hung; Teng, Yun-Feng


    This paper presents a real-time straightness measurement and compensation system with an optical straightness measurement system and a single-axis flexure-hinge type lead zirconate titanate (PZT)-based compensation stage. The optical straightness measurement system consists of a He-Ne laser, a quadrant photodiode detector, and five right-angle reflectors. Multiple laser beam reflections between the right-angle reflectors increase the sensitivity of the straightness measurement by a factor of 6. The right-angle reflectors can be moved by the flexure-hinge type PZT-based compensation stage that is actuated by a PZT actuator to ensure that the laser beam is always projected onto the center of the quadrant detector. These two systems are integrated and fixed on a scanning stage. The resolution of the straightness measurement system is 0.1 microm. Using the real-time straightness compensation system, the straightness error of the scanning stage is fed back to the control system. The compensated straightness error of the scanning stage system was reduced from 6.5 microm to less than 1 microm.

  3. Galicia3D seismic volume: Connections between the western termination of the S reflector and eastern termination of the Peridotite Ridge (United States)

    Sawyer, Dale; Jordan, Brian; Morgan, Julia; Shillington, Donna; Reston, Timothy; Ranero, Cesar


    In June thru September, 2013, a 3D reflection and a long offset seismic experiment were conducted at the Galicia rifted margin by investigators from the US, UK, Germany, and Spain. The 3D multichannel experiment covered 64 km by 20 km (1280 km2), using the RV Marcus Langseth. Four streamers 6 km long were deployed at 12.5 m hydrophone channel spacing. The streamers were 200 m apart. Two airgun arrays, each 3300 cu in, were fired alternately every 37.5 m, to collectively yield a 400 m wide sail line consisting of 8 CMP lines at 50 m spacing. We draw attention to the region from the Peridotite Ridge, PR, (on the west) and the western terminus of the S reflector (on the east). The S reflector is generally thought to separate continental crust and pre- and syn-rift sediment above, and serpentinized upper mantle below. In 2D and 3D seismic reflection data, the S reflector is very bright, generally horizontal, and is terminated very abruptly at the western end. The latter is particularly clear in the 3D volume. It is about 10-15 km wide between the end of the S reflector and the midpoint of the PR. In this interval, there appear to be fault bounded blocks that may be either continental crust or pre- or syn-rift sediments. The PR is a virtually straight, N-S ridge, without apparent fault offsets. The crest of the PR is at about 4800 mbsl at the S extent and is at 6070 mbsl at the N extent of the 3D volume. The crest is approximately linear in map view or N-S extent. Both sides, East and West of the PR, appear to show landslides and other mass wasting during the late stage of the syn-rifting interval. The PR rarely shows internal seismic structure in 2D and 3D. Most importantly, under the basin to the east of the PR there are substantially more recognizable structures connecting the S reflector and the PR. These were much less interpretable in previous 2D seismic profiles.

  4. Bragg reflector and laser fired back contact in a-Si:H/c-Si heterostructure solar cell

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    Tucci, M. [ENEA, Research Center Casaccia, via Anguillarese 301, S. Maria di Galeria 00123, Rome (Italy)], E-mail:; Serenelli, L.; Salza, E.; Pirozzi, L. [ENEA, Research Center Casaccia, via Anguillarese 301, S. Maria di Galeria 00123, Rome (Italy); De Cesare, G.; Caputo, D.; Ceccarelli, M. [Department of Electronic Engineering, University ' Sapienza' , via Eudossiana 18 00184, Rome (Italy)


    The amorphous/crystalline silicon (a-Si/c-Si) heterostructure has recently attracted new interest due to higher open circuit voltage V{sub oc} and low temperature fabrication processes. By reducing the wafer thickness all these characteristics become a necessity, together with the requirement of a back reflecting mirror, to obtain an effective optical confinement. To this aim dielectric mirrors can be adopted in the rear side of the solar cells, together with a local process of laser fired back Al contact. Taking advantage of a-Si/SiN{sub x} passivation properties of c-Si surface a Bragg reflector configuration can be formed on the rear side of the c-Si wafer by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) alternating several couples of a-Si/SiN{sub x} and choosing their thicknesses to maximize the reflectance inward the c-Si wafer in the NIR spectrum. In this work we have adopted this mirror on the rear side of an n-a-Si/i-a-Si/p-c-Si heterostructure solar cell to obtain a full low temperature process. The cell back contact has been ensured by an Al diffusion into the c-Si wafer promoted by Nd-YAG pulsed laser. The front cell contact has been enhanced by chromium silicide CrSi formation on top of the n-a-Si layer and ITO deposition followed by an Ag grid. A V{sub oc} of 681 mV and 94% of IQE at 1000 nm have been reached.

  5. Electrically conductive ZnO/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors grown by hybrid plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (United States)

    Hjort, Filip; Hashemi, Ehsan; Adolph, David; Ive, Tommy; Haglund, Àsa


    III-nitride-based vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers have so far used intracavity contacting schemes since electrically conductive distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) have been difficult to achieve. A promising material combination for conductive DBRs is ZnO/GaN due to the small conduction band offset and ease of n-type doping. In addition, this combination offers a small lattice mismatch and high refractive index contrast, which could yield a mirror with a broad stopband and a high peak reflectivity using less than 20 DBR-pairs. A crack-free ZnO/GaN DBR was grown by hybrid plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. The ZnO layers were approximately 20 nm thick and had an electron concentration of 1×1019 cm-3, while the GaN layers were 80-110 nm thick with an electron concentration of 1.8×1018 cm-3. In order to measure the resistance, mesa structures were formed by dry etching through the top 3 DBR-pairs and depositing non-annealed Al contacts on the GaN-layers at the top and next to the mesas. The measured specific series resistance was dominated by the lateral and contact contributions and gave an upper limit of 10-3Ωcm2 for the vertical resistance. Simulations show that the ZnO electron concentration and the cancellation of piezoelectric and spontaneous polarization in strained ZnO have a large impact on the vertical resistance and that it could be orders of magnitudes lower than what was measured. This is the first report on electrically conductive ZnO/GaN DBRs and the upper limit of the resistance reported here is close to the lowest values reported for III-nitride-based DBRs.

  6. Fundamentals and applications of on-chip interferometers based on deep-etched silicon-air multilayer reflectors (United States)

    St-Gelais, Raphael

    Deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) of silicon can be used to fabricate vertical (i.e. in-plane) silicon-air multilayer mirrors. In comparison with out-of-plane reflectors fabricated by thin film deposition, in-plane multilayer assemblies can be monolithically integrated with a variety of useful structures such as passive optical fiber alignment grooves, microfluidic systems, waveguides, and microelectromechanical (MEMS) actuators. However, all previously reported devices suffered from high insertion losses (> 10 dB) which translated, in most cases, in weak light confinement abilities (e.g. low finesses in the case of Fabry-Perot cavities). The first objective of this work is therefore to investigate the sources of loss and the technological limitations that affect interferometers based on deep-etched multilayer reflectors. Theoretical models for the prediction of losses---due to Gaussian beam divergence, surface roughness at silicon-air material interfaces, imperfect verticality of the etch profiles, and misalignment between input and output coupling optical fibers---are provided. Of these four loss mechanisms, the first three are demonstrated to be generally significant. For the devices presented in the current thesis, however, verticality deviation of the etch profiles (etch angle error ~ 0.04°) is found to be negligible compared with the measured contributions of surface roughness (30 nm RMS) and Gaussian beam divergence. The fourth loss mechanism (fiber misalignment) is found to be essentially negligible in all cases. These theoretical models are demonstrated to correspond remarkably well with our experimental results, such that we are able to state clear boundaries on the possibilities and limitations of interferometers based on deep-etched silicon-air multilayer reflectors. Within these boundaries, three new devices---with potential applications in biomedical sensing, chemical sensing, and optical fiber telecommunications---are investigated. Firstly, a deep

  7. Challenges of nanostructure-integration in Fabry-Pérot interferometers as alternative to Bragg reflectors: an example for Match 1:1-, eBeam-, and nanoimprint lithography (United States)

    Helke, Christian; Hiller, Karla; Erben, Jens W.; Reuter, Danny; Meinig, Marco; Kurth, Steffen; Nowak, Christoph; Kleinjans, Herberth; Otto, Thomas


    We present nanostructured reflectors as alternative for well-known alternating layer stack reflectors for Fabry-Pérot Interferometers (FPI) for the use in miniaturized spectrometry systems. The addressed FPI is part of an online monitoring system for specific molecules by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). Key part is the tunable FPI with nanostructured reflectors, which is fabricated with MEMS and NEMS technologies. Nanostructured Photonic Crystal (PhC) and Sub-Wavelength Grating (SWG) reflectors are developed. The PhC reflectors consisting of 400 nm thin moveable LP-CVD Si3N4 membranes with nanostructured holes realize an aperture of 1 mm with high reflectivity in the VIS range. The SWG reflectors are realized as nanostructured aluminum polygons on 150 nm thin LP-CVD Si3N4 membranes. The challenge in manufacturing of the PhC and SWG structures on 50 μm thin predefined silicon membrane areas is the thin wafer handling, because they are very fragile and tend to warp under their own weight. Further challenges such as delamination of the NIL-stamp from the wafer and eBeam resist homogeneity on the deflected thin silicon membranes for nanostructure replication as well as residual free resist layers for the followed RIE process and the match of the used Nanoimprint, 1:1 and eBeam lithography processes for the different layers have to be considered. The manufacturing and characterization of both alternative reflectors for prospective integration in VIS-FPIs on 6" wafers is described.

  8. Bragg Reflector-Induced Increased Nonradiative Lifetime in Gallium Arsenide (GaAs)/Aluminum Gallium Arsenide (AlGaAs) Double Heterostructures (United States)


    ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) US Army Research Laboratory ATTN: RDRL-SED-E 2800 Powder Mill Road Adelphi, MD 20783-1138 8. cell uses a GaAs/AlGaAs DH with a roughly 1–2 µm GaAs active region on top of an internal distributed Bragg reflector (BR) to take advantage minimize the laser scattering signal, with a fast 300-µm diameter silicon (Si) photodiode. Data were acquired on a PCI averager card. The system

  9. Scalable simple liquid deposition techniques for the enhancement of light absorption in thin films: Distributed Bragg reflectors coupled to 1D nanoimprinted textures (United States)

    Brudieu, B.; Gozhyk, I.; Clements, W. R.; Mazoyer, S.; Gacoin, T.; Teisseire, J.


    Light trapping within a light absorbing medium is a key to highly efficient thin film solar cells. We propose a large-scale procedure based on materials with low absorption for the fabrication of combined Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) and grating light trapping structures. Using Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA) numerical simulations we designed a combined DBR and 1D grating structure allowing to significantly improve the absorption in a aSi:H film as thin as 100 nm. The optimized light trapping structure was fabricated. The enhancement of light absorption in thin aSi:H film was experimentally proven and discussed quantitatively with respect to the theoretical expectations.

  10. Shallow seismic reflectors and upper Quaternary sea levei changes in the Ubatuba region, São Paulo State, Southeastern Brazil

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    Michel Michaelovitch de Mahiques


    Full Text Available The relationship between shallow seismic Wlits and Quaternary sea level changes in Southeastern Brazil is based on boomer profiles and core data ftom the Ubatuba region, northern São Paulo coast. In Flamengo and Palmas bays, the intecpretation of seismic lines revealed the occurrence of four sedimentary units, separated by regionally correlated reflectors. The upper two Wlits correspond to Late Pleistocene and Holocene deposits. The lowermost sedimentary units were correlated to the older Quaternary transgressive events. These deposits, which have not yet been described for this area, can presently be fOWld on the Rio Grande do Sul coastal plain. In the Boqueirão Strait, two erosional events in the sedimentary strata have been associated with the Cananéia (maximum at 120,000 yr. B.P. and Santos (maximum at 5,100 yr. B.P. sea-level rise events.A partir de registros sísmicos, obtidos por "OOomer" e dados de um testemunho, foi estabelecida uma relação entre Wlidades sísmicas rasas e variações relativas do nível do mar no Quaternário, na região de Ubatuba, litoral norte do Estado de São Paulo. A intecpretação das linhas sísmicas revelou a ocorrência de quatro Wlidades sísmicas, associadas a seqüências sedimentares, separadas por refletores sísmicos de expressão regional. As duas unidades superiores correspondem a depósitos do Pleistoceno Superior e Holoceno, e encontram correspondência em outras áreas do planeta. Na região do Boqueirão, dois eventos erosivos são associados com os últimos eventos de subida do nível do mar. As unidades sedimentares inferiores são correlacionáveis a eventos transgressivos mais antigos, que não haviam sido ainda referidos para a área.

