Sample records for submicron srtio3 patterning

  1. CVD-grown graphene on LaAlO3/SrTiO3: transferring, patterning and c-AFM lithography (United States)

    Huang, Mengchen; Jnawali, Giriraj; Hsu, Jen-Feng; Lee, Hyungwoo; Ryu, Sangwoo; Bi, Feng; Chen, Lu; Ghahari, Fereshte; Ravichandran, Jayakanth; Kim, Philip; Eom, Chang-Beom; D'Urso, Brian; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy


    Interesting properties are anticipated when graphene is integrated with complex-oxide heterostructures. To create these structures, single-layer graphene is grown by chemical vapor deposition and transferred onto LaAlO3/SrTiO3. following a deep UV exposure method, the size and position of the graphene can be patterned to be compatible with the c-AFM lithography technique applied on LaAlO3/SrTiO3. Local control of metal-insulator transition at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is reversibly achieved using the c-AFM lithography technique without observable graphene degradation. The graphene layer can also serve as a top gate to modulate the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface conductance. We gratefully acknowledge support for this work from NSF (DMR-1124131 and DMR-1234096), ONR (N00014-13-1-0806) and AFOSR (FA9550-10-1-0524 and FA9550-12-1-0342)

  2. Submicron Surface-Patterned Fibers and Textiles (United States)


    The patterned fiber surface behaves as an optical diffraction grating when the feature size is comparable with visible light wavelengths. A red laser...the optical fiber gratings For the first diffraction order of the micron and submicron patterned fiber , we utilize the formula α tanh (where s...e) SEM images of patterned PMMA fiber are depicted. The inset shows the cross- section of this fiber . Submitted to 20 Figure S3

  3. Carrier-Controlled Ferromagnetism in SrTiO_{3}

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    Pouya Moetakef


    Full Text Available Magnetotransport and superconducting properties are investigated for uniformly La-doped SrTiO_{3} films and GdTiO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} heterostructures, respectively. GdTiO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} interfaces exhibit a high-density 2D electron gas on the SrTiO_{3} side of the interface, while, for the SrTiO_{3} films, carriers are provided by the dopant atoms. Both types of samples exhibit ferromagnetism at low temperatures, as evidenced by a hysteresis in the magnetoresistance. For the uniformly doped SrTiO_{3} films, the Curie temperature is found to increase with doping and to coexist with superconductivity for carrier concentrations on the high-density side of the superconducting dome. The Curie temperature of the GdTiO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} heterostructures scales with the thickness of the SrTiO_{3} quantum well. The results are used to construct a stability diagram for the ferromagnetic and superconducting phases of SrTiO_{3}.

  4. Morphology-Controlled Synthesis Of SrTiO3 Nanocube By Capping Agent-Assisted Solvothermal Method

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    Yulia Eka Putri


    Full Text Available The synthesis of SrTiO3 nanocubes have been carried out by solvothermal process using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB as capping agent to control the particles morphology. The condition of the synthesis was obtained at 160 ºC for 24 hours with molar ratio of SrTiO3 and capping agent was 1 : 1. The X-ray diffraction (XRD pattern shows that SrTiO3 adopts a perovskite structure with a higher intensity of 110 at 2q:32.33º and the crystallite size calculated from FWHM was found to be 41 nm. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectrum shows a shift in particular absorption band attributed the interaction between SrTiO3 particles surface and the head group of CTAB molecules. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM image shows the cubic-like particles of SrTiO3, this indicatesthat CTAB successfully functions as capping agent on the synthesis of SrTiO3.

  5. Single gap superconductivity in doped SrTiO3


    Thiemann, Markus; Beutel, Manfred H.; Dressel, Martin; Lee-Hone, Nicholas R.; Broun, David M.; Fillis-Tsirakis, Evangelos; Boschker, Hans; Mannhart, Jochen; Scheffler, Marc


    Doped SrTiO$_3$ is a superconducting oxide that features one of the lowest charge carrier densities among all known superconductors. Undoped, semiconducting SrTiO$_3$ exhibits three unoccupied electronic bands, which can be filled successively by doping, making this system an ideal candidate for multiband superconductivity. The increase of charge carrier density is accompanied by the evolution of a superconducting dome in the phase diagram with critical temperature $T_\\mathrm{c}$ of up to 0.4...

  6. Tunable dielectric response, resistive switching, and unconventional transport in SrTiO3 (United States)

    Mikheev, Evgeny

    scattering rate in doped SRTiO3 will be discussed as being incompatible with its traditional assignment as electron-electron scattering in a Fermi liquid. In the case of ultrathin SRTiO3 quantum wells bound by RTiO3, evidence will be presented for the existence of a quantum critical point. This refers to a quantum phase transition at zero temperature towards an ordered phase in SRTiO 3. This transition is driven by increasing confinement of the 2DEL, with a critical point located at the 5 SrO layer thickness of SRTiO 3. It is manifested in anomalous temperature exponents of the power law resistivity. Additionally, a well-defined trend for the separation of the Hall and longitudinal scattering rates will be presented, analogously to a similar effect observed in the normal state of high-Tc superconductors. In particular, a unique pattern of residual scattering separation was documented, consistent with a quantum critical correction to the Hall lifetime that is divergent at the quantum critical point.

  7. Ultrafast Optical Response of Graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Nanostructures (United States)

    Chen, Lu; Jnawali, Giriraj; Huang, Mengchen; Hsu, Jen-Feng; Bi, Feng; Lee, Hyungwoo; Ryu, Sangwoo; Eom, Chang-Beom; D'Urso, Brian; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy


    The exceptional electronic and optical properties of graphene make it promising for tunable plasmonic device applications in the terahertz regime. Plasmons can be induced in graphene by femtosecond laser excitation and its resonance frequency can be tuned over a broad terahertz range by varying the graphene pattern size or gate voltage. Recently, generation, and detection of broadband terahertz (around 10 THz) radiation from 10-nm-scale LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanostructures created by conductive atomic force microscope (c-AFM) lithography has been demonstrated. This unprecedented control of THz radiation at 10 nm length scales creates a pathway toward hybrid THz functionality in graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanostructures. We will discuss efforts to probe graphene plasmonics and its tunability by using this nanoscale THz spectrometer. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the following agencies and grants: AFOSR FA9550-12-1-0268 (JL, PRI),AFOSR FA9550-12-1-0342 (CBE)), ONR N00014-13-1-0806 (JL, CBE), and NSF DMR-1124131 (JL, CBE), DMR-1104191 (JL) and DMR-1234096 (CBE).

  8. Conductivity of SrTiO3 based oxides in the reducing atmosphere at high temperature

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    Hashimoto, Shin-Ichi; Poulsen, Finn Willy; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg


    The conductivities of several donor-doped SrTiO3 based oxides, which were prepared in air, were studied in a reducing atmosphere at high temperature. The conductivities of all specimens increased slowly with time at 1000 degrees C in 9% H-2/N-2, even after 100 h. Nb-doped SrTiO3 showed relatively...... at 500-800 degrees C, while that of La-doped SrTiO3 dropped immediately on exposure to air. The conduction behavior of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was explained by reduction of Ti4+ and/or Nb5+ and the relatively slow oxygen diffusibility. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.......The conductivities of several donor-doped SrTiO3 based oxides, which were prepared in air, were studied in a reducing atmosphere at high temperature. The conductivities of all specimens increased slowly with time at 1000 degrees C in 9% H-2/N-2, even after 100 h. Nb-doped SrTiO3 showed relatively...... fast reduction and high conductivity compared with the other SrTiO3 based oxides. The conductivity of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was ca. 50 S cm(-1) at 500 degrees C after reduction at 1200 degrees C. After strong reduction, the conductivity of Nb-doped SrTiO3 was almost independent of the oxygen partial pressure...

  9. LCAO calculations of SrTiO3 nanotubes (United States)

    Evarestov, Robert; Bandura, Andrei


    The large-scale first-principles simulation of the structure and stability of SrTiO3 nanotubes is performed for the first time using the periodic PBE0 LCAO method. The initial structures of the nanotubes have been obtained by the rolling up of the stoichiometric SrTiO3 slabs consisting of two or four alternating (001) SrO and TiO2 atomic planes. Nanotubes (NTs) with chiralities (n,0) and (n,n) have been studied. Two different NTs were constructed for each chirality: (I) with SrO outer shell, and (II) with TiO2 outer shell. Positions of all atoms have been optimized to obtain the most stable NT structure . In the majority of considered cases the inner or outer TiO2 shells of NT undergo a considerable reconstruction due to shrinkage or stretching of interatomic distances in the initial cubic perovskite structure. There were found two types of surface reconstruction: (1) breaking of Ti-O bonds with creating of Ti = O titanyl groups in outer surface; (2) inner surface folding due to Ti-O-Ti bending. Based on strain energy calculations the largest stability was found for (n,0) NTs with TiO2 outer shell.

  10. Origin of interface magnetism in BiMnO3/SrTiO3 and LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. (United States)

    Salluzzo, M; Gariglio, S; Stornaiuolo, D; Sessi, V; Rusponi, S; Piamonteze, C; De Luca, G M; Minola, M; Marré, D; Gadaleta, A; Brune, H; Nolting, F; Brookes, N B; Ghiringhelli, G


    Possible ferromagnetism induced in otherwise nonmagnetic materials has been motivating intense research in complex oxide heterostructures. Here we show that a confined magnetism is realized at the interface between SrTiO3 and two insulating polar oxides, BiMnO3 and LaAlO3. By using polarization dependent x-ray absorption spectroscopy, we find that in both cases the magnetism can be stabilized by a negative exchange interaction between the electrons transferred to the interface and local magnetic moments. These local magnetic moments are associated with magnetic Ti3+ ions at the interface itself for LaAlO3/SrTiO3 and to Mn3+ ions in the overlayer for BiMnO3/SrTiO3. In LaAlO3/SrTiO3 the induced magnetism is quenched by annealing in oxygen, suggesting a decisive role of oxygen vacancies in this phenomenon.

  11. Promoting Photocatalytic Overall Water Splitting by Controlled Magnesium Incorporation in SrTiO3 Photocatalysts

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    Han, Kai; Lin, Yen Chun; Yang, Chia Min; Jong, Ronald; Mul, Guido; Mei, Bastian


    SrTiO3 is a well-known photocatalyst inducing overall water splitting when exposed to UV irradiation of wavelengths <370 nm. However, the apparent quantum efficiency of SrTiO3 is typically low, even when functionalized with nanoparticles of Pt or Ni@NiO. Here, we introduce a simple solid-state

  12. Photocatalytic reduction synthesis of SrTiO3-graphene nanocomposites and their enhanced photocatalytic activity. (United States)

    Xian, Tao; Yang, Hua; Di, Lijing; Ma, Jinyuan; Zhang, Haimin; Dai, Jianfeng


    SrTiO3-graphene nanocomposites were prepared via photocatalytic reduction of graphene oxide by UV light-irradiated SrTiO3 nanoparticles. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy analysis indicates that graphene oxide is reduced into graphene. Transmission electron microscope observation shows that SrTiO3 nanoparticles are well assembled onto graphene sheets. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared SrTiO3-graphene composites was evaluated by the degradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) under a 254-nm UV irradiation, revealing that the composites exhibit significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the bare SrTiO3 nanoparticles. This can be explained by the fact that photogenerated electrons are captured by graphene, leading to an increased separation and availability of electrons and holes for the photocatalytic reaction. Hydroxyl (·OH) radicals were detected by the photoluminescence technique using terephthalic acid as a probe molecule and were found to be produced over the irradiated SrTiO3 nanoparticles and SrTiO3-graphene composites; especially, an enhanced yield is observed for the latter. The influence of ethanol, KI, and N2 on the photocatalytic efficiency was also investigated. Based on the experimental results, ·OH, h(+), and H2O2 are suggested to be the main active species in the photocatalytic degradation of AO7 by SrTiO3-graphene composites. 61.46. + w; 78.67.Bf; 78.66.Sq.

  13. Scalable Sub-micron Patterning of Organic Materials Toward High Density Soft Electronics. (United States)

    Kim, Jaekyun; Kim, Myung-Gil; Kim, Jaehyun; Jo, Sangho; Kang, Jingu; Jo, Jeong-Wan; Lee, Woobin; Hwang, Chahwan; Moon, Juhyuk; Yang, Lin; Kim, Yun-Hi; Noh, Yong-Young; Jaung, Jae Yun; Kim, Yong-Hoon; Park, Sung Kyu


    The success of silicon based high density integrated circuits ignited explosive expansion of microelectronics. Although the inorganic semiconductors have shown superior carrier mobilities for conventional high speed switching devices, the emergence of unconventional applications, such as flexible electronics, highly sensitive photosensors, large area sensor array, and tailored optoelectronics, brought intensive research on next generation electronic materials. The rationally designed multifunctional soft electronic materials, organic and carbon-based semiconductors, are demonstrated with low-cost solution process, exceptional mechanical stability, and on-demand optoelectronic properties. Unfortunately, the industrial implementation of the soft electronic materials has been hindered due to lack of scalable fine-patterning methods. In this report, we demonstrated facile general route for high throughput sub-micron patterning of soft materials, using spatially selective deep-ultraviolet irradiation. For organic and carbon-based materials, the highly energetic photons (e.g. deep-ultraviolet rays) enable direct photo-conversion from conducting/semiconducting to insulating state through molecular dissociation and disordering with spatial resolution down to a sub-μm-scale. The successful demonstration of organic semiconductor circuitry promise our result proliferate industrial adoption of soft materials for next generation electronics.

  14. Acoustic Emission Patterns and the Transition to Ductility in Sub-Micron Scale Laboratory Earthquakes (United States)

    Ghaffari, H.; Xia, K.; Young, R.


    We report observation of a transition from the brittle to ductile regime in precursor events from different rock materials (Granite, Sandstone, Basalt, and Gypsum) and Polymers (PMMA, PTFE and CR-39). Acoustic emission patterns associated with sub-micron scale laboratory earthquakes are mapped into network parameter spaces (functional damage networks). The sub-classes hold nearly constant timescales, indicating dependency of the sub-phases on the mechanism governing the previous evolutionary phase, i.e., deformation and failure of asperities. Based on our findings, we propose that the signature of the non-linear elastic zone around a crack tip is mapped into the details of the evolutionary phases, supporting the formation of a strongly weak zone in the vicinity of crack tips. Moreover, we recognize sub-micron to micron ruptures with signatures of 'stiffening' in the deformation phase of acoustic-waveforms. We propose that the latter rupture fronts carry critical rupture extensions, including possible dislocations faster than the shear wave speed. Using 'template super-shear waveforms' and their network characteristics, we show that the acoustic emission signals are possible super-shear or intersonic events. Ref. [1] Ghaffari, H. O., and R. P. Young. "Acoustic-Friction Networks and the Evolution of Precursor Rupture Fronts in Laboratory Earthquakes." Nature Scientific reports 3 (2013). [2] Xia, Kaiwen, Ares J. Rosakis, and Hiroo Kanamori. "Laboratory earthquakes: The sub-Rayleigh-to-supershear rupture transition." Science 303.5665 (2004): 1859-1861. [3] Mello, M., et al. "Identifying the unique ground motion signatures of supershear earthquakes: Theory and experiments." Tectonophysics 493.3 (2010): 297-326. [4] Gumbsch, Peter, and Huajian Gao. "Dislocations faster than the speed of sound." Science 283.5404 (1999): 965-968. [5] Livne, Ariel, et al. "The near-tip fields of fast cracks." Science 327.5971 (2010): 1359-1363. [6] Rycroft, Chris H., and Eran Bouchbinder

  15. Physical properties of an oxide photoresist film for submicron pattern lithography

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    Chiang, Donyau [Instrument Technology Research Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Hsinchu, 30076, Taiwan (China); Chang, Chun-Ming [Instrument Technology Research Center, National Applied Research Laboratories, Hsinchu, 30076, Taiwan (China); Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan (China); Chen, Shi-Wei [Nano Science Group, Scientific Research Division, National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu, 30076, Taiwan (China); Yang, Chin-Tien [Nanotechnology Research Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, 31040, Taiwan (China); Hsueh, Wen-Jeng [Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan (China)


    The minimum etched pits of 300 nm diameter and the trenches of 300 nm width with a 50 nm depth for both geometries are prepared in the GeSbSn oxide photoresist on the silicon substrates. The lithographic patterns are recorded by direct laser writing, using a 405 nm laser diode and 0.9 numerical aperture media disc mastering system. The developed pit diameters in an inorganic oxide photoresist are smaller than the exposed laser beam spot diameter due to thermal lithography. The crystal structures of the as-sputtered and the annealed powder samples scraped from the sputtered films are examined by X-ray diffractometer. The effect of the heating rate on the crystallization temperatures is evaluated by a differential scanning calorimeter and the crystallization activation energy is determined from Kissinger's plot. The optical and absorption characteristics of the oxides are strongly dependent on the oxygen flow rate during the reactive magnetron sputtering process. The transmittance of the deposited films increases and the absorption decreases with increasing oxygen flow rate, which implies that at high oxygen flow rate, the film resembles dielectric material. The oxygen flow rate during the deposition process is defined within a limited range to obtain the proper extinction coefficient. The working extinction coefficients of the films ranging from 0.5 to 0.8 are applied in this study to achieve the sharp and vertical edge of the etched pits and trenches of 50 nm depth. - Highlights: • A photoresist layer consisting GeSbSnO with submicron patterning for optical device applications. • The thermal, optical properties and crystallization behaviors are reported. • A better working extinction coefficient ranges are decided experimentally. • The ranges define minimum size of the etched marks with smooth boundary. • Thermal lithography concept is introduced to explain experimental results.

  16. Study on electrical properties of Ni-doped SrTiO3 ceramics using ...

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    Abstract. The ceramics, SrTiO3 (ST) and 0⋅4, 0⋅8 atom% Ni doped SrTiO3, were prepared by solid state re- action route. The average grain size of undoped and doped samples was measured and found to be 1⋅2, 1⋅9 and. 3⋅7 µm, respectively. The impedance measurements were conducted at 400–600°C to separate ...

  17. Imaging and tuning polarity at SrTiO3 domain walls. (United States)

    Frenkel, Yiftach; Haham, Noam; Shperber, Yishai; Bell, Christopher; Xie, Yanwu; Chen, Zhuoyu; Hikita, Yasuyuki; Hwang, Harold Y; Salje, Ekhard K H; Kalisky, Beena


    Electrostatic fields tune the ground state of interfaces between complex oxide materials. Electronic properties, such as conductivity and superconductivity, can be tuned and then used to create and control circuit elements and gate-defined devices. Here we show that naturally occurring twin boundaries, with properties that are different from their surrounding bulk, can tune the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface 2DEG at the nanoscale. In particular, SrTiO3 domain boundaries have the unusual distinction of remaining highly mobile down to low temperatures, and were recently suggested to be polar. Here we apply localized pressure to an individual SrTiO3 twin boundary and detect a change in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface current distribution. Our data directly confirm the existence of polarity at the twin boundaries, and demonstrate that they can serve as effective tunable gates. As the location of SrTiO3 domain walls can be controlled using external field stimuli, our findings suggest a novel approach to manipulate SrTiO3-based devices on the nanoscale.

  18. Fabricating superconducting interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films

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    Danfeng Li


    Full Text Available Realization of a fully metallic two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG at the interface between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films has been an exciting challenge. Here we present for the first time the successful realization of a superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between artificially grown LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 thin films. Our results highlight the importance of two factors—the growth temperature and the SrTiO3 termination. We use local friction force microscopy and transport measurements to determine that in normal growth conditions the absence of a robust metallic state at low temperature in the artificially grown LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is due to the nanoscale SrO segregation occurring on the SrTiO3 film surface during the growth and the associated defects in the SrTiO3 film. By adopting an extremely high SrTiO3 growth temperature, we demonstrate a way to realize metallic, down to the lowest temperature, and superconducting 2DEG at interfaces between LaAlO3 layers and artificially grown SrTiO3 thin films. This study paves the way to the realization of functional LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices and/or artificial LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces on other substrates.

  19. Continuous Draw Spinning of Extra-Long Silver Submicron Fibers with Micrometer Patterning Capability. (United States)

    Bai, Xiaopeng; Liao, Suiyang; Huang, Ya; Song, Jianan; Liu, Zhenglian; Fang, Minghao; Xu, Chencheng; Cui, Yi; Wu, Hui


    Ultrathin metal fibers can serve as highly conducting and flexible current and heat transport channels, which are essential for numerous applications ranging from flexible electronics to energy conversion. Although industrial production of metal fibers with diameters of down to 2 μm is feasible, continuous production of high-quality and low-cost nanoscale metal wires is still challenging. Herein, we report the continuous draw spinning of highly conductive silver submicron fibers with the minimum diameter of ∼200 nm and length of more than kilometers. We obtained individual AgNO3/polymer fibers by continuous drawing from an aqueous solution at a speed of up to 8 m/s. With subsequent heat treatment, freestanding Ag submicron fibers with high mechanical flexibility and electric conductivity have been obtained. Woven mats of aligned Ag submicron fibers were used as transparent electrodes with high flexibility and high performance with sheet resistance of 7 Ω sq(-1) at a transparency of 96%. Continuous draw spinning opened new avenues for scalable, flexible, and ultralow-cost fabrication of extra-long conductive ultrathin metal fibers.

  20. Tuning the local frictional and electrostatic responses of nanostructured SrTiO(3)-surfaces by self-assembled molecular monolayers. (United States)

    Paradinas, Markos; Garzón, Luis; Sánchez, Florencio; Bachelet, Romain; Amabilino, David B; Fontcuberta, Josep; Ocal, Carmen


    Exploiting the capability of preparing nanostructured bifunctional terminated SrTiO(3) substrates (SrO and TiO(2)), the surface properties have been locally tuned by employing a double bottom-up strategy which combines the use of chemically nanopatterned substrates with molecular self-assembly. The dynamics of surface diffusion that allows SrO and TiO(2) chemical-termination nano-patterning of the SrTiO(3) is first addressed. Second, termination-dependent heterogeneous nucleation is used to demonstrate that stearic acid selectively grows on the TiO(2) terminated terraces. This adsorption improves the frictional properties and modifies the surface contact potential. The possibility of simultaneously tailoring at the nanoscale different surface properties of widely employed oxide substrates is promising for building up new devices useful for emerging applications.

  1. Temperature-Dependent Electron-Electron Interaction in Graphene on SrTiO3. (United States)

    Ryu, Hyejin; Hwang, Jinwoong; Wang, Debin; Disa, Ankit S; Denlinger, Jonathan; Zhang, Yuegang; Mo, Sung-Kwan; Hwang, Choongyu; Lanzara, Alessandra


    The electron band structure of graphene on SrTiO3 substrate has been investigated as a function of temperature. The high-resolution angle-resolved photoemission study reveals that the spectral width at Fermi energy and the Fermi velocity of graphene on SrTiO3 are comparable to those of graphene on a BN substrate. Near the charge neutrality, the energy-momentum dispersion of graphene exhibits a strong deviation from the well-known linearity, which is magnified as temperature decreases. Such modification resembles the characteristics of enhanced electron-electron interaction. Our results not only suggest that SrTiO3 can be a plausible candidate as a substrate material for applications in graphene-based electronics but also provide a possible route toward the realization of a new type of strongly correlated electron phases in the prototypical two-dimensional system via the manipulation of temperature and a proper choice of dielectric substrates.

  2. Resistance switching at the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Zhao, J.L.; Sun, J.R.


    At the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 with film thickness of 3 unit cells or greater, a reproducible electric-field-induced bipolar resistance switching of the interfacial conduction is observed on nanometer scale by a biased conducting atomic force microscopy under vacuum environment. The switching...... behavior is suggested to be an intrinsic feature of the SrTiO3 single crystal substrates, which mainly originates from the modulation of oxygen ion transfer in SrTiO3 surface by external electric field in the vicinity of interface, whereas the LaAlO3 film acts as a barrier layer. © 2010 American Institute...

  3. Vacancy induced metallicity at the CaHfO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Nazir, Safdar


    Density functional theory is used to study the electronic properties of the oxide heterointerfaceCaHfO3/SrTiO3. Structural relaxation is carried out with and without O vacancies. As compared to related interfaces, strongly reduced octahedral distortions are found. Stoichiometric interfaces between the wide band gap insulatorsCaHfO3 and SrTiO3 turn out to exhibit an insulating state. However, interface metallicity is introduced by O vacancies, in agreement with experiment. The reduced octahedral distortions and necessity of O deficiency indicate a less complicated mechanism for the creation of the interfacial electron gas.

  4. Conductivity and structure of sub-micrometric SrTiO3-YSZ composites

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    Ruiz Trejo, Enrique; Thydén, Karl Tor Sune; Bonanos, Nikolaos


    of the SrTiO3 is attributed to the presence of Na. The consolidated composites were studied by impedance spectroscopy between 200 and 400°C and at a fixed temperature of 600°C with a scan in the partial pressure of oxygen. The composites did not exhibit high levels of ionic conductivity in the grain...... boundary nor the bulk. The conductivity of Na-free composites shows lower levels of conductivity than pure YSZ, while samples with Na showed increased conductivity. The conductivity of SrTiO3 exhibited an enhancement attributed to p-type conductivity, although contributions from protons cannot...

  5. Structure-Property Relation of SrTiO3/LaAlO3 Interfaces

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    Huijben, Mark; Brinkman, Alexander; Koster, Gertjan; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.; Hilgenkamp, Johannes W.M.; Blank, David H.A.


    A large variety of transport properties have been observed at the interface between the insulating oxides SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 such as insulation, 2D interface metallicity, 3D bulk metallicity, magnetic scattering, and superconductivity. The relation between the structure and the properties of the

  6. Controlling the Carrier Density of SrTiO3-Based Heterostructures with Annealing

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    Christensen, Dennis Valbjørn; von Soosten, Merlin; Trier, Felix


    The conducting interface between the insulating oxides LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO) displays numerous physical phenomena that can be tuned by varying the carrier density, which is generally achieved by electrostatic gating or adjustment of growth parameters. Here, it is reported how annealing in...

  7. Resonant soft x-ray scattering from stepped surfaces of SrTiO3

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    Schlappa, J.; Chang, C.F.; Hu, Z.; Schierle, E.; Ott, H.; Weschke, E.; Kaindl, G.; Huijben, Mark; Rijnders, Augustinus J.H.M.; Blank, David H.A.; Tjeng, L.H.; Schüssler-Langeheine, C.


    We studied the resonant diffraction signal from stepped surfaces of SrTiO3 at the Ti 2p ¿ 3d (L2,3) resonance in comparison with x-ray absorption (XAS) and specular reflectivity data. The steps on the surface form an artificial superstructure suitable as a model system for resonant soft x-ray

  8. Charge modulated interfacial conductivity in SrTiO3-based oxide heterostructures

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Stamate, Eugen; Pryds, Nini


    When depositing amorphous SrTiO3 (STO) films on crystalline STO substrates by pulsed laser deposition, metallic interfaces are observed, though both materials are band-gap insulators. The interfacial conductivity exhibits strong dependence on oxygen pressure during film growth, which is closely...

  9. EPR of photochromic Mo3+ in SrTiO3

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    Kool, Th.W.


    In single crystals of SrTiO_3, a paramagnetic center, characterized by S = 3/2 and hyperfine interaction with an I = 5/2 nuclear spin has been observed in the temperature range 4.2K-77K by means of EPR. The impurity center is attributed to Mo3+. No additional line splitting in the EPR spectrum due

  10. Resistance switching of the interfacial conductance in amorphous SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    Christensen, Dennis; Trier, Felix; Chen, Yunzhong

    Complex oxides have attracted a lot of interest recently as this class of material exhibits a plethora of remarkable properties. In particular, a great variety of properties is observed in the heterostructure composed of lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO3) and strontium titanate (SrTiO3). For instance...

  11. Phonon mechanism in the most dilute superconductor n-type SrTiO3. (United States)

    Gor'kov, Lev P


    Superconductivity of n-doped SrTiO3, which remained enigmatic for half a century, is treated as a particular case of nonadiabatic phonon pairing. Motivated by experiment, we suggest the existence of the mobility edge at some dopant concentration. The itinerant part of the spectrum consists of three conduction bands filling by electrons successively. Each subband contributes to the superconducting instability and exhibits a gap in its energy spectrum at low temperatures. We argue that superconductivity of n-doped SrTiO3 results from the interaction of electrons with several longitudinal (LO) optical phonons with frequencies much larger than the Fermi energy. Immobile charges under the mobility edge threshold increase the "optical" dielectric constant far above that in clean SrTiO3 placing control on the electron-LO phonon interaction. TC initially grows as density of states at the Fermi surface increases with doping, but the accumulating charges reduce the electrons-polar-phonon interaction by screening the longitudinal electric fields. The theory predicts maxima in the TC-concentration dependence indeed observed experimentally. Having reached a maximum in the third band, the transition temperature finally decreases, rounding out the TC (n) dome, the three maxima with accompanying superconducting gaps emerging consecutively as electrons fill successive bands. This arises from attributes of the LO optical phonon pairing of electrons. The mechanism of LO phonons opens the path to increasing superconducting transition temperature in bulk transition-metal oxides and other polar crystals, and in charged 2D layers at the LaAaO3/SrTiO3 interfaces and on the SrTiO3 substrates.

  12. Enhanced Etching, Surface Damage Recovery, and Submicron Patterning of Hybrid Perovskites using a Chemically Gas-Assisted Focused-Ion Beam for Subwavelength Grating Photonic Applications

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    Alias, Mohd Sharizal


    The high optical gain and absorption of organic–inorganic hybrid perovskites have attracted attention for photonic device applications. However, owing to the sensitivity of organic moieties to solvents and temperature, device processing is challenging, particularly for patterning. Here, we report the direct patterning of perovskites using chemically gas-assisted focused-ion beam (GAFIB) etching with XeF2 and I2 precursors. We demonstrate etching enhancement in addition to controllability and marginal surface damage compared to focused-ion beam (FIB) etching without precursors. Utilizing the GAFIB etching, we fabricated a uniform and periodic submicron perovskite subwavelength grating (SWG) absorber with broadband absorption and nanoscale precision. Our results demonstrate the use of FIB as a submicron patterning tool and a means of providing surface treatment (after FIB patterning to minimize optical loss) for perovskite photonic nanostructures. The SWG absorber can be patterned on perovskite solar cells to enhance the device efficiency through increasing light trapping and absorption.

  13. Enhanced Etching, Surface Damage Recovery, and Submicron Patterning of Hybrid Perovskites using a Chemically Gas-Assisted Focused-Ion Beam for Subwavelength Grating Photonic Applications. (United States)

    Alias, Mohd S; Yang, Yang; Ng, Tien K; Dursun, Ibrahim; Shi, Dong; Saidaminov, Makhsud I; Priante, Davide; Bakr, Osman M; Ooi, Boon S


    The high optical gain and absorption of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have attracted attention for photonic device applications. However, owing to the sensitivity of organic moieties to solvents and temperature, device processing is challenging, particularly for patterning. Here, we report the direct patterning of perovskites using chemically gas-assisted focused-ion beam (GAFIB) etching with XeF2 and I2 precursors. We demonstrate etching enhancement in addition to controllability and marginal surface damage compared to focused-ion beam (FIB) etching without precursors. Utilizing the GAFIB etching, we fabricated a uniform and periodic submicron perovskite subwavelength grating (SWG) absorber with broadband absorption and nanoscale precision. Our results demonstrate the use of FIB as a submicron patterning tool and a means of providing surface treatment (after FIB patterning to minimize optical loss) for perovskite photonic nanostructures. The SWG absorber can be patterned on perovskite solar cells to enhance the device efficiency through increasing light trapping and absorption.

  14. Microscopic characterization of Fe nanoparticles formed on SrTiO3(001 and SrTiO3(110 surfaces

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    Miyoko Tanaka


    Full Text Available Fe nanoparticles grown on SrTiO3 (STO {001} and {110} surfaces at room temperature have been studied in ultrahigh vacuum by means of transmission electron microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy. It was shown that some Fe nanoparticles grow epitaxially. They exhibit a modified Wulff shape: nanoparticles on STO {001} surfaces have truncated pyramid shapes while those on STO {110} surfaces have hexagonal shapes. From profile-view TEM images, approximate values of the adhesion energy of the nanoparticles for both shapes are obtained.

  15. UV-femtosecond laser ablation of SrTiO3 single crystals (United States)

    Zoppel, S.; Gray, D.; Farsari, M.; Merz, R.; Reider, G. A.; Fotakis, C.


    We have investigated the ablation behaviour of single crystal SrTiO3 with focus on the influence of the pulse duration at a wavelength of 248 nm. The experiments were performed with KrF-excimer lasers with pulse durations of 34 ns and 500 fs, respectively. Femtosecond-ablation turns out to be more efficient by one order of magnitude and to eliminate the known problem of cracking of SrTiO3 during laser machining with longer pulses [1],[2]. In addition, the cavities ablated with femtosecond pulses display a smoother surface with no indication of melting and well-defined, sharp edges. These effects can be explained by the reduced thermal shock effect on the material by using ultrashort pulses.

  16. Unified modelling of the thermoelectric properties in SrTiO3 (United States)

    Bouzerar, G.; Thébaud, S.; Adessi, Ch.; Debord, R.; Apreutesei, M.; Bachelet, R.; Pailhès, S.


    Thermoelectric materials are opening a promising pathway to address energy conversion issues governed by a competition between thermal and electronic transport. Improving the efficiency is a difficult task, a challenge that requires new strategies to unearth optimized compounds. We present a theory of thermoelectric transport in electron-doped SrTiO3, based on a realistic tight-binding model that includes relevant scattering processes. We compare our calculations against a wide panel of experimental data, both bulk and thin films. We find a qualitative and quantitative agreement over both a wide range of temperatures and carrier concentrations, from light to heavily doped. Moreover, the results appear insensitive to the nature of the dopant La, B, Gd and Nb. Thus, the quantitative success found in the case of SrTiO3, reveals an efficient procedure to explore new routes to improve the thermoelectric properties in oxides.

  17. From flexoelectricity to absolute deformation potentials: The case of SrTiO$_3$


    Stengel, Massimiliano


    Based on recent developments in the first-principles theory of flexoelectricity, we generalize the concept of absolute deformation potential to arbitrary nonpiezoelectric insulators and deformation fields. To demonstrate our formalism, we calculate the response of the band edges of SrTiO$_3$ to both dynamic (sound waves) and static (bending) mechanical loads, respectively at the bulk level and in a slab geometry. Our results have important implications for the understanding of strain-gradient...

  18. Nonvolatile resistive switching in Pt/laALO3/srTiO3 heterostructures

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    Wu, S.


    Resistive switching heterojunctions, which are promising for nonvolatile memory applications, usually share a capacitorlike metal-oxide-metal configuration. Here, we report on the nonvolatile resistive switching in Pt/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures, where the conducting layer near the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface serves as the "unconventional"bottom electrode although both oxides are band insulators. Interestingly, the switching between low-resistance and high-resistance states is accompanied by reversible transitions between tunneling and Ohmic characteristics in the current transport perpendicular to the planes of the heterojunctions. We propose that the observed resistive switching is likely caused by the electric-field-induced drift of charged oxygen vacancies across the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface and the creation of defect-induced gap states within the ultrathin LaAlO3 layer. These metal-oxide-oxide heterojunctions with atomically smooth interfaces and defect-controlled transport provide a platform for the development of nonvolatile oxide nanoelectronics that integrate logic and memory devices.

  19. Promoting Photocatalytic Overall Water Splitting by Controlled Magnesium Incorporation in SrTiO3Photocatalysts. (United States)

    Han, Kai; Lin, Yen-Chun; Yang, Chia-Min; Jong, Ronald; Mul, Guido; Mei, Bastian


    SrTiO 3 is a well-known photocatalyst inducing overall water splitting when exposed to UV irradiation of wavelengths water-splitting efficiency of the Mg:SrTiO x composites is up to 20 times higher compared to SrTiO 3 containing similar catalytic nanoparticles, and an apparent quantum yield (AQY) of 10 % can be obtained in the wavelength range of 300-400 nm. Detailed characterization of the Mg:SrTiO x composites revealed that Mg is likely substituting the tetravalent Ti ion, leading to a favorable surface-space-charge layer. This originates from tuning of the donor density in the cubic SrTiO 3 structure by Mg incorporation and enables high oxygen-evolution rates. Nevertheless, interfacing with an appropriate hydrogen evolution catalyst is mandatory and non-trivial to obtain high-performance in water splitting. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Nonvolatile Resistive Switching in Pt/LaAlO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} Heterostructures

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    Shuxiang Wu


    Full Text Available Resistive switching heterojunctions, which are promising for nonvolatile memory applications, usually share a capacitorlike metal-oxide-metal configuration. Here, we report on the nonvolatile resistive switching in Pt/LaAlO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} heterostructures, where the conducting layer near the LaAlO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} interface serves as the “unconventional” bottom electrode although both oxides are band insulators. Interestingly, the switching between low-resistance and high-resistance states is accompanied by reversible transitions between tunneling and Ohmic characteristics in the current transport perpendicular to the planes of the heterojunctions. We propose that the observed resistive switching is likely caused by the electric-field-induced drift of charged oxygen vacancies across the LaAlO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} interface and the creation of defect-induced gap states within the ultrathin LaAlO_{3} layer. These metal-oxide-oxide heterojunctions with atomically smooth interfaces and defect-controlled transport provide a platform for the development of nonvolatile oxide nanoelectronics that integrate logic and memory devices.

  1. Unveiling a two-dimensional electron gas with universal subbands at the surface of SrTiO3


    Santander-Syro, A. F.; Copie, O.; Kondo, T.; Fortuna, F.; Pailhes, S.; Weht, R.; Qiu, X. G.; Bertran, F.; Nicolaou, A.; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.; Fevre, P. Le; Herranz, G.; Bibes, M.; Apertet, Y.; Lecoeur, P.


    Similar to silicon that is the basis of conventional electronics, strontium titanate (SrTiO3) is the bedrock of the emerging field of oxide electronics. SrTiO3 is the preferred template to create exotic two-dimensional (2D) phases of electron matter at oxide interfaces, exhibiting metal-insulator transitions, superconductivity, or large negative magnetoresistance. However, the physical nature of the electronic structure underlying these 2D electron gases (2DEGs) remains elusive, although its ...

  2. Top-seeded solution growth of SrTiO3 single crystals virtually free of mosaicity (United States)

    Guguschev, Christo; Kok, Dirk J.; Juda, Uta; Uecker, Reinhard; Sintonen, Sakari; Galazka, Zbigniew; Bickermann, Matthias


    Strontium titanate (SrTiO3), a well-established traditional perovskite substrate as well as a promising substrate crystal for the epitaxy of new advanced perovskite-type thin films, suffers from the unavailability in adequate quality for the latter. To improve the situation attempts have been made to grow SrTiO3 at moderate temperatures (memory devices and to allow an in-depth analysis of intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing the properties of epitaxially grown oxide heterostructures.

  3. An Understanding of the Photocatalytic Properties and Pollutant Degradation Mechanism of SrTiO3 Nanoparticles. (United States)

    da Silva, Luís F; Lopes, Osmando F; de Mendonça, Vagner R; Carvalho, Kele T G; Longo, Elson; Ribeiro, Caue; Mastelaro, Valmor R


    Strontium titanate nanoparticles have attracted much attention due to their physical and chemical properties, especially as photocatalysts under ultraviolet irradiation. In this paper, we analyze the effect of heating rate during the crystallization process of SrTiO3 nanoparticles in the degradation of organic pollutants. The relationship between structural, morphological and photocatalytic properties of the SrTiO3 nanoparticles was investigated using different techniques. Transmission electron microscopy and N2 adsorption results show that particle size and surface properties are tuned by the heating rate of the SrTiO3 crystallization process. The SrTiO3 nanoparticles showed good photoactivity for the degradation of methylene blue, rhodamine B and methyl orange dyes, driven by a nonselective process. The SrTiO3 sample with the largest particle size exhibited higher photoactivity per unit area, independent of the molecule to be degraded. The results pointed out that the photodegradation of methylene blue dye catalyzed by SrTiO3 is caused by the action of valence band holes (direct pathway), and the indirect mechanism has a negligible effect, i.e. degradation by O2 (-•) and (•) OH radicals attack. © 2016 The American Society of Photobiology.

  4. Physics of SrTiO3-based heterostructures and nanostructures: a review. (United States)

    Pai, Yun-Yi; Tylan-Tyler, Anthony; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy


    1 Overview 1 1.1 Introduction 1 1.1.1 Oxide growth techniques are rooted in search for high-Tc superconductors 2 1.1.2 First reports of interface conductivity 2 1.2 2D physics 2 1.3 Emergent properties of oxide heterostructures and nanostructures 3 1.4 Outline 3 2 Relevant properties of SrTiO3 3 2.1 Structural properties and transitions 3 2.2 Ferroelectricity, Paraelectricity and Quantum Paraelectricity 4 2.3 Electronic structure 5 2.4 Defects 6 2.4.1 Oxygen vacancies 6 2.4.2 Terraces 7 2.5 Superconductivity 7 3 SrTiO3-based heterostructures and nanostructures 8 3.1 Varieties of heterostructures 8 3.1.1 SrTiO3 only 9 3.1.2 LaAlO3/SrTiO3 9 3.1.3 Other heterostructures formed with SrTiO3 10 3.2 Thin-film growth 10 3.2.1 Substrates 10 3.2.2 SrTiO3 surface treatment 11 3.2.3 Pulsed Laser Deposition 11 3.2.4 Atomic Layer Deposition 13 3.2.5 Molecular Beam Epitaxy 14 3.2.6 Sputtering 15 3.3 Device Fabrication 15 3.3.1 "Conventional" photolithography - Thickness Modulation, hard masks, etc. 15 3.3.2 Ion beam irradiation 16 3.3.3 Conductive-AFM lithography 16 4 Properties and phase diagram of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 16 4.1 Insulating state 16 4.2 Conducting state 17 4.2.1 Confinement thickness (the depth profile of the 2DEG) 17 4.3 Metal-insulator transition and critical thickness 18 4.3.1 Polar catastrophe ( electronic reconstruction) 18 4.3.2 Oxygen Vacancies 19 4.3.3 Interdiffusion 20 4.3.4 Polar Interdiffusion + oxygen vacancies + antisite pairs 20 4.3.5 Role of surface adsorbates 21 4.3.6 Hidden FE like distortion - Strain induced instability 21 4.4 Structural properties and transitions 21 4.5 Electronic band structure 22 4.5.1 Theory 22 4.5.2 Experiment 23 4.5.3 Lifshitz transition 24 4.6 Defects, doping, and compensation 25 4.7 Magnetism 25 4.7.1 Experimental evidence 25 4.7.2 Two types of magnetism 27 4.7.3 Ferromagnetism 27 4.7.4 Metamagnetism 28 4.8 Superconductivity 28 4.9 Optical properties 29 4.9.1 Photoluminesce experiments 29 4.9.2 Second Harmonic Generation 29 4.10 Coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism 30 4.11 Magnetic and conducting phases 30 5 Quantum transport in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures and microstructures 31 5.1 2D transport 31 5.2 Inhomogeneous Transport 31 5.3 Anisotropic Magnetoresistance 32 5.4 Spin-orbit coupling 32 5.5 Anomalous Hall Effect 34 5.6 Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) Oscillation 35 5.7 Quantum Hall Effect 37 5.8 Spintronic Effects 38 6 Quantum transport in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanostructures 39 6.1 Quasi-1D Superconductivity 39 6.2 Universal conductance fluctuations 40 6.3 Dissipationless Electronic Waveguides 40 6.4 Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUID) 41 6.5 Electron pairing without superconductivity 41 6.6 Tunable Electron-Electron Interaction 42 7 Outlook 43 7.1 Outstanding physics questions 43 7.1.1 Polar catastrophe (not) 43 7.1.2 Coexistence of phases 43 7.1.3 Novel superconducting states (e.g., FFLO, other pairing symmetries) 43 7.1.4 Magnetism mechanism 43 7.1.5 Exotic phases (eg. Majorana physics) 43 7.1.6 Luttinger liquids 44 7.2 Future applications 44 7.2.1 Spintronics 44 7.2.2 Quantum simulation 44 7.2.3 Qubits/quantum computing 44 7.2.4 Sensing 44 8 Figures 45 9 Reference 6. © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  5. Thermoelectric performance enhancement of SrTiO3 by Pr doping

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    Kahaly, M. Upadhyay


    We investigate Pr doping at the Sr site as a possible route to enhance the thermoelectric behavior of SrTiO3-based materials, using first principles calculations in full-potential density functional theory. The effects of the Pr dopant on the local electronic structure and resulting transport properties are compared to common Nb doping. We demonstrate a substantial enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit and develop an explanation for the positive effects, which opens new ways for materials optimization by substitutional doping at the perovskite B site. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

  6. Infiltrated SrTiO3:FeCr-based anodes for metalsupported SOFC

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Persson, Åsa Helen; Nielsen, Jimmi

    electronically conducting layers, into which electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. This paper presents the first results on single cell testing of 25 cm2 cells with 16 cm2 active area of a metal-supported SOFC were the anode backbone consists of a composite of Nbdoped SrTiO3 (STN...... changes occurring in the anode layer during testing. The results indicate that the STN component in the anode seems to have a positive effect on the corrosion stability of the FeCr-particles in the anode layer....

  7. Infiltrated SrTiO3:FeCr-based anodes for metalsupported SOFC

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Persson, Åsa Helen; Nielsen, Jimmi


    electronically conducting layers, into which electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. This paper presents the first results on single cell testing of 25 cm2 cells with 16 cm2 active area of a metal-supported SOFC were the anode backbone consists of a composite of Nbdoped SrTiO3 (STN...... changes occurring in the anode layer during testing. The results indicate that the STN component in the anode seems to have a positive effect on the corrosion stability of the FeCr-particles in the anode layer....

  8. Depth resolved domain mapping in tetragonal SrTiO3 by micro-Laue diffraction (United States)

    Merz, T. A.; Noad, H.; Xu, R.; Inoue, H.; Liu, W.; Hikita, Y.; Vailionis, A.; Moler, K. A.; Hwang, H. Y.


    We present depth resolved X-ray micro-Laue diffraction experiments on the low temperature domain structure of SrTiO3. At 80 K, monochromatic X-ray diffraction shows an elongated out-of-plane unit cell axis within a matrix of in-plane oriented tetragonal unit cells. Full deviatoric strain mappings from white beam diffraction show a dominance of two tetragonal domain orientations (x- and z-axes) over a large area of sample surface. This information sets an upper bound on domain wall widths and offers a method for studying 3D domain structure at low temperatures.

  9. Room temperature 2D electron gas at the (001)-SrTiO3 surface (United States)

    Gonzalez, Sara; Mathieu, Claire; Copie, Olivier; Feyer, Vitaliy; Schneider, Claus M.; Barrett, Nicholas


    Functional oxides and phenomena such as a 2D electron gas (2DEG) at oxide interfaces represent potential technological breakthroughs for post-CMOS electronics. Non-invasive techniques are required to study the surface chemistry and electronic structure, underlying their often unique electrical properties. The sensitivity of photoemission electron microscopy to chemistry and electronic structure makes it an invaluable tool for probing the near surface region of microscopic regions and domains of functional materials. We present results demonstrating a room temperature 2DEG at the (001)-SrTiO3 surface. The 2DEG is switched on by soft X-ray irradiation.

  10. Diversity of hydrogen configuration and its roles in SrTiO3−δ

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    Yoshiki Iwazaki


    Full Text Available As a source of carrier electron, various configurations of hydrogen in SrTiO3 are searched by using first-principles calculations. The most stable form of hydrogen is found to be H−, where doubly charged oxygen vacancy VO2+ changes into singly charged HO+. Most importantly, an additional H− is found to be weakly trapped by HO+, which completely neutralizes carrier electrons by forming (2HO0. These unexpected behaviors of hydrogen, which can explain reported experimental results, expand the role of the hydrogen in carrier-control technology in transition-metal oxides.

  11. Controlling the magnetism of oxygen surface vacancies in SrTiO3 through charging (United States)

    Brovko, Oleg O.; Tosatti, Erio


    We discuss, based on first-principles calculations, the possibility of tuning the magnetism of oxygen vacancies at the (001) surface of strontium titanate (SrTiO3). The magnetic moment of single and clustered vacancies stemming from Ti -O broken bonds can be both quenched and stabilized controllably by chemical potential adjustment associated with doping the system with electrons or holes. We discuss to what extent this route to magnetization state control is robust against other external influences such as chemical doping, mechanical action, and electric field. Such control of the vacancy state and magnetization can conceivably be achieved experimentally by using local probe tips.

  12. Ab initio study of the oxygen vacancy in SrTiO3 (United States)

    Astala, R.; Bristowe, P. D.


    The electrical properties of SrTiO3 are strongly dependent on the oxygen vacancy concentration. We have studied the atomic and electronic properties of a single oxygen vacancy using a local spin density approximation-plane-wave pseudopotential method. The total energies, relaxed geometries, valence charge and spin densities, and densities of electron states are calculated for different charge states of the vacancy. The doubly positively charged state is found to be the most stable. With some charge states, a spin-polarized defect state is observed. Furthermore, we have evaluated the formation energy of the vacancy in the OO→VO + ½O2 process.

  13. Ferroelectricity of strained SrTiO3 in lithium tetraborate glass-nanocomposite and glass-ceramic (United States)

    Abdel-Khalek, E. K.; Mohamed, E. A.; Kashif, I.


    Glass-nanocomposite (GNCs) sample of the composition [90Li2B4O7-10SrTiO3] (mol %) was prepared by conventional melt quenching technique. The glassy phase and the amorphous nature of the GNCs sample were identified by Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, respectively. DTA of the GNCs exhibits sharp and broad exothermic peaks which represent the crystallization of Li2B4O7 and SrTiO3, respectively. The tetragonal Li2B4O7 and tetragonal SrTiO3 crystalline phases in glass-ceramic (GC) were identified by XRD and scanning electron microscopic (SEM). The strain tetragonal SrTiO3 phase in GNCs and GC has been confirmed by SEM. The values of crystallization activation energies (Ec1 and Ec2) for the first and second exothermic peaks are equal to 174 and 1452 kJ/mol, respectively. The Ti3+ ions in tetragonal distorted octahedral sites in GNCs were identified by optical transmission spectrum. GNCs and GC samples exhibit broad dielectric anomalies at 303 and 319 K because of strained SrTiO3 ferroelectric, respectively.

  14. A novel structural expansion in SrTiO3 tuned by electric field and visible-light

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    Y. Li


    Full Text Available SrTiO3 is a model perovskite oxide of abundant physical properties, which are closely associated with internal oxygen vacancy (VO defects. Through in situ X-ray diffraction measurements, we observed a remarkable structural expansion in the near-surface region of (001-SrTiO3 induced by an external electric field. By repeated scanning and consistently monitoring the 002 reflections, forming process of the unique structural distortion was obtained and considered to be the results of electromigration and redistribution of VOs. Peculiarly, it was found that a much greater lattice distortion would occur rapidly in SrTiO3 under the illumination of visible light, and be effectively tuned depending on wavelength. We propose that the light effect stems from photo-excitation, which generates extra carriers and remarkably speeds up the diffusion of VOs. This work provides a feasible way towards tuning the kinetics of VOs and structure of SrTiO3 by combined stimuli of electric field and light illumination, yielding novel properties in above films as well as hetero-interface at SrTiO3-based oxide system.

  15. Electronic and optical properties of Cr-, B-doped, and (Cr, B)-codoped SrTiO3 (United States)

    Wu, Jiao; Huang, Wei-Qing; Yang, Ke; Wei, Zeng-Xi; Peng, P.; Huang, Gui-Fang


    Energy band engineering of semiconductors plays a crucial role in exploring high-efficiency visible-light response photocatalysts. Herein, we systematically study the electronic properties and optical response of Cr-, B-doped SrTiO3, and (Cr, B)-codoped SrTiO3 by using first-principles calculations to explore the mechanism for its superior photocatalytic activities in the visible light region. Special emphasis is placed on uncovering the synergy effects of nonmetal B dopant with metal Cr dopant at different cation sites. It is found that the electronic properties and optical absorption of SrTiO3 can be dramatically engineered by mono- or co-doping. In particular, the intermediate levels lying in the bandgap of the codoped SrTiO3 relay on the Cr impurity doped at Sr or Ti cation sites. Moreover, the (Cr@Sr, B@O)-SrTiO3 retains the charge balancing without the generation of unexpected oxygen vacancies, and is more desirable for solar light harvesting due to its higher absorption than others in the entire visible light. The findings can rationalize the available experimental results and are helpful in designing SrTiO3-based photocatalysts with high-efficiency performance.

  16. Surface structure and electrochemical properties of platinum films grown on SrTiO3(100) substrates (United States)

    Kasai, Masahiro; Dohi, Hideyuki


    We fabricated Pt films on SrTiO3 (STO)(100) using a DC-magnetron sputtering method to investigate the preferred orientation, surface structure, and electrochemical property. A film grown at 400 °C showed the two-dimensional polycrystalline features of Pt(111). Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) showed diffraction patterns independent of the in-plane incident angle of the film. Films grown at 600 and 700 °C exhibited a preferred orientation of Pt(100) and (110). The films exhibited the morphology of faceted islands with roughness of several tens of nm, which consisted of two kinds of domains, namely a domain with preferred orientation of (100) and one with (110). The (100) and (110) domains had 45-degree twin boundaries, which were observed as V-shaped streaks by RHEED. The (100) domain was aligned in orientation of [011]Pt//[010]STO, which suggests that the binding strength of the (110) plane at the interface was larger than that of the (100). With a further increase in the growth temperature up to 750 °C, the film primarily showed a preferred orientation of (100) with an in-plane orientation of [010]Pt//[010]STO. The film also showed an island structure; however, atomic force microscopy revealed that the top was atomically flat.

  17. Dielectric and ferroelectric properties of strain-relieved epitaxial lead-free KNN-LT-LS ferroelectric thin films on SrTiO3 substrates (United States)

    Abazari, M.; Akdoǧan, E. K.; Safari, A.


    We report the growth of single-phase (K0.44,Na0.52,Li0.04)(Nb0.84,Ta0.10,Sb0.06)O3 thin films on SrRuO3 coated ⟨001⟩ oriented SrTiO3 substrates by using pulsed laser deposition. Films grown at 600°C under low laser fluence exhibit a ⟨001⟩ textured columnar grained nanostructure, which coalesce with increasing deposition temperature, leading to a uniform fully epitaxial highly stoichiometric film at 750°C. However, films deposited at lower temperatures exhibit compositional fluctuations as verified by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. The epitaxial films of 400-600nm thickness have a room temperature relative permittivity of ˜750 and a loss tangent of ˜6% at 1kHz. The room temperature remnant polarization of the films is 4μC /cm2, while the saturation polarization is 7.1μC/cm2 at 24kV/cm and the coercive field is ˜7.3kV/cm. The results indicate that approximately 50% of the bulk permittivity and 20% of bulk spontaneous polarization can be retained in submicron epitaxial KNN-LT-LS thin film, respectively. The conductivity of the films remains to be a challenge as evidenced by the high loss tangent, leakage currents, and broad hysteresis loops.

  18. Structural and Magnetic Properties of LaCoO3/SrTiO3 Multilayers. (United States)

    Zhang, Hongrui; Zhang, Jing; Yang, Huaiwen; Lan, Qianqian; Hong, Deshun; Wang, Shufang; Shen, Xi; Khan, Tahira; Yu, Richeng; Sun, Jirong; Shen, Baogen


    Structural and magnetic properties of the LaCoO3/SrTiO3 (LCO/STO) multilayers (MLs) with a fixed STO layer of 4 nm but varied LCO layer thicknesses have been systematically studied. The MLs grown on Sr0.7La0.3Al0.65Ta0.35O3 (LSAT) and SrTiO3 (STO) exhibit the in-plane lattice constant of the substrates, but those on LaAlO3 (LAO) show the in-plane lattice constant between those of the first two kinds of MLs. Compared with the LCO single layer (SL), the magnetic order of the MLs is significantly enhanced, as demonstrated by a very slow decrease, which is fast for the SL, of the Curie temperature and the saturation magnetization as the LCO layer thickness decreases. For example, clear ferromagnetic order is observed in the ML with the LCO layer of ∼1.5 nm, whereas it vanishes below ∼6 nm for the LCO SL. This result is consistent with the observation that the dark stripes, which are believed to be closely related to the magnetic order, remain clear in the MLs while they are vague in the corresponding LCO SL. The present work suggests a novel route to tune the magnetism of perovskite oxide films.

  19. Surface effects on the photoconducting properties of SrTiO3 thin films (United States)

    Bachi, N.; Bridoux, G.; Villafuerte, M.; Ferreyra, J. M.; Kim, J.; Figueroa, C.; Heluani, S. P.


    We report a study of the photoconducting properties of semiconducting SrTiO3 thin films. The photoconducting spectrum shows a pronounced rise around 3.2 eV with a typical indirect gap dependence, involving a transversal optical phonon of 25 meV. While these features remain unaltered under the influence of an applied electric field in ambient conditions, in a vacuum the rest of the spectrum does not, shifting to lower energies for higher electric fields. Time dependent photoconductivity response while illumination is applied confirms the loss of efficiency of the 3.7 eV transition. At low-temperatures, the photoconducting spectrum at low-electric fields has striking similarities to the ones at room-temperature for high-electric fields. This ability to control the photoconducting response through external parameters is explained considering a model of a downward band bending generated by oxygen vacancies at the surface in concomitant with recent findings at the surface of SrTiO3.

  20. Switchable Induced Polarization in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Heterostructures

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    Bark, C [University of Wisconsin, Madison; Sharma, P. [University of Nebraska; Wang, Y. [University of Nebraska; Baek, Seung Hyub [University of Wisconsin, Madison; Lee, S. [University of Wisconsin, Madison; Ryu, S. [University of Wisconsin, Madison; Folkman, C H [University of Wisconsin; Paudel, Tula R [ORNL; Kumar, Amit [ORNL; Kalinin, Sergei V [ORNL; Sokolov, A. [University of Nebraska; Tsymbal, E Y [University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Rzchowski, M [University of Wisconsin; Gruverman, Alexei [ORNL; Eom, Professor Chang-Beom [University of Wisconsin, Madison


    Demonstration of a tunable conductivity of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces drew significant attention to the development of oxide electronic structures where electronic confinement can be reduced to the nanometer range. While the mechanisms for the conductivity modulation are quite different and include metal insulator phase transition and surface charge writing, generally it is implied that this effect is a result of electrical modification of the LaAlO3 surface (either due to electrochemical dissociation of surface adsorbates or free charge deposition) leading to the change in the twodimensional electron gas (2DEG) density at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) interface. In this paper, using piezoresponse force microscopy we demonstrate a switchable electromechanical response of the LAO overlayer, which we attribute to the motion of oxygen vacancies through the LAO layer thickness. These electrically induced reversible changes in bulk stoichiometry of the LAO layer are a signature of a possible additional mechanism for nanoscale oxide 2DEG control on LAO/STO interfaces.

  1. Properties of epitaxial LaMnO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. (United States)

    Christen, Hans M.; Kim, Dae Ho; Lee, Ho Nyung; Varela, Maria; Petit, Leon; Schulthess, Thomas


    Electronic effects at interfaces between dissimilar oxides are known to have fundamental consequences on their transport and magnetic properties. Interfaces between the band insulator SrTiO3 and the antiferromagnetic charge-transfer insulator LaMnO3 provide a particularly interesting platform to test such effects. Both perovskites are grown epitaxially by pulsed-laser deposition, and electron energy loss spectra (EELS) collected in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) show interfacial valence changes on the Mn-sites, while Ti remains in a 4+ state even in direct contact with the LaO layer of the LaMnO3. This observation is fully consistent with computational results obtained for such structures using the self-interaction corrected (SIC) local spin density (LSD) method. In this presentation, we discuss the physical origin and consequences of these valence changes in single interfaces as well as LaMnO3/SrTiO3 superlattices. This research was sponsored by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, U.S. Department of Energy, under contract DE-AC05-00OR22725 with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), managed and operated by UT-Battelle, LLC, and ORNL's Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program.

  2. Electric field effects in graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures and nanostructures

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    Mengchen Huang


    Full Text Available We report the development and characterization of graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. Complex-oxide heterostructures are created by pulsed laser deposition and are integrated with graphene using both mechanical exfoliation and transfer from chemical-vapor deposition on ultraflat copper substrates. Nanoscale control of the metal-insulator transition at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, achieved using conductive atomic force microscope lithography, is demonstrated to be possible through the graphene layer. LaAlO3/SrTiO3-based electric field effects using a graphene top gate are also demonstrated. The ability to create functional field-effect devices provides the potential of graphene-complex-oxide heterostructures for scientific and technological advancement.

  3. Quantization of Hall Resistance at the Metallic Interface between an Oxide Insulator and SrTiO3

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    Trier, Felix; Prawiroatmodjo, Guenevere E. D. K.; Zhong, Zhicheng


    The two-dimensional metal forming at the interface between an oxide insulatorand SrTiO3 provides new opportunities for oxide electronics. However, the quantum Hall effect, one of the most fascinating effects of electrons confined in two dimensions, remains underexplored at these complex oxide...... heterointerfaces. Here, we report the experimental observation of quantized Hall resistance in a SrTiO3 heterointerface based on the modulation-doped amorphous-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure, which exhibits both highelectron mobility exceeding 10, 000 cm2/V s and low carrier density on the order of ~1012 cm-2....... Along with unambiguous Shubnikov-de Haasoscillations, the spacing of the quantized Hall resistance suggests that the interface is comprised of a single quantum well with ten parallel conducting two-dimensional subbands. This provides new insight into the electronic structure of conducting oxide...

  4. Impact of biaxial compressive strain on the heterostructures of paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3

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    Yi Yang


    Full Text Available We have performed density functional theory calculations to explore the impact of biaxial compressive strain on the heterostructures of paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3. We find that the strain induces strong ferroelectric distortion in KTaO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures and it stabilizes the heterostructures in ferroelectric states.The strain influences the distribution of doped holes and leads to the localization of holes in TiO2 layer. It is very interesting that ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism simultaneously present in the strained heterostructures formed by the paraelectrics KTaO3 and SrTiO3. The reversal of ferroelectric polarization changes the interface magnetization and thus results in magnetoelectric coupling effect in the heterostructures.

  5. Electric field effects in graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures and nanostructures (United States)

    Huang, Mengchen; Jnawali, Giriraj; Hsu, Jen-Feng; Dhingra, Shonali; Lee, Hyungwoo; Ryu, Sangwoo; Bi, Feng; Ghahari, Fereshte; Ravichandran, Jayakanth; Chen, Lu; Kim, Philip; Eom, Chang-Beom; D'Urso, Brian; Irvin, Patrick; Levy, Jeremy


    We report the development and characterization of graphene/LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. Complex-oxide heterostructures are created by pulsed laser deposition and are integrated with graphene using both mechanical exfoliation and transfer from chemical-vapor deposition on ultraflat copper substrates. Nanoscale control of the metal-insulator transition at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, achieved using conductive atomic force microscope lithography, is demonstrated to be possible through the graphene layer. LaAlO3/SrTiO3-based electric field effects using a graphene top gate are also demonstrated. The ability to create functional field-effect devices provides the potential of graphene-complex-oxide heterostructures for scientific and technological advancement.

  6. Preparation of Compensation Ions Codoped SrTiO3:Pr3+ Red Phosphor with the Sol-Gel Method and Study of Its Luminescence Enhancement Mechanism

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    Dan Guo


    Full Text Available SrTiO3:Pr3+ is the most representative titanate matrix red phosphor for field emission display (FED. The red luminous efficiency of SrTiO3:Pr3+ will be greatly improved after the compensation ions codoping, so SrTiO3:Pr3+ red phosphor has been a research focus at home and abroad. SrTiO3:Pr3+, SrTiO3:Pr3+, Mg2+, and SrTiO3:Pr3+, Al3+ phosphors are synthesized by a new sol-gel method. Crystal structure, spectral characteristics, and luminescence enhancement mechanism of the sample were studied by XRD and PL spectra. The results showed that after co-doped, SrTiO3:Pr3+ phosphor is single SrTiO3 cubic phase, the main emission front is located at 614 nm, corresponding to Pr3+ ions 1D2→3H4 transition emission. SrTiO3:Pr3+, Mg2+ and SrTiO3:Pr3+, Al3+ phosphor luminescence intensity is enhanced, but the main luminescence mechanism is not changed. Acceptor impurity x = Mg2+, Al3+ will replace Ti bit after being doped into the crystal lattice to form XTi- charge compensation corresponding defect centers PrSr+ to reduce the demand of Sr2+ or Ti3+ vacancy. While Sr-doped Pr will make lattice distortion and transition energy of 4f-5d is very sensitive to crystal electric field changes around Pr atom. Doping different impurities will make electric field distribution around the icon have a different change. It increases energy transfer of 4f-5d transition and improves the luminous intensity of SrTiO3:Pr3+ red phosphor.

  7. Performance-Microstructure Relations in Ni/CGO Infiltrated Nb-doped SrTiO3 SOFC Anodes

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    Ramos, Tania; Bernuy-Lopez, Carlos; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar


    Nb-doped SrTiO3 solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes, infiltrated with CGO/Ni, were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and high resolution microscopy techniques, upon varying production and testing parameters. The electrochemical analysis involved a combination of distrib......Nb-doped SrTiO3 solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes, infiltrated with CGO/Ni, were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and high resolution microscopy techniques, upon varying production and testing parameters. The electrochemical analysis involved a combination...

  8. Visible-light-enhanced gating effect at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Lei, Y.; Li, Y.; Chen, Yunzhong


    Electrostatic gating field and light illumination are two widely used stimuli for semiconductor devices. Via capacitive effect, a gate field modifies the carrier density of the devices, while illumination generates extra carriers by exciting trapped electrons. Here we report an unusual illumination......-enhanced gating effect in a two-dimensional electron gas at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, which has been the focus of emergent phenomena exploration. We found that light illumination decreases, rather than increases, the carrier density of the gas when the interface is negatively gated through the SrTiO3 layer...

