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  1. Optical Absorption of Impurities and Defects in Semiconducting Crystals Electronic Absorption of Deep Centres and Vibrational Spectra

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    Pajot, Bernard


    This book outlines, with the help of several specific examples, the important role played by absorption spectroscopy in the investigation of deep-level centers introduced in semiconductors and insulators like diamond, silicon, germanium and gallium arsenide by high-energy irradiation, residual impurities, and defects produced during crystal growth. It also describes the crucial role played by vibrational spectroscopy to determine the atomic structure and symmetry of complexes associated with light impurities like hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen, and as a tool for quantitative analysis of these elements in the materials.

  2. Protection against vanadium-induced testicular toxicity by testosterone propionate in rats. (United States)

    Chandra, Amar K; Ghosh, Rituparna; Chatterjee, Aparajita; Sarkar, Mahitosh


    Vanadium is a well recognized industrial hazard known to adversely affect male reproductive functions. The intricate mechanistic aspects of this metal and the role of oxidative stress in the deterioration of testicular functions are investigated in the current study. The experiment also focused on the effects of testosterone propionate in testicular and sperm functions in the rat intoxicated with vanadate. Vanadium exposure resulted in a more prominent spermatogenic arrest and consistently abolished the conversion of round to mature spermatids along with decreased epididymal sperm number and increased percentage of abnormal sperm. This is followed by a precipitous decline in the level of serum testosterone and gonadotropins and consequently the testicular steroidogenic and antioxidant enzymes were inhibited. Vanadium induces degeneration in the genital organs of rats and exhibits high indices of lipid oxidative damage. In response to exogenous testosterone propionate (TP) administration, spermatogonial cell populations remained suppressed, while the spermatogenesis was restored quantitatively. In contrast, the hormone treatment had no effect on the dramatically decreased serum FSH level after vanadate treatment. Moreover, TP could ameliorate the toxicity, as indicated by decreased testicular lipid peroxidation with marginal but significant increase in the activities of all the measured enzymes following vanadate-treatment. Taken together all these studies establish that vanadium is a testicular toxicant that perturbs the male reproductive system adversely. However, hormone replacement therapy by testosterone propionate may provide partial protection. The results suggest the feasibility of using endocrine regimens to impede deleterious effects of vanadium on the male reproductive system.

  3. Protective effect of alpha glucosyl hesperidin (G-hesperidin) on chronic vanadium induced testicular toxicity and sperm nuclear DNA damage in male Sprague Dawley rats. (United States)

    Vijaya Bharathi, B; Jaya Prakash, G; Krishna, K M; Ravi Krishna, C H; Sivanarayana, T; Madan, K; Rama Raju, G A; Annapurna, A


    The study was conducted to evaluate the vanadium-induced testicular toxicity and its effect on sperm parameters, sperm nuclear DNA damage and histological alterations in Sprague Dawley rats and to assess the protective effect of G-hesperidin against this damage. Treatment of rats with vanadium at a dose of 1 mg kg bw(-1) for 90 days resulted in significant reduction in serum testosterone levels, sperm count and motility. Further, a parallel increase in abnormal sperm morphology and adverse histopathological changes in testis was also associated with vanadium administration when compared to normal control. Moreover, sperm chromatin dispersion assay revealed that vanadium induces sperm nuclear DNA fragmentation. A marked increase in testicular malondialdehyde levels and decreased activity of antioxidant enzymes such as superoxide dismutase and catalase indicates vanadium-induced oxidative stress. Co-administration of G-hesperidin at a dose of 25 and 50 mg kg bw(-1) significantly attenuated the sperm parameters and histological changes by restoring the antioxidant levels in rat testis. These results suggested that vanadium exposure caused reduced bioavailability of androgens to the tissue and increased free radical formation, thereby causing structural and functional changes in spermatozoa. G-hesperidin exhibited antioxidant effect by protecting the rat testis against vanadium-induced oxidative damage, further ensures antioxidant potential of bioflavonoids. © 2014 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  4. 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...

  5. Effect of impurities and processing on silicon solar cells. Volume 1: Characterization methods for impurities in silicon and impurity effects data base (United States)

    Hopkins, R. H.; Davis, J. R.; Rohatgi, A.; Campbell, R. B.; Blais, P. D.; Rai-Choudhury, P.; Stapleton, R. E.; Mollenkopf, H. C.; Mccormick, J. R.


    Two major topics are treated: methods to measure and evaluate impurity effects in silicon and comprehensive tabulations of data derived during the study. Discussions of deep level spectroscopy, detailed dark I-V measurements, recombination lifetime determination, scanned laser photo-response, conventional solar cell I-V techniques, and descriptions of silicon chemical analysis are presented and discussed. The tabulated data include lists of impurity segregation coefficients, ingot impurity analyses and estimated concentrations, typical deep level impurity spectra, photoconductive and open circuit decay lifetimes for individual metal-doped ingots, and a complete tabulation of the cell I-V characteristics of nearly 200 ingots.

  6. Intrinsic Gettering of Manganese Impurity in Silicon Substrate (United States)

    Adegboyega, G. A.; Osasona, O.; Susi, E.


    Intrinsic gettering of manganese impurity atoms has been investigated in p-type silicon by means of resistivity and minority carrier lifetime measurements and infrared absorption spectroscopy. Manganese proved to be a donor impurity in p-Si and its presence led to a reduction by a factor of about 7 in the lifetime of minority carriers by formation of deep level traps. There is strong evidence that high temperature oxygen precipitation is enhanced by the presence of the Mn impurity in the substrate. The resulting oxygen precipitate provided an efficient gettering sink for the Mn impurity.

  7. Trace impurity analyzer

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    Schneider, W.J.; Edwards, D. Jr.


    The desirability for long-term reliability of large scale helium refrigerator systems used on superconducting accelerator magnets has necessitated detection of impurities to levels of a few ppM. An analyzer that measures trace impurity levels of condensable contaminants in concentrations of less than a ppM in 15 atm of He is described. The instrument makes use of the desorption temperature at an indicated pressure of the various impurities to determine the type of contaminant. The pressure rise at that temperature yields a measure of the contaminant level of the impurity. A LN/sub 2/ cryogenic charcoal trap is also employed to measure air impurities (nitrogen and oxygen) to obtain the full range of contaminant possibilities. The results of this detector which will be in use on the research and development helium refrigerator of the ISABELLE First-Cell is described.

  8. The electronic structure of impurities in semiconductors

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    Nylandsted larsen, A; Svane, A


    The electronic structure of isolated substitutional or interstitial impurities in group IV, IV-IV, and III-V compound semiconductors will be studied. Mössbauer spectroscopy will be used to investigate the incorporation of the implanted isotopes on the proper lattice sites. The data can be directly compared to theoretical calculations using the LMTO scheme. Deep level transient spectroscopy will be used to identify the band gap levels introduced by metallic impurities, mainly in Si~and~Si$ _{x}$Ge$_{1-x}$. \\\\ \\\\

  9. Deep Impurity States in Gallium Arsenide. (United States)


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  10. Deep Impurity Band Silicon for Subbandgap Photodetection (United States)


    sample. The circuit is a Wheatstone bridge design with the sample as one of the legs of the circuit. A Keithley 2425 source meter was used for the...SP2150i monochrometer were used to sup- ply a tunable monochromatic light source which was then chopped at 83 Hz using a ThorLabs Fig. 5: (a). Wheatstone ... bridge setup for measuring small photoconductivity effect. (b) Spectral re- sponse for counter-doped sample with a dopant ratio of B/S = 33%. Fig. 4

  11. Impurity solitons with quadratic nonlinearities

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    Clausen, Carl A. Balslev; Torres, Juan P-; Torner, Lluis


    We fmd families of solitary waves mediated by parametric mixing in quadratic nonlinear media that are localized at point-defect impurities. Solitons localized at attractive impurities are found to be dynamically stable. It is shown that localization at the impurity modifies strongly the soliton...

  12. Impurity impact ionization avalanche in p-type diamond (United States)

    Mortet, V.; Soltani, A.


    Electrical conductivity of a highly boron doped chemical vapor deposited diamond thin film has been studied at different temperatures under high electric field conditions. Current-voltage characteristics have been measured using pulsed technique to reduce thermal effects. Experimental results evidence deep impurity impact ionization avalanche in p-type diamond up to room temperature.

  13. Mobile impurities in integrable models

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    Andrew S. Campbell, Dimitri M. Gangardt


    Full Text Available We use a mobile impurity or depleton model to study elementary excitations in one-dimensional integrable systems. For Lieb-Liniger and bosonic Yang-Gaudin models we express two phenomenological parameters characterising renormalised inter- actions of mobile impurities with superfluid background: the number of depleted particles, $N$ and the superfluid phase drop $\\pi J$ in terms of the corresponding Bethe Ansatz solution and demonstrate, in the leading order, the absence of two-phonon scattering resulting in vanishing rates of inelastic processes such as viscosity experienced by the mobile impurities

  14. Mobile impurities in ferromagnetic liquids (United States)

    Kantian, Adrian; Schollwoeck, Ulrich; Giamarchi, Thierry


    Recent work has shown that mobile impurities in one dimensional interacting systems may exhibit behaviour that differs strongly from that predicted by standard Tomonaga-Luttinger liquid theory, with the appearance of power-law divergences in the spectral function signifying sublinear diffusion of the impurity. Using time-dependent matrix product states, we investigate a range of cases of mobile impurities in systems beyond the analytically accessible examples to assess the existence of a new universality class of low-energy physics in one-dimensional systems. Correspondence: This work was supported in part by the Swiss SNF under MaNEP and division II.

  15. Impurities confined in quantum structures

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    Holtz, Per Olof


    The introduction of impurities, even in very small concentrations, in a semiconductor can change its optical and electrical properties entirely. This attribute of the semiconductor is utilized in the manifoldness of their applications. In this book, the progress on elucidating the physical properties of impurities confined in quantum structures are reviewed with an emphasis on the experimental aspects. The major results of various kinds of characterization, such as infrared spectroscopy, Raman measurements, luminescence characterization, perturbation spectroscopy and dynamical studies of the confined impurities are reviewed, but also the theoretical basis to calculate the electronic structure of the confined donors and acceptors are presented. This monograph also describes more specific aspects of the confined impurities such as the properties in the high doping regime and the effects of hydrogen passivation.

  16. Impurities in Holography and Transport Coefficients

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    Hashimoto, Koji


    We present a way to include impurities in AdS/CFT correspondence, in view of its application to condensed matter physics. Examples of these are the current impurity and spin impurity. We calculate electric conductivity and spin susceptibility of holographic superconductors, with doping of density/spin impurities.

  17. Impurity impact ionization avalanche in p-type diamond


    Mortet, Vincent; Soltani, A.


    Electrical conductivity of a highly boron doped chemical vapor deposited diamond thin film has been studied at different temperatures under high electric field conditions. Current-voltage characteristics have been measured using pulsed technique to reduce thermal effects. Experimental results evidence deep impurity impact ionization avalanche in p-type diamond up to room temperature. (C) 2011 American Institute of Physics. Physics; Applied; electrical conduction; low temperatures; germaniu...

  18. Impurity bubbles in a BEC (United States)

    Timmermans, Eddy; Blinova, Alina; Boshier, Malcolm


    Polarons (particles that interact with the self-consistent deformation of the host medium that contains them) self-localize when strongly coupled. Dilute Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs) doped with neutral distinguishable atoms (impurities) and armed with a Feshbach-tuned impurity-boson interaction provide a unique laboratory to study self-localized polarons. In nature, self-localized polarons come in two flavors that exhibit qualitatively different behavior: In lattice systems, the deformation is slight and the particle is accompanied by a cloud of collective excitations as in the case of the Landau-Pekar polarons of electrons in a dielectric lattice. In natural fluids and gases, the strongly coupled particle radically alters the medium, e.g. by expelling the host medium as in the case of the electron bubbles in superfluid helium. We show that BEC-impurities can self-localize in a bubble, as well as in a Landau-Pekar polaron state. The BEC-impurity system is fully characterized by only two dimensionless coupling constants. In the corresponding phase diagram the bubble and Landau-Pekar polaron limits correspond to large islands separated by a cross-over region. The same BEC-impurity species can be adiabatically Feshbach steered from the Landau-Pekar to the bubble regime. This work was funded by the Los Alamos LDRD program.

  19. Interactions of structural defects with metallic impurities in multicrystalline silicon

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    McHugo, S.A.; Thompson, A.C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States); Hieslmair, H. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)] [and others


    Multicrystalline silicon is one of the most promising materials for terrestrial solar cells. It is critical to getter impurities from the material as well as inhibit contamination during growth and processing. Standard processing steps such as, phosphorus in-diffusion for p-n junction formation and aluminum sintering for backside ohmic contact fabrication, intrinsically possess gettering capabilities. These processes have been shown to improve L{sub n} values in regions of multicrystalline silicon with low structural defect densities but not in highly dislocated regions. Recent Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS) results indirectly reveal higher concentrations of iron in highly dislocated regions while further work suggests that the release of impurities from structural defects, such as dislocations, is the rate limiting step for gettering in multicrystalline silicon. The work presented here directly demonstrates the relationship between metal impurities, structural defects and solar cell performance in multicrystalline silicon. Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG) multicrystalline silicon in the as-grown state and after full solar cell processing was used in this study. Standard solar cell processing steps were carried out at ASE Americas Inc. Metal impurity concentrations and distributions were determined by use of the x-ray fluorescence microprobe (beamline 10.3.1) at the Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The sample was at atmosphere so only elements with Z greater than silicon could be detected, which includes all metal impurities of interest. Structural defect densities were determined by preferential etching and surface analysis using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) in secondary electron mode. Mapped areas were exactly relocated between the XRF and SEM to allow for direct comparison of impurity and structural defect distributions.

  20. Impurity doping processes in silicon

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    Wang, FFY


    This book introduces to non-experts several important processes of impurity doping in silicon and goes on to discuss the methods of determination of the concentration of dopants in silicon. The conventional method used is the discussion process, but, since it has been sufficiently covered in many texts, this work describes the double-diffusion method.

  1. Complexity of Quantum Impurity Problems (United States)

    Bravyi, Sergey; Gosset, David


    We give a quasi-polynomial time classical algorithm for estimating the ground state energy and for computing low energy states of quantum impurity models. Such models describe a bath of free fermions coupled to a small interacting subsystem called an impurity. The full system consists of n fermionic modes and has a Hamiltonian {H=H_0+H_{imp}}, where H 0 is quadratic in creation-annihilation operators and H imp is an arbitrary Hamiltonian acting on a subset of O(1) modes. We show that the ground energy of H can be approximated with an additive error {2^{-b}} in time {n^3 \\exp{[O(b^3)]}}. Our algorithm also finds a low energy state that achieves this approximation. The low energy state is represented as a superposition of {\\exp{[O(b^3)]}} fermionic Gaussian states. To arrive at this result we prove several theorems concerning exact ground states of impurity models. In particular, we show that eigenvalues of the ground state covariance matrix decay exponentially with the exponent depending very mildly on the spectral gap of H 0. A key ingredient of our proof is Zolotarev's rational approximation to the {√{x}} function. We anticipate that our algorithms may be used in hybrid quantum-classical simulations of strongly correlated materials based on dynamical mean field theory. We implemented a simplified practical version of our algorithm and benchmarked it using the single impurity Anderson model.

  2. Breatherlike impurity modes in discrete nonlinear lattices

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    Hennig, D.; Rasmussen, Kim; Tsironis, G. P.


    We investigate the properties of a disordered generalized discrete nonlinear Schrodinger equation, containing both diagonal and nondiagonal nonlinear terms. The equation models a Linear host lattice doped with nonlinear impurities. We find different types of impurity states that form itinerant...

  3. Fundamental aspects of metallic impurities and impurity interactions in silicon during device processing

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    Graff, K. [TEMIC, TELEFUNKEN, Heilbronn (Germany)


    A review on the behavior of metallic impurities in silicon can be considerably simplified by a restriction on pure, dislocation-free, monocrystalline silicon. In this case interactions between different impurities and between impurities and grown-in lattice defects can be reduced. This restriction is observed in Chapter 1 for discussing the general behavior of metallic impurities in silicon.

  4. Impure placebo is a useless concept. (United States)

    Louhiala, Pekka; Hemilä, Harri; Puustinen, Raimo


    Placebos are allegedly used widely in general practice. Surveys reporting high level usage, however, have combined two categories, 'pure' and 'impure' placebos. The wide use of placebos is explained by the high level usage of impure placebos. In contrast, the prevalence of the use of pure placebos has been low. Traditional pure placebos are clinically ineffective treatments, whereas impure placebos form an ambiguous group of diverse treatments that are not always ineffective. In this paper, we focus on the impure placebo concept and demonstrate problems related to it. We also show that the common examples of impure placebos are not meaningful from the point of view of clinical practice. We conclude that the impure placebo is a scientifically misleading concept and should not be used in scientific or medical literature. The issues behind the concept, however, deserve serious attention in future research.

  5. Impurity Scattering and Mott's Formula in Graphene


    Lofwander, Tomas; Fogelstrom, Mikael


    We present calculations of the thermal and electric linear response in graphene, including disorder in the self-consistent t-matrix approximation. For strong impurity scattering, near the unitary limit, the formation of a band of impurity states near the Fermi level leads to that Mott's relation holds at low temperature. For higher temperatures, there are strong deviations due to the linear density of states. The low-temperature thermopower is proportional to the inverse of the impurity poten...

  6. Method for detecting trace impurities in gases (United States)

    Freund, S.M.; Maier, W.B. II; Holland, R.F.; Beattie, W.H.

    A technique for considerably improving the sensitivity and specificity of infrared spectrometry as applied to quantitative determination of trace impurities in various carrier or solvent gases is presented. A gas to be examined for impurities is liquefied and infrared absorption spectra of the liquid are obtained. Spectral simplification and number densities of impurities in the optical path are substantially higher than are obtainable in similar gas-phase analyses. Carbon dioxide impurity (approx. 2 ppM) present in commercial Xe and ppM levels of Freon 12 and vinyl chloride added to liquefied air are used to illustrate the method.

  7. Identification and characterization of potential impurities in raloxifene hydrochloride. (United States)

    Reddy, Reguri Buchi; Goud, Thirumani Venkateshwar; Nagamani, Nagabushanam; Kumar, Nutakki Pavan; Alagudurai, Anandan; Murugan, Raman; Parthasarathy, Kannabiran; Karthikeyan, Vinayagam; Balaji, Perumal


    During the synthesis of the bulk drug Raloxifene hydrochloride, eight impurities were observed, four of which were found to be new. All of the impurities were detected using the gradient high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method, whose area percentages ranged from 0.05 to 0.1%. LCMS was performed to identify the mass number of these impurities, and a systematic study was carried out to characterize them. These impurities were synthesized and characterized by spectral data, subjected to co-injection in HPLC, and were found to be matching with the impurities present in the sample. Based on their spectral data (IR, NMR, and Mass), these impurities were characterized as Raloxifene-N-Oxide [Impurity: 1]; EP impurity A [Impurity: 2]; EP impurity B [Impurity: 3]; Raloxifene Dimer [Impurity: 4]; HABT (6-Acetoxy-2-[4-hydroxyphenyl]-1-benzothiophene or 6-Hydroxy-2-[4-acetoxyphenyl]-1-benzothiophene) [Impurity: 5]; PEBE (Methyl[4-[2-(piperidin-1-yl)ethoxy

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Tolvaptan Impurities

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    Madhuresh Kumar Sethi


    Full Text Available Twenty-six possible as well as observed impurities during the preparation of Tolvaptan have been identified, prepared, and characterized by HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography, NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectra. Control of these impurities, formed during various stages of Tolvaptan preparation, has been mentioned in this paper.

  9. Synthesis and Characterization of Tolvaptan Impurities


    Madhuresh Kumar Sethi; Vijendra Singh Rawat; Jayaprakash Thirunavukarasu; Rajakrishna Yerramalla; Anish Kumar


    Twenty-six possible as well as observed impurities during the preparation of Tolvaptan have been identified, prepared, and characterized by HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography), NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance), and mass spectra. Control of these impurities, formed during various stages of Tolvaptan preparation, has been mentioned in this paper.

  10. Influence of iron impurities on defected graphene

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    Faccio, Ricardo; Pardo, Helena [Centro NanoMat, Cryssmat-Lab, DETEMA, Polo Tecnológico de Pando, Facultad de Química, Universidad de la República, Cno. Saravia s/n, CP 91000 Pando (Uruguay); Centro Interdisciplinario en Nanotecnología, Química y Física de Materiales, Espacio Interdisciplinario, Universidad de la República, Montevideo (Uruguay); Araújo-Moreira, Fernando M. [Materials and Devices Group, Department of Physics, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, SP 13565-905 (Brazil); Mombrú, Alvaro W., E-mail: [Centro NanoMat, Cryssmat-Lab, DETEMA, Polo Tecnológico de Pando, Facultad de Química, Universidad de la República, Cno. Saravia s/n, CP 91000 Pando (Uruguay); Centro Interdisciplinario en Nanotecnología, Química y Física de Materiales, Espacio Interdisciplinario, Universidad de la República, Montevideo (Uruguay)


    Highlights: • The interaction among a multivacancy graphene system and iron impurities is studied. • The studied iron impurities were single atom and tetrahedral and octahedral clusters. • DFT calculations using the VASP code were performed. • The embedding of Fe affects the structure and electronic behavior in the graphene. • Half metal or semimetal behavior can be obtained, depending on the Fe impurities. - Abstract: The aim of this work is to study the interaction of selected iron cluster impurities and a multivacancy graphene system, in terms of the structural distortion that the impurities cause as well as their magnetic response. While originally, the interaction has been limited to vacancies and isolated metallic atoms, in this case, we consider small iron clusters. This study was undertaken using Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations. The influence of the iron impurities in the electronic structure of the vacant graphene system is discussed. The main conclusion of this work is that the presence of iron impurities acts lowering the magnetic signal due to the occurrence of spin pairing between carbon and iron, instead of enhancing the possible intrinsic carbon magnetism.

  11. Glycolic acid physical properties and impurities assessment

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    Lambert, D. P. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Pickenheim, B. R. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); Hay, M. S. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL); BIBLER, N. E. [Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River National Lab. (SRNL)


    This document has been revised to add analytical data for fresh, 1 year old, and 4 year old glycolic acid as recommended in Revision 2 of this document. This was needed to understand the concentration of formaldehyde and methoxyacetic acid, impurities present in the glycolic acid used in Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) experiments. Based on this information, the concentration of these impurities did not change during storage. These impurities were in the glycolic acid used in the testing included in this report and in subsequent testing using DuPont (now called Chemours) supplied Technical Grade 70 wt% glycolic acid. However, these impurities were not reported in the first two versions of this report. The Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) is planning to implement a nitric-glycolic acid flowsheets to increase attainment to meet closure commitment dates during Sludge Batch 9. In fiscal year 2009, SRNL was requested to determine the physical properties of formic and glycolic acid blends.

  12. Numerical Studies of Impurities in Fusion Plasmas (United States)

    Hulse, R. A.


    The coupled partial differential equations used to describe the behavior of impurity ions in magnetically confined controlled fusion plasmas require numerical solution for cases of practical interest. Computer codes developed for impurity modeling at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are used as examples of the types of codes employed for this purpose. These codes solve for the impurity ionization state densities and associated radiation rates using atomic physics appropriate for these low-density, high-temperature plasmas. The simpler codes solve local equations in zero spatial dimensions while more complex cases require codes which explicitly include transport of the impurity ions simultaneously with the atomic processes of ionization and recombination. Typical applications are discussed and computational results are presented for selected cases of interest.

  13. Carbon impurity measurements in the HSX stellarator (United States)

    Mohoney, J. M.; Kumar, S. T. A.; Likin, K. M.; Anderson, D. T.


    Impurity behavior in stellarators is not fully understood despite important implications on device performance, in particular, an accumulation of core impurities can lead to degradation of plasma energy due to radiative losses. Experiments are being conducted at HSX to measure the radial profiles and the time history of carbon impurity density using the charge exchange recombination spectroscopy (CXRS) diagnostic. Measurements of fully ionized carbon have been performed on various magnetic configurations, showing a peaked profile at the core in the standard configuration. An inversion technique was also developed to calculate localized C +5 profiles. Comparisons of impurity behavior between the standard and broken-symmetry configurations are presented. Work supported by the US DOE under Grant DE-FG02-93ER54222 and the Hilldale Research Fellowship.

  14. Refining of Cd and Zn from interstitial impurities using distillation with a ZrFe getter filter

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    Full Text Available Behavior of interstitial impurities in Cd and Zn is analysed in terms of thermodynamics. The authors consider reduction reactions of cadmium, zinc and carbon oxides, as well as zinc nitride with the getter material from the Zr-Fe alloy, depending on temperature and vacuum. Optimum initial temperature and vacuum conditions for the processes of deep refining of Cd and Zn from interstitial impurities has been developed. It has been shown experimentally that the proposed refining method provides a more effective cleaning of cadmium and zinc from the interstitial impurities than the distillation without a filter: the impurity content is reduced more than tenfold compared to the concentration in the input metal.

  15. Local chemistry of Al and P impurities in silica

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    Lægsgaard, Jesper; Stokbro, Kurt


    The local structure around Al and P impurities in silica is investigated using density-functional theory. Two distinct cases are considered: impurities substituting for a Si atom in alpha quartz, and impurities implanted in a stoichiometric alpha-quartz crystal. Both impurity elements are found t...... of the differences is revealed by an analysis of the electronic impurity levels, and the results clarify previous experimental data....

  16. Impurity radiation in DEMO systems modelling

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    Lux, H., E-mail: [CCFE, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Kemp, R.; Ward, D.J. [CCFE, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Sertoli, M. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasma Physik, D-85748 Garching (Germany)


    Highlights: • Solving the exhaust problem is crucial for DEMO. • Here, we discuss the new impurity radiation model in the systems code PROCESS. • Furthermore, we assess its effect on DEMO design. • More appropriate scalings will significantly enhance predictions for DEMO. • The controllability of highly radiative scenarios remains to be shown. - Abstract: For fusion reactors with ITER divertor technology, it will be imperative to significantly reduce the heat flux into the divertor e.g. by seeded impurity radiation. This has to be done without affecting the accessibility of a high performance scenario. To assess the implications of seeded plasma impurities on DEMO design, we have developed an impurity radiation model for radiation inside the separatrix. Evaluating the validity of our model, we find the assumption of a local ionisation equilibrium to be appropriate for our purposes and the assumption of flat impurity profiles – even though not satisfactory – to represent the best currently possible. Benchmarking our model against other codes highlights the need to use up to date atomic loss function data. From the impurity radiation perspective, the main uncertainties in current DEMO design stem from the lack of confinement and L-H-threshold scalings that can be robustly extrapolated to highly radiative DEMO scenarios as well as the lack of appropriate models for the power flow from the separatrix into the divertor that include radiation in the scrape off layer. Despite these uncertainties in the model we can exclude that significant fuel dilution through seeded impurities (with Z ≥ Z{sub Ar}) will be an issue for DEMO, but the controllability of highly radiative scenarios still needs to be coherently shown.

  17. Bismuth interstitial impurities and the optical properties of GaP1- x - y Bi x N y (United States)

    Christian, Theresa M.; Beaton, Daniel A.; Perkins, John D.; Fluegel, Brian; Alberi, Kirstin; Mascarenhas, Angelo


    Two distinctive regimes of behavior are observed from GaP1- x - y Bi x N y alloys with x band-edge localized states rather than from impurity bands and deep state luminescence. This change demonstrates a novel strategy for controlling luminescence in isoelectronic semiconductor alloys and is attributed to a disruption of carrier transfer processes.

  18. Gettering of metal impurities in silicon

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    Schroeter, W.; Spiecker, E.; Apel, M. [Universitaet Goettingen (Germany)


    Gettering means the removal of metallic impurities from the device-active area of the wafer by transport to a predesigned region-called gettering layer (GL). We introduce an interface at z = d{sub GL}, at which the effect of the gettering mechanism on the metal impurity distribution in the wafer is quantified, e.g. by specifying currents or by interfacial reactions of metal impurities, self interstitials etc. between GL and wafer. In response metal impurities will diffuse out of the wafer into the gettering layer. Following such a concept, in general three species of the metal impurity (M) are involved in gettering: M{sub p} {l_arrow} M{sub i} {l_arrow} M{sub GL}. M{sub p} denotes immobile species in the wafer, which are precipitated into suicides or segregated at extended defects or whose diffusivity is too small to contribute noticeably to transport during the gettering procedure - like many substitutional metal species.

  19. Spectroscopic impurity survey in Wendelstein 7-X

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    Buttenschoen, Birger; Burhenn, Rainer; Thomsen, Henning [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Greifswald (Germany); Biel, Wolfgang; Assmann, Jochen; Hollfeld, Klaus-Peter [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH, Juelich (Germany); Collaboration: the Wendelstein 7-X Team


    The High Efficiency eXtreme ultraviolet Overview Spectrometer (HEXOS) has been developed specifically for impurity identification and survey purposes on the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. This spectrometer system, consisting of four individual spectrometers, covers the wavelength range between λ=2.5 nm and λ=160 nm, observing the intense resonance lines of relevant Mg-, Na-, Be- and Li-like impurity ions as well as the high-Z W/Ta quasi-continua. During the first operation phase of W7-X, commissioning of HEXOS was finished by providing an in-situ wavelength calibration. The permanently acquired spectra are evaluated to monitor the overall impurity content in the plasma, and serve as an indicator for unintended plasma-wall contact possibly leading to machine damage. HEXOS results from the first operation phase of W7-X are presented and discussed with respect to future scientific exploitation of the available data.

  20. Energy bands and gaps near an impurity

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    Mihóková, E., E-mail: [Institute of Physics, Acad. of Sciences of the Czech Rep., Cukrovarnická 10, 162 53 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Schulman, L.S., E-mail: [Physics Department, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 13699-5820 (United States)


    It has been suggested that in the neighborhood of a certain kind of defect in a crystal there is a bend in the electronic band. We confirm that this is indeed possible using the Kronig–Penney model. Our calculations also have implications for photonic crystals. - Highlights: • Energy bands can bend near an impurity in the host lattice. • We confirm possibility of energy band bending by using Kronig–Penney model. • The impurity can have profound effect on wave function structure.

  1. The physics of Kondo impurities in graphene. (United States)

    Fritz, Lars; Vojta, Matthias


    This article summarizes our understanding of the Kondo effect in graphene, primarily from a theoretical perspective. We shall describe different ways to create magnetic moments in graphene, either by adatom deposition or via defects. For dilute moments, the theoretical description is in terms of effective Anderson or Kondo impurity models coupled to graphene's Dirac electrons. We shall discuss in detail the physics of these models, including their quantum phase transitions and the effect of carrier doping, and confront this with existing experimental data. Finally, we will point out connections to other quantum impurity problems, e.g., in unconventional superconductors, topological insulators, and quantum spin liquids.

  2. Correlations between locked modes and impurity influxes

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    Fishpool, G.M. [Commission of the European Communities, Abingdon (United Kingdom). JET Joint Undertaking; Lawson, K.D. [UKAEA Culham Lab., Abingdon (United Kingdom)


    An analysis of pulses that were disturbed by medium Z impurity influxes (Cl, Cr, Fe and Ni) recorded during the 91/92 JET operations, has demonstrated that such influxes can result in MHD modes which subsequently ``lock``. A correlation is found between the power radiated by the influx and the time difference between the start of the influx and the beginning of the locked mode. The growth in the amplitude of the locked mode itself can lead to further impurity influxes. A correlation is noted between intense influxes (superior to 10 MW) and the mode ``unlocking``. (authors). 4 refs., 4 figs.

  3. Electrophobic interaction induced impurity clustering in metals (United States)

    Lu, Guang-Hong; Zhou, Hong-Bo; Aguiar, J.; Liu, Feng

    Helium is a typical impurity in metals, which is produced from transmutation reactions in both fission and fusion. It is well known that He atoms are energetically favorable clustering with each other, resulting in mechanical property degradation of metals, which is originated from the self-trapping of He. Here, we introduce the concept of electrophobic interaction, analogous to hydrophobic interaction, for describing the behavior of impurity atoms in a metal, a solvent of electrons\\x9D. We demonstrate that there exists a form of electrophobic interaction between impurities with closed electron shell structure, which governs their dissolution behavior in a metal. Using He, Be and Ar as examples, we predict by first-principles calculations that a clustering energy due to the electrophobic interaction follows a universal power-law scaling with the number of atoms (N) dissolved in a free electron gas, as well as W or Al lattice, as Ec (N^2/3 - N). This new concept significantly advances our fundamental understanding and capacity to predict the solute behavior of impurities in metals, a useful contribution to be considered in future material design of metals for nuclear, metallurgical, and energy applications.

  4. Impurities enhance caking in lactose powder

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    Carpin, M.; Bertelsen, H.; Dalberg, A.


    Caking of lactose and other dry ingredients is a common problem in the dairy and food industries. The lactose production process includes different purification steps, depending on the type of lactose produced. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate how the remaining impurities (i.e. ...

  5. Mobile spin impurity in an optical lattice (United States)

    Duncan, C. W.; Bellotti, F. F.; Öhberg, P.; Zinner, N. T.; Valiente, M.


    We investigate the Fermi polaron problem in a spin-1/2 Fermi gas in an optical lattice for the limit of both strong repulsive contact interactions and one dimension. In this limit, a polaronic-like behaviour is not expected, and the physics is that of a magnon or impurity. While the charge degrees of freedom of the system are frozen, the resulting tight-binding Hamiltonian for the impurity’s spin exhibits an intriguing structure that strongly depends on the filling factor of the lattice potential. This filling dependency also transfers to the nature of the interactions for the case of two magnons and the important spin balanced case. At low filling, and up until near unit filling, the single impurity Hamiltonian faithfully reproduces a single-band, quasi-homogeneous tight-binding problem. As the filling is increased and the second band of the single particle spectrum of the periodic potential is progressively filled, the impurity Hamiltonian, at low energies, describes a single particle trapped in a multi-well potential. Interestingly, once the first two bands are fully filled, the impurity Hamiltonian is a near-perfect realisation of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model. Our studies, which go well beyond the single-band approximation, that is, the Hubbard model, pave the way for the realisation of interacting one-dimensional models of condensed matter physics.

  6. Bismuth interstitial impurities and the optical properties of GaP1- x - y Bi x N y (United States)

    Christian, Theresa M.; Beaton, Daniel A.; Perkins, John D.; Fluegel, Brian; Alberi, Kirstin; Mascarenhas, Angelo


    Two distinctive regimes of behavior are observed from GaP1- x - y Bi x N y alloys with x < 2.4%, y < 3.4% grown by molecular beam epitaxy. These regimes are correlated with abundant bismuth interstitial impurities that are encouraged or suppressed according to the sample growth temperature, with up to 55% of incorporated bismuth located interstitially. When bismuth interstitials are present, radiative recombination arises at near-band-edge localized states rather than from impurity bands and deep state luminescence. This change demonstrates a novel strategy for controlling luminescence in isoelectronic semiconductor alloys and is attributed to a disruption of carrier transfer processes.

  7. In vitro genotoxicity of piperacillin impurity-A | Vijayan | African ...

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    Since no report of genotoxicity data is available on the impurities of piperacillin, further studies were designed and conducted to provide information for establishing the safety profile and qualification of the piperacillin impurity-A. Salmonella typhimurium strains were exposed to Piperacillin impurity-A for Ames tests. Neither ...

  8. Metallic impurities in gallium nitride grown by molecular beam epitaxy

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    McHugo, S.A.; Krueger, J.; Kisielowski, C. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (United States)] [and others


    Transition metals are often encountered in trace amounts in semiconductors. They have been extensively studied in most elemental and compound systems, since they form deep donor and/or acceptor levels which usually degrade the electronic and optical material properties. Only very little is known about transition metals in recent III-V semiconducting materials, such as GaN, AlN and InN. These few studies have been done exclusively on Metal-Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) or Hybrid Vapor Phase Epitaxy HVPE-grown GaN. Preliminary x-ray fluorescence studies at the Advanced Light Source, beamline 10.3.1, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have revealed that GaN materials grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) have Fe, Ni and Cr as the dominant transition metal contaminants. This finding is commensurate with the extremely high concentrations of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen (up to 10{sup 20} cm{sup {minus}3}) measured by Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). Preliminary work using the mapping capabilities of the x-ray fluorescence microprobe revealed the metal impurities were inhomogeneously distributed over the film. Future work of this collaboration will be to find a correlation between the existence of transition metals in MBE films, as revealed by x-ray fluorescence, and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra taken in the infrared region. Also, the authors will make use of the 1 {mu}m spatial resolution of x-ray microprobe to locate the contaminants in relation to structural defects in the GaN films. Because of the large strain caused by the lattice mismatch between the GaN films and the substrates, the films grow in a columnar order with high densities of grain boundaries and dislocations. These structural defects offer preferential sites for metal precipitation or agglomeration which could degrade the optical properties of this material more so than if the impurities were left dissolved in the GaN.

  9. Defects and gettering of impurities in silicon (United States)

    Plekhanov, Pavel Sergeyevich


    Processes of formation of extended defects in silicon and the role of impurities in them, as well as the gettering of impurities from precipitated state, the electrical activity of impurity precipitates and their impact on performance of solar cells are considered in the thesis. The nucleation and growth of voids and vacancy-type dislocation loops during Si crystal growth under Si vacancy supersaturation conditions have been numerically modeled. The two processes are treated in conjunction with each other. Based on the competition between them, the Si vacancy formation enthalpy range and the void nucleation temperature are determined. The role of oxygen in the formation of voids in Si has been considered, and the mathematical description of the process has been formulated. It is shown that experimentally observed composite void-oxide defects are likely to nucleate first as simple oxide precipitates and later to develop into voids with their surfaces covered by the oxide layer. Physical and numerical modeling of impurity gettering from multicrystalline Si for solar cell fabrication has been carried out using Fe as a model impurity. A variable temperature gettering process is modeled and predicted to provide high gettering efficiency and short gettering times. A quantitative model of the electrical activity of metallic precipitates in Si has been developed. An emphasis is made on the properties of the Schottky junction at the precipitate-Si interface as well as the carrier diffusion and drift in the Si space charge region. Carrier recombination rate is found to be primarily determined by the thermionic emission charge transport process across the Schottky junction rather than the surface recombination process. It is shown that the precipitates can have a very large minority carrier capture cross-section. The above-mentioned model of the process of impurity gettering from Si by an Al layer has been combined with a solar cell device model. This provides a way of

  10. Influence of impurity atmosphere on the deformation of silicon crystals (United States)

    Klyuchnik, P. A.; Petukhov, B. V.


    The Alexander-Haasen theory, which describes the deformation kinetics of silicon crystals, has been generalized for impurity crystals. The deformation kinetics of an impurity sample is calculated in a wide range of parameters, including the cases of partial and complete entrainment of impurities by moving dislocations. The developed model, despite its simplicity, adequately describes the qualitative transformation of the stress-strain curves of impurity silicon crystals in dependence of the impurity concentration and other material parameters. The manifestation of negative velocity dependence of the yield stress, observed in natural experiments, is analyzed.

  11. Kinetic neoclassical calculations of impurity radiation profiles

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    D.P. Stotler


    Full Text Available Modifications of the drift-kinetic transport code XGC0 to include the transport, ionization, and recombination of individual charge states, as well as the associated radiation, are described. The code is first applied to a simulation of an NSTX H-mode discharge with carbon impurity to demonstrate the approach to coronal equilibrium. The effects of neoclassical phenomena on the radiated power profile are examined sequentially through the activation of individual physics modules in the code. Orbit squeezing and the neoclassical inward pinch result in increased radiation for temperatures above a few hundred eV and changes to the ratios of charge state emissions at a given electron temperature. Analogous simulations with a neon impurity yield qualitatively similar results.

  12. Magnetic field nanosensor based on Mn impurities

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    Daniela ENCIU


    Full Text Available Nanosensors based on graphene nanoribbon, studied in the present work, could provide a special interest in (aero space applications. More specifically, the paper proposes the construction of a nanosensor based on Mn (Manganese impurities. Different spin configurations of the Mn atoms are considered. The mathematical model used to determine the spin transport is based on Kohn-Sham equations. The spin-dependent transmission functions are calculated using the formalism of the nonequilibrium Green’s functions. The implementation of the mathematical model is performed in the SIESTA package. The spin transport properties are determined using the first principle calculations using density functional theory. The graphene nanoribbon with transition metal impurities is based on active element – the system of spins – which is influenced by the external perturbation field. Such nanostructures may serve as spatial applications. The differences between different excited states are determined and it is established that the energy range overlaps the mid-infrared wavelengths.

  13. INTOR impurity control and first wall system

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    Abdou, M.A.


    The highlights of the recent INTOR effort on examining the key issues of the impurity control/first wall system are summarized. The emphasis of the work was an integrated study of the edge-region physics, plasma-wall interaction, materials, engineering and magnetic considerations associated with the poloidal divertor and pump limiter. The development of limiter and divertor collector plate designs with an acceptable lifetime was a major part of the work.

  14. Combined Electrical, Optical and Nuclear Investigations of Impurities and Defects in II-VI Semiconductors

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    % IS325 \\\\ \\\\ To achieve well controlled bipolar conductivity in II-VI semiconductors represents a fundamental problem in semiconductor physics. The doping problems are controversely discussed, either in terms of self compensation or of compensation and passivation by unintentionally introduced impurities. \\\\ \\\\It is the goal of our experiments at the new ISOLDE facility, to shed new light on these problems and to look for ways to circumvent it. For this aim the investigation of impurities and native defects and the interaction between each other shall be investigated. The use of radioactive ion beams opens the access to controlled site selective doping of only one sublattice via nuclear transmutation. The compensating and passivating mechanisms will be studied by combining nuclear, electrical and optical methods like Perturbed Angular Correlation~(PAC), Hall Effect~(HE), Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy~(DLTS), Photoluminescence Spectroscopy~(PL) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). \\\\ \\\\We intend to ...

  15. Calculations of neoclassical impurity transport in stellarators (United States)

    Mollén, Albert; Smith, Håkan M.; Langenberg, Andreas; Turkin, Yuriy; Beidler, Craig D.; Helander, Per; Landreman, Matt; Newton, Sarah L.; García-Regaña, José M.; Nunami, Masanori


    The new stellarator Wendelstein 7-X has finished the first operational campaign and is restarting operation in the summer 2017. To demonstrate that the stellarator concept is a viable candidate for a fusion reactor and to allow for long pulse lengths of 30 min, i.e. ``quasi-stationary'' operation, it will be important to avoid central impurity accumulation typically governed by the radial neoclassical transport. The SFINCS code has been developed to calculate neoclassical quantities such as the radial collisional transport and the ambipolar radial electric field in 3D magnetic configurations. SFINCS is a cutting-edge numerical tool which combines several important features: the ability to model an arbitrary number of kinetic plasma species, the full linearized Fokker-Planck collision operator for all species, and the ability to calculate and account for the variation of the electrostatic potential on flux surfaces. In the present work we use SFINCS to study neoclassical impurity transport in stellarators. We explore how flux-surface potential variations affect the radial particle transport, and how the radial electric field is modified by non-trace impurities and flux-surface potential variations.

  16. Synthesis of the impurities during the manufacture of bulk drug midazolam and separation of these impurities by HPLC. (United States)

    Sati, Bhawana; Sati, Hemlata; Saklani, Sarla; Bhatt, Prakash Chandra; Mishra, Ravinesh


    During the manufacture of bulk drug midazolam various impurities arised that can be the related products or degradation products. Structures of eight impurities that can arise during the manufacture of bulk drug midazolam were proposed. In the present work, synthesis of these impurities and their characterization by different spectroscopic techniques have been done. HPLC method was developed for the separation of impurities from the bulk drug. The developed method separates midazolam from its eight impurities/degradation products within a run time of 45 min.

  17. Correlation between the deep of the band tail and the potential originated by the impurities in semiconductors n-type and weakly compensated; Correlacion entre la profundidad de la cola de banda y el potencial originado por las impurezas en semiconductores tipo n y ligeramente compensados

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    Fonthal, Gerardo; Moros, Jose [Universidad de Zulia, Maracaibo (Venezuela)


    The doped semiconductors band tail E{sub 0} and the potential by ionized impurities E{sub p} were correlated for n-type and weakly compensated samples of Ge, Si, GaP and CdS. Results showed a lineal behavior with slope of 1.417 and ordinate intersection close to zero. The slope was very close to waited {radical}2 because E{sub p} is a rms potential. [Spanish] Se correlaciono la profundidad de la cola de banda E{sub 0} de los semiconductores dopados con el potencial E{sub p} debido a la interaccion entre las impurezas ionizadas para muestras tipo n y ligeramente compensadas de Ge, Si, GaP y CdS. Los resultados mostraron un comportamiento lineal dependiente 1.417 y corte con el eje de las ordenadas cercano a cero. La pendiente dio muy cercana al {radical}2 esperando en vista de que E{sub p} es un potencial rms.

  18. Magnetic states of single impurity in disordered environment

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    G.W. Ponedilok


    Full Text Available The charged and magnetic states of isolated impurities dissolved in amorphous metallic alloy are investigated. The Hamiltonian of the system under study is the generalization of Anderson impurity model. Namely, the processes of elastic and non-elastic scattering of conductive electrons on the ions of a metal and on a charged impurity are included. The configuration averaged one-particle Green's functions are obtained within Hartree-Fock approximation. A system of self-consistent equations is given for calculation of an electronic spectrum, the charged and the spin-polarized impurity states. Qualitative analysis of the effect of the metallic host structural disorder on the observed values is performed. Additional shift and broadening of virtual impurity level is caused by a structural disorder of impurity environment.

  19. Transitions and excitations in a superfluid stream passing small impurities

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    Pinsker, Florian


    We analyze asymptotically and numerically the motion around a single impurity and a network of impurities inserted in a two-dimensional superfluid. The criticality for the breakdown of superfluidity is shown to occur when it becomes energetically favorable to create a doublet—the limiting case between a vortex pair and a rarefaction pulse on the surface of the impurity. Depending on the characteristics of the potential representing the impurity, different excitation scenarios are shown to exist for a single impurity as well as for a lattice of impurities. Depending on the lattice characteristics it is shown that several regimes are possible: dissipationless flow, excitations emitted by the lattice boundary, excitations created in the bulk, and the formation of large-scale structures.

  20. Recommended methods for purification of solvents and tests for impurities

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    Coetzee, J F


    Recommended Methods for Purification of Solvents and Tests for Impurities is a compilation of recommended procedures for purification of solvents and tests for solvent impurities. Ten solvents are covered: acetonitrile, sulfolane, propylene carbonate, dimethyl sulfoxide, dimethylformamide, hexamethylphosphoramide, pyridine, ethylenediamine, N-methylacetamide, and N-methylpropionamide. This book is comprised of 12 chapters and opens with an introduction to general aspects of impurity effects. The rationale for the selection of solvent is explained, and the relative reactivities of solutes in di

  1. CdTe substrate purification from impurities by gettering (United States)

    Kosyachenko, Leonid A.; Zakharuk, Z. I.; Rarenko, A. I.; Nykonyuk, E. S.


    A possibility of CdTe substrate purification from impurities by structure-breakdown layer gettering, formed by laser irradiation, is considered. For profile calculation of diffusive distribution of point defects during heat treatment, and also substrate purification degree after heat treatment, a model, based on diffusion equation with consideration of impurity absorption by dislocations, is proposed. Impurity redistribution task in structure CdTe-CdHgTe during annealing is solved also. Investigations, carried out on specially prepared samples, confirmed CdTe purification effectiveness by gettering: impurity concentration decreased in 5 - 10 times.

  2. Impurity and trace tritium transport in tokamak edge turbulence

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    Naulin, V.


    The turbulent transport of impurity or minority species, as for example tritium, is investigated in drift-Alfven edge turbulence. The full effects of perpendicular and parallel convection are kept for the impurity species. The impurity density develops a granular structure with steep gradients...... and locally exceeds its initial values due to the compressibility of the flow. An approximate decomposition of the impurity flux into a diffusive part and an effective convective part (characterized by a pinch velocity) is performed and a net inward pinch effect is recovered. The pinch velocity is explained...

  3. Quantum impurities: from mobile Josephson junctions to depletons (United States)

    Schecter, Michael; Gangardt, Dimitri M.; Kamenev, Alex


    We overview the main features of mobile impurities moving in one-dimensional superfluid backgrounds by modeling it as a mobile Josephson junction, which leads naturally to the periodic dispersion of the impurity. The dissipation processes, such as radiative friction and quantum viscosity, are shown to result from the interaction of the collective phase difference with the background phonons. We develop a more realistic depleton model of an impurity-hole bound state that provides a number of exact results interpolating between the semiclassical weakly interacting picture and the strongly interacting Tonks-Girardeau regime. We also discuss the physics of a trapped impurity, relevant to current experiments with ultra cold atoms.

  4. Pairwise entanglement of two impurities in the XY model

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    Sun, Yi [Department of Physics, Changji University, Changji, 830011 (China); State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials, Shandong University, Jinan, 250100 (China); Huang, Xuchu, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Changji University, Changji, 830011 (China); Min, Guanghui [Materials Science and Engineering Institute, Shandong University, Jinan, 250100 (China)


    We propose a general method to solve the anisotropic XY model with two impurities on the period boundary condition. On the basis of exact solution, we discuss the impurity excitations in detail. The results indicate that the critical behaviors of the system near the critical point are closely related to the particle excitations. We investigate the quantum phase transition and the pairwise entanglement of the nearest-neighbors impurities, and find that the singular behaviors of pairwise entanglement near the critical point are naturally derived from the competition between impurity excitation and normal fermion excitation. When the two impurities are separated at certain distance, the pairwise entanglements oscillate with the variation of the distance, and the oscillations diminish with the increase of the distance. The couple interaction and anisotropy of impurity both can control the pairwise entanglement, however, this effects strongly depend on the order state of the system. - Highlights: • By introducing a proper displacement quantity of impurity, this method can be applied in complex spin model. • The pairwise entanglement of impurities can be controlled by the coupling and anisotropy of impurity. • The singular behaviors of the pairwise entanglement are closely related to the particle excitation.

  5. Impurity-directed transport within a finite disordered lattice (United States)

    Magnetta, Bradley J.; Ordonez, Gonzalo; Garmon, Savannah


    We consider a finite, disordered 1D quantum lattice with a side-attached impurity. We study theoretically the transport of a single electron from the impurity into the lattice, at zero temperature. The transport is dominated by Anderson localization and, in general, the electron motion has a random character due to the lattice disorder. However, we show that by adjusting the impurity energy the electron can attain quasi-periodic motions, oscillating between the impurity and a small region of the lattice. This region corresponds to the spatial extent of a localized state with an energy matched by that of the impurity. By precisely tuning the impurity energy, the electron can be set to oscillate between the impurity and a region far from the impurity, even distances larger than the Anderson localization length. The electron oscillations result from the interference of hybridized states, which have some resemblance to Pendry's necklace states (Pendry, 1987) [21]. The dependence of the electron motion on the impurity energy gives a potential mechanism for selectively routing an electron towards different regions of a 1D disordered lattice.

  6. Fractal growth in impurity-controlled solidification in lipid monolayers

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    Fogedby, Hans C.; Sørensen, Erik Schwartz; Mouritsen, Ole G.


    A simple two-dimensional microscopic model is proposed to describe solidifcation processes in systems with impurities which are miscible only in the fluid phase. Computer simulation of the model shows that the resulting solids are fractal over a wide range of impurity concentrations and impurity...... diffusional constants. A fractal-forming mechanism is suggested for impurity-controlled solidification which is consistent with recent experimental observations of fractal growth of solid phospholipid domains in monolayers. The Journal of Chemical Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

  7. Isobornyl acrylate: an impurity in alkyl glucosides. (United States)

    Foti, Caterina; Romita, Paolo; Rigano, Luigi; Zimerson, Erik; Sicilia, Mattia; Ballini, Andrea; Ghizzoni, Oscar; Antelmi, Annarita; Angelini, Gianni; Bonamonte, Domenico; Bruze, Magnus


    Alkyl glucosides and alkyl poly-glucosides are widely used as wetting agents, surfactants and emulsifiers in several industrial and cosmetic products. They are known as well-tolerated and are usually added to the primary surfactants in order to reduce the irritating potential of the main foaming agents. Recently, some authors suggested that allergic contact dermatitis to alkyl glucosides might be more frequent than suspected. On the other hand, the chemical structures of glucosides do not show potentially allergenic chemical groups or strongly polarized structures. The aim of our study is to investigate alkyl glucosides carrying out a detailed chemical analysis on samples of raw materials to identify potentially allergenic impurities or by-products contained in commercial samples of alkyl glucosides. We chemically analyzed samples of cocoyl glucoside, decyl glucoside and lauryl glucoside by three different analytical methods, in order to identify any undesired or polluting substances. In each of the three samples, we detected the presence of isobornyl acrylate. Its approximate content in the tested samples is 500 ng/g of the product. Isobornyl acrylate is not used in the synthesis of alkyl glucosides, but as a plasticizer in many plastic materials. It can be easily released to materials flowing over these surfaces when they have high extraction power, as glucosides. Isobornyl acrylate may play a role as hidden allergen, in the form of an impurity collected during the industrial process, explaining some cases of allergic reaction to alkyl glucosides.

  8. Impurity transport in ohmically heated TFTR plasmas

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    Stratton, B.C.; Fonck, R.J.; Hulse, R.A.; Ramsey, A.T.; Timberlake, J.; Efthimion, P.C.; Fredrickson, E.; Grek, B.; Hill, K.W.; Johnson, D.W.


    Impurity transport in ohmically heated TFTR plasmas is studied by computer modeling of VUV line emissions from impurities injected using the laser-blowoff technique. The results are sensitive to uncertainties in the ionization and recombination rates used in the modeling; as a result, only a spatially averaged diffusion coefficient and parameterized convective velocity can be measured. Measurements of these transport parameters are presented for deuterium and helium discharges with I/sub p/ = 0.8-2.5 MA, /bar n/sub e// = 0.6-6.0/times/10/sup 19/ m/sup -3/, and Z/sub eff/ = 2-6. Diffusion coefficients are found to be in the 0.5-1.5 m/sup 2//s range, considerably larger than neoclassical values. Nonzero inward convective velocities are necessary to fit the data in most cases. No dependence of the diffusion coefficient on injected element, working gas species, or plasma current is found, but at a given current, the diffusion coefficient is smaller by approximately a factor of two in plasmas near the density limit than in discharges with /bar n/sub e//<3/times/10/sup 19/ m/sup -3/. 31 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  9. Tuning emergent magnetism in a Hund's impurity. (United States)

    Khajetoorians, A A; Valentyuk, M; Steinbrecher, M; Schlenk, T; Shick, A; Kolorenc, J; Lichtenstein, A I; Wehling, T O; Wiesendanger, R; Wiebe, J


    The recently proposed concept of a Hund's metal--a metal in which electron correlations are driven by Hund's rule coupling-can be used to explain the exotic magnetic and electronic behaviour of strongly correlated electron systems of multi-orbital metallic materials. Tuning the abundance of parameters that determine these materials is, however, experimentally challenging. Here, we show that the basic constituent of a Hund's metal--a Hund's impurity--can be realized using a single iron atom adsorbed on a platinum surface, a system that comprises a magnetic moment in the presence of strong charge fluctuations. The magnetic properties can be controlled by using the tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope to change the binding site and degree of hydrogenation of the 3d transition-metal atom. We are able to experimentally explore a regime of four almost degenerate energy scales (Zeeman energy, temperature, Kondo temperature and magnetic anisotropy) and probe the magnetic excitations with the microscope tip. The regime of our Hund's impurity can be tuned from an emergent magnetic moment to a multi-orbital Kondo state, and the system could be used to test predictions of advanced many-body theories for non-Fermi liquids in quantum magnets or unconventional superconductors.

  10. Glycolic acid physical properties and impurities assessment

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    Lambert, D. P. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Pickenheim, B. R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bibler, N. E. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hay, M. S. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)


    This document has been revised due to recent information that the glycolic acid used in Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) experiments contains both formaldehyde and methoxyacetic acid. These impurities were in the glycolic acid used in the testing included in this report and in subsequent testing using DuPont (now called Chemours) supplied Technical Grade 70 wt% glycolic acid. However, these impurities were not reported in earlier revisions. Additional data concerning the properties of glycolic acid have also been added to this report. The Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) is planning to implement a nitric-glycolic acid flowsheets to increase attainment to meet closure commitment dates during Sludge Batch 9. In fiscal year 2009, SRNL was requested to determine the physical properties of formic and glycolic acid blends. Blends of formic acid in glycolic acid were prepared and their physical properties tested. Increasing amounts of glycolic acid led to increases in blend density, viscosity and surface tension as compared to the 90 wt% formic acid that is currently used at DWPF. These increases are small, however, and are not expected to present any difficulties in terms of processing. The effect of sulfur impurities in Technical Grade glycolic acid was studied for its impact on DWPF glass quality. While the glycolic acid specification allows for more sulfate than the current formic acid specification, the ultimate impact is expected to be on the order of 0.033 wt% sulfur in glass. Note that lower sulfur content glycolic acid could likely be procured at some increased cost if deemed necessary. A paper study on the effects of radiation on glycolic acid was performed. The analysis indicates that substitution of glycolic acid for formic acid would not increase the radiolytic production rate of H2 and cause an adverse effect in the Slurry Receipt and Adjustment Tank (SRAT) or Slurry Mix Evaporator (SME) process. It has been cited that glycolic acid

  11. Strain field due to self-interstitial impurity in Ni

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    Strain field due to self-interstitial impurity in Ni. HITESH SHARMA1 £ and S ... The embedded-atom method have been applied to study the strain field produced by the self-interstitial impurity at the .... where q is a wave vector and the expansion coefficients Q(q)are normal coordinates known in dynamical theory. Since we ...