  11. Corner Reflector Mathematics (United States)

    Popelka, Susan R.


    Tiny prisms in reflective road signs and safety vests have interesting geometrical properties that can be discussed at any level of high school mathematics. At the beginning of the school year, the author teaches a unit on these reflective materials in her precalculus class so that students can review and strengthen their geometry and trigonometry…

  12. Dielectric Metamaterial Reflector (United States)


    structured medium. This coupled model, limited to infinite periodic structures, is based on the microwave heating toolbox in COMSOL . The user guide...Project P23720 14 February 2017 B-1 Appendix B COMSOL User Guide to Study High-Intensity Light Propagation Through Structured Media SRI...Final Report, Project P23720 14 February 2017 B-2 COMSOL User Guide to Study High-Intensity Light Propagation Through Structured Media First

  13. Advanced Radar Reflector Studies (United States)


    the full matrix, varies from cloud to cloud, as expected from results presentee earlier, but the error incurred by using the sparse matrix is less...accuracy and costs for all parts of the aircraft except the jet intake and jet exhausts. It should be practical to obtain the appropriate pulse

  14. A Dual-Wideband Double-Layer Magnetoelectric Dipole Antenna with a Modified Horned Reflector for 2G/3G/LTE Applications

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    Botao Feng


    Full Text Available A novel dual-wideband double-layer magnetoelectric dipole unidirectional antenna with a modified horned reflector for 2G/3G/LTE applications is proposed. Firstly, a double-layer electric dipole structure is presented to provide a dualwideband, whose folded lower layer mainly serves the lower frequency band while the inclined upper layer works for the upper frequency band. In addition, to reduce the size of the antenna and improve impedance matching, a new feeding structure designed with inverted U-shaped and tapered line is introduced. Finally, a modified horn-shaped reflector, instead of a ground plane, is employed to achieve stable and high gains. The antenna prototype can achieve a bandwidth of 24.4% (790 MHz–1010 MHz with a stable gain of 7.2 ± 0.6 dBi for the lower band, and a bandwidth of 67.3% (1.38 GHz–2.78 GHz with a gain of 7.5 ± 0.8 dBi for the upper band covering all the frequency bands for 2G/3G/LTE systems. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first double-layer magnetoelectric dipole antenna proposed. Compared with the existing ME dipole antennas, the proposed antenna, which is completely made of copper, can be easily fabricated at low cost and thus is practicable for 2G/3G/LTE applications.

  15. Are arc lower crustal metasediments derived from above or below? A detrital zircon study in the lower crust of the Sierra Nevada, California (United States)

    Klein, B. Z.; Jagoutz, O. E.; VanTongeren, J. A.


    Multiple hypotheses exist to explain the presence of metasedimentary rocks within arc lower crust. Relamination and subduction underplating require that sediments are derived from the subducted slab, while processes such as wall-rock return flow and retro-arc underthrusting imply that the sediments originated in the crust of the upper plate. Evaluating these proposed mechanisms has wide-reaching implications, including better constraining the mass-balance of active arcs, characterizing a theorized trigger mechanism for magmatic flare-up events, and more broadly for describing the tectonic construction of continental arcs. The southernmost Sierra Nevada, California, exposes a continuous continental arc cross-section that spans pressures from 3 to older grains. Upper plate derived sediments are predicted to have significant Paleozoic and Proterozoic DZ populations, in addition to arc-derived, Mesozoic meta-volcanic material. We have conducted a detailed DZ study of metasedimentary rocks in the Sierran lower and middle crust to assess these hypotheses. Initial results show that at least some of this material has an unambiguous slab-derived signature implying that relamination and/or subduction underplating were active processes during the construction of the Sierran arc system. We explore the implications of these processes for the magmatic and tectonic history of the Sierra Nevada, as well as for the generation of new continental crust.

  16. Expression of Lithospheric Shear Zones in Rock Elasticity Tensors and in Anisotropic Receiver Functions and Inferences on the Roots of Faults and Lower Crustal Deformation (United States)

    Schulte-Pelkum, V.; Condit, C.; Brownlee, S. J.; Mahan, K. H.; Raju, A.


    We investigate shear zone-related deformation fabric from field samples, its dependence on conditions during fabric formation, and its detection in situ using seismic data. We present a compilation of published rock elasticity tensors measured in the lab or calculated from middle and deep crustal samples and compare the strength and symmetry of seismic anisotropy as a function of location within a shear zone, pressure-temperature conditions during formation, and composition. Common strengths of seismic anisotropy range from a few to 10 percent. Apart from the typically considered fabric in mica, amphibole and quartz also display fabrics that induce seismic anisotropy, although the interaction between different minerals can result in destructive interference in the total measured anisotropy. The availability of full elasticity tensors enables us to predict the seismic signal from rock fabric at depth. A method particularly sensitive to anisotropy of a few percent in localized zones of strain at depth is the analysis of azimuthally dependent amplitude and polarity variations in teleseismic receiver functions. We present seismic results from California and Colorado. In California, strikes of seismically detected fabric show a strong alignment with current strike-slip motion between the Pacific and North American plates, with high signal strength near faults and from depths below the brittle-ductile transition. These results suggest that the faults have roots in the ductile crust; determining the degree of localization, i.e., the width of the fault-associated shear zones, would require an analysis with denser station coverage, which now exists in some areas. In Colorado, strikes of seismically detected fabric show a broad NW-SE to NNW-SSE alignment that may be related to Proterozoic fabric developed at high temperatures, but locally may also show isotropic dipping contrasts associated with Laramide faulting. The broad trend is punctuated with NE-SW-trending strikes parallel to exhumed and highly localized structures such as the Idaho Springs-Ralston and Black Canyon shear zones. In either case, denser seismic studies should elucidate the width of the deep seismic expression of the shear zones.

  17. Tremor reveals stress shadowing, deep postseismic creep, and depth-dependent slip recurrence on the lower-crustal San Andreas fault near Parkfield (United States)

    Shelly, David R.; Johnson, Kaj M.


    The 2003 magnitude 6.5 San Simeon and the 2004 magnitude 6.0 Parkfield earthquakes induced small, but significant, static stress changes in the lower crust on the central San Andreas fault, where recently detected tectonic tremor sources provide new constraints on deep fault creep processes. We find that these earthquakes affect tremor rates very differently, consistent with their differing transferred static shear stresses. The San Simeon event appears to have cast a "stress shadow" north of Parkfield, where tremor activity was stifled for 3-6 weeks. In contrast, the 2004 Parkfield earthquake dramatically increased tremor activity rates both north and south of Parkfield, allowing us to track deep postseismic slip. Following this event, rates initially increased by up to two orders of magnitude for the relatively shallow tremor sources closest to the rupture, with activity in some sources persisting above background rates for more than a year. We also observe strong depth dependence in tremor recurrence patterns, with shallower sources generally exhibiting larger, less-frequent bursts, possibly signaling a transition toward steady creep with increasing temperature and depth. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

  18. U-Pb dating of interspersed gabbroic magmatism and hydrothermal metamorphism during lower crustal accretion, Vema lithospheric section, Mid-Atlantic Ridge (United States)

    Rioux, Matthew; Jöns, Niels; Bowring, Samuel; Lissenberg, C. Johan; Bach, Wolfgang; Kylander-Clark, Andrew; Hacker, Bradley; Dudás, Frank


    New U/Pb analyses of zircon and xenotime constrain the timing of magmatism, magmatic assimilation, and hydrothermal metamorphism during formation of the lower crust at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The studied sample is an altered gabbro from the Vema lithospheric section (11°N). Primary gabbroic minerals have been almost completely replaced by multiple hydrothermal overprints: cummingtonitic amphibole and albite formed during high-temperature hydration reactions and are overgrown first by kerolite and then prehnite and chlorite. In a previous study, clear inclusion-free zircons from the sample yielded Th-corrected 206Pb/238U dates of 13.528 ± 0.101 to 13.353 ± 0.057 Ma. Ti concentrations, reported here, zoning patterns and calculated Th/U of the dated grains are consistent with these zircons having grown during igneous crystallization. To determine the timing of hydrothermal metamorphism, we dated a second population of zircons, with ubiquitous igneous zircon during or following hydrothermal metamorphism. Th-corrected 206Pb/238U dates for the inclusion-rich zircons range from 13.598 ± 0.012 to 13.503 ± 0.018 Ma and predate crystallization of all but one of the inclusion-free zircons, suggesting that the inclusion-rich zircons were assimilated from older hydrothermally altered wall rocks. The xenotime dates are sensitive to the Th correction applied, but even using a maximum correction, 206Pb/238U dates range from 13.341 ± 0.162 to 12.993 ± 0.055 Ma and postdate crystallization of both the inclusion-rich zircons and inclusion-free igneous zircons, reflecting a second hydrothermal event. The data provide evidence for alternating magmatism and hydrothermal metamorphism at or near the ridge axis during accretion of the lower crust at a ridge-transform intersection and suggest that hydrothermally altered crust was assimilated into younger gabbroic magmas. The results of this study show that high-precision U-Pb dating is a powerful method for studying the timing of magmatic and hydrothermal processes at mid-ocean ridges.

  19. Abrupt variations in brittle-ductile transition depth and lower crustal properties beneath two branches of the north Anatolian fault zone, Turkey. (United States)

    Cornwell, D. G.; Kahraman, M.; Thompson, D. A.; Rost, S.; Houseman, G. A.; Turkelli, N.; Teoman, U.; Altuncu Poyraz, S.; Gülen, L.; Utkucu, M.


    As part of the multi-disciplinary Faultlab project, we present new detailed images of the crust and upper mantle beneath a major continental strike-slip fault system. Our study region samples the north Anatolian fault zone (NAFZ) near the epicentres of two large earthquakes that occurred in 1999 at Izmit (M7.5) and Düzce (M7.2) and where estimates of current slip rate are 20-25 mm/yr. We calculated receiver functions from teleseismic earthquakes that were recorded by a rectangular seismometer array spanning the NAFZ with 66 stations at a nominal inter-station spacing of 7 km and 7 additional stations further afield. We use a combination of H-K stacking, common conversion point migration and non-linear inversion of receiver function stacks to constrain the subsurface velocity structure and illuminate major changes in the architecture and properties of the upper crust, lower crust and upper mantle, both across the two NAFZ branches and along the NAFZ, at length scales of less than 20 km. We show that the northern NAFZ branch depth extent varies from the mid-crust to the upper mantle and it is likely to be less than 5 km wide. A high velocity lower crust and a region of crustal underthrusting appear to add strength to a heterogeneous crust and play a role in dictating the variation in faulting style and postseismic deformation. Furthermore, we show a direct relationship between crustal terrane, seismicity rate and seismicity depth, indicating that the brittle-ductile transition is likely to vary over horizontal length scales of less than 10 km.

  20. MASE: A seismological perspective of the sub-horizontal subduction of the Cocos Plate under North America (United States)

    Pérez-Campos, X.; Clayton, R. W.; Davis, P.; Iglesias, A.; Husker, A.; Valdés-González, C. M.


    The main objective of the MesoAmerican Subduction Experiment (MASE) is the generation of a dynamic model of the subduction of Cocos plate underneath the North American plate. One component of this project is a seismic line consisting of 100 broadband seismometers, located every 5 km between Acapulco and Tampico, with its mid-point in Mexico City. The initial instrument was deployed at the end of 2004 and the full line will operate until January 2007. The purpose of this line is to derive a velocity and structure model along the transect, and to determine attenuation and viscosity in the mantle wedge. Various researchers from the three institutions involved (Caltech, UNAM, and UCLA) are using several techniques to achieve these goals, such as receiver functions, surface-wave dispersion, tomography and waveform modeling. Preliminary results from dispersion curves show clearly a Moho that correlates to one obtained with receiver functions, which show a flat subducting slab up to ~200 km from the trench. Also, tomography, together with the previous techniques and ray tracing, show a difference in behavior within the Trans Mexican Volvanic Belt. Furthermore, from microseism correlation, we can distinguish surface waves that give information about the crust structure.