  9. Spin-Orbit-Enhanced Functionality in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Nanostructures (United States)


    two- dimensional electron gas and conductivity switching of nanowires at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface grown by 90° off-axis sputtering," Applied...rectangular area that is 200 nm wide. Transport experiments are performed as a function of a plane-perpendicular magnetic field up to 50 kOe, and as a... insulator transition of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface with a conductive-atomic force microscope (c-AFM) technique has enabled a variety of electrical and

  10. The effect of Rhδ+ dopant in SrTiO3 on the active oxidation state of co-catalytic Pt nanoparticles in overall water splitting

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    Zoontjes, M.G.C.; Han, Kai; Han, K.; Huijben, Mark; van der Wiel, Wilfred Gerard; Mul, Guido


    We report on the oxidation state of Pt nanoparticles when deposited on SrTiO3 or Rh-doped SrTiO3 under realistic solar water-splitting conditions. The oxidation state was investigated using state-of-the-art analysis of the reaction in a continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) connected to a micro

  11. Picosecond ultrafast pulsed laser deposition of SrTiO3 (United States)

    Pervolaraki, M.; Mihailescu, C. N.; Luculescu, C. R.; Ionescu, P.; Dracea, M. D.; Pantelica, D.; Giapintzakis, J.


    SrTiO3 particle-composed films were grown on Si substrates via picosecond ultrafast pulsed laser deposition. We have investigated the effect of laser pulse repetition rate (0.2-8.2 MHz) and fluence (0.079-1.57 J cm-2) on the morphology, crystallinity and stoichiometry of the films. X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy measurements demonstrated that the as-grown films were nearly stoichiometric and composed of large particles when a pulse repetition rate of 0.2 MHz was employed. However, at the higher repetition rate of 8.2 MHz the particle size decreased and the stoichiometry was altered. Finally, we attribute the formation of micron-size particle-composed films to the slow translation speed in relation to the high pulse repetition rates (kHz-MHz regime).

  12. Infiltrated SrTiO3:FeCr‐based Anodes for Metal‐Supported SOFC

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Persson, Åsa Helen


    The concept of using electronically conducting anode backbones with subsequent infiltration of electrocatalytic active materials has been used to develop an alternative solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) design based on a ferritic stainless steel support. The anode backbone consists of a composite made...... of Nb‐doped SrTiO3 (STN) and FeCr stainless steel. A number of different experimental routes and analysis techniques have been used to evaluate the microstructural and chemical changes occurring in the composite anode layer during electrochemical testing at intermediate temperatures (650 °C). STN and Fe......Cr stainless steel was found to be compatible on the macro‐scale level, however, some micro‐scale chemical interaction was observed. The composite anode backbone showed a promising corrosion resistance, with a decrease in formation of Cr2O3 on the FeCr particles, when exposed to SOFC operating...

  13. Octahedral rotations in strained LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (001 heterostructures

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    T. T. Fister


    Full Text Available Many complex oxides display an array of structural instabilities often tied to altered electronic behavior. For oxide heterostructures, several different interfacial effects can dramatically change the nature of these instabilities. Here, we investigate LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (001 heterostructures using synchrotron x-ray scattering. We find that when cooling from high temperature, LaAlO3 transforms from the Pm3¯m to the Imma phase due to strain. Furthermore, the first 4 unit cells of the film adjacent to the substrate exhibit a gradient in rotation angle that can couple with polar displacements in films thinner than that necessary for 2D electron gas formation.

  14. Modification of SrTiO3 single-crystalline surface after plasma flow treatment

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    Levin, Alexandr A.; Weissbach, Torsten; Leisegang, Tilmann; Meyer, Dirk C. [Institut fuer Strukturphysik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Kulagin, Nikolay A. [Kharkiv National University for Radioelectronics, av. Shakespeare 6-48, 61045 Kharkiv (Ukraine); Langer, Enrico [Institut fuer Festkoerperphysik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01062 Dresden (Germany)


    Surface of pure and transition metal-doped SrTiO3(STO) single crystals before and after hydrogen plasma-flow treatment (energy of 5..20 J/cm2) is investigated by wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXRD), fluorescence X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques. Plasma treatment results in the formation of a textured polycrystalline layer at the surface of the single-crystalline samples with different orientation. The formation of the quasi-ordered structures consisting of nanoscale-sized pyramids is observed by SEM. XANES evidences the change of the valency of the part of Ti4+ to Ti3+ due to the plasma treatment. The data obtained together with results of X-ray spectroscopy measurements gives evidences of the change of stoichiometry of the STO samples resulting in a change of their physical properties after plasma treatment.

  15. Theoretical models of Rashba spin splitting in asymmetric SrTiO3-based heterostructures (United States)

    van Heeringen, L. W.; McCollam, A.; de Wijs, G. A.; Fasolino, A.


    Rashba spin splitting in two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor systems is generally calculated in a k .p Luttinger-Kohn approach where the spin splitting due to asymmetry emerges naturally from the bulk band structure. In recent years, several new classes of 2D systems have been discovered where electronic correlations are believed to have an important role. In these correlated systems, the effects of asymmetry leading to Rashba splitting have typically been treated phenomenologically. We compare these two approaches for the case of 2D electron systems in SrTiO3-based heterostructures, and find that the two models produce fundamentally different behavior in regions of the Brillouin zone that are particularly relevant for magnetotransport. Our results demonstrate the importance of identifying the correct approach in the quantitative interpretation of experimental data, and are likely to be relevant to a range of 2D systems in correlated materials.

  16. The role of titanium at the SrTiO3/GaAs epitaxial interface (United States)

    Meunier, B.; Bachelet, R.; Grenet, G.; Botella, C.; Regreny, P.; Largeau, L.; Penuelas, J.; Saint-Girons, G.


    We study the role of a Ti surface treatment applied to the As-terminated GaAs (001) substrate surface prior to SrTiO3 (STO) epitaxial growth by comparing STO/GaAs samples prepared with and without Ti interlayers. Reflection high energy electron diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are used to assess the structural and chemical properties of the layers and interfaces. Without Ti interlayer, a polycrystalline TiGa compound is formed near the interface. It significantly degrades STO structural properties. A Ti interlayer efficiently prevents the formation of this unwanted compound by limiting As desorption from the GaAs substrate during STO growth. It improves significantly the structural quality of the oxide layer.

  17. Growing LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces by sputter deposition

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    I. M. Dildar


    Full Text Available Sputter deposition of oxide materials in a high-pressure oxygen atmosphere is a well-known technique to produce thin films of perovskite oxides in particular. Also interfaces can be fabricated, which we demonstrated recently by growing LaAlO3 on SrTiO3 substrates and showing that the interface showed the same high degree of epitaxy and atomic order as is made by pulsed laser deposition. However, the high pressure sputtering of oxides is not trivial and number of parameters are needed to be optimized for epitaxial growth. Here we elaborate on the earlier work to show that only a relatively small parameter window exists with respect to oxygen pressure, growth temperature, radiofrequency power supply and target to substrate distance. In particular the sensitivity to oxygen pressure makes it more difficult to vary the oxygen stoichiometry at the interface, yielding it insulating rather than conducting.

  18. Enhanced carrier density in Nb-doped SrTiO3 thermoelectrics

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    Ozdogan, K.


    We study epitaxial SrTiO3 interfaced with Nb-doped SrTi1-x Nb x O3 (x = 0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.375, and 0.5) by full-potential density functional theory. From the electronic band structures obtained by our ab-initio calculations we determine the dependence of the induced metallicity on the Nb concentration. We obtain a monotonous increase of the carrier density with the Nb concentration. The results are confirmed by experiments for SrTi0.88Nb0.12O3 and SrTi0.8Nb0.2O3, demonstrating the predictive power and limitations of our theoretical approach. We also show that the Seebeck coefficient decreases monotonously with increasing temperature.

  19. One-step electrospinning route of SrTiO3-modified Rutile TiO2nanofibers and its photocatalytic properties (United States)

    Zhao, Weijie; Zhang, Jing; Pan, Jiaqi; Qiu, Jianfeng; Niu, Jiantao; Li, Chaorong


    The SrTiO3 modified rutile TiO2 composite nanofibers were synthesized by a simple electrospinning technique. The result of XRD, SEM and TEM indicate that the SrTiO3/TiO2 heterojuction has been prepared successfully. Compared with the TiO2 and SrTiO3, the photocatalytic activity of the SrTiO3/TiO2 (rutile) for the degradation of methyl orange exhibits an obvious enhancement under UV illumination. which is almost 2 times than that of bare TiO2 (rutile) nanofiber. Further, the high crystallinity and photon-generated carrier separation of the SrTiO3/TiO2 heterojuction are considered as the main reason for this enhancement.

  20. O deficient LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110) and (001) superlattices under hydrostatic pressure: a comparative first principles study

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    Albar, Arwa


    We compare the electronic properties of O deficient LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices oriented along the (001) and (110) directions, taking into account the effect of hydrostatic compression and tension. Interfacial O vacancies turn out to be less likely in the case of the (110) orientation, with compression (tension) reducing (enhancing) the energy cost for both orientations. The presence of O vacancies results in the formation of a two-dimensional electron gas, for which we observe a distinct spatial pattern of carrier density that depends strongly on the amount of applied pressure. We clarify the interrelation between structural features and the properties of this electron gas (confinement, carrier density, and mobility).

  1. Magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Fe and Co slabs and clusters on SrTiO3 by first-principles

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    Li, Dongzhe; Barreteau, Cyrille; Smogunov, Alexander


    In this paper, we present a detailed theoretical investigation of the electronic and magnetic properties of ferromagnetic slabs and clusters deposited on SrTiO3 via first-principles calculations, with a particular emphasis on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MCA). We found that in the case of Fe...

  2. Synthesis of Non-uniformly Pr-doped SrTiO3 Ceramics and Their Thermoelectric Properties

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    Mehdizadeh Dehkordi, Arash


    We demonstrate a novel synthesis strategy for the preparation of Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics via a combination of solid state reaction and spark plasma sintering techniques. Polycrystalline ceramics possessing a unique morphology can be achieved by optimizing the process parameters, particularly spark plasma sintering heating rate. The phase and morphology of the synthesized ceramics were investigated in detail using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microcopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy It was observed that the grains of these bulk Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics were enhanced with Pr-rich grain boundaries. Electronic and thermal transport properties were also investigated as a function of temperature and doping concentration Such a microstructure was found to give rise to improved thermoelectric properties. Specifically, it resulted in a significant improvement in carrier mobility and the thermoelectric power factor. Simultaneously, it also led to a marked reduction in the thermal conductivity. As a result, a significant improvement (> 30%) in the thermoelectric figure of merit was achieved for the whole temperature range over all previously reported maximum values for SrTiO3-based ceramics. This synthesis demonstrates the steps for the preparation of bulk polycrystalline ceramics of non-uniformly Pr-doped SrTiO3.

  3. The atomic surface structure of SrTiO3 (001) studied with synchrotron X-rays

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    Vonk, V.; Konings, S.; van Hummel, G.J.; Harkema, Sybolt; Graafsma, H


    The atomic surface structure of single terminated SrTiO3(0 0 1) (1 × 1) is investigated employing surface X-ray diffraction. In order to obtain these surfaces a special treatment is needed consisting of chemical etching and annealing. Since this is done in an aqueous and subsequently oxygen

  4. Impact of cleaning methods on the structural properties and morphology of SrTiO3 surface (United States)

    Arnay, Iciar; Rubio-Zuazo, Juan; Castro, German R.


    SrTiO3 is a widely used substrate for the epitaxial growth of complex systems. Nevertheless, in order to get good quality interface and avoid the formation of defects in the adsorbed layer it is essential to prepare the surface of the substrate prior to the deposition. Thermal and chemical treatments are mostly used to eliminate superficial contamination and improve the surface quality. However, there is a lack of information regarding the impact of these treatments on the formation of structural defects at the SrTiO3 surface. In this work we present a detailed characterization of the SrTiO3 surface for the different cleaning methods paying special attention to the formation of oxygen vacancies, large surface mosaicity and roughness. We prove that thermal treatment induces large surface roughness and that chemical etching produces important structural defects at the surface. Our results show that mechanical polishing provided the best compromise in terms of large surface domains, low roughness, absence of oxygen vacancies and absence of atomic structure modification, although with the presence of low level of contaminants at the SrTiO3 surface.

  5. Preparation and characterization of SrTiO3-Ag/AgCl hybrid composite with promoted plasmonic visible light excited photocatalysis (United States)

    Shen, Hongfang; Wei, Hongyu; Pan, Zhidong; Lu, Youjun; Wang, Yanmin


    An efficient visible light responsive photocatalyst hybrid composite SrTiO3-Ag/AgCl was prepared via hydrothermal method and subsequent chemical precipitation/in-situ photoreduction at room temperature. The phase structure, morphology, element mapping distribution, surface chemical composition, specific surface area, and light absorption ability of the samples were characterized. The transient photocurrent response and electrochemical impedance under visible light illumination indicate that SrTiO3-Ag/AgCl composite possesses a more intense photocurrent response and a smaller surface resistance than SrTiO3 and Ag/AgCl due to the lower electrons-holes recombination. SrTiO3-Ag/AgCl composite exhibits an obvious promoted visible light excited photovcatalytic activity in photodecomposition of methyl orange, rhodamine B and phenol, compared to SrTiO3 and Ag/AgCl. A possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed, indicating that the synergistic effect of surface plasmonic resonance of Ag0 photoreduced from AgCl and decreased the recombination rate of photogenerated carriers through transferring electrons from the surface of Ag0 to SrTiO3 promote the excellent photocatalytic activity of SrTiO3-Ag/AgCl. Moreover, the photodegradation reaction process of methyl orange, rhodamine B and phenol on SrTiO3-Ag/AgCl follows the pseudo-first-order kinetic model, and the reaction rate constants are approximately 10 times greater than those on Ag/AgCl. Four-recycling photocatalytic process of methyl orange on SrTiO3-Ag/AgCl also indicates a superior stability and durability.

  6. Controlling the conductivity of amorphous LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces by in-situ application of an electric field during fabrication

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    Trier, Felix; Amoruso, S.; Christensen, Dennis Valbjørn


     ≤ 20 V) during film growth. By modulating the charge balance of the arriving plasma species, interfacial conduction of the amorphous-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures shifts from metallic to insulating via a semiconducting-like characteristic transport mode. This remarkable behavior is explained...... by a modification of the Al-ion flux impinging the SrTiO3 surface, which alters the amount of near-interface oxygen vacancies being formed at the SrTiO3 surface....

  7. Magnetic two-dimensional electron gas at the manganite-buffered LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    R. Zhang, H.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, H.


    Fabrication of highly mobile spin-polarized two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) is crucially important for both fundamental and applied research. Usually, spin polarization appears below 10 K for the 2DEG of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, stemming from the magnetic ordering of Ti3+ ions with the mediat...... high. The magnetism likely results from a gradient manganese interdiffusion into SrTiO3. The present work demonstrates the great potential of manganite-buffered LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces for spintronic applications....

  8. Effect of SrTiO3 on dielectric and piezoelectric properties of NBT (United States)

    Rajani Malathi, A.; Kumar, G. S.; Prasad, G.


    Composites of (1 - x)Na0.5Bi0.5TiO3-(x)SrTiO3, where x = 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.9 are studied. Individual compounds are synthesized by sol gel, and composites are prepared by solid-state sintering process. Through the analysis of X-ray diffraction, lattice parameters are obtained and, from scanning electron microscope (SEM), micro-structure of the samples is observed. The depolarization temperature (Td) and the Curie temperature (Tc) are determined from dielectric studies. Relaxor behavior of the samples is interpreted using modified Curie Weiss law. Control of polarization in sodium bismuth titanate (NBT) is achieved using strontium titanate (SrTiO3-ST) and studied through polarization vs. electric field (PE) loops and piezoelectric measurements. The intra-granual and inter-granual effects on the electrical properties of the ceramics are studied from impedance analysis.

  9. Quantum Chemical Study of Water Adsorption on the Surfaces of SrTiO3 Nanotubes. (United States)

    Bandura, Andrei V; Kuruch, Dmitry D; Evarestov, Robert A


    We have studied the adsorption of water molecules on the inner and outer surfaces of nanotubes generated by rolling (001) layers of SrTiO3 cubic crystals. The stability and the atomic and electronic structures of the adsorbed layers are determined by using hybrid density functional theory. The absorption energy and the preferred adsorbate structure are essentially governed by the nature of the surface of the nanotube. Dissociative adsorption prevails on the outer nanotube surfaces. The stability of the adsorbed layers on the inner surfaces is related to the possibility of the formation of hydrogen bonds between water molecules and surface oxygen atoms, and depends on the surface curvature. The presence of water molecules on the inner surface of the nanotubes leads to an increase of the electronic band gap. Externally TiO2 -terminated nanotubes could be used for the photocatalytic decomposition of water by ultraviolet radiation. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Bonding and structure of a reconstructed (001) surface of SrTiO3 from TEM. (United States)

    Zhu, Guo-zhen; Radtke, Guillaume; Botton, Gianluigi A


    The determination of the atomic structure and the retrieval of information about reconstruction and bonding of metal oxide surfaces is challenging owing to the highly defective structure and insulating properties of these surfaces. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) offers extremely high spatial resolution (less than one ångström) and the ability to provide systematic information from both real and reciprocal space. However, very few TEM studies have been carried out on surfaces because the information from the bulk dominates the very weak signals originating from surfaces. Here we report an experimental approach to extract surface information effectively from a thickness series of electron energy-loss spectra containing different weights of surface signals, using a wedge-shaped sample. Using the (001) surface of the technologically important compound strontium titanate, SrTiO(3) (refs 4-6), as a model system for validation, our method shows that surface spectra are sensitive to the atomic reconstruction and indicate bonding and crystal-field changes surrounding the surface Ti cations. Very good agreement can be achieved between the experimental surface spectra and crystal-field multiplet calculations based on the proposed atomic surface structure optimized by density functional calculations. The distorted TiO(6-x) units indicated by the proposed model can be viewed directly in our high-resolution scanning TEM images. We suggest that this approach be used as a general method to extract valuable spectroscopic information from surface atoms in parallel with high-resolution images in TEM.

  11. Mechanical control of magnetism in oxygen deficient perovskite SrTiO3. (United States)

    Zhang, Yajun; Wang, Jie; Sahoo, M P K; Shimada, Takahiro; Kitamura, Takayuki


    Mechanical control of magnetism in perovskite oxides is an important and promising approach in spintronics. Based on the first-principles calculations, we demonstrate that a negative pressure leads to a great enhancement of magnetic moment in deficient SrTiO3 with oxygen vacancies, whereas a positive pressure results in the gradual disappearance of magnetism. Spin charge density, Bader charge analysis and electronic density of states successfully elucidate the origin and underlying physics of the enhancement and disappearance of magnetism. It is found that the split electronic states of dz(2), dyz and dzx in the 3d orbitals of Ti atoms remarkably contribute to the occupancy of majority spin states under negative pressure, which induces a large magnetic moment. Under positive pressure, however, the equal occupancy of both majority and minority t2g and eg states leads to the disappearance of magnetization. In addition, both negative and positive pressures can largely lower the vacancy formation enthalpy, suggesting that the oxygen vacancy is preferable with pressure. Our findings may provide a mechanism to achieve the pressure control of magnetization in nonmagnetic perovskite oxides.

  12. Unconventional 1/f noise in Graphene on SrTiO3 substrate (United States)

    Sahoo, Anindita; Ruiter, Roald; Banerjee, Tamalika; Ghosh, Arindam

    Electrical transport in graphene has been of great interest in both fundamental and applied research. The impact of the substrate is critical to the operation of graphene field effect transistors (FET), which can modify several transport parameters as well as low frequency 1/f noise. Replacing the usual SiO2/Si++ substrate with SrTiO3[STO] having high dielectric constant, has opened up new possibilities, leading to large doping, higher mobility, and also hysteretic transfer characteristics for memory applications. We have studied 1/f noise in dual-gated single layer graphene (SLG) FET sandwiched between STO (substrate) and mechanically exfoliated hexagonal boron-nitride (dielectric for the top gate). The area normalized noise amplitude of SLG on STO followed an unexpected `W'-shape dependence of gate-bias with the central peak at Dirac point in conflict with the usual `V', `M' or ` Λ'-type dependence of SLG noise on SiO2. We discuss possible microscopic mechanisms for such behavior, considering the role of puckering of oxygen atoms introducing inward dipole moments that can form a new source of electrostatically tunable scattering mechanism at the graphene-STO interface.

  13. Dynamic interface rearrangement in LaFeO3/n -SrTiO3 heterojunctions (United States)

    Spurgeon, Steven R.; Sushko, Peter V.; Chambers, Scott A.; Comes, Ryan B.


    Thin-film synthesis methods that have developed over the past decades have unlocked emergent interface properties ranging from conductivity to ferroelectricity. However, our attempts to exercise precise control over interfaces are constrained by a limited understanding of growth pathways and kinetics. Here we demonstrate that shuttered molecular beam epitaxy induces rearrangements of atomic planes at a polar/nonpolar junction of LaFeO3 (LFO)/n -SrTiO3 (STO) depending on the substrate termination. Surface characterization confirms that substrates with two different (TiO2 and SrO) terminations were prepared prior to LFO deposition; however, local electron-energy-loss spectroscopy measurements of the final heterojunctions show a predominantly LaO/TiO2 interfacial junction in both cases. Ab initio simulations suggest that the interfaces can be stabilized by trapping extra oxygen (in LaO/TiO2) and forming oxygen vacancies (in FeO2/SrO), which points to different growth kinetics in each case and may explain the apparent disappearance of the FeO2/SrO interface. We conclude that judicious control of deposition time scales can be used to modify growth pathways, opening new avenues to control the structure and properties of interfacial systems.

  14. Ab initio calculations of doping mechanisms in SrTiO3 (United States)

    Astala, R. K.; Bristowe, P. D.


    A density functional plane-wave pseudopotential method is used to study the formation energy of a number of acceptor- and donor-type defects in SrTiO3 as a function of oxidizing atmosphere and doping levels in the bulk crystal. Of the three donor defects (VO, NbTi and AlSr) and two acceptor defects (NaSr and AlTi) considered in this study, NbTi and NaSr impurities are predicted to have the largest effect on electrical conductivity. The Al impurity is amphoteric and AlTi and AlSr can compensate one another. However, the relative abundance of AlTi and AlSr is found to depend on the oxidizing conditions. In a highly oxidizing environment AlTi is preferred, resulting in p-type material. Therefore, the Al self-compensation mechanism is predicted to be less effective in conditions where the oxygen partial pressure is high.

  15. Elimination of cracking during UV laser ablation of SrTiO 3 single crystals by employing a femtosecond laser (United States)

    Zoppel, S.; Gray, D.; Farsari, M.; Merz, R.; Reider, G. A.; Fotakis, C.


    We have performed a comparative study of UV laser ablation of SrTiO 3 with nanosecond- and sub-picosecond sources, respectively. The experiments were performed with lasers at a wavelength of 248 nm and pulse durations of 34 ns and 500 fs. Femtosecond ablation turns out to be more efficient by one order of magnitude and eliminated the known problem of cracking of SrTiO 3 during laser machining with longer pulses. In addition, the cavities ablated with femtosecond pulses display a smoother surface with no indication of melting and well-defined, sharp edges. These effects can be explained by the reduced thermal shock effect on the material by using ultrashort pulses.

  16. Water adsorption on SrTiO3(001) studied by x-ray standing wave excited photoelectron spectroscopy (United States)

    Zegenhagen, Jorg; Solokha, Vladyslav; Wilson, Axel; Duncan, David; Garai, Debi; Hingerl, Kurt

    We investigated the nature of water adsorption and in particular the H2O and/or OH- bonding sites on different SrTiO3(001) surfaces using the powerful technique of standing wave excited photoelectron spectroscopy. This allowed us determining whether the H2O adsorption is associative or dissociative and additionally localizing the exact bonding site of the different oxygen species (water oxygen and OH- oxygen species). We deposited water in ultra high vacuum on several differently structured or reconstruction SrTiO3(001) surfaces in the range from 100K to room temperature. Our results provide valuable insight into water adsorption on STO(001) surfaces and its specific catalytic activity in view of water splitting applications. They also help clarify previous conflicting previous results.

  17. Superconducting epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7− δ on SrTiO3-buffered Si ...

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    May 30, 2017 ... Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 41; Issue 1. Superconducting epitaxial YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 − δ on SrTiO 3 -buffered Si(001). K AHMADI-MAJLAN H ZHANG X SHEN M J MOGHADAM M CHRYSLER P CONLIN R HENSLEY D SU J Y T WEI J H NGAI. Volume 41 Issue 1 February 2018 ...

  18. SrTiO3 Nanocube-Doped Polyaniline Nanocomposites with Enhanced Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue under Visible Light

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    Syed Shahabuddin


    Full Text Available The present study highlights the facile synthesis of polyaniline (PANI-based nanocomposites doped with SrTiO3 nanocubes synthesized via the in situ oxidative polymerization technique using ammonium persulfate (APS as an oxidant in acidic medium for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, UV–Vis spectroscopy, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller analysis (BET and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR measurements were used to characterize the prepared nanocomposite photocatalysts. The photocatalytic efficiencies of the photocatalysts were examined by degrading methylene blue (MB under visible light irradiation. The results showed that the degradation efficiency of the composite photocatalysts that were doped with SrTiO3 nanocubes was higher than that of the undoped polyaniline. In this study, the effects of the weight ratio of polyaniline to SrTiO3 on the photocatalytic activities were investigated. The results revealed that the nanocomposite P-Sr500 was found to be an optimum photocatalyst, with a 97% degradation efficiency after 90 min of irradiation under solar light.

  19. Native SrTiO3 (001) surface layer from resonant Ti L2,3 reflectance spectroscopy

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    Valvidares, Manuel; Huijben, Mark; Yu, Pu; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Kortright, Jeffrey


    We quantitatively model resonant Ti L2,3 reflectivity Rs,p(q, hn) from several SrTiO3 (001) single crystals having different initial surface preparations and stored in ambient conditions before and between measurements. All samples exhibit unexpected 300 K Rs(hn) - Rp(hn) anisotropy corresponding to weak linear dichroism and tetragonal distortion of the TiO6 octahedra indicating a surface layer with properties different from cubic SrTiO3. Oscillations in Rs(q) confirm a ubiquitous surface layer 2-3 nm thick that evolves over a range of time scales. Resonant optical constant spectra derived from Rs,p(hn) assuming a uniform sample are refined using a single surface layer to fit measured Rs(q). Differences in surface layer and bulk optical properties indicate that the surface is significantly depleted in Sr and enriched in Ti and O. While consistent with the tendency of SrTiO3 surfaces toward non-stoichiometry, this layer does not conform simply to existing models for the near surface region and apparently forms via room temperature surface reactions with the ambient. This new quantitative spectral modeling approach is generally applicable and has potential to study near-surface properties of a variety of systems with unique chemical and electronic sensitivities.

  20. High mobility conduction at (110) and (111) LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. (United States)

    Herranz, G; Sánchez, F; Dix, N; Scigaj, M; Fontcuberta, J


    In recent years, striking discoveries have revealed that two-dimensional electron liquids (2DEL) confined at the interface between oxide band-insulators can be engineered to display a high mobility transport. The recognition that only few interfaces appear to suit hosting 2DEL is intriguing and challenges the understanding of these emerging properties not existing in bulk. Indeed, only the neutral TiO(2) surface of (001)SrTiO(3) has been shown to sustain 2DEL. We show that this restriction can be surpassed: (110) and (111) surfaces of SrTiO(3) interfaced with epitaxial LaAlO(3) layers, above a critical thickness, display 2DEL transport with mobilities similar to those of (001)SrTiO(3). Moreover we show that epitaxial interfaces are not a prerequisite: conducting (110) interfaces with amorphous LaAlO(3) and other oxides can also be prepared. These findings open a new perspective both for materials research and for elucidating the ultimate microscopic mechanism of carrier doping.

  1. Hydrothermal derived nitrogen doped SrTiO3 for efficient visible light driven photocatalytic reduction of chromium(VI). (United States)

    Xing, Guanjie; Zhao, Lanxiao; Sun, Tao; Su, Yiguo; Wang, Xiaojing


    In this work, we report on the synthesis of nitrogen doped SrTiO3 nanoparticles with efficient visible light driven photocatalytic activity toward Cr(VI) by the solvothermal method. The samples are carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photocatalytic test. It is found that nitrogen doping in SrTiO3 lattice led to an apparent lattice expansion, particle size reduction as well as subsequent increase of Brunner-Emmet-Teller surface area. The visible light absorption edge and intensity can be modulated by nitrogen doping content, which absorption edge extends to about 600 nm. Moreover, nitrogen doping can not only modulate the visible light absorption feature, but also have consequence on the enhancement of charge separation efficiency, which can promote the photocatalytic activity. With well controlled particle size, Brunner-Emmet-Teller surface area, and electronic structure via nitrogen doping, the photocatalytic performance toward Cr(VI) reduction of nitrogen doped SrTiO3 was optimized at initial hexamethylenetetramine content of 2.

  2. Enhanced thermoelectric figure-of-merit in thermally robust, nanostructured superlattices based on SrTiO3

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    Abutaha, Anas I.


    Thermoelectric (TE) metal oxides overcome crucial disadvantages of traditional heavy-metal-alloy-based TE materials, such as toxicity, scarcity, and instability at high temperatures. Here, we report the TE properties of metal oxide superlattices, composed from alternating layers of 5% Pr3+-doped SrTiO3-δ (SPTO) and 20% Nb5+-doped SrTiO3-δ (STNO) fabricated using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Excellent stability is established for these superlattices by maintaining the crystal structure and reproducing the TE properties after long-time (20 h) annealing at high temperature (∼1000 K). The introduction of oxygen vacancies as well as extrinsic dopants (Pr3+ and Nb5+), with different masses and ionic radii, at different lattice sites in SPTO and STNO layers, respectively, results in a substantial reduction of thermal conductivity via scattering a wider range of phonon spectrum without limiting the electrical transport and thermopower, leading to an enhancement in the figure-of-merit (ZT). The superlattice composed of 20 SPTO/STNO pairs, 8 unit cells of each layer, exhibits a ZT value of 0.46 at 1000 K, which is the highest among SrTiO3-based thermoelectrics. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  3. Domain Wall Damping and Elastic Softening in SrTiO3: Evidence for Polar Twin Walls (United States)

    Scott, J. F.; Salje, E. K. H.; Carpenter, M. A.


    A marked change in anelastic properties, namely, elastic softening accompanied by increased damping, has been observed in a single crystal of SrTiO3 below ˜50K by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy. This correlates with other subtle changes in structure and properties which have been explained in the past in terms of a novel quantum state and the formation of polar clusters in an incipient ferroelectric structure. Comparison of the new data, obtained at frequencies near 1 MHz, with mechanical spectroscopy data collected at a few Hz or a few kHz, reveals a distinct dispersion with frequency and is interpreted in terms of an acoustic loss mechanism which depends primarily on the mobility under stress of ferroelastic twin walls. In most ferroelastic materials, it is found that the twin walls become immobile below some low-temperature interval due to the pinning effects of defects. It is proposed instead for SrTiO3 that associated with the local atomic displacements within the incipient ferroelectric clusters is a change in structure of the twin walls such that their mobility becomes enhanced. We propose that the structural change is not correlated with structural changes of the bulk material but relates to increasing polarity of the walls. This interpretation implies that ferroelastic domain walls in SrTiO3 become ferroelectric at low temperatures.

  4. Relationship between Crystal Shape, Photoluminescence, and Local Structure in SrTiO3 Synthesized by Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Method

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    Luís F. da Silva


    Full Text Available This paper describes the effect of using different titanium precursors on the synthesis and physical properties of SrTiO3 powders obtained by microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction measurements, X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM were carried out to investigate the structural and optical properties of the SrTiO3 spherical and cubelike-shaped particles. The appropriate choice of the titanium precursor allowed the control of morphological and photoluminescence (PL properties of SrTiO3 compound. The PL emission was more intense in SrTiO3 samples composed of spherelike particles. This behavior was attributed to the existence of a lower amount of defects due to the uniformity of the spherical particles.

  5. Epitaxial growth of SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7 - x heterostructures by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (United States)

    Liang, S.; Chern, C. S.; Shi, Z. Q.; Lu, P.; Safari, A.; Lu, Y.; Kear, B. H.; Hou, S. Y.


    We report heteroepitaxial growth of SrTiO3 on YBa2Cu3O7-x/LaAlO3 substrates by plasma-enhanced metalorganic chemical vapor deposition. X-ray diffraction results indicated that SrTiO3 films were epitaxially grown on a (001) YBa2Cu3O7-x surface with [100] orientation perpendicular to the surface. The film composition, with Sr/Ti molar ratio in the range of 0.9 to 1.1, was determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The thickness of the SrTiO3 films is 0.1-0.2 μm. The epitaxial growth was further evidenced by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area diffraction. Atomically abrupt SrTiO3/YBa2Cu3O7-x interface and epitaxial growth with [100]SrTiO3∥[001]YBa2Cu3O7-x were observed in this study. The superconducting transition temperature of the bottom YBa2Cu3O7-x layer, as measured by ac susceptometer, did not significantly degrade after the growth of overlayer SrTiO3. The capacitance-voltage measurements showed that the dielectric constant of the SrTiO3 films was as high as 315 at a signal frequency of 100 KHz. The leakage current density through the SrTiO3 films is about 1×10-6 A/cm2 at 2-V operation. Data analysis on the current-voltage characteristic indicated that the conduction process is related to bulk-limited Poole-Frenkel emission.

  6. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells. (United States)

    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae


    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ∼32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film.

  7. Anomalously large measured thermoelectric power factor in Sr1−xLaxTiO3 thin films due to SrTiO3 substrate reduction

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    Scullin, Matthew L.; Yu, Choongho; Huijben, Mark; Mukerjee, Subroto; Seidel, Jan; Zhang, Qian; Moore, Joel; Majumdar, Arun; Ramesh, R.


    We report the observation that thermoelectric thin films of La-doped SrTiO3 grown on SrTiO3 substrates yield anomalously high values of thermopower to give extraordinary values of power factor at 300 K. Thin films of Sr0.98La0.02TiO3, grown via pulsed laser deposition at low temperature and low

  8. Evolution of the SrTiO3/MoO3 interface electronic structure: An in situ photoelectron spectroscopy study

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    Du, Yuanmin


    Modifying the surface energetics, particularly the work function, of advanced materials is of critical importance for a wide range of surface- and interface-based devices. In this work, using in situ photoelectron spectroscopy, we investigated the evolution of electronic structure at the SrTiO3 surface during the growth of ultrathin MoO3 layers. Thanks to the large work function difference between SrTiO3 and MoO3, the energy band alignment on the SrTiO3 surface is significantly modified. The charge transfer and dipole formation at the SrTiO3/MoO3 interface leads to a large modulation of work function and an apparent doping in SrTiO3. The measured evolution of electronic structure and upward band bending suggest that the growth of ultrathin MoO3 layers is a powerful tool to modulate the surface energetics of SrTiO3, and this surface-engineering approach could be generalized to other functional oxides.

  9. Integration of adsorption and reduction for uranium uptake based on SrTiO3/TiO2 electrospun nanofibers (United States)

    Hu, Lin; Yan, Xue-Wu; Zhang, Xue-Ji; Shan, Dan


    The integration of adsorption and reduction for uranium uptake via photoelectrochemical method was conducted based on hetero-structure SrTiO3/TiO2 electrospun nanofibers. The SrTiO3/TiO2 was fabricated by two steps. First, TiO2 nanofibers were prepared via electrospinning, and then the SrTiO3 cubes grew on the surface of TiO2 nanofibers to form heterostructure by in situ hydrothermal treatment. For the uranium uptake based on photoelectrochemical method, the FTO electrodes modified by SrTiO3/TiO2 electrospun nanofibers removed uranium concentration by 81 ppm, higher than TiO2 nanoparticles, SrTiO3 nanoparticles and TiO2 electrospun nanofibers (59 ppm, 40 ppm and 70 ppm respectively). Besides, the photocurrent of these materials was also measured through photoelectrochemical measurements. Meanwhile, surface analyses using various techniques (Scanning electron microscopic, Transmission electron microscope and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) was also performed. Finally, the mechanism of electron transfer between SrTiO3/TiO2 and uranium was proposed.

  10. High photocatalytic activity of V-doped SrTiO3 porous nanofibers produced from a combined electrospinning and thermal diffusion process

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    Panpan Jing


    Full Text Available In this letter, we report a novel V-doped SrTiO3 photocatalyst synthesized via electrospinning followed by a thermal diffusion process at low temperature. The morphological and crystalline structural investigations reveal not only that the V-doped SrTiO3 photocatalyst possesses a uniform, porous, fibrous structure, but also that some V5+ ions are introduced into the SrTiO3 lattice. The photocatalytic capability of V-doped SrTiO3 porous nanofibers was evaluated through photodegrading methyl orange (MO in aqueous solution under artificial UV–vis light. The results indicated that V-doped SrTiO3 porous nanofibers have excellent catalytic efficiency. Furthermore, the excellent catalytic activity was maintained even after five cycle tests, indicating that they have outstanding photocatalytic endurance. It is suggested that the excellent photocatalytic performance of doped SrTiO3 nanofibers is possibly attributed to the V5+ ion doping increasing the light utilization as well as to the outstanding porous features, the excellent component and structure stability.

  11. Highly transparent poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-acryloisobutyl POSS) for 100 μm-thick submicron patterns with an aspect ratio over 100. (United States)

    Kim, Kwanghyun; Yu, Sunyoung; Kim, Sung-Wook; Kim, Taegeon; Kim, Sang-Min; Kang, Se-Young; Han, Seung Min; Jang, Ji-Hyun


    This is the first report on the fabrication of defect-free submicron structures with more than 100 μm thickness and an aspect ratio over 100. Highly transparent poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-acryloisobutyl POSS) (PGP) was synthesized via radical polymerization. The mechanical properties of the PGP submicron structure displayed a Young's modulus of 6.09 GPa and a hardness of 0.16 GPa, 4.2 and 8 times, respectively, than those of SU8 nanopatterns. These enhancements enable the utilization of ultrathick 2D-/3D-submicron structures as an ideal platform for microelectromechanical systems, big data storage systems, energy devices, etc.

  12. High-performance UV and DUV lenses for projection-lithographic generation of submicron patterns down to 0.4 μm (United States)

    Merkel, Klaus; Hofmann, Christian


    Manufacturing of modern microelectronic circuits requires projection- lithographic generation of submicron patterns by using high-aperture diffraction-limited UV- and DUV-lenses. Realized image quality of such high-performance leiises is mainly determined by the control of the extremly narrowed fabrication tolerances by new developed special high technologies for production and measurement of such lenses1. Contactless optical precision measurement of surfacy topography, thickness, distances, and decentring of optical elements , computer-controlled correction polishing" , manufacturing of nanometer-asperic surfaces by CNC-correction polishing or by ion-beam etching, computer-assisted assembly , wave- front analysis on the basis of measurement of geometrical-optical beam aberrations, and image quality testing with near-coherent illumination are such new techniques. The correction of such lenses is more difficult because the available optical media are limited to those which sufficiently good transmission in the UV resp. DUV region. Optical media used in DUV-lenses are fused silica glass, calcium or barium fluoride, and eventually fluorphosphate crown glass. This media restriction leads to an increase in number of lenses, constructional length, and technological difficulties in the manufacturing.

  13. Dislocations in SrTiO3: easy to reduce but not so fast for oxygen transport. (United States)

    Marrocchelli, Dario; Sun, Lixin; Yildiz, Bilge


    The effect of dislocations on the chemical, electrical and transport properties in oxide materials is important for electrochemical devices, such as fuel cells and resistive switches, but these effects have remained largely unexplored at the atomic level. In this work, by using large-scale atomistic simulations, we uncover how a ⟨100⟩{011} edge dislocation in SrTiO3, a prototypical perovskite oxide, impacts the local defect chemistry and oxide ion transport. We find that, in the dilute limit, oxygen vacancy formation energy in SrTiO3 is lower at sites close to the dislocation core, by as much as 2 eV compared to that in the bulk. We show that the formation of a space-charge zone based on the redistribution of charged oxygen vacancies can be captured quantitatively at atomistic level by mapping the vacancy formation energies around the dislocation. Oxide-ion diffusion was studied for a low vacancy concentration regime (ppm level) and a high vacancy concentration regime (up to 2.5%). In both cases, no evidence of pipe-diffusion, i.e., significantly enhanced mobility of oxide ions, was found as determined from the calculated migration barriers, contrary to the case in metals. However, in the low vacancy concentration regime, the vacancy accumulation at the dislocation core gives rise to a higher diffusion coefficient, even though the oxide-ion mobility itself is lower than that in the bulk. Our findings have important implications for applications of perovskite oxides for information and energy technologies. The observed lower oxygen vacancy formation energy at the dislocation core provides a quantitative and direct explanation for the electronic conductivity of dislocations in SrTiO3 and related oxides studied for red-ox based resistive switching. Reducibility and electronic transport at dislocations can also be quantitatively engineered into active materials for fuel cells, catalysis, and electronics.

  14. Integrated oxygen sensors based on Mg-doped SrTiO3 fabricated by screen-printing

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    Zheng, H.; Toft Sørensen, O.


    This paper describes the fabrication and testing of Mg-doped SrTiO3 thick-film oxygen sensors with an integrated Pt heater. The results show that the sensor exhibits a PO2 dependence according to R proportional to PO2-1/4 in the considered PO2 range(2.5 x 10(-5) bar ... and recovery time of 1-2 and 50 s respectively. A temperature of 600 degrees C could be reached by a relative low power comsumption of the Pt heater....

  15. Integrated oxygen sensors based on Mg-doped SrTiO3 fabricated by screen-printing

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    Zheng, H.; Sørensen, Ole Toft


    This paper describes the fabrication and testing of Mg-doped SrTiO3 thick-film oxygen sensors with an integrated Pt heater. The results show that the sensor exhibits a P-o2 dependence according to R proportional to p(o2)(-1/4) in the considered P-o2 range(2.5 x 10(-5) bar ...) and a response and recovery time of 1-2 and 50 s, respectively. A temperature of 600 degrees C could be reached by a relative low power consumption of the Pt heater. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science S.A. All rights reserved....

  16. δ-Doping of oxygen vacancies dictated by thermodynamics in epitaxial SrTiO3 films

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    Fengmiao Li


    Full Text Available Homoepitaxial SrTiO3(110 film is grown by molecular beam epitaxy in ultra-high vacuum with oxygen diffusing from substrate as the only oxidant. The resulted oxygen vacancies (VOs are found to be spatially confined within few subsurface layers only, forming a quasi-two-dimensional doped region with a tunable high concentration. Such a δ-function distribution of VOs is essentially determined by the thermodynamics associated with the surface reconstruction, and facilitated by the relatively high growth temperature. Our results demonstrate that it is feasible to tune VOs distribution at the atomic scale by controlling the lattice structure of oxide surfaces.

  17. Molecular beam epitaxy of SrTiO3 on Si (001): Early stages of the growth and strain relaxation (United States)

    Niu, G.; Saint-Girons, G.; Vilquin, B.; Delhaye, G.; Maurice, J.-L.; Botella, C.; Robach, Y.; Hollinger, G.


    The molecular beam epitaxy of SrTiO3 (STO) layers on Si (001) is studied, focusing on the early stages of the growth and on the strain relaxation process. Evidence is given that even for optimized growth conditions, STO grows initially amorphous on silicon and recrystallizes, leading to the formation of an atomically abrupt heterointerface with silicon. Just after recrystallization, STO is partially strained. Further increase in its thickness leads to the onset of a progressive plastic relaxation mechanism. STO recovers its bulk lattice parameter for thicknesses of the order of 30 ML.

  18. Electron spin resonance investigation of Mn^{2+} ions and their dynamics in manganese doped SrTiO_3


    Laguta, V. V.; Kondakova, I. V.; Bykov, I. P.; Glinchuk, M. D.; Vilarinho, P M; Tkach, A; L. Jastrabik


    Using electron spin resonance, lattice position and dynamic properties of Mn2+ ions were studied in 0.5 and 2 % manganese doped SrTiO3 ceramics prepared by conventional mixed oxide method. The measurements showed that Mn2+ ions substitute preferably up to 97 % for Sr if the ceramics is prepared with a deficit of Sr ions. Motional narrowing of the Mn2+ ESR spectrum was observed when temperature increases from 120 K to 240-250 K that was explained as a manifestation of off-center position of th...

  19. Attractive electron-electron interactions at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Interface

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    Prawiroatmodjo, Guenevere E D K

    The conducting interface between the two insulating oxides LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) exhibits many intriguing properties such as high mobility, a gate-tunable superconducting phase, ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism. In this thesis, devices are fabricated at the LAO/STO interface using novel...... state is found, and transport characteristics are described to originate from attractive electron-electron interactions that result in a negative effective charging energy U. Further, the excitation spectrum is explored and compared to calculations based on a single-orbital Anderson model with negative...

  20. Step velocity tuning of SrRuO3 step flow growth on SrTiO3


    Estève, D.; Maroutian, T.; Pillard, V.; Lecoeur, Ph.


    Taking advantage of vicinal (001) SrTiO3 substrates with different mean terrace widths, the heteroepitaxial growth of SrRuO3 in the step flow mode has been mapped as a function of mean step velocity. Transition between stable and unstable step flow is shown to occur at a well-defined critical step velocity, with a step bunching instability observed below this threshold. The ability to pass from unstable to stable step flow during growth upon increasing the mean step velocity is demonstrated. ...

  1. Fabrication of bimodal-pore SrTiO3 microspheres with excellent photocatalytic performance for Cr(VI) reduction under simulated sunlight. (United States)

    Yang, Dong; Sun, Yuanyuan; Tong, Zhenwei; Nan, Yanhu; Jiang, Zhongyi


    Solving the increasing contamination from toxic heavy metal ions in wastewater is an imperative issue in photocatalysis research area. In this study, three-dimensional (3D) porous SrTiO3 microspheres have been fabricated by a sol-gel-templating method using the agarose gel bead containing SrCO3 granules as the template. The resultant SrTiO3 microspheres, several tens of micrometers in diameter, exhibit a bimodal pore structure, in which the macropore about 70-150nm in size stems from SrCO3 granules and the mesopore about 3nm is formed via removing the agarose fiber embedded in the composite microspheres. The porous framework of SrTiO3 microspheres is assembled by regular single-crystalline SrTiO3 nanocubes with an edge length of 100±10nm. The highly interconnected porous network renders numerous pathways for the rapid mass transport, strong adsorption of reactants and multi-reflection of incident light. Moreover, the as-prepared SrTiO3 microspheres exhibit excellent photocatalytic performance for the Cr(VI) reduction under simulated sunlight, which can reduce nearly 100% Cr(VI) at pH 2 within 2h and retain a relatively high reduction ability after six recycles. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Laser direct writing using submicron-diameter fibers. (United States)

    Tian, Feng; Yang, Guoguang; Bai, Jian; Xu, Jianfeng; Hou, Changlun; Liang, Yiyong; Wang, Kaiwei


    In this paper, a novel direct writing technique using submicron-diameter fibers is presented. The submicron-diameter fiber probe serves as a tightly confined point source and it adopts micro touch mode in the process of writing. The energy distribution of direct writing model is analyzed by Three-Dimension Finite-Difference Time-Domain method. Experiments demonstrate that submicron-diameter fiber direct writing has some advantages: simple process, 350-nm-resolution (lower than 442-nm-wavelength), large writing area, and controllable width of lines. In addition, by altering writing direction of lines, complex submicron patterns can be fabricated.

  3. Major enhancement of the thermoelectric performance in Pr/Nb-doped SrTiO3 under strain

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    Amin, B.


    The electronic structure and thermoelectric properties of strained (biaxially and uniaxially) Sr0.95Pr0.05TiO3 and SrTi0.95Nb0.05O3 are investigated in the temperature range from 300 K to 1200 K. Substitutions of Pr at the Sr site and Nb at the Ti site generate n-type doping and thus improve the thermoelectric performance as compared to pristine SrTiO3. Further enhancement is achieved by the application of strain, for example, of the Seebeck coefficient by 21% for Sr0.95Pr0.05TiO3 and 10% for SrTi0.95Nb0.05O3 at room temperature in the case of 5% biaxial strain. At 1200 K, we predict figures of merit of 0.58 and 0.55 for 2.5% biaxially strained Sr0.95Pr0.05TiO3 and SrTi0.95Nb0.05O3 , respectively, which are the highest values reported for rare earth doped SrTiO3.

  4. Superconducting properties of single and bilayer LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces (United States)

    Gariglio, Stefano; Fete, Alexandre; Li, Danfeng; Liu, Wei; Boselli, Margherita; Reyren, Nicolas; Triscone, Jean-Marc


    The two-dimensional electron liquid present at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface exhibits superconductivity and hosts a large spin-orbit interaction. Quite remarkably, both phenomena can be controlled by an electric field. In this work, we have mapped the evolution of the superconducting properties upon gate voltage tuning, revealing a surprising change in thickness of the superconducting layer across the phase diagram. Using a single LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, we have realized field effect transistors and estimated the characteristic lengths (the coherence length and the superconducting thickness) as a function of the gate voltage by measuring the critical magnetic fields in parallel and perpendicular geometry. We have also realized bilayer interfaces, where two superconducting liquids are separated by the LaAlO3 layer. In such structures, we have investigated the possible coupling of the two superconducting sheets, tuning one of the two by electric field. Funding from SNSF and ERC is acknowledged.

  5. Research Update: Conductivity and beyond at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    S. Gariglio


    Full Text Available In this review, we focus on the celebrated interface between two band insulators, LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, that was found to be conducting, superconducting, and to display a strong spin-orbit coupling. We discuss the formation of the 2-dimensional electron liquid at this interface, the particular electronic structure linked to the carrier confinement, the transport properties, and the signatures of magnetism. We then highlight distinctive characteristics of the superconducting regime, such as the electric field effect control of the carrier density, the unique tunability observed in this system, and the role of the electronic subband structure. Finally we compare the behavior of Tc versus 2D doping with the dome-like behavior of the 3D bulk superconductivity observed in doped SrTiO3. This comparison reveals surprising differences when the Tc behavior is analyzed in terms of the 3D carrier density for the interface and the bulk.

  6. Integration of SrTiO3 on crystallographically oriented epitaxial germanium for low-power device applications. (United States)

    Hudait, Mantu K; Clavel, Michael; Zhu, Yan; Goley, Patrick S; Kundu, Souvik; Maurya, Deepam; Priya, Shashank


    SrTiO3 integration on crystallographic oriented (100), (110), and (111) epitaxial germanium (Ge) exhibits a potential for a new class of nanoscale transistors. Germanium is attractive due to its superior transport properties while SrTiO3 (STO) is promising due to its high relative permittivity, both being critical parameters for next-generation low-voltage and low-leakage metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors. The sharp heterointerface between STO and each crystallographically oriented Ge layer, studied by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy, as well as band offset parameters at each heterojunction offers a significant advancement for designing a new generation of ferroelectric-germanium based multifunctional devices. Moreover, STO, when used as an interlayer between metal and n-type (4 × 10(18) cm(-3)) epitaxial Ge in metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) structures, showed a 1000 times increase in current density as well as a decrease in specific contact resistance. Furthermore, the inclusion of STO on n-Ge demonstrated the first experimental findings of the MIS behavior of STO on n-Ge.

  7. Role of interface structure and chemistry in resistive switching of NiO nanocrystals on SrTiO3

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    Xuan Cheng


    Full Text Available Nickel oxide (NiO nanocrystals epitaxially grown on (001 strontium titanate (SrTiO3 single crystal substrates were characterized to investigate interface morphology and chemistry. Aberration corrected high angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy reveals the interface between the NiO nanocrystals and the underlying SrTiO3 substrate to be rough, irregular, and have a lower average atomic number than the substrate or the nanocrystal. Energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy confirm both chemical disorder and a shift of the energy of the Ti L2,3 peaks. Analysis of the O K edge profiles in conjunction with this shift, implies the presence of oxygen vacancies at the interface. This sheds light into the origin of the previously postulated minority carriers’ model to explain resistive switching in NiO [J. Sullaphen, K. Bogle, X. Cheng, J. M. Gregg, and N. Valanoor, Appl. Phys. Lett. 100, 203115 (2012].

  8. On the origin of metallic conductivity at the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Christensen, Dennis; Trier, Felix


    To determine the origin of the quasi-two-dimensional electron gas formed at the interface between the two complex oxides of LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO), various amorphous films of LAO, La2O3, Al2O3, and La7/8Sr1/8MnO3 (LSMO), were deposited on TiO2-terminated (0 0 1) STO substrates by pulsed...... laser deposition at room temperature. Metallic interfaces are observed when the over-layers are amorphous LAO, La2O3, or Al2O3, while insulating interfaces are observed when the over-layer is LSMO. The interfacial conductivity of these SrTiO3-based hetero-structures shows strong dependence on both film...... thickness and oxygen pressure during film growth. The possible origin for the occurrence of metallic interfaces in these complex oxide hetero-structures due to redox reactions at the STO substrate surface is discussed. A thermodynamic criterion for designing either metallic or insulating interfaces between...

  9. Systematic study of terahertz response of SrTiO3 based heterostructures: Influence of strain, temperature, and electric field (United States)

    Skoromets, V.; Kadlec, C.; Drahokoupil, J.; Schubert, J.; Hlinka, J.; Kužel, P.


    Epitaxial heterostructures consisting of a variable number of SrTiO3/DyScO3 bilayers deposited on DyScO3 substrates were investigated using time-domain terahertz spectroscopy down to helium temperatures. Interdigitated electrodes deposited on top of the structures allowed probing of the terahertz response upon an applied electric field. The phase transition into a ferroelectric state is observed in SrTiO3 films in all samples close to room temperature (between 250 and 310 K) due to in-plane epitaxial strain induced by the substrate and intercalated layers of DyScO3. Evolution of the dielectric spectra with temperature and external electric field is described by a general model which involves a damped harmonic oscillator (soft mode) coupled to a Debye relaxation (central mode). Both modes are connected with the soft mode eigenvector, as recently shown by molecular dynamics simulations, and they reflect a strong anharmonicity of the soft-mode potential. At high temperatures the soft-mode frequency variation drives all the changes observed in the spectra with temperature and applied field. At low temperatures, deep in the ferroelectric phase, the soft mode significantly hardens and loses its importance for the terahertz dynamics; the central mode becomes stronger and it almost completely determines the shape of the measured spectra. The observed variation of phase transition temperature and of the dielectric response among the structures is ascribed to a partial epitaxial strain relaxation confirmed also by x-ray diffraction.

  10. Structural Behaviour of Solid Solutions in the NdAlO3-SrTiO3 System (United States)

    Ohon, Natalia; Stepchuk, Roman; Blazhivskyi, Kostiantyn; Vasylechko, Leonid


    Single-phase mixed aluminates-titanates Nd1- x Sr x Al1- x Ti x O3 ( x = 0.3 ÷ 0.9) were prepared from stoichiometric amounts of constituent oxides Nd2O3, Al2O3, TiO2 and strontium carbonate SrCO3 by solid-state reaction technique in air at 1773 K. Crystal structure parameters of Nd1- x Sr x Al1- x Ti x O3 were refined by full-profile Rietveld refinement in space groups R overline{3} c ( x = 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 and 0.8) and Pm overline{3} m ( x = 0.9). Comparison of the obtained structural parameters with the literature data for the end members of the system NdAlO3 and SrTiO3 revealed formation of two kinds of solid solutions Nd1-xSrxAl1-xTixO3 with the cubic and rhombohedral perovskite structure. Morphotropic rhombohedral-to-cubic phase transition in Nd1-xSrxAl1-xTixO3 series occurs at x = 0.84. Based on the results obtained as well as the literature data for the parent compounds, the tentative phase diagram of the NdAlO3-SrTiO3 pseudo-binary system have been constructed.

  11. Charge transfer mechanism for the formation of metallic states at the KTaO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Nazir, Safdar


    The electronic and optical properties of the KTaO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface are analyzed by the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave approach of density functional theory. Optimization of the atomic positions points at subordinate changes in the crystal structure and chemical bonding near the interface, which is due to a minimal lattice mismatch. The creation of metallic interface states thus is not affected by structural relaxation but can be explained by charge transfer between transition metal and oxygen atoms. It is to be expected that a charge transfer is likewise important for related interfaces such as LaAlO3/SrTiO3. The KTaO3/SrTiO3 system is ideal for disentangling the complex behavior of metallic interface states, since almost no structural relaxation takes place.

  12. Effect of SiO2 buffer layers on the structure of SrTiO3 films grown on silicon by pulsed laser deposition


    Tejedor, P.; Fuenzalida, V. M.; Briones Fernández-Pola, Fernando


    Thin films of SrTiO3 were grown by pulsed laser deposition on Si and SiO2/Si at 35 and 650°C in a 50 mTorr oxygen discharge (300 V). The effect of introducing a SiO2 buffer layer between the Si substrate and the complex oxide on the crystallinity and microstructure of the SrTiO3 films was investigated at both deposition temperatures. All films grown at 35°C were amorphous. Surface morphology examination by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that these films were continuous and homogene...

  13. Tailoring the nature and strength of electron-phonon interactions in the SrTiO$_3$(001) two-dimensional electron liquid


    Wang, Z.; Mckeown Walker, Siobhan; Tamai, Anna; Wang, Y.; Ristic, Z.; Bruno, Flavio Yair; de la Torre, Alberto; Ricco, Sara; Plumb, N. C.; M. Shi; Hlawenka, P.; Sánchez-Barriga, J.; A. Varykhalov; Kim, T. K.; Hoesch, M.


    Surfaces and interfaces offer new possibilities for tailoring the many-body interactions that dominate the electrical and thermal properties of transition metal oxides1–4. Here, we use the prototypical two-dimensional electron liquid (2DEL) at the SrTiO3(001) surface5–7 to reveal a remarkably complex evolution of electron–phonon coupling with the tunable carrier density of this system. At low density, where superconductivity is found in the analogous 2DEL at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface8–13, o...

  14. Submicron patterns obtained by thermal-induced reconstruction of self-assembled monolayer of Ag nanoparticles and their application in SERS (United States)

    Ruan, Weidong; Zhou, Tieli; Cui, Yinqiu; Dong, Yujie; Liu, Zhuo; Dong, Fengxia; Wang, Haiyang; Luan, Xintong; Wang, Xu; Song, Wei; Zhao, Bing


    The layer-by-layer (LbL) self-assembly technique was employed for the deposition of poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and triangular Ag nanoplates on glass substrates. A thermal-induced reconstruction of these polyelectrolyte-linked nanoparticle (NP) films was presented. Before the reconstruction, triangular Ag nanoplates were distributed uniformly on the surface with an average interval of 50 ± 15 nm. After the reconstruction, the triangular Ag nanoplates accumulated into discrete stacks with an average interval of 90 ± 25 nm. The temperature-dependent experiments were done and the optimal temperature for the formation of the reconstructed patterns was 120 °C. The possible mechanism of the NP movement and stacking was analyzed. Under the experimental conditions, a hydrophobic environment was formed because of the vacuum and heating. As a result the polyelectrolyte-linked Ag NPs preferred to congregate due to the lowered surface energy. Finally the submicron patterns were formed. The ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) properties of the films before and after the reconstruction was investigated. The reconstructed films with submicron patterns had better SERS enhancement ability, which was 1300 times to the original films. The reconstruction method of the monolayer films showed great potential in the surface design and related applications. AFM images were obtained to clarify the three dimensional structures of the reconstructed films obtained at 120 °C. As shown in Fig. 2, the Ag NP stacks had an average diameter of 1.0 ± 0.2 μm and an average height of 170 ± 30 nm. The diameter and height of the stacks were shaped by the aggregates of tens of triangular Ag nanoplates. The AFM cross-sectional contour showed the clear intervals of the stacks, which was corresponding to the SEM characterization.XRD patterns of the polyelectrolyte-linked NP films before and after thermal post-treatment are showed in

  15. Electric-Field Induced Reversible Switching of the Magnetic Easy Axis in Co/BiFeO3on SrTiO3. (United States)

    Gao, Tieren; Zhang, Xiaohang; Ratcliff, William; Maruyama, Shingo; Murakami, Makoto; Varatharajan, Anbusathaiah; Yamani, Zahra; Chen, Peijie; Wang, Ke; Zhang, Huairuo; Shull, Robert; Bendersky, Leonid A; Unguris, John; Ramesh, Ramamoorthy; Takeuchi, Ichiro


    Electric-field (E-field) control of magnetism enabled by multiferroic materials has the potential to revolutionize the landscape of present memory devices plagued with high energy dissipation. To date, this E-field controlled multiferroic scheme has only been demonstrated at room temperature using BiFeO 3 films grown on DyScO 3 , a unique and expensive substrate, which gives rise to a particular ferroelectric domain pattern in BiFeO 3 . Here, we demonstrate reversible electric-field-induced switching of the magnetic state of the Co layer in Co/BiFeO 3 (BFO) (001) thin film heterostructures fabricated on (001) SrTiO 3 (STO) substrates. The angular dependence of the coercivity and the remanent magnetization of the Co layer indicates that its easy axis reversibly switches back and forth 45° between the (100) and the (110) crystallographic directions of STO as a result of alternating application of positive and negative voltage pulses between the patterned top Co electrode layer and the (001) SrRuO 3 (SRO) layer on which the ferroelectric BFO is epitaxially grown. The coercivity (H C ) of the Co layer exhibits a hysteretic behavior between two states as a function of voltage. A mechanism based on the intrinsic magnetoelectric coupling in multiferroic BFO involving projection of antiferromagnetic G-type domains is used to explain the observation. We have also measured the exact canting angle of the G-type domain in strained BFO films for the first time using neutron diffraction. These results suggest a pathway to integrating BFO-based devices on Si wafers for implementing low power consumption and nonvolatile magnetoelectronic devices.

  16. Photoinduced modulation and relaxation characteristics in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface

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    Jin, K. X.


    We report the modulation and relaxation characteristics in the two-dimensional electron gas system at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterointerface induced by the ultraviolet light illumination (365 nm). The suppression of Kondo effect at the interface illuminated by the light originates from the light irradiation-induced decoherence effect of localized states. It is interesting to note that the persistent and transient photoinduced effects are simultaneously observed and the photoinduced maximum change values in resistance are 80.8% and 51.4% at T = 20 K, respectively. Moreover, the photoinduced relaxation processes after the irradiation are systematically analyzed using the double exponential model. These results provide the deeper understanding of the photoinduced effect and the experimental evidence of tunable Kondo effect in oxides-based two-dimensional electron gas systems.

  17. Role of O defects at the BiMnO3/SrTiO3 interface (United States)

    Jilili, J.; Cossu, F.; Schwingenschlögl, U.


    We use first principles calculations to study ideal and O deficient BiMnO3/SrTiO3 superlattices. The ideal superlattice is characterized by parallel alignment of the Mn and Ti magnetic moments at the n-interface, while an antiparallel alignment has been reported experimentally. O defects at the n-interface are found to favor the MnO2 and BiO layers over the TiO2 layer. The band gap of the superlattice is strongly reduced when the MnO2 layer is O deficient and {d}3{z2-{r}2} states are observed at the Fermi energy when the BiO layer is O deficient. Only in the latter case the Mn and Ti magnetic moments at the n-interface align antiparallel. Therefore, O defects in the BiO layer turn out to be essential for reproducing the experimental interface magnetism and for understanding its mechanism.

  18. The metallic interface between the two band insulators LaGaO3 and SrTiO3

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    Nazir, Safdar


    The formation of metallic interface states between the two band insulators LaGaO3 and SrTiO3 is studied by the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method based on density functional theory.Structural optimization of the atomic positions points to only small changes of the chemical bonding at the interface. The n-type (LaO/TiO2) and p-type (GaO2/SrO) interfaces turn out to be metallic. Reduction of the O content increases the conductivity of the n-type interface, while the p-type interface can be turned gradually from a hole doped into an electron doped state.

  19. Glass and glass-ceramics along the SrTiO3-NaPO3 line

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    Sinouh H.


    Full Text Available The xSrTiO3-(1−xNaPO3 (x = 0−0.20 mol% glasses were prepared by the conventional melt-quenching method. The amorphous state of the samples was verified by X-ray diffraction. The glass-ceramic materials were obtained by the well known thermal controlled crystallization process. It is found that several physical properties such as the density, molar volume, and the glass transition temperature depend strongly on the chemical composition. Vickers test on the glasses showed that the micro-hardness increases with the SrTiO3 content. The structural approach of the glasses was realized by IR spectroscopy. This technique has highlighted the co-existence of different phosphate and titanium structural units in the glassy-matrix. Crystallization of the glasses was enhanced by heat treatments and followed by X-ray diffraction. A mechanism for this glass crystallization was proposed.

  20. Epitaxial stabilization of -Fe2O3 (00l) thin films on SrTiO3 (111)

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    Gich, Marti [Universitat de Barcelona; Gazquez, J. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Roig, Anna [Universitat de Barcelona; Fontcuberta, Josep [Universitat de Barcelona; Idrobo Tapia, Juan C [ORNL; Pennycook, Stephen J [ORNL; Varela del Arco, Maria [ORNL; Skumryev, Vassil [Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; Varela, Manuel [Universitat de Barcelona


    Thin films of the metastable and elusive -Fe2O3 have been epitaxially stabilized on SrTiO3 (111) substrates. The -Fe2O3 films present a (001) orientation perpendicular to the substrate and three in-plane domains measuring a few nanometers and showing atomically sharp interfaces. We argue that this domain structure, rather than the epitaxial-strain, plays an essential role in stabilizing the -Fe2O3 by minimizing the energy of (100) surfaces. The -Fe2O3 films show a large in-plane coercivity 8 kOe which combined with the magnetoelectric character claimed for this oxide may lead to novel applications in spintronics.

