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  1. TA Collaborations

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    Diefendorf, Martha

    2010-01-01

    This paper highlights several current collaborative activities of the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC). There are many specific examples of TA (Technical Assistance) collaborations that take place on a regular basis; the seven examples presented here were selected to represent different types of collaboration. The…

  2. INRAD work at TA-55

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    Kleinschmidt, Phillip D; Lacy, Keith A; Hahn, Wendy K; Shonrock, Clinton O

    2011-01-18

    The INRAD Facility at TA-55 is described. Safety considerations in operating the facility are described in the Detailed Operating Procedure (DOP) format. Other considerations on the future operation of the facility are discussed.

  3. Metabolism of triiodothyroacetic acid (TA3) in rat liver. I. Deiodination of TA3 and TA3 sulfate by microsomes.

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    Rutgers, M; Heusdens, F A; Visser, T J

    1989-07-01

    The deiodination of the acetic acid side-chain analogs of T3 as well as 3,3'-diiodothyronine (3,3'-T2) was investigated by incubating 125I-labeled 3,3',5-triiodothyroacetic acid (TA3) and 3,3'-diiodothyroacetic acid (3,3'-TA2) with rat liver microsomes at 37 C and pH 7.2 in the presence of 5 mM dithiothreitol. TA3 sulfate (TA3S) and 3,3'-TA2S were also tested as substrate since sulfation is known to accelerate T3 and 3,3'-T2 conversion. Reaction products were analyzed on Sephadex LH-20 and HPLC. TA3 underwent only inner ring deiodination (IRD), but 3,3'-TA2 was equally converted by IRD and outer ring deiodination (ORD). TA3S was metabolized very rapidly by IRD to 3,3'-TA2S which was only observed transiently due to its rapid deiodination predominantly in the outer ring. Kinetic studies under initial reaction rate conditions yielded apparent Michaelis-Menten (Km) values (micromolar) of 1.8 for TA3, 0.8 for 3,3'-TA2, and 0.004 for TA3S, and 0.02 for 3,3'-TA2S and Vmax values (picomoles per min/mg protein) of 174 for TA3, 49 for 3,3'-TA2, 21 for TA3S, and 63 for 3,3'-TA2S. The Vmax/Km ratios for the IRD of TA3 and TA3S were 16 and 930 times higher, respectively, relative to T3. Deiodinations were sensitive to propylthiouracil inhibition, indicating the involvement of the type I iodothyronine deiodinase. Furthermore, the iodothyroacetic acid derivatives competitively inhibited the ORD of rT3 with apparent inhibition constant (Ki) values (0.45 microM for TA3, 4 nM for TA3S, and 0.04 microM for 3,3'-TA2S) in agreement with corresponding Km values. We conclude that 1) TA3 and 3,3'-TA2 are better substrates than T3 and 3,3'-T2 for the type I deiodinase of rat liver; 2) the IRD of TA3 and ORD of 3,3'-TA2 are markedly enhanced by sulfation similar to the parent iodothyronines; and 3) TA3S in the best known substrate for IRD due to its very high affinity for the type I deiodinase. PMID:2737156

  4. EUSO-TA prototype telescope

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bisconti, Francesca

    2016-07-01

    EUSO-TA is one of the prototypes developed for the JEM-EUSO project, a space-based large field-of-view telescope to observe the fluorescence light emitted by cosmic ray air showers in the atmosphere. EUSO-TA is a ground-based prototype located at the Telescope Array (TA) site in Utah, USA, where an Electron Light Source and a Central Laser Facility are installed. The purpose of the EUSO-TA project is to calibrate the prototype with the TA fluorescence detector in presence of well-known light sources and cosmic ray air showers. In 2015, the detector started the first measurements and tests using the mentioned light sources have been performed successfully. A first cosmic ray candidate has been observed, as well as stars of different magnitude and color index. Since Silicon Photo-Multipliers (SiPMs) are very promising for fluorescence telescopes of next generation, they are under consideration for the realization of a new prototype of EUSO Photo Detector Module (PDM). The response of this sensor type is under investigation through simulations and laboratory experimentation.

  5. TA-55 change control manual

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    Blum, T.W.; Selvage, R.D.; Courtney, K.H.

    1997-11-01

    This manual is the guide for initiating change at the Plutonium Facility, which handles the processing of plutonium as well as research on plutonium metallurgy. It describes the change and work control processes employed at TA-55 to ensure that all proposed changes are properly identified, reviewed, approved, implemented, tested, and documented so that operations are maintained within the approved safety envelope. All Laboratory groups, their contractors, and subcontractors doing work at TA-55 follow requirements set forth herein. This manual applies to all new and modified processes and experiments inside the TA-55 Plutonium Facility; general plant project (GPP) and line item funded construction projects at TA-55; temporary and permanent changes that directly or indirectly affect structures, systems, or components (SSCs) as described in the safety analysis, including Facility Control System (FCS) software; and major modifications to procedures. This manual does not apply to maintenance performed on process equipment or facility SSCs or the replacement of SSCs or equipment with documented approved equivalents.

  6. Resistance of Ta/PtMn/Ta thin films

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    Boekelheide, Z. A.; Checkelsky, J. G.; Eckert, J. C.; Sparks, P. D.; Carey, M. J.

    2004-03-01

    Anomalous electrical resistance as a function of temperature has been observed for IrMn exchange-biased spin valves and Ti/IrMn/Ti trilayers (1). We have followed up with a study of Pt_50Mn_50 thin films with structure Ta/PtMn/Ta. In the past, resistance of PtMn alloys has been studied by Sarkissian (2) and Kastner (3) with Mn concentration ranging from 0.05-18%. These studies have found resistance minima, which vary depending on Mn concentration. We have found similar resistance curves for the PtMn structures, which depend on the thickness of the film and whether the film has been annealed. This work was supported by the Parsons Foundation, The Office of Naval Research, and the Harvey Mudd College Faculty Research Committee. References: (1) J. C. Eckert, N. P. Stern, D. S. Snowden, and P. D. Sparks, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 6608 (2003) (2) B. V. B. Sarkissian and R. H. Taylor, J. Phys. F 4, L243 (1974) (3) J. Kastner, E. F. Wassermann, K. Matho, and J. L. Tholence, J. Phys. F 8, 103 (1974)

  7. 78 FR 28627 - TA-W-80,340; TA-W-80,340A; TA-W-80,340B

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    2013-05-15

    ... Employment and Training Administration TA-W-80,340; TA-W-80,340A; TA-W-80,340B] Bush Industries, Inc., Mason... (TA-W-80,340) and Bush Industries, Inc., Allen Street Facility, Jamestown, New York (TA-W- 80,340A... the subject firm's Erie, Pennsylvania facility. The amended notice applicable to TA-W-80,340 is...

  8. Direct evidence on Ta-Metal Phases Igniting Resistive Switching in TaOx Thin Film

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    Kyu Yang, Min; Ju, Hyunsu; Hwan Kim, Gun; Lee, Jeon-Kook; Ryu, Han-Cheol

    2015-01-01

    A Ta/TaOx/Pt stacked capacitor-like device for resistive switching was fabricated and examined. The tested device demonstrated stable resistive switching characteristics including uniform distribution of resistive switching operational parameters, highly promising endurance, and retention properties. To reveal the resistive switching mechanism of the device, micro structure analysis using high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) was performed. From the observation results, two different phases of Ta-metal clusters of cubic α-Ta and tetragonal β-Ta were founded in the amorphous TaOx mother-matrix after the device was switched from high resistance state (HRS) to low resistance state (LRS) by externally applied voltage bias. The observed Ta metal clusters unveiled the origin of the electric conduction paths in the TaOx thin film at the LRS. PMID:26365532

  9. Safety assessment for TA-48 radiochemical operations

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    1994-08-01

    The purpose of this report is to document an assessment performed to evaluate the safety of the radiochemical operations conducted at the Los Alamos National Laboratory operations area designated as TA-48. This Safety Assessment for the TA-48 radiochemical operations was prepared to fulfill the requirements of US Department of Energy (DOE) Order 5481.1B, ``Safety Analysis and Review System.`` The area designated as TA-48 is operated by the Chemical Science and Technology (CST) Division and is involved with radiochemical operations associated with nuclear weapons testing, evaluation of samples collected from a variety of environmental sources, and nuclear medicine activities. This report documents a systematic evaluation of the hazards associated with the radiochemical operations that are conducted at TA-48. The accident analyses are limited to evaluation of the expected consequences associated with a few bounding accident scenarios that are selected as part of the hazard analysis. Section 2 of this report presents an executive summary and conclusions, Section 3 presents pertinent information concerning the TA-48 site and surrounding area, Section 4 presents a description of the TA-48 radiochemical operations, and Section 5 presents a description of the individual facilities. Section 6 of the report presents an evaluation of the hazards that are associated with the TA-48 operations and Section 7 presents a detailed analysis of selected accident scenarios.

  10. Field investigations of soils at TA-19, TA-26, TA-73 and TA-0, SWMU aggregate 0-D and 016

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    McFadden, L.D.

    1995-03-01

    Field based investigations of the general soil-geomorphic characteristics were carried out at TA-19, -26, -73, -0, Aggregate 0-D and -016 in order to provide information for utilization in ongoing and anticipated LANL ERP (Environmental Restoration Project) activities at these sites. These investigations show that soils exhibiting diverse morphologic character, varying ages, and relations to landforms characterize these sites. A review of recent and ongoing soils studies also shows that soil textural, chemical, and mineralogical characteristics may profoundly influence the migration and/or retardation of a variety of potential contaminants initially placed in direct contact with soils, or that encounter soils during subsurface percolation or discharge. Soil-geomorphic relations also provide important insights into recent site erosion, deposition or other surficial processes that must, be considered as part of environmental assessment of a given site and remediation; and, the planned geomorphic mapping activities at each site, as well as other associated activities (e.g, geophysical survey, site sampling) are accordingly appropriate and necessary with respect to identification of significant soil relations at each site. Specific and general recommendations in consideration of important findings regarding the possible impacts of soil development of the nature of contaminant behavior at various sites are provided to help guide sampling and analysis activities during ERP investigations outlined in the RFI Work Plan for Operational Unit-1071.

  11. Synthesis and morphology of CVD diamond on Ta and TaC film

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    Togashi, Fumitaka; Kobayashi, Ken; Mitsuhashi, Masahiko; Karasawa, Shiro; Ohya, Seishiro; Watanabe, Takeshi

    1993-03-01

    Synthetic diamond films have been deposited on the Si(111) surface, polycrystalline Ta plate, TaC/Si, and TaC/Ta substrates using an electron assisted chemical vapor deposition (EACVD) method. The effects of substrate pretreatment and existence of carbide layer on the diamond nucleation, subsequent growth and morphology have been studied. The substrate pretreatment, scratching by diamond powder, affects nucleation behavior, subsequent growth and morphology of diamond. Existence of carbide layer and formation of carbide on the substrate affects nucleation density, growth rate and morphology of diamond.

  12. Thermally stable perpendicular magnetic anisotropy features of Ta/TaO{sub x}/Ta/CoFeB/MgO/W stacks via TaO{sub x} underlayer insertion

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    Yang, SeungMo; Lee, JaBin; An, GwangGuk; Kim, JaeHong; Chung, WooSeong; Hong, JinPyo

    2014-09-21

    We report that a TaO{sub x} underlayer enhances the stability of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in TaO{sub x}/Ta/CoFeB/MgO stacks during annealing; control of oxygen content in the TaO{sub x} layer is critical. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy observations revealed clear suppression of Ta atom diffusion towards the CoFeB/MgO interface or MgO regions. The TaO{sub x} underlayer possibly served as a diffusion sponge, permitting some thermally activated Ta atoms to impregnate the TaO{sub x} underlayer via a diffusion path, such as grain boundaries. We propose a possible mechanism for enhanced PMA stability based on diffusion of thermally activated Ta atoms.

  13. First-principles studies of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds

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    Zhou Yi; Wen Bin; Ma Yunqing; Melnik, Roderick; Liu Xingjun

    2012-03-15

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated in detail based on density functional theory. Our results indicate that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds calculated here are mechanically stable except for P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2}. Furthermore, we found that Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is the ground state stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. The polycrystalline elastic modulus has been deduced by using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds in our study, except for NiTa, are ductile materials by corresponding G/K values and poisson's ratio. The calculated heats of formation demonstrated that Ni{sub 2}Ta are thermodynamically unstable. Our results also indicated that all Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds analyzed here are conductors. The density of state demonstrated the structure stability increases with the Ta concentration. - Graphical abstract: Mechanical properties and formation heats of Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are discussed in detail in this paper. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are investigated by first principle calculations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer P21/m-Ni{sub 3}Ta and hc-NiTa{sub 2} are mechanically unstable phases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pmmn-Ni{sub 3}Ta is ground stable phase of Ni{sub 3}Ta polymorphs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer All Ni-Ta intermetallic compounds are conducting materials.

  14. Solid Collection Efforts: Ta Collimator Evaluation

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    Gostic, J M

    2011-11-21

    Ta collimator sets that were part of the gated x-ray detector diagnostic (GXD) at NIF were analyzed for debris distribution and damage in 2011. These disks (ranging in thickness from 250 to 750 {mu}m) were fielded approximately 10 cm from target chamber center (TCC) on various symcap, THD and re-emit shots. The nose cone holder and forward Ta collimator (facing target chamber center, TCC) from all shots show evidence of surface melt. Non-destructive analysis techniques such as optical microscopy, surface profilometry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and x-ray fluorescence (XRF) were used to determine debris composition and degree of deformation associated with each Ta disk. Molten debris from the stainless steel nose cone contaminated the surface of the collimators along with other debris associated with the target assembly (Al, Si, Cu, Au and In). Surface elemental analysis of the forward collimator Ta disks indicates that Au hohlraum debris is less concentrated on these samples versus those fielded 50 cm from TCC in the wedge range filter (WRF) assembly. It is possible that the Au is distributed below or within the stainless steel melt layer covering the disk, as most of the foreign debris is captured in the melted coating. The other disks (fielded directly behind the forward collimator in a sandwiched configuration) have visible forms of deformation and warping. The degree of warping increases as the shock wave penetrates the assembly with the most damage sustained on the back collimator. In terms of developing a solid collection capability, the collimator analyses suggests that close proximity may cause more interference with capsule debris collection and more damage to the surface of the collector diagnostic. The analyses of the Ta collimators were presented to the Target and Laser Interaction Sphere (TaLIS) group; a representative presentation is attached to this document.

  15. TaRAR1 and TaSGT1 associate with TaHsp90 to function in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedling growth and stripe rust resistance.

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    Wang, Guan-Feng; Fan, Renchun; Wang, Xianping; Wang, Daowen; Zhang, Xiangqi

    2015-04-01

    RAR1 and SGT1 are important co-chaperones of Hsp90. We previously showed that TaHsp90.1 is required for wheat seedling growth, and that TaHsp90.2 and TaHsp90.3 are essential for resistance (R) gene mediated resistance to stripe rust fungus. Here, we report the characterization of TaRAR1 and TaSGT1 genes in bread wheat. TaRAR1 and TaSGT1 each had three homoeologs, which were located on wheat groups 2 and 3 chromosomes, respectively. Strong inhibition of seedling growth was observed after silencing TaSGT1 but not TaRAR1. In contrast, decreasing the expression of TaRAR1 or TaSGT1 could all compromise R gene mediated resistance to stripe rust fungus infection. Protein-protein interactions were found among TaRAR1, TaSGT1 and TaHsp90. The N-terminus of TaHsp90, the CHORD-I and CHORD-II domains of TaRAR1 and the CS domain of TaSGT1 may be instrumental for the interactions among the three proteins. Based on this work and our previous study on TaHsp90, we speculate that the TaSGT1-TaHsp90.1 interaction is important for maintaining bread wheat seedling growth. The TaRAR1-TaSGT1-TaHsp90.2 and TaRAR1-TaSGT1-TaHsp90.3 interactions are involved in controlling the resistance to stripe rust disease. The new information obtained here should aid further functional investigations of TaRAR1-TaSGT1-TaHsp90 complexes in regulating bread wheat growth and disease resistance. PMID:25697954

  16. Engineering Mathematics Assessment Using "MapleTA"

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    Jones, Ian S.

    2008-01-01

    The assessment of degree level engineering mathematics students using the computer-aided assessment package MapleTA is discussed. Experience of academic and practical issues for both online coursework and examination assessments is presented, hopefully benefiting other academics in this novel area of activity. (Contains 6 figures and 1 table.)

  17. Preliminary analysis of EUSO—TA data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fenu, F.; Piotrowski, L. W.; Shin, H.; Jung, A.; Bacholle, S.; Bisconti, F.; Capel, F.; Eser, J.; Kawasaki, Y.; Kuznetsov, E.; Larsson, O.; Mackovjak, S.; Miyamoto, H.; Plebaniak, Z.; Prevot, G.; Putis, M.; Shinozaki, K.; Adams, J.; Bertaina, M.; Bobik, P.; Casolino, M.; Matthews, J. N.; Ricci, M.; Wiencke, L.; EUSO-TA Collaboration

    2016-05-01

    The EUSO-TA detector is a pathfinder for the JEM-EUSO project and is currently installed in Black Rock Mesa (Utah) on the site of the Telescope Array fluorescence detectors. Aim of this experiment is to validate the observation principle of JEM-EUSO on air showers measured from ground. The experiment gets data in coincidence with the TA triggers to increase the likelihood of cosmic ray detection. In this framework the collaboration is also testing the detector response with respect to several test events from lasers and LED flashers. Moreover, another aim of the project is the validation of the stability of the data acquisition chain in real sky condition and the optimization of the trigger scheme for the rejection of background. Data analysis is ongoing to identify cosmic ray events in coincidence with the TA detector. In this contribution we will show the response of the EUSO-TA detector to all the different typologies of events and we will show some preliminary results on the trigger optimization performed on such data.

  18. Roles of TaON and Ta(3)N(5) in the visible-Fenton-like degradation of atrazine.

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    Du, Yingxun; Zhao, Lu; Zhang, Yuanyuan

    2014-02-28

    In this study, the roles of TaON and Ta3N5 in the degradation of atrazine by the visible-Fenton-like system were examined in detail. The TaON and Ta3N5 samples prepared by the nitridation of Ta2O5 and characterized by XRD, DRS, BET and PL analyses. The results showed that the TaON sample had weaker absorption in the visible region but higher specific surface area than the Ta3N5 sample. The degradation rate of atrazine in visible-TaON-Fenton-like system was 2.64 times than that in visible-Ta3N5-Fenton-like system. Both Fe(2+) and H2O2 could be reduced by eCB (electrons in the conduction band) in TaON or Ta3N5, while atrazine could not be oxidized by hVB (holes in the valance band). OH is the active species for the degradation of atrazine in visible-TaON/Ta3N5-Fenton-like systems. Majority of OH originated from Fenton reaction. After Fe(3+) was reduced by eCB to Fe(2+), Fe(2+) reacted quickly with H2O2 to generate OH. In addition, by capturing eCB, a little of H2O2 was reduced to yield OH, which contributed a small fraction of atrazine degradation. Based on the experimental results, the roles of TaON and Ta3N5 in the visible-Fenton-like system were proposed. And the higher photocatalytic activity of TaON than Ta3N5 was suggested to be due to the higher separation efficiency of electrons and holes, which may be related to the larger specific surface area. PMID:24413052

  19. On the effect of Ta on improved oxidation resistance of Ti-Al-Ta-N coatings

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    Pfeiler, M.; Scheu, C.; Hutter, H.; Schnoeller, J.; Michotte, C.; Mitterer, C.; Kathrein, M.

    2009-05-15

    Formation of protective oxide scales is the main reason for the high oxidation resistance of TiAlN based coatings. Here the authors report on further improvement in the oxidation resistance of TiAlN by Ta alloying. An industrial-scale cathodic arc evaporation facility was used to deposit Ti-Al-Ta-N coatings from powder metallurgically produced Ti{sub 38}Al{sub 57}Ta{sub 5} targets. After oxidation in ambient air, a significantly reduced oxide layer thickness in comparison to unalloyed TiAlN reference material was observed. Energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy line scans and secondary ion mass spectroscopy depth profiling showed that the oxide scale consists of an Al-rich top layer without detectable amount of Ta and a Ti-Ta-rich sublayer. Transmission electron microscopy investigations revealed {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, rutile-type TiO{sub 2}, and anatase-type TiO{sub 2} as the scale forming oxides. Furthermore, the Ti-Ta-rich sublayer consists of a porous layer at the oxide-nitride interface but appears dense toward the Al-rich top layer. The improved oxidation resistance is explained by doping the TiO{sub 2} lattice by replacing Ti{sup 4+} with Ta{sup 5+} in the rutile lattice, which decreases the oxygen mass transport. This leads to reduced oxidation of Ti under formation of TiO{sub 2} at the oxide-nitride interface and is the reason for the excellent oxidation behavior of Ti-Al-Ta-N coatings.

  20. Spin Seebeck Effect vs. Anomalous Nernst Effect in Ta/CoFeB /Ta Structures

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    Yang, Bowen; Xu, Yadong; Schneider, Mike; Shi, Jing; Univ of California-Riverside Team; Everspin Technologies Inc. Team

    2014-03-01

    We have studied the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) and anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) in a vertical trilayer structure under a vertical temperature gradient. The structure consists of a 3nm CoFeB layer sandwiched by β-phase tantalum (Ta) layers. The samples are deposited by magnetron sputtering. The existence of Ta β-phase is verified by the resistivity and its negative temperature coefficient of resistance(TCR). Under a fixed vertical temperature gradient, the measured transverse thermoelectric voltage is linearly proportional to the total sample resistance when the Ta thickness exceeds 2 nm, which can be explained by a shunting resistor model. When the Ta thickness is below 2 nm, the voltage deviates from the linear resistance dependence and merges to the ANE voltage of the CoFeB single layer, due to a weakened inverse spin Hall effect (ISHE) in Ta thinner than the spin diffusion length. In the linear regime, the slope contains both a varying SSE and a fixed ANE responses, thus the SSE contribution could be quantitatively separated out from the ANE of CoFeB. Our results indicate a large SSE from the β-phase Ta due to its large Spin Hall Angle. This work was supported by CNN/DMEA and DOE.

  1. Direct evidence on Ta-Metal Phases Igniting Resistive Switching in TaO(x) Thin Film.

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    Yang, Min Kyu; Ju, Hyunsu; Kim, Gun Hwan; Lee, Jeon-Kook; Ryu, Han-Cheol

    2015-01-01

    A Ta/TaOx/Pt stacked capacitor-like device for resistive switching was fabricated and examined. The tested device demonstrated stable resistive switching characteristics including uniform distribution of resistive switching operational parameters, highly promising endurance, and retention properties. To reveal the resistive switching mechanism of the device, micro structure analysis using high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) was performed. From the observation results, two different phases of Ta-metal clusters of cubic α-Ta and tetragonal β-Ta were founded in the amorphous TaOx mother-matrix after the device was switched from high resistance state (HRS) to low resistance state (LRS) by externally applied voltage bias. The observed Ta metal clusters unveiled the origin of the electric conduction paths in the TaOx thin film at the LRS. PMID:26365532

  2. Low-temperature deposition of TaB and TaB 2 by chemical vapor deposition

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    Motojima, Seiji; Kito, Kazuhito; Sugiyama, Kohzo

    1982-02-01

    Tantalum borides were deposited on a copper substrate from a gas phase TaCl 5-BCl 3-H 2-Ar in the temperature range of 540-800°C. TaB 2 (single-phase) was deposited at a source gas flow ratio (BCl 3/TaCl 5) of six and a temperature above 600°C. On the other hand, TaB (single-phase) was deposited at BCl 3/TaCl 5 = 2-4 and 600-700°C. The microhardness of TaB and TaB 2 were 3250 and 3150 kg/mm 2, respectively. The TaB layer was stable to oxidation below 700° C and to acid corrosion.

  3. Graphene-Modified Interface Controls Transition from VCM to ECM Switching Modes in Ta/TaOx Based Memristive Devices.

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    Lübben, Michael; Karakolis, Panagiotis; Ioannou-Sougleridis, Vassilios; Normand, Pascal; Dimitrakis, Panagiotis; Valov, Ilia

    2015-10-28

    By modification of the electrode-solid-electrolyte interface with graphene, transit from valence change memories (VCM) to electrochemical metallization memories (ECM) in the cell Ta(C)/Ta2 O5 /Pt is demonstrated, thus, bridging both mechanisms. The ECM operation is discussed in the light of Ta-cation mobility in TaOx . The crucial role of electrochemical processes and moisture in the resistive switching process is also highlighted. PMID:26456484

  4. Atomically engineering Cu/Ta interfaces.

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    Webb, Edmund Blackburn, III; Zhou, Xiao Wang

    2007-09-01

    This report summarizes the major research and development accomplishments for the late start LDRD project (investment area: Enable Predictive Simulation) entitled 'Atomically Engineering Cu/Ta Interfaces'. Two ultimate goals of the project are: (a) use atomistic simulation to explore important atomistic assembly mechanisms during growth of Cu/Ta multilayers; and (b) develop a non-continuum model that has sufficient fidelity and computational efficiency for use as a design tool. Chapters 2 and 3 are essentially two papers that address respectively these two goals. In chapter 2, molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the growth of Cu films on (010) bcc Ta and Cu{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x} alloy films on (111) fcc Cu. The results indicated that fcc crystalline Cu films with a (111) texture are always formed when Cu is grown on Ta. The Cu films are always polycrystalline even when the Ta substrate is single crystalline. These polycrystalline films are composed of grains with only two different orientations, which are separated by either orientational grain boundaries or misfit dislocations. Periodic misfit dislocations and stacking fault bands are observed. The Cu film surface roughness was found to decrease with increasing adatom energy. Due to a Cu surface segregation effect, the Cu{sub x}Ta{sub 1-x} films deposited on Cu always have a higher Cu composition than that used in the vapor mixture. When Cu and Ta compositions in the films are comparable, amorphous structures may form. The fundamental origins for all these phenomena have been studied in terms of crystallography and interatomic interactions. In chapter 3, a simplified computational method, diffusional Monte Carlo (dMC) method, was developed to address long time kinetic processes of materials. Long time kinetic processes usually involve material transport by diffusion. The corresponding microstructural evolution of materials can be analyzed by kinetic Monte Carlo simulation methods, which essentially

  5. Optimization of Ta thickness for perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction applications in the MgO-FeCoB-Ta system

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    Sokalski, Vincent; Moneck, Matthew T.; Yang, En; Zhu, Jian-Gang

    2012-08-01

    The impact of Ta thickness on magnetic anisotropy and interlayer magnetic coupling is evaluated for the Ta-FeCoB-MgO thin film system commonly used in magnetic tunnel junctions. It is shown that there exists a window of Ta thickness where strong magnetic coupling of FeCoB with another magnetic layer is achievable through Ta while still maintaining properties required for use in a perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction. We also expand on existing knowledge about the role of annealing temperature, film composition, and seedlayer sequence on magnetic anisotropy in Ta/FeCoB/MgO tri-layers of varying FeCoB thickness.

  6. Direct Electrolytic Reduction of Solid Ta2O5 to Ta with SOM Process

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    Chen, Chaoyi; Yang, Xiaqiong; Li, Junqi; Lu, Xionggang; Yang, Shufeng

    2016-06-01

    A process that uses the solid-oxide-oxygen-ion conducting membrane has been investigated to produce tantalum directly from solid Ta2O5 in molten CaCl2 or a molten mixture of 55.5MgF2-44.5CaF2 (in wt pct). The sintered porous Ta2O5 pellet was employed as the cathode, while the liquid copper alloy, saturated with graphite powder and encased in a one-end-closed yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) tube, acted as the anode. The electrolysis potential in this method is higher than that of the Fray-Farthing-Chen Cambridge process because the YSZ membrane tube blocks the melts to electrolyze, and only Ta2O5 is will be electrolyzed. The microstructures of reduced pellets and a cyclic voltammogram of solid Ta2O5 in molten CaCl2 were analyzed. In addition, the influence of particle size and porosity of the cathode pellets on metal-oxide-electrolyte, three-phase interlines was also discussed. The results demonstrate that the sintering temperature of cathode pellets and electrolytic temperature play important roles in the electrochemical process. Furthermore, this process can be used to produce Ta metal efficiently without the expensive cost of pre-electrolysis and generation of harmful by-products.

  7. New insights into the initial stages of Ta oxide nanotube formation on polycrystalline Ta electrodes.

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    El-Sayed, Hany A; Horwood, Corie A; Abhayawardhana, Anusha D; Birss, Viola I

    2013-02-21

    Ta oxide nanotubes (NTs) were formed by the anodization of Ta at 15 V in a solution of concentrated sulfuric acid containing 0.8-1.0 M hydrofluoric acid. To study the initial stages of NT formation, FESEM images of samples anodized for very short times were obtained. The results contradict the existing explanation of the current-time data collected during anodization, which has persisted in the literature for more than two decades. In addition to providing a first-time morphological study of Ta oxide NT formation at very early stages of anodization, we also propose a new interpretation of the i-t response, showing that pores are already present in the first few milliseconds of anodization and that NTs are formed well before present models predict. This behaviour may also extend to the anodization of other valve metals, such as Al, Ti, Zr, W, and Nb. PMID:23338813

  8. Generation and characterization of KsprtTA and KsptTA transgenic mice

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    Pan, Xinchao; Small, Erin V.; Igarashi, Peter; Carroll, Thomas J.

    2013-01-01

    The advent of technologies that allow tissue specific expression or ablation of genes has contributed enormously to our knowledge of the mechanism regulating organ development and maintenance in mice. The tetracycline inducible system allows reversible regulation of gene products upon administration of Doxycycline. Here we describe the generation and activity of two transgenic lines expressing the cDNAs for the Tet responsive transcription factors rtTA and tTA (Tet-on and off) respectively under the control of an element that drives expression in the epithelium of the developing and adult kidney. Both lines show inducible and reversible activity in the embryonic and adult organ. PMID:23420736

  9. Magnetic characteristics of possible hydrothermal vents in TA 25 and TA26 seamounts, the Lau Basin

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    Kim, Chang Hwan; Choi, Soon Young; Park, Chan Hong

    2014-05-01

    The deep sea three component magnetic survey was conducted in the western (site A) and eastern (site B) slopes of the caldera of TA25 seamount and the summit area of TA26 seamount, the Lau Basin, the southwestern Pacific, at Jan. 2012, using German R/V SONNE and ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) of ROPOS Co. The magnetic survey lines were the 29 N-S lines (TA25-East : 12 lines, TA25-West : 11 lines, TA26 : 6 lines) with about 100 m spacing and about 50 m above seafloor. For the magnetic survey, the magnetometer sensor was attached with the line frame of ROV and the data logger and motion sensor in ROV. A motion sensor (Octans) provided us the data of pitch, roll, yaw for the correction of the magnetic data to the motion of ROV. The data of the magnetometer and motion sensors and the USBL(Ultra Short Base Line) data of the position of ROV were recorded on a notebook through the optical cable of ROV. Hydrothermal fluids over Curie temperature can quickly alter or replace the iron-rich magnetic minerals, reducing the magnetic remanence of the crustal rocks, in some cases to near 0 A/m magnetization. The magnetic anomaly map of TA25 site A shows high anomalies in the central part and low anomalies in the northern part, ranging from about -500 to 500 nT. The magnetization map, calculated by the inversion of the bathymetry and the magnetic anomaly, represents low anomalous zones over the south-western part and the northern part of the area. The magnetic anomaly map of TA25 site B displays high anomalies in the southeastern part and low anomalies in the central and eastern parts, ranging from about -700 to 800 nT. The low magnetization zones occur over the western part and central part of the area. The high magnetic anomalies of the survey area of TA26 are located in the north and northeastern parts and low anomalies in the southeastern part, with the magnetic anomaly range from about -2000 to 1600 nT. The magnetization map shows east-west trend low anomalous zones in the

  10. Development of W-Ta generator

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    1981-01-01

    This research program was used to further develop the existing W-Ta generator and to evaluate alternative adsorbents, preferably inorganic materials, as supports for the generator. During the first half year, combinations of non-complexing eluents and a variety of adsorbents, both inorganic and organic, were evaluated. Some of these adsorbents were synthetic, such as chelate resins that could be specific for tungsten. In the second half of the year, the stress was mainly on the use of complexing eluents because of the high affinity of hydrous oxides for tantalum, on the synthesis of chelate resins and on the use novel techniques (electrolytic) to solve the tantalum-adsorption problem.

  11. 75 FR 43556 - TA-W-73,381, MT Rail Link, Inc., Missoula, MT; TA-W-73,381A, Billings, MT; TA-W-73,381B, Laurel...

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  12. TA-59 North Parking Lot and Pajarito Road Corridor Analysis

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    1993-12-01

    The purpose of this report is to provide traffic engineering services for the TA-59 North Parking Lot/Pajarito Road corridor Analysis at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The following tasks were accomplished to assess the development of the north parking lot and Pajarito Road in the vicinity of TA-59: conducted turning-movement counts from 7 AM to 9 AM and from 4 PM to 6 PM at the Pajarito Road/TA-59 intersection; conducted a parking supply and demand survey for all the parking lots within TA-59 on half-hour intervals between 0600--1800 (6 AM to 6 PM); conducted mid-day directional speed study along Pajarito Road, just east or south of the TA-59/Pajarito Road intersection; conducted peak hour gap study on Pajarito Road in the vicinity of TA-59; reviewed the TA-59 Parking Lot North of Pajarito Road, FY-94 Weapons GPP Short List Candidate {number_sign}9 report and other documents pertaining to past transportation studies; reassigned current turning-movement volumes with a 100 space parking lot being built on the north side of Pajarito Road; prepared traffic projections for the Pajarito Road/TA-59 intersection according to the proposed development on the north side of Pajarito Road that would employee 246 people; and assigned pedestrian crossing volumes between the northern lot/future development site and areas south of Pajarito Road.

  13. TaOx-based resistive switching memories: prospective and challenges.

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    Prakash, Amit; Jana, Debanjan; Maikap, Siddheswar

    2013-01-01

    Resistive switching memories (RRAMs) are attractive for replacement of conventional flash in the future. Although different switching materials have been reported; however, low-current operated devices (<100 μA) are necessary for productive RRAM applications. Therefore, TaOx is one of the prospective switching materials because of two stable phases of TaO2 and Ta2O5, which can also control the stable low- and high-resistance states. Long program/erase endurance and data retention at high temperature under low-current operation are also reported in published literature. So far, bilayered TaOx with inert electrodes (Pt and/or Ir) or single layer TaOx with semi-reactive electrodes (W and Ti/W or Ta/Pt) is proposed for real RRAM applications. It is found that the memory characteristics at current compliance (CC) of 80 μA is acceptable for real application; however, data are becoming worst at CC of 10 μA. Therefore, it is very challenging to reduce the operation current (few microampere) of the RRAM devices. This study investigates the switching mode, mechanism, and performance of low-current operated TaOx-based devices as compared to other RRAM devices. This topical review will not only help for application of TaOx-based nanoscale RRAM devices but also encourage researcher to overcome the challenges in the future production. PMID:24107610

  14. TaOx-based resistive switching memories: prospective and challenges

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    2013-01-01

    Resistive switching memories (RRAMs) are attractive for replacement of conventional flash in the future. Although different switching materials have been reported; however, low-current operated devices (<100 μA) are necessary for productive RRAM applications. Therefore, TaOx is one of the prospective switching materials because of two stable phases of TaO2 and Ta2O5, which can also control the stable low- and high-resistance states. Long program/erase endurance and data retention at high temperature under low-current operation are also reported in published literature. So far, bilayered TaOx with inert electrodes (Pt and/or Ir) or single layer TaOx with semi-reactive electrodes (W and Ti/W or Ta/Pt) is proposed for real RRAM applications. It is found that the memory characteristics at current compliance (CC) of 80 μA is acceptable for real application; however, data are becoming worst at CC of 10 μA. Therefore, it is very challenging to reduce the operation current (few microampere) of the RRAM devices. This study investigates the switching mode, mechanism, and performance of low-current operated TaOx-based devices as compared to other RRAM devices. This topical review will not only help for application of TaOx-based nanoscale RRAM devices but also encourage researcher to overcome the challenges in the future production. PMID:24107610

  15. Lecture Discourse of a Foreign TA: A Preliminary Needs Assessment.

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    Gillette, Susan

    1982-01-01

    A study of the communication skill needs of the foreign teaching associate (TA) in American universities focused on two questions: (1) What does a foreign TA do to communicate information in an American classroom in terms of comunication strategies and devices for cohesion and coherence of discourse? and (2) How does this compare with the way an…

  16. Biocompatibility of nanotube formed Ti-30Nb-7Ta alloys.

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    Kim, Eun-Sil; Choe, Han-Cheol

    2014-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the biocompatibility of Ti-30Nb-7Ta alloy surface decorated with TiO2 nanotubes by anodization in an electrolyte containing 1 M H3PO4 and 0.8 wt.% NaF with an applied voltage of 10 V for 2 h. The anodization was carried out using a scanning potentiostat. The microstructures of alloys and morphology of the nanotubes were investigated by optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffractometry. In comparison to the Ti-30Nb-3Ta alloy, the Ti-30Nb-7Ta alloy contained a lower amount of α" phase, while the β phase was higher. In this study, we observed the formation of a spongy porous layer on the Ti-30Nb-7Ta alloy, while the Ti-30Nb and Ti-30Nb-3Ta alloys showed an absence of such a spongy layer. PMID:25958540

  17. Microstructural and weldability evaluation of 310TaN

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    Lundin, C.D.; Qiao, C.Y.P.; Swindeman, R.W.

    1996-08-01

    Excellent weldability and good microstructural stability of 310TaN, in terms of the formation and growth of secondary phases at elevated temperature, was revealed in this investigation. The interganular stress corrosion resistance of 310TaN is superior to modified 800H and 310HCbN evaluated previously due to the fact that TaC, TaN and Ta(C,N) particles are more stable compared to Nb-rich or Ti-rich carbides, nitrides and carbonitrides presented in the other advanced alloys. Using resistance spot welding technique for which extremely fast cooling is a characteristic, it was found that a very minor amount of gain boundary liquation takes place during welding thermal cycling. The limited grain boundary liquation is of the eutectic type i.e., a low tendency to weld HAZ hot cracking.

  18. Characterization and Modeling of Nonfilamentary Ta/TaOx/TiO2/Ti Analog Synaptic Device

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    Wang, Yu-Fen; Lin, Yen-Chuan; Wang, I-Ting; Lin, Tzu-Ping; Hou, Tuo-Hung

    2015-01-01

    A two-terminal analog synaptic device that precisely emulates biological synaptic features is expected to be a critical component for future hardware-based neuromorphic computing. Typical synaptic devices based on filamentary resistive switching face severe limitations on the implementation of concurrent inhibitory and excitatory synapses with low conductance and state fluctuation. For overcoming these limitations, we propose a Ta/TaOx/TiO2/Ti device with superior analog synaptic features. A physical simulation based on the homogeneous (nonfilamentary) barrier modulation induced by oxygen ion migration accurately reproduces various DC and AC evolutions of synaptic states, including the spike-timing-dependent plasticity and paired-pulse facilitation. Furthermore, a physics-based compact model for facilitating circuit-level design is proposed on the basis of the general definition of memristor devices. This comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the promising electronic synapse can facilitate realizing large-scale neuromorphic systems. PMID:25955658

  19. Characterization and Modeling of Nonfilamentary Ta/TaOx/TiO2/Ti Analog Synaptic Device.

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    Wang, Yu-Fen; Lin, Yen-Chuan; Wang, I-Ting; Lin, Tzu-Ping; Hou, Tuo-Hung

    2015-01-01

    A two-terminal analog synaptic device that precisely emulates biological synaptic features is expected to be a critical component for future hardware-based neuromorphic computing. Typical synaptic devices based on filamentary resistive switching face severe limitations on the implementation of concurrent inhibitory and excitatory synapses with low conductance and state fluctuation. For overcoming these limitations, we propose a Ta/TaOx/TiO2/Ti device with superior analog synaptic features. A physical simulation based on the homogeneous (nonfilamentary) barrier modulation induced by oxygen ion migration accurately reproduces various DC and AC evolutions of synaptic states, including the spike-timing-dependent plasticity and paired-pulse facilitation. Furthermore, a physics-based compact model for facilitating circuit-level design is proposed on the basis of the general definition of memristor devices. This comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the promising electronic synapse can facilitate realizing large-scale neuromorphic systems. PMID:25955658

  20. Characterization and Modeling of Nonfilamentary Ta/TaOx/TiO2/Ti Analog Synaptic Device

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    Wang, Yu-Fen; Lin, Yen-Chuan; Wang, I.-Ting; Lin, Tzu-Ping; Hou, Tuo-Hung

    2015-05-01

    A two-terminal analog synaptic device that precisely emulates biological synaptic features is expected to be a critical component for future hardware-based neuromorphic computing. Typical synaptic devices based on filamentary resistive switching face severe limitations on the implementation of concurrent inhibitory and excitatory synapses with low conductance and state fluctuation. For overcoming these limitations, we propose a Ta/TaOx/TiO2/Ti device with superior analog synaptic features. A physical simulation based on the homogeneous (nonfilamentary) barrier modulation induced by oxygen ion migration accurately reproduces various DC and AC evolutions of synaptic states, including the spike-timing-dependent plasticity and paired-pulse facilitation. Furthermore, a physics-based compact model for facilitating circuit-level design is proposed on the basis of the general definition of memristor devices. This comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the promising electronic synapse can facilitate realizing large-scale neuromorphic systems.

  1. 77 FR 64827 - Investigation Nos. 701-TA-402 and 731-TA-892 (Second Review); Honey From Argentina; Termination...

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  2. O-GlcNAc-mediated interaction between VER2 and TaGRP2 elicits TaVRN1 mRNA accumulation during vernalization in winter wheat

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    Xiao, Jun; Xu, Shujuan; Li, Chunhua; Xu, Yunyuan; Xing, Lijing; Niu, Yuda; Huan, Qing; Tang, Yimiao; Zhao, Changping; Wagner, Doris; Gao, Caixia; Chong, Kang

    2014-01-01

    Vernalization, sensing of prolonged cold, is important for seasonal flowering in eudicots and monocots. While vernalization silences a repressor (FLC, MADS-box transcription factor) in eudicots, it induces an activator (TaVRN1, an AP1 clade MADS-box transcription factor) in monocots. The mechanism for TaVRN1 induction during vernalization is not well understood. Here we reveal a novel mechanism for controlling TaVRN1 mRNA accumulation in response to prolonged cold sensing in wheat. The carbohydrate-binding protein VER2, a jacalin lectin, promotes TaVRN1 upregulation by physically interacting with the RNA-binding protein TaGRP2. TaGRP2 binds to TaVRN1 pre-mRNA and inhibits TaVRN1 mRNA accumulation. The physical interaction between VER2 and TaGRP2 is controlled by TaGRP2 O-GlcNAc modification, which gradually increases during vernalization. The interaction between VER2 and O-GlcNAc-TaGRP2 reduces TaGRP2 protein accumulation in the nucleus and/or promotes TaGRP2 dissociation from TaVRN1, leading to TaVRN1 mRNA accumulation. Our data reveal a new mechanism for sensing prolonged cold in temperate cereals. PMID:25091017

  3. Nature of β-TaON surfaces at ambient conditions

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    Ghosh, Tushar K.; Nair, Nisanth N.

    2015-05-01

    TaON has been recently identified as a promising water-splitting photocatalyst. Here we present the results of our detailed computational study to understand the exposed surfaces of β-TaON at ambient conditions. By employing periodic density functional theory, structures and electronic properties of all the low index native surfaces of β-TaON were studied. Nature of the β-TaON surfaces at ambient moist conditions was investigated using the ab initio thermodynamics approach. Based on the surface energies computed as a function of temperature (T) and pressure, we obtain the equilibrium shape of the β-TaON single crystal by the Wulff construction and study the exposure of these surfaces as a function of T at moist conditions. The effects of surface hydration and T on the exposure of the low-index surfaces are discussed. This study presents surface models relevant for studying catalytic reactions using β-TaON. Surface reactivity of the most stable surface of TaON is then analyzed.

  4. Metabolism of triiodothyroacetic acid (TA3) in rat liver. II. Deiodination and conjugation of TA3 by rat hepatocytes and in rats in vivo.

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    Rutgers, M; Heusdens, F A; Bonthuis, F; Visser, T J

    1989-07-01

    The hepatic metabolism of 3,3',5-triiodothyroacetic acid (TA3), a naturally occurring side-chain analog of T3, was studied in vitro and in vivo. Metabolites were quantified by HPLC after Sephadex LH-20 prepurification of samples obtained after incubation of [125I]TA3 or 3,[3'-125I]diiodothyroacetic acid (3,[3'-125I]TA2) with isolated rat hepatocytes under various conditions or after iv administration of [125I]TA3 to normal or 6-propyl-2-thiouracil (PTU)-treated rats. In protein-free incubations with hepatocytes, TA3 glucuronide (TA3G) and I- were normally the main TA3 products, i.e. 44% and 49%, respectively. In the presence of the type I deiodinase inhibitor PTU, the I- production from added TA3 decreased to 3%, and TA3 sulfate (TA3S) increased from 2-14%. Normally, 3,3'-TA2 was converted to I-, but in the presence of PTU 3,3'-TA2S was produced. In SO4(2-)-depleted cultures incubated with TA3 or 3,3'-TA2, production of I- was diminished, and the glucoronides of the substrates and the deiodinated products were generated. If both sulfation and deiodination were inhibited, TA3 and 3,3'-TA2 were cleared completely via glucuronidation. The metabolism of TA3 and especially 3,3'-TA2 was greatly retarded in cultures with 0.1% BSA. PTU treatment of TA3-injected rats reduced plasma I- levels 6-fold, increased plasma sulfates 2.6-fold, but did not affect plasma TA3 clearance. Biliary excretion of radioactivity until 4 h after [125I]TA3 injection amounted to 55% of the dose in controls vs. 85% in PTU-treated rats. In both groups, an unknown metabolite X was detected in serum and its sulfate conjugate XS in bile. The mean percent distribution of TA3G/TA3S/XS in bile amounted to 70:8:13 in control and 57:22:12 in PTU rats. In conclusion, TA3 is effectively metabolized in rat liver by glucuronidation and subsequent biliary excretion of TA3G, which may explain its rapid in vivo clearance relative to T3. Furthermore, a significant proportion of TA3 is deiodinated by the type I

  5. Silver delafossite nitride, AgTaN{sub 2}?

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    Miura, Akira; Lowe, Michael; Leonard, Brian M.; Subban, Chinmayee V.; Masubuchi, Yuji; Kikkawa, Shinichi; Dronskowski, Richard; Hennig, Richard G.; Abruna, Hector D.; DiSalvo, Francis J.

    2011-01-15

    A new silver nitride, AgTaN{sub 2}, was synthesized from NaTaN{sub 2} by a cation-exchange reaction, using a AgNO{sub 3}-NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3} flux at 175 {sup o}C. Its crystal structure type is delafossite (R3-bar m) with hexagonal lattice parameters of a=3.141(3) A, c=18.81(2) A, in which silver is linearly coordinated to nitrogen. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis and combustion nitrogen/oxygen analysis gave a composition with atomic ratios of Ag:Ta:N:O as 1.0:1.2(1):2.1(1):0.77(4), which is somewhat Ta rich and indicates some oxide formation. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed a Ta- and O-rich surface and transmission electron microscope observation exhibited aggregates of ca. 4-5 nm-sized particles on the surface, which are probably related to the composition deviation from a AgTaN{sub 2}. The lattice parameters of stoichiometric AgTaN{sub 2} calculated by density functional theory agree with the experimental ones, but the possibility of some oxygen incorporation and/or silver deficiency is not precluded. -- Graphical abstract: A delafossite silver nitride, AgTaN{sub 2}, was synthesized from NaTaN{sub 2} by a cation-exchange reaction using a AgNO{sub 3}-NH{sub 4}NO{sub 3} flux. It contains N-Ag-N linear bonding. Display Omitted

  6. Magnetism of Ta dichalcogenide monolayers tuned by strain and hydrogenation

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    Manchanda, Priyanka; Sellmyer, D. J.; Skomski, Ralph; Sharma, Vinit; Yu, Hongbin

    2015-07-20

    The effects of strain and hydrogenation on the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of monolayers of Ta based dichalcogenides (TaX{sub 2}; X = S, Se, and Te) are investigated using density-functional theory. We predict a complex scenario of strain-dependent magnetic phase transitions involving paramagnetic, ferromagnetic, and modulated antiferromagnetic states. Covering one of the two chalcogenide surfaces with hydrogen switches the antiferromagnetic/nonmagnetic TaX{sub 2} monolayers to a semiconductor, and the optical behavior strongly depends on strain and hydrogenation. Our research opens pathways towards the manipulation of magnetic as well as optical properties for future spintronics and optoelectronics applications.

  7. Magnetism of Ta dichalcogenide monolayers tuned by strain and hydrogenation

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    Manchanda, Priyanka; Sharma, Vinit; Yu, Hongbin; Sellmyer, D. J.; Skomski, Ralph

    2015-07-01

    The effects of strain and hydrogenation on the electronic, magnetic, and optical properties of monolayers of Ta based dichalcogenides (TaX2; X = S, Se, and Te) are investigated using density-functional theory. We predict a complex scenario of strain-dependent magnetic phase transitions involving paramagnetic, ferromagnetic, and modulated antiferromagnetic states. Covering one of the two chalcogenide surfaces with hydrogen switches the antiferromagnetic/nonmagnetic TaX2 monolayers to a semiconductor, and the optical behavior strongly depends on strain and hydrogenation. Our research opens pathways towards the manipulation of magnetic as well as optical properties for future spintronics and optoelectronics applications.

  8. Intrinsic diamagnetism in the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Liu, Yu; Li, Zhilin; Guo, Liwei; Chen, Xiaolong; Yuan, Ye; Liu, Fang; Prucnal, Slawomir; Helm, Manfred; Zhou, Shengqiang

    2016-06-01

    We investigate the magnetic properties of TaAs, a prototype Weyl semimetal. TaAs crystals show diamagnetism with magnetic susceptibility of about -7×10-7 emu/(g Oe) at 5 K. A general feature is the appearance of a minimum at around 185 K in magnetization measurements as a function of temperature, which resembles that of graphite. No phase transition is observed in the temperature range between 5 K and 400 K.

  9. A study of nitrogen behavior in the formation of Ta/TaN and Ti/TaN alloyed metal electrodes on SiO2 and HfO2 dielectrics

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    Gassilloud, R.; Maunoury, C.; Leroux, C.; Piallat, F.; Saidi, B.; Martin, F.; Maitrejean, S.

    2014-04-01

    We studied Ta, TaN, and sub-stoichiometric TaNx electrodes (obtained by nitrogen redistribution in Ta/TaN or Ti/TaN bilayers) deposited on thermal SiO2 and HfO2/IL (0.8 nm SiO2 IL, i.e., interlayer) stacks. Effective work-functions (WF) were extracted on MOS capacitor structures on SiO2 bevelled insulator of 4.2 eV for pure Ta, 4.6 eV for TaN, and 4.3 eV for sub-stoichiometric TaNx. This intermediate WF value is explained by TaN nitrogen redistribution with reactive Ta or Ti elements shifting the gate work-function toward the Si conduction band. The same electrodes deposited on an HfO2/IL dielectric showed different behavior: First, the Ta/HfO2/IL stack shows a +200 meV WF increase (towards the Si valence band) compared to the SiO2 dielectric stack. This increase is explained by the well-known HfO2/IL dipole formation. Second, in contrast to electrodes deposited on SiO2, sub-stoichiometric TaNx/HfO2 is found to have a lower WF (4.3 eV), than pure Ta on HfO2 (4.4 eV). This inversion in work-function behavior measured on SiO2 vs. HfO2 is explained by the nitrogen redistribution in Ta/TaN bilayer together with diffusion of nitrogen through the HfO2 layer, leading to Si-N formation which prevents dipole formation at the HfO2/IL interface.

  10. Predicting Texture Evolution in Ta and Ta-10W Alloys Using Polycrystal Plasticity

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    Knezevic, Marko; Zecevic, Miroslav; Beyerlein, Irene J.; Bhattacharyya, Abhishek; McCabe, Rodney J.

    2015-11-01

    We present results of texture characterization and predictions of a multiscale physically based constitutive law developed to predict the mechanical response and texture evolution of body-centered cubic metals. The model is unique in the sense that single crystal deformation results not only from the resolved shear stress along the direction of slip (Schmid law) but also from shear stresses resolved along directions orthogonal to the slip direction as well as the three normal stress components (non-Schmid effects). The single crystal model is implemented into a visco-plastic self-consistent homogenization scheme containing a hardening law for crystallographic slip. The polycrystal model is calibrated using a set of mechanical test data collected on a tantalum-tungsten alloy, Ta-10W, in tension and compression and pure tantalum, Ta, in tension, compression, and cross-rolling. We demonstrate that the model effectively captures the texture evolution in all cases. We show that alloying has the effect of increasing the dislocation friction stress, the trapping rate of dislocations, and activation barrier for recovery.

  11. Effect of high pressure on the formation of ordered phases in Ta-C systems

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    Markhasev, B.I.; Dzhamarov, S.S.; Geshko, E.I.; Klyugvant, V.V.; Pilipovskii, Y.L.; Shamatov, Y.M.

    1985-03-01

    This paper considers the effect of pressure on the completion of the transformations TaC /SUB x/ Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and TaC /SUB x/ Ta/sub 2/C. The data show that in the samples with C/Ta = 0.68 and 0.71, the applied pressure substantially increases the diffraction peak heights of the ordered phases, Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and Ta/sub 2/C. In samples with C/Ta = 0.76, high pressure does not generally increase the intensities of the diffracted peaks of Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and Ta/sub 2/C, however the equilibrium between them is displaced to the side of increased Ta/sub 2/C content. In one of the samples a complete disappearance of the disordered TaC /SUB x/ is not observed. It is concluded that high pressure ( about7GPa) promotes the transition of nonstoichiometric TaC /SUB x/ into ordered Ta/sub 4/C/sub 3/ and Ta/sub 2/C as well as broadens the existence region of the latter. A complete transformation of TaC /SUB x/ into the ordered phase does not occur even at pressures up to about 9 GPa.

  12. Pre-Test Analysis Predictions for the Shell Buckling Knockdown Factor Checkout Tests - TA01 and TA02

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    Thornburgh, Robert P.; Hilburger, Mark W.

    2011-01-01

    This report summarizes the pre-test analysis predictions for the SBKF-P2-CYL-TA01 and SBKF-P2-CYL-TA02 shell buckling tests conducted at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in support of the Shell Buckling Knockdown Factor (SBKF) Project, NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Assessment. The test article (TA) is an 8-foot-diameter aluminum-lithium (Al-Li) orthogrid cylindrical shell with similar design features as that of the proposed Ares-I and Ares-V barrel structures. In support of the testing effort, detailed structural analyses were conducted and the results were used to monitor the behavior of the TA during the testing. A summary of predicted results for each of the five load sequences is presented herein.

  13. Effect of Ta concentration on the refractive index of TiO2:Ta studied by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Nurfani, Eka; Kurniawan, Robi; Muhammady, Shibghatullah; Marlina, Resti; Sutjahja, Inge M.; Winata, Toto; Rusydi, Andrivo; Darma, Yudi

    2016-04-01

    We have investigated optical properties of Ta-doped TiO2 thin film on LaAlO3 (LAO) substrate using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE) at room temperature. Amplitude ratio Ψ and phase difference L1 between p- and s- polarized light waves are obtained by multiple incident angles measurement (60°, 70°, and 80°) at energy range of 0.5 - 6.5 eV. In order to obtain optical properties for every Ta concentrations (0.01, 0.4, and 5 at. %), multilayer modelling was performed simultaneously by using Drude-Lorentz model. Refractive index and optical dispersion parameters were determined by Wemple-DiDomenico relation. In general, refractive index at zero photon energy n(0) increases by increasing Ta concentration. Furthermore, optical band gap shows a significant increasing due to presence of Ta dopant. In addition, other optical constants are discussed as well.

  14. Investigations of Ta film resistors on chemically vapor deposited diamond plates

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    Zhu, Xiao-Dong; Wang, Hua; Zhan, Ru-Juan; Zhou, Hai-Yang

    1999-12-01

    Ta films were deposited by sputtering on chemically vapor deposited (CVD) diamond plates to be used as resistors for microelectronic applications. The resistance temperature coefficient is only -10 ppm/°C when heating Ta film resistance from room temperature to 150°C. Meanwhile, no reaction is found at the interface between Ta and CVD diamond. These results show the Ta film resistance has high electrical and chemical stability in this temperature range. On the basis of data obtained by differential thermal analysis(DTA), it is found that the endothermic effects begin to appear for Ta/CVD diamond from 300°C. After heating Ta/CVD diamond up to 800°C, XRD analysis indicates that there are strong chemical reactions between Ta and CVD diamond to produce TaC, TaO, and TaO 2.

  15. Resistive switching of a TaO{sub x}/TaON double layer via ionic control of carrier tunneling

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    Jeon, Heeyoung; Park, Jingyu; Kim, Hyunjung; Jang, Woochool; Song, Hyoseok; Kang, Chunho; Seo, Hyungtak; Jeon, Hyeongtag

    2014-04-14

    Resistance random access memory (RRAM) is an attractive candidate for future non-volatile memory due to its superior features. As the oxide thickness is scaled down, the charge transport mechanism is also subject to the transition from hopping to tunneling dominant process, which is critically related to the interfacial electronic band structure. A TaO{sub x}/TaON double layer-based RRAM is fabricated and characterized in this work. Upon TaON insertion at the lower interface, the improved switching behavior is observed. The TaON at the bottom electrode interface blocks oxygen vacancy percolation due to strong N-O bonds and also modifies interfacial band alignment to lower the injected electron energy from bottom electrode due to higher tunneling barrier height than that of TaO{sub x}/Pt. This study suggested that a defect-minimized insertion layer like TaON with a proper interfacial band alignment is pivotal in RRAM for the effective ionic control of carrier tunneling resulting in non-linear I-V behavior with improved properties.

  16. Combined experimental and theoretical assessments of the lattice dynamics and optoelectronics of TaON and Ta3N5

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    Nurlaela, Ela; Harb, Moussab; del Gobbo, Silvano; Vashishta, Manish; Takanabe, Kazuhiro

    2015-09-01

    Presented herein is a detailed discussion of the properties of the lattice dynamic and optoelectronic properties of tantalum(V) oxynitride (TaON) and tantalum(V) nitride (Ta3N5), from experimental and theoretical standpoint. The active Raman and infra red (IR) frequencies of TaON and Ta3N5 were measured using confocal Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopies (FTIR) and calculated using the linear response method within the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT). The detailed study leads to an exhaustive description of the spectra, including the symmetry of the vibrational modes. Electronic structures of these materials were computed using DFT within the range-separated hybrid HSE06 exchange-correlation formalism. Electronic and ionic contributions to the dielectric constant tensors of these materials were obtained from DFPT within the linear response method using the PBE functional. Furthermore, effective mass of photogenerated holes and electrons at the band edges of these compounds were computed from the electronic band structure obtained at the DFT/HSE06 level of theory. The results suggest that anisotropic nature in TaON and Ta3N5 is present in terms of dielectric constant and effective masses.

  17. Numerical study of the structural and vibrational properties of amorphous Ta2O5 and TiO2-doped Ta2O5

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    Damart, T.; Coillet, E.; Tanguy, A.; Rodney, D.

    2016-05-01

    Using classical molecular dynamics simulations, we synthesized amorphous Ta2O5 and amorphous TiO2-doped Ta2O5. We show that Ta2O5 is composed primarily of six-folded Ta atoms forming octahedra that are either organized in chain-like structures or share edges or faces. When Ta2O5 is doped with TiO2, Ti atoms form equally five- and six-folded polyhedra that perturb but do not break the network structure of the glass. Performing a vibrational eigenmode analysis and projecting the eigenmodes on the rocking, stretching, and bending motions of the Ta-2O and Ta-3O bonds, we provide an atomic-scale analysis that substantiates the interpretations of Raman spectra of amorphous Ta2O5. This eigenmode analysis also reveals the key role played by Ti atoms in the 5 to 12 THz range.

  18. A new RHQT Nb3Al superconducting wire with a Ta/Cu/Ta three-layer filament-barrier structure

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    Takeuchi, Takao; Tsuchiya, Kiyosumi; Nakagawa, Kazuhiko; Nimori, Shigeki; Banno, Nobuya; Iijima, Yasuo; Kikuchi, Akihiro; Nakamoto, Tatsushi

    2012-06-01

    To suppress the low-magnetic-field instability (flux jumps in low magnetic fields) of a rapid-heating, quenching and transformation (RHQT) processed Nb3Al superconductor, we had previously modified the cross-sectional design of an RHQT Nb3Al by adopting a Ta filament-barrier structure. Unlike Nb barriers, Ta barriers are not superconducting in magnetic fields at 4.2 K so that they electromagnetically decouple filaments. However, small flux jumps still occurred at 1.8 K, which is a typical operating temperature for the magnets used in high-energy particle accelerators. Furthermore, poor bonding at the Ta/Ta interface between neighboring Ta-coated jelly-roll (JR) filaments frequently caused precursor wires to break during drawing. To overcome these problems, we fabricated a new RHQT Nb3Al wire with a Ta/Cu/Ta three-layer filament-barrier structure for which an internal stabilization technique (Cu rods encased in Ta are dispersed in the wire cross section) was extended. Removing the Ta/Ta interface in the interfilamentary barrier (JR filament/Ta/Cu/Ta/JR filament) allowed precursor wires to be drawn without breaking. Furthermore, the Cu filament barrier electromagnetically decoupled filaments to suppress flux jumps at 1.8 K. The ductile Cu layer also improved the bending strain tolerance of RHQT Nb3Al.

  19. Assessment of relative Ti, Ta, and Nb (TiTaN) enrichments in global ocean island basalts

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    Peters, B.; Day, J. M.

    2013-12-01

    The relative sensitivity of trace element concentrations to processes governing solid-melt and solid-fluid interactions has made them particularly useful for tracing the effects of partial melting, fractional crystallization, metasomatism and similar processes on the composition of a parental melt to a rock or mineral. Radiogenic and stable isotope compositions, in contrast, can provide information on the long-term history and provenance of magmas. Despite the distinct information derived from relative and absolute abundances of trace elements compared with isotopes, numerous studies of ocean island basalts (OIB) have attempted to use trace elements as diagnostic geochemical tracers to understand parental magma compositions. In particular, attempts have been made to correlate 'TiTaN' (Ti, Ta and Nb) anomalies to the He-Os isotopic compositions of OIB based on contributions from recycled eclogite, a theoretical high-TiTaN reservoir, and peridotite, a theoretical high-3He/4He reservoir (Jackson, et al., 2008 G-cubed). These authors have proposed that TiTaN anomalies can be used as independent indicators for recycled oceanic crust and lithospheric mantle in OIB sources, a distinction previously reserved for isotopic data. However, TiTaN anomalies appear uncorrelated to OIB mantle source composition for three reasons. First, a new geochemical compilation of global OIB shows a wide range of Ti (Ti/Ti* = 0.28 - 2.35), Ta (Ta/Ta* = 0.11 - 93.42) and Nb (Nb/Nb* = 0.13 - 17.79) anomalies that do not correlated with each other or noble gas systematics, indicating that: (i) TiTaN anomalies alone do not correspond to the primitive source traced by high-3He/4He or the solar neon component and (ii) Ti, Ta and Nb anomalies may each reflect distinct processes or origins, rather than tracing a single source or process together. Second, positive Ti anomalies can be generated by low-degree (1-10%), non-modal batch partial melting of garnet lherzolite at temperatures and pressures

  20. First-principles calculation of phase equilibrium of V-Nb, V-Ta, and Nb-Ta alloys

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    Ravi, C.; Panigrahi, B. K.; Valsakumar, M. C.; van de Walle, Axel

    2012-02-01

    In this paper, we report the calculated phase diagrams of V-Nb, V-Ta, and Nb-Ta alloys computed by combining the total energies of 40-50 configurations for each system (obtained using density functional theory) with the cluster expansion and Monte Carlo techniques. For V-Nb alloys, the phase diagram computed with conventional cluster expansion shows a miscibility gap with consolute temperature Tc=1250 K. Including the constituent strain to the cluster expansion Hamiltonian does not alter the consolute temperature significantly, although it appears to influence the solubility of V- and Nb-rich alloys. The phonon contribution to the free energy lowers Tc to 950 K (about 25%). Our calculations thus predicts an appreciable miscibility gap for V-Nb alloys. For bcc V-Ta alloy, this calculation predicts a miscibility gap with Tc=1100 K. For this alloy, both the constituent strain and phonon contributions are found to be significant. The constituent strain increases the miscibility gap while the phonon entropy counteracts the effect of the constituent strain. In V-Ta alloys, an ordering transition occurs at 1583 K from bcc solid solution phase to the V2Ta Laves phase due to the dominant chemical interaction associated with the relatively large electronegativity difference. Since the current cluster expansion ignores the V2Ta phase, the associated chemical interaction appears to manifest in making the solid solution phase remain stable down to 1100 K. For the size-matched Nb-Ta alloys, our calculation predicts complete miscibility in agreement with experiment.

  1. Weyl semimetal state in TaP: experimental discovery

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    Shibayev, Pavel; Hasan Research Group Team

    Despite their extreme rareness in nature, Weyl semimetals provide the first realization of Weyl fermions. After families of tantalum-based (TaAs, TaP) and niobium-based (NbAs, NbP) compounds were recently predicted as Weyl semimetal candidates, our group experimentally realized the Weyl semimetal state in TaP. Angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) was used to probe the surface features of TaP. Weyl fermion cones and nodes were directly observed in the bulk, and Fermi arcs were observed on the surface. The surface states were found to possess a rich structure, containing topological Fermi arcs and topologically trivial closed contours in the neighborhood of Weyl points. This finding opens up possibilities to study the relationship between trivial and topological surface states on the surface of a Weyl semimetal. By determining the number of chiral edge modes on a closed path enclosing the Weyl node, bulk-boundary correspondence was demonstrated, leading to the establishment of a topologically nontrivial nature of the Weyl semimetal state in TaP. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative through Grant GBMF4547 (Hasan) and by U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  2. Er3+ diffusion in LiTaO3 crystal

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    Zhang, De-Long; Zhang, Qun; Wong, Wing-Han; Pun, Edwin Yue-Bun

    2015-12-01

    Some Er3+-doped LiTaO3 plates were prepared by in-diffusion of Er-metal film locally coated onto congruent Z-cut substrate in air at a wide temperature range from 1000 to 1500 °C. After diffusion, Er3+-doping effect on LiTaO3 refractive index and Li2O out-diffusion arising from Er3+ in-diffusion were studied at first. Refractive indices at the doped and undoped surface parts were measured by prism coupling technique and the surface composition was estimated. The results show that Er3+ dopant has small contribution to the LiTaO3 index. Li2O out-diffusion is slight (Li2O content loss <0.3 mol%) for the temperature below 1300 °C while is moderate (Li2O content loss <0.6 mol%) for the temperature above 1400 °C. The Er3+ profile was studied by secondary ion mass spectrometry. The study shows that the diffused Er3+ ions follow either a complementary error function or a Gaussian profile. Characteristic parameters including diffusivity, diffusion constant, activation energy, solubility, solubility constant and heat of solution were obtained and compared with the LiNbO3 case. The comparison shows that the diffusivity and solubility in LiTaO3 are considerably smaller than in LiNbO3 because of the difference of Ta and Nb in atomic weight.

  3. Role of Hf and Zr in the hydrogen embrittlement of Ta and Cb alloys

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1973-01-01

    Investigation of the hydrogen embrittlement of aged Ta alloy T-111 (Ta-8W-2Hf) and similar Ta and Cb alloys. It is found that aging ternary Ta alloys such as T-111 near 1040 C for 1000 hr or longer increases their sensitivity to low-temperature hydrogen embrittlement. Segregation of Hf to grain boundaries during aging causes embrittlement upon testing at -196 C and is responsible for the observed hydrogen embrittlement. Binary Ta and Cb alloys, Ta-2Hf and Cb-1Zr, are not susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement under the conditions of this study and did not exhibit grain boundary segregation of Hf or Zr. Ternary alloys Ta-8W-.5Hf, Ta-8W-1Hf, and Ta-4W-2Hf are superior to T-111 for containment of alkali metals in that they do not exhibit aging embrittlement. However, these alloys in the aged condition are susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement.

  4. Ta and N modulated electronic, optical and photocatalytic properties of TiO2

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    Zhao, Ya Fei; Li, Can; Hu, Ji Yuan; Gong, Yin Yan; Niu, Leng Yuan; Liu, Xin Juan

    2016-02-01

    Bond relaxation and the associated electronic energies mediate the properties of a substance, and therefore, doping could be the effective means for such purpose. With the aid of first principle calculations and experimental observations, we examine four co-doped specimens (Ta-N1, Ta-N2, Ta-N3, Ta-N4) with different Ta and N co-doped positions, and show that Ta or N addition could modulate the electronic, optical and photocatalytic responses of TiO2 for photocatalysts applications. Results show that, Ta-O bonding not only reduces the electronic transition energies but also increased the carrier mobility of impurity level in Ta-doped and Ta-N2, Ta-N3, and Ta-N4 co-doped TiO2 specimens, while the impurity level disappears and the band gap reduces by 0.46 eV in Ta-N1 co-doped specimen due to the forming Ta-N bonding. Most strikingly, Ta-N co-doped TiO2 have twofold photocatalytic ability better than pure TiO2 under visible light excitation.