  12. The effects of naturally occurring impurities in rock salt

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    In this paper we investigate the effect that naturally occurring impurities in salt mines have both on effective permittivity of the medium and on radio wave propagation at ∼200 MHz. The effective permittivity is determined based on the dielectric properties of salt and the characteristics of the main impurities. We conclude that ...

  13. Effects of electron–phonon interaction and impurity on optical ...

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    The refractive index changes and absorption coefficients increase and shift towards lower energies by enhancing a 1 with central impurity. In the presence of central impurity, the absorption coefficients and refractive index changes enhance and shift toward higher energies when e–p interaction is considered.

  14. Tight-Binding Description of Impurity States in Semiconductors (United States)

    Dominguez-Adame, F.


    Introductory textbooks in solid state physics usually present the hydrogenic impurity model to calculate the energy of carriers bound to donors or acceptors in semiconductors. This model treats the pure semiconductor as a homogeneous medium and the impurity is represented as a fixed point charge. This approach is only valid for shallow impurities…

  15. Intrinsic localized modes and nonlinear impurity modes in curved ...

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    We explore the nature of intrinsic localized modes (ILMs) in a curved Fermi–. Pasta–Ulam (FPU) chain ... We further demonstrate that a nonlinear impurity mode may be treated as a bound state of an ILM with the impurity .... length [14] and see that the particular choice of the chain geometry ensures the DB propagation with ...

  16. Interlevel absorption of electromagnetic waves by nanocrystal with divalent impurity

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    V. I Boichuk


    Full Text Available The energy spectrum of central divalent impurity is calculated using the effective mass approximation in a spherical quantum dot (QD. The dipole moment and oscillator strength of interlevel transition is defined. The dependence of linear absorption coefficient on the QD size and electromagnetic frequency is analyzed. The obtained results are compared with the results of univalent impurity.

  17. Nonlinearity and disorder: Classification and stability of nonlinear impurity modes

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    Sukhorukov, Andrey A.; Kivshar, Yuri S.; Bang, Ole


    We study the effects produced by competition of two physical mechanisms of energy localization in inhomogeneous nonlinear systems. As an example, we analyze spatially localized modes supported by a nonlinear impurity in the generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation and describe three types...... of nonlinear impurity modes, one- and two-hump symmetric localized modes and asymmetric localized modes, for both focusing and defocusing nonlinearity and two different (attractive or repulsive) types of impurity. We obtain an analytical stability criterion for the nonlinear localized modes and consider...... the case of a power-law nonlinearity in detail. We discuss several scenarios of the instability-induced dynamics of the nonlinear impurity modes, including the mode decay or switching to a new stable state, and collapse at the impurity site....

  18. Information scrambling at an impurity quantum critical point (United States)

    Dóra, Balázs; Werner, Miklós Antal; Moca, Cǎtǎlin Paşcu


    The two-channel Kondo impurity model realizes a local non-Fermi-liquid state with finite residual entropy. The competition between the two channels drives the system to an impurity quantum critical point. We show that the out-of-time-ordered (OTO) commutator for the impurity spin reveals markedly distinct behavior depending on the low-energy impurity state. For the one-channel Kondo model with Fermi-liquid ground state, the OTO commutator vanishes for late times, indicating the absence of the butterfly effect. For the two channel case, the impurity OTO commutator is completely temperature independent and saturates quickly to its upper bound 1/4, and the butterfly effect is maximally enhanced. These compare favorably to numerics on spin chain representation of the Kondo model. Our results imply that a large late time value of the OTO commutator does not necessarily diagnose quantum chaos.

  19. Gaussian impurity moving through a Bose-Einstein superfluid (United States)

    Pinsker, Florian


    In this paper a finite Gaussian impurity moving through an equilibrium Bose-Einstein condensate at T = 0 is studied. The problem can be described by a Gross-Pitaevskii equation, which is solved perturbatively. The analysis is done for systems of 2 and 3 spatial dimensions. The Bogoliubov equation solutions for the condensate perturbed by a finite impurity are calculated in the co-moving frame. From these solutions the total energy of the perturbed system is determined as a function of the width and the amplitude of the moving Gaussian impurity and its velocity. In addition we derive the drag force the finite sized impurity approximately experiences as it moves through the superfluid, which proves the existence of a superfluid phase for finite extensions of the impurities below the speed of sound. Finally we find that the force increases with velocity until an inflection point from which it decreases again in 2 and 3d.

  20. Diagnostics of heavy impurities at GOL-3 facility

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    Sorokina, N., E-mail: Sorokina@inp.nsk.s [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Technical University, 630092, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Burdakov, A. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Technical University, 630092, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Ivanov, I. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Kuklin, K. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Polosatkin, S.; Popov, S.; Postupaev, V. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Rovenskikh, A. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Shoshin, A. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Schudlo, I. [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, 630090, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Technical University, 630092, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)


    Multimirror approach to plasma confinement for fusion is studied at GOL-3 facility in the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics (Novosibirsk, Russia). The presented work is devoted to diagnostics of heavy impurities in plasma of this facility. The main purpose is quantitative measurement of density, degree of ionization of the main heavy impurities in plasma and their contribution to an effective charge of plasma at the GOL-3 facility. Density of interested elements was measured by optical spectroscopy and mass-spectroscopy of residual vacuum. A number of spectroscopic diagnostics has been developed for this purpose. Experimental data were compared with results of numerical calculations of impurities dynamics. As a result it is revealed that the contribution of heavy impurities to effective charge of plasma does not exceed 20%; thus the presence of impurities in plasma of the GOL-3 facility does not influence essentially the plasma confinement at the multimirror trap.

  1. Harmful situations, impure people: an attribution asymmetry across moral domains. (United States)

    Chakroff, Alek; Young, Liane


    People make inferences about the actions of others, assessing whether an act is best explained by person-based versus situation-based accounts. Here we examine people's explanations for norm violations in different domains: harmful acts (e.g., assault) and impure acts (e.g., incest). Across four studies, we find evidence for an attribution asymmetry: people endorse more person-based attributions for impure versus harmful acts. This attribution asymmetry is partly explained by the abnormality of impure versus harmful acts, but not by differences in the moral wrongness or the statistical frequency of these acts. Finally, this asymmetry persists even when the situational factors that lead an agent to act impurely are stipulated. These results suggest that, relative to harmful acts, impure acts are linked to person-based attributions. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  2. Impurity Transport in a Mixed-Collisionality Stellarator Plasma. (United States)

    Helander, P; Newton, S L; Mollén, A; Smith, H M


    A potential threat to the performance of magnetically confined fusion plasmas is the problem of impurity accumulation, which causes the concentration of highly charged impurity ions to rise uncontrollably in the center of the plasma and spoil the energy confinement by excessive radiation. It has long been thought that the collisional transport of impurities in stellarators always leads to such an accumulation (if the electric field points inwards, which is usually the case), whereas tokamaks, being axisymmetric, can benefit from "temperature screening," i.e., an outward flux of impurities driven by the temperature gradient. Here it is shown, using analytical techniques supported by results from a new numerical code, that such screening can arise in stellarator plasmas, too, and indeed does so in one of the most relevant operating regimes, where the impurities are highly collisional while the bulk plasma is at low collisionality.

  3. Deep frying

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    Koerten, van K.N.


    Deep frying is one of the most used methods in the food processing industry. Though practically any food can be fried, French fries are probably the most well-known deep fried products. The popularity of French fries stems from their unique taste and texture, a crispy outside with a mealy soft

  4. Deep learning

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    Goodfellow, Ian; Courville, Aaron


    Deep learning is a form of machine learning that enables computers to learn from experience and understand the world in terms of a hierarchy of concepts. Because the computer gathers knowledge from experience, there is no need for a human computer operator to formally specify all the knowledge that the computer needs. The hierarchy of concepts allows the computer to learn complicated concepts by building them out of simpler ones; a graph of these hierarchies would be many layers deep. This book introduces a broad range of topics in deep learning. The text offers mathematical and conceptual background, covering relevant concepts in linear algebra, probability theory and information theory, numerical computation, and machine learning. It describes deep learning techniques used by practitioners in industry, including deep feedforward networks, regularization, optimization algorithms, convolutional networks, sequence modeling, and practical methodology; and it surveys such applications as natural language proces...

  5. Imaging Main-Ion and Impurity Velocities for Understanding Impurity Transport in the Tokamak Boundary (United States)

    Samuell, Cameron


    Imaging of ion velocities throughout the scrape off layer (SOL) combined with 2D and 3D numerical fluid modeling is establishing the roles of frictional coupling, ion-thermal forces, and parallel pressure gradients in determining impurity and momentum transport on open magnetic field lines. Velocity measurements of C2+impurity ions alongside He+ main-ion species enabled the first quantitative measurements of the entrainment of impurity velocities with the main ion species in the divertor and main-chamber SOL. Changing poloidal location of the parallel-B flow stagnation point in H-mode plasmas has been observed as has velocity slowing in both species of up to 10km/s at the mid-plane during detachment. In these cases the direction of the flow relative to the magnetic field direction implies cross-field drift effects are important for determining parallel transport along field lines. UEDGE simulations of these plasmas identify how the ratio of frictional and grad-Ti forces balance to determine bulk impurity transport; the degree of entrainment of impurities is expected to vary throughout the SOL, and as a function of power and density. These 2D measurements have been achieved using two coherence imaging spectroscopy systems on DIII-D calibrated with a tunable diode laser to a velocity accuracy better than 1 km/s. In addition, 3D C2+flow perturbations were observed in the vicinity of large coherent n=1 islands produced by external RMP coils. A poloidally alternating pattern of acceleration and deceleration, correlated to island positions, was observed with local velocity changes up to 10km/s and a length scale of 30-40cm. Comparison with EMC3-EIRENE simulations indicate that these perturbations result from temperature-driven parallel pressure gradients. Work supported by the US DOE under DE-FC02-04ER54698, DE-AC52-07NA27344 and DE-AC05-00OR22725.

  6. Recent trends in the impurity profile of pharmaceuticals

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    Kavita Pilaniya


    Full Text Available Various regulatory authorities such as the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH, the United States Food and Drug administration (FDA, and the Canadian Drug and Health Agency (CDHA are emphasizing on the purity requirements and the identification of impurities in Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs. The various sources of impurity in pharmaceutical products are - reagents, heavy metals, ligands, catalysts, other materials like filter aids, charcoal, and the like, degraded end products obtained during \\ after manufacturing of bulk drugs from hydrolysis, photolytic cleavage, oxidative degradation, decarboxylation, enantiomeric impurity, and so on. The different pharmacopoeias such as the British Pharmacopoeia, United State Pharmacopoeia, and Indian Pharmacopoeia are slowly incorporating limits to allowable levels of impurities present in APIs or formulations. Various methods are used to isolate and characterize impurities in pharmaceuticals, such as, capillary electrophoresis, electron paramagnetic resonance, gas-liquid chromatography, gravimetric analysis, high performance liquid chromatography, solid-phase extraction methods, liquid-liquid extraction method, Ultraviolet Spectrometry, infrared spectroscopy, supercritical fluid extraction column chromatography, mass spectrometry, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectroscopy, and RAMAN spectroscopy. Among all hyphenated techniques, the most exploited techniques for impurity profiling of drugs are Liquid Chromatography (LC-Mass Spectroscopy (MS, LC-NMR, LC-NMR-MS, GC-MS, and LC-MS. This reveals the need and scope of impurity profiling of drugs in pharmaceutical research.

  7. Deep web


    Bago, Neven


    Završnom radu „Deep Web“ je cilj da se u osnovi nauči što je on te koliko je rasprostranjen. Korištenjem programa TOR pristupa se „sakrivenom“ dijelu interneta poznatom kao Deep Web. U radu je opisan proces pristupanja Deep Webu pomoću spomenutog programa. Navodi sve njegove mogućnosti i prednosti nad ostalim web pretraživačima. Istražena je valuta BitCoin koja se koristi u online transakcijama zbog mogućnosti kojom pruža anonimnost. Cilj ovog rada je pokazati do koje mjere ...

  8. Impurities that cause difficulty in stripping actinides from commercial tetraalkylcarbamoylmethylphosphonates

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    Bahner, C. T.; Shoun, R. R.; McDowell, W. J.


    Dihexyl((diethylcarbamoyl)methyl)phosphonate (DHDECMP) in diethylbenzene extracts actinides well from 6 M nitric acid solution, but commercially available DHDECMP contains impurities which interfere with stripping the actinides from the organic extract. DHDECMP purified by molecular distillation does not contain these impurities, but the pot residue contains increased concentrations of them. Heating the purified DHDECMP causes the formation of products which interfere with stripping in the same way, suggesting that high temperatures employed in the manufacture of DHDECMP may produce the offending impurities. These impurities can be separated from the heat-decomposed material or the pot residues by dilution with a large volume of hexanes (causing part of the impurities to separate as a second liquid phase) followed by equilibration of the hexane solution with dilute alkali. After the treatment with hexane and dilute alkali, the DHDECMP is readily recovered and functions well in the actinide extraction process. Dibutyl((dibutylcarbamoyl)methyl)-phosphonate (DBDBCMP) and di(2-ethylhexyl)((diethylcarbamoyl)-methyl)phosphonate (DEHDECMP) are purified less effectively by these methods. Similar separation methods using diethylbenzene or CCl/sub 4/ as solvent do not remove impurities as completely as the hexane process. Impurities can also be removed from a benzene solution of the DHDECMP pot residue by passing it through a column packed with silica gel or diethylaminoethyl cellulose. These impurities have been separated into fractions for analytical examination by use of various solvents and by column chromatography. Hexyl hydrogen ((diethylcarbamoyl)methyl)-phosphonate has been identified tentatively as a principal objectionable impurity. Dihexyl phosphoric acid and possibly dihexylphosphonate have been identified in other fractions.

  9. Nonlinear excitations in two-dimensional molecular structures with impurities

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    Gaididei, Yuri Borisovich; Rasmussen, Kim; Christiansen, Peter Leth


    We study the nonlinear dynamics of electronic excitations interacting with acoustic phonons in two-dimensional molecular structures with impurities. We show that the problem is reduced to the nonlinear Schrodinger equation with a varying coefficient. The latter represents the influence...... excitations. Analytical results are in good agreement with numerical simulations of the nonlinear Schrodinger equation....... of the impurity. Transforming the equation to the noninertial frame of reference coupled with the center of mass we investigate the soliton behavior in the close vicinity of the impurity. With the help of the lens transformation we show that the soliton width is governed by an Ermakov-Pinney equation. We also...

  10. The impact of impurities on long-term PEMFC performance

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    Garzon, Fernando H [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lopes, Thiago [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rockward, Tommy [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mukundan, Rangachary [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sansinena, Jose - Maria [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kienitz, Brian [LLNL


    Electrochemical experimentation and modeling indicates that impurities degrade fuel cell performance by a variety of mechanisms. Electrokinetics may be inhibited by catalytic site poisoning from sulfur compounds and CO and by decreased local proton activity and mobility caused by the presence of foreign salt cations or ammonia. Cation impurity profiles vary with current density, valence and may change local conductivity and water concentrations in the ionomer. Nitrogen oxides and ammonia species may be electrochemically active under fuel cell operating conditions. The primary impurity removal mechanisms are electrooxidation and water fluxes through the fuel cell.

  11. Impurity clouds and microdefects in silicon grown by Czochralski method

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    Voronkov, V.V.; Kalinushkin, V.P.; Vronkova, G.I.; Murina, T.M.; Nazarov, T.; Prokhorov, A.M.; Remizov, O.A.; Teshabaev, A.T. (AN SSSR, Moscow. Fizicheskij Inst.)


    A correlation between the intensity of light scattering by impurity clouds and the density of etch pits after annealing in a wide temperature range (from 200 up to 1200 deg C) was established. The scattering intensity for crystals, grown by the Czochralski method is sufficiently lower, as compared to more pure crystals, prepared by crucibleless zone melting. The results are explained by intrinsic point defect effects on the formation of impurity clouds from impurity inclusions and the effect of the type and density of structural microdefects on the cloud activation process.

  12. Competing regimes of motion of 1D mobile impurities. (United States)

    Kantian, A; Schollwöck, U; Giamarchi, T


    We show that a distinguishable mobile impurity inside a one-dimensional many-body state at zero temperature generally does not behave like a quasiparticle. Instead, both the impurity dynamics as well as the ground state of the bath are fundamentally transformed by a diverging number of zero-energy excitations being generated, leading to what we call infrared-dominated (ID) dynamics. Combining analytics and density matrix renormalization group numerics, we provide a general formula for the power law governing ID dynamics at zero momentum, discuss a threshold beyond which quasiparticle dynamics may occur again, and study the competition between the ID and quasiparticle universality classes at larger impurity momenta.

  13. Thermal quantum discord in the Heisenberg chain with impurity

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    Gong, Jia-Min, E-mail:; Hui, Zhan-Qiang


    We study thermal quantum discord (TQD) in the Heisenberg chain with spin site or magnetic impurity. The former one of which may induce inhomogeneous exchange interactions between the neighboring spins, while the latter one may model a spin chain with nonuniform magnetic field. In contrast to one's traditional understanding, we found that the spin impurity can be used to enhance the TQD greatly for all the bipartition schemes of the chain, while the magnetic impurity located on one spin can make the TQD between the other two spins approaching its maximum 1 for the antiferromagnetic chain.

  14. Impurity Trapping of Positive Muons in Metals

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    Polarized positive muons are implanted into metal samples. In an applied magnetic field the muon spin precession is studied. The line width in the precession frequency spectrum gives information about the static and dynamic properties of muons in a metal lattice. At temperatures where the muon is immobile within its lifetime the line width gives information about the site of location. At temperatures where the muon is mobile, the line width gives information on the diffusion process. It is known from experiments on quasi-elastic neutron scattering on hydrogen in niobium that interstitial impurities like nitrogen tend to act as traps for hydrogen. These trapping effects have now been studied systematically for muons in both f.c.c. metals (aluminium and copper) and b.c.c. metals (mainly niobium). Direct information on the trapping rates and the nature of the diffusion processes can be obtained since the muonic lifetime covers a time range where many of these processes occur.\\\\ \\\\ Mathematical models are set up ...

  15. Impurity band effect on TiCo{sub 1-x}Ni {sub x}Sb conduction: Donor impurities

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    Stadnyk, Yu. [Ivan Franko L' viv National University, Kyryl and Mefodiy Str. 6, 79005 L' viv (Ukraine)]. E-mail:; Romaka, V.A. [Ya. Pidstryhach Institute for Applied Problems of Mechanics and Mathematics, Academy of Science of Ukraine, Naukova Str. 3b, 79053 L' viv (Ukraine); National University ' L' vivska Politehnika' , Bandera Str. 12, 790013 L' viv (Ukraine); Shelyapina, M. [L.V. Fock Institute of Physics, St. Petersburg State University, Ulyanovskaya Str. 1, Petrodvorets, 198505 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Gorelenko, Yu. [Ivan Franko L' viv National University, Kyryl and Mefodiy Str. 6, 79005 L' viv (Ukraine); Romaka, L. [Ivan Franko L' viv National University, Kyryl and Mefodiy Str. 6, 79005 L' viv (Ukraine); Fruchart, D. [Laboratoire de Cristallographie, CNRS, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Tkachuk, A. [Ivan Franko L' viv National University, Kyryl and Mefodiy Str. 6, 79005 L' viv (Ukraine); Chekurin, V. [Ya. Pidstryhach Institute for Applied Problems of Mechanics and Mathematics, Academy of Science of Ukraine, Naukova Str. 3b, 79053 L' viv (Ukraine)


    The role of the donor impurity band in the conduction of highly doped and compensated intermetallic semiconductors with MgAgAs type of structure was investigated. A simulation of the electronic structure for TiCo{sub 1-x}Ni {sub x}Sb semiconducting solid solution was carried out. A scheme of the impurity band transformation in TiCoSb semiconductor due to donor impurities doping was advanced. A conduction transition from activated to metallic type when the TiCo{sub 1-x}Ni {sub x}Sb solid solution composition changes was observed. This conduction transition is associated with the Anderson-type transition.

  16. Parallel impurity dynamics in the TJ-II stellarator

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    Alonso, J A; Estrada, T; Fontdecaba, J M; García-Regaña, J M; Geiger, J; Landreman, M; McCarthy, K J; Medina, F; Van Milligen, B Ph; Ochando, M A; Parra, F I; Velasco, J L


    We review in a tutorial fashion some of the causes of impurity density variations along field lines and radial impurity transport in the moment approach framework. An explicit and compact form of the parallel inertia force valid for arbitrary toroidal geometry and magnetic coordinates is derived and shown to be non-negligible for typical TJ-II plasma conditions. In the second part of the article, we apply the fluid model including main ion-impurity friction and inertia to observations of asymmetric emissivity patterns in neutral beam heated plasmas of the TJ-II stellarator. The model is able to explain qualitatively several features of the radiation asymmetry, both in stationary and transient conditions, based on the calculated in-surface variations of the impurity density.

  17. Identification of pharmaceutical impurities in formulated dosage forms. (United States)

    Pan, Changkang; Liu, Frances; Motto, Michael


    Structure elucidation of pharmaceutical impurities is an important part of the drug product development process. Impurities can have unwanted pharmacological or toxicological effects that seriously impact product quality and patient safety. This review focuses on current analytical strategies for chemical and structural identification of pharmaceutical impurities. Potential sources and mechanisms of impurity formation are discussed for both drug substance and drug product applications. The utility of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) for providing structure-rich information is highlighted throughout this review. Other hyphenated analytical techniques including LC/nuclear magnetic resonance, gas chromatography/MS, and size-exclusion chromatography/chemiluminescent nitrogen detectors are also discussed, as LC/MS alone sometimes cannot reveal or confirm the final structures as required during dosage form development. Copyright © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  18. Parallel impurity dynamics in the TJ-II stellarator (United States)

    Alonso, J. A.; Velasco, J. L.; Calvo, I.; Estrada, T.; Fontdecaba, J. M.; García-Regaña, J. M.; Geiger, J.; Landreman, M.; McCarthy, K. J.; Medina, F.; Van Milligen, B. Ph; Ochando, M. A.; Parra, F. I.; the TJ-II Team; the W7-X Team


    We review in a tutorial fashion some of the causes of impurity density variations along field lines and radial impurity transport in the moment approach framework. An explicit and compact form of the parallel inertia force valid for arbitrary toroidal geometry and magnetic coordinates is derived and shown to be non-negligible for typical TJ-II plasma conditions. In the second part of the article, we apply the fluid model including main ion-impurity friction and inertia to observations of asymmetric emissivity patterns in neutral beam heated plasmas of the TJ-II stellarator. The model is able to explain qualitatively several features of the radiation asymmetry, both in stationary and transient conditions, based on the calculated in-surface variations of the impurity density.

  19. Impurity profile of bronchodilators used in asthma: A critical review. (United States)

    Prajapati, Krunal J; Kothari, Charmy


    Asthma is defined as a heterogeneous disease usually characterized by chronic airway inflammation (GINA 2016) affecting almost 334 million people worldwide (Global asthma report 2014). Treatment of asthma with a long-acting bronchodilator is important because it reduces the symptoms that occur at night or in the early morning and it is very effective to use as a long term control medication for asthma by preventing asthmatic symptoms. The main objective of this review is to describe the impurity profile and force degradation studies for three major classes of bronchodilators namely β2-adrenoceptor agonists, muscarinic receptor antagonists and xanthine. Unidentified and potential toxic impurities are hazardous to health, so in order to increase the safety of drug therapy; impurities should be identified and determined by selective analytical methods. Different conditions for degradations like hydrolytic (acidic, basic and neutral), oxidative, photolytic and thermolytic have been discussed in detail for bronchodilators. Furthermore, it is discussed with the name along with number of impurities and degradants present in different matrices including its clinical implication. The name as well as structures of all the observed impurities in different bronchodilators is included, which can aid in impurity profiling. Various analytical methods, including Chromatographic techniques like TLC; HPTLC; HPLC; GC, Spectroscopic techniques like UV; IR; NMR; MS and hyphenated techniques like GC-MS; LC-MS; CE-MS; SFC-MS; LC-NMR; CE-NMR; LC-FTIR has been used for the identification and quantification of impurities. A general scheme has been presented for the impurity profiling. Nineteen articles, six patents and fifteen drugs are included in this review. In that, majority (7) of papers are based on HPLC-UV, 5 papers are based on LC-MS, 2 papers are based on LC-MS-NMR, 1 paper is based on LC-NMR, 1 paper is based on GC-MS-NMR, 1 paper is based on GC-UV and 1 paper is based on TLC

  20. Sensitivity of graphene flakes and nanorings to impurities

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    Konobeeva, N.N., E-mail: [Volgograd State University, University Avenue 100, Volgograd 400062 (Russian Federation); Belonenko, M.B. [Volgograd State University, University Avenue 100, Volgograd 400062 (Russian Federation); Volgograd Institute of Business, Uzhno-Ukrainskaya Str., Volgograd 400048 (Russian Federation)


    In this paper, we consider the influence of impurity on the graphene flakes and nanorings conductance. Based on the jumping Hamiltonian for graphene electrons with its direct diagonalization, we obtain the density of states. Further, the tunneling current is calculated for the following contacts: graphene flake-metal, graphene flake-quantum dots, graphene nanoring-quantum dots. We analyze the effect of the flake dimensions and the positions of the adsorbed molecule of impurity on the characteristic properties of the tunneling current.

  1. Impurity states in the one-dimensional Bose gas (United States)

    Pastukhov, Volodymyr


    The detailed study of the low-energy spectrum for a mobile impurity in the one-dimensional bosonic environment is performed. Particularly we have considered only two analytically accessible limits, namely, the case of an impurity immersed in a dilute Bose gas where one can use many-body perturbative techniques for low-dimensional bosonic systems and the case of the Tonks-Girardeau gas for which the usual fermionic diagrammatic expansion up to the second order is applied.

  2. Acetylated Lysozyme as Impurity in Lysozyme Crystals: Constant Distribution Coefficient (United States)

    Thomas, B. R.; Chernov, A. A.


    Hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) was acetylated to modify molecular charge keeping the molecular size and weight nearly constant. Two derivatives, A and B, more and less acetylated, respectively, were obtained, separated, purified and added to the solution from which crystals of tetragonal HEWL crystals were grown. Amounts of the A or B impurities added were 0.76, 0.38 and 0.1 milligram per millimeter while HEWL concentration were 20, 30 and 40 milligram per milliliter. The crystals grown in 18 experiments for each impurity were dissolved and quantities of A or B additives in these crystals were analyzed by cation exchange high performance liquid chromatography. All the data for each set of 18 samples with the different impurity and regular HEWL concentrations is well described by one distribution coefficient K = 2.15 plus or minus 0.13 for A and K = 3.42 plus or minus 0.25 for B. The observed independence of the distribution coefficient on both the impurity concentration and supersaturation is explained by the dilution model described in this paper. It shows that impurity adsorption and incorporation rate is proportional to the impurity concentration and that the growth rate is proportional to the crystallizing protein in solution. With the kinetic coefficient for crystallization, beta = 5.10(exp -7) centimeters per second, the frequency at which an impurity molecule near the growing interface irreversibly joins a molecular site on the crystal was found to be 3 1 per second, much higher than the average frequency for crystal molecules. For best quality protein crystals it is better to have low microheterogeneous protein impurity concentration and high supers aturation.

  3. Toroidal asymmetries in divertor impurity influxes in NSTX

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    F. Scotti


    Full Text Available Toroidal asymmetries in divertor carbon and lithium influxes were observed in NSTX, due to toroidal differences in surface composition, tile leading edges, externally-applied three-dimensional (3D fields and toroidally-localized edge plasma modifications due to radio frequency heating. Understanding toroidal asymmetries in impurity influxes is critical for the evaluation of total impurity sources, often inferred from measurements with a limited toroidal coverage. The toroidally-asymmetric lithium deposition induced asymmetries in divertor lithium influxes. Enhanced impurity influxes at the leading edge of divertor tiles were the main cause of carbon toroidal asymmetries and were enhanced during edge localized modes. Externally-applied 3D fields led to strike point splitting and helical lobes observed in divertor impurity emission, but marginal changes to the toroidally-averaged impurity influxes. Power coupled to the scrape-off layer SOL plasma during radio frequency (RF heating of H-mode discharges enhanced impurity influxes along the non-axisymmetric divertor footprint of flux tubes connecting to plasma in front of the RF antenna.

  4. Magnetic properties of 3d impurities in GaAs

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    Baykov, V.I. [Department of Materials Science, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden)]. E-mail:; Korzhavyi, P.A. [Department of Materials Science, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden); Smirnova, E.A. [Department of Theoretical Physics of Steel and Alloys, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Abrikosov, I.A. [Department of Physics and Measurement Technology, Linkoeping University, SE-58183 Linkoeping (Sweden); Johansson, B. [Department of Materials Science, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden)


    Electronic structure, thermodynamic, and magnetic properties of 3d-transition metal (TM) impurities in GaAs have been studied from first principles using Green's function approach. The studied TM impurities (V, Cr, Mn, and Fe) are found to form substitutional alloys on the Ga sublattice. The possibility of raising the Curie temperature T {sub C} in (GaMn)As by co-doping it with Cr impurities was examined on the basis of total energy difference between the disordered local moment (DLM) and the ferromagnetically ordered (FM) spin configurations. The calculated Curie temperature and magnetic moment have maxima for GaAs doped with Cr and Mn. The magnetic properties of Mn-doped GaAs are shown to be more sensitive to antisite As defects than those of Cr-doped GaAs. However, the Cr impurities are sensitive to the presence of acceptor defects, such as vacancies on the Ga sublattice. The investigation of the electronic structure of pseudo-ternary alloys (Ga{sub (1-x-y)}Mn{sub x}Cr{sub y})As has shown a mutual compensation of Mn and Cr impurities. Therefore, in order to reach the highest critical temperature, GaAs has to be separately doped with Cr or Mn impurities. The GaAs doped with Fe is found to be non-ferromagnetic.

  5. Interactions of structural defects with metallic impurities in multicrystalline silicon

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    McHugo, S.A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., CA (US). Advanced Light Source; Hieslmair, H.; Weber, E.R. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (US). Dept. of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering; Rosenblum, M.D.; Kalejs, J.P. [ASE Americas Inc., Billerica, MA (US)


    Interactions between structural defects and metallic impurities were studied in multicrystalline silicon for solar cells applications. The objective was to gain insight into the relationship between solar cell processing, metallic impurity behavior and the resultant effect on material/device performance. With an intense synchrotron x-ray source, high sensitivity x-ray fluorescence measurements were utilized to determine impurity distributions with a spatial resolution of {approx} 1{micro}m. Diffusion length mapping and final solar cell characteristics gauged material/device performance. The materials were tested in both the as-grown state and after full solar cell processing. Iron and nickel metal impurities were located at structural defects in as-grown material, while after solar cell processing, both impurities were still observed in low performance regions. These results indicate that multicrystalline silicon solar cell performance is directly related to metal impurities which are not completely removed during typical processing treatments. A discussion of possible mechanisms for this incomplete removal is presented.

  6. Dressed topological insulators. Rashba impurity, Kondo effect, magnetic impurities, proximity-induced superconductivity, hybrid systems

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    Posske, Thore Hagen


    Topological insulators are electronic phases that insulate in the bulk and accommodate a peculiar, metallic edge liquid with a spin-dependent dispersion. They are regarded to be of considerable future use in spintronics and for quantum computation. Besides determining the intrinsic properties of this rather novel electronic phase, considering its combination with well-known physical systems can generate genuinely new physics. In this thesis, we report on such combinations including topological insulators. Specifically, we analyze an attached Rashba impurity, a Kondo dot in the two channel setup, magnetic impurities on the surface of a strong three-dimensional topological insulator, the proximity coupling of the latter system to a superconductor, and hybrid systems consisting of a topological insulator and a semimetal. Let us summarize our primary results. Firstly, we determine an analytical formula for the Kondo cloud and describe its possible detection in current correlations far away from the Kondo region. We thereby rely on and extend the method of refermionizable points. Furthermore, we find a class of gapless topological superconductors and semimetals, which accommodate edge states that behave similarly to the ones of globally gapped topological phases. Unexpectedly, we also find edge states that change their chirality when affected by sufficiently strong disorder. We regard the presented research helpful in future classifications and applications of systems containing topological insulators, of which we propose some examples.

  7. Impurity/defect interactions during MeV Si{sup +} ion implantation annealing

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    Agarwal, A.; Koveshnikov, S.; Christensen, K. [North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (United States)] [and others


    Ion implantation of dopant atoms at MeV energies is currently being explored in several integrated circuit device manufacturing processes. MeV implantation offers immediate advantages such as vertical well modulation, latch-up protection, device structure isolation, and reduced temperature processing. Simultaneously, it presents an opportunity to achieve {open_quotes}proximity{close_quotes} gettering of impurities from the active device region by placing high impurity solubility and/or secondary defect gettering sites within microns of the surface. If the MeV implanted species is a dopant ion, all three gettering mechanisms, i.e, segregation, relaxation and injection, can be involved in the gettering process, complicating the analysis and optimization of the process. However, investigation of gettering using non-dopant Si{sup +} ion damage allows the relaxation component of the gettering process to be isolated and examined separately. In general, gettering is verified by a reduction in impurity concentration in the region of interest, usually the device region, and/or a build-up of concentration/precipitation in a non-device sink region. An alternate and more meaningful approach is to use simple devices as materials characterization probes via changes in the electrical activity of the gettering sites. Device space charge probes also allow the evolution of the defect sites upon contamination to be tracked. We report here results of the electrical, structural, and chemical characterization of MeV implanted Si{sup +} damage using Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (DLTS), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). The damage has been characterized both as a function of annealing from 600 to 1100{degrees}C for 1 hr, and after contamination with Fe followed by low temperature gettering annealing.

  8. Deep learning (United States)

    Lecun, Yann; Bengio, Yoshua; Hinton, Geoffrey


    Deep learning allows computational models that are composed of multiple processing layers to learn representations of data with multiple levels of abstraction. These methods have dramatically improved the state-of-the-art in speech recognition, visual object recognition, object detection and many other domains such as drug discovery and genomics. Deep learning discovers intricate structure in large data sets by using the backpropagation algorithm to indicate how a machine should change its internal parameters that are used to compute the representation in each layer from the representation in the previous layer. Deep convolutional nets have brought about breakthroughs in processing images, video, speech and audio, whereas recurrent nets have shone light on sequential data such as text and speech.

  9. Luminescence and electrophysical characteristics of ZnSe implanted with acceptor impurities

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    Georgobiani, A N; Dravin, V A; Lepnev, L S; Mullabaev, I D; Ursaki, V V; Iljukhina, Z P


    The investigation of traps and recombination centres in structures based on ZnSe single crystals by means of the deep level transient spectroscopy, photoluminescence and electroluminescence methods are presented. The implantation of Ag sup + , Au sup + and N sup + ions was used for the creation of these centres. The activation energies equal to 0.26, 0.35 and 0.86 eV were determined from the temperature dependencies of the carriers emission rate from DLTS spectra for majority carriers (electrons). The levels 0.42 and 0.26 eV were observed only in the samples implanted with Ag and Au, respectively. In the case of minority carriers (holes), in all the diodes produced by Ag sup + ions implantation, the depth of the trap was 0.30 eV. Traps with a depth of about 0.72 eV were observed independently on various kind of impurities. In all the cases when these impurities are used together with nitrogen a hole trap with a depth of 0.47 eV is observed. The concentrations and capture cross-sections of the centres were cal...

  10. Deep Fish. (United States)

    Ishaq, Omer; Sadanandan, Sajith Kecheril; Wählby, Carolina


    Zebrafish ( Danio rerio) is an important vertebrate model organism in biomedical research, especially suitable for morphological screening due to its transparent body during early development. Deep learning has emerged as a dominant paradigm for data analysis and found a number of applications in computer vision and image analysis. Here we demonstrate the potential of a deep learning approach for accurate high-throughput classification of whole-body zebrafish deformations in multifish microwell plates. Deep learning uses the raw image data as an input, without the need of expert knowledge for feature design or optimization of the segmentation parameters. We trained the deep learning classifier on as few as 84 images (before data augmentation) and achieved a classification accuracy of 92.8% on an unseen test data set that is comparable to the previous state of the art (95%) based on user-specified segmentation and deformation metrics. Ablation studies by digitally removing whole fish or parts of the fish from the images revealed that the classifier learned discriminative features from the image foreground, and we observed that the deformations of the head region, rather than the visually apparent bent tail, were more important for good classification performance.

  11. Exploring diamagnetic susceptibility of impurity doped quantum dots in presence of Gaussian white noise (United States)

    Bera, Aindrila; Saha, Surajit; Ganguly, Jayanta; Ghosh, Manas


    We explore diamagnetic susceptibility (DMS) of impurity doped quantum dot (QD) in presence of Gaussian white noise. Noise has been introduced to the system additively and multiplicatively. In view of these profiles of DMS have been pursued with variations of several important quantities e.g. magnetic field strength, confinement frequency, dopant location, dopant potential, and aluminium concentration, both in presence and absence of noise. We have invariably envisaged noise-induced suppression of DMS. Moreover, the extent of suppression noticeably depends on mode of application (additive/multiplicative) of noise. The said mode of application also plays a governing role in the onset of saturation of DMS values. The present study provides a deep insight into the promising role played by noise in controlling effective confinement imposed on the system which bears significant relevance.

  12. Risk evaluation of impurities in topical excipients: The acetol case

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    Jente Boonen


    Full Text Available Pharmaceutical excipients for topical use may contain impurities, which are often neglected from a toxicity qualification viewpoint. The possible impurities in the most frequently used topical excipients were evaluated in-silico for their toxicity hazard. Acetol, an impurity likely present in different topical pharmaceutical excipients such as propylene glycol and glycerol, was withheld for the evaluation of its health risk after dermal exposure.An ex-vivo in-vitro permeation study using human skin in a Franz Diffusion Cell set-up and GC as quantification methodology showed a significant skin penetration with an overall Kp value of 1.82×10−3 cm/h. Using these data, limit specifications after application of a dermal pharmaceutical product were estimated. Based on the TTC approach of Cramer class I substances, i.e. 1800 µg/(day∙person, the toxicity-qualified specification limits of acetol in topical excipients were calculated to be 90 µg/mL and 180 µg/mL for propylene glycol and glycerol, respectively.It is concluded that setting specification limits for impurities within a quality-by-design approach requires a case-by-case evaluation as demonstrated here with acetol. Keywords: Acetol, Impurity, Excipients, Transdermal penetration, Specification limits

  13. Scaling of Tripartite Entanglement at Impurity Quantum Phase Transitions. (United States)

    Bayat, Abolfazl


    The emergence of a diverging length scale in many-body systems at a quantum phase transition implies that total entanglement has to reach its maximum there. In order to fully characterize this, one has to consider multipartite entanglement as, for instance, bipartite entanglement between individual particles fails to signal this effect. However, quantification of multipartite entanglement is very hard, and detecting it may not be possible due to the lack of accessibility to all individual particles. For these reasons it will be more sensible to partition the system into relevant subsystems, each containing a few to many spins, and study entanglement between those constituents as a coarse-grain picture of multipartite entanglement between individual particles. In impurity systems, famously exemplified by two-impurity and two-channel Kondo models, it is natural to divide the system into three parts, namely, impurities and the left and right bulks. By exploiting two tripartite entanglement measures, based on negativity, we show that at impurity quantum phase transitions the tripartite entanglement diverges and shows scaling behavior. While the critical exponents are different for each tripartite entanglement measure, they both provide very similar critical exponents for the two-impurity and the two-channel Kondo models, suggesting that they belong to the same universality class.


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    Colon-Mercado, H.


    A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversion device that produces electricity during the combination of hydrogen and oxygen to produce water. Proton exchange membranes fuel cells are favored for portable applications as well as stationary ones due to their high power density, low operating temperature, and low corrosion of components. In real life operation, the use of pure fuel and oxidant gases results in an impractical system. A more realistic and cost efficient approach is the use of air as an oxidant gas and hydrogen from hydrogen carriers (i.e., ammonia, hydrocarbons, hydrides). However, trace impurities arising from different hydrogen sources and production increases the degradation of the fuel cell. These impurities include carbon monoxide, ammonia, sulfur, hydrocarbons, and halogen compounds. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has set maximum limits for trace impurities in the hydrogen stream; however fuel cell data is needed to validate the assumption that at those levels the impurities will cause no degradation. This report summarizes the effect of selected contaminants tested at SRNL at ISO levels. Runs at ISO proposed concentration levels show that model hydrocarbon compound such as tetrahydrofuran can cause serious degradation. However, the degradation is only temporary as when the impurity is removed from the hydrogen stream the performance completely recovers. Other molecules at the ISO concentration levels such as ammonia don't show effects on the fuel cell performance. On the other hand carbon monoxide and perchloroethylene shows major degradation and the system can only be recovered by following recovery procedures.

  15. Interplay of light and heavy impurities in a fusion device (United States)

    Gaja, M.; Tokar, M. Z.


    ‘Breathing’ activity observed in the Large Helical Device stellarator is characterized by macro-scale oscillations of diverse plasma parameters such as the radiation losses from heavy (iron) and light (carbon and oxygen) impurities, electron density, temperature and the power absorbed in the plasma from neutral beam. They provide an example of a complex behavior in fusion plasmas triggered by the synergy effects from impurities of different species. A one-dimensional non-stationary model, describing the transport across flux surfaces in the plasma of the main and impurity neutral and charged particles, as well as of the thermal energy with the heat absorption from the neutral beam, radiation of high-Z ions from the plasma core and of low-Z impurities from the edge, is elaborated. The model is numerically realized, by applying the finite volume and ‘progonga’ methods to integrate the system of non-linearly coupled transport equations. The results of simulations presented reproduce qualitatively and essentially quantitatively the observations. The model allows prediction of the plasma and impurity environment conditions under which one has to expect ‘breathing’ oscillations.

  16. Interplay of light and heavy impurities in a fusion plasma

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    Gaja, Mustafa [IPP, Garching (Germany); Tokar, Mikhail [IEK4, Juelich FZ, Juelich (Germany)


    Radiation from impurities eroded from the walls can lead to a broad spectrum of spectacular phenomena in fusion devices An example of such events are breathing oscillations observed in the large helical device (LHD), in long pulse discharges with a stainless steel divertor. They were characterized with oscillations of a period of a second in various plasma parameters. By optimizing magnetic geometry this operation mode, leading to a deteriorate plasma performance, can be avoided. Nonetheless it is of interest and practical importance to understand and firmly predict conditions for breathing phenomenon, in particular, in view of similar impurity environment in W-7 X stellarator. A qualitative explanation for breathing oscillations proposed earlier presumes that they arise due to non-linear synergetic interplay of diverse physical processes. A one-dimensional non-stationary model, describing the generation and transport of main, impurity particles and heat by including the radiation of high-Z (Fe) and low-Z (C and O) impurities is elaborated here. The calculations predict the appearance of oscillations in the relevant range of plasma parameters, reproduce well experimentally observed amplitudes and period of oscillations. It demonstrates that the smaller the fraction of the plasma interaction with a stainless steel surface, the higher the light impurity concentration needed to excite the breathing oscillations. This shows a way to avoid oscillations in future experiments.

  17. The effects of ambient impurities on the surface tension

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    Ponce-Torres A.


    Full Text Available A liquid bridge is a liquid column held captive between two coaxial and parallel solid disks. It is an excellent test bench where measuring the surface tension. In this paper, we used this fluid configuration to examine experimentally the effects of ambient impurities on the surface tension over time. For this purpose, the liquid bridge equilibrium shape was analyzed when the liquid bridge was surrounded by three environments: the uncontrolled ambient, and both air and argon encapsulated in a small glass cover. Ambient contamination produced a sharp decrease of the surface tension of ultra-pure water. The presence of an anionic surfactant in the free surface of an aqueous solution did not inhibit the action of impurities coming from the ambient. Impurities can influence the dynamical behavior of the free surface in flows dominated by the surface tension. Therefore, a careful control of that influence can be crucial in many applications of fluid mechanics.

  18. Effect of impurities on kinetic transport processes in fusion plasmas

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    Braun, Stefanie


    Within the framework of this thesis, different problems arising in connection with impurities have been investigated. Collisional damping of zonal flows in tokamaks: Since the Coulomb collision frequency increases with increasing ion charge, heavy, highly charged impurities play an important role in this process. The effect of such impurities on the linear response of the plasma to an external potential perturbation, as caused by zonal flows, is calculated with analytical methods. In comparison with a pure plasma, the damping of the flows occurs, as expected, considerably faster; for experimentally relevant parameters, the enhancement exceeds the effective charge Z{sub eff} of the plasma. Impurity transport driven by microturbulence in tokamaks: With regard to impurities, it is especially important whether the resulting flows are directed inwards or outwards, since they are deleterious for core energy confinement on the one hand, but on the other hand help protecting plasma-facing components from too high energy fluxes in the edge region. A semi-analytical model is presented describing the resulting impurity fluxes and the stability boundary of the underlying mode. The main goal is to bridge the gap between, on the one hand, costly numerical simulations, which are applicable to a broad range of problems but yield scarcely traceable results, and, on the other hand, analytical theory, which might ease the interpretation of the results but is so far rather rudimentary. The model is based on analytical formulae whenever possible but resorts to a numerical treatment when the approximations necessary for an analytical solution would lead to a substantial distortion of the results. Both the direction of the impurity flux and the stability boundary are found to depend sensitively on the plasma parameters such as the impurity density and the temperature gradient. Pfirsch-Schlueter transport in stellarators: Due to geometry effects, collisional transport plays a much more

  19. Power balance and characterization of impurities in the Maryland Spheromak

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    Cote, Claude [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)


    The Maryland Spheromak is a medium size magnetically confined plasma of toroidal shape. Low Te and higher ne than expected contribute to produce a radiation dominated short-lived spheromak configuration. A pyroelectric radiation detector and a VUV spectrometer have been used for space and time-resolved measurements of radiated power and impurity line emission. Results from the bolometry and VUV spectroscopy diagnostics have been combined to give the absolute concentrations of the major impurity species together with the electron temperature. The large amount of oxygen and nitrogen ions in the plasma very early in the discharge is seen to be directly responsible for the abnormally high electron density. The dominant power loss mechanisms are found to be radiation (from impurity line emission) and electron convection to the end walls during the formation phase of the spheromak configuration, and radiation only during the decay phase.

  20. Radiated power distributions in impurity-seeded plasmas in LHD

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    Morisaki, T., E-mail: [National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); Oyama, K. [Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); Tamura, N.; Masuzaki, S.; Akiyama, T.; Motojima, G.; Miyazawa, J.; Peterson, B.J. [National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Ohno, N. [Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8602 (Japan); Yamada, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi-cho, Toki 509-5292 (Japan)


    In LHD, impurity seeding has been performed to enhance the radiative cooling in the edge region. Neon, nitrogen and argon were seeded by gas puffing, and the behaviour of those impurities in the plasma was investigated with the innovative diagnostic method. Two bolometer arrays were used to measure the two-dimensional radiated power distribution. Using the tomographic technique, radiated power distributions on a poloidal plane can be obtained with the high time resolution. During the discharge with neon puff, considerable radiation from the core region was observed, in addition to the strong edge radiation. In spite of the highly radiated power, plasma did not result in the radiation collapse. On the other hand, in the nitrogen-seeded discharge, the strong radiation only from the peripheral region was observed. Different time evolutions of the total radiated power between neon and nitrogen seeded discharges were observed after stopping each impurity puff.

  1. Current fluctuations in unconventional superconductor junctions with impurity scattering (United States)

    Burset, Pablo; Lu, Bo; Tamura, Shun; Tanaka, Yukio


    The order parameter of bulk two-dimensional superconductors is classified as nodal if it vanishes for a direction in momentum space, or gapful if it does not. Each class can be topologically nontrivial if Andreev bound states are formed at the edges of the superconductor. Nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor affect the formation of Andreev bound states and can drastically change the tunneling spectra for small voltages. Here, we investigate the mean current and its fluctuations for two-dimensional tunnel junctions between normal-metal and unconventional superconductors by solving the quasiclassical Eilenberger equation self-consistently, including the presence of nonmagnetic impurities in the superconductor. As the impurity strength increases, we find that superconductivity is suppressed for almost all order parameters since (i) at zero applied bias, the effective transferred charge calculated from the noise-current ratio tends to the electron charge e , and (ii) for finite bias, the current-voltage characteristics follows that of a normal-state junction. There are notable exceptions to this trend. First, gapful nontrivial (chiral) superconductors are very robust against impurity scattering due to the linear dispersion relation of their surface Andreev bound states. Second, for nodal nontrivial superconductors, only px-wave pairing is almost immune to the presence of impurities due to the emergence of odd-frequency s -wave Cooper pairs near the interface. Due to their anisotropic dependence on the wave vector, impurity scattering is an effective pair-breaking mechanism for the remaining nodal superconductors. All these behaviors are neatly captured by the noise-current ratio, providing a useful guide to find experimental signatures for unconventional superconductivity.

  2. Flat panel display - Impurity doping technology for flat panel displays

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    Suzuki, Toshiharu [Advanced Technology Planning, Sumitomo Eaton Nova Corporation, SBS Tower 9F, 10-1, Yoga 4-chome, Setagaya-ku, 158-0097 Tokyo (Japan)]. E-mail:


    Features of the flat panel displays (FPDs) such as liquid crystal display (LCD) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) display, etc. using low temperature poly-Si (LTPS) thin film transistors (TFTs) are briefly reviewed comparing with other FPDs. The requirements for fabricating TFTs used for high performance FPDs and system on glass (SoG) are addressed. This paper focuses on the impurity doping technology, which is one of the key technologies together with crystallization by laser annealing, formation of high quality gate insulator and gate-insulator/poly-Si interface. The issues to be solved in impurity doping technology for state of the art and future TFTs are clarified.

  3. Local measurement of transport parameters for laser injected trace impurities

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    Giannella, R.; Lauro-Taroni, L. [Commission of the European Communities, Abingdon (United Kingdom). JET Joint Undertaking


    A procedure has been developed that determines local measurements of transport parameters`s profiles for injected impurities. The measured profiles extend from the plasma centre up to a certain radial position (usually {rho} = 0.6-0.7). In the outer region of the plasma the procedure supplies ``most suitable extensions`` up to the plasma edge of the measured transport profiles. The procedure intrinsically assures consistency and excellent agreement between the simulated and experimental data of local broad band soft X-ray emissivity and intensities of individual emission lines from different ion states of the injected impurities. 4 refs., 3 figs.

  4. Method of silicon filter refining from harmful impurities

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    A. D. Mekhtiyev


    Full Text Available In the article there are considered the types of filters used for silicon refinement, the possibilities of mechanical separation of inclusions when the melt is through the filter, the efficiency of silicon refinement from impurities. There are also considered the advantages of bulk granular filters which consist of the lumpy or granulated elements. There are described the methods of obtaining filtering elements, the functions executed by the filters depending on their type. There are presented the analysis results obtained in filter refinement of silicon which show the impact of different filters materials on the content of impurities.

  5. Gas chromatographic analysis of trace impurities in chlorine trifluoride. (United States)

    Laurens, J B; Swinley, J M; de Coning, J P


    The gas chromatographic determination of trace gaseous impurities in highly reactive fluorinated gaseous matrices presents unique requirements to both equipment and techniques. Especially problematic are the gases normally present in ambient air namely oxygen and nitrogen. Analysing these gases at the low microl/l (ppm) level requires special equipment and this publication describes a custom-designed system utilising backflush column switching to protect the columns and detectors. A thermal conductivity detector with nickel filaments was used to determine ppm levels of impurities in ClF3.

  6. Infrared spectrophotometric analysis of medicinal gases for trace impurities. (United States)

    Brannon, W L; Benson, W R; Schwartzman, G


    The feasibility of examining medical gases for trace impurities, using an infrared spectrophotometer in conjunction with a 10 m gas cell, was investigated. Many of the impurities for which the USP includes limits were detected and measured at concentrations at or below those permitted by the USP; these include sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and water. However, others (hydrogen sulfide, nitric oxide, and nitrogen dioxide) were not detected at these levels by this technique. Methane was found at low levels in some samples.

  7. Structural studies of racecadotril and its process impurities by NMR and mass spectroscopy. (United States)

    Reddy, K Mallikarjun; Babu, J Moses; Sudhakar, P; Sharma, M S P; Reddy, G Sudershan; Vyas, K


    Three unknown impurities in racecadotril bulk drug at levels below 0.5% were detected by simple reverse phase isocratic high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Structures for these impurities were proposed by molecular ion information and their fragmentation pattern obtained by LC-MS and these impurities were confirmed by NMR spectroscopy. The impurities I, II and III were characterized as benzyl 2-methyl carboximido acetate, benzyl 2-phenyl ethyl carboximido acetate, and benzyl 2-(1-benzyl vinyl carboximido) acetate. These structures were further confirmed by co-injecting of synthetic standards of impurities with racecadotril. The mechanism of the formation of these process related impurities is discussed.

  8. Zeroth order phase transition in a holographic superconductor with single impurity

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    Hua Bi Zeng


    Full Text Available We investigate the single normal impurity effect in a superconductor by the holographic method. When the size of impurity is much smaller than the host superconductor, we can reproduce the Anderson theorem, which states that a conventional s-wave superconductor is robust to a normal (non-magnetic impurity with small impurity strength. However, by increasing the size of the impurity in a fixed-size host superconductor, we find a decreasing critical temperature Tc of the host superconductor, which agrees with the results in condensed matter literatures. More importantly, the phase transition at the critical impurity strength (or the critical temperature is of zeroth order.

  9. Single crystal growth, characterization and high-pressure Raman spectroscopy of impurity-free magnesite (MgCO3) (United States)

    Liang, Wen; Li, Zeming; Yin, Yuan; Li, Rui; Chen, Lin; He, Yu; Dong, Haini; Dai, Lidong; Li, Heping


    The understanding of the physical and chemical properties of magnesite (MgCO3) under deep-mantle conditions is highly important to capture the essence of deep-carbon storage in Earth's interior. To develop standard rating scales, the impurity-free magnesite single crystal, paying particular attention to the case of avoiding adverse impacts of Ca2+, Fe2+, and Mn2+ impurities in natural magnesite, is undoubtedly necessary for all research of magnesite, including crystalline structural phase transitions, anisotropic elasticity and conductivity, and equation of state (EoS). Thus, a high-quality single crystal of impurity-free magnesite was grown successfully for the first time using the self-flux method under high pressure-temperature conditions. The size of the magnesite single crystal, observed in a plane-polarized microscope, exceeds 200 μm, and the crystal exhibits a rhombohedral structure to cleave along the (101) plane. In addition, its composition of Mg0.999 ± 0.001CO3 was quantified through electron probing analysis. The structural property was investigated by means of single crystal X-ray diffraction and the unit cell dimensions obtained in the rhombohedral symmetry of the R\\bar {3}c space group are a = 4.6255 (3) and c = 14.987 (2), and the final R = 0.0243 for 718 reflections. High-pressure Raman spectroscopy of the magnesite single crystal was performed up to 27 GPa at ambient temperature. All Raman active bands, ν i, without any splitting increased almost linearly with increasing pressure. In combination with the high-pressure Raman results {{d/ν _i}}{{{d}P}} and the bulk modulus K T (103 GPa) reported from magnesite EoS studies, the mode Grüneisen parameters (1.49, 1.40, 0.26, and 0.27) of each vibration (T, L, ν 4, and ν 1) were calculated.

  10. Controlled samples for silicon defect and impurity studies

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    Ciszek, T.F. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)


    Because of the diverse defects and impurities that are present in any given sample of silicon material, it can be extremely difficult to conduct a controlled experiment to study the influence of any particular defect or impurity on photovoltaic properties such as minority charge carrier lifetime {tau} or solar cell efficiency q. For example, the influence of iron may be different if boron is present, or the influence of silicon self interstitial clusters may be different if oxygen is present. It thus becomes important to conduct such studies on controlled samples where the influence of secondary effects is minimized. At NREL, over the past several years, we have focused on using the high-purity float-zone (FZ) growth method to obtain controlled samples. Because the silicon melt is not in contact with a container, and no heated components are in the growth region, very high purities and low defect levels can be achieved in baseline material. The baseline can be controllably perturbed by introduction of specific defects or impurities. The chart shown below lists some of the types of defect and impurity. combinations that can be studied in this way. The boxes marked with an {open_quotes}x{close_quotes} represent combinations we have studied to some extent.

  11. Impurities in silicon and their impact on solar cell performance

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    Coletti, Gianluca


    Photovoltaic conversion of solar energy is a rapidly growing technology. More than 80% of global solar cell production is currently based on silicon. The aim of this thesis is to understand the complex relation between impurity content of silicon starting material (“feedstock”) and the resulting

  12. 40 CFR 158.340 - Discussion of formation of impurities. (United States)


    ...) The process control, purification and quality control measures used to produce the product. (b... and products produced by an integrated system. (1) Each impurity associated with the active ingredient which was found to be present in any analysis of the product conducted by or for the applicant. (2) Each...