  1. Thermodynamic and kinetic properties of hydrogen defect pairs in SrTiO3 from density functional theory

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    Bork, Nicolai Christian; Bonanos, Nikolaos; Rossmeisl, Jan


    A density functional theory investigation of the thermodynamic and kinetic properties of hydrogen–hydrogen defect interactions in the cubic SrTiO3 perovskite is presented. We find a net attraction between two hydrogen atoms with an optimal separation of ∼2.3 Å. The energy gain is ca. 0.33 e...... agreement with the proposed properties of the double hydrogen defect.......V compared to two non-interacting H defects. The main cause of the net attractive potential is elastic defect interactions through lattice deformation. Two possible diffusion paths for the hydrogen defect pair are investigated and are both determined to be faster than the corresponding diffusion path...

  2. Influence of chromium concentration on the electron magnetic resonance linewidth of Cr3+ in SrTiO3

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    Ronaldo Sergio de Biasi


    Full Text Available Electron magnetic resonance (EMR spectra of Cr3+ ions in samples of chromium-doped strontium titanate (SrTiO3 have been studied at room temperature for chromium concentrations between 0.20 and 1.00 mol%. According to previous studies, chromium substitutes Ti4+ sites in the lattice and its preferred valence state is Cr4+, which is EMR silent in the X-band, but the trivalent state can be produced by illumination or codoping with Nb. In the present work, the codoping method was used; the results show the electron magnetic resonance linewidth of the Cr3+ spectrum increases with increasing chromium concentration and that the range of the exchange interaction between Cr3+ ions is about 0.96 nm.

  3. Evidence for the formation of two phases during the growth of SrTiO3 on silicon (United States)

    Niu, G.; Penuelas, J.; Largeau, L.; Vilquin, B.; Maurice, J. L.; Botella, C.; Hollinger, G.; Saint-Girons, G.


    Epitaxial SrTiO3 (STO)/Si templates open a unique opportunity for the integration of ferroelectric oxides, such as BaTiO3 on silicon and for the realization of new devices exploiting ferroelectricity. STO itself has been shown as ferroelectric at room temperature when deposited in thin layers on Si, while bulk STO is tetragonal and, thus, ferroelectric below 105 K. Here, we demonstrate the coexistence, at room temperature, of strained cubic and tetragonal phases in thin STO/Si layers. The tetragonal STO phase presents a pronounced tetragonality for thicknesses up to 24 ML. Above this thickness, the strained cubic STO phase starts relaxing while the tetragonal STO phase progressively transits to cubic STO. The origin of the simultaneous formation of these two phases is analyzed and is attributed to oxygen segregation at the early stages of the growth.

  4. High charge carrier density at the NaTaO3/SrTiO3 hetero-interface

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    Nazir, Safdar


    The formation of a (quasi) two-dimensional electron gas between the band insulators NaTaO3 and SrTiO3 is studied by means of the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave method of density functional theory. Optimization of the atomic positions points to only small changes in the chemical bonding at the interface. Both the p-type (NaO)−/(TiO2)0 and n-type (TaO2)+/(SrO)0 interfaces are found to be metallic with high charge carrier densities. The effects of O vacancies are discussed. Spin-polarized calculations point to the formation of isolated O 2pmagnetic moments, located in the metallic region of the p-type interface.

  5. High mobility of the strongly confined hole gas in AgTaO3/SrTiO3

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    Nazir, Safdar


    A theoretical study of the two-dimensional hole gas at the (AgO)−/(TiO2)0 p-type interface in the AgTaO3/SrTiO3 (001) heterostructure is presented. The Ag 4d states strongly hybridize with the O 2p states and contribute to the hole gas. It is demonstrated that the holes are confined to an ultra thin layer (∼4.9Å) with a considerable carrier density of ∼1014cm−2. We estimate a hole mobility of 18.6 cm2 V−1 s−1, which is high enough to enable device applications.

  6. Synthesis of LaAlO3 by metal organic decomposition on SrTiO3 substrates (United States)

    Ampuero, J. L.; Iliescu, I.; Boudard, M.; Jamaoui, A.; Rapenne, L.; Jimenez, C.; Roussel, H.


    LaAlO3 (LAO) films on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates have been produced by metal organic decomposition using La(C5H7O2)3 and Al(C5H7O2)3 as precursors dissolved in propionic acid. The process consists of growing thin layers through dip coating and subsequent annealing. After testing different cationic ratios of La and Al, it was determined that an optimal ratio leads to a single LAO phase film that grows epitaxially (cube on cube) on top of the STO. This was shown by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses. These analyses, as well as additional X-ray reflectivity analysis, also revealed that the LAO's thickness obtained in one dip ranges from 8 nm to 16 nm. Taking advantage of the epitaxial conditions, several layers can be stacked by successive dip coatings and annealing to form an epitaxial structure.

  7. Tunable Electron-Electron Interactions in LaAlO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} Nanostructures

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    Guanglei Cheng


    Full Text Available The interface between the two complex oxides LaAlO_{3} and SrTiO_{3} has remarkable properties that can be locally reconfigured between conducting and insulating states using a conductive atomic force microscope. Prior investigations of “sketched” quantum dot devices revealed a phase in which electrons form pairs, implying a strongly attractive electron-electron interaction. Here, we show that these devices with strong electron-electron interactions can exhibit a gate-tunable transition from a pair-tunneling regime to a single-electron (Andreev bound state tunneling regime where the interactions become repulsive. The electron-electron interaction sign change is associated with a Lifshitz transition where the d_{xz} and d_{yz} bands start to become occupied. This electronically tunable electron-electron interaction, combined with the nanoscale reconfigurability of this system, provides an interesting starting point towards solid-state quantum simulation.

  8. Phase segregation of superconductivity and ferromagnetism at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. (United States)

    Mohanta, N; Taraphder, A


    The highly conductive two-dimensional electron gas formed at the interface between insulating SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 shows low-temperature superconductivity coexisting with inhomogeneous ferromagnetism. The Rashba spin-orbit interaction with the in-plane Zeeman field of the system favors p(x) ± ip(y)-wave superconductivity at finite momentum. Owing to the intrinsic disorder at the interface, the role of spatial inhomogeneity in the superconducting and ferromagnetic states becomes important. We find that, for strong disorder, the system breaks up into mutually excluded regions of superconductivity and ferromagnetism. This inhomogeneity-driven electronic phase separation accounts for the unusual coexistence of superconductivity and ferromagnetism observed at the interface.

  9. Direct Observation of Sr Vacancies in SrTiO_{3} by Quantitative Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Honggyu Kim


    Full Text Available Unveiling the identity, spatial configuration, and microscopic structure of point defects is one of the key challenges in materials science. Here, we demonstrate that quantitative scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM can be used to directly observe Sr vacancies in SrTiO_{3} and to determine the atom column relaxations around them. By combining recent advances in quantitative STEM, including variable-angle, high-angle annular dark-field imaging and rigid registration methods, with frozen phonon multislice image simulations, we identify which Sr columns contain vacancies and quantify the number of vacancies in them. Picometer precision measurements of the surrounding atom column positions show that the nearest-neighbor Ti atoms are displaced away from the Sr vacancies. The results open up a new methodology for studying the microscopic mechanisms by which point defects control materials properties.

  10. Probing surface and bulk electrochemical processes on the LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interface

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    Kumar, Amit [ORNL; Arruda, Thomas M [ORNL; Kim, Yunseok [ORNL; Ivanov, Ilia N [ORNL; Jesse, Stephen [ORNL; Bark, C [University of Wisconsin, Madison; Bristowe, Nicholas C [University of Cambridge; Artacho, Emilio [University of Cambridge; Littlewood, Peter B [ORNL; Eom, Professor Chang-Beom [University of Wisconsin, Madison; Kalinin, Sergei V [ORNL


    Local electrochemical phenomena on the surfaces of LaAlO3-SrTiO3 heterostructure are explored using unipolar and bipolar dynamic electrochemical strain microscopy (D-ESM). The D-ESM suggests the presence of at least two distinct electrochemical processes, including fast reversible low-voltage process and slow high-voltage process. The latter process is associated with static surface deformations in the sub-nm regime. These behaviors are compared with Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy hysteresis data. The possible origins of observed phenomena are discussed and these studies suggest that charge-writing behavior in LAO-STO include strong surface/bulk electrochemical component and are more complicated than simple screening by surface adsorbates.

  11. Probing surface and bulk electrochemical processes on the LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interface. (United States)

    Kumar, Amit; Arruda, Thomas M; Kim, Yunseok; Ivanov, Ilia N; Jesse, Stephen; Bark, Chung W; Bristowe, Nicholas C; Artacho, Emilio; Littlewood, Peter B; Eom, Chang-Beom; Kalinin, Sergei V


    Local electrochemical phenomena on the surfaces of the LaAlO(3)-SrTiO(3) heterostructure are explored using unipolar and bipolar dynamic electrochemical strain microscopy (D-ESM). The D-ESM suggests the presence of at least two distinct electrochemical processes, including fast reversible low-voltage process and slow high-voltage process. The latter process is associated with static surface deformations in the sub-nanometer regime. These behaviors are compared with Kelvin probe force microscopy hysteresis data. The possible origins of observed phenomena are discussed, and these studies suggest that charge-writing behavior in LAO-STO includes a strong surface/bulk electrochemical component and is more complicated than simple screening by surface adsorbates.

  12. Tunable photovoltaic effect and solar cell performance of self-doped perovskite SrTiO3

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    K. X. Jin


    Full Text Available We report on the tunable photovoltaic effect of self-doped single-crystal SrTiO3 (STO, a prototypical perovskite-structured complex oxide, and evaluate its performance in Schottky junction solar cells. The photovaltaic characteristics of vacuum-reduced STO single crystals are dictated by a thin surface layer with electrons donated by oxygen vacancies. Under UV illumination, a photovoltage of 1.1 V is observed in the as-received STO single crystal, while the sample reduced at 750 °C presents the highest incident photon to carrier conversion efficiency. Furthermore, in the STO/Pt Schottky junction, a power conversion efficiency of 0.88% was achieved under standard AM 1.5 illumination at room temperature. This work establishes STO as a high-mobility photovoltaic semiconductor with potential of integration in self-powered oxide electronics.

  13. Transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskite oxides as promising functional materials for oxygen sensor (United States)

    Misra, Sunasira


    Modern industries employ several gases as process fluids. Leakage of these gases in the operating area could lead to undesirable consequences. Even in chemical industries, which use large quantities of inert gases in confined areas, accidental leakage of these process gases would result in the reduction of oxygen partial pressure in atmospheric air. For instance, large amounts of gaseous nitrogen and argon are used in pharmaceutical industries, gas filling/bottling plants, operating area of Fast Breeder reactors, etc. Fall of concentration of oxygen in air below 17% could lead to life risk (Asphyxiation) of the working personnel that has to be checked well in advance. Further, when the leaking gas is of explosive nature, its damage potential would be very high if its concentration level in air increases beyond its lower explosive limit. Surveillance of the ambient within these industries at the critical areas and also in the environment around them for oxygen therefore becomes highly essential. Sensitive and selective gas sensors made of advanced materials are required to meet this demand of monitoring environmental pollution. The perovskite class of oxides (ABO3) is chemically stable even at high temperatures and can tolerate large levels of dopants without phase transformations. The electronic properties of this parent functional material can be tailored by adding appropriate dopants that exhibit different valence states. Aliovalent transition metal substituted SrTiO3 perovskites are good mixed ionic and electronic conductors and potential candidates for sensing oxygen at percentage level exploiting their oxygen pressure dependent electrical conductivity. This paper presents the preparation, study of electrical conductivity and oxygen-sensing characteristics of iron and cobalt substituted SrTiO3.

  14. Thin-film dye sensitization and impurity effects on TiO2 and SrTiO3 electrodes for the photoelectrolysis of water

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    Mackor, A.; Schoonman, J.


    Single crystals of TiO2 and SrTiO3 are sensitized by thin films of a ruthenium surfactant dye, which is able to sustain catalytic oxidation of water upon irradiation with visible light. Calculated turnover numbers exceed 2000. Doping of the crystals with niobium does not improve the suitability of

  15. A nano-grid structure made of perovskite SrTiO3 nanowires for efficient electron transport layers in inverted polymer solar cells (United States)

    Kim, Jeong Won; Suh, Yo-Han; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Won Bae


    A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film.A nano-grid structure of perovskite SrTiO3 NWs is developed for a novel electron transport layer in inverted polymer solar cells. Due to the excellent charge transporting properties of the SrTiO3 nano-grid structure, the device employing this nanostructure showed ~32% enhanced photovoltaic performance, compared to the solar cell using a TiO2 thin film. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, HR-TEM images with EDX atomic ratio analysis, FE-SEM images, transmittance spectra and light absorbance spectra. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06720g

  16. Non-conducting interfaces of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 produced in sputter deposition : The role of stoichiometry

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    Dildar, I.M.; Boltje, D.B.; Hesselberth, M.H.S.; Aarts, J.; Xu, Q.; Zandbergen, H.W.; Harkema, S.


    We have investigated the properties of interfaces between LaAlO3 films grown on SrTiO3 substrates singly terminated by TiO2. We used RF sputtering in a high-pressure oxygen atmosphere. The films are smooth, with flat surfaces. Transmission electron microscopy shows sharp and continuous interfaces

  17. Synthesis of BiFeO3 thin films on single-terminated Nb : SrTiO3 (111 substrates by intermittent microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Ivan Velasco-Davalos


    Full Text Available We report on a simple and fast procedure to create arrays of atomically flat terraces on single crystal SrTiO3 (111 substrates and the deposition of ferroelectric BiFeO3 thin films on such single-terminated surfaces. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in deionized water and ammonia solution selectively removes either (SrO34− or Ti4+ layers to ensure the same chemical termination on all terraces. Measured step heights of 0.225 nm (d111 and uniform contrast in the phase image of the terraces confirm the single termination in pure and Nb doped SrTiO3 single crystal substrates. Multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films were then deposited by the same microwave assisted hydrothermal process on Nb : SrTiO3 (111 substrates. Bi(NO33 and Fe(NO33 along with KOH served as the precursors solution. Ferroelectric behavior of the BiFeO3 films on Nb : SrTiO3 (100 substrates was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy.

  18. Optimization of Strontium Titanate (SrTiO3) Thin Films Fabricated by Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) for Microwave-Tunable Devices (United States)


    dielectric property of SrTiO3 lattice : first-principles study. Thin Solid Films. 2005;475:97–101. 16. Xi XX, Li HC, Si WD, Sirenko AA, Akimov IA...deposition. Japanese Journal of Applied Physics Part 1 – Regular Papers Short Notes & Review Papers. 1993;32:4069–4073. 85. Cho HJ, Lee JM, Shin JC

  19. A hybrid DFT based investigation of the photocatalytic activity of cation-anion codoped SrTiO3 for water splitting under visible light. (United States)

    Modak, Brindaban; Srinivasu, K; Ghosh, Swapan K


    In this study, the effect of cation (Mo or W) and anion (N) codoping on the band structure of SrTiO3 is investigated to improve its photocatalytic activity for water splitting under sunlight. We consider both the non-compensated and compensated codoping strategies using different ratios of the cationic and anionic dopants. The present study employs hybrid density functional theory to describe the electronic structure of all the systems accurately. Although non-compensated (1 : 1) codoping reduces the band gap significantly, the presence of localized impurity states may hinder charge carrier mobility. This also changes the positions of the band edges to such an extent that the (Mo/W, N)-codoped SrTiO3 system becomes ineffective for overall water splitting. Besides, the formation of charge compensating defects may contribute to the carrier loss. On the other hand, compensated (1 : 2) codoping not only reduces the band gap to shift the absorption curve towards the visible region, but also passivates the impurity states completely, ensuring improved photoconversion efficiency. The reduction of the band gap is found to be more prominent in the case of (W, 2N)-codoped SrTiO3 than (Mo, 2N)-codoped SrTiO3. In both the cases, the band edge positions are found to satisfy the thermodynamic criteria for overall water splitting. Our calculation predicts that the codoping of (Mo/W) and N in the 1 : 2 ratio also enhances the reducing properties at the conduction band in comparison to that in the undoped SrTiO3, which is beneficial for hydrogen release in water splitting. The present study thus demonstrates the effect of the nature of the dopant elements as well as their proportion to achieve the best outcome of the designed material for practical applications.

  20. Chemistry, growth kinetics, and epitaxial stabilization of Sn2+ in Sn-doped SrTiO3 using (CH36Sn2 tin precursor

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    Tianqi Wang


    Full Text Available PbTiO3-based ferroelectrics have impressive electroactive properties, originating from the Pb2+ 6s2 electron lone-pair, which cause large elastic distortion and electric polarization due to cooperative pseudo Jahn-Teller effect. Recently, tin-based perovskite oxide (SnTiO3 containing Sn2+ and a chemistry similar to that of the 6s2 lone-pair has been identified as a thermally stable, environmentally friendly substitute for PbTiO3-based ferroelectrics. However experimental attempts to stabilize Sn2+ on the A-site of perovskite ATiO3 have so far failed. In this work, we report on the growth of atomically smooth, epitaxial, and coherent Sn-alloyed SrTiO3 films on SrTiO3 (001 substrates using a hybrid molecular beam epitaxy approach. With increasing Sn concentration, the out-of-plane lattice parameter first increases in accordance with the Vegard’s law and then decreases for Sn(Sr+Ti+Sn at. % ratio > 0.1 due to the incorporation of Sn2+ at the A-site. Using a combination of high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and density functional calculations, we show that while majority of Sn is on the B-site, there is a quantitatively unknown fraction of Sn being consistent with the A-site occupancy making SrTiO3 polar. A relaxor-like ferroelectric local distortion with monoclinic symmetry, induced by A-site Sn2+, was observed in Sn-doped SrTiO3 with Sn(Sr+Ti+Sn at. % ratio = 0.1 using optical second harmonic generation measurements. The role of growth kinetics on the stability of Sn2+ in SrTiO3 is discussed.

  1. Plasma plume effects on the conductivity of amorphous-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces grown by pulsed laser deposition in O2 and Ar

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    Sambri, A.; Christensen, Dennis; Trier, Felix


    Amorphous-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces exhibit metallic conductivity similar to those found for the extensively studied crystalline-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. Here, we investigate the conductivity of the amorphous-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces grown in different pressures of O2 and Ar background gases....... During the deposition, the LaAlO3 ablation plume is also studied, in situ, by fast photography and space-resolved optical emission spectroscopy. An interesting correlation between interfacial conductivity and kinetic energy of the Al atoms in the plume is observed: to assure conducting interfaces...

  2. Low-energy electron diffraction study of the surface of SrTiO3(001) (United States)

    Bell, Adam; Marino, Kristin; Diehl, Renee


    Oxide materials having the perovskite structure have many intriguing physical properties, such as high-temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance, and ferroelectricity. These properties make them good candidates for applications such as hard drive read heads or random access memory. Although fabrication of such devices involves growing thin films, the characterization of the surface structures of perovskite materials has been slow. This is partly because they often have complex or unstable structures that can be difficult to prepare and maintain and partly because the electron or ion beams common in surface techniques can charge the surface and perturb the incident and scattered beams This is particularly true of low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), the primary technique for determining the surface structures In this study, we have developed new methods to reduce the exposure of the insulating surface to electrons in a LEED experiment. These include using low incident beam currents, pulsing the electron beam and image enhancement techniques. We will carry out a LEED characterization of the SrTiO3(001) surface structure, which has been the subject of some controversy concerning the terminating structure.[1

  3. A unified mechanism for 2DEG at SrTiO3 /LaAlO3 interface (United States)

    Yu, Liping; Zunger, Alex


    The origin of 2DEG appearing at the TiO2-LaO (n-type) interface between two insulating oxides of polar LaAlO3 (LAO) and nonpolar SrTiO3 (STO) after some critical LAO thickness is still under hot debate. Here applying modern defect theory for bulk, interface and surface, based on DFT and HSE, we investigated the current mechanisms that focus on polar catastrophe scenario, interfacial and surface O vacancies (VO), or interfacial cation defects. We uncovered a unified mechanism that can explain not only the 2DEG at n-type interface, but also the insulating behaviour at SrO/AlO2 (p-type) interface. Specifically, for n-type interface, we found that (i) it is the VO at LAO surface coupled with built-in electric field in LAO film that causes 2DEG and determines the critical thickness. (ii) The interfacial La-on-Sr and Ti-on-Al antisite donor defects cause interfacial mixing, but do not contribute itinerant carriers. (iii) The cation vacancies and acceptor antisite defects can trap partially the 2DEG. For p-type interface, the insulating behaviour is resulted from the spontaneous formation of the defect pair of ``interfacial La-on-Sr defect and surface La vacancy defect'' after a critical thickness smaller than that expected from pure polar catastrophe scenario. Supported by DOE BES Energy Frontier Research Center for Inverse Design.

  4. Perovskite oxide SrTiO3 as an efficient electron transporter for hybrid perovskite solar cells

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    Bera, Ashok


    In this work, we explored perovskite oxide SrTiO3 (STO) for the first time as the electron-transporting layer in organolead trihalide perovskite solar cells. The steady-state photoluminescence (PL) quenching and transient absorption experiments revealed efficient photoelectron transfer from CH3NH3PbI3-xClx to STO. Perovskite solar cells with meso-STO exhibit an open circuit voltage of 1.01 V, which is 25% higher than the value of 0.81 V achieved in the control device with the conventional meso-TiO2. In addition, an increase of 17% in the fill factor was achieved by tailoring the thickness of the meso-STO layer. We found that the application of STO leads to uniform perovskite layers with large grains and complete surface coverage, leading to a high shunt resistance and improved performance. These findings suggest STO as a competitive candidate as electron transport material in organometal perovskite solar cells.

  5. Molecular Adsorption, Hindered Rotation, and Species Separation of H2/SrTiO3(001) (United States)

    Shimizu, Koji; Diño, Wilson Agerico; Nakanishi, Hiroshi; Kasai, Hideaki; Fukutani, Katsuyuki; Yajima, Ayako


    We investigated the interaction of H2 with SrTiO3(001) using density functional theory based total energy calculations. We found that the H2 adsorption strongly depends on the polar orientation of the H-H bond, and the preferred configuration determined by the ionic species of the atom at the adsorption site (i.e., cation or anion). From the calculated potential energy surfaces, we determined the corresponding hindered rotational states of the adsorbed H2. The calculated wave functions indicate preferential adsorption on top of the O site of an SrO-terminated surface, with the H-H bond oriented perpendicular to the surface. On a TiO2-terminated surface, the H2 adsorption occurs on top of the Ti site, with the H-H bond oriented parallel to the surface. The differences in the rotational state dependent desorption temperature suggest the possibility of species separation of H2, especially on the SrO-terminated surface.

  6. Electric field control of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface ground state. (United States)

    Caviglia, A D; Gariglio, S; Reyren, N; Jaccard, D; Schneider, T; Gabay, M; Thiel, S; Hammerl, G; Mannhart, J; Triscone, J-M


    Interfaces between complex oxides are emerging as one of the most interesting systems in condensed matter physics. In this special setting, in which translational symmetry is artificially broken, a variety of new and unusual electronic phases can be promoted. Theoretical studies predict complex phase diagrams and suggest the key role of the charge carrier density in determining the systems' ground states. A particularly fascinating system is the conducting interface between the band insulators LaAlO(3) and SrTiO(3) (ref. 3). Recently two possible ground states have been experimentally identified: a magnetic state and a two-dimensional superconducting condensate. Here we use the electric field effect to explore the phase diagram of the system. The electrostatic tuning of the carrier density allows an on/off switching of superconductivity and drives a quantum phase transition between a two-dimensional superconducting state and an insulating state. Analyses of the magnetotransport properties in the insulating state are consistent with weak localization and do not provide evidence for magnetism. The electric field control of superconductivity demonstrated here opens the way to the development of new mesoscopic superconducting circuits.

  7. A versatile light-switchable nanorod memory: Wurtzite ZnO on perovskite SrTiO3

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    Kumar, Anup Bera


    Integrating materials with distinct lattice symmetries and dimensions is an effective design strategy toward realizing novel devices with unprecedented functionalities, but many challenges remain in synthesis and device design. Here, a heterojunction memory made of wurtzite ZnO nanorods grown on perovskite Nb-doped SrTiO3 (NSTO) is reported, the electronic properties of which can be drastically reconfigured by applying a voltage and light. Despite of the distinct lattice structures of ZnO and NSTO, a consistent nature of single crystallinity is achieved in the heterojunctions via the low-temperature solution-based hydrothermal growth. In addition to a high and persistent photoconductivity, the ZnO/NSTO heterojunction diode can be turned into a versatile light-switchable resistive switching memory with highly tunable ON and OFF states. The reversible modification of the effective interfacial energy barrier in the concurrent electronic and ionic processes most likely gives rise to the high susceptibility of the ZnO/NSTO heterojunction to external electric and optical stimuli. Furthermore, this facile synthesis route is promising to be generalized to other novel functional nanodevices integrating materials with diverse structures and properties. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Adsorptive and photocatalytic properties of S-doped SrTiO3 under simulated solar irradiation (United States)

    Huynh, Phu Chi; Le, Vien Minh


    S-doped SrTiO3 (SSTO) nanoparticles were synthesized using the sol-gel method with Sr(NO3)2, n- Ti(OC4H9)4, and Thiourea as precursors. Several analytical techniques including XRD, SEM, BET were employed to characterize the physical properties of the product. High crystalline perovskite of SSTO powder was synthesized at 700 °C calcined temperature with the specific surface area of 20.71 m2/g. UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra results of STO and 5SSTO present band gap energy of 3.2 and 2.95 eV respectively. Photocatalytic activity was determined through the photodegradation of Congo Red at the initial concentrations of 70 ppm under simulated solar irradiation using 26W mercury lamp (120V - 60Hz). The decompositions of approximately 90.4% was obtained after 210 minutes of illumination. The photocatalyst was stable in aqueous solution that its photocatalytic activity was merely reduced by 9% even after 4 reusing iterations.

  9. Influence of Strain on the Thermoelectric Properties of electron-doped SrTiO3 Thin Films (United States)

    Sarantopoulos, Alexandros; Ferreiro-Vila, Elias; Magen, Cesar; Aguirre, Myriam H.; Pardo, Victor; Rivadulla, Francisco


    The discovery of a two dimensional electron gas with high mobility at the interface between insulating LaAlO3 / SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) opened the possibility of fabricating functional devices based on this interfacial effect. Therefore, it is important to study the influence of the growth parameters on the properties of the constituent materials. Here, we demonstrate that the thermoelectric properties of epitaxial thin films of Nb:STO can be finely tuned by adjusting the growth conditions in a PLD system. By growing the sample on different substrates, we demonstrate that the amount of vacancies depends on the degree of epitaxial compressive stress. The vacancies produced lead to impurity scattering at low temperatures. We show that the magnetoresistance response, and non-linear behavior of the Hall effect, characteristic of LAO/STO interfaces, can be reproduced in thin films of Nb:STO with a controlled number of vacancies. Moreover, we show that the Seebeck coefficient is a valid tool to obtain information about the degeneracy of the electronic band structure. We acknowledge support from the ERC 2D Therms project.

  10. Two-Dimensional Electron Gas at SrTiO3-Based Oxide Heterostructures via Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Sang Woon Lee


    Full Text Available Two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG at an oxide interface has been attracting considerable attention for physics research and nanoelectronic applications. Early studies reported the formation of 2DEG at semiconductor interfaces (e.g., AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures with interesting electrical properties such as high electron mobility. Besides 2DEG formation at semiconductor junctions, 2DEG was realized at the interface of an oxide heterostructure such as the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO heterojunction. The origin of 2DEG was attributed to the well-known “polar catastrophe” mechanism in oxide heterostructures, which consist of an epitaxial LAO layer on a single crystalline STO substrate among proposed mechanisms. Recently, it was reported that the creation of 2DEG was achieved using the atomic layer deposition (ALD technique, which opens new functionality of ALD in emerging nanoelectronics. This review is focused on the origin of 2DEG at oxide heterostructures using the ALD process. In particular, it addresses the origin of 2DEG at oxide interfaces based on an alternative mechanism (i.e., oxygen vacancies.

  11. Temperature dependent giant resistance anomaly in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 nanostructures. (United States)

    Minhas, M Z; Müller, A; Heyroth, F; Blaschek, H H; Schmidt, G


    The resistance of the electron gas (2DEG) at the interface between the two band insulators LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO) typically drops monotonically with temperature and R/T curves during cooling and warm-up look identical for large area structures. Here we show that if the LAO/STO is laterally restricted by nanopatterning the resistance exhibits a temperature anomaly. Warming up nanostructures from low temperatures leads to one or two pronounced resistance peaks between 50 and 100 K not observed for larger dimensions. During cool-down current filaments emerge at the domain walls that form during a structural phase transition of the STO substrate. During warm-up the reverse phase transition can interrupt filaments before the sheet conductivity which dominates at higher temperature is reestablished. Due to the limited number of filaments in a nanostructure this process can result in a complete loss of conductance. As a consequence of these findings the transport physics extracted from experiments in small and large area LAO/STO structures may need to be reconsidered.

  12. Tuning La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 surface magnetism using LaMnO3 and SrTiO3 caps (United States)

    Phillips, L. C.; Maccherozzi, F.; Moya, X.; Ghidini, M.; Yan, W.; Soussi, J.; Dhesi, S. S.; Mathur, N. D.


    We have investigated how the surface magnetism of epitaxial La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 films on NdGaO3 substrates is modified by 2 nm-thick caps of the undoped manganite LaMnO3 and the band insulator SrTiO3. Low-temperature photoemission electron microscopy images with x-ray magnetic circular dichroism contrast reveal large ferromagnetic domains, and a reduction of surface Curie temperature by 40 K (LaMnO3 cap) and 70 K (SrTiO3 cap). We use these negative results to argue that capped films of sub-optimally doped La1-xSrxMnO3 (x≠0.33) should improve the operating temperature of all-oxide and other spintronic devices.

  13. High mobility half-metallicity in the (LaMnO3)2/(SrTiO3)8 superlattice (United States)

    Cossu, F.; Singh, N.; Schwingenschlögl, U.


    First principles calculations have been performed to investigate the LaMnO3/SrTiO3 superlattice. Structural relaxation within the generalized gradient approximation results in no significant tiltings or rotations of oxygen octahedra, but in distinct distortions in the SrTiO3 region. Taking into account the onsite Coulomb interaction, we find that the Mn spins order ferromagnetically, in contrast to the antiferromagnetic state of bulk LaMnO3. Most importantly, the interface strain combined with charge transfer across the interface induces half-metallicity within the MnO2 layers. The superlattice is particulary interesting for spintronics applications because the half-metallic states are characterized by an extraordinary high mobility.

  14. Transport and excitations in a negative-U quantum dot at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Prawiroatmodjo, Guenevere E. D. K.; Leijnse, Martin Christian; Trier, Felix


    superconductivity was demonstrated at the level of single electrons in quantum dots at the interface of LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. Here, we present a detailed study of the excitation spectrum and transport processes of a gate-defined LaAlO3/SrTiO3 quantum dot exhibiting pairing at low temperatures. For weak tunneling......, the spectrum agrees with calculations based on the Anderson model with a negative effective charging energy U, and exhibits an energy gap corresponding to the Zeeman energy of the magnetic pair-breaking field. In contrast, for strong coupling, low-bias conductance is enhanced with a characteristic dependence...

  15. Strain effects on the spin polarized electron gas in ABO3/SrTiO3 (A = Pr, Nd and B = Al, Ga) heterostructures

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    Nazir, Safdar


    The spin polarized two dimensional electron gas in the correlated ABO3/SrTiO3 (A = Pr, Nd and B = Al, Ga) heterostructures is investigated by ab-initio calculations using density functional theory. Structural relaxation shows a strong buckling at and near the TiO2 terminated n-type interface (IFs) due to significant TiO6 octahedral distortions. We find in all cases, metallic states in a very narrow region of the SrTiO3, in agreement with experimental results. We demonstrate that the interface magnetism strongly reacts to the magnitude of the lattice strain. The orbital occupations and, hence, the charge carrier density change systematically as a function of the lattice mismatch between the component materials.

  16. Influence of oxygen pressure and aging on LaAlO3 films grown by pulsed laser deposition on SrTiO3 substrates

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    Park, Jihwey


    The crystal structures of LaAlO3 films grown by pulsed laser deposition on SrTiO3 substrates at oxygen pressure of 10−3 millibars or 10−5 millibars, where kinetics of ablated species hardly depend on oxygen background pressure, are compared. Our results show that the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 is sharper when the oxygen pressure is lower. Over time, the formation of various crystalline phases is observed while the crystalline thickness of the LaAlO3 layer remains unchanged. X-ray scattering as well as atomic force microscopy measurements indicate three-dimensional growth of such phases, which appear to be fed from an amorphous capping layer present in as-grown samples.

  17. Ab initio calculations and analysis of chemical bonding in SrTiO3 and SrZrO3 cubic crystals (United States)

    Evarestov, R. A.; Tupitsyn, I. I.; Bandura, A. V.; Alexandrov, V. E.

    The possibility of the different first-principles methods to describe the chemical bonding in SrTiO3 and SrZrO3 cubic crystals is investigated. The local properties of the electronic structure (atomic charges, bond orders, atomic delocalization indexes, and polarization fractions) were calculated with different methods: traditional Mulliken population analysis in LCAO calculations, two projection techniques in plane-wave (PW) calculations, population analysis based on Wannier-type atomic orbitals, and chemical bonding analysis based on the localized Wannier functions for occupied (valence band) LCAO states. All the techniques considered except the traditional Mulliken analysis demonstrate that the ionicity of chemical bonding in SrZrO3 is larger than in SrTiO3, in agreement with the Zr and Ti electronegativities relation and the relative bandgaps observed.

  18. Infrared ellipsometry study of the confined electrons in a high-mobility γ-Al2O3/SrTiO3 heterostructure

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    Yazdi-Rizi, M.; Marsik, P.; Mallett, B. P. P.


    of SrTiO3, we derive the sheet carrier density, Ns, the mobility, μ, and the depth profile of the carrier concentration. Notably, we find that Ns and the shape of the depth profile are similar as in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) heterostructures for which the itinerant carriers are believed to arise from...... a polar discontinuity. Despite an order of magnitude higher mobility in GAO/STO, as obtained from transport measurements, the derived mobility in the infrared range exhibits only a twofold increase. We interpret this finding in terms of the polaronic nature of the confined charge carriers in GAO....../STO and LAO/STO which leads to a strong, frequency-dependent interaction with the STO phonons....

  19. Magnetic and electrical transport properties of LaBaCo2O(5.5+δ) thin films on vicinal (001) SrTiO3 surfaces. (United States)

    Ma, Chunrui; Liu, Ming; Collins, Gregory; Wang, Haibin; Bao, Shanyong; Xu, Xing; Enriquez, Erik; Chen, Chonglin; Lin, Yuan; Whangbo, Myung-Hwan


    Highly epitaxial LaBaCo(2)O(5.5+δ) thin films were grown on the vicinal (001) SrTiO(3) substrates with miscut angles of 0.5°, 3.0°, and 5.0° to systemically study strain effect on its physical properties. The electronic transport properties and magnetic behaviors of these films are strongly dependent on the miscut angles. With increasing the miscut angle, the transport property of the film changes from semiconducting to semimetallic, which results most probably from the locally strained domains induced by the surface step terraces. In addition, a very large magnetoresistance (34% at 60 K) was achieved for the 0.5°-miscut film, which is ~30% larger than that for the film grown on the regular (001) SrTiO(3) substrates.

  20. Proposal of a One-Dimensional Electron Gas in the Steps at the LaAlO3-SrTiO3 Interface (United States)

    Bristowe, N. C.; Fix, T.; Blamire, M. G.; Littlewood, P. B.; Artacho, Emilio


    The two-dimensional electron gas at the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 has become one of the most fascinating and highly debated oxide systems of recent times. Here we propose that a one-dimensional electron gas can be engineered at the step edges of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. These predictions are supported by first-principles calculations and electrostatic modeling which elucidate the origin of the one-dimensional electron gas as an electronic reconstruction to compensate a net surface charge in the step edge. The results suggest a novel route to increasing the functional density in these electronic interfaces.

  1. High mobility half-metallicity in the (LaMnO3)2/(SrTiO3)8 superlattice

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    Cossu, Fabrizio


    First principles calculations have been performed to investigate the LaMnO3/SrTiO3 superlattice. Structural relaxation within the generalized gradient approximation results in no significant tiltings or rotations of oxygen octahedra, but in distinct distortions in the SrTiO3 region. Taking into account the onsite Coulomb interaction, we find that the Mn spins order ferromagnetically, in contrast to the antiferromagnetic state of bulk LaMnO3. Most importantly, the interface strain combined with charge transfer across the interface induces half-metallicity within the MnO2 layers. The superlattice is particulary interesting for spintronics applications because the half-metallic states are characterized by an extraordinary high mobility.

  2. Strain-induced large spin splitting and persistent spin helix at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface (United States)

    Yamaguchi, Naoya; Ishii, Fumiyuki


    We investigate the effect of tensile strain on spin splitting at the n-type interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 in terms of spin–orbit coupling coefficient α and spin texture in the momentum space using first-principles density-functional calculations. Our results show that α could be controlled by the tensile strain, and can be enhanced by up to 5 times for a tensile strain of 7%, and the effect of the tensile strain leads to a persistent spin helix, which has a long spin lifetime. The strain effect on the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface is important for various applications such as spin field-effect transistors and spin-to-charge conversion.

  3. Magneto-transport properties of La 0.7 Ca 0.3 MnO 3/SrTiO 3/La 0.7 ...

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    La0.7Ce0.3MnO3/SrTiO3/La0.7Ce0.3MnO3 tunnel junction; magneto-transport properties; magnetoresistance. ... University of Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK; Institut fur Festkorper und Wekstofforschung, Dresden, D-01069 Dresden, Germany; Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Mumbai 400 005, India ...

  4. Visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic performances of Cr-doped SrTiO3/TiO2 heterostructured nanotube arrays


    Zhengbo Jiao; Tao Chen; Jinyan Xiong; Teng Wang; Gongxuan Lu; Jinhua Ye; Yingpu Bi


    Well-aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays have become of increasing significance because of their unique highly ordered array structure, high specific surface area, unidirectional charge transfer and transportation features. However, their poor visible light utilization as well as the high recombination rate of photoexcited electron-hole pairs greatly limited their practical applications. Herein, we demonstrate the fabrication of visible-light-responsive heterostructured Cr-doped SrTiO3/TiO2 nanotube...

  5. Insight into synergistically enhanced adsorption and visible light photocatalytic performance of Z-scheme heterojunction of SrTiO3(La,Cr)-decorated WO3 nanosheets (United States)

    Liu, Xin; Jiang, Junzhe; Jia, Yushuai; Qiu, Jinmin; Xia, Tonglin; Zhang, Yuhong; Li, Yuqin; Chen, Xiangshu


    The efficient treatment of dye wastewater has been a hot topic of environment field. The integration of adsorption and photocatalytic degradation via fabrication of bi-component heterojunction photocatalyst is considered as a facile and effective strategy to enhance the dye elimination efficiency. In this report, a Z-scheme heterojunction material, SrTiO3(La,Cr)/WO3 with bifunction of adsorption and photocatalysis was successfully synthesized for efficient removal of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The morphology and microstructure characterization demonstrates that the SrTiO3(La,Cr) nanoparticles are uniformly decorated on the WO3 nanosheets, forming an intimate heterojunction interface. MB degradation results indicate that the removal efficiency by the synergistic adsorption-photocatalysis process is greatly improved compared to pure WO3 and SrTiO3(La,Cr) with the adsorption and photocatalytic activity closely related to the composition of the material. The possible mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the formation of a Z-scheme heterojunction system based on active species trapping experiments. Furthermore, the investigations of adsorption kinetics and isotherm show that the adsorption process follows pseudo-second-order kinetic model and Langmuir isotherm, respectively. Due to the synergistic advantages of negative zeta potential, large surface area and accelerated separation of photogenerated carriers driven by Z-scheme heterojunction, SrTiO3(La,Cr)/WO3 exhibits excellent adsorption-photocatalytic performance and stability on MB removal, which could be potentially used for practical wastewater treatment.

  6. Non-volatile gated variable resistor based on doped La2CuO4+δ and SrTiO3 heterostructures (United States)

    Weber, Dieter; Poppe, Ulrich


    Gated variable resistors were manufactured by depositing epitaxial heterostructures of doped La2CuO4+δ and SrTiO3 layers. Their conductance change as function of write current I and write time t followed a simple empirical law of the form ΔG/G = CIAtB. This behavior is in agreement with ionic transport that accelerates exponentially with electrical field strength.

  7. Modification of Ag nanoparticles on the surface of SrTiO3 particles and resultant influence on photoreduction of CO2 (United States)

    Shao, Kunjuan; Wang, Yanjie; Iqbal, Muzaffar; Lin, Lin; Wang, Kai; Zhang, Xuehua; He, Meng; He, Tao


    Modification of a wide-bandgap semiconductor with noble metals that can exhibit surface plasmon effect is an effective approach to make it responsive to the visible light. In this work, a series of cubic and all-edge-truncated SrTiO3 with and without thermal pretreatment in air are modified by Ag nanoparticles via photodeposition method. The crystal structure, morphology, loading amount of Ag nanoparticles, and optical properties of the obtained Ag-SrTiO3 nanomaterials are well characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning microscope, transmission electron microscope, energy disperse X-ray spectroscopy, ICP-MS and UV-vis diffuse-reflection spectroscopy. The loading amount and size of the Ag nanoparticles can be controlled to some extent by tuning the photodeposition time via growth-dissolution mechanism. The Ag nanoparticles are inclined to deposit on different locations on the surface of cubic and truncated SrTiO3 with and without thermal pretreatment. The resultant SrTiO3 modified by Ag nanoparticles exhibits visible light activity for photocatalytic reduction of CO2, which is closely related to the oxygen vacancy induced by thermal pretreatment, size and amount of Ag nanoparticles. Accordingly, there is an optimized photodeposition time for the synthesis of the photocatalyst that exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity.

  8. Gate-tunable polarized phase of two-dimensional electrons at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. (United States)

    Joshua, Arjun; Ruhman, Jonathan; Pecker, Sharon; Altman, Ehud; Ilani, Shahal


    Controlling the coupling between localized spins and itinerant electrons can lead to exotic magnetic states. A novel system featuring local magnetic moments and extended 2D electrons is the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3. The magnetism of the interface, however, was observed to be insensitive to the presence of these electrons and is believed to arise solely from extrinsic sources like oxygen vacancies and strain. Here we show the existence of unconventional electronic phases in the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 system pointing to an underlying tunable coupling between itinerant electrons and localized moments. Using anisotropic magnetoresistance and anomalous Hall effect measurements in a unique in-plane configuration, we identify two distinct phases in the space of carrier density and magnetic field. At high densities and fields, the electronic system is strongly polarized and shows a response, which is highly anisotropic along the crystalline directions. Surprisingly, below a density-dependent critical field, the polarization and anisotropy vanish whereas the resistivity sharply rises. The unprecedented vanishing of the easy axes below a critical field is in sharp contrast with other coupled magnetic systems and indicates strong coupling with the moments that depends on the symmetry of the itinerant electrons. The observed interplay between the two phases indicates the nature of magnetism at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface as both having an intrinsic origin and being tunable.

  9. First-principle calculations of the thermal properties of SrTiO3 and SrO(SrTiO3)n (n=1,2) (United States)

    Lu, Yanli; Jia, Dewei; Gao, Feng; Hu, Tingting; Chen, Zheng


    The thermal properties of SrTiO3 and SrO(SrTiO3)n (n=1,2) with layered perovskite structure are analyzed using the Debye-Grüneisen model combined with ab initio calculations. The thermal expansion coefficient, specific heat at constant pressure CP and specific heat at constant volume CV, adiabatic bulk modulus BS and isothermal bulk modulus BT, entropy, and Debye temperature are investigated. At temperatures higher than 550 °C, the thermal expansion coefficient and the discrepancies between CP and CV, as well as that between BS and BT, of Sr3Ti2O7 increase the fastest as the temperature rises, followed by those of Sr2TiO4, and those of SrTiO3 increase the slowest. The bulk module and Debye temperature of Sr2TiO4, Sr3Ti2O7, and SrTiO3 increase with decreasing SrO/SrTiO3 ratio at 0 K. With increasing temperature, however, the bulk modulus and Debye temperature of Sr3Ti2O7 both rapidly decrease and even fall below those of Sr2TiO4 when the temperature is higher than specific values. We also analyzed the thermal properties of these three compounds in the pressure range from 0 GPa to 16 GPa at 300 K.

  10. New insights on the synthesis and electronic transport in bulk polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO3−δ

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    Dehkordi, Arash Mehdizadeh


    Recently, we have reported a significant enhancement in the electronic and thermoelectric properties of bulk polycrystalline SrTiO3 ceramics via praseodymium doping. This improvement was originated from the simultaneous enhancement in the thermoelectric power factor and reduction in thermal conductivity, which was contributed to the non-uniform distribution of Pr dopants. In order to further understand the underlying mechanism, we herein investigate the role of praseodymium doping source (Pr2O3 versus Pr6O11) on the synthesis and electronic transport in Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics. It was observed that the high-temperature electronic transport properties are independent of the choice of praseodymium doping source for samples prepared following our synthesis strategy. Theoretical calculations were also performed in order to estimate the maximum achievable power factor and the corresponding optimal carrier concentration. The result suggests the possibility of further improvement of the power factor. This study should shed some light on the superior electronic transport in bulk polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics and provide new insight on further improvement of the thermoelectric power factor.

  11. Out-of-plane magnetic domain structure in a thin film of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 on SrTiO3 (001) observed by magnetic force microscopy (United States)

    Houwman, E. P.; Maris, G.; de Luca, G. M.; Niermann, N.; Rijnders, G.; Blank, D. H. A.; Speller, S.


    The room temperature out-of-plane magnetization of epitaxial thin films of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 on SrTiO3 (001) has been investigated with magnetic force microscopy, using magnetic tips with very small coercivity, relative to the film. A clear magnetic pattern in the form of a checkerboard, with domain dimensions of a few hundred nanometers, was found for the thin, coherently strained films, which is approximately aligned along the maximum strain [110] and [11¯0] directions in the film. With increasing in-plane applied magnetic field, the magnetic contrast reduces, reflecting the rotation of the magnetization vector into the plane of the film. This process is reversible with the field. The out-of-plane magnetic pattern is not sensitive to rotation of the in-plane field. We attribute the observed out-of-plane magnetization component to an out-of-plane magnetic anisotropy, which is a remainder of the [111] magnetic easy axis in bulk La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 single crystal.

  12. Metal-to-insulator transition in LaAl1 -xCrxO3/SrTiO3 oxide heterostructures guided by electronic reconstruction (United States)

    Kumar, Pramod; Pal, Prabir; Shukla, A. K.; Pulikkotil, J. J.; Dogra, Anjana


    Despite continuous efforts, a conceptual perception on the origin of quasi-two-dimensional electron gas (q-2DEG) in oxide heterostructures remains far from any generalization. Along this perspective, a systematic study identifying systems that exhibit heterointerface conductivity (LaAlO3/SrTiO3 ) and that do not (LaCrO3/SrTiO3 ) is undertaken. High quality LaAl1 -xCrxO3 (0 ≤x ≤1 ) films were fabricated on TiO2 terminated SrTiO3 (001) substrates using a pulsed laser deposition technique and its growth was monitored by reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED). The transport and photoemission spectroscopy experiments reveal that the the origin of heterointerface q-2DEG is associated with Ti3 + states and that it ceases to exist with increasing Cr ion concentration in the overlayer films. Following experimental evidences of the Cr concentration dependent metal-insulator electronic phase transition at the heterointerface, explanation is sought within the realms of a polar catastrophe model. Based on our transport and spectroscopy measurements, we propose that an electronic reconstruction drives the formation of q-2DEG for pristine LAO/STO and Al rich samples due to the formation of Ti3 +/Ti4 + mixed valent state, while for heavily doped Cr samples, the required electron count necessary to solve the polar catastrophe instability are trapped in the LaAl1 -xCrxO3 overlayers in the Cr 3 d states. These trapped electrons in the overlayers are manifested in the form of Cr2 + ions.

  13. Suppression of the two-dimensional electron gas in LaGaO3/SrTiO3 by cation intermixing

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    Nazir, S.


    Cation intermixing at the n-type polar LaGaO 3 /SrTiO 3 (001) interface is investigated by first principles calculations. Ti"Ga, Sr"La, and SrTi"LaGa intermixing are studied in comparison to each other, with a focus on the interface stability. We demonstrate in which cases intermixing is energetically favorable as compared to a clean interface. A depopulation of the Ti 3d xy orbitals under cation intermixing is found, reflecting a complete suppression of the two-dimensional electron gas present at the clean interface.

  14. Large thermoelectric power factor in Pr-doped SrTiO3-δ ceramics via grain-boundary-induced mobility enhancement

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    Mehdizadeh Dehkordi, Arash


    We report a novel synthesis strategy to prepare high-performance bulk polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics. A large thermoelectric power factor of 1.3 W m-1 K-1 at 500 °C is achieved in these samples. In-depth investigations of the electronic transport and microstructure suggest that this significant improvement results from a substantial enhancement in carrier mobility originating from the formation of Pr-rich grain boundaries. This work provides new directions to higher performance oxide thermoelectrics as well as possibly other properties and applications of this broadly functional perovskite material. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  15. Non-volatile gated variable resistor based on doped La2CuO4+delta and SrTiO3 heterostructures


    Weber, D.; Poppe, U.


    Gated variable resistors were manufactured by depositing epitaxial heterostructures of doped La2CuO4+delta and SrTiO3 layers. Their conductance change as function of write current I and write time t followed a simple empirical law of the form Delta G/G = CI(A)t(B). This behavior is in agreement with ionic transport that accelerates exponentially with electrical field strength. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [

  16. Magneto-transport study of top- and back-gated LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    W. Liu


    Full Text Available We report a detailed analysis of magneto-transport properties of top- and back-gated LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures. Efficient modulation in magneto-resistance, carrier density, and mobility of the two-dimensional electron liquid present at the interface is achieved by sweeping top and back gate voltages. Analyzing those changes with respect to the carrier density tuning, we observe that the back gate strongly modifies the electron mobility while the top gate mainly varies the carrier density. The evolution of the spin-orbit interaction is also followed as a function of top and back gating.

  17. Influence of the oxidation state of SrTiO3 plasmas for stoichiometric growth of pulsed laser deposition films identified by laser induced fluorescence

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    Kasper Orsel


    Full Text Available By applying two-dimensional laser induced fluorescence (LIF on multiple plasma constituents, we are able to directly link the oxidation of plasma species in a SrTiO3 plasma for pulsed laser deposition to the stoichiometry and quality of the thin films grown. With spatiotemporal LIF mapping of the plasma species in different background gas compositions, we find that Ti and Sr have to be fully oxidized for a stoichiometric growth of crystalline thin films, which gives new input for modeling surface growth, as well as provides additional control over the exact degree of stoichiometry of thin films.

  18. Magnetic field-induced bipolar resistive switching and negative differential resistance in (110)SrTiO3:Nb/ZnO heterojunctions (United States)

    Fang, Yinglong; Li, Jiachen; Chen, Yonghai; Zhang, Weifeng; Jia, Caihong


    (110)SrTiO3:Nb (NSTO)/ZnO heterojunctions were fabricated by magnetron sputtering. The NSTO/ZnO heterojunctions exhibit a typical rectification characteristic, and two attendant behaviors of bipolar resistive switching and negative differential resistance appear after applying a magnetic field. The ideality factor (n) increases from 3.0 to 8.8 and the density of interface state Nss increases from 8.4×1013 to 1.8×1014 eV-1·cm-2 after applying a magnetic field. The variance of interface state density can be used to qualitatively understand the above results.

  19. Imposed quasi-layer-by-layer homoepitaxial growth of SrTiO3 films by large area pulsed laser deposition

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Pryds, Nini


    The homoepitaxial growth of SrTiO3 (STO) films was investigated by a large-area pulsed laser deposition (PLD), which was in-situ monitored by a high pressure reflective high energy electron diffraction. By combining a conventionally continuous film deposition with a followed interval relaxation......, a persistent layer-by-layer (LBL) film growth of more than 100 unit cells STO films was achieved. This interrupted PLD technique could realize persistent LBL film growth at any laser frequency between 1 and 10 Hz and provides an effective way to fabricate high quality complex oxide films on unit cell scale....

  20. Electric field control of the γ-Al2O3/SrTiO3 interface conductivity at room temperature

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    Christensen, Dennis Valbjørn; Trier, Felix; von Soosten, Merlin


    Controlling interfaces using electric fields is at the heart of modern electronics. The discovery of the conducting interface between the two insulating oxides LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO) has led to a number of interesting electric field-dependent phenomena. Recently, it was shown that replacing...... LAO with a spinel γ-Al2O3 (GAO) allows a good pseudo-epitaxial film growth and high electron mobility at low temperatures. Here, we show that the GAO/STO interface resistance, similar to LAO/STO, can be tuned by orders of magnitude at room temperature using the electric field of a backgate...

  1. Preparation of (11n) oriented Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x thin films without c-axis twin structure by the metal-organic decomposition method using vicinal SrTiO3 (110) substrates (United States)

    Yamada, Yasuyuki; Kato, Takahiro; Ishibashi, Takayuki; Okamoto, Tomoichiro; Mori, Natsuki


    We have prepared (11n) oriented Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+x (Bi2212) thin films by metal-organic decomposition method. The vicinal (110) substrate of SrTiO3 (STO) inclined toward the [1 ¯ 10] direction was used for suppressing "c-twinning". In the sample prepared in the O2 atmosphere, only the (11n) peak appeared in the θ-2θ X-ray diffraction pattern. When the miscut angle of the substrate was φ = 10°, it was shown by the scanning electron microscope images and the (008) pole figures that the c-axis was inclined by about 38° and the c-twinning was substantially suppressed. ρab and ρc of this sample were calculated by the corrected van der Pauw method and component calculation of the two-dimensional resistivity tensor. The superconducting transition temperatures were Tc = 81 K. The temperature dependence of ρab was a typical metallic behavior reflecting the characteristics of the ab-plane of Bi2212. On the other hand, that of ρc did not become a typical semiconductor behavior in the c-axis direction of Bi2212, but it showed a metallic behavior. The anisotropic parameter γ was about 10.

  2. Engineering two-dimensional superconductivity and Rashba spin–orbit coupling in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 quantum wells by selective orbital occupancy (United States)

    Herranz, Gervasi; Singh, Gyanendra; Bergeal, Nicolas; Jouan, Alexis; Lesueur, Jérôme; Gázquez, Jaume; Varela, María; Scigaj, Mateusz; Dix, Nico; Sánchez, Florencio; Fontcuberta, Josep


    The discovery of two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at oxide interfaces—involving electrons in narrow d-bands—has broken new ground, enabling the access to correlated states that are unreachable in conventional semiconductors based on s- and p- electrons. There is a growing consensus that emerging properties at these novel quantum wells—such as 2D superconductivity and magnetism—are intimately connected to specific orbital symmetries in the 2DEG sub-band structure. Here we show that crystal orientation allows selective orbital occupancy, disclosing unprecedented ways to tailor the 2DEG properties. By carrying out electrostatic gating experiments in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 wells of different crystal orientations, we show that the spatial extension and anisotropy of the 2D superconductivity and the Rashba spin–orbit field can be largely modulated by controlling the 2DEG sub-band filling. Such an orientational tuning expands the possibilities for electronic engineering of 2DEGs at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. PMID:25583368

  3. Significant enhancement in thermoelectric properties of polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO3−δ ceramics originating from nonuniform distribution of Pr dopants

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    Dehkordi, Arash Mehdizadeh


    Recently, we have reported a significant enhancement ( >70% at 500 °C) in the thermoelectric power factor (PF) of bulk polycrystalline Pr-doped SrTiO3 ceramics employing a novel synthesis strategy which led to the highest ever reported values of PF among doped polycrystalline SrTiO3. It was found that the formation of Pr-rich grain boundary regions gives rise to an enhancement in carrier mobility. In this Letter, we investigate the electronic and thermal transport in Sr1− x Pr x TiO3 ceramics in order to determine the optimum doping concentration and to evaluate the overall thermoelectric performance. Simultaneous enhancement in the thermoelectric power factor and reduction in thermal conductivity in these samples resulted in more than 30% improvement in the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) for the whole temperature range over all previously reported maximum values. Maximum ZT value of 0.35 was obtained at 500 °C.

  4. Hybrid HF-DFT comparative study of SrZrO3 and SrTiO3(001) surface properties (United States)

    Evarestov, R. A.; Bandura, A. V.; Alexandrov, V. E.


    Hybrid HF-DFT LCAO simulations of SrZrO3 and SrTiO3(001) surface properties are performed in a single-slab model framework. The SrZrO3(001) surface was studied by an ab initio method for the first time. Three slab models with different surface terminations including up to 8 atomic planes were used for calculation of the various surface characteristics (surface energies, atomic charges, density of electronic states). The dependence of the results on the chosen model and on the kind of d -element is analyzed. The dissimilarity in the surface oxygen atom contributions to the total density of states of two crystals is attributed to the more ionic nature of Zr-O bonds compared to Ti-O bonds. It is found that in the case of SrZrO3 the electronic density is biased towards the SrO-terminated surface and this surface should be more basic in nature than the SrO surface of SrTiO3 crystal.

  5. Strong evidence for d-electron spin transport at room temperature at a LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface (United States)

    Ohshima, Ryo; Ando, Yuichiro; Matsuzaki, Kosuke; Susaki, Tomofumi; Weiler, Mathias; Klingler, Stefan; Huebl, Hans; Shikoh, Eiji; Shinjo, Teruya; Goennenwein, Sebastian T. B.; Shiraishi, Masashi


    A d-orbital electron has an anisotropic electron orbital and is a source of magnetism. The realization of a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) embedded at a LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface surprised researchers in materials and physical sciences because the 2DEG consists of 3d-electrons of Ti with extraordinarily large carrier mobility, even in the insulating oxide heterostructure. To date, a wide variety of physical phenomena, such as ferromagnetism and the quantum Hall effect, have been discovered in this 2DEG system, demonstrating the ability of d-electron 2DEG systems to provide a material platform for the study of interesting physics. However, because of both ferromagnetism and the Rashba field, long-range spin transport and the exploitation of spintronics functions have been believed difficult to implement in d-electron 2DEG systems. Here, we report the experimental demonstration of room-temperature spin transport in a d-electron-based 2DEG at a LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, where the spin relaxation length is about 300 nm. Our finding, which counters the conventional understandings of d-electron 2DEGs, highlights the spin-functionality of conductive oxide systems and opens the field of d-electron spintronics.

  6. Nickel-ceria infiltrated Nb-doped SrTiO3 for low temperature SOFC anodes and analysis on gas diffusion impedance

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Jacobsen, Torben


    This report concentrates on high performance anodes appropriate for SOFCs operating at low temperatures (400–600 °C). Symmetrical cells were made by screen printing of Nb-doped SrTiO3 (STN) on both sides of a dense ScYSZ electrolyte. Backbones I (36% porosity) and II (47% porosity) were obtained ....... The gas diffusion impedance was investigated with He and N2 in H2/H2O gas mixtures and by varying the H2O content at 655 °C. This study indicated that the gas diffusion in these electrodes are influenced by Knudsen and bulk diffusion.......This report concentrates on high performance anodes appropriate for SOFCs operating at low temperatures (400–600 °C). Symmetrical cells were made by screen printing of Nb-doped SrTiO3 (STN) on both sides of a dense ScYSZ electrolyte. Backbones I (36% porosity) and II (47% porosity) were obtained...

  7. Interfacial B-site atomic configuration in polar (111 and non-polar (001 SrIrO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures

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    T. J. Anderson


    Full Text Available The precise control of interfacial atomic arrangement in ABO3 perovskite heterostructures is paramount, particularly in cases where the subsequent electronic properties of the material exhibit geometrical preferences along polar crystallographic directions that feature inevitably complex surface reconstructions. Here, we present the B-site interfacial structure in polar (111 and non-polar (001 SrIrO3/SrTiO3 interfaces. The heterostructures were examined using scanning transmission electron microscopy and synchrotron-based coherent Bragg rod analysis. Our results reveal the preference of B-site intermixing across the (111 interface due to the polarity-compensated SrTiO3 substrate surface prior to growth. By comparison, the intermixing at the non-polar (001 interface is negligible. This finding suggests that the intermixing may be necessary to mitigate epitaxy along heavily reconstructed and non-stoichiometric (111 perovskite surfaces. Furthermore, this preferential B-site configuration could allow the geometric design of the interfacial perovskite structure and chemistry to selectively engineer the correlated electronic states of the B-site d-orbital.

  8. Origin of the stabilization of the metastable tetragonal high-pressure phase in SrCuO2 thin films grown on SrTiO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition (United States)

    Mihailescu, C. N.; Pasuk, I.; Straticiuc, M.; Nita, C. R.; Pantelica, D.; Giapintzakis, J.


    In this work we have systematically investigated the evolution of structure and stoichiometry in SrCuO2 films grown on TiO2-terminated SrTiO3 substrates as a function of the substrate temperature. Depending on the growth temperature SrCuO2/SrTiO3 films can exhibit either a pure tetragonal high-pressure phase, or a pure orthorhombic low-pressure phase, or a mixed phase. Our results indicate that at low substrate temperatures the non-equilibrium state of the growth process is responsible for the stabilization of the metastable tetragonal high-pressure structure in SrCuO2 thin films grown on (0 0 1) SrTiO3 substrates, whose lattice matches the metastable structure. In addition, at higher substrate temperatures thermodynamics become dominant over other factors and the SrCuO2 thin films are stabilized in the thermodynamically stable orthorhombic phase.

  9. Surface morphology and in-plane-epitaxy of SmBa2Cu3O7-δ films on SrTiO3 (001) substrates studied by STM and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction

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    Jiang, Q.D.; Smilgies, D.M.; Feidenhans'l, R.


    The surface morphology and in-plane epitaxy of thin films of SmBa(2)Cu3O(7-delta) (Sm-BCO) grown on SrTiO3 (001) substrates with various thicknesses have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD). As revealed by GIXRD, SmBCO films...... as thick as 500 Angstrom grow pseudomorphically on SrTiO3 (001) surfaces, in comparison with a maximum of 130 Angstrom for YBCO. This is probably due to a better lattice match of SmBCO (epsilon(alpha) = 1.2%, epsilon(b)=-0.5%) compared to YBCO (epsilon(alpha)=2.0%, epsilon(b)=0.5%) with the SrTiO3...

  10. Nickel sulfide/graphitic carbon nitride/strontium titanate (NiS/g-C3N4/SrTiO3) composites with significantly enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production activity. (United States)

    Luo, Xiu-Li; He, Gang-Ling; Fang, Yue-Ping; Xu, Yue-Hua


    NiS/g-C 3 N 4 /SrTiO 3 (NS/CN/STO) composites were prepared using a facile hydrothermal method. The synergistic effect of g-C 3 N 4 /SrTiO 3 (CN/STO) heterojunction and NiS cocatalyst enhanced the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity of NS/CN/STO. A hydrogen production rate of 1722.7 μmol h -1  g -1 was obtained when the 2%NiS/20%g-C 3 N 4 /SrTiO 3 (2NS/20CN/STO) was used for the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution in the presence of methanol used as a sacrificial agent under UV-vis light irradiation; the photocatalytic hydrogen production rate of 2NS/20CN/STO is 32.8, 8.9 and 4.2 times the value of that obtained with pure g-C 3 N 4 , SrTiO 3 and 20%g-C 3 N 4 /SrTiO 3 (20CN/STO), respectively. Moreover, in photoelectrochemical investigations when compared with 20CN/STO, SrTiO 3 and g-C 3 N 4 , 2NS/20CN/STO exhibited significant photocurrent enhancement. The heterojunction and cocatalyst in NS/CN/STO improved the charge separation efficiency and the lifetime of the charge carriers, leading to the enhanced generation of electrons for photocatalytic hydrogen production. Copyright © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Signature of enhanced spin-orbit interaction in the magnetoresistance of LaTiO3/SrTiO3 interfaces on δ doping (United States)

    Das, Shubhankar; Hossain, Z.; Budhani, R. C.


    We present a study of modulation of spin-orbit interaction (SOI) at the interface of LaTiO3/SrTiO3 by δ doping with an isostructural ferromagnetic perovskite LaCoO3. The sheet carrier density at the interface decreases exponentially with δ -doping thickness. We have explored that the spin-orbit scattering time (τs o) can be decreased by nearly three orders of magnitude, whereas the inelastic scattering time (τi) remains almost constant with δ -doping thickness. We have also observed that the τi varies almost inversely proportional to temperature and τs o remains insensitive to temperature, which suggest that the spin relaxation in these interfaces follows D'yakonov-Perel mechanism. The observed in-plane anisotropic magnetoresistance is attributed to the mixing of the spin-up and spin-down states of the d band at the Fermi level due to SOI.

  12. Untilting BiFeO3: The influence of substrate boundary conditions in ultra-thin BiFeO3 on SrTiO3

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    Yongsoo Yang


    Full Text Available We report on the role of oxygen octahedral tilting in the monoclinic-to-tetragonal phase transition in ultra-thin BiFeO3 films grown on (001 SrTiO3 substrates. Reciprocal space maps clearly show the disappearance of the integer-order Bragg peak splitting associated with the monoclinic phase when the film thickness decreases below 20 unit cells. This monoclinic-to-tetragonal transition is accompanied by the evolution of the half-order diffraction peaks, which reflects untilting of the oxygen octahedra around the [110] axis, proving that the octahedral tilting is closely correlated with the transition. This structural change is thickness-dependent, and different from a strain-induced transition in the conventional sense.

  13. Metal-insulator transition at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface revisited: A hybrid functional study (United States)

    Cossu, F.; Schwingenschlögl, U.; Eyert, V.


    We investigate the electronic properties of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface using density functional theory. In contrast to previous studies, which relied on (semi-)local functionals and the GGA+U method, we here use a recently developed hybrid functional to determine the electronic structure. This approach offers the distinct advantage of accessing both the metallic and insulating multilayers on a parameter-free equal footing. As compared to calculations based on semilocal GGA functionals, our hybrid functional calculations lead to a considerably increased band gap for the insulating systems. The details of the electronic structure show substantial deviations from those obtained by GGA calculations. This casts severe doubts on all previous results based on semilocal functionals. In particular, corrections using rigid band shifts (“scissors operator”) cannot lead to valid results.