  1. Electron and hole accumulations at GaN/AlInN/GaN interfaces and conductive n-type AlInN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors (United States)

    Yoshida, Shotaro; Ikeyama, Kazuki; Yasuda, Toshiki; Furuta, Takashi; Takeuchi, Tetsuya; Iwaya, Motoaki; Kamiyama, Satoshi; Akasaki, Isamu


    We investigated electron and hole accumulations at GaN/AlInN/GaN interfaces by Hall effect measurement. The InN mole fraction and temperature dependences on the sheet carrier densities at the interfaces reveal that electrons and holes were induced by large positive and negative polarization charges to satisfy the charge neutrality conditions, respectively. On the basis of the above results, we then designed and demonstrated a low-resistity 10-pair Si-doped n-type AlInN/GaN distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) by using high Si doped and graded layers at the GaN/AlInN interfaces. The low-resistity n-type AlInN/GaN DBR will reduce the resistance and the internal loss in blue vertical-cavity surface emitting lasers.

  2. Effect of compositional interlayers on the vertical electrical conductivity of Si-doped AlN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors grown on SiC (United States)

    Hashemi, Ehsan; Hjort, Filip; Stattin, Martin; Ive, Tommy; Bäcke, Olof; Lotsari, Antiope; Halvarsson, Mats; Adolph, David; Desmaris, Vincent; Meledin, Denis; Haglund, Åsa


    We have investigated the effect of strain-compensating interlayers on the vertical electrical conductivity of Si-doped AlN/GaN distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs). Samples with 10.5 mirror pairs were grown through plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy on SiC. Room-temperature current-voltage characteristics were measured vertically in mesas through 8 of the 10.5 pairs. The sample with no interlayers yields a mean specific series resistance of 0.044 Ω cm2 at low current densities, while three samples with 5/5-Å-thick, 2/2-nm-thick, and graded interlayers have resistivities between 0.16 and 0.34 Ω cm2. Thus, interlayers impair vertical current transport, and they must be designed carefully when developing conductive DBRs.

  3. Effect of Al composition and V/III ratio of AlGaN on GaN for distributed Bragg reflector (United States)

    Jeong, Woo Seop; Kim, Dae-sik; Park, Junsung; Cho, Seung Hee; Kim, Cheol; Byun, Dongjin


    In this study, we have deposited the AlGaN thin films for distributdd Bragg reflector (DBR). We investigated effects of Al content (18.0% 47.2%) and III/V ratio (1437 4792) on AlGaN thin film. We analyzed image of grown AlGaN epi-layer by FE-SEM. There are different growth behaviors depending on III/V ratio under the greatest Al contents. Therefore, we optimized the AlGaN epi-layer growth conditions that have the highest Al content and adjusted III/V ratio. Also, AlGaN thin films were analyzed. Finally, we fabricated DBR using optimized AlGaN epi-layer and characterized the optical properties and surface morphology.

  4. Size effect caused significant reduction of thermal conductivity of GaAs/AlAs distributed Bragg reflector used in semiconductor disk laser (United States)

    Zhang, Peng; Zhu, Renjiang; Jiang, Maohua; Song, Yanrong; Zhang, Dingke; Cui, Yuting


    Thermal properties of the distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) used in the semiconductor gain element are crucial for the performance of a semiconductor disk laser (SDL). For the purpose of more reasonable semiconductor wafer design, so as to improve the thermal management of SDLs, accurate thermal conductivity value of a DBR is under considerable requirement. By the use of equilibrium molecular dynamics method, thermal conductivities of GaAs/AlAs DBRs, which are widely employed in 1 μm waveband SDLs, are calculated, and simulated results are compared with the reported experimental data. Influences of the layer thickness on the thermal conductivities of the DBR structure and the effects of Al composition on the AlxGa1-xAs ternary alloy values are focused and analyzed.

  5. Scalable simple liquid deposition techniques for the enhancement of light absorption in thin films: Distributed Bragg reflectors coupled to 1D nanoimprinted textures

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    B. Brudieu


    Full Text Available Light trapping within a light absorbing medium is a key to highly efficient thin film solar cells. We propose a large-scale procedure based on materials with low absorption for the fabrication of combined Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR and grating light trapping structures. Using Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis (RCWA numerical simulations we designed a combined DBR and 1D grating structure allowing to significantly improve the absorption in a aSi:H film as thin as 100 nm. The optimized light trapping structure was fabricated. The enhancement of light absorption in thin aSi:H film was experimentally proven and discussed quantitatively with respect to the theoretical expectations.

  6. Traffic safety behaviour among young people in different residential settings: the use of seat belts, bicycle helmets, and reflectors by young people in Sweden. (United States)

    Wall, Erika


    This study examines if, and how, the size of the community in which people live may contribute to explaining differences in traffic safety behaviour (self-reported behaviour regarding the use of seat belts, bicycle helmets and reflectors) among young people in Sweden. The study is based on a Swedish nationwide traffic safety survey with a net sample of 2854 respondents aged 16-25. Ordered logit regressions were performed, and place of residence is shown to have an impact on traffic safety behaviour. The results are presented and discussed in relation to risk exposure and traffic safety facilities in different settings. The implications of the study are considered, and the importance of investigating the way in which young people see traffic safety behaviour is emphasised.

  7. On the shape and orientation control of an orbiting shallow spherical shell structure. [shape and orientation control of large dish type receivers/reflectors (United States)

    Bainum, P. M.; Reddy, A. S. S. R.


    A proposed method for controlling the shape and orientation of very large shallow dish type receiver/reflectors to be used in communication, radiometry and in electronic orbital based mail systems involves connecting a rigid light weight dumbell with heavy tip masses to the shell at its apex by a spring loaded double gimballed joint with dampling. To completely damp the system transient motion in all of the important lower frequency modes, an active control system is required. A mathematical model is extended to include the effects of point actuators located at preselected positions on the shell surface. The formulation of the uncontrolled dynamics assumes an a priori knowledge of the frequencies of all the elastic modes to be incorporated within the system model. As an example, three rigid body modes and six elastic modes are included in the model and six actuators are assumed, none of which lies on a nodal line or circle.

  8. Acoustic streaming in a microfluidic channel with a reflector: Case of a standing wave generated by two counterpropagating leaky surface waves. (United States)

    Doinikov, Alexander A; Thibault, Pierre; Marmottant, Philippe


    A theory is developed for the modeling of acoustic streaming in a microfluidic channel confined between an elastic solid wall and a rigid reflector. A situation is studied where the acoustic streaming is produced by two leaky surface waves that propagate towards each other in the solid wall and thus form a combined standing wave in the fluid. Full analytical solutions are found for both the linear acoustic field and the field of the acoustic streaming. A dispersion equation is derived that allows one to calculate the wave speed in the system under study. The obtained solutions are used to consider particular numerical examples and to reveal the structure of the acoustic streaming. It is shown that two systems of vortices are established along the boundaries of the microfluidic channel.

  9. Efficient generation of 1.9  W yellow light by cascaded frequency doubling of a distributed Bragg reflector tapered diode

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    Hansen, Anders Kragh; Christensen, Mathias; Noordegraaf, Danny


    Watt-level yellow emitting lasers are interesting for medical applications, due to their high hemoglobin absorption, and for efficient detection of certain fluorophores. In this paper, we demonstrate a compact and robust diode-based laser system in the yellow spectral range. The system generates 1.......9 W of single-frequency light at 562.4 nm by cascaded single-pass frequency doubling of the 1124.8 nm emission from a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) tapered laser diode. The absence of a free-space cavity makes the system stable over a base-plate temperature range of 30 K. At the same time, the use...... of a laser diode enables the modulation of the pump wavelength by controlling the drive current. This is utilized to achieve a power modulation depth above 90% for the second harmonic light, with a rise time below 40  μs....

  10. Influence of N-type μc-SiOx:H intermediate reflector and top cell material properties on the electrical performance of "micromorph" tandem solar cells (United States)

    Chatterjee, P.; Roca i Cabarrocas, P.


    Amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) / micro-crystalline silicon (μc-Si:H), "micromorph" tandem solar cells have been investigated using a detailed electrical - optical model. Although such a tandem has good light absorption over the entire visible spectrum, the a-Si:H top cell suffers from strong light-induced degradation (LID). To improve matters, we have replaced a-Si:H by hydrogenated polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H), a nano-structured silicon thin film with lower LID than a-Si:H. But the latter's low current carrying capacity necessitates a thicker top cell for current-matching, again leading to LID problems. The solution is to introduce a suitable intermediate reflector (IR) at the junction between the sub-cells, to concentrate light of the shorter visible wavelengths into the top cell. Here we assess the suitability of N-type micro-crystalline silicon oxide (μc-SiOx:H) as an IR. The sensitivity of the solar cell performance to the complex refractive index, thickness and texture of such a reflector is studied. We conclude that N-μc-SiOx:H does concentrate light into the top sub-cell, thus reducing its required thickness for current-matching. However the IR also reflects light right out of the device; so that the initial efficiency suffers. The advantage of such an IR is ultimately seen in the stabilized state since the LID of a thin top cell is low. We also find that for high stabilized efficiencies, the IR should be flat (having no texture of its own). Our study indicates that we may expect to reach 15% stable tandem micromorph efficiency.

  11. Reflectivity Around the Gold M-Edges of X-ray Reflector of the Soft X-Ray Telescope Onboard ASTRO-H (United States)

    Kurashimaa, Sho; Furuzawa, Akihiro; Sato, Toshiki; Kikuchia, Naomichi; Nakaniwaa, Nozomi; Maeda, Yoshitomo; Ishida, Manabu; Izuka, Ryo; Okajima, Takashi; Mori, Hideyuki; hide


    The X-ray astronomy satellite ASTRO-H are equipped with two equivalent soft X-ray telescopes (SXT-I and SXT-S) which cover the energy band 0.3-12 keV. The X-ray reflectors of the SXTs are coated with a gold monolayer by means of the replication technique. A series of gold M absorption edges in the 2-4 keV band causes complex structures in the energy response of the SXTs. In the same band, there are astrophysically important emission lines from Si, Ar and S. Since the SXS has unprecedentedly high spectral resolution, we have measured the reflectivity around the gold M-edges in an extremely fine energy pitch at the synchrotron radiation facility KEK PF BL11-B, with the 2 eV pitch in 2100 eV to 4100 eV band that covers the entire series of the absorption edges (M-I through M-V) at grazing incident angles to the reflectors of 0.5, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4 degree, and with a finer pitch of 0.25 eV in the 2200 eV to 2350 eV band where the two deepest M-IV and M-V edges are included. In the resultant reflectivity curves, we have clearly identified the fine structures associated with all the M-edges. Using these data, we calculated atomic scattering factor f1 as a function of X-ray energy, with which we have built the mirror response function which can be applied to the Suzaku spectra. As a result, we have found that discrepancy of the spectral model to the Suzaku data of 4U1630-472 (a black hole transient) and the Crab nebula around the M-edges are significantly reduced from those with the official Suzaku response.

  12. Uranyl-Fluoride (235U) Solutions in Spherical Stainless Steel Vessels with Reflectors of Be, Ch2 and Be-Ch2 Composites, Part II

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    Heinrichs, D


    A series of criticality studies were performed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the late 1950's using aqueous solutions of {sup 233}U in the form of UO{sub 2}F{sub 2} stabilized with 0.3% by weight of HF. These experiments were assigned the program name Falstaff. The {sup 233}U concentration in these experiments ranged from 0.13 to 0.87 kg/l. Eight type 347 stainless steel spheres ranging in inner radius from 7.87 to 12.45 cm were available for use as containers for the solutions. The scope of this evaluation is limited to the experiments involving the four lowest concentrations of uranyl-fluoride solution with 0.45, 0.37, 0.24 and 0.13 kg ({sup 233}U)/l. Reflectors of beryllium, polyethylene and beryllium-polyethylene composites were used. Thirty-one configurations are evaluated and accepted as criticality-safety benchmark models. Fission rate data calculated by the evaluator (see Appendix B) show that twenty-six of these configurations have over 50% of the fissions occurring in the thermal energy range and these configurations are therefore classified as ''THERMAL''. Five of the configurations have less than 50% of the fissions occurring in any of the fast, intermediate or thermal energy range and therefore are classified as ''MIXED''.