  5. Optical spectroscopy of the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Xu, B.; Dai, Y. M.; Zhao, L. X.; Wang, K.; Yang, R.; Zhang, W.; Liu, J. Y.; Xiao, H.; Chen, G. F.; Taylor, A. J.; et al

    2016-03-24

    Here, we present a systematic study of both the temperature and frequency dependence of the optical response in TaAs, a material that has recently been realized to host the Weyl semimetal state. Our study reveals that the optical conductivity of TaAs features a narrow Drude response alongside a conspicuous linear dependence on frequency. The weight of the Drude peak decreases upon cooling, following a T2 temperature dependence, in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Two linear components with distinct slopes dominate the low-temperature optical conductivity. A comparison between our experimental results and theoretical calculations suggests that the linear conductivity below ~230more » cm–1 arises purely from interband transitions near the Weyl points, providing rich information about the Weyl semimetal state in TaAs.« less

  6. Optical spectroscopy of the Weyl semimetal TaAs

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    Xu, B.; Dai, Y. M.; Zhao, L. X.; Wang, K.; Yang, R.; Zhang, W.; Liu, J. Y.; Xiao, H.; Chen, G. F.; Taylor, A. J.; Yarotski, D. A.; Prasankumar, R. P.; Qiu, X. G.

    2016-03-01

    We present a systematic study of both the temperature and frequency dependence of the optical response in TaAs, a material that has recently been realized to host the Weyl semimetal state. Our study reveals that the optical conductivity of TaAs features a narrow Drude response alongside a conspicuous linear dependence on frequency. The weight of the Drude peak decreases upon cooling, following a T2 temperature dependence, in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Two linear components with distinct slopes dominate the low-temperature optical conductivity. A comparison between our experimental results and theoretical calculations suggests that the linear conductivity below ˜230 cm-1 arises purely from interband transitions near the Weyl points, providing rich information about the Weyl semimetal state in TaAs.

  7. Low temperature CVD of TaB/sub 2/

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    Randich, E.

    1980-01-01

    Crystalline TaB/sub 2/ has been deposited using the CVD reaction of TaCl/sub 5/ and B/sub 2/H/sub 6/ in the temperature range of 773-1200/sup 0/K. Thermodynamic calculations have been made which compare the use of both B/sub 2/H/sub 6/ and BCl/sub 3/ as B source gases. The deposits obtained with B/sub 2/H/sub 6/ exhibited extremely small crystal size and contained amorphous B when the deposition temperature was below approx. 873/sup 0/K but were substoichiometric in B above this temperature. Carbon analysis indicated that C may substitute for B and thereby stabilize the diboride structure at high deposition temperatures. Microhardness of the coatings decreased with increasing B/Ta ratio and decreasing crystal size.

  8. Evaluation of airflow patterns in 2706-T and 2706-TA

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    DEROSA, D.C.

    1999-08-26

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the adequacy of the current placement of fixed head air samplers and continuous air monitors (CAMs) in the 2706-T and 2706-TA Complex. The airflow study consisted of 6 configurations of facility HVAC and HEPA filtration equipment to determine impacts on CAM location. The results of this study provide recommendations based on guidance in DOE G 411.1-8 and NUREG-1400 for placement of fixed head air samplers or CAMS within 2706-T and 2706-TA.

  9. Ta2O5-based redox memory formed by neutral beam oxidation

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    Ohno, Takeo; Samukawa, Seiji

    2016-06-01

    A room temperature neutral beam oxidation process using a tantalum (Ta) metal film was used to obtain a high quality Ta oxide (Ta2O5) film. After irradiation of a Ta metal film with a neutral oxygen beam, a nanometer-thick Ta2O5 film with a film density of 7.5 g/cm3 was obtained. We also confirmed that the fabricated Cu/Ta2O5/Pt redox memory structure shows a bipolar resistive switching characteristic. This result demonstrates the great potential of neutral beam metal oxidation for the development of redox-based memory devices.

  10. Preparation, characterization, and catalytic performance of Ta-HMS mesoporous molecular sieve

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    Li, Xuefeng; Zhang, Like; Gao, Huanxin; Chen, Qingling

    2016-08-01

    Various Ta-HMS (hexagonal mesoporous silica) samples with different Ta content were hydrothermally prepared and characterized by XRD, N2-adsorption, ICP-AES, FTIR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The catalytic performance of the samples was also evaluated in the epoxidation of cyclohexene with cumene hydroperoxide as oxidant. The regularity of mesoporous structure decreases while more extraframe Ta ions are formed with increasing the Ta content. Ta-HMS with Ta/Si ratio of 0.015 shows the highest conversion and selectivity in the studied epoxidation reaction. The catalyst can be used for three times without significant activity loss.

  11. EDITORIAL: TaCoNa-Photonics 2008 TaCoNa-Photonics 2008

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    Chigrin, Dmitry N.; Busch, Kurt; Lavrinenko, Andrei V.

    2009-11-01

    This special section on theoretical and computational nano-photonics features papers presented at the first International Workshop on Theoretical and Computational Nano-Photonics (TaCoNa-Photonics 2008) held in Bad Honnef, Germany, 3-5 December 2008. The workshop covered a broad range of topics related to current developments and achievements in this interdisciplinary area of research. Since the late 1960s, the word `photonics' has been understood as the science of generating, controlling, and detecting light. Nowadays, a routine fabrication of complex structures with micro- and nano-scale dimensions opens up many new and exciting possibilities in photonics. The science of generating, routing and detecting light in micro- and nano-structured matter, `nano-photonics', is becoming more important both in research and technology and offers many promising applications. The inherently sub-wavelength character of the structures that nano-photonics deals with challenges modern theoretical and computational physics and engineering with many nontrivial questions: Up to what length-scale can one use a macroscopic phenomenological description of matter? Where is the interface between the classical and quantum description of light in nano-scale structures? How can one combine different physical systems, different time- and length-scales in a single computational model? How can one engineer nano-structured materials in order to achieve the desired optical properties for particular applications? Any attempt at answering these kinds of questions is impossible without the joint efforts of physicists, engineers, applied mathematicians and programmers. This is the reason why the major goal of the TaCoNa-Photonics workshops is to provide a forum where theoreticians and specialists in numerical methods from all branches of physics, engineering sciences and mathematics can compare their results, report on novel results and breakthroughs, and discuss new challenges ahead. In order to

  12. Effects of N2O Plasma Annealing on the Characteristics of Tantalum Oxide Thin Films Deposited on TaN/Ta Electrode

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    Liu, Tzu-Ping; Huang, Ya-Huang; Chang, Chich-Shang; Wu, Tai-Bor

    2002-12-01

    The effects of N2O plasma annealing on the structural and leakage current characteristics of amorphous and crystallized TaOx thin films deposited on a TaN/Ta bottom electrode by chemical vapor deposition at 350°C were investigated. An interfacial Ta(O,N) layer was formed following the oxidation of the TaN electrode after plasma annealing the TaOx films of ˜25 nm thickness, which decreased the effective capacitance of the thin film capacitors, and the Ta(O,N) layer grew with increasing annealing time or temperature. The growth of the Ta(O,N) layer up to a thickness of 38 nm followed a linear oxidation law with an activation energy of ˜0.74 eV for the annealing of the amorphous TaOx films in a temperature range of 300°C-450°C. However, an activation energy of ˜1.18 eV was found for the linear oxidation of TaN within an oxidation thickness of 22 nm, and then, the oxidation switched to a parabolic process with an activation energy of ˜0.8 eV for annealing the crystallized TaOx films. The current-voltage (I-V) relation of the TaOx films was asymmetric with respect to the biasing polarity, and the leakage current decreased with increasing annealing time or temperature due to the formation and growth of a Ta(ON) layer. Barrier heights of 1.08 and 0.74 eV were evaluated from the temperature dependence of the I-V characteristics for the Schottky emission in the amorphous and crystalline 50-nm-thick TaOx films annealed in N2O plasma at 350°C for 10 min, respectively.

  13. Comparative Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP.

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    Liu, H W; Richard, P; Zhao, L X; Chen, G-F; Ding, H

    2016-07-27

    We report a comparative polarized Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP. The evolution of the phonon frequencies with the sample composition allows us to determine experimentally which atoms are mainly involved for each vibration mode. Our results confirm previous first-principles calculations indicating that the A1, B1(2), E(2) and E(3) modes involve mainly the As(P) atoms, the B1(1) mode is mainly related to Ta(Nb) atoms, and the E(1) mode involves both kinds of atoms. By comparing the energy of the different modes, we establish that the B1(1), B1(2), E(2) and E(3) become harder with increasing chemical pressure. This behaviour differs from our observation on the A1 mode, which decreases in energy, in contrast to its behaviour under external pressure. PMID:27248581

  14. Comparative Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP

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    Liu, H. W.; Richard, P.; Zhao, L. X.; Chen, G.-F.; Ding, H.

    2016-07-01

    We report a comparative polarized Raman study of Weyl semimetals TaAs, NbAs, TaP and NbP. The evolution of the phonon frequencies with the sample composition allows us to determine experimentally which atoms are mainly involved for each vibration mode. Our results confirm previous first-principles calculations indicating that the A1, B1(2), E(2) and E(3) modes involve mainly the As(P) atoms, the B1(1) mode is mainly related to Ta(Nb) atoms, and the E(1) mode involves both kinds of atoms. By comparing the energy of the different modes, we establish that the B1(1), B1(2), E(2) and E(3) become harder with increasing chemical pressure. This behaviour differs from our observation on the A1 mode, which decreases in energy, in contrast to its behaviour under external pressure.

  15. Analysis of NiAlTa precipitates in beta-NiAl + 2 at. pct Ta alloy

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    Pathare, V.; Michal, G. M.; Vedula, K.; Nathal, M. V.

    1987-01-01

    Results are reported from experiments performed to identify the precipitates, and their orientation in the matrix, in a beta-NiAl alloy containing 2 at. pct. Ta after undergoing creep test at 1300 K. Test specimens formed by extruding hot powders were compressed at 1300 K for about 50 hr at a strain rate averaging 6/1 million per sec. The specimens were then thinned and examined under an electron microscope and by X-ray diffractometry. An intermetallic NiAlTa compound with a hexagonal Cl4 structure appeared as second phase precipitates in the samples, exhibiting plate-like shapes and a habit plane close to (012). The prism planes of the hexagonal NiAlTa precipitates paralleled the closest packed planes in the cubic beta-NiAl matrix.

  16. Ta Keo Temple Reconstruction Based on Terrestrial Laser Scanning Technology

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    Xi, X.; Wang, C.; Wan, Y. P.; Khuon, K. N.

    2015-08-01

    Ta Keo temple is one of the very famous temple complex of Angkor Wat in northwestern Cambodia. It has been suffering massive collapse and other serious damages in recent years. Nowadays, Terrestrial Laser Scanning(TLS) technology is considered as a wellestablished resource for heritage documentation and protection (Lerma et al, 2008; Reshetyuk, 2009). This paper used TLS to reconstruct Ta Keo Temple. Firstly, we acquired 71 scanning stations of points cloud data with high density and high accuracy, and over one thousand images with high spatial resolution about the temple. Secondly, the raw points cloud data were denoised, reduced and managed efficiently, and registrated using an adjusted ICP algorithm. Thirdly, a triangulation method was used to model most objects. At last, we mapped the texture data into the digital model and a 3-D model of Ta Keo with high accuracy was achieved. The authors focus on large object reconstruction by TLS technology, and pay much attention to the scanning design, multi-station data and the whole project's data registration, and texture mapping and so on. The research result will be useful for Ta Keo restoration, reconstruction and protection. Also, it is a good reference source for large complex buildings reconstruction when using terrestrial laser scanning technology.

  17. T.A. Barron: Glowing Like a Crystal.

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    School Library Media Activities Monthly, 1995

    1995-01-01

    Presents an interview with T.A. Barron, an author of a trilogy of novels about a 12-year-old girl. Topics include character development, adult/child relationships, themes, writing processes, the influence of children on the writing, adult science fiction and young-adult classification of the books, and research and rewrites. (AEF)

  18. The Foreign TA: A Guide to Teaching Effectiveness.

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    Gburek, Janice L., Ed.; Dunnett, Stephen C., Ed.

    Articles on teaching effectiveness for foreign teaching assistants (TAs) are presented. Topics include: adapting to the U.S. academic environment, understanding the role of the TA and gaining confidence, anticipating undergraduates' expectations, improving communication skills, and teaching laboratory classes and recitation classes. Titles and…

  19. Internal oxidation of laminated ternary Ru-Ta-Zr coatings

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    Chen, Yung-I.; Lu, Tso-Shen

    2015-10-01

    Researchers have observed the internal oxidation phenomenon in binary alloy coatings when developing refractory alloy coatings for protective purposes by conducting annealing at high temperatures and in oxygen-containing atmospheres. The coatings were assembled using cyclical gradient concentration deposition during cosputtering by employing a substrate holder rotating at a slow speed. The internally oxidized zone demonstrated a laminated structure, comprising alternating oxygen-rich and oxygen-deficient layers stacked in a general orientation. In the current study, Ru-Ta-Zr coatings were prepared with various stacking sequences during cosputtering. The Ru-Ta-Zr coatings were annealed at 600 °C in an atmosphere continuously purged with 1% O2-99% Ar mixed gas for 30 min. A transmission electron microscope was used to examine the periods of the laminated layers and crystallinity of the annealed coatings. Depth profiles produced using an Auger electron spectroscope and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope were used to certify the periodic variation of the related constituents and chemical states of the elements, respectively. The results indicate that the internally oxidized ternary coatings are stacked of Ru-, Ta2O5-, and ZrO2-dominant sublayers and that the stacking sequences of the sublayers affect the crystalline structure of the coatings. Zr is oxidized preferentially in the Ru-Ta-Zr coatings, increasing the surface hardness of the oxidized coatings.

  20. Superconducting state in (W, Ta)5SiB2

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    Fukuma, M.; Kawashima, K.; Akimitsu, J.

    We characterize the superconducting state in a boro-silicide (W, Ta)5SiB2, with Tc of 6.5 K by means of magnetization, electrical resistivity, and specific heat measurements. As x increased, the transition temperature Tc abruptly enhances from 5.8 to 6.5 K. The magnetization versus magnetic field (M-H) curve indicated that (W, Ta)5SiB2 was a conventional type-II superconductor. The estimated lower critical field Hc1(0) and upper critical field Hc2(T) are about 121 Oe and 14.7 kOe, respectively. The penetration depth λ(0) and coherence length ξ(0) are calculated to be approximately 369 and 14.9 nm, respectively, using Ginzburg-Landau (GL) equations. Specific heat data shows the superconductivity in W4.5Ta0.5SiB2 belongs to a week-coupling BCS superconductor. Finally, we discuss the increasing of Tc in of (W, Ta)5SiB2 system.

  1. Compositional depth profiling of TaCN thin films

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    Adelmann, Christoph; Conard, Thierry; Franquet, Alexis; Brijs, Bert; Munnik, Frans; Burgess, Simon; Witters, Thomas; Meersschaut, Johan; Kittl, Jorge A.; Vandervorst, Wilfried; Van Elshocht, Sven

    2012-07-15

    The composition profiling of thin TaCN films was studied. For the composition profile determination using x-ray photoemission spectrometry (XPS) in combination with Ar sputtering, preferential sputtering effects of N with respect to Ta and C were found to lead to inaccurate elemental concentrations. Sputter yield calculations for the given experimental conditions allowed for the correction of a part of the error, leading to fair accuracy by reference-free measurements. Further improvement of the accuracy was demonstrated by the calibration of the XPS compositions against elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA) results. For Auger electron spectrometry (AES) in combination with Ar sputtering, accurate results required the calibration against ERDA. Both XPS and AES allowed for a reliable and accurate determination of the compositional profiles of TaCN-based thin films after calibration. Time-of-flight secondary-ion mass spectrometry was also used to assess the composition of the TaCN films. However, the analysis was hampered by large matrix effects due to small unintentional oxygen contents in the films. Energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry is also discussed, and it is shown that an accurate reference-free measurement of the average film concentration can be achieved.

  2. Low-emittance tuning at CesrTA

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    Shanks, James

    The International Linear Collider (ILC) is a proposed 500GeV center-of-mass electron/positron collider. In order to meet luminosity requirements, low-emittance beams must be provided at the start of the two 15-km main linacs. These low-emittance beams will be provided by damping rings, whose optics must be well-corrected in order to minimize dilution of the vertical emittance. In 2008 the Cornell Electron/Positron Storage Ring (CESR)was reconfigured from an electron/positron collider to the CESR Test Accelerator (CesrTA), to serve as a testbed for the ILC damping rings. One of the primary research objectives of the CesrTA project is to explore beam-based optics correction techniques for application at the ILC damping rings. The geometric vertical emittance target for CesrTA is < 10 pm at 2.085 GeV. This dissertation discusses the tuning methods used at CesrTA to achieve low-emittance conditions. Simulationsmodeling the effects ofmagnetmisalignments, systematic and random multipoles, BPM errors, and emittance correction algorithm have been developed, and suggest the residual vertical emittance measured at the conclusion of the tuning procedure is dominated by sources unaffected by optics correction. The same characterization methods leading to this diagnosis have been applied to the proposed International Linear Collider (ILC) damping rings to evaluate misalignment and multipole tolerances. Dynamic aperture studies for the ILC damping rings are discussed.

  3. Microstructural Investigations On Ni-Ta-Al Ternary Alloys

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    Negache, M.; Souami, N.

    2010-01-05

    The Ni-Al-Ta ternary alloys in the Ni-rich part present complex microstructures. They are composed of multiple phases that are formed according to the nominal composition of the alloy, primary Ni(gamma), Ni{sub 3}Al(gamma'), Ni{sub 6}AlTa(tau{sub 3}), Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) or in equilibrium: two solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}), (tau{sub 3}-delta), (tau{sub 3}-gamma), (gamma-delta) or three solid phases (gamma'-tau{sub 3}-delta). The nature and the volume fraction of these phases give these alloys very interesting properties at high temperature, and this makes them attractive for specific applications. We have developed a series of ternary alloys in electric arc furnace, determining their solidification sequences using Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), characterized by SEM-EDS, X-ray diffraction and by a microhardness tests. The follow-up results made it possible to make a correlation between the nature of the formed phases and their solidifying way into the Ni{sub 75}Al{sub x}Ta{sub y} (x+y = 25at.%) system, which are varied and complex. In addition to the solid solution Ni (gamma), the formed intermetallics compounds (gamma', tau{sub 3} and delta) has been identified and correlated with a complex balance between phases.We noticed that the hardness increases with the tantalum which has a hardening effect and though the compound Ni{sub 3}Ta(delta) is the hardest. The below results provide a better understanding of the complex microstructure of these alloys.

  4. Coexistence of Weyl physics and planar defects in the semimetals TaP and TaAs

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    Besara, T.; Rhodes, D. A.; Chen, K.-W.; Das, S.; Zhang, Q. R.; Sun, J.; Zeng, B.; Xin, Y.; Balicas, L.; Baumbach, R. E.; Manousakis, E.; Singh, D. J.; Siegrist, T.

    2016-06-01

    We report a structural study of the Weyl semimetals TaAs and TaP, utilizing diffraction and imaging techniques, where we show that they contain a high density of defects, leading to nonstoichiometric single crystals of both semimetals. Despite the observed defects and nonstoichiometry on samples grown using techniques already reported in the literature, de Haas-van Alphen measurements on TaP reveal quantum oscillations and a high carrier mobility, an indication that the crystals are of quality comparable to those reported elsewhere. Electronic structure calculations on TaAs reveal that the position of the Weyl points relative to the Fermi level shift with the introduction of vacancies and stacking faults. In the case of vacancies the Fermi surface becomes considerably altered, while the effect of stacking faults on the electronic structure is to allow the Weyl pockets to remain close to the Fermi surface. The observation of quantum oscillations in a nonstoichiometric crystal and the persistence of Weyl fermion pockets near the Fermi surface in a crystal with stacking faults point to the robustness of these quantum phenomena in these materials.

  5. Development of capacitive RF MEMS switches with TaN and Ta2O5 thin films

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    Persano, Anna; Quaranta, Fabio; Cola, Adriano; De Angelis, Giorgio; Marcelli, Romolo; Siciliano, Pietro

    2011-06-01

    We develop shunt capacitive RF MEMS switches in III-V technology making use of materials which can be alternative to the ones commonly used, in order to overcome some technological constraints concerning the RF MEMS reliability. Specifically, we evaluate the potential of tantalum nitride (TaN) and tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) to be used for the switches actuation pads and dielectric layers, respectively. To this scope, a compositional, structural and electrical characterization of TaN and Ta2O5 films as a function of the deposition parameters, such as the substrate temperature and the sputtering mixture composition, is performed. The realized switches show good actuation voltages, in the range 15- 20 V, an insertion loss better than -0.8 dB up to 30 GHz, and an isolation of ~ -40 dB at the resonant frequency. A comparison between the measured S-parameter values and the results of a circuit simulation is also presented and discussed, providing useful information on the operation of the fabricated switches.

  6. Homoatomic clustering in T4Ga5 (T = Ta, Nb, Ta/Mo): a story of reluctant intermetallics crystallizing in a new binary structure type.

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    Fredrickson, Rie T; Kilduff, Brandon J; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2015-02-01

    In the formation of binary compounds, heteroatomic interactions are generally expected to play the leading role in providing stability. In this Article, we present a series of gallides, T(4)Ga(5) (T = Ta, Nb, and Ta/Mo), which appear to defy this expectation. Their complex crystal structures represent a new binary structure type (to the best of our knowledge),, which can be visualized in terms of a host lattice of T@T(8) body centered cubic (bcc) clusters linked through face-capping Ga(2) dumbbells to form a primitive cubic framework. The cubic spaces that result are alternately filled by distorted T pentagonal dodecahedra (sharing atoms with the host lattice) and dimers of bcc fragments, leading to a √2 × √2 × 2 supercell of the host framework structure. Ga tetrahedra and icosahedral units fill the remaining void spaces. Underlying these structural features is a strong tendency for homoatomic clustering of Ta and Ga, which is evident in all of the coordination polyhedra. Electronic structure calculations using density functional theory (DFT) and DFT-calibrated Hückel models reveal possible origins for this elemental segregation and the factors stabilizing the structure as a whole. A deep pseudogap is present at the Fermi energy of Ta(4)Ga(5) (as well as at that of Nb(4)Ga(5)), corresponding to the near-optimization of Ta-Ta and Ta-Ga interactions. This pseudogap emerges as a result of the ability of extensive Ta-Ta bonding to provide local 18-electron configurations to the Ta atoms, despite the electron concentration being only 8.75 electrons per Ta atom. Support for these Ta-Ta interactions is provided by Ga bridging atoms, whose valence orbitals' low number of angular nodes confers preferential stabilization to Ta-Ta bonding functions over antibonding ones. The observed spatial separation of the structure into Ta and Ga domains occurs as a consequence of the Ga atoms being pushed toward the periphery of the Ta clusters to play this supporting role. PMID

  7. Characterization of Pi-ta Blast resistance gene in an international rice core collection

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    The Pi-ta gene in rice prevents infections by races of Magnaporthe oryzae containing AVR-Pita. In the present study, 1,790 accessions were characterized for Pi-ta, and the Pi-ta independent resistance genes using marker analysis, disease evaluation with the race IB-49 carrying AVR-Pita, and IE-1k n...

  8. Establishment of codominant markers for rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta

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    A single nucleotide length polymorphism (SNLP) was identified at the intron region of the Pi-ta gene to develop a codominant Pi-ta gene marker suitable for genotyping with an ABI automated machine. The DNA primer specific to the resistance Pi-ta allele was labeled with the blue dye as a forward pr...

  9. Functional study of a salt-inducible TaSR gene in Triticum aestivum.

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    Ma, Xiao-Li; Cui, Wei-Na; Zhao, Qian; Zhao, Jing; Hou, Xiao-Na; Li, Dong-Yan; Chen, Zhao-Liang; Shen, Yin-Zhu; Huang, Zhan-Jing

    2016-01-01

    The gene expression chip of a salt-tolerant wheat mutant under salt stress was used to clone a salt-induced gene with unknown functions. This gene was designated as TaSR (Triticum aestivum salt-response gene) and submitted to GenBank under accession number EF580107. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis showed that gene expression was induced by salt stress. Arabidopsis and rice (Oryza sativa) plants expressing TaSR presented higher salt tolerance than the controls, whereas AtSR mutant and RNA interference rice plants were more sensitive to salt. Under salt stress, TaSR reduced Na(+) concentration and improved cellular K(+) and Ca(2+) concentrations; this gene was also localized on the cell membrane. β-Glucuronidase (GUS) staining and GUS fluorescence quantitative determination were conducted through fragmentation cloning of the TaSR promoter. Salt stress-responsive elements were detected at 588-1074 bp upstream of the start codon. GUS quantitative tests of the full-length promoter in different tissues indicated that promoter activity was highest in the leaf under salt stress. Bimolecular fluorescence complementation and yeast two-hybrid screening further showed the correlation of TaSR with TaPRK and TaKPP. In vitro phosphorylation of TaSR and TaPRK2697 showed that TaPRK2697 did not phosphorylate TaSR. This study revealed that the novel TaSR may be used to improve plant tolerance to salt stress. PMID:25855206

  10. Establishment of codominant marker for rice blast resistance gene pi-ta

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A single nucleotide length polymorphism (SNLP) was identified at the intron region of the Pi-ta gene to develop a codominant Pi-ta gene marker suitable for genotyping with an ABI automated machine. The DNA primer specific to the resistance Pi-ta allele was labeled with the blue dye as a forward pr...

  11. Characterization of leucocin B-Ta11a: a bacteriocin from Leuconostoc carnosum Ta11a isolated from meat.

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    Felix, J V; Papathanasopoulos, M A; Smith, A A; von Holy, A; Hastings, J W

    1994-10-01

    Leuconostoc (Lc.) carnosum Ta11a, isolated from vacuum-packaged processed meats, produced a bacteriocin designated leucocin B-Ta11a. The crude bacteriocin was heat stable and sensitive to proteolytic enzymes, but not to catalase, lysozyme, or chloroform. It was active against Listeria monocytogenes and several lactic acid bacteria. Leucocin B-Ta11a was optimally produced at 25 degrees C in MRS broth at an initial pH of 6.0 or 6.5. An 8.9-MDa plasmid in Leuconostoc carnosum Ta11a hybridized to a 36-mer oligonucleotide probe (JF-1) that was homologous to leucocin A-UAL187. A 4.9-kb Sau3A fragment from a partial digest of the 8.9-MDa plasmid was cloned into pUC118. The 8.1-kb recombinant plasmid (pJF8.1) was used for sequencing and revealed the presence of two open reading frames (ORFs). ORF1 codes for a protein of 61 amino acids comprising a 37-amino-acid bacteriocin that was determined to be the leucocin B-Ta11a structural gene by virtue of its homology to leucocin A-UAL 187 (Hastings et al. 1991. J. Bacteriol 173:7491-7500). The 24-amino-acid N-terminal extension, however, differs from that of leucocin A-UAL187 by seven residues. The predicted protein of the ORF2 has 113 amino acids and is identical with the amino acid sequence of the cognate ORF of the leucocin A-UAL 187 operon. PMID:7765496

  12. Wheat Brassinosteroid-Insensitive1 (TaBRI1) Interacts with Members of TaSERK Gene Family and Cause Early Flowering and Seed Yield Enhancement in Arabidopsis

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    Singh, Akanksha; Breja, Priyanka; Khurana, Jitendra P.; Khurana, Paramjit

    2016-01-01

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) hormones are important for plant growth, development and immune responses. They are sensed by the transmembrane receptor kinase Brassinosteroid-Insensitive 1 (BRI1) when they bind to its extracellular Leu-rich repeat (LRR) domain. We cloned and characterized the TaBRI1 from T. aestivum and raised overexpression transgenics in Arabidopsis to decipher its functional role. TaBRI1 protein consists of a putative signal peptide followed by 25 leucine rich repeats (LRR), a transmembrane domain and a C-terminal kinase domain. The analysis determined the interaction of TaBRI1 with five members of the wheat Somatic Embryogenesis Receptor Kinase (TaSERKs) gene family (TaSERK1, TaSERK2, TaSERK3, TaSERK4 and TaSERK5), at the plasma membrane. Furthermore, overexpression of TaBRI1 in Arabidopsis leads to the early flowering, increased silique size and seed yield. Root growth analysis of TaBRI1 overexpressing transgenic plants showed hypersensitivity to epi-brassinolide (epi-BL) hormone in a dose-dependent manner. Interestingly, transgenic Arabidopsis plants show thermotolerance phenotype at the seedling stages as revealed by chlorophyll content, photosystem II activity and membrane stability. The transcriptome profiling on the basis of microarray analysis indicates up-regulation of several genes related to brassinosteroid signaling pathway, abiotic stress response, defense response and transcription factors. These studies predict the possible role of TaBRI1 gene in plant growth and development imparting tolerance to thermal stress. PMID:27322749

  13. Wheat Brassinosteroid-Insensitive1 (TaBRI1) Interacts with Members of TaSERK Gene Family and Cause Early Flowering and Seed Yield Enhancement in Arabidopsis.

    PubMed

    Singh, Akanksha; Breja, Priyanka; Khurana, Jitendra P; Khurana, Paramjit

    2016-01-01

    Brassinosteroids (BRs) hormones are important for plant growth, development and immune responses. They are sensed by the transmembrane receptor kinase Brassinosteroid-Insensitive 1 (BRI1) when they bind to its extracellular Leu-rich repeat (LRR) domain. We cloned and characterized the TaBRI1 from T. aestivum and raised overexpression transgenics in Arabidopsis to decipher its functional role. TaBRI1 protein consists of a putative signal peptide followed by 25 leucine rich repeats (LRR), a transmembrane domain and a C-terminal kinase domain. The analysis determined the interaction of TaBRI1 with five members of the wheat Somatic Embryogenesis Receptor Kinase (TaSERKs) gene family (TaSERK1, TaSERK2, TaSERK3, TaSERK4 and TaSERK5), at the plasma membrane. Furthermore, overexpression of TaBRI1 in Arabidopsis leads to the early flowering, increased silique size and seed yield. Root growth analysis of TaBRI1 overexpressing transgenic plants showed hypersensitivity to epi-brassinolide (epi-BL) hormone in a dose-dependent manner. Interestingly, transgenic Arabidopsis plants show thermotolerance phenotype at the seedling stages as revealed by chlorophyll content, photosystem II activity and membrane stability. The transcriptome profiling on the basis of microarray analysis indicates up-regulation of several genes related to brassinosteroid signaling pathway, abiotic stress response, defense response and transcription factors. These studies predict the possible role of TaBRI1 gene in plant growth and development imparting tolerance to thermal stress. PMID:27322749

  14. Ultrafast magnetization and structural dynamics in the intercalated transition metal dichalcogenides Fe0.25TaS2 and Mn0.25TaS2

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    Liu, Q.; Zhu, X. D.; Wang, L. H.; Cheong, S.-W.; Tobey, R. I.

    2016-05-01

    We measure magnetization and structural dynamics in two intercalant-ordered transition metal dichalcogenides: Fe0.25TaS2 and Mn0.25TaS2. The structurally equivalent materials allow us to probe the effect of orbital angular momentum which is active in Fe0.25TaS2 and absent in Mn0.25TaS2. Interestingly, we find that the magnetooptics dynamics are nearly indistinguishable in these two materials, in contradiction to conventional explanations of a spin–lattice mechanism. We compare our results to other materials where spin–lattice demagnetization has been put forth as a demagnetization channel.

  15. Combined experimental and theoretical assessments of the lattice dynamics and optoelectronics of TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}

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    Nurlaela, Ela; Harb, Moussab; Gobbo, Silvano del; Vashishta, Manish; Takanabe, Kazuhiro

    2015-09-15

    Presented herein is a detailed discussion of the properties of the lattice dynamic and optoelectronic properties of tantalum(V) oxynitride (TaON) and tantalum(V) nitride (Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}), from experimental and theoretical standpoint. The active Raman and infra red (IR) frequencies of TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} were measured using confocal Raman and Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopies (FTIR) and calculated using the linear response method within the density functional perturbation theory (DFPT). The detailed study leads to an exhaustive description of the spectra, including the symmetry of the vibrational modes. Electronic structures of these materials were computed using DFT within the range-separated hybrid HSE06 exchange–correlation formalism. Electronic and ionic contributions to the dielectric constant tensors of these materials were obtained from DFPT within the linear response method using the PBE functional. Furthermore, effective mass of photogenerated holes and electrons at the band edges of these compounds were computed from the electronic band structure obtained at the DFT/HSE06 level of theory. The results suggest that anisotropic nature in TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} is present in terms of dielectric constant and effective masses. - Graphical abstract: Detailed investigation has been conducted from combined experimental and theoretical approaches on Raman and IR spectroscopies, electronic structures, dielectric constants and effective masses of TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}. - Highlights: • Crystal structures of TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} are discussed based on XRD and DFT calculation. • Raman and IR spectra of TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} materials are measured and computed by DFPT method. • Optoelectronic properties of TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} are discussed. • Dielectric constant and effective masses of TaON and Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} are calculated.

  16. Dislocation nucleation in bcc Ta single crystals studied by nanoindentation

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    Biener, M M; Biener, J; Hodge, A M; Hamza, A V

    2007-08-08

    The study of dislocation nucleation in closed-packed metals by nanoindentation has recently attracted much interest. Here, we address the peculiarities of the incipient plasticity in body centered cubic (bcc) metals using low index Ta single-crystals as a model system. The combination of nanoindentation with high-resolution atomic force microscopy provides us with experimental atomic-scale information on the process of dislocation nucleation and multiplication. Our results reveal a unique deformation behavior of bcc Ta at the onset of plasticity which is distinctly different from that of closed-packed metals. Most noticeable, we observe only one rather than a sequence of discontinuities in the load-displacement curves. This and other differences are discussed in context of the characteristic plastic deformation behavior of bcc metals.

  17. Anomalous electronic structure and magnetoresistance in TaAs2

    PubMed Central

    Luo, Yongkang; McDonald, R. D.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Scott, B.; Wakeham, N.; Ghimire, N. J.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Ronning, F.

    2016-01-01

    The change in resistance of a material in a magnetic field reflects its electronic state. In metals with weakly- or non-interacting electrons, the resistance typically increases upon the application of a magnetic field. In contrast, negative magnetoresistance may appear under some circumstances, e.g., in metals with anisotropic Fermi surfaces or with spin-disorder scattering and semimetals with Dirac or Weyl electronic structures. Here we show that the non-magnetic semimetal TaAs2 possesses a very large negative magnetoresistance, with an unknown scattering mechanism. Density functional calculations find that TaAs2 is a new topological semimetal [ℤ2 invariant (0;111)] without Dirac dispersion, demonstrating that a negative magnetoresistance in non-magnetic semimetals cannot be attributed uniquely to the Adler-Bell-Jackiw chiral anomaly of bulk Dirac/Weyl fermions. PMID:27271852

  18. Shock Hugoniot measurements on Ta to 0. 78 TPa

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    Froeschner, K.E.; Lee, R.S.; Chau, H.H.; Weingart, R.C.

    1983-08-18

    Symmetric impact shock Hugoniot measurements have been made on Ta with an electrically exploded foil gun system. The results obtained to date for the Hugoniot of Ta cover the range 0.19 to 0.78 TPa (impact velocities from 4.0 to 9.7 km/s) and agree with data obtained by other researchers to within 2.7% rms. Recent improvements in the system include electromagnetic shielding of impactor and target, continuous measurement of impactor velocity with a Fabry-Perot interferometer and computer-aided analysis of shot film. Conservative extrapolation from current operating conditions indicate that pressures of 1.1 to 1.5 TPa could be achieved with little difficulty.

  19. Optimal filling fraction of Ta2O5 inverse opals

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    Tubio, C. R.; Guitian, F.; Gil, A.

    2013-12-01

    Tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) inverse opals were prepared by combining the self-assembly process and sol-gel chemistry-based opal infiltration. The inverse opal was made by the infiltration of a tantalum(V) ethoxide solution in the interstices of the polystyrene colloidal crystal template, and then removing the original opal template by calcination. The infiltration process as well as the optimal precursor concentration has been investigated in order to obtain Ta2O5 inverse opals with the optimal filling fraction. The effects of processing, template sphere size, morphology, structural properties, filling fraction and composition of the inverse opal are provided by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis (EDS) and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results correlate the concentration of the precursor with the filling fraction of the template.

  20. Rotational structures and the wobbling mode in {sup 167}Ta

    SciTech Connect

    Hartley, D. J.; Ludington, A.; Pifer, R.; Seyfried, E. P.; Vanhoy, J. R.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Carpenter, M. P.; Lauritsen, T.; McCutchan, E. A.; Zhu, S.; Riedinger, L. L.; Darby, I. G.; Riley, M. A.; Wang, X.; Aguilar, A.; Chiara, C. J.; Chowdhury, P.; Lakshmi, S.; Shirwadkar, U.; Tandel, S. K.

    2011-06-15

    Excited states in the neutron-deficient nucleus {sup 167}Ta were studied through the {sup 120}Sn({sup 51}V,4n) reaction. Twelve rotational bands have been observed and the relative excitation energy of each sequence is now known owing to the multiple interband connections. Several quasineutron alignments were observed that aided in the quasiparticle assignments of these bands. The resulting interpretation is in line with observations in neighboring nuclei. Trends in the wobbling phonon energy seen in {sup 161,163,165,167}Lu and {sup 167}Ta are also discussed and particle-rotor model calculations (assuming constant moments of inertia) are found to be inconsistent with the experimental data.

  1. Anomalous electronic structure and magnetoresistance in TaAs2.

    PubMed

    Luo, Yongkang; McDonald, R D; Rosa, P F S; Scott, B; Wakeham, N; Ghimire, N J; Bauer, E D; Thompson, J D; Ronning, F

    2016-01-01

    The change in resistance of a material in a magnetic field reflects its electronic state. In metals with weakly- or non-interacting electrons, the resistance typically increases upon the application of a magnetic field. In contrast, negative magnetoresistance may appear under some circumstances, e.g., in metals with anisotropic Fermi surfaces or with spin-disorder scattering and semimetals with Dirac or Weyl electronic structures. Here we show that the non-magnetic semimetal TaAs2 possesses a very large negative magnetoresistance, with an unknown scattering mechanism. Density functional calculations find that TaAs2 is a new topological semimetal [ℤ2 invariant (0;111)] without Dirac dispersion, demonstrating that a negative magnetoresistance in non-magnetic semimetals cannot be attributed uniquely to the Adler-Bell-Jackiw chiral anomaly of bulk Dirac/Weyl fermions. PMID:27271852

  2. Anomalous electronic structure and magnetoresistance in TaAs2

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    Luo, Yongkang; McDonald, R. D.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Scott, B.; Wakeham, N.; Ghimire, N. J.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Ronning, F.

    2016-06-01

    The change in resistance of a material in a magnetic field reflects its electronic state. In metals with weakly- or non-interacting electrons, the resistance typically increases upon the application of a magnetic field. In contrast, negative magnetoresistance may appear under some circumstances, e.g., in metals with anisotropic Fermi surfaces or with spin-disorder scattering and semimetals with Dirac or Weyl electronic structures. Here we show that the non-magnetic semimetal TaAs2 possesses a very large negative magnetoresistance, with an unknown scattering mechanism. Density functional calculations find that TaAs2 is a new topological semimetal [ℤ2 invariant (0;111)] without Dirac dispersion, demonstrating that a negative magnetoresistance in non-magnetic semimetals cannot be attributed uniquely to the Adler-Bell-Jackiw chiral anomaly of bulk Dirac/Weyl fermions.

  3. TA-DA: A TOOL FOR ASTROPHYSICAL DATA ANALYSIS

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    Da Rio, Nicola; Robberto, Massimo

    2012-12-01

    We present the Tool for Astrophysical Data Analysis (TA-DA), a new software aimed to greatly simplify and improve the analysis of stellar photometric data in comparison with theoretical models, and allow the derivation of stellar parameters from multi-band photometry. Its flexibility allows one to address a number of such problems: from the interpolation of stellar models, or sets of stellar physical parameters in general, to the computation of synthetic photometry in arbitrary filters or units; from the analysis of observed color-magnitude diagrams to a Bayesian derivation of stellar parameters (and extinction) based on multi-band data. TA-DA is available as a pre-compiled Interactive Data Language widget-based application; its graphical user interface makes it considerably user-friendly. In this paper, we describe the software and its functionalities.

  4. Lattice Instability of 2H-TaSe2

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    John Bosco Balaguru, R.; Lawrence, N.; Alfred Cecil Raj, S.

    The charge density wave (CDW) in the layered compound 2H-TaSe2 at low temperatures has a commensurate phase, which causes super lattice points to appear in the Brillöuin zone of the undistorted phase. A Born-von Karman formalism has been employed for the calculation of phonon frequency distribution curves of 2H-TaSe2 both in the normal and in the commensurate charge density wave (CCDW) phases. A folding technique has been adopted for the calculation in the CCDW phase. The phonon distribution for both the phases have been reported. With these distributions the thermal properties such as specific heat capacity, Debye Waller factor W(k) and thermal conductivity have been worked out, and compared with the available experimental results.

  5. Ordering Effects in NbC and TaC

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    Venables, J. D.; Meyerhoff, M. H.

    1972-01-01

    By means of transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction, evidence has been obtained for the existence of long range carbon atom ordering in single-crystal niobium carbide that has a carbon-to-metal ratio close to the integral composition Nb6C5. The ordering, which gives rise to superlattice and domain structures similar to those observed in V6C5, appears, however, only in samples that have been cooled slowly through the order-disorder temperature of 1025 C. In TaC of similar composition, the ordering, although present, remains very imperfect even after the crystals are subjected to the same thermal treatment. The results are interpreted in terms of the electronic structure of the transition metal carbides as it is currently understood, and their relevance to the mechanical properties of NbC and TaC are discussed.

  6. Anomalous electronic structure and magnetoresistance in TaAs2

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    Luo, Yongkang; McDonald, R. D.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Scott, B.; Wakeham, N.; Ghimire, N. J.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Ronning, F.

    2016-01-01

    We report that the change in resistance of a material in a magnetic field reflects its electronic state. In metals with weakly- or non-interacting electrons, the resistance typically increases upon the application of a magnetic field. In contrast, negative magnetoresistance may appear under some circumstances, e.g., in metals with anisotropic Fermi surfaces or with spin-disorder scattering and semimetals with Dirac or Weyl electronic structures. Here we show that the non-magnetic semimetal TaAs2 possesses a very large negative magnetoresistance, with an unknown scattering mechanism. In conclusion, density functional calculations find that TaAs2 is a new topological semimetal [Z2 invariant (0;111)] withoutmore » Dirac dispersion, demonstrating that a negative magnetoresistance in non-magnetic semimetals cannot be attributed uniquely to the Adler-Bell-Jackiw chiral anomaly of bulk Dirac/Weyl fermions.« less

  7. TA-2 water boiler reactor decommissioning (Phase 1)

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    Elder, J.C.; Knoell, C.L.

    1986-12-01

    Removal of external structures and underground piping associated with the gaseous effluent (stack) line from the TA-2 Water Boiler Reactor was performed as Phase I of reactor decommissioning. Six concrete structures were dismantled and 435 ft of contaminated underground piping was removed. Extensive soil contamination by /sup 137/Cs was encountered around structure TA-2-48 and in a suspected leach field near the stream flowing through Los Alamos Canyon. Efforts to remove all contaminated soil were hampered by infiltrating ground water and heavy rains. Methods, cleanup guidelines, and ALARA decisions used to successfully restore the area are described. The cost of the project was approximately $320K; 970 m/sup 3/ of low-level solid radioactive waste resulted from the cleanup operations.

  8. Reaction of Ta thin film with single crystalline (001) beta-SiC

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    Chen, J. S.; Kolawa, E.; Nicolet, M.-A.; Ruiz, R. P.; Baud, L.; Jaussaud, C.; Madar, R.

    1994-01-01

    The reaction between a sputtered-deposited Ta film (320 nm thick) and a single crystalline (001) beta-SiC substrate induced by vacuum annealing at temperatures of 600-1200 C for 1 h (30 min at 1100 C) is investigated by 3 MeV He(+2) backscattering spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and transmission and scanning electron microscopies. No significant reaction is observed at 800 C or at lower tempertures. At 900 C, the main product phases are Ta2C and carbon-stabilized Ta5Si3. A minor amount of unreacted Ta is also present. After annealing at 1000 C, all the tantalum has reacted; the reaction zone possesses a multilayered structure of beta-SiC/TaC/carbon-stabilized Ta5Si3/alpha-Ta5Si3/Ta2C. The diffusion path at 1000 C is plotted on the isothermal section of the Ta-Si-C phase diagram. At 1100 C, the reacted layer has an interface with the SiC substrate that is still quite flat but has a rough surface due to the formation of macroscopic voids within the reacted layer. The equilibrium products predicted by the phase diagram are TaC and TaSi2. This final state is reached by annealing at 1200 C for 1 h. At that point, the reacted layer has a latterally very uneven structure and morphology.

  9. Technical Area V (TA-V) transformation project close-out report.

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    Not Available

    2010-07-01

    Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Technical Area V (TA-V) has provided unique nuclear experimental environments for decades. The technologies tested in TA-V facilities have furthered the United States Nuclear Weapons program and has contributed to the national energy and homeland security mission. The importance of TA-V working efficiently to produce an attractive and effective platform for experiments should not be underestimated. Throughout its brief history, TA-V has evolved to address multiple and diverse sets of requirements. These requirements evolved over many years; however, the requirements had not been managed nor communicated comprehensively or effectively. A series of programmatic findings over several years of external audits was evidence of this downfall. Today, these same requirements flow down through a new TA-V management system that produces consistently applied and reproducible approaches to work practices. In 2008, the TA-V department managers assessed the state of TA-V services and work activities to understand how to improve customer interfaces, stakeholders perceptions, and workforce efficiencies. The TA-V management team initiated the TA-V Transformation Project after they deemed the pre-June 2008 operational model to be ineffective in managing work and in providing integrated, continuous improvement to TA-V processes. This report summarizes the TA-V Transformation Project goals, activities, and accomplishments.

  10. Biased FeTaC(N) soft underlayers for perpendicular media

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    Lai, Chih-Huang; Jiang, Ruo-Fan

    2003-05-01

    FeTaCN films, prepared by using reactive sputtering, were studied for the application for soft underlayers of perpendicular media. As-deposited FeTaCN nanocrystalline films with a N2/Ar ratio of 5% exhibited high saturation moment (Bs=1.63 T) and low coercivity (1.4 Oe). IrMn/FeTaCN exchange-biased multilayer films and CoSm/FeTaCN hard-biased films were investigated to control the domain structure and magnetization reversal in FeTaCN films. Exchange bias field is inversely proportional to the thickness of FeTaCN films and reaches 11.4 Oe in the laminated sample of [IrMn (8 mm)/FeTaCN (50 nm)]×4. The interfacial coupling energy between IrMn and FeTaCN is 0.09 erg/cm2. The biasing field of CoSm/FeTaCN can reach a maximum value of 10.6 Oe at the FeTaCN thickness of 200 nm. The corresponding interfacial coupling energy of FeTaCN/CoSm is as large as 0.27 erg/cm2.

  11. TaN resistor process development and integration.

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    Romero, Kathleen; Martinez, Marino John; Clevenger, Jascinda; Austin, Franklin H., IV; Sullivan, Charles Thomas; Wolfley, Steven L.; Patrizi, Gary A.; Vigil, Pablita S.; Grine, Alejandro J.

    2010-05-01

    This paper describes the development and implementation of an integrated resistor process based on reactively sputtered tantalum nitride. Image reversal lithography was shown to be a superior method for liftoff patterning of these films. The results of a response surface DOE for the sputter deposition of the films are discussed. Several approaches to stabilization baking were examined and the advantages of the hot plate method are shown. In support of a new capability to produce special-purpose HBT-based Small-Scale Integrated Circuits (SSICs), we developed our existing TaN resistor process, designed for research prototyping, into one with greater maturity and robustness. Included in this work was the migration of our TaN deposition process from a research-oriented tool to a tool more suitable for production. Also included was implementation and optimization of a liftoff process for the sputtered TaN to avoid the complicating effects of subtractive etching over potentially sensitive surfaces. Finally, the method and conditions for stabilization baking of the resistors was experimentally determined to complete the full implementation of the resistor module. Much of the work to be described involves the migration between sputter deposition tools - from a Kurt J. Lesker CMS-18 to a Denton Discovery 550. Though they use nominally the same deposition technique (reactive sputtering of Ta with N{sup +} in a RF-excited Ar plasma), they differ substantially in their design and produce clearly different results in terms of resistivity, conformity of the film and the difference between as-deposited and stabilized films. We will describe the design of and results from the design of experiments (DOE)-based method of process optimization on the new tool and compare this to what had been used on the old tool.

  12. Issues for reuse of gloveboxes at LANL TA-55

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    Cadwallader, L.C.; Pinson, P.A.; Miller, C.F.

    1998-08-01

    This report is a summary of issues that face plutonium glovebox designers and users at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Technical Area 55 (TA-55). Characterizing the issues is a step in the task of enhancing the next generation glovebox design to minimize waste streams while providing the other design functions. This report gives an initial assessment of eight important design and operation issues that can benefit from waste minimization.

  13. The Crystallization Clinic-A TA Orientation Exercise

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    Kandel, Marjorie

    1999-01-01

    Our orientation exercise for TAs in the organic laboratories is a Crystallization Clinic, and the main feature is a contest. Each TA has a different unknown solid to recrystallize. The products are judged by the students in the organic lab courses. Beauty of the crystals is the single criterion. The contest serves to refresh the TAs' technique and to give them empathy with the beginning students.

  14. Level structures in odd-odd deformed nucleus 184Ta

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    Gowrishankar, R.; Sood, P. C.

    2016-02-01

    A detailed low-energy level scheme of the odd-odd n-rich nucleus 184 73Ta111 is constructed using the well tested Two-Quasiparticle Rotor Model (TQRM) for calculating the bandhead energies of physically admissible 2qp configurations with the inclusion of residual n-p interaction contribution. The presently available data on this level scheme from 184Hf decay are shown to be in agreement with these calculations. Our analysis concludes that 184Hf ( Q_{β}=1340(30) keV) decay admits of 7 additional (to the 3 presently reported) β-branches to 184Ta with J = 0 or 1 and 8 more physically admissible weak ( 1fu β-branches populating J^{π}=2- levels in 184Ta. Further, a close examination of our level scheme clearly indicates the existence of a low-lying ( Ex = 260(40) keV) high-spin ( J^{π}=10-) long-lived isomer in this nucleus.

  15. Excited states in the proton-unbound nuclide 158Ta

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    Carroll, R. J.; Page, R. D.; Joss, D. T.; O'Donnell, D.; Uusitalo, J.; Darby, I. G.; Andgren, K.; Auranen, K.; Bönig, S.; Cederwall, B.; Doncel, M.; Drummond, M. C.; Eeckhaudt, S.; Grahn, T.; Gray-Jones, C.; Greenlees, P. T.; Hadinia, B.; HerzáÅ, A.; Jakobsson, U.; Jones, P. M.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Konki, J.; Kröll, T.; Leino, M.; Leppänen, A.-P.; McPeake, C.; Nyman, M.; Pakarinen, J.; Partanen, J.; Peura, P.; Rahkila, P.; Revill, J.; Ruotsalainen, P.; Sandzelius, M.; Sarén, J.; Sayǧi, B.; Scholey, C.; Seweryniak, D.; Simpson, J.; Sorri, J.; Stolze, S.; Taylor, M. J.; Thornthwaite, A.

    2016-03-01

    Excited states in the neutron-deficient odd-odd proton-unbound nuclide 158Ta have been investigated in two separate experiments. In the first experiment, 166Ir nuclei were produced in the reactions of 380 MeV 78Kr ions with an isotopically enriched 92Mo target. The α -decay chain of the 9+ state in 166Ir was analyzed. Fine structure in the α decay of the 9+ state in 162Re established a 66 keV difference in excitation energy between the lowest-lying 9+ and 10+ states in 158Ta. Higher-lying states in 158Ta were populated in the reactions of 255 MeV 58Ni ions with an isotopically enriched 102Pd target. Gamma-ray decay paths that populate, depopulate, and bypass a 19- isomeric state have been identified. The general features of the deduced level scheme are discussed and the prospects for observing proton emission branches from excited states are considered.

  16. Branched Ta nanocolumns grown by glancing angle deposition

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    Zhou, C.M.; Gall, D.

    2006-05-15

    Periodic arrays of Ta nanocolumns, 200 nm wide and 600 nm tall, were grown by glancing angle sputter deposition onto self-assembled close-packed arrays of 260-nm-diameter silica spheres. Each sphere leads to the development of a single Ta column. As growth progresses, roughening of the column top surfaces causes branching of some columns into subcolumns. The measured fraction of branched columns f{sub b} decreases with increasing growth temperature, from 30% at 200 deg. C to 4% at 700 deg. C. This is attributed to the increased adatom mobility at elevated temperatures, leading to a larger average separation of growth mounds and, in turn, lower nucleation probabilities for subcolumns. Branching into 3 and 4 subcolumns exhibits probabilities proportional to f{sub b}{sup 2} and f{sub b}{sup 3}, respectively. A fit of the data with a simple nucleation model provides an effective activation energy for Ta surface diffusion of 2.0 eV.

  17. Seismic assessment of Technical Area V (TA-V).

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    Medrano, Carlos S.

    2014-03-01

    The Technical Area V (TA-V) Seismic Assessment Report was commissioned as part of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) Self Assessment Requirement per DOE O 414.1, Quality Assurance, for seismic impact on existing facilities at Technical Area-V (TA-V). SNL TA-V facilities are located on an existing Uniform Building Code (UBC) Seismic Zone IIB Site within the physical boundary of the Kirtland Air Force Base (KAFB). The document delineates a summary of the existing facilities with their safetysignificant structure, system and components, identifies DOE Guidance, conceptual framework, past assessments and the present Geological and Seismic conditions. Building upon the past information and the evolution of the new seismic design criteria, the document discusses the potential impact of the new standards and provides recommendations based upon the current International Building Code (IBC) per DOE O 420.1B, Facility Safety and DOE G 420.1-2, Guide for the Mitigation of Natural Phenomena Hazards for DOE Nuclear Facilities and Non-Nuclear Facilities.

  18. Crystal Structures of U(Ta,W) 5O 16and U(Ta,W) 2O 8Revealed by High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Askeljung, Charlotta; Sundberg, Margareta

    1999-04-01

    Two new phases, U(Ta,W)5O16and U(Ta,W)2O8, were formed by solid state reaction of the binary oxides (U3O8, Ta2O5, and WO3) and Ta metal powder. They were characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction techniques. The phases are orthorhombic with the following unit cell dimensions: U(Ta,W)5O16,a=10.052(1),b=7.3207(5), andc=7.9600(4) Å; and U(Ta,W)2O8,a= 20.232(2),b=7.4520(4), andc=4.0652(2) Å. Both structures are built up of (Ta,W)O6-octahedra arranged as ReO3-type slabs two octahedra wide. In U(Ta,W)5O16these slabs are connected by a thin lamella consisting of hexagonal UO8-bipyramids and (Ta,W)O6-octahedra alternating along both thebandcaxes. EDS analysis indicated a composition of UTa1.5W3.5O16. The structure is related to UMo5O16, but with every other layer displaced through {1}/{2}b. The second phase, U(Ta,W)2O8, is isotypic with the orthorhombic modification of UMo2O8, in which the ReO3-type slabs are intergrown with lamellas of edge-sharing pentagonal UO7-bipyramids. The composition UTa0.5W1.5O8was obtained by EDS analysis. Some defects in terms of three-octahedra-wide ReO3-type slabs have been observed in U(Ta,W)5O16crystals. EDS analyses of such crystals showed a high-tungsten and a low-tantalum content.

  19. Boron site preference in ternary Ta and Nb boron silicides

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    Khan, Atta U.; Nunes, Carlos A.; Coelho, Gilberto C.; Suzuki, Paulo A.; Grytsiv, Andriy; Bourree, Francoise; Rogl, Peter F.

    2012-06-15

    X-ray single crystal (XSC) and neutron powder diffraction data (NPD) were used to elucidate boron site preference for five ternary phases. Ta{sub 3}Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x} (x=0.112(4)) crystallizes with the Ti{sub 3}P-type (space group P4{sub 2}/n) with B-atoms sharing the 8g site with Si atoms. Ta{sub 5}Si{sub 3-x} (x=0.03(1); Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}- type) crystallizes with space group I4/mcm, exhibiting a small amount of vacancies on the 4a site. Both, Ta{sub 5}(Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x}){sub 3}, x=0.568(3), and Nb{sub 5}(Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x}){sub 3}, x=0.59(2), are part of solid solutions of M{sub 5}Si{sub 3} with Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}-type into the ternary M-Si-B systems (M=Nb or Ta) with B replacing Si on the 8h site. The D8{sub 8}-phase in the Nb-Si-B system crystallizes with the Ti{sub 5}Ga{sub 4}-type revealing the formula Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3}B{sub 1-x} (x=0.292(3)) with B partially filling the voids in the 2b site of the Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} parent type. - Graphical abstract: The crystal structures of a series of compounds have been solved from X-ray single crystal diffractometry revealing details on the boron incorporation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structure of a series of compounds have been solved by X-ray single crystal diffractometry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ta{sub 3}(Si{sub 1-x}B{sub x}) (x=0.112) crystallizes with the Ti{sub 3}P-type, B and Si atoms randomly share the 8g site. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structure of Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3}B{sub 1-x} (x=0.292; Ti{sub 5}Ga{sub 4}-type) was solved from NPD.

  20. Processing and characterization of zeta-Ta4C 3-x: A high toughness tantalum carbide

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sygnatowicz, Michael M.

    Tantalum carbides are commonly processed by hot-pressing, canned hot-isostatic-pressing, or spark-plasma sintering because of their high melting temperatures and low diffusivities. This study reports processing of dense ζ-Ta4C 3-x by reaction sintering of a Ta and TaC powder mixture (C/Ta atomic ratio = 0.66). ζ-Ta4C3-x is of interest due to its rhombohedral (trigonal) crystal structure that may be characterized as a polytype with both face-centered-cubic (fcc) and hexagonal-close-packed (hcp) Ta stacking sequences interrupted by stacking faults and missing carbon layers. This structure leads to easy cleaving on the basal planes and high fracture toughness. A key step in processing is the hydrogenation of the Ta powder to produce beta-TaH x, a hard and brittle phase that enables efficient comminution during milling and production of small, equiaxed Ta particles that can be packed to high green density with the TaC powder. Studies of phase evolution by quantitative X-ray diffraction during sintering revealed several intermediate reactions: (a) decomposition of beta-TaHx to Ta, (b) diffusion of C from gamma-TaC to Ta leading to the formation of α-Ta2Cy' with the kinetics described by the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) equation with an exponent, n = 0.5, and an activation energy of 221 kJ/mole, (c) equilibration of α-Ta2Cy' and gamma-TaC 0.78 phases, and (d) formation of ζ-Ta4C2.56 from the equilibrated α-Ta2C and gamma-TaC0.78 phases with the kinetics characterized by a higher JMAK exponent ( n ≈ 3) and higher activation energy (1089 kJ/mole). The microstructure showed evidence of nucleation and growth of the ζ-Ta4C 2.56 phase in both the α-Ta2C and gamma-TaC0.78 parent phases with distinct difference in the morphology due to the different number of variants of the habit plane. A hot-pressed and hot-isostatic-pressed (HIPed) material (C/Ta atomic ratio = 0.66), having formed 95 w% ζ-phase, attained a fracture toughness of 15.6 +/- 0.5 MPa√m and a

  1. TaER Expression Is Associated with Transpiration Efficiency Traits and Yield in Bread Wheat

    PubMed Central

    Zheng, Jiacheng; Yang, Zhiyuan; Madgwick, Pippa J.; Carmo-Silva, Elizabete; Parry, Martin A. J.; Hu, Yin-Gang

    2015-01-01

    ERECTA encodes a receptor-like kinase and is proposed as a candidate for determining transpiration efficiency of plants. Two genes homologous to ERECTA in Arabidopsis were identified on chromosomes 6 (TaER2) and 7 (TaER1) of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), with copies of each gene on the A, B and D genomes of wheat. Similar expression patterns were observed for TaER1 and TaER2 with relatively higher expression of TaER1 in flag leaves of wheat at heading (Z55) and grain-filling (Z73) stages. Significant variations were found in the expression levels of both TaER1 and TaER2 in the flag leaves at both growth stages among 48 diverse bread wheat varieties. Based on the expression of TaER1 and TaER2, the 48 wheat varieties could be classified into three groups having high (5 varieties), medium (27 varieties) and low (16 varieties) levels of TaER expression. Significant differences were also observed between the three groups varying for TaER expression for several transpiration efficiency (TE)- related traits, including stomatal density (SD), transpiration rate, photosynthetic rate (A), instant water use efficiency (WUEi) and carbon isotope discrimination (CID), and yield traits of biomass production plant-1 (BYPP) and grain yield plant-1 (GYPP). Correlation analysis revealed that the expression of TaER1 and TaER2 at the two growth stages was significantly and negatively associated with SD (P<0.01), transpiration rate (P<0.05) and CID (P<0.01), while significantly and positively correlated with flag leaf area (FLA, P<0.01), A (P<0.05), WUEi (P<0.05), BYPP (P<0.01) and GYPP (P<0.01), with stronger correlations for TaER1 than TaER2 and at grain-filling stage than at heading stage. These combined results suggested that TaER involved in development of transpiration efficiency -related traits and yield in bread wheat, implying a function for TaER in regulating leaf development of bread wheat and contributing to expression of these traits. Moreover, the results indicate

  2. Metastable phases in HxLi1-xTaO3 waveguide layers and pure LiTaO3

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Atuchin, V. V.; Dimova-Malinovska, D.; Grigorieva, T. I.; Kalabin, I. E.; Savatinova, I.; Savova, I.; Spesivtsev, E. V.; Tonchev, S.; Ziling, C. C.

    2001-10-01

    The formation of high-temperature phases in low-doped H:LiTaO3 waveguide layers in Z-cut LiTaO3 has been observed both by refractive-index and IR-spectra measurements. This permits us to correlate the index jumps to the changes of the OH bonds in the crystal lattice. Reversible phase transitions were detected in the temperature interval T=50-200 °C over a wide range of hydrogen content including as-grown LiTaO3. The high-temperature phases are metastable close to room temperature. This was demonstrated by tracing the time evolution of the refractive-index change. It was shown that the high-temperature phases are responsible for the long-term refractive-index instabilities in both H:LiTaO3 waveguides and virgin LiTaO3.

  3. Effects of constant voltage stressing on HfTaOx/SiGe gate stack

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mallik, S.; Mahata, C.; Hota, M. K.; Sarkar, C. K.; Maiti, C. K.

    2012-10-01

    Ultrathin HfTaOx gate dielectric has been deposited on Si0.81Ge0.19 by RF co-sputtering of HfO2 and Ta2O5 targets. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) analyses indicate an interfacial layer containing GeOx, Hf silicate, SiOx (layer of Hf- Si-Ge-O) formation during deposition of HfTaOx. No evidence of Ta-silicate or Ta incorporation was found at the interface. X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) measurements show that as-deposited HfTaOx films are amorphous; however, the crystallization temperature of HfTaOx film is found to increase significantly after annealing beyond 500 °C (for 5 min) along with the incorporation of Ta (with 18% Ta). It has been found that HfTaOx gate dielectric on Si0.81Ge0.19 exhibit excellent electrical properties with low interface state density (~6.0×1011 cm-2eV-1) and hysteresis voltage (<70 mV). Charge trapping/detrapping behavior of the gate stacks has been studied under constant voltage stressing and the degradation mechanism of the dielectrics has been studied in detail.

  4. Magnetic field strength influence on the reactive magnetron sputter deposition of Ta2O5

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    Hollerweger, R.; Holec, D.; Paulitsch, J.; Rachbauer, R.; Polcik, P.; Mayrhofer, P. H.

    2013-08-01

    Reactive magnetron sputtering enables the deposition of various thin films to be used for protective as well as optical and electronic applications. However, progressing target erosion during sputtering results in increased magnetic field strengths at the target surface. Consequently, the glow discharge, the target poisoning, and hence the morphology, crystal structure and stoichiometry of the prepared thin films are influenced. Therefore, these effects were investigated by varying the cathode current Im between 0.50 and 1.00 A, the magnetic field strength B between 45 and 90 mT, and the O2/(Ar + O2) flow rate ratio Γ between 0% and 100%. With increasing oxygen flow ratio a substoichiometric TaOx oxide forms at the metallic Ta target surface which further transfers to a non-conductive tantalum pentoxide Ta2O5, impeding a stable dc glow discharge. These two transition zones (from Ta to TaOx and from TaOx to Ta2O5) shift to higher oxygen flow rates for increasing target currents. In contrast, increasing the magnetic field strength (e.g., due to sputter erosion) mainly shifts the TaOx to Ta2O5 transition to lower oxygen flow rates while marginally influencing the Ta to TaOx transition. To allow for a stable dc glow discharge (and to suppress the formation of non-conductive Ta2O5 at the target) even at Γ = 100% either a high target current (Im ⩾ 1 A) or a low magnetic field strength (B ⩽ 60 mT) is necessary. These conditions are required to prepare stoichiometric and fully crystalline Ta2O5 films.

  5. The system Ta-V-Si: Crystal structure and phase equilibria

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    Khan, A.U.; Broz, P.; Bursik, J.; Grytsiv, A.; Chen, X.-Q.; Giester, G.; Rogl, P.

    2012-03-15

    Phase relations have been evaluated for the Ta-V-Si system at 1500 and 1200 Degree-Sign C. Three ternary phases were found: {tau}{sub 1}-(Ta,V){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type), {tau}{sub 2}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} (MgZn{sub 2}-type) and {tau}{sub 3}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} (MgCu{sub 2}-type). The crystal structure of {tau}{sub 2}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} was solved by X-ray single crystal diffraction (space group P6{sub 3}/mmc). Atom order in the crystal structures of {tau}{sub 1}-(Ta,V){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3} type) and {tau}{sub 3}-Ta(Ta,V,Si){sub 2} was derived from X-ray powder diffraction data. A large homogeneity range was found for {tau}{sub 1}-(Ta{sub x}V{sub 1-x}){sub 5}Si{sub 3} revealing random exchange of Ta and V at a constant Si content. At 1500 Degree-Sign C, the end points of the {tau}{sub 1}-phase solution (0.082{<=}x{<=}0.624) are in equilibrium with the solutions (Ta{sub 1-x}V{sub x}){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3} type, 0{<=}x{<=}0.128) and (Ta{sub x}V{sub 1-x}){sub 5}Si{sub 3} (W{sub 5}Si{sub 3} type, 0{<=}x{<=}0.048). - Graphical abstract: Phase relations have been evaluated for the Ta-V-Si system at 1500 and 1200 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase relations have been evaluated for the Ta-V-Si system at 1500 and 1200 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Three ternary phases were found at 1500 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At 1500 Degree-Sign C, {tau}{sub 1}-phase has large homogeneity region (0.064{<=}x{<=}0.624).

  6. Identification of a New Locus, Ptr(t), Required for Rice Blast Resistance Gene Pi-ta-Mediated Resistance

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    Jia, Yulin; Martin, Rodger Carl

    2008-01-01

    Resistance to the blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae is proposed to be initiated by physical binding of a putative cytoplasmic receptor encoded by a NBS type resistance gene Pi-ta to the processed elicitor encoded by the corresponding avirulence gene AVR-Pita. Here we report the identification of a new locus Ptr(t) that is required for Pi-ta-mediated signal recognition. A Pi-ta expressing susceptible mutant was identified using a genetic screen. Putative mutations at Ptr(t) does not alter recognition specificity to another resistance gene Pi-ks in the Pi-ta homozygote indicate that Ptr(t) is more likely specific to Pi-ta-mediated signal recognition. Genetic crosses of Pi-ta Ptr(t) and Pi-ta ptr(t) homozygotes suggest that Ptr(t) segregate at single dominant nuclear gene. A ratio of 1 resistant: 1 susceptible of a BC1 using Pi-ta Ptr(t) with pi-ta ptr(t) homozygotes indicates that Pi-ta and Ptr(t) are linked and co-segregated. Genotyping of mutants of pi-ta ptr(t) and Pi-ta Ptr(t) homozygotes using ten simple sequence repeat markers spanning 9 megabase of Pi-ta determines that Pi-ta and Ptr(t) are of indica origin. Identification of Ptr(t) is a significant advancement in studying Pi-ta-mediated signal recognition and transduction.

  7. Adventures in transformations: TG, TA, oh my! (Poster abstract)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ciocca, M.

    2015-12-01

    (Abstract only) AAVSO made available, through the great volunteer work of Gordon Myers and George Silvis, two very useful tools, Transform Generator and Transform Applier (TG and TA) for transforming instrumental magnitudes to the standard system. I will juxtapose the steps necessary to obtain transformation parameters "the old fashion way" and how can the same result be achieved with these two tools. I will present transformation parameters for the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) telescope and obtained with the standard field M67. These parameters were applied to photometric results for AE Uma, a short-period, high-amplitude delta Scuti star (Period ~ 0.086 d).

  8. Nucleation of fcc Ta when heating thin films

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    Janish, Matthew T.; Mook, William M.; Carter, C. Barry

    2014-10-25

    Thin tantalum films have been studied during in-situ heating in a transmission electron microscope. Diffraction patterns from the as-deposited films were typical of amorphous materials. Crystalline grains were observed to form when the specimen was annealed in-situ at 450°C. Particular attention was addressed to the formation and growth of grains with the face-centered cubic (fcc) crystal structure. As a result, these observations are discussed in relation to prior work on the formation of fcc Ta by deformation and during thin film deposition.

  9. TaC Studios New Construction Test House

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    Butler, T.; Curtis, O.; Kim, E.; Roberts, S.; Stephenson, R.