  14. Strain Accommodation By Facile WO6 Octahedral Distortion and Tilting During WO3 Heteroepitaxy on SrTiO3(001)

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    Du, Yingge; Gu, Meng; Varga, Tamas; Wang, Chong M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Chambers, Scott A.


    In this paper, we show that compared to other BO6 octahedra in ABO3 structured perovskite oxides, the WO6 octahedra in tungsten trioxide (WO3) can withstand a much larger degree of distortion and tilting to accommodate interfacial strain, which in turn strongly impact the nucleation, structure, and defect formation during the epitaxial growth of WO3 on SrTiO3(001). A meta-stable tetragonal phase can be stabilized by epitaxy and a thickness dependent phase transition (tetragonal to monoclinic) is observed. In contrast to misfit dislocations to accommodate the interfacial stain, the facial WO6 octahedral distortion and tilting give rise to three types of planar defects that affect more than 15 monolayers from the interface. These atomically resolved, unusual interfacial defects may significantly alter the electronic, electrochromic, and mechanical properties of the epitaxial films.

  15. Ti diffusion in (001) SrTiO3-CoFe2O4 epitaxial heterostructures: blocking role of a MgAl2O4 buffer. (United States)

    Rebled, J M; Foerster, M; Estradé, S; Rigato, F; Kanamadi, C; Sánchez, F; Peiró, F; Fontcuberta, J


    Titanium diffusion from (001) SrTiO3 (STO) substrates into CoFe2O4 (CFO) films grown using pulsed laser deposition is reported. To elucidate the reasons for Ti interdiffusion, a comparative study of CFO films grown on MgAl2O4 (MAO) and STO substrates, buffered by thin STO and MAO layers, has been made. It is shown that whereas bottom STO layers always result in Ti migration, a thin MAO layer, only 8 nm thick, is effective in blocking it. We argue that this success relies on the lower mobility of Ti ions in the MAO lattice compared to that of CFO. This result should contribute to the development of high quality epitaxial heterostructures of dissimilar complex oxides.

  16. ZnO Nanorods on a LaAlO 3 -SrTiO 3 Interface: Hybrid 1D-2D Diodes with Engineered Electronic Properties

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    Bera, Ashok


    Integrating nanomaterials with different dimensionalities and properties is a versatile approach toward realizing new functionalities in advanced devices. Here, a novel diode-type heterostructure is reported consisting of 1D semiconducting ZnO nanorods and 2D metallic LaAlO3-SrTiO3 interface. Tunable insulator-to-metal transitions, absent in the individual components, are observed as a result of the competing temperature-dependent conduction mechanisms. Detailed transport analysis reveals direct tunneling at low bias, Fowler-Nordheim tunneling at high forward bias, and Zener breakdown at high reverse bias. Our results highlight the rich electronic properties of such artificial diodes with hybrid dimensionalities, and the design principle may be generalized to other nanomaterials. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Tuning the dead-layer behavior of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3/SrTiO3 via interfacial engineering (United States)

    Peng, R.; Xu, H. C.; Xia, M.; Zhao, J. F.; Xie, X.; Xu, D. F.; Xie, B. P.; Feng, D. L.


    The dead-layer behavior, deterioration of the bulk properties in near-interface layers, restricts the applications of many oxide heterostructures. We present the systematic study of the dead-layer in La0.67Sr0.33MnO3/SrTiO3 grown by ozone-assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Dead-layer behavior is systematically tuned by varying the interfacial doping, while unchanged with varied doping at any other atomic layers. In situ photoemission and low energy electron diffraction measurements suggest intrinsic oxygen vacancies at the surface of ultra-thin La0.67Sr0.33MnO3, which are more concentrated in thinner films. Our results show correlation between interfacial doping, oxygen vacancies, and the dead-layer, which can be explained by a simplified electrostatic model.

  18. Symmetry and Non-empirical Calculations of Structure and Properties of Single- and Double-Wall SrTiO3 Nanotubes (United States)

    Evarestov, R. A.; Bandura, A. V.

    A large-scale first-principles simulation of the structure and stability of SrTiO3 single- and double-wall nanotubes with different chiralities has been performed for the first time using the periodic PBE0 LCAO method. The initial structures of nanotubes have been obtained by rolling up slabs consisting of two and four alternating (001) SrO and TiO2 planes. In the majority of the considered cases the inner or outer TiO2 shells of 4-layer nanotubes undergo a considerable reconstruction due to shrinkage or stretching of interatomic distances. Double-wall nanotubes constructed from 2-layer single-wall nanotubes with the intertube distance less than 4.5-5.0 Å merge to stable polyhedron-shaped tubular objects consisting of blocks with a distorted cubic perovskite structure.

  19. Competition between InP and In2O3 islands during the growth of InP on SrTiO3 (United States)

    Saint-Girons, G.; Regreny, P.; Cheng, J.; Patriarche, G.; Largeau, L.; Gendry, M.; Xu, G.; Robach, Y.; Botella, C.; Grenet, G.; Hollinger, G.


    A study of the growth of InP islands on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates is presented. The nature and crystal orientation of the islands strongly depend on the growth temperature: below 410 °C, both InP and In2O3 islands coexist, while InP islands alone are formed above this temperature. InP islands are randomly oriented in the low growth temperature range and adopt an equilibrium orientation defined by [111]InP∥[001]STO in the growth direction and [110]InP∥[100]STO in the growth plane between 410 and 475 °C. This study highlights the complexity of the growth of InP on STO, which results from a combined influence of interface chemistry and crystallographic properties as well as of the nucleation kinetics.

  20. Metal-insulator transition at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface revisited: A hybrid functional study

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    Cossu, Fabrizio


    We investigate the electronic properties of the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface using density functional theory. In contrast to previous studies, which relied on (semi-)local functionals and the GGA+U method, we here use a recently developed hybrid functional to determine the electronic structure. This approach offers the distinct advantage of accessing both the metallic and insulating multilayers on a parameter-free equal footing. As compared to calculations based on semilocal GGA functionals, our hybrid functional calculations lead to a considerably increased band gap for the insulating systems. The details of the electronic structure show substantial deviations from those obtained by GGA calculations. This casts severe doubts on all previous results based on semilocal functionals. In particular, corrections using rigid band shifts (“scissors operator”) cannot lead to valid results.

  1. Evidence of weak superconductivity at the room-temperature grown LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface

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    Prawiroatmodjo, G. E. D. K.; Trier, Felix; Christensen, Dennis Valbjørn


    The two-dimensional electron gas at the crystalline LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (c-LAO/STO) interface has sparked large interest due to its exotic properties, including an intriguing gate-tunable superconducting phase. While there is growing evidence of pronounced spatial inhomogeneity in the conductivity at STO......-based interfaces, the consequences for superconductivity remain largely unknown. We study interfaces based on amorphous LAO top layers grown at room temperature (a-LAO/STO) and demonstrate a superconducting phase similar to c-LAO/STO, however, with a gate-tunable critical temperature of 460 mK. The dependence...... of the superconducting critical current on temperature, magnetic field, and back-gate-controlled doping is found to be consistently described by a model of a random array of Josephson-coupled superconducting domains....

  2. Magnetic anisotropy and magnetization reversal of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin films on SrTiO3(110) (United States)

    Boschker, Hans; Kautz, Jaap; Houwman, Evert P.; Koster, Gertjan; Blank, Dave H. A.; Rijnders, Guus


    The magnetic behavior of La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) films grown on SrTiO3 (110) substrates was studied. In-plane uniaxial magnetic anisotropy with the easy axis aligned with the [001] lattice direction was observed, together with an out-of-plane component. This is explained by the crystal structure of the films, which shows a tilt of the (001) planes. This tilt creates a long body diagonal which forces the easy axis out-of-plane and results in magnetic domain formation. The domain size is estimated at 500 nm. The switching behavior of the magnetization is well described by a two-phase model which takes both coherent rotation and domain wall motion into account. These results are of importance for the application of LSMO in tunnel magnetoresistance devices, where the (110) orientation is preferred because of the reduction in the dead layer in this direction.

  3. Competing strain relaxation mechanisms in epitaxially grown Pr0.48Ca0.52MnO3 on SrTiO3

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    Anja Herpers


    Full Text Available We investigated the impact of strain relaxation on the current transport of Pr0.48Ca0.52MnO3 (PCMO thin films grown epitaxially on SrTiO3 single crystals by pulsed laser deposition. The incorporation of misfit dislocations and the formation of cracks are identified as competing mechanisms for the relaxation of the biaxial tensile strain. Crack formation leads to a higher crystal quality within the domains but the cracks disable the macroscopic charge transport through the PCMO layer. Progressive strain relaxation by the incorporation of misfit dislocations, on the other hand, results in a significant decrease of the activation energy for polaron hopping with increasing film thickness.

  4. Structure and cation distribution of (Mn0.5Zn0.5)Fe2O4 thin films on SrTiO3(001) (United States)

    Welke, M.; Brachwitz, K.; Lorenz, M.; Grundmann, M.; Schindler, K.-M.; Chassé, A.; Denecke, R.


    A comprehensive study on growth of ferrimagnetic manganese zinc ferrite (Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4) films on single crystalline strontium titanate(001) (SrTiO3) substrates was carried out. Under the optimized conditions, a thin film with a layer thickness of 200 nm was deposited, and the structural properties were investigated. Contrary to data published in literature, no buffer layer was necessary to achieve epitaxial growth of a poorly lattice-matched layer. This was confirmed for Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4(001) on SrTiO3(001) by x-ray diffraction and the adjoined phi scans, which also revealed a lattice compression of 1.2% of the manganese zinc ferrite film in the out-of-plane direction. Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the near surface stoichiometry of the film could be shown to agree with the intended one within the uncertainty of the method. X-ray absorption spectroscopy showed an electronic structure close to that published for bulk samples. Additional x-ray magnetic circular dichroism investigations were performed to answer detailed structural questions by a comparison of experimental data with the calculated ones. The calculations took into account ion sites (tetrahedral vs. octahedral coordination) as well as the charge of Fe ions (Fe2+ vs. Fe3+). Contrary to the expectation for a perfect normal spinel that only Fe3+ ions are present in octahedral sites, hints regarding the presence of additional Fe2+ in octahedral sites as well as Fe3+ ions in tetrahedral sites have been obtained. Altogether, the layer could be shown to be mostly in a normal spinel configuration.

  5. Concurrent La and A-Site Vacancy Doping Modulates the Thermoelectric Response of SrTiO3: Experimental and Computational Evidence. (United States)

    Azough, Feridoon; Jackson, Samuel S; Ekren, Dursun; Freer, Robert; Molinari, Marco; Yeandel, Stephen R; Panchmatia, Pooja M; Parker, Stephen C; Maldonado, David Hernandez; Kepaptsoglou, Demie M; Ramasse, Quentin M


    To help understand the factors controlling the performance of one of the most promising n-type oxide thermoelectric SrTiO3, we need to explore structural control at the atomic level. In Sr1-xLa2x/3TiO3 ceramics (0.0 ≤ x ≤ 0.9), we determined that the thermal conductivity can be reduced and controlled through an interplay of La-substitution and A-site vacancies and the formation of a layered structure. The decrease in thermal conductivity with La and A-site vacancy substitution dominates the trend in the overall thermoelectric response. The maximum dimensionless figure of merit is 0.27 at 1070 K for composition x = 0.50 where half of the A-sites are occupied with La and vacancies. Atomic resolution Z-contrast imaging and atomic scale chemical analysis show that as the La content increases, A-site vacancies initially distribute randomly (x site vacancies contributes to a nonuniform distribution of atomic scale features. This combination induces temperature stable behavior in the material and reduces thermal conductivity, an important route to enhancement of the thermoelectric performance. A computational study confirmed that the thermal conductivity of SrTiO3 is lowered by the introduction of La and A-site vacancies as shown by the experiments. The modeling supports that a critical mass of A-site vacancies is needed to reduce thermal conductivity and that the arrangement of La, Sr, and A-site vacancies has a significant impact on thermal conductivity only at high La concentration.

  6. Retention of Electronic Conductivity in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Nanostructures Using a SrCuO2 Capping Layer (United States)

    Aurino, P. P.; Kalabukhov, A.; Borgani, R.; Haviland, D. B.; Bauch, T.; Lombardi, F.; Claeson, T.; Winkler, D.


    The interface between two wide band-gap insulators, LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) offers a unique playground to study the interplay and competitions between different ordering phenomena in a strongly correlated two-dimensional electron gas. Recent studies of the LAO/STO interface reveal the inhomogeneous nature of the 2DEG that strongly influences electrical-transport properties. Nanowires needed in future applications may be adversely affected, and our aim is, thus, to produce a more homogeneous electron gas. In this work, we demonstrate that nanostructures fabricated in the quasi-2DEG at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface, capped with a SrCuO2 layer, retain their electrical resistivity and mobility independent of the structure size, ranging from 100 nm to 30 μ m . This is in contrast to noncapped LAO/STO structures, where the room-temperature electrical resistivity significantly increases when the structure size becomes smaller than 1 μ m . High-resolution intermodulation electrostatic force microscopy reveals an inhomogeneous surface potential with "puddles" of a characteristic size of 130 nm in the noncapped samples and a more uniform surface potential with a larger characteristic size of the puddles in the capped samples. In addition, capped structures show superconductivity below 200 mK and nonlinear current-voltage characteristics with a clear critical current observed up to 700 mK. Our findings shed light on the complicated nature of the 2DEG at the LAO/STO interface and may also be used for the design of electronic devices.

  7. Magnetoelastic response of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/SrTiO3 superlattices to reversible strain (United States)

    Dekker, M. C.; Herklotz, A.; Schultz, L.; Reibold, M.; Vogel, K.; Biegalski, M. D.; Christen, H. M.; Dörr, K.


    The influence of an electrically controlled biaxial in-plane strain on the magnetization of superlattices of ferromagnetic La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 and SrTiO3 was studied for single-layer thicknesses of d = 1.5-13 nm. Superlattices were grown by pulsed laser deposition on both SrTiO3(001) and piezoelectric 0.72Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-0.28PbTiO3(001), or PMN-PT(001), substrates and have been structurally characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy. Grazing-incidence XRD reveals the vertical homogeneity of the piezoelectrically controlled reversible in-plane strain, even in a 600-nm-thick superlattice containing 100 oxide interfaces. The as-grown strain is almost identical in all superlattices that are coherently grown, with small variations resulting from the partially relaxed growth of the first La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 layer on PMN-PT(001). The magnetic transition temperature decreases with the layer thickness d as a consequence of the finite layer thickness, and the strain-induced response of the magnetization changes its character from that of a long-range-ordered ferromagnet to that of a magnetically disordered (possibly electronically phase-separated) manganite. The strain response of a modified interface layer (“dead layer”) of the thickness dI is distinguished from that of the layer's interior by its different temperature dependence, allowing an estimation of 10 Å < dI < 16 Å for the superlattices on PMN-PT.

  8. Configuration and local elastic interaction of ferroelectric domains and misfit dislocation in PbTiO3/SrTiO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Takanori Kiguchi, Kenta Aoyagi, Yoshitaka Ehara, Hiroshi Funakubo, Tomoaki Yamada, Noritaka Usami and Toyohiko J Konno


    Full Text Available We have studied the strain field around the 90° domains and misfit dislocations in PbTiO3/SrTiO3 (001 epitaxial thin films, at the nanoscale, using the geometric phase analysis (GPA combined with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM and high-angle annular dark field––scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM. The films typically contain a combination of a/c-mixed domains and misfit dislocations. The PbTiO3 layer was composed from the two types of the a-domain (90° domain: a typical a/c-mixed domain configuration where a-domains are 20–30 nm wide and nano sized domains with a width of about 3 nm. In the latter case, the nano sized a-domain does not contact the film/substrate interface; it remains far from the interface and stems from the misfit dislocation. Strain maps obtained from the GPA of HRTEM images show the elastic interaction between the a-domain and the dislocations. The normal strain field and lattice rotation match each other between them. Strain maps reveal that the a-domain nucleation takes place at the misfit dislocation. The lattice rotation around the misfit dislocation triggers the nucleation of the a-domain; the normal strains around the misfit dislocation relax the residual strain in a-domain; then, the a-domain growth takes place, accompanying the introduction of the additional dislocation perpendicular to the misfit dislocation and the dissociation of the dislocations into two pairs of partial dislocations with an APB, which is the bottom boundary of the a-domain. The novel mechanism of the nucleation and growth of 90° domain in PbTiO3/SrTiO3 epitaxial system has been proposed based on above the results.

  9. Strain-induced nanostructure of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-PbTiO3 on SrTiO3 epitaxial thin films with low PbTiO3 concentration (United States)

    Kiguchi, Takanori; Fan, Cangyu; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Konno, Toyohiko J.


    The singularity of the structure in (1 - x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-xPbTiO3 (PMN-xPT) (x = 0-50 mol %) epitaxial thin films of 100 nm thickness was investigated from the viewpoint of the localized residual strain in the nanoscale. The films were deposited on SrTiO3 (STO) (001) single-crystal substrates by chemical solution deposition (CSD) using metallo-organic decomposition (MOD) solutions. X-ray and electron diffraction patterns revealed that PMN-xPT thin films included a single phase of the perovskite-type structure with the cube-on-cube orientation relationship between PMN-xPT and STO: (001)Film ∥ (001)Sub, [100]Film ∥ [100]Sub. X-ray reciprocal space maps showed an in-plane tensile strain in all the compositional ranges considered. Unit cells in the films were strained from the rhombohedral (pseudocubic) (R) phase to a lower symmetry crystal system, the monoclinic (MB) phase. The morphotropic phase boundary (MPB) that split the R and tetragonal (T) phases was observed at x = 30-35 for bulk crystals of PMN-xPT, whereas the strain suppressed the transformation from the R phase to the T phase in the films up to x = 50. High-angle annular dark field-scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM) analysis and its related local strain analysis revealed that all of the films have a bilayer morphology. The nanoscale strained layer formed only above the film/substrate semi-coherent interface. The misfit dislocations generated the localized and periodic strain fields deformed the unit cells between the dislocation cores from the R to an another type of the monoclinic (MA) phase. Thus, the singular and localized residual strains in the PMN-xPT/STO (001) epitaxial thin films affect the phase stability around the MPB composition and result in the MPB shift phenomena.

  10. Light emitting diode with high aspect ratio submicron roughness for light extraction and methods of forming (United States)

    Li, Ting [Ventura, CA


    The surface morphology of an LED light emitting surface is changed by applying a reactive ion etch (RIE) process to the light emitting surface. High aspect ratio, submicron roughness is formed on the light emitting surface by transferring a thin film metal hard-mask having submicron patterns to the surface prior to applying a reactive ion etch process. The submicron patterns in the metal hard-mask can be formed using a low cost, commercially available nano-patterned template which is transferred to the surface with the mask. After subsequently binding the mask to the surface, the template is removed and the RIE process is applied for time duration sufficient to change the morphology of the surface. The modified surface contains non-symmetric, submicron structures having high aspect ratio which increase the efficiency of the device.

  11. Light emitting diode with high aspect ratio submicron roughness for light extraction and methods of forming (United States)

    Li, Ting


    The surface morphology of an LED light emitting surface is changed by applying a reactive ion etch (RIE) process to the light emitting surface. High aspect ratio, submicron roughness is formed on the light emitting surface by transferring a thin film metal hard-mask having submicron patterns to the surface prior to applying a reactive ion etch process. The submicron patterns in the metal hard-mask can be formed using a low cost, commercially available nano-patterned template which is transferred to the surface with the mask. After subsequently binding the mask to the surface, the template is removed and the RIE process is applied for time duration sufficient to change the morphology of the surface. The modified surface contains non-symmetric, submicron structures having high aspect ratio which increase the efficiency of the device.

  12. Cs-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy investigation of dislocation core configurations at a SrTiO(3)/MgO heterogeneous interface. (United States)

    Zhu, Yuanyuan; Song, Chengyu; Minor, Andrew M; Wang, Haiyan


    Heterostructures and interfacial defects in a 40-nm-thick SrTiO(3) (STO) film grown epitaxially on a single-crystal MgO (001) were investigated using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and geometric phase analysis. The interface of STO/MgO was found to be of the typical domain-matching epitaxy with a misfit dislocation network having a Burgers vector of ½ a(STO) . Our studies also revealed that the misfit dislocation cores at the heterogeneous interface display various local cation arrangements in terms of the combination of the extra-half inserting plane and the initial film plane. The type of the inserting plane, either the SrO or the TiO(2) plane, alters with actual interfacial conditions. Contrary to previous theoretical calculations, the starting film planes were found to be dominated by the SrO layer, i.e., a SrO/MgO interface. In certain regions, the starting film planes change to the TiO(2)/MgO interface because of atomic steps at the MgO substrate surface. In particular, four basic misfit dislocation core configurations of the STO/MgO system have been identified and discussed in relation to the substrate surface terraces and possible interdiffusion. The interface structure of the system in reverse--MgO/STO--is also studied and presented for comparison.

  13. Oxygen partial pressure dependence of thermoelectric power factor in polycrystalline n-type SrTiO3: Consequences for long term stability in thermoelectric oxides (United States)

    Sharma, Peter A.; Brown-Shaklee, Harlan J.; Ihlefeld, Jon F.


    The Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity have been measured as functions of oxygen partial pressure over the range of 10-22 to 10-1 atm at 1173 K for a 10% niobium-doped SrTiO3 ceramic with a grain size comparable to the oxygen diffusion length. Temperature-dependent measurements performed from 320 to 1275 K for as-prepared samples reveal metallic-like conduction and good thermoelectric properties. However, upon exposure to progressively increasing oxygen partial pressure, the thermoelectric power factor decreased over time scales of 24 h, culminating in a three order of magnitude reduction over the entire operating range. Identical measurements on single crystal samples show negligible changes in the power factor so that the instability of ceramic samples is primarily tied to the kinetics of grain boundary diffusion. This work provides a framework for understanding the stability of thermoelectric properties in oxides under different atmospheric conditions. The control of the oxygen atmosphere remains a significant challenge in oxide thermoelectrics.

  14. Real-time monitoring of the structure of ultrathin Fe3O4 films during growth on Nb-doped SrTiO3(001) (United States)

    Kuschel, O.; Spiess, W.; Schemme, T.; Rubio-Zuazo, J.; Kuepper, K.; Wollschläger, J.


    In this work, thin magnetite films were deposited on SrTiO3 via reactive molecular beam epitaxy at different substrate temperatures. The growth process was monitored in-situ during deposition by means of x-ray diffraction. While the magnetite film grown at 400 °C shows a fully relaxed vertical lattice constant already in the early growth stages, the film deposited at 270 °C exhibits a strong vertical compressive strain and relaxes towards the bulk value with increasing film thickness. Furthermore, a lateral tensile strain was observed under these growth conditions although the inverse behavior is expected due to the lattice mismatch of -7.5%. Additionally, the occupancy of the A and B sublattices of magnetite with tetrahedral and octahedral sites was investigated showing a lower occupancy of the A sites compared to an ideal inverse spinel structure. The occupation of A sites decreases for a higher growth temperature. Thus, we assume a relocation of the iron ions from tetrahedral sites to octahedral vacancies forming a deficient rock salt lattice.

  15. Raman and fluorescence contributions to the resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering on LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures (United States)

    Pfaff, F.; Fujiwara, H.; Berner, G.; Yamasaki, A.; Niwa, H.; Kiuchi, H.; Gloskovskii, A.; Drube, W.; Gabel, J.; Kirilmaz, O.; Sekiyama, A.; Miyawaki, J.; Harada, Y.; Suga, S.; Sing, M.; Claessen, R.


    We present a detailed study of the Ti 3 d carriers at the interface of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures by high-resolution resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering (RIXS), with special focus on the roles of overlayer thickness and oxygen vacancies. Our measurements show the existence of interfacial Ti 3 d electrons already below the critical thickness for conductivity. The (total) interface charge carrier density increases up to a LaAlO3 overlayer thickness of 6 unit cells before it levels out. Furthermore, we observe strong Ti 3 d charge carrier doping by oxygen vacancies. The RIXS data combined with photoelectron spectroscopy and transport measurements indicate the simultaneous presence of localized and itinerant charge carriers. At variance with previous interpretations, we show that in our excitation energy dependent RIXS measurements the amounts of localized and itinerant Ti 3 d electrons in the ground state do not scale with the intensities of the Raman and fluorescence peaks, respectively. Rather, we attribute the observation of either Raman components or fluorescence signal to the specific nature of the intermediate state reached in the RIXS excitation process.

  16. High mobility 2-dimensional electron gas at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface prepared by spin coating chemical methods (United States)

    Khan, Tahira; Zhang, Hui; Zhang, Hongrui; Yan, Xi; Hong, Deshun; Han, Furong; Chen, Yuansha; Shen, Baogen; Sun, Jirong


    Highly mobile 2-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) at the (001), (011) and (111)-oriented LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO) interfaces are obtained using spin coating chemical method, which is a gentle technique without plasma bombardment of the pulsed laser deposition. As revealed by x-ray diffraction spectrum and x-ray reflectivity analysis, the LAO over layer is epitaxially grown, and has a uniform thickness of ˜15 nm, ˜20 nm and ˜26 nm for (001), (011) and (111) orientations, respectively. The interfaces are well metallic down to 2 K. The carrier mobilities are ˜28 000 cm2 V-1 s-1, ˜22 000 cm2 V-1 s-1 and ˜8300 cm2 V-1 s-1 at 2 K for the (001), (011) and (111) LAO/STO interfaces, respectively, and ˜8 cm2 V-1 s-1, ˜4 cm2 V-1 s-1 and ˜4 cm2 V-1 s-1 at room temperature. The present work shows that the spin coating chemical method is a feasible approach to get high quality 2DEG at both the polar/non-polar and polar/polar interfaces.

  17. Stability of the oxygen vacancy induced conductivity in BaSnO3 thin films on SrTiO3 (United States)

    Jaim, H. M. Iftekhar; Lee, Seunghun; Zhang, Xiaohang; Takeuchi, Ichiro


    BaSnO3 (BSO) has emerged as a major candidate for exploration of a variety of functional device applications. In this letter, we report on the role of the oxygen vacancy concentration in the electronic states, the crystal structure, and the transport properties of BSO thin films grown on SrTiO3 substrates by pulsed laser deposition. We fabricated five BSO films systematically reducing the deposition oxygen pressure from 1 × 10-1 Torr to 5 × 10-3 Torr. The BSO films show gradual transition from an insulating one fabricated at 1 × 10-1 Torr to highly conducting ones with decreasing deposition oxygen pressure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements show the increasing oxygen vacancy concentration as a function of the decreased deposition oxygen pressure. Films deposited at 5 × 10-3 Torr displayed the lowest room temperature resistivity (1.73 mΩ cm) and the highest concentration of oxygen vacancies. Temperature-dependent resistivity of the samples deposited at low oxygen pressures suggests the presence of shallow states near the conduction band. With decreasing oxygen pressure, the out-of-plane lattice parameter of BSO increases while the in-plane lattice parameter remains nearly the same. Oxygen deficient conducting BSO films with high oxygen vacancies exhibited excellent structural, electronic, and valence state stabilities when they were post-annealed at temperatures up to 760 °C.

  18. Adsorption of water on (0 0 1) surface of SrTiO 3 and SrZrO 3 cubic perovskites: Hybrid HF-DFT LCAO calculations (United States)

    Evarestov, R. A.; Bandura, A. V.; Alexandrov, V. E.


    Hybrid HF-DFT LCAO simulations of (0 0 1) surface properties and water adsorption on cubic SrZrO 3 and SrTiO 3 perovskites are performed using a single slab model framework. Three slab models with the different surface termination including 6-11 atomic planes were used for calculations. The effect of the symmetry reduction and the role of an extra atomic layer basis set have been considered for the bare surface slabs. The optimized structures and water adsorption energies have been calculated for the various types of surface coverage. It is shown that the formation of H-bonds between the water hydrogens and surface oxygens, as well as between the water molecules themselves, controls the structure of the water adsorption layers on the perovskite surfaces. Obtained results indicate that the dissociative type of water adsorption is the energetically more favourable for SrO-terminated zirconate surface than for similar titanate surface giving evidence to the more basic nature of oxygen atoms on SrO-terminated SrZrO 3 surface.

  19. Swift heavy ion track formation in SrTiO3 and TiO2 under random, channeling and near-channeling conditions (United States)

    Karlušić, M.; Jakšić, M.; Lebius, H.; Ban-d'Etat, B.; Wilhelm, R. A.; Heller, R.; Schleberger, M.


    Conditions for ion track formation in single crystal SrTiO3 and TiO2 (rutile) after irradiations using swift heavy ion beams with specific energies below 1 MeV/amu were investigated in this work. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy in channeling was used to measure ion tracks in the bulk, while atomic force microscopy was used for observation of ion tracks on the surfaces. Variations in the ion track sizes and respective thresholds were observed after irradiations under random, channeling and near-channeling conditions close to normal incidence. These variations are attributed to the specifics of the electronic stopping power of swift heavy ions under the investigated conditions. In the case of ion channeling, electronic stopping power is reduced and observed ion tracks are smaller. The opposite was found under the near-channeling conditions when lowering of the ion track formation threshold was observed. We attribute this finding to the oscillating electronic stopping power with large peak values. For both materials, thresholds for bulk and surface ion track formation were found to be surprisingly close, around 10 keV nm-1. Obtained results are compared with predictions of the analytical thermal spike model.

  20. Influence of substrate temperature in BiFeO 3-CoFe 2O 4 nanocomposites deposited on SrTiO 3 (0 0 1) (United States)

    Dix, N.; Muralidharan, R.; Caicedo, J. M.; Hrabovsky, D.; Fina, I.; Fàbrega, L.; Skumryev, V.; Varela, M.; Guyonnet, J.; Paruch, P.; Sánchez, F.; Fontcuberta, J.


    BiFeO 3-CoFe 2O 4 epitaxial nanocomposites have been deposited on SrTiO 3 (0 0 1) substrates by pulsed laser deposition. We present here a study of the influence of the deposition temperature ( TS), in the 550-800 °C range, on the film composition, morphology and microstructure. Electron-probe microanalysis shows strong reduction of the Bi content in the films when increasing TS. Films prepared at TS=750 °C and above are virtually Bi-free. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data show that, due to the volatility of Bi, there is a progressive reduction in the amount of BiFeO 3. The deposition temperature and the concomitant presence of Fe xO y spurious phases in the nanocomposites grown at high temperature promote radical changes in film morphology and magnetization. It thus follows that a temperature range suitable for controlled modification of nanocomposites morphology would be extremely narrow.

  1. Structural, microstructural, and transport properties of highly oriented LaNiO3 thin films deposited on SrTiO3 (100) single crystal (United States)

    Mambrini, G. P.; Leite, E. R.; Escote, M. T.; Chiquito, A. J.; Longo, E.; Varela, J. A.; Jardim, R. F.


    Electrical conductive textured LaNiO3/SrTiO3 (100) thin films were successfully produced by the polymeric precursor method. A comparison between features of these films of LaNiO3 (LNO) when heat treated in a conventional furnace (CF) and in a domestic microwave (MW) oven is presented. The x-ray diffraction data indicated good crystallinity and a structural orientation along the (h00) direction for both films. The surface images obtained by atomic force microscopy revealed similar roughness values, whereas films LNO-MW present slightly smaller average grain size (˜80 nm) than those observed for LNO-CF (60-150 nm). These grain size values were in good agreement with those evaluated from the x-ray data. The transport properties have been studied by temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity ρ(T ) which revealed for both films a metallic behavior in the entire temperature range studied. The behavior of ρ(T ) was investigated, allowing to a discussion of the transport mechanisms in these films.

  2. Topological crystalline insulator PbxSn1-xTe thin films on SrTiO3 (001 with tunable Fermi levels

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    Hua Guo


    Full Text Available In this letter, we report a systematic study of topological crystalline insulator PbxSn1-xTe (0 < x < 1 thin films grown by molecular beam epitaxy on SrTiO3(001. Two domains of PbxSn1-xTe thin films with intersecting angle of α ≈ 45° were confirmed by reflection high energy diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy, and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES. ARPES study of PbxSn1-xTe thin films demonstrated that the Fermi level of PbTe could be tuned by altering the temperature of substrate whereas SnTe cannot. An M-shaped valance band structure was observed only in SnTe but PbTe is in a topological trivial state with a large gap. In addition, co-evaporation of SnTe and PbTe results in an equivalent variation of Pb concentration as well as the Fermi level of PbxSn1-xTe thin films.

  3. Above room-temperature ferromagnetism in La1-xCaxMnO3 epitaxial thin films on SrTiO3(001) substrates (United States)

    Kou, Yunfang; Wang, Hui; Miao, Tian; Wang, Yanmei; Xie, Lin; Wang, Shasha; Liu, Hao; Lin, Hanxuan; Zhu, Yinyan; Wang, Wenbin; Du, Haifeng; Pan, Xiaoqing; Wu, Ruqian; Yin, Lifeng; Shen, Jian

    The colossal magnetoresistive (CMR) manganites are popular materials for spintronics applications due to their high spin polarization. Only a couple of manganites like La1-xSrxMnO3 have a Curie temperature (Tc) that is higher than room temperature. Finding methods to raise the Tc of manganites over room temperature is useful but challenging. In this work, we use the most intensively studied La1-xCaxMnO3 (LCMO) as the prototype system to demonstrate that Tc can be greatly enhanced by carefully tuning the electronic structure using doping and strain. Specifically, we grow LCMO films on SrTiO3 (001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. Magnetic and transport measurements indicate a great enhancement of Tc over room temperature at x =0.2 doping. Theoretical calculations indicate that the combined effects from doping and strain give rise to a new electronic structure favoring ferromagnetism in LCMO system. Furthermore, using the La0.8Ca0.2MnO3 as ferromagnetic electrodes, we achieve finite tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) above room temperature.

  4. Parallel charge sheets of electron liquid and gas in La0.5Sr0.5TiO3/SrTiO3 heterostructures (United States)

    Renshaw Wang, X.; Sun, L.; Huang, Z.; Lü, W. M.; Motapothula, M.; Annadi, A.; Liu, Z. Q.; Zeng, S. W.; Venkatesan, T.; Ariando


    We show here a new phenomenon in La0.5Sr0.5TiO3/SrTiO3 (LSTO/STO) heterostructures; that is a coexistence of three-dimensional electron liquid (3DEL) and 2D electron gas (2DEG), separated by an intervening insulating LSTO layer. The two types of carriers were revealed through multi-channel analysis of the evolution of nonlinear Hall effect as a function of film thickness, temperature and back gate voltage. We demonstrate that the 3D electron originates from La doping in LSTO film and the 2D electron at the surface of STO is due to the polar field in the intervening insulating layer. As the film thickness is reduced below a critical thickness of 6 unit cells (uc), an abrupt metal-to-insulator transition (MIT) occurs without an intermediate semiconducting state. The properties of the LSTO layer grown on different substrates suggest that the insulating phase of the intervening layer is a result of interface strain induced by the lattice mismatch between the film and substrate. Further, by fitting the magnetoresistance (MR) curves, the 6 unit cell thick LSTO is shown to exhibit spin-orbital coupling. These observations point to new functionalities, in addition to magnetism and superconductivity in STO-based systems, which could be exploited in a multifunctional context.

  5. Magnetism, Spin Texture, and In-Gap States: Atomic Specialization at the Surface of Oxygen-Deficient SrTiO_{3}. (United States)

    Altmeyer, Michaela; Jeschke, Harald O; Hijano-Cubelos, Oliver; Martins, Cyril; Lechermann, Frank; Koepernik, Klaus; Santander-Syro, Andrés F; Rozenberg, Marcelo J; Valentí, Roser; Gabay, Marc


    Motivated by recent spin- and angular-resolved photoemission (SARPES) measurements of the two-dimensional electronic states confined near the (001) surface of oxygen-deficient SrTiO_{3}, we explore their spin structure by means of ab initio density functional theory (DFT) calculations of slabs. Relativistic nonmagnetic DFT calculations display Rashba-like spin winding with a splitting of a few meV and when surface magnetism on the Ti ions is included, bands become spin-split with an energy difference ∼100  meV at the Γ point, consistent with SARPES findings. While magnetism tends to suppress the effects of the relativistic Rashba interaction, signatures of it are still clearly visible in terms of complex spin textures. Furthermore, we observe an atomic specialization phenomenon, namely, two types of electronic contributions: one is from Ti atoms neighboring the oxygen vacancies that acquire rather large magnetic moments and mostly create in-gap states; another comes from the partly polarized t_{2g} itinerant electrons of Ti atoms lying further away from the oxygen vacancy, which form the two-dimensional electron system and are responsible for the Rashba spin winding and the spin splitting at the Fermi surface.

  6. Orientation Control of Interfacial Magnetism at La0.67Sr0.33MnO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces. (United States)

    Guo, Er-Jia; Charlton, Timothy; Ambaye, Haile; Desautels, Ryan D; Lee, Ho Nyung; Fitzsimmons, Michael R


    Understanding the magnetism at the interface between a ferromagnet and an insulator is essential because the commonly posited magnetic "dead" layer close to an interface can be problematic in magnetic tunnel junctions. Previously, degradation of the magnetic interface was attributed to charge discontinuity across the interface. Here, the interfacial magnetism was investigated using three identically prepared La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO) thin films grown on different oriented SrTiO3 (STO) substrates by polarized neutron reflectometry. In all cases the magnetization at the LSMO/STO interface is larger than the film bulk. We show that the interfacial magnetization is largest across the LSMO/STO interfaces with (001) and (111) orientations, which have the largest net charge discontinuities across the interfaces. In contrast, the magnetization of LSMO/STO across the (110) interface, the orientation with no net charge discontinuity, is the smallest of the three orientations. We show that a magnetically degraded interface is not intrinsic to LSMO/STO heterostructures. The approach to use different crystallographic orientations provides a means to investigate the influence of charge discontinuity on the interfacial magnetization.

  7. Structural characterization of niobium oxide thin films grown on SrTiO3 (111) and (La,Sr)(Al,Ta)O3 (111) substrates (United States)

    Dhamdhere, Ajit R.; Hadamek, Tobias; Posadas, Agham B.; Demkov, Alexander A.; Smith, David J.


    Niobium oxide thin films have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on SrTiO3 (STO) (111) and (La0.18Sr0.82)(Al0.59Ta0.41)O3 (LSAT) (111) substrates. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirmed the formation of high quality films with coherent interfaces. Films grown with higher oxygen pressure on STO (111) resulted in a (110)-oriented NbO2 phase with a distorted rutile structure, which can be described as body-centered tetragonal. The a lattice parameter of NbO2 was determined to be ˜13.8 Å in good agreement with neutron diffraction results published in the literature. Films grown on LSAT (111) at lower oxygen pressure produced the NbO phase with a defective rock salt cubic structure. The NbO lattice parameter was determined to be a ≈ 4.26 Å. The film phase/structure identification from TEM was in good agreement with in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements that confirmed the dioxide and monoxide phases, respectively. The atomic structure of the NbO2/STO and NbO/LSAT interfaces was determined based on comparisons between high-resolution electron micrographs and image simulations.

  8. Strong correlations elucidate the electronic structure and phase diagram of LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface. (United States)

    Maniv, E; Ben Shalom, M; Ron, A; Mograbi, M; Palevski, A; Goldstein, M; Dagan, Y


    The interface between the two band insulators SrTiO3 and LaAlO3 has the unexpected properties of a two-dimensional electron gas. It is even superconducting with a transition temperature, T(c), that can be tuned using gate bias V(g), which controls the number of electrons added or removed from the interface. The gate bias-temperature (V(g), T) phase diagram is characterized by a dome-shaped region where superconductivity occurs, that is, T(c) has a non-monotonic dependence on V(g), similar to many unconventional superconductors. Here, we report, the frequency of the quantum resistance-oscillations versus inverse magnetic field for various V(g). This frequency follows the same non-monotonic behaviour as T(c); a similar trend is seen in the low field limit of the Hall coefficient. We theoretically show that electronic correlations result in a non-monotonic population of the mobile band, which can account for the experimental behaviour of the normal transport properties and the superconducting dome.

  9. Spin-orbit interaction and Kondo scattering at the PrAlO3/SrTiO3 interface: effects of oxygen content (United States)

    Mozaffari, Shirin; Guchhait, Samaresh; Markert, John T.


    We report the effects of oxygen pressure during growth (PO2 ) on the electronic and magnetic properties of PrAlO3 films grown on TiO2 -terminated SrTiO3 substrates. Resistivity measurements show an increase in the sheet resistance as PO2 is increased. The saturation of the sheet resistance down to 0.3 K is consistent with Kondo theory for PO2 ≥slant 10-5 torr. Resistivity data fits indicate Kondo temperatures of 16-18 K. For the 10-4 sample, we measured a moderate positive magnetoresistance (MR) due to a strong spin-orbit (SO) interaction at low magnetic fields that evolves into a larger negative MR at high fields due to the Kondo effect. Analysis of the MR data permitted the extraction of the SO interaction critical field for the PO2=10-5 torr interface ( H_SO=1.25 T). We observed high positive MR for the least oxygenated sample, where a fraction of the n-type carriers are derived from oxygen vacancies and possible cation interdiffusion; for this 6×10-6 torr sample, Hall effect data indicate a thick conducting layer. Its extremely high MR (˜400% ) is attributed to classical behavior due to a distribution of mobilities.

  10. Electronic Structure, spin-orbit coupling and magnetotransport at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface (United States)

    Kestner, Daniel; Banerjee, Sumilan; Randeria, Mohit


    We study the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interface using self-consistent solution of the Poisson and Hartree-Fock equations in a tight-binding framework. We go beyond the analysis of ref. by modeling the non-linear dielectric properties of STO using a Landau-Ginzburg-Devonshire theory with parameters determined from bulk measurements. We show that it is essential to also include the lifting of the Ti t2g orbital degeneracy to match DFT results. This then allows us to investigate the density dependence of the electronic structure. We compare our results with the Lifshitz transition inferred from Hall data. We calculate magneto-transport with an in-plane magnetic field and find a planar Hall effect and a magneto-resistance that oscillates with the magnetic field orientation due to the interplay of Zeeman and spin-orbit couplings. Finally, we comment on the nature of the spin-orbit coupling across the Lifshitz transition. Supported by the NSF-MRSEC grant DMR-0820414 (D.K. and M.R.) and DOE-BES DE-SC0005035 (S.B.).

  11. Effect of oxygen vacancy distribution on the thermoelectric properties of La-doped SrTiO3 epitaxial thin films

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    Sarath Kumar, S. R.


    A detailed study of the role of oxygen vacancies in determining the effective mass and high temperature (300–1000 K) thermoelectricproperties of La-doped epitaxial SrTiO3 thin films is presented. It is observed that at intermediate temperatures, a transition from degenerate to non-degenerate behavior is observed in the Seebeck coefficient, but not electrical conductivity, which is attributed to heterogeneous oxygen non-stoichiometry. Heikes formula is found to be invalid for the films with oxygen vacancies. By fitting the spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) data, obtained in the range 300–2100 nm, using a Drude-Lorentz dispersion relation with two Lorentz oscillators, the electrical and optical properties of the films are extracted. Using the excellent agreement between the transport properties extracted from SE modeling and direct electrical measurements, we demonstrate that an increase in concentration of oxygen vacancies results in a simultaneous increase of both carrier concentration and electron effective mass, resulting in a higher power factor.

  12. 2D Electron Gas with 100% Spin-Polarization in the (LaMnO3)2/(SrTiO3)2 Superlattice under Uniaxial Strain

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    Cossu, Fabrizio


    By first-principles calculations we investigate the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the (LaMnO3)2/(SrTiO3)2 superlattice. We find that a monoclinic C2h symmetry is energetically favorable and that the spins order ferromagnetically. Under both compressive and tensile uniaxial strain the electronic structure of the superlattice shows a half-metallic character. In particular, a fully spin-polarized two-dimensional electron gas, which traces back to the Ti 3dxy orbitals, is achieved under compressive uniaxial strain. The (LaMnO3)2/(SrTiO3)2 superlattice is analysed with respect to its structure, magnetism, and electronic properties. Our results demonstrate that uniaxial strain in an experimentally accessible range, both tensile and compressive, can be used to induce half-metallicity. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Intrinsic origin of interface states and band offset profiling of nanostructured LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterojunctions probed by element-specific resonant spectroscopies

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    Drera, G.; Salvinelli, G.; Bondino, F.; Magnano, E.; Huijben, Mark; Brinkman, Alexander; Sangaletti, L.


    The origin of electronic states at the basis of the 2DEG found in conducting LaAlO 3 /SrTiO 3 interfaces (5 u.c. LaAlO 3 ) is investigated by resonant photoemission experiments at the Ti L 2,3 and La M 4,5 edges. As shown by the resonant enhancement at the Ti L 2,3 edge, electronic states at E F

  14. Electric-field tuning of a planar terahertz metamaterial based on strained SrTiO3 layers (United States)

    Kadlec, Christelle; Skoromets, Volodymyr; Kadlec, Filip; Němec, Hynek; Chen, Hou-Tong; Jurka, Vlastimil; Hruška, Karel; Kužel, Petr


    We demonstrate a metamaterial exhibiting a frequency-tunable response in the terahertz domain, controlled by a bias electric field. The active part of the metamaterial consists of a periodic metallic pattern deposited on a thin epitaxially strained strontium titanate film. The role of the metallic structure is two-fold: it gives rise to the metamaterial resonance and it enables applying an electric bias to the strontium titanate layer. The strained film exhibits a pronounced dependence of its permittivity on the bias, which exerts a strong influence on the resonance. Specifically, the resonance of our structure occurs near 0.5 THz and, upon applying a bias voltage of 55 V, a relative tunability of the resonance frequency of 19% was achieved at room temperature.

  15. Fermi Surface and Superconductivity in Low-Density High-Mobility Delta-Doped SrTiO3

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    Kim, M.


    The electronic structure of low-density n-type SrTiO{sub 3} {delta}-doped heterostructures is investigated by angular dependent Shubnikov-de Haas oscillations. In addition to a controllable crossover from a three- to two-dimensional Fermi surface, clear beating patterns for decreasing dopant layer thicknesses are found. These indicate the lifting of the degeneracy of the conduction band due to subband quantization in the two-dimensional limit. Analysis of the temperature-dependent oscillations shows that similar effective masses are found for all components, associated with the splitting of the light electron pocket. The dimensionality crossover in the superconducting state is found to be distinct from the normal state, resulting in a rich phase diagram as a function of dopant layer thickness.

  16. Contrasting conduction mechanisms of two internal barrier layer capacitors: (Mn, Nb)-doped SrTiO3 and CaCu3Ti4O12 (United States)

    Tsuji, Kosuke; Chen, Wei-Ting; Guo, Hanzheng; Lee, Wen-Hsi; Guillemet-Fritsch, Sophie; Randall, Clive A.


    The d.c. conduction is investigated in the two different types of internal barrier layer capacitors, namely, (Mn, Nb)-doped SrTiO3 (STO) and CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Capacitance - Voltage (C-V) analysis are performed to estimate the effective electric field at a grain boundary, EGB. Then, the d.c. conduction mechanism is discussed based on the J (Current density)-EGB characteristics. Three different conduction mechanisms are successively observed with the increase of EGB in both systems. In (Mn, Nb)-doped STO, non-linear J-EGB characteristics is temperature dependent at the intermediate EGB and becomes relatively insensitive to the temperature at the higher EGB. The J- EGB at each regime is explained by the Schottky emission (SE) followed by Fowler-Nordheim (F-N) tunneling. Based on the F-N tunneling, the breakdown voltage is then scaled by the function of the depletion layer thickness and Schottky barrier height at the average grain boundary. The proposed function shows a clear linear relationship with the breakdown. On the other hand, F-N tunneling was not observed in CCTO in our measurement. Ohmic, Poole-Frenkel (P-F), and SE are successively observed in CCTO. The transition point from P-F and SE depends on EGB and temperature. A charge-based deep level transient spectroscopy study reveals that 3 types of trap states exist in CCTO. The trap one with Et ˜ 0.65 eV below the conduction band is found to be responsible for the P-F conduction.

  17. Semiclassical theory of anisotropic transport at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces under an in-plane magnetic field (United States)

    Bovenzi, N.; Diez, M.


    The unconventional magnetotransport at the interface between transition-metal oxides LaAlO3 (LAO ) and SrTiO3 (STO ) is frequently related to mobile electrons interacting with localized magnetic moments. However, nature and properties of magnetism at this interface are not well understood so far. In this paper, we focus on transport effects driven by spin-orbit coupling and intentionally neglect possible strong correlations. The electrical resistivity tensor is calculated as a function of the magnitude and orientation of an external magnetic field parallel to the interface. The semiclassical Boltzmann equation is solved numerically for the two-dimensional system of spin-orbit coupled electrons accelerated by an electric field and scattered by spatially correlated impurities. At temperatures of a few Kelvin and densities such that the chemical potential crosses the second pair of spin-orbit split bands, we find a strongly anisotropic modulation of the (negative) magnetoresistance above 10 T , characterized by multiple maxima and minima away from the crystalline axes. Along with the drop of the magnetoresistance, an abrupt enhancement of the transverse resistivity occurs. The angular modulation of the latter considerably deviates from a (low-field) sinusoidal dependence to a (high-field) step-like behavior. These peculiar features are the consequences of the anisotropy of both intraband and interband scattering amplitudes in the Brillouin zone when the relevant energy scales in the system—chemical potential, spin-orbit interaction, and Zeeman energy—are all comparable to each other. The theory provides good qualitative agreement with experimental data in the literature.

  18. Nonaqueous and halide-free route to crystalline BaTiO3, SrTiO3, and (Ba,Sr)TiO3 nanoparticles via a mechanism involving C-C bond formation. (United States)

    Niederberger, Markus; Garnweitner, Georg; Pinna, Nicola; Antonietti, Markus


    A novel nonaqueous route for the preparation of nanocrystalline BaTiO(3), SrTiO(3), and (Ba,Sr)TiO(3) has been developed. In a simple one-pot reaction process, the elemental alkaline earth metals are directly dissolved in benzyl alcohol at slightly elevated temperatures. After the addition of Ti(O(i)Pr)(4), the reaction mixture is heated to 200 degrees C, resulting in the formation of a white precipitate. XRD measurements prove the exclusive presence of the perovskite phase without any other crystalline byproducts such as BaCO(3) or TiO(2). TEM investigations reveal that the BaTiO(3) nanoparticles are nearly spherical in shape with diameters ranging from 4 to 5 nm. The SrTiO(3) particles display less uniform particle shapes, and the size varies between 5 and 10 nm. Lattice fringes observed in HRTEM measurements further prove the high crystallinity of the nanoparticles. Surprisingly, GC-MS analysis of the reaction solution after hydrothermal treatment shows that hardly any ether formation occurs during the BaTiO(3) synthesis. Instead, the presence of 4-phenyl-2-butanol in stoichiometric amounts gives evidence that the formation mechanism proceeds mainly via a novel pathway involving C-C bond formation between benzyl alcohol and the isopropanolate ligand.

  19. Characterization of SrTiO3 target doped with Co ions, SrCoxTi1-xO3-δ, and their thin films prepared by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) in water for visible light response (United States)

    Ichihara, Fumihiko; Murata, Yuma; Ono, Hiroshi; Choo, Cheow-keong; Tanaka, Katsumi


    SrTiO3 (STO) and Co-doped SrTiO3 (Co-STO) sintered targets were synthesized and were Ar+ sputtered to elucidate the charge compensation effect between Sr, Ti and Co cations following the reduction by oxygen desorption. Following exposure of the Ar+-sputtered target to the air, charge transfer reactions occurred among Co2+, Ti3+, O2- and Sr2+ species which were studied by their XPS spectra. Pulsed laser ablation (PLA) of these targets was carried out in water to prepare the nanoparticles which could be supplied to the thin films with much higher surface reactivity expected for photocatalytic reactions. The roles of Co ions were studied for the stoichiometry and crystallinity of the nanoparticles which constituted the thin films. Photo-degradation of methylene blue was carried out on the PLA thin films under very weak visible light at 460 nm. The PLA thin films showed the photocatalytic activities, which were enhanced by the presence of Co ions. Such the effect of Co ions was considered from viewpoint of the d-d transition and the charge-transfer between Co ions and the ligand oxygen.

  20. Surfactants and submicron sea spray generation

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    Sellegri, K.; O'Dowd, C.D.; Yoon, Y.J.; Jennings, S.G.; Leeuw, G. de


    Laboratory experiments have been carried out to elucidate the role of surfactants on the primary marine aerosol production of submicron marine aerosols. A synthetic surfactant SDS was used in conjunction with artificially generated seawater, and the resultant bubble-mediated aerosol produced was

  1. Thermophoretic motion behavior of submicron particles in boundary-layer-separation flow around a droplet. (United States)

    Wang, Ao; Song, Qiang; Ji, Bingqiang; Yao, Qiang


    As a key mechanism of submicron particle capture in wet deposition and wet scrubbing processes, thermophoresis is influenced by the flow and temperature fields. Three-dimensional direct numerical simulations were conducted to quantify the characteristics of the flow and temperature fields around a droplet at three droplet Reynolds numbers (Re) that correspond to three typical boundary-layer-separation flows (steady axisymmetric, steady plane-symmetric, and unsteady plane-symmetric flows). The thermophoretic motion of submicron particles was simulated in these cases. Numerical results show that the motion of submicron particles around the droplet and the deposition distribution exhibit different characteristics under three typical flow forms. The motion patterns of particles are dependent on their initial positions in the upstream and flow forms. The patterns of particle motion and deposition are diversified as Re increases. The particle motion pattern, initial position of captured particles, and capture efficiency change periodically, especially during periodic vortex shedding. The key effects of flow forms on particle motion are the shape and stability of the wake behind the droplet. The drag force of fluid and the thermophoretic force in the wake contribute jointly to the deposition of submicron particles after the boundary-layer separation around a droplet.

  2. Chemical strategies for die/wafer submicron alignment and bonding.

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    Martin, James Ellis; Baca, Alicia I.; Chu, Dahwey; Rohwer, Lauren Elizabeth Shea


    This late-start LDRD explores chemical strategies that will enable sub-micron alignment accuracy of dies and wafers by exploiting the interfacial energies of chemical ligands. We have micropatterned commensurate features, such as 2-d arrays of micron-sized gold lines on the die to be bonded. Each gold line is functionalized with alkanethiol ligands before the die are brought into contact. The ligand interfacial energy is minimized when the lines on the die are brought into registration, due to favorable interactions between the complementary ligand tails. After registration is achieved, standard bonding techniques are used to create precision permanent bonds. We have computed the alignment forces and torque between two surfaces patterned with arrays of lines or square pads to illustrate how best to maximize the tendency to align. We also discuss complex, aperiodic patterns such as rectilinear pad assemblies, concentric circles, and spirals that point the way towards extremely precise alignment.

  3. Electrical and piezoelectric properties of BiFeO3 thin films grown on SrxCa1−xRuO3-buffered SrTiO3 substrates

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    Yao, Yingbang


    (001)-oriented BiFeO 3 (BFO) thin films were grown on Sr xCa 1-xRuO 3- (SCRO; x = 1, 0.67, 0.33, 0) buffered SrTiO 3 (001) substrates using pulsed laser deposition. The microstructural, electrical, ferroelectric, and piezoelectric properties of the thin films were considerably affected by the buffer layers. The interface between the BFO films and the SCRO-buffer layer was found to play a dominant role in determining the electrical and piezoelectric behaviors of the films. We found that films grown on SrRuO 3-buffer layers exhibited minimal electrical leakage while films grown on Sr 0.33Ca 0.67RuO 3-buffer layers had the largest piezoelectric response. The origin of this difference is discussed. © 2012 American Institute of Physics.

  4. Impulse voltage control of continuously tunable bipolar resistive switching in Pt/Bi0.9Eu0.1FeO3/Nb-doped SrTiO3 heterostructures (United States)

    Wei, Maocai; Liu, Meifeng; Wang, Xiuzhang; Li, Meiya; Zhu, Yongdan; Zhao, Meng; Zhang, Feng; Xie, Shuai; Hu, Zhongqiang; Liu, Jun-Ming


    Epitaxial Bi0.9Eu0.1FeO3 (BEFO) thin films are deposited on Nb-doped SrTiO3 (NSTO) substrates by pulsed laser deposition to fabricate the Pt/BEFO/NSTO (001) heterostructures. These heterostructures possess bipolar resistive switching, where the resistances versus writing voltage exhibits a distinct hysteresis loop and a memristive behavior with good retention and anti-fatigue characteristics. The local resistive switching is confirmed by the conductive atomic force microscopy (C-AFM), suggesting the possibility to scale down the memory cell size. The observed memristive behavior could be attributed to the ferroelectric polarization effect, which modulates the height of potential barrier and width of depletion region at the BEFO/NSTO interface. The continuously tunable resistive switching behavior could be useful to achieve non-volatile, high-density, multilevel random access memory with low energy consumption.

  5. Large tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance in La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/pentacene/Cu structures prepared on SrTiO3 (110) substrates (United States)

    Kamiya, Takeshi; Miyahara, Chihiro; Tada, Hirokazu


    We investigated tunneling anisotropic magnetoresistance (TAMR) at the interface between pentacene and La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSMO) thin films prepared on SrTiO3 (STO) (110) substrates. The dependence of the TAMR ratio on the magnetic field strength was approximately ten times larger than that of the magnetic field angle at a high magnetic field. This large difference in the TAMR ratio is explained by the interface magnetic anisotropy of strain-induced LSMO thin films on a STO (110) substrate, which has an easy axis with an out-of-plane component. We also note that the TAMR owing to out-of-plane magnetization was positive at each angle of the in-plane magnetic field. This result implies that active control of the interface magnetic anisotropy between organic materials and ferromagnetic metals should realize nonvolatile and high-efficiency TAMR devices.

  6. Ferroelectric domain structures of epitaxial CaBi2Nb2O9 thin films on single crystalline Nb doped (1 0 0) SrTiO3 substrates (United States)

    Ahn, Yoonho; Seo, Jeong Dae; Son, Jong Yeog


    Epitaxial CaBi2Nb2O9 (CBNO) thin films were deposited on Nb-doped SrTiO3 substrates. The CBNO thin films as a lead-free ferroelectric material exhibit a good ferroelectric property with the remanent polarization of 10.6 μC/cm2. In the fatigue resistance test, the CBNO thin films have no degradation in polarization up to 1×1012 switching cycles, which is applicable for non-volatile ferroelectric random access memories (FeRAMs). Furthermore, piezoresponse force microscopy study (PFM) reveals that the CBNO thin films have larger ferroelectric domain structures than those of PbTiO3 thin films. From the Landau, Lifshiftz, and Kittel's scaling law, it is inferred that the domain wall energy of CBNO thin films is probably very similar to that of the PbTiO3 thin films.

  7. Carrier tuning the metal-insulator transition of epitaxial La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 thin film on Nb doped SrTiO3 substrate

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    J. M. Zhan


    Full Text Available La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO thin films were deposited on (001SrTiO3(STO and n-type doped Nb:SrTiO3(NSTO single crystal substrates respectively. The metal to insulator transition temperature(TMI of LSMO film on NSTO is lower than that on STO, and the TMI of LSMO can be tuned by changing the applied current in the LSMO/NSTO p-n junction. Such behaviors were considered to be related to the carrier concentration redistribution in LSMO film caused by the change of depletion layer thickness in p-n junction which depends greatly on the applied electric field. The phenomenon could be used to configure artificial devices and exploring the underlying physics.

  8. Temperature dependence of photoluminescence spectra of bilayer two-dimensional electron gases in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 superlattices: coexistence of Auger recombination and single-carrier trapping

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    H. J. Harsan Ma


    Full Text Available We report emerging photoluminescence (PL of bilayer two-dimensional electron gases (2DEG in LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (LAO/STO systems. A strong blue PL emerges in bilayer-2DEGs in LAO/STO/LAO/STO which doesn’t show in LAO/STO. PL band in bilayer-2DEGs includes both nearly temperature independent Auger recombination and temperature dependent free electron trapping while it crossovers from Auger recombination to single carrier trapping in LAO/STO. The PL signal of free electron trapping appears at high temperatures and it is much stronger than Auger recombination in the conducting channel in bilayer 2DEGs. This observation shows that high mobility carriers dominate the carrier dynamics in bilayer-2DEGs in LAO/STO superlattices.

  9. Directed assembly of conducting polymers on sub-micron templates by electrical fields

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    Shen, Jia; Wei, Ming [National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854 (United States); Busnaina, Ahmed [National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115 (United States); Barry, Carol [National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854 (United States); Mead, Joey, E-mail: [National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854 (United States)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoscale patterns with dimensions of assembled PANi down to 100 nm were fabricated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We use electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly to deposit PANi. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly of PANi finished in less than 1 min. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effect of process parameters on assembly of PANi onto nanoscale pattern was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The assembled PANi can be transferred to other flexible substrates. - Abstract: Patterning of conducting polymer into sub-micron patterns over large areas at high rate and low cost is significant for commercial manufacturing of novel devices. Electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly provide an easily scaled approach with high fabrication rates. In this work, electrophoretic and dielectrophoretic assembly were used to assemble polyaniline (PANi) into multiscale sub-micron size patterns in less than 1 min. The process was controlled by assembly time, amplitude, and frequency of the electric field. Dielectrophoretic assembly is preferable for manufacturing as it reduces damage to the templates used to control the assembly. Using this method, sub-micron patterns with dimensions of the assembled PANi down to 100 nm were fabricated over large areas in short times. The assembled PANi was further transferred to other flexible polymer substrates by a thermoforming process, providing a fast, easily controlled and promising approach for fabrication of nanoscale devices.

  10. Micromagnetic Simulations of Submicron Cobalt Dots

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    Parker, G.J.; Cerjan, C.


    Numerical simulations of submicron Co extruded elliptical dots were performed to illustrate the relative importance of different physical parameters on the switching behavior in the easy direction. Shape, size, magnetic moment magnitude and crystalline anisotropy, both magnitude and distribution, were varied. The simulation includes calculation of the magnetostatic, exchange and crystalline anisotropy fields on a structured mesh using finite difference techniques. The smooth boundary of the dots are accurately represented by use of the Embedded Curve Boundary method.

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

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    Opoku, F


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

  12. Suppressed carrier density for the patterned high mobility two-dimensional electron gas at γ-Al2O3/SrTiO3 heterointerfaces

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    Niu, Wei; Gan, Yulin; Christensen, Dennis Valbjørn


    The two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) at the non-isostructural interface between spinel γ-Al2O3 and perovskite SrTiO3 is featured by a record electron mobility among complex oxide interfaces in addition to a high carrier density up to the order of 1015 cm-2. Herein, we report on the patterning ...

  13. Microscopic imaging ellipsometry of submicron-scale bacterial cells ...

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    Microscopic imaging ellipsometry of submicron-scale bacterial cells. ... Conclusion: MIE is a sensitive non-optical technique that can be used to image biological systems without the need for labeling of molecules. Keywords: Objective plane, Imaging ellipsometry, Submicron-scale bacterial cells, Streptococcus mutans, ...

  14. Lead-free epitaxial ferroelectric material integration on semiconducting (100) Nb-doped SrTiO3 for low-power non-volatile memory and efficient ultraviolet ray detection (United States)

    Kundu, Souvik; Clavel, Michael; Biswas, Pranab; Chen, Bo; Song, Hyun-Cheol; Kumar, Prashant; Halder, Nripendra N.; Hudait, Mantu K.; Banerji, Pallab; Sanghadasa, Mohan; Priya, Shashank


    We report lead-free ferroelectric based resistive switching non-volatile memory (NVM) devices with epitaxial (1-x)BaTiO3-xBiFeO3 (x = 0.725) (BT-BFO) film integrated on semiconducting (100) Nb (0.7%) doped SrTiO3 (Nb:STO) substrates. The piezoelectric force microscopy (PFM) measurement at room temperature demonstrated ferroelectricity in the BT-BFO thin film. PFM results also reveal the repeatable polarization inversion by poling, manifesting its potential for read-write operation in NVM devices. The electroforming-free and ferroelectric polarization coupled electrical behaviour demonstrated excellent resistive switching with high retention time, cyclic endurance, and low set/reset voltages. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was utilized to determine the band alignment at the BT-BFO and Nb:STO heterojunction, and it exhibited staggered band alignment. This heterojunction is found to behave as an efficient ultraviolet photo-detector with low rise and fall time. The architecture also demonstrates half-wave rectification under low and high input signal frequencies, where the output distortion is minimal. The results provide avenue for an electrical switch that can regulate the pixels in low or high frequency images. Combined this work paves the pathway towards designing future generation low-power ferroelectric based microelectronic devices by merging both electrical and photovoltaic properties of BT-BFO materials.

  15. Crystal structure and magnetism in κ-Al2O3-type AlxFe2-xO3 films on SrTiO3(111) (United States)

    Hamasaki, Yosuke; Shimizu, Takao; Yasui, Shintaro; Shiraishi, Takahisa; Akama, Akihiro; Kiguchi, Takanori; Taniyama, Tomoyasu; Itoh, Mitsuru


    We prepared κ-Al2O3-type structured AlxFe2-xO3 films in the range of x = 0 - 1.70 deposited on SrTiO3(111) substrates and investigated their crystal structures and magnetic properties. All films could be stabilized in the κ-Al2O3-type orthorhombic phase, and the lattice parameters were found to be monotonically decreased with an increase in the Al content. Néel temperature of AlxFe2-xO3 films was found to decrease with an increase in Al content, until the Al1.70Fe0.30O3 film showed paramagnetic behavior. On the other hand, saturation magnetization showed a maximum 0.79 μB/Fe at 10 K in the Al0.91Fe1.09O3 film, manifesting the preferential occupation of Al in the tetrahedral site. Cross sectional TEM observation has revealed the columnar growth of AlxFe2-xO3 films with an average width of ˜10 nm on the bottom layer that may have a similar cation arrangement with a bixbyite-type structure.