  13. 40 CFR 161.167 - Discussion of formation of impurities. (United States)


    ... produce other products or substances. (viii) The process control, purification and quality control...) Technical grade active ingredients and products produced by an integrated system. (1) Each impurity associated with the active ingredient which was found to be present in any analysis of the product conducted...

  14. Lipopolysaccharide contamination in intradermal DNA vaccination : toxic impurity or adjuvant?

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    Berg, J.H. van den; Quaak, S.G.L.; Beijnen, J.H.; Hennink, W.E.; Storm, G.; Schumacher, T.N.; Haanen, J.B.A.G.; Nuijen, B.

    Purpose: Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are known both as potential adjuvants for vaccines and as toxic impurity in pharmaceutical preparations. The aim of this study was to assess the role of LPS in intradermal DNA vaccination administered by DNA tattooing. Method: Micewere vaccinated with a model DNA

  15. Strong impact of impurity bands on domain formation in superlattices

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    Wacker, Andreas; Jauho, Antti-Pekka


    The formation of electric field domains in doped semiconductor superlattices is described within a microscopic model. Due to the presence of impurity bands in low-doped samples the current-voltage characteristic is essentially different compared to medium-doped samples. (C) 1998 Published...

  16. Effect of impurities in description of surface nanobubbles

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    Das, S.; Snoeijer, Jacobus Hendrikus; Lohse, Detlef


    Surface nanobubbles emerging at solid-liquid interfaces of submerged hydrophobic surfaces show extreme stability and very small (gas-side) contact angles. In a recent paper Ducker [ W. A. Ducker Langmuir 25 8907 (2009)]. conjectured that these effects may arise from the presence of impurities at the

  17. Effects of calcium impurity on phase relationship, ionic conductivity ...

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    Ca-doped Na+-β/beta"-alumina was synthesized using a solid-state reaction. The changes in the properties of Na+-β/beta"-alumina resulting from the presence of Ca impurity were studied. Ca (0–5 wt%) was added to the respective samples, which were then sintered. The specimens were characterized using X-ray ...

  18. Role of iron oxide impurities in electrocatalysis by multiwall carbon ...

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    Abstract. The role of iron oxide impurities in the electrocatalytic properties of multiwall carbon nanotubes. (MWCNTs) prepared by catalytic chemical vapour decomposition method (CCVD) is studied in detail. A novel magnetically modified electrodes have been developed by which MWCNTs were immobilized on indium-tin ...

  19. Removal of Physicochemical and Microbial Impurities of Water ...

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    Some are conventional and expensive, while others are traditional and small scale, still having interesting results in killing pathogenic organisms and reducing the concentration of some chemicals and other impurities, especially for rural communities of developing countries who are suffering from water borne diseases.

  20. Spin polarization of electrons in a magnetic impurity doped ...

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    Abstract. A theoretical model is presented in this paper for degree of spin polarization in a light emitting diode (LED) whose epitaxial region contains quantum dots doped with magnetic impurity. The model is then used to investigate the effect of electron–phonon interaction on degree of spin polarization at different ...

  1. Perturbation method for calculating impurity binding energy in an ...

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    Nilanjan Sil


    Dec 18, 2017 ... Abstract. In the present paper, we have studied the binding energy of the shallow donor hydrogenic impurity, which is confined in an inhomogeneous cylindrical quantum dot (CQD) of GaAs-AlxGa1−xAs. Perturbation method is used to calculate the binding energy within the framework of effective mass ...

  2. Role of iron oxide impurities in electrocatalysis by multiwall carbon ...

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    The role of iron oxide impurities in the electrocatalytic properties of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) prepared by catalytic chemical vapour decomposition method (CCVD) is studied in detail. A novel magnetically modified electrodes have been developed by which MWCNTs were immobilized on indium-tin oxide ...

  3. Quasilinear Carbon Transport In An Impurity Hole Plasma In LHD

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    Mikkelsen, David R. [PPPL; Tanaka, K. [NIFS; Nunami, M. [NIFS; Watanabe, T-H. [Nagoya University; Sugama, H. [NIFS; Yoshinuma, M. [NIFS; Suzuki, Y. [NIFS; Goto, M. [NIFS; Morita, S. [NIFS; Wieland, B. [NIFS; Yamada, I. [NIFS; Yashura, R. [NIFS; Akiyama, T. [NIFS; Pablant, Novimir A. [PPPL


    Comprehensive electrostatic gyrokinetic linear stability calculations for ion-scale microinstabilities in an LHD plasma with an ion-ITB and carbon "impurity hole" are used to make quasilinear estimates of particle flux to explore whether microturbulence can explain the observed outward carbon fluxes that flow "up" the impurity density gradient. The ion temperature is not stationary in the ion-ITB phase of the simulated discharge, during which the core carbon density decreases continuously. To fully sample these varying conditions the calculations are carried out at three radial locations and four times. The plasma parameter inputs are based on experimentally measured profiles of electron and ion temperature, as well as electron and carbon density. The spectroscopic line-average ratio of hydrogen and helium densities is used to set the density of these species. Three ion species (H,He,C) and the electrons are treated kinetically, including collisions. Electron instability drive does enhance the growth rate significantly, but the most unstable modes have characteristics of ion temperature gradient (ITG) modes in all cases. As the carbon density gradient is scanned between the measured value and zero, the quasilinear carbon flux is invariably inward when the carbon density profile is hollow, so turbulent transport due to the instabilities considered here does not explain the observed outward flux of impurities in impurity hole plasmas. The stiffness of the quasilinear ion heat flux is found to be 1.7-2.3, which is lower than several estimates in tokamaks.

  4. Spin susceptibility of Anderson impurities in arbitrary conduction bands (United States)

    Fang, Tie-Feng; Tong, Ning-Hua; Cao, Zhan; Sun, Qing-Feng; Luo, Hong-Gang


    Spin susceptibility of Anderson impurities is a key quantity in understanding the physics of Kondo screening. Traditional numerical renormalization group (NRG) calculation of the impurity contribution χimp to susceptibility, defined originally by Wilson in a flat wide band, has been generalized before to structured conduction bands. The results brought about non-Fermi-liquid and diamagnetic Kondo behaviors in χimp, even when the bands are not gapped at the Fermi energy. Here, we use the full density-matrix (FDM) NRG to present high-quality data for the local susceptibility χloc and to compare them with χimp obtained by the traditional NRG. Our results indicate that those exotic behaviors observed in χimp are unphysical. Instead, the low-energy excitations of the impurity in arbitrary bands only without gap at the Fermi energy are still a Fermi liquid and paramagnetic. We also demonstrate that unlike the traditional NRG yielding χloc less accurate than χimp, the FDM method allows a high-precision dynamical calculation of χloc at much reduced computational cost, with an accuracy at least one order higher than χimp. Moreover, artifacts in the FDM algorithm to χimp and origins of the spurious non-Fermi-liquid and diamagnetic features are clarified. Our work provides an efficient high-precision algorithm to calculate the spin susceptibility of impurity for arbitrary structured bands, while negating the applicability of Wilson's definition to such cases.

  5. Page 1 366 - K. L. Ramaswamy dissolved incondensible impurity ...

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    A condensible impurity, which when warmed to room temperature amounted to about 1 c.c., was rejected. The refractive indices of the first and the fourth fractions were identical. Nitrogenous fluorine compound of carbon (CFAN).-A trace of inconden- sible fraction at liquid air temperature was first removed and the gas then.

  6. Spin polarization of electrons in a magnetic impurity doped ...

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    A theoretical model is presented in this paper for degree of spin polarization in alight emitting diode (LED) whose epitaxial region contains quantum dots doped with magnetic impurity. The model is then used to investigate the effect of electron–phonon interaction on degree of spin polarization at different temperatures and ...

  7. Hyperfine Interactions, Magnetic Impurities and Ordering in Praseodymium

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    Bjerrum Møller, Hans; Jensen, J. Z.; Wulff, M.


    The antiferromagnetic ordering in Pr due to the coupling of the 4f electronic system to the nuclei and to magnetic Nd impurities has been studied by neutron diffraction. A pure monocrystal of Pr develops true long-range order at about 50-60 mK. The ordering in both this crystal and a PrNd alloy i...

  8. Analytic Criteria for Power Exhaust in Divertors due to Impurity Radiation

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    Post, D; Perkins, F W; Nevins, W


    Present divertor concepts for next step experiments such ITER and TPX rely upon impurity and hydrogen radiation to transfer the energy from the edge plasma to the main chamber and divertor chamber walls. The efficiency of these processes depends strongly on the heat flux, the impurity species, and the connection length. Using a database for impurity radiation rates constructed from the ADPAK code package, we have developed criteria for the required impurity fraction, impurity species, connection length and electron temperature and density at the mid-plane. Consistent with previous work, we find that the impurity radiation from coronal equilibrium rates is, in general, not adequate to exhaust the highest expected heating powers in present and future experiments. As suggested by others, we examine the effects of enhancing the radiation rates with charge exchange recombination and impurity recycling, and develop criteria for the minimum neutral fraction and impurity recycling rate that is required to exhaust a s...

  9. Anomalous diffusion, clustering, and pinch of impurities in plasma edge turbulence

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    Priego, M.; Garcia, O.E.; Naulin, V.


    The turbulent transport of impurity particles in plasma edge turbulence is investigated. The impurities are modeled as a passive fluid advected by the electric and polarization drifts, while the ambient plasma turbulence is modeled using the two-dimensional Hasegawa-Wakatani paradigm for resistive...... drift-wave turbulence. The features of the turbulent transport of impurities are investigated by numerical simulations using a novel code that applies semi-Lagrangian pseudospectral schemes. The diffusive character of the turbulent transport of ideal impurities is demonstrated by relative......-diffusion analysis of the evolution of impurity puffs. Additional effects appear for inertial impurities as a consequence of compressibility. First, the density of inertial impurities is found to correlate with the vorticity of the electric drift velocity, that is, impurities cluster in vortices of a precise...


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    G. V. Agafonov


    Full Text Available Currently to the quality of ethyl alcohol increased requirements. The task of this research was to examine the effects of alcohol depuration and development of new methods of calculation based on the model of theoretical plates. The paper examines the work depuration column at different modes. Were composed material balance equation and it is calculated concentration distribution of ethanol on the plates of the column. Further we obtained equations for estimating the effects of ethanol purification from the accompanying impurities. The carries out calculations have shown that when depuration column working with water selection method observed the significant decrease in the concentration of ethanol on her plates. As a result, increases the coefficient evaporation of impurities, which considerably improved it concentration. But it fortress of epurate reduced, which may degrade the performance of the distillation column and result in a loss with the bottoms liquid. It was therefore reviewed variant with the installation of the stripping part on depuration column, thereby increasing the concentration of ethanol in epurate and reduced the content in it of organic acids and other tail impurities that are discharged with liquid from her cube. Having recorded material balance equation for the stripping part, it was determined that are no losses of alcohol with cube liquid are. With some assumptions, from the equations of material balance are obtained the equations allowing estimating proportion of tail impurities withdrawn with cube liquid. The calculations have shown that more than half of the tail impurities incoming to the depuration column removed from her cube.

  11. Plasma Interactions with Mixed Materials and Impurity Transport

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    Rognlien, T. D. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Beiersdorfer, Peter [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Chernov, A. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Frolov, T. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Magee, E. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Rudd, R. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Umansky, M. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)


    The project brings together three discipline areas at LLNL to develop advanced capability to predict the impact of plasma/material interactions (PMI) on metallic surfaces in magnetic fusion energy (MFE) devices. These areas are (1) modeling transport of wall impurity ions through the edge plasma to the core plasma, (2) construction of a laser blow-off (LBO) system for injecting precise amounts of metallic atoms into a tokamak plasma, and (3) material science analysis of fundamental processes that modify metallic surfaces during plasma bombardment. The focus is on tungsten (W), which is being used for the ITER divertor and in designs of future MFE devices. In area (1), we have worked with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) on applications of the UEDGE/DUSTT coupled codes to predict the influx of impurity ions from W dust through the edge plasma, including periodic edge-plasma oscillations, and revived a parallel version of UEDGE to speed up these simulations. In addition, the impurity transport model in the 2D UEDGE code has been implemented into the 3D BOUT++ turbulence/transport code to allow fundamental analysis of the impact of strong plasma turbulence on the impurity transport. In area (2), construction and testing of the LBO injection system has been completed. The original plan to install the LBO on the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade (NSTX-U) at Princeton and its use to validate the impurity transport simulations is delayed owing to NSTX-U being offline for substantial magnetic coil repair period. In area (3), an analytic model has been developed to explain the growth of W tendrils (or fuzz) observed for helium-containing plasmas. Molecular dynamics calculations of W sputtering by W and deuterium (D) ions shows that a spatial blending of interatomic potentials is needed to describe the near-surface and deeper regions of the material.

  12. Impurities Removal in Seawater to Optimize the Magnesium Extraction (United States)

    Natasha, N. C.; Firdiyono, F.; Sulistiyono, E.


    Magnesium extraction from seawater is promising way because magnesium is the second abundant element in seawater and Indonesia has the second longest coastline in the world. To optimize the magnesium extraction, the impurities in seawater need to be eliminated. Evaporation and dissolving process were used in this research to remove the impurities especially calcium in seawater. Seawater which has been evaporated from 100 ml to 50 ml was dissolved with variations solution such as oxalic acid and ammonium bicarbonate. The solution concentration is 100 g/l and it variations are 2 ml, 4 ml, 6 ml, 8 ml, 10 ml, 20 ml, 30 ml, 40 ml and 50 ml. This step will produce precipitate and filtrate then it will be analysed to find out the result of this process. The precipitate was analysed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) but the filtrate was analysed by Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP). XRD analysis shows that calcium oxalate and calcium carbonate were formed and ICP analysis shows that the remaining calcium in seawater using oxalic acid is about 0.01% and sodium 0.14% but when using ammonium bicarbonate the remaining calcium is 2.5% and sodium still more than 90%. The results show that both oxalic acid and ammonium bicarbonate can remove the impurities but when using oxalic acid, not only the impurities but also magnesium was precipitated. The conclusion of this research is the best solution to remove the impurities in seawater without precipitate the magnesium is using ammonium bicarbonate.

  13. Scanning deep level transient spectroscopy using an MeV ion microprobe

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    Laird, J.S.; Bardos, R.A.; Saint, A.; Moloney, G.M.; Legge, G.F.J. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia)


    Traditionally the scanning ion microprobe has given little or no information regarding the electronic structure of materials in particular semiconductors. A new imaging technique called Scanning Ion Deep Level Transient Spectroscopy (SIDLTS) is presented which is able to spatially map alterations in the band gap structure of materials by lattice defects or impurities. 3 refs., 2 figs.

  14. Deep Pain

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    Rodriguez, Pau; Cucurull, Guillem; Gonzàlez, Jordi


    appearance versus taking into account the whole image: As a result, we outperform current state- of-the-art AUC performance in the UNBC-McMaster Shoulder Pain Expression Archive Database. In addition, to evaluate the generalization properties of our proposed methodology on facial motion recognition, we also......Pain is an unpleasant feeling that has been shown to be an important factor for the recovery of patients. Since this is costly in human resources and difficult to do objectively, there is the need for automatic systems to measure it. In this paper, con- trary to current state-of-the-art techniques...... in pain assessment, which are based on facial features only, we suggest that the performance can be enhanced by feeding the raw frames to deep learning models, outperforming the latest state-of-the-art results while also directly facing the problem of imbalanced data. As a baseline, our approach first...

  15. Screening of potentially genotoxic impurities in pharmaceuticals by LC-MS and CE-MS

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    van Wijk, A.M.


    Every day we are at risk for exposure to toxic components present in the environment and in food. Also medicines may contain traces of potentially genotoxic impurities (PGI), resulting from residues of process impurities or degradation.The presence of well-defined functional groups in impurities is

  16. Geochemical effects of impurities in CO2 on a sandstone reservoir

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    Koenen, M.; Tambach, T.J.; Neele, F.P.


    In most cases, CO2 captured from power plants or large industrial sources contains impurities. As purification of the stream is energy and cost intensive it is necessary to allow a certain level of impurities. The effects of impurities on (short- and long-term) geological storage are, however,

  17. Deep pockets for deep seas (United States)

    Showstack, Randy

    Peter Auster, a fisheries ecologist with the National Undersea Research Center in Connecticut, plans to assess degradation of the deep-shelf seafloor from bottom trawling. Magnus Ngoile, an official with Tanzania's National Environmental Management Council, will work on building capacity of poor villagers to protect their coastline. And Alison Rieser, a lawyer with the University of Maine School of Law, will produce a textbook to educate scientists on how to apply the law for marine conservation.These individuals are among 11 recipients of the Pew Charitable Trust's 10th annual marine conservation fellowships, announced on July 12. With each recipient receiving an award of $150,000, the program is the world's largest award for marine conservationists. Other 1999 recipients will be involved with areas including investigating marine pollution in the Arctic region, examining economic incentives for conservation in Baja, Mexico, and establishing a marine conservation biology training program for minority students.

  18. Charge dependence of neoclassical and turbulent transport of light impurities on MAST

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    Henderson, S S; Casson, F J; Dickinson, D; O'Mullane, M; Patel, A; Roach, C M; Summers, H P; Tanabe, H; Valovic, M


    Carbon and nitrogen impurity transport coefficients are determined from gas puff experiments carried out during repeat L-mode discharges on the Mega-Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) and compared against a previous analysis of helium impurity transport on MAST. The impurity density profiles are measured on the low-field side of the plasma, therefore this paper focuses on light impurities where the impact of poloidal asymmetries on impurity transport is predicted to be negligible. A weak screening of carbon and nitrogen is found in the plasma core, whereas the helium density profile is peaked over the entire plasma radius.

  19. Effect of magnetic impurity scattering in a d-wave superconductor

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    Choi, C H


    We study the effect of magnetic impurity scattering in a d-wave superconductor by taking into account the magnetic moment and the anisotropy of the impurity potential. We compute the transition temperate, the superfluid density, the residual resistivity, and the residual density of states as a function of the impurity concentration by solving the t-matrix equation of impurity scattering. In the Ginzburg-Landau region, we derive the general expression for the various physical quantities to discuss the effect of arbitrary phase shifts of the impurity potential. We also compare the results with the experiments for Zn and Ni substitutions in the high temperature superconductors.

  20. Aberrations in preliminary design of ITER divertor impurity influx monitor

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    Kitazawa, Sin-iti, E-mail: [Naka Fusion Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, JAEA, Naka 311-0193 (Japan); Ogawa, Hiroaki [Naka Fusion Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, JAEA, Naka 311-0193 (Japan); Katsunuma, Atsushi; Kitazawa, Daisuke [Core Technology Center, Nikon Corporation, Yokohama 244-8533 (Japan); Ohmori, Keisuke [Customized Products Business Unit, Nikon Corporation, Mito 310-0843 (Japan)


    Highlights: • Divertor impurity influx monitor for ITER (DIM) is procured by JADA. • DIM is designed to observe light from nuclear fusion plasma directly. • DIM is under preliminary design phase. • The spot diagrams were suppressed within the core of receiving fiber. • The aberration of DIM is suppressed in the preliminary design. - Abstract: Divertor impurity influx monitor for ITER (DIM) is a diagnostic system that observes light from nuclear fusion plasma directly. This system is affected by various aberrations because it observes light from the fan-array chord near the divertor in the ultraviolet–near infrared wavelength range. The aberrations should be suppressed to the extent possible to observe the light with very high spatial resolution. In the preliminary design of DIM, spot diagrams were suppressed within the core of the receiving fiber's cross section, and the resulting spatial resolutions satisfied the design requirements.

  1. Properties of LuAP: CE scintillator containing intentional impurities

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    Petrosyan, A G; Ovanesyan, K; Lecoq, Paul; Auffray, Etiennette; Trummer, Julia; Kronberger, Matthias; Pédrini, C; Dujardin, C; Anfre, P


    Single crystals of LuAP:Ce and LuYAP(Lu*70%):Ce co-doped with tetravalent (Hf and Zr) and pentavalent (Ta) ions were grown from melts by the Bridgman process. Underlying absorption, slope of the optical edge and transmission in the range of emission were compared to those of LuAP:Ce crystals. Absorption coefficients at 260 nm less than 2 cm−1 have been recorded in LuAP:Ce crystals containing tetravalent ions that are lower than the corresponding figures (5–6 cm−1) measured in undoped LuAP. At high concentrations of added impurities, despite of suppression of the parasitic underlying absorption below 300 nm, the slope of the optical edge and transmission in the range of emission are seriously damaged. Scintillation parameters of crystals with added impurities are compared to those of LuAP:Ce.

  2. Segregation Coefficients of Impurities in Selenium by Zone Refining (United States)

    Su, Ching-Hua; Sha, Yi-Gao


    The purification of Se by zone refining process was studied. The impurity solute levels along the length of a zone-refined Se sample were measured by spark source mass spectrographic analysis. By comparing the experimental concentration levels with theoretical curves the segregation coefficient, defined as the ratio of equilibrium concentration of a given solute in the solid to that in the liquid, k = x(sub s)/x(sub l) for most of the impurities in Se are found to be close to unity, i.e., between 0.85 and 1.15, with the k value for Si, Zn, Fe, Na and Al greater than 1 and that for S, Cl, Ca, P, As, Mn and Cr less than 1. This implies that a large number of passes is needed for the successful implementation of zone refining in the purification of Se.

  3. Gas tungsten arc welding of vanadium alloys with impurity control (United States)

    Grossbeck, M. L.; King, J. F.; Nagasaka, T.; David, S. A.


    Gas tungsten arc welding in vanadium alloys is controlled by interstitial impurities. Techniques have been developed to weld V-4Cr-4Ti in a high-purity argon atmosphere resulting in a DBTT of -20 °C. The atmosphere was controlled by a Zr-Al getter which is activated at high temperature to obtain a clean surface then cooled and allowed to absorb hydrogen and oxygen impurities. Through the use of low-oxygen base metal and high-purity weld filler wire, a DBTT of -145 °C was obtained. Experiments using electron beam welding have shown that grain size also has an important effect on weld ductility. Introduction of nitrogen and yttrium has been used to study their effect on grain size. Using a combination of atmosphere control, alloy purity control, and grain size control, it is anticipated that V-Cr-Ti alloys will be weldable in field conditions.

  4. Holographic flows and thermodynamics of Polyakov loop impurities

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    Kumar, S. Prem; Silvani, Dorian [Department of Physics, Swansea University,Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP (United Kingdom)


    We study holographic probes dual to heavy quark impurities interpolating between fundamental and symmetric/antisymmetric tensor representations in strongly coupled N=4 supersymmetric gauge theory. These correspond to non-conformal D3- and D5-brane probe embeddings in AdS{sub 5}×S{sup 5} exhibiting flows on their world-volumes. By examining the asymptotic regimes of the embeddings and the one-point function of static fields sourced by the boundary impurity, we conclude that the D5-brane embedding describes the screening of fundamental quarks in the UV into an antisymmetric source in the IR, whilst the non-conformal, D3-brane solution interpolates between the symmetric representation in the UV and fundamental sources in the IR. The D5-brane embeddings exhibit nontrivial thermodynamics with multiple branches of solutions, whilst the thermal analogue of the interpolating D3-brane solution does not appear to exist.

  5. Gyrokinetic modelling of stationary electron and impurity profiles in tokamaks

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    Skyman, Andreas; Tegnered, Daniel


    Particle transport due to Ion Temperature Gradient/Trapped Electron (ITG/TE) mode turbulence is investigated using the gyrokinetic code GENE. Both a reduced quasilinear (QL) treatment and nonlinear (NL) simulations are performed for typical tokamak parameters corresponding to ITG dominated turbulence. A selfconsistent treatment is used, where the stationary local profiles are calculated corresponding to zero particle flux simultaneously for electrons and trace impurities. The scaling of the stationary profiles with magnetic shear, safety factor, electron-to-ion temperature ratio, collisionality, toroidal sheared rotation, triangularity, and elongation is investigated. In addition, the effect of different main ion mass on the zero flux condition is discussed. The electron density gradient can significantly affect the stationary impurity profile scaling. It is therefore expected, that a selfconsistent treatment will yield results more comparable to experimental results for parameter scans where the stationary b...

  6. Evaluation of hydrogen and oxygen impurity levels on silicon surfaces

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    Kenny, M.J.; Wielunski, L.S.; Netterfield, R.P.; Martin, P.J.; Leistner, A. [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Lindfield, NSW (Australia). Div. of Applied Physics


    This paper reports on surface analytical techniques used to quantify surface concentrations of impurities such as oxygen and hydrogen. The following analytical techniques were used: Rutherford and Backscattering, elastic recoil detection, time-of-flight SIMS, spectroscopic ellipsometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results have shown a spread in thickness of oxide layer, ranging from unmeasurable to 1.6 nm. The data must be considered as preliminary at this stage, but give some insight into the suitability of the techniques and a general idea of the significance of impurities at the monolayer level. These measurements have been carried out on a small number of silicon surfaces both semiconductor grade <111> crystalline material and silicon which has been used in sphere fabrication. 5 refs., 1 fig.

  7. Radiative decay rates of impurity states in semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Turkov, Vadim K.; Baranov, Alexander V.; Fedorov, Anatoly V. [ITMO University, 197101 Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation); Rukhlenko, Ivan D. [ITMO University, 197101 Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation); Monash University, Clayton Campus, Victoria 3800 (Australia)


    Doped semiconductor nanocrystals is a versatile material base for contemporary photonics and optoelectronics devices. Here, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, we theoretically calculate the radiative decay rates of the lowest-energy states of donor impurity in spherical nanocrystals made of four widely used semiconductors: ZnS, CdSe, Ge, and GaAs. The decay rates were shown to vary significantly with the nanocrystal radius, increasing by almost three orders of magnitude when the radius is reduced from 15 to 5 nm. Our results suggest that spontaneous emission may dominate the decay of impurity states at low temperatures, and should be taken into account in the design of advanced materials and devices based on doped semiconductor nanocrystals.

  8. Radiative decay rates of impurity states in semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Vadim K. Turkov


    Full Text Available Doped semiconductor nanocrystals is a versatile material base for contemporary photonics and optoelectronics devices. Here, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, we theoretically calculate the radiative decay rates of the lowest-energy states of donor impurity in spherical nanocrystals made of four widely used semiconductors: ZnS, CdSe, Ge, and GaAs. The decay rates were shown to vary significantly with the nanocrystal radius, increasing by almost three orders of magnitude when the radius is reduced from 15 to 5 nm. Our results suggest that spontaneous emission may dominate the decay of impurity states at low temperatures, and should be taken into account in the design of advanced materials and devices based on doped semiconductor nanocrystals.

  9. Stability of cocaine impurity profiles during 12 months of storage

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    Nielsen, Louise Stride; Villesen, Palle; Lindholst, Christian


    During the lifetime of a cocaine batch from production end to consumption, several alterations may occur, leading to possible changes in the original impurity profile. Such profile changes may eventually result in erroneous forensic evaluations. In the present study, the stability of both...... the alkaloid and the residual solvent impurity profiles of cocaine were evaluated over a period of 12 months under different storage conditions (temperature, purity and weight) using GC-MS and HS-GC-MS, respectively. The sample purity (p ... profile. The most significant change was observed in low purity samples stored at 37 °C. In contrast, no changes were observed in the residual solvent profile at all storage conditions for the entire 12-month study period. This finding indicates...

  10. Thermoelectric transport through a SU(N ) Kondo impurity (United States)

    Karki, D. B.; Kiselev, Mikhail N.


    We investigate thermoelectric transport through a SU(N ) quantum impurity in the Kondo regime. The strong-coupling fixed-point theory is described by the local Fermi-liquid paradigm. Using Keldysh technique we analyze the electric current through the quantum impurity at both finite bias voltage and finite temperature drop across it. The theory of a steady state at zero current provides a complete description of the Seebeck effect. We find pronounced nonlinear effects in temperature drop at low temperatures. We illustrate the significance of the nonlinearities for enhancement of thermopower by two examples of SU(4) symmetric regimes characterized by a filling factor m : (i) particle-hole symmetric at m =2 and (ii) particle-hole nonsymmetric at m =1 . We analyze the effects of potential scattering and coupling asymmetry on the transport coefficients. We discuss connections between the theory and transport experiments with coupled quantum dots and carbon nanotubes.

  11. Holographic flows and thermodynamics of Polyakov loop impurities (United States)

    Kumar, S. Prem; Silvani, Dorian


    We study holographic probes dual to heavy quark impurities interpolating between fundamental and symmetric/antisymmetric tensor representations in strongly coupled N = 4 supersymmetric gauge theory. These correspond to non-conformal D3- and D5-brane probe embeddings in AdS5 × S5 exhibiting flows on their world-volumes. By examining the asymptotic regimes of the embeddings and the one-point function of static fields sourced by the boundary impurity, we conclude that the D5-brane embedding describes the screening of fundamental quarks in the UV into an antisymmetric source in the IR, whilst the non-conformal, D3-brane solution interpolates between the symmetric representation in the UV and fundamental sources in the IR. The D5-brane embeddings exhibit nontrivial thermodynamics with multiple branches of solutions, whilst the thermal analogue of the interpolating D3-brane solution does not appear to exist.

  12. Low energy properties of the two-impurity Anderson model (United States)

    Zhu, Lijun; Zhu, Jian-Xin


    We investigate the low energy properties of the two-impurity Anderson model with the complete-Fock-space numerical renormalization group method. From the calculated spectral function, correlation functions and self-energy, two energy scales are identified, as onsets of the Kondo resonance and the Fermi liquid behaviors. With the tuning of the RKKY interaction, the latter is uniformly suppressed to zero in the particle-hole symmetric case, resembling the Jones-Varma quantum critical point. In cases with the particle-hole asymmetry, an inter-impurity hybridization term is generated, which turns the quantum critical point into a crossover. Similar behaviors are found with either a direct hopping term or a local magnetic field, to lift the parity or spin degeneracies, respectively. Application to the Anderson lattice model is also presented.

  13. Blocked impurity band hybrid infrared focal plane arrays for astronomy (United States)

    Reynolds, D. B.; Seib, D. H.; Stetson, S. B.; Herter, T.; Rowlands, N.


    High-performance infrared hybrid focal plane arrays using 10- x 50-element Si:As blocked-impurity-band (BIB) detectors (cutoff wavelength = 28 microns) and matching switched MOSFET multiplexers have been developed and characterized for space astronomy. Use of impurity-band-conduction technology provides detectors which are nuclear-radiation-hard and free of the many anomalies associated with conventional silicon photoconductive detectors. Emphasis in the present work is on recent advances in detector material quality which have led to significantly improved detector and hybrid characteristics. Results demonstrating increased quantum efficiency (particularly at short-wavelength infrared), obtained by varying the BIB detector properties (infrared active layer thickness and arsenic doping profile), are summarized. Measured read noise and dark current for different temperatures are reported. The hybrid array performance achieved demonstrates that BIB detectors are well suited for use in astronomical instrumentation.

  14. [Influence of impurities on waste plastics pyrolysis: products and emissions]. (United States)

    Zhao, Lei; Wang, Zhong-Hui; Chen, De-Zhen; Ma, Xiao-Bo; Luan, Jian


    The study is aimed to evaluate the impact of impurities like food waste, paper, textile and especially soil on the pyrolysis of waste plastics. For this purpose, emissions, gas and liquid products from pyrolysis of waste plastics and impurities were studied, as well as the transfer of element N, Cl, S from the substrates to the pyrolysis products. It was found that the presence of food waste would reduce the heat value of pyrolysis oil to 27 MJ/kg and increase the moisture in the liquid products, therefore the food residue should be removed from waste plastics; and the soil, enhance the waste plastics' pyrolysis by improving the quality of gas and oil products. The presence of food residue, textile and paper leaded to higher gas emissions.

  15. The effects of ambient impurities on the surface tension


    Ponce-Torres A.; Vega E. J.


    A liquid bridge is a liquid column held captive between two coaxial and parallel solid disks. It is an excellent test bench where measuring the surface tension. In this paper, we used this fluid configuration to examine experimentally the effects of ambient impurities on the surface tension over time. For this purpose, the liquid bridge equilibrium shape was analyzed when the liquid bridge was surrounded by three environments: the uncontrolled ambient, and both air and argon encapsulated in a...

  16. Quantum Impurity in a One-dimensional Trapped Bose Gas

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    Salami Dehkharghani, Amin; Volosniev, A. G.; Zinner, N. T.


    We present a new theoretical framework for describing an impurity in a trapped Bose system in one spatial dimension. The theory handles any external confinement, arbitrary mass ratios, and a weak interaction may be included between the Bose particles. To demonstrate our technique, we calculate th...... the ground state energy and properties of a sample system with eight bosons and find an excellent agreement with numerically exact results. Our theory can thus provide definite predictions for experiments in cold atomic gases....

  17. Influence of Impurities on High-Temperature Reactions of Kaolinite

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    Johnson, Sylvia M. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Materials and Molecular Research Division; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Pask, Joseph A. [Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States). Materials and Molecular Research Division; Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Moya, Jose S. [Inst. of Ceramics and Glass, Arganda del Rey, Madrid (Spain)


    On heating kaolinite in DTA the second exothermic peak (~1275°C) is due to growth of mullite crystals accelerated by formation of a liquid phase. The third exothermic peak (~1460°C) is due to crystallization of cristobalite, Addition or presence of impurity oxides causes the second peak to shift in temperature, and accelerates the formation of cristobalite so that the third peak could appear as low as the second exothermic peak temperature.

  18. Microstructure and Impurity Effects on Tungsten Heavy Alloys (United States)


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  19. Theoretical investigation of formation of impurity bipolaronic states in covalent semiconductors and high temperature superconductors

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    Yavidov, B Y


    superconducting properties of doped HTSC compounds have been accounted for with framework of lattice and impurity bipolarons concepts. The theoretical results obtained are in satisfactory agreement with experiment. A theory has been developed of carrier localization around an impurity which takes account of correlation effect between carriers, short- and long range interaction in 'carrier-impurity-lattice' system within the framework of the continuum model in the adiabatic approximation. Possibility of impurity (bi)polaron formation in covalent semiconductors (Si) and high temperature superconductors (HTSC) (La sub 2 sub - sub x Sr sub x Cu sub 4) has been studied theoretically. The impurity bi polaron formation has been analyzed by two scenarios: paring and sequential localization of carriers in the vicinity of impurity atom. It is shown that the impurity bi polaron of large radius does not form in Si while its formation is possible in crystals with x<0.186, where x is the ratio of high frequency dielectr...

  20. Electric field and impurity effect on nonlinear optical rectification of a double cone like quantum dot (United States)

    Bahramiyan, H.


    In this work, we have investigated the effect of electric field and impurity position on nonlinear optical rectification of a double cone like quantum dot in the effective mass approximation and by using compact density-matrix formalism. We have calculated the energy levels and wave functions using finite element method (FEM) in the presence of impurity and influence of electric field. The results show that: (i) the binding energy changes with the impurity position and it is changed by the applied electric field, (ii) nonlinear optical rectification peak position of this system present the blue or red shift due to the applied electric field and changing the impurity position. (iii) for low electric field, impurity position plays an important role in electronic and optical properties, but for larger electric field, impurity position role becomes non-significant. (iv) the optical rectification changes due to the impurity position and the electric field are considerable.

  1. Spontaneous formation of bright solitons in self-localized impurities in Bose-Einstein condensates (United States)

    Boudjemâa, Abdelâali


    We study the formation of bright solitons in the impurity component of Bose-Einstein condensate-impurity mixture by using the time-dependent Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov theory. While we assume the boson-boson and impurity-boson interactions to be effectively repulsive, their character can be changed spontaneously from repulsive to attractive in the presence of strong anomalous correlations. In such a regime the impurity component becomes a system of effectively attractive atoms leading automatically to the generation of bright solitons. We find that this soliton decays at higher temperatures due to the dissipation induced by the impurity-host and host-host interactions. We show that after a sudden increase of the impurity-boson strength a train of bright solitons is produced and this can be interpreted in terms of the modulational instability of the time-dependent impurity wave function.

  2. Coulomb Impurity Potential RbCl Quantum Pseudodot Qubit (United States)

    Ma, Xin-Jun; Qi, Bin; Xiao, Jing-Lin


    By employing a variational method of Pekar type, we study the eigenenergies and the corresponding eigenfunctions of the ground and the first-excited states of an electron strongly coupled to electron-LO in a RbCl quantum pseudodot (QPD) with a hydrogen-like impurity at the center. This QPD system may be used as a two-level quantum qubit. The expressions of electron's probability density versus time and the coordinates, and the oscillating period versus the Coulombic impurity potential and the polaron radius have been derived. The investigated results indicate ① that the probability density of the electron oscillates in the QPD with a certain oscillating period of , ② that due to the presence of the asymmetrical potential in the z direction of the RbCl QPD, the electron probability density shows double-peak configuration, whereas there is only one peak if the confinement is a two-dimensional symmetric structure in the xy plane of the QPD, ③ that the oscillation period is a decreasing function of the Coulombic impurity potential, whereas it is an increasing one of the polaron radius.

  3. Characterization of impurities present on Tihimatine (Hoggar) quartz, Algeria (United States)

    Anas Boussaa, S.; Kheloufi, A.; Boutarek Zaourar, N.


    Many of today's advanced materials depend on quartz as a raw material. Quartz usually contains abundant inclusions, both solid and liquid, and due to the number of these inclusions and their small size, complete separation is most difficult. Typical properties of raw quartz that must be characterized are: Size and Chemical composition of inclusions, their spatial distribution, localization of isomorphic substitutional elements (e.g. Al, Fe). The aim of this study has been to test experimental methods for investigating some inclusions (impurities) present in the Tihimatine quartz from El Hoggar region deposits (southern Algeria) using X Ray Fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, optical Microscopy with reflected and transmitted lights, infra-red spectrometer, Raman spectrometer. Despite the high concentration of SiO2 in studied quartz reaching 98%, several harmful inclusions were found and identified as hematite, anatase, muscovite, graphite, it contains: Fe, Ti, Al, K, Ca. Some fluid inclusions were found. We detect the presence of carbon dioxide and water using raman spectroscopy. The repartition of solid impurities is aleatory and not homogeneous with maximum size of 10 μm. Concerning the fluid impurities, their diameter vary between 5 and 20 μm and their repartition is aleatory.

  4. Studies of Impurities in the Pegasus Spherical Tokamak (United States)

    Rodriguez Sanchez, C.; Bodner, G. M.; Bongard, M. W.; Burke, M. G.; Fonck, R. J.; Perry, J. M.; Reusch, J. A.; Weberski, J. D.


    Local Helicity Injection (LHI) is used to initiate ST plasmas without a solenoid. Testing predictive models for the evolution of Ip(t) during LHI requires measurement of the plasma resistivity to quantify the dissipation of helicity. To that end, three diagnostic systems are coupled with an impurity transport model to quantify plasma contaminants. These are: visible bremsstrahlung (VB) spectroscopy; bolometry; and VUV spectroscopy. A spectral survey has been performed to identify line-free regions for VB measurements in the visible. Initial VB measurements are obtained with a single sightline through the plasma, and will be expanded to an imaging array to provide spatial resolution. A SPRED multichannel VUV spectrometer is being upgraded to provide high-speed ( 0.2 ms) spectral surveys for ion species identification, with a high-resolution grating installed for metallic line identification. A 16-channel thinistor bolometer array is planned. Absolutely calibrated VB, bolometer measurements, and qualitative ion species identification from SPRED are used as constraints in an impurity transport code to estimate absolute impurity content. Earlier work using this general approach indicated Zeff < 3 , before the edge current sources were shielded to reduce plasma-injector interactions. Work supported by US DOE Grant DE-FG02-96ER54375.

  5. Satellite Water Impurity Marker (SWIM) for predicting seasonal cholera outbreaks (United States)

    Jutla, A. S.; Akanda, A. S.; Islam, S.


    Prediction of outbreaks of cholera, a deadly water related disease, remains elusive. Since coastal brackish water provides a natural ecological niche for cholera bacteria and because a powerful evidence of new biotypes is emerging, it is highly unlikely that cholera will be fully eradicated. Therefore, it is necessary to develop cholera prediction model with several months' of lead time. Satellite based estimates of chlorophyll, a surrogate for phytoplankton abundance, has been associated with proliferation of cholera bacteria. However, survival of cholera bacteria in a variety of coastal ecological environment put constraints on predictive abilities of chlorophyll algorithm since it only measures greenness in coastal waters. Here, we propose a new remote sensing reflectance based statistical index: Satellite Water Impurity Marker, or SWIM. This statistical index estimates impurity levels in the coastal waters and is based on the variability observed in the difference between the blue (412nm) and green (555nm) wavelengths in coastal waters. The developed index is bounded between clear and impure water and shows the ability to predict cholera outbreaks in the Bengal Delta with a predicted r2 of 78% with two months lead time. We anticipate that a predictive system based on SWIM will provide essential lead time allowing effective intervention and mitigation strategies to be developed for other cholera endemic regions of the world.

  6. Gold and Platinum in Silicon - Isolated Impurities Complexes

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    Mcglynn, P


    %IS357 :\\\\ \\\\ Gold and platinum impurities in silicon are exploited for the control of minority carrier lifetimes, and this important feature has resulted in sustained research interest over several decades. Although the properties of isolated substitutional Au~atoms are well understood, this is not the case for Pt. Considerable uncertainty exists regarding the nature of several Pt related defects observed in Electron Paramagnetic Resonance~(EPR) and Photo~Luminescence~(PL). One of the objectives of this experiment is to exploit the transformation of radioactive Au isotopes as a means of producing specific Pt centres, and to use our thorough knowledge of Au in silicon to guide in the interpretation of data obtained for the centres when they transform to Pt.\\\\ \\\\ In addition to isolated impurities, the experiment also addresses the question of pairs of atoms formed by Au and Pt. Studies of these impurity pairs have been reported, but the benefits of a direct comparison of the defects in both the Au and Pt form...

  7. DeepPy: Pythonic deep learning

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    Larsen, Anders Boesen Lindbo

    This technical report introduces DeepPy – a deep learning framework built on top of NumPy with GPU acceleration. DeepPy bridges the gap between highperformance neural networks and the ease of development from Python/NumPy. Users with a background in scientific computing in Python will quickly...... be able to understand and change the DeepPy codebase as it is mainly implemented using high-level NumPy primitives. Moreover, DeepPy supports complex network architectures by letting the user compose mathematical expressions as directed graphs. The latest version is available at http...

  8. Control Strategy for Small Molecule Impurities in Antibody-Drug Conjugates. (United States)

    Gong, Hai H; Ihle, Nathan; Jones, Michael T; Kelly, Kathleen; Kott, Laila; Raglione, Thomas; Whitlock, Scott; Zhang, Qunying; Zheng, Jie


    Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) are an emerging class of biopharmaceuticals. As such, there are no specific guidelines addressing impurity limits and qualification requirements. The current ICH guidelines on impurities, Q3A (Impurities in New Drug Substances), Q3B (Impurities in New Drug Products), and Q6B (Specifications: Test Procedures and Acceptance Criteria for Biotechnological/Biological Products) do not adequately address how to assess small molecule impurities in ADCs. The International Consortium for Innovation and Quality in Pharmaceutical Development (IQ) formed an impurities working group (IWG) to discuss this issue. This white paper presents a strategy for evaluating the impact of small molecule impurities in ADCs. This strategy suggests a science-based approach that can be applied to the design of control systems for ADC therapeutics. The key principles that form the basis for this strategy include the significant difference in molecular weights between small molecule impurities and the ADC, the conjugation potential of the small molecule impurities, and the typical dosing concentrations and dosing schedule. The result is that exposure to small impurities in ADCs is so low as to often pose little or no significant safety risk.

  9. Impurity effect on geodesic acoustic mode in toroidally rotating tokamak plasmas (United States)

    Xie, Baoyi; Guo, Wenfeng; Xiang, Nong


    The geodesic acoustic modes (GAMs) are analytically investigated in toroidally rotating tokamak plasmas with impurity ions such as carbon and tungsten by using the gyrokinetic equation. The non-trace and trace impurity effect on the GAM with or without toroidal rotation are studied and compared, respectively. The results show that in the non-rotation case, the non-trace impurity decreases (increases) the frequency (damping rate) of the GAM mainly due to the polarization current, while the trace impurity has little effect on the GAM. When toroidal rotation is considered, the non-trace impurity still significantly decreases (increases) the frequency (damping rate) of the GAM. Furthermore, as toroidal rotation increases, the frequency (damping rate) of the GAM with the non-trace impurity increases (decreases) more slowly than that without the non-trace impurity, especially when the non-trace impurity concentration is relatively large. Nevertheless, the trace impurity has little effect on the GAM in the weak rotation regime, while it greatly increases (decreases) the frequency (damping rate) of the GAM when toroidal rotation is sufficiently large. These results are mainly due to the additional drifts induced by toroidal rotation. In addition, it is found that the isotope effect has significant influence on the GAM and it also affects both the non-trace and trace impurity as well as toroidal rotation effect on the GAM.

  10. Greedy Deep Dictionary Learning


    Tariyal, Snigdha; Majumdar, Angshul; Singh, Richa; Vatsa, Mayank


    In this work we propose a new deep learning tool called deep dictionary learning. Multi-level dictionaries are learnt in a greedy fashion, one layer at a time. This requires solving a simple (shallow) dictionary learning problem, the solution to this is well known. We apply the proposed technique on some benchmark deep learning datasets. We compare our results with other deep learning tools like stacked autoencoder and deep belief network; and state of the art supervised dictionary learning t...

  11. Influence of impurity seeding on plasma burning scenarios for ITER

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    Ivanova-Stanik, I., E-mail: [Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion, Hery 23, 01-497 Warsaw (Poland); Zagórski, R. [Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion, Hery 23, 01-497 Warsaw (Poland); Voitsekhovitch, I. [CCFE, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Brezinsek, S. [Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH Institut für Energie-und Klimaforschung—Plasmaphysik, Jülich 52425 (Germany)


    Highlights: • The self-consistent (core-edge) COREDIV code has been used to analyze ITER standard inductive scenarios with neon and argon seeding. • In order to achieve wide operational window with the power crossing separatrix above the H-L threshold and simultaneously with tolerable heat load to target plates (<40 MW) relatively strong impurity transport in the core and SOL regions is necessary. • For argon seeding, the operational window is much smaller than for neon case due to enhanced core radiation (in comparison to Ne). - Abstract: ITER expects to produce fusion power of about 0.5GW when operating with tungsten (W) divertor and beryllium (Be) wall. The influx of W from divertor can have significant influence on the discharge performance. This work describes predictive integrated numerical modeling of ITER discharges using the COREDIV code, which self-consistently solves the 1D radial energy and particle transport in the core region and 2D multi-fluid transport in the SOL. Calculations are performed for inductive ITER scenarios with intrinsic (W, Be and He) impurities and with seeded impurities (Ne and Ar) for different particle and heat transport in the core and different radial transport in the SOL. Simulations show, that only for sufficiently high radial diffusion (both in the core and in the SOL regions), it is possible to achieve H-mode mode plasma operation (power to SOL > L-H threshold power) with acceptable low level of power reaching the divertor plates. For argon seeding, the operational window is much smaller than for neon case due to enhanced core radiation (in comparison to Ne). Particle transport in the core characterized by the ratio of particle diffusion to thermal conductivity) has strong influence on the predicted ITER performance.

  12. Design of divertor impurity monitoring system for ITER. 2

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    Sugie, Tatsuo; Ogawa, Hiroaki; Ebisawa, Katsuyuki; Ando, Toshiro; Kasai, Satoshi [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Naka, Ibaraki (Japan). Naka Fusion Research Establishment; Katsunuma, Atsushi; Maruo, Mitsumasa; Kita, Yoshio


    The divertor impurity monitoring system of ITER has been designed. The main functions of this system are to identify impurity species and to measure the two-dimensional distributions of the particle influxes in the divertor plasmas. The wavelength range is 200 nm to 1000 nm. The viewing fans are realized by molybdenum mirrors located in the divertor cassette. With additional viewing fans seeing through the gap between the divertor cassettes, the region approximately from the divertor leg to the x-point will be observed. The light from the divertor region passes through the quartz windows on the divertor port plug and the cryostat, and goes through the dog-leg optics in the biological shield. Three different type of spectrometers: (i) survey spectrometers for impurity species monitoring, (ii) filter spectrometers for the particle influx measurement with the spatial resolution of 10 mm and the time resolution of 1 ms and (iii) high dispersion spectrometers for high resolution wavelength measurements are designed. These spectrometers are installed just behind the biological shield (for {lambda} < 450 nm) to prevent the transmission loss in fiber and in the diagnostic room (for {lambda} {>=} 450 nm) from the point of view of accessibility and flexibility. The optics have been optimized by a ray trace analysis. As a result, 10-15 mm spatial resolution will be achieved in all regions of the divertor. In addition, the measurable limit, the neutron and {gamma}-ray irradiation effect on windows, a calibration method, an alignment method, a remote handling method and a data acquisition method are considered. (author)

  13. Dynamic and Impure Perovskite Structured Metal Oxide Surfaces

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    Hansen, Karin Vels; Norrman, Kion; Traulsen, Marie Lund


    Surfaces of LSF and LSCF perovskite model electrodes were investigated using a variety of analytical methods on flat model electrodes that were prepared as either pellets or as thin films on top of YSZ pellets in other to throw more light on the widely discussed segregation of layers and particles...... on the electrode surfaces. An experimental test of the suggestion that the segregation might happen in the vacuum in the analysis equipment gave a negative result. Formation of particles containing significant amounts of S and Cr from segregation of the trace impurities in the acquired powders were observed...

  14. Impurity control in near-term tokamak reactors

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    Stacey, W.M. Jr.; Smith, D.L.; Brooks, J.N.


    Several methods for reducing impurity contamination in near-term tokamak reactors by modifying the first-wall surface with a low-Z or low-sputter material are examined. A review of the sputtering data and an assessment of the technological feasibility of various wall modification schemes are presented. The power performance of a near-term tokamak reactor is simulated for various first-wall surface materials, with and without a divertor, in order to evaluate the likely effect of plasma contamination associated with these surface materials.

  15. Ni/YSZ Anode Interactions with Impurities in Coal Gas

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    Marina, Olga A.; Pederson, Larry R.; Coyle, Christopher A.; Thomsen, Edwin C.; Coffey, Greg W.


    Performance of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with nickel/zirconia anodes on synthetic coal gas in the presence of low levels of phosphorus, arsenic, selenium, sulfur, hydrogen chloride, and antimony impurities were evaluated. The presence of phosphorus and arsenic led to the slow and irreversible SOFC degradation due to the formation of secondary phases with nickel, particularly close to the gas inlet. Phosphorus and antimony surface adsorption layers were identified as well. Hydrogen chloride and sulfur interactions with the nickel were limited to the surface adsorption only, whereas selenium exposure also led to the formation of nickel selenide for highly polarized cells.

  16. Impurity transport of high performance discharges in JET

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    Lauro-Taroni, L.; Alper, B.; Giannella, R.; Marcus, F.; Smeulders, P.; Von Hellermann, M. [Commission of the European Communities, Abingdon (United Kingdom). JET Joint Undertaking; Lawson, K. [UKAEA Culham Lab., Abingdon (United Kingdom); Mattioli, M. [Association Euratom-CEA, Centre d`Etudes Nucleaires de Cadarache, 13 - Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (France). Dept. de Recherches sur la Fusion Controlee


    Experimental data show that in the Pellet Enhanced Performance (PEP) H-mode discharges, the light impurities are dominant and accumulate. Furthermore, strong fuel depletion may occur in the plasma centre with n{sub D}/n{sub e} falling to about 0.3 in some cases. On the other hand, in Hot-Ion discharges hollow profiles are measured for C: it is present in lower concentrations and has little effect on fuel dilution. The different behaviour of carbon in the two cases is in agreement with neoclassical predictions for the convection in the plasma core. 6 refs., 6 figs.

  17. Impurity doping effects on the orbital thermodynamic properties of hydrogenated graphene, graphane, in Harrison model (United States)

    Yarmohammadi, Mohsen


    Using the Harrison model and Green's function technique, impurity doping effects on the orbital density of states (DOS), electronic heat capacity (EHC) and magnetic susceptibility (MS) of a monolayer hydrogenated graphene, chair-like graphane, are investigated. The effect of scattering between electrons and dilute charged impurities is discussed in terms of the self-consistent Born approximation. Our results show that the graphane is a semiconductor and its band gap decreases with impurity. As a remarkable point, comparatively EHC reaches almost linearly to Schottky anomaly and does not change at low temperatures in the presence of impurity. Generally, EHC and MS increases with impurity doping. Surprisingly, impurity doping only affects the salient behavior of py orbital contribution of carbon atoms due to the symmetry breaking.

  18. Impurities within carbon nanotubes govern the electrochemical oxidation of substituted hydrazines. (United States)

    Stuart, Emma J E; Pumera, Martin


    Electrochemistry and electrocatalysis on carbon nanomaterials is at the forefront of research. The presence of carbonaceous and metallic impurities within carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is a persistent problem. Here we show that the electrochemistry of the entire group of hydrazine compounds is governed by impurities within single-walled, double-walled and few-walled CNTs. The oxidation of organic substituted hydrazines at CNTs is driven by nanographitic impurities, in contrast to unsubstituted hydrazine, for which the electrochemistry is driven by metallic impurities within CNTs. This finding is unexpected, as one would assume that a whole group of compounds would be susceptible to "electrocatalysis" by only one type of impurity. This discovery should be taken into account when predicting the susceptibility of whole groups of compounds to electrocatalysis by metallic or nanographitic impurities. Our findings have strong implications on the electrochemical sensing of hydrazines and on the use of hydrazines as fuels for nanomotors. This journal is © the Owner Societies 2011

  19. Topologically protected mid-gap states induced by impurity in one-dimensional superlattices (United States)

    Lang, Li-Jun; Chen, Shu


    Based on the discovery of the nontrivial topological properties of one-dimensional superlattices, we show that mid-gap states emerge in such systems induced by a single on-site impurity. Besides the trivial bound state located at the impurity site, these mid-gap states are localized at the adjacent sites of the impurity in the limit of a strongly attractive/repulsive impurity potential, behaving as edge states under open boundary conditions and thus carrying the information of topological properties. This feature makes it possible to reveal the topological properties of superlattices via the impurity effect and to realize the adiabatic pumping between the opposite sides of the impurity in setups of one-dimensional optical lattices or photonic crystals.

  20. Isotopic dependence of impurity transport driven by ion temperature gradient turbulence

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    Guo, Weixin; Zhuang, Ge


    Hydrogenic ion mass effects, namely the isotopic effects on impurity transport driven by ion temperature gradient (ITG) turbulence are investigated using gyrokinetic theory. For non-trace impurities, changing from hydrogen (H) to deuterium (D), and to tritium (T) plasmas, the outward flux for lower (higher) ionized impurities or for lighter (heavier) impurities is found to decrease (increase), although isotopic dependence of ITG linear growth rate is weak. This is mainly due to the decrease of outward (inward) convection, while the isotopic dependence of diffusion is relatively weak. In addition, the isotopic effects reduce (enhance) the impurity flux of fully ionized carbon (C6+) for weaker (stronger) magnetic shear. In trace impurity limit, the isotopic effects are found to reduce the accumulation of high-Z tungsten (W). Moreover, the isotopic effects on the peaking factor (PF) of trace high-Z W get stronger with stronger magnetic shear.

  1. Impurity flows and plateau-regime poloidal density variation in a tokamak pedestal

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    Landreman, M; Guszejnov, D


    In the pedestal of a tokamak, the sharp radial gradients of density and temperature can give rise to poloidal variation in the density of impurities. At the same time, the flow of the impurity species is modified relative to the conventional neoclassical result. In this paper, these changes to the density and flow of a collisional impurity species are calculated for the case when the main ions are in the plateau regime. In this regime it is found that the impurity density can be higher at either the inboard or outboard side. This finding differs from earlier results for banana- or Pfirsch-Schl\\"uter-regime main ions, in which case the impurity density is always higher at the inboard side in the absence of rotation. Finally, the modifications to the impurity flow are also given for the other regimes of main-ion collisionality.

  2. Laser Blow-Off Impurity Injection Experiments at the HSX Stellarator (United States)

    Castillo, J. F.; Bader, A.; Likin, K. M.; Anderson, D. T.; Anderson, F. S. B.; Kumar, S. T. A.; Talmadge, J. N.


    Results from the HSX laser blow-off experiment are presented and compared to a synthetic diagnostic implemented in the STRAHL impurity transport modeling code in order to measure the impurity transport diffusivity and convective velocity. A laser blow-off impurity injection system is used to rapidly deposit a small, controlled quantity of aluminum into the confinement volume. Five AXUV photodiode arrays are used to take time-resolved measurements of the impurity radiation. The spatially one-dimensional impurity transport code STRAHL is used to calculate a time-dependent plasma emissivity profile. Modeled intensity signals calculated from a synthetic diagnostic code provide direct comparison between plasma simulation and experimental results. An optimization algorithm with impurity transport coefficients acting as free parameters is used to fit the model to experimental data. This work is supported by US DOE Grant DE-FG02-93ER54222.

  3. Properties of a localized magnetic impurity in a superconducting host: The Anderson-Holstein-BCS model (United States)

    Narasimha Raju, Ch.; Chatterjee, Ashok


    A symmetric Anderson-Holstein model with a BCS interaction term is considered to investigate the effect of local electron-phonon interaction on a magnetic impurity in a superconductor. The Kikuchi-Morita Cluster variation (CV) method is used to calculate the local impurity magnetic moment and the binding energy between the impurity and the conduction electrons in the superconductor. The effect of electron-phonon interaction and the order parameter on the bound state is discussed.