  13. An ultracold neutron (UCN) detector with Ti/ sup 6 LiF multi-layer converter and sup 5 sup 8 Ni reflector

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    Maier-Komor, P; Bergmaier, A; Dollinger, G; Paul, S; Petzoldt, G; Schott, W


    High efficient detectors for ultracold neutrons (UCN) must be developed for the new high flux neutron source Forschungsreaktor Muenchen II (FRM II). On silicon PIN diodes 76 mu g/cm sup 2 sup 5 sup 8 Ni was deposited as a UCN reflector. On this 100 double layers of sup n sup a sup t Ti (4.7 mu g/cm sup 2) and sup 6 LiF (1.8 mu g/cm sup 2) were deposited to function as a UCN converter. On top of this, 33 double layers of sup n sup a sup t Ti (3.4 mu g/cm sup 2) and sup 6 LiF (0.92 mu g/cm sup 2) were condensed in addition to provide sensitivity to very low-energy UCN. Finally, 6.0 mu g/cm sup 2 sup n sup a sup t V was deposited to protect the multi-layers. Vanadium has nearly zero optical potential for UCN and thus should not hinder their transmission. Since no expensive isotopes were involved, a source to substrate distance of 24 cm could be chosen, leading to excellent uniformity. The setup designed for deposition under ultrahigh vacuum conditions and the evaporation procedures are described.

  14. Strain management of AlGaN-based distributed Bragg reflectors with GaN interlayer grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition

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    Liu, Yuh-Shiuan; Kao, Tsung-Ting; Mehta, Karan; Jia, Xiao Jia; Shen, Shyh-Chiang; Yoder, P. Douglas; Detchprohm, Theeradetch; Dupuis, Russell D., E-mail: [Center for Compound Semiconductors and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 777 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0250 (United States); Wang, Shuo; Xie, Hongen; Ponce, Fernando A. [Department of Physics, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona 85287-1504 (United States)


    We report the crack-free growth of a 45-pair Al{sub 0.30}Ga{sub 0.70}N/Al{sub 0.04}Ga{sub 0.96}N distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) on 2 in. diameter AlN/sapphire template by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. To mitigate the cracking issue originating from the tensile strain of Al{sub 0.30}Ga{sub 0.70}N on GaN, an AlN template was employed in this work. On the other hand, strong compressive strain experienced by Al{sub 0.04}Ga{sub 0.96}N favors 3D island growth, which is undesired. We found that inserting an 11 nm thick GaN interlayer upon the completion of AlN template layer properly managed the strain such that the Al{sub 0.30}Ga{sub 0.70}N/Al{sub 0.04}Ga{sub 0.96}N DBR was able to be grown with an atomically smooth surface morphology. Smooth surfaces and sharp interfaces were observed throughout the structure using high-angle annular dark-field imaging in the STEM. The 45-pair AlGaN-based DBR provided a peak reflectivity of 95.4% at λ = 368 nm with a bandwidth of 15 nm.

  15. 2.5-Gb/s hybridly-integrated tunable external cavity laser using a superluminescent diode and a polymer Bragg reflector. (United States)

    Yoon, Ki-Hong; Oh, Su Hwan; Kim, Ki Soo; Kwon, O-Kyun; Oh, Dae Kon; Noh, Young-Ouk; Lee, Hyung-Jong


    We presented a hybridly-integrated tunable external cavity laser with 0.8 nm mode spacing 16 channels operating in the direct modulation of 2.5-Gbps for a low-cost source of a WDM-PON system. The tunable laser was fabricated by using a superluminescent diode (SLD) and a polymer Bragg reflector. The maximum output power and the power slope efficiency of the tunable laser were 10.3 mW and 0.132 mW/mA, respectively, at the SLD current of 100 mA and the temperature of 25 degrees C. The directly-modulated tunable laser successfully provided 2.5-Gbps transmissions through 20-km standard single mode fiber. The power penalty of the tunable laser was less than 0.8 dB for 16 channels after a 20-km transmission. The power penalty variation was less than 1.4 dB during the blue-shifted wavelength tuning.

  16. Effectiveness of solar disinfection using batch reactors with non-imaging aluminium reflectors under real conditions: Natural well-water and solar light. (United States)

    Navntoft, C; Ubomba-Jaswa, E; McGuigan, K G; Fernández-Ibáñez, P


    Inactivation kinetics are reported for suspensions of Escherichia coli in well-water using compound parabolic collector (CPC) mirrors to enhance the efficiency of solar disinfection (SODIS) for batch reactors under real, solar radiation (cloudy and cloudless) conditions. On clear days, the system with CPC reflectors achieved complete inactivation (more than 5-log unit reduction in bacterial population to below the detection limit of 4CFU/mL) one hour sooner than the system fitted with no CPC. On cloudy days, only systems fitted with CPCs achieved complete inactivation. Degradation of the mirrors under field conditions was also evaluated. The reflectivity of CPC systems that had been in use outdoors for at least 3 years deteriorated in a non-homogeneous fashion. Reflectivity values for these older systems were found to vary between 27% and 72% compared to uniform values of 87% for new CPC systems. The use of CPC has been proven to be a good technological enhancement to inactivate bacteria under real conditions in clear and cloudy days. A comparison between enhancing optics and thermal effect is also discussed.

  17. Application of Sol-Gel Method as a Protective Layer on a Specular Reflective Surface for Secondary Reflector in a Solar Receiver

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    Afrin, Samia; Dagdelen, John; Ma, Zhiwen; Kumar, Vinod


    Highly-specular reflective surfaces that can withstand elevated-temperatures are desirable for many applications including reflective heat shielding in solar receivers and secondary reflectors, which can be used between primary concentrators and heat collectors. A high-efficiency, high-temperature solar receiver design based on arrays of cavities needs a highly-specular reflective surface on its front section to help sunlight penetrate into the absorber tubes for effective flux spreading. Since this application is for high-temperature solar receivers, this surface needs to be durable and to maintain its optical properties through the usable life. Degradation mechanisms associated with elevated temperatures and thermal cycling, which include cracking, delamination, corrosion/oxidation, and environmental effects, could cause the optical properties of surfaces to degrade rapidly in these conditions. Protected mirror surfaces for these applications have been tested by depositing a thin layer of SiO2 on top of electrodeposited silver by means of the sol-gel method. To obtain an effective thin film structure, this sol-gel procedure has been investigated extensively by varying process parameters that affect film porosity and thickness. Endurance tests have been performed in a furnace at 150 degrees C for thousands of hours. This paper presents the sol-gel process for intermediate-temperature specular reflective coatings and provides the long-term reliability test results of sol-gel protected silver-coated surfaces.

  18. Development of infrared point-source light emitting diodes (LED) with a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR); Bragg hanshakyo wo mochiita sekigai ten kogen LED no kaihatsu

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    Kato, T.; Saka, T.; Hirotani, M.; Sone, H. [Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Nagoya (Japan)


    It has been required to develop LED with a small point-source for optical sensors and optical encoders. To fabricate a high efficiency point-source LED, the structure and fabrication process have been considered in which the current can be focused on a small light emitting region and the light can be obtained effectively from a small window. Thus, a high output point-source LED with a light emitting diameter 50{mu}m has been developed. A Bragg reflector with AlGaAs/AlAs multi-layer film was put on the n-GaAs substrate, and n-AlGaAs/p-GaAs/p-AlGaAs double hetero-structure layer and n-AlGaAs current block layer were put on the layer in the order. For making a small point-source LED, a part of the current block layer was opened by etching, and a current path was made by diffusing Zn from the surface. A structure was made in which the current can be concentrated only in a region immediately below the light collection part of p-AlGaAs light emitting layer. The LED was deposited by the epitaxial growth on the n-GaAs substrate using a vertical-type MOCVD apparatus under the atmospheric pressure. From the results of the continuous operation test, this system was considered to have sufficient reliability for the practical use. 7 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  19. Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography using an Vernier-tuned distributed Bragg reflector swept laser in the mouse middle ear. (United States)

    Park, Jesung; Carbajal, Esteban F; Chen, Xi; Oghalai, John S; Applegate, Brian E


    Phase-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PhOCT) offers exquisite sensitivity to mechanical vibration in biological tissues. There is growing interest in using PhOCT for imaging the nanometer scale vibrations of the ear in animal models of hearing disorders. Swept-source-based systems offer fast acquisition speeds, suppression of common mode noise via balanced detection, and good signal roll-off. However, achieving high phase stability is difficult due to nonlinear laser sweeps and trigger jitter in a typical swept laser source. Here, we report on the initial application of a Vernier-tuned distributed Bragg reflector (VT-DBR) swept laser as the source for a fiber-based PhOCT system. The VT-DBR swept laser is electronically tuned and precisely controls sweeps without mechanical movement, resulting in highly linear sweeps with high wavelength stability and repeatability. We experimentally measured a phase sensitivity of 0.4 pm standard deviation, within a factor of less than 2 of the computed shot-noise limit. We further demonstrated the system by making ex vivo measurements of the vibrations of the mouse middle ear structures.

  20. Adaptations of the reed frog Hyperolius viridiflavus (Amphibia: Anura: Hyperoliidae) to its arid environment. VI. The iridophores in the skin as radiation reflectors. (United States)

    Kobelt, F; Linsenmair, K E


    Hyperolius viridiflavus possesses one complete layer of iridophores in the stratum spongiosum of its skin at about 8 days after metamorphosis. The high reflectance of this thin layer is almost certainly the result of multilayer interference reflection. In order to reflect a mean of about 35% of the incident radiation across a spectrum of 300-2900 nm only 30 layers of well-arranged crystals are required, resulting in a layer 10.5 microns thick. These theoretical values are in good agreement with the actual mean diameter of single iridophores (15.0 +/- 3.0 microns), the number of stacked platelets (40-100) and the measured reflectance of one complete layer of these cells (32.2 +/- 2.3%). Iridescence colours typical of multilayer interference reflectors were seen after severe dehydration. The skin colour turned from white (0-10% weight loss) through a copper-like iridescence (10-25% weight loss) to green iridescence (25-42%). In dry season state, H. viridiflavus needs a much higher reflectance to cope with the problems of high solar radiation load during long periods with severe dehydration stress. Dry-adapted skin contains about 4-6 layers of iridophores. The measured reflectance (up to 60% across the solar spectrum) of this thick layer (over 60 microns) is not in keeping with the results obtained by applying the multilayer interference theory. Light, scattered independently of wavelength from disordered crystals, superimposes on the multilayer-induced spectral reflectance. The initial parallel shift of the multilayer curves with increasing thickness and the almost constant ("white") reflectance of layers exceeding 60 microns clearly point to a changing physical basis with increasing layer thickness.

  1. Growth and characterization of ZnCdMgSe-based green light emitters and distributed Bragg reflectors towards II-VI based semiconductor disk lasers

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    De Jesus, Joel; Gayen, Swapan K. [The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY (United States); Department of Physics, The City College of New York, New York, NY (United States); Garcia, Thor A.; Tamargo, Maria C. [The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY (United States); Department of Chemistry, The City College of New York, New York, NY (United States); Kartazaev, Vladimir [Department of Physics, The City College of New York, New York, NY (United States); Jones, Brynmor E.; Schlosser, Peter J.; Hastie, Jennifer E. [Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (United Kingdom)


    We report the structural and optical properties of molecular beam epitaxy grown II-VI semiconductor multiple quantum well (MQW) structures and distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) on InP substrates for application in developing optically-pumped semiconductor disk lasers (SDLs) operating in the green spectral range. One sample was grown directly on an InP substrate with an InGaAs buffer layer, while another had a 5-period ZnCdMgSe-based DBR grown on the InGaAs/InP substrate. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy measurements revealed sharp superlattice peaks and abrupt layer interfaces, while steady-state photoluminescence measurements demonstrated surface emission between 540-570 nm. Under pulsed excitation both samples exhibited features of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) or stimulated emission, accompanied by luminescence lifetime shortening. The sample with the DBR showed higher surface luminescence and the onset of ASE at lower pump power. To further explore the design and performance of a ZnCdMgSe-based DBR, a 20-period DBR was grown and a reflectivity of 83% was obtained at ∝560 nm. We estimate that a DBR with ∝40 periods would be needed for optimal performance in a SDL using these materials. These results show the potential of II-VI MQW structures on InP substrates for the development of SDLs operational in the green-yellow wavelength range. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. High-power temperature-stable GaInNAs distributed Bragg reflector laser emitting at 1180  nm. (United States)

    Korpijärvi, Ville-Markus; Viheriälä, Jukka; Koskinen, Mervi; Aho, Antti T; Guina, Mircea


    We report a single-mode 1180 nm distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) laser diode with a high output power of 340 mW. For the fabrication, we employed novel nanoimprint lithography that ensures cost-effective, large-area, conformal patterning and does not require regrowth. The output characteristics exhibited outstanding temperature insensitivity with a power drop of only 30% for an increase of the mount temperature from 20°C to 80°C. The high temperature stability was achieved by using GaInNAs/GaAs quantum wells (QWs), which exhibit improved carrier confinement compared to standard InGaAs/GaAs QWs. The corresponding characteristic temperatures were T0=110  K and T1=160  K. Moreover, we used a large detuning between the peak wavelength of the material gain at room temperature and the lasing wavelength determined by the DBR. In addition to good temperature characteristics, GaInNAs/GaAs QWs exhibit relatively low lattice strain with direct impact on improving the lifetime of laser diodes at this challenging wavelength range. The single-mode laser emission could be tuned by changing the mount temperature (0.1 nm/°C) or the drive current (0.5 pm/mA). The laser showed no degradation in a room-temperature lifetime test at 900 mA drive current. These compact and efficient 1180 nm laser diodes are instrumental for the development of compact frequency-doubled yellow-orange lasers, which have important applications in medicine and spectroscopy.