    2013-03-01

    As part of the NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, Southface partnered with TaC Studios, an Atlanta based architecture firm specializing in residential and light commercial design, on the construction of a new test home in Atlanta, GA in the mixed humid climate zone. This home will serve as a model home for the builder partner and addresses Building America energy savings targets through the planning and implementation of a design package will serve as a basis of design for the builder partner's future homes. As a BA test house, this home will be evaluated to detail whole house energy use, end use loads, and HVAC and hot water efficiency.

  10. TaC Studios New Construction Test House

    SciTech Connect

    Butler, T.; Curtis, O.; Kim, E.; Roberts, S.; Stephenson, R.

    2013-03-01

    As part of the NAHB Research Center Industry Partnership, Southface partnered with TaC Studios, an Atlanta based architecture firm specializing in residential and light commercial design, on the construction of a new test home in Atlanta, GA, in the mixed humid climate zone. This home will serve as a model home for the builder partner and addresses Building America energy savings targets through the planning and implementation of a design package will serve as a basis of design for the builder partner’s future homes. As a BA test house, this home will be evaluated to detail whole house energy use, end use loads, and HVAC and hot water efficiency.

  11. Low emissivity Ag/Ta/glass multilayer thin films deposited by sputtering

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    Park, Sun Ho; Lee, Kee Sun; Sivasankar Reddy, A.

    2011-09-15

    Ta is deposited on a glass substrate as an interlayer for the two-dimensional growth of Ag thin films because Ta has good thermal stability and can induce a negative surface-energy change in Ag/glass. From the transmission electron microscopy results, we concluded that the Ag crystals in the bottom layer (seemingly on Ag/Ta) were flattened; this was rarely observed in the three-dimensional growth mode. Comparing Ag/Ta/glass with Ag/glass, we found that the Ta interlayer was effective in reducing both the resistance and the emissivity, accompanied by the relatively high transmittance in the visible region. In particular, Ag(9 nm)/Ta(1 nm)/glass film showed 0.08 of the emissivity, including {approx}61% of the transmittance in the visible region (wavelength: 550 nm).

  12. Supporting data for senary refractory high-entropy alloy CrxMoNbTaVW

    PubMed Central

    Zhang, B.; Gao, M.C.; Zhang, Y.; Guo, S.M.

    2015-01-01

    This data article is related to the research paper entitled “senary refractory high-entropy alloy CrxMoNbTaVW [1]”. In this data article, the pseudo-binary Cr-MoNbTaVW phase diagram is presented to show the impact of Cr content to the senary Cr-MoNbTaVW alloy system; the sub-lattice site fractions are presented to show the disordered property of the Cr-MoNbTaVW BCC structures; the equilibrium and Scheil solidification results with the actual sample elemental compositions are presented to show the thermodynamic information of the melted/solidified CrxMoNbTaVW samples; and the raw EDS scan data of the arc-melted CrxMoNbTaVW samples are also provided. PMID:26693172

  13. Tribological properties changes of H13 steel induced by MEVVA Ta ion implantation*1

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    Jianhua, Yang; Tonghe, Zhang

    2004-05-01

    The tribological properties of Ta-implanted H13 steel was studied using a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source. The doses of Ta and C ions implanted on H13 steel were 5×10 17 and 2×10 17 cm -2, respectively. The extraction voltages were 48 kV for Ta implantation and 30 kV for C implantation. Rutherford backscattering spectrum (RBS) was used to measure the surface composition of the samples implanted. The observation of phase induced by Ta, C implantation was carried out by grazing-angle X-ray diffraction (GXRD). The wear test of the implanted surface revealed that Ta+C dual implantation reduced the wear of the implanted steel by nearly a factor of 2. This wear mechanism of the Ta-implanted steel was compared with that of Ti implantation.

  14. Magnetotransport measurements of current induced effective fields in Ta/CoFeB/MgO

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    Zhang, Chaoliang; Yamanouchi, Michihiko Ikeda, Shoji; Sato, Hideo; Fukami, Shunsuke; Matsukura, Fumihiro; Ohno, Hideo

    2013-12-23

    We evaluate current-induced effective magnetic fields in perpendicularly magnetized Ta/CoFeB/MgO structures from the external magnetic field angle dependence of the Hall resistance. We confirm the presence of two components of effective fields. The dependence of their magnitudes on Ta thickness implies that both components are related to the spin current in Ta layer generated by the spin Hall effect.

  15. Aqueous corrosion of ion beam mixed Ta films on 13% chromium steel

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    Huang, N. K.

    1993-06-01

    The effect of aqueous corrosion of ion beam mixed Ta on 13 wt% chromium steel in 1M H 2SO 4 or 0.1N NaCl solution has been investigated. The results show that Ta ion mixing can evidently improve the corrosion resistance of chromium steel. The corrosion resistances of the ion beam mixed Ta films are affected by the nature of the substrates. Some suggestions are proposed according to microanalysis results by using SEM, RBS and XPS techniques.

  16. Functional Analysis of the Role of Toxin-Antitoxin (TA) Loci in Bacterial Persistence.

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    Butt, Aaron T; Titball, Richard W

    2016-01-01

    We have developed a method to analyze the functionality of putative TA loci by expressing them in Escherichia coli. Here, we describe the procedure for cloning recombinant TA genes into inducible plasmids and expressing these in E. coli. Following expression, toxicity, resuscitation of growth, and changes in persister cell formation are assayed. This can confirm whether predicted TA loci are active in E. coli and whether expression can affect persister cell formation. PMID:26468105

  17. Comparison between Pt/TiO2/Pt and Pt/TaO X /TaO Y /Pt based bipolar resistive switching devices

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    Ho, Patrick W. C.; Odai Hatem, Firas; Almurib, Haider Abbas F.; Nandha Kumar, T.

    2016-06-01

    Nonvolatile memories have emerged in recent years and have become a leading candidate towards replacing dynamic and static random-access memory devices. In this article, the performances of TiO2 and TaO2 nonvolatile memristive devices were compared and the factors that make TaO2 memristive devices better than TiO2 memristive devices were studied. TaO2 memristive devices have shown better endurance performances (108 times more switching cycles) and faster switching speed (5 times) than TiO2 memristive devices. Electroforming of TaO2 memristive devices requires ∼4.5 times less energy than TiO2 memristive devices of a similar size. The retention period of TaO2 memristive devices is expected to exceed 10 years with sufficient experimental evidence. In addition to comparing device performances, this article also explains the differences in physical device structure, switching mechanism, and resistance switching performances of TiO2 and TaO2 memristive devices. This article summarizes the reasons that give TaO2 memristive devices the advantage over TiO2 memristive devices, in terms of electroformation, switching speed, and endurance.

  18. Electrochemical and Electrochromic Properties of Nanoworm-shaped Ta2O5-Pt Thin-Films

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    Park, K

    2004-05-18

    A Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}-Pt nanostructure electrode was fabricated by means of cosputtering. Worm-like Pt nanoparticles were produced in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} matrix as observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). The electrochemical and electrochromic properties of nanoworm-shaped Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}-Pt electrode are compared with those of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} thin-film electrode without Pt nanoparticles.

  19. (Ag,Cu)-Ta-O ternaries as high-temperature solid-lubricant coatings.

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    Gao, Hongyu; Otero-de-la-Roza, Alberto; Gu, Jingjing; Stone, D'Arcy; Aouadi, Samir M; Johnson, Erin R; Martini, Ashlie

    2015-07-22

    Ternary oxides have gained increasing attention due to their potential use as solid lubricants at elevated temperatures. In this work, the tribological properties of three ternary oxides-AgTaO3, CuTaO3, and CuTa2O6-were studied using a combination of density-functional theory (DFT), molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with newly developed empirical potential parameters, and experimental measurements (AgTaO3 and CuTa2O6 only). Our results show that the MD-predicted friction force follows the trend AgTaO3 < CuTaO3 < CuTa2O6, which is consistent with the experimentally measured coefficients of friction. The wear performance from both MD and experiment exhibits the opposite trend, with CuTa2O6 providing the best resistance to wear. The sliding mechanisms are investigated using experimental characterization of the film composition after sliding, quantification of Ag or Cu cluster formation at the interface during the evolution of the film in MD, and DFT energy barriers for atom migration on the material surface. All our observations are consistent with the hypothesis that the formation of metal (or metal oxide) clusters on the surface are responsible for the friction and wear behavior of these materials. PMID:26106877

  20. Wheat TaSP gene improves salt tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Ma, Xiaoli; Cui, Weina; Liang, Wenji; Huang, Zhanjing

    2015-12-01

    A novel salt-induced gene with unknown functions was cloned through analysis of gene expression profile of a salt-tolerant wheat mutant RH8706-49 under salt stress. The gene was named Triticum aestivum salt-related protein (TaSP) and deposited in GenBank (Accession No. KF307326). Quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) results showed that TaSP expression was induced under salt, abscisic acid (ABA), and polyethylene glycol (PEG) stresses. Subcellular localization revealed that TaSP was mainly localized in cell membrane. Overexpression of TaSP in Arabidopsis could improve salt tolerance of 35S::TaSP transgenic Arabidopsis. 35S::TaSP transgenic Arabidopsis lines after salt stress presented better physiological indexes than the control group. In the non-invasive micro-test (NMT), an evident Na(+) excretion was observed at the root tip of salt-stressed 35S::TaSP transgenic Arabidopsis. TaSP promoter was cloned, and its beta-glucuronidase (GUS) activities before and after ABA, salt, cold, heat, and salicylic acid (SA) stresses were determined. Full-length TaSP promoter contained ABA and salt response elements. PMID:26476792

  1. Morphological instability of Ag films caused by phase transition in the underlying Ta barrier layer

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    Mardani, Shabnam Vallin, Örjan; Wätjen, Jörn Timo; Norström, Hans; Olsson, Jörgen; Zhang, Shi-Li

    2014-08-18

    Wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor technologies are maturing and may provide increased device performance in many fields of applications, such as high-temperature electronics. However, there are still issues regarding the stability and reliability of WBG devices. Of particular importance is the high-temperature stability of interconnects for electronic systems based on WBG-semiconductors. For metallization without proper encapsulation, morphological degradation can occur at elevated temperatures. Sandwiching Ag films between Ta and/or TaN layers in this study is found to be electrically and morphologically stabilize the Ag metallization up to 800 °C, compared to 600 °C for uncapped films. However, the barrier layer plays a key role and TaN is found to be superior to Ta, resulting in the best achieved stability, whereas the difference between Ta and TaN caps is negligible. The β-to-α phase transition in the underlying Ta barrier layer is identified as the major cause responsible for the morphological instability observed above 600 °C. It is shown that this phase transition can be avoided using a stacked Ta/TaN barrier.

  2. Reduced-temperature processing and consolidation of ultra-refractory Ta4HfC5

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    Gaballa, Osama; Cook, B. A.; Russell, A. M.

    2013-04-26

    TaC, HfC, and WC powders were subjected to high-energy milling and hot pressing to produce Ta4HfC5, a composite of Ta(4)HfC5 + 30 vol.% WC, and a composite of Ta4HfC5 + 50 vol.% WC. Sub-micron powders were examined after four different milling intervals prior to hot pressing. XRD was used to verify proper phase formation. SEM, relative density, and hardness measurements were used to examine the resulting phases. Hot pressed compacts of Ta4HfC5 showed densification as high as 98.6% along with Vickers hardness values of 21.4 GPa. Similarly, Ta4HfC5 + 30 vol.% WC exhibited 99% densification with a Vickers hardness of 22.5 GPa. These levels of densification were achieved at 1500 degrees C, which is lower than any previously reported sintering temperature for Ta4HfC5. Microhardness values measured in this study were higher than those previously reported for Ta4HfC5. The WC additions to Ta4HfC5 were found to improve densification and increase microhardness. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Overexpression of a Triticum aestivum Calreticulin gene (TaCRT1) Improves Salinity Tolerance in Tobacco

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    Song, Min; Wang, Yun; Xu, Wenqi; Wu, Lintao; Wang, Hancheng; Ma, Zhengqiang

    2015-01-01

    Calreticulin (CRT) is a highly conserved and abundant multifunctional protein that is encoded by a small gene family and is often associated with abiotic/biotic stress responses in plants. However, the roles played by this protein in salt stress responses in wheat (Triticum aestivum) remain obscure. In this study, three TaCRT genes were identified in wheat and named TaCRT1, TaCRT2 and TaCRT3-1 based on their sequence characteristics and their high homology to other known CRT genes. Quantitative real-time PCR expression data revealed that these three genes exhibit different expression patterns in different tissues and are strongly induced under salt stress in wheat. The calcium-binding properties of the purified recombinant TaCRT1 protein were determined using a PIPES/Arsenazo III analysis. TaCRT1 gene overexpression in Nicotiana tabacum decreased salt stress damage in transgenic tobacco plants. Physiological measurements indicated that transgenic tobacco plants showed higher activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), peroxidase (POD) and catalase (CAT) than non-transgenic tobacco under normal growth conditions. Interestingly, overexpression of the entire TaCRT1 gene or of partial TaCRT1 segments resulted in significantly higher tolerance to salt stress in transgenic plants compared with their WT counterparts, thus revealing the essential role of the C-domain of TaCRT1 in countering salt stress in plants. PMID:26469859

  4. Ultra-High Strength and Ductile Lamellar-Structured Powder Metallurgy Binary Ti-Ta Alloys

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    Liu, Yong; Xu, Shenghang; Wang, Xin; Li, Kaiyang; Liu, Bin; Wu, Hong; Tang, Huiping

    2016-03-01

    Ultra-high strength and ductile powder metallurgy (PM) binary Ti-20at.%Ta alloy has been fabricated via sintering from elemental Ti and Ta powders and subsequent hot swaging and annealing. The microstructural evolution and mechanical properties in each stage were evaluated. Results show that inhomogeneous microstructures with Ti-rich and Ta-rich areas formed in the as-sintered Ti-Ta alloys due to limited diffusion of Ta. In addition, Kirkendall porosity was observed as a result of the insufficient diffusion of Ta. Annealing at 1000°C for up to 24 h failed to eliminate the pores. Hot swaging eliminated the residual sintering porosity and created a lamellar microstructure, consisting of aligned Ta-enriched and Ti-enriched phases. The hot-swaged and annealed PM Ti-20Ta alloy achieved an ultimate tensile strength of 1600 MPa and tensile elongation of more than 25%, due to its unique lamellar microstructure including the high toughness of Ta-enriched phases, the formation of α phase in the β matrix and the refined lamellae.

  5. Geology of the Western Part of Los Alamos National Laboratory (TA-3 to TA-16), Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico

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    C.J.Lewis; A.Lavine; S.L.Reneau; J.N.Gardner; R.Channell; C.W.Criswell

    2002-12-01

    We present data that elucidate the stratigraphy, geomorphology, and structure in the western part of Los Alamos National Laboratory between Technical Areas 3 and 16 (TA-3 and TA-16). Data include those gathered by geologic mapping of surficial, post-Bandelier Tuff strata, conventional and high-precision geologic mapping and geochemical analysis of cooling units within the Bandelier Tuff, logging of boreholes and a gas pipeline trench, and structural analysis using profiles, cross sections, structure contour maps, and stereographic projections. This work contributes to an improved understanding of the paleoseismic and geomorphic history of the area, which will aid in future seismic hazard evaluations and other investigations. The study area lies at the base of the main, 120-m (400-ft) high escarpment formed by the Pajarito fault, an active fault of the Rio Grande rift that bounds Los Alamos National Laboratory on the west. Subsidiary fracturing, faulting, and folding associated with the Pajarito fault zone extends at least 1,500 m (5,000 ft) to the east of the main Pajarito fault escarpment. Stratigraphic units in the study area include upper units of the Tshirege Member of the early Pleistocene Bandelier Tuff, early Pleistocene alluvial fan deposits that predate incision of canyons on this part of the Pajarito Plateau, and younger Pleistocene and Holocene alluvium and colluvium that postdate drainage incision. We discriminate four sets of structures in the area between TA-3 and TA-16: (a) north-striking faults and folds that mark the main zone of deformation, including a graben in the central part of the study area; (b) north-northwest-striking fractures and rare faults that bound the eastern side of the principal zone of deformation and may be the surface expression of deep-seated faulting; (c) rare northeast-striking structures near the northern limit of the area associated with the southern end of the Rendija Canyon fault; and (d) several small east

  6. Spectroscopy of TaN in Support of Fundamental Physics

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    Mawhorter, Richard; Sharfi, David; Kim, Yongrak; Kokkin, Damian; Bouchard, Jacob; Steimle, Timothy

    2016-05-01

    Tantalum nitride, TaN, has been recently identified as a leading candidate for extending the study of T, P-odd effects in the nuclear realm to include proton, neutron, and quark electric dipole moments (EDM) and beyond. This is primarily due to enhancements in the interaction of electrons with the nuclear magnetic quadrupole moment (MQM) and the resulting parity-violating effects. Study of the dispersed laser induced fluorescence resulting from the excitation of the 17570.80 (Ω = 0+) , 18427.38 (Ω = 0+) , 19216.80 (Ω = 1), and 19396.78 (Ω = 1) bands above the X1Σ+ (v = 0) ground state of TaN near 569 nm, 543 nm, 520 nm, and 515 nm has enabled a determination of the branching ratios and transition dipole moments of all 4 states. Radiative lifetimes of 454(32) ns, 479(12) ns, 333(4) ns, and 480(17) ns respectively were measured from an analysis of the fluorescence decay curves, and potential optical pumping approaches for both populating and detecting the parity-violation sensitive 3Δ1 state are proposed. Further experiments using CW laser excitation have enabled the observation of the hyperfine structure of several bands in the gateway 18427.38 (Ω = 0+) to X1Σ+ (v = 0) transition, and analysis of these complex spectra is underway. DK, JB, and TS acknowledge support from NSF CHE-1265885, as do RM, DS, and YK from Pomona College.

  7. Cooperative hunting roles among taï chimpanzees.

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    Boesch, Christophe

    2002-03-01

    All known chimpanzee populations have been observed to hunt small mammals for meat. Detailed observations have shown, however, that hunting strategies differ considerably between populations, with some merely collecting prey that happens to pass by while others hunt in coordinated groups to chase fast-moving prey. Of all known populations, Taï chimpanzees exhibit the highest level of cooperation when hunting. Some of the group hunting roles require elaborate coordination with other hunters as well as precise anticipation of the movements of the prey. The meat-sharing rules observed in this community guarantee the largest share of the meat to hunters who perform the most important roles leading to a capture. The learning time of such hunting roles is sometimes especially long. Taï chimpanzee males begin hunting monkeys at about age 10. The hunters' progress in learning the more sophisticated hunting roles is clearly correlated with age; only after 20 years of practice are they able to perform them reliably. This lengthy learning period has also been shown in some hunter-gatherer societies and confirms the special challenge that hunting represents. PMID:26192594

  8. Synthesis and characterization of Ti-Ta-Nb-Mn foams.

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    Aguilar, C; Guerra, C; Lascano, S; Guzman, D; Rojas, P A; Thirumurugan, M; Bejar, L; Medina, A

    2016-01-01

    The unprecedented increase in human life expectancy have produced profound changes in the prevailing patterns of disease, like the observed increased in degenerative disc diseases, which cause degradation of the bones. Ti-Nb-Ta alloys are promising materials to replace the damaged bone due to their excellent mechanical and corrosion resistance properties. In general metallic foams are widely used for medical application due to their lower elastic moduli compare to bulk materials. In this work we studied the synthesis of 34Nb-29Ta-xMn (x: 2, 4 and 6 wt.% Mn) alloy foams (50% v/v) using ammonium hydrogen carbonate as a space holder. Alloys were produced through mechanical alloying in a planetary mill for 50h. Green compacts were obtained by applying 430 MPa pressure. To remove the space holder from the matrix the green compacts were heated to 180 °C for 1.5h and after sintered at 1300 °C for 3h. Foams were characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning, transmission electron microscopy and optical microscopy. The elastic modulus of the foam was measured as ~30 GPa, and the values are almost equal to the values predicted using various theoretical models. PMID:26478329

  9. Corrosion behaviour of welds and Ta in liquid lead

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    Heinzel, A.; Müller, G.; Weisenburger, A.

    2016-02-01

    Four specimens, P91 welded by friction stir welding with and without post heat treatment, P91 electromagnetic pulse welded (EMP) and 14Cr ODS (explosive welding) were exposed at 550 °C for up to 2131 h to Pb containing 10-6 wt% oxygen. After the exposure none of the samples showed dissolution attack, all were protected by an oxide layer at the surface. Nearly no effect on the oxidation due to welding was found in both friction stir welded specimens. Severe deformation and partial melting during explosive welding result in a slower oxide layer growth within the welding zone. The EMP sample was tested as delivered without post-heat treatment. No Pb penetrated into the tiny gap between the welded parts. After the test, the gap is filled up with oxides. Additionally, Ta, discussed as a pump impeller material, was exposed to Pb and PbBi at different temperatures (400-900 °C) and oxygen concentrations in liquid metal (saturated, 10-6 wt%, 10-8 wt% and reduced (<<10-8 wt%). Only the Ta specimens exposed to Pb with highly reduced oxygen content showed nearly no attack. All the others exhibited oxide scale formation that becomes severe above 400 °C test temperature.

  10. Reconnaissance of the Hydrogeology of Ta'u, American Samoa

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    Izuka, Scot K.

    2005-01-01

    Analysis of existing data and information collected on a reconnaissance field visit supports a conceptual model of ground-water occurrence in Ta'u, American Samoa, in which a thin freshwater lens exists in a predominantly high-permeability aquifer that receives high rates of recharge. Because the freshwater lens is thin throughout most of the island, the productivity of wells, especially those near the coast where the lens is the thinnest, is likely to be limited by saltwater intrusion. The landfill in northwestern Ta'u is closer to the north coast of the island than to any of the existing or proposed well sites. Although this may indicate that ground water beneath the landfill would flow away from the existing and proposed well sites, this interpretation may change depending on the hydraulic properties of a fault and rift zone in the area. Of four plausible scenarios tested with a numerical ground-water flow model, only one scenario indicated that ground water from beneath the landfill would flow toward the existing and proposed well sites; the analysis does not, however, assess which of the four scenarios is most plausible. The analysis also does not consider the change in flow paths that will result from ground-water withdrawals, dispersion of contaminants during transport by ground water, other plausible hydrogeologic scenarios, transport of contaminants by surface-water flow, or that sources of contamination other than the landfill may exist. Accuracy of the hydrologic interpretations in this study is limited by the relatively sparse data available for Ta'u. Understanding water resources on Ta'u can be advanced by monitoring rainfall, stream-flow, evaporation, ground-water withdrawals, and water quality, and with accurate surveys of measuring point elevations for all wells and careful testing of well-performance. Assessing the potential for contaminants in the landfill to reach existing and proposed well sites can be improved with additional information on the

  11. The isolation and characterisation of the wheat molecular ZIPper I homologue, TaZYP1

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    2012-01-01

    Background The synaptonemal complex (SC) is a proteinaceous tripartite structure used to hold homologous chromosomes together during the early stages of meiosis. The yeast ZIP1 and its homologues in other species have previously been characterised as the transverse filament protein of the synaptonemal complex. Proper installation of ZYP1 along chromosomes has been shown to be dependent on the axial element-associated protein, ASY1 in Arabidopsis. Results Here we report the isolation of the wheat (Triticum aestivum) ZYP1 (TaZYP1) and its expression profile (during and post-meiosis) in wild-type, the ph1b deletion mutant as well as in Taasy1 RNAi knock-down mutants. TaZYP1 has a putative DNA-binding S/TPXX motif in its C-terminal region and we provide evidence that TaZYP1 interacts non-preferentially with both single- and double-stranded DNA in vitro. 3-dimensional dual immunofluorescence localisation assays conducted with an antibody raised against TaZYP1 show that TaZYP1 interacts with chromatin during meiosis but does not co-localise to regions of chromatin where TaASY1 is present. The TaZYP1 signal lengthens into regions of chromatin where TaASY1 has been removed in wild-type but this appears delayed in the ph1b mutant. The localisation profile of TaZYP1 in four Taasy1 knock-down mutants is similar to wild-type but TaZYP1 signal intensity appears weaker and more diffused. Conclusions In contrast to previous studies performed on plant species where ZYP1 signal is sandwiched by ASY1 signal located on both axial elements of the SC, data from the 3-dimensional dual immunofluorescence localisation assays conducted in this study show that TaZYP1 signal only lengthens into regions of chromatin after TaASY1 signal is being unloaded. However, the observation that TaZYP1 loading appears delayed in both the ph1b and Taasy1 mutants suggests that TaASY1 may still be essential for TaZYP1 to play a role in SC formation during meiosis. These data further suggest that the

  12. Single-Crystal Electrical Resistivities of Some Ta-Rich Chalcogenides

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    Ahn, Kyungsoo; Hughbanks, Timothy

    1993-02-01

    Vapor phase transport synthesis of several Ta-rich chalcogenides affords us good single crystals for four-probe measurements of their electrical resistivities. A comparison of the temperature dependent resistivities of Ta2S and Ta3S2 show that the latter compound is a considerably poorer conductor for all temperatures from 15 to 270 K, as predicted in our earlier band structure study of these materials and consistent with the recent work of Nozaki and coworkers. In both cases, resistivities were measured along the direction parallel to the 1x [Ta5Ta] chains that serve as these materials' basic structural building blocks. The compounds Ta9M2S6 (M = Fe, Co, Ni) show normal metallic behavior over the same range of temperatures. A distortion that leads to a doubling of the c-axis length for the Fe and Co containing compounds seems to have no significant effect on the electronic density of states at the Fermi level in either material. In contrast, the compounds Ta11M2Se8 (M = Fe, Co, Ni) exhibit markedly different resistivities as a function of temperature. While Ta11Fe2Se8 and Ta11Ni2Se8 behave much like the structurally similar Ta9M2S6 compounds, the resistivity of Ta11Co2Se8 shows a curiously weak temperature dependence and a high residual value at the lowest temperatures of measurement (15 K). Powder diffraction data for this compound suggests that crystals prepared at low temperature have lower symmetry than the Pnnm space group originally reported.

  13. Interfacial electronic structure-modulated magnetic anisotropy in Ta/CoFeB/MgO/Ta multilayers

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    Chen, Xi; Jiang, Shao Long; Yang, Guang; Liu, Yang; Teng, Jiao; Yu, Guang Hua; Wang, Kai You; Wu, Zheng Long

    2014-09-01

    We have observed several unexpected phenomena when a trace amount of Fe atoms is deposited onto the CoFeB/MgO interface in Ta/CoFeB/MgO/Ta multilayers. With the nominal thickness of the introduced Fe atoms (t{sub Fe}) varying from 0 to 0.1 Å, the effective magnetic anisotropy energy (K{sub eff}) of annealed multilayers is remarkably enhanced from 1.28 × 10{sup 6 }erg/cm{sup 3} to 2.14 × 10{sup 6 }erg/cm{sup 3}. As t{sub Fe} further increasing, the K{sub eff} decreases and even becomes negative when t{sub Fe} > 1 Å, indicating the change from perpendicular magnetic anisotropy to in-plane magnetic anisotropy. The analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectrometer reveals that the Fe atoms at annealed CoFeB/MgO interface show different electronic structures as t{sub Fe} increasing, which combine with O atoms to form FeO{sub x} (x < 1), Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, respectively, leading to modulation of Fe 3d-O 2p orbital hybridization and thus the K{sub eff}. On the other hand, we find that the introduction of Fe atoms also helps to reduce the multilayers' magnetic damping.

  14. Low-Level, Measured Response of Los Alamos National Laboratories TA 16 - Building 411 and TA 8 - Building 23 to Direct Flash Attachment of Lightning

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    Dinallo, Michael A.; Holmes, Parris; Merewether, Kimball O.; Morris, Marvin E.

    1999-02-01

    On September 24, 25, 28, and 29, 1998 and on October 19 and 23, 1998, transfer impedance measurements were made on Los Alamos National Laboratories TA 16 - Building 411 and TA 8-- Building 23 to characterize their interior open-circuit voltage response to a direct lightning flash attachment to the structures. The theory, history, measurement methods and equipment, and specific measured results are detailed. The measured results demonstrate that if the remaining metallic penetrations are bonded, then the rebar of the two structures is sufficiently well connected to form a Faraday cage that reduces the maximum open-circuit voltage inside the structure to a sufficiently low level that the required standoff distance to prevent arcing to explosive assemblies is 6.8 inches for TA 16 - Building 411 and is 11.5 inches for TA 8 - Building 23.

  15. Strong enhancement of superconductivity at high pressures within the charge-density-wave states of 2 H -TaS2 and 2 H -TaSe2

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    Freitas, D. C.; Rodière, P.; Osorio, M. R.; Navarro-Moratalla, E.; Nemes, N. M.; Tissen, V. G.; Cario, L.; Coronado, E.; García-Hernández, M.; Vieira, S.; Núñez-Regueiro, M.; Suderow, H.

    2016-05-01

    We present measurements of the superconducting and charge-density-wave (CDW) critical temperatures (Tc and TCDW) as a function of pressure in the transition metal dichalchogenides 2 H -TaSe2 and 2 H -TaS2 . Resistance and susceptibility measurements show that Tc increases from temperatures below 1 K up to 8.5 K at 9.5 GPa in 2 H -TaS2 and 8.2 K at 23 GPa in 2 H -TaSe2 . We observe a kink in the pressure dependence of TCDW at about 4 GPa that we attribute to the lock-in transition from incommensurate CDW to commensurate CDW. Above this pressure, the commensurate TCDW slowly decreases, coexisting with superconductivity within our full pressure range.

  16. Structural and electronic investigations of PbTa4O11 and BiTa7O19 constructed from α-U3O8 types of layers

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    Boltersdorf, Jonathan; Maggard, Paul A.

    2015-09-01

    The PbTa4O11 and BiTa7O19 phases were prepared by ion-exchange and solid-state methods, respectively, and their structures were characterized by neutron time-of-flight diffraction and Rietveld refinement methods (PbTa4O11, R 3 (No. 146), a=6.23700(2) Å, c=36.8613(1) Å; BiTa7O19, P 6 bar c 2 (No. 188), a=6.2197(2) Å, c=20.02981(9) Å). Their structures are comprised of layers of TaO6 octahedra surrounded by three 7-coordinate Pb(II) cations or two 8-coordinate Bi(III) cations. These layers alternate down the c-axis with α-U3O8 types of single and double TaO7 pentagonal bipyramid layers. In contrast to earlier studies, both phases are found to crystallize in noncentrosymmetric structures. Symmetry-lowering structural distortions within PbTa4O11, i.e. R 3 bar c →R3, are found to be a result of the displacement of the Ta atoms within the TaO7 and TaO6 polyhedra, towards the apical and facial oxygen atoms, respectively. In BiTa7O19, relatively lower reaction temperatures leads to an ordering of the Bi/Ta cations within a lower-symmetry structure, i.e., P63/mcm→ P 6 bar c 2 . In the absence of Bi/Ta site disorder, the Ta-O-Ta bond angles decrease and the Ta-O bond distances increase within the TaO7 double layers. Scanning electron microscopy images reveal two particle morphologies for PbTa4O11, hexagonal rods and finer irregularly-shaped particles, while BiTa7O19 forms as aggregates of irregularly-shaped particles. Electronic-structure calculations confirm the highest-energy valence band states are comprised of O 2p-orbitals and the respective Pb 6s-orbital and Bi 6s-orbital contributions. The lowest-energy conduction band states are composed of Ta 5d-orbital contributions that are delocalized over the TaO6 octahedra and layers of TaO7 pentagonal bipyramids. The symmetry-lowering distortions in the PbTa4O11 structure, and the resulting effects on its electronic structure, lead to its relatively higher photocatalytic activity compared to similar structures without

  17. Nb/Ta - Zr/Hf Fractionations during Subduction: Implications for the'Missing' Nb.

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    Zateslo, T.; Bizimis, M.; Salters, V. J.; Stern, C.; Taylor, R. N.

    2008-12-01

    Key differences between the chemical composition of terrestrial materials and those of meteorites have led to the suggestion that a 'hidden' high Nb/Ta reservoir exists in the Earth's mantle. In order to test this hypothesis we must identify the processes that can create such a reservoir. Here we report the first high precision HFSE data on products of the subduction processes thought to fractionate Nb from Ta: boninites (hydrous melting), adakites (slab melting), OIBs (Koolau, Walvis: plume with recycled oceanic crust), as well as kimberlites and lamproites. We developed a new method for the high precision determination of Nb, Ta, Zr, Hf concentrations based on a modified version of standard addition. All analyses were performed on a single collector ICPMS (ELEMENT 1), using Y and Yb as internal standards to correct for instrumental drift during the unspiked -spiked sample sequence. Concentrations are calculated using a York- type regression that accounts for all measured and propagated errors. Long-term reproducibility (multiple dissolutions and multiple spike solutions) for the standards BHVO-1, BIR-1 AGV-1 and BCR-1 are better than 0.8% (1s) for Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios. The advantages of this method compared to previous methods are fast throughput, no column chemistry and low blanks. The Koolau and Walvis Ridge lavas have subchondritic Nb/Ta for a given Zr/Hf, overlapping other OIB suites and show no evidence for a recycled, high Nb/Ta reservoir in their source. OIB, considered as a group, have relatively constant Nb/Ta (15-16) but more variable Zr/Hf (35-50). In contrast, boninites (Chichi Jima) have significantly subchondritic Nb/Ta (4-12) at near constant Zr/Hf (35), while adakites (South Andes) extend to near chondritic Nb/Ta (13-19) at more variable Zr/Hf (30-40). The adakites showing the least evidence for crustal contamination have the highest Nb/Ta. The arc lavas cross the OIB trend at near right angle on a Nb/Ta vs. Zr/Hf plot having larger Nb/Ta

  18. Non-stoichiometry and Defects in the Weyl Semimetals TaAs, TaP, NbAs, and NbP

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    Besara, Tiglet; Rhodes, Daniel A.; Chen, Kuan-Wen; Zhang, Qui; Zheng, Bin; Xin, Yan; Balicas, Luis; Baumbach, Ryan E.; Siegrist, Theo

    We report on a structural study of the Weyl semimetals TaAs, TaP, NbAs, and NbP, utilizing diffraction techniques (single crystal x-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy) and imaging techniques (transmission electron microscopy). We observe defects of various degrees, leading to non-stoichiometric single crystals of all four semimetals. While TaP displays a very large pnictide deficiency with composition TaP0 . 83 (3) and stacking faults accompanied by anti-site disorder and site vacancies, TaAs displays transition metal deficiency with composition Ta0 . 92 (2)As and a high density of stacking faults. NbP also displays pnictide deficiency, yielding composition NbP0 . 95 (2), and lastly, NbAs display very little deviation from a 1:1 composition, NbAs1 . 00 (3), and is therefore recommended to serve as the model compound for these semimetals. DOE-BES #DE-SC0008832 (TB & TS), NSF DMR-1157490 (NHMFL).

  19. The role of Ta and Pt in segregation within Co-Cr-Ta and Co-Cr-Pt thin film magnetic recording media

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    Kemner, K.M.; Harris, V.G.; Chakarian, V.; Idzerda, Y.U.; Elam, W.T.; Kao, C.; Feng, Y.C.; Laughlin, D.E.; Woicik, J.C.

    1996-04-01

    Polarization dependent extended x-ray absorption fine structure (PD-EXAFS) and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) measurements of CoCrTa and CoCrPt films, sputter deposited at varying substrate temperatures, were performed to investigate the average local structure and chemistry about the Ta, Pt, and Co atoms and the average magnetic moment of the Co and Cr atoms within these films. Results from the MCD measurements indicate the average net magnetic moment of the Cr atoms is opposite in direction and five percent in amplitude relative to the Co moments. Inspection of the Fourier transforms of the XAFS data from these samples shows an increase in structural disorder around the Ta and Pt atoms with increasing substrate deposition temperature. A further comparison between the Ta and Pt edge EXAFS results show that the temperature-dependent increase in structural disorder is greater around the Ta atoms in the CoCrTa system than it is around the Pt atoms in the CoCrPt system. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Graphite surface topography induced by Ta cluster impact and oxidative etching

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    Reimann, C. T.; Andersson, S.; Brühwiler, P.; Mårtensson, N.; Olsson, L.; Erlandsson, R.; Henkel, M.; Urbassek, H. M.

    1998-04-01

    Freshly cleaved highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), when baked in air at ≈630°C, forms one-monolayer (ML)-deep circular pits due to oxidation initiated at surface defect sites. We found that the areal density and depths of these pits could be modulated by deliberately introducing surface and sub-surface defects by energetic ion bombardment prior to baking. Bombardment by 555-eV/atom Ta +1, Ta +2, Ta +4, or Ta +9 always enhanced the areal density of etch pits, but only bombardment by Ta +4, or Ta +9 significantly enhanced the depths of the pits. We performed molecular dynamics simulations of Ta n cluster bombardment of HOPG ( n=1,2,4, and 9) with the aim of characterizing the damage structures induced by the bombardment and correlating them with the experimental data. For Ta 9, the simulations showed a high level of damage extending from the surface down to nine MLs, in agreement with the most probable etch pit depth observed. For other cluster species, predicted etch pit depths were deeper than the observed ones. Annealing or steric requirements for initiating oxidation may account for some of the differences between simulations and experimental results.

  1. A vibrational spectral study of hydrated tantalum phosphate(TaPO 5) phases

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    Stranford, G. T.; Condrate, R. A.

    1990-04-01

    Infrared and Raman spectra were measured for various hydrated tantalum phosphate (TaPO 5) materialsafter dehydration at various temperatures, and the spectral differences were interpreted on the basis of structure. The structural nature of water along with protonated phosphate and TaO 6 groups in the amorphous hydrated materials was discussed.

  2. "Forest Grove School District v. T.A." Supreme Court Case: Implications for School Psychology Practice

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    Dixon, Shauna G.; Eusebio, Eleazar C.; Turton, William J.; Wright, Peter W. D.; Hale, James B.

    2011-01-01

    The 2009 "Forest Grove School District v. T.A." United States Supreme Court case could have significant implications for school psychology practice. The Court ruled that the parents of a student with a disability were entitled to private school tuition reimbursement even though T.A. had not been identified with a disability or previously provided…

  3. Statistical inference of selection and divergence of rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The resistance gene Pi-ta has been effectively used to control rice blast disease worldwide. A few recent studies have described the possible evolution of Pi-ta in cultivated and weedy rice. However, evolutionary statistics used for the studies are too limited to precisely understand selection and d...

  4. Wheat Transcription Factor TaAREB3 Participates in Drought and Freezing Tolerances in Arabidopsis.

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    Wang, Jingyi; Li, Qian; Mao, Xinguo; Li, Ang; Jing, Ruilian

    2016-01-01

    AREB (ABA response element binding) proteins in plants play direct regulatory roles in response to multiple stresses, but their functions in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) are not clear. In the present study, TaAREB3, a new member of the AREB transcription factor family, was isolated from wheat. Sequence analysis showed that the TaAREB3 protein is composed of three parts, a conserved N-terminal, a variable M region, and a conserved C-terminal with a bZIP domain. It belongs to the group A subfamily of bZIP transcription factors. TaAREB3 was constitutively expressed in stems, leaves, florets, anthers, pistils, seeds, and most highly, in roots. TaAREB3 gene expression was induced with abscisic acid (ABA) and low temperature stress, and its protein was localized in the nucleus when transiently expressed in tobacco epidermal cells and stably expressed in transgenic Arabidopsis. TaAREB3 protein has transcriptional activation activity, and can bind to the ABRE cis-element in vitro. Overexpression of TaAREB3 in Arabidopsis not only enhanced ABA sensitivity, but also strengthened drought and freezing tolerances. TaAREB3 also activated RD29A, RD29B, COR15A, and COR47 by binding to their promoter regions in transgenic Arabidopsis. These results demonstrated that TaAREB3 plays an important role in drought and freezing tolerances in Arabidopsis. PMID:26884722

  5. Along the Ta Diffusion Path Through a Boron and Oxygen Containing Tri-layer Structure

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    Ying, Ji-Feng; Ji, Rong; Wang, Chen Chen; Ter Lim, Sze; Xie, Huiqing; Gerard, Ernult F.

    2014-08-01

    Diffusion and migration of elements are commonly observed in the fabrication of multilayer thin-film devices, including those of STT-RAM. The CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tri-layer thin-film stack has been widely used in the design of STT-RAM devices as the functional magnetic-tunnel-junction (MTJ) structure. Such issues faced in the fabrication of these devices have been extensively researched from the stand point of engineering the materials property and structure to achieve the best MTJ performance. In this work, we conducted a detailed examination of the chemical-state change of the Ta and B in a CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB/Ta film stack by using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry. We showed that the chemical-state change of Ta and B is a result of the Ta diffusion phenomena through the CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tri-layer structure. In particular, we report the evidences of the formation of TaB x O y compound at some considerable depth away from the Ta layer. Also of value to XPS spectroscopy, the Ta binding energy for such TaB x O y compound is reported for the first time.

  6. Overexpression of the wheat aquaporin gene, TaAQP7, enhances drought tolerance in transgenic tobacco.

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    Zhou, Shiyi; Hu, Wei; Deng, Xiaomin; Ma, Zhanbing; Chen, Lihong; Huang, Chao; Wang, Chen; Wang, Jie; He, Yanzhen; Yang, Guangxiao; He, Guangyuan

    2012-01-01

    Aquaporin (AQP) proteins have been shown to transport water and other small molecules through biological membranes, which is crucial for plants to combat stress caused by drought. However, the precise role of AQPs in drought stress response is not completely understood in plants. In this study, a PIP2 subgroup gene AQP, designated as TaAQP7, was cloned and characterized from wheat. Expression of TaAQP7-GFP fusion protein revealed its localization in the plasma membrane. TaAQP7 exhibited high water channel activity in Xenopus laevis oocytes and TaAQP7 transcript was induced by dehydration, and treatments with polyethylene glycol (PEG), abscisic acid (ABA) and H(2)O(2). Further, TaAQP7 was upregulated after PEG treatment and was blocked by inhibitors of ABA biosynthesis, implying that ABA signaling was involved in the upregulation of TaAQP7 after PEG treatment. Overexpression of TaAQP7 increased drought tolerance in tobacco. The transgenic tobacco lines had lower levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and H(2)O(2), and less ion leakage (IL), but higher relative water content (RWC) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities when compared with the wild type (WT) under drought stress. Taken together, our results show that TaAQP7 confers drought stress tolerance in transgenic tobacco by increasing the ability to retain water, reduce ROS accumulation and membrane damage, and enhance the activities of antioxidants. PMID:23285044

  7. Worldwide distribution and origin of rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Pi-ta is a single resistance (R) gene encoding a putative NBS type receptor with single amino acid alanine at position 918 (G at 6640) determining the resistance specificity. The distribution and origin of the Pi-ta gene were investigated in a germplasm core collection consisting of 1790 accessions ...

  8. Alternatively spliced transcripts of Pi-ta blast resistance gene in Oryza sativa

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Pi-ta gene in rice (Oryza sativa L.) confers resistance to races of Magnaporthe oryzae containing its cognate avirulence gene AVR-Pita. Pi-ta is a single-copy gene belonging to the nucleotide-binding site leucine-rich repeat (NBS-LRR) class of plant resistance (R) genes. In the present study, w...

  9. Suboxide/subnitride formation on Ta masks during magnetic material etching by reactive plasmas

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    Li, Hu; Muraki, Yu; Karahashi, Kazuhiro; Hamaguchi, Satoshi

    2015-07-15

    Etching characteristics of tantalum (Ta) masks used in magnetoresistive random-access memory etching processes by carbon monoxide and ammonium (CO/NH{sub 3}) or methanol (CH{sub 3}OH) plasmas have been examined by mass-selected ion beam experiments with in-situ surface analyses. It has been suggested in earlier studies that etching of magnetic materials, i.e., Fe, Ni, Co, and their alloys, by such plasmas is mostly due to physical sputtering and etch selectivity of the process arises from etch resistance (i.e., low-sputtering yield) of the hard mask materials such as Ta. In this study, it is shown that, during Ta etching by energetic CO{sup +} or N{sup +} ions, suboxides or subnitrides are formed on the Ta surface, which reduces the apparent sputtering yield of Ta. It is also shown that the sputtering yield of Ta by energetic CO{sup +} or N{sup +} ions has a strong dependence on the angle of ion incidence, which suggests a correlation between the sputtering yield and the oxidation states of Ta in the suboxide or subnitride; the higher the oxidation state of Ta, the lower is the sputtering yield. These data account for the observed etch selectivity by CO/NH{sub 3} and CH{sub 3}OH plasmas.

  10. Haplotype diversity at the Pi-ta locus in cultivated rice and its wild relataives

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Pi-ta gene in rice confers resistance to the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae containing AVR-Pita. Pi-ta is predicted to encode a cytoplasmic receptor protein with nucleotide binding sites and leucine rich domain. A panel of 51 oryza accessions consisting of the AA genome species, O. sativa, O. glabe...

  11. TaO x -based resistive switching memories: prospective and challenges

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    Prakash, Amit; Jana, Debanjan; Maikap, Siddheswar

    2013-10-01

    Resistive switching memories (RRAMs) are attractive for replacement of conventional flash in the future. Although different switching materials have been reported; however, low-current operated devices (<100 μA) are necessary for productive RRAM applications. Therefore, TaO x is one of the prospective switching materials because of two stable phases of TaO2 and Ta2O5, which can also control the stable low- and high-resistance states. Long program/erase endurance and data retention at high temperature under low-current operation are also reported in published literature. So far, bilayered TaO x with inert electrodes (Pt and/or Ir) or single layer TaO x with semi-reactive electrodes (W and Ti/W or Ta/Pt) is proposed for real RRAM applications. It is found that the memory characteristics at current compliance (CC) of 80 μA is acceptable for real application; however, data are becoming worst at CC of 10 μA. Therefore, it is very challenging to reduce the operation current (few microampere) of the RRAM devices. This study investigates the switching mode, mechanism, and performance of low-current operated TaO x -based devices as compared to other RRAM devices. This topical review will not only help for application of TaO x -based nanoscale RRAM devices but also encourage researcher to overcome the challenges in the future production.

  12. Wheat Transcription Factor TaAREB3 Participates in Drought and Freezing Tolerances in Arabidopsis

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    Wang, Jingyi; Li, Qian; Mao, Xinguo; Li, Ang; Jing, Ruilian

    2016-01-01

    AREB (ABA response element binding) proteins in plants play direct regulatory roles in response to multiple stresses, but their functions in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) are not clear. In the present study, TaAREB3, a new member of the AREB transcription factor family, was isolated from wheat. Sequence analysis showed that the TaAREB3 protein is composed of three parts, a conserved N-terminal, a variable M region, and a conserved C-terminal with a bZIP domain. It belongs to the group A subfamily of bZIP transcription factors. TaAREB3 was constitutively expressed in stems, leaves, florets, anthers, pistils, seeds, and most highly, in roots. TaAREB3 gene expression was induced with abscisic acid (ABA) and low temperature stress, and its protein was localized in the nucleus when transiently expressed in tobacco epidermal cells and stably expressed in transgenic Arabidopsis. TaAREB3 protein has transcriptional activation activity, and can bind to the ABRE cis-element in vitro. Overexpression of TaAREB3 in Arabidopsis not only enhanced ABA sensitivity, but also strengthened drought and freezing tolerances. TaAREB3 also activated RD29A, RD29B, COR15A, and COR47 by binding to their promoter regions in transgenic Arabidopsis. These results demonstrated that TaAREB3 plays an important role in drought and freezing tolerances in Arabidopsis. PMID:26884722

  13. Symmetry-breaking Ta4+ centers in KTaO3

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    Laguta, V. V.; Zaritskii, M. I.; Glinchuk, M. D.; Bykov, I. P.; Rosa, J.; Jastrabík, L.

    1998-07-01

    A study of photoinduced Ta4+ centers in nominally pure KTaO3 single crystals has been carried out by electron-spin resonance. Two of these centers (Ta4+-VO and Ta4+-VO-Me4+) are connected with vacancies of oxygen (VO); a third center is associated with an OH- molecular ion (Ta4+-OH-). This assignment is made on the basis of concentration measurements of the corresponding centers after annealing in argon, oxygen, hydrogen, and H2O vapor atmospheres. It has been shown that the Ta4+ centers are shallow donors; at T>=30 K they are ionized and transformed into ordinary VO and OH- which are assumed to be the main lattice defects before illumination. Their energy levels are determined by the temperature dependence of the relaxation rate of the light-induced nonequilibrium localized electron population. The energy levels of Ta4+-VO and Ta4+-VO-Me4+ centers are situated at 26 and 8 meV below the bottom of the conduction band, respectively. The symmetry of the centers is inverse broken in the sense that the photoelectron is localized near one of two equivalent Ta5+ ions next to an oxygen vacancy or OH-. The role of VO defects and OH- molecules in the nucleation of local polar clusters in nominally pure KTaO3 crystals at low temperatures is discussed.

  14. Using the TA to Prepare Graduate Students for Research and Employment

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    Heller, Kenneth

    One of the most underused components of the physics graduate program is the time spent being a teaching assistant (TA). Often the TA duties consist of grading and trying to help undergraduates survive a physics course. How those duties are accomplished is left to each TA. The most common TA preparation, if it exists, has a narrow focus on the class being taught. Preparation consists of describing, or perhaps practicing, specific teaching skills and gaining familiarity with the equipment used in the laboratory portion of the class. Instead TAs can be integrated into the entire course in which they function so that they learn the course as a system. This means treating a course in the same way one approaches a research project with the TAs as members of the research team headed by a faculty advisor. TA preparation is broadened and support includes the management, teamwork, and communication skills necessary. This makes the TAs more efficient and effective teachers while explicitly connecting the TA experience to the ``soft'' skills they need in their own research careers whether in industry, national laboratories, or academia. This talk describes such a program, functioning for over 20 years at the University of Minnesota, that takes no more time than the usual TA but results in graduate students that are more satisfied with their TA experience, are better prepared to function in research groups, and provide a better classroom experience for their undergraduate students.

  15. Field resistance expressed when the PI-TA gene is compromised by Magnaporthe oryzae

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Pi-ta gene provided 14 years of durable resistance to contemporary field population of Magnaporthe oryzae in southern USA rice production areas before being overcome during 2004 in ‘Banks’, a Pi-ta-based cultivar, by race IE-1k of the blast pathogen. Previously detected in production fields in 1...

  16. Oxygen related recombination defects in Ta3N5 water splitting photoanode

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    Fu, Gao; Yan, Shicheng; Yu, Tao; Zou, Zhigang

    2015-10-01

    A key route to improving the performance of Ta3N5 photoelectrochemical film devices in solar driving water splitting to hydrogen is to understand the nature of the serious recombination of photo-generated carriers. Here, by using the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, we confirmed that for the Ta3N5 films prepared by nitriding Ta2O5 precursor, one PL peak at 561 nm originates from deep-level defects recombination of the oxygen-enriched Ta3N5 phases, and another one at 580 nm can be assigned to band recombination of Ta3N5 itself. Both of the two bulk recombination processes may decrease the photoelectrochemical performance of Ta3N5. It was difficult to remove the oxygen-enriched impurities in Ta3N5 films by increasing the nitriding temperatures due to their high thermodynamically stability. In addition, a broadening PL peak between 600 and 850 nm resulting from oxygen related surface defects was observed by the low-temperature PL measurement, which may induce the surface recombination of photo-generated carriers and can be removed by increasing the nitridation temperature. Our results provided direct experimental evidence to understand the effect of oxygen-related crystal defects in Ta3N5 films on its photoelectric performance.

  17. Electron Cloud at Low Emittance in CesrTA

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    Palmer, Mark; Alexander, James; Billing, Michael; Calvey, Joseph; Conolly, Christopher; Crittenden, James; Dobbins, John; Dugan, Gerald; Eggert, Nicholas; Fontes, Ernest; Forster, Michael; Gallagher, Richard; Gray, Steven; Greenwald, Shlomo; Hartill, Donald; Hopkins, Walter; Kreinick, David; Kreis, Benjamin; Leong, Zhidong; Li, Yulin; Liu, Xianghong; /more authors..

    2012-07-06

    The Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) has been reconfigured as a test accelerator (CesrTA) for a program of electron cloud (EC) research at ultra low emittance. The instrumentation in the ring has been upgraded with local diagnostics for measurement of cloud density and with improved beam diagnostics for the characterization of both the low emittance performance and the beam dynamics of high intensity bunch trains interacting with the cloud. A range of EC mitigation methods have been deployed and tested and their effectiveness is discussed. Measurements of the electron cloud's effect on the beam under a range of conditions are discussed along with the simulations being used to quantitatively understand these results.

  18. Single crystal studies of binary compounds Ta/Ga - A system with experimental and crystallographic peculiarities

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    Koffi, Agbelenko; Ade, Martin; Hillebrecht, Harald

    2016-06-01

    We report on single crystal growth and characterisation of binary intermetallics TaxGay. Single crystals were obtained from mixtures of the elements which were handled under various conditions. Several new compounds were identified. The highest Ga-content is found for the new binary phases Ta6Ga31 and Ta8Ga41. Both compounds evolve as intergrown crystals. Ta8Ga41 belongs to the V8Ga41 type (R 3 bar , Z=3, a=14.311 Å, c=15.344 Å), Ta6Ga31 to the triclinic Mo6Ga31-type (P 1 bar , Z=2, a=9.697 Å, b=9.698 Å, c=14.879 Å, α=87.18°, β=80.83°, γ=85.18°). TaGa3 bases on the tetragonal TiAl3-type (I4/mmm, Z=2, a=3.769 Å, c=8.718 Å) but shows stacking faults leading to an increased Ta content Ta1+xGa3-x. This interpretation is supported by the structure model of an orthorhombic superstructure with an idealized composition Ta2Ga5 (Cmcm, Z=4, a=3.769, b=31.37, c=3.770 Å). Ta2-xGa5+x (x≈0.38) is a representative of the Mn2Hg5-type (P4/mbm, Z=2, a=9.3213(13), c=2.7572(6) Å). Ta4Ga5 represents a new compound with a novel crystal structure (P4/mbm, Z=16, a=11.793(2), c=16.967(3) Å). The complex structure contains polyhedra with coordination numbers between 11 and 14. Ta3Ga2 (P42/mnm, Z=2, a=6.8382(4), c=3.4963(2) Å) belongs to the U3Si2 type. For the composition Ta5Ga3 three different structure types were confirmed but with some differences. The tetragonal W5Si3 type (I4/mcm, Z=4, a=10.2199(7), c=5.1121(4) Å) is a stoichiometric binary compound, the hexagonal Mn5Si3-type (P63/mcm, Z=2, a=7.7023(4), c=5.3062(3) Å) contains a small amount of oxygen (Ta5Ga3O0.4) and in the tetragonal Cr5B3-type (I4/mcm, Z=4, a=6.5986(9), c=11.931(2)Å) one of the Ga-sites shows a significant underoccupation of 40% ("Ta2.2Ga"). Compositions were confirmed by EDX measurements.

  19. Dental development of the Taï Forest chimpanzees revisited.

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    Smith, T M; Smith, B H; Reid, D J; Siedel, H; Vigilant, L; Hublin, J J; Boesch, C

    2010-05-01

    Developmental studies consistently suggest that teeth are more buffered from the environment than other skeletal elements. The surprising finding of late tooth eruption in wild chimpanzees (Zihlman et al., 2004) warrants reassessment in a broader study of crown and root formation. Here we re-examine the skeletal collection of Taï Forest juvenile chimpanzees using radiography and physical examination. Several new individuals are included, along with genetic and histological assessments of questionable identities. Only half of the Taï juveniles employed by Zihlman et al. (2004) have age of death known with accuracy sufficient for precise comparisons with captive chimpanzees. One key individual in the former study, misidentified during field recovery as Xindra (age 8.3), is re-identified as Goshu (age 6.4). For crown formation we find that onset and duration greatly overlap captive chimpanzees, whereas root development may be more susceptible to acceleration in captive individuals. Kuykendall's (1996) equation relating captive tooth formation stage to age gives reasonable estimates of young wild subjects' true ages. Direct comparisons of tooth eruption ages are limited. A key 3.76 year-old individual likely possessed an emerging mandibular M1 at death (previously estimated from the maxillary molar as occurring at 4.1 years). Wild individuals appear to fall near the middle or latter half of captive eruption ranges. While minor developmental differences are apparent in some comparisons, our reanalysis does not show an "unambiguous pattern" of slower tooth formation in this wild environment. These data do not undermine recent developmental studies of the comparative life histories of fossil hominins. PMID:20416929

  20. Evaluation of the potential for surface faulting at TA-63. Final report

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    Kolbe, T.; Sawyer, J.; Springer, J.; Olig, S.; Hemphill-Haley, M.; Wong, I.; Reneau, S.

    1995-01-01

    This report describes an investigation of the potential for surface faulting at the proposed sites for the Radioactive Liquid Waste Treatment Facility (RL)WF) and the Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility at TA-63 and TA-52 (hereafter TA-63), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This study was performed by Woodward-Clyde Federal Services (WCFS) at the request of the LANL. The projections of both the Guaje Mountain and Rendija Canyon faults are mapped in the vicinity of TA-63. Based on results obtained in the ongoing Seismic Hazard Evaluation Program of the LANL, displacement may have occurred on both the Guaje Mountain and Rendija Canyon faults in the past 11,000 years (Holocene time). Thus, in accordance with US Department of Energy (DOE) Orders and Standards for seismic hazards evaluations and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Regulations for seismic standard requirements, a geologic study of the proposed TA-63 site was conducted.

  1. Oxidation behavior and mechanical properties of laminated Hf-Ta coatings

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    Chen, Yung-I.; Huang, Yu-Ren; Chang, Li-Chun

    2015-11-01

    This study explores the internal oxidation of laminated Hf-Ta coatings with a cyclically gradient chemical concentration distribution along the growth direction. The oxidation behavior was examined by annealing the coatings at 400-600 °C in a 15 ppm O2-N2 atmosphere for 30 min. The variations in crystalline structure, nanohardness, chemical states, and chemical composition profiles in depth after various annealing conditions were investigated. The results indicate that all the Hf-Ta coatings maintain a laminated structure after annealing at 400-600 °C. Internal oxidation conducts during 500 and 600 °C annealing, but part of the outmost layers exhibits complex oxides after annealing at 600 °C. The nanohardness of annealed Hf-Ta coatings related to the formation of HfO2, Hf6Ta2O17, and amorphous Ta-oxide were studied.

  2. "Engineered dual NbTa barriers for higher Jc Nb3Sn superconductors"

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    Robert E. Barber; Karl T. Hartwig

    2012-07-07

    The tantalum (Ta) diffusion barrier in advanced Nb3Sn superconductors often develops a failure mode during wire drawing where the Nb and Ta layers deform non-uniformly leading to a rough interface with adjacent copper. The non-uniform deformation of these layers can lead to premature wire breakage and breaches in the barrier, and contamination of the copper stabilizer by tin (Sn). The objective of the proposed work was to demonstrate that a dual NbTa layer made from severely deformed Nb and Ta exhibits improved co-deformation behavior with pure Cu in advanced Nb3Sn superconductors. This phase I project demonstrated improved microstructural uniformity and superior mechanical property characteristics of equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE) processed and rolled Nb and Ta sheets. The results of this work point to a method for fabrication of higher field and lower cost superconducting magnets for high energy physics applications.

  3. Synthesis, crystal structure, and photocatalytical properties of Ba3Ta5O14N

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    Anke, B.; Bredow, T.; Soldat, J.; Wark, M.; Lerch, M.

    2016-01-01

    Light yellow Ba3TaV5O14N was successfully synthesized as phase-pure material crystallizing isostructurally to well-known mixed-valence Ba3TaV4TaIVO15. The electronic structure of Ba3Ta5O14N was studied theoretically with a hybrid Hartree-Fock-DFT method. The most stable structure was obtained when nitrogen atoms were placed at 4 h sites having fourfold coordination. By incorporating nitrogen, the band gap decreases from ∼3.8 eV commonly known for barium tantalum(V) oxides to 2.8 eV for the oxide nitride, giving rise to an absorption band well in the visible-light region. Ba3Ta5O14N was also tested for photocatalytic hydrogen formation.

  4. Potential energy surfaces for the Ta{sup +}+C{sub 2} reaction

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    Roszak, S.; Balasubramanian, K.

    1997-03-01

    Relativistic complete-active space self-consistent field and multireference configuration interaction computations including spin{endash}orbit coupling are made on the TaC{sub 2}{sup +} cation, the most abundant of metal carbides observed in direct laser vaporization and Knudsen effusion{endash}mass spectrometric experiments. The suggested mechanism of TaC{sub 2}{sup +} formation via recombination reactions between Ta{sup +} and C{sub 2} is consistent with the calculated potential energy curves for the low-lying electronic states. Two nearly degenerate unsymmetrical linear (Ta{endash}C{endash}C{sup +}) and symmetrical C{sub 2v}(C{endash}Ta{endash}C{sup +}) isomers suggest that the products can include a mixture of both isomers. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  5. Superconducting proximity effect in inverted InAs/GaSb quantum well structures with Ta electrodes

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    Yu, Wenlong; Jiang, Yuxuan; Huan, Chao; Chen, Xunchi; Jiang, Zhigang; Hawkins, Samuel D.; Klem, John F.; Pan, Wei

    2014-11-10

    We present our recent electronic transport results in top-gated InAs/GaSb quantum well hybrid structures with superconducting Ta electrodes. We show that the transport across the InAs−Ta junction depends largely on the interfacial transparency, exhibiting distinct zero-bias behavior. For a relatively resistive interface, a broad conductance peak is observed at zero bias. When a transparent InAs−Ta interface is achieved, a zero-bias conductance dip appears with two coherent-peak-like features forming at bias voltages corresponding to the superconducting gap of Ta. The conductance spectra of the transparent InAs−Ta junction at different gate voltages can be fit well using the standard Blonder-Tinkham-Klapwijk theory.

  6. Growth and optical properties of Mg, Fe Co-doped LiTaO3 crystal

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    Fang, Shuangquan; Ma, Decai; Zhang, Tao; Ling, Furi; Wang, Biao

    2006-02-01

    Mg, Fe double-doped LiTaO3 and LiNbO3 crystals have been grown by Czochralski method. The optical properties were measured by two-beam coupling experiments and transmitted facula distortion method. The results showed that the photorefractive response speed of Mg:Fe:LiTaO3 was about three times faster than that of Fe:LiTaO3, whereas the photo-damage resistance was two orders of magnitude higher than that of Fe:LiTaO3. In this paper, site occupation mechanism of impurities was also discussed to explain the high photo-damage resistance and fast response speed in Mg:Fe:LiTaO3 crystal.

  7. Growth and photorefractive properties of Zn, Fe double-doped LiTaO 3 crystal

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    Fang, Shuangquan; Wang, Biao; Zhang, Tao; Ling, Furi; Wang, Rui

    2006-02-01

    Zn, Fe double-doped LiTaO3 crystals have been grown by the Czochralski method. The photorefractive properties and optical damage resistance were measured by the two-beam coupling experiments and transmitted facula distortion method, respectively. The results showed that the photorefractive response speed of Zn:Fe:LiTaO3 was about four times faster than that of Fe:LiTaO3, whereas the optical damage resistance was two orders of magnitude higher than that of Fe:LiTaO3. In this paper, site occupation mechanism of impurities was also discussed to explain the high optical damage resistance and fast response speed of Zn:Fe:LiTaO3 crystal.

  8. Density functional study of the high-pressure behavior of Ta3N5

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    Zhang, Ji-Dong

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, the effects of high pressure on the structural, elastic and electronic properties of new synthesized U3Te5-type and U3Se5-type Ta3N5 are investigated by plane-wave pseudopotential density functional theory. The cell volumes, lattice constants and elastic constants of U3Te5-type and U3Se5-type Ta3N5 under pressure ranging from 0 to 100 GPa are obtained. The Vickers hardness and Debye temperature of U3Te5-and U3Se5-type Ta3N5 are calculated for the first time. DOS and PDOS are calculated to study the electronic properties and covalent bonds between N and Ta atoms, which are considered to be the origin of the high hardness of these two types Ta3N5.

  9. Gray Ta2O5 Nanowires with Greatly Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance.

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    Zhu, Guilian; Lin, Tianquan; Cui, Houlei; Zhao, Wenli; Zhang, Hui; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-01-13

    Black TiO2, with enhanced solar absorption and photocatalytic activity, has gained extensive attention, inspiring us to investigate the reduction of other wide-bandgap semiconductors for improved performance. Herein, we report the preparation of gray Ta2O5 nanowires with disordered shells and abundant defects via aluminum reduction. Its water decontamination is 2.5 times faster and hydrogen production is 2.3-fold higher over pristine Ta2O5. The reduced Ta2O5 also delivers significantly enhanced photoelectrochemical performance compared with the pristine Ta2O5 nanowires, including much higher carrier concentration, easier electron-hole separation and 11 times larger photocurrent. Our results demonstrate that Ta2O5 will have great potentials in photocatalysis and solar energy utilization after proper modification. PMID:26670703

  10. Developing tTA transgenic rats for inducible and reversible gene expression.

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    Zhou, Hongxia; Huang, Cao; Yang, Min; Landel, Carlisle P; Xia, Pedro Yuxing; Liu, Yong-Jian; Xia, Xu Gang

    2009-01-01

    To develop transgenic lines for conditional expression of desired genes in rats, we generated several lines of the transgenic rats carrying the tetracycline-controlled transactivator (tTA) gene. Using a vigorous, ubiquitous promoter to drive the tTA transgene, we obtained widespread expression of tTA in various tissues. Expression of tTA was sufficient to strongly activate its reporter gene, but was below the toxicity threshold. We examined the dynamics of Doxycycline (Dox)-regulated gene expression in transgenic rats. In the two transmittable lines, tTA-mediated activation of the reporter gene was fully subject to regulation by Dox. Dox dose-dependently suppressed tTA-activated gene expression. The washout time for the effects of Dox was dose-dependent. We tested a complex regime of Dox administration to determine the optimal effectiveness and washout duration. Dox was administered at a high dose (500 microg/ml in drinking water) for two days to reach the effective concentration, and then was given at a low dose (20 microg/ml) to maintain effectiveness. This regimen of Dox administration can achieve a quick switch between ON and OFF statuses of tTA-activated gene expression. In addition, administration of Dox to pregnant rats fully suppressed postnatal tTA-activated gene expression in their offspring. Sufficient levels of Dox are present in mother's milk to produce maximal efficacy in nursing neonates. Administration of Dox to pregnant or nursing rats can provide a continual suppression of tTA-dependent gene expression during embryonic and postnatal development. The tTA transgenic rat allows for inducible and reversible gene expression in the rat; this important tool will be valuable in the development of genetic rat models of human diseases. PMID:19214245

  11. The Antibacterial Activity of Ta-doped ZnO Nanoparticles

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    Guo, Bing-Lei; Han, Ping; Guo, Li-Chuan; Cao, Yan-Qiang; Li, Ai-Dong; Kong, Ji-Zhou; Zhai, Hai-Fa; Wu, Di

    2015-08-01

    A novel photocatalyst of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles was prepared by a modified Pechini-type method. The antimicrobial study of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles on several bacteria of Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis ( B. subtilis) and Staphylococcus aureus ( S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli ( E. coli) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ( P. aeruginosa) were performed using a standard microbial method. The Ta-doping concentration effect on the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of various bacteria under dark ambient has been evaluated. The photocatalytical inactivation of Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible light irradiation was examined. The MIC results indicate that the incorporation of Ta5+ ions into ZnO significantly improve the bacteriostasis effect of ZnO nanoparticles on E. coli, S. aureus, and B. subtilis in the absence of light. Compared to MIC results without light irradiation, Ta-doped ZnO and pure ZnO nanoparticles show much stronger bactericidal efficacy on P. aeruginosa, E. coli, and S. aureus under visible light illumination. The possible antimicrobial mechanisms in Ta-doped ZnO systems under visible light and dark conditions were also proposed. Ta-doped ZnO nanoparticles exhibit more effective bactericidal efficacy than pure ZnO in dark ambient, which can be attributed to the synergistic effect of enhanced surface bioactivity and increased electrostatic force due to the incorporation of Ta5+ ions into ZnO. Based on the antibacterial tests, 5 % Ta-doped ZnO is a more effective antimicrobial agent than pure ZnO.

  12. Top electrode material related bipolar memory and unipolar threshold resistance switching in amorphous Ta2O5 films

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    Cai, Yunyu; Sheng, Cuicui; Liang, Changhao

    2013-06-01

    Tantalum oxide (Ta2O5) is one of the most studied materials for its stable resistance switching and potential application in nonvolatile memory devices. Top electrode and essential switching material are two critical points dominating its switching characteristics. Here, Ta2O5 films of amorphous nature (a-Ta2O5) with tunable thicknesses were made by changing the applied voltage during anodic oxidation of Ta-metal foils. The resistance-switching behavior of an a-Ta2O5 film in a metal/a-Ta2O5/Ta configuration was investigated by using a sputtered W or Ag metal film as the top electrode. The unipolar threshold switching phenomenon was observed using W as top electrode (WTE), while bipolar switching behaviors were achieved using active Ag metal as top electrode (AgTE). The thickness of the a-Ta2O5 film shows an obvious effect on the SET voltage in a WTE/a-Ta2O5/Ta device. The interfacial redox reaction induced formation of more conductive Ta-rich suboxide and the Joule heating effect are proposed to contribute to the unipolar threshold switching behavior. It is also suggested that the bipolar switching could have resulted from the electrochemical reaction-induced dissolution and growth of Ag conducting channels inside the Ta2O5 films.