  16. Absence of traditional magnetoresistivity mechanisms in Sr2FeMoO6 thin films grown on SrTiO3, MgO and NdGaO3 substrates. (United States)

    Saloaro, M; Majumdar, S; Huhtinen, H; Paturi, P


    Magnetoresistive double perovskite Sr(2)FeMoO(6) thin films were grown with two different deposition pressures on SrTiO(3), MgO and NdGaO(3) substrates by pulsed laser deposition and thorough structural, magnetic and magneto-transport characterization was made. According to x-ray diffraction, all the films were phase pure and fully textured. Indication of substrate dependent strain and low angle grain boundaries was found, especially in films on MgO. Both the deposition pressure and the choice of the substrate have a strong influence on the saturation magnetization, M(s), and Curie temperature, T(C). The structural and magnetic data indicate the presence of anti-site disorder (ASD) in the films. The temperature dependence of resistivity showed semiconductive behaviour at temperatures below 100 K and metallic behaviour at higher temperatures. The semiconductive behaviour was found to increase with increasing ASD. In good quality films, up to 12% negative magnetoresistance (MR) was observed and films grown on MgO and NGO substrates also showed low field MR. However, the most significant observation of this study was that the magnetoresistivity of these Sr(2)FeMoO(6) thin films could not be explained with any traditional MR mechanism, but carried the clear signature of superposition of different mechanisms, in particular low angle grain boundary tunnelling and suppression of antiferromagnetically ordered domains under a magnetic field.

  17. Origin of insulating weak-ferromagnetic phase in ultra-thin La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 films on SrTiO3 substrate

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    Yun Li


    Full Text Available We investigate the origin of insulating weak-ferromagnetic phase in ultra-thin epitaxial La0.67Sr0.33MnO3 (LSMO films on SrTiO3 substrate using density functional theory calculation together with X-ray linear dichroism (XLD. The calculations show that symmetry breaking of the crystal field at the LSMO surface largely lowers the energy level of Mn d3z2 orbital at the surface and leads to full occupancy of the d3z2 orbital in majority spin channel, and XLD spectra clearly show the preferential occupation of Mn d3z2 orbital at the surface. Such an orbital reconstruction and charge redistribution in the ultra-thin films largely suppresses double-exchange interaction and favors super-exchange interaction, resulting in G-type antiferromagnetic spin ordering and insulating state. The anisotropic exchange interaction due to spin-orbital interaction leads to spin canting, and thus the films show weak ferromagnetism.

  18. Independent Control of the Magnetization in Ferromagnetic La2/3Sr1/3MnO3/SrTiO3/LaCoO3 Heterostructures Achieved by Epitaxial Lattice Mismatch. (United States)

    Rivas-Murias, Beatriz; Lucas, Irene; Jiménez-Cavero, Pilar; Magén, César; Morellón, Luis; Rivadulla, Francisco


    We report the effect of interface symmetry-mismatch on the magnetic properties of LaCoO3 (LCO) thin films. Growing epitaxial LCO under tensile strain on top of cubic SrTiO3 (STO) produces a contraction along the c axis and a characteristic ferromagnetic response. However, we report here that ferromagnetism in LCO is completely suppressed when grown on top of a buffer layer of rhombohedral La2/3Sr1/3MnO3 (LSMO), in spite of identical in-plane and out-of-plane lattice deformation. This confirms that it is the lattice symmetry mismatch and not just the total strain, which determines the magnetism of LCO. On the basis of this control over the magnetic properties of LCO, we designed a multilayered structure to achieve independent rotation of the magnetization in ferromagnetic insulating LCO and half-metallic ferromagnet LSMO. This is an important step forward for the design of spin-filtering tunnel barriers based on LCO.

  19. Elemental intermixing within an ultrathin SrRuO3 electrode layer in epitaxial heterostructure BaTiO3/SrRuO3/SrTiO3

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    H. B. Zhang


    Full Text Available Aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy is used to directly observe atom columns in an epitaxial BaTiO3 thin film deposited on a 3.6 nm-thick SrRuO3 electrode layer above an SrTiO3 (001 substrate. Compositional gradients across the heterointerfaces were examined using electron energy-loss spectroscopy techniques. It was found that a small amount of Ba and Ti had diffused into the SrRuO3 layer, and that this layer contained a non-negligible concentration of oxygen vacancies. Such point defects are expected to degrade the electrode’s electronic conductivity drastically, resulting in a much longer screening length. This may explain the discrepancy between experimental measurements and theoretical estimates of the ferroelectric critical thickness of a BaTiO3 ferroelectric barrier sandwiched between metallic SrRuO3 electrodes, since theoretical calculations generally assume ideal (stoichiometric perovskite SrRuO3.

  20. Zirconia nanocrystals as submicron level biological label (United States)

    Smits, K.; Liepins, J.; Gavare, M.; Patmalnieks, A.; Gruduls, A.; Jankovica, D.


    Inorganic nanocrystals are of increasing interest for their usage in biology and pharmacology research. Our interest was to justify ZrO2 nanocrystal usage as submicron level biological label in baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisia culture. For the first time (to our knowledge) images with sub micro up-conversion luminescent particles in biologic media were made. A set of undoped as well as Er and Yb doped ZrO2 samples at different concentrations were prepared by sol-gel method. The up-conversion luminescence for free standing and for nanocrystals with baker's yeast cells was studied and the differences in up-conversion luminescence spectra were analyzed. In vivo toxic effects of ZrO2 nanocrystals were tested by co-cultivation with baker's yeast.

  1. Microstructure of a high Jc, laser-ablated YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ/sol-gel deposited NdGaO 3 buffer layer/(001) SrTiO 3 multi-layer structure (United States)

    Yang, Chau-Yun; Ichinose, Ataru; Babcock, S. E.; Morrell, J. S.; Mathis, J. E.; Verebelyi, D. T.; Paranthaman, M.; Beach, D. B.; Christen, D. K.

    A YBa 2Cu 3O 7- δ (YBCO) film with a transport critical current density ( Jc) value of 1 mA/cm 2 (77 K, 0 T) was grown on a solution deposited NdGaO 3 (NGO) buffer layer on (100) SrTiO 3 (STO). The 25-nm thick NGO buffer layer was dip-coated onto the STO single crystal from a solution of metal methoxyethoxides in 2-methoxyethanol. Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) was used to grow a 250-nm-thick YBCO film on the NGO. The epitaxial relationships are cube-on-cube throughout the structure when the pseudo cubic and pseudo tetragonal unit cells are used to describe the NGO and YBCO crystal structures, respectively: (001) YBCO∥(001) NGO∥(001) STO and [100] YBCO∥[100] NGO∥[100] STO. High resolution scanning electron microscopy (SEM) of the bare NGO surface revealed ∼40 nm diameter pinholes with number density of ∼2×10 13 m -2, corresponding to an area fraction coverage of 2.5%, in an otherwise featureless surface. Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that these pinholes penetrate to the STO; otherwise the NGO layer was uniformly thick to within approximately ±5 nm and defect free. The X-ray diffraction φ- and ω-scans indicated that the YBCO film was highly oriented with a full-width-half maximum peak breadth of 1.14° for in-plane and 0.46° for out-of-plane alignment, respectively. The film contained sparse a-axis oriented grains, an appreciable density of (001) stacking faults and apparently insulating second phase precipitates of the type that typically litter the surface of PLD films. All of these defects are typical of YBCO thin films. High-resolution cross-sectional TEM images indicate that no chemical reaction occurs at the YBCO/NGO interface.

  2. Submicron Emulsions and Their Applications in Oral Delivery. (United States)

    Mundada, Veenu; Patel, Mitali; Sawant, Krutika


    A "submicron emulsion" is an isotropic mixture of drug, lipids, and surfactants, usually with hydrophilic cosolvents and with droplet diameters ranging from 10 to 500 nm. Submicron emulsions are of increasing interest in medicine due to their kinetic stability, high solubilizing capacity, and tiny globule size. Because of these properties, they have been applied in various fields, such as personal care, cosmetics, health care, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemicals. Submicron emulsions are by far the most advanced nanoparticulate systems for the systemic delivery of biologically active agents for controlled drug delivery and targeting. They are designed mainly for pharmaceutical formulations suitable for various routes of administration like parenteral, ocular, transdermal, and oral. This review article describes the marked potential of submicron emulsions for oral drug delivery owing to their numerous advantages like reduced first pass metabolism, inhibition of P-glycoprotein efflux system, and enhanced absorption via intestinal lymphatic pathway. To overcome the limitations of liquid dosage forms, submicron emulsions can be formulated into solid dosage forms such as solid self-emulsifying systems. This article covers various types of submicron emulsions like microemulsion, nanoemulsion, and self-emulsifying drug delivery system (SEDDS), and their potential pharmaceutical applications in oral delivery with emphasis on their advantages, limitations, and advancements.

  3. Submicron Features in Higher Manganese Silicide

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    Yatir Sadia


    Full Text Available The world energy crisis had increased the demand for alternative energy sources and as such is one of the topics at the forefront of research. One way for reducing energy consumption is by thermoelectricity. Thermoelectric effects enable direct conversion of thermal into electrical energy. Higher manganese silicide (HMS, MnSi1.75 is one of the promising materials for applications in the field of thermoelectricity. The abundance and low cost of the elements, combined with good thermoelectric properties and high mechanical and chemical stability at high temperatures, make it very attractive for thermoelectric applications. Recent studies have shown that Si-rich HMS has improved thermoelectric properties. The most interesting of which is the unusual reduction in thermal conductivity. In the current research, transmission (TEM and scanning (SEM electron microscopy as well as X-ray diffraction methods were applied for investigation of the govern mechanisms resulting in very low thermal conductivity values of an Si-rich HMS composition, following arc melting and hot-pressing procedures. In this paper, it is shown that there is a presence of sub-micron dislocations walls, stacking faults, and silicon and HMS precipitates inside each other apparent in the matrix, following a high temperature (0.9 Tm hot pressing for an hour. These are not just responsible for the low thermal conductivity values observed but also indicate the ability to create complicate nano-structures that will last during the production process and possibly during the application.

  4. On the dry deposition of submicron particles

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    Wesely, M. L.


    The air-surface exchange of particles can have a strong role in determining the amount, size, and chemical composition of particles in the troposphere. Here the authors consider only dry processes (deposition processes not directly aided by precipitation) and mostly address particles less than about 2 {micro}m in diameter (often referred to as submicron particles because most of such particles are less than 1 {micro}m in diameter). The processes that control the dry exchange of particulate material between the atmosphere and the surface of the Earth are numerous, highly varied, and sometimes poorly understood. As a result, determining which of the surface processes to parameterize or simulate in modeling the tropospheric mass budget of a particulate substance can be a significant challenge. Dry deposition, for example, can be controlled by a combination of Brownian diffusion, impaction, interception, and gravitational settling, depending on the size of the particles, the roughness of the surface on both micrometeorological and microscopic scales, the geometrical structure of vegetative canopies, and other surface characteristics such as wetness. Particles can be added to the lower atmosphere by resuspension from land surfaces and sea spray. The roles of rapid gas-to-particle conversion and growth or shrinkage of particles as a result of water condensation or evaporation in the lower few meters of the atmosphere can also have a significant impact on particle concentrations in the lower atmosphere. Here, a few micrometeorological observations and inferences on particle air-surface exchange are briefly addressed.

  5. Patterning of high mobility electron gases at complex oxide interfaces

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    Trier, Felix; Prawiroatmodjo, G. E. D. K.; von Soosten, Merlin


    Oxide interfaces provide an opportunity for electronics. However, patterning of electron gases at complex oxide interfaces is challenging. In particular, patterning of complex oxides while preserving a high electron mobility remains underexplored and inhibits the study of quantum mechanical effects...... where extended electron mean free paths are paramount. This letter presents an effective patterning strategy of both the amorphous-LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (a-LAO/STO) and modulation-doped amorphous-LaAlO3/La7/8Sr1/8MnO3/SrTiO3 (a-LAO/LSM/STO) oxide interfaces. Our patterning is based on selective wet etching...... of amorphous-LSM (a-LSM) thin films, which acts as a hard mask during subsequent depositions. Strikingly, the patterned modulation-doped interface shows electron mobilities up to ∼8 700 cm2/V s at 2 K, which is among the highest reported values for patterned conducting complex oxide interfaces that usually...

  6. Electrospun submicron bioactive glass fibers for bone tissue scaffold. (United States)

    Lu, H; Zhang, T; Wang, X P; Fang, Q F


    Submicron bioactive glass fibers 70S30C (70 mol% SiO(2), 30 mol% CaO) acting as bone tissue scaffolds were fabricated by electrospinning method. The scaffold is a hierarchical pore network that consists of interconnected fibers with macropores and mesopores. The structure, morphological characterization and mechanical properties of the submicron bioactive glass fibers were studied by XRD, EDS, FIIR, SEM, N(2) gas absorption analyses and nanoindentation. The effect of the voltage on the morphology of electrospun bioactive glass fibers was investigated. It was found that decreasing the applied voltage from 19 to 7 kV can facilitate the formation of finer fibers with fewer bead defects. The hardness and Young's modulus of submicron bioactive glass fibers were measured as 0.21 and 5.5 GPa, respectively. Comparing with other bone tissue scaffolds measured by nanoindentation, the elastic modulus of the present scaffold was relatively high and close to the bone.

  7. NATO Advanced Study Institute on Physics of Submicron Semiconductor Devices

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    Ferry, David; Jacoboni, C


    The papers contained in the volume represent lectures delivered as a 1983 NATO ASI, held at Urbino, Italy. The lecture series was designed to identify the key submicron and ultrasubmicron device physics, transport, materials and contact issues. Nonequilibrium transport, quantum transport, interfacial and size constraints issues were also highlighted. The ASI was supported by NATO and the European Research Office. H. L. Grubin D. K. Ferry C. Jacoboni v CONTENTS MODELLING OF SUB-MICRON DEVICES.................. .......... 1 E. Constant BOLTZMANN TRANSPORT EQUATION... ... ...... .................... 33 K. Hess TRANSPORT AND MATERIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SUBMICRON DEVICES. . .. . . . . .. . . . .. . .. . .... ... .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 45 H. L. Grubin EPITAXIAL GROWTH FOR SUB MICRON STRUCTURES.................. 179 C. E. C. Wood INSULATOR/SEMICONDUCTOR INTERFACES.......................... 195 C. W. Wilms en THEORY OF THE ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF SEMICONDUCTOR SURFACES AND INTERFACES...................

  8. Effect of fabrication conditions on phase formation and properties of epitaxial (PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3)0.67-(PbTiO3)0.33 thin films on (001) SrTiO3


    Muhammad Boota; Houwman, Evert P.; Minh D. Nguyen; Giulia Lanzara; Guus Rijnders


    The pulsed laser deposition process of 300nm thick films of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3)0.67-(PbTiO3)0.33 on (001)-oriented SrTiO3 was studied by varying deposition pressure, substrate deposition temperature, laser fluence on the target and target-substrate distance. Perovskite phase pure, (001)-oriented, epitaxial smooth films were obtained in a narrow range of deposition parameters. The ferroelectric and dielectric properties of films fabricated within this parameter range still vary significantly. Th...

  9. Magnetic and Optical Properties of Submicron-Size Hollow Spheres

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    Hirofumi Yoshikawa


    Full Text Available Magnetic hollow spheres with a controlled diameter and shell thickness have emerged as an important class of magnetic nanomaterials. The confined hollow geometry and pronouncedly curved surfaces induce unique physical properties different from those of flat thin films and solid counterparts. In this paper, we focus on recent progress on submicron-size spherical hollow magnets (e.g., cobalt- and iron-based materials, and discuss the effects of the hollow shape and the submicron size on magnetic and optical properties.

  10. An introduction to deep submicron CMOS for vertex applications

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    Campbell, M; Cantatore, E; Faccio, F; Heijne, Erik H M; Jarron, P; Santiard, Jean-Claude; Snoeys, W; Wyllie, K


    Microelectronics has become a key enabling technology in the development of tracking detectors for High Energy Physics. Deep submicron CMOS is likely to be extensively used in all future tracking systems. Radiation tolerance in the Mrad region has been achieved and complete readout chips comprising many millions of transistors now exist. The choice of technology is dictated by market forces but the adoption of deep submicron CMOS for tracking applications still poses some challenges. The techniques used are reviewed and some of the future challenges are discussed.

  11. Bloch-Wave Engineered Submicron Diameter Micropillars with Quality Factors Exceeding 10,000

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    Hofling, S.; Lermer, M.; Gregersen, Niels


    Adiabatic design submicron diameter quantum-dot micropillars have been designed and implemented for cavity quantum electrodynamics experiments. Ultra-high experimental quality factors (>10,000) are obtained for submicron diameters and strong light-matter interaction is observed.......Adiabatic design submicron diameter quantum-dot micropillars have been designed and implemented for cavity quantum electrodynamics experiments. Ultra-high experimental quality factors (>10,000) are obtained for submicron diameters and strong light-matter interaction is observed....

  12. Submicron particles of Co, Ni and Co–Ni alloys

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 24; Issue 5 ... Magnetic Materials Volume 24 Issue 5 October 2001 pp 515-521 ... Magnetic sub-micron sized particles (with diameters in the range 100–600 nm) of Co, Ni and Co–Ni alloys, protected with polyvinylpyrrolidone have been prepared in gram quantities ...

  13. UV Light–Induced Aggregation of Titania Submicron Particles

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    Can Zhou


    Full Text Available In this study, aggregation of TiO2 (rutile and anatase submicron particles in deionized (DI water under ultra-violet (UV light irradiation was investigated. While no aggregation was observed in the dark, rutile and anatase submicron particles started aggregating upon application of UV light and ceased aggregation in about 2 and 8.4 h, respectively. It has been demonstrated that UV light directly mitigated the particle mobility of TiO2, resulting in a neutralization effect of the Zeta potential. It was also observed that rutile particles aggregated much faster than anatase particles under UV radiation, indicating that the Zeta potential of as-prepared rutile is less than that of anatase in deionized (DI water. In addition, the interaction energy of rutile and anatase particles was simulated using the Derjaguin–Landau–Verwey–Overbeek (DLVO model. The results showed a significant reduction of barrier energy from 118.2 kBT to 33.6 kBT for rutile and from 333.5 kBT to 46.1 kBT for anatase, respectively, which further validated the remarkable influence of UV irradiation on the aggregation kinetics of rutile and anatase submicron particles. This work presents a further understanding of the aggregation mechanism of light-controlled submicron particles and has a promising potential application in environmental remediation.

  14. Submicron particle chemistry: Vapor condensation analogous to liquid solidification (United States)

    Jenkins, Neil T.; Eagar, Thomas W.


    The chemical composition of submicron particles condensed from vapor can vary with particle size. This chemical variation with size affects industrial health estimates and technological innovation. A model based on similar behavior during the solidification of liquids is proposed to explain this behavior.

  15. Deep-submicron CMOS Single Photon Detectors and Quantum Effects

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    Karami, M.A.


    Quantum parasitic effects and miniaturization of Single Photon Avalanche Diodes in deep-submicron technologies have been studied in this thesis in detail. Tunneling noise and Random Telegraph Signal (RTS) noise have been the main two parasitic effects addressed comprehensively. While the fundamental

  16. Changes of propagation light in optical fiber submicron wires (United States)

    Stasiewicz, K. A.; Łukowski, A.; Jaroszewicz, L. R.


    At the moment technology allows to miniaturize measurement system to several micrometers. Application of an optical fiber taper in such system needs to manufacture a new one with diameters below single micrometers which is very difficult and expensive. Another way to obtain this level of diameters is the process of tapering from the existing fibers. In the paper, experimental results of propagation light from a supercontinnum sources of the wavelength generates the wavelength of 350-2000 nm, in different optical fiber submicron wires made from tapers manufactured from single mode fibers are presented. Biconical optical fibers' tapers were manufactured in low pressure gas burner technique. There are presented spectral characteristics of a propagated beam. For the test, there was manufactured an optical fiber submicron wires with a different length of waist region with a diameter near one micrometer. We put to the test a taper made from a standard telecommunication fiber SMF-28 with a cutoff wavelength equal to 1260.

  17. Submicron bioactive glass tubes for bone tissue engineering. (United States)

    Xie, Jingwei; Blough, Eric R; Wang, Chi-Hwa


    Herein we describe a method to fabricate submicron bioactive glass tubes using sol-gel and coaxial electrospinning techniques for applications in bone tissue engineering. Heavy mineral oil and gel solution were delivered by two independent syringe pumps during the coaxial electrospinning process. Subsequently, submicron bioactive glass tubes were obtained by removal of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) and heavy mineral oil via calcination at 600 °C for 5 h. Tubular structure was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy imaging. We examined the bioactivity of submicron bioactive glass tubes and fibers and evaluated their biocompatibility, using electrospun poly(ε-caprolactone) fibers--a bioinactive material--for comparison. The bioactivity of the glass tubes was examined in a simulated body fluid and they demonstrated the formation of hydroxyapatite-like minerals on both the outer and inner surfaces. In contrast, mineralization only occurred on their surface for bioactive glass solid fibers. Energy-dispersive X-ray data suggested that the bioactive glass tubes had a faster induction of mineral formation than the solid fibers. We demonstrate that the proliferation rate of mouse preosteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells on bioactive glass tubes was comparable to that on solid fibers. We also show that bioactive glass tubes can be loaded with a model protein drug, bovine serum albumin, and that these structures exhibit delayed release properties. The bioactivity of released lysozyme can be as high as 90.9%. Taken together, these data suggest that submicron bioactive glass tubes could hold great potential for use in bone tissue engineering as well as topical drug or gene delivery. Copyright © 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. Energy Efficient Signaling in Deep-submicron Technology

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    Imed Ben Dhaou


    Full Text Available In deep-submicron technology, global interconnect capacitances have started reaching several orders of magnitude greater than the intrinsic capacitances of the CMOS gates. The dynamic power consumption of a CMOS gate driving a global wire is the sum of the power dissipated due to (discharging (i the intrinsic capacitance of the gate, and (ii the wire capacitance. The latter is referred to as on-chip signaling power consumption.

  19. Submicron plasticity: yield stress, dislocation avalanches, and velocity distribution


    Ispánovity, Péter Dusán; Groma, István; Györgyi, Géza; Csikor, Ferenc F.; Weygand, Daniel


    The existence of a well defined yield stress, where a macroscopic piece of crystal begins to plastically flow, has been one of the basic observations of materials science. In contrast to macroscopic samples, in micro- and nanocrystals the strain accumulates in distinct, unpredictable bursts, which makes controlled plastic forming rather difficult. Here we study by simulation, in two and three dimensions, plastic deformation of submicron objects under increasing stress. We show that, while the...

  20. Submicron Resolution Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography

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    Alarousu, Erkki


    Apparatuses and systems for submicron resolution spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) are disclosed. The system may use white light sources having wavelengths within 400-1000 nanometers, and achieve resolution below 1 .mu.m. The apparatus is aggregated into a unitary piece, and a user can connect the apparatus to a user provided controller and/or light source. The light source may be a supercontinuum source.

  1. Scanning SQUID susceptometers with sub-micron spatial resolution

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    Kirtley, John R., E-mail:; Rosenberg, Aaron J.; Palmstrom, Johanna C.; Holland, Connor M.; Moler, Kathryn A. [Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-4045 (United States); Paulius, Lisa [Department of Physics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5252 (United States); Spanton, Eric M. [Department of Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305-4045 (United States); Schiessl, Daniel [Attocube Systems AG, Königinstraße 11A, 80539 Munich (Germany); Jermain, Colin L.; Gibbons, Jonathan [Department of Physics, Cornell University, Cornell, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Fung, Y.-K.K.; Gibson, Gerald W. [IBM Research Division, T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 (United States); Huber, Martin E. [Department of Physics, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado 80217-3364 (United States); Ralph, Daniel C. [Department of Physics, Cornell University, Cornell, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Kavli Institute at Cornell, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Ketchen, Mark B. [OcteVue, Hadley, Massachusetts 01035 (United States)


    Superconducting QUantum Interference Device (SQUID) microscopy has excellent magnetic field sensitivity, but suffers from modest spatial resolution when compared with other scanning probes. This spatial resolution is determined by both the size of the field sensitive area and the spacing between this area and the sample surface. In this paper we describe scanning SQUID susceptometers that achieve sub-micron spatial resolution while retaining a white noise floor flux sensitivity of ≈2μΦ{sub 0}/Hz{sup 1/2}. This high spatial resolution is accomplished by deep sub-micron feature sizes, well shielded pickup loops fabricated using a planarized process, and a deep etch step that minimizes the spacing between the sample surface and the SQUID pickup loop. We describe the design, modeling, fabrication, and testing of these sensors. Although sub-micron spatial resolution has been achieved previously in scanning SQUID sensors, our sensors not only achieve high spatial resolution but also have integrated modulation coils for flux feedback, integrated field coils for susceptibility measurements, and batch processing. They are therefore a generally applicable tool for imaging sample magnetization, currents, and susceptibilities with higher spatial resolution than previous susceptometers.

  2. Vectors and submicron precision: redundancy and 3D stacking in silicon pixel detectors

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    Heijne, E H M; Wong, W; Idarraga, J; Visser, J; Jakubek, J; Leroy, C; Turecek, D; Visschers, J; Pospisil, S; Ballabriga, R; Vykydal, Z; Vermeulen, J; Plackett, R; Heijne, E H M; Llopart, X; Boltje, D; Campbell, M


    Measurements are shown of GeV pions and muons in two 300 mu m thick, Si Medipix pixel detector assemblies that are stacked on top of each other, with a 25 mu m thick brass foil in between. In such a radiation imaging semiconductor matrix with a large number of pixels along the particle trail, one can determine local space vectors for the particle trajectory instead of points. This improves pattern recognition and track reconstruction, especially in a crowded environment. Stacking of sensor planes is essential for resolving directional ambiguities. Signal charge sharing can be employed for measuring positions with submicron precision. In the measurements one notices accompanying `delta' electrons that emerge outside the particle trail, far beyond the boundaries of the 55 mu m pixel cells. The frequency of such corrupted position measurements is similar to one per 2.5mm of traversed Si.

  3. Realization of single terminated surface of perovskite oxide single crystals and their band profile: (LaAlO3)0.3(Sr2AlTaO6)0.7, SrTiO3 and KTaO3 case study (United States)

    Tomar, Ruchi; Wadehra, Neha; Budhiraja, Vaishali; Prakash, Bhanu; Chakraverty, S.


    To characterize the physical properties of thin films without ambiguity and design interface with new functionalities, it is essential to have detailed knowledge of physical properties and appropriate estimation of the band profile of perovskite oxide substrates. We have developed and demonstrated a chemical free unified framework to realize single terminated surface of KTaO3, (LaAlO3)0.3 (Sr2AlTaO6)0.7 and SrTiO3 (001) oriented single crystals. The electronic band line-up of these single crystal substrates, using a combination of optical spectroscopy and Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy, has been constructed. A polar-polar interface of KTaO3 and LaBO3 (B-Transition metal ion) before and after the possible surface/electronic reconstruction has also been schematically presented.

  4. Effect of manganese doping on remnant polarization and leakage current in (K0.44,Na0.52,Li0.04)(Nb0.84,Ta0.10,Sb0.06)O3 epitaxial thin films on SrTiO3 (United States)

    Abazari, M.; Akdoǧan, E. K.; Safari, A.


    Single phase, epitaxial, ⟨001⟩ oriented, undoped and 1mol% Mn-doped (K0.44,Na0.52,Li0.04)(Nb0.84,Ta0.10,Sb0.06)O3 thin films of 400nm thickness were synthesized on SrRuO3 coated SrTiO3. Such films exhibit well saturated hysteresis loops and have a spontaneous polarization (Ps) of 10μC /cm2, which is a 150% higher over the Ps of the undoped composition. The coercive field of 1mol% Mn doped films is 13kV/cm. Mn-doping results in three orders of magnitude decrease in leakage current above 50kV/cm electric field, which we attribute to the suppression of intrinsic p-type conductivity of undoped films by Mn donors.

  5. Effects of background oxygen pressure on dielectric and ferroelectric properties of epitaxial (K0.44,Na0.52,Li0.04)(Nb0.84,Ta0.10,Sb0.06)O3 thin films on SrTiO3 (United States)

    Abazari, M.; Akdoǧan, E. K.; Safari, A.


    Oxygen partial pressure (PO_2) in pulsed laser deposition significantly influences the composition, microstructure, and electrical properties of epitaxial misfit strain-relieved 450nm ⟨001⟩ oriented epitaxial (K0.44,Na0.52,Li0.04)(Nb0.84,Ta0.10,Sb0.06)O3 thin films on SrRuO3 coated SrTiO3. Films deposited at 400mTorr exhibit high remnant and saturated polarization of 7.5 and 16.5μC /cm2, respectively, which is ˜100% increase over the ones grown at 100mTorr. The dielectric constant linearly increases from 220 to 450 with increasing PO2. The observed changes in surface morphology of the films and their properties are shown to be due to the suppression of volatile A-site cation loss.

  6. Microestrutura e condutividade elétrica do eletrólito sólido de céria-20% mol gadolínia com adições de SrO, TiO2 e SrTiO3

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    Full Text Available Os efeitos da adição de SrO, TiO2 e SrTiO3 na sinterização, na microestrutura e na condutividade elétrica do eletrólito sólido céria-gadolínia foram sistematicamente investigados. Foram preparadas pelo método convencional de mistura dos reagentes de partida seguida de reação em estado sólido composições contendo 1, 2,5 e 5% mol dos aditivos. Diversas técnicas de caracterização foram utilizadas. Os resultados mostraram que os aditivos exercem influência em todas as propriedades estudadas, mas de forma diferente dependendo do tipo e do teor. De forma geral, o SrO tornou desprezível o bloqueio aos portadores de carga nos contornos de grão, mas prejudicou a densificação. O TiO2 promoveu aumento substancial na densificação da céria-gadolínia, mas também no bloqueio exercido pelos contornos de grão, além de ser responsável pela exsolução do gadolínio e pela formação da fase pirocloro Gd2­Ti2O7, quando adicionado em teores acima do limite de solubilidade. O SrTiO3 não produziu alterações significativas na densificação, e resultou em aumento da condutividade intergranular pela diminuição da energia de ativação para o processo de condução.

  7. Interaction between submicron COD crystals and renal epithelial cells. (United States)

    Peng, Hua; Ouyang, Jian-Ming; Yao, Xiu-Qiong; Yang, Ru-E


    This study aims to investigate the adhesion characteristics between submicron calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD) with a size of 150 ± 50 nm and African green monkey kidney epithelial cells (Vero cells) before and after damage, and to discuss the mechanism of kidney stone formation. Vero cells were oxidatively injured by hydrogen peroxide to establish a model of injured cells. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe Vero-COD adhesion. Inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometry was used to quantitatively measure the amount of adhered COD microcrystals. Nanoparticle size analyzer and laser scanning confocal microscopy were performed to measure the change in the zeta potential on the Vero cell surface and the change in osteopontin expression during the adhesion process, respectively. The level of cell injury was evaluated by measuring the changes in malonaldehyde content, and cell viability during the adhesion process. The adhesion capacity of Vero cells in the injury group to COD microcrystals was obviously stronger than that of Vero cells in the control group. After adhesion to COD, cell viability dropped, both malonaldehyde content and cell surface zeta potential increased, and the fluorescence intensity of osteopontin decreased because the osteopontin molecules were successfully covered by COD. Submicron COD further damaged the cells during the adhesion process, especially for Vero cells in the control group, leading to an elevated amount of attached microcrystals. Submicron COD can further damage injured Vero cells during the adhesion process. The amount of attached microcrystals is proportional to the degree of cell damage. The increased amount of microcrystals that adhered to the injured epithelial cells plays an important role in the formation of early-stage kidney stones.

  8. Highly sensitive measurement of submicron waveguides based on Brillouin scattering (United States)

    Godet, Adrien; Ndao, Abdoulaye; Sylvestre, Thibaut; Beugnot, Jean-Charles; Phan Huy, Kien


    Fabrication and characterization of submicron optical waveguides is one of the major challenges in modern photonics, as they find many applications from optical sensors to plasmonic devices. Here we report on a novel technique that allows for a complete and precise characterization of silica optical nanofibers. Our method relies on the Brillouin backscattering spectrum analysis that directly depends on the waveguide geometry. Our method was applied to several fiber tapers with diameter ranging from 500 nm to 3 μm. Results were compared to scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images and numerical simulations with very good agreement and similar sensitivity.

  9. Electron acceleration via high contrast laser interacting with submicron clusters

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    Zhang Lu; Chen Liming; Wang Weiming; Yan Wenchao; Yuan Dawei; Mao Jingyi; Wang Zhaohua; Liu Cheng; Shen Zhongwei; Li Yutong; Dong Quanli; Lu Xin; Ma Jinglong; Wei Zhiyi [Beijing National Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing 100080 (China); Faenov, Anatoly; Pikuz, Tatiana [Joint Institute for High Temperature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Izhorskaya 13/19, Moscow 127412 (Russian Federation); Quantum Beams Science Directorate, JAEA, Kizugawa, Kyoto (Japan); Li Dazhang [Beijing National Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing 100080 (China); Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS, Beijing 100049 (China); Sheng Zhengming [Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Zhang Jie [Beijing National Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing 100080 (China); Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)


    We experimentally investigated electron acceleration from submicron size argon clusters-gas target irradiated by a 100 fs, 10 TW laser pulses having a high-contrast. Electron beams are observed in the longitudinal and transverse directions to the laser propagation. The measured energy of the longitudinal electron reaches 600 MeV and the charge of the electron beam in the transverse direction is more than 3 nC. A two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation of the interaction has been performed and it shows an enhancement of electron charge by using the cluster-gas target.

  10. Submicron particle monitoring of paving and related road construction operations. (United States)

    Freund, Alice; Zuckerman, Norman; Baum, Lisa; Milek, Debra


    This study identified activities and sources that contribute to ultrafine and other submicron particle exposure that could trigger respiratory symptoms in highway repair workers. Submicron particle monitoring was conducted for paving, milling, and pothole repair operations in a major metropolitan area where several highway repair workers were identified as symptomatic for respiratory illness following exposures at the 2001 World Trade Center disaster site. Exposure assessments were conducted for eight trades involved in road construction using a TSI P-Trak portable condensation particle counter. Direct readings near the workers' breathing zones and observations of activities and potential sources were logged on 7 days on 27 workers using four different models of pavers and two types of millers. Average worker exposure levels ranged from 2 to 3 times background during paving and from 1 to 4 times background during milling. During asphalt paving, average personal exposures to submicron particulates were 25,000-60,000, 28,000-70,000, and 23,000-37,000 particles/ cm(3) for paver operators, screed operators, and rakers, respectively. Average personal exposures during milling were 19,000-111,000, 28,000-81,000, and 19,000 particles/cm(3) for the large miller operators, miller screed operators, and raker, respectively. Personal peak exposures were measured up to 467,000 and 455,000 particles/cm(3) in paving and milling, respectively. Several sources of submicron particles were identified. These included the diesel and electric fired screed heaters; engine exhaust from diesel powered construction vehicles passing by or idling; raking, dumping, and paving of asphalt; exhaust from the hotbox heater; pavement dust or fumes from milling operations, especially when the large miller started and stopped; and secondhand cigarette smoke. To reduce the potential for health effects in workers, over 40 recommendations were made to control exposures, including improved maintenance of

  11. Novel Translucent and Strong Submicron Alumina Ceramics for Dental Restorations. (United States)

    Zhao, M; Sun, Y; Zhang, J; Zhang, Y


    An ideal ceramic restorative material should possess excellent aesthetic and mechanical properties. We hypothesize that the high translucency and strength of polycrystalline ceramics can be achieved through microstructural tailoring. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the superior optical and mechanical properties of a new class of submicron grain-sized alumina ceramics relative to the current state-of-the-art dental ceramic materials. The translucency, the in-line transmission ( TIT) in particular, of these submicron alumina ceramics has been examined with the Rayleigh-Gans-Debye light-scattering model. The theoretical predictions related very well with the measured TIT values. The translucency parameter ( TP) and contrast ratio ( CR) of the newly developed aluminas were measured with a reflectance spectrophotometer on a black-and-white background. For comparison, the TIT, TP, and CR values for a variety of dental ceramics, mostly measured in-house but also cited from the literature, were included. The flexural strength of the aluminas was determined with the 4-point bending test. Our findings have shown that for polycrystalline alumina ceramics, an average grain size <1 µm coupled with a porosity level <0.7% could yield translucency values ( TIT, TP, CR) similar to those of the commercial high-translucency porcelains. These values are far superior to the high-translucency lithium disilicate glass-ceramic and zirconias, including the most translucent cubic-containing zirconias. The strength of these submicron grain-sized aluminas was significantly higher than that of the cubic-containing zirconia (e.g., Zpex Smile) and lithia-based glass-ceramics (e.g., IPS e.max CAD HT). A coarse-grained alumina could also reach a translucency level comparable to that of dental porcelain. However, the relatively low strength of this material has limited its clinical indications to structurally less demanding applications, such as orthodontic brackets. With a combined high

  12. Online submicron particle sizing by dynamic light scattering using autodilution (United States)

    Nicoli, David F.; Elings, V. B.


    Efficient production of a wide range of commercial products based on submicron colloidal dispersions would benefit from instrumentation for online particle sizing, permitting real time monitoring and control of the particle size distribution. Recent advances in the technology of dynamic light scattering (DLS), especially improvements in algorithms for inversion of the intensity autocorrelation function, have made it ideally suited to the measurement of simple particle size distributions in the difficult submicron region. Crucial to the success of an online DSL based instrument is a simple mechanism for automatically sampling and diluting the starting concentrated sample suspension, yielding a final concentration which is optimal for the light scattering measurement. A proprietary method and apparatus was developed for performing this function, designed to be used with a DLS based particle sizing instrument. A PC/AT computer is used as a smart controller for the valves in the sampler diluter, as well as an input-output communicator, video display and data storage device. Quantitative results are presented for a latex suspension and an oil-in-water emulsion.

  13. Submicron magnetic core conducting polypyrrole polymer shell: Preparation and characterization. (United States)

    Tenório-Neto, Ernandes Taveira; Baraket, Abdoullatif; Kabbaj, Dounia; Zine, Nadia; Errachid, Abdelhamid; Fessi, Hatem; Kunita, Marcos Hiroiuqui; Elaissari, Abdelhamid


    Magnetic particles are of great interest in various biomedical applications, such as, sample preparation, in vitro biomedical diagnosis, and both in vivo diagnosis and therapy. For in vitro applications and especially in labs-on-a-chip, microfluidics, microsystems, or biosensors, the needed magnetic dispersion should answer various criteria, for instance, submicron size in order to avoid a rapid sedimentation rate, fast separations under an applied magnetic field, and appreciable colloidal stability (stable dispersion under shearing process). Then, the aim of this work was to prepare highly magnetic particles with a magnetic core and conducting polymer shell particles in order to be used not only as a carrier, but also for the in vitro detection step. The prepared magnetic seed dispersions were functionalized using pyrrole and pyrrole-2-carboxylic acid. The obtained core-shell particles were characterized in terms of particle size, size distribution, magnetization properties, FTIR analysis, surface morphology, chemical composition, and finally, the conducting property of those particles were evaluated by cyclic voltammetry. The obtained functional submicron highly magnetic particles are found to be conducting material bearing function carboxylic group on the surface. These promising conducting magnetic particles can be used for both transport and lab-on-a-chip detection. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  14. Separating the signal from the noise: Expanding flow cytometry into the sub-micron range. (United States)

    Cytometry Part A Special Section: Separating the signal from the noise: Expanding flow cytometry into the sub-micron range. The current Cytometry Part A Special Section presents three studies that utilize cytometers to study sub-micron particles. The three studies involve the 1...

  15. Magnetic trapping of superconducting submicron particles produced by laser ablation in superfluid helium (United States)

    Takahashi, Yuta; Suzuki, Junpei; Yoneyama, Naoya; Tokawa, Yurina; Suzuki, Nobuaki; Matsushima, Fusakazu; Kumakura, Mitsutaka; Ashida, Masaaki; Moriwaki, Yoshiki


    We produced spherical superconducting submicron particles by laser ablation of their base metal tips in superfluid helium, and trapped them using a quadrupole magnetic field owing to the diamagnetism caused by the Meissner effect. We also measured their critical temperatures of superconductivity, by observing the threshold temperatures for the confinement of superconducting submicron particles in the trap.

  16. Discovering sub-micron ice particles across Dione' surface (United States)

    Scipioni, Francesca; Schenk, Pual; Tosi, Federico; Clark, Roger; Dalle Ore, Cristina; Combe, Jean-Philippe


    Water ice is the most abundant component of Saturn’s mid-sized moons. However, these moons show an albedo asymmetry - their leading sides are bright while their trailing side exhibits dark terrains. Such differences arise from two surface alteration processes: (i) the bombardment of charged particles from the interplanetary medium and driven by Saturn’s magnetosphere on the trailing side, and (ii) the impact of E-ring water ice particles on the satellites’ leading side. As a result, the trailing hemisphere appears to be darker than the leading side. This effect is particularly evident on Dione's surface. A consequence of these surface alteration processes is the formation or the implantation of sub-micron sized ice particles.The presence of such particles influences and modifies the surfaces' spectrum because of Rayleigh scattering by the particles. In the near infrared range of the spectrum, the main sub-micron ice grains spectral indicators are: (i) asymmetry and (ii) long ward minimum shift of the absorption band at 2.02 μm (iii) a decrease in the ratio between the band depths at 1.50 and 2.02 μm (iv) a decrease in the height of the spectral peak at 2.6 μm (v) the suppression of the Fresnel reflection peak at 3.1 μm and (vi) the decrease of the reflection peak at 5 μm relative to those at 3.6 μm.We present results from our ongoing work mapping the variation of sub-micron ice grains spectral indicators across Dione' surface using Cassini-VIMS cubes acquired in the IR range (0.8-5.1 μm). To characterize the global variations of spectral indicators across Dione' surface, we divided it into a 1°x1° grid and then averaged the band depths and peak values inside each square cell.We will investigate if there exist a correspondence with water ice abundance variations by producing water ice' absorption band depths at 1.25, 1.52 and 2.02 μm, and with surface morphology by comparing the results with ISS color maps in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared

  17. Short range investigation of sub-micron zirconia particles

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    Caracoche, M C; Martinez, J A [Departamento de Fisica, IFLP, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, CICPBA, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina); Rivas, P C [IFLP-CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias y Forestales, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina); Bondioli, F; Cannillo, V [Dipartimento di Ingegniria dei Materiali e dell' Ambiente, Facolta di Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy); Ferrari, A M, E-mail: [Dipartimento di Scienza a Metodi dell' Ingegneria, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia (Italy)


    The Perturbed Angular Correlations technique was used to determine the configurations around Zirconium ions and their thermal behavior in non-aggregated sub-micron zirconia spherical particles. Three residues containing- Zr surroundings were determined for the non-crystalline starting particles, which were identified under the assumption of a certain chemical reactions sequence during synthesis. While the one made up mainly by hydroxyl groups was common to both samples, the two involving mainly organic residues were particle size dependent. Upon crystallization, both samples stabilized in the t'- and t- tetragonal forms and the Xc-cubic form but their amounts and temperatures of appearance were different. On heating, the structure of the smaller particles became gradually monoclinic achieving total degradation upon the subsequent cooling to RT.

  18. Submicron Plasticity: Yield Stress, Dislocation Avalanches, and Velocity Distribution (United States)

    Ispánovity, Péter Dusán; Groma, István; Györgyi, Géza; Csikor, Ferenc F.; Weygand, Daniel


    The existence of a well-defined yield stress, where a macroscopic crystal begins to plastically flow, has been a basic observation in materials science. In contrast with macroscopic samples, in microcrystals the strain accumulates in random bursts, which makes controlled plastic formation difficult. Here we study by 2D and 3D simulations the plastic deformation of submicron objects under increasing stress. We show that, while the stress-strain relation of individual samples exhibits jumps, its average and mean deviation still specify a well-defined critical stress. The statistical background of this phenomenon is analyzed through the velocity distribution of dislocations, revealing a universal cubic decay and the appearance of a shoulder due to dislocation avalanches.

  19. Microscopic methods in analysis of submicron phospholipid dispersions

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    Full Text Available Microscopy belongs to the group of tests, used in pharmaceutical technology, that despite the lapse of time and the development of new analytical methods, still remain irreplaceable for the characterization of dispersed drug dosage forms (e.g., suspensions and emulsions. To obtain complete description of a specific drug formulation, such as parenteral colloidal products, a combination of different microscopic techniques is sometimes required. Electron microscopy methods are the most useful ones; however, even such basic methods as optical microscopy may be helpful for determination of some properties of a sample. The publication explicates the most popular microscopical techniques used nowadays for characterization of the morphology of nanoparticles suspended in pharmaceutical formulations; ad vantages and disadvantages of these methods are also discussed. Parenteral submicron formulations containing lecithin or a particular phospholipid were chosen as examples.

  20. Fabrication of micron and submicron gratings by using plasma treatment on the curved polydimethylsiloxane surfaces (United States)

    Yang, Jiangtao; Tang, Jun; Guo, Hao; Liu, Wenyao; Shen, Chong; Liu, Jun; Qin, Li


    Here, a simple and low-cost fabrication strategy to efficiently construct well-ordered micron and submicron gratings on polymeric substrates by oxygen plasma treatment is reported. The Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrate is prepared on the polyethylene (PET) by spin-coating method, then the curved PDMS-PET substrates are processed in oxygen plasma. After appropriate surface treatment time in plasma the curved substrates are flattened, and well-ordered wrinkling shape gratings are obtained, due to the mechanical buckling instability. It is also demonstrated that changing the curvature radius of PDMS-PET substrates and the time of plasma treatment, the period of the wrinkling patterns and the amplitude of grating also change accordingly. It is found the period of the wrinkling patterns increased with the radius of curvature; while the amplitude decreased with that. It also shows good optical performance in transmittance diffraction testing experiments. Thus the well-ordered grating approach may further develop portable and economical applications and offer a valuable method to fabricate other optical micro strain gauges devices.

  1. 2D light scattering static cytometry for label-free single cell analysis with submicron resolution. (United States)

    Xie, Linyan; Yang, Yan; Sun, Xuming; Qiao, Xu; Liu, Qiao; Song, Kun; Kong, Beihua; Su, Xuantao


    Conventional optical cytometric techniques usually measure fluorescence or scattering signals at fixed angles from flowing cells in a liquid stream. Here we develop a novel cytometer that employs a scanning optical fiber to illuminate single static cells on a glass slide, which requires neither microfluidic fabrication nor flow control. This static cytometric technique measures two dimensional (2D) light scattering patterns via a small numerical aperture (0.25) microscope objective for label-free single cell analysis. Good agreement is obtained between the yeast cell experimental and Mie theory simulated patterns. It is demonstrated that the static cytometer with a microscope objective of a low resolution around 1.30 μm has the potential to perform high resolution analysis on yeast cells with distributed sizes. The capability of the static cytometer for size determination with submicron resolution is validated via measurements on standard microspheres with mean diameters of 3.87 and 4.19 μm. Our 2D light scattering static cytometric technique may provide an easy-to-use, label-free, and flow-free method for single cell diagnostics. © 2015 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.

  2. Effect of fabrication conditions on phase formation and properties of epitaxial (PbMg1/3Nb2/3O30.67-(PbTiO30.33 thin films on (001 SrTiO3

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    Muhammad Boota


    Full Text Available The pulsed laser deposition process of 300nm thick films of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3O30.67-(PbTiO30.33 on (001-oriented SrTiO3 was studied by varying deposition pressure, substrate deposition temperature, laser fluence on the target and target-substrate distance. Perovskite phase pure, (001-oriented, epitaxial smooth films were obtained in a narrow range of deposition parameters. The ferroelectric and dielectric properties of films fabricated within this parameter range still vary significantly. This shows the sensitivity of the system for growth conditions. The best film has a polarization value close to that expected for a (001 poled, stress free single crystal film. All films show deposition conditions dependent variations in the self-bias field. The self-bias is very stable during long cycling for films made at optimum deposition conditions. The piezoelectric coefficients of the films are strongly reduced with respect to bulk single crystal values due to the film clamping. The properties variations are ascribed to changes in the grain boundary properties in which film defects are expected to accumulate. Notably slight off-stoichiometry may cause localized screening charges, affecting specifically the polarization and dielectric constant.

  3. Effect of fabrication conditions on phase formation and properties of epitaxial (PbMg1/3Nb2/3O3)0.67-(PbTiO3)0.33 thin films on (001) SrTiO3 (United States)

    Boota, Muhammad; Houwman, Evert P.; Nguyen, Minh D.; Lanzara, Giulia; Rijnders, Guus


    The pulsed laser deposition process of 300nm thick films of Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3)0.67-(PbTiO3)0.33 on (001)-oriented SrTiO3 was studied by varying deposition pressure, substrate deposition temperature, laser fluence on the target and target-substrate distance. Perovskite phase pure, (001)-oriented, epitaxial smooth films were obtained in a narrow range of deposition parameters. The ferroelectric and dielectric properties of films fabricated within this parameter range still vary significantly. This shows the sensitivity of the system for growth conditions. The best film has a polarization value close to that expected for a (001) poled, stress free single crystal film. All films show deposition conditions dependent variations in the self-bias field. The self-bias is very stable during long cycling for films made at optimum deposition conditions. The piezoelectric coefficients of the films are strongly reduced with respect to bulk single crystal values due to the film clamping. The properties variations are ascribed to changes in the grain boundary properties in which film defects are expected to accumulate. Notably slight off-stoichiometry may cause localized screening charges, affecting specifically the polarization and dielectric constant.

  4. [Study on preparation of intravenous submicron emulsions of Oleum Cinnamomi oil of Miao nationality herbal]. (United States)

    Li, Jiang; Liu, Ying-bo


    To study the prescription and preparation of intravenous submicron emulsion of Oleum Cinnamomi oil of Miao nationality herbal. Using the high speed blender mixed round the Oleum Cinnamomi oil with the soybean phospholipids and Pluronic F68 as emulsifier, then using the high pressure homogenizer made the intravenous submicron emulsion of the Oleum Cinnamomi oil and investigate its grain path and distributing. Having been done by using hydroextractor 4,500 r min(-1) 15 minutes the submicron emulsion grain path has well proportioned distribution. The preparation technology is simple and has good stability, so it can be used as a method to make the intravenous submicron emulsion of the Oleum Cinnamomi oil of Miao nationality herbal.

  5. Beschrijving van een verdampings-condensatie aerosol generator voor de produktie van submicron aerosol

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    Feijt; A.*; Meulen; A.van der


    Dit rapport is een handleiding voor een bedrijfszeker, routinematig gebruik van een zgn. Evaporation-Condensation aerosol Conditioner. Met deze aerosol generatie apparatuur kunnen op stabiele, reproduceerbare manier zeer hoge concentraties (tot 1 miljoen deeltjes per cc) monodispers submicron

  6. Characteristics of Submicron Aerosols in 2013 summer of Beijing (United States)

    Guo, Song; Hu, Min; Shang, Dongjie; Zheng, Jing; Du, Zhuofei; Wu, Yusheng; Lu, Sihua; Zeng, Limin; Zhang, Renyi


    To characterize the air pollution of North China Plain of China, CAREBEIJING-2013 field campaign (Campaigns of Air quality REsearch in BEIJING and surrounding region) was conducted in summer of 2013. Submicron aerosols were measured at an urban site PKU (Peking University, 39° 59'21"N, 116° 18'25"E) from July 28th to September 31st 2013. A suite of integrated instruments was used to measure the size distribution, effective density and hygroscopicity of ambient particles. The chemical composition of submicron particles were measured by using an Aerodyne High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) (Billerica, MA, USA). The average PM2.5 concentration was 73.0±70.7 μg m-3 during the measurement. The particulate pollution showed distinct 4-7 days cycles controlled by the meteorological conditions. Each cycle started with low PM2.5 mass concentrations (air mass was from relatively clean mountainous area. The particle number concentrations were high, but and the sizes were small (60 μg day-1, and the particle mean diameter grew to >100 nm. It is interesting to note that the mean diameters showed similar trend to PM2.5 mass concentrations, indicating the particle pollution attributed to the growth of the newly formed small particles. During the measurement, the average particle densities are between 1.3-1.5 g cm-3, indicating organics and sulfate were dominant in the particles. The densities of smaller particles, i.e. 46 nm, 81nm, showed single peak at 1.3-1.5 g cm-3, indicating the particles are internal mixed sulfate and organics. While the 150nm and 240 nm particle densities exhibited bimodal distribution with an additional small peak at ˜1.1 g cm-3, which is considered as external mixed organic particles or aged soot particles. The particle hygroscopic growth factor for all the measured sizes at RH of 90% showed bimodal distribution, attributing to external mixed organics (or aged soot) and internal mixed organics and sulfate. Both the

  7. Water ice and sub-micron ice particles on Tethys and Mimas (United States)

    Scipioni, Francesca; Nordheim, Tom; Clark, Roger Nelson; D'Aversa, Emiliano; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Tosi, Federico; Schenk, Paul M.; Combe, Jean-Philippe; Dalle Ore, Cristina M.


    IntroductionWe present our ongoing work, mapping the variation of the main water ice absorption bands, and the distribution of the sub-micron particles, across Mimas and Tethys’ surfaces using Cassini-VIMS cubes acquired in the IR range (0.8-5.1 μm). We present our results in the form of maps of variation of selected spectral indicators (depth of absorption bands, reflectance peak height, spectral slopes).Data analysisVIMS acquires hyperspectral data in the 0.3-5.1 μm spectral range. We selected VIMS cubes of Tethys and Mimas in the IR range (0.8-5.1 μm). For all pixels in the selected cubes, we measured the band depths for water-ice absorptions at 1.25, 1.5 and 2.02 μm and the height of the 3.6 μm reflection peak. Moreover, we considered the spectral indictors for particles smaller than 1 µm [1]: (i) the 2 µm absorption band is asymmetric and (ii) it has the minimum shifted to longer λ (iii) the band depth ratio 1.5/2.0 µm decreases; (iv) the reflection peak at 2.6 µm decreases; (v) the Fresnel reflection peak is suppressed; (vi) the 5 µm reflectance is decreased relative to the 3.6 µm peak. To characterize the global variation of water-ice band depths, and of sub-micron particles spectral indicators, across Mimas and Tethys, we sampled the two satellites’ surfacees with a 1°x1° fixed-resolution grid and then averaged the band depths and peak values inside each square cell.3. ResultsFor both moons we find that large geologic features, such as the Odysseus and Herschel impact basins, do not correlate with water ice’s abundance variation. For Tethys, we found a quite uniform surface on both hemispheres. The only deviation from this pattern shows up on the trailing hemisphere, where we notice two north-oriented, dark areas around 225° and 315°. For Mimas, the leading and trailing hemispheres appear to be quite similar in water ice abundance, the trailing portion having water ice absorption bands lightly more suppressed than the leading side

  8. Chemical mapping of proterozoic organic matter at submicron spatial resolution. (United States)

    Oehler, Dorothy Z; Robert, François; Mostefaoui, Smail; Meibom, Anders; Selo, Madeleine; McKay, David S


    A NanoSIMS ion microprobe was used to map the submicron-scale distributions of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur, silicon, and oxygen in organic microfossils and laminae in a thin section of the approximately 0.85 billion year old Bitter Springs Formation of Australia. The data provide clues about the original chemistry of the microfossils, the silicification process, and the biosignatures of specific microorganisms and microbial communities. Chemical maps of fossil unicells and filaments revealed distinct wall- and sheath-like structures enriched in C, N, and S, consistent with their accepted biological origin. Surprisingly, organic laminae, previously considered to be amorphous, also exhibited filamentous and apparently compressed spheroidal structures defined by strong enrichments in C, N, and S. By analogy to NanoSIMS data from the well-preserved microfossils, these structures were interpreted as being of biological origin, most likely representing densely packed remnants of microbial mats. Given that the preponderance of organic matter in Precambrian sediments is similarly "amorphous," our findings indicate that a re-evaluation of ancient specimens via in situ structural, chemical, and isotopic study is warranted. Our analyses have led us to propose new criteria for assessing the biogenicity of problematic kerogenous materials, and, thus, these criteria can be applied to assessments of poorly preserved or fragmentary organic residues in early Archean sediments and any that might occur in meteorites or other extraterrestrial samples.

  9. Controlled motion of domain walls in submicron amorphous wires

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    Mihai Ţibu


    Full Text Available Results on the control of the domain wall displacement in cylindrical Fe77.5Si7.5B15 amorphous glass-coated submicron wires prepared by rapid quenching from the melt are reported. The control methods have relied on conical notches with various depths, up to a few tens of nm, made in the glass coating and in the metallic nucleus using a focused ion beam (FIB system, and on the use of small nucleation coils at one of the sample ends in order to apply magnetic field pulses aimed to enhance the nucleation of reverse domains. The notch-based method is used for the first time in the case of cylindrical ultrathin wires. The results show that the most efficient technique of controlling the domain wall motion in this type of samples is the simultaneous use of notches and nucleation coils. Their effect depends on wire diameter, notch depth, its position on the wire length, and characteristics of the applied pulse.

  10. Controlled motion of domain walls in submicron amorphous wires

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    Ţibu, Mihai; Lostun, Mihaela; Rotărescu, Cristian; Atiţoaie, Alexandru; Lupu, Nicoleta; Óvári, Tibor-Adrian, E-mail:; Chiriac, Horia [Department of Magnetic Materials and Devices, National Institute of Research and Development for Technical Physics, Iaşi, 700050 (Romania); Allwood, Dan A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S1 3JD (United Kingdom)


    Results on the control of the domain wall displacement in cylindrical Fe{sub 77.5}Si{sub 7.5}B{sub 15} amorphous glass-coated submicron wires prepared by rapid quenching from the melt are reported. The control methods have relied on conical notches with various depths, up to a few tens of nm, made in the glass coating and in the metallic nucleus using a focused ion beam (FIB) system, and on the use of small nucleation coils at one of the sample ends in order to apply magnetic field pulses aimed to enhance the nucleation of reverse domains. The notch-based method is used for the first time in the case of cylindrical ultrathin wires. The results show that the most efficient technique of controlling the domain wall motion in this type of samples is the simultaneous use of notches and nucleation coils. Their effect depends on wire diameter, notch depth, its position on the wire length, and characteristics of the applied pulse.

  11. Submicron Surface Vibration Profiling Using Doppler Self-Mixing Techniques

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    Tânia Pereira


    Full Text Available Doppler self-mixing laser probing techniques are often used for vibration measurement with very high accuracy. A novel optoelectronic probe solution is proposed, based on off-the-shelf components, with a direct reflection optical scheme for contactless characterization of the target’s movement. This probe was tested with two test bench apparatus that enhance its precision performance, with a linear actuator at low frequency (35 µm, 5–60 Hz, and its dynamics, with disc shaped transducers for small amplitude and high frequency (0.6 µm, 100–2500 Hz. The results, obtained from well-established signal processing methods for self-mixing Doppler signals, allowed the evaluation of vibration velocity and amplitudes with an average error of less than 10%. The impedance spectrum of piezoelectric (PZ disc target revealed a maximum of impedance (around 1 kHz for minimal Doppler shift. A bidimensional scan over the PZ disc surface allowed the categorization of the vibration mode (0, 1 and explained its deflection directions. The feasibility of a laser vibrometer based on self-mixing principles and supported by tailored electronics able to accurately measure submicron displacements was, thus, successfully demonstrated.

  12. Application of I-structure though-glass interconnect filled with submicron gold particles to a hermetic sealing device (United States)

    Nomura, Kazuya; Okada, Akiko; Shoji, Shuichi; Ogashiwa, Toshinori; Mizuno, Jun


    We propose hermetic sealing of a glass-to-glass structure with an I-structure through-glass interconnect via (TGV) filled with submicron Au particles. The top and bottom bumps and the TGV were formed by a simple filling process with a bump-patterned dry film resist. The sealing devices consisting of two glass substrates were bonded via Au interlayers. Vacuum ultraviolet irradiation in the presence of oxygen gas (VUV/O3) pretreatment was used for low-temperature Au-Au bonding at 200 °C. The bonded samples showed He leakage rates of less than 1.3  ×  10-9 Pa m3 s-1. The cross-sectional scanning electron microscope images of the fabricated I-structure TGV showed perfect adhesion between the I-structure TGV and glass substrate. These results indicate that the proposed I-structure TGV is suitable for hermetic sealing devices.

  13. Submicron Y2O3 particles codoped with Eu and Tb ions: size controlled synthesis and tuning the luminescence emission. (United States)

    Atabaev, Timur Sh; Kim, Hyung-Kook; Hwang, Yoon-Hwae


    Eu(3+) and Tb(3+) codoped Y(2)O(3) submicron particles were prepared using the simple urea homogeneous precipitation method. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the synthesized particles to have a pure cubic Y(2)O(3) structure. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy and field-emission transmission electron microscopy showed that the synthesized particles had almost uniform spherical shapes. The luminescence color emission of the synthesized particles could be tuned from red due to the effective (5)D(0)→(7)F(j) (j=0, 1, 2 and 3) transitions within Eu(3+) to green due to the (5)D(4)→(7)F(5) transition within Tb(3+) by switching the excitation wavelength from 255 to 310 nm. Luminescence quenching was observed at high dopant concentrations. Strong and effective color-tunable emission is expected to find a wide range of applications in industry. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Penetration of sub-micron particles into dentinal tubules using ultrasonic cavitation. (United States)

    Vyas, N; Sammons, R L; Pikramenou, Z; Palin, W M; Dehghani, H; Walmsley, A D


    Functionalised silica sub-micron particles are being investigated as a method of delivering antimicrobials and remineralisation agents into dentinal tubules. However, their methods of application are not optimised, resulting in shallow penetration and aggregation. The aim of this study is to investigate the impact of cavitation occurring around ultrasonic scalers for enhancing particle penetration into dentinal tubules. Dentine slices were prepared from premolar teeth. Silica sub-micron particles were prepared in water or acetone. Cavitation from an ultrasonic scaler (Satelec P5 Newtron, Acteon, France) was applied to dentine slices immersed inside the sub-micron particle solutions. Samples were imaged with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to assess tubule occlusion and particle penetration. Qualitative observations of SEM images showed some tubule occlusion. The particles could penetrate inside the tubules up to 60μm when there was no cavitation and up to ∼180μm when there was cavitation. The cavitation bubbles produced from an ultrasonic scaler may be used to deliver sub-micron particles into dentine. This method has the potential to deliver such particles deeper into the dentinal tubules. Cavitation from a clinical ultrasonic scaler may enhance penetration of sub-micron particles into dentinal tubules. This can aid in the development of novel methods for delivering therapeutic clinical materials for hypersensitivity relief and treatment of dentinal caries. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Deciphering sub-micron ice particles on Enceladus surface (United States)

    Scipioni, F.; Schenk, P.; Tosi, F.; D'Aversa, E.; Clark, R.; Combe, J.-Ph.; Ore, C. M. Dalle


    The surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus is composed primarily by pure water ice. The Cassini spacecraft has observed present-day geologic activity at the moon's South Polar Region, related with the formation and feeding of Saturn's E-ring. Plumes of micron-sized particles, composed of water ice and other non-ice contaminants (e.g., CO2, NH3, CH4), erupt from four terrain's fractures named Tiger Stripes. Some of this material falls back on Enceladus' surface to form deposits that extend to the North at ∼40°W and ∼220°W, with the highest concentration found at the South Pole. In this work we analyzed VIMS-IR data to identify plumes deposits across Enceladus' surface through the variation in band depth of the main water ice spectral features. To characterize the global variation of water ice band depths across Enceladus, the entire surface was sampled with an angular resolution of 1° in both latitude and longitude, and for each angular bin we averaged the value of all spectral indices as retrieved by VIMS. The position of the plumes' deposits predicted by theoretical models display a good match with water ice band depths' maps on the trailing hemisphere, whereas they diverge significantly on the leading side. Space weathering processes acting on Enceladus' surface ionize and break up water ice molecules, resulting in the formation of particles smaller than one micron. We also mapped the spectral indices for sub-micron particles and we compared the results with the plumes deposits models. Again, a satisfactory match is observed on the trailing hemisphere only. Finally, we investigated the variation of the depth of the water ice absorption bands as a function of the phase angle. In the visible range, some terrains surrounding the Tiger Stripes show a decrease in albedo when the phase angle is smaller than 10°. This unusual effect cannot be confirmed by near infrared data, since observations with a phase angle lower than 10° are not available. For phase angle

  16. Fabrication and characterization of submicron polymer waveguides by micro-transfer molding

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    Wu, Te-Wei [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)


    Various methods exist for fabrication of micron and submicron sized waveguide structures. However, most of them include expensive and time consuming semiconductor fabrication techniques. An economical method for fabricating waveguide structures is introduced and demonstrated in this thesis. This method is established based on previously well-developed photonic crystal fabrication method called two-polymer microtransfer molding. The waveguide in this work functions by a coupler structure that diffracts the incident light into submicron polymer rods. The light is then guided through the rods. Characterization is done by collecting the light that has been guided through the waveguide and exits the end of these submicron polymer bars. The coupling and waveguiding capabilities are demonstrated using two light sources, a laser and white light.

  17. Tuning of dielectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric properties of 0.715Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.065BaTiO3-0.22SrTiO3 ceramic by internal clamping (United States)

    Patel, Satyanarayan; Chauhan, Aditya; Kundu, Swarup; Madhar, Niyaz Ahamad; Ilahi, Bouraoui; Vaish, Rahul; Varma, K. B. R.