  3. Enhancing the Light-Extraction Efficiency of AlGaN Nanowires Ultraviolet Light-Emitting Diode by using Nitride/Air Distributed Bragg Reflector Nanogratings

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal


    The performance and efficiency of AlGaN ultraviolet light-emitting diodes have been limited by the extremely low light-extraction efficiency (LEE) due to the intrinsic material properties of AlGaN. Here, to enhance the LEE of the device, we demonstrate an AlGaN nanowires light-emitting diode (NWs-LED) integrated with nitride/air Distributed Bragg Reflector (DBR) nanogratings. Compared to a control device (only mesa), the AlGaN NWs-LED with the nitride/air DBR nanogratings exhibit enhancement in the light output power and external quantum efficiency (EQE) by a factor of ∼1.67. The higher light output power and EQE are attributed mainly to the multiple reflectances laterally for the transverse magnetic (TM)-polarized light and scattering introduced by the nanogratings. To further understand the LEE enhancement, the electrical field distribution, extraction ratio and polar pattern of the AlGaN NWs-LED with and without the nitride/air DBR nanogratings were analyzed using the finite-difference-time-domain method. It was observed that the TM-field emission was confined and scattered upward whereas the polar pattern was intensified for the AlGaN NWs-LED with the nanogratings. Our approach to enhance the LEE via the nitride/air DBR nanogratings can provide a promising route for increasing the efficiency of AlGaN-based LEDs, also, to functioning as facet mirror for AlGaN-based laser diodes.

  4. Screening by imaging: scaling up single-DNA-molecule analysis with a novel parabolic VA-TIRF reflector and noise-reduction techniques. (United States)

    van 't Hoff, Marcel; Reuter, Marcel; Dryden, David T F; Oheim, Martin


    Bacteriophage lambda-DNA molecules are frequently used as a scaffold to characterize the action of single proteins unwinding, translocating, digesting or repairing DNA. However, scaling up such single-DNA-molecule experiments under identical conditions to attain statistically relevant sample sizes remains challenging. Additionally the movies obtained are frequently noisy and difficult to analyse with any precision. We address these two problems here using, firstly, a novel variable-angle total internal reflection fluorescence (VA-TIRF) reflector composed of a minimal set of optical reflective elements, and secondly, using single value decomposition (SVD) to improve the signal-to-noise ratio prior to analysing time-lapse image stacks. As an example, we visualize under identical optical conditions hundreds of surface-tethered single lambda-DNA molecules, stained with the intercalating dye YOYO-1 iodide, and stretched out in a microcapillary flow. Another novelty of our approach is that we arrange on a mechanically driven stage several capillaries containing saline, calibration buffer and lambda-DNA, respectively, thus extending the approach to high-content, high-throughput screening of single molecules. Our length measurements of individual DNA molecules from noise-reduced kymograph images using SVD display a 6-fold enhanced precision compared to raw-data analysis, reaching approximately 1 kbp resolution. Combining these two methods, our approach provides a straightforward yet powerful way of collecting statistically relevant amounts of data in a semi-automated manner. We believe that our conceptually simple technique should be of interest for a broader range of single-molecule studies, well beyond the specific example of lambda-DNA shown here.

  5. Frequency sweep jitter and wander of a Vernier-Tuned Distributed Bragg Reflector (VT-DBR) laser at 1550 nm in OCT applications (United States)

    Martens Biersach, R. C.; Derickson, Dennis; Ensher, Jason


    The short-term jitter and longer-term wander of the frequency sweep profile of a Vernier-Tuned Distributed Bragg Reflector (VT-DBR) laser at 1550 nm used in OCT applications is characterized in this work. The VT-DBR has demonstrated success in source-swept OCT (SSOCT), performing both intensity [1] and phase-sensitive [2] OCT. The purpose of this paper is to investigate one of the unique aspects of the VT-DBR laser that makes it successful in OCT: the stability of the linear optical frequency sweep of the source. Jitter measurements of the optical frequency sweep are recorded using a 3-cavity 100 GHz free spectral range (FSR) solid etalon. A gas absorption reference cell is used for wander characterization. We report that the VT-DBR jitters by no more than 82 MHz RMS in optical frequency while sweeping at an 8 kHz repetition rate. Longer-term wander provides insight into the accuracy of the VT-DBR selfcalibration routine which produces an intrinsically linear optical frequency sweep. Over an 8-hour data collection period, the system maintains a linear sweep with an optical frequency step of 105 MHz per 2.5 ns with +/- 3 kHz per 2.5 ns (+/- 0.03%) peak-to-peak deviation. We find that the absolute frequency drifts by 325 MHz (2.6pm) over the same 8- hour period with ambient temperature fluctuations of no more than 5 °C. Results show that using calibration with a gas reference cell, picometer absolute wavelength accuracy of the laser can be achieved at any time for a single sweep. Stability and accuracy limits are thought to be due to electronic drive circuitry in the current design.

  6. Heat Flow Assesment From Bottom Simulating Reflector and Its Evolution Along The Southern Colombian Convergent Margin (1.5 To 3.5°n). (United States)

    Marcaillou, Boris; Yves Collot, Jean; Spence, Georges; Wang, Kelin

    Several multichannel seismic profiles acquired during the Sisteur experiment, across the Colombia convergent margin, exhibit well identified Bottom Simulating Reflectors (BSRs). These BSRs, controlled by temperature and pressure conditions, coincide with the base of the gas hydrate stability field. Thus BSRs can be used to assess heat flow and hence the thermal regime of the Colombian margin. The BSRs show a negative polarity and extend to depths of 0.15 s below the seafloor (bsf) on the upper margin (~800 m of water depth) and to 0.78 s bsf at trench depths (3800 m). We assumed a purely conductive model to determine heat flow and its variation across the Colombian margin. The seafloor temperature was obtained from local CTD measurements and the thermal conductivity of the sediments was extrapolated from ODP Leg112 offshore Peru. BSRs are clearly identified along several dip and strike seismic lines. The heat flow values inferred from the BSR picks range between 30-40 mW/m2 along the middle and upper margin slopes, whereas these heat flow values increase to 80-100 mW/m2 close to the trench. Mapping these heat flow values exhibits important thermal variations along the Colombian margin. These variations could be accounted by the variating age of the crust from north to south, the different thicknesses of the trench sedimentary layer between the profiles or by the crustal structure complexity. The thermal modeling allowed us to obtain approximate temperatures along the top of the subducting Nazca plate. This late Miocene plate is considered as the main thermal source because the interpreted ophiolitic nature of the margin is believed to have negligible radiogenic heat production. The model integrates a 5 cm/year plate convergence rate and the margin structures as obtained from the SISTEUR multichannel seismic reflection and refraction data. The thermal parameters, in this model, were inferred from the rocks type within each layer. Temperatures at the top of the

  7. A depth-of-interaction PET detector using a stair-shaped reflector arrangement and a single-ended scintillation light readout (United States)

    Son, Jeong-Whan; Lee, Min Sun; Lee, Jae Sung


    Positron emission tomography (PET) detectors with the ability to encode depth-of-interaction (DOI) information allow us to simultaneously improve the spatial resolution and sensitivity of PET scanners. In this study, we propose a DOI PET detector based on a stair-pattern reflector arrangement inserted between pixelated crystals and a single-ended scintillation light readout. The main advantage of the proposed method is its simplicity; DOI information is decoded from a flood map and the data can be simply acquired by using a single-ended readout system. Another potential advantage is that the two-step DOI detectors can provide the largest peak position distance in a flood map because two-dimensional peak positions can be evenly distributed. We conducted a Monte Carlo simulation and obtained flood maps. Then, we conducted experimental studies using two-step DOI arrays of 5  ×  5 Lu1.9Y0.1SiO5:Ce crystals with a cross-section of 1.7  ×  1.7 mm2 and different detector configurations: an unpolished single-layer (US) array, a polished single-layer (PS) array and a polished stacked two-layer (PT) array. For each detector configuration, both air gaps and room-temperature vulcanization (RTV) silicone gaps were tested. Detectors US and PT showed good peak separation in each scintillator with an average peak-to-valley ratio (PVR) and distance-to-width ratio (DWR) of 2.09 and 1.53, respectively. Detector PSRTV showed lower PVR and DWR (1.65 and 1.34, respectively). The configuration of detector PTAir is preferable for the construction of time-of-flight-DOI detectors because timing resolution was degraded by only about 40 ps compared with that of a non-DOI detector. The performance of detectors USAir and PSRTV was lower than that of a non-DOI detector, and thus these designs are favorable when the manufacturing cost is more important than timing performance. The results demonstrate that the proposed DOI-encoding method is a promising candidate for PET

  8. 5 case studies : boiler system increases availability of hot water in CAP REIT apartment buildings while saving energy : electric-to-gas retrofit drives down energy costs and improves building performance : Novitherm heat reflector panels saves 28 per cent in heating costs for apartment building : Novitherm heat reflector panel installation with system adjustment saves 33.2 per cent in energy costs : natural gas conversion saves over $315,000 a year for condominium

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    These 5 case studies presented the details of new systems and retrofits conducted by Enbridge Gas Distribution and its partners to improve the energy efficiency of various public and residential buildings. System retrofits included the installation of boiler system installed to address tenant demands on the domestic hot water systems of properties purchased purchased by the CAP REIT organization. The comprehensive program used to address the problems included replacement of the systems with high efficiency heating boilers designed to integrate space, hot water, ramp, and pool heat. A centralized controller included setback control, trend-following processors, and the isolation of heating equipment. The second case study described an electric-to-gas conversion of a make-up air unit and boiler system at an all-electric apartment building. The system was designed to address excessive air handling and water heating costs. The gas conversion included new heating and hot water boilers, as well as a number of efficiency upgrades. The third and fourth case study described the installation of Novitherm heat reflector panels at apartment buildings in Toronto. The fifth case study described a natural gas conversion project conducted at a luxury condominium. Energy savings for all 5 projects were presented. 9 figs.

  9. Window into the Caledonian orogen: Structure of the crust beneath the East Shetland platform, United Kingdom (United States)

    McBride, J.H.; England, R.W.


    Reprocessing and interpretation of commercial and deep seismic reflection data across the East Shetland platform and its North Sea margin provide a new view of crustal subbasement structure beneath a poorly known region of the British Caledonian orogen. The East Shetland platform, east of the Great Glen strike-slip fault system, is one of the few areas of the offshore British Caledonides that remained relatively insulated from the Mesozoic and later rifting that involved much of the area around the British Isles, thus providing an "acoustic window" into the deep structure of the orogen. Interpretation of the reflection data suggests that the crust beneath the platform retains a significant amount of its original Caledonian and older architecture. The upper to middle crust is typically poorly reflective except for individual prominent dipping reflectors with complex orientations that decrease in dip with depth and merge with a lower crustal layer of high reflectivity. The three-dimensional structural orientation of the reflectors beneath the East Shetland platform is at variance with Caledonian reflector trends observed elsewhere in the Caledonian orogen (e.g., north of the Scottish mainland), emphasizing the unique tectonic character of this part of the orogen. Upper to middle crustal reflectors are interpreted as Caledonian or older thrust surfaces that were possibly reactivated by Devonian extension associated with post-Caledonian orogenic collapse. The appearance of two levels of uneven and diffractive (i.e., corrugated) reflectivity in the lower crust, best developed on east-west-oriented profiles, is characteristic of the East Shetland platform. However, a north-south-oriented profile reveals an interpreted south-vergent folded and imbricated thrust structure in the lower crust that appears to be tied to the two levels of corrugated reflectivity on the east-west profiles. A thrust-belt origin for lower crustal reflectivity would explain its corrugated

  10. Surface Plasmon Polariton microscope with Parabolic Reflectors


    Drezet, Aurelien; Koller, Daniel; Hohenau, Andreas; Leitner, Alfred; Aussenegg, Franz R.; Krenn, Joachim R.


