Sample records for susceptibility moessbauer infrared

  1. Moessbauer and infrared spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool for the characterization of ferric tannates

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    Jaen, Juan A., E-mail: [Universidad de Panama, Depto. de Quimica Fisica, CITEN, Lab. No. 105, Edificio de Laboratorios Cientificos-VIP (Panama); Navarro, Cesar [Universidad de Panama, Escuela de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Exactas y Tecnologia (Panama)


    Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Moessbauer spectroscopy are use for the characterization and qualitative analysis of hydrolysable and condensed tannates. The two classes of tannates may be differentiated from the characteristic IR pattern. Moessbauer proof that a mixture of mono- and bis-type ferric tannate complexes, and an iron(II)-tannin complex are obtained from the interaction of hydrolysable tannins (tannic acid and chestnut tannin) and condensed tannins (mimosa and quebracho) with a ferric nitrate solution. At pH 7, a partially hydrolyzed ferric tannate complex was also obtained.

  2. Superconducting FeSe{sub 0.5}Te{sub 0.5} under high pressure: Susceptibility, XRD and Moessbauer studies.

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Schoop, Leslie; Felser, Claudia [Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (Germany); Medvedev, Sergey; Eremets, Michail [Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz (Germany); Tsurkan, Vladimir; Deisenhofer, Joachim; Loidl, Alois [Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, Augsburg (Germany); Wortmann, Gerhard [Department of Physics, University of Paderborn, Paderborn (Germany)


    High-pressure magnetic, structural and Moessbauer studies were performed on single-crystalline samples of superconducting (sc) FeSe{sub 0.5}Te{sub 0.5} with T{sub c} = 14.5 K. Susceptibility data up to 1.5 GPa revealed a strong increase of Tc up to 25 K, followed by a plateau in T{sub c} up to 6.0 GPa. Further increase of pressure leads to a disappearance of sc state around 7.0 GPa. Structural and Moessbauer studies explain this fact by a structural phase transition of the sc PbO to the non-sc NiAs structure. We discuss the fact of an almost pressure-independent T{sub c}, between 1.5 and 6.0 GPa by the respective variation of the lattice constants and hyperfine parameters in FeSe. We conclude that the strong increase of T{sub c} in FeSe{sub 0.5}Te{sub 0.5} with pressure up to 1.5 GPa can not be attributed to a change in the phonon-DOS.

  3. Characterization of Zn-bearing chlorite by Moessbauer and infrared spectroscopy - occurrence associated to the Pb-Zn-Ag deposits of Canoas, PR, Brazil; Caracterizacao de clorita portadora de Zn por espectroscopia Moessbauer e espectroscopia infravermelho - uma ocorrencia associada ao deposito de Pb-Zn-Ag de Canoas, PR, Brasil

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    Imbernon, Rosely Aparecida Liguori [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EACH/USP), SP (Brazil). Escola de Artes, Ciencias e Humanidades; Blot, Alain [Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), Paris (France); Pereira, Vitor Paulo [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Franco, Daniel Ribeiro, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail:, E-mail: [Observatorio Nacional do Brasil (COGE/ON), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao de Geofisica


    In order to provide new insights on mineralogical aspects of geochemical mapping/natural processes related to the chlorite formation (e.g. crystallochemistry and mechanisms of formation of these materials, which has been applied in different studies of environmental profiles), we investigated chlorite samples associated to the Pb-Zn-Ag sulfide ore from Canoas 1 deposit (Vale do Ribeira, state of Parana, Brazil). By means of Moessbauer (MS) and infrared (IV) spectroscopy, we addressed some issues as those related to the chloritization processes, as well as how Zn would be incorporated into its crystalline structure. Results carried out by ME and IV spectroscopy clearly pointed out for a chlorite occurrence, which in fact incorporates Zn into its structure and also alters the structural patterns for this mineral. Moreover, ME data sets indicated the presence of Fe which is located only in octahedral sites, in trans-configuration, and the Zn emplacement by the chloritization process also occurs in the brucite layer. (author)

  4. Moessbauer-Borrmann superradiance

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    Baldwin, G.C.; Feld, M.S.; Hannon, J.P.; Hutton, J.T.; Trammell, G.T.


    The kinetic behavior of a gamma-ray laser is comprised of an array of isomeric nuclei located at regular lattice sites in a perfect single crystal of dimensions and structure so chosen as to favor anomalous emission into that Borrmann mode having the maximum possible number of component Bragg-reflected beams, which greatly reduces the excitation requirements. The analysis of several hypothetical systems shows that superradiance, rather than amplified spontaneous emission, will then be the preferred mode of deexcitation, provided the nuclei can be pumped rapidly to a short-lived Moessbauer level while preserving crystal integrity. This warrants a search for solutions to the major problems: candidate nuclides, preparation of a storage isomer, and interlevel transfer from storage to lasing state. 10 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  5. The history of the Moessbauer effect

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    Miglierini, M


    The background of the discovery of the Moessbauer effect and the development of Moessbauer spectrometry as an analytical technique are highlighted. The basic principles and instrumentation, application fields, and trends of future progress and outlined and discussed

  6. Moessbauer spectroscopy in neptunium compounds

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    Nakamoto, Tadahiro; Nakada, Masami; Masaki, Nobuyuki; Saeki, Masakatsu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokyo (Japan)


    Moessbauer effects are observable in seven elements of actinides from {sup 232}Th to {sup 247}Cm and Moesbauer spectra have been investigated mainly with {sup 237}Np and {sup 238}U for the reasons of availability and cost of materials. This report describes the fundamental characteristics of Moessbauer spectra of {sup 237}Np and the correlation between the isomer shift and the coordination number of Np(V) compounds. The isomer shifts of Np(V) compounds had a tendency to increase as an increase of coordination number and the isomer shifts of Np(V) compounds showed broad distribution as well as those of Np(VI) but {delta} values of the compounds with the same coordination number were distributed in a narrow range. The {delta} values of Np(VI) complexes with O{sub x} donor set suggest that the Np atom in its hydroxide (NpO{sub 2}(OH){center_dot}4H{sub 2}O)might have pentagonal bipyramidal structure and at least, pentagonal and hexagonal bipyramidal structures might coexist in its acetate and benzoate. Really, such coexistence has been demonstrated in its nitrate, (NpO{sub 2}){sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}5H{sub 2}O. (M.N.)

  7. Determination of Spin State in Dinuclear Iron(II) Coordination Compounds Using Applied Field Moessbauer Spectroscopy

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    Ksenofontov, V.; Spiering, H.; Reiman, S.; Garcia, Y. [Johannes-Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie (Germany); Gaspar, A. B.; Real, J. A. [Universitat de Valencia, Departament de Quimica Inorganica (Spain); Guetlich, P. [Johannes-Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie (Germany)


    So far there has been no direct method to determine the spin state of molecules in dinuclear iron(II) compounds. The molecular fractions of high spin (HS) and low spin (LS) species have been deduced from magnetic susceptibility and zero field Moessbauer spectroscopy data irrespective of whether they belong to LS-LS, LS-HS and HS-HS pairs. However, the distinction of pairs becomes possible if Moessbauer measurements are carried out in an external magnetic field. The proposed method opens new possibilities in the study of spin crossover phenomena in dinuclear compounds.

  8. Moessbauer Studies of Implanted Impurities in Solids

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    Moessbauer studies were performed on implanted radioactive impurities in semiconductors and metals. Radioactive isotopes (from the ISOLDE facility) decaying to a Moessbauer isotope were utilized to investigate electronic and vibrational properties of impurities and impurity-defect structures. This information is inferred from the measured impurity hyperfine interactions and Debye-Waller factor. In semiconductors isoelectronic, shallow and deep level impurities have been implanted. Complex impurity defects have been produced by the implantation process (correlated damage) or by recoil effects from the nuclear decay in both semiconductors and metals. Annealing mechanisms of the defects have been studied. \\\\ \\\\ In silicon amorphised implanted layers have been recrystallized epitaxially by rapid-thermal-annealing techniques yielding highly supersaturated, electrically-active donor concentrations. Their dissolution and migration mechanisms have been investigated in detail. The electronic configuration of Sb donors...

  9. Polarized dependence of nonlinear susceptibility in a single layer graphene system in infrared region

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    Solookinejad, G., E-mail:


    In this study, the linear and nonlinear susceptibility of a single-layer graphene nanostructure driven by a weak probe light and an elliptical polarized coupling field is discussed theoretically. The Landau levels of graphene can be separated in infrared or terahertz regions under the strong magnetic field. Therefore, by using the density matrix formalism in quantum optic, the linear and nonlinear susceptibility of the medium can be derived. It is demonstrated that by adjusting the elliptical parameter, one can manipulate the linear and nonlinear absorption as well as Kerr nonlinearity of the medium. It is realized that the enhanced Kerr nonlinearity can be possible with zero linear absorption and nonlinear amplification at some values of elliptical parameter. Our results may be having potential applications in quantum information science based on Nano scales devices.

  10. Moessbauer spectroscopy as a tool in astrobiology

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    Schroeder, Christian, E-mail:; Klingelhoefer, Goestar, E-mail: [Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie (Germany); Bailey, Brad E., E-mail:; Staudigel, Hubert, E-mail: [University of California San Diego, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (United States)


    Two miniaturized Moessbauer spectrometers are part of the Athena instrument package of the NASA Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The primary objectives of their science investigation are to explore two sites on the surface of Mars where water may once have been present, and to assess past environmental conditions at those sites and their suitability for life. Aqueous minerals - jarosite at Meridiani Planum, Opportunity's landing site, and goethite in the Columbia Hills in Gusev Crater, Spirit's landing site - were identified by Moessbauer spectroscopy, thus providing in situ proof of water being present at those sites in the past. The formation of jarosite in particular puts strong constraints on environmental conditions during the time of formation and hence on the evaluation of potential habitability. On Earth Moessbauer spectroscopy was used to investigate microbially induced changes in Fe oxidation states and mineralogy at the Loihi deep sea mount, a hydrothermal vent system, which might serve as an analogue for potential habitats in the Martian subsurface and the sub-ice ocean of Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

  11. Anelastic Relaxation Mechanisms Characterization by Moessbauer Spectroscopy

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    Soberon Mobarak, Martin Jesus, E-mail: [Secretaria de Educacion Publica (Mexico)


    Anelastic behavior of crystalline solids is generated by several microstructural processes. Its experimental study yields valuable information about materials, namely: modulus, dissipation mechanisms and activation enthalpies. However, conventional techniques to evaluate it are complicated, expensive, time consuming and not easily replicated. As a new approach, in this work a Moessbauer spectrum of an iron specimen is obtained with the specimen at repose being its parameters the 'base parameters'. After that, the same specimen is subjected to an alternated stress-relaxation cycle at frequency {omega}{sub 1} and a new Moessbauer spectrum is obtained under this excited condition; doing the same at several increasing frequencies {omega}{sub n} in order to scan a wide frequencies spectrum. The differences between the Moessbauer parameters obtained at each excitation frequency and the base parameters are plotted against frequency, yielding an 'anelastic spectrum' that reveals the different dissipation mechanisms involved, its characteristic frequency and activation energy. Results are in good agreement with the obtained with other techniques

  12. Moessbauer Study of Multiple Substitutions in YBCO

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    Sarkar, M.; Patel, N. V.; Mehta, P. K.; Somayajulu, D. R. S. [M.S. University, Physics Department (India)


    Moessbauer studies of multiple substitutions in YBCO with general formula (Y{sub 1-Z}Ca{sub Z})Ba{sub 2}(Cu{sub 1-X-Y}Fe{sub Y}M{sub X}){sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} are reported. XRD has been used to find out the lattice parameters. All the samples show a single tetragonal phase formation. Iodometric titration is done to estimate the oxygen content. The present study discusses the effect of multiple substitutions of 3d-ions like Ni, Zn, Co, Mn, Cr in YBCO and the effect of various substitutions on charge balancing, oxygen content and site occupancy.

  13. Moessbauer spectroscopic study of half-Heusler compounds

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    Ksenofontov, V., E-mail:; Kroth, K.; Reiman, S.; Casper, F.; Jung, V. [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie (Germany); Takahashi, M.; Takeda, M. [Toho University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Japan); Felser, C. [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie (Germany)


    The family of half-Heusler compounds offers a variety of half-metallic ferromagnetic materials. We have applied the Moessbauer spectroscopy to study the atomic order, local surroundings and hyperfine fields to several half-Heusler compounds. {sup 121}Sb Moessbauer study of the compound CoMnSb revealed the presence of two nonequivalent antimony positions in the elementary cell and enabled to identify the structure. {sup 119m}Sn, {sup 155}Gd and {sup 197}Au Moessbauer spectroscopic studies were used to characterize the properties of ferromagnetic granular material based on the half-Heusler ferromagnet MnAuSn in the antiferromagnetic GdAuSn matrix.

  14. Extraterrestrial and terrestrial outdoor applications of Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Souza Junior, P.A. de


    Chapter 2 describes basic concepts of {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy, as well as some effects that can be investigated by this technique. The portable and miniaturized Moessbauer spectrometer (MIMOS II), developed by the group in Main z lead by Dr. Goestar Klingelhoefer, is presented in detail in chapter 3. The calibration procedures, functionality, and operational features are also presented. The analysis of a Moessbauer spectrum is described in detail in chapter 4. In this chapter the proposed analysis using genetic algorithms, fuzzy set theory, and artificial neural networks are discussed and some examples are demonstrated. The motivation of this development is to make a data analysis package available for fast fitting of the Moessbauer spectrum, and precise identification of minerals from Moessbauer parameters. In chapter 5 some outdoor terrestrial applications of MIMOS II are proposed. The chapter starts presenting the use of MIMOS II for in situ air pollution investigation in Vitoria, ES, Brazil. The instrument was adapted for the characterization of airborne particles in an industrial urban area. This chapter contains surface analysis of painted figures on ancient pottery, of fragments of Chinese wall paintings, and of a 'miniature' from the fifteenth century; and the characterization of a Celtic helmet knob to determine whether it was burned in sacrifices. The authenticity of fragments of a Roman mask is verified with the Moessbauer spectrum obtained with MIMOS II. The characterization of corrosion products in archaeological artifacts is also reported. For this characterization it was necessary to supplement data from X-ray diffraction and SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device). Chapter 6 is devoted to extraterrestrial applications, starting with the results on Moessbauer characterization of some meteorites. Detailed discussion of data obtained by MIMOS II onboard of the rover Spirit at the Mars surface and comparison of

  15. Moessbauer Study of Discoloration of Synthetic Resin Covered Electric Switches

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    Kuzmann, E. [Eoetvoes University, Department of Nuclear Chemistry (Hungary); Muzsay, I.; Homonnay, Z. [Taurus EMERGE, Rubber Industrial Ltd (Hungary); Vertes, A. [Eoetvoes University, Department of Nuclear Chemistry (Hungary)


    {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffractometry were used to investigate brown discoloration and sediments formed on the surface of synthetic resin product covered electronic switches. The Moessbauer measurement revealed that alloyed steels and iron-containing corrosion products are associated with the discolored layers. Iron, and iron corrosion products were shown by both MS and XRD in the sediments formed eventually during the finishing of the synthetic resin products after machining and washing with water solution.

  16. Moessbauer-Spectrometer MIMOS II: Future applications

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    Klingelhoefer, Goestar; Blumers, Mathias; Schroeder, Christian; Fleischer, Iris; Lopez, Jordi G.; Sanchez, Jose F.; Hahn, Michaela; Upadhyay, Chandan [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Staudinger Weg 9, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Rodionov, Daniel [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Staudinger Weg 9, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Space Research Institute IKI, 117997 Moskau (Russian Federation)


    The Miniaturized Moessbauer Spectrometer MIMOS II operates on the surface of Mars for the last three years (part of NASA Mars Exploration Rovers scientific payload). Successful application of MIMOS II as a tool for detection/analysis of Fe-bearing minerals on the extraterrestrial surfaces has proven its use for other missions. Currently MIMOS II is a part of ExoMars and Phobos-Grunt missions. ExoMars is managed by the European Space Agency and planned to be launched in 2013. It involves the development of a sophisticated Mars rover with set of instruments to further characterize the biological environment on Mars in preparation for robotic missions and human exploration. Data from the mission should provide an input for broader studies of exobiology. Phobos-Grunt is developed by Russian Space Agency. Currently, launch is planned in 2009. The main goals of the mission are Phobos regolith sample return, Phobos in situ study and Mars/Phobos remote sensing.

  17. (Gamma scattering in condensed matter with high intensity Moessbauer radiation)

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    This report discusses: quasielastic scattering studies on glycerol; gamma-ray scattering from alkali halides; lattice dynamics in metals; Moessbauer neutron scattering, x-ray diffraction, and macroscopic studies of high {Tc} superconductors containing tungsten; NiAl scattering studies; and atomic interference factors and nuclear Casimir effect.

  18. Moessbauer spectroscopy of Fe-B based amorphous alloys

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    Kreislerova, Y.; Zemcik, T. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie)


    The influence of heat treatment on structure changes of amorphous alloy Fe/sub 83/B/sub 17/ was studied by /sup 57/Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. At 613 K a change in the magnetization direction was detected and at 633 K the precipitation of ..cap alpha..-Fe quantitatively determined.

  19. Rayleigh scattering of Moessbauer radiation in hyaluronate oriented fibres

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    Albanese, G.; Cavatorta, F.; Deriu, A. [Parma Univ. (Italy). Dip. di Fisica]|[Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia, Parma (Italy); Rupprecht, A. [Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dep. of Physical Chemistry


    The Rayleigh scattering of Moessbauer radiation has been measured on highly oriented fibres of Na-hyaluronate at different hydration levels. The elastic- and-inelastic-scattering intensities, measured as a function of the scattering vector Q, have provided information on the dynamic structuring of the water molecules to the polysaccharidic chains.

  20. The stabilization of archaeological iron objects: Moessbauer and XRD studies

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    Wagner, Ursula [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik-Department E15 (Germany); Demoulin, Thibault; Gebhard, Rupert [Archaeologische Staatssammlung Muenchen (Germany); Haeusler, Werner [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik-Department E15 (Germany); Mazzola, Cristina; Meissner, Ina [Archaeologische Staatssammlung Muenchen (Germany); Wagner, Friedrich E., E-mail: [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik-Department E15 (Germany)


    Archaeological iron objects that were buried in the ground for long times often corrode rapidly once they have been excavated. We have used Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction to elucidate some specific problems of the corrosion of such objects and gain insights that may help to improve the methods of conservation.

  1. Molecular dynamics in cytochrome c oxidase Moessbauer spectra deconvolution

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    Bossis, Fabrizio [Department of Medical Biochemistry, Medical Biology and Medical Physics (DIBIFIM), University of Bari ' Aldo Moro' , Bari (Italy); Palese, Luigi L., E-mail: [Department of Medical Biochemistry, Medical Biology and Medical Physics (DIBIFIM), University of Bari ' Aldo Moro' , Bari (Italy)


    Research highlights: {yields} Cytochrome c oxidase molecular dynamics serve to predict Moessbauer lineshape widths. {yields} Half height widths are used in modeling of Lorentzian doublets. {yields} Such spectral deconvolutions are useful in detecting the enzyme intermediates. -- Abstract: In this work low temperature molecular dynamics simulations of cytochrome c oxidase are used to predict an experimentally observable, namely Moessbauer spectra width. Predicted lineshapes are used to model Lorentzian doublets, with which published cytochrome c oxidase Moessbauer spectra were simulated. Molecular dynamics imposed constraints to spectral lineshapes permit to obtain useful information, like the presence of multiple chemical species in the binuclear center of cytochrome c oxidase. Moreover, a benchmark of quality for molecular dynamic simulations can be obtained. Despite the overwhelming importance of dynamics in electron-proton transfer systems, limited work has been devoted to unravel how much realistic are molecular dynamics simulations results. In this work, molecular dynamics based predictions are found to be in good agreement with published experimental spectra, showing that we can confidently rely on actual simulations. Molecular dynamics based deconvolution of Moessbauer spectra will lead to a renewed interest for application of this approach in bioenergetics.

  2. Atmospheric Corrosion on Steel Studied by Conversion Electron Moessbauer Spectroscopy

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    Nakanishi, Akio; Kobayashi, Takayuki [Shiga University of Medical Science, Department of Physics (Japan)


    In order to investigate initial products on steel by atmospheric corrosion, conversion electron Moessbauer measurements were carried out at temperatures between 15 K and room temperature. From the results obtained at low temperatures, it was found that the corrosion products on steel consisted of ferrihydrite.

  3. Moessbauer studies of impactites from Huamalies province in Huanuco Region

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    Bustamante, A., E-mail:; Espinoza, S. [San Marcos University, Faculty of Physical Sciences (Peru); Morales, G. [Museo de Historia Natural(Museum of Natural History) (Peru); Scorzelli, R. B. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (Brazilian Center for Research in Physics) (Brazil)


    This report is about the X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer studies of three impactite samples denominated PMe-8, PMe-9 and PMe-11 from Huamalies Province in Huanuco Region, Peru. When terrestrial rocks are submitted to pressures higher than 60 GP, the majority is completely melted, forming a kind of glass called impactites. X-ray diffraction indicates the presence of quartz as the principal mineralogical phase in all samples. The {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectra at room temperature of samples PMe-8 and PMe-9 show broadened spectra that were fitted using a distribution model. The most probable field of the magnetic component is 34 T, corresponding to the presence of small particles of goethite, confirmed by the 4.2 K spectrum. For the sample PMe-11, the MS showed the presence of well crystallized hematite.

  4. Moessbauer study of steels cooled to dry ice temperature

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    Boyanov, B S [Plovdiv University ' Paisii Hilendarski' , 24 Tsar Assen St., 4000 Plovdiv (Bulgaria); Paneva, D G [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Science, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Ivanov, K I, E-mail: boyanb@uni-plovdiv.b [Agricultural University, Department of Chemistry, 12 Mendeleev St., 4000 Plovdiv (Bulgaria)


    Based on the change of hardness H{sub B,} the parameter {beta}, the microstructure and Moessbauer spectra of 7 kinds of steels the conclusion is made that in the conditions of CO{sub 2} (dry ice) cleaning, using dry ice for repair and modification of pipes and dry snow for cooling (-78.3 {sup 0}C) no significant change in the mechanical properties of the cleaned surfaces, mechanically processed steels and the steel pipes can be expected.

  5. Lattice dynamic studies from {sup 151}Eu-Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Katada, Motomi [Tokyo Metropolitan Univ., Hachioji (Japan). Faculty of Science


    New complexes {l_brace}(Eu(napy){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 3})(Fe(CN){sub 6})4H{sub 2}O{r_brace}{sub x}, bpy({l_brace}(Eu(bpy)(H{sub 2}O){sub 4})(Fe(CN){sub 6})1.5bpy4H{sub 2}O{r_brace}{sub x}) and ({l_brace}(Eu(phen){sub 2}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2})(Fe(CN){sub 6})2phen{r_brace}{sub x}) etc were synthesized using phenanthroline and bipyridine. Lattice dynamic behaviors of Eu and Fe atom in the complexes were investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy. By {sup 151}Eu-Moessbauer spectrum and parameters of new complexes, bpy complex showed the largest quadrupole splitting value, indicating bad symmetry of Eu ligand in the environment. Molecular structure of napy, bpy and phen complex were shown. These complexes are consisted of Eu atom coordinated with ligand and water molecule, of which (Fe(CN){sub 6}){sup 3-} ion formed one dimentional polymer chain and naphthyridines formed stacking structure. New complexes were observed by {sup 57}Fe-Moessbauer spectroscopy, too. The quadrupole splitting values were very different each other, indicating change of symmetry of Fe atom in the environment and three valence low spin state of Fe in the complex. (S.Y.)

  6. Comparative Study of Human Liver Ferritin and Chicken Liver by Moessbauer Spectroscopy. Preliminary Results

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    Oshtrakh, M. I. [Ural State Technical University - UPI, Division of Applied Biophysics, Faculty of Physical Techniques and Devices for Quality Control (Russian Federation); Milder, O. B.; Semionkin, V. A. [Ural State Technical University - UPI, Faculty of Experimental Physics (Russian Federation); Prokopenko, P. G. [Russian State Medical University, Faculty of Biochemistry (Russian Federation); Malakheeva, L. I. [Simbio Holding, Science Consultation Department (Russian Federation)


    A comparative study of normal human liver ferritin and livers from normal chicken and chicken with Marek disease was made by Moessbauer spectroscopy. Small differences of quadrupole splitting and isomer shift were found for human liver ferritin and chicken liver. Moessbauer parameters for liver from normal chicken and chicken with Marek disease were the same.

  7. Inelastic scattering in condensed matter with high intensity Moessbauer radiation

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    Yelon, W.B.; Schupp, G.


    We give a progress report for the work which has been carried out in the last three years with DOE support. A facility for high-intensity Moessbauer scattering is now fully operational at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) as well as facility at Purdue, using special isotopes produced at MURR. High precision, fundamental Moessbauer effect studies have been carried out using scattering to filter the unwanted radiation. These have led to a new Fourier transform method for describing Moessbauer effect (ME) lineshape and a direct method of fitting ME data to the convolution integral. These methods allow complete correction for source resonance self absorption (SRSA) and the accurate representation of interference effects that add an asymmetric component to the ME lines. We have begun applying these techniques to attenuated ME sources whose central peak has been attenuated by stationary resonant absorbers, to more precisely determine interference parameters and line-shape behavior in the resonance asymptotic region. This analysis is important to both the fundamental ME studies and to scattering studies for which a deconvolution is essential for extracting the correct recoilless fractions and interference parameters. A number of scattering studies have been successfully carried out including a study of the thermal diffuse scattering in Si, which led to an analysis of the resolution function for gamma-ray scattering. Also studied was the anharmonic motion in Na and the satellite reflection Debye-Waller factor in TaS{sub 2}, which indicate phason rather than phonon behavior. We have begun quasielastic diffusion studies in viscous liquids and current results are summarized. These advances, coupled to our improvements in MIcrofoil Conversion Electron spectroscopy lay the foundation for the proposed research outlined in this request for a three-year renewal of DOE support.

  8. Gamma scattering in condensed matter with high intensity Moessbauer radiation

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    We give a progress report for the work which has been carried out in the last three years with DOE support. A facility for high-intensity Moessbauer scattering is now fully operational at the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR) as well as a facility at Purdue, using special isotopes produced at MURR. High precision, fundamental Moessbauer effect studies have been carried out using scattering to filter the unwanted radiation. These have led to a new Fourier transform method for describing Moessbauer effect (ME) lineshape and a direct method of fitting ME data to the convolution integral. These methods allow complete correction for source resonance self absorption (SRSA) and the accurate representation of interference effects that add an asymmetric component to the ME lines. We have begun applying these techniques to attenuated ME sources whose central peak has been attenuated by stationary resonant absorbers, to more precisely determine interference parameters and line-shape behavior in the resonance asymptotic region. This analysis is important to both the fundamental ME studies and to scattering studies for which a deconvolution is essential for extracting the correct recoilless fractions and interference parameters. A number of scattering studies have been successfully carried out including a study of the thermal diffuse scattering in Si, which led to an analysis of the resolution function for gamma-ray scattering. Also studied was the anharmonic motion in Na and the satellite reflection Debye-Waller factor in TaS{sub 2}, which indicate phason rather than phonon behavior. We have begun quasielastic diffusion studies in viscous liquids and current results are summarized. These advances, coupled to our improvements in MIcrofoil Conversion Electron spectroscopy lay the foundation for the proposed research outlined in this request for a three-year renewal of DOE support.

  9. Moessbauer spectroscopic study on inorganic compounds. Pt. 2

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    Takahashi, Masashi; Kitazawa, Takafumi; Nanba, Hiroshi; Yoshinaga, Tomohiro; Nakajima, Norio; Sumisawa, Yasuhiro; Takeda, Masuo [Toho Univ., Funabashi, Chiba (Japan). Faculty of Science; Sawahata, Hiroyuki; Ito, Yasuo


    {sup 166}Er and {sup 127}I Moessbauer spectra were observed. {sup 166}Er Moessbauer spectrum of Er metal and 9 compounds were measured by {sup 166}Ho/Y{sub 0.6}Ho{sub 0.4}H{sub 2} source at 12K and the parameters such as e{sup 2}qQ(mm s{sup -1}), Heff(T) and {tau}(ns) were determined. The relaxation time of ErCl{sub 3}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O was 0.7ns, long, but that of ErCl{sub 3} was 10 ps, short time. {sup 127}I Moessbauer spectrum of PhI(O{sub 2}CR){sub 2} (R=CH{sub 3}, CHF{sub 2}, CH{sub 2}Cl, CHCl{sub 2}, CCl{sub 3}, CH{sub 2}Br, CHBr{sub 2} and CBr{sub 3}) were observed and compared with that of R`{sub 3}Sb(O{sub 2}CR){sub 2} was similar to that of PhI(O{sub 2}CR){sub 2}. The correlation coefficient between e{sup 2}qQ({sup 127}I) and Mulliken population of carboxylic hydrogen atom of R{sub 2}CO{sub 2}H was -0.87. The relation between the hypervalent bond of O-I-O and that of O-Sb-0 was shown by the equation: e{sup 2}qQ({sup 121}Sb)/mm s{sup -1} = -47.2 + 1.32 e{sup 2}qQ({sup 127}I)/mm s{sup -1}. Hypervalent iodine complex such as (PhI(py){sub 2}){sup 2+} salt and E-Sb-I (E=O, I, N and C) were studied, too. (S.Y.)

  10. Infrared (United States)

    Vollmer, M.


    'Infrared' is a very wide field in physics and the natural sciences which has evolved enormously in recent decades. It all started in 1800 with Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel's discovery of infrared (IR) radiation within the spectrum of the Sun. Thereafter a few important milestones towards widespread use of IR were the quantitative description of the laws of blackbody radiation by Max Planck in 1900; the application of quantum mechanics to understand the rotational-vibrational spectra of molecules starting in the first half of the 20th century; and the revolution in source and detector technologies due to micro-technological breakthroughs towards the end of the 20th century. This has led to much high-quality and sophisticated equipment in terms of detectors, sources and instruments in the IR spectral range, with a multitude of different applications in science and technology. This special issue tries to focus on a few aspects of the astonishing variety of different disciplines, techniques and applications concerning the general topic of infrared radiation. Part of the content is based upon an interdisciplinary international conference on the topic held in 2012 in Bad Honnef, Germany. It is hoped that the information provided here may be useful for teaching the general topic of electromagnetic radiation in the IR spectral range in advanced university courses for postgraduate students. In the most general terms, the infrared spectral range is defined to extend from wavelengths of 780 nm (upper range of the VIS spectral range) up to wavelengths of 1 mm (lower end of the microwave range). Various definitions of near, middle and far infrared or thermal infrared, and lately terahertz frequencies, are used, which all fall in this range. These special definitions often depend on the scientific field of research. Unfortunately, many of these fields seem to have developed independently from neighbouring disciplines, although they deal with very similar topics in respect of the

  11. A Moessbauer effect investigation of superparamagnetic behavior in ball milled Mn-Zn ferrites

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    Dunlap, R.A.; Alghamdi, A.; O' Brien, J.W.; Penney, S.J


    Nanostructured Mn{sub 1-x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, with x=0.4, 0.5, 0.6 and 0.7, were prepared by ball milling and were investigated using X-ray diffraction and {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer effect methods. Nanocrystallite grain size has been determined from X-ray linewidths to be around 70 A. {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer effect spectra of all samples showed a combination of a ferromagnetic component and a superparamagnetic component. Low-temperature Moessbauer measurements confirmed the identity of the superparamagnetic component and provided mean grain sizes consistent with the X-ray results.

  12. Moessbauer and magnetic studies of parent material from argentine pampas soils

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    Bidegain, J. C. [Laboratorio de Entrenamiento Multidisciplinario para la Investigacion Tecnologica (Argentina); Bartel, A. A. [Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales (Argentina); Sives, F. R.; Mercader, R. C., E-mail: [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina)


    In order to establish a correlation between the different types of soils using hyperfine and magnetic parameters as climatic and environmental proxies, we have studied the differentiation of soil developed around 38.5{sup o} south latitude, in the central Pampas of Argentina, by means of Moessbauer spectroscopy and environmental magnetism. The soils transect (climosequence) investigated stretches from the drier west (around 64{sup o} W) to the more humid east (at around 59{sup o} W) in the Buenos Aires Province, covering a distance of 600 km. The soils studied developed during recent Holocene geologic times in a landscape characterized by small relict plateaus, slopes and depressions, dunes and prairies. The parent material consists of eolian sandy silts overlying calcrete layers. The low mean annual precipitation in the western parts of the region gives rise to soils without B-horizons, which limits the agricultural use of land. The preliminary results show an increase of the paramagnetic Fe{sup 3+} relative concentration from west to east in the soils investigated. Magnetite is probably mainly responsible for the observed enhancement in the susceptibility values. The magnetic response of the parent material is similar to that of the loess part of the previously investigated loess-paleosol sequences of the Argentine loess plateau.

  13. Magnetic and Moessbauer studies of Fe/V multilayers

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    Fnidiki, A.; Juraszek, J.; Teillet, J. [Groupe de Metallurgie Physique, equipe Magnetisme et Applications, UMR CNRS 6634, Faculte des Sciences de Rouen, 76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex (France); Duc, N.H.; Danh, T.M. [Cryogenic Laboratory, University of Hanoi (Viet Nam); Kaabouchi, M.; Sella, C. [Laboratoire de Magnetisme et d' Optique, 92195 Meudon Bellevue (France)


    The structural and magnetic properties of rf-sputtered Fe/V multilayers with the elemental Fe and V layer thickness t{sub Fe}=t{sub V} and with the structural modulation period {lambda} ranging from 2 nm to 24 nm have been studied by high-angle x-ray diffraction, vibrating-sample magnetometry, and conversion-electron Moessbauer spectrometry methods at room temperature. The results show that the Fe/V interfaces are paramagnetic. The magnetic behaviour of the multilayers, hence, originates from the {alpha}-Fe at the centres of the individual subsystems and the iron-rich crystalline Fe(V) alloy lying near the interface. The spin orientation in the Fe layers is strongly aligned in the film plane. However, evidence for a weak perpendicular spin orientation associated with the magnetic topmost Fe layer is found. (author)

  14. Extraterrestrial Moessbauer Spectroscopy: More than Three Years of Mars Exploration and Developments for Future Missions (United States)

    Schroeder, Christian; Klingelhoefer, Goestar; Morris, Richard V.; Rodionov, Daniel S.; Fleischer, Iris; Blumers, Mathias


    The NASA Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, landed on the Red Planet in January 2004. Both rovers are equipped with a miniaturized Moessbauer spectrometer MIMOS II. Designed for a three months mission, both rovers and both Moessbauer instruments are still working after more than three years of exploring the Martian surface. At the beginning of the mission, with a landed intensity of the Moessbauer source of 150 mCi, a 30 minute touch and go measurement produced scientifically valuable data while a good quality Moessbauer spectrum was obtained after approximately eight hours. Now, after about five halflives of the sources have passed, Moessbauer integrations are routinely planned to last approx.48 hours. Because of this and other age-related hardware degradations of the two rover systems, measurements now occur less frequently, but are still of outstanding quality and scientific importance. Summarizing important Moessbauer results, Spirit has traversed the plains from her landing site in Gusev crater and is now, for the greater part of the mission, investigating the stratigraphically older Columbia Hills. Olivine in rocks and soils in the plains suggests that physical rather than chemical processes are currently active.

  15. The Miniaturized Moessbauer Spectrometer MIMOS II for the Asteroid Redirect Mission(ARM): Quantative Iron Mineralogy And Oxidation States (United States)

    Schroeder, C.; Klingelhoefer, G; Morris, R. V.; Yen, A. S.; Renz, F.; Graff, T. G.


    The miniaturized Moessbauer spectrometer MIMOS II is an off-the-shelf instrument with proven flight heritage. It has been successfully deployed during NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission and was on-board the UK-led Beagle 2 Mars lander and the Russian Phobos-Grunt sample return mission. A Moessbauer spectrometer has been suggested for ASTEX, a DLR Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) mission study, and the potential payload to be hosted by the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). Here we make the case for in situ asteroid characterization with Moessbauer spectroscopy on the ARM employing one of three available fully-qualified flight-spare Moessbauer instruments.

  16. Moessbauer study of austenite stability and impact fracture in Fe--6Ni steel

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    Fultz, B.T.


    The two phase (..cap alpha.. + ..gamma..) microstructure of a commercial cryogenic alloy steel was studied with regard to possible phase transformations induced by impact fracture. A backscatter Moessbauer spectrometer was constructed for measurements of atomic fractions of the two phases near specimen surfaces. Moessbauer spectra were collected from several types of unpolished and chemically polished surfaces of impact specimens to reveal (for the first time) the depth profile of the observed ..gamma.. ..-->.. ..cap alpha..' transformation near fracture surfaces. It was found that the spatial extent of transformation could be monotonically related to the impact energy absorbed by the specimen. These results are interpreted in light of several models of phase stability and impact toughness. A general description of the Moessbauer effect and methods of spectral analysis is included. The method of linear perturbations in the hyperfine magnetic field is discussed with respect to its general usefulness in obtaining chemical information for Moessbauer spectra of the ..cap alpha.. phase. The procedure adopted for spectral analysis was chosen to provide an accurate phase analysis at the expense of chemical information. Both the Moessbauer equipment and analysis procedures were developed with the primary objective of providing a routine metallurgical phase analysis technique for low alloy steels.

  17. High-pressure Moessbauer study of perovskite iron oxides

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    Kawakami, T; Sasaki, T; Kuzushita, K; Morimoto, S; Endo, S; Kawasaki, S; Takano, M


    The perovskite oxides CaFeO sub 3 and La sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 have been investigated by high-pressure sup 5 sup 7 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. The critical temperatures of the charge disproportionation (CD) and the magnetic order (MO) have been determined as a function of pressure. In CaFeO sub 3 the CD (2Fe sup 4 sup + -> Fe sup 3 sup + + Fe sup 5 sup +) occurs at an almost constant temperature of 290 K in the pressure range of 0-17 GPa. Above 20 GPa, the CD is suppressed. The MO temperature of 125 K at an ambient pressure rises to 300 K at 34 GPa. In La sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 the CD (3Fe sup 1 sup 1 sup / sup 3 sup + -> 2Fe sup 3 sup + + Fe sup 5 sup +) and the MO occur at the same temperature up to 21 GPa, which decreases from 207 to 165 K with increasing pressure. Above 25 GPa, however, the MO temperature rises above 400 K.

  18. Moessbauer Characterization of Rust Obtained in an Accelerated Corrosion Test

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    Garcia, K. E.; Morales, A. L.; Arroyave, C. E.; Barrero, C. A. [Universidad de Antioquia, Grupo de Corrosion y Proteccion, Departamento de Ingenieria de Materiales (Colombia); Cook, D. C. [Old Dominion University, Department of Physics (United States)


    We have performed drying-humectation cyclical processes (CEBELCOR) on eight A36 low carbon steel coupons in NaCl solutions containing 1x10{sup -2} M and 1x10{sup -1} M concentrations. The main purpose of these experiments is to contribute to the understanding of the conditions for akaganeite formation. Additionally, and with the idea to perform a complete characterization of the rust, this work also considers the formation of other iron oxide phases. The corrosion products were characterized by Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. Gravimetric analysis demonstrates that the coupons presented high corrosion rates. Magnetite/maghemite was common in the rust stuck to the steel surface, whereas akaganeite was present only in traces. In the rust collected from the solutions, i.e., the rust that goes away from the metal surface easily, a magnetite/maghemite was not present and akaganeite showed up in larger quantities. These results support the idea that high concentrations of Cl{sup -} ions are required for the akaganeite formation. We concluded that akaganeite is not easily bonded to the rust layer; this may lead to the formation of a less protective rust layer and to higher corrosion rates.

  19. {sub 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopy of tin containing float glass

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    Jung, Verena; Vadim, Ksenofontov; Felser, Claudia [Johannes Gutenberg - Universitaet, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Aigner, Maria Luisa; Pfeiffer, Thomas; Sprenger, Dirk [Schott AG, 55122 Mainz (Germany)


    According to the production process of float glasses tin is used as a common refining agent. Since the surface quality of the glass strongly depends on the local distribution of Sn-redox states, the influence of process parameters on Sn{sup 2+}/Sn{sup 4+} ratios and the assignment to their structural role in the glass network is extremely helpful. Therefore, glass compositions based on SiO{sub 2}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CaO-SnO{sub 2} were molten with additions of 0,1, 0,3 and 0,5 wt% SnO{sub 2}. All samples were tempered for 7 days at 1400 C in N{sub 2} and N{sub 2}-air mixtures with controlled p{sub O2}-values of 10{sup -2} and 10{sup -5} bar, respectively. Hyperfine parameters for the tin nucleus in different structural units and their oxidation states were calculated from {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectra, using theoretical simulations of electron densities and electric field gradients with the Wien2k software. Finally, the thermochemical impact of oxygen on the structure of Sn-bearing glasses is discussed.

  20. Early Pottery Making in Northern Coastal Peru. Part I: Moessbauer Study of Clays

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    Shimada, I. [Southern Illinois University (United States); Haeusler, W.; Hutzelmann, T.; Wagner, U. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik-Department E15 (Germany)


    We report on an investigation of several ancient clays which were used for pottery making in northern coastal Peru at a kiln site from the Formative period (ca. 2000-800 BC) in the Poma Canal and at a Middle Sican pottery workshop in use between ca. AD 950 and 1050 at Huaca Sialupe in the lower La Leche valley. Neutron activation analysis, {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were used for the characterisation of the clays. The changes that occur in iron-bearing compounds in the clays depending on the kiln atmosphere and on the maximum firing temperature were studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Laboratory firing series under varying controlled conditions were performed to obtain a basic understanding of the different reactions taking place in the clays during firing. The results can be used as models in the interpretation of the Moessbauer spectra observed in ancient ceramics from the same context.

  1. Universal LabVIEW-powered Moessbauer spectrometer based on USB, PCI or PXI devices

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    Pechousek, J; Prochazka, R; Jancik, D; Frydrych, J; Mashlan, M, E-mail: pechous@prfnw.upol.c [Centre for Nanomaterial Research, Palacky University, Slechtitelu 11, 783 71, Olomouc (Czech Republic)


    A new design of the universal Moessbauer spectrometer is presented. Hardware solution is based on commercial-available data acquisition devices working on the USB, PCI or PXI platform controlled by the main application running on the personal computer. Final application allows, in addition to Moessbauer spectra accumulation, the detailed analysis of the acquired detector signal in energy and time domains, and also to tune the velocity driving system separately. The experimental results show a high flexibility in various detectors and velocity transducers usage. It is easy to change the way of operation according to the different experimental requirements. This concept can be used with all common spectrometric benches with different velocity transducers, radioactive sources and gamma-ray detectors. This is a new approach in the Moessbauer spectrometer construction.

  2. Performance of new solid state {gamma}-detectors in {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy experiments

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    Dellmann, Til; Klauss, Hans-Henning [Institute of Solid State Physics, TU Dresden (Germany)


    Usually, proportional counter tubes are used in {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy for the detection of the 14.4 keV transition line. % and further signal processing. The recent developement of Si-based solid state detectors led to commercially available drift detectors (SDD) and high purity PiN diodes without the necessity of cooling with liquid nitrogen. First applications of SDD detectors in the analysis of minerals are already highly promising. In this talk, we present a detailed comparison between the three detector types and their use in Moessbauer spectroscopy using a standard absorber-source-combination (metallic iron with a 2.0 GBq {sup 57}Co/Rh source) in absorbtion geometry. Starting with the definition of a global efficiency function, which optimises the goodness of a Moessbauer spectrum and thus the required measurement time, we examined the influence of the intrinsic detector parameters on the global efficiency.

  3. Moessbauer high pressure and magnetic field studies of the superconductor FeSe

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Felser, Claudia [Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg - University, Mainz (Germany); Wortmann, Gerhard [Department of Physics, University of Paderborn, Paderborn (Germany); Trojan, Ivan; Palasyuk, Taras; Medvedev, Sergey; Eremets, Michail [Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry, Mainz (Germany); McQueen, Tyrel M.; Cava, Richard J. [Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton (United States)


    Superconducting FeSe has been investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy applying high pressure and strong external magnetic fields. It was found that pressure-induced structural phase transition between tetragonal and hexagonal modifications is accompanied by increased distortion of local surrounding of Fe atoms. Appearance of the hexagonal phase above 7.2 GPa is accompanied by degradation of superconducting properties of FeSe. Low-temperature measurements demonstrated that the ground states in both orthorhombic and hexagonal phases of FeSe are nonmagnetic. Moessbauer measurements in the external magnetic field below transition to the superconducting state revealed zero electron spin density on Fe atoms. Interpretation of Moessbauer spectra of FeSe in the Shubnikov phase is discussed.

  4. Moessbauer spectroscopic studies on ultra fine powders of NiZn-ferrite

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    Michalk, C.; Knese, K. (Leipzig Univ. (Germany, F.R.). Sektion Physik); Fischer, S.; Toepelmann, W.; Scheler, H. (Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany, F.R.). Sektion Chemie)


    Mixed ferrite Ni{sub x}Zn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was precipitated from a solution containing Ni{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} ions in the molecular ratio of 1:1:4. The different aged samples were investigated by X-ray diffractometry and Moessbauer spectroscopy. The substance which was not aged contains {beta}-FeOOH and strongly distorted NiZn ferrite. Ageing leads to the formation of spinel structure. Moessbauer spectra of the aged samples exhibit a typical relaxation shape, which can be explained by occuring of small clusters possessing complete spinel structure. (orig.).

  5. Moessbauer absorption by thick ferromagnets in radio-frequency magnetic field

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    Dzyublik, A Y


    The dynamical scattering theory is developed for transmission of the Moessbauer radiation through a ferromagnetic absorber of arbitrary thickness whose magnetization periodically reverses under the influence of an external radio-frequency (RF) magnetic field. The thickness dependence of the Moessbauer absorption spectrum as well as the time dependence and energy distribution of the transmitted beam are analyzed. The transmitted spectrum as a function of the frequency of transmitted gamma-quanta, reveals a sideband structure separated by twice the frequency of the RF field, which collapses to a single line at high frequencies.

  6. Moessbauer Spectroscopic Study of a Mural Painting from Morgadal Grande, Mexico

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    Kuno, A.; Matsuo, M. [University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Japan); Soto, A. Pascual [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Investigaciones Esteticas (Mexico); Tsukamoto, K. [Escuela Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (Mexico)


    In this study, {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy has been applied to fragments of a mural painting excavated at Morgadal Grande, Mexico, to characterize the pigments used. A sextet attributable to hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was clearly detected in the red fragments. The spectra of orange fragments showed a doublet attributable to paramagnetic high-spin Fe{sup 3+}, which presumably originates from goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH) exhibiting superparamagnetic relaxation due to its small particle size. The blue fragments contained little iron. The scattered X-ray Moessbauer spectra revealed that the thickness of the pigments was larger than 20 {mu}m.

  7. The big and little of fifty years of Moessbauer spectroscopy at Argonne.

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    Westfall, C.


    Using radioactive materials obtained by chance, a turntable employing gears from Heidelberg's mechanical toy shops, and other minimal equipment available in post World War II Germany, in 1959 Rudolf Moessbauer confirmed his suspicion that his graduate research had yielded ground-breaking results. He published his conclusion: an atomic nucleus in a crystal undergoes negligible recoil when it emits a low energy gamma ray and provides the entire energy to the gamma ray. In the beginning Moessbauer's news might have been dismissed. As Argonne nuclear physicist Gilbert Perlow noted: ''Everybody knew that nuclei were supposed to recoil when emitting gamma rays--people made those measurements every day''. If any such effect existed, why had no one noticed it before? The notion that some nuclei would not recoil was ''completely crazy'', in the words of the eminent University of Illinois condensed matter physicist Frederich Seitz. Intrigued, however, nuclear physicists as well as condensed matter (or solid state) physicists in various locations--but particularly at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell in Britain and at Argonne and Los Alamos in the U.S.--found themselves pondering the Moessbauer spectra with its nuclear and solid state properties starting in late 1959. After an exciting year during which Moessbauer's ideas were confirmed and extended, the physics community concluded that Moessbauer was right. Moessbauer won the Nobel Prize for his work in 1961. In the 1960s and 1970s Argonne physicists produced an increasingly clear picture of the properties of matter using the spectroscopy ushered in by Moessbauer. The scale of this traditional Moessbauer spectroscopy, which required a radioactive source and other simple equipment, began quite modestly by Argonne standards. For example Argonne hosted traditional Moessbauer spectroscopy research using mostly existing equipment in the early days and

  8. Speciation of triphenyltin compounds using Moessbauer spectroscopy. Final report

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    Eng, G.


    Organotin compounds have been used widely as the active agent in antifouling marine paints. Organotin compounds, i.e., tributyltin compounds (TBTs) and triphenyltin compounds (TPTs) have been found to be effective in preventing the unwanted attachment and development of aquatic organisms such as barnacles, sea grass and hydroids on ships, hulls and underwater surfaces. However, these organotin compounds have been found to be toxic to non-targeted marine species as well. While speciation of tributyltins in environmental water systems has received much attention in the literature, little information concerning the speciation of triphenyltins is found. Therefore, it would be important to study the fate of TPTs in the aquatic environment, particularly in sediments, both oxic and anoxic, in order to obtain speciation data. Since marine estuaries consist of areas with varying salinity and pH, it is important to investigate the speciation of these compounds under varying salinity conditions. In addition, evaluation of the speciation of these compounds as a function of pH would give an insight into how these compounds might interact with sediments in waters where industrial chemical run-offs can affect the pH of the estuarine environment. Finally, since organotins are present in both salt and fresh water environments, the speciation of the organotins in seawater and distilled water should also be studied. Moessbauer spectroscopy would provide a preferred method to study the speciation of triphenyltins as they leach from marine paints into the aquatic environment. Compounds used in this study are those triphenyltin compounds that are commonly incorporated into marine paints such as triphenyltin fluoride (TPTF), triphenyltin acetate (TPTOAc), triphenyltin chloride (TPTCl) and triphenyltin hydroxide (TPTOH).

  9. Precise determination of Moessbauer lineshape parameters including interference

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    Mullen, J.G.; Djedid, A.; Bullard, B.; Schupp, G.; Cowan, D.; Cao, Y.; Crow, M.L.; Yelon, W.


    Using 100 Ci /sup 183/Ta and 5 Ci /sup 182/Ta sources, with LiF and NaCl crystal monochromating filters, we have measured the lineshape parameters for the 46.5 keV and 99.1 keV Moessbauer effect (ME) transitions of /sup 183/W and the 100.1 keV transition of /sup 182/W. Using an analytic representation of the convolution integral and utilizing asymptotic analyses of the lineshape, we find, for both transmission and microfoil internal conversion (MICE) experiments, accurate values of all ME parameters including width, position, cross section, and interference. This new approach allows deconvolution of source and absorber spectra and gives a simple analytic expression for both as well as their Fourier transforms. The line widths for the 46.5, 99.1, and 100.1 keV transitions are 3.10(10), 0.369(18), and 0.195(12) cm/s, respectively. The interference parameters are -0.00257(9), -0.0093(12), and -0.0107(12) in the same respective order. The agreement between transmission and MICE measurements for the above lineshape parameters is within the experimental errors. We believe these measurements are the first having sufficient precision to allow a quantitative comparison with dispersion theory and they indicate interference parameters 10 to 20% smaller than predicted. Our measured line widths are less than earlier reported values. This is because our analysis of the true lineshape and the study of line asymptotics permits a quantitative determination of the isomer lifetimes rather than the usual lower bound found in earlier ME experiments. 37 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Moessbauer spectroscopy evidence of intrinsic non-stoichiometry in iron telluride single crystals

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    Kiiamov, Airat G.; Tayurskii, Dmitrii A. [Institute of Physics, Kazan Federal University (Russian Federation); Centre for Quantum Technologies, Kazan Federal University (Russian Federation); Lysogorskiy, Yury V.; Vagizov, Farit G. [Institute of Physics, Kazan Federal University (Russian Federation); Tagirov, Lenar R. [Institute of Physics, Kazan Federal University (Russian Federation); E.K. Zavoisky Physical-Technical Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kazan (Russian Federation); Croitori, Dorina [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau (Moldova, Republic of); Tsurkan, Vladimir [Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Chisinau (Moldova, Republic of); Experimental Physics V, University of Augsburg (Germany); Loidl, Alois [Experimental Physics V, University of Augsburg (Germany)


    The FeTe parent compound for iron-superconductor chalcogenides was studied applying Moessbauer spectroscopy accompanied by ab initio calculations of electric field gradients at the iron nuclei. Room-temperature (RT) Moessbauer spectra of single crystals have shown asymmetric doublet structure commonly ascribed to contributions of over-stoichiometric iron or impurity phases. Low-temperature Moessbauer spectra of the magnetically ordered compound could be well described by four hyperfine-split sextets, although no other foreign phases different from Fe{sub 1.05}Te were detected by XRD and microanalysis within the sensitivity limits of the equipment. Density functional ab initio calculations have shown that over-stoichiometric iron atoms significantly affect electron charge and spin density up to the second coordination sphere of the iron sub-lattice, and, as a result, four non-equivalent groups of iron atoms are formed by their local environment. The resulting four-group model consistently describes the angular dependence of the single crystals Moessbauer spectra as well as intensity asymmetry of the doublet absorption lines in powdered samples at RT. We suppose that our approach could be extended to the entire class of Fe{sub 1+y}Se{sub 1-x}Te{sub x} compounds, which contain excess iron atoms. (copyright 2016 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Magnetic structures of vanadium iodide (VI2): long- and short-range order and Moessbauer spectroscopy.

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    Kuindersma, S. R.; Sanchez, J. P.; Haas, C.


    Neutron diffraction data of VI2 show a magnetic phase transition at 14 K from a 120° magnetic structure to a collinear structure. The collinear structure is compatible with low-temp. Moessbauer spectra. The 120° structure is not a magnetic phase with long-range order but rather a paramagnetic phase

  12. International conference on Moessbauer effect applications. Alma-Ata, 26 September-1 October 1983

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    Zemcik, T. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie)


    The participants heard 15 papers and 25 brief communications, the other papers were presented on posters. Most papers were devoted to the application of the Moessbauer effect (metals and alloys, magnetic and amorphous materials, etc.). Some papers dealt with methodology, and greatest interest was aroused by papers from marginal disciplines (e.g., on pulse reversal of the magnetic memory of bacteria).

  13. LACAME 2006: Latin American conference on the applications of the Moessbauer effects. Program and Abstract Book

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    Theoretical and experimental papers are present in these proceedings on the following subjects: Moessbauer effects and spectroscopy, minerals, structural chemical analysis, crustal structure, ion oxides, hyperfine structure, geology, catalysts, transmission and absorption spectroscopies, materials, crystal and hyperfine structures, stereochemistry and geological materials.

