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  1. Study of Atmospheric Pressure Abnormal Glow Discharge

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    Li, Xiang; Tang, Changjian; Dai, Xiaoyan; Yin, Yongxiang

    2008-04-01

    Atmospheric pressure abnormal glow discharge (APAGD) was carried out simply with a transformer of 1: 500 driven by a alternating current with a frequency of 50 Hz. Typical stable discharge parameters, namely voltage of 400 V to 850 V and current of 60 mA to 110 mA were measured by oscillograph. Simulation of the discharge process suggested that the stable discharge was supported by the impedance from the secondary coil of the transformer, which offered a negative feedback to prevent the discharge from turning into an arc. An interpretation was given for the oscillogram of the sinuous discharge current and square voltage. Furthermore, the electron temperature and electron density averaged in the discharge channel of APAGD were estimated.

  2. Normal Mode of DC Glow Discharge

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    Lisovskiy, Valeriy; Kharchenko, Nadiia; Yegorenkov, Vladimir

    2008-10-01

    We registered the normal current density j of the dc glow discharge in the nitrogen pressure range p = 0.3 - 10 Torr and determined the quantity j/p^2. Experiments were carried out in a T-shaped tube, the cathode was located at one end of the horizontal part of T, whereas another electrode (anode at the bottom of T) was grounded. Photos were taken through a window at the opposite end of the horizontal part of T exposing the cathode and the images were digitized. According to a generally accepted opinion this quantity j/p^2 had to remain constant on varying the current I in the normal mode. This proved to be valid only for p < 1 Torr. At higher pressure values the current growth was accompanied with a decrease of the quantity j/p^2. In a plasma column of small cross section the current density is larger to compensate for the increased loss of charged particles from the discharge volume.

  3. Monte Carlo Simulation of Normal and Abnormal Glow Discharge Plasmas Using the Limited Weight Probability Method

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    Goto, Makoto; Kondoh, Yoshiomi

    1998-01-01

    A self-consistent Monte Carlo modelling technique has been developed to study normal and abnormal glow discharge plasmas. To simulate nonequilibrium particles, a limited weight probability method is introduced and a fine subslab system is used. These two methods are applied to a DC Ar-like gas discharge simulation. The simulations are performed for conditions corresponding to the experimental voltage and current sets of normal and abnormal glow disharges. The characteristic spatial profiles of plasmas for normal and abnormal glow discharges with high nonequilibrium electron energy distributions are obtained. The increase in the current and the voltage from the normal glow leads to the following: (1) the density peak of the ions rises in the cathode region, (2) the density peak of electrons rises and catches up with that of ions and the peak position occurs closer to the cathode simultaneously; instead of a small increase of plasma density in the bulk plasma region, (3) reversal field strength next to the cathode fall increases and (4) the two groups of the enregy distribution separates into three groups at the cathode fall edge.

  4. An example of abnormal glow curves identification in personnel thermoluminescent dosimetry.

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    Osorio Piniella, V; Stadtmann, H; Lankmayr, E

    2002-01-01

    The personal Dosimetry Service Seibersdorf analyses monthly a large number of thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). The dosimeters consist of LiF chips, and the readout is carried out with an automated Harshaw 8800 reader system. In some cases, the luminescent glow curves of the routine analysis do not have the expected form as a result of external chemical contamination, hardware problems, poor heat transfer, etc. It is therefore necessary to investigate the reasons for the irregularity of these curves. An algorithm for the investigation of the routine curves was developed. It is based on the fact that the shape of an abnormal glow curve differs from the shape of a normal one. An interesting type of abnormal glow curves in the routine service was found. Some dosimeters of a certain client, a steel industry, exhibit glow curves with an atypical shape and very high signals. In those dosimeters, a possible chemical contamination in the form of a powder was discovered, which interferes with the dosimetric signal. A quantitative analysis of that powder was made by means of inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) after microwave dissolution. Elements like aluminium, barium, calcium and others were found. Such elements are used in different combinations as thermoluminescent materials. PMID:12406593

  5. Modes in a pulse-modulated radio-frequency dielectric-barrier glow discharge

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    Shi, J. J.; Zhang, J.; Qiu, G.; Walsh, J. L.; Kong, M. G.

    2008-07-01

    This letter reports an experimental study of a pulse-modulated radio-frequency dielectric-barrier discharge in atmospheric helium. By controlling the duty cycle at a modulation frequency of 10 and 100kHz, the 13.56MHz discharge is shown to operate in three different glow modes: the continuum mode, the discrete mode, and the transition mode. By investigating plasma ignition, residual electrons during power off are found to affect different glow modes. Duty cycle dependences of power density, gas temperature, optical emission intensities at 706 and 777nm are used to capture clearly the characteristics of the three glow modes.

  6. Mechanisms of the {alpha} and {gamma} modes in radio-frequency atmospheric glow discharges

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    Shi, J.J.; Kong, M.G.

    2005-01-15

    Large-volume and uniform atmospheric glow discharges are finding a vast range of processing applications, many of which have been traditionally addressed with the vacuum plasma technology. When excited at kilohertz or above, these atmospheric plasmas operate typically at low current densities below 30 mA/cm{sup 2} and often they are perceived to have very similar properties regardless of their operation conditions. Recently a radio-frequency (rf) atmospheric glow discharge was observed at high current density of up to 1 A/cm{sup 2}, thus suggesting a previously overlooked and potentially different operation regime. Through a computational study of rf atmospheric glow discharges over a wide range of current density, this paper presents evidence of at least two glow modes, namely, the {alpha} mode and the {gamma} mode. It is shown that gas ionization in the {alpha} mode is volumetric occurring throughout the electrode gap whereas in the {gamma} mode it is dominated by localized events near the boundary between the sheath and the plasma bulk. Secondary electron emission strongly influences gas ionization in the {gamma} mode yet matters little in the {alpha} mode. These findings suggest a wider operation range of atmospheric glow plasmas than previously believed. The contrasting dynamic behaviors of the two glow modes highlight both the potential to preferentially match the operation regime of atmospheric glow discharges to the specific requirements of their intended applications and the importance to develop diagnostics strategies appropriate for their operation regimes.

  7. Development of a sintering methodology through abnormal glow discharge for manufacturing metal matrix composites

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    Pérez, S.; Pineda, Y.; Sarmiento, A.; López, A.

    2016-02-01

    In this study, a sintering methodology is presented by using abnormal glow discharge to metal matrix composites (MMC), consisting of 316 steel, reinforced with titanium carbide (TiC). The wear behaviour of these compounds was evaluated according to the standard ASTM G 99 in a tribometer pin-on-disk. The effect of the percentage of reinforcement (3, 6, and 9%), with 40 minutes of mixing in the planetary mill is analysed, using compaction pressure of 700MPa and sintering temperature of 1,100°C±5°C, gaseous atmosphere of H2 - N2, and sintering time of 30 minutes. As a result of the research, it shows that the best behaviour against wear is obtained when the MMC contains 6% TiC. Under this parameter the lowest percentage of pores and the lowest coefficient of friction are achieved, ensuring that the incorporation of ceramic particles (TiC) in 316 austenitic steel matrix significantly improves the wear resistance. Also, it is shown that it is possible to sinter such materials using the abnormal glow discharge, being a novel and effective method in which the working temperature is reached in a short time.

  8. Array of surface-confined glow discharges in atmospheric pressure helium: Modes and dynamics

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    Li, D.; Liu, D. X. E-mail: mglin5g@gmail.com; Nie, Q. Y.; Li, H. P.; Chen, H. L.; Kong, M. G. E-mail: mglin5g@gmail.com

    2014-05-19

    Array of atmospheric pressure surface discharges confined by a two-dimensional hexagon electrode mesh is studied for its discharge modes and temporal evolution so as to a theoretical underpinning to their growing applications in medicine, aerodynamic control, and environmental remediation. Helium plasma surface-confined by one hexagon-shaped rim electrode is shown to evolve from a Townsend mode to a normal and abnormal glow mode, and its evolution develops from the rim electrodes as six individual microdischarges merging in the middle of the hexagon mesh element. Within one hexagon element, microdischarges remain largely static with the mesh electrode being the instantaneous cathode, but move towards the hexagon center when the electrode is the instantaneous anode. On the entire array electrode surface, plasma ignition is found to beat an unspecific hexagon element and then spreads to ignite surrounding hexagon elements. The spreading of microdischarges is in the form of an expanding circle at a speed of about 3??10{sup 4} m/s, and their quenching starts in the location of the initial plasma ignition. Plasma modes influence how input electrical power is used to generate and accelerate electrons and as such the reaction chemistry, whereas plasma dynamics are central to understand and control plasma instabilities. The present study provides an important aspect of plasma physics of the atmospheric surface-confined discharge array and a theoretical underpinning to its future technological innovation.

  9. Synthesis of Polycrystalline Diamond Films in Abnormal Glow Discharge and their Properties

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    Gaydaychuk, A. V.; Linnik, S. A.; Kabyshev, A. V.; Konusov, F. V.; Remnev, G. E.

    2015-11-01

    The optical and electrophysical properties of polycrystalline diamond films (PDF) deposited from the abnormal glow discharge have been studied. The dominating mechanisms of absorption and charge carrier transfer and the energy spectrum of the localized states (LS) of defects which determine the properties of the films have been specified. The parameters of the interband absorption and electrical conductivity are determined by the continuous energy distribution in the band gap (BG) of the states of defects of different nature. The absorption edge of the crystalline phase of the films is separated from the absorption zone determined by the electron transitions between LS defects. The width of BG is narrowed to 0.2-0.5 eV from the quantity typical to the diamond. An additional film absorption edge is formed in the energy interval 1.2-3.3 eV, where Urbach rule is fulfilled and the interband absorption is realized at direct transitions through the optical gap 1.1-1.5 eV. The average width of BG is 2.6-3.24 eV estimated within semiclassical interband model. The interaction of the parameters of the interband and exponential absorption is determined by the crystal lattice static disorder. The dominating n-type of the activation component of the electrical conductivity is complemented by the hopping mechanism with the participation of the localized states of the defects distributed near the Fermi level with a density 5.6T017-2.11021 eV-1-cm-3.

  10. Irregular-regular-irregular mixed mode oscillations in a glow discharge plasma

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    Ghosh, Sabuj Shaw, Pankaj Kumar Saha, Debajyoti Janaki, M. S. Iyengar, A. N. Sekar

    2015-05-15

    Floating potential fluctuations of a glow discharge plasma are found to exhibit different kinds of mixed mode oscillations. Power spectrum analysis reveals that with change in the nature of the mixed mode oscillation (MMO), there occurs a transfer of power between the different harmonics and subharmonics. The variation in the chaoticity of different types of mmo was observed with the study of Lyapunov exponents. Estimates of correlation dimension and the Hurst exponent suggest that these MMOs are of low dimensional nature with an anti persistent character. Numerical modeling also reflects the experimentally found transitions between the different MMOs.

  11. Cathode fall thickness of abnormal glow discharges between parallel-plane electrodes in different radii at low pressure

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    Fu, Yangyang; Luo, Haiyun; Zou, Xiaobing; Wang, Xinxin

    2015-02-15

    In order to investigate the influence of electrode radius on the characteristics of cathode fall thickness, experiments of low-pressure (20?Pa ? p???30?Pa) abnormal glow discharge were carried out between parallel-plane electrodes in different radii keeping gap distance unchanged. Axial distributions of light intensity were obtained from the discharge images captured using a Charge Coupled Device camera. The assumption that the position of the negative glow peak coincides with the edge of cathode fall layer was verified based on a two-dimensional model, and the cathode fall thicknesses, d{sub c}, were calculated from the axial distributions of light intensity. It was observed that the position of peak emission shifts closer to the cathode as current or pressure grows. The dependence of cathode fall thickness on the gas pressure and normalized current J/p{sup 2} was presented, and it was found that for discharges between electrodes in large radius the curves of pd{sub c} against J/p{sup 2} were superimposed on each other, however, this phenomenon will not hold for discharges between the smaller electrodes. The reason for this phenomenon is that the transverse diffusions of charged particles are not the same in two gaps between electrodes with different radii.

  12. Study of nonlinear oscillations in a glow discharge plasma using empirical mode decomposition and Hilbert Huang transform

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    Wharton, A. M.; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.; Janaki, M. S.

    2013-02-15

    Hilbert Huang transform (HHT) based time series analysis was carried out on nonlinear floating potential fluctuations obtained from hollow cathode glow discharge plasma in the presence of anode glow. HHT was used to obtain contour plots and the presence of nonlinearity was studied. Frequency shift with time, which is a typical nonlinear behaviour, was detected from the contour plots. Various plasma parameters were measured and the concepts of correlation coefficients and the physical contribution of each intrinsic mode function have been discussed. Physically important quantities such as instantaneous energy and their uses in studying physical phenomena such as intermittency and non-stationary data have also been discussed.

  13. The Effect of Doping on the Electrophysical Properties of Polycrystalline Diamond Films Deposited from an Abnormal Glow Discharge

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    Kabyshev, A. V.; Konusov, F. V.; Linnik, S. A.; Remnev, G. E.

    2015-11-01

    The paper is focused on the study of the boron doping effect on the electrical characteristics, on the mechanism of charge carrier transfer, and on the energy spectrum of the localized defect states in the polycrystalline diamond films (PDF) deposited from an abnormal glow discharge. PDF doping enables to form the semiconductor layers of p-type conductivity, which have as good properties as those of PDF produced by the alternative methods. The doping reduces the degree of disorder in the film material brought by the growth defects, which determine the film electrical characteristics and electrotransfer mechanism. The PDF electrical characteristics and electrotransfer mechanism are determined by the defects of different nature, whose band gap energy levels have a continuous energy distribution. A p-type activation component is realized in the exchange of charge carriers between the valence band and shallow acceptor levels with the activation energy of 0.013-0.022 eV. Doping increases the effect of the hopping mechanism of the conductivity involving the localized states with a density of (1-6)1020 eV-1 cm-3 distributed near the Fermi level, which is in the low half of the band gap.

  14. Canard and mixed mode oscillations in an excitable glow discharge plasma in the presence of inhomogeneous magnetic field

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    Shaw, Pankaj Kumar; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.; Nurujjaman, Md.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the experimental observation of canard orbit and mixed mode oscillations (MMOs) in an excitable glow discharge plasma induced by an external magnetic field perturbation using a bar magnet. At a small value of magnetic field, small amplitude quasiperiodic oscillations were excited, and with the increase in the magnetic field, large amplitude oscillations were excited. Analyzing the experimental results, it seems that the magnetic field could be playing the role of noise for such nonlinear phenomena. It is observed that the noise level increases with the increase in magnetic field strength. The experimental results have also been corroborated by a numerical simulation using a FitzHugh-Nagumo like macroscopic model derived from the basic plasma equations and phenomenology, where the noise has been included to represent the internal plasma noise. This macroscopic model shows MMO in the vicinity of the canard point when an external noise is added.

  15. A brush-shaped air plasma jet operated in glow discharge mode at atmospheric pressure

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    Li, Xuechen; Bao, Wenting; Jia, Pengying; Di, Cong

    2014-07-01

    Using ambient air as working gas, a direct-current plasma jet is developed to generate a brush-shaped plasma plume with fairly large volume. Although a direct-current power supply is used, the discharge shows a pulsed characteristic. Based on the voltage-current curve and fast photography, the brush-shaped plume, like the gliding arc plasma, is in fact a temporal superposition of a moving discharge filament in an arched shape. During it moves away from the nozzle, the discharge evolves from a low-current arc into a normal glow in one discharge cycle. The emission profile is explained qualitatively based on the dynamics of the plasma brush.

  16. Glowing Veggies.

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    Scharlin, Pirketta; And Others

    1996-01-01

    Extends the work of Weimer and Battino in electrical conductivity demonstrations creating "glowing" vegetables (see article this issue) to other vegetables and the spectra generated by other elements other than the sodium in pickle brines. Describes a study on the effect of concentration and voltage on glow intensity. (MKR)

  17. Evaluation of drug-targetable genes by defining modes of abnormality in gene expression

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    Park, Junseong; Lee, Jungsul; Choi, Chulhee

    2015-01-01

    In the post-genomic era, many researchers have taken a systematic approach to identifying abnormal genes associated with various diseases. However, the gold standard has not been established, and most of these abnormalities are difficult to be rehabilitated in real clinical settings. In addition to identifying abnormal genes, for a practical purpose, it is necessary to investigate abnormality diversity. In this context, this study is aimed to demonstrate simply restorable genes as useful drug targets. We devised the concept of drug targetability to evaluate several different modes of abnormal genes by predicting events after drug treatment. As a representative example, we applied our method to breast cancer. Computationally, PTPRF, PRKAR2B, MAP4K3, and RICTOR were calculated as highly drug-targetable genes for breast cancer. After knockdown of these top-ranked genes (i.e., high drug targetability) using siRNA, our predictions were validated by cell death and migration assays. Moreover, inhibition of RICTOR or PTPRF was expected to prolong lifespan of breast cancer patients according to patient information annotated in microarray data. We anticipate that our method can be widely applied to elaborate selection of novel drug targets, and, ultimately, to improve the efficacy of disease treatment. PMID:26336805

  18. Evaluation of drug-targetable genes by defining modes of abnormality in gene expression.

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    Park, Junseong; Lee, Jungsul; Choi, Chulhee

    2015-01-01

    In the post-genomic era, many researchers have taken a systematic approach to identifying abnormal genes associated with various diseases. However, the gold standard has not been established, and most of these abnormalities are difficult to be rehabilitated in real clinical settings. In addition to identifying abnormal genes, for a practical purpose, it is necessary to investigate abnormality diversity. In this context, this study is aimed to demonstrate simply restorable genes as useful drug targets. We devised the concept of "drug targetability" to evaluate several different modes of abnormal genes by predicting events after drug treatment. As a representative example, we applied our method to breast cancer. Computationally, PTPRF, PRKAR2B, MAP4K3, and RICTOR were calculated as highly drug-targetable genes for breast cancer. After knockdown of these top-ranked genes (i.e., high drug targetability) using siRNA, our predictions were validated by cell death and migration assays. Moreover, inhibition of RICTOR or PTPRF was expected to prolong lifespan of breast cancer patients according to patient information annotated in microarray data. We anticipate that our method can be widely applied to elaborate selection of novel drug targets, and, ultimately, to improve the efficacy of disease treatment. PMID:26336805

  19. Does asymmetric charge transfer play an important role as an ionization mode in low power-low pressure glow discharge mass spectrometry?

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    Mushtaq, S.; Steers, E. B. M.; Churchill, G.; Barnhart, D.; Hoffmann, V.; Pickering, J. C.; Putyera, K.

    2016-04-01

    We report results of comprehensive studies using the Nu Instruments Astrum high-resolution glow discharge mass spectrometer (GD-MS) and optical emission spectrometry (OES) to investigate the relative importance of discharge mechanisms, such as Penning ionization (PI) and asymmetric charge transfer (ACT), at low-power/low-pressure discharge conditions. Comparison of the ratios of the ion signals of each constituent element to that of the plasma gas shows that for oxygen, the ratio in krypton is more than ten times higher than in argon (oxygen ground state ions are produced by Kr-ACT). For many elements, the ratios are very similar but that for tungsten is higher with krypton, while for iron, the reverse holds. These effects are linked to the arrangement of ionic energy levels of the elements concerned and the resulting relative importance of ACT and PI. The GD-MS and GD-OES results have shown that the ACT process can play an important role as the ionization mode in low-power/low-pressure discharges. However, OES results have shown that the magnitude of change in spectral intensities of elements studied are dependent on the discharge conditions.

  20. The effect of power balance on the heating mode transition in micro-dielectric barrier helium glow discharges

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    Lee, Jung Yeol; Bae, Hyo Won; Lee, Hae June; Verboncoeur, John P.

    2014-06-01

    A particle-in-cell simulation has been adapted to analyze the helium discharge characteristics of a planar micro-dielectric barrier discharge with a gap distance less than 100 m for variation of driving frequency from 10 to 500 MHz. Two scaling laws for the breakdown voltage were obtained with the change in heating mechanism from the ?- to the ?-mode with increasing frequency. The optimal condition for the efficient generation of high-density plasmas with minimized power is obtained when the ratio of ion transit time to the RF period is about 1/4, so that the secondary electrons emitted by ion bombardment on the dielectric-gap boundary are accelerated in phase with the sheath potential. Under this condition, the plasma density as well as the ion current is maximum, the displacement current and the electron current are almost the same, and the ratio of the power delivered to the plasma is 50% of the total power. At high frequencies, the collisional electron heating increases by the induced bulk electric field, enhancing excitation and elastic collisions, and thus ionization efficiency decreases while excitation efficiency increases.

  1. Abnormal electron-heating mode and formation of secondary-energetic electrons in pulsed microwave-frequency atmospheric microplasmas

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    Kwon, H. C.; Research and Development Division, SK Hynix Semiconductor Inc., Icheon 467-701 ; Jung, S. Y.; Kim, H. Y.; Won, I. H.; Lee, J. K.

    2014-03-15

    The formation of secondary energetic electrons induced by an abnormal electron-heating mode in pulsed microwave-frequency atmospheric microplasmas was investigated using particle-in-cell simulation. We found that additional high electron heating only occurs during the first period of the ignition phase after the start of a second pulse at sub-millimeter dimensions. During this period, the electrons are unable to follow the abruptly retreating sheath through diffusion alone. Thus, a self-consistent electric field is induced to drive the electrons toward the electrode. These behaviors result in an abnormal electron-heating mode that produces high-energy electrons at the electrode with energies greater than 50 eV.

  2. Phenomena of oscillations in atmospheric pressure direct current glow discharges

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    Liu, Fu-cheng; Yan, Wen; Wang, De-zhen

    2013-12-15

    Self-sustained oscillations in a dc glow discharge with a semiconductor layer at atmospheric pressure were investigated by means of a one-dimensional fluid model. It is found that the dc glow discharge initially becomes unstable in the subnormal glow region and gives rise to oscillations of plasma parameters. A variety of oscillations with one or more frequencies have been observed under different conditions. The discharge oscillates between the glow discharge mode and the Townsend discharge mode in the oscillations with large amplitude while operates in the subnormal glow discharge mode all the while in the oscillations with small amplitude. Fourier Transform spectra of oscillations reveal the transition mechanism between different oscillations. The effects of semiconductor conductivity on the oscillation frequency of the dominant mode, gas voltage, as well as the discharge current have also been analyzed.

  3. Glow discharge detector

    DOEpatents

    Koo, Jackson C. (San Ramon, CA); Yu, Conrad M. (Antioch, CA)

    2002-01-01

    A highly sensitive electronic ion cell for the measurement of trace elements in He carrier gas which involves glow discharge. A constant wave (CW) glow discharge detector which is controlled through a biased resistor, can detect the change of electron density caused by impurities in the He carrier gas by many orders of magnitude larger than that caused by direct ionization or electron capture. The glow discharge detector utilizes a floating pseudo-electrode to form a probe in or near the plasma. By using this probe, the large variation of electron density due to trace amounts of impurities can be directly measured.

  4. Bifurcations of current transfer through a collisional sheath with ionization and self-organization on glow cathodes.

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    Benilov, M S

    2008-03-01

    A bifurcation analysis is performed of a dc glow discharge between parallel electrodes and of a dc near-cathode space-charge sheath bordering a uniform plasma column. A model of plasma is considered with a single ion species and motion of the charged particles dominated by drift. Bifurcation points are found at which steady-state modes with spots on the cathode branch off from the abnormal mode or from the mode corresponding to the falling section of the current-density-voltage characteristic. In both discharge configurations, bifurcations in the abnormal mode have been detected; an unexpected result given that loss of stability and pattern appearance in dc gas discharges are usually associated with a negative differential resistance of the discharge. The conclusion is drawn that the two most important mechanisms governing appearance of patterns on glow cathodes, which are electrostatic mechanism and diffusion, produce competing effects: the former favors appearance of modes with multiple spots, while the latter favors appearance of a mode with one spot. This may explain the appearance in experiments of a normal spot or, alternatively, of patterns with multiple spots. PMID:18517534

  5. Abnormal resting-state functional connectivity within the default mode network subregions in male patients with obstructive sleep apnea

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    Li, Hai-Jun; Nie, Xiao; Gong, Hong-Han; Zhang, Wei; Nie, Si; Peng, De-Chang

    2016-01-01

    Background and objective Abnormal resting-state functional connectivity (rs-FC) between the central executive network and the default mode network (DMN) in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been reported. However, the effect of OSA on rs-FC within the DMN subregions remains uncertain. This study was designed to investigate whether the rs-FC within the DMN subregions was disrupted and determine its relationship with clinical symptoms in patients with OSA. Methods Forty male patients newly diagnosed with severe OSA and 40 male education- and age-matched good sleepers (GSs) underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) examinations and clinical and neuropsychologic assessments. Seed-based region of interest rs-FC method was used to analyze the connectivity between each pair of subregions within the DMN, including the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC), posterior cingulate cortex (PCC), hippocampus formation (HF), inferior parietal cortices (IPC), and medial temporal lobe (MTL). The abnormal rs-FC strength within the DMN subregions was correlated with clinical and neuropsychologic assessments using Pearson correlation analysis in patients with OSA. Results Compared with GSs, patients with OSA had significantly decreased rs-FC between the right HF and the PCC, MPFC, and left MTL. However, patients with OSA had significantly increased rs-FC between the MPFC and left and right IPC, and between the left IPC and right IPC. The rs-FC between the right HF and left MTL was positively correlated with rapid eye movement (r=0.335, P=0.035). The rs-FC between the PCC and right HF was negatively correlated with delayed memory (r=-0.338, P=0.033). Conclusion OSA selectively impairs the rs-FC between right HF and PCC, MPFC, and left MTL within the DMN subregions, and provides an imaging indicator for assessment of cognitive dysfunction in OSA patients. PMID:26855576

  6. Stable glow discharge detector

    DOEpatents

    Koo, Jackson C.; Yu, Conrad M.

    2004-05-18

    A highly sensitive electronic ion cell for the measurement of trace elements in He carrier gas which involves glow discharge. A constant wave (CW) stable glow discharge detector which is controlled through a biased resistor, can detect the change of electron density caused by impurities in the He carrier gas by many orders of magnitude larger than that caused by direct ionization or electron capture. The stable glow discharge detector utilizes a floating pseudo-electrode to form a probe in or near the plasma and a solid rod electrode. By using this probe, the large variation of electron density due to trace amounts of impurities can be directly measured. The solid rod electrode provides greater stability and thus easier alignment.

  7. Glow discharge mass spectrometry.

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    Hoffmann, Volker; Kasik, Martin; Robinson, Peter K; Venzago, Cornel

    2005-01-01

    Over the past twenty years or so, glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) has become the industry standard for the analysis of trace elements in metals and semiconductors. A review of its history is followed by a picture of the present situation and a look to where the future may lie. Applications are summarised, including the ability of GDMS to offer depth-resolved data and non-conductor analysis, and the well-documented quantitative nature of the results is reviewed. The effects resulting from the physical properties of the analyte material are discussed at length. Finally, recent work such as "fast flow" sources and pulsed glow discharges is reviewed. PMID:15624101

  8. Powerful glow discharge excilamp

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    Tarasenko, Victor F.; Panchenko, Aleksey N.; Skakun, Victor S.; Sosnin, Edward A.; Wang, Francis T.; Myers, Booth R.; Adamson, Martyn G.

    2002-01-01

    A powerful glow discharge lamp comprising two coaxial tubes, the outer tube being optically transparent, with a cathode and anode placed at opposite ends of the tubes, the space between the tubes being filled with working gas. The electrodes are made as cylindrical tumblers placed in line to one other in such a way that one end of the cathode is inserted into the inner tube, one end of the anode coaxially covers the end of the outer tube, the inner tube penetrating and extending through the anode. The increased electrodes' surface area increases glow discharge electron current and, correspondingly, average radiation power of discharge plasma. The inner tube contains at least one cooling liquid tube placed along the axis of the inner tube along the entire lamp length to provide cathode cooling. The anode has a circumferential heat extracting radiator which removes heat from the anode. The invention is related to lighting engineering and can be applied for realization of photostimulated processes under the action of powerful radiation in required spectral range.

  9. Pulsed glow discharges for analytical applications

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    Belenguer, Ph.; Ganciu, M.; Guillot, Ph.; Nelis, Th.

    2009-07-01

    Non equilibrium plasmas such as glow discharges have become a commonly used tool in direct surface and interface analysis of solid materials. The application of pulsed glow discharges to material analysis has been studied by several research groups over the last 20 years. Two European projects, EMDPA and GLADNET currently work on the analytical applications of glow discharges, giving a particular attention to pulsed discharges. This review demonstrates the advantages of pulsed discharge operation by showing how the specific excitation and ionisation processes observed during the plasma ignition phase and the afterglow can be used for analytical applications. In the first part of the review the dominant physical processes occurring during the plasma ignition and the afterglow of a pulsed plasma are reviewed. For both phases, the evolution of the population of electrons and sputtered atoms is discussed and related to the excitation and ionisation processes. In view of the complexity of the processes occurring and the variety of experimental conditions presented in the published papers, we have made some effort to point-out and compare the relevant features of the various experimental set-ups used. In the second part of this review, analytical applications of pulsed discharges for both mass spectrometry and optical emission techniques are presented and discussed. In particular the importance of time resolved signal acquisition is pointed out. The question of why pulsed discharges have not yet been introduced in routine analysis despite their obvious advantages over the continuous mode is discussed. Finally the first exciting results of the application of a pulsed glow discharge to surface and interface analysis of polymer multi-layers are shown.

  10. Detection of surface glow related to spacecraft glow phenomena

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    Langer, W.D.; Cohen, S.A.; Manos, D.M.; Motley, R.W.; Ono, M.; Paul, S.F.; Roberts, D.; Selberg, H.

    1986-04-01

    A source of low energy neutral atoms and molecules was developed by using a biased limiter to scrape-off and reflect neutralized ions from a toroidal plasma. Beams of nitrogen and nitrogen-oxygen mixtures with energies of 1 to 15 eV and fluxes > 10/sup 14//cm/sup 2//s were directed on target surfaces consisting of z-302 and z-306 paints. With the nitrogen beams a glow due to beam-surface interactions were detected. In addition, a volume glow effect due to beam-gas interactions which may play a role in spacecraft glow was observed.

  11. Detection of surface glow related to spacecraft glow phenomena

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    Langer, W. D.; Cohen, S. A.; Manos, D. M.; Motley, R. W.; Ono, M.

    1986-01-01

    A source of low energy neutral atoms and molecules has been developed by using a biased limiter to scrape off and reflect neutralized ions from a toroidal plasma. Beams of nitrogen and nitrogen-oxygen mixtures with energies of 1 to 15 eV and fluxes greater than about 10 to the 14 per centimeter per second were directed onto target surfaces consisting of Z-302 and Z-306 paints. With the nitrogen beams, a glow due to beam-surface interactions was successfully detected. In addition, a volume glow effect due to beam-gas interactions was observed which may play a role in spacecraft glow.

  12. Detection of surface glow related to spacecraft glow phenomenon

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    Langer, W.D.; Cohen, S.A.; Manos, D.M.; Motley, R.W.; Ono, M.; Paul, S.; Roberts, D.; Selberg, H.

    1986-02-01

    We have developed a high flux source of low energy neutral beams to study the spacecraft glow phenomena by using a biased limiter to neutralize plasma in ACT-1. Beams of nitrogen and nitrogen-oxygen mixtures with energies of 1 to 15 eV and fluxes greater than or equal to 10/sup 14//cm/sup 2//s were directed on target surfaces consisting of Z-302 and Z-306 paints. With the nitrogen beams we successfully detected a glow due to beam-surface interactions. In addition, we discovered a volume glow effect due to beam-gas interactions which may also play a role in spacecraft glow. 11 refs., 14 figs.

  13. MODE OF ACTION: NEUROTOXICITY INDUCED BY DEVELOPMENTAL THYROID HORMONE INSUFFICIENCY -- NEUROLOGICAL ABNORMALITIES RESULTING FROM EXPOSURE TO PROPYLTHIOURACIL.

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    A manuscript summarizes a workshop aimed at developing a framework to determine the relevancy of animal modes-of-action for extrapolation to humans. This specific report used animal data on neurodevelopmental effects of thyroid hormone disruption to test the framework. Polyhaloge...

  14. Abnormal Brain Activation in Neurofibromatosis Type 1: A Link between Visual Processing and the Default Mode Network

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    Violante, Inês R.; Ribeiro, Maria J.; Cunha, Gil; Bernardino, Inês; Duarte, João V.; Ramos, Fabiana; Saraiva, Jorge; Silva, Eduardo; Castelo-Branco, Miguel

    2012-01-01

    Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is one of the most common single gene disorders affecting the human nervous system with a high incidence of cognitive deficits, particularly visuospatial. Nevertheless, neurophysiological alterations in low-level visual processing that could be relevant to explain the cognitive phenotype are poorly understood. Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study early cortical visual pathways in children and adults with NF1. We employed two distinct stimulus types differing in contrast and spatial and temporal frequencies to evoke relatively different activation of the magnocellular (M) and parvocellular (P) pathways. Hemodynamic responses were investigated in retinotopically-defined regions V1, V2 and V3 and then over the acquired cortical volume. Relative to matched control subjects, patients with NF1 showed deficient activation of the low-level visual cortex to both stimulus types. Importantly, this finding was observed for children and adults with NF1, indicating that low-level visual processing deficits do not ameliorate with age. Moreover, only during M-biased stimulation patients with NF1 failed to deactivate or even activated anterior and posterior midline regions of the default mode network. The observation that the magnocellular visual pathway is impaired in NF1 in early visual processing and is specifically associated with a deficient deactivation of the default mode network may provide a neural explanation for high-order cognitive deficits present in NF1, particularly visuospatial and attentional. A link between magnocellular and default mode network processing may generalize to neuropsychiatric disorders where such deficits have been separately identified. PMID:22723888

  15. Mechanistic investigations of shuttle glow

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    Caledonia, G.E.; Holtzclaw, K.W.; Krech, R.H.; Sonnenfroh, D.M. ); Leone, A. ); Blumber, W.A.M. )

    1993-03-01

    A series of laboratory measurements have been performed in order to provide a mechanistic interpretation for the visible shuttle glow. These studies involved interactions in an 8 km/s oxygen atom beam with both contaminant dosed surfaces and gaseous targets. The authors conclude that visible shuttle glow arises from surface mediated O + NO recombination via a Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism and that the gas-phase exchange reaction O + N[sub 2] [r arrow] NO + N provides a viable source of precursor NO above surfaces oriented in the ram direction. 35 refs., 4 figs.

  16. Characteristics of radio-frequency, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges with air using bare metal electrodes

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    Wang, Hua-Bo; Sun, Wen-Ting; Li, He-Ping; Bao, Cheng-Yu; Zhang, Xiao-Zhang

    2006-10-01

    In this letter, an induced gas discharge approach is proposed and described in detail for obtaining a uniform atmospheric-pressure glow discharge with air in a γ mode using water-cooled, bare metal electrodes driven by radio-frequency (13.56MHz) power supply. A preliminary study on the discharge characteristics of the air glow discharge is also presented in this study. With this induced gas discharge approach, radio-frequency, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges using bare metal electrodes with other gases which cannot be ignited directly as the plasma working gas, such as nitrogen, oxygen, etc., can also be obtained.

  17. Simulation of stationary glow patterns in dielectric barrier discharges at atmospheric pressure

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    Liu, Fucheng He, Yafeng; Dong, Lifang

    2014-12-15

    Self-organized stationary patterns in dielectric barrier discharges operating in glow regime at atmospheric pressure are investigated by a self-consistent two-dimensional fluid model. The simulation results show that two different modes, namely, the diffuse mode and the static patterned mode, can be formed in different ranges of the driving frequency. The discharge operates in Townsend regime in the diffuse mode, while it operates in a glow regime inside the filaments and in a Townsend regime outside the filaments in the stable pattered mode. The forming process of the stationary filaments can be divided into three stages, namely, destabilizing stage, self-assembling stage, and stable stage. The space charge associated with residual electron density and surface charge is responsible for the formation of these stationary glow patterns.

  18. Second Workshop on Spacecraft Glow

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Waite, J. H., Jr. (Editor); Moorehead, T. W. (Editor)

    1985-01-01

    Various aspects of space glow were considered. Results of a workshop held on May 6 to 7, 1985, at the Space Science Laboratory of NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama are presented. The topics of discussion are divided as follows: (1) in situ observations; (2) theoretical calculations; (3) laboratory measurements; and (4) future experiments.

  19. Glow discharge initiation with electron gun assist

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    Holtrop, K.L.; Jackson, G.L.; Schaubel, K.M.; Kellman, A.G.

    1991-11-01

    Helium glow discharge conditioning is used before every discharge in the D3-D Tokamak to desorb hydrogen and low Z impurities from the graphite and Inconel plasma facing surfaces. However high gas pressure is required to initiate each glow discharge session and this requires frequent cycling of valves to protect pressure sensitive devices. To alleviate this mechanical fatigue an electron gun assisted glow system (EAG) is being installed on the D3-D vessel to lower the initiation pressure. Through the injection of electrons the initiation pressure of the helium glow discharge has been lowered by a factor of 70, bringing the initiation pressure within a factor of 2 of the minimum sustaining pressure of the glow discharge. This might also make possible pulsed glow conditioning which would allow a lower average pressure during glow conditioning reducing the heat load on proposed cryogenic pumping panels. Experimental results of the electron assist on He glow initiation and a scaling model for the electron gun assisted glow will be presented. The electron gun can also be used as a diagnostic. Without a glow discharge, the electron gun has been pulsed into the wall and desorbed gas measured by a Residual Gas Analyzer. We are attempting to correlate the desorbed gas with recycling or vessel cleanliness.

  20. Constricted glow discharge plasma source

    DOEpatents

    Anders, Andre (Albany, CA); Anders, Simone (Albany, CA); Dickinson, Michael (San Leandro, CA); Rubin, Michael (Berkeley, CA); Newman, Nathan (Winnetka, IL)

    2000-01-01

    A constricted glow discharge chamber and method are disclosed. The polarity and geometry of the constricted glow discharge plasma source is set so that the contamination and energy of the ions discharged from the source are minimized. The several sources can be mounted in parallel and in series to provide a sustained ultra low source of ions in a plasma with contamination below practical detection limits. The source is suitable for applying films of nitrides such as gallium nitride and oxides such as tungsten oxide and for enriching other substances in material surfaces such as oxygen and water vapor, which are difficult process as plasma in any known devices and methods. The source can also be used to assist the deposition of films such as metal films by providing low-energy ions such as argon ions.

  1. Spectral characteristics of Shuttle glow

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    Viereck, R. A.; Mende, S. B.; Murad, E.; Swenson, G. R.; Pike, C. P.; Culbertson, F. L.; Springer, R. C.

    1992-01-01

    The glowing cloud near the ram surfaces of the Space Shuttle was observed with a hand-held, intensified spectrograph operated by the astronauts from the aft-flight-deck of the Space Shuttle. The spectral measurements were made between 400 and 800 nm with a resolution of 3 nm. Analysis of the spectral response of the instrument and the transmission of the Shuttle window was performed on orbit using earth-airglow OH Meinel bands. This analysis resulted in a correction of the Shuttle glow intensity in the spectral region between 700 and 800 nm. The data presented in this report is in better agreement with laboratory measurements of the NO2 continuum.

  2. Glow Discharge Cleaning for LDX

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    Dagen, Sarah; Garnier, Darren; Ortiz, Eugenio

    2002-11-01

    The Levitated Dipole Experiment (LDX) has completed construction of its glow discharge cleaning (GDC) system. GDC will be used before first plasmas in LDX, as well as between experimental operations, to eliminate all impurities from the vacuum vessel. The glow is created by a movable anode probe inserted through a flange on the underside of the vessel. The anode is biased with up to 1kV with respect to the vessel wall with 12kW DC power available for plasma formation. Away from the anode, a biased tungsten filament will be installed to aid in discharge breakdown and reduce the likelihood of arcing[1]. The filament may also be used for preionization during experimental operations. GDC will be implemented with deuterium gas followed by a shorter period of helium gas. A reduced conductance pumping path will be incorporated into the vacuum system in order to better control pressure during GDC operation. The completed design and initial tests of the GDC system will be presented. [1] H.W Kugel, W. Blanchard, G. D'Amico, R. Gernhardt, and T. Provost, "NSTX Filament Preionization And Glow Discharge Cleaning Systems", PPPL Report (2000).

  3. Common Gamma-ray Glows above Thunderclouds

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    Kelley, Nicole; Smith, David; Dwyer, Joseph; Hazelton, Bryna; Grefenstette, Brian; Lowell, Alex; Splitt, Michael; Lazarus, Steven; Rassoul, Hamid

    2013-04-01

    Gamma-ray glows are continuous, long duration gamma- and x-ray emission seen coming from thunderclouds. The Airborne for Energetic Lightning Emissions (ADELE) observed 12 gamma-ray glows during its summer 2009 flight campaign over the areas of Colorado and Florida in the United States. For these glows we shall present their spectra, relationship to lightning activity and how their duration and size changes as a function of distance. Gamma-ray glows follow the relativistic runaway electron avalanche (RREA) spectrum and have been previously measured from the ground and inside the cloud. ADELE measured most glows as it flew above the screening layer of the cloud. During the brightest glow on August 21, 2009, we can show that we are flying directly into a downward facing relativistic runaway avalanche, indicative of flying between the upper positive and negative screening layer of the cloud. In order to explain the brightness of this glow, RREA with an electric field approaching the limit for relativistic feedback must be occurring. Using all 12 glows, we show that lightning activity diminishes during the onset of the glow. Using this along with the fact that glows occur as the field approaches the level necessary for feedback, we attempt to distinguish between two possibilities: that glows are evidence that RREA with feedback, rather than lightning, is sometimes the primary channel for discharging the cloud, or else that the overall discharging is still controlled by lightning, with glows simply appearing during times when a subsidence of lightning allows the field to rise above the threshold for RREA.

  4. Glow Sticks: Spectra and Color Mixing

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    Birriel, Jennifer; Birriel, Ignacio

    2014-10-01

    Glow sticks are a popular Halloween staple familiar to most of our students. The production of light via a chemical reaction is called "chemiluminescence," and glow sticks are often used as demonstrations and experiments in the chemistry classroom to study reaction rates as a function of temperature.1-3 A black light can be used to illuminate glow sticks that have not been cracked or those that are "dead" in order to demonstrate fluorescence in liquid chemicals.4 In this article, we present the use of glow sticks as an inexpensive demonstration of spectra and color addition.

  5. Spacecraft ram glow and surface temperature

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Swenson, G. R.; Mende, S. B.; Llewellyn, E. J.

    1987-01-01

    Space shuttle glow intensity measurements show large differences when the data from different missions are compared. In particular, on the 41-G mission the space shuttle ram glow was observed to display an unusually low intensity. Subsequent investigation of this measurement and earlier measurements suggest that there was a significant difference in temperature of the glow producing ram surfaces. The highly insulating properties coupled with the high emissivity of the shuttle tile results in surfaces that cool quickly when exposed to deep space on the night side of the orbit. The increased glow intensity is consistent with the hypothesis that the glow is emitted from excited NO2. The excited NO2 is likely formed through three body recombination (OI + NO + M = NO2*) where ramming of OI interacts with weakly surface bound NO. The NO is formed from atmospheric OI and NI which is scavenged by the spacecraft moving through the atmosphere. It is postulated that the colder surfaces retain a thicker layer of NO thereby increasing the probability of the reaction. It has been found from the glow intensity/temperature data that the bond energy of the surface bound precursor, leading to the chemical recombination producing the glow, is approximately 0.14 eV. A thermal analysis of material samples of STS-8 was made and the postulated temperature change of individual material samples prior to the time of glow measurements above respective samples are consistent with the thermal effect on glow found for the orbiter surface.

  6. APEX reveals glowing stellar nurseries

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2008-11-01

    Illustrating the power of submillimetre-wavelength astronomy, an APEX image reveals how an expanding bubble of ionised gas about ten light-years across is causing the surrounding material to collapse into dense clumps that are the birthplaces of new stars. Submillimetre light is the key to revealing some of the coldest material in the Universe, such as these cold, dense clouds. Glowing Stellar Nurseries ESO PR Photo 40/08 Glowing Stellar Nurseries The region, called RCW120, is about 4200 light years from Earth, towards the constellation of Scorpius. A hot, massive star in its centre is emitting huge amounts of ultraviolet radiation, which ionises the surrounding gas, stripping the electrons from hydrogen atoms and producing the characteristic red glow of so-called H-alpha emission. As this ionised region expands into space, the associated shock wave sweeps up a layer of the surrounding cold interstellar gas and cosmic dust. This layer becomes unstable and collapses under its own gravity into dense clumps, forming cold, dense clouds of hydrogen where new stars are born. However, as the clouds are still very cold, with temperatures of around -250? Celsius, their faint heat glow can only be seen at submillimetre wavelengths. Submillimetre light is therefore vital in studying the earliest stages of the birth and life of stars. The submillimetre-wavelength data were taken with the LABOCA camera on the 12-m Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope, located on the 5000 m high plateau of Chajnantor in the Chilean Atacama desert. Thanks to LABOCA's high sensitivity, astronomers were able to detect clumps of cold gas four times fainter than previously possible. Since the brightness of the clumps is a measure of their mass, this also means that astronomers can now study the formation of less massive stars than they could before. The plateau of Chajnantor is also where ESO, together with international partners, is building a next generation submillimetre telescope, ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. ALMA will use over sixty 12-m antennas, linked together over distances of more than 16 km, to form a single, giant telescope. APEX is a collaboration between the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), the Onsala Space Observatory (OSO) and ESO. The telescope is based on a prototype antenna constructed for the ALMA project. Operation of APEX at Chajnantor is entrusted to ESO.

  7. Glow Sticks: Spectra and Color Mixing

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Birriel, Jennifer; Birriel, Ignacio

    2014-01-01

    Glow sticks are a popular Halloween staple familiar to most of our students. The production of light via a chemical reaction is called "chemiluminescence," and glow sticks are often used as demonstrations and experiments in the chemistry classroom to study reaction rates as a function of temperature. A black light can be used to…

  8. Glow Sticks: Spectra and Color Mixing

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Birriel, Jennifer; Birriel, Ignacio

    2014-01-01

    Glow sticks are a popular Halloween staple familiar to most of our students. The production of light via a chemical reaction is called "chemiluminescence," and glow sticks are often used as demonstrations and experiments in the chemistry classroom to study reaction rates as a function of temperature. A black light can be used to

  9. The effect of temperature on Shuttle glow

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Swenson, G. R.; Mende, S. B.; Llewellyn, E. J.

    1986-01-01

    The glow on ram surfaces of the Space Shuttle has been reported from a series of photographic observations made during several orbiter missions. These measurements have shown that the spectrum of the glow is a continuum, has a spectral peak at 680 nm, and the brightness decreases with altitude. The spectrum has been tentatively identified as the nitrogen dioxide continuum and follows the interaction of adsorbed nitric oxide with ramming atmospheric oxygen. In this paper the variation of the glow brightness among several different Shuttle flights is reexamined and it is shown that a major contributing factor to glow brightness is probably the temperature of the rammed surface. The derived temperature dependence is also consistent with the Atmospheric Explorer-C satellite 'red' glow intensity data.

  10. Atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization source

    DOEpatents

    McLuckey, Scott A. (Oak Ridge, TN); Glish, Gary L. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1989-01-01

    An atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization source that can be used in combination with an analytical instrument which operates at high vacuum, such as a mass spectrometer. The atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization source comprises a chamber with at least one pair of electrodes disposed therein, an inlet for a gaseous sample to be analyzed and an outlet communicating with an analyzer which operates at subatmospheric pressure. The ionization chamber is maintained at a pressure below atmospheric pressure, and a voltage difference is applied across the electrodes to induce a glow discharge between the electrodes, so that molecules passing through the inlet are ionized by the glow discharge and directed into the analyzer. The ionization source accepts the sample under atmospheric pressure conditions and processes it directly into the high vacuum instrument, bridging the pressure gap and drawing off unwanted atmospheric gases. The invention also includes a method for analyzing a gaseous sample using the glow discharge ionization source described above.

  11. Atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization source

    DOEpatents

    McLuckey, S.A.; Glish, G.L.

    1989-07-18

    An atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization source that can be used in combination with an analytical instrument which operates at high vacuum, such as a mass spectrometer. The atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization source comprises a chamber with at least one pair of electrodes disposed therein, an inlet for a gaseous sample to be analyzed and an outlet communicating with an analyzer which operates at subatmospheric pressure. The ionization chamber is maintained at a pressure below atmospheric pressure, and a voltage difference is applied across the electrodes to induce a glow discharge between the electrodes, so that molecules passing through the inlet are ionized by the glow discharge and directed into the analyzer. The ionization source accepts the sample under atmospheric pressure conditions and processes it directly into the high vacuum instrument, bridging the pressure gap and drawing off unwanted atmospheric gases. The invention also includes a method for analyzing a gaseous sample using the glow discharge ionization source described above. 3 figs.

  12. Meiotic abnormalities

    SciTech Connect

    1993-12-31

    Chapter 19, describes meiotic abnormalities. These include nondisjunction of autosomes and sex chromosomes, genetic and environmental causes of nondisjunction, misdivision of the centromere, chromosomally abnormal human sperm, male infertility, parental age, and origin of diploid gametes. 57 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  13. Is the negative glow plasma of a direct current glow discharge negatively charged?

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    Bogdanov, E. A.; Saifutdinov, A. I.; Demidov, V. I.; Kudryavtsev, A. A.

    2015-02-15

    A classic problem in gas discharge physics is discussed: what is the sign of charge density in the negative glow region of a glow discharge? It is shown that traditional interpretations in text-books on gas discharge physics that states a negative charge of the negative glow plasma are based on analogies with a simple one-dimensional model of discharge. Because the real glow discharges with a positive column are always two-dimensional, the transversal (radial) term in divergence with the electric field can provide a non-monotonic axial profile of charge density in the plasma, while maintaining a positive sign. The numerical calculation of glow discharge is presented, showing a positive space charge in the negative glow under conditions, where a one-dimensional model of the discharge would predict a negative space charge.

  14. Characteristics of thermoluminescence glow curves for materials exhibiting more than one glow peak

    SciTech Connect

    Levy, P.W.

    1982-01-01

    The properties of thermoluminescence glow curves, containing one or more glow peaks, have been determined for situations where the assumptions invoked to obtain the usual first and second order kinetics do not apply. First order kinetics occurs only when retrapping is negligible. If more than one glow peak is present and retrapping occurs between different types of traps the glow peaks can be approximated, except in the wings, by the usual first and second order expressions; but often physically unrealistic parameters are obtained. These studies indicate that dating is best accomplished with minerals exhibiting first order kinetics. 6 figures, 1 table.

  15. Complicated Holter tracing with an incidence of inappropriate mode switch due to sensing abnormalities in a patient with dual-chamber pacemaker.

    PubMed

    Por?ba, Ma?gorzata; Karczmarewicz, Stefan; Szwarc, Bart?omiej; Sobieszcza?ska, Ma?gorzata; Wranicz, Jerzy Krzysztof

    2011-01-01

    24-hour Holter monitoring of a 59 year-old man with DDDR pacemaker (programmed mode: DDD) implanted for sick sinus syndrome with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation was performed one month after implantation, due to palpitations. Several episodes of rapid pacing of decreasing rate were detected. Intracardiac recording stored in the pacemaker memory had shown episodes of atrial lead oversensing, which led to the mode switch, resulting in DDIR mode. Signals which caused oversensing were not seen in Holter tracing. PMID:21305495

  16. Glow discharge plasma deposition of thin films

    DOEpatents

    Weakliem, Herbert A. (Pennington, NJ); Vossen, Jr., John L. (Bridgewater, NJ)

    1984-05-29

    A glow discharge plasma reactor for deposition of thin films from a reactive RF glow discharge is provided with a screen positioned between the walls of the chamber and the cathode to confine the glow discharge region to within the region defined by the screen and the cathode. A substrate for receiving deposition material from a reactive gas is positioned outside the screened region. The screen is electrically connected to the system ground to thereby serve as the anode of the system. The energy of the reactive gas species is reduced as they diffuse through the screen to the substrate. Reactive gas is conducted directly into the glow discharge region through a centrally positioned distribution head to reduce contamination effects otherwise caused by secondary reaction products and impurities deposited on the reactor walls.

  17. Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry for Nuclear Materials

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Robinson, Keith; Hall, Edward F. H.

    1987-04-01

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) has been shown to meet the requirements for bulk solids analysis in nuclear systems. It provides elemental analysis on all elements at major, minor and trace concentration levels, and has minimal matrix dependency.

  18. Infrared spectral measurement of space shuttle glow

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    Ahmadijian, M.

    1992-01-01

    Infrared spectral measurements of the space shuttle glow were successfully conducted during the STS-39 space shuttle mission. Analysis indicates that NO, NO[sup +], OH, and CO are among the molecules associated with the infrared glow phenomenon. During orbiter thruster firings the glow intensities in the infrared are enhanced by factors of 10x to 100x with significant changes in spectral distribution. These measurements were obtained with the Spacecraft Kinetic Infrared Test (SKIRT) payload which included a cryogenic infrared circular variable filter (CVF) spectrometer (0.6 [mu]m to 5.4 [mu]) and a number of infrared, visible, and ultraviolet radiometers (0.2 [mu]m to 5.4 [mu]m and 9.9 [mu]m to 10.4 [mu]m). In addition, glow measurements were unsuccessfully attempted with the Cryogenic Infrared Radiance Instrumentation for Shuttle (CIRRIS-1A) with its 2.5 [mu]m to 25 [mu]m Fourier transform interferometer. SKIRT CVF obtained over 14,000 spectra of quiescent shuttle glow, thruster enhanced shuttle glow, upper atmosphere airglow, aurora, orbiter environment, and deep space non-glow backgrounds during its eight day mission. The SKIRT radiometers operated almost continuously throughout the mission to provide a detailed history of the IR/VIS/UV optical environment associated with the operation of large spacecraft structures in low earth orbit. This dissertation will primarily address those measurements conducted by the SKIRT spectrometer as they relate to space shuttle glow in the infrared. The STS-39 Space Shuttle Discovery was launched from the NASA Kennedy Space Center on 28 April 1991 into a 57 degree inclination circular orbit at an altitude of 260 km.

  19. Development of a pulsed radio frequency glow discharge for three-dimensional elemental surface imaging. 1. Application to biopolymer analysis.

    PubMed

    Gamez, Gerardo; Ray, Steven J; Andrade, Francisco J; Webb, Michael R; Hieftje, Gary M

    2007-02-15

    Glow discharge optical emission spectrometry has cemented itself as an important surface elemental analysis technique in part because of its superb depth resolution (on the order of single nanometers). However, very few studies have explored the ability of the glow discharge to provide laterally resolved elemental information. In the present study, an end-on-viewed pulsed radio frequency glow discharge is coupled to a monochromatic imaging spectrometer to provide lateral surface imaging. The performance of the technique is demonstrated with etched copper circuits on fiber-glass substrates, and it is shown how several operating parameters including pressure, pulsed mode operation, and time-resolved detection affect the lateral surface resolution. In addition, because a pulsed radio frequency glow discharge offers elemental information on nonconducting samples, the technique is applied to the three-dimensional elemental analysis of proteins on blotting substrates. Several alternative sample types are also examined, including photographic film and glass. PMID:17243768

  20. Organosilicon thin film deposition in glow discharges

    SciTech Connect

    d`Agostino, R.; Lamendola, R.