    We report the realization of a two--dimensional optical microscope for surface plasmons polaritons (SPPs) based on parabolic Bragg mirrors. These mirrors are built from lithographically fabricated gold nanostructures on gold thin films. We show by direct imaging by leakage radiation microscopy that the magnification power of the SPP microscope follows basic predictions of geometrical optics. Spatial resolution down to the value set by the diffraction limit is demonstrated.

  11. Solidly Mounted Resonator with Optimized Acoustic Reflector

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    Jose, Sumy; Jansman, Andreas; Hueting, Raymond Josephus Engelbart


    The quality factor (Q) of the Solidly Mounted Resonator is limited by acoustic losses caused by waves leaking through the mirror stack. Traditionally employed acoustic mirror reflects only longitudinal waves and not shear waves. Starting with the stop-band theory and the principle of spacer layers

  12. Ellisoidal reflector for measuring otoacoustic emissions

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    Epp, Bastian; Heiskanen, Vesa; Pulkki, Ville Topias


    Otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) are low-intensity sounds present in the ear canal, generated by mechanical processing in the cochlear in the inner ear. OAEs provide a noninvasive technique to sense the mechanical processing of sound in the inner ear. These signals are commonly measured by placing......, and especially SOAE at these low frequencies. In addition, blocking of the ear canal changes the impedance of the middle ear, potentially changing the transmission of acoustical energy from the inner ear to the ear canal, hampering the interpretation of the data in terms of normal listening conditions with open...

  13. Surface Optimization Techniques for Deployable Reflectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Existing communications systems for spacecraft provide a choice between either large aperture (>3m) or high frequency (>X-band), but not both. These systems...

  14. Tunable terahertz metamaterial with a graphene reflector (United States)

    Deng, Guangsheng; Xia, Tianyu; Yang, Jun; Qiu, Longzhen; Yin, Zhiping


    An hybrid graphene/metamaterial(MM) structure by directly depositing single-layer graphene on bottom of a SiO2/Si substrate of the electric ring resonators is proposed and theoretically investigated in the terahertz(THz) region. Our calculated results show that the presence of the graphene strongly changes the THz MM transmittance in the frequency range from 0.1 to 1.7 THz, and a modulation depth of 80% or above is reached on the whole frequency range except a narrow band. The tunability of the proposed structure is mainly dependent on the transmission bands between two neighboring resonance frequencies, which is different from the conventional graphene MM structure based on single resonance dip. Moreover, the energy absorption in graphene layer plays an important role in THz wave modulation. This easy-to-fabricate structure shows potential applications in developing broadband transmission modulators and sensors.

  15. Flat dielectric grating reflectors with focusing abilities (United States)

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


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

  16. Distributed Bragg reflector Pb/sub 1/. sqrt. /sub x/Sn/sub x/SePb/sub 1/. sqrt. /sub x/. sqrt. /sub y/Eu/sub y/Sn/sub x/Se diode lasers with a broad single-mode tuning range

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    Shani, Y.; Rosman, R.; Katzir, A.; Norton, P.; Tacke, M.; Preier, H.M.


    Distributed Bragg reflector Pb/sub 1/..sqrt../sub x/Sn/sub x/SePb/sub 1/..sqrt../sub x/..sqrt../sub y/Eu/sub y/Sn/sub x/Se double heterostructure stripe geometry diode lasers were fabricated using molecular-beam epitaxy. Single-mode cw operation at about 7.8 was obtained for heat-sink temperatures in the range 25--75 K. the single-mode continuous tuning range was 10 cm/sup -1/. Tuning the diodes via the injection current, a range of 24 cm/sup -1/ was completely covered with single-mode emission. The reason for this wide tuning range was mode hopping to lower frequencies rather than the usual hopping to higher frequencies

  17. ZPR-3 Assembly 11 : A cylindrical sssembly of highly enriched uranium and depleted uranium with an average {sup 235}U enrichment of 12 atom % and a depleted uranium reflector.

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    Lell, R. M.; McKnight, R. D.; Tsiboulia, A.; Rozhikhin, Y.; National Security; Inst. of Physics and Power Engineering


    Over a period of 30 years, more than a hundred Zero Power Reactor (ZPR) critical assemblies were constructed at Argonne National Laboratory. The ZPR facilities, ZPR-3, ZPR-6, ZPR-9 and ZPPR, were all fast critical assembly facilities. The ZPR critical assemblies were constructed to support fast reactor development, but data from some of these assemblies are also well suited for nuclear data validation and to form the basis for criticality safety benchmarks. A number of the Argonne ZPR/ZPPR critical assemblies have been evaluated as ICSBEP and IRPhEP benchmarks. Of the three classes of ZPR assemblies, engineering mockups, engineering benchmarks and physics benchmarks, the last group tends to be most useful for criticality safety. Because physics benchmarks were designed to test fast reactor physics data and methods, they were as simple as possible in geometry and composition. The principal fissile species was {sup 235}U or {sup 239}Pu. Fuel enrichments ranged from 9% to 95%. Often there were only one or two main core diluent materials, such as aluminum, graphite, iron, sodium or stainless steel. The cores were reflected (and insulated from room return effects) by one or two layers of materials such as depleted uranium, lead or stainless steel. Despite their more complex nature, a small number of assemblies from the other two classes would make useful criticality safety benchmarks because they have features related to criticality safety issues, such as reflection by soil-like material. ZPR-3 Assembly 11 (ZPR-3/11) was designed as a fast reactor physics benchmark experiment with an average core {sup 235}U enrichment of approximately 12 at.% and a depleted uranium reflector. Approximately 79.7% of the total fissions in this assembly occur above 100 keV, approximately 20.3% occur below 100 keV, and essentially none below 0.625 eV - thus the classification as a 'fast' assembly. This assembly is Fast Reactor Benchmark No. 8 in the Cross Section Evaluation

  18. Comparison Between Reflective LCDs with Diffusive Micro Slant Reflector (DMSR) and Bump Reflector (United States)


    measurement system to understand the optical performance of these 6.4" reflective TFT-LCDs. One is the Goniometric measurement system, the other is the...Conoscopic measurement system. 4.1 Goniometric Measurements Some of the characteristics of LCD panels are just measured by Goniometric system. The V-R

  19. Design and evaluation of laser diodes with distributed bragg reflectors and diffracted waves amplifiers bound to their association into a powerful coherent source; Conception et Evaluation de Diodes Laser a Reflecteurs de Bragg Distribues et d`amplificateurs a onde Diffractee et vue de leur Association en une Source Coherente de Puissance

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    Dagens, B.


    This work is concerned with the evaluation of AlGaAs/GaAs MOPAs (Master Oscillator Power Amplifier) based on the association of a distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) quantum well laser diode with an optical power amplifier. For any given structure and incident wave, the software SIMLAS allows to describe the behaviour of a travelling wave amplifier and to obtain its working characteristics including the output power, the amplified spontaneous emission and the quality of the output beam. This model takes into account the nonlinear interaction between the wave, the injected carriers distribution and the complex index of the structure. The application of the software to a flared non-guided amplified shows that the output power associated with a good beam quality is limited to a range less than one watt. Then a new design is proposed to greatly improve this performance. The modelling software of the DBR laser takes into account wave propagation in a second-order grating structure and the gain and absorption properties in the quantum well. Thus, the output optical power, efficiency, threshold current and model discrimination of the device can be predicted. The model has been used to establish the definition of design criteria in order to promote edge emission relative to surface emission. Finally the fabrication of each device is established. Special attention is paid to the design of the grating region. The fabrication process is validated by the prototypes performance. (author) refs.

  20. Continuous Spectrum of Crustal Structures and Spreading Processes from Volcanic Rifted Margins to Mid-Ocean Ridges (United States)

    Karson, J. A.


    Structures generated by seafloor spreading in oceanic crust (and ophiolites) and thick oceanic crust of Iceland show a continuous spectrum of features that formed by similar mechanisms but at different scales. A high magma budget near the Iceland hotspot generates thick (40-25 km) mafic crust in a plate boundary zone about 50 km wide. The upper crust ( 10 km thick) is constructed by the subaxial subsidence and thickening of lavas fed by dense dike swarms over a hot, weak lower crust to produce structures analogous to seaward-dipping reflectors of volcanic rifted margins. Segmented rift zones propagate away from the hotspot creating migrating transform fault zones, microplate-like crustal blocks and rift-parallel strike-slip faults. These structures are decoupled from the underlying lower crustal gabbroic rocks that thin by along-axis flow that reduces the overall crustal thickness and smooths-out local crustal thickness variations. Spreading on mid-ocean ridges with high magma budgets have much thinner crust (10-5 km) generated at a much narrower (few km) plate boundary zone. Subaxial subsidence accommodates the thickening of the upper crust of inward-dipping lavas and outward-dipping dikes about 1-2 km thick over a hot weak lower crust. Along-axis (high-temperature ductile and magmatic) flow of lower crustal material may help account for the relatively uniform seismic thickness of oceanic crust worldwide. Spreading along even slow-spreading mid-ocean ridges near hotspots (e.g., the Reykjanes Ridge) probably have similar features that are transitional between these extremes. In all of these settings, upper crustal and lower crustal structures are decoupled near the plate boundary but eventually welded together as the crust ages and cools. Similar processes are likely to occur along volcanic rifted margins as spreading begins.

  1. 10 meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (LBR) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Besides serving as a launch vehicle, the carrier balloon provides a stable mount for the enclosed telescope. Looking up, the LBR will serve as a telescope. Looking...

  2. 16 CFR 1512.16 - Requirements for reflectors. (United States)


    ... abrasion as is the adjacent sidewall material so that when retroreflective material is removed from the inflated tire by abrasion with a wet, steel bristle brush, tire material will be removed along with the... must break before additional separation (peeling) from the rim is observed. (3) After the...

  3. Development of Advanced Polymeric Reflector for CSP Applications - Final Report

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    Treglio, Richard, T; Boyle, Keith, A; Henderson, Hildie


    This project attempted to deposit extremely thick and dense protective barrier onto a mirror film stack with a PET substrate. The target thickness was very high for thin film products; particularly since large areas and long production lengths of film are needed to make the final product economic. The technical investigations in this project centered on maintaining a quality barrier (i.e. dense film) while evaporating alumina with a high deposition rate onto a low cost PET substrate. The project found that the proposed configuration, particularly direct ion bombardment, provides too narrow a solution space to effectively and economically produce the ASRM attempted. The initial project goals were met when depositing on a limited width and at a modest rate. However, expanding to wide deposition at aggressive deposition rates did not produce consistent film quality. Economic viability drives the process to maximize deposition rate. The current system configuration has a limiting upper rate threshold that does not appear economically viable. For future work, alternate approaches seem needed to address the challenges encountered in the scale-up phase of this project.

  4. Convection venting lensed reflector-type compact fluorescent lamp system (United States)

    Pelton, Bruce A.; Siminovitch, Michael


    Disclosed herein is a fluorescent lamp housing assembly capable of providing convection cooling to the lamp and the ballast. The lens of the present invention includes two distinct portions, a central portion and an apertured portion. The housing assembly further includes apertures so that air mass is able to freely move up through the assembly and out ventilation apertures.

  5. 10 meter Sub-Orbital Large Balloon Reflector (LBR) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — If successful, the LBR will allow high spatial and spectral resolution follow-on studies from missions such as Herschel, Spitzer, and SOFIA to be performed at a...

  6. Single reflector interference spectrometer and drive system therefor (United States)

    Schindler, R. A. (Inventor)


    In a Fourier interference spectrometer of the doublepass retroreflector type, a single mirror is employed in the path of both split beams of an incoming ray to cause them to double back through separate retroreflectors. Changes in optical path length are achieved by linear displacement of both retroreflectors using a motor driven lead screw on one for large, low frequency changes, a moving-coil actuator on the other for smaller, mid-frequency changes and a piezoelectric actuator on one of these two for small, high frequency changes.

  7. Seaward dipping reflectors along the SW continental margin of India ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Madagascar breakup in the Late Cretaceous, and (ii)continent –ocean transition lies at western margin of the Laccadive Ridge, west of feather edge of the SDRs. Occurrence of SDRs on western flank of the Laccadive Ridge and inferred zone ...