  14. Discrimination of methicillin-resistant and methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus using near-infrared spectroscopy based on Support Vector Machine method

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    Full Text Available Objective To explore the feasibility of distinguishing between methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA and methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA using near-infrared spectroscopy and the Support Vector Machine analysis method. Methods The concentration standard curve of the MRSA and MSSA was prepared. The bacteria were amplified and prepared into the same concentration according to the concentration formula. Near-infrared spectroscopy data of the MRSA and MSSA were collected and pretreated with first derivative, smoothing, normalization and baseline correction. After the pretreatment, the correlation analysis of the two kinds of bacteria was executed. The spectral data of bacteria with the wavelength from 900 to 2200 nm were analyzed by principal components. According to the results of cumulative contribution rate, the first three principal components were extracted and used as the input vector to establish Support Vector Machine models in three classifiers (linear, polynomial and RBF and then a comparison of the three models was performed. Results The correlation coefficient of the pretreatment spectral curve of MRSA and MSSA was as high as 1.000. The training and test accuracies of the models were all over 95% after using the principal component analysis and Support Vector Machine models in three classifiers (linear, polynomial and RBF. The RBF classifier had the highest accuracy, and the result was 99.72%±0.21% for training accuracy and 99.47%±0.00% for the test accuracy. Conclusion Near-infrared spectroscopy and the Support Vector Machine analysis method has a high ability to discriminate between MSSA and MRSA. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2016.12.07

  15. Hematite at Meridiani Planum and Gusev Crater as identified by the Moessbauer Spectrometer MIMOS II (United States)

    Klingelhoefer, G.; Morris, R. V.; Rodionov, D.; Schroeder, C.; de Souza, P. A.; Yen, A.; Renz, F.; Wdowiak, T.


    The Moessbauer (MB) spectrometers on the MER rovers Opportunity and Spirit, which landed on Mars in January 2004, have identified the iron-containing mineral hematite (a-Fe2O3) at both landing sites. On Earth, hematite can occur either by itself or with other iron oxides as massive deposits, in veins , and as particles dispersed through a silicate or other matrix material. Hematite particle size can range from nanophase (superparamagnetic) to multidomain and particle shape ranges from equant to acicular to platy. Fine-grained hematite is red in color and is a pigmenting agent. Coarse-grained hematite can be spectrally neutral (gray) at visible wavelengths. Substitutional impurities, particularly Al, are common in hematite. Chemically pure, coarse-grained, and well-crystalline hematite has a magnetic transition (the Morin transition) at 260 K. Moessbauer spectra, recorded as a function of temperature, provide a way to characterize Martian hematite with respect to some of the physical and chemical characteristics. At Meridiani Planum besides the iron-sulfate mineral jarosite also the Fe-oxide hematite has been identified by the Moessbauer spectrometer, mainly in three distinct types of reservoir: - outcrop matrix material dominated by the mineral jarosite in the MB spectrum, certain basaltic soils, and mm-sized spherules dubbed blueberries. Moessbauer spectra of each reservoir yield a distinct set of hyperfine parameters for hematite, suggesting different degrees of crystallinity and particle size. The hematite found by MB instrument MIMOS II in the outcrop material shows the Morin transition at relatively high temperatures (ca. 250 K) which is an indication of pure and well-crystallized hematite. The source of the hematite in the Blueberries as identified by Moessbauer spectroscopy, and also by MiniTES, is not known. These spherules, covering nearly the whole landing site area (Eagle crater, plains, Endurance crater), may be concretions formed in the outcrop

  16. Phase analysis study of copper ferrite aluminates by X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Almokhtar, M. E-mail:; Abdalla, A.M.Atef M.; Gaffar, M.A


    CuFe{sub 2-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 4} (where x=0.0-0.6) have been synthesized at 950 deg. C, 1000 deg. C, 1050 deg. C and 1100 deg. C using the usual ceramic method. The Moessbauer measurements show reasonable values of magnetic as well as electric hyperfine interactions. At higher sintering temperatures, the spinel ferrite phase is partially dissociated forming delafossite phase in addition to the main matrix. The delafossite phase manifested itself as paramagnetic doublet overlapping the main Moessbauer spectra measured at room temperature. Furthermore, X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the presence of the CuFeO{sub 2} (delafossite) phase of Cu-Al ferrite.

  17. {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy of radiation damaged samarskites and gadolinites

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    Malczewski, Dariusz, E-mail: [University of Silesia, Faculty of Earth Sciences (Poland); Grabias, Agnieszka [Institute of Electronic Materials Technology (Poland); Dercz, Grzegorz [University of Silesia, Institute of Materials Science (Poland)


    We report the results of {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy, gamma-ray spectrometry and X-ray diffraction of two fully metamict samarskites and two partially metamict gadolinites. The absorbed {alpha}-dose for these minerals are found to range from 3.6 x 10{sup 15} {alpha}-decay/mg for one of the gadolinite samples to 7.7 x 10{sup 17} {alpha}-decay/mg for one of the samarskite samples. The Moessbauer spectra of samarskites and gadolinites show increasing line widths of the Fe{sup 2+} doublets with absorbed {alpha}-dose. We also observe that the increase in average quadrupole splitting of the Fe{sup 2+} cmponents correlates better with absorbed {alpha}-dose from {sup 232}Th than with total {alpha}-dose.

  18. Crystal chemistry and Moessbauer spectroscopic analysis of clays around Riyadh for brick industry

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    Khalil, Mutasim I., E-mail: [King Saud University, Department of Chemistry, College of Science (Saudi Arabia)


    A total of 30 clay samples were collected from the area around Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia. A complete chemical analysis was carried out using different techniques. X-ray diffraction studies showed that the clay samples were mainly of the smectite group with traces of the kaolinite one. The samples studied were classified as nontronite clay minerals. One of the clay fraction has been studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy as raw clay fraction and after being fired at 950-1,000 Degree-Sign C. The Moessbauer spectra showed accessory iron compounds in the form of hematite and goethite. The structural iron contents disintegrate on firing transforming into magnetic iron oxide and a paramagnetic small particles iron oxide.

  19. Moessbauer Study of Ceramic Finds from the Galeria de las Ofrendas, Chavin de Huantar

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    Lumbreras, L. G. [Museo Nacional de Antropologia (Peru); Gebhard, R. [Archaeologische Staatssammlung Muenchen (Germany); Haeusler, W. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik-Department E15 (Germany); Kauffmann-Doig, F. [Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) (Peru); Riederer, J. [Rathgen-Forschungslabor (Germany); Sieben, G.; Wagner, U. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Physik-Department E15 (Germany)


    Ceramic finds from the Galeria de las Ofrendas at Chavin de Huantar and surface finds from the settlement of Chavin were characterised by combining the results of archaeological typology with archaeometric studies using neutron activation analysis, Moessbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and thin-section microscopy. Sherds from the pyramid Tello are included in the study as representative of local material. The analyses show that the vessels were made from different raw materials and that different firing procedures were used in their production. Sherds of certain styles largely exhibit similar types of Moessbauer patterns and in many instances also have similar element compositions. This supports the archaeological notion that the vessels were brought to Chavin from the provinces, perhaps on the occasion of a festivity.

  20. Moessbauer and X-ray study of the firing process for production of improved roofing tiles

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    Rekecki, R.; Kuzmann, E., E-mail:; Homonnay, Z. [Eoetvoes University, Laboratory of Nuclear Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry (Hungary); Ranogajec, J. [University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technology (Serbia)


    The effects of firing atmosphere parameters on the microstructural characteristics and physical properties of clay roofing tiles were studied. For these investigations, {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry and dilatometry were used. XRD of the raw material exploited from the clay pit belonging to the roofing tile factory 'Potisje-Kanjiza', revealed the presence of montmorillonite, kaolinite, illite and some chlorite clay minerals, as well as, quartz, albite, calcite and dolomite. Gradual changes were observed both in the {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectra and X-ray diffractograms with samples fired in reducing CO/N{sub 2} gas atmosphere at temperatures between 700 and 1060 Degree-Sign C. These changes reflect the dehydroxylation processes, oxide (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) formation, carbonate decomposition, densification and new silicate (plagioclase) formation. The firing conditions in reducing atmosphere were determined to produce roofing tiles with improved properties.

  1. Moessbauer study of glasses in meteorites: the D'Orbigny angrite and Cachari eucrite

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    Abdu, Y. A.; Souza Azevedo, I. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (Brazil); Stewart, S. J. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, IFLP, CONICET, Depto. De Fisica, Facultad de Cs. Exactas (Argentina); Lopez, A. [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (Brazil); Varela, M. E. [CONICET-UNS, Depto. de Geologia (Argentina); Kurat, G. [Naturhistorisches Museum (Austria); Scorzelli, R. B., E-mail: [Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Fisicas (Brazil)


    Moessbauer spectroscopy measurements at room temperature (RT) and at liquid helium temperature (4.2 K) were carried out on bulk and glass samples from the D'Orbigny (angrite) and Cachari (eucrite) meteorites. The RT Moessbauer spectrum of the bulk sample of D'Orbigny shows the presence of Fe{sup 2+} in olivine and pyroxene and that of bulk Cachari contains only pyroxene. Very small amounts of Fe{sup 3+} are also present in the bulk samples, but are attributed to surface contamination. The RT spectra of the D'Orbigny and Cachari glasses are fitted with three doublets, which are assigned to Fe{sup 2+} at three different octahedral positions. No Fe{sup 3+} was detected in the glass samples. The spectra of the glasses measured at 4.2 K show the presence of relaxation effects. The results suggest a certain degree of structural ordering in these glasses.

  2. Moessbauer study of C18N/Fe Langmuir-Blodgett layers

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    Kuzmann, Erno [Institute of Chemistry, Eoetvoes Lorand University (Hungary); Telegdi, Judit [Institute of Nanochemistry and Catalysis, Chemical Research Center, HAS (Hungary); Nemeth, Zoltan, E-mail:; Vertes, Attila [Institute of Chemistry, Eoetvoes Lorand University (Hungary); Nyikos, Lajos [Institute of Nanochemistry and Catalysis, Chemical Research Center, HAS (Hungary)


    Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films of octadecanoyl hydroxamic acid (C18N) complexed with Fe{sup 3 + } ions have been prepared at various subphase pH values. The LB films consisting of different number of layers were investigated by {sup 57}Fe conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEM) at room temperature. The CEM detector contained a piece of {alpha}-iron, enriched with {sup 57}Fe, using as an internal standard. The Moessbauer pattern of the C18N/Fe LB films is a doublet with parameters {delta} = 0.35 mm/s and {Delta} = 0.74 mm/s. A gradual increase of the relative occurrence of the doublet compared to the sextet of the internal standard was observed with the increasing number of layers, indicating the nearly uniform distribution of Fe among the LB layers.

  3. New information on Moessbauer and phase transition properties of Z-type hexaferrites

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    Elkady, H.A. [Suez Canal University (Egypt); Abou-Sekkina, M.M. [Tanta University (Egypt); Nagorny, K. [Hamburg University (Germany)


    In this paper various cation substituted Z-hexaferrites, prepared by the usual ceramic procedure and firing at a relatively low temperature (980 deg. C) in a 2 atm. oxygen pressure are discussed. On these materials extensive studies were undertaken, X-ray diffraction, IR absorption, scanning electronmicroscopy and a Moessbauer spectroscopy. Data obtained are explained, and discussed in details, leading to new information about the interaction of variant doped cation with the Z-hexaferrite Fe sites.

  4. Investigation of potential analytical methods for redox control of the vitrification process. [Moessbauer

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    Goldman, D.S.


    An investigation was conducted to evaluate several analytical techniques to measure ferrous/ferric ratios in simulated and radioactive nuclear waste glasses for eventual redox control of the vitrification process. Redox control will minimize the melt foaming that occurs under highly oxidizing conditions and the metal precipitation that occurs under highly reducing conditions. The analytical method selected must have a rapid response for production problems with minimal complexity and analyst involvement. The wet-chemistry, Moessbauer spectroscopy, glass color analysis, and ion chromatography techniques were explored, with particular emphasis being placed on the Moessbauer technique. In general, all of these methods can be used for nonradioactive samples. The Moessbauer method can readily analyze glasses containing uranium and thorium. A shielded container was designed and built to analyze fully radioactive glasses with the Moessbauer spectrometer in a hot cell environment. However, analyses conducted with radioactive waste glasses containing /sup 90/Sr and /sup 137/Cs were unsuccessful, presumably due to background radiation problems caused by the samples. The color of glass powder can be used to analyze the ferrous/ferric ratio for low chromium glasses, but this method may not be as precise as the others. Ion chromatography was only tested on nonradioactive glasses, but this technique appears to have the required precision due to its analysis of both Fe/sup +2/ and Fe/sup +3/ and its anticipated adaptability for radioactivity samples. This development would be similar to procedures already in use for shielded inductively coupled plasma emission (ICP) spectrometry. Development of the ion chromatography method is therefore recommended; conventional wet-chemistry is recommended as a backup procedure.

  5. Neutron in-beam Moessbauer spectroscopic study of iron disulfide at room temperature

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    Kubo, M. K. [International Christian University, College of Liberal Arts (Japan); Kobayashi, Y., E-mail: [RIKEN (Japan); Nonaka, H.; Yamada, Y. [Science University of Tokyo, Department of Chemistry (Japan); Sakai, Y. [Daido Institute of Technology (Japan); Shoji, H. [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Graduate School of Science (Japan); Matsue, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (Japan)


    An in-beam emission Moessbauer spectrum of {sup 57}Fe arising from the {sup 56}Fe(n, {gamma}) {sup 57}Fe reaction in iron disulfide at room temperature was measured with a parallel plate avalanche counter. It was clearly observed that the nuclear reaction and the following process lead to the production of a new chemical species of iron different from the parent compound.

  6. Neutron in-beam Moessbauer spectroscopy of iron disulfide at 298 and 78 K

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    Kobayashi, Y., E-mail: [RIKEN (Japan); Yamada, Y. [Tokyo University of Science, Department of Chemistry (Japan); Tsuruoka, Y.; Kubo, M. K. [International Christian University (Japan); Shoji, H. [Tokyo Metropolitan University, Graduate School of Science (Japan); Watanabe, Y. [Saint-Gobain K. K., Crystal Division (Japan); Takayama, T.; Sakai, Y. [Daido Institute of Technology (Japan); Sato, W.; Shinohara, A. [Osaka University, Graduate School of Science (Japan); Segawa, M.; Matsue, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)


    Emission Moessbauer spectra of {sup 57}Fe arising from the {sup 56}Fe(n, {gamma}){sup 57}Fe reaction in two crystal forms of iron disulfide were measured at room temperature and liquid nitrogen temperature. Both forms exhibited two doublets assignable to the parent material and the new species produced by the nuclear reaction. At low temperature three doublets explained the spectra obtained. Production of thermally unstable species after the neutron capture reaction was suggested.

  7. Moessbauer effect of the alkaline and alkaline earth metal nitroprusside powders

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    Yang, T H; Kim, H S; Hong, C Y; Kim, H B; Cho, H Y; Kim, D Y; Moon, Y S


    We observe Moessbauer spectra of Fe atoms centered in nitroprusside anions of sodium nitroprusside (Na sub 2 [Fe(CN) sub 5 NO] 2H sub 2 O). potassium-nitroprusside (K sub 2 [Fe(CN)] sub 5 NO centre dot 2.5H sub 2 O), rubidium nitroprusside (Rb sub 2 [Fe(CN) sub 5 NO centre dot H sub 2 O), magnesium nitroprusside (Mg[Fe(CN) sub 5 NO], calcium nitroprusside (Ca[Fe(CN) sub 5 NO]centre dot 4H sub 2 O), and barium nitroprusside (Ba[Fe(CN) sub 5 NO]centre dot 3H sub 2 O) samples which have photochromic properties. We compare the Moessbauer parameters, the values of the isomer shifts and the quadrupole splittings of the samples with those of a sodium nitroprusside single crystal which is a standard material. The values of the isomer shifts and the quadrupole splittings of the various compounds are close to each other. The values of the line broadening of all samples are between 2.1 GAMMA sub N and 2.5 GAMMA sub N. The Moessbauer Lamb factors (f) are between 0.252(1) and 0.340(2). These values are obtained from the s...

  8. Mineral identification in Colombian coals using Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction

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    Fajardo, M. [Universidad del Valle, A.A, Departamento de Fisica (Colombia); Mojica, J. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones en Geociencia, Mineria y Quimica (INGEOMINAS) (Colombia); Barraza, J. [Universidad del Valle, A.A, Departamento de Procesos Quimicos, Facultad de Ingenieria (Colombia); Perez Alcazar, G.A.; Tabares, J.A. [Universidad del Valle, A.A, Departamento de Fisica (Colombia)


    Minerals were identified in three Colombian coal samples from the Southwest of the country using Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. Original and sink separated coal fractions of specific gravity 1.40 and 1.60 with particle size less than 600 {mu}m were used in the study. Using Moessbauer spectroscopy, the minerals identified in the original coal samples were pyrite jarosite, ankerite, illite and ferrous sulfate, whereas by means of X-ray diffraction, minerals identified were kaolinite, quartz, pyrite, and jarosite. Differences in mineral composition were found in the original and sink separated fractions using both techniques. Moessbauer spectra show that the mineral phases in low concentrations such as illite, ankerite and ferrous sulfate do not always appear in the spectra of sink coals, despite of those minerals occurring in the original coal, due to the fact that they are associated with the organic matter and not liberated in the grinding process. X-ray results show that the peak intensity grows as the specific gravity is increased indicating that the density separation method could be an effective process to clean coal.

  9. A Moessbauer Spectral Study of the Hull Steel and Rusticles Recovered from the Titanic

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    Long, Gary J., E-mail:; Hautot, Dimitri [University of Missouri-Rolla, Department of Chemistry (United States); Grandjean, Fernande; Vandormael, D. [University of Liege, Institute of Physics, B5 (Belgium); Leighly, H. P. [University of Missouri-Rolla, Department of Metallurgical Engineering (United States)


    The recent recovery of steel from the Titanic has permitted a 295 K conversion electron Moessbauer spectral study of the Titanic hull plate steel oriented with the gamma-ray direction either perpendicular or parallel to the microstructural banding directions. The two spectra reveal virtually identical average orientations of the magnetization close to the plane of the plate. The hyperfine parameters are virtually identical to those of {alpha}-iron, a finding which agrees with the chemical analysis which reveals at most 0.21 wt% carbon corresponding to 3 wt% of cementite in pearlite. A 4.2 to 295 K transmission Moessbauer spectral study of the rusticles reveals small particles of geothite undergoing superparamagnetic relaxation with a blocking temperature of ca. 300 K. In addition approximately two percent of the Moessbauer spectral absorption area corresponds to a quadrupole doublet with hyperfine parameters typical of green rust. The identified iron containing components in therusticles agree with the powder X-ray diffraction results which reveal the predominant presence of small particles of poorly crystallized goethite and traces of quartz and green rust. An average size of 20{+-}5 nm for the goethite particles is obtained from both the average hyperfine field and the broadening of the X-ray diffraction peaks. The magnetic anisotropy constant of the goethite particles deduced from the hyperfine field and the particle size is 8x10{sup 3} J/m{sup 3}.

  10. Study of iron valence state and position in sub-site by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Uhm, Young Rang; Lim, Jae Cheong; KIm, Chul Sung [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Son, Kwang Jae [Kookmin Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    The magnetic ordering temperature and the magnitude of the magnetic fields at the iron sites of YIG can be influenced by substituting, either partially or totally, the Fe{sup 3+} ions at the octahedral and/or the tetrahedral sites with magnetic or diamagnetic ions, and/or by substitution the Y{sup 3+} ions at the dodecahedral sites with magnetic rare earth ions. It has been known for some time that Moessbauer spectroscopy is a powerful method by which iron-containing garnets can be studied. We report here on the synthesis of the compounds with garnet-related structures of composition Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 4.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 12} and its examination by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. The chromium in compounds of the Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 4.5}Cr{sub 0.5}O{sub 12} is distributed at an octahedral site. The Moessbauer spectra can be analyzed using 3 or 4 sets of six Lorentzians with increasing amount of Cr{sup 3+} compounds in this system. It results from the distribution ({sub 4}C{sub n}) of Fe{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} at an octahedral site. A comparative study of ferrous tablets of Dynabi was carried out using Moessbauer spectroscopy. The obtained results revealed the presence of ferrous (Fe{sup 2+}) gluconate and ferrous fumarate in a sample. This observation is important to better control the iron state in such medicaments because their pharmaceutical effect in the body is related to the form and valence of iron. The Cr-containing yttrium iron garnet (YIG), and the exchange interactions and site distributions were studied using {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. The obtained results revealed the presence of ferrous (Fe{sup 2+}) gluconate and ferrous fumarate in the sample. This observation is important better control the iron state in such medicaments because their pharmaceutical effect in the body is related to the form and valence of iron.

  11. Investigation by sup 5 sup 7 Fe- Moessbauer spectroscopy of some pyrite samples of different Romanian natural deposits

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    Constantinescu, S; Calogero, S


    Extracted pyrites from four Romanian geological deposits have been investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy. The room temperature results of this investigation have been correlated with the data of sulfur isotope ratio and minor elements analysis of pyrite samples. The presence of three signals is identified in the Moessbauer spectra. They correspond to the two crystalline structure of FeS sub 2 while the third is suggested to be assigned to one of the components of the iron-sulfur-arsenic series of investigated minerals. (authors)

  12. Carrier mobility of iron oxide nanoparticles supported on ferroelectrics studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Okamoto, T., E-mail: [DENSO Corporation (Japan); Kano, J. [Okayama University, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (Japan); Nakamura, S. [Teikyo University, Department of Science and Engineering (Japan); Fuwa, A. [Waseda University, Faculty of Science and Engineering (Japan); Otoyama, T.; Nakazaki, Y. [Nano Cube Japan Co., Ltd. (Japan); Hashimoto, H.; Takada, J. [Okayama University, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (Japan); Ito, M. [DENSO Corporation (Japan); Ikeda, N. [Okayama University, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology (Japan)


    {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy was performed on two types of Fe oxide nanoparticles supported on a typical ferroelectric, BaTiO3. It was found that the valence state of FeO nanoparticles changed to a mixed 2+/3+ state at high temperature where BaTiO{sub 3} shows paraelectric behaviour. We attribute this phenomenon to the fluctuation of electric dipoles which realizes carrier injection into the Fe oxides. This is the first report which discusses a dynamical valence state of transition metal oxides supported on ferroelectrics.

  13. Moessbauer characterization of joints of steel pieces in transient liquid phase bonding experiences

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    Di Luozzo, N.; Martinez Stenger, P. F.; Canal, J. P.; Fontana, M. R.; Arcondo, B., E-mail: [INTECIN (UBA-CONICET), Laboratorio de Solidos Amorfos, Facultad de Ingenieria (Argentina)


    Joining of seamless, low carbon, steel tubes were performed by means of Transient Liquid Phase Bonding process employing a foil of Fe-Si-B metallic glass as filler material. The influence of the main parameters of the process was evaluated: temperature, holding time, pressure and post weld heat treatment. Powder samples were obtained from the joint of tubes and characterized employing Moessbauer Spectroscopy in transmission geometry. The sampling was performed both in tubes successfully welded and in those which show joint defects. The results obtained are correlated with the obtained microstructure and the diffusion of Si and B during the process.

  14. Moessbauer studies of frataxin role in iron-sulfur cluster assembly and dysfunction-related disease

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    Garcia-Serres, Ricardo [Universite Joseph Fourier (France); Clemancey, Martin [CNRS, UMR5249 (France); Oddou, Jean-Louis [Universite Joseph Fourier (France); Pastore, Annalisa [Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (United Kingdom); Lesuisse, Emmanuel [Laboratoire Mitochondries, Metaux et Stress oxydant, Institut Jacques Monod, CNRS-Universite Paris (France); Latour, Jean-Marc, E-mail: [CEA, iRTSV, LCBM (France)


    Friedreich ataxia is a disease that is associated with defects in the gene coding for a small protein frataxin. Several different roles have been proposed for the protein, including iron chaperoning and iron storage. Moessbauer spectroscopy was used to probe these hypotheses. Iron accumulation in mutant mitochondria unable to assemble iron sulfur clusters proved to be insensitive to overexpression of frataxin, ruling out its potential involvement as an iron storage protein similar to ferritin. Rather, it was found that frataxin negatively regulates iron sulfur cluster assembly.

  15. Moessbauer studies of Dy/sub 2/Fesub(17-y)Alsub(y) hydrides

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    Zukrowski, J.; Barnasik, A.; Krop, K.; Radwanski, R.; Pszczola, J. (Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza, Krakow (Poland)); Suwalski, J.; Kucharski, Z.; Lukasiak, M. (Solid State Physics Department, IBJ, Swierk, Poland)


    The X-ray and Moessbauer measurements of both /sup 57/Fe and /sup 161/Dy in Dy/sub 2/Fesub(17-y)Alsub(y) (y = 0, 1.5 and 3) compounds and their hydrides are reported. Hydrogenation slightly increases the lattice parameters. An appreciable increase of the isomer shift and the hyperfine field at /sup 57/Fe nuclei is observed after hydrogenation. The hyperfine field for both the parent compound and its hydride decreases with increasing Al content across the series. Only a small variation of the hyperfine field at /sup 161/Dy nuclei is noticeable after hydrogenation.

  16. Moessbauer- and EPR-Snapshots of an Enzymatic Reaction: The Cytochrome P450 Reaction Cycle

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    Schuenemann, V. [University of Luebeck, Institute of Physics (Germany); Jung, C. [Max-Delbrueck-Center for Molecular Medicine (Germany); Lendzian, F. [Technical University, PC 14, Max-Volmer Laboratory for Biophysical Chemistry (Germany); Barra, A.-L. [Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory (France); Teschner, T.; Trautwein, A. X. [University of Luebeck, Institute of Physics (Germany)


    In this communication we present a complimentary Moessbauer- and EPR-study of the time dependance of the reaction of substrate free P450cam with peracetic acid within a time region ranging from 8 ms up to 5 min. An Fe(IV) species as well as a tyrosyl radical residing on the amino acid residue Tyr96 have been identified as reaction intermediates. These species possibly are formed by the reduction of compound I by means of transferring an electron from Tyr 96 to the heme moiety.

  17. Reduction of amorphous Fe(III)-hydroxide by binary microbial culture, a Moessbauer study

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    Chistyakova, N. I., E-mail:; Rusakov, V. S.; Shapkin, A. A. [M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Physics (Russian Federation); Zhilina, T. N.; Zavarzina, D. G. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology (Russian Federation)


    Moessbauer investigations between 4.5 and 300 K of iron minerals formed during the growth of the binary culture containing two anaerobic alkaliphilic bacteria-dissimilatory iron-reducing Geoalkalibacter ferrihydriticus (strain Z-0531) and organotrophic Anaerobacillus alkalilacustre (strain Z- 0521), have been carried out. Mannitol (2 g/l) as the sole substrate with amorphous Fe(III) hydroxide at final concentration 10 or 100 mM were added to the mineral medium. The formation of siderite and probable magnetite or a mixture of magnetite and maghemite were observed.

  18. Effect of particle size on degree of inversion in ferrites investigated by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Siddique, M., E-mail: [Physics Division, PINSTECH, P.O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Butt, N.M. [Preston Institute of Science and Technology (PINSAT), Preston University, H-8/1, Islamabad (Pakistan)


    Moessbauer spectroscopy has been employed to investigate the cation distribution and degree of inversion in bulk and nanosized particles of CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrites. The Moessbauer spectra of all bulk ferrites show the complete magnetic behaviour, whereas nanoparticle ferrites are combination of ferromagnetic and superparamagnetic components. Moreover, the cation distribution in nanoparticle materials is also found to be different to that of their bulk counterparts indicating the particle size dependency. The inversion of Cu and Ni ions in bulk sample is greater than that of nanoparticles, whereas the inversion of Mn ions is less in bulk material as compared to the nanoparticles. Hence the degree of inversion ({lambda}) decreases in CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples, whereas it increases in MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} as the particle size decreases and thus shows the anomalous behaviour in this case. The nanoparticle samples also show paramagnetic behaviour due to superparamagnetism and this effect is more prominent in MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}.

  19. {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction study of some complex metamict minerals

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    Malczewski, Dariusz, E-mail: [University of Silesia, Faculty of Earth Sciences (Poland); Frackowiak, Janusz E., E-mail: [University of Silesia, Faculty of Computer and Materials Science (Poland); Galuskin, Evgeny V., E-mail: [University of Silesia, Faculty of Earth Sciences (Poland)


    Metamict minerals are a class of natural amorphous materials which were initially crystalline but self-radiation damage mainly from alpha decays of {sup 238}U and {sup 232}Th series inside the structure can produce partially or fully amorphization (metamictization) of these minerals. This paper reports the results of {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy, gamma-ray spectrometry and X-ray diffraction (XRD) study of some complex metamict minerals like: davidite-(La), gadolinite, steenstrupine-(Ce), vesuvianite and comparatively epidote. The absorbed {alpha}-dose for these minerals varies in wide range from 1.9 x 10{sup 14} {alpha}-decay/mg (epidote) to as high as 2.7 x 10{sup 16} {alpha}-decay/mg (steenstrupine). The Moessbauer spectra show decreasing IS values (except steenstrupine) for Fe{sup 2+} components with absorbed {alpha}-dose. Rather unexpected feature of these spectra is a noticeable decrease of the spectral line widths with increasing absorbed {alpha}-dose both Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} components in gadolinite, davidite and steenstrupine.

  20. Anomaly observed in Moessbauer spectra near the neel temperature of FeBr sub 2

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    Naili Di


    In several decades, iron(II) bromide (FeBr sub 2) has been investigated as a typical Ising-type antiferromagnet by several kinds of experimental techniques. By the Moessbauer measurements, it was normally observed that only the magnetic spectrum appeared just below Neel temperature in FeBr sub 2. However, we found the anomalous spectra, in which paramagnetic component coexisted with magnetic one near Neel temperature. For two kinds of single crystal FeBr sub 2 samples, IM and IIM, we determined the Moessbauer parameters of the observed spectra by the computer analyses: the relative absorption intensity I sub p of the paramagnetic component to the total absorption area of the best fitting spectrum and the value of the hyperfine field H sub h sub f of the magnetic component and values of the quadrupole splitting 1/2 centre dot e sup 2 qQ of the magnetic and the paramagnetic components. The temperature variation of H sub h sub f is unique and the same as that observed for the sample in which the anomaly was not ...

  1. Spectral shape of Moessbauer absorption for grade-structured systems of interacting particles

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    Hayashi, M. (Physics Department, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Toyama, 930-01 (Japan))


    Exact formulas for the Moessbauer-absorption spectra are derived on the basis of the dispersion theory, for solid absorbers as well as for systems of interacting fine particles. The formulas give the spectra in a form of a superposition of a great many Lorentzian lines of the natural width. These formulas can be written in an approximate form, according to which the spectra are expressed as a superposition of several spectral components that are related with different categories of vibrational modes. From the exact and the approximate formulas, information about the detailed structure of the spectra is derived, including the intensities, linewidths, line shifts, and line shapes of the spectral components. In particular, for the systems of interacting fine particles, we demonstrate the existence of broad lines due to the particle-oscillation modes, observable with Moessbauer spectroscopy. The discussion is extended to multigrade-structured systems of interacting particles. Classical formulas are also derived and compared with the quantum-mechanical ones, leading to a criterion for the validity of the classical theory. Comparison with the experimental data shows that the present theory satisfactorily explains the experiments.

  2. Characterization of the Roraima savanna across of X-ray diffraction, thermomagnetic analysis and Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Silva, Gilmar A.; Araujo, R.C.; Sergio, C.S. [Universidade Federal de Roraima (UFRR), Boa Vista, RR (Brazil)


    Full text: The technique of X-ray diffraction has great resolving power to determine the phases present in crystalline material, thereby enabling it to determine the elements present in the materials as well as changes in structure that they can suffer when subjected to various physical processes and/or chemical means. The research had as objective to characterize the mineralogy of iron oxides, silicon, aluminum and other minerals in the soil of five points of the Roraima savannah. The points where samples were collected are five municipalities in the state of Roraima. The area of sampling is part of the savanna in Roraima. The samples were collected. We analyzed samples from five points from the collection of natural soil in the locations listed. The samples were placed in a mill to a uniform grain size. After the milling process, the magnetic material was separated using a permanent magnet. Then the samples were analyzed by x-ray diffraction, thermomagnetic analysis and Moessbauer spectroscopy. Preliminary results of XRD showed the occurrence of phases of oxides of iron, silicon, aluminum and other phases less. Thermomagnetic analysis show that the magnetic phases are magnetite and hematite. The results of the Moessbauer spectroscopy indicates the reliability in the two prior art and confirmed the presence of the phases of oxides of iron present in the soil analyzed. (author)

  3. Phenomenological simulation and density functional theory prediction of {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer parameters: application to magnetically coupled diiron proteins

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    Rodriguez, Jorge H., E-mail: [Purdue University, Department of Physics (United States)


    The use of phenomenological spin Hamiltonians and of spin density functional theory for the analysis and interpretation of Moessbauer spectra of antiferromagnetic or ferromagnetic diiron centers is briefly discussed. The spectroscopic parameters of the hydroxylase component of methane monooxygenase (MMOH), an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of methane to methanol, have been studied. In its reduced diferrous state (MMOH{sub Red}) the enzyme displays {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer and EPR parameters characteristic of two ferromagnetically coupled high spin ferrous ions. However, Moessbauer spectra recorded for MMOH{sub Red} from two different bacteria, Methylococcus capsulatus (Bath) and Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, display slightly different electric quadrupole splittings ({Delta}E{sub Q}) in apparent contradiction to their essentially identical active site crystallographic structures and biochemical functions. Herein, the Moessbauer spectral parameters of MMOH{sub Red} have been predicted and studied via spin density functional theory. The somewhat different {Delta}E{sub Q} recorded for the two bacteria have been traced to the relative position of an essentially unbound water molecule within their diiron active sites. It is shown that the presence or absence of the unbound water molecule mainly affects the electric field gradient at only one iron ion of the binuclear active sites.

  4. Moessbauer study of mixed crystalline (Eu sub 2 O sub 3) sub x (Fe sub 2 O sub 3) sub 1 sub - sub x (x=0.45)

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    Kim, J G; Kim, Y H; Kim, E C


    The crystallography and the temperature dependence of the Moessbauer parameters of mixed crystalline (Eu sub 2 O sub 3) sub x (Fe sub 2 O sub 3) sub 1 sub - sub x (x=0.45) were studied by the method of X-ray diffraction at room temperature and Moessbauer spectroscopy within the temperature range from liquid nitrogen temperature to 540 K. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the sample showed the coexistence of cubic and orthorhombic crystal phases. The Moessbauer spectrum of 540 K indicated a crystal phase which was in good agreement with the X-ray result and gave no indication, within the experimental error, of any other crystal phases. By analyzing the temperature dependence of the Moessbauer parameters by using the spin-wave theory and the Debye model, useful result were obtained for examining the changes in the physical properties in mixed crystalline system.

  5. Moessbauer study of modified iron-molybdenum catalysts for methanol oxidation

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    Ivanov, K I; Krustev, St V [Agricultural University, Department of Chemistry, 12 Mendeleev St., 4000 Plovdiv (Bulgaria); Mitov, I G [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Science, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Boyanov, B S, E-mail: kivanov1@abv.b [Plovdiv University ' Paisii Hilendarski' , 24 Tsar Assen St., 4000 Plovdiv (Bulgaria)


    The preparation and catalytic properties of mixed Fe-Mo-W catalysts toward methanol oxidation are investigated. Moessbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and chemical studies revealed the formation of two types of solid solutions with compositions Fe{sub 2}(Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x}O{sub 4}){sub 3} and (Mo{sub x}W{sub 1-x})O{sub 3}. The solid solutions formed are characterized by high activity and selectivity upon methanol oxidation and are of interest in view of their practical application. Sodium-doped iron-molybdenum catalysts are also investigated and the NaFe(MoO{sub 4}){sub 2} formation was established.

  6. Iron implantation in gadolinium gallium garnet studied by conversion-electron Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Szucs, I; Fetzer, C; Langouche, G


    Gadolinium gallium garnet single crystals were implanted with doses of sup 5 sup 7 Fe ions in the range 8x10 sup 1 sup 5 - 6x10 sup 1 sup 6 atoms cm sup - sup 2. Depending on the dose, iron with Fe sup 2 sup + or Fe sup 3 sup + charge states was found to have formed after the implantation. After a subsequent annealing in air, the iron oxidized to Fe sup 3 sup +. The Moessbauer and channelling measurements showed lattice recrystallization taking place at 600 deg. C. After recrystallization, the iron was found to have substituted for gallium ions both at the octahedral and at the tetrahedral positions. The relative concentration of the two types of iron at the two sites shifted towards the equilibrium distribution upon high-temperature annealing. (author)

  7. Stoichiometry of LiNiO{sub 2} Studied by Moessbauer Spectroscopy

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    Ksenofontov, V.; Reiman, S.; Walcher, D.; Garcia, Y. [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie (Germany); Doroshenko, N. [A. A. Galkin Donetsk Physico-Technical Institute NAS of Ukraine (Ukraine); Guetlich, P. [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie (Germany)


    From the {sup 61}Ni and {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy data follows the cationic site assignment in Li{sub 1-x}Ni{sub 1+x}O{sub 2}. Our data explain the ferromagnetic properties of this material because of the appearance of Ni{sup 2+} (S=1) among Ni{sup 3+} (S=1/2) in Ni{sup 3+}O{sub 2} hexagonal planes. We have no evidence for the ferromagnetic interaction between the NiO{sub 2} layers through the excess Ni{sup 2+} ions substituting the Li{sup +} ions. The presence of Ni{sup 2+} found in the Ni{sup 3+}O{sub 2} planes explains the absence of the Jahn-Teller distortions probably because of the electronic transfer between the Ni{sup 3+} and Ni{sup 2+} ions.

  8. Preparation of the electroplated Ni and Co films for applying betavoltaic battery and Moessbauer source

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    Uhm, Young Rang; Choi, Sang Mu; Kim, Jin Joo; Kim, Jong Bum; Son, Kwang Jae; Hong, Jintae [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)


    The reverse occurs at the anode where metallic nickel is dissolved to form divalent positively charged ions that enter the solution. The nickel ions discharged at the cathode are replenished by those formed at the anode. In this study, a Co-and Ni- plating solution is prepared using two different baths. One is the acid-based buffer (pH 3-4) containing boric acid, sodium chloride, and saccharin. The rest is the base-based buffer (pH 10) containing hydrazine hydrate and ammonium citrate. The optimization of the electroplating parameters for the deposition of Co on plate was considered as indispensable. A betavoltaic battery was fabricated using Ni-63 attached on a P-N junction semiconductor, and the I-V characteristics were measured using a probe station. The thickness-dependent self-shielding effect of the radioisotope layer was investigated. Also, the aim of this work was determination of the optimal parameters for thermal diffusion of the electroplated Co into the Rh structure. To establish preparation of betavoltaic battery, and Moessbauer source, natural Ni and Co were electroplated on the Rh plate. Both the acid-based buffer (pH 3) and the alkarine-based buffer (pH 10) are used for plating bath. The deposition yield of the alkarine electrolyte is relatively higher than those of the acidic bath. optimum conditions for the homogeneous diffusion is determined at annealing temperatures of 1100 .deg. C for 3h under the high vacuum atmosphere (10{sup -5} hPa). The proposed condition in this study should be applied to prepare 57Co/Rh Moessbauer source at near future.

  9. Application of Moessbauer spectroscopy to the study of tannins inhibition of iron and steel corrosion

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    Jaen, Juan A., E-mail: [Universidad de Panama, CITEN, Depto. de Quimica Fisica (Panama); Obaldia, J. De; Rodriguez, M. V. [Universidad de Panama, Escuela de Quimica, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Exactas y Tecnologia (Panama)


    The inhibitory effect of tannins was investigated using, among others, potentiodynamic polarizations and Moessbauer spectroscopy. These techniques confirmed that the nature, pH and concentration of tannic solution are of upmost importance in the inhibitory properties of the solutions. It is observed that at low tannin concentration or pH, both, hydrolizable and condensed tannins, effectively inhibit iron corrosion, due to the redox properties of tannins. At pH Almost-Equal-To 0, Moessbauer spectra of the frozen aqueous solutions of iron(III) with the tannin solutions showed that iron is in the form of a monomeric species [Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 3 + }, without coordination with the functional hydroxyl groups of the tannins. The suspended material consisted of amorphous ferric oxide and oxyhydroxides, though with quebracho tannin partly resulted in complex formation and in an iron (II) species from a redox process. Other tannins, such as chestnut hydrolysable tannins, do not complex iron at this low pH. Tannins react at high concentrations or pH (3 and 5) to form insoluble blue-black amorphous complexes of mono-and bis-type tannate complexes, with a relative amount of the bis-ferric tannate generally increasing with pH. Some Fe{sup 2 + } in the form of hydrated polymeric ferrous tannate could be obtained. At pH 7, a partially hydrolyzed ferric tannate complex was also formed. The latter two phases do not provide corrosion protection. Tannin solutions at natural pH react with electrodeposited iron films (approx. 6 {mu}m) to obtain products consisting only on the catecholate mono-complex of ferric tannate. Some aspects of the mechanism of tannins protection against corrosion are discussed.

  10. Moessbauer and Electron Microprobe Studies of Density Separates of Martian Nakhlite Mil03346: Implications for Interpretation of Moessbauer Spectra Acquired by the Mars Exploration Rovers (United States)

    Morris, R. V.; McKay, G. A.; Agresti, D. G.; Li, Loan


    Martian meteorite MIL03346 is described as an augite-rich cumulate rock with approx.80%, approx.3%, and approx.21% modal phase proportions of augite (CPX), olivine and glassy mesostasis, respectively, and is classified as a nakhlite [1]. The Mossbauer spectrum for whole rock (WR) MIL 03346 is unusual for Martian meteorites in that it has a distinct magnetite subspectrum (7% subspectral area) [2]. The meteorite also has products of pre-terrestrial aqueous alteration ("iddingsite") that is associated primarily with the basaltic glass and olivine. The Mossbauer spectrometers on the Mars Exploration Rovers have measured the Fe oxidation state and the Fe mineralogical composition of rocks and soils on the planet s surface since their landing in Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum in January, 2004 [3,4]. The MIL 03346 meteorite provides an opportunity to "ground truth" or refine Fe phase identifications. This is particularly the case for the so-called "nanophase ferric oxide" (npOx) component. NpOx is a generic name for a ferric rich product of oxidative alteration. On Earth, where we can take samples apart and study individual phases, examples of npOx include ferrihydrite, schwertmannite, akagaaneite, and superparamagnetic (small particle) goethite and hematite. It is also possible for ferric iron to be associated to some unknown extent with igneous phases like pyroxene. We report here an electron microprobe (EMPA) and Moessbauer (MB) study of density separates of MIL 03346. The same separates were used for isotopic studies by [5]. Experimental techniques are described by [6,7].

  11. Particle size effect on Moessbauer parameters in {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Siddique, M., E-mail: [Physics Division, PINSTECH, P.O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Ahmed, E. [Physics Division, PINSTECH, P.O. Nilore, Islamabad (Pakistan); Butt, N.M. [Preston Institute of Science and Technology (PINSAT), Preston University, H-8/1, Islamabad (Pakistan)


    Nanoparticles of maghemite ({gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation method for different particle size ranges and Moessbauer spectroscopy was employed to see the particle size effect on the Moessbauer parameters, especially on the average internal magnetic field of the system. It was observed that the internal magnetic field increased with increase in particle size. The contribution of superparamagnetic component for all size ranges is almost equal, i.e. 10%, while the relaxed subspectrum contributes around 50% at all stages. The superparamagnetic component was a quadrupole doublet up to 40 nm and then it transformed into a singlet at larger particle sizes. This indicates that the electric field gradient vanishes for this particular Fe environment and has an ideal cubic symmetry.

  12. Unfolding the role of iron in Li-ion conversion electrode materials by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Tirado, Jose L., E-mail:; Lavela, Pedro; Perez Vicente, Carlos; Leon, Bernardo; Vidal-Abarca, Candela [Universidad de Cordoba, Laboratorio de Quimica Inorganica (Spain)


    {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy is particularly useful in the study of oxide and oxalate conversion anode materials for Li-ion batteries. After reduction in lithium test cells, all these materials showed Moessbauer spectra ascribable to iron atoms in two different environments with superparamagnetic relaxation. The spectra recorded at 12 K revealed the ferromagnetic character in agreement with particle sizes of ca. 5 nm. The two types of iron can be ascribed then to surface and core atoms. Core iron atoms play an important role to retain high faradic capacity values for a large number of cycles. These atoms are preserved from irreversible reactions with the electrolyte and hence they promote a high reversibility and rate capability.

  13. A Moessbauer spectroscopy and magnetometry study of magnetic multilayers and oxides

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    Bland, J


    A study of the magnetic properties of thin films, multilayers and oxides has been performed using Moessbauer spectroscopy and SQUID magnetometry. The systems studied are DyFe sub 2 , HoFe sub 2 and YFe sub 2 cubic Laves Phase thin films, DyFe sub 2 /Dy and DyFe sub 2 /YFe sub 2 multilayers; Ce/Fe and U/Fe multilayers; and iron oxide powders and thin films. CEMS results at room temperature show a low symmetry magnetic easy axis for all of the Laves Phase samples studied. Analysis of the dipolar and contact hyperfine fields show that this axis is close to the [2-bar41] and [3-bar51] directions but cannot be fully determined. The spin moments lie out of plane in all samples by approximately 22 deg, indicating a significant magneto-elastic anisotropy. 2.5 kG inplane applied field measurements indicate a much larger magnitude of magnetocrystalline anisotropy in the DyFe sub 2 system than in the YFe sub 2 system. In the DyFe sub 2 /YFe sub 2 multilayer samples the anisotropy is dominated by the dysprosium single-io...

  14. On the Analysis of the Moessbauer Spectra of the Rust Converted by Tannic and Phosphoric Acids

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    Barrero, C. A. [Universidad de Antioquia, Grupo de Estado Solido, Instituto de Fisica (Colombia); Rios, J. F. [Universidad de Antioquia, Grupo de Corrosion y Proteccion, Facultad de Ingenierias (Colombia); Morales, A. L. [Universidad de Antioquia, Grupo de Estado Solido, Instituto de Fisica (Colombia); Bohorquez, A.; Perez-Alcazar, G. [Universidad del Valle, Grupo de Metalurgia Fisica y Transiciones de Fase, Departamento de Fisica (Colombia)


    In previous work, we reported results on the action of rust converters based on a mixture of tannic and phosphoric acids, upon the rust formed on mild steel coupons. There, the rust before and after the application of converters were characterized by room-temperature Moessbauer spectroscopy, among other techniques. The present work is an extension of this one, and additional MS at 77 K, 130 K and 300 K for some samples are presented. Special emphasis is given to the methodology of analysis. Our results confirm previous findings that an important portion of the magnetite remains without conversion. New information was also derived: (i) the converters seem to affect more the magnetite octahedral (B) than the tetrahedral (A) sites; (ii) among the magnetite B sites, the Fe{sup 2+} is the most affected; (iii) at least 31% of magnetic goethite at 77 K is transformed by the converter; and (iv) the presence of an additional phase identified as ferrous phosphate, could be resolved unambiguously only at these lower temperatures.

  15. X-ray quantum optics with Moessbauer nuclei in thin-film cavities

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    Heeg, Kilian Peter


    In this thesis thin-film cavities with embedded Moessbauer nuclei probed by near-resonant X-ray light are studied from a quantum optical perspective. A theoretical framework is developed and compact expressions for the observables are derived for the linear excitation regime, which is encountered in current experiments. Even advanced cavity layouts can be modeled in excellent agreement with the results of previous experiments and semi-classical approaches. In the absence of magnetic hyperfine splitting, the spectral response of the system is found to be formed by tunable Fano profiles. An experimental implementation of this line shape control allows to extract spectroscopic signatures with high precision and to reconstruct the phase of the nuclear transition in good agreement with the theoretical predictions. The alignment of medium magnetization and polarization control of the X-rays enable to engineer advanced quantum optical level schemes, in which vacuum induced coherence effects are predicted and successfully demonstrated in an experiment. Furthermore, it is shown that group velocity control for x-ray pulses can be achieved in the cavity. A scheme for its observation is proposed and then employed to experimentally confirm sub-luminal X-ray propagation. Finally, non-linear effects, which could become accessible with future light sources, are explored and a non-linear line shape control mechanism is discussed.

  16. Rayleigh scattering of Moessbauer radiation in oriented fibres of hydrated biopolymers

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    Albanese, G. [Parma Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Fisica; Deriu, A. [Parma Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Fisica; Cavatorta, F. [Parma Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Fisica; Rupprecht, A. [Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Physical, Inorganic and Structural Chemistry


    The Rayleigh scattering of Moessbauer radiation (RSMR) has been measured on films of highly oriented hydrated polynucleotides (A-NaDNA) and polysaccharides (Na-hyaluronate). Both DNA and hyaluronate (HA) have helical secondary structures with a similar pitch (28.2 A for A-DNA, and 32.8 A for Na-HA), but they differ in the basic elements which make up the helices and in the extent of water-biopolymer interactions. These differences are responsible for the diverse stiffness of the polymer backbone, and also affect the dynamics of the first hydration layers. For both samples the elastic scattering intensity shows a sharp peak at about 2 A{sup -1} only for samples oriented with Q parallel to the fibre direction. Its position is close to that of the first maximum in the structure factor of bulk water; it is, however, much narrower than in pure H{sub 2}O and it is similar to a crystalline Bragg peak. It can be attributed to an ordered structure of water along the double helices. From the temperature dependence of the elastic intensity under the peak maximum, the mean square displacement of water oxygens in the direction parallel to the helices has been deduced. The thermal diffuse scattering intensity is also peaked at the same Q values of the elastic intensity, indicating the presence of coherent vibrational excitations propagating along the ordered water filaments. (orig.)

  17. Moessbauer spectroscopy study of a mineral sample from Oshno Hill, District of Chavin de Pariarca, Huanuco Region, Peru

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    Bustamante, A., E-mail: [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Laboratorio de Ceramicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas (Peru); Lovera, D. [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Ingenieria Geologica, Minera, Metalurgica y Geografica (Peru); Quille, R. [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Laboratorio de Ceramicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas (Peru); Arias, A. V.; Quinones, J. [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Facultad de Ingenieria Geologica, Minera, Metalurgica y Geografica (Peru)


    The analysis by X-ray diffraction of a mining sample collected from Oshno hill, which is located in the District of Chavin de Pariarca, Huamalies Province, Huanuco, Peru, indicates the presence of lepidocrocite ({gamma}-FeOOH) and goethite ({alpha}-FeOOH). The room temperature Moessbauer spectrum (MS) doublet with broad lines displays hyperfine parameters corresponding to the presence of particles of iron hydroxides smaller than 100 A in a superparamagnetic regime. The measurement of a MS at 4.2 K allowed confirming the presence of goethite and lepidocrocite (with average magnetic fields of 49.21 T and 44.59 T, respectively).

  18. Moessbauer studies of one representative hydromorphic soil of the coastal area of the Rio de La Plata

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    Guichon, B. A. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Instituto de Geomorfologia y Suelos (Argentina); Desimoni, J.; Mercader, R. C., E-mail: [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Departamento de Fisica, IFLP-CONICET, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (Argentina); Imbellone, P. A. [Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Instituto de Geomorfologia y Suelos (Argentina)


    In the present work, we have applied Moessbauer spectroscopy as well as the traditional chemical analyses to assess the contents of different states of Fe in oxides and hydroxides in an Entisol soil from the Argentine coastal plain of the Rio de La Plata. Tentative assignments for the different Fe ion sites are proposed. Our findings show that the isomer shift and quadrupole splitting are sensitive to the changes detected in the Fe{sup 2+} contents of the soluble phase while others remain constant within the experimental uncertainties.

  19. Iron Mineralogy and Aqueous Alteration on Mars from the MER Moessbauer Spectrometers. Chapter 15 (United States)

    Morris, Richard V.; Klingelhoefer, Goestar


    The twin Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit (Gusev crater) and Opportunity (Meridiani Planum) used MIMOS II Moessbauer spectrometers to analyze martian surface materials in the first application of extraterrestrial Moessbauer spectroscopy. The instruments acquired spectra that identified the speciation of Fe according to oxidation state, coordination state, and mineralogical composition and provided quantitative information about the distribution of Fe among oxidation states, coordination states, and Fe-bearing phases. A total of 12 unique Fe-bearing phases were identified: Fe(2+) in olivine, pyroxene, and ilmenite; Fe(2+) and Fe(3+) in magnetite and chromite; Fe(3+) in nanophase ferric oxide (npOx), hematite, goethite, jarosite, an unassigned Fe3+ sulfate, and an unassigned Fe(3+) phase associated with jarosite; and Fe(0) in kamacite. Weakly altered basalts at Gusev crater (SO3 = 2.5 +/- 1.4 wt.% and Fe(3+)/Fe(sub T) = 0.24 +/- 0.11) are widespread on the Gusev plains and occur in less abundance on West Spur and Husband Hill in the Columbia Hills. Altered low-S rocks (SO3 = 5.2 +/- 2.0 wt.% and Fe(3+)/Fe(sub T) = 0.63 +/- 0.18) are the most common type of rock in the Columbia Hills. Ilm-bearing, weakly altered basalts were detected only in the Columbia Hills, as was the only occurrence of chromite in an altered low-S rock named Assemblee. Altered high-S rocks (SO3 > 14.2 wt.% and Fe(3+)/Fe(sub T) = 0.83 +/- 0.05) are the outcrop rocks of the ubiquitous Burns formation at Meridiani Planum. Two Fe(0)-bearing rocks at Meridiani Planum (Barberton and Heat Shield Rock) are meteorites. Laguna Class soil is weakly altered (SO3 = 6 +/- 2 wt.% and Fe(3+)/Fe(sub T) = 0.29 +/- 0.08) and widely distributed at both Gusev crater and Meridiani Planum, implying efficient global mixing processes or a global distribution of precursor rocks with comparable Fe mineralogical compositions. Paso Robles Class soil is heavily altered (SO3 approx. 31 wt.% and Fe(3+)/Fe(sub T) = 0.83 +/- 0

  20. {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer and X-ray characterisation of sandstones

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    Mulaba-Bafubiandi, A. F. [University of Johannesburg, Mineral Processing and Technology Research Centre, Department of Metallurgy, School of Mining, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and The Built Environment (South Africa); Waanders, F. B., E-mail: [North West University, School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering (South Africa)


    Sandstones from the Free State province in South Africa have been mined and processed mainly by small scale and artisanal miners in the rural areas. In the present investigation basic fire proof and water absorption tests, X-ray and {gamma}-ray based characterisation techniques were used to study the sandstones. The collected samples were grouped according to their apparent colour in day light conditions and the elemental analysis showed the presence of a high amount of oxygen (>52%) and silicon (>38%) with Mn, Al, Fe and Ca as major elements in proportions related to the colour distribution of the various sandstones. The uniaxial compressive stress was found to be the highest (56 MPa) for the greyish sandstone and the lowest (8 MPa) for the white sandstone sample, also associated with the lowest (Al+Fe)/Si value of 0.082. The humidity test showed that the 6 % water absorption was lower than the recommended ASTM value of 8 %. The sandstone samples were also subjected to various high temperatures to simulate possible fire conditions and it was found that the non alteration of the mineral species might be one of the reasons why the sandstones are regarded as the most refractory amongst the building materials typically used. Moessbauer spectroscopy revealed that iron is present in all the sandstones, mainly as Fe{sup 3 + } with the black sandstone showing an additional presence of 3 % Fe{sup 2 + } indicating that a higher iron content coupled to higher silicon content, contributes to an increase in the uniaxial compressive strength.