    This study systematically investigates the phenomenon of internal clamping in ferroelectric materials through the formation of glass-ceramic composites. Lead-free 0.715Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3-0.065BaTiO3-0.22SrTiO3 (BNT-BT-ST) bulk ferroelectric ceramic was selected for the course of investigation. 3BaO - 3TiO2 - B2O3 (BTBO) glass was then incorporated systematically to create sintered samples containing 0%, 2%, 4% and 6% glass (by weight). Upon glass induction features like remnant polarization, saturation polarization, hysteresis losses and coercive field could be varied as a function of glass content. Such effects were observed to benefit derived applications like enhanced energy storage density ˜174 kJ/m3 to ˜203 kJ/m3 and pyroelectric coefficient 5.7x10-4 Cm-2K-1 to 6.8x10-4 Cm-2K-1 by incorporation of 4% glass. Additionally, BNT-BT-ST depolarization temperature decreased from 457K to 431K by addition of 4% glass content. Glass incorporation could systematically increases diffuse phase transition and relaxor behavior temperature range from 70 K to 81K and 20K to 34 K, respectively when 6% and 4% glass content is added which indicates addition of glass provides better temperature stability. The most promising feature was observed to be that of dielectric response tuning. It can be also used to control (to an extent) the dielectric behavior of the host ceramic. Dielectric permittivity and losses decreased from 1278 to 705 and 0.109 to 0.107 for 6% glass, at room temperature. However this reduction in dielectric constant and loss increases pyroelectric figures of merit (FOMs) for high voltage responsivity (Fv) high detectivity (Fd) and energy harvesting (Fe) from 0.018 to 0.037 m2C-1, 5.89 to 8.85 μPa-1/2 and 28.71 to 61.55 Jm-3K-2, respectively for 4% added ceramic-glass at room temperature. Such findings can have huge implications in the field of tailoring ferroelectric response for application specific requirements.

  18. Systematic Sub-Micron Na/Ca Banding in Orbulina universa and bilobata (United States)

    Bonnin, E. A.; Zhu, Z.; Spero, H. J.; Hoenisch, B.; Russell, A. D.; Fehrenbacher, J. S.; Gagnon, A. C.


    Mg/Ca ratios in planktic foraminifera are used widely as a proxy for past sea-surface temperatures. However, over the last decade, it has become clear that these ratios are not constant throughout the shell. Instead these ratios vary systematically by several fold between day and night independent of temperature, a phenomenon that has yet to be explained mechanistically. Determining whether elements other than Mg also exhibit sub-micron banding is essential to properly interpret Me/Ca-based paleoproxies and could help constrain the mechanisms causing Me/Ca variability. Using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), an isotope mapping technique with a spatial resolution of roughly 200 nm, we discovered systematic Na/Ca banding in individuals of the symbiont-bearing planktic foraminifer Orbulina universa that had been cultured at constant temperature. Using stable-isotope time stamps, we show that this Na/Ca banding varies inversely with Mg/Ca, with high Na/Ca during the day and low Na/Ca at night for most individuals. Using a combination of analytical models and complementary instrumental techniques, we test whether these patterns can be explained by various ion transport processes. In addition to this Na/Ca banding pattern, there is a distinct region of both high Mg/Ca and high Na/Ca at the location of the primary organic membrane. This POM signature may be a useful way to map organic layers in foraminifera, a method we tested in bilobata, a rare morphotype of O. universa that develops a secondary sphere. Mapping Na/Ca and Mg/Ca in bilobata, we show that an additional organic layer is required during secondary sphere growth and that mineralization occurs over both spheres when this additional quasi-chamber forms. Applying ToF-SIMS and our new understanding of Na/Ca heterogeneity to bilobata is a first step towards connecting the extensive geochemical knowledge developed in O. universa to the multi-chambered species used in paleoceanography.

  19. The efficiency and stability of bubble formation by acoustic vaporization of submicron perfluorocarbon droplets

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    Reznik, Nikita; Shpak, O.; Gelderblom, E.C.; Williams, Ross; de Jong, N.; Versluis, Andreas Michel; Burns, Peter N.


    Submicron droplets of liquid perfluorocarbon converted into microbubbles with applied ultrasound have been studied, for a number of years, as potential next generation extravascular ultrasound contrast agents. In this work, we conduct an initial ultra-high-speed optical imaging study to examine the

  20. Analysis and Design of Monolithic Inductors in Sub-micron CMOS

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    Fallesen, Carsten; Jørgensen, Allan


    In the last few years the CMOS processes have gone into deep sub-micron channel lengths. This means that it is now possible to make GHz applications in CMOS. In analog GHz applications it is often necessary to have access to inductors. This report describes the development of a physical model of ...

  1. Submicron organic nanofiber devices with different anode-cathode materials: A simple approach

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    Henrichsen, Henrik Hartmann; Sturm, Heinz; Bøggild, Peter


    The authors present a simple general method for simultaneously producing tens of submicron electrode gaps with different cathode and anode materials on top of nanofibers, nanowires, and nanotubes, with an optional gap size variation. Using this method, an ensemble of para-hexaphenylene (p6P...

  2. A Comprehensive Evaluation of Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NanoSight) for Characterization of Proteinaceous Submicron Particles

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    Tian, X.; Nejadnik, M.R.; Baunsgaard, D.; Henriksen, A.; Rischel, C.; Jiskoot, W.


    Nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA) has attracted great interest for application in the field of submicron particle characterization for biopharmaceuticals. It has the virtue of direct sample visualization and particle-by-particle tracking, but the complexity of method development has limited its

  3. Mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine for the production of submicron lignocellulose fibrils (United States)

    Ingrid Hoeger; Rolland Gleisner; Jose Negron; Orlando J. Rojas; J. Y. Zhu


    The elevated levels of tree mortality attributed to mountain pine beetle (MPB) (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) in western North American forests create forest management challenges. This investigation introduces the production of submicron or nanometer lignocellulose fibrils for value-added materials from the widely available resource represented by dead pines after...

  4. Chemical characterization and source apportionment of submicron aerosols measured in Senegal during the 2015 SHADOW campaign

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    L.-H. Rivellini


    Full Text Available The present study offers the first chemical characterization of the submicron (PM1 fraction in western Africa at a high time resolution, thanks to collocated measurements of nonrefractory (NR species with an Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM, black carbon and iron concentrations derived from absorption coefficient measurements with a 7-wavelength Aethalometer, and total PM1 determined by a TEOM-FDMS (tapered element oscillating microbalance–filtered dynamic measurement system for mass closure. The field campaign was carried out over 3 months (March to June 2015 as part of the SHADOW (SaHAran Dust Over West Africa project at a coastal site located in the outskirts of the city of Mbour, Senegal. With an averaged mass concentration of 5.4 µg m−3, levels of NR PM1 in Mbour were 3 to 10 times lower than those generally measured in urban and suburban polluted environments. Nonetheless the first half of the observation period was marked by intense but short pollution events (NR PM1 concentrations higher than 15 µg m−3, sea breeze phenomena and Saharan desert dust outbreaks (PM10 up to 900 µg m−3. During the second half of the campaign, the sampling site was mainly under the influence of marine air masses. The air masses on days under continental and sea breeze influences were dominated by organics (36–40 %, whereas sulfate particles were predominant (40 % for days under oceanic influence. Overall, measurements showed that about three-quarters of the total PM1 were explained by NR PM1, BC (black carbon and Fe (a proxy for dust concentrations, leaving approximately one-quarter for other refractory species. A mean value of 4.6 % for the Fe ∕ PM1 ratio was obtained. Source apportionment of the organic fraction, using positive matrix factorization (PMF, highlighted the impact of local combustion sources, such as traffic and residential activities, which contribute on average to 52 % of the total organic

  5. Enhanced hydrophobicity and volatility of submicron aerosols under severe emission control conditions in Beijing (United States)

    Wang, Yuying; Zhang, Fang; Li, Zhanqing


    A series of strict emission control measures were implemented in Beijing and the surrounding seven provinces to ensure good air quality during the 2015 China Victory Day parade, rendering a unique opportunity to investigate anthropogenic impact of aerosol properties. Submicron aerosol hygroscopicity and volatility were measured during and after the control period using a hygroscopic and volatile tandem differential mobility analyzer (H/V-TDMA) system. Three periods, namely, the control clean period (Clean1), the non-control clean period (Clean2), and the non-control pollution period (Pollution), were selected to study the effect of the emission control measures on aerosol hygroscopicity and volatility. Aerosol particles became more hydrophobic and volatile due to the emission control measures. The hygroscopicity parameter (κ) of 40-200 nm particles decreased by 32.0%-8.5% during the Clean1 period relative to the Clean2 period, while the volatile shrink factor (SF) of 40-300 nm particles decreased by 7.5%-10.5%. The emission controls also changed the diurnal variation patterns of both the probability density function of κ (κ-PDF) and the probability density function of SF (SF-PDF). During Clean1 the κ-PDF showed one nearly-hydrophobic (NH) mode for particles in the nucleation mode, which was likely due to the dramatic reduction in industrial emissions of inorganic trace gases. Compared to the Pollution period, particles observed during the Clean1 and Clean2 periods exhibited a more significant non-volatile (NV) mode throughout the day, suggesting a more externally-mixed state particularly for the 150 nm particles. Aerosol hygroscopicities increased as particle sizes increased, with the greatest increases seen during the Pollution period. Accordingly, the aerosol volatility became weaker (i.e., SF increased) during the Clean1 and Clean2 periods, but no apparent trend was observed during the Pollution period. Based on a correlation analysis of the number fractions

  6. Chemical characterization and source apportionment of submicron aerosols measured in Senegal during the 2015 SHADOW campaign (United States)

    Rivellini, Laura-Hélèna; Chiapello, Isabelle; Tison, Emmanuel; Fourmentin, Marc; Féron, Anaïs; Diallo, Aboubacry; N'Diaye, Thierno; Goloub, Philippe; Canonaco, Francesco; Prévôt, André Stephan Henry; Riffault, Véronique


    The present study offers the first chemical characterization of the submicron (PM1) fraction in western Africa at a high time resolution, thanks to collocated measurements of nonrefractory (NR) species with an Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM), black carbon and iron concentrations derived from absorption coefficient measurements with a 7-wavelength Aethalometer, and total PM1 determined by a TEOM-FDMS (tapered element oscillating microbalance-filtered dynamic measurement system) for mass closure. The field campaign was carried out over 3 months (March to June 2015) as part of the SHADOW (SaHAran Dust Over West Africa) project at a coastal site located in the outskirts of the city of Mbour, Senegal. With an averaged mass concentration of 5.4 µg m-3, levels of NR PM1 in Mbour were 3 to 10 times lower than those generally measured in urban and suburban polluted environments. Nonetheless the first half of the observation period was marked by intense but short pollution events (NR PM1 concentrations higher than 15 µg m-3), sea breeze phenomena and Saharan desert dust outbreaks (PM10 up to 900 µg m-3). During the second half of the campaign, the sampling site was mainly under the influence of marine air masses. The air masses on days under continental and sea breeze influences were dominated by organics (36-40 %), whereas sulfate particles were predominant (40 %) for days under oceanic influence. Overall, measurements showed that about three-quarters of the total PM1 were explained by NR PM1, BC (black carbon) and Fe (a proxy for dust) concentrations, leaving approximately one-quarter for other refractory species. A mean value of 4.6 % for the Fe / PM1 ratio was obtained. Source apportionment of the organic fraction, using positive matrix factorization (PMF), highlighted the impact of local combustion sources, such as traffic and residential activities, which contribute on average to 52 % of the total organic fraction. A new organic aerosol (OA) source

  7. Submicron Optical Lithography Utilizing A Negative Deep UV Resist MRS (United States)

    Tomioka, Hideki


    A negative deep UV resist MRS is successfully applied to 1:1 projection printings. The MRS has high resolution capability due to the absence of swelling in the developer, and resolves 1 μm patterns. Because of its intense absorption characteristics, the MRS is insensitive to variation in underlayer reflectivity, so the linewidth of the surface part of the MRS is well controlled. A further consequence is image profile variation depending on development 'conditions and resist thickness over steps. Anisotropic etching with high selectivity to resist may mitigate this effect. We are currently applying the MRS to obtain 1 pm-thick Al-Cu-Si metallization patterns realizing 1.5 μm spaces over 0.7 μm stepped substrates by the use of reactive ion etching. The MRS is reliable enough to apply to a single-layer resist process for production of 1.0 μm - 1.5 μm feature size devices. It is found that, using the MRS as a top layer for a tri-layer resist structure, 0.7 μm line and space patterns can be obtained with 1:1 deep UV projection printing. In our tri-layer resist process, the surface part of the MRS acts as a mask to etch the second thin SiO layer, which becomes the final mask pattern of the polymer bottom layer. The MRS tri-layer resist process has excellent resolution and controllability of linewidth compared with that of conventional positive resists.

  8. Influence of locational states of submicron fibers added into matrix on mechanical properties of plain-woven Carbon Fiber Composite

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    Soichiro Kumamoto; Kazuya Okubo; Toru Fujii


    The aim of this study was to show the influence of locational states of submicron fibers added into epoxy matrix on mechanical properties of modified plane-woven carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP...

  9. Moment expansion approach to calculate impact ionization rate in submicron silicon devices (United States)

    Sonoda, Ken-ichiro; Yamaji, Mitsuru; Taniguchi, Kenji; Hamaguchi, Chihiro; Dunham, Scott T.


    A method to calculate the impact ionization rate in submicron silicon devices is developed using both an average energy and an average square energy of electrons. The method consists of an impact ionization model formulated with the average energy and conservation equations for the average square energy in the framework of an energy transport model. Parameters for the transport equations are extracted in such a way that calculated moments based on these equations match Monte Carlo simulation results. The impact ionization generation rate in an n+nn+ structure calculated with this method agrees well with the results obtained from Monte Carlo simulation. The new method is also applied to a submicron n-MOSFET. The calculated distribution of the generation rate is found to be quite different from the results based on a conventional method.

  10. The surface characterisation and comparison of two potential sub-micron, sugar bulking excipients for use in low-dose, suspension formulations in metered dose inhalers. (United States)

    James, Jeff; Crean, Barry; Davies, Martyn; Toon, Richard; Jinks, Phil; Roberts, Clive J


    This study compares the surface characteristics and surface energetics of two potential bulking excipients, anhydrous sub-micron alpha-lactose and sub-micron sucrose, for use with low-dose, suspension formulations in pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs). Both sub-micron bulking excipients are processed from parent materials (alpha-lactose monohydrate/alpha-lactose monohydrate and silk grade sucrose, respectively) so the surface characteristics of each material were determined and compared. Additionally, the surface energetics and adhesive interactions between each sub-micron bulking excipient and some chosen active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in pMDI formulations were also determined. From this data, it was possible to predict the potential degree of interaction between the APIs and each sub-micron bulking excipient, thus determining suitable API-excipient combinations for pMDI formulation optimisation. Salmon calcitonin was also investigated as a potential API due to the current interest in, and the potential low-dose requirements for, the pulmonary delivery of proteins. The size and morphology of each sub-micron excipient (and parent materials) were determined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the crystalline nature of each sub-micron excipient and parent material was assessed using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The surface chemistry of each sub-micron excipient was analysed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface energies of each sub-micron excipient, along with their respective parent materials and any intermediates, were determined using two techniques. The surface energies of these materials were determined via (a) single particle adhesive interactions using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and (b) 'bulk' material surface interactions using contact angle measurements (CA). From the CA data, it was possible to calculate the theoretical work of adhesion values for each API-excipient interaction using the surface component

  11. Effective Use of Focused Ion Beam (FIB) in Investigating Fundamental Mechanical Properties of Metals at the Sub-Micron Scale


    Greer, Julia R.


    Recent advances in the 2-beam focused ion beams technology (FIB) have enabled researchers to not only perform high-precision nanolithography and micro-machining, but also to apply these novel fabrication techniques to investigating a broad range of materials' properties at the submicron and nano-scales. In our work, the FIB is utilized in manufacturing of sub-micron cylinders, or nano-pillars, as well as of TEM cross-sections to directly investigate plasticity of metals at thes...

  12. Electron Beam Column Developments for Submicron- and Nanolithography (United States)

    Gesley, Mark; Abboud, Frank; Colby, Dave; Raymond, Frederick; Watson, Sterling


    Recent advances in thermal field emission (TFE) electron beam optics column design for lithography are described. Innovations include source vibration mode mapping, accelerating electron gun lens, gun arc-suppression, automated cathode pyrometer, and experimental deflection control system. Several of these column optics and system enhancements, which improve the accuracy and reliability of MEBES\\textregistered IV-TFE systems, have enabled patterning of 64 Mbit dynamic random access memory (DRAM) 5×-reduction reticles. A 13000-hour cathode lifetime has been achieved in a production environment. Automated column setups over the entire operating range with 99% success and 5 min average times are possible. Blanking at 160 MHz with 30 nm (3σ) critical dimension control is achieved. Data obtained with a new experimental deflection control method can quickly compensate stripe butting drift to high accuracy. Challenges in mask patterning for advanced applications are then considered. Several accuracy and throughput issues for advanced 5× reticles for DRAM, 1× masks, and nanolithography are discussed. Examples are given of scaling recent system data as a means of estimating future error budget components.

  13. Submicron ionography of nanostructures using a femtosecond-laser-driven-cluster-based source


    Faenov, A. Ya; Pikuz, T. A.; Fukuda, Y.(Miyagi University of Education, Department of Physics, Sendai, Japan); Kando, M; Kotaki, H.; Homma, T.; KAWASE, K; Kameshima, T.; Pirozkhov, A.; Yogo, A.; Tampo, M.; Mori, M.; Sakaki, H.; Hayashi, Y; Nakamura, T.


    An intense isotropic source of multicharged carbon and oxygen ions with energy above 300 keV and particle number >108 per shot was obtained by femtosecond Ti:Sa laser irradiation of submicron clusters. The source was employed for high-contrast contact ionography images with 600 nm spatial resolution. A variation in object thickness of 100 nm was well resolved for both Zr and polymer foils.

  14. Comprehensive investigation of the dynamics of micron and submicron lunar ejecta in heliocentric space

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    Hargrave, A.D.


    The forces which act on micron and submicron dust particles in interplanetary space are studied in detail. Particular attention is given to Mie scattering theory as it applies to the calculation of the force due to radiation pressure. All of the forces are integrated into a computer model to study the heliocentric orbits of lunar ejecta. It is shown that lunar ejecta contribute to a geocentric dust cloud, as well as to a heliocentric dust belt.

  15. Assessment of Sub-Micron Particles by Exploiting Charge Differences with Dielectrophoresis

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    Maria F. Romero-Creel


    Full Text Available The analysis, separation, and enrichment of submicron particles are critical steps in many applications, ranging from bio-sensing to disease diagnostics. Microfluidic electrokinetic techniques, such as dielectrophoresis (DEP have proved to be excellent platforms for assessment of submicron particles. DEP is the motion of polarizable particles under the presence of a non-uniform electric field. In this work, the polarization and dielectrophoretic behavior of polystyrene particles with diameters ranging for 100 nm to 1 μm were studied employing microchannels for insulator based DEP (iDEP and low frequency (<1000 Hz AC and DC electric potentials. In particular, the effects of particle surface charge, in terms of magnitude and type of functionalization, were examined. It was found that the magnitude of particle surface charge has a significant impact on the polarization and dielectrophoretic response of the particles, allowing for successful particle assessment. Traditionally, charge differences are exploited employing electrophoretic techniques and particle separation is achieved by differential migration. The present study demonstrates that differences in the particle’s surface charge can also be exploited by means of iDEP; and that distinct types of nanoparticles can be identified by their polarization and dielectrophoretic behavior. These findings open the possibility for iDEP to be employed as a technique for the analysis of submicron biological particles, where subtle differences in surface charge could allow for rapid particle identification and separation.

  16. Influence of PEG Stoichiometry on Structure-Tuned Formation of Self-Assembled Submicron Nickel Particles

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    Bingxue Pu


    Full Text Available Self-assembled submicron nickel particles were successfully synthesized via the one-step surfactant-assisted solvothermal method. The impact of surfactant and reducing agent stoichiometry is investigated in this manuscript. Different morphologies and structures of Ni particles, including flower-like nanoflakes, hydrangea-like structures, chain structures, sphere-like structures, and hollow structures were prepared through different processing conditions with two parameters such as temperature and time. Based on scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM, the submicron nickel particles show good saturation magnetization and excellent thermal stabilities with a possible growth mechanism for the variety of the structure-tuned formation. Importantly, the microwave absorption properties of the submicron nickel particles were studied. The lowest reflection loss of Ni-P9/T200/H15 with a thin layer thickness of 1.7 mm can reach −42.6 dB at 17.3 GHz.

  17. The study to reduce the hemolysis side effect of puerarin by a submicron emulsion delivery system. (United States)

    Yue, Peng-Fei; Hai-Long Yuan, Hai-Long; Zhu, Wei-Feng; Cong, Long-Bo; Xie, Huan; Liu, Zhi-Guo; Wang, Lu-Jun; Xiao, Xiao-He


    A safe and effective delivery system with a submicron emulsion for puerarin was studied. Puerarin submicron emulsion was prepared by a novel complex-phase inversion-high press homogenization technology. The mechanism to reduce the hemolysis side effect of puerarin was studied by blood cell counts in rabbits. The average diameter, zeta potential and entrapment efficiency of the emulsion prepared was 198.14+/-8.61 nm, -29.45+/-1.47 mV, 87.32+/-0.34%, respectively. Compared with control group, the red blood cell values, packed cell volume, plasma hemoglobin level, haptoglobin level and osmotic fragility of puerarin i.v. group was significantly different (pemulsion group were not significantly different (p>0.05) in contrast to control group. Such observations indicated that the intravascular hemolysis occurred at 42, 43 d in puerarin i.v. group rabbits, the hemolysis did not occur for puerarin emulsion group rabbits. As an explanation for these results, it was proposed that the puerarin was either incorporated into the lipophilic core or intercalated between the phospholipid molecules at the interface. It could be concluded that puerarin submicron emulsions prepared markedly reduced the hemolysis effect of puerarin.

  18. A flow cytometry-based submicron-sized bacterial detection system using a movable virtual wall. (United States)

    Choi, Hyoungseon; Jeon, Chang Su; Hwang, Inseong; Ko, Juhui; Lee, Saram; Choo, Jaebum; Boo, Jin-Hyo; Kim, Hee Chan; Chung, Taek Dong


    Detection of pathogenic bacteria requires a sensitive, accurate, rapid, and portable device. Given that lethal microbes are of various sizes, bacterial sensors based on DC (direct current) impedance on chips should be equipped with channels with commensurate cross sections. When it comes to counting and interrogation of individual bacteria on a microfluidic chip, very narrow channels are required, which are neither easy nor cost-effective to fabricate. Here, we report a flow cytometry-based submicron-sized bacterial detection system using a movable virtual wall made of a non-conducting fluid. We show that the effective dimension of a microfluidic channel can be adjusted by varying the respective flow rates of a sample solution as well as the liquid wall therein. Using such a virtual wall, we have successfully controlled the channel width and detected submicron-sized Francisella tularensis, a lethal, tularemia-causing bacterium. Since the system is capable of monitoring changes in DC impedance and fluorescence simultaneously, we were also able to discriminate between different types of bacterial mixtures containing F. tularensis and E. coli BL21 that have different gamuts of size distributions. The proposed flow cytometry-based system represents a promising way to detect bacteria including, but not limited to, submicron-sized pathogenic microbes.

  19. Aerodynamics and deposition effects of inhaled submicron drug aerosol in airway diseases. (United States)

    Faiyazuddin, Md; Mujahid, Md; Hussain, Talib; Siddiqui, Hefazat H; Bhatnagar, Aseem; Khar, Roop K; Ahmad, Farhan J


    Particle engineering is the prime focus to improve pulmonary drug targeting with the splendor of nanomedicines. In recent years, submicron particles have emerged as prettyful candidate for improved fludisation and deposition. For effective deposition, the particle size must be in the range of 0.5-5 μm. Inhalers design for the purpose of efficient delivery of powders to lungs is again a crucial task for pulmonary scientists. A huge number of DPI devices exist in the market, a significant number are awaiting FDA approval, some are under development and a large number have been patented or applied for patent. Even with superior design, the delivery competence is still deprived, mostly due to fluidisation problems which cause poor aerosol generation and deposition. Because of the cohesive nature and poor flow characteristics, they are difficult to redisperse upon aerosolization with breath. These problems are illustrious in aerosol research, much of which is vastly pertinent to pulmonary therapeutics. A technical review is presented here of advances that have been utilized in production of submicron drug particles, their in vitro/in vivo evaluations, aerosol effects and pulmonary fate of inhaled submicron powders.

  20. Evaluating model parameterizations of submicron aerosol scattering and absorption with in situ data from ARCTAS 2008

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    M. J. Alvarado


    Full Text Available Accurate modeling of the scattering and absorption of ultraviolet and visible radiation by aerosols is essential for accurate simulations of atmospheric chemistry and climate. Closure studies using in situ measurements of aerosol scattering and absorption can be used to evaluate and improve models of aerosol optical properties without interference from model errors in aerosol emissions, transport, chemistry, or deposition rates. Here we evaluate the ability of four externally mixed, fixed size distribution parameterizations used in global models to simulate submicron aerosol scattering and absorption at three wavelengths using in situ data gathered during the 2008 Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites (ARCTAS campaign. The four models are the NASA Global Modeling Initiative (GMI Combo model, GEOS-Chem v9-02, the baseline configuration of a version of GEOS-Chem with online radiative transfer calculations (called GC-RT, and the Optical Properties of Aerosol and Clouds (OPAC v3.1 package. We also use the ARCTAS data to perform the first evaluation of the ability of the Aerosol Simulation Program (ASP v2.1 to simulate submicron aerosol scattering and absorption when in situ data on the aerosol size distribution are used, and examine the impact of different mixing rules for black carbon (BC on the results. We find that the GMI model tends to overestimate submicron scattering and absorption at shorter wavelengths by 10–23 %, and that GMI has smaller absolute mean biases for submicron absorption than OPAC v3.1, GEOS-Chem v9-02, or GC-RT. However, the changes to the density and refractive index of BC in GC-RT improve the simulation of submicron aerosol absorption at all wavelengths relative to GEOS-Chem v9-02. Adding a variable size distribution, as in ASP v2.1, improves model performance for scattering but not for absorption, likely due to the assumption in ASP v2.1 that BC is present at a constant mass

  1. A Facile Method for Separating and Enriching Nano and Submicron Particles from Titanium Dioxide Found in Food and Pharmaceutical Products. (United States)

    Faust, James J; Doudrick, Kyle; Yang, Yu; Capco, David G; Westerhoff, Paul


    Recent studies indicate the presence of nano-scale titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an additive in human foodstuffs, but a practical protocol to isolate and separate nano-fractions from soluble foodstuffs as a source of material remains elusive. As such, we developed a method for separating the nano and submicron fractions found in commercial-grade TiO2 (E171) and E171 extracted from soluble foodstuffs and pharmaceutical products (e.g., chewing gum, pain reliever, and allergy medicine). Primary particle analysis of commercial-grade E171 indicated that 54% of particles were nano-sized (i.e., particle analysis of five consumer goods intended to be ingested revealed differences in the percent of nano-sized particles from 32%‒58%. Separation and enrichment of nano- and submicron-sized particles from commercial-grade E171 and E171 isolated from foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals was accomplished using rate-zonal centrifugation. Commercial-grade E171 was separated into nano- and submicron-enriched fractions consisting of a nano:submicron fraction of approximately 0.45:1 and 3.2:1, respectively. E171 extracted from gum had nano:submicron fractions of 1.4:1 and 0.19:1 for nano- and submicron-enriched, respectively. We show a difference in particle adhesion to the cell surface, which was found to be dependent on particle size and epithelial orientation. Finally, we provide evidence that E171 particles are not immediately cytotoxic to the Caco-2 human intestinal epithelium model. These data suggest that this separation method is appropriate for studies interested in isolating the nano-sized particle fraction taken directly from consumer products, in order to study separately the effects of nano and submicron particles.

  2. Influence of locational states of submicron fibers added into matrix on mechanical properties of plain-woven Carbon Fiber Composite (United States)

    Kumamoto, Soichiro; Okubo, Kazuya; Fujii, Toru


    The aim of this study was to show the influence of locational states of submicron fibers added into epoxy matrix on mechanical properties of modified plane-woven carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). To change the locational states of submicron fibers, two kinds of fabrication processes were applied in preparing specimen by hand lay-up method. Submicron fibers were simply added into epoxy resin with ethanol after they were stirred by a dispersion process using homogenizer to be located far from the interface between reinforcement and matrix. In contrast, submicron fibers were attached onto the carbon fibers by injecting from a spray nozzle accompanying with ethanol to be located near the interface, after they were tentatively contained in ethanol. The plain-woven CFRP plates were fabricated by hand lay-up method and cured at 80 degree-C for 1 hour and then at 150 degree-C for 3 hours. After curing, the plain-woven CFRP plates were cut into the dimension of specimen. Tensile shear strength and Mode-II fracture toughness of CFRP were determined by tensile lap-shear test and End-notched flexure(ENF) test, respectively. When submicron fibers were located far from the interface between carbon fibers and epoxy resin, tensile shear strength and Mode-II fracture toughness of CFRP were improved 30% and 18% compared with those of unmodified case. The improvement ratio in modified case was rather low (about few percentages) in the case where submicron fibers were located near the interface. The result suggested that crack propagation should be prevented when submicron fibers were existed far from the interface due to the effective stress state around the crack tip.

  3. Influence of locational states of submicron fibers added into matrix on mechanical properties of plain-woven Carbon Fiber Composite

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    Kumamoto Soichiro


    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to show the influence of locational states of submicron fibers added into epoxy matrix on mechanical properties of modified plane-woven carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP. To change the locational states of submicron fibers, two kinds of fabrication processes were applied in preparing specimen by hand lay-up method. Submicron fibers were simply added into epoxy resin with ethanol after they were stirred by a dispersion process using homogenizer to be located far from the interface between reinforcement and matrix. In contrast, submicron fibers were attached onto the carbon fibers by injecting from a spray nozzle accompanying with ethanol to be located near the interface, after they were tentatively contained in ethanol. The plain-woven CFRP plates were fabricated by hand lay-up method and cured at 80 degree-C for 1 hour and then at 150 degree-C for 3 hours. After curing, the plain-woven CFRP plates were cut into the dimension of specimen. Tensile shear strength and Mode-II fracture toughness of CFRP were determined by tensile lap-shear test and End-notched flexure(ENF test, respectively. When submicron fibers were located far from the interface between carbon fibers and epoxy resin, tensile shear strength and Mode-II fracture toughness of CFRP were improved 30% and 18% compared with those of unmodified case. The improvement ratio in modified case was rather low (about few percentages in the case where submicron fibers were located near the interface. The result suggested that crack propagation should be prevented when submicron fibers were existed far from the interface due to the effective stress state around the crack tip.

  4. [Nasal submicron emulsion of Scutellariae Radix extract preparation technology research based on phase transfer of solute technology]. (United States)

    Shi, Ya-jun; Shi, Jun-hui; Chen, Shi-bin; Yang, Ming


    Based on the demand of nasal drug delivery high drug loadings, using the unique phase transfer of solute, integrating the phospholipid complex preparation and submicron emulsion molding process of Scutellariae Radix extract, the study obtained the preparation of the high drug loadings submicron emulsion of Scutellariae Radix extract. In the study of drug solution dispersion method, the uniformity of drug dispersed as the evaluation index, the traditional mixing method, grinding, homogenate and solute phase transfer technology were investigated, and the solute phase transfer technology was adopted in the last. With the adoption of new technology, the drug loading capacity reached 1.33% (phospholipid complex was 4%). The drug loading capacity was improved significantly. The transfer of solute method and timing were studied as follows,join the oil phase when the volume of phospholipid complex anhydrous ethanol solution remaining 30%, the solute phase transfer was completed with the continued recycling of anhydrous ethanol. After drug dissolved away to oil phase, the preparation technology of colostrum was determined with the evaluation index of emulsion droplet form. The particle size of submicron emulsion, PDI and stability parameters were used as evaluation index, orthogonal methodology were adopted to optimize the submicron emulsion ingredient and main influential factors of high pressure homogenization technology. The optimized preparation technology of Scutellariae Radix extract nasal submicron emulsion is practical and stable.

  5. Sub-micron Cu/SSZ-13: Synthesis and application as selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts

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    Prodinger, Sebastian; Derewinski, Miroslaw A.; Wang, Yilin; Washton, Nancy M.; Walter, Eric D.; Szanyi, János; Gao, Feng; Wang, Yong; Peden, Charles H. F.


    For the first time, sub-micron Cu/SSZ-13, obtained by modifying an existing synthesis procedure, was shown to be an effective and stable catalyst for selective catalytic reduction reactions, such as NO reduction. Characterization of the materials with X-ray diffraction, N2-physisorption and 27Al MAS NMR shows that hydrothermal aging, simulating SCR reaction conditions, is more destructive in respect to dealumination for smaller particles prior to Cu-exchange. However, the catalytic performance and hydrothermal stability for Cu/SSZ-13 is independent of the particle size. In particular, the stability of tetrahedral framework Al is improved in the sub-micron Cu/SSZ-13 catalysts of comparable Cu loading. This indicates that variations in the Al distribution for different SSZ-13 synthesis procedures have a more critical influence on stabilizing isolated Cu-ions during harsh hydrothermal aging than the particle size. This study is of high interest for applications in vehicular DeNOx technologies where high loadings of active species on wash coats can be achieved by using sub-micron Cu/SSZ-13. The authors would like to thank B. W. Arey and J. J. Ditto for performing electron microscope imaging. The authors gratefully acknowledge the US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Vehicle Technologies Office for the support of this work. S. P and M. A. D also acknowledge support by the Materials Synthesis and Simulation Across Scales (MS3 Initiative) conducted under the Laboratory Directed Research & Development Program at PNNL. The research described in this paper was performed in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the DOE’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is operated for the US DOE by Battelle.

  6. A novel inlet system for online chemical analysis of semi-volatile submicron particulate matter (United States)

    Eichler, P.; Müller, M.; D'Anna, B.; Wisthaler, A.


    We herein present a novel modular inlet system designed to be coupled to low-pressure gas analyzers for online chemical characterization of semi-volatile submicron particles. The "chemical analysis of aerosol online" (CHARON) inlet consists of a gas-phase denuder for stripping off gas-phase analytes, an aerodynamic lens for particle collimation combined with an inertial sampler for the particle-enriched flow and a thermodesorption unit for particle volatilization prior to chemical analysis. The denuder was measured to remove gas-phase organics with an efficiency > 99.999% and to transmit particles in the 100-750 nm size range with a 75-90% efficiency. The measured average particle enrichment factor in the subsampling flow from the aerodynamic lens was 25.6, which is a factor of 3 lower than the calculated theoretical optimum. We coupled the CHARON inlet to a proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PTR-ToF-MS) which quantitatively detects most organic analytes and ammonia. The combined CHARON-PTR-ToF-MS setup is thus capable of measuring both the organic and the ammonium fraction in submicron particles in real time. Individual organic compounds can be detected down to levels of 10-20 ng m-3. Two proof-of-principle studies were carried out for demonstrating the analytical power of this new instrumental setup: (i) oxygenated organics and their partitioning between the gas and the particulate phase were observed from the reaction of limonene with ozone and (ii) nicotine was measured in cigarette smoke particles demonstrating that selected organic target compounds can be detected in submicron particles in real time.

  7. Optical Response to Submicron Digital Elements Simulated by FDTD Wavelets with Refractive Impulse

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    Antony J. Bourdillon


    Full Text Available Accurate simulation from digital, submicron, optical elements is obtained by finite difference time domain (FDTD results that are phase analyzed as sources for Huygens wavelets on fine scales much shorter than the wavelength used. Results, from the MIT electromagnetic evaluation program, are renormalized by a method here called “refractive impulse.” This is valid for polarized responses from digital diffractive and focusing optics. The method is employed with plane wave incidence at any angle or with diverging or converging beams. It is more systematic, more versatile, and more accurate than commercial substitutes.

  8. Reduced impact of induced gate noise on inductively degenerated LNAs in deep submicron CMOS technologies

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    Rossi, P.; Svelto, F.; Mazzanti, A.


    Designers of radio-frequency inductively-degenerated CMOS low-noise-amplifiers have usually not followed the guidelines for achieving minimum noise figure. Nonetheless, state-of-the- art implementations display noise figure values very close to the theoretical minimum. In this paper, we point out...... that this is due to the effect of the parasitic overlap capacitances in the MOS device. In particular, we show that overlap capacitances lead to a significant induced-gate-noise reduction, especially when deep sub-micron CMOS processes are used....

  9. Note: Aligned deposition and modal characterization of micron and submicron poly(methyl methacyrlate) fiber cantilevers. (United States)

    Nain, Amrinder S; Filiz, Sinan; Ozdoganlar, O Burak; Sitti, Metin; Amon, Cristina


    Polymeric micro-/nanofibers are finding increasing use as sensors for novel applications. Here, we demonstrate the ability to deposit an array of poly(methyl methacyrlate) fibers with micron and submicron diameters in aligned configurations on customized piezoelectric shakers. Using lateral motion of an atomic force microscope tip, fibers are broken to obtain fiber cantilevers of high aspect ratio (length/diameter > 20). The resonant frequencies of fabricated microfiber cantilevers are experimentally measured using a laser Doppler vibrometer. An average Young's modulus of 3.5 GPa and quality factor of 20 were estimated from the experimentally obtained frequency responses.

  10. Pressing Induced Polymorphic Phase Transition in Submicron-Sized Gamma-Hmx (United States)

    Lee, K.-Y.; Moore, D. S.


    Using Raman spectroscopy, a novel submicron-sized HMX (sm-HMX) was determined to be both the gamma polymorph and stable with respect to conversion to beta-HMX under ambient conditions for at least a year. Pressing of sm-HMX powder in a small diameter pellet press at pressures from 10,000 psi to 31,000 psi and 1 to 5 minute hold times was found to promote the gamma to beta polymorphic phase transition. The fraction converted and rate of conversion versus time after pellet removal from the press, measured using Raman spectroscopy, fit a sigmoidal curve, indicating nucleation and growth as a possible polymorphic transition mechanism.

  11. Bloch-wave engineered submicron-diameter quantum-dot micropillars for cavity QED experiments

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    Gregersen, Niels; Lermer, Matthias; Reitzenstein, Stephan


    The semiconductor micropillar is attractive for cavity QED experiments. For strong coupling, the figure of merit is proportional to Q/√V, and a design combining a high Q and a low mode volume V is thus desired. However, for the standard submicron diameter design, poor mode matching between the ca...... the cavity and the DBR Bloch mode limits the Q. We present a novel adiabatic design where Bloch-wave engineering is employed to improve the mode matching, allowing the demonstration of a record-high vacuum Rabi splitting of 85 μeV and a Q of 13600 for a 850 nm diameter micropillar....

  12. Submicron/nano-structured icephobic surfaces made from fluorinated polymethylsiloxane and octavinyl-POSS

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    Li, Yancai; Luo, Chenghao; Li, Xiaohui; Zhang, Kaiqiang; Zhao, Yunhui; Zhu, Kongying; Yuan, Xiaoyan, E-mail:


    Graphical abstract: The submicron/nano-structured morphology induced by OVPOSS has a strong effect on ice attachment. The OVPOSS particles aggregated on the top surface could decrease the ice adhesion strength. - Highlights: • Fluorinated hybrid films were fabricated from PMHS–xFMA and OVPOSS. • The hybrid films presented icephobic surfaces in submicron/nano-structure. • PMHS–17FMA could enhance hydrophobicity rather than icephobic properties. • Proper OVPOSS content (10–15 wt%) favored reducing the ice adhesion strength. • Rougher surface morphology (R{sub q} > 90 nm) was benefit for repelling water droplets. - Abstract: Fluorinated hybrid films composed of fluorinated polymethylsiloxane (PMHS–xFMA, x = 6, 13, 17) and octavinyl-polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (OVPOSS) were prepared for icephobic applications. PMHS–xFMA with diverse fluorinated side groups were synthesized via hydrosilylation of polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) with fluorinated methacrylate (xFMA), i.e., hexafluorobutyl methacrylate (6FMA), tridecafluorooctyl methacrylate (13FMA) and heptadecafluorodecyl methacrylate (17FMA), respectively. Characterizations of atomic force microscope and scanning electron microscope indicated that surfaces of the hybrid films consisted of submicron/nano-scaled OVPOSS aggregates, and the root-mean-square roughness (S{sub q}) could vary from 42.6 nm to 145.2 nm with various OVPOSS content (5–20 wt%). Wettability measurements of the prepared films demonstrated that the relatively longer fluorinated side groups in PMHS–17FMA were beneficial for decreasing surface energy and enhancing hydrophobic properties. However, the fluorinated hybrid films with PMHS–17FMA presented higher ice shear strengths due to the stronger interfacial interactions between the film surface and ice/water. The film prepared by PMHS–13FMA and 10 wt% of OVPOSS with proper roughness (90.2 nm) performed the lowest ice shear strength (188.2 ± 13.4 kPa) among all the

  13. An Empirical Algorithm for Power Analysis in Deep Submicron Electronic Designs

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    May Huang


    Full Text Available An empirical algorithm applied to logic level power analysis in deep submicron VLSI designs is introduced in the paper. The method explores a static analysis strategy using unit functions to represent signal transitions. It can be extended to the use of a Register Transfer Level (RTL power analysis after RTL codes are translated to Boolean equations. A new method for representing state-dependent power models is also introduced in the paper to reduce the complexity of power modeling and to improve the performance of power analysis. The modeling method supports not only the empirical power analysis, but also general simulation-based power analysis methods.

  14. Enhancement in electrical conductivity of pastes containing submicron Ag-coated Cu filler with palmitic acid surface modification (United States)

    Choi, Eun Byeol; Lee, Jong-Hyun


    The fabrication and applied use of submicron Ag-coated Cu (Cu@Ag) particles as a filler material for epoxy-based conductive pastes having the advantages of a lower material cost and antioxidation behavior were studied. Submicron Cu@Ag particles were successfully prepared and surface-modified using palmitic acid. Diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy and thermogravimetric differential scanning calorimetry results indicated the formation of an organic layer by the chemical interaction between the Cu@Ag surface and palmitic acid and the survival of the organic layer after treatment at 160 °C for 3 h in air. The printed pastes containing both commercial micron Cu@Ag flakes and the fabricated submicron Cu@Ag particles showed a greatly reduced electrical resistivity (4.68 × 10-4 Ω cm) after surface modification compared to an initial value of 1.85 × 10-3 Ω cm when cured.

  15. Airborne studies of submicron aerosol in the troposphere over West Siberia

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    Panchenko, M.V.; Zuev, V.E.; Belan, B.D.; Terpugova, S.A. [Institute of Atmospheric Optics, Tomsk (Russian Federation)


    Submicron fraction particles that have the longest lifespan and are included in almost all atmospheric processes are of special importance among the great variety of sizes of particles present in the atmosphere. Submicron particles mainly determine the opticle state of the atmosphere in the visible spectral range, essentially cause the absorption of infrared radiation and, since they are the products and participants in all aerosol-to-gas transformations, accumulate of a lot of various chemical compounds and transfer them to large distances. Investigation of the processes of the spatial-temporal variability of aerosol particles for different climatic zones of the earth is the experimental base for studying their effect on climatically and ecologically significant factors and estimating their unfavorable tendencies. The increasing anthropogenic loading of the earth`s atmosphere is creating an urgency for aerosol research. Regardless of how perfect the analytical and numerical methods of solving radiation problems may be, success in forecasting climatic change is mainly determined by the reliability of the experimental data on optical parameters of the atmosphere and of the description of their variability under the effect of external factors.

  16. Preparation of superhard cubic boron nitride sintered from commercially available submicron powders (United States)

    Liu, Teng; Kou, Zili; Lu, Jingrui; Yan, Xiaozhi; Liu, Fangming; Li, Xin; Ding, Wei; Liu, Jin; Zhang, Qiang; Wang, Qiang; Ma, Dejiang; Lei, Li; He, Duanwei


    Using submicron cubic boron nitride (cBN) powder as a starting material, polycrystalline cBN (PcBN) samples without additives were sintered from 8.0-14.0 GPa at 1750 °C, and their sintering behaviour and mechanical properties were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that high-density nanotwins could be generated from common submicron cBN grains during high pressure and high temperature treatment. The dislocation glide and (111) mechanical micro-twinning are the main mechanisms that underlie plastic deformation in the sintering process, and this contributes to the grain refinement. A refinement in the grain size (˜120 nm), micro-defect (nanotwin and stacking faults), and strong covalent bonding between the grains are crucial for improving the sample mechanical properties. The PcBN sintered at 11.0 GPa/1750 °C possessed outstanding mechanical properties, including a high Vickers hardness (˜72 GPa), fracture toughness (˜12.4 MPam1/2), and thermal stability (˜1273 °C in air).

  17. Laser smoothing of sub-micron grooves in hydroxyl-rich fused silica

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    Shen Nan [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, L-491, Livermore, CA 94550-9234 (United States); Matthews, Manyalibo J., E-mail: [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, L-491, Livermore, CA 94550-9234 (United States); Fair, James E.; Britten, Jerald A.; Nguyen, Hoang T.; Cooke, Diane; Elhadj, Selim; Yang, Steven T. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, L-491, Livermore, CA 94550-9234 (United States)


    Nano- to micrometer-sized surface defects on UV-grade fused silica surfaces are known to be effectively smoothed through the use of high-temperature localized CO{sub 2} laser heating, thereby enhancing optical properties. However, the details of the mass transport and the effect of hydroxyl content on the laser smoothing of defective silica at sub-micron length scales are still not completely understood. In this study, we examine the morphological evolution of sub-micron, dry-etched periodic surface structures on type II and type III SiO{sub 2} substrates under 10.6 {mu}m CO{sub 2} laser irradiation using atomic force microscopy (AFM). In situ thermal imaging was used to map the transient temperature field across the heated region, allowing assessment of the T-dependent mass transport mechanisms under different laser-heating conditions. Computational fluid dynamics simulations correlated well with experimental results, and showed that for large effective capillary numbers (N{sub c} > 2), surface diffusion is negligible and smoothing is dictated by capillary action, despite the relatively small spatial scales studied here. Extracted viscosity values over 1700-2000 K were higher than the predicted bulk values, but were consistent with the surface depletion of OH groups, which was confirmed using confocal Raman microscopy.

  18. Single Mode ZnO Whispering-Gallery Submicron Cavity and Graphene Improved Lasing Performance. (United States)

    Li, Jitao; Lin, Yi; Lu, Junfeng; Xu, Chunxiang; Wang, Yueyue; Shi, Zengliang; Dai, Jun


    Single-mode ultraviolet (UV) laser of ZnO is still in challenge so far, although it has been paid great attention along the past decades. In this work, single-mode lasing resonance was realized in a submicron-sized ZnO rod based on serially varying the dimension of the whispering-gallery mode (WGM) cavities. The lasing performance, such as the lasing quality factor (Q) and the lasing intensity, was remarkably improved by facilely covering monolayer graphene on the ZnO submicron-rod. The mode structure evolution from multimodes to single-mode was investigated systematically based on the total internal-wall reflection of the ZnO microcavities. Graphene-induced optical field confinement and lasing emission enhancement were revealed, indicating an energy coupling between graphene SP and ZnO exciton emission. This result demonstrated the response of graphene in the UV wavelength region and extended its potential applications besides many previous reports on the multifunctional graphene/semiconductor hybrid materials and devices in advanced electronics and optoelectronics areas.

  19. Submicron polycaprolactone particles as a carrier for imaging contrast agent for in vitro applications. (United States)

    Iqbal, Muhammad; Robin, Sophie; Humbert, Philippe; Viennet, Céline; Agusti, Geraldine; Fessi, Hatem; Elaissari, Abdelhamid


    Fluorescent materials have recently attracted considerable attention due to their unique properties and high performance as imaging agent in biomedical fields. Different imaging agents have been encapsulated in order to restrict its delivery to a specific area. In this study, a fluorescent contrast agent was encapsulated for in vitro application by polycaprolactone (PCL) polymer. The encapsulation was performed using modified double emulsion solvent evaporation technique with sonication. Fluorescent nanoparticles (20 nm) were incorporated in the inner aqueous phase of double emulsion. A number of samples were fabricated using different concentrations of fluorescent contrast agent. The contrast agent-containing submicron particle was characterized by a zetasizer for average particle size, SEM and TEM for morphology observations and fluorescence spectrophotometer for encapsulation efficiency. Moreover, contrast agent distribution in the PCL matrix was determined by confocal microscopy. The incorporation of contrast agent in different concentrations did not affect the physicochemical properties of PCL particles and the average size of encapsulated particles was found to be in the submicron range. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Laser smoothing of sub-micron grooves in hydroxyl-rich fused silica

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    Shen, N; Matthews, M J; Fair, J E; Britten, J A; Nguyen, H T; Cooke, D; Elhadj, S; Yang, S T


    Nano- to micrometer-sized surface defects on UV-grade fused silica surfaces are known to be effectively smoothed through the use of high-temperature localized CO{sub 2} laser heating, thereby enhancing optical properties. However, the details of the mass transport and the effect of hydroxyl content on the laser smoothing of defective silica at submicron length scales is still not completely understood. In this study, we examine the morphological evolution of sub-micron, dry-etched periodic surface structures on type II and type III SiO{sub 2} substrates under 10.6 {micro}m CO{sub 2} laser irradiation using atomic force microscopy (AFM). In-situ thermal imaging was used to map the transient temperature field across the heated region, allowing assessment of the T-dependent mass transport mechanisms under different laser-heating conditions. Computational fluid dynamics simulations correlated well with experimental results, and showed that for large effective capillary numbers (N{sub c} > 2), surface diffusion is negligible and smoothing is dictated by capillary action, despite the relatively small spatial scales studied here. Extracted viscosity values over 1700-2000K were higher than the predicted bulk values, but were consistent with the surface depletion of OH groups, which was confirmed using confocal Raman microscopy.

  1. Accurate submicron edge detection using the phase change of a nano-scale shifting laser spot (United States)

    Hai, Hoang Hong; Chen, Liang-Chia; Nguyen, Duc Trung; Lin, Shyh-Tsong; Yeh, Sheng Lih; Yao, Ying


    Accurate edge detection with lateral super-resolution has been a critical issue in optical measurement because of the barrier imposed by the optical diffraction limit. In this study, a diffraction model that applies scalar diffraction theory of Fresnel-Kirchhoff is developed to simulate phase variance and distribution along edge location. Edge position is detected based on the phase variation that occurs on the edge with a surface step-height jump. To detect accurate edge positioning beyond the optical diffraction limit, a nanopositioning stage is used to scan the super steep edge of a single-edge and multi-edges submicron grating with nano-scale, and its phase distribution is captured. Model simulation is performed to confirm the phase-shifting phenomenon of the edge. A phase-shifting detection algorithm is developed to spatially detect the edge when a finite step scanning with a pitch of several tenth nanometers is used. A 180 nm deviation can occur during detection when the step height of the detecting edge varies, or the detecting laser spot covers more than one edge. Preliminary experimental results show that for the edge detection of the submicron line width of the grating, the standard deviation of the optical phase difference detection measurement is 38 nm. This technique provides a feasible means to achieve optical super-resolution on micro-grating measurement.

  2. Surfactant-assisted solvothermal synthesis of pure nickel submicron spheres with microwave-absorbing properties (United States)

    Guo, Heng; Pu, Bingxue; Chen, Haiyuan; Yang, Jin; Zhou, Yajun; Yang, Jian; Bismark, Boateng; Li, Handong; Niu, Xiaobin


    Pure metallic nickel submicron spheres (Ni-SSs), flower-like nickel nanoflakes, and hollow micrometer-sized nickel spheres/tubes were controllably synthesized by a facile and efficient one-step solvothermal method with no reducing agent. The characteristics of these nickel nanostructures include morphology, structure, and purification. Possible synthesis mechanisms were discussed in detail. The resultant Ni-SSs had a wide diameter distribution of 200~800 nm through the aggregation of small nickel nanocrystals. The ferromagnetic behaviors of Ni-SSs investigated at room temperature showed high coercivity values. Furthermore, the microwave absorption properties of magnetic Ni-SSs were studied in the frequency range of 0.5-18.0 GHz. The minimum reflection loss reached -17.9 dB at 17.8 GHz with a thin absorption thickness of 1.2 mm, suggesting that the submicron spherical structures could exhibit excellent microwave absorption properties. More importantly, this one-pot synthesize route provides a universal and convenient way for preparation of larger scale pure Ni-SSs, showing excellent microwave absorption properties.

  3. Optimizing a manufacturing submicron CMOS process for low-voltage applications (United States)

    Ma, Jun; Cheng, Sunny; Pryor, Bob; Klein, Kevin


    A low threshold voltage (Vt) is desired to improve a CMOS circuit performance when operating at reduced supply voltages to save power. In this paper, a practical approach to reduce Vt for a conventional, manufacturing submicron CMOS process is presented. This `evolutionary' approach to reduce Vt is taken so as the ensure manufacturability and to reduce process cost. This is found to be useful especially before a deep-submicron or a sophisticated process targeted for low voltage application becomes available and manufacturable. Vt reduction is achieved by the integration of a thinner, in the case presented here a 105 angstroms, gate oxide into a 0.65 micrometers process. The process is then optimized to provide the device with highest current-drive while obtaining lowest Vt with acceptable subthreshold leakage with conventional front-end and back-end process. It is shown that, with the minimal changes to the 0.65 micrometers conventional manufacturing process, the Vt's for nominal n- and p-channel devices can be reduced by 20% - 30%, with more than 1.5X improvement in current drive at 3.3 V compared to devices with 150 angstroms gate oxide. The enhancement of circuit performance is demonstrated with measurements of benchmark circuits including CPU, ROM, and FSRAM, where successful operation has been obtained near IV and operating frequencies are nearly doubled at supply voltage near 1.6 V compared to conventional 0.65 micrometers process.

  4. Single-Mode Lasers Based on Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Submicron Spheres. (United States)

    Tang, Bing; Dong, Hongxing; Sun, Liaoxin; Zheng, Weihao; Wang, Qi; Sun, Fangfang; Jiang, Xiongwei; Pan, Anlian; Zhang, Long


    Single-mode laser is realized in a cesium lead halide perovskite submicron sphere at room temperature. All-inorganic cesium lead halide (CsPbX 3 , X = Cl, Br, I) microspheres with tunable sizes (0.2-10 μm) are first fabricated by a dual-source chemical vapor deposition method. Due to smooth surface and regular geometry structure of microspheres, whispering gallery resonant modes make a single-mode laser realized in a submicron sphere. Surprisingly, a single-mode laser with a very narrow line width (∼0.09 nm) was achieved successfully in the CsPbX 3 spherical cavity at low threshold (∼0.42 μJ cm -2 ) with a high cavity quality factor (∼6100), which are the best specifications of lasing modes in all natural nano/microcavities ever reported. By modulating the halide composition and sizes of the microspheres, the wavelength of a single-mode laser can be continuously tuned from red to violet (425-715 nm). This work illustrates that the well-controlled synthesis of metal cesium lead halide perovskite nano/microspheres may offer an alternative route to produce a widely tunable and greatly miniaturized single-mode laser.

  5. Development of eco-friendly submicron emulsions stabilized by a bio-derived gum. (United States)

    Pérez-Mosqueda, Luis María; Ramírez, Pablo; Trujillo-Cayado, Luis Alfonso; Santos, Jenifer; Muñoz, José


    Many traditional organic solvents are being gradually replaced by ecofriendly alternatives. D-Limonene is a terpenic (bio)-solvent that fulfils the requirements to be considered a green solvent. D-Limonene sub-micron emulsions suffer from Ostwald ripening destabilization. In this study, we examined the influence of the addition of a natural gum (rosin gum) to D-limonene in order to prevent Ostwald ripening. This contribution deals with the study of emulsions formulated with a mixture of D-limonene and rosin gum as dispersed phase and Pluronic PE9400 as emulsifier. The procedure followed for the development of these formulations was based on the application of product design principles. This led to the optimum ratio rosin gum/D-limonene and subsequently to the optimum surfactant concentration. The combination of different techniques (rheology, laser diffraction and multiple light scattering) was demonstrated to be a powerful tool to assist in the prediction of the emulsions destabilization process. Not only did the addition of rosin gum highly increase the stability of these emulsions by inhibiting the Ostwald ripening, but it also reduced the emulsions droplet size. Thus, we found that stable sub-micron D-limonene-in-water emulsions have been obtained in the range 3-6 wt% Pluronic PE-9400 by means of a single-step rotor/stator homogenizing process. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Trends and sources of ozone and sub-micron aerosols at the Mt. Bachelor Observatory during 2004-2015 (United States)

    Zhang, L.; Jaffe, D. A.; Hee, J.


    Tropospheric ozone (O3) and airborne particles have significant impacts on human health and the environment. The Mt. Bachelor Observatory (MBO, 2.8 km a.s.l.) in Central Oregon, USA, now has one of the longest continuous free tropospheric records of O3, CO and aerosols in North America. In this study, we report on sources and trends of O3 and sub-micron aerosol scattering at MBO for 2004-2015. For O3, the seasonal cycle shows a bimodal pattern with peaks in April and July, while aerosol scattering (σsp) is lognormally distributed with a very high average in August and a smaller maximum in May. Mean O3 concentrations show a positive and significant trend in all seasons except winter, with an increase of approximately 0.6 ppb/year. This trend appears to be driven by Asian pollution in spring and regional wildfires in summer. For aerosol scattering, we see a significant increase only in summer, driven by recent increases in wildfire activity in the western US. Monthly criteria for isolating free troposphere (FT) and boundary layer (BL) air masses at MBO were obtained based on comparison of MBO water vapor (WV) distributions to those of Salem (SLE) and Medford (MFR), Oregon at equivalent pressure level. In all seasons, FT O3 is, on average, higher than BL O3, but the seasonal patterns are rather similar. For σsp the mean in summer is significantly higher than the FT, indicating the importance of regional wildfire smoke. We have identified four types of air masses that impact O3, CO and aerosols: Asian long range transport (ALRT), regional wildfires, regional industrial pollution, and upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) intrusions. Over the 12 years of observations, we have identified 204 individual plume events based on the criteria of 8 consecutive polluted hours with elevated σsp, O3 or CO. Multi-pollutant correlations and backward trajectories were used to differentiate background source categories. A series of enhancement ratios (ERs) including

  7. Trends and sources of ozone and sub-micron aerosols at the Mt. Bachelor Observatory (MBO) during 2004-2015 (United States)

    Zhang, Lei; Jaffe, Daniel A.


    In this paper, we report the climatology of tropospheric ozone (O3) and sub-micron aerosol scattering at the Mt. Bachelor Observatory (MBO, 2.8 km asl) in central Oregon, USA, during 2004-2015. The seasonal cycle for O3 showed a bimodal pattern with peaks in April and July, while aerosol scattering (σsp) was lognormally distributed with a very high peak in August and a smaller peak in May. The mean O3 concentrations showed positive and significant trends in all seasons except winter, with a slope of 0.6-0.8 ppbv yr-1. Monthly criteria for isolating free tropospheric (FT) and boundary layer influenced (BLI) air masses at MBO were obtained based on comparison of MBO water vapor (WV) distributions to those of Salem (SLE) and Medford (MFR), Oregon, at equivalent pressure level. In all seasons, FT O3 was, on average, higher than BLI O3, but the seasonal patterns were rather similar. For σsp the FT mean in spring was higher, but the BLI mean in summer was significantly higher, indicating the importance of regional wildfire smoke. To better understand the causes for the seasonal and interannual trends at MBO, we identified four major categories of air masses that impact O3, carbon monoxide (CO) and aerosols: upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) O3 intrusion, Asian long-range transport (ALRT), Arctic air pollution (AAP) and plumes from the Pacific Northwest region (PNW). ALRT and PNW plumes can be further divided into wildfires (WF), industrial pollution (IP) and mineral dust (MD). Over the 12 years of observations, 177 individual plume events have been identified. Enhancement ratios (ERs) and Ångström exponents (AEs) of aerosols were calculated for all events. The lowest slope of Δσsp/ΔO3 is a unique feature of UTLS events. PNW-WF events have the highest averages for Δσsp/ΔCO, Δσsp/ΔO3 and Δσsp/ΔNOy compared to other events. These ERs decrease during long-range transport due to the shorter residence time of aerosols compared to the other

  8. The role of jet and film drops in controlling the mixing state of submicron sea spray aerosol particles

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    Wang, Xiaofei; Deane, Grant B.; Moore, Kathryn A.; Ryder, Olivia S.; Stokes, M. Dale; Beall, Charlotte M.; Collins, Douglas B.; Santander, Mitchell V.; Burrows, Susannah M.; Sultana, Camille M.; Prather, Kimberly A.


    Covering 71% of the Earth’s surface, oceans represent a significant global source of atmospheric aerosols. The size and composition of sea spray aerosols (SSA) affect their ability to serve as cloud seeds and thus understanding the factors controlling their composition is critical to predicting their impact on clouds and climate. SSA particles have been shown to be an external mixture of particles with different compositions. Film and jet drop production mechanisms ultimately determine the individual particle compositions which are comprised of an array of salt/organic mixtures ranging from pure sea salt to nearly pure organic particles. It is often assumed that the majority of submicron SSA are formed by film drops produced from bursting hydrophobic organic-rich bubble film caps at the sea surface, and in contrast, jet drops are postulated to produce larger supermicron particles from underlying seawater comprised largely of salts and water soluble organic species. However, here we show that jet drops produced by bursting sub-100 m bubbles account for up to 40 % of all submicron particles. They have distinct chemical compositions, organic volume fractions and ice nucleating activities from submicron film drops. Thus a substantial fraction of submicron particles will not necessarily be controlled by the composition of the sea surface microlayer as has been assumed in many studies. This finding has significant ramifications for the size-resolved mixing states of SSA particles which must be taken into consideration when accessing SSA impacts on clouds.

  9. A Nordic project on high speed low power design in sub-micron CMOS technology for mobile phones

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    Olesen, Ole

    This paper is a survey paper presenting the Nordic CONFRONT project and reporting some results from the group at CIE/DTU, Denmark. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of sub-micron CMOS for the realisation of RF front-end circuits operating at frequencies in the 1...

  10. Do nanofill or submicron composites show improved smoothness and gloss? A systematic review of in vitro studies

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    Kaizer, M.R.; Oliveira-Ogliari, A. de; Cenci, M.S.; Opdam, N.J.M.; Moraes, R.R.


    OBJECTIVES: Despite nanofill and submicron composites' aim to provide high initial polishing combined with superior smoothness and gloss retention, the question still remains whether clinicians should consider using these new materials over traditional microhybrids. The aim of this paper was to

  11. Submicron InP DHBT technology for high-speed high-swing mixed-signal ICs

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    Godin, Jean; Nodjiadjim, V.; Riet, Muriel


    We report on the development of a submicron InP DHBT technology, optimized for the fabrication of 50-GHz-clock mixed signal ICs. In-depth study of device geometry and structure has allowed to get the needed performances and yield. Special attention has been paid to critical thermal behavior. Vari...

  12. In situ quantitative measurement of concentration profiles in a microreactor with submicron resolution using multiplex CARS microscopy

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    Schafer, D.; Squier, J.A.; van Maarseveen, J.; Bonn, D.; Bonn, M.; Müller, M.


    In situ quantitative imaging of concentration profiles of reactants and products inside a microfluidic reactor is achieved, with submicron spatial resolution with similar to mM sensitivity and on similar to ms time scales, for a given position. The label-free approach relies on quantitative

  13. True-color 640 ppi OLED arrays patterned by CA i-line photolithography

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    Malinowski, P.E.; Ke, T.; Nakamura, A.; Chang, T.-Y.; Gokhale, P.; Steudel, S.; Janssen, D.; Kamochi, Y.; Koyama, I.; Iwai,Y.; Heremans, P.


    In this paper, side-by-side patterning of red, green and blue OLEDs is demonstrated. To achieve 640 ppi arrays with 20 µm subpixel pitch, chemically amplified, i-line photoresist system with submicron resolution was used. These results show feasibility of obtaining full-color displays with

  14. Organic solar cells with submicron-thick polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction films (United States)

    Lee, Seungsoo; Nam, Sungho; Kim, Hwajeong; Kim, Youngkyoo


    We report the viability of organic solar cells with submicron-thick bulk heterojunction films, which were fabricated by mixing poly(3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester at a solid concentration of 90 mg/ml. To elucidate the physics behind the thick film solar cells, optical transmittance and electrical characteristics were compared for film thicknesses between 520 and 1000 nm. Results showed that the device (520 nm thick film; efficiency=3.68%) exhibited similar performance to that of a control device (170 nm thick). A decreasing device performance was measured for much thicker films (efficiency=0.34% for the 1000 nm thick device).

  15. Submicron optical waveguides and microring resonators fabricated by selective oxidation of tantalum. (United States)

    Rabiei, Payam; Ma, Jichi; Khan, Saeed; Chiles, Jeff; Fathpour, Sasan


    Submicron tantalum pentoxide ridge and channel optical waveguides and microring resonators are demonstrated on silicon substrates by selective oxidation of the refractory metal, tantalum. The novel method eliminates the surface roughness problem normally introduced during dry etching of waveguide sidewalls and also simplifies fabrication of directional couplers. It is shown that the measured propagation loss is independent of the waveguide structure and thereby limited by the material loss of tantalum pentoxide in waveguides core regions. The achieved microring resonators have cross-sectional dimensions of ~600 nm × ~500 nm, diameters as small as 80 µm with a quality, Q, factor of 4.5 × 10(4), and a finesse of 120.

  16. Stochastic process variation in deep-submicron CMOS circuits and algorithms

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    Zjajo, Amir


    One of the most notable features of nanometer scale CMOS technology is the increasing magnitude of variability of the key device parameters affecting performance of integrated circuits. The growth of variability can be attributed to multiple factors, including the difficulty of manufacturing control, the emergence of new systematic variation-generating mechanisms, and most importantly, the increase in atomic-scale randomness, where device operation must be described as a stochastic process. In addition to wide-sense stationary stochastic device variability and temperature variation, existence of non-stationary stochastic electrical noise associated with fundamental processes in integrated-circuit devices represents an elementary limit on the performance of electronic circuits. In an attempt to address these issues, Stochastic Process Variation in Deep-Submicron CMOS: Circuits and Algorithms offers unique combination of mathematical treatment of random process variation, electrical noise and temperature and ne...