  8. Code division multiple access signaling for modulated reflector technology (United States)

    Briles, Scott D [Los Alamos, NM


    A method and apparatus for utilizing code division multiple access in modulated reflectance transmissions comprises the steps of generating a phase-modulated reflectance data bit stream; modifying the modulated reflectance data bit stream; providing the modified modulated reflectance data bit stream to a switch that connects an antenna to an infinite impedance in the event a "+1" is to be sent, or connects the antenna to ground in the event a "0" or a "-1" is to be sent.

  9. Optimized reflector stacks for solidly mounted bulk acoustic wave resonators

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    Jose, Sumy; Jansman, André B.M.; Hueting, Raymond Josephus Engelbart; Schmitz, Jurriaan


    The quality factor (Q) of a solidly mounted bulk acoustic wave resonator (SMR) is limited by substrate losses, because the acoustic mirror is traditionally optimized to reflect longitudinal waves only. We propose two different design approaches derived from optics to tailor the acoustic mirror for

  10. Affordable, Precision Reflector Mold Technology (PDRT08-029) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Advances in replication mold technology that reduce material costs, grinding time, and polishing time would enable fabrication of large, precision molds and possibly...

  11. Broad-band hard X-ray reflectors

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    Joensen, K.D.; Gorenstein, P.; Hoghoj, P.


    Interest in optics for hard X-ray broad-band application is growing. In this paper, we compare the hard X-ray (20-100 keV) reflectivity obtained with an energy-dispersive reflectometer, of a standard commercial gold thin-film with that of a 600 bilayer W/Si X-ray supermirror. The reflectivity...... that of the gold, Various other design options are discussed, and we conclude that continued interest in the X-ray supermirror for broad-band hard X-ray applications is warranted....... of the multilayer is found to agree extraordinarily well with theory (assuming an interface roughness of 4.5 Angstrom), while the agreement for the gold film is less, The overall performance of the supermirror is superior to that of gold, extending the band of reflection at least a factor of 2.8 beyond...

  12. Bragg reflectors with IR suppression for Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography

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    Medvedev, Viacheslav; Yakshin, Andrey; van de Kruijs, Robbert Wilhelmus Elisabeth; Krivtsun, V.M.; Yakunin, A.M.; Koshelev, K.; Bijkerk, Frederik


    The most promi¬sing next generation lithography technology is extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUVL). To fulfill the demands of high productivity, EUVL requires high power EUV radiation sources, with a promising technology for such sources being based on the emission of dense plasmas produced by

  13. Development of improved analytical models for mesh reflector surfaces (United States)

    Brand, J. C.; Kauffman, J. F.


    Several methods for computing the reflection coefficients from mesh surfaces are discussed. Some methods mentioned have severe limitations, and the spectral approach appears to be the most attractive alternative. In spite of some inherent problems, the solutions obtained with this method will offer not only the reflection coefficients but also the currents carried on the mesh. This would allow separation of the power lost to resistive terms from that due to transmission loss. Overall, good results and rapid convergence should be obtained from this method when proper care is applied.

  14. Prestack exploding reflector modelling and migration for anisotropic media

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    The double-square-root equation is commonly used to image data by downward continuation using one-way depth extrapolation methods. A two-way time extrapolation of the double-square-root-derived phase operator allows for up and downgoing wavefields but suffers from an essential singularity for horizontally travelling waves. This singularity is also associated with an anisotropic version of the double-square-root extrapolator. Perturbation theory allows us to separate the isotropic contribution, as well as the singularity, from the anisotropic contribution to the operator. As a result, the anisotropic residual operator is free from such singularities and can be applied as a stand alone operator to correct for anisotropy. We can apply the residual anisotropy operator even if the original prestack wavefield was obtained using, for example, reverse-time migration. The residual correction is also useful for anisotropic parameter estimation. Applications to synthetic data demonstrate the accuracy of the new prestack modelling and migration approach. It also proves useful in approximately imaging the Vertical Transverse Isotropic Marmousi model.

  15. Reflector antenna analysis using physical optics on Graphics Processing Units

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    Borries, Oscar Peter; Sørensen, Hans Henrik Brandenborg; Dammann, Bernd


    The Physical Optics approximation is a widely used asymptotic method for calculating the scattering from electrically large bodies. It requires significant computational work and little memory, and is thus well suited for application on a Graphics Processing Unit. Here, we investigate the perform......The Physical Optics approximation is a widely used asymptotic method for calculating the scattering from electrically large bodies. It requires significant computational work and little memory, and is thus well suited for application on a Graphics Processing Unit. Here, we investigate...

  16. Reflector stack optimization for Bulk Acoustic Wave resonators

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    Jose, Sumy


    Thin-film bulk-acoustic-wave (BAW) devices are used for RF selectivity in mobile communication system and other wireless applications. Currently, the conventional RF filters are getting replaced by BAW filters in all major cell phone standards. In this thesis, we study solidly mounted BAW resonators

  17. Adaptações fisiológicas e anatômicas de Melissa officinalis L. (Lamiaceae cultivadas sob malhas termorrefletoras em diferentes intensidades luminosas Physiological and morphological adaptations of Melissa officinalis L. (Lamiaceae cultivated under thermo-reflector shading nets at different luminous intensities

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    R.S. Brant


    Full Text Available Objetivou-se, com a realização da pesquisa, avaliar modificações fisiológicas e anatômicas em plantas de melissa, cultivadas sob malhas termorrefletoras (Aluminet®, em diferentes níveis de sombreamento, visando conhecer a plasticidade fenotípica em resposta de adaptação a diferentes quantidades de luz. Os tratamentos foram caracterizados por plantas submetidas a pleno sol e a 20 e 60% de intensidade luminosa, e arranjados conforme o delineamento inteiramente casualizado (DIC. As quantificações de clorofila foram feitas em quatro repetições, as medições das epidermes e parênquimas foram repetidas 15 vezes e utilizou-se 10 repetições para as avaliações das características de cloroplastos e grãos de amido destes. Plantas submetidas a 20% de intensidade luminosa apresentaram maior quantidade de clorofila a e, portanto, maior razão clorofila a/b. Comparativamente, as folhas de melissa a pleno sol e a 60% de luz apresentaram células da epiderme adaxial mais espessas, mas as células da epiderme abaxial mostraram características encontradas em folhas de sombra, ou seja, mais finas. Quanto maior a intensidade luminosa, maior o número de cloroplastos, porém, a pleno sol mostraram-se mais finos e com menor área. Os grãos de amido de plantas cultivadas sob ambientes sombreados tiveram maior área e ocuparam maior parte nos cloroplastos de plantas a 60% de intensidade luminosa. Assim, plantas de melissa, quando submetidas ao sombreamento, tiveram plasticidade fenotípica.The aim of this study was to evaluate physiological and anatomical modifications in lemon balm plants, cultivated under thermo-reflector nets (Aluminet® at different levels of shading, in order to understand the phenotypic plasticity in adaptation response to different light quantities. The treatments were characterized by plants subjected to full sun and 20 and 60% of luminous intensity, and arranged in completely randomized design (CRD. The quantifications

  18. Second Order Approximation for Band Gap Characterization of One-Dimensional Dielectric Omnidirectional Reflector

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    Prawiharjo, J.; Iskandar, A.A.; Tjia, M.O.; van Groesen, Embrecht W.C.


    A derivation of approximate analytical expressions for band edges ω± of the first band gap of a multilayer periodic structure is presented for both TE and TM waves at arbitrary angles of incidence. It is found that the approximate expressions give an excellent agreement with the numerical results as

  19. The Impact of parasitic loss on solar cells with plasmonic nano-textured rear reflectors. (United States)

    Disney, Claire E R; Pillai, Supriya; Green, Martin A


    Significant photocurrent enhancement has been demonstrated using plasmonic light-trapping structures comprising nanostructured metallic features at the rear of the cell. These structures have conversely been identified as suffering heightened parasitic absorption into the metal at certain resonant wavelengths severely mitigating benefits of light trapping. In this study, we undertook simulations exploring the relationship between enhanced absorption into the solar cell, and parasitic losses in the metal. These simulations reveal that resonant wavelengths associated with high parasitic losses in the metal could also be associated with high absorption enhancement in the solar cell. We identify mechanisms linking these parasitic losses and absorption enhancements, but found that by ensuring correct design, the light trapping structures will have a positive impact on the overall solar cell performance. Our results clearly show that the large angle scattering provided by the plasmonic nanostructures is the reason for the enhanced absorption observed in the solar cells.

  20. Affordable, Precision Reflector Mold Technology (PDRT08-029-1) Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Future NASA missions including the Cornell Caltech Atacama Telescope (CCAT) and Global Atmospheric Composition Mission (GACM), require 1 to 4 meter aperture,...

  1. Theoretical and experimental investigation of a torus as a primary feed in reflector antennas (United States)

    Schnizer, B.; Pascher, W.

    The results of theoretical and experimental investigations of toroidal primary-feed antennas for radio telescope applications are reported, summarizing and extending the findings of Schnizer et al. (1986). Integral equations for the antenna current in the case of a torus in free space and a torus above an infinite ideally conducting plate are derived on the basis of the delta-generator model of Chang (1971) and solved as described by Pascher et al. (1985). Numerical results for a solid brass torus of outer diameter 97.6 mm and for silver-coated styrofoam tori of outer diameter 98.5 and 66.5 mm are compared with experimental measurements in graphs. Significant discrepancies are found and attributed to the failure of the model to account for the currents on the feeds and the finite radius of the plate below the torus.

  2. Handwriting measures as reflectors of Executive Functions among adults withDevelopmental Coordination Disorders (DCD.

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    Sara eRosenblum


    Full Text Available Planning ahead and organizational abilities in time and space are ingredients of high-level cognitive functions labelled as ‘Executive Functions’ (EF required for daily activities such as writing or home management. EF deficits are considered a possible underlying brain mechanism involved in Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD. The aim of the study was to compare the handwriting process measures and the planning and organizational abilities in space and time of students with DCD with those of matched controls and to find whether handwriting measures can predict daily planning and organizational abilities among students with DCD. Method: 30 students diagnosed with DCD, between the ages of 24-41, and 30 age- and gender-matched controls participated in the study. They filled out the Handwriting Proficiency Screening Questionnaire (HPSQ and the Adult Developmental Co-ordination Disorders Checklist (ADC. Furthermore, they copied a paragraph on a digitizer that is part of a computerized system (ComPET.Results: Significant group differences were found for the HPSQ subscales scores as well as for the temporal and spatial measures of the paragraph copy task. Significant group differences were also found for the planning and organizational abilities in space and time as reflected through the ADC subscales. Significant medium correlations were found in both groups between the mean HPSQ time subscale and the ADC-B subscale mean score (r=.50 /.58 p<.05. Series of regression analyses indicated that two handwriting performance measures (mean HPSQ time subscale and mean stroke duration predicted 19% of planning and organizational abilities as reflected through daily functions (ADC-B (F (3, 54 = 38.37, β= . 40 p<.0001.Conclusion: The results support previous evidence about EF deficits as an underlying brain mechanism involved in motor coordination disorders, their significance as related to theoretical models of handwriting and daily function among DCD will b

  3. A stable implementation of the prestack exploding reflector modeling and migration

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    Alkhalifah, Tariq Ali


    The double square-root DSR equation is known to image data by downward continuation using one-way depth extrapolation methods. A two-way time extrapolation of the DSR-derived phase operator suffers from an essential singularity for horizontally traveling waves. This singularity can be avoided by limiting the range of wavenumbers treated in a spectral-based extrapolation referred to as the low-rank method. However, the region around the singularity will still induce instability. We derive an approximation to the DSR formulation based on a high frequency approximation. The resulting equation is both highly accurate and free of singularities. Applications to synthetic data including imaging of the Marmousi dataset demonstrate the accuracy of the new prestack modeling and migration approach. © 2011 Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

  4. NGSLR's Measurement of the Retro-Reflector Array Response of Various LEO to GNSS Satellites (United States)

    McGarry, Jan; Clarke, Christopher; Degnan, John; Donovan, Howard; Hall, Benjamin; Hovarth, Julie; Zagwodzki, Thomas


    "NASA's Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging System (NGSLR) has successfully demonstrated daylight and nighttime tracking this year to s atellites from LEO to GNSS orbits, using a 7-8 arcsecond beam divergence, a 43% QE Hamamatsu MCP-PMT with single photon detection, a narrow field of view (11 arcseconds), and a 1 mJ per pulse 2kHz repetition rate laser. We have compared the actual return rates we are getting against the theoretical link calculations, using the known system confi guration parameters, an estimate of the sky transmission using locall y measured visibility, and signal processing to extract the signal from the background noise. We can achieve good agreement between theory and measurement in most passes by using an estimated pOinting error. We will s.()w the results of this comparison along with our conclusio ns."