  1. Characterisation by Moessbauer Spectroscopy of the Forms of Iron in Sulfide-Rich Fulvic Acid Solutions

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    Goodman, B. A., E-mail: [Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie (United Kingdom); Cheshire, M. V. [Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Craigiebuckler (United Kingdom)


    Variations in the nature of the bonding between iron and fulvic acid as a function of pH in sulfide-rich solutions have been investigated by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. In all solutions iron was enriched to 95% in the {sup 57}Fe isotope and ratios of Fe : fulvic acid were maintained at 1 : 100 on a weight basis for all measurements. When the pH was decreased below 5.0, there was a progressive change in the composition of the spectra, which contained three distinct components that were similar to those seen in the absence of sulfide; i.e., a sextet from magnetically-dilute Fe(III) and doublets from Fe(II) and Fe(III). There was, however, a higher proportion of the iron as Fe(II) in the sulfide-containing solutions and this represented the only form of iron at very low pH. Establishment of equilibria was slow as evidenced by considerable hysteresis between the compositions of the solutions with decreasing and increasing pHs. On increasing the pH, sulfide prevented the formation of magnetically dilute Fe(III) species and instead, in the range 3.5-6.0, compounds were generated with parameters consistent with sulfur being coordinated to the iron. One had parameters similar to those of pyrite and hence probably contains disulfide (S{sub 2}{sup 2-}) units, whilst a second, with poorly defined magnetic hyperfine splitting, may contain monosulfide (S{sup 2-}) units, with structures related to either pyrrhotite (Fe{sub 1-x}S) or greigite (Fe{sub 3}S{sub 4}). A third component probably corresponds to a mononuclear low spin Fe(II) complex, involving sulfur and fulvic acid in the iron coordination sphere. These species were oxygen-sensitive and decomposed to yield magnetically dilute Fe(III) complexes and Fe(III) oxyhydroxides on aeration of the solutions.

  2. Moessbauer studies of raw materials from Misti volcano of Arequipa (Peru) for its potential application in the ceramic field

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    Bustamante, Angel, E-mail: [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru); Capel, Francisco; Barba, Flora, E-mail:; Callejas, Pio [Consejo Superior de investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio (Spain); Guzman, Rivalino [Universidad Nacional de San Agustin de Arequipa (Peru); Trujillo, Alejandro [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru)


    We would like to introduce, the study of two different colour 'sillar' samples: white and pink, belonging to the Anashuayco quarry in the Arequipa Region (Peru). The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis indicates the presence of several mineralogical phases, such as feldpars and biotite for the both white and pink 'sillar' whereas cristobalite and quartz are detected only in the first sample and amorphous phase in the second one. In room temperature, Moessbauer spectroscopy, the presence of hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was detected as the main phase for both samples, this was not detected in the XRD measurements. Moreover, corresponding doublets in the Moessbauer spectra indicate the presence of iron in the aluminium-silicate minerals. The rates Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} are 0.0752 and 0.0526 to the white and pink samples respectively. The minerals composing the white tuff form a heterogeneous aggregate of uniform aspect. Mining of these materials generates a great amount of waste in the form of lumps of varying size and which are raw materials studied in the present work for potential application in the ceramic field.

  3. Moessbauer study of iron-carbide growth and Fischer-Tropsch activity

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    Rao, K.R.P.M.; Huggins, F.E.; Huffman, G.P. [Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, (United States)] [and others


    There is a need to establish a correlation between the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) activity of an iron-based catalyst and the catalyst phase during FT synthesis. The nature of iron phases formed during activation and FT synthesis is influenced by the nature of the gas and pressure apart from other parameters like temperature, flow rate etc., used for activation. Moessbauer investigations of iron-based catalysts subjected to pretreatment at two different pressures in gas atmospheres containing mixtures of CO, H{sub 2}, and He have been carried out. Studies on UCI 1185-57 (64%Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/5%CuO/1%K{sub 2}O/30% Kaolin) catalyst indicate that activation of the catalyst in CO at 12 atms. leads to the formation of 100% magnetite and the magnetite formed gets rapidly converted to at least 90% of {chi}-Fe{sub 5}C{sub 2} during activation. The FT activity was found to be good at 70-80% of (H{sub 2}+CO) conversion. On the other hand, activation. The FT activity was found to be good at 70-80% of (H{sub 2}+CO) conversion. On the other hand, activation of the catalyst in synthesis gas at 12 atms. leads to formation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and it gets sluggishly converted to {chi}-Fe{sub 5}C{sub 2} and {epsilon}-Fe{sub 2.2}C during activation and both continue to grow slowly during FT synthesis. FT activity is found to be poor. Pretreatment of the catalyst, 100fe/3.6Si/0.71K at a low pressure of 1 atms. in syngas gave rise to the formation of {chi}-Fe{sub 5}C{sub 2} and good FT activity. On the other hand, pretreatment of the catalyst, 100Fe/3.6Si/0.71K at a relatively high pressure of 12 atms. in syngas did not give rise to the formation any carbide and FT activity was poor.

  4. {sup 57}Fe-Moessbauer study of electrically conducting barium iron vanadate glass after heat treatment

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    Kubuki, Shiro, E-mail:; Sakka, Hiroshi; Tsuge, Kanako [Ube National College of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (Japan); Homonnay, Zoltan [Eoetvoes Lorand University, Laboratory of Nuclear Chemistry (Hungary); Sinko, Katalin [Eoetvoes Lorand University, Institute of Chemistry (Hungary); Kuzmann, Erno [Eoetvoes Lorand University, Laboratory of Nuclear Chemistry, HAS CRC (Hungary); Yasumitsu, Hiroki; Nishida, Tetsuaki [Kinki University, Graduate School of Advanced Technology (Japan)


    Local structure and thermal durability of semiconducting xBaO{center_dot}(90 - x)V{sub 2}O{sub 5} {center_dot} 10Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} glasses (x = 20, 30 and 40), NTA glass{sup TM}, before and after isothermal annealing were investigated by {sup 57}Fe-Moessbauer spectroscopy and differential thermal analysis (DTA). An identical isomer shift ({delta}) of 0.39 {+-} 0.01 mm s{sup -1} and a systematic increase in the quadrupole splitting ({Delta}) were observed from 0.70 {+-} 0.02 to 0.80 {+-} 0.02 mm s{sup -1} with an increasing BaO content, showing an increase in the local distortion of Fe{sup III}O{sub 4} tetrahedra. From the slope of the straight line in the T{sub g}-{Delta} plot of NTA glass{sup TM}, it proved that Fe{sup III} plays a role of network former. Large Debye temperature ({Theta}{sub D}) values of 1000 and 486 K were respectively obtained for 20BaO {center_dot} 70V{sub 2}O{sub 5} {center_dot} 10Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass before and after isothermal annealing at 400 deg. C for 60 min, respectively. This result also suggests that Fe{sup III} atoms constitute the glass network composed of tetrahedral FeO{sub 4}, tetrahedral VO{sub 4} and pyramidal VO{sub 5} units. The electric conductivity of 20BaO {center_dot} 70V{sub 2}O{sub 5} {center_dot} 10Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} glass increased from 1.6 x 10{sup -5} to 5.8 x 10{sup -2} S cm{sup -1} after isothermal annealing at 450 deg. C for 2,000 min. These results suggest that the drastic increase in the electric conductivity caused by heat treatment is closely related to the structural relaxation of the glass network structure.

  5. Chemical-mineralogical characterization and Moessbauer spectroscopy of aquamarine from Pedra Azul, Northeast of Minas Gerais; Caracterizacao quimico-mineralogica e espectroscopia Moessbauer de agua-marinha da regiao de Pedra Azul, nordeste de Minas Gerais

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    Viana, Rubia Ribeiro; Jordt-Evangelista, Hanna [Ouro Preto Univ., MG (Brazil). Escola de Minas. Dept. de Geologia]. E-mail:;; Costa, Geraldo Magela da [Ouro Preto Univ., MG (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica]. E-mail:


    Aquamarines from three pegmatites located the vicinities of the Pedra Azul city, Minas Gerais state, were investigated in terms of chemical composition, physical properties and Moessbauer spectroscopy. The small lenticular pegmatite bodies are usually less than 5 m wide and exhibit a conspicuous mineralogical and textural zoning. The last thermal event in these pegmatites, determined by K-Ar method in muscovite, is of Neo proterozoic age, coincident with the late stages of the Brasiliano tectono- metamorphic cycle. Chemical analyses showed that sodium is the alkali with higher contents in the aquamarines, thus enabling their classification as sodic beryls. In zoned samples there is an increase of Fe as well as Mn from center to border, while no systematic variation could be detected for other elements. The specific gravity of 2.72 to 2.80 g/cm{sup 3} is higher than the values determined for samples from other pegmatites of Minas Gerais. The refraction indices are ne=1.569 - 1.579 and NW= 1.573 - 1.581 and the birefringence varies from 0.002 to 0.008. The refraction indices increase with the Be O content. The color of aquamarines varies from medium to light blue, sometimes greenish blue. Moessbauer spectra obtained at room temperature and at 80 K show that Fe{sup 2+} is the main chromophore-ion and suggest that the iron is present in octahedral sites as well as in the structural channels. Moessbauer spectra also indicate that the incorporation of Fe{sup 3+} may cause a shift from deep blue to light blue colors. Based on their aquamarine composition the pegmatites were classified as barren, poor in rare alkalis (Li, Rb, Cs) and therefore little differentiated. The relatively simple mineralogy and the lack of lithium minerals such as lepidolite and spodumene confirm this classification. Thus, the composition of beryl can be used as a tracer for the prospection of pegmatites with different degrees of differentiation and consequently with different types of

  6. {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer and X-ray Rietveld studies of ferrian prehnite from Kouragahana, Shimane Peninsula, Japan

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    Akasaka, Masahide; Hashimoto, Hideaki [Shimane Univ., Matsue (Japan). Dept. of Geoscience, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Science and Engineering; Makino, Kuniaki [Shinshu Univ., Matsumoto, Nagano (Japan). Dept. of Geology, Faculty of Science; Hino, Ryozi [Shimane Univ., Matsue (Japan). Dept. of Material Science, Interdisciplinary Faculty of Science and Engineering


    Fe-bearing prehnite, Ca{sub 2}Al{sub 2-p}Fe{sub p}Si{sub 3}O{sub 10} (OH){sub 2} (Z - 2), from Kouragahana, Shimane Peninsula, Japan, was investigated using {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray Rietveld method. Iron and aluminum contents of the prehnite are variable, with p ranging from 0.003 to 0.425 (n = 97). Fe-poor and Al-rich prehnites generally grow over clusters of Fe-rich prehnite crystals. Intergrowth texture of Fe-poor and Fe-rich crystals is also common in spherical aggregates. The {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectrum consists of one doublet with isomer shift = 0.360 mm/s, quadrupole splitting = 0.276 mm/s and peak width = 0.310 mm/s. The doublet is assigned to Fe{sup 3+} in the octahedral site. X-ray Rietveld refinement was carried out using two structural models of space groups Pmna and Pma2. Results of the refinement are characterized by R-weighted pattern (R{sub wp}) = 9.30 %, 'Goodness-of-fit' indicator (S) = 1.276 and Durbin-Watson statistic d(D-W d) of 1.485 for the refinement in space group Pmna, and by R{sub wp} = 10.00 %, S = 1.367 and D-W d of 1.383 in space group Pma2, indicating that the fit of the former refinement is better than the latter. The refined Fe occupancies at the octahedral site in space groups Pmna and Pma2 are 0.16{+-}0.01 and 0.20{+-}0.01, respectively. In the Pmma-structure, the T2 site is occupied by Si{sub 0.5}Al{sub 0.5} with disordering scheme, and average T2-O distance is 1.668 A. In contrast, in the Pma2-structure, Al and Si are distributed in an ordered state in the T2 site, and average Al{sub T2}-O and Si{sub T2}-O distances are 1.72 and 1.61 A, respectively. Absence of Fe{sup 3+} from the tetrahedral site may be attributed to the small size for the cation and inflexible character of the T2 site. A very small quadrupole splitting of the Moessbauer doublet by Fe{sup 3+} in the octahedral site suggests the octahedral site has a highly symmetrical site-geometry. This is consistent with a more symmetrical

  7. Characterization of mineral phases of agricultural soil samples of Colombian coffee using Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction

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    Rodriguez, Humberto Bustos, E-mail:; Lozano, Dagoberto Oyola; Martinez, Yebrayl Antonio Rojas; Pinilla, Marlene Rivera [Universidad del Tolima, Grupo Ciencia de Materiales y Tecnologia en Plasma (Colombia); Alcazar, German Antonio Perez [Universidad del Valle, Grupo Metalurgia Fisica y Teoria de las Transiciones de Fase (Colombia)


    Soil chemical analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Moessbauer spectrometry (MS) of {sup 57}Fe were used to characterize mineral phases of samples taken from the productive layer (horizon A) of agricultural coffee soil from Tolima (Colombia). Chemical analysis shows the chemical and textural parameters of samples from two different regions of Tolima, i.e., Ibague and Santa Isabel. By XRD phases like illite (I), andesine (A) and quartz (Q) in both samples were identified. The quantity of these phases is different for the two samples. The MS spectra taken at room temperature were adjusted by using five doublets, three of them associated to Fe{sup + 3} type sites and the other two to Fe{sup + 2} type sites. According to their isomer shift and quadrupole splitting the presence of phases like illite (detected by DRX), nontronite and biotite (not detected by XRD) can be postulated.

  8. Moessbauer and XRD study of the Fe{sub 65}Si{sub 35} alloy obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Velez, G. Y., E-mail: [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de Fisica (Colombia); Rodriguez, R. R. [Corporacion Universidad Autonoma de Occidente (Colombia); Melo, C. A.; Perez Alcazar, G. A.; Zamora, Ligia E.; Tabares, J. A. [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de Fisica (Colombia)


    A study was made on the alloy Fe{sub 65}Si{sub 35} using x-ray diffraction and Moessbauer spectrometry. The alloy was obtained by mechanical alloying in a high energy planetary mill, with milling times of 15, 30, 50, 75 and 100 h. The results show that in the alloys two structural phases are present, a Fe-Si BCC disordered phase and ferromagnetic, and a Fe-Si SC phase, whose nature is paramagnetic and which decreases with milling time. In the temporal evolution of the milling two stages are differentiated: one between 15 and 75 h of milling, in which silicon atoms diffuse into the bcc matrix of iron and its effect is to reduce the hyperfine magnetic field; the other, after 75 h of milling, where the alloy is consolidated, the effect of the milling is only to increase the disorder of the system, increasing the magnetic order.

  9. Moessbauer spectra of Eu(III) and Gd(III) complexes of phosphine oxides with chelating perchlorate

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    Takahashi, Masashi, E-mail:; Hirai, Yuya [Toho University (Japan)


    The reaction of Ln(ClO{sub 4}){sub 3}{center_dot} nH{sub 2}O with triphenylphosphine oxide (TPPO) in methanol has led to the formation of [Ln(ClO{sub 4}){sub 2}(tppo){sub 4}]ClO{sub 4}{center_dot}MeOH (Ln = Nd, Eu, Gd, Dy, Yb), in which the perchlorate anion acts as a symmetric bidentate. The emission spectra of Eu(III)-TPPO complexes, showing enhancement in the intensity due to the phenyl group, indicate an isotropic electron distribution for the nitrato complex [Eu(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(tppo){sub 2}(EtOH)]. {sup 151}Eu and {sup 155}Gd Moessbauer spectra of the TPPO complexes also lead to the same conclusion.

  10. Magnetic properties of GdPdSb and GdNiSb studied by {sup 155}Gd-Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Bielemeier, B. [Department Physik, Universitaet Paderborn, D-33098 Paderborn (Germany); Wortmann, G. [Department Physik, Universitaet Paderborn, D-33098 Paderborn (Germany)], E-mail:; Casper, F.; Ksenofontov, V.; Felser, C. [Institut fuer Anorg. und Analyt. Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)


    {sup 155}Gd-Moessbauer spectroscopy was applied to study the magnetic properties of GdPdSb with hexagonal LiGaGe structure and of GdNiSb in the cubic MgAgAs-type structure as well as in the hexagonal AlB{sub 2}-type structure. In GdPdSb magnetic ordering is observed at 13.0 K with indications of a tilted spin structure at lower temperatures. In the cubic phase of GdNiSb magnetic ordering is observed at 9.5 K and in the hexagonal phase around 3.5 K. These results are discussed in conjunction with previous investigations of these samples.

  11. Crystal structure, magnetism, {sup 89}Y solid state NMR, and {sup 121}Sb Moessbauer spectroscopic investigations of YIrSb

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    Benndorf, Christopher [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Heletta, Lukas; Block, Theresa; Poettgen, Rainer [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Eckert, Hellmut [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Muenster (Germany); Institute of Physics in Sao Carlos, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos (Brazil)


    The ternary antimonide YIrSb was synthesized from the binary precursor YIr and elemental antimony by a diffusion controlled solid-state reaction. Single crystals were obtained by a flux technique with elemental bismuth as an inert solvent. The YIrSb structure (TiNiSi type, space group Pnma) was refined from single-crystal X-ray diffractometer data: a = 711.06(9), b = 447.74(5), c = 784.20(8) pm, wR{sub 2} = 0.0455, 535 F{sup 2} values, 20 variables. {sup 89}Y solid state MAS NMR and {sup 121}Sb Moessbauer spectra show single resonance lines in agreement with single-crystal X-ray data. YIrSb is a Pauli paramagnet. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  12. Moessbauer study of Cu sub 0 sub . sub 8 Fe sub 2 sub . sub 2 O sub 4

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    Kim, S J; An, D H; Kang, K U; Baek, K S; Oak, H N


    Cu sub 0 sub . sub 8 Fe sub 2 sub . sub 2 O sub 4 has been studied by using Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The crystal is found to have a cubic spinel structure with the lattice constant a sub 0 =8.399 +- 0.005 A. It is noteworthy that a 20% replacement of Cu by Fe in the copper ferrite transforms the crystal structure from tetragonal to cubic and decreases the quadrupole shifts drastically. The iron ions at both A (tetrahedral) and B (octahedral) sites are found to be in ferric states. Atomic migration between A- and B-sites starts near 300 K and increases rapidly with increasing temperature to such a degree that 78% of the ferric ions at the A-sites move over to the B sites at 600 K.

  13. Moessbauer and X-ray diffraction studies of nanostructured Fe{sub 70}Al{sub 30} powders elaborated by mechanical alloying

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    Kezrane, M., E-mail: [LMP2M Laboratory, University of Medea, (26000) (Algeria); Guittoum, A. [Nuclear Research Centre of Algiers, 2 Bd Frantz Fanon, BP 399, Algiers (Algeria); Boukherroub, N.; Lamrani, S. [LMMC, M' hamed Bougara University, Boumerdes, 35000 (Algeria); Sahraoui, T. [Laboratory of Materials and Surface Treatments, LTSM, University of Saad Dahleb Blida, BP. 270 route de Soumaa, Blida (09000) (Algeria)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanocrystalline Fe{sub 70}Al{sub 30} powders were successfully elaborated by mechanical alloying. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Moessbauer spectra show that from 4 h of milling, a disordered ferromagnetic. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe{sub 70}Al{sub 30} starts to form and dominates after 36 h. - Abstract: We have studied the effect of milling time on the structural and hyperfine properties of Fe{sub 70}Al{sub 30} compound elaborated by mechanical alloying. The elaboration was performed with a vario-planetary ball mill P4 at different milling times. The milled powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Moessbauer spectroscopy. From XRD diffraction spectra, we show that the bcc Fe(Al) solid solution was completely formed after 27 h of milling time. When the milling time increases, the lattice parameter increases, whereas the grain size decreases and the mean level of microstrains increases. The analysis of Moessbauer spectra shows that from 4 h of milling, a disordered ferromagnetic Fe{sub 70}Al{sub 30} starts to form and dominates after 36 h.

  14. Moessbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses of clayey samples used as ceramic sourcing materials, in Peru

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    Quille, Ruben, E-mail:; Bustamante, Angel [San Marcos National University, Laboratory of Ceramics and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Physical Sciences (Peru); Palomino, Ybar [National University of San Cristobal de Huamanga, Experimental Center of Ceramics (Peru)


    The ceramic industry is an important area of economic activity in the Ayacucho Region, in particular in the District of Quinua. As a consequence, there is a huge demand for clay to produce ceramic pastes in that region. This paper reports on results concerning the mineralogical characterization of four clayey samples, which were collected MAA and SPQA from the area Pampa de La Quinua with geographic coordinates 13 Degree-Sign 02 Prime 49 Double-Prime S 74 Degree-Sign 08 Prime 03 Double-Prime W, CE1M and CE2M from the Quinua locality 13 Degree-Sign 03 Prime 07 Double-Prime S 74 Degree-Sign 08 Prime 31 Double-Prime W, both in the District of Quinua, Province of Huamanga, Ayacucho, Peru. The chemical and mineralogical characterization of these samples was carried out with powder X-ray diffraction detecting quartz, albite, montmorillonite, kaolinite and glauconite mineral phases, Moessbauer spectroscopy detected iron in kaolinite, glauconite and montmorillonite minerals. Chemical analysis was performed through scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Data obtained from the combination of these techniques provided relevant information about the morphology, chemical composition, and the mineralogy of samples.

  15. Moessbauer spectroscopy of Co{sub 2}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Al

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    Jung, Verena; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Balke, Benjamin; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Felser, Claudia [Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg - University, Mainz (Germany)


    Heusler compounds have been recognized as suitable materials for magneto-electronics. The Co{sub 2} based compounds are of special interest for applications as they exhibit a wide range of magnetic properties and Curie temperatures up to 1100 K. In this work solid solutions of Co{sub 2}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Al with x=0, 0.1,..,1 were prepared by arc melting and annealed for 7 days at 800 C. The structure was characterized by XRD and a single B2 phase was found over the entire range of compositions. The magnetic properties were measured with a SQUID magnetometer revealing that the moments are higher than expected for half-metallic ferromagnetism. The local environment and hyperfine magnetic fields of the iron atoms were studied by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy in transmission geometry at room temperature for Co{sub 2}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Al samples with x=0.2..1. The obtained spectra are explained by hyperfine magnetic field distributions implying 7 contributions with different values and line widths in agreement with the local structure in the cubic lattice. A shift of the relative intensities of the seven hyperfine magnetic fields is explained by the appearance of an additional ordered portion with L2{sub 1} structure for samples with Fe concentrations of x>0.7 not being detected by XRD.

  16. Structural and Electronic Properties Study of Colombian Aurifer Soils by Moessbauer Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction

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    Bustos Rodriguez, H., E-mail:; Rojas Martinez, Y.; Oyola Lozano, D. [Universidad del Tolima, Departamento de Fisica (Colombia); Perez Alcazar, G. A.; Fajardo, M. [Universidad del Valle, Departamento de Fisica (Colombia); Mojica, J. [Ingeominas Valle, Departamento de Geologia (Colombia); Molano, Y. J. C. [Universidad Nacional, Departamento de Geologia (Colombia)


    In this work a study on gold mineral samples is reported, using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Moessbauer spectroscopy (MS). The auriferous samples are from the El Diamante mine, located in Guachavez-Narino (Colombia) and were prepared by means of polished thin sections. The petrography analysis registered the presence, in different percentages that depend on the sample, of pyrite, quartz, arsenopyirite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite and galena. The XRD analysis confirmed these findings through the calculated cell parameters. One typical Rietveld analysis showed the following weight percent of phases: 85.0% quartz, 14.5% pyrite and 0.5% sphalerite. In this sample, MS demonstrated the presence of two types of pyrite whose hyperfine parameters are {delta}{sub 1} = 0.280 {+-} 0.002 mm/s and {Delta}{sub 1} = 0.642 {+-} 0.002 mm/s, {delta}{sub 2} = 0.379 {+-} 0.002 mm/s and {Delta}{sub 2} = 0.613 {+-} 0.002 mm/s.

  17. Thermal treatment of the Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} alloy in it amorphous phase studied by means of Moessbauer spectroscopy; Tratamiento termico de la aleacion Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} en su fase amorfa estudiado por medio de la espectroscopia Moessbauer

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    Cabral P, A. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Lopez, A.; Garcia S, F. [Facultad de Ciencias, UAEM, 50000 Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)


    The magnetic and microhardness changes, dependents of the temperature that occur in the Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} alloy in it amorphous state were studied by means of the Moessbauer spectroscopy and Vickers microhardness. According to the Moessbauer parameters and in particular that of the hyperfine magnetic field, this it changes according to the changes of the microhardness; i.e. if the microhardness increases, the hyperfine magnetic field increases. The registered increment of hardness in the amorphous state of this alloy should be considered as anomalous, according to the prediction of the Hall-Petch equation, the one that relates negative slopes with grain sizes every time but small. (Author)

  18. X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer studies on superparamagnetic nickel ferrite (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) obtained by the proteic sol–gel method

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    Nogueira, N.A.S. [Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Centro de Tecnologia, Campus do Pici, Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC, 60455-760 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Utuni, V.H.S.; Silva, Y.C. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC, Campus do Pici, 60440-970 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Kiyohara, P.K. [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, 05315-970 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Vasconcelos, I.F. [Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Centro de Tecnologia, Campus do Pici, Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC, 60455-760 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Miranda, M.A.R., E-mail: [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC, Campus do Pici, 60440-970 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Sasaki, J.M. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Ceará – UFC, Campus do Pici, 60440-970 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil)


    Nickel ferrite (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles were synthesized by the proteic sol–gel method at synthesis temperature of 250 °C, 300 °C and 400 °C, with the objective of obtaining superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and temperature-programed oxidation (TPO) presented peaks around 290 °C indicating that nickel ferrite was forming at this temperature. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) confirmed that the polycrystalline sample was single phased NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} with space group Fd3m. Scherrer equation applied to the diffraction patterns and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images showed that the size of the nanoparticles ranged from 9 nm to 13 nm. TEM images also revealed that the nanoparticles were agglomerated, which was supported by the low values of surface area provided by the Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET) method. Moessbauer spectroscopy presented spectra composed of a superposition of three components: a sextet, a doublet and a broad singlet pattern. The sample synthetized at 300 °C had the most pronounced doublet pattern characteristic of superparamagnetic nanoparticles. In conclusion, this method was partially successful in obtaining superparamagnetic nickel ferrite nanoparticles, in which the synthetized samples were a mixture of nanoparticles with blocking temperature above and below room temperature. Magnetization curves revealed a small hysteresis, supporting the Moessbauer results. The sample with the higher concentration of superparamagnetic nanoparticles being the one synthetized at 300 °C. - Highlights: • Superparamagnetic nickel ferrite nanoparticles were grown by the proteic sol–gel method. • The proteic sol–gel method provided superparamagnetic nickel ferrite nanoparticles with sizes in the range of 9–13 nm. • Nickel ferrite nanoparticles were prepared at temperatures as low as 250 °C. • The nickel ferrite nanoparticles were studied by x-ray diffraction and Moessbauer.

  19. Infrared thermography

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    Meola, Carosena


    This e-book conveys information about basic IRT theory, infrared detectors, signal digitalization and applications of infrared thermography in many fields such as medicine, foodstuff conservation, fluid-dynamics, architecture, anthropology, condition monitoring, non destructive testing and evaluation of materials and structures.

  20. Moessbauer spectroscopic investigation of retained-austenite content of high-carbon tool steel during isothermal tempering of as-quenched samples

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    Bala, Piotr, E-mail:; Krawczyk, Janusz [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science (Poland); Hanc, Aneta [University of Silesia, Faculty of Computer and Materials Science (Poland)


    This work presents the results of investigations using Moessbauer spectroscopy technique and their interpretation concerning retained austenite (RA) and its transformation during tempering in relation to previously conducted dilatometric, microscopic and mechanical investigations. This research was conducted on a new high-carbon alloy steel 120 MnCrMoV8-6-4-2, which was designed in 1998, in Phase Transformations Research Group at the AGH UST. The influence of the tempering time on the mechanical and chemical stability of retained austenite and on the products of its transformation, nucleation and solubility of {epsilon} carbides and cementite nucleation and growth, was determined.

  1. Study of the iron hydroxide in oxidative reaction in base media using Moessbauer spectroscopy; Estudio de reaccion oxidativa del hidroxido ferrico en medio basico empleando espectroscopia Mossbauer

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    Reyes F, A.A


    The objective of this work consists in to find sensitive compounds to small oxygen variations, and it was taken as base compounds derivatives of iron (Fe) due to the fact that it is an element that is oxidized easily producing a variety of compounds and that they are possible of analyzing by means of Moessbauer spectroscopy, the one which is an analytical technique that permits to identify specifically to this type of materials. During the last years many investigating the world over they have focused their knowledge toward to find material that them permit to elaborate better products, but above all in nano metric phases, due to their new and better properties. The nanocrystalline materials, however they contain a high density of point defects, which will may depend on the crystal structure, stoichiometry, for it has been treated of finding the methods that permit to obtain these new materials with less defects. Between the new material developed in the last years, the most known is the optical fiber used by the telephone companies, a very light material and with better properties with respect to the cables that were using previously. The principal products that they have been synthesized in the laboratory are the goethite ({alpha}-Fe O OH), the magnetite (Fe{sub 3} O{sub 4}) and their application is focused mainly to the production of magnets and magnetic tapes with better properties. The Moessbauer spectroscopy is a very useful tool in the compounds characterization of iron, since indicates us appearance of the nuclear resonance absorption of gamma beams to very low temperature (insert of the radioactive atoms in a substance crystallized to very low temperature). The main characteristic of the Moessbauer spectroscopy, is that can be observed clearly the difference that exists between a compound with tetragonal structure and other with rhombic structure, comparing solely the difference between the fields of the samples. For example, the magnetic (Fe{sub 3} O

  2. The Moessbauer effect and its applications in chemistry; L'effet Mossbauer et ses applications a la chimie

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    Coulon, A. [Commissariat a l' Energie Atomique, Fontenay aux Roses (France). Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires


    When certain emitting and absorbing nuclei are embedded in identical crystal lattices, resonant absorption of gamma photons, emitted during a nuclear spin transition, takes place. Part of the emission and absorption of gamma photon becomes recoilless. The width of the spectral lines are normal (about 10{sup -8} eV). A relative movement of the source and the absorber changes the frequency (Doppler effect) and allows, by searching the resonance, to show very small changes in the levels of nuclear energy due to: - the electronic environment (isomeric shift); - the action of an internal electric field (quadrupolar splitting); - the action of a magnetic field (nuclear Zeeman effect). This introductory study of the Moessbauer effect formulates a simplified theory of the phenomenon and its applications to chemistry through a few examples. (author) [French] L'absorption resonnante des photons gamma, emis au cours d'une transition de spin nucleaire est realisable lorsque certains noyaux emetteurs et se trouvent prisonniers de reseaux cristallins identiques. Une fraction de l'emission et de l'absorption des photons gamma s'effectue alors 'sans recul'; les raies spectrales possedent alors leur largeur naturelle (voisine de 10{sup -8} eV). Un deplacement relatif de la source et de l'absorbeur provoque un glissement de frequence par effet DOPPLER et permet, en recherchant la resonance, d'enregistrer des variations extremement faibles des niveaux d'energie nucleaires dues: - a l'environnement electronique (deplacement isomerique); - a l'action d'un champ electrique interne (decomposition quadrupolaire); - a l'action d'un champ magnetique (effet ZEEMAN nucleaire). Cette introduction a l'etude de l'effet MOSSBAUER presente une theorie simplifiee du phenomene et illustre par quelques exemples les applications de cette decouverte recente a la chimie. (auteur)

  3. Spin density wave in (Fe{sub x}V{sub 3-x})S{sub 4} and the coexistence of normal and condensate states: A Moessbauer study

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    Embaid, B.P., E-mail: [Laboratorio de Magnetismo, Escuela de Fisica, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Apartado 47586, Los Chaguaramos, Caracas 1041-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Gonzalez-Jimenez, F. [Laboratorio de Magnetismo, Escuela de Fisica, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Apartado 47586, Los Chaguaramos, Caracas 1041-A (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)


    Iron-vanadium sulfides of the monoclinic system Fe{sub x}V{sub 3-x}S{sub 4} (1.0{<=}x{<=}2.0) have been investigated by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer Spectroscopy in the temperature range 30-300 K. Incommensurate spin density waves (SDW) have been found in this system. An alternative treatment of the spectra allows a direct measurement of the temperature evolution of condensate density of the SDW state which follows the Maki-Virosztek formula. For composition (x=1.0) the SDW condensate is unpinned while for compositions (x>1.0) the SDW condensate is pinned. Possible causes of the pinning-unpinning SDW will be discussed. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe{sub x}V{sub 3-x}S{sub 4}(1.0{<=}x{<=}2.0) system was investigated by {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer Spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Incommensurate spin density wave (SDW) has been found in this system. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We report the temperature evolution of the condensate density of SDW state. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer For composition (x=1.0) the SDW is unpinned while for (x>1.0) is pinned.

  4. Moessbauer spectroscopic study on valence-detrapping and trapping of mixed-valence trinuclear iron(III, III, II) fluorine-substituted benzoate complexes

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    Sakai, Yoichi, E-mail:; Onaka, Satoru [Daido University (Japan); Takahashi, Masashi [Toho University (Japan); Ogiso, Ryo; Takayama, Tsutomu [Daido University (Japan); Nakamoto, Tadahiro [Toray Research Center (Japan)


    Four mixed-valence trinuclear iron(III, III, II) fluorine-substituted benzoate complexes were synthesized; Fe{sub 3}O(C{sub 6}F{sub 5}COO){sub 6}(C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N){sub 3}{center_dot}CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} (1), Fe{sub 3}O(C{sub 6}F{sub 5}COO){sub 6}(C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N){sub 3} (2), Fe{sub 3}O(2H-C{sub 6}F{sub 4}COO){sub 6}(C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N){sub 3} (3), and Fe{sub 3}O(4H-C{sub 6}F{sub 4}COO){sub 6}(C{sub 5}H{sub 5}N){sub 3} (4), in which valence-detrapping and trapping phenomena have been investigated by {sup 57}Fe- Moessbauer spectroscopy. The valence state of the three iron ions is trapped at lower temperatures while it is fully detrapped at higher temperatures for 1. Valence detrapping is not observed for 2, 3, and 4 even at room temperature, although Moessbauer spectra for 3 and 4 show complicated temperature dependence.

  5. Electronic phase diagrams and competing ground states of complex iron pnictides and chalcogenides. A Moessbauer spectroscopy and muon spin rotation/relaxation study

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    Kamusella, Sirko


    In this thesis the superconducting and magnetic phases of LiOH(Fe,Co)(Se,S), CuFeAs/CuFeSb, and LaFeP{sub 1-x}As{sub x}O - belonging to the 11, 111 and 1111 structural classes of iron-based arsenides and chalcogenides - are investigated by means of {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy and muon spin rotation/relaxation (μSR). Of major importance in this study is the application of high magnetic fields in Moessbauer spectroscopy to distinguish and characterize ferro- (FM) and antiferromagnetic (AFM) order. A user-friendly Moessbauer data analysis program was developed to provide suitable model functions not only for high field spectra, but relaxation spectra or parameter distributions in general. In LaFeP{sub 1-x}As{sub x}O the reconstruction of the Fermi surface is described by the vanishing of the Γ hole pocket with decreasing x. The continuous change of the orbital character and the covalency of the d-electrons is shown by Moessbauer spectroscopy. A novel antiferromagnetic phase with small magnetic moments of ∼ 0.1 μ{sub B} state is characterized. The superconducting order parameter is proven to continuously change from a nodal to a fully gapped s-wave like Fermi surface in the superconducting regime as a function of x, partially investigated on (O,F) substituted samples. LiOHFeSe is one of the novel intercalated FeSe compounds, showing strongly increased T{sub C} = 43 K mainly due to increased interlayer spacing and resulting two-dimensionality of the Fermi surface. The primary interest of the samples of this thesis is the simultaneously observed ferromagnetism and superconductivity. The local probe techniques prove that superconducting sample volume gets replaced by ferromagnetic volume. Ferromagnetism arises from magnetic order with T{sub C} = 10 K of secondary iron in the interlayer. The tendency of this system to show (Li,Fe) disorder is preserved upon (Se,S) substitution. However, superconductivity gets suppressed. The results of Moessbauer spectroscopy

  6. Comparative study of the iron cores in human liver ferritin, its pharmaceutical models and ferritin in chicken liver and spleen tissues using Moessbauer spectroscopy with a high velocity resolution

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    Alenkina, I.V.; Semionkin, V.A. [Faculty of Physical Techniques and Devices for Quality Control, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Faculty of Experimental Physics, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Oshtrakh, M.I. [Faculty of Physical Techniques and Devices for Quality Control, Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Klepova, Yu.V.; Sadovnikov, N.V. [Faculty of Physiology and Biotechnology, Ural State Agricultural Academy, Ekaterinburg, (Russian Federation); Dubiel, S.M. [Faculty of Physics and Applied Computer Science, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow (Poland)


    Full text: Application of the Moessbauer spectroscopy with a high velocity resolution (4096 channels) for a study of iron-containing biological species is of great interest. Improving the velocity resolution allows to reveal small variations in the electronic structure of iron, and to obtain hyperfine parameters with smaller instrumental (systematic) errors in comparison with measurements performed in 512 channels or less. It also allows a more reliable fitting of complex Moessbauer spectra. In the present study the Moessbauer spectroscopy with the high velocity resolution was used for a comparative analysis of ferritin and its pharmaceutically important models as well as iron storage proteins in a chicken liver and a spleen. The ferritin, an iron storage protein, consists of a nanosized polynuclear iron core formed by a ferrihydrite surrounded by a protein shell. Iron-polysaccharide complexes contain {beta}-FeOOH iron cores coated with various polysaccharides. The Moessbauer spectra of the ferritin and commercial products Imferon, MaltoferR and Ferrum Lek as well as those of the chicken liver and spleen tissues were measured with the high velocity resolution at 295 and 90 K. They were fitted using two models: (1) with a homogeneous iron core (an approximation using one quadrupole doublet), and (2) with a heterogeneous iron core (an approximation using several quadrupole doublets). The model (1) can be used as the first approximation fit to visualize small variations in the hyperfine parameters. Using this model, differences in the Moessbauer hyperfine parameters were obtained in both 295 and 90 K Moessbauer spectra. However, this model was considered as a rough approximation because the measured Moessbauer spectra had non-Lorentzian line shapes. Therefore, the spectra of the ferritin, Imferon, MaltoferR and Ferrum Lek as well as those of the liver and spleen tissues were fitted again using the model (2) in which a different number of the quadrupole doublets was

  7. Infrared Camera (United States)


    A sensitive infrared camera that observes the blazing plumes from the Space Shuttle or expendable rocket lift-offs is capable of scanning for fires, monitoring the environment and providing medical imaging. The hand-held camera uses highly sensitive arrays in infrared photodetectors known as quantum well infrared photo detectors (QWIPS). QWIPS were developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Center for Space Microelectronics Technology in partnership with Amber, a Raytheon company. In October 1996, QWIP detectors pointed out hot spots of the destructive fires speeding through Malibu, California. Night vision, early warning systems, navigation, flight control systems, weather monitoring, security and surveillance are among the duties for which the camera is suited. Medical applications are also expected.

  8. Infrared photoretinoscope. (United States)

    Schaeffel, F; Farkas, L; Howland, H C


    A modification of the technique of photoretinoscopy is presented which allows measurement of the refractive state of the eye in noncooperative subjects and in very small eyes. Infrared light provided by high-output infrared LEDs permits measurement at large pupil sizes and thereby better resolution. Arrangement of the IR LEDs at different eccentricities from the optical axis of the video camera markedly increases the range of measurement. The current sensitivity for a measurement distance of 1.5 m in a human eye is +/- 0.3 diopter or better over a range of +/-5 diopters. Higher amounts of defocus can be better determined at shorter distances.

  9. Infrared Thermometers (United States)

    Schaefers, John


    An infrared (IR) thermometer lab offers the opportunity to give science students a chance to measure surface temperatures, utilizing off-the-shelf technology. Potential areas of study include astronomy (exoplanets), electromagnetic spectrum, chemistry, evaporation rates, anatomy, crystal formation, and water or liquids. This article presents one…

  10. Characterization of the Carancas-Puno meteorite by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffractometry and transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Ceron Loayza, Maria L., E-mail:; Bravo Cabrejos, Jorge A. [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Laboratorio de Analisis de Suelos, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas (Peru)


    We report the results of the study of a meteorite that impacted an inhabited zone on 15 September 2007 in the neighborhood of the town of Carancas, Puno Region, about 1,300 km south of Lima. The analysis carried out by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffractometry and transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy (at room temperature and at 4.2 K), reveal the presence in the meteorite sample of magnetic sites assigned to taenite (Fe,Ni) and troilite (Fe,S) phases, and of two paramagnetic doublets assigned to Fe{sup 2 + }, one associated with olivine and the other to pyroxene. In accord with these results, this meteorite is classified as a type IV chondrite meteorite.

  11. Coordination of Fe, Ga and Ge in high pressure glasses by Moessbauer, Raman and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and geological implications (United States)

    Fleet, M. E.; Henderson, G. S.; Herzberg, C. T.; Crozier, E. D.; Osborne, M. D.; Scarfe, C. M.


    For some time, it has been recognized that the structure of silicate liquids has a great bearing on such magma properties as viscosity, diffusivity, and thermal expansion and on the extrapolation of thermodynamic quantities outside of the experimentally measurable range. In this connection it is vital to know if pressure imposes changes in melt structure similar to the pressure-induced reconstructive transformations in crystals. In the present study on 1 bar and high pressure glasses, an investigation is conducted regarding the coordination of Fe(3+) in Fe silicate glasses by Moessbauer spectroscopy. Raman spectroscopy is employed to explore the coordinations of Ge(4+) in GeO2 glasses and of Ga(3+) in NaGa silicate glasses, while the coordination of Ga(3+) in NaGaSiO4 glasses is studied with the aid of methods of X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

  12. Innovative instrumentation for mineralogical and elemental analyses of solid extraterrestrial surfaces: The Backscatter Moessbauer Spectrometer/X Ray Fluorescence analyzer (BaMS/XRF) (United States)

    Shelfer, T. D.; Morris, Richard V.; Nguyen, T.; Agresti, D. G.; Wills, E. L.


    We have developed a four-detector research-grade backscatter Moessbauer spectrometer (BaMS) instrument with low resolution x-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) capability. A flight-qualified instrument based on this design would be suitable for use on missions to the surfaces of solid solar-system objects (Moon, Mars, asteroids, etc.). Target specifications for the flight instrument are as follows: mass less than 500 g; volumes less than 300 cu cm; and power less than 2 W. The BaMS/XRF instrument would provide data on the oxidation state of iron and its distribution among iron-bearing mineralogies and elemental composition information. This data is a primary concern for the characterization of extraterrestrial surface materials.

  13. Nuclear gamma resonance absorption (Moessbauer) spectroscopy as an archaeometric technique to assess chemical states of iron in a Tupiguarani ceramic artifact from Corinto, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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    Floresta, D.L.; Ardisson, J.D., E-mail:, E-mail: [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Fagundes, M.; Fabris, J.D., E-mail:, E-mail: [Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri (LAEP/UFVJM), Diamantina, MG (Brazil). Lab. de Arqueologia e Estudos da Paisagem


    Archaeological ceramics of Tupiguarani Tradition are found in many parts throughout the Brazilian territory and have many similarities. Fragments of Tupiguarani pottery found in the archaeological site known as Beltrao, in the municipality of Corinto, state of Minas Gerais, were identified and collected by researchers of the LAEP/UFVJM, in Diamantina, also in Minas Gerais. A selected fragment of about 15 mm-thick, with a color gradation across the ceramic wall ranging from red, on one side, grayish in the middle and orange on the opposite side, was transversely cut and a series of subsamples of powdered materials were collected from different depths across the wall, in layer segments of ∼3 mm, from the orange side. These powdered subsamples were analyzed with X-ray fluorescence and diffraction spectroscopy and {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy at room temperature (298 K) and at 80 K. According to the XRF results, the elementary composition does not clearly vary with the depth in the sample. The powder XRD analysis revealed the occurrence mainly of quartz and muscovite. Results of {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy reveal that hematite is the magnetically ordered phase. An Fe{sup 2+} component appears for the grayish subsample. According to these results, the red subsample seems to be the external part of the pottery, representing the side that had direct contact with fire used to burn the precursor clay in air for this primitive ceramics preparation. The grayish middle layer is probably due to burning clay mixed with some ashes containing residual carbon, under milder temperature than on the external . (author)

  14. Infrared retina (United States)

    Krishna, Sanjay [Albuquerque, NM; Hayat, Majeed M [Albuquerque, NM; Tyo, J Scott [Tucson, AZ; Jang, Woo-Yong [Albuquerque, NM


    Exemplary embodiments provide an infrared (IR) retinal system and method for making and using the IR retinal system. The IR retinal system can include adaptive sensor elements, whose properties including, e.g., spectral response, signal-to-noise ratio, polarization, or amplitude can be tailored at pixel level by changing the applied bias voltage across the detector. "Color" imagery can be obtained from the IR retinal system by using a single focal plane array. The IR sensor elements can be spectrally, spatially and temporally adaptive using quantum-confined transitions in nanoscale quantum dots. The IR sensor elements can be used as building blocks of an infrared retina, similar to cones of human retina, and can be designed to work in the long-wave infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum ranging from about 8 .mu.m to about 12 .mu.m as well as the mid-wave portion ranging from about 3 .mu.m to about 5 .mu.m.

  15. Development of a highly efficient conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) detector for low temperature (<20 K) measurements and tests on Fe / (Eu{sub x}Pb{sub 1-x})Te bilayers; Desenvolvimento de um detector de alta eficiencia para espectroscopia Moessbauer de eletrons de conversao (CEMS) a baixas temperaturas (<20K) e testes em bicamadas Fe / (Eu{sub x}Pb{sub 1-x})Te

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    Pombo, Carlos Jose da Silva Matos


    The {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy is a nuclear, non-destructive technique used for the investigation of structural, magnetic and hyperfine properties of several materials. It is a powerful tool in characterizing materials in physics, metallurgy, geology and biology field areas, especially magnetic materials, alloys and minerals containing Fe. Lately, the Conversion Electron Moessbauer Spectroscopy (CEMS) is widely used in making studies on ultra-thin magnetic films, as well as other nanostructured materials. In case of magnetic nanostructures, low temperature (LT) studies are especially important due to the possibility of dealing with superparamagnetic effects. In this work it was developed a CEMS measurement system for low temperatures (<20 K) based on a solid-state electron multiplier (Channeltron{sup R}) and an optical cryostat (Model SVT-400, Janis Research Co, USA), from which the project was originally conceived at the Applied Physics / Moessbauer spectroscopy Department from University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. The LT-CEMS system was fully built, tested and successfully applied in a preliminary characterization of Fe/(Eu{sub x}Pb{sub 1-x})Te(111) bilayers with use of a 15 angstrom, {sup 57} Fe probe layer, with reasonable results at sample temperatures as low as 8 K. (author)

  16. Synthesis, structure, and high temperature Moessbauer and Raman spectroscopy studies of Ba{sub 1.6}Sr{sub 1.4}Fe{sub 2}WO{sub 9} double perovskite

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    Manoun, B., E-mail: [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux, Departement de Chimie, FST Errachidia (Morocco); Equipe Materiaux et environnement, laboratoire des Procedes de Valorisation des Ressources Naturelles, des Materiaux et Environnement, FST Settat (Morocco); Benmokhtar, S. [Laboratoire de chimie des Materiaux Solides (LCMS), Departement de Chimie, Faculte des Sciences Ben M' Sik Casablanca (Morocco); Bih, L.; Azrour, M. [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux, Departement de Chimie, FST Errachidia (Morocco); Ezzahi, A.; Ider, A. [Equipe Materiaux et environnement, laboratoire des Procedes de Valorisation des Ressources Naturelles, des Materiaux et Environnement, FST Settat (Morocco); Azdouz, M. [Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Materiaux, Departement de Chimie, FST Errachidia (Morocco); Annersten, H.; Lazor, P. [Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, S-752 36 Uppsala (Morocco)


    Research highlights: {yields} Synthesis and characterization of new double perovskites, apatites, orthophosphates and orthovanadates. {yields} High pressure and high temperature studies of double perovskite, orthophosphates, orthovanadates and MAX phases, using XRD, synchrotron radiations, Raman spectroscopy, magnetism, Moessbauer. {yields} Pressure, temperature and compositions induced phase transitions in these materials. {yields} Structural determination/refinement of these compounds as a function of temperature, pressure and composition. - Abstract: Ba{sub 1.6}Sr{sub 1.4}Fe{sub 2}WO{sub 9} has been prepared in polycrystalline form by solid-state reaction method in air, and has been studied by X-ray powder diffraction method (XRPD), and high temperature Moessbauer and Raman spectroscopies. The crystal structure was resolved at room temperature by the Rietveld refinement method, and revealed that Ba{sub 1.6}Sr{sub 1.4}Fe{sub 2}WO{sub 9} crystallizes in a tetragonal system, space group I4/m, with a = b = 5.6489(10)A, c = 7.9833(2)A and adopts a double perovskite-type A{sub 3}B'{sub 2}B''O{sub 9} (A = Ba, Sr; B' = Fe/W, and B'' = Fe/W) structure described by the crystallographic formula (Ba{sub 1.07}Sr{sub 0.93}){sub 4d}(Fe{sub 0.744}W{sub 0.256}){sub 2a}(Fe{sub 0.585}W{sub 0.415}){sub 2b}O{sub 6}. The structure contains alternating [(Fe/W){sub 2a}O{sub 6}] and [(Fe/W){sub 2b}O{sub 6}] octahedra. Moessbauer studies reveal the presence of iron in the 3+ oxidation state. The high temperature Moessbauer measurements showed a magnetic to paramagnetic transition around 405 {+-} 10 K. The transition is gradual over the temperature interval. The decrease in isomer shift is in line with the general temperature dependence. While the isomer shift is rather linear over the whole temperature range, the quadratic dipolar {Delta}E temperature dependence shows an abrupt change at 405 K. The latter results allow concluding that a temperature

  17. Susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia

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    Snoeck, Marcus Matheus Johannes


    In this thesis the author studied the diagnostic procedures for susceptibility to malignant hyperthermia (MH), with special emphasis upon refining the biological diagnostic test and improving protocols and guidelines for investigation of MH susceptibility. MH is a pharmacogenetic disease of skeletal

  18. Crystallization and Moessbauer studies of the Fe sub 7 sub 8 Al sub 4 Nb sub 5 B sub 1 sub 2 Cu sub 1 alloy

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    Kim, C S; Kim, S B; Park, J Y; Kim, K Y; Noh, T H; Oak, H N


    A melt-spun Fe sub 7 sub 8 Al sub 4 Nb sub 5 B sub 1 sub 2 Cu sub 1 alloy with an ultra-thin ribbon has been studied by x-ray diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometry. The average hyperfine field H sub h sub f (T) of the amorphous state shows temperature dependence of [H sub h sub f (T) - H sub h sub f (0)]/H sub h sub f (0) -0.53(T/T sub c) sup 3 sup / sup 2 - 0.21(T/T sub c < 0.7, indicative of spin-wave excitation. The quadrupole splitting just above the Curie temperature Tc is 0.42 mm/s, whereas the quadrupole shift below T sub c is zero. The Curie and the crystallization temperature are T sub c = 450 K and T sub x = 703 K, respectively, for a heating rate of 5 K/min. The occupied area ratio of the alpha-Fe phase flash-annealed at 723 K is 59% and remains unchanged. The crystallization temperature of the flash-annealed alloy becomes lower, and the formation of an alpha-Fe is easier than that of the conventional alloy. The flash-annealing technique is effective in improvin...

  19. Analysis of 6.4 KEV Moessbauer Spectra Obtained with MIMOS II on MER on Cobbles at Meridiani Planum, Mars and Considerations on Penetration Depths (United States)

    Fleischer, I.; Klingelhoefer, G.; Morris, R. V.; Schroder, C.; Rodionov, D.; deSouza, P.


    The miniaturized Moessbauer (MB) spectrometers MIMOS II [1] on board of the two Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity have obtained more than 600 spectra of more than 300 different rock and soil targets [2-7]. Both instruments have simultaneously collected 6.4 keV X-ray and 14.4 keV .-ray spectra in backscattering geometry [1]. With Spirit's MB spectrometer, 6.4 keV and 14.4 keV spectra have been obtained for all targets through sol 461. After this date, only 14.4 keV spectra were collected. With Opportunity's spectrometer, 6.4 keV and 14.4 keV spectra have been collected for all targets to date. The Fe-mineralogy of rock and soil targets at both landing sites reported to date has been exclusively extracted from 14.4 keV spectra [2-5]. The comparison of 6.4 keV and 14.4 keV spectra provides depth selective information about a sample, but interpretation is not always straightforward [8].

  20. Phase separation in superconducting and antiferromagnetic Rb{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 1.6}Se{sub 2.0} probed by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Felser, Claudia [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, D-55099 Mainz (Germany); Wortmann, Gerhard [Department Physik, Universitaet Paderborn, D-33095 Paderborn (Germany); Medvedev, Sergey A. [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, D-55099 Mainz (Germany); Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, D-55128 Mainz (Germany); Tsurkan, Vladimir [Experimental Physics V, University of Augsburg, D-86159 Augsburg (Germany); Institute of Applied Physics, Academy of Sciences, MD-2028, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Deisenhofer, Joachim; Loidl, Alois [Experimental Physics V, University of Augsburg, D-86159 Augsburg (Germany)


    {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer studies of superconducting Rb{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 1.6}Se{sub 2.0} with T{sub c} = 32.4 K were performed on single-crystalline and polycrystalline samples in the temperature range 4.2 K to 295 K. They reveal the presence of 88% magnetic and 12% non-magnetic Fe{sup 2+} species with the same polarization dependence of their hyperfine spectra. The magnetic species are attributed to the 16i sites of the {radical}(5) x {radical}(5) x 1 superstructure and the non-magnetic Fe species to a nano-sized phase observed in recent structural studies of superconducting K{sub x}Fe{sub 2-y}Se{sub 2} systems. The {sup 57}Fe spectrum of a single-crystalline sample in an external field of 50 kOe applied parallel to the crystallographic c-axis confirms the antiferromagnetic order between the fourfold ferromagnetic Fe(16i) supermoments and the absence of a magnetic moment at the Fe sites in the minority phase. Our study provides convincing evidence about the nano-scale phase separation in Rb{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 1.6}Se{sub 2.0}.

  1. Moessbauer study of epitaxial Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al thin films.

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Felser, Claudia [Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg - University, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Herbort, Christian; Jourdan, Martin [Institute of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg - University, 55099 Mainz (Germany)


    Epitaxial thin films of the promising for spintronic applications Heusler half-metallic compound Co{sub 2}Cr{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}Al (CCFA) were investigated using conversion electron Moessssbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) in order to get insight into the structural and magnetic properties. Thin films of 100 nm thickness were deposited by rf magnetron sputtering on MgO substrates without and with 10 nm Fe buffer layer. We discuss a correlation between the annealing temperature and the structural disorder and hyperfine fields on Fe atoms measured by Moessbauer spectroscopy. Samples prepared at the optimum annealing temperature as determined by tunneling magnetoresistance measurements show the optimum degree of order on the Fe sites as determined by CEMS. Additionally, we observed evidence for a diffusion of Cr atoms from the CCFA thin film into the Fe buffer layer and the related diffusion of Fe atoms from the buffer into the CCFA film. Thus the thermal treatment changes the Fe to Cr ratio of the Heusler compound additional to influencing the degree of disorder on the Fe/Cr sites.