    1995-12-31

    Thin films have been deposited from hexamethyldisiloxane-oxygen fed radio-frequency glow discharges under the following conditions: O{sub 2}-to-HMDS ratio ranging from 0 to 20, fixed total flow rate of 15 sccm, 200 W input power, 100 mTorr pressure. The substrates are held at room temperature. The effect of oxygen-to-monomer ratio in the feed on both plasma species distribution and film chemical composition has been studied with a variety of diagnostics, i.e. Actinometric Optical Emission Spectroscopy, AOES, (plasma phase), Infrared Spectroscopy and Electron Spectroscopy for Chemical Analysis, ESCA, (surface). A mechanism of deposition is proposed, based on the role of Si-containing precursors and of SiO-containing ones, which accounts for the deposition rate and the film composition. The experimental apparatus consists of a stainless-steel parallel plate reactor with a 13.56 MHz rf power. Silicon substrates are positioned in the gap between the two electrodes on a grounded stainless-steel holder. Deposition rates have been evaluated, after each experiment, by means of gravimetric measurements. The optical emission from the discharges has been sampled through a quartz window and focused on the entrance slit of a 1 m focal length Jarrel-Ash monochromator. The relative concentration trends of Si, O, H, and C atoms and of SiO, OH, CH, and CO molecules in plasma phase, have been obtained by AOES as a function of feed composition, by utilizing Ar and He actinometers. ESCA analyses have been performed by means of a PHI 5300 Perkin Elmer spectrometer used in the fixed analyser transmission mode with pass ene of 35.75 eV.

  1. Mass dependency of turbulent parameters in stationary glow discharge plasmas

    SciTech Connect

    Titus, J. B.; Alexander, A. B.; Wiggins, D. L.; Johnson, J. A. III

    2013-05-15

    A direct current glow discharge tube is used to determine how mass changes the effects of certain turbulence characteristics in a weakly ionized gas. Helium, neon, argon, and krypton plasmas were created, and an axial magnetic field, varied from 0.0 to 550.0 Gauss, was used to enhance mass dependent properties of turbulence. From the power spectra of light emission variations associated with velocity fluctuations, determination of mass dependency on turbulent characteristic unstable modes, energy associated with turbulence, and the rate at which energy is transferred from scale to scale are measured. The magnetic field strength is found to be too weak to overcome particle diffusion to the walls to affect the turbulence in all four types of plasmas, though mass dependency is still detected. Though the total energy and the rate at which the energy moves between scales are mass invariant, the amplitude of the instability modes that characterize each plasma are dependent on mass.

  2. Io Glowing in the Dark

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1996-01-01

    Volcanic hot spots and auroral emissions glow on the darkside of Jupiter's moon Io in the image at left. The image was taken by the camera onboard NASA's Galileo spacecraft on 29 June, 1996 UT while Io was in Jupiter's shadow. It is the best and highest-resolution image ever acquired of hot spots or auroral features on Io. The mosaic at right of 1979 Voyager images is shown with an identical scale and projection to identify the locations of the hot spots seen in the Galileo image. The grid marks are at 30 degree intervals of latitude and longitude. North is to the top.

    In the nighttime Galileo image, small red ovals and perhaps some small green areas are from volcanic hot spots with temperatures of more than about 700 kelvin (about 1000 degrees Fahrenheit). Greenish areas seen near the limb, or edge of the moon, are probably the result of auroral or airglow emissions of neutral oxygen or sulfur atoms in volcanic plumes and in Io's patchy atmosphere. The image was taken from a range of 1,035,000 kilometers (about 643,000 miles).

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC.

    This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at URL http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov. Background information and educational context for the images can be found at URL http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/sepo

  3. Normal glow discharge in axial magnetic field

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Surzhikov, S.; Shang, J.

    2014-10-01

    Theory and results of mathematical modeling of a glow discharge in a parallel-plate configuration with axial magnetic field is presented. The model consists of continuity equations for electron and ion fluids, the Poisson equation for the self-consistent electric field. Numerical simulation results are presented for two-dimensional glow discharge at various initial conditions. The results are obtained for molecular nitrogen at pressure 1-5 Torr, emf of power supply 1-2 kV, and magnetic field induction B = 0-0.5 T. It is shown that in the presence of the axial magnetic field the glow discharge is rotated around its axis of symmetry. Nevertheless it is shown that in the investigated range of discharge parameters in an axial magnetic field the law of the normal current density is retained.

  4. Laboratory investigation of visible shuttle glow mechanisms

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Leone, A.; Swenson, G. R.; Caledonia, G. E.; Holtzclaw, K. W.

    1991-01-01

    Laboratory experiments designed to uncover mechanistic information about the spectral and spatial characteristics of shuttle glow were conducted. The luminescence was created when a pulse of O atoms traveling at orbital velocities was directed toward NO molecules previously adsorbed to aluminum, nickel, and Z306 Chemglaz (a common baffle black) coated surfaces held at various temperatures. Spectral and spatial measurements were made using a CCD imaging spectrometer. Corroborative spectral information was recorded in separate measurements using a scanning monochromator and gated photomultiplier arrangement. The e-folding distance at several temperatures was calculated from images of the surface glow using the photometrics image processing capability of the imaging spectrometer. The e-folding distance was not altered as a function of incoming O beam velocity. The results are presented and the observations provide direct evidence that the visible shuttle glow results from recombination of oxygen atoms and surface bound NO.

  5. Saddle-field glow-discharge deposition of amorphous semiconductors

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    Gaspari, F.; Sidhu, L.S.; O`Leary, S.K.; Zukotynski, S.

    1996-12-31

    The authors present a dc saddle-field glow-discharge deposition procedure which combines the positive attributes of the conventional dc and rf glow-discharge techniques. Preliminary mass spectra analyses of both silane and methane glow-discharges demonstrates that ions constitute a significant fraction of the species reaching the film surface. Growth rate analyses suggest that ions play a significant role in the saddle-field glow-discharge deposition of amorphous semiconducting films.

  6. The glow discharge as an atomization and ionization device

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    Harrison, W.W.

    1990-01-01

    All of our projects involve the glow discharge source as our basic research focus. Our primary effort is glow discharge mass spectrometry, but we frequently use complementary procedures such as atomic absorption and atomic emission in the glow discharge to obtain useful information about plasma processes. Our overall goal is to gain a better understanding of the glow discharge and to bring it to bear on real analytical problems.

  7. Electrical properties of pulsed glow discharge Two new aspects

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    Efimova, V. V.; Voronov, M. V.; Hoffmann, V.; Eckert, J.

    2008-07-01

    At the application of pulsed glow discharge (PGD) a transient power of several kW can be reached. This leads to a significant increase of the excitation and ionization efficiency of the sputtered sample atoms. Moreover, with pulsed mode temporally resolved optical emission spectrometry (OES) and mass spectrometry (MS) deliver additional information about the chemical bonds (Harrison 1998, Bengtson et al. 2000, Hang et al. 1996, Klingler et al. 1990, Lewis et al. 2001, Jackson and King 2003). However, the practical application of pulsed glow discharge (PGD) requires an understanding of the processes taking place in the pulsed system. There are some publications, where attention was paid on the voltage current characteristics and the current signal shape of PGD (King and Pan 1993, Lewis et al. 2003). Nevertheless more attention should be paid on the electrical properties of the PGD. In this work the shapes of current, voltage and emission intensity signals, obtained with two different pulse generators are compared. For better understanding of processes, taking place in the discharge the knowledge of the gas temperature is very important. Several authors have mentioned that heating of the cathode leads to changes of the voltage current curve, mainly a decrease of the current at the same voltage. This can be explained by a lower gas density at the same pressure but at higher temperatures (Chenlong et al. 1999, Tian and Chu 2001, Kasik et al. 2002). This phenomenon gives an approach to estimate the gas temperature of the plasma.

  8. A GLOWING POOL OF LIGHT

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    2002-01-01

    NGC 3132 is a striking example of a planetary nebula. This expanding cloud of gas, surrounding a dying star, is known to amateur astronomers in the southern hemisphere as the 'Eight-Burst' or the 'Southern Ring' Nebula. The name 'planetary nebula' refers only to the round shape that many of these objects show when examined through a small visual telescope. In reality, these nebulae have little or nothing to do with planets, but are instead huge shells of gas ejected by stars as they near the ends of their lifetimes. NGC 3132 is nearly half a light year in diameter, and at a distance of about 2000 light years is one of the nearer known planetary nebulae. The gases are expanding away from the central star at a speed of 9 miles per second. This image, captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, clearly shows two stars near the center of the nebula, a bright white one, and an adjacent, fainter companion to its upper right. (A third, unrelated star lies near the edge of the nebula.) The faint partner is actually the star that has ejected the nebula. This star is now smaller than our own Sun, but extremely hot. The flood of ultraviolet radiation from its surface makes the surrounding gases glow through fluorescence. The brighter star is in an earlier stage of stellar evolution, but in the future it will probably eject its own planetary nebula. In the Heritage Team's rendition of the Hubble image, the colors were chosen to represent the temperature of the gases. Blue represents the hottest gas, which is confined to the inner region of the nebula. Red represents the coolest gas, at the outer edge. The Hubble image also reveals a host of filaments, including one long one that resembles a waistband, made out of dust particles which have condensed out of the expanding gases. The dust particles are rich in elements such as carbon. Eons from now, these particles may be incorporated into new stars and planets when they form from interstellar gas and dust. Our own Sun may eject a similar planetary nebula some 6 billion years from now. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA)

  9. Evolution of Striation in Pulsed Glow Discharges

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    Liu, Yuanye; He, Feng; Zhao, Xiaofei; Ouyang, Jiting

    2016-01-01

    In this work, striations in pulsed glow discharges are studied by experiments and Particle-In-Cell/Monte Carlo Collision (PIC/MCC) simulation. The spatio-temporal evolution of the potential and the electron energy during the discharge are analyzed. The processes of striation formation in pulsed glow discharges and dielectric barrier discharges (DBD) are compared. The results show that the mechanisms of striation in pulsed DC discharge and DBD are similar to each other. The evolution of electron energy distribution function before and after the striation formation indicates that the striation results from the potential well of the space charge. During a pulsed breakdown, the striations are formed one by one towards the anode in a weak field channel. This indicates that the formation of striations in a pulsed discharge depends on the flow of modulated electrons. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 10875010 and 11175017)

  10. Use of glow discharge in fluidized beds

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    Wydeven, T.; Wood, P. C.; Ballou, E. V.; Spitze, L. A. (Inventor)

    1981-01-01

    Static charges and agglomerization of particles in a fluidized bed systems are minimized by maintaining in at least part of the bed a radio frequency glow discharge. This approach is eminently suitable for processes in which the conventional charge removing agents, i.e., moisture or conductive particle coatings, cannot be used. The technique is applied here to the disproportionation of calcium peroxide diperoxyhydrate to yield calcium superoxide, an exceptionally water and heat sensitive reaction.

  11. NASA CONNECT: 'Glow with the Flow'

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    1999-01-01

    'Geometry and Algebra: Glow with the Flow' is the second of five programs in the 2000-2001 NASA CONNECT series. Produced by NASA Langley Research Center's Office of Education, NASA CONNECT is an award-winning series of instructional programs designed to enhance the teaching of math, science and technology in grades 5-8. NASA CONNECT establishes teh 'connection' between the mathematics, science, and tehcnology concepts taught in the classroom and NASA research. NASA CONNECT is FREE and the programs in the series are in the public domain. Visit our web site adn register http://connect.larc.nasa.gov In 'Geometry and Algebra: Glow with the Flow', students will learn about the force of drag and how NASA engineers use models and glowing paints to see how air flows over vehicles in a wind tunnel. Students will also discover how the blended wing body(BWB), a concept super jumbo jet that resembles a flying wing, will affect air travelers of the future. Students will observe NASA engineers using geometry and algebra when they measure and design models to be tested in wind tunnels. By conducting classroom and on-line activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science and technology they learn in their classroom.

  12. Modelling the ITER glow discharge plasma

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    Kogut, D.; Douai, D.; Hagelaar, G.; Pitts, R. A.

    2015-08-01

    The ITER glow discharge cleaning (GDC) system (Maruyama et al., 2012) is aimed to prepare in-vessel component surfaces prior to the machine start-up. In order to assess glow discharge uniformity and wall coverage, thus conditioning efficiency of the system, a new 2D multi-fluid model has been developed (Hagelaar, 2012). In this work the model is compared with published experimental data on GDC wall ion fluxes in JET and RFX (Douai et al., 2013; Canton et al., 2013). The simulations of H2-GDC in ITER for the case of 1 or 2 anodes indicate a good level of homogeneity of plasma parameters in the negative glow and of the wall ion flux in the common pressure domain for GDC: 0.1-0.5 Pa. Although the model geometry does not allow simulation of all seven ITER anodes operating simultaneously, the results can be extrapolated to the full system with an average ion current density of 0.21 A/m2, which is comparable to JET (0.10 A/m2).

  13. Improvement of materials surface properties by rf glow discharge treatment

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    Huang, T.B.; Chen, X.; Tian, X.Q.; Cha, L.Z.

    2006-07-15

    Materials surface properties were improved by the application of a rf glow discharge treatment for vacuum and electronic applications. The surface morphology was studied under different glow discharge treatments and it could be shown by experiments that the roughness of materials surface varied due to the glow discharge treating process and that a clean and smooth surface could be obtained after the treatment. The experimental results revealed that the outgassing rates for different gases decreased and the evacuating properties for the materials improved following the application of the glow discharge treatment.

  14. Physical model of spherical glow discharge stratification

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    Belikov, A. E.; Sakhapov, S. Z.

    2011-02-01

    A physical model of spherical glow discharge stratification is suggested where the striations represent the electric double layers, where opposite charges, initially separated in space due to fluctuations or ambipolar diffusion, are then stabilized by the specific conditions of the gas media with negative differential conductivity. These conditions appear and disappear during the discharge development owing to plasma-chemical reactions. The model has been tested using time-dependent mass-spectrometry, as well as numerical calculations of the electron transport coefficients for the observed composition.

  15. Way of stability increase of the glow discharge

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    Asadullin, T. Ya; Galeyev, I. G.; Timerkayev, B. A.

    2016-01-01

    Instabilities of a glow discharge significantly limit the opportunities for use of nonequilibrium plasma of a glow discharge [1]. The ionization overheat instability is the main type of glow discharge instabilities. It causes the loss of a non-equilibrium and put the glow discharge to a contracted state. The way of stabilization of glow discharge in transverse gas flow by the use of adaptive control system is considered in the work. The system controls voltage (resistance) of cathodic sections of the discharge chamber. Such fast advancing influence prevents the cathode spot shrinking and subsequent transition to contracted state. The controlling algorithm can be realized both following type and dynamic non-equilibrium type.

  16. Glow discharge based device for solving mazes

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    Dubinov, Alexander E. Mironenko, Maxim S.; Selemir, Victor D.; Maksimov, Artem N.; Pylayev, Nikolay A.

    2014-09-15

    A glow discharge based device for solving mazes has been designed and tested. The device consists of a gas discharge chamber and maze-transformer of radial-azimuth type. It allows changing of the maze pattern in a short period of time (within several minutes). The device has been tested with low pressure air. Once switched on, a glow discharge has been shown to find the shortest way through the maze from the very first attempt, even if there is a section with potential barrier for electrons on the way. It has been found that ionization waves (striations) can be excited in the maze along the length of the plasma channel. The dependancy of discharge voltage on the length of the optimal path through the maze has been measured. A reduction in discharge voltage with one or two potential barriers present has been found and explained. The dependency of the magnitude of discharge ignition voltage on the length of the optimal path through the maze has been measured. The reduction of the ignition voltage with the presence of one or two potential barriers has been observed and explained.

  17. The theory of positive glow corona

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    Morrow, R.

    1997-11-01

    A theory for the current and light pulses of positive glow corona from a point in air is presented; this phenomenon was first observed as an apparently continuous glow by Michael Faraday. Results are obtained, in concentric sphere geometry, for air at atmospheric pressure, by solving the continuity equations for electrons, positive ions, negative ions and metastable oxygen molecules, coupled with Poisson's equation. A series of `saw-toothed' current pulses of period about 0022-3727/30/22/008/img1 is predicted with a DC current level. Accompanying the current peaks are discrete pulses of light 30 ns wide. Successive `shells' of positive ions, from successive current pulses, carry 96% of the mean current. The mean current - voltage relationship has the classic square-law form. The seed electrons required for successive pulses are detached from negative ions by metastable oxygen molecules. Photo-ionization is crucial for the discharge at the anode and for the formation of negative ions throughout the gap. The pulse frequency varies with applied voltage and is found to be approximately proportional to the positive-ion mobility. The surface electric field at the central electrode remains close to Peek's onset field. The origin of onset streamers is explained and sub-microsecond voltage pulses are found to produce streamers. The results for concentric-cylinder electrodes are described briefly.

  18. GLOW- The Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds

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    Gentry, Bruce M.; Chen, Huailin; Li, Steven X.

    2000-01-01

    GLOW (Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds) is a mobile Doppler lidar system which uses direct detection Doppler lidar techniques to measure wind profiles from the surface into the lower stratosphere. The system is contained in a modified van to allow deployment in field operations. The lidar system uses a Nd:YAG laser transmitter to measure winds using either aerosol backscatter at 1064 nm or molecular backscatter at 355 nm. The receiver telescope is a 45 cm Dall-Kirkham which is fiber coupled to separate Doppler receivers, one optimized for the aerosol backscatter wind measurement and another optimized for the molecular backscatter wind measurement. The receivers are implementations of the 'double edge' technique and use high spectral resolution Fabry-Perot etalons to measure the Doppler shift. A 45 cm aperture azimuth-over-elevation scanner is mounted on the roof of the van to allow full sky access and a variety of scanning options. GLOW is intended to be used as a deployable field system for studying atmospheric dynamics and transport and can also serve as a testbed to evaluate candidate technologies developed for use in future spaceborne systems. In addition, it can be used for calibration/validation activities following launch of spaceborne wind lidar systems. A description of the mobile system is presented along with the examples of lidar wind profiles obtained with the system.

  19. GLOW: The Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds

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    Gentry, Bruce M.; Chen, Huailin; Li, Steven X.; Einaudi, Franco (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    GLOW (Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds) is a mobile Doppler lidar system which uses direct detection Doppler lidar techniques to measure wind profiles from the surface into the lower stratosphere. The system is contained in a modified van to allow deployment in field operations. The lidar system uses a Nd:YAG laser transmitter to measure winds using either aerosol backscatter at 1064 nm or molecular backscatter at 355 nm. The receiver telescope is a 45 cm Dall-Kirkham which is fiber coupled to separate Doppler receivers, one optimized for the aerosol backscatter wind measurement and another optimized for the molecular backscatter wind measurement. The receivers are implementations of the 'double edge' technique and use high spectral resolution Fabry-Perot etalons to measure the Doppler shift. A 45 cm aperture azimuth-over-elevation scanner is mounted on the roof of the van to allow full sky access and a variety of scanning options. GLOW is intended to be used as a deployable field system for studying atmospheric dynamics and transport and can also serve as a testbed to evaluate candidate technologies developed for use in future spaceborne systems. In addition, it can be used for calibration/validation activities following launch of spaceborne wind lidar systems. A description of the mobile system is presented along with the examples of lidar wind profiles obtained with the system.

  20. Acting green elicits a literal warm glow

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    Taufik, Danny; Bolderdijk, Jan Willem; Steg, Linda

    2015-01-01

    Environmental policies are often based on the assumption that people only act environmentally friendly if some extrinsic reward is implicated, usually money. We argue that people might also be motivated by intrinsic rewards: doing the right thing (such as acting environmentally friendly) elicits psychological rewards in the form of positive feelings, a phenomenon known as warm glow. Given the fact that people's psychological state may affect their thermal state, we expected that this warm glow could express itself quite literally: people who act environmentally friendly may perceive the temperature to be higher. In two studies, we found that people who learned they acted environmentally friendly perceived a higher temperature than people who learned they acted environmentally unfriendly. The underlying psychological mechanism pertains to the self-concept: learning you acted environmentally friendly signals to yourself that you are a good person. Together, our studies show that acting environmentally friendly can be psychologically rewarding, suggesting that appealing to intrinsic rewards can be an alternative way to encourage pro-environmental actions.

  1. The Glowing Eye of NGC 6751

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    2000-01-01

    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have obtained images of the strikingly unusual planetary nebula, NGC 6751. Glowing in the constellation Aquila like a giant eye, the nebula is a cloud of gas ejected several thousand years ago from the hot star visible in its center. The Hubble observations were obtained in 1998 with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) by a team of astronomers led by Arsen Hajian of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, DC. The Hubble Heritage team, working at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, has prepared this color rendition by combining the Hajian team's WFPC2 images taken through three different color filters that isolate nebular gases of different temperatures. The nebula shows several remarkable and poorly understood features. Blue regions mark the hottest glowing gas, which forms a roughly circular ring around the central stellar remnant. Orange and red show the locations of cooler gas. The cool gas tends to lie in long streamers pointing away from the central star, and in a surrounding, tattered-looking ring at the outer edge of the nebula. The origin of these cooler clouds within the nebula is still uncertain, but the streamers are clear evidence that their shapes are affected by radiation and stellar winds from the hot star at the center.

  2. Particle Number Density Measurement of Sputtered Aluminium Atoms in an Argon Hollow Cathode Glow Discharge

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    Scheibner, Helmar; Behnke, Jrgen F.; Dinklage, Andreas; Franke, Steffen; Wilke, Christian

    2000-10-01

    Direct current hollow cathode glow discharges are qualified for spectroscopic application and for the study of sputtering processes. By means of diode laser spectroscopy the particle number density of sputtered aluminium atoms in the negative glow of a cylindrical dc hollow cathode glow discharge in argon was investigated (pressure p = 1.5 Torr, current i = 10 mA ldots 30 mA, aluminium hollow cathode: diameter d = 7 mm, lenght l = 30 mm). The absorption measurements followed on the both aluminium resonance lines (396.153 nm, 394.403 nm) combining with the two ground state sublevels ^2P_3/2 and ^2P_1/2. In contrast to earlier absorption measurements with a usual line radiator as light source here absorption line profiles were sampled by the narrowband radiation of a tunable blue-emitting GaN diode laser. The wavelength of the laser radiation was scanned with help of a piezoelectric element and the mode hop-free function of the diode laser was checked by a Fabry-Perot resonator with a free spectral range of 2 GHz. The investigations demonstrate the qualification of the blue-emitting laser diode for spectroscopic measurements and yield better absorption spectroscopic results on the basis of exact line profiles.

  3. Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge with Liquid Electrode

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    Tochikubo, Fumiyoshi

    2013-09-01

    Nonthermal atmospheric pressure plasmas in contact with liquid are widely studied aiming variety of plasma applications. DC glow discharge with liquid electrode is an easy method to obtain simple and stable plasma-liquid interface. When we focus attention on liquid-phase reaction, the discharge system is considered as electrolysis with plasma electrode. The plasma electrode will supply electrons and positive ions to the liquid surface in a different way from the conventional metal electrode. However, the phenomena at plasma-liquid interface have not been understood well. In this work, we studied physical and chemical effect in liquid induced by dc atmospheric pressure glow discharge with liquid electrode. The experiment was carried out using H-shaped Hoffman electrolysis apparatus filled with electrolyte, to separate the anodic and cathodic reactions. Two nozzle electrodes made of stainless steel are set about 2 mm above the liquid surface. By applying a dc voltage between the nozzle electrodes, dc glow discharges as plasma electrodes are generated in contact with liquid. As electrolyte, we used aqueous solutions of NaCl, Na2SO4, AgNO3 and HAuCl4. AgNO3 and HAuCl4 are to discuss the reduction process of metal ions for synthesis of nanoparticles (NPs). OH radical generation yield in liquid was measured by chemical probe method using terephthalic acid. Discharge-induced liquid flow was visualized by Schlieren method. Electron irradiation to liquid surface (plasma cathode) generated OH- and OH radical in liquid while positive ion irradiation (plasma anode) generated H+ and OH radical. The generation efficiency of OH radical was better with plasma anode. Both Ag NPs in AgNO3 and Au NPs in HAuCl4 were synthesized with plasma cathode while only Au NPs were generated with plasma anode. Possible reaction process is qualitatively discussed. The discharge-induced liquid flow such as convection pattern was strongly influenced by the gas flow on the liquid surface. This work was supported financially in part by Kakenhi (No 2111007), Japan.

  4. Particle beam glow discharge mass spectrometry: spectral characteristics of nucleobases.

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    Davis, W Clay; Venzie, Jacob L; Willis, Bert; Coffee, R Lane; Arya, Dev P; Marcus, R Kenneth

    2003-01-01

    Use of a particle beam glow discharge (PB-GD) source for mass spectrometric determinations of deoxy- and ribonucleosides and nucleotides is described. Use of this combination of sample introduction and ion source decouples the vaporization and ionization steps, leading to very simple spectral structure. The mass spectra of these compounds are EI-like in nature, with clearly identified molecular ions and fragmentation patterns that are easily rationalized. The PB-GDMS combination can be operated in a flow injection mode wherein the analyte is injected directly into the solvent flow, or can also be coupled to a high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system allowing LC/MS analysis of mixtures. Mass spectra obtained for nucleic acid bases, nucleosides, and nucleotides are readily obtained with injections of low-nanomole quantities. Representative PB-GDMS spectra for deoxy- and ribonucleosides, nucleotides, and mixed-base oligonucleotides are presented to demonstrate the capabilities of the GD source. Characteristic fragmentation peaks from the spectra of adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine were identified in 22-base sequences of single-stranded DNA. The PB-GD source is capable of producing spectra that may be used to identify the individual bases present in mixed-base DNA and RNA fragments. PMID:12872280

  5. Probiotic Bacteria Induce a Glow of Health

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    Smillie, Christopher; Varian, Bernard J.; Ibrahim, Yassin M.; Lakritz, Jessica R.; Alm, Eric J.; Erdman, Susan E.

    2013-01-01

    Radiant skin and hair are universally recognized as indications of good health. However, this glow of health display remains poorly understood. We found that feeding of probiotic bacteria to aged mice induced integumentary changes mimicking peak health and reproductive fitness characteristic of much younger animals. Eating probiotic yogurt triggered epithelial follicular anagen-phase shift with sebocytogenesis resulting in thick lustrous fur due to a bacteria-triggered interleukin-10-dependent mechanism. Aged male animals eating probiotics exhibited increased subcuticular folliculogenesis, when compared with matched controls, yielding luxuriant fur only in probiotic-fed subjects. Female animals displayed probiotic-induced hyperacidity coinciding with shinier hair, a feature that also aligns with fertility in human females. Together these data provide insights into mammalian evolution and novel strategies for integumentary health. PMID:23342023

  6. 'Glowing' chromosomes in cells undergoing rapid division.

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    Edelman, J R; Lin, Y J

    2000-01-01

    Previous investigations in which metaphase plates of cells in rapid division were incubated in phosphate buffer at high temperature revealed numerous heterochromatic dots in chromosomes after Giemsa staining. In contrast, chromosomes from cells with a reduced capacity for reproduction were devoid of such dots, or the dots were sloughed-off into rings and patches of heterochromatin. In two types of cells which were rapidly dividing, namely HeLa cells (cervical cancer) and cells from regenerating planaria, phosphate incubation followed by Giemsa staining revealed an 'aura' or 'glowing' effect on the chromosomes, consisting of a densely staining core surrounded by a lightly stained periphery. This finding might be developed into a diagnostic test for certain malignancies, for cells undergoing dedifferentiation, or for tissues undergoing regeneration. PMID:10969879

  7. "Decoking" of a "coked" zeolite catalyst in a glow discharge.

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    Khan, M A; Al-Jalal, A A; Bakhtiari, I A

    2003-09-01

    "Decoking" of a "coked" zeolite catalyst in a glow discharge in oxygen is investigated. The "decoking" process involves reactions of atomic oxygen (O atoms) with "coke" and yields gases such as CO, CO(2) as well as other gaseous products that could be easily pumped out. Three different modes of discharge were investigated including a static mode, a flowing-gas mode, and a periodic-purge mode where the oxygen and other gaseous products of the discharge were replaced by fresh O(2)gas after short but regular intervals of time. In some cases, additional heating was also used to provide base temperatures of the order of 100 degrees C to facilitate penetration of oxygen atoms into the inner layers and cages of the zeolite catalyst. This paper presents some results of spectroscopic analytical techniques used to monitor the atomization of oxygen, oxidation of "coke", and to confirm the process of "decoking". More specifically, radiation emission on the 3 s (5)S- 3p (5)P transitions of O around 777.2-777.5 nm were selected for monitoring the atomization of O(2). On the other hand, X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) was used to determine the amount of residual carbon and extent of "decoking". Furthermore, evolution of CO and CO(2) gases as a function of time was systematically monitored in real time. For CO, the 451.1 nm band head belonging to the B(1) Sigma - A(1) Pi bands of the Angstrom system of the CO spectrum was used, while for CO(2), the band head at 353.4 nm belonging to the CO(2)(+) spectrum was used. The rates of evolution of CO and CO(2) were related to the rate of "decoking" of the catalyst. It is noted that in the periodic-purge mode, about 63% of the total yield of CO from a given sample of the catalyst appears in the first 3-min exposure to discharge whereas it takes up to 15 min to remove nearly 94% of the removable carbon under our experimental conditions. PMID:12861433

  8. Nonlinear dynamics modulation in a neon glow discharge plasma

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    Miller, Paul M.

    In dynamics modulation, two modes in a driven neon glow discharge alternate as the dominant mode as their response to the driving force alternates between spatiotemporal and temporal periodic pulling. This phenomenon was first noted by Koepke, Weltmann, and Selcher (Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 40, 1716 (1995)), who saw two limited but representative cases and proposed a mechanism (Phys. Rev. E 62, 2773 (2000)) by which it occurs. The intent of this dissertation is to document experimentally and test the dynamics modulation mechanism they proposed. Using a new extension of a previous mathematical treatment of periodic pulling, the resulting experimental data are used to verify the predicted mechanism. A numerical model is also presented that reproduces the signature of dynamics modulation and further supports the validity of the mechanism. For two pairs of mode frequencies, three complete data series as driving frequency is increased are presented. Each of these data series shows the progression of the system from pure spatiotemporal behavior, through dynamics modulation, and ending at entrainment in the upper mode. Ionization wave modes are examined using time series recorded using a photodiode with a narrow band filter that selectively passes the primary neon spectral line at 640 nm. The system was periodically driven using a narrow-band ring dye laser tuned to a wavelength near the metastable neon transition at 588.35 nm. The amplitude of the driving force was decreased (increased) by tuning the laser away from (nearer to) the center of the neon line, while the driving frequency was controlled by an acousto-optic modulator chopping the laser beam at the desired frequency. Arnol'd tongue boundaries identifying the edges of frequency entrainment regions in the driving amplitude-driving frequency plane were established for four different discharge currents. The (upward) dynamics modulation behavior seen by Koepke, Weltmann, and Selcher was reproduced and additional data were acquired for two additional representative cases of downward modulations, previously undocumented. The upward modulations are used to verify the mechanism, while the downward modulations exhibit qualitatively different behavior. These differences are discussed. Two coupled van der Pol equations were chosen to model the mechanism described by Koepke, Weltmann, and Selcher, and the resulting time series was solved with a Runge-Kutta routine whose parameters could be adjusted as the simulation proceeded. The model successfully reproduces the qualitative behavior of dynamics modulation and reinforces the experimental verification of the proposed mechanism, but lacks sufficient complexity for a complete quantitative comparison.

  9. Surface elemental mapping using glow dischargeoptical emission spectrometry

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    Webb, Michael R.; Hoffmann, Volker; Hieftje, Gary M.

    2006-12-01

    A glow discharge optical-emission spectrometry source was evaluated for use in imaging elemental surface distributions. A 1.8 cm 2 area of a nickel-chromium alloy was sampled and copper emission was observed directly above the surface of a copper inclusion. By pulsing the glow discharge, the resolution was improved greatly over measurements using direct-current powering. Ranges of gas flows, pulse frequencies, pulse potentials, pulse widths, and pressures were explored to determine their effects on spatial resolution and were related to atom transport in the glow discharge cell. Pressure, pulse width, and pulse frequency were all found to have a significant effect on resolution.

  10. Abnormal Head Position

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  11. Use of Atmospheric Glow Discharge Plasma to Modify Spaceport Materials

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    Trigwell, S.; Schuerger, A. C.; Buhler, C. R.; Calle, C. I.

    2006-03-01

    Atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma was used to modify spaceport materials to render them compliant with KSC ESD standards. The plasma treatment both inhibited and enhanced the recovery of adhered bacteria depending upon the material.

  12. Glow discharge techniques for conditioning high vacuum systems

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    Dylla, H.F.

    1988-03-01

    A review is given of glow discharge techniques which are useful for conditioning vacuum vessels for high vacuum applications. Substantial development of glow discharge techniques has been done for the purpose of in-situ conditioning of the large ultrahigh vacuum systems for particle accelerators and magnetic fusion devices. In these applications the glow discharge treatments remove impurities from vessel surfaces in order to minimize particle-induced desorption coefficients. Cleaning mechanisms involve a mixture of sputtering and ion- (or neutral) induced desorption effects depending on the gas mixture (ArO/sub 2/ vs. H/sub 2/) and excitation method (DC, RF, and ECR). The author will review the methodology of glow discharge conditioning, diagnostic measurements provided by residual gas and surface composition analysis, and applications to vessel conditioning and materials processing. 76 refs., 16 figs.

  13. Radio-frequency glow discharge spectrometry:. A critical review

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    Winchester, Michael R.; Payling, Richard

    2004-05-01

    This paper presents a critical review of analytical radio frequency glow discharge spectrometry (rf-GDS). The historical foundations of rf-GDS are described, and current knowledge of the fundamental physics of analytical rf glow discharges is discussed. Additionally, instrumentation, methodologies, and applications of rf glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (rf-GDOES) and mass spectrometry (rf-GDMS) are reviewed. Although other rf-GDS techniques have appeared [e.g. rf glow discharge atomic absorption spectrophotometry (rf-GDAAS)], the emphasis is placed upon rf-GDOES and rf-GDMS, because they have received by far the most interest from analytical chemical metrologists. This review also provides explanations of some developments that are needed for further progress in the field of analytical rf-GDS.

  14. Vehicle/Atmosphere Interaction Glows: Far Ultraviolet, Visible, and Infrared

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    Swenson, G.

    1999-01-01

    Spacecraft glow information has been gathered from a number of spacecraft including Atmospheric and Dynamic satellites, and Space Shuttles (numerous flights) with dedicated pallet flow observations on STS-39 (DOD) and STS-62 (NASA). In addition, a larger number of laboratory experiments with low energy oxygen beam studies have made important contributions to glow understanding. The following report provides information on three engineering models developed for spacecraft glow including the far ultraviolet to ultraviolet (1400-4000 A), and infrared (0.9-40 microns) spectral regions. The models include effects resulting from atmospheric density/altitude, spacecraft temperature, spacecraft material, and ram angle. Glow brightness would be predicted as a function of distance from surfaces for all wavelengths.

  15. Spectrochemical analysis with DC glow discharges at atmospheric pressure

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    Broekaert, J. A. C.; Reinsberg, K.-G.

    2015-04-01

    A review on recent work and developments in dc glow discharges at atmospheric pressure when used as radiation sources for optical atomic spectrometry and mass spectrometry is given. Diagnostics and analytical features of dc glow discharges at atmospheric pressure between conductive solid electrodes as well as with a liquid as the cathode and flowing afterglow sources were described. Possibilities for the introduction of analytes in solutions, in the gaseous state and direct solids sampling were discussed.

  16. Thermal stability of coatings prepared in atmospheric pressure glow discharge

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    ?ech, J.; S?ahel, P.; ra, M.; Burkov, V.; Navrtil, Z.; Trunec, D.; Brablec, A.

    2004-03-01

    In order to better understand the relations between the deposition conditions, the microstructure and hydrogen and/or nitrogen incorporation in polymeric films the thermal stability of coatings prepared in atmospheric pressure glow discharge was studied. The polymeric films were prepared from the mixture of hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) or hexamethyldisilazane (HMDSZ) with nitrogen in atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD). The hydrogen and/or nitrogen evolved from polymeric films were studied by ther.

  17. The measurements of vehicle glow on the Space Shuttle

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    Mende, S. B.; Banks, P. M.; Nobles, R.; Garriott, O. K.; Hoffman, J.

    1983-01-01

    From the combined data set of glow observations on STS-3, STS-4 and STS-5 some of the properties of the shuttle glow were observed. Comparison of the STS-3 (240 km) and STS-5 (305 km) photographs show that the intensity of the glow is about a factor of 3.5 brighter on the low altitude (STS-3) flight. The orbiter was purposely rotated about the x axis in an experiment on STS-5 to observe the dependence of the intensity on the angle of incidence between the spacecraft surface normal and the velocity vector. For a relatively large angle between the velocity vector and the surface normal there is an appreciable glow, provided the surface is not shadowed by some other spacecraft structure. As the angle becomes less the glow intensifies. The grating experiments (STS-4 photography only, STS-5 image intensifier photography) provided a preliminary low resolution spectra of the spacecraft glow. Accurate wavelength calibrations of the STS-5 instrument permitted measuring of the spectrum and intensity of the Earth's airglow.

  18. Borax as flux on sintering of iron Ancor Steel 1000® under glow discharge

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    Ariza Suarez, H. G.; Sarmiento Santos, A.; Ortiz Otálora, C. A.

    2016-02-01

    This work studies the flux effect of borax (di sodium tetraborate decahydrate) on sintering of iron Ancor Steel 1000® in abnormal glow discharge. The incidence of the percentage by weight of borax and the sintering temperature in the process were observed. Samples of powder metallurgical iron were prepared with proportions of 0.50%, 2.0%, 4.0% and 6.0% by weight of borax using the procedures of powder metallurgy. The samples were sintered at 800 and 1100°C for 30min, by glow discharge at low pressure in a reducing atmosphere composed of 20% H2+80% Ar. The samples in compact green-state were analyzed by TGA-DSC to determine the fusion process and mass loss during sintering. The analysis of microhardness and density, shows that at a sintering temperature of 800°C the sample density decreases and the sample microhardness increases with respect to sintered samples without borax. Sintered samples were analysed by DRX showing the absence of precipitates.

  19. Plasma sterilization using the RF glow discharge

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    Yang, Liqing; Chen, Jierong; Gao, Junling; Guo, Yafei

    2009-08-01

    In the present work, glow discharge oxygen plasma was used to sterilize the Pseudomonas aeruginosa on the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheets. In a self-designed plasma reaction equipment, active species (electron, ion, radical, UV light, etc.) were separated effectively, and the discharge area, afterglow area and remote area were plotted out in the plasma field. Before and after plasma treatment the cell morphology was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that after treatment of 30 s the germicidal effect is 4.26, 3. 84, 2.61, respectively in the three areas on the following conditions: discharge power was 40 W and gas flux was 20 cm 3/min. SEM results revealed the cell morphology before and after plasma treatment. The walls or cell membrane cracking was testified by determining the content of protein using coomassie light blue technique. The results from electron spin resonance spectroscopy (ESR) and double Langmuir electron probe showed that electron, ion and oxygen free radical played important roles in sterilization in the discharge area, but only oxygen radicals acted to sterilize the bacteria in the afterglow area and the remote area.

  20. Composite state control and magnetic properties of Co and Si cluster assemblies prepared with double-glow-discharge sources

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    Katoh, Ryoji; Hihara, Takehiko; Peng, Dong-Liang; Sumiyama, Kenji

    2006-08-01

    Using a double-glow-discharge-cluster-source system, in which one glow discharge was a dc mode and the other an rf discharge mode, Co and Si clusters were independently produced and simultaneously deposited on a substrate. When a separation plate was inserted between two glow-discharge chambers, a mixture of Co and Si clusters was obtained: small Co clusters were distributed at random, while the Si clusters were aggregated to form large secondary particles. Without inserting the separation plate, on the other hand, core-shell clusters were obtained: a Co core was surrounded by small Si crystallites. The magnetization measurement indicated that the magnetic coercive force of Co /Si core-shell cluster assemblies was much smaller than that of Co cluster assemblies in which Co clusters were covered with antiferromagnetic CoO shells, indicating that the Si shell prevented Co cluster surfaces from their oxidation. Therefore, the present double-cluster-source system is useful in fabricating various sorts of cluster composites, which cannot be prepared by conventional coevaporation or precipitation methods.

  1. Influence of cathode material on generation of energetic hydrogen atoms in a glow discharge

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    Cvetanovi?, N.; Obradovi?, B. M.; Kuraica, M. M.

    2011-01-01

    In this paper influence of cathode material on formation of fast hydrogen atoms in an abnormal glow discharge is investigated using Balmer alpha emission spectroscopy. Energetic H atoms are generated in charge exchange reactions of hydrogen ions that are accelerated in the electric field, and also formed in the backscattering process at the cathode surface. Copper and graphite cathodes were used. Investigation was performed in two orthogonal directions of observation in pure hydrogen and argon-hydrogen mixture. The shapes of the profiles are examined together with the space intensity distribution of Balmer alpha line. Reduced atom reflection from graphite was manifested in the spectroscopic result, in accordance to the field acceleration model. The effect was evident only at high ion energies. This is explained by energy dependence of reflection coefficient for H atoms.

  2. Effect of glow discharge sintering in the properties of a composite material fabricated by powder metallurgy

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    Cardenas, A.; Pineda, Y.; Sarmiento Santos, A.; Vera, E.

    2016-02-01

    Composite samples of 316 stainless steel and SiC were produced by powder metallurgy. Starting materials were mixed in different proportions and compacted to 700MPa. Sintering stage was performed by abnormal glow discharge plasma with direct current in an inert atmosphere of argon. The process was conducted at a temperature of 1200°C±5°C with a heating rate of 100°C/min. This work shows, the effectiveness of plasma sintering process to generate the first contacts between particles and to reduce vacancies. This fact is confirmed by comparing green and sintered density of the material. The results of porosity show a decrease after plasma sintering. Wear tests showed the wear mechanisms, noting that at higher SiC contents, the wear resistance decreases due to poor matrix-reinforcement interaction and by the porosity presence which causes matrix-reinforcement sliding.

  3. Self-pulsing in a low-current hollow cathode discharge: From Townsend to glow discharge

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    Qin, Yu; Xie, Kan; Zhang, Yu; Ouyang, Jiting

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the self-pulsing phenomenon of a low current cavity discharge in a cylindrical hollow cathode in pure argon. The waveforms of pulsed current and voltage are measured, and the time-averaged and time-resolved images of hollow cathode discharge are recorded by using high-speed intensified charge coupled device camera. The results show that the self-pulsing is a mode transition between low-current stage of Townsend discharge and high-current stage of glow discharge. During the self-pulsing, the current rising time relates to the dissipation of space charges, and the decay time relates to the reconstruction of the virtual anode by the accumulation of positive ions. Whether or not space charges can form and keep the virtual anode is responsible for the discharge mode and hence plays an important role in the self-pulsing phenomenon in low current hollow cathode discharge.

  4. Tooth - abnormal shape

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  5. Observation of the glow-to-arc transitions

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    Watanabe, Shigeru; Saito, Shigeki; Takahashi, Kunio; Onzawa, Tadao

    2002-10-01

    Researches of the glow-to-arc transitions have been required for a new development of the welding technology in low current. It is important to clarify the characteristics of plasma in the transitions because there have been few reports investigated the transitions in detail. The glow-to-arc transitions were observed in argon at atmospheric pressure. The Th-W electrodes of 1 mm in a diameter are used. Both of the electrodes are needle-shaped and set in a quartz tube coaxially. Plasma is generated between the electrodes with the gap spacing of 1 mm. A DC power supply has been applying constant voltage of 600 V during the discharge. A high-speed camera is used to record the images of plasma in the transitions with the measurement of voltage and current between the electrodes. As a result, two things were confirmed for the behavior of the glow-to-arc transition. First, plasma extended over the cathode surface in the transition from the glow to the arc. Second, temperature in the tip of the cathode would increase gradually during the glow and decrease during the arc.

  6. Enhanced Glow Discharge Production of Oxygen

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    Ash, Robert; Zhong, Shi

    1998-01-01

    Studies starting in late seventies have shown Mars atmosphere can be used as a feedstock for oxygen production using simple chemical processing systems during early phases of the Mars exploration program. This approach has been recognized as one of the most important in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) concepts for enabling future round trip Mars missions. It was determined a decade ago that separation of oxygen can be accomplished efficiently by permeation through a silver membrane at temperatures well below 1000 K. This process involves adsorption of atomic oxygen on the surface and its subsequent diffusion through a silver lattice via an oxygen concentration gradient. We have determined recently that glow discharge can be used to liberate atomic oxygen from Mars atmosphere and that the oxygen can be collected through a silver permeation membrane. Recently, we demonstrated a substantial increase in energy efficiency of the process by applying a radio frequency discharge in combination with a silver permeation membrane. The experiments were performed using pure carbon dioxide in the pressure range equal to Mars surface conditions. Energy efficiency was defined as the ratio of the energy required to dissociate a unit mass of oxygen from carbon dioxide to the (electrical) energy consumed by the overall system during the dissociation and collection process. The research effort, started at NASA Langley Research Center, continued with this project. Oxygen production apparatus, built and operated under the research grant NAG1-1140 was relocated to the Atomic Beams Laboratory at ODU in July 1996, being since then in fall operation.

  7. Urine - abnormal color

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  8. Skeletal limb abnormalities

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  9. Structurally abnormal human autosomes

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    1993-12-31

    Chapter 25, discusses structurally abnormal human autosomes. This discussion includes: structurally abnormal chromosomes, chromosomal polymorphisms, pericentric inversions, paracentric inversions, deletions or partial monosomies, cri du chat (cat cry) syndrome, ring chromosomes, insertions, duplication or pure partial trisomy and mosaicism. 71 refs., 8 figs.

  10. Thermoluminescence glow curves and deconvoluted glow peaks of Ge doped flat fibers at ultra-high doses of electron radiation

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    Alawiah, A.; Bauk, S.; Marashdeh, M. W.; Ng, K. S.; Abdul-Rashid, H. A.; Yusoff, Z.; Gieszczyk, W.; Noramaliza, M. N.; Mahdiraji, G. A.; Tamchek, N.; Muhd-Yassin, S. Z.; Mat-Sharif, K. A.; Zulkifli, M. I.; Maah, M. J.; Che Omar, S. S.; Bradley, D. A.

    2015-08-01

    The behavior of Ge doped silica, SiO2 flat fibers (FF) irradiated with 2.5 MeV electron radiation at ultra-high dose (UHD) range, up to 1 MGy, has been investigated. The analyzed glow curves measured by the usage of the WinREMS software revealed that peak height and glow curve maximum temperature are highly dependent on the dose. The shape of the glow curves is constant with increasing dose. The supralinearity of all glow peaks increases to its f(D)max, which occurs around 50 kGy. No saturation occurs at f(D)max and further increases in dose, up to 1 MGy, exhibits a significant decrease in f(D). The glow peaks 2 (230 C) and 4 (290 C), deconvoluted by the usage of WinGCF software, are the first-order kinetic peaks and can be used as the main dosimetric peaks for high-dose measurements between 1 and 50 kGy in an industrial environment.

  11. Extension of spatiotemporal chaos in glow discharge-semiconductor systems

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    Akhmet, Marat Fen, Mehmet Onur; Rafatov, Ismail

    2014-12-15

    Generation of chaos in response systems is discovered numerically through specially designed unidirectional coupling of two glow discharge-semiconductor systems. By utilizing the auxiliary system approach, [H. D. I. Abarbanel, N. F. Rulkov, and M. M. Sushchik, Phys. Rev. E 53, 4528–4535 (1996)] it is verified that the phenomenon is not a chaos synchronization. Simulations demonstrate various aspects of the chaos appearance in both drive and response systems. Chaotic control is through the external circuit equation and governs the electrical potential on the boundary. The expandability of the theory to collectives of glow discharge systems is discussed, and this increases the potential of applications of the results. Moreover, the research completes the previous discussion of the chaos appearance in a glow discharge-semiconductor system [D. D. Šijačić U. Ebert, and I. Rafatov, Phys. Rev. E 70, 056220 (2004).].

  12. Glow discharge conditioning of the PDX vacuum vessel

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    Dylla, H.F.; Cohen, S.A.; Rossnagel, S.M.; McCracken, G.M.; Staib, P.

    1980-03-01

    A glow discharge technique has been developed and applied to the conditioning of the large (38 m/sup 3/) Poloidal Divertor Experiment (PDX) vacuum vessel. The discharge parameters and working gas (H/sub 2/) were chosen to maximize C and O removal and minimize metal sputtering. The glow discharge was produced by biasing one or two internal anodes at 400 V to sustain a discharge current of 2 to 4 A per anode. Purified H/sub 2/ at a pressure of 3 x 10/sup -2/ torr was flowed through PDX at approx. 10 t-l/s. The effectiveness of the glow discharge conditioning was monitored by measuring impurity gas (CH/sub 4/, C/sub 2/H/sub 4/, and CO) exhaust rates by mass spectrometry and C and O surface removal rates by in-situ AES and XPS.

  13. Deposition and examination of glow discharge produced a-Ge:H

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    Wickboldt, P.

    1993-01-01

    This thesis presents the results of studies of the deposition and examination of amorphous hydrogenated germanium (a-Ge:H) thin films deposited from an rf glow discharge of GeH[sub 4] and H[sub 2] gases. A diode-type capacitively coupled glow discharge system was constructed. Results are presented of the measurements of film stress for a large number of a-Ge:H films. The stress is found to vary from high tensile to high compressive, and correlates with total hydrogen content, microstructure and photoconductivity. The effects of air exposure and annealing are demonstrated. Two examples are given of the effects of varying a deposition parameter on the film properties; the effects of varying the electrode gap and the power. By piecing together extensive measurements of optical, electronic and structural properties, the electrode gap study is used to demonstrate the link between structure and electronic transport, and to clarify an earlier model of a-Ge:H film structure. The results suggest a strategy for further optimization of a-Ge:H optoelectronic properties by adjusting growth conditions to reduce the formation of columnar-type microstructure. Finally, a basic examination of the GeH[sub 4] + H[sub 2] glow discharge is presented. It is determined that the discharges used to deposit a-Ge:H are in the so called [gamma] mode in which the discharge characteristics are dominated by ion-induced electron emission ([gamma] electrons) from the cathode. Using a residual gas analyzer (RGA), an examination is made of discharge chemistry which centers around a comparison of SiH[sub 4] + H[sub 2] chemistry. Significant differences between SiH[sub 4] + H[sub 2] and GeH[sub 4] + H[sub 2] chemistry are demonstrated. Measurements were then made to determine the changes which occur in the glow discharge when the electrode gap and power are varied. The results suggest that beneficial discharge chemistry is promoted by a higher kinetic energy of the electrons in the discharge.

  14. Influences of impedance matching network on pulse-modulated radio frequency atmospheric pressure glow discharges

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    Huo, W. G.; Xu, K.; Sun, B.; Ding, Z. F.

    2012-08-01

    Pulse-modulated RF atmospheric pressure glow discharges (APDGs) were investigated in recent years to reduce the thermal accumulation and extend the operation region of the stable alpha glow mode. Different pulse-modulated voltage and current waveforms were acquired in previous experiments, but no attention was paid to the interpretation. We investigated this issue and associated phenomenon via positive and negative feedback effects derived from varying the series capacitor in the inversely L-shaped matching network used in our pulse-modulated RF APGD source. The evolutions of pulse-modulated RF waveforms were found to be associated with the feedback region and the pulsed plasma absorbed RF power. In the positive feedback region, pulse-modulated RF APGDs are relatively stable. In the negative feedback region, wide spikes as well as undershoots occur in RF voltage and current waveforms and the plasma absorbed RF power. In case of a high RF power discharge with a low modulation frequency, the pulse-modulated RF APGD is extinguished and re-ignited due to the enhanced undershoot during the initial pulse phase. The pulse-modulated RF APGD can transit from positive to negative feedback region in a range of series capacitance. Experimental results are discussed by the aid of equivalent circuit, negative and positive feedback effects.

  15. High-Energy Radiation from Thunderstorms with ADELE: TGFs, Steps, and Glows

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    Smith, David M.; Kelley, Nicole; Martinez-McKinney, Forest; Zhang, Zi Yan; Hazelton, Bryna; Grefenstette, Brian; Splitt, Michael; Lazarus, Steven; Ulrich, William; Levine, Steven; Dwyer, Joseph; Schaal, Meagan; Saleh, Ziad; Cramer, Eric; Rassoul, Hamid; Cummer, Steven; Lu, Gaopeng; Shao, Xuan-Min; Ho, Cheng; Blakeslee, Richard

    2011-01-01

    The biggest challenge in the study of high-energy processes in thunderstorms is getting a detector to the vicinity of the electrically active regions of a storm. The Airborne Detector for Energetic Lightning Emissions (ADELE) has been used to detect gamma rays from aircraft above storms and from a storm-chasing van on the ground. In August 2009, ADELE flew above Florida storms in a Gulfstream V jet, detecting the first terrestrial gamma-ray flash (TGF) seen from a plane and continuous glows of high-energy emission above thunderclouds. The presence of these glows suggests that a gradual process of relativistic runaway and feedback may help limit the total amount of charging in thunderstorms, in contrast to the traditional view that only lightning discharges compete with the charging process. The upper limits on TGF emission from intracloud and cloud-to-ground lightning from the ADELE flights demonstrated conclusively that a TGF of the sort seen from space is not associated with most lightning and not necessary to trigger it. In August 2010, observations from a van detected stepped-leader x-ray emission from at least four lightning strikes in ten days of operations. This mode of operation is therefore promising for future observations of the stepping process, although a more varied suite of instrumentation, in particular a flash-distance detector, would be useful. We will report on these results and on future possibilities for ADELE campaigns.

  16. Excessive hydrogen and deuterium Balmer lines broadening in a hollow cathode glow discharges

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    iovi?, N. M.; Majstorovi?, G. Lj.; Konjevi?, N.

    2005-03-01

    Results of a Doppler spectroscopy study of hydrogen and deuterium Balmer lines in the stainless steel and copper hollow cathode glow discharge, operated in pure hydrogen, deuterium and mixtures of inert gases with hydrogen, are reported. For all gases and gas mixtures plasma observations perpendicular to electric field revealed the excessively large Doppler broadening. By changing mode of glow discharge operation, the Doppler broadened line profiles in helium-hydrogen mixture are recorded parallel to the discharge electric field as well. The excessively broadened part of the H? line profile is shifted towards blue or red wavelength by changing the direction of electric field vector. The presence of large excessive Balmer lines broadening in pure hydrogen and in its gas mixture with neon as well as shifting of the excessively broadened part of line profile by means of electric field is in contradiction with the resonance transfer model proposed by Mills et al. in several publications, see e.g. [IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 31, 338 (2003)].

  17. Investigation of helium ion production in constricted direct current plasma ion source with layered-glows.

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    Lee, Yuna; Chung, Kyoung-Jae; Park, Yeong-Shin; Hwang, Y S

    2014-02-01

    Generation of helium ions is experimentally investigated with a constricted direct current (DC) plasma ion source operated at layered-glow mode, in which electrons could be accelerated through multiple potential structures so as to generate helium ions including He(2+) by successive ionization collisions in front of an extraction aperture. The helium discharge is sustained with the formation of a couple of stable layers and the plasma ball with high density is created near the extraction aperture at the operational pressure down to 0.6 Torr with concave cathodes. The ion beam current extracted with an extraction voltage of 5 kV is observed to be proportional to the discharge current and inversely proportional to the operating pressure, showing high current density of 130 mA/cm(2) and power density of 0.52 mA/cm(2)/W. He(2+) ions, which were predicted to be able to exist due to multiple-layer potential structure, are not observed. Simple calculation on production of He(2+) ions inside the plasma ball reveals that reduced operating pressure and increased cathode area will help to generate He(2+) ions with the layered-glow DC discharge. PMID:24593635

  18. Influences of impedance matching network on pulse-modulated radio frequency atmospheric pressure glow discharges

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    Huo, W. G.; Xu, K.; Sun, B.; Ding, Z. F.