  13. Overexpression of wheat gene TaMOR improves root system architecture and grain yield in Oryza sativa.

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    Li, Bo; Liu, Dan; Li, Qiaoru; Mao, Xinguo; Li, Ang; Wang, Jingyi; Chang, Xiaoping; Jing, Ruilian

    2016-07-01

    Improved root architecture is an effective strategy to increase crop yield. We demonstrate that overexpression of transcription factor gene MORE ROOT (TaMOR) from wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) results in more roots and higher grain yield in rice (Oryza sativa). TaMOR, encoding a plant-specific transcription factor belonging to the ASYMMETRIC LEAVES2/LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES (AS2/LOB) protein family, is highly conserved in wheat and its wild relatives. In this study, tissue expression patterns indicated that TaMOR mainly localizes to root initiation sites. The consistent gene expression pattern suggests that TaMOR is involved in root initiation. Exogenous auxin treatment induced TaMOR expression without de novo protein biosynthesis. Both in vivo and in vitro experiments demonstrated that TaMOR interacts with TaMOR-related protein TaMRRP, which contains a four-tandem-pentatricopeptide repeat motif. Overexpression of TaMOR led to more lateral roots in Arabidopsis thaliana, and TaMOR-overexpressing rice plants had more crown roots, a longer main panicle, a higher number of primary branches on the main panicle, a higher grain number per plant, and higher yield per plant than the plants of wild type. In general, TaMOR-D-overexpressing lines had larger root systems in Arabidopsis and rice, and produce a higher grain yield per plant. TaMOR therefore offers an opportunity to improve root architecture and increase yield in crop plants. PMID:27229732

  14. Evolutionary dynamics and structure of the rice blast resistance locus Pi-ta in wild, cultivated, and US weedy rice

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    The Pi-ta gene in rice has been used to control rice blast pathogen, Magnaporthe oryza, in rice growing areas worldwide for decades. To understand the evolutionary process and natural selection of Pi-ta during rice domestication, we first examined sequences of the genomic region of Pi-ta in geograph...

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  1. Fractionation of Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf in the Mantle-Crust Sytem

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    Mezger, K.; Weyer, S.; Muenker, C.

    2001-12-01

    The isovalent element pairs Zr/Hf and Nb/Ta have generally been regarded as behaving identical during most geologic processes. As a consequence, it was expected that the ratios of these elements pairs are more of less constant and chondritic in all reservoirs of the silicate Earth. However, recent measurements of Zr/Hf and Nb/Ta of higher precision have indicated that mantle-derived magmas in certain geochemical environments and tectonic settings are characterized by distinct variations in Zr/Hf and Nb/Ta ratios that deviate significantly from the chondritic values. In comparison to known analytical methods, the resolution of Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf measurements can be improved by nearly a factor of 10 by isotope dilution measurements using a mixed 180Ta-94Zr-180Hf-176Lu tracer. In order to establish the solar system ratios for Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf, chondrites and eucrites were analyzed. The mean Zr/Hf of all chondrites and eucrites investigated in this study is 34.2+/-0.3 (2 RSE) and is indistinguishable from the chondrite-only mean value, which is 34.1+/-0.6. This new mean Zr/Hf value is lower than the previous estimate for the Zr/Hf of 36.3, which was inferred from analyses of OIBs and the chondrite Orgueil (Jochum et al., 1986). The chondritic Nb/Ta of 17.6+/-1.0 determined in this study agrees with previously estimated values (Jochum et al. 2000). A comparison of basalts and peridotites reveals subchondritic Zr/Hf for depleted peridotites and basalts derived from the depleted mantle. Peridotites from the Balmuccia peridotite (Italy) have Zr/Hf as low as 10 and they show an excellent correlation with Zr-contents. Therefore it can be assumed that the lower Zr/Hf in the mantle relative to the chondritic value is a feature caused by melt extraction. Nb/Ta in the Balmuccia peridotites show a similar variation, but no correlation with Ta-contents and Zr/Hf can be observed. This decoupling is caused by the extremely incompatible behavior of Nb and Ta during mantle melting. Small

  2. Characterization of Ta-Si-N coatings prepared using direct current magnetron co-sputtering

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    Chen, Yung-I.; Lin, Kun-Yi; Wang, Hsiu-Hui; Cheng, Yu-Ru

    2014-06-01

    Ta-Si-N coatings were prepared using reactive direct current magnetron co-sputtering on silicon substrates. When the sputtering powers and N2 flow ratio were varied, Ta-Si-N coatings exhibited various chemical compositions and crystalline characteristics. The high-Si-content Ta-Si-N coatings exhibited an amorphous phase in the as-deposited states, whereas the low-Si-content coatings exhibited a face-centered cubic phase or an amorphous phase depending on the N content. This study evaluated the application of amorphous Ta-Si-N coatings, such as the protective coatings on glass molding dies, in high-temperature and oxygen-containing atmospheres for longed operation durations. To explore the oxidation resistance and mechanical properties of the Ta-Si-N coatings, annealing treatments were conducted in a 1%O2-99%Ar atmosphere at 600 °C for 4-100 h. The material characteristics and oxidation behavior of the annealed Ta-Si-N coatings were examined using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and a nanoindentation tester. The Si oxidized preferentially in the Ta-Si-N coatings. The in-diffusion of oxygen during 600 °C annealing was restricted by the formation of an amorphous oxide scale consisting of Si and O.

  3. Phosphido-bridged Ta/Rh bimetallic complex: synthesis, structure, and catalytic hydrosilylation of acetophenone.

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    Findlay, Andrea E; Leelasubcharoen, Somying; Kuzmina, Lyudmila G; Howard, Judith A K; Nikonov, Georgii I

    2010-10-21

    Reaction of Cp2TaH3 (1) with ClPEt2 gives the insertion product [Cp2TaH2(PHEt2)]Cl (5), which upon deprotonation with LiN(SiMe3)2 affords the phosphido complex Cp2TaH2(PEt2) (6) as the kinetic product. The latter transforms by a first-order reaction during the course of 3.5 days to the phosphine complex Cp2TaH(PHEt2) (7). Repetition of this insertion/deprotonation sequence gives the compounds [Cp2Ta(PHEt2)2]Cl (8) and Cp2Ta(PEt2)(PHEt2) (9). Reaction of the latter with 0.5[(μ-Cl)Rh(η2-C2H4)]2 in the presence of LiN(SiMe3)2 gives the bimetallic complex Cp2Ta(μ-PEt2)2Rh(η2-C2H4) (10), which was studied by NMR and X-ray diffraction analysis. Complex 10 catalyses the hydrosilylation of acetophenone by PhMeSiH2. PMID:20585667

  4. Integration of high-dielectric constant Ta2O5 oxides on diamond for power devices

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    Cheng, Shaoheng; Sang, Liwen; Liao, Meiyong; Liu, Jiangwei; Imura, Masataka; Li, Hongdong; Koide, Yasuo

    2012-12-01

    The authors report on the direct integration of high-dielectric constant (high-k) Ta2O5 films on p-type single crystal diamond for high-power electronic devices. Crystallized hexagonal phase δ-Ta2O5 film is achieved on diamond by annealing the amorphous Ta2O5 film deposited by a sputter-deposition technique. The electrical properties of the Ta2O5 thin films are investigated by fabricating metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) diodes. The leakage current of the MIS diode is as low as 10-8 A/cm2 for the as-deposited amorphous Ta2O5 film and 10-2 A/cm2 for the crystallized film, which is 108 and 102 times lower than that of the Schottky diode at a forward bias of -3 V, respectively. The dielectric constant of the amorphous Ta2O5 films is measured to be 16 and increases to 29 after annealing at 800 °C. Different current leakage mechanisms and charge trapping behaviors are proposed for the amorphous and crystallized Ta2O5 thin films.

  5. Nb-Ta mobility and fractionation during exhumation of UHP eclogite from southwestern Tianshan, China

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    Zhang, Lijuan; Zhang, Lifei; Lü, Zeng; Bader, Thomas; Chen, Zhenyu

    2016-05-01

    In order to study the behavior of high field strength elements (HFSE) during retrograde overprint of ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) eclogites, analysis of Nb and Ta concentrations was carried out on bulk rock, rutile (in both veins and host rocks) and titanite in the host eclogite. The studied samples were collected from the UHP metamorphic belt of southwestern Tianshan, China. Petrographic observation and phase equilibria modeling show that the host eclogites have experienced UHP metamorphism and the rutile-bearing veins are thought to be originated from an internal fluid source, probably by lawsonite dehydration during exhumation. The presence of vein rutile indicates HFSE could be mobilized from host eclogites to veins, which is probably facilitated by complexation with dissolved Na-Al silicates and fluorine-rich fluids. Changes in fluid composition (e.g., F-1, X(CO2)) may trigger the precipitation of rutile. Rutile/fluid partitioning may be the key to fractionating Nb and Ta, with preference for Ta in the fluid, resulting in Nb/Ta ratio of rutile in the veins lower than that in the host eclogite. Besides, the transformation of rutile into titanite also might be an effective mechanism for fractionating Nb from Ta, resulting in the intra-grain Nb-Ta zonations in vein rutile. The Nb-Ta mobility and fractionation can happen during exhumation of the UHP eclogite, which should be very important for understanding the behavior of HFSE in subduction zone metamorphism.

  6. Growth and holographic storage properties of Mg:Fe:LiTaO3 crystal

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    Zhao, Yequan; Fang, Shuangquan; Xu, Wusheng; Xu, Yuheng

    2003-04-01

    Mg:Fe:LiTaO3 crystals were first grown by Czochralski method, and Fe:LiTaO3 crystals, Fe:LiNbO3 and Mg:Fe:LiNbO3 crystals were also grown at the same time. The holographic storage properties of these crystals, such as the exponential gain coefficient, the diffraction efficiency and the response time, were measured by the two-wave coupling method. It was found that the response speed of Mg:Fe:LiTaO3 crystal was five times faster than that of Fe:LiTaO3. The light scattering resistance ability was also measured, and that of Mg:Fe:LiTaO3 crystal was two orders of magnitude higher than that of Fe:LiTaO3 as well as higher than that of Mg:Fe:LiNbO3. The enhancement mechanism of the photorefractive properties for Mg:Fe:LiTaO3 crystal was discussed for the first time.

  7. Improved Piezoelectric Properties of LiTaO3 Family Solid Solution Ceramics with Modified Composition

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    Bamba, Noriko; Takaoka, Junpei; Chino, Takashi; Fukami, Tatsuo; Elouadi, Brahim

    2006-09-01

    Nonstoichiometric LiTaO3 ceramics doped with 15 mol % CaTiO3 have been prepared to improve the piezoelectricity of LiTaO3 ceramics and iron doping has been investigated to obtain a high mechanical quality factor, Qm. By increasing the ratio of B sites (Ta and Ti) from 49.5 to 52.0 mol %, crack generation was suppressed and resonance frequency in the radial vibration mode shifted. (Li0.84Ca0.15)(Ta0.86Ti0.15)O3 ceramics whose A and B site ratios were 49.5 and 50.5 mol %, respectively, caused a higher resonance frequency and a high piezoelectric activity than the stoichiometric LiTaO3. The optimum composition for the piezoelectric properties was obtained from the nonstoichiometric LiTaO3 expressed as (Li0.832Ca0.158)(Ta0.856Ti0.15Fe0.004)O3; the phase shift was 73° and the quality factor Qm was 7872 in the radial vibration mode. Although the phase shift is still not sufficiently high, it is expected to approach 90° by fixing it under better poling conditions. One of the possible applications of this material is as an oscillator element for signal processing circuits.

  8. Study of Brāhmī Ghṛta and piracetam in amnesia

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    Yadav, Kapil Deo; Reddy, K. R. C.; Kumar, Vikas

    2012-01-01

    Objective: To compare the effect of Brāhmī Ghṛta with piracetam (a reference standard chemical) in amnesia. Materials and Methods: Brāhmī Ghṛta contained Brāhmī (Bacopa monneri), Vacā (Acorus calamus), Kuṣṭha (Sassurea lappa), Śaṅkhapuṣpī (Convolvulos pluricalis), and Purāṇa Ghṛta, prepared as per snehapāka process. Antiamnesic activity of Brāhmī Ghṛta (400 and 800 mg/kg, p.o.) was evaluated in scopolamine (1 mg/kg, s.c.) induced amnesia in Charles Foster rats using elevated plus maze, passive avoidance, and active avoidance tests. Piracetam (500 mg/kg, p.o.) was used as standard drug. This effect was compared with standard chemical used in experimental study. Results: Brāhmī Ghṛta - (in both doses) and piracetam-treated rats significantly reversed the effect of scopolamine in modified elevated plus maze, passive avoidance, and active avoidance tests. But there were no significant differences observed in antiamnesic activity of Brāhmī Ghṛta and standard drug. Conclusion: Brāhmī Ghṛta and piracetam produced significant beneficial effect on scopolamine-induced amnesic effect, but no significant difference was observed in between them. PMID:23929987

  9. Anomalous anti-damping in sputtered β-Ta/Py bilayer system.

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    Behera, Nilamani; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, Dinesh K

    2016-01-01

    Anomalous decrease in effective damping parameter αeff in sputtered Ni81Fe19 (Py) thin films in contact with a very thin β-Ta layer without necessitating the flow of DC-current is observed. This reduction in αeff, which is also referred to as anti-damping effect, is found to be critically dependent on the thickness of β-Ta layer; αeff being highest, i.e., 0.0093 ± 0.0003 for bare Ni81Fe19(18 nm)/SiO2/Si compared to the smallest value of 0.0077 ± 0.0001 for β-Ta(6 nm)/Py(18 nm)/SiO2/Si. This anomalous anti-damping effect is understood in terms of interfacial Rashba effect associated with the formation of a thin protective Ta2O5 barrier layer and also the spin pumping induced non-equilibrium diffusive spin-accumulation effect in β-Ta layer near the Ta/Py interface which induces additional spin orbit torque (SOT) on the moments in Py leading to reduction in αeff. The fitting of αeff (tTa) revealed an anomalous negative interfacial spin mixing conductance, g(↑↓) = -1.13  ± .05 × 10(18) m(-2) and spin diffusion length, λSD = 2.47 ± 0.47 nm. The increase in αeff observed above tTa = 6 nm is attributed to the weakening of SOT at higher tTa. The study highlights the potential of employing β-Ta based nanostructures in developing low power spintronic devices having tunable as well as low value of α. PMID:26782952

  10. Anomalous anti-damping in sputtered β-Ta/Py bilayer system

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    Behera, Nilamani; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, Dinesh K.

    2016-01-01

    Anomalous decrease in effective damping parameter αeff in sputtered Ni81Fe19 (Py) thin films in contact with a very thin β-Ta layer without necessitating the flow of DC-current is observed. This reduction in αeff, which is also referred to as anti-damping effect, is found to be critically dependent on the thickness of β-Ta layer; αeff being highest, i.e., 0.0093 ± 0.0003 for bare Ni81Fe19(18 nm)/SiO2/Si compared to the smallest value of 0.0077 ± 0.0001 for β-Ta(6 nm)/Py(18 nm)/SiO2/Si. This anomalous anti-damping effect is understood in terms of interfacial Rashba effect associated with the formation of a thin protective Ta2O5 barrier layer and also the spin pumping induced non-equilibrium diffusive spin-accumulation effect in β-Ta layer near the Ta/Py interface which induces additional spin orbit torque (SOT) on the moments in Py leading to reduction in . The fitting of (tTa) revealed an anomalous negative interfacial spin mixing conductance, and spin diffusion length,. The increase in αeff observed above tTa = 6 nm is attributed to the weakening of SOT at higher tTa. The study highlights the potential of employing β-Ta based nanostructures in developing low power spintronic devices having tunable as well as low value of α.

  11. Effect of Ti doping on Ta 2O 5 stacks with Ru and Al gates

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    Paskaleva, A.; Tapajna, M.; Atanassova, E.; Frohlich, K.; Vincze, A.; Dobročka, E.

    2008-07-01

    The Ti-doped Ta 2O 5 thin films (<10 nm) obtained by rf sputtering are studied with respect to their composition, dielectric and electrical properties. The incorporation of Ti is performed by two methods - a surface doping, where a thin Ti layer is deposited on the top of Ta 2O 5 and a bulk doping where the Ti layer is sandwiched between two layers of Ta 2O 5. The effect of the process parameters (the method and level of doping) on the elemental distribution in-depth of the films is investigated by the time of flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS). The Ti and Ta 2O 5 are intermixed throughout the whole thickness but the layers are very inhomogeneous. Two sub-layers exist in all the samples — a near interfacial region which is a mixture of Ta-, Ti-, Si-oxides as well as TaSiO, and an upper Ti-doped Ta 2O 5 sub-layer. For both methods of doping, Ti tends to pile-up at the Si interface. The electrical characterisation is performed on capacitors with Al- and Ru-gate electrodes. The two types of MIS structures exhibit distinctly different electrical behavior: the Ru gate provides higher dielectric permittivity while the stacks with Al electrode are better in terms of leakage currents. The specific metal-dielectric reactions and metal-induced electrically active defects for each metal electrode/high- k dielectric stack define its particular electrical behavior. It is demonstrated that the Ti doping of Ta 2O 5 is a way of remarkable improvement of leakage characteristics (the current reduction with more than four orders of magnitude as compared with undoped Ta 2O 5) of Ru-gated capacitors which originates from Ti induced suppression of the oxygen vacancy related defects.

  12. TaADF3, an Actin-Depolymerizing Factor, Negatively Modulates Wheat Resistance Against Puccinia striiformis

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    Tang, Chunlei; Deng, Lin; Chang, Dan; Chen, Shuntao; Wang, Xiaojie; Kang, Zhensheng

    2016-01-01

    The actin cytoskeleton has been implicated in plant defense against pathogenic fungi, oomycetes, and bacteria. Actin depolymerizing factors (ADFs) are stimulus responsive actin cytoskeleton modulators. However, there is limited evidence linking ADFs with plant defense against pathogens. In this study, we have isolated and functionally characterized a stress-responsive ADF gene (TaADF3) from wheat, which was detectable in all examined wheat tissues. TaADF3 is a three-copy gene located on chromosomes 5AL, 5BL, and 5DL. A particle bombardment assay in onion epidermal cells revealed the cytoplasmic and nuclear localization of TaADF3. The expression of TaADF3 was inducible by abscisic acid (ABA), as well as various abiotic stresses (drought and cold) and virulent Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) but was down regulated in response to avirulent Pst. Virus-induced silencing of TaADF3 copies enhanced wheat resistance to avirulent Pst, with decreased reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation and hypersensitive response (HR). Upon treatment with virulent Pst, TaADF3-knockdown plants exhibited reduced susceptibility, which was accompanied by increased ROS production and HR. Interestingly, the silencing of TaADF3 resulted in hindered pathogen penetration and haustoria formation for both avirulent and virulent Pst. Moreover, the array and distribution of actin filaments was transformed in TaADF3-knockdown epidermal cells, which possibly facilitated attenuating the fungus penetration. Thus, our findings suggest that TaADF3 positively regulates wheat tolerance to abiotic stresses and negatively regulates wheat resistance to Pst in an ROS-dependent manner, possibly underlying the mechanism of impeding fungal penetration dependent on the actin architecture dynamics. PMID:26834758

  13. Anomalous anti-damping in sputtered β-Ta/Py bilayer system

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    Behera, Nilamani; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Pandya, Dinesh K.

    2016-01-01

    Anomalous decrease in effective damping parameter αeff in sputtered Ni81Fe19 (Py) thin films in contact with a very thin β-Ta layer without necessitating the flow of DC-current is observed. This reduction in αeff, which is also referred to as anti-damping effect, is found to be critically dependent on the thickness of β-Ta layer; αeff being highest, i.e., 0.0093 ± 0.0003 for bare Ni81Fe19(18 nm)/SiO2/Si compared to the smallest value of 0.0077 ± 0.0001 for β-Ta(6 nm)/Py(18 nm)/SiO2/Si. This anomalous anti-damping effect is understood in terms of interfacial Rashba effect associated with the formation of a thin protective Ta2O5 barrier layer and also the spin pumping induced non-equilibrium diffusive spin-accumulation effect in β-Ta layer near the Ta/Py interface which induces additional spin orbit torque (SOT) on the moments in Py leading to reduction in . The fitting of (tTa) revealed an anomalous negative interfacial spin mixing conductance, and spin diffusion length,. The increase in αeff observed above tTa = 6 nm is attributed to the weakening of SOT at higher tTa. The study highlights the potential of employing β-Ta based nanostructures in developing low power spintronic devices having tunable as well as low value of α. PMID:26782952

  14. Structure and electronic properties of conducting, ternary TixTa1-xN films

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    Matenoglou, G. M.; Lekka, Ch. E.; Koutsokeras, L. E.; Karras, G.; Kosmidis, C.; Evangelakis, G. A.; Patsalas, P.

    2009-05-01

    We report on the electronic structure and optical properties of conducting ternary transition metal nitrides consisting of metals of different groups of the periodic table of elements. For the study of the bonding, electronic structure, and optical properties of conducting TixTa1-xN film growth, optical spectroscopy and ab initio calculations were used. Despite the different valence electron configuration of the constituent elements, Ta(d3s2) and Ti(d2s2), we show that TiN and TaN are completely soluble due to the hybridization of the d and sp electrons of the metals and N, respectively, that stabilizes the ternary TixTa1-xN systems to the rocksalt structure. The optical properties of TixTa1-xN have been studied using spectroscopic methods and detailed electronic structure calculations, revealing that the plasma energy of the fully dense TixTa1-xN is varying between 7.8 and 9.45 eV. Additional optical absorption bands are manifested due to the N p →Ti/Ta d interband transition the t2g→eg transition due to splitting of the metals' d band, with the major exception of the Ti0.50Ta0.50N, where the eg unoccupied states are not manifested due to the local structure of the ternary system; this finding is observed for the first time and proves previous assignments of optical transitions in TaN.

  15. Synthesis of Ti-Ta alloys with dual structure by incomplete diffusion between elemental powders.

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    Liu, Yong; Li, Kaiyang; Wu, Hong; Song, Min; Wang, Wen; Li, Nianfeng; Tang, Huiping

    2015-11-01

    In this work, powder metallurgical (PM) Ti-Ta alloys were sintered using blended elemental powders. A dual structure, consisting of Ti-rich and Ta-rich zones, was formed due to the insufficient diffusion between Ti and Ta powders. The microstructure, mechanical properties and in vitro biological properties of the alloys were studied. Results indicated that the alloys have inhomogenous microstructures and compositions, but the grain structures were continuous from the Ti-rich zone to the Ta-rich zone. The Ta-rich zone exhibited a much finer grain size than the Ti-rich zone. The alloys had a high relative density in the range of 95-98%, with the porosity increasing with the content of Ta due to the increased difficulty in sintering and the formation of Kirkendall pores. The alloys had a good combination of low elastic modulus and high tensile strength. The strength of alloys was almost doubled compared to that of the ingot metallurgy alloys with the same compositions. The low elastic modulus was due to the residual pores and the alloying effect of Ta, while the high tensile strength resulted from the strengthening effects of solid solution, fine grain size and α phase. The alloys had a high biocompatibility due to the addition of Ta, and were suitable for the attachment of cells due to the surface porosity. It was also indicated that PM Ti-(20-30)Ta alloys are promising for biomedical applications after the evaluations of both the mechanical and the biological properties. PMID:26275506

  16. Study of XANES near Ta-L edges in LiTaO3 through thermal wave, fluorescence and first principles

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    Kane, S. R.; Kumar, Shailendra; Ghosh, Haranath; Singh, Ajit Kumar; Tiwari, M. K.

    2016-01-01

    X-ray absorption near-edge spectra (XANES) of Ta-L2 and L3 edges in LiTaO3 (LTO) crystals are measured by measuring amplitude and phase of thermal waves generated within the LTO crystal, using pyroelectric property of LTO. Thus, LTO crystal is used both as a sample as well as sensor material. XANES of Ta-L edges in LTO are also measured by fluorescence. XANES spectra from fluorescence and first-principles simulations agree excellently well. The onset of the pre-edge region of XANES, measured by both techniques, extends below the edge by about 50 eV. This pre-edge onset of absorption is explained in terms of the core-hole lifetime effect on near-edge absorption using density functional theory. However, detailed nature of XANES peaks near Ta-L3 and Ta-L2 absorption edges, measured by thermal waves and fluorescence, differ. Possible origins of these differences are discussed.

  17. Chemical Concentrations in Field Mice from Open-Detonation Firing Sites TA-36 Minie and TA-39 Point 6 at Los Alamos National Laboratory

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    Fresquez, Philip R.

    2011-01-01

    Field mice (mostly Peromyscus spp.) were collected at two open-detonation (high explosive) firing sites - Minie at Technical Area (TA) 36 and Point 6 at TA-39 - at Los Alamos National Laboratory in August of 2010 and in February of 2011 for chemical analysis. Samples of whole body field mice from both sites were analyzed for target analyte list elements (mostly metals), dioxin/furans, polychlorinated biphenyl congeners, high explosives, and perchlorate. In addition, uranium isotopes were analyzed in a composite sample collected from TA-36 Minie. In general, all constituents, with the exception of lead at TA-39 Point 6, in whole body field mice samples collected from these two open-detonation firing sites were either not detected or they were detected below regional statistical reference levels (99% confidence level), biota dose screening levels, and/or soil ecological chemical screening levels. The amount of lead in field mice tissue collected from TA-39 Point 6 was higher than regional background, and some lead levels in the soil were higher than the ecological screening level for the field mouse; however, these levels are not expected to affect the viability of the populations over the site as a whole.

  18. Identification of a new locus, Ptr(t), required for rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta-mediated resistance.

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    Jia, Yulin; Martin, Rodger

    2008-04-01

    Resistance to the blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae is proposed to be initiated by physical binding of a putative cytoplasmic receptor encoded by a nucleotide binding site-type resistance gene, Pi-ta, to the processed elicitor encoded by the corresponding avirulence gene AVR-Pita. Here, we report the identification of a new locus, Ptr(t), that is required for Pi-ta-mediated signal recognition. A Pi-ta-expressing susceptible mutant was identified using a genetic screen. Putative mutations at Ptr(t) do not alter recognition specificity to another resistance gene, Pi-k(s), in the Pi-ta homozygote, indicating that Ptr(t) is more likely specific to Pi-ta-mediated signal recognition. Genetic crosses of Pi-ta Ptr(t) and Pi-ta ptr(t) homozygotes suggest that Ptr(t) segregates as a single dominant nuclear gene. A ratio of 1:1 (resistant/susceptible) of a population of BC1 of Pi-ta Ptr(t) with pi-ta ptr(t) homozygotes indicates that Pi-ta and Ptr(t) are linked and cosegregate. Genotyping of mutants of pi-ta ptr(t) and Pi-ta Ptr(t) homozygotes using ten simple sequence repeat markers at the Pi-ta region determined that Pi-ta and Ptr(t) are located within a 9-megabase region and are of indica origin. Identification of Ptr(t) is a significant advancement in studying Pi-ta-mediated signal recognition and transduction. PMID:18321185

  19. Application of LiTaO3 pyroelectric crystal for pulsed neutron detection

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    Liang, W. F.; Lu, Y.; Wu, J.; Gao, H.; Li, M.

    2016-08-01

    The feasibility of a LiTaO3 pyroelectric crystal for pulsed neutron detection has been studied. The detector consists of a slice of electroded Z-cut LiTaO3 pyroelectric crystal, and no additional neutron converter is required owing to the Li contained in the crystal. The slight temperature increase caused by neutron radiation will lead to the release of bound charges and will give rise to a pyroelectric signal. The response of it has been studied both theoretically and experimentally. Our preliminary experiment on the CFBR-II reactor suggests that the LiTaO3 pyroelectric detector is promising for high intensity neutron - pulse measurement.

  20. Template-free synthesis of Ta3N5 nanorod arrays for efficient photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Zhen, Chao; Wang, Lianzhou; Liu, Gang; Lu, Gao Qing Max; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2013-04-14

    We report the template-free synthesis of Ta3N5 nanorod array films grown on Ta foil by a combination of a vapor-phase hydrothermal process and subsequent nitriding. The Ta3N5 nanorod array film modified with Co(OH)x when used as a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell for water splitting yields a stable photocurrent density of 2.8 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 VRHE under AM 1.5G simulated sunlight. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency at 480 nm is determined to be 37.8%. PMID:23463440

  1. Connection between the glass transition temperature Tg and the Arrhenius temperature TA in supercooled liquids

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    Novikov, V. N.

    2016-08-01

    At high temperatures the structural relaxation time in liquids has Arrhenius temperature dependence. At lowering temperature, temperature dependence changes to a super Arrhenius at some temperature TA. This temperature is an important point for the structural relaxation dynamics in supercooled liquids because it reflects the transition to collective relaxation. Here we derive a relation between TA, the glass transition temperature Tg and fragility. We show that the ratio Tg/TA increases with increasing fragility of a liquid. The derived relation is in agreement with the experimental data in a series of molecular, hydrogen bonding and two inorganic glass-formers.

  2. New Developments of the Therapeutic Alliance (TA): Good News for Psychodynamic Psychiatry.

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    Auchincloss, Elizabeth L

    2016-03-01

    Clinicians have long known that successful psychotherapy, including successful psychodynamic psychotherapy, depends upon the interaction between therapist and patient. In other words, it is important to have a strong therapeutic alliance. This article presents the history of the concept of the therapeutic alliance (TA). It also explores three areas of research that have bearing on the TA. The importance of the TA and the extensive research work that pertains to it hold promise for psychodynamic psychiatry, both in terms of understanding, and in the treatment of mental suffering. PMID:26938802

  3. Structural studies of the metal-rich region in the ternary Ta-Nb-S system

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    Yao, Xiaoqiang.

    1991-10-07

    Six new solid solution type compounds have been prepared using high temperature techniques and characterized by means of single crystal x-ray techniques during a study of the metal-rich region of the ternary Ta-Nb-S system. The structures of Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 11-x}S{sub 4} are reminiscent of niobium-rich sulfides, rather than of tantalum-rich sulfides. The coordinations of sulfur are capped trigonal prismatic while the metal coordinations are capped distorted cubic prismatic for Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 11-x}S{sub 4}, and capped distorted cubic prismatic and pentagonal prismatic for Nb{sub 12-x}Ta{sub x}S{sub 4}. The structures of Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 5-x}S{sub 2} contain homoatomic layers sequenced S-M3-M2-M1-M2-M3-S (M is mixed Nb, Ta) generating six-layer sheets, respectively. Weak S-S interactions at 3.26 and 3.19{Angstrom} between sheets contrast with the M-M binding within and between the sheets in these two novel layered compounds. The former are presumably responsible for the observed graphitic slippage of the samples. Nb{sub 21-x}Ta{sub x}S{sub 8} and Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 2-x}S are isostructural with Nb{sub 21}S{sub 8} and Ta{sub 2}S, respectively. Extended Hueckel band calculations were carried out for two layered compounds, Nb{sub x}Ta{sub 5-x}S{sub 2} (x {approx} 1.72) and Nb{sub x}ta{sub 2-x}S (x {approx} 0.95). Based upon band calculations metallic properties can be expected for these two layered compounds. The relative preference of the metal sites for the two metal elements (Ta, Nb) in two layered compounds is explained by the results of the band calculations. 17 figs., 31 tabs., 80 refs.

  4. The effect of Ta2O5 on the interaction between silicon and its contact metallization

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    Weizer, V. G.

    1982-01-01

    Evidence is presented showing that the presence of the commonly used antireflection coating material, Ta2O5, on the free surface of contact metallization can either suppress or enhance, depending on the system, the interaction that takes place at elevated temperatures between the metallization and the underlying silicon. The Ta2O5 layer is shown to suppress both the generation and the annihilation of vacancies at the metal free surface which are necessary to support metal-silicon interactions. It is also shown that the mechanical condition of the free metal surface has a significant effect on the passivating ability of the Ta2O5 layer.

  5. Effect of Ta doped on microstructure of sodium potassium niobate single crystal grown by flux method

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    Saravanan, R.; Rajesh, D.; Rajasekaran, S. V.; Perumal, R.; Chitra, M.; Jayavel, R.

    2013-06-01

    Single crystals of sodium potassium niobate (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) and 0.5mol%, 1mol% and 1.5 mol% tantalum oxide Ta2O5 doped KNN were grown by flux method. The formation of microstructure and domain structure was investigated for both pure and Ta doped KNN single crystals. The partial substitution of the B-site ion Nb5+ by the Ta5+ ion in the KNN single crystal results show that the decrease in the domain size and increase in the surface roughness with increasing concentration of dopants.

  6. Ground-based tests of JEM-EUSO components at the Telescope Array site, "EUSO-TA"

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    Adams, J. H.; Ahmad, S.; Albert, J.-N.; Allard, D.; Anchordoqui, L.; Andreev, V.; Anzalone, A.; Arai, Y.; Asano, K.; Ave Pernas, M.; Baragatti, P.; Barrillon, P.; Batsch, T.; Bayer, J.; Bechini, R.; Belenguer, T.; Bellotti, R.; Belov, K.; Berlind, A. A.; Bertaina, M.; Biermann, P. L.; Biktemerova, S.; Blaksley, C.; Blanc, N.; Błȩcki, J.; Blin-Bondil, S.; Blümer, J.; Bobik, P.; Bogomilov, M.; Bonamente, M.; Briggs, M. S.; Briz, S.; Bruno, A.; Cafagna, F.; Campana, D.; Capdevielle, J.-N.; Caruso, R.; Casolino, M.; Cassardo, C.; Castellinic, G.; Catalano, C.; Catalano, G.; Cellino, A.; Chikawa, M.; Christl, M. J.; Cline, D.; Connaughton, V.; Conti, L.; Cordero, G.; Crawford, H. J.; Cremonini, R.; Csorna, S.; Dagoret-Campagne, S.; de Castro, A. J.; De Donato, C.; de la Taille, C.; De Santis, C.; del Peral, L.; Dell'Oro, A.; De Simone, N.; Di Martino, M.; Distratis, G.; Dulucq, F.; Dupieux, M.; Ebersoldt, A.; Ebisuzaki, T.; Engel, R.; Falk, S.; Fang, K.; Fenu, F.; Fernández-Gómez, I.; Ferrarese, S.; Finco, D.; Flamini, M.; Fornaro, C.; Franceschi, A.; Fujimoto, J.; Fukushima, M.; Galeotti, P.; Garipov, G.; Geary, J.; Gelmini, G.; Giraudo, G.; Gonchar, M.; González Alvarado, C.; Gorodetzky, P.; Guarino, F.; Guzmán, A.; Hachisu, Y.; Harlov, B.; Haungs, A.; Hernández Carretero, J.; Higashide, K.; Ikeda, D.; Ikeda, H.; Inoue, N.; Inoue, S.; Insolia, A.; Isgrò, F.; Itow, Y.; Joven, E.; Judd, E. G.; Jung, A.; Kajino, F.; Kajino, T.; Kaneko, I.; Karadzhov, Y.; Karczmarczyk, J.; Karus, M.; Katahira, K.; Kawai, K.; Kawasaki, Y.; Keilhauer, B.; Khrenov, B. A.; Kim, J.-S.; Kim, S.-W.; Kim, S.-W.; Kleifges, M.; Klimov, P. A.; Kolev, D.; Kreykenbohm, I.; Kudela, K.; Kurihara, Y.; Kusenko, A.; Kuznetsov, E.; Lacombe, M.; Lachaud, C.; Lee, J.; Licandro, J.; Lim, H.; López, F.; Maccarone, M. C.; Mannheim, K.; Maravilla, D.; Marcelli, L.; Marini, A.; Martinez, O.; Masciantonio, G.; Mase, K.; Matev, R.; Medina-Tanco, G.; Mernik, T.; Miyamoto, H.; Miyazaki, Y.; Mizumoto, Y.; Modestino, G.; Monaco, A.; Monnier-Ragaigne, D.; Morales de los Ríos, J. A.; Moretto, C.; Morozenko, V. S.; Mot, B.; Murakami, T.; Murakami, M. Nagano; Nagata, M.; Nagataki, S.; Nakamura, T.; Napolitano, T.; Naumov, D.; Nava, R.; Neronov, A.; Nomoto, K.; Nonaka, T.; Ogawa, T.; Ogio, S.; Ohmori, H.; Olinto, A. V.; Orleański, P.; Osteria, G.; Panasyuk, M. I.; Parizot, E.; Park, I. H.; Park, H. W.; Pastircak, B.; Patzak, T.; Paul, T.; Pennypacker, C.; Perez Cano, S.; Peter, T.; Picozza, P.; Pierog, T.; Piotrowski, L. W.; Piraino, S.; Plebaniak, Z.; Pollini, A.; Prat, P.; Prévôt, G.; Prieto, H.; Putis, M.; Reardon, P.; Reyes, M.; Ricci, M.; Rodríguez, I.; Rodríguez Frías, M. D.; Ronga, F.; Roth, M.; Rothkaehl, H.; Roudil, G.; Rusinov, I.; Rybczyński, M.; Sabau, M. D.; Sáez-Cano, G.; Sagawa, H.; Saito, A.; Sakaki, N.; Sakata, M.; Salazar, H.; Sánchez, S.; Santangelo, A.; Santiago Crúz, L.; Sanz Palomino, M.; Saprykin, O.; Sarazin, F.; Sato, H.; Sato, M.; Schanz, T.; Schieler, H.; Scotti, V.; Segreto, A.; Selmane, S.; Semikoz, D.; Serra, M.; Sharakin, S.; Shibata, T.; Shimizu, H. M.; Shinozaki, K.; Shirahama, T.; Siemieniec-Oziȩbło, G.; Silva López, H. H.; Sledd, J.; Słomińska, K.; Sobey, A.; Sugiyama, T.; Supanitsky, D.; Suzuki, M.; Szabelska, B.; Szabelski, J.; Tajima, F.; Tajima, N.; Tajima, T.; Takahashi, Y.; Takami, H.; Takeda, M.; Takizawa, Y.; Tenzer, C.; Tibolla, O.; Tkachev, L.; Tokuno, H.; Tomida, T.; Tone, N.; Toscano, S.; Trillaud, F.; Tsenov, R.; Tsunesada, Y.; Tsuno, K.; Tymieniecka, T.; Uchihori, Y.; Unger, M.; Vaduvescu, O.; Valdés-Galicia, J. F.; Vallania, P.; Valore, L.; Vankova, G.; Vigorito, C.; Villaseñor, L.; von Ballmoos, P.; Wada, S.; Watanabe, J.; Watanabe, S.; Watts, J.; Weber, M.; Weiler, T. J.; Wibig, T.; Wiencke, L.; Wille, M.; Wilms, J.; Włodarczyk, Z.; Yamamoto, T.; Yamamoto, Y.; Yang, J.; Yano, H.; Yashin, I. V.; Yonetoku, D.; Yoshida, K.; Yoshida, S.; Young, R.; Zotov, M. Yu.; Zuccaro Marchi, A.

    2015-11-01

    We are conducting tests of optical and electronics components of JEMEUSO at the Telescope Array site in Utah with a ground-based "EUSO-TA" detector. The tests will include an engineering validation of the detector, cross-calibration of EUSO-TA with the TA fluorescence detector and observations of air shower events. Also, the proximity of the TA's Electron Light Source will allow for convenient use of this calibration device. In this paper, we report initial results obtained with the EUSO-TA telescope.

  7. Charge modulation and structural transformation in TaTe2 studied by scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy

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    Feng, Jiagui; Tan, Andrew; Wagner, Sean; Liu, Jinyu; Mao, Zhiqiang; Ke, Xianglin; Zhang, Pengpeng

    2016-07-01

    We show that the (3 × 1) stripe structure observed in TaTe2 at room temperature arises from the formation of Ta4+-Ta4+ dimer chains along with a separate chain of Ta3+. More importantly, we reveal an intriguing lattice distortion and charge modulation at low temperature, which suggests an interplay and competition between the triple-axis (3 × 3) charge density wave-like modulation and the single-axis (3 × 1) stripe configuration. This work highlights the importance of TaTe2 as an alternative platform with rich structural and electrical phases to explore charge-lattice coupling.

  8. Biocompatibility of new Ti-Nb-Ta base alloys.

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    Hussein, Abdelrahman H; Gepreel, Mohamed A-H; Gouda, Mohamed K; Hefnawy, Ahmad M; Kandil, Sherif H

    2016-04-01

    β-type titanium alloys are promising materials in the field of medical implants. The effect of β-phase stability on the mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and cytotoxicity of a newly designed β-type (Ti77Nb17Ta6) biocompatible alloys are studied. The β-phase stability was controlled by the addition of small quantities of Fe and O. X-ray diffraction and microstructural analysis showed that the addition of O and Fe stabilized the β-phase in the treated solution condition. The strength and hardness have increased with the increase in β-phase stability while ductility and Young's modulus have decreased. The potentio-dynamic polarization tests showed that the corrosion resistance of the new alloys is better than Ti-6Al-4V alloy by at least ten times. Neutral red uptake assay cytotoxicity test showed cell viability of at least 95%. The new alloys are promising candidates for biomedical applications due to their high mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, and reduced cytotoxicity. PMID:26838885

  9. Information Enrichment Using TaToo's Semantic Framework

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    Schimak, Gerald; Rizzoli, Andrea E.; Avellino, Giuseppe; Lobo, Tomas Pariente; Fuentes, José Maria; Athanasiadis, Ioannis N.

    The Internet is growing in a non-coordinated manner, where different groups continuously publish and update information, adopting a variety of standards, according to the specific domain of interest: from agriculture to ecology, from groundwater to climate change. This unconstrained and unregulated growth has proven to be very successful, as more information is made available, even more is being added, in a virtuous cycle of information accrual. At the same time, modern search engines make looking for information rather easy, with their overall performance being more than satisfactory for most users. Yet, searching and discovering information requires a good deal of expertise and pre-existing knowledge. That may not be a problem when a user searches for common assets using a generic-purpose search engine. But what happens when the user is trying to gather scientific information across boundaries (e.g. cross different disciplines, cross environmental domains, etc)? This asks for new approaches, methods and tools to close the discovery gap of information resources satisfying your specific request. This is exactly the challenge the TaToo project is heading to.

  10. Influence of shockwave obliquity on deformation twin formation in Ta

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    Gray, George T., III; Livescu, V; Cerreta, E K; Mason, T A; Maudlin, P J; Bingert, J F

    2009-02-18

    Energetic loading subjects a material to a 'Taylor wave' (triangular wave) loading profile that experiences an evolving balance of hydrostatic (spherical) and deviatoric stresses. While much has been learned over the past five decades concerning the propensity of deformation twinning in samples shockloaded using 'square-topped' profiles as a function of peak stress, achieved most commonly via flyer plate loading, less is known concerning twinning propensity during non-I-dimensional sweeping detonation wave loading. Systematic small-scale energetically-driven shock loading experiments were conducted on Ta samples shock loaded with PEFN that was edge detonated. Deformation twinning was quantified in post-mortem samples as a function of detonation geometry and radial position. In the edge detonated loading geometry examined in this paper, the average volume fraction of deformation twins was observed to drastically increase with increasing shock obliquity. The results of this study are discussed in light of the formation mechanisms of deformation twins, previous literature studies of twinning in shocked materials, and modeling of the effects of shock obliquity on the evolution of the stress tensor during shock loading.

  11. Seismic Vulnerability Assessment Rest House Building TA-16-41

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    Cuesta, Isabel; Salmon, Michael W.

    2003-10-01

    The purpose of this report is to present the results of the evaluation completed on the Rest House Facility (TA-16-4111) in support of hazard analysis for a Documented Safety Assessment (DSA). The Rest House facility has been evaluated to verify the structural response to seismic, wind, and snow loads in support of the DynEx DSA. The structural analyses consider the structure and the following systems and/or components inside the facility as requested by facility management: cranes, lighting protection system, and fire protection system. The facility has been assigned to Natural Phenomena Hazards (NPH) Performance Category (PC) –3. The facility structure was evaluated to PC-3 criteria because it serves to confine hazardous material, and in the event of an accident, the facility cannot fail or collapse. Seismicinduced failure of the cranes, lighting, and fire-protection systems according to DOE-STD-1021-93 (Ref. 1) “may result in adverse release consequences greater than safety-class Structures, Systems, and Components (SSC) Evaluation Guideline limits but much less than those associated with PC-4 SSC.” Therefore, these items will be evaluated to PC-3 criteria as well. This report presents the results of those analyses and suggests recommendations to improve the seismic capacity of the systems and components cited above.

  12. Formation of Novel Silicon Nitride with Face-Centered Cubic Crystal Structure in a TaN/Ta/Si(100) Thin Film System

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    Cheng, Wei-Chun; Jou, Shyan-Kay; Chiu, Chuei-Fu

    2005-07-01

    We discovered a new silicon nitride with cubic symmetry formed in the silicon at the Ta/Si interface of the TaN/Ta/Si(100) thin film system when the silicon wafer was annealed at 500 or 600°C. The cubic silicon nitride grew into the silicon crystal in the shape of an inverse pyramid after the annealing process. The boundary planes of the inverse pyramid were the \\{111\\} planes of the silicon crystal. The orientation relationship between the silicon nitride and silicon crystal is cubic to cubic. The lattice constant of the new silicon nitride is a=0.5548 nm and is about 2.2% larger than that of the silicon crystal.

  13. The TaClo concept: 1-trichloromethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline (TaClo), a new toxin for dopaminergic neurons.

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    Bringmann, G; God, R; Feineis, D; Wesemann, W; Riederer, P; Rausch, W D; Reichmann, H; Sontag, K H

    1995-01-01

    Due to its structural analogy to the neurotoxin MPTP, "TaClo" (1-trichloromethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline), a compound readily originating in vitro from tryptamine ("Ta") and chloral ("Clo"), is discussed as a potential natural inducer of parkinsonian-like symptoms. Its spontaneous formation in man has to be taken into account after application of the drug chloral hydrate or after exposure to the solvent trichloroethylene. This first representative of chloral-derived heterocycles could now indeed be demonstrated to be formed in vivo after application of its putative precursors to rats. In vivo analysis of the nigrostriatal dopamine metabolism, behavioural studies, and histochemical findings as well as a strong inhibition of the complex I of the mitochondrial respiratory chain revealed the neurotoxic potential of TaClo on the dopaminergic system. PMID:8821060

  14. Identification and characterization of a novel copper transporter gene family TaCT1 in common wheat.

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    Li, Haoxun; Fan, Renchun; Li, Libin; Wei, Bo; Li, Guoliang; Gu, Liqing; Wang, Xianping; Zhang, Xiangqi

    2014-07-01

    Copper is an essential micronutrient for plant growth and development, and copper transporter plays a pivotal role for keeping copper homeostasis. However, little is known about copper transporters in wheat. Here, we report a novel copper transporter gene family, TaCT1, in common wheat. Three TaCT1 homoeologous genes were isolated and assigned to group 5 chromosomes. Each of the TaCT1 genes (TaCT1-5A, -5B or -5D) possesses 12 transmembrane domains. TaCT1 genes exhibited higher transcript levels in leaf than in root, culm and spikelet. Excess copper down-regulated the transcript levels of TaCT1 and copper deficiency-induced TaCT1 expression. Subcellular experiments localized the TaCT1 to the Golgi apparatus. Yeast expression experiments and virus-induced gene silencing analysis indicated that the TaCT1 functioned in copper transport. Site-directed mutagenesis demonstrated that three amino acid residues, Met(35), Met(38) and Cys(365), are required for TaCT1 function. Phylogenetic and functional analyses suggested that homologous genes shared high similarity with TaCT1 may exist exclusively in monocot plants. Our work reveals a novel wheat gene family encoding major facilitator superfamily (MFS)-type copper transporters, and provides evidence for their functional involvement in promoting copper uptake and keeping copper homeostasis in common wheat. PMID:24372025

  15. In vitro biocompatibility, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance of Ti-Zr-Nb-Ta-Pd and Ti-Sn-Nb-Ta-Pd alloys.

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    Ito, A; Okazaki, Y; Tateishi, T; Ito, Y

    1995-07-01

    There is much discussion about the toxic effect of vanadium and aluminum contained in Ti-6Al-4V alloy for prosthetic implants. The goal of the present investigation was to develop new titanium alloys with sufficient mechanical properties using more biocompatible alloying elements: zirconium, tin, niobium, tantalum, and palladium. The relative growth rates of L929 and MC3T3-E1 cells were significantly higher when cultured with the extraction of Ti-10Zr-8Nb-2Ta-0.2Pd or Ti-15Zr-4Nb-2Ta-0.2Pd alloys than when cultured with the extraction of Ti-6Al-4AV ELI alloy. The tensile strength, elongation, and reduction of area for Ti-15Sn-4Nb-2Ta-0.2Pd alloy were 989 MPa, 14.4%, and 49.3%, respectively, surpassing Ti-6Al-4V ELI alloy. (ASTM F138-84); those for Ti-15Zr-4Nb-2Ta-0.2Pd alloy were 725 MPa, 23.6% and 54.9%, respectively. More than 15% addition of tin as well as zirconium deteriorated the tensile properties. Titanium release into a 5% hydrochloric acid solution from the new titanium alloys was 20-50 micrograms/cm2 per day, though that from Ti-6Al-4V ELI alloy was 1300 micrograms/cm2 per day. The optimum alloy compositions are Ti-15Zr-4Nb-2Ta-0.2Pd and Ti-15Sn-4Nb-2Ta-0.2Pd, judging from cytocompatibility, corrosion resistance, and mechanical properties. The former is characterized by its higher level cytocompatibility and corrosion resistance, while the latter is characterized by mechanical properties. PMID:7593029

  16. Reaction mechanisms of atomic layer deposition of TaN{sub x} from Ta(NMe{sub 2}){sub 5} precursor and H{sub 2}-based plasmas

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    Knoops, H. C. M.; Langereis, E.; Sanden, M. C. M. van de; Kessels, W. M. M.

    2012-01-15

    The reaction mechanisms of plasma-assisted atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TaN{sub x} using Ta(NMe{sub 2}){sub 5} were studied using quadrupole mass spectrometry (QMS). The fact that molecule dissociation and formation in the plasma have to be considered for such ALD processes was illustrated by the observation of 4% NH{sub 3} in a H{sub 2}-N{sub 2} (1:1) plasma. Using QMS measurements the reaction products during growth of conductive TaN{sub x} using a H{sub 2} plasma were determined. During the Ta(NMe{sub 2}){sub 5} exposure the reaction product HNMe{sub 2} was detected. The amount of adsorbed Ta(NMe{sub 2}){sub 5} and the amount of HNMe{sub 2} released were found to depend on the number of surface groups generated during the plasma step. At the beginning of the plasma exposure step the molecules HNMe{sub 2}, CH{sub 4}, HCN, and C{sub 2}H{sub 2} were measured. After an extended period of plasma exposure, the reaction products CH{sub 4} and C{sub 2}H{sub 2} were still present in the plasma. This change in the composition of the reaction products can be explained by an interplay of aspects including the plasma-surface interaction, the ALD surface reactions, and the reactions of products within the plasma. The species formed in the plasma (e.g., CH{sub x} radicals) can re-deposit on the surface and influence to a large extent the TaN{sub x} material composition and properties.

  17. Queer paradox/paradoxical queer: Anne Garréta's Pas un jour (2002).

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    Cairns, Lucille

    2007-01-01

    This paper shows how Anne Garréta's Pas un jour (2002) is a decidedly queer text, in both the new and the old sense of that contested epithet. I examine three interrelated concerns central to Pas un jour. First, I analyze Garréta's mediation of desire in general: her own experiences of it; modalities thereof which subvert more 'normative' models of lesbianism; and her convergences with other gay, but male writers and theorists of desire such as Guy Hocquenghem, Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault. Second, I interrogate Garréta's dichotomy between desire and friendship, and adumbrate contrasts with Foucauldian theory. Finally, I scrutinize the meaning and value attributed to the particular body of desire with which Garréta is most commonly associated-homosexuality- and their links with those of a contemporary gay male writer, Dominique Fernandez. PMID:17804371

  18. Superconductivity in the new ternary phase of the Ta-Hf-B system

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    Correa, Lucas Eduardo; Santos, Frederico Benedetto; Nunes, Carlos Angelo; Coelho, Gilberto Carvalho; Renosto, Sergio Tuan; Fisk, Zachary; Da Silva Machado, Antonio Jefferson

    2014-03-01

    In the Ta-B binary system the TaB phase crystallizes in the orthorhombic symmetry with CrB prototype structure which displays superconducting critical temperature close to 4.0 K. To our knowledge this binary phase (CrB prototype structure) is a just stable phase in all temperature range. In this work we will show that the substitution of Ta for Hf it is able to produce a allotropic transformation from CrB to FeB prototype structure. These results represent a new pseudo-ternary phase in the Ta - Hf -B system which is stable in high temperature. The phase found in this work present superconducting critical temperature close to 6.9 K which is sustained by specific heat, magnetization and resistivity measurements.

  19. [Inspection of gas cylinders in storage at TA-54, Area L]. Volume 2, Final report

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    1994-06-23

    ERC sampled, analyzed, and rcontainerized when necessary gas cylinders containing various chemicals in storage at LANL TA-54 Area L. This report summarizes the operation. This is Volume 2 of five volumes.

  20. Electrical and optical properties of Ta-Si-N thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Oezer, D.; Sanjines, R.; Ramirez, G.; Rodil, S. E.

    2012-12-01

    The electrical and optical properties of Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} thin films deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering from individual Ta and Si targets were studied in order to investigate the effects of nitrogen and silicon contents on both properties and their correlation to the film microstructure. Three sets of fcc-Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} thin films were prepared: sub-stoichiometric Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub 0.44}, nearly stoichiometric Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub 0.5}, and over-stoichiometric Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub 0.56}. The optical properties were investigated by near-normal-incidence reflectivity and ellipsometric measurements in the optical energy range from 0.375 eV to 6.8 eV, while the d.c. electrical resistivity was measured in the van der Pauw configuration from 20 K to 300 K. The optical and electrical measurements were interpreted using the standard Drude-Lorentz model and the so-called grain boundary scattering model, respectively. The electronic properties were closely correlated with the compositional and structural modifications of the Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} films due to variations in the stoichiometry of the fcc-TaN{sub z} system and the addition of Si atoms. According to the nitrogen and silicon contents, fcc-Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} films can exhibit room temperature resistivity values ranging from 10{sup 2} {mu}{Omega} cm to about 6 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} {mu}{Omega} cm. The interpretation of the experimental temperature-dependent resistivity data within the Grain Boundary Scattering model, combined with the results from optical investigations, showed that the mean electron transmission probability G and the free carriers concentration, N, are the main parameters that control the transport properties of these films. The results indicated that the correlation between electrical and optical measurements with the chemical composition and the nanostructure of the Ta{sub x}Si{sub y}N{sub z} thin films provides a pertinent and

  1. Charge transfer activation energy for alkali atoms on Re and Ta

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    Gładyszewski, Longin

    1993-09-01

    Ion and atom desorption energies for five alkali metals on Re and Ta were determined using the ion thermal emission noise method. The activation energies for the charge transfer process in the adsorbed state were calculated using a special energetic balance equation, which describes the surface ionization and thermal desorption effect. Energies for desorption of Li, Na, K, Rb and Cs from Re and Ta surfaces were determined by measuring the time autocorrelation function of the ion thermoemission current fluctuations.

  2. Isolation and characterization of three TaYUC10genes from wheat.

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    Li, Na; Yin, Na; Niu, Zubiao; Hui, Wenrong; Song, Jing; Huang, Chunli; Wang, Honggang; Kong, Lingrang; Feng, Deshun

    2014-08-10

    YUCCA protein participates in a key rate-limiting step in the tryptophan-dependent pathway for auxin biosynthesis and is involved in numerous processes during plant development. In this study, the genomic and cDNA sequences of three TaYUC10 homoeologous genes were isolated. These sequences showed a very high conservation in coding region and the exon/intron structure, whereas their intron lengths were different. The cDNA and polypeptide chains of the three TaYUC10 genes were highly similar. These genes were most homologous to BdYUC10. Location analysis showed that TaYUC10.1 was present in chromosome 5BL. TaYUC10.3 was expressed in all parts of the wheat, but was predominant in the reproductive organs of mature wheat, such as flowering spikelets or fertilized embryos. In the fertilized embryos 28d post-anthesis, expression of TaYUC10.3 was clearly increased with the development of seeds. This indicates that TaYUC genes may play a vital role in seed development. TaYUC10.3 overexpressed in Arabidopsis had a typical phenotype, excessive auxin accumulation also seen in higher plants, and showed increased spacing of silique and downward curling of the blade margin. Sterility was observed in adult transgenic plants, becoming more severe in late development. The floral structures of sterile plants were not integrated. TaYUC10 may be required for numerous wheat growth processes, including flower and seed development. PMID:24929126

  3. Unique LaTaO[subscript 4] Polymorph for Multiple Energy Applications

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    Nyman, May; Rodriguez, Mark A.; Rohwer, Lauren E.S.; Martin, James E.; Waller, Mollie; Osterloh, Frank E.

    2009-11-04

    Rare-earth niobate and tantalate (RE-Nb/Ta) materials are of considerable interest in environmental and energy-related applications that include phosphors for solid-state lighting, photocatalysts for both contaminant degeneration and H{sub 2} generation, chemically robust hosts for nuclear materials and wastes, and ion conductors for lithium batteries or solid-oxide fuel cells. However, the chemically inert nature limits the synthetic routes available to obtain these materials, which in turn hampers the discovery and development of new RE-Nb/Ta phases. Of the simple orthotantalate, LaTaO{sub 4}, there were three polymorphs known prior. With this paper, we present the structural characterization (from high-resolution X-ray powder diffraction data collected at the APS 11-BM line) of a fourth polymorph. It is obtained only from dehydration of La{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 7}(OH){sub 2}, which is in turn synthesized hydrothermally. The structure of the new LaTaO{sub 4} polymorph is distinctive from the others in the arrangement of the alternating La-O polyhedra layers and TaO{sub 6} octahedra layers. Luminescence measurements (Eu-doped) and photocatalysis studies of the new LaTaO{sub 4} polymorph, and comparison to the performance of a previously described LaTaO{sub 4} polymorph reveals enhanced performance of the new polymorph in both applications. This study illustrates the relevance of form-function relationships in solid-state materials, as well as the important role of synthesis in the development of advanced functional materials.

  4. Development of X-Shape Filtered Arc Deposition Apparatus for Thick ta-C Film Coating

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    Hikokasa, Hiroki; Iwasaki, Yasuhiro; Takikawa, Hirofumi; Sakakibara, Tateki; Hasegawa, Hiroshi; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    Novel X-shape filtered arc deposition (X-FAD) apparatus is specially designed and newly developed for thick hydrogen-free tetrahedral amorphous-carbon (ta-C) film coating on superhard alloy (or cemented carbide) substrate. The apparatus has a graphite cathode for deposition of hydrogen-free diamond-like carbon (DLC; ta-C and amorphous carbon: a-C) film and a chromium (Cr) cathode for deposition of Cr layer. The filter duct shapes a composed form of a T-shape filter (T-FAD) for DLC film and a crank-shape filter (Crank FAD) for Cr film. Both carbon plasma beam and Cr plasma beam finally pass through a common plasma duct and scanner part, and go forward to the substrate. It is known that the adhesion of ta-C film to the superhard alloy is not good and the employment of binding interlayer between ta-C film and superhard alloy is one of the solutions. In this paper, using X-FAD, thick ta-C film was prepared on the superhard alloy. Principal results were as follows. (1) Crank FAD remarkably worked to prepare droplet-free Cr film. (2) Cr single layer did not work as appropriate biding interlayer between superhard alloy and ta-C. (3) Multi interlayer composed of Cr, a-C, and functionally graded DLC (a-C to ta-C), worked as a good biding interlayer for ta-C film on superhard alloy with thickness of more than 1 μm.

  5. Synthesis of mesoporous sulfur-doped Ta2O5 nanocomposites and their photocatalytic activities.

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    Ismail, Adel A; Faisal, M; Harraz, Farid A; Al-Hajry, A; Al-Sehemi, A G

    2016-06-01

    Mesoporous sulfur (S)-doped Ta2O5 nanocomposites have been synthesized for the first time through the sol-gel reaction of tantalum chloride and thiourea in the presence of a F127 triblock copolymer as structure directing agent. The as-formed mesophase S-doped Ta2O5 hybrid gels were calcined at 700°C for 4h to obtain mesoporous S-Ta2O5 nanocomposites. The experimental results indicated that the surface area of the S-doped Ta2O5 was up to 50m(2)g(-1) and the pore diameter was controllable in the range of 3-7.7nm. The S-doped Ta2O5 nanocomposites behave as superior visible light-sensitive photocatalysts and the 1.5at.% S-doped Ta2O5 (S1.5) photocatalyst exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity of ∼92% for the photodegradation of methylene blue, identical to 80% TOC removal after three hours illumination under visible light. The photodegradation rate of S1.5 photocatalyst showed 3.4 times higher than the undoped Ta2O5 due to their narrow bandgap, large surface area, mesostructure and well crystalline state. The S1.5 photocatalyst could be recycled at least five times without an apparent decrease in its photocatalytic efficiency, indicating its high stability for practical applications. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report that demonstrates one-step synthesis of mesoporous S-doped Ta2O5 nanocomposites as an efficient photocatalysts under visible light illumination. PMID:27017474

  6. Oxygen related recombination defects in Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} water splitting photoanode

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    Fu, Gao; Yu, Tao E-mail: yutao@nju.edu.cn; Zou, Zhigang; Yan, Shicheng E-mail: yutao@nju.edu.cn

    2015-10-26

    A key route to improving the performance of Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} photoelectrochemical film devices in solar driving water splitting to hydrogen is to understand the nature of the serious recombination of photo-generated carriers. Here, by using the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectrum, we confirmed that for the Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} films prepared by nitriding Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} precursor, one PL peak at 561 nm originates from deep-level defects recombination of the oxygen-enriched Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} phases, and another one at 580 nm can be assigned to band recombination of Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} itself. Both of the two bulk recombination processes may decrease the photoelectrochemical performance of Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}. It was difficult to remove the oxygen-enriched impurities in Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} films by increasing the nitriding temperatures due to their high thermodynamically stability. In addition, a broadening PL peak between 600 and 850 nm resulting from oxygen related surface defects was observed by the low-temperature PL measurement, which may induce the surface recombination of photo-generated carriers and can be removed by increasing the nitridation temperature. Our results provided direct experimental evidence to understand the effect of oxygen-related crystal defects in Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} films on its photoelectric performance.

  7. A View from the Cocoon--Space Categorization in the Korean Verb [na-ka-ta].

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    Kim, Alan Hyun-Oak

    1996-01-01

    Analysis of the Korean verb "na-ka-ta" ("to get out, exit") focuses on why an expression such as "kyengkicang-ey na-ka-ta" ("someone goes out/in to the sports arena") is acceptable only in the context that the person's entering the arena is for the purpose of a contest, while it becomes semantically anomalous if intended to express the situation…

  8. Synthesis of Fe-Pd and Fe-Pd/Ta magnetic nanocomposites by severe plastic deformation

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    Saha, S.; Kulovits, A.; Soffa, W.A.; Barnard, J.A.

    2005-05-15

    Severe plastic deformation (SPD) and cyclic codeformation were used to prepare bulk magnetic nanocomposite of ordered L1{sub 0} Fe-Pd phase and soft {alpha}-Fe following an atomic ordering and precipitation reaction. Enhanced coercivity and remanence have been achieved with this method. Layering of Ta foils with the Fe-34 at. %Pd foils was explored in an effort to minimize nanocomposite grain size by confinement. Faster kinetics and improvement in the remanence resulted from Ta layering.

  9. Visible Light Assisted Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation by Ta2O5/Bi2O3, TaON/Bi2O3, and Ta3N5/Bi2O3 Composites

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    Adhikari, Shiba; Hood, Zachary D.; More, Karren Leslie; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Zhang, Lifeng; Gross, Michael; Lachgar, Abdou

    2015-06-15

    Composites comprised of two semiconducting materials with suitable band gaps and band positions have been reported to be effective at enhancing photocatalytic activity in the visible light region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Here, we report the synthesis, complete structural and physical characterizations, and photocatalytic performance of a series of semiconducting oxide composites. UV light active tantalum oxide (Ta2O5) and visible light active tantalum oxynitride (TaON) and tantalum nitride (Ta3N5) were synthesized, and their composites with Bi2O3 were prepared in situ using benzyl alcohol as solvent. The composite prepared using equimolar amounts of Bi2O3 and Ta2O5 leads to the formation ofmore » the ternary oxide, bismuth tantalate (BiTaO4) upon calcination at 1000 °C. The composites and single phase bismuth tantalate formed were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) surface area measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and photoluminescence. The photocatalytic activities of the catalysts were evaluated for generation of hydrogen using aqueous methanol solution under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 420 nm). The results show that as-prepared composite photocatalysts extend the light absorption range and restrict photogenerated charge-carrier recombination, resulting in enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to individual phases. The mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity for the heterostructured composites is elucidated based on observed activity, band positions calculations, and photoluminescence data.« less

  10. Overexpression of wheat ubiquitin gene, Ta-Ub2, improves abiotic stress tolerance of Brachypodium distachyon.

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    Kang, Hanhan; Zhang, Meng; Zhou, Shumei; Guo, Qifang; Chen, Fengjuan; Wu, Jiajie; Wang, Wei

    2016-07-01

    Ubiquitination plays an important role in regulating plant's development and adaptability to abiotic stress. To investigate the possible functions of a wheat monoubiquitin gene Ta-Ub2 in abiotic stress in monocot and compare it with that in dicot, we generated transgenic Brachypodium plants overexpressing Ta-Ub2 under the control of CaMV35s and stress-inducible RD29A promoters. The constitutive expression of Ta-Ub2 displayed slight growth inhibition in the growth of transgenic Brachypodium distachyon under the control conditions. However, this inhibition was minimized by expression of Ta-Ub2 under the control of stress-inducible RD29A promoter. Compared with WT, the transgenic plants preserved more water and showed higher enzymatic antioxidants under drought stress, which might be related to the change in the expression of some antioxidant genes. The expression of C-repeat binding factors transcription factor genes in the transgenic B. distachyon lines were upregulated under water stress. Salt and cold tolerances of transgenic B. distachyon were also improved. Although the phenotypic changes in the transgenic plants were different, overexpression of Ta-Ub2 improved the abiotic stress tolerance in both dicot and monocot plants. The improvement in Ta-Ub2 transgenic plants in abiotic stress tolerance might be, at least partly, through regulating the gene expression and increasing the enzymatic antioxidants. PMID:27181952

  11. High-pressure x-ray diffraction study of Ta4AlC3

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    Manoun, Bouchaib; Saxena, S. K.; El-Raghy, T.; Barsoum, M. W.

    2006-05-01

    Using a synchrotron radiation source and a diamond anvil cell, we measured the pressure dependence of the lattice parameters of a recently discovered phase, Ta4AlC3. This phase adopts a hexagonal structure with the space group P63/mmc; at room conditions, the a and c parameters are 3.087(5) and 23.70(4)Å, respectively. Up to a pressure of 47GPa, no phase transformations were observed. Like Ta2AlC, but unlike many related phases such as Ti4AlN3, Ti3SiC2, Ti3GeC2, and Zr2InC, the compressibility of Ta4AlC3 along the c and a axes are almost identical. The bulk modulus of Ta4AlC3, 261±2GPa, is ≈4% greater than that of Ta2AlC. Both, however, are ≈37% lower than the 345±9GPa of TaC.

  12. Superconductivity in 3R-Ta1-xMxSe2 (M = W, Mo)

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    Luo, Huixia; Xie, Weiwei; Seibel, Elizabeth M.; Cava, R. J.

    2015-09-01

    The 3-layer rhombohedral (3R) polytype of TaSe2-xTex is known to display a superconducting transition temperature that is between 6 and 17 times higher than that of the two-layer hexagonal (2H) polytype. The remarkable difference in Tc, although clearly associated with a difference in polytype, could have been due to an electronic effect specific to the Te-Se substitution. Here we report that small amounts of Mo or W doping lead to a 2H to 3R polytype transition in Ta1-xMoxSe2 and Ta1-xWxSe2. The 3R polytype materials are again found to have substantially higher Tc (~2 K for Ta0.9W0.1Se2 and Ta0.9Mo0.1Se2) than the 2H material (0.15 K), eliminating the possibility that any special characteristics of the Te/Se substitution are responsible for the dramatic difference in Tc. We infer that a three-layer stacking sequence is strongly preferred for superconductivity over a two-layer stacking sequence in the TaSe2 system.

  13. Carrier dynamics of a visible-light-responsive Ta3N5 photoanode for water oxidation.

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    Ziani, Ahmed; Nurlaela, Ela; Dhawale, Dattatray S; Silva, Diego Alves; Alarousu, Erkki; Mohammed, Omar F; Takanabe, Kazuhiro

    2015-01-28

    The physicochemical properties of a tantalum nitride (Ta3N5) photoanode were investigated in detail to understand the fundamental aspects associated with the photoelectrochemical (PEC) water oxidation. The Ta3N5 thin films were synthesized using DC magnetron sputtering followed by annealing in air and nitridation under ammonia (NH3). A polycrystalline structure with a dense morphology of the monoclinic Ta3N5 films was obtained. A relatively low absorption coefficient (10(4) to 10(5) cm(-1)) in the visible light range was measured for Ta3N5, consistent with the nature of the indirect band-gap. Ultra-fast spectroscopic measurements revealed that the Ta3N5 with different thicknesses films possess low transport properties and fast carrier recombination (<10 ps). These critical kinetic properties of Ta3N5 as a photoanode may necessitate high overpotentials to achieve appreciable photocurrents for water oxidation (onset ∼0.6 V vs. RHE). PMID:25503748

  14. Optoelectronic properties of Ta3N5: A joint theoretical and experimental study

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    Morbec, Juliana; Narkeviciute, Ieva; Jaramillo, Thomas; Galli, Giulia

    2015-03-01

    A joint theoretical and experimental study of the optoelectronic properties of Ta3N5 was conducted by means of ab initio calculations and ellipsometry measurements. Previous experimental work on Ta3N5 has not been conclusive regarding the direct or indirect nature of light absorption. Our work found excellent agreement between the optical spectrum computed using the Bethe-Salpeter equation and the measured one, with two prominent features occurring at 2.1 and 2.5 eV assigned to direct transitions between N and Ta states. The computed optical gap, obtained from the G0W0 direct photoemission gap, including spin-orbit coupling, electron-phonon interaction, and exciton binding energy, was found to be in excellent agreement with measurements. Our results also showed that Ta3N5 is a highly anisotropic material with heavy holes in several directions, suggesting low hole mobilities, consistent with low measured photocurrents in the Ta3N5 literature. Work is in progress to compute polaronic contributions to the hole and electron mobilities and to investigate the effect of substitutional doping on the electronic structure of Ta3N5. Work supported by NSF (NSF Center CHE-1305124 for CCI Solar Fuels). Computing resources provided by NERSC.