  2. Moessbauer and NMR study of Heusler alloy Co{sub 2}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Si

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    Ksenofontov, Vadim; Kandpal, Hem C.; Balke, Benjamin; Felser, Claudia [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz (Germany); Wojcik, Marek [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland)


    The Heusler alloys Co{sub 2}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Si have recently attracted particular interest due to the unique possibility to tune the spin polarization by varying the Mn/Fe fraction. The calculated band structures show the shift of the Fermi energy from the top of the minority valence band for Co{sub 2}MnSi to the bottom of the minority conduction band for Co{sub 2}FeSi upon Fe doping. From computational results it has been predicted that a compound with an intermediate Fe concentration of about 50% should be best suited for spintronic applications. These theoretical findings still require experimental proofs. We report on 57 Fe Moessbauer spectroscopic, {sup 59}Co and {sup 55}Mn NMR studies of hyperfine magnetic fields (HFF) in Co{sub 2}Mn{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}Si (0{<=}x{<=}1). The hyperfine magnetic field on Fe atoms is non-monotonic and shows maximum at x=0.5. We argue that the maximum value of the HFF found on Fe and Co atoms at x=0.5 is due to the existence of maximal spin-polarization in Co{sub 2}Mn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5}Si. Experimentally found HFF values are compared with results following from electronic band structure calculations taking into account electronic correlations (LDA+U).

  3. Heterogeneous mixed valence in YbPd sub 3 S sub 4 : evidence from sup 1 sup 7 sup 0 Yb Moessbauer and x-ray L sub I sub I sub I -edge absorption measurements

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    Bonville, P; Alleno, E; Takahashi, F; Matsuoka, E; Ishikawa, M


    The intermetallic bronze YbPd sub 3 S sub 4 is shown to be a heterogeneous mixed-valence system, by means of sup 1 sup 7 sup 0 Yb Moessbauer spectroscopy and x-ray L sub I sub I sub I -edge absorption and magnetic measurements. Two valence states coexist in this compound: Yb sup 3 sup + and close-to-divalent Yb. The trivalent fraction (about 50%) undergoes a transition to magnetic ordering at about 2 K, with the GAMMA sub 7 doublet as the ground crystal field state. The possibility of charge (or valence) ordering is discussed. (letter to the editor)

  4. Kinetic study of the thermal transformation of limonite to hematite by X-ray diffraction, {mu}-Raman and Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Palacios, P. R., E-mail:; Bustamante, Angel [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Laboratorio de Ceramicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas (Peru); Romero-Gomez, P.; Gonzalez, J. C. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla - CSIC - Univ. Sevilla, Grupo de Investigacion de Superficies, Intercaras y Laminas Delgadas (Spain)


    A kinetic study about the phase limonite (FeO(OH)-nH{sub 2}O) was performed through X-ray diffraction, {mu}-Raman spectroscopy and Moessbauer spectroscopy. The oxide powder sample was extracted from Taraco district, Huancane province of Puno (Peru). X-ray diffraction identified the phase goethite as the main mineralogical component, and then the sample was subjected to in-situ heat treatment in the temperature range: 100 to 500 Degree-Sign C in oxidizing (air) and inert (nitrogen) atmospheres. The goethite phase remains stable in this range: room temperature to 200 Degree-Sign C. Between 200 Degree-Sign C to 250 Degree-Sign C there is a phase transition: {alpha}-Fe{sup 3 + }O(OH) {yields} {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, i.e., from goethite to hematite phase, taking as evidence the evolution of the diffraction profiles. At 200 Degree-Sign C spectra shows the start of broadened magnetic component and it was adjusted through of a magnetic distribution giving a mean field of 38.6T and a relative area of 52.9%, which is a characteristic of goethite. Also, it is noticed the presence of a small amount of hematite with a mean field of 49.0T linked with a superparamagnetic broadened doublet of relative area of 47.1% where the domains of the particles have sizes smaller than 100 A and it is evidence the superparamagnetic limit; i.e., the superparamagnetic effect tends toward a distribution of magnetic fields. Moreover, the Raman spectra of the in-situ thermal treatment, support the transition at 290 Degree-Sign C through the transformation of characteristic bands of goethite to hematite phase at the frequency range from 200 to 1,800 cm{sup - 1}.

  5. Infrared Detectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The end goal of this project is to develop proof-of-concept infrared detectors which can be integrated in future infrared instruments engaged in remote...

  6. Feldspar, Infrared Stimulated Luminescence

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    Jain, Mayank


    This entry primarily concerns the characteristics and the origins of infrared-stimulated luminescence in feldspars.......This entry primarily concerns the characteristics and the origins of infrared-stimulated luminescence in feldspars....

  7. Thermal treatment of the Fe{sub 78} Si{sub 9} B{sub 13} alloy and the analysis of it magnetic properties through Moessbauer spectroscopy and Positronium annihilation; Tratamiento termico de la aleacion Fe{sub 78} Si{sub 9} B{sub 13} y el analisis de sus propiedades magneticas mediante Espectroscopia de Moessbauer y Aniquilacion de positronio

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    Lopez M, A


    The present work is divided in five chapters. In the first one a general vision of the amorphous alloys is given from antecedents, structure, obtaining methods, properties and problems that at the moment, focusing us in a certain moment to the iron base alloys and the anomalous problem of hardness that it presents the alloy Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} like previously mention us. The second chapter tries on the basic theory of the techniques of Moessbauer spectroscopy and Positron Annihilation spectroscopy, used for the characterization of our alloy as well as the complementary technique of X-ray diffraction (XRD) to observe that the amorphous phase was even studying. The third chapter describes the experimental conditions that were used to study the alloy Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} in each one of their thermal treatments. In the fourth chapter the obtained results and their discussion are presented. In the fifth chapter the conclusions to which were arrived after analyzing the results are presented. (Author)

  8. Moessbauer study of the (Ru{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x})Sr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2}O{sub 8-{delta}} system and two of its possible impurities: SrRuO{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}CuO{sub 4}

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    Gomez, R., E-mail:; Marquina, V.; Arevalo, A.; Perez, J. L.; Ridaura, R.; Marquina, M. L. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Facultad de Ciencias (Mexico); Escamilla, R.; Akachi, T. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales (Mexico)


    Moessbauer spectra of a series of samples of the weak ferromagnetic (Ru{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x})Sr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2}O{sub 8-{delta}} system reveal the existence of three dissimilar sites where the Fe atoms can go into the structure. The Moessbauer parameters of the three observed quadrupole doublets, together with the relative population on each site, allow the following site assignment for the iron atoms: Fe{sup 3+} in four-fold planar coordination at Ru sites; Fe{sup 3+} in five-fold pyramidal coordination also at Ru sites and Fe{sup 2+} or Fe{sup 3+} in five-fold coordination at Cu sites. This assignment implies the formation of oxygen-vacancies at the charge reservoir (the RuO{sub 2} planes) that affect the structure and the superconducting and magnetic properties of the undoped system. Moreover, a close correlation between the oxygen content, calculated through the Moessbauer data, and the measured cell volume is established. We also report the Moessbauer spectra of two compounds (SrRu{sub 0.95}Fe{sub 0.05}O{sub 3} and Gd{sub 2}Cu{sub 0.95}Fe{sub 0.05}O{sub 4}) that could be formed as impurities during the synthesis of our samples.

  9. Genetic susceptibility of periodontitis

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    Laine, M.L.; Crielaard, W.; Loos, B.G.


    In this systematic review, we explore and summarize the peer-reviewed literature on putative genetic risk factors for susceptibility to aggressive and chronic periodontitis. A comprehensive literature search on the PubMed database was performed using the keywords ‘periodontitis’ or ‘periodontal

  10. Fourie susceptible.pmd

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    Prof. Adipala Ekwamu

    a number of cultivars exhibited field resistance to halo blight and bacterial brown spot, all cultivars were more or less susceptible to .... Cerillos. Alubia. I. 91. 57. Kranskop. Red speckled sugar. II. 97. 63. OPS-RS1. Red speckled sugar. II. 96. 63. OPS-RS2. Red speckled sugar. I. 100. 61. OPS-RS3. Red speckled sugar. II. 97.

  11. Genetic Susceptibility to Atherosclerosis

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    Sanja Kovacic


    Full Text Available Atherosclerosis is a complex multifocal arterial disease involving interactions of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Advances in techniques of molecular genetics have revealed that genetic ground significantly influences susceptibility to atherosclerotic vascular diseases. Besides further investigations of monogenetic diseases, candidate genes, genetic polymorphisms, and susceptibility loci associated with atherosclerotic diseases have been identified in recent years, and their number is rapidly increasing. This paper discusses main genetic investigations fields associated with human atherosclerotic vascular diseases. The paper concludes with a discussion of the directions and implications of future genetic research in arteriosclerosis with an emphasis on prospective prediction from an early age of individuals who are predisposed to develop premature atherosclerosis as well as to facilitate the discovery of novel drug targets.

  12. Marijuana Usage and Hypnotic Susceptibility (United States)

    Franzini, Louis R.; McDonald, Roy D.


    Anonymous self-reported drug usage data and hypnotic susceptibility scores were obtained from 282 college students. Frequent marijuana users (more than 10 times) showed greater susceptibility to hypnosis than nonusers. (Author)

  13. Synthesis, magnetic properties and Moessbauer spectroscopy for the pyrochlore family Bi{sub 2}BB Prime O{sub 7} with B=Cr and Fe and B Prime =Nb, Ta and Sb

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    Blanco, Maria C. [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina); Franco, Diego G. [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina); Centro Atomico Bariloche - CNEA, Av. E. Bustillo 9500, S.C. de Bariloche (8500), R.N. (Argentina); Jalit, Yamile; Pannunzio Miner, Elisa V. [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina); Berndt, Graciele; Paesano, Andrea [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Parana (Brazil); Nieva, Gladys [Centro Atomico Bariloche - CNEA, Av. E. Bustillo 9500, S.C. de Bariloche (8500), R.N. (Argentina); Carbonio, Raul E., E-mail: [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina)


    The samples Bi{sub 2}BB Prime O{sub 7}, with B=Cr and Fe and B Prime =Nb, Ta and Sb were prepared by solid state method. The crystallographic structure was investigated on the basis of X-ray powder diffraction data. Rietveld refinements show that the crystal structure is cubic, space group Fd-3m. The Bi{sup 3+} cation on the eight-coordinate pyrochlore A-site shows displacive disorder, as a consequence of its lone pair electron configuration. There is also a considerable A-site disorder shown by Rietveld Analysis and confirmed in the case of the iron containing samples with Moessbauer spectroscopy. The magnetic measurements show paramagnetic behavior at all temperatures for the Cr oxides. The Fe pyrochlores show antiferromagnetic order around 10 K.

  14. Magnetic susceptibilities of minerals (United States)

    Rosenblum, Sam; Brownfield, I.K.


    Magnetic separation of minerals is a topic that is seldom reported in the literature for two reasons. First, separation data generally are byproducts of other projects; and second, this study requires a large amount of patience and is unusually tedious. Indeed, we suspect that most minerals probably are never investigated for this property. These data are timesaving for mineralogists who concentrate mono-mineralic fractions for chemical analysis, age dating, and for other purposes. The data can certainly be used in the ore-beneficiation industries. In some instances, magnetic-susceptibility data may help in mineral identification, where other information is insufficient. In past studies of magnetic separation of minerals, (Gaudin and Spedden, 1943; Tille and Kirkpatrick, 1956; Rosenblum, 1958; Rubinstein and others, 1958; Flinter, 1959; Hess, 1959; Baker, 1962; Meric and Peyre, 1963; Rojas and others, 1965; and Duchesne, 1966), the emphasis has been on the ferromagnetic and paramagnetic ranges of extraction. For readers interested in the history of magnetic separation of minerals, Krumbein and Pettijohn (1938, p. 344-346) indicated nine references back to 1848. The primary purpose of this paper is to report the magnetic-susceptibility data on as many minerals as possible, similar to tables of hardness, specific gravity, refractive indices, and other basic physical properties of minerals. A secondary purpose is to demonstrate that the total and best extraction ranges are influenced by the chemistry of the minerals. The following notes are offered to help avoid problems in separating a desired mineral concentrate from mixtures of mineral grains.

  15. Alcohol increases hypnotic susceptibility. (United States)

    Semmens-Wheeler, Rebecca; Dienes, Zoltán; Duka, Theodora


    One approach to hypnosis suggests that for hypnotic experience to occur frontal lobe activity must be attenuated. For example, cold control theory posits that a lack of awareness of intentions is responsible for the experience of involuntariness and/or the subjective reality of hypnotic suggestions. The mid-dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex and the ACC are candidate regions for such awareness. Alcohol impairs frontal lobe executive function. This study examined whether alcohol affects hypnotisability. We administered 0.8 mg/kg of alcohol or a placebo to 32 medium susceptible participants. They were subsequently hypnotised and given hypnotic suggestions. All participants believed they had received some alcohol. Participants in the alcohol condition were more susceptible to hypnotic suggestions than participants in the placebo condition. Impaired frontal lobe activity facilitates hypnotic responding, which supports theories postulating that attenuation of executive function facilitates hypnotic response, and contradicts theories postulating that hypnotic response involves enhanced inhibitory, attentional or other executive function. Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  16. Infrared signature studies of aerospace vehicles (United States)

    Mahulikar, Shripad P.; Sonawane, Hemant R.; Arvind Rao, G.


    Infrared (IR) emissions from aircraft are used to detect, track, and lock-on to the target. MAN Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) have emerged as a major cause of aircraft and helicopter loss. Therefore, IR signature studies are important to counter this threat for survivability enhancement, and are an important aspect of stealth technology. This paper reviews contemporary developments in this discipline, with particular emphasis on IR signature prediction from aerospace vehicles. The role of atmosphere in IR signature analysis, and relation between IR signature level and target susceptibility are illustrated. Also, IR signature suppression systems and countermeasure techniques are discussed, to highlight their effectiveness and implications in terms of penalties.

  17. Graphene susceptibility in Holstein model

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    Mousavi, Hamze, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nano Science and Nano Technology Research Center, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    We study the effects of the electron-phonon interaction on the temperature dependence of the orbital magnetic susceptibility of monolayer graphene. We use the linear response theory and Green's function formalism within the Holstein Hamiltonian model. The results show that the effects of the electron-phonon interaction on the susceptibility of graphene sheet have different behaviors in two temperature regions. In the low temperature region, susceptibility increases when the electron-phonon coupling strength increases. On the other hand, the susceptibility reduces with increasing the electron-phonon coupling strength in the high temperature region. - Highlights: Effect of electron-phonon interaction on the susceptibility of graphene is studied. Linear response theory and Green's function technique in Holstein model are used. Effect of electron-phonon on susceptibility has different behaviors in two temperature regions.

  18. Topological susceptibility from slabs

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    Bietenholz, Wolfgang [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, A.P. 70-543, Distrito Federal, C.P. 04510 (Mexico); Forcrand, Philippe de [Institute for Theoretical Physics, ETH Zürich,CH-8093 Zürich (Switzerland); CERN, Physics Department, TH Unit, CH-1211 Geneva 23 (Switzerland); Gerber, Urs [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, A.P. 70-543, Distrito Federal, C.P. 04510 (Mexico); Instituto de Física y Matemáticas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo,Edificio C-3, Apdo. Postal 2-82, Morelia, Michoacán, C.P. 58040 (Mexico)


    In quantum field theories with topological sectors, a non-perturbative quantity of interest is the topological susceptibility χ{sub t}. In principle it seems straightforward to measure χ{sub t} by means of Monte Carlo simulations. However, for local update algorithms and fine lattice spacings, this tends to be difficult, since the Monte Carlo history rarely changes the topological sector. Here we test a method to measure χ{sub t} even if data from only one sector are available. It is based on the topological charges in sub-volumes, which we denote as slabs. Assuming a Gaussian distribution of these charges, this method enables the evaluation of χ{sub t}, as we demonstrate with numerical results for non-linear σ-models.

  19. Topological Susceptibility from Slabs

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    Bietenholz, Wolfgang; Gerber, Urs


    In quantum field theories with topological sectors, a non-perturbative quantity of interest is the topological susceptibility chi_t. In principle it seems straightforward to measure chi_t by means of Monte Carlo simulations. However, for local update algorithms and fine lattice spacings, this tends to be difficult, since the Monte Carlo history rarely changes the topological sector. Here we test a method to measure chi_t even if data from only one sector are available. It is based on the topological charges in sub-volumes, which we denote as slabs. Assuming a Gaussian distribution of these charges, this method enables the evaluation of chi_t, as we demonstrate with numerical results for non-linear sigma-models.

  20. Magnetic susceptibilities and anisotropy studies of holmium pyrogermanate (Ho{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}O{sub 7}) crystal

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    Jana, S.; Ghosh, D. [Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Calcutta (India). Dept. of Solid State Physics; Wanklyn, B.M. [Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom)


    Experimental results of the magnetic susceptibilities (K {sub parallel}, K {sub perpendicular} {sub to}) and the anisotropy (K {sub perpendicular} {sub to} -K {sub parallel} ={Delta}K) of a single crystal of holmium pyrogermanate between 300 and 27 K are reported for the first time. At 300 K, {Delta}K is 4835 x 10{sup -6} emu/mol (being 10% of the mean susceptibility anti K) but at 27 K it increases by 144 times, becoming 88% of anti K. Crystal field (CF) analysis of the results was made considering D{sub 5h} site symmetry. The observed data were best fitted with CF parameters B{sub 20}=-150; B{sub 20}=300; B{sub 60}=-400; B{sub 65}=1500 (all in cm{sup -1}). Using the ground CF energy pattern, Schottky specific heat and the hyperfine splittings of the ground and first nuclear levels of {sup 165}Ho in the pyrogermanate host were calculated. The values of quadrupolar splittings of ground and first nuclear states were found to be 28.15 x 10{sup -4} and 33.42 x 10{sup -4} cm{sup -1}, respectively at 1 K. Moessbauer spectra are expected to show 12 transition lines. (orig.) 40 refs.

  1. Infrared Solar Physics

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    Matthew J. Penn


    Full Text Available The infrared solar spectrum contains a wealth of physical data about our Sun, and is explored using modern detectors and technology with new ground-based solar telescopes. The scientific motivation behind exploring these wavelengths is presented, along with a brief look at the rich history of observations here. Several avenues of solar physics research exploiting and benefiting from observations at infrared wavelengths from roughly 1000 nm to 12 400 nm are discussed, and the instrument and detector technology driving this research is briefly summarized. Finally, goals for future work at infrared wavelengths are presented in conjunction with ground and space-based observations.

  2. Triangular Zn{sub 3} and Ga{sub 3} units in Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Zn{sub 3}, Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Zn{sub 3}, Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Ga{sub 3}, and Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Ga{sub 3}. Structure, magnetism, {sup 151}Eu Moessbauer and {sup 69;71}Ga solid state NMR spectroscopy

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    Gerke, Birgit; Niehaus, Oliver; Poettgen, Rainer [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Korthaus, Alexander; Haarmann, Frank [RWTH Aachen Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische Chemie


    The gold-rich intermetallic compounds Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Zn{sub 3}, Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Zn{sub 3}, Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Ga{sub 3}, and Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Ga{sub 3} were synthesized from the elements in sealed tantalum ampoules in induction or muffle furnaces. The europium compounds are reported for the first time and their structures were refined from single crystal X-ray diffractometer data: Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} type, R anti 3c, a = 837.7(1), c = 2184.5(4) pm, wR2 = 0.0293, 572 F{sup 2} values for Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6.04}Zn{sub 2.96} and a = 838.1(2), c = 2191.7(5) pm, wR2 = 0.0443, 513 F{sup 2} values for Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6.07}Ga{sub 2.93} with 20 variables per refinement. The structures consist of a three-dimensional gold network with a 6R stacking sequence, similar to the respective diamond polytype. The cavities of the network are filled in a ratio of 2:1 by strontium (europium) atoms and Ga{sub 3} (Zn{sub 3}) triangles in an ordered manner. Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} and Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Ga{sub 3} are diamagnetic with room temperature susceptibilities of -3.5 x 10{sup -4} emu mol{sup -1}. Temperature dependent susceptibility and {sup 151}Eu Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements show a stable divalent ground state for both europium compounds. Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} and Eu{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Ga{sub 3} order antiferromagnetically below Neel temperatures of 16.3 and 12.1 K, respectively. Anisotropic electrical conductivity of Sr{sub 2}Au{sub 6}Ga{sub 3} is proven by an alignment of the crystallites in the magnetic field. Orientation-dependent {sup 69;71}Ga NMR experiments combined with quantum mechanical calculations (QM) give evidence for a highly anisotropic charge distribution of the Ga atoms.

  3. Infrared Sky Surveys (United States)

    Price, Stephan D.


    A retrospective is given on infrared sky surveys from Thomas Edison’s proposal in the late 1870s to IRAS, the first sensitive mid- to far-infrared all-sky survey, and the mid-1990s experiments that filled in the IRAS deficiencies. The emerging technology for space-based surveys is highlighted, as is the prominent role the US Defense Department, particularly the Air Force, played in developing and applying detector and cryogenic sensor advances to early mid-infrared probe-rocket and satellite-based surveys. This technology was transitioned to the infrared astronomical community in relatively short order and was essential to the success of IRAS, COBE and ISO. Mention is made of several of the little known early observational programs that were superseded by more successful efforts.

  4. Additive Manufacturing Infrared Inspection (United States)

    Gaddy, Darrell; Nettles, Mindy


    The Additive Manufacturing Infrared Inspection Task started the development of a real-time dimensional inspection technique and digital quality record for the additive manufacturing process using infrared camera imaging and processing techniques. This project will benefit additive manufacturing by providing real-time inspection of internal geometry that is not currently possible and reduce the time and cost of additive manufactured parts with automated real-time dimensional inspections which deletes post-production inspections.

  5. Infrared Fiber Optic Sensors (United States)


    Successive years of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts from Langley Research Center to Sensiv Inc., a joint venture between Foster-Miller Inc. and Isorad, Ltd., assisted in the creation of remote fiber optic sensing systems. NASA's SBIR interest in infrared, fiber optic sensor technology was geared to monitoring the curing cycles of advanced composite materials. These funds helped in the fabrication of an infrared, fiber optic sensor to track the molecular vibrational characteristics of a composite part while it is being cured. Foster-Miller ingenuity allowed infrared transmitting optical fibers to combine with Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy to enable remote sensing. Sensiv probes operate in the mid-infrared range of the spectrum, although modifications to the instrument also permits its use in the near-infrared region. The Sensiv needle-probe is built to be placed in a liquid or powder and analyze the chemicals in the mixture. Other applications of the probe system include food processing control; combustion control in furnaces; and maintenance problem solving.

  6. Microwave susceptibility experiments

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    McConaghy, C.


    In certain experimental environments, systems can be affected or damaged by microwave pulses. I have conducted tests at LLNL to understand the phenomenology of microwave susceptibility of system components and subsystem components. To date, my experiments have concentrated on bipolar transistors, similar to what might be used in discrete analog circuits, and on CMOS RAM chips, which might be used in a computer memory system. I observed a decrease in failure energies for both the transistor and the integrated curcuit as I shortened the microwave pulse width. An S band (2.86 GHz) transmit/receive (T/R) tube has also been tested both at S band and at X band (8.16 GHz). The S band pulse had limitations in rise-time from zero power, which had an effect on the amount of power that could be transmitted through the T/R tube, as much as 0.7% of the incident power passed through the tube. All tests were conducted in closed-waveguide or coax test-fixtures, in contrast to the anechoic chambers utilized by other experimenters. I have used both S band and X band Klystron generators. For very high power (greater than 1 MW), I used an additional pulse-compression cavity at S band. Other subsystem components such as an X band mixer and an X band T/R tube will be tested in the future. 8 references.

  7. [Antimicrobial susceptibility cumulative reports]. (United States)

    Canut-Blasco, Andrés; Calvo, Jorge; Rodríguez-Díaz, Juan Carlos; Martínez-Martínez, Luis


    Cumulative reports on antimicrobial susceptibility tests data are important for selecting empirical treatments, as an educational tool in programs on antimicrobial use, and for establishing breakpoints defining clinical categories. These reports should be based on data validated by clinical microbiologists using diagnostic samples (not surveillance samples). In order to avoid a bias derived from including several isolates obtained from the same patient, it is recommended that, for a defined period, only the first isolate is counted. A minimal number of isolates per species should be presented: a figure of >=30 isolates is statistically acceptable. The report is usually presented in a table format where, for each cell, information on clinically relevant microorganisms-antimicrobial agents is presented. Depending on particular needs, multiple tables showing data related to patients, samples, services or special pathogens can be prepared. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. All rights reserved.

  8. Definition of topological susceptibility via lattice anomalous Ward identities and its perturbative tail

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    Bochicchio, M.


    The lattice definition of topological charge density suggested by the U(1)A anomalous Ward identity is considered. It is proved that the associated topological susceptibility has no perturbative tail in the chiral limit (zero renormalized quark mass) by studying the infrared properties of perturbative lattice QCD.

  9. On the definition of topological susceptibility via lattice-anomalous ward identities and its perturbative tail

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    Bochicchio, M.


    We consider the lattice definition of the topological charge density suggested by the U(1)sub(A) anomalous Ward identity. We prove that the associated topological susceptibility has no perturbative tail in the ''chiral limit'' (zero renormalized quark mass) by studying the infrared properties of perturbative lattice QCD.

  10. Infrared source test

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    Ott, L.


    The purpose of the Infrared Source Test (IRST) is to demonstrate the ability to track a ground target with an infrared sensor from an airplane. The system is being developed within the Advance Technology Program`s Theater Missile Defense/Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) section. The IRST payload consists of an Amber Radiance 1 infrared camera system, a computer, a gimbaled mirror, and a hard disk. The processor is a custom R3000 CPU board made by Risq Modular Systems, Inc. for LLNL. The board has ethernet, SCSI, parallel I/O, and serial ports, a DMA channel, a video (frame buffer) interface, and eight MBytes of main memory. The real-time operating system VxWorks has been ported to the processor. The application code is written in C on a host SUN 4 UNIX workstation. The IRST is the result of a combined effort by physicists, electrical and mechanical engineers, and computer scientists.

  11. Variable waveband infrared imager (United States)

    Hunter, Scott R.


    A waveband imager includes an imaging pixel that utilizes photon tunneling with a thermally actuated bimorph structure to convert infrared radiation to visible radiation. Infrared radiation passes through a transparent substrate and is absorbed by a bimorph structure formed with a pixel plate. The absorption generates heat which deflects the bimorph structure and pixel plate towards the substrate and into an evanescent electric field generated by light propagating through the substrate. Penetration of the bimorph structure and pixel plate into the evanescent electric field allows a portion of the visible wavelengths propagating through the substrate to tunnel through the substrate, bimorph structure, and/or pixel plate as visible radiation that is proportional to the intensity of the incident infrared radiation. This converted visible radiation may be superimposed over visible wavelengths passed through the imaging pixel.

  12. Infrared drying of strawberry. (United States)

    Adak, Nafiye; Heybeli, Nursel; Ertekin, Can


    The effects of different drying conditions, such as infrared power, drying air temperature and velocity, on quality of strawberry were evaluated. Drying time decreased with increased infrared power, air temperature and velocity. An increase in power from 100W to 300W, temperature from 60 to 80°C and velocity from 1.0m.s(-1) to 2.0m.s(-1) decreased fruit color quality index. For total phenol and anthocyanin content, 300W, 60°C, and 1.0m.s(-1) were superior to the other experimental conditions. The drying processes increased N, P and K and decreased Ca, Mg, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu contents. The optimal conditions to preserve nutrients in infrared drying of strawberry were 200W, 100°C and 1.5m.s(-1). Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. [Antimicrobial susceptibility in Chile 2012]. (United States)

    Cifuentes-D, Marcela; Silva, Francisco; García, Patricia; Bello, Helia; Briceño, Isabel; Calvo-A, Mario; Labarca, Jaime


    Bacteria antimicrobial resistance is an uncontrolled public health problem that progressively increases its magnitude and complexity. The Grupo Colaborativo de Resistencia, formed by a join of experts that represent 39 Chilean health institutions has been concerned with bacteria antimicrobial susceptibility in our country since 2008. In this document we present in vitro bacterial susceptibility accumulated during year 2012 belonging to 28 national health institutions that represent about 36% of hospital discharges in Chile. We consider of major importance to report periodically bacteria susceptibility so to keep the medical community updated to achieve target the empirical antimicrobial therapies and the control measures and prevention of the dissemination of multiresistant strains.


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    isolates vere made using standard methods, Antibiotic susceptibility tests against commonly prescribed ... Acute otitis media is rapid with short .... sensitivity tests. Antimicrobial susceptibility tests: The antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of major Gram positive and negative bacterial isolates obtained from clinical specimens.

  15. Hypnotic susceptibility and dream characteristics. (United States)

    Zamore, N; Barrett, D


    This study examined the relationship of hypnotic susceptibility to a variety of dream characteristics and types of dream content. A Dream Questionnaire was constructed synthesizing Gibson's dream inventory and Hilgard's theoretical conceptions of hypnosis. Employing the Harvard Group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility and the Field Inventory for evaluating hypnotic response, several dream dimensions correlated significantly with hypnotizability. For subjects as a whole, the strongest correlates were the frequency of dreams which they believed to be precognitive and out-of-body dreams. Ability to dream on a chosen topic also correlated significantly with hypnotic susceptibility for both genders. For females only, there was a negative correlation of hypnotic susceptibility to flying dreams. Absorption correlated positively with dream recall, ability to dream on a chosen topic, reports of conflict resolution in dreams, creative ideas occurring in dreams, amount of color in dreams, pleasantness of dreams, bizarreness of dreams, flying dreams and precognitive dreams.

  16. Ancestral susceptibility to colorectal cancer

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    Huhn, S.; Pardini, Barbara; Naccarati, Alessio; Vodička, Pavel (ed.); Hemminki, K.; Försti, A.


    Roč. 27, č. 2 (2012), s. 197-204 ISSN 0267-8357 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA310/07/1430; GA ČR GAP304/10/1286 Grant - others:EU FP7(XE) HEALTH-F4-2007-200767 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50390512 Keywords : cancer susceptibility * molecular epidemiology * genetic susceptibility Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 3.500, year: 2012

  17. Compression of Infrared images

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    Mantel, Claire; Forchhammer, Søren


    This paper investigates the compression of infrared images with three codecs: JPEG2000, JPEG-XT and HEVC. Results are evaluated in terms of SNR, Mean Relative Squared Error (MRSE) and the HDR-VDP2 quality metric. JPEG2000 and HEVC perform fairy similar and better than JPEG-XT. JPEG2000 performs...

  18. Infrared Celestial Backgrounds Studies (United States)

    Walker, Russell G.; Cohen, Martin


    The purpose of this program was to extend and improve the present capability to predict celestial phenomenology pertinent to the design and successful operation of space based surveillance systems using the ultraviolet, optical, and infrared spectral regions. We pursued this goal through analysis and application of existing datasets and, in particular, by analysis of new satellite measurements that became available during the course of the project. Our work was concentrated in four major areas: (1) extension of an existing analytical model of the infrared point source sky (SKY), (2) development of a set of absolutely calibrated spectral stellar irradiance standards for the infrared, (3) analysis of new celestial data obtained by satellite, and (4) support of the infrared celestial measurements taken by the Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX) satellite. Volume 1 summarizes the work performed under the contract, and includes reprints of the major papers published during the contractual period. Volume 2 presents the final release of an all sky network of 422 stars with absolutely calibrated stellar spectra in the 1.2 to 35 um region. Volume 2 also contains reprints of the complete series of published papers documenting the spectral calibration process and assumptions.

  19. Decoherence and infrared divergence

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    Abstract. The dynamics of a particle which is linearly coupled to a boson field is investigated. The boson field induces superselection rules for the momentum of the particle, if the field is infrared divergent. Thereby the Hamiltonian of the total system remains bounded from below.

  20. Infrared upconversion hyperspectral imaging

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    Kehlet, Louis Martinus; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin


    conversion process. From this, a sequence of monochromatic images in the 3.2-3.4 mu m range is generated. The imaged object consists of a standard United States Air Force resolution target combined with a polystyrene film, resulting in the presence of both spatial and spectral information in the infrared...

  1. Aging effect in CaLaBa{l_brace}Cu{sub 1 - x}Fe{sub x}{r_brace}{sub 3}O{sub 7 - {delta}} with 0 {<=} x {<=} 0.07 studied by Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Bustamante, Angel, E-mail: [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Laboratorio de Ceramicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas (Peru); Santos Valladares, Luis De Los, E-mail: [University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory (United Kingdom); Flores, Jesus [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Laboratorio de Ceramicos y Nanomateriales, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas (Peru); Barnes, Crispin H. W. [University of Cambridge, Cavendish Laboratory (United Kingdom); Majima, Yutaka [Tokyo Institute of Technology, Materials and Structures Laboratory (Japan)


    In this work, we study the long-term aging effect caused by Fe atoms in the superconductor CaLaBa{l_brace}Cu{sub 1 - x}Fe{sub x}{r_brace}{sub 3}O{sub 7 - {delta}} with 0 {<=} x {<=} 0.07. XRD confirms that this system has a YBCO-like structure. The critical temperature (T{sub c}) is strongly affected by aging and depends on the amount of Fe in the structure. Room temperature Moessbauer spectroscopy reveals the presence of the typical species A, B-B Prime , C and new species E Prime and F. Interestingly; A, which corresponds to the Fe{sup 3 + } atom located in the Cu(1) of the chains with spin S{sub z} = 3/2, shows a drastic reduction which means migration to the species B, B Prime and C. Species B and B Prime correspond to the Fe{sup 3 + } in the Cu(2) site forming planar quasi-octahedral and planar square pyramidal, while the C specie is a square pyramidal with O(5) respectively (spin S{sub z} = 3/2 in all these cases). Aging causes loss of superconductivity in the samples with 5 and 7% of iron content.

  2. Mineralogy of the clay fraction of soils from the moray cusco archaeological site: a study by energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffractometry and Moessbauer spectroscopy

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    Ceron Loayza, Maria L., E-mail:; Bravo Cabrejos, Jorge A.; Mejia Santillan, Mirian E. [Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Laboratorio de Analisis de Suelos, Laboratorio de Espectroscopia Moessbauer, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas (Peru)


    The purpose of this work is to report the advances in the elemental and structural characterization of the clay fraction of soils from the terraces of the Moray Archaeological site, located 38 km north of the city of Cusco, Cusco Region. One sample was collected from each of the twelve terraces of this site and its clay fraction was separated by sedimentation. Previously the pH of the raw samples was measured resulting that all of the samples were from alkaline to strongly alkaline. Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) was used for the elemental characterization, and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy (TMS), using the {gamma} 14.4 keV nuclear resonance transition in {sup 57}Fe, were used for the structural characterization of the clays and clay minerals present in each sample. The EDXRF analyses of all the samples show the presence of relatively high concentrations of sulfur in some of the samples and relatively high concentrations of calcium in all of the samples, which may be related to the high alkalinity of the samples. By XRD it is observed the presence of quartz, calcite, gypsum, cronstedtite, 2:1 phyllosilicates, and iron oxides. The mineralogical analysis of Fe by TMS shows that it is present in the form of hematite and occupying Fe{sup 2 + } and Fe{sup 3 + } sites in phyllosilicates, cronstedtite, and other minerals not yet identified.

  3. Moessbauer spectroscopy study of the synthesis of SnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} by high energy ball milling (HEBM) of SnO and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Uwakweh, Oswald N C; Perez Moyet, Richard [Department of Engineering Science and Material, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagueez (Puerto Rico); Mas, Rita; Morales, Carolyn [Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagueez (Puerto Rico); Vargas, Pedro; Silva, Josue; Rossa, Angel [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagueez (Puerto Rico); Lopez, Neshma, E-mail: uwakweh@ece.uprm.ed [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagueez (Puerto Rico)


    The formation of single phase nanoparticles of spinel structured ferrite, SnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, by mechanochemical syntheses using HEBM of stoichiometric amounts of solid SnO and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} with acetone as surfactant was achieved progressively as function of ball milling time. Single phase SnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} formation commenced from five hours of continuous ball milling, and reached completion after 22 hours, thereby yielding a material with a lattice parameter of 8.543 A, and particle size of 10.91 nm. The coercivity was 4.44 mT, magnetic saturation value of 17.75 Am{sup 2}/kg, and remanent magnetizations of 1.50 Am{sup 2}/kg, correspondingly. The nanosized particles exhibited superparamagnetic behavior phenomenon based on Moessbauer spectroscopy measurements. The kinetic analyses based on the modified Kissinger method yielded four characteristic stages during the thermal evolution of the 22 hours milled state with activation energies of 0.23 kJ/mol, 2.52 kJ/mol, 0.024 kJ/mol, and 1.57 kJ/mol respectively.

  4. Infrared up-conversion telescope

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    There is presented to an up-conversion infrared telescope (110) arranged for imaging an associated scene (130), wherein the up-conversion infrared telescope (110) comprises a non-linear crystal (120) arranged for up-conversion of infrared electromagnetic radiation, and wherein a first optical...

  5. Infrared up-conversion microscope

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    There is presented an up-conversion infrared microscope (110) arranged for imaging an associated object (130), wherein the up-conversion infrared microscope (110) comprises a non-linear crystal (120) arranged for up-conversion of infrared electromagnetic radiation, and wherein an objective optical...

  6. Bringing the infrared to light

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    Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Pedersen, Christian

    Infrared imaging is usually done by use of infrared cameras. We present an effective alternative approach where infrared light is converted to near visible light in a non-linear process, and then detected by low cost, high performance camera. The approach is generic and can be applied towards many...

  7. Susceptibility Genes in Thyroid Autoimmunity

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    Yoshiyuki Ban


    Full Text Available The autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD are complex diseases which are caused by an interaction between susceptibility genes and environmental triggers. Genetic susceptibility in combination with external factors (e.g. dietary iodine is believed to initiate the autoimmune response to thyroid antigens. Abundant epidemiological data, including family and twin studies, point to a strong genetic influence on the development of AITD. Various techniques have been employed to identify the genes contributing to the etiology of AITD, including candidate gene analysis and whole genome screening. These studies have enabled the identification of several loci (genetic regions that are linked with AITD, and in some of these loci, putative AITD susceptibility genes have been identified. Some of these genes/loci are unique to Graves' disease (GD and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT and some are common to both the diseases, indicating that there is a shared genetic susceptibility to GD and HT. The putative GD and HT susceptibility genes include both immune modifying genes (e.g. HLA, CTLA-4 and thyroid specific genes (e.g. TSHR, Tg. Most likely, these loci interact and their interactions may influence disease phenotype and severity.

  8. Study of optical absorption spectra and magnetic susceptibilities of Tm{sup 3+}-pyrogermanate (Tm{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}O{sub 7})

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    Das, K.; Jana, S.; Ghosh, D. [Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Calcutta (India). Dept. of Solid State Physics; Wanklyn, B.M. [Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Oxford (United Kingdom)


    The optical absorption spectra of thulium pyrogermanate (Tm{sub 2}Ge{sub 2}O{sub 7}) or TmPG crystal were recorded in the region between 14000 and 28000 cm{sup -1} at temperatures 10 and 80 K. Among the observed spectral lines, 21 transitions from the ground {sup 3}H{sub 6} to the excited {sup 3}F{sub 3,2}, {sup 1}D{sub 2} and {sup 1}G{sub 4} multiplets have been identified using crystal field (CF) analysis. Magnetic susceptibilities and their anisotropies were remeasured between 300 and 23 K and the sign of the latter was correctly determined. The absorption spectra were analysed by diagonalising a total Hamiltonian describing the free ion and CF together in the 91 vertical stroke SLJM{sub J} right angle intermediately coupled basis states spanning the entire 4f{sup 12} configuration of Tm{sup 3+}. The magnetic and Moessbauer spectral results were used as additional experimental data for selecting possible ranges of the values of the CF parameters. The spectra did not indicate C{sub 1} symmetry of the crystal field (CF), as proposed from the MS studies of TmPG, but showed higher symmetry as had been earlier suggested by Wardzynska and others from spectral studies of the isomorphous crystals ErPG and DyPG. (orig.) 46 refs.

  9. Memory and the infrared (United States)

    Gomez, Cesar; Letschka, Raoul


    Memory effects in scattering processes are described in terms of the asymptotic retarded fields. These fields are completely determined by the scattering data and the zero mode part is set by the soft photon theorem. The dressed asymptotic states defining an infrared finite S-matrix for charged particles can be defined as quantum coherent states using the corpuscular resolution of the asymptotic retarded fields. Imposing that the net radiated energy in the scattering is zero leads to the new set of conservation laws for the scattering S-matrix which are equivalent to the decoupling of the soft modes. The actual observability of the memory requires a non-vanishing radiated energy and could be described using the infrared part of the differential cross section that only depends on the scattering data and the radiated energy. This is the IR safe cross section with any number of emitted photons carrying total energy equal to the energy involved in the actual memory detection.

  10. The VISTA infrared camera (United States)

    Dalton, G. B.; Caldwell, M.; Ward, A. K.; Whalley, M. S.; Woodhouse, G.; Edeson, R. L.; Clark, P.; Beard, S. M.; Gallie, A. M.; Todd, S. P.; Strachan, J. M. D.; Bezawada, N. N.; Sutherland, W. J.; Emerson, J. P.


    We describe the integration and test phase of the construction of the VISTA Infrared Camera, a 64 Megapixel, 1.65 degree field of view 0.9-2.4 micron camera which will soon be operating at the cassegrain focus of the 4m VISTA telescope. The camera incorporates sixteen IR detectors and six CCD detectors which are used to provide autoguiding and wavefront sensing information to the VISTA telescope control system.

  11. Infrared Semiconductor Metamaterials (United States)


    AFRL-AFOSR-VA-TR-2016-0310 Infrared Semiconductor Metamaterials Jon Schuller UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA 3227 CHEADLE HL SANTA BARBARA, CA...S) AND ADDRESS(ES) University of California , Santa Barbara Office of Research, 3227 Cheadle Hall Santa Barbara, CA 93106-2050 8. PERFORMING...Using Heterojunction Resonators. Advanced Optical Materials, available online (2016). New discoveries, inventions, or patent disclosures: Do you have

  12. Integrated infrared array technology (United States)

    Goebel, J. H.; Mccreight, C. R.


    An overview of integrated infrared (IR) array technology is presented. Although the array pixel formats are smaller, and the readout noise of IR arrays is larger than the corresponding values achieved with optical charge-coupled-device silicon technology, substantial progress is being made in IR technology. Both existing IR arrays and those being developed are described. Examples of astronomical images are given which illustrate the potential of integrated IR arrays for scientific investigations.

  13. Infrared diode lasers (United States)

    Lo, Wayne


    This paper reviews the development of infrared diode lasers for automobile exhaust gas analysis and high resolution spectroscopy at the General Motors Research Laboratories. Advances in lead-salt crystal growth technology and laser fabrication techniques to achieve high temperature operation and wide frequency tuning range will be discussed. Recent developments in improving the long-term reliability of the laser will also be reviewed.

  14. Ultrafast infrared vibrational spectroscopy

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    Fayer, Michael D


    The past ten years or so have seen the introduction of multidimensional methods into infrared and optical spectroscopy. The technology of multidimensional spectroscopy is developing rapidly and its applications are spreading to biology and materials science. Edited by a recognized leader in the field and with contributions from top researchers, including experimentalists and theoreticians, this book presents the latest research methods and results and will serve as an excellent resource for other researchers.

  15. Inherited susceptibility and radiation exposure

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    Little, J.B. [Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (United States)


    There is continuing concern that some people in the general population may have genetic makeups that place them at particularly high risk for radiation-induced cancer. The existence of such a susceptible subpopulation would have obvious implications for the estimation of risks of radiation exposure. Although it has been long known that familial aggregations of cancer do sometimes occur, recent evidence suggests that a general genetic predisposition to cancer does not exist; most cancers occur sporadically. On the other hand, nearly 10% of the known Mendelian genetic disorders are associated with cancer. A number of these involve a familial predisposition to cancer, and some are characterized by an enhanced susceptibility to the induction of cancer by various physical and chemical carcinogens, including ionizing radiation. Such increased susceptibility will depend on several factors including the frequency of the susceptibility gene in the population and its penetrance, the strength of the predisposition, and the degree to which the cancer incidence in susceptible individuals may be increased by the carcinogen. It is now known that these cancer-predisposing genes may be responsible not only for rare familial cancer syndromes, but also for a proportion of the common cancers. Although the currently known disorders can account for only a small fraction of all cancers, they serve as models for genetic predisposition to carcinogen-induced cancer in the general population. In the present report, the author describes current knowledge of those specific disorders that are associated with an enhanced predisposition to radiation-induced cancer, and discusses how this knowledge may bear on the susceptibility to radiation-induced cancer in the general population and estimates of the risk of radiation exposure.

  16. pitting corrosion susceptibility pitting corrosion susceptibility of aisi ...

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    Abstract. The susceptibility of austenitic (AISI 301) stainless steel to pitting corrosion was evaluated in sodium chloride. (NaCl) solutions ... AISI 301 steel suffers from pitting corrosion in all the investigated solutions. AISI 301 steel suffers from ..... [1] Ijeomah, M.N.C. Elements of Corrosion and Protection. Theory, Auto Century ...

  17. Magnetic Susceptability Measurements in Superconductors (United States)

    Kim, Jason; Mallory, Kendall; Seim, Ryan


    A new undergraduate research facility in magnetic susceptability measurements on superconductors is being developed at the University of Northern Colorado. Initial data measurements of the magnetic susceptability of various superconductors will be presented. These measurements were obtained with a liquid helium/nitrogen dewar that was reassembled for use in this project. The cryostat consists of two separate dewars, the first of which contains liquid nitrogen, the second, liquid helium. The liquid nitrogen dewar is used to keep the helium bath from evaporating off too quickly. Data on the evaporation rates of the two liquids will also be presented.

  18. Topological susceptibility from the overlap

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    Del Debbio, Luigi; Pica, Claudio


    The chiral symmetry at finite lattice spacing of Ginsparg-Wilson fermionic actions constrains the renormalization of the lattice operators; in particular, the topological susceptibility does not require any renormalization, when using a fermionic estimator to define the topological charge. Theref...

  19. Dressed infrared quantum information (United States)

    Carney, Daniel; Chaurette, Laurent; Neuenfeld, Dominik; Semenoff, Gordon Walter


    We study information-theoretic aspects of the infrared sector of quantum electrodynamics, using the dressed-state approach pioneered by Chung, Kibble, Faddeev-Kulish, and others. In this formalism QED has an IR-finite S -matrix describing the scattering of electrons dressed by coherent states of photons. We show that measurements sensitive only to the outgoing electronic degrees of freedom will experience decoherence in the electron momentum basis due to unobservable photons in the dressing. We make some comments on possible refinements of the dressed-state formalism, and how these considerations relate to the black hole information paradox.

  20. Infrared Quantum Information (United States)

    Carney, Daniel; Chaurette, Laurent; Neuenfeld, Dominik; Semenoff, Gordon Walter


    We discuss information-theoretic properties of low-energy photons and gravitons in the S matrix. Given an incoming n -particle momentum eigenstate, we demonstrate that unobserved soft photons decohere nearly all outgoing momentum superpositions of charged particles, while the universality of gravity implies that soft gravitons decohere nearly all outgoing momentum superpositions of all the hard particles. Using this decoherence, we compute the entanglement entropy of the soft bosons and show that it is infrared-finite when the leading divergences are resummed in the manner of Bloch and Nordsieck.

  1. Atmospheric Infrared Radiance Variability. (United States)


    ATMOSPHERIC VARIABILITY ON INFRARED RADIANCE PREDICTIONS - T. C. Degges 53 5. ATMOSPHERIC STRUCTURE - C.H. HLmphrey, C.R. Philbrick, S.M. Silverman , T.F. Tuan...variations similar to those shown in Figure 2. In arctic and subarctic regions, sudden warmings and coolings of the winter stratosphere and mesosphere... Silverman \\Jr I",rre. (;.L~~sIalmratorN Hanscom Air Force Base, Manss. T.F. Tuan Universitv of Cincinnati Cincinnati, (tio M. Anapol S.S.G.. Inc. Waltham

  2. Backyard Infrared Trapping (United States)

    Gibbons, Thomas C.


    In this time of concern over climate change due to the atmospheric greenhouse effect,1 teachers often choose to extend relevant classroom work by the use of physical models to test statements. Here we describe an activity in which inexpensive backyard models made from cardboard boxes covered with various household transparent materials allow students to explore how transmission of visible and infrared light can affect the temperature.2 Our basic setup is shown schematically in Fig. 1, in which a black-lined box with a thermometer in contact with the bottom is covered with transparent (to visible light) household materials.

  3. Complementary Barrier Infrared Detector (United States)

    Ting, David Z.; Bandara, Sumith V.; Hill, Cory J.; Gunapala, Sarath D.


    The complementary barrier infrared detector (CBIRD) is designed to eliminate the major dark current sources in the superlattice infrared detector. The concept can also be applied to bulk semiconductor- based infrared detectors. CBIRD uses two different types of specially designed barriers: an electron barrier that blocks electrons but not holes, and a hole barrier that blocks holes but not electrons. The CBIRD structure consists of an n-contact, a hole barrier, an absorber, an electron barrier, and a p-contact. The barriers are placed at the contact-absorber junctions where, in a conventional p-i-n detector structure, there normally are depletion regions that produce generation-recombination (GR) dark currents due to Shockley-Read- Hall (SRH) processes. The wider-bandgap complementary barriers suppress G-R dark current. The barriers also block diffusion dark currents generated in the diffusion wings in the neutral regions. In addition, the wider gap barriers serve to reduce tunneling dark currents. In the case of a superlattice-based absorber, the superlattice itself can be designed to suppress dark currents due to Auger processes. At the same time, the barriers actually help to enhance the collection of photo-generated carriers by deflecting the photo-carriers that are diffusing in the wrong direction (i.e., away from collectors) and redirecting them toward the collecting contacts. The contact layers are made from materials with narrower bandgaps than the barriers. This allows good ohmic contacts to be made, resulting in lower contact resistances. Previously, THALES Research and Technology (France) demonstrated detectors with bulk InAsSb (specifically InAs0.91Sb0.09) absorber lattice-matched to GaSb substrates. The absorber is surrounded by two wider bandgap layers designed to minimize impedance to photocurrent flow. The wide bandgap materials also serve as contacts. The cutoff wavelength of the InAsSb absorber is fixed. CBIRD may be considered as a modified

  4. Frequency selective infrared sensors (United States)

    Davids, Paul; Peters, David W


    A frequency selective infrared (IR) photodetector having a predetermined frequency band. The exemplary frequency selective photodetector includes: a dielectric IR absorber having a first surface and a second surface substantially parallel to the first surface; an electrode electrically coupled to the first surface of the dielectric IR absorber; and a frequency selective surface plasmonic (FSSP) structure formed on the second surface of the dielectric IR absorber. The FSSP structure is designed to selectively transmit radiation in the predetermined frequency band that is incident on the FSSP structure substantially independent of the angle of incidence of the incident radiation on the FSSP structure.

  5. Infrared diffuse interstellar bands (United States)

    Galazutdinov, G. A.; Lee, Jae-Joon; Han, Inwoo; Lee, Byeong-Cheol; Valyavin, G.; Krełowski, J.


    We present high-resolution (R ˜ 45 000) profiles of 14 diffuse interstellar bands in the ˜1.45 to ˜2.45 μm range based on spectra obtained with the Immersion Grating INfrared Spectrograph at the McDonald Observatory. The revised list of diffuse bands with accurately estimated rest wavelengths includes six new features. The diffuse band at 15 268.2 Å demonstrates a very symmetric profile shape and thus can serve as a reference for finding the 'interstellar correction' to the rest wavelength frame in the H range, which suffers from a lack of known atomic/molecular lines.

  6. Low background infrared (LBIR) facility (United States)

    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Low background infrared (LBIR) facility was originally designed to calibrate user supplied blackbody sources and to characterize low-background IR detectors and...

  7. Mid-Infrared Lasers Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Mid Infrared DIAL systems can provide vital data needed by atmospheric scientists to understand atmospheric chemistry. The Decadal Survey recommended missions, such...

  8. Reducing Susceptibility to Courtesy Stigma. (United States)

    Bachleda, Catherine L; El Menzhi, Leila


    In light of the chronic shortage of health professionals willing to care for HIV/AIDS patients, and rising epidemics in many Muslim countries, this qualitative study examined susceptibility and resistance to courtesy stigma as experienced by nurses, doctors, and social workers in Morocco. Forty-nine in-depth interviews provided rich insights into the process of courtesy stigma and how it is managed, within the context of interactions with Islam, interactions within the workplace (patients, other health professionals), and interactions outside the workplace (the general public, friends, and family). Theoretically, the findings extend understanding of courtesy stigma and the dirty work literature. The findings also offer practical suggestions for the development of culturally appropriate strategies to reduce susceptibility to courtesy stigmatization. This study represents the first to explore courtesy stigma as a process experienced by health professionals providing HIV/AIDS care in an Islamic country.

  9. Antimycotics susceptibility testing of dermatophytes

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    Arsić-Arsenijević Valentina


    Full Text Available Dermatophytes are moulds that produce infections of the skin, hair and nails of humans and animals. The most common forms among these infections are onychomycosis and tinea pedis affecting 20% of world population. These infections are usually chronic. The treatment of dermatophytoses tends to be prolonged partly because available treatments are not very effective. Antifungal drug consumption and public health expenditure are high worldwide, as well as in Serbia. For adequate therapy, it is necessary to prove infection by isolation of dermatophytes and to test the antifungal susceptibility of isolates. Susceptibility testing is important for the resistance monitoring, epidemiological research and to compare in vitro activities of new antifungal agents. The diffusion and dilution methods of susceptibility tests are used, and technical issues of importance for the proper performance and interpretation of test results are published in the document E.DEF 9.1 (EUCAST and M38-A2 (CLSI. The aim of our paper is to promptly inform the public about technical achievements in this area, as well as the new organization of laboratory for medical mycology in our country. The formation of laboratory networks coordinated by the National Reference Laboratory for the cause of mycosis need to enable interlaboratory studies and further standardization of methods for antifungal susceptibility testing of dermatophytes, reproducibility of tests and clinical correlation monitoring (MIK values and clinical outcome of dermatophytosis. The importance of the new organization is expected efficient improvement in the dermatophytosis therapy at home, better quality of patient's life and the reduction of the cost of treatment.

  10. Antibiotic susceptibility of Atopobium vaginae

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    Verschraegen Gerda


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies have indicated that a recently described anaerobic bacterium, Atopobium vaginae is associated with bacterial vaginosis (BV. Thus far the four isolates of this fastidious micro-organism were found to be highly resistant to metronidazole and susceptible for clindamycin, two antibiotics preferred for the treatment of BV. Methods Nine strains of Atopobium vaginae, four strains of Gardnerella vaginalis, two strains of Lactobacillus iners and one strain each of Bifidobacterium breve, B. longum, L. crispatus, L. gasseri and L. jensenii were tested against 15 antimicrobial agents using the Etest. Results All nine strains of A. vaginae were highly resistant to nalidixic acid and colistin while being inhibited by low concentrations of clindamycin (range: G. vaginalis strains were also susceptible for clindamycin ( 256 μg/ml but susceptible to clindamycin (0.023 – 0.125 μg/ml. Conclusion Clindamycin has higher activity against G. vaginalis and A. vaginae than metronidazole, but not all A. vaginae isolates are metronidazole resistant, as seemed to be a straightforward conclusion from previous studies on a more limited number of strains.