    2012-08-15

    Pulse-modulated RF atmospheric pressure glow discharges (APDGs) were investigated in recent years to reduce the thermal accumulation and extend the operation region of the stable alpha glow mode. Different pulse-modulated voltage and current waveforms were acquired in previous experiments, but no attention was paid to the interpretation. We investigated this issue and associated phenomenon via positive and negative feedback effects derived from varying the series capacitor in the inversely L-shaped matching network used in our pulse-modulated RF APGD source. The evolutions of pulse-modulated RF waveforms were found to be associated with the feedback region and the pulsed plasma absorbed RF power. In the positive feedback region, pulse-modulated RF APGDs are relatively stable. In the negative feedback region, wide spikes as well as undershoots occur in RF voltage and current waveforms and the plasma absorbed RF power. In case of a high RF power discharge with a low modulation frequency, the pulse-modulated RF APGD is extinguished and re-ignited due to the enhanced undershoot during the initial pulse phase. The pulse-modulated RF APGD can transit from positive to negative feedback region in a range of series capacitance. Experimental results are discussed by the aid of equivalent circuit, negative and positive feedback effects.

  19. Chromosomal abnormalities in oocytes.

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    Plachot, M

    2001-10-22

    Since the beginning of in vitro fertilization (IVF), basic research has provided insight in the field of human reproduction, especially in genetics. Indeed, the contribution of chromosomal abnormalities to oocyte disorders and impaired embryonic development is now well known. Of oocytes that fail to fertilize after in vitro insemination, 26.5% have been found to be abnormal, with 13.3% showing hypohaploidy, 8.1% hyperhaploidy, 1.6% structural abnormalities and 3.5% diploidy. The total incidence of abnormalities seems to be correlated with the fertility status of the woman. It is higher in oocytes from women with tubal or unexplained infertility than in those from women whose husband's infertility is the sole cause of infertility in the couple. Although few oocytes recovered during natural cycles have been studied, gonadotropins, which are widely used to stimulate follicle growth and ovulation, do not increase the risk of abnormalities. The effect of maternal age on fetal aneuploidy, well documented at birth, has not been unambiguously shown to result from an increase in the frequency of aneuploid oocytes. Intra- and extra-follicular influences (perifollicular microvasculature, oxygenation, and the presence of residues from cigarette smoke) may disturb maturation, leading to immaturity and aneuploidy. Thus, oocyte meiosis is very sensitive to endogenous and exogenous factors that could result in oocytes with chromosomal abnormalities and therefore, abnormal zygotes. PMID:11576735

  20. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

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  1. "Jeopardy" in Abnormal Psychology.

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    Keutzer, Carolin S.

    1993-01-01

    Describes the use of the board game, Jeopardy, in a college level abnormal psychology course. Finds increased student interaction and improved application of information. Reports generally favorable student evaluation of the technique. (CFR)

  2. Synchronization between two coupled direct current glow discharge plasma sources

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    Chaubey, Neeraj; Mukherjee, S.; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.; Sen, A.

    2015-02-01

    Experimental results on the nonlinear dynamics of two coupled glow discharge plasma sources are presented. A variety of nonlinear phenomena including frequency synchronization and frequency pulling are observed as the coupling strength is varied. Numerical solutions of a model representation of the experiment consisting of two coupled asymmetric Van der Pol type equations are found to be in good agreement with the observed results.

  3. DC glow discharge conditioning of remote areas in fusion devices

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    Douai, D.; Garnier, D.; Brmond, S.; Grisolia, C.; Bucalossi, J.; Shigin, P.; Begrambekov, L.

    2008-03-01

    Various methods are used for wall conditioning of the vacuum chamber of magnetic fusion devices. Among them, direct current glow discharges in deuterium or helium are used to control the contamination of the plasma by impurities coming from the walls. However, the relatively high energy of the ions on the plasma facing components and the difficulty to extend the glow discharge in remote areas could reduce their attractiveness. We present the results from tests performed in a dedicated reactor, equipped with a narrow cylindrical duct with seven Langmuir probes. A heated cathode, biased at -40 Volts with respect to the walls, is placed inside the duct. The influence of the pressure on the penetration of the discharge into the tube is shown and discussed. Significant values of ion current and potential in the tube are obtained for pressures two orders of magnitude higher than those currently used in present Tokamaks. The effect of establishing the glow discharge between the anode and the heated cathode was studied. The heated cathode currents can be tuned in such a way that the current measured by the probe increases whereas the potential drop between the glow discharge and the wall decreases and the energy of the ions which are impinging onto the surfaces is reduced.

  4. Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World): Handbook for Volunteers.

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    Peace Corps, Washington, DC. Information Collection and Exchange Div.

    Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) began in Romania in 1995 as a weeklong leadership camp with the purpose of encouraging young women to become active citizens by building their self-esteem and confidence, increasing their self-awareness, and developing their skills in goal-setting, assertiveness, and career and life planning. Since that first

  5. Metal Mesh Smear Sampling for Glow Discharge Analytical Spectroscopy

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    Shaw, R.W.; Barshick, C.M.; Ramsey, J.M.; Smith, D.H.

    2000-06-01

    Metal mesh smear sampling is being developed and evaluated for use in a number of glow discharge and other optical and mass spectrometric techniques. Sensitive elemental and isotopic analyses thus will be coupled with a convenient sampling scheme similar to one that is common for radiological surveys.

  6. Synchronization between two coupled direct current glow discharge plasma sources

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    Chaubey, Neeraj; Mukherjee, S.; Sen, A.; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.

    2015-02-15

    Experimental results on the nonlinear dynamics of two coupled glow discharge plasma sources are presented. A variety of nonlinear phenomena including frequency synchronization and frequency pulling are observed as the coupling strength is varied. Numerical solutions of a model representation of the experiment consisting of two coupled asymmetric Van der Pol type equations are found to be in good agreement with the observed results.

  7. Degradation of Organics in a Glow Discharge Under Martian Conditions

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    Hintze, P. E.; Calle, L. M.; Calle, C. I.; Buhler, C. R.; Trigwell, S.; Starnes, J. W.; Schuerger, A. C.

    2006-01-01

    The primary objective of this project is to understand the consequences of glow electrical discharges on the chemistry and biology of Mars. The possibility was raised some time ago that the absence of organic material and carbonaceous matter in the Martian soil samples studied by the VikinG Landers might be due in part to an intrinsic atmospheric mechanism such as glow discharge. The high probability for dust interactions during Martian dust storms and dust devils, combined with the cold, dry climate of Mars most likely results in airborne dust that is highly charged. Such high electrostatic potentials generated during dust storms on Earth are not permitted in the low-pressure CO2 environment on Mars; therefore electrostatic energy released in the form of glow discharges is a highly likely phenomenon. Since glow discharge methods are used for cleaning and sterilizing surfaces throughout industry, the idea that dust in the Martian atmosphere undergoes a cleaning action many times over geologic time scales appears to be a plausible one.

  8. Immobilization of proteins on glow discharge treated polymers

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    Kiaei, D.; Safranj, A.; Chen, J. P.; Johnston, A. B.; Zavala, F.; Deelder, A.; Castelino, J. B.; Markovic, V.; Hoffman, A. S.

    Certain glow discharge-treated surfaces have been shown to enhance retention of adsorbed proteins. On the basis of this phenomenon, we have investigated the possibility of immobilizing (a) albumin for developing thromboresistant and non-fouling surfaces, (b) antibodies for immuno-diagnostic assays and (c) enzymes for various biosensors and industrial bioprocesses. Albumin retention was highest on surfaces treated with tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) compared to untreated surfaces or other glow discharge treatments studied. Preadsorption of albumin on TFE-treated surfaces resulted in low fibrinogen adsorption and platelet adhesion. IgG retention was also highest on TFE-treated surfaces. The lower detection limits of both malaria antigen and circulating anodic antigen of the schistosomiasis worm were enhanced following glow discharge treatment of the assay plates with TFE. Both TFE and tetrachloroethylene (TCE) glow discharge treated surfaces showed high retention of adsorbed horseradish peroxidase (HRP). However, the retained specific activity of HRP after adsorption on TCE-treated surfaces was remarkably higher than on TFE-treated surfaces.

  9. Mechanism of boriding from pastes in a glow discharge

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    Isakov, S.A.; Al'tshuler, S.A.

    1987-09-01

    The authors investigate the boridation of steel 45 from the standpoint of the glow-discharge dissociation of a borax paste and the plasma arc spraying of the resulting boron into the steel. The effects of process parameters on the impregnation of boron into the steel and its phase behavior in the boridation process are discussed.

  10. SkyGlowNet as a Vehicle for STEM Education

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    Flurchick, K. M.; Craine, E. R.; Culver, R. B.; Deal, S.; Foster, C.

    2013-06-01

    SkyGlowNet is an emerging network of internet-enabled sky brightness meters (iSBM) that continuously record and log sky brightness at the zenith of each network node site. Also logged are time and weather information. These data are polled at a user-defined frequency, typically about every 45 seconds. The data are uploaded to the SkyGlowNet website, initially to a proprietary area where the data for each institution are embargoed for one or two semesters as students conduct research projects with their data. When released from embargo, the data are moved to another area where they can be accessed by all SkyGlowNet participants. Some of the data are periodically released to a public area on the website. In this presentation we describe the data formats and provide examples of both data content and the structure of the website. Early data from two nodes in the SkyGlowNet have been characterized, both quantitatively and qualitatively, by undergraduate students at NCAT. A summary of their work is presented here. These analyses are of utility in helping those new to looking at these data to understand how to interpret them. In particular, we demonstrate differences between effects on light at night and sky brightness due to astronomical cycles, atmospheric phenomena, and artificial lighting. Quantitative characterization of the data includes statistical analyses of parsed segments of the temporal data stream. An attempt is made to relate statistical metrics to specific types of phenomena.

  11. Analytical Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry: Physical Aspects and Applications.

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    van Straaten, Mark

    In the last two decades, glow discharge devices have gained increasing interest in analytical spectrometry because of their ability to act as a source of atomization, excitation and ionization for solid samples. In mass spectrometry, the recent development of double focusing and quadrupole instruments provides an alternative to more established mass spectrometric techniques for a variety of applications. This work centers around glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) and can in general be divided in two parts. In a first part the fundamental aspects of the atomization of sample material in a glow discharge is treated. Through the development of a mathematical model information concerning the sputter process and the distribution of atomized sample material in a glow discharge could be obtained. Two experiments were performed to verify the theoretical calculations. The agreement between calculated and measured etching rates of a molybdenum sample was satisfactory and the experimental investigation of the energy distribution of ions hitting the sample surface showed similar gas ion energy distributions as the ones theoretically expected. Three applications of GDMS are described in this work. It was investigated whether GDMS offers an alternative to the existing instrumental methods for the analysis of platinum powder and for the determination of precious metals in copper. As a last application, a feasibility test on the capabilities of GDMS for the depth profiling of coated cylindrical samples was performed.

  12. Reduction of outgassing rate by glow discharge cleaning

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    Li, M.; Dylla, H.F.

    1995-05-01

    The effectiveness of glow discharge cleaning (GDC) as a means of decreasing the pump-down time of vacuum systems was studied. We measured the outgassing rate of an electropolished stainless steel surface after it was exposed to glow discharges fueled by various gases (He, He/1%--3%H{sub 2}, He/1%--3%CH{sub 4}, H{sub 2}, Ar) following a standard 1 h of venting to ambient air. It is shown that He GDC is most effective in reduction of outgassing rate: a He GDC trial with a dose of 0.8 C/cm{sup 2} reduces the outgassing rate and subsequently the pump-down time by a factor of 13. For given glow discharge currents, the outgassing reduction factor is directly proportional to the glow discharge duration. The reduction of post-GDC outgassing is a result of enhanced desorption of H{sub 2}, CO, and CO{sub 2} by He GDC as observed by residual gas analysis during the discharge. The GDC results are consistent with our previously proposed diffusion models for water outgassing from metal surfaces. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Vacuum} {ital Society}

  13. Reduction of outgassing rate by glow discharge cleaning

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    Minxu Li; H. F. Dylla

    1995-06-01

    The effectiveness of glow discharge cleaning (GDC) as a means of decreasing the pump-down time of vacuum systems was studied. We measured the outgassing rate of an electropolished stainless steel surface after it was exposed to glow discharges fueled by various gases (He, He/1%-3%H{sub 2}, He/1%-3%CH{sub 4}, H{sub 2}, Ar) following a standard 1 h of venting to ambient air. It is shown that He GDC is most effective in reduction of outgassing rate: a He GDC trial with a dose of 0.8 C/cm{sub 2} reduces the outgassing rate and subsequently the pump-down time by a factor of 13. For given glow discharge currents, the outgassing reduction factor is directly proportional to the glow discharge duration. The reduction of post-GDC outgassing is a result of enhanced desorption of H{sub 2}, CO, and CO{sub 2} by He GDC as observed by residual gas analysis during the discharge. The GDC results are consistent with our previously proposed diffusion models for water outgassing from metal surfaces.

  14. Positive Streamers and Glows in Air and Exhaust Gases

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    Morrow, R.

    1998-10-01

    Theoretical and experimental studies have been made of the effects of sub-microsecond voltage pulses on the plasma chemistry of real flue gases in a test cell. Chemical analysis shows that, for real flue gases, the pulsed system can remove up to 90 % of NO, and 30 % of SO_2, if a residence time of ~ 30s is used. We also find that (i) water vapour is essential to the removal of SO_2, but not for the removal of NO or NO_2; and (ii) that small quantities of N_2O are produced. The removal of SO2 is primarily due to reactions with OH radicals from water vapour, producing sulphuric acid, whereas nitrogen oxides are reduced by N atoms. When a positive voltage is abruptly applied to a point in air at atmospheric pressure, positive streamers are produced. A theory is presented for the development of the first such streamer by solving the continuity equations for electrons, positive ions and negative ions, including the effects of ionisation, attachment, recombination, electron diffusion, and photoionisation, simultaneously with Poisson's equation. With an applied voltage of 20 kV across a 50 mm gap, the streamer does not reach the cathode. When the voltage is sustained in the presence of free electrons, the electric field at the anode starts to recover until positive glow pulses develop at the anode. The presence of the positive glow corona precludes any further streamer formation; this limits the number of chemical reactions stimulated by the discharge because the positive glow is confined close to the anode. Thus, a limit is set for the voltage pulse width. A theory is also presented for the current and light pulses of positive glow corona from a point in air; results are obtained by solving the continuity equations, described above, in concentric sphere geometry. A series of ``saw--toothed'' current pulses of period ~ 1 ?s are predicted with a dc current level. Accompanying the current peaks are discrete 30 ns wide pulses of light. It is found that if, in the presence of a positive glow corona, the voltage is raised at a rate less than 1 kV/?s, the the positive glow corona adjusts to the positive glow corona conditions at a higher voltage; however, if the voltage is raised at a significantly faster rate, streamers develop and propagate out into the gap. Thus, the need for sub--microsecond voltage pulses in order to produce positive streamers can be shown theoretically, and limits determined for the rise time required for the stimulation of chemical reactions.

  15. Modelling cathode spots in glow discharges in the cathode boundary layer geometry

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    Bieniek, M. S.; Almeida, P. G. C.; Benilov, M. S.

    2016-03-01

    Self-organized patterns of cathode spots in glow discharges are computed in the cathode boundary layer geometry, which is the one employed in most of the experiments reported in the literature. The model comprises conservation and transport equations of electrons and a single ion species, written in the drift-diffusion and local-field approximations, and Poissons equation. Multiple solutions existing for the same value of the discharge current and describing modes with different configurations of cathode spots are computed by means of a stationary solver. The computed solutions are compared to their counterparts for plane-parallel electrodes, and experiments. All of the computed spot patterns have been observed in the experiment.

  16. Characteristics of atmospheric-pressure, radio-frequency glow discharges operated with argon added ethanol

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    Sun Wenting; Li Guo; Li Heping; Bao Chengyu; Wang Huabo; Zeng Shi; Gao Xing; Luo Huiying

    2007-06-15

    Rf, atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas with bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, thin film deposition, disinfection and sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics are presented for the rf APGD plasmas generated with pure argon or argon-ethanol mixture as the plasma-forming gas and using water-cooled, bare copper electrodes. The experimental results show that the breakdown voltage can be reduced significantly when a small amount of ethanol is added into argon, probably due to the fact that the Penning ionization process is involved, and a pure {alpha}-mode discharge can be produced more easily with the help of ethanol. The uniformity of the rf APGDs of pure argon or argon-ethanol mixtures using bare metallic electrodes is identified with the aid of the intensified charge coupled device images.

  17. Characteristics of atmospheric-pressure, radio-frequency glow discharges operated with argon added ethanol

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    Sun, Wen-Ting; Li, Guo; Li, He-Ping; Bao, Cheng-Yu; Wang, Hua-Bo; Zeng, Shi; Gao, Xing; Luo, Hui-Ying

    2007-06-01

    Rf, atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas with bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, thin film deposition, disinfection and sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics are presented for the rf APGD plasmas generated with pure argon or argon-ethanol mixture as the plasma-forming gas and using water-cooled, bare copper electrodes. The experimental results show that the breakdown voltage can be reduced significantly when a small amount of ethanol is added into argon, probably due to the fact that the Penning ionization process is involved, and a pure α-mode discharge can be produced more easily with the help of ethanol. The uniformity of the rf APGDs of pure argon or argon-ethanol mixtures using bare metallic electrodes is identified with the aid of the intensified charge coupled device images.

  18. Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission Indicator of Glow Plasma Discharges from Ionospheric HF Wave Transmissions with HAARP

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    Bernhardt, P. A.; Scales, W.; Briczinski, S. J.; Fu, H.; Mahmoudian, A.; Samimi, A.

    2012-12-01

    High power radio waves resonantly interact with to accelerate electrons for production of artificial aurora and plasma clouds. These plasma clouds are formed when the HF frequency is tuned near a harmonic of the electron cyclotron frequency. At a narrow band resonance, large electrostatic fields are produced below the F-layer and the neutral atmosphere breaks down with a glow plasma discharge. The conditions for this resonance are given by matching the pump wave frequency and wave-number with the sum of daughter frequencies and wave-numbers for several plasma modes. The most likely plasma mode that accelerates the electrons is the electron Bernstein wave in conjunction with an ion acoustic wave. Both upper hybrid and whistler mode waves are also possible sources of electron acceleration. To determine the plasma process for electron acceleration, stimulated electromagnetic emissions are measured using ground receivers in a north-south chain from the HAARP site. Recent observations have shown that broad band spectral lines downshifted from the HF pump frequency are observed when artificial plasma clouds are formed. For HF transmissions are the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th gyro harmonic, the downshifted indicators are found 500 Hz, 20 kHz, and 140 kHz, respectively, from the pump frequency. This Indicator Mode (IM) anticipates that a plasma layer will be formed before it is recorded with an ionosonde or optical imager.

  19. Quantitative depth profile analysis of metallic coatings by pulsed radiofrequency glow discharge optical emission spectrometry.

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    Snchez, Pascal; Fernndez, Beatriz; Menndez, Armando; Orejas, Jaime; Pereiro, Rosario; Sanz-Medel, Alfredo

    2011-01-17

    In recent years particular effort is being devoted towards the development of pulsed GDs because this powering operation mode could offer important analytical advantages. However, the capabilities of radiofrequency (rf) powered glow discharge (GD) in pulsed mode coupled to optical emission spectrometry (OES) for real depth profile quantification has not been demonstrated yet. Therefore, the first part of this work is focussed on assessing the expected advantages of the pulsed GD mode, in comparison with its continuous mode counterpart, in terms of analytical emission intensities and emission yield parameters. Then, the capability of pulsed rf-GD-OES for determination of thickness and compositional depth profiles is demonstrated by resorting to a simple multi-matrix calibration procedure. A rf forward power of 50 W, a pressure of 600 Pa, 1000 Hz pulse frequency and 50% duty cycle were selected. The quantification procedure used was validated by analysing conductive layers of thicknesses ranging from a few tens of nanometer up to about 20 ?m and varied compositions (hot-dipped zinc, galvanneal, back contact of thin film photovoltaic solar cells and tinplates). PMID:21167983

  20. Congenital bronchial abnormalities revisited.

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    Ghaye, B; Szapiro, D; Fanchamps, J M; Dondelinger, R F

    2001-01-01

    Bronchial anatomy is adequately demonstrated with the appropriate spiral computed tomographic technique on cross-sectional images, multiplanar reconstruction images, and three-dimensional reconstruction images. Contrary to the numerous variations of lobar or segmental bronchial subdivisions, abnormal bronchi originating from the trachea or main bronchi are rare. Major bronchial abnormalities include accessory cardiac bronchus (ACB) and "tracheal" bronchus. An ACB is a supernumerary bronchus from the inner wall of the right main bronchus or intermediate bronchus that progresses toward the pericardium. Fourteen ACBs were found in 17,500 consecutive patients (frequency, 0.08%). The term tracheal bronchus encompasses a variety of bronchial anomalies originating from the trachea or main bronchus and directed to the upper lobe. In a series of 35 tracheal bronchi, only eight originated from the trachea, three originated from the carina, and 24 originated from the bronchi. Displaced tracheal bronchi (27 of 35) are more frequent than supernumerary tracheal bronchi (eight of 35). Minor bronchial abnormalities include variants of tracheal bronchus, displaced segmental bronchi, and bronchial agenesis. The main embryogenic hypotheses for congenital bronchial abnormalities are the reduction, migration, and selection theories. Knowledge and understanding of congenital bronchial abnormalities may have important implications for diagnosis, bronchoscopy, surgery, brachytherapy, and intubation. PMID:11158647

  1. Models of Abnormal Scarring

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    Seo, Bommie F.; Lee, Jun Yong; Jung, Sung-No

    2013-01-01

    Keloids and hypertrophic scars are thick, raised dermal scars, caused by derailing of the normal scarring process. Extensive research on such abnormal scarring has been done; however, these being refractory disorders specific to humans, it has been difficult to establish a universal animal model. A wide variety of animal models have been used. These include the athymic mouse, rats, rabbits, and pigs. Although these models have provided valuable insight into abnormal scarring, there is currently still no ideal model. This paper reviews the models that have been developed. PMID:24078916

  2. Study of short atmospheric pressure dc glow microdischarge in air

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    Kudryavtsev, Anatoly; Bogdanov, Eugene; Chirtsov, Alexander; Emelin, Sergey

    2011-10-01

    The results of experiments and simulations of short (without positive column) atmospheric pressure dc glow discharge in air are presented. We used metal steel electrodes with a gap of 5-100 microns. The experimental voltage-current characteristic's (VAC) have a constant or slightly increasing form at low gap. The most stable microdischarges were burning with a flat cathode and rounded anode, when the length of the discharge is automatically established near the minimum of the Paschen curve by changing their binding on the anode. In this case microdischarge was stable and it had growing VAC. For simulations we used 2D fluid model with kinetic description of electrons. We solved the balance equations for the vibrationally- and the electronically-excited states of a nitrogen and oxygen molecules; nitrogen and oxygen atoms; ozone molecule; and different nitrogen and oxygen ions with different plasmochemical reactions between them. Simulations predicted the main regions of the dc glow discharges including cathode and anode sheath and plasma of negative glow, Faraday dark space and transition region. Gas heating plays an important role in shaping the discharge profiles. The results of experiments and simulations of short (without positive column) atmospheric pressure dc glow discharge in air are presented. We used metal steel electrodes with a gap of 5-100 microns. The experimental voltage-current characteristic's (VAC) have a constant or slightly increasing form at low gap. The most stable microdischarges were burning with a flat cathode and rounded anode, when the length of the discharge is automatically established near the minimum of the Paschen curve by changing their binding on the anode. In this case microdischarge was stable and it had growing VAC. For simulations we used 2D fluid model with kinetic description of electrons. We solved the balance equations for the vibrationally- and the electronically-excited states of a nitrogen and oxygen molecules; nitrogen and oxygen atoms; ozone molecule; and different nitrogen and oxygen ions with different plasmochemical reactions between them. Simulations predicted the main regions of the dc glow discharges including cathode and anode sheath and plasma of negative glow, Faraday dark space and transition region. Gas heating plays an important role in shaping the discharge profiles. This work was supported by the FZP and SPbGU

  3. Congenital midface abnormalities.

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    Baxter, Daniel J G; Shroff, Manohar

    2011-08-01

    There are a wide variety of congenital midface abnormalities that originate during transformation of the first pair of pharyngeal arches into adult structures. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are important components in the comprehensive evaluation of these lesions. A detailed understanding of midface embryogenesis and developmental anatomy is important in directing appropriate patient management. PMID:21807312

  4. Pulsed and RF glow discharge in Helium atmosphere

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    Gulati, Pooja; Pal, U. N.; Kumar, N.; Srivastava, V.; Parkash, Ram; Vyas, Vimal

    2012-11-01

    This paper reports the optical and electrical characterization of sinusoidal and pulse glow-discharge plasma in helium. A homogeneous type of discharge has been observed for different operating conditions in helium DBD. The image of discharges makes sure that the diffuse discharge covers the entire surface of the electrodes. Optical emission spectroscopy has been used to determine the main emission lines of the helium glow discharge plasma. The internal plasma parameters of DBDs have been investigated at different operating conditions. It has been observed that the DBDs are becoming more intense with increase in pressure and applied power. The effect of the excitation mechanism on the emission properties and discharge parameters for the helium DBD is studied experimentally and further analysed by using plasma simulation tool OOPIC-Pro.

  5. Sensitive glow discharge ion source for aerosol and gas analysis

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    Reilly, Peter T. A. (Knoxville, TN)

    2007-08-14

    A high sensitivity glow discharge ion source system for analyzing particles includes an aerodynamic lens having a plurality of constrictions for receiving an aerosol including at least one analyte particle in a carrier gas and focusing the analyte particles into a collimated particle beam. A separator separates the carrier gas from the analyte particle beam, wherein the analyte particle beam or vapors derived from the analyte particle beam are selectively transmitted out of from the separator. A glow discharge ionization source includes a discharge chamber having an entrance orifice for receiving the analyte particle beam or analyte vapors, and a target electrode and discharge electrode therein. An electric field applied between the target electrode and discharge electrode generates an analyte ion stream from the analyte vapors, which is directed out of the discharge chamber through an exit orifice, such as to a mass spectrometer. High analyte sensitivity is obtained by pumping the discharge chamber exclusively through the exit orifice and the entrance orifice.

  6. Dust-void formation in a dc glow discharge.

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    Fedoseev, A V; Sukhinin, G I; Dosbolayev, M K; Ramazanov, T S

    2015-08-01

    Experimental investigations of dusty plasma parameters of a dc glow discharge were performed in a vertically oriented discharge tube. Under certain conditions, dust-free regions (voids) were formed in the center of the dust particle clouds that levitated in the strong electric field of a stratified positive column. A model for radial distribution of dusty plasma parameters of a dc glow discharge in inert gases was developed. The behavior of void formation was investigated for different discharge conditions (type of gas, discharge pressure, and discharge current) and dust particle parameters (particle radii and particle total number). It was shown that it is the ion drag force radial component that leads to the formation of voids. Both experimental and calculated results show that the higher the discharge current the wider dust-free region (void). The calculations also show that more pronounced voids are formed for dust particles with larger radii and under lower gas pressures. PMID:26382534

  7. Glow discharge electron impact ionization source for miniature mass spectrometers.

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    Gao, Liang; Song, Qingyu; Noll, Robert J; Duncan, Jason; Cooks, R Graham; Ouyang, Zheng

    2007-05-01

    A glow discharge electron impact ionization (GDEI) source was developed for operation using air as the support gas. An alternative to the use of thermoemission from a resistively heated filament electron source for miniature mass spectrometers, the GDEI source is shown to have advantages of long lifetime under high-pressure operation and low power consumption. The GDEI source was characterized using our laboratory's handheld mass spectrometer, the Mini 10. The effects of the discharge voltage and pressure were investigated. Design considerations are illustrated with calculations. Performance is demonstrated in a set of experimental tests. The results show that the low power requirements, mechanical ruggedness, and quality of the data produced using the small glow discharge ion source make it well-suited for use with a portable handheld mass spectrometer. PMID:17441220

  8. The Use of DC Glow Discharges as Undergraduate Educational Tools

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    Stephanie A. Wissel and Andrew Zwicker, Jerry Ross, and Sophia Gershman

    2012-10-09

    Plasmas have a beguiling way of getting students excited and interested in physics. We argue that plasmas can and should be incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum as both demonstrations and advanced investigations of electromagnetism and quantum effects. Our device, based on a direct current (DC) glow discharge tube, allows for a number of experiments into topics such as electrical breakdown, spectroscopy, magnetism, and electron temperature.

  9. Singlet oxygen production in vortex-flow dc glow discharge

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    Mikheyev, Pavel A.; Shepelenko, Alexander A.; Kupryaev, Nikolay V.; Voronov, Anatoly I.

    2000-05-01

    The possibility to produce high concentrations of singlet delta oxygen, enough to operate oxygen-iodine laser, using discharge techniques without dangerous chemicals was investigated. The results of study of singlet oxygen yield in the vortex-flow glow discharge in pure oxygen are presented. The discharge in the vortex flow is used because it permits to have extremely stable CW discharge with very high power load at high pressures.

  10. Zenith angle dependence of the geocoronal Lyman-alpha glow.

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    Paresce, F.; Kumar, S.; Bowyer, S.

    1972-01-01

    Review of the observations made on the zenith angle dependence and intensity of the geocoronal hydrogen Lyman-alpha glow by means of one of four extreme ultraviolet photometers flown to an altitude of 264 km on a Nike Tomahawk rocket launched from Thumba, India, in March 1970. The results obtained are compared with Meier and Mange's (1970) theoretical predictions. The possible causes for the discrepancies found are discussed.

  11. Effect of glow discharge air plasma on grain crops seed

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    Dubinov, A.E.; Lazarenko, E.M.; Selemir, V.D.

    2000-02-01

    Oat and barley seeds have been exposed to both continuous and pulsed glow discharge plasmas in air to investigate the effects on germination and sprout growth. Statistical analysis was used to evaluate the effect of plasma exposure on the percentage germination and length of sprout growth. A stimulating effect of plasma exposure was found together with a strong dependence on whether continuous or pulsed discharges were used.

  12. Spacecraft Glow and the Eisg/skirt Experiment

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    Swenson, Gary R.; Ahmadjian, Mark; Jennings, Don; Visentine, Jim

    1992-01-01

    The objective of this experiment is to develop an understanding of the physical processes leading to spacecraft glow phenomena. The emphasis is to be on surface temperature and altitude effects. A complete understanding of the phenomena could be used to accomplish the following: (1) characterize optical instrument backgrounds; (2) provide guidelines for thermal insulations; (3) characterize material selection for flight optics and associated spacecraft; and (4) affect flight-operation altitude selection for relevant missions.

  13. Positional glow curve simulation for thermoluminescent detector (TLD) system design

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    Branch, C. J.; Kearfott, K. J.

    1999-02-01

    Multi- and thin element dosimeters, variable heating rate schemes, and glow-curve analysis have been employed to improve environmental and personnel dosimetry using thermoluminescent detectors (TLDs). Detailed analysis of the effects of errors and optimization of techniques would be highly desirable. However, an understanding of the relationship between TL light production, light attenuation, and precise heating schemes is made difficult because of experimental challenges involved in measuring positional TL light production and temperature variations as a function of time. This work reports the development of a general-purpose computer code, thermoluminescent detector simulator, TLD-SIM, to simulate the heating of any TLD type using a variety of conventional and experimental heating methods including pulsed focused or unfocused lasers with Gaussian or uniform cross sections, planchet, hot gas, hot finger, optical, infrared, or electrical heating. TLD-SIM has been used to study the impact on the TL light production of varying the input parameters which include: detector composition, heat capacity, heat conductivity, physical size, and density; trapped electron density, the frequency factor of oscillation of electrons in the traps, and trap-conduction band potential energy difference; heating scheme source terms and heat transfer boundary conditions; and TL light scatter and attenuation coefficients. Temperature profiles and glow curves as a function of position time, as well as the corresponding temporally and/or spatially integrated glow values, may be plotted while varying any of the input parameters. Examples illustrating TLD system functions, including glow curve variability, will be presented. The flexible capabilities of TLD-SIM promises to enable improved TLD system design.

  14. Inception of Snapover and Gas Induced Glow Discharges

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    Galofaro, J. T.; Vayner, B. V.; Degroot, W. A.; Ferguson, D. C.; Thomson, C. D.; Dennison, J. R.; Davies, R. E.

    2000-01-01

    Ground based experiments of the snapover phenomenon were conducted in the large vertical simulation chamber at the Glenn Research Center (GRC) Plasma Interaction Facility (PIF). Two Penning sources provided both argon and xenon plasmas for the experiments. The sources were used to simulate a variety of ionospheric densities pertaining to a spacecraft in a Low Earth Orbital (LEO) environment. Secondary electron emission is believed responsible for dielectric surface charging, and all subsequent snapover phenomena observed. Voltage sweeps of conductor potentials versus collected current were recorded in order to examine the specific charging history of each sample. The average time constant for sample charging was estimated between 25 and 50 seconds for all samples. It appears that current drops off by approximately a factor of 3 over the charging time of the sample. All samples charged in the forward and reverse bias directions, demonstrated hysteresis. Current jumps were only observed in the forward or positive swept voltage direction. There is large dispersion in tile critical snapover potential when repeating sweeps on any one sample. The current ratio for the first snapover region jumps between 2 and 4.6 times, with a standard deviation less than 1.6. Two of the samples showed even larger current ratios. It is believed the second large snapover region is due to sample outgassing. Under certain preset conditions, namely at the higher neutral gas background pressures, a perceptible blue-green glow was observed around the conductor. The glow is believed to be a result of secondary electrons undergoing collisions with an expelled tenuous cloud of gas, that is outgassed from the sample. Spectroscopic measurements of the glow discharge were made in an attempt to identify specific lines contributing to the observed glow.

  15. Investigation and application of hollow anode glow discharge ion source

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    Abdelsalam, F. W.; Helal, A. G.; Saddeek, Y. B.; Abdelrahman, M. M.; Soliman, B. A.

    2010-11-01

    In the present work, a new shape of a glow discharge ion source has been designed, fabricated and constructed at Accelerators and Ion Sources Department, Nuclear Research Center, Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, Egypt. The discharge and output beam characteristics of the ion source at different operating gas pressures have been measured at the optimum distance between the anode and the cathode (3.5 mm) using hydrogen and nitrogen gases. Furthermore, mixture of different gases was studied, e.g., addition of H 2 gas to N 2 gas with different ratios has been investigated. Finally, as an application of this new ion source, ion beam modification of insulators (glass) which depends on glass structure has been achieved. It has been found that, the transmission of light is decreased by coating the glass surface with Ar ion beam more than coating with plasma of Ar gas at the same pressure and the same exposure time. So we could use this ion source as a coating tool for borate glass surface. The parameters affected the glow discharge ion source efficiency have been examined carefully using a mixture of gases. Using helium gas, the glow discharge is in a turbulent state due to instabilities. An investigated H 2-N 2 mixture has been used in order to obtain an optimum percentage of the mixture of the two gases to increase the electric field necessary for ionization balance.

  16. Glow discharge mass spectrometric analysis of atmospheric particulate matter.

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    Schelles, W; Maes, K J; De Gendt, S; Van Grieken, R E

    1996-04-01

    A direct current (dc) glow discharge mass spectrometer has been used to analyze atmospheric particulate matter. The sample preparation used is simple and time-saving. The air is sucked by a pump through a single-orifice impactor stage, in which the aerosols are impacted on a metal support, forming a central spot. This metal plate is directly used as a cathode in a dc glow discharge mass spectrometer. Evaluation of the sample loading and of the discharge parameters allowed us to optimize the signal intensity and to minimize its decrease, the latter being a consequence of its consumption by continuous sputtering in the discharge. The available aerosol analysis time could be prolonged to more than 3 h, a time span necessary to perform a multielement analysis using a magnetic sector instrument and long integration times. A NIST reference aerosol was measured to evaluate the quantitative analysis potential. The internal reproducibility was better than 10% RSD, and the limits of detection were estimated to be in the low ppm or sub ppm region. Even without the use of any standards or correction factors, glow discharge mass spectrometry could offer good semiquantitative results, based only on the use of an internal standard. PMID:21619143

  17. Morphological abnormalities in elasmobranchs.

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    Moore, A B M

    2015-08-01

    A total of 10 abnormal free-swimming (i.e., post-birth) elasmobranchs are reported from The (Persian-Arabian) Gulf, encompassing five species and including deformed heads, snouts, caudal fins and claspers. The complete absence of pelvic fins in a milk shark Rhizoprionodon acutus may be the first record in any elasmobranch. Possible causes, including the extreme environmental conditions and the high level of anthropogenic pollution particular to The Gulf, are briefly discussed. PMID:25903257

  18. [Congenital foot abnormalities].

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    Delpont, M; Lafosse, T; Bachy, M; Mary, P; Alves, A; Vialle, R

    2015-03-01

    The foot may be the site of birth defects. These abnormalities are sometimes suspected prenatally. Final diagnosis depends on clinical examination at birth. These deformations can be simple malpositions: metatarsus adductus, talipes calcaneovalgus and pes supinatus. The prognosis is excellent spontaneously or with a simple orthopedic treatment. Surgery remains outstanding. The use of a pediatric orthopedist will be considered if malposition does not relax after several weeks. Malformations (clubfoot, vertical talus and skew foot) require specialized care early. Clubfoot is characterized by an equine and varus hindfoot, an adducted and supine forefoot, not reducible. Vertical talus combines equine hindfoot and dorsiflexion of the forefoot, which is performed in the midfoot instead of the ankle. Skew foot is suspected when a metatarsus adductus is resistant to conservative treatment. Early treatment is primarily orthopedic at birth. Surgical treatment begins to be considered after walking age. Keep in mind that an abnormality of the foot may be associated with other conditions: malposition with congenital hip, malformations with syndromes, neurological and genetic abnormalities. PMID:25524290

  19. Chromosome abnormalities in glioma

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    Li, Y.S.; Ramsay, D.A.; Fan, Y.S.

    1994-09-01

    Cytogenetic studies were performed in 25 patients with gliomas. An interesting finding was a seemingly identical abnormality, an extra band on the tip of the short arm of chromosome 1, add(1)(p36), in two cases. The abnormality was present in all cells from a patient with a glioblastoma and in 27% of the tumor cells from a patient with a recurrent irradiated anaplastic astrocytoma; in the latter case, 7 unrelated abnormal clones were identified except 4 of those clones shared a common change, -Y. Three similar cases have been described previously. In a patient with pleomorphic astrocytoma, the band 1q42 in both homologues of chromosome 1 was involved in two different rearrangements. A review of the literature revealed that deletion of the long arm of chromosome 1 including 1q42 often occurs in glioma. This may indicate a possible tumor suppressor gene in this region. Cytogenetic follow-up studies were carried out in two patients and emergence of unrelated clones were noted in both. A total of 124 clonal breakpoints were identified in the 25 patients. The breakpoints which occurred three times or more were: 1p36, 1p22, 1q21, 1q25, 3q21, 7q32, 8q22, 9q22, 16q22, and 22q13.

  20. Anatomical Abnormalities in Autism?

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    Haar, Shlomi; Berman, Sigal; Behrmann, Marlene; Dinstein, Ilan

    2016-04-01

    Substantial controversy exists regarding the presence and significance of anatomical abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The release of the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (∼1000 participants, age 6-65 years) offers an unprecedented opportunity to conduct large-scale comparisons of anatomical MRI scans across groups and to resolve many of the outstanding questions. Comprehensive univariate analyses using volumetric, thickness, and surface area measures of over 180 anatomically defined brain areas, revealed significantly larger ventricular volumes, smaller corpus callosum volume (central segment only), and several cortical areas with increased thickness in the ASD group. Previously reported anatomical abnormalities in ASD including larger intracranial volumes, smaller cerebellar volumes, and larger amygdala volumes were not substantiated by the current study. In addition, multivariate classification analyses yielded modest decoding accuracies of individuals' group identity (<60%), suggesting that the examined anatomical measures are of limited diagnostic utility for ASD. While anatomical abnormalities may be present in distinct subgroups of ASD individuals, the current findings show that many previously reported anatomical measures are likely to be of low clinical and scientific significance for understanding ASD neuropathology as a whole in individuals 6-35 years old. PMID:25316335

  1. Glow discharge source interfacing to mass analyzers:? theoretical and practical considerations.

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    Hang, W; Yan, X; Wayne, D M; Olivares, J A; Harrison, W W; Majidi, V

    1999-08-01

    The fundamental requirements for the optimum mechanical interface between a glow discharge ion source and a mass spectrometer are described in this paper. Specifically, the properties of a typical glow discharge ion source are compared and contrasted to those of a typical inductively coupled plasma ion source. The critical parameters and theoretical considerations of glow discharge and inductively coupled plasma ion source interfaces are reviewed, and the results of experiments using both quadrupole and time-of-flight mass spectrometers with a glow discharge source are presented. The experimental results clarify several important problems in the glow discharge ion sampling process. Our findings indicate that a shock wave structure does not occur in the supersonic expansion of the glow discharge ion source. Ions of different masses have similar initial kinetic energies in the glow discharge; thus, the angle of the skimmer cone is not a critical parameter for efficient ion beam extraction. Another consquence is that space charge effects in glow discharge ion sources repel heavy ions farther off axis than light ions. Thus, there are distinct and fundamental differences between glow discharge and inductively coupled plasma ion sources which are relevant to both ion sampling and ion extraction processes. PMID:21662912

  2. Separation and identification of organic and organometallic compounds by use of a liquid chromatography-particle beam-glow discharge mass spectrometry combination.

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    Gibeau, T E; Marcus, R K

    2001-04-27

    Evaluation of the particle beam glow discharge mass spectrometry (PB-GDMS) system as a detector for liquid chromatography (LC) is described for the analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, steroids, selenoamino acids, and alkyllead compounds. A particle beam interface is used to introduce analyte species from the LC into a glow discharge source for subsequent vaporization and ionization. Mass spectra display classic EI fragmentation patterns for the organic compounds, as well as elemental and molecular information for the organometallic compounds. Chromatographic separations display good temporal correlation between UV and PB-GDMS detection modes. Detection limits for Pb in lead nitrate, triethyllead, and triphenyllead fall in the sub-ppb (ng) range. PMID:11358240

  3. Abnormal pressures as hydrodynamic phenomena

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    Neuzil, C.E.

    1995-01-01

    So-called abnormal pressures, subsurface fluid pressures significantly higher or lower than hydrostatic, have excited speculation about their origin since subsurface exploration first encountered them. Two distinct conceptual models for abnormal pressures have gained currency among earth scientists. The static model sees abnormal pressures generally as relict features preserved by a virtual absence of fluid flow over geologic time. The hydrodynamic model instead envisions abnormal pressures as phenomena in which flow usually plays an important role. This paper develops the theoretical framework for abnormal pressures as hydrodynamic phenomena, shows that it explains the manifold occurrences of abnormal pressures, and examines the implications of this approach. -from Author

  4. Abnormal grain growth in AISI 304L stainless steel

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    Shirdel, M.; Mirzadeh, H.; Parsa, M.H.

    2014-11-15

    The microstructural evolution during abnormal grain growth (secondary recrystallization) in 304L stainless steel was studied in a wide range of annealing temperatures and times. At relatively low temperatures, the grain growth mode was identified as normal. However, at homologous temperatures between 0.65 (850 °C) and 0.7 (900 °C), the observed transition in grain growth mode from normal to abnormal, which was also evident from the bimodality in grain size distribution histograms, was detected to be caused by the dissolution/coarsening of carbides. The microstructural features such as dispersed carbides were characterized by optical metallography, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and microhardness. Continued annealing to a long time led to the completion of secondary recrystallization and the subsequent reappearance of normal growth mode. Another instance of abnormal grain growth was observed at homologous temperatures higher than 0.8, which may be attributed to the grain boundary faceting/defaceting phenomenon. It was also found that when the size of abnormal grains reached a critical value, their size will not change too much and the grain growth behavior becomes practically stagnant. - Highlights: • Abnormal grain growth (secondary recrystallization) in AISI 304L stainless steel • Exaggerated grain growth due to dissolution/coarsening of carbides • The enrichment of carbide particles by titanium • Abnormal grain growth due to grain boundary faceting at very high temperatures • The stagnancy of abnormal grain growth by annealing beyond a critical time.

  5. Feeling Abnormal: Simulation of Deviancy in Abnormal and Exceptionality Courses.

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    Fernald, Charles D.

    1980-01-01

    Describes activity in which student in abnormal psychology and psychology of exceptional children classes personally experience being judged abnormal. The experience allows the students to remember relevant research, become sensitized to the feelings of individuals classified as deviant, and use caution in classifying individuals as abnormal.…

  6. Influence of driving frequency on discharge modes in a dielectric-barrier discharge with multiple current pulses

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    Jiang, Weiman; Tang, Jie; Wang, Yishan; Zhao, Wei; Duan, Yixiang; Research Center of Analytical Instrumentation, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064

    2013-07-15

    A one-dimensional self-consistent fluid model was employed to investigate the effect of the driving frequency on the discharge modes in atmospheric-pressure argon discharge with multiple current pulses. The discharge mode was discussed in detail not only at current peaks but also between two adjacent peaks. The simulation results show that different transitions between the Townsend and glow modes during the discharge take place with the driving frequency increased. A complicated transition from the Townsend mode, through glow, Townsend, and glow, and finally back to the Townsend one is found in the discharge with the driving frequency of 8 kHz. There is a tendency of transition from the Townsend to glow mode for the discharge both at the current peaks and troughs with the increasing frequency. The discharge in the half period can all along operate in the glow mode with the driving frequency high enough. This is resulted from the preservation of more electrons in the gas gap and acquisition of more electron energy from the swiftly varying electric field with the increase in driving frequency. Comparison of the spatial and temporal evolutions of the electron density at different driving frequencies indicates that the increment of the driving frequency allows the plasma chemistry to be enhanced. This electrical characteristic is important for the applications, such as surface treatment and biomedical sterilization.

  7. Glow-to-arc transition in plasma-assisted combustion at 100 MPa

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    Larsson, A.; Andreasson, S.

    2015-04-01

    Electric energy can be added to the combustion of solid propellants in a gun in order to augment and to control parts of the internal ballistic cycle of the launch of a projectile. The pressure in the chamber and bore during launch is typically several hundred megapascal and the electric energy must be delivered to the flame at such a pressure level. To increase the understanding of the interaction between a flame and an electrical discharge at elevated pressure, experiments have been performed at 100 MPa in a combustion chamber where electric current has been conducted through the flame of a solid propellant. Pressure, voltage and current have been measured. The measured signals have been analysed and interpreted. The sequence of events has been interpreted as an initial formation of a glow-like discharge in the flame followed by a discharge mode transition to a filamentary arc discharge. The transition is shown to be dependent on the flame conductivity. For the test propellant used (Nzk5230 doped with 5% potassium nitrate), the flame conductivity is calculated to be 0.84 S m-1 and the discharge mode transition is found to occur after a dissipation of 0.2-0.4 kJ, or 11-22 kJ m-1 of electric energy, at an electric power of 0.1-0.5 MW.

  8. Abnormal human sex chromosome constitutions

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    1993-12-31

    Chapter 22, discusses abnormal human sex chromosome constitution. Aneuploidy of X chromosomes with a female phenotype, sex chromosome aneuploidy with a male phenotype, and various abnormalities in X chromosome behavior are described. 31 refs., 2 figs.

  9. Minicolumnar abnormalities in autism.

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    Casanova, Manuel F; van Kooten, Imke A J; Switala, Andrew E; van Engeland, Herman; Heinsen, Helmut; Steinbusch, Harry W M; Hof, Patrick R; Trippe, Juan; Stone, Janet; Schmitz, Christoph

    2006-09-01

    Autism is characterized by qualitative abnormalities in behavior and higher order cognitive functions. Minicolumnar irregularities observed in autism provide a neurologically sound localization to observed clinical and anatomical abnormalities. This study corroborates the initial reports of a minicolumnopathy in autism within an independent sample. The patient population consisted of six age-matched pairs of patients (DSM-IV-TR and ADI-R diagnosed) and controls. Digital micrographs were taken from cortical areas S1, 4, 9, and 17. The image analysis produced estimates of minicolumnar width (CW), mean interneuronal distance, variability in CW (V (CW)), cross section of Nissl-stained somata, boundary length of stained somata per unit area, and the planar convexity. On average CW was 27.2 microm in controls and 25.7 microm in autistic patients (P = 0.0234). Mean neuron and nucleolar cross sections were found to be smaller in autistic cases compared to controls, while neuron density in autism exceeded the comparison group by 23%. Analysis of inter- and intracluster distances of a Delaunay triangulation suggests that the increased cell density is the result of a greater number of minicolumns, otherwise the number of cells per minicolumns appears normal. A reduction in both somatic and nucleolar cross sections could reflect a bias towards shorter connecting fibers, which favors local computation at the expense of inter-areal and callosal connectivity. PMID:16819561

  10. Three spacecraft observe Jupiter's glowing polar regions

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    1996-09-01

    The aurorae on Jupiter are like the Aurorae Borealis and Australis on the Earth, although visible only by ultraviolet light. They flicker in a similar way in response to variations in the solar wind of charged particles blowing from the Sun. While Galileo monitored the changing environment of particles and magnetism in Jupiter's vicinity, IUE recorded surprisingly large and rapid variations in the overall strength of the auroral activity. IUE's main 45-centimetre telescope did not supply images,but broke up the ultraviolet rays into spectra, like invisible rainbows, from which astrophysicists could deduce chemical compositions, motions and temperatures in the cosmic objects under examination. In the case of Jupiter's aurorae, the strongest emission came from activated hydrogen atoms at a wavelength of 1216 angstroms. The Hubble Space Telescope's contributions to the International Jupiter Watch included images showing variations in the form of the aurorae, and "close-up" spectra of parts of the auroral ovals. Astronomers will compare the flickering aurorae on Jupiter with concurrent monitoring of the Sun and the solar wind by the ESA-NASA SOHO spacecraft and several satellites of the Interagency Solar-Terrestrial Programme. It is notable that changes in auroral intensity by a factor of two or three occurred during the 1996 observational period, even though the Sun was in an exceptionally quiet phase, with very few sunspots. In principle, a watch on Jupiter's aurorae could become a valuable means of checking the long-range effects of solar activity, which also has important consequences for the Earth. The situation at Jupiter is quite different from the Earth's, with the moons strongly influencing the planet's space environment. But with Hubble busy with other work, any such Jupiter-monitoring programme will have to await a new ultraviolet space observatory. IUE observed Jupiter intensively in 1979-80 in conjunction with the visits of NASA's Voyager spacecraft, and again in 1994, when the fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter in a spectacular series of events. The explosive impacts appeared to repress the auroral activity at the time, suggesting a remarkable effect of comet dust on the charged particles creating the aurorae in Jupiter's atmosphere. The new results on variability due to other causes will help astronomers to assess that effect more confidently. They will also compare the 1994 and 1996 IUE data to see how the atmosphere of Jupiter has recovered from the impacts. In Jupiter's vicinity IUE registered ultraviolet emissions from oxygen and sulphur atoms littering the orbit of Io, and probably released by volcanic emissions from that peculiar moon. This Io Torus is highly variable too. The record of its ultraviolet emissions, both within the 1996 campaign and in comparison with earlier observations, will help the astronomers to understand the reasons for the variations. A remarkable history The close scrutiny of Jupiter and its moons was the final astronomical task of IUE, before the termination of space operations on 30 September 1996. Over the past few months the IUE science team and collaborating astronomers in Europe have fulfilled a wish-list of important observations precluded by the intense demands on their ultraviolet space observatory throughout its life of nearly nineteen years. The observations in the final science programme confirmed and extended IUE's record, as the most reliable and productive astronomical satellite that ever flew. In March of this year the spacecraft was ailing, with only one of its six gyros still functioning, which severely limited the scope of its original mission. By skillful control and spacecraft engineering it went on harvesting new data, including prolonged observations of Comet Hyakutake. The concluding campaigns that began in April targeted the gamma-ray emitting "blazar" Markarian 421, various other active galaxies, and stellar winds, as well as Jupiter. "I am sad but also privileged to be the last observer with IUE" says Rene Prang of Orsay, France, who was in charge of the Jupiter programme. "At the end it provided us wit 800 observations of Jupiter, so it was still doing important work at the leading edge of planetary astronomy and space research". Created jointly by NASA, the UK government and ESA, IUE was supposed to last for three years, when it was launched on 26 January 1978. Instead, the 700-kilogram spacecraft went on supplying astronomers with ultraviolet spectroscopic information available from no other spacecraft until the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990. As the only space observatory offering them a hands-on mode of operation, at ESA's ground station at Villafranca near Madrid, IUE was a favourite with astronomers. An astounding total of 114,000 individual observations of planets, stars, galaxies and quasars assures the spacecraft a cherished place in the history of astronomy. IUE supplied the bedrock ultraviolet data on top events during its lifetime. These included the apparition of Halley's Comet in 1986. At the comet's approach in September 1985, IUE detected the ultraviolet signature of water molecules, and regular observations thereafter showed that the comet shed 300 million tonnes of water during its visit to the Sun's vicinity. With the explosion of a star in the Large Magellan Cloud, as Supernova 1987A, IUE was trained instantly on the scene. Comparisons with previous IUE observations of the same region revealed exactly which star had blown up. The characteristic emissions of chemical elements flung into space by the explosion were also identified, IUE's detection of a delayed light echo, from a ring of dust surrounding the defunct star, later enabled the Hubble Space Telescope to measure the distance to Supernova 1987A precisely. Eruptions in the nuclei of active galaxies were a prominent theme in IUE's work throughout its lifetime. Intensive studies of selected galaxies, sometimes in concert with X ray observations by other spacecraft, have built up unprecedented albums of data from which astronomers can puzzle out the behaviour of these violent objects. After the termination of space operations, the IUE mission continues on the ground with the task of reprocessing all the raw data ever transmitted from the spacecraft, using the latest computational techniques. This will create the IUE archive of ultraviolet spectra, from which future generations of astronomers will continue to cull unique information on nearly 10,000 objects in the sky. Over the years, frequent international symposia have digested the results from IUE. At a special meeting of the European Astronomical Society next year November in Sevilla (Spain), astronomers will have the opportunity to put the latest findings in perspective, in relation to all the other observations since 1978. "When NASA decided last year to terminate its operations as the leading partner in IUE, we expanded our European operations at Villafranca" comments Roger Bonnet, ESA's Science Director. "Although we were unable to prolong the life of the spacecraft indefinitely, it is gratifying to see what excellent use the astronomers have made of this final phase of IUE's long career". An image illustrating IUE's last observations of the Jupiter Polar regions is available on request from ESA Public Relations, Paris (Tel : +33.1-53.69.7155 Fax : +33.1-53.69.76.90)

  11. Diode laser excited optogalvanic spectroscopy of glow discharges

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    Barshick, C.M.; Shaw, R.W.; Post-Zwicker, A., Young, J.P.; Ramsey, J.M.