  15. Photoelectrochemical study of Ta3N5 nanotubes for water splitting

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    Khan, Sherdil; Leite Santos, Marcos J.; Dupont, Jairton; Teixeira, Sergio R.

    2015-11-01

    Nanotubes (NTs) of Ta3N5 were synthesized by nitridation of Ta2O5 NTs. The samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy, UV-VIS spectrophotometry, x-ray diffraction and photoelectrochemical (PEC) measurements carried out in aqueous solutions of Na2SO4 and Fe(CN)6 3-/4-. The results show the presence of trapping states on illuminated pristine Ta3N5 NTs in Na2SO4 (aq). These trapping states act as recombination center for photogenerated holes, affecting the photocatalytic performance of Ta3N5 NTs. On the other hand, by using Fe(CN)6 3-/4- (aq) the photogenerated holes were scavenged efficiently without giving rise to the trapping states at Ta3N5 NTs/solution interface. The results obtained by cyclic voltammetry, linear sweep voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have shown that the presence of these trapping states is a limiting step for water oxidation using pristine Ta3N5 NTs.

  16. Thermally stimulated luminescence from vapor-transport-equilibrated LiTaO3 crystals

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    Chirila, M. M.; Garces, N. Y.; Halliburton, L. E.; Evans, D. R.; Route, R. K.; Fejer, M. M.

    2003-07-01

    Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL), optical absorption, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) have been used to characterize the emission of ultraviolet light from undoped LiTaO3. The crystals in this study were grown from a congruent melt and then subjected to a vapor-transport-equilibration (VTE) treatment. Two overlapping TSL peaks occur at 94 and 98 K, with each showing a 350 nm maximum in its spectral emission. These peaks are observed after a 77 K exposure of the crystals to x rays or lasers (266, 325, or 355 nm). Congruent crystals from the same boule (but not VTE treated) produced no measurable emission in similar experiments. During excitation of the VTE-treated crystals at 77 K, holes are localized on oxygen ions, either self-trapped or with a nearby stabilizer, and electrons are trapped at regular Ta5+ ions and at Fe3+ impurities (present at trace levels), where they form Ta4+ and Fe2+ ions. The hole centers and the Fe3+ ions have characteristic EPR spectra, and a broad optical absorption band peaking near 1600 nm is attributed to the Ta4+ electron center. Upon warming, the trapped hole centers formed during the initial excitation become unstable below 100 K and move to Ta4+ ions, thus causing radiative recombination in the TaO6 units.

  17. Redetermination of tantalum penta­bromide, (TaBr5)2

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    Habermehl, Katja; Pantenburg, Ingo; Meyer, Gerd

    2010-01-01

    Crystals of di-μ-bromido-bis­[tetra­bromidotantalum(V)], (TaBr5)2, were obtained by recrystallization at 773 K. A first crystal structure study of (TaBr5)2 was reported by Rolsten [J. Am. Chem. Soc. (1958) ▶, 80, 2952–2953], who analysed the powder diffraction pattern and came to the conclusion that it crystallizes isotypically with (NbBr5)2 in a primitive ortho­rhom­bic cell. These findings are not in agreement with our current results of a monoclinic C-centred structure. (TaBr5)2 is isotypic with α-(NbCl5)2. The crystal structure contains [TaBr6] octa­hedra sharing common edges forming [TaBr5]2 dimers. Two crystallographically independent dimers with symmetries m and 2/m and Ta⋯Ta distances of 4.1574 (11) and 4.1551 (15) Å, respectively, are present in the structure. PMID:21588474

  18. Anisotropic thermal transport in Weyl semimetal TaAs: a first principles calculation.

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    Ouyang, Tao; Xiao, Huaping; Tang, Chao; Hu, Ming; Zhong, Jianxin

    2016-06-22

    A fundamental understanding of the phonon transport property is crucial to predict the thermal management performance in micro/nano-electronic devices. By combining first principle calculations and Boltzmann phonon transport equation, we investigate thermal transport in TaAs-a typical Weyl semimetal. The lattice thermal conductivity of TaAs at room temperature was found to be 39.26 W mK(-1) and 24.78 W mK(-1) along the a(b) and c crystal axis, respectively, showing obvious anisotropy. Detailed analyses of the mode level phonon properties further revealed that the three acoustic phonon modes dominate the overall thermal transport and the major phonon scattering channels in this typical Weyl semimetal were TA1/TA2/LA + O ↔ O and A + A ↔ O. The representative phonon mean free path of TaAs was also calculated in this paper, which provide helpful guidance for the thermal management of TaAs-based electronic devices. PMID:27271203

  19. Glass formation and cluster evolution in the rapidly solidified monatomic metallic liquid Ta under high pressure

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    Jiang, Dejun; Wen, Dadong; Tian, Zean; Liu, Rangsu

    2016-12-01

    Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been performed to examine the glass formation and cluster evolution during the rapid solidification of monatomic metallic liquid Ta under high pressure. The atomic structures in the systems are characterized by the radical distribution function (RDF), Honeycutt-Anderson (H-A) bond-type index method and cluster-type index method (CTIM). It is observed that the defective icosahedra play the critical role in the formation of Ta monatomic metallic glasses (MGs) rather than (12 0 12 0) perfect icosahedra, which have been identified as the basic local atomic units in many multi-component MGs. With the increase of pressure P, the fraction of icosahedral type clusters decreases remarkably in Ta MGs, while the fraction of bcc type clusters rises evidently. The evolution of vitrification degree (DSRO or DMRO) of the rapidly cooled metal Ta system further reveals that a higher pressure P is disadvantageous to the formation of Ta monatomic MGs. The weaker glass forming ability (GFA) of liquid metal Ta obtained under higher pressure P can be contributed to the decrease of DSRO or DMRO which is induced by increasing high pressure P to some extent.

  20. Atomic Level Design Rule for Ta-based Resistive Switching devices

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    Chang, Seo Hyoung; Hong, S.; Lee, M.-J.; Kim, Y.-B.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Shibata, T.; Magyari-Kope, B.; Kaduk, J. A.; Eastman, J. A.; Kim, J.

    2013-03-01

    Understanding resistive switching phenomena is a prerequisite to realizing the next generation of information storage systems. Ta-based resistive switching devices have been extensively investigated due to their fast switching and reliable endurance among other materials. Despite extensive recent interests, there is still a lack of fundamental understanding of electronic structure and local structure of the Ta-based device. Here, we investigated Ta2O5 powder, Ta2O5-δ and TaOx thin films and devices using synchrotron x-ray studies at the Advanced Photon Source, combining resonant x-ray inelastic scattering (RIXS), extended x-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS) and density functional theory based ab initio calculations. We found that there are strong correlations between critical values of band gap energies and local atomic environments around Ta atoms. These studies can provide vast possibilities to create new materials based on atomic level design rather than the traditional trial-error methods. Work at the APS, Argonne is supported by a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory, is operated under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  1. High-temperature oxidation of a rapidly solidified amorphous Ta-Ir alloy

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    Cotell, Catherine M.; Yurek, Gregory J.

    1986-01-01

    The oxidation products formed at 500 and 700 C on an amorphous Ta-44.5 at. pct Ir alloy in an Ar-0.1 percent O2 gas mixture were characterized using SEM, XRD, EPMA, TEM, STEM, AES, and XPS. Initially, a thin (3-4 nm) layer of Ta2O5 formed at the surface of the alloy. Continued growth of the Ta2O5, which occurred very rapidly, involved diffusion of oxygen anions from the Ta2O5/gas interface to the alloy/Ta2O5 interface, where tantalum was selectively oxidized. Because the oxide grew more quickly than iridium could diffuse back into the alloy, the iridium coalesced into platelets of crystalline iridium-rich alloy that were oriented approximately parallel to the oxide/alloy interface, and which became embedded in a matrix of Ta2O5. The unoxidized core remained in the glassy state. The oxidation process and/or the dissolution of oxygen into the unoxidized alloy caused the alloy to become embrittled.

  2. The characteristics and functions of a miniature inverted-repeat transposable element TaMITE81 in the 5' UTR of TaCHS7BL from Triticum aestivum.

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    Xi, Xinyuan; Li, Na; Li, Shiming; Chen, Wenjie; Zhang, Bo; Liu, Baolong; Zhang, Huaigang

    2016-10-01

    Miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs) are truncated derivatives of autonomous DNA transposons, and are dispersed abundantly in eukaryotic and prokaryotic genomes. In this article, a MITE, TaMITE81, was isolated from the 5' untranslated region (UTR) of TaCHS7BL, chalcone synthase (CHS) catalyzing the first committed step of anthocyanin biosynthesis, in the wheat cultivar 'Opata' with white grain. TaMITE81 was only 81 nucleotides, including a terminal inverted repeat with 39 nucleotides and was flanked by two nucleotides, "TA", target site duplications that were typical features of stowaway-like MITEs. Compared with the wheat cultivar 'Gy115' with purple grain, which is without the insertion, the expression of TaCHS7BL was lower in several organs of 'Opata'. The insertion of TaMITE81 into the 5' UTR of the GUS gene also reduced the transient expression of GUS on the coleoptiles of 'Opata', which means the insertion of TaMITE81 was the reason for the low expression of TaCHS7BL in 'Opata'. But the genotype of TaCHS7BL was not linked to phenotype of grain color in the RILs derived from a cross 'Gy115' and 'Opata'. The TaMITE81 density of the hexaploid variety of T. aestivum was more than 10 times that of diploid relatives, which implies that polyploidization caused the amplification of TaMITE81 homologous sequences. Further research should be conducted on decoding the relationship between TaCHS7BL and other traits relative to anthocyanin biosynthesis in wheat, and discovering the mechanism of TaMITE81 transposon action. PMID:27481288

  3. Differential Nb-Ta diffusion in rutile: disequilibrium formation of the continental crust

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    Marschall, H. R.; Dohmen, R.; Ludwig, T.

    2012-12-01

    Models for the differentiation of the crust-mantle system are guided by elemental abundances in these reservoirs. Elements are fractionated between coexisting phases during partial melting, and geochemical models have mostly been based on the assumption that trace-element equilibrium is established between the partial melts and the restitic minerals. Based on this assumption, experimentally determined mineral/melt element partition coefficients have been used to model the effects of crust-mantle differentiation. The element pair niobium and tantalum has been key for the distinction of different melting regimes involved in crustal differentiation, but equilibrium partition models have largely failed to reproduce the observed Nb/Ta patterns. Here we demonstrate that Nb and Ta are significantly fractionated kinetically by diffusion, and that Nb/Ta systematics of partial melts and restites will likely be influenced by kinetic factors. We employed two different experimental setups to determine diffusivities of Nb and Ta in rutile: (1) Thin film diffusion couples prepared by PLD [1] were annealed in gas mixing furnaces between 850 and \\unit{1150}{ȩlsius}. The resulting diffusion profiles were analysed by SIMS in depth profiling mode. (2) Rutile single crystals were placed in rutile-saturated Nb-Ta-doped basaltic melt at \\unit{1250}{ȩlsius} and lateral diffusion profiles were analysed by EPMA. Both sets of experiments demonstrate consistently and unequivocally that diffusion coefficients in rutile of Nb are 3 to 5 (!) times higher than those of Ta for the entire temperature range. The significantly higher mobility of Nb compared to Ta in rutile has direct consequences for their liquid-rock fractionation during partial melting events. We conclude that trace-element equilibrium cannot be expected for the natural range of grain sizes of rutile (the dominant mineral host of Nb and Ta in high-grade rocks) and the temperatures and time scales involved in partial melting of

  4. Homologous haplotypes, expression, genetic effects and geographic distribution of the wheat yield gene TaGW2

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    2014-01-01

    Background TaGW2-6A, cloned in earlier research, strongly influences wheat grain width and TKW. Here, we mainly analyzed haplotypes of TaGW2-6B and their effects on TKW and interaction with haplotypes at TaGW2-6A. Results About 2.9 kb of the promoter sequences of TaGW2-6B and TaGW2-6D were cloned in 34 bread wheat cultivars. Eleven SNPs were detected in the promoter region of TaGW2-6B, forming 4 haplotypes, but no divergence was detected in the TaGW2-6D promoter or coding region. Three molecular markers including CAPS, dCAPS and ACAS, were developed to distinguish the TaGW2-6B haplotypes. Haplotype association analysis indicated that TaGW2-6B has a stronger influence than TaGW2-6A on TKW, and Hap-6B-1 was a favored haplotype increasing grain width and weight that had undergone strong positive selection in global wheat breeding. However, clear geographic distribution differences for TaGW2-6A haplotypes were found; Hap-6A-A was favored in Chinese, Australian and Russian cultivars, whereas Hap-6A-G was preferred in European, American and CIMMYT cultivars. This difference might be caused by a flowering and maturity time difference between the two haplotypes. Hap-6A-A is the earlier type. Haplotype interaction analysis between TaGW2-6A and TaGW2-6B showed additive effects between the favored haplotypes. Hap-6A-A/Hap-6B-1 was the best combination to increase TKW. Relative expression analysis of the three TaGW2 homoeologous genes in 22 cultivars revealed that TaGW2-6A underwent the highest expression. TaGW2-6D was the least expressed during grain development and TaGW2-6B was intermediate. Diversity of the three genes was negatively correlated with their effect on TKW. Conclusions Genetic effects, expression patterns and historic changes of haplotypes at three homoeologous genes of TaGW2 influencing yield were dissected in wheat cultivars. Strong and constant selection to favored haplotypes has been found in global wheat breeding during the past century. This research

  5. TaMCA1, a regulator of cell death, is important for the interaction between wheat and Puccinia striiformis

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    Hao, Yingbin; Wang, Xiaojie; Wang, Kang; Li, Huayi; Duan, Xiaoyuan; Tang, Chunlei; Kang, Zhensheng

    2016-01-01

    Metacaspase orthologs are conserved in fungi, protozoa and plants, however, their roles in plant disease resistance are largely unknown. In this study, we identified a Triticum aestivum metacaspase gene, TaMCA1, with three copies located on chromosomes 1A, 1B and 1D. The TaMCA1 protein contained typical structural features of type I metacaspases domains, including an N-terminal pro-domain. Transient expression analyses indicated that TaMCA1 was localized in cytosol and mitochondria. TaMCA1 exhibited no caspase-1 activity in vitro, but was able to inhibit cell death in tobacco and wheat leaves induced by the mouse Bax gene. In addition, the expression level of TaMCA1 was up-regulated following challenge with the Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst). Knockdown of TaMCA1 via virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) enhanced plant disease resistance to Pst, and the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Further study showed that TaMCA1 decreased yeast cell resistance similar to the function of yeast metacaspase, and there was no interaction between TaMCA1 and TaLSD1. Based on these combined results, we speculate that TaMCA1, a regulator of cell death, is important during the compatible interaction of wheat and Pst. PMID:27230563

  6. TaMCA1, a regulator of cell death, is important for the interaction between wheat and Puccinia striiformis.

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    Hao, Yingbin; Wang, Xiaojie; Wang, Kang; Li, Huayi; Duan, Xiaoyuan; Tang, Chunlei; Kang, Zhensheng

    2016-01-01

    Metacaspase orthologs are conserved in fungi, protozoa and plants, however, their roles in plant disease resistance are largely unknown. In this study, we identified a Triticum aestivum metacaspase gene, TaMCA1, with three copies located on chromosomes 1A, 1B and 1D. The TaMCA1 protein contained typical structural features of type I metacaspases domains, including an N-terminal pro-domain. Transient expression analyses indicated that TaMCA1 was localized in cytosol and mitochondria. TaMCA1 exhibited no caspase-1 activity in vitro, but was able to inhibit cell death in tobacco and wheat leaves induced by the mouse Bax gene. In addition, the expression level of TaMCA1 was up-regulated following challenge with the Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst). Knockdown of TaMCA1 via virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) enhanced plant disease resistance to Pst, and the accumulation of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Further study showed that TaMCA1 decreased yeast cell resistance similar to the function of yeast metacaspase, and there was no interaction between TaMCA1 and TaLSD1. Based on these combined results, we speculate that TaMCA1, a regulator of cell death, is important during the compatible interaction of wheat and Pst. PMID:27230563

  7. The guardians of the genome (p53, TA-p73, and TA-p63) are regulators of tumor suppressor miRNAs network.

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    Boominathan, Lakshmanane

    2010-12-01

    The tumor suppressor p53 homologues, TA-p73, and p63 have been shown to function as tumor suppressors. However, how they function as tumor suppressors remains elusive. Here, I propose a number of tumor suppressor pathways that illustrate how the TA-p73 and p63 could function as negative regulators of invasion, metastasis, and cancer stem cells (CSCs) proliferation. Furthermore, I provide molecular insights into how TA-p73 and p63 could function as tumor suppressors. Remarkably, the guardians--p53, p73, and p63--of the genome are in control of most of the known tumor suppressor miRNAs, tumor suppressor genes, and metastasis suppressors by suppressing c-myc through miR-145/let-7/miR-34/TRIM32/PTEN/FBXW7. In particular, p53 and TA-p73/p63 appear to upregulate the expression of (1) tumor suppressor miRNAs, such as let-7, miR-34, miR-15/16a, miR-145, miR-29, miR-26, miR-30, and miR-146a; (2) tumor suppressor genes, such as PTEN, RBs, CDKN1a/b/c, and CDKN2a/b/c/d; (3) metastasis suppressors, such as Raf kinase inhibitory protein, CycG2, and DEC2, and thereby they enlarge their tumor suppressor network to inhibit tumorigenesis, invasion, angiogenesis, migration, metastasis, and CSCs proliferation. PMID:20922462

  8. Fluoride (F) is not taken up by Salmonella typhimurium TA98 (TA98), used for Ames mutagenicity test, unless aluminum (Al) is present

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    Ahn, H.W.; Jeffery, E.H. )

    1991-03-11

    TA98 is commonly used for the Ames test to detect frame-shift mutations. Ames test results for fluoride mutagenicity are controversial. Since Al and F, both present in finished drinking water, form a stable complex, the authors determined the effect of Al on F uptake by TA98 to evaluate any Al effect on Ames test results for F. A known number of TA98 in 0.1M potassium phosphate buffer was incubated with various concentrations of Al, F or aluminum fluoride for 1 hr at 37C in a shaking incubator. The cells were washed twice in potassium phosphate buffer and then resuspended in water. After breaking the cells open by sonication, the resulting supernatant was analyzed for Al by graphite furnace atomic absorption and for F using a F ion-selective electrode. Al accumulated in a concentration-dependent manner to 4.5 ppm then decreased rapidly as the Al was increased to 9 ppm. Intracellular F was below the limit of detection even when the medium contained 590 ppm F. However, F was taken up from media containing greater than 200 ppm F, providing that aluminum was also present. The authors conclude that the Ames test, using TA98, is not suitable for the detection of F mutagenicity.

  9. Influence of inserted Mo layer on the thermal stability of perpendicularly magnetized Ta/Mo/Co20Fe60B20/MgO/Ta films

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    Li, Minghua; Lu, Jinhui; Yu, Guoqiang; Li, Xiang; Han, Gang; Chen, Xi; Shi, Hui; Yu, Guanghua; Amiri, Pedram Khalili; Wang, Kang L.

    2016-04-01

    We studied the thermal stability of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in Ta/Mo/CoFeB/MgO/Ta films with and without inserted Mo layers. In the absence of a Mo layer, the films show PMA at annealing temperatures below 300 °C. On the other hand, the insertion of a Mo layer preserves PMA at annealing temperatures of up to 500 °C; however, a higher annealing temperature leads to the collapse of PMA. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to study the microstructure of the films to understand the deterioration of PMA. The XPS results show that the segregation of Ta is partly suppressed by inserting a Mo layer. Once inserted, Mo does not remain at the interface of Ta and CoFeB but migrates to the surface of the films. The HRTEM results show that the crystallization of the MgO (001) texture is improved owing to the higher annealing temperature of the Mo inserted sample. A smooth and clear CoFeB/MgO interface is evident. The inserted Mo layer not only helps to obtain sharper and smoother interfaces but also contributes to the crystallization after the higher annealing temperature of films.

  10. Control of proton exchange for LiTaO3 waveguides and the crystal structure of HxLi1 - xTaO3

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    El Hadi, K.; Baldi, P.; Nouh, S.; de Micheli, M. P.; Leycuras, A.; Fedorov, V. A.; Korkishko, Yu. N.

    1995-08-01

    We show how the phase diagram of the HxLi 1-xTaO 3 waveguiding layer on top of a crystal of a given orientation allows one to understand, and thus to control, the proton-exchange process in lithium tantalate. Different ways of producing high-quality waveguides are identified.

  11. Electrochemical behavior of nanocrystalline Ta/TaN multilayer on 316L stainless steel: Novel bipolar plates for proton exchange membrane fuel-cells

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    Alishahi, M.; Mahboubi, F.; Mousavi Khoie, S. M.; Aparicio, M.; Hübner, R.; Soldera, F.; Gago, R.

    2016-08-01

    Insufficient corrosion resistance and surface conductivity are two main issues that plague large-scale application of stainless steel (SS) bipolar plates in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). This study explores the use of nanocrystalline Ta/TaN multilayer coatings to improve the electrical and electrochemical performance of polished 316L SS bipolar plates. The multilayer coatings have been deposited by (reactive) magnetron sputtering and characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The electrochemical behavior of bare and coated substrates has been evaluated in simulated PEMFC working environments by potentiodynamic and potentiostatic polarization tests at ambient temperature and 80 °C. The results show that the Ta/TaN multilayer coating increases the polarization resistance of 316L SS by about 30 and 104 times at ambient and elevated temperatures, respectively. The interfacial contact resistance (ICR) shows a low value of 12 mΩ × cm2 before the potentiostatic test. This ICR is significantly lower than for the bare substrate and remains mostly unchanged after potentiostatic polarization for 14 h. In addition, the high contact angle (92°) with water for coated substrates indicates a hydrophobic character, which can improve the water management within the cell in PEMFC stacks.

  12. Electrical and Electrochemical Properties of Nitrogen-Containing Tetrahedral Amorphous Carbon (ta-C) Thin Films

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    Yang, Xingyi

    Tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C) is a diamond-like carbon (DLC) material comprised of a mixture of sp2 (˜40%) and sp3-bonded (˜60%) carbon domains. The physicochemical structure and electrochemical properties depend strongly on the sp2/sp3 bonding ratio as well as the incorporation of impurities, such as hydrogen or nitrogen. The ability to grow ta-C films at lower temperatures (25-100 °C) on a wider variety of substrates is a potential advantage of these materials as compared with diamond films. In this project, the basic structural and electrochemical properties of nitrogen-incorporated ta-C thin films will be discussed. The major goal of this work was to determine if the ta-C:N films exhibit electrochemical properties more closely aligned with those of boron-doped diamond (sp 3 carbon) or glassy carbon (amorphous sp2 carbon). Much like diamond, ta-C:N thin-film electrodes are characterized by a low background voltammetric current, a wide working potential window, relatively rapid electron-transfer kinetics for aqueous redox systems, such as Fe(CN) 6-3/-4 and Ru(NH3)6+3/+2 , and weak adsorption of polar molecules from solution. For example, negligible adsorption of methylene blue was found on the ta-C:N films in contrast to glassy carbon; a surface on which this molecule strongly adsorbs. The film microstructure was studied with x-ray photoelectron microscopy (XPS), visible Raman spectroscopy and electron-energy loss spectroscopy (EELS); all of which revealed the sp2-bonded carbon content increased with increasing nitrogen. The electrical properties of ta-C:N films were studied by four-point probe resistance measurement and conductive-probe AFM (CP-AFM). The incorporation of nitrogen into ta-C films increased the electrical conductivity primarily by increasing the sp2-bonded carbon content. CP-AFM showed the distribution of the conductive sp2-carbon on the film surface was not uniform. These films have potential to be used in field emission area. The

  13. Mechanisms of Low-Temperature Nitridation Technology on a TaN Thin Film Resistor for Temperature Sensor Applications.

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    Chen, Huey-Ru; Chen, Ying-Chung; Chang, Ting-Chang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Chu, Tian-Jian; Shih, Chih-Cheng; Chuang, Nai-Chuan; Wang, Kao-Yuan

    2016-12-01

    In this letter, we propose a novel low-temperature nitridation technology on a tantalum nitride (TaN) thin film resistor (TFR) through supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) treatment for temperature sensor applications. We also found that the sensitivity of temperature of the TaN TFR was improved about 10.2 %, which can be demonstrated from measurement of temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). In order to understand the mechanism of SCCO2 nitridation on the TaN TFR, the carrier conduction mechanism of the device was analyzed through current fitting. The current conduction mechanism of the TaN TFR changes from hopping to a Schottky emission after the low-temperature SCCO2 nitridation treatment. A model of vacancy passivation in TaN grains with nitrogen and by SCCO2 nitridation treatment is eventually proposed to increase the isolation ability in TaN TFR, which causes the transfer of current conduction mechanisms. PMID:27251325

  14. Mechanisms of Low-Temperature Nitridation Technology on a TaN Thin Film Resistor for Temperature Sensor Applications

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    Chen, Huey-Ru; Chen, Ying-Chung; Chang, Ting-Chang; Chang, Kuan-Chang; Tsai, Tsung-Ming; Chu, Tian-Jian; Shih, Chih-Cheng; Chuang, Nai-Chuan; Wang, Kao-Yuan

    2016-06-01

    In this letter, we propose a novel low-temperature nitridation technology on a tantalum nitride (TaN) thin film resistor (TFR) through supercritical carbon dioxide (SCCO2) treatment for temperature sensor applications. We also found that the sensitivity of temperature of the TaN TFR was improved about 10.2 %, which can be demonstrated from measurement of temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). In order to understand the mechanism of SCCO2 nitridation on the TaN TFR, the carrier conduction mechanism of the device was analyzed through current fitting. The current conduction mechanism of the TaN TFR changes from hopping to a Schottky emission after the low-temperature SCCO2 nitridation treatment. A model of vacancy passivation in TaN grains with nitrogen and by SCCO2 nitridation treatment is eventually proposed to increase the isolation ability in TaN TFR, which causes the transfer of current conduction mechanisms.

  15. Study on the Friction and Wear Behavior of a TA15 Alloy and Its Ni-SiC Composite Coating

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    Guo, Bao-hui; Wang, Zhen-ya; Li, Hai-long

    2016-05-01

    Ni-SiC composite coatings were prepared on TA15 alloy by composite electroplating technology. The friction and wear behavior of TA15 alloy, and the coating were comparatively studied at both room temperature and 600 °C using GCr15 as the counterparts. The results show that the obtained coating is relatively dense and compact, and possesses higher micro-hardness than TA15 alloy. The coating has significant friction reduction effect sliding at 600 °C, but has no obvious friction reduction effect sliding at room temperature. The coating possesses superior wear resistance than TA15 alloy, evidenced by its much lower mass losses than those of TA15 alloy sliding at both room temperature and 600 °C. The TA15 alloy and the coating showed different wear mechanisms under the given sliding conditions.

  16. Cell response to a newly developed Ti-10Ta-10Nb alloy and its sputtered nanoscale coating

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    Kim, Young-Min; Vang, Mong-Sook; Yang, Hong-So; Lim, Hyun-Pil

    2009-01-01

    STATEMENT OF PROBLEM The success of titanium implants is due to osseointegration or the direct contact of the implant surface and bone without a fibrous connective tissue interface. PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the osteoblast precursor response to titanium - 10 tantalum - 10 niobium (Ti-Ta-Nb) alloy and its sputtered coating. MATERIAL AND METHODS Ti-Ta-Nb coatings were sputtered onto the Ti-Ta-Nb disks. Ti6-Al-4V alloy disks were used as controls. An osteoblast precursor cell line, were used to evaluate the cell responses to the 3 groups. Cell attachment was measured using coulter counter and the cell morphology during attachment period was observed using fluorescent microscopy. Cell culture was performed at 4, 8, 12 and 16 days. RESULTS The sputtered Ti-Ta-Nb coatings consisted of dense nanoscale grains in the range of 30 to 100 nm with alpha-Ti crystal structure. The Ti-Ta-Nb disks and its sputtered nanoscale coatings exhibited greater hydrophilicity and rougher surfaces compared to the Ti-6Al-4V disks. The sputtered nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings exhibited significantly greater cell attachment compared to Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-Ta-Nb disks. Nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings exhibited significantly greater ALP specific activity and total protein production compared to the other 2 groups. CONCLUSIONS It was concluded that nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings enhance cell adhesion. In addition, Ti-Ta-Nb alloy and its nanoscale coatings enhanced osteoblast differentiation, but did not support osteoblast precursor proliferation compared to Ti-6Al-4V. These results indicate that the new developed Ti-Ta-Nb alloy and its nanoscale Ti-Ta-Nb coatings may be useful as an implant material. PMID:21165256

  17. TaSYP71, a Qc-SNARE, Contributes to Wheat Resistance against Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici

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    Liu, Minjie; Peng, Yan; Li, Huayi; Deng, Lin; Wang, Xiaojie; Kang, Zhensheng

    2016-01-01

    N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) are involved in plant resistance; however, the role of SYP71 in the regulation of plant–pathogen interactions is not well known. In this study, we characterized a plant-specific SNARE in wheat, TaSYP71, which contains a Qc-SNARE domain. Three homologs are localized on chromosome 1AL, 1BL, and 1DL. Using Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression, TaSYP71 was localized to the plasma membrane in Nicotiana benthamiana. Quantitative real-time PCR assays revealed that TaSYP71 homologs was induced by NaCl, H2O2 stress and infection by virulent and avirulent Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) isolates. Heterologous expression of TaSYP71 in Schizosaccharomyces pombe elevated tolerance to H2O2. Meanwhile, H2O2 scavenging gene (TaCAT) was downregulated in TaSYP71 silenced plants treated by H2O2 compared to that in control, which indicated that TaSYP71 enhanced tolerance to H2O2 stress possibly by influencing the expression of TaCAT to remove the excessive H2O2 accumulation. When TaSYP71 homologs were all silenced in wheat by the virus-induced gene silencing system, wheat plants were more susceptible to Pst, with larger infection area and more haustoria number, but the necrotic area of wheat mesophyll cells were larger, one possible explanation that minor contribution of resistance to Pst was insufficient to hinder pathogen extension when TaSYP71 were silenced, and the necrotic area was enlarged accompanied with the pathogen growth. Of course, later cell death could not be excluded. In addition, the expression of pathogenesis-related genes were down-regulated in TaSYP71 silenced wheat plants. These results together suggest that TaSYP71 play a positive role in wheat defense against Pst. PMID:27148348

  18. Investigation into the mechanism of ductility of thin amorphous Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ films

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    Rizkalla, H.L.

    1985-01-01

    Thin films (300-800 A) of tantalum metal were successfully sputter deposited on uniformly deformable fluoropolymer and polyimide substrates in stress free form. The crystal structure of the deposited Ta films depends mainly on the sputtering parameters. These films were later anodized into amorphous Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ which is a non-porous (barrier-type) oxide with excellent corrosion resistant properties. Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ films were also obtained by direct electron beam evaporation (EBE) of Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ on different metallic and polymeric substrates, XPS and AES studies were carried out on Ta, anodic and EBE Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ films to determine the chemical composition and oxidation states of elements. Thin Ta and Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ films on fluoropolymer substrates contained fluorine as an impurity while similar films on polyimide contained no fluorine and, in general, fewer impurities. EBE Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ films gave a stoichiometric O/Ta ratio all through the film thickness while the presence of suboxides and adsorbed OH group in anodic films was suggested by XPS and confirmed by FTIR absorption characteristics. Both thin Ta film and the corresponding anodic oxides, when deformed at room temperature to 10% strain, exhibied the ductile behavior of metals where slip bands were observed in the electron microscope. On the other hand, EBE Ta/sub 2/O/sub 5/ films failed in a brittle manner when deformed beyond 1% tensile strain at room temperature.

  19. TaSYP71, a Qc-SNARE, Contributes to Wheat Resistance against Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici.

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    Liu, Minjie; Peng, Yan; Li, Huayi; Deng, Lin; Wang, Xiaojie; Kang, Zhensheng

    2016-01-01

    N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptors (SNAREs) are involved in plant resistance; however, the role of SYP71 in the regulation of plant-pathogen interactions is not well known. In this study, we characterized a plant-specific SNARE in wheat, TaSYP71, which contains a Qc-SNARE domain. Three homologs are localized on chromosome 1AL, 1BL, and 1DL. Using Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression, TaSYP71 was localized to the plasma membrane in Nicotiana benthamiana. Quantitative real-time PCR assays revealed that TaSYP71 homologs was induced by NaCl, H2O2 stress and infection by virulent and avirulent Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) isolates. Heterologous expression of TaSYP71 in Schizosaccharomyces pombe elevated tolerance to H2O2. Meanwhile, H2O2 scavenging gene (TaCAT) was downregulated in TaSYP71 silenced plants treated by H2O2 compared to that in control, which indicated that TaSYP71 enhanced tolerance to H2O2 stress possibly by influencing the expression of TaCAT to remove the excessive H2O2 accumulation. When TaSYP71 homologs were all silenced in wheat by the virus-induced gene silencing system, wheat plants were more susceptible to Pst, with larger infection area and more haustoria number, but the necrotic area of wheat mesophyll cells were larger, one possible explanation that minor contribution of resistance to Pst was insufficient to hinder pathogen extension when TaSYP71 were silenced, and the necrotic area was enlarged accompanied with the pathogen growth. Of course, later cell death could not be excluded. In addition, the expression of pathogenesis-related genes were down-regulated in TaSYP71 silenced wheat plants. These results together suggest that TaSYP71 play a positive role in wheat defense against Pst. PMID:27148348

  20. Assessment of mutagenic effect of G. acerosa and S. wightii in S. typhimurium (TA 98, TA 100, and TA 1538 strains) and evaluation of their cytotoxic and genotoxic effect in human mononuclear cells: a non-clinical study.

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    Syad, Arif Nisha; Kasi, Pandima Devi

    2014-01-01

    The marine red algae (Gelidiella acerosa and Sargassum wightii) possessing excellent antioxidant and anticholinesterase activity were subjected to toxicity evaluation for a deeper understanding of other bioprotective properties of seaweeds. Cytotoxic evaluation was done by trypan blue exclusion, and MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assays using human PBMC (peripheral blood mononuclear cells) and RBC (red blood cells) lysis assay using human erythrocytes. Mutagenicity of the seaweeds was analyzed by Ames salmonella mutagenicity test with the histidine dependent mutant strains TA 98, TA100 and TA 1538. Genotoxic activity was verified in PBMC by comet assay. The results suggest that benzene extract of G. acerosa (BEGA) and dichloromethane extract of S. wightii (DMESW) did not show cytotoxic effect both in PBMC and erythrocytes. Evaluation of mutagenic activity suggests that the seaweeds did not cause any mutagenic effects both in the absence and the presence of S9 microsomal fraction in all the three Salmonella mutant strains. Results of genotoxic study showed that PBMC treated with seaweed extracts (1 mg/mL) exhibit less or no damage to cells, thus proving the non-genotoxic effect of the extract. Since these in vitro non-clinical studies clearly demonstrate the non-toxic nature of the seaweeds, they could be exploited for further characterization, which would result in development of novel and safe therapeutic entities. PMID:24967353

  1. Precessional magnetization induced spin current from CoFeB into Ta

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    Jamali, Mahdi; Klemm, Angeline; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2013-12-16

    The spin dynamics at the interface between the CoFeB and Ta layer has been studied using spin pumping and spin wave characterizations. The spin pumping driven by the ferromagnetic resonance in the CoFeB layer injects a spin current into Ta layer which results in an electromotive force across the Ta layer due to the inverse spin Hall effect. Upon changing the polarity of the bias magnetic field, the polarity of the output voltage inverts and the output voltage increases linearly in respect to the microwave signal power which are consistent with the spin pumping characteristics. The effect of the in-plane magnetization angle on the output voltage has been studied. Furthermore, it is found that the frequency spectrum of the spin Hall voltage is modified by the annealing temperature and the full width at half maximum of the spin pumping increases by more than 40% with the increase of the annealing temperature from 200 °C to 300 °C. The spin Hall angle at the Ta-CoFeB interface is determined to be 0.014, and the damping constant of the CoFeB increases from 0.006 in pure CoFeB to 0.015 in Ta/CoFeB film.

  2. Study on electrical defects level in single layer two-dimensional Ta2O5

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    Dahai, Li; Xiongfei, Song; Linfeng, Hu; Ziyi, Wang; Rongjun, Zhang; Liangyao, Chen; David, Wei Zhang; Peng, Zhou

    2016-04-01

    Two-dimensional atomic-layered material is a recent research focus, and single layer Ta2O5 used as gate dielectric in field-effect transistors is obtained via assemblies of Ta2O5 nanosheets. However, the electrical performance is seriously affected by electronic defects existing in Ta2O5. Therefore, spectroscopic ellipsometry is used to calculate the transition energies and corresponding probabilities for two different charged oxygen vacancies, whose existence is revealed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. Spectroscopic ellipsometry fitting also calculates the thickness of single layer Ta2O5, exhibiting good agreement with atomic force microscopy measurement. Nondestructive and noncontact spectroscopic ellipsometry is appropriate for detecting the electrical defects level of single layer Ta2O5. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174058 and 61376093), the Fund from Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission (Grant No. 13QA1400400), the National Science and Technology Major Project, China (Grant No. 2011ZX02707), and the Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (Grant No. 12ZZ010).

  3. Low temperature synthesis of monolithic transparent Ta2O5 gels from hydrolysis of metal alkoxide

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1993-01-01

    Tantalum oxide gels in the form of transparent monoliths and powder were prepared from hydrolysis of tantalum pentaethoxide under controlled conditions using different mole ratios of Ta(OC2H5)5:C2H50H:H20:HCl. Alcohol acts as the mutual solvent and HCl as the deflocculating agent. For a fixed alkoxide:water:HCl ratio, time of gel formation increased with the alcohol to alkoxide mole ratio. Thermal evolution of the physical and structural changes in the gel was monitored by differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, x-ray diffraction, and infrared spectroscopy. On heating to approximately 400 C, the amorphous gel crystallized into the low temperature orthorhombic phase Beta-Ta2O5, which transformed into the high temperature tetragonal phase Alpha-Ta2O5 when further heated to approximately 1450 C. The volume fraction of the crystalline phase increased with the firing temperature. The Alpha-Ta205 converted back into the low temperature phase, Beta-Ta2O5, on slow cooling through the transformation temperature of 1360 C indicating a slow but reversible transformation.

  4. Electric field gradients at Ta in Zr and Hf inter-metallic compounds

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    Terrazos, L. A.; Petrilli, H. M.; Marszalek, M.; Saitovitch, H.; Silva, P. R. J.; Blaha, P.; Schwarz, K.

    2002-03-01

    Here we calculate the electric field gradient (EFG) at the nucleus of the substitutional Ta impurity site in Zr 2T and Hf 2T (T=Cu, Ag, Au, and Pd) C11 b inter-metallic compounds. We use the ab initio FP-LAPW method as embodied in the Wien97 code in a super-cell approach and include lattice relaxations around the impurity. Our results are compared with EFG values inferred from measurements of the quadrupole coupling constants at the 111Ta probe in these compounds performed with the time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) technique. We also performed EFG calculations for the pure inter-metallic compounds. Through the comparison of theoretical and experimental EFGs in these cases, we elucidate the role played by the Ta probe in the TDPAC measurements of Hf and Zr compounds. Our results show that, although the EFGs at the Hf site are very similar to the EFGs at the Ta impurity, there is no direct correlation between the Zr and Ta EFGs.

  5. Ammonium fluoride-activated synthesis of cubic δ-TaN nanoparticles at low temperatures

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    2013-01-01

    Cubic delta-tantalum nitride (δ-TaN) nanoparticles were selectively prepared using a K2TaF7 + (5 + k) NaN3 + kNH4F reactive mixture (k being the number of moles of NH4F) via a combustion process under a nitrogen pressure of 2.0 MPa. The combustion temperature, when plotted as a function of the number of moles of NH4F used, was in the range of 850°C to 1,170°C. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the formation of cubic δ-TaN nanoparticles at 850°C to 950°C when NH4F is used in an amount of 2.0 mol (or greater) in the combustion experiment. Phase pure cubic δ-TaN synthesized at k = 4 exhibited a specific surface area of 30.59 m2/g and grain size of 5 to 10 nm, as estimated from the transmission electron microscopy micrograph. The role of NH4F in the formation process of δ-TaN is discussed with regard to a hypothetical reaction mechanism. PMID:23497396

  6. Ductility Characterization of U-6Nb and Ta-W Alloys

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    Sun, T; Cervantes, O

    2006-09-15

    We have previously evaluated the ductility behaviors of U-6Nb and pure Ta. One important observation was that both alloys have very stable necking ductility independent of test conditions. In contrast, uniform ductility varied significantly depending upon strain rates and temperatures. In general, higher strain rate and lower temperature reduce the uniform ductility. Using literature data, we have developed two dynamic ductility models to predict the ductility behaviors of pure-Ta and water-quenched U-6Nb respectively under extreme conditions. In this study we further evaluate the aging effect on U-6Nb and the W-addition effect on Ta. For U-6Nb, the objective is to determine whether or not the ductility degradation by low-temperature aging mostly measured in quasi-static condition can still be observed under dynamic loading (high strain rate) condition. For Ta-W alloys, the focus is to identify the key control parameter so that the optimal condition of high-strength/high-ductility of Ta-10W can be achieved for certain defense-related applications.

  7. Effects of annealing on antiwear and antibacteria behaviors of TaN-Cu nanocomposite thin films

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    Hsieh, J. H.; Cheng, M. K.; Chang, Y. K.; Li, C.; Chang, C. L.; Liu, P. C.

    2008-07-15

    TaN-Cu nanocomposite films were deposited by reactive cosputtering on Si and tool steel substrates. The films were then annealed using rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at 400 deg. C for 2, 4, and 8 min, respectively, to induce the nucleation and growth of Cu particles in TaN matrix and on film surface. Field emission scanning electron microscopy was applied to characterize Cu nanoparticles emerged on the surface of TaN-Cu thin films. The effects of annealing on the antiwear and antibacterial properties of these films were studied. The results reveal that annealing by RTA can cause Cu nanoparticles to form on the TaN surface. Consequently, the tribological behaviors, as well as the antibacterial behavior may vary depending on particle size, particle distribution, and total exposed Cu amount. For the samples with large Cu particles, the reduction of averaged friction and wear rate is obvious. Apparently, it is due to the smeared Cu particles adhered onto the wear tracks. This Cu layer may act as a solid lubricant. From the antibacterial testing results, it is found that both Cu particle size and total exposed Cu amount are critical in making short-term antibacterial effect. Overall, all the annealed TaN-Cu samples can reach >99% antibacterial efficiency in 24 h, with respect to uncoated Si substrate.

  8. Superconductivity in the T2 phase of the Ta-Ge-B system

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    Correa, Lucas Eduardo; Nunes, Carlos; Coelho, Gilberto; Silva, Antonio Augusto; Fisk, Zack; Jefferson Machado, Antonio

    2012-02-01

    In the Ta-Ge system the αTa5Ge3 phase is not superconductor. Considering the high solubility of this phase for boron, in this work it has been evaluated the effect of boron doping in αTa5Ge3 on the electrical, heat capacity and magnetic properties of the produced materials. It has been shown that boron doping promoted superconductivity for some specific composition. The Ta5GeB2, also named T2 phase, crystallizes in the tetragonal symmetry with Cr5B3 prototype structure. In this composition the sample presented the maximum superconducting critical temperature (3.4 K). Others systems that exhibit the existence of the T2 phase present superconductivity such as Mo5SiB2 (Tc ˜5.5 K), Nb5Si3-xBx (Tcmax ˜7.8 K) and W5SiB2 (Tc ˜5.5 K). Thus, Ta5GeB2 is more one example.

  9. Synthesis and electronic structure of single-layer TaS2

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    Sanders, Charlotte; Sohanfo Ngankeu, Arlette; Dendzik, Maciej; Bianchi, Marco; Hofmann, Philip

    Bulk TaS2 is an intriguing material that exhibits charge density wave phases, Mott physics, and superconductivity; however, little work has been done on single-layer (SL) TaS2. Progress in this area demands a method for controllably fabricating high-quality, uniform samples with low defect densities. We have succeeded in epitaxially growing SL TaS2, using the Au(111) substrate. The monolayer exhibits a well-defined orientation with respect to the substrate, a strong preference toward forming triangular islands, and a moire superstructure. Furthermore, long deposition times lead to smooth layer-by-layer growth of TaS2. In this talk, I will present band structure measurements acquired by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) on TaS2/Au samples fabricated in situ at the SGM3 end station of the ASTRID2 synchrotron facility in Denmark. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) elucidate the material's structural properties and interaction with the substrate.

  10. Effects of Ta on microstructure and microhardness of Ni based laser clad coating

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    Yu, Ting; Deng, Qilin; Dong, Gang; Yang, Jianguo

    2011-03-01

    Through addition of Tantalum, fine TaC particles were in situ synthesized in a NiCrBSi alloy laser clad composite coating. Microstructure, microhardness and abrasive wear resistance of the composite coating were investigated. The result showed that TaC particles were dispersed in Ni based alloy composite coating, refining the microstructure of the coating after laser cladding. Amount of coarse primary carbides such as M7C3 and eutectic of γ-Ni + M23C6 substantially decreased because the formation of TaC particles suppressed the formation of M7C3 and M23C6. On the one hand, fine TaC particles acted as hard phase, which improved the microhardness of the composite coating; on the other hand, a decrease in amount of the coarse M7C3 and eutectic of γ-Ni + M23C6 reduced the crack susceptibility of the Ni based composite coating. Also, Ta element improved the abrasive wear resistance of the Ni based coating.

  11. Comparison of low-voltage field emission from TaC and tungsten fiber arrays

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    Cochran, J.K.; Lee, K.J.; Hill, D.N.

    1988-01-01

    Field emitter array (FEA) devices were constructed using thin-film fabrication techniques based on in situ eutectic composites containing either TaC or NbC fibers in a NiCr alloy matrix. The emission characteristics of the TaC devices were measured and compared to those of W--ZrO/sub 2/ FEA's. Both devices produced the linear Fowler--Nordheim plots common to all field emission devices; however, the array current density of the TaC FEA's was more than two orders of magnitude lower than that of the W--ZrO/sub 2/ FEA's. This was primarily due to the lower fiber density and lower field enhancement of the carbide fiber devices. If it were possible to produce cathode geometries comparable to those of the W--ZrO/sub 2/ FEA's, a theoretical analysis indicates that emission performance of the TaC devices would be superior because of the lower work function of TaC. However, post-emission observations indicated that the carbide fiber emitters failed more readily than the tungsten emitters under comparable operating conditions.

  12. Decay heat calculations for a 500 kW W-Ta spallation target

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    Yu, Quanzhi; Lu, Youlian; Hu, Zhiliang; Zhou, Bin; Yin, Wen; Liang, Tianjiao

    2015-05-01

    The China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) is a short-pulsed neutron scattering facility. The beam power is designed to be 100 kW in Phase I, with the capability of upgrading to 500 kW. Tantalum (Ta)-cladded tungsten (W) was chosen as the spallation target due to its high neutron yield. Ta claddings can solve the problem of the corrosiveness of W plates, although they produce high decay heat after intense irradiation. This paper presents the decay heat distributions and evolutions for the future upgraded 500 kW W-Ta spallation target. The calculations are performed using the MCNPX2.5 Monte Carlo code and the CINDER'90 activation code. The decay heat distributions show that for the W plates, decay heat is mainly produced via the spallation reaction process, whereas for the Ta claddings, it is mainly produced via the neutron capture process. An effective method of reducing the decay heat in the W-Ta target is also presented and discussed.

  13. Structural, electronic and optical properties of hexagonal TaN compound

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    Chen, Zhongjun; Yan, Jungan; Kuang, Zhong; Chen, Taihong; Li, Dehua

    2016-01-01

    Structural and electronic properties of hexagonal Tantalum nitride (TaN) in CoSn and WC structures are studied using the first-principle calculations. Lattice constants and electronic band structures are in an excellent agreement with the available experimental and other theoretical values. TaN in both structures studied has a metallic nature and a strong hybridization of Ta 5d and N 2p are found from the spin density of states (DOS). Meanwhile, our LSDA+U calculations predicted a strong ferromagnetic state for CoSn-type structure and an obvious paramagnetic nature for WC-type structure. No phase transition are observed within cubic and hexagonal CoSn and WC structures under high pressures. Our results show WC-type TaN is the calculated ground-state structure among the three crystallographic structures studied under 120 GPa. Optical properties show that TaN in CoSn-type structure is a better dielectric material.

  14. Crystal structure and molecular modeling study of N-carbamoylsarcosine amidase Ta0454 from Thermoplasma acidophilum

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    Luo, Hai-Bin; Zheng, Heping; Zimmerman, Matthew D.; Chruszcz, Maksymilian; Skarina, Tatiana; Egorova, Olga; Savchenko, Alexei; Edwards, Aled M.; Minor, Wladek

    2010-05-12

    A crystal structure of the putative N-carbamoylsarcosine amidase (CSHase) Ta0454 from Thermoplasma acidophilum was solved by single-wavelength anomalous diffraction and refined at a resolution of 2.35 {angstrom}. CSHases are involved in the degradation of creatinine. Ta0454 shares a similar fold and a highly conserved C-D-K catalytic triad (Cys123, Asp9, and Lys90) with the structures of three cysteine hydrolases (PDB codes 1NBA, 1IM5, and 2H0R). Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of Ta0454/N-carbamoylsarcosine and Ta0454/pyrazinamide complexes were performed to determine the structural basis of the substrate binding pattern for each ligand. Based on the MD-simulated trajectories, the MM/PBSA method predicts binding free energies of -24.5 and -17.1 kcal/mol for the two systems, respectively. The predicted binding free energies suggest that Ta0454 is selective for N-carbamoylsarcosine over pyrazinamide, and zinc ions play an important role in the favorable substrate bound states.

  15. TaClo as a neurotoxic lead: improved synthesis, stereochemical analysis, and inhibition of the mitochondrial respiratory chain.

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    Bringmann, G; God, R; Feineis, D; Janetzky, B; Reichmann, H

    1995-01-01

    "TaClo", a highly halogenated tetrahydro-beta-carboline derived from the biogenic amine tryptamine ("Ta") and the synthetic hypnotic chloral ("Clo"), has to be considered as a dopaminergic neurotoxin potentially occurring in vivo. For the preparation of TaClo on a large scale, an improved synthetic pathway was elaborated. The distinct neurotoxic activity of TaClo warrants its intensive study also under stereochemical aspects. For this reason, an analytic device for the separation and stereochemical attribution of its two enantiomers, (R)-TaClo and (S)-TaClo, was developed, based on chromatography on a chiral HPLC phase. Elucidation of the absolute configuration was achieved by CD spectroscopy and confirmed by X-ray crystallography. TaClo exhibits highly selective in vitro inhibition of complex I of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, the required concentrations being much lower than those needed for related halogen-free beta-carbolines or for MPP+ (1-methyl-4-phenyl-pyridinium ion), the active metabolite of MPTP (1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine). Furthermore, TaClo as a novel lead structure stimulated chemical and neuropharmacological investigations also on related highly halogenated beta-carbolines. Thus, some of the tested compounds--both potential TaClo metabolites and unnatural derivatives--showed even an enhanced inhibition of the mitochondrial respiration in vitro. PMID:8821061

  16. TaGS5-3A, a grain size gene selected during wheat improvement for larger kernel and yield.

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    Ma, Lin; Li, Tian; Hao, Chenyang; Wang, Yuquan; Chen, Xinhong; Zhang, Xueyong

    2016-05-01

    Grain size is a dominant component of grain weight in cereals. Earlier studies have shown that OsGS5 plays a major role in regulating both grain size and weight in rice via promotion of cell division. In this study, we isolated TaGS5 homoeologues in wheat and mapped them on chromosomes 3A, 3B and 3D. Temporal and spatial expression analysis showed that TaGS5 homoeologues were preferentially expressed in young spikes and developing grains. Two alleles of TaGS5-3A, TaGS5-3A-T and TaGS5-3A-G were identified in wheat accessions, and a functional marker was developed to discriminate them. Association analysis revealed that TaGS5-3A-T was significantly correlated with larger grain size and higher thousand kernel weight. Biochemical assays showed that TaGS5-3A-T possesses a higher enzymatic activity than TaGS5-3A-G. Transgenic rice lines overexpressing TaGS5-3A-T also exhibited larger grain size and higher thousand kernel weight than TaGS5-3A-G lines, and the transcript levels of cell cycle-related genes in TaGS5-3A-T lines were higher than those in TaGS5-3A-G lines. Furthermore, systematic evolution analysis in diploid, tetraploid and hexaploid wheat showed that TaGS5-3A underwent strong artificial selection during wheat polyploidization events and the frequency changes of two alleles demonstrated that TaGS5-3A-T was favoured in global modern wheat cultivars. These results suggest that TaGS5-3A is a positive regulator of grain size and its favoured allele TaGS5-3A-T exhibits a larger potential application in wheat high-yield breeding. PMID:26480952

  17. 7 CFR Exhibit B to Subpart I of... - Evaluation Report of Self-Help Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

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    2010-01-01

    ... following adversely affect the Grantee's ability to accomplish program objectives? YES NO TA Staff Turnover ____ ____ FmHA Staff Turnover ____ ____ Bad Weather ____ ____ Loan Processing Delays ____ ____ Site...

  18. Density functional study of TaSi n ( n = 1-3, 12) clusters adsorbed to graphene surface

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    Guo, Ping; Zheng, Lin; Zheng, Ji Ming; Zhang, Ruizhi; Yang, Luna; Ren, Zhaoyu

    2011-11-01

    A plane-wave density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to investigate structural and electronic properties of TaSin (n = 1-3, 12) clusters supported by graphene surface. The resulting adsorption structures are described and discussed in terms of stability, bonding, and electron transfer between the cluster and the graphene. The TaSin clusters on graphene surface favor their free-standing ground-state structures. Especially in the cases of the linear TaSi2 and the planar TaSi3, the graphene surface may catalyze the transition of the TaSin clusters from an isomer of lower dimensionality into the ground-state structure. The adsorption site and configuration of TaSin on graphene surface are dominated by the interaction between Ta atom and graphene. Ta atom prefers to adsorb on the hollow site of graphene, and Si atoms tend to locate on the bridge site. Further, the electron transfer is found to proceed from the cluster to the surface for n = 1 and 2, while its direction reverses as n > 2. For the case of TaSi, chemisorption is shown to prevail over physisorption as the dominant mode of surface-adsorbate interaction by charge density analysis.

  19. Ni(OH)2 loaded on TaON for enhancing photocatalytic water splitting activity under visible light irradiation

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    Chen, Wei; Chu, Mingchao; Gao, Li; Mao, Liqun; Yuan, Jian; Shangguan, Wenfeng

    2015-01-01

    The noble-metal-free Ni(OH)2 as a cocatalyst was loaded on TaON photocatalyst by a precipitation method. The characterization of XRD, SEM, HRTEM and XPS revealed that Ni species was loaded on TaON in the form of β-Ni(OH)2. The composite Ni(OH)2/TaON showed higher photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution (3.15 μmol/h) than that of naked TaON and even higher than 0.5 wt% Pt/TaON (1.48 μmol/h) under visible light (λ > 400 nm) in the presence of methanol as a sacrificial reagent, while the weight ratio of TaON: Ni(OH)2 reached 5. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of Ni(OH)2/TaON is attributed to the rapid electrons migration from CB of TaON to Ni(OH)2, which restrains the recombination of charge carriers generated by TaON and facilitates the hydrogen evolution.

  20. Effects of Ta Addition Through Co-Sputtering on the Electrical Characteristics of Indium Tin Oxide Thin Film Transistors.

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    Park, Si-Nae; Son, Dae-Ho; Sung, Shi-Joon; Kang, Jin-Kyu; Kim, Dae-Hwan

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the effects of adding (Ta) ions to InSnO thin films by co-sputtering on the performance of InSnO thin film transistors (TFTs). TaInSnO TFTs exhibited significantly lower off currents and higher on/off current ratios. Ta ions, owing to their strong affinity to oxygen suppress the formation of free electron carriers in thin films; and hence, play an important role in enhancing the electrical characteristics of the TFTs. The optimized TaInSnO TFTs showed high on/off ratios and low subthreshold swings. PMID:26328366

  1. Mechanical Properties, Quantum Mechanical Calculations, and Crystallographic/Spectroscopic Characterization of GaNbO4, Ga(Ta,Nb)O4, and GaTaO4.

    PubMed

    Perfler, Lukas; Kahlenberg, Volker; Többens, Daniel; Schaur, Andreas; Tribus, Martina; Orlova, Maria; Kaindl, Reinhard

    2016-06-01

    Single crystals as well as polycrystalline samples of GaNbO4, Ga(Ta,Nb)O4, and GaTaO4 were grown from the melt and by solid-state reactions, respectively, at various temperatures between 1698 and 1983 K. The chemical composition of the crystals was confirmed by wavelength-dispersive electron microprobe analysis, and the crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In addition, a high-P-T synthesis of GaNbO4 was performed at a pressure of 2 GPa and a temperature of 1273 K. Raman spectroscopy of all compounds as well as Rietveld refinement analysis of the powder X-ray diffraction pattern of GaNbO4 were carried out to complement the structural investigations. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations enabled the assignment of the Raman bands to specific vibrational modes within the structure of GaNbO4. To determine the hardness (H) and elastic moduli (E) of the compounds, nanoindentation experiments have been performed with a Berkovich diamond indenter tip. Analyses of the load-displacement curves resulted in a high hardness of H = 11.9 ± 0.6 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 202 ± 9 GPa for GaTaO4. GaNbO4 showed a lower hardness of H = 9.6 ± 0.5 GPa and a reduced elastic modulus of Er = 168 ± 5 GPa. Spectroscopic ellipsometry of the polished GaTa0.5Nb0.5O4 ceramic sample was employed for the determination of the optical constants n and k. GaTa0.5Nb0.5O4 exhibits a high average refractive index of nD = 2.20, at λ = 589 nm. Furthermore, in situ high-temperature powder X-ray diffraction experiments enabled the study of the thermal expansion tensors of GaTaO4 and GaNbO4, as well as the ability to relate them with structural features. PMID:27175821

  2. Haplotypes of the TaGS5-A1 Gene Are Associated with Thousand-Kernel Weight in Chinese Bread Wheat

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    Wang, Shasha; Yan, Xuefang; Wang, Yongyan; Liu, Hongmei; Cui, Dangqun; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    In previous work, we cloned TaGS5 gene and found the association of TaGS5-A1 alleles with agronomic traits. In this study, the promoter sequence of the TaGS5-A1 gene was isolated from bread wheat. Sequencing results revealed that a G insertion was found in position -1925 bp of the TaGS5-A1 gene (Reference to ATG), which occurred in the Sp1 domain of the promoter sequence. Combined with previous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the TaGS5-A1 exon sequence, four genotypes were formed at the TaGS5-A1 locus and were designated as TaGS5-A1a-a, TaGS5-A1a-b, TaGS5-A1b-a, and TaGS5-A1b-b, respectively. Analysis of the association of TaGS5-A1 alleles with agronomic traits indicated that cultivars with the TaGS5-A1a-b allele possessed significantly higher thousand-kernel weight (TKW) and lower plant height than cultivars with the TaGS5-A1a-a allele, and cultivars with the TaGS5-A1b-b allele showed higher TKW than cultivars with the TaGS5-A1b-a allele. The differences of these traits between the TaGS5-A1a-a and TaGS5-A1a-b alleles were larger than those of the TaGS5-A1b-a and TaGS5-A1b-b alleles, suggesting that the -1925G insertion plays the more important role in TaGS5-A1a genotypes than in TaGS5-A1b genotypes. qRT-PCR indicated that TaGS5-A1b-b possessed the significantly highest expression level among four TaGS5-A1 haplotypes in mature seeds and further showed a significantly higher expression level than TaGS5-A1b-a at five different developmental stages of the seeds, suggesting that high expression of TaGS5-A1 was positively associated with high TKW in bread wheat. This study could provide a relatively superior genotype in view of TKW in wheat breeding programs and could also provide important information for dissection of the regulatory mechanism of the yield-related traits. PMID:27375643

  3. Functional and operational requirements for TA-18 relocation to the NTS/DAF Site.

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    Malenfant, R. E.; Bedsun, D. A.; Paternoster, Richard R.,

    2002-01-01

    Technical Area 18 (TA-18), or Pajarito Site, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been operational as a nuclear facility since 1945. The original complement of a dozen part-time researchers with a single mission in one building at the end of a dirt road has evolved to a complex, multimission facility with a staff of 125 occupying 25 major buildings adjacent to a heavily traveled road with public access. In the year 2000, the Secretary of Energy determined that the mission of TA-18 was essential to support national security, but that consideration had to be given to improving safety and physical security. It is presently proposed to relocate most of the TA-18 operations to the Device Assembly Facility (DAF) at the Nevada Test Site (NTS). The purpose of this paper is to identify the functional and operational requirements and to demonstrate how they can be met at the DAF.

  4. Gasochromic switching of Ta and Pd-doped nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films.

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    Domaradzki, J; Wojcieszak, D; Prociow, E; Kaczmarek, D; Winiarski, A; Szade, J

    2011-10-01

    In this work TiO2:(Ta, Pd) thin films with gasochromic properties have been described. Thin films were prepared by reactive magnetron sputtering process using mosaic Ti-Ta-Pd target. The amounts of dopants were 2.54 at.% and 12.36 at.% of Ta and Pd, respectively. The results of optical measurements performed at presence of ethanol and additional heating of the sample up to 350 degrees C have shown an abrupt change of transmission level from 80% down to 10% in VIS and in IR range. The gasochromic change was very fast. Moreover, rapid cooling (down to room temperature) in an air ambient results in stable thin film coloration. The reverse effect (bleaching) was obtained after annealing at 500 degrees C in an ambient air. PMID:22400253

  5. Underground search for the decay of {sup 180}Ta{sup m}

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    Hult, Mikael; Gasparro, Joeel; Marissens, Gerd; Lindahl, Patric; Waetjen, Uwe; Johnston, Peter N.; Wagemans, Cyriel; Koehler, Matthias

    2006-11-15

    Tantalum-180m is a very rare primordial isotope and is not in its nuclear ground state. The radioactivity of {sup 180}Ta{sup m} has not yet been observed. Previous attempts to measure the half-life of {sup 180}Ta{sup m} have been performed using various detectors located above ground. In this work a 606 g Ta disk of natural isotopic composition was measured for 170 d in the 225 m deep underground laboratory HADES. The new lower bound for the half-life is 1.7x10{sup 16} y for electron capture decay and 1.2x10{sup 16} y for {beta}{sup -} decay. This gives a total lower bound for the half-life of 7.1x10{sup 15} y, which is a factor of 6 higher than the previous lower bound.

  6. New STM Tip-induced Phases in 1T-TaS2

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    Ma, Liguo; Yu, Yijun; Lu, Xiu Fang; Yan, Ya Jun; Cho, Y. H.; Cheong, Sang-Wook; Chen, Xian Hui; Zhang, Yuanbo

    2015-03-01

    Transition metal dichalcogenide 1T-TaS2 is a layered material featuring a unique set of charge density wave (CDW) phases. The close proximity of the CDW phases in energy makes the material prone to external perturbation, and the intricate electron-phonon and electron-electron interactions often lead to electronic/structural phase transitions in 1T-TaS2. Here we report a new phase transition from the insulating commensurate CDW (also known as a Mott state) to a new metallic CDW state that is induced in 1T-TaS2 by voltage pulses from an STM tip at low temperatures. We study the topographic and spectroscopic properties of the metallic CDW phase in detail with STM and Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy (STS).

  7. Tetrahedral Amorphous Carbon (ta-C) Ultra Thin Films for Slider Overcoat Application

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    Shi, X.; Hu, Y. H.; Hu, L.

    Tetrahedral Amorphous Carbon (ta-C) thin film by using Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc (FCVA) technique has proven to be wear-resistive and corrosion resistant for a wide range of electrical, optical, and mechanical applications. Many investigations have shown that the ta-C film prepared by the FCVA technique can provide a superior ultra thin overcoat for the sliders and media compared to ECR-CVD and IBD coating technology. The ta-C film excels in terms of the film density, hardness, surface roughness and corrosion resistance. Nanofilm Technology International (NTI) has successfully developed and commercialized the FCVA coating system (FS series) for the slider overcoat application, which provides a good quality film with a high hardness (~50 GPa), low stress (2~3 GPa), low macro-particle density (~1/cm2 for particles > 0.3 μm), good uniformity (< 4%$ in 8 inch coating area) and high production repeatability (< 5%).

  8. Genome sequence of the clover-nodulating Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain TA1

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    Reeve, Wayne; Tian, Rui; De Meyer, Sofie; Melino, Vanessa; Terpolilli, Jason; Ardley, Julie; Tiwari, Ravi; Howieson, John; Yates, Ronald; O’Hara, Graham; Ninawi, Mohamed; Teshima, Hazuki; Bruce, David; Detter, Chris; Tapia, Roxanne; Han, Cliff; Wei, Chia-Lin; Huntemann, Marcel; Han, James; Chen, I-Min; Mavromatis, Konstantinos; Markowitz, Victor; Ivanova, Natalia; Ovchinnikova, Galina; Pagani, Ioanna; Pati, Amrita; Goodwin, Lynne; Pitluck, Sam; Woyke, Tanja; Kyrpides, Nikos

    2013-01-01

    Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain TA1 is an aerobic, motile, Gram-negative, non-spore-forming rod that is an effective nitrogen fixing microsymbiont on the perennial clovers originating from Europe and the Mediterranean basin. TA1 however is ineffective with many annual and perennial clovers originating from Africa and America. Here we describe the features of R. leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain TA1, together with genome sequence information and annotation. The 8,618,824 bp high-quality-draft genome is arranged in a 6 scaffold of 32 contigs, contains 8,493 protein-coding genes and 83 RNA-only encoding genes, and is one of 20 rhizobial genomes sequenced as part of the DOE Joint Genome Institute 2010 Community Sequencing Program. PMID:24976881

  9. Identifying and Measuring the State Variables in TaOx Memristors

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    Mickel, Patrick; Marinella, Matthew; James, Conrad

    2013-03-01

    We present evidence of the identification and characterization of new state variables in TaOx memristors. Thus far, the state variable controlling the resistive switching has been believed to be the oxygen concentration in the conducting Ta filament. However, using voltage pulse measurements sensitive to small changes in resistance, we identify three distinct switching regimes governed by three unique state variables. Oxygen concentration in the Ta filament is shown to control the memristor resistance for low resistances, after which we observe a clear crossover to the area state variable dominated resistance range, and finally a large non-linear resistance range governed by the thickness of a developing insulating layer. The amplitude and time-scale of the applied tuning voltage pulses is investigated, providing insight into thermal properties of the device during switching.

  10. Photoluminescence of pyrochlore phase in SrBi2Ta2O9 thin films

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    Wang, Y. P.; Ning, H. F.; Zhou, L.; Shen, J. K.; Liu, Z. G.

    2003-07-01

    SrBi2Ta2O9 thin films were prepared by pulsed laser deposition at different substrate temperatures. Photoluminescence (PL) has been detected at room temperature from the pyrochlore phase in the SrBi2Ta2O9 film deposited at 850 °C. The PL shows five luminescence bands of 330, 365, 407, 490, and 600 nm. And the PL excitation shows six excitation bands of 278, 330, 365, 407, 490, and 600 nm. The one-to-one correspondence of PL and PL excitation spectra reveals a band-to-band excitation and a multienergy-gap structure in the pyrochlore phase in SrBi2Ta2O9 films.

  11. Experimental study and thermodynamic assessment of the Ni-Mo-Ta ternary system

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    Cui, Y.; Lu, X.; Jin, Z.

    1999-11-01

    Phase equilibrium data of the Ni-Mo-Ta system at 1,473, 1,373, and 1,173 K were determined by means of diffusion triple and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) techniques in this article. From the present experimental results and literature data, the Ni-Mo-Ta system was thermodynamically assessed using the CALPHAD method. A set of consistent thermodynamic parameters of each phase was obtained. A number of calculated isothermal sections are presented and compared with experimental data. They are in reasonable agreement. The present calculation was successfully used to analyze the solidification behavior of two alloys. Two subsystems, Ni-Mo and Mo-Ta, were assessed prior to the assessment of the ternary system.

  12. Evaluation of mutagenicity testing with Salmonella typhimurium TA102 in three different laboratories.

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    Müller, W; Engelhart, G; Herbold, B; Jäckh, R; Jung, R

    1993-01-01

    Thirty compounds of various chemical classes were investigated for mutagenicity in a collaborative study (three laboratories) using Salmonella typhimurium TA102. With five compounds, hydrazine sulfate, phenylhydrazine, hydralazine, glutardialdehyde, and glyoxal, mutagenicity was detected by all laboratories. Formaldehyde was assessed as weakly mutagenic in only one of three laboratories. The remaining 24 agents were uniformly described as non-genotoxic in TA102. In spite of the overall good qualitative agreement in the mutagenicity results between the three laboratories, some quantitative discrepancies occurred in the dose response of the mutagenic compounds. Varying inter- and intralaboratory differences in the spontaneous rate of revertants were obtained. The usefulness of the tester strain TA102 in routine mutagenicity testing is discussed. PMID:8143640

  13. Microstructure and properties of simultaneously processed Nb-Ti and Nb-Ti-Ta superconducting wires

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    Taillard, R.; Florianova, E.; Bruzek, C.E.