  5. Seaward dipping reflectors along the SW continental margin of India: Evidence for volcanic passive margin

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    Ajay, K.K.; Chaubey, A.K.; Krishna, K.S.; Rao, D.G.; Sar, D.

    , Srinivas K, Sarma K V L N S, Subrahmanyam V and Krishna K S 1994 Evidence for seafloor spreading in the Laxmi Basin, northeastern Arabian Sea; Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 125 211–220. Bhattacharya G C and Chaubey A K 2001 Western Indian ocean – A glimpse...–1513. Chandrasekharam D 1985 Structure and evolution of the western continental margin of India deduced from gravity, seismic, geomagnetic and geochronological studies; Phys. Earth Planet. Int. 41 186–198. Chaubey A K, Bhattacharya G C, Murty G P S, Srinivas K...

  6. Optical Coating Performance and Thermal Structure Design for Heat Reflectors of JWST Electronic Control Unit (United States)

    Quijada, Manuel A.; Threat, Felix; Garrison, Matt; Perrygo, Chuck; Bousquet, Robert; Rashford, Robert


    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) consists of an infrared-optimized Optical Telescope Element (OTE) that is cooled down to 40 degrees Kelvin. A second adjacent component to the OTE is the Integrated Science Instrument Module, or ISIM. This module includes the electronic compartment, which provides the mounting surfaces and ambient thermally controlled environment for the instrument control electronics. Dissipating the 200 watts generated from the ISIM structure away from the OTE is of paramount importance so that the spacecraft's own heat does not interfere with the infrared light detected from distant cosmic sources. This technical challenge is overcome by a thermal subsystem unit that provides passive cooling to the ISIM control electronics. The proposed design of this thermal radiator consists of a lightweight structure made out of composite materials and low-emittance metal coatings. In this paper, we will present characterizations of the coating emittance, bidirectional reflectance, and mechanical structure design that will affect the performance of this passive cooling system.

  7. Building automation system of payment platform weight component for large spacecraft reflector (United States)

    Kovalev, I. V.; Badanina, J. O.


    Considered Design and the logic of opening large convertible antenna. The necessity of compensation weight component in the assembly and testing of the design. Given the logic of the movement elements of power spokes, concluded that the use of the tracking system to compensate for the weight component. The analysis of the existing equipment and control systems. Produced selection of the manufacturer of automated equipment that meets the stated objectives of management and control. It is concluded that the design component of the weight compensation system based on servo controllers and sensors combined platform automation, controlled by special software. The structure of the platform automation, consistent workflow testing. It defines the principles of interaction between subsystems of the weight compensation component for receiving, processing and monitoring of process parameters testing. It is concluded that the proposed system can be integrated into the automation system and the perspective of process control testing of disclosure of large spacecraft.

  8. Performance enhancement of thin film silicon solar cells based on distributed Bragg reflector & diffraction grating

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    R. S. Dubey


    Full Text Available The influence of various designing parameters were investigated and explored for high performance solar cells. Single layer grating based solar cell of 50 μm thickness gives maximum efficiency up to 24 % whereas same efficiency is achieved with the use of three bilayers grating based solar cell of 30 μm thickness. Remarkably, bilayer grating based solar cell design not only gives broadband absorption but also enhancement in efficiency with reduced cell thickness requirement. This absorption enhancement is attributed to the high reflection and diffraction from DBR and grating respectively. The obtained short-circuit current were 29.6, 32.9, 34.6 and 36.05 mA/cm2 of 5, 10, 20 and 30 μm cell thicknesses respectively. These presented designing efforts would be helpful to design and realize new generation of solar cells.

  9. Method of and apparatus for collecting solar radiation utilizing variable curvature cylindrical reflectors (United States)

    Treytl, William J.; Slemmons, Arthur J.; Andeen, Gerry B.


    A heliostat apparatus includes a frame which is rotatable about an axis which is parallel to the aperture plane of an elongate receiver. A plurality of flat flexible mirror elements are mounted to the frame between several parallel, uniformly spaced resilient beams which are pivotally connected at their ends to the frame. Channels are mounted to the sides of the beams for supporting the edges of the mirror elements. Each of the beams has a longitudinally varying configuration designed to bow into predetermined, generally circular curvatures of varying radii when the center of the beam is deflected relative to the pivotally connected ends of the beams. All of the parallel resilient beams are simultaneously deflected by a cam shaft assembly extending through openings in the centers of the beams, whereby the mirror elements together form an upwardly concave, cylindrical reflecting surface. The heliostat is rotated about its axis to track the apparent diurnal movement of the sun, while the reflecting surface is substantially simultaneously bowed into a cylindrical trough having a radius adapted to focus incident light at the plane of the receiver aperture.

  10. Design and Analysis of an Axisymmetric Phased Array Fed Gregorian Reflector System for Limited Scanning (United States)


    artist’s concept in Figure 1. Thin -film materials with and without electrically conducting coatings can be considered for designing a space...applications. For space applications, attitude control systems can provide good angular control of the antenna aperture with small residual angular...and optimized using numerical simulations conducted with the multilevel fast multipole method (MLFMM) using FEKO software ( The

  11. 3D printed 20/30-GHz dual-band offset stepped-reflector antenna

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    Menendez, Laura G.; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Persson, Frank


    with a peak directivity of 36.7 dB and 40.4 dB at 20 and 30 GHz, respectively; this corresponds to an aperture efficiency of 61 % and 64 %, respectively. These results demonstrate that 3D printing is a viable manufacturing technology for medium-sized high-frequency antennas....

  12. Accurate permittivity measurements for microwave imaging via ultra-wideband removal of spurious reflectors (United States)

    The use of microwave imaging is becoming more prevalent for detection of interior hidden defects in manufactured and packaged materials. In applications for detection of hidden moisture, microwave tomography can be used to image the material and then perform an inverse calculation to derive an estim...

  13. High-fidelity spherical cholesteric liquid crystal Bragg reflectors generating unclonable patterns for secure authentication (United States)

    Geng, Yong; Noh, Junghyun; Drevensek-Olenik, Irena; Rupp, Romano; Lenzini, Gabriele; Lagerwall, Jan P. F.


    Monodisperse cholesteric liquid crystal microspheres exhibit spherically symmetric Bragg reflection, generating, via photonic cross communication, dynamically tuneable multi-coloured patterns. These patterns, uniquely defined by the particular sphere arrangement, could render cholesteric microspheres very useful in countless security applications, as tags to identify and authenticate their carriers, mainly physical objects or persons. However, the optical quality of the cholesteric droplets studied so far is unsatisfactory, especially after polymerisation, a step required for obtaining durable samples that can be used for object identification. We show that a transition from droplets to shells solves all key problems, giving rise to sharp patterns and excellent optical quality even after polymerisation, the polymerised shells sustaining considerable mechanical deformation. Moreover, we demonstrate that, counter to prior expectation, cross communication takes place even between non-identical shells. This opens additional communication channels that add significantly to the complexity and unique character of the generated patterns.


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    Fukazawa, Yasushi; Furui, Shun’ya; Hayashi, Kazuma; Ohno, Masanori; Hiragi, Kazuyoshi [Department of Physical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-8526 (Japan); Noda, Hirofumi, E-mail: [Nishina Center, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), Wako, Saitama 351-0198 (Japan)


    We have performed systematic studies of narrow Fe–K line (6.4 keV) flux variability and Ni–K line intensity for Seyfert galaxies, using Suzaku and XMM-Newton archival data. Significant Fe–K line variability of several tens of percent was detected for a pair of observations separated by 1000–2000 days (Cen A, IC 4329 A, NGC 3516, and NGC 4151) and 158 days (NGC 3516). These timescales are larger by a factor of 10–100 than the inner radius of the torus, consistent with the view that X-ray reflection by a torus is a main origin for a narrow Fe–K line. The Ni–K line was detected with a >2σ level for the Circinus galaxy, Cen A, MRK 3, NGC 4388, and NGC 4151. A mean and variance of the Ni–Kα to Fe–Kα line intensity ratios are 0.066 and 0.026, respectively. Comparing this with the Monte-Carlo simulation of reflection, the Ni to Fe abundance ratio is 1.9 ± 0.8 solar. We discuss the results and the possibility of Ni abundance enhancement.

  15. We later learn in college that automobile headlamp re-flectors are ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)


    Introduction and Motivation. We learn in high school physics that concave mirrors fo- cus parallel beams to their foci and that rays emanating from the foci are reflected from the mirror as a paral- lel beam. These concave mirrors are drawn, as shown in Figure 1, as arcs of circles of generous and uniform curvature [1,2].

  16. Design of the Fifth-Generation Target-Moderator-Reflector-Shield Assembly

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    Nowicki, Suzanne Florence [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Mocko, Michal [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)


    The facilities at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center are described first. The target is being redesigned so that the Flight Paths (FP) in the upper tier provide a higher intensity in the epithermal and medium energy range. It is found that a 3-piece design looks promising: intensity in epithermal and medium energy range in upper tier is an order of magnitude higher than current Mark III, and intensity in the thermal energy range is higher in the lower tier than current Mark III. Time emission spectra show a bump due to the scattering of fast neutrons. Other investigations such as the addition of wings around the upper target will be conducted.

  17. Searching Minor Planets and Photometric Quality of 60cm Reflector in Gimhae Astronomical Observatory

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    Sang Hyun Lee


    Full Text Available In this paper, we have presented the observational result for the photometric quality of main telescopes in Gimhae Astronomical Observatory. Also we performed the observation of searching new minor planets as competitive work in public observatories. The observation was carried out using 60cm telescope of Gimhae Astronomical Observatory on 2007 January 13. And, Schüler BVI filters and 1K CCD camera (AP8p were used. To define the quality of CCD photometry, we observed the region of well-known standard stars in the open cluster M67. From observed data, The transformation coefficients and airmass coefficients were obtained, and the accuracy of CCD photometry was investigated. From PSF photometry, we obtained the color-magnitude diagram of M67, and considered the useful magnitude limit and the physical properties of M67. This method can be successfully used to confirm the photometric quality of main telescope in public observatories. To investigate the detection possibility of unknown object as astroid, we observed the near area of the opposition in the ecliptic plane. And we discussed the result. Our result show that it can be possible to detect minor planets in solar system brighter than V ˜18.3mag. and it can carry out photometric study brighter than V~16mag. in Gimhae Astronomical Observatory. These results imply that the public observatories can make the research work.

  18. Modification of UV absorption profile of polymer film reflectors to increase solar-weighted reflectance (United States)

    Jorgensen, Gary; Gee, Randall C.; White, David


    Provided are reflective thin film constructions including a reduced number of layers, which provides for increased solar-weighted hemispherical reflectance and durability. Reflective films include those comprising an ultraviolet absorbing abrasion resistant coating over a metal layer. Also provided are ultraviolet absorbing abrasion resistant coatings and methods for optimizing the ultraviolet absorption of an abrasion resistant coating. Reflective films disclosed herein are useful for solar reflecting, solar collecting, and solar concentrating applications, such as for the generation of electrical power.

  19. Anisotropic amplitude variation of the bottom-simulating reflector beneath fracture-filled gas hydrate deposit

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    Sriram, G.; Dewangan, P.; Ramprasad, T.; RamaRao, P.

    propagation effects on BSR amplitudes. The effective medium properties are estimated using Backus averaging technique, and the AVA pattern of BSRs is modeled using the properties of overlying HTI and underlying isotropy/HTI media with or without free gas...

  20. All-metal nanostructured substrates as subtractive color reflectors with near-perfect absorptance. (United States)

    Ng, Ray J H; Goh, Xiao Ming; Yang, Joel K W


    All-metal structures consisting of nanoprotrusions on a bulk silver layer are theoretically investigated and shown to have narrow near-perfect absorption peaks (>95%). Within the constraints of constant nanostructure height (50 nm) and pitch (250 nm), these peaks are tunable across the visible spectrum by adjusting the width and shape of the protrusion. The peaks are caused by localized surface plasmon resonances leading to dissipation on the surface of the protrusions. As the peaks occur in the visible range, they produce subtractive colors with high saturation, in accordance with Schrödinger's rule for maximum pigment purity.