    1996-10-01

    The development of diode-laser-excited isotopically-selective optogalvanic spectroscopy (OGS) of uranium metal, oxide and fluoride in a glow discharge (GD) is presented. The technique is useful for determining isotopic ratios of {sup 235}U/({sup 235}U + {sup 238}U) in the above samples. The precision and accuracy of this determination is evaluated, and a study of experimental parameters pertaining to optimization of he measurement is discussed. Application of the GD-OGS to other f-transition elements is also described.

  12. Dusty plasma structures in He-Kr DC glow discharge

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    Antipov, S. N.; Vasil'ev, M. M. Maiorov, S. A.; Petrov, O. F.; Fortov, V. E.

    2011-03-15

    Ion drift in gas mixtures has certain properties that can be used to generate ion flows with desired characteristics. For example, when the field is strong, ion heating is significant, and there is a large difference in atomic weight between ions and atoms, the ion velocity distribution can be highly anisotropic. Ion distribution anisotropy, in turn, can cause a substantial change in properties of dust structures in plasmas. Experiments on dusty plasma structures in glow discharge in mixtures of light and heavy gases (helium and krypton) are performed, and results of numerical simulations of ion and electron drift in the mixture are presented.

  13. Persistence of phosphor glow in microchannel plate image intensifiers

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    Torr, M. R.

    1985-01-01

    Image intensifier tubes using microchannel plate amplification stages and phosphor output stages are being increasingly used in various detection applications. In this paper, measurements of the decay times of what are attributed to be the P20 phosphors in various image intensifiers are reported. It is found that the long tail on the decay curve of the phosphor following illumination can be a limitation for certain observations. In addition, the background level of phosphor glow (which is seen by the subsequent detection system as a light signal) continues to build with continuing illumination.

  14. LANL Transfers Glowing Bio Technology to Sandia Biotech

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    Rorick, Kevin

    2012-08-02

    Partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory, an Albuquerque-based company is seeking to transform the way protein and peptide analysis is conducted around the world. Sandia Biotech is using a biological technology licensed from Los Alamos called split green fluorescent protein (sGFP), as a detecting and tracking tool for the protein and peptide industry, valuable in the fields of Alzheimer's research, drug development and other biotechnology fields using protein folding to understand protein expression and mechanisms of action. http://www.lanl.gov/news/stories/glowing-future-for-los-alamos-and-sandia-b iotech-partnership.html

  15. Dual-frequency glow discharges in atmospheric helium

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    Huang, Xiaojiang; Dai, Lu; Guo, Ying; Zhang, Jing; Shi, J. J.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, the dual-frequency (DF) glow discharges in atmospheric helium were experimented by electrical and optical measurements in terms of current voltage characteristics and optical emission intensity. It is shown that the waveforms of applied voltages or discharge currents are the results of low frequency (LF) waveforms added to high frequency (HF) waveforms. The HF mainly influences discharge currents, and the LF mainly influences applied voltages. The gas temperatures of DF discharges are mainly affected by HF power rather than LF power.

  16. NSTX Filament Preionization and Glow Discharge Cleaning Systems

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    Kugel, H. W.; Blanchard, W.; D'Amico, G.; Gernhardt, R.; Provost, T.

    1999-11-01

    Initial NSTX GDC experiments were performed with one moveable anode and a biased filament preionization system that allowed D2 and He Glow Discharge breakdowns at the actual operating pressure, voltage and current. The biased filament system was also operated continuously during ohmic operations, and used to reduce volt-sec consumption for February 1999 plasma discharges up to 280 KA. An upgraded system has been installed with 2 fixed wall anodes and 3 biased filaments; 2 on the mid-plane and one in the divertor region; all separately controllable remotely using a PLC system. Recent applications include assisting in preionization for 800 KA plasma discharges.

  17. Radial Distributions of Dusty Plasma Parameters in a Glow Discharge

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    Fedoseev, A. V.; Sukhinin, G. I.

    2011-11-29

    A self-consistent model for radial distributions of dusty plasma parameters in a DC glow discharge based on the non-local Boltzmann equation for EEDF, the drift-diffusion equation for ions, and the Poisson equation for self-consistent electric field is presented. The results show that for the case of high dust particles density when the recombination of electrons and ions exceeds the ionization near the tube axis, radial electron and ion fluxes change their direction toward the center of the tube, and the radial electric field is reversed.

  18. Glow discharge ion trap mass spectrometry employing filtered noise fields

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    Duckworth, D.C.; Smith, D.H.; Goeringer, D.E.; McLuckey, S.A.

    1995-12-31

    In previous work the authors have shown quadrupole ion traps to be promising mass analyzers for glow-discharge-generated ions. Among the benefits are the spontaneous dissociation of weakly bound polyatomics and the ability to dissociate more strongly bound polyatomic ions through the application of a resonance excitation frequency. To date, this has been accomplished using single frequency excitation. In this work, the authors use digitally synthesized broadband noise fields for simultaneous resonance excitation of several m/z species. Because they are digitally synthesized, these filtered noise fields (FNF`s) can be single or multiple notch filters which can be employed for selective ion accumulation and mass isolation.

  19. Study of N2/He DC glow discharge

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    Villa, M.; Flores, O.; Castillo, F.; Reyes, P. G.; Martinez, H.

    2015-03-01

    Optical emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry measurement were used to study a gas mixture glow discharge of He and N2 at total pressure of 2.0 Torr, a power of 10 W and a flow of 16.5 l/min. The emission bands were measured in the wavelength range of 200 to 1100 nm. The principal species observed were N2+ (B2?+u?X2?+g), N2 (C3?u?B3?g), and He, which agree with mass spectrometry measurement.

  20. Glow discharge assisted oxynitriding process of titanium for medical application

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    Wierzcho?, Tadeusz; Czarnowska, El?bieta; Grzonka, Justyna; Sowi?ska, Agnieszka; Tarnowski, Micha?; Kami?ski, Janusz; Kulikowski, Krzysztof; Borowski, Tomasz; Kurzyd?owski, Krzysztof J.

    2015-04-01

    The plasma oxynitriding process is a prospective method of producing titanium oxides as an integral part of a diffusive nitrided surface layer on titanium implants. This hybrid process, which combines glow discharge assisted nitriding and oxidizing, permits producing TiO2 + Ti2N + ?Ti(N)-type diffusive surface layers. The oxynitrided surface layers improve the corrosion and wear resistance of the substrate material. Additionally, the nanocrystalline titanium oxide TiO2 (rutile) improves the biological properties of titanium and its alloys when in contact with blood, whereas the TiN + Ti2N + ?Ti(N) zone eliminates the effect of metalosis.

  1. LANL Transfers Glowing Bio Technology to Sandia Biotech

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    Rorick, Kevin

    2012-01-01

    Partnering with Los Alamos National Laboratory, an Albuquerque-based company is seeking to transform the way protein and peptide analysis is conducted around the world. Sandia Biotech is using a biological technology licensed from Los Alamos called split green fluorescent protein (sGFP), as a detecting and tracking tool for the protein and peptide industry, valuable in the fields of Alzheimer's research, drug development and other biotechnology fields using protein folding to understand protein expression and mechanisms of action. http://www.lanl.gov/news/stories/glowing-future-for-los-alamos-and-sandia-b iotech-partnership.html

  2. Reproducing continuous radio blackout using glow discharge plasma

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    Xie, Kai; Li, Xiaoping; Liu, Donglin; Shao, Mingxu; Zhang, Hanlu

    2013-10-15

    A novel plasma generator is described that offers large-scale, continuous, non-magnetized plasma with a 30-cm-diameter hollow structure, which provides a path for an electromagnetic wave. The plasma is excited by a low-pressure glow discharge, with varying electron densities ranging from 10{sup 9} to 2.5 10{sup 11} cm{sup ?3}. An electromagnetic wave propagation experiment reproduced a continuous radio blackout in UHF-, L-, and S-bands. The results are consistent with theoretical expectations. The proposed method is suitable in simulating a plasma sheath, and in researching communications, navigation, electromagnetic mitigations, and antenna compensation in plasma sheaths.

  3. Asymptotic modeling of a narrow gap, high pressure glow discharge

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    Bektursunova, R.; Graham, W.G.

    1999-07-01

    Atmospheric pressure non-thermal plasmas are now being used for various applications such as pollution control, light sources, medical and waste. Here a self-consistent continuum model is presented for a narrow gap plane-parallel dc glow discharge. The set of governing equations consisting of continuity and momentum equations for positive ions, fast ( emitted by the cathode) and slow electrons (generated by fast electron impact ionization) coupled with Poisson's equation is treated by the technique of matched asymptotic expansions. This analytic procedure reduces the unnecessary computational effort associated with Monte-Carlo approach with acceptable accuracy. In addition, it is more physically transparent.

  4. LOX/Methane Main Engine Glow Plug Igniter Tests and Modeling

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    Breisacher, Kevin; Ajmani, Kumud

    2009-01-01

    Ignition data for tests with a LOX/methane igniter that utilized a glow plug as the ignition source are presented. The tests were conducted in a vacuum can with thermally conditioned (cold) hardware. Data showing the effects of glow plug geometry, type, and igniter operating conditions are discussed. Comparisons between experimental results and multidimensional, transient computer models are also made.

  5. Assessing the Warm Glow Effect in Contingent Valuations for Public Libraries

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    Lee, Soon-Jae; Chung, Hye-Kyung; Jung, Eun-Joo

    2010-01-01

    This article aims to present evidence of the warm glow effect in a public library setting. More specifically, it tests whether individual respondents with different values for the warm glow component report different values for their willingness to pay (WTP). The data come from a contingent valuation survey conducted on randomly selected citizens

  6. Ion transport diagnostics in a microsecond pulsed Grimm-type glow discharge time-of-flight mass spectrometer.

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    Oxley, Eric; Yang, Chenglong; Liu, Jian; Harrison, W W

    2003-12-01

    A Grimm-type glow discharge ion source, operated in the microsecond pulsed mode, has been interfaced to a commercial time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Ion transport from the source to the mass spectrometer, an inherent limitation of a Grimm source and mass spectrometer combination, was evaluated. The primary discharge operating conditions found to influence transport efficiency were gas flow rate and source pressure. The configuration of the Grimm-type source also influenced ion transport, including use of a gas-directing sleeve device. The effect of transport efficiency was separated into two components: (1) total ion signal and (2) temporal resolution. The latter is an advantage afforded by use of a pulsed glow discharge source and time-of-flight spectrometer, which allows discrimination against interfering gaseous background ions by appropriate ion sampling time. Shown as an example is the identification of trace magnesium from potential background interference using an optimized source configuration based on this temporal resolution method. PMID:16465699

  7. Production of atmospheric-pressure glow discharge in nitrogen using needle-array electrode

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    Takaki, K.; Hosokawa, M.; Sasaki, T.; Mukaigawa, S.; Fujiwara, T.

    2005-04-11

    An atmospheric pressure glow discharge was generated using a needle-array electrode in nitrogen, and the voltage-current characteristics of the glow discharge were obtained in a range from 1 mA to 60 A. A pulsed high voltage with short rise time under 10 ns was employed to generate streamer discharges simultaneously at all needle tips. The large number of streamer discharges prevented the glow-to-arc transition caused by inhomogeneous thermalization. Semiconductor opening switch diodes were employed as an opening switch to shorten the rise time. The glow voltage was almost constant until the discharge current became 0.3 A, whereas the voltage increased with the current higher than 0.3 A. Electron density and temperature in a positive column of the glow discharge at 60 A were obtained to 1.4x10{sup 12} cm{sup -3} and 1.3 eV from calculation based on nitrogen swarm data.

  8. A Rare Stapes Abnormality

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    Kanona, Hala; Virk, Jagdeep Singh; Kumar, Gaurav; Chawda, Sanjiv; Khalil, Sherif

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to increase awareness of rare presentations, diagnostic difficulties alongside management of conductive hearing loss and ossicular abnormalities. We report the case of a 13-year-old female reporting progressive left-sided hearing loss and high resolution computed tomography was initially reported as normal. Exploratory tympanotomy revealed an absent stapedius tendon and lack of connection between the stapes superstructure and footplate. The footplate was fixed. Stapedotomy and stapes prosthesis insertion resulted in closure of the air-bone gap by 50 dB. A review of world literature was performed using MedLine. Middle ear ossicular discontinuity can result in significant conductive hearing loss. This can be managed effectively with surgery to help restore hearing. However, some patients may not be suitable or decline surgical intervention and can be managed safely conservatively. PMID:25628909

  9. Ozone generation using atmospheric pressure glow discharge in air

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    Buntat, Z.; Smith, I. R.; Razali, N. A. M.

    2009-12-01

    This paper presents results from a study into the generation of ozone by a stable atmospheric glow discharge, using dry air as the feeding gas for ozone generation. The power supply is 50 Hz ac, with the use of a perforated aluminium sheet for the electrodes and soda lime glass as a dielectric layer in a parallel-plate configuration, stabilizing the generation process and enabling ozone to be produced. The stable glow discharge spreads uniformly at a gas breakdown voltage below 4.8 kV and requires only 330 mW discharge power, with a limitation of 3 mm on the maximum gap spacing for the dry air. With the technique providing a high collision rate between the electrons and gas molecules during the discharge process, a high ozone yield is obtained. An analysis of the effect on the production rate of parameters such as the input voltage, gas flow rate and reaction chamber dimensions resulted in a highest efficiency of production of almost 350 g kWh-1 and confirms its potential as an important ozone generation technology.

  10. Intrinsic noise induced coherence resonance in a glow discharge plasma.

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    Shaw, Pankaj Kumar; Saha, Debajyoti; Ghosh, Sabuj; Janaki, M S; Iyengar, A N Sekar

    2015-04-01

    Experimental evidence of intrinsic noise induced coherence resonance in a glow discharge plasma is being reported. Initially the system is started at a discharge voltage (DV) where it exhibited fixed point dynamics, and then with the subsequent increase in the DV spikes were excited which were few in number and with further increase of DV the number of spikes as well as their regularity increased. The regularity in the interspike interval of the spikes is estimated using normalized variance. Coherence resonance was determined using normalized variance curve and also corroborated by Hurst exponent and power spectrum plots. We show that the regularity of the excitable spikes in the floating potential fluctuation increases with the increase in the DV, up to a particular value of DV. Using a Wiener filter, we separated the noise component which was observed to increase with DV and hence conjectured that noise can play an important role in the generation of the coherence resonance. From an anharmonic oscillator equation describing ion acoustic oscillations, we have been able to obtain a FitzHugh-Nagumo like model which has been used to understand the excitable dynamics of glow discharge plasma in the presence of noise. The numerical results agree quite well with the experimental results. PMID:25933649

  11. THz transmission and detection through glow discharge detectors

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    ??nar, K.; Altan, H.; ?ahin, A. B.

    2013-05-01

    The capability of low cost glow discharge detectors (GDDs) to detect terahertz (THz) radiation has drawn much attention recently. In order to employ them in applications such as THz imaging these studies have typically focused on the response of the GDD at specific frequencies. To better understand the spectral behavior of glow discharges, we have not only examined the response of the GDD at a specific frequency of 118 GHz, but also we examined the interaction mechanism of GDDs with THz radiation using terahertz time domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) in a broader range of frequencies between 0.05 THz - 0.5 THz. These results show that in addition to THz induced oscillations in the plasma charge density, the structure of the GDD itself plays an important role in the detection mechanism as supported by the large response observed at a specific frequency. By increasing the bias voltage on the gap, not only is the transmission greatly reduced at this specific frequency, the results suggest that it can also be tuned. Furthermore, measurements done at 118GHz show that the GDD structure has a varying response dependent on the modulation frequency. With increasing bias voltage the reponsivity of the GDD also increases which supports previous measurements that the change in current through the plasma is due to the sub-mm wave radiation.

  12. Demonstration of Separation Delay with Glow-Discharge Plasma Actuators

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    Hultgren, Lennart S.; Ashpis, David E.

    2004-01-01

    Active flow control of boundary-layer separation using glow-discharge plasma actuators is studied experimentally. Separation is induced on a flat plate installed in a closed-circuit wind tunnel by a shaped insert on the opposite wall. The flow conditions represent flow over the suction surface of a modern low-pressure-turbine airfoil. The Reynolds number, based on wetted plate length and nominal exit velocity, is varied from 50,000 to 300,000, covering cruise to takeoff conditions. Low (0.2 percent) and high (2.5 percent) free-stream turbulence intensities are set using passive grids. A spanwise-oriented phased-plasma-array actuator, fabricated on a printed circuit board, is surface-flush-mounted upstream of the separation point and can provide forcing in a wide frequency range. Static surface pressure measurements and hot-wire anemometry of the base and controlled flows are performed and indicate that the glow-discharge plasma actuator is an effective device for separation control.

  13. COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURAL STUDIES OF STRONG GLOW DISCHARGE POLYMER COATINGS

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    CZECHOWICZ, DG; CASTILLO, ER; NIKROO, A

    2002-04-01

    OAK A271 COMPOSITION AND STRUCTURAL STUDIES OF STRONG GLOW DISCHARGE POLYMER COATINGS. An investigation of the chemical composition and structure of strong glow discharge (GDP) polymer shells made for cryogenic experiments at OMEGA is described. The investigation was carried out using combustion and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. The strongest coatings were observed to have the lowest hydrogen content or hydrogen/carbon H/C ratio, whereas the weakest coatings had the highest hydrogen content or H/C ratio. Chemical composition results from combustion were used to complement FTIR analysis to determine the relative hydrogen content of as-fabricated coatings. Good agreement was observed between composition results obtained from combustion and FTIR analysis. FTIR analysis of coating structures showed the strongest coatings to have less terminal methyl groups and a more double bond or olefinic structure. Strong GDP coatings that were aged in air react more with oxygen and moisture than standard GDP coatings. In addition to a more olefinic structure, there may also be more free-radial sites present in strong GDP coatings, which leads to greater oxygen uptake.

  14. On electron bunching and stratification of glow discharges

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    Golubovskii, Yuri B.; Kolobov, Vladimir I.; Nekuchaev, Vladimir O.

    2013-10-15

    Plasma stratification and excitation of ionization waves is one of the fundamental problems in gas discharge physics. Significant progress in this field is associated with the name of Lev Tsendin. He advocated the need for the kinetic approach to this problem contrary to the traditional hydrodynamic approach, introduced the idea of electron bunching in spatially periodic electric fields, and developed a theory of kinetic resonances for analysis of moving striations in rare gases. The present paper shows how Tsendin's ideas have been further developed and applied for understanding the nature of the well-known S-, P-, and R-striations observed in glow discharges of inert gases at low pressures and currents. We review numerical solutions of a Fokker-Planck kinetic equation in spatially periodic electric fields under the effects of elastic and inelastic collisions of electrons with atoms. We illustrate the formation of kinetic resonances at specific field periods for different shapes of injected Electron Distribution Functions (EDF). Computer simulations illustrate how self-organization of the EDFs occurs under nonlocal conditions and how Gaussian-like peaks moving along resonance trajectories are formed in a certain range of discharge conditions. The calculated EDFs agree well with the experimentally measured EDFs for the S, P, and R striations in noble gases. We discuss how kinetic resonances affect dispersion characteristics of moving striations and mention some non-linear effects associated with glow discharge stratification. We propose further studies of stratification phenomena combining physical kinetics and non-linear physics.

  15. Deconvolution and simulation of thermoluminescence glow curves with Mathcad.

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    Kiisk, V

    2013-09-01

    The paper reports two quite general and user-friendly calculation codes (called TLD-MC and TLS-MC) for deconvolution and simulation, respectively, of thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves, which have been implemented using the well-known engineering computing software PTC Mathcad. An advantage of this commercial software is the flexibility and productivity in setting up tailored computations due to a natural math notation, an interactive calculation environment and the availability of advanced numerical methods. TLD-MC includes the majority of popular models used for TL glow-curve deconvolution (the user can easily implement additional models if necessary). The least-squares (Levenberg-Marquardt) optimisation of various analytical and even some non-analytical models is reasonably fast and the obtained figure-of-merit values are generally excellent. TLS-MC implements numerical solution of the original set of differential equations describing charge carrier dynamics involving arbitrary number of interactive electron and hole traps. The programs are freely available from the website http://www.physic.ut.ee/~kiisk/mcadapps.htm. PMID:23528325

  16. Demonstration of Separation Control Using Glow-Discharge Plasma Actuators

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    Hultgren, Lennart S.; Ashpis, David E.

    2003-01-01

    Active flow control of boundary-layer separation using glow-discharge plasma actuators is studied experimentally. Separation is induced on a flat plate installed in a closed-circuit wind tunnel by a shaped insert on the opposite wall. The flow conditions represent flow over the suction surface of a modem low-pressure-turbine airfoil. The Reynolds number, based on wetted plate length and nominal exit velocity, is varied from 50,000 to 300,000, covering cruise to takeoff conditions. Low (0.2%) and high (2.5%) free-stream turbulence intensities are set using passive grids. A spanwise-oriented phased-plasma-array actuator, fabricated on a printed circuit board, is surface-flush-mounted upstream of the separation point and can provide forcing in a wide frequency range. Static surface pressure measurements and hot-wire anemometry of the base and controlled flows are performed and indicate that the glow-discharge plasma actuator is an effective device for separation control.

  17. Characteristics of DC and pulsed hollow cathode glow discharge

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    Atta Khedr, M.; Hefny, A.A.; Hamdy, H.; Shahen, F.; Gamal, Y.

    1998-12-31

    The investigation of the characteristics of hollow cathode glow discharge and plasma produced are important in different applications, applied physics, technology, and environment, hollow cathode UV light sources, hollow cathode gas lasers, and air treatment. In this work the authors have studied the characteristics of two types of hollow cathode glow discharge and plasmas produced. One kind is plasma has a large area in low gas pressure (0.1 to 10 Torr) using three electrodes, the second is confined in a small area inside the two hollow electrodes under high gas pressure (20--400 Torr). The gases used were He, Ar and dry air. The results show that the current and voltage are dependent on the gas pressure. The lifetime of plasma is considered at value 300 {micro}s. The electron temperature and light intensity have an optimum value at threshold conditions of gas pressure. Increasing the gas pressure cause the plasma is exited due to the change of the gas conductivity, the plasma is confined in a small area at higher pressure and started to be off. The increasing of the gas molecules that is decreasing the mean free path of electrons and the thermal absorption increase.

  18. GCAFITA new tool for glow curve analysis in thermoluminescence nanodosimetry

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    Abd El-Hafez, A. I.; Yasin, M. N.; Sadek, A. M.

    2011-05-01

    Glow curve analysis is widely used for dosimetric studies and applications. Therefore, a new computer program, GCAFIT, for deconvoluting first-order kinetics thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves and evaluating the activation energy for each glow peak in the glow curve has been developed using the MATLAB technical computing language. A non-linear function describing a single glow peak is fitted to experimental points using the Levenberg-Marquardt least-square method. The developed GCAFIT software was used to analyze the glow curves of TLD-100, TLD-600, and TLD-700 nanodosimeters. The activation energy E obtained by the developed GCAFIT software was compared with that obtained by the peak shape methods of Grossweiner, Lushchik, and Halperin-Braner. The frequency factor S for each glow peak was also calculated. The standard deviations are discussed in each case and compared with those of other investigators. The results show that GCAFIT is capable of accurately analyzing first-order TL glow curves. Unlike other software programs, the developed GCAFIT software does not require activation energy as an input datum; in contrast, activation energy for each glow peak is given in the output data. The resolution of the experimental glow curve influences the results obtained by the GCAFIT software; as the resolution increases, the results obtained by the GCAFIT software become more accurate. The values of activation energy obtained by the developed GCAFIT software a in good agreement with those obtained by the peak shape methods. The agreement with the Halperin-Braner and Lushchik methods is better than with that of Grossweiner. High E and S values for peak 5 were observed; we believe that these values are not real because peak 5 may in fact consist of two or three unresolved peaks. We therefore treated E and S for peak 5 as an effective activation energy, Eeff, and an effective frequency factor, Seff. The temperature value for peak 5 was also treated as an effective quantity, Tm eff.

  19. Development of a small sized plasma jet by using a high current glow discharge

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    Watanabe, Masayuki

    2008-11-01

    Various technological applications demand an efficient plasma jet because the plasma jet can generate the high temperature and high-speed plasma flow easily. In this research, a small sized plasma jet by applying a modified pseudo-spark discharge (PSD) has been developed. Since a large number of electrons supplies from the PSD cathode cavity to the plasma discharge, the discharge can keep the glow mode even if the discharge current exceeds the several kilo amperes high. Additionally, an electromagnetic force accelerates the plasma, similar to the MPD Thruster. The size of the plasma jet devise is as follows; the diameter of the plasma jet device is about 20mm, diameters of the cathode and anode holes are 5mm and 10mm. The maximum discharge current is about 6kA and its half period is about 0.1ms on the breakdown voltage of about -1kV. The temperature of the plasma jet was a few eV and the density was in the order of 1019 m-3. This density will depend on the volume inside the cathode cavity. The durability of the electrodes has been tested at the present time.

  20. On copper diffusion in silicon measured by glow discharge mass spectrometry.

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    Modanese, Chiara; Gaspar, Guilherme; Arnberg, Lars; Di Sabatino, Marisa

    2014-11-01

    Copper contamination occurs frequently in silicon for photovoltaic applications due to its very fast diffusion coupled with a low solid solubility, especially at room temperature. The combination of these properties exerts a challenge on the direct analysis of Cu bulk concentration in Si by sputtering techniques like glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS). This work aims at addressing the challenges in quantitative analysis of fast diffusing elements in Si matrix by GDMS. N-type, monocrystalline (Czochralski) silicon samples were intentionally contaminated with Cu after solidification and consequently annealed at 900 C to ensure a homogeneous distribution of Cu in the bulk. The samples were quenched after annealing to control the extent of the diffusion to the surface prior to the GDMS analyses, which were carried out at different time intervals from within few minutes after cooling onward. The Cu profiles were measured by high-resolution GDMS operating in a continuous direct current mode, where the integration step length was set to ?0.5 ?m over a total sputtered depth of 8-30 ?m. The temperature of the samples during the GDMS analyses was also measured in order to evaluate the diffusion. The Cu contamination of n-type Si samples was observed to be highly material dependent. The practical impact of Cu out-diffusion on the calculation of the relative sensitivity factor (RSF) of Cu in Si is discussed. PMID:25146357

  1. A radiofrequency glow-discharge-time-of-flight mass spectrometer for direct analysis of glasses.

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    Pisonero, Jorge; Costa, Jos Manuel; Pereiro, Rosario; Bordel, Nerea; Sanz-Medel, Alfredo

    2004-06-01

    A radiofrequency (rf) glow-discharge (GD) ion source coupled to a commercial on-axis time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOFMS) has been developed for the direct analysis of non-conducting samples. Different instrumental configurations of the rf-GD source, including the optional use of a sampler cone and the possibility of allowing electrical floating of the discharge, were evaluated first with a conducting sample. Higher ion signals were obtained when the GD was electrically floating and no sampler cone was used. A homogeneous glass was then analyzed using two different rf-GD configurations--with a sampler cone and discarding the use of the sampler cone. The atomic mass spectra obtained with the TOFMS using both configurations were compared. Analyte signals were systematically higher for the latest mode which avoids the sampler cone. The analytical capability of the proposed rf-GD-TOFMS system for the analysis of thick glasses, up to 6 mm, has been investigated in terms of sensitivity, isotopic ratio accuracy, and mass-resolving power. Different homogeneous glasses (including glasses as thick as 6 mm) have been analyzed and major and minor elements were detected. Isotope ratio accuracies of about +/-1% and mass resolving powers of about 700 were observed. PMID:15185061

  2. Reduced modeling of low-temperature gas discharges in glow mode

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    Cisneros, Esteban

    Gas discharge actuation of fluid dynamics phenomena has garnered significant attention in recent years due to their low-power requirements and their geometrical simplicity, amongst others. However, many of their actuation mechanisms and physical couplings are still not well-understood, calling for numerical efforts to address many of these problems. Modeling and simulation of plasma-flow interaction is an exhaustive task because of the multi-physics, multi-scale nature of the problem. One particular concern is the appropriate modeling of the discharge detailed chemistry in order to reduce the computational cost associated with it while capturing all of its finest features. Modern reduction techniques attempt to create reduced-order models of chemical kinetics by identifying low-dimensional invariant attractors in phase space. These attractors, or some forms of approximation, are parametrized and stored with the intention of retrieval in time-intensive multiscale, turbulent, CFD simulations. Two popular rational reduction techniques are applied to several electrical discharge systems in noble gases after addressing their appropriate modeling with the intention of studying the structure and character of their one-dimensional invariant attractor under a wide range of reduced electric fields. It is shown that the branches of the manifold correspond to high and low ionization states and that a particular attractor exists for a small range of low reduced fields. This is of great importance to the modeling of flow actuation chemistry. Finally, it is demonstrated that electron runaway is analogous to radical explosion in combustion.

  3. Multi-scale dynamics in externally excited glow discharge plasma

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    Deka, Utpal; Rao, Ashok; Nurujjaman, Md

    2015-12-01

    Time series analysis of fluctuations excited due to external perturbation in a dc glow discharge plasma system is presented. Analysis shows that the observed data is non-Gaussian in nature and has purely deterministic behavior. The oscillations are bi-periodic in nature without any occurrence of chaos with increasing discharge voltage. Two dominant frequencies 100 KHz and 200 KHz with background noise are observed. The Hurst coefficient is also evaluated for the data sets and is seen to be greater than 0.5 for all the cases. The observed bi-periodic oscillations have their origin due to some nonlinearities in the system. The observed frequencies are found to be due to ionization instability and ion acoustic instability.

  4. Flush-mounted probe diagnostics for argon glow discharge plasma

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    Xu, Liang Cao, Jinxiang; Liu, Yu; Wang, Jian; Du, Yinchang; Zheng, Zhe; Zhang, Xiao; Wang, Pi; Zhang, Jin; Li, Xiao; Qin, Yongqiang; Zhao, Liang

    2014-09-15

    A comparison is made between plasma parameters measured by a flush-mounted probe (FP) and a cylindrical probe (CP) in argon glow discharge plasma. Parameters compared include the space potential, the plasma density, and the effective electron temperature. It is found that the ion density determined by the FP agrees well with the electron density determined by the CP in the quasi-neutral plasma to better than 10%. Moreover, the space potential and effective electron temperature calculated from electron energy distribution function measured by the FP is consistent with that measured by the CP over the operated discharge current and pressure ranges. These results present the FP can be used as a reliable diagnostic tool in the stable laboratory plasma and also be anticipated to be applied in other complicated plasmas, such as tokamaks, the region of boundary-layer, and so on.

  5. Hydrogen generation by glow discharge plasma electrolysis of ethanol solutions

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    Yan, Zongcheng; Chen, Li; Wang, Honglin

    2008-08-01

    Glow discharge plasma electrolysis (GDPE) of ethanol solutions for hydrogen generation was investigated in terms of discharged voltage, discharged polarity and ethanol concentration. H2 and acetaldehyde are the dominant products of ethanol decomposition during GDPE. Discharged polarity, discharged voltage and ethanol concentration have important influences on the energy consumption, concentration and output of hydrogen and acetaldehyde. The hydrogen yield (G(H2)) by cathodic GDPE is higher than that of anodic GDPE. The energy consumption (Wr) was 5.12 kJ L-1 when the applied voltage of cathodic GDPE was 1000 V. The hydrogen concentration of cathodic GDPE in gases keeps above 80%. The experiments indicate that GDPE of ethanol solutions is an effective technology producing hydrogen and acetaldehyde simultaneously with low CO2 emission.

  6. Similarities and differences between gliding glow and gliding arc discharges

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    Kolev, St.; Bogaerts, A.

    2015-12-01

    In this work we have analyzed the properties of a gliding dc discharge in argon at atmospheric pressure. Despite the usual designation of these discharges as ‘gliding arc discharges’, it was found previously that they operate in two different regimes—glow and arc. Here we analyze the differences in both regimes by means of two dimensional fluid modeling. In order to address different aspects of the discharge operation, we use two models—Cartesian and axisymmetric in a cylindrical coordinate system. The obtained results show that the two types of discharges produce a similar plasma column for a similar discharge current. However, the different mechanisms of plasma channel attachment to the cathode could produce certain differences in the plasma parameters (i.e. arc elongation), and this can affect gas treatments applications.

  7. Hopf bifurcations in balance equations of glow discharges

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    Koch, B.; Goepp, N.; Bruhn, B.

    1997-08-01

    Starting from the hydrodynamic equations describing the positive column of glow discharges in inert gases, the instability of the axially homogeneous state is investigated. Dirichlet boundary conditions at the ends of the positive column are chosen. Stimulated by experiments, the influence of metastable atoms and of the outer circuit is taken into consideration by additional equations. Center manifold and normal form theories are used to characterize the codimension-one bifurcations. Depending on the current, the length of the positive column and the resistance of the outer circuit supercritical and subcritical Hopf bifurcations are found. The importance of the results with respect to the experiments on the ionization instability in a neon discharge is discussed. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  8. Measurement of temperature and emissivity of specularly reflecting glowing bodies

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    Hansen, G. P.; Hauge, R. H.; Margrave, J. L.; Krishnan, S.

    1988-01-01

    A new method of measuring the thermodynamic temperature of an object as well as the surface emissivity based on laser reflectivity has been developed. By using rotator analyzer ellipsometry, the light reflected from the sample at a specific angle of incidence can be analyzed for its ellipticity. The normal incidence reflectivity and emissivity are then extracted using standard relations. The thermodynamic temperature of the body is obtained simultaneously by measuring the intensity of emitted light at the same angle of incidence. Room temperature measurements are carried out on selected metals to test the system. Elevated temperature measurements on platinum foils show that this technique is reliable and accurate for monitoring and measuring the temperature and emissivity of specularly reflecting, glowing bodies.

  9. High-pressure dc glow discharges in hollow diamond cathodes

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    Truscott, B. S.; Turner, C.; May, P. W.

    2016-04-01

    We report the generation and characterization of dc helium microdischarges at several times atmospheric pressure in monolithic diamond hollow-cathode devices having cavity diameters on the order of 100 μm. I–V characteristics indicated operation in the glow discharge regime even at nearly 10 atm, while spectroscopic measurements of the N2 C3Πu  →  B3Πg emission returned rotational temperatures always around 420 K, with a pressure-dependent vibrational population distribution. The variation of breakdown voltage with pressure closely followed Paschen’s law, but with offsets in both axes that we tentatively ascribe to strong diffusive loss and a partial thermalization of electron energies under the high pressures considered here.

  10. Fluorination of polymethylmethaacrylate with tetrafluoroethane using DC glow discharge plasma

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    Guruvenket, S.; Iyer, Ganjigunte R. S.; Shestakova, Larisa; Morgen, Per; Larsen, N. B.; Mohan Rao, G.

    2008-07-01

    Fluorination of polymer surfaces has technological applications in various fields such as microelectronics, biomaterials, textile, packing, etc. In this study PMMA surfaces were fluorinated using DC glow discharge plasma. Tetrafluoroethane was used as the fluorinating agent. On the fluorinated PMMA surface, static water contact angle, surface energy, optical transmittance (UV-vis), XPS and AFM analyses were carried out. After the fluorination PMMA surface becomes hydrophobic with water contact angle of 107 without losing optical transparency. Surface energy of fluorine plasma-treated PMMA decreased from 35 mJ/cm 2 to 21.2 mJ/cm 2. RMS roughness of the fluorinated surface was 4.01 nm and XPS studies revealed the formation of C-CF x and CF 3 groups on the PMMA surface.

  11. A Sample Glows as it Melts within TEMPUS

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    2003-01-01

    This video was taken from the first flight of the TEMPUS electromagnetic levitation furnace on the International Microgravity Laboratory-2 (STS-65, July 8-23, 1994). This view is from the furnace's upper camera and shows a sample glowing as it melts. TEMPUS (stands for Tiegelfreies Elektromagnetisches Prozessiere unter Schwerelosigkeit (containerless electromagnetic processing under weightlessness). It was developed by the German Space Agency (DARA) for flight aboard Spacelab. The DARA project scientist was Igon Egry. The experiment was part of the space research investigations conducted during the Microgravity Science Laboratory-1R mission (STS-94, July 1-17 1997). DARA and NASA are exploring the possibility of flying an advanced version of TEMPUS on the International Space Station. (200KB JPEG, 1267 x 1931 pixels; downlinked video, higher quality not available) The MPG from which this composite was made is available at http://mix.msfc.nasa.gov/ABSTRACTS/MSFC-0300195.html.

  12. Degradation of linear alkylbenzene sulfonate with contact glow discharge electrolysis

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    Budikania, Trisutanti; Ibrahim, Febiyanti, Irine Ayu; Utami, Nissa; Saksono, Nelson

    2015-12-01

    Contact Glow Discharge Electrolysis (CGDE) is one of electrolysis plasma technologies. CGDE can produce the hydroxyl radical in a large amount that can be used for wastewater degradation process. This study was conducted to obtain the influence of applied voltage, electrolyte concentration, and anode depth in the LAS degradation using CGDE and review its energy consumption. The greatest LAS degradation is achieved up to 99.14% with low energy consumption of 1149.88 kJ/mmol of the energy consumption that is obtained during 120 minutes by using 600 Volt, 0.02 M of KOH, and 0.5 cm of the anode depth and initial concentration of LAS is 100 ppm.

  13. Improved performance of a quadrupole based glow discharge mass spectrometer

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    Valiga, R.E.; Duckworth, D.C.; Smith, D.H.

    1995-12-31

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) has experienced most of its commercial success in trace multi-element analysis using sector-based mass spectrometry. In most cases, the mass resolution available with these instruments allows elements of interest to be analyzed, even in the presence of polyatomic interferences (e.g., ArC+, ArN+, ArO+). Because quadrupole mass filters have little more than unit resolution, background equivalent concentrations (BEC`s) for many elements can be quite high (1-100 ppm). Because of this, many have discounted quadrupole GDMS as a useful trace analysis technique. In this work, the authors have explored methods of reducing the polyatomic interferences.

  14. Elemental quantification based on secondary species in the glow discharge

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    Goodner, K.L.; Eyler, J.R.; Barshick, C.M.; Smith, D.H.

    1995-12-31

    A barrier to absolute quantification in glow discharge MS, as in other types of inorganic MS, is the presence of polyatomic interferences. While it is possible to suppress, eliminate, or discriminate against these interferences, the authors took a different route. Instead of trying to correct for these interferences, the authors used the {open_quotes}interferences{close_quotes} to quantify the metal concentration. By quantifying the argides (MA{sub r}{sup +}), dimers (M{sub 2}{sup +}), and doubly charged species (M{sup +2}) of an analyte (which were not interfered with), the authors were able to achieve equal or better accuracy and precision than when the authors use the M{sup +}.

  15. Analysis of solution residues by glow discharge mass spectrometry.

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    Barshick, C M; Duckworth, D C; Smith, D H

    1993-01-01

    A technique for the analysis of microliter volumes of solution by glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) has been successfully demonstrated. Cathode preparation involves mixing an aliquot of the sample solution with a pure conducting powder, followed by drying and pressing before conventional GDMS analysis. The analyte signal at the 100-ppm level was observed to be stable to better than 5% for the duration of the analysis (30-45 min). Internal and external reproducibilities were better than 5%, and the ion signal intensity was linear with concentration over at least four orders of magnitude. Quantification was demonstrated by means of user-defined relative sensitivity factors. Relative standard deviations were better than 15% for the elements investigated, with no preconcentration of the analyte. PMID:24234743

  16. The pulsed glow discharge as an elemental ion source.

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    Klingler, J A; Savickas, P J; Harrison, W W

    1990-04-01

    A pulsed glow discharge, rather than a conventional constant dc voltage discharge, is used as an ion source for a quadrupole mass spectrometer. Both sputter yield and ion signal are enhanced by using the pulsed system because of an increase in the voltage necessary to maintain a constant average current at the cathode over the pulse period. Irregularities are seen in the pulse spectrum that appear as rapid surges in the ion signal for both sputtered and contaminant gas species. These peaks appear at the beginning of the pulse for gaseous species but are limited to the postpulse period for sputtered species. Differences in the signal forms allow for the discrimination against selected types of ion signals by using narrow data collection gates placed over different portions of the pulse period. PMID:24248741

  17. Note: Rapid reduction of graphene oxide paper by glow discharge plasma

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    Bo, Zheng; Qian, Jiajing; Duan, Liangping; Qiu, Kunzan Yan, Jianhua; Cen, Kefa; Han, Zhao Jun; Ostrikov, Kostya

    2015-05-15

    This note reports on a novel method for the rapid reduction of graphene oxide (GO) paper using a glow discharge plasma reactor. Glow discharge is produced and sustained between two parallel-plate graphite electrodes at a pressure of 240 mTorr. By exposing GO paper at the junction of negative-glow and Faraday-dark area for 4 min, the oxygen-containing groups can be effectively removed (C/O ratio increases from 2.6 to 7.9), while the material integrality and flexibility are kept well. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that the as-obtained reduced GO paper can be potentially used for supercapacitor application.

  18. Note: Rapid reduction of graphene oxide paper by glow discharge plasma.

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    Bo, Zheng; Qian, Jiajing; Han, Zhao Jun; Duan, Liangping; Qiu, Kunzan; Ostrikov, Kostya Ken; Yan, Jianhua; Cen, Kefa

    2015-05-01

    This note reports on a novel method for the rapid reduction of graphene oxide (GO) paper using a glow discharge plasma reactor. Glow discharge is produced and sustained between two parallel-plate graphite electrodes at a pressure of 240 mTorr. By exposing GO paper at the junction of negative-glow and Faraday-dark area for 4 min, the oxygen-containing groups can be effectively removed (C/O ratio increases from 2.6 to 7.9), while the material integrality and flexibility are kept well. Electrochemical measurements demonstrate that the as-obtained reduced GO paper can be potentially used for supercapacitor application. PMID:26026562

  19. Medium resolution spectra of the shuttle glow in the visible region of the spectrum

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    Viereck, R. A.; Murad, E.; Pike, C. P.; Mende, S. B.; Swenson, G. R.; Culbertson, F. L.; Springer, B. C.

    1992-01-01

    Recent spectral measurements of the visible shuttle glow (lambda = 400 - 800 nm) at medium resolution (1 nm) reveal the same featureless continuum with a maximum near 680 nm that was reported previously. This is also in good agreement with recent laboratory experiments that attribute the glow to the emissions of NO2 formed by the recombination of O + NO. The data that are presented were taken from the aft flight deck with a hand-held spectrograph and from the shuttle bay with a low-light-level television camera. Shuttle glow images and spectra are presented and compared with laboratory data and theory.

  20. Glow discharges with electrostatic confinement of fast electrons

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    Kolobov, V. I.; Metel, A. S.

    2015-06-01

    This review presents a unified treatment of glow discharges with electrostatic confinement of fast electrons. These discharges include hollow cathode discharges, wire and cage discharges, reflect discharges with brush and multirod cathodes, and discharges in crossed electric and magnetic fields. Fast electrons bouncing inside electrostatic traps provide efficient ionization of gas at very low gas pressures. The electrostatic trap effect (ETE) was first observed by Paschen in hollow cathode discharges almost a century ago. The key parameters that define fundamental characteristics of ETE discharges are the ionization length ?N, the penetration range, ?, and the diffusion length ? of the fast electrons, and two universal geometric parameters of the traps: effective width a and length L. Peculiarities of electron kinetics and ion collection mechanism explain experimental observations for different trap geometries. The ETE is observed only at ??>?a, when the penetration range of the ?-electrons emitted by the cathode exceeds the trap width. In the optimal pressure range, when ?N?>?a, and ???L, Uc rises from hundreds to thousands of volts. The sign of the anode potential fall, Ua, depends on the anode surface Sa and its position. When Sa is large compared to a critical value S*, Ua is negative and small. At Sa?glow discharges with electrostatic confinement of fast electrons are described.

  1. Trace elements in coal by glow discharge mass spectrometry

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    Jacobs, M.L.; Wilson, C.R.; Pestovich, J. Jr.

    1995-08-01

    A need and a demand exist for determining trace elements in coal and coal related by-products, especially those elements which may potentially be a health hazard. The provisions of the 1990 clean air act require that the EPA evaluate the emissions of electric utilities for trace elements and other potentially hazardous organic compounds. The coal fired electric utility industry supplies roughly 60% of the total generating capacity of 2,882,525 million kilowatt hours (nearly 3 trillion kilowatt hours) generated in the U.S. This is accomplished by 414 power plants scattered across the country that burned 813,508,000 short tons of coal in 1993. The relative volatility of some inorganic constituents in coal makes them more prone to be emitted to the atmosphere following combustion. The production of analytical data for trace elements is known to be a difficult task in coal and by-products of coal combustion (fly ash, bottom ash, gas streams, etc.), in terms of both sample collection and analytical determinations. There are several common analytical methods available to the analyst to determine trace elements in coal and coal by-products. In general analytical germs, the material to be analyzed can be totally solubilized (or extracted), or the elements analytes can be determined in the material as a solid. A relatively new elemental technique, Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry (GDMS) can be used with solids as well. This new analytical technique had never before been applied directly to coal. The radio frequency-glow discharge quadropole mass spectrometer was used to analyze coal directly for the first time ever by rf-GDMS. The rf-GDMS technique is described.

  2. Modelling of tokamak glow discharge cleaning I: physical principles

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    Hagelaar, G. J. M.; Kogut, D.; Douai, D.; Pitts, R. A.

    2015-02-01

    Glow discharge cleaning (GDC) is a common technique for the conditioning of tokamak vessel walls in order to improve plasma performance and will be one of the primary conditioning techniques in ITER. The GDC discharge is a dc low-temperature plasma discharge, operated in the absence of the toroidal magnetic field, between one or more anodes inserted into the vessel, and the entire vessel wall serving as a cathode. This paper presents a self-consistent 2D model of the GDC discharge with the aim of improving fundamental understanding and predicting the wall ion current density distribution in ITER. The model combines a standard fluid model of the quasineutral plasma bulk with non-standard fluid equations for the fast electrons accelerated by the cathode sheath, based on transport coefficients and rate coefficients deduced from a Monte Carlo simulation. Examples of model results are shown in order to illustrate the general principles of the GDC discharge and the influence of the model input parameters. An important insight gained from this work is that the GDC discharge operates basically as a hollow-cathode discharge: the plasma is sustained mainly by ionization by secondary electrons emitted from the cathode, accelerated ballistically through a thin cathode sheath, penetrating the plasma as a fast electron beam, and trapped by the cathode fall surrounding the plasma on all sides. The electric field distribution inside the plasma, which determines the ion flux distribution on the vessel walls, is controlled by low-energy plasma bulk electrons. The relatively small surface area of the anode leads to the formation of an anode glow affecting the plasma uniformity. Comparisons with experimental data and predictions for ITER are presented in a companion paper.

  3. Measuring Anthropogenic Sky Glow Using a Natural Sky Brightness Model

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    Duriscoe, Dan M.

    2013-11-01

    Anthropogenic sky glow (a result of light pollution) combines with the natural background brightness of the night sky when viewed by an observer on the earth''s surface. In order to measure the anthropogenic component accurately, the natural component must be identified and subtracted. A model of the moonless natural sky brightness in the V-band was constructed from existing data on the Zodiacal Light, an airglow model based on the van Rhijn function, and a model of integrated starlight (including diffuse galactic light) constructed from images made with the same equipment used for sky brightness observations. The model also incorporates effective extinction by the atmosphere and is improved at high zenith angles (>80) by the addition of atmospheric diffuse light. The model may be projected onto local horizon coordinates for a given observation at a resolution of 0.05 over the hemisphere of the sky, allowing it to be accurately registered with data images obtained from any site. Zodiacal Light and integrated starlight models compare favorably with observations from remote dark sky sites, matching within 8 nL over 95% of the sky. The natural airglow may be only approximately modeled, errors of up to 25 nL are seen when the airglow is rapidly changing or has considerable character (banding); 8 nL precision may be expected under favorable conditions. When subtracted from all-sky brightness data images, the model significantly improves estimates of sky glow from anthropogenic sources, especially at sites that experience slight to moderate light pollution.

  4. Systemic abnormalities in liver disease

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    Minemura, Masami; Tajiri, Kazuto; Shimizu, Yukihiro

    2009-01-01

    Systemic abnormalities often occur in patients with liver disease. In particular, cardiopulmonary or renal diseases accompanied by advanced liver disease can be serious and may determine the quality of life and prognosis of patients. Therefore, both hepatologists and non-hepatologists should pay attention to such abnormalities in the management of patients with liver diseases. PMID:19554648

  5. Abnormal pressure in hydrocarbon environments

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    Law, B.E.; Spencer, C.W.

    1998-01-01

    Abnormal pressures, pressures above or below hydrostatic pressures, occur on all continents in a wide range of geological conditions. According to a survey of published literature on abnormal pressures, compaction disequilibrium and hydrocarbon generation are the two most commonly cited causes of abnormally high pressure in petroleum provinces. In young (Tertiary) deltaic sequences, compaction disequilibrium is the dominant cause of abnormal pressure. In older (pre-Tertiary) lithified rocks, hydrocarbon generation, aquathermal expansion, and tectonics are most often cited as the causes of abnormal pressure. The association of abnormal pressures with hydrocarbon accumulations is statistically significant. Within abnormally pressured reservoirs, empirical evidence indicates that the bulk of economically recoverable oil and gas occurs in reservoirs with pressure gradients less than 0.75 psi/ft (17.4 kPa/m) and there is very little production potential from reservoirs that exceed 0.85 psi/ft (19.6 kPa/m). Abnormally pressured rocks are also commonly associated with unconventional gas accumulations where the pressuring phase is gas of either a thermal or microbial origin. In underpressured, thermally mature rocks, the affected reservoirs have most often experienced a significant cooling history and probably evolved from an originally overpressured system.

  6. Dynamics of multiple double layers in high pressure glow discharge in a simple torus

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    Kumar Paul, Manash; Sharma, P. K.; Thakur, A.; Kulkarni, S. V.; Bora, D.

    2014-06-15

    Parametric characterization of multiple double layers is done during high pressure glow discharge in a toroidal vessel of small aspect ratio. Although glow discharge (without magnetic field) is known to be independent of device geometry, but the toroidal boundary conditions are conducive to plasma growth and eventually the plasma occupy the toroidal volume partially. At higher anode potential, the visibly glowing spots on the body of spatially extended anode transform into multiple intensely luminous spherical plasma blob structures attached to the tip of the positive electrode. Dynamics of multiple double layers are observed in argon glow discharge plasma in presence of toroidal magnetic field. The radial profiles of plasma parameters measured at various toroidal locations show signatures of double layer formation in our system. Parametric dependence of double layer dynamics in presence of toroidal magnetic field is presented here.

  7. RF Glow-discharge Enhanced Production of Oxygen from Carbon Dioxide

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    Shi, Zhong; Ash, Robert L.

    1996-10-01

    An experimental study of energy-efficient, RF glow-discharge enhanced production of oxygen from carbon dioxide is conducted. This effort has important applications for advanced life support system at space station to recover oxygen from waste carbon dioxide and in situ resource utilization for round trip planetary missions.(R. L. Ash, W. L. Dowler, and G. Varsi, Acta Astronautica, 5), 705, (1978). The system consists of a glow-discharge chamber and a silver permeation membrane used to separate oxygen from other species. The behavior of RF glow-discharge and the oxygen production rate was investigated as functions of discharge power, eletrodes geometry, membrane operating temperature, gas pressure, and RF frequency. Description of the experimental set up and the measured results compared with previous DC glow-discharge data (D. Wu, R. A. Outlaw, and R. L. Ash, J. Applied Phys., 74), 4990, (1993). will be presented at the conference.

  8. Synthesis of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in a Glow Discharge Fine Particle Plasma

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    Imazato, N.; Imano, M.; Hayashi, Y.

    2008-09-07

    Carbon fine particles were synthesized being negatively charged and confined in a glow discharge plasma. The deposited fine particles were analyzed by Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and were confirmed to include single-walled carbon nanotubes.

  9. Characterization of the glow-peak fading properties of six common thermoluminescent materials.

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    Harvey, John A; Haverland, Nathan P; Kearfott, Kimberlee J

    2010-10-01

    The pre-irradiation and post-irradiation fading rates of the thermoluminescent glow peaks of six commonly used thermoluminescent dosimeters under controlled environmental conditions over approximately 30 d are examined. Glow peaks were fit to the first-order kinetics model using a computerized glow curve deconvolution program. Dosimeters studied were LiF:Mg,Ti, CaF(2):Dy, CaF(2):Tm, CaF(2):Mn, LiF:Mg,Cu,P, and CaSO(4):Dy. LiF:Mg,Ti and LiF:Mg,Cu,P experienced significant pre-irradiation fading. All types except CaF(2):Mn experienced post-irradiation fading. Ratios of glow-peak areas were fit to exponential decay functions when possible. PMID:20554212

  10. How Things Work. Mystery Glow-Ball: When Is a Battery Not a Battery?

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    Crane, H. Richard, Ed.

    1989-01-01

    Examines the working mechanism of a commercial "Mystery Glow-Ball" by analyzing its electronic circuitry. Finds that the advertising for the ball is wrong; energy actually came from inserting a battery. (YP)

  11. Chromosomal abnormalities in human sperm

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    Martin, R.H.

    1985-01-01

    The ability to analyze human sperm chromosome complements after penetration of zona pellucida-free hamster eggs provides the first opportunity to study the frequency and type of chromosomal abnormalities in human gametes. Two large-scale studies have provided information on normal men. We have studied 1,426 sperm complements from 45 normal men and found an abnormality rate of 8.9%. Brandriff et al. (5) found 8.1% abnormal complements in 909 sperm from 4 men. The distribution of numerical and structural abnormalities was markedly dissimilar in the 2 studies. The frequency of aneuploidy was 5% in our sample and only 1.6% in Brandriff's, perhaps reflecting individual variability among donors. The frequency of 24,YY sperm was low: 0/1,426 and 1/909. This suggests that the estimates of nondisjunction based on fluorescent Y body data (1% to 5%) are not accurate. We have also studied men at increased risk of sperm chromosomal abnormalities. The frequency of chromosomally unbalanced sperm in 6 men heterozygous for structural abnormalities varied dramatically: 77% for t11;22, 32% for t6;14, 19% for t5;18, 13% for t14;21, and 0% for inv 3 and 7. We have also studied 13 cancer patients before and after radiotherapy and demonstrated a significant dose-dependent increase of sperm chromosome abnormalities (numerical and structural) 36 months after radiation treatment.