  17. High Proportions of Sub-micron Particulate Matter in Icelandic Dust Storms in 2015 (United States)

    Dagsson Waldhauserova, Pavla; Arnalds, Olafur; Olafsson, Haraldur; Magnusdottir, Agnes


    Iceland is extremely active dust region and desert areas of over 44,000 km2 acknowledge Iceland as the largest Arctic and European desert. Frequent dust events, up to 135 dust days annually, transport dust particles far distances towards the Arctic and Europe. Satellite MODIS pictures have revealed dust plumes exceeding 1,000 km. The annual dust deposition was calculated as 40.1 million tons yr-1. Two dust storms were measured in transverse horizontal profile about 90 km far from different dust sources in southwestern Iceland in the summer of 2015. Aerosol monitor DustTrak DRX 8533EP was used to measure PM mass concentrations corresponding to PM1, PM2.5, PM4, PM10 and the total PM15 at several places within the dust plume. Images from camera network operated by the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration were used to estimate the visibility and spatial extent of measured dust events. A numerical simulation of surface winds was carried out with the numerical model HIRLAM with horizontal resolution of 5 km and used to calculate the total dust flux from the sources. The in situ measurements inside the dust plumes showed that aeolian dust can be very fine. The study highlights that suspended volcanic dust in Iceland causes air pollution with extremely high PM1 concentrations comparable to the polluted urban stations in Europe or Asia rather than reported dust event observations from around the world. The PM1/PM2.5 ratios are generally low during dust storms outside of Iceland, much lower than > 0.9 and PM1/PM10 ratios of 0.34-0.63 found in our study. It shows that Icelandic volcanic dust consists of higher proportion of submicron particles compared to crustal dust. The submicron particles are predicted to travel long distances. Moreover, such submicron particles pose considerable health risk because of high potential for entering the lungs. Icelandic volcanic glass has often fine pipe-vesicular structures known from asbestos and high content of heavy metals. Previous

  18. The fabrication of integrated carbon pipes with sub-micron diameters (United States)

    Kim, B. M.; Murray, T.; Bau, H. H.


    A method for fabricating integrated carbon pipes (nanopipettes) of sub-micron diameters and tens of microns in length is demonstrated. The carbon pipes are formed from a template consisting of the tip of a pulled alumino-silicate glass capillary coated with carbon deposited from a vapour phase. This method renders carbon nanopipettes without the need for ex situ assembly and facilitates parallel production of multiple carbon-pipe devices. An electric-field-driven transfer of ions in a KCl solution through the integrated carbon pipes exhibits nonlinear current-voltage (I-V) curves, markedly different from the Ohmic I-V curves observed in glass pipettes under similar conditions. The filling of the nanopipette with fluorescent suspension is also demonstrated.


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    Full Text Available The advantages of using an atomic force microscopy in manufacturing of submicron integrated circuits are described. The possibilities of characterizing the surface morphology and the etching profile for silicon substrate and bus lines, estimation of the periodicity and size of bus lines, geometrical stability for elementary bus line are shown. Methods of optical and atomic force microcopies are combined in one diagnostic unit. Scanning  probe  microscope  (SPM  200  is  designed  and  produced.  Complex  SPM  200  realizes  nondestructive control of microelectronics elements made on silicon wafers up to 200 mm in diameter and it is introduced by JSC «Integral» for the purpose of operational control, metrology and acceptance of the final product.

  20. Pressing induced polymorphic phase transition in submicron-sized gamma-HMX (United States)

    Moore, David; Lee, Kien-Yin


    Submicron HMX has been produced and characterized to be less sensitive than impact standard HMX in small-scale sensitivity tests. The sm-HMX was found to be the gamma polymorph and to be stable under ambient conditions for at least a year. Pressing of sm-HMX in a small diameter pellet press at pressures from 10 000 psi to 31 000 psi and 1 to 5 minute hold times was found to promote the gamma to beta polymorphic phase transition. The fraction converted and rate of conversion versus time after pellet removal from the press were found to fit a sigmoidal curve, indicating nucleation and growth as a possible polymorphic transition mechanism.

  1. A 45 nm Stacked CMOS Image Sensor Process Technology for Submicron Pixel. (United States)

    Takahashi, Seiji; Huang, Yi-Min; Sze, Jhy-Jyi; Wu, Tung-Ting; Guo, Fu-Sheng; Hsu, Wei-Cheng; Tseng, Tung-Hsiung; Liao, King; Kuo, Chin-Chia; Chen, Tzu-Hsiang; Chiang, Wei-Chieh; Chuang, Chun-Hao; Chou, Keng-Yu; Chung, Chi-Hsien; Chou, Kuo-Yu; Tseng, Chien-Hsien; Wang, Chuan-Joung; Yaung, Dun-Nien


    A submicron pixel's light and dark performance were studied by experiment and simulation. An advanced node technology incorporated with a stacked CMOS image sensor (CIS) is promising in that it may enhance performance. In this work, we demonstrated a low dark current of 3.2 e-/s at 60 °C, an ultra-low read noise of 0.90 e-·rms, a high full well capacity (FWC) of 4100 e-, and blooming of 0.5% in 0.9 μm pixels with a pixel supply voltage of 2.8 V. In addition, the simulation study result of 0.8 μm pixels is discussed.

  2. Formation of stable submicron peptide or protein particles by thin film freezing

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    Johnston, Keith P.; Engstrom, Joshua; Williams, III, Robert O.


    The present invention includes compositions and methods for preparing micron-sized or submicron-sized particles by dissolving a water soluble effective ingredient in one or more solvents; spraying or dripping droplets solvent such that the effective ingredient is exposed to a vapor-liquid interface of less than 50, 100, 150, 200, 250, 200, 400 or 500 cm.sup.-1 area/volume to, e.g., increase protein stability; and contacting the droplet with a freezing surface that has a temperature differential of at least C. between the droplet and the surface, wherein the surface freezes the droplet into a thin film with a thickness of less than 500 micrometers and a surface area to volume between 25 to 500 cm.sup.-1.

  3. Submicron particle mass concentrations and sources in the Amazonian wet season (AMAZE-08) (United States)

    Chen, Q.; Farmer, D. K.; Rizzo, L. V.; Pauliquevis, T.; Kuwata, M.; Karl, T. G.; Guenther, A.; Allan, J. D.; Coe, H.; Andreae, M. O.; Pöschl, U.; Jimenez, J. L.; Artaxo, P.; Martin, S. T.


    Real-time mass spectra of the non-refractory species in submicron aerosol particles were recorded in a tropical rainforest in the central Amazon Basin during the wet season from February to March 2008, as a part of the Amazonian Aerosol Characterization Experiment (AMAZE-08). Organic material accounted on average for more than 80% of the non-refractory submicron particle mass concentrations during the period of measurements. There was insufficient ammonium to neutralize sulfate. In this acidic, isoprene-rich, HO2-dominant environment, positive-matrix factorization of the time series of particle mass spectra identified four statistical factors to account for the 99% of the variance in the signal intensities of the organic constituents. The first factor was identified as associated with regional and local pollution and labeled "HOA" for its hydrocarbon-like characteristics. A second factor was associated with long-range transport and labeled "OOA-1" for its oxygenated characteristics. A third factor, labeled "OOA-2," was implicated as associated with the reactive uptake of isoprene oxidation products, especially of epoxydiols to acidic haze, fog, or cloud droplets. A fourth factor, labeled "OOA-3," was consistent with an association with the fresh production of secondary organic material (SOM) by the mechanism of gas-phase oxidation of biogenic volatile organic precursors followed by gas-to-particle conversion of the oxidation products. The suffixes 1, 2, and 3 on the OOA labels signify ordinal ranking with respect to the extent of oxidation represented by the factor. The process of aqueous-phase oxidation of water-soluble products of gas-phase photochemistry might also have been associated to some extent with the OOA-2 factor. The campaign-average factor loadings had a ratio of 1.4:1 for OOA-2 : OOA-3, suggesting the comparable importance of particle-phase compared to gas-phase pathways for the production of SOM during the study period.

  4. Analysis of major air pollutants and submicron particles in New York City and Long Island (United States)

    Masiol, M.; Hopke, P. K.; Felton, H. D.; Frank, B. P.; Rattigan, O. V.; Wurth, M. J.; LaDuke, G. H.


    A year-long sampling campaign of major air pollutants and submicron particle number size distributions was conducted at two sites taken as representative of city-wide air quality in New York City and Long Island, respectively. A number of species were quantified with hourly time resolution, including particle number concentrations in 6 size ranges (20-30 nm, 30-50 nm, 50-70 nm, 70-100 nm, 100-200 nm, and >200 nm), nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide, methane, non-methane hydrocarbons, PM2.5 mass concentration and some PM major components (sulfate, organic and elemental carbon). Hourly concentrations of primary and secondary organic carbon were estimated using the EC tracer method. Data were matched with weather parameters and air parcel back-trajectories. A series of tools were thus applied to: (i) study the seasonal, weekly, diurnal cycles of pollutants; (ii) investigate the relationships amongst pollutants through correlation and lagged correlation analyses; (iii) depict the role of atmospheric photochemical processes; (iv) examine the location of the potential sources by mean of conditional bivariate probability function analysis and (v) investigate the role of regional transport of air masses to the concentrations of analyzed species. Results indicate that concentrations of NOx, SO2, CO, non-methane hydrocarbons, primary OC and EC are predominantly determined by local sources, but are also affected by regional transports of polluted air masses. On the contrary, the transport of continental polluted air masses has a main effect in raising the concentrations of secondary PM2.5 (sulfate and secondary organic carbon). By providing direct information on the concentrations and trends of key pollutants and submicron particle number concentrations, this study finally enables some general considerations about air quality status and atmospheric processes over the New York City metropolitan area.

  5. Submicron particle mass concentrations and sources in the Amazonian wet season (AMAZE-08)

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    Chen, Q.; Farmer, D. K.; Rizzo, L. V.; Pauliqueivis, T.; Kuwata, Mikinori; Karl, Thomas G.; Guenther, Alex B.; Allan, James D.; Coe, H.; Andreae, M. O.; Poeschl, U.; Jiminez, J. L.; Artaxo, Paulo; Martin, Scot T.


    Real-time mass spectra of non-refractory component of submicron aerosol particles were recorded in a tropical rainforest in the central Amazon basin during the wet season of 2008, as a part of the Amazonian Aerosol Characterization Experiment (AMAZE-08). Organic components accounted on average for more than 80% of the non-refractory submicron particle mass concentrations during the period of measurements. Ammonium was present in sufficient quantities to halfway neutralize sulfate. In this acidic, isoprene-dominated, low-NOx environment the high-resolution mass spectra as well as mass closures with ion chromatography measurements did not provide evidence for significant contributions of organosulfate species, at least at concentrations above uncertainty levels. Positive-matrix factorization of the time series of particle mass spectra identified four statistical factors to account for the variance of the signal intensities of the organic constituents: a factor HOA having a hydrocarbon-like signature and identified as regional emissions of primary organic material, a factor OOA-1 associated with fresh production of secondary organic material by a mechanism of BVOC oxidation followed by gas-to-particle conversion, a factor OOA-2 consistent with reactive uptake of isoprene oxidation products, especially epoxydiols by acidic particles, and a factor OOA-3 associated with long range transport and atmospheric aging. The OOA-1, -2, and -3 factors had progressively more oxidized signatures. Diameter-resolved mass spectral markers also suggested enhanced reactive uptake of isoprene oxidation products to the accumulation mode for the OOA-2 factor, and such size partitioning can be indicative of in-cloud process. The campaign-average factor loadings were in a ratio of 1.1:1.0 for the OOA-1 compared to the OOA-2 pathway, suggesting the comparable importance of gas-phase compared to particle-phase (including cloud waters) production pathways of secondary organic material during

  6. Bacterial characterization in ambient submicron particles during severe haze episodes at Ji'nan, China. (United States)

    Xu, Caihong; Wei, Min; Chen, Jianmin; Wang, Xinfeng; Zhu, Chao; Li, Jiarong; Zheng, Lulu; Sui, Guodong; Li, Weijun; Wang, Wenxing; Zhang, Qingzhu; Mellouki, Abdelwahid


    In January 2014, severe haze episodes which sweep across Chinese cities have attracted public concern and interest at home and abroad. In addition to the physicochemical properties of air pollutants, bacteria are thought to be responsible for the spread of respiratory diseases and various allergies. We attempted the bacterial characterization of submicron particles (PM 0.18-0.32 , PM 0.32-0.56 , and PM 0.56-1 ) under severe haze episodes using high-throughput sequencing and real-time quantitative PCR detecting system based on 21 samples collected from January to March 2014 at Ji'nan, China. The high bacterial concentration in PM 0.32-0.56 (7314cells m -3 ), PM 0.18-0.32 (7212cells m -3 ), and PM 0.56-1 (6982cells m -3 ) showed significant negative correlations with SO 2 , NO 2, and O 3 . Under sufficient sequencing depth, 37 phyla, 71 classes, 137 orders, 236 families, and 378 genera were classified, and the bacterial community structure varied significantly in different size fractions. For example, Holophagaceae (Acidobacteria) in PM 0.32-0.56 showed 6-fold higher abundance than that in PM 0.18-0.32 . Moreover, functional categories and bacterial species (Lactococcus piscium, Pseudomonas fragi, Streptococcus agalactiae, and Pseudomonas cichorii) that may potentially be responsible for infections and allergies were also discovered. Source track analysis showed that the ambient bacteria mainly originated from soils, leaf surfaces, and feces. Our results highlighted the importance of airborne microbial communities by understanding the concentration, structure, ecological and health effects, especially those in submicron particles during haze episodes. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  7. Phase transformation and intense 2.7 μm emission from Er3+ doped YF3/YOF submicron-crystals. (United States)

    Chai, Guanqi; Dong, Guoping; Qiu, Jianrong; Zhang, Qinyuan; Yang, Zhongmin


    Yttrium fluoride YF3:Er(3+) and yttrium oxyfluoride YOF:Er(3+) submicron-crystals with mid-infrared fluorescent emissions were synthesized for the first time. The rhombohedral phase YOF submicron-crystals were synthesized by the crystalline phase transformation from pure orthorhombic YF3 submicron-crystals, which were prepared by co-precipitation method. The composition and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which showed that submicron-crystals were quasi-spherical with the particle size of ~400 nm. A novel formation mechanism of YOF submicron-crystals was proposed. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra indicated the 2.7 μm emission of Er(3+) has remarkably enhanced with the increase of Er(3+) doping concentration, and a novel dynamic circulatory energy transfer mechanism was proposed. Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) were used to demonstrate the change of hydroxyl content. These oxyfluoride submicron-crystals provide a new material for nano/submicron-crystals-glass composites, and open a brand new field for the realization of mid-infrared micro/nano-lasers.

  8. Sub-micron resolution high-speed spectral domain optical coherence tomography in quality inspection for printed electronics (United States)

    Czajkowski, J.; Lauri, J.; Sliz, R.; Fält, P.; Fabritius, T.; Myllylä, R.; Cense, B.


    We present the use of sub-micron resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) in quality inspection for printed electronics. The device used in the study is based on a supercontinuum light source, Michelson interferometer and high-speed spectrometer. The spectrometer in the presented spectral-domain optical coherence tomography setup (SD-OCT) is centered at 600 nm and covers a 400 nm wide spectral region ranging from 400 nm to 800 nm. Spectra were acquired at a continuous rate of 140,000 per second. The full width at half maximum of the point spread function obtained from a Parylene C sample was 0:98 m. In addition to Parylene C layers, the applicability of sub-micron SD-OCT in printed electronics was studied using PET and epoxy covered solar cell, a printed RFID antenna and a screen-printed battery electrode. A commercial SD-OCT system was used for reference measurements.

  9. Sub-micron and nanoscale feature depth modulates alignment of stromal fibroblasts and corneal epithelial cells in serum-rich and serum-free media. (United States)

    Fraser, Sarah A; Ting, Yuk-Hong; Mallon, Kelly S; Wendt, Amy E; Murphy, Christopher J; Nealey, Paul F


    Topographic features are generally accepted as being capable of modulating cell alignment. Of particular interest is the potential that topographic feature geometry induces cell alignment indirectly through impacting adsorbed proteins from the cell culture medium on the surface of the substrate. However, it has also been reported that micron-scale feature depth significantly impacts the level of alignment of cellular populations on topography, despite being orders of magnitude larger than the average adsorbed protein layer (nm). In order to better determine the impact of biomimetic length scale topography and adsorbed protein interaction on cellular morphology we have systematically investigated the effect of combinations of sub-micron to nanoscale feature depth and lateral pitch on corneal epithelial cell alignment. In addition we have used the unique properties of a serum-free media alternative in direct comparison to serum-rich medium to investigate the role of culture medium protein composition on cellular alignment to topographically patterned surfaces. Our observation that increasing groove depth elicited larger populations of corneal epithelial cells to align regardless of culture medium composition and of cell orientation with respect to the topography, suggests that these cells can sense changes in topographic feature depths independent of adsorbed proteins localized along ridge edges and tops. However, our data also suggests a strong combinatory effect of topography with culture medium composition, and also a cell type dependency in determining the level of cell elongation and alignment to nanoscale topographic features.

  10. Sub-micron and nanoscale feature depth modulates alignment of stromal fibroblasts and corneal epithelial cells in serum-rich and serum-free media (United States)

    Fraser, Sarah A.; Ting, Yuk-Hong; Mallon, Kelly S.; Wendt, Amy E.; Murphy, Christopher J.; Nealey, Paul F.


    Topographic features are generally accepted as being capable of modulating cell alignment. Of particular interest is the potential that topographic feature geometry induces cell alignment indirectly through impacting adsorbed proteins from the cell culture medium on the surface of the substrate. However, it has also been reported that micron-scale feature depth significantly impacts the level of alignment of cellular populations on topography, despite being orders of magnitude larger than the average adsorbed protein layer (nm). In order to better determine the impact of biomimetic length scale topography and adsorbed protein interaction on cellular morphology we have systematically investigated the effect of combinations of sub-micron to nanoscale feature depth and lateral pitch on corneal epithelial cell alignment. In addition we have used the unique properties of a serum-free media alternative in direct comparison to serum-rich medium to investigate the role of culture medium protein composition on cellular alignment to topographically patterned surfaces. Our observation that increasing groove depth elicited larger populations of corneal epithelial cells to align regardless of culture medium composition and of cell orientation with respect to the topography, suggests that these cells can sense changes in topographic feature depths independent of adsorbed proteins localized along ridge edges and tops. However, our data also suggests a strong combinatory effect of topography with culture medium composition, and also a cell type dependency in determining the level of cell elongation and alignment to nanoscale topographic features. PMID:18041718

  11. Fate of Multimeric Oligomers, Submicron, and Micron Size Aggregates of Monoclonal Antibodies Upon Subcutaneous Injection in Mice. (United States)

    Kijanka, Grzegorz; Bee, Jared S; Bishop, Steven M; Que, Ivo; Löwik, Clemens; Jiskoot, Wim


    The aim of this study was to examine the fate of differently sized protein aggregates upon subcutaneous injection in mice. A murine and a human monoclonal immunoglobulin G 1 (IgG1) antibody were labeled with a fluorescent dye and subjected to stress conditions to create aggregates. Aggregates fractionated by centrifugation or gel permeation chromatography were administered subcutaneously into SKH1 mice. The biodistribution was measured by in vivo fluorescence imaging for up to 1 week post injection. At several time points, mice were sacrificed and selected organs and tissues were collected for ex vivo analysis. Part of injected aggregated IgGs persisted much longer at the injection site than unstressed controls. Aggregate fractions containing submicron (0.1-1 μm) or micron (1-100 μm) particles were retained to a similar extent. Highly fluorescent "hot-spots" were detected 24 h post injection in spleens of mice injected with submicron aggregates of murine IgG. Submicron aggregates of human IgG showed higher accumulation in draining lymph nodes 1 h post injection than unstressed controls or micron size aggregates. For both tested proteins, aggregated fractions seemed to be eliminated from circulation more rapidly than monomeric fractions. The biodistribution of monomers isolated from solutions subjected to stress conditions was similar to that of unstressed control. Copyright © 2016 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Spectral photosensitivity of an organic semiconductor in a submicron metal grating

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    Blinov, L. M., E-mail:; Lazarev, V. V.; Yudin, S. G.; Palto, S. P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation)


    The photoelectric effect in films of the copper phthalocyanine organic semiconductor (α-CuPc) has been experimentally studied for two fundamentally different geometries. A sample in the first, normal geometry is fabricated in the form of a sandwich with an α-CuPc film between a transparent SnO{sub 2} electrode on a substrate and an upper reflecting Al electrode. In the second case of the planar geometry, the semiconductor is deposited on the substrate with a system of submicron chromium interdigital electrodes. It has been found that the effective photoconductivity in the planar geometry is more than two orders of magnitude higher than that in the normal geometry. In addition to the classical model (without excitons), a simple exciton model has been proposed within which a relation has been obtained between the probability of the formation of electron–hole pairs and the characteristic recombination and dissociation times of excitons. An increase in the photoconductivity in the planar geometry has been explained within the exciton model by an increase in the rate of dissociation of excitons into electron–hole pairs owing to acceptor oxygen molecules, which diffuse more efficiently into the film in the case of the planar geometry where the upper electrode is absent.

  13. Modelling size and structure of nanoparticles formed from drying of submicron solution aerosols (United States)

    Bandyopadhyay, Arpan A.; Pawar, Amol A.; Venkataraman, Chandra; Mehra, Anurag


    Drying of submicron solution aerosols, under controlled conditions, has been explored to prepare nanoparticles for drug delivery applications. A computational model of solution drop evaporation is developed to study the evolution of solute gradients inside the drop and predict the size and shell thickness of precipitating nanoparticles. The model considers evaporation as a two-stage process involving droplet shrinkage and shell growth. It was corroborated that droplet evaporation rate controls the solute distribution within a droplet and the resulting particle structure (solid or shell type). At higher gas temperatures, rapid build-up of solute near drop surface from high evaporation rates results in early attainment of critical supersaturation solubility and a steeper solute gradient, which favours formation of larger, shell-type particles. At lower gas temperatures, formation of smaller, solid nanoparticles is indicated. The computed size and shell thickness are in good agreement with experimentally prepared lipid nanoparticles. This study indicates that solid or shell structure of precipitated nanoparticles is strongly affected by evaporation rate, while initial solute concentration in the precursor solution and atomized droplet size affect shell thickness. For the gas temperatures considered, evaporative cooling leads to droplet temperature below the melting point of the lipid solute. Thus, we conclude that control over nanoparticle size and structure, of thermolabile precursor materials suitable for drug delivery, can be achieved by controlling evaporation rates, through selection of aerosol processing conditions.

  14. Low density lipoprotein peptide conjugated submicron emulsions for combating prostate cancer. (United States)

    Sun, Pengchao; Zhang, Nan; Hua, Haiying; Liang, Qian; Zhang, Xuexiao; Sun, Qian; Zhao, Yongxing


    Submicron emulsions (SEs) is an advanced formulation that possesses good biocompatibility, high loading of hydrophobic drugs, and good stability through autoclave sterilization. To enhance tumor targeting and tumor cell uptake, SEs could be modified with positive charge and targeting moieties. In the present study, three formulations were prepared: Docetaxel-loaded SEs (DocSEs), cationic DocSEs (DocCSEs), and low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) targeted peptide-RLT (CEKLKEAFRLTRKRGLKLA) modified DocCSEs (RLT-DocCSEs). The optimized RLT-DocCSEs showed a particle size 182.2±10nm, a zeta potential 39.62±2.41mV, and a loading efficiency of Docetaxel (Doc) 98%. RLT-DocCSEs demonstrated sustained release in 96h and was stable for two months at 4°C. Compared to DocSEs and DocCSEs, RLT-DocCSEs caused significantly more PC-3 cell inhibition and cell apoptosis. RLT-DocCSEs also showed more cellular uptake and slower cellular elimination than that of DocSEs and DocCSEs. The present study indicated RLT-DocCSEs could be a potential formulation for injection of anti-cancer therapeutics with increased tumor targeting and anti-tumor efficacy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  15. Pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution and anti-tumor effect of low density lipoprotein peptide conjugated submicron emulsions. (United States)

    Zhang, Nan; Miao, Jinhong; Sun, Pengchao; Liang, Qian; Hua, Haiying; Xu, Yusheng; Zhao, Yongxing


    Docetaxel (Doc) is a potent chemotherapy for cancer but its application is limited by poor water solubility and high risk of side effects. To improve these issues, low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) targeted peptide-RLT (CEKLKEAFRLTRKRGLKLA) modified Docetaxel-loaded submicron emulsions (RLT-DocSEs) had been developed. Docetaxel-loaded SEs (DocSEs) and cationic DocSEs (DocCSEs) were also prepared for comparison. To evaluate the tumor-targeting ability and anti-tumor efficacy, DocSEs, DocCSEs, and RLT-DocSEs were administrated intravenously to rats respectively. The pharmacokinetic parameters of three formulations were significantly different. In vivo distribution study was conducted in mice and the results indicated that RLT-DocSEs possessed increased tumor targeting ability than DocSEs and DocCSEs. RLT-DocSEs also resulted in a higher tumor inhibition rate and a better anti-tumor efficacy in mice. All the results suggested that RLT-DocSEs could be a potential formulation for the injection of Doc with enhanced tumor targeting and anti-tumor efficacy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  16. Cefquinome Controlled Size Submicron Particles Precipitation by SEDS Process Using Annular Gap Nozzle

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    Full Text Available An annular gap nozzle was applied in solution enhanced dispersion by supercritical fluids (SEDS process to prepare cefquinome controlled size submicron particles so as to enhance their efficacy. Analysis results of orthogonal experiments indicated that the concentration of solution was the primary factor to affect particle sizes in SEDS process, and feeding speed of solution, precipitation pressure, and precipitation temperature ranked second to fourth. Meanwhile, the optimal operating conditions were that solution concentration was 100 mg/mL, feeding speed was 9 mL/min, precipitation pressure was 10 MPa, and precipitation temperature was 316 K. The confirmatory experiment showed that D50 of processed cefquinome particles in optimal operating conditions was 0.73 μm. Moreover, univariate effect analysis showed that the cefquinome particle size increased with the increase of concentration of the solution or precipitation pressure but decreased with the increase of solution feeding speed. When precipitation temperature increased, the cefquinome particle size showed highest point. Moreover, characterization of processed cefquinome particles was analyzed by SEM, FT-IR, and XRD. Analysis results indicated that the surface appearance of processed cefquinome particles was flakes. The chemical structure of processed cefquinome particles was not changed, and the crystallinity of processed cefquinome particles was a little lower than that of raw cefquinome particles.

  17. Large area sub-micron chemical imaging of magnesium in sea urchin teeth. (United States)

    Masic, Admir; Weaver, James C


    The heterogeneous and site-specific incorporation of inorganic ions can profoundly influence the local mechanical properties of damage tolerant biological composites. Using the sea urchin tooth as a research model, we describe a multi-technique approach to spatially map the distribution of magnesium in this complex multiphase system. Through the combined use of 16-bit backscattered scanning electron microscopy, multi-channel energy dispersive spectroscopy elemental mapping, and diffraction-limited confocal Raman spectroscopy, we demonstrate a new set of high throughput, multi-spectral, high resolution methods for the large scale characterization of mineralized biological materials. In addition, instrument hardware and data collection protocols can be modified such that several of these measurements can be performed on irregularly shaped samples with complex surface geometries and without the need for extensive sample preparation. Using these approaches, in conjunction with whole animal micro-computed tomography studies, we have been able to spatially resolve micron and sub-micron structural features across macroscopic length scales on entire urchin tooth cross-sections and correlate these complex morphological features with local variability in elemental composition. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Synthesis of gelatin nano/submicron particles by binary nonsolvent aided coacervation (BNAC) method. (United States)

    Patra, Shamayita; Basak, Piyali; Tibarewala, D N


    A newly developed modified coacervation method is utilized to synthesize gelatin nano/submicron particles (GN/SPs) as a drug carrier. Binary nonsolvent aided coacervation (BNAC) method is a modified single step coacervation method, which has yielded approximately a threefold lower particle size and higher average yield in terms of weight percentage of around 94% in comparison to the conventional phase separation methods. In this study 0.5% (w/v) gelatin aqueous solution with a binary nonsolvent system of acetone and ethanol was used. Nanoparticle synthesis was optimized with respect to nonsolvent system type and pH. pH7 has resulted a minimum particle size of 55.67 (±43.74) nm in anhydrous medium along with a swollen particle size of 776nm (±38.57) in aqueous medium with a zeta potential of (-16.3±3.51) mV in aqueous medium. Swelling ratio of 13.95 confirms the crosslinked hydrogel nature of the particles. Furthermore, drug loading efficiency of the gelatin particles prepared at 7pH was observed with nitrofurazone as the model drug. Results of drug release study indicate the potential use of GN/SPs as drug loading matrix for wound management such as burn wound management. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Sub-micron Hard X-ray Fluorescence Imaging of Synthetic Elements (United States)

    Jensen, Mark P.; Aryal, Baikuntha P.; Gorman-Lewis, Drew; Paunesku, Tatjana; Lai, Barry; Vogt, Stefan; Woloschak, Gayle E.


    Synchrotron-based X-ray fluorescence microscopy (SXFM) using hard X-rays focused into sub-micron spots is a powerful technique for elemental quantification and mapping, as well as microspectroscopic measurement such as μ-XANES (X-ray absorption near edge structure). We have used SXFM to image and simultaneously quantify the transuranic element plutonium at the L3 or L2 edge as well as lighter biologically essential elements in individual rat pheochromocytoma (PC12) cells after exposure to the long-lived plutonium isotope 242Pu. Elemental maps reveal that plutonium localizes principally in the cytoplasm of the cells and avoids the cell nucleus, which is marked by the highest concentrations of phosphorus and zinc, under the conditions of our experiments. The minimum detection limit under typical acquisition conditions for an average 202 μm2 cell is 1.4 fg Pu/cell or 2.9 × 10−20 moles Pu/μm2, which is similar to the detection limit of K-edge SXFM of transition metals at 10 keV. Copper electron microscopy grids were used to avoid interference from gold X-ray emissions, but traces of strontium present in naturally occurring calcium can still interfere with plutonium detection using its Lα X-ray emission. PMID:22444530

  20. Mechanically Robust, Stretchable Solar Absorbers with Submicron-Thick Multilayer Sheets for Wearable and Energy Applications. (United States)

    Lee, Hye Jin; Jung, Dae-Han; Kil, Tae-Hyeon; Kim, Sang Hyeon; Lee, Ki-Suk; Baek, Seung-Hyub; Choi, Won Jun; Baik, Jeong Min


    A facile method to fabricate a mechanically robust, stretchable solar absorber for stretchable heat generation and an enhanced thermoelectric generator (TEG) is demonstrated. This strategy is very simple: it uses a multilayer film made of titanium and magnesium fluoride optimized by a two-dimensional finite element frequency-domain simulation, followed by the application of mechanical stresses such as bending and stretching to the film. This process produces many microsized sheets with submicron thickness (∼500 nm), showing great adhesion to any substrates such as fabrics and polydimethylsiloxane. It exhibits a quite high light absorption of approximately 85% over a wavelength range of 0.2-4.0 μm. Under 1 sun illumination, the solar absorber on various stretchable substrates increased the substrate temperature to approximately 60 °C, irrespective of various mechanical stresses such as bending, stretching, rubbing, and even washing. The TEG with the absorber on the top surface also showed an enhanced output power of 60%, compared with that without the absorber. With an incident solar radiation flux of 38.3 kW/m 2 , the output power significantly increased to 24 mW/cm 2 because of the increase in the surface temperature to 141 °C.

  1. Chemical compositions, sources and evolution processes of the submicron aerosols in Nanjing, China during wintertime (United States)

    Wu, Y.; He, Y.; Ge, X.; Wang, J.; Yu, H.; Chen, M.


    Elevated atmospheric particulate matter pollution is one of the most significant environmental issues in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD), China. Thus it is important to unravel the characteristics, sources and evolution processes of the ambient aerosols in order to improve the air quality. In this study, we report the real-time monitoring results on submicron aerosol particles (PM1) in suburban Nanjing during wintertime of 2015, using an Aerodyne soot particle aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS). This instrument allows the fast measurement of refractory black carbon simultaneously with other aerosol components. Results show that organics was on average the most abundant species of PM1 (25.9%), but other inorganic species, such as nitrate (23.7%) and sulfate (23.3%) also comprised large mass fractions. As the sampling site is heavily influenced by various sources including industrial, traffic and other anthropogenic emissions, etc., six organic aerosol (OA) factors were identified from Positive matrix factorization (PMF) analysis of the SP-AMS OA mass spectra. These factors include three primary OA factors - a hydrocarbon-like OA, an industry-related OA (IOA) and a cooking OA (COA), and three secondary OA factors, i.e., a local OOA (LSOA), a semi-volatile OOA (SV-OOA) and a low-volatility OOA (LV-OOA). Overall, the primary organic aerosol (POA) (HOA, IOA and COA) dominated the total OA mass. Behaviors and evolution processes of these OA factors will be discussed in combining with the other supporting data.

  2. A new circuit technique for reduced leakage current in Deep Submicron CMOS technologies

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    A. Schmitz


    Full Text Available Modern CMOS processes in the Deep Submicron regime are restricted to supply voltages below 2 volts and further to account for the transistors' field strength limitations and to reduce the power per logic gate. To maintain the high switching performance, the threshold voltage must be scaled according with the supply voltage. However, this leads to an increased subthreshold current of the transistors in standby mode (VGS=0. Another source of leakage is gate current, which becomes significant for gate oxides of 3nm and below. We propose a Self-Biasing Virtual Rails (SBVR - CMOS technique which acts like an adaptive local supply voltage in case of standby mode. Most important sources of leakage currents are reduced by this technique. Moreover, SBVR-CMOS is capable of conserving stored information in sleep mode, which is vital for memory circuits. Memories are exposed to radiation causing soft errors. This well-known problem becomes even worse in standby mode of typical SRAMs, that have low driving performance to withstand alpha particle hits. In this paper, a 16-transistor SRAM cell is proposed, which combines the advantage of extremely low leakage currents with a very high soft error stability.

  3. Size effects in piezoelectric cantilevers at submicron thickness levels due to flexoelectricity (United States)

    Moura, Adriane G.; Erturk, Alper


    In elastic dielectrics, piezoelectricity is the response of polarization to applied mechanical strain, and vice versa. Piezoelectric coupling is controlled by a third-rank tensor and is allowed only in materials that are non-centrosymmetric. Flexoelectricity, however, is the generation of electric polarization by the application of a non-uniform mechanical strain field, i.e. a strain gradient, and is expected to be pronounced at submicron thickness levels, especially at the nano-scale. Flexoelectricity is controlled by a fourth-rank tensor and is therefore allowed in materials of any symmetry. As a gradient effect, flexoelectricity is size dependent, while piezoelectric coupling has no size dependence. Any ordinary piezoelectric cantilever model developed for devices above micron-level thickness has to be modified for nano-scale piezoelectric devices since the effect of flexoelectric coupling will change the electroelastic dynamics at such small scales. In this work, we establish and explore a complete analytical framework by accounting for both the piezoelectric and flexoelectric effects. The focus is placed on the development of governing electroelastodynamic piezoelectric-flexoelectric equations for the problems of energy harvesting, sensing, and actuation. The coupled governing equations are analyzed to obtain the frequency response. The coupling coefficient for the bimorph configuration is identified and its size dependence is explored.

  4. Immunogenicity Studies of Bivalent Inactivated Virions of EV71/CVA16 Formulated with Submicron Emulsion Systems

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    Chih-Wei Lin


    Full Text Available We assessed two strategies for preparing candidate vaccines against hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD caused mainly by infections of enterovirus (EV 71 and coxsackievirus (CV A16. We firstly design and optimize the potency of adjuvant combinations of emulsion-based delivery systems, using EV71 candidate vaccine as a model. We then perform immunogenicity studies in mice of EV71/CVA16 antigen combinations formulated with PELC/CpG. A single dose of inactivated EV71 virion (0.2 μg emulsified in submicron particles was found (i to induce potent antigen-specific neutralizing antibody responses and (ii consistently to elicit broad antibody responses against EV71 neutralization epitopes. A single dose immunogenicity study of bivalent activated EV71/CVA16 virion formulated with either Alum or PELC/CpG adjuvant showed that CVA16 antigen failed to elicit CVA16 neutralizing antibody responses and did not affect EV71-specific neutralizing antibody responses. A boosting dose of emulsified EV71/CVA16 bivalent vaccine candidate was found to be necessary to achieve high seroconversion of CVA16-specific neutralizing antibody responses. The current results are important for the design and development of prophylactic vaccines against HFMD and other emerging infectious diseases.

  5. Quantitative cellular uptake of double fluorescent core-shelled model submicronic particles

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    Leclerc, Lara, E-mail: [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, CIS-EMSE, LINA (France); Boudard, Delphine [LINA (France); Pourchez, Jeremie; Forest, Valerie [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, CIS-EMSE, LINA (France); Marmuse, Laurence; Louis, Cedric [NANO-H S.A.S (France); Bin, Valerie [LINA (France); Palle, Sabine [Universite Jean Monnet, Centre de Microscopie Confocale Multiphotonique (France); Grosseau, Philippe; Bernache-Assollant, Didier [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, CIS-EMSE, LINA (France); Cottier, Michele [LINA (France)


    The relationship between particles' physicochemical parameters, their uptake by cells and their degree of biological toxicity represent a crucial issue, especially for the development of new technologies such as fabrication of micro- and nanoparticles in the promising field of drug delivery systems. This work was aimed at developing a proof-of-concept for a novel model of double fluorescence submicronic particles that could be spotted inside phagolysosomes. Fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) particles were synthesized and then conjugated with a fluorescent pHrodo Trade-Mark-Sign probe, red fluorescence of which increases in acidic conditions such as within lysosomes. After validation in acellular conditions by spectral analysis with confocal microscopy and dynamic light scattering, quantification of phagocytosis was conducted on a macrophage cell line in vitro. The biological impact of pHrodo functionalization (cytotoxicity, inflammatory response, and oxidative stress) was also investigated. Results validate the proof-of-concept of double fluorescent particles (FITC + pHrodo), allowing detection of entirely engulfed pHrodo particles (green and red labeling). Moreover incorporation of pHrodo had no major effects on cytotoxicity compared to particles without pHrodo, making them a powerful tool for micro- and nanotechnologies.

  6. Ultrathin oxides for the SCM analysis of sub-micron doping profiles

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    Ciampolini, Lorenzo; Bertin, F.; Hartmann, J.M.; Rochat, N.; Holliger, Ph.; Laugier, F.; Chabli, A


    Attenuated total reflection (ATR) spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) have been used to characterize oxides used for the scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) technique. SCM has been used to study boron and phosphorous doped Si test structures epitaxially grown on (100) Si substrates. SCM samples have one-dimensional (1D) doping profiles with sub-micron features, with staircase-like steps in the unipolar sample and a smoother profile in the bipolar sample, as obtained by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) profiling. Cross-sectional SCM results obtained on samples oxidized by the standard low-temperature UV-ozone method are presented, discussed and compared to results obtained on cleaved samples oxidized by a simple exposure to air. The results show that the native oxide covering a (110) cleaved section may yield SCM images of sufficient quality, with no contrast reversal on a wide range of doping levels, as well as observed on sections prepared with the UV-ozone technique. However, the long-term stability of the SCM signal on native oxides is poor, and UV-ozone oxidation can be used to recover a valid SCM signal. Realistic ultrathin oxide thickness data obtained by SE on (110) substrates are presented together with ATR results, which confirm the superior quality of UV-ozone oxides with respect to other kinds of oxides.

  7. High energy density supercapacitors from lignin derived submicron activated carbon fibers in aqueous electrolytes (United States)

    Hu, Sixiao; Zhang, Sanliang; Pan, Ning; Hsieh, You-Lo


    Highly porous submicron activated carbon fibers (ACFs) were robustly generated from low sulfonated alkali lignin and fabricated into supercapacitors for capacitive energy storage. The hydrophilic and high specific surface ACFs exhibited large-size nanographites and good electrical conductivity to demonstrate outstanding electrochemical performance. ACFs from KOH activation, in particular, showed very high 344 F g-1 specific capacitance at low 1.8 mg cm-2 mass loading and 10 mV s-1 scan rate in aqueous electrolytes. Even at relatively high scan rate of 50 mV s-1 and mass loading of 10 mg cm-2, a decent specific capacitance of 196 F g-1 and a remarkable areal capacitance of 0.55 F cm-2 was obtained, leading to high energy density of 8.1 Wh kg-1 based on averaged electrodes mass. Furthermore, over 96% capacitance retention rates were achieved after 5000 charge/discharge cycles. Such excellent performance demonstrated great potential of lignin derived carbons for electrical energy storage.

  8. Assessment of intrinsic small signal parameters of submicron SiC MESFETs (United States)

    Riaz, Mohammad; Ahmed, Muhammad Mansoor; Rafique, Umair; Ahmed, Umer Farooq


    In this paper, a technique has been developed to estimate intrinsic small signal parameters of submicron SiC MESFETs, designed for high power microwave applications. In the developed technique, small signal parameters are extracted by involving drain-to-source current, Ids instead of Schottky barrier depletion layer expression. It has been demonstrated that in SiC MESFETs, the depletion layer gets modified due to intense transverse electric field and/or self-heating effects, which are conventionally not taken into account. Thus, assessment of AC small signal parameters by employing depletion layer expression loses its accuracy for devices meant for high power applications. A set of expressions for AC small signal elements has been developed using Ids and its dependence on device biasing has been discussed. The validity of the proposed technique has been demonstrated using experimental data. Dr. Ahmed research interests are in Microelectronics, Microwave and RF Engineering and he has supervised numerous MS and PhD research projects. He authored over 100 research papers in the field of microelectronics. Dr. Ahmed is a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), UK.; a Chartered Engineer (CEng) from the UK Engineering Council and holds the title of European Engineer (Eur Ing) from the European Federation of National Engineering Association (FEANI), Brussels. He is a life member of PEC (Pak); EDS & MTTS (USA).

  9. Fabrication Techniques for Self-Aligned GaAs-BASED HBTs and Submicron Gate Length FETs (United States)

    Ren, F.

    Process technologies for self-aligned AlGaAs/GaAs and InGaP/GaAs heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) as well as gate definition and dry etching fabrication schemes for submicron gate length AlGaAs/GaAs-based field effect transistors (FETs) are presented. Multiple energy F+ and H+ ions were used to isolate the active devices for HBTs. The resistance of test wafers at 200° C showed no change over periods of more than 50 days. Highly selective dry and wet etch techniques for InGaP/GaAs and AlGaAs/GaAs material systems were used to uniformly expose heterojunctions. Reliability of the alloyed ohmic contact and feasibility of the nonalloyed ohmic contact metallizations for both p and n type GaAs layers will be discussed. The reproducible gate recess etching is one of the critical steps for AlGaAs/GaAs-based FETs. The etching selectivity, damage, pre- and post-clean procedures were studied in terms of device performance. A simple low temperature SiNx deposition and an etch-back process with optical stepper were used to demonstrate 0.1 µm Y-shape gate feature.

  10. Minimizing biases associated with tracking analysis of submicron particles in heterogeneous biological fluids. (United States)

    Wang, Ying-Ying; Nunn, Kenetta L; Harit, Dimple; McKinley, Scott A; Lai, Samuel K


    Tracking the dynamic motion of individual nanoparticles or viruses offers quantitative insights into their real-time behavior and fate in different biological environments. Indeed, particle tracking is a powerful tool that has facilitated the development of drug carriers with enhanced penetration of mucus, brain tissues and other extracellular matrices. Nevertheless, heterogeneity is a hallmark of nanoparticle diffusion in such complex environments: identical particles can exhibit strongly hindered or unobstructed diffusion within microns of each other. The common practice in 2D particle tracking, namely analyzing all trackable particle traces with equal weighting, naturally biases towards rapidly diffusing sub-populations at shorter time scales. This in turn results in misrepresentation of particle behavior and a systematic underestimate of the time necessary for a population of nanoparticles to diffuse specific distances. We show here via both computational simulation and experimental data that this bias can be rigorously corrected by weighing the contribution by each particle trace on a 'frame-by-frame' basis. We believe this methodology presents an important step towards objective and accurate assessment of the heterogeneous transport behavior of submicron drug carriers and pathogens in biological environments. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Analysis of local deformation effects in resistive strain sensing of a submicron-thickness AFM cantilever (United States)

    Adams, Jonathan D.; Schwalb, Christian H.; Winhold, Marcel; Šńukić, Maja; Huth, Michael; Fantner, Georg E.


    Incorporating resistive strain-sensing elements into MEMS devices is a long-standing approach for electronic detection of the device deformation. As the need for more sensitivity trends the device dimensions downwards, the size of the strain-sensor may become comparable to the device size, which can have significant impact on the mechanical behaviour of the device. To study this effect, we modelled a submicron-thickness silicon nitride AFM cantilever with strain-sensing element. Using finite element analysis, we calculated the strain in the sensor elements for a deflected cantilever. The sensor element contributes to a local stiffening effect in the device structure which lowers the strain in the sensor. By varying the sensor geometry, we investigated the degree to which this effect impacts the strain. Minimizing the sensor size increases the strain, but the reduction in sensor cross-sectional area increases the resistance and expected sensor noise. The optimal sensor geometry must therefore account for this effect. We used our analysis to optimize geometric variations of nanogranular tunnelling resistor (NTR) strain sensors arranged in a Wheatstone bridge on a silicon nitride AFM cantilever. We varied the dimensions of each sensor element to maintain a constant cross-sectional area but maximize the strain in the sensor element. Through this approach, we expect a 45% increase in strain in the sensor and corresponding 20% increase in the Wheatstone bridge signal. Our results provide an important consideration in the design geometry of resistive strainsensing elements in MEMS devices.

  12. Neurotoxicity of low-dose repeatedly intranasal instillation of nano- and submicron-sized ferric oxide particles in mice

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    Wang Bing; Feng Weiyue, E-mail:; Zhu Motao; Wang Yun; Wang Meng [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Laboratory for Bio-Environmental Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety and Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics (China); Gu Yiqun [Maternity Hospital of Haidian District (China); Ouyang Hong; Wang Huajian; Li Ming; Zhao Yuliang, E-mail:; Chai Zhifang [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Laboratory for Bio-Environmental Effects of Nanomaterials and Nanosafety and Key Laboratory of Nuclear Analytical Techniques, Institute of High Energy Physics (China); Wang Haifang [Peking University, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering (China)


    Olfactory tract has been demonstrated to be an important portal for inhaled solid nanoparticle transportation into the central nervous system (CNS). We have previously demonstrated that intranasally instilled Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles could transport into the CNS via olfactory pathway. In this study, we investigated the neurotoxicity and size effect of repeatedly low-dose (130 {mu}g) intranasal exposure of nano- and submicron-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles (21 nm and 280 nm) to mice. The biomarkers of oxidative stress, activity of nitric oxide synthases and release of monoamine neurotransmitter in the brain were studied. Our results showed that significant oxidative stress was induced by the two sizes of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles. The activities of GSH-Px, Cu,Zn-SOD, and cNOS significantly elevated and the total GSH and GSH/GSSG ratio significantly decreased in the olfactory bulb and hippocampus after the nano- and submicron-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particle treatment (p < 0.05). The nano-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} generally induced greater alteration and more significant dose-effect response than the submicron-sized particle did. Some slight perturbation of monoamine neurotransmitters were found in the hippocampus after exposure to the two sizes of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particle. The TEM image showed that some ultrastructural alterations in nerve cells, including neurodendron degeneration, membranous structure disruption and lysosome increase in the olfactory bulb, slight dilation in the rough endoplasmic reticulum and lysosome increase in the hippocampus were induced by the nano-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} treatment. In contrast, in the submicron-sized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} treated mice, slightly swollen mitochondria and some vacuoles were observed in the olfactory bulb and hippocampus, respectively. These results indicate that intranasal exposure of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles could induce more severe oxidative stress and nerve cell damage in the brain than the

  13. Morphological and electrical properties of SrTiO3/TiO2/SrTiO3 sandwich structures prepared by plasma sputtering (United States)

    Jabbar, Saqib; Ahmad, Riaz; Chu, Paul K.


    Not Available Project supported by the City University of Hong Kong Applied Research Grant (ARG) of China (Grant No. 9667122). One of the authors, Mr. Saqib Jabbar, is grateful to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan for financial support under IRSIP.

  14. Submicron and nano formulations of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide stimulate unique cellular toxicological responses in the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

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    Gunawan, Cindy, E-mail: [ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (Australia); Sirimanoonphan, Aunchisa [ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (Australia); Teoh, Wey Yang [Clean Energy and Nanotechnology (CLEAN) Laboratory, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong); Marquis, Christopher P., E-mail: [School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (Australia); Amal, Rose [ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW (Australia)


    Highlights: • Uptake of TiO{sub 2} solids by C. reinhardtii generates ROS as an early stress response. • Submicron and nanoTiO{sub 2} exhibit benign effect on cell proliferation. • Uptake of ZnO solids and leached zinc by C. reinhardtii inhibit the alga growth. • No cellular oxidative stress is detected with submicron and nano ZnO exposure. • The toxicity of particles is not necessarily mediated by cellular oxidative stress. -- Abstract: The work investigates the eco-cytoxicity of submicron and nano TiO{sub 2} and ZnO, arising from the unique interactions of freshwater microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to soluble and undissolved components of the metal oxides. In a freshwater medium, submicron and nano TiO{sub 2} exist as suspended aggregates with no-observable leaching. Submicron and nano ZnO undergo comparable concentration-dependent fractional leaching, and exist as dissolved zinc and aggregates of undissolved ZnO. Cellular internalisation of solid TiO{sub 2} stimulates cellular ROS generation as an early stress response. The cellular redox imbalance was observed for both submicron and nano TiO{sub 2} exposure, despite exhibiting benign effects on the alga proliferation (8-day EC50 > 100 mg TiO{sub 2}/L). Parallel exposure of C. reinhardtii to submicron and nano ZnO saw cellular uptake of both the leached zinc and solid ZnO and resulting in inhibition of the alga growth (8-day EC50 ≥ 0.01 mg ZnO/L). Despite the sensitivity, no zinc-induced cellular ROS generation was detected, even at 100 mg ZnO/L exposure. Taken together, the observations confront the generally accepted paradigm of cellular oxidative stress-mediated cytotoxicity of particles. The knowledge of speciation of particles and the corresponding stimulation of unique cellular responses and cytotoxicity is vital for assessment of the environmental implications of these materials.

  15. X, Ku-band microwave-absorption properties of polyarylene ether nitriles terminated with phthalonitrile/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid submicron spheres

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    Tong, Lifen, E-mail:; Pu, Zejun; Huang, Xu; Liu, Xiaobo, E-mail:


    Highlights: • PEN-t-Ph/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid spheres were prepared via one-step solvothermal method. • Polymer compatibility is introduced into inorganic submicron spheres successfully. • PEN-t-Ph/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid submicron spheres possessed good ferrimagnetism. • Control the microwave absorption band of PEN-t-Ph/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid submicron spheres. - Abstract: A novel series of PEN-t-Ph/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid submicron spheres with different additions of PEN-t-Ph have been prepared successfully via solvothermal method, and their structures and morphologies were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results revealed that the crystallinity, dispersity, and size of hybrid submicron spheres can be controlled by altering the addition content of PEN-t-Ph. Magnetization measurement showed that the PEN-t-Ph/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} hybrid submicron spheres possessed good ferrimagnetism. The electromagnetic measurement indicated that the resonance peaks of complex permittivity, complex permeability, dielectric loss, and magnetic loss were shifted to the higher frequency as the addition of PEN-t-Ph increased. Moreover, the microwave absorption band was also shifted to higher frequency as the addition of PEN-t-Ph increased. Through this method, the polymer compatibility can be introduced into inorganic submicron spheres, which could provide the inorganic particles with more applications.

  16. Size-Dependent Photodynamic Anticancer Activity of Biocompatible Multifunctional Magnetic Submicron Particles in Prostate Cancer Cells

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    Kyong-Hoon Choi


    Full Text Available In this study, newly designed biocompatible multifunctional magnetic submicron particles (CoFe2O4-HPs-FAs of well-defined sizes (60, 133, 245, and 335 nm were fabricated for application as a photosensitizer delivery agent for photodynamic therapy in cancer cells. To provide selective targeting of cancer cells and destruction of cancer cell functionality, basic cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4 particles were covalently bonded with a photosensitizer (PS, which comprises hematoporphyrin (HP, and folic acid (FA molecules. The magnetic properties of the CoFe2O4 particles were finely adjusted by controlling the size of the primary CoFe2O4 nanograins, and secondary superstructured composite particles were formed by aggregation of the nanograins. The prepared CoFe2O4-HP-FA exhibited high water solubility, good MR-imaging capacity, and biocompatibility without any in vitro cytotoxicity. In particular, our CoFe2O4-HP-FA exhibited remarkable photodynamic anticancer efficiency via induction of apoptotic death in PC-3 prostate cancer cells in a particle size- and concentration-dependent manner. This size-dependent effect was determined by the specific surface area of the particles because the number of HP molecules increased with decreasing size and increasing surface area. These results indicate that our CoFe2O4-HP-FA may be applicable for photodynamic therapy (PDT as a PS delivery material and a therapeutic agent for MR-imaging based PDT owing to their high saturation value for magnetization and superparamagnetism.

  17. A statistical analysis of North East Atlantic (submicron aerosol size distributions

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    M. Dall'Osto


    Full Text Available The Global Atmospheric Watch research station at Mace Head (Ireland offers the possibility to sample some of the cleanest air masses being imported into Europe as well as some of the most polluted being exported out of Europe. We present a statistical cluster analysis of the physical characteristics of aerosol size distributions in air ranging from the cleanest to the most polluted for the year 2008. Data coverage achieved was 75% throughout the year. By applying the Hartigan-Wong k-Means method, 12 clusters were identified as systematically occurring. These 12 clusters could be further combined into 4 categories with similar characteristics, namely: coastal nucleation category (occurring 21.3 % of the time, open ocean nucleation category (occurring 32.6% of the time, background clean marine category (occurring 26.1% of the time and anthropogenic category (occurring 20% of the time aerosol size distributions. The coastal nucleation category is characterised by a clear and dominant nucleation mode at sizes less than 10 nm while the open ocean nucleation category is characterised by a dominant Aitken mode between 15 nm and 50 nm. The background clean marine aerosol exhibited a clear bimodality in the sub-micron size distribution, with although it should be noted that either the Aitken mode or the accumulation mode may dominate the number concentration. However, peculiar background clean marine size distributions with coarser accumulation modes are also observed during winter months. By contrast, the continentally-influenced size distributions are generally more monomodal (accumulation, albeit with traces of bimodality. The open ocean category occurs more often during May, June and July, corresponding with the North East (NE Atlantic high biological period. Combined with the relatively high percentage frequency of occurrence (32.6%, this suggests that the marine biota is an important source of new nano aerosol particles in NE Atlantic Air.

  18. Simulation of hurricane response to suppression of warm rain by sub-micron aerosols

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    D. Rosenfeld


    Full Text Available The feasibility of hurricane modification was investigated for hurricane Katrina using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model (WRF. The possible impact of seeding of clouds with submicron cloud condensation nuclei (CCN on hurricane structure and intensity as measured by nearly halving of the area covered by hurricane force winds was simulated by "turning–off" warm rain formation in the clouds at Katrina's periphery (where wind speeds were less than 22 m s−1. This simplification of the simulation of aerosol effects is aimed at evaluating the largest possible response. This resulted in the weakening of the hurricane surface winds compared to the "non-seeded" simulated storm during the first 24 h within the entire tropical cyclone (TC area compared to a control simulation without warm rain suppression. Later, the seeding-induced evaporative cooling at the TC periphery led to a shrinking of the eye and hence to some increase in the wind within the small central area of the TC. Yet, the overall strength of the hurricane, as defined by the area covered by hurricane force winds, decreased in response to the suppressed warm rain at the periphery, as measured by a 25% reduction in the radius of hurricane force winds. In a simulation with warm rain suppression throughout the hurricane, the radius of the hurricane force winds was reduced by more than 42%, and although the diameter of the eye shrunk even further the maximum winds weakened. This shows that the main mechanism by which suppressing warm rain weakens the TC is the low level evaporative cooling of the un-precipitated cloud drops and the added cooling due to melting of precipitation that falls from above.

  19. Sub-micron opto-chemical probes for studying living neurons (United States)

    Hossein-Zadeh, M.; Delgado, J.; Schweizer, F.; Lieberman, R.


    We have fabricated sub-micron opto-chemical probes for pH, oxygen and calcium monitoring and demonstrated their application in intracellular and extracellular monitoring of neurons (cortical neuronal cultures and acute hippocampal slices). Using these probes, we have measured extracellular pH in the stratum radiatum of the CA1 region of mouse hippocampus upon stimulation of presynaptic Schaffer collateral axons. Synaptic transmission was monitored using standard electrophysiological techniques. We find that the local pH transiently changes in response to synaptic stimulation. In addition, the geometry of the functionalized region on the probe combined with high sensitivity imaging enables simultaneous monitoring of spatially adjacent but distinct compartments. As proof of concept we impaled cultured neurons with the probe measured calcium and pH inside as well as directly outside of neurons as we changed the pH and calcium concentration in the physiological solution in the perfusion chamber. As such these probes can be used to study the impact of the environment on both cellular and extra-cellular space. Additionally as the chemical properties of the surrounding medium can be controlled and monitored with high precision, these probes enable differential measurement of the target parameter referenced to a stable bath. This approach eliminates the uncertainties associated with non-chemical fluctuations in the fluorescent emission and result in a self-calibrated opto-chemical probe. We have also demonstrated multifunctional probes that are capable of measuring up to three parameters in the extracellular space in brain slices.

  20. Submicron Matrices Embedded in a Polymeric Caplet for Extended Intravaginal Delivery of Zidovudine. (United States)

    Mashingaidze, Felix; Choonara, Yahya E; Kumar, Pradeep; du Toit, Lisa C; Maharaj, Vinesh; Buchmann, Eckhart; Pillay, Viness


    In this study, an intravaginal delivery system able to deliver an anti-HIV-1 agent for the purpose of potentially reducing HIV-1 transmission acting over an extended duration was successfully formulated. This delivery system was a composite polymeric caplet comprising zidovudine-loaded polyethylene glycol enclatherated pectin-mucin submicron matrices embedded within a poly (D,L-lactide), magnesium stearate, Kollidon® SR, and Carbopol® 974P NF-based polymeric caplet matrix. A three-factor and three-level Box-Behnken statistical design was utilized to optimize the polymeric caplet. The optimized directly compressed composite polymeric caplet hardness was 22.1 ± 0.3 N and the matrix resilience was 62.4 ± 0.6%. The swelling- and diffusion-controlled fractional zidovudine (AZT) release from the optimized caplet was 0.74 ± 0.01 in simulated vaginal fluid (SVF), which increased to 0.81 ± 0.21 in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) simulating seminal fluid, over 30 days. Caplet matrix swelling was directly related to the percentage Carbopol 974P NF composition. An intravaginal system for AZT delivery was tested in the pig model over 28 days. X-ray analysis depicted delivery system swelling with matrix contrast fading over time as vaginal fluid permeated the matrix core. Plasma, vaginal fluid swab eluates, and tissue AZT concentrations were measured by gradient ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)-tandem photodiode array detection. Vaginal tissue and vaginal fluid swab eluate AZT concentrations remained above effective levels over 28 days and were higher than plasma AZT concentrations, availing a system with reduced systemic toxicity and more effective inhibition of viral replication at the site of entry.

  1. Effect of short-term regional traffic restriction on urban submicron particulate pollution. (United States)

    Zhao, Suping; Yu, Ye


    During the 2013 and 2015 Lanzhou International Marathon Events (LIME1 and LIME2), the local government made a significant effort to improve traffic conditions and air quality by implementing traffic restriction measures. To fill the gap in information on the effect of short-period (several hours) traffic control on urban air quality, submicron particle size distributions and meteorological data were measured simultaneously during June 2013 and June 2015 in urban Lanzhou. The number and surface area concentrations of particles in the 100-200nm range declined by 67.2% and 65.0% for LIME1 due to traffic control, while they decreased by 39.2% and 37.1% for LIME2. The impact of traffic restriction on air pollution near the sampling site lagged behind the traffic control period for LIME2. In addition, the effect of traffic restriction on air pollution near the sampling site was dependent on the distance between the relative orientation of the sampling site and traffic-restricted zones, as well as meteorological conditions such as wind direction. The influence of traffic restrictions on the particle concentrations differed for different particle sizes. The size range most affected by traffic restriction was 60-200 and 60-300nm for number and surface area concentrations in the urban environment, respectively, while for the particle volume concentration it was the 100-600nm range. This study will provide a basis for implementation of future urban traffic-induced particulate pollution control measures. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  2. Anthropogenic influences on the physical state of submicron particulate matter over a tropical forest

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    Bateman, Adam P.; Gong, Zhaoheng; Harder, Tristan H.; de Sá, Suzane S.; Wang, Bingbing; Castillo, Paulo; China, Swarup; Liu, Yingjun; O& amp; apos; Brien, Rachel E.; Palm, Brett B.; Shiu, Hung-Wei; Cirino, Glauber G.; Thalman, Ryan; Adachi, Kouji; Alexander, M. Lizabeth; Artaxo, Paulo; Bertram, Allan K.; Buseck, Peter R.; Gilles, Mary K.; Jimenez, Jose L.; Laskin, Alexander; Manzi, Antonio O.; Sedlacek, Arthur; Souza, Rodrigo A. F.; Wang, Jian; Zaveri, Rahul; Martin, Scot T.


    The occurrence of nonliquid and liquid physical states of submicron atmospheric particulate matter (PM) downwind of an urban region in central Amazonia was investigated. Measurements were conducted during two intensive operating periods (IOP1 and IOP2) that took place during the wet and dry seasons of the GoAmazon2014/5 campaign. Air masses representing variable influences of background conditions, urban pollution, and regional- and continental-scale biomass burning passed over the research site. As the air masses varied, particle rebound fraction, an indicator of physical state, was measured in real time at ground level using an impactor apparatus. Micrographs collected by transmission electron microscopy confirmed that liquid particles adhered, while nonliquid particles rebounded. Relative humidity (RH) was scanned to collect rebound curves. When the apparatus RH matched ambient RH, 95 % of the particles adhered as a campaign average. Secondary organic material, produced for the most part by the oxidation of volatile organic compounds emitted from the forest, produces liquid PM over this tropical forest. During periods of anthropogenic influence, by comparison, the rebound fraction dropped to as low as 60 % at 95 % RH. Analyses of the mass spectra of the atmospheric PM by positive-matrix factorization (PMF) and of concentrations of carbon monoxide, total particle number, and oxides of nitrogen were used to identify time periods affected by anthropogenic influences, including both urban pollution and biomass burning. The occurrence of nonliquid PM at high RH correlated with these indicators of anthropogenic influence. A linear model having as output the rebound fraction and as input the PMF factor loadings explained up to 70 % of the variance in the observed rebound fractions. Anthropogenic influences can contribute to the presence of nonliquid PM in the atmospheric particle population through the combined effects of molecular species that increase viscosity

  3. Single-crystal and textured polycrystalline Nd2Fe14B flakes with a submicron or nanosize thickness

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    Cui, BZ; Zheng, LY; Li, WF; Liu, JF; Hadjipanayis, GC


    This paper reports on the fabrication, structure and magnetic property optimization of Nd2Fe14B single-crystal and [0 0 1] textured poly-nanocrystalline flakes prepared by surfactant-assisted high-energy ball milling (HEBM). Single-crystal Nd2Fe14B flakes first with micron and then with submicron thicknesses were formed via continuous basal cleavage along the (1 1 0) planes of the irregularly shaped single-crystal microparticles during the early stage of HEBM. With further milling, [0 0 1] textured polycrystalline submicron Nd2Fe14B flakes were formed. Finally, crystallographically anisotropic polycrystalline Nd2Fe14B nanoflakes were formed after milling for 5-6 h. Anisotropic magnetic behavior was found in all of the flake samples. Nd2Fe14B flakes prepared with either oleic acid (OA) or oleylamine (OY) as the surfactant exhibited similar morphology, structure and magnetic properties. Both the addition of some low-melting-point eutectic Nd70Cu30 alloy and an appropriate post-annealing can increase the coercivity of the Nd2Fe14B flakes. The coercivity of Nd2Fe14B nanoflakes with an addition of 16.7 wt.% Nd70Cu30 by milling for 5 h in heptane with 20 wt.% OY increased from 3.7 to 6.8 kOe after annealing at 450 degrees C for 0.5 h. The mechanism for formation and coercivity enhancement of Nd2Fe14B single-crystal and textured poly-nanocrystalline flakes with a submicron or nanosize thickness was discussed. (C) 2011 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Submicron organic aerosol in Tijuana, Mexico, from local and Southern California sources during the CalMex campaign (United States)

    Takahama, S.; Johnson, A.; Guzman Morales, J.; Russell, L. M.; Duran, R.; Rodriguez, G.; Zheng, J.; Zhang, R.; Toom-Sauntry, D.; Leaitch, W. R.


    The CalMex campaign was conducted from May 15 to June 30 of 2010 to study the properties and sources of air pollution in Tijuana, Mexico. In this study, submicron organic aerosol mass (OM) composition measured by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM), and X-ray spectromicroscopy are combined with statistical analysis and measurements of other atmospheric constituents. The average (±one standard deviation) OM concentration was 3.3 ± 1.7 μg m-3. A large source of submicron aerosol mass at this location was determined to be vehicular sources, which contributed approximately 40% to the submicron OM; largely during weekday mornings. The O/C ratio estimated from ACSM measurements was 0.64 ± 0.19; diurnal variations in this value and the more oxygenated fraction of OM as determined from Positive Matrix Factorization and classification analyses suggest the high degree of oxygenation originates from aged OM, rather than locally-produced secondary organic aerosol. A large contribution of this oxygenated aerosol to Tijuana from various source classes was observed; some fraction of this aerosol mass may be associated with non-refractory components, such as dust or BC. Backtrajectory simulations using the HYSPLIT model suggest that the mean wind vector consistently originated from the northwest region, over the Pacific Ocean and near the Southern California coast, which suggests that the origin of much of the oxygenated organic aerosol observed in Tijuana (as much as 60% of OM) may have been the Southern California Air Basin. The marine aerosol contribution to OM during the period was on average 23 ± 24%, though its contribution varied over synoptic rather than diurnal timescales. BB aerosol contributed 20 ± 20% of the OM during the campaign period, with notable BB events occurring during several weekend evenings.