    1997-06-01

    The evolution of the microstructure (sub-band size, {alpha} phase precipitation) of a Nb- 47.1wt%Ti and of a Nb-45 wt%Ti-15wt%Ta alloys is followed during their simultaneous thermomechanical processing. The effects of a Ta addition, cold work prestrain, and of the temperature and duration of heat treatments on the volume fraction, size, density and localization of the particles of {alpha} phase are especially documented. Widmanstatten {alpha} strengthens the NbTiTa alloy and exerts a deleterious influence on J{sub c}. Some solutions are proposed to these harmful effects. At last, the relationships describing the dependence of the {alpha} phase distribution on strain are also considered.

  14. Corrosion Behavior of Magnetron Sputtered Alpha Ta Coatings on Smooth and Rough Steel Substrates

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    Maeng,S.; Axe, L.; Tyson, T.; Gladczuk, L.; Sosnowski, M.

    2006-01-01

    a-Ta coatings on smooth and rough steel substrates (AISI 4340) were studied in an effort to assess the resulting porosity and corrosion behavior. While the long-range crystallographic orientation of the coatings was found to be affected by the surface roughness, the short-range structure was invariant. Peak broadening in X-ray diffraction patterns attributed to microstrain and particle size was observed for coatings on both types of substrates as compared to Ta powder. Although the roughness was two orders of magnitude greater for the coatings deposited on the rough substrates than the smooth ones, the porosity was not significantly different. Furthermore, electrochemical impedance behavior over long exposure times of coatings deposited on smooth and rough steel substrates was similar to that of Ta foil. These results demonstrate that substrate roughness appears to have little to no effect on the coating quality with respect to corrosion performance for 50 {micro}m coatings.

  15. Blistering and cracking of LiTaO3 single crystal under helium ion implantation

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    Ma, Changdong; Lu, Fei; Ma, Yujie

    2015-03-01

    Blistering and cracking in LiTaO3 surface are investigated after 200-keV helium ion implantation and subsequent post-implantation annealing. Rutherford backscattering/channeling is used to examine the lattice damage caused by ion implantation. Blistering is observed through optical microscopy in a dynamic heating process. Atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy measurements are used to detect the LiTaO3 surface morphology. Experimental results show that blistering and flaking are dependent on implantation fluence, beam current, and also annealing temperature. We speculate that the surface cracking of He+-implanted LiTaO3 results from the implantation-induced stress and compression.

  16. The effect of Ta interface on the crystallization of amorphous phase change material thin films

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    Ghezzi, G. E.; Noé, P. Marra, M.; Sabbione, C.; Fillot, F.; Bernier, N.; Ferrand, J.; Maîtrejean, S.; Hippert, F.

    2014-06-02

    The crystallization of amorphous GeTe and Ge{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}Te{sub 5} phase change material films, with thickness between 10 and 100 nm, sandwiched between either Ta or SiO{sub 2} layers, was investigated by optical reflectivity. Ta cladding layers were found to increase the crystallization temperature, even for films as thick as 100 nm. X-Ray diffraction investigations of crystallized GeTe films showed a very weak texture in Ta cladded films, in contrast with the strong texture observed for SiO{sub 2} cladding layers. This study shows that crystallization mechanism of phase change materials can be highly impacted by interface effects, even for relatively thick films.

  17. Ultrathin ta-C films on heads depositied by twist-filteredcathodic arc carbon plasmas

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    Anders, Andre; Ryan, Francis W.

    2000-07-14

    It is known that filtered cathodic-arc-deposited ta-C films have outstanding properties even within the family of diamondlike materials. However, filtering of macroparticles is usually incomplete or accompanied by significant plasma losses. Ongoing research effort is directed towards the following goals: (1) complete elimination of macro- and nanoparticles from the vacuum arc plasma, (2) increase of plasma utilization in the cathodic-arc and macroparticle-filter system, (3) precise control and reproducibility of film deposition, and (4) synthesis of ultrathin films (< 5 nm) that meet requirements of the magnetic storage industry. The development of new filters, in particular the ''Twist Filter'', enables cathodic arc plasma deposition to synthesize ultrathin ta-C films of 3 nm on heads that pass corrosion and other relevant tests. We describe the Twist Filter system and report about recent ta-C tests results. In light of these results, even thinner films seem to be possible.

  18. Large magnetoresistance in compensated semimetals TaAs2 and NbAs2

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    Yuan, Zhujun; Lu, Hong; Liu, Yongjie; Wang, Junfeng; Jia, Shuang

    2016-05-01

    We report large magnetoresistance (MR) at low temperatures in single-crystalline nonmagnetic compounds TaAs2 and NbAs2. Both compounds exhibit parabolic-field-dependent MR larger than 5 ×103 in a magnetic field of 9 Tesla at 2 K. The MR starts to deviate from parabolic dependence above 10 T and intends to be saturated in 45 T for TaAs2 at 4.2 K. The Hall resistance measurements and band structure calculations reveal their compensated semimetal characteristics. Their large MR at low temperatures is ascribed to an effect for compensation of electrons and holes with large mobilities. After discussing the MR for different samples of TaAs2 and other semimetals, we found that the magnitudes of MR are strongly dependent on the samples' quality for different compounds.

  19. Enhanced spin-orbit torques in Pt/Co/Ta heterostructures

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    Woo, Seonghoon; Mann, Maxwell; Tan, Aik Jun; Caretta, Lucas; Beach, Geoffrey S. D.

    2014-11-24

    Spin-orbit torques (SOTs) are studied in perpendicularly magnetized ultrathin Co films sandwiched between two heavy metals, Pt and Ta. A significant enhancement of the Slonczewski-like torque is achieved by placing dissimilar metals with opposite spin Hall angles on opposite sides of the ferromagnet. SOTs were characterized through harmonic measurements and the contribution by the Ta overlayer was isolated by systematically varying its thickness. An effective spin Hall angle of up to 34% is observed, along with a sizable field-like torque that increases with increasing Ta layer thickness. Current-induced switching measurements reveal a corresponding increase in switching efficiency, suggesting that by engineering both interfaces in trilayer structures, the SOTs can be significantly improved.

  20. Angular distributions of differential X-ray production cross sections for Cu and Ta in photoionization

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    Wang, Xing; Xu, Zhongfeng; Cheng, Lin

    2016-05-01

    The characteristic K-shell X-ray emission of Cu and L X-rays of Ta in photoionization has been measured at excitation energy of 15.9 keV. The differential X-ray production cross sections of Kα and Kβ for Cu and Lα, Lβ1, Lβ2, Lγ1 for Ta are derived at emission angles ranging from 100° to 150°. The ratio of Kβ and Kα X-ray production cross sections, Kβ/Kα, is calculated for Cu and it is found to be consistent with other work even at different incident energy. While the ratios of Lα/Lβ, Lα/Lγ1 and Lβ/Lγ1 for Ta are found to be different with other results at different excitation energy. The reasons giving rise to this discrepancy are clarified with thorough analysis.

  1. 3D Ta/TaO x /TiO2/Ti synaptic array and linearity tuning of weight update for hardware neural network applications.

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    Wang, I-Ting; Chang, Chih-Cheng; Chiu, Li-Wen; Chou, Teyuh; Hou, Tuo-Hung

    2016-09-01

    The implementation of highly anticipated hardware neural networks (HNNs) hinges largely on the successful development of a low-power, high-density, and reliable analog electronic synaptic array. In this study, we demonstrate a two-layer Ta/TaO x /TiO2/Ti cross-point synaptic array that emulates the high-density three-dimensional network architecture of human brains. Excellent uniformity and reproducibility among intralayer and interlayer cells were realized. Moreover, at least 50 analog synaptic weight states could be precisely controlled with minimal drifting during a cycling endurance test of 5000 training pulses at an operating voltage of 3 V. We also propose a new state-independent bipolar-pulse-training scheme to improve the linearity of weight updates. The improved linearity considerably enhances the fault tolerance of HNNs, thus improving the training accuracy. PMID:27483492

  2. Mechanical Failure of Thin Ta and Cu/Ta Layers on Polyimide Substrates: A Synchrotron-Based Technique for In Situ Characterization

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    Frank, Stephan; Olliges, Sven; Spolenak, Ralph; Handge, Ulrich A.

    2009-06-18

    In situ synchrotron radiation diffraction and confocal light microscopy is used to study fragmentation and buckling of thin brittle Ta layers with thicknesses of 50 nm, 100 nm and 200 nm on polyimide substrates. Synchrotron-based stress measurements confirm that cracking leads to relaxation of tensile stress. Simultaneously, compressive stress arises in transverse direction, which finally leads to buckling. This behavior can be explained quantitatively by a two-dimensional shear lag model. It is well established that the properties of the coating-substrate interface determine the processes of coating fragmentation and delamination. A possible approach for influencing and controlling these processes is given by the incorporation of a ductile interlayer. It can be observed that the presence of Cu interlayers with thicknesses of 5 nm, 20 nm and 50 nm reduces the fracture strength of brittle Ta coatings on polyimide substrates, whereas the resistance to buckling is increased significantly.

  3. 3D Ta/TaO x /TiO2/Ti synaptic array and linearity tuning of weight update for hardware neural network applications

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    Wang, I.-Ting; Chang, Chih-Cheng; Chiu, Li-Wen; Chou, Teyuh; Hou, Tuo-Hung

    2016-09-01

    The implementation of highly anticipated hardware neural networks (HNNs) hinges largely on the successful development of a low-power, high-density, and reliable analog electronic synaptic array. In this study, we demonstrate a two-layer Ta/TaO x /TiO2/Ti cross-point synaptic array that emulates the high-density three-dimensional network architecture of human brains. Excellent uniformity and reproducibility among intralayer and interlayer cells were realized. Moreover, at least 50 analog synaptic weight states could be precisely controlled with minimal drifting during a cycling endurance test of 5000 training pulses at an operating voltage of 3 V. We also propose a new state-independent bipolar-pulse-training scheme to improve the linearity of weight updates. The improved linearity considerably enhances the fault tolerance of HNNs, thus improving the training accuracy.

  4. Peculiarities of structure formation of layered metal-oxide system Ti-Ta-(Ti,Ta)xOy during electro-spark alloying and thermally stimulated modification

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    Fomina, Marina A.; Koshuro, Vladimir A.; Fomin, Aleksandr A.; Rodionov, Igor V.; Skaptsov, Aleksandr A.; Zakharevich, Andrey M.; Aman, Alexander; Oseev, Aleksandr; Hirsch, Soeren; Majcherek, Soeren

    2016-04-01

    The study focuses on high-performance combined electro-spark alloying of titanium and titanium alloy (VT1-0, VT16) surface and porous matrix structure oxidation. The metal-oxide coatings morphology is the result of melt drop transfer, heat treatment, and oxidation. The study establishes the influence of technological regimes of alloying and oxidation on morphological heterogeneity of biocompatible layered metal-oxide system Ti-Ta-(Ti,Ta)xOy. It was found that during electro-spark alloying the concentration of tantalum on the titanium surface ranges from 0.1 to 3.2 at.%. Morphology of the deposited splats is represented by uniformly grown crystals of titanium and tantalum oxides, which increase from nano- to submicron size.

  5. Impact of total ionizing dose irradiation on Pt/SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9}/HfTaO/Si memory capacitors

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    Yan, S. A.; Tang, M. H. E-mail: lizheng@xtu.edu.cn; Xiao, Y. G.; Zhang, W. L.; Zhao, W.; Guo, H. X.; Xiong, Y.; Li, Z. E-mail: lizheng@xtu.edu.cn; Ding, H.; Chen, J. W.; Zhou, Y. C.

    2015-01-05

    In this work, metal-ferroelectric-insulator-semiconductor (MFIS) structure capacitors with SrBi{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 9} (300 nm) as ferroelectric thin film and HfTaO (6 nm, 8 nm, 10 nm, and 12 nm) as insulating buffer layer were proposed and investigated. The prepared capacitors were fabricated and characterized before radiation and then subjected to {sup 60}Co gamma irradiation in steps of two dose levels. Significant irradiation-induced degradation of the electrical characteristics was observed. The radiation experimental results indicated that stability and reliability of as-fabricated MFIS capacitors for nonvolatile memory applications could become uncontrollable under strong irradiation dose and/or long irradiation time.

  6. Stable self-compliance resistive switching in AlOδ/Ta2O(5-x)/TaOy triple layer devices.

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    Wu, Huaqiang; Li, Xinyi; Huang, Feiyang; Chen, An; Yu, Zhiping; Qian, He

    2015-01-21

    Stable self-compliance property was observed in the AlOδ/Ta2O(5-x)/TaOy triple-layer resistive random access memory structure. The impact of AlOδ barrier layer was studied with different thicknesses. Endurance of more than 10(10) cycles and data retention for more than 3 h at 125 °C were demonstrated. All the measurements were carried out without external current compliance and no hard breakdown was observed. Systematic analysis reveals the self-compliance property is due to the built-in series resistance of the thin AlOδ barrier layer. A model is proposed to explain this self-compliance property. PMID:25549017

  7. Conduction mechanism of non-gold Ta/Si/Ti/Al/Ni/Ta ohmic contacts in AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Li, Yang; Ng, Geok Ing; Arulkumaran, Subramaniam; Ye, Gang; Mohan Manoj Kumar, Chandra; Jesudas Anand, Mulagumoottil; Liu, Zhi Hong

    2015-04-01

    This work investigates the conduction mechanism of non-gold Ta/Si/Ti/Al/Ni/Ta ohmic contact in un-doped AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistors (HEMTs) grown on Si. Temperature-dependent current-voltage (I-V) measurements reveal that the conduction occurs primarily via thermionic emission (TE). The extracted mean barrier height (ΦB) values are 0.113 and 0.121 eV and the mean contact resistance (Rc) values are 0.24 and 0.28 Ω mm, for annealing temperatures of 850 and 900 °C, respectively. The low Rc is attributed to the formation of low work function TixSiy at the metal-semiconductor interface. The high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis provide further structural evidence in support of the TE mechanism.

  8. Second order incommensurate phase transition in 25L-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Audier, M.; Chenevier, B.; Roussel, H.; Lintanf Salauen, A.

    2010-09-15

    A new structural state 25L-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, obtained from sintering and annealing treatments of a Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} powder, is identified both by electron diffraction and high resolution imaging on a transmission electron microscope (TEM). According to general rules for the different L-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} structures proposed by Grey et al. (J. Solid State Chem. 178 (2005) 3308), a structural model is derived from their crystallographic data on 19L-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. This model yields simulated images in agreement with high resolution TEM observations of the structure oriented along its [001] zone axis, but only for a very thin crystal thickness of less than 1.2 nm. Such a limitation is shown to be due to a modulation of the structure along its [001] axis. Actually, from an analysis of a diffuse scattering and of its evolution into satellites reflections as a function of the cooling rate, a second order incommensurate phase transition can be assumed to occur in this compound. The property of single phase samples observed by TEM is also verified by X-ray powder diffraction. In a discussion about studies performed by different authors on incommensurate structures in the system Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}-WO{sub 3}, it is noticed that TEM results, similar to ours, indicate that phase transitions could be expected in these structures. - Graphical Abstract: Electron diffraction patterns of [100] zone axis, showing a structural change of the 25L-Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase through a variation of the cooling rate from 1000 {sup o}C.

  9. The Relationship Between Anaphor Features and Antecedent Retrieval: Comparing Mandarin Ziji and Ta-Ziji

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    Dillon, Brian; Chow, Wing-Yee; Xiang, Ming

    2016-01-01

    In the present study we report two self-paced reading experiments that investigate antecedent retrieval processes in sentence comprehension by contrasting the real-time processing behavior of two different reflexive anaphors in Mandarin Chinese. Previous work has suggested that comprehenders initially evaluate the fit between the morphologically simple long-distance reflexive “ziji” and the closest available subject position, only subsequently considering more structurally distant antecedents (Gao et al., 2005; Liu, 2009; Li and Zhou, 2010; Dillon et al., 2014; cf. Chen et al., 2012). In this paper, we investigate whether this locality bias effect obtains for other reflexive anaphors in Mandarin Chinese, or if it is associated specifically with the morphologically simple reflexive ziji. We do this by comparing the processing of ziji to the processing of the morphologically complex reflexive ta-ziji (lit. s/he-self). In Experiment 1, we investigate the processing of ziji, and replicate the finding of a strong locality bias effect for ziji in self-paced reading measures. In Experiment 2, we investigate the processing of the morphologically complex reflexive ta-ziji in the same structural configurations as Experiment 1. A comparison of our experiments reveals that ta-ziji shows a significantly weaker locality bias effect than ziji does. We propose that this results from the difference in the number of morphological and semantic features on the anaphor ta-ziji relative to ziji. Specifically, we propose that the additional retrieval cues associated with ta-ziji reduce interference from irrelevant representations in memory, allowing it to more reliably access an antecedent regardless its linear or structural distance. This reduced interference in turn leads to a diminished locality bias effect for the morphologically complex anaphor ta-ziji. PMID:26779079

  10. A new type of Cu-Al-Ta shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature

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    Wang, C. P.; Su, Y.; Y Yang, S.; Shi, Z.; Liu, X. J.

    2014-02-01

    In this study, a new type of Cu-Al-Ta (Cu86Al12Ta2 wt%) shape memory alloy with high martensitic transformation temperature is explored. The microstructure, reversible martensitic transformation and shape memory properties are investigated by means of optical microscopy, back-scattered electron, electron probe microanalysis, x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and tensile tests. It is proposed that Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy consists of a mixture of primarily {\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and a little {\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime} martensite and some different precipitates. The tiny thin-striped Ta2(Al,Cu)3 precipitate is predominant in the as-quenched condition, whereas the particle-shaped Cu(Al, Ta) precipitate is dominant after hot-rolling. Additionally, the dendritic-shaped γ1(Cu9Al4) phase begins to appear after hot-rolling, but it disappears when the sample is re-quenched. All studied samples have reversible martensitic transformation temperatures higher than 450 ° C. The results show that two-step martensitic transformation behavior is observed for Cu86Al12Ta2 alloy in all three different conditions due to the transformations between ({\\beta }_{1}^{\\prime}+{\\gamma }_{1}^{\\prime}) martensites and the austenite parent phase. The results further show that the recovery ratios are almost 100% when the pre-strains are ≤2.5%, then they gradually decrease with further increase of the pre-strains. The shape memory effects clearly increase as a result of increase of the pre-strains, up to a maximum value of 3.2%.

  11. TaMFT-A1 Is Associated with Seed Germination Sensitive to Temperature in Winter Wheat

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    Wang, Shuwen; Zhu, Meirong; Carver, Brett F.; Yan, Liuling

    2013-01-01

    The ability of seed to germinate under favorable environmental conditions is critical for seedling emergence, plant establishment, subsequent development and growth of adult plants, and it is controlled by internal genetic factors and external environmental factors. Winter wheat in the southern Great Plains is often planted six weeks before the optimal planting date to produce more biomass for cattle grazing during the winter season. A high seed germination rate in this higher soil temperature environment is required for this specific management system. In this study, a major QTL for temperature-sensitive germination was mapped on the short arm of chromosome 3A (QTsg.osu-3A) in a RIL population generated from two winter wheat cultivars. Furthermore, TaMFT-A1, previously reported to regulate seed dormancy and pre-harvest sprouting in spring wheat cultivars, was mapped tightly associated with the peak of QTsg.osu-3A. However, allelic variation in TaMFT-A1 between the two winter wheat cultivars differed from that was observed in spring wheat cultivars. There were 87 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) and 12 indels (insertions/deletions) in TaMFT-A1 between the Jagger allele for high germination and the 2174 allele for low germination in the after-ripened seeds, in comparison with 2 SNPs between the two alleles for differential pre-harvest sprouting in spring wheat cultivars. The Jagger TaMFT-A1 allele is a novel haplotype and appears extensively in winter wheat cultivars. TaMFT-A1 transcript levels were up-regulated by high temperature but down-regulated by low temperature or seed storage time. These findings suggest that TaMFT-A1 may invoke different mechanisms for controlling seed dormancy/germination among winter wheat cultivars. PMID:24069187

  12. Intersectional Gene Expression in Zebrafish Using the Split KalTA4 System

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    2015-01-01

    Abstract In this study, we describe the adaptation of the split Gal4 system for zebrafish. The Gal4-UAS system is widely used for expression of genes-of-interest by crossing driver lines expressing the transcription factor Gal4 (under the control of the promoter of interest) with reporter lines where upstream activating sequence (UAS) repeats (recognized by Gal4) drive expression of the genes-of-interest. In the Split Gal4 system, hemi-drivers separately encode the DNA-binding domain (DBD) and the activation domain (AD) of Gal4. When encoded under two different promoters, only those cells in the intersection of the promoters' expression pattern and in which both promoters are active reconstitute a functional Gal4 and activate expression from a UAS-driven transgene. We split the zebrafish-optimized version of Gal4, KalTA4, and generated a hemi-driver encoding the KalTA4 DBD and a hemi-driver encoding KalTA4's AD. We show that split KalTA4 domains can assemble in vivo and transactivate a UAS reporter transgene and that each hemi-driver alone cannot transactivate the reporter. Also, transactivation can happen in several cell types, with similar efficiency to intact KalTA4. Finally, in transient mosaic expression assays, we show that when hemi-drivers are preceded by two distinct promoters, they restrict the expression of an UAS-driven reporter from a broader pattern (sox10) to its constituent smaller neuronal pattern. The Split KalTA4 system should be useful for expression of genes-of-interest in an intersectional manner, allowing for more refined manipulations of cell populations in zebrafish. PMID:26485616

  13. Processing and Mechanical Properties of Directionally Solidified NiAl/NiAlTa Alloys

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    Johnson, D. R.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1994-01-01

    Promising creep strengths were found for a directionally solidified NiAl-NiAlTa alloy when compared to other NiAl based intermetallics. The directionally solidified alloy had an off-eutectic composition that resulted in microstructures consisting of NiAl dendrites surrounded by aligned eutectic regions. The room temperature toughness of the two phase alloy was similar to that of polycrystalline NiAl even with the presence of the brittle Laves phase NiAlTa. Alloying additions that may improve the room temperature toughness by producing multiphase alloys are discussed.

  14. Prediction of novel alloy phases of Al with Sc or Ta.

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    Bilić, Ante; Gale, Julian D; Gibson, Mark A; Wilson, Nick; McGregor, Kathie

    2015-01-01

    Using the evolutionary optimization algorithm, as implemented in the USPEX crystal predictor program, and first principles total energy calculations, the compositional phase diagrams for Al-Sc and Al-Ta alloy systems at zero temperature and pressure have been calculated. In addition to the known binary intermetallic phases, new potentially stable alloys, AlSc3 and AlTa7, have been identified in the Al-poor region of the phase diagram. The dynamic and thermal stability of their lattices has been confirmed from the calculated vibrational normal mode spectra in the harmonic approximation. PMID:25950915

  15. Voltage divider effect for the improvement of variability and endurance of TaOx memristor

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    Kim, Kyung Min; Yang, J. Joshua; Strachan, John Paul; Grafals, Emmanuelle Merced; Ge, Ning; Melendez, Noraica Davila; Li, Zhiyong; Williams, R. Stanley

    2016-02-01

    The impact of a series resistor (RS) on the variability and endurance performance of memristor was studied in the TaOx memristive system. A dynamic voltage divider between the RS and memristor during both the set and the reset switching cycles can suppress the inherent irregularity of the voltage dropped on the memristor, resulting in a greatly reduced switching variability. By selecting the proper resistance value of RS for the set and reset cycles respectively, we observed a dramatically improved endurance of the TaOx memristor. Such a voltage divider effect can thus be critical for the memristor applications that require low variability, high endurance and fast speed.

  16. Signature of Cooper pairs in the Metallic and Insulating Phases of Homogeneously Disordered Superconducting Ta Films

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    Li, Yize Stephanie

    With the increase of magnetic field or the decrease of sample thickness, homogeneously disordered superconducting Ta films undergo a superconductor-metal-insulator phase transition. Each phase displays remarkably different nonlinear current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. The evolution of the nonlinear transport in the insulating phase exhibits a non-monotonic behavior as the magnetic field is increased, which could be evidence of the presence of localized Cooper pairs in the insulating phase. As the metallic phase intervenes the superconducting and insulating states in Ta films, we further suggest that Cooper pairs also exist in the metallic ground state. Data acquisition for this work was completed at the University of Virginia.

  17. Voltage divider effect for the improvement of variability and endurance of TaOx memristor

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    Kim, Kyung Min; Yang, J. Joshua; Strachan, John Paul; Grafals, Emmanuelle Merced; Ge, Ning; Melendez, Noraica Davila; Li, Zhiyong; Williams, R. Stanley

    2016-01-01

    The impact of a series resistor (RS) on the variability and endurance performance of memristor was studied in the TaOx memristive system. A dynamic voltage divider between the RS and memristor during both the set and the reset switching cycles can suppress the inherent irregularity of the voltage dropped on the memristor, resulting in a greatly reduced switching variability. By selecting the proper resistance value of RS for the set and reset cycles respectively, we observed a dramatically improved endurance of the TaOx memristor. Such a voltage divider effect can thus be critical for the memristor applications that require low variability, high endurance and fast speed. PMID:26830763

  18. Prediction of novel alloy phases of Al with Sc or Ta

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    Bilić, Ante; Gale, Julian D.; Gibson, Mark A.; Wilson, Nick; McGregor, Kathie

    2015-01-01

    Using the evolutionary optimization algorithm, as implemented in the USPEX crystal predictor program, and first principles total energy calculations, the compositional phase diagrams for Al-Sc and Al-Ta alloy systems at zero temperature and pressure have been calculated. In addition to the known binary intermetallic phases, new potentially stable alloys, AlSc3 and AlTa7, have been identified in the Al-poor region of the phase diagram. The dynamic and thermal stability of their lattices has been confirmed from the calculated vibrational normal mode spectra in the harmonic approximation. PMID:25950915

  19. Optimization of top-pinned perpendicular anisotropy tunnel junctions through Ta insertion

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    Le Goff, Adrien; Soucaille, Remy; Tahmasebi, Taiebeh; Swerts, Johan; Furnemont, Arnaud; Devolder, Thibaut

    2015-09-01

    We study the influence of a tantalum spacer layer sandwiched between the FeCoB polarizing section and the Co/Pt high anisotropy section in the reference layers of top-pinned perpendicular magnetic anisotropy magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ). In addition to Kerr magnetometry, we use ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) to obtain the coupling J through Ta and the anisotropies of all the magnetic parts of our MTJ. This layer-by-layer assignment is allowed by the distinct FMR frequency identities of each subsystem of the MTJ. A high J together with optimal Co/Pt properties is obtained for 4 Å of Ta.

  20. Efficient Room-Temperature Activation of Methane by TaN(+) under C-N Coupling.

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    Zhou, Shaodong; Li, Jilai; Schlangen, Maria; Schwarz, Helmut

    2016-09-12

    The thermal reaction of diatomic tantalum nitride cation [TaN](+) with methane has been explored using FT-ICR mass spectrometry complemented by high-level quantum chemical calculation; based on this combined experimental/computational approach, mechanistic aspects of this novel, highly efficient C-N coupling process have been uncovered. In distinct contrast to [TaN](+) , its lighter congeners [VN](+) and [NbN](+) are inert towards methane under ambient conditions, and the origins of the remarkably variable efficiencies of the three metal nitrides are uncovered by CCSD(T) calculations. PMID:27510819

  1. Preparation and investigation of the quaternary alloy CuTaInSe{sub 3}

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    Grima-Gallardo, P. Munoz, M.; Duran, S.; Delgado, G.E.; Quintero, M.; Ruiz, J.

    2007-12-04

    Polycrystalline samples of the quaternary alloy CuTaInSe{sub 3} were prepared by the usual melt and anneal technique. The analysis of the diffraction pattern indicates a single phase which indexes as a tetragonal chalcopyrite-like structure with lattice parameters a = 5.7837 {+-} 0.0002 A; c = 11.6208 {+-} 0.0007 A and V = 389 {+-} 1 A{sup 3}. Differential thermal analysis shows that the melting transition of CuTaInSe{sub 3} is incongruent with large liquid + solids regions.

  2. Tunable Bragg stacks from sol-gel derived Ta2O5 and MEL zeolite films

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    Gospodinov, B.; Dikova, J.; Mintova, S.; Babeva, T.

    2012-12-01

    In this paper we investigated sol-gel derived Ta2O5 and nanosized MEL zeolite films obtained by spin coating of Tantalum sol and colloidal zeolite solution, respectively. Refractive index and thickness of the films were determined using non-linear curve fitting of measured reflectance spectra. The influence of the post deposition annealing on the optical properties and thickness of the films was studied. Besides tunable Bragg stacks were designed and prepared by layer-by-layer deposition of Ta2O5 and MEL suspensions with quarter-wave thicknesses. The influence of water, acetone and methanol on the optical behavior of Bragg stacks was discussed.

  3. High-pressure crystal structures of TaAs from first-principles calculations

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    Lu, Mingchun; Guo, Yanan; Zhang, Miao; Liu, Hanyu; Tse, John S.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we systematically studied the phase transition of TaAs under high pressures and reported three high-pressure structures P-6m2 (hexagonal, stable at 13-32 GPa), P21/c (monoclinic, stable at 32-103 GPa) and Pm-3m (cubic, stable above 103 GPa), by using particle swarm optimization in combination with first principles electronic structure methodology. All predicted structures are dynamically stable, since there is no imaginary mode to be found in the whole Brillouin zone. At high pressures, the TaAs was found to become superconductor with the superconducting critical temperature of ~1 K at about 100 GPa.

  4. Observation of two step magnetization reversal in Fe0 . 25 TaS 2

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    Park, S.; Kim, S. B.; Choi, Y. J.; Horibe, Y.; Cheong, S.-W.; Wu, Weida

    2011-03-01

    Understanding magnetic coercivity mechanisms in strong ferromagnets is crucial for new technologies. We studied domain wall pinning in a highly anisotropic ferromagnet of single crystalline Fe 0 . 25 Ta S2 by utilizing variable temperature magnetic force microscopy (VT-MFM). Magnetic domain structure and the magnetization reversal were investigated in magnetic fields up to 8 tesla at several temperature. Our results revealed the existence of two step magnetization reversal in Fe 0 . 25 Ta S2 . The real space images of magnetic domains, showing this intriguing phenomenon, will be presented.

  5. Room-Temperature Magnetism Realized by Doping Fe into Ferroelectric LiTaO3

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    Song, Ying-Jie; Zhang, Qing-Hua; Shen, Xi; Ni, Xiao-Dong; Yao, Yuan; Yu, Ri-Cheng

    2014-01-01

    We synthesize LiTa1-xFexO3-σ (LTFO) ceramics by the conventional solid-state reaction method. The samples remain single phase up to x = 0.09. The magnetic measurements show that the doping of Fe successfully realizes ferromagnetism of LTFO at room temperature. The dielectric measurements indicate that LTFO is ferroelectric, similarly to LiTaO3 (LTO), but its ferroelectric Curie temperature seems to decrease with the increasing Fe content. By means of doping Fe ions into LTO, the coexistence of spontaneous electric polarization and spontaneous magnetic moment is realized at room temperature.

  6. Nd:Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} rib waveguide lasers

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    Unal, Bayram; Tai, C.-Y.; Shepherd, David P.; Wilkinson, James S.; Perney, Nicolas M.B.; Netti, M. Caterina; Parker, Gregory J.

    2005-01-10

    Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} waveguides offer great potential for high-density active photonic crystal circuits and their combination with rare-earth dopants for active devices is of interest for increasing their potential functionality. To this end, neodymium-doped Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} rib waveguide lasers have been fabricated on an oxidized silicon wafer by rf sputtering and argon ion-beam milling and laser action in this material has been demonstrated. Lasing was observed at wavelenghts between 1060 and 1080 nm and an absorbed pump power threshold of 87 mW was obtained.

  7. Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of [Ta2B6]-: a Hexagonal Bipyramdial Cluster

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    Jian, Tian; Li, Weili; Romanescu, Constantin; Wang, Lai-Sheng

    2014-06-01

    It has been a long-sought goal in cluster science to discover stable atomic clusters as building blocks for cluster-assembled nanomaterials, as exemplified by the fullerenes and their subsequent bulk syntheses.[1,2] Clusters have also been considered as models to understand bulk properties, providing a bridge between molecular and solid-state chemistry.[3] Herein we report a joint photoelectron spectroscopy and theoretical study on the [Ta2B6]- and [Ta2B6] clusters.[4] The photoelectron spectrum of [Ta2B6]- displays a simple spectral pattern and a large HOMO-LUMO gap, suggesting its high symmetry. Theoretical calculations show that both the neutral and anion are D6h pyramidal. The chemical bonding analyses for [Ta2B6] revealed the nature of the B6 and Ta interactions and uncovered strong covalent bonding between B6 and Ta. The D6h-[TaB6Ta] gaseous cluster is reminiscent of the structural pattern in the ReB6X6Re core in the [(Cp*Re)2B6H4Cl2] and the TiB6Ti motif in the newly synthesized Ti7Rh4Ir2B8 solid-state compound.[5,6] The current work provides an intrinsic link between a gaseous cluster and motifs for solid materials. Continued investigations of the transition-metal boron clusters may lead to the discovery of new structural motifs involving pure boron clusters for the design of novel boride materials. Reference [1] H.W. Kroto, J. R. Heath, S. C. OBrien, R. F. Curl, R. E. Smalley, Nature 1985, 318, 162 - 163. [2] W. Krtschmer, L. D. Lamb, K. Fostiropoulos, D. R. Huffman, Nature 1990, 347, 354 - 358. [3] T. P. Fehlner, J.-F. Halet, J.-Y. Saillard, Molecular Clusters: A Bridge to Solid-State Chemitry, Cambridge University Press, UK, 2007. [4] W. L. Li, L. Xie, T. Jian, C. Romanescu, X. Huang, L.-S. Wang, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 126, 1312 - 1316. [5] B. Le Guennic, H. Jiao, S. Kahlal, J.-Y. Saillard, J.-F. Halet, S. Ghosh, M. Shang, A. M. Beatty, A. L. Rheingold, T. P. Fehlner, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 3203 - 3217. [6] B. P. T. Fokwa, M. Hermus, Angew

  8. Observation of Fermi-Arc Spin Texture in TaAs.

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    Lv, B Q; Muff, S; Qian, T; Song, Z D; Nie, S M; Xu, N; Richard, P; Matt, C E; Plumb, N C; Zhao, L X; Chen, G F; Fang, Z; Dai, X; Dil, J H; Mesot, J; Shi, M; Weng, H M; Ding, H

    2015-11-20

    We have investigated the spin texture of surface Fermi arcs in the recently discovered Weyl semimetal TaAs using spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The experimental results demonstrate that the Fermi arcs are spin polarized. The measured spin texture fulfills the requirement of mirror and time-reversal symmetries and is well reproduced by our first-principles calculations, which gives strong evidence for the topologically nontrivial Weyl semimetal state in TaAs. The consistency between the experimental and calculated results further confirms the distribution of chirality of the Weyl nodes determined by first-principles calculations. PMID:26636872

  9. Crystalline and electronic structure of single-layer TaS2

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    Sanders, Charlotte E.; Dendzik, Maciej; Ngankeu, Arlette S.; Eich, Andreas; Bruix, Albert; Bianchi, Marco; Miwa, Jill A.; Hammer, Bjørk; Khajetoorians, Alexander A.; Hofmann, Philip

    2016-08-01

    Single-layer TaS2 is epitaxially grown on Au(111) substrates. The resulting two-dimensional crystals adopt the 1 H polymorph. The electronic structure is determined by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and found to be in excellent agreement with density functional theory calculations. The single-layer TaS2 is found to be strongly n doped, with a carrier concentration of 0.3 (1 ) extra electrons per unit cell. No superconducting or charge density wave state is observed by scanning tunneling microscopy at temperatures down to 4.7 K.

  10. Stratigraphic framework of the upper Fort Union Formation, TA Hills, Western Powder River basin, Wyoming

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    Weaver, Jean N.; Flores, Romeo M.

    1985-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to interpret a relationship between the stratigraphy and the environment of deposition of the upper part of the Fort Union Formation in the TA Hills in the western part of the Powder River Basin, Johnson County, Wyoming.  This framework was used to map and correlate coal beds with those mapped by Hose (1955) and Mapel (1959) in the southern and northern parts of the study area, respectively.  More specifically, the established stratigraphic and environmental relationships of the coal beds and associated rocks contribute to a depositional model for the upper part of the Fort Union Formation in the TA Hills.

  11. Spin-Selective Thermal Activation of Methane by Closed-Shell [TaO3 ](.).

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    Zhou, Shaodong; Li, Jilai; Schlangen, Maria; Schwarz, Helmut

    2016-06-13

    Thermal reactions of the closed-shell metal-oxide cluster [TaO3 ](+) with methane were investigated by using FTICR mass spectrometry complemented by high-level quantum chemical calculations. While the generation of methanol and formaldehyde is somewhat expected, [TaO3 ](+) remarkably also has the ability to abstract two hydrogen atoms from methane with the elimination of CH2 . Mechanistically, the generation of CH2 O and CH3 OH occurs on the singlet-ground-state surface, while for the liberation of (3) CH2 , a two-state reactivity scenario prevails. PMID:27159562

  12. Coevolutionary Dynamics of Rice Blast Resistance Gene Pi-ta and Magnaporthe oryzae Avirulence Gene AVR-Pita 1.

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    Jia, Yulin; Zhou, Erxun; Lee, Seonghee; Bianco, Tracy

    2016-07-01

    The Pi-ta gene in rice is effective in preventing infections by Magnaporthe oryzae strains that contain the corresponding avirulence gene, AVR-Pita1. Diverse haplotypes of AVR-Pita1 have been identified from isolates of M. oryzae from rice production areas in the United States and worldwide. DNA sequencing and mapping studies have revealed that AVR-Pita1 is highly unstable, while expression analysis and quantitative resistance loci mapping of the Pi-ta locus revealed complex evolutionary mechanisms of Pi-ta-mediated resistance. Among these studies, several Pi-ta transcripts were identified, most of which are probably derived from alternative splicing and exon skipping, which could produce functional resistance proteins that support a new concept of coevolution of Pi-ta and AVR-Pita1. User-friendly DNA markers for Pi-ta have been developed to support marker-assisted selection, and development of new rice varieties with the Pi-ta markers. Genome-wide association studies revealed a link between Pi-ta-mediated resistance and yield components suggesting that rice has evolved a complicated defense mechanism against the blast fungus. In this review, we detail the current understanding of Pi-ta allelic variation, its linkage with rice productivity, AVR-Pita allelic variation, and the coevolution of Pi-ta and AVR-Pita in Oryza species and M. oryzae populations, respectively. We also review the genetic and molecular basis of Pi-ta and AVR-Pita interaction, and its value in marker-assisted selection and engineering resistance. PMID:27070427

  13. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic property of nanosized K-Ta mixed oxides via a sol-gel method

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    Zhang, Gaoke; Jiang, Wei; Yu, Shujie

    2010-11-15

    Pyrochlore-type K{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 6} compound cannot be obtained by a conventional solid-state reaction. Here, we report the synthesis of K{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 6} and tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB)-type K{sub 6}Ta{sub 10.8}O{sub 30} nanopowders using a facile and low-cost sol-gel method at low temperature. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, TG-DSC, FESEM, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum and XPS. The compound K{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 6} was formed at 700 {sup o}C and reached complete crystallization at 750 {sup o}C, and decomposed into pure K{sub 6}Ta{sub 10.8}O{sub 30} with the volatilization of K{sub 2}O at 900 {sup o}C. The transformation of K{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 6} to K{sub 6}Ta{sub 10.8}O{sub 30} is reported for the first time. The band gap of the pure K{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 6} and K{sub 6}Ta{sub 10.8}O{sub 30} samples was found to be about 4.16 and 3.63 eV, respectively. The as-prepared K{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 6} sample exhibited an efficient photocatalytic activity for the decomposition of azo dye acid red G (ARG) and 4-nitrophenol (4-NP, a typical persistent organic pollutant) solution under UV irradiation. According to the experimental results, the mechanism of the photocatalytic reaction over K{sub 2}Ta{sub 2}O{sub 6} was discussed.

  14. Proposed long-range empirical potential to study the metallic glasses in the Ni-Nb-Ta system.

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    Dai, Y; Li, J H; Che, X L; Liu, B X

    2009-05-21

    An n-body potential is constructed for the Ni-Nb-Ta ternary metal system in the newly proposed form of long-range empirical potential. The constructed Ni-Nb-Ta potential can well reproduce the lattice constants, cohesive energies, and elastic modulus of the metals and some compounds as well as the equations of state of the system. Applying the constructed Ni-Nb-Ta potential, molecular dynamics simulations and Voronoi tessellations are carried out to study the issues related to the Ni-Nb-Ta metallic glasses. It is found that increasing the Ni content can obviously improve the glass-forming ability of the binary Nb-Ta system, which features a isomorphous phase diagram unfavoring for forming glass, indicating that the Ni solute plays a decisive role in forming the Nb-based or Ta-based Ni-Nb-Ta metallic glasses. Concerning the atomic structure, the Voronoi cell volume and coordination number (CN) of Ta are generally larger than those of Ni in the binary Ni-Ta metallic glasses. With increasing the Ni concentration, the fraction of icosidihedron (CN=13) increases, while the fractions of icosihexahedron (CN=15) and icosioctahedron (CN=16) decrease. Meanwhile, with increasing the Ni concentration, the dominating coordination numbers of Ta atoms increase. Interestingly, similar feature in the atomic structure with variation of Ni concentration is also observed in the Ni-Nb metallic glasses. For the ternary Ni-Nb-Ta alloys, it is observed from the CN distributions that the structure of the metallic glasses is mostly affected by the Ni concentration. PMID:19438281

  15. Oxidation of TaSi2-Containing ZrB2-SiC Ultra-High Temperature Materials

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    Opila, Elizabeth J.; Smith, Jim; Levine, Stanley R.; Lorincz, Jonathan; Reigel, Marissa

    2010-01-01

    Hot pressed coupons of composition ZrB2-20 v% SiC-5 v% TaSi2 and ZrB2-20 v% SiC-20 v% TaSi2 were oxidized in stagnant air at temperatures of 1627 and 1927C for one, five and ten 10-minute cycles. The oxidation reactions were characterized by weight change kinetics, x-ray diffraction, and SEM/EDS. Detailed WDS/microprobe quantitative analyses of the oxidation products were conducted for the ZrB2-20 v% SiC-20 v% TaSi2 sample oxidized for five 10-minute cycles at 1927C. Oxidation kinetics and product formation were compared to ZrB2-20 v% SiC with no TaSi2 additions. It was found that the 20 v% TaSi2 composition exhibited improved oxidation resistance relative to the material with no TaSi2 additions at 1627C. However, for exposures at 1927C less oxidation resistance and extensive liquid phase formation were observed compared to the material with no TaSi2 additions. Attempts to limit the liquid phase formation by reducing the TaSi2 content to 5 v% were unsuccessful. In addition, the enhanced oxidation resistance at 1627C due to 20 v% TaSi2 additions was not achieved at the 5 v% addition level. The observed oxidation product evolution is discussed in terms of thermodynamics and phase equilibria for the TaSi2-containing ZrB2-SiC material system. TaSi2-additions to ZrB2-SiC at any level are not recommended for ultra-high temperature (>1900C) applications due to excessive liquid phase formation.

  16. Full-potential calculations of the electronic and optical properties for 1T and 2H phases of TaS 2 and TaSe 2

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    Reshak, Ali Hussain; Auluck, S.

    2005-04-01

    The band structure, density of states and anisotropic frequency-dependent optical properties have been calculated for the 1 T and 2 H phases of TaS 2 and TaSe 2 using the full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FPLAPW) method. In the 1 T and 2 H phases, when S is replaced by Se, the unoccupied Ta-5d and chalcogen-p bands move closer to the Fermi energy EF and the bandwidth of the chalcogen-s group decreases. Compared to the 1 T phase, in the 2 H phase the occupied/unoccupied bands move towards higher/lower energies with respect to EF. In the 1 T phase, when S is replaced by Se, the peak positions in the imaginary part of the frequency-dependent dielectric function ε2(ω) move towards lower energies by 0.5 eV. The single peak at 6 eV in ε2(ω) of the 1 T phase is split into two peaks in the 2 H phase. We make a detailed comparison of the frequency-dependent reflectivity and absorption coefficient with the available experimental data. The linear muffin tin orbital method within the atomic sphere approximation (LMTO-ASA) shows poor agreement with the experimental data while our FPLAPW results give excellent agreement with the experimental data suggesting that a better representation of the potential is essential for calculating optical properties accurately.

  17. Characterization of multi-principal-element (TiZrNbHfTa)N and (TiZrNbHfTa)C coatings for biomedical applications.

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    Braic, V; Balaceanu, M; Braic, M; Vladescu, A; Panseri, S; Russo, A

    2012-06-01

    Multi-principal-element (TiZrNbHfTa)N and (TiZrNbHfTa)C coatings were deposited on Ti6Al4V alloy by co-sputtering of Ti, Zr, Nb, Hf and Ta metallic targets in reactive atmosphere. The coatings were analyzed for elemental and phase compositions, crystalline structure, morphology, residual stress, hardness, friction performance, wear-corrosion resistance and cell viability. For all the films, only simple fcc solid solutions with (111) preferred orientations were found, with crystallite sizes in the range 7.2-13.5 nm. The coatings were subjected to compressive stress, with values ranging from 0.8 to 1.6 GPa. The carbide coating with the highest carbon content (carbon/metal ≈1.3) exhibited the highest hardness of about 31 GPa, the best friction behavior (μ = 0.12) and the highest wear resistance (wear rate K=0.2×10(-6)mm(3)N(-1)m(-1)), when testing in simulated body fluids (SBFs). Cell viability tests proved that the osteoblast cells were adherent to the coated substrates, and a very high percentage of live cells were observed on sample surfaces, after 72 h incubation time. PMID:22520431

  18. Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Z-Scheme Overall Water Splitting Using a MgTa2O(6-x)N(y)/TaON Heterostructure Photocatalyst for H2 Evolution.

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    Chen, Shanshan; Qi, Yu; Hisatomi, Takashi; Ding, Qian; Asai, Tomohiro; Li, Zheng; Ma, Su Su Khine; Zhang, Fuxiang; Domen, Kazunari; Li, Can

    2015-07-13

    An (oxy)nitride-based heterostructure for powdered Z-scheme overall water splitting is presented. Compared with the single MgTa2O(6-x)N(y) or TaON photocatalyst, a MgTa2O(6-x)N(y)/TaON heterostructure fabricated by a simple one-pot nitridation route was demonstrated to effectively suppress the recombination of carriers by efficient spatial charge separation and decreased defect density. By employing Pt-loaded MgTa2O(6-x)N(y)/TaON as a H2-evolving photocatalyst, a Z-scheme overall water splitting system with an apparent quantum efficiency (AQE) of 6.8% at 420 nm was constructed (PtO(x)-WO3 and IO3(-)/I(-) pairs were used as an O2-evolving photocatalyst and a redox mediator, respectively), the activity of which is circa 7 or 360 times of that using Pt-TaON or Pt-MgTa2O(6-x)N)y) as a H2-evolving photocatalyst, respectively. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest AQE among the powdered Z-scheme overall water splitting systems ever reported. PMID:26037473

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  20. Structural and dielectric properties of Sr3(MgTa2)O9 and Sr3(ZnTa2)O9

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    Hoque, Md. M.; Dutta, Alo; Kumar, S.; Sinha, T. P.

    2015-07-01

    Herein, we report the crystal structures and morphological properties of Sr3(MgTa2)O9 (SMT) and Sr3(ZnTa2)O9 (SZT) synthesized by solid state ceramic method along with the results of alternating current impedance spectroscopic (ACIS) study in a frequency range from 50 Hz to 1 MHz at selective temperatures between 393 and 573 K. The crystal structures of SMT and SZT have been determined by Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction pattern using an initial structural model developed on the basis of literature survey. The results indicate that both the samples possess hexagonal structure of trigonal P 3 bar m 1 space group. The lattice parameters of SMT are a=b=5.65162 Å, c=6.94440 Å, α=β=90° and γ=120° and those of SZT are a=b=5.65832 Å, c=6.95911 Å and α=β=90° and γ=120°. SMT and SZT are isostructural and they exhibit 2:1 B site ordering with the staking sequence of {-Ta-Ta-Mg (Zn)-} (Mg for SMT and Zn for SZT) layer repeat on (111) plane of the pseudocells. The characteristic vibrational bands due to Ta-O, Mg-O and Zn-O bonds have been observed in the FTIR spectra of the samples. The FESEM micrographs of the samples show that the grains size ranges between 0.40 and 3.65 μm and 0.9 to 4.2 μm for SMT and SZT, respectively. To account for the polydispersive nature of the dielectric relaxation mechanism along with the effects of dc conductivity and localized space charges the variation of real (ε‧) and imaginary (ε″) parts of dielectric constant with frequency has been analytically interpreted in the framework of modified Cole-Cole model. SMT and SZT having the activation energies of 0.35 eV and 0.33 eV, respectively (obtained from the Arrhenius plot of dc conductivity), are semiconducting in nature. The electrical current conduction in the samples occurs by polaron hopping process. Further, we have shown that chemical property of A site cations has significant role in determining the dielectric properties of A3B‧B″2O9 type perovskites

  1. Molecular evolution of the rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta in invasive weedy rice in the USA

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    The Pi-ta gene has been effectively used to control rice blast disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae in many rice growing regions in the world. A number of studies have characterized the molecular evolution of the Pi-ta gene in cultivated rice, O. sativa, and its wild ancestor O. rufipogon; however,...

  2. Nano suboxide layer generated in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} by Ar{sup +} ion irradiation

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    Song, W. D. E-mail: ying-ji-feng@dsi.a-star.edu.sg; Ying, J. F. E-mail: ying-ji-feng@dsi.a-star.edu.sg; He, W.; Zhuo, V. Y.-Q.; Ji, R.; Xie, H. Q.; Ng, S. K.; Ng, Serene L. G.; Jiang, Y.

    2015-01-19

    Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/TaO{sub x} heterostructure has become a leading oxide layer in memory cells and/or a bidirectional selector for resistive random access memory (RRAM). Although atomic layer deposition (ALD) was found to be uniquely suitable for depositing uniform and conformal films on complex topographies, it is hard to use ALD to grow suboxide TaO{sub x} layer. In this study, tantalum oxide films with a composition of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} were grown by ALD. Using Ar{sup +} ion irradiation, the suboxide was formed in the top layer of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films by observing the Ta core level shift toward lower binding energy with angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. By controlling the energy and irradiation time of an Ar{sup +} ion beam, Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/TaO{sub x} heterostructure can be reliably produced on ALD films, which provides a way to fabricate the critical switching layers of RRAM.

  3. Linkage Block and Recombination Suppression at the Pi-ta locus at the Centromere Region of Rice Chromosome 12

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    The Pi-ta gene, located near the centromeric region of chromosome 12 is an effective resistance gene to Magnaporthe oryzae that causes rice blast disease. Pi-ta has been incorporated into diverse resistant rice cultivars by classical plant breeding in the southern US and worldwide. Previously, la...

  4. DEVELOPMENT AND CHARACTERIZATION OF RICE MUTANTS ALTERED IN THE RICE BLAST RESISTANT GENE PI-TA-MEDIATED DISEASE RESISTANCE PATHWAY

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    The Pi-ta gene in rice prevents the infection of the fungal pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae races containing the corresponding avirulence gene AVR-Pita. The Pi-ta gene encodes a putative cytoplasmic protein with a centrally localized nucleotide binding site and a leucine rich domain. AVR-Pita is a met...

  5. Molecular evolution and strong selective sweep at the rice blast resistance gene Pi-ta during crop domestication

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    The Pi-ta gene in rice has been effectively deployed worldwide to prevent the infection by the blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae in a gene for gene specificity. The genomic region spanning Pi-ta and six flanking genes in 157 rice accessions composed of seven Oryza species including US and Asian culti...

  6. 77 FR 42003 - TA-W-81,263, Chartis Global Services, Inc., a Subsidiary of Chartis, Inc., Regional Processing...

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    2012-07-17

    ... Federal Register on February 28, 2012 (77 FR 13352). The subject workers are engaged in activities related... Employment and Training Administration TA-W-81,263, Chartis Global Services, Inc., a Subsidiary of Chartis, Inc., Regional Processing Organization, Regional Service Center, Houston, TX; TA-W-81,263A,...

  7. Anodization of electrolytically polished Ta surfaces for enhancement of carrier injection into organic field-effect transistors

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    Ueno, Keiji; Abe, Shigeomi; Onoki, Ryo; Saiki, Koichiro

    2005-12-01

    Electrolytically polished surfaces of Ta sheets were anodized in an aqueous KI solution to form Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films with a relatively high dielectric constant and a high breakdown electric field. Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) were fabricated on these Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Ta substrates with a bottom gate configuration. The Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} films anodized at 100 V were about 200 nm thick, and the dielectric strength was as high as 5 MV/cm. A p-type pentacene OFET fabricated on this bottom gate showed the good field-effect mobility of 0.35 cm{sup 2}/V s. By using this high-k gate substrate, it becomes possible to inject a higher amount of charge carriers into organic active layers than on the SiO{sub 2}/Si gate conventionally used in most OFETs.

  8. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on P25/Ta2O5 composite films

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    Jiang, Qingsong; Gao, Jian; Yi, Lin; Hu, Guang; Zhang, Jun

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, novel titanium dioxide/tantalum pentoxide (P25/Ta2O5) composite films have been successfully fabricated and applied to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Ta2O5 nanoparticles are synthesized by a simple low-temperature solvothermal method. The influence of Ta2O5 nanoparticles on photovoltaic performance of DSSCs is systematically investigated. As a result, the DSSC based on 10 wt% Ta2O5 incorporated P25 film exhibits excellent photovoltaic performance with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) as high as 5.85 %. Compared to a reference DSSC based on the pure P25 film (4.93 %), the PCE of DSSCs has been remarkably enhanced by 19 %. Such enhancement can be mainly attributed to the higher electron collection efficiency in P25/Ta2O5 composite films, which result from the suppression of the electron recombination at the photoanode/electrolyte interface.

  9. Thermal and structural stability of cosputtered amorphous Ta(x)Cu(1-x) alloy thin films on GaAs

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    Oh, J. E.; Woolam, J. A.; Aylesworth, K. D.; Sellmyer, D. J.; Pouch, J. J.

    1986-01-01

    The characteristics of thin films of Ta-Cu, prepared over a wide range of compositions by cosputter deposition onto GaAs and fused quartz substrates, are studied by X-ray diffraction and van der Pauw resistivity measurement. Results show films to be amorphous over the range of 55-95 at. pct, and show Ta(93)Cu(7) barriers to be effective in preventing Au in-diffusion, with a 3000-A layer remaining unpenetrated after an annealing at 700 C for 20 min. Diffusion of Ga and/or As into amorphous 93 at. pct Ta is found to be more rapid than that of Au, and interfacial reactions were shown to form compounds including Ta3Au, CuAu, TaAs2, and Ga3Cu7 above 700 C.

  10. Superconductivity in Ta3Pd3Te14 with quasi-one-dimensional PdTe2 chains

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    Jiao, Wen-He; He, Lan-Po; Liu, Yi; Xu, Xiao-Feng; Li, Yu-Ke; Zhang, Chu-Hang; Zhou, Nan; Xu, Zhu-An; Li, Shi-Yan; Cao, Guang-Han

    2016-01-01

    We report bulk superconductivity at 1.0 K in a low-dimensional ternary telluride Ta3Pd3Te14 containing edge-sharing PdTe2 chains along crystallographic b axis, similar to the recently discovered superconductor Ta4Pd3Te16. The electronic heat capacity data show an obvious anomaly at the transition temperature, which indicates bulk superconductivity. The specific-heat jump is ΔC/(γnTc) ≈ 1.35, suggesting a weak coupling scenario. By measuring the low-temperature thermal conductivity, we conclude that Ta3Pd3Te14 is very likely a dirty s-wave superconductor. The emergence of superconductivity in Ta3Pd3Te14 with a lower Tc, compared to that of Ta4Pd3Te16, may be attributed to the lower density of states. PMID:26876362

  11. Superposition model calculation of zero-field splitting of Fe3+ in LiTaO3 crystal

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    Yeom, T. H.

    2001-11-01

    The second-order zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameter b20 of the Fe3+ ion centre at the Li site, the Ta site and the structural vacancy site in the LiTaO3 crystal are calculated using the empirical superposition model. The fourth-order ZFS parameters b40, b43 and b4-3 are also calculated at the Li and Ta site, respectively. The calculated b20 of Fe3+ ion at the Li site agrees well with the experimental one. It is concluded that the Fe3+ replaces the Li+ ion rather than the Ta5+ ion in the LiTaO3 crystal. This conclusion confirms the site assignment from the electron nuclear double resonance experiments.

  12. Natural variation of rice blast resistant gene Pi-ta in Oryza species

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    The Pi-ta gene in rice is a putative NBS type cytoplasmic receptor conferring resistance to races of Magnaporthe oryzae in a gene-for-gene manner. A Functional Nucleotide Polymorphism (FNP) change resulting in an amino acid substitution of Alanine to Serine at position 918 (nucleotide G to T at posi...

  13. Computer-Aided Assessment Questions in Engineering Mathematics Using "MapleTA"[R

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    Jones, I. S.

    2008-01-01

    The use of "MapleTA"[R] in the assessment of engineering mathematics at Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) is discussed with particular reference to the design of questions. Key aspects in the formulation and coding of questions are considered. Problems associated with the submission of symbolic answers, the use of randomly generated numbers…

  14. Silencing of TaBTF3 gene impairs tolerance to freezing and drought stresses in wheat.

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    Kang, Guozhang; Ma, Hongzhen; Liu, Guoqin; Han, Qiaoxia; Li, Chengwei; Guo, Tiancai

    2013-11-01

    Basic transcription factor 3 (BTF3), the β-subunit of the nascent polypeptide-associated complex, is responsible for the transcriptional initiation of RNA polymerase II and is also involved in cell apoptosis, translation initiation regulation, growth, development, and other functions. Here, we report the impact of BTF3 on abiotic tolerance in higher plants. The transcription levels of the TaBTF3 gene, first isolated from wheat seedlings in our lab, were differentially regulated by diverse abiotic stresses and hormone treatments, including PEG-induced stress (20 % polyethylene glycol 6000), cold (4 °C), salt (100 mM NaCl), abscisic acid (100 μM), methyl jasmonate (50 μM), and salicylic acid (50 μM). Southern blot analysis indicated that, in the wheat genome, TaBTF3 is a multi-copy gene. Compared to BSMV-GFP-infected wheat plants (control), under freezing (-8 °C for 48 h) or drought stress (withholding water for 15 days) conditions, TaBTF3-silenced wheat plants showed lower survival rates, free proline content, and relative water content and higher relative electrical conductivity and water loss rate. These results suggest that silencing of the TaBTF3 gene may impair tolerance to freezing and drought stresses in wheat and that it may be involved in the response to abiotic stresses in higher plants. PMID:23942841

  15. Nonlinear effects in collision cascades and high energy shock waves during ta-C:H growth

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    Piazza, F.; Resto, O.; Morell, G.

    2007-07-01

    The surface topography of hydrogenated tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C:H) is critical for various applications such as microelectromechanical devices, magnetic and optical storage devices, and medical implants. The surface topography of ta-C:H films deposited by distributed electron cyclotron resonance plasma from C{sub 2}H{sub 2} gas precursor was investigated. The effects of pressure, together with ion flux and energy, are studied by atomic force microscopy in relation to the structural evolution of the films. The results are compared with the predictions of the Edward-Wilkinson model [Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 44, 1039 (1966)] recently proposed to account for ta-C:H growth and with previous interpretations based on hypersonic shock waves. The random hillocks observed on the smooth surfaces of ta-C:H films deposited at high pressure are thought to result from the interference of high energy shock waves triggered by C{sub 4}H{sub x}{sup +} ions that produce overlapping collision cascades and induce nonlinear effects.

  16. Establishment and characterization of a new human gallbladder carcinoma cell line (OCUG-1) producing TA-4.

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    Yamada, N; Chung, Y; Ohtani, H; Ikeda, T; Onoda, N; Sawada, T; Nishiguchi, Y; Hasuma, T; Sowa, M

    1997-06-01

    A new human cell line (OCUG-1) was established from peritoneal effusion of a patient with malignant gallbladder carcinoma. OCUG-1 cells proliferated mainly in clusters of cells partially floating in a monolayered sheet. The population doubling time is 47.1 h. DNA analysis showed that OCUG-1 cells were aneuploid and had two G(0)/G(1) peaks. The number of chromosomes was distributed in a broad range from 52 to 139. Subcutaneous injections of the cells induced tumor formation in all nude mice. The reconstituted tumors were poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. High levels of SLX, CA19-9, SPan-1 and TA-4 were found in the serum of the original patient, but OCUG-1 cells produced only TA-4. We speculate that OCUG-1 may be a transitional form from adenocarcinoma to squamous cell carcinoma. Since OCUG-1 produces a high level of TA-4, it will be useful for the study of the biological nature of this carcinoma and the relationship between the expression of TA-4 and squamatization. PMID:21533512

  17. Ferromagnetism in chemically reduced LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 crystals

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    Yan, Tao; Ye, Ning; Xu, Liuwei; Sang, Yuanhua; Chen, Yanxue; Song, Wei; Long, Xifa; Wang, Jiyang; Liu, Hong

    2016-05-01

    The ferromagnetism of bulk LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 at room temperature was investigated for the first time in the present work. The stoichiometric LiNbO3 is non-magnetic, while congruent LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 show very weak ferromagnetism. After chemical reduction in a mixture of zinc and lithium carbonate powders under flowing nitrogen, the ferromagnetic behavior of each sample became clear, with an increased value of magnetization. The saturation magnetization, the magnetic remanence and the coercive field of reduced congruent LiNbO3 are 7.0  ×  10‑3 emu g‑1, 0.65  ×  10‑3 emu g‑1 and 0.050 kOe, respectively. The ferromagnetism of chemically reduced LiNbO3 and LiTaO3 can be explained by considering the intrinsic Li vacancies, the appearance of Nb4+ (or Ta4+) on the surface with non-zero net spin and the oxygen vacancies at the surface.

  18. Surface chemistry of (2,4-dimethylpentadienyl)(ethylcyclopentadienyl)Ru on polycrystalline Ta

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    Thom, Kelly M.; Ekerdt, J. G.

    2009-03-01

    The adsorption and desorption of (2,4-dimethylpentadienyl)(ethylcyclopentadienyl)Ru [DER] on polycrystalline Ta have been studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed desorption (TPD). DER exposures to Ta at 140 K result in primarily molecular adsorption and desorption, while a minor surface reaction occurs at defect sites. Monolayer DER desorbs between 278 and 297 K with increasing coverage, exhibiting a first order, zero coverage desorption energy of 2.3 eV. Multilayer DER desorbs between 272 and 263 K, most likely with fractional order kinetics, and exhibits a zero coverage desorption energy of 0.9 eV. XPS Ru 3d binding energies increase with increasing coverage due to core hole screening in the monolayer regime and increasing sample charging as the DER overlayer becomes thicker in the multilayer regime. DER exhibits a three-dimensional (3D) "hit and stick" growth mode in which random 3D structures form due to the lack of adsorbate mobility at 140 K. DER exposures to Ta between 298 and 773 K result in minor decomposition resulting primarily in adsorbed hydrocarbon species on the surface. When the Ta is pre-covered with atomic iodine, DER dissociation is significantly decreased while adsorption is increased.

  19. Characterization by Small RNA Sequencing of Taro Bacilliform CH Virus (TaBCHV), a Novel Badnavirus.

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    Kazmi, Syeda Amber; Yang, Zuokun; Hong, Ni; Wang, Guoping; Wang, Yanfen

    2015-01-01

    RNA silencing is an antiviral immunity that regulates gene expression through the production of small RNAs (sRNAs). In this study, deep sequencing of small RNAs was used to identify viruses infecting two taro plants. Blast searching identified five and nine contigs assembled from small RNAs of samples T1 and T2 matched onto the genome sequences of badnaviruses in the family Caulimoviridae. Complete genome sequences of two isolates of the badnavirus determined by sequence specific amplification comprised of 7,641 nucleotides and shared overall nucleotide similarities of 44.1%‒55.8% with other badnaviruses. Six open reading frames (ORFs) were identified on the plus strand, showed amino acid similarities ranging from 59.8% (ORF3) to 10.2% (ORF6) to the corresponding proteins encoded by other badnaviruses. Phylogenetic analysis also supports that the virus is a new member in the genus Badnavirus. The virus is tentatively named as Taro bacilliform CH virus (TaBCHV), and it is the second badnavirus infecting taro plants, following Taro bacilliform virus (TaBV). In addition, analyzes of viral derived small RNAs (vsRNAs) from TaBCHV showed that almost equivalent number of vsRNAs were generated from both strands and the most abundant vsRNAs were 21 nt, with uracil bias at 5' terminal. Furthermore, TaBCHV vsRNAs were asymmetrically distributed on its entire circular genome at both orientations with the hotspots mainly generated in the ORF5 region. PMID:26207896

  20. Effectiveness and durability of the rice Pi-ta gene in Yunnan province of China

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    Rice blast is one of the most damaging diseases of rice worldwide. In the present study, we analyzed DNA sequence variation of avirulence genes of AVR-Pita1 in field isolates of M. oryzae in order to understand the effectiveness of the resistance gene Pi-ta in China. Genomic DNA of 366 isolates of M...

  1. "Forest Grove School District v. T.A.": The Supreme Court and Unilateral Private Placements

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    Yell, Mitchell L.; Katsiyannis, Antonis; Collins, Terri S.

    2010-01-01

    On June 22, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case "Forest Grove School District v. T.A." (hereafter "Forest Grove"). In "Forest Grove," the High Court answered the question of whether the parents of students with disabilities are entitled to reimbursement for the costs associated with placing their child in a private school…

  2. Potential existence of post-perovskite nitrides; DFT studies of ThTaN{sub 3}

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    Matar, Samir F.; Demazeau, Gerard

    2010-05-15

    Within density functional theory, the equations of state for cubic perovskite (c-PV) and hypothetic orthorhombic perovskite (o-PV GdFeO{sub 3}-type) and post-perovskite (PPV) forms of ThTaN{sub 3} are obtained. The decreasing volume and stabilizing energy indicate pressure enabled transitions: c-PV ->o-PV ->PPV. From electronic structure analysis the chemical system is found insulating in the c-PV ground state form with {approx}1eV band gap and semi-conducting for the PPV due to increased covalence. The chemical bonding properties show that Th and Ta bondings with the 2 N sites are selectively differentiated and reinforced for Ta-N bond within PPV form. This is the consequence of the corner as well as edge sharing octahedra characterizing PPV while PV structures have only corner sharing octahedra. It is the first case of potential post-perovskite nitride. - ThTaN{sub 3}: Projected charge density (for 4 fu) onto basal plane: (a) cubic perovskite, (b) orthorhombic perovskite and (c) post-perovskite. Red, green and blue areas are relevant to strong, medium and low localization of density.

  3. Ordinary and extraordinary waveguides realized by reverse proton exchange on LiTaO 3

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    El Hadi, K.; Baldi, P.; De Micheli, M. P.; Ostrowsky, D. B.; Korkishko, Yu. N.; Fedorov, V. A.; Kondrat'ev, A. V.

    1997-02-01

    In this paper, we report a study of the reverse proton exchange process in lithium tantalate based on the observation of the buried extraordinary index waveguide and the surface ordinary index waveguide. This allows us to determine approximately all the parameters of these waveguides and in particular the ordinary index variation for all H xLi 1- xTaO 3 phases.

  4. The crystal chemistry of L-Ta 2O 5 and related structures

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    Grey, I. E.; Mumme, W. G.; Roth, R. S.

    2005-11-01

    Single crystals of a new form of L-Ta 2O 5 with a 19× b superstructure have been synthesised by flux growth. The phase is most likely stabilised by the incorporation of a small amount of lithium (0.14 wt% Li) from the flux. The phase has C-centred monoclinic symmetry with a=6.1939(4) Å, b=69.549(5) Å ( =19×3.66 Å), c=3.8895(3) Å, γ=90.00(1)°. The structure was refined in space group C112/m to R1=0.044 for 814 unique reflections with F>4σ(F). The structure can be described as comprising chains of edge-shared TaO 7 pentagonal bipyramids that are regularly folded at (010) planes to give sinusoidal chains along [010]. These chains are interconnected along [100] and [001] by corner sharing, creating inter-chain regions that are occupied by isolated TaO 6 octahedra and pairs of corner-shared octahedra. A comparison with published data for high-quality refinements of related structures has led to the development of a general model that can explain the structural chemistry variations in the known L-Ta 2O 5-related structures. A shorthand notation is presented for representing the structures, based on the sequence along [010] of the interchain octahedra.