  4. Protein binding studies with radiolabeled compounds containing radiochemical impurities. Equilibrium dialysis versus dialysis rate determination

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    Honoré, B


    The influence of radiochemical impurities in dialysis experiments with high-affinity ligands is investigated. Albumin binding of labeled decanoate (97% pure) is studied by two dialysis techniques. It is shown that equilibrium dialysis is very sensitive to the presence of impurities resulting...... in erroneously low estimates of the binding affinity and in inconsistent results at varying albumin concentrations. Dialysis rate determination (R. Brodersen et al. (1982) Anal. Biochem. 121, 395-408) is less sensitive to impurities. Udgivelsesdato: 1987-Apr...

  5. Influence of the impurity-defect and impurity-impurity interactions on the crystalline silicon solar cells conversion efficiency; Influence des interactions impurete-defaut et impurete-impurete sur le rendement de conversion des cellules photovoltaiques au silicium cristallin

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    Dubois, S


    This study aims at understanding the influence of the impurity - defect interaction on the silicon solar cell performances. We studied first the case of single-crystalline silicon. We combined numerical simulations and experimental data providing new knowledge concerning metal impurities in silicon, to quantify the evolution of the conversion efficiency with the impurity concentration. Mainly due to the gettering effects, iron appears to be quite well tolerated. It is not the case for gold, diffusing too slowly. Hydrogenation effects were limited. We transposed then this study toward multi-crystalline silicon. Iron seems rather well tolerated, due to the gettering effects but also due to the efficiency of the hydrogenation. When slow diffusers are present, multi crystalline silicon is sensitive to thermal degradation. n-type silicon could solve this problem, this material being less sensitive to metal impurities. (author)

  6. Impurity sublattice localization in ZnO revealed by li marker diffusion

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    Azarov, A.Yu.; Knutsen, K.E.; Neuvonen, P.T.


    Sublattice localization of impurities in compound semiconductors, e.g., ZnO, determines their electronic and optical action. Despite that the impurity position may be envisaged based on charge considerations, the actual localization is often unknown, limiting our understanding of the incorporation...... and possible doping mechanisms. In this study, we demonstrate that the preferential sublattice occupation for a number of impurities in ZnO can be revealed by monitoring Li diffusion. In particular, using ion implantation, the impurity incorporation into the Zn sublattice (holds for, B, Mg, P, Ag, Cd, and Sb...

  7. Controlling dynamical thermal transport of biased bilayer graphene by impurity atoms

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    Rezania, Hamed, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yarmohammadi, Mohsen [Young Researchers and Elit Club, Kermanshah Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    We address the dynamical thermal conductivity of biased bilayer graphene doped with acceptor impurity atoms for AA-stacking in the context of tight binding model Hamiltonian. The effect of scattering by dilute charged impurities is discussed in terms of the self-consistent Born approximation. Green’s function approach has been exploited to find the behavior of thermal conductivity of bilayer graphene within the linear response theory. We have found the frequency dependence of thermal conductivity for different values of concentration and scattering strength of dopant impurity. Also the dependence of thermal conductivity on the impurity concentration and bias voltage has been investigated in details.

  8. Impurity Deionization Effects on Surface Recombination DC Current-Voltage Characteristics in MOS Transistors

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    Chen Zuhui [Lee-Kuan-Yew Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2010, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Jie Binbin; Sah Chihtang, E-mail: [Department of Physics, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China)


    Impurity deionization on the direct-current current-voltage characteristics from electron-hole recombination (R-DCIV) at SiO{sub 2}/Si interface traps in MOS transistors is analyzed using the steady-state Shockley-Read-Hall recombination kinetics and the Fermi distributions for electrons and holes. Insignificant distortion is observed over 90% of the bell-shaped R-DCIV curves centered at their peaks when impurity deionization is excluded in the theory. This is due to negligible impurity deionization because of the much lower electron and hole concentrations at the interface than the impurity concentration in the 90% range. (invited papers)

  9. Controlling the electronic properties of the graphene nanoflakes by BN impurities (United States)

    Mohammed, Mohammed H.


    Electronic properties of the graphene nanoflakes (GNFs) can be controlled by using chemical doping method. First-principle of the density functional theory (DFT) method, which is implemented in the Gaussian 09W program are used to investigate the electronic properties, such as electronic band gap, DOS, total energy, dipole moment, HOMO, and LOMO energies of the GNFs with and without various concentrations of the BN impurities in various sites. There are very significant results. My founding results show that these properties of the GNFs depend on the concentrations of BN impurities and the geometrical pattern of the BN impurities in the GNFs. By increasing the distance between these impurities, the electronic band gap and the shape of the DOS are reduced and altered, respectively. So, the results offer that the electronic band gap value depends on the concentrations of BN impurities and sites of these impurities in the GNFs. The electronic dipole moments value is increased by increased the concentrations of the BN impurities. All structures became more stable due to the total energy is increased, excepted B, BN and B2N impurities, which is reduced and make GNFs structure unstable. Then, GNFs can be used in various applications because the electronic properties of the GNFs are controlled and modified with BN impurities.

  10. Detection, isolation and characterization of principle synthetic route indicative impurity in telmisartan

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    V. Srinivasan


    Full Text Available An unknown impurity was detected in the telmisartan bulk drug (active pharmaceutical ingredient – API using an isocratic reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. This impurity was isolated by preparative HPLC. Spectral data of the isolated impurity were collected. Based on the spectral data deriving from two dimensional nuclear magnetic spectroscopy (2D-NMR and mass spectrometry (MS, the impurity was characterized as “methyl 4′,4′-dibromo methyl biphenyl-2-carboxylate”. The arrived structure was further confirmed by theoretical studies.

  11. Impurity effects on solid-solid transitions in atomic clusters. (United States)

    Husic, B E; Schebarchov, D; Wales, D J


    We use the harmonic superposition approach to examine how a single atom substitution affects low-temperature anomalies in the vibrational heat capacity (CV) of model nanoclusters. Each anomaly is linked to competing solidlike "phases", where crossover of the corresponding free energies defines a solid-solid transition temperature (Ts). For selected Lennard-Jones clusters we show that Ts and the corresponding CV peak can be tuned over a wide range by varying the relative atomic size and binding strength of the impurity, but excessive atom-size mismatch can destroy a transition and may produce another. In some tunable cases we find up to two additional CV peaks emerging below Ts, signalling one- or two-step delocalisation of the impurity within the ground-state geometry. Results for Ni74X and Au54X clusters (X = Au, Ag, Al, Cu, Ni, Pd, Pt, Pb), modelled by the many-body Gupta potential, further corroborate the possibility of tuning, engineering, and suppressing finite-system analogues of a solid-solid transition in nanoalloys.

  12. Effect of Impurities on the Freezing Point of Zinc (United States)

    Sun, Jianping; Rudtsch, Steffen; Niu, Yalu; Zhang, Lin; Wang, Wei; Den, Xiaolong


    The knowledge of the liquidus slope of impurities in fixed-point metal defined by the International Temperature Scale of 1990 is important for the estimation of uncertainties and correction of fixed point with the sum of individual estimates method. Great attentions are paid to the effect of ultra-trace impurities on the freezing point of zinc in the National Institute of Metrology. In the present work, the liquidus slopes of Ga-Zn, Ge-Zn were measured with the slim fixed-point cell developed through the doping experiments, and the temperature characteristics of the phase diagram of Fe-Zn were furthermore investigated. A quasi-adiabatic Zn fixed-point cell was developed with the thermometer well surrounded by the crucible with the pure metal, and the temperature uniformity of less than 20 mK in the region where the metal is located was obtained. The previous doping experiment of Pb-Zn with slim fixed-point cell was checked with quasi-adiabatic Zn fixed-point cell, and the result supports the previous liquidus slope measured with the traditional fixed-point realization.

  13. Process for the removal of impurities from combustion fullerenes (United States)

    Alford, J. Michael; Bolskar, Robert


    The invention generally relates to purification of carbon nanomaterials, particularly fullerenes, by removal of PAHs and other hydrocarbon impurities. The inventive process involves extracting a sample containing carbon nanomaterials with a solvent in which the PAHs are substantially soluble but in which the carbon nanomaterials are not substantially soluble. The sample can be repeatedly or continuously extracted with one or more solvents to remove a greater amount of impurities. Preferred solvents include ethanol, diethyl ether, and acetone. The invention also provides a process for efficiently separating solvent extractable fullerenes from samples containing fullerenes and PAHs wherein the sample is extracted with a solvent in which both fullerenes and PAHs are substantially soluble and the sample extract then undergoes selective extraction to remove PAHs. Suitable solvents in which both fullerenes and PAHs are soluble include o-xylene, toluene, and o-dichlorobenzene. The purification process is capable of treating quantities of combustion soot in excess of one kilogram and can produce fullerenes or fullerenic soot of suitable purity for many applications.

  14. Influence of impurity gases and operating conditions on PAFC performance

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    Hirai, K.; Iwasa, N.; Suzuki, M.; Okada, O. [Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (Japan)] [and others


    On-site Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC) Cogeneration system is installed at various test sites, such as at underground parking lot, within chemical plant premises and near urban streets. Since in the current PAFC system, cathode air is supplied to the cell with no particular pretreatment, impurity gases in the air might influence on cell performance. We have investigated the influence of various impurity gases in the cathode gas, on sub-scale single cells, and have found that NO{sub 2}, SO{sub 2} and toluene affect negatively on cell performance. The results of these experiments and the conceivable mechanism of these effects on cell degradation are reported. We have also investigated the influence of other operating parameters, such as temperature, current density, fuel utilization on cell performance. From these experiments, we have found that operating temperature is a significant factor, which mainly determines cell voltage decline rate. The results of sub-scale single cell tests and a short-stack verification test are also reported.

  15. Polarized absorption in determination of impurities in olive oil (United States)

    Alias, A. N.; Zabidi, Z. M.; Yaacob, Y.; Amir, I. S.; Alshurdin, S. H. N.; Aini, N. A.


    The effect of impurities in olive oil blending with palm oil was characterized using polarized absorption method. Polarized absorption was based on the absorption of light which vibrating in a particular plane to pass through the sample. This polarized light allowed the molecule to absorb at the specific orientation. There were four samples have been prepared that were 100:0, 70:30, 50:50 and 0:100 with volume ratio of the olives to palm oil. Two linear polarizers were mounting between the samples in order to get linearly polarized. This specific orientation was affected the absorption spectra of the sample. The results have shown that the analyzing polarizer with angle 00 has bell shape spectra. All the orientation of analyzing polarizer had shown the maximum current output at 100% olive oil. Whereas 100% palm oil has shown the minimum current output. The changing in absorption spectra indicates that the anisotropic properties of each sample were different due to the present of impurities.

  16. Divertor power spreading in DEMO reactor by impurity seeding

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    Zagórski, Roman, E-mail:; Gałązka, Krzysztof; Ivanova-Stanik, Irena


    Highlights: • The COREDIV code has been used to simulate DEMO inductive discharges with different impurity seeding (Ne, Ar, Kr) and different sputtering models (with and w/o prompt re-deposition process). • It has been shown that only for Ar and Kr seeding it is possible to achieve H-mode plasma operation with acceptable level of the power to the tungsten target plates. • For neon seeding, such regime of operation seems not to be possible. • Prompt re-deposition model extends the DEMO operation window. - Abstract: Numerical simulation with COREDIV code of DEMO H-mode discharges (tungsten divertor and wall) are performed considering the influence of seeding impurities with different atomic numbers: Ne, Ar and Kr on the DEMO scenarios. The approach is based on integrated numerical modeling using the COREDIV code, which self-consistently solves radial transport equations in the core region and 2D multi-fluid transport in the SOL. In this paper we focus on investigations how the operational domain of DEMO can be influenced by seeding gasses. Simulations with the updated prompt re-deposition model implemented in the code show that only for Ar and Kr, for high enough radial diffusion in the SOL, it is possible to achieve H-mode plasma operation (power to the SOL> L-H transition threshold power) with acceptable level of the power to the target plates. For neon seeding such regime of operation seems not to be possible.

  17. Impurity seeding in ASDEX upgrade tokamak modeled by COREDIV code

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    Galazka, K.; Ivanova-Stanik, I.; Czarnecka, A.; Zagoerski, R. [Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion, Warsaw (Poland); Bernert, M.; Kallenbach, A. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Plasmaphysik, Garching (Germany); Collaboration: ASDEX Upgrade Team


    The self-consistent COREDIV code is used to simulate discharges in a tokamak plasma, especially the influence of impurities during nitrogen and argon seeding on the key plasma parameters. The calculations are performed with and without taking into account the W prompt redeposition in the divertor area and are compared to the experimental results acquired on ASDEX Upgrade tokamak (shots 29254 and 29257). For both impurities the modeling shows a better agreement with the experiment in the case without prompt redeposition. It is attributed to higher average tungsten concentration, which on the other hand seriously exceeds the experimental value. By turning the prompt redeposition process on, the W concentration is lowered, what, in turn, results in underestimation of the radiative power losses. By analyzing the influence of the transport coefficients on the radiative power loss and average W concentration it is concluded that the way to compromise the opposing tendencies is to include the edge-localized mode flushing mechanism into the code, which dominates the experimental particle and energy balance. Also performing the calculations with both anomalous and neoclassical diffusion transport mechanisms included is suggested. (copyright 2016 The Authors. Contributions to Plasma Physics published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA Weinheim. This)

  18. Entanglement of heavy quark impurities and generalized gravitational entropy (United States)

    Kumar, S. Prem; Silvani, Dorian


    We calculate the contribution from non-conformal heavy quark sources to the entanglement entropy (EE) of a spherical region in N=4 SUSY Yang-Mills theory. We apply the generalized gravitational entropy method to non-conformal probe D-brane embeddings in AdS5×S5, dual to pointlike impurities exhibiting flows between quarks in large-rank tensor representations and the fundamental representation. For the D5-brane embedding which describes the screening of fundamental quarks in the UV to the antisymmetric tensor representation in the IR, the EE excess decreases non-monotonically towards its IR asymptotic value, tracking the qualitative behaviour of the one-point function of static fields sourced by the impurity. We also examine two classes of D3-brane embeddings, one which connects a symmetric representation source in the UV to fundamental quarks in the IR, and a second category which yields the symmetric representation source on the Coulomb branch. The EE excess for the former increases from the UV to the IR, whilst decreasing and becoming negative for the latter. In all cases, the probe free energy on hyperbolic space with β = 2 π increases monotonically towards the IR, supporting its interpretation as a relative entropy. We identify universal corrections, depending logarithmically on the VEV, for the symmetric representation on the Coulomb branch.

  19. Impurities effect on the swelling of neutron irradiated beryllium

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    Donne, M.D.; Scaffidi-Argentina, F. [Institut fuer Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik, Karlsruhe (Germany)


    An important factor controlling the swelling behaviour of fast neutron irradiated beryllium is the impurity content which can strongly affect both the surface tension and the creep strength of this material. Being the volume swelling of the old beryllium (early sixties) systematically higher than that of the more modem one (end of the seventies), a sensitivity analysis with the aid of the computer code ANFIBE (ANalysis of Fusion Irradiated BEryllium) to investigate the effect of these material properties on the swelling behaviour of neutron irradiated beryllium has been performed. Two sets of experimental data have been selected: the first one named Western refers to quite recently produced Western beryllium, whilst the second one, named Russian refers to relatively old (early sixties) Russian beryllium containing a higher impurity rate than the Western one. The results obtained with the ANFIBE Code were assessed by comparison with experimental data and the used material properties were compared with the data available in the literature. Good agreement between calculated and measured values has been found.

  20. Photoluminescence of Eu3+-doped glasses with Cu2+ impurities (United States)

    Jiménez, José A.


    Glasses activated with Eu3+ ions are attractive as luminescent materials for various photonic applications. Co-doping with copper has been proposed for enhancing material optical properties, but the quenching effect of Cu2+ impurities on Eu3+ emission in glass remains largely unexplored. In this work, Eu2O3/CuO-containing barium-phosphate glasses have been prepared by the melt-quench method, and the Eu3+ photoluminescence (PL) quenching resulting from Eu3+ → Cu2+ energy transfer was evaluated. Optical absorption spectroscopy showed that with the increase in CuO concentration the Cu2+ absorption band resonant with Eu3+ emission (e.g. 5D0 → 7F2 transition around 615 nm) developed steadily. As a result, Eu3+ PL was progressively quenched. Evaluation of the quenching constants as a function of temperature in the 298-673 K range showed differences basically within experimental error, consistent with a resonant transfer and lack of phonon-assisted processes. Moreover, analysis of the Eu3+ emission decay dynamics revealed a strong correlation between the decay rates and Cu2+ impurity levels. Results imply that for practical applications the levels of Cu2+ in Eu3+/Cu+-activated glasses should be reduced if not removed as these will significantly limit device efficiency.

  1. TEM study of impurity segregations in beryllium pebbles

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    Klimenkov, M., E-mail: [Institute for Applied Materials – Applied Materials Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Chakin, V.; Moeslang, A. [Institute for Applied Materials – Applied Materials Physics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany); Rolli, R. [Institute for Applied Materials – Materials and Biomechanics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Germany)


    Beryllium is planned to be used as a neutron multiplier in the Helium-cooled Pebble Bed European concept of a breeding blanket of demonstration power reactor DEMO. In order to evaluate the irradiation performance, individual pebbles and constrained pebble beds were neutron-irradiated at temperatures typical of fusion blankets. Beryllium pebbles 1 mm in diameter produced by the rotating electrode method were subjected to a TEM study before and after irradiation at High Flux Reactor, Petten, Netherlands at 861 K. The grain size varied in a wide range from sub-micron size up to several tens of micrometers, which indicated formation bimodal grain size distribution. Based on the application of combined electron energy loss spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy methods, we suggest that impurity precipitates play an important role in controlling the mechanical properties of beryllium. The impurity elements were present in beryllium at a sub-percent concentration form beryllide particles of a complex (Fe/Al/Mn/Cr)B composition. These particles are often ordered along dislocations lines, forming several micron-long chains. It can be suggested that fracture surfaces often extended along these chains in irradiated material.

  2. Impurity profiling of atropine sulfate by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography. (United States)

    Bitar, Yaser; Holzgrabe, Ulrike


    An oil-in-water microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method has been developed and validated for the determination of atropine, its major degradation products (tropic acid, apoatropine and atropic acid) and related substances from plants material (noratropine, 6-hydroxyhyoscyamine, 7-hydroxyhyoscyamine, hyoscine and littorine). Separation of atropine and all impurities was optimized by varying the voltage, the nature of the oil droplet and the buffer, as well as the organic modifier (methanol, 2-propanol or acetonitrile) and the surfactant type and concentration. The optimum O/W microemulsion background electrolyte (BGE) solution consists of 0.8% (w/w) octane, 6.62% (w/w) 1-butanol, 2.0% (w/w) 2-propanol, 4.44% (w/w) SDS and 86.14% (w/w) 10 mM sodium tetraborate buffer pH 9.2. In order to shorten the analysis time a voltage gradient was applied. The validation was performed with respect to specificity, linearity, range, limit of quantification and detection, precision, accuracy and robustness. The established method allowed the detection and determination of atropine sulfate related substances at impurity levels given in the European Pharmacopoeia. Good agreement was obtained between the established MEEKC method and the traditional RP-HPLC method.

  3. Taoism and Deep Ecology. (United States)

    Sylvan, Richard; Bennett, David


    Contrasted are the philosophies of Deep Ecology and ancient Chinese. Discusses the cosmology, morality, lifestyle, views of power, politics, and environmental philosophies of each. Concludes that Deep Ecology could gain much from Taoism. (CW)

  4. Deep Incremental Boosting


    Mosca, Alan; Magoulas, George D


    This paper introduces Deep Incremental Boosting, a new technique derived from AdaBoost, specifically adapted to work with Deep Learning methods, that reduces the required training time and improves generalisation. We draw inspiration from Transfer of Learning approaches to reduce the start-up time to training each incremental Ensemble member. We show a set of experiments that outlines some preliminary results on some common Deep Learning datasets and discuss the potential improvements Deep In...

  5. Deep Space Telecommunications (United States)

    Kuiper, T. B. H.; Resch, G. M.


    The increasing load on NASA's deep Space Network, the new capabilities for deep space missions inherent in a next-generation radio telescope, and the potential of new telescope technology for reducing construction and operation costs suggest a natural marriage between radio astronomy and deep space telecommunications in developing advanced radio telescope concepts.

  6. Deep Learning Online Course (United States)


    TECHNICAL REPORT 3053 November 2016 Deep Learning Online Couse Katie Rainey Approved for public release...Science and Engineering (NISE) project entitled Deep Learning Online Course, executed in fiscal year 2016 at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center...Pacific (SSC Pacific). RESULTS The project was successful in training a large group of scientists and engineers in the topic of deep learning , a

  7. Entanglement of an Impurity in a Few-Body One-Dimensional Ideal Bose System

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    García-March, M. A.; Salami Dehkharghani, Amin; Zinner, N. T.


    We study the correlation between an impurity and a small ensemble of bosonic particles in one dimension. Our study analyzes the one-body density matrix and calculates the corresponding von Neumann entanglement entropy as a function of interaction strength between the impurity and the bosons when...

  8. Process for reducing corrosive impurities in sulfolane used for extracting aromatic hydrocarbons

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    Diaz, Z.; Miller, J.H.


    A process is described for reducing the level of corrosive impurities in sulfolane solution originating from a process for the extraction of aromatic hydrocarbons from petroleum, which solution contains corrosive impurities and has pH value of at least 8.5.

  9. Real-Time Dynamics of an Impurity in an Ideal Bose Gas in a Trap

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    Volosniev, A. G.; Hammer, H. -W.; Zinner, N. T.


    We investigate the behavior of a harmonically trapped system consisting of an impurity in a dilute ideal Bose gas after the boson-impurity interaction is suddenly switched on. As theoretical framework, we use a field theory approach in the space-time domain within the T-matrix approximation. We...

  10. Effect of a nonmagnetic impurity in a nearly antiferromagnetic Fermi liquid: Magnetic correlations and transport phenomena (United States)

    Kontani, Hiroshi; Ohno, Masanori


    In nearly antiferromagnetic (AF) metals such as high- Tc superconductors (HTSCs), a single nonmagnetic impurity frequently causes nontrivial widespread change of the electronic states. To elucidate this long-standing issue, we study a Hubbard model with a strong onsite impurity potential based on an improved fluctuation-exchange (FLEX) approximation, which we call the GVI -FLEX method. This model corresponds to the HTSC with dilute nonmagnetic impurity concentration. We find that (i) both local and staggered susceptibilities are strongly enhanced around the impurity. By this reason, (ii) the quasiparticle lifetime as well as the local density of states are strongly suppressed in a wide area around the impurity (like a Swiss cheese hole), which causes the “huge residual resistivity” beyond the s -wave unitary scattering limit. We stress that the excess quasiparticle damping rate caused by impurities has strong k -dependence due to non- s -wave scatterings induced by many-body effects, so the structure of the “hot spot/cold spot” in the host system persists against impurity doping. This result could be examined by the ARPES measurements. In addition, (iii) only a few percent of impurities can cause a “Kondo-like” upturn of resistivity (dρ/dTheavy fermion systems and organic superconductors.

  11. Effect of Nonmagnetic Impurity in Nearly Antiferromagnetic Fermi Liquid: Magnetic Correlations and Transport Phenomena (United States)

    Kontani, Hiroshi; Ohno, Masanori


    In nearly AF metals such as high-Tc superconductors (HTSCs), heavy fermion systems and organic superconductors, a single nonmagnetic impurity frequently causes nontrivial widespread change of the electronic states. To elucidate this long-standing issue, we study a Hubbard model with a strong onsite impurity potential based on an improved fluctuation-exchange (FLEX) approximation, which we call the GV^I-FLEX method. We find that (i) both local and staggered susceptibilities are strongly enhanced around the impurity. By this reason, (ii) the quasiparticle lifetime as well as the local DOS are strongly suppressed in a wide area around the impurity (like a Swiss cheese hole), which causes the ``huge residual resistivity'' beyond the s-wave unitary scattering limit. We stress that the excess quasiparticle damping rate caused by impurities has strong momentum-dependence due to non-s-wave scatterings induced by many-body effects, so the structure of the ``hot spot/cold spot'' in the host system persists against impurity doping. This result could be examined by the ARPES measurements. In addition, (iii) only a few percent of impurities can causes a ``Kondo-like'' upturn of resistivity (dρ/dT<0) at low temperatures when the system is very close to the AF quantum critical point (QCP). We also discuss the impurity effect in the superconducting state.

  12. Impurity profiling of trinitrotoluene using vacuum-​outlet gas chromatography-​mass spectrometry

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    Brust, H.; Willemse, S.; Zeng, T.; van Asten, A.; Koeberg, M.; van der Heijden, A.; Bolck, A.; Schoenmakers, P.


    In this work, a reliable and robust vacuum-​outlet gas chromatog.-​mass spectrometry (GC-​MS) method is introduced for the identification and quantification of impurities in trinitrotoluene (TNT)​. Vacuum-​outlet GC-​MS allows for short anal. times; the anal. of impurities in TNT was performed in 4

  13. Impurity profiling of trinitrotoluene using vacuum-outlet gas chromatography-mass spectrometry

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    Brust, H.; Willemse, S.; Zeng, T.; Asten, A. van; Koeberg, M.; Heijden, A.E.D.M. van der; Bolck, A.; Schoenmakers, P.


    In this work, a reliable and robust vacuum-outlet gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) method is introduced for the identification and quantification of impurities in trinitrotoluene (TNT). Vacuum-outlet GC-MS allows for short analysis times the analysis of impurities in TNT was performed in

  14. Non-leftmost Unfolding in Partial Evaluation of Logic Programs with Impure Predicates

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    Albert, Elvira; Puebla, German; Gallagher, John Patrick


    Partial evaluation of logic programs which contain impure predicates poses non-trivial challenges. Impure predicates include those which produce side-effects, raise errors (or exceptions), and those whose truth value varies according to the degree of instantiation of arguments. In particular, non...

  15. Combined influence of the impurities and radial electric field on dielectric barrier discharges in atmospheric helium (United States)

    Huang, Zhiming; Hao, Yanpeng; Han, Yuying; Yang, Lin; Tang, Li; Liao, Yifan; Li, Licheng


    The combined influence of nitrogen impurities and radial electric field on dielectric barrier discharges in atmospheric helium is investigated using a two-dimensional (2D) fluid simulation. Discharge current waveforms, 2D electron densities, distributions of surface charge, and radial and axial components of the electric field at the electrode edge are calculated for different impurity levels varying from 0 to 30 ppm. It is observed that the discharge presents the characteristic of a column in pure helium, and it gradually becomes a relatively uniform glow discharge as the impurity level is increased to 20 ppm; for the higher impurity level of 30 ppm, the discharge adopts a concentric-ring pattern discharge. Our result shows that the radial electric field at the electrode edge is approximately 0.6-1.2 kV/cm during the discharge. This radial electric field has an effect that leads to a non-uniform discharge. After doping a low level of impurities, the Penning ionizations caused by the impurities can inhibit this effect and lead to a uniform discharge. However, for a higher impurity level (30 ppm), the effect of the radial electric field again becomes dominant, which easily leads to a non-uniform discharge. These results provide a new perspective on obtaining a uniform glow discharge when both influences of the impurity and radial electric field are taken into account.

  16. Harnessing intrinsic localized modes to identify impurities in nonlinear periodic systems (United States)

    Thota, M.; Harne, R. L.; Wang, K. W.


    Intrinsic localized modes (ILMs) are concentrations of vibrational energy in periodic systems/lattices due to the combined influences of nonlinearity and discreteness. Moreover, ILMs can move within the system and may strongly interact with an impurity, such as a stiffness change, mass variation, etc. Numerous scientific fields have uncovered examples and evidence of ILMs, motivating a multidisciplinary pursuit to rigorously understand the underlying principles. In spite of the diverse technical studies, a characterization of ILM interaction behaviors with multiple impurities in dissipative lattices remains outstanding. The insights on such behaviors may be broadly useful when dynamic measurements are the only accessible features of the periodic system. For instance, one may guide an ILM within the lattice using a deliberately applied and steered impurity and harness the observed interaction behaviors with a second, static (immovable) impurity/defect to identify how the underlying lattice is different at the second, defected site, whether or not one knew the position of the defect a priori. In this spirit, this research studies, analyzes, and characterizes the interaction types amongst an ILM and multiple impurities, and devises a method to identify a static defect impurity using quantitatively and qualitatively distinct interaction phenomena. The method is found to be robust to moderate levels of lattice stiffness heterogeneity and is applicable to monitor various property changes that represent impurities. Finally, experimental studies verify that ILMs interact with multiple impurities in unique ways such that defect features may be effectively identified.

  17. Measurements of Impurity Particle Transport Associated with Drift-Wave Turbulence in MST (United States)

    Nishizawa, Takashi; Nornberg, Mark; Boguski, John; Craig, Darren; den Hartog, Daniel; Pueschel, M. J.; Sarff, John; Terry, Paul; Williams, Zach; Xing, Zichuan


    Understanding and controlling impurity transport in a toroidal magnetized plasma is one of the critical issues that need to be addressed in order to achieve controlled fusion. Gyrokinetic modeling shows turbulence can drive impurity transport, but direct measurements of the turbulent flux have not been made. Particle balance is typically used to infer the presence of turbulent impurity transport. We report, for the first time in a toroidal plasma, direct measurements of turbulence-driven impurity transport. Trapped electron mode (TEM) turbulence appears in MST plasmas when MHD tearing fluctuations are suppressed. Impurity ion-Doppler spectroscopy is used to correlate impurity density and radial velocity fluctuations associated with TEM. Small Doppler shifts associated with the radial velocity fluctuations (rms 1km/s) are resolved with the use of a new linearized spectrum correlation analysis method, which improves the rejection of Poisson noise. The method employs frequency-domain correlation analysis to expose the fluctuation and transport spectrum. The C+ 2 impurity transport velocity driven by turbulence is found to be 48m/s (inward), which is sufficiently large to impact an impurity flux balance in MST improved-confinement plasmas. This work is supported by the US DOE.

  18. Identification and Structural Characterization of Unidentified Impurity in Bisoprolol Film-Coated Tablets

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    Ivana Mitrevska


    Full Text Available The aim of this study is the identification, structural characterization, and qualification of a degradation impurity of bisoprolol labeled as Impurity RRT 0.95. This degradation product is considered as a principal thermal degradation impurity identified in bisoprolol film-coated tablets. The impurity has been observed in the stress thermal degradation study of the drug product. Using HPLC/DAD/ESI-MS method, a tentative structure was assigned and afterwards confirmed by detailed structural characterization using NMR spectroscopy. The structure of the target Impurity RRT 0.95 was elucidated as phosphomonoester of bisoprolol, having relative molecular mass of 406 (positive ionization mode. The structural characterization was followed by qualification of Impurity RRT 0.95 using several different in silico methodologies. From the results obtained, it can be concluded that no new structural alerts have been generated for Impurity RRT 0.95 relative to the parent compound bisoprolol. The current study presents an in-depth analysis of the full characterization and qualification of an unidentified impurity in a drug product with the purpose of properly defining the quality specification of the product.

  19. Paramagnetic Mn impurities on Ge and GaAs surfaces (United States)

    Gambardella, P.; Brune, H.; Dhesi, S. S.; Bencok, P.; Krishnakumar, S. R.; Gardonio, S.; Veronese, M.; Grazioli, C.; Carbone, C.


    Individual Mn impurities deposited on Ge(100), Ge(111), and GaAs(110) substrates present magnetic moments significantly larger compared to the average Mn magnetization in bulklike Ga1-xMnxAs and MnxGe1-x dilute magnetic semiconductors. The Mn magnetic moment is shown to change considerably going from Ge(100), to GaAs(110), and Ge(111). Independently of the substrate, the Mn per atom moment decreases with increasing coverage owing to the formation of antiferromagnetic Mn clusters. We observe no evidence of magnetically ordered surface layers down to a temperature of 5K . The comparison of x-ray magnetic circular dichroism line shapes with that of a pure Mn d5 configuration reveals the partial delocalization of the Mn d states.

  20. Hole, impurity and exciton states in a spherical quantum dot

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    V.I. Boichuk


    Full Text Available The 3x3 kp hole Hamiltonian for the wave-function envelopes (effective mass Hamiltonian was used for calculation of discrete states of the hole and acceptor hydrogenic impurity in a spherical Si/SiO2 nanoheterostructure as a function of the quantum dot radius by neglecting the corrugation of constant-energy surfaces. A study was conducted in the case of finite potential well at the separation boundary of the nanoheterosystem. The dependence of the hole energy spectrum on polarization charges, which arise at the separation boundary of the media, and on the dielectric permittivity, was defined. Using the exact electron and hole solutions, the exciton wave-function was constructed and the exciton ground-state energy was defined. The theoretical results have been compared with experimental data.

  1. Coulomb impurity scattering in topological insulator thin films

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    Yin, Gen; Wickramaratne, Darshana; Lake, Roger K., E-mail: [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 (United States); Zhao, Yuanyuan [Texas Center for Superconductivity and Department of Physics, University of Houston, Houston, Texas 77204 (United States)


    Inter-surface coupling in thin-film topological insulators can reduce the surface state mobility by an order of magnitude in low-temperature transport measurements. The reduction is caused by a reduction in the group velocity and an increased s{sub z} component of the surface-state spin which weakens the selection rule against large-angle scattering. An intersurface potential splits the degenerate bands into a Rashba-like bandstructure. This reduces the intersurface coupling, it largely restores the selection rule against large angle scattering, and the ring-shaped valence band further reduces backscattering by requiring, on average, larger momentum transfer for backscattering events. The effects of temperature, Fermi level, and intersurface potential on the Coulomb impurity scattering limited mobility are analyzed and discussed.

  2. Fe magnetic impurity effect in Au atomic sized conductor

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    Ienaga, Koichiro; Inagaki, Yuji; Kawae, Tatsuya [Department of Applied Quantum Physics, Kyushu University, Moto-oka, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Tsujii, Hiroyuki, E-mail: [Department of Education, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, 920-1192 (Japan)


    We have studied the electrical conductance in Au nanowire containing 0.07 at.%Fe ions (AuFe nanowire) with mechanically controllable break junction technique to investigate the magnetic impurity effects in the atomic-sized conductance. At room temperature, we observe not only conductance steps at the integer multiples of G{sub 0} = 2e{sup 2}/h, but also steps deviating from them in AuFe nanowire. Moreover, these features persist down to T = 4.2 K. The scattering between the conduction electrons and Fe magnetic ions may lift the spin degeneracy of the transmission probability, which is responsible for the deviation. Zero bias anomaly is observed in the AuFe nanowire with the contact diameter larger than {approx}3 nm in the current-voltage (I-V) measurements at T = 4.2 K, which may be caused by Kondo effect.

  3. Sublattice asymmetry of impurity doping in graphene: A review

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    James A. Lawlor


    Full Text Available In this review we highlight recent theoretical and experimental work on sublattice asymmetric doping of impurities in graphene, with a focus on substitutional nitrogen dopants. It is well known that one current limitation of graphene in regards to its use in electronics is that in its ordinary state it exhibits no band gap. By doping one of its two sublattices preferentially it is possible to not only open such a gap, which can furthermore be tuned through control of the dopant concentration, but in theory produce quasi-ballistic transport of electrons in the undoped sublattice, both important qualities for any graphene device to be used competetively in future technology. We outline current experimental techniques for synthesis of such graphene monolayers and detail theoretical efforts to explain the mechanisms responsible for the effect, before suggesting future research directions in this nascent field.

  4. Effect of Negatively Charged Impurity on Graphene Magnetic Rings (United States)

    Lee, Chak Man; Sum Chan, Kwok; Ho, Johnny Chung Yin


    Using the massless Dirac-Weyl model of monolayer graphene, we study the effect of a negatively charged Coulomb impurity on the low-lying spectra of single-electron magnetic dot and ring systems. The numerical results show that the electron-hole symmetry in the spectra is broken by the Coulomb potential, and the original degenerate energy level lying at zero energy becomes nondegenerate and splits into infinite discrete angular momentum states, which have positive energies and thus are electron-like. For higher LLs, each has a reverse ordering of the energy levels when r022/a2 is larger than its critical value in the positive energy states for magnetic dot systems owing to the competition between the Coulomb potential and the magnetic confinement.

  5. Polarons and Mobile Impurities Near a Quantum Phase Transition (United States)

    Shadkhoo, Shahriar

    This dissertation aims at improving the current understanding of the physics of mobile impurities in highly correlated liquid-like phases of matter. Impurity problems pose challenging and intricate questions in different realms of many-body physics. For instance, the problem of ''solvation'' of charged solutes in polar solvents, has been the subject of longstanding debates among chemical physicists. The significant role of quantum fluctuations of the solvent, as well as the break down of linear response theory, render the ordinary treatments intractable. Inspired by this complicated problem, we first attempt to understand the role of non-specific quantum fluctuations in the solvation process. To this end, we calculate the dynamic structure factor of a model polar liquid, using the classical Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. We verify the failure of linear response approximation in the vicinity of a hydrated electron, by comparing the outcomes of MD simulations with the predictions of linear response theory. This nonlinear behavior is associated with the pronounced peaks of the structure factor, which reflect the strong fluctuations of the local modes. A cavity picture is constructed based on heuristic arguments, which suggests that the electron, along with the surrounding polarization cloud, behave like a frozen sphere, for which the linear response theory is broken inside and valid outside. The inverse radius of the spherical region serves as a UV momentum cutoff for the linear response approximation to be applicable. The problem of mobile impurities in polar liquids can be also addressed in the framework of the ''polaron'' problem. Polaron is a quasiparticle that typically acquires an extended state at weak couplings, and crossovers to a self-trapped state at strong couplings. Using the analytical fits to the numerically obtained charge-charge structure factor, a phenomenological approach is proposed within the Leggett's influence functional formalism, which

  6. μ SR insight into the impurity problem in quantum kagome antiferromagnets (United States)

    Gomilšek, M.; Klanjšek, M.; Pregelj, M.; Luetkens, H.; Li, Y.; Zhang, Q. M.; Zorko, A.


    Impurities, which are unavoidable in real materials, may play an important role in the magnetism of frustrated spin systems with a spin-liquid ground state. We address the impurity issue in quantum kagome antiferromagnets by investigating ZnCu3(OH) 6SO4 (Zn-brochantite) by means of muon spin spectroscopy. We show that muons dominantly couple to impurities, originating from Cu-Zn intersite disorder, and that the impurity spins are highly correlated with the kagome spins, allowing us to probe the host kagome physics via a Kondo-like effect. The low-temperature plateau in the impurity susceptibility suggests that the kagome spin-liquid ground state is gapless. The corresponding spin fluctuations exhibit an unconventional spectral density and a nontrivial field dependence.

  7. Effects of quenched impurities on surface diffusion, spreading, and ordering of O/W(110)

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    Nikunen, P.; Vattulainen, Ilpo Tapio; Ala-Nissila, T.


    sites. We examine the behavior of the diffusion coefficients and order parameters as a function of coverage corresponding to various ordered phases at low temperatures. The effects of impurities are examined under both equilibrium and nonequilibrium conditions, and the results are compared to recent......We study how quenched impurities affect the surface diffusion and ordering of strongly interacting adsorbate atoms on surfaces. To this end, we carry out Monte Carlo simulations for a lattice-gas model of O/W(110), including small concentrations of immobile impurities which block their adsorption...... studies on a completely clean surface. We find that even minute impurity concentrations affect the diffusion behavior considerably in equilibrium. The effects are strongest in ordered phases and close to phase boundaries, where quenched impurities lead to a reduction of order, which in turn leads...

  8. Moderation of neoclassical impurity accumulation in high temperature plasmas of helical devices

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    Velasco, J L; Satake, S; Alonso, A; Nunami, M; Yokoyama, M; Sato, M; Dinklage, A; Estrada, T; Fontdecaba, J M; Liniers, M; McCarthy, K J; Medina, F; Van Milligen, B Ph; Ochando, M; Parra, F; Sugama, H; Zhezhera, A


    Achieving impurity and helium ash control is a crucial issue in the path towards fusion-grade magnetic confinement devices, and this is particularly the case of helical reactors, whose low-collisionality ion-root operation scenarios usually display a negative radial electric field which is expected to cause inwards impurity pinch. In these work we discuss, based on experimental measurements and standard predictions of neoclassical theory, how plasmas of very low ion collisionality, similar to those observed in the impurity hole of the Large Helical Device, can be an exception to this general rule, and how a negative radial electric field can coexist with an outward impurity flux. This interpretation is supported by comparison with documented discharges available in the International Stellarator-Heliotron Profile Database, and it can be extrapolated to show that achievement of high ion temperature in the core of helical devices is not fundamentally incompatible with low core impurity content.

  9. Isolation and identification of two unknown impurities from the raw material of clindamycin hydrochloride. (United States)

    Sun, Qiushi; Li, Yue; Qin, Li


    Clindamycin hydrochloride belongs to the antibiotic family of lincomycin. It has the same antibacterial spectrum as lincomycin, but the antibacterial activity is four to eight times stronger than that of lincomycin. There have been some adverse reactions in clinical use of clindamycin hydrochloride and its finished drug products. The impurities in drugs are directly related to their safety. In this study, two unknown impurities were isolated from the raw material of clindamycin hydrochloride through various chromatographic methods. Their structures were identified as clindamycin isomer (impurity 1) and dehydroclindamycin (impurity 2) by mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. Both of them were found for the first time. The two impurities exhibit a similar but lower antibacterial activity compared with clindamycin hydrochloride. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. [Isolation and identification of impurities from raw material of clindamycin phosphate]. (United States)

    Li, Yue; Wu, Tong; Chen, Shu-Zeng; Sun, Qiu-Shi; Qin, Li; Xu, Ling-Yue


    Four impurities were isolated from raw material of clindamycin phosphate (CP), and their structures have been determined. LC-MS was used to determine the molecular weights of the impurities in the raw material of CP. Reversed-phase preparative HPLC was used to prepare them, and their chemical structures were identified by HR-MS and NMR. The four unknown impurities were determined as clindamycin-B-phosphate (1), clindamycin-2,4-diphosphate (2), 3',6'-dehydro clindamycin phosphate (3), epi-clindamycin phosphate (4). Impurity 1 has been included in BP and EP, while 2, 3 and 4 have not. The impurities 2, 3, 4 are first separated from raw material of CP.

  11. Impurity- and magnetic-field-induced quasiparticle states in chiral p-wave superconductors (United States)

    Guo, Yao-Wu; Li, Wei; Chen, Yan


    Both impurity- and magnetic-field-induced quasiparticle states in chiral p-wave superconductors are investigated theoretically by solving the Bogoliubov-de Gennes equations self-consistently. At the strong scattering limit, we find that a universal state bound to the impurity can be induced for both a single nonmagnetic impurity and a single magnetic impurity. Furthermore, we find that different chiral order parameters and the corresponding supercurrents have uniform distributions around linear impurities. Calculations of the local density of states in the presence of an external magnetic field show that the intensity peak of the zero-energy Majorana mode in the vortex core can be enhanced dramatically by tuning the strength of the external magnetic field or pairing interaction.

  12. Impurity transport and bulk ion flow in a mixed collisionality stellarator plasma (United States)

    Newton, S. L.; Helander, P.; Mollén, A.; Smith, H. M.


    The accumulation of impurities in the core of magnetically confined plasmas, resulting from standard collisional transport mechanisms, is a known threat to their performance as fusion energy sources. Whilst the axisymmetric tokamak systems have been shown to benefit from the effect of temperature screening, that is an outward flux of impurities driven by the temperature gradient, impurity accumulation in stellarators was thought to be inevitable, driven robustly by the inward pointing electric field characteristic of hot fusion plasmas. We have shown in Helander et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 118, 2017a, 155002) that such screening can in principle also appear in stellarators, in the experimentally relevant mixed collisionality regime, where a highly collisional impurity species is present in a low collisionality bulk plasma. Details of the analytic calculation are presented here, along with the effect of the impurity on the bulk ion flow, which will ultimately affect the bulk contribution to the bootstrap current.

  13. Deep learning with Python

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    Chollet, Francois


    DESCRIPTION Deep learning is applicable to a widening range of artificial intelligence problems, such as image classification, speech recognition, text classification, question answering, text-to-speech, and optical character recognition. Deep Learning with Python is structured around a series of practical code examples that illustrate each new concept introduced and demonstrate best practices. By the time you reach the end of this book, you will have become a Keras expert and will be able to apply deep learning in your own projects. KEY FEATURES • Practical code examples • In-depth introduction to Keras • Teaches the difference between Deep Learning and AI ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY Deep learning is the technology behind photo tagging systems at Facebook and Google, self-driving cars, speech recognition systems on your smartphone, and much more. AUTHOR BIO Francois Chollet is the author of Keras, one of the most widely used libraries for deep learning in Python. He has been working with deep neural ...

  14. Evolution of impurity incorporation during ammonothermal growth of GaN (United States)

    Sintonen, Sakari; Wahl, Stefanie; Richter, Susanne; Meyer, Sylke; Suihkonen, Sami; Schulz, Tobias; Irmscher, Klaus; Danilewsky, Andreas N.; Tuomi, Turkka O.; Stankiewicz, Romuald; Albrecht, Martin


    Ammonothermally grown GaN is a promising substrate for high-power optoelectronics and electronics thanks to its scalability and high structural perfection. Despite extensive research, ammonothermal GaN still suffers from significant concentrations of impurities. This article discusses the evolution of impurity incorporation during growth of basic ammonothermal GaN, in specific whether the impurity concentration changes temporally along the growth direction and how the autoclave influences the impurity concentration. The effect of the impurities on the structural, electrical and optical properties of the grown crystal is also discussed. The chemical analysis is carried out by time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS) and laser-ablation inductively-coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (LA-ICP-MS). Strain and dislocation generation caused by impurity concentration gradients and steps are studied by synchrotron radiation x-ray topography (SR-XRT). Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) reflectivity is used to determine the effect of the impurities on the free carrier concentration, and the luminescent properties are studied by low temperature photoluminescence (PL). The influence of the autoclave is studied by growing a single boule in multiple steps in several autoclaves. LA-ICP-MS and ToF-SIMS ion intensities indicate that the impurity concentrations of several species vary between different autoclaves by over an order of magnitude. SR-XRT measurements reveal strain at the growth interfaces due to impurity concentration gradients and steps. Oxygen is determined to be the most abundant impurity species, resulting in a high free carrier concentration, as determined by FTIR. The large variation in Mn concentration dramatically affects PL intensity.

  15. Bismuth interstitial impurities and the optical properties of GaP 1- x - y Bi x N y

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    Christian, Theresa M.; Beaton, Daniel A.; Perkins, John D.; Fluegel, Brian; Alberi, Kirstin; Mascarenhas, Angelo


    Two distinctive regimes of behavior are observed from GaP1- x - y Bi x N y alloys with x < 2.4%, y < 3.4% grown by molecular beam epitaxy. These regimes are correlated with abundant bismuth interstitial impurities that are encouraged or suppressed according to the sample growth temperature, with up to 55% of incorporated bismuth located interstitially. When bismuth interstitials are present, radiative recombination arises at near-band-edge localized states rather than from impurity bands and deep state luminescence. This change demonstrates a novel strategy for controlling luminescence in isoelectronic semiconductor alloys and is attributed to a disruption of carrier transfer processes.

  16. Classical confinement and outward convection of impurity ions in the MST RFP

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    Kumar, S. T. A.; Den Hartog, D. J.; Mirnov, V. V.; Eilerman, S.; Nornberg, M.; Reusch, J. A.; Sarff, J. S. [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Center for Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Caspary, K. J.; Chapman, B. E.; Parke, E. [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Magee, R. M. [Department of Physics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506 (United States); Brower, D. L.; Ding, W. X.; Lin, L. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90095 (United States); Craig, D. [Physics Department, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois 60187 (United States); Fiksel, G. [Center for Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York (United States)


    Impurity ion dynamics measured with simultaneously high spatial and temporal resolution reveal classical ion transport in the reversed-field pinch. The boron, carbon, oxygen, and aluminum impurity ion density profiles are obtained in the Madison Symmetric Torus [R. N. Dexter et al., Fusion Technol. 19, 131 (1991)] using a fast, active charge-exchange-recombination-spectroscopy diagnostic. Measurements are made during improved-confinement plasmas obtained using inductive control of tearing instability to mitigate stochastic transport. At the onset of the transition to improved confinement, the impurity ion density profile becomes hollow, with a slow decay in the core region concurrent with an increase in the outer region, implying an outward convection of impurities. Impurity transport from Coulomb collisions in the reversed-field pinch is classical for all collisionality regimes, and analysis shows that the observed hollow profile and outward convection can be explained by the classical temperature screening mechanism. The profile agrees well with classical expectations. Experiments performed with impurity pellet injection provide further evidence for classical impurity ion confinement.

  17. Extended numerical modeling of impurity neoclassical transport in tokamak edge plasmas

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    Inoue, H.; Yamoto, S.; Hatayama, A. [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University, Hiyoshi, Yokohama (Japan); Homma, Y. [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Keio University, Hiyoshi, Yokohama (Japan); Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo (Japan)


    Understanding of impurity transport in tokamaks is an important issue in order to reduce the impurity contamination in fusion core plasmas. Recently, a new kinetic numerical scheme of impurity classical/neoclassical transport has been developed. This numerical scheme makes it possible to include classical self-diffusion (CL SD), classical inward pinch (CL IWP), and classical temperature screening effect (CL TSE) of impurity ions. However, impurity neoclassical transport has been modeled only in the case where background plasmas are in the Pfirsch-Schluter (PS) regime. The purpose of this study is to extend our previous model to wider range of collisionality regimes, i.e., not only the PS regime, but also the plateau regime. As in the previous study, a kinetic model with Binary Collision Monte-Carlo Model (BMC) has been adopted. We focus on the modeling of the neoclassical self-diffusion (NC SD) and the neoclassical inward pinch (NC IWP). In order to simulate the neoclassical transport with the BCM, velocity distribution of background plasma ions has been modeled as a deformed Maxwell distribution which includes plasma density gradient. Some test simulations have been done. As for NC SD of impurity ions, our scheme reproduces the dependence on the collisionality parameter in wide range of collisionality regime. As for NC IWP, in cases where test impurity ions and background ions are in the PS and plateau regimes, parameter dependences have been reproduced. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  18. Classical Impurity Transport: New Effects in High-Beta, Anisotropic, and Rotating 1D Systems (United States)

    Ochs, Ian; Kolmes, Elijah; Fisch, Nathaniel


    The classical impurity pinch arises from the Braginskii and diamagnetic frictional forces between high-Z impurities and low-Z ions, and leads to the well-known result that peaked temperature profiles can flush impurities that will otherwise accumulate in the plasma core. However, in high-beta systems, or systems with field line curvature, grad-B and curvature drifts will also influence the impurity transport. We analyze the impurity pinch with these drifts added, in the simple context of a screw pinch with constant rotational transform. We find that high plasma beta tends to help flush impurities, while a large rotational transform tends to cause impurities to accumulate in the plasma core. Extensions to anisotropic temperature distributions and the rotating screw pinch are discussed. The results are relevant for tokamaks at large aspect ratio, magnetized liner fusion, and the newly-proposed wave-driven rotating torus (WDRT) fusion concept. This work is supported by DOE Grants DE-SC0016072 and DE-FG02-97ER25308.

  19. Interaction of light with impurities in lithium niobate crystals

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    Schwesyg, Judith Renate Marie-Luise


    Congruent lithium niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}) and 5-mol% MgO-doped LiNbO{sub 3} (MgO:LN) crystals are widely used as nonlinear-optical crystals in frequency-conversion devices due to their large nonlinear-optic coefficients. These devices usually require high optical pump powers, but absorption of photons by impurities limits their usability due to heat accumulation that leads to thermo-optic refractive index changes. These refractive index changes distort the beam shape and disturb the phase-matching condition. Furthermore pyroelectric fields can build up. In this thesis the residual optical absorption in congruent LiNbO{sub 3} (CLN) and MgO:LN crystals is studied. Absorption spectra of CLN and MgO:LN crystals between 400-2000 nm reveal a residual absorption up to 0.04 cm{sup -1}. This absorption is mainly caused by transition metal impurities. Between 2300-2800 nm unknown hydrogen absorption bands in CLN and MgO:LN are revealed on the order of 0.001 cm{sup -1}. High-temperature annealing is applied to the CLN and MgO:LN crystals, which decreases optical absorption by up to one order of magnitude. As an application, the operation of a 1550-nm pumped singly-resonant CW optical parametric oscillator, resonant around 2600 nm, using a low-loss, periodically-poled, annealed CLN crystal is demonstrated. Another issue that affects CLN is photorefractive damage (PRD), i.e. light-induced refractive index changes. In contrast, MgO:LN crystals do not suffer from PRD even at high optical intensities. However, it is shown in this thesis that PRD can occur within seconds in MgO:LN, using green laser light at light intensity levels as low as 100 mW/cm{sup 2}, if the crystal is heated by several degrees Celsius during or before illumination. Photorefractive damage does not occur in CLN crystals under the same conditions. We show that the pyroelectric effect together with an elevated photoconductivity compared to that of CLN causes this beam distortion and that this effect also

  20. Step Bunching: Influence of Impurities and Solution Flow (United States)

    Chernov, A. A.; Vekilov, P. G.; Coriell, S. R.; Murray, B. T.; McFadden, G. B.


    Step bunching results in striations even at relatively early stages of its development and in inclusions of mother liquor at the later stages. Therefore, eliminating step bunching is crucial for high crystal perfection. At least 5 major effects causing and influencing step bunching are known: (1) Basic morphological instability of stepped interfaces. It is caused by concentration gradient in the solution normal to the face and by the redistribution of solute tangentially to the interface which redistribution enhances occasional perturbations in step density due to various types of noise; (2) Aggravation of the above basic instability by solution flowing tangentially to the face in the same directions as the steps or stabilization of equidistant step train if these flows are antiparallel; (3) Enhanced bunching at supersaturation where step velocity v increases with relative supersaturation s much faster than linear. This v(s) dependence is believed to be associated with impurities. The impurities of which adsorption time is comparable with the time needed to deposit one lattice layer may also be responsible for bunching; (4) Very intensive solution flow stabilizes growing interface even at parallel solution and step flows; (5) Macrosteps were observed to nucleate at crystal corners and edges. Numerical simulation, assuming step-step interactions via surface diffusion also show that step bunching may be induced by random step nucleation at the facet edge and by discontinuity in the step density (a ridge) somewhere in the middle of a face. The corresponding bunching patterns produce the ones observed in experiment. The nature of step bunching generated at the corners and edges and by dislocation step sources, as well as the also relative importance and interrelations between mechanisms 1-5 is not clear, both from experimental and theoretical standpoints. Furthermore, several laws controlling the evolution of existing step bunches have been suggested, though

  1. Deep learning relevance

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    Lioma, Christina; Larsen, Birger; Petersen, Casper


    train a Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) on existing relevant information to that query. We then use the RNN to "deep learn" a single, synthetic, and we assume, relevant document for that query. We design a crowdsourcing experiment to assess how relevant the "deep learned" document is, compared...... to existing relevant documents. Users are shown a query and four wordclouds (of three existing relevant documents and our deep learned synthetic document). The synthetic document is ranked on average most relevant of all....

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Process-Related Impurities of Antidiabetic Drug Linagliptin

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    Yiwen Huang


    Full Text Available Linagliptin, a xanthine derivative, is a highly potent, selective, long-acting and orally bioavailable DPP-4 inhibitor for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. During the process development of linagliptin, five new process-related impurities were detected by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. All these impurities were identified, synthesized, and subsequently characterized by their respective spectral data (MS, HRMS, 1H-NMR, 13C-NMR and IR as described in this article. The identification of these impurities should be useful for quality control and the validation of the analytical method in the manufacture of linagliptin.

  3. Modification of the electronic transport in Au by prototypical impurities and interlayers

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    Fadlallah, Majida M.


    Electronic transport calculations for metallic interfaces based on density functional theory and a scattering theory on the Landauer-Büttiker level are presented. We study the modifications of the transport through Au due to prototypical impurities and interlayers. Our results show that the influence of S and Si impurities is well described in terms of simple vacancies. Metallic impurities and interlayers, on the other hand, have even more drastic effects, in particular when the Au s-d hybrid states at the Fermi energy are perturbed. The effects of a possible interface alloy formation are discussed in detail. © 2010 EPLA.

  4. Behaviour of carbon and boron impurities in the Madison Symmetric Torus

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    Kumar, S T A; Den Hartog, D J; Magee, R M; Fiksel, G [Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI (United States); Craig, D, E-mail: [Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (United States)


    Temporally and spatially resolved measurements of carbon and boron impurity density are obtained in the reversed field pinch (RFP) for the first time. It is observed that, unlike in tokamaks and stellarators, the RFP does not exhibit a centrally peaked impurity profile in either standard plasmas where field lines have some degree of stochasticity, or improved confinement discharges where there exist well-nested flux surfaces for a substantial fraction of the plasma volume. Results from improved confinement discharges also indicate an outward convection of impurities from the core of the plasma. (brief communication)

  5. CT-QMC-simulations on the single impurity Anderson model with a superconducting bath

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    Sohn, Florian; Pruschke, Thomas [Institut fuer theoretische Physik, Universitaet Goettingen, Friedrich-Hund-Platz 1, 37077 Goettingen (Germany)


    Coupling a heavy fermion impurity to a superconducting lead induces a competition between the Kondo effect and superconductivity in the low temperature regime. This situation has been modeled with a single impurity Anderson model, where the normal state bath is replaced by a BCS-type superconducting bath in mean field approximation. We study this model using a continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo hybridization expansion algorithm. Results include the impurity Green's functions as well as the corresponding spectral functions obtained from analytic continuation. Two side bands are observed which we discuss in the light of Yu-Shiba-Rusinov states.