  5. Radiation tolerant VLSI circuits in standard deep submicron CMOS technologies for the LHC experiments practical design aspects

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    Anelli, G; Delmastro, M; Faccio, F; Floria, S; Giraldo, A; Heijne, Erik H M; Jarron, Pierre; Kloukinas, Kostas C; Marchioro, A; Moreira, P; Snoeys, W


    We discuss design issues related to the extensive use of Enclosed Layout Transistors (ELT's) and guard rings in deep submicron CMOS technologies in order to improve radiation tolerance of ASIC's designed for the LHC experiments (the Large Hadron Collider at present under construction at CERN). We present novel aspects related to the use of ELT's: noise measured before and after irradiation up to 100 Mrad (SiO/sub 2/), a model to calculate the W/L ratio and matching properties of these devices. Some conclusions concerning the density and the speed of IC's conceived with this design approach are finally drawn. (16 refs).

  6. A Nordic project on high speed low power design in sub-micron CMOS technology for mobile phones

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    Olesen, Ole

    This paper is a survey paper presenting the Nordic CONFRONT project and reporting some results from the group at CIE/DTU, Denmark. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of sub-micron CMOS for the realisation of RF front-end circuits operating at frequencies in the 1.......8-2.0 GHz range. The ultimate goal is a single-chip transceiver, requiring only an external band-pass filter between the chip and the antenna. DECT has been chosen as a comparative standard to compare the new approaches developed in the work as well as to facilitate good knowledge transfer to industry. All...

  7. A simple and wide-range refractive index measuring approach by using a sub-micron grating

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    Liu, Chun-Wei; Wu, Chun-Che; Lin, Shih-Chieh [Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, 101 Section 2, Kuang-Fu Road, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan (China)


    This paper presents the design and simulation results of a high-precision low-cost refractometer that demonstrates the main advantage of a wide measurement range (1 ≤ n ≤ 2). The proposed design is based on the diffractive properties of sub-micron gratings and Snell's Law. The precision and uncertainty factors of the proposed system were tested and analyzed, revealing that the proposed refractometer demonstrates a wide measurement range with sensitivity of 10{sup −4}.

  8. Transport in arrays of submicron Josephson junctions over a ground plane

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    Ho, Teressa Rae [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)


    One-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) arrays of Al islands linked by submicron Al/AlxOy/Al tunnel junctions were fabricated on an insulating layer grown on a ground plane. The arrays were cooled to temperatures as low as 20 mK where the Josephson coupling energy EJ of each junction and the charging energy EC of each island were much greater than the thermal energy kBT. The capacitance Cg between each island and the ground plane was much greater than the junction capacitance C. Two classes of arrays were studied. In the first class, the normal state tunneling resistance of the junctions was much larger than the resistance quantum for single electrons, RN>> RQe≡ h/e2 ~ 25.8 kΩ, and the islands were driven normal by an applied magnetic field such that EJ = 0 and the array was in the Coulomb blockade regime. The arrays were made on degenerately-doped Si, thermally oxidized to a thickness of approximately 100 nm. The current-voltage (I - V) characteristics of a 1D and a 2D array were measured and found to display a threshold voltage VT below which little current flows. In the second class of arrays, the normal state tunneling resistance of the junctions was close to the resistance quantum for Cooper pairs, RN≈RQ≡h/4e2≈6.45kΩ, such that EJ/EC≈1. The arrays were made on GaAs/Al0.3Ga0.7As heterostructures with a two-dimensional electron gas approximately 100 nm below the surface. One array displayed superconducting behavior at low temperature. Two arrays displayed insulating behavior at low temperature, and the size of the Coulomb gap increased with increasing Rg.

  9. Two-Dimensional Analysis of Narrow Gate Effects in Micron and Submicron Mosfets (United States)

    Chung, Shao-Shiun

    characteristics are also developed, based on the 2-D results. It is shown that good agreement is obtained between the model, experimental data and 2-D numerical results. Proposed models of the threshold voltage shift and subthreshold characteristics for submicron MOSFETs also show good agreement between numerical results and modeled results.

  10. Chemical characteristics of submicron particles at the central Tibetan Plateau: insights from aerosol mass spectrometry

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    J. Xu


    Full Text Available Recent studies have revealed a significant influx of anthropogenic aerosol from South Asia to the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau (TP during pre-monsoon period. In order to characterize the chemical composition, sources, and transport processes of aerosol in this area, we carried out a field study during June 2015 by deploying a suite of online instruments including an Aerodyne high-resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-AMS and a multi-angle absorption photometer (MAAP at Nam Co station (90°57′ E, 30°46′ N; 4730 m a.s.l. at the central of the TP. The measurements were made at a period when the transition from pre-monsoon to monsoon occurred. The average ambient mass concentration of submicron particulate matter (PM1 over the whole campaign was  ∼  2.0 µg m−3, with organics accounting for 68 %, followed by sulfate (15 %, black carbon (8 %, ammonium (7 %, and nitrate (2 %. Relatively higher aerosol mass concentration episodes were observed during the pre-monsoon period, whereas persistently low aerosol concentrations were observed during the monsoon period. However, the chemical composition of aerosol during the higher aerosol concentration episodes in the pre-monsoon season was on a case-by-case basis, depending on the prevailing meteorological conditions and air mass transport routes. Most of the chemical species exhibited significant diurnal variations with higher values occurring during afternoon and lower values during early morning, whereas nitrate peaked during early morning in association with higher relative humidity and lower air temperature. Organic aerosol (OA, with an oxygen-to-carbon ratio (O ∕ C of 0.94, was more oxidized during the pre-monsoon period than during monsoon (average O ∕ C ratio of 0.72, and an average O ∕ C was 0.88 over the entire campaign period, suggesting overall highly oxygenated aerosol in the central TP. Positive matrix factorization of the

  11. The role of adsorbed water on the friction of a layer of submicron particles (United States)

    Sammis, Charles G.; Lockner, David A.; Reches, Ze’ev


    Anomalously low values of friction observed in layers of submicron particles deformed in simple shear at high slip velocities are explained as the consequence of a one nanometer thick layer of water adsorbed on the particles. The observed transition from normal friction with an apparent coefficient near μ = 0.6 at low slip speeds to a coefficient near μ = 0.3 at higher slip speeds is attributed to competition between the time required to extrude the water layer from between neighboring particles in a force chain and the average lifetime of the chain. At low slip speeds the time required for extrusion is less than the average lifetime of a chain so the particles make contact and lock. As slip speed increases, the average lifetime of a chain decreases until it is less than the extrusion time and the particles in a force chain never come into direct contact. If the adsorbed water layer enables the otherwise rough particles to rotate, the coefficient of friction will drop to μ = 0.3, appropriate for rotating spheres. At the highest slip speeds particle temperatures rise above 100°C, the water layer vaporizes, the particles contact and lock, and the coefficient of friction rises to μ = 0.6. The observed onset of weakening at slip speeds near 0.001 m/s is consistent with the measured viscosity of a 1 nm thick layer of adsorbed water, with a minimum particle radius of approximately 20 nm, and with reasonable assumptions about the distribution of force chains guided by experimental observation. The reduction of friction and the range of velocities over which it occurs decrease with increasing normal stress, as predicted by the model. Moreover, the analysis predicts that this high-speed weakening mechanism should operate only for particles with radii smaller than approximately 1 μm. For larger particles the slip speed required for weakening is so large that frictional heating will evaporate the adsorbed water and weakening will not occur.

  12. Enhancements of the refractory submicron aerosol fraction in the Arctic polar vortex: feature or exception? (United States)

    Weigel, R.; Volk, C. M.; Kandler, K.; Hösen, E.; Günther, G.; Vogel, B.; Grooß, J.-U.; Khaykin, S.; Belyaev, G. V.; Borrmann, S.


    In situ measurements with a four-channel stratospheric condensation particle counter (CPC) were conducted at up to 20 km altitude on board the aircraft M-55 Geophysica from Kiruna, Sweden, in January through March (EUPLEX 2003, RECONCILE 2010) and in December (ESSenCe 2011). During all campaigns air masses from the upper stratosphere and mesosphere were subsiding inside the Arctic winter vortex, thus initializing a transport of refractory aerosol into the lower stratosphere (Θ content of nitrous oxide (70 nmol mol-1 of N2O). This indicates that refractory aerosol originates from the upper stratosphere or the mesosphere. Derived from the mixing ratio of the simultaneously measured long-lived tracer N2O, an empirical index serves to differentiate probed air masses according to their origin: inside the vortex, the vortex edge region, or outside the vortex. Previously observed high fractions of refractory submicron aerosol in the 2003 Arctic vortex were ascribed to unusually strong subsidence during that winter. However, measurements under perturbed vortex conditions in 2010 and during early winter in December 2011 revealed similarly high values. Thus, the abundance of refractory aerosol in the lower stratosphere within the Arctic vortices appears to be a regular feature rather than the exception. During December, the import from aloft into the lower stratosphere appears to be developing; thereafter the abundance of refractory aerosol inside the vortex reaches its highest levels in March. The correlations of refractory aerosol with N2O suggest that, apart from mean subsidence, diabatic dispersion inside the vortex significantly contributes to the transport of particles to the Arctic lower stratosphere. A measurement-based estimate of the total mass of refractory aerosol inside the vortex is provided for each campaign. Based on the derived increase of particle mass in the lower stratospheric vortex (100-67 hPa pressure altitude) by a factor of 4.5 between early and

  13. Number size distributions and seasonality of submicron particles in Europe 2008-2009 (United States)

    Asmi, A.; Wiedensohler, A.; Laj, P.; Fjaeraa, A.-M.; Sellegri, K.; Birmili, W.; Weingartner, E.; Baltensperger, U.; Zdimal, V.; Zikova, N.; Putaud, J.-P.; Marinoni, A.; Tunved, P.; Hansson, H.-C.; Fiebig, M.; Kivekäs, N.; Lihavainen, H.; Asmi, E.; Ulevicius, V.; Aalto, P. P.; Swietlicki, E.; Kristensson, A.; Mihalopoulos, N.; Kalivitis, N.; Kalapov, I.; Kiss, G.; de Leeuw, G.; Henzing, B.; Harrison, R. M.; Beddows, D.; O'Dowd, C.; Jennings, S. G.; Flentje, H.; Weinhold, K.; Meinhardt, F.; Ries, L.; Kulmala, M.


    Two years of harmonized aerosol number size distribution data from 24 European field monitoring sites have been analysed. The results give a comprehensive overview of the European near surface aerosol particle number concentrations and number size distributions between 30 and 500 nm of dry particle diameter. Spatial and temporal distribution of aerosols in the particle sizes most important for climate applications are presented. We also analyse the annual, weekly and diurnal cycles of the aerosol number concentrations, provide log-normal fitting parameters for median number size distributions, and give guidance notes for data users. Emphasis is placed on the usability of results within the aerosol modelling community. We also show that the aerosol number concentrations of Aitken and accumulation mode particles (with 100 nm dry diameter as a cut-off between modes) are related, although there is significant variation in the ratios of the modal number concentrations. Different aerosol and station types are distinguished from this data and this methodology has potential for further categorization of stations aerosol number size distribution types. The European submicron aerosol was divided into characteristic types: Central European aerosol, characterized by single mode median size distributions, unimodal number concentration histograms and low variability in CCN-sized aerosol number concentrations; Nordic aerosol with low number concentrations, although showing pronounced seasonal variation of especially Aitken mode particles; Mountain sites (altitude over 1000 m a.s.l.) with a strong seasonal cycle in aerosol number concentrations, high variability, and very low median number concentrations. Southern and Western European regions had fewer stations, which decreases the regional coverage of these results. Aerosol number concentrations over the Britain and Ireland had very high variance and there are indications of mixed air masses from several source regions; the

  14. Sub-micron particle number size distribution characteristics at two urban locations in Leicester (United States)

    Hama, Sarkawt M. L.; Cordell, Rebecca L.; Kos, Gerard P. A.; Weijers, E. P.; Monks, Paul S.


    The particle number size distribution (PNSD) of atmospheric particles not only provides information about sources and atmospheric processing of particles, but also plays an important role in determining regional lung dose. Owing to the importance of PNSD in understanding particulate pollution two short-term campaigns (March-June 2014) measurements of sub-micron PNSD were conducted at two urban background locations in Leicester, UK. At the first site, Leicester Automatic Urban Rural Network (AURN), the mean number concentrations of nucleation, Aitken, accumulation modes, the total particles, equivalent black carbon (eBC) mass concentrations were 2002, 3258, 1576, 6837 # cm-3, 1.7 μg m-3, respectively, and at the second site, Brookfield (BF), were 1455, 2407, 874, 4737 # cm-3, 0.77 μg m-3, respectively. The total particle number was dominated by the nucleation and Aitken modes, with both consisting of 77%, and 81% of total number concentrations at AURN and BF sites, respectively. This behaviour could be attributed to primary emissions (traffic) of ultrafine particles and the temporal evolution of mixing layer. The size distribution at the AURN site shows bimodal distribution at 22 nm with a minor peak at 70 nm. The size distribution at BF site, however, exhibits unimodal distribution at 35 nm. This study has for the first time investigated the effect of Easter holiday on PNSD in UK. The temporal variation of PNSD demonstrated a good degree of correlation with traffic-related pollutants (NOX, and eBC at both sites). The meteorological conditions, also had an impact on the PNSD and eBC at both sites. During the measurement period, the frequency of NPF events was calculated to be 13.3%, and 22.2% at AURN and BF sites, respectively. The average value of formation and growth rates of nucleation mode particles were 1.3, and 1.17 cm-3 s-1 and 7.42, and 5.3 nm h-1 at AURN, and BF sites, respectively. It can suggested that aerosol particles in Leicester originate mainly

  15. Submicron Particles during Macro- and Micro-Weldings Procedures in Industrial Indoor Environments and Health Implications for Welding Operators

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    Pasquale Avino


    Full Text Available One of the emerging risks in the engineering and electronic industries is the exposure of workers to ultrafine particles during (micro-welding operations, i.e., processes used for joining two metal parts heated locally, which constitute the base metal, with or without addition of another metal which is the filler metal, melted between the edges to be joined. The process is accompanied by formation of metallic fumes arising from the molten metal as well as by the emission of metal fumes of variable composition depending on the alloys welded and fused. The aim of this paper is to investigate the number, concentration and size distribution of submicron particles produced by (micro-welding processes. Particle number size distribution is continuously measured during (micro-welding operations by means of two instruments, i.e., Fast Mobility Particle Sizer and Nanoparticle Surface Area Monitor. The temporal variation of the particle number size distribution across the peaks evidences the strong and fast-evolving contribution of nucleation mode particles: peak values are maintained for less than 10 s. The implication of such contribution on human health is linked to the high deposition efficiency of submicronic particles in the alveolar interstitial region of the human respiratory system, where gas exchange occurs.

  16. Optically and acoustically triggerable sub-micron phase-change contrast agents for enhanced photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging

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    Shengtao Lin


    Full Text Available We demonstrate a versatile phase-change sub-micron contrast agent providing three modes of contrast enhancement: 1 photoacoustic imaging contrast, 2 ultrasound contrast with optical activation, and 3 ultrasound contrast with acoustic activation. This agent, which we name ‘Cy-droplet’, has the following novel features. It comprises a highly volatile perfluorocarbon for easy versatile activation, and a near-infrared optically absorbing dye chosen to absorb light at a wavelength with good tissue penetration. It is manufactured via a ‘microbubble condensation’ method. The phase-transition of Cy-droplets can be optically triggered by pulsed-laser illumination, inducing photoacoustic signal and forming stable gas bubbles that are visible with echo-ultrasound in situ. Alternatively, Cy-droplets can be converted to microbubble contrast agents upon acoustic activation with clinical ultrasound. Potentially all modes offer extravascular contrast enhancement because of the sub-micron initial size. Such versatility of acoustic and optical ‘triggerability’ can potentially improve multi-modality imaging, molecularly targeted imaging and controlled drug release.

  17. Large-scale self-assembly of uniform submicron silver sulfide material driven by precise pressure control (United States)

    Qi, Juanjuan; Chen, Ke; Zhang, Shuhao; Yang, Yun; Guo, Lin; Yang, Shihe


    The controllable self-assembly of nanosized building blocks into larger specific structures can provide an efficient method of synthesizing novel materials with excellent properties. The self-assembly of nanocrystals by assisted means is becoming an extremely active area of research, because it provides a method of producing large-scale advanced functional materials with potential applications in the areas of energy, electronics, optics, and biologics. In this study, we applied an efficient strategy, namely, the use of ‘pressure control’ to the assembly of silver sulfide (Ag2S) nanospheres with a diameter of approximately 33 nm into large-scale, uniform Ag2S sub-microspheres with a size of about 0.33 μm. More importantly, this strategy realizes the online control of the overall reaction system, including the pressure, reaction time, and temperature, and could also be used to easily fabricate other functional materials on an industrial scale. Moreover, the thermodynamics and kinetics parameters for the thermal decomposition of silver diethyldithiocarbamate (Ag(DDTC)) are also investigated to explore the formation mechanism of the Ag2S nanosized building blocks which can be assembled into uniform sub-micron scale architecture. As a method of producing sub-micron Ag2S particles by means of the pressure-controlled self-assembly of nanoparticles, we foresee this strategy being an efficient and universally applicable option for constructing other new building blocks and assembling novel and large functional micromaterials on an industrial scale.

  18. High-Q AlAs/GaAs adiabatic micropillar cavities with submicron diameters for cQED experiments

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    Lermer, M.; Gregersen, Niels; Dunzer, F.

    stringent requirements to the design and the processing of the micropillars which show a drastic decrease of the Q factor in the low diameter limit due to sidewall scattering losses and mode mismatch. Indeed, these effects limit the Q factor to ~2,000 in the submicron diameter range for a standard...... microcavity design [1, 2]. To overcome the trade-off between high Q and low Vmode, we designed and implemented a novel adiabatic AlAs/GaAs cavity design (MC1) with 3 taper segments (Fig. 1 (a)) as it was suggested by Zhang et al. for SiO2/TiO2 micropillar cavities [3]. Comparative measurements of the Q factor...... were performed between a standard one-λ microcavity structure (MC2) and MC1 for pillars with diameters ranging from 0.70 μm to 1.50 μm (Fig. 1 (b; bottom)). As can be seen in Fig. 1(b) MC1 shows significantly higher Q-factors exceeding 10.000 in the submicron diameter range due to the adiabatic cavity...

  19. A Novel Inlet System for On-line Chemical Analysis of Semi-Volatile Submicron Particulate Matter (United States)

    Wisthaler, A.; Eichler, P.; Müller, M.; D'anna, B.


    We herein present the concept of a novel modular inlet system that allows using gas-phase analyzers for on-line chemical characterization of semi-volatile submicron particles. The "Chemical analysis of aerosol on-line" (CHARON) inlet consists of a gas-phase denuder for stripping off gas-phase analytes, an aerodynamic lens for particle enrichment in the sampling flow and a thermo-desorption unit for particle volatilization prior to chemical analysis. We coupled the CHARON inlet to a proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PTR-ToF-MS) which quantitatively detects most organic analytes and ammonia. The combined set-up measures submicron organic and ammonium nitrate/sulfate particles online. Proof-of-principle studies were carried out for demonstrating the analytical power of the new set-up in analyzing primarily emitted and secondarily generated particles. A promising future application is the study of the partitioning of organic compounds between the gas and the particulate phase.

  20. Optically and acoustically triggerable sub-micron phase-change contrast agents for enhanced photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging. (United States)

    Lin, Shengtao; Shah, Anant; Hernández-Gil, Javier; Stanziola, Antonio; Harriss, Bethany I; Matsunaga, Terry O; Long, Nicholas; Bamber, Jeffrey; Tang, Meng-Xing


    We demonstrate a versatile phase-change sub-micron contrast agent providing three modes of contrast enhancement: 1) photoacoustic imaging contrast, 2) ultrasound contrast with optical activation, and 3) ultrasound contrast with acoustic activation. This agent, which we name 'Cy-droplet', has the following novel features. It comprises a highly volatile perfluorocarbon for easy versatile activation, and a near-infrared optically absorbing dye chosen to absorb light at a wavelength with good tissue penetration. It is manufactured via a 'microbubble condensation' method. The phase-transition of Cy-droplets can be optically triggered by pulsed-laser illumination, inducing photoacoustic signal and forming stable gas bubbles that are visible with echo-ultrasound in situ . Alternatively, Cy-droplets can be converted to microbubble contrast agents upon acoustic activation with clinical ultrasound. Potentially all modes offer extravascular contrast enhancement because of the sub-micron initial size. Such versatility of acoustic and optical 'triggerability' can potentially improve multi-modality imaging, molecularly targeted imaging and controlled drug release.

  1. X-ray imaging with sub-micron resolution using large-area photon counting detectors Timepix (United States)

    Dudak, J.; Karch, J.; Holcova, K.; Zemlicka, J.


    As X-ray micro-CT became a popular tool for scientific purposes a number of commercially available CT systems have emerged on the market. Micro-CT systems have, therefore, become widely accessible and the number of research laboratories using them constantly increases. However, even when CT scans with spatial resolution of several micrometers can be performed routinely, data acquisition with sub-micron precision remains a complicated task. Issues come mostly from prolongation of the scan time inevitably connected with the use of nano-focus X-ray sources. Long exposure time increases the noise level in the CT projections. Furthermore, considering the sub-micron resolution even effects like source-spot drift, rotation stage wobble or thermal expansion become significant and can negatively affect the data. The use of dark-current free photon counting detectors as X-ray cameras for such applications can limit the issue of increased image noise in the data, however the mechanical stability of the whole system still remains a problem and has to be considered. In this work we evaluate the performance of a micro-CT system equipped with nano-focus X-ray tube and a large area photon counting detector Timepix for scans with effective pixel size bellow one micrometer.

  2. Surface Patterning and Nanowire Biosensor Construction

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    Iversen, Lars


    assembled monolayer on gold, a technique useful for creating diverse monolayer patterns in a direct-write fashion. Addition of a second alkanethiol forms a topologically ultra flat but chemically patterned surface, which by inspection with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed...... submicron feature sizes, varying linearly in size with laser power and irradiation time. In Part II - “Nanoscale Biosensors” - Indium Arsenide (InAs) nanowires (NW) incorporated in field effect transistor (FET) devices provide a sensitive platform for detection of charged analyte species binding to the NW...... surface. A central limitation to this biosensor principle is the screening of analyte charge by mobile ions in electrolytes with physiological ionic strength. To overcome this problem, we propose to use as capture agents proteins which undergo large conformational changes. Using structure based protein...

  3. Submicron-resolution photoacoustic microscopy of endogenous light-absorbing biomolecules (United States)

    Zhang, Chi

    Photoacoustic imaging in biomedicine has the unique advantage of probing endogenous light absorbers at various length scales with a 100% relative sensitivity. Among the several modalities of photoacoustic imaging, optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy (OR-PAM) can achieve high spatial resolution, on the order of optical wavelength, at targets fluorescent markers, label-free PAM avoids the major concerns that the fluorescent labeling probes may disturb the function of biomolecules and may have an insufficient density. This dissertation aims to advance label-free OR-PAM to the subcellular scale. The first part of this dissertation describes the technological advancement of PAM yielding high spatial resolution in 3D. The lateral resolution was improved by using optical objectives with high numerical apertures for optical focusing. The axial resolution was improved by using broadband ultrasonic transducers for ultrasound detection. We achieved 220 nm lateral resolution in transmission mode, 0.43 microm lateral resolution in reflection mode, 7.6 microm axial resolution in normal tissue, and 5.8 microm axial resolution with silicone oil immersion/injection. The achieved lateral resolution and axial resolution were the finest reported at the time. With high-resolution in 3D, PAM was demonstrated to resolve cellular and subcellular structures in vivo, such as red blood cells and melanosomes in melanoma cells. Compared with previous PAM systems, our high-resolution PAM could resolve capillaries in mouse ears more clearly. As an example application, we demonstrated intracellular temperature imaging, assisted by fluorescence signal detection, with sub-degree temperature resolution and sub-micron lateral resolution. The second part of this dissertation describes the exploration of endogenous light-absorbing biomolecules for PAM. We demonstrated cytochromes and myoglobin as new absorption contrasts for PAM and identified the corresponding optimal wavelengths for imaging

  4. Impact-disrupted gunshot residue: A sub-micron analysis using a novel collection protocol

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    V. Spathis


    Full Text Available The analysis of gunshot residue (GSR has played an integral role within the legal system in relation to shooting cases. With a characteristic elemental composition of lead, antimony, barium, and a typically discriminative spheroidal morphology, the presence and distribution of GSR can aid in firearm investigations. In this experiment, three shots of low velocity rim-fire ammunition were fired over polished silicon collection substrates placed at six intervals over a 100 cm range. The samples were analysed using a Field Emission Gun Scanning Electron Microscope (FEG-SEM in conjunction with an X-flash Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX detector, allowing for GSR particle analyses of composition and structure at the sub-micron level. The results of this experiment indicate that although classic spheroidal particles are present consistently throughout the entire range of samples their sizes vary significantly, and at certain distances from the firearm particles with an irregular morphology were discerned, forming “impact-disrupted” GSR particles, henceforth colloquially referred to as “splats”. Upon further analysis, trends with regards to the formation of these splat particles were distinguished. An increase in splat frequency was observed starting at 10 cm from the firearm, with 147 mm−2 splat density, reaching a maximal flux at 40 cm (451 mm−2, followed by a gradual decrease to the maximum range sampled. Moreover, the structural morphology of the splats changes throughout the sampling range. At the distances closest to the firearm, molten-looking particles were formed, demonstrating the metallic residues were in a liquid state when their flight path was disrupted. However, at increased distances-primarily where the discharge plume was at maximum dispersion and moving away from the firearm, the residues have had time to cool in-fight resulting in semi-congealed and solid particles that subsequently disrupted upon impact, forming more

  5. Cathepsin K-targeted sub-micron particles for regenerative repair of vascular elastic matrix. (United States)

    Jennewine, Brenton; Fox, Jonathan; Ramamurthi, Anand


    Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) involve slow dilation and weakening of the aortic wall due to breakdown of structural matrix components, such as elastic fibers by chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily, MMPs-2 and -9. Auto-regenerative repair of disrupted elastic fibers by smooth muscle cells (SMCs) at the AAA site is intrinsically poor and together with chronic proteolysis prevents restoration of elastin homeostasis, necessary to enable AAA growth arrest or regression to a healthy state. Oral doxycycline (DOX) therapy can inhibit MMPs to slow AAA growth, but has systemwide side-effects and inhibits new elastin deposition within AAA tissue, diminishing prospects for restoring elastin homeostasis preventing the arrest/regression of AAA growth. We have thus developed cationic amphiphile (DMAB)-modified submicron particles (SMPs) that uniquely exhibit pro-elastogenic and anti-proteolytic properties, separate from similar effects of the encapsulated drug. These SMPs can enable sustained, low dose DOX delivery within AAA tissue to augment elastin regenerative repair. To provide greater specificity of SMP targeting, we have conjugated the DOX-SMP surface with an antibody against cathepsin K, a lysosomal protease that is highly overexpressed within AAA tissue. We have determined conditions for efficient cathepsin K Ab conjugation onto the SMPs, improved SMP binding to aneurysmal SMCs in culture and to injured vessel walls ex vivo, conjugation did not affect DOX release from the SMPs, and improved pro-elastogenic and anti-proteolytic effects due to the SMPs likely due to their increased proximity to cells via binding. Our study results suggest that cathepsin K Ab conjugation is a useful targeting modality for our pro-regenerative SMPs. Future studies will investigate SMP retention and biodistribution following targeting to induced AAAs in rat models through intravenous or catheter-based aortal infusion and thereafter their efficacy for

  6. Volatility measurement of atmospheric submicron aerosols in an urban atmosphere in southern China

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    L.-M. Cao


    Full Text Available Aerosol pollution has been a very serious environmental problem in China for many years. The volatility of aerosols can affect the distribution of compounds in the gas and aerosol phases, the atmospheric fates of the corresponding components, and the measurement of the concentration of aerosols. Compared to the characterization of chemical composition, few studies have focused on the volatility of aerosols in China. In this study, a thermodenuder aerosol mass spectrometer (TD-AMS system was deployed to study the volatility of non-refractory submicron particulate matter (PM1 species during winter in Shenzhen. To our knowledge, this paper is the first report of the volatilities of aerosol chemical components based on a TD-AMS system in China. The average PM1 mass concentration during the experiment was 42.7±20.1 µg m−3, with organic aerosol (OA being the most abundant component (43.2 % of the total mass. The volatility of chemical species measured by the AMS varied, with nitrate showing the highest volatility, with a mass fraction remaining (MFR of 0.57 at 50 °C. Organics showed semi-volatile characteristics (the MFR was 0.88 at 50 °C, and the volatility had a relatively linear correlation with the TD temperature (from the ambient temperature to 200 °C, with an evaporation rate of 0.45 % °C−1. Five subtypes of OA were resolved from total OA using positive matrix factorization (PMF for data obtained under both ambient temperature and high temperatures through the TD, including a hydrocarbon-like OA (HOA, accounting for 13.5 %, a cooking OA (COA, 20.6 %, a biomass-burning OA (BBOA, 8.9 %, and two oxygenated OAs (OOAs: a less-oxidized OOA (LO-OOA, 39.1 % and a more-oxidized OOA (MO-OOA, 17.9 %. Different OA factors presented different volatilities, and the volatility sequence of the OA factors at 50 °C was HOA (MFR of 0.56  >  LO-OOA (0.70  >  COA (0.85  ≈  BBOA (0.87

  7. In-vivo pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution and anti-tumour effect of hydroxycamptothecin delivered in oil-in-water submicron emulsions. (United States)

    Zhao, Yong-Xing; Liu, Dan-Xing; Liang, Wen-Quan; Ye, Zhi-Wei


    The aim of this study was to investigate the pharmacokinetics, tissue distribution and anti-tumour effect of hydroxycamptothecin submicron emulsions (HCPT-SEs). HCPT-SEs or HCPT injection (HCPT-I) was administered intravenously into the tail vein of rats or S180 tumour-bearing mice.   HCPT-SEs increased the plasma concentration of HCPT compared with HCPT-I at all time points. The AUC(0-∞) , elimination half-life and mean residence time of anionic submicron emulsions containing HCPT (HCPT-ASEs) and cationic submicron emulsions containing HCPT (HCPT-CSEs) were significantly greater than those of HCPT-I (P  anti-tumour effect studies showed that HCPT-SEs improved the therapeutic efficiency of HCPT compared with HCPT-I. The percentage of tumour growth suppression rate of mice treated with HCPT-CSEs (2.0 mg HCPT eq./kg) increased 2.1 fold compared with that of HCPT-I. Submicron emulsions can alter the pharmacokinetic characteristics and tissue distribution of HCPT, and enhance tumour targeting and anti-tumour activity. © 2012 The Authors. JPP © 2012 Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

  8. Investigation of the enhanced spatial density of submicron lunar ejecta between L values 1.2 and 3.0 in the earth's magnetosphere: Theory (United States)

    Alexander, W. M.; Tanner, W. G.; Goad, H. S.


    Initial results from the measurement conducted by the dust particle experiment on the lunar orbiting satellite Lunar Explorer 35 (LE 35) were reported with the data interpreted as indicating that the moon is a significant source of micrometeroids. Primary sporadic and stream meteoroids impacting the surface of the moon at hypervelocity was proposed as the source of micron and submicron particles that leave the lunar craters with velocities sufficient to escape the moon's gravitational sphere of influence. No enhanced flux of lunar ejecta with masses greater than a nanogram was detected by LE 35 or the Lunar Orbiters. Hypervelocity meteoroid simulation experiments concentrating on ejecta production combined with extensive analyses of the orbital dynamics of micron and submicron lunar ejecta in selenocentric, cislunar, and geocentric space have shown that a pulse of these lunar ejecta, with a time correlation relative to the position of the moon relative to the earth, intercepts the earth's magnetopause surface (EMPs). As shown, a strong reason exists for expecting a significant enhancement of submicron dust particles in the region of the magnetosphere between L values of 1.2 and 3.0. This is the basis for the proposal of a series of experiments to investigate the enhancement or even trapping of submicron lunar ejecta in this region. The subsequent interaction of this mass with the upper-lower atmosphere of the earth and possible geophysical effects can then be studied.

  9. Effects of brief and intermediate exposures to sulfate submicron aerosols and sulfate injections on cardiopulmonary function of dogs and tracheal mucous velocity of sheep

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    Sackner, M.A. (Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, FL); Dougherty, R.L.; Chapman, G.A.; Cipley, J.; Perez, D.; Kwoka, M.; Reinhart, M.; Brito, M.; Schreck, R.


    Pulmonary mechanics of anesthetized dogs were not changed or were minimally altered by breathing the following compounds as submicron aerosols in concentrations up to 17.3 mg/m/sup 3/ for 7.5 min: (1) sodium chloride (as a control), (2) sodium sulfate, (3) ammonium sulfate, (4) zinc sulfate, (5) zinc ammonium sulfate, (6) ammonium bisulfate, (7) aluminum sulfate, (8) manganese sulfate, (9) nickel sulfate, (10) copper sulfate, (11) ferrous fulfate, and (12) ferric sulfate. Submicron aerosols of these compounds in concentrations of 4.1 to 8.8 mg/m/sup 3/, administered for 4 h to anesthetized dogs, did not affect mechanics of breathing, hemodynamics, and arterial blood gases. In conscious sheep, tracheal mucous velocity was not altered by exposure to the submicron aerosols of the sulfate compounds. None of these compounds, injected iv in a dose of 1 mg, had adverse effects on mechanics of breathing, pulmonary and systemic hemodynamics, or arterial blood gases. In 100-mg injections, zinc sulfate and zinc ammonium sulfate produced a fall in cardiac output, systemic hypotension, hypoxemia, and metabolic acidosis. Copper sulfate at this dose produced pulmonary hypertension, a fall in cardiac output, hypoxemia, respiratory acidosis, and a decrease of specific total respiratory conductance. It is concluded that submicron aerosols of sulfate salts do not have adverse cardiopulmonary effects when administered in high concentrations for up to 4 h. However, prolonged exposure to high concentrations of zinc sulfate, zinc ammonium sulfate, and copper sulfate aerosols might have adverse cardiopulmonary effects.

  10. First-principle-based computational doping of SrTiO3 using ...

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    Feb 1, 2018 ... tributed power generation, electric vehicles, portable power for military and consumer electronics such as smart phones. In recent years, studies on SOFC have significantly expanded due to its broad application area [3]. One of the main issues of current SOFCs is that they have to run at high temperature.

  11. Direct Local Measurement of the Superconducting Energy Gap of Nb doped SrTiO3 (United States)

    Ha, Jeonghoon; Khalsa, Guru; Natterer, Fabian; Baek, Hongwoo; Cullen, William G.; Kuk, Young; Stroscio, Joseph A.

    Strontium titanate (STO) is a perovskite metal oxide insulator that can be electron doped by substitution of Ti or Sr sites with Nb or La, respectively, or by oxygen vacancies. When doped to high electron densities with concentration in the range of 5x1019 cm- 3 to 2x1020 cm-3, STO becomes superconducting with a transition temperature below 400 mK, at a value highly dependent on the doping concentration. Previous observations were made on bulk crystals or films of doped STO by measuring the transitions in resistivity, magnetic susceptibility or thermal conductivity as a function of temperature or magnetic field. In this work, we use an ultra-low temperature scanning tunneling microscope(STM) to investigate the local electronic structure of the surface of Nb doped STO. The tunneling spectra taken at a sample temperature of ~10 mK reveal a BCS energy gap of Δ = 40 ueV. Temperature and magnetic field dependent tunneling measurements show a critical temperature of ~250 mK and upper critical field of ~0.07 T. This is the first report of direct measurement of superconducting STO using an STM.

  12. Structural position and charge state of nickel in SrTiO3 (United States)

    Sluchinskaya, I. A.; Lebedev, A. I.; Erko, A.


    The properties of nickel-doped strontium titanate are studied using X-ray diffraction and XAFS spectroscopy. It is shown that, independently of preparation conditions, the most stable phases in the samples are single-phase SrTi1 - x Ni x O3 solid solution and NiTiO3 which can coexist. According to the EXAFS data, in the single-phase SrTi0.97Ni0.03O3 sample the nickel atoms substitute the titanium atoms and are on-center ones. In this case, no distortions of the oxygen octahedron which would appear in the presence of oxygen vacancies in the nickel environment were detected. An analysis of the XANES spectra shows that the nickel charge state in NiTiO3 is 2+, whereas in the SrTi1 - x Ni x O3 solid solution it is close to 4+. It is shown that the strongest light absorption in doped samples is associated with the presence of tetravalent Ni in the SrTi1 - x Ni x O3 solid solution. This doping seems to be the most promising for solar energy converters based on the bulk photovoltaic effect.

  13. Thermal conductivity of nano-grained SrTiO3 thin films (United States)

    Foley, Brian M.; Brown-Shaklee, Harlan J.; Duda, John C.; Cheaito, Ramez; Gibbons, Brady J.; Medlin, Doug; Ihlefeld, Jon F.; Hopkins, Patrick E.


    We measure the thermal conductivities of nano-grained strontium titanate (ng-SrTiO3) films deposited on sapphire substrates via time-domain thermoreflectance. The 170 nm thick oxide films of varying grain-size were prepared from a chemical solution deposition process. We find that the thermal conductivity of ng-SrTiO3 decreases with decreasing average grain size and attribute this to increased phonon scattering at grain boundaries. Our data are well described by a model that accounts for the spectral nature of anharmonic Umklapp scattering along with grain boundary scattering and scattering due to the film thickness.

  14. First-Principle based Computational Doping of SrTiO 3 Using ...

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    electric vehicles, portable power for military and consumer electronics such as smart phones. In recent years, studies on SOFC have significantly expanded due to its broad application area [3]. One of the main issues of current SOFC is that they have to run at high temperature. However, high temperature operation of SOFC ...

  15. Memristive Behavior Based on Ba-Doped SrTiO3 Films (United States)

    Dou, Gang; Yu, Yang; Guo, Mei; Zhang, Yu-Man; Sun, Zhao; Li, Yu-Xia


    Not Available Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No 61473177, the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education of China under Grant Nos 2013371812009 and 20133718110011, the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province under Grant No ZR2014FQ006, the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation under Grant No 2015M582114, the Shandong Postdoctoral Special Foundation under Grant No 201502017, the Qingdao Science and Technology Plan Project under Grant No 15-9-1-39-jch, and the Qingdao Postdoctoral Science Foundation.

  16. Enhancing the Electron Mobility via Delta-Doping in SrTiO3

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    Kozuka, Y.


    We fabricated high-mobility {delta}-doped structures in SrTiO{sub 3} thin films in order to investigate the low temperature electronic transport properties of confined carriers in this system. An enhancement of the electron mobility above the bulk value was observed as the doped layer thickness decreased. High-field Hall measurements revealed that this mobility enhancement originates from higher-mobility electrons in the undoped clean regions, which have quantum-mechanically broadened from the doped layer. Because of the absence of apparent lattice misfit between the layers, this structure is highly suitable for investigating two-dimensional electron gases in SrTiO{sub 3}

  17. Blue luminescence of SrTiO3 under intense optical excitation (United States)

    Rubano, A.; Paparo, D.; Granozio, F. Miletto; Scotti di Uccio, U.; Marrucci, L.


    The blue-green photoluminescence emitted by pure and electron-doped strontium titanate under intense pulsed near-ultraviolet excitation is studied experimentally as a function of excitation intensity and temperature. Both emission spectra and time-resolved decays of the emission are measured and analyzed in the framework of simple phenomenological models. We find an interesting blue-to-green transition occurring for increasing temperatures in pure samples, which is absent in doped materials. The luminescence yield and decay rate measured as a function of temperature can be modeled well as standard activated behaviors. The leading electron-hole recombination process taking place in the initial decay is established to be second order, or bimolecular, in contrast to recent reports favoring a third-order interpretation as an Auger process. The temporal decay of the luminescence can be described well by a model based on two interacting populations of excitations, respectively identified with interacting defect-trapped (possibly forming excitons) and mobile charges. Finally, from the measured doping and sample dependence of the luminescence yield, we conclude that the radiative centers responsible for the luminescence are probably intrinsic structural defects other than bulk oxygen vacancies.

  18. Synthesis, IR, crystallization and dielectric study of (Pb, Sr)TiO3 ...

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    1400 ◦C employing a heating rate of 10 ◦C/min to determine glass transition temperature, Tg and crystallization temperature, Tc. The melting temperature, ... The dry powders were melted in high-pure alumina crucible in the ... heat treatment schedule helps in understanding the crysta- llization behaviour of different glasses.

  19. Fabrication of high aspect ratio submicron gratings on ˜100nm titanium membranes using electron beam lithography (United States)

    Tiwari, Pragya; Mondal, Puspen; Srivastava, A. K.; Naik, P. A.


    We have developed a new technique for fabrication of 1:1 submicron gratings by means of single step electron beam lithography coupled with thin film deposition. The edge profile and the width ratio (line-to-groove) are easily controlled. Metal like gold or copper transmission gratings can be produced by an additional lift-off process. A 30kV electron beam was used to generate 500nm lines on standalone ˜2.3μm thick PMMA/Titanium. The dimensions of fabricated features together with their surface morphology and profiles were investigated by optical microscope and SEM. Low current slow writing coupled with special development is optimized to write structures smaller than the thickness of the resist membrane.

  20. A Novel Leakage-tolerant Domino Logic Circuit With Feedback From Footer Transistor In Ultra Deep Submicron CMOS

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    Moradi, Farshad; Peiravi, Ali; Mahmoodi, Hamid

    As the CMOS manufacturing process scales down into the ultra deep sub-micron regime, the leakage current becomes an increasingly more important consideration in VLSI circuit design. In this paper, a high speed and noise immune domino logic circuit is presented which uses the property of the footer...... transistor to alleviate the sensitivity of the dynamic node to noise and results in improved performance. The new circuit has been added to conventional footed standard domino logic for highly improving leakage tolerance, especially at the beginning of the evaluation phase. According to simulation results...... obtained using the 70nm Berkeley predictive models, our proposed circuit increases the noise immunity by least 2times compared to previous circuits...

  1. Preparation of 1-pyrenebutyric acid and pyrene submicron dots by laser-induced molecular micro-jet implantation

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    Pihosh, Y., E-mail: Yuriy.Pihosh@nims.go.j [Materials Reliability Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan); Goto, M.; Kasahara, A.; Tosa, M. [Materials Reliability Center, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047 (Japan)


    Pyrene and 1-pyrenebuturic acid molecules were deposited on glass and copper substrates with the formation of submicron dots by laser-induced molecular micro-jet implantation through polar and non-polar liquid layers. The size of the smallest 1-pyrenebuturic acid molecules dots prepared on a glass substrate by implantation through water and diiodomethane was estimated to be about 400 nm and 300 nm at laser fluences of 235 J/cm{sup 2} and 326 J/cm{sup 2}, respectively. The fluorescence and the Raman spectra showed that the implanted 1-pyrenebutyric acid molecules did not decompose during the implantation process. The smallest size of a pyrene dot was 700 nm at the laser fluence of 378 J/cm{sup 2}. However, the pyrene dots could be formed only by implantation through a water layer.

  2. Studies on solvatochromic properties of aminophenylstyryl-quinolinum dye, LDS 798, and its application in studying submicron lipid based structure. (United States)

    Sarkar, Pabak; Luchowski, Rafal; Raut, Sangram; Sabnis, Nirupama; Remaley, Alan; Lacko, Andras G; Thamake, Sanjay; Gryczynski, Zygmunt; Gryczynski, Ignacy


    The styryl group of dyes has been used in cellular studies for over 20 years because of their solvatochromic and/or electrochromic properties. Here we report characterization of solubility and solvatochromic properties of a near infra-red styryl dye, styryl 11 or LDS 798. We have extended our studies to small unilamellar vesicles and lipid based nanoparticles and found that solvatochromic properties of this dye used in tandem with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy can be used to efficiently determine the diffusion coefficient and hence the size of the submicron lipid based particles. This technique has the potential to provide essential information about liposomal and vesicular structures and their movement in vitro and in situ. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  3. Plastic deformation of submicron-sized crystals studied by in-situ Kikuchi diffraction and dislocation imaging

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    Zhang, Xiaodan; Godfrey, Andrew; Winther, Grethe


    confirms that the active dislocations are from slip systems with the highest Schmid factors. These results from testing of micropillars are in good agreement with the deformation behaviour previously reported for both single- and poly-crystal samples with dimensions in the millimetre range. © 2012 Elsevier......The plastic deformation of submicron-size copper single crystals in the form of pillars has been characterized during in-situ compression in the transmission electron microscope up to strains of 28–33% using a state-of-the-art holder (PI-95 PicoIndenter). The dimensions of the crystals used were...... approx. 500×250×200 nm3 with the compression axis oriented 1.6° from [110]. Local crystallographic orientations have been determined with high accuracy using a Kikuchi diffraction method and glide of dislocations over a pillar has also been observed directly by dark field imaging. The variation...

  4. A Nordic Project Project on High Speed Low Power Design in Sub-micron CMOS Technology for Mobile

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    Olesen, Ole


    This paper is a survey paper presenting the Nordic CONFRONT project and reporting some results from the group at CIE/DTU, Denmark. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the feasibility of sub-micron CMOS for the realisation of RF front-end circuits operating at frequencies in the 1.......8-2.0 GHz range. The ultimate goal is a single-chip transceiver, requiring only an external band-pass filter between the chip and the antenna. DECT has been chosen as a comparative standard to compare the new approaches developed in the work as well as to facilitate good knowledge transfer to industry. All...... of including good off-chip components in the design by use of innovative, inexpensive package technology.To achieve a higher level of integration, the project will use a novel codesign approach to the design strategy. Rather than making specifications based on a purely architectural approach, the work uses...

  5. High spatial resolution grain orientation and strain mapping in thin films using polychromatic submicron X-ray diffraction

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    Tamura, N.; MacDowell, A.A.; Celestre, R.S.; Padmore, H.A.; Valek, B.C.; Bravman, J.C.; Spolenak, R.; Brown, W.L.; Marieb, T.; Fujimoto, H.; Batterman, B.W.; Patel, J.R.


    The availability of high brilliance synchrotron sources, coupled with recent progress in achromatic focusing optics and large area 2D detector technology, have allowed us to develop an X-ray synchrotron technique capable of mapping orientation and strain/stress in polycrystalline thin films with submicron spatial resolution. To demonstrate the capabilities of this instrument, we have employed it to study the microstructure of aluminum thin film structures at the granular and subgranular level. Owing to the relatively low absorption of X-rays in materials, this technique can be used to study passivated samples, an important advantage over most electron probes given the very different mechanical behavior of buried and unpassivated materials.

  6. High Spatial Resolution Grain Orientation and Strain Mapping in Thin Films using Polychromatic Submicron X-ray Diffraction

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    Patel, Jamshed R.


    The availability of high brilliance synchrotron sources, coupled with recent progress in achromatic focusing optics and large area 2D detector technology, have allowed us to develop a X-ray synchrotron technique capable of mapping orientation and strain/stress in polycrystalline thin films with submicron spatial resolution. To demonstrate the capabilities of this instrument, we have employed it to study the microstructure of aluminum thin film structures at the granular and subgranular level. Owing to the relatively low absorption of X-rays in materials, this technique can be used to study passivated samples, an important advantage over most electron probes given the very different mechanical behavior of buried and unpassivated materials.

  7. Scanning x-ray microdiffraction with submicron white beam for strain and orientation mapping in thin films

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    Tamura, N.; MacDowell, A.A.; Spolenak, R.; Valek, B.C.; Bravman, J.C.; Brown, W.L.; Celestre, R.S.; Padmore, H.A.; Batterman, B.W.; Patel, J.R.


    Scanning X-ray Microdiffraction (m-SXRD) combines the use of high brilliance synchrotron sources with the latest achromatic X-ray focusing optics and fast large area 2D-detector technology. Using white beams or a combination of white and monochromatic beams, it allows for orientation and strain/stress mapping of polycrystalline thin films with submicron spatial resolution. The technique is described in detail as applied to the study of thin aluminium and copper blanket films and lines following electromigration testing and/or thermal cycling experiments. It is shown that there are significant orientation and strain/stress variations between grains and inside individual grains. A polycrystalline film when investigated at the granular (micron) level shows a highly mechanically inhomogeneous medium that allows insight into its mesoscopic properties. If the m-SXRD data are averaged over a macroscopic range, results show good agreement with direct macroscopic texture and stress measurements .

  8. Characterization and source apportionment of submicron aerosol with aerosol mass spectrometer during the PRIDE-PRD 2006 campaign

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    R. Xiao


    Full Text Available Size-resolved chemical compositions of non-refractory submicron aerosol were measured using an Aerodyne quadrupole aerosol mass spectrometer (Q-AMS at the rural site Back Garden (BG, located ~50 km northwest of Guangzhou in July 2006. This paper characterized the submicron aerosol particles of regional air pollution in Pearl River Delta (PRD in the southern China. Organics and sulfate dominated the submicron aerosol compositions, with average mass concentrations of 11.8 ± 8.4 μg m−3 and 13.5 ± 8.7 μg m−3, respectively. Unlike other air masses, the air masses originated from Southeast-South and passing through the PRD urban areas exhibited distinct bimodal size distribution characteristics for both organics and sulfate: the first mode peaked at vacuum aerodynamic diameters (Dva ∼200 nm and the second mode occurred at Dva from 300–700 nm. With the information from AMS, it was found from this study that the first mode of organics in PRD regional air masses was contributed by both secondary organic aerosol formation and combustion-related emissions, which is different from most findings in other urban areas (first mode of organics primarily from combustion-related emissions. The analysis of AMS mass spectra data by positive matrix factorization (PMF model identified three sources of submicron organic aerosol including hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol (HOA, low volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA and semi-volatile oxygenated organic aerosol (SV-OOA. The strong correlation between HOA and EC indicated primary combustion emissions as the major source of HOA while a close correlation between SV-OOA and semi-volatile secondary species nitrate as well as between LV-OOA and nonvolatile secondary species sulfate suggested secondary aerosol formation as the major source of SV-OOA and LV-OOA at the BG site. However, LV-OOA was more aged than SV-OOA as its spectra was highly

  9. Characterization and source apportionment of submicron aerosol with aerosol mass spectrometer during the PRIDE-PRD 2006 campaign (United States)

    Xiao, R.; Takegawa, N.; Zheng, M.; Kondo, Y.; Miyazaki, Y.; Miyakawa, T.; Hu, M.; Shao, M.; Zeng, L.; Gong, Y.; Lu, K.; Deng, Z.; Zhao, Y.; Zhang, Y. H.


    Size-resolved chemical compositions of non-refractory submicron aerosol were measured using an Aerodyne quadrupole aerosol mass spectrometer (Q-AMS) at the rural site Back Garden (BG), located ~50 km northwest of Guangzhou in July 2006. This paper characterized the submicron aerosol particles of regional air pollution in Pearl River Delta (PRD) in the southern China. Organics and sulfate dominated the submicron aerosol compositions, with average mass concentrations of 11.8 ± 8.4 μg m-3 and 13.5 ± 8.7 μg m-3, respectively. Unlike other air masses, the air masses originated from Southeast-South and passing through the PRD urban areas exhibited distinct bimodal size distribution characteristics for both organics and sulfate: the first mode peaked at vacuum aerodynamic diameters (Dva) ∼200 nm and the second mode occurred at Dva from 300-700 nm. With the information from AMS, it was found from this study that the first mode of organics in PRD regional air masses was contributed by both secondary organic aerosol formation and combustion-related emissions, which is different from most findings in other urban areas (first mode of organics primarily from combustion-related emissions). The analysis of AMS mass spectra data by positive matrix factorization (PMF) model identified three sources of submicron organic aerosol including hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol (HOA), low volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA) and semi-volatile oxygenated organic aerosol (SV-OOA). The strong correlation between HOA and EC indicated primary combustion emissions as the major source of HOA while a close correlation between SV-OOA and semi-volatile secondary species nitrate as well as between LV-OOA and nonvolatile secondary species sulfate suggested secondary aerosol formation as the major source of SV-OOA and LV-OOA at the BG site. However, LV-OOA was more aged than SV-OOA as its spectra was highly correlated with the reference spectra of fulvic acid, an indicator of aged and

  10. One year online chemical speciation of submicron particulate matter (PM1) sampled at a French industrial and coastal site (United States)

    Zhang, Shouwen; Riffault, Véronique; Dusanter, Sébastien; Augustin, Patrick; Fourmentin, Marc; Delbarre, Hervé


    The harbor of Dunkirk (Northern France) is surrounded by different industrial plants (metallurgy, petrochemistry, food processing, power plant, etc.), which emit gaseous and particulate pollutants such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and sulfur (SO2), and submicron particles (PM1). These emissions are poorly characterized and their impact on neighboring urban areas has yet to be assessed. Studies are particularly needed in this type of complex environments to get a better understanding of PM1sources, especially from the industrial sector, their temporal variability, and their transformation. Several instruments, capable of real-time measurements (temporal resolution ≤ 30 min), were deployed at a site located downwind from the industrial area of Dunkirk for a one-year duration (July 2013-September 2014). An Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) and an Aethalometer monitored the main chemical species in the non-refractory submicron particles and black carbon, respectively. Concomitant measurements of trace gases and wind speed and direction were also performed. This dataset was analyzed considering four wind sectors, characteristics of marine, industrial, industrial-urban, and urban influences, and the different seasons. We will present a descriptive analysis of PM1, showing strong variations of ambient concentrations, as well as evidences of SO2 to SO4 gas-particle conversion when industrial plumes reached the monitoring site. The organic fraction measured by ACSM (37% of the total mass on average) was analyzed using a source-receptor model based on Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) to identify chemical signatures of main emission sources and to quantify the contribution of each source to the PM1 budget given the wind sector. Four main factors were identified: hydrocarbon organic aerosol (HOA), oxygenated organic aerosol (OOA), biomass burning organic aerosol (BBOA) and cooking-like organic aerosol (COA). Overall, the total PM

  11. Thermal, structural and morphological properties of High Density Polyethylene matrix composites reinforced with submicron agro silica particles and Titania particles

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    Oluyemi O. Daramola


    Full Text Available HDPE—based composites samples filled with 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 wt.% submicron agro-waste silica particles extracted from rice husk ash (RHA at constant 0.3 wt.% Titania loading were prepared using rapra single screw extruder at temperature of 200–230 °C. The extrudates were compressed with a laboratory carver press at a temperature of 230 °C for 10 min under applied pressure of 0.2 kPa and water cooled at 20 °C min−1. Thermal, structural and morphological properties of the composites were studied. The results of the thermogravimetric analysis (TGA revealed that the composites with 10 wt.% SiO2 have the best maximum thermal degradation temperature of 438.73 °C. The crystal structure of neat HDPE, and the siliceous composites developed revealed two obvious diffractive peaks of about 21.3° and 23.7° corresponding to typical crystal plane (1 1 0 and (2 0 0 of orthorhombic phase respectively. The diffractive peaks do not shift with the addition of silica particles; this clearly indicates that the addition of silica particles did not exert much effect on the crystalline structure of HDPE. There is no much difference in the interplanar distance (d-value. Lamellar thickness (L of HDPE increases with the addition of silica particles, which implies that silica particles aid the formation of more perfect crystals. Scanning electron microscopy studies indicated that there were chains inter diffusion and entanglement between HDPE matrix and the silica particles at lower weight fraction (2–4 wt.% of submicron silica particles which resulted into homogeneous dispersion of the particles within the matrix.

  12. Pulmonary clearance kinetics and extrapulmonary translocation of seven titanium dioxide nano- and submicron materials following intratracheal administration in rats. (United States)

    Shinohara, Naohide; Oshima, Yutaka; Kobayashi, Toshio; Imatanaka, Nobuya; Nakai, Makoto; Ichinose, Takayuki; Sasaki, Takeshi; Kawaguchi, Kenji; Zhang, Guihua; Gamo, Masashi


    We evaluated and compared the pulmonary clearance kinetics and extrapulmonary translocations of seven titanium dioxide (TiO2) nano- and submicron particles with different characteristics, including size, shape and surface coating. Varying doses of TiO2 nano- and submicron particles dispersed in 0.2% disodium phosphate solution were intratracheally administered to male F344 rats. The rats were euthanized under anesthesia for 3, 28 and 91 days after administration. Ti levels in pulmonary and various extrapulmonary organs were determined using inductively coupled plasma-sector field mass spectrometry (ICP-SFMS). The lungs, including bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), contained 55-89% of the administered TiO2 dose at 3 days after administration. The pulmonary clearance rate constants, estimated using a one-compartment model, were higher after administration of 0.375-2.0 mg/kg body weight (bw) (0.016-0.020/day) than after administration of 3.0-6.0 mg/kg bw (0.0073-0.013/day) for six uncoated TiO2. In contrast, the clearance rate constant was 0.011, 0.0046 and 0.00018/day following administration of 0.67, 2.0 and 6.0 mg/kg bw TiO2 nanoparticle with Al(OH)3 coating, respectively. Translocation of TiO2 from the lungs to the thoracic lymph nodes increased in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, the translocation of TiO2 from the lungs to the thoracic lymph nodes after 91 days was higher when Al(OH)3 coated TiO2 was administered (0.93-6.4%), as compared to uncoated TiO2 (0.016-1.8%). Slight liver translocation was observed (kidney, spleen and brain.

  13. Aerosols in the tropical and subtropical UT/LS: in-situ measurements of submicron particle abundance and volatility

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    S. Borrmann


    Full Text Available Processes occurring in the tropical upper troposphere (UT, the Tropical Transition Layer (TTL, and the lower stratosphere (LS are of importance for the global climate, for stratospheric dynamics and air chemistry, and for their influence on the global distribution of water vapour, trace gases and aerosols. In this contribution we present aerosol and trace gas (in-situ measurements from the tropical UT/LS over Southern Brazil, Northern Australia, and West Africa. The instruments were operated on board of the Russian high altitude research aircraft M-55 "Geophysica" and the DLR Falcon-20 during the campaigns TROCCINOX (Araçatuba, Brazil, February 2005, SCOUT-O3 (Darwin, Australia, December 2005, and SCOUT-AMMA (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, August 2006. The data cover submicron particle number densities and volatility from the COndensation PArticle counting System (COPAS, as well as relevant trace gases like N2O, ozone, and CO. We use these trace gas measurements to place the aerosol data into a broader atmospheric context. Also a juxtaposition of the submicron particle data with previous measurements over Costa Rica and other tropical locations between 1999 and 2007 (NASA DC-8 and NASA WB-57F is provided. The submicron particle number densities, as a function of altitude, were found to be remarkably constant in the tropical UT/LS altitude band for the two decades after 1987. Thus, a parameterisation suitable for models can be extracted from these measurements. Compared to the average levels in the period between 1987 and 2007 a slight increase of particle abundances was found for 2005/2006 at altitudes with potential temperatures, Θ, above 430 K. The origins of this increase are unknown except for increases measured during SCOUT-AMMA. Here the eruption of the Soufrière Hills volcano in the Caribbean caused elevated particle mixing ratios. The vertical profiles from Northern hemispheric mid-latitudes between 1999 and 2006 also are

  14. Submicron E-Beam Lithography Utilizing A Positive Novolac-Based Resist (United States)

    Tang, Patrick P.


    A positive novolac-based resist, WX-214, developed by Olin Hunt Chemical, has been investigated for use with the commercial electron beam lithography systems, AEBLE 150 and MEBES III. The WX-214 yielded a sensitivity of 16 pC/cm2, a high resolution of 0.25μm lines and spaces, and an excellent dry etching resistance for pattern transfer. The results on the characterization of the resist and the development of a process for thin and thick films are presented.

  15. Deviation from threshold model in ultrafast laser ablation of graphene at sub-micron scale

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    Gil-Villalba, A.; Xie, C.; Salut, R.; Furfaro, L.; Giust, R.; Jacquot, M.; Lacourt, P. A.; Dudley, J. M.; Courvoisier, F., E-mail: [Institut FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174 CNRS, Universite de Bourgogne Franche-Comte, 25030 Besançon Cedex (France)


    We investigate a method to measure ultrafast laser ablation threshold with respect to spot size. We use structured complex beams to generate a pattern of craters in CVD graphene with a single laser pulse. A direct comparison between beam profile and SEM characterization allows us to determine the dependence of ablation probability on spot-size, for crater diameters ranging between 700 nm and 2.5 μm. We report a drastic decrease of ablation probability when the crater diameter is below 1 μm which we interpret in terms of free-carrier diffusion.

  16. Characterization of near-highway submicron aerosols in New York City with a high-resolution aerosol mass spectrometer

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    Y. L. Sun


    Full Text Available Knowledge of the variations of mass concentration, chemical composition and size distributions of submicron aerosols near roadways is of importance for reducing exposure assessment uncertainties in health effects studies. The goal of this study is to deploy and evaluate an Atmospheric Sciences Research Center-Mobile Laboratory (ASRC-ML, equipped with a suite of rapid response instruments for characterization of traffic plumes, adjacent to the Long Island Expressway (LIE – a high-traffic highway in the New York City Metropolitan Area. In total, four measurement periods, two in the morning and two in the evening were conducted at a location approximately 30 m south of the LIE. The mass concentrations and size distributions of non-refractory submicron aerosol (NR-PM1 species were measured in situ at a time resolution of 1 min by an Aerodyne High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer, along with rapid measurements (down to 1 Hz of gaseous pollutants (e.g. HCHO, NO2, NO, O3, and CO2, etc., black carbon (BC, and particle number concentrations and size distributions. Particulate organics varied dramatically during periods with high traffic influences from the nearby roadway. The variations were mainly observed in the hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol (HOA, a surrogate for primary OA from vehicle emissions. The inorganic species (sulfate, ammonium, and nitrate and oxygenated OA (OOA showed much smoother variations indicating minor impacts from traffic emissions. The concentration and chemical composition of NR-PM1 also varied differently on different days depending on meteorology, traffic intensity and vehicle types. Overall, organics dominated the traffic-related NR-PM1 composition (>60% with HOA accounting for a major fraction of OA. The traffic-influenced organics showed two distinct modes in mass-weighted size distributions, peaking at ∼120 nm and 500 nm (vacuum

  17. Fabrication of a high-aspect-ratio sub-micron tool using a cathode coated with stretched-out insulating layers (United States)

    Zeng, Yongbin; Wang, Yufeng; Qu, Ningsong; Zhu, Di


    This paper describes a method for preparing a high-aspect-ratio sub-micron tool using a cathode coated with stretched-out insulating layers and a straight reciprocating motion applied at the anode via the liquid membrane electrochemical machining (ECM). Simulation results indicate that the application of a cathode coated with stretched-out insulating layers is beneficial for the localization of ECM. Moreover, a mathematical model was derived to estimate the final average diameter of the fabricated tools. Experiments were conducted to verify the versatility and feasibility of the proposed method and its mathematical model. It was observed that the calculated and the experimental results are in good agreement with each other. A sub-micron tool with an average diameter 140.8 nm and an aspect ratio up to 50 was fabricated using the proposed method.

  18. Facile synthesis and stable cycling ability of hollow submicron silicon oxide–carbon composite anode material for Li-ion battery

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    Kim, Joong-Yeon; Nguyen, Dan Thien [Department of Fine Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Joon-Sup [Department of Energy Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Song, Seung-Wan, E-mail: [Department of Fine Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Energy Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of)


    Highlights: • Hollow submicron SiO{sub 2}–carbon composite material was synthesized using Si{sup 4+}-citrate chelation. • Composite material possessed a homogeneous distribution of SiO{sub 2} and carbon. • Composite electrode delivered ⩾600 mAh/g with a stable cycling stability. • This materials design and synthesis provides a useful platform for scalable production. - Abstract: Advanced SiO{sub 2}–carbon composite anode active material for lithium-ion battery has been synthesized through a simple chelation of silicon cation with citrate in a glyme-based solvent. The resultant composite material demonstrates a homogeneous distribution of constituents over the submicron particles and a unique hollow spherical microstructure, which provides an enhanced electrical conductivity and better accommodation of volume change of silicon during electrochemical charge–discharge cycling, respectively. As a result, the composite electrode exhibits a high cycling stability delivering the capacity retention of 91% at the 100th cycle and discharge capacities of 662–602 mAh/g and coulombic efficiencies of 99.8%. This material synthesis is scalable and cost-effective in preparing various submicron or micron composite electrode materials.

  19. SiO2/ZnO Composite Hollow Sub-Micron Fibers: Fabrication from Facile Single Capillary Electrospinning and Their Photoluminescence Properties. (United States)

    Song, Guanying; Li, Zhenjiang; Li, Kaihua; Zhang, Lina; Meng, Alan


    In this work, SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers were fabricated by a facile single capillary electrospinning technique followed by calcination, using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and ZnO nanoparticles as raw materials. The characterization results of the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra indicated that the asprepared composite hollow fibers consisted of amorphous SiO2 and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO. The products revealed uniform tubular structure with outer diameters of 400-500 nm and wall thickness of 50-60 nm. The gases generated and the directional escaped mechanism was proposed to illustrate the formation of SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers. Furthermore, a broad blue emission band was observed in the photoluminescence (PL) of SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers, exhibiting great potential applications as blue light-emitting candidate materials.

  20. SiO2/ZnO Composite Hollow Sub-Micron Fibers: Fabrication from Facile Single Capillary Electrospinning and Their Photoluminescence Properties

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    Guanying Song


    Full Text Available In this work, SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers were fabricated by a facile single capillary electrospinning technique followed by calcination, using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP and ZnO nanoparticles as raw materials. The characterization results of the scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR spectra indicated that the asprepared composite hollow fibers consisted of amorphous SiO2 and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO. The products revealed uniform tubular structure with outer diameters of 400–500 nm and wall thickness of 50–60 nm. The gases generated and the directional escaped mechanism was proposed to illustrate the formation of SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers. Furthermore, a broad blue emission band was observed in the photoluminescence (PL of SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers, exhibiting great potential applications as blue light-emitting candidate materials.