  12. Haematological abnormalities in mitochondrial disorders

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    Finsterer, Josef; Frank, Marlies

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION This study aimed to assess the kind of haematological abnormalities that are present in patients with mitochondrial disorders (MIDs) and the frequency of their occurrence. METHODS The blood cell counts of a cohort of patients with syndromic and non-syndromic MIDs were retrospectively reviewed. MIDs were classified as ‘definite’, ‘probable’ or ‘possible’ according to clinical presentation, instrumental findings, immunohistological findings on muscle biopsy, biochemical abnormalities of the respiratory chain and/or the results of genetic studies. Patients who had medical conditions other than MID that account for the haematological abnormalities were excluded. RESULTS A total of 46 patients (‘definite’ = 5; ‘probable’ = 9; ‘possible’ = 32) had haematological abnormalities attributable to MIDs. The most frequent haematological abnormality in patients with MIDs was anaemia. 27 patients had anaemia as their sole haematological problem. Anaemia was associated with thrombopenia (n = 4), thrombocytosis (n = 2), leucopenia (n = 2), and eosinophilia (n = 1). Anaemia was hypochromic and normocytic in 27 patients, hypochromic and microcytic in six patients, hyperchromic and macrocytic in two patients, and normochromic and microcytic in one patient. Among the 46 patients with a mitochondrial haematological abnormality, 78.3% had anaemia, 13.0% had thrombopenia, 8.7% had leucopenia and 8.7% had eosinophilia, alone or in combination with other haematological abnormalities. CONCLUSION MID should be considered if a patient’s abnormal blood cell counts (particularly those associated with anaemia, thrombopenia, leucopenia or eosinophilia) cannot be explained by established causes. Abnormal blood cell counts may be the sole manifestation of MID or a collateral feature of a multisystem problem. PMID:26243978

  13. The Effects of Lamp Spectral Distribution on Sky Glow over Observatories

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    Luginbuhl, C. B.; Boley, P. A.; Davis, D. R.; Duriscoe, D. M.

    2015-03-01

    Using a wavelength-generalized version of the Garstang (1991) model, we evaluate overhead sky glow as a function of distance up to 300 km, from a variety of lamp types, including common gas discharge lamps and several types of LED lamps. We conclude for both professional, and especially cultural (visual), astronomy, that low-pressure sodium and narrow-spectrum amber LED lamps cause much less sky glow than all broad-spectrum sources.

  14. Binary and ternary gas mixtures for use in glow discharge closing switches

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    Hunter, Scott R. (Oak Ridge, TN); Christophorou, Loucas G. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1990-01-01

    Highly efficient binary and ternary gas mixtures for use in diffuse glow discharge closing switches are disclosed. The binary mixtures are combinations of helium or neon and selected perfluorides. The ternary mixtures are combinations of helium, neon, or argon, a selected perfluoride, and a small amount of gas that exhibits enhanced ionization characteristics. These mixtures are shown to be the optimum choices for use in diffuse glow discharge closing switches by virtue of the combined physio-electric properties of the mixture components.

  15. CO^+ and C_2 Spectra Generated by CO_2 Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharges in Microchannels

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    Shin, Chul; Dai, Zhen; Houlahan, Thomas J., Jr.; Park, Sung-Jin; Eden, Gary

    2014-06-01

    Intense emission in the near-ultraviolet and visible from the Comet Tail and Swan bands of CO^+ and C_2, respectively, has been observed from glow discharges produced in CO_2 at atmospheric pressure. Generated within 200--500 ?m microchannels fabricated in nanoporous alumina, the microchannel plasmas are spatially homogeneous, diffuse glows. As the CO_2 flow rate through the microchannels is varied, the visible/UV spectra change dramatically and the chemical kinetics of this fascinating spectrum will be discussed.

  16. Two-point method for kinetic analysis of a thermoluminescence glow peak

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    Ogundare, F. O.; Chithambo, M. L.

    2006-05-01

    We present a method for the estimation of defect (trap) physical parameters from thermoluminescence (TL) glow peaks. In this method, the order of kinetics b is determined using two values of TL intensity each of which corresponds to the same temperature (T-1) on two separate glow peaks of a phosphor. The two glow peaks are obtained from two aliquots of the phosphor irradiated to same dose but read out at different heating rates. The proposed method requires a minimum of only two data points in contrast to standard peak shape (PS) methods that require three points corresponding to three different temperatures on the same glow peak. Once the order of kinetics b is determined, the activation energy E is calculated by taking a second point (T-2) on any one of the two glow peaks. The values of b and E thus obtained are used to evaluate the frequency factor S'' and the number of trapped electrons before the heating begins n(o). The validity of the method was checked using two numerically generated glow peaks. For the two cases, the method reproduced the input values reasonably well. The method was also used to analyse two experimental glow peaks. The results obtained provide a reasonably good fit to the experimental data. The kinetic parameters calculated using the present technique are comparable to those calculated using PS and initial rise methods. Initial guesses can easily be obtained for E and S'' using the present technique when a glow curve is to be deconvoluted with a model consisting of many unknown parameters with E and S'' inclusive.

  17. Echocardiographic abnormalities following cardiac radiation

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    Perrault, D.J.; Levy, M.; Herman, J.D.; Burns, R.J.; Bar Shlomo, B.Z.; Druck, M.N.; Wu, W.Q.; McLaughlin, P.R.; Gilbert, B.W.

    1985-04-01

    Five years or more after receiving cardiac radiation, 41 patients with Hodgkin's disease and seminoma in remission were subjected to echocardiography. The abnormalities detected included pericardial thickening in 70%, thickening of the aortic and/or mitral valves in 28%, right ventricular dilatation or hypokinesis in 39%, and left ventricular dysfunction in 39%. In the 23 patients treated by an upper mantle technique with shielding, the incidence of right ventricular abnormalities and valvular thickening was significantly lower than in patients treated with modified techniques. Although no symptoms were attributable to the observed abnormalities, longer follow-up time may reveal important functional implications.

  18. Columnar discharge mode between parallel dielectric barrier electrodes in atmospheric pressure helium

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    Hao, Yanpeng; Zheng, Bin; Liu, Yaoge

    2014-01-15

    Using a fast-gated intensified charge-coupled device, end- and side-view photographs were taken of columnar discharge between parallel dielectric barrier electrodes in atmospheric pressure helium. Based on three-dimensional images generated from end-view photographs, the number of discharge columns increased, whereas the diameter of each column decreased as the applied voltage was increased. Side-view photographs indicate that columnar discharges exhibited a mode transition ranging from Townsend to glow discharges generated by the same discharge physics as atmospheric pressure glow discharge.

  19. Further insights into prepeak emission in pulsed radiofrequency glow discharge

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    Valledor, Rebeca; Vega, Paola; Pisonero, Jorge; Nelis, Thomas; Bordel, Nerea

    2013-07-01

    Side-on optical emission measurements, with spatial and temporal resolution, have been carried out on a modified Grimm type pulsed rf glow discharge, using a copper sample and argon as discharge gas. In particular, the early ignition phase of the pulsed discharge, prepeak, and the beginning of the plateau have been electrically characterized and spectroscopically evaluated along the plasma plume for several argon and copper emission lines. Different pulse repetition frequencies have been used while keeping a constant duty cycle of 25%, covering a range from the ?s to the ms pulsed GD. In all the cases a spatially extended discharge has been observed during the first 10-20 ?s of the pulse, when the dc bias voltage has not been fully established yet. During this early phase of the pulse, the species present in the chamber are excited following the amplitude of the voltage symmetrical oscillations, and argon and copper emission can be detected at all the distances evaluated along the plasma axis at delays as short as 4 ?s. After the first 20 ?s approximately, the discharge has contracted close to the sample surface, the dc bias voltage has been almost established and the sputtering process is taking place. Emission registered through side-on observation, at positions relatively far from the sample, decreases and then progressively increases to reach a plateau if the voltage pulse lasts long enough. Moreover, the further the detection position is from the sample surface, the later the increase of the copper and argon emission is observed. Therefore transport phenomena involving both argon and copper species are now evidently leading to an estimated average speed of 100 m/s. Additionally, end-on optical emission measurements have been carried out to evaluate the prepeak emission from the negative glow region close to the sample surface, and then to compare this emission with that occurring at farther positions (side-on detection experiments). The results have shown that the basis of both prepeaks might be different as the prepeak signal measured using end-on detection peaks around 10 ?s later than that observed using side-on detection.

  20. Influence of the applied voltage shape on the barrier discharge operation modes in helium

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    Bogaczyk, Marc; Sretenovi?, Goran B.; Wagner, Hans-Erich

    2013-10-01

    For the investigation of a barrier discharge (BD) operated in helium, a discharge cell configuration was used which allows an electrical characterization and simultaneous measurements of volume processes as well as the interaction of the BD with a dielectric surface. The emission development in the volume has been recorded spatio-temporally and spectrally resolved by the established cross-correlation spectroscopy (CCS) operating in the PPG mode. The phase resolved measurement (over one discharge period) of surface charges deposited on a BSO crystal was realized by the utilization of the electro-optic Pockels effect in combination with a high-speed camera. Depending on the gap distance, the dielectrics, and the shape of feeding voltage, the BD can operate either in the diffuse Townsend-like or glow-like mode. The emission is localized near the anode and cathode for the Townsend-like mode and glow-like mode, respectively. In small gaps (distance about 1 mm), a sinusoidal feeding voltage leads to the unusual Townsend-like mode in helium. But, a square wave voltage shape induces the glow-like mode, probably due to the fast rise and fall time of the applied voltage slopes. A sawtooth voltage generates both discharge modes over one period. The presented results show clearly the correlation of the emission development with electrical measurements, and deposited surface charge and transported charges.

  1. Use of Atmospheric Glow Discharge Plasma to Modify Spaceport Materials

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    Trigwell, S.; Shuerger, A. C.; Buhler, C. R.; Calle, C. J.

    2006-01-01

    Numerous materials used in spaceport operations require stringent evaluation before they can be utilized. It is critical for insulative polymeric materials that any surface charge be dissipated as rapidly as possible to avoid Electrostatic Discharges (ESD) that could present a danger. All materials must pass the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) standard electrostatic test [1]; however several materials that are considered favorable for Space Shuttle and International Space Station use have failed. Moreover, to minimize contamination of Mars spacecraft, spacecraft are assembled under cleanroom conditions and specific cleaning and sterilizing procedures are required for all materials. However, surface characteristics of these materials may allow microbes to survive by protecting them from sterilization and cleaning techniques. In this study, an Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Plasma (APGD) [2] was used to modify the surface of several materials. This allowed the materials surface to be modified in terms of hydrophilicity, roughness, and conductivity without affecting the bulk properties. The objectives of this study were to alter the surface properties of polymers for improved electrostatic dissipation characteristics, and to determine whether the consequent surface modification on spaceport materials enhanced or diminished microbial survival.

  2. Breakdown Characteristics of a Radio-Frequency Atmospheric Glow Discharge

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    Shi, Jianjun; Kong, Michael

    2004-09-01

    Radio-frequency (rf) atmospheric pressure glow discharges (APGD) are a capacitive nonthermal plasma with distinct advantage of low gas temperature and long-term stability. In practice their ignition is challenging particularly when they are generated at large electrode gaps. To this end, this contribution reports a one-dimensional fluid simulation of gas breakdown over a large pressure range of 100 - 760 Torr so that key physical processes can be understood in the ignition phase of rf APGD. Our model is an electron-hybrid model in which electrons are treated kinetically and all other plasma species are treated hydrodynamically. Computational results suggest that as the pressure-distance product increases from 25 Torr cm upwards the breakdown voltage increases in a way that resembles the right-hand-side branch of a Pachen curve. Importance of secondary electron emission is shown as well as its dependence on gas pressure even though identical electrode material is assumed. With these factors considered, excellent agreement with experimental data is achieved. Finally frequency dependence of the breakdown voltage is calculated and again found to agree with experimental data.

  3. Study on Glow Discharge Plasma Used in Polyester Surface Modification

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    Liu, Wenzheng; Lei, Xiao; Zhao, Qiang

    2016-01-01

    To achieve an atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD) in air and modify the surface of polyester thread using plasma, the electric field distribution and discharge characteristics under different conditions were studied. We found that the region with a strong electric field, which was formed in a tiny gap between two electrodes constituting a line-line contact electrode structure, provided the initial electron for the entire discharge process. Thus, the discharge voltage was reduced. The dielectric barrier of the line-line contact electrodes can inhibit the generation of secondary electrons. Thus, the transient current pulse discharge was reduced significantly, and an APGD in air was achieved. We designed double layer line-line contact electrodes, which can generate the APGD on the surface of a material under treatment directly. A noticeable change in the surface morphology of polyester fiber was visualized with the aid of a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Two electrode structures - the multi-row line-line and double-helix line-line contact electrodes - were designed. A large area of the APGD plasma with flat and curved surfaces can be formed in air using these contact electrodes. This can improve the efficiency of surface treatment and is significant for the application of the APGD plasma in industries.

  4. Radio frequency glow discharge-induced acidification of fluoropolymers.

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    Krawczyk, Benjamin M; Baltrusaitis, Jonas; Yoder, Colin M; Vargo, Terrence G; Bowden, Ned B; Kader, Khalid N

    2011-12-01

    Fluoropolymer surfaces are unique in view of the fact that they are quite inert, have low surface energies, and possess high thermal stabilities. Attempts to modify fluoropolymer surfaces have met with difficulties in that it is difficult to control the modification to maintain bulk characteristics of the polymer. In a previously described method, the replacement of a small fraction of surface fluorine by acid groups through radio frequency glow discharge created a surface with unexpected reactivity allowing for attachment of proteins in their active states. The present study demonstrates that 1-ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl] carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) reacts with the acid groups on fluoropolymer surfaces in a novel reaction not previously described. This reaction yields an excellent leaving group in which a primary amine on proteins can substitute to form a covalent bond between a protein and these surfaces. In an earlier study, we demonstrated that collagen IV could be deposited on a modified PTFE surface using EDC as a linker. Once collagen IV is attached to the surface, it assembles to form a functional stratum resembling collagen IV in native basement membrane. In this study, we show data suggesting that the fluorine to carbon ratio determines the acidity of the fluoropolymer surfaces and how well collagen IV attaches to and assembles on four different fluoropolymer surfaces. PMID:21887736

  5. Aqueous organic dye discoloration induced by contact glow discharge electrolysis.

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    Wang, Lei

    2009-11-15

    In this study, effects of applied voltage, types of electrolytes, initial substrate concentration, radical scavengers and iron salts on the aqueous polar brilliant B (PBB) discoloration induced by contact glow discharge electrolysis (CGDE) were examined. Experimental results showed that the PBB discoloration proceeded faster in chloride solution than in phosphate or sulfate solutions. Increasing the applied voltage from 450V to 550V did not enhance the discoloration when the applied current was kept constant. Addition of a small amount of hydroxyl scavengers (methanol) to the solution decreased the discoloration, whereas addition of a large amount of methanol increased the discoloration. During the treatment, TOC of the solution smoothly decreased whereas COD of the solution gradually increased due to the production of H(2)O(2) in the liquid phase. Iron salts enhanced the discoloration significantly due to the additional Fenton reaction. Higher initial PBB concentration resulted in lower color removal efficiency, indicating that the PBB discoloration by CGDE did not observe the first-order reaction kinetics in inert electrolytic solutions. PMID:19581050

  6. Killing Microorganisms with the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma

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    South, Suzanne; Kelly-Wintenberg, Kimberly; Montie, T. C.; Reece Roth, J.; Sherman, Daniel; Morrison, Jim; Chen, Zhiyu; Karakaya, Fuat

    2000-10-01

    There is an urgent need for the development of new technologies for sterilization and decontamination in the fields of healthcare and industrial and food processing that are safe, cost-effective, broad-spectrum, and not deleterious to samples. One technology that meets these criteria is the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP). The OAUGDP operates in air and produces uniform plasma without filamentary discharges at room temperature, making this technology advantageous for sterilization of heat sensitive materials. The OAUGDP operates in a frequency band determined by the ion trapping mechanisms provided that, for air, the electric field is above 8.5kV/cm. The OAUGDP efficiently generates plasma reactive oxygen species (ROS) including atomic oxygen and oxygen free radicals without the requirement of a vacuum system. We have demonstrated the efficacy of the OAUGDP in killing microorganisms including bacteria, yeast, viruses, and spores in seconds to minutes on a variety of surfaces such as glass, films and fabrics, stainless steel, paper, and agar.

  7. Junction solar cells made with molecular beam glow discharge bombardment

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    Caine, E. J.; Charlson, E. J.

    1984-03-01

    The fabrication and characterization of silicon p-n junction solar cells with various glow discharge, unanalyzed, molecular implanted emitter regions is described. Total area simulated air mass one (AM1) power conversion efficiencies without AR coatings or back surface fields are at best 8.2% compared to 9.1% for conventionally implanted or POC13 thermally diffused cells on similar substrates. To achieve optimum performance, Q-switched ruby laser light was incorporated into the molecular implant annealing procedure. Conversion efficiencies greater than 8% were achieved with the four dopants BC13, PC13 AsF3 and POC13. For similar processing, conversion efficiency with BF3 implants was less than those of previous investigations, most likely due to poor crystalline regrowth of the heavily doped emitter regions. Cell quantum efficiency and mesa junction ideality are shown to be similar to those of conventional cells while molecular implant sheet resistance values varied, generally being directly related to the dopant molecular weight.

  8. Isotope ratio measurements using glow discharge mass spectrometry

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    Riciputi, Lee R.; Duckworth, D. C.; Barshick, C. M.; Smith, David H.

    1995-08-01

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) has been evaluated for its ability to measure isotope ratios in solids. Isotope ratios were measured for B, Cu, Sr, Ag, Sb, Re and Pb in concentrations ranging from 15 ppm to pure metal. External precision of better than 0.03% has been achieved for isotope ratios measured using pure solid elemental samples; typical precision is better than 0.1% for elements present in concentrations greater than 0.5 wt.%. For elements present in concentrations of 10-20 ppm, precision was about 1%. Isotopic bias was < 1%, and day-to-day variations in isotopic bias for a single element are as large as variations in isotopic bias between different elements, suggesting that most isotopic bias is dominated by instrumental parameters. Values of isotope ratios show a dependence on the pressure of the Ar discharge gas, suggesting that improvements in sample geometry and discharge stability have the potential to allow GDMS to achieve even better precision in the measurement of isotope ratios.

  9. CO{sub 2} decomposition using glow discharge plasmas

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    Wang, J.Y.; Xia, G.G.; Huang, A.; Suib, S.L.; Hayashi, Yuji; Matsumoto, Hiroshige

    1999-07-01

    Carbon dioxide decomposition has been studied using ac glow discharge plasmas at atmospheric pressure. A tubular reactor with a metal rod inside a quartz tube was wrapped with aluminum foil. The reaction mixture was analyzed by using a mass spectrometer. No coke deposits or other side reactions were observed. A variety of parameters, such as different metals, CO{sub 2} concentrations, flow rate of the CO{sub 2} containing gas, frequency, and power were investigated. The effects of these parameters on CO{sub 2} conversion, reaction rates, and energy efficiency were examined. The initial excitation voltage to produce the plasma is independent of the metal identity on the surface of the rod and the flow rate of CO{sub 2} containing gas, but dependent on the CO{sub 2} concentration and ac frequency used. The maximum energy efficiency was obtained with relatively high CO{sub 2} concentration, high flow rate of CO{sub 2} containing gas, high frequency, as well as low input voltage at the expense of conversion.

  10. VUV-Emission from He-Xe-Glow Discharges

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    Lange, Hartmut; Uhrlandt, Dirk

    1999-10-01

    Discharge lamps with an emission in UV and VUV are used in many industrial applications as for instance UV oxidation of organic compounds, pollutions and UV synthesis of chemicals or as fluorescent lamps. A possible realization of such radiation-sources is the low-pressure-direct current discharge in Xe-He-mixtures with the resonance-radiation of xenon at 147 nm. Data to the radiation power of this resonance-radiation as well as their efficiency in the column plasma of low-pressure glow discharges are available only insufficiently. The absolute radiance of the 147 nm-resonance radiation has been studied as a function of the discharge parameters by means of the comparison with the radiance of a radiometric source standard. Simultaneously, the atom density of the lowest excited Xe-resonance level has been measured by means of laser-atom-absorption-spectroscopy. Thus a calculation of the absolute radiation power became possible. The experimental data are compared with the results of the theoretical description based on the solution of the electron kinetic equation and the balances of the excited states. Measured and calculated data of the radiation power agree well. The efficiency of the line radiation at 147 nm has been observed to increase with decreasing xenon pressure.

  11. A MODULAR STEADY STATE GLOW DISCHARGE QUADRUPOLE MASS SPECTROMETER SYSTEM FOR THE AT-LINE ANALYSIS OF PLUTONIUM METAL

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    R. STEINER; D. WAYNE

    1998-12-01

    Historically, glow discharge mass and optical spectrometric techniques have been used in industry for the characterization of processed metals, such as steels and other alloys. This technique is especially well suited for this type of product analysis because the glow discharge ionization source accommodates solid conducting samples with minimal or no sample preparation. This characteristic along with minimal matrix effect considerations makes the glow discharge source well suited for these types of applications.

  12. Electron-impact and glow-discharge ionization LC-MS analysis of green tea tincture.

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    Venzie, Jacob L; Castro, Joaudimir; Balarama Krishna, M V; Nelson, Dwella M; Marcus, R Kenneth

    2007-01-01

    A liquid chromatography-particle-beam mass spectrometer (LC-PB/MS) with interchangeable electron-impact (EI) and glow-discharge (GD) ion sources was evaluated for future application in analysis of botanical extracts. In this work a green tea tincture was characterized for a series of catechin components (catechin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) and caffeine. Special emphasis was given to EGCG and caffeine, because they are important in determining the possible health effects of the green tea. The effects of instrument operating conditions were evaluated for the EI and GD ionization sources to determine their effect on analyte intensities and fragmentation patterns. These studies furnished information about the effects of these conditions in determining possible ionization pathways in the two ion sources. The mass spectra of these compounds obtained with the GD ion source are EI-like in appearance, with clearly identified molecular ions and fragmentation patterns that are easily rationalized. The absolute limits of detection for EGCG and caffeine were, respectively, 11 ng and 0.77 ng for the EI source and 3.2 ng and 0.61 ng for the GD source. The PB/EIMS and PB/GDMS combinations can be operated in a flow-injection mode, wherein the analyte is injected directly into the mobile phase, or coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), enabling LC-MS analysis of complex mixtures. A reversed-phase chromatographic separation of the green tea tincture was performed on a commercial C18 column using a gradient of water (containing 0.1% TFA) and ACN. Quantification of EGCG and caffeine was performed by the standard addition method. The amounts of EGCG and caffeine in the tested green tea tincture were each approximately 14 mg mL-1. PMID:17139484

  13. Complex patterns of abnormal heartbeats

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    Schulte-Frohlinde, Verena; Ashkenazy, Yosef; Goldberger, Ary L.; Ivanov, Plamen Ch; Costa, Madalena; Morley-Davies, Adrian; Stanley, H. Eugene; Glass, Leon

    2002-01-01

    Individuals having frequent abnormal heartbeats interspersed with normal heartbeats may be at an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. However, mechanistic understanding of such cardiac arrhythmias is limited. We present a visual and qualitative method to display statistical properties of abnormal heartbeats. We introduce dynamical "heartprints" which reveal characteristic patterns in long clinical records encompassing approximately 10(5) heartbeats and may provide information about underlying mechanisms. We test if these dynamics can be reproduced by model simulations in which abnormal heartbeats are generated (i) randomly, (ii) at a fixed time interval following a preceding normal heartbeat, or (iii) by an independent oscillator that may or may not interact with the normal heartbeat. We compare the results of these three models and test their limitations to comprehensively simulate the statistical features of selected clinical records. This work introduces methods that can be used to test mathematical models of arrhythmogenesis and to develop a new understanding of underlying electrophysiologic mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmia.

  14. Effects of Cloud on Goddard Lidar Observatory for Wind (GLOW) Performance and Analysis of Associated Errors

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    Bacha, Tulu

    The Goddard Lidar Observatory for Wind (GLOW), a mobile direct detection Doppler LIDAR based on molecular backscattering for measurement of wind in the troposphere and lower stratosphere region of atmosphere is operated and its errors characterized. It was operated at Howard University Beltsville Center for Climate Observation System (BCCOS) side by side with other operating instruments: the NASA/Langely Research Center Validation Lidar (VALIDAR), Leosphere WLS70, and other standard wind sensing instruments. The performance of Goddard Lidar Observatory for Wind (GLOW) is presented for various optical thicknesses of cloud conditions. It was also compared to VALIDAR under various conditions. These conditions include clear and cloudy sky regions. The performance degradation due to the presence of cirrus clouds is quantified by comparing the wind speed error to cloud thickness. The cloud thickness is quantified in terms of aerosol backscatter ratio (ASR) and cloud optical depth (COD). ASR and COD are determined from Howard University Raman Lidar (HURL) operating at the same station as GLOW. The wind speed error of GLOW was correlated with COD and aerosol backscatter ratio (ASR) which are determined from HURL data. The correlation related in a weak linear relationship. Finally, the wind speed measurements of GLOW were corrected using the quantitative relation from the correlation relations. Using ASR reduced the GLOW wind error from 19% to 8% in a thin cirrus cloud and from 58% to 28% in a relatively thick cloud. After correcting for cloud induced error, the remaining error is due to shot noise and atmospheric variability. Shot-noise error is the statistical random error of backscattered photons detected by photon multiplier tube (PMT) can only be minimized by averaging large number of data recorded. The atmospheric backscatter measured by GLOW along its line-of-sight direction is also used to analyze error due to atmospheric variability within the volume of measurement. GLOW scans in five different directions (vertical and at elevation angles of 45 in north, south, east, and west) to generate wind profiles. The non-uniformity of the atmosphere in all scanning directions is a factor contributing to the measurement error of GLOW. The atmospheric variability in the scanning region leads to difference in the intensity of backscattered signals for scanning directions. Taking the ratio of the north (east) to south (west) and comparing the statistical differences lead to a weak linear relation between atmospheric variability and line-of-sights wind speed differences. This relation was used to make correction which reduced by about 50%.

  15. Abnormalities of the external genitalia.

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    Baldinger, Lauren; Mudegowdar, Abhijith; Shukla, Aseem R

    2014-09-01

    Abnormalities of the external genitalia span the spectrum from subtle findings of limited clinical significance to profound anomalies that call into question such essential questions as sex determination. In addition, missing a diagnosis of congenital adrenal hyperplasia in a newborn female child with virilized external genitalia can result in near-term mortality, whereas a large inguinal hernia could present rapidly with incarceration if undetected. To that end, this article seeks to present a survey of commonly encountered genital abnormalities while highlighting those scenarios that require multidisciplinary interventions. PMID:25155737

  16. Non-Thermal Equilibrium Atmospheric Pressure Glow-Like Discharge Plasma Jet

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    Chang, Zhengshi; Yao, Congwei; Zhang, Guanjun

    2016-01-01

    Non-thermal equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasma jet (APPJ) is a cold plasma source that promises various innovative applications, and the uniform APPJ is more favored. Glow discharge is one of the most effective methods to obtain the uniform discharge. Compared with the glow dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in atmospheric pressure, pure helium APPJ shows partial characteristics of both the glow discharge and the streamer. In this paper, considering the influence of the Penning effect, the electrical and optical properties of He APPJ and Ar/NH3 APPJ were researched. A word “Glow-like APPJ” is used to characterize the uniformity of APPJ, and it was obtained that the basic characteristics of the glow-like APPJ are driven by the kHz AC high voltage. The results can provide a support for generating uniform APPJ, and lay a foundation for its applications. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 51307133, 51125029, 51221005) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China (Nos. xjj2012132, xkjc2013004)

  17. Argon and argon-oxygen glow discharge cleaning of the Main Ring beam pipe

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    Trbojevic, D.; Pastore, N.

    1989-02-15

    This report presents the experimental results from the argon and argon-oxygen gas mixture glow discharge in the Main Ring beam pipe and is a follow-up to the proposal for vacuum improvements of the Main Ring magnets and straight sections and the warm Tevatron straight sections. Glow discharge was used in the experiment in order to clean the vacuum system instead of bakeout which could only be performed with great difficulty or not at all. It is a relatively simple and very effective method. The glow discharge occurs under specific gas pressures (10--120 mTorr) and current flows (10/sup /minus/5/ /minus/ 10/sup /minus/1/ A) through gas excitation and formation of plasma conditions. Deexcitation of the gas molecules produces visible light. Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain the glow discharge cleaning process. Ions can sputter adsorbed molecules or atoms at the cathode surface and even produce lattice damage extending several monolayers below the surface. The glow discharge has already been extensively used for vacuum improvements in accelerators. 9 refs.

  18. Thermoluminescence systems with two or more glow peaks described by anomalous kinetic parameters

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    Levy, P.W.

    1983-01-01

    The usual first and second order TL kinetic expressions are based on a number of assumptions, including the usually unstated assumption that charges released from one type of trap, giving rise to one glow peak, are not retrapped on other types of traps, associated with other glow peaks. Equations have been developed describing TL systems in which charges released from one type of trap may be retrapped in other types of traps. Called interactive kinetic equations, they are quite simple but have been studied by numerical methods. In particular, glow curves computed from the interactive kinetic equations have been regarded as data and analyzed by fitting them to the usual first and second order kinetic expressions. All of the anomalous features described above are reproduced. For example, usually the computed glow peaks are well fitted by the first and second order expressions over their upper 60 to 80% but not in the wings. This explains why the usual analysis methods, especially those utilizing peak temperature, full width, etc. appear to describe such peaks. Often unrealistic kinetic parameters are often obtained. Furthermore, the computed glow curves often reproduce the observed dependence on dose.

  19. Glow plasma trigger for electron cyclotron resonance ion sources.

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    Vodopianov, A V; Golubev, S V; Izotov, I V; Nikolaev, A G; Oks, E M; Savkin, K P; Yushkov, G Yu

    2010-02-01

    Electron cyclotron resonance ion sources (ECRISs) are particularly useful for nuclear, atomic, and high energy physics, as unique high current generators of multicharged ion beams. Plasmas of gas discharges in an open magnetic trap heated by pulsed (100 micros and longer) high power (100 kW and higher) high-frequency (greater than 37.5 GHz) microwaves of gyrotrons is promising in the field of research in the development of electron cyclotron resonance sources for high charge state ion beams. Reaching high ion charge states requires a decrease in gas pressure in the magnetic trap, but this method leads to increases in time, in which the microwave discharge develops. The gas breakdown and microwave discharge duration becomes greater than or equal to the microwave pulse duration when the pressure is decreased. This makes reaching the critical plasma density initiate an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) discharge during pulse of microwave gyrotron radiation with gas pressure lower than a certain threshold. In order to reduce losses of microwave power, it is necessary to shorten the time of development of the ECR discharge. For fast triggering of ECR discharge under low pressure in an ECRIS, we initially propose to fill the magnetic trap with the plasmas of auxiliary pulsed discharges in crossed ExB fields. The glow plasma trigger of ECR based on a Penning or magnetron discharge has made it possible not only to fill the trap with plasma with density of 10(12) cm(-3), required for a rapid increase in plasma density and finally for ECR discharge ignition, but also to initially heat the plasma electrons to T(e) approximately = 20 eV. PMID:20192326

  20. Practical sensor for nitrogen in direct current glow discharges

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    Popovic, D.; Milosavljevic, V.; Daniels, S.

    2007-11-15

    This paper presents a method for precise measurement of atomic and molecular nitrogen in an oxygen-nitrogen dc plasma. This is achieved by monitoring the intensities of the atomic nitrogen spectral line at 821.6 nm and the molecular nitrogen bandhead at 337.1 nm, relative to the atomic oxygen spectral line at 844.7 nm. Oxygen is one of the most frequently used gases for surface chemical treatment, including deposition and etching, therefore the ability to measure and control the process and chemical composition of the process is essential. To validate this oxygen actimometry method for N{sub 2}-xO{sub 2} (where x varies from 0 to 1) dc plasmas, threshold tests have been performed with Ar actinometry. The optical measurements have been performed using two methods. The first approach uses a USB2000 fiber optic spectrometer, calibrated with a Gigahertz-Optik BN-0102-1 reference standard source, to record the desired spectral lines. The second approach uses narrow bandwidth optical filters ({approx}0.7-0.07 nm) with central wavelengths of 821.6, 337.1, and 844.69 nm and photodiodes to detect the emission intensity, also calibrated with the same standard source. Optical data are collected for a range of experimental conditions in a flowing glow discharge of N{sub 2}-xO{sub 2} mixture. The maximum dc voltage is 2.2 kV and maximum chamber pressure is 266 Pa. Data from both optical methods are compared and used to interpret the relative atomic and molecular nitrogen concentrations under various operating conditions.

  1. Pulsed excitation of low-pressure He Xe glow discharges

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    Bussiahn, R.; Gortchakov, S.; Lange, H.; Loffhagen, D.

    2006-01-01

    Theoretical and experimental investigations of the temporal behaviour of the column plasma of square-wave-pulsed low-pressure glow discharges in mixtures of helium and xenon are presented. In the framework of the time-dependent, radially averaged model the equations for the external electrical circuit accounting for an approximate treatment of the electrode regions, rate equations for 13 xenon and 3 helium states and the time-dependent Boltzmann equations of the electrons are self-consistently solved. The experimental studies comprise time-resolved measurements of the electrical characteristics and of the axis densities of the lowest excited states of xenon. The main aspects of the self-consistent model and of the electrical and spectroscopic measurements are given and the results for the He-Xe mixtures containing 2% of xenon in a discharge tube with a diameter of 17.5 mm and an electrode distance of 20 cm at applied voltages between 140 and 250 V and gas pressures between 1 and 4 Torr are presented. The agreement between experimental and theoretical data is generally good during the entire pulse period. The analysis shows that the velocity distribution function of the electrons is subject to large structural alterations as a result of the periodic change between the on-phase of the discharge, driven by the electric field, and the off-phase when chemo-ionization process gets large importance. However, the chemo-ionization processes are not efficient enough to act as a reservoir of charged particles under the conditions considered. Concerning the excited xenon atoms it is found, in particular, that their temporal behaviour is significantly influenced by their mixing due to electron collision processes for optically forbidden transitions in the afterglow period.

  2. Electrocardiograph abnormalities in intracerebral hemorrhage.

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    Takeuchi, Satoru; Nagatani, Kimihiro; Otani, Naoki; Wada, Kojiro; Mori, Kentaro

    2015-12-01

    This study investigated the prevalence and type of electrocardiography (ECG) abnormalities, and their possible association with the clinical/radiological findings in 118 consecutive patients with non-traumatic, non-neoplastic intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). ECG frequently demonstrates abnormalities in patients with ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage, but little is known of ECG changes in ICH patients. Clinical and radiological information was retrospectively reviewed. ECG recordings that were obtained within 24hours of the initial hemorrhage were analyzed. Sixty-six patients (56%) had one or more ECG abnormalities. The most frequent was ST depression (24%), followed by left ventricular hypertrophy (20%), corrected QT interval (QTc) prolongation (19%), and T wave inversion (19%). The logistic regression analysis demonstrated the following: insular involvement was an independent predictive factor of ST depression (p<0.001; odds ratio OR 10.18; 95% confidence interval [CI] 2.84-36.57); insular involvement (p<0.001; OR 23.98; 95% CI 4.91-117.11) and presence of intraventricular hemorrhage (p<0.001; OR 8.72; 95% CI 2.69-28.29) were independent predictive factors of QTc prolongation; deep hematoma location (p<0.001; OR 19.12; 95% CI 3.82-95.81) and hematoma volume >30ml (p=0.001; OR 6.58; 95% CI 2.11-20.46) were independent predictive factors of T wave inversion. We demonstrate associations between ECG abnormalities and detailed characteristics of ICH. PMID:26365482

  3. Postural Abnormalities: An Individualized Program.

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    Vodola, Thomas M.

    As one of the components of the Project ACTIVE (All Children Totally Involved Exercising) Teacher Training Model Kit, the manual is designed to enable the educator to organize, conduct, and evaluate individualized-personalized programs for children in grades 4 through 12 with postural abnormalities. An introductory chapter covers definitions and

  4. Interpreting chromosomal abnormalities using Prolog.

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    Cooper, G; Friedman, J M

    1990-04-01

    This paper describes an expert system for interpreting the standard notation used to represent human chromosomal abnormalities, namely, the International System for Human Cytogenetic Nomenclature. Written in Prolog, this program is very powerful, easy to maintain, and portable. The system can be used as a front end to any database that employs cytogenetic notation, such as a patient registry. PMID:2185921

  5. Neurophysiological model of the normal and abnormal human pupil

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    Krenz, W.; Robin, M.; Barez, S.; Stark, L.

    1985-01-01

    Anatomical, experimental, and computer simulation studies were used to determine the structure of the neurophysiological model of the pupil size control system. The computer simulation of this model demonstrates the role played by each of the elements in the neurological pathways influencing the size of the pupil. Simulations of the effect of drugs and common abnormalities in the system help to illustrate the workings of the pathways and processes involved. The simulation program allows the user to select pupil condition (normal or an abnormality), specific site along the neurological pathway (retina, hypothalamus, etc.) drug class input (barbiturate, narcotic, etc.), stimulus/response mode, display mode, stimulus type and input waveform, stimulus or background intensity and frequency, the input and output conditions, and the response at the neuroanatomical site. The model can be used as a teaching aid or as a tool for testing hypotheses regarding the system.

  6. A computerized glow curve analysis (GCA) method for WinREMS thermoluminescent dosimeter data using MATLAB.

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    Harvey, John A; Rodrigues, Miesher L; Kearfott, Kimberlee J

    2011-09-01

    A computerized glow curve analysis (GCA) program for handling of thermoluminescence data originating from WinREMS is presented. The MATLAB program fits the glow peaks using the first-order kinetics model. Tested materials are LiF:Mg,Ti, CaF(2):Dy, CaF(2):Tm, CaF(2):Mn, LiF:Mg,Cu,P, and CaSO(4):Dy, with most having an average figure of merit (FOM) of 1.3% or less, with CaSO(4):Dy 2.2% or less. Output is a list of fit parameters, peak areas, and graphs for each fit, evaluating each glow curve in 1.5 s or less. PMID:21561783

  7. Impact of variations in physical parameters on glow curves for planchet heating of TL dosimeters

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    Samei, E.; Kearfott, K. J.; Wang, C.-K. C.; Han, S.

    1994-12-01

    This study consists of a theoretical analysis of the directional planchet heating of Thermoluminescent Dosimeters (TLD) with an emphasis on influence of radiation field type, TL material properties, and heating scheme parameters on the resulting glow curve. Computer software is developed to simulate the thermal conduction and TL production processes in a planchet-heated TLD chip. The results of the simulation are benchmarked to previous experimental findings for a LiF TLD and excellent agreement is obtained. The system thermophysical parameters and initial depth-dose distribution in the TLD are varied and the position of the main glow peak and integral glow are examined. A demonstration is given of how a set of thermophysical parameters may provide information about the depth-dose distribution in the TLD and how variation in the values of these parameters may limit the reconstruction of this depth-dose information.

  8. Physics of self-sustained oscillations in the positive glow corona

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    Cho, Sung Nae

    2012-07-15

    The physics of self-sustained oscillations in the phenomenon of positive glow corona is presented. The dynamics of charged-particle oscillation under static electric field has been briefly outlined; and, the resulting self-sustained current oscillations in the electrodes have been compared with the measurements from the positive glow corona experiments. The profile of self-sustained electrode current oscillations predicted by the presented theory qualitatively agrees with the experimental measurements. For instance, the experimentally observed saw-tooth shaped electrode current pulses are reproduced by the presented theory. Further, the theory correctly predicts the pulses of radiation accompanying the abrupt rises in the saw-tooth shaped current oscillations, as verified from the various glow corona experiments.

  9. Decomposition Characteristics of an Artificial Biogas in a Low-Pressure DC Glow Discharge

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    Itoh, Yasuhiro; Oshita, Takamasa; Satoh, Kohki; Itoh, Hidenori

    The decomposition characteristics of an artificial biogas, which is a mixture of CH4, CO2 and H2S, using a low pressure DC glow discharge have been investigated. It is found that H2, CO, C2H2, H2O, CS2 and COS are produced from the artificial biogas in the glow discharge. About 65 % of hydrogen atoms in CH4 are converted into H2 at the input energy of 800 J, at which CH4 is completely decomposed, and the decomposition characteristics of the artificial biogas has little dependency on H2S additive. Farther, H2S has a tendency to be decomposed earlier than the other components of the artificial biogas. When the glow discharge is generated in the artificial biogas with H2S, some of carbon atoms are found to deposit on electrodes and the wall of a discharge chamber.

  10. Internal glow discharge-fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry.

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    Goodner, K L; Milgram, K E; Watson, C H; Eyler, J R; Dejsupa, C; Barshick, C M

    1996-09-01

    A glow discharge (GD) ion source has been developed to work within the high magnetic field of a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer. Characterization of this source revealed that the optimum operating voltage, pressure, and current are significantly lower than those for normal glow discharges. The sputter rate was lowered to 1/30th of that found with a normal glow discharge source operated external to the high magnetic field region. Operation of the GD source closer to the FTICR analyzer cell than with previous experimental designs resulted in improved ion transport efficiency. Preliminary results from this internal GD source have established detection limits in the low parts per million range for selected elemental species. PMID:24203606

  11. Computerized glow curve deconvolution of thermoluminescent emission from polyminerals of Jamaica Mexican flower

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    Favalli, A.; Furetta, C.; Zaragoza, E. Cruz; Reyes, A.

    The aim of this work is to study the main thermoluminescence (TL) characteristics of the inorganic polyminerals extracted from dehydrated Jamaica flower or roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa L.) belonging to Malvaceae family of Mexican origin. TL emission properties of the polymineral fraction in powder were studied using the initial rise (IR) method. The complex structure and kinetic parameters of the glow curves have been analysed accurately using the computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) assuming an exponential distribution of trapping levels. The extension of the IR method to the case of a continuous and exponential distribution of traps is reported, such as the derivation of the TL glow curve deconvolution functions for continuous trap distribution. CGCD is performed both in the case of frequency factor, s, temperature independent, and in the case with the s function of temperature.

  12. Binary and ternary gas mixtures with temperature enhanced diffuse glow discharge characteristics for use in closing switches

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    Christophorou, L.G.; Hunter, S.R.

    1988-06-28

    An improvement to the gas mixture used in diffuse glow discharge closing switches is disclosed which includes binary and ternary gas mixtures which are formulated to exhibit decreasing electron attachment with increasing temperature. This increases the efficiency of the conductance of the glow discharge and further inhibits the formation of an arc. 11 figs.

  13. Binary and ternary gas mixtures with temperature enhanced diffuse glow discharge characteristics for use in closing switches

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    Christophorou, L.G.; Hunter, S.R.

    1990-06-26

    An improvement to the gas mixture used in diffuse glow discharge closing switches is disclosed which includes binary and ternary gas mixtures which are formulated to exhibit decreasing electron attachment with increasing temperature. This increases the efficiency of the conductance of the glow discharge and further inhibits the formation of an arc. 11 figs.

  14. Binary and ternary gas mixtures with temperature enhanced diffuse glow discharge characteristics for use in closing switches

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    Christophorou, Loucas G. (Oak Ridge, TN); Hunter, Scott R. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1990-01-01

    An improvement to the gas mixture used in diffuse glow discharge closing switches is disclosed which includes binary and ternary gas mixtures which are formulated to exhibit decreasing electron attachment with increasing temperature. This increases the efficiency of the conductance of the glow discharge and further inhibits the formation of an arc.

  15. Lommel modes

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    Kovalev, Аlexey А.; Kotlyar, Victor V.

    2015-03-01

    We study a non-paraxial family of nondiffracting laser beams whose complex amplitude is proportional to an n-th order Lommel function of two variables. These beams are referred to as Lommel modes. Explicit analytical relations for the angular spectrum of plane waves and orbital angular momentum of the Lommel beams have been derived. The even (n=2p) and odd (n=2p+1) Lommel modes are mutually orthogonal, as are the Lommel modes characterized by different projections of the wave vector on the optical axis. At a definite parameter, the Lommel modes change to conventional Bessel beams. Asymmetry of the Lommel modes depends on a complex parameter с, with its modulus in the polar notation defining the intensity pattern in the beam‧s cross-section and the argument defining the angle of rotation of the intensity pattern about the optical axis. If the parameter с is real or purely imaginary, the transverse intensity component of the Lommel modes is specularly symmetric about the Cartesian coordinate axes. Besides, with the modulus of the с parameter increasing from 0 to 1, the orbital angular momentum of the Lommel modes increases from a finite value proportional to the topological charge n to infinity. The orbital angular momentum of the Lommel modes undergoes continuous variations, in contrast to its discrete changes in the Bessel modes.

  16. Removal of a glowing spot from an image tube using laser radiation.

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    Gurski, T. R.

    1972-01-01

    A troublesome problem with the Kron electronograph has been the presence of a white glowing spot on the glass wall of the tube adjacent to the focus electrode. The procedure followed to eliminate the spot was to operate in the dark and apply voltage only to the focused electrode. Ruby laser radiation was unfocused, and its position was shifted on the electrode between laser shots until an effect was observed. This technique for removing the glowing spot should be applicable to other electronic image tubes.

  17. LiF:Mg,Cu,P glow curve shape dependence on heating rate.

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    Luo, L Z; Velbeck, K J; Moscovitch, M; Rotunda, J E

    2006-01-01

    The glow curve shape of LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP) material is studied in this research. The study is focused on the effects of the heating rate on the dosimetric peaks. Different configurations of dosemeters (chips, cards and powder) are studied. The shifting of the dominant dosimetric peak is observed and analysed. The curves are deconvoluted using the new Harshaw Glow Curve Analyser (GCA) program. Results of the study are presented, as well as possible explanations as to the observed effects. PMID:16581930

  18. Binary and ternary gas mixtures for use in glow discharge closing switches

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    Hunter, S.R.; Christophorou, L.G.

    1988-04-27

    Highly efficient binary and ternary gas mixtures for use in diffuse glow discharge closing switches are disclosed. The binary mixtures are combinations of helium or neon and selected perfluorides. The ternary mixtures are combinations of helium, neon, or argon, a selected perfluoride, and a small amount of gas that exhibits enhanced ionization characteristics. These mixtures are shown to be the optimum choices for use in diffuse glow discharge closing switches by virtue if the combines physio-electric properties of the mixture components. 9 figs.

  19. Detrapping of tungsten nanoparticles in a direct-current argon glow discharge

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    Couëdel, L. Kumar, K. Kishor; Arnas, C.

    2014-12-15

    Nanoparticles are grown from the sputtering of a tungsten cathode in a direct current argon glow discharge. Laser light scattering of a vertical laser sheet going through the plasma reveals that the dust particle cloud is compressed and pushed towards the anode during the discharge. Scanning electron microscopy images of substrates exposed to the plasma for given durations show that dust particles are continuously falling down on the anode during the discharge. These observations are explained by the fact that the electrostatic force at the negative glow-anode sheath boundary cannot balance the ion drag, gravity, and thermophoresis forces for particles of more than a few tens of nanometres in diameter.

  20. Thermoluminescence response and glow curve structure of Sc?TiO? -irradiated.

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    Muoz, I C; Brown, F; Durn-Muoz, H; Cruz-Zaragoza, E; Durn-Torres, B; Alvarez-Montao, V E

    2014-08-01

    Discandium titanate (Sc2TiO5) powder was synthesized in order to analyze its thermoluminescence (TL) response. The TL glow curve structure shows two peaks: at 453-433 K and at 590-553 K. The TL beta dose-response has a linear behavior over the dose range 50-500 Gy. The T(stop) preheat method shows five glow peaks that were taken into account to calculate the kinetic parameters using the CGCD procedure. TL results support the possible use of Sc2TiO5 as a new phosphor in high -dose dosimetry. PMID:24698777

  1. Double Glow Plasma Surface Alloying Antibacterial Silver Coating on Pure Titanium

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    Lin, Naiming; Guo, Junwen; Hang, Ruiqiang; Zou, Jiaojuan; Tang, Bin

    2014-03-01

    In order to endow the commercial pure titanium dental implant material with antibacterial property and aimed at avoiding the invalidation that is caused by bacterial adhesion on the surface, a silver coating was fabricated via double glow plasma surface alloying. The antibacterial property of the silver coating was assessed via in vitro estimation. The results showed that a continuous and compact coating was formed. The silver coating had absolute superiority in antibacterial property to raw commercial pure titanium. Double glow plasma surface alloying with silver on commercial pure titanium dental implant material could be considered as a potentially effective method for preventing bacterial adhesion.

  2. Double Glow Plasma Surface Alloying Antibacterial Silver Coating on Pure Titanium

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    Lin, Naiming; Guo, Junwen; Hang, Ruiqiang; Zou, Jiaojuan; Tang, Bin

    2014-12-01

    In order to endow the commercial pure titanium dental implant material with antibacterial property and aimed at avoiding the invalidation that is caused by bacterial adhesion on the surface, a silver coating was fabricated via double glow plasma surface alloying. The antibacterial property of the silver coating was assessed via in vitro estimation. The results showed that a continuous and compact coating was formed. The silver coating had absolute superiority in antibacterial property to raw commercial pure titanium. Double glow plasma surface alloying with silver on commercial pure titanium dental implant material could be considered as a potentially effective method for preventing bacterial adhesion.

  3. H? line Doppler broadening in a glow discharge cathode region in the argon-hydrogen mixture

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    Zobnin, A. V.; Usachev, A. D.

    2015-11-01

    Spectral measurements of Doppler profiles of the hydrogen H? spectral line in a glow direct current discharge in a mixture of 1% hydrogen in argon at pressures of 60, 120 and 180 Pa were performed. Solid and mesh cathodes were used. It is brought out that the line shapes are Gaussian with the width corresponding to the effective temperature of the excited atoms of 35-60 eV for emission from the cathode region. The line width does not change with the pressure and the distance from cathode in the region of negative glowing and increases slightly with the distance from the mesh cathode outside of the discharge gap.

  4. A study of glow-discharge and permeation techniques for extraterrestrial oxygen beneficiation

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    Ash, R. L.; Wu, D.; Outlaw, R. A.

    1994-06-01

    Extraction of oxygen from Martian atmosphere and compression of lunar oxygen can utilize stabilized zirconia electrochemical pumps. Silver membranes can be used as electrodes to increase oxygen yield at relatively low temperatures. This study has investigated oxygen permeation through Ag 0.05Zr membranes with glow-discharge assisted disassociation. Data show that the overall process is controlled by bulk diffusion but the slow dissociative adsorption onto the surface limited the overall transport substantially. With glow-discharge assisted dissociation, an order of magnitude increase in oxygen throughput can be produced at relatively low temperatures (450-550C).

  5. Spectroscopic investigation of the polymerization of octamethyltrisiloxane in a glow discharge

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    Tkachuk, B.V.

    1986-03-01

    The authors investigate the emission spectra of the positive column and the negative luminescence of a glow discharge operating in octamethyltrisiloxane vapor for the purpose of detecting CO and OH particles in the gaseous phase. The emission spectrum of the discharge in OMTS vapor consisted of systems of bands of radicals, molecules and ions (CH, CH/sub 2/, CO, OH, N/sub 2/, CO/sup +/ and OH/sup +/) and lines of nascent oxygen and hydrogen. The systems of bands mentioned were observed both in the region of the positive column and in the region of the negative luminescence of the glow discharge.

  6. Gas sampling glow discharge: a versatile ionization source for gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry

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    Guzowski; Hieftje

    2000-08-15

    A gas chromatograph has been coupled to a direct-current gas sampling glow discharge (GSGD) ionization source for the mass spectrometric analysis of halogenated hydrocarbons. The continuous discharge is contained within the first vacuum stage of the differentially pumped spectrometer interface. The discharge can be operated statically or rapidly switched between atomic and molecular ionization modes; both atomic and molecular spectra could be generated in the helium-supported plasma. In the switched configuration, the duty cycle is 50% for each mode. The ionization mode is selected by application of either a positive (molecular) or negative (atomic) potential to the sample introduction electrode, and the two kinds of spectra can be sequentially collected by changing the voltage and current between two preset values. Similar ion-optical voltage settings could be employed for both modes of operation, with the exception of the steering-plate potential, which had to be modulated between two different values (at the plasma switching frequency) to obtain the greatest atomic and molecular signal levels. The source is capable of generating mass spectra resembling those from an electron-impact source while operated in the molecular ionization mode (both static and dynamic). The best atomic detection limits (1-25 fg of analyte/ second) were obtained when the plasma was operated in the static mode with single-channel gated ion counting. Atomic detection limits obtained with boxcar averager data collection were comparable for static and switched operation of the source (1-30 pg/s). Likewise, the molecular detection limits were similar for the static and switched modes and span the range of 7-140 pg/s (boxcar averagers). Precision was better than 7% RSD under all conditions. The atomic and molecular chromatographic peak heights were nearly unchanged over a range of modulation rates from 5 to 100 Hz. The elemental ratio (35Cl+/12C+) for chloroform was also measured over a range of plasma modulation rates (5-90 Hz) and found to be randomly distributed about the sample mean. Several chlorinated hydrocarbons were introduced into the discharge and could be successfully differentiated (or speciated) on the basis of their 35Cl+/12C+ ratios. PMID:10959967

  7. Computational modeling of glow discharge-induced fluid dynamics

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    Jayaraman, Balaji

    Glow discharge at atmospheric pressure using a dielectric barrier discharge can induce fluid flow and operate as an actuator for flow control. The largely isothermal surface plasma generation realized above can modify the near-wall flow structure by means of Lorentzian collisions between the ionized fluid and the neutral fluid. Such an actuator has advantages of no moving parts, performance at atmospheric conditions and devising complex control strategies through the applied voltage. However, the mechanism of the momentum coupling between the plasma and the fluid flow is not yet adequately understood. In the present work, a modeling framework is presented to simulate athermal, non-equilibrium plasma discharges in conjunction with low Mach number fluid dynamics at atmospheric pressure. The plasma and fluid species are treated as a two-fluid system exhibiting a few decades of length and time scales. The effect of the plasma dynamics on the fluid dynamics is devised via a body force treatment in the Navier-Stokes equations. Two different approaches of different degrees of fidelity are presented for modeling the plasma dynamics. The first approach, a phenomenological model, is based on a linearized force distribution approximating the discharge structure, and utilizing experimental guidance to deduce the empirical constants. A high fidelity approach is to model the plasma dynamics in a self-consistent manner using a first principle-based hydrodynamic plasma model. The atmospheric pressure regime of interest here enables us to employ local equilibrium assumptions, signifying efficient collisional energy exchange as against thermal heating from inelastic collision processes. The time scale ratios between convection, diffusion, and reaction/ionization mechanisms are O(107), making the system computationally stiff. To handle the stiffness, a sequential finite-volume operator-splitting algorithm capable of conserving space charge is developed; the approach can handle time-step sizes in the range of the slowest species convection time-scale. The Navier-Stokes equations representing the fluid dynamics are solved using a well-established pressure-based algorithm. A one-dimensional two-species plasma model was employed as a test case for validation purposes. The momentum coupling is primarily caused by the combination of factors which include discharge chemistry, individual species transport properties, geometric construction and the nature of the insulator and electrode material. Overall, the paraelectric momentum coupling mechanism is due to the cumulative effect over time of the force field in the domain, as seen from our computations. Parametric studies conducted on the operating variables such as voltage. Frequency and geometric arrangements indicated strong agreement with the observed experimental work. The applied voltage indicated a power-law dependence on the voltage for the measured force in the domain.

  8. Abnormalities of the Optic Fundus

    PubMed Central

    Tannenbaum, David W.; Mandelcorn, Mark S.