  6. The electrical activity of GaN doped with transition metal impurities (United States)

    Chisholm, J. A.; Bristowe, P. D.


    The electronic properties of GaN doped with three transition metal impurities (titanium, nickel and gold) have been calculated using a density functional approach. Both substitutional and interstitial mechanisms for dopant incorporation have been considered, together with the effect of varying the charge state of the impurity. The electrical activity of the metal impurities is characterized by considering the defect levels in the band gap, the Mulliken charges on the atoms and the local distribution of valence charge density. The calculated formation energies indicate that a substitutional mechanism is preferred and that all three metals act as donor dopants.

  7. Effects of Impurities in CO2 Spreading Model Development for Field Experiments in the Framework of the CO2QUEST Project (United States)

    Rebscher, D.; Wolf, J. L.; Jung, B.; Bensabat, J.; Segev, R.; Niemi, A. P.


    The aim of the CO2QUEST project (Impact of the Quality of CO2 on Storage and Transport) is to investigate the effect of typical impurities in the CO2 stream captured from fossil fuel power plants on its safe and economic transportation and deep geologic storage. An important part of this EU funded project is to enhance the understanding of typical impurity effects in a CO2 stream regarding the performance of the storage. Based on the experimental site Heletz in Israel, where injection tests of water as well as of super-critical pure and impure CO2 will be conducted, numerical simulations are performed. These studies illustrate flow and transport of CO2 and brine as well as impurities induced chemical reactions in relation to changes in the reservoir, e.g. porosity, permeability, pH-value, and mineral composition. Using different THC codes (TOUGH2-ECO2N, TOUGHREACT, PFLOTRAN), the spatial distribution of CO2 and impurities, both in the supercritical and aqueous phases, are calculated. The equation of state (EOS) of above numerical codes are properly modified to deal with binary/tertiary gas mixtures (e.g. CO2-N2 or CO2-SO2). In addition, simulations for a push-pull test of about 10 days duration are performed, which will be validated against experimental field data. Preliminary results are as follows: (a) As expected, the injection of SO2 leads to a strong decrease in pH-value, hence, the total dissolution of carbonate minerals could be observed. (b) Due to the acidic attack on clay minerals , which is enhanced compared to a pure CO2 dissolution, a higher amount of metal ions are released, in particular Fe2+ and Mg2+ by a factor of 25 and 10, respectively. Whereas secondary precipitation occurs only for sulphur minerals, namely anhydrite and pyrite. (c) The co-injection of CO2 with N2 changes physical properties of the gas mixture. Increasing N2 contents induces density decrease of the gas mixture, resulting in faster and wider plume migration compared to the pure

  8. Universality of an Impurity in a Bose-Einstein Condensate

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    Shuhei M. Yoshida


    Full Text Available We consider the ground-state properties of an impurity particle (“polaron” resonantly interacting with a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC. Focusing on the equal-mass system, we use a variational wave function for the polaron that goes beyond previous work and includes up to three Bogoliubov excitations of the BEC, thus allowing us to capture both Efimov trimers and associated tetramers. We find that the length scale associated with Efimov trimers (i.e., the three-body parameter can strongly affect the polaron’s behavior, even at densities where there are no well-defined Efimov states. However, by comparing our results with recent quantum Monte Carlo calculations, we argue that the polaron energy is a universal function of the Efimov three-body parameter for sufficiently low boson densities. We further support this conclusion by showing that the energies of the deepest bound Efimov trimers and tetramers at unitarity are universally related to one another, regardless of the microscopic model. On the other hand, we find that the quasiparticle residue and effective mass sensitively depend on the coherence length ξ of the BEC, with the residue tending to zero as ξ diverges, in a manner akin to the orthogonality catastrophe.

  9. Toward understanding and modeling of impurity gettering in silicon

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    Tan, Teh Y.; Gafiteanu, R.; Goesele, U.M. [Duke Univ., Durham, NC (United States)


    Gettering of harmful impurities away from the device active regions has already become an integral part of manufacturing integrated circuits (IC) using Czochralski (CZ) Si wafers, and is experiencing an increasing importance in Si solar cell fabrications for improving the cell efficiency. Gettering consists of (1) the creation of suitable gettering sites; and (2) the gettering processes of contaminants. Requirements for successful gettering differ between the IC and solar cell cases, because ICs are monolithic devices situated at the Si wafer surfaces while solar cells are bulk devices, and because the Si substrate materials used are different. For IC fabrications, the method used is that of intrinsic or internal gettering (IG) which utilizes oxygen precipitates and their associated defects in the CZ Si wafer bulk as gettering sites. Because of the bulk nature of IG sites, the scheme cannot be used also for solar cells. Only some kind of extrinsic or external gettering (EG) schemes with gettering sites located at the wafer surface regions can be used for solar cells. The gettering of the harmful contaminants, usually metals, to the gettering region involves the metal dissolution from precipitated state, the metal atom diffusion to and the stabilization at the gettering sites. A mathematical model of the gettering process is presented.

  10. Ion and impurity transport in turbulent, anisotropic magnetic fields

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    Negrea, M; Petrisor, I [Department of Physics, Association Euratom-MEdC, Romania, University of Craiova, A.I. Cuza str. 13, Craiova (Romania); Isliker, H; Vogiannou, A; Vlahos, L [Section of Astrophysics, Astronomy and Mechanics, Department of Physics, University of Thessaloniki, Association Euratom-Hellenic Republic, 541 24 Thessaloniki (Greece); Weyssow, B [Physique Statistique-Plasmas, Association Euratom-Etat Belge, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Plaine, Bd. du Triomphe, 1050 Bruxelles (Belgium)


    We investigate ion and impurity transport in turbulent, possibly anisotropic, magnetic fields. The turbulent magnetic field is modeled as a correlated stochastic field, with Gaussian distribution function and prescribed spatial auto-correlation function, superimposed onto a strong background field. The (running) diffusion coefficients of ions are determined in the three-dimensional environment, using two alternative methods, the semi-analytical decorrelation trajectory (DCT) method, and test-particle simulations. In a first step, the results of the test-particle simulations are compared with and used to validate the results obtained from the DCT method. For this purpose, a drift approximation was made in slab geometry, and relatively good qualitative agreement between the DCT method and the test-particle simulations was found. In a second step, the ion species He, Be, Ne and W, all assumed to be fully ionized, are considered under ITER-like conditions, and the scaling of their diffusivities is determined with respect to varying levels of turbulence (varying Kubo number), varying degrees of anisotropy of the turbulent structures and atomic number. In a third step, the test-particle simulations are repeated without drift approximation, directly using the Lorentz force, first in slab geometry, in order to assess the finite Larmor radius effects, and second in toroidal geometry, to account for the geometric effects. It is found that both effects are important, most prominently the effects due to toroidal geometry and the diffusivities are overestimated in slab geometry by an order of magnitude.

  11. Impurity induced current oscillations in one-dimensional conductors

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    Artemenko, S N; Shapiro, D S; Vakhitov, R R; Remizov, S V, E-mail: art@cplire.r [V.A. Kotelnikov Institute for Radioengineering and Electronics of the RAS, 125009 Moscow (Russian Federation)


    We study theoretically electronic transport through an isolated local defect in a 1D conductor described in terms of the Luttinger liquid, and show that the well-known tunneling regime of electronic transport leading to power-law I-V curves takes place only in the limit of small voltage. At voltages exceeding a threshold value a new dynamic regime of transport starts in which the DC current I-bar induces AC oscillations of frequency f = I-bar /e. In gated quantum wires where interaction between electrons is short-ranged, generation linewidth is small provided the inter-electronic repulsion is strong enough, otherwise a wide-band noise is generated. In case of long-range Coulomb interaction generation is coherent at any interaction strength. The effect is related to interaction of the current with Friedel oscillations of the electronic density around the impurity. Manifestations of the effect resemble the Coulomb blockade and the Josephson effect. Oscillations of the electric current are accompanied by spin current oscillations. The results are related to semiconducting quantum wires, metallic atomic chains, carbon nanotubes, graphene nanoribbons and others.

  12. Economizer water-wall damages initiated by feedwater impurities

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    Vidojković Sonja M.


    Full Text Available The main causes of efficiency loss in thermal power plants are boiler tube failures that diminish unit reliability and availability, and raise the cost of the electric energy. For that reason, regular examination of boiler tubes is indispensable measure for prevention future malfunctions of power units. Microscopic examination of economizer inner wall microstructure, analysis of chemical composition of deposit using x-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive spectroscopy (SEM/EDS has been performed in a subcritical power plant. Stress corrosion cracking, pitting corrosion, destroyed protective magnetite layer, presence of magnetite and hematite in deposit and corrosive impurities within the cracks were indicated the effect of inadequate quality of feedwater that can not entirely ensure reliable operation of the boiler. It may be stated that maintenance of present boiler does not provide its reliable operation. Extensive chemical control of water/steam cycle was recommended. [Projekat Ministartsva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 43009 i br. III 45012

  13. Observation of carbon impurity flow in the edge stochastic magnetic field layer of Large Helical Device and its impact on the edge impurity control (United States)

    Oishi, T.; Morita, S.; Dai, S. Y.; Kobayashi, M.; Kawamura, G.; Huang, X. L.; Zhang, H. M.; Liu, Y.; Goto, M.; the LHD Experiment Group


    The parallel flow of carbon impurity in a thick stochastic magnetic field layer called the ‘ergodic layer’ located at the edge plasma of the Large Helical Device (LHD) is studied by space-resolved vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopy, using a 3 m normal incidence spectrometer. A full vertical profile of C3+ impurity flow is evaluated from the Doppler shift of the second order of CIV line emission (2  ×  1548.20 Å) at a horizontally-elongated plasma position of LHD. The carbon flow at the top and bottom edges in the ergodic layer has the same direction toward the outboard side along the major radius direction. The observed flow quantitatively agrees with the simulation results calculated with a 3D simulation code, EMC3-EIRENE. It experimentally verifies the validity of edge parallel flow driving the impurity screening.

  14. A Multidisciplinary Investigation to Determine the Structure and Source of Dimeric Impurities in AMG 517 Drug Substance

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    Maria Victoria Silva Elipe


    Full Text Available In the initial scale-up batches of the experimental drug substance AMG 517, a pair of unexpected impurities was observed by HPLC. Analysis of data from initial LC-MS experiments indicated the presence of two dimer-like molecules. One impurity had an additional sulfur atom incorporated into its structure relative to the other impurity. Isolation of the impurities was performed, and further structural elucidation experiments were conducted with high-resolution LC-MS and 2D NMR. The dimeric structures were confirmed, with one of the impurities having an unexpected C-S-C linkage. Based on the synthetic route of AMG 517, it was unlikely that these impurities were generated during the last two steps of the process. Stress studies on the enriched impurities were carried out to further confirm the existence of the C-S-C linkage in the benzothiazole portion of AMG 517. Further investigation revealed that these two dimeric impurities originated from existing impurities in the AMG 517 starting material, N-acetyl benzothiazole. The characterization of these two dimeric impurities allowed for better quality control of new batches of the N-acetyl benzothiazole starting material. As a result, subsequent batches of AMG 517 contained no reportable levels of these two impurities

  15. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    CONCLUSION: Deep Venous Thrombosis is a common disease with fatal and serious long term burdensome complications. ... WAJM 2009; 28(2): 77–82. Keywords: Deep Vein Thrombosis, Venous Thrombosis,. Phlebothrombosis. ... phlebitic syndrome, ulcers and varicose veins. In surgical patients with malignant disease ...

  16. [Deep neck infections]. (United States)

    Nowak, Katarzyna; Szyfter, Witold


    Deep neck infection is relatively rare but potentially life threatening complication of common oropharyngeal infections. This retrospective study was aimed at analyzing the occurrence of complications, diagnostic methods and proper management of deep neck infection. A review was conducted in 32 cases who were diagnosed as having deep neck infection from 1995 to 2005. The causes of deep neck infections were tonsillitis (16 cases), tooth diseases (6 cases), paratonsillar abscess (4 cases), parotitis (1 case), pussy lymphonodes after tonsillectomy (2 cases), pussy congenital neck cyst (1 case), chronic otitis media (1 case), parotitis (1 case), foreign body of the esophagus (1 case). All the puss bacterial cultivation were positive. All the patients were treated by different ways of chirurgical drainage and use of large dosage of antibiotics. Deep neck infection should be suspected in patients with long lasting fever and painful swelling of the neck and treatment should begin quick as possible.

  17. An Implicit Monte Carlo Method for Simulation of Impurity Transport in Divertor Plasma (United States)

    Suzuki, Akiko; Takizuka, Tomonori; Shimizu, Katsuhiro; Hayashi, Nobuhiko; Hatayama, Akiyoshi; Ogasawara, Masatada


    A new "implicit" Monte Carlo (IMC) method has been developed to simulate ionization and recombination processes of impurity ions in divertor plasmas. The IMC method takes into account many ionization and recombination processes during a time step Δ t. The time step is not limited by a condition, Δ t≪ τ min(τ min; the minimum characteristic time of atomic processes), which is forced to be adopted in conventional Monte Carlo methods. We incorporate this method into a one-dimensional impurity transport model. In this transport calculation, impurity ions are followed with the time step about 10 times larger than that used in conventional methods. The average charge state of impurities, , and the radiative cooling rate, L( Te), are calculated at the electron temperature Tein divertor plasmas. These results are compared with thosed obtained from the simple noncoronal model.

  18. Enhanced electron/fuel-ion equilibration through impurity ions: Studies applicable to NIF and Omega (United States)

    Petrasso, R. D.; Sio, H.; Kabadi, N.; Lahmann, B.; Simpson, R.; Parker, C.; Frenje, J.; Gatu Johnson, M.; Li, C. K.; Seguin, F. H.; Rinderknecht, H.; Casey, D.; Grabowski, P.; Graziani, F.; Taitano, W.; Le, A.; Chacon, L.; Hoffman, N.; Kagan, G.; Simakov, A.; Zylstra, A.; Rosenberg, M.; Betti, R.; Srinivasan, B.; Mancini, R.


    In shock-driven exploding-pushers, a platform used extensively to study multi-species and kinetic effects, electrons and fuel ions are far out of equilibrium, as reflected by very different temperatures. However, impurity ions, even in small quantities, can couple effectively to the electrons, because of a Z2 dependence, and in turn, impurity ions can then strongly couple to the fuel ions. Through this mechanism, electrons and fuel-ions can equilibrate much faster than they otherwise would. This is a quantitative issue, depending upon the amount and Z of the impurity. For NIF and Omega, we consider the role of this process. Coupled non-linear equations, reflecting the temperatures of the three species, are solved for a range of conditions. Consideration is also given to ablatively driven implosions, since impurities can similarly affect the equilibration. This work was supported in part by DOE/NNSA DE-NA0002949 and DE-NA0002726.

  19. Survey of Key Parameters of Impurities in Aluminum: Diffusion Coefficients, Solubility, and Liquidus Slopes (United States)

    Pearce, Jonathan V.


    Impurities represent in many cases the largest contribution to the uncertainty associated with fixed points of the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90). The effect of impurities on the solidification temperature of ITS-90 metals can be characterized by the liquidus slope, the values of which have recently been characterized for a large number of systems. Two other key parameters are the diffusion coefficient, which provides information on how rapidly diffusion, and hence mixing, proceeds, as well as on the validity of the Scheil model of solidification; and the solubility, which provides information on how much impurity is actually dissolved and hence participates in affecting the solidification temperature. In this study, a comprehensive survey is presented of liquidus slopes, together with a survey of 237 diffusion coefficients and 274 values for the solubility of impurities in both liquid and solid aluminum.

  20. Magnetism without magnetic impurities in oxides ZrO2 and TiO2

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    Maca, Frantisek; Kudrnovsky, Josef [Institute of Physics, ASCR, Praha (Czech Republic); Drchal, Vaclav [Institut Neel, CNRS, Grenoble (France); Bouzerar, Georges [Institut Neel, CNRS, Grenoble (France); Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble (France)


    We perform a theoretical study of the magnetism induced in transition metal dioxides ZrO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} by substitution of the cation by a vacancy or an impurity from the groups 1A or 2A of the periodic table, where the impurity is either K or Ca. In the present study both supercell and embedded cluster methods are used. It is demonstrated that the vacancy and the K-impurity leads to a robust induced magnetic moment on the surrounding O-atoms for both the cubic ZrO{sub 2} and rutile TiO{sub 2} host crystals. The presence of an impurity band close to the top of the valence band is a precursor for the appearance of magnetism in dioxides.

  1. Characterization of impurities in biogas before and after upgrading to vehicle fuel

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    Arrhenius, Karine; Johansson, Ulrika [SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Boraas (Sweden)


    Biogases produced by digesting organic wastes, residual sludge from waste water treatment, energy crops,byproducts from industry or in landfills contain impurities which can be harmful for components that will be in contact with the biogas during its utilization. In this project, the impurities present in biogases have been mapped out depending upon which feedstock is digested. P-cymene och D-limonene, two terpenes, have been found to be characteristics for biogases produced from the digestion of waste including household wastes while an 'oil' fraction containing alkanes with 9 to 13 carbon atoms is characteristic for biogases produced at waste water treatment plants. Ketones and sulfur compounds are found in biogases produced from the digestion of food industry wastes or energy crops. It was not possible to characterize impurities in biogases produced in farm plants digesting manure because not enough samples were analyzed from these plants. In order to understand the relation between the feedstock and the impurities present in the biogas, an extensive study on feedstock characterization must be conducted. One question to be answered is if these impurities only originate from the volatilization from the feedstock and in this case, why only these specific compounds are found at significant concentrations. In this study we have also studied how effective purification/upgrading techniques are to remove impurities that have been identified in biogases. En general comment is that the upgraded gas still contains a part of the characteristic impurities which have been identified for each feedstock at different levels of concentration depending on which technique has been used. The results show that activated carbon filters are more or less effective. Some of them can remove more than 90 % of the impurities while others remove less that 10 %. Results show also that the amine scrubber have very moderate effects on the impurities composition. In that case, the

  2. An Implant-Passivated Blocked Impurity Band Germanium Detector for the Far Infrared Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to investigate the feasibility of fabricating a germanium blocked-impurity-band (BIB) detector using a novel process which will enable us to: 1- fabricate...

  3. An Implant-Passivated Blocked Impurity Band Germanium Detector for the Far Infrared Project (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — We propose to fabricate a germanium blocked-impurity-band (BIB) detector using a novel process which will enable us to: 1- fabricate a suitably-doped active layer...

  4. A study of impurity transport in the plasma boundary of TEXTOR using gas puffing (United States)

    McCracken, G. M.; Samm, U.; Fielding, S. J.; Matthews, G. F.; Pitts, R. A.; Pitcher, C. S.; Gray, D.; Lie, Y. T.; Moyer, R. A.; Bertschinger, G.; Pospieszczyk, A.; Rusbuldt, D.; Stangeby, P. C.; Elder, D.; Schweer, B.


    The transport of carbon and oxygen impurities has been studied in TEXTOR by introducing the gases CH 4 and CO through a small hole in a test limiter. The toroidal distributions of different charge states of the impurities have been measured using a CCD camera with optical filters. Local impurity ion temperatures have been calculated from the Doppler broadening of line emission measured with a high resolution spectrometer. The spatial distributions and the ion temperatures have been modelled using the LIM Monte Carlo impurity code, with experimentally measured plasma profiles. Good agreement is obtained for both sets of measurements. The comparison shows the breakup energies of the atomic fragments to be ≪ 1 eV. The fuelling efficiency of different gas species is discussed.

  5. Impurity characterization of magnesium diuranate using simultaneous TG–DTA–FTIR measurements

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    Raje, Naina, E-mail: [Analytical Chemistry Division, B.A.R.C., Mumbai 400 085 (India); Ghonge, Darshana K. [Analytical Chemistry Division, B.A.R.C., Mumbai 400 085 (India); Hemantha Rao, G.V.S. [NFC, ECIL Post, Hyderabad (India); Reddy, A.V.R. [Analytical Chemistry Division, B.A.R.C., Mumbai 400 085 (India)


    Current studies describe the application of simultaneous thermogravimetry–differential thermal analysis – evolved gas analysis techniques for the compositional characterization of magnesium diuranate (MDU) with respect to the impurities present in the matrix. The stoichiometric composition of MDU was identified as MgU{sub 2}O{sub 7}⋅3H{sub 2}O. Presence of carbonate and sulphate as impurities in the matrix was confirmed through the evolved gas analysis using Fourier Transformation Infrared Spectrometry detection. Carbon and magnesium hydroxide content present as impurities in magnesium diuranate have been determined quantitatively using TG and FTIR techniques and the results are in good agreement. Powder X-ray diffraction analysis of magnesium diuranate suggests the presence of magnesium hydroxide as impurity in the matrix. Also these studies confirm the formation of magnesium uranate, uranium sesquioxide and uranium dioxide above 1000 °C, due to the decomposition of magnesium diuranate.

  6. Lattice site location of electrical dopant impurities in group-III nitrides

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    Amorim, Lígia; Temst, Kristiaan; Wahl, Ulrich

    Dopants are impurities introduced in semiconductors in small quantities to tailor the material characteristics, the effects of which depend on the exact site the dopant occupies in the crystal lattice. The lattice location of impurities is, thus, crucial for the overall understanding of the semiconductor characteristics. In general, several techniques can be used to investigate the lattice site of an impurity, the most accurate and dedicated being emission channeling. However, a characteristic of this technique is that it requires the implantation of radioactive probes, usually created and accelerated in a radioactive ion beam facility. In some cases, emission channeling might however be the only technique capable to investigate the lattice sites occupied by the impurity atoms, provided an appropriate isotope for this technique can be used. For instance, the use of other methods such as Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, perturbed angular correlations, Mössbauer spectroscopy and extended X-ray absorptio...

  7. Impact of impurities and cryoconite on the optical properties of the Morteratsch Glacier

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    Di Mauro, Biagio; Baccolo, Giovanni; Garzonio, Roberto; Giardino, Claudia; Massabò, Dario; Piazzalunga, Andrea; Rossini, Micol; Colombo, Roberto


    ...) hyperspectral data to characterize the impact of light-absorbing impurities (LAIs) on the surface reflectance of ice and snow of the Vadret da Morteratsch, a large valley glacier in the Swiss Alps...

  8. Impurity scattering on the surface of topological-insulator thin films (United States)

    Shiranzaei, Mahroo; Parhizgar, Fariborz; Fransson, Jonas; Cheraghchi, Hosein


    We address the electronic structure of the surface states of topological-insulator thin films with embedded local nonmagnetic and magnetic impurities. Using the T -matrix expansion of the real-space Green's function, we derive the local density of electron states and corresponding spin-resolved densities. We show that the effects of the impurities can be tuned by applying an electric field between the surface layers. The emerging magnetic states are expected to play an important role both in the ferromagnetic mechanism of magnetic topological insulators and in its transport properties. In the case of magnetic impurities, we have categorized the possible cases for different spin directions of the impurities as well as the spin direction in which the spin-resolved density of electron states is calculated and have related them to the spin susceptibility of the system.

  9. Microstructural Location and Composition of Impurities in Polar Ice Cores, Version 1 (United States)

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This data set contains measurements of impurities and ions in three polar ice cores: the Vostok 5G ice core and the Byrd ice core from Antarctica, and the Greenland...

  10. Modeling of soluble impurities distribution in the steam generator secondary water

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    Matal, O.; Simo, T. [Energovyzkum s.r.o., Brno (Switzerland); Kucak, L.; Urban, F. [Slovak Technical Univ., Bratislava (Slovakia)


    A model was developed to compute concentration of impurities in the WWER 440 steam generator (SG) secondary water along the tube bundle. Calculated values were verified by concentration values obtained from secondary water sample chemical analysis. (orig.). 2 refs.

  11. Impact of impurities on zonal flow driven by trapped electron mode turbulence (United States)

    Guo, Weixin; Wang, Lu; Zhuang, Ge


    The impact of impurities on the generation of zonal flow (ZF) driven by collisonless trapped electron mode turbulence in deuterium (D)-tritium (T) plasmas is investigated. An expression for ZF growth rate with impurities is derived by balancing the ZF potential shielded by polarization effects and the ZF modulated radial turbulent current. Then, it is shown that the maximum normalized ZF growth rate is reduced by the presence of fully ionized non-trace light impurities with relatively flat density profile, and slightly reduced by highly ionized trace tungsten, while the maximum normalized ZF growth rate can be enhanced by fully ionized non-trace light impurities with relatively steep density profile. In particular, the effects of high temperature helium from D-T reaction on ZF depend on the temperature ratio between electrons and high temperature helium. The possible relevance of our findings to recent experimental results and future burning plasmas is also discussed.

  12. Strongly correlated impurity band superconductivity in diamond: X-ray spectroscopic evidence

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    G. Baskaran


    Full Text Available In a recent X-ray absorption study in boron doped diamond, Nakamura et al. have seen a well isolated narrow boron impurity band in non-superconducting samples and an additional narrow band at the chemical potential in a superconducting sample. We interpret the beautiful spectra as evidence for upper Hubbard band of a Mott insulating impurity band and an additional metallic 'mid-gap band' of a conducting 'self-doped' Mott insulator. This supports the basic framework of a recent theory of the present author of strongly correlated impurity band superconductivity (impurity band resonating valence bond, IBRVB theory in a template of a wide-gap insulator, with no direct involvement of valence band states.

  13. Argon impurity transport studies at Wendelstein 7-X using x-ray imaging spectrometer measurements (United States)

    Langenberg, A.; Pablant, N. A.; Marchuk, O.; Zhang, D.; Alonso, J. A.; Burhenn, R.; Svensson, J.; Valson, P.; Gates, D.; Beurskens, M.; Wolf, R. C.; the W7-X Team


    In the first operational phase of the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), the x-ray imaging crystal spectrometer (XICS) system has been commissioned for measuring radial profiles of ion and electron temperature, T i and T e, plasma rotation velocities, v P, and selected impurity densities, n Z . This paper shows the first measurements of the spectrometer and gives an initial calculation of impurity transport parameters derived from an Ar impurity transport study. Using Bayesian analysis, the temporal evolution of Ar impurity density profiles after an Ar gas puff could be observed with a time resolution of up to 5 ms, yielding a maximum value for the diffusion coefficient of D  =  1.5 m2 s-1 at ρ ~ 0.5 and small pinch velocities in the inner plasma region.

  14. Electronic structure and hyperfine parameters of substitutional Al and P impurities in silica

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    Lægsgaard, Jesper; Stokbro, Kurt


    The electronic structure of substitutional Al and P impurities in silica is investigated using supercell calculations within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Evaluation of hyperfine matrices for the magnetic nuclei facilitates comparison to experimental data. It is found that the......The electronic structure of substitutional Al and P impurities in silica is investigated using supercell calculations within the framework of density functional theory (DFT). Evaluation of hyperfine matrices for the magnetic nuclei facilitates comparison to experimental data. It is found......, there is an "asymmetry" between electrons and holes in the electronic states of the silica network: The hole present at the Al impurity goes into a nonbonding O orbital while the extra electron present at the P impurity goes into a P-O antibonding state....

  15. Use of accelerated helium-3 ions for determining oxygen and carbon impurities in some pure materials (United States)

    Aleksandrova, G. I.; Borisov, G. I.; Demidov, A. M.; Zakharov, Y. A.; Sukhov, G. V.; Shmanenkova, G. I.; Shchelkova, V. P.


    Methods are developed for the determination of O impurity in Be and Si carbide and concurrent determination of C and O impurities in Si and W by irradiation with accelerated He-3 ions and subsequent activity measurements of C-11 and F-18 formed from C and O with the aid of a gamma-gamma coincidence spectrometer. Techniques for determining O in Ge and Ga arsenide with radiochemical separation of F-18 are also described.

  16. Investigation Effects of Magnetetic Impurity Doping on Average Magnetization of Semiconducting Carbon Nanotubes

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    Saeedeh Ghafourian


    Full Text Available Single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT extensively are attractive from both theoretical and experimental point of view, due to its technological applications such as nano electronics devises. SWCNT are created by rolling a graphen sheet into a cyclindrical form. We have investigated the possibility of making a ferromagnetic semiconductor zigzag SWCNT by doping magnetic impurities. We found by increasing magnetic impurities doping on a zigzag SWCNT, average magnetization is increased and one can make a ferromagnetic semiconductor

  17. Profiling of Volatile Impurities in Tetramethylenedisulfotetramine (TETS) for Synthetic-Route Determination

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    Fraga, Carlos G.; Wahl, Jon H.; Nunez, Stefanie P.


    This study investigated the feasibility of using volatile impurities from the rodenticide tetramethylenedisulfotetramine (TETS) for the discrimination of TETS produced by three synthetic routes. Each route was used to make one batch of TETS by reacting sulfamide with one of three formaldehyde analogs in the presence of either trifluroacetic acid (TFA) or hydrochloric acid. Ten impurities useful for differentiating the three TETS batches were sampled and tentatively identified by headspace solid-phase microextraction comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HS-SPME/GC x CG-MS). Of the ten identified impurities, the alkyl trifluoroacetate and alkyl chloride impurities distinguished TETS routes based on their use of either TFA or HCl as catalyst. On the other hand, four 6-carbon ketone impurities appeared to be batch specific rather than route specific and hence potentially useful for sample matching. Interestingly, 1,3,5-trioxane was not found in the TETS batch where it was used as a reactant, but instead was found in the two batches that did not have 1,3,5-trioxane as the reactant. In summary, the limited work discussed in this paper supports: (1) the feasibility of sampling and detecting volatile organic impurities from a solid chemical-threat agent, (2) the probable forensic benefit of catalysts acting as reactants in side reactions, (3) the uniqueness of a synthetic batch’s impurity profile for potential sample matching, and (4) the possibility that some impurities, such as formaldehyde analogs, are not forensically helpful and may lead to an incorrect estimate about the synthetic route if not supported by sound chemical knowledge.

  18. The influence of impurities on the operation of selected fuel ignition systems in combustion engines

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    Różowicz Sebastian


    Full Text Available The paper attempts to determine the impact of fuel impurities on the spark discharge energy and the wear of the spark plug electrode. Spark plugs were analyzed in two typical configurations of the ignition system. A number of tests were conducted to determine the wear of the spark plug electrode exposed to different types of impurities. The spark discharge energy for new and worn spark plugs was determined through calculation.

  19. Final Report - Effects of Impurities on Fuel Cell Performance and Durability

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    Trent Molter


    This program is focused on the experimental determination of the effects of key hydrogen side impurities on the performance of PEM fuel cells. Experimental data has been leveraged to create mathematical models that predict the performance of PEM fuel cells that are exposed to specific impurity streams. These models are validated through laboratory experimentation and utilized to develop novel technologies for mitigating the effects of contamination on fuel cell performance. Results are publicly disseminated through papers, conference presentations, and other means.

  20. Effect of Core Impurity on Kink Soliton Motion in Dislocation Line


    G. Zheng; Zhang, J.; Zhang, J.


    Modified Sine-Gordon equation is established to investigate the kink soliton motion affected by core impurities. The dragging force that the core impurities exert on the moving kink soliton is determined by computer simulation of diffusing of solute atoms in dislocation core. The soliton motion can be dissolves into two kinds of movement : the changing of soliton position and soliton shape. These two kinds of movements correspond to the longitude core diffusion(LCD) and transverse core diffus...

  1. Hypotension in patients administered indigo carmine containing impurities -A case report-. (United States)

    Kim, Sung-Hoon; Suk, Eun Ha; Kil, So Hyun; Hahm, Kyung Don; Hwang, Jai-Hyun


    Indigo carmine has been used for eight decades with few adverse effects. Several of our patients, however, experienced severe hypotensive episodes after indigo carmine administration within a period of one month. Analysis of the raw materials used to formulate the preparation of indigo carmine we used showed that they contained impurities. Following recall of these impure materials, none of our patients experienced further hypotensive episodes.

  2. Hypotension in patients administered indigo carmine containing impurities -A case report-


    Kim, Sung-Hoon; Suk, Eun Ha; Kil, So Hyun; Hahm, Kyung Don; Hwang, Jai-Hyun


    Indigo carmine has been used for eight decades with few adverse effects. Several of our patients, however, experienced severe hypotensive episodes after indigo carmine administration within a period of one month. Analysis of the raw materials used to formulate the preparation of indigo carmine we used showed that they contained impurities. Following recall of these impure materials, none of our patients experienced further hypotensive episodes.

  3. Influences of impurities in recycled plastics on properties of PIM sandwich panels


    Qi, K; Song, J.; Tarverdi, K


    Powder impression moulding (PIM) is a novel technology for manufacturing lightweight sandwich panels from plastics in powder form. The process is featured by its high tolerant to impurities or contaminants in the feedstock and thus requires much less materials segregation and cleaning operations when use recycled plastics. This paper investigate the influences of polymer impurities and soil contamination on structure and properties of PIM sandwich panels using compositions that simulate a PE-...

  4. Deep Echo State Network (DeepESN): A Brief Survey


    Gallicchio, Claudio; Micheli, Alessio


    The study of deep recurrent neural networks (RNNs) and, in particular, of deep Reservoir Computing (RC) is gaining an increasing research attention in the neural networks community. The recently introduced deep Echo State Network (deepESN) model opened the way to an extremely efficient approach for designing deep neural networks for temporal data. At the same time, the study of deepESNs allowed to shed light on the intrinsic properties of state dynamics developed by hierarchical compositions ...

  5. A distinguishable single excited-impurity in a Bose–Einstein condensate (United States)

    Akram, Javed


    We investigate the properties of a distinguishable single excited state impurity pinned in the center of a trapped Bose–Einstein condensate in a one-dimensional harmonic trapping potential by changing the bare mass of the impurity and its interspecies interaction strength with the Bose–Einstein condensate. We model our system by using two coupled differential equations for the condensate and the single excited-impurity wave function, which we solve numerically. For equilibrium, we find that an excited-impurity induces two bumps or dips on the condensate for the attractive- or repulsive-interspecies coupling strengths, respectively. Afterwards, we show that the excited-impurity induced imprint upon the condensate wave function remains present during a time-of-flight expansion after having switched off the harmonic confinement. We also investigate shock-waves or gray-solitons by switching off the interspecies coupling strength in the presence of harmonic trapping potential. During this process, we found that the generation of gray bi-soliton or gray quad-solitons (four-solitons) depend on the bare mass of the excited-impurity in a harmonic trap.

  6. Impurity in a Bose-Einstein condensate in a double well

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    Mulansky, F.; Mumford, J.; O' Dell, D. H. J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4M1 (Canada)


    We compare and contrast the mean-field and many-body properties of a Bose-Einstein condensate trapped in a double-well potential with a single impurity atom. The mean-field solutions display a rich structure of bifurcations, as parameters such as the boson-impurity interaction strength and the tilt between the two wells are varied. In particular, we study a pitchfork bifurcation in the lowest mean-field stationary solution, which occurs when the boson-impurity interaction exceeds a critical magnitude. This bifurcation, which is present for both repulsive and attractive boson-impurity interactions, corresponds to the spontaneous formation of an imbalance in the number of particles between the two wells. If the boson-impurity interaction is large, the bifurcation is associated with the onset of a Schroedinger-cat state in the many-body ground state. We calculate the coherence and number fluctuations between the two wells, and also the entanglement entropy between the bosons and the impurity. We find that the coherence can be greatly enhanced at the bifurcation.

  7. Impurity profiling to match a nerve agent to its precursor source for chemical forensics applications. (United States)

    Fraga, Carlos G; Acosta, Gabriel A Pérez; Crenshaw, Michael D; Wallace, Krys; Mong, Gary M; Colburn, Heather A


    Chemical forensics is a developing field that aims to attribute a chemical (or mixture) of interest to its source by the analysis of the chemical itself or associated material constituents. Herein, for the first time, trace impurities detected by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and originating from a chemical precursor were used to match a synthesized nerve agent to its precursor source. Specifically, six batches of sarin (GB, isopropyl methylphosphonofluoridate) and its intermediate methylphosphonic difluoride (DF) were synthesized from two commercial stocks of 97% pure methylphosphonic dichloride (DC); the GB and DF were then matched by impurity profiling to their DC stocks from a collection of five possible stocks. Source matching was objectively demonstrated through the grouping by hierarchal cluster analysis of the GB and DF synthetic batches with their respective DC precursor stocks based solely upon the impurities previously detected in five DC stocks. This was possible because each tested DC stock had a unique impurity profile that had 57% to 88% of its impurities persisting through product synthesis, decontamination, and sample preparation. This work forms a basis for the use of impurity profiling to help find and prosecute perpetrators of chemical attacks.

  8. Density-matrix renormalization group studies on a magnetic impurity in graphene (United States)

    Shirakawa, Tomonori; Yunoki, Seiji


    Motivated by recent experiments on the emergence of magnetism in graphene induced by lattice defects or by magnetic adatoms, we have theoretically studied the ground state properties of single magnetic impurity in grapheme. First, we have developed a new numerical technique within the density-matrix renormalization group (DMRG) scheme for magnetic impurity model in general to study site-dependent quantities including local density of states even away from magnetic impurity site, Friedel density oscillations, and spin-spin correlation functions between the magnetic impurity and the surrounding conduction electrons. This new technique is applied to three different models: (i) a magnetic adatom on grapheme, (ii) a substitutional magnetic impurity in grapheme, and (iii) a model on defect in the graphene. Our systematic study of these models reveals that, in the presence of particle-hole symmetry, the ground state of model (i) exhibits the formation of local moments without Kondo-screening, whereas the others behave very similarly to the Kondo singlet states. We also discuss the real-space decay of spin-spin correlations between magnetic impurity and surrounding conduction electrons in these models.

  9. /sup 57/Fe impurity atom lattice dynamics and systematics in group V and VI host metals

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    Taylor, R.D.; Kitchens, T.A. Jr.; Erickson, D.J.


    The Moessbauer recoil-free fraction f and thermal shift have been measured for very dilute /sup 57/Fe impurities in body-centered cubic V, Nb, Mo, Ta, and W host metals in the range 4 to 860/sup 0/K. These experimental quantities have been interpreted in terms of an impurity-atom lattice-dynamical model of Mannheim where the important parameter ..gamma../sub ih//..gamma../sub hh/ is a measure of the coupling of the impurity atom to the host lattice relative to the corresponding coupling in the pure host lattice. Values of ..gamma../sub ih//..gamma../sub hh/ for each host from the f-value data were obtained and, independently, from the shift data, and for each host rather good agreement is obtained. The general trend of the data shows that for neighboring hosts of the same row of the periodic table, the relative /sup 57/Fe impurity binding is stronger for the Group V host than for the Group VI host. The results also support a previous conjecture that the nearest-neighbor binding between the impurity and the host should be proportional to a geometric mean of the nearest-neighbor couplings for a lattice consisting entirely of impurity atoms and for a lattice of host atoms only.

  10. Investigation of impurity confinement in lower hybrid wave heated plasma on EAST tokamak (United States)

    Xu, Z.; Wu, Z. W.; Zhang, L.; Gao, W.; Ye, Y.; Chen, K. Y.; Yuan, Y.; Zhang, W.; Yang, X. D.; Chen, Y. J.; Zhang, P. F.; Huang, J.; Wu, C. R.; Morita, S.; Oishi, T.; Zhang, J. Z.; Duan, Y. M.; Zang, Q.; Ding, S. Y.; Liu, H. Q.; Chen, J. L.; Hu, L. Q.; Xu, G. S.; Guo, H. Y.; the EAST team


    The transient perturbation method with metallic impurities such as iron (Fe, Z  =  26) and copper (Cu, Z  =  29) induced in plasma-material interaction (PMI) procedure is used to investigate the impurity confinement characters in lower hybrid wave (LHW) heated EAST sawtooth-free plasma. The dependence of metallic impurities confinement time on plasma parameters (e.g. plasma current, toroidal magnetic field, electron density and heating power) are investigated in ohmic and LHW heated plasma. It is shown that LHW heating plays an important role in the reduction of the impurity confinement time in L-mode discharges on EAST. The impurity confinement time scaling is given as 42IP0.32Bt0.2\\overline{n}e0.43Ptotal-0.4~ on EAST, which is close to the observed scaling on Tore Supra and JET. Furthermore, the LHW heated high-enhanced-recycling (HER) H-mode discharges with ~25 kHz edge coherent modes (ECM), which have lower impurity confinement time and higher energy confinement time, provide promising candidates for high performance and steady state operation on EAST.

  11. Derivative spectrophotometric analysis of benzophenone (as an impurity) in phenytoin (United States)


    Three simple and rapid spectrophotometric methods were developed for detection and trace determination of benzophenone (the main impurity) in phenytoin bulk powder and pharmaceutical formulations. The first method, zero-crossing first derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the first derivative trough values at 257.6 nm for benzophenone. The second method, zero-crossing third derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the third derivative peak values at 263.2 nm. The third method, ratio first derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the peak amplitudes of the first derivative of the ratio spectra (the spectra of benzophenone divided by the spectrum of 5.0 μg/mL phenytoin solution) at 272 nm. The calibration graphs were linear over the range of 1-10 μg/mL. The detection limits of the first and the third derivative methods were found to be 0.04 μg/mL and 0.11 μg/mL and the quantitation limits were 0.13 μg/mL and 0.34 μg/mL, respectively, while for the ratio derivative method, the detection limit was 0.06 μg/mL and the quantitation limit was 0.18 μg/mL. The proposed methods were applied successfully to the assay of the studied drug in phenytoin bulk powder and certain pharmaceutical preparations. The results were statistically compared to those obtained using a polarographic method and were found to be in good agreement. PMID:22152156

  12. Derivative spectrophotometric analysis of benzophenone (as an impurity in phenytoin

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    Walash Mohamed


    Full Text Available Abstract Three simple and rapid spectrophotometric methods were developed for detection and trace determination of benzophenone (the main impurity in phenytoin bulk powder and pharmaceutical formulations. The first method, zero-crossing first derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the first derivative trough values at 257.6 nm for benzophenone. The second method, zero-crossing third derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the third derivative peak values at 263.2 nm. The third method, ratio first derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the peak amplitudes of the first derivative of the ratio spectra (the spectra of benzophenone divided by the spectrum of 5.0 μg/mL phenytoin solution at 272 nm. The calibration graphs were linear over the range of 1-10 μg/mL. The detection limits of the first and the third derivative methods were found to be 0.04 μg/mL and 0.11 μg/mL and the quantitation limits were 0.13 μg/mL and 0.34 μg/mL, respectively, while for the ratio derivative method, the detection limit was 0.06 μg/mL and the quantitation limit was 0.18 μg/mL. The proposed methods were applied successfully to the assay of the studied drug in phenytoin bulk powder and certain pharmaceutical preparations. The results were statistically compared to those obtained using a polarographic method and were found to be in good agreement.

  13. Disentangling controls on element impurities of bivalve shells (United States)

    Zhao, Liqiang; Schöne, Bernd R.; Mertz-Kraus, Regina


    Trace and minor elements of bivalve shells can potentially serve as proxies of past environmental change. However, retrieving environmental information from element impurities of bivalve shells remains an extremely challenging task. A central difficulty concerns the fact that extrinsic and intrinsic factors governing the element incorporation are poorly constrained. Within the framework of the ARAMACC project, we aim to decipher the complexity of the incorporation of trace and minor elements into bivalve shells and explore their full potential as proxies of environmental change. More specifically, the following questions were tackled. (1) How are trace and minor elements transported from the ambient environment to the calcifying front? (2) How is their incorporation into the shells affected by environmental and physiological variables? Our findings lend support to the general assumption that divalent ions (e.g., Cu2+, Mn2+, Zn2+ and Pb2+) share the same transport pathways as Ca2+ because of similar ionic radii and electrochemical properties. However, results obtained for Mg2+, Sr2+ and Ba2+ are particularly interesting as they are at odds with existing hypotheses on the incorporation of these three elements, i.e., intracellular Ca2+ pathways (via Ca2+ channels and Ca2+-ATPase) are likely not responsible for their incorporation. Despite the existence of strong physiological interference, some encouraging results were found, in particular (1) strong, positive relationships between the Sr, Ba and Mn contents of the shells and concentrations in the ambient water, (2) only minor effects of growth rate (which is closely linked to the rate of crystal growth and hence, kinetics) on the amounts of Na, Sr, Ba and Mn incorporation into the shells. Overall, our findings demonstrate that environmental and physiological controls on the element incorporation do not have to be mutually exclusive, i.e., if environmental changes outweigh physiological influences, one could still

  14. R-matrix calculations in support of impurity influx measurements (United States)

    Ballance, C. P.


    The RMPS (R-Matrix with Pseudo-States) method has been used with great success in the calculation of the collisional data for light fusion-related elements such as helium, beryllium or neon, both in terms of electron-impact excitation and also ground, metastable, and excited state ionisation. However, more complex atomic species such as Molybdenum and Tungsten have been choosen as plasma-facing elements in several tokamak experiments such as NSTX-U. During plasma operation there is an inevitable degree of wall erosion and therefore the determination of this impurity-influx rate from vessel walls needs to be characterized. In terms of atomic physics, this erosion rate can be determined from an SXB ratio and spectroscopic measurements of emitted line radiation. The SXB ratio is generated using a combination of electron-impact ionisation, excitation and the underlying atomic structure transition probabilities. The groundstate of Mo I and Mo II being half-open d shell systems quickly give rise to 100s of levels, and therefore the resulting spectral lines from the neutral and singly ionised species provides a convoluted picture. Therefore, subject to the constraints of spectrometer used, theoretically we are able to survey our structure and collisional calculations and pro-actively suggest particular diagnostic lines. There have been previous R-matrix calculations in LS coupling used for modelling of Mo, with mixed results, however it is hoped that this project shall resolve those differences. A method shall be presented that we use to determine which lines are most beneficial for analysis. I will present current electron-impact excitation and ionisation results for both neutral and singly ionised molybdenum.

  15. Derivative spectrophotometric analysis of benzophenone (as an impurity) in phenytoin. (United States)

    Walash, Mohamed Ibrahim; Rizk, Mohamed Salem; Sheribah, Zeinab Awad; Salim, Mohamed Mansour


    Three simple and rapid spectrophotometric methods were developed for detection and trace determination of benzophenone (the main impurity) in phenytoin bulk powder and pharmaceutical formulations. The first method, zero-crossing first derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the first derivative trough values at 257.6 nm for benzophenone. The second method, zero-crossing third derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the third derivative peak values at 263.2 nm. The third method, ratio first derivative spectrophotometry, depends on measuring the peak amplitudes of the first derivative of the ratio spectra (the spectra of benzophenone divided by the spectrum of 5.0 μg/mL phenytoin solution) at 272 nm. The calibration graphs were linear over the range of 1-10 μg/mL. The detection limits of the first and the third derivative methods were found to be 0.04 μg/mL and 0.11 μg/mL and the quantitation limits were 0.13 μg/mL and 0.34 μg/mL, respectively, while for the ratio derivative method, the detection limit was 0.06 μg/mL and the quantitation limit was 0.18 μg/mL. The proposed methods were applied successfully to the assay of the studied drug in phenytoin bulk powder and certain pharmaceutical preparations. The results were statistically compared to those obtained using a polarographic method and were found to be in good agreement.

  16. Low Z impurity ion extraction from TFTR ion sources

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    Kamperschroer, J.H.; Grisham, L.R.; Newman, R.A.; O' Connor, T.E.; Stevenson, T.N.; von Halle, A.; Williams, M.D.; Wright, K.E.


    TFTR deuterium neutral beams have been operated unintentionally with significant quantities of extracted water ions. Water has been observed with an Optical Multichannel Analyzer (OMA) during beam extraction when small water leaks were present within the arc chamber. These leaks were thermally induced with the contamination level increasing linearly with pulse length. 6% of the beam current was attributed to water ions for the worst leak, corresponding to an instantaneous value of 12% at the end of a 1.5 s pulse. A pre-calorimeter collimator was damaged as a result of this operation. A similar contamination is observed during initial operation of ion sources exposed to air. This latter contamination is attributed to the synthesis, from adsorbed air, of either D[sub 2]O or the indistinguishable ND[sub 3]. Initial operation of new ion sources typically produces a contamination level of [approximately]2%. These impurities are reduced to undetectable levels after 50 to 100 beam pulses. Once a water molecule is present in the plasma generator, it is predominantly ionized rather than dissociated, resulting in the extraction of only trace amounts of hydrogenated ions. The addition of water to the extracted beam also reduces the optimum perveance, moving the typical underdense operating point closer to optimum, causing the frequency of grid faults to increase. Close to 90% of the water extracted from ion sources with water leaks was deuterated, implying that the potential exists for the production of tritiated water during TFTR's forthcoming DT operation. Isotope exchange in the plasma generator takes place rapidly and is believed to be surface catalyzed. The primary concern is with O implanted into beam absorbers recombining with tritium, and the subsequent hold up of T[sub 2]O on cryopanels. Continuous surveillance with the OMA diagnostic during DT operation will ensure that ion sources with detectable water are not operated with tritium.

  17. Low Z impurity ion extraction from TFTR ion sources

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    Kamperschroer, J.H.; Grisham, L.R.; Newman, R.A.; O`Connor, T.E.; Stevenson, T.N.; von Halle, A.; Williams, M.D.; Wright, K.E.


    TFTR deuterium neutral beams have been operated unintentionally with significant quantities of extracted water ions. Water has been observed with an Optical Multichannel Analyzer (OMA) during beam extraction when small water leaks were present within the arc chamber. These leaks were thermally induced with the contamination level increasing linearly with pulse length. 6% of the beam current was attributed to water ions for the worst leak, corresponding to an instantaneous value of 12% at the end of a 1.5 s pulse. A pre-calorimeter collimator was damaged as a result of this operation. A similar contamination is observed during initial operation of ion sources exposed to air. This latter contamination is attributed to the synthesis, from adsorbed air, of either D{sub 2}O or the indistinguishable ND{sub 3}. Initial operation of new ion sources typically produces a contamination level of {approximately}2%. These impurities are reduced to undetectable levels after 50 to 100 beam pulses. Once a water molecule is present in the plasma generator, it is predominantly ionized rather than dissociated, resulting in the extraction of only trace amounts of hydrogenated ions. The addition of water to the extracted beam also reduces the optimum perveance, moving the typical underdense operating point closer to optimum, causing the frequency of grid faults to increase. Close to 90% of the water extracted from ion sources with water leaks was deuterated, implying that the potential exists for the production of tritiated water during TFTR`s forthcoming DT operation. Isotope exchange in the plasma generator takes place rapidly and is believed to be surface catalyzed. The primary concern is with O implanted into beam absorbers recombining with tritium, and the subsequent hold up of T{sub 2}O on cryopanels. Continuous surveillance with the OMA diagnostic during DT operation will ensure that ion sources with detectable water are not operated with tritium.

  18. The Effect of Impurities on the Processing of Aluminum Alloys

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    Zi-Kui Liu; Shengjun Zhang; Qingyou Han; Vinod Sikka


    For this Aluminum Industry of the Future (IOF) project, the effect of impurities on the processing of aluminum alloys was systematically investigated. The work was carried out as a collaborative effort between the Pennsylvania State University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Industrial support was provided by ALCOA and ThermoCalc, Inc. The achievements described below were made. A method that combines first-principles calculation and calculation of phase diagrams (CALPHAD) was used to develop the multicomponent database Al-Ca-K-Li-Mg-Na. This method was extensively used in this project for the development of a thermodynamic database. The first-principles approach provided some thermodynamic property data that are not available in the open literature. These calculated results were used in the thermodynamic modeling as experimental data. Some of the thermodynamic property data are difficult, if not impossible, to measure. The method developed and used in this project allows the estimation of these data for thermodynamic database development. The multicomponent database Al-Ca-K-Li-Mg-Na was developed. Elements such as Ca, Li, Na, and K are impurities that strongly affect the formability and corrosion behavior of aluminum alloys. However, these impurity elements are not included in the commercial aluminum alloy database. The process of thermodynamic modeling began from Al-Na, Ca-Li, Li-Na, K-Na, and Li-K sub-binary systems. Then ternary and higher systems were extrapolated because of the lack of experimental information. Databases for five binary alloy systems and two ternary systems were developed. Along with other existing binary and ternary databases, the full database of the multicomponent Al-Ca-K-Li-Mg-Na system was completed in this project. The methodology in integrating with commercial or other aluminum alloy databases can be developed. The mechanism of sodium-induced high-temperature embrittlement (HTE) of Al-Mg is now understood. Using the thermodynamic

  19. Characterization and modeling of the metal diffusion from deep ultraviolet photoresist and silicon-based substrate. (United States)

    Wang, T K; Wan, M Y; Ko, F H; Tseng, C L


    The radioactive tracer technique was applied to investigate the out-diffusion of the transition metals (Cu, Fe and Co) from deep ultraviolet (DUV) photoresist into underlying substrate. Two important process parameters, viz., baking temperatures and substrate types (i.e., bare silicon, polysilicon, silicon oxide and silicon nitride), were evaluated. Results indicate that the out-diffusion of Co is insignificant, irrespective of the substrate type and baking temperature. The out-diffusion of Cu is significant for substrates of bare silicon and polysilicon but not for silicon oxide and nitride; for Fe, the story is reversed. The substrate type appears to strongly affect the diffusion, while the baking temperature does not. Also, the effect of solvent evaporation was found to play an important role in impurity diffusion. Using the method of numerical analysis, a diffusion profile was depicted in this work to describe the out-diffusion of metallic impurities from photoresist layer under various baking conditions. In addition, the effectiveness of various wet-cleaning recipes in removing metallic impurities such as Cu, Fe and Co was also studied using the radioactive tracer technique. Among the six cleaning solutions studied, SC2 and SPM are the most effective in impurity removal. An out-diffusion cleaning model was first proposed to describe the cleaning process. A new cleaning coefficient, h(T), was suggested to explain the cleaning effect. The cleaning model could explain the tracer results.

  20. Highly efficient, selective, sensitive and stability indicating RP-HPLC-UV method for the quantitative determination of potential impurities and characterization of four novel impurities in eslicarbazepine acetate active pharmaceutical ingredient by LC/ESI-IT/MS/MS. (United States)

    Thomas, Saji; Bharti, Amber; Maddhesia, Pawan Kumar; Shandilya, Sanjeev; Agarwal, Ashutosh; Dharamvir; Biswas, Sujay; Bhansal, Vikas; Gupta, Ashish Kumar; Tewari, Praveen Kumar; Mathela, Chandra S


    A novel, sensitive, selective and stability indicating LC-UV method was developed for the determination of potential impurities of eslicarbazepine acetate. High performance liquid chromatographic investigation of eslicarbazepine acetate laboratory sample revealed the presence of several impurities. Three impurities were characterized rapidly and four impurities were found to be unknown. The unknown impurities were identified by liquid chromatography coupled with electrospray ionization, ion trap mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-IT/MS/MS). Structural confirmation of these impurities was unambiguously carried out by synthesis followed by characterization using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and mass spectrometry (MS). Based on the spectroscopic, spectrometric and elemental analysis data unknown impurities were characterized as 5-acetyl-5,11-dihydro-10H-dibenzo [b,f]azepin-10-one, N-acetyl-5H-dibenzo[b,f]azepine-5-carboxamide, 5-acetyl-10,11-dihydro-5H-dibenzo[b,f]azepin-10-yl acetate and 5-acetyl-5H-dibenzo[b,f]azepin-10-yl acetate. The newly developed LC-UV method was validated according to ICH guidelines considering eleven potential impurities and four new impurities to demonstrate specificity, precision, linearity, accuracy and stability indicating nature of the method. The newly developed method was found to be highly efficient, selective, sensitive and stability indicating. A plausible pathway for the formation of four new impurities is proposed. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. High resolution optical spectroscopy in isotopically-pure Si using radioactive isotopes: towards a re-evaluation of deep centres

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    Deep centres in silicon have been studied in great detail over the last 50 years and much progress has been made in the understanding and control of impurities in this material. Much of this effort has been focussed on the problems of metallic impurities such as Fe, Ag, Cu and Au. These are impurities that diffuse quickly into the crystal and hamper device performance. Although the understanding of these impurity centres in Si is widely thought to be "solved" recent experiments with isotopically-pure Si are disproving long-held results and are opening up new perspectives on the constitutent nature of deep centres in Si. In particular, there is new evidence to show that the family of Cu, Ag and Au may all show essentially the same behaviour by forming a cluster of $\\textbf{any four atoms}$ of these elements. This has been established for Cu and Ag through the use of different stable isotopes in the preparation of samples, but the case of Au remains unproven since there is only one stable Au isotope. In this pr...