  5. Structural, optical and photoelectrochemical characterizations of monoclinic Ta3N5 thin films.

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    Khan, Sherdil; Zapata, Maximiliano J M; Pereira, Marcelo B; Gonçalves, Renato V; Strizik, Lukas; Dupont, Jairton; Santos, Marcos J L; Teixeira, Sérgio R

    2015-10-01

    Monoclinic Ta3N5 thin films were synthesized by thermal nitridation of amorphous Ta2O5 films directly sputtered by radio frequency magnetron sputtering. The samples were studied by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry, rietveld refinements, spectroscopic ellipsometry and electrochemical techniques. The surface composition of Ta3N5 thin film was found to be different than the underlying film, affecting the optical properties of the material. Rietveld refinement has confirmed that the nitridation process results in Schottky and oxygen substitutional defects within the crystalline structure of monoclinic Ta3N5 thin film. The optical constants of the film were obtained by spectroscopic ellipsometry within a spectral range of 4.60-0.54 eV, i.e. 270-2300 nm. The suitable parameterization was found to consist of three Tauc-Lorentz and one Lorentz oscillators. The conduction band, valence band and the flat band positions were determined by photoelectrochemical techniques, presenting a strong dependence on pH of the eletrolyte. Improved photocurrent was obtained in alkaline conditions and attributed to the shorter depletion region width measured by Mott-Schottky and the lower recombination life time measured by open circuit potential decay analyses. PMID:26313126

  6. A New One-dimensional Quantum Material - Ta2Pd3Se8 Atomic Chain

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    Liu, Xue; Liu, Jinyu; Hu, Jin; Yue, Chunlei; Mao, Zhiqiang; Wei, Jiang; Antipina, Liubov; Sorokin, Pavel; Sanchez, Ana

    Since the discovery of carbon nanotube, there has been a persistent effort to search for other one dimensional (1D) quantum systems. However, only a few examples have been found. We report a new 1D example - semiconducting Ta2Pd3Se8. We demonstrate that the Ta2Pd3Se8 nanowire as thin as 1.3nm can be easily obtained by applying simple mechanical exfoliation from its bulk counterpart. High resolution TEM shows an intrinsic 1D chain-like crystalline morphology on these nano wires, indicating weak bonding between these atomic chains. Theoretical calculation shows a direct bandgap structure, which evolves from 0.53eV in the bulk to 1.04eV in single atomic chain. The field effect transistor based on Ta2Pd3Se8 nanowire achieved a promising performance with 104On/Off ratio and 80 cm2V-1s-1 mobility. Low temperature transport study reflects two different mechanisms, variable range hopping and thermal activation, which dominate the transport properties at different temperature regimes. Ta2Pd3Se8 nanowire provides an intrinsic 1D material system for the study low dimensional condensed matter physics.

  7. Characterization by Small RNA Sequencing of Taro Bacilliform CH Virus (TaBCHV), a Novel Badnavirus

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    Kazmi, Syeda Amber; Yang, Zuokun; Hong, Ni; Wang, Guoping; Wang, Yanfen

    2015-01-01

    RNA silencing is an antiviral immunity that regulates gene expression through the production of small RNAs (sRNAs). In this study, deep sequencing of small RNAs was used to identify viruses infecting two taro plants. Blast searching identified five and nine contigs assembled from small RNAs of samples T1 and T2 matched onto the genome sequences of badnaviruses in the family Caulimoviridae. Complete genome sequences of two isolates of the badnavirus determined by sequence specific amplification comprised of 7,641 nucleotides and shared overall nucleotide similarities of 44.1%‒55.8% with other badnaviruses. Six open reading frames (ORFs) were identified on the plus strand, showed amino acid similarities ranging from 59.8% (ORF3) to 10.2% (ORF6) to the corresponding proteins encoded by other badnaviruses. Phylogenetic analysis also supports that the virus is a new member in the genus Badnavirus. The virus is tentatively named as Taro bacilliform CH virus (TaBCHV), and it is the second badnavirus infecting taro plants, following Taro bacilliform virus (TaBV). In addition, analyzes of viral derived small RNAs (vsRNAs) from TaBCHV showed that almost equivalent number of vsRNAs were generated from both strands and the most abundant vsRNAs were 21 nt, with uracil bias at 5' terminal. Furthermore, TaBCHV vsRNAs were asymmetrically distributed on its entire circular genome at both orientations with the hotspots mainly generated in the ORF5 region. PMID:26207896

  8. TA-Doc Linker Role. Draft. Documentation and Technical Assistance in Urban Schools.

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    Holmes, Manford L.

    One of the aims of the Documentation and Technical Assistance (DTA) Project is to apply educational information that has been utilized for problem solving in one organization to other settings with their own unique characteristics. Within the staff of the DTA project, the position of Technical Assistance-Documentation Linker (TA-Doc Linker) was…

  9. Induction of Abasic Sites by the Drinking-Water Mutagen MX in Salmonella TA100

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    Mutagen X (MX) is a chlorinated furanone that accounts for more of the mutagenic activity of drinking water than any other disinfection by-product. It is one of the most potent base-substitution mutagens in the Salmonella (Ames) mutagenicity assay, producing primarily GC to TA mu...

  10. Preparation and annealing study of TaN x coatings on WC-Co substrates

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    Chen, Yung-I.; Lin, Bo-Lu; Kuo, Yu-Chu; Huang, Jen-Ching; Chang, Li-Chun; Lin, Yu-Ting

    2011-05-01

    To prevent Co diffusion from cemented carbides at high temperatures, we fabricated TaN x coatings by reactive direct current (d.c.) magnetron sputtering onto 6 wt.% cobalt cemented carbide substrates, to form diffusion barrier layers. Varying the nitrogen flow ratio, N 2/(Ar + N 2), from 0.05 to 0.4 during the sputtering process had a significant effect on coating structure and content. Deposition rate reduced as the nitrogen flow ratio increased. The effects of nitrogen flow ratio on the crystalline characteristics of the TaN x coatings were examined by X-ray diffraction. The TaN x coatings annealing conditions were 500, 600, 700, and 800 °C for 4 h in air. We evaluated the performance of the diffusion barrier using both Auger electron spectroscopy depth-profiles and X-ray diffraction techniques. We also investigated oxidation resistance of the TaN x coatings annealed in air, and under a 50 ppm O 2-N 2 atmosphere, to evaluate the fabricated layers effectiveness as a protective coating for glass molding dies.

  11. Directional Solidification and Mechanical Properties of NiAl-NiAlTa Alloys

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    Johnson, D. R.; Chen, X. F.; Oliver, B. F.; Noebe, R. D.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1995-01-01

    Directional solidification of eutectic alloys is a promising technique for producing in-situ composite materials exhibiting a balance of properties. Consequently, the microstructure, creep strength and fracture toughness of directionally solidified NiAl-NiAlTa alloys were investigated. Directional solidification was performed by containerless processing techniques to minimize alloy contamination. The eutectic composition was found to be NiAl-15.5 at% Ta and well-aligned microstructures were produced at this composition. A near-eutectic alloy of NiAl-14.5Ta was also investigated. Directional solidification of the near-eutectic composition resulted in microstructures consisting of NiAl dendrites surrounded by aligned eutectic regions. The off-eutectic alloy exhibited promising compressive creep strengths compared to other NiAl-based intermetallics, while preliminary testing indicated that the eutectic alloy was competitive with Ni-base single crystal superalloys. The room temperature toughness of these two-phase alloys was similar to that of polycrystalline NiAl even with the presence of the brittle Laves phase NiAlTa.

  12. Interchanges: Solidarity Forever--Why TA Unions Are Good for Writing Programs

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    Bernard-Donals, Michael

    2009-01-01

    In this essay, the author explains how teaching assistant (TA) unions work to the benefit not only of the graduate students who are their members but also of the writing programs that employ them. While university administrations understand unions to be bothersome at best and forces of evil at their worst, unions are essential to the maintenance…

  13. Dielectric Properties of Layered ZnTa2O6/Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Composites

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    Jeon, Chang Jun; Kim, Eung Soo

    2012-11-01

    The effects of ZnTa2O6 content and layered structure on the dielectric properties of ZnTa2O6/poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (PTFE) composites were investigated at microwave frequency. With increasing ZnTa2O6 content, the dielectric constant (K) and dielectric loss (tan δ) of the composites increased due to the K values of the individual components and the microstructure. For the composites with layered structures, tan δ was dependent on the internal strain of the composites. Several types of theoretical models were employed to predict the effective K of the composites and the predicted values were compared with experimental data. The temperature coefficient of resonant frequency (TCF) was also discussed as it characterises the thermal stability of the composites. Typically, K of 4.24, tan δ of 1.36 ×10-3 and, TCF of 4.75 ppm/°C were obtained for the single layered PTFE composites with 0.2 volume fraction (Vf) of ZnTa2O6.

  14. Production ratio of meta-stable isomer in {sup 180}Ta by neutrino-induced reactions

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    Hayakawa, Takehito; Kajino, Toshitaka; Chiba, Satoshi; Mathews, Grant

    2010-05-12

    The nucleosynthesis of {sup 180}Ta has remained an unsolved problem and as its origin many nucleosynthesis mechanisms have been proposed. This isotope has the unique feature that the naturally occurring abundance of {sup 180}Ta is actually a meta-stable isomer (half-life of >=10{sup 15} yr), while the ground state is a 1{sup +} unstable state which beta-decays with a half-life of only 8.15 hr. We have made a new time-dependent calculation of {sup 180}Ta meta-stable isomer residual ratio after supernova neutrino-induced reactions. This isomer residual ratio is crucial for understanding the production and survival of this naturally occurring rare isotope. We have constructed a new model under temperature evolution after type II supernova explosion. We include the explicit linking between the isomer and all known excited states and found that the residual ratio is insensitive to astrophysical parameters such as neutrino energy spectrum, explosion energy, decay time constant. We find that the explicit time evolution of the synthesis of {sup 180}Ta avoids the overproduction relative to {sup 138}La for a neutrino process neutrino temperature of 4 MeV.

  15. Characterization of Toxin-Antitoxin (TA) Systems in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clinical Isolates in Iran

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    Savari, Mohammad; Rostami, Soodabeh; Ekrami, Alireza; Bahador, Abbas

    2016-01-01

    Background: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is among the most problematic hospital and community-acquired pathogens. Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are maintenance regulatory systems in bacteria and have recently been considered new targets for antimicrobial therapy. The prevalence and transcription of these systems in clinical isolates are still unknown. Objectives: The aim of this study was to characterize three types of TA systems (parDE, relBE, and higBA) among P. aeruginosa clinical isolates. Materials and Methods: We typed our clinical isolates by ERIC-PCR (enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus sequence-based polymerase chain reaction) and BOX-PCR. We then investigated 174 P. aeruginosa clinical isolates from three hospitals in Ahvaz, Iran, for the presence of TA system genes, and determined whether these systems were encoded on chromosomes or plasmids by amplification of the flanking regions. Results: Our results showed that in the 174 P. aeruginosa isolates, relBE and higBA were universal, but parDE was less prevalent. Both of the flanking regions of the parDE genes in all positive isolates were amplified. The flanking regions of nearly all relBE genes were amplified. Amplification was observed for the downstream sequence of every higBA locus, as well as for the region upstream of higBA, except in 14 strains. Conclusions: Based on the presence of TA systems in the majority of P. aeruginosa isolates, these could be used as a novel target for antimicrobial therapy. PMID:27099681

  16. High-pressure shock behavior of WC and Ta2O5 powders.

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    Knudson, Marcus D.; Reinhart, William Dodd; Vogler, Tracy John; Root, Seth

    2011-10-01

    Planar shock experiments were conducted on granular tungsten carbide (WC) and tantalum oxide (Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}) using the Z machine and a 2-stage gas gun. Additional shock experiments were also conducted on a nearly fully dense form of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}. The experiments on WC yield some of the highest pressure results for granular materials obtained to date. Because of the high distention of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the pressures obtained were significantly lower, but the very high temperatures generated led to large contributions of thermal energy to the material response. These experiments demonstrate that the Z machine can be used to obtain accurate shock data on granular materials. The data on Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} were utilized in making improvements to the P-{lambda} model for high pressures; the model is found to capture the results not only of the Z and gas gun experiments but also those from laser experiments on low density aerogels. The results are also used to illustrate an approach for generating an equation of state using only the limited data coming from nanoindentation. Although the EOS generated in this manner is rather simplistic, for this material it gives reasonably good results.

  17. Designing polar and magnetic oxides: Zn2FeTaO6--in search of multiferroics.

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    Li, Man-Rong; Stephens, Peter W; Retuerto, Maria; Sarkar, Tapati; Grams, Christoph P; Hemberger, Joachim; Croft, Mark C; Walker, David; Greenblatt, Martha

    2014-06-18

    Polar oxides are technically of great interest but difficult to prepare. Our recent discoveries predicted that polar oxides can be synthesized in the corundum-derivative A2BB'O6 family with unusually small cations at the A-site and a d(0) electron configuration ion at B'-site. When magnetic transition-metal ions are incorporated more interesting polar magnetic oxides can form. In this work we experimentally verified this prediction and prepared LiNbO3 (LN)-type polar magnetic Zn2FeTaO6 via high pressure and temperature synthesis. The crystal structure analysis indicates highly distorted ZnO6 and (Fe/Ta)O6 octahedra, and an estimated spontaneous polarization (PS) of ∼50 μC/cm(2) along the c-axis was obtained from point charge model calculations. Zn2Fe(3+)Ta(5+)O6 has a lower magnetic transition temperature (TN ∼ 22 K) than the Mn2FeTaO6 analogue but is less conductive. The dielectric and polarization measurements indicate a potentially switchable component. PMID:24841411

  18. Evaluation of TA10 Broth for Recovery of Heat- and Freeze-Injured Salmonella from Beef

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    The Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) Salmonella pre-enrichment broth (lactose [LAC] broth), buffered peptone water (BPW), and universal preenrichment (UP) broth were compared with TA10 broth, developed in our laboratory, for recovery of heat- and freeze-injured Salmonella (55ºC for 2-20 min a...

  19. Engineering greater aluminium resistance in wheat by over-expressing TaALMT1

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    Pereira, Jorge F.; Zhou, Gaofeng; Delhaize, Emmanuel; Richardson, Terese; Zhou, Meixue; Ryan, Peter R.

    2010-01-01

    Background and Aims Expected increases in world population will continue to make demands on agricultural productivity and food supply. These challenges will only be met by increasing the land under cultivation and by improving the yields obtained on existing farms. Genetic engineering can target key traits to improve crop yields and to increase production on marginal soils. Soil acidity is a major abiotic stress that limits plant production worldwide. The goal of this study was to enhance the acid soil tolerance of wheat by increasing its resistance to Al3+ toxicity. Methods Particle bombardment was used to transform wheat with TaALMT1, the Al3+ resistance gene from wheat, using the maize ubiquitin promoter to drive expression. TaALMT1 expression, malate efflux and Al3+ resistance were measured in the T1 and T2 lines and compared with the parental line and an Al3+-resistant reference genotype, ET8. Key Results Nine T2 lines showed increased TaALMT1 expression, malate efflux and Al3+ resistance when compared with untransformed controls and null segregant lines. Some T2 lines displayed greater Al3+ resistance than ET8 in both hydroponic and soil experiments. Conclusions The Al3+ resistance of wheat was increased by enhancing TaALMT1 expression with biotechnology. This is the first report of a major food crop being stably transformed for greater Al3+ resistance. Transgenic strategies provide options for increasing food supply on acid soils. PMID:20338951

  20. Electric Properties of NaTaO3 Obtained by Hydrothermal Method

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    Malaescu, Dan; Grozescu, Ioan; Sfirloaga, Paula; Vlazan, Paulina; Marin, Catalin N.

    2015-12-01

    Two samples of NaTaO3 perovskite materials were prepared by the standard hydrothermal method at the same reaction temperature (600 °C) but with different sintering times: 6 hours for sample S1 and 12 hours for sample S2. Using X-ray diffraction (XRD), it shows that samples S1 and S2 are mixtures of Na-Ta oxides (Ta2O5 and the prevailing phase NaTaO3). The scanning electron microscopy analysis (SEM), shows that the grains are connected each other in agglomerated clusters of size about few hundred nanometers. The frequency (f) dependencies of complex impedance, Z(f) = Z'(f) - i Z''(f) of the samples, over the frequency range 20 Hz - 2 MHz, at room temperature are presented. The real component Z' of the complex impedance decreases with increasing frequency and the imaginary component Z'' has two maximum corresponding to two relaxation processes. The results obtained from the complex impedance spectroscopy, Z''(Z') showed the appearance of two semicircles, corresponding to grain and grain boundary mechanism. Experimental results have been fitted with two parallel RC equivalent circuits connected in series and the parameters R and C have been evaluated.

  1. "Chalepa Ta Kala," "Fine Things Are Difficult": Socrates' Insights into the Psychology of Teaching and Learning

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    Mintz, Avi I.

    2010-01-01

    The proverb "chalepa ta kala" ("fine things are difficult") is invoked in three dialogues in the Platonic corpus: "Hippias Major," "Cratylus" and "Republic." In this paper, I argue that the context in which the proverb arises reveals Socrates' considerable pedagogical dexterity as he uses the proverb to rebuke his interlocutor in one dialogue but…

  2. Susceptibility Analysis of Two-Dimensional Antiferromagnet FeTa2O6

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    Muraoka, Yoshinori; Idogaki, Toshihiro; Uryû, Norikiyo

    1988-05-01

    The paramagnetic susceptibility of FeTa2O6 is analyzed by the method of high-temperature series expansion based on a two-dimensional Heisenberg model with single-ion anisotropy. Both the nearest and next-nearest neighbor exchange interactions are taken into consideration and estimated in a compatible form with the spin structure.

  3. Dielectric and Electrical Properties of BiFeO3-LiTaO3 Systems

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    Mohanty, Suchismita; Choudhary, R. N. P.

    2015-07-01

    Materials of general formula (Bi1- x Li x )(Fe1- x Ta x )O3 ( x = 0.0, 0.5) were prepared from polycrystalline BiFeO3 and LiTaO3 by solid-state reaction. Analysis of the basic structural properties of the materials by room-temperature x-ray diffraction revealed the formation of single-phase tetragonal crystals for (Bi0.5Li0.5)(Fe0.5Ta0.5)O3. Scanning electron micrographs confirmed the polycrystalline nature of the materials. The microstructure of the materials comprised uniformly distributed grains of unequal size. Studies of the temperature-frequency dependence of dielectric did not reveal any dielectric anomaly or phase transition in the temperature range studied. The presence of hysteresis loops at room temperature confirmed the known ferroelectricity of BiFeO3 and (Bi0.5Li0.5)(Fe0.5Ta0.5)O3. Complex impedance spectroscopic analysis revealed the materials had negative temperature coefficient of resistance (NTCR)-type behavior. The electrical conductivity and relaxation characteristics of the materials suggested the presence of a thermally activated process, and their values suggested the materials had similar types of conductivity and relaxation species. The frequency dependence of the ac conductivity obeyed Jonscher's universal power law.

  4. High Density Sliding at Ta/Al and Al/Al Interfaces

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    Hammerberg, J. E.; Germann, T. C.; Ravelo, R.

    2006-07-28

    We present 3D-nonequilibrium molecular dynamics results for the velocity dependence of the frictional force at smooth sliding interfaces for Ta and Al single crystals. For Ta/Al we consider Al(100)/Ta(100) and Al(111)/Ta(110) interfaces sliding along [001] and [11(bar sign)0]fcc /[001]bcc respectively. These are compared with Al(111)/Al(100) interfaces at the same loads, corresponding to a pressure of 15 GPa. Both interfacial pairs show similar behavior in the velocity dependence of the frictional force: a low velocity regime with an increasing frictional force followed by a strain induced transformation regime at velocities above approximately 1/10 the transverse sound speed, followed by a fluidized interface at high velocities. For both interfacial pairs, the high velocity dependence of the frictional force exhibits power law behavior, Ft {proportional_to} v-{beta} with {beta}=3/4. We discuss the structural changes that influence dissipation in each of these regimes.

  5. TA-55 Final Safety Analysis Report Comparison Document and DOE Safety Evaluation Report Requirements

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    Alan Bond

    2001-04-01

    This document provides an overview of changes to the currently approved TA-55 Final Safety Analysis Report (FSAR) that are included in the upgraded FSAR. The DOE Safety Evaluation Report (SER) requirements that are incorporated into the upgraded FSAR are briefly discussed to provide the starting point in the FSAR with respect to the SER requirements.

  6. Using rheopheresis for stem cell transplantation-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TA-TMA).

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    González-Vicent, Marta; Herrero, Blanca; Guillén, María; Sevilla, Julián; Díaz, Miguel Ángel

    2013-10-01

    Stem cell Transplantation-Associated Thrombotic Microangiopathy (TA-TMA) is an awful complication with high morbidity and mortality. The reported incidence varies from 0.5% to 75% due to the difficulty of diagnosis in these patients. They do not respond to plasma exchange and despite new treatments, such as defibrotide and rituximab, mortality rate ranges between 60% and 90%. Rheopheresis is a specific application of membrane differential filtration for extracorporeal hemorheotherapy that has been used in the diabetic foot syndrome, venous leg ulcer, pulmonary hypertension, sudden hearing loss, macula degeneration and peripheral arterial occlusive disease. The main therapeutic basis of Rheopheresis is the reduction of blood and plasma viscosity that results in improvements of microcirculation and blood flow. The physiopathologic mechanism associated with TA-TMA is the loss of endothelial cell integrity with hypercoagulability secondary to infections, immunosuppressive therapy and graft-versus-host disease. Because of this, we believe that treatment with Rheoapheresis may improve microcirculation and resolve TA-TMA. We report two patients diagnosed of severe TA-MA successfully treated with Rheopheresis using a selective fibrinogen adsorption system (Rheosorb) with a LIFE-18 apheresis unit (Miltenyi Biotec), an integrated plasma therapy instrument. PMID:23768689

  7. Texture structure and ablation behavior of TaC coating on carbon/carbon composites

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    Zhao-Ke, Chen; Xiang, Xiong; Guo-Dong, Li; Wei, Sun; Ying, Long

    2010-11-01

    TaC coatings with hybrid, (2 0 0) and (2 2 0) texture structure were prepared on carbon/carbon (C/C) composites by isothermal chemical vapor deposition with TaCl5-Ar-C3H6 system. The residual stress, hardness and ablation behaviors of the different coatings were characterized by Raman spectra, nano-indentation and oxyacetylene flame ablation machine respectively. Results shown tensile stress exists in the TaC coatings and increases when texture orientation turns from hybrid to (2 2 0) and (2 0 0), while nano-indentation hardness of the coatings also obeys the same trend. The deposited coatings could improve the ablation-resistance properties of C/C composites effectively. The texture structure also had great effects on the ablation properties and ablation morphologies of the coatings. The mass ablation rate obviously decreases when the texture structure changes from hybrid orientation to (2 0 0) and (2 2 0) orientations. The hybrid orientation and (2 0 0) texture coatings exhibit coarse oxide morphologies with crater or some breakage existed; while the (2 2 0) texture coating shows dense, molten oxide morphology. The main ablation behaviors of the hybrid, (2 0 0) and (2 2 0) texture TaC coatings are oxidation and particle denudation and block denudation, oxidation and block denudation, oxidation and mechanical erosion and block denudation, respectively.

  8. Mentoring and the Faculty-TA Relationship: Faculty Perceptions and Practices

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    Calkins, Susanna; Kelley, Matthew R.

    2005-01-01

    The current investigation was designed to examine faculty perceptions and practices of mentoring in the faculty-TA (teaching assistant) relationship. A survey of faculty members at a large Midwestern research institution revealed that most faculty members considered themselves to be, or wished to be, mentors to their teaching assistants. The…

  9. Oxygen vacancies in amorphous-Ta2O5 from first-principles calculations

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    Lee, Jihang; Kioupakis, Emmanouil; Lu, Wei

    Oxygen vacancies are thought to play a crucial role in the electrical and optical properties of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) devices. Even though numerous experimental studies on oxygen vacancies in Ta2O5 exist, experimentally detected defects are ambiguously identified due to the absence of an accurate and conclusive theoretical analysis. We investigate oxygen vacancies in amorphous Ta2O5 with first-principles calculations based on hybrid density functional theory. The calculated thermodynamic and optical transition levels of stable oxygen vacancies are in good agreement with measured values from a variety of experimental methods, providing conclusive clues for the identification of the defect states observed in experiments. We determine the concentration of oxygen vacancies and their dominant oxidation state as a function of growth conditions. We analyze the characteristics of extra electrons introduced by donor-like oxygen vacancies, which include the formation of polarons. Our results provide insight into the fundamental properties of oxygen vacancies in Ta2O5, which is essential to controlling the properties of films and optimize the performance of devices. This research was supported by the AFOSR through MURI grant FA9550-12-1-0038 and the National Science Foundation CAREER award through Grant No. DMR-1254314. Computational resources were provided by the DOE NERSC facility.

  10. Nanoscale cation motion in TaOx, HfOx and TiOx memristive systems

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    Wedig, Anja; Luebben, Michael; Cho, Deok-Yong; Moors, Marco; Skaja, Katharina; Rana, Vikas; Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi; Adepalli, Kiran K.; Yildiz, Bilge; Waser, Rainer; Valov, Ilia

    2016-01-01

    A detailed understanding of the resistive switching mechanisms that operate in redox-based resistive random-access memories (ReRAM) is key to controlling these memristive devices and formulating appropriate design rules. Based on distinct fundamental switching mechanisms, two types of ReRAM have emerged: electrochemical metallization memories, in which the mobile species is thought to be metal cations, and valence change memories, in which the mobile species is thought to be oxygen anions (or positively charged oxygen vacancies). Here we show, using scanning tunnelling microscopy and supported by potentiodynamic current-voltage measurements, that in three typical valence change memory materials (TaOx, HfOx and TiOx) the host metal cations are mobile in films of 2 nm thickness. The cations can form metallic filaments and participate in the resistive switching process, illustrating that there is a bridge between the electrochemical metallization mechanism and the valence change mechanism. Reset/Set operations are, we suggest, driven by oxidation (passivation) and reduction reactions. For the Ta/Ta2O5 system, a rutile-type TaO2 film is believed to mediate switching, and we show that devices can be switched from a valence change mode to an electrochemical metallization mode by introducing an intermediate layer of amorphous carbon.

  11. Isomer residual ratio of odd-odd isotope {sup 180}Ta in supernova nucleosynthsis

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    Hayakawa, Takehito; Kajino, Toshitaka; Chiba, Satoshi; Mathews, Grant

    2010-06-01

    The nucleosynthesis of {sup 180}Ta has remained an unsolved problem and as its origin many nucleosynthesis mechanisms have been proposed. This isotope has the unique feature that the naturally occurring abundance of {sup 180}Ta is actually a meta-stable isomer (half-life of >=10{sup 15} yr), while the ground state is a 1{sup +} unstable state which beta-decays with a half-life of only 8.15 hr. We have made a new time-dependent calculation of {sup 180}Ta meta-stable isomer residual ratio after supernova neutrino-induced reactions. This residual isomer ratio is crucial for understanding the production and survival of this naturally occurring rare isotope. We have constructed a new model under temperature evolution after type II supernova explosion. We include the explicit linking between the isomer and all known excited states and found that the residual ratio is insensitive to astrophysical parameters such as neutrino energy spectrum, explosion energy, decay time constant. We find that the explicit time evolution of the synthesis of {sup 180}Ta avoids the overproduction relative to {sup 138}La for a neutrino process neutrino temperature of 4 MeV.

  12. Superior H2 production by hydrophilic ultrafine Ta2O5 engineered covalently on graphene.

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    Mao, Lin; Zhu, Shenmin; Ma, Jun; Shi, Dian; Chen, Yixin; Chen, Zhixin; Yin, Chao; Li, Yao; Zhang, Di

    2014-05-30

    A H2O2-mediated hydrothermal method was developed for the fabrication of hydrophilic Ta2O5/graphene composite. The composite shows a superior H2 productivity, up to 30 mmol g(-1) h(-1) when used as a photocatalyst for water splitting, corresponding to an apparent quantum efficiency of 33.8% at 254 nm. This superior performance is due to the hydrophilic nature of the composite and more importantly due to the ultrafine Ta2O5 nanoparticles (about 4.0 ± 1.5 nm) which are covalently bonded with the conductive graphene. The hydrophilic property of the composite is attributed to the use of H2O2 in the hydrothermal process. The ultrafine size of the Ta2O5 particles which are covalently bonded with the graphene sheets is attributed to the use of sonication in the synthesis process. Furthermore, the hydrophilic Ta2O5/Gr composite is durable, which is beneficial to long term photocatalysis. The strategy reported here provides a new approach to designing photocatalysts with superior performance for H2 production. PMID:24787652

  13. New octahedral Ta(V) hydrazido-substituted compounds for atomic layer deposition: Syntheses, X-ray diffraction structures of TaCl(NMe2)(3)[N(TMS)NMe2] and Ta(NMe2)(4)[N(TMS)NMe2], and fluxional behavior of the amido and hydrazido ligands in solution

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    Huang, Shih-Huang Huang; Pilvi, Tero; Wang, Xiaoping; Leskela,, Markku; Richmond, Michael G.

    2010-01-01

    The synthesis and structural characterization of new tantalum(V) compounds containing a single hydrazido(1) ligand are reported. Hydrazinolysis of TaCl(NMe2)(4) using trimethylsilyl(dimethyl)hydrazine affords the compound TaCl(NMe2)(3)[N(TMS)NMe2] in essentially quantitative yield. Metathetical replacement of the chloride ligand in TaCl(NMe2)(3)]N(TMS)NMe2] by LiNMe2 gives the all-nitrogen coordinated compound Ta(NMe2)(4)[N(TMS)NMe2]. VT H-1 NMR studies support the existence of low-energy pathways involving rotation about the Ta-N bonds of the ancillary amido and hydrazido ligands in both hydrazido-substituted compounds. X-ray crystallographic analyses confirm the octahedral disposition about the tantalum metal in TaCl(NMe2)(3)[N(TMS)NMe2] and Ta(NMe2)(4)[N(TMS)NMe2] and the presence of an mu(2)-hydrazido(1) ligand. Preliminary data using Ta(NMe2)(4)[N(TMS)NMe2] as an ALD precursor for the preparation of tantalum nitride and tantalum oxide thin films are presented.

  14. Heterologous Expression of Wheat VERNALIZATION 2 (TaVRN2) Gene in Arabidopsis Delays Flowering and Enhances Freezing Tolerance

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    Diallo, Amadou; Kane, Ndjido; Agharbaoui, Zahra; Badawi, Mohamed; Sarhan, Fathey

    2010-01-01

    The vernalization gene 2 (VRN2), is a major flowering repressor in temperate cereals that is regulated by low temperature and photoperiod. Here we show that the gene from Triticum aestivum (TaVRN2) is also regulated by salt, heat shock, dehydration, wounding and abscissic acid. Promoter analysis indicates that TaVRN2 regulatory region possesses all the specific responsive elements to these stresses. This suggests pleiotropic effects of TaVRN2 in wheat development and adaptability to the environment. To test if TaVRN2 can act as a flowering repressor in species different from the temperate cereals, the gene was ectopically expressed in the model plant Arabidopsis. Transgenic plants showed no alteration in morphology, but their flowering time was significantly delayed compared to controls plants, indicating that TaVRN2, although having no ortholog in Brassicaceae, can act as a flowering repressor in these species. To identify the possible mechanism by which TaVRN2 gene delays flowering in Arabidopsis, the expression level of several genes involved in flowering time regulation was determined. The analysis indicates that the late flowering of the 35S::TaVRN2 plants was associated with a complex pattern of expression of the major flowering control genes, FCA, FLC, FT, FVE and SOC1. This suggests that heterologous expression of TaVRN2 in Arabidopsis can delay flowering by modulating several floral inductive pathways. Furthermore, transgenic plants showed higher freezing tolerance, likely due to the accumulation of CBF2, CBF3 and the COR genes. Overall, our data suggests that TaVRN2 gene could modulate a common regulator of the two interacting pathways that regulate flowering time and the induction of cold tolerance. The results also demonstrate that TaVRN2 could be used to manipulate flowering time and improve cold tolerance in other species. PMID:20084169

  15. Modified GFAP promoter auto-regulates tet-activator expression for increased transactivation and reduced tTA-associated toxicity.

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    Barton, Michael D; Dunlop, J W; Psaltis, G; Kulik, J; DeGennaro, L; Kwak, Seung P

    2002-05-30

    Transactivator tTA is a necessary component of the tetracycline-regulated inducible gene system. While several transgenic animals have been described that express tTA in the central nervous system (CNS), their tTA levels are often limited, presumably due to toxic effects. We evaluated methods for auto-regulating tTA levels in astrocytes by modifying the transgenic promoter human GFAP (hGFAP). The hGFAP promoter carrying a single copy of the tet-operon in place of a native enhancer element (GFAPtetO1) drove expression of tTA at low levels during un-stimulated, basal condition. However the same promoter auto-induced expression of tTA to significant levels after tetracycline withdrawal. Glial cell-specificity of the promoter remained uncompromised during both basal and induced conditions. Transgenic rats were developed using the auto-inducible GFAPtetO1 promoter that expressed tTA mRNA to high levels in the brain. Expression was widespread within the CNS but enriched in astrocyte-rich regions including the cerebellum. Primary cerebellar astrocytes from GFAPtetO1 rats transfected with 07LacZ produced substantially greater inducibility of reporter gene compared to GFAP-tTA transgenic rats. Finally, GFAPtetO1 rats exhibited severe motor/gait deficit when bred to homozygosity. This phenotype was attributable to developmental abnormalities of the cerebellum and was completely abrogated by doxycycline administration. These results suggest that developmental toxicity resulting from tTA expression can be circumvented and tTA transgenics with high transactivation potential can be developed using the auto-activation strategy. Promoter modification presented here may be useful in developing highly inducible transgenic strategies without loss in tissue-specificity. PMID:12007834

  16. Overexpression of a wheat phospholipase D gene, TaPLDα, enhances tolerance to drought and osmotic stress in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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    Wang, Junbin; Ding, Bo; Guo, Yaolin; Li, Ming; Chen, Shuaijun; Huang, Guozhong; Xie, Xiaodong

    2014-07-01

    Phospholipase D (PLD) is crucial for plant responses to stress and signal transduction, however, the regulatory mechanism of PLD in abiotic stress is not completely understood; especially, in crops. In this study, we isolated a gene, TaPLDα, from common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Analysis of the amino acid sequence of TaPLDα revealed a highly conserved C2 domain and two characteristic HKD motifs, which is similar to other known PLD family genes. Further characterization revealed that TaPLDα expressed differentially in various organs, such as roots, stems, leaves and spikelets of wheat. After treatment with abscisic acid (ABA), methyl jasmonate, dehydration, polyethylene glycol and NaCl, the expression of TaPLDα was up-regulated in shoots. Subsequently, we generated TaPLDα-overexpressing transgenic Arabidopsis lines under the control of the dexamethasone-inducible 35S promoter. The overexpression of TaPLDα in Arabidopsis resulted in significantly enhanced tolerance to drought, as shown by reduced chlorosis and leaf water loss, higher relative water content and lower relative electrolyte leakage than the wild type. Moreover, the TaPLDα-overexpressing plants exhibited longer roots in response to mannitol treatment. In addition, the seeds of TaPLDα-overexpressing plants showed hypersensitivity to ABA and osmotic stress. Under dehydration, the expression of several stress-related genes, RD29A, RD29B, KIN1 and RAB18, was up-regulated to a higher level in TaPLDα-overexpressing plants than in wild type. Taken together, our results indicated that TaPLDα can enhance tolerance to drought and osmotic stress in Arabidopsis and represents a potential candidate gene to enhance stress tolerance in crops. PMID:24705986

  17. Expression of TaWRKY44, a wheat WRKY gene, in transgenic tobacco confers multiple abiotic stress tolerances

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    Wang, Xiatian; Zeng, Jian; Li, Ying; Rong, Xiaoli; Sun, Jiutong; Sun, Tao; Li, Miao; Wang, Lianzhe; Feng, Ying; Chai, Ruihong; Chen, Mingjie; Chang, Junli; Li, Kexiu; Yang, Guangxiao; He, Guangyuan

    2015-01-01

    The WRKY transcription factors have been reported to be involved in various plant physiological and biochemical processes. In this study, we successfully assembled 10 unigenes from expressed sequence tags (ESTs) of wheat and designated them as TaWRKY44–TaWRKY53, respectively. Among these genes, a subgroup I gene, TaWRKY44, was found to be upregulated by treatments with PEG6000, NaCl, 4°C, abscisic acid (ABA), H2O2 and gibberellin (GA). The TaWRKY44-GFP fusion protein was localized to the nucleus of onion epidermal cells, and TaWRKY44 was able to bind to the core DNA sequences of TTGACC and TTAACC in yeast. The N-terminal of TaWRKY44 showed transcriptional activation activity. Expression of TaWRKY44 in tobacco plants conferred drought and salt tolerance and transgenic tobacco exhibited a higher survival rate, relative water content (RWC), soluble sugar, proline and superoxide dismutase (SOD) content, as well as higher activities of catalase (CAT) and peroxidase (POD), but less ion leakage (IL), lower contents of malondialdehyde (MDA), and H2O2. In addition, expression of TaWRKY44 also increased the seed germination rate in the transgenic lines under osmotic stress conditions while exhibiting a lower H2O2 content and higher SOD, CAT, and POD activities. Expression of TaWRKY44 upregulated the expression of some reactive oxygen species (ROS)-related genes and stress-responsive genes in tobacco under osmotic stresses. These data demonstrate that TaWRKY44 may act as a positive regulator in drought/salt/osmotic stress responses by either efficient ROS elimination through direct or indirect activation of the cellular antioxidant systems or activation of stress-associated gene expression. PMID:26322057

  18. Expression of TaWRKY44, a wheat WRKY gene, in transgenic tobacco confers multiple abiotic stress tolerances.

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    Wang, Xiatian; Zeng, Jian; Li, Ying; Rong, Xiaoli; Sun, Jiutong; Sun, Tao; Li, Miao; Wang, Lianzhe; Feng, Ying; Chai, Ruihong; Chen, Mingjie; Chang, Junli; Li, Kexiu; Yang, Guangxiao; He, Guangyuan

    2015-01-01

    The WRKY transcription factors have been reported to be involved in various plant physiological and biochemical processes. In this study, we successfully assembled 10 unigenes from expressed sequence tags (ESTs) of wheat and designated them as TaWRKY44-TaWRKY53, respectively. Among these genes, a subgroup I gene, TaWRKY44, was found to be upregulated by treatments with PEG6000, NaCl, 4°C, abscisic acid (ABA), H2O2 and gibberellin (GA). The TaWRKY44-GFP fusion protein was localized to the nucleus of onion epidermal cells, and TaWRKY44 was able to bind to the core DNA sequences of TTGACC and TTAACC in yeast. The N-terminal of TaWRKY44 showed transcriptional activation activity. Expression of TaWRKY44 in tobacco plants conferred drought and salt tolerance and transgenic tobacco exhibited a higher survival rate, relative water content (RWC), soluble sugar, proline and superoxide dismutase (SOD) content, as well as higher activities of catalase (CAT) and peroxidase (POD), but less ion leakage (IL), lower contents of malondialdehyde (MDA), and H2O2. In addition, expression of TaWRKY44 also increased the seed germination rate in the transgenic lines under osmotic stress conditions while exhibiting a lower H2O2 content and higher SOD, CAT, and POD activities. Expression of TaWRKY44 upregulated the expression of some reactive oxygen species (ROS)-related genes and stress-responsive genes in tobacco under osmotic stresses. These data demonstrate that TaWRKY44 may act as a positive regulator in drought/salt/osmotic stress responses by either efficient ROS elimination through direct or indirect activation of the cellular antioxidant systems or activation of stress-associated gene expression. PMID:26322057

  19. ( sup 3 H)TA-3090, a selective benzothiazepine-type calcium channel receptor antagonist: In vitro characterization

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    Zobrist, R.H.; Mecca, T.E. )

    1990-05-01

    Binding of the new benzothiazepine calcium channel blocker, (+)-(2S,3S)-3-acetoxy-8-chloro-5-(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl)-2,3-dihydro-2- (4- methoxyphenyl)-1,5-benzothiazepine-4-(5H)-one maleate, (3H)TA-3090, was characterized and its specificity for rat myocardial benzothiazepine receptors described. Scatchard plots and nonlinear regression analysis of specific (3H)TA-3090 binding best fit a one-site binding model (Kd = 8.8 +/- 2.7 nM, Bmax = 132 +/- 38 fmol/mg protein). Kinetically derived affinity constants were in close agreement (Kd = 7.86 nM) with those obtained from analysis of equilibrium binding data. In comparison, under identical conditions (3H)diltiazem exhibited a Kd of 38 nM and Bmax, 106 fmol/mg protein. Specific binding was saturable, reversible and stereoselective (d-cis-TA-3090 Ki = 14 nM; 1-cis-TA-3090 Ki = 2700 nM). Competitions for (3H)TA-3090 binding were conducted with nifedipine, propranolol, prazosin, quinuclidinyl benzilate, verapamil and yohimbine. Only the calcium channel blockers nifedipine and verapamil inhibited specific (3H)TA-3090 binding. Nifedipine could maximally inhibit only 52% of specifically bound (3H)TA-3090 at 10 microM. In contrast, however, 10 microM verapamil completely inhibited specific radioligand binding (Ki = 93 +/- 28 nM) but with six times less efficacy than TA-3090. Thus, these data demonstrate that (3H)TA-3090 is a potent radioligand selective for the benzothiazepine binding site and is consistent with the hypothesis that (3H)TA-3090 interacts with a myocardial benzothiazepine receptor site.

  20. Oxidation Resitant HfC-TaC Rocket Thruster for High Performance Propellants

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    Patterson, Mark

    1999-01-01

    The purpose of this reasearch effort was to develop high temperature, oxidation resistant thrusters which would lessen the thruster cooling requirements, resulting in increased performance and longer life for onboard propulsion systems for spacecraft. This research effort focussed on developing ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) for this application, and specifically investigated the use of HfC stabilized with TaC. This material composition can potentially operate in a stoichiometric oxygen to hydrogen ratio at a temperature of 5000 deg F (2760 deg C) in a radiatively cooled mode. Various compositions of Hafnium Carbide (HfC) and Tantalum Carbide (TaC) were deposited by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and tested, in an attempt to identify the composition which offered the best oxidation resistance. Although it was identified that small amounts of TaC appeared to offer improved oxidation resistance over HfC alone, an optimal composition was not identified. A 251bf thruster was fabricated from a novel CMC sandwich construction with a HfC-TaC matrix, and survived two test firings, each of 5 seconds before a failure in the injector caused the run to be aborted. It was not possible to control the relative stoichiometry of the HfC and TaC composition throughout the reactor due to the large difference in the thermodynamics of the HfC and TaC formation from their respective chlorides. This also resulted in an inability to infiltrate TaC into the preform under the experimental conditions investigated. Other material compositions were fabricated and tested and two material systems; HfC-SiC functionally graded to C(sub f)/C and Re functionally graded to C(sub f)/C were selected for further testing. These functionally graded composites have use in a number of propulsion applications presently of interest to NASA and the defense industry. Their ability to withstand extremely hostile thermal environments and the light-weight and high-strength exhibited from the C(sub f

  1. Syntheses, optical properties and electronic structures of copper(I) tantalates: Cu{sub 5}Ta{sub 11}O{sub 30} and Cu{sub 3}Ta{sub 7}O{sub 19}

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    Palasyuk, Olena; Palasyuk, Andriy; Maggard, Paul A.

    2010-04-15

    Two copper tantalates, Cu{sub 5}Ta{sub 11}O{sub 30} (1) and Cu{sub 3}Ta{sub 7}O{sub 19} (2), were synthesized by solid-state and flux synthetic methods, respectively. A synthetic route yielding 2 in high purity was found using a CuCl flux at 800deg. C and its structure was characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) data (P6{sub 3}/m (no. 176), Z=2, a=6.2278(1) A, and c=20.1467(3) A). The solid-state synthesis of 1 was performed using excess Cu{sub 2}O that helped to facilitate the growth of single crystals and their characterization by XRD (P6-bar2c (no. 190), Z=2, a=6.2252(1) A, and c=32.516(1) A). The atomic structures of both copper tantalates consist of alternating single and double layers of TaO{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids that are bridged by a single layer of isolated TaO{sub 6} octahedra and linearly-coordinated Cu{sup +}. Measured optical bandgap sizes of {approx}2.59 and {approx}2.47 eV for 1 and 2 were located well within visible-light energies and were consistent with their orange-yellow colours. Each also exhibits optical absorption coefficients at the band edge of {approx}700 and {approx}275 cm{sup -1}, respectively, and which were significantly smaller than that for NaTaO{sub 3} of {approx}1450 cm{sup -1}. Results of LMTO calculations indicate that their visible-light absorption is attributable mainly to indirect bandgap transitions between Cu 3d{sup 10} and Ta 5d{sup 0} orbitals within the TaO{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids. - Graphical abstract: The copper(I) tantalates, Cu{sub 5}Ta{sub 11}O{sub 30} and Cu{sub 3}Ta{sub 7}O{sub 19}, were synthesized by high-temperature solid-state reactions and by a new CuCl flux method, respectively. Their structures consist of single and double layers of TaO{sub 7} pentagonal bipyramids separated by isolated TaO{sub 6} octahedra and Cu atoms. UV-vis spectra show visible-light bandgap sizes of {approx}2.5-2.6 eV, which LMTO calculations show arise primarily from indirect transitions between the filled Cu 3d

  2. Seeking the optimal LaTaO{sub 4}:Eu phosphor

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    Bleier, Grant C.; Nyman, May; Rohwer, Lauren E.S.; Rodriguez, Mark A.

    2011-12-15

    Lanthanum orthotantalate, LaTaO{sub 4}, is an excellent host lattice for rare-earth luminescent ions such as Eu{sup 3+} for red emission. However, there are multiple RETaO{sub 4} (RE=rare earth) polymorphs, and the stability of these is controlled predominantly by the RE-radius. Thus it is difficult to obtain a pure phase of LaTaO{sub 4}:Eu as Eu concentration and consequently the RE radius is varied. We recently reported a 'soft-chemical' route that allows crystallization of pure-phase LaTaO{sub 4}:Eu at temperatures as low as 800 Degree-Sign C. In the current report, we investigate polymorph evolution and Eu emission as a function of Eu concentration and annealing temperature. We obtain a maximum quantum yield (QY) of 83% at the highest Eu substitution (25%) for which the low temperature orthorhombic (Pbca) polymorph is stable. Therefore, QY is not limited necessarily by concentration quenching; rather it is limited by polymorph stability as the RE-radius decreases with increasing Eu substitution. - Graphical Abstract: Eu-substituted lanthanum orthotantalates, LaTaO{sub 4}:Eu, are excellent red phosphors. They exhibit up to 83% quantum-yield emission under blue light excitation, optimized through both 'soft chemical processing' and polymorph purity. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaTaO{sub 4}:Eu phosphors were synthesized via 'soft-chemical' and solid-state routes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Quantum-yield of Eu emission depends on host polymorph, which changes with La:Eu ratio. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Polymorph with optimal Eu-emission is only obtained by 'soft-chemistry'.

  3. Landslides and other mass movements near TA-33, northern White Rock Canyon, New Mexico. Final report

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    Dethier, D.P.

    1993-09-01

    Massive slump complexes and at least two rock avalanches flank the eastern rim of the Pajarito Plateau along northern White Rock Canyon, north of TA-33. Landslides failed along mechanically weak rocks in the Santa Fe Group, within the Puye Formation, or in Pliocene alluvial and lacustrine units. The landslides are mainly of early or middle Pleistocene age. The toe area of at least,one slump complex has been active in the late Pleistocene, damming White Rock Canyon near the mouth of Water Canyon. Lacustrine sediment that filled this lake, or series of lakes, to an elevation of at least 1710 m is preserved at a number of upstream sites, including a deposit near the Buckman townsite that exposes 30 m of lacustrine sediment. Charcoal collected at several sites has been submitted for {sup 14}C dating. Landslides, however, probably do not represent a significant short-term threat to the material disposal areas at TA-33. Bedrock that lies beneath the TA-33 mesa is relatively stable, the mesa shows no signs of incipient failure, and past periods of slide activity were responses to rapid downcutting of the Rio Grande and climate change, probably over periods of several decades, at least. Rockfall and headward erosion of gullies do not represent significant decadal hazards on canyon rims near TA-33. Gully migration near MDA-K is a potential threat, but the gullies were not examined in detail. A system of north-trending faults, at least one of which displays Pleistocene activity, bisects the TA-33 mesa. If these faults are capable of producing significant seismic shaking, generalizations about landslide and rockfall hazards must be reevaluated.

  4. Bone response to a novel Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy.

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    Stenlund, Patrik; Omar, Omar; Brohede, Ulrika; Norgren, Susanne; Norlindh, Birgitta; Johansson, Anna; Lausmaa, Jukka; Thomsen, Peter; Palmquist, Anders

    2015-07-01

    Commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) is regarded as the state-of-the-art material for bone-anchored dental devices, whereas the mechanically stronger alloy (Ti-6Al-4V), made of titanium, aluminum (Al) and vanadium (V), is regarded as the material of choice for high-load applications. There is a call for the development of new alloys, not only to eliminate the potential toxic effect of Al and V but also to meet the challenges imposed on dental and maxillofacial reconstructive devices, for example. The present work evaluates a novel, dual-stage, acid-etched, Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy implant, consisting of elements that create low toxicity, with the potential to promote osseointegration in vivo. The alloy implants (denoted Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr) were evaluated after 7 days and 28 days in a rat tibia model, with reference to commercially pure titanium grade 4 (denoted Ti). Analyses were performed with respect to removal torque, histomorphometry and gene expression. The Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr showed a significant increase in implant stability over time in contrast to the Ti. Further, the histological and gene expression analyses suggested faster healing around the Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr, as judged by the enhanced remodeling, and mineralization, of the early-formed woven bone and the multiple positive correlations between genes denoting inflammation, bone formation and remodeling. Based on the present experiments, it is concluded that the Ti-Ta-Nb-Zr alloy becomes osseointegrated to at least a similar degree to that of pure titanium implants. This alloy is therefore emerging as a novel implant material for clinical evaluation. PMID:25848727

  5. The Use of TaBoRR as a Heavy Oil Upgrader

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    Lee Brecher; Charles Mones

    2009-02-05

    Preliminary testing has shown that Western Research Institute's (WRI) Tank Bottom Recovery and Remediation (TaBoRR{reg_sign}) technology shows promise for heavy oil upgrading. Approximately 70 to 75 wt% of a Canadian Cold Lake bitumen feed was converted to a partially upgraded overhead product that could be transported directly by pipeline or blended with the parent bitumen to produce transportable crude. TaBoRR{reg_sign} was originally developed to remediate tank bottom wastes by producing a distillate product and solid waste. TaBoRR{reg_sign}'s processing steps include breaking a water-oil emulsion, recovering a light hydrocarbon fraction by distillation in a stripper unit, and pyrolyzing the residua reducing it to additional overhead and a benign coke for disposal. Cold Lake bitumen was tested in WRI's bench-scale equipment to evaluate the potential use of TaBoRR{reg_sign} technology for heavy oil upgrading to produce a stable, partially (or fully) upgraded product that will allow diluent-reduced or diluent-free transportation of bitumen or ultra-heavy crudes to market. Runs were conducted at temperatures of low, intermediate and high severity in the stripper to produce stripper overhead and bottoms. The bottoms from each of these runs were processed further in a 6-inch screw pyrolyzer to produce pyrolyzer overhead for blending with the corresponding stripper overheads. Proceeding in this fashion yielded three partially upgraded crudes. The products from TaBoRR{reg_sign} processing, the parent bitumen, and bitumen blends were subjected to stability and compatibility testing at the National Centre for Upgrading Technology (NCUT). Chemical analyses of the overhead product blends have met pipeline specifications for viscosity and density; however the bromine number does not, which might indicate the need for mild hydrotreating. Storage stability tests showed the blends to be stable. The blends were also soluble and compatible with most other Alberta crudes.

  6. Sodium-Dependent Glutamate Uptake by an Alkaliphilic, Thermophilic Bacillus Strain, TA2.A1

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    Peddie, Catherine J.; Cook, Gregory M.; Morgan, Hugh W.

    1999-01-01

    A strain of Bacillus designated TA2.A1, isolated from a thermal spring in Te Aroha, New Zealand, grew optimally at pH 9.2 and 70°C. Bacillus strain TA2.A1 utilized glutamate as a sole carbon and energy source for growth, and sodium chloride (>5 mM) was an obligate requirement for growth. Growth on glutamate was inhibited by monensin and amiloride, both inhibitors that collapse the sodium gradient (ΔpNa) across the cell membrane. N,N-Dicyclohexylcarbodiimide inhibited the growth of Bacillus strain TA2.A1, suggesting that an F1F0-ATPase (H type) was being used to generate cellular ATP needed for anabolic reactions. Vanadate, an inhibitor of V-type ATPases, did not affect the growth of Bacillus strain TA2.A1. Glutamate transport by Bacillus strain TA2.A1 could be driven by an artificial membrane potential (ΔΨ), but only when sodium was present. In the absence of sodium, the rate of ΔΨ-driven glutamate uptake was fourfold lower. No glutamate transport was observed in the presence of ΔpNa alone (i.e., no ΔΨ). Glutamate uptake was specifically inhibited by monensin, and the Km for sodium was 5.6 mM. The Hill plot had a slope of approximately 1, suggesting that sodium binding was noncooperative and that the glutamate transporter had a single binding site for sodium. Glutamate transport was not affected by the protonophore carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenylhydrazone, suggesting that the transmembrane pH gradient was not required for glutamate transport. The rate of glutamate transport increased with increasing glutamate concentration; the Km for glutamate was 2.90 μM, and the Vmax was 0.7 nmol · min−1 mg of protein. Glutamate transport was specifically inhibited by glutamate analogues. PMID:10322019

  7. Cloning, functional characterization and heterologous expression of TaLsi1, a wheat silicon transporter gene.

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    Montpetit, Jonatan; Vivancos, Julien; Mitani-Ueno, Namiki; Yamaji, Naoki; Rémus-Borel, Wilfried; Belzile, François; Ma, Jian Feng; Bélanger, Richard R

    2012-05-01

    Silicon (Si) is known to be beneficial to plants, namely in alleviating biotic and abiotic stresses. The magnitude of such positive effects is associated with a plant's natural ability to absorb Si. Many grasses can accumulate as much as 10% on a dry weight basis while most dicots, including Arabidopsis, will accumulate less than 0.1%. In this report, we describe the cloning and functional characterization of TaLsi1, a wheat Si transporter gene. In addition, we developed a heterologous system for the study of Si uptake in plants by introducing TaLsi1 and OsLsi1, its ortholog in rice, into Arabidopsis, a species with a very low innate Si uptake capacity. When expressed constitutively under the control of the CaMV 35S promoter, both TaLsi1 and OsLsi1 were expressed in cells of roots and shoots. Such constitutive expression of TaLsi1 or OsLsi1 resulted in a fourfold to fivefold increase in Si accumulation in transformed plants compared to WT. However, this Si absorption caused deleterious symptoms. When the wheat transporter was expressed under the control of a root-specific promoter (a boron transporter gene (AtNIP5;1) promoter), a similar increase in Si absorption was noted but the plants did not exhibit symptoms and grew normally. These results demonstrate that TaLsi1 is indeed a functional Si transporter as its expression in Arabidopsis leads to increased Si uptake, but that this expression must be confined to root cells for healthy plant development. The availability of this heterologous expression system will facilitate further studies into the mechanisms and benefits of Si uptake. PMID:22351076

  8. Transparent ALD-grown Ta2O5 protective layer for highly stable ZnO photoelectrode in solar water splitting.

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    Li, Chengcheng; Wang, Tuo; Luo, Zhibin; Zhang, Dong; Gong, Jinlong

    2015-04-30

    This communication describes a highly stable ZnO/Ta2O5 photoanode with Ta2O5 deposited by atomic layer deposition. The ultrathin Ta2O5 protective layer prevents corrosion of ZnO and reduces surface carrier recombination, leading to a nearly two-fold increase of photo-conversion efficiency. The transparency of Ta2O5 to sunlight is identified as the main reason for the excellent stability of the photoelectrode for 5 hours. PMID:25753375

  9. DEVELOPMENT OF A MOLECULAR MARKER FROM THE RICE BLAST AVIRULENCE GEN AVR-PITA FOR SURVEILLANCE OF DURABLE RICE BLAST RESISTANCE CONFERRED BY PI-TA IN ARKANSAS

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    In Arkansas, a major resistance gene Pi-ta in rice has been deployed effectively to prevent blast disease. Currently, the US cultivars, Katy, Madison, Kaybonnet, Drew, Cybonnet and Ahrent were confirmed to contain the resistance gene Pi-ta. Pi-ta is effective only when blast pathogen Magnaporthe o...

  10. Tuning the switching behavior of binary oxide-based resistive memory devices by inserting an ultra-thin chemically active metal nanolayer: a case study on the Ta2O5-Ta system.

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    Gao, Shuang; Zeng, Fei; Wang, Minjuan; Wang, Guangyue; Song, Cheng; Pan, Feng

    2015-05-21

    The common nonpolar switching behavior of binary oxide-based resistive random access memory devices (RRAMs) has several drawbacks in future application, such as the requirements for a high forming voltage, a large reset current, and an additional access device to settle the sneak-path issue. Herein, we propose the tuning of the switching behavior of binary oxide-based RRAMs by inserting an ultra-thin chemically active metal nanolayer, and a case study on Ta2O5-Ta systems is provided. The devices are designed to be Pt/Ta2O5(5 - x/2)/Ta(x)/Ta2O5(5 - x/2)/Pt with x = 0, 2, or 4 nm. The reference devices without the Ta nanolayer exhibit an expected nonpolar switching behavior with a high forming voltage of ∼-4.5 V and a large reset current of >10 mA. In contrast, a self-compliance bipolar switching behavior with a low forming voltage of ∼-2 V and a small reset current of <1 mA is observed after inserting a 2 nm Ta nanolayer. When the Ta nanolayer is increased to 4 nm, a complementary resistive switching (CRS) behavior is found, which can effectively settle the sneak-path issue. The appearance of CRS behavior suggests that a thin Ta nanolayer of 4 nm is robust enough to act as an inner electrode. Besides, the behind switching mechanisms are thoroughly discussed with the help of a transmission electron microscope and temperature-dependent electrical measurements. All these results demonstrate the feasibility of tuning switching behavior of binary oxide-based RRAMs by inserting an ultra-thin chemically active metal nanolayer and might help to advance the commercialization of binary oxide-based RRAMs. PMID:25907552

  11. Crystal structure analysis of tungsten bronzes {beta}-SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} and {beta} Prime -SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} by synchrotron X-ray and neutron powder diffraction

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    Lee, Eunhye; Park, Cheol-Hee; Shoemaker, Daniel P.; Avdeev, Maxim; Kim, Young-Il

    2012-07-15

    Strontium ditantalum oxide SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} exists in {alpha}-, {beta}-, and {beta} Prime -polymorphs. Herein the crystal structures of the latter two were studied using synchrotron X-ray and constant-wavelength neutron powder diffraction. While {beta} Prime -SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} [space group P4/mbm, a=12.47099(1) A, c=3.898210(5) A, V=606.271(2) Angstrom-Sign {sup 3}, Z=5] belongs to the regular tetragonal tungsten bronze (TTB) family, it contains locally disordered strontium atoms within the pentagonal channel. {beta}-SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} [space group Pnam, a=12.36603(2) Angstrom-Sign , b=12.43467(2) A, c=7.72403(1) A, V=1187.705(4) Angstrom-Sign {sup 3}, Z=10] can be described as an orthorhombic modification of the TTB, where the octahedral tilting distortion effectively alleviates the bonding strains around TaO{sub 6} and SrO{sub 13} polyhedra. For comparison, rynersonite type {alpha}-SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} [space group Pnma, a=11.00610(6) Angstrom-Sign , b=7.63397(3) Angstrom-Sign , c=5.62634(3) Angstrom-Sign , V=472.727(5) Angstrom-Sign {sup 3}, and Z=4] is built from edge-shared dimer units of TaO{sub 6} octahedra. As measured by diffuse-reflection absorption spectroscopy, {alpha}-, {beta}-, and {beta} Prime -SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} have indirect band gap energies of 4.4, 4.0, and 3.8 eV, respectively. - Graphical Abstract: Difference Fourier map for {beta} Prime -SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} at z=0. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structure refinements of {beta}-SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6} and {beta} Prime -SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Strontium disorder in tetragonal tungsten bronze {beta} Prime -SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Orthorhombic distortion and cell doubling in {beta}-SrTa{sub 2}O{sub 6}.

  12. Function of wheat Ta-UnP gene in enhancing salt tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis and rice.

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    Liang, Wenji; Cui, Weina; Ma, Xiaoli; Wang, Gang; Huang, Zhanjing

    2014-07-18

    Based on microarray analysis results of the salt tolerant wheat mutant, we identified and cloned an unknown salt-induced gene Ta-UnP (Triticum aestivum unknown protein). Quantitative PCR results revealed that Ta-UnP expression was induced not only by salt but also by polyethylene glycol, abscisic acid, and other environmental stress factors. Under salt stress, transgenic Arabidopsis plants that overexpressed Ta-UnP showed superior physiological properties (content of proline, soluble sugar, MDA, and chlorophyll) compared with the control. Subcellular localization demonstrated that Ta-UnP was mainly localized on the cell membrane. The expressions of nine salt tolerance-related genes of Arabidopsis in Ta-UnP-overexpressed Arabidopsis were analyzed via qPCR, and the results revealed that the expressions of SOS2, SOS3, RD29B, and P5CS were significantly up-regulated, whereas the other five genes only slightly changed. The results of the salt tolerance analysis indicated that Ta-UnP can enhance the salt tolerance of transgenic rice plants, and RNAi transgenic rice plants became highly susceptible to salt stress. The results from this study indicate that this novel Ta-UnP may be useful in improving of plant tolerance to salt stress. PMID:24953696

  13. ABI-like transcription factor gene TaABL1 from wheat improves multiple abiotic stress tolerances in transgenic plants.

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    Xu, Dong-Bei; Gao, Shi-Qing; Ma, You-Zhi; Xu, Zhao-Shi; Zhao, Chang-Ping; Tang, Yi-Miao; Li, Xue-Yin; Li, Lian-Cheng; Chen, Yao-Feng; Chen, Ming

    2014-12-01

    The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays crucial roles in adaptive responses of plants to abiotic stresses. ABA-responsive element binding proteins (AREBs) are basic leucine zipper transcription factors that regulate the expression of downstream genes containing ABA-responsive elements (ABREs) in promoter regions. A novel ABI-like (ABA-insensitive) transcription factor gene, named TaABL1, containing a conserved basic leucine zipper (bZIP) domain was cloned from wheat. Southern blotting showed that three copies were present in the wheat genome. Phylogenetic analyses indicated that TaABL1 belonged to the AREB subfamily of the bZIP transcription factor family and was most closely related to ZmABI5 in maize and OsAREB2 in rice. Expression of TaABL1 was highly induced in wheat roots, stems, and leaves by ABA, drought, high salt, and low temperature stresses. TaABL1 was localized inside the nuclei of transformed wheat mesophyll protoplast. Overexpression of TaABL1 enhanced responses of transgenic plants to ABA and hastened stomatal closure under stress, thereby improving tolerance to multiple abiotic stresses. Furthermore, overexpression of TaABL1 upregulated or downregulated the expression of some stress-related genes controlling stomatal closure in transgenic plants under ABA and drought stress conditions, suggesting that TaABL1 might be a valuable genetic resource for transgenic molecular breeding. PMID:25344442

  14. Memory window engineering of Ta2O5-x oxide-based resistive switches via incorporation of various insulating frames.

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    Lee, Ah Rahm; Baek, Gwang Ho; Kim, Tae Yoon; Ko, Won Bae; Yang, Seung Mo; Kim, Jongmin; Im, Hyun Sik; Hong, Jin Pyo

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) stackable memory frames, including nano-scaled crossbar arrays, are one of the most reliable building blocks to meet the demand of high-density non-volatile memory electronics. However, their utilization has the disadvantage of introducing issues related to sneak paths, which can negatively impact device performance. We address the enhancement of complementary resistive switching (CRS) features via the incorporation of insulating frames as a generic approach to extend their use; here, a Pt/Ta2O5-x/Ta/Ta2O5-x/Pt frame is chosen as the basic CRS cell. The incorporation of Ta/Ta2O5-x/Ta or Pt/amorphous TaN/Pt insulting frames into the basic CRS cell ensures the appreciably advanced memory features of CRS cells including higher on/off ratios, improved read margins, and increased selectivity without reliability degradation. Experimental observations identified that a suitable insulating frame is crucial for adjusting the abrupt reset events of the switching element, thereby facilitating the enhanced electrical characteristics of CRS cells that are suitable for practical applications. PMID:27451943

  15. Color tone and interfacial microstructure of white oxide layer on commercially pure Ti and Ti-Nb-Ta-Zr alloys

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    Miura-Fujiwara, Eri; Mizushima, Keisuke; Watanabe, Yoshimi; Kasuga, Toshihiro; Niinomi, Mitsuo

    2014-11-01

    In this study, the relationships among oxidation condition, color tone, and the cross-sectional microstructure of the oxide layer on commercially pure (CP) Ti and Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O were investigated. “White metals” are ideal metallic materials having a white color with sufficient strength and ductility like a metal. Such materials have long been sought for in dentistry. We have found that the specific biomedical Ti alloys, such as CP Ti, Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O, and Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr, form a bright yellowish-white oxide layer after a particular oxidation heat treatment. The brightness L* and yellowness +b* of the oxide layer on CP Ti and Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O increased with heating time and temperature. Microstructural observations indicated that the oxide layer on Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr and Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O was dense and firm, whereas a piecrust-like layer was formed on CP Ti. The results obtained in this study suggest that oxide layer coating on Ti-36Nb-2Ta-3Zr-0.3O is an excellent technique for dental applications.

  16. Templated Non-Oxide Sol-Gel Preparation of Well-Ordered Macroporous (inverse opal) Ta3N5 Films

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    2013-01-01

    Reactions of Ta(NMe2)5 and n-propylamine are shown to be an effective system for sol-gel processing of Ta3N5. Ordered macroporous films of Ta3N5 on silica substrates have been prepared by infiltration of such a sol into close-packed sacrificial templates of cross-linked 500 nm polystyrene spheres followed by pyrolysis under ammonia to remove the template and crystallize the Ta3N5. Templates with long-range order were produced by controlled humidity evaporation. Pyrolysis of a sol-infiltrated template at 600 °C removes the polystyrene but does not crystallize Ta3N5, and X-ray diffraction shows nanocrystalline TaN plus amorphous material. Heating at 700 °C crystallizes Ta3N5 while retaining a high degree of pore ordering, whereas at 800 °C porous films with a complete loss of order are obtained. PMID:23947333

  17. Effect of V and Ta on the precipitation behavior of 12%Cr reduced activation ferrite/martensite steel

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    Xiao, Xiang; Liu, Guoquan; Hu, Benfu; Wang, Jinsan; Ullah, Asad

    2013-08-15

    12%Cr reduced activation ferrite/martensite steels are promising candidate materials for good corrosion and irradiation resistance used for supercritical water-cooled reactor cladding and in-core components. V and Ta are considered to have improved the creep strength of high Cr steels by precipitating as MX phase. In this paper, a series of trial products microalloyed with V and V–Ta are produced, and the microstructure is characterized after quenching at 1050 °C and tempering at 780 °C by using TEM method to investigate the effect of these elements on the precipitation behavior of 12%Cr reduced activation ferrite/martensite steel. The results from both the experimental observations and thermodynamic and kinetic calculations reveal that V and V–Ta can promote the stable MX precipitation instead of M{sub 2}X, thus increasing the volume fraction of M{sub 23}C{sub 6}. Two-phase separation behavior of the (Ta, V)(C, N) carbonitride into a Ta(V)C(N) phase and a V(Ta)N(C) phase in 12Cr3WVTa steel is observed and further discussed. - Highlights: • Microalloyed with V and V-Ta can promote the precipitation of MX instead of M{sub 2}X. • The presence of delta-ferrite in microstructure affects the morphology of MX. • Two-phase separation of MX carbonitride was observed in 12Cr3WVTa steel.

  18. TaTypA, a Ribosome-Binding GTPase Protein, Positively Regulates Wheat Resistance to the Stripe Rust Fungus

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    Liu, Peng; Myo, Thwin; Ma, Wei; Lan, Dingyun; Qi, Tuo; Guo, Jia; Song, Ping; Guo, Jun; Kang, Zhensheng

    2016-01-01

    Tyrosine phosphorylation protein A (TypA/BipA) belongs to the ribosome-binding GTPase superfamily. In many bacterial species, TypA acts as a global stress and virulence regulator and also mediates resistance to the antimicrobial peptide bactericidal permeability-increasing protein. However, the function of TypA in plants under biotic stresses is not known. In this study, we isolated and functionally characterized a stress-responsive TypA gene (TaTypA) from wheat, with three copies located on chromosomes 6A, 6B, and 6D, respectively. Transient expression assays indicated chloroplast localization of TaTypA. The transcript levels of TaTypA were up-regulated in response to treatment with methyl viologen, which induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) in chloroplasts through photoreaction, cold stress, and infection by an avirulent strain of the stripe rust pathogen. Knock down of the expression of TaTypA through virus-induced gene silencing decreased the resistance of wheat to stripe rust accompanied by weakened ROS accumulation and hypersensitive response, an increase in TaCAT and TaSOD expression, and an increase in pathogen hyphal growth and branching. Our findings suggest that TaTypA contributes to resistance in an ROS-dependent manner. PMID:27446108

  19. Realization of a reversible switching in TaO{sub 2} polymorphs via Peierls distortion for resistance random access memory

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    Zhu, Linggang; Sun, Zhimei; Zhou, Jian; Guo, Zhonglu

    2015-03-02

    Transition-metal-oxide based resistance random access memory (RRAM) is a promising candidate for next-generation universal non-volatile memories. Searching and designing appropriate materials used in the memories becomes an urgent task. Here, a structure with the TaO{sub 2} formula was predicted using evolutionary algorithms in combination with first-principles calculations. This triclinic structure (T-TaO{sub 2}) is both energetically and dynamically more favorable than the commonly believed rutile structure (R-TaO{sub 2}). The metal-insulator transition (MIT) between metallic R-TaO{sub 2} and T-TaO{sub 2} (band gap: 1.0 eV) is via a Peierls distortion, which makes TaO{sub 2} a potential candidate for RRAM. The energy barrier for the reversible phase transition is 0.19 eV/atom and 0.23 eV/atom, respectively, suggesting low power consumption for the resistance switch. The present findings about the MIT as the resistance-switch mechanism in Ta-O system will stimulate experimental work to fabricate tantalum oxides based RRAM.