    1990-01-01

    Common abnormalities of the optic fundus are illustrated in this article. The authors provide brief clinical descriptions and discuss a test used to screen for a shallow anterior chamber of the eye before dilating the pupil. ImagesFigure 1Figure 2Figure 3Figure 4Figure 5Figure 6Figure 7Figure 8Figure 9Figure 10Figure 11Figure 12Figure 13Figure 14Figure 15Figure 16Figure 17 PMID:21234023

  9. The Rose-red Glow of Star Formation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    2011-03-01

    The vivid red cloud in this new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope is a region of glowing hydrogen surrounding the star cluster NGC 371. This stellar nursery lies in our neighbouring galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud. The object dominating this image may resemble a pool of spilled blood, but rather than being associated with death, such regions of ionised hydrogen - known as HII regions - are sites of creation with high rates of recent star birth. NGC 371 is an example of this; it is an open cluster surrounded by a nebula. The stars in open clusters all originate from the same diffuse HII region, and over time the majority of the hydrogen is used up by star formation, leaving behind a shell of hydrogen such as the one in this image, along with a cluster of hot young stars. The host galaxy to NGC 371, the Small Magellanic Cloud, is a dwarf galaxy a mere 200 000 light-years away, which makes it one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way. In addition, the Small Magellanic Cloud contains stars at all stages of their evolution; from the highly luminous young stars found in NGC 371 to supernova remnants of dead stars. These energetic youngsters emit copious amounts of ultraviolet radiation causing surrounding gas, such as leftover hydrogen from their parent nebula, to light up with a colourful glow that extends for hundreds of light-years in every direction. The phenomenon is depicted beautifully in this image, taken using the FORS1 instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). Open clusters are by no means rare; there are numerous fine examples in our own Milky Way. However, NGC 371 is of particular interest due to the unexpectedly large number of variable stars it contains. These are stars that change in brightness over time. A particularly interesting type of variable star, known as slowly pulsating B stars, can also be used to study the interior of stars through asteroseismology [1], and several of these have been confirmed in this cluster. Variable stars play a pivotal role in astronomy: some types are invaluable for determining distances to far-off galaxies and the age of the Universe. The data for this image were selected from the ESO archive by Manu Mejias as part of the Hidden Treasures competition [2]. Three of Manu's images made the top twenty; his picture of NGC 371 was ranked sixth in the competition. Notes [1] Asteroseismology is the study of the internal structure of pulsating stars by looking at the different frequencies at which they oscillate. This is a similar approach to the study of the structure of the Earth by looking at earthquakes and how their oscillations travel through the interior of the planet. [2] ESO's Hidden Treasures 2010 competition gave amateur astronomers the opportunity to search through ESO's vast archives of astronomical data, hoping to find a well-hidden gem that needed polishing by the entrants. Participants submitted nearly 100 entries and ten skilled people were awarded some extremely attractive prizes, including an all expenses paid trip for the overall winner to ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) on Cerro Paranal, in Chile, the world's most advanced optical telescope. The ten winners submitted a total of 20 images that were ranked as the highest entries in the competition out of the near 100 images. More information ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive astronomical observatory. It is supported by 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO also plays a leading role in promoting and organising cooperation in astronomical research. ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor. At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory and VISTA, the world's largest survey telescope. ESO is the European partner of a revolutionary astronomical telescope ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. ESO is currently planning a 42-metre European Extremely Large optical/near-infrared Telescope, the E-ELT, which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky".

  10. The thermoluminescence glow curve and the deconvoluted glow peak characteristics of erbium doped silica fiber exposed to 70-130 kVp x-rays.

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    Alawiah, A; Bauk, S; Marashdeh, M W; Nazura, M Z N; Abdul-Rashid, H A; Yusoff, Z; Gieszczyk, W; Noramaliza, M N; Adikan, F R Mahamd; Mahdiraji, G A; Tamchek, N; Muhd-Yassin, S Z; Mat-Sharif, K A; Zulkifli, M I; Omar, N; Wan Abdullah, W S; Bradley, D A

    2015-10-01

    In regard to thermoluminescence (TL) applied to dosimetry, in recent times a number of researchers have explored the role of optical fibers for radiation detection and measurement. Many of the studies have focused on the specific dopant concentration, the type of dopant and the fiber core diameter, all key dependencies in producing significant increase in the sensitivity of such fibers. At doses of less than 1 Gy none of these investigations have addressed the relationship between dose response and TL glow peak behavior of erbium (Er)-doped silica cylindrical fibers (CF). For x-rays obtained at accelerating potentials from 70 to 130 kVp, delivering doses of between 0.1 and 0.7 Gy, present study explores the issue of dose response, special attention being paid to determination of the kinetic parameters and dosimetric peak properties of Er-doped CF. The effect of dose response on the kinetic parameters of the glow peak has been compared against other fiber types, revealing previously misunderstood connections between kinetic parameters and radiation dose. Within the investigated dose range there was an absence of supralinearity of response of the Er-doped silica CF, instead sub-linear response being observed. Detailed examination of glow peak response and kinetic parameters has thus been shown to shed new light of the rarely acknowledged issue of the limitation of TL kinetic model and sub-linear dose response of Er-doped silica CF. PMID:26188687

  11. Mitochondrial abnormalities in Alzheimer's disease.

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    Hirai, K; Aliev, G; Nunomura, A; Fujioka, H; Russell, R L; Atwood, C S; Johnson, A B; Kress, Y; Vinters, H V; Tabaton, M; Shimohama, S; Cash, A D; Siedlak, S L; Harris, P L; Jones, P K; Petersen, R B; Perry, G; Smith, M A

    2001-05-01

    The finding that oxidative damage, including that to nucleic acids, in Alzheimer's disease is primarily limited to the cytoplasm of susceptible neuronal populations suggests that mitochondrial abnormalities might be part of the spectrum of chronic oxidative stress of Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we used in situ hybridization to mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), immunocytochemistry of cytochrome oxidase, and morphometry of electron micrographs of biopsy specimens to determine whether there are mitochondrial abnormalities in Alzheimer's disease and their relationship to oxidative damage marked by 8-hydroxyguanosine and nitrotyrosine. We found that the same neurons showing increased oxidative damage in Alzheimer's disease have a striking and significant increase in mtDNA and cytochrome oxidase. Surprisingly, much of the mtDNA and cytochrome oxidase is found in the neuronal cytoplasm and in the case of mtDNA, the vacuoles associated with lipofuscin. Morphometric analysis showed that mitochondria are significantly reduced in Alzheimer's disease. The relationship shown here between the site and extent of mitochondrial abnormalities and oxidative damage suggests an intimate and early association between these features in Alzheimer's disease. PMID:11312286

  12. Discrimination of photon from proton irradiation using glow curve feature extraction and vector analysis.

    PubMed

    Skopec, M; Loew, M; Price, J L; Guardala, N; Moscovitch, M

    2006-01-01

    Two types of thermoluminescence dosemeters (TLDs), the Harshaw LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100) and CaF(2):Tm (TLD-300) were investigated for their glow curve response to separate photon and proton irradiations. The TLDs were exposed to gamma irradiation from a (137)Cs source and proton irradiation using a positive ion accelerator. The glow curve peak structure for each individual TLD exposure was deconvolved to obtain peak height, width, and position. Simulated mixed-field glow curves were obtained by superposition of the experimentally obtained single field exposures. Feature vectors were composed of two kinds of features: those from deconvolution and those taken in the neighbourhood of several glow curve peaks. The inner product of the feature vectors was used to discriminate among the pure photon, pure proton and simulated mixed-field irradiations. In the pure cases, identification of radiation types is both straightforward and effective. Mixed-field discrimination did not succeed using deconvolution features, but the peak-neighbourhood features proved to discriminate reliably. PMID:16614091

  13. Evidence for a time dependent excitation process in silane radio frequency glow discharges

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    de Rosny, G.; Mosburg, E.R. Jr.; Abelson, J.R.; Devaud, G.; Kerns, R.C.

    1983-05-01

    A new phenomenon in rf glow discharges has been observed, namely the existence of a strongly time dependent excitation of atomic levels. The observed excitation width of 10 ns (FHWM) is short compared to the 37-ns duration of a half-cycle of the 13.56-MHz applied rf power. This implies a similar time dependence of the density of those electrons responsible for the excitation. Moreover, the excitation propagates through the glow away from the nearer electrode. The nature of this propagation phenomenon is uncertain. These results are deduced from a time resolved study of the lambda = 288.2 nm emission from neutral excited silicon, Si(4s/sup 1/,/sup 1/P/sup 0/) and lambda = 656.3 nm emission from H(n = 3), generated within the rf silane glow discharge. The radiative lifetimes of these two states are 5.2 and 10 ns, respectively. A study of the Si to H yield ratio, together with some Langmuir probe measurements, indicates that the electrons are themalized in the glow regions.

  14. Study of laser resonance ionization mass spectrometry using a glow discharge source

    SciTech Connect

    Xiong, X. |; Hutchinson, J.M.R.; Fassett, J.D.; Lucatorto, T.B.; Schima, F.J.; Bowman, W.A.; Hess, K.R.

    1994-09-01

    The mass spectra of a metal alloy sample consisting of Al, Cu and Fe were studied using both glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) and resonance ionization mass spectrometry (RIMS). Particular emphasis was placed on the reduction of isobaric interferences and discrimination between those ions formed by the discharge and those formed by the laser radiation.

  15. SkyGlowNet: an Internet-Enabled Light at Night Monitoring System

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Craine, Erin M.; Craine, Eric R.; Craine, Brian L.; Crawford, David L.

    2013-05-01

    The "Sky Glow Network" (SkyGlowNet) is an internet connected depository of photometric light at night (LAN) data that are collected automatically by static, internet-enabled Sky Brightness Meters (iSBMs). The data are collected nightly at high temporal frequency and can be used to monitor extended areas of sky brightness on hourly, nightly, monthly, seasonal, and annual cycles over long periods of time. The photometry can be used for scientific and community planning purposes, as well as a powerful tool for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational outreach programs. The effective and efficient use of light in modern society has become an important and contentious issue that urgently requires better technical and societal understanding. It is important to us as astronomers, and will become increasingly relevant as dark sky areas shrink as a result of poorly implemented lighting. We outline the structure of SkyGlowNet, describe the iSBM unit, and discuss how to interact with the SkyGlowNet website. We discuss how these data can help us preserve observing sites in the future.

  16. The powerful high-voltage glow discharge electron gun and power unit on its base

    SciTech Connect

    Chernov, V.A.

    1994-12-31

    The technical and operational characteristics and features of powerful electron gun with cold cathodes on the basis of high-voltage glow discharge (HGD) are submitted. The systems, ensuring their work are described. Some results of operation and applications of these non-traditional electron guns are presented.

  17. Activated recombinative desorption: a potential component in mechanisms of spacecraft glow

    SciTech Connect

    Cross, J.B.

    1985-01-01

    The concept of activated recombination of atomic species on surfaces is capable of explaining the production of vibrationally and translationally excited desorbed molecular species. Equilibrium statistical mechanics predicts that the molecular quantum state distributions of desorbing molecules is a function of only the surface temperature when the adsorption probability is unity and independent of initial collision conditions. In most cases though the adsorption probability is dependent upon initial conditions such as collision energy or internal quantum state distribution of impinging molecules. From detailed balance, such dynamical behavior is reflected in the internal quantum state distribution of the desorbing molecule. A number of surface-atom recombination systems demonstrate this ''nonthermal'' behavior: H/sub 2/-Cu,N/sub 2/-Fe,CO/sub 2/-Pt, etc. It is proposed that this concept, activated recombinative desorption, may offer a common thread in proposed mechanisms of spacecraft glow. Ground-based experiments are proposed which will complement flight investigations probing the mechanism of the glow phenomenon. Using molecular beam techniques and equipment available at Los Alamos, which includes a high translational energy O-atom beam source, mass spectrometric detection of desorbed species, chemiluminescent/laser induced fluorescence detection of electronic and rovibrationally excited reaction products, and Auger detection of surface adsorbed reaction products, we propose a fundamental study of the gas-surface chemistry underlying the glow process. This would lead to the development of materials that could alter the spectral intensity and wave length distribution of the glow.

  18. The Blue Glow from the Back Row: Live Theater and the Wireless Teen

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    Richardson, John M.

    2012-01-01

    Every year the author and his colleagues take their grade 12 English students to see four plays at one of Canada's major theaters. Chatting about the series on the last day of class, his students asked him if he had seen "the blue glow from the back row." Laughing at his bewilderment, they told him that during the performances so many students

  19. Simulation Study of an Extended Density DC Glow Toroidal Plasma Source

    SciTech Connect

    Granda-Gutierrez, E. E.; Piedad-Beneitez, A. de la; Lopez-Callejas, R.; Godoy-Cabrera, O. G.; Benitez-Read, J. S.; Pacheco-Sotelo, J. O.; Pena-Eguiluz, R.; Mercado-Cabrera, A.; Valencia A, R.; Barocio, S. R.

    2006-12-04

    Conventional wisdom assigns the DC glow discharge regime to plasma currents below {approx}500 mA values, beyond which the discharge falls into the anomalous glow and the turbulent arc regimes. However, we have found evidence that, during toroidal discharges, this barrier can be ostensibly extended up to 800 mA. Thus, a computer simulation has been applied to the evolution of the main electrical characteristics of such a glow discharge plasma in a toroidal vessel in order to design and construct a respective voltage/current controlled source. This should be able to generate a DC plasma in the glow regime with which currents in the range 10-3-100 A can be experimented and 109-1010 cm-3 plasma densities can be achieved to PIII optimization purposes. The plasma is modelled as a voltage-controlled current source able to be turned on whenever the breakdown voltage is reached across the gap between the anode and the vessel wall. The simulation outcome fits well our experimental measurements showing that the plasma current obeys power laws that are dependent on the power current and other control variables such as the gas pressure.

  20. A Study on Water Treatment Induced by Plasma with Contact Glow Discharge Electrolysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hu, Zhong-ai; Wang, Xiao-yan; Gao, Jin-zhang; Deng, Hua-ling; Hou, Jing-guo; Lu, Xiao-quan; Kang, Jing-wan

    2001-10-01

    Oxidative degradation of eight kinds of dyes induced by plasma in aqueous solution was investigated with contact glow discharge electrolysis (CGDE). It has been demonstrated that these eight dyes underwent degradation in CGDE, where Fe2+ could be utilised to raise the efficiency of degradation of dyes.

  1. Low pressure glow discharge in a system with hollow electrode at floating potential

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Babinov, N. A.

    2016-01-01

    This article describes the research of the low pressure gas discharge in a system with hollow electrode at the floating potential. The main characteristic features of the discharge distinguishing it from the glow discharge with hollow cathode are described. The studied type of discharge has good perspective to use in the plasma emission systems allowing to reach high current efficiency of the ion sources.

  2. Spectra of explosive glowing of heavy metal azides at initiation by high-current electron beam

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Oleshko, V. I.; Lysyk, V. V.

    2016-02-01

    Glowing spectra of products resulted by heavy metal azides explosive decomposition initiated by high-current electron beam were measured and identified. Intensive emission lines related to atoms of alkali metals were observed in spectra of samples under study. These atoms enter explosives during their preparation. Emission lines of elements being part of a sample holder were also presented in spectra of explosion.

  3. Study of laser resonance ionization mass spectrometry using a glow discharge source

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Xiong, X.; Hutchinson, J. M. R.; Fassett, J. D.; Lucatorto, T. B.; Schima, F. J.; Bowman, W. A.; Hess, K. R.

    1995-04-01

    The mass spectra of a metal alloy sample consisting of Al, Cu and Fe were studied using both glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) and resonance ionization mass spectrometry (RIMS). Particular emphasis was placed on the reduction of isobaric interferences and discrimination between those ions formed by the discharge and those formed by the laser radiation.

  4. Anomalous Broadening of Balmer H? Line in Aluminum and Copper Hollow Cathode Glow Discharges

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    iovi?, N. M.; Majstorovi?, G. Lj.; Konjevi?, N.

    2008-10-01

    The presented results are concerned with the shape of Balmer alpha line emitted from a low pressure DC glow discharge with aluminum (Al) and copper (Cu) hollow cathode (HC) in pure H2 and Ar-H2 gas mixture. The analysis indicates that the line profile represents a convolution of Gaussian profiles resulting from different collision excitation processes.

  5. Spectroscopic study of high energy excited hydrogen atoms in a hollow cathode glow discharge

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sisovic, N. M.; Majstorovic, G. Lj.; Konjevic, N.

    2008-07-01

    Presented results are concerned with the shape of Balmer alpha line emitted from a low pressure DC glow discharge with aluminum (Al) and copper (Cu) hollow cathode (HC) in pure hydrogen and in Ar-H_2 gas mixture. The analysis indicates that the line profile represents a convolution of Gaussian profiles resulting from different collision excitation processes.

  6. I'm sexy and I glow it: female ornamentation in a nocturnal capital breeder.

    PubMed

    Hopkins, Juhani; Baudry, Gautier; Candolin, Ulrika; Kaitala, Arja

    2015-10-01

    In many species, males rely on sexual ornaments to attract females. Females, by contrast, rarely produce ornaments. The glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) is an exception where wingless females glow to attract males that fly in search of females. However, little is known about the factors that promote the evolution of female ornaments in a sexual selection context. Here, we investigated if the female ornament of the glow-worm is a signal of fecundity used in male mate choice. In support of this, we found brightness to correlate with female fecundity, and males to prefer brighter dummy females. Thus, the glow emitted by females is a reliable sexual signal of female fecundity. It is likely that male preference for the fecundity-indicating ornament has evolved because of large variation among females in fecundity, and because nocturnal males cannot directly assess female size and fecundity. These results indicate that female ornamentation may evolve in capital breeders (i.e. those in which stored resources are invested in reproduction) when females vary significantly in fecundity and this variation cannot be assessed directly by males. PMID:26490414

  7. High explosives vapor detection by atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization/tandem mass spectrometry

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    McLuckey, S.A.; Goeringer, D.E.; Asano, K.G.

    1996-02-01

    The combination of atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization with tandem mass spectrometry for the detection of traces of high explosives is described. Particular emphasis is placed on use of the quadrupole ion trap as the type of tandem mass spectrometer. Atmospheric sampling glow discharge provides a simple, rugged, and efficient means for anion formation while the quadrupole ion trap provides for efficient tandem mass spectrometry. Mass selective ion accumulation and non-specific ion activation methods can be used to overcome deleterious effects arising from ion/ion interactions. Such interactions constitute the major potential technical barrier to the use of the ion trap for real-time monitoring of targeted compounds in uncontrolled and highly variable matrices. Tailored waveforms can be used to effect both mass selective ion accumulation and ion activation. Concatenated tailored waveforms allow for both functions in a single experiment thereby providing the capability for monitoring several targeted species simultaneously. The combination of atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization with a state-of-the-art analytical quadrupole ion trap is a highly sensitive and specific detector for traces of high explosives. The combination is also small and inexpensive relative to virtually any other form of tandem mass spectrometry. The science and technology underlying the glow discharge/ion trap combination is sufficiently mature to form the basis for an engineering effort to make the detector portable. 85 refs.

  8. Glow-discharge pretreated implants combined with temporary bone tissue ischemia.

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    Wennerberg, A; Bolind, P; Albrektsson, T

    1991-01-01

    The aim of present experimental study, was to investigate whether glow-discharge pretreated screws improved the implant take if initial blood flow was prevented in the implant bed. Glow discharge treatment has in previous studies in soft tissue showed to be advantageous for biological adhesion, presumably due to an increase in surface energy. In bone tissue, so far, positive effects of glow discharge have not been reported. One reason for this could be that circulating blood would immediately contaminate the implant surface and lower the high energy state. To prevent circulating blood to reach the implant bed, we used an infant pneumatic cuff placed on the right leg of the rabbit. The pressure was 300 mm Hg during 2.5 hours. The left leg served as control. After 5 minutes when there were no longer a noticeable pulse, 40 glow-discharged pretreated screws were inserted in the tibia. After 7 weeks the animals were sacrificed. There were no significant differences in torque measurements or histomorphometric analysis between control and test implants. PMID:2063266

  9. Endotoxin removal by radio frequency gas plasma (glow discharge)

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    Poon, Angela

    2011-12-01

    Contaminants remaining on implantable medical devices, even following sterilization, include dangerous fever-causing residues of the outer lipopolysaccharide-rich membranes of Gram-negative bacteria such as the common gut microorganism E. coli. The conventional method for endotoxin removal is by Food & Drug Administration (FDA)-recommended dry-heat depyrogenation at 250°C for at least 45 minutes, an excessively time-consuming high-temperature technique not suitable for low-melting or heat-distortable biomaterials. This investigation evaluated the mechanism by which E. coli endotoxin contamination can be eliminated from surfaces during ambient temperature single 3-minute to cumulative 15-minute exposures to radio-frequency glow discharge (RFGD)-generated residual room air plasmas activated at 0.1-0.2 torr in a 35MHz electrodeless chamber. The main analytical technique for retained pyrogenic bio-activity was the Kinetic Chromogenic Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) Assay, sufficiently sensitive to document compliance with FDA-required Endotoxin Unit (EU) titers less than 20 EU per medical device by optical detection of enzymatic color development corresponding to < 0.5 EU/ml in sterile water extracts of each device. The main analytical technique for identification of chemical compositions, amounts, and changes during sequential reference Endotoxin additions and subsequent RFGD-treatment removals from infrared (IR)-transparent germanium (Ge) prisms was Multiple Attenuated Internal Reflection (MAIR) infrared spectroscopy sensitive to even monolayer amounts of retained bio-contaminant. KimaxRTM 60 mm x 15 mm and 50mm x 15mm laboratory glass dishes and germanium internal reflection prisms were inoculated with E. coli bacterial endotoxin water suspensions at increments of 0.005, 0.05, 0.5, and 5 EU, and characterized by MAIR-IR spectroscopy of the dried residues on the Ge prisms and LAL Assay of sterile water extracts from both glass and Ge specimens. The Ge prism MAIR-IR measurements were repeated after employing 3-minute RFGD treatments sequentially for more than 10 cycles to observe removal of deposited matter that correlated with diminished EU titers. The results showed that 5 cycles, for a total exposure time of 15 minutes to low-temperature gas plasma, was sufficient to reduce endotoxin titers to below 0.05 EU/ml, and correlated with concurrent reduction of major endotoxin reference standard absorption bands at 3391 cm-1, 2887 cm-1, 1646 cm -1 1342 cm-1, and 1103 cm-1 to less than 0.05 Absorbance Units. Band depletion varied from 15% to 40% per 3-minute cycle of RFGD exposure, based on peak-to-peak analyses. In some cases, 100% of all applied biomass was removed within 5 sequential 3-minute RFGD cycles. The lipid ester absorption band expected at 1725 cm-1 was not detectable until after the first RFGD cycle, suggesting an unmasking of the actual bacterial endotoxin membrane induced within the gas plasma environment. Future work must determine the applicability of this low-temperature, quick depyrogenation process to medical devices of more complicated geometry than the flat surfaces tested here.

  10. Simulation Study on the Self-Sustained Oscillations in DC Driven Glow Discharges at Atmospheric Pressure Under Different Gas Gaps

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    Wang, Xiaofei; He, Yafeng; Liu, Fucheng

    2015-06-01

    In this paper, a one-dimensional plasma fluid model is employed to study the self-sustained oscillations in DC-driven helium glow discharges at atmospheric pressure under different gas gaps. Our simulation results indicate that a harmonic current oscillation with tiny amplitude always occur at the onset of instability and transits into a relaxation one as the conductivity of the semiconductor is decreased. It is found that the dynamics of the oscillations are dependent on the gas gaps. The discharge can only exhibit a simple oscillation with unique amplitude and frequency at smaller gas gaps (<2 mm) while it can exhibit a more complex oscillation with several different amplitudes and frequencies at larger gas gaps (>2 mm). The discharge modes in these current oscillations have also been analyzed. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11205044 and 11405042), Hebei Natural Science Fund of China (Nos. A2012201015 and A2011201006), the Research Foundation of Education Bureau of Hebei Province of China (No. Y2012009), the Postdoctoral Science Foundation of Hebei Province of China (No. B2014003004) and the Postdoctoral Foundation of Hebei University

  11. How to Interpret Abnormal Pap Smear Results

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    ... Cervical Cancer | How to Interpret Abnormal Pap Smear Results What does an abnormal Pap smear mean? A ... are located in your cervix or uterus. These results mean that some of your glandular cells are ...

  12. Modelling of tokamak glow discharge cleaning II: comparison with experiment and application to ITER

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    Kogut, D.; Douai, D.; Hagelaar, G.; Pitts, R. A.

    2015-02-01

    The primary function of the ITER glow discharge cleaning (GDC) system will be the preparation of in-vessel component surfaces prior to the machine start-up. It may also contribute to tritium removal in the nuclear phase. In GDC, conditioning efficiency is strongly dependent on the homogeneity of the flux of ions impinging onto wall surfaces. In order to assess the wall particle flux distribution in ITER, a novel 2D multi-fluid model, described in a companion paper, has recently been developed and is benchmarked here against both experimental glow discharge data obtained in a small laboratory chamber with cylindrical geometry and from two large toroidal devices: the JET tokamak and the RFX reverse field pinch. In the laboratory plasma, simulated and measured plasma electron density and temperature are in a good agreement in the negative glow region, while discrepancies exist in the anode glow, where the fluid description of the model is inaccurate due to long mean free paths of electrons. Calculated and measured ion flux distribution profiles in RFX are found in good agreement, whereas in JET comparison it is more difficult, due to the complex geometry of the first wall which leads to local inhomogeneities in the measured flux. Simulations of H2-GDC for ITER with one or two anodes indicate fairly homogeneous plasma parameters and wall ion flux in the negative glow at 0.5?Pa, a commonly used gas pressure for GDC in existing fusion devices. Although the axisymmetric geometry in the model does not allow all seven ITER anodes to be powered simultaneously in the simulations, the results can be extrapolated to the full system and predict ion current densities on wall surfaces close to the simple expectation of total anode current divided by wall surface area (0.21?A?m-2), which is relevant to GDC in JET and other machines.

  13. Characterization of Light at Night Data from Select SkyGlowNet Nodes

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    Flurchick, K. M.; Deal, S.; Foster, C.

    2013-05-01

    Internet-enabled sky brightness meters (iSBMs) that continuously record and log sky brightness at the zenith have been installed at the prototype nodes of a network called SkyGlowNet. Also logged are time and weather information. These data are polled at a user-defined frequency, typically about every 45 seconds. Although the SkyGlowNetdata are used for various professional scientific studies, they are also useful for independent student research projects. In this case, the data are uploaded to the SkyGlowNetwebsite, initially to a proprietary area where the data for each institution are embargoed for one or two semesters as students conduct research projects with their data. When released from embargo, the data are moved to another area where they can be accessed by all SkyGlowNet participants. In this paper, we describe a student project in which the data collected at two SkyGlowNet sites are characterized. The data streams are parsed into homogenous segments and statistical tools are employed to describe variations observed in the data values. We demonstrate how to differentiate between natural phenomena and the effects of artificial lighting on the brightness of the night sky. In our poster we show how these effects compare between sites as separate as Arizona and North Carolina. We also have experimented with the development of statistical metrics that are used to help categorize sky brightness on select nights, and can nearly automatically provide a characterization of the quality of the night sky for astronomical purposes.

  14. Cardiac abnormalities in birth asphyxia.

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    Ranjit, M S

    2000-03-01

    Cardiac abnormalities in birth asphyxia were first recognised in 1970s. These include (i) transient tricuspid regurgitation which is the commonest cause of a systolic murmur in a newborn and tends to disappear without any treatment unless it is associated with transient myocardial ischemia or primary pulmonary hypertension of the new born (ii) transient mitral regurgitation which is much less common and is often a part of transient myocardial ischemia, at times with reduced left ventricular function and therefore, requires treatment in the form of inotropic and ventilatory support, (iii) transient myocardial ischemia (TMI) of the newborn. This should be suspected in any baby with asphyxia, respiratory distress and poor pulses especially if a murmur is audible. It is of five types (A to E) according to Rowe's classification. Type B is the most severe with respiratory distress, congestive heart failure and shock. Echocardiography helps to rule out critical left ventricular obstructive lesions like hypoplastic left heart syndrome or critical aortic stenosis. ECG is very important for diagnosis of TMI, and may show changes ranging from T wave inversion in one lead to a classical segmental infarction pattern with abnormal q waves. CPK-MB may rise and echocardiogram shows impaired left ventricular function, mitral and/or tricuspid regurgitation, and at times, wall motion abnormalities of left ventricle. Ejection fraction is often depressed and is a useful marker of severity and prognosis. Treatment includes fluid restriction, inotropic support, diuretics and ventilatory resistance if required, (v) persistent pulmonary hypertension of the new born (PPHN). Persistent hypoxia sometimes results in persistence of constricted fetal pulmonary vascular bed causing pulmonary arterial hypertension with consequent right to left shunt across patent ductus arteriosus and foramen ovale. This causes respiratory distress and cyanosis (sometimes differential). Clinical examination also reveals evidence of pulmonary arterial hypertension and right ventricular failure with systolic murmur of tricuspid and, at times, mitral regurgitation. Treatment consists of oxygen and general care for mild cases, ventilatory support, ECMO and nitric oxide for severe cases. Cardiac abnormalities in asphyxiated neonates are often underdiagnosed and require a high index of suspicion. ECG and Echo help in early recognition and hence better management of these cases. PMID:11129917

  15. Cardiac abnormalities in birth asphyxia.

    PubMed

    Ranjit, M S

    2000-07-01

    Cardiac abnormalities in birth asphyxia were first recognised in the 1970s. These include (i) transient tricuspid regurgitation which is the commonest cause of a systolic murmur in a newborn and tends to disappear without any treatment unless it is associated with transient myocardial ischemia or primary pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (ii) transient mitral regurgitation which is much less common and is often a part of transient myocardial ischemia, at times with reduced left ventricular function and, therefore, requires treatment in the form of inotropic and ventilatory support (iii) transient myocardial ischemia (TMI) of the newborn. This should be suspected in any baby with asphyxia, respiratory distress and poor pulses, especially if a murmur is audible. It is of five types (A to E) according to Rowe's classification. Type B is the most severe with respiratory distress, congestive heart failure and shock. Echocardiography helps to rule out critical left ventricular obstructive lesions like hypoplastic left heart syndrome or critical aortic stenosis. ECG is very important for diagnosis of TMI, and may show changes ranging from T wave inversion in one lead to a classical segmental infarction pattern with abnormal q waves. CPK-MB may rise and echocardiogram shows impaired left ventricular function, mitral and/or tricuspid regurgitation, and at times, wall motion abnormalities of left ventricle. Ejection fraction is often depressed and is a useful marker of severity and prognosis. Treatment includes fluid restriction, inotropic support, diuretics and ventilatory resistance if required (v) persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN). Persistent hypoxia sometimes results in persistence of constricted fetal pulmonary vascular bed causing pulmonary arterial hypertension with consequent right to left shunt across patent ductus arteriosus and foramen ovale. This causes respiratory tension and right ventricular failure with systolic murmur of tricuspid, and at times, mitral regurgitation. Treatment consists of oxygen and general care for mild cases, ventilatory support, ECMO and nitric oxide for severe cases. Cardiac abnormalities in asphyxiated neonates are often underdiagnosed and require a high index of suspicion. ECG and Echo help in early recognition and hence better management of these cases. PMID:10957839

  16. Foot abnormalities of wild birds

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    Herman, C.M.; Locke, L.N.; Clark, G.M.

    1962-01-01

    The various foot abnormalities that occur in birds, including pox, scaly-leg, bumble-foot, ergotism and freezing are reviewed. In addition, our findings at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center include pox from dove, mockingbird, cowbird, grackle and several species of sparrows. Scaly-leg has been particularly prevalent on icterids. Bumble foot has been observed in a whistling swan and in a group of captive woodcock. Ergotism is reported from a series of captive Canada geese from North Dakota. Several drug treatments recommended by others are presented.

  17. Theory and analysis of operating modes in microplasmas assisted by field emitting cathodes

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    Venkattraman, Ayyaswamy

    2015-05-15

    Motivated by the recent interest in the development of novel diamond-based cathodes, we study microplasmas assisted by field emitting cathodes with large field enhancement factors using a simplified model and comparisons with particle-in-cell with Monte Carlo collision (PIC-MCC) simulations and experiments. The model used to determine current-voltage characteristics assumes a linearly varying electric field in the sheath and predicts transition from an abnormal glow to arc mode at moderate current densities in a 1 mm argon gap. The influence of an external circuit is also considered to show the dependence of current as a function of the applied voltage, including potential drop across external resistors. PIC-MCC simulations confirm the validity of the model and also show the significant non-equilibrium nature of these low-temperature microplasmas with electron temperatures ∼1 eV and ion temperatures ∼0.07 eV in the quasi-neutral region. The model is also used to explain experimental data reported for a 1 mm argon gap at a pressure of 2 Torr using three different diamond-based cathodes with superior field emitting properties. The comparison shows that operating conditions in the experiments may not result in significant field emission and the differences observed in current-voltage characteristics can be attributed to small differences in the secondary electron emission coefficient of the three cathodes. However, the model and simulations clearly indicate that field emission using novel cathodes with high field enhancement factors can be used to enhance microplasmas by significantly decreasing the power requirements to achieve a given plasma number density even in gaps at which field emission is traditionally not considered to be a dominant mechanism.

  18. Tropospheric Wind Profiles Obtained with the GLOW Molecular Doppler Lidar during the 2002 International H2O Project

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    Gentry, Bruce M.; Chen, Huailin; Li, Steven X.; Mathur, Savy Asachee; Dobler, Jeremy; Hasselbrack, William

    2003-01-01

    The Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds (GLOW) is a mobile direct detection Doppler lidar system hich uses the double edge technique to measure the Doppler shift of the molecular backscattered laser signal at a wavelength of 355 nm. In the spring of 2002 GLOW was deployed to the western Oklahoma profiling site (36 deg 33.500 min N, 100 deg 36.371 min W) to participate in the International H2O Project (MOP). During the MOP campaign over 240 hours of wind profiles were obtained with the GLOW lidar in support of a variety of scientific investigations.

  19. Tropospheric Wind Profiles Obtained with the GLOW Molecular Doppler Lidar during the 2002 International H2O Project

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    Gentry, Bruce M.; Chen, Huai-Lin; Li, Steven X.; Mathur, S.; Dobler, Jeremy; Hasselbrack, William

    2003-01-01

    The Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds (GLOW) is a mobile direct detection Doppler lidar system which uses the double edge technique to measure the Doppler shift of the molecular backscattered laser signal at a wavelength of 355 nm. In the spring of 2002 GLOW was deployed to the western Oklahoma profiling site (36 deg 33.500 min N, 100 deg 36.371 min W) to participate in the International H2O Project (IHOP). During the IHOP campaign over 240 hours of wind profiles were obtained with the GLOW lidar in support of a variety of scientific investigations.

  20. Cardiac abnormalities in liver cirrhosis.

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    Lee, S S

    1989-01-01

    Cirrhosis is associated with several circulatory abnormalities. A hyperkinetic circulation characterized by increased cardiac output and decreased arterial pressure and peripheral resistance is typical. Despite this hyperkinetic circulation, some patients with alcoholic cirrhosis have subclinical cardiomyopathy with evidence of abnormal ventricular function unmasked by physiologic or pharmacologic stress. Florid congestive alcoholic cardiomyopathy develops in a small percentage, but the concurrent presence of cirrhosis seems to retard the occurrence of overt heart failure. Even nonalcoholic cirrhosis may be associated with latent cardiomyopathy, although overt heart failure is not observed. Tense ascites is associated with some cardiac compromise, and removing or mobilizing ascitic fluid by paracentesis or peritoneovenous shunting results in short-term increases in cardiac output. Cirrhosis also appears to be associated with a decreased risk of major coronary atherosclerosis and an increased risk of bacterial endocarditis. Small hemodynamically insignificant pericardial effusions may be seen in ascitic patients. The release of atrial natriuretic peptide appears to be unimpaired in cirrhosis, although the kidney may be hyporesponsive to its natriuretic effects. PMID:2690463

  1. Disorders caused by chromosome abnormalities

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    Theisen, Aaron; Shaffer, Lisa G

    2010-01-01

    Many human genetic disorders result from unbalanced chromosome abnormalities, in which there is a net gain or loss of genetic material. Such imbalances often disrupt large numbers of dosage-sensitive, developmentally important genes and result in specific and complex phenotypes. Alternately, some chromosomal syndromes may be caused by a deletion or duplication of a single gene with pleiotropic effects. Traditionally, chromosome abnormalities were identified by visual inspection of the chromosomes under a microscope. The use of molecular cytogenetic technologies, such as fluorescence in situ hybridization and microarrays, has allowed for the identification of cryptic or submicroscopic imbalances, which are not visible under the light microscope. Microarrays have allowed for the identification of numerous new syndromes through a genotype-first approach in which patients with the same or overlapping genomic alterations are identified and then the phenotypes are described. Because many chromosomal alterations are large and encompass numerous genes, the ascertainment of individuals with overlapping deletions and varying clinical features may allow researchers to narrow the region in which to search for candidate genes. PMID:23776360

  2. Particle-assisted abnormal grain growth

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    Holm, E. A.; Hoffmann, T. D.; Rollett, A. D.; Roberts, C. G.

    2015-08-01

    Abnormal grain growth is observed in systems that are nominally pinned by static particle dispersions. We used mesoscale simulations to examine grain growth in three-dimensional polycrystals containing stable, inert particles located at grain boundaries. In the absence of pinning particles, only normal grain growth occurs. When particles are present, some normal grain growth occurs, until a Zener-Smith pinned state is achieved. However, after a long incubation time, a few grains can thermally fluctuate away from their particle clouds and grow abnormally. The abnormal events are rare and stochastic. The abnormal grains are always among the largest initial grains, but most of the largest initial grains do not grow abnormally.

  3. Emission- and fluorescence-spectroscopic investigation of a glow discharge plasma: absolute number density of radiative and nonradiative atoms in the negative glow.

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    Takubo, Y; Sato, T; Asaoka, N; Kusaka, K; Akiyama, T; Muroo, K; Yamamoto, M

    2008-01-01

    The excited-state atom densities in the negative glow of a direct-current glow discharge are derived from the spectral-line intensity of radiative atoms and the resonance-fluorescence photon flux of nonradiative atoms. The discharge is operated in a helium-argon gas mixture (molar fraction ratio 91:9; total gas pressure 5 Torr) at a dc current of 0.7-1.2 mA. The observations are made in the region of the maximum luminance in the cathode region, where high-energy electrons accelerated in the cathode fall are injected into the negative glow. The emission intensities of the He I, He II, Ar I, and Ar II spectral lines are measured with a calibrated tungsten ribbon lamp as an absolute spectral-radiance standard. Fluorescence photons scattered by helium and argon atoms in the metastable state and argon atoms in the resonance state are detected by the laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) method with the Rayleigh scattering of nitrogen molecules as an absolute standard of scattering cross section. The laser absorption method is incorporated to confirm the result of the LIF measurement. Excitation energies of the measured spectral lines range from 11.6 (Ar I) to 75.6 eV (He II), where the excitation energy is measured from the ground state of the neutral atom on the assumption that, in the plasma of this study, both the neutral and the ionic lines are excited by electron impact in a single-step process from the ground state of the corresponding neutral atoms. Experimental evidence is shown for the validity of this assumption. PMID:18351942

  4. Abnormalities of the Erythrocyte Membrane

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    Gallagher, Patrick G.

    2014-01-01

    Synopsis Primary abnormalities of the erythrocyte membrane, including the hereditary spherocytosis and hereditary elliptocytosis syndromes, are an important group of inherited hemolytic anemias. Classified by distinctive morphology on peripheral blood smear, these disorders are characterized by clinical, laboratory, and genetic heterogeneity. Among this group, hereditary spherocytosis patients are more likely to experience symptomatic anemia. Treatment of hereditary spherocytosis with splenectomy is curative in most patients. Once considered routine, growing recognition of the longterm risks of splenectomy, including cardiovascular disease, thrombotic disorders, and pulmonary hypertension, as well as the emergence of penicillin-resistant pneumococci, a concern for infection in overwhelming postsplenectomy infection, have led to re-evaluation of the role of splenectomy. Current management guidelines acknowledge these important considerations when entertaining splenectomy and recommend detailed discussion between health care providers, patient, and family. The hereditary elliptocytosis syndromes are the most common primary disorders of erythrocyte membrane proteins. However, most elliptocytosis patients are asymptomatic and do not require therapy. PMID:24237975

  5. Mode Excitation in a Jet At Mach 0.85.

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    Corke, Thomas C.; Cavalieri, David

    1996-11-01

    A method for exciting instability modes in a round jet at Mach 0.85 is presented. This uses an array of 12 glow-discharge actuators which are equally spaced in the azimuthal direction around the jet exit. The jet nozzle is 3.26cm in diameter, and was operated at a slightly heated temperature of 66^circC. This gave a core Re_D=541,000. The glow-discharge electrodes are contained in cavities in a housing ring which was mounted on the exit of the jet. These communicate to the shear layer through small slots which exit normal to the flow direction at the point of receptivity. A high-voltage sinusoid is used to resistively heat the air between the electrodes to a plasma. This produces a periodic disturbance to the flow. The frequency is controllable in the range from 1KHz to 100KHz, which bracketed the most unstable shear layer and column mode instabilities. The amplitude and phase difference of the sinusoid to each actuator are also individually adjustable. This allows us to excite combinations of axisymmetric and helical modes. The effect of the excitation is documented with a hot-wire placed in the shear layer at different downstream positions. These showed significant response of the jet instabilities to the excitation. Supported by NASA Langley Research Center, Grant NAG1-1699

  6. Analysis of GaAs using a combined r.f. glow discharge and inductively coupled plasma source mass spectrometer

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    Becker, J. S.; Saprykin, A. I.; Dietze, H.-J.

    1997-06-01

    A radiofrequency (r.f.) glow discharge ion source was coupled to a double-focusing sector field mass spectrometer with reverse Nier-Johnson geometry. The glow discharge cell powered by a 13.56 MHz generator was connected directly to the interface of the mass spectrometer. The r.f. glow discharge ion source operates optimally at an argon pressure of 2.5 hPa and radiofrequency powers of 30 W. With increasing argon pressure more complex mass spectra were observed due to the higher molecular ion formation rate. The analytical performance of r.f. glow discharge mass spectrometry was investigated for the trace elemental analysis of semi-insulating gallium arsenide crystals. Using ICP-MS after matrix separation for a better quantification of multielement determination of trace impurities, detection limits comparable to r.f. GDMS in the low ng/g concentration range are obtained.

  7. Transitions between corona, glow, and spark regimes of nanosecond repetitively pulsed discharges in air at atmospheric pressure

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    Pai, David Z.; Lacoste, Deanna A.; Laux, Christophe O.

    2010-05-01

    In atmospheric pressure air preheated from 300 to 1000 K, the nanosecond repetitively pulsed (NRP) method has been used to generate corona, glow, and spark discharges. Experiments have been performed to determine the parameter space (applied voltage, pulse repetition frequency, ambient gas temperature, and interelectrode gap distance) of each discharge regime. In particular, the experimental conditions necessary for the glow regime of NRP discharges have been determined, with the notable result that there exists a minimum and maximum gap distance for its existence at a given ambient gas temperature. The minimum gap distance increases with decreasing gas temperature, whereas the maximum does not vary appreciably. To explain the experimental results, an analytical model is developed to explain the corona-to-glow (C-G) and glow-to-spark (G-S) transitions. The C-G transition is analyzed in terms of the avalanche-to-streamer transition and the breakdown field during the conduction phase following the establishment of a conducting channel across the discharge gap. The G-S transition is determined by the thermal ionization instability, and we show analytically that this transition occurs at a certain reduced electric field for the NRP discharges studied here. This model shows that the electrode geometry plays an important role in the existence of the NRP glow regime at a given gas temperature. We derive a criterion for the existence of the NRP glow regime as a function of the ambient gas temperature, pulse repetition frequency, electrode radius of curvature, and interelectrode gap distance.

  8. Lidar Wind Measurements with the Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds (GLOW)

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    Gentry, Bruce M.; Li, Steven X.; Chen, Hualilin; Einaudi, Franco (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We report on the development of GLOW (Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds), a mobile Doppler lidar system which uses direct detection Doppler lidar techniques to measure wind profiles from the surface into the lower stratosphere. The system employs a Nd:YAG laser transmitter to measure winds using either aerosol backscatter at a wavelength of 1064 run or molecular backscatter at 355 nm. The system is modular in design to allow the incorporation of new technologies as they become available. GLOW is intended to be used as a deployable field system for studying atmospheric dynamics and transport and can also serve as a testbed to evaluate candidate technologies developed for use in future spaceborne systems. Finally it can be used for calibration/validation activities following launch of spaceborne wind lidar systems. A description of the mobile system is presented along with the first validated lidar wind profiles obtained with the system using a new molecular 'double edge' receiver.

  9. Plasma Treatment of Polyethylene Powder Particles in Hollow Cathode Glow Discharge

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    Wolter, Matthias; Quitzau, Meike; Bornholdt, Sven; Kersten, Holger

    2008-09-07

    Polyethylen (PE) is widely used in the production of foils, insulators, packaging materials, plastic bottles etc. Untreated PE is hydrophobic due to its unpolar surface. Therefore, it is hard to print or glue PE and the surface has to be modified before converting.In the present experiments a hollow cathode glow discharge is used as plasma source which is mounted in a spiral conveyor in order to ensure a combines transport of PE powder particles. With this set-up a homogeneous surface treatment of the powder is possible while passing the glow discharge. The plasma treatment causes a remarkable enhancement of the hydrophilicity of the PE powder which can be verified by contact angle measurements and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  10. Attenuation of single-tone ultrasound by an atmospheric glow discharge plasma barrier

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    Stepaniuk, Vadim P.; Ioppolo, Tindaro; Oetuegen, M. Volkan; Sheverev, Valery A.

    2010-09-15

    Propagation of 143 kHz ultrasound through an atmospheric pressure glow discharge in air was studied experimentally. The plasma was a continuous dc discharge formed by a multipin electrode system. Distributions of the gas temperature were also obtained in and around the plasma using laser-induced Rayleigh scattering technique. Results show significant attenuation of the ultrasound by the glow discharge plasma barrier (up to -24 dB). The results indicate that sound attenuation does not depend on the thickness of the plasma and attenuation is caused primarily by reflection of the sound waves from the plasma due to the sharp gas temperatures gradients that form at the plasma boundary. These gradients can be as high as 80 K/mm.

  11. Atomic iodine production in a gas flow by decomposing methyl iodide in a dc glow discharge

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    Mikheyev, P A; Shepelenko, A A; Voronov, A I; Kupryaev, Nikolai V

    2002-01-31

    The production of atomic iodine for an oxygen - iodine laser is studied by decomposing methyl iodide in a dc glow discharge in a vortex gas flow. The concentration of iodine atoms in discharge products was measured from the atomic iodine absorption of the radiation of a single-frequency tunable diode laser at a wavelength of 1.315 {mu}m. Atomic iodine concentrations sufficient for the operation of an oxygen - iodine laser were obtained. The concentration of atomic iodine amounted to 3.6 x 10{sup 15} cm{sup -3} for a pressure of the carrying argon gas of 15 Torr. The discharge stabilisation by a vortex gas flow allowed the glow discharge to be sustained in a strongly electronegative halogen-containing gas mixture for pressures up to 20 Torr. (active media)

  12. Boundary Layer Flow Control with a One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Surface Plasma

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    Roth, J. Reece; Sherman, Daniel M.; Wilkinson, Stephen P.

    1998-01-01

    Low speed wind tunnel data have been acquired for planar panels covered by a uniform, glow-discharge surface plasma in atmospheric pressure air known as the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP). Streamwise and spanwise arrays of flush, plasma-generating surface electrodes have been studied in laminar, transitional, and fully turbulent boundary layer flow. Plasma between symmetric streamwise electrode strips caused large increases in panel drag, whereas asymmetric spanwise electrode configurations produced a significant thrust. Smoke wire flow visualization and mean velocity diagnostics show the primary cause of the phenomena to be a combination of mass transport and vortical structures induced by strong paraelectric ElectroHydroDynamic (EHD) body forces on the flow.

  13. Destruction of CH_2Cl2 Using a Glow Discharge Scheme

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    McCorkle, Dennis; Ma, Cheng-Yu; Pinnaduwage, Lal

    1997-10-01

    We will present preliminary results of a glow discharge technique for the destruction of volatile organic compounds. Destruction efficiencies for CH_2Cl2 in Ar/CH_2Cl2 mixtures were measured using both a continuous and a pulsed glow discharge. A gas chromatograph was used to monitor the destruction efficiency. The destruction efficiency was measured as a function of the total gas pressure. The relative destruction efficiencies for the two discharge techniques will also be presented. Work supported by the Environmental Science Management Program of the U.S.Department of Energy. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corp. for the U. S. DOE under contract No.DE-AC05- 96OR22464.

  14. COATING AND MANDREL EFFECTS ON FABRICATION OF GLOW DISCHARGE POLYMER NIF SCALE INDIRECT DRIVE CAPSULES

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    NIKROO,A; PONTELANDOLFO,JM; CASTILLO,ER

    2002-04-01

    OAK A271 COATING AND MANDREL EFFECTS ON FABRICATION OF GLOW DISCHARGE POLYMER NIF SCALE INDIRECT DRIVE CAPSULES. Targets for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) need to be about 200 {micro}m thick and 2 mm in diameter. These dimensions are well beyond those currently fabricated on a routine basis. They have investigated fabrication of near NIF scale targets using the depolymerizable mandrel technique. Poly-alpha-methylstyrene (PAMS) mandrels, about 2 mm in diameter, of varying qualities were coated with as much as 125 {micro}m of glow discharge polymer (GDP). The surface finish of the final shells was examined using a variety of techniques. A clear dependence of the modal spectrum of final GDP shell on the quality of the initial PAMS mandrels was observed. isolated features were found to be the greatest cause for a shell not meeting the NIF standard.

  15. SkyGlowNet: Multi-Disciplinary Independent Student Research in Environmental Light at Night Monitoring

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    Craine, B. L.; Craine, E. R.; Culver, R. B.; DeBenedetti, J. C.; Flurchick, K. M.

    2014-07-01

    SkyGlowNet uses Internet-enabled sky brightness meters (iSBM) to monitor sky brightness over school sites. The data are used professionally and in STEM outreach to study natural and artificial sources of sky brightness, light pollution, energy efficiency, and environmental and health impacts of artificial night lighting. The iSBM units are owned by participating institutions and managed by faculty or students via proprietary Internet links. Student data are embargoed for two semesters to allow students to analyze data and publish results, then they are moved to a common area where students from different institutions can collaborate. The iSBM units can be set to operate automatically each night. Their data include time, sky brightness, weather conditions, and other related parameters. The data stream can be viewed and processed online or downloaded for study. SkyGlowNet is a unique, multi-disciplinary, real science program aiding research for science and non-science students.

  16. Model of microsecond pulsed glow discharge in hollow cathode for mass spectrometry

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    Voronov, M.; Ganeev, A.

    2009-05-01

    A new model for microsecond pulsed glow discharge in a hollow cathode and its afterglow is described. The model is based on the Monte-Carlo method together with a new method for electrical field calculation, which is based on some phenomenological laws of plasma behavior. The afterglow model uses continuity and Poisson equations. A qualitative agreement between the model results and results published in experimental and theoretical works is demonstrated. Some processes in the microsecond pulsed discharge in the hollow cathode, such as sputtering, ionization and transfer of sample, are investigated. The model is successfully used for the optimization of the operational parameters of the time-of-flight mass spectrometer with ionization by microsecond pulsed glow discharge in a hollow cathode.

  17. Decomposition Process of Benzene in a Low Pressure DC Glow Discharge

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    Hayashi, Shinobu; Satoh, Kohki; Itoh, Hidenori

    The variations in the partial pressures of gaseous molecules produced by the decomposition of C6H6 in a low pressure DC glow discharge in N2/C6H6 and Ar/C6H6 mixtures are measured by the mass spectrometry. Also, rate equations for the partial pressure variations, which consider possible reaction among the gaseous molecules in the low pressure DC glow discharge, with the electrical energy-input, are proposed, and rate constants are determined by fitting the calculated partial pressure variations to the measured partial pressure variations. The rate constants deduced here indicate that C6H6 is mainly decomposed into an intermediate, which is regarded as a fragment of C6H6, the intermediate is decomposed into mainly C2H2, and then C2H2 is converted into H2 and HCN (only in N2/C6H6).

  18. Bidimensional characterization of the emission spectra in a direct current atmospheric pressure glow discharge

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    Orejas, Jaime; Pisonero, Jorge; Bordel, Nerea; Nelis, Thomas; Guillot, Philippe; Sanz-Medel, Alfredo

    2012-10-01

    An in-house atmospheric pressure glow discharge source, designed to be used as ionization/desorption source for ambient mass spectrometry, has been electrically characterized, and its optical emission spectra evaluated in detail. Electrical characterization showed that the plasma regime can vary from glow discharge to arc discharge depending on operating conditions (i.e. He flow rate and inter electrode distance). Furthermore, bidimensional images of the optical emission of some plasma species using filters as wavelength selectors, were registered from inside and outside the discharge chamber (inner region and afterglow region respectively), showing the spatial distribution of excited species (i.e. He*, N2+ and O*). These distribution patterns are useful to study the chemistry of the discharge plasma, since different production pathways and different excitation energies affect the presence of these species in the plasma regions.

  19. Differentiation of Chinese liquors by using ambient glow discharge ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Zhen, Cheng; Zhou, Yueming; Zhang, Ning; Wang, Jiyun; Xiong, Caiqiao; Chen, Suming; Nie, Zongxiu

    2013-07-01

    Chinese liquors are often a very important part of social event in China. Driven by high profit, some illegal traders often use inferior liquors instead of the products with high quality to cheat the customer. Therefore, it is highly required to authenticate Chinese liquors. In this paper a novel method based on ambient glow discharge ionization mass spectrometry has been developed to differentiate Chinese liquors. Volatile components from liquor samples were ionized by the plasma generated by glow discharge and then detected by a commercial linear ion trap mass spectrometer. Consequently, the fingerprint mass spectra of several Chinese liquors were obtained. Combined with principal component analysis, this new method was successfully applied to differentiate different brands of Chinese liquors without any sample pretreatment. Compared with conventional methods, this novel method has the advantages of easy operation, high speed, and high efficiency, which make it a potential tool in the fields of food safety, atmosphere chemistry. PMID:23689281

  20. Doping effects in off-stoichiometric glow discharge amorphous silicon nitride

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    Alvarez, F.; Chambouleyron, I.; Constantino, C.; Cisneros, J. I.

    1984-01-01

    Spear and Le Comber (1976) have shown that glow discharge (GD) hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) can be effectively doped. Its properties make this material a potentially useful semiconductor for the design of solar cells. Anderson and Spear (1976) produced off-stoichiometric amorphous silicon nitride with an optical gap varying between 2.5 and 5 eV. The present investigation provides results on the optical and electrical properties of off-stoichiometric silicon nitride compounds. Samples were prepared by means of a procedure which involved the simultaneous plasma decomposition of SiH4/N2 gaseous mixtures in a capacitively coupled glow discharge system. Attention is given to the effects of boron and phosphorus doping on the electrical properties of a SiNx:H films. For Si-rich materials boron doping is found to produce large conductivity variations while phosphorus appears to have a low efficiency as a dopant.

  1. Profiling Tropospheric Winds with the Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds (GLOW)

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    Gentry, Bruce M.; Chen, Huailin; Starr, David OC. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The Goddard Lidar Observatory for Winds (GLOW) is a mobile direct detection Doppler lidar system designed to measure wind profiles from the surface into the lower stratosphere. Recently, the GLOW lidar has participated in several field deployments measuring tropospheric winds in a variety of conditions including both daytime and night operation. More than 50 hours of line-of-sight wind profit data were obtained in September, 2000 during a three week intercomparison experiment at the Ground Winds facility in North Glen, NH. Typical clear air lidar wind profiles extended to altitudes of 20 km with a 1 km vertical resolution and 1 minute averaging. An additional 40 hours of lidar profiles of wind speed and direction were obtained during HARGLO-2, an intercomparison experiment held at Wallops Flight Facility, VA in November, 2001. A description of the mobile system is presented along with the examples of validated lidar wind profiles obtained during these experiments.