  2. Deep learning in bioinformatics. (United States)

    Min, Seonwoo; Lee, Byunghan; Yoon, Sungroh


    In the era of big data, transformation of biomedical big data into valuable knowledge has been one of the most important challenges in bioinformatics. Deep learning has advanced rapidly since the early 2000s and now demonstrates state-of-the-art performance in various fields. Accordingly, application of deep learning in bioinformatics to gain insight from data has been emphasized in both academia and industry. Here, we review deep learning in bioinformatics, presenting examples of current research. To provide a useful and comprehensive perspective, we categorize research both by the bioinformatics domain (i.e. omics, biomedical imaging, biomedical signal processing) and deep learning architecture (i.e. deep neural networks, convolutional neural networks, recurrent neural networks, emergent architectures) and present brief descriptions of each study. Additionally, we discuss theoretical and practical issues of deep learning in bioinformatics and suggest future research directions. We believe that this review will provide valuable insights and serve as a starting point for researchers to apply deep learning approaches in their bioinformatics studies. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email:

  3. Deep Water Survey Data (United States)

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The deep water biodiversity surveys explore and describe the biodiversity of the bathy- and bentho-pelagic nekton using Midwater and bottom trawls centered in the...

  4. Deep Time Contagion

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    Andy Weir


    Full Text Available An artist from London researching the effects of deprioritised subjectivity and contemporary art, Weir presents acoustic recordings made in deep geological repository sites. Repurposing these sites from their typical use as storage space for nuclear waste, Weir addresses the extra-human scale of Deep Time through sonic-fiction. Inhumanly enduring and impinging upon humanity largely imperceptibly, what agency—at what scale—is present?


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    Lambert, D.; Pickenheim, B.; Hay, M.


    The Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) is pursuing alternative reductants/flowsheets to increase attainment to meet closure commitment dates. In fiscal year 2009, SRNL evaluated several options and recommended the further assessment of the nitric/formic/glycolic acid flowsheet. SRNL is currently performing testing with this flowsheet to support the DWPF down-select of alternate reductants. As part of the evaluation, SRNL was requested to determine the physical properties of formic and glycolic acid blends. Blends of formic acid in glycolic acid were prepared and their physical properties tested. Increasing amounts of glycolic acid led to increases in blend density, viscosity and surface tension as compared to the 90 wt% formic acid that is currently used at DWPF. These increases are small, however, and are not expected to present any difficulties in terms of processing. The effect of sulfur impurities in technical grade glycolic acid was studied for its impact on DWPF glass quality. While the glycolic acid specification allows for more sulfate than the current formic acid specification, the ultimate impact is expected to be on the order of 0.03 wt% sulfur in glass. Note that lower sulfur content glycolic acid could likely be procured at some increased cost if deemed necessary. A paper study on the effects of radiation on glycolic acid was performed. The analysis indicates that substitution of glycolic acid for formic acid would not increase the radiolytic production rate of H{sub 2} and cause an adverse effect in the SRAT or SME process. It has been cited that glycolic acid solutions that are depleted of O{sub 2} when subjected to large radiation doses produced considerable quantities of a non-diffusive polymeric material. Considering a constant air purge is maintained in the SRAT and the solution is continuously mixed, oxygen depletion seems unlikely, however, if this polymer is formed in the SRAT solution, the rheology of the solution may be affected and

  6. Effect of impurities and electrolyte thickness on degradation of pure magnesium: A finite element study

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    Montoya, R., E-mail: [Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalurgicas, CENIM, CSIC, Avda. Gregorio del Amo 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Departamento de Matematicas, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 Mexico D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Escudero, M.L., E-mail: [Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalurgicas, CENIM, CSIC, Avda. Gregorio del Amo 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Garcia-Alonso, M.C., E-mail: [Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalurgicas, CENIM, CSIC, Avda. Gregorio del Amo 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Degradation of Mg due to the presence of impurities by finite element method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A thin film of electrolyte causes galvanic corrosion focused only close on impurities. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A thick layer of electrolyte provokes galvanic corrosion extended the whole surface. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A higher number of impurities causes galvanic corrosion on the Mg surface independently of electrolyte thickness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The electrolyte thickness is an important variable that affects the in vivo degradation. - Abstract: The aim of this work is to study the degradation of magnesium due to the presence of impurities, by finite element method (FEM), when different thickness of physiological medium bathes the surface. The electrochemical experimental data obtained from polarization curves are used to model mathematically the corrosion process by solving the Laplace equation and the proper boundary conditions by means of FEM. The results show that when Mg is covered by a thin film of electrolyte, galvanic corrosion is focused only on the areas located really close to the cathodic sites, and far from the impurities, the Mg matrix remains near to its corrosion potential with a natural corrosion process. However, if the Mg matrix is completely covered by a thick layer of electrolyte the potentials obtained in the Mg surface far from the impurity are higher than its corrosion potential, so the Mg suffers more severe galvanic corrosion. On the other hand, when a higher number of impurities is considered, the Mg matrix is anodically polarized and it suffers severe galvanic corrosion, independently of h. The thickness of the electrolyte h must be considered as an important variable that affects the in vivo degradation.

  7. Impurities in a lyophilized formulation of BMS-204352: identification and role of sanitizing agents. (United States)

    Nassar, Munir N; Nesarikar, Vishwas V; Khaselev, Nona; Lozano, Ruben


    The purpose of this study was to identify two impurities in the parenteral lyophilized formulation of BMS-204352, investigate the role of sanitizing agents as their potential source, evaluate their effect on drug product stability, and develop a strategy to prevent their contamination of the drug product. The two impurities were identified as o-phenylphenol and 4-t-amylphenol based on liquid chromatography/mass spectroscopy (LC/MS) and chromatographic comparison to authentic samples. The LC/MS spectra of commercially available o-phenylphenol and 4-t-amylphenol showed identical patterns of fragmentation and the same retention times as the impurities identified in the BMS-204352 lyophilized product. Levels of these impurities were low and ranged between 0.2-0.3 microg/vial as determined by HPLC and using an authentic external reference standard. To confirm the hypothesis that the commercial sanitizing agents used in the sterile area were the source of these phenolic impurities, several product samples were spiked with the sanitizing agents. Both o-phenylphenol and 4-t-amylphenol were detected in the spiked samples. Further investigation revealed that o-phenylphenol and 4-t-amylphenol are active ingredients of these commercial sanitizing agents. Drug product samples containing the phenolic impurities showed no potency loss following storage at 30, 50, and 70 degrees C indicating these impurities had no adverse effect on product stability. These studies suggest that sanitizing agents used in the sterile area, although may be present at trace levels below typical cleaning procedure detection methods, need to be properly controlled and closely monitored during the manufacturing of injectable products, particularly highly potent drugs. Sanitizing agents, even though not used on product contact surfaces, may potentially contaminate a product through vapor transfer in an open environment.

  8. Non-perturbative study of impurity effects on the Kubo conductivity in macroscopic periodic and quasiperiodic lattices

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    Sánchez, Vicenta; Ramírez, Carlos; Sánchez, Fernando [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-542, 04510 México D.F., México (Mexico); Wang, Chumin, E-mail: [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-360, 04510 México D.F. (Mexico)


    In this paper, we analyze the effects of site and bond impurities on the electrical conductance of periodic and quasiperiodic systems with macroscopic length by means of a real-space renormalization plus a convolution method developed for the Kubo–Greenwood formula. All analyzed systems are connected to semi-infinite periodic leads. Analytical and numerical conductivity spectra are obtained for one and two site impurities in a periodic chain, where the separation between impurities determines the number of maximums in the spectra. We also found transparent states at the zero chemical potential in Fibonacci chains of every three generations with bond impurities, whose existence was confirmed by an analytical analysis within the Landauer formalism. For many impurities, the spectral average of the conductivity versus the system length reveals a power-law behavior, when the distance between impurities follows the Fibonacci sequence. Finally, we present an analysis of the conductance spectra of segmented periodic and Fibonacci chains and nanowires.

  9. Binding energy and photoionization cross-section of hydrogen-like donor impurity in strongly oblate ellipsoidal quantum dot (United States)

    Hayrapetyan, D. B.; Ohanyan, G. L.; Baghdasaryan, D. A.; Sarkisyan, H. A.; Baskoutas, S.; Kazaryan, E. M.


    Hydrogen-like donor impurity states in strongly oblate ellipsoidal quantum dot have been studied. The hydrogen-like donor impurity states are investigated within the framework of variational method. The trial wave function constructed on the base of wave functions of the system without impurity. The dependence of the energy and binding energy for the ground and first excited states on the geometrical parameters of the ellipsoidal quantum dot and on the impurity position have been calculated. The behavior of the oscillator strength for different angles of incident light and geometrical parameters have been revealed. Photoionization cross-section of the electron transitions from the impurity ground state to the size-quantized ground and first excited states have been studied. The effects of impurity position and the geometrical parameters of the ellipsoidal quantum dot on the photoionization cross section dependence on the photon energy have been considered.

  10. Why & When Deep Learning Works: Looking Inside Deep Learnings


    Ronen, Ronny


    The Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Computational Intelligence (ICRI-CI) has been heavily supporting Machine Learning and Deep Learning research from its foundation in 2012. We have asked six leading ICRI-CI Deep Learning researchers to address the challenge of "Why & When Deep Learning works", with the goal of looking inside Deep Learning, providing insights on how deep networks function, and uncovering key observations on their expressiveness, limitations, and potential. The outp...

  11. Influence of vacuum chamber impurities on the lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes. (United States)

    Fujimoto, Hiroshi; Suekane, Takashi; Imanishi, Katsuya; Yukiwaki, Satoshi; Wei, Hong; Nagayoshi, Kaori; Yahiro, Masayuki; Adachi, Chihaya


    We evaluated the influence of impurities in the vacuum chamber used for the fabrication of organic light-emitting diodes on the lifetime of the fabricated devices and found a correlation between lifetime and the device fabrication time. The contact angle of the ITO substrates stored the chamber under vacuum were used to evaluate chamber cleanliness. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry was performed on Si wafers stored in the vacuum chamber before device fabrication to examine the impurities in the chamber. Surprisingly, despite the chamber and evaporation sources being at room temperature, a variety of materials were detected, including previously deposited materials and plasticizers from the vacuum chamber components. We show that the impurities, and not differences in water content, in the chamber were the source of lifetime variations even when the duration of exposure to impurities only varied before and after deposition of the emitter layer. These results suggest that the impurities floating in the vacuum chamber significantly impact lifetime values and reproducibility.

  12. Impure CO2 geological storage: Preliminary laboratory experiments at ambient conditions (United States)

    Oostrom, M.; Wei, N.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, C.; Bonneville, A.


    The cost of carbon capture is related to the purity of the CO2 and subsequent removal of the impurities may be costly. For several sites, it is likely to be more cost effective if impure CO2 is injected, although non-condensable impurities may reduce storage capacity and increase the injection pressure. The feasibility of co-sequestration of CO2 with a certain level of impurity has not been experimentally studied in much detail due to severe limitations associated with visualization and sampling at high pressure and temperature conditions. A series of intermediate-scale experiments has been conducted in a 100-cm-long, 20-cm-high, and 5-cm-wide intermediate-scale flow cell studying the effects of N2 and H2S impurities on CO2 transport in initially brine-saturated porous media. Homogeneous and simple layered heterogeneous systems were used to evaluate pH behavior, measure water and gas pressures, and analyze the gas composition at several locations. A multiphase code was used to compare simulation results for equilibrium dissolution conditions with experimental results. Although these preliminary analogue experiments were conducted at ambient pressure and temperature, the provide insight in the behavior of injected multi-component gas in initially saturated porous media.

  13. Optical absorption in a disk-shaped quantum dot in the presence of an impurity

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    Mikhail, I.F.I., E-mail: [Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt); Shafee, A.M. [Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Girls, Art, Science and Education, Ain Shams University, Cairo (Egypt)


    The linear and third order nonlinear optical absorption coefficients have been calculated in a two dimensional disk quantum dot. The confinement potential has been taken to be a combination of a parabolic and inverse squared part. The study has been performed in the presence of a perpendicular static magnetic field and a central or off-central impurity. The resulting Schrödinger equation has been solved by applying the variational method. It has been found that the presence of impurity causes a huge increase in the square of the transition matrix and in the absorption coefficients, in particular in the third order coefficient. Moreover, the asymmetry which results in the case of off-central impurity has been dealt with carefully by taking into consideration the transition matrices which vanish in other cases. - Highlights: • The optical absorption in a two dimensional disk-shaped quantum dot is investigated. • A static magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the plane of the disk. • The study is performed in the presence of central or off- central impurity. • The variational approach has been applied to find the energies and wave functions. • The presence and location of impurity play effective roles.

  14. Device for removing floating liquid impurities, oil, from a flowing water surface

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    Szereday, P.


    Separation of impure surface water layer, separation of mixture of impurities and water and method for implementation of discharging impurities separated, according to which local water level lowering required for flowing impure surface water layer through overflow spillway is performed in conformity with the bernoulli formula by suction effect produced and maintained by increasing flow rate, while separation taking place in the same step is carried out by the transient decrease of flow rate, then by change of direction. By turbulent-free inflow without decrease of rate really excellent scraping efficiency can be achieved. The device for carrying out said method comprises a submersion body of submersion depth first increasing downstream then decreasing, provided with opening serving as hopper to produce suction effect , on bottom in range of greatest submersion cross-section or behind latter, with adjustable spillway on front end on side of inflow, whereas with baffle plate controlling direction of flow and defining cross-section in inner space of submersion body, and with a flow-free zone for collecting the impurities separated.

  15. Quantum one dimensional spin systems. Disorder and impurities; Systemes de spins quantiques unidimensionnels. Desordre et impuretes

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    Brunel, V


    This thesis presents three studies that are respectively the spin-1 disordered chain, the non magnetic impurities in the spin-1/2 chain and the reaction-diffusion process. The spin-1 chain of weak disorder is performed by the Abelian bosonization and the renormalization group. This allows to take into account the competition between the disorder and the interactions and predicts the effects of various spin-1 anisotropy chain phases under many different disorders. A second work uses the non magnetic impurities as local probes of the correlations in the spin-1/2 chain. When the impurities are connected to the chain boundary, the author predicts a temperature dependence of the relaxation rate (1/T) of the nuclear spin impurities, different from the case of these impurities connected to the whole chain. The last work deals with one dimensional reaction-diffusion problem. The Jordan-Wigner transformation allows to consider a fermionic field theory that critical exponents follow from the renormalization group. (A.L.B.)

  16. Local destruction of superconductivity by non-magnetic impurities in mesoscopic iron-based superconductors (United States)

    Li, Jun; Ji, Min; Schwarz, Tobias; Ke, Xiaoxing; Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf; Yuan, Jie; Pereira, Paulo J.; Huang, Ya; Zhang, Gufei; Feng, Hai-Luke; Yuan, Ya-Hua; Hatano, Takeshi; Kleiner, Reinhold; Koelle, Dieter; Chibotaru, Liviu F.; Yamaura, Kazunari; Wang, Hua-Bing; Wu, Pei-Heng; Takayama-Muromachi, Eiji; Vanacken, Johan; Moshchalkov, Victor V.


    The determination of the pairing symmetry is one of the most crucial issues for the iron-based superconductors, for which various scenarios are discussed controversially. Non-magnetic impurity substitution is one of the most promising approaches to address the issue, because the pair-breaking mechanism from the non-magnetic impurities should be different for various models. Previous substitution experiments demonstrated that the non-magnetic zinc can suppress the superconductivity of various iron-based superconductors. Here we demonstrate the local destruction of superconductivity by non-magnetic zinc impurities in Ba0.5K0.5Fe2As2 by exploring phase-slip phenomena in a mesoscopic structure with 119 × 102 nm2 cross-section. The impurities suppress superconductivity in a three-dimensional ‘Swiss cheese'-like pattern with in-plane and out-of-plane characteristic lengths slightly below ∼1.34 nm. This causes the superconducting order parameter to vary along abundant narrow channels with effective cross-section of a few square nanometres. The local destruction of superconductivity can be related to Cooper pair breaking by non-magnetic impurities. PMID:26139568

  17. Development of PIC-Fluid hybrid scheme for impurity generation and transport in BOUT++ framework (United States)

    Xiao, Xiaotao; Xu, Xueqiao


    Impurity generation and transport are an important topic of research in burning plasmas in order to avoid a significant degradation of the fusion capabilities of a reactor device. It is a critical issue for RF experiments due to the phenomenon of rf-enhanced impurity generation. In tokamaks, the impurity transport is usually complicated by the combination of turbulent-driven transport and neoclassical transport, So developing the PIC module in BOUT++ framework, which simulates tokamak edge plasmas using fluid models, will enhance the capability to efficiently simulate both turbulence and neoclassical physics in realistic geometry. The research will be carried out mainly in two steps: a test particle module, in which the orbits is advanced in given background plasma with turbulent electromagnetic field from BOUT++ edge turbulence simulations to yield the spatial distribution of impurities in edge plasmas from given sources at the divertor plates and at the protection limiters near RF antennas; and then a PIC-fluid hybrid module, in which background plasma and the turbulent electromagnetic fields will change with the impurity particle sources. The main issues such as particle weighting and sorting scheme, the communication between the fluid and the PIC parts, are discussed.

  18. Electronic modes in carbon nanotubes with single and double impurity sites (United States)

    Komorowski, P. G.; Cottam, M. G.


    A theoretical study of isolated and doubly-clustered impurities is presented for the electronic excitations in a carbon nanotube lattice. Using a matrix operator formalism and a tight-binding model where the interactions between atoms take place via nearest-neighbor hopping, the properties of the excitations are deduced. A geometry consisting of long, single-walled carbon nanotubes is assumed with the defects introduced in the form of substitutional impurity atoms, giving rise to the localized electronic modes of the nanotube as well as the propagating modes of the pure (host) material. The impurities are assumed to be in a low concentration, having the form of either a single, isolated defect or a small cluster of two defects close together. A tridiagonal matrix technique is employed within a Green’s function formalism to obtain the properties of the discrete modes of the system, including their frequencies and localization. The numerical examples show a dependence on the nanotube diameters and on the relative spatial configurations of the impurities. The results contrast with the previous studies of line impurities since there is no translational symmetry along the longitudinal axis of the nanotubes in the present case.

  19. Electronic structure of vitamin B12 within the framework of the Haldane-Anderson impurity model (United States)

    Kandemir, Zafer; Mayda, Selma; Bulut, Nejat


    We study the electronic structure of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine C63H88CoN14O14P) by using the framework of the multi-orbital single-impurity Haldane-Anderson model of a transition-metal impurity in a semiconductor host. Here, our purpose is to understand the many-body effects originating from the transition-metal impurity. In this approach, the cobalt 3 d orbitals are treated as the impurity states placed in a semiconductor host which consists of the rest of the molecule. The parameters of the resulting effective Haldane-Anderson model are obtained within the Hartree-Fock approximation for the electronic structure of the molecule. The quantum Monte Carlo technique is then used to calculate the one-electron and magnetic correlation functions of this effective Haldane-Anderson model for vitamin B12. We find that new states form inside the semiconductor gap due to the on-site Coulomb interaction at the impurity 3 d orbitals and that these states become the highest occupied molecular orbitals. In addition, we present results on the charge distribution and spin correlations around the Co atom. We compare the results of this approach with those obtained by the density-functional theory calculations.

  20. Mass Spectral Profile for Rapid Differentiating Beta-Lactams from Their Ring-Opened Impurities

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    Hecheng Wang


    Full Text Available High performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC MS has been widely used for β-lactam antibiotics determination. However, its application to identify impurities of these frequently used drugs is not sufficient at present. In this job, characteristic profiles of the collision induced dissociation (CID spectra of both β-lactams and ring-opened β-lactams were extracted from the MS data of six β-lactam antibiotics and their forty-five impurities, and were confirmed by the MS data reported in the literature. These characteristics have been successfully applied to rapid differentiation of β-lactam and ring-opened β-lactam impurities in cefixime, cefdinir, and cefaclor. However, these characteristic profiles can only be obtained under low activating voltage. They did not display in the high energy activated CID spectra. Diagnostic fragmentations for determining the localization of double bond and substituents on the thiazine ring and the side chain were also observed. In addition, several characteristic fragmentations are hopeful to be used to differentiate the configurations of C-2 on the thiazine ring of ring-opened impurities, which is generally disadvantageous of mass spectrometry. Taken together, forty-five impurities were identified from the capsules of cefixime, cefdinir, and cefaclor.

  1. Universal scaling for the quantum Ising chain with a classical impurity (United States)

    Apollaro, Tony J. G.; Francica, Gianluca; Giuliano, Domenico; Falcone, Giovanni; Palma, G. Massimo; Plastina, Francesco


    We study finite-size scaling for the magnetic observables of an impurity residing at the end point of an open quantum Ising chain with transverse magnetic field, realized by locally rescaling the field by a factor μ ≠1 . In the homogeneous chain limit at μ =1 , we find the expected finite-size scaling for the longitudinal impurity magnetization, with no specific scaling for the transverse magnetization. At variance, in the classical impurity limit μ =0 , we recover finite scaling for the longitudinal magnetization, while the transverse one basically does not scale. We provide both analytic approximate expressions for the magnetization and the susceptibility as well as numerical evidences for the scaling behavior. At intermediate values of μ , finite-size scaling is violated, and we provide a possible explanation of this result in terms of the appearance of a second, impurity-related length scale. Finally, by going along the standard quantum-to-classical mapping between statistical models, we derive the classical counterpart of the quantum Ising chain with an end-point impurity as a classical Ising model on a square lattice wrapped on a half-infinite cylinder, with the links along the first circle modified as a function of μ .

  2. Deformation of a Quantum Many-Particle System by a Rotating Impurity

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    Richard Schmidt


    Full Text Available During the past 70 years, the quantum theory of angular momentum has been successfully applied to describing the properties of nuclei, atoms, and molecules, and their interactions with each other as well as with external fields. Because of the properties of quantum rotations, the angular-momentum algebra can be of tremendous complexity even for a few interacting particles, such as valence electrons of an atom, not to mention larger many-particle systems. In this work, we study an example of the latter: a rotating quantum impurity coupled to a many-body bosonic bath. In the regime of strong impurity-bath couplings, the problem involves the addition of an infinite number of angular momenta, which renders it intractable using currently available techniques. Here, we introduce a novel canonical transformation that allows us to eliminate the complex angular-momentum algebra from such a class of many-body problems. In addition, the transformation exposes the problem’s constants of motion, and renders it solvable exactly in the limit of a slowly rotating impurity. We exemplify the technique by showing that there exists a critical rotational speed at which the impurity suddenly acquires one quantum of angular momentum from the many-particle bath. Such an instability is accompanied by the deformation of the phonon density in the frame rotating along with the impurity.

  3. COREDIV modelling of JET ILW discharges with different impurity seeding: nitrogen, neon, argon and krypton

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    Ivanova-Stanik Irena


    Full Text Available Numerical simulations with the COREDIV code of JET H-mode discharges with 25 MW of auxiliary heating in the ITER-like wall (ILW configuration with different impurity seedings – nitrogen (N, neon (Ne, argon (Ar and krypton (Kr – are presented. All simulations have been performed with the same transport model and input discharge parameters like auxiliary heating, volume average plasma density, confinement factor. Only the seeded impurity puff rate was changed in the calculations. It appears that for the considered heating power of 25 MW and relatively low volume electron average density = 6.2 × 1019 m−3, impurity seeding is necessary. It has been found that for every gas at the maximum level of the seeding rate, allowed by the code convergence, the power to the plate is reduced up to 2–4 MW, with electron temperature at the plate of about 2 eV, indicating semi-detached conditions in the divertor region. It should be noted, however, that in cases with low and medium Z impurity (N, Ne and Ar, tungsten radiation is a significant part of radiation losses and stays above 22–32% of the total energy losses, but for high Z impurity (Kr it is reduced up to 10% of the total losses. The maximum of the Kr radiation is between the pedestal region and separatrix, showing that radiative mantle can be created, which might have a strong influence on the plasma parameters in the pedestal region.

  4. Impurities in a non-axisymmetric plasma: Transport and effect on bootstrap current

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    Mollén, A., E-mail: [Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg (Sweden); Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, 17491 Greifswald (Germany); Landreman, M. [Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742 (United States); Smith, H. M.; Helander, P. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, 17491 Greifswald (Germany); Braun, S. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, 17491 Greifswald (Germany); German Aerospace Center, Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)


    Impurities cause radiation losses and plasma dilution, and in stellarator plasmas the neoclassical ambipolar radial electric field is often unfavorable for avoiding strong impurity peaking. In this work we use a new continuum drift-kinetic solver, the SFINCS code (the Stellarator Fokker-Planck Iterative Neoclassical Conservative Solver) [M. Landreman et al., Phys. Plasmas 21, 042503 (2014)] which employs the full linearized Fokker-Planck-Landau operator, to calculate neoclassical impurity transport coefficients for a Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) magnetic configuration. We compare SFINCS calculations with theoretical asymptotes in the high collisionality limit. We observe and explain a 1/ν-scaling of the inter-species radial transport coefficient at low collisionality, arising due to the field term in the inter-species collision operator, and which is not found with simplified collision models even when momentum correction is applied. However, this type of scaling disappears if a radial electric field is present. We also use SFINCS to analyze how the impurity content affects the neoclassical impurity dynamics and the bootstrap current. We show that a change in plasma effective charge Z{sub eff} of order unity can affect the bootstrap current enough to cause a deviation in the divertor strike point locations.

  5. Density functional theory calculations of stability and diffusion mechanisms of impurity atoms in Ge crystals

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    Maeta, Takahiro [Graduate School of System Engineering, Okayama Prefectural University, 111 Kuboki, Soja, Okayama 719-1197 (Japan); GlobalWafers Japan Co., Ltd., Higashikou, Seirou-machi, Kitakanbara-gun, Niigata 957-0197 (Japan); Sueoka, Koji [Department of Communication Engineering, Okayama Prefectural University, 111 Kuboki, Soja, Okayama 719-1197 (Japan)


    Ge-based substrates are being developed for applications in advanced nano-electronic devices because of their higher intrinsic carrier mobility than Si. The stability and diffusion mechanism of impurity atoms in Ge are not well known in contrast to those of Si. Systematic studies of the stable sites of 2nd to 6th row element impurity atoms in Ge crystal were undertaken with density functional theory (DFT) and compared with those in Si crystal. It was found that most of the impurity atoms in Ge were stable at substitutional sites, while transition metals in Si were stable at interstitial sites and the other impurity atoms in Si were stable at substitutional sites. Furthermore, DFT calculations were carried out to clarify the mechanism responsible for the diffusion of impurity atoms in Ge crystals. The diffusion mechanism for 3d transition metals in Ge was found to be an interstitial-substitutional diffusion mechanism, while in Si this was an interstitial diffusion mechanism. The diffusion barriers in the proposed diffusion mechanisms in Ge and Si were quantitatively verified by comparing them to the experimental values in the literature.

  6. Impurity band Mott insulators: a new route to high Tc superconductivity

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    Ganapathy Baskaran


    Full Text Available Last century witnessed the birth of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The physics behind these revolutionary developments is certain quantum mechanical behaviour of 'impurity state electrons' in crystalline 'band insulators', such as Si, Ge, GaAs and GaN, arising from intentionally added (doped impurities. The present article proposes that certain collective quantum behaviour of these impurity state electrons, arising from Coulomb repulsions, could lead to superconductivity in a parent band insulator, in a way not suspected before. Impurity band resonating valence bond theory of superconductivity in boron doped diamond, recently proposed by us, suggests possibility of superconductivity emerging from impurity band Mott insulators. We use certain key ideas and insights from the field of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates and organics. Our suggestion also offers new possibilities in the field of semiconductor electronics and nanotechnology. The current level of sophistication in solid state technology and combinatorial materials science is very well capable of realizing our proposal and discover new superconductors.

  7. Donor impurity incorporation during layer growth of Zn II-VI semiconductors (United States)

    Barlow, D. A.


    The maximum halogen donor concentration in Zn II-VI semiconductors during layer growth is studied using a standard model from statistical mechanics. Here the driving force for incorporation is an increase in entropy upon mixing of the donor impurity into the available anion lattice sites in the host binary. A formation energy opposes this increase and thus equilibrium is attained at some maximum concentration. Considering the halogen donor impurities within the Zn II-VI binary semiconductors ZnO, ZnS, ZnSe and ZnTe, a heat of reaction obtained from reported diatomic bond strengths is shown to be directly proportional to the log of maximum donor concentration. The formation energy can then be estimated and an expression for maximum donor concentration derived. Values for the maximum donor concentration with each of the halogen impurities, within the Zn II-VI compounds, are computed. This model predicts that the halogens will serve as electron donors in these compounds in order of increasing effectiveness as: F, Br, I, Cl. Finally, this result is taken to be equivalent to an alternative model where donor concentration depends upon impurity diffusion and the conduction band energy shift due to a depletion region at the growing crystal's surface. From this, we are able to estimate the diffusion activation energy for each of the impurities mentioned above. Comparisons are made with reported values and relevant conclusions presented.

  8. Radiated Power and Impurity Concentrations in the EXTRAP-T2R Reversed-Field Pinch (United States)

    Corre, Y.; Rachlew, E.; Cecconello, M.; Gravestijn, R. M.; Hedqvist, A.; Pégourié, B.; Schunke, B.; Stancalie, V.


    A numerical and experimental study of the impurity concentration and radiation in the EXTRAP-T2R device is reported. The experimental setup consists of an 8-chord bolometer system providing the plasma radiated power and a vacuum-ultraviolet spectrometer providing information on the plasma impurity content. The plasma emissivity profile as measured by the bolometric system is peaked in the plasma centre. A one dimensional Onion Skin Collisional-Radiative model (OSCR) has been developed to compute the density and radiation distributions of the main impurities. The observed centrally peaked emissivity profile can be reproduced by OSCR simulations only if finite particle confinement time and charge-exchange processes between plasma impurities and neutral hydrogen are taken into account. The neutral hydrogen density profile is computed with a recycling code. Simulations show that recycling on metal first wall such as in EXTRAP-T2R (stainless steel vacuum vessel and molybdenum limiters) is compatible with a rather high neutral hydrogen density in the plasma centre. Assuming an impurity concentration of 10% for oxygen and 3% for carbon compared with the electron density, the OSCR calculation including lines and continuum emission reproduces about 60% of the total radiated power with a similarly centrally peaked emissivity profile. The centrally peaked emissivity profile is due to low ionisation stages and strongly radiating species in the plasma core, mainly O4+ (Be-like) and C3+ Li-like.

  9. Caprylic acid precipitation method for impurity reduction: an alternative to conventional chromatography for monoclonal antibody purification. (United States)

    Brodsky, Yan; Zhang, Cheng; Yigzaw, Yinges; Vedantham, Ganesh


    We report the use of caprylic acid based impurity precipitation as (1) an alternative method to polishing chromatography techniques commonly used for monoclonal antibody purification and (2) an impurity reduction step prior to harvesting the bioreactor. This impurity reduction method was tested with protein A purified antibodies and with cell culture fluid. First, the operational parameters influencing precipitation of host cell proteins and high molecular weight aggregate in protein A pools were investigated. When used as a polishing step, the primary factor affecting purification and yield was determined to be pH. Caprylic acid precipitation was comparable to polishing IEX chromatography in reducing host cell protein and aggregate levels. A virus reduction study showed complete clearance of a model retrovirus during caprylic acid precipitation of protein A purified antibody. Caprylic acid mediated impurity precipitation in cell culture showed that the impurity clearance was generally insensitive to pH and caprylic acid concentration whereas yield was a function of caprylic acid concentration. Protein A purification of caprylic acid precipitated cell culture fluid generated less turbid product pool with reduced levels of host cell proteins and high molecular weight aggregate. The results of this study show caprylic acid precipitation to be an effective purification method that can be incorporated into a production facility with minimal cost as it utilizes existing tanks and process flow. Eliminating flow through chromatography polishing step can provide process intensification by avoiding the process tank volume constraints for high titer processes. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Superconducting Gap Symmetry of LaFeP(O,F Observed by Impurity Doping Effect

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    Shigeki Miyasaka


    Full Text Available We have investigated Mn, Co and Ni substitution effects on polycrystalline samples of LaFePO0.95F0.05 by resistivity and magnetoresistance measurements. In LaFe1-xMxPO0.95F0.05 (M = Mn, Co and Ni, the superconducting transition temperature (Tc monotonously decreases with increasing the impurity doping level of x. There is a clear difference of Tc suppression rates among Mn, Co and Ni doping cases, and the decreasing rate of Tc by Mn doping as a magnetic impurity is larger than those by the nonmagnetic doping impurities (Co/Ni. This result indicates that in LaFePO0.95F0.05, Tc is rapidly suppressed by the pair-breaking effect of magnetic impurities, and the pairing symmetry is a full-gapped s-wave. In the nonmagnetic impurity-doped systems, the residual resistivity in the normal state has nearly the same value when Tc becomes zero. The residual resistivity value is almost consistent with the universal value of sheet resistance for two-dimensional superconductors, suggesting that Tc is suppressed by electron localization in Co/Ni-doped LaFePO0.95F0.05.

  11. Analysis of pharmaceutical impurities in the methamphetamine crystals seized for drug trafficking in Korea. (United States)

    Choe, Sanggil; Heo, Sewoong; Choi, Hyeyoung; Kim, Eunmi; Chung, Heesun; Lee, Jaesin


    Some methamphetamine (MA) crystals contain pharmaceutical impurities. They often come from the co-ingredients of cold drugs used for extracting ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. Though these impurities are not so commonly encountered, they reflect the trends in precursor chemicals and manufacturing sources. As a result of monitoring impurities in the MA crystals seized in Korea during 2006-2011, 10 species of pharmaceutical impurities were identified by gas chromatography-flame ionization detection and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. They may be co-ingredients of the legal drugs used as a source of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. In contrast, some of them are presumed to be adulterants added during or after clandestine synthesis. It is interesting that some of these have been identified in the MA crystals seized in other countries in the same year. Species of pharmaceutical impurities in the MA crystals increased particularly in 2010, indicating a change in precursor chemicals and/or manufacturing sources. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Strong suppression of impurity accumulation in steady-state hydrogen discharges with high power NBI heating on LHD (United States)

    Nakamura, Y.; Tamura, N.; Yoshinuma, M.; Suzuki, C.; Yoshimura, S.; Kobayashi, M.; Yokoyama, M.; Nunami, M.; Nakata, M.; Nagaoka, K.; Tanaka, K.; Peterson, B. J.; Ida, K.; Osakabe, M.; Morisaki, T.; the LHD Experiment Group


    Strong suppression of impurity accumulation is observed in long pulse hydrogen discharges with high power NBI (neutral beam injection) heating (P nbi  >  10 MW) on the large helical device (LHD), even in the impurity accumulation window where the intrinsic impurities such as Fe and C are always accumulated into the plasma core. Density scan experiments in these discharges demonstrate to vanish the window and a new operational regime without impurity accumulation is found in steady state hydrogen discharges. Impurity pinch decreases with increasing ion temperature gradient and carbon Mach number. The peaking of the measured carbon profiles shows strong anti-correlations with the Mach number and its radial gradient. An external torque has a big impact on impurity transport and strong co-current rotation leads to an extremely hollow carbon profile, so-called ‘impurity hole’ observed in high ion temperature modes. Impurity pinch in the plasmas with net zero torque input (balanced NBI injection) is also strongly reduced by increasing ion temperature gradient, which can drive turbulent modes. The combination effect of turbulence and toroidal rotation plays an important role in the impurity transport.

  13. Hubbard Model for Atomic Impurities Bound by the Vortex Lattice of a Rotating Bose-Einstein Condensate. (United States)

    Johnson, T H; Yuan, Y; Bao, W; Clark, S R; Foot, C; Jaksch, D


    We investigate cold bosonic impurity atoms trapped in a vortex lattice formed by condensed bosons of another species. We describe the dynamics of the impurities by a bosonic Hubbard model containing occupation-dependent parameters to capture the effects of strong impurity-impurity interactions. These include both a repulsive direct interaction and an attractive effective interaction mediated by the Bose-Einstein condensate. The occupation dependence of these two competing interactions drastically affects the Hubbard model phase diagram, including causing the disappearance of some Mott lobes.

  14. Crossover physics in the nonequilibrium dynamics of quenched quantum impurity systems. (United States)

    Vasseur, Romain; Trinh, Kien; Haas, Stephan; Saleur, Hubert


    A general framework is proposed to tackle analytically local quantum quenches in integrable impurity systems, combining a mapping onto a boundary problem with the form factor approach to boundary-condition-changing operators introduced by Lesage and Saleur [Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 4370 (1998)]. We discuss how to compute exactly the following two central quantities of interest: the Loschmidt echo and the distribution of the work done during the quantum quench. Our results display an interesting crossover physics characterized by the energy scale T(b) of the impurity corresponding to the Kondo temperature. We discuss in detail the noninteracting case as a paradigm and benchmark for more complicated integrable impurity models and check our results using numerical methods.

  15. Efimov States of Heavy Impurities in a Bose-Einstein Condensate

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    Zinner, Nikolaj Thomas


    We consider the problem of two heavy impurity particles embedded in a gas of weakly-interacting light mass bosonic particles in the condensed state. Using the Bogoliubov approach to describe the bosonic gas and the Born-Oppenheimer approximation for the three-body dynamics, we calculate the modif......We consider the problem of two heavy impurity particles embedded in a gas of weakly-interacting light mass bosonic particles in the condensed state. Using the Bogoliubov approach to describe the bosonic gas and the Born-Oppenheimer approximation for the three-body dynamics, we calculate...... the modification to the heavy-heavy two-body potential due to the presence of the condensate. For the case of resonant interaction between the light bosons and the impurities, we present (semi)-analytical results for the potential in the limit of a large condensate coherence length. In particular, we find...

  16. Solidification behaviour of an AA5754 Al alloy ingot cast with high impurity content

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    Kumar, Sundaram; Hari Babu, Nadendla; Scamans, Geoff M.; Eskin, Dmitry G.; Fan, Zhongyun [Brunel Univ., Uxbridge (United Kingdom). EPSRC Centre - LiME, BCAST


    In view of the recycling of aluminium scrap for automotive sheet application, we have investigated the solidification behaviour of AA5754 alloy containing additional amounts of impurity elements such as Si, Fe, and Cu. Ingot casts with a high impurity content resulted in coarse {alpha}-Al dendrites and complex-shaped secondary phases. A large volume of coarse Chinese script and needle-type Fe-bearing intermetallic phases were observed to form at the centre of an ingot. In addition to the grain-boundary eutectic, spherically shaped rosette-type eutectic phases were observed within the Al grain in the high-impurity alloy. The more uniform size distribution of the Fe-bearing intermetallics observed in the Al-Ti-B grain refined alloy is attributed to the presence of a large fraction of {alpha}-Al grain boundaries which distributes the eutectic liquid where the Fe-bearing intermetallic forced to nucleate and grow. (orig.)

  17. Spatial distribution of impurities in ZnO nanotubes characterized by cathodoluminescence. (United States)

    Yuan, X L; Dierre, B; Wang, J B; Zhang, B P; Sekiguchi, T


    Low-energy cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging and spectroscopy technique was employed to study the impurity distribution in individual ZnO hexagonal nanotubes fabricated by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition on the sapphire (0001) substrate. The CL spectra at 10 K show that acceptor and donor impurities are incorporated in the ZnO nanotubes. CL monochromatic images indicate that the concentration of donor is higher at the bottom part and the distribution of acceptors is more inhomogeneous at the surface of the nanotubes. The non-uniform defects and impurities distributions are explained by unstable growth conditions and contamination from the environment. These results indicate that the low-energy CL is a very powerful method to investigate the inhomogeneity of luminescence properties in the individual nanostructures.

  18. First-principles study on Ni3Al (111 ) antiphase boundary with Ti and Hf impurities (United States)

    Sun, Ruoshi; Woodward, Christopher; van de Walle, Axel


    The effect of Ti and Hf impurities on the (111 ) antiphase boundary (APB) energy of Ni3Al is investigated via ab initio calculations. Cluster expansion is performed to predict supercell total energies sampled in a Monte Carlo approach that accounts for nondilute point defects at finite temperature, obtaining APB energies as a function of impurity concentration and temperature. Of the two ternary elements, Hf is more effective in increasing the APB energy. While the (111 ) APB energy of a pure L1 2 material requires at least second-nearest-neighbor interactions, we observe a strong correlation between impurity-induced APB energy enhancement and formation of first-nearest-neighbor Ni-Ni bonds across the APB due to symmetry breaking. Using a linear-chain model and effective bond energies derived from effective cluster interactions, we propose a mechanism that explains why Hf is more effective than Ti.

  19. Perturbation method for calculating impurity binding energy in an inhomogeneous cylindrical quantum dot with dielectric mismatch (United States)

    Sil, Nilanjan; Daripa, Nibedita; Kapoor, Achint; Dey, Sanjay Kumar


    In the present paper, we have studied the binding energy of the shallow donor hydrogenic impurity, which is confined in an inhomogeneous cylindrical quantum dot (CQD) of GaAs-AlxGa_{1-x}As. Perturbation method is used to calculate the binding energy within the framework of effective mass approximation and taking into account the effect of dielectric mismatch between the dot and the barrier material. The ground-state binding energy of the donor is computed as a function of dot size for finite confinement. The result shows that the ground-state binding energy decreases with the increase in dot size. The result is compared with infinite dielectric mismatch as a limiting case. The binding energy of the hydrogenic impurity is maximum for an on-axis donor impurity.

  20. Numerical simulation of impurity separation in the channel of a magnetoplasma compressor

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    Brushlinskii, K.V.; Morozov, A.I.; Savel' ev, V.V.


    A numerical model is constructed for the two-dimensional flow of a three-component plasma in order to study the impurity dynamics in the channel of a magnetoplasma compressor. The plasma consists of electrons and two ion species: light ions (the bulk component) and heavy ions (the impurity). A hydrodynamic description can be used for the plasma. The calculations show that under the influence of the electromagnetic forces a mass separation of the ions takes place. Specifically, the impurity is displaced toward the cathode, and it prevents the bulk component from contracting to the channel axis. The plasma is purified with a diverter, which is an aperture in the central electrode. After the purification, the compression properties of the flow are restored. The calculations reveal the relative properties of compressional plasma flows and ion separation in channels with and without the diverter for various flow regimes.

  1. Evaluation of helium impurity impacts on Spent Nuclear Fuel project processes (OCRWM)

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    This document identifies the types and quantities of impurities that may be present within helium that is introduced into multi-canister overpacks (MCO)s by various SNF Project facilities, including, but not limited to the Cold Vacuum Drying (CVD) Facility (CVDF). It then evaluates possible impacts of worst case impurity inventories on MCO drying, transportation, and storage processes. Based on the evaluation results, this document: (1) concludes that the SNF Project helium procurement specification can be a factor-of-ten less restrictive than a typical vendor's standard offering (99.96% pure versus the vendor's 99.997% pure standard offering); (2) concludes that the CVDF's current 99.5% purity requirement is adequate to control the quality of the helium that is delivered to the MCO by the plant's helium distribution system; and (3) recommends specific impurity limits for both of the above cases.

  2. Oxide impurities in silicon oxide intermetal dielectrics and their potential to elevate via-resistances. (United States)

    Qin, Wentao; Alldredge, Donavan; Heleotes, Douglas; Elkind, Alexander; Theodore, N David; Fejes, Peter; Vadipour, Mostafa; Godek, Bill; Lerner, Norman


    Silicon oxide used as an intermetal dielectric (IMD) incorporates oxide impurities during both its formation and subsequent processing to create vias in the IMD. Without a sufficient degassing of the IMD, oxide impurities released from the IMD during the physical vapor deposition (PVD) of the glue layer of the vias had led to an oxidation of the glue layer and eventual increase of the via resistances, which correlated with the O-to-Si atomic ratio of the IMD being ~10% excessive as verified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. A vacuum bake of the IMD was subsequently implemented to enhance outgassing of the oxide impurities in the IMD before the glue layer deposition. The implementation successfully reduced the via resistances to an acceptable level.

  3. Effect of impurity pinning on conduction and specific heat in the Luttinger liquid

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    Artemenko, S.N. [V.A. Kotelnikov Institute for Radio-Engineering and Electronics of the RAS, Mokhovaya str. 11-7, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation)], E-mail:; Remizov, S.V.; Shapiro, D.S.; Vakhitov, R.R. [V.A. Kotelnikov Institute for Radio-Engineering and Electronics of the RAS, Mokhovaya str. 11-7, Moscow 125009 (Russian Federation)


    We study theoretically two effects related to impurity depinning that are common for 1D Luttinger liquid (LL) and linear-chain charge-density wave (CDW) conductors. First, we consider the electron transport through a single impurity in a 1D conducting channel and study a new regime of conduction related to LL sliding at voltage above a threshold one. The DC current in this regime is accompanied by oscillations with frequency f=I/e. This resembles the CDW depinning in linear-chain conductors, the Josephson effect, and the Coulomb blockade. Second, we found that strong pinning of the LL by impurities leads to a magnetic field dependence of the low-temperature specific heat similar to that observed experimentally in CDW compounds. We interpret this in favor of possibility of formation of the LL in linear-chain compounds.

  4. Localization and Speciation of Iron Impurities within a Fluid Catalytic Cracking Catalyst. (United States)

    Ihli, Johannes; Ferreira Sanchez, Dario; Jacob, Rosh R; Cuartero, Vera; Mathon, Olivier; Krumeich, Frank; Borca, Camelia; Huthwelker, Thomas; Cheng, Wu-Cheng; Shu, YuYing; Pascarelli, Sakura; Grolimund, Daniel; Menzel, Andreas; van Bokhoven, Jeroen A


    Fluid catalytic cracking is a chemical conversion process of industrial scale. This process, utilizing porous catalysts composed of clay and zeolite, converts heavy crude-oil fractions into transportation fuel and petrochemical feedstocks. Among other factors iron-rich reactor and feedstream impurities cause these catalyst particles to permanently deactivate. Herein, we report tomographic X-ray absorption spectroscopy measurements that reveal the presence of dissimilar iron impurities of specific localization within a single deactivated particle. Whereas the iron natural to clay in the composite seems to be unaffected by operation, exterior-facing and feedstream-introduced iron was found in two forms. Those being minute quantities of ferrous oxide, located near regions of increased porosity, and impurities rich in Fe 3+ , preferentially located in the outer dense part of the particle and suggested to contribute to the formation of an isolating amorphous silica alumina envelope. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Impurity-related nonlinear optical properties in delta-doped quantum rings: Electric field effects

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    Restrepo, R.L., E-mail: [Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia-EIA, Medellín (Colombia); Grupo de Materia Condensada-UdeA, Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia); Morales, A.L. [Grupo de Materia Condensada-UdeA, Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia); Martínez-Orozco, J.C. [Unidad Académica de Física, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, CP 98060, Zacatecas (Mexico); Baghramyan, H.M.; Barseghyan, M.G. [Department of Solid State Physics, Yerevan State University, Al. Manookian 1, 0025 Yerevan (Armenia); Mora-Ramos, M.E. [Grupo de Materia Condensada-UdeA, Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia); Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Ave. Universidad 1001, CP 62209, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Duque, C.A. [Grupo de Materia Condensada-UdeA, Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Antioquia UdeA, Calle 70 No. 52-21, Medellín (Colombia)


    Using a variational procedure within the effective mass approximation, we have calculated the donor impurity binding energy for the ground (1s-like) and the excited (2p{sub z}-like) states as well as the impurity-related nonlinear optical absorption and relative changes in the refraction index in a GaAs single quantum ring with axial n-type delta-doping. The delta-like potential along the z-direction is an approximate model analytically described using a Lorentzian function with two parameters. Additionally we consider the application of an electric field along the z-direction. It is found that the changes in the geometry of the quantum ring, the change in the 2D impurity density of the delta-like doping, and different values of the electric field lead to a shifting of the resonant peaks of the optical responses spectrum.

  6. Metal impurity fluxes and plasma-surface interactions in EXTRAP T2R (United States)

    Bergsåker, H.; Menmuir, S.; Rachlew, E.; Brunsell, P. R.; Frassinetti, L.; Drake, J. R.


    The EXTRAP T2R is a large aspect ratio Reversed Field Pinch device. The main focus of interest for the experiments is the active feedback control of resistive wall modes [1]. With feedback it has been possible to prolong plasma discharges in T2R from about 20 ms to nearly 100 ms. In a series of experiments in T2R, in H- and D- plasmas with and without feedback, quantitative spectroscopy and passive collector probes have been used to study the flux of metal impurities. Time resolved spectroscopic measurements of Cr and Mo lines showed large metal release towards discharge termination without feedback. Discharge integrated fluxes of Cr, Fe, Ni and Mo were also measured with collector probes at wall position. Reasonable quantitative agreement was found between the spectroscopic and collector probe measurements. The roles of sputtering, thermal evaporation and arcing in impurity production are evaluated based on the composition of the measured impurity flux.

  7. Distribution of an impurity retained from solution over the height of an electrofilter

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    Vorona, L.G.; Bazhal, I.G.; Cherenko, V.F.; Dzyubenko, E.P.; Kupchik, M.P.; Mikhailik, T.A.


    These authors study the dynamic relationships of electroretention of impurities from solution in a granular collector and demonstrate the analogy of the process to dynamic absorption of gases and vapors. A schematic diagram illustrates the construction of the experimental assembly for electrofiltration; charts present data on the variation of the concentration of colored substances in the purified solution with time and different electrofilter heights and on the dependence of the time of protective action of the silica bed gel on its height and on the dependence of the loss of time of protection and of dead bed height on the potential drop and flow rate of the solution; and a table presents the results of the experiments. The authors conclude that the distribution of an impurity retained from solution over the height of electrofilter is analogous to the distribution of a sorbed impurity over the height of a sorbent bed.

  8. Chemically reduced graphene contains inherent metallic impurities present in parent natural and synthetic graphite (United States)

    Ambrosi, Adriano; Chua, Chun Kiang; Khezri, Bahareh; Sofer, Zdeněk; Webster, Richard D.; Pumera, Martin


    Graphene-related materials are in the forefront of nanomaterial research. One of the most common ways to prepare graphenes is to oxidize graphite (natural or synthetic) to graphite oxide and exfoliate it to graphene oxide with consequent chemical reduction to chemically reduced graphene. Here, we show that both natural and synthetic graphite contain a large amount of metallic impurities that persist in the samples of graphite oxide after the oxidative treatment, and chemically reduced graphene after the chemical reduction. We demonstrate that, despite a substantial elimination during the oxidative treatment of graphite samples, a significant amount of impurities associated to the chemically reduced graphene materials still remain and alter their electrochemical properties dramatically. We propose a method for the purification of graphenes based on thermal treatment at 1,000 °C in chlorine atmosphere to reduce the effect of such impurities on the electrochemical properties. Our findings have important implications on the whole field of graphene research. PMID:22826262

  9. Deep Dysgraphia in Turkish

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    Ilhan Raman


    Full Text Available Deep dysgraphic patients make semantic errors when writing to dictation and they cannot write nonwords. Extant reports of deep dysgraphia come from languages with relatively opaque orthographies. Turkish is a transparent orthography because the bidirectional mappings between phonology and orthography are completely predictable. We report BRB, a biscriptal Turkish-English speaker who has acquired dysgraphia characterised by semantic errors as well as effects of grammatical class and imageability on writing in Turkish. Nonword spelling is abolished. A similar pattern of errors is observed in English. BRB is the first report of acquired dysgraphia in a truly transparent writing system. We argue that deep dysgraphia results from damage to the mappings that are common to both languages between word meanings and orthographic representations.

  10. Deep dysgraphia in Turkish. (United States)

    Raman, Ilhan; Weekes, Brendan Stuart


    Deep dysgraphic patients make semantic errors when writing to dictation and they cannot write nonwords. Extant reports of deep dysgraphia come from languages with relatively opaque orthographies. Turkish is a transparent orthography because the bidirectional mappings between phonology and orthography are completely predictable. We report BRB, a biscriptal Turkish-English speaker who has acquired dysgraphia characterised by semantic errors as well as effects of grammatical class and imageability on writing in Turkish. Nonword spelling is abolished. A similar pattern of errors is observed in English. BRB is the first report of acquired dysgraphia in a truly transparent writing system. We argue that deep dysgraphia results from damage to the mappings that are common to both languages between word meanings and orthographic representations.

  11. News on Deep Mixing (United States)

    Lattanzio, John C.; Dearborn, Davis S. P.; Eggleton, Peter P.


    We briefly summarize the abundant observational evidence for the need of a ``deep mixing'' mechanism in first-ascent red-giant stars, and probably in AGB stars as well. By the term ``deep mixing'' we mean some mixing mechanism which operates in the radiative zone below the convective envelope, and which transports material from the convective region to hotter regions, near the top of the hydrogen shell, where nuclear burning may take place. We then discuss a recent discovery of deep-mixing caused by the burning of 3He following first dredge-up in low-mass stars. This is expected to be a thermohaline process and preliminary calculations show that it has many of the properties required to explain the observations.

  12. Auxiliary Deep Generative Models

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    Maaløe, Lars; Sønderby, Casper Kaae; Sønderby, Søren Kaae


    Deep generative models parameterized by neural networks have recently achieved state-of-the-art performance in unsupervised and semi-supervised learning. We extend deep generative models with auxiliary variables which improves the variational approximation. The auxiliary variables leave...... the generative model unchanged but make the variational distribution more expressive. Inspired by the structure of the auxiliary variable we also propose a model with two stochastic layers and skip connections. Our findings suggest that more expressive and properly specified deep generative models converge...... faster with better results. We show state-of-the-art performance within semi-supervised learning on MNIST (0.96%), SVHN (16.61%) and NORB (9.40%) datasets....

  13. Influence of complex impurity centres on radiation damage in wide-gap metal oxides

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    Lushchik, A., E-mail: [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, 50411 Tartu (Estonia); Lushchik, Ch. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, 50411 Tartu (Estonia); Popov, A.I. [Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia, Kengaraga 8, Riga LV-1063 (Latvia); Schwartz, K. [GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung (GSI), Planckstr. 1, 64291 Darmstadt (Germany); Shablonin, E.; Vasil’chenko, E. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, 50411 Tartu (Estonia)


    Different mechanisms of radiation damage of wide-gap metal oxides as well as a dual influence of impurity ions on the efficiency of radiation damage have been considered on the example of binary ionic MgO and complex ionic–covalent Lu{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12} single crystals. Particular emphasis has been placed on irradiation with ∼2 GeV heavy ions ({sup 197}Au, {sup 209}Bi, {sup 238}U, fluence of 10{sup 12} ions/cm{sup 2}) providing extremely high density of electronic excitations within ion tracks. Besides knock-out mechanism for Frenkel pair formation, the additional mechanism through the collapse of mobile discrete breathers at certain lattice places (e.g., complex impurity centres) leads to the creation of complex defects that involve a large number of host atoms. The experimental manifestations of the radiation creation of intrinsic and impurity antisite defects (Lu|{sub Al} or Ce|{sub Al} – a heavy ion in a wrong cation site) have been detected in LuAG and LuAG:Ce{sup 3+} single crystals. Light doping of LuAG causes a small enhancement of radiation resistance, while pair impurity centres (for instance, Ce|{sub Lu}–Ce|{sub Al} or Cr{sup 3+}–Cr{sup 3+} in MgO) are formed with a rise of impurity concentration. These complex impurity centres as well as radiation-induced intrinsic antisite defects (Lu|{sub Al} strongly interacting with Lu in a regular site) tentatively serve as the places for breathers collapse, thus decreasing the material resistance against dense irradiation.

  14. Impurity confinement and transport in high confinement regimes without edge localized modes on DIII-D

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    Grierson, B. A., E-mail:; Nazikian, R. M.; Solomon, W. M. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08543 (United States); Burrell, K. H.; Garofalo, A. M.; Belli, E. A.; Staebler, G. M.; Evans, T. E.; Smith, S. P.; Chrobak, C. [General Atomics, P.O. Box 85608, San Diego, California 92186-5608 (United States); Fenstermacher, M. E. [Lawerence Livermore National Laboratory, P.O. Box 808, Livermore, California 94550 (United States); McKee, G. R. [Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53796 (United States); Orlov, D. M. [Center for Energy Research, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093-0417 (United States); Chrystal, C. [University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093-0417 (United States)


    Impurity transport in the DIII-D tokamak [J. L. Luxon, Nucl. Fusion 42, 614 (2002)] is investigated in stationary high confinement (H-mode) regimes without edge localized modes (ELMs). In plasmas maintained by resonant magnetic perturbation (RMP), ELM-suppression, and QH-mode, the confinement time of fluorine (Z = 9) is equivalent to that in ELMing discharges with 40 Hz ELMs. For selected discharges with impurity injection, the impurity particle confinement time compared to the energy confinement time is in the range of τ{sub p}/τ{sub e}≈2−3. In QH-mode operation, the impurity confinement time is shown to be smaller for intense, coherent magnetic, and density fluctuations of the edge harmonic oscillation than weaker fluctuations. Transport coefficients are derived from the time evolution of the impurity density profile and compared to neoclassical and turbulent transport models NEO and TGLF. Neoclassical transport of fluorine is found to be small compared to the experimental values. In the ELMing and RMP ELM-suppressed plasma, the impurity transport is affected by the presence of tearing modes. For radii larger than the mode radius, the TGLF diffusion coefficient is smaller than the experimental value by a factor of 2–3, while the convective velocity is within error estimates. Low levels of diffusion are observed for radii smaller than the tearing mode radius. In the QH-mode plasma investigated, the TGLF diffusion coefficient is higher inside of ρ=0.4 and lower outside of 0.4 than the experiment, and the TGLF convective velocity is more negative by a factor of approximately 1.7.