  20. A wheat WRKY transcription factor TaWRKY10 confers tolerance to multiple abiotic stresses in transgenic tobacco.

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    Wang, Chen; Deng, Pengyi; Chen, Liulin; Wang, Xiatian; Ma, Hui; Hu, Wei; Yao, Ningcong; Feng, Ying; Chai, Ruihong; Yang, Guangxiao; He, Guangyuan

    2013-01-01

    WRKY transcription factors are reported to be involved in defense regulation, stress response and plant growth and development. However, the precise role of WRKY transcription factors in abiotic stress tolerance is not completely understood, especially in crops. In this study, we identified and cloned 10 WRKY genes from genome of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). TaWRKY10, a gene induced by multiple stresses, was selected for further investigation. TaWRKY10 was upregulated by treatment with polyethylene glycol, NaCl, cold and H2O2. Result of Southern blot indicates that the wheat genome contains three copies of TaWRKY10. The TaWRKY10 protein is localized in the nucleus and functions as a transcriptional activator. Overexpression of TaWRKY10 in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) resulted in enhanced drought and salt stress tolerance, mainly demonstrated by the transgenic plants exhibiting of increased germination rate, root length, survival rate, and relative water content under these stress conditions. Further investigation showed that transgenic plants also retained higher proline and soluble sugar contents, and lower reactive oxygen species and malonaldehyde contents. Moreover, overexpression of the TaWRKY10 regulated the expression of a series of stress related genes. Taken together, our results indicate that TaWRKY10 functions as a positive factor under drought and salt stresses by regulating the osmotic balance, ROS scavenging and transcription of stress related genes. PMID:23762295

  1. Upregulation of the long noncoding RNA HOTAIR predicts recurrence in stage Ta/T1 bladder cancer.

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    Yan, Ting-Hua; Lu, Sui-Wan; Huang, Yong-Qing; Que, Gan-Bo; Chen, Jun-Hui; Chen, Yong-Ping; Zhang, Hong-Bin; Liang, Xing-Lan; Jiang, Jin-Hua

    2014-10-01

    Stage Ta/T1 urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (Ta/T1 BC) has a marked tendency to recurrence. Long noncoding RNA HOTAIR has been reported to be expressed in some human cancers such as breast cancer, and it may be positively correlated with patient's prognosis. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prognostic value of HOTAIR in Ta/T1 BC. HOTAIR expression in Ta/T1 BC tissues and adjacent normal tissues was collected from 110 patients and measured by real-time quantitative PCR. The relationships between HOTAIR and the clinical pathological characteristics of Ta/T1 BC patients were analyzed. Immunohistochemistry was done to detect the protein of Wnt inhibitory factor 1 (WIF-1) as well. Ninety out of 110 specimens were detected in HOTAIR high expression. Histological grade and expression levels of HOTAIR were positively correlated with the recurrence rate. HOTAIR expression (hazard ratio 4.712; 95 % CI 2.894-8.714; P < 0.001) was an independent predictor of recurrence rate in multivariate Cox regression analysis. HOTAIR expression is correlated with patients' poor prognosis. A significant inverse correlation between HOTAIR and WIF-1 expression was demonstrated in Ta/T1 BC tissues. The expression levels of HOTAIR are an independent prognostic factor of recurrence in Ta/T1 BC patients. PMID:25030736

  2. Pleiotropic effects of TaMYB3R1 on plant development and response to osmotic stress in transgenic Arabidopsis.

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    Cai, Hongsheng; Tian, Shan; Dong, Hansong; Guo, Changhong

    2015-03-10

    In a previous study, we isolated and characterized TaMYB3R1, a MYB3R gene, from wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). In vitro assays showed that the TaMYB3R1 protein is localized to the nucleus, and functions as an MSA-binding transcriptional activator. Expression of TaMYB3R1 is induced by exogenous abscisic acid (ABA) and abiotic stress, which encouraged us to further investigate its function in planta. In the present study, we generated transgenic Arabidopsis plants overexpressing TaMYB3R1. Compared with wild-type plants, the transgenic lines produced more rosette leaves, and thus more inflorescences, but the plants showed delayed development at the reproductive stage. The TaMYB3R1 protein also functions in the osmotic stress response. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants showed enhanced tolerance to drought and salt stresses, and the tolerance phenotype was conveyed by limiting transpiration through increasing stomatal closure as well as reducing water loss. In addition, TaMYB3R1 influenced the expression of both ABA-dependent and ABA-independent responsive genes, implicating TaMYB3R1 in diverse osmotic stress-response mechanisms in Arabidopsis. Our study sheds light on novel functions of a plant MYB3R protein. PMID:25560188

  3. Realization of a reversible switching in TaO2 polymorphs via Peierls distortion for resistance random access memory

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    Zhu, Linggang; Zhou, Jian; Guo, Zhonglu; Sun, Zhimei

    2015-03-01

    Transition-metal-oxide based resistance random access memory (RRAM) is a promising candidate for next-generation universal non-volatile memories. Searching and designing appropriate materials used in the memories becomes an urgent task. Here, a structure with the TaO2 formula was predicted using evolutionary algorithms in combination with first-principles calculations. This triclinic structure (T-TaO2) is both energetically and dynamically more favorable than the commonly believed rutile structure (R-TaO2). The metal-insulator transition (MIT) between metallic R-TaO2 and T-TaO2 (band gap: 1.0 eV) is via a Peierls distortion, which makes TaO2 a potential candidate for RRAM. The energy barrier for the reversible phase transition is 0.19 eV/atom and 0.23 eV/atom, respectively, suggesting low power consumption for the resistance switch. The present findings about the MIT as the resistance-switch mechanism in Ta-O system will stimulate experimental work to fabricate tantalum oxides based RRAM.

  4. Molecular Characterization of TaFAR1 Involved in Primary Alcohol Biosynthesis of Cuticular Wax in Hexaploid Wheat.

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    Wang, Yong; Wang, Meiling; Sun, Yulin; Hegebarth, Daniela; Li, Tingting; Jetter, Reinhard; Wang, Zhonghua

    2015-10-01

    Cuticular waxes are complex mixtures of very long chain (VLC) fatty acids and their derivatives in which primary alcohols are the most abundant components in the leaf surface of common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). However, the genes involved in primary alcohol biosynthesis in wheat are still largely unknown. Here we identified, via a homology-based approach, the TaFAR1 gene belonging to the fatty acyl-CoA reductases (FARs) from wheat. Heterologous expression of TaFAR1 in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and in the Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) cer4-3 mutant afforded production of C22 primary alcohol and C22-C24 primary alcohols, respectively, and transgenic expression of TaFAR1 in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) cv MicroTom leaves and fruits resulted in the accumulation of C26-C30 primary alcohols and C30-C34 primary alcohols, respectively. The TaFAR1 protein was localized to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in rice (Oryza sativa L.) leaf protoplasts. Moreover, the TaFAR1 expression pattern across various organs correlated with the levels of primary alcohols accumulating in corresponding waxes, and with the presence of platelet-shaped epicuticular wax crystals formed by primary alcohols. A nullisomic-tetrasomic wheat line lacking TaFAR1 had significantly reduced levels of primary alcohols in its leaf blade and anther wax. TaFAR1 was located on chromosome 4AL and appeared to be highly conserved, with only one haplotype among 32 wheat cultivars. Finally, TaFAR1 expression was induced by drought and cold stress in an ABA-dependent manner. Taken together, our results show that TaFAR1 is an active enzyme forming primary alcohols destined for the wheat cuticle. PMID:26220905

  5. The Wheat GT Factor TaGT2L1D Negatively Regulates Drought Tolerance and Plant Development

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    Zheng, Xin; Liu, Haipei; Ji, Hongtao; Wang, Youning; Dong, Baodi; Qiao, Yunzhou; Liu, Mengyu; Li, Xia

    2016-01-01

    GT factors are trihelix transcription factors that specifically regulate plant development and stress responses. Recently, several GT factors have been characterized in different plant species; however, little is known about the role of GT factors in wheat. Here, we show that TaGT2L1A, TaGT2L1B, and TaGT2L1D are highly homologous in hexaploid wheat, and are localized to wheat chromosomes 2A, 2B, and 2D, respectively. These TaGT2L1 genes encode proteins containing two SANT domains and one central helix. All three homologs were ubiquitously expressed during wheat development and were responsive to osmotic stress. Functional analyses demonstrated that TaGT2L1D acts as a transcriptional repressor; it was able to suppress the expression of AtSDD1 in Arabidopsis by binding directly to the GT3 box in its promoter that negatively regulates drought tolerance. TaGT2L1D overexpression markedly increased the number of stomata and reduced drought tolerance in gtl1-3 plants. Notably, ectopic expression of TaGT2L1D also affected floral organ development and overall plant growth. These results demonstrate that TaGT2L1 is an ortholog of AtGTL1, and that it plays an evolutionarily conserved role in drought resistance by fine tuning stomatal density in wheat. Our data also highlight the role of TaGT2L1 in plant growth and development. PMID:27245096

  6. Constitutive overexpression of the TaNF-YB4 gene in transgenic wheat significantly improves grain yield.

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    Yadav, Dinesh; Shavrukov, Yuri; Bazanova, Natalia; Chirkova, Larissa; Borisjuk, Nikolai; Kovalchuk, Nataliya; Ismagul, Ainur; Parent, Boris; Langridge, Peter; Hrmova, Maria; Lopato, Sergiy

    2015-11-01

    Heterotrimeric nuclear factors Y (NF-Ys) are involved in regulation of various vital functions in all eukaryotic organisms. Although a number of NF-Y subunits have been characterized in model plants, only a few have been functionally evaluated in crops. In this work, a number of genes encoding NF-YB and NF-YC subunits were isolated from drought-tolerant wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. RAC875), and the impact of the overexpression of TaNF-YB4 in the Australian wheat cultivar Gladius was investigated. TaNF-YB4 was isolated as a result of two consecutive yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) screens, where ZmNF-YB2a was used as a starting bait. A new NF-YC subunit, designated TaNF-YC15, was isolated in the first Y2H screen and used as bait in a second screen, which identified two wheat NF-YB subunits, TaNF-YB2 and TaNF-YB4. Three-dimensional modelling of a TaNF-YB2/TaNF-YC15 dimer revealed structural determinants that may underlie interaction selectivity. The TaNF-YB4 gene was placed under the control of the strong constitutive polyubiquitin promoter from maize and introduced into wheat by biolistic bombardment. The growth and yield components of several independent transgenic lines with up-regulated levels of TaNF-YB4 were evaluated under well-watered conditions (T1-T3 generations) and under mild drought (T2 generation). Analysis of T2 plants was performed in large deep containers in conditions close to field trials. Under optimal watering conditions, transgenic wheat plants produced significantly more spikes but other yield components did not change. This resulted in a 20-30% increased grain yield compared with untransformed control plants. Under water-limited conditions transgenic lines maintained parity in yield performance. PMID:26220082

  7. The Wheat GT Factor TaGT2L1D Negatively Regulates Drought Tolerance and Plant Development.

    PubMed

    Zheng, Xin; Liu, Haipei; Ji, Hongtao; Wang, Youning; Dong, Baodi; Qiao, Yunzhou; Liu, Mengyu; Li, Xia

    2016-01-01

    GT factors are trihelix transcription factors that specifically regulate plant development and stress responses. Recently, several GT factors have been characterized in different plant species; however, little is known about the role of GT factors in wheat. Here, we show that TaGT2L1A, TaGT2L1B, and TaGT2L1D are highly homologous in hexaploid wheat, and are localized to wheat chromosomes 2A, 2B, and 2D, respectively. These TaGT2L1 genes encode proteins containing two SANT domains and one central helix. All three homologs were ubiquitously expressed during wheat development and were responsive to osmotic stress. Functional analyses demonstrated that TaGT2L1D acts as a transcriptional repressor; it was able to suppress the expression of AtSDD1 in Arabidopsis by binding directly to the GT3 box in its promoter that negatively regulates drought tolerance. TaGT2L1D overexpression markedly increased the number of stomata and reduced drought tolerance in gtl1-3 plants. Notably, ectopic expression of TaGT2L1D also affected floral organ development and overall plant growth. These results demonstrate that TaGT2L1 is an ortholog of AtGTL1, and that it plays an evolutionarily conserved role in drought resistance by fine tuning stomatal density in wheat. Our data also highlight the role of TaGT2L1 in plant growth and development. PMID:27245096

  8. Partial nitrogen loss in SrTaO2N and LaTiO2N oxynitride perovskites

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    Chen, Daixi; Habu, Daiki; Masubuchi, Yuji; Torii, Shuki; Kamiyama, Takashi; Kikkawa, Shinichi

    2016-04-01

    SrTaO2N heated in a helium atmosphere began to release nitrogen of approximately 30 at% at 950 °C while maintaining the perovskite structure and its color changed from orange to dark green. Then it decomposed above 1200 °C to a black mixture of Sr1.4Ta0.6O2.73, Ta2N, and Sr5Ta4O15. The second decomposition was not clearly observed when SrTaO2N was heated in a nitrogen atmosphere below 1550 °C. After heating at 1500 °C for 3 h under a 0.2 MPa nitrogen atmosphere, the perovskite product became dark green and conductive. Structure refinement results suggested that the product was a mixture of tetragonal and cubic perovskites with a decreased ordering of N3-/O2-. The sintered body was changed to an n-type semiconductor after a partial loss of nitrogen to be reduced from the originally insulating SrTaO2N perovskite lattice. LaTiO2N was confirmed to have a similar cis-configuration of the TiO4N2 octahedron as that of TaO4N2 in SrTaO2N. It also released some of its nitrogen at 800 °C changing its color from brown to black and then decomposed to a mixture of LaTiO3, La2O3, and TiN at 1100 °C. These temperatures are lower than those in SrTaO2N.

  9. Constitutive overexpression of the TaNF-YB4 gene in transgenic wheat significantly improves grain yield

    PubMed Central

    Yadav, Dinesh; Shavrukov, Yuri; Bazanova, Natalia; Chirkova, Larissa; Borisjuk, Nikolai; Kovalchuk, Nataliya; Ismagul, Ainur; Parent, Boris; Langridge, Peter; Hrmova, Maria; Lopato, Sergiy

    2015-01-01

    Heterotrimeric nuclear factors Y (NF-Ys) are involved in regulation of various vital functions in all eukaryotic organisms. Although a number of NF-Y subunits have been characterized in model plants, only a few have been functionally evaluated in crops. In this work, a number of genes encoding NF-YB and NF-YC subunits were isolated from drought-tolerant wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. RAC875), and the impact of the overexpression of TaNF-YB4 in the Australian wheat cultivar Gladius was investigated. TaNF-YB4 was isolated as a result of two consecutive yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) screens, where ZmNF-YB2a was used as a starting bait. A new NF-YC subunit, designated TaNF-YC15, was isolated in the first Y2H screen and used as bait in a second screen, which identified two wheat NF-YB subunits, TaNF-YB2 and TaNF-YB4. Three-dimensional modelling of a TaNF-YB2/TaNF-YC15 dimer revealed structural determinants that may underlie interaction selectivity. The TaNF-YB4 gene was placed under the control of the strong constitutive polyubiquitin promoter from maize and introduced into wheat by biolistic bombardment. The growth and yield components of several independent transgenic lines with up-regulated levels of TaNF-YB4 were evaluated under well-watered conditions (T1–T3 generations) and under mild drought (T2 generation). Analysis of T2 plants was performed in large deep containers in conditions close to field trials. Under optimal watering conditions, transgenic wheat plants produced significantly more spikes but other yield components did not change. This resulted in a 20–30% increased grain yield compared with untransformed control plants. Under water-limited conditions transgenic lines maintained parity in yield performance. PMID:26220082

  10. Electrical properties and microstructural characterization of Ni/Ta contacts to n-type 6H-SiC

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    Zhou, Tian-Yu; Liu, Xue-Chao; Huang, Wei; Zhuo, Shi-Yi; Zheng, Yan-Qing; Shi, Er-Wei

    2015-12-01

    A Ni/Ta bilayer is deposited on n-type 6H-SiC and then annealed at different temperatures to form an ohmic contact. The electrical properties are characterized by I-V curve measurement and the specific contact resistance is extracted by the transmission line method. The phase formation and microstructure of the Ni/Ta bilayer are studied after thermal annealing. The crystalline and microstructure properties are analyzed by using glance incident x-ray diffraction (GIXRD), Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. It is found that the transformation from the Schottky to the Ohmic occurs at 1050 °C and the GIXRD results show a distinct phase change from Ta2C to TaC at this temperature. A specific contact resistance of 6.5× 10-5 Ω·cm2 is obtained for sample Ni(80 nm)/Ta(20 nm)/6H-SiC after being annealed at 1050 °C. The formation of the TaC phase is regarded as the main reason for the excellent Ohmic properties of the Ni/Ta contacts to 6H-SiC. Raman and TEM data reveal that the graphite carbon is drastically consumed by the Ta element, which can improve the contact thermal stability. A schematic diagram is proposed to illustrate the microstructural changes of Ni/Ta/6H-SiC when annealed at different temperatures. Project supported by the Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. KJCX2-EW-W10), the Shanghai Rising-star Program, China (Grant No. 13QA1403800), the Industry-Academic Joint Technological Innovations Fund Project of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. BY2011119), and the National High-tech Research and Development Program of China (Grant Nos. 2013AA031603 and 2014AA032602).

  11. A Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism of TaGS5 Gene Revealed its Association with Kernel Weight in Chinese Bread Wheat

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    Wang, Shasha; Zhang, Xiangfen; Chen, Feng; Cui, Dangqun

    2015-01-01

    TaGS5 genes were cloned from bread wheat and were physically mapped on 3AS and 3DS. Sequencing results revealed that a SNP was found in the sixth exon of TaGS5-A1 gene. The SNP resulted in amino acid change from alanine to serine at the 303 bp position of TaGS5-A1. These two alleles were designated as TaGS5-A1a (alanine at the 303 bp position) and TaGS5-A1b genes (serine at the 303-bp position). Analysis of association of TaGS5-A1 alleles with agronomic traits indicated that cultivars with TaGS5-A1b possessed wider kernel width and higher thousand-kernel weight, as well as significantly lower plant height, spike length, and internode length below spike than those of cultivars with TaGS5-A1a over 3 years. These trait differences between TaGS5-A1a and TaGS5-A1b genotypes were larger in landraces than in modern cultivars. This finding suggested that TaGS5 gene played an important role in modulating yield-related traits in the landraces, which possibly resulted from numerous superior genes gathering in modern cultivars after strong artificial selection. The preferred TaGS5-A1b haplotype underwent very strong positive selection in Chinese modern wheat breeding, but not in Chinese landraces. Expression analysis of the TaGS5-A1 gene indicated that TaGS5-A1b allele possessed significantly higher expression level than TaGS5-A1b allele in differently developmental seeds. This study could provide relatively superior genotype in view of agronomic traits in wheat breeding programs. Likewise, this study could offer important information for the dissection of molecular and genetic basis of yield-related traits. PMID:26779195

  12. Bridging the transport pathway of charge carriers in a Ta3N5 nanotube array photoanode for solar water splitting.

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    Zhang, Peng; Wang, Tuo; Zhang, Jijie; Chang, Xiaoxia; Gong, Jinlong

    2015-08-21

    This paper describes an approach to synthesize a tightly adhered Ta3N5 nanotube array (NTA) photoanode with enhanced electron conductivity between the Ta3N5 layer and the substrate via a two-step anodization method. The obtained tightly adhered Ta3N5 NTA photoanode exhibits excellent photoelectrochemical properties with an optimal photocurrent up to 5.3 mA cm(-2) at 1.6 V vs. the reversible hydrogen electrode. This approach provides an effective strategy to address the adhesion issue of one dimensional semiconductor photoanodes. PMID:26061973

  13. Electronic and optical properties of TaO{sub 1-x}N{sub 1+x}-based alloys

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    Al-Aqtash, Nabil; Apostol, Florin; Mei, Wai-Ning; Sabirianov, Renat F.; Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588

    2013-02-15

    TaON is considered as a potential candidate as a visible-light responsive photocatalyst. We report the results of ab initio studies of electronic structure of TaON-based alloys. Specifically, we show that the position of conduction and valence band can be modified by varying the oxygen and nitrogen concentrations in TaO{sub 1-x}N{sub 1+x}. We find that the band gap decreases monotonically with the increase of N/O ratio. The band gap energy is decreased in monoclinic TaON from near 2.3 eV to just over 1.7 eV (i.e., by 35%) when N/O ratio is increased from 3/5 to 5/3. Our calculations show that the band gap reduces in a series of experimentally fabricated alloys ZrTa{sub 3}O{sub 5}N{sub 3}{yields}TaON{yields}YTa{sub 7}O{sub 7}N{sub 8}. The band gap reduction is mostly associated with the change in the position of the valence band due to the hybridization of N 2p states, while the conduction band consisting mostly of Ta 5d-states is not sensitive to N content. The calculated optical absorption spectra show reduction in the optical band gap with increasing N/O ratio. - Graphical abstract: Band gap energy of TaO{sub 1-x}N{sub 1+x} as a function of N/O ratio. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The electronic and optical properties of TaON-based alloys are studied using DFT. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The position of conduction and valence bands can be modified by varying N/O ratio. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The band gap decreases monotonically with the increase of N/O ratio in TaO{sub 1-x}N{sub 1+x}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The band gap reduces in a series of fabricated alloys ZrTa{sub 3}O{sub 5}N{sub 3}{yields}TaON{yields}YTa{sub 7}O{sub 7}N{sub 8}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optical band gap decreases with the increase of N/O ratio.

  14. The role of annealing temperature on the structural and magnetic consequences of Ta/PrFeB/Ta thin films processed by rapid thermal annealing

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    Ghasemi, Ali

    2016-04-01

    Ta/PrFeB/Ta thin films were deposited on CORNING 7059 by sputtering technique followed by rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The thickness of PrFeB was kept constant at 50 nm. The role of annealing temperature from 450 to 700 °C in a step of 50 °C for constant heating time of 60 s on the structural and magnetic consequences of thin films was studied by means of X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. The (00l) texture was almost fully developed at temperature of 650 °C and with an increase in temperature up to 700 °C the (105) peaks was also appeared in the patterns. The grains size and surface roughness of PrFeB films were increased by an increase in temperature. It was found that with an increase in temperature up to 500 °C the coercivity was developed and enhanced to 0.75 MA/m by further increasing of temperature to 650 °C. The maximum remanent-magnetization ratio and coercivity were obtained at temperature of 650 °C. The magnetization reversal process is accompanied by the combination of domain wall motion (DWM) and Stoner-Wohlfarth (S-W) rotation. However, for PrFeB films annealed at 550-700 °C it is closer to the S-W model than DWM modes.

  15. Growth and characterization of single crystal fiber with controlled concentration gradient in GdTaO 4-ErTaO 4 system

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    Silva, R. A.; Tirao, G.; Cusatis, C.; Andreeta, J. P.

    2006-09-01

    The LHPG technique has been successfully applied to the growth of single crystals in fiber shape with a controlled composition and lattice parameter gradient along the fiber axis. The GdTaO 4-ErTaO 4 system was chosen for having a full solubility range. The obtained fibers had a constant gradient of lattice parameters along the axis with a value of 1.24%/cm for the (4 4¯ 4) reflection, hence of concentration gradient. Structural characterization results showed that the fibers had a good crystalline quality essential for the optimization of others physical properties. Luminescent characterization showed the behavior of the intensity of green and red luminescence (by 488 nm pumping) as a function of concentration of Er 3+ and three processes populating the levels ( 2H 11/2, 4S 3/2) and 4F 9/2 by cross-relaxation energy transfer has been proposed. The results presented show that the compositional gradient and the LHPG technique can be used not only for the growth of crystals with controlled lattice parameter gradients, for potential X-ray diffraction applications, but also as a combinatorial method for the rapid study of material properties as a function of concentration using in situ measurements.

  16. Metallic to hopping conduction transition in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5−x}/TaO{sub y} resistive switching device

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    Zhang, Ye; Deng, Ning; Yu, Zhiping; Zhang, Jinyu; Wu, Huaqiang Qian, He

    2014-08-11

    In this Letter, a comprehensive analysis of how the metallic behavior transition to hopping was presented by studying the transport mechanisms of low resistance states (LRS) in Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5−x}/TaO{sub y} resistive switching devices at very low temperatures. Three types of conduction behaviors were reported through temperature-dependent measurements ranging from 5 K to 250 K. Memory cells at low LRS show metallic behavior due to the formation of metallic filament. The temperature dependence of resistance at medium LRS exhibits an interesting phenomenon that a positive temperature coefficient transfers into a negative one at temperature of 20 K. Detailed analysis reveals that this phenomenon is caused by the coexistence of extended and localized states, with metallic conduction at higher temperatures and variable-range hopping at lower temperatures. Carrier transport at high LRS is dominated by electrons hopping conduction with nearest-neighboring hopping conduction changing into variable-range hopping as temperature decreases.

  17. Mesoporous Ta(3)N(5) microspheres prepared from a high-surface-area, microporous, amorphous precursor and their visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity.

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    Cao, Jing; Ren, Ling; Li, Na; Hu, Changwen; Cao, Minhua

    2013-09-16

    A light Ta3N5: Mesoporous Ta3N5 microspheres were synthesized by thermally nitriding a high-surface-area, microporous, amorphous Ta2O5 precursor at 750 °C, which is lower than the 900 °C needed for the complete nitridation of micrometer-sized Ta2O5 powder. The mesoporous Ta3N5 microspheres show significantly enhanced visible-light photoactivity in the degradation of methylene blue (MB) compared with similar photocatalysts reported under similar conditions. PMID:24175337

  18. Multiband Te p Based Superconductivity of Ta4Pd3Te16

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    Singh, David J.

    2014-10-06

    We recently discovered that Ta4Pd3Te16 is a superconductor that has been suggested to be an unconventional superconductor near magnetism. Here, we report electronic structure calculations showing that despite the layered crystal structure the material is an anisotropic three-dimensional (3D) metal. The Fermi surface contains prominent one-dimensional (1D) and two-dimensional (2D) features, including nested 1D sheets, a 2D cylindrical section, and a 3D sheet. Moreover, the electronic states that make up the Fermi surface are mostly derived from Te p states with small Ta d and Pd d contributions. This places the compound far from magnetic instabilities. The results are discussedmore » in terms of multiband superconductivity.« less

  19. Spectroscopy of high index contrast Yb:Ta2O5 waveguides for lasing applications

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    Aghajani, A.; Murugan, G. S.; Sessions, N. P.; Apostolopoulos, V.; Wilkinson, J. S.

    2015-06-01

    Ytterbium-doped waveguides are required for compact integrated lasers and Yb- doped Ta2O5 is a promising candidate material. The design, fabrication and spectroscopic characterisation of Yb:Ta2O5 rib waveguides are described. The peak absorption cross-section was measured to be 2.75×10-20 cm2 at 975 nm. The emission spectrum was found to have a fluorescence emission peak at a wavelength of 976 nm with a peak cross-section of 2.9×10-20 cm2 and a second broad fluorescence band spanning from 990 nm to 1090 nm. The excited- state life time was measured to be 260 μs.

  20. TaDb: A time-aware diffusion-based recommender algorithm

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    Li, Wen-Jun; Xu, Yuan-Yuan; Dong, Qiang; Zhou, Jun-Lin; Fu, Yan

    2015-02-01

    Traditional recommender algorithms usually employ the early and recent records indiscriminately, which overlooks the change of user interests over time. In this paper, we show that the interests of a user remain stable in a short-term interval and drift during a long-term period. Based on this observation, we propose a time-aware diffusion-based (TaDb) recommender algorithm, which assigns different temporal weights to the leading links existing before the target user's collection and the following links appearing after that in the diffusion process. Experiments on four real datasets, Netflix, MovieLens, FriendFeed and Delicious show that TaDb algorithm significantly improves the prediction accuracy compared with the algorithms not considering temporal effects.

  1. Analysis of forming characteristics of Ta EFP according to material model

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    Kim, H. J.; Yi, Y. S.; Park, L. J.

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents numerical analysis result of forming characteristics of Ta explosively formed penetrator (EFP) according to various material models and their values. Dynamic material properties of Ta were measured with static tensile testing machine and Hopkinson pressure bar tests. We used AUTODYN hydrodynamic code to simulate these phenomena. We used three material models, such as Von-Mises model, linear hardening model and Johnson-Cook model. We also compared the numerical results with the EFP forming test data. The numerical results show that material model and its parameter are so important to predict the shape of formed penetrator and Von-Mises model predicts the shape of the formed liner most well. We also analysed the influence of liner thickness on EFP formation using the verified numerical model.

  2. Hyperfine magnetic field at Ta impurities in nickel: Perturbed angular correlation and first principle calculation study

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    Cekić, B. Dj.; Umićević, A. B.; Belošević-Čavor, J. N.; Koteski, V. J.; Ivanovski, V. N.; Stojković, M. N.

    2008-03-01

    The hyperfine magnetic field (H) in 0.2 at.% Hf-Ni alloy is measured at the 181Ta probe using the time-differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) method, in the temperature range 78-675 K. The obtained value of 8.6 (3) T at room temperature is in good agreement with the previously reported measurements for similar Hf concentrations in Ni. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) experiments confirmed that small atomic concentrations of Hf atoms (<1 at.%) mainly substitute on Ni lattice sites in the fcc crystal lattice without forming any intermetallic phase. In addition, ab-initio calculation using all-electron augmented plane waves plus local orbitals (APW+lo) formalism is performed and the obtained result for the hyperfine magnetic field at Ta site is in accordance with the measurement.

  3. Chemical vapor deposition of Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} corrosion resistant coatings

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    Graham, D.W.; Stinton, D.P.

    1992-12-31

    Silicon carbide and silicon nitride heat engine components are susceptible to hot corrosion by molten Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} which forms from impurities present in fuel and the environment. Chemically vapor deposited Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} coatings are being developed as a means to protect components from reaction with these salts and preserve their structural properties. Investigations to optimize the structure of the coating have revealed that the deposition conditions dramatically affect the coating morphology. Coatings deposited at high temperatures are typically columnar in structure; high concentrations of the reactant gases produce oxide powders on the substrate surface. Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} deposited at low temperatures consists of grains that are finer and have significantly less porosity than that formed at high temperatures. Samples of coatings which have been produced by CVD have successfully completed preliminary testing for resistance to corrosion by Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}.

  4. A study of divergent TA teaching styles in inquiry-based laboratory education

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    Little, James H.

    This dissertation is a study of the divergent behaviors evidenced by different TAs teaching inquiry based physics laboratories with minimal preparation on how to use techniques such as Socratic dialogue, wait time, and time management. The revised physics laboratory curricula, a four semester laboratory sequence, were studied over the course of two years and one of the laboratory manuals was rewritten and new techniques of TA training developed in order to align TA behavior with the ideals of inquiry based education. This revision was only partially successful, aiding TAs dramatically in improving their time management skills and use of their time, however not yielding dramatic improvements in their use of Socratic dialogue or leading questions.

  5. Role of HF and Zr in the hydrogen embrittlement of Ta and Cb alloys

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1974-01-01

    An attempt is made to characterize the hydrogen embrittlement of aged T-111 and similar Ta and Cb alloys and to describe the mechanisms believed responsible for the increased sensitivity of T-111 to low temperature hydrogen embrittlement after aging for 1000 hr or longer near 1040 C. A total of eight Ta-base alloys and two Cb-base alloys were investigated. The effects of pre-age annealing temperature, aging time, temperature and environment, and alloy composition on the susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement were investigated. The primary method of determining the effects of these variables on the ductility of T-111 was by bend testing at 25 and -196 C. Fractured specimens were examined by the scanning electron microscope, electron microprobe, metallography, and X-ray diffraction.

  6. Negative magnetoresistance without well-defined chirality in the Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Arnold, Frank; Shekhar, Chandra; Wu, Shu-Chun; Sun, Yan; Dos Reis, Ricardo Donizeth; Kumar, Nitesh; Naumann, Marcel; Ajeesh, Mukkattu O.; Schmidt, Marcus; Grushin, Adolfo G.; Bardarson, Jens H.; Baenitz, Michael; Sokolov, Dmitry; Borrmann, Horst; Nicklas, Michael; Felser, Claudia; Hassinger, Elena; Yan, Binghai

    2016-05-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are topological quantum states wherein the electronic bands disperse linearly around pairs of nodes with fixed chirality, the Weyl points. In WSMs, nonorthogonal electric and magnetic fields induce an exotic phenomenon known as the chiral anomaly, resulting in an unconventional negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, the chiral-magnetic effect. However, it remains an open question to which extent this effect survives when chirality is not well-defined. Here, we establish the detailed Fermi-surface topology of the recently identified WSM TaP via combined angle-resolved quantum-oscillation spectra and band-structure calculations. The Fermi surface forms banana-shaped electron and hole pockets surrounding pairs of Weyl points. Although this means that chirality is ill-defined in TaP, we observe a large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. We show that the magnetoresistance can be affected by a magnetic field-induced inhomogeneous current distribution inside the sample.

  7. Molecular Dynamics Modelling of Laser-Pulse Compression of a Ta single crystal with dislocations

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    Ruestes, Carlos; Remington, Tane; Bringa, Eduardo; Meyers, Marc; Remington, Bruce

    2013-06-01

    The nanoindentation of a defect-free Ta [001] single crystal is studied by Molecular Dynamics simulations. The potential by, an EFS potential, and a recent EAM potential by are tested and their results analyzed in terms of dislocation slip planes. Dislocations emitted from the indented zone interact forming prismatic loops. The Ta dislocated structure is then subjected to shock compression induced by a piston hitting the sample at various speeds. The shock-induced dislocation generation and motion mechanisms are studied in order to compare to on-going experiments. This research was funded by ANPCyT PRH, PICT2008-1325, PICT2009-0092, SecTyP UNCuyo 06/M035 and UC Research Lab grants.

  8. Negative magnetoresistance without well-defined chirality in the Weyl semimetal TaP

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    Arnold, Frank; Shekhar, Chandra; Wu, Shu-Chun; Sun, Yan; dos Reis, Ricardo Donizeth; Kumar, Nitesh; Naumann, Marcel; Ajeesh, Mukkattu O.; Schmidt, Marcus; Grushin, Adolfo G.; Bardarson, Jens H.; Baenitz, Michael; Sokolov, Dmitry; Borrmann, Horst; Nicklas, Michael; Felser, Claudia; Hassinger, Elena; Yan, Binghai

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are topological quantum states wherein the electronic bands disperse linearly around pairs of nodes with fixed chirality, the Weyl points. In WSMs, nonorthogonal electric and magnetic fields induce an exotic phenomenon known as the chiral anomaly, resulting in an unconventional negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, the chiral-magnetic effect. However, it remains an open question to which extent this effect survives when chirality is not well-defined. Here, we establish the detailed Fermi-surface topology of the recently identified WSM TaP via combined angle-resolved quantum-oscillation spectra and band-structure calculations. The Fermi surface forms banana-shaped electron and hole pockets surrounding pairs of Weyl points. Although this means that chirality is ill-defined in TaP, we observe a large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. We show that the magnetoresistance can be affected by a magnetic field-induced inhomogeneous current distribution inside the sample. PMID:27186980

  9. Characterization of ion beam and magnetron sputtered thin Ta/NiFe films

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    Mao, M.; Leng, Q.; Huai, Y.; Johnson, P.; Miller, M.; Tong, H.-C.; Miloslavsky, L.; Qian, C.; Wang, J.; Hegde, H.

    1999-04-01

    Thin Ta/NiFe films were deposited using ion beam deposition (IBD), pulsed, and static magnetron sputtering techniques. These NiFe films show anisotropy field values ˜4 Oe, easy axis coercivities ⩽1 Oe, and hard axis coercivities ⩽0.3 Oe. IBD films exhibit higher magnetoresistance ratios (ΔR/R), while little difference is noted between different deposition techniques in the sheet resistance of NiFe films. A ΔR/R value of 1.8% has been measured for a 90 Å IBD NiFe films. X-ray diffraction measurements indicate that NiFe films of the same thickness have about the same grain size regardless of deposition technique, however, IBD films exhibit superior (111) texture and crystallinity. Our results clearly indicate that the superior magnetic properties of thin IBD Ta/NiFe films are a result of high crystallographic quality of these films.

  10. Photoinduced electronic transport in K1-xLixTaO3

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    Sangalli, P.; Giulotto, E.; Rollandi, L.; Calvi, P.; Camagni, P.; Samoggia, G.

    1998-03-01

    Photocurrent and Hall effect measurements were performed on K0.984Li0.016TaO3 and K0.966Li0.034TaO3 single crystals under illumination with 514.5-nm and UV light. The currents observed are carried by electrons, whose mobility does not undergo large variations on cooling across the dipole-glass freezing temperature Tf. The sharp increase of photocurrent occurring in the polar phase is primarily due to enhancement of carrier density. The effect is much larger after field cooling, being accompanied in this case by persistent currents. The present results lead us to conclude that hole traps with vanishing cross section for electron recombination are active below Tf.

  11. Photoluminescence processes in k-1xLixTaO3

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    Camagni, P.; Galinetto, P.; Giulotto, E.; Samoggia, G.; Sangalli, P.

    A study of blue-green photoluminescence of K1-xLixTaO3 single crystals, under UV irradiation, was performed in the range 15-20 K. It was shown that the emission is strongly enhanced and thermally more stable with respect to pure KTaO3, up to ˜40 K. Above this point the yield of emission decreases abruptly with an Arrhenius-like behaviour controlled by an activation energy of 70-100 meV. After low temperature excitation, a thermoluminescence spectrally very similar to PL and giving rise to a glow peak around 30K is also observed. Correlations with recent results on photoconductivity and thermally stimulated currents are illustrated. An argument in favour of close-pair recombinations between Ta4+ and O- centers is proposed.

  12. Patterning of Ta/SiO2 high transmission EAPSM material for 193nm technology

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    Koepernik, Corinna; Becker, H. W.; Butschke, J.; Buttgereit, U.; Irmscher, M.; Nedelmann, L.; Schmidt, F.; Teuber, S.

    2005-06-01

    For the new Schott EAPSM Material, comprising a Ta/SiO2/Cr stack, a patterning process has been developed. The material offers the advantage of an independent adjustment of phase shift and transmission and is applicable for different wavelengths. Because of very homogenous Ta and SiO2 films and perfect etch selectivities it has been achieved a phase shift uniformity of 1.1° and a tight transmission deviation of 0.34% (absolute) across the entire mask. First dry etch process development has been focused on profiles and selectivities. The influence of process parameters on sidewall angle, profile bow, resist loss and Cr loss of the three patterning steps are shown. We have achieved excellent selectivities and a final sidewall angle of > 88°. The aerial image contrast of the first test plate is comparable to known attenuated phase shift material.

  13. Spin Hall magnetoresistance in Ta/CoFe2O4 nanostructures

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    Hui, Ya-Juan; Cheng, Wei-Ming; Zhang, Zhao-Bing; Ji, Hong-Kai; Cheng, Xiao-Min; You, Long; Miao, Xiang-Shui

    2016-07-01

    Spin Hall magnetoresistance (SMR) has been investigated in Ta/CoFe2O4 nanostructures grown on different substrates. Spin currents in CoFe2O4 films are electrically detected in adjacent Ta layers owing to inverse spin Hall effects. The sign of the magnetic-field-dependent resistivity signal shows different polarities along different axes, showing different spin-dependent electron transports. A cosinelike curve of the angular dependence signal with opposite polarity is observed in two orthogonal magnetization planes, whereas a basic line is observed in another plane, revealing the spin accumulation phenomenon. The roughness of the CoFe2O4 surface tuned by substrate strains is responsible for the extent of spin accumulations and the strength of the SMR signal in the nanostructures.

  14. Voltage divider effect for the improvement of variability and endurance of TaO(x) memristor.

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    Kim, Kyung Min; Yang, J Joshua; Strachan, John Paul; Grafals, Emmanuelle Merced; Ge, Ning; Melendez, Noraica Davila; Li, Zhiyong; Williams, R Stanley

    2016-01-01

    The impact of a series resistor (R(S)) on the variability and endurance performance of memristor was studied in the TaO(x) memristive system. A dynamic voltage divider between the R(S) and memristor during both the set and the reset switching cycles can suppress the inherent irregularity of the voltage dropped on the memristor, resulting in a greatly reduced switching variability. By selecting the proper resistance value of R(S) for the set and reset cycles respectively, we observed a dramatically improved endurance of the TaO(x) memristor. Such a voltage divider effect can thus be critical for the memristor applications that require low variability, high endurance and fast speed. PMID:26830763

  15. Negative magnetoresistance without well-defined chirality in the Weyl semimetal TaP.

    PubMed

    Arnold, Frank; Shekhar, Chandra; Wu, Shu-Chun; Sun, Yan; Dos Reis, Ricardo Donizeth; Kumar, Nitesh; Naumann, Marcel; Ajeesh, Mukkattu O; Schmidt, Marcus; Grushin, Adolfo G; Bardarson, Jens H; Baenitz, Michael; Sokolov, Dmitry; Borrmann, Horst; Nicklas, Michael; Felser, Claudia; Hassinger, Elena; Yan, Binghai

    2016-01-01

    Weyl semimetals (WSMs) are topological quantum states wherein the electronic bands disperse linearly around pairs of nodes with fixed chirality, the Weyl points. In WSMs, nonorthogonal electric and magnetic fields induce an exotic phenomenon known as the chiral anomaly, resulting in an unconventional negative longitudinal magnetoresistance, the chiral-magnetic effect. However, it remains an open question to which extent this effect survives when chirality is not well-defined. Here, we establish the detailed Fermi-surface topology of the recently identified WSM TaP via combined angle-resolved quantum-oscillation spectra and band-structure calculations. The Fermi surface forms banana-shaped electron and hole pockets surrounding pairs of Weyl points. Although this means that chirality is ill-defined in TaP, we observe a large negative longitudinal magnetoresistance. We show that the magnetoresistance can be affected by a magnetic field-induced inhomogeneous current distribution inside the sample. PMID:27186980

  16. Role of Hf and Zr in the hydrogen embrittlement of Ta and Cb alloys

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1973-01-01

    The hydrogen embrittlement of aged T-111 and similar Ta and Cb alloys is characterized and the mechanisms believed responsible for the increased sensitivity of T-111 to low temperature hydrogen embrittlement after aging for 1000 hours or longer near 1040 C are described. A total of eight Ta base alloys and two Cb base alloys were investigated. The effects of pre-age annealing temperature, aging time, temperature and environment, and alloy composition on the susceptibility to hydrogen embrittlement were investigated. The primary method of determining the effects of these variables on the ductility of T-111 was by bend testing at 25 and -196 C. Fractured specimens were examined by the scanning electron microscope, electron microprobe, metallography and X-ray diffration.

  17. Confinement of electromigration induced void propagation in Cu interconnect by a buried Ta diffusion barrier layer

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    Yan, M. Y.; Tu, K. N.; Vairagar, A. V.; Mhaisalkar, S. G.; Krishnamoorthy, Ahila

    2005-12-01

    Direct observation, by means of in situ scanning electron microscopy, of void heterogeneous nucleation and migration controlled electromigration failure mechanism in Cu dual damascene interconnect structures has been recently reported [A. V. Vairagar, S. G. Mhaisalkar, A. Krishnamoorthy, K. N. Tu, A. M. Gusak, M. A. Meyer, and E. Zschech, Appl. Phys. Lett. 85, 2502 (2004)] In the present study, a dual damascene structure with an additional 25nm Ta diffusion barrier embedded into the upper Cu layer was fabricated. This thin layer of diffusion barrier blocked voids from propagating into the via, thus eliminating the previously reported failure mechanism. With this structure, a lifetime improvement of at least 40 times was achieved. Analysis on failed samples suggested that failures in samples with the embedded Ta barrier layer occurred at the bottom of the via, which were caused by void migration along the bottom of the Cu lines.

  18. A study of the elasticity of Ta at high temperature and pressure

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    Abramson, E H; Brown, J M; Hansen, D W; Ruddle, C M; Slutsky, L J; Zaug, J M

    1998-08-26

    The thermodynamic and transport properties of crystals and fluids at high temperature and pressure play a central role in the Earth and planetary sciences as well as in a variety of technologies and constitute a principal probe into the internuclear potential energy function at high density. Observation of surface waves by coherent time-domain optical spectroscopy provides an experimental approach to the determination, in the diamond-anvil high-pressure cell, of the elastic constants and thermal diffusivity of metal crystals as well as the equation of state and thermal transport properties of fluids. The electrical resistivities of metals may also be approximately accessible via the Wiedemann Franz Law. Preliminary results on Ta to pressures of 5.2 GPa are reported here. [Ta, elasticity, sound velocity, thermal diffusivity, equation of state].

  19. Senary Refractory High-Entropy Alloy HfNbTaTiVZr

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    Gao, M. C.; Zhang, B.; Yang, S.; Guo, S. M.

    2016-07-01

    Discovery of new single-phase high-entropy alloys (HEAs) is important to understand HEA formation mechanisms. The present study reports computational design and experimental validation of a senary HEA, HfNbTaTiVZr, in a body-centered cubic structure. The phase diagrams and thermodynamic properties of this senary system were modeled using the CALPHAD method. Its atomic structure and diffusion constants were studied using ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. The microstructure of the as-cast HfNbTaTiVZr alloy was studied using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, and the microsegregation in the as-cast state was found to qualitatively agree with the solidification predictions from CALPHAD. Supported by both simulation and experimental results, the HEA formation rules are discussed.

  20. TaIrTe4: A ternary type-II Weyl semimetal

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    Koepernik, K.; Kasinathan, D.; Efremov, D. V.; Khim, Seunghyun; Borisenko, Sergey; Büchner, Bernd; van den Brink, Jeroen

    2016-05-01

    In metallic condensed matter systems two different types of Weyl fermions can in principle emerge, with either a vanishing (type-I) or with a finite (type-II) density of states at the Weyl node energy. So far only WTe2 and MoTe2 were predicted to be type-II Weyl semimetals. Here we identify TaIrTe4 as a third member of this family of topological semimetals. TaIrTe4 has the attractive feature that it hosts only four well-separated Weyl points, the minimum imposed by symmetry. Moreover, the resulting topological surface states—Fermi arcs connecting Weyl nodes of opposite chirality—extend to about 1/3 of the surface Brillouin zone. This large momentum-space separation is very favorable for detecting the Fermi arcs spectroscopically and in transport experiments.

  1. Modified fused silicide coatings for tantalum (Ta-10W) reentry heat shields

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    Packer, C. M.; Perkins, R. A.

    1973-01-01

    Results are presented of a program of research to develop a reliable, high performance, fused slurry silicide coating for the Ta-10W alloy. The effort was directed toward developing new and improved formulations for use at 2600 to 2800 F (1700 to 1811 K) in an atmospheric reentry thermal protection system with a 100-mission capability. Based on a thorough characterization of isothermal and cyclic oxidation behavior, bend transition temperatures, room- and elevated-temperature tensile properties, and creep behavior, a 2.5 Mn-33Ti-64.5Si coating (designated MTS) provides excellent protection for the Ta-10W alloy in simulated reentry environments. An extensive analysis of the oxidation behavior and characteristics of the MTS coating in terms of fundamental mechanisms also is presented.

  2. Experimental discovery of a topological Weyl semimetal state in TaP

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    Xu, Su-Yang; Belopolski, Ilya; Sanchez, Daniel; Guo, Cheng; Chang, Guoqing; Zhang, Chenglong; Bian, Guang; Yuan, Zhujun; Lu, Hong; Feng, Yiyang; Chang, Tay-Rong; Shibayev, Pavel; Prokopovych, Mykhailo; Alidoust, Nasser; Zheng, Hao; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Sankar, Raman; Jenny, Horn-Tay; Bansil, Arun; Neupert, Titus; Strocov, Vladimir; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    We observed Weyl fermion cones and nodes in the bulk and the Fermi arcs on the surface of Weyl semimetal TaP. Also, we found that the surface states show an unexpectedly rich structure, including both topological Fermi arcs and topologically trivial closed contours in the vicinity of the Weyl points. A rigorous scheme for directly demonstrating the bulk-boundary correspondence and, hence, establishing the Weyl semimetal state in TaP is discussed. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative through Grant GBMF4547 (Hasan) and by U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  3. Anomalous electronic structure and magnetoresistance in TaAs2

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    Luo, Yongkang; McDonald, R. D.; Rosa, P. F. S.; Scott, B.; Wakeham, N.; Ghimire, N. J.; Bauer, E. D.; Thompson, J. D.; Ronning, F.

    2016-01-01

    We report that the change in resistance of a material in a magnetic field reflects its electronic state. In metals with weakly- or non-interacting electrons, the resistance typically increases upon the application of a magnetic field. In contrast, negative magnetoresistance may appear under some circumstances, e.g., in metals with anisotropic Fermi surfaces or with spin-disorder scattering and semimetals with Dirac or Weyl electronic structures. Here we show that the non-magnetic semimetal TaAs2 possesses a very large negative magnetoresistance, with an unknown scattering mechanism. In conclusion, density functional calculations find that TaAs2 is a new topological semimetal [Z2 invariant (0;111)] without Dirac dispersion, demonstrating that a negative magnetoresistance in non-magnetic semimetals cannot be attributed uniquely to the Adler-Bell-Jackiw chiral anomaly of bulk Dirac/Weyl fermions.

  4. Hybrid waveguiding structure in LiTaO3 crystal fabricated by direct femtosecond laser writing

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    Cheng, Chen; Jia, Yuechen; de Aldana, Javier R. Vázquez; Tan, Yang; Chen, Feng

    2016-01-01

    A hybrid waveguiding structure has been fabricated in a z-cut lithium tantalate (LiTaO3) crystal wafer by direct femtosecond laser writing. Due to the laser-induced anisotropic modifications of the extraordinary and ordinary refractive indices (ne and no) of LiTaO3 crystal, the structure exhibits polarization-sensitive guiding features along vertical and horizontal orientations. Based on this feature, circularly-polarized light beam can be converted to vertically-/horizontally-polarized ones (i.e., TE and TM), with approximately 1:1 power splitting ratio. The well-guided performance of the polarization-sensitive structure shows the potential for integration with existing light signals to realize all-optical information processing.

  5. Electron paramagnetic resonance of Cr3+ in near-stoichiometric LiTaO3

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    Loyo-Menoyo, M.; Keeble, D. J.; Furukawa, Y.; Kitamura, K.

    2005-06-01

    Electron-paramagnetic-resonance (EPR) experiments on the dominant Cr3+ center in near-stoichiometric LiTaO3 crystals, grown by the double crucible Czochralski method, are reported. A near complete roadmap of EPR positions was obtained allowing an accurate determination of the spin-Hamiltonian parameters. Newman superposition model calculations of zero-field splitting term were performed and support the model of Cr3+ incorporation within the Li octahedron. Calculations were also made for Cr3+ in LiNbO3, again good agreement with a Li site model was obtained for the main EPR center. The temperature dependence of the zero-field splitting parameter for Cr3+ in LiTaO3 was found to show anomalous behavior in the region of 40 K, suggesting the presence local structural instability at the ion site.

  6. The Wild Aviolyt AC 1/Aviotab TA 2 - A computer controlled photogrammetric system

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    Kreiling, W.; Hasler, A.

    1980-10-01

    The Aviolyt AC 1/Aviotab TA 2 is designed to meet the highest requirements of photogrammetry in precision, flexibility, economy and reliability while also handling problems in the area of research and in the university. There are three basic components, an optical-mechanical unit with an integrated computer console, an electronics cabinet with the process computer, and the TA 2 digital-servo plotting table. The applications of the system are expanded by a wide range of accessories including a zoom system, plotting tools, and a magnetic tape unit among others. The computer software incorporates an operation system, a program library and a series of accessory programs that edit, interpret and debug. The system software is designed under principles of interactive operation, with several programs having individual logical unity.

  7. Reliability analysis for the facility data acquisition interface system upgrade at TA-55

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    Turner, W.J.; Pope, N.G.; Brown, R.E.

    1995-05-01

    Because replacement parts for the existing facility data acquisition interface system at TA-55 have become scarce and are no longer being manufactured, reliability studies were conducted to assess various possible replacement systems. A new control system, based on Allen-Bradley Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), was found to have a likely reliability 10 times that of the present system, if the existing Continuous Air Monitors (CAMS) were used. Replacement of the old CAMs with new CAMs will result in even greater reliability as these are gradually phased in. The new PLC-based system would provide for hot standby processors, redundant communications paths, and redundant power supplies, and would be expandable and easily maintained, as well as much more reliable. TA-55 is the Plutonium Processing Facility which processes and recovers Pu-239 from scrap materials.

  8. Discovery of the first Weyl fermion semimetal and topological Fermi arcs in TaAs

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    Xu, Suyang; Belopolski, Ilya; Alidoust, Nasser; Neupane, Madhab; Bian, Guang; Zhang, Chenglong; Sankar, Raman; Chang, Guoqing; Yuan, Zhujun; Lee, Chi-Cheng; Huang, Shin-Ming; Zheng, Hao; Ma, Jie; Sanchez, Daniel; Wang, Baokai; Bansil, Arun; Chou, Fangcheng; Shibayev, Pavel; Lin, Hsin; Jia, Shuang; Hasan, M. Zahid

    Weyl semimetals have opened a new era in condensed matter physics and materials science. They host Weyl fermions as emergent quasiparticles and admit a topological classification that protects Fermi arc surface states on the boundary. This unusual electronic structure has deep analogies with particle physics and leads to unique topological properties. We report the experimental discovery of the first Weyl semimetal, TaAs. We directly observe the Weyl fermions and the Fermi arcs in a TaAs single crystal and demonstrate its topological character. Our work opens the field for studying of Weyl fermions in table-top experiments. The work at Princeton and Princeton-led ARPES measurements were supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations EPiQS Initiative through grant GBMF4547 (Hasan) and by U.S. Department of Energy DE-FG-02-05ER46200.

  9. Scanning tunneling microscopy of atoms and charge-density waves in 1T-TaS2, 1T-TaSe2, and 1T-VSe2

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    Giambattista, B.; Slough, C. G.; McNairy, W. W.; Coleman, R. V.

    1990-05-01

    The surface atomic structure and the charge-density-wave (CDW) structure in the 1T phase of TaSe2, TaS2, and VSe2 have been studied at 4.2, 77, and 300 K. The response of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to the CDW superlattice in 1T-TaSe2 and 1T-TaS2 is extremely strong, while in 1T-VSe2 the CDW generates a much weaker response. In 1T-TaSe2 and 1T-TaS2 at 4.2 and 77 K the STM scans show a √13 a0× √13 a0 pattern characteristic of a triple-q commensurate CDW structure. The atomic lattice and CDW superlattice are simultaneously resolved, but the atomic modulation represents a small fraction of the total STM deflection leading to a substantial variation in the atomic resolution. At 300 K we continue to observe a commensurate √13 a0× √13 a0 CDW pattern in 1T-TaSe2 while 1T-TaS2 shows a modulated two-dimensional structure due to the incommensurate CDW wavelength characteristic of the nearly commensurate phase. The STM scans on 1T-VSe2 show a 4a0×4a0 CDW superlattice with a pattern that reflects a triple- to double-q transition in the CDW structure and the formation of domains. In 1T-VSe2 the atomic modulation is dominant with a weak superimposed modulation due to the CDW superlattice. This difference in the strength of the CDW is reflected in the z deflection of the STM and in the effective barrier height as a function of tip-to-surface distance. The STM scans and profiles of z deflection have been analyzed and compared for all three materials. Defects in the CDW structure of 1T-TaSe2 and 1T-TaS2 have been observed which create missing CDW maxima and a variable enhancement of the surrounding CDW maxima. These appear to result from defects in the Ta layer rather than in the surface Se or S layer. Defects in the STM scans of 1T-VSe2 are very localized and appear to be associated with Se-atom vacancies in the surface layer. The STM patterns and response will be reviewed and analyzed in terms of the band structures and Fermi surfaces of the various

  10. Overexpression of the pathogen-inducible wheat TaWRKY45 gene confers disease resistance to multiple fungi in transgenic wheat plants.

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    Bahrini, Insaf; Ogawa, Taiichi; Kobayashi, Fuminori; Kawahigashi, Hiroyuki; Handa, Hirokazu

    2011-12-01

    Recently we cloned and characterized the gene for the wheat transcription factor TaWRKY45 and showed that TaWRKY45 was upregulated in response to benzothiadiazole (BTH) and Fusarium head blight (FHB) and that its overexpression conferred enhanced resistance against F. graminearum. To characterize the functional role of TaWRKY45 in the disease resistance of wheat, in the present study we conducted expression analyses of TaWRKY45 with inoculations of powdery mildew and leaf rust and evaluated TaWRKY45-overexpressing wheat plants for resistance to these diseases. TaWRKY45 was upregulated in response to infections with Blumeria graminis, a causal fungus for powdery mildew, and Puccinia triticina, a causal fungus for leaf rust. Constitutive overexpression of the TaWRKY45 transgene conferred enhanced resistance against these two fungi on transgenic wheat plants grown under greenhouse conditions. However, the expression of two resistance-related genes, Pm3 and Lr34, was not induced by the inoculation with powdery mildew in TaWRKY45-overexpressing wheat plants. These results suggest that TaWRKY45 is involved in the defense responses for multiple fungal diseases in wheat but that resistance involving TaWRKY45 differs from at least Pm3 and/or Lr34-related resistance. Our present and previous studies indicate that TaWRKY45 may be potentially utilized to improve a wide range of disease resistance in wheat. PMID:23136468

  11. Overexpression of the pathogen-inducible wheat TaWRKY45 gene confers disease resistance to multiple fungi in transgenic wheat plants

    PubMed Central

    Bahrini, Insaf; Ogawa, Taiichi; Kobayashi, Fuminori; Kawahigashi, Hiroyuki; Handa, Hirokazu

    2011-01-01

    Recently we cloned and characterized the gene for the wheat transcription factor TaWRKY45 and showed that TaWRKY45 was upregulated in response to benzothiadiazole (BTH) and Fusarium head blight (FHB) and that its overexpression conferred enhanced resistance against F. graminearum. To characterize the functional role of TaWRKY45 in the disease resistance of wheat, in the present study we conducted expression analyses of TaWRKY45 with inoculations of powdery mildew and leaf rust and evaluated TaWRKY45-overexpressing wheat plants for resistance to these diseases. TaWRKY45 was upregulated in response to infections with Blumeria graminis, a causal fungus for powdery mildew, and Puccinia triticina, a causal fungus for leaf rust. Constitutive overexpression of the TaWRKY45 transgene conferred enhanced resistance against these two fungi on transgenic wheat plants grown under greenhouse conditions. However, the expression of two resistance-related genes, Pm3 and Lr34, was not induced by the inoculation with powdery mildew in TaWRKY45-overexpressing wheat plants. These results suggest that TaWRKY45 is involved in the defense responses for multiple fungal diseases in wheat but that resistance involving TaWRKY45 differs from at least Pm3 and/or Lr34-related resistance. Our present and previous studies indicate that TaWRKY45 may be potentially utilized to improve a wide range of disease resistance in wheat. PMID:23136468

  12. Interplay of charge density wave and multiband superconductivity in 2H-PdxTaSe2

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    Bhoi, D.; Khim, S.; Nam, W.; Lee, B. S.; Kim, Chanhee; Jeon, B.-G.; Min, B. H.; Park, S.; Kim, Kee Hoon

    2016-01-01

    2H-TaSe2 has been one of unique transition metal dichalcogenides exhibiting several phase transitions due to a delicate balance among competing electronic ground states. An unusual metallic state at high-T is sequentially followed by an incommensurate charge density wave (ICDW) state at ≈122 K and a commensurate charge density wave (CCDW) state at ≈90 K, and superconductivity at TC ~ 0.14 K. Upon systematic intercalation of Pd ions into TaSe2, we find that CCDW order is destabilized more rapidly than ICDW to indicate a hidden quantum phase transition point at x ~ 0.09–0.10. Moreover, TC shows a dramatic enhancement up to 3.3 K at x = 0.08, ~24 times of TC in 2H-TaSe2, in proportional to the density of states N(EF). Investigations of upper critical fields Hc2 in single crystals reveal evidences of multiband superconductivity as temperature-dependent anisotropy factor γH = , quasi-linear increase of , and an upward, positive-curvature in near TC. Furthermore, analysis of temperature-dependent electronic specific heat corroborates the presence of multiple superconducting gaps. Based on above findings and electronic phase diagram vs x, we propose that the increase of N(EF) and effective electron-phonon coupling in the vicinity of CDW quantum phase transition should be a key to the large enhancement of TC in PdxTaSe2. PMID:27045426

  13. Strongly correlated one-dimensional magnetic behavior of NiTa2O6

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    Law, J. M.; Koo, H.-J.; Whangbo, M.-H.; Brücher, E.; Pomjakushin, V.; Kremer, R. K.

    2014-01-01

    The magnetic properties of NiTa2O6 were investigated by magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electron paramagnetic resonance, neutron powder diffraction, and pulse field magnetization measurements. Accompanying ab initio DFT calculations of the spin-exchange constants complemented and supported our experimental findings that NiTa2O6 must be described as a quasi-1D Heisenberg S =1 spin chain system with a nearest-neighbor only antiferromagnetic spin-exchange interaction of 18.92(2) K. Interchain coupling is by about two orders of magnitude smaller. Electron paramagnetic resonance measurements on Mg1-xNixTa2O6 (x ≈1%) polycrystalline samples enabled us to estimate the single-ion zero-field splitting of the S =1 states which amounts to less than 4% of the nearest-neighbor spin-exchange interaction. At 0 T NiTa2O6 undergoes long-range antiferromagnetic ordering at 10.3(1) K evidenced by a λ-type anomaly in the specific heat capacity. On application of a magnetic field the specific heat anomaly is smeared out. We confirmed the magnetic structure by neutron powder diffraction measurements and at 2.00(1) K refined a magnetic moment of 1.93(5) μB per Ni2+ ion. Additionally, we followed the magnetic order parameter as a function of temperature. Last, we found saturation of the magnetic moment at 55.5(5) T with a g factor of 2.14(1), with an additional high field phase above 12.8(1) T. The onset of the new high field phase is not greatly affected by temperature, but rather smears out as one approaches the long-range ordering temperature.

  14. Complementary ab initio and X-ray nanodiffraction studies of Ta2O5

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    Hollerweger, R.; Holec, D.; Paulitsch, J.; Bartosik, M.; Daniel, R.; Rachbauer, R.; Polcik, P.; Keckes, J.; Krywka, C.; Euchner, H.; Mayrhofer, P.H.

    2015-01-01

    The complex structure of Ta2O5 led to the development of various structural models. Among them, superstructures represent the most stable configurations. However, their formation requires kinetic activity and long-range ordering processes, which are hardly present during physical vapor deposition. Based on nano-beam X-ray diffraction and concomitant ab initio studies, a new metastable orthorhombic basic structure is introduced for Ta2O5 with lattice parameters a = 6.425 Å, b = 3.769 Å and c = 7.706 Å. The unit cell containing only 14 atoms, i.e. two formula unit blocks in the c direction, is characterized by periodically alternating the occupied oxygen site between two possible positions in succeeding 002-planes. This structure can be described by the space group 53 (Pncm) with four Wyckoff positions, and exhibits an energy of formation of −3.209 eV atom−1. Among all the reported basic structures, its energy of formation is closest to those of superstructures. Furthermore, this model exhibits a 2.5 eV band gap, which is closer to experimental data than the band gap of any other basic-structure model. The sputtered Ta2O5 films develop only a superstructure if annealed at temperatures >800 °C in air or vacuum. Based on these results and the conveniently small unit cell size, it is proposed that the basic-structure model described here is an ideal candidate for both structure and electronic state descriptions of orthorhombic Ta2O5 materials. PMID:25642136

  15. Interplay of charge density wave and multiband superconductivity in 2H-PdxTaSe2.

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    Bhoi, D; Khim, S; Nam, W; Lee, B S; Kim, Chanhee; Jeon, B-G; Min, B H; Park, S; Kim, Kee Hoon

    2016-01-01

    2H-TaSe2 has been one of unique transition metal dichalcogenides exhibiting several phase transitions due to a delicate balance among competing electronic ground states. An unusual metallic state at high-T is sequentially followed by an incommensurate charge density wave (ICDW) state at ≈122 K and a commensurate charge density wave (CCDW) state at ≈90 K, and superconductivity at TC ~ 0.14 K. Upon systematic intercalation of Pd ions into TaSe2, we find that CCDW order is destabilized more rapidly than ICDW to indicate a hidden quantum phase transition point at x ~ 0.09-0.10. Moreover, TC shows a dramatic enhancement up to 3.3 K at x = 0.08, ~24 times of TC in 2H-TaSe2, in proportional to the density of states N(EF). Investigations of upper critical fields Hc2 in single crystals reveal evidences of multiband superconductivity as temperature-dependent anisotropy factor γH = , quasi-linear increase of , and an upward, positive-curvature in near TC. Furthermore, analysis of temperature-dependent electronic specific heat corroborates the presence of multiple superconducting gaps. Based on above findings and electronic phase diagram vs x, we propose that the increase of N(EF) and effective electron-phonon coupling in the vicinity of CDW quantum phase transition should be a key to the large enhancement of TC in PdxTaSe2. PMID:27045426

  16. Relaxation kinetics in virtual ferroelectrics: (K, Li)TaO3 crystals

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    Turik, A. V.; Khasabov, A. G.

    2001-02-01

    A method for the treatment of dielectric spectra that allows calculation of electric dipole moments µ and off-centre displacements δ of Li ions in (K, Li)TaO3 crystals is suggested and realized. These parameters determine characters of relaxation kinetics. The obtained estimations for µ and δ are confirmed by calculation with the Arrhenius law for the mean relaxation time and are compared with the published data.

  17. Preliminary results for HIP bonding Ta to W targets for the materials test station

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    Dombrowski, David E; Maloy, Stuart A

    2009-01-01

    Tungsten targets for the Materials Test Station (MTS) were clad with thin tantalum cover plates and a tantalum frame using hot isostatic pressing (HIP). A preliminary HIP parameter study showed good bonding and intimate mechanical contact for Ta cover plate thicknesses of 0.25 mm (0.010 inch) and 0.38 mm (0.015 inch). HIP temperatures of full HIP runs were 1500 C (2732 F). HIP pressure was 203 MPa (30 ksi).

  18. Transport properties of 1T-TaS 2-xSe x

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    Hambourger, P. D.; Di Salvo, F. J.

    1980-08-01

    The electrical resistivity and Hall coefficient of pure and Se-doped 1T-TaS 2 have been measured over the range 1.3

  19. Interplay of charge density wave and multiband superconductivity in 2H-PdxTaSe2

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    Bhoi, D.; Khim, S.; Nam, W.; Lee, B. S.; Kim, Chanhee; Jeon, B.-G.; Min, B. H.; Park, S.; Kim, Kee Hoon

    2016-04-01

    2H-TaSe2 has been one of unique transition metal dichalcogenides exhibiting several phase transitions due to a delicate balance among competing electronic ground states. An unusual metallic state at high-T is sequentially followed by an incommensurate charge density wave (ICDW) state at ≈122 K and a commensurate charge density wave (CCDW) state at ≈90 K, and superconductivity at TC ~ 0.14 K. Upon systematic intercalation of Pd ions into TaSe2, we find that CCDW order is destabilized more rapidly than ICDW to indicate a hidden quantum phase transition point at x ~ 0.09–0.10. Moreover, TC shows a dramatic enhancement up to 3.3 K at x = 0.08, ~24 times of TC in 2H-TaSe2, in proportional to the density of states N(EF). Investigations of upper critical fields Hc2 in single crystals reveal evidences of multiband superconductivity as temperature-dependent anisotropy factor γH = , quasi-linear increase of , and an upward, positive-curvature in near TC. Furthermore, analysis of temperature-dependent electronic specific heat corroborates the presence of multiple superconducting gaps. Based on above findings and electronic phase diagram vs x, we propose that the increase of N(EF) and effective electron-phonon coupling in the vicinity of CDW quantum phase transition should be a key to the large enhancement of TC in PdxTaSe2.

  20. Perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction with thin CoFeB/Ta/Co/Pd/Co reference layer

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    Gan, Huadong Malmhall, Roger; Wang, Zihui; Yen, Bing K; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Xiaobin; Zhou, Yuchen; Hao, Xiaojie; Jung, Dongha; Satoh, Kimihiro; Huai, Yiming

    2014-11-10

    Integration of high density spin transfer torque magnetoresistance random access memory requires a thin stack (less than 15 nm) of perpendicular magnetic tunnel junction (p-MTJ). We propose an innovative approach to solve this challenging problem by reducing the thickness and/or moment of the reference layer. A thin reference layer structure of CoFeB/Ta/Co/Pd/Co has 60% magnetic moment of the conventional thick structure including [Co/Pd] multilayers. We demonstrate that the perpendicular magnetization of the CoFeB/Ta/Co/Pd/Co structure can be realized by anti-ferromagnetically coupling to a pinned layer with strong perpendicular anisotropy via Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida exchange interaction. The pMTJ with thin CoFeB/Ta/Co/Pd/Co reference layer has a comparable TMR ratio (near 80%) as that with thick reference layer after annealing at 280 °C. The pMTJ with thin reference layer has a total thickness less than 15 nm, thereby significantly increasing the etching margin required for integration of high density pMTJ array on wafers with form factor of 300 mm and beyond.