  11. Terahertz and Mid Infrared

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    Shulika, Oleksiy; Detection of Explosives and CBRN (Using Terahertz)


    The reader will find here a timely update on new THz sources and detection schemes as well as concrete applications to the detection of Explosives and CBRN. Included is a method to identify hidden RDX-based explosives (pure and plastic ones) in the frequency domain study by Fourier Transformation, which has been complemented by the demonstration of improvement of the quality of the images captured commercially available THz passive cameras. The presented examples show large potential for the detection of small hidden objects at long distances (6-10 m).  Complementing the results in the short-wavelength range, laser spectroscopy with a mid-infrared, room temperature, continuous wave, DFB laser diode and high performance DFB QCL have been demonstrated to offer excellent enabling sensor technologies for environmental monitoring, medical diagnostics, industrial and security applications.  From the new source point of view a number of systems have been presented - From superconductors to semiconductors, e.g. Det...

  12. Near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Virendra Jain


    Full Text Available Tissue ischaemia can be a significant contributor to increased morbidity and mortality. Conventional oxygenation monitoring modalities measure systemic oxygenation, but regional tissue oxygenation is not monitored. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS is a non-invasive monitor for measuring regional oxygen saturation which provides real-time information. There has been increased interest in the clinical application of NIRS following numerous studies that show improved outcome in various clinical situations especially cardiac surgery. Its use has shown improved neurological outcome and decreased postoperative stay in cardiac surgery. Its usefulness has been investigated in various high risk surgeries such as carotid endarterectomy, thoracic surgeries, paediatric population and has shown promising results. There is however, limited data supporting its role in neurosurgical population. We strongly feel, it might play a key role in future. It has significant advantages over other neuromonitoring modalities, but more technological advances are needed before it can be used more widely into clinical practice.

  13. CINE: Comet INfrared Excitation (United States)

    de Val-Borro, Miguel; Cordiner, Martin A.; Milam, Stefanie N.; Charnley, Steven B.


    CINE calculates infrared pumping efficiencies that can be applied to the most common molecules found in cometary comae such as water, hydrogen cyanide or methanol. One of the main mechanisms for molecular excitation in comets is the fluorescence by the solar radiation followed by radiative decay to the ground vibrational state. This command-line tool calculates the effective pumping rates for rotational levels in the ground vibrational state scaled by the heliocentric distance of the comet. Fluorescence coefficients are useful for modeling rotational emission lines observed in cometary spectra at sub-millimeter wavelengths. Combined with computational methods to solve the radiative transfer equations based, e.g., on the Monte Carlo algorithm, this model can retrieve production rates and rotational temperatures from the observed emission spectrum.

  14. Semiconductor optoelectronic infrared spectroscopy

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    Hollingworth, A R


    level separation. This showed for the first time evidence of the phonon bottleneck in a working laser device. A new technique called time resolved optically detected cyclotron resonance, was used as a precursor to finding the carrier dynamics within a spatially confined quantum dot. By moving to the case of a spatial QD using an optically detected intraband resonance it was possible to measure the energy separation interband levels and conduction and valence sublevels within the dot simultaneously. Furthermore this technique has been shown that the inhomogeneous broadening of the photoluminescence spectrum is not purely affected by just size and composition. We suggest that other processes such as state occupancy, In roughing, and exciton binding energies may account for the extra energy. We use spectroscopy to study infrared optoelectronic inter and intraband semiconductor carrier dynamics. The overall aim of this thesis was to study both III-V and Pb chalcogenide material systems in order to show their futu...

  15. Infrared Modifications Of Gravity

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    Rombouts, J


    In this thesis, we study theories that modify gravity at very large distances. Motivated by recent observations in cosmology, such as the dimming of type Ia supernovae and flattening of rotation curves of galaxies, we study two classes of theories that attempt to explain these observations as due to a change in the laws of gravity at large distances rather than due to the presence of new forms of exotic energy and matter. The first class of theories is massive gravity, obtained by adding a mass term to the action for the gravitational fluctuation in Einstein's general relativity. The second class of models we study are braneworlds that provide infrared modified gravity, in specific the Dvali-Gabadadze-Porrati model and its extension to higher codimensional branes. We stress in our discussion the field theoretical consistency, both classically and quantum-mechanically, of these models.

  16. Lateral conduction infrared photodetector (United States)

    Kim, Jin K [Albuquerque, NM; Carroll, Malcolm S [Albuquerque, NM


    A photodetector for detecting infrared light in a wavelength range of 3-25 .mu.m is disclosed. The photodetector has a mesa structure formed from semiconductor layers which include a type-II superlattice formed of alternating layers of InAs and In.sub.xGa.sub.1-xSb with 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.5. Impurity doped regions are formed on sidewalls of the mesa structure to provide for a lateral conduction of photo-generated carriers which can provide an increased carrier mobility and a reduced surface recombination. An optional bias electrode can be used in the photodetector to control and vary a cut-off wavelength or a depletion width therein. The photodetector can be formed as a single-color or multi-color device, and can also be used to form a focal plane array which is compatible with conventional read-out integrated circuits.

  17. Measurements of temperature dependence of 'localized susceptibility'

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    Shiozawa, H; Ishii, H; Takayama, Y; Obu, K; Muro, T; Saitoh, Y; Matsuda, T D; Sugawara, H; Sato, H


    The magnetic susceptibility of some rare-earth compounds is estimated by measuring magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) of rare-earth 3d-4f absorption spectra. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility obtained by the MCD measurement is remarkably different from the bulk susceptibility in most samples, which is attributed to the strong site selectivity of the core MCD measurement.

  18. Infrared troubles of differential renormalization (United States)

    Avdeev, L. V.; Kazakov, D. I.; Kondrashuk, I. N.

    The possibility of generalizing differential renormalization of D.Z. Freedman, K. Jonnson and J.I. Latorre in an invariant fashion to theories with infrared divergencies is investigated. It is concluded that the calculations on infrared differential renormalization lead to incorrect results.

  19. Mid-infrared upconversion spectroscopy

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    Tidemand-Lichtenberg, Peter; Dam, Jeppe Seidelin; Andersen, H. V.


    Mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy is emerging as an attractive alternative to near-infrared or visible spectroscopy. MIR spectroscopy offers a unique possibility to probe the fundamental absorption bands of a large number of gases as well as the vibrational spectra of complex molecules. In this paper...

  20. Infrared activities in the Netherlands

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    Jong, A.N. de


    This presentation summarizes the infrared activities in the Netherlands during the past 30 years and indicates the directions for future work. The capabilities of infrared technology, being passive and useful for night vision applications were envisaged for a long time in our country. The dependence

  1. Combined Holographic Infrared Inspection Instrumentation (United States)


    Shearography imaging system . As mentioned, the combination of Shearography and Infrared images could prove to be a successful method of defect characterization... system and more recent experience with newly available electronic shearography is that the shearography -infrared combination (Shearo-IR) offers... systems . Nevertheless, operation of the phase-locked Ho!o system requires exteiided control of environmental conditions. The shearography system , on

  2. Infrared Scanning For Electrical Maintenance (United States)

    Eisenbath, Steven E.


    Given the technological age that we have now entered, the purpose of this paper is to relate how infrared scanning can be used for an electrical preventative maintenance program. An infrared scanner is able to produce an image because objects give off infrared radiation in relationship to their temperature. Most electrical problems will show up as an increase in temperature, thereby making the infrared scanner a useful preventative maintenance tool. Because of the sensitivity of most of the scanners, .1 to .2 of a degree, virtually all electrical problems can be pinpointed long before they become a costly failure. One of the early uses of infrared scanning was to check the power company's electrical distribution system. Most of this was performed via aircraft or truck mounted scanning devices which necessitated its semi-permanent mounting. With the advent of small hand held infrared imagers, along with more portability of the larger systems, infrared scanning has gained more popularity in checking electrical distribution systems. But the distribution systems are now a scaled down model, mainly the in-plant electrical systems. By in-plant, I mean any distribution of electricity; once it leaves the power company's grid. This can be in a hospital, retail outlet, warehouse or manufacturing facility.

  3. Wavelength standards in the infrared

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    Rao, KN


    Wavelength Standards in the Infrared is a compilation of wavelength standards suitable for use with high-resolution infrared spectrographs, including both emission and absorption standards. The book presents atomic line emission standards of argon, krypton, neon, and xenon. These atomic line emission standards are from the deliberations of Commission 14 of the International Astronomical Union, which is the recognized authority for such standards. The text also explains the techniques employed in determining spectral positions in the infrared. One of the techniques used includes the grating con

  4. Solar and infrared radiation measurements

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    Vignola, Frank; Michalsky, Joseph


    The rather specialized field of solar and infrared radiation measurement has become more and more important in the face of growing demands by the renewable energy and climate change research communities for data that are more accurate and have increased temporal and spatial resolution. Updating decades of acquired knowledge in the field, Solar and Infrared Radiation Measurements details the strengths and weaknesses of instruments used to conduct such solar and infrared radiation measurements. Topics covered include: Radiometer design and performance Equipment calibration, installation, operati

  5. Mid-infrared tunable metamaterials

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    Brener, Igal; Miao, Xiaoyu; Shaner, Eric A.; Passmore, Brandon Scott


    A mid-infrared tunable metamaterial comprises an array of resonators on a semiconductor substrate having a large dependence of dielectric function on carrier concentration and a semiconductor plasma resonance that lies below the operating range, such as indium antimonide. Voltage biasing of the substrate generates a resonance shift in the metamaterial response that is tunable over a broad operating range. The mid-infrared tunable metamaterials have the potential to become the building blocks of chip based active optical devices in mid-infrared ranges, which can be used for many applications, such as thermal imaging, remote sensing, and environmental monitoring.

  6. Mid-infrared tunable metamaterials (United States)

    Brener, Igal; Miao, Xiaoyu; Shaner, Eric A; Passmore, Brandon Scott; Jun, Young Chul


    A mid-infrared tunable metamaterial comprises an array of resonators on a semiconductor substrate having a large dependence of dielectric function on carrier concentration and a semiconductor plasma resonance that lies below the operating range, such as indium antimonide. Voltage biasing of the substrate generates a resonance shift in the metamaterial response that is tunable over a broad operating range. The mid-infrared tunable metamaterials have the potential to become the building blocks of chip based active optical devices in mid-infrared ranges, which can be used for many applications, such as thermal imaging, remote sensing, and environmental monitoring.

  7. Infrared measurements in defence application

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    Mudau, AE


    Full Text Available laser source, which causes missile guidance systems to abruptly steer away from the target aircraft. IRCM flares Airborne IRCM flares are defensive mechanisms employed from military aircraft to avoid detection and attack by enemy infrared seeker...

  8. An Inexpensive Digital Infrared Camera (United States)

    Mills, Allan


    Details are given for the conversion of an inexpensive webcam to a camera specifically sensitive to the near infrared (700-1000 nm). Some experiments and practical applications are suggested and illustrated. (Contains 9 figures.)

  9. Multi-functional Infrared Sensor (United States)


    angle dependence; the effect of confinement barriers of InAs/ InGaAs sub-monolayer (SML) quantum dots-in-a-well based infrared photodetectors; and...characterization of multi-stack InAs/ InGaAs SML quantum dots (QDs) that are grown via Stranski-Krastanov growth method. The project demonstrated the first...monolithically integrated plasmonic infrared quantum dot pixelated focal plane array (FPA) to enhance the performance at specific wavelengths. The

  10. Infrared transparent conductive oxides (United States)

    Johnson, Linda F.; Moran, Mark B.


    A novel class of complex metal oxides that have potential as transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) for the electromagnetic-interference (EMI) shielding on IR-seeker windows and missile domes has been identified. These complex metal oxides exhibit the rhombohedral (R3m) crystalline structure of naturally occurring delafossite, CuFeO2. The general chemical formula is ABO2 where A is a monovalent metal (Me+1 such as Cu, Ag, Au, Pt or Pd, and B is a trivalent metal (Me3+) such as Al,Ti,Cr,Co,Fe,Ni,Cs,Rh,Ga,Sn,In,Y,La,Pr,Nd,Sm or Eu. By adjusting the oxygen content, the conductivity can be varied over a wide range so that the delafossites behave as insulators, semiconductors or metals. This paper presents results for films of p-type CuxAlyOz and n-type CuxCryOz deposited by reactive magnetron co-sputtering from high-purity-metal targets. Films have been deposited using conventional RF- and DC-power supplies, and a new asymmetric-bipolar-pulsed- DC-power supply. Similar to the high-temperature-copper- oxide superconductors, the presence of Cu-O bonds is critical for the unique properties. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA) are used to understand the relationship between the optoelectornic properties and the molecular structure of the films. For example, FTIR absorption bands at 1470 and 1395cm-1 are present only in CuxAlyOz films that exhibit enhanced electrical conductivity. When these bands are absent, the CuxAlyOz films have high values of resistivity. In addition to the 1470 and 1395cm-1 bands observed in CuxAlyOz films, another pair of bands at 1040 and 970cm-1 is present in CuxCryOz films.

  11. Imaging in the Infrared (United States)

    Falco, Charles


    Many common pigments are partially transparent to near infrared (IR) light, making it possible to use IR-sensitive imaging sensors to capture information from surfaces covered by several tens of micrometers of such pigments. Because of this, ``IR reflectograms'' have been made of paintings since the late 1960s, revealing important aspects of many works of art that are not observable in the visible. However, although a number of paintings have been studied this way, the high cost and specialized nature of available IR cameras have limited such work to a small fraction of the two- and three-dimensional works of art that could be usefully studied in the IR. After a brief introduction to IR reflectography, I will describe the characteristics of a high resolution imaging system based on a modified Canon EOS digital camera that operates over the wavelength range 830--1100 nm [1]. This camera and autofocus Canon 20 mm f/2.8 lens make it possible to obtain IR reflectograms of works of art ``in situ'' with standard museum lighting, resolving features finer than 0.35 mm on a 1.0x0.67 m painting. After describing its relevant imaging properties of sensitivity, resolution, noise and contrast, I will illustrate its capabilities with IR and visible images of various types of art in museums on three continents. IR reflectograms of one painting, in particular, have revealed important new information about the working practices of the 16th century artist Lorenzo Lotto who our previous work has shown used projected images as aids for producing some of the features in this painting [2]. [4pt] [1] Charles M. Falco, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 80, 071301 (2009). [0pt] [2] see, for example, David Hockney and Charles M. Falco, Proc. of the SPIE 5666, 326 (2005).

  12. Lens design for the infrared (United States)

    Fischer, Robert E.


    Thermal, or infrared imaging systems have continued to increase in importance over the years. This is due to several factors: The applications of IR systems have grown dynamically in importance both in the military as well as in industrial applications IR detector technology has matured substantially, to the point where many IR detectors are available and economically producible This increased importance of infrared systems, combined with continually better performing and more cost effective IR detectors has put an ever increasing demand on the optical system and it's design. Although many of the classical optical design and engineering related derivations, guidelines, tradeoffs, and other considerations developed for visible systems can be applied directly to infrared systems, there are many important considerations, some of them quite subtle, that are considerably different in the infrared, and which can cause devastating problems if not properly taken into account. In fact, if one were to design the optics for an infrared scanning system using totally the guidelines derived from visible system engineering principles, there is a good chance that the system would perform poorly, if at all. In this paper we will review the many aspects of optical system design for the infrared. Although we intend to cover primarily those areas which are unique to IR systems, one will quickly realize that this will in reality cause us to cover most aspects of optical design technology.

  13. Genetic susceptibility to environmental toxicants

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    The toxicological challenges to the chemical industry have in recent years been greatly affected by the rapid innovation and development of analytical, molecular and genetic technologies. ECETOC recognises the importance of developing the technical and intellectual skill bases in academia...... and industrial based laboratories to meet the rapid development of the science base of toxicology. As the technology to determine genetic susceptibility develops, so scientist will be able to describe altered gene expression provoked by chemicals long before they are able to offer valid interpretations...... of their meaning. A potential for inadvertently raising concerns over the effect of chemicals in experimental animals or man, or even the intentional misrepresentation of results to suggest chemicals are “playing” with our genes is enormous. History has shown that some individuals and groups in society are willing...

  14. 21 CFR 890.5500 - Infrared lamp. (United States)


    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Infrared lamp. 890.5500 Section 890.5500 Food and... PHYSICAL MEDICINE DEVICES Physical Medicine Therapeutic Devices § 890.5500 Infrared lamp. (a) Identification. An infrared lamp is a device intended for medical purposes that emits energy at infrared...

  15. Accuracy of magnetic resonance based susceptibility measurements (United States)

    Erdevig, Hannah E.; Russek, Stephen E.; Carnicka, Slavka; Stupic, Karl F.; Keenan, Kathryn E.


    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is increasingly used to map the magnetic susceptibility of tissue to identify cerebral microbleeds associated with traumatic brain injury and pathological iron deposits associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Accurate measurements of susceptibility are important for determining oxygen and iron content in blood vessels and brain tissue for use in noninvasive clinical diagnosis and treatment assessments. Induced magnetic fields with amplitude on the order of 100 nT, can be detected using MRI phase images. The induced field distributions can then be inverted to obtain quantitative susceptibility maps. The focus of this research was to determine the accuracy of MRI-based susceptibility measurements using simple phantom geometries and to compare the susceptibility measurements with magnetometry measurements where SI-traceable standards are available. The susceptibilities of paramagnetic salt solutions in cylindrical containers were measured as a function of orientation relative to the static MRI field. The observed induced fields as a function of orientation of the cylinder were in good agreement with simple models. The MRI susceptibility measurements were compared with SQUID magnetometry using NIST-traceable standards. MRI can accurately measure relative magnetic susceptibilities while SQUID magnetometry measures absolute magnetic susceptibility. Given the accuracy of moment measurements of tissue mimicking samples, and the need to look at small differences in tissue properties, the use of existing NIST standard reference materials to calibrate MRI reference structures is problematic and better reference materials are required.

  16. Proteochemometric modeling of HIV protease susceptibility

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    Lapins, Maris; Eklund, Martin; Spjuth, Ola; Prusis, Peteris; Wikberg, Jarl E S


    .... Therefore, we used proteochemometrics to model the susceptibility of HIV to protease inhibitors in current use, utilizing descriptions of the physico-chemical properties of mutated HIV proteases...

  17. Corrugated quantum well infrared photodetectors for far infrared detection (United States)

    Choi, Kwong-Kit; Jhabvala, Murzy D.; Forrai, David; Sun, Jason; Endres, Darrel


    We have extended our investigation of corrugated quantum well infrared photodetector focal plane arrays (FPAs) into the far infrared regime. Specifically, we are developing the detectors for the thermal infrared sensor (TIRS) used in the Landsat Data Continuity Mission. To maintain a low dark current, we adopted a low doping density of 0.6×1018 cm-3 and a bound-to-bound state detector. The internal absorption quantum efficiency (QE) is calculated to be 25.4%. With a pixel fill factor of 80% and a substrate transmission of 70.9%, the external QE is 14.4%. To yield the theoretical conversion efficiency (CE), the photoconductive gain was measured and is 0.25 at 5 V, from which CE is predicted to be 3.6%. This value is in agreement with the 3.5% from the FPA measurement. Meanwhile, the dark current is measured to be 2.1×10-6 A/cm2 at 43 K. For regular infrared imaging above 8 μm, the FPA will have an noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of 16 mK at 2 ms integration time in the presence of 260 read noise electrons. The highest operability of the tested FPAs is 99.967%. With the CE agreement, we project the FPA performance in the far infrared regime up to 30 μm cutoff.

  18. Search for new breast cancer susceptibility genes

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    Oldenburg, Rogier Abel


    This thesis describes the search for new high-risk breast cancer susceptibility genes by linkage analysis. To date 20-25% of familial breast cancer is explained by mutations in the high-risk BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer susceptibility genes. For the remaining families the genetic etiology is

  19. Mapping markers linked to porcine salmonellosis susceptibility

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    Galina-Pantoja, L.; Siggens, K.; Schriek, van M.G.M.; Heuven, H.C.M.


    The goal of this study was to identify pig chromosomal regions associated with susceptibility to salmonellosis. Genomic DNA from pig reference populations with differences in susceptibility to Salmonella enterica serovar Choleraesuis as quantified by spleen and liver bacterial colonization at day 7

  20. Crystal morphology change by magnetic susceptibility force


    Katsuki, Aiko; Aibara, Shigeo; Tanimoto, Yoshifumi


    We found a change in morphology when lysozyme crystals were grown in a magnetic field. The phenomenon was caused by the magnetic force derived from the magnetic susceptibility gradient. We propose that this force should be called the “magnetic susceptibility force".

  1. Genetic susceptibility to pancreatic cancer. (United States)

    Klein, Alison P


    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. However, it has the poorest prognosis of any major tumor type, with a 5-yr survival rate of approximately 5%. Cigarette smoking, increased body mass index, heavy alcohol consumption, and a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus have all been demonstrated to increase risk of pancreatic cancer. A family history of pancreatic cancer has also been associated with increased risk suggesting inherited genetic factors also play an important role, with approximately 5-10% of pancreatic cancer patients reporting family history of pancreatic cancer. While the genetic basis for the majority of the familial clustering of pancreatic cancer remains unclear, several important pancreatic cancer genes have been identified. These consist of high penetrance genes including BRCA2 or PALB2, to more common genetic variation associated with a modest increase risk of pancreatic cancer such as genetic variation at the ABO blood group locus. Recent advances in genotyping and genetic sequencing have accelerated the rate at which novel pancreatic cancer susceptibility genes have been identified with several genes identified within the past few years. This review addresses our current understanding of the familial aggregation of pancreatic cancer, established pancreatic cancer susceptablity genes and how this knowledge informs risk assessment and screening for high-risk families. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Genetic Susceptibility to Pancreatic Cancer (United States)

    Klein, Alison P.


    Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the United States. However, it has the poorest prognosis of any major tumor type, with a 5-yr survival rate of approximately 5%. Cigarette smoking, increased body mass index, heavy alcohol consumption, and a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus have all been demonstrated to increase risk of pancreatic cancer. A family history of pancreatic cancer has also been associated with increased risk suggesting inherited genetic factors also play an important role, with approximately 5–10% of pancreatic cancer patients reporting family history of pancreatic cancer. While the genetic basis for the majority of the familial clustering of pancreatic cancer remains unclear, several important pancreatic cancer genes have been identified. These consist of high penetrance genes including BRCA2 or PALB2, to more common genetic variation associated with a modest increase risk of pancreatic cancer such as genetic variation at the ABO blood group locus. Recent advances in genotyping and genetic sequencing have accelerated the rate at which novel pancreatic cancer susceptibility genes have been identified with several genes identified within the past few years. This review addresses our current understanding of the familial aggregation of pancreatic cancer, established pancreatic cancer susceptablity genes and how this knowledge informs risk assessment and screening for high-risk families. PMID:22162228


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    Marengo, Massimo; Hulsebus, Alan [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Willis, Sarah [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)


    We analyzed the warm Spitzer/IRAC data of KIC 8462852. We found no evidence of infrared excess at 3.6 μm and a small excess of 0.43 ± 0.18 mJy at 4.5 μm below the 3σ threshold necessary to claim a detection. The lack of strong infrared excess 2 years after the events responsible for the unusual light curve observed by Kepler further disfavors the scenarios involving a catastrophic collision in a KIC 8462852 asteroid belt, a giant impact disrupting a planet in the system or a population of dust-enshrouded planetesimals. The scenario invoking the fragmentation of a family of comets on a highly elliptical orbit is instead consistent with the lack of strong infrared excess found by our analysis.

  4. Electrically tunable infrared metamaterial devices (United States)

    Brener, Igal; Jun, Young Chul


    A wavelength-tunable, depletion-type infrared metamaterial optical device is provided. The device includes a thin, highly doped epilayer whose electrical permittivity can become negative at some infrared wavelengths. This highly-doped buried layer optically couples with a metamaterial layer. Changes in the transmission spectrum of the device can be induced via the electrical control of this optical coupling. An embodiment includes a contact layer of semiconductor material that is sufficiently doped for operation as a contact layer and that is effectively transparent to an operating range of infrared wavelengths, a thin, highly doped buried layer of epitaxially grown semiconductor material that overlies the contact layer, and a metallized layer overlying the buried layer and patterned as a resonant metamaterial.

  5. New maxillofacial infrared detection technologies (United States)

    Reshetnikov, A. P.; Kopylov, M. V.; Nasyrov, M. R.; Soicher, E. M.; Fisher, E. L.; Chernova, L. V.


    At the dental clinic the infrared range radiation spectrum of tissues was used to study the dynamics of local temperature and structure of the skin, subcutaneous fat, and other tissues of the maxillofacial area in adult healthy volunteers and patients. In particular, we studied the dynamics of local temperature of mucous membranes of the mouth, teeth, and places in the mouth and dental structures in the norm and in various pathological conditions of the lips, gums, teeth, tongue, palate, and cheeks before, during and after chewing food, drinking water, medication, and inhalation of air. High safety and informational content of infrared thermography are prospective for the development of diagnostics in medicine. We have 3 new methods for infrared detection protected by patents in Russia.

  6. New maxillofacial infrared detection technologies

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    Reshetnikov, A. P.; Kopylov, M. V.; Nasyrov, M. R., E-mail:; Fisher, E. L.; Chernova, L. V. [Izhevsk State Medical Academy, Izhevsk, Russia (426034, Izhevsk, Kommunarov street, 281) (Russian Federation); Soicher, E. M. [Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry named after A.I. Evdokimov of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, (127473, Moscow, Delegatskaya str., 20/1) (Russian Federation)


    At the dental clinic the infrared range radiation spectrum of tissues was used to study the dynamics of local temperature and structure of the skin, subcutaneous fat, and other tissues of the maxillofacial area in adult healthy volunteers and patients. In particular, we studied the dynamics of local temperature of mucous membranes of the mouth, teeth, and places in the mouth and dental structures in the norm and in various pathological conditions of the lips, gums, teeth, tongue, palate, and cheeks before, during and after chewing food, drinking water, medication, and inhalation of air. High safety and informational content of infrared thermography are prospective for the development of diagnostics in medicine. We have 3 new methods for infrared detection protected by patents in Russia.

  7. Mid-infrared Semiconductor Optoelectronics

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    Krier, Anthony


    The practical realisation of optoelectronic devices operating in the 2–10 µm (mid-infrared) wavelength range offers potential applications in a variety of areas from environmental gas monitoring around oil rigs and landfill sites to the detection of pharmaceuticals, particularly narcotics. In addition, an atmospheric transmission window exists between 3 µm and 5 µm that enables free-space optical communications, thermal imaging applications and the development of infrared measures for "homeland security". Consequently, the mid-infrared is very attractive for the development of sensitive optical sensor instrumentation. Unfortunately, the nature of the likely applications dictates stringent requirements in terms of laser operation, miniaturisation and cost that are difficult to meet. Many of the necessary improvements are linked to a better ability to fabricate and to understand the optoelectronic properties of suitable high-quality epitaxial materials and device structures. Substantial progress in these m...

  8. Fidelity susceptibility in the quantum Rabi model (United States)

    Wei, Bo-Bo; Lv, Xiao-Chen


    Quantum criticality usually occurs in many-body systems. Recently it was shown that the quantum Rabi model, which describes a two-level atom coupled to a single model cavity field, presents quantum phase transitions from a normal phase to a superradiate phase when the ratio between the frequency of the two-level atom and the frequency of the cavity field extends to infinity. In this work, we study quantum phase transitions in the quantum Rabi model from the fidelity susceptibility perspective. We found that the fidelity susceptibility and the generalized adiabatic susceptibility present universal finite-size scaling behaviors near the quantum critical point of the Rabi model if the ratio between frequency of the two-level atom and frequency of the cavity field is finite. From the finite-size scaling analysis of the fidelity susceptibility, we found that the adiabatic dimension of the fidelity susceptibility and the generalized adiabatic susceptibility of fourth order in the Rabi model are 4 /3 and 2, respectively. Meanwhile, the correlation length critical exponent and the dynamical critical exponent in the quantum critical point of the Rabi model are found to be 3 /2 and 1 /3 , respectively. Since the fidelity susceptibility and the generalized adiabatic susceptibility are the moments of the quantum noise spectrum which are directly measurable by experiments in linear response regime, the scaling behavior of the fidelity susceptibility in the Rabi model could be tested experimentally. The simple structure of the quantum Rabi model paves the way for experimentally observing the universal scaling behavior of the fidelity susceptibility at a quantum phase transition.

  9. Germanium blocked impurity band far infrared detectors

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    Rossington, C.S.


    The infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum has been of interest to scientist since the eighteenth century when Sir William Herschel discovered the infrared as he measured temperatures in the sun's spectrum and found that there was energy beyond the red. In the late nineteenth century, Thomas Edison established himself as the first infrared astronomer to look beyond the solar system when he observed the star Arcturus in the infrared. Significant advances in infrared technology and physics, long since Edison's time, have resulted in many scientific developments, such as the Infrared Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) which was launched in 1983, semiconductor infrared detectors for materials characterization, military equipment such as night-vision goggles and infrared surveillance equipment. It is now planned that cooled semiconductor infrared detectors will play a major role in the ''Star Wars'' nuclear defense scheme proposed by the Reagan administration.

  10. A near infrared vegetation index formed with airborne multispectral scanner data (United States)

    Elvidge, Christopher D.; Rock, Barrett N.


    A near infrared vegetation index (NIVI) has been formed with the 1.24 and 1.65 micron bands on the NS001 Thematic Mapper Simulator. The NIVI was compared to the more traditional Perpendicular Vegetation Index (PVI) formed with the 0.66 and 0.83 micron bands. The PVI was found to be less susceptible to problems with rock and soil spectral variations than the VIVI.

  11. Veterinary applications of infrared thermography. (United States)

    Rekant, Steven I; Lyons, Mark A; Pacheco, Juan M; Arzt, Jonathan; Rodriguez, Luis L


    Abnormal body temperature is a major indicator of disease; infrared thermography (IRT) can assess changes in body surface temperature quickly and remotely. This technology can be applied to a myriad of diseases of various etiologies across a wide range of host species in veterinary medicine. It is used to monitor the physiologic status of individual animals, such as measuring feed efficiency or diagnosing pregnancy. Infrared thermography has applications in the assessment of animal welfare, and has been used to detect soring in horses and monitor stress responses. This review addresses the variety of uses for IRT in veterinary medicine, including disease detection, physiologic monitoring, welfare assessment, and potential future applications.

  12. Quantum Infrared Photodetectors for Long Wavelength Infrared Imaging Applications (United States)

    Bandara, S.; Gunapala, S. D.; Liu, J. K.; Luong, M.; Mumolo, J. M.; Hong, W.; McKelvey, M. J.


    Long wavelength Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) cameras developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory demonstrate the potential of GaAs/A1xGa1-xAs QWIP technology for highly sensitive, low power, low cost, and highly uniform large format FPA imaging systems.

  13. Industrial applications of the Moessbauer effect

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    The International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, held in Honolulu in 1984, hosted many symposia, among which was one on the title subject. The large number of papers presented have been developed into groups: introduction; techniques and general applications; applications to steel and steel alloys; applications to amorphous alloys and glasses; applications to coal, minerals, and mineral processing; applications to catalytic materials; and miscellaneous applications. The papers appear in uniform typescript, and they are accompanied not only by a very thorough subject index but also by an index of authors cited.

  14. Electronic and magnetic properties study of neptunium compounds: NpX{sub 3} and Np{sub 2}T{sub 2}X by Moessbauer effect, neutrons diffraction and Squid magnetometry; Etude des proprietes magnetiques et electroniques de composes de neptunium NpX{sub 3} et Np{sub 2}T{sub 2}X par spectrometrie mossbauer, diffraction de neutrons et magnetometrie squid

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    Colineau, E.


    This work is a contribution to the study of magnetic and electronic properties of the intermetallic compounds: NpX{sub 3} (X= Al, Ga, In, Sn) and Np{sub 2}T{sub 2}X (T= Co, Ni, Ru, Rh, Pd, Pt; X= In, Sn). These properties have been determined by Moessbauer effect, neutron diffraction and Squid magnetometry. The obtained results for NpX{sub 3} show particularly that NpAl{sub 3} orders in a type II (k= 1/2 1/2 1/2) antiferromagnetic structure at T{sub N} {approx_equal} 37 K. The antiferromagnetic phase NpGa{sub 3} orders in a type II too and the magnetic moments carried by neptunium in the ferromagnetic phase are oriented along the (111) axes. The two NpIN{sub 3} magnetic phases observed by Moessbauer effect (4.2 K-10 K and 10 K- 14 K) are identified by neutron diffraction as ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic (k= 3/8 3/8 3/8). In this last phase the moments are oriented along the (111) axes. The magnetization measures on monocrystals show a weak anisotropy with (111) at all the temperatures and reveal the presence of a third magnetic phase between 8.2 and 10 K. At last, the fundamental state of the compounds NpAl{sub 3}, NpGa{sub 3} and NpIn{sub 3} is attributed to the {Gamma}{sub 5} crystal field and the strong reduction of the ordered moment in NpSn{sub 3} to a Kondo effect. Concerning the Np{sub 2}T{sub 2}X compounds, the Moessbauer effect measures have revealed that eight of these compounds order and three do not order. (O.M.). 239 refs.

  15. Advances in near-infrared measurements

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    Patonay, Gabor


    Advances in Near-Infrared Measurements, Volume 1 provides an overview of near-infrared spectroscopy. The book is comprised of six chapters that tackle various areas of near-infrared measurement. Chapter 1 discusses remote monitoring techniques in near-infrared spectroscopy with an emphasis on fiber optics. Chapter 2 covers the applications of fibers using Raman techniques, and Chapter 3 tackles the difficulties associated with near-infrared data analysis. The subsequent chapters present examples of the capabilities of near-infrared spectroscopy from various research groups. The text wi

  16. Anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility of gallium (United States)

    Pankey, T.


    The bulk magnetic susceptibilities of single gallium crystals and polycrystalline gallium spheres were measured at 25??C. The following anisotropic diamagnetic susceptibilities were found: a axis (-0.119??0. 001)??10-6 emu/g, b axis (-0.416??0.002)??10 -6 emu/g, and c axis (-0.229??0.001) emu/g. The susceptibility of the polycrystalline spheres, assumed to be the average value for the bulk susceptibility of gallium, was (-0.257??0.003)??10-6 emu/g at 25??C, and (-0.299??0.003)??10-6 emu/g at -196??C. The susceptibility of liquid gallium was (0.0031??0.001) ??10-6 emu/g at 30??C and 100??C. Rotational diagrams of the susceptibilities in the three orthogonal planes of the unit cell were not sinusoidal. The anisotropy in the single crystals was presumably caused by the partial overlap of Brillouin zone boundaries by the Fermi-energy surface. The large change in susceptibility associated with the change in state was attributed to the absence of effective mass influence in the liquid state. ?? 1960 The American Institute of Physics.

  17. Infrared activity in elemental crystals (United States)

    Zallen, Richard; Martin, Richard M.; Natoli, Vincent


    In a previous paper, Zallen [Phys. Rev. 173, 824 (1968)] reported a group-theoretical analysis of the competition between unit-cell complexity and crystal symmetry in determining the presence or absence of infrared-active phonons in an elemental crystal. Here we correct an error in that paper's treatment of certain hexagonal space groups. Our results modify the minimum-complexity condition for infrared activity: For 228 of the 230 space groups, a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of symmetry-allowed infrared-active modes in an elemental crystal is the presence of three or more atoms in the primitive unit cell. The two exceptional space groups are P6/mmm (D16h) and P63/mmc (D46h); for each of these symmetries, there exists one structure with four atoms per cell and no infrared modes. The P63/mmc structure includes, as special cases, Lonsdaleite (or ``wurtzite silicon'') as well as a c-axis-aligned hcp arrangement of diatomic molecules which is relevant to models of solid molecular hydrogen at high pressure.

  18. Landsat and Thermal Infrared Imaging (United States)

    Arvidson, Terry; Barsi, Julia; Jhabvala, Murzy; Reuter, Dennis


    The purpose of this chapter is to describe the collection of thermal images by Landsat sensors already on orbit and to introduce the new thermal sensor to be launched in 2013. The chapter describes the thematic mapper (TM) and enhanced thematic mapper plus (ETM+) sensors, the calibration of their thermal bands, and the design and prelaunch calibration of the new thermal infrared sensor (TIRS).

  19. What powers luminous infrared galaxies?

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    Lutz, D; Genzel, R; Sternberg, A; Netzer, H; Kunze, D; Rigopoulou, D; Sturm, E; Egami, E; Feuchtgruber, H; Moorwood, AFM; deGraauw, T


    Based on the initial data sets taken with the ISO short wavelength spectrometer (SWS) we present a first discussion of the source of luminosity of (ultra-)luminous infrared galaxies (ULIRGs). By comparison of observations of 2.5-45 mu m lines to classical starbursts and active galactic nuclei and by

  20. Mid-infrared fiber lasers

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    Pollnau, Markus; Jackson, Stuart D.; Sorokina, I.T.; Vodopyanov, K.L.


    The current state of the art in mid-infrared fiber lasers is reviewed in this chapter. The relevant fiber-host materials such as silicates, fluorides, chalcogenides, and ceramics, the fiber, pump, and resonator geometries, and the spectroscopic properties of rare-earth ions are introduced. Lasers at


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    Fourier transform spectrometers developed in three distinct spectral regions in the early 1960s. Pierre Connes and his coworkers in France developed remarkably sophisticated step-scan interferometers that permitted near-infrared spectra to be measured with a resolution of better than 0.0 1 cm{sup {minus}1}. These instruments may be considered the forerunners of the step-scan interferometers made by Bruker, Bio-Rad (Cambridge, MA, USA) and Nicolet although their principal application was in the field of astronomy. Low-resolution rapid-scanning interferometers were developed by Larry Mertz and his colleagues at Block Engineering (Cambridge, MA, USA) for remote sensing. Nonetheless, the FT-IR spectrometers that are so prevalent in chemical laboratories today are direct descendants of these instruments. The interferometers that were developed for far-infrared spectrometry in Gebbie's laboratory ,have had no commercial counterparts for at least 15 years. However, it could be argued that these instruments did as much to demonstrate the power of Fourier transform spectroscopy to the chemical community as any of the instruments developed for mid- and near-infrared spectrometry. Their performance was every bit as good as today's rapid-scanning interferometers. However, the market for these instruments is so small today that it has proved more lucrative to modify rapid-scanning interferometers that were originally designed for mid-infrared spectrometry than to compete with these instruments with slow continuous scan or step-scan interferometers.


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    characterized by melting point, molar conductivity, magnetic moment, elemental analysis, infrared spectra and thermal analyses. ... methyl-quinazolinone and the final products of the thermogravimetric analysis were recorded on a Perkin-Elmer FT-IR type ..... [Cu(CH3COO)(L)3]. CuO + 5C +12C2H2 + 4NO + NH3 + 0.5N2.

  3. Absolute method of measuring magnetic susceptibility (United States)

    Thorpe, A.; Senftle, F.E.


    An absolute method of standardization and measurement of the magnetic susceptibility of small samples is presented which can be applied to most techniques based on the Faraday method. The fact that the susceptibility is a function of the area under the curve of sample displacement versus distance of the magnet from the sample, offers a simple method of measuring the susceptibility without recourse to a standard sample. Typical results on a few substances are compared with reported values, and an error of less than 2% can be achieved. ?? 1959 The American Institute of Physics.

  4. Non-collinear upconversion of infrared light

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    Pedersen, Christian; Hu, Qi; Høgstedt, Lasse


    Two dimensional mid-infrared upconversion imaging provides unique spectral and spatial information showing good potential for mid- infrared spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging. However, to extract spectral or spatial information from the upconverted images an elaborate model is needed, which...

  5. Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility of Extended Spectrum ...

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    Lactamase (ESBL) producing gram-negative uropathogens in Sokoto, Nigeria. ... Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was determined using the modified Kirby Bauer method. Confirmation of ESBL phenotype was performed by Double-Disc Synergy Test ...

  6. antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of extended spectrum

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    ABSTRACT. The emergence of resistant strains of urogenital extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing ... antimicrobial susceptibility test using CLSI recommended, WHO modified Kirby Bauer disc diffusion method. ... Keywords: Extended Spectrum Beta-lactamases, Prevalence, Gram-negative urogenital isolates,.

  7. antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of salmonella species in ...

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    Empirical treatment for enteric fevers should, therefore, be discouraged while quinolones, cefepime, carbapenem, azithromycin and third generation cephalosporins be given preference. KEY WORDS: Susceptibility, Antimicrobial, Salmonella species, Enteric fever. INTRODUCTION. In the 21st century, enteric fever in the.

  8. Human genetic susceptibility to Candida infections

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    Plantinga, T.S.; Johnson, M.D.; Scott, W.K.; Joosten, L.A.B.; Meer, J.W. van der; Perfect, J.R.; Kullberg, B.J.; Netea, M.G.


    Infections with Candida spp. have different manifestations in humans, ranging from mucosal to bloodstream and deep-seated disseminated infections. Immunocompromised patients have increased susceptibility to these types of infections, due to reduced capacity to elicit effective innate or adaptive

  9. Real-Time Optical Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing

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    Fredborg, Marlene; Andersen, Klaus R; Jørgensen, Erik


    Rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing is in highly demand in health-care fields as antimicrobial resistant bacterial strains emerge and spread. Here we describe an optical screening system (oCelloScope), which based on time-lapse imaging of 96 bacteria-antibiotic combinations at a time, introdu......Rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing is in highly demand in health-care fields as antimicrobial resistant bacterial strains emerge and spread. Here we describe an optical screening system (oCelloScope), which based on time-lapse imaging of 96 bacteria-antibiotic combinations at a time......, introduces real-time detection of bacterial growth and antimicrobial susceptibility, with imaging material to support the automatically generated graphs. Automated antibiotic susceptibility tests of a monoculture showed statistically significant antibiotic effect within 6 minutes and within 30 minutes...

  10. Landslide susceptibility map: from research to application (United States)

    Fiorucci, Federica; Reichenbach, Paola; Ardizzone, Francesca; Rossi, Mauro; Felicioni, Giulia; Antonini, Guendalina


    Susceptibility map is an important and essential tool in environmental planning, to evaluate landslide hazard and risk and for a correct and responsible management of the territory. Landslide susceptibility is the likelihood of a landslide occurring in an area on the basis of local terrain conditions. Can be expressed as the probability that any given region will be affected by landslides, i.e. an estimate of "where" landslides are likely to occur. In this work we present two examples of landslide susceptibility map prepared for the Umbria Region and for the Perugia Municipality. These two maps were realized following official request from the Regional and Municipal government to the Research Institute for the Hydrogeological Protection (CNR-IRPI). The susceptibility map prepared for the Umbria Region represents the development of previous agreements focused to prepare: i) a landslide inventory map that was included in the Urban Territorial Planning (PUT) and ii) a series of maps for the Regional Plan for Multi-risk Prevention. The activities carried out for the Umbria Region were focused to define and apply methods and techniques for landslide susceptibility zonation. Susceptibility maps were prepared exploiting a multivariate statistical model (linear discriminant analysis) for the five Civil Protection Alert Zones defined in the regional territory. The five resulting maps were tested and validated using the spatial distribution of recent landslide events that occurred in the region. The susceptibility map for the Perugia Municipality was prepared to be integrated as one of the cartographic product in the Municipal development plan (PRG - Piano Regolatore Generale) as required by the existing legislation. At strategic level, one of the main objectives of the PRG, is to establish a framework of knowledge and legal aspects for the management of geo-hydrological risk. At national level most of the susceptibility maps prepared for the PRG, were and still are obtained

  11. Infrared landmine detection and thermal model analysis

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    Schwering, P.B.W.; Kokonozi, A.; Carter, L.J.; Lensen, H.A.; Franken, E.M.


    Infrared imagers are capable of the detection of surface laid mines. Several sensor fused land mine detection systems make use of metal detectors, ground penetrating radar and infrared imagers. Infrared detection systems are sensitive to apparent temperature contrasts and their detection

  12. Atomic carbon in an infrared dark cloud

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    Ossenkopf, Volker; Ormel, Chris W.; Simon, Robert; Sun, Kefeng; Stutzki, Jürgen


    Infrared dark clouds (IRDCs) are potential sites of massive star formation, dark in the near-infrared, but in many cases already with indications of active star-formation from far-infrared and submm observations. They are an ideal test bed to study the role of internal and external heating on the

  13. Diagnostic Value of Direct Antibiotic Susceptibility Test for Faster BacterialSusceptibility Reporting in Bacteremia


    Rebriarina Hapsari; Vincentia Rizke Ciptaningtyas; Masfiyah Masfiyah


    Background: Rapid and accurate information on susceptibility of bacteria causing bacteraemia is very helpful in sepsis management. Blood culture is the gold standard for bacteraemia diagnosis. Standard antibiotic susceptibility testing needs at least three days for completion while direct method can give the result a day earlier. The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of direct antibiotic susceptibility testing in blood culture. Methods: Bloods from positive BACTEC b...

  14. Infrared thermal imaging in medicine. (United States)

    Ring, E F J; Ammer, K


    This review describes the features of modern infrared imaging technology and the standardization protocols for thermal imaging in medicine. The technique essentially uses naturally emitted infrared radiation from the skin surface. Recent studies have investigated the influence of equipment and the methods of image recording. The credibility and acceptance of thermal imaging in medicine is subject to critical use of the technology and proper understanding of thermal physiology. Finally, we review established and evolving medical applications for thermal imaging, including inflammatory diseases, complex regional pain syndrome and Raynaud's phenomenon. Recent interest in the potential applications for fever screening is described, and some other areas of medicine where some research papers have included thermal imaging as an assessment modality. In certain applications thermal imaging is shown to provide objective measurement of temperature changes that are clinically significant.

  15. Tunable far-infrared spectroscopy (United States)

    Evenson, K. M.; Jennings, D. A.; Petersen, F. R.


    Tunable, CW, far-infrared radiation has been generated by nonlinear mixing of radiation from two CO2 lasers in a metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diode. The FIR difference-frequency power radiated from the MIM diode antenna to a calibrated indium antimonide bolometer. Two-tenths of a microwatt of FIR power was generated by 250 mW from each of the CO2 lasers. The combination of lines from a waveguide CO2 laser, with its larger tuning range, with lines from CO2, N2O, and CO2 isotopic lasers promises complete coverage of the entire far-infrared band from 100 to 5000 GHz (3-200 per cm) with stepwise-tunable CW radiation. To demonstrate the usefulness of the technique, the J = 4-5 line of CO was observed at 567 GHz.


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    A. K. Esman


    Full Text Available Recent research and development show promising use of high-performance solid-state receivers of the electromagnetic radiation. These receivers are based on the low-barrier Schottky diodes. The approach to the design of the receivers on the basis of delta-doped low-barrier Schottky diodes with beam leads without bias is especially actively developing because for uncooled receivers of the microwave radiation these diodes have virtually no competition. The purpose of this work is to improve the main parameters and characteristics that determine the practical relevance of the receivers of mid-infrared electromagnetic radiation at the operating room temperature by modifying the electrodes configuration of the diode and optimizing the distance between them. Proposed original design solution of the integrated receiver of mid-infrared radiation on the basis of the low-barrier Schottky diodes with beam leads allows to effectively adjust its main parameters and characteristics. Simulation of the electromagnetic characteristics of the proposed receiver by using the software package HFSS with the basic algorithm of a finite element method which implemented to calculate the behavior of electromagnetic fields on an arbitrary geometry with a predetermined material properties have shown that when the inner parts of the electrodes of the low-barrier Schottky diode is performed in the concentric elliptical convex-concave shape, it can be reduce the reflection losses to -57.75 dB and the standing wave ratio to 1.003 while increasing the directivity up to 23 at a wavelength of 6.09 μm. At this time, the rounded radii of the inner parts of the anode and cathode electrodes are equal 212 nm and 318 nm respectively and the gap setting between them is 106 nm. These parameters will improve the efficiency of the developed infrared optical-promising and electronic equipment for various purposes intended for work in the mid-infrared wavelength range. 

  17. Laser scophony infrared scene project (United States)

    Kircher, James R.; Marlow, Steven A.; Bastow, Michael


    A scophony infrared scene projector (IRSP) was developed by AURA Systems Inc. for use in evaluating thermal imaging guidance systems. The IRSP is a laser-scanned projector system incorporating scophony modulation with acousto-optical devices to produce multiband 96 X 96 image frames. A description of the system and preliminary test results with the Seeker Endo/Exo Demonstration Development breadboard interceptor are addressed.



    Severcan, Feride; OZEK, Nihal Simsek


    Infrared (IR) spectroscopyhas been extensively used for the examination of trace evidence in a forensicfield since it is non-destructive, rapid, objective, operator-independent andconfirmatory technique.  Such traces canbe obtained from biological resources such as hair, blood, fingerprints andnon-biological resources such as drug, gun-shot residue etc. The fingerprintswhich is unique per person, and the age of blood stains have been analyzed efficientlyand succesfully without destru...

  19. Ferroelectric infrared detector and method (United States)

    Lashley, Jason Charles; Opeil, Cyril P.; Smith, James Lawrence


    An apparatus and method are provided for sensing infrared radiation. The apparatus includes a sensor element that is positioned in a magnetic field during operation to ensure a .lamda. shaped relationship between specific heat and temperature adjacent the Curie temperature of the ferroelectric material comprising the sensor element. The apparatus is operated by inducing a magnetic field on the ferroelectric material to reduce surface charge on the element during its operation.

  20. The Clementine longwave infrared camera

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    Priest, R.E.; Lewis, I.T.; Sewall, N.R.; Park, H.S.; Shannon, M.J.; Ledebuhr, A.G.; Pleasance, L.D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States); Massie, M.A. [Pacific Advanced Technology, Solvang, CA (United States); Metschuleit, K. [Amber/A Raytheon Co., Goleta, CA (United States)


    The Clementine mission provided the first ever complete, systematic surface mapping of the moon from the ultra-violet to the near-infrared regions. More than 1.7 million images of the moon, earth and space were returned from this mission. The longwave-infrared (LWIR) camera supplemented the UV/Visible and near-infrared mapping cameras providing limited strip coverage of the moon, giving insight to the thermal properties of the soils. This camera provided {approximately}100 m spatial resolution at 400 km periselene, and a 7 km across-track swath. This 2.1 kg camera using a 128 x 128 Mercury-Cadmium-Telluride (MCT) FPA viewed thermal emission of the lunar surface and lunar horizon in the 8.0 to 9.5 {micro}m wavelength region. A description of this light-weight, low power LWIR camera along with a summary of lessons learned is presented. Design goals and preliminary on-orbit performance estimates are addressed in terms of meeting the mission`s primary objective for flight qualifying the sensors for future Department of Defense flights.

  1. Proceedings of the Second Infrared Detector Technology Workshop (United States)

    Mccreight, C. R. (Compiler)


    The workshop focused on infrared detector, detector array, and cryogenic electronic technologies relevant to low-background space astronomy. Papers are organized into the following categories: discrete infrared detectors and readout electronics; advanced bolometers; intrinsic integrated infrared arrays; and extrinsic integrated infrared arrays. Status reports on the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) and Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) programs are also included.

  2. Dynamics of AC susceptibility and coercivity behavior in nanocrystalline TbAl{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 0.5} alloys

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    Rojas, D.P., E-mail: [Departamento de Fisica e Instalaciones-ETSAM, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Av. Juan Herrera, 4. 28040 Madrid (Spain); Fernandez Barquin, L.; Gonzalez Legarreta, L. [CITIMAC and MAGMA, Unidad Asociada-CSIC, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cantabria, Av. de los Castros s/n.39005 Santander (Spain); Chaboy, J.; Piquer, C. [ICMA and Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, CSIC-Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Pedro, I. de; Rodriguez Fernandez, J. [CITIMAC and MAGMA, Unidad Asociada-CSIC, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Cantabria, Av. de los Castros s/n.39005 Santander (Spain)


    The static and dynamic magnetic macroscopic properties of bulk and nanocrystalline TbAl{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 0.5} alloys have been investigated. In bulk state, this alloy is understood as a reentrant ferromagnet. This is characterized by a ferromagnetic Curie transition at 114 K, as deduced from magnetization including Arrott plots, higher than that of TbAl{sub 2}. The reentrance is found at lower temperatures, below 66 K, with a cluster glass behavior setting in, deduced from the magnetization irreversibility. This is accompanied by an abrupt increase in the coercivity from 0.08 kOe to 15 kOe at 5 K, with respect to the TbAl{sub 2} alloy. Room temperature Moessbauer spectroscopy confirms the paramagnetic state of such a bulk alloy. The spin dynamics within the disordered magnetic state is described by the AC-susceptibility which shows a Vogel-Fulcher law for the slowing down process. This is caused by a random anisotropy affecting the existing clusters. The production of milled TbAl{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 0.5} alloys enhances the presence of magnetic disorder and results in the particle downsizing toward the nanocrystalline state (close to 10 nm). In this case, two frequency-dependent contributions exist, with different activation energies, one of them cannot be described by ideal spin glass nor blocking/unblocking (nanoparticle) processes. In addition, the coercivity reduces to 1 kOe with the decrease in the size as a consequence of the existence of single domain particles. The results are explained by the intricate interplay between exchange interactions and magnetocrystalline anisotropy with disorder and size effects. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bulk and nanocrystalline TbAl{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 0.5} alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enhancement of the magnetic properties when Fe substitutes Al in bulk TbAl{sub 2}, with a glassy behavior below 54 K. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer AC susceptibility of nanocrystalline TbAl{sub 1.5}Fe{sub 0.5} alloys shows atypical

  3. Adolescent neurobiological susceptibility to social context

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    Roberta A. Schriber


    Full Text Available Adolescence has been characterized as a period of heightened sensitivity to social contexts. However, adolescents vary in how their social contexts affect them. According to neurobiological susceptibility models, endogenous, biological factors confer some individuals, relative to others, with greater susceptibility to environmental influences, whereby more susceptible individuals fare the best or worst of all individuals, depending on the environment encountered (e.g., high vs. low parental warmth. Until recently, research guided by these theoretical frameworks has not incorporated direct measures of brain structure or function to index this sensitivity. Drawing on prevailing models of adolescent neurodevelopment and a growing number of neuroimaging studies on the interrelations among social contexts, the brain, and developmental outcomes, we review research that supports the idea of adolescent neurobiological susceptibility to social context for understanding why and how adolescents differ in development and well-being. We propose that adolescent development is shaped by brain-based individual differences in sensitivity to social contexts – be they positive or negative – such as those created through relationships with parents/caregivers and peers. Ultimately, we recommend that future research measure brain function and structure to operationalize susceptibility factors that moderate the influence of social contexts on developmental outcomes.

  4. Adolescent Neurobiological Susceptibility to Social Context (United States)

    Schriber, Roberta A.; Guyer, Amanda E.