  15. Spectroscopic investigation of heavy impurity behaviour during ICRH with the JET ITER-like wall

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    Czarnecka, A. [Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microfusion, Association EURATOM-IPPLM, Hery 23 Str., 01-497 Warsaw (Poland); Bobkov, V.; Maggi, C.; Pütterich, T. [Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, EURATOM-Association, D-85748 Garching (Germany); Coffey, I. H. [Department of Physics, Queen' s University, Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom); Colas, L. [CEA, IRFM, F-13108 Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance (France); Jacquet, P.; Lawson, K. D. [Euratom/CCFE Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Lerche, E.; Van Eester, D. [Association EURATOM - Belgian State, ERM-KMS, TEC Partner (Belgium); Mayoral, M.-L. [Euratom/CCFE Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, OX14 3DB, UK and EFDA Close Support Unit, Garching (Germany); Collaboration: JET-EFDA Contributors


    Magnetically confined plasmas, such as those produced in the tokamak JET, contain measurable amounts of impurity ions produced during plasma-wall interactions (PWI) from the plasma-facing components and recessed wall areas. The impurities, including high- and mid-Z elements such as tungsten (W) from first wall tiles and nickel (Ni) from Inconel structure material, need to be controlled within tolerable limits, to ensure they do not significantly affect the performance of the plasma. This contribution focuses on documenting W and Ni impurity behavior during Ion Cyclotron Resonance Heating (ICRH) operation with the new ITER-Like Wall (ILW). Ni- and W-concentration were derived from VUV spectroscopy and the impact of applied power level, relative phasing of the antenna straps, plasma separatrix - antenna strap distance, IC resonance position, edge density and different plasma configuration, on the impurity release during ICRH are presented. For the same ICRH power the Ni and W concentration was lower with dipole phasing than in the case of −π/2 phasing. The Ni concentration was found to increase with ICRH power and for the same NBI power level, ICRH-heated plasmas were characterized by two times higher Ni impurity content. Both W and Ni concentrations increased strongly with decreasing edge density which is equivalent to higher edge electron temperatures and more energetic ions responsible for the sputtering. In either case higher levels were found in ICRH than in NBI heated discharges. When the central plasma temperature was similar, ICRH on-axis heating resulted in higher core Ni impurity concentration in comparison to off-axis ICRH in L-mode. It was also found that the main core radiation during ICRH came from W.

  16. Deep boreholes; Tiefe Bohrloecher

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    Bracke, Guido [Gesellschaft fuer Anlagen- und Reaktorsicherheit gGmbH Koeln (Germany); Charlier, Frank [NSE international nuclear safety engineering gmbh, Aachen (Germany); Geckeis, Horst [Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie (Germany). Inst. fuer Nukleare Entsorgung; and others


    The report on deep boreholes covers the following subject areas: methods for safe enclosure of radioactive wastes, requirements concerning the geological conditions of possible boreholes, reversibility of decisions and retrievability, status of drilling technology. The introduction covers national and international activities. Further chapters deal with the following issues: basic concept of the storage in deep bore holes, status of the drilling technology, safe enclosure, geomechanics and stability, reversibility of decisions, risk scenarios, compliancy with safe4ty requirements and site selection criteria, research and development demand.


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    Wilson, Robert J. [Fermilab


    The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) collaboration will perform an experiment centered on accelerator-based long-baseline neutrino studies along with nucleon decay and topics in neutrino astrophysics. It will consist of a modular 40-kt (fiducial) mass liquid argon TPC detector located deep underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota and a high-resolution near detector at Fermilab in Illinois. This conguration provides a 1300-km baseline in a megawatt-scale neutrino beam provided by the Fermilab- hosted international Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility.

  18. Hydrogen impurity in SrTiO{sub 3}: structure, electronic properties and migration

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    Villamagua, Luis [Grupo de Fisica de Cristales, Escuela de Electronica y Telecomunicaciones, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Barreto, Rafael [Facultad de IngenierIa Civil, Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Apartado 14-01-2759, Quito (Ecuador); Procel, Luis Miguel [Departamento de Quimica, Colegio Politecnico, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Apartado 17-12-841, Quito (Ecuador); Stashans, Arvids [Grupo de Fisica de Cristales, Escuela de Electronica y Telecomunicaciones, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador)


    The present paper reports a computational investigation of the geometry and electronic structure as well as the migration of a hydrogen impurity in the cubic SrTiO{sub 3} crystal. The study is done using an approach based on the Hartree-Fock theory and developed for periodic systems. It is found that the H impurity forms the so-called OH group at the equilibrium. Analysis of electron density within the defective region implies the enhancement in covalent chemical bonding. A possible defect migration has been also investigated.

  19. Magnetic properties of crystalline and amorphous phase-change materials doped with 3d impurities. (United States)

    Zhang, Wei; Ronneberger, Ider; Li, Yan; Mazzarello, Riccardo


    First-principles study of the structural and magnetic properties of cubic and amorphous phase-change materials doped with 3d impurities. We find that Co- and Ni-doped Ge(2) Sb(2) Te(5) is non-magnetic, whereas Cr- and Mn-doped Ge(2) Sb(2) Te(5) is magnetic and exhibits a significant magnetic contrast between the two phases in the ferromagnetic configuration. These results are explained in terms of differences in local structure and hybridization of the impurity d-orbitals with the host states. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Impurity Induced Polar Kerr Effect in A Chiral p-wave Superconductor


    Goryo, Jun


    We discuss the polar Kerr effect (PKE) in a chiral p-wave (p_x+i p_y-wave) superconductor. It is found that the off-diagonal component of a current-current correlation function is induced by impurity scattering in the chiral p-wave condensate, and a nonzero Hall conductivity is obtained using the Kubo formula. We estimate the Kerr rotation angle by using this impurity-induced Hall conductivity and compare it with experimental results [Jing Xia et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 167002 (2006)].

  1. Interdiffusion and impurity diffusion in polycrystalline Mg solid solution with Al or Zn

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    Kammerer, C.C. [University of Central Florida, Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States); Kulkarni, N.S. [Knoxville, Tennessee 37931 (United States); Warmack, R.J. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Measurement Science and Systems Engineering Division, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Sohn, Y.H. [University of Central Florida, Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Orlando, FL 32816 (United States)


    Highlights: • Interdiffusion coefficients within Mg(Al) and Mg(Zn) solid solutions. • Impurity diffusion of Al and Zn in Mg. • Interdiffusion coefficient in Mg(Zn) was higher than that of Mg(Al). • Zn impurity diffusion coefficient was higher than that of Al in Mg. - Abstract: Interdiffusion and impurity diffusion in Mg binary solid solutions, Mg(Al) and Mg(Zn) were investigated at temperatures ranging from 623 to 723 K. Interdiffusion coefficients were determined via the Boltzmann–Matano Method using solid-to-solid diffusion couples assembled with polycrystalline Mg and Mg(Al) or Mg(Zn) solid solutions. In addition, the Hall method was employed to extrapolate the impurity diffusion coefficients of Al and Zn in pure polycrystalline Mg. For all diffusion couples, electron microprobe analysis was utilized for the measurement of concentration profiles. The interdiffusion coefficient in Mg(Zn) was higher than that of Mg(Al) by an order of magnitude. Additionally, the interdiffusion coefficient increased significantly as a function of Al content in Mg(Al) solid solution, but very little with Zn content in Mg(Zn) solid solution. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor for the average effective interdiffusion coefficient in Mg(Al) solid solution were determined to be 186.8 (±0.9) kJ/mol and 7.69 × 10{sup −1} (±1.80 × 10{sup −1}) m{sup 2}/s, respectively, while those determined for Mg(Zn) solid solution were 139.5 (±4.0) kJ/mol and 1.48 × 10{sup −3} (±1.13 × 10{sup −3}) m{sup 2}/s. In Mg, the Zn impurity diffusion coefficient was an order of magnitude higher than the Al impurity diffusion coefficient. The activation energy and pre-exponential factor for diffusion of Al impurity in Mg were determined to be 139.3 (±14.8) kJ/mol and 6.25 × 10{sup −5} (±5.37 × 10{sup −4}) m{sup 2}/s, respectively, while those for diffusion of Zn impurity in Mg were determined to be 118.6 (±6.3) kJ/mol and 2.90 × 10{sup −5} (±4.41 × 10{sup −5

  2. Synthesis of Zeolite NaA from Low Grade (High Impurities) Indonesian Natural Zeolite


    Mustain, Asalil; Wibawa, Gede; Nais, Mukhammad Furoiddun; Falah, Miftakhul


    The zeolite NaA has been successfully synthesized from the low grade natural zeolite with high impurities. The synthesis method was started by mixing natural zeolite powder with NH4Cl aqueous solution in the reactor as pretreatment. The use of pretreatment was to reduce the impurities contents in the zeolite. The process was followed by alkaline fusion hydrothermal treatment to modify the framework structure of natural zeolite and reduce the SiO2/Al2O3 ratio. Finally, the synthesized zeolite ...

  3. Strain field due to transition metal impurities in Ni and Pd

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    1 is for NiFe alloy. The calculated atomic displacement of the 1NN's for Fe, Pd, Pt and Au impurities in Ni show lattice expansion of 0.0298 a.u., 0.87 a.u., 0.84 a.u and 0.86 a.u. at 1NN's, whereas. Table 3. Atomic displacements (in 10 2 a.u.) of the NN's of Fe and Co impurities in. Ni. NN's. Fe. Co. ( n1 n2 n3) ux uy uz ux uy uz.

  4. Currents and Green's functions of impurities out of equilibrium: Results from inchworm quantum Monte Carlo (United States)

    Antipov, Andrey E.; Dong, Qiaoyuan; Kleinhenz, Joseph; Cohen, Guy; Gull, Emanuel


    We generalize the recently developed inchworm quantum Monte Carlo method to the full Keldysh contour with forward, backward, and equilibrium branches to describe the dynamics of strongly correlated impurity problems with time-dependent parameters. We introduce a method to compute Green's functions, spectral functions, and currents for inchworm Monte Carlo and show how systematic error assessments in real time can be obtained. We then illustrate the capabilities of the algorithm with a study of the behavior of quantum impurities after an instantaneous voltage quench from a thermal equilibrium state.

  5. Imaging the potential distribution of individual charged impurities on graphene by low-energy electron holography. (United States)

    Latychevskaia, Tatiana; Wicki, Flavio; Escher, Conrad; Fink, Hans-Werner


    While imaging individual atoms can routinely be achieved in high resolution transmission electron microscopy, visualizing the potential distribution of individually charged adsorbates leading to a phase shift of the probing electron wave is still a challenging task. Low-energy electrons (30 - 250 eV) are sensitive to localized potential gradients. We employed low-energy electron holography to acquire in-line holograms of individual charged impurities on free-standing graphene. By applying an iterative phase retrieval reconstruction routine we recover the potential distribution of the localized charged impurities present on free-standing graphene. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy in detached plasmas with impurity gas seeding in LHD

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    Suzuki, C., E-mail:; Murakami, I.; Akiyama, T.; Masuzaki, S.; Funaba, H.; Yoshinuma, M.


    We have carried out vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectroscopy of impurity ions in detached plasmas with impurity gas seeding in the Large Helical Device (LHD). In neon (Ne) gas seeding experiments, temporal evolutions of VUV spectral lines from Ne IV–VIII were recorded by a grazing incidence spectrometer. In addition, spatial profiles of fully ionized Ne density were measured by charge exchange spectroscopy. An electron temperature range where each ion emits is inferred based on the comparisons of the measured line intensity ratios with the calculations using collisional-radiative models.

  7. Blue luminescence in porous anodic alumina films: the role of the oxalic impurities

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    Gao Tao; Zhang Li


    Porous anodic alumina (PAA) films with ordered nanopore arrays have been prepared by electrochemically anodizing aluminium in oxalic acid solutions, and the role of the oxalic impurities in the optical properties of PAA films has been discussed. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show that the PAA films obtained have a blue PL band with a peak position at around 470 nm; the oxalic impurities, incorporated in the PAA films during the anodization processes and already existing in them, could be being transformed into PL centres and hence responsible for this PL emission.

  8. Assessment of Embrittlement of VHTR Structural Alloys in Impure Helium Environments

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    Crone, Wendy; Cao, Guoping; Sridhara, Kumar


    The helium coolant in high-temperature reactors inevitably contains low levels of impurities during steady-state operation, primarily consisting of small amounts of H{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, CH{sub 4}, CO, CO{sub 2}, and N{sub 2} from a variety of sources in the reactor circuit. These impurities are problematic because they can cause significant long-term corrosion in the structural alloys used in the heat exchangers at elevated temperatures. Currently, the primary candidate materials for intermediate heat exchangers are Alloy 617, Haynes 230, Alloy 800H, and Hastelloy X. This project will evaluate the role of impurities in helium coolant on the stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack growth in candidate alloys at elevated temperatures. The project team will: • Evaluate stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack initiation and crack growth in the temperature range of 500-850°C in a prototypical helium environment. • Evaluate the effects of oxygen partial pressure on stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack growth in impure helium at 500°C, 700°C, and 850°C respectively. • Characterize the microstructure of candidate alloys after long-term exposure to an impure helium environment in order to understand the correlation between stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation, creep crack growth, material composition, and impurities in the helium coolant. • Evaluate grain boundary engineering as a method to mitigate stress-assisted grain boundary oxidation and creep crack growth of candidate alloys in impure helium. The maximum primary helium coolant temperature in the high-temperature reactor is expected to be 850-1,000°C.Corrosion may involve oxidation, carburization, or decarburization mechanisms depending on the temperature, oxygen partial pressure, carbon activity, and alloy composition. These corrosion reactions can substantially affect long-term mechanical properties such as crack- growth rate and fracture

  9. Effects of impurities of microstructure in Ni/YSZ-YSZ half-cells for SOFC

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    Liu, Yi-Lin; Primdahl, S.; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg


    degreesC over 1500-1800 h in H-2 with 1-3% H2O under an anodic load of 300 mA cm(-2). The anodes containing, among others, SiO2 and Na2O at a concentration level of hundreds ppm degrade faster (within a period of 150-400 h) than those with a few tens ppm of SiO2. The impurity phase is characterized...... of these impurities and the extent of structural damage are qualitatively compared to the profile of the H2O concentration. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  10. Hybrid functional study of native point defects and impurities in ZnGeN2 (United States)

    Adamski, Nicholas L.; Zhu, Zhen; Wickramaratne, Darshana; Van de Walle, Chris G.


    Using hybrid density functional theory, we investigate the properties of native point defects and hydrogen and oxygen impurities in ZnGeN2, a wide-band-gap semiconductor that is promising for applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. We find that cation antisites have the lowest formation energies amongst all of the native point defects for a wide range of chemical potential conditions. However, native point defects cannot act as sources of doping. Unintentional n-type conductivity in ZnGeN2 must be attributed to impurities: substitutional oxygen on a nitrogen site and interstitial hydrogen act as donors.

  11. Visualization and modeling of impurity atom migration for superdiffusion in semiconductors

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    Wada, T. [Nagoya Sangyo University, Aichi (Japan); Kojiguchi, K. [Nagoya Sangyo University, Aichi (Japan); Nagao, H. [Graduate School of information Science, Nagoya University (Japan); Fujimoto, H. [Daido institute of Technology, Nagoya (Japan)]. E-mail:


    Radiation-enhanced superdiffusion in two-layered structures, comprised of an impurity overlayer and a semiconductor substrate, subjected to electron beam irradiation is modeled and visualized using computer graphics animation. The important and experimentally observed large sticking probabilities of impurities at the wafer surface were modeled in the algorithm, and the animation was found to behave as expected under irradiation. Programming of the animation algorithm was performed using an object modeling technique. The animation generated a continuous display of radiation-enhanced superdiffusion that was qualitatively consistent with experimental observations, thereby facilitating understanding of the superdiffusion process.

  12. Quantification of active pharmaceutical ingredient and impurities in sildenafil citrate obtained from the Internet. (United States)

    Veronin, Michael A; Nutan, Mohammad T; Dodla, Uday Krishna Reddy


    The accessibility of prescription drugs produced outside of the United States, most notably sildenafil citrate (innovator product, Viagra®), has been made much easier by the Internet. Of greatest concern to clinicians and policymakers is product quality and patient safety. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings to potential buyers that the safety of drugs purchased from the Internet cannot be guaranteed, and may present a health risk to consumers from substandard products. The objective of this study was to determine whether generic sildenafil citrate tablets from international markets obtained via the Internet are equivalent to the US innovator product regarding major aspects of pharmaceutical quality: potency, accuracy of labeling, and presence and level of impurities. This will help identify aspects of drug quality that may impact public health risks. A total of 15 sildenafil citrate tablets were obtained for pharmaceutical analysis: 14 generic samples from international Internet pharmacy websites and the US innovator product. According to US Pharmacopeial guidelines, tablet samples were tested using high-performance liquid chromatography for potency of active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) and levels of impurities (impurities A, B, C, and D). Impurity levels were compared with International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) limits. Among the 15 samples, 4 samples possessed higher impurity B levels than the ICH qualification threshold, 8 samples possessed higher impurity C levels than the ICH qualification threshold, and 4 samples possessed more than 1% impurity quantity of maximum daily dose (MDD). For API, 6 of the samples failed to fall within the 5% assay limit. Quality assurance tests are often used to detect formulation defects of drug products during the manufacturing and/or storage process. Results suggest that manufacturing standards for sildenafil citrate generic drug products compared with the US innovator product are not

  13. Mössbauer and DLTS Investigations of Impurity-Vacancy Complexes in Semiconductors

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    Nylandsted larsen, A


    % IS321 \\\\ \\\\ The structure and electronic states of impurity-vacancy complexes formed in silicon-based semiconductors are proposed to be studied by Mössbauer and DLTS techniques utilizing implanted radioactive $^{119}$Sb isotopes. Impurity-vacancy complexes are created thermally at high temperatures, but can also be produced by electron and ion irradiation at low temperatures. By comparing complexes created by both methods we expect to be able to understand the newly discovered, extremely fast diffusion of dopants in n-type extrinsic silicon.

  14. Hole trapping at Al impurities in silica: A challenge for density functional theories

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    Lægsgaard, Jesper; Stokbro, Kurt


    The atomic geometry and electronic structure around a neutral substitutional Al impurity in silica is investigated using either the unrestricted Hartree-Fock (UHF) approximation, or Beckes three-parameter hybrid functional (B3LYP). It is found that the B3LYP functional fails to describe the struc......The atomic geometry and electronic structure around a neutral substitutional Al impurity in silica is investigated using either the unrestricted Hartree-Fock (UHF) approximation, or Beckes three-parameter hybrid functional (B3LYP). It is found that the B3LYP functional fails to describe...

  15. Kinetic modeling of high-Z tungsten impurity transport in ITER plasmas using the IMPGYRO code in the trace impurity limit (United States)

    Yamoto, S.; Bonnin, X.; Homma, Y.; Inoue, H.; Hoshino, K.; Hatayama, A.; Pitts, R. A.


    In order to obtain a better understanding of tungsten (W) transport processes, we are developing the Monte-Carlo W transport code IMPGYRO. The code has the following characteristics which are important for calculating W transport: (1) the exact Larmor motion of W ions is computed so that the effects of drifts are automatically taken into account; (2) Coulomb collisions between W impurities and background plasma ions are modelled using the Binary Collision Model which provides more precise kinetic calculations of the friction and thermal forces. By using the IMPGYRO code, the W production/transport in the ITER geometry has been calculated under two different divertor operation modes (Case A: partially detached state and Case B: high recycling state) obtained from the SOLPS-ITER code suite calculation without the effect of drifts. The results of the W-density in the upstream SOL (scrape-off layer) strongly depend on the divertor operation mode. From the comparison of the W impurity transport between Case A and Case B, obtaining a partially detached state is shown to be effective to reduce W-impurities in the upstream SOL. The limitations of the employed model and the validity of the above results are discussed and future problems are summarized for further applications of IMPGYRO code to ITER plasmas.

  16. Teaching for Deep Learning (United States)

    Smith, Tracy Wilson; Colby, Susan A.


    The authors have been engaged in research focused on students' depth of learning as well as teachers' efforts to foster deep learning. Findings from a study examining the teaching practices and student learning outcomes of sixty-four teachers in seventeen different states (Smith et al. 2005) indicated that most of the learning in these classrooms…

  17. [Deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis. (United States)

    Sandoval-Chagoya, Gloria Alejandra; Laniado-Laborín, Rafael


    Background: despite the proven effectiveness of preventive therapy for deep vein thrombosis, a significant proportion of patients at risk for thromboembolism do not receive prophylaxis during hospitalization. Our objective was to determine the adherence to thrombosis prophylaxis guidelines in a general hospital as a quality control strategy. Methods: a random audit of clinical charts was conducted at the Tijuana General Hospital, Baja California, Mexico, to determine the degree of adherence to deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis guidelines. The instrument used was the Caprini's checklist for thrombosis risk assessment in adult patients. Results: the sample included 300 patient charts; 182 (60.7 %) were surgical patients and 118 were medical patients. Forty six patients (15.3 %) received deep vein thrombosis pharmacologic prophylaxis; 27.1 % of medical patients received deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis versus 8.3 % of surgical patients (p < 0.0001). Conclusions: our results show that adherence to DVT prophylaxis at our hospital is extremely low. Only 15.3 % of our patients at risk received treatment, and even patients with very high risk received treatment in less than 25 % of the cases. We have implemented strategies to increase compliance with clinical guidelines.

  18. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    This podcast discusses the risk for deep vein thrombosis in long-distance travelers and ways to minimize that risk.  Created: 4/5/2012 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 4/5/2012.

  19. 4Deep Seismix (United States)

    Stephenson, M. A.; Brown, L. D.


    4D, or time-lapse, seismic reflection imaging is rapidly becoming a mainstream tool in monitoring oil field production. The same technology offers considerable potential in addressing issues central to active tectonics in deeper crust. In this study, we employ acoustic finite difference wave equation modeling using MATLAB (CREWES) to evaluate the issues that constrain the feasibility of time-lapse imaging of seismic and volcanic systems. Such systems are the most likely to have temporal variations which occur on time scales where such surveys may have operational practicality. Among the processes modeled are changes in inflation (or deflation) of magma sills at midcrustal depths, fluid pressure in the deep seismogenic zone, and offset of potential marker horizons by aseismic creep in slow earthquakes. While the latter would seem to be beyond practical consideration, at least at the present time, differential seismic sections produced for a variety of magma inflation models indicate that monitoring of magma movements at depth is a realistic goal. Possible seismogenic variations in deep faults zones are perhaps more problematic, though our model suggests scenarios wherein useful results may be obtained. In all of these cases, resolution is perhaps less of an issue than S/N. Noise sources include both ambient noise, and systematic property variations in overlying media. The latter may be addressed by standard signal enhancement procedures, both in acquisition and processing. The former may be addressed by "registration' of data against natural deep markers. While one can envision a number of significant practical hurdles to time lapse imaging of deep processes, this study indicates that it is not an unreasonable goal. Moreover, the deep crust may prove to be considerably less `static' that we normally assume.

  20. Three-body bound states of two bosonic impurities immersed in a Fermi sea in 2D

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    Bellotti, F. F.; Frederico, T.; Yamashita, M. T.


    We consider two identical impurities immersed in a Fermi sea for a broad range of masses and for both interacting and non-interacting impurities. The interaction between the particles is described through attractive zero-range potentials and the problem is solved in momentum space. The two impuri...

  1. Electronic structures and magnetic properties of 3d and 4d transition-metal impurities in ferromagnetic Fe

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    Park, J H; Min, B I; Cho, H S


    Employing the self-consistent local approach, the tight-binding linear-muffin-tin orbital recursion method, we have investigated the electronic structures and the magnetic properties of 3d and 4d transition-metal (TM) impurities in ferromagnetic bcc Fe. In both 3d and 4d TM impurities, virtual bound states appear and are characterized by a high density of states in the energy spectrum. The characters of the states are studied by calculating the bond order between interaction orbitals. For early TM impurities, the states at the impurity sites have more antibonding characters, while the states at neighboring Fe sites have more bonding characters. For late TM impurities, the situation is reversed. late TM impurities of both the 3d and the 4d TM series have the same magnetic ordering as the host Fe atoms whereas early TM impurities have magnetic moments antiparallel to that of the host. As for the Mn impurity, an inward relaxation of neighboring Fe atoms stabilizes the antiferromagnetic ordering with respect to t...

  2. Elimination of impurity phase formation in FePt magnetic thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition

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    Wang, Ying [NSSE, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore); Medwal, Rohit; Sehdev, Neeru [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Yadian, Boluo [School of Material Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Tan, T.L.; Lee, P.; Talebitaher, A. [NSSE, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore); Ilyas, Usman [NSSE, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore); Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore 54890 (Pakistan); Ramanujan, R.V.; Huang, Yizhong [School of Material Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Rawat, R.S., E-mail: [NSSE, NIE, Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616 (Singapore)


    The formation of impurity phases in FePt thin films severely degrades its magnetic properties. The X-ray diffraction patterns of FePt thin films, synthesized using pulsed laser deposition (PLD), showed peaks corresponding to impurity phases, resulting in softer magnetic properties. A systematic investigation was carried to determine the factors that might have led to impurity phase formation. The factors include (i) PLD target composition, (ii) substrate material, (iii) annealing parameters such as temperature, duration and ambience and (iv) PLD deposition parameters such as chamber ambience, laser energy fluence and target–substrate distance. Depositions on the different substrates revealed impurity phase formation only on Si substrates. It was found that the target composition, PLD chamber ambience, and annealing ambience were not the factors that caused the impurity phase formation. The annealing temperature and duration influenced the impurity phases, but are not the cause of their formation. A decrease in the laser energy fluence and increase of the target–substrate distance resulted in elimination of the impurity phases and enhancement in the magnetic and structural properties of FePt thin films. The energy of the ablated plasma species, controlled by the laser energy fluence and the target–substrate distance, is found to be the main factor responsible for the formation of the impurity phases.

  3. Comparison of several curve resolution methods for drug impurity profiling using high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection

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    van Zomeren, PV; Darwinkel, H; Coenegracht, PMJ; de Jong, GJ


    The performance of five curve resolution methods was compared systematically for the identification and quantification of impurities in drug impurity profiling. These methods are alternating least-squares (ALS) with either random or iterative key-set factor analysis (IKSFA) initialisation, iterative

  4. A Density Functional Theory Study on the Effect of Lattice Impurities on the Electronic Structures and Reactivity of Fluorite

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    Wei Jiang


    Full Text Available Fluorite (CaF2, a halogen elemental mineral, always co-exists with other minerals. The Ca element in fluorite is often replaced by rare earth elements (REEs, such as cerium (Ce and yttrium (Y. In this work, the electronic structures of fluorite crystals containing REE (Ce, Th, U, and Y impurities were studied by density functional theory (DFT. The calculated results showed that the presence of impurities increased the lattice parameter of fluorite. The impurities caused the Fermi level to shift towards the high energy direction, making the fluorite accept electrons more easily. The impurities except Y led to the occurrence of an impurities state in the valence band. The Mullinken population values of F–REE bonds were larger than that of F–Ca and F–F bonds, and F–Y bonds had the largest population value. Analysis of the frontier molecular orbital showed that the impurities contributed greatly to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO. The interaction between oleic acid and impurities-bearing fluorite were discussed. The results suggested that the incorporation of impurities would enhanced the reactivity of fluorite with oleic acid.

  5. The influence of impurities for cross section measurement of {sup 241,243}Am(n,f) reactions

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    Kai, Tetsuya; Kobayashi, Katsuhei; Yamamoto, Shuji; Fujita, Yoshiaki; Kimura, Itsuro; Miyoshi, Mitsuharu; Yamamoto, Hideki [Kyoto Univ. (Japan); Shinohara, Nobuo


    The influence of the impurities on the fission cross section measurements for {sup 241}Am and {sup 243}Am has been investigated with the practical results. Following cases have been considered as the influence of impurities; (a) experiments with the {sup 241}Am sample that contains impurities originally, and (b) experiments with the {sup 243}Am sample that contains impurities produced by {alpha}, {beta} decays after the chemical purification. The present study has demonstrated the usefulness of pure samples by the comparison of the experiments using the sample on the market with those using the pure sample processed by the authors. Particularly on the case (b), the correction of the impurity through the periodical measurements was experimentally performed (about 18% around 0.3 eV in 4 weeks after the chemical purification). (author)

  6. Methods for recovering a polar solvent from a fluid stream contaminated with at least one polar impurity (United States)

    Ginosar, Daniel M.; Wendt, Daniel S.


    A method of removing a polar solvent from a fluid volume contaminated with at least one polar impurity, such as a free fatty acid, is provided. The method comprises providing a fluid volume that includes at least one polar impurity dissolved in at least one solvent. The fluid volume is contacted with an expanding gas to remove the at least one solvent. The expanding gas may be dissolved into the at least one solvent in the fluid volume to form a gas-expanded solvent. The immiscibility of the polar impurities in the gas-expanded solvent enables separation of the polar impurities from the gas-expanded solvent. After separation of the polar impurities, at least one of the temperature and pressure may be reduced to separate the solvent from the expanding gas such that the clean solvent may be reused.

  7. Determination of minimum detectable mass of impurities in industrial objects using neutrons in transmission

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    Tabatabaian, Z


    The elemental analysis method presented is based on the change in the neutron macroscopic cross section of an object due to the introduction of impurities. Equations have been derived to calculate the minimum detectable mass and length fractions of these impurities distributed in a matrix for tomographic applications. Best results (5 mu g/g) were obtained, as expected, for the detection of hydrogen in elements which comprise commonly used industrial materials. Impurities of certain elements as little as 10 sup - sup 2 mu m in length could be detected by neutron transmission with a contrast of 0.01. The minimum required number of neutrons required for the detection of impurities in iron for a given relative error of 5% and a neutron flux of 5x10 sup 4 n cm sup - sup 2 s sup - sup 1 have been calculated as an example. Optimum sample thickness for a minimum counting time was also calculated and compared for sample matrices of iron, aluminium and water using cold, thermal and fast neutrons. These optimum values w...

  8. Effect of impurities in the description of surface nanobubbles: Role of nonidealities in the surface layer

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    Das, S.


    In a recent study [ S. Das, J. H. Snoeijer and D. Lohse Phys. Rev. E 82 056310 (2010)], we provided quantitative demonstration of the conjecture [ W. A. Ducker Langmuir 25 8907 (2009)] that the presence of impurities at the surface layer (or the air-water interface) of surface nanobubbles can


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    A. I. Garost


    Full Text Available The nature of поп-metallic impurities of high-manganese wear-resistant steel is investigated by means of scanning electronic microscopy. The optimal compounds of complex additives (titan, vanadium, chromium, molybdenum, nitrogen, providing the highest operational characteristics of details, are determined.

  10. Interplay of antiferromagnetism and superconductivity in cuprates with impurity effect and d-wave pairing

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    Mohapatra, Rasmita, E-mail: [P.G. Department of Applied Physics and Ballistics, F.M. University, Balasore, Odisha 756019 (India); Rout, G.C., E-mail: [Physics Enclave, Plot no-664/4825, Lane-4A, Shree Vihar, Patia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 751024 (India)


    Highlights: • We considered here the interplay of antiferromagnetism (AFM) and Superconductivity (SC) with d-wave pairing symmetry in presence of impurity effect. • The tunneling conductance explains the multiple peaks and dip-hump structure. • It is observed that AFM coupling enhances the superconducting transition temperature. • The low temperature specific heat anomaly due to impurity atoms. - Abstract: We present here a model Hamiltonian to study the interplay between staggered magnetic field and the superconductivity with d-wave pairing symmetry in presence of hybridization between impurity f-electrons of rare-earth ions and 3d-electrons of copper ions. The staggered field and superconducting (SC) gaps are calculated by Green’s function technique and solved self-consistently. The coupling constants are compared using s-wave and d-wave pairings. The strength of hybridization suppresses the magnitude of the gaps; while antiferromagnetic coupling enhances the superconducting transition temperature, but suppresses the Neel temperature. The density of states (DOS) representing tunneling conductance shows complex character with impurity level lying at the Fermi level. The electronic specific heat explains prototype heavy fermion behavior in cuprate systems at low temperatures.

  11. Chemometrics for drug impurity profiling : optimisation of capillary electrophoresis and deconvolution of overlapping peaks

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    Zomeren, Paul Vincent van


    The potential of chemometrics for drug impurity profiling has been examined in this thesis. Generally, various hyphenated methods are used for the analysis of drug sub¬stance and product in order to enable the identification and quantification of impuri¬ties. chemometrics can be used to enhance the

  12. Chemical durability of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Influence of impurities on long-term performance (United States)

    Sasaki, Kazunari; Haga, Kengo; Yoshizumi, Tomoo; Minematsu, Daisuke; Yuki, Eiji; Liu, RunRu; Uryu, Chie; Oshima, Toshihiro; Ogura, Teppei; Shiratori, Yusuke; Ito, Kohei; Koyama, Michihisa; Yokomoto, Katsumi

    Because of the fuel flexibility of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), various types of fuels may be applied directly or via a simple reforming process, including hydrocarbons, alcohols, coal gas, biogas, besides hydrogen. However, various types of minor constituents in practical fuels and/or from the system components can cause chemical degradation of SOFCs, such as anode and cathode poisoning phenomena. In this study, we compare the influence of various external impurities, including sulfur, chlorine, phosphorus, boron, and siloxane for anodes, and H 2O and SO 2 for cathodes, on SOFC performance to have a general overview on long-term chemical durability of SOFCs. Chemical compatibility of Ni with foreign species has also been thermochemically considered. Using common model cells, the stability of cell voltage, electrode overpotential, and ohmic loss up to 3000 h has been experimentally examined for H 2-based fuels, for hydrocarbon-based fuels, and for partially pre-reformed CH 4-based fuels. Increase in degradation rate by impurities was verified for various operational parameters. Impurity poisoning mechanisms are discussed for each specific impurity.

  13. A review on how Lanthanide impurity levels change with chemistry and structure of inorganic compounds

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    Dorenbos, P.


    The energy of the 4f-5d transitions of divalent and trivalent lanthanide impurities in compounds depends strongly on the type of lanthanide, its valence, and the type of compound. Despite this large variability there is much systematic in 4f-5d transition energy. Once it is known for one lanthanide

  14. Efficiencies of dynamic Monte Carlo algorithms for off-lattice particle systems with a single impurity

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    Novotny, M.A.


    The efficiency of dynamic Monte Carlo algorithms for off-lattice systems composed of particles is studied for the case of a single impurity particle. The theoretical efficiencies of the rejection-free method and of the Monte Carlo with Absorbing Markov Chains method are given. Simulation results are presented to confirm the theoretical efficiencies. © 2010.

  15. Conductance Fano lineshapes for Kondo impurities on surfaces: A numerical renormalization group description. (United States)

    Sandler, Nancy; Dias da Silva, Luis; Ulloa, Sergio


    Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) measurements of Kondo impurities on metallic surfaces has been an active field in recent years. For a flat density-of-states (DoS) near the Fermi energy in the host metal, the low-bias STM conductance acquires the characteristic Fano lineshape, with width proportional to the Kondo temperature TK. In this work, we study how this picture is modified when a structured DoS (non-flat) is considered. A variety of physical effects can introduce peak/dips in the DoS, including the presence of a second impurity, hybridization between surface and bulk conduction states, and a magnetic impurity embedded in a molecule. Using numerical renormalization group techniques, we calculate the low-temperature conductance for this system. The zero-bias dip in the Fano conductance is modified by the presence of resonances or anti-resonances in the DoS near EF. In particular, for DoS with pseudogaps and impurities in the mixed-valence regime, zero-bias Fano-like dips appear even when no Kondo state has developed, but governed by energy scales much larger than TK. We further show that measurements of the scattering phase could be used as an additional probe into the Kondo regime. Supported by NFS-NIRT.

  16. Determination of impurities and degradation products from veterinary medicinal products by HPLC method

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    Elena Gabriela Oltean


    Full Text Available The organic or inorganic impurities in the veterinary medicinal product can derive from starting materials, manufacturing process, incomplete purification, inappropriate storage. The acceptable levels of impurities in pharmaceuticals are estimated by comparison with standard solutions, according to the appropriate monographs. Forced degradation studies determine the stability of the method of dosage for the active compounds and for the entire finished product under excessive accelerated degradation conditions. They also provide information on degradation pathways and selectivity of analytical methods applied. The information provided by the degradation studies on the active compound and finished pharmaceutical product should demonstrate the specificity of the analytical method regarding impurities. Forced degradation studies should demonstrate that the impurities and degradation products generated do not interfere with the active compound. The current forced degradation methods consist of acid hydrolysis, basic hydrolysis, oxidation, exposure of the medicinal product to temperature and light. HPLC methods are an integral analytical instrument for the analysis of the medicinal product. The HPLC method should be able to separate, detect and quantify various specific degradation products that can appear after manufacture or storage of the medicinal product, as well as new elements appearing after synthesis. FDA and ICH guidelines recommend the enclosure of the results, including the chromatograms specific to the forced degradation-subjected medicinal product, in the documentation for marketing authorization. Using HPLC methods in forced degradation studies on medicinal products provides relevant information on the method of determination for the formulation of the medicinal product, synthesis product, packaging methods and storage.

  17. Effect of impurities in captured CO2 on liquid-vapor equilibrium

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    Ahmad, Mohammad; Gernert, Johannes; Wilbers, Erwin


    The capture of large amounts of CO2 from power plants and other large CO2 point sources has become relevant within the concept to mitigate CO2 emissions via carbon capture and storage. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of some major impurities found in the CO2 stream captured

  18. Characterization of potential impurities and degradation products in electronic cigarette formulations and aerosols. (United States)

    Flora, Jason W; Meruva, Naren; Huang, Chorng B; Wilkinson, Celeste T; Ballentine, Regina; Smith, Donna C; Werley, Michael S; McKinney, Willie J


    E-cigarettes are gaining popularity in the U.S. as well as in other global markets. Currently, limited published analytical data characterizing e-cigarette formulations (e-liquids) and aerosols exist. While FDA has not published a harmful and potentially harmful constituent (HPHC) list for e-cigarettes, the HPHC list for currently regulated tobacco products may be useful to analytically characterize e-cigarette aerosols. For example, most e-cigarette formulations contain propylene glycol and glycerin, which may produce aldehydes when heated. In addition, nicotine-related chemicals have been previously reported as potential e-cigarette formulation impurities. This study determined e-liquid formulation impurities and potentially harmful chemicals in aerosols of select commercial MarkTen(®) e-cigarettes manufactured by NuMark LLC. The potential hazard of the identified formulation impurities and aerosol chemicals was also estimated. E-cigarettes were machine puffed (4-s duration, 55-mL volume, 30-s intervals) to battery exhaustion to maximize aerosol collection. Aerosols analyzed for carbonyls were collected in 20-puff increments to account for analyte instability. Tobacco specific nitrosamines were measured at levels observed in pharmaceutical grade nicotine. Nicotine-related impurities in the e-cigarette formulations were below the identification and qualification thresholds proposed in ICH Guideline Q3B(R2). Levels of potentially harmful chemicals detected in the aerosols were determined to be below published occupational exposure limits. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Development and validation of a reversed phase liquid chromatographic method for analysis of griseofulvin and impurities. (United States)

    Kahsay, Getu; Adegoke, Aremu Olajire; Van Schepdael, Ann; Adams, Erwin


    A simple and robust reversed phase liquid chromatographic method was developed and validated for the quantitative determination of griseofulvin (GF) and its impurities in drug substances and drug products (tablets). Chromatographic separation was achieved on a Discovery C18 (250mm×4.6mm, 5μm) column kept at 30°C. The mobile phase consisted of a gradient mixture of mobile phase A (water-0.1% formic acid pH 4.5, 80:20, v/v) and B (ACN-water-0.1% formic acid pH 4.5, 65:15:20, v/v/v) pumped at a flow rate of 1.0mL/min. UV detection was performed at 290nm. The method was validated for its robustness, sensitivity, precision, accuracy and linearity based on ICH guidelines. The robustness study was performed by means of an experimental design and multivariate analysis. Satisfactory results were obtained from the validation studies. The use of volatile mobile phases allowed for the identification of three main impurities present above the identification threshold using mass spectrometry (MS). The developed LC method has been applied for the assay and impurity determination of GF drug substances and tablets. The method could be very useful for the quality control of GF and its impurities in bulk and formulated dosage forms. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Study of impurity effects on CFETR steady-state scenario by self-consistent integrated modeling (United States)

    Shi, Nan; Chan, Vincent S.; Jian, Xiang; Li, Guoqiang; Chen, Jiale; Gao, Xiang; Shi, Shengyu; Kong, Defeng; Liu, Xiaoju; Mao, Shifeng; Xu, Guoliang


    Impurity effects on fusion performance of China fusion engineering test reactor (CFETR) due to extrinsic seeding are investigated. An integrated 1.5D modeling workflow evolves plasma equilibrium and all transport channels to steady state. The one modeling framework for integrated tasks framework is used to couple the transport solver, MHD equilibrium solver, and source and sink calculations. A self-consistent impurity profile constructed using a steady-state background plasma, which satisfies quasi-neutrality and true steady state, is presented for the first time. Studies are performed based on an optimized fully non-inductive scenario with varying concentrations of Argon (Ar) seeding. It is found that fusion performance improves before dropping off with increasing {{Z}\\text{eff}} , while the confinement remains at high level. Further analysis of transport for these plasmas shows that low-k ion temperature gradient modes dominate the turbulence. The decrease in linear growth rate and resultant fluxes of all channels with increasing {{Z}\\text{eff}} can be traced to impurity profile change by transport. The improvement in confinement levels off at higher {{Z}\\text{eff}} . Over the regime of study there is a competition between the suppressed transport and increasing radiation that leads to a peak in the fusion performance at {{Z}\\text{eff}} (~2.78 for CFETR). Extrinsic impurity seeding to control divertor heat load will need to be optimized around this value for best fusion performance.

  1. Product-Related Impurities in Clinical-Grade Recombinant AAV Vectors: Characterization and Risk Assessment (United States)

    Wright, J. Fraser


    Adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based vectors expressing therapeutic genes continue to demonstrate great promise for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases and together with other gene transfer vectors represent an emerging new therapeutic paradigm comparable in potential impact on human health to that achieved by recombinant proteins and vaccines. A challenge for the current pipeline of AAV-based investigational products as they advance through clinical development is the identification, characterization and lot-to-lot control of the process- and product-related impurities present in even highly purified preparations. Especially challenging are AAV vector product-related impurities that closely resemble the vector itself and are, in some cases, without clear precedent in established biotherapeutic products. The determination of acceptable levels of these impurities in vectors prepared for human clinical product development, with the goal of new product licensure, requires careful risk and feasibility assessment. This review focuses primarily on the AAV product-related impurities that have been described in vectors prepared for clinical development. PMID:28548061

  2. Effect of magnetic field on the impurity binding energy of the excited ...

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    The effect of external magnetic field on the excited state energies in a spherical quantum dot was studied. The impurity energy and binding energy were calculated using the variational method within the effective mass approximation and finite barrier potential. The results showed that by increasing the magnetic field, the ...

  3. Direct Observation of Impurity Segregation at Dislocation Cores in an Ionic Crystal. (United States)

    Tochigi, Eita; Kezuka, Yuki; Nakamura, Akiho; Nakamura, Atsutomo; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi


    Dislocations, one-dimensional lattice defects, are known to strongly interact with impurity atoms in a crystal. This interaction is generally explained on the basis of the long-range strain field of the dislocation. In ionic crystals, the impurity-dislocation interactions must be influenced by the electrostatic effect in addition to the strain effect. However, such interactions have not been verified yet. Here, we show a direct evidence of the electrostatic impurity-dislocation interaction in α-Al2O3 by visualizing the dopant atom distributions at dislocation cores using atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). It was found that the dopant segregation behaviors strongly depend on the kind of elements, and their valence states are considered to be a critical factor. The observed segregation behaviors cannot be explained by the elastic interactions only, but can be successfully understood if the electrostatic interactions are taken into account. The present findings will lead to the precise and quantitative understanding of impurity induced dislocation properties in many materials and devices.

  4. Product-Related Impurities in Clinical-Grade Recombinant AAV Vectors: Characterization and Risk Assessment

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    J. Fraser Wright


    Full Text Available Adeno-associated virus (AAV-based vectors expressing therapeutic genes continue to demonstrate great promise for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases and together with other gene transfer vectors represent an emerging new therapeutic paradigm comparable in potential impact on human health to that achieved by recombinant proteins and vaccines. A challenge for the current pipeline of AAV-based investigational products as they advance through clinical development is the identification, characterization and lot-to-lot control of the process- and product-related impurities present in even highly purified preparations. Especially challenging are AAV vector product-related impurities that closely resemble the vector itself and are, in some cases, without clear precedent in established biotherapeutic products. The determination of acceptable levels of these impurities in vectors prepared for human clinical product development, with the goal of new product licensure, requires careful risk and feasibility assessment. This review focuses primarily on the AAV product-related impurities that have been described in vectors prepared for clinical development.

  5. Quasiclassical Theory on Third-Harmonic Generation in Conventional Superconductors with Paramagnetic Impurities (United States)

    Jujo, Takanobu


    We investigate the third-harmonic generation (THG) of s-wave superconductors under microwave pulse irradiation. We consider the effect of paramagnetic impurities on the THG intensity of dirty superconductors. The nonlinear response function is calculated using the method of the quasiclassical Green function. It is shown that the amplitude mode is included as the vertex correction and makes a predominant contribution to the THG intensity. When the effect of paramagnetic impurities is weak, the THG intensity shows a peak at the temperature at which the superconducting gap is about the same as the frequency of the incident pulse, similarly to in experiments. As the effect of paramagnetic impurities is strengthened, the peak of the THG intensity disappears. This indicates that time-reversal symmetry breaking due to paramagnetic impurities eliminates the well-defined amplitude mode. The result of our calculation shows that the existence of the amplitude mode can be confirmed through the THG intensity. The result of a semiquantitative calculation is in good agreement with the experimental result, and it also shows that the diamagnetic term is negligible.

  6. Effect of correlation energy on the stability of impurity spin models

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    Libero, Valter L. [Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos, Universidade de Sao Paulo Caixa Postal 369, CEP 13560-970, S. Carlos, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail:; Capelle, K. [Instituto de Fisica de Sao Carlos, Universidade de Sao Paulo Caixa Postal 369, CEP 13560-970, S. Carlos, SP (Brazil)


    We apply density-functional theory to estimate the ground-state energy of the inhomogeneous Heisenberg model for nanoscale spin assemblies in the presence of boundaries or impurities. Correlations are shown to lift degeneracies present in the mean-field approximation.

  7. Impurity sputtering from the guard limiter of the lower hybrid wave antenna in a tokamak (United States)

    Ou, Jing; Xiang, Nong; Men, Zongzheng


    The hot spots on the guard limiter of the lower hybrid wave (LHW) antenna in a tokamak were believed to be associated with the energetic electrons produced by the wave-plasma interaction, leading to a sudden increase of impurity influx and even ending with disruption. To investigate the carbon sputtering from the guard limiter of the LHW antenna, the impurity sputtering yield is calculated by coupling the module of Plasma Surface Interaction [Warrier et al., Comput. Phys. Commun. 46, 160 (2004)] with the models for the sheath of plasma containing energetic electron and for the material heat transport. It is found that the presence of a small population of energetic electrons can change significantly the impurity sputtering yield, as a result of the sheath potential modification. For the typical plasma parameters in the current tokamak, with an increase in the energetic electron component, the physical sputtering yield reaches its maximum and then decreases slowly, while the chemical sputtering yield demonstrates a very sharp increase and then decreases rapidly. In addition, effects of the ion temperature and background electron density on the impurity sputtering are also discussed.

  8. Study of the impurity composition and effective plasma charge in the GOL-3 facility

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    Sorokina, N. V., E-mail:; Burdakov, A. V.; Ivanov, I. A.; Polosatkin, S. V.; Postupaev, V. V.; Rovenskikh, A. F.; Shoshin, A. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation)


    Heating and confinement of plasma in a multimirror magnetic configuration have been studied at the GOL-3 facility (Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk). The experiments are aimed at estimating the densities and charge states of the main impurities in the GOL-3 plasma and determining their contribution to the effective plasma charge. Plasma with a density of ∼10{sup 15} cm{sup −3} was heated by a relativistic electron beam (1 MeV, 8 μs, ⩽200 kJ). At the end of electron beam injection, the plasma temperature reached 1 keV. The densities of impurities were determined using VUV and visible spectroscopy, as well as mass spectrometry of the residual vacuum. To determine the effective plasma charge, the experimental data were compared with the results of numerical simulations of the ionization balance of impurities. It is shown that the effective plasma charge calculated with allowance for the contributions from the main impurities does not exceed Z{sub eff} = 1.8, which cannot explain the experimentally observed improved confinement of low-density plasma.

  9. Impurity effects on the d-density wave and superconductivity phase of cuprates

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    Ghosh, Angsula, E-mail: [Departamento de Fisica, UFAM, Av. Rodrigo Otavio 3000, Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, AM (Brazil)


    The effect of non-magnetic impurity-scattering is considered on the asymmetric superconducting gap (SC) and the d-density wave (DDW) phase of the high T{sub c} cuprates. The phase diagrams for the cuprates demonstrate that T{sub c} decreases with scattering potential and is most affected in the coexisting phase of DDW and SC orders. Moreover, the SC gap to T{sub c} ratio increases with doping and impurity scattering. The transition temperature of the DDW state, T{sup Asterisk-Operator} also decreases with scattering. The density of states in the mixed SC + DDW state for the underdoped (UD) phase, SC state in the overdoped phase and the DDW state in the UD phase, also suffers a modification. Its effect on specific heat results is also discussed. The increase in the gap to T{sub c} ratio and the specific heat are also observed in the presence of the non-magnetic impurities. A suppression in the superfluid density is found with the increase in impurity.


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    O. F. Mashoshin


    Full Text Available The article considers the control of the state of aviation gas turbine engine (GTE, based on the analysis of harmful substances impurities in the air conditioning system in order to predict seal wear of rotor supports, the state of which largely affects the performance and efficiency of gas turbine engines, without removing it from the aircraft.

  11. Use of nonlocal helium microplasma for gas impurities detection by the collisional electron spectroscopy method

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    Kudryavtsev, Anatoly A., E-mail: [St. Petersburg State University, 7-9 Universitetskaya nab., 199034 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Stefanova, Margarita S.; Pramatarov, Petko M. [Institute of Solid State Physics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee blvd., 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria)


    The collisional electron spectroscopy (CES) method, which lays the ground for a new field for analytical detection of gas impurities at high pressures, has been verified. The CES method enables the identification of gas impurities in the collisional mode of electron movement, where the advantages of nonlocal formation of the electron energy distribution function (EEDF) are fulfilled. Important features of dc negative glow microplasma and probe method for plasma diagnostics are applied. A new microplasma gas analyzer design is proposed. Admixtures of 0.2% Ar, 0.6% Kr, 0.1% N{sub 2}, and 0.05% CO{sub 2} are used as examples of atomic and molecular impurities to prove the possibility for detecting and identifying their presence in high pressure He plasma (50–250 Torr). The identification of the particles under analysis is made from the measurements of the high energy part of the EEDF, where maxima appear, resulting from the characteristic electrons released in Penning reactions of He metastable atoms with impurity particles. Considerable progress in the development of a novel miniature gas analyzer for chemical sensing in gas phase environments has been made.

  12. Disentangling phonon and impurity interactions in δ-doped Si(001)

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    Mazzola, Federico; Wells, Justin W., E-mail: [Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), N-7491 Trondheim (Norway); Polley, Craig M. [MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, 221 00 Lund (Sweden); School of Physics, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia); Miwa, Jill A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), University of Aarhus, 8000 Aarhus C (Denmark); Simmons, Michelle Y. [School of Physics, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052 (Australia)


    We present a study of the phonon and impurity interactions in a shallow two dimensional electron gas formed in Si(001). A highly conductive ultra-narrow n-type dopant δ-layer, which serves as a platform for quantum computation architecture, is formed and studied by angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) and temperature dependent nanoscale 4-point probe (4PP). The bandstructure of the δ-layer state is both measured and simulated. At 100 K, good agreement is only achieved by including interactions; electron-impurity scattering (W{sub 0} = 56 to 61 meV); and electron-phonon coupling (λ = 0.14 ± 0.04). These results are shown to be consistent with temperature dependent 4PP resistance measurements which indicate that at 100 K, ≈7∕8 of the measured resistance is due to impurity scattering with the remaining 1/8 coming from phonon interactions. In both resistance and bandstructure measurements, the impurity contribution exhibits a variability of ≈9% for nominally identical samples. The combination of ARPES and 4PP affords a thorough insight into the relevant contributions to electrical resistance in reduced dimensionality electronic platforms.

  13. Dynamics of impurity modes and electron–phonon interaction in Heavy Fermion (HF) systems

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    Shadangi, N. [Department. of Physics, Silicon Institute of Technology, Sambalpur, Odisha 768 200 (India); Sahoo, J., E-mail: [Assistant Director, Regional Office of Vocational Education, Sambalpur, Odisha 768 004 (India); Mohanty, S. [Department of Physics, Dalmia College, Rajgangpur, Odisha 770 070 (India); Nayak, P. [School of Physics, Sambalpur University, Sambalpur, Odisha 768 019 (India)


    A theoretical explanation is provided to understand the effect of small concentration of impurities characterized by change in mass and nearest neighbor force constants on the phonon spectrum as well as on the electron–phonon interaction in some Heavy Fermion (HF) systems in the normal state within theoretical framework of the Periodic Anderson Model (PAM). Three different mechanisms of the electron–phonon interactions, namely, the usual interaction between the phonons with the electrons in the f-bands, electrons arising from that of hybridization term of PAM and the local electron–phonon coupling at the impurity sites are considered. Coherent Potential Approximation (CPA) is used to evaluate the configuration averaged self–energy and the total Green function. For simplicity of calculation the CPA self–energy is evaluated in Average t -matrix Approximation (ATA). The analytical analysis is carried out for finite T in the long wavelength limit. The influence of impurity mass parameter λ and other system parameters such as d, the position of f-level, the effective coupling strength g on the calculated re-normalized phonon frequency and the excitation spectrum through the spectral function is studied. The numerical analysis of the results does show the influence of impurities as evident from different plots in this paper.


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    S. Yu. Nikitina


    Full Text Available The static model of the hydroselection column that describes the concentration variation of the main components was proposed. The purpose of this work is an optimization of the shared mixture input-position and evaluation of efficiency of the digestion and the impurity compound concentration during the epuration process. To this end, the author developed a static model of epuration columns, which allows to reveal the dependence of the degree of digestion and the degree of concentration of the main impurities in the column of the number of plates in each of these parts. It’s proved that with the increasing of theoretical plates number in the concentration part of the column the concentration effect tends to the limit value. The effects of the head impurities digestion increase indefinitely with the growth of exhausting part. The proportion of the output from the condenser impurities depends more from the digestion effect than from the condensation effect. The effect of alcohol cleaning from the fusel oil components depends strongly from the ratio of the number of plates in the digestion and concentration parts (the optimal ratio for isopropanol, isoamyl, butanol is 1.5, for the propanol, isobutanol is 0.45.

  15. Sequential tunneling in doped superlattices: Fingerprints of impurity bands and photon-assisted tunneling

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    Wacker, Andreas; Jauho, Antti-Pekka; Zeuner, S.


    We report a combined theoretical and experimental study of electrical transport in weakly coupled doped superlattices. Our calculations exhibit negative differential conductivity at sufficiently high electric fields for all dopings. In low-doped samples the presence of impurity bands modifies the...

  16. 357 Datation des carbonates impurs au Maroc à l'aide de la ...

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    Les résultats isotopiques obtenus montrent que: (1) le Plateau Central. Marocain a connu au moins, deux phases ... déséquilibres radioactifs, spectrométrie alpha, carbonates impurs, travertin, plateau central marocain, Abda- ..... d'oursins et coquilles, et sur la côte atlantique du Haut Atlas au. Maroc, au moyen de coquilles.

  17. The Effect of Ultrasound on the Crystallisation of Paracetamol in the Presence of Structurally Similar Impurities

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    Thai T. H. Nguyen


    Full Text Available Sono-crystallisation has been used to enhance crystalline product quality particularly in terms of purity, particle size and size distribution. In this work, the effect of impurities and ultrasound on crystallisation processes (nucleation temperature, yield and crystal properties (crystal size distribution determined by Focused Beam Reflectance Measurement (FBRM, crystal habit, filtration rate and impurity content in the crystal product by Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy (LC-MS were investigated in bulk suspension crystallisation experiments with and without the use of ultrasound. The results demonstrate that ultrasonic intervention has a significant effect on both crystallisation and product crystal properties. It increases the nucleation rate resulting in smaller particles and a narrower Particle Size Distribution (PSD, the yield has been shown to be increase as has the product purity. The effect of ultrasound is to reduce the level acetanilide impurity incorporated during growth from a 2 mol% solution of the selected impurity from 0.85 mol% to 0.35 mol% and likewise ultrasound reduces the uptake of metacetamol from 1.88 mol% to 1.52 mol%.

  18. Gd impurities effect on Co2CrSi alloy: first-principle calculations

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    Feb 2, 2018 ... Abstract. First-principle calculations have been performed to study Gd impurities doping effect on the physical properties of the Heusler half-metallic ferromagnet Co2CrSi using the density functional theory in the local spin density approximation with an additional Hubbard correlation term for the rare-earth ...