  2. Decomposition of NO{sub 2} molecules by UV light and glow discharge

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    Sakai, Y.; Kawakami, Y.; Tagashira, H.

    1995-12-31

    Nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}) is one of the most difficult air pollutants to remove chemically. Many attempts to decompose NO{sub 2} in exhaust gases by corona discharges recently have been carried out. As a basic study, the reaction rates among decomposed components of NO{sub 2} have been examined and summarized, and NO{sub 2} molecules in a low pressure NO{sub 2} glow discharge were observed to be decomposed almost into N{sub 2} and O{sub 2}. In this article, we examine NO{sub 2} decomposition by UV irradiation from Xe excimer (172nm) and Hg (254 & 185nm) lamps, and compared them with NO{sub 2} decomposition results by glow discharges.

  3. Atmospheric pressure glow discharge for enhanced combustion. Final report, November 1993-April 1995

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    Berman, C.H.; Dreizin, E.L.; Hoffmann, V.K.; Calcote, H.F.

    1995-08-15

    The goal of this program was to further develop a unique atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium glow discharge in natural gas to enhance combustion; specifically to produce soot to increase radiant heat transfer, to decrease NOx, to increase flame stability, and to improve ignition properties. Injection of the products directly into air dramatically increased radiation from a natural gas - air diffusion flame so that it could not be observed without protective glasses. Electrical and chemical conversion efficiencies were both high. The electrical efficiency was 82%; 26% of the electrical power input went into chemical change and 56% into heating the discharge gas. Means for recovering the lost energy are discussed. For the first time, a glow discharge was initiated at one atmosphere.

  4. Isotope effects on desorption kinetics of hydrogen isotopes implanted into stainless steel by glow discharge

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    Matsuyama, M.; Kondo, M.; Noda, N.; Tanaka, M.; Nishimura, K.

    2015-03-15

    In a fusion device the control of fuel particles implies to know the desorption rate of hydrogen isotopes by the plasma-facing materials. In this paper desorption kinetics of hydrogen isotopes implanted into type 316L stainless steel by glow discharge have been studied by experiment and numerical calculation. The temperature of a maximum desorption rate depends on glow discharge time and heating rate. Desorption spectra observed under various experimental conditions have been successfully reproduced by numerical simulations that are based on a diffusion-limited process. It is suggested, therefore, that desorption rate of a hydrogen isotope implanted into the stainless steel is limited by a diffusion process of hydrogen isotope atoms in bulk. Furthermore, small isotope effects were observed for the diffusion process of hydrogen isotope atoms. (authors)

  5. Optical and electrical characteristics of air dielectric barrier discharges in mode transition at atmospheric pressure

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    Wang, Weiwei; Liu, Feng; Wang, Xue; Han, Haiyan; Huang, Yanbin; Liang, Rongqing

    2015-04-01

    Atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) have a wide range of industrial applications, generally exhibiting either filamentary or diffuse (i.e. glow) discharges. The focus of this investigation is on the formation mechanisms of the discharge current pulse width, on the order of tens of microseconds, accompanied by a light source formation, which is called a light source (LS) mode in air DBDs at atmospheric pressure. From a macroscopic point of view, the characteristics of the discharge current in the LS mode are similar with those of the glow mode. The optical and electrical characteristics of air DBDs at atmospheric pressure are investigated in the transition from the filamentary mode to the LS mode by measuring the optical emission spectroscopy and electrical signals. It is shown that in the manual increasing voltage stage, the vibrational temperature almost never changes and the gas temperature, electron temperature, dielectric capacitance, gas voltage (Vg) and discharge power (P) increase with an increase in the applied voltage. In the automatic decreasing voltage stage, all of these parameters, except Vg and P, increase with a decrease in the voltage. But, when the voltage decreases to a minimum value corresponding to the LS mode, P reaches a maximum value. In this paper, the variations of these parameters are analyzed and discussed in detail. The formation of the LS mode originates from the secondary electrons. The formation mechanisms of the secondary electrons are also discussed.

  6. Isotope ratio measurements by secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS)

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    Betti, Maria

    2005-04-01

    The basic principles of secondary ion mass spectrometry and glow discharge mass spectrometry have been shortly revisited. The applications of both techniques as exploited for the isotope ratio measurements in several matrices have been reviewed. Emphasis has been given to research fields in expansions such as solar system studies, medicine, biology, environment and nuclear forensic. The characteristics of the two techniques are discussed in terms of sensitivity and methodology of quantification. Considerations on the different detection possibilities in SIMS are also presented.

  7. Derivation and experimental verification of a particulate transport model for a glow discharge

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    Daugherty, J. E.; Graves, D. B.

    1995-08-01

    The most important forces that influence the motion of particles in a glow discharge plasma are the electrostatic force, the ion drag force, the neutral drag force, thermophoresis, and gravity. In this article we present a transport model that predicts the distribution of particles in plasma reactors in terms of the fundamental forces that act on the particles. We compare the model predictions to experimental measurements of particle distributions in a rf parallel plate plasma reactor.

  8. Investigation of complexity dynamics of inverse and normal homoclinic bifurcation in a glow discharge plasma

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    Saha, Debajyoti Kumar Shaw, Pankaj; Janaki, M. S.; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.; Ghosh, Sabuj; Mitra, Vramori Michael Wharton, Alpha

    2014-03-15

    Order-chaos-order was observed in the relaxation oscillations of a glow discharge plasma with variation in the discharge voltage. The first transition exhibits an inverse homoclinic bifurcation followed by a homoclinic bifurcation in the second transition. For the two regimes of observations, a detailed analysis of correlation dimension, Lyapunov exponent, and Renyi entropy was carried out to explore the complex dynamics of the system.

  9. Dynamic of the Dust Structures under Magnetic Field Effect in DC Glow Discharges

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    Vasiliev, M. M.; D'yachkov, L. G.; Antipov, S. N.; Petrov, O. F.; Fortov, V. E.

    2008-09-07

    In this work, we investigate dust structures in the striation of DC glow discharges under magnetic field actions. The dependence of rotation frequency of dusty plasma structures as a function of the magnetic field was investigated. For various magnetic fields kinetic temperatures of the dust particles, diffusion coefficients, and effective coupling coefficient {gamma}* have been determined. Obtained results are analyzed and compared with theoretical predictions.

  10. Clostridium beijerinckii mutant obtained atmospheric pressure glow discharge generates enhanced electricity in a microbial fuel cell.

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    Liu, Jun; Guo, Ting; Wang, Dong; Ying, Hanjie

    2015-01-01

    A Clostridium beijerinckii mutant M13 was derived from C. beijerinckii NCIMB 8052 by atmospheric pressure glow discharge. C. beijerinckii M13 generated a maximum output power density of 79.2 mW m(-2) and a maximum output voltage of 230 mV in a microbial fuel cell containing 1 g glucose l(-1) as carbon source and 0.15 g methyl viologen l(-1) as an electron carrier. PMID:25179822

  11. Impact energy and retained dose uniformity in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Lu, Q. Y.; Fu, Ricky K. Y.; Chu, Paul K.; Li, L. H.; Li, J. H.

    2009-08-10

    The implantation energy and retained dose uniformity in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation (EGD-PIII) is investigated numerically and experimentally. Depth profiles obtained from different samples processed by EGD-PIII and traditional PIII are compared. The retained doses under different pulse widths are calculated by integrating the area under the depth profiles. Our results indicate that the improvement in the impact energy and retained dose uniformity by this technique is remarkable.

  12. Ozone production by nanoporous dielectric barrier glow discharge in atmospheric pressure air

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    Cho, J. H.; Koo, I. G.; Choi, M. Y.; Lee, W. M.

    2008-03-01

    This study is aimed at demonstrating plasma-chemical ozone production based on low temperature atmospheric pressure glow discharge through nanoporous dielectric barriers. The 20kHz ac driven discharge is formed in air or oxygen gas flowing in the axial direction of the cylindrical plasma reactor containing four parallel aluminum rods covered with nanoporous alumina films. The discharge utilizing nanoporous dielectric barrier is more uniform and more energy efficient in ozone generation than the discharge through smooth-surface dielectric barriers.

  13. Aqueous solution sampling and the effects of water vapor in glow discharge mass spectrometry

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    Ratliff, P.H.

    1992-01-01

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry is a technique for the analysis of trace elements in solid materials. In this dissertation, the sampling of small volume aqueous solution samples has been explored. This method uses electrothermal vaporization of a solution residue for atomization, while a glow discharge provides the excitation and ionization. The main advantage of this technique over other glow discharge solution analysis schemes is the increase in sensitivity for a given sample since the analyte is atomized in a short time. The effects of the electrothermal filament current on the plasma processes were studied, since this could influence the discharge processes as well as ion transport to the mass spectrometer. Variables such as pressure, cathode-to-exit orifice distance, atomization current, and sample placement on the cathode were evaluated and the best parameters presented. The method was had relative standard deviations between 15--20%. Multi-element samples may be analyzed using either mass spectral scanning or separation of the elements by their vaporization temperature. The effects of water vapor on the processes of the glow discharge were investigated. Water vapor exhibits detrimental effects on both atomization and ionization in the plasma. Mass spectra taken with less than 5% water vapor resulted in ion signals primarily from H[sub 2]O, H[sub 3]O, ArH, and O[sub 2]. A liquid nitrogen coil was constructed to aid in the removal and control of water vapor in the ion source. Mass spectra obtained while cooling the source contained ion signals mainly from the cathode material. Different cathodes were investigated to observe the varying effects of the water vapor. When sputtering reactive metals the water problem may be minimized. Steady state and pulsed addition of water were examined to determine the processes occurring in the plasma.

  14. Measurements of spatially growing dust acoustic waves in a dc glow discharge plasma

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    Thomas, Edward Jr.

    2006-04-15

    In this paper, an experiment is performed on dust acoustic waves in a dc glow discharge plasma. Stereoscopic particle image velocimetry (stereo-PIV) techniques are used to make measurements of the dust acoustic waves. These stereo-PIV measurements reveal the spatial growth of the waves over three to six wavelengths before reaching a saturated level. Experimental measurements are shown to agree with a simple model for spatially varying waves.

  15. Microstructure and biocompatibility of titanium oxides produced on nitrided surface layer under glow discharge conditions.

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    Czarnowska, E; Morgiel, J; Ossowski, M; Major, R; Sowinska, A; Wierzchon, T

    2011-10-01

    The disadvantages of titanium implants are their low wear resistance and the release of titanium elements into surrounding tissue. These can be eliminated by modifying the surface by surface engineering methods, among them nitriding under glow discharge conditions which allow to produce diffusive surface layers. Their combining with an oxide layer might be valuable for biological events occurring at the bone implant interface. The aim of this study was to enhance the titanium biomaterial performance via combining nitriding and oxidizing treatments in one process under glow discharge conditions. The oxynitrided surface layers were produced at 680 degrees C. The obtained layer was TiO + TiN + Ti2N + alphaTi(N) type and about 4-microm thick and was of diffusive character. This layer significantly increased wear resistance and slightly corrosion resistance compared to that of the reference titanium alloy. The produced titanium oxide was about 400-nm thick and built from fine crystallites. This oxide exhibits bioactivity in SBF (simulated body fluid). Osteoblasts of Saos-2 line incubated on this surface exhibited good adhesion and proliferation and ALP release comparable with cells cultured on the reference titanium alloy and TiN + Ti2N + alphaTi(N) surface layers. A quantitative analysis of blood platelets adhering to this layer revealed their highest amount in comparison to that on both the nitrided surface layer and titanium alloy. The presented study provided a simple and reproducible method of combining oxidizing and nitriding under glow discharge in one process. Experimental data in vitro suggests that titanium alloy oxynitriding under low temperatures at glow discharge conditions improves titanium alloy properties and biocompatibility and tissue healing. Therefore, the layer of TiO + TiN +Ti2N + alphaTi(N) type could be valuable for long-term bone implants. PMID:22400281

  16. Heat Characteristics of Glow Discharge at Low Pressure with Supersonic Gas Flow

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    Timerkaev, B. A.; Amirzyanov, D. R.; Israfilov, D. I.

    2016-01-01

    Here, the results of experimental investigations on neutral gas temperature distribution over glow discharge plasma under transverse supersonic gas flow through a confined area of the discharge space. It is found that in the flow area the gas temperature decreases sharply. In addition, this leads to further increase of neutral particles concentration in flow area and, as a result, sustain existence of discharge at extremely low pressures.

  17. A comparison of hydrogen vs. helium glow discharge effects on fusion device first-wall conditioning

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    Dylla, H.F.

    1989-09-01

    Hydrogen- and deuterium-fueled glow discharges are used for the initial conditioning of magnetic fusion device vacuum vessels following evacuation from atmospheric pressure. Hydrogenic glow discharge conditioning (GDC) significantly reduces the near-surface concentration of simple adsorbates, such as H/sub 2/O, CO, and CH/sub 4/, and lowers ion-induced desorption coefficients by typically three orders of magnitude. The time evolution of the residual gas production observed during hydrogen-glow discharge conditioning of the carbon first-wall structure of the TFTR device is similar to the time evolution observed during hydrogen GDC of the initial first-wall configuration in TFTR, which was primarily stainless steel. Recently, helium GDC has been investigated for several wall-conditioning tasks on a number of tokamaks including TFTR. Helium GDC shows negligible impurity removal with stainless steel walls. For impurity conditioning with carbon walls, helium GDC shows significant desorption of H/sub 2/O, CO, and CO/sub 2/; however, the total desorption yield is limited to the monolayer range. In addition, helium GDC can be used to displace hydrogen isotopes from the near-surface region of carbon first-walls in order to lower hydrogenic retention and recycling. 38 refs., 6 figs.

  18. The interplanetary hydrogen and helium glow and the inferred interstellar gas properties

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    Judge, D. L.

    1983-01-01

    Observations of the interplanetary hydrogen and helium glow have been obtained by a number of spacecraft and rocket experiments during the past fifteen years. Important results have been established on the temperature, density, velocity, spatial dependence, and hydrogen to helium ratio. However, only four spacecraft launched to date are investigating the outer solar system and of these four the Pioneer 10 spacecraft is the farthest out at 28 A.U. Observations from this spacecraft at great distances have permitted an improved analysis of the effects which are only evident at large distances from the Sun. Perhaps the most significant result in this regard is the clear evidence of the importance of multiple scattering of solar Ly-alpha; an effect which has not been observed in earlier work. Ignoring this effect can lead to a gross overestimate of the local galactic glow. Current best estimates of the galactic glow and the local interstellar wind parameters obtained by the Pioneer 10 photometer at great distances are presented, in addition to complementary experimental observations of particular interest.

  19. Boundary Effect of Planar Glow Dielectric Barrier Discharge and Its Influence on the Discharge Structure

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    Xu, Shaowei; Li, Lulu; Ouyang, Jiting

    2015-05-01

    The dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) in the glow regime in neon has been investigated by experiment and two-dimensional (2D) fluid modeling. The discharge was carried out in a planar DBD system with segmented-electrodes driven by square-wave voltage. The results show that the glow DBD originates in the center of the electrode and expands outward to the electrode edge during each half cycle of the voltage, forming a radial structure. The discharge decays firstly in the inner area but sustains longer in the edge area, showing a reversed discharge area. The discharge cannot completely cover the entire electrode surface, but remains a border of non- or weak discharge. The fluid modeling shows a similar result in agreement with the experiments. The simulations indicate that the electric field in the edge area is distorted due to the boundary effect so that the electric field and charge distribution are different from that in the inner part. The distorted field reduces the longitudinal component near the edge and causes the local field to be lower than that in the center, and hence makes the discharge behindhand. It also induces a transverse field that makes the discharge extend radially outward to the edge. The boundary effect plays an important role in the glow DBD structure. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11175017)

  20. Development and synthesis of durable self-glowing crystals doped with plutonium

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    Burakov, B. E.; Domracheva, Ya. V.; Zamoryanskaya, M. V.; Petrova, M. A.; Garbuzov, V. M.; Kitsay, A. A.; Zirlin, V. A.

    2009-03-01

    Different crystalline materials doped with plutonium and other alpha-emitting radionuclides are characterized by self-glowing. Some of these materials, in particular, monocrystalline ones, which are highly chemically resistant, mechanically durable, and stable under radiation damage are promising for application in optical couplers, robotics and medicine. They might be used for a long time (from tens to hundreds years) in aggressive chemical media and space. Crystals with low content of radionuclides (less than 0.1 wt%) but intensive self-glowing are main subject of interest. Phosphate and silicate single crystals with zircon structure: xenotime, (Y,)PO 4 and zircon, (Zr,)SiO 4, were doped with 238Pu, 237Np and non-radioactive elements: Eu 3+; In 3+ and Tb 3+. The most intensive self-glowing was obtained for xenotime crystals doped with 0.1 wt% 238Pu and Eu; and for zircon crystals doped with 0.01 wt% 238Pu and coupled admixture of In and Tb.

  1. Adsorption of human salivary mucin MG1 onto glow-discharge plasma treated acrylic resin surfaces.

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    Yildirim, M S; Kesimer, M; Hasirci, N; Kiliç, N; Hasanreisoğlu, U

    2006-10-01

    It has been suggested that altering the surface properties of acrylic resin material may change the nature of the adsorbed pellicle affecting denture retention and microbial adherence. This study aimed at evaluating the adsorption of salivary high molecular-weight mucins, a major component of denture pellicle, onto modified acrylic resin surfaces. (Poly) methylmethacrylate specimens were treated by glow discharge plasma technique, using hydrophilic 2-Hydroxyethylmethacrylate monomer or oxygen (O(2)) gas and hydrophobic Hexamethyldisiloxane monomer, at different discharge powers. Acrylic samples were incubated with high-molecular weight mucin, MG1 purified from saliva, the adsorbed fractions were transferred to nitrocellulose membranes by slot-blot technique, stained by periodic acid-Schiff and colour intensities were analysed by a colour densitometer. Higher amounts of mucins were adsorbed on all the surfaces modified by glow-discharge plasma treatment. Within the limitations of this study, it was concluded that glow-discharge plasma altered the surfaces of acrylic resin denture base materials and significantly increased the adsorption of high molecular-weight mucins at varying levels depending on plasma parameters. PMID:16938107

  2. Validity of the similarity law for the glow discharges in non-plane-parallel gaps

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    Fu, Yangyang; Luo, Haiyun; Zou, Xiaobing; Wang, Xinxin

    2014-12-01

    The glow discharges in the gaps geometrically similar to that used in glow discharge cleaning of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) were numerically simulated based on a two-dimensional fluid model in which the linear dimensions of gap A are two times that of gap B and the pressure of gap A is half that of gap B. Under an applied voltage of 1000 V, the physical parameters at the corresponding point pz in these two gaps were compared. It was found that the electric potential U(pz), the reduced field E(pz)/p and the electron temperature Te(pz) are equal in values for these two gaps, but the electron density ne(pz) and ion density ni(pz) for gap B are four times that of gap A. All these parameter ratios are the same as that defined by similarity law, which confirmed that the similarity law is valid for the glow discharges in non-plane-parallel gaps.

  3. The Use of a Glow Discharge Source in Teaching Introductory Physics

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    Gershman, Sophia

    2001-10-01

    Plasma physics provides a unique opportunity to teach introductory level high school physics as a unified approach to analyzing real phenomena instead of presenting it as a collection of disjointed topics. Departing from the conventional single-concept laboratory exercises, the simple tabletop experiments with low temperature plasma are rich enough to allow for a synthesis of concepts and methods taught in an introductory level physics course. Several glow discharge sources have been constructed for use as demonstration devices and as a base for advanced experiments. The constructed glow discharge sources in conjunction with commercially available sources, such as fluorescent light bulbs and plasma globes, have been used throughout the curriculum for a variety of topics. These include elastic and inelastic collisions; the properties of electric field and the motion of particles in electric and magnetic fields; electrical circuits; the principles of spectral analysis; the basic principles of conservation of energy; the interactions of electromagnetic waves with plasma. The advanced experiments have included the study of breakdown in low-pressure gases, the spectroscopic analysis of the discharge, and the use of microwave interferometry to determine the plasma density. New topics using plasmas are currently under design. The glow discharge sources have also been used for teaching basic plasma physics concepts to high school physics teachers.

  4. Distribution and phylogenetic relationships of Australian glow-worms Arachnocampa (Diptera, Keroplatidae).

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    Baker, Claire H; Graham, Glenn C; Scott, Kirsten D; Cameron, Stephen L; Yeates, David K; Merritt, David J

    2008-08-01

    Glow-worms are bioluminescent fly larvae (Order Diptera, genus Arachnocampa) found only in Australia and New Zealand. Their core habitat is rainforest gullies and wet caves. Eight species are present in Australia; five of them have been recently described. The geographic distribution of species in Australia encompasses the montane regions of the eastern Australian coastline from the Wet Tropics region of northern Queensland to the cool temperate and montane rainforests of southern Australia and Tasmania. Phylogenetic trees based upon partial sequences of the mitochondrial genes cytochrome oxidase II and 16S mtDNA show that populations tend to be clustered into allopatric geographic groups showing overall concordance with the known species distributions. The deepest division is between the cool-adapted southern subgenus, Lucifera, and the more widespread subgenus, Campara. Lucifera comprises the sister groups, A. tasmaniensis, from Tasmania and the newly described species, A. buffaloensis, found in a high-altitude cave at Mt Buffalo in the Australian Alps in Victoria. The remaining Australian glow-worms in subgenus Campara are distributed in a swathe of geographic clusters that extend from the Wet Tropics in northern Queensland to the temperate forests of southern Victoria. Samples from caves and rainforests within any one geographic location tended to cluster together within a clade. We suggest that the morphological differences between hypogean (cave) and epigean (surface) glow-worm larvae are facultative adaptations to local microclimatic conditions rather than due to the presence of cryptic species in caves. PMID:18583158

  5. Mechanism behind self-sustained oscillations in direct current glow discharges and dusty plasmas

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    Cho, Sung Nae

    2013-04-15

    An alternative explanation to the mechanism behind self-sustained oscillations of ions in direct current (DC) glow discharges is provided. Such description is distinguished from the one provided by the fluid models, where oscillations are attributed to the positive feedback mechanism associated with photoionization of particles and photoemission of electrons from the cathode. Here, oscillations arise as consequence of interaction between an ion and the surface charges induced by it at the bounding electrodes. Such mechanism provides an elegant explanation to why self-sustained oscillations occur only in the negative resistance region of the voltage-current characteristic curve in the DC glow discharges. Furthermore, this alternative description provides an elegant explanation to the formation of plasma fireballs in the laboratory plasma. It has been found that oscillation frequencies increase with ion's surface charge density, but at the rate which is significantly slower than it does with the electric field. The presented mechanism also describes self-sustained oscillations of ions in dusty plasmas, which demonstrates that self-sustained oscillations in dusty plasmas and DC glow discharges involve common physical processes.

  6. The role of electronic mechanisms in surface erosion and glow phenomena

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    Haglund, Richard F., Jr.

    1987-01-01

    Experimental studies of desorption induced by electronic transitions (DIET) are described. Such studies are producing an increasingly complete picture of the dynamical pathways through which incident electronic energy is absorbed and rechanneled to produce macroscopic erosion and glow. These mechanistic studies can determine rate constants for erosion and glow processes in model materials and provide valuable guidance in materials selection and development. Extensive experiments with electron, photon, and heavy particle irradiation of alkali halides and other simple model materials have produced evidence showing that: (1) surface erosion, consisting primarily in the ejection or desorption of ground-state neutral atoms, occurs with large efficiencies for all irradiated species; (2) surface glow, resulting from the radiative decay of desorbed atoms, likewise occurs for all irradiating species; (3) the typical mechanism for ground-state neutral desorption is exciton formation, followed by relaxation to a permanent, mobile electronic defect which is the precursor to bond-breaking in the surface or near-surface bulk of the material; and (4) the mechanisms for excited atom formation may include curve crossing in atomic collisions, interactions with surface defect or impurity states, or defect diffusion.

  7. Studies on the Electrical Characteristics of a DC Glow Discharge by Using Langmuir Probe

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    Safaai, S. S.; Yap, S. L.; Wong, C. S.; Muniandy, S. V.; Smith, P. W.

    2010-07-07

    Electrical characteristics of a DC glow discharge are studied with the aim of determining the suitable parameters for stable operation of the dusty plasma system. The presence of dust particles in plasma significantly alters the charged particle equilibrium in the plasma and leads to various phenomena. Argon plasma produced by DC glow discharge is investigated with a further goal of studying dusty plasma phenomena. The discharge system has two disc-shaped parallel plate electrodes. The electrodes are enclosed in a large cylindrical stainless steel chamber filled with argon gas. Two important physical parameters affecting the condition of the discharge are the gas pressure and the inter-electrode distance. A single Langmuir probe based on the Keithley source meter is used to determine the electron temperature of the positive column. A custom designed probe is employed to determine the potential distribution between the electrodes during the discharge. The I-V characteristic curve and the Langmuir probe measurement are then used to determine the electron energy distribution of the glow discharge plasma.

  8. Atmospheric pressure glow discharge deposition of thermo-sensitive poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)

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    Shao, M.; Tang, X. L.; Wen, D.; Chen, Y.; Qiu, G.

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, a self-made atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge reactor on intermediate frequency is brought forward and developed, which is equipped with power supply of 1-20 KHz, and the working gas is argon. The experimental results show that is a very stable and uniform atmospheric pressure glow discharge (APGD). Through a series of experiments, the waveforms of single pulse and multi-pulse glow discharge were both obtained. The voltage amplitude, discharge gap and dielectric material are studied, and the conditions of multi-pulse glow discharge are discussed as well. The novel methods of depositing poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) coatings on the surface of glass slides and PS petri dish are provided by atmospheric pressure plasma polymerization. PNIPAAm can be obtained by plasma polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide using the self-made equipment of atmospheric pressure plasma vapor treatment. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle. SEM analysis has revealed that the PNIPAAm coatings were formed on the surface of the smooth glass slides. Further evaluation by using XPS, it has shown the presence of PNIPAAm. The wettability can be significantly modified by changing of the temperatures at above and below of the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) from the data of the contact angle test. These results have advantage for further application on the thermo-sensitive textile materials.

  9. Atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionizataion and triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry for explosives vapor detection

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    McLuckey, S.A.; Goeringer, D.E.; Asano, K.G.; Hart, K.J.; Glish, G.L.; Grant, B.C.; Chambers, D.M.

    1993-08-01

    The detection and identification of trace vapors of hidden high explosives is an excellent example of a targeted analysis problem. It is desirable to push to ever lower levels the quantity or concentration of explosives material that provides an analytical signal, while at the same time discriminating against all other uninteresting material. The detection system must therefore combine high sensitivity with high specificity. This report describes the philosophy behind the use of atmospheric sampling glow discharge ionization, which is a sensitive, rugged, and convenient means for forming anions from explosives molecules, with tandem mass spectrometry, which provides unparalleled specificity in the identification of explosives-related ions. Forms of tandem mass spectrometry are compared and contrasted to provide a summary of the characteristics to be expected from an explosives detector employing mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry. The instrument developed for the FAA, an atmospheric sampling glow discharge/triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, is described in detail with particular emphasis on the ion source/spectrometer interface and on the capabilities of the spectrometer. Performance characteristics of the system are also described as they pertain to explosives of interest including a description of an automated procedure for the detection and identification of specific explosives. A comparison of various tandem mass spectrometers mated with atmospheric sampling glow discharge is then described and preliminary studies with a vapor preconcentration system provided by the FAA will be described.

  10. Mixed- and general-order kinetics applied to selected thermoluminescence glow curves.

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    Maghrabi, M; Al-Jundi, J; Arafah, D-E

    2008-01-01

    Mixed-order (MO) and general-order (GO) kinetics expressions are applied to experimental glow curves of CaSO4:Ce, LiNaSO4:Eu, BaF2:Ce and SrF2:Er. The purpose is to compare the activation energies derived from the two models to investigate the correlation between the order of kinetics, b, and the parameter alpha of the MO model for real systems and to explore the validity of the correlation between b and alpha derived from the analysis of synthetic glow peaks or experimentally isolated single peak for complex glow curves. The two alternative routes resulted in clean fits with very close values of the sum of squared residuals. The general conclusions are: (1) the activation energies derived from the MO model are slightly higher than the ones derived from the GO model, but the difference appears to be insignificant, (2) the correlation between b and alpha is not smooth and the scatter in the b values for a given alpha is within the theoretically expected spread in the b value and (3) the MO expression is capable of evaluating the shape parameters as accurately as the GO expression with the advantage that it has a physical basis contrary to the purely empirical GO model. PMID:18337288

  11. Evaluation of abnormal liver function tests

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    Limdi, J; Hyde, G

    2003-01-01

    Interpretation of abnormalities in liver function tests is a common problem faced by clinicians. This has become more common with the introduction of automated routine laboratory testing. Not all persons with one or more abnormalities in these tests actually have liver disease. The various biochemical tests, their pathophysiology, and an approach to the interpretation of abnormal liver function tests are discussed in this review. PMID:12840117

  12. Biochemical abnormalities in Pearson syndrome.

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    Crippa, Beatrice Letizia; Leon, Eyby; Calhoun, Amy; Lowichik, Amy; Pasquali, Marzia; Longo, Nicola

    2015-03-01

    Pearson marrow-pancreas syndrome is a multisystem mitochondrial disorder characterized by bone marrow failure and pancreatic insufficiency. Children who survive the severe bone marrow dysfunction in childhood develop Kearns-Sayre syndrome later in life. Here we report on four new cases with this condition and define their biochemical abnormalities. Three out of four patients presented with failure to thrive, with most of them having normal development and head size. All patients had evidence of bone marrow involvement that spontaneously improved in three out of four patients. Unique findings in our patients were acute pancreatitis (one out of four), renal Fanconi syndrome (present in all patients, but symptomatic only in one), and an unusual organic aciduria with 3-hydroxyisobutyric aciduria in one patient. Biochemical analysis indicated low levels of plasma citrulline and arginine, despite low-normal ammonia levels. Regression analysis indicated a significant correlation between each intermediate of the urea cycle and the next, except between ornithine and citrulline. This suggested that the reaction catalyzed by ornithine transcarbamylase (that converts ornithine to citrulline) might not be very efficient in patients with Pearson syndrome. In view of low-normal ammonia levels, we hypothesize that ammonia and carbamylphosphate could be diverted from the urea cycle to the synthesis of nucleotides in patients with Pearson syndrome and possibly other mitochondrial disorders. PMID:25691415

  13. [Renal abnormalities in ankylosing spondylitis].

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    Samia, Barbouch; Hazgui, Faial; Abdelghani, Khaoula Ben; Hamida, Fethi Ben; Goucha, Rym; Hedri, Hafedh; Taarit, Chokri Ben; Maiz, Hedi Ben; Kheder, Adel

    2012-07-01

    We will study the epidemiologic, clinical, biological, therapeutic, prognostic characteristics and predictive factors of development of nephropathy in ankylosing spondylitis patients. We retrospectively reviewed the medical record of 32 cases with renal involvement among 212 cases of ankylosing spondylitis followed in our service during the period spread out between 1978 and 2006. The renal involvement occurred in all patients a mean of 12 years after the clinical onset of the rheumatic disease. Thirty-two patients presented one or more signs of renal involvement: microscopic hematuria in 22 patients, proteinuria in 23 patients, nephrotic syndrome in 11 patients and decreased renal function in 24 patients (75%). Secondary renal amyloidosis (13 patients), which corresponds to a prevalence of 6,1% and tubulointerstitial nephropathy (7 patients) were the most common cause of renal involvement in ankylosing spondylitis followed by IgA nephropathy (4 patients). Seventeen patients evolved to the end stage renal disease after an average time of 29.8 46 months. The average follow-up of the patients was 4,4 years. By comparing the 32 patients presenting a SPA and renal disease to 88 with SPA and without nephropathy, we detected the predictive factors of occurred of nephropathy: tobacco, intense inflammatory syndrome, sacroileite stage 3 or 4 and presence of column bamboo. The finding of 75% of the patients presented a renal failure at the time of the diagnosis of renal involvement suggests that evidence of renal abnormality involvement should be actively sought in this disease. PMID:22520483

  14. Semen abnormalities with SSRI antidepressants.

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    2015-01-01

    Despite decades of widespread use, the adverse effect profile of "selective" serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants has still not been fully elucidated. Studies in male animals have shown delayed sexual development and reduced fertility. Three prospective cohort studies conducted in over one hundred patients exposed to an SSRI for periods ranging from 5 weeks to 24 months found altered semen param-eters after as little as 3 months of exposure: reduced sperm concentration, reduced sperm motility, a higher percentage of abnormal spermatozoa, and increased levels of sperm DNA fragmentation. One clinical trial showed growth retardation in children considered depressed who were exposed to SSRls. SSRls may have endocrine disrupting properties. Dapoxetine is a short-acting serotonin reuptake inhibitor that is chemically related to fluoxetine and marketed in the European Union for men complaining of premature ejaculation. But the corresponding European summary of product characteristics does not mention any effects on fertility. In practice, based on the data available as of mid-2014, the effects of SSRI exposure on male fertility are unclear. However, it is a risk that should be taken into account and pointed out to male patients who would like to father a child or who are experiencing fertility problems. PMID:25729824

  15. The XXXXY Sex Chromosome Abnormality

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    Barr, M. L.; Carr, D. H.; Pozsonyi, J.; Wilson, R. A.; Dunn, H. G.; Jacobson, T. S.; Miller, J. R.; Chown, B.

    1962-01-01

    The most common sex chromosome complex in sex chromatin-positive males with Klinefelter's syndrome is XXY. When the complex is XXYY or XXXY, the clinical findings do not seem to differ materially from those seen in XXY subjects, although more patients with these intersexual chromosome complements need to be studied to establish possible phenotypical expressions of the chromosomal variants. Two male children with an XXXXY sex chromosome abnormality are described. The data obtained from the study of these cases and five others described in the literature suggest that the XXXXY patient is likely to have congenital defects not usually seen in the common form of the Klinefelter syndrome. These include a triad of (1) skeletal anomalies (including radioulnar synostosis), (2) hypogenitalism (hypoplasia of penis and scrotum, incomplete descent of testes and defective prepubertal development of seminiferous tubules), and (3) greater risk of severe mental deficiency. That the conclusions are based on data from a small number of patients is emphasized, together with the need for a cytogenetic survey of a large control or unselected population. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4Fig. 5Fig. 6Fig. 7Fig. 8Fig. 9Fig. 10 PMID:13969480

  16. Radiologic atlas of pulmonary abnormalities in children

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    Singleton, E.B.; Wagner, M.L.; Dutton, R.V.

    1988-01-01

    This book is an atlas about thoracic abnormalities in infants and children. The authors include computed tomographic, digital subtraction angiographic, ultrasonographic, and a few magnetic resonance (MR) images. They recognize and discuss how changes in the medical treatment of premature infants and the management of infection and pediatric tumors have altered some of the appearances and considerations in these diseases. Oriented toward all aspects of pulmonary abnormalities, the book starts with radiographic techniques and then discusses the normal chest, the newborn, infections, tumors, and pulmonary vascular diseases. There is comprehensive treatment of mediastinal abnormalities and a discussion of airway abnormalities.

  17. Potential Industrial Applications of the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP) Operating in Ambient Air

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    Reece Roth, J.

    2004-11-01

    The majority of industrial plasma processing with glow discharges has been conducted at pressures below 10 torr. This tends to limit applications to high value workpieces as a result of the high capital cost of vacuum systems and the production constraints of batch processing. It has long been recognized that glow discharge plasmas would play a much larger industrial role if they could be generated at one atmosphere. The One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDP), developed at the University of Tennessee's Plasma Sciences Laboratory, is a non-thermal RF plasma operating on displacement currents with the time-resolved characteristics of a classical low pressure DC normal glow discharge. As a glow discharge, the OAUGDP operates with maximum electrical efficiency at the Stoletow point, where the energy input per ion-electron pair is a minimum [1, 2]. Several interdisciplinary teams have investigated potential applications of the OAUGDP. These teams included collaborators from the UTK Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC), and the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Microbiology, and Food Science and Technology, as well as the NASA Langley Research Center. The potential applications of the OAUGDP have all been at one atmosphere and room temperature, using air as the working gas. These applications include sterilizing medical and dental equipment; sterilizable air filters to deal with the "sick building syndrome"; removal of soot from Diesel engine exhaust; subsonic plasma aerodynamic effects, including flow re-attachment to airfoils and boundary layer modification; electrohydrodynamic (EDH) flow control of working gases; increasing the surface energy of materials; improving the adhesion of paints and electroplated layers: improving the wettability and wickability of fabrics; stripping of photoresist; and plasma deposition and directional etching of potential microelectronic relevance. [1] J. R. Roth, Industrial Plasma Engineering: Volume I, Principles. Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol and Philadelphia 1995, ISBN 0-7503-0318-2. [2] Roth, J. R. Industrial Plasma Engineering: Volume II Applications to Nonthermal Plasma Processing Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol and Philadelphia. 2001, ISBN 0-7503-0545-2.

  18. [Glow Discharge Characteristics of Hollow Needle-Plate Electrode in Atmospheric Pressure Argon].

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    Liu, Shu-hua; Jia, Peng-ying; Di, Cong; Li, Xue-chen; Yang, Fan

    2015-09-01

    Atmosphere pressure uniform plasma has the broad application prospect in the industrial field. Using hollow needle cathode-plate anode device excited by direct-current voltage, a uniform and stable glow discharge is generated at atmospheric pressure in ambient air with argon used as working gas. The influence of the experimental parameters (including gas flow rate and the gas gap width) on discharge has been investigated by optical method. It can be found that a glow-discharge plasma column can bridge the two electrodes. The plasma column is uniform, and no filaments can be discerned. Near the plate electrode, the diameter of the plasma column is largest of all positions. The maximal diameter of the plasma column increases with increasing the discharge current or the gas flow rate. Through electrical method, the voltage-current characteristic has been investigated. It has been found that the discharge voltage decreases with increasing the current which is similar with the characteristic of glow discharge in low pressure. It increases with increasing the gas gap width or the gas flow rate. By analyzing the optical emission spectrum scanning from 330 to 450 nm emitted from the direct-current glow discharge, the molecular vibrational temperature and the intensity ratio of spectral lines I391.4/I337.1 have been investigated as functions of the gas flow rate and gas gap width. Results indicate that both the vibrational temperature and the intensity ratio of spectral lines I391.4/I337.1 decrease with increasing the gas flow rate or the gas gap width. In addition, the molecular vibrational temperature and the intensity ratio of spectral lines I391.4/I337.1 have been investigated in spatial resolution along the direction of gas flow (plasma column axial), and give a qualitative analysis as well. It is found that the vibrational temperature and the average electron energy increase with increasing the distance from the hollow needle cathode. These results are important to the industrial applications of glow discharge. PMID:26669150

  19. Investigation of the afterglow time regime in pulsed radiofrequency glow discharge time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Gonzlez Gago, C; Bordel, N; Pereiro, R; Sanz-Medel, A

    2011-08-01

    The pulsed power operation mode of a radiofrequency (rf) glow discharge time-of-flight mass spectrometer was investigated, for several ions, in terms of intensity profiles along each pulse period. Particular attention was paid to the plateau and transient afterglow regions. An rf pulse period of 4 ms and a duty cycle of 50% was selected to evaluate the influence of discharge parameters in the afterglow delay and shape of Ar(+), Ar(2)(+) and several analytes (Br, Cl, Cu) contained in polymeric layers. Pulse shapes of Ar(+) and Ar(2)(+) ions vary with pressure and power. At low pressures the highest intensity is observed in the plateau while at higher pressures (>600 Pa) the afterpeak is the dominant region. Although the influence of the applied power is less noticeable, a widening of the afterglow time regime occurs for Ar(+) when increasing the power. Maximum intensity of the argon signal is measured in the afterglow at 30 W, while the area of such afterpeak increases with power. The maximum intensity of Ar(2)(+) is obtained at the highest power employed (60 W) and the ratio maximum intensity/afterglow area remains approximately constant with power. Analytes with ionization potentials below (Cu) or just above (Br) the argon metastable energy show maxima intensities after argon ions decay, indicating they could be ionized by collisions with metastable Ar atoms. Chlorine signals are observed in the afterglow despite their ionization potential is well above the energy of argon metastable levels. Moreover, they follow a similar pattern to that observed for Ar(2)(+) , indicating that charge-transfer process with Ar(2)(+) could play a significant role. PMID:21766395

  20. Abnormal Web Usage Control by Proxy Strategies.

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    Yu, Hsiang-Fu; Tseng, Li-Ming

    2002-01-01

    Approaches to designing a proxy server with Web usage control and to making the proxy server effective on local area networks are proposed to prevent abnormal Web access and to prioritize Web usage. A system is implemented to demonstrate the approaches. The implementation reveals that the proposed approaches are effective, such that the abnormal

  1. Immune Abnormalities in Patients with Autism.

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    Warren, Reed P.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    A study of 31 autistic patients (3-28 years old) has revealed several immune-system abnormalities, including decreased numbers of T lymphocytes and an altered ratio of helper-to-suppressor T cells. Immune-system abnormalities may be directly related to underlying biologic processes of autism or an indirect reflection of the actual pathologic…

  2. Immune Abnormalities in Patients with Autism.

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    Warren, Reed P.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    A study of 31 autistic patients (3-28 years old) has revealed several immune-system abnormalities, including decreased numbers of T lymphocytes and an altered ratio of helper-to-suppressor T cells. Immune-system abnormalities may be directly related to underlying biologic processes of autism or an indirect reflection of the actual pathologic

  3. An Abnormal Psychology Community Based Interview Assignment

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    White, Geoffry D.

    1977-01-01

    A course option in abnormal psychology involves students in interviewing and observing the activities of individuals in the off-campus community who are concerned with some aspect of abnormal psychology. The technique generates student interest in the field when they interview people about topics such as drug abuse, transsexualism, and abuse of…

  4. Multiparametric tissue abnormality characterization using manifold regularization

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    Batmanghelich, Kayhan; Wu, Xiaoying; Zacharaki, Evangelia; Markowitz, Clyde E.; Davatzikos, Christos; Verma, Ragini

    2008-03-01

    Tissue abnormality characterization is a generalized segmentation problem which aims at determining a continuous score that can be assigned to the tissue which characterizes the extent of tissue deterioration, with completely healthy tissue being one end of the spectrum and fully abnormal tissue such as lesions, being on the other end. Our method is based on the assumptions that there is some tissue that is neither fully healthy or nor completely abnormal but lies in between the two in terms of abnormality; and that the voxel-wise score of tissue abnormality lies on a spatially and temporally smooth manifold of abnormality. Unlike in a pure classification problem which associates an independent label with each voxel without considering correlation with neighbors, or an absolute clustering problem which does not consider a priori knowledge of tissue type, we assume that diseased and healthy tissue lie on a manifold that encompasses the healthy tissue and diseased tissue, stretching from one to the other. We propose a semi-supervised method for determining such as abnormality manifold, using multi-parametric features incorporated into a support vector machine framework in combination with manifold regularization. We apply the framework towards the characterization of tissue abnormality to brains of multiple sclerosis patients.

  5. Ventilation abnormalities associated with pulmonary embolism

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    Sandler, M.S.; Velchik, M.G.; Alavi, A.

    1988-06-01

    A retrospective analysis of 2035 lung images performed over approximately 5 years revealed abnormal ventilation coexisting with pulmonary embolism in 18 patients. Matching ventilation perfusion defects may be associated with pulmonary embolism without infarction. In patients with a high clinical suspicion of acute pulmonary embolism and matching V/Q abnormalities, an angiogram may be necessary to definitely exclude the diagnosis.

  6. A new look at abnormal uterine bleeding.

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    Twiss, Janice J

    2013-12-10

    New universal terminology, classifications, and definitions recommended by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to describe abnormal uterine bleeding abnormalities in reproductive women are presented. Identification and management of anovulatory and ovulatory uterine bleeding are explored. PMID:24177024

  7. FDG-PET evaluation of pleural abnormalities

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    Lowe, V.J.; Patz, E.; Harris, P.L.

    1994-05-01

    Pleural abnormalities identified on anatomical studies are often nonspecific and may represent benign or malignant disease. We prospectively evaluated the ability of FDG-PET to identify malignancy in patients with pleural abnormalities detected on chest radiographs or chest CT. Thirty-two patients with pleural abnormalities (pleural masses, thickening or effusions) found on chest radiographs or CT were evaluated by FDG-PET. Regions of interest (ROI) were identified on the PET images correlating to anatomic abnormalities and standard uptake ratios (SUR`s) of these ROI`s were calculated. A SUR value of 2.5 or greater was considered positive for malignancy. Physicians blinded to biopsy results graded their confidence of malignancy (1-5 scale) and graded lesion FDG uptake with respect to mediastinal radioactivity. Twenty-three of the patients had definitive diagnoses by tissue biopsy. Seventeen of these patients had malignant (SUR=7.9{plus_minus}3.8) and 6 had benign (SUR=2.8{plus_minus}2.4) causes of their pleural abnormalities (p=0.001). All but two malignant cases had SURs higher than 2.5 and one of these two was correctly interpreted by the observers. SURs lower than 2.5 were seen in four of the six (67%) benign pleural abnormalities. Using a combination of both visual and semiquantitative analysis, the sensitivity of FDG-PET for detecting malignant pleural abnormalities was 94%. Active infections in the pleural space had increased FDG uptake on PET studies while other benign pleural abnormalities did not. FDG-PET has very high sensitivity for detecting malignant pleural abnormalities and can differentiate benign from malignant pleural abnormalities.

  8. Thermally stimulated luminescence glow curve structure of β-irradiated CaB4O7:Dy.

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    Akın, Aycan; Ekdal, Elçin; Arslanlar, Yasemin Tuncer; Ayvacıklı, Mehmet; Karalı, Turgay; Can, Nurdoğan

    2015-09-01

    Thermally stimulated luminescence glow curves of CaB4O7:Dy samples after β-irradiation showed glow peaks at ~335, 530 and 675 K, with a heating rate of 2 K/s. The main peak at 530 K was analyzed using the Tmax-Tstop method and was found to be composed of at least five overlapping glow peaks. A curve-fitting program was used to perform computerized glow curve deconvolution (CGCD) analysis of the complex peak of the dosimetric material of interest. The kinetic parameters, namely activation energy (E) and frequency factor (s), associated with the main glow peak of CaB4O7:Dy at 520 K were evaluated using peak shape (PS) and isothermal luminescence decay (ILD) methods. In addition, the kinetics was determined to be first order (b =1) by applying the additive dose method. The activation energies and frequency factors obtained using PS and ILD methods are calculated to be 0.72 and 0.72 eV and 8.76 × 10(5) and 1.44 × 10(6) /s, respectively. PMID:25428760

  9. Glow Discharge Formation over Water Surface at Saturated Water Vapor Pressure and Its Application to Wastewater Treatment

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    Sugama, Chie; Tochikubo, Fumiyoshi; Uchida, Satoshi

    2006-11-01

    With the aim of wastewater treatment using the active reaction of OH radicals generated in gas discharges, DC, low frequency (LF, 100 kHz) and RF (13.56 MHz) glow discharges were generated over the water surface at saturated water vapor pressure. Low-pressure glow discharge over the water surface has an advantage of uniform OH radical production near the water surface. A very stable and uniform glow discharge was obtained with an RF power source, whereas the discharges obtained with the DC and LF power sources were sometimes localized. The effective OH radical production was confirmed from the strong optical emission of OH(A{2}?+-X{2}\\Pi) near the water surface. The OH(A{2}?+-X{2}\\Pi) emission intensity near the water surface increased almost linearly with an increase in discharge power. N,N-Dimethyl- p-nitrosoaniline (RNO) solution as a persistent test pollutant was treated by RF glow discharge over the water surface. We confirmed that the RNO solution was certainly decolorized by OH radicals generated in the RF glow discharge. It was found that the degradation of target compounds by OH radicals was concentrated near the water surface in the solution because very slow diffusion of target compounds limited the reaction rate.

  10. Rare cytogenetic abnormalities in myelodysplastic syndromes.

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    Bacher, Ulrike; Schanz, Julie; Braulke, Friederike; Haase, Detlef

    2015-01-01

    The karyotype represents one of the main cornerstones for the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) and the revised IPSS-R (IPSS-R) that are most widely used for prognostication in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). The most frequent cytogenetic abnormalities in MDS, i.e. del(5q), -7/del(7q), +8, complex karyotypes, or -Y have been extensively explored for their prognostic impact. The IPSS-R also considers some less frequent abnormalities such as del(11q), isochromosome 17, +19, or 3q abnormalities. However, more than 600 different cytogenetic categories had been identified in a previous MDS study. This review aims to focus interest on selected rare cytogenetic abnormalities in patients with MDS. Examples are numerical gains of the chromosomes 11 (indicating rapid progression), of chromosome 14 or 14q (prognostically intermediate to favorable), -X (in females, with an intermediate prognosis), or numerical abnormalities of chromosome 21. Structural abnormalities are also considered, e.g. del(13q) that is associated with bone marrow failure syndromes and favorable response to immunosuppressive therapy. These and other rare cytogenetic abnormalities should be integrated into existing prognostication systems such as the IPSS-R. However, due to the very low number of cases, this is clearly dependent on international collaboration. Hopefully, this article will help to inaugurate this process. PMID:25960862

  11. The chemically synthesized ageladine A-derivative LysoGlow84 stains lysosomes in viable mammalian brain cells and specific structures in the marine flatworm Macrostomum lignano.

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    Mordhorst, Thorsten; Awal, Sushil; Jordan, Sebastian; Petters, Charlotte; Sartoris, Linda; Dringen, Ralf; Bickmeyer, Ulf

    2015-02-01

    Based on the chemical structure and the known chemical synthesis of the marine sponge alkaloid ageladine A, we synthesized the ageladine A-derivative 4-(naphthalene-2-yl)-1H-imidazo[4,5-c]pyridine trifluoroacetate (LysoGlow84). The two-step synthesis started with the Pictet-Spengler reaction of histamine and naphthalene-2-carbaldehyde to a tetrahydropyridine intermediate, which was dehydrogenated with activated manganese (IV) oxide to LysoGlow84. Structure and purity of the synthesized LysoGlow84 were confirmed by NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The fluorescence intensity emitted by LysoGlow84 depended strongly on the pH of the solvent with highest fluorescence intensity recorded at pH 4. The fluorescence maximum (at 315 nm excitation) was observed at 440 nm. Biocompatibility of LysoGlow84 was investigated using cultured rat brain astrocytes and the marine flatworm Macrostomum lignano. Exposure of the astrocytes for up to 6 h to micromolar concentrations of LysoGlow84 did not compromise cell viability, as demonstrated by several viability assays, but revealed a promising property of this compound for staining of cellular vesicles. Conventional fluorescence microscopy as well as confocal scanning microscopy of LysoGlow84-treated astrocytes revealed co-localization of LysoGlow84 fluorescence with that of LysoTracker Red DND-99. LysoGlow84 stained unclear structures in Macrostomum lignano, which were identified as lysosomes by co-staining with LysoTracker. Strong fluorescence staining by LysoGlow84 was further observed around the worms' anterior gut and the female genital pore which were not counterstained by LysoTracker Red. Thus, LysoGlow84 is a new promising dye that stains lysosomes and other acidic compartments in cultured cells and in worms. PMID:25679913

  12. The Chemically Synthesized Ageladine A-Derivative LysoGlow84 Stains Lysosomes in Viable Mammalian Brain Cells and Specific Structures in the Marine Flatworm Macrostomum lignano

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    Mordhorst, Thorsten; Awal, Sushil; Jordan, Sebastian; Petters, Charlotte; Sartoris, Linda; Dringen, Ralf; Bickmeyer, Ulf

    2015-01-01

    Based on the chemical structure and the known chemical synthesis of the marine sponge alkaloid ageladine A, we synthesized the ageladine A-derivative 4-(naphthalene-2-yl)-1H-imidazo[4,5-c]pyridine trifluoroacetate (LysoGlow84). The two-step synthesis started with the Pictet-Spengler reaction of histamine and naphthalene-2-carbaldehyde to a tetrahydropyridine intermediate, which was dehydrogenated with activated manganese (IV) oxide to LysoGlow84. Structure and purity of the synthesized LysoGlow84 were confirmed by NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The fluorescence intensity emitted by LysoGlow84 depended strongly on the pH of the solvent with highest fluorescence intensity recorded at pH 4. The fluorescence maximum (at 315 nm excitation) was observed at 440 nm. Biocompatibility of LysoGlow84 was investigated using cultured rat brain astrocytes and the marine flatworm Macrostomum lignano. Exposure of the astrocytes for up to 6 h to micromolar concentrations of LysoGlow84 did not compromise cell viability, as demonstrated by several viability assays, but revealed a promising property of this compound for staining of cellular vesicles. Conventional fluorescence microscopy as well as confocal scanning microscopy of LysoGlow84-treated astrocytes revealed co-localization of LysoGlow84 fluorescence with that of LysoTracker® Red DND-99. LysoGlow84 stained unclear structures in Macrostomum lignano, which were identified as lysosomes by co-staining with LysoTracker. Strong fluorescence staining by LysoGlow84 was further observed around the worms’ anterior gut and the female genital pore which were not counterstained by LysoTracker Red. Thus, LysoGlow84 is a new promising dye that stains lysosomes and other acidic compartments in cultured cells and in worms. PMID:25679913

  13. Numerically abnormal chromosome constitutions in humans

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    1993-12-31

    Chapter 24, discusses numerically abnormal chromosome constitutions in humans. This involves abnormalities of human chromosome number, including polyploidy (when the number of sets of chromosomes increases) and aneuploidy (when the number of individual normal chromosomes changes). Chapter sections discuss the following chromosomal abnormalities: human triploids, imprinting and uniparental disomy, human tetraploids, hydatidiform moles, anomalies caused by chromosomal imbalance, 13 trisomy (D{sub 1} trisomy, Patau syndrome), 21 trisomy (Down syndrome), 18 trisomy syndrome (Edwards syndrome), other autosomal aneuploidy syndromes, and spontaneous abortions. The chapter concludes with remarks on the nonrandom participation of chromosomes in trisomy. 69 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  14. Oculomotor abnormalities in schizophrenia: a critical review.