    Adolescence has been characterized as a period of heightened sensitivity to social contexts. However, adolescents vary in how their social contexts affect them. According to neurobiological susceptibility models, endogenous, biological factors confer some individuals, relative to others, with greater susceptibility to environmental influences, whereby more susceptible individuals fare the best or worst of all individuals, depending on the environment they encounter (e.g., high vs. low parental warmth). Until recently, research guided by these theoretical frameworks has not incorporated direct measures of brain structure or function to index this sensitivity. Drawing on prevailing models of adolescent neurodevelopment and a growing number of neuroimaging studies on the interrelations among social contexts, the brain, and developmental outcomes, we review research that supports the idea of adolescent neurobiological susceptibility to social context for understanding why and how adolescents differ in development and well-being. We propose that adolescent development is shaped in part by brain-based individual differences in sensitivity to social contexts – be they positive or negative – such as those created through relationships with parents/caregivers and peers. As such, we recommend that future research measure brain function and structure to operationalize susceptibility factors that moderate the influence of social contexts on developmental outcomes. PMID:26773514

  5. Susceptible-infected-susceptible epidemics on the complete graph and the star graph : Exact analysis

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    Cator, E.A.; Van Mieghem, P.


    Since mean-field approximations for susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) epidemics do not always predict the correct scaling of the epidemic threshold of the SIS metastable regime, we propose two novel approaches: (a) an ?-SIS generalized model and (b) a modified SIS model that prevents the

  6. Infra-red parametric generation: Phase mismatch condition (United States)

    Ghosh, S.; Dubey, Swati; Jain, Kamal


    An analytical investigation is made for the Infrared parametric generation in doped semiconductor plasma under phase mismatch condition. Theoretical formulations are undertaken to determine induced polarization and threshold pump field for the onset of parametric generation in semiconductor plasma medium. The origin of this nonlinear interaction lies in the second order optical susceptibility arising due to the induced nonlinear current density in piezoelectric medium. Numerical estimations are made for n- type InSb at 77 K duly irradiated by a pulsed 10.6µm CO2 laser. It is very difficult to attain exact phase matching in experimental frame so we have considered a tolerable small phase mismatch in order to attain a new result. Its effect on the Infrared parametric generation in compound semiconductor is examined through induced polarization. Transmitted intensity is determined to have an idea about conversion efficiency of the said process. Phase mismatch tends to raise the required pump field to stimulate the parametric generation. Transmitted intensity is found to decrease with coherence length lc and increase carrier concentration n0, which is favorable for improved conversion efficiency.

  7. Characterizing aeroallergens by infrared spectroscopy of fungal spores and pollen.

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    Boris Zimmermann

    Full Text Available Fungal spores and plant pollen cause respiratory diseases in susceptible individuals, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Aeroallergen monitoring networks are an important part of treatment strategies, but unfortunately traditional analysis is time consuming and expensive. We have explored the use of infrared spectroscopy of pollen and spores for an inexpensive and rapid characterization of aeroallergens.The study is based on measurement of spore and pollen samples by single reflectance attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (SR-ATR FTIR. The experimental set includes 71 spore (Basidiomycota and 121 pollen (Pinales, Fagales and Poales samples. Along with fresh basidiospores, the study has been conducted on the archived samples collected within the last 50 years.The spectroscopic-based methodology enables clear spectral differentiation between pollen and spores, as well as the separation of confamiliar and congeneric species. In addition, the analysis of the scattering signals inherent in the infrared spectra indicates that the FTIR methodology offers indirect estimation of morphology of pollen and spores. The analysis of fresh and archived spores shows that chemical composition of spores is well preserved even after decades of storage, including the characteristic taxonomy-related signals. Therefore, biochemical analysis of fungal spores by FTIR could provide economical, reliable and timely methodologies for improving fungal taxonomy, as well as for fungal identification and monitoring. This proof of principle study shows the potential for using FTIR as a rapid tool in aeroallergen studies. In addition, the presented method is ready to be immediately implemented in biological and ecological studies for direct measurement of pollen and spores from flowers and sporocarps.

  8. Fidelity susceptibility as holographic PV-criticality

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    Momeni, Davood, E-mail: [Eurasian International Center for Theoretical Physics and Department of General & Theoretical Physics, Eurasian National University, Astana 010008 (Kazakhstan); Faizal, Mir, E-mail: [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4 (Canada); Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, University of British Columbia – Okanagan, 3333 University Way, Kelowna, British Columbia V1V 1V7 (Canada); Myrzakulov, Kairat, E-mail: [Eurasian International Center for Theoretical Physics and Department of General & Theoretical Physics, Eurasian National University, Astana 010008 (Kazakhstan); Myrzakulov, Ratbay, E-mail: [Eurasian International Center for Theoretical Physics and Department of General & Theoretical Physics, Eurasian National University, Astana 010008 (Kazakhstan)


    It is well known that entropy can be used to holographically establish a connection among geometry, thermodynamics and information theory. In this paper, we will use complexity to holographically establish a connection among geometry, thermodynamics and information theory. Thus, we will analyze the relation among holographic complexity, fidelity susceptibility, and thermodynamics in extended phase space. We will demonstrate that fidelity susceptibility (which is the informational complexity dual to a maximum volume in AdS) can be related to the thermodynamical volume (which is conjugate to the cosmological constant in the extended thermodynamic phase space). Thus, this letter establishes a relation among geometry, thermodynamics, and information theory, using complexity.

  9. Middle Prut plain's erosion susceptibility evaluation

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    Full Text Available The given article is dedicated to Middle Prut Plain’s erosion susceptibility evaluation  using factorial analysis and methodology of principal component analysis implemented byGeographical Informational System GRASS. Susceptibility evaluation is executed in a qualitative mode, and the results have preliminary character, for further quantitative andmore precise study. This type of natural hazards analysis offers information on probable localization and severity of erosion phenomena, as well as their manifestation probabilityin a given place.

  10. The Aging Kidney: Increased Susceptibility to Nephrotoxicity

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    Xinhui Wang


    Full Text Available Three decades have passed since a series of studies indicated that the aging kidney was characterized by increased susceptibility to nephrotoxic injury. Data from these experimental models is strengthened by clinical data demonstrating that the aging population has an increased incidence and severity of acute kidney injury (AKI. Since then a number of studies have focused on age-dependent alterations in pathways that predispose the kidney to acute insult. This review will focus on the mechanisms that are altered by aging in the kidney that may increase susceptibility to injury, including hemodynamics, oxidative stress, apoptosis, autophagy, inflammation and decreased repair.

  11. Infrared detectors for Earth observation (United States)

    Barnes, K.; Davis, R. P.; Knowles, P.; Shorrocks, N.


    IASI (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer), developed by CNES and launched since 2006 on the Metop satellites, is established as a major source of data for atmospheric science and weather prediction. The next generation - IASI NG - is a French national contribution to the Eumetsat Polar System Second Generation on board of the Metop second generation satellites and is under development by Airbus Defence and Space for CNES. The mission aim is to achieve twice the performance of the original IASI instrument in terms of sensitivity and spectral resolution. In turn, this places very demanding requirements on the infrared detectors for the new instrument. Selex ES in Southampton has been selected for the development of the infrared detector set for the IASI-NG instruments. The wide spectral range, 3.6 to 15.5 microns, is covered in four bands, each served by a dedicated detector design, with a common 4 x 4 array format of 1.3 mm square macropixels. Three of the bands up to 8.7 microns employ photovoltaic MCT (mercury cadmium telluride) technology and the very long wave band employs photoconductive MCT, in common with the approach taken between Airbus and Selex ES for the SEVIRI instrument on Second Generation Meteosat. For the photovoltaic detectors, the MCT crystal growth of heterojunction photodiodes is by the MOVPE technique (metal organic vapour phase epitaxy). Novel approaches have been taken to hardening the photovoltaic macropixels against localised crystal defects, and integrating transimpedance amplifiers for each macropixel into a full-custom silicon read out chip, which incorporates radiation hard design.

  12. Scanning mirror for infrared sensors (United States)

    Anderson, R. H.; Bernstein, S. B.


    A high resolution, long life angle-encoded scanning mirror, built for application in an infrared attitude sensor, is described. The mirror uses a Moire' fringe type optical encoder and unique torsion bar suspension together with a magnetic drive to meet stringent operational and environmental requirements at a minimum weight and with minimum power consumption. Details of the specifications, design, and construction are presented with an analysis of the mirror suspension that allows accurate prediction of performance. The emphasis is on mechanical design considerations, and brief discussions are included on the encoder and magnetic drive to provide a complete view of the mirror system and its capabilities.

  13. Black phosphorus mid-infrared photodetectors (United States)

    Xu, Mei; Gu, Yuqian; Peng, Ruoming; Youngblood, Nathan; Li, Mo


    Few-layer black phosphorus (BP) has emerged as a promising 2D material for photodetection in the mid-infrared spectral range given its narrow bandgap. However, a comprehensive understanding of BP photodetector's response in the mid-infrared is still lacking. In this paper, we study the photoresponse of few-layer BP photodetector in the mid-infrared range from 2.5 to 3.7 µm. We identify broadband photoresponse of BP photodetectors in the mid-infrared and observe saturation of the response with optical power. Through frequency and time domain measurements, we have also identified the two dominate mechanisms in our device to be due to the photovoltaic and photogating effects. Our results provide valuable information for optimization of BP mid-infrared photodetectors toward rivaling the current infrared photodetection technology based on compound semiconductors.

  14. Transformative Colloidal Nanomaterials for Mid- Infrared Devices (United States)


    Distribution Unlimited Final Report: Transformative Colloidal Nanomaterials for Mid- Infrared Devices The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this...reviewed journals: Final Report: Transformative Colloidal Nanomaterials for Mid-Infrared Devices Report Title The grant focused on the Photoluminescence...explored for mid-infrared photoluminescence, in view of applying it to LEDs, lasers or negative luminescence devices. Colloidal nanomaterials are already

  15. Near infrared autofluorescence imaging of retinal diseases. (United States)

    Skondra, Dimitra; Papakostas, Thanos D; Hunter, Rebecca; Vavvas, Demetrios G


    Near infrared autofluorescence (excitation 787 nm, emission >800 nm) is a non-invasive imaging technology that provides information on the distribution of melanin within the retinal pigment epithelial cell/choroid complex. This review contains an introduction to near infrared autofluorescence imaging methods. Characteristics of near infrared imaging in a variety of retinal diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, choroidal nevus, retinal degenerations, retinal dystrophies, central serous chorioretinopathy, pseudoxanthoma elasticum and chloroquine retinopathy, are summarized.

  16. Thermal Infrared Anomalies of Several Strong Earthquakes


    Congxin Wei; Yuansheng Zhang; Xiao Guo; Shaoxing Hui; Manzhong Qin; Ying Zhang


    In the history of earthquake thermal infrared research, it is undeniable that before and after strong earthquakes there are significant thermal infrared anomalies which have been interpreted as preseismic precursor in earthquake prediction and forecasting. In this paper, we studied the characteristics of thermal radiation observed before and after the 8 great earthquakes with magnitude up to Ms7.0 by using the satellite infrared remote sensing information. We used new types of data and method...

  17. Barrier Engineered Quantum Dot Infrared Photodetectors (United States)


    AFRL-RV-PS- AFRL-RV-PS- TR-2015-0111 TR-2015-0111 BARRIER ENGINEERED QUANTUM DOT INFRARED PHOTODETECTORS Sanjay Krishna Center for High Technology...2011 – 22 May 2012 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Barrier Engineered Quantum Dot Infrared Photodetectors 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER FA9453-12-1-0336 5b. Unlimited. 13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 14. ABSTRACT To investigate barrier engineered designs to reduce the dark current in quantum dot infrared

  18. Road Networks Winter Risk Estimation Using On-Board Uncooled Infrared Camera for Surface Temperature Measurements over Two Lanes

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    Full Text Available Thermal mapping has been implemented since the late eighties to establish the susceptibility of road networks to ice occurrence with measurements from a radiometer and some atmospheric parameters. They are usually done before dawn during wintertime when the road energy is dissipated. The objective of this study was to establish if an infrared camera could improve the determination of ice road susceptibility, to build a new winter risk index, to improve the measurements rate, and to analyze its consistency with seasons and infrastructures environment. Data analysis obtained from the conventional approved radiometer sensing technique and the infrared camera has shown great similarities. A comparison was made with promising perspectives. The measurement rate to analyse a given road network could be increased by a factor two.

  19. Infrared Microspectroscopy Of Pathologic Tissue (United States)

    O'Leary, Timothy J.; Engler, Walter F.; Ventre, Kathleen M.


    Infrared spectroscopy is a powerful technique by which to characterize the conformations of proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids (1). Previously we have demonstrated that infrared spectroscopy can be used to characterize the secondary structure of abnormal protein accumulation products, known as amyloid, which are often found in association with medullary carcinoma of the thyroid (2). The utility of the technique was highly limited by the fact that essentially the entire specimen had to consist of this abnormal protein for infrared spectroscopic analysis to be useful. The development of high quality microscopes capable of both light microscopic and infrared characterization of materials has enabled us to extend our earlier use of infrared spectroscopy to diseases and tissues in which the abnormal region of interest is only a few hundred square micrometers in area. Tissue for spectroscopic examination is mounted on microscope slides which have been prepared by acid washing, plating with gold or gold-palladium alloy (3) and coating with high molecular weight poly-L-lysine. Sections of tissue which have been previously embedded in paraffin are cut with a microtome at 4 to 5 micrometers thickness, floated onto a bath of distilled water, picked up on the microscope slide, and allowed to dry overnight. Paraffin is removed by soaking the slides in two changes of xylene, and then the sections are rehydrated by placing them in absolute alcohol, then in fifty percent alcohol, and finally in water. Sections may then be stained using standard histologic stains, such as hematoxylin and eosin, then once again dehydrated with alcohol. After drying, the sections are covered with an index-matching fluid, such as Fluorolube, which allows a relatively good visual microscopic examination of the tissue when the microscope is used in reflectance mode. High quality reflectance infrared spectra may be easily obtained when the tissue is prepared and mounted in this way (Figure 1

  20. Next decade in infrared detectors (United States)

    Rogalski, A.


    Fundamental and technological issues associated with the development and exploitation of the most advanced infrared technologies is discussed. In these classes of detectors both photon and thermal detectors are considered. Special attention is directed to HgCdTe ternary alloys, type II superlattices (T2SLs), barrier detectors, quantum wells, extrinsic detectors, and uncooled thermal bolometers. The sophisticated physics associated with the antimonide-based bandgap engineering will give a new impact and interest in development of infrared detector structures. Important advantage of T2SLs is the high quality, high uniformity and stable nature of the material. In general, III-V semiconductors are more robust than their II-VI counterparts due to stronger, less ionic chemical bonding. As a result, III-V-based FPAs excel in operability, spatial uniformity, temporal stability, scalability, producibility, and affordability - the so-called "ibility" advantages. In well established uncooled imaging, microbolometer arrays are clearly the most used technology. The microbolometer detectors are now produced in larger volumes than all other IR array technologies together. Present state-of-the-art microbolometers are based on polycrystalline or amorphous materials, typically vanadium oxide (VOx) or amorphous silicon (a-Si), with only modest temperature sensitivity and noise properties. Basic efforts today are mainly focused on pixel reduction and performance enhancement.

  1. Mid-Infrared Graphene Photoresponse (United States)

    Hsu, Allen; Herring, Patrick; Shin, Yong Cheol; Kim, Ki Kang; Kong, Jing; Marcus, Charlie; Gabor, Nathaniel; Palacios, Tomas; Jarillo-Herrero, Pablo


    Graphene is a two-dimensional (2D) material that has attracted great interest for electronic devices since its discovery in 2004. Due to its zero band gap band structure, it has a broad-band optical absorption ranging from the far-infrared all the way to the visible making it potentially useful for infrared photodetectors. Electrostatically gated p-n junctions have demonstrated photocurrents in the near-IR (λ = 850nm), primarily due to hot carrier mechanisms. In order to study these mechanisms at longer wavelengths (λ = 10 μm), high quality chemically vapor grown (CVD) graphene is necessary to fabricate electrostatically controlled p-n junctions due to the longer optical length scales. Moreover, at these low energies (~ 125 meV), optical phonon scattering is suppressed and is predicted to lead to increased carrier lifetimes and enhanced photo-response. Using electrostatic gating, we are able to study the absorption mechanisms in graphene by selecting between conventional photovoltaic effects and photo-thermoelectric effects. Experiments suggest that the photocurrent signal is enhanced by electrostatic gating near the Dirac peak and reduced disorder in the graphene sample. Institute for Solder Nanotechnologies, GATE MURI, MSD Focus Center

  2. Genetics of Asthma Susceptibility and Severity

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    Slager, Rebecca E.; Hawkins, Gregory A.; Li, Xingnan; Postma, Dirkje S.; Meyers, Deborah A.; Bleecker, Eugene R.

    This article summarizes major findings in genome-wide studies of asthma susceptibility and severity. Two large meta-analyses identified four chromosomal regions which were consistently associated with development of asthma. Genes that are associated with asthma subphenotypes such as lung function,

  3. Nutrition affects insect susceptibility to Bt toxins (United States)

    Deans, Carrie A.; Behmer, Spencer T.; Tessnow, Ashley E.; Tamez-Guerra, Patricia; Pusztai-Carey, Marianne; Sword, Gregory A.


    Pesticide resistance represents a major challenge to global food production. The spread of resistance alleles is the primary explanation for observations of reduced pesticide efficacy over time, but the potential for gene-by-environment interactions (plasticity) to mediate susceptibility has largely been overlooked. Here we show that nutrition is an environmental factor that affects susceptibility to Bt toxins. Protein and carbohydrates are two key macronutrients for insect herbivores, and the polyphagous pest Helicoverpa zea self-selects and performs best on diets that are protein-biased relative to carbohydrates. Despite this, most Bt bioassays employ carbohydrate-biased rearing diets. This study explored the effect of diet protein-carbohydrate content on H. zea susceptibility to Cry1Ac, a common Bt endotoxin. We detected a 100-fold increase in LC50 for larvae on optimal versus carbohydrate-biased diets, and significant diet-mediated variation in survival and performance when challenged with Cry1Ac. Our results suggest that Bt resistance bioassays that use ecologically- and physiologically-mismatched diets over-estimate susceptibility and under-estimate resistance.

  4. Climate change and corn susceptibility to mycotoxins (United States)

    Maize is an essential part of the world’s grain supply, but climate change has the potential to increase maize susceptibility to mycotoxigenic fungal pathogens and reduce food security and safety. While rising atmospheric [CO2] is a driving force of climate change, our understanding of how elevated ...

  5. Why do Individuals Differ in Viral Susceptibility?

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    Sluijs, van L.; Pijlman, G.P.; Kammenga, J.E.


    Viral susceptibility and disease progression is determined by host genetic variation that underlies individual differences. Genetic polymorphisms that affect the phenotype upon infection have been well-studied for only a few viruses, such as HIV-1 and Hepatitis C virus. However, even for

  6. antimicrobial susceptibility and plasmids from escherichia coli

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    Oct 2, 2001 ... 78 No. IO October 200]. ANTIMICROBIAL SUSCEPTIBILITY AND PLASMIDS FROM ESCHERICHIA COLI ISOLATED FROM RATS. FM. Gakuya, BVM, MSc, Field Veterinarian, Kenya Wildlife Services, M.N. Kyule, BVM, ... Request for reprints to: Dr FM. ... profile index (API) 20E strips (Bio Merieux, Marcy~l?

  7. Antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of Salmonella typhi and ...

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    The aim of this study was to determine antimicrobial susceptibility testing patterns of Candida Albicans and Salmonella typhi isolates. Fifteen isolates of each microorganism were collected from three hospitals located in Dar es Salaam region within a 3-month period in the year 2005. Candida Albicans and Salmonella typhi ...

  8. Incidence and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of Staphylococcus ...

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    Incidence and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of Staphylococcus aureus amongst patients with urinary tract infection (UTI) in UBTH Benin City, Nigeria. ... (4.4%), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (2.0%) and Candida albican (1.0%). No growth was recorded in 46.6% of cultures. The occurrence of S. aureus was found to be ...

  9. Short Communication Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern and Beta ...

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    The multiple drug resistance as evident in high MICs of the antibiotics tested could probably be due to abuse/misuse of antibiotics resulting in recurrence of furuncles in the patients. Keywords: Antibiotic susceptibility, β-lactamase, Recurrent furunculosis, Staphylococcus aureus. Received 08 August 2011/ Accepted 30 ...

  10. Prevalence and susceptibility pattern of methicillinresistant ...

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    Also, recent reports describe methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) carriage in persons in the community. The study investigated its prevalence in urine of healthy women and its susceptibility pattern to other antibiotics. Urine samples collected from healthy women volunteers in Zaria were cultured and screened for S.

  11. Landslide susceptibility analysis using Probabilistic Certainty Factor ...

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    This paper reports the use of a GIS based Probabilistic Certainty Factor method to assess the geo-environmental factors that contribute to landslide susceptibility in Tevankarai Ar sub-watershed,. Kodaikkanal. Landslide occurrences are a common phenomenon in the Tevankarai Ar sub-watershed,. Kodaikkanal owing to ...

  12. Estimation of bonding nature using diamagnetic susceptibility. (United States)

    Tomiyasu, Keisuke; Sato, Toyoto; Orimo, Shin-ichi


    A chemical bond includes both covalent and ionic characteristics. We develop an experimental method to estimate the degree of each contribution based on magnetic susceptibility measurements, in which Pascal's scheme for Larmor diamagnetism is combined with electronegativity. The applicability to metal hydrides is also shown.

  13. acetyltransferases: Influence on Lung Cancer Susceptibility

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    Lung cancer remains a major health challenge in the world. It is the commonest cause of cancer mortality in men, it has been suggested that genetic susceptibility may contribute to the major risk factor, with increasing prevalence of smoking. Lung cancer has reached epidemic proportions in India. Recently indoor air ...

  14. Susceptibility Pattern of Nasopharyngeal Isolates of Streptococcus ...

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    Aims: To determine the rate of nasopharyngeal colonization of Streptococcus pneumoniae among nursery school children in Enugu urban and to determine their antibiotic susceptibility pattern particularly the penicillin resistant strains. Methods: Specimens were collected from the nasopharynx of 385 apparently healthy ...

  15. Susceptibility of pathogenic and nonpathogenic Naegleria ssp

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    The susceptibility of four species of Naegleria amoebae to complement-mediated lysis was determined. The amoebicidal activity of normal human serum (NHS) and normal guinea pig serum (NGPS) for Naegleria amoebae was measured by an in vitro cytotoxicity assay. Release of radioactivity from amoebae labeled with {sup 3}H-uridine and visual observation with a compound microscope were used as indices of lysis. Susceptibility or resistance to complement-mediated lysis in vitro correlated with the in vivo pathogenic potential. Nonpathogenic Naegleria amoebae were lysed at a faster rate and at higher cell concentrations than were pathogenic amoebae. Electrophoretic analysis of NHS incubated with pathogenic or nonpathogenic Naegleria spp. demonstrated that amoebae activate the complement cascade resulting in the production of C3 and C5 complement cleavage products. Treatment with papain or trypsin for 1 h, but not with sialidase, increase the susceptibility of highly pathogenic, mouse-passaged N. fowleri to lysis. Treatment with actinomycin D, cycloheximide or various protease inhibitors for 4 h did not increase susceptibility to lysis. Neither a repair process involving de novo protein synthesis nor a complement-inactivating protease appear to account for the increase resistance of N. fowleri amoebae to complement-mediated lysis. A binding study with {sup 125}I radiolabeled C9 indicated that the terminal complement component does not remain stably bound to the membrane of pathogenic amoebae.

  16. Surveillance and insecticide susceptibility status of Culicine ...

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    Vector control programs in Nigeria are mostly targeted towards reducing the burden of malaria with less emphasis placed on other debilitating vector borne diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and filariasis. This study assessed the indoor resting densities and insecticide susceptibility status of Culex and Aedes ...

  17. Epidemiological and antibiotic susceptibility profiles of infectious ...

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    Sep 28, 2011 ... isolation rates among different age groups, educational status, gender, water drank, use of chlorine, toilet use, exposure at home to .... with intermediate susceptibility to ciprofloxacin in the majority of .... Antibiotic and bacterial strain specific distribution of resistance in bacteria isolated from patients attending.

  18. Bacteriological Quality and antimicrobial susceptibility of some ...

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    Bacteriological Quality and antimicrobial susceptibility of some isolates of Well Water used for Drinking in Jimma Town, Southwest Ethiopia. ... resistance against most of the antibiotics tested. In general, the well water samples analyzed in this study were found in unacceptable condition in terms of bacteriological quality.

  19. Susceptibility to methamphetamine dependence associated with ...

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    Khyber Saify


    Sep 26, 2015 ... Susceptibility to methamphetamine dependence associated with high transcriptional activity alleles of VNTR polymorphism in the promoter region of monoamine oxidase A (MAOA). Khyber Saify, Mostafa Saadat*. Department of Biology, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454, Iran. Received ...

  20. Susceptibility of Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii ...

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    Objective: To determine anti-fungal susceptibility of Cryptococcus neoformans and. Cryptococcus gattii from environmental and clinical sources in Nairobi, Kenya. Design: Prospective study. Setting: Kenya Medical Research Institute, Mycology laboratory, Nairobi, Kenya. Subjects: A total of 123 isolates were tested for their ...

  1. Susceptibility of Some Bacterial Contaminants Recovered from ...

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    Methods: Nine bacterial isolates recovered from various brands of commercially available cosmetics marketed in Jordan were tested for their susceptibility pattern against two paraben esters and two formaldehyde donors in addition to nine commonly used antibiotics. The biocidal effect for three preservatives was tested at ...

  2. Antimicrobial susceptibility of organisms causing community ...

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    Demographic and clinical data were recorded and mid-stream urine (MSU) specimens were cultured. UTI pathogens were Gram-stained and identified to species level. Etest-based antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed for amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, cefixime, cefuroxime, ciprofloxacin, fosfomycin, levofloxacin, ...

  3. Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern of Extended Spectrum ...

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    Purpose: To evaluate the antibiotic susceptibility pattern of various bacterial pathogens including extended spectrum betalactamase (ESBL) producers in Kano, Nigeria. Method: A total of 604 consecutive clinical samples obtained from Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital. (AKTH), Kano between January and July 2010 were ...

  4. Antimicrobial susceptibility of staphylococci species from cow ...

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    Objective: To determine the prevalence of antibiotic susceptibility of Staphylococcus species isolated from foremilk samples. Setting: Milk was collected from five farms within a 70 km radius of Gaborone, Botswana. Subjects: Two hundred and twenty five staphylococci isolates from foremilk samples. Main outcome measures: ...

  5. Prevalence and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of methicillin ...

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    Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a multidrug resistant bacterium that threatens the continued effectiveness of antibiotics worldwide. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of MRSA and its antibiotic susceptibility pattern in patients with burns and bedsore. This was a cross- sectional ...

  6. Assessment of antibiotic susceptibilities, genotypic characteristics ...

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    This study was designed to evaluate the antibiotic susceptibilities, genotypic characteristics and biofilm formation abilities of antibiotic-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus KACC 13236 (SAS), multiple antibiotic-resistant S. aureus CCARM 3080 (SAR), antibiotic-sensitive Salmonella Typhimurium KCCM 40253 (STS) and ...

  7. Isolation, identifications and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of ...

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    A cross-sectional study was conducted from November 2013 to April 2014 to isolate coagulase positive Staphylococcus (CPS) from subclinical mastitic (SCM) lactating cows, to establishing prevalence, to identify risk factors and to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of CPS isolates in and around Haramaya.

  8. Antimicrobial susceptibility in community-acquired bacterial ...

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    Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Bacterial isolates were obtained from adults suspected to have community-acquired pneumonia and who sought treatment at two city council clinics in Nairobi, Kenya. Susceptibility to antimicrobial agents was performed using a microdilution broth method, according to the criteria set ...

  9. Antibiotic Susceptibility of Potentially Probiotic Vaginal Lactobacilli

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    Virginia Ocaña


    Full Text Available Objective. To study the antimicrobial susceptibility of six vaginal probiotic lactobacilli. Methods. The disc diffusion method in Müeller Hinton, LAPTg and MRS agars by the NCCLS (National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards procedure was performed. Due to the absence of a Lactobacillus reference strains, the results were compared to those of Staphylococcus aureus ATCC29213. Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC with 21 different antibiotics in LAPTg agar and broth was also determined. Results. LAPTg and MRS agars are suitable media to study antimicrobial susceptibility of lactobacilli. However, the NCCLS procedure needs to be standardized for this genus. The MICs have shown that all Lactobacillus strains grew at concentrations above 10 μg/mL of chloramphenicol, aztreonam, norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, streptomycin and kanamycin. Four lactobacilli were sensitive to 1 μg/mL vancomycin and all of them were resistant to 1000 μg/mL of metronidazole. Sensitivity to other antibiotics depended on each particular strain. Conclusions. The NCCLS method needs to be standardized in an appropriate medium to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility of Lactobacillus. Vaginal probiotic lactobacilli do not display uniform susceptibility to antibiotics. Resistance to high concentrations of metronidazole suggests that lactobacilli could be simultaneously used with a bacterial vaginosis treatment to restore the vaginal normal flora.

  10. Antibiotic Susceptibility of Potentially Probiotic Vaginal Lactobacilli (United States)

    Ocaña, Virginia; Silva, Clara; Nader-Macías, María Elena


    Objective. To study the antimicrobial susceptibility of six vaginal probiotic lactobacilli. Methods. The disc diffusion method in Müeller Hinton, LAPTg and MRS agars by the NCCLS (National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards) procedure was performed. Due to the absence of a Lactobacillus reference strains, the results were compared to those of Staphylococcus aureus ATCC29213. Minimal Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) with 21 different antibiotics in LAPTg agar and broth was also determined. Results. LAPTg and MRS agars are suitable media to study antimicrobial susceptibility of lactobacilli. However, the NCCLS procedure needs to be standardized for this genus. The MICs have shown that all Lactobacillus strains grew at concentrations above 10 μg/mL of chloramphenicol, aztreonam, norfloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, streptomycin and kanamycin. Four lactobacilli were sensitive to 1 μg/mL vancomycin and all of them were resistant to 1000 μg/mL of metronidazole. Sensitivity to other antibiotics depended on each particular strain. Conclusions. The NCCLS method needs to be standardized in an appropriate medium to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility of Lactobacillus. Vaginal probiotic lactobacilli do not display uniform susceptibility to antibiotics. Resistance to high concentrations of metronidazole suggests that lactobacilli could be simultaneously used with a bacterial vaginosis treatment to restore the vaginal normal flora. PMID:17485797

  11. Sparse methods for Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (United States)

    Bilgic, Berkin; Chatnuntawech, Itthi; Langkammer, Christian; Setsompop, Kawin


    Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) aims to estimate the tissue susceptibility distribution that gives rise to subtle changes in the main magnetic field, which are captured by the image phase in a gradient echo (GRE) experiment. The underlying susceptibility distribution is related to the acquired tissue phase through an ill-posed linear system. To facilitate its inversion, spatial regularization that imposes sparsity or smoothness assumptions can be employed. This paper focuses on efficient algorithms for regularized QSM reconstruction. Fast solvers that enforce sparsity under Total Variation (TV) and Total Generalized Variation (TGV) constraints are developed using Alternating Direction Method of Multipliers (ADMM). Through variable splitting that permits closed-form iterations, the computation efficiency of these solvers are dramatically improved. An alternative approach to improve the conditioning of the ill-posed inversion is to acquire multiple GRE volumes at different head orientations relative to the main magnetic field. The phase information from such multi-orientation acquisition can be combined to yield exquisite susceptibility maps and obviate the need for regularized reconstruction, albeit at the cost of increased data acquisition time.

  12. Compensatory and Susceptive Responses of Cowpea Genotypes...

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    turing genotypes of cowpea. Control of aphid's infestation in early maturing cowpea genotypes should not be delayed up to two weeks after infestation (28 days after planting) to avoid yield loss. Aphid infestation period for studies in susceptive response in medium to late matur- ing genotypes should go beyond 28 days after.

  13. Mapping markers linked to porcine salmonellosis susceptibility

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    Galina-Pantoja, L.; Siggens, K.; Schriek, M.G.; Heuven, H.C.M.|info:eu-repo/dai/nl/314417818


    Anim Genet. 2009 Jun 3. [Epub ahead of print] Mapping markers linked to porcine salmonellosis susceptibility. Galina-Pantoja L, Siggens K, van Schriek MG, Heuven HC. PIC/Genus, 100 Bluegrass Commons Blvd, Hendersonville, TN 37075, USA. The goal of this study was to identify pig chromosomal regions

  14. Caspofungin Etest susceptibility testing of Candida species

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    Arendrup, Maiken Cavling; Pfaller, Michael A; Schønheyder, Henrik Carl


    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance of caspofungin Etest and the recently revised CLSI breakpoints. A total of 497 blood isolates, of which 496 were wild-type isolates, were included. A total of 65/496 susceptible isolates (13.1%) were misclassified as intermediate (I) or re...

  15. Species identification and antifungal susceptibility pattern of ...

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    Dalia Saad ElFeky


    Oct 23, 2015 ... Species identification and antifungal susceptibility pattern of Candida isolates in cases of vulvovaginal candidiasis. Dalia Saad ElFeky a,. *, Noha Mahmoud Gohar a. , Eman Ahmad El-Seidi a. ,. Mona Mahmoud Ezzat a. , Somaia Hassan AboElew b a Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, ...

  16. The current susceptibility pattern of methicillin resistant ...

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    The antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from in-patients and out-patients at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) was studied. Fifty, S. aureus organisms were isolated from routine clinical specimens such as high vaginal, wound, urethral and ear ...

  17. Prevalence And Antimicrobial Susceptibility Pattern Of Methicillin ...

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    Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is an important nosocomial pathogen. We report the prevalence and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of MRSA in Amravati, Maharashtra state (India). A total of 150 healthcare-associated (HA) sources (doctors mobiles phone and wound/pus swabs), and 160 ...

  18. Distribution and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of methicillin ...

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    Background: The rise of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection has become a serious health issue. The emergence of mutidrug – resistant MRSA strains compounds chemotherapy and has raised public health concern. In this preliminary study, the distribution and antimicrobial susceptibility profile of ...

  19. Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of ...

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    Prevalence and antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of Staphylococcus aureus from cow's milk, nasal and environmental swabs in selected dairy farms in Morogoro, ... 28.4% (n=27) of all isolates were resistant to Oxacillin and/or Cefoxitin, and therefore classified as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

  20. Antimicrobial susceptibility and minimal inhibitory concentration of ...

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the antibiotic susceptibility profile of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from different animal species with septic ocular surface disease. Sixteen strains of P. aeruginosa were isolated from different species of animals (dog, cat, horse, penguin and brown bear) with ocular surface ...

  1. Isolation, characterization and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of ...

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    The swab sticks were inoculated into brain-heart infusion broth, transported to the laboratory and then inoculated on mannitol salt agar. Isolates with the characteristic colonial morphology of S. aureus were then identified microscopically and characterized biochemically. The susceptibility of S. aureus isolates to seven ...

  2. Antibiotic Susceptibility Pattern of Extended Spectrum ...

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    Antibiotics susceptibility tests including, ESBL screening and confirmation, were carried out by disc diffusion technique using Clinical Laboratory Standard Institute (CLSI) criteria. Results: Ten different types of bacteria genera were observed from nine different clinical samples. E. coli was the most frequently isolated bacteria ...

  3. Antimicrobial susceptibility profile of selected bacteraemic ...

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    Antimicrobial susceptibility tests were performed by 12 participating laboratories according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines. Extended-spectrum 13-lactamase (ESBL) production was determined in selected species of Enterobacteriaceae irrespective of source. Results. The overall ...

  4. Antimicrobial susceptibility of Corynebacterium group D2. (United States)

    Santamaría, M; Ponte, C; Wilhelmi, I; Soriano, F


    The in vitro susceptibility of 30 Corynebacterium group D2 strains to nine antimicrobial agents was determined. Vancomycin and norfloxacin were the most active agents tested. All strains were resistant to ampicillin and cephalothin, all except one were resistant to gentamicin, and the activity of erythromycin, novobiocin, tetracycline, and rifampin varied. PMID:4083869

  5. Helicobacter pylori : Prevalence and antibiotic susceptibility among ...

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    E-test strips for metronidazole, amoxicillin and clarithromycin were used for susceptibility testing. Results. The prevalence of H. pylori infection in children was 73.3%, and 54.8% in adults. All the H. pylori investigated in this study were largely sensitive to clarithromycin (100%, minimum inhibiting concentration (MIC) <2 ìg/ml) ...

  6. The differential susceptibility to media effects model

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    Valkenburg, P.M.; Peter, J.


    In this theoretical article, we introduce the Differential Susceptibility to Media Effects Model (DSMM), a new, integrative model to improve our understanding of media effects. The DSMM organizes, integrates, and extends the insights developed in earlier microlevel media-effects theories. It

  7. Enumeration, Isolation and Antibiotic Susceptibility Profile of ...

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    A study was carried out between February and March, 2012, to enumerate, isolate and identify bacteria associated with mobile cell phones in a University environment. This was with a view to determining the bacterial load and their susceptibility pattern to some commonly-used antibiotics. Samples were collected from ...

  8. Antibiotic Susceptibility Profile and Survival of Bifidobacterium ...

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    Bifidobacteria are categorized as health-promoting microorganisms (probiotics) in the gastrointestinal tracts of humans and animals. Antibiotic susceptibility is a key criterion for probiotic agent selection. Good survival of probiotics during storage at selected storage temperature(s) is highly desirable. Bifidobacteria isolated ...

  9. Real-Time Optical Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (United States)

    Andersen, Klaus R.; Jørgensen, Erik; Droce, Aida; Olesen, Tom; Jensen, Bent B.; Rosenvinge, Flemming S.; Sondergaard, Teis E.


    Rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing is in high demand in health care fields as antimicrobial-resistant bacterial strains emerge and spread. Here, we describe an optical screening system (oCelloScope) which, based on time-lapse imaging of 96 bacteria-antibiotic combinations at a time, introduces real-time detection of bacterial growth and antimicrobial susceptibility with imaging material to support the automatically generated graphs. Automated antibiotic susceptibility tests of a monoculture showed statistically significant antibiotic effects within 6 min and within 30 min in complex samples from pigs suffering from catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The oCelloScope system provides a fast high-throughput screening method for detecting bacterial susceptibility that might entail an earlier diagnosis and introduction of appropriate targeted therapy and thus combat the threat from multidrug-resistant pathogenic bacteria. The oCelloScope system can be employed for a broad range of applications within bacteriology and might present new vistas as a point-of-care instrument in clinical and veterinary settings. PMID:23596243

  10. Clinical assessment of wounds and antimicrobial susceptibility ...

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    A study was conducted at two veterinary surgeries to investigate the common aerobic bacteria associated with dog bite wounds in dogs, and to determine their antimicrobial susceptibilities. From each wound, two swabs were collected for bacterial culture and cytology. A total of 50 wounds from 50 dogs were examined, with ...

  11. Isolation, identifications and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of ...

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    A cross-sectional study was conducted from November 2013 to April 2014 to isolate coagulase positive Staphylococcus (CPS) from subclinical mastitic (SCM) lactating cows, to establishing prevalence, to identify risk factors and to determine the antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of CPS isolates in and around Haramaya ...

  12. Relative susceptibility of banana cultivars to Xanthomonas ...

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    short time making the disease one of the most dreaded in banana. The disease affects almost all varieties of commonly grown banana cultivars. Some knowledge of the relative susceptibility of banana cultivars would be extremely useful and could be a basis for management strategies for BXW. Ten banana cultivars were ...

  13. Biofilm production and antibiotic susceptibility profiles of ...

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    Staphylococcus aureus is a common pathogen associated with nosocomial as well as community acquired infections. Despite multiple reports on the severity and recurrent nature of S. aureus infection, the pathogenesis as well as antibiotic susceptibility profiles of S. aureus infecting HIV and AIDS patients has not been well ...

  14. Individual Differences in Susceptibility to Inattentional Blindness (United States)

    Seegmiller, Janelle K.; Watson, Jason M.; Strayer, David L.


    Inattentional blindness refers to the finding that people do not always see what appears in their gaze. Though inattentional blindness affects large percentages of people, it is unclear if there are individual differences in susceptibility. The present study addressed whether individual differences in attentional control, as reflected by…

  15. Original Paper Multicenter study on antibiotic susceptibility ...

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    Sampling was performed by fingerprinting on culture media and ... Further investigations and previous works alleged drug use and basic hygiene as crucial in .... Susceptibility testing. This was carried out on 24 h bacterial pure culture. Prior to the test, bacterial isolates were streaked on fresh agar and incubated at 37.

  16. Sequence Alignment to Predict Across Species Susceptibility ... (United States)

    Conservation of a molecular target across species can be used as a line-of-evidence to predict the likelihood of chemical susceptibility. The web-based Sequence Alignment to Predict Across Species Susceptibility (SeqAPASS) tool was developed to simplify, streamline, and quantitatively assess protein sequence/structural similarity across taxonomic groups as a means to predict relative intrinsic susceptibility. The intent of the tool is to allow for evaluation of any potential protein target, so it is amenable to variable degrees of protein characterization, depending on available information about the chemical/protein interaction and the molecular target itself. To allow for flexibility in the analysis, a layered strategy was adopted for the tool. The first level of the SeqAPASS analysis compares primary amino acid sequences to a query sequence, calculating a metric for sequence similarity (including detection of candidate orthologs), the second level evaluates sequence similarity within selected domains (e.g., ligand-binding domain, DNA binding domain), and the third level of analysis compares individual amino acid residue positions identified as being of importance for protein conformation and/or ligand binding upon chemical perturbation. Each level of the SeqAPASS analysis provides increasing evidence to apply toward rapid, screening-level assessments of probable cross species susceptibility. Such analyses can support prioritization of chemicals for further ev

  17. antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of extended spectrum

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    Microbiology Department of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano. The isolates were tested against third generation cephalosporins using Clinical Laboratory Standard Institute (CLSI) recommended, WHO modified Kirby-Bauer disc diffusion method. Isolates with reduced susceptibility to cefpodoxime, cefpotaxime ...

  18. Ethernet susceptibility to electric fast transients

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    van Leersum, B.J.A.M.; Buesink, Frederik Johannes Karel; Bergsma, J.G.; Leferink, Frank Bernardus Johannes


    The effect of Electric Fast Transients (EFT) phenomena in an Ethernet interface set-up is investigated in order to get more insight in coupling and interference mechanisms, robustness and susceptibility levels of a typical Ethernet installation on board of a naval vessel. It is shown that already a


    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The Infrared Global Geostationary Composite dataset was produced by the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)...


    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The National Center for Environmental Prediction/Aviation Weather Center Infrared Global Geostationary Composite data set contains global composite images from the...

  1. Infrared hyperspectral imaging stokes polarimeter (United States)

    Jones, Julia Craven

    This work presents the design, development, and testing of a field portable imaging spectropolarimeter that operates over the short-wavelength and middle-wavelength portion of the infrared spectrum. The sensor includes a pair of sapphire Wollaston prisms and several high order retarders to produce the first infrared implementation of an imaging Fourier transform spectropolarimeter, providing for the measurement of the complete spectropolarimetric datacube over the passband. The Wollaston prisms serve as a birefringent interferometer with reduced sensitivity to vibration when compared to an unequal path interferometer, such as a Michelson. Polarimetric data are acquired through the use of channeled spectropolarimetry to modulate the spectrum with the Stokes parameter information. The collected interferogram is Fourier filtered and reconstructed to recover the spatially and spectrally varying Stokes vector data across the image. The intent of this dissertation is to provide the reader with a detailed understanding of the steps involved in the development of this infrared hyperspectral imaging polarimeter (IHIP) instrument. First, Chapter 1 provides an overview of the fundamental concepts relevant to this research. These include imaging spectrometers, polarimeters, and spectropolarimeters. A detailed discussion of channeled spectropolarimetry, including a historical study of previous implementations, is also presented. Next a few of the design alternatives that are possible for this work are outlined and discussed in Chapter 2. The configuration that was selected for the IHIP is then presented in detail, including the optical layout, design, and operation. Chapter 3 then presents an artifact reduction technique (ART) that was developed to improve the IHIP's spectropolarimetric reconstructions by reducing errors associated with non-band-limited spectral features. ART is experimentally verified in the infrared using a commercial Fourier transform spectrometer in

  2. Handheld Longwave Infrared Camera Based on Highly-Sensitive Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop a compact handheld longwave infrared camera based on quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) technology. Based on...

  3. Spectrally-Tunable Infrared Camera Based on Highly-Sensitive Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to develop a SPECTRALLY-TUNABLE INFRARED CAMERA based on quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) technology. This will build on...

  4. Low cost infrared and near infrared sensors for UAVs (United States)

    Aden, S. T.; Bialas, J. P.; Champion, Z.; Levin, E.; McCarty, J. L.


    Thermal remote sensing has a wide range of applications, though the extent of its use is inhibited by cost. Robotic and computer components are now widely available to consumers on a scale that makes thermal data a readily accessible resource. In this project, thermal imagery collected via a lightweight remote sensing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was used to create a surface temperature map for the purpose of providing wildland firefighting crews with a cost-effective and time-saving resource. The UAV system proved to be flexible, allowing for customized sensor packages to be designed that could include visible or infrared cameras, GPS, temperature sensors, and rangefinders, in addition to many data management options. Altogether, such a UAV system could be used to rapidly collect thermal and aerial data, with a geographic accuracy of less than one meter.

  5. Moessbauer effect and X-ray distribution function analysis in complex Na{sub 2}O-CaO-ZnO-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} glasses and glass-ceramics

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    Romero, M.; Rincon, J.M.; Musik, S.; Kozhukharov, V.


    Moessbauer spectroscopy at room temperature was carried out to determine the state of iron ions in complex glasses and glass-ceramics in the SiO{sub 2}-CaO-ZnO-Na{sub 2}O-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} system. Isomer shift values of the glasses suggest that Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} are in tetrahedral and octahedral coordination, respectively. The spectrum of the glass-ceramic shows that about 60 wt% total iron is in the magnetite phase. The Fe{sup +3}/Fe{sup +2} ratio varies with the total iron oxide content of the glasses, indicating that the vitreous network is more distorted when the iron content is greater. X-ray diffraction measurements were carried out to obtain the radial distribution function (RDF). The interatomic distances for Si-Si and Si-O have been determined. The complex composition of these glasses does not allow the estimation of Al-O and Fe-O distances.

  6. Diagnostic Value of Direct Antibiotic Susceptibility Test for Faster BacterialSusceptibility Reporting in Bacteremia

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    Rebriarina Hapsari


    Methods: Bloods from positive BACTEC bottles which met inclusion and exclusion criteria were put into sterile tubes and centrifuged. The pellets were then used to make 0.5 McFarland bacterial suspensions and directly used for antibiotic susceptibility testing. Interpretations of direct method were compared to standard method to count sensitivity, specificity, sensitive predictive value, resistant predictive value, accuracy, and kappa value. Results: From 58 samples (containing 22 gram negative, 36 gram positive bacteria, there were 309 total antibiotic susceptibility tests. Direct method showed sensitivity, specificity, sensitive predictive value, resistant predictive value, accuracy, and kappa value of 89.3%, 92.9%, 93.8%, 87.8%, 86.4%, and 0.82, respectively. Conclusion: Direct antibiotic susceptibility testing has a good agreement with the standard method so it can aid faster antibiotic susceptibility reporting in bacteraemia (Sains Medika, 4(2:174-181.

  7. Multiwavelength Scophony Infrared Scene Projector (United States)

    Killius, Jim; Elder, Brent; Siegel, Larry; Allweiss, Michael B.


    A Scophony Infrared Scene Projector (IRSP) is being developed for use in evaluating thermal-imaging guidance systems. The Scophony IRSP is configured to be a very high frame rate laser-scanned projection system incorporating Scophony modulation. Scophony modulation offers distinct advantages over conventional flying-spot scanning, for example, longer pixel dwell times and multiple pixel projection. The Scophony IRSP serves as the image projection system in a 'hardware in the loop' therminal-phase guidance simulation. It is capable of projecting multiband, target engagement scenarios with high fidelity using Aura's proprietary software/electronic control system. The Scophony IRSP utilizes acoustooptical (AO) devices to produce the required imagery at four separate wavelengths simultaneously. The four separate scenes are then combined and projected into the imaging guidance system.

  8. Parametric infrared tunable laser system (United States)

    Garbuny, M.; Henningsen, T.; Sutter, J. R.


    A parametric tunable infrared laser system was built to serve as transmitter for the remote detection and density measurement of pollutant, poisonous, or trace gases in the atmosphere. The system operates with a YAG:Nd laser oscillator amplifier chain which pumps a parametric tunable frequency converter. The completed system produced pulse energies of up to 30 mJ. The output is tunable from 1.5 to 3.6 micrometers at linewidths of 0.2-0.5 /cm (FWHM), although the limits of the tuning range and the narrower line crystals presently in the parametric converter by samples of the higher quality already demonstrated is expected to improve the system performance further.

  9. Infrared spectroscopy of ionic clusters

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    Price, J.M. (California Univ., Berkeley, CA (USA). Dept. of Chemistry Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA (USA))


    This thesis describes new experiments wherein the infrared vibrational predissociation spectra of a number of mass-selected ionic cluster systems have been obtained and analyzed in the 2600 to 4000 cm{sup {minus}1} region. The species studied include: the hydrated hydronium ions, H{sub 3}O{sup +} (H{sub 2}O){sub 3 {minus}10}, ammoniated ammonium ions, NH{sub 4}{sup +}(NH{sub 3}){sub 1 {minus}10} and cluster ions involving both water and ammonia around an ammonium ion core, (mixed clusters) NH{sub 4}{sup +}(NH{sub 3}){sub n}(H{sub 2}O){sub m} (n+m=4). In each case, the spectra reveal well resolved structures that can be assigned to transitions arising from the vibrational motions of both the ion core of the clusters and the surrounding neutral solvent molecules. 154 refs., 19 figs., 8 tabs.

  10. Material Evaluation by Infrared Thermography (United States)

    Holland, Stephen D.; Reusser, Ricky S.


    Infrared thermography uses the temperature-imaging capability of modern thermal cameras to characterize materials and detect flaws. An energy source—whether a pulse of light from a laser or flash lamp, an induction coil, or some other source—induces heat flow in a material, and the resulting temperature patterns are imaged with the thermal camera. In flash thermography, the most widely used form of quantitative thermography, a pulse of light is used as the energy source, and then the surface cooldown is imaged with the thermal camera. Calculations based on an elementary theory of 1D heat conduction can determine thickness (or, equivalently, thermal diffusivity), and nonuniformity in the cooldown will identify defects. This article reviews the methods, approaches, and models of thermography. It focuses on illustrating and identifying the materials, thicknesses, and flaw conditions under which thermography is an effective material characterization technique.

  11. Resonant structures for infrared detection. (United States)

    Choi, K K; Allen, S C; Sun, J G; Wei, Y; Olver, K A; Fu, R X


    We are developing resonator-quantum well infrared photodetectors (R-QWIPs) for long-wavelength applications. Detector pixels with 25 μm pitch were hybridized to fan-out circuits for radiometric measurements. With a moderate doping of 0.5×1018  cm-3, we achieved a quantum efficiency (QE) of 37% and conversion efficiency (CE) of 15% in a 1.3 μm thick active material and 35% QE and 21% CE in a 0.6 μm thick active material. Both detectors are cutoff at 10.5 μm with a 2 μm bandwidth. The temperature at which photocurrent equals dark current is about 65 K under F/2 optics. The thicker detector shows a large QE polarity asymmetry due to nonlinear potential drop in the QWIP material layers.

  12. An Infrared View of Saturn (United States)


    In honor of NASA Hubble Space Telescope's eighth anniversary, we have gift wrapped Saturn in vivid colors. Actually, this image is courtesy of the new Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), which has taken its first peek at Saturn. The false-color image - taken Jan. 4, 1998 - shows the planet's reflected infrared light. This view provides detailed information on the clouds and hazes in Saturn's atmosphere.The blue colors indicate a clear atmosphere down to a main cloud layer. Different shadings of blue indicate variations in the cloud particles, in size or chemical composition. The cloud particles are believed to be ammonia ice crystals. Most of the northern hemisphere that is visible above the rings is relatively clear. The dark region around the south pole at the bottom indicates a big hole in the main cloud layer.The green and yellow colors indicate a haze above the main cloud layer. The haze is thin where the colors are green but thick where they are yellow. Most of the southern hemisphere (the lower part of Saturn) is quite hazy. These layers are aligned with latitude lines, due to Saturn's east-west winds.The red and orange colors indicate clouds reaching up high into the atmosphere. Red clouds are even higher than orange clouds. The densest regions of two storms near Saturn's equator appear white. On Earth, the storms with the highest clouds are also found in tropical latitudes. The smaller storm on the left is about as large as the Earth, and larger storms have been recorded on Saturn in 1990 and 1994.The rings, made up of chunks of ice, are as white as images of ice taken in visible light. However, in the infrared, water absorption causes various colorations. The most obvious is the brown color of the innermost ring. The rings cast their shadow onto Saturn. The bright line seen within this shadow is sunlight shining through the Cassini Division, the separation between the two bright rings. It is best observed on the left side, just

  13. Compact infrared hyperspectral imaging polarimeter (United States)

    Craven, Julia; Kudenov, Michael W.; Stapelbroek, Maryn G.; Dereniak, Eustace L.


    A compact SWIR/MWIR infrared hyperspectral imaging polarimeter (IHIP) is currently under development at the Optical Detection Lab at the University of Arizona. The sensor uses a pair of sapphire Wollaston prisms and high order retarders to form an imaging birefringent Fourier transform spectropolarimeter. Polarimetric data are acquired through the use of channeled spectropolarimetry to modulate the spectrum with the Stokes parameter information. The two dimensional interferogram is Fourier filtered and reconstructed to recover the complete Stokes vector data across the image. The IHIP operates over a +/-5° field of view and will use a dual-scan false signature reduction technique to suppress polarimetric aliasing artifacts. We present current instrument development progress, initial laboratory results, and our plan for future work.

  14. Small pixel infrared sensor technology (United States)

    Caulfield, John; Curzan, Jon


    We report on product maturation of small pixel high definition high charge capacity 2.4 Mpixel MWIR Infrared Focal Plane Arrays. This high definition (HD) FPA utilizes a small 5 um pitch pixel size which enables near Nyquist limited sampling with by the optical system of many IR lenses. These smaller sub diffraction pitch pixels enable improved sensitivity and resolution resulting in clear, crisp high contrast imaging with excellent IFOVs even with small focal length lenses. The small pixel IR sensor allows the designer to trade off field of view, MTF, optics F/# to obtain a more compact and high performance IR sensor. This enables lower size, power and weight reductions of the entire IR Sensor System. The highly sensitive MWIR small pixel HD FPA has the capability to detect dimmer signals at longer ranges than previously demonstrated.

  15. Uncooled infrared photodetectors in Poland (United States)

    Piotrowski, J.; Piotrowski, A.