  19. Surface segregation of the metal impurity to the (1 0 0) surface of fcc ...

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    The surface segregation energies for a single metal impurity to the (100) surface of nine fcc metals (Cu, Ag, Au, Ni, Pd, Pt, Rh, Al and Ir) have been calculated using the ... College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710062, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China; State-Key Laboratory for ...

  20. Strain field due to transition metal impurities in Ni and Pd

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    Nov 27, 2015 ... The strain field due to body centered substitutional transition metal impurities in Ni and Pd metals are investigated. The calculations are carried out in ... Proceedings of the International Workshop/Conference on Computational Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science (IWCCMP-2015). Posted on ...

  1. Self-organization of domain growth in the Ising model with impurities

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    Andersen, Jørgen Vitting; Mouritsen, Ole G.


    We have studied avalanchelike rearrangements of domain patterns in the two-dimensional Ising model with static impurities, which is quenched to low temperatures. When breaking the up-down symmetry of the spins by a small applied field, the mere fluctuation of a single spin eventually results...

  2. Periodic Driving at High Frequencies of an Impurity in the Isotropic XY Chain (United States)

    Corsi, Livia; Genovese, Giuseppe


    We study the isotropic XY chain with a transverse magnetic field acting on a single site and analyse the long time behaviour of the time-dependent state of the system when a periodic perturbation drives the impurity. We find that for high frequencies the state approaches a periodic orbit synchronised with the forcing and provide the explicit rate of convergence to the asymptotics.

  3. Numerical Evaluation of Cyclone Application for Impurities Removal from Molten Aluminum

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    Turchin, A.N.; Eskin, D.G.; Katgerman, L.


    The purification of gaseous and liquid media by means of a cyclone concept is well known and has been successfully applied in different industries. While the impurities removal from molten metal has been an important issue for many years, to the best of our knowledge, the application of a cyclone

  4. Identification and Characterization of Host Cell Protein Product-Associated Impurities in Monoclonal Antibody Bioprocessing (United States)

    Levy, Nicholas E.; Valente, Kristin N.; Choe, Leila H.; Lee, Kelvin H.; Lenhoff, Abraham M.


    Downstream processing of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) has evolved to allow the specific process for a new product to be developed largely by empirical specialization of a platform process that enables removal of impurities of different kinds. A more complete characterization of impurities and the product itself would provide insights into the rational design of efficient downstream processes. This work identifies and characterizes host cell protein (HCP) product associated impurities, i.e., HCP species carried through the downstream processes via direct interactions with the mAb. Interactions between HCP and mAbs are characterized using cross interaction chromatography under solution conditions typical of those used in downstream processing. The interacting species are then identified by two dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry. This methodology has been applied to identify product associated impurities in one particular purification step, namely protein A affinity chromatography, for four therapeutic mAbs as well as the Fab and Fc domains of one of these mAbs. The results show both the differences in HCP-mAb interactions among different mAbs, and the relative importance of product association compared to co-elution in protein A affinity chromatography. PMID:24254318

  5. Corrosion of pipe steel in CO2 containing impurities and possible solutions

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    Zhang, X.; Zevenbergen, J.F.; Spruijt, M.P.N.; Borys, M.


    CO2 flue gases acquired from different sources contain a significant amount of impurities and water, which are corrosive to the pipeline steel. To design the pipelines for large scale of CO2 flue gas transport, the corrosion of pipeline steels has to be investigated in the realistic conditions. In

  6. Deep Convection in the Ocean

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    McWilliams, James


    ... mechanism of water mass transformation. The resultant newly mixed deep water masses form a component of the thermohaline circulation, and hence it is essential to understand the deep convection process if the variability of the meridional...

  7. Time-Dependent Impurity in Ultracold Fermions: Orthogonality Catastrophe and Beyond

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    Michael Knap


    Full Text Available The recent experimental realization of strongly imbalanced mixtures of ultracold atoms opens new possibilities for studying impurity dynamics in a controlled setting. In this paper, we discuss how the techniques of atomic physics can be used to explore new regimes and manifestations of Anderson’s orthogonality catastrophe (OC, which could not be accessed in solid-state systems. Specifically, we consider a system of impurity atoms, localized by a strong optical-lattice potential, immersed in a sea of itinerant Fermi atoms. We point out that the Ramsey-interference-type experiments with the impurity atoms allow one to study the OC in the time domain, while radio-frequency (RF spectroscopy probes the OC in the frequency domain. The OC in such systems is universal, not only in the long-time limit, but also for all times and is determined fully by the impurity-scattering length and the Fermi wave vector of the itinerant fermions. We calculate the universal Ramsey response and RF-absorption spectra. In addition to the standard power-law contributions, which correspond to the excitation of multiple particle-hole pairs near the Fermi surface, we identify a novel, important contribution to the OC that comes from exciting one extra particle from the bottom of the itinerant band. This contribution gives rise to a nonanalytic feature in the RF-absorption spectra, which shows a nontrivial dependence on the scattering length, and evolves into a true power-law singularity with the universal exponent 1/4 at the unitarity. We extend our discussion to spin-echo-type experiments, and show that they probe more complicated nonequilibirum dynamics of the Fermi gas in processes in which an impurity switches between states with different interaction strength several times; such processes play an important role in the Kondo problem, but remained out of reach in the solid-state systems. We show that, alternatively, the OC can be seen in the energy-counting statistics

  8. Ab-initio study of C and O impurities in uranium nitride (United States)

    Lopes, Denise Adorno; Claisse, Antoine; Olsson, Pär


    Uranium nitride (UN) has been considered a potential fuel for Generation IV (GEN-IV) nuclear reactors as well as a possible new fuel for Light Water Reactors (LWR), which would permit an extension of the fuel residence time in the reactor. Carbon and oxygen impurities play a key role in the UN microstructure, influencing important parameters such as creep, swelling, gas release under irradiation, compatibility with structural steel and coolants, and thermal stability. In this work, a systematic study of the electronic structure of UN containing C and O impurities using first-principles calculations by the Density Functional Theory (DFT) method is presented. In order to describe accurately the localized U 5f electrons, the DFT + U formalism was adopted. Moreover, to avoid convergence toward metastable states, the Occupation Matrix Control (OMC) methodology was applied. The incorporation of C and O in the N-vacancy is found to be energetically favorable. In addition, only for O, the incorporation in the interstitial position is energetically possible, showing some degree of solubility for this element in this site. The binding energies show that the pairs (Csbnd Nvac) and (Osbnd Nvac) interact much further than the other defects, which indicate the possible occurrence of vacancy drag phenomena and clustering of these impurities in grain boundaries, dislocations and free surfaces. The migration energy of an impurity by single N-vacancy show that C and O employ different paths during diffusion. Oxygen migration requires significantly lower energy than carbon. This fact is due to flexibility in the Usbnd O chemical bonds, which bend during the diffusion forming a pseudo UO2 coordination. On the other hand, C and N have a directional and inflexible chemical bond with uranium; always requiring the octahedral coordination. These findings provide detailed insight into how these impurities behave in the UN matrix, and can be of great interest for assisting the development of

  9. Simulation of runaway electron generation during plasma shutdown by impurity injection

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    Feher, Tamas


    Disruptions are dangerous instabilities in tokamaks that should be avoided or mitigated. One possible disruption mitigation method is to inject impurities into the plasma to shut it down in a controlled way. Runaway Electrons (REs) can be generated after the plasma is cooled down by the impurities and these electrons can damage the tokamak. In this work a simulation code is developed to investigate different disruption mitigation scenarios. The response of the bulk plasma, more precisely the temperature evolution of electrons, deuterium and impurity ions are described by energy balance equations in a 1D cylindrical plasma model. The induction and resistive diffusion of electric field is calculated. RE generation rates are used to calculate the runaway current. The Dreicer, hot-tail and avalanche effect is taken into account and a simple model for RE losses is also included. RE generation is studied in JET-like plasmas during pellet injection. Carbon pellets cause effective cooling but these scenarios are prone to runaway generation. A mixture of argon and deuterium gas could be used for safe shutdown without RE generation. In ITER the hot-tail RE generation process becomes important, and the simulation is therefore extended to take this into account. Shutdown scenarios with different concentration of neon and argon impurities were tested in ITER-like plasmas. To simplify the problem the impurity injection into the plasma is not modeled in these cases, only the response of the bulk plasma. The avalanche process cannot be suppressed in a simple way and would produce high runaway current. It can be avoided if some runaway loss phenomenon is included in the simulations, like diffusion due to magnetic perturbations

  10. Impurity profiling/comparative analyses of samples of 1-phenyl-2-propanone. (United States)

    Krawczyk, W; Kunda, T; Perkowska, I; Dudek, D


    1-Phenyl-2-propanone (P-2-P), also known as benzyl methyl ketone (BMK), is the main precursor used in amphetamine synthesis. In recent years, the number of seizures of P-2-P from both licit and illicit drug manufacture has increased. The present article comprises a discussion of some of the largest seizures of P-2-P diverted from regular production to the illicit market. It also presents the methods used in clandestine laboratories to synthesize P-2-P and a forensic approach to identify and differentiate between these methods. To that end, and to facilitate the monitoring of the P-2-P market, a method of P-2-P impurity profiling was designed for comparative purposes and for the identification of the synthesis route. P-2-P samples were analysed by means of gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Out of 36 identified impurities, 14 were selected as markers for sample comparison. On the basis of the GC peak areas of those 14 markers, a cluster analysis was carried out, resulting in three clusters, each corresponding to a given P-2-P synthesis route. The results of P-2-P impurity profiling are stored in both a forensic database and a police database. The forensic database comprises chemical data, such as those on P-2-P purity, additives and specific impurities, as well as information on seized P-2-P samples having a similar impurity profile. Data stored in the police database, which is linked with the forensic database by case identification number, cover the circumstances of seizures and personal details of offenders. The databases enable the full use of forensic data in intelligence work and police investigative activities.

  11. Influences of impurities on iodine removal efficiency of silver alumina adsorbent

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    Fukasawa, Tetsuo; Funabashi, Kiyomi [Hitachi, Ltd., Ibaraki (Japan); Kondo, Yoshikazu [Hitachi, Ltd., Ibaraki (Japan)


    Silver impregnated alumina adsorbent (AgA), which was developed for iodine removal from off-gas of nuclear power and reprocessing plants has been tested laying emphasis on investigation of the influences gaseous impurities have on adsorbent chemical stability and iodine removal efficiency. The influences of the major impurities such as nitrogen oxides and water vapor were checked on the chemical state of impregnated silver compound (AgNO{sub 3}) and decontamination factor (DF) value. At 150{degrees}C, a forced air flow with 1.5% nitrogen oxide (NO/NO{sub 2}=1/1) reduced silver nitrate to metallic silver, whereas pure air and air with 1.5% NO{sub 2} had no effect on the chemical state of silver. Metallic silver showed a lower DF value for methyl iodide in pure air (without impurities) than silver nitrate and the lower DF of metallic silver was improved when impurities were added. At 40{degrees}C, a forced air flow with 1.5% nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}) increased the AgA weight by about 20%, which was caused by the adsorption of nitric acid solution on the AgA surface. AgA with l0wt% silver showed higher weight increase than that with 24wt% silver which had lower porosity. Adsorption of acid solution lowered the DF value, which would be due to the hindrance of contact between methyl iodide and silver. The influences of other gaseous impurities were also investigated and AgA showed superior characteristics at high temperatures. 14 refs., 11 figs.

  12. [Standard addition determination of impurities in Na2CrO4 by ICP-AES]. (United States)

    Wang, Li-ping; Feng, Hai-tao; Dong, Ya-ping; Peng, Jiao-yu; Li, Wu; Shi, Hai-qin; Wang, Yong


    Coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) was used to determine the trace impurities of Ca, Mg, Al, Fe and Si in industrial sodium chromate. Wavelengths of 167.079, 393.366, 259.940, 279.533 and 251.611 nm were selected as analytical lines for the determination of Al, Ca, Fe, Mg and Si, respectively. The analytical errors can be eliminated by adjusting the determined solution with high pure hydrochloric acid. Standard addition method was used to eliminate matrix effects. The linear correlation, detection limit, precision and recovery for the concerned trace impurities have been examined. The effect of standard addition method on the accuracy for the determination under the selected analytical lines has been studied in detail. The results show that the linear correlations of standard curves were very good (R2 = 0.9988 to 0.9996) under the determined conditions. Detection limits of these trace impurities were in the range of 0.0134 to 0.0280 mg x L(-1). Sample recoveries were within 97.30% to 107.50%, and relative standard deviations were lower than 5.86% for eleven repeated determinations. The detection limits and accuracies established by the experiment can meet the analytical requirements and the analytic procedure was used to determine trace impurities in sodium chromate by ion membrane electrolysis technique successfully. Due to sodium chromate can be changed into sodium dichromate and chromic acid by adding acids, the established method can be further used to monitor trace impurities in these compounds or other hexavalent chromium compounds.


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    Full Text Available Summary. Nowadays purification of ethanol from the head and intermediate impurities is done with the selection of fractions of fusel alcohol and fusel oil from the distillation column and head and intermediate fractions impurities from condenser Epuration column operating accord-ing to the hydro-selection method. Due to this the fraction contains at least 13% ethyl alcohol, resulting in a reduced yield of the final product. Distillation of these fractions in the known acceleration columns requires increased consumption of heating steam for 6-8 kg / dal and increasing installation metal content. In this paper we investigate the process of distillation fraction from the condenser of Epura-tion column, fusel alcohol from the distillation column and subfusel liquid layer from the decanter, which is fed on a plate of supply of new accelerating column (AC, which operates on Epuration technology with the supply of hydro-selection water on the top plate and has in its composition concentration, boiling and stripping parts, a dephlagmator, a condenser, a boiler. Material balance equations of the column were obtained and ethyl alcohol concentration on its plates were determined by them. Having converted the material balance equations, we determined the dependences for the impurities ratio being drawn from the accelerating column with the Luther flows and ethyl alcohol fraction. Then we received the equation for determining the proportion of impurities taken from the column condenser with fraction. These calculations proved that the studied impurities are almost completely selected with this faction, ethyl alcohol content of it being 0.14% of the hourly output.

  14. Atomic spectroscopy on fusion relevant ions and studies of light impurities in the JET tokamak

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    Tunklev, M


    The spectrum and energy levels of C IV and the 3l-4l system of the Mg-like ions in the iron group elements have been investigated. This has led to several hundred identified transitions, many of them previously unknown. Using the Charge Exchange Diagnostic system at JET, ion temperatures, rotation velocities and densities have been derived from visible spectroscopic measurements on fully ionised light impurities, such as He, C, N and Ne. The existence of plume contribution from beam produced hydrogen-like ions has been proven beyond any doubt to affect the deduction of the active charge exchange signal of He II. In the case of C VI the plume signal was estimated to be at least a factor of five lower than the active charge exchange signal. Line integrated passive charge exchange emission between neutral background atoms and fully stripped impurity ions has been investigated and modelled. When the synthetic spectrum is fitted into the experimentally detected spectra the neutral background density can be deduced. The importance of including background atoms (H, D and T) as charge exchange donors, not only in state 2s, but also in state 1s, has shown to be crucial in high temperature shots. Transport of light impurities has been studied with gas puff injections into steady state H-mode plasmas. The results suggest that light impurities are transported as described by the neo-classical Pfirsch-Schlueter regime at the edge, whilst in the centre, sawtoothing, preferably to Banana transport, is mixing the plasma and increases the measured values on the diffusion. For the peaking of impurities in a steady state plasma an anomalous treatment was more in agreement with the experimental data. Certain confinement information, previously predicted theoretically as a part of the peaking equation, has been experimentally verified

  15. Deep Energy Retrofit

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    Zhivov, Alexander; Lohse, Rüdiger; Rose, Jørgen

    Deep Energy Retrofit – A Guide to Achieving Significant Energy User Reduction with Major Renovation Projects contains recommendations for characteristics of some of core technologies and measures that are based on studies conducted by national teams associated with the International Energy Agency...... Energy Conservation in Buildings and Communities Program (IEA-EBC) Annex 61 (Lohse et al. 2016, Case, et al. 2016, Rose et al. 2016, Yao, et al. 2016, Dake 2014, Stankevica et al. 2016, Kiatreungwattana 2014). Results of these studies provided a base for setting minimum requirements to the building...... envelope-related technologies to make Deep Energy Retrofit feasible and, in many situations, cost effective. Use of energy efficiency measures (EEMs) in addition to core technologies bundle and high-efficiency appliances will foster further energy use reduction. This Guide also provides best practice...

  16. Deep-Sarsa (United States)

    Andrecut, M.; Ali, M. K.

    In this paper we discuss the application of reinforcement learning algorithms to the problem of autonomous robot navigation. We show that the autonomous navigation using the standard delayed reinforcement learning algorithms is an ill posed problem and we present a more efficient algorithm for which the convergence speed is greatly improved. The proposed algorithm (Deep-Sarsa) is based on a combination between the Depth-First Search (a graph searching algorithm) and Sarsa (a delayed reinforcement learning algorithm).

  17. Deep Water Ocean Acoustics (United States)


    Final Report 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 7/1/15 to 12/22/16 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Deep Water Ocean Acoustics 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER...shortening of the water column); 2.) Explicitly defined the geo-acoustics so that both models had the same sponge ; 3.) Output the complete computational...chosen because this VLA was spaced at /2 at 250Hz and is therefore beamforming capable, covering the conjugate depth. An ambient noise model was

  18. Deep-sea fungi

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    Raghukumar, C.; Damare, S.

    pressure of 10 MPa (73). Several species of Aspergillus showed abnonnal morphology immediately afterisola~ tion. These showed extremely long conidiophores with vesicles that were covered with long hyphae, instead of phialides or metulae or conidia... at SoC and pH 9.0 (17). In contrast, out of 22 fungi isolated from shallow \\vater, only 14% showed Iow-temperature-active protease production. The deep-sea fungi when grown under elevated pressure synthesized extracellular protease, albeit in very low...

  19. Deep Blind Compressed Sensing


    Singh, Shikha; Singhal, Vanika; Majumdar, Angshul


    This work addresses the problem of extracting deeply learned features directly from compressive measurements. There has been no work in this area. Existing deep learning tools only give good results when applied on the full signal, that too usually after preprocessing. These techniques require the signal to be reconstructed first. In this work we show that by learning directly from the compressed domain, considerably better results can be obtained. This work extends the recently proposed fram...

  20. Binding energy and nonlinear optical properties of an on-center hydrogenic impurity in a spherical quantum dot placed at the center of a cylindrical nano-wire: Comparison of hydrogenic donor and acceptor impurities (United States)

    Safarpour, Gh.; Novzari, M.; Izadi, M. A.; Niknam, E.; Barati, M.


    The binding energies and corresponding wave functions of ground and first excited states (1s, 2p) of on-center hydrogenic donor and acceptor impurities are calculated using finite difference approximation in the effective mass framework. The on-center impurities are assumed to be in an InAs spherical quantum dot which is located at the center of a GaAs cylindrical nano-wire. To test the validity of applied method the eigenvalues of ground and first excited states are compared with reported results which have been calculated by finite element methods and it is shown that the finite difference approximation is more accurate in this particular case. In addition, the oscillator strength, linear, third-order nonlinear and total optical absorption coefficients and refractive index changes have been calculated for 1s-2p transition by means of the compact density matrix approach. The results show that presence of impurity causes a blue shift in optical spectrum which is larger for acceptor impurity. Also, the amplitude of absorption coefficient, refractive index changes and oscillator strength depend on the absence, presence and type of impurity. Moreover, it is found that the saturation condition can be tuned by type of impurity and critical incident optical intensity is enhanced in presence of acceptor impurity.

  1. Ab Initio Study of Aluminium Impurity and Interstitial-Substitutional Complexes in Ge Using a Hybrid Functional (HSE) (United States)

    Igumbor, E.; Mapasha, R. E.; Meyer, W. E.


    The results of an ab initio modelling of aluminium substitutional impurity ({\\hbox {Al}}_Ge), aluminium interstitial in Ge [{\\hbox {I}}_Al for the tetrahedral (T) and hexagonal (H) configurations] and aluminium interstitial-substitutional pairs in Ge ({\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge) are presented. For all calculations, the hybrid functional of Heyd, Scuseria, and Ernzerhof in the framework of density functional theory was used. Defects formation energies, charge state transition levels and minimum energy configurations of the {\\hbox {Al}}_Ge, {\\hbox {I}}_Al and {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge were obtained for -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 charge states. The calculated formation energy shows that for the neutral charge state, the {\\hbox {I}}_Al is energetically more favourable in the T than the H configuration. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge forms with formation energies of -2.37 eV and -2.32 eV, when the interstitial atom is at the T and H sites, respectively. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge is energetically more favourable when the interstitial atom is at the T site with a binding energy of 0.8 eV. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al in the T configuration, induced a deep donor (+2/+1) level at EV+0.23 eV and the {\\hbox {Al}}_Ge induced a single acceptor level (0/-1) at EV+0.14 eV in the band gap of Ge. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge induced double-donor levels are at E_V+0.06 and E_V+0.12 eV, when the interstitial atom is at the T and H sites, respectively. The {\\hbox {I}}_Al and {\\hbox {I}}_Al{\\hbox {Al}}_Ge exhibit properties of charge state-controlled metastability.

  2. Final Technical Report: Effects of Impurities on Fuel Cell Performance and Durability

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    James G. Goodwin, Jr.; Hector Colon-Mercado; Kitiya Hongsirikarn; and Jack Z. Zhang


    The main objectives of this project were to investigate the effect of a series of potential impurities on fuel cell operation and on the particular components of the fuel cell MEA, to propose (where possible) mechanism(s) by which these impurities affected fuel cell performance, and to suggest strategies for minimizing these impurity effects. The negative effect on Pt/C was to decrease hydrogen surface coverage and hydrogen activation at fuel cell conditions. The negative effect on Nafion components was to decrease proton conductivity, primarily by replacing/reacting with the protons on the Bronsted acid sites of the Nafion. Even though already well known as fuel cell poisons, the effects of CO and NH3 were studied in great detail early on in the project in order to develop methodology for evaluating poisoning effects in general, to help establish reproducibility of results among a number of laboratories in the U.S. investigating impurity effects, and to help establish lower limit standards for impurities during hydrogen production for fuel cell utilization. New methodologies developed included (1) a means to measure hydrogen surface concentration on the Pt catalyst (HDSAP) before and after exposure to impurities, (2) a way to predict conductivity of a Nafion membranes exposed to impurities using a characteristic acid catalyzed reaction (methanol esterification of acetic acid), and, more importantly, (3) application of the latter technique to predict conductivity on Nafion in the catalyst layer of the MEA. H2-D2 exchange was found to be suitable for predicting hydrogen activation of Pt catalysts. The Nafion (ca. 30 wt%) on the Pt/C catalyst resides primarily on the external surface of the C support where it blocks significant numbers of micropores, but only partially blocks the pore openings of the meso- and macro-pores wherein lie the small Pt particles (crystallites). For this reason, even with 30 wt% Nafion on the Pt/C, few Pt sites are blocked and, hence, are

  3. Characterization and validation of an in silico toxicology model to predict the mutagenic potential of drug impurities*

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    Valerio, Luis G., E-mail: [Science and Research Staff, Office of Pharmaceutical Science, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993–0002 (United States); Cross, Kevin P. [Leadscope, Inc., 1393 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH, 43215–1084 (United States)


    Control and minimization of human exposure to potential genotoxic impurities found in drug substances and products is an important part of preclinical safety assessments of new drug products. The FDA's 2008 draft guidance on genotoxic and carcinogenic impurities in drug substances and products allows use of computational quantitative structure–activity relationships (QSAR) to identify structural alerts for known and expected impurities present at levels below qualified thresholds. This study provides the information necessary to establish the practical use of a new in silico toxicology model for predicting Salmonella t. mutagenicity (Ames assay outcome) of drug impurities and other chemicals. We describe the model's chemical content and toxicity fingerprint in terms of compound space, molecular and structural toxicophores, and have rigorously tested its predictive power using both cross-validation and external validation experiments, as well as case studies. Consistent with desired regulatory use, the model performs with high sensitivity (81%) and high negative predictivity (81%) based on external validation with 2368 compounds foreign to the model and having known mutagenicity. A database of drug impurities was created from proprietary FDA submissions and the public literature which found significant overlap between the structural features of drug impurities and training set chemicals in the QSAR model. Overall, the model's predictive performance was found to be acceptable for screening drug impurities for Salmonella mutagenicity. -- Highlights: ► We characterize a new in silico model to predict mutagenicity of drug impurities. ► The model predicts Salmonella mutagenicity and will be useful for safety assessment. ► We examine toxicity fingerprints and toxicophores of this Ames assay model. ► We compare these attributes to those found in drug impurities known to FDA/CDER. ► We validate the model and find it has a desired predictive

  4. Turbulent transport of impurities in a magnetized plasma; Transport turbulent d'impuretes dans un plasma magnetise

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    Dubuit, N


    This work deals with the transport of impurities in magnetically confined thermonuclear plasmas. The accumulation of impurities in the core of the plasma would imply dramatic losses of energy that may lead to the extinction of the plasma. On the opposite, the injection of impurities in the plasma edge is considered as an efficient means to extract heat without damaging the first wall. The balance between these 2 contradictory constraints requires an accurate knowledge of the impurity transport inside the plasma. The effect of turbulence, the main transport mechanism for impurities is therefore a major issue. In this work, the complete formula of a turbulent flow of impurities for a given fluctuation spectrum has been inferred. The origin and features of the main accumulation processes have been identified. The main effect comes from the compressibility of the electrical shift speed in a plane perpendicular to the magnetic field. This compressibility appears to be linked to the curvature of the magnetic field. A less important effect is a thermal-diffusion process that is inversely proportional to the number of charges and then disappears for most type of impurities except the lightest. This effect implies an impurity flux proportional to the temperature gradient and its direction can change according to the average speed of fluctuations. A new version of the turbulence code TRB has been developed. This new version allows the constraints of the turbulence not by the gradients but by the flux which is more realistic. The importance of the processes described above has been confirmed by a comparison between calculation and experimental data from Tore-supra and the Jet tokamak. The prevailing role of the curvature of the magnetic field in the transport impurity is highlighted. (A.C.)

  5. [Deep brain stimulation]. (United States)

    Fraix, V; Pollak, P; Chabardes, S; Ardouin, C; Koudsie, A; Benazzouz, A; Krack, P; Batir, A; Le Bas, J-F; Benabid, A-L


    The present renewal of the surgical treatment of Parkinson's disease, almost abandoned for twenty Years, arises from two main reasons. The first is the better understanding of the functional organization of the basal ganglia. It was demonstrated in animal models of Parkinson's disease that the loss of dopaminergic neurons within the substantia nigra, at the origin of the striatal dopaminergic defect, induces an overactivity of the excitatory glutamatergic subthalamo-internal pallidum pathway. The decrease in this hyperactivity might lead to an improvement in the pakinsonian symptoms. The second reason is the improvement in stereotactic neurosurgery in relation with the progress in neuroimaging techniques and with intraoperative electrophysiological microrecordings and stimulations, which help determine the location of the deep brain targets. In the 1970s chronic deep brain stimulation in humans was applied to the sensory nucleus of the thalamus for the treatment of intractable pain. In 1987, Benabid and colleagues suggested high frequency stimulation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus in order to treat drug-resistant tremors and to avoid the adverse effects of thalamotomies. How deep brain stimulation works is not well known but it has been hypothetized that it could change the neuronal activities and thus avoid disease-related abnormal neuronal discharges. Potential candidates for deep brain stimulation are selected according to exclusion and inclusion criteria. Surgery can be applied to patients in good general and mental health, neither depressive nor demented and who are severely disabled despite all available drug therapies but still responsive to levodopa. The first session of surgery consists in the location of the target by ventriculography and/or brain MRI. The electrodes are implanted during the second session. The last session consists in the implantation of the neurostimulator. The ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus was the

  6. A study of the mechanisms of metal impurity release during ICRF heating in the URAGAN-3 torsatron

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    Grigor' eva, L.I.; Konovalov, V.G.; Nazarov, N.I.; Plyusnin, V.V.; Polyakova, G.N.; Skibenko, A.I.; Fomin, I.P.; Chechkin, V.V.; Shapoval, A.N.; Shvets, O.M.


    Possible mechanisms responsible for metal impurity release during ICRF production and heating of the plasma are studied with the URAGAN-3 torsatron. It is shown that the edge plasma potential oscillations at the pumping frequency and its harmonics produce an impurity influx from the surface of the helical winding casings (Fe, Cr). The impurity release from the antenna surface (Ti) is caused by a quasisteady /approx equal/ 100 eV ion flux arising in the divertor magnetic flux region during the RF pulse. (orig.).

  7. Dose rate dependence of the first stage coloration of NaCl samples doped with impurity concentration Sn

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    Bernal, S R; Murrieta, H


    The amount of first stage coloration in NaCl doped with Sn has been investigated as a function of the gamma-irradiation dose rate and impurity concentration. It was ascertained that in all cases the amount of first stage coloration is proportional to the square root of gamma-irradiation dose rate as well as the square root of the impurity concentration in agreement with the theoretical models developed by Comins and Carragher and our group for F-center production in the alkali halides doped with divalent impurities.

  8. Donor impurity-related nonlinear optical rectification in a two-dimensional quantum ring under magnetic field (United States)

    Bejan, D.


    An investigation of the nonlinear optical rectification of a GaAs two-dimensional disc-shaped quantum ring with an off-center donor impurity under magnetic field has been performed by using a variational method in the effective mass approximation. The two-dimensional quantum ring was described by a pseudo-harmonic potential. The results are presented as functions of the incident photon energy for the different values of the impurity position and the magnetic field. It is found that the nonlinear optical rectification spectra are strongly affected by the position of the off-center impurity and the magnetic field.

  9. Deep Red (Profondo Rosso)

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    Wednesday 29 April 2015 at 20:00 CERN Council Chamber    Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) Directed by Dario Argento (Italy, 1975) 126 minutes A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so closely. Original version Italian; English subtitles

  10. Deep Space Positioning System (United States)

    Vaughan, Andrew T. (Inventor); Riedel, Joseph E. (Inventor)


    A single, compact, lower power deep space positioning system (DPS) configured to determine a location of a spacecraft anywhere in the solar system, and provide state information relative to Earth, Sun, or any remote object. For example, the DPS includes a first camera and, possibly, a second camera configured to capture a plurality of navigation images to determine a state of a spacecraft in a solar system. The second camera is located behind, or adjacent to, a secondary reflector of a first camera in a body of a telescope.

  11. DeepTox: Toxicity Prediction using Deep Learning

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    Full Text Available The Tox21 Data Challenge has been the largest effort of the scientific community to compare computational methods for toxicity prediction. This challenge comprised 12,000 environmental chemicals and drugs which were measured for 12 different toxic effects by specifically designed assays. We participated in this challenge to assess the performance of Deep Learning in computational toxicity prediction. Deep Learning has already revolutionized image processing, speech recognition, and language understanding but has not yet been applied to computational toxicity. Deep Learning is founded on novel algorithms and architectures for artificial neural networks together with the recent availability of very fast computers and massive datasets. It discovers multiple levels of distributed representations of the input, with higher levels representing more abstract concepts. We hypothesized that the construction of a hierarchy of chemical features gives Deep Learning the edge over other toxicity prediction methods. Furthermore, Deep Learning naturally enables multi-task learning, that is, learning of all toxic effects in one neural network and thereby learning of highly informative chemical features.In order to utilize Deep Learning for toxicity prediction, we have developed the DeepTox pipeline. First, DeepTox normalizes the chemical representations of the compounds. Then it computes a large number of chemical descriptors that are used as input to machine learning methods. In its next step, DeepTox trains models, evaluates them, and combines the best of them to ensembles. Finally, DeepTox predicts the toxicity of new compounds. In the Tox21 Data Challenge, DeepTox had the highest performance of all computational methods winning the grand challenge, the nuclear receptor panel, the stress response panel, and six single assays (teams ``Bioinf@JKU''. We found that Deep Learning excelled in toxicity prediction and outperformed many other computational approaches

  12. Spectral flow of trimer states of two heavy impurities and one light condensed boson

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    Zinner, Nikolaj Thomas


    -Oppenheimer approximation to determine the effective three-body potential. We solve the resulting Schr\\"odinger equation numerically and determine the trimer binding energies as a function of the coherence length of the light bosonic condensate particles. The binding energy is found to be suppressed by the presence......The spectral flow of three-body (trimer) states consisting of two heavy (impurity) particles sitting in a condensate of light bosons is considered. Assuming that the condensate is weakly interaction and that an impurity and a boson have a zero-range two-body interaction, we use the Born...... of the condensate when the energy scale corresponding to the coherence length becomes of order the trimer binding energy in the absence of the condensate. We find that the Efimov scaling property is reflected in the critical values of the condensate coherence length at which the trimers are pushed...

  13. Simulation of iron impurity in BaTiO{sub 3} crystals

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    Stashans, Arvids, E-mail: [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Instituto de Quimica Aplicada, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Castillo, Darwin [Grupo de Fisicoquimica de Materiales, Instituto de Quimica Aplicada, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador); Escuela de Electronica y Telecomunicaciones, Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, Apartado 11-01-608, Loja (Ecuador)


    Iron-doped barium titanate (BaTiO{sub 3}) has been simulated taking into account cubic and tetragonal crystallographic lattices of the crystal. A quantum-chemical method based on the Hartree-Fock formalism has been used throughout the study. The calculated equilibrium structures of Fe-doped crystals reveal the defect-inward displacements of the Ti and O atoms whereas the shifts for the Ba atoms are encountered to be away with respect to the Fe impurity. According to the analysis of electron density population and electron band structure it is found that some unusual chemical bonding might take place between the Fe atom and its six adjacent O atoms. The role of Fe impurity in the ferroelectric polarization of the tetragonal BaTiO{sub 3} crystal has been discussed too.

  14. Neutral impurities in a Bose-Einstein condensate for simulation of the Froehlich-polaron

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    Hohmann, Michael; Kindermann, Farina; Gaenger, Benjamin; Lausch, Tobias [University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, Kaiserslautern (Germany); Mayer, Daniel; Schmidt, Felix; Widera, Artur [University of Kaiserslautern, Department of Physics and Research Center OPTIMAS, Kaiserslautern (Germany); Graduate School Materials Science in Mainz, Kaiserslautern (Germany)


    We present an experimental system to study the Bose polaron by immersion of single, well-controllable neutral Cs impurities into a Rb Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC). We show that, by proper optical traps, independent control over impurity and BEC allows for precision relative positioning of the two sub-systems as well as for dynamical studies and independent read-out. We furthermore estimate that measuring the polaron binding energy of Froehlich-type Bose polarons in the low and intermediate coupling regime is feasible with our experimental constraints and limitations discussed, and we outline how a parameter regime can be reached to characterize differences between Froehlich and Bose-polaron in the strong coupling regime. (orig.)

  15. Defects and impurities in silicon materials an introduction to atomic-level silicon engineering

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    Langouche, Guido


    This book emphasizes the importance of the fascinating atomistic insights into the defects and the impurities as well as the dynamic behaviors in silicon materials, which have become more directly accessible over the past 20 years. Such progress has been made possible by newly developed experimental methods, first principle theories, and computer simulation techniques. The book is aimed at young researchers, scientists, and technicians in related industries. The main purposes are to provide readers with 1) the basic physics behind defects in silicon materials, 2) the atomistic modeling as well as the characterization techniques related to defects and impurities in silicon materials, and 3) an overview of the wide range of the research fields involved.

  16. The role of MHD in causing impurity peaking in JET Hybrid plasmas

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    Hender, T C; Casson, F J; Alper, B; Baranov, Yu; Baruzzo, M; Challis, C D; Koechl, F; Marchetto, C; Nave, M F F; Pütterich, T; Cortes, S Reyes; Contributors, JET


    In Hybrid plasma operation in JET with its ITER-like wall (JET-ILW) it is found that n>1 tearing activity can significantly enhance the rate of on-axis peaking of tungsten impurities, which in turn significantly degrades discharge performance. Core n=1 instabilities can be beneficial in removing tungsten impurities from the plasma core (e.g. sawteeth or fishbones), but can conversely also degrade core confinement (particularly in combination with simultaneous n=3 activity). The nature of MHD instabilities in JET Hybrid discharges, with both its previous Carbon wall and subsequent JET-ILW, is surveyed statistically and the character of the instabilities is examined. Possible qualitative models for how the n>1 islands can enhance on-axis tungsten transport accumulation processes are presented.

  17. Controlling impurity distributions in crystalline Si for solar cells by using artificial designed defects (United States)

    Hayama, Yusuke; Takahashi, Isao; Usami, Noritaka


    We report on the controlling of iron impurity distributions in Si by using artificial designed defects. We utilized Si wafers, which were designed to have high density of localized dislocations and high-quality region, for measurement of the interstitial iron concentration and total iron amount. It is suggested that interstitial irons can be accumulated at high density of dislocations by annealing at 600 °C. In addition, interstitial iron concentrations were decreased by slow cooling from 800 °C to 400 °C. These results show that a large number of interstitial irons are precipitated at high density of dislocations by annealing. Therefore, it is considered that impurity distribution can be controlled by using artificial designed defects under certain annealing condition.

  18. The effect of hydrogen-like impurity on RbCl asymmetric quantum dot qubit (United States)

    Liang, Z.-H.; Qi, B.; Xiao, J.-L.


    We study the eigenenergies and eigenfunctions of the ground and the first excited states of an electron, which is strongly coupled to longintudinal-optical phonon in an asymmetric quantum dot with a hydrogen-like impurity by using variational method of Pekar type. A single qubit can be realized in this two-level quantum system. The electron probability density oscillates in the asymmetric quantum dot with a certain period of T 0 = 10.958 fs when the electron is in the superposition state of the ground and the first excited states. Moreover, due to the presence of the different harmonic potentials, the dependence way of the probability density of the electron on the coordinate of z is different from that on the coordinates of x and y. It is found that the oscillating period increases with decreasing Coulombic impurity potential and the polaron radius.

  19. Chirped self-similar optical pulses in tapered centrosymmetric nonlinear waveguides doped with resonant impurities (United States)

    He, J. R.; Xu, S. L.; Xue, L.


    Exact chirped self-similar optical pulses propagating in tapered centrosymmetric nonlinear waveguides doped with resonant impurities are reported. The propagation behaviors of the pulses are studied by tailoring of the tapering function. Numerical simulations and stability analysis reveal that the tapering can be used to postpone the wave dispersion and the addition of a small cubic self-focusing term to the governing equation could stabilize the chirped bright pulses. An example of possible experimental protocol that may generate the pulses in realistic waveguides is given. The obtained chirped self-similar optical pulses are particularly useful in the design of amplifying or attenuating pulse compressors for chirped solitary waves in tapered centrosymmetric nonlinear waveguides doped with resonant impurities.

  20. Solute/impurity diffusivities in bcc Fe: A first-principles study

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    Zhang, Chong [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Fu, Jie; Li, Ruihuan [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhang, Pengbo [Department of Physics, Dalian Maritime University, Dalian 116026 (China); Zhao, Jijun, E-mail: [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); Dong, Chuang [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)


    Chinese low activation martensitic steel (CLAM) has been designed with decreased W content and increased Ta content to improve performance. We performed first-principles calculations to investigate the diffusion properties of solute element (Cr, W, Mn, V, Ta) and C diffusion with a nearby solute element inside bcc Fe. The self-diffusion coefficients and solute diffusion coefficients in Fe host were derived using the nine-frequency model. A relatively lower diffusivity was observed for W in paramagnetic state, implying enriched W concentration inside Fe host. The solute atom interacts strongly with C impurity, depending on the interatomic distance. According to our calculations, formation of Ta carbide precipitates is energetically preferred by trapping C impurity around Ta atom. Our theoretical results are helpful for investigating the evolution of microstructure of steels for engineering applications.

  1. Impurity induced neutralization of MeV energy protons in JET plasmas

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    Gondhalekar, A. [Commission of the European Communities, Abingdon (United Kingdom). JET Joint Undertaking; Korotkov, A.A. [AF Ioffe Institute, Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation)


    A model elucidating the role of carbon and beryllium, the main impurities in JET plasmas, in neutralizing MeV energy protons, which arise during ICRF heating of deuterium plasmas in the hydrogen minority heating mode D(H), and from D-D fusion reactions, is presented. The model establishes charge transfer from hydrogen-like impurity ions to protons as the main process for neutralization. Calculations for deducing the proton energy distribution function from measured hydrogen flux are described. The validity of the model is tested by using it to described the measured flux in different conditions of plasma heating and fueling. Further, it is used to deduce the background thermal deuterium atom density at the plasma center. 9 refs., 6 figs.

  2. Mapping the orbital structure of impurity bound states in a superconductor. (United States)

    Choi, Deung-Jang; Rubio-Verdú, Carmen; de Bruijckere, Joeri; Ugeda, Miguel M; Lorente, Nicolás; Pascual, Jose Ignacio


    A magnetic atom inside a superconductor locally distorts superconductivity. It scatters Cooper pairs as a potential with broken time-reversal symmetry, leading to localized bound states with subgap excitation energies, named Shiba states. Most conventional approaches regarding Shiba states treat magnetic impurities as point scatterers with isotropic exchange interaction. Here, we show that the number and the shape of Shiba states are correlated to the spin-polarized atomic orbitals of the impurity, hybridized with the superconductor. Using scanning tunnelling spectroscopy, we spatially map the five Shiba excitations found on subsurface chromium atoms in Pb(111), resolving their particle and hole components. While particle components resemble d orbitals of embedded Cr atoms, hole components differ strongly from them. Density functional theory simulations correlate the orbital shapes to the magnetic ground state of the atom, and identify scattering channels and interactions, all valuable tools for designing atomic-scale superconducting devices.

  3. Influence of Impurities on the Radiation Response of the TlBr Semiconductor Crystal

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    Robinson Alves dos Santos


    Full Text Available Two commercially available TlBr salts were used as the raw material for crystal growths to be used as radiation detectors. Previously, TlBr salts were purified once, twice, and three times by the repeated Bridgman method. The purification efficiency was evaluated by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS, after each purification process. A compartmental model was proposed to fit the impurity concentration as a function of the repetition number of the Bridgman growths, as well as determine the segregation coefficients of impurities in the crystals. The crystalline structure, the stoichiometry, and the surface morphology of the crystals were evaluated, systematically, for the crystals grown with different purification numbers. To evaluate the crystal as a radiation semiconductor detector, measurements of its resistivity and gamma-ray spectroscopy were carried out, using 241Am and 133Ba sources. A significant improvement of the radiation response was observed in function of the crystal purity.

  4. A Validated RP-HPLC Method for theDetermination of Impurities in Montelukast Sodium

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    N. Rashmitha


    Full Text Available The present paper describes the development of a reverse phase chromatographic (RPLC method for montelukast sodium in the presence of its impurities and degradation products generated from forced degradation studies. The drug substance was subjected to stress conditions of hydrolysis, oxidation, photolysis and thermal degradation. The degradation of montelukast sodium was observed under acid and oxidative environment. The drug was found to be stable in other stress conditions studied. Successful separation of the drug from the process impurities and degradation products formed under stress conditions were achieved on an Atlantis dC18 (250 x 4.6 mm 5 μm column. The gradient LC method employs solution A and solution B as mobile phase. The solution A contains aqueous 0.1% OPA and solution B contains a mixture of water, acetonitrile (5:95 v/v. The HPLC method was developed and validated with respect to linearity, accuracy, precision, specificity and ruggedness.

  5. Electrochemical removal of segregated silicon dioxide impurities from yttria stabilized zirconia surfaces at elevated temperatures

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    Andersen, Thomas; Hansen, Karin Vels; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg


    Here we report on the electrochemical removal of segregated silicon dioxide impurities from Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) surfaces at elevated temperatures studied under Ultra High Vacuum (UHV) conditions. YSZ single crystals were heated in vacuum by an applied 18kHz a.c. voltage using the ionic...... electrochemically reduced by the a.c. voltage when no oxidation substances are present. The absence of silicon on the surfaces annealed in vacuum or at low oxygen or water vapor partial pressures was attributed to electrochemical reduction of silicon dioxide to volatile silicon monoxide on the YSZ surface....... This was demonstrated by silicon enrichment of a gold foil placed behind the YSZ crystal surface while annealed. The results suggest a fast way to clean YSZ for trace silicon dioxide impurities found in the bulk of the cleanest crystals commercially available....

  6. Direct evidence for As as a Zn-site impurity in ZnO

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    Wahl, Ulrich; Correia, J G; Lourenço-Santana-Marques, Ana Claudia; Alves, E; Carvalho-Soares, José


    Arsenic has been reported in the literature as one of the few p-type dopants in the technologically promising II-VI semiconductor ZnO. However, there is an ongoing debate whether the p-type character is due to As simply replacing O atoms or to the formation of more complicated defect complexes, possibly involving As on Zn sites. We have determined the lattice location of implanted As in ZnO by means of conversion electron emission channeling from radioactive $^{73}$As. In contrast to what one might expect from its nature as a group V element, we find that As does not occupy substitutional O sites but in its large majority substitutional Zn sites. Arsenic in ZnO (and probably also in GaN) is thus an interesting example for an impurity in a semiconductor where the major impurity lattice site is determined by atomic size and electronegativity rather than its position in the periodic system.

  7. Validated Reverse Phase HPLC Method for the Determination of Impurities in Etoricoxib

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    S. Venugopal


    Full Text Available This paper describes the development of reverse phase HPLC method for etoricoxib in the presence of impurities and degradation products generated from the forced degradation studies. The drug substance was subjected to stress conditions of hydrolysis, oxidation, photolysis and thermal degradation. The degradation of etoricoxib was observed under base and oxidation environment. The drug was found stable in other stress conditions studied. Successful separation of the drug from the process related impurities and degradation products were achieved on zorbax SB CN (250 x 4.6 mm 5 μm particle size column using reverse phase HPLC method. The isocratic method employed with a mixture of buffer and acetonitrile in a ratio of 60:40 respectively. Disodium hydrogen orthophosphate (0.02 M is used as buffer and pH adjusted to 7.20 with 1 N sodium hydroxide solution. The HPLC method was developed and validated with respect to linearity, accuracy, precision, specificity and ruggedness.

  8. Albedo and flux extinction coefficient of impure snow for diffuse shortwave radiation (United States)

    Choudhury, B. J.; Mo, T.; Wang, J. R.; Chang, A. T. C.


    Impurities enter a snowpack as a result of fallout of scavenging by falling snow crystals. Albedo and flux extinction coefficient of soot contaminated snowcovers were studied using a two stream approximation of the radiative transfer equation. The effect of soot was calculated by two methods: independent scattering by ice grains and impurities and average refractive index for ice grains. Both methods predict a qualitatively similar effect of soot; the albedo is decreased and the extinction coefficient is increased compared to that for pure snow in the visible region; the infrared properties are largely unaffected. Quantitatively, however, the effect of soot is more pronounced in the average refractive index method. Soot contamination provides a qualitative explanation for several snow observations.

  9. The Effect of Uniaxial Static Pressure on the Behaviour of the Aluminum Acceptor Impurity in Silicon

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    Mamedov, T N; Andrianov, D G; Herlach, D; Gorelkin, V N; Gritsaj, K I; Zhukov, V A; Stoikov, A V; Zimmermann, U


    The results on the effect of uniaxial static pressure on the behaviour of aluminum shallow acceptors in silicon are presented. Impurity atoms of _{\\mu}A1 in silicon crystals with phosphorus impurity (1.6\\cdot 10^{13} cm^{-3} for the first sample and 1.9\\cdot 10^{13} cm^{-3} for the second sample) were created by implantation of negative muons. The polarization of muons was studied in a magnetic field of 2.5 kGs transverse to the direction of the muon spin in the temperature range 10-300 K. Orientations of the chosen crystal axis ([111] for the first sample, [100] for the second one), magnetic field, and the muon polarization were reciprocally perpendicular. It was found that uniaxial pressure applied along the chosen crystal axes changes both the absolute value and the temperature dependence of the acceptor center magnetic moment relaxation rate.

  10. Recombination of charge carriers on radiation-induced defects in silicon doped by transition metals impurities

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    Kazakevich, L A


    It has been studied the peculiarities of recombination of nonequilibrium charge carriers on radiation-induced defects in received according to Czochralski method p-silicon (p approx 3 - 20 Ohm centre dot cm), doped by one of the impurities of transition metals of the IV-th group of periodic table (titanium, zirconium, hafnium). Experimental results are obtained out of the analysis of temperature and injection dependence of the life time of charge carriers. The results are explained taking into consideration the influences of elastic stress fields created by the aggregates of transition metals atoms on space distribution over the crystal of oxygen and carbon background impurities as well as on the migration of movable radiation-induced defects during irradiation. (authors).

  11. Transmission electron microscopic observations of nanobubbles and their capture of impurities in wastewater

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    Soejima Koichi


    Full Text Available Abstract Unique properties of micro- and nanobubbles (MNBs, such as a high adsorption of impurities on their surface, are difficult to verify because MNBs are too small to observe directly. We thus used a transmission electron microscope (TEM with the freeze-fractured replica method to observe oxygen (O2 MNBs in solutions. MNBs in pure water and in 1% NaCl solutions were spherical or oval. Their size distribution estimated from TEM images close to that of the original solution is measured by light-scattered methods. When we applied this technique to the observation of O2 MNBs formed in the wastewater of a sewage plant, we found the characteristic features of spherical MNBs that adsorbed surrounding impurity particles on their surface. PACS: 68.03.-g, 81.07.-b, 92.40.qc

  12. Impurity effects on the band structure of one-dimensional photonic crystals: experiment and theory

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    Luna-Acosta, G A [Instituto de Fisica, BUAP Apartado Postal J-48, 72570 Puebla (Mexico); Schanze, H; Kuhl, U; Stoeckmann, H-J [Fachbereich Physik der Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, Renthof 5, D-35032 (Germany)], E-mail:


    We study the effects of single impurities on the transmission in microwave realizations of the photonic Kronig-Penney model, consisting of arrays of Teflon pieces alternating with air spacings in a microwave guide. As only the first propagating mode is considered, the system is essentially one-dimensional (1D) obeying the Helmholtz equation. We derive analytical closed form expressions from which the band structure, frequency of defect modes and band profiles can be determined. These agree very well with experimental data for all types of single defects considered (e.g. interstitial and substitutional) and show that our experimental set-up serves to explore some of the phenomena occurring in more sophisticated experiments. Conversely, based on the understanding provided by our formulae, information about the unknown impurity can be determined by simply observing certain features in the experimental data for the transmission. Further, our results are directly applicable to the closely related quantum 1D Kronig-Penney model.

  13. Spectral signatures for volatile impurities in TNT and RDX based explosives (United States)

    Osborn, Tabetha; Kaimal, Sindhu; Burns, William; Ford, Alan R.; Reeve, Scott W.


    Vapor phase sensing and detection of TNT-based explosives is extremely challenging due in part to the low vapor pressure of TNT. We believe one effective strategy for optically based sensing of TNT-based explosives involves focusing not on the spectral signature for pure TNT, but rather on a more volatile series of compounds that are present in TNT as impurities. To date we have catalogued and reported a number of rotationally resolved infrared transition frequencies for nitrobenzene, toluene, o-nitrotoluene, and m-nitrotoluene in the 14 micron region. Here we describe the use of an in-house spectral calibration program that while designed for calibration of Pb-salt diode laser spectra, is quite general and could be utilized for many spectroscopic detection and/or analysis applications. Finally, a sensing measurement for a volatile organic impurity related to RDX-based explosives such as C4 is presented and discussed.

  14. Tensor deep stacking networks. (United States)

    Hutchinson, Brian; Deng, Li; Yu, Dong


    A novel deep architecture, the tensor deep stacking network (T-DSN), is presented. The T-DSN consists of multiple, stacked blocks, where each block contains a bilinear mapping from two hidden layers to the output layer, using a weight tensor to incorporate higher order statistics of the hidden binary (½0; 1) features. A learning algorithm for the T-DSN’s weight matrices and tensors is developed and described in which the main parameter estimation burden is shifted to a convex subproblem with a closed-form solution. Using an efficient and scalable parallel implementation for CPU clusters, we train sets of T-DSNs in three popular tasks in increasing order of the data size: handwritten digit recognition using MNIST (60k), isolated state/phone classification and continuous phone recognition using TIMIT (1.1 m), and isolated phone classification using WSJ0 (5.2 m). Experimental results in all three tasks demonstrate the effectiveness of the T-DSN and the associated learning methods in a consistent manner. In particular, a sufficient depth of the T-DSN, a symmetry in the two hidden layers structure in each T-DSN block, our model parameter learning algorithm, and a softmax layer on top of T-DSN are shown to have all contributed to the low error rates observed in the experiments for all three tasks.

  15. Deep Learning Microscopy

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    Rivenson, Yair


    We demonstrate that a deep neural network can significantly improve optical microscopy, enhancing its spatial resolution over a large field-of-view and depth-of-field. After its training, the only input to this network is an image acquired using a regular optical microscope, without any changes to its design. We blindly tested this deep learning approach using various tissue samples that are imaged with low-resolution and wide-field systems, where the network rapidly outputs an image with remarkably better resolution, matching the performance of higher numerical aperture lenses, also significantly surpassing their limited field-of-view and depth-of-field. These results are transformative for various fields that use microscopy tools, including e.g., life sciences, where optical microscopy is considered as one of the most widely used and deployed techniques. Beyond such applications, our presented approach is broadly applicable to other imaging modalities, also spanning different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, and can be used to design computational imagers that get better and better as they continue to image specimen and establish new transformations among different modes of imaging.

  16. Impurity-induced disorder in III-nitride materials and devices (United States)

    Wierer, Jr., Jonathan J; Allerman, Andrew A


    A method for impurity-induced disordering in III-nitride materials comprises growing a III-nitride heterostructure at a growth temperature and doping the heterostructure layers with a dopant during or after the growth of the heterostructure and post-growth annealing of the heterostructure. The post-growth annealing temperature can be sufficiently high to induce disorder of the heterostructure layer interfaces.

  17. A systematic evaluation of contemporary impurity correction methods in ITS-90 aluminium fixed point cells (United States)

    da Silva, Rodrigo; Pearce, Jonathan V.; Machin, Graham


    The fixed points of the International Temperature Scale of 1990 (ITS-90) are the basis of the calibration of standard platinum resistance thermometers (SPRTs). Impurities in the fixed point material at the level of parts per million can give rise to an elevation or depression of the fixed point temperature of order of millikelvins, which often represents the most significant contribution to the uncertainty of SPRT calibrations. A number of methods for correcting for the effect of impurities have been advocated, but it is becoming increasingly evident that no single method can be used in isolation. In this investigation, a suite of five aluminium fixed point cells (defined ITS-90 freezing temperature 660.323 °C) have been constructed, each cell using metal sourced from a different supplier. The five cells have very different levels and types of impurities. For each cell, chemical assays based on the glow discharge mass spectroscopy (GDMS) technique have been obtained from three separate laboratories. In addition a series of high quality, long duration freezing curves have been obtained for each cell, using three different high quality SPRTs, all measured under nominally identical conditions. The set of GDMS analyses and freezing curves were then used to compare the different proposed impurity correction methods. It was found that the most consistent corrections were obtained with a hybrid correction method based on the sum of individual estimates (SIE) and overall maximum estimate (OME), namely the SIE/Modified-OME method. Also highly consistent was the correction technique based on fitting a Scheil solidification model to the measured freezing curves, provided certain well defined constraints are applied. Importantly, the most consistent methods are those which do not depend significantly on the chemical assay.

  18. Method for removal of plutonium impurity from americium oxides and fluorides (United States)

    FitzPatrick, J.R.; Dunn, J.G.; Avens, L.R.


    Method for removal of plutonium impurity from americium oxides and fluorides. AmF/sub 4/ is not further oxidized to AmF/sub 6/ by the application of O/sub 2/F at room temperature thereto, while plutonium compounds present in the americium sample are fluorinated to volatile PuF/sub 6/, which can readily be separated therefrom, leaving the purified americium oxides and/or fluorides as the solid tetrafluoride thereof.

  19. Transmission grating based extreme ultraviolet imaging spectrometer for time and space resolved impurity measurements

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    Kumar, Deepak; Stutman, Dan; Tritz, Kevin; Finkenthal, Michael [Department of Physics and Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States); Tarrio, Charles; Grantham, Steven [Physics Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States)


    A free standing transmission grating based imaging spectrometer in the extreme ultraviolet range has been developed for the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). The spectrometer operates in a survey mode covering the approximate spectral range from 30 to 700 A and has a resolving capability of {delta}{lambda}/{lambda} on the order of 3%. Initial results from space resolved impurity measurements from NSTX are described in this paper.

  20. Expanding the role of impurity spectroscopy for investigating the physics of high-Z dissipative divertors


    M.L. Reinke; Meigs, A.; Delabie, E; Mumgaard, R.; Reimold, F.; Potzel, S; Bernert, M.; Brunner, D.; Canik, J.; Cavedon, M.; Coffey, I.; Edlund, E.; J. Harrison; LaBombard, B.; Lawson, K.


    New techniques that attempt to more fully exploit spectroscopic diagnostics in the divertor and pedestal region during highly dissipative scenarios are demonstrated using experimental results from recent low-Z seeding experiments on Alcator C-Mod, JET and ASDEX Upgrade. To exhaust power at high parallel heat flux, q∥ > 1 GW/m2, while minimizing erosion, reactors with solid, high-Z plasma facing components (PFCs) are expected to use extrinsic impurity seeding. Due to transport and atomic physi...