    The history and present status of the middle and long wavelength Hg1-xCdxTe infrared detectors in Poland are reviewed. Research and development efforts in Poland were concentrated mostly on uncooled market niche. Technology of the infrared photodetectors has been developed by several research groups. The devices are based on mercury-based variable band gap semiconductor alloys. Modified isothermal vapour phase epitaxy (ISOVPE) has been used for many years for research and commercial fabrication of photoconductive, photoelectromagnetic and other devices. Bulk growth and liquid phase epitaxy was also used. At present, the fabrication of IR devices relies on low temperature epitaxial technique, namely metalorganic vapour phase deposition (MOCVD), frequently in combination with the ISOVPE. Photoconductive and photoelectromagnetic detectors are still in production. The devices are gradually replaced with photovoltaic devices which offer inherent advantages of no electric or magnetic bias, no heat load and no flicker noise. Potentially, the PV devices could offer high performance and very fast response. At present, the uncooled long wavelength devices of conventional design suffer from two issues; namely low quantum efficiency and very low junction resistance. It makes them useless for practical applications. The problems have been solved with advanced 3D band gap engineered architecture, multiple cell heterojunction devices connected in series, monolithic integration of the detectors with microoptics and other improvements. Present fabrication program includes devices which are optimized for operation at any wavelength within a wide spectral range 1-15 μm and 200-300 K temperature range. Special solutions have been applied to improve speed of response. Some devices show picoseconds range response time. The devices have found numerous civilian and military applications.

  16. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy Part III. Applications. (United States)

    Perkins, W. D.


    Discusses the use of the FT-IR spectrometer in analyses that were previously avoided. Examines some of the applications of this spectroscopy with aqueous solutions, circular internal reflection, samples with low transmission, diffuse reflectance, infrared emission, and the infrared microscope. (TW)

  17. Infrared scintillation in gases, liquids and crystals

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    Belogurov, S.; Bressi, G; Carugno, G.; Conti, E; Iannuzzi, D; Meneguzzo, AT


    We report about experimental evidences of infrared scintillation in gaseous, liquid and crystal samples. We firstly studied noble gases at room temperature and near atmospheric pressure in the wavelength range between 0.7 and 1.81 mum. Ar gas emits infrared photons when irradiated by a proton beam.

  18. Infrared Supercontinuum Generation in Optical Fibres

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    Dupont, Sune Vestergaard Lund

    have used for infrared microscopy where substance recognition is obtained in addition to magnification. Choosing a specific wavelength images showing only one substance can consequently be generated. More simple light sources are already used in such infrared microscopes to investigate tissue assays...

  19. Infrared low-level wind shear work (United States)

    Adamson, Pat


    Results of field experiments for the detection of clear air disturbance and low level wind shear utilizing an infrared airborne system are given in vugraph form. The hits, misses and nuisance alarms scores are given. Information is given on the infrared spatial resolution technique. The popular index of aircraft hazard (F= WX over g - VN over AS) is developed for a remote temperature sensor.


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    Infrared and Raman spectroscopy techniques have been used to study the ionic interactions of strontium(II) and barium(II) with thiocyanate ion in liquid ammonia. A number of bands were observed in both n (CN) and n (CS) regions of infrared and Raman spectra and these were assigned to 1:1 contact ion pair, ...

  1. Demonstration of a Far Infrared Streak Camera.

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    Drabbels, M.M.J.E.; Lankhuijzen, G.M.; Noordam, L.D.


    An atomic infrared (IR) streak camera is demonstrated that operates in the mid- and far-infrared (λ = 5-85 μm), well beyond the long wavelength cutoff of conventional streak cameras. The temporal and spectral characteristics of the streak camera are determined using the FELIX free-electron laser as

  2. Infrared Spectroscopic Characterization of Photoluminescent Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Gipson, Kyle; Stevens, Kathryn; Brown, Phil; Ballato, John


    ...s were characterized by infrared spectroscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Absorption peaks observed from infrared spectroscopy for all the polymer nanocomposites loaded with organic surface treated nanocrystals exhibited peaks that were not present in undoped PMMA but were characteristic of the dopant and the ligand.

  3. Experimental evidence of infrared scintillation in crystals

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    Belogurov, S; Carugno, Giovanni; Conti, E; Iannuzzi, D; Meneguzzo, Anna Teresa


    We present experimental results on infrared emission induced by protons in some solid-state samples. Infrared scintillation occurs in many crystals, with different yield values and time-response behaviours. A rough measurement of the emission wavelength of CsI(Tl) is also reported.

  4. Progress in helicopter infrared signature suppression

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    Zhang Jingzhou


    Full Text Available Due to their low-attitude and relatively low-speed fight profiles, helicopters are subjected to serious threats from radio, infrared (IR, visual, and aural detection and tracking. Among these threats, infrared detection and tracking are regarded as more crucial for the survivability of helicopters. In order to meet the requirements of infrared stealth, several different types of infrared suppressor (IRS for helicopters have been developed. This paper reviews contemporary developments in this discipline, with particular emphasis on infrared signature suppression, advances in mixer-ejectors and prediction for helicopters. In addition, several remaining challenges, such as advanced IRS, emissivity optimization technique, helicopter infrared characterization, etc., are proposed, as an initial guide and stimulation for future research. In the future, the comprehensive infrared suppression in the 3–5 μm and 8–14 μm bands will doubtfully become the emphasis of helicopter stealth. Multidisciplinary optimization of a complete infrared suppression system deserves further investigation.

  5. Gas-Phase Infrared; JCAMP Format (United States)

    SRD 35 NIST/EPA Gas-Phase Infrared; JCAMP Format (PC database for purchase)   This data collection contains 5,228 infrared spectra in the JCAMP-DX (Joint Committee for Atomic and Molecular Physical Data "Data Exchange") format.

  6. Towards the mid-infrared optical biopsy

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    Seddon, Angela B.; Benson, Trevor M.; Sujecki, Slawomir


    portable, bright sources. We set a record in demonstrating extreme broad-band supercontinuum generated light 1.4 to 13.3 microns in a specially engineered, high numerical aperture mid-infrared optical fiber. The active mid-infrared fiber broadband supercontinuum for the first time offers the possibility...

  7. Infrared clutter measurements of marine backgrounds

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    Schwering, Piet B.


    Observations in the infrared wavelength band between 8 and 12 μm of sea backgrounds have been recorded with a CCIR compatible imager for a large number of sea states (0 - 6). Recordings took place in coastal areas as well as on open seas. The behavior of clutter in the infrared data was analyzed in

  8. Kinetics of infrared stimulated luminescence from feldspars

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    Jain, Mayank; Sohbati, Reza; Guralnik, Benny


    thermal and optical, of the infrared stimulated luminescence signal from feldspar. Based on the application of this model, it is concluded that different infra-red stimulated luminescence emissions (UV, blue, yellow and far-red) follow the same kinetics, and, therefore, involve participation of the same...

  9. Plasmon resonance enhanced mid-infrared generation by graphene on gold gratings through difference frequency mixing (United States)

    Cao, Jianjun; Kong, Yan; Gao, Shumei; liu, Cheng


    Graphene has been demonstrated to have extraordinary large second order nonlinear susceptibility that can be applied in generating mid-infrared (MIR) and terahertz waves through the difference frequency process. In this study, we exploit the highly localized electric fields caused by plasmon resonances to increase the nonlinear response from graphene. The proposed structure contains a graphene sheet on a gold grating substrate that sustains both surface plasmons at the near-infrared on the gold surface and plasmons at the MIR on the graphene surface. Based on finite difference time domain (FDTD) numerical simulations, more than 3 orders of magnitude improvement of the MIR generation efficiency is obtained by placing graphene sheets on a gold grating substrate under resonance conditions instead of placing them on a flat substrate. With the same gold grating substrate, MIR waves tunable from 30 to 55 THz are generated by tuning the gate voltage of the graphene sheet.

  10. Second harmonic generation spectroscopy in the Reststrahl band of SiC using an infrared free-electron laser

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    Paarmann, Alexander, E-mail:; Razdolski, Ilya; Melnikov, Alexey; Gewinner, Sandy; Schöllkopf, Wieland; Wolf, Martin [Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin (Germany)


    The Reststrahl spectral region of silicon carbide has recently attracted much attention owing to its potential for mid-infrared nanophotonic applications based on surface phonon polaritons (SPhPs). Studies of optical phonon resonances responsible for surface polariton formation, however, have so far been limited to linear optics. In this Letter, we report the first nonlinear optical investigation of the Reststrahl region of SiC, employing an infrared free-electron laser to perform second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopy. We observe two distinct resonance features in the SHG spectra, one attributed to resonant enhancement of the nonlinear susceptibility χ{sup (2)} and the other due to a resonance in the Fresnel transmission. Our work clearly demonstrates high sensitivity of mid-infrared SHG to phonon-driven phenomena and opens a route to studying nonlinear effects in nanophotonic structures based on SPhPs.

  11. FY 2006 Infrared Photonics Final Report

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    Anheier, Norman C.; Allen, Paul J.; Bernacki, Bruce E.; Ho, Nicolas; Krishnaswami, Kannan; Qiao, Hong (Amy); Schultz, John F.


    Research done by the Infrared Photonics team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is focused on developing miniaturized integrated optics and optical fiber processing methods for mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensing applications by exploiting the unique optical and material properties of chalcogenide glass. PNNL has developed thin-film deposition capabilities, direct laser writing techniques, infrared photonic device demonstration, holographic optical element design and fabrication, photonic device modeling, and advanced optical metrology—all specific to chalcogenide glass. Chalcogenide infrared photonics provides a pathway to quantum cascade laser (QCL) transmitter miniaturization. The high output power, small size, and superb stability and modulation characteristics of QCLs make them amenable for integration as transmitters into ultra-sensitive, ultra-selective point sampling and remote short-range chemical sensors that are particularly useful for nuclear nonproliferation missions.

  12. The source issue in infrared microspectroscopy

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    Smith, T I


    Infrared spectroscopy using a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer is routine. These instruments are sophisticated and mature, and generally use a blackbody radiator as their infrared source. However, because the brightness of a thermal source is limited, the signal-to-noise ratio of these instruments begins to degrade at spatial resolutions not much better than 1 mm and they are rarely useful at resolutions smaller than 20 mu m. Synchrotrons provide much brighter infrared beams than thermal sources, and Free-Electron Lasers (FELs) provide even brighter beams than synchrotrons. We will discuss the limitations of thermal sources, and show that a synchrotron is an excellent source for infrared spectroscopy at spatial resolutions on the order of the wavelength (lambda). Even better spatial resolution, about lambda/10, can be expected if an FEL is used as a source.

  13. Application of infrared to biomedical sciences

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    Etehadtavakol, Mahnaz


    The book covers the latest updates in the application of infrared to biomedical sciences, a non-invasive, contactless, safe and easy approach imaging of skin and tissue temperatures. Its diagnostic procedure allows practitioners to identify the locations of abnormal chemical and blood vessel activity such as angiogenesis in body tissue. Its non-invasive approach works by applying the technology of the infrared camera and state-of-the-art software, where high-resolution digital infrared imaging technology benefits highly from enhanced image production, standardized image interpretation protocols, computerized comparison and storage, and sophisticated image enhancement and analysis. The book contains contributions from global prominent scientists in the area of infrared applications in biomedical studies. The target audience includes academics, practitioners, clinicians and students working in the area of infrared imaging in biomedicine.

  14. Edge enhanced morphology for infrared image analysis (United States)

    Bai, Xiangzhi; Liu, Haonan


    Edge information is one of the critical information for infrared images. Morphological operators have been widely used for infrared image analysis. However, the edge information in infrared image is weak and the morphological operators could not well utilize the edge information of infrared images. To strengthen the edge information in morphological operators, the edge enhanced morphology is proposed in this paper. Firstly, the edge enhanced dilation and erosion operators are given and analyzed. Secondly, the pseudo operators which are derived from the edge enhanced dilation and erosion operators are defined. Finally, the applications for infrared image analysis are shown to verify the effectiveness of the proposed edge enhanced morphological operators. The proposed edge enhanced morphological operators are useful for the applications related to edge features, which could be extended to wide area of applications.

  15. Infrared Optical Response of Metallic Graphene Nanoribbons

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    Zigang Duan


    Full Text Available We investigate theoretically the infrared optical response characteristics of metallic armchair/zigzag-edge graphene nanoribbons (A/ZGNRs to an external longitudinally polarized electromagnetic field at low temperatures. Within the framework of linear response theory at the perturbation regime, we examine the optical infrared absorption threshold energy, absorption power, dielectric function, and electron energy loss spectra near the neutrality points of the systems. It is demonstrated that, by some numerical examples, the photon-assisted direct interband absorptions for AGNR exist with different selection rules from those for ZGNR and single-walled carbon nanotube at infrared regime. This infrared optical property dependence of GNRs on field frequency may be used to design graphene-based nanoscale optoelectronic devices for the detection of infrared electromagnetic irradiations.

  16. Novel susceptibility loci for Alzheimer's disease. (United States)

    Reitz, Christiane


    Late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD), a highly prevalent neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive deterioration in cognition, function and behavior terminating in incapacity and death, is a clinically and pathologically heterogeneous disease with a substantial heritable component. During the past 5 years, the technological developments in next-generation high-throughput genome technologies have led to the identification of more than 20 novel susceptibility loci for AD, and have implicated specific pathways in the disease, in particular intracellular trafficking/endocytosis, inflammation and immune response and lipid metabolism. These observations have significantly advanced our understanding of underlying pathogenic mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets. This review article summarizes these recent advances in AD genomics and discusses the value of identified susceptibility loci for diagnosis and prognosis of AD.

  17. Entanglement susceptibility: area laws and beyond (United States)

    Zanardi, Paolo; Campos Venuti, Lorenzo


    Generic quantum states in the Hilbert space of a many-body system are nearly maximally entangled whereas low-energy physical states are not; the so-called area laws for quantum entanglement are widespread. In this paper we introduce the novel concept of entanglement susceptibility by expanding the 2-Rényi entropy in the boundary couplings. We show how this concept leads to the emergence of area laws for bi-partite quantum entanglement in systems ruled by local gapped Hamiltonians. Entanglement susceptibility also captures quantitatively which violations one should expect when the system becomes gapless. We also discuss an exact series expansion of the 2-Rényi entanglement entropy in terms of connected correlation functions of a boundary term. This is obtained by identifying Rényi entropy with ground state fidelity in a doubled and twisted theory.

  18. Individual differences in susceptibility to inattentional blindness. (United States)

    Seegmiller, Janelle K; Watson, Jason M; Strayer, David L


    Inattentional blindness refers to the finding that people do not always see what appears in their gaze. Though inattentional blindness affects large percentages of people, it is unclear if there are individual differences in susceptibility. The present study addressed whether individual differences in attentional control, as reflected by variability in working memory capacity, modulate susceptibility to inattentional blindness. Participants watched a classic inattentional blindness video (Simons & Chabris, 1999) and were instructed to count passes among basketball players, wherein 58% noticed the unexpected: a person wearing a gorilla suit. When participants were accurate with their pass counts, individuals with higher working memory capacity were more likely to report seeing the gorilla (67%) than those with lesser working memory capacity (36%). These results suggest that variability in attentional control is a potential mechanism underlying the apparent modulation of inattentional blindness across individuals.

  19. [Rapid antibiotic susceptibility test in Clinical Microbiology]. (United States)

    March Rosselló, Gabriel Alberto; Bratos Pérez, Miguel Ángel


    The most widely used antibiotic susceptibility testing methods in Clinical Microbiology are based on the phenotypic detection of antibiotic resistance by measuring bacterial growth in the presence of the antibiotic being tested. These conventional methods take typically 24hours to obtain results. A review is presented here of recently developed techniques for the rapid determination of antibiotic susceptibility. Data obtained with different methods such as molecular techniques, flow cytometry, chemiluminescence, mass spectrometry, commercial methods used in routine work, colorimetric methods, nephelometry, microarrays, microfluids, and methods based on cell disruption and sequencing, are analyzed and discussed in detail. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. All rights reserved.

  20. Trained Immunity and Susceptibility to HIV. (United States)

    Derrick, Steven C


    In this issue of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, K. Jensen et al. (Clin Vaccine Immunol 24:e00360-16, 2017, describe a dual-purpose attenuated Mycobacterium tuberculosis-simian immunodeficiency virus vaccine (AMTB-SIV). Interestingly, immunized infant macaques required fewer oral exposures to SIV to become infected relative to nonimmunized animals. The authors hypothesized that augmented susceptibility to SIV was due to activation of CD4+ T cells through trained immunity. This commentary explores the possible relationship between trained immunity, enhanced CD4 T cell responses, and increased susceptibility to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Copyright © 2017 American Society for Microbiology.

  1. Magnetization and magnetic susceptibility of kunzite

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    Bartkowska, J.A. E-mail:; Cisowski, J.; Voiron, J.; Heimann, J.; Czaja, M.; Mazurak, Z


    We have studied the high-field magnetization up to 14.5 T and magnetic susceptibility in the temperature range 1.6-400 K of three different samples of natural kunzite crystals, being a variety of spodumene (LiAlSi{sub 2}O{sub 6}) and containing transition metal ions. It appears that the total magnetization and susceptibility consist of the paramagnetic contribution following from the temperature-dependent Brillouin-type behavior of magnetic ions and temperature-independent diamagnetic contribution of the spodumene matrix which we have found as being equal to -3.5x10{sup -7} emu/g. We have identified the Mn{sup 2+} ions as the dominant ones in the kunzites studied and we have determined the molar concentration of these ions as lying in the range 0.2-0.4%.

  2. FY 2005 Infrared Photonics Final Report

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    Anheier, Norman C.; Allen, Paul J.; Ho, Nicolas; Krishnaswami, Kannan; Johnson, Bradley R.; Sundaram, S. K.; Riley, Bradley M.; Martinez, James E.; Qiao, Hong (Amy); Schultz, John F.


    Research done by the Infrared Photonics team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is focused on developing miniaturized integrated optics for mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensing applications by exploiting the unique optical and material properties of chalcogenide glass. PNNL has developed thin-film deposition capabilities, direct laser writing techniques, infrared photonic device demonstration, holographic optical element design and fabrication, photonic device modeling, and advanced optical metrology—all specific to chalcogenide glass. Chalcogenide infrared photonics provides a pathway to quantum cascade laser (QCL) transmitter miniaturization. QCLs provide a viable infrared laser source for a new class of laser transmitters capable of meeting the performance requirements for a variety of national security sensing applications. The high output power, small size, and superb stability and modulation characteristics of QCLs make them amenable for integration as transmitters into ultra-sensitive, ultra-selective point sampling and remote short-range chemical sensors that are particularly useful for nuclear nonproliferation missions. During FY 2005, PNNL’s Infrared Photonics research team made measurable progress exploiting the extraordinary optical and material properties of chalcogenide glass to develop miniaturized integrated optics for mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) sensing applications. We investigated sulfur purification methods that will eventually lead to routine production of optical quality chalcogenide glass. We also discovered a glass degradation phenomenon and our investigation uncovered the underlying surface chemistry mechanism and developed mitigation actions. Key research was performed to understand and control the photomodification properties. This research was then used to demonstrate several essential infrared photonic devices, including LWIR single-mode waveguide devices and

  3. In vitro susceptibility testing of Dientamoeba fragilis. (United States)

    Nagata, N; Marriott, D; Harkness, J; Ellis, J T; Stark, D


    Dientamoeba fragilis is a commonly encountered trichomonad which has been implicated as a cause of gastrointestinal disease in humans. Despite the frequency of reports recording infections with this parasite, little research has been undertaken in terms of antimicrobial susceptibility. The aim of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility of D. fragilis to several commonly used antiparasitic agents: diloxanide furoate, furazolidone, iodoquinol, metronidazole, nitazoxanide, ornidazole, paromomycin, secnidazole, ronidazole, tetracycline, and tinidazole. Antibiotic susceptibility testing was performed on four clinical strains of D. fragilis, designated A, E, M, and V, respectively. Molecular testing followed, and all strains were determined to be genotype 1. The activities of antiprotozoal compounds at concentrations ranging from 2 μg/ml to 500 μg/ml were determined via cell counts of D. fragilis trophozoites grown in dixenic culture. Minimum lethal concentrations (MLCs) were as follows: ornidazole, 8 to 16 μg/ml; ronidazole, 8 to 16 μg/ml; tinidazole, 31 μg/ml; metronidazole, 31 μg/ml; secnidazole, 31 to 63 μg/ml; nitazoxanide, 63 μg/ml; tetracycline, 250 μg/ml; furazolidone, 250 to 500 μg/ml; iodoquinol, 500 μg/ml; paromomycin, 500 μg/ml; and diloxanide furoate, >500 μg/ml. This is the first study to report the profiles of susceptibility to a wide range of commonly used treatments for clinical isolates of D. fragilis. Our study indicated 5-nitroimidazole derivatives to be the most active compounds in vitro against D. fragilis.


    Schaedler, Russell W.; Dubos, Rene J.


    Albino mice (Rockefeller NCS strain) raised and maintained free of ordinary bacterial pathogens, as well as of intestinal Escherichia coli and of Proteus bacilli, were found to be highly resistant to the lethal effect of bacterial endotoxins. When newborn mice of this NCS colony were nursed by foster mothers from another colony raised under ordinary conditions (SS colony from which the NCS colony was derived), they acquired the intestinal flora of the latter animals and became susceptible to the lethal effects of endotoxins. NCS adult mice could be rendered susceptible to the lethal effect of endotoxins by vaccination with heat killed Gram-negative bacilli. The susceptibility thus induced exhibited a certain degree of specificity for the bacterial strain used in vaccination. Although untreated NCS mice were resistant to the lethal effect of endotoxins, they proved exquisitively susceptible to the infection-enhancing effect of these materials. For example, 1 µg. or less of endotoxin was found sufficient to help establish a rapidly fatal septicemia with Staphylococcus aureus. Small amounts of endotoxin (1 µg. or less), administered alone, caused a marked but transient loss of weight. Vaccination with heat-killed Gram-negative bacilli or with killed BCG increased the resistance of NCS mice to the infection-enhancing effect of small amounts of endotoxin. This protective effect exhibited a certain degree of specificity for the bacterial strain from which the toxin used in the infection-enhancing test was derived. These various findings can be explained by assuming that the pathological effects of endotoxins involve at least two unrelated mechanisms; (a) a primary toxicity illustrated in this study by the loss of weight and enhancement of infection resulting from the injection of small doses of toxin; (b) an immunological reaction with lethal consequences which became manifest only in animals sensitized to the endotoxin by prior exposure to Gram-negative bacilli. PMID

  5. Polymyxins: Antimicrobial susceptibility concerns and therapeutic options

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    V Balaji


    Full Text Available The increasing prevalence of multidrug-resistant nosocomial pathogens such as Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae poses a great challenge to the treating physicians. The paucity of newer effective antimicrobials has led to renewed interest in the polymyxin group of drugs, as a last resort for treatment of gram-negative bacterial infections. There is a dearth of information on the pharmacological properties of colistin, leading to difficulties in selecting the right dose, dosing interval, and route of administration for treatment, especially in critically-ill patients. The increasing use of colistin over the last few years necessitates the need for accurate and reliable in vitro susceptibility testing methods. Development of heteroresistant strains as a result of colistin monotherapy is also a growing concern. There is a compelling need from the clinicians to provide options for probable and possible colistin combination therapy for multidrug-resistant bacterial infections in the ICU setting. Newer combination drug synergy determination tests are being developed and reported. There are no standardized recommendations from antimicrobial susceptibility testing reference agencies for the testing and interpretation of these drug combinations. Comparison and analysis of these reported methodologies may help to understand and assist the microbiologist to choose the best method that produces accurate results at the earliest. This will help clinicians to select the appropriate combination therapy. In this era of multidrug resistance it is important for the microbiology laboratory to be prepared, by default, to provide timely synergistic susceptibility results in addition to routine susceptibility, if warranted. Not as a favour or at request, but as a responsibility.

  6. Nasopharyngeal carriage and susceptibility patterns of Streptococcu ...

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    Résistance à la Pénicilline streptocoque pneumonie soulève la question croissante dans le domaine de la pédiatrie, aux pays sous développés en particulier. A l'extérieur de l'Afrique du Sud, on a connue peu de choses en ce qui concerné S. pneumonie et ses susceptibilities on Afrique sous Sahara. L'objet de cette étude ...

  7. Identification of Potential Biomarkers for Antimony Susceptibility ...

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    Identification of Potential Biomarkers for Antimony Susceptibility/Resistance in L. donovani Rentala Madhubala School of Life Sciences Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, India · Slide 2 · Slide 3 · Slide 4 · Slide 5 · Slide 6 · Slide 7 · Slide 8 · Slide 9 · Slide 10 · Slide 11 · Slide 12 · Slide 13 · Slide 14 · Slide 15 · Slide 16.

  8. Antimicrobial susceptibility of Bordetella avium and Bordetella bronchiseptica isolates.


    Mortensen, J E; Brumbach, A; Shryock, T R


    Two veterinary pathogens, Bordetella bronchiseptica and Bordetella avium, were tested for their antimicrobial susceptibilities. Of the 20 antimicrobial agents tested, both species were consistently resistant to penicillin and cefuroxime but susceptible to mezlocillin, piperacillin, gentamicin, amikacin, and cefoperazone.

  9. Adolescent Susceptibility to Peer Influence in Sexual Situations

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    Widman, Laura; Choukas-Bradley, Sophia; Helms, Sarah W; Prinstein, Mitchell J


    ...; however, not all youth are equally susceptible to these peer influence effects. Understanding individual differences in susceptibility to peer influence is critical to identifying adolescents at risk for negative health outcomes...

  10. Drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to fluoroquinolones

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    Johansen, I S; Larsen, A R; Sandven, P


    In the first attempt to establish a quality assurance programme for susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to fluoroquinolones, 20 strains with different fluoroquinolone susceptibility patterns were distributed by the Supranational Reference Laboratory in Stockholm to the other...

  11. Characterization and quantification of path dependency in landslide susceptibility

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    Samia, Jalal; Temme, Arnaud; Bregt, Arnold; Wallinga, Jakob; Guzzetti, Fausto; Ardizzone, Francesca; Rossi, Mauro


    Landslides cause major environmental damage, economic losses and casualties. Although susceptibility to landsliding is usually considered an exclusively location-specific phenomenon, indications exist that landslide history co-determines susceptibility to future landslides. In this contribution,

  12. Polaritons and retarded interactions in nonlinear optical susceptibilities

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    Knoester, Jasper; Mukamel, Shaul


    The role of retarded intermolecular interactions (polariton effects) in the nonlinear optical susceptibilities of condensed phases is studied. A systematic method for calculating these susceptibilities is developed, based on the derivation of reduced equations of motion which couple the electronic

  13. Diamagnetic bulk susceptibility data of C4H8S (United States)

    Kumar, M.; Gupta, R.

    This document is part of Subvolume B `Diamagnetic Susceptibility of Organic Compounds, Oils, Paraffins and Polyethylenes' of Volume 27 `Diamagnetic Susceptibility and Anisotropy' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group II Molecules and Radicals.

  14. Genetic architecture of intrinsic antibiotic susceptibility.

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    Hany S Girgis


    Full Text Available Antibiotic exposure rapidly selects for more resistant bacterial strains, and both a drug's chemical structure and a bacterium's cellular network affect the types of mutations acquired.To better characterize the genetic determinants of antibiotic susceptibility, we exposed a transposon-mutagenized library of Escherichia coli to each of 17 antibiotics that encompass a wide range of drug classes and mechanisms of action. Propagating the library for multiple generations with drug concentrations that moderately inhibited the growth of the isogenic parental strain caused the abundance of strains with even minor fitness advantages or disadvantages to change measurably and reproducibly. Using a microarray-based genetic footprinting strategy, we then determined the quantitative contribution of each gene to E. coli's intrinsic antibiotic susceptibility. We found both loci whose removal increased general antibiotic tolerance as well as pathways whose down-regulation increased tolerance to specific drugs and drug classes. The beneficial mutations identified span multiple pathways, and we identified pairs of mutations that individually provide only minor decreases in antibiotic susceptibility but that combine to provide higher tolerance.Our results illustrate that a wide-range of mutations can modulate the activity of many cellular resistance processes and demonstrate that E. coli has a large mutational target size for increasing antibiotic tolerance. Furthermore, the work suggests that clinical levels of antibiotic resistance might develop through the sequential accumulation of chromosomal mutations of small individual effect.

  15. Genetic heterogeneity in breast cancer susceptibility. (United States)

    Andersen, T I


    Approximately 20% of breast cancer patients have a family history of the disease, and in one-fourth of these cases breast cancer appears to be inherited as an autosomally dominant trait. Five genes and gene regions involved in breast cancer susceptibility have been uncovered. Germ-line mutations in the recently cloned BRCA1 gene at 17q21 is considered to be responsible for the disease in a majority of the breast-ovarian cancer families and in 40-45% of the site-specific breast cancer families, but appears not to be involved in families with both male and female breast cancer cases. The BRCA2 locus at 13q12-q13 appears to be involved in 40-45% of the site-specific breast cancer families, and in most of the families with affected males. The gene located in this region, however, does not seem to confer susceptibility to ovarian cancer. The TP53 gene is involved in breast cancer development in the Li-Fraumeni syndrome and Li-Fraumeni syndrom-like families, whereas germ-line mutations in the androgen receptor (AR) gene is present in a subset of male breast cancers. Furthermore, females who are obligate carriers of ataxia telangiectasia (AT) have a 4-12 times relative risk of developing breast cancer as compared with the general female population, indicating that germ-line mutations in AT also confer susceptibility to breast cancer.

  16. Penicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus: susceptibility testing, resistance rates and outcome of infection. (United States)

    Hagstrand Aldman, Malin; Skovby, Annette; I Påhlman, Lisa


    Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is an important human pathogen that causes both superficial and invasive infections. Penicillin is now rarely used in the treatment of SA infections due to widespread resistance and a concern about the accuracy of existing methods for penicillin susceptibility testing. The aims of the present study were to determine the frequency of penicillin-susceptible SA isolates from blood and wound cultures in Lund, Sweden, and to evaluate methods for penicillin testing in SA. We also wanted to investigate if penicillin-susceptible isolates are associated with higher mortality. Hundred blood culture isolates collected 2008/2009, 140 blood culture isolates from 2014/2015, and 141 superficial wound culture strains from 2015 were examined. Penicillin susceptibility was tested with disk diffusion according to EUCAST guidelines, and results were confirmed with a cloverleaf assay and PCR amplification of the BlaZ gene. Patient data for all bacteraemia cases were extracted from medical records. The disk diffusion method with assessment of both zone size and zone edge appearance had high accuracy in our study. About 57% of bacteraemia isolates from 2008/2009 were sensitive to penicillin compared to 29% in 2014/2015 (p penicillin susceptible. There was no difference in co-morbidity or mortality rates between patients with penicillin resistant and penicillin sensitive SA bacteraemia. Disk-diffusion is a simple and reliable method to detect penicillin resistance in SA, and susceptibility rates are significant. Penicillin has many theoretical advantages and should be considered in the treatment of SA bacteraemia when susceptible.

  17. Definition of a magnetic susceptibility of conglomerates with magnetite particles. Particularities of defining single particle susceptibility (United States)

    Sandulyak, A. A.; Sandulyak, A. V.; Ershova, V.; Pamme, N.; Ngmasom, B.; Iles, A.


    Data of a magnetic susceptibility of ferro-and the ferrimagnetic particles of many technogenic, natural, special media are especially demanded for the solution of various tasks connected with purposeful magnetic impact on these particles. One of productive approaches to definition of a magnetic susceptibility χ of these particles consists in receiving experimental data of a susceptibility of disperse samples with a disperse phase of these particles. The paper expounds and analyses the results of experiments on defining (by Faraday method in a magnetic field with intensity H = 90-730 kA/m) the magnetic susceptibility of disperse samples (conglomerates) with a given volume ratio γ of magnetite particles (γ = 0.0065-0.25). The corresponding families of concentration and field dependences are provided alongside with discussing the applicability of linear and exponential functions to describe these dependences. We consider the possibility of defining single particles susceptibility χ (with simultaneous obtaining field dependence of this susceptibility) by the commonly used relation χ = /γ both at relatively small (preferable for accuracy reasons) values γ - to γ = 0.02…0.025, as well as at increased values γ - up to γ = 0.25. The data χ are provided depending on H and correlating with known data at H defined here value of constant-multiplier (0.8), it provides the grounds for obtaining valid data χ, employing the results of measuring for conglomerates with not obligatory small values of γ. It is demonstrated that being obtained by data χ, the calculated field dependence of the particle matter magnetic susceptibility χm (for the case when the particles are traditionally likened to balls with the characteristic for them demagnetising factor equalling 1/3) complies with the anticipated inverse function χm ∼ 1/H in the studied area H (where magnetization M expressed as M = χH reaches saturation M = Const).

  18. Etiology and antibiotic susceptibility pattern of community-acquired ...

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    Streptomycin showed the highest susceptibility to bacteria isolates while the least susceptibility was observed with augmentin. Rational use of antibiotics with regular antibiotics susceptibility surveillance studies is recommended to maintain high antibiotic therapeutic profile. Keywords: Community-acquired urinary tract ...

  19. Susceptibility Status of Anopheles gambiae s.l. (Diptera: Culicidae ...

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    susceptible 'Kisumu' strain, both Korle-Bu and Airport populations were highly resistant to DDT and gave resistance levels which were over nine-fold for permethrin and over 2.5-fold for deltamethrin. Both wild and susceptible populations showed full susceptibility to malathion. The S and M forms of A. gambiae s.s. were ...

  20. Susceptibility status of Anopheles gambiae s.l. (Diptera: Culicidae ...

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    susceptible 'Kisumu' strain, both Korle-Bu and Airport populations were highly resistant to DDT and gave resistance levels which were over nine-fold for permethrin and over 2.5-fold for deltamethrin. Both wild and susceptible populations showed full susceptibility to malathion. The S and M forms of A. gambiae s.s. were ...

  1. Quark number density and susceptibility calculation under one loop ...

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    S Somorendro Singh


    May 30, 2017 ... Abstract. We calculate quark number density and susceptibility under one-loop correction in the mean- field potential. The calculation shows continuous increase in the number density and susceptibility up to the temperature T = 0.4 GeV. Then the values of number density and susceptibility approach the ...

  2. Aquifer susceptibility in Virginia, 1998-2000 (United States)

    Nelms, David L.; Harlow, George E.; Plummer, L. Niel; Busenberg, Eurybiades


    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Health, sampled water from 171 wells and springs across the Commonwealth of Virginia between 1998 and 2000 as part of the Virginia Aquifer Susceptibility study. Most of the sites sampled are public water supplies that are part of the comprehensive Source Water Assessment Program for the Commonwealth. The fundamental premise of the study was that the identification of young waters (less than 50 years) by multiple environmental tracers could be used as a guide for classifying aquifers in terms of susceptibility to contamination from near-surface sources. Environmental tracers, including chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), tritium (3H), and tritium/helium-3 (3H/3He), and carbon isotopes (14C and d13C) were used to determine the age of water discharging from wells and springs. Concentrations of CFCs greater than 5 picograms per kilogram and 3H concentrations greater than 0.6 tritium unit were used as thresholds to indicate that parts of the aquifer sampled have a component of young water and are, therefore, susceptible to near-surface contamination. Concentrations of CFCs exceeded the susceptibility threshold in 22 percent of the wells and in one spring sampled in the Coastal Plain regional aquifer systems. About 74 percent of the samples from wells with the top of the first water zone less than 100 feet below land surface exceeded the threshold values, and water supplies developed in the upper 100 feet of the Coastal Plain are considered to be susceptible to contamination from near-surface sources. The maximum depth to the top of the screened interval for wells that contained CFCs was less than 150 feet. Wells completed in the deep confined aquifers in the Coastal Plain generally contain water older than 1,000 years, as indicated by carbon-14 dating, and are not considered to be susceptible to contamination under natural conditions. All of the water samples from wells

  3. A Novel Infrared Gas Monitor (United States)

    Wang, Yingding; Zhong, Hongjie


    In the paper a novel non-dispersive infrared(IR) gas monitor is described.It is based on the principle that certain gases absorb IR radiation at specific(and often unique) wavelengths.Conventional devices typically include several primary components:a broadband source, usually an incandescent filament,a rotating chopper shutter,a narrow-band filter,a sample tube and a detector. We have developed a number of IR light emitting diodes(LED) having narrow optical bandwidths and which can be intensity modulated by electrical means,for example InAsSbP(4.2 micron)LED.The IR LED can thus replace the thermal source,narrow-band filter and chopper assembly of the conventional IR gas monitor,yielding a solid state,low- powered,compact and almost maintenance-free instrument with high sensitivity and stability and which free of the effects of mechanical vibration too. The detector used in the IR gas monitor is the solid-state detector,such as PbS,PbSe, InSb,HgCdTe,TGS,LT and PZT detector etc. The different configuration of the IR gas monitor is designed.For example,two-path version for measuring methane concentration by monitoring the 3.31 micron absorption band,it can eliminate the interference effects,such as to compensate for LED intensity changes caused by power and temperature variations,and for signal fluctuations due to changes in detector bias. we also have designed portable single-beam version without the sample tube.Its most primary advantage is very cheap(about cost USD 30 ).It measures carbon dioxide concentration by monitoring the 4.25 micron absorption band.Thought its precisions is low,it is used to control carbon dioxide concentration in the air in the green houses and plastic houses(there are about twenty millon one in the China).Because more carbon dioxide will increase the quanity of vegetable and flower production to a greatextent. It also is used in medical,sanitary and antiepidemic applications,such as hospital, store,hotel,cabin and ballroom etc. Key words:infrared

  4. Target detection and tracking in infrared video (United States)

    Deng, Zhihui; Zhu, Jihong


    In this paper, we propose a method for target detection and tracking in infrared video. The target is defined by its location and extent in a single frame. In the initialization process, we use an adaptive threshold to segment the target and then extract the fern feature and normalize it as a template. The detector uses the random forest and fern to detect the target in the infrared video. The random forest and fern is a random combination of 2bit Binary Pattern, which is robust to infrared targets with blurred and unknown contours. The tracker uses the gray-value weighted mean-Shift algorithm to track the infrared target which is always brighter than the background. And the tracker can track the deformed target efficiently and quickly. When the target disappears, the detector will redetect the target in the coming infrared image. Finally, we verify the algorithm on the real-time infrared target detection and tracking platform. The result shows that our algorithm performs better than TLD in terms of recall and runtime in infrared video.

  5. Nanoantenna-Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopic Chemical Imaging. (United States)

    Kühner, Lucca; Hentschel, Mario; Zschieschang, Ute; Klauk, Hagen; Vogt, Jochen; Huck, Christian; Giessen, Harald; Neubrech, Frank


    Spectroscopic infrared chemical imaging is ideally suited for label-free and spatially resolved characterization of molecular species, but often suffers from low infrared absorption cross sections. Here, we overcome this limitation by utilizing confined electromagnetic near-fields of resonantly excited plasmonic nanoantennas, which enhance the molecular absorption by orders of magnitude. In the experiments, we evaporate microstructured chemical patterns of C60 and pentacene with nanometer thickness on top of homogeneous arrays of tailored nanoantennas. Broadband mid-infrared spectra containing plasmonic and vibrational information were acquired with diffraction-limited resolution using a two-dimensional focal plane array detector. Evaluating the enhanced infrared absorption at the respective frequencies, spatially resolved chemical images were obtained. In these chemical images, the microstructured chemical patterns are only visible if nanoantennas are used. This confirms the superior performance of our approach over conventional spectroscopic infrared imaging. In addition to the improved sensitivity, our technique provides chemical selectivity, which would not be available with plasmonic imaging that is based on refractive index sensing. To extend the accessible spectral bandwidth of nanoantenna-enhanced spectroscopic imaging, we employed nanostructures with dual-band resonances, providing broadband plasmonic enhancement and sensitivity. Our results demonstrate the potential of nanoantenna-enhanced spectroscopic infrared chemical imaging for spatially resolved characterization of organic layers with thicknesses of several nanometers. This is of potential interest for medical applications which are currently hampered by state-of-art infrared techniques, e.g., for distinguishing cancerous from healthy tissues.

  6. Infrared and Raman spectroscopy: principles and spectral interpretation

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    Larkin, Peter


    "Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy: Principles and Spectral Interpretation explains the background, core principles and tests the readers understanding of the important techniques of Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy...

  7. Engineering materials for mid-infrared optical sensor applications

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    Richardson, K. A; Musgraves, J. D; Wachtel, P; Novak, S; Danto, S; Agarwal, A; Singh, V; Lin, P-T; Kimerling, L.C; Hu, J; Yi, Z; Lin, H; Giammarco, J; Soliani, A.P; Luzinov, I; Hensley, J


    .... Chalcogenide glasses have demonstrated promise as materials for infrared sensing as they exhibit transparency over a large range of infrared wavelengths and tunable optical properties through doping...

  8. Longwave infrared compressive hyperspectral imager (United States)

    Dupuis, Julia R.; Kirby, Michael; Cosofret, Bogdan R.


    Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) is developing a longwave infrared (LWIR) compressive sensing hyperspectral imager (CS HSI) based on a single pixel architecture for standoff vapor phase plume detection. The sensor employs novel use of a high throughput stationary interferometer and a digital micromirror device (DMD) converted for LWIR operation in place of the traditional cooled LWIR focal plane array. The CS HSI represents a substantial cost reduction over the state of the art in LWIR HSI instruments. Radiometric improvements for using the DMD in the LWIR spectral range have been identified and implemented. In addition, CS measurement and sparsity bases specifically tailored to the CS HSI instrument and chemical plume imaging have been developed and validated using LWIR hyperspectral image streams of chemical plumes. These bases enable comparable statistics to detection based on uncompressed data. In this paper, we present a system model predicting the overall performance of the CS HSI system. Results from a breadboard build and test validating the system model are reported. In addition, the measurement and sparsity basis work demonstrating the plume detection on compressed hyperspectral images is presented.

  9. Submonolayer Quantum Dot Infrared Photodetector (United States)

    Ting, David Z.; Bandara, Sumith V.; Gunapala, Sarath D.; Chang, Yia-Chang


    A method has been developed for inserting submonolayer (SML) quantum dots (QDs) or SML QD stacks, instead of conventional Stranski-Krastanov (S-K) QDs, into the active region of intersubband photodetectors. A typical configuration would be InAs SML QDs embedded in thin layers of GaAs, surrounded by AlGaAs barriers. Here, the GaAs and the AlGaAs have nearly the same lattice constant, while InAs has a larger lattice constant. In QD infrared photodetector, the important quantization directions are in the plane perpendicular to the normal incidence radiation. In-plane quantization is what enables the absorption of normal incidence radiation. The height of the S-K QD controls the positions of the quantized energy levels, but is not critically important to the desired normal incidence absorption properties. The SML QD or SML QD stack configurations give more control of the structure grown, retains normal incidence absorption properties, and decreases the strain build-up to allow thicker active layers for higher quantum efficiency.

  10. Engineering resonances in infrared metamaterials. (United States)

    Kanté, Boubacar; de Lustrac, André; Lourtioz, Jean-Michel; Gadot, Frédérique


    Engineering resonances in metamaterials has been so far the main way of reaching simultaneously negative permittivity and negative permeability leading to negative index materials. In this paper, we present an experimental and numerical analysis of the infrared response of metamaterials made of continuous nanowires and split ring resonators (SRR) deposited on low-doped silicon when the geometry of the SRRs is gradually altered. The impact of the geometric transformation of the SRRs on the spectra of the composite metamaterial is measured in the 20-200 THz frequency range (i.e., in the 1.5-15 microm wavelength range) for the two field polarizations under normal to plane propagation. We show experimentally and numerically that tuning the SRRs towards elementary cut wires translates in a predictable manner the frequency response of the artificial material. We also analyze coupling effects between the SRRs and the continuous nanowires for different spacings between them. The results of our study are expected to provide useful guidelines for the design of negative index metamaterials on silicon.

  11. High-resolution infrared imaging (United States)

    Falco, Charles M.


    The hands and mind of an artist are intimately involved in the creative process of image formation, intrinsically making paintings significantly more complex than photographs to analyze. In spite of this difficulty, several years ago the artist David Hockney and I identified optical evidence within a number of paintings that demonstrated artists began using optical projections as early as c1425 - nearly 175 years before Galileo - as aids for producing portions of their images. In the course of our work, Hockney and I developed insights that I have been applying to a new approach to computerized image analysis. Recently I developed and characterized a portable high resolution infrared for capturing additional information from paintings. Because many pigments are semi-transparent in the IR, in a number of cases IR photographs ("reflectograms") have revealed marks made by the artists that had been hidden under paint ever since they were made. I have used this IR camera to capture photographs ("reflectograms") of hundreds of paintings in over a dozen museums on three continents and, in some cases, these reflectograms have provided new insights into decisions the artists made in creating the final images that we see in the visible.

  12. Infrared Measurements of Atmospheric Constituents (United States)

    Murcray, Frank J.


    This research program studies atmospheric trace gas concentrations and altitude distributions, particularly for those gases that are important in stratospheric chemistry and radiative balance. Measurements are made with infrared remote sensing instruments, either ground based or balloon-borne. Most of the ground based instruments are part of the Network for Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC), including a very high spectral resolution solar absorption spectrometer at Mauna Loa Observatory and similar system at McMurdo Station, Antarctica (operated in collaboration with the New Zealand NIWA). Additionally, we are deriving stratospheric constituent data from the spectra obtained at the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) program's site in north-central Oklahoma. We have an atmospheric emission spectrometer system at the South Pole (with additional support from NSF), and an identical NSF support instrument at Eureka, NWT, Canada. Our balloon-borne instruments include a very high resolution solar absorption spectrometer system, a smaller, slightly lower resolution solar spectrometer system, a high resolution atmospheric emission spectrometer, and several medium resolution emission spectrometers (CAESRs) that are usually flown piggyback. During the past year, we participated in the MANTRA balloon flight from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with the high resolution solar spectrometer system. Several of our instruments were extensively compared to (UARS) Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite observations, and so provide a data set with known connections to UARS. In the longer term, the data can be used to relate UARS data to (EOS) Earth Observing System and (ADEOS) Advanced Airborne Earth Observing System.

  13. Infrared Constraint on Ultraviolet Theories

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    Tsai, Yuhsin [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)


    While our current paradigm of particle physics, the Standard Model (SM), has been extremely successful at explaining experiments, it is theoretically incomplete and must be embedded into a larger framework. In this thesis, we review the main motivations for theories beyond the SM (BSM) and the ways such theories can be constrained using low energy physics. The hierarchy problem, neutrino mass and the existence of dark matter (DM) are the main reasons why the SM is incomplete . Two of the most plausible theories that may solve the hierarchy problem are the Randall-Sundrum (RS) models and supersymmetry (SUSY). RS models usually suffer from strong flavor constraints, while SUSY models produce extra degrees of freedom that need to be hidden from current experiments. To show the importance of infrared (IR) physics constraints, we discuss the flavor bounds on the anarchic RS model in both the lepton and quark sectors. For SUSY models, we discuss the difficulties in obtaining a phenomenologically allowed gaugino mass, its relation to R-symmetry breaking, and how to build a model that avoids this problem. For the neutrino mass problem, we discuss the idea of generating small neutrino masses using compositeness. By requiring successful leptogenesis and the existence of warm dark matter (WDM), we can set various constraints on the hidden composite sector. Finally, to give an example of model independent bounds from collider experiments, we show how to constrain the DM–SM particle interactions using collider results with an effective coupling description.

  14. The Physics of Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors

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    Choi, K K


    In the past, infrared imaging has been used exclusively for military applications. In fact, it can also be useful in a wide range of scientific and commercial applications. However, its wide spread use was impeded by the scarcity of the imaging systems and its high cost. Recently, there is an emerging infrared technology based on quantum well intersubband transition in III-V compound semiconductors. With the new technology, these impedances can be eliminated and a new era of infrared imaging is in sight. This book is designed to give a systematic description on the underlying physics of the ne

  15. Infrared scanner concept verification test report (United States)

    Bachtel, F. D.


    The test results from a concept verification test conducted to assess the use of an infrared scanner as a remote temperature sensing device for the space shuttle program are presented. The temperature and geometric resolution limits, atmospheric attenuation effects including conditions with fog and rain, and the problem of surface emissivity variations are included. It is concluded that the basic concept of using an infrared scanner to determine near freezing surface temperatures is feasible. The major problem identified is concerned with infrared reflections which result in significant errors if not controlled. Action taken to manage these errors result in design and operational constraints to control the viewing angle and surface emissivity.

  16. Infrared Sky Imager (IRSI) Instrument Handbook

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    Morris, Victor R. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)


    The Infrared Sky Imager (IRSI) deployed at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility is a Solmirus Corp. All Sky Infrared Visible Analyzer. The IRSI is an automatic, continuously operating, digital imaging and software system designed to capture hemispheric sky images and provide time series retrievals of fractional sky cover during both the day and night. The instrument provides diurnal, radiometrically calibrated sky imagery in the mid-infrared atmospheric window and imagery in the visible wavelengths for cloud retrievals during daylight hours. The software automatically identifies cloudy and clear regions at user-defined intervals and calculates fractional sky cover, providing a real-time display of sky conditions.

  17. Photo-Acoustic Spectroscopy with Infrared FEL

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    Yasumoto, Masato; Sei, Norihiro; Yamada, Kawakatsu


    Photo-acoustic spectroscopy (PAS) is a sensitive technique for measuring small absorptions of samples. In an ordinary PAS a pulse laser is used as a light source for inducing photo-acoustic signals. In our novel PAS an infrared FEL is used as the light source. The infrared FEL is continuously tunable in the wavelength with a high repetition rate. Thus, the PAS with the infrared FEL can be applied in various samples compared with the ordinary PAS. We will show the feasibility of the novel PAS.

  18. [Examination of urogenital tract microorganism infection and antibiotic susceptibility test]. (United States)

    Li, Wen-wen; Yan, Zu-wei; Dai, Gan


    To isolate bacteria, mycoplasma and chlamydia from the urogenital tract, and to determine their antibiotic susceptibility. Bacteria, mycoplasma and chlamydia were isolated from the urogenital tract secretion by artifical culture, and their antibiotic susceptibility was detected by disk diffusion. The common microorganisms were S. epidermidis and corynebacberium, and the minority microorganisms were G- bacteria or E. coli. Bacteria were susceptible to amikacin, cephazolin V, rifampin, gentamycin, and docycyclin. S. epidermidis and corynebacterium are important pathogens of the urogenital tract infection. Disk susceptibility test can be used to screen the susceptible antibiotic.

  19. Antibiotic susceptibility of Listeria monocytogenes in Argentina. (United States)

    Prieto, Mónica; Martínez, Claudia; Aguerre, Lorena; Rocca, María Florencia; Cipolla, Lucía; Callejo, Raquel


    Listeria monocytogenes is the causative agent of listeriosis, a food-borne disease that mainly affects pregnant women, the elderly, and immunocompromised patients. The primary treatment of choice of listeriosis is the combination of ampicillin or penicillin G, with an aminoglycoside, classically gentamicin. The second-choice therapy for patients allergic to β-lactams is the combination of trimethoprim with a sulfonamide (such as co-trimoxazole). The aim of this study was to analyze the antimicrobial susceptibility profile of strains isolated from human infections and food during the last two decades in Argentina. The minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 8 antimicrobial agents was determined for a set of 250 strains of L. monocytogenes isolated in Argentina during the period 1992-2012. Food-borne and human isolates were included in this study. The antibiotics tested were ampicillin, chloramphenicol, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, erythromycin, gentamicin, penicillin G, tetracycline and rifampicin. Breakpoints for penicillin G, ampicillin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole were those given in the CLSI for L. monocytogenes. CLSI criteria for staphylococci were applied to the other antimicrobial agents tested. Strains were serotyped by PCR, and confirmed by an agglutination method. Strains recovered from human listeriosis patients showed a prevalence of serotype 4b (71%), with the remaining 29% corresponding to serotype 1/2b. Serotypes among food isolates were distributed as 62% serotype 1/2b and 38% serotype 4b. All antimicrobial agents showed good activity. The strains of L. monocytogenes isolated in Argentina over a period of 20 years remain susceptible to antimicrobial agents, and that susceptibility pattern has not changed during this period. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y Sociedad Española de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica. All rights reserved.

  20. Magnetic susceptibility as a biosignature in stromatolites (United States)

    Petryshyn, Victoria A.; Corsetti, Frank A.; Frantz, Carie M.; Lund, Steve P.; Berelson, William M.


    Microbialites have long been a focus of study in geobiology because they are macroscopic sedimentary records of the activities of microscopic organisms. However, abiotic processes can result in microbialite-like morphologies. Developing robust tools for substantiating the biogenicity of putative microbialites remains an important challenge. Here, we report a new potential biosignature based on the detrital magnetic mineral component present in nearly all sedimentary rocks. Detrital grains falling onto a hard, abiogenic, chemically precipitated structure would be expected to roll off surfaces at high incline angles. Thus, the distribution of grains in an abiogenic microbialite should exhibit a dependence on the dip angle along laminae. In contrast, a microbialite formed by the active trapping and binding of detrital grains by microorganisms could exhibit a distribution of detrital grains significantly less dependent on the dip angle of the laminae. However, given that most ancient stromatolites are micritic (composed of carbonate mud), tracking detrital grains vs. precipitated carbonate is not straightforward. Recent advances in our ability to measure miniscule magnetic fields open up the possibility to map magnetic susceptibility as a tracer of detrital grains in stromatolites. In abiogenic carbonate precipitation experiments, magnetic susceptibility fell to zero when the growth surface was inclined above 30° (the angle at which grains rolled off). In cyanobacterial mat experiments, even vertically inclined mats held magnetic material. The results indicate that cyanobacterial mats trap and bind small grains more readily than abiogenic carbonate precipitates alone. A variety of stromatolites of known and unknown biogenicity were then analyzed. Tested stromatolites span many different ages (Eocene to Holocene) and depositional environments (hot springs, lakes), and compositional forms (micritic, sparry crusts, etc.). The results were consistent with the laboratory

  1. Interpretive criteria and quality control limits for ceftibuten disk susceptibility tests. Collaborative Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Group. (United States)

    Barry, A L; Jones, R N


    In vitro studies were undertaken to evaluate susceptibility tests with 30-micrograms ceftibuten disks. The following interpretive criteria were proposed: less than or equal to 17 mm for resistance (MIC, greater than or equal to 32 micrograms/ml) and greater than or equal to 21 mm for susceptibility (MIC, less than or equal to 8.0 micrograms/ml). A multilaboratory quality control study led to the conclusion that Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 should provide zones 29 to 35 mm in diameter. PMID:2182675

  2. A landslide susceptibility map of Africa (United States)

    Broeckx, Jente; Vanmaercke, Matthias; Duchateau, Rica; Poesen, Jean


    Studies on landslide risks and fatalities indicate that landslides are a global threat to humans, infrastructure and the environment, certainly in Africa. Nonetheless our understanding of the spatial patterns of landslides and rockfalls on this continent is very limited. Also in global landslide susceptibility maps, Africa is mostly underrepresented in the inventories used to construct these maps. As a result, predicted landslide susceptibilities remain subject to very large uncertainties. This research aims to produce a first continent-wide landslide susceptibility map for Africa, calibrated with a well-distributed landslide dataset. As a first step, we compiled all available landslide inventories for Africa. This data was supplemented by additional landslide mapping with Google Earth in underrepresented regions. This way, we compiled 60 landslide inventories from the literature (ca. 11000 landslides) and an additional 6500 landslides through mapping in Google Earth (including 1500 rockfalls). Various environmental variables such as slope, lithology, soil characteristics, land use, precipitation and seismic activity, were investigated for their significance in explaining the observed spatial patterns of landslides. To account for potential mapping biases in our dataset, we used Monte Carlo simulations that selected different subsets of mapped landslides, tested the significance of the considered environmental variables and evaluated the performance of the fitted multiple logistic regression model against another subset of mapped landslides. Based on these analyses, we constructed two landslide susceptibility maps for Africa: one for all landslide types and one excluding rockfalls. In both maps, topography, lithology and seismic activity were the most significant variables. The latter factor may be surprising, given the overall limited degree of seismicity in Africa. However, its significance indicates that frequent seismic events may serve as in important

  3. Macroeconomic susceptibility, inflation, and aggregate supply (United States)

    Hawkins, Raymond J.


    We unify aggregate-supply dynamics as a time-dependent susceptibility-mediated relationship between inflation and aggregate economic output. In addition to representing well various observations of inflation-output dynamics this parsimonious formalism provides a straightforward derivation of popular representations of aggregate-supply dynamics and a natural basis for economic-agent expectations as an element of inflation formation. Our formalism also illuminates questions of causality and time-correlation that challenge central banks for whom aggregate-supply dynamics is a key constraint in their goal of achieving macroeconomic stability.


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    Junhua Han


    Full Text Available Susceptibility of 29 Lactobacilli to 13 antibiotics was assayed by paper disc diffusion method. Plasmids and gastrointestinal tolerance were detected. The relationship between plasmids andantibiotic resistance was discussed. The results showed that all of the strains were resistant to bacitracin, polymyxin B, kanamycin, and nalidixic acid. Many strains were relatively sensitive tochloramphenicol and tetracycline. Six strains contained plasmids and showed good gastrointestinal tolerance. β-lactam resistance gene blr was found in the plasmid of L. plantarum CICC 23180by PCR. The study will be helpful to promote the safety evaluation and development of potentially probiotic lactic acid bacteria.

  5. Genetic Susceptibility to Triple Negative Breast Cancer


    Stevens, Kristen N.; Vachon, Celine M.; Couch, Fergus J.


    Triple negative breast cancers (TNBC), defined by the absence of estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 expression, account for 12-24% of all breast cancers. TNBC is associated with early recurrence of disease and poor outcome. Germline mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer susceptibility genes have been associated with up to 15% of TNBC, and TNBC accounts for 70% of breast tumors arising in BRCA1 mutation carriers and 16-23% of breast ...

  6. Tobacco use increases susceptibility to bacterial infection

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    Demuth Donald R


    Full Text Available Abstract Active smokers and those exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of bacterial infection. Tobacco smoke exposure increases susceptibility to respiratory tract infections, including tuberculosis, pneumonia and Legionnaires disease; bacterial vaginosis and sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea; Helicobacter pylori infection; periodontitis; meningitis; otitis media; and post-surgical and nosocomial infections. Tobacco smoke compromises the anti-bacterial function of leukocytes, including neutrophils, monocytes, T cells and B cells, providing a mechanistic explanation for increased infection risk. Further epidemiological, clinical and mechanistic research into this important area is warranted.

  7. Operator fidelity susceptibility, decoherence, and quantum criticality (United States)

    Lu, Xiao-Ming; Sun, Zhe; Wang, Xiaoguang; Zanardi, Paolo


    The extension of the notion of quantum fidelity from the state-space to the operator level can be used to study environment-induced decoherence. The state-dependent operator fidelity susceptibility (OFS), the leading-order term for slightly different operator parameters, is shown to have a nontrivial behavior when the environment is at critical points. Two different contributions to the OFS are identified which have distinct physical origins and temporal dependence. Exact results are obtained for the finite-temperature decoherence caused by a bath described by the Ising model in a transverse field.

  8. Susceptibility weighted imaging of the neonatal brain

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    Meoded, A.; Poretti, A. [Division of Pediatric Radiology and Division of Neuroradiology, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States); Northington, F.J. [Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States); Tekes, A.; Intrapiromkul, J. [Division of Pediatric Radiology and Division of Neuroradiology, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States); Huisman, T.A.G.M., E-mail: [Division of Pediatric Radiology and Division of Neuroradiology, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States)


    Susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) is a well-established magnetic resonance technique, which is highly sensitive for blood, iron, and calcium depositions in the brain and has been implemented in the routine clinical use in both children and neonates. SWI in neonates might provide valuable additional diagnostic and prognostic information for a wide spectrum of neonatal neurological disorders. To date, there are few articles available on the application of SWI in neonatal neurological disorders. The purpose of this article is to illustrate and describe the characteristic SWI findings in various typical neonatal neurological disorders.

  9. Infrared scintillation in liquid Ar and Xe

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    Bressi, G; Carugno, G.; Conti, E; Iannuzzi, D; Meneguzzo, AT


    Infrared emission induced by ionizing particle has been observed in liquid Ar and liquid Xe. The phenomenon seems to be similar to the one recently observed in dense noble gases. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Mesoporous Silicon Far Infrared Filters Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I proposal describes a novel method to make optical filters based on mesoporous silicon multilayers, for use at cold temperatures in the far infrared...

  11. NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — IRSA is chartered to curate the calibrated science products from NASAs infrared and sub-millimeter missions, including five major large-area/all-sky surveys. IRSA...

  12. Ge Quantum Dot Infrared Imaging Camera Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Luna Innovations Incorporated proposes to develop a high performance Ge quantum dots-based infrared (IR) imaging camera on Si substrate. The high sensitivity, large...

  13. Advances in Infrared Technology and Applications: introduction. (United States)

    Strojnik, Marija; D'Acunto, Mario; Rogalski, Antoni


    The special issue of Applied Optics on Advanced Infrared Technology and Applications(AITA) arose out of the biannual conference of the same name, most recently held in Pisa, Italy, 29 September to 2 October, 2015.

  14. Mid-infrared plasmonic biosensing with graphene

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    Rodrigo, D; Limaj, O; Janner, D; Etezadi, D; Garcia de Abajo, F. J; Pruneri, V; Altug, H


      The mid-infrared (mid-IR) range is particularly well suited for biosensing because it encompasses the molecular vibrations that identify the biochemical building blocks of life, such as proteins, lipids, and DNA...

  15. Infrared Spectra of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) (United States)

    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Bakes, E. L. O.


    We have computed the synthetic infrared spectra of some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons containing up to 54 carbon atoms. The species studied include ovalene, circumcoronene, dicoronylene, and hexabenzocoronene. We report spectra for anions, neutrals, cations, and multiply charged cations.

  16. Modelling of nectarine drying under near infrared - Vacuum conditions. (United States)

    Alaei, Behnam; Chayjan, Reza Amiri


    Drying of nectarine slices was performed to determine the thermal and physical properties in order to reduce product deterioration due to chemical reactions, facilitate storage and lower transportation costs. Because nectarine slices are sensitive to heat with long drying period, the selection of a suitable drying approach is a challenging task. Infrared-vacuum drying can be used as an appropriate method for susceptible materials with high moisture content such as nectarine slices. Modelling of nectarine slices drying was carried out in a thin layer near infraredvacuum conditions. Drying of the samples was implemented at the absolute pressures of 20, 40 and 60 kPa and drying temperatures of 50, 60 and 70°C. Drying behaviour of nectarine slices, as well as the effect of drying conditions on moisture loss trend, drying rate, effective diffusion coefficient, activation energy, shrinkage, colour and energy consumption of nectarine slices, dried in near infrared-vacuum dryer are discussed in this study. Six mathematical models were used to predict the moisture ratio of the samples in thin layer drying. The Midilli model had supremacy in prediction of nectarine slices drying behaviour. The maximum drying rates of the samples were between 0.014-0.047 gwater/gdry material·min. Effective moisture diffusivity of the samples was estimated in the ranges of 2.46·10-10 to 6.48·10-10 m2/s. Activation energy were computed between 31.28 and 35.23 kJ/mol. Minimum shrinkage (48.4%) and total colour difference (15.1) were achieved at temperature of 50°C and absolute pressure of 20 kPa. Energy consumption of the tests was estimated in the ranges of 0.129 to 0.247 kWh. Effective moisture diffusivity was increased with decrease of vacuum pressure and increase of drying temperature but effect of drying temperature on effective moisture diffusivity of nectarine slices was more than vacuum pressure. Activation energy was decreased with decrease in absolute pressure. Total colour

  17. Low-thermal expansion infrared glass ceramics (United States)

    Lam, Philip


    L2 Tech, Inc. is in development of an innovative infrared-transparent glass ceramic material with low-thermal expansion (ZrW2O8) which has Negative Thermal Expansion (NTE). The glass phase is the infrared-transparent germanate glass which has positive thermal expansion (PTE). Then glass ceramic material has a balanced thermal expansion of near zero. The crystal structure is cubic and the thermal expansion of the glass ceramic is isotropic or equal in all directions.

  18. Integrated detector array technology for infrared astronomy (United States)

    Mccreight, c. R.; Goebel, J. H.; Mckelvey, M. E.; Stafford, P. S.; Lee, J. H.


    The status of laboratory and telescope tests of integrated infrared detector array technology for astronomical applications is described. The devices tested represent a number of extrinsic and intrinsic detector materials and various multiplexer designs. Infrared arrays have now been used in successful astronomical applications. These have shown that device sensitivities can be comparable to those of discrete detector systems and excellent astronomical imagery can be produced.

  19. Infrared Emission by an Aerosol Cloud. (United States)


    the enthalpy of reaction (Table II). The CISO H-H 0 reaction seems to be 3 2 an exception, although more quantitative studies are required. These...Indicates infrared emission (wweak, mmedium, sstrong). c. Upper figure includes heat of hydration of reaction products. (a) 20 (b) j 𔃻 155 ~%_o 5 25 26 272...future. , It (19) * ~.. -~--~ .-- ___ SUMMARY Detectable levels of infrared emission have been observed from carboxylic acid, amine , and sulfuric acid gas

  20. Formulating Infrared Coatings for Defence Applications (United States)


    formulated with metal flakes, e.g. aluminium , which provide strong reflection across the visible and infrared spectrum. The reduced thermal exitance...Infrared radiation incident upon a paint may cause polarization of the electrical and magnetic (polar) components within the compounds which comprise...normally established for cosmetic or camouflage requirements, and the opportunity to alter the amount of visible light reflected or its wavelength

  1. A new technique for infrared scintillation measurements

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    Chiossi, F., E-mail: [Dip. di Fisica e Astronomia and INFN, University of Padua, Via F. Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova (Italy); Brylew, K. [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Borghesani, A.F. [CNISM Unit and Dip. di Fisica e Astronomia, University of Padua, Via F. Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova (Italy); Braggio, C.; Carugno, G. [Dip. di Fisica e Astronomia and INFN, University of Padua, Via F. Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova (Italy); Drozdowski, W. [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Grudziadzka 5, 87-100 Torun (Poland); Guarise, M. [Dip. di Fisica e Astronomia and INFN, University of Padua, Via F. Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova (Italy)


    We propose a new technique to measure the infrared scintillation light yield of rare earth doped crystals by comparing it to near UV–visible scintillation of a calibrated Pr:(Lu{sub 0.75}Y{sub 0.25}){sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} sample. As an example, we apply this technique to provide the light yield in visible and infrared range up to 1700 nm of this crystal.

  2. Fundus near infrared fluorescence correlates with fundus near infrared reflectance. (United States)

    Weinberger, Andreas W A; Lappas, Alexandra; Kirschkamp, Thomas; Mazinani, Babac A E; Huth, Julia K; Mohammadi, Babak; Walter, Peter


    To analyze the occurrence of near infrared (NIR) fluorescence in relation to NIR reflectance, blue-light-excited autofluorescence, angiograms, and funduscopy. Observational consecutive case series in patients with macular diseases. Imaging was performed with a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscope for NIR reflectance, blue-light-excited autofluorescence, NIR fluorescence, and fluorescein and indocyanine green (ICG) angiograms. In cases in which NIR fluorescence was observed, five to nine images were averaged. The leakage of the scanning laser ophthalmoscope was analyzed. In the 291 eyes analyzed, NIR fluorescence was observed in 51 and was graded weak in 27 with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD, 10 cases), dry AMD with pigment clumping (n=7), chronic central serous choroidopathy (CSC; n=5), choroidal nevi (n=2), subretinal hemorrhages (n=2), and chloroquine maculopathy (n=1). Strong NIR fluorescence was found in 24 eyes, with wet AMD (n=14), subretinal hemorrhages (n=8), and choroidal nevi (n=2). Except for four eyes, we observed a strong correlation of NIR fluorescence and increased NIR reflectance at identical fundus location (92.2%). NIR fluorescence corresponded with increased blue-light-excited autofluorescence in 21 of 31 patients with AMD and in 4 of 5 patients with chronic CSC, but in none of the 4 patients with nevi. Funduscopy showed that structures with NIR fluorescence were pigmented or consisted of degraded blood. Barrier filter leakage of the imaging system was 6.2x10(-6). The high correlation of NIR fluorescence and reflectance indicated that part of the observed NIR fluorescence is pseudofluorescence, whereas gray-scale analysis indicated that both NIR autofluorescence and pseudofluorescence contribute to the NIR fluorescence images. Quantification of leakage of the imaging system indicated a significant part of the observed NIR fluorescence is NIR autofluorescence. As NIR fluorescence derives from pigmented lesions, melanin is a possible

  3. Moessbauer spectroscopy under a magnetic field to explore the low-temperature spin structure of the layered ferrimagnetic material-{l_brace}N(n-C{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4}[Fe{sup II}Fe{sup III}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}]{r_brace}{sub {infinity}}

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    Bhattacharjee, A; Reiman, S; Ksenofontov, V; Guetlich, P [Institut fuer Anorganische Chemie und Analytische Chemie, Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, D-55099 Mainz (Germany)


    {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy of the metal-assembled layered ferrimagnetic material {l_brace}N(n-C{sub 4}H{sub 9}){sub 4}[Fe{sup II}Fe{sup III}(C{sub 2}O{sub 4}){sub 3}]{r_brace}{sub {infinity}} was performed under a high external magnetic field at 4.2 K. This study successfully detected different types of Fe{sup II} and Fe{sup III} high spin sites in the lattices. The hyperfine field values estimated for all the Fe{sup III} high spin sites are close to the expected values, whereas those for Fe{sup II} high spin sites are substantially different to those expected usually. A large fraction of magnetically disordered Fe{sup III} high spin sites were found. It is understood that the layered structure of the compound may have two kinds of sub-lattices - (Fe{sub A}{sup II}-Fe{sub A}{sup III}-{center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}) and (Fe{sub B}{sup II}-Fe{sub B}{sup III}-{center_dot}{center_dot}{center_dot}) - along with randomly placed magnetically disordered Fe{sub C}{sup III} sites, where the Fe{sub A}{sup III} and Fe{sub B}{sup III} are antiferromagnetically aligned. The existence of the magnetically and/or structurally non-equivalent spin sites in the same lattice has been held responsible for the coexistence of different ferrimagnetic interactions leading to the spin glass state, as observed through earlier magnetic and calorimetric measurements.

  4. The thermal infrared continuum in solar flares (United States)

    Fletcher, Lyndsay; Simoes, Paulo; Kerr, Graham Stewart; Hudson, Hugh S.; Gimenez de Castro, C. Guillermo; Penn, Matthew J.


    Observations of the Sun with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array have now started, and the thermal infrared will regularly be accessible from the NSF’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. Motivated by the prospect of these new observations, and by recent flare detections in the mid infrared, we set out here to model and understand the source of the infrared continuum in flares, and to explore its diagnostic capability for the physical conditions in the flare atmosphere. We use the 1D radiation hydrodynamics code RADYN to calculate mid-infrared continuum emission from model atmospheres undergoing sudden deposition of energy by non-thermal electrons. We identify and characterise the main continuum thermal emission processes relevant to flare intensity enhancement in the mid- to far-infrared (2-200 micron) spectral range as free-free emission on neutrals and ions. We find that the infrared intensity evolution tracks the energy input to within a second, albeit with a lingering intensity enhancement, and provides a very direct indication of the evolution of the atmospheric ionization. The prediction of highly impulsive emission means that, on these timescales, the atmospheric hydrodynamics need not be considered in analysing the mid-IR signatures.

  5. Infrared Instrument for Detecting Hydrogen Fires (United States)

    Youngquist, Robert; Ihlefeld, Curtis; Immer, Christopher; Oostdyk, Rebecca; Cox, Robert; Taylor, John


    The figure shows an instrument incorporating an infrared camera for detecting small hydrogen fires. The instrument has been developed as an improved replacement for prior infrared and ultraviolet instruments used to detect hydrogen fires. The need for this or any such instrument arises because hydrogen fires (e.g., those associated with leaks from tanks, valves, and ducts) pose a great danger, yet they emit so little visible light that they are mostly undetectable by the unaided human eye. The main performance advantage offered by the present instrument over prior hydrogen-fire-detecting instruments lies in its greater ability to avoid false alarms by discriminating against reflected infrared light, including that originating in (1) the Sun, (2) welding torches, and (3) deliberately ignited hydrogen flames (e.g., ullage-burn-off flames) that are nearby but outside the field of view intended to be monitored by the instrument. Like prior such instruments, this instrument is based mostly on the principle of detecting infrared emission above a threshold level. However, in addition, this instrument utilizes information on the spatial distribution of infrared light from a source that it detects. Because the combination of spatial and threshold information about a flame tends to constitute a unique signature that differs from that of reflected infrared light originating in a source not in the field of view, the incidence of false alarms is reduced substantially below that of related prior threshold- based instruments.

  6. Face recognition in the thermal infrared domain (United States)

    Kowalski, M.; Grudzień, A.; Palka, N.; Szustakowski, M.


    Biometrics refers to unique human characteristics. Each unique characteristic may be used to label and describe individuals and for automatic recognition of a person based on physiological or behavioural properties. One of the most natural and the most popular biometric trait is a face. The most common research methods on face recognition are based on visible light. State-of-the-art face recognition systems operating in the visible light spectrum achieve very high level of recognition accuracy under controlled environmental conditions. Thermal infrared imagery seems to be a promising alternative or complement to visible range imaging due to its relatively high resistance to illumination changes. A thermal infrared image of the human face presents its unique heat-signature and can be used for recognition. The characteristics of thermal images maintain advantages over visible light images, and can be used to improve algorithms of human face recognition in several aspects. Mid-wavelength or far-wavelength infrared also referred to as thermal infrared seems to be promising alternatives. We present the study on 1:1 recognition in thermal infrared domain. The two approaches we are considering are stand-off face verification of non-moving person as well as stop-less face verification on-the-move. The paper presents methodology of our studies and challenges for face recognition systems in the thermal infrared domain.

  7. Infrared image enhancement with learned features (United States)

    Fan, Zunlin; Bi, Duyan; Ding, Wenshan


    Due to the variation of imaging environment and limitations of infrared imaging sensors, infrared images usually have some drawbacks: low contrast, few details and indistinct edges. Hence, to promote the applications of infrared imaging technology, it is essential to improve the qualities of infrared images. To enhance image details and edges adaptively, we propose an infrared image enhancement method under the proposed image enhancement scheme. On the one hand, on the assumption of high-quality image taking more evident structure singularities than low-quality images, we propose an image enhancement scheme that depends on the extractions of structure features. On the other hand, different from the current image enhancement algorithms based on deep learning networks that try to train and build the end-to-end mappings on improving image quality, we analyze the significance of first layer in Stacked Sparse Denoising Auto-encoder and propose a novel feature extraction for the proposed image enhancement scheme. Experiment results prove that the novel feature extraction is free from some artifacts on the edges such as blocking artifacts, ;gradient reversal;, and pseudo contours. Compared with other enhancement methods, the proposed method achieves the best performance in infrared image enhancement.

  8. Performance Evaluation of an Infrared Thermocouple (United States)

    Chen, Chiachung; Weng, Yu-Kai; Shen, Te-Ching


    The measurement of the leaf temperature of forests or agricultural plants is an important technique for the monitoring of the physiological state of crops. The infrared thermometer is a convenient device due to its fast response and nondestructive measurement technique. Nowadays, a novel infrared thermocouple, developed with the same measurement principle of the infrared thermometer but using a different detector, has been commercialized for non-contact temperature measurement. The performances of two-kinds of infrared thermocouples were evaluated in this study. The standard temperature was maintained by a temperature calibrator and a special black cavity device. The results indicated that both types of infrared thermocouples had good precision. The error distribution ranged from −1.8 °C to 18 °C as the reading values served as the true values. Within the range from 13 °C to 37 °C, the adequate calibration equations were the high-order polynomial equations. Within the narrower range from 20 °C to 35 °C, the adequate equation was a linear equation for one sensor and a two-order polynomial equation for the other sensor. The accuracy of the two kinds of infrared thermocouple was improved by nearly 0.4 °C with the calibration equations. These devices could serve as mobile monitoring tools for in situ and real time routine estimation of leaf temperatures. PMID:22163458

  9. Performance Evaluation of an Infrared Thermocouple

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    Te-Ching Shen


    Full Text Available The measurement of the leaf temperature of forests or agricultural plants is an important technique for the monitoring of the physiological state of crops. The infrared thermometer is a convenient device due to its fast response and nondestructive measurement technique. Nowadays, a novel infrared thermocouple, developed with the same measurement principle of the infrared thermometer but using a different detector, has been commercialized for non-contact temperature measurement. The performances of two-kinds of infrared thermocouples were evaluated in this study. The standard temperature was maintained by a temperature calibrator and a special black cavity device. The results indicated that both types of infrared thermocouples had good precision. The error distribution ranged from −1.8 °C to 18 °C as the reading values served as the true values. Within the range from 13 °C to 37 °C, the adequate calibration equations were the high-order polynomial equations. Within the narrower range from 20 °C to 35 °C, the adequate equation was a linear equation for one sensor and a two-order polynomial equation for the other sensor. The accuracy of the two kinds of infrared thermocouple was improved by nearly 0.4 °C with the calibration equations. These devices could serve as mobile monitoring tools for in situ and real time routine estimation of leaf temperatures.

  10. The display of portable infrared measuring temperature (United States)

    Qian, Yitao; Gu, Guohua; Sui, Xiubao


    In recent years based on security, quality supervision, inspection and medical for the urgent need of infrared temperature measurement and infrared display technology, coupled with embedded system to achieve rapid development, which is widely used in the electronic products and the field of intelligent instruments and industrial control, this paper has designed a kind of more comprehensive, more efficient and more intuitive infrared thermometer. Unlike previous handheld infrared thermometer, we regard an embedded Linux system as the system, with its open source code, support most mainstream hardware platforms, unified peripheral interface and can be customized, to build an embedded infrared system that has provided strong system support; the pseudocolor techniques and Qt interface display technology make the image more colorful and the picture function more diverse; With ARM microprocessor as the display and temperature measuring platform, it costs reduction and reduce volume and power consumption; the FrameBuffer interface technology and multithreading technology realize the smooth real-time display. And ultimately the display size of real-time infrared image is 640 * 480 at a speed of 25 frames / sec. What is more, display is equipped with the menu option so that thermometer can be required to complete the operation through the button. The temperature display system aims at small volume, easy to use and flexible. I believe this thermometer will have a good application prospect.

  11. The Optical Green Valley Versus Mid-infrared Canyon in Compact Groups (United States)

    Walker, Lisa May; Butterfield, Natalie; Johnson, Kelsey; Zucker, Catherine; Gallagher, Sarah; Konstantopoulos, Iraklis; Zabludoff, Ann; Hornschemeier, Ann E.; Tzanavaris, Panayiotis; Charlton, Jane C.


    Compact groups of galaxies provide conditions similar to those experienced by galaxies in the earlier universe. Recent work on compact groups has led to the discovery of a dearth of mid-infrared transition galaxies (MIRTGs) in Infrared Array Camera (3.6-8.0 micrometers) color space as well as at intermediate specific star formation rates. However, we find that in compact groups these MIRTGs have already transitioned to the optical ([g-r]) red sequence. We investigate the optical color-magnitude diagram (CMD) of 99 compact groups containing 348 galaxies and compare the optical CMD with mid-infrared (mid-IR) color space for compact group galaxies. Utilizing redshifts available from Sloan Digital Sky Survey, we identified new galaxy members for four groups. By combining optical and mid-IR data, we obtain information on both the dust and the stellar populations in compact group galaxies. We also compare with more isolated galaxies and galaxies in the Coma Cluster, which reveals that, similar to clusters, compact groups are dominated by optically red galaxies. While we find that compact group transition galaxies lie on the optical red sequence, LVL (Local Volume Legacy) + (plus) SINGS (Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey) mid-IR (infrared) transition galaxies span the range of optical colors. The dearth of mid-IR transition galaxies in compact groups may be due to a lack of moderately star-forming low mass galaxies; the relative lack of these galaxies could be due to their relatively small gravitational potential wells. This makes them more susceptible to this dynamic environment, thus causing them to more easily lose gas or be accreted by larger members.

  12. Lactobacillus species: taxonomic complexity and controversial susceptibilities. (United States)

    Goldstein, Ellie J C; Tyrrell, Kerin L; Citron, Diane M


    The genus Lactobacillus is a taxonomically complex and is composed of over 170 species that cannot be easily differentiated phenotypically and often require molecular identification. Although they are part of the normal human gastrointestinal and vaginal flora, they can also be occasional human pathogens. They are extensively used in a variety of commercial products including probiotics. Their antimicrobial susceptibilities are poorly defined in part because of their taxonomic complexity and are compounded by the different methods recommended by Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute and International Dairy Foundation. Their use as probiotics for prevention of Clostridium difficile infection is prevalent among consumers worldwide but raises the question of will the use of any concurrent antibiotic effect their ability to survive. Lactobacillus species are generally acid resistant and are able to survive ingestion. They are generally resistant to metronidazole, aminoglycosides and ciprofloxacin with L. acidophilus being susceptible to penicillin and vancomycin, whereas L. rhamnosus and L. casei are resistant to metronidazole and vancomycin. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please e-mail:

  13. Organisms causing pyoderma and their susceptibility patterns

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    R G Baslas


    Full Text Available Five hundred and seventy cases of pyoderma were studied clinically and bacteriologically. Of these, 58.8% cases were of primary pyoderma, and the rest were secondary pyoderma. Primary pyoderma consituted impetigo contagiosa (21.4%, bullous impetigo (3.3%, ecthyma (4.4%, superficial folliculitis (12.3%, chronic folliculitis of legs (8.8%; forunculosis (3.7% carbuncle (1.8%, folliculitis decalvans (0.4%, sycosis barbae (0.4% and abscess (2.5%. Secondary pyderma cases were infected scabies (23.9%, infected wound (1.1%, infectious eczematoid dermatitis (12.6%, intertrigo (0.4% and miscellaneous (3.3%. In 85 samples, no organism was isolated. Out of 485 samples, 75.9% grew a single organism and the rest (24.1% gave multiple organisms. Among the 603 strains collected, 73.6% were staphylococcus aureus, 25.0% were beta-haemolytic streptococcus and 0.7% each were alpha-haemolytic streptococcus and Gram negative bacilli. Eighty eight per cent strains of Staphylococcus aureous were susceptible to cephaloridine and 27.4% to ampicillin while 97.4% beta haemolytic streptococcus were susceptible to cephaloridine and 23.2% to pencillin.

  14. Measuring Nematic Susceptibilities from the Elastoresistivity Tensor (United States)

    Hristov, A. T.; Shapiro, M. C.; Hlobil, Patrick; Maharaj, Akash; Chu, Jiun-Haw; Fisher, Ian

    The elastoresistivity tensor mijkl relates changes in resistivity to the strain on a material. As a fourth-rank tensor, it contains considerably more information about the material than the simpler (second-rank) resistivity tensor; in particular, certain elastoresistivity coefficients can be related to thermodynamic susceptibilities and serve as a direct probe of symmetry breaking at a phase transition. The aim of this talk is twofold. First, we enumerate how symmetry both constrains the structure of the elastoresistivity tensor into an easy-to-understand form and connects tensor elements to thermodynamic susceptibilities. In the process, we generalize previous studies of elastoresistivity to include the effects of magnetic field. Second, we describe an approach to measuring quantities in the elastoresistivity tensor with a novel transverse measurement, which is immune to relative strain offsets. These techniques are then applied to BaFe2As2 in a proof of principle measurement. This work is supported by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, Materials Sciences and Engineering Division, under Contract DE-AC02-76SF00515.

  15. Antimicrobial susceptibility of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae in Switzerland. (United States)

    Kirchgässner, C; Schmitt, S; Borgström, A; Wittenbrink, M M


    Brachyspira (B.) hyodysenteriae is the causative agent of swine dysentery (SD), a severe mucohaemorrhagic diarrheal disease in pigs worldwide. So far, the antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of B. hyodysenteriae in Switzerland have not been investigated. Therefore, a panel of 30 porcine B. hyodysenteriae isolates were tested against 6 antimicrobial agents by using the VetMIC Brachy panel, a broth microdilution test. Tiamulin and valnemulin showed high antimicrobial activity inhibiting all isolates at low concentrations. The susceptibility testing of doxycycline revealed values from ≤0.25 μg/ ml (47%) to 2 μg/ml (10%). The MIC values of lincomycin ranged between ≤0.5 μg/ml (30%) and 32 μg/ml (43%). For tylosin, 57% of the isolates could not be inhibited at the highest concentration of ≥128 μg/ml. The MIC values for tylvalosin were between ≤0.25 μg/ml (10%) and 8 μg/ml (20%). These findings reveal Switzerland's favourable situation compared to other European countries. Above all, tiamulin and valnemulin are still effective antimicrobial agents and can be further used for the treatment of SD.

  16. Antibiotic Susceptibility Patterns of Vibrio cholerae isolates

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    S D Shrestha


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Cholera is one of the most common diarrhoeal diseases in Nepal. Etiological agent of cholera is Vibrio cholerae which removes essential body fluids, salts and vital nutrients, which are necessary for life causing dehydration and malnutrition. Emerging antimicrobial resistant is common. The aim of the present study was to determine the antibiotic susceptibility pattern of cholera patients in Nepal. METHODS: All the laboratory works were conducted in the bacteriology section of National Public Health Laboratory, Teku from March to September 2005. During this period a total of 340 stool samples from diarrhoeal patients were collected and processed according to the standard laboratory methods. Each patient suffering from diarrhoea was directly interviewed for his or her clinical history during sample collection. RESULTS: A total of 340 stool samples were processed and studied from both sex including all ages of patients. Among the processed sample 53 Vibrio cholerae cases were found. All isolated Vibrio cholerae O1 were El Tor, Inaba. All isolated (100% Vibrio cholerae O1 were sensitive to Ampicillin, Ciprofloxacin, Erythromycin and Tetracycline whereas all were resistant to Nalidixic acid and Cotrimoxazole. Only 15.1% cases were sensitive to Furazolidone whereas 84.9% were resistant. CONCLUSION: All V. cholerae strains isolated in this study were found resistant to Multi Drug Resistant (resistant to at least two antibiotics of different group. Ampicillin, Ciprofloxacin, Erythromycin and Tetracycline were found still more potent antibiotics against Vibrio cholerae isolated during the study. Keywords: antibiotics, susceptibility, Vibrio cholera.

  17. Universal locality of quantum thermal susceptibility (United States)

    De Palma, Giacomo; De Pasquale, Antonella; Giovannetti, Vittorio


    The ultimate precision of any measurement of the temperature of a quantum system is the inverse of the local quantum thermal susceptibility [A. De Pasquale et al., Nat. Commun. 7, 12782 (2016), 10.1038/ncomms12782] of the subsystem with which the thermometer interacts. If this subsystem can be described with the canonical ensemble, such quantity reduces to the variance of the local Hamiltonian, which is proportional to the heat capacity of the subsystem. However, the canonical ensemble might not apply in the presence of interactions between the subsystem and the rest of the system. In this work, we address this problem in the framework of locally interacting quantum systems. We prove that the local quantum thermal susceptibility of any subsystem is close to the variance of its local Hamiltonian, provided the volume-to-surface ratio of the subsystem is much larger than the correlation length. This result greatly simplifies the determination of the ultimate precision of any local estimate of the temperature and rigorously determines the regime where interactions can affect this precision.

  18. Hyperglycemia Increases Susceptibility to Ischemic Necrosis

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    D. Lévigne


    Full Text Available Diabetic patients are at risk for spontaneous foot ulcers, chronic wounds, infections, and tissue necrosis. Current theories suggest that the development and progression of diabetic foot ulcers are mainly caused by arteriosclerosis and peripheral neuropathy. Tissue necrosis plays a primordial role in the progression of diabetic foot ulcers but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of hyperglycemia per se on the susceptibility of ischemic tissue to necrosis, using a critical ischemic hind limb animal model. We inflicted the same degree of ischemia in both euglycemic and streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic rats by resecting the external iliac, the femoral, and the saphenous arteries. Postoperative laser Doppler flowmetry of the ischemic feet showed the same degree of reduction in skin perfusion in both hyperglycemic and euglycemic animals. Nevertheless, we found a significantly higher rate of limb necrosis in hyperglycemic rats compared to euglycemic rats (71% versus 29%, resp.. In this study, we revealed that hyperglycemia per se increases the susceptibility to limb necrosis in ischemic conditions. Our results may help to better understand the physiopathology of progressive diabetic wounds and underline the importance of strict glycemic control in patients with critical limb ischemia.


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    Full Text Available Flood susceptibility assessment in the Niraj basin. In the context of global warming and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, it becomes evident that we have to face natural hazards, such as floods. In the area of Niraj basin this phenomenon is specific both in the spring, because of the snow melting and of the precipitations which come along with the season, and then in the summer because of the torrential precipitations but rarely in autumn and winter. The aim of this paper is to determinate the susceptibility of the zone and obtain a map which will take into consideration the possibility of a flooding. Defining vulnerability can help us understand this type of natural disasters and find the best ways to reduce it. For this purpose we use thematic layers, morphological characteristics (slope and depth fragmentation, hydrological characteristics, geology, pedology (permeability and soil texture, landuse, precipitation data, and human interventions because in this way we have the possibility to use data mining for this purpose. Data mining will allow us to extract new information based on the existing sets of data.The final result will be a thematic map that highlights the areas which are exposed to the flood. Therefore, this map can be used as a support decision for local government or business purposes.

  20. Microfluidics for Antibiotic Susceptibility and Toxicity Testing

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    Jing Dai


    Full Text Available The recent emergence of antimicrobial resistance has become a major concern for worldwide policy makers as very few new antibiotics have been developed in the last twenty-five years. To prevent the death of millions of people worldwide, there is an urgent need for a cheap, fast and accurate set of tools and techniques that can help to discover and develop new antimicrobial drugs. In the past decade, microfluidic platforms have emerged as potential systems for conducting pharmacological studies. Recent studies have demonstrated that microfluidic platforms can perform rapid antibiotic susceptibility tests to evaluate antimicrobial drugs’ efficacy. In addition, the development of cell-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip platforms have enabled the early drug testing, providing more accurate insights into conventional cell cultures on the drug pharmacokinetics and toxicity, at the early and cheaper stage of drug development, i.e., prior to animal and human testing. In this review, we focus on the recent developments of microfluidic platforms for rapid antibiotics susceptibility testing, investigating bacterial persistence and non-growing but metabolically active (NGMA bacteria, evaluating antibiotic effectiveness on biofilms and combinatorial effect of antibiotics, as well as microfluidic platforms that can be used for in vitro antibiotic toxicity testing.

  1. Multiscale/multiresolution landslides susceptibility mapping (United States)

    Grozavu, Adrian; Cătălin Stanga, Iulian; Valeriu Patriche, Cristian; Toader Juravle, Doru


    Within the European strategies, landslides are considered an important threatening that requires detailed studies to identify areas where these processes could occur in the future and to design scientific and technical plans for landslide risk mitigation. In this idea, assessing and mapping the landslide susceptibility is an important preliminary step. Generally, landslide susceptibility at small scale (for large regions) can be assessed through qualitative approach (expert judgements), based on a few variables, while studies at medium and large scale requires quantitative approach (e.g. multivariate statistics), a larger set of variables and, necessarily, the landslide inventory. Obviously, the results vary more or less from a scale to another, depending on the available input data, but also on the applied methodology. Since it is almost impossible to have a complete landslide inventory on large regions (e.g. at continental level), it is very important to verify the compatibility and the validity of results obtained at different scales, identifying the differences and fixing the inherent errors. This paper aims at assessing and mapping the landslide susceptibility at regional level through a multiscale-multiresolution approach from small scale and low resolution to large scale and high resolution of data and results, comparing the compatibility of results. While the first ones could be used for studies at european and national level, the later ones allows results validation, including through fields surveys. The test area, namely the Barlad Plateau (more than 9000 is located in Eastern Romania, covering a region where both the natural environment and the human factor create a causal context that favor these processes. The landslide predictors were initially derived from various databases available at pan-european level and progressively completed and/or enhanced together with scale and the resolution: the topography (from SRTM at 90 meters to digital

  2. Infrared reflectance in leaf-sitting neotropical frogs. (United States)

    Schwalm, P A; Starrett, P H; McDiarmid, R W


    Two members of the glass-frog family Centrolenidae (Centrolenella fleischmanni, C. prosoblepon) and the hylid subfamily Phyllomedusinae (Agalychnis moreletii, Pachymedusa dacnicolor) reflect near-infrared light (700 to 900 nanometers) when examined by infrared color photography. Infrared reflectance may confer adaptive advantage to these arboreal frogs both in thermoregulation and infrared cryptic coloration.

  3. Comparison of susceptibility patterns using commercially available susceptibility testing methods performed on prevalent Candida spp. (United States)

    Cretella, David; Barber, Katie E; King, S Travis; Stover, Kayla R


    The rising rates of invasive fungal infections caused by non-albicans Candida and the increasing emergence of antifungal resistance complicate the management of invasive candidiasis. Accurate and timely antifungal susceptibility testing is critical to targeting antifungal therapy. The purpose of this study was to compare commercially available susceptibility testing methods using prospectively collected Candida isolates. Susceptibility testing was performed on 74 Candida isolates collected from July 2014 to March 2015 using broth microdilution according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute method, Etest, Vitek 2 (YS-05) and Sensititre. Essential agreement and categorical agreement (CA) were assessed using the reference method. Of the 34 total blood isolates collected, Candida albicans comprised only 38 % (13) of the Candida spp. with Candidaglabrata being nearly as prevalent (29 %, 10). CA using Etest was 86 % for fluconazole, 72 % for caspofungin, 98 % for micafungin and 97 % for anidulafungin. Vitek 2 CA was 90 % for fluconazole and 98 % for caspofungin. Sensititre CA was 93 % for fluconazole, 98 % for caspofungin, 98 % for micafungin and 100 % for anidulafungin. Although our study tested a small population of Candida isolates, our results were variable by method. When implementing antifungal susceptibility testing, clinicians should be aware of the strengths and limitations of each testing method.

  4. Susceptibility of Porphyromonas gingivalis in biofilms to amoxicillin, doxycycline and metronidazole

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    Larsen, T.


    Biofilm, Porphyromonas gingivalis, susceptibility testing, amoxicillin, doxycycline, metronidazole......Biofilm, Porphyromonas gingivalis, susceptibility testing, amoxicillin, doxycycline, metronidazole...

  5. Candida and candidaemia. Susceptibility and epidemiology. (United States)

    Arendrup, Maiken Cavling


    In our part of the world invasive fungal infections include invasive yeast infections with Candida as the absolutely dominating pathogen and invasive mould infections with Aspergillus as the main organism. Yeasts are part of our normal micro-flora and invasive infections arise only when barrier leakage or impaired immune function occurs. On the contrary, moulds are ubiquitous in the nature and environment and their conidia inhaled at a daily basis. Hence invasive mould infections typically arise from the airways whereas invasive yeast infections typically enter the bloodstream causing fungaemia. Candida is by far the most common fungal blood stream pathogen; hence this genus has been the main focus of this thesis. As neither the Danish epidemiology nor the susceptibility of fungal pathogens was well described when we initiated our studies we initially wanted to be able to include animal models in our work. Therefore, a comprehensive animal study was undertaken comparing the virulence in a haematogenous mouse model of eight different Candida species including the five most common ones in human infections (C. albicans, C. glabrata, C. krusei, C. parapsilosis and C. tropicalis and in addition three rarer species C. guilliermondii, C. lusitaniae and C. kefyr). We found remarkable differences in the virulence among these species and were able to group the species according to decreasing virulence in three groups I: C. albicans and C. tropicalis, II: C. glabrata, C. lusitaniae and C. kefyr, and III: C. krusei, C. parapsilosis and C. guilliermondii. Apart from being necessary for our subsequent animal experiments exploring in vivo antifungal susceptibility, these findings also helped us understand at least part of the reason for the differences in the epidemiology and the pitfalls associated with the establishment of genus rather than species specific breakpoints. In example, it was less surprising that C. albicans has been the dominant pathogen and associated with a

  6. Phase processing for quantitative susceptibility mapping of regions with large susceptibility and lack of signal. (United States)

    Fortier, Véronique; Levesque, Ives R


    Phase processing impacts the accuracy of quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). Techniques for phase unwrapping and background removal have been proposed and demonstrated mostly in brain. In this work, phase processing was evaluated in the context of large susceptibility variations (Δχ) and negligible signal, in particular for susceptibility estimation using the iterative phase replacement (IPR) algorithm. Continuous Laplacian, region-growing, and quality-guided unwrapping were evaluated. For background removal, Laplacian boundary value (LBV), projection onto dipole fields (PDF), sophisticated harmonic artifact reduction for phase data (SHARP), variable-kernel sophisticated harmonic artifact reduction for phase data (V-SHARP), regularization enabled sophisticated harmonic artifact reduction for phase data (RESHARP), and 3D quadratic polynomial field removal were studied. Each algorithm was quantitatively evaluated in simulation and qualitatively in vivo. Additionally, IPR-QSM maps were produced to evaluate the impact of phase processing on the susceptibility in the context of large Δχ with negligible signal. Quality-guided unwrapping was the most accurate technique, whereas continuous Laplacian performed poorly in this context. All background removal algorithms tested resulted in important phase inaccuracies, suggesting that techniques used for brain do not translate well to situations where large Δχ and no or low signal are expected. LBV produced the smallest errors, followed closely by PDF. Results suggest that quality-guided unwrapping should be preferred, with PDF or LBV for background removal, for QSM in regions with large Δχ and negligible signal. This reduces the susceptibility inaccuracy introduced by phase processing. Accurate background removal remains an open question. Magn Reson Med, 2017. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

  7. Near infrared spectroscopy and exercise

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    Angus, Caroline


    Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) provides a non-invasive method for the continuous monitoring of changes in tissue oxygenation and blood volume during aerobic exercise. During incremental exercise in adult subjects there was a positive correlation between lactate threshold (measured by blood sampling) and changes in the rate of muscle deoxygenation (measured by NIRS). However, the 7% failure rate for the NIRS test mitigated against the general use of this method. NIRS did not provide a valid method for LT determination in an adolescent population. NIRS was then used to examine whether haemodynamic changes could be a contributing factor to the mechanism underlying the cross-transfer effect. During a one-legged incremental aerobic exercise test the muscle was more deoxygenated in the exercising leg than in the non-exercising leg, consistent with oxygen consumption outstripping blood flow to the exercising limb. However, muscle blood volume increased equally in both legs. This suggests that blood flow may be raised to similar levels in both the legs; although local factors may signal an increase in blood volume, this effect is expressed in both legs. Muscle blood flow and changes in muscle blood volume were then measured directly by NIRS during an incremental one-arm aerobic exercise test. There was no significant difference in either blood volume or blood flow in the two arms at the end of the test. In the non-exercising arm changes in blood flow and blood volume were measured throughout the protocol. At higher exercise intensities, blood volume continued to rise as muscle blood flow plateaued, indicating that blood volume changes become independent of changes in blood flow. Finally, the effect of different training regimes on changes in muscle blood volume was examined. Subjects were assigned to a training group; two-arm training, one-arm training or a control group. Training did not affect blood volume changes during two-arm exercise. However, during one

  8. Infrared Sapce Astrometry missions: JASMINE (United States)

    Gouda, Naoteru


    JASMINE is an abbreviation for Japan Astrometry Satellite Mission for INfrared Exploration. We are now focusing on the development of two projects, those are Nano-JASMINE and Small-JASMINE. The Nano-JASMINE micro-satellite project, with a primary mirror aperture of 5-cm class, is currently underway to test part of the technologies used for Small-JASMINE and to produce scientific results based on the astrometric information of bright objects in the neighboring space. Despite its small aperture, the satellite is capable of a level of observational precision comparable to the Hipparcos satellite, and the combination of the observational data from Nano-JASMINE and the Hipparcos Catalogue is expected to produce more precise data on proper motions and annual parallaxes. The satellite is scheduled for launch in the near future. An additional plan is underway to launch a small-scale JASMINE satellite (Small-JASMINE), with a primary mirror aperture of 30-cm class, in around FY 2021. This satellite will engage in observations of only a limited area around the bulge and certain specific astronomical objects.. The main scientific objective of Small-JASMINE is to clarify the dynamical structure of the Galactic nuclear bulge and search for observational relics of a sequential merger of multiple black holes to form the supermassive black hole at the Galactic center. In particular, our main goal is that Small-JASMINE will provide an understanding of the past evolution processes of the supermassive black hole and a prediction of the future activities of our Galactic center through knowledge of the gravitational potential in the Galactic nuclear bulge, and that this understanding can contribute to a better understanding of the co-evolution of the supermassive black holes and bulges in external galaxies. Next to this primary goal, Small-JASMINE will have many other scientific targets. Small-JASMINE can measure the same target every 100 minutes, so it is useful to resolve phenomena

  9. Near infrared lasers in flow cytometry. (United States)

    Telford, William G


    Technology development in flow cytometry has closely tracked laser technology, the light source that flow cytometers almost exclusively use to excite fluorescent probes. The original flow cytometers from the 1970s and 1980s used large water-cooled lasers to produce only one or two laser lines at a time. Modern cytometers can take advantage of the revolution in solid state laser technology to use almost any laser wavelength ranging from the ultraviolet to the near infrared. Commercial cytometers can now be equipped with many small solid state lasers, providing almost any wavelength needed for cellular analysis. Flow cytometers are now equipped to analyze 20 or more fluorescent probes simultaneously, requiring multiple laser wavelengths. Instrument developers are now trying to increase this number by designing fluorescent probes that can be excited by laser wavelength at the "edges" of the visible light range, in the near ultraviolet and near-infrared region. A variety of fluorescent probes have been developed that excite with violet and long wavelength ultraviolet light; however, the near-infrared range (660-800 nm) has yet seen only exploitation in flow cytometry. Fortunately, near-infrared laser diodes and other solid state laser technologies appropriate for flow cytometry have been in existence for some time, and can be readily incorporated into flow cytometers to accelerate fluorescent probe development. The near infrared region represents one of the last "frontiers" to maximize the number of fluorescent probes that can be analyzed by flow cytometry. In addition, near infrared fluorescent probes used in biomedical tracking and imaging could also be employed for flow cytometry with the correct laser wavelengths. This review describes the available technology, including lasers, fluorescent probes and detector technology optimal for near infrared signal detection. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  10. Characterization and analysis of a multicolor quantum well infrared photodetector


    Hanson, Nathan A.


    This thesis presents analysis and characterization of performance of a newly designed, multicolor quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP). Specifically, it focuses on a detector capable of detecting infrared emissions in the near infrared (NIR), mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR), and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR). Through photocurrent spectroscopy and performance analysis, this prototype detector can be classified and prepared for possible future use within the U.S. Armed Forces. Certai...

  11. Infrared Testing of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Telescope Grism Using Computer Generated Holograms (United States)

    Dominguez, Margaret Z.; Content, David A.; Gong, Qian; Griesmann, Ulf; Hagopian, John G.; Marx, Catherine T; Whipple, Arthur L.


    Infrared Computer Generated Holograms (CGHs) were designed, manufactured and used to measure the performance of the grism (grating prism) prototype which includes testing Diffractive Optical Elements (DOE). The grism in the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will allow the surveying of a large section of the sky to find bright galaxies.

  12. Inflationary susceptibilities, duality and large-scale magnetic fields generation

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    Giovannini, Massimo


    We investigate what can be said about the interaction of scalar fields with Abelian gauge fields during a quasi-de Sitter phase of expansion and under the assumption that the electric and the magnetic susceptibilities do not coincide. The duality symmetry, transforming the magnetic susceptibility into the inverse of the electric susceptibility, exchanges the magnetic and electric power spectra. The mismatch between the two susceptibilities determines an effective refractive index affecting the evolution of the canonical fields. The constraints imposed by the duration of the inflationary phase and by the magnetogenesis requirements pin down the rate of variation of the susceptibilities that is consistent with the observations of the magnetic field strength over astrophysical and cosmological scales but avoids back-reaction problems. The parameter space of this magnetogenesis scenario is wider than in the case when the susceptibilities are equal, as it happens when the inflaton or some other spectator field is ...

  13. Orientational Glasses: NMR and Electric Susceptibility Studies

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    Neil Sullivan


    Full Text Available We review the results of a wide range of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMRmeasurements of the local order parameters and the molecular dynamics of solid ortho-para hydrogen mixtures and solid nitrogen-argon mixtures that form novel molecular orientational glass states at low temperatures. From the NMR measurements, the distribution of the order parameters can be deduced and, in terms of simple models, used to analyze the thermodynamic measurements of the heat capacities of these systems. In addition, studies of the dielectric susceptibilities of the nitrogen-argon mixtures are reviewed in terms of replica symmetry breaking analogous to that observed for spin glass states. It is shown that this wide set of experimental results is consistent with orientation or quadrupolar glass ordering of the orientational degrees of freedom.

  14. Susceptibility of cell lines to avian viruses

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    Simoni Isabela Cristina


    Full Text Available The susceptibility of the five cell lines - IB-RS-2, RK-13, Vero, BHK-21, CER - to reovirus S1133 and infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV vaccine GBV-8 strain was studied to better define satisfactory and sensitive cell culture systems. Cultures were compared for presence of CPE, virus titers and detection of viral RNA. CPE and viral RNA were detected in CER and BHK-21 cells after reovirus inoculation and in RK-13 cell line after IBDV inoculation and with high virus titers. Virus replication by production of low virus titers occurred in IB-RS-2 and Vero cells with reovirus and in BHK-21 cell line with IBDV.


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    M. V. Pavlova


    Full Text Available The article describes the study of comparative efficiency of fenazid (isonicotinoilhydrazine-О,N’ ferrous dihydrate sulphate (II and isoniazid in drug susceptible pulmonary tuberculosis patients.The high treatment efficiency namely significant improvement and improvement was observed in the patients of Group 1 – 84.1% which could be compared to the standard treatment regimen (85-7% in Group 2. The total number of adverse reactions in the main group was confidently lower – 18.6% against 33.9%, p < 0.05. Hepatotoxic reactions with 2-3 fold increase of alaninetransferase level was registered significantly less (9.3% in Group 1 compared to the Group treated with isoniazid.

  16. Evaluation of SLE Susceptibility Genes in Malaysians. (United States)

    Molineros, Julio E; Chua, Kek Heng; Sun, Celi; Lian, Lay Hoong; Motghare, Prasenjeet; Kim-Howard, Xana; Nath, Swapan K


    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a clinically heterogeneous autoimmune disease with strong genetic and environmental components. Our objective was to replicate 25 recently identified SLE susceptibility genes in two distinct populations (Chinese (CH) and Malays (MA)) from Malaysia. We genotyped 347 SLE cases and 356 controls (CH and MA) using the ImmunoChip array and performed an admixture corrected case-control association analysis. Associated genes were grouped into five immune-related pathways. While CH were largely homogenous, MA had three ancestry components (average 82.3% Asian, 14.5% European, and 3.2% African). Ancestry proportions were significantly different between cases and controls in MA. We identified 22 genes with at least one associated SNP (P SLE genes are also associated in the major ethnicities of Malaysia. However, these novel SNPs showed stronger association in these Asian populations than with the SNPs reported in previous studies.

  17. Are there stress resistant and susceptible myocardia? (United States)

    Knight, V A


    The satisfactory analysis of the Na/K ATPase, its pumping component and the mechanism of action of the inhibitor digitalis remains elusive; yet the controversial inotropic effect of digitalis in the clinical setting has been known for over a century. There are also conflicting reports of the effect of urea and uremia on the cardiovascular system, and the evidence as it exists, suggests that urea may have two effects on the intact heart, by virtue of its extent of action on hydrogen bonding of water molecules, determined by which type of muscle constitutes the myocardium. If different types of myocardium do exist, they could well respond differently to inotropic agents. Evidence suggests that two types of myocardia, relatively stress resistant or susceptible may exist, analagous to known skeletal muscle differences.

  18. FGF receptor genes and breast cancer susceptibility

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    Agarwal, D; Pineda, S; Michailidou, K


    Background:Breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies in women. Genome-wide association studies have identified FGFR2 as a breast cancer susceptibility gene. Common variation in other fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptors might also modify risk. We tested this hypothesis by studying...... genotyped single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and imputed SNPs in FGFR1, FGFR3, FGFR4 and FGFRL1 in the Breast Cancer Association Consortium.Methods:Data were combined from 49 studies, including 53 835 cases and 50 156 controls, of which 89 050 (46 450 cases and 42 600 controls) were of European ancestry......, 12 893 (6269 cases and 6624 controls) of Asian and 2048 (1116 cases and 932 controls) of African ancestry. Associations with risk of breast cancer, overall and by disease sub-type, were assessed using unconditional logistic regression.Results:Little evidence of association with breast cancer risk...

  19. Susceptibility of Genital Mycoplasmas to Antimicrobial Agents (United States)

    Braun, Peter; Klein, Jerome O.; Kass, Edward H.


    The susceptibility of 11 T-strains, 12 strains of Mycoplasma hominis, and a single strain of M. fermentans to 15 antimicrobial agents was determined by study of inhibition of metabolic activity in a broth dilution system. All three species were inhibited by tetracycline, chloramphenicol, streptomycin, gentamicin, and kanamycin, and were relatively resistant to cephalothin, cephaloridine, polymyxin, vancomycin, and ampicillin. Three antimicrobial agents had significant differential effects on these species. Erythromycin was more active against T-strains than against M. hominis or M. fermentans. Lincomycin, clindamycin, and nitrofurantoin had greater activity against M. hominis and M. fermentans than against T-strains. The activity of the drugs tested was generally uniform over a wide range of inocula. The effect of pH and the difference between minimal inhibiting and minimal mycoplasmacidal concentrations of the drugs tested were consistent with expectations based on the effects of these drugs on bacteria. PMID:4313312

  20. Automated sliding susceptibility mapping of rock slopes

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    A. Günther


    Full Text Available We present a suite of extensions for ARCVIEW GIS™ (ESRI that allows to map the spatial distribution of first-order mechanical slope-properties in hard rock terrain, e.g. for large slope areas like water reservoir slopes. Besides digital elevation data, this expert-system includes regional continuous grid-based data on geological structures that might act as potential sliding or cutoff planes for rockslides. The system allows rapid automated mapping of geometrical and kinematical slope properties in hard rock, providing the basis for spatially distributed deterministic sliding-susceptibility evaluations on a pixel base. Changing hydrostatic slope conditions and rock mechanical parameters can be implemented and used for simple predictive static stability calculations. Application is demonstrated for a study area in the Harz Mts., Germany.