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    Hutton, S; Kennard, C

    1998-03-01

    Oculomotor abnormalities, particularly in smooth pursuit tracking, are one of the most widely investigated biological markers of schizophrenia. However, despite the wealth of published data, important questions concerning the exact nature of these abnormalities remain unanswered. Many of the studies use unreliable methodology, and few attempts have been made to interpret the observed oculomotor dysfunction in terms of current understanding of eye movement physiology. Also, the potential effects of antipsychotic medication have been poorly addressed. Recent research, using more reliable measurement techniques and novel saccadic paradigms are producing important results and may provide a more productive framework for future studies of oculomotor abnormalities in schizophrenia. PMID:9521243

  15. Right Liver Lobe Hypoplasia and Related Abnormalities

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    Alicioglu, Banu

    2015-01-01

    Summary Background Hypoplasia and agenesis of the liver lobe is a rare abnormality. It is associated with biliary system abnormalities, high location of the right kidney, and right colon interposition. These patients are prone to gallstones, portal hypertension and possible surgical complications because of anatomical disturbance. Case Report Magnetic resonance imaging features of a rare case of hypoplasia of the right lobe of the liver in a sigmoid cancer patient are presented. Conclusions Hypoplasia of the right liver should not be confused with liver atrophy; indeed, associations with other coexistent abnormalities are also possible. Awareness and familiarity with these anomalies are necessary to avoid fatal surgical and interventional complications. PMID:26634012

  16. Glow discharge spectrometry for the characterization of nuclear and radioactively contaminated environmental samples

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    Betti, Maria; Aldave de las Heras, Laura

    2004-09-01

    Glow discharge (GD) spectrometry as applied to characterize nuclear samples as well as for the determination of radionuclides in environmental samples is reviewed. The use of instrumentation for direct current (d.c.) glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) and radio frequency glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (rf GDOES), installed inside a glove-box for the handling of radioactive samples as well as the two installations and their analytical possibilities, is described in detail. The applications of GD techniques for the characterization of samples of nuclear concern both with respect to their major and trace elements, as well as to the matrix isotopic composition are presented. Procedures for quantitative determination of major, minor, and trace elements in conductive samples are reported. As for non-conductive samples three different approaches for their measurement can be followed. Namely, the use of rf sources, the mixing of the sample with a binder conducting host matrix, and the use of a secondary cathode. In the case of oxide-based samples, the employment of a tantalum secondary cathode, acting as an oxygen getter, reduces the availability of oxygen to form polyatomic species and to produce quenching. Considerations on the use of the relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) in different matrices are reported. The analytical capabilities of GDMS are compared with ICP-MS in terms of accuracy, precision, and detection limit for the determination of trace elements in uranium oxide specimens. As for the determination of isotopic composition, GDMS was found to be competitive with thermal ionisation mass spectrometry (TIMS) as well as for bulk determinations of major elements with titration methods. Applications of GDMS to the determination of radioisotopes in environmental samples, as well for depth profiling of trace elements in oxide layers, are discussed.

  17. Characterization of Air-Nitrogen-Argon DC Glow Discharge Plasma with THz Time Domain Spectroscopy

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    Karaoglan, G.; Tosun, Z.; Akbar, D.; Altan, H.

    Transmission of terahertz pulses through DC glow discharge plasma was investigated for different gases. The pressure was kept in between the range of 0.1 torr-0.5 torr and for each pressure different measurements were taken at 5 mA, 10 mA and 15 mA plasma currents. Moreover, emission spectrum of Air, N2 and Ar plasma analysis were done respectively. It was found that the transmission of terahertz pulses through nitrogen plasma was considerably affected compared to that of the argon plasma.

  18. Influence of annular magnet on discharge characteristics in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Li Liuhe; Wang Zhuo; Lu Qiuyuan; Fu, Ricky K. Y.; Chu, Paul K.; Pang Enjing; Dun Dandan; He Fushun; Li Fen

    2011-01-10

    A permanent annular magnet positioned at the grounded anode alters the discharge characteristics in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation (EGD-PIII). The nonuniform magnetic field increases the electron path length and confines electron motion due to the magnetic mirror effect and electron-neutral collisions thus occur more frequently. The plasma potential and ion density measured by a Langmuir probe corroborate that ionization is improved near the grounded anode. This hybrid magnetic field EGD-PIII method is suitable for implantation of gases with low ionization rates.

  19. Radial structures of atmospheric-pressure glow discharges with multiple current pulses in helium

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    Bai, Zhanguo; Wang, Xiaofei; Liu, Fucheng

    2015-09-01

    Radial structures of atmospheric pressure glow discharges in dielectric barrier discharge with multiple current pulses are investigated by a self-consistent two-dimensional fluid model. The simulation results show that the discharge current densities at different radial positions do not reach their peaks simultaneously, indicating that there exists a radial non-uniform structure. The time delay between the plasma ignitions in different positions become larger and larger in the successive current pulses. It is argued that the radial non-uniformity originates from the edge effects in the first current pulse, and grows in the successive current pulses by the activation-inhibition mechanism.

  20. Influence of discharge conditions on energetic hydrogen atoms in a glow discharge

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    Cvetanovic, N.; Obradovic, B. M.; Kuraica, M. M.

    2011-10-01

    Influence of discharge conditions on fast hydrogen atoms in glow discharge is investigated using Balmer alpha emission spectroscopy. Investigation was performed in two orthogonal directions of observation in pure hydrogen. The shapes of the profiles are examined together with the space intensity distribution of the excessively broadened Balmer alpha line. It was found that line profile, space intensity distribution, and energy distribution of exited atoms strongly depend on voltage, pressure, and the reduced electric field. This confirms that fast H atoms are generated in charge exchange processes and neutralization of ions at cathode surface and not in a non-field process.

  1. Ion focusing in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation of hydrogen and nitrogen into silicon

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    Lu Qiuyuan; Fu, Ricky K. Y.; Chu, Paul K.; Wang Zhuo; Li Liuhe

    2010-08-15

    Ion focusing in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation (EGD-PIII) of hydrogen into silicon affects the lateral ion fluence uniformity. The phenomenon and its effects are investigated experimentally and theoretically under different conditions and compared to those in nitrogen EGD-PIII. Consistent results are obtained from experiments and numerical simulation disclosing that the lower the plasma density, the more severe is the ion focusing effect. The influence of the negative high voltage on the ion focusing effect is small compared to that of the plasma density.

  2. Spot patterns and instabilities in a pulsed low-pressure rf glow discharge

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    Voronov, M.; Hoffmann, V.; Steingrobe, T.; Buscher, W.; Engelhard, C.; Storey, A. P.; Ray, S. J.; Hieftje, G. M.

    2014-10-01

    During the development of a plasma imaging system, luminous streaks and instabilities occurred in a pulsed rf glow discharge operated in Ar at reduced pressure. Sputtering sources with a flat cathode having an area of 10-50 cm2 were designed to reproduce the surface spatial structure of the cathode in the plasma emission, providing optical emission spectrometry with spatial resolution for the chemical analysis of the cathode material. Unfortunately, depending on the discharge parameters and design of the discharge cell, spot patterns appeared and disappeared, and at times were stable or unstable. The behavior and possible origin of these patterns are described in this article.

  3. Generation of O2 From CO2 by Glow Discharge And Permeation

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    Outlaw, R. A.

    1993-01-01

    Technique for generating supply of highly pure O2 from CO2 developed. First, atomic oxygen at useful partial pressure generated by glow-discharge dissociation of CO2. Atomic oxygen formed in vicinity of hot silver membrane and permeates through membrane to downstream region, where thermally recombined into O2 and pumped away to storage tank. Pure oxygen stored suitable for human consumption and other uses. Originally developed to convert Martian atmosphere of CO2 to O2 for astronaut consumption. Other potential applications include purification of atmospheres in Space Shuttle and Space Station Freedom. Byproduct CO must be handled by other techniques.

  4. Sampling and analysis of particulate matter by glow discharge atomic emission and mass spectrometries.

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    Marcus, R K; Dempster, M A; Gibeau, T E; Reynolds, E M

    1999-08-01

    The direct introduction of particulate matter into glow discharge atomic emission and mass spectrometry sources through a particle beam/momentum separator apparatus is described. Vacuum action through a narrow (0.0625 in. i.d.) stainless steel tube allows the introduction of discrete samples of NIST SRM 1648 urban particulate matter (UPM) and caffeine in powder form. Introduction of "ambient" airborne particulate matter is also possible. Particles passing through the aerodynamic momentum separator impinge on the heated (∼200-250 °C) inner surface of the glow discharge plasma volume and are flash-vaporized. The resultant atoms/molecules are subjected to excitation/ionization collisions within the low-pressure (0.5-5 Torr of He or Ar) plasma, producing characteristic photon emission and/or signature ionic species. In this way, atomic emission and mass spectrometry identification of particle constituents is possible. Basic design aspects of the apparatus are presented, and demonstrations of atomic emission detection of the constituents in the NIST SRM illustrate the general characteristics of the approach. Transient atomic emission signals are captured for the introduction of preweighed, discrete samples, with the integrated areas used to construct analytical response curves. Limits of detection using this relatively simple atomic emission system are on the order of tens of nanograms for sample masses of ∼50 μg. Mass spectrometric monitoring of introduced caffeine particles and a mixture of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) illustrates the ability of the glow discharge plasma to produce high-quality, library (electron impact) searchable mass spectra of molecular species while also yielding isotopic identification of elemental components of the UPM. Limits of detection for Fe in the NIST SRM are on the order of 175 ng of material, equivalent to ∼7 ng of analyte Fe. It is believed that the small size, low power consumption, ease of operation, and multimode sampling capabilities (AES/MS) of the particle beam-glow discharge (PB-GD) apparatus hold promise for applications in continuous monitoring and discrete particle sampling. PMID:21662898

  5. Observation and interpretation of energy efficient, diffuse direct current glow discharge at atmospheric pressure

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    Tang, Jie; Jiang, Weiman; Li, Jing; Wang, Yishan; Zhao, Wei; Duan, Yixiang

    2015-08-01

    A diffuse direct-current glow discharge was realized with low energy consumption and high energy utilization efficiency at atmospheric pressure. The formation of diffuse discharge was demonstrated by examining and comparing the electrical properties and optical emissions of plasmas. In combination with theoretical derivation and calculation, we draw guidelines that appearance of nitrogen ions at low electron density is crucial to enhance the ambipolar diffusion for the expansion of discharge channel and the increasing ambipolar diffusion near the cathode plays a key role in the onset of diffuse discharge. An individual-discharge-channel expansion model is proposed to explain the diffuse discharge formation.

  6. Surface oxygen micropatterns on glow discharge polymer targets by photo irradiation

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    Reynolds, Hannah; Baxamusa, Salmaan; Haan, Steven W.; Fitzsimmons, Paul; Carlson, Lane; Farrell, Mike; Nikroo, Abbas; Watson, Brian J.

    2016-02-24

    Recent simulations predict surface oxygen may be a significant source of disruptive perturbations in the implosion process of glow-discharge polymers (GDP) ablators at the National Ignition Facility. GDP material held in ambient atmospheric conditions showed an increase in mass when stored in light transparent containers, which suggests that photo exposure is a driving force for oxygen absorption. To investigate if surface oxygen is a contributing factor of disruptive perturbations during implosion, we developed a method to imprint a periodic micropattern of oxygen on the surface of GDP and used it to fabricate a flat sample for empirical testing.

  7. Analysis of green fluorescent protein bioluminescence in vivo and in vitro using a glow discharge

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    Hernández, L.; Mandujano, L. A.; Cuevas, J.; Reyes, P. G.; Osorio-González, D.

    2015-03-01

    The discovery of fluorescent proteins has been a revolution in cell biology and related sciences because of their many applications, mainly emphasizing their use as cellular markers. The green fluorescent protein (GFP) is one of the most used as it requires no cofactors to generate fluorescence and retains this property into any organism when it is expressed by recombinant DNA techniques, which is a great advantage. In this work, we analyze the emission spectra of recombinant green fluorescent protein in vivo and in vitro exposed to a glow discharge plasma of nitrogen in order to relate electron temperature to fluorescence intensity.

  8. Pink glow: A new sign for the diagnosis of glomus tumor on ultraviolet light dermoscopy

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    Thatte, Sarvesh S.; Chikhalkar, Siddhi B.; Khopkar, Uday S.

    2015-01-01

    Glomus tumors are usually benign hamartomas, which are painful, small, and uncommon. They are usually subungal in location but may occur at other sites. A female patient presented to the outpatient department with painful swelling over the nail matrix of her right index finger. Here, we describe the use of a videodermosope having white light, polarized light, and ultraviolet (UV) light in the localization of glomus tumors that revealed a pinkish glow on UV light examination suggesting the vascular nature of the tumor. Thus, videodermoscopy can be used as an outpatient department procedure to confirm the diagnosis of glomus tumors. PMID:26904443

  9. Direct current glow discharge mass spectrometry for elemental characterization of polymers.

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    Schelles, W; Van Grieken, R

    1997-08-01

    A direct current glow discharge mass spectrometer has been used for a novel application, the sputtering and subsequent analysis of polymers. This was made possible by the application of a secondary cathode, a tantalum diaphragm placed in front of the nonconducting sample. Different types of polymers were measured (polytetrafluoroethylene, polycarbonate, and poly(vinyl chloride)). Important to note is that the mass spectra obtained are predominantly characterized as atomic, a major difference from the radio frequency GDMS spectra of polymers reported earlier. This facilitates quantitative elemental analysis for several reasons. PMID:21639312

  10. Studies of spatial uniformity of glow discharge cleaning plasmas on the RFX-mod device

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    Canton, A.; Dal Bello, S.; Agostini, M.; Carraro, L.; Cavazzana, R.; Fiameni, S.; Grando, L.; Rais, B.; Spolaore, M.; Zuin, M.

    2013-07-01

    In RFX-mod different types of Glow Discharge Cleaning (GDC) plasmas are used as wall treatment procedures. An extensive set of diagnostics allowed a characterization of these cold and weakly ionized plasmas in the different operative conditions that are available. A strong toroidal non-uniformity of ion current at the edge, that gives the measure of the effectiveness of the physical sputtering, was measured by different diagnostics. The non-uniformity was mitigated by decreasing the gas pressure but it could not be avoided.

  11. Genetic effects of radio-frequency, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges with helium

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    Li Guo; Li Heping; Wang Sen; Sun Wenting; Bao Chengyu; Wang Liyan; Zhao Hongxin; Xing Xinhui

    2008-06-02

    Due to low gas temperatures and high densities of active species, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges (APGDs) would have potential applications in the fields of plasma-based sterilization, gene mutation, etc. In this letter, the genetic effects of helium radio-frequency APGD plasmas with the plasmid DNA and oligonucleotide as the treated biomaterials are presented. The experimental results show that it is the chemically active species, instead of heat, ultraviolet radiation, intense electric field, and/or charged particles, that break the double chains of the plasmid DNA. The genetic effects depend on the plasma operating parameters, e.g., power input, helium flow rate, processing distance, time, etc.

  12. Genetic effects of radio-frequency, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges with helium

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    Li, Guo; Li, He-Ping; Wang, Li-Yan; Wang, Sen; Zhao, Hong-Xin; Sun, Wen-Ting; Xing, Xin-Hui; Bao, Cheng-Yu

    2008-06-01

    Due to low gas temperatures and high densities of active species, atmospheric-pressure glow discharges (APGDs) would have potential applications in the fields of plasma-based sterilization, gene mutation, etc. In this letter, the genetic effects of helium radio-frequency APGD plasmas with the plasmid DNA and oligonucleotide as the treated biomaterials are presented. The experimental results show that it is the chemically active species, instead of heat, ultraviolet radiation, intense electric field, and/or charged particles, that break the double chains of the plasmid DNA. The genetic effects depend on the plasma operating parameters, e.g., power input, helium flow rate, processing distance, time, etc.

  13. Nonlocal control of electron temperature in short direct current glow discharge plasma

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    Demidov, V. I.; Kudryavtsev, A. A.; Stepanova, O. M.; Kurlyandskaya, I. P.

    2014-09-15

    To demonstrate controlling the electron temperature in nonlocal plasma, experiments have been performed on a short (without positive column) dc glow discharge with a cold cathode by applying different voltages to the conducting discharge wall. The experiments have been performed for low-pressure noble gas discharges. The applied voltage can modify trapping the energetic electrons emitted from the cathode sheath and arising from the atomic and molecular processes in the plasma within the device volume. This phenomenon results in the energetic electrons heating the slow plasma electrons, which consequently modifies the electron temperature. Furthermore, a numerical model of the discharge has demonstrated the electron temperature modification for the above case.

  14. On the feasibility of inversion methods based on models of urban sky glow

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    Kollth, Z.; Krnicz, B.

    2014-05-01

    Multi-wavelength imaging luminance photometry of sky glow provides a huge amount of information on light pollution. However, the understanding of the measured data involves the combination of different processes and data of radiation transfer, atmospheric physics and atmospheric constitution. State-of-the-art numerical radiation transfer models provide the possibility to define an inverse problem to obtain information on the emission intensity distribution of a city and perhaps the physical properties of the atmosphere. We provide numerical tests on the solvability and feasibility of such procedures.

  15. Sky glow and outdoor lighting trends since 1976 at the Lowell Observatory

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    Lockwood, G. W.; Thompson, D. T.; Floyd, R. D.

    1990-04-01

    Urban sky-glow (light pollution) trends, recorded photoelectrically in intermediate-band b (472 nm) and y (551 nm) filters at the original site of the Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill near downtown Flagstaff, Arizona, reflect not just the population growth of the surrounding city but also some ameliorating effects of lighting controls and a changing mix of outdoor lighting sources. Since 1976 the sky brightness increased in b but has been virtually constant in y. New ordinances limit lighting growth near observatories and require monochromatic low-pressure sodium luminaires for most applications.

  16. Investigation of plasma distribution in electron-focused electric field enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Lu Qiuyuan; Li Liuhe; Fu, Ricky K. Y.; Chu, Paul K.

    2008-08-15

    In enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation (EGDPIII) that involves a small pointed anode and large area tabular cathode, the high negative substrate bias not only acts as the plasma producer but also supplies the implantation voltage. Consequently, an electric field is created to focus the electrons and the electron-focusing field enhances the glow discharge process. In this work, the plasma distribution is measured using a Langmuir probe to obtain the plasma density. Numerical interpolation is performed to obtain the plasma density distribution throughout the entire discharge region. The effects of different distances between the anode and cathode on the glow discharge characteristics and the influence of the plasma electron density are also evaluated. Our results experimentally verify the electron-focusing phenomenon and suggest optimal processing windows for enhanced ionization rates and efficiency in EGDPIII.

  17. Calculation of rate constants for asymmetric charge transfer, and their effect on relative sensitivity factors in glow discharge mass spectrometry

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    Bogaerts, Annemie; Temelkov, Krassimir A.; Vuchkov, Nikolay K.; Gijbels, Renaat

    2007-04-01

    For this paper, we have calculated the rate coefficients for asymmetric charge transfer between Ar + ions and all elements of interest in analytical glow discharges, based on a semi-classical approach. These values were then used to make predictions on the relative sensitivity factors (RSFs) in glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) (VG9000 discharge cell) for various elements. The RSFs were calculated based on a transport factor, and an ionization factor, which comprises asymmetric charge transfer, Penning ionization and electron impact ionization. The ionization rates of these three processes were calculated explicitly, based on our earlier computer simulations, in combination with the rate coefficients and cross sections of the ionization processes for different elements. In this way, we are able to offer a rationalization of the experimental RSFs. It is demonstrated that variations in RSFs are largely determined by the occurrence of asymmetric charge transfer in the glow discharge plasma.

  18. First principle based calculation of emission properties of positive column of Ar-SnI2 glow discharge

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    Deminsky, Maxim; Tudorovskaia, Maria; Chernysheva, Irina; Potapkin, Boris; Michael, Darryl; Smith, David; Sommerer, Timothy

    2009-10-01

    Possibility of replacement of mercury, an environmental hazard, by non-toxic elements in gas discharge lamps is intensively investigated now. Gases of metal halides are regarded as candidates of non-equilibrium source of emitters (metals) in glow discharge plasma. The model of glowing discharge in Ar/SnI2 plasma is built using multilevel approach [1] for calculation of the cross sections and rate constant of electron collision with the metal halides. Sensitivity analysis shows, that dissociative attachment is one of the most important processes in that elecronegative medium and directly influences on steady state parameters of glow discharge plasma. Optimization of the discharge parameters and conclusion about maximal light emission efficiency is performed. [4pt] [1] Adamson S. et al. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 2007. V.40. P.3857

  19. Abnormal intestinal permeability in Crohn's disease pathogenesis.

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    Teshima, Christopher W; Dieleman, Levinus A; Meddings, Jon B

    2012-07-01

    Increased small intestinal permeability is a longstanding observation in both Crohn's disease patients and in their healthy, asymptomatic first-degree relatives. However, the significance of this compromised gut barrier function and its place in the pathogenesis of the disease remains poorly understood. The association between abnormal small intestinal permeability and a specific mutation in the NOD2 gene, which functions to modulate both innate and adaptive immune responses to intestinal bacteria, suggests a common, genetically determined pathway by which an abnormal gut barrier could result in chronic intestinal inflammation. Furthermore, rodent colitis models show that gut barrier defects precede the development of inflammatory changes. However, it remains possible that abnormal permeability is simply a consequence of mucosal inflammation. Further insight into whether abnormal barrier function is the cause or consequence of chronic intestinal inflammation will be crucial to understanding the role of intestinal permeability in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease. PMID:22731729

  20. Abnormal Glycoprotein Antibodies Possible Detection Biomarkers

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    Scientists have found that cancer patients produce antibodies that target abnormal glycoproteins (proteins with sugar molecules attached) made by their tumors. The result of this work suggests that antitumor antibodies in the blood may provide a fruitful

  1. On the physical processes ruling an atmospheric pressure air glow discharge operating in an intermediate current regime

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    Prevosto, L. Mancinelli, B.; Chamorro, J. C.; Cejas, E.; Kelly, H.

    2015-02-15

    Low-frequency (100 Hz), intermediate-current (50 to 200 mA) glow discharges were experimentally investigated in atmospheric pressure air between blunt copper electrodes. Voltage–current characteristics and images of the discharge for different inter-electrode distances are reported. A cathode-fall voltage close to 360 V and a current density at the cathode surface of about 11 A/cm{sup 2}, both independent of the discharge current, were found. The visible emissive structure of the discharge resembles to that of a typical low-pressure glow, thus suggesting a glow-like electric field distribution in the discharge. A kinetic model for the discharge ionization processes is also presented with the aim of identifying the main physical processes ruling the discharge behavior. The numerical results indicate the presence of a non-equilibrium plasma with rather high gas temperature (above 4000 K) leading to the production of components such as NO, O, and N which are usually absent in low-current glows. Hence, the ionization by electron-impact is replaced by associative ionization, which is independent of the reduced electric field. This leads to a negative current-voltage characteristic curve, in spite of the glow-like features of the discharge. On the other hand, several estimations show that the discharge seems to be stabilized by heat conduction; being thermally stable due to its reduced size. All the quoted results indicate that although this discharge regime might be considered to be close to an arc, it is still a glow discharge as demonstrated by its overall properties, supported also by the presence of thermal non-equilibrium.

  2. Theoretical investigation of sheath expansion and implant fluence uniformity in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation

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    Kwok, Dixon T. K.; Fu, Ricky K. Y.; Chu, Paul K.; Lu Qiuyuan; Li Liuhe

    2008-09-01

    In enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation that involves a small-pointed anode and large area tabular cathode, the high negative substrate bias acts as the plasma producer and supplies the implantation voltage. An electric field is created to focus the electrons and the electron-focusing field in turn enhances the glow discharge process. The sheath physics is theoretically investigated using numerical simulation based on the multiple-grid particle-in-cell code. Electron focusing is corroborated and the plasma sheath has enough expansion when t=40 {mu}s so that a uniform distribution of the incident ion fluence is attained.

  3. LONG-TERM MONITORING OF MODE SWITCHING FOR PSR B0329+54

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    Chen, J. L.; Wang, N.; Liu, Z. Y.; Yuan, J. P.; Wang, H. G.; Lyne, A.; Jessner, A.; Kramer, M.

    2011-11-01

    The mode-switching phenomenon of PSR B0329+54 is investigated based on the long-term monitoring from 2003 September to 2009 April made with the Urumqi 25 m radio telescope at 1540 MHz. At that frequency, the change of relative intensity between the leading and trailing components is the predominant feature of mode switching. The intensity ratios between the leading and trailing components are measured for the individual profiles averaged over a few minutes. It is found that the ratios follow normal distributions, where the abnormal mode has a greater typical width than the normal mode, indicating that the abnormal mode is less stable than the normal mode. Our data show that 84.9% of the time for PSR B0329+54 was in the normal mode and 15.1% was in the abnormal mode. From the two passages of eight-day quasi-continuous observations in 2004, supplemented by the daily data observed with the 15 m telescope at 610 MHz at Jodrell Bank Observatory, the intrinsic distributions of mode timescales are constrained with the Bayesian inference method. It is found that the gamma distribution with the shape parameter slightly smaller than 1 is favored over the normal, log-normal, and Pareto distributions. The optimal scale parameters of the gamma distribution are 31.5 minutes for the abnormal mode and 154 minutes for the normal mode. The shape parameters have very similar values, i.e., 0.75{sup +0.22}{sub -0.17} for the normal mode and 0.84{sup +0.28}{sub -0.22} for the abnormal mode, indicating that the physical mechanisms in both modes may be the same. No long-term modulation of the relative intensity ratios was found for either mode, suggesting that the mode switching was stable. The intrinsic timescale distributions, constrained for this pulsar for the first time, provide valuable information to understand the physics of mode switching.

  4. Radio-frequency powered glow discharge device and method with high voltage interface

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    Duckworth, D.C.; Marcus, R.K.; Donohue, D.L.; Lewis, T.A.

    1994-06-28

    A high voltage accelerating potential, which is supplied by a high voltage direct current power supply, is applied to the electrically conducting interior wall of an RF powered glow discharge cell. The RF power supply desirably is electrically grounded, and the conductor carrying the RF power to the sample held by the probe is desirably shielded completely excepting only the conductor's terminal point of contact with the sample. The high voltage DC accelerating potential is not supplied to the sample. A high voltage capacitance is electrically connected in series between the sample on the one hand and the RF power supply and an impedance matching network on the other hand. The high voltage capacitance isolates the high DC voltage from the RF electronics, while the RF potential is passed across the high voltage capacitance to the plasma. An inductor protects at least the RF power supply, and desirably the impedance matching network as well, from a short that might occur across the high voltage capacitance. The discharge cell and the probe which holds the sample are configured and disposed to prevent the probe's components, which are maintained at ground potential, from bridging between the relatively low vacuum region in communication with the glow discharge maintained within the cell on the one hand, and the relatively high vacuum region surrounding the probe and cell on the other hand. The probe and cell also are configured and disposed to prevent the probe's components from electrically shorting the cell's components. 11 figures.

  5. Charging of dust grains in a nonequilibrium plasma of a stratified glow discharge

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    Sukhinin, G. I.; Fedoseev, A. V.

    2007-12-15

    A theoretical model is presented that describes the charging of dust grains in the positive plasma column of a stratified glow dc discharge in argon. A one-dimensional self-consistent model is used to obtain axial profiles of the electric field, as well as the electron energy distribution function along the axis of the discharge tube. Radial profiles of the electric field are determined in the ambipolar diffusion approximation. It is assumed that, in the radial direction, the electron distribution function depends only on the total electron energy. Two-dimensional distributions of the discharge plasma parameters are calculated and used to determine the potential and charge of a test dust grain at a certain point within the discharge and the electrostatic forces acting on it. It is shown that the grain charge distribution depends strongly on the nonequilibrium electron distribution function and on the nonuniform distribution of the electric field in a stratified glow discharge. A discussion is presented on the suspension of dust grains, the separation of grains by size in the discharge striations, and a possible mechanism for the onset of vortex dust motion at the edge of a dust cloud.

  6. Radio-frequency powered glow discharge device and method with high voltage interface

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    Duckworth, Douglas C. (Knoxville, TN); Marcus, R. Kenneth (Clemson, SC); Donohue, David L. (Vienna, AT); Lewis, Trousdale A. (Oak Ridge, TN)

    1994-01-01

    A high voltage accelerating potential, which is supplied by a high voltage direct current power supply, is applied to the electrically conducting interior wall of an RF powered glow discharge cell. The RF power supply desirably is electrically grounded, and the conductor carrying the RF power to the sample held by the probe is desirably shielded completely excepting only the conductor's terminal point of contact with the sample. The high voltage DC accelerating potential is not supplied to the sample. A high voltage capacitance is electrically connected in series between the sample on the one hand and the RF power supply and an impedance matching network on the other hand. The high voltage capacitance isolates the high DC voltage from the RF electronics, while the RF potential is passed across the high voltage capacitance to the plasma. An inductor protects at least the RF power supply, and desirably the impedance matching network as well, from a short that might occur across the high voltage capacitance. The discharge cell and the probe which holds the sample are configured and disposed to prevent the probe's components, which are maintained at ground potential, from bridging between the relatively low vacuum region in communication with the glow discharge maintained within the cell on the one hand, and the relatively high vacuum region surrounding the probe and cell on the other hand. The probe and cell also are configured and disposed to prevent the probe's components from electrically shorting the cell's components.

  7. Growth of tungsten nanoparticles in direct-current argon glow discharges

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    Kishor Kumar, K.; Coueedel, L.; Arnas, C.

    2013-04-15

    The growth of nanoparticles from the sputtering of a tungsten cathode in DC argon glow discharges is reported. The study was performed at fixed argon pressure and constant discharge current. The growth by successive agglomerations is evidenced. First, tungsten nanocrystallites agglomerate into primary particles, the most probable size of which being {approx}30 nm. Primary particles of this size are observed for all plasma durations and always remain the most numerous in the discharge. Primary particles quickly agglomerate to form particles with size up to {approx}150 nm. For short plasma duration, log-normal functions describe accurately the dust particle size distributions. On the contrary, for long discharge durations, a second hump appears in the distributions toward large particle sizes. In the meantime, the discharge voltage, electron density, and emission line intensities strongly evolve. Their evolutions can be divided in four separate phases and exhibit unusual distinctive features compared to earlier observations in discharges in which particles were growing. The evolution of the different parameters is explained by a competition between the surface state of the tungsten cathode and the influence of the growing nanoparticles. The differences with sputtering glow discharges and chemically active plasmas suggest that the nanoparticle growth and its influence on discharge parameters is system and material dependent.

  8. Spatial emission distribution of a pulsed radiofrequency glow discharge: Influence of the pulse frequency

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    Valledor, Rebeca; Pisonero, Jorge; Nelis, Thomas; Bordel, Nerea

    2012-02-01

    A pulsed radiofrequency Glow Discharge (pulsed rf GD) plasma has been spectroscopically characterized by performing side-on measurements of the emitted radiation. The effect of varying the pulse frequency (e.g. between 100 and 10,000 Hz), while keeping the duty cycle constant at 25%, has been investigated on different argon and analyte (i.e. copper) emission lines, at different plasma locations. In particular, it is observed that an intermediate frequency of 2.5 kHz favors the excitation of the argon atoms, while the argon ions are preferably excited by lower frequencies (e.g. longer pulse widths). Moreover, the excitation of copper atoms has a strong dependence on the upper energy level, and it has been noticed that the emission from higher levels is favored by the use of lower pulsed-rf frequencies. On the other hand, it has been found that the spatial distribution of the gas species and the analyte species (i.e. Ar and Cu, respectively) differ from each other: the atomic argon emission extends longer along the plasma plume than the atomic copper emission. Furthermore, ionic species have their maximum emission signal in the region close to the anode; however, their emission signal decay quite fast at increasing distances to the anode. Nevertheless, it should be highlighted that it is possible to detect ionic emission at distances far away from the negative glow; in regions where usually the sampler cone interface is placed in GD-MS instruments.

  9. Methodology to analyse small silicon samples by glow discharge mass spectrometry using a thin wafer mask

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    Modanese, C.; Arnberg, L.; Di Sabatino, M.

    2015-01-01

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) is widely used for trace element analysis of bulk solid samples. The geometry of the GD source limits the minimum size of the sample, which for the instrument used in this work (ThermoElementGD) is 20mm in diameter. From time to time, there is the need to analyse smaller samples with this technique, and we present here a methodology to analyse samples of 920mm diameter through the use of thin masks. Thin masks have been previously used mostly as secondary cathode for the analysis of non-conducting materials, with hole size smaller than the area of the glow discharge. The use of masks in this work includes the following customization:The choice of highly-pure Si as mask material, to decrease the chance of interferences with the Si samples.The use of a hole in the mask of the same size as the discharge area. This implies that the mask material is not sputtered, thus decreasing chances for contamination from the mask itself. PMID:26649274

  10. Numerical simulation of plasma-induced electrolysis utilizing dc glow discharge

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    Tochikubo, Fumiyoshi; Shirai, Naoki; Uchida, Satoshi; Shirafuji, Tatsuru

    2014-10-01

    In this work, we carried out one-dimensional numerical simulation of plasma-induced electrolysis, which consists of atmospheric pressure dc glow discharge and electrolyte solution connected in series. Grounded metal electrode is placed at the bottom of NaCl solution with 1 mm depth while powered electrode is placed at 1 mm above the solution surface. The gap is filled with helium. Continuity equations of charged species both in gas and in liquid were simultaneously calculated with Poisson's equation. Current continuity is considered at plasma-liquid interface. That is, hydrated electrons equivalent to electron flux from plasma, or H2O+ ions equivalent to positive ion flux from plasma are supplied in the liquid at plasma-liquid interface. The calculated gas-phase discharge structure is essentially the same as that between two metal electrodes. In front of the metal electrode in liquid, the electric double layer (EDL) with thickness of approximately 10 nm was formed to maintain the electrode reaction. However, the EDL was not formed at the liquid surface in contact with dc glow discharge, because charges are forcibly supplied from plasma to liquid. In other words, plasma-induced electrolysis is controlled at plasma-liquid interface by plasma. This work was partly supported by KAKENHI (Nos. 21110003 and 21110007).

  11. Methodology to analyse small silicon samples by glow discharge mass spectrometry using a thin wafer mask.

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    Modanese, C; Arnberg, L; Di Sabatino, M

    2015-01-01

    Glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) is widely used for trace element analysis of bulk solid samples. The geometry of the GD source limits the minimum size of the sample, which for the instrument used in this work (ThermoElementGD) is 20mm in diameter. From time to time, there is the need to analyse smaller samples with this technique, and we present here a methodology to analyse samples of 9-20mm diameter through the use of thin masks. Thin masks have been previously used mostly as secondary cathode for the analysis of non-conducting materials, with hole size smaller than the area of the glow discharge. The use of masks in this work includes the following customization:The choice of highly-pure Si as mask material, to decrease the chance of interferences with the Si samples.The use of a hole in the mask of the same size as the discharge area. This implies that the mask material is not sputtered, thus decreasing chances for contamination from the mask itself. PMID:26649274

  12. Polarization effects on heterodyne detection and imaging using Glow Discharge Detector at millimeter wavelengths

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    Aharon Akram, Avihai; Rozban, Daniel; Banay, Niv; Abramovich, A.; Kopeika, N. S.; Levanon, Assaf

    2014-06-01

    A miniature neon indicator lamp, also known as a Glow Discharge Detector (GDD), costing about 50 cents, was found to be an excellent room temperature THz radiation detector. Polarization effects on heterodyne detection were investigated in this work. In heterodyne detection, because of the dot product relationship between signal electric field (ES) and local oscillator (LO) electric field (Elo), optimal operation of heterodyne detection is obtained when ES and Elo are of the same polarization. Preliminary results at 300 GHz showed better sensitivity by a factor of 20 with only 56 microwatt local oscillator power using heterodyne compared to direct detection. Further improvement of the detection sensitivity can be achieved if the LO power (Plo) is increased. In this work investigation of polarization effects in heterodyne detection using neon indicator lamp GDD was carried-out. Experimental results of heterodyne detection at 300 GHz showed that an intermediate frequency (IF) signal was obtained for orthogonal polarization of the LO and signal, in contradiction to the theory. Also, our latest imaging results using Glow Discharge Detector at millimeter wavelengths will be shown in this work.

  13. Effect of volume and surface charges on discharge structure of glow dielectric barrier discharge

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    Xu, Shao-Wei; He, Feng; Wang, Yu; Li, Lulu; Ouyang, Ji-Ting

    2013-08-01

    The effect of volume and surface charges on the structure of glow dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) has been investigated numerically by using two-dimensional (2D) fluid modeling. The local increase of volume or surface charges induces a kind of activation-inhibition effect, which enhances the local volume discharge and inhibits the discharge in neighborhoods, resulting in non-uniform discharge. The activation-inhibition effect due to the non-uniform volume and/or surface charges depends on the non-uniformity itself and the applied voltage. The activation-inhibition of non-uniform charges has different effects on the volume charges and the accumulated surface charges. The distribution of remaining free charges (seed electrons) in volume at the beginning of voltage pulse plays a key role for the glow DBD structure, resulting in a patterned DBD, when the seed electrons are non-uniform at higher frequency and moderate voltage or uniform DBD, when the seed electrons are uniform at lower frequency or high voltage. The distribution of surface charges is not the determining factor but a result of the formed DBD structure.

  14. Dynamic model based on voltage transfer curve for pattern formation in dielectric barrier glow discharge

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    Li, Ben; He, Feng; Duan, Xiaoxi; Ouyang, Jiting

    2015-12-01

    Simulation work is very important for understanding the formation of self-organized discharge patterns. Previous works have witnessed different models derived from other systems for simulation of discharge pattern, but most of these models are complicated and time-consuming. In this paper, we introduce a convenient phenomenological dynamic model based on the basic dynamic process of glow discharge and the voltage transfer curve (VTC) to study the dielectric barrier glow discharge (DBGD) pattern. VTC is an important characteristic of DBGD, which plots the change of wall voltage after a discharge as a function of the initial total gap voltage. In the modeling, the combined effect of the discharge conditions is included in VTC, and the activation-inhibition effect is expressed by a spatial interaction term. Besides, the model reduces the dimensionality of the system by just considering the integration effect of current flow. All these greatly facilitate the construction of this model. Numerical simulations turn out to be in good accordance with our previous fluid modeling and experimental result.

  15. Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Ionization Source for Elemental Mass Spectrometry

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    Marcus, R. Kenneth; Quarles, C. Derrick; Barinaga, Charles J.; Carado, Anthony J.; Koppenaal, David W.

    2011-04-01

    A new, low power ionization source for elemental MS analysis of aqueous solutions is described. The liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LSAPGD) operates by a process wherein the surface of the liquid emanating from a 75 ?m i.d. glass capillary acts as the cathode of the direct current glow discharge. Analytecontaining solutions at a flow rate of 100 ?L min-1 are vaporized by the passage of current, yielding gas phase solutes that are subsequently ionized in the < 5 W (maximum of 60 mA and 500 V), ~1 mm3 volume, plasma. The LS-APGD is mounted in place of the normal electrospray ionization source of a Thermo Scientific Exactive orbitrap mass spectrometer system. Basic operating characteristics are described, including the role of discharge power on mass spectral composition, the ability to obtain ultra-high resolution elemental isotopic patterns, and preliminary limits of detection attainable based on the injection of aliquots of multielement standards. While much optimization remains, it is believed that the LS-APGD may present a practical alternative to high-powered (>1 kW) plasma sources typically employed in elemental mass spectrometry, particularly for those cases where costs, operational overhead, and simplicity considerations are important.

  16. Application of argon as the internal standard method in glow discharge mass spectrometry.

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    Xing, Yu; Xiaojia, Li; Haizhou, Wang

    2007-01-01

    Using (78)Ar(2)(+) as the internal standard (argon internal standard) in glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) was investigated in detail. After comparing ion intensities and interferences, i.e. of argon ions, bi-atom argon ions and tri-atom argon ions, the (78)Ar(2)(+) was selected as the internal standard in the analysis. Mass spectral behavior of the argon internal standard affected by glow discharge current and voltage were studied. The ion intensity relationship between the argon internal standard and the matrix internal standard showed that the argon internal standard and the matrix internal standard have the same corrective effect on sample analysis. The experiment proved that the effects of the difference in analysis samples and the fluctuation of discharge conditions for analytical results were efficiently reduced if the argon internal standard was used. Moreover, the argon internal standard is similar to the matrix internal standard in correcting analytical results and both give satisfactory results. Elemental content in samples can be accurately determined by using the argon internal standard when the matrix content is unknown with good results. PMID:17881779

  17. Particle beam sample introduction into glow discharge plasmas for speciation analysis

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    Brewer, Tim M.; Castro, Joaudimir; Marcus, R. Kenneth

    2006-02-01

    This paper reviews the use of the particle beam (PB) as a transport-type interface for the introduction of liquid samples into glow discharge (GD) plasmas. Emphasis is placed on the PB interface as a coupling for liquid chromatography (LC) with optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and mass spectrometry (MS) detection methods. Advantages and disadvantages of the particle beam sample introduction for LC-MS and LC-OES as well as a comparison with other interfaces (i.e. moving belt) are covered. Fundamental aspects of the particle beam such as solvent removal and analyte delivery are highlighted. Furthermore, the development of the particle beam interface is discussed regarding its potential for providing "comprehensive speciation" analysis of solution-phase samples. Specifically, the particle beam/hollow cathode-optical emission spectroscopy (PB/HC-OES) technique provides information towards metal and non-metals determinations as well molecular species identification of organic compounds, organometallics, and small biomolecules via empirical formulae determinations. Particle beam-glow discharge mass spectrometry (PB/GDMS) also provides molecular species information through fragmentation pattern analysis of plasma-produced mass spectra that are similar in structure to electron impact (EI) sources. The evolving capabilities of the PB/GD couplings deliver analytical information that is not available from any other spectrochemical source. The technique has relevance to an incredible range of analytical applications and warrants further investigation by other researchers and instrument manufacturers.

  18. Liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge ionization source for elemental mass spectrometry.

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    Marcus, R Kenneth; Quarles, C Derrick; Barinaga, Charles J; Carado, Anthony J; Koppenaal, David W

    2011-04-01

    A new, low power ionization source for elemental MS analysis of aqueous solutions is described. The liquid sampling-atmospheric pressure glow discharge (LS-APGD) operates by a process wherein the surface of the liquid emanating from a 75 ?m i.d. glass capillary acts as the cathode of the direct current glow discharge. Analyte-containing solutions at a flow rate of 100 ?L min(-1) are vaporized by the passage of current, yielding gas phase solutes that are subsequently ionized in the <5 W (maximum of 60 mA and 500 V), ~1 mm(3) volume, plasma. The LS-APGD is mounted in place of the normal electrospray ionization source of a Thermo Scientific Exactive Orbitrap mass spectrometer system without any other modifications. Basic operating characteristics are described, including the role of discharge power on mass spectral composition, the ability to obtain ultrahigh resolution elemental isotopic patterns, and demonstration of potential limits of detection based on the injection of aliquots of multielement standards (S/N > 1000 for 5 ng mL(-1) Cs). While much optimization remains, it is believed that the LS-APGD ion source may present a practical alternative to high-powered (>1 kW) plasma sources typically employed in elemental mass spectrometry, particularly for those cases where costs, operational overhead, simplicity, or integrated elemental/molecular analysis considerations are important. PMID:21355580

  19. Thermoluminescence in pure LiF crystals: Glow peaks and their connection with color centers

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    Baldacchini, G.; Montereali, R. M.; Nichelatti, E.; Kalinov, V. S.; Voitovich, A. P.; Davidson, A. T.; Kozakiewicz, A. G.

    2008-09-15

    Nominally pure LiF crystals were irradiated with the same dose (0.85 10{sup 6} R) of gamma rays at ambient and low temperatures (-60 deg. C) and the resulting thermoluminescence (TL) is reported. Various optical and thermal treatments were applied in order to change the concentration of color centers (CCs). The effect of such treatments on the glow curves is observed. Knowing the coloration from optical transmission and photoluminescence measurements made on the same samples, we attribute many of the glow peaks (GPs) to the annealing of F center aggregates. For the present conditions of irradiation and dose, TL processes begin with decay of F{sub 3}{sup +} centers that display a GP at 164 deg. C. F{sub 3}(R) centers follow and are responsible for GPs at 193 and 228 deg. C. A GP at 263 deg. C is ascribed to F{sub 2} centers. Several peaks at temperatures in the range of 280-380 deg. C are associated with impurity perturbed F centers. A GP at 410 deg. C is associated with a complex of aggregated F and H centers. These attributions are accomplished by means of TL spectra, optical transmission spectra, and annealing procedures, and are critically discussed. The experimental data confirm the general trend of thermal stability of CCs, which decreases by moving from simple F centers to more complex ones, and the existence of exchange dynamics among CCs.

  20. Novel approach to produce polymerized hydrocarbon coatings using dielectric barrier controlled atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma

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    Mishra, K. K.; Khardekar, R. K.; Singh, Rashmi; Pant, H. C.

    2002-09-01

    Conventionally, low-pressure (<1 Torr) electrical discharges are used for material processing and thin-film deposition. These schemes suffer mainly due to the high cost of equipment and the complexity of operations. The atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma is developed using a threaded styled electrode in different configurations, and these reactors are used to produce plasma polymerized coatings, required on plane substrates as self-supporting films to obtain membranes for blocking holes in cavities, and on microballoon targets, which are used as fuel containers for inertial confinement fusion, to avoid DT gas permeation. Helium gas is used as the supporting gas for formation and stabilization of atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma reactors. Ethylene and acetylene gases are used as monomers to produce plasma polymerized hydrocarbon films. These films are characterized using scanning electron microscopy. Plasma polymerized coatings of thickness 100 nm-10 μm with a smooth surface finish (rms<100 nm) are deposited successfully. The surface finish is further improved using a postdischarge configuration. Preliminary results are very encouraging but further progress is to be made in this area. We are also planning to extend this technique for C:H coating of microballoons, which are used as fuel containers in inertial confinement fusion.

  1. Development of glow discharge plasma-catalytic reactors operated under atmospheric conditions

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    Hayashi, Y.; Itoyama, K.; Tanabe, S.; Matsumoto, H.

    1997-12-31

    Two kinds of glow discharge plasma-catalytic reactors, zone discharge tube plasma reactor and rotating electrode ring plasma reactor, have been developed and evaluated in various chemical reactions under atmospheric condition. In the former glow discharge occurs between two electrodes through a dielectric material (Pyrex or quartz tube) and in the latter between a rotating (rotor) and a fixed electrode (stator) to make large volumes of the plasma zone under atmospheric pressure. Each electrode is, furthermore, coated with catalytically active metals, such as Pt, Pd, Rh, Cu or Ni. Various kinds of decomposition reactions of chemically stable compounds have been examined in order to evaluate the performance of these reactors, such as decompositions of CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O, NO, CH{sub 4} and Freon into simple molecules. Different characteristic capabilities were observed between these reactors. The conversions of various reactants depend on the input power (voltage, current and frequency), the catalytic metal employed, carrier gas with different metastable level and the flow rate of reactant. In most of the reactions investigated, generally speaking, both reactors showed excellent results in comparison with conventional catalytic reactors.

  2. Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Plasma and Surface Modification of PET Textile by APGDP

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    Gu, Biao; Chen, Ru; Xu, Yin; Deng, Xiang; Shi, Qingjun

    2002-11-01

    Comparing with traditional chemistry method, surface modification of Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fabrics by using of Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge Plasma (APGDP) has many advantages, such as low cost, low pollution and low energy consumption. So it has huge application in textile industry due to no requirement for vacuum system. In this paper, the generation and the characteristics of APGDP on a homemade device were investigated experimentally. The volt-ampere characteristic and the Lissajous figure demonstrated that, different from dielectric barrier discharge (DBD), there is no filaments appeared between electrodes. It is a glow discharge in one atmospheric pressure. Furthermore we investigated the surface modification of PET by APGDP. The relationship between PET characteristics (wettability, critical surface tension, timing-effect, dyeablity etc.) and various discharge parameters are discussed. At last, the measurements of ATR-FTIR (Attenuated Total Refraction-Fourier Transform Infarared Spectroscopy) and dyeing properties are demonstrated, and the mechanism of modification is analyzed basically. Key words: APGDPSurface modification , PET

  3. Decomposition of toluene in a steady-state atmospheric-pressure glow discharge

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    Trushkin, A. N.; Grushin, M. E.; Kochetov, I. V.; Trushkin, N. I.; Akishev, Yu. S.

    2013-02-01

    Results are presented from experimental studies of decomposition of toluene (C6H5CH3) in a polluted air flow by means of a steady-state atmospheric pressure glow discharge at different water vapor contents in the working gas. The experimental results on the degree of C6H5CH3 removal are compared with the results of computer simulations conducted in the framework of the developed kinetic model of plasma chemical decomposition of toluene in the N2: O2: H2O gas mixture. A substantial influence of the gas flow humidity on toluene decomposition in the atmospheric pressure glow discharge is demonstrated. The main mechanisms of the influence of humidity on C6H5CH3 decomposition are determined. The existence of two stages in the process of toluene removal, which differ in their duration and the intensity of plasma chemical decomposition of C6H5CH3 is established. Based on the results of computer simulations, the composition of the products of plasma chemical reactions at the output of the reactor is analyzed as a function of the specific energy deposition and gas flow humidity. The existence of a catalytic cycle in which hydroxyl radical OH acts a catalyst and which substantially accelerates the recombination of oxygen atoms and suppression of ozone generation when the plasma-forming gas contains water vapor is established.

  4. Analysis of non-clonal chromosome abnormalities observed in hematologic malignancies among Southwest Oncology Group patients

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    McConnell, T.S.; Dobin, S.M.

    1994-09-01

    From 1987-1994, the Southwest Oncology Group Cytogenetics Committee reviewed 1571 studies in 590 adult patient cases with ALL, AML, CML or CLL. These were analyzed for the presence of clinically important non-clonal abnormalities (NCA). Abnormalities were defined as non-clonal if one metaphase had a structural abnormality or an extra chromosome. Chromosome loss was not analyzed due to the possibility of random loss. In 72 cases (12%) comprising 136 studies, at least one NCA was observed. In 21 of these cases (29%), NCAs consisted of obvious clonal evolution or instability, and thus were not included in the analysis. At least one structural NCA was observed in which the abnormality differed from the mainline in 36 (50%) patients. Seventeen of the 36 cases had a normal mode. Nineteen of the 36 patients had an abnormal or normal/abnormal mode. At least one numerical NCA was found in 15 cases (21%). Fifteen cases (21%) contained at least one marker chromosome. Several cases involved NCA in more than one of the above divisions. NCAs could be classified into several categories: (1){open_quotes}the clone to come{close_quotes}, (2) evolving clones which then disappeared, (3) NCAs with putative clinical importance that never became clonal, (4) NCAs during remission identical to the preceding clonal abnormality, (5) NCAs which indicated clonal evolution or instability. Examples include one metaphase with t(9;22) or del(20q) or inv(16) or +8 which either preceded or followed clonal findings of the same aberration. Such findings should be communicated to the clinician.

  5. Abnormal Magnetic Field Effects on Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence

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    Pan, Haiping; Shen, Yan; Wang, Hongfeng; He, Lei; Hu, Bin

    2015-03-01

    We report abnormal magnetic field effects on electrogenerated chemiluminescence (MFEECL) based on triplet emission from the Ru(bpy)3Cl2-TPrA electrochemical system: the appearance of MFEECL after magnetic field ceases. In early studies the normal MFEECL have been observed from electrochemical systems during the application of magnetic field. Here, the abnormal MFEECL suggest that the activated charge-transfer [Ru(bpy)33+ TPrA] complexes may become magnetized in magnetic field and experience a long magnetic relaxation after removing magnetic field. Our analysis indicates that the magnetic relaxation can gradually increase the density of charge-transfer complexes within reaction region due to decayed magnetic interactions, leading to a positive component in the abnormal MFEECL. On the other hand, the magnetic relaxation facilitates an inverse conversion from triplets to singlets within charge-transfer complexes. The inverse triplet --> singlet conversion reduces the density of triplet light-emitting states through charge-transfer complexes and gives rise to a negative component in the abnormal MFEECL. The combination of positive and negative components can essentially lead to a non-monotonic profile in the abnormal MFEECL after ceasing magnetic field. Nevertheless, our experimental studies may reveal un-usual magnetic behaviors with long magnetic relaxation from the activated charge-transfer [Ru(bpy)33+ TPrA] complexes in solution at room temperature.

  6. Abnormal intestinal permeability and jejunal morphometry.

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    Juby, L D; Dixon, M F; Axon, A T

    1987-01-01

    The cellobiose and mannitol differential sugar test is a non-invasive investigation of small bowel permeability, in which urinary recoveries of cellobiose and mannitol after a hyperosmolar oral load are expressed as a ratio to give a permeability index. Changes in the cellobiose:mannitol ratio often occur in coeliac disease, but some patients with abnormal permeability have normal jejunums by routine microscopy. Using computed morphometry the perimeter:lamina propria area index of jejunal biopsy samples was measured and compared with the cellobiose:mannitol ratio in three groups of patients: (i) those with coeliac disease with villous atrophy; (ii) those with normal jejunums and sugar test results: and (iii) those with normal jejunums but abnormal sugar test results. In addition to the expected difference in perimeter:lamina propria area index between patients with coeliac disease and those with normal findings (p less than 0.001), the index was also abnormal in patients with normal jejunums but abnormal sugar test results: (p less than 0.001 compared with group 1) and (0.01 greater than p greater than 0.001 compared with group 2). There was a significant overall correlation between the perimeter:lamina propria area index and cellobiose:mannitol ratio (p = 0.001). This study shows that computed jejunal morphometry can identify patients with subtle morphological changes that are related to abnormal intestinal permeability. Images Fig 1 PMID:3114327

  7. Adolescents' drawings of their cardiac abnormality.

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    Wang, QiFeng; Hay, Margaret; Clarke, David; Menahem, Samuel

    2011-10-01

    Following advances in overall management and improved outcomes, an increasing number of adolescents with cardiac disease are reaching adult age. Patients in general, including adolescents, seem to have a poor knowledge of their illness, which may further reflect in a less optimal quality of life. As a guide to their knowledge of their cardiac condition, adolescents were asked to draw a diagram of their cardiac abnormality. Relatively well adolescents aged 12-20 years with a cardiac abnormality were consecutively recruited from an ambulatory setting. All were asked to draw a picture of their cardiac abnormality and describe their condition. A total of 120 patients were recruited and had conditions varying from a hyperplastic right ventricle to a small ventricular septal defect. Only 60 (50%) of the patients completed a drawing, of which one-third did so at the time of attendance. Nevertheless, there was no difference between the accuracy of the adolescents' drawings completed at home or at the clinic. Only three patients drew an accurate diagram of their congenital cardiac abnormality. A further nine patients drew a reasonably correct diagram, 13 patients a partially correct diagram, whereas 35 patients submitted incorrect diagrams. Adolescents with congenital cardiac disease, many having been cared for since infancy with regular cardiological reviews, had a poor anatomical knowledge of their cardiac lesion, as reflected by their inability to correctly draw their abnormality. These findings suggest the need for improved strategies in developing appropriate education programmes for this patient population. PMID:21554829

  8. Dysmorphometrics: the modelling of morphological abnormalities

    PubMed Central

    2012-01-01

    Background The study of typical morphological variations using quantitative, morphometric descriptors has always interested biologists in general. However, unusual examples of form, such as abnormalities are often encountered in biomedical sciences. Despite the long history of morphometrics, the means to identify and quantify such unusual form differences remains limited. Methods A theoretical concept, called dysmorphometrics, is introduced augmenting current geometric morphometrics with a focus on identifying and modelling form abnormalities. Dysmorphometrics applies the paradigm of detecting form differences as outliers compared to an appropriate norm. To achieve this, the likelihood formulation of landmark superimpositions is extended with outlier processes explicitly introducing a latent variable coding for abnormalities. A tractable solution to this augmented superimposition problem is obtained using Expectation-Maximization. The topography of detected abnormalities is encoded in a dysmorphogram. Results We demonstrate the use of dysmorphometrics to measure abrupt changes in time, asymmetry and discordancy in a set of human faces presenting with facial abnormalities. Conclusion The results clearly illustrate the unique power to reveal unusual form differences given only normative data with clear applications in both biomedical practice & research. PMID:22309623

  9. A study on the behaviour of TLD-100 glow peaks at extreme ambient temperatures in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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    Al-Haj, Abdalla N; Lagarde, Charlie S

    2006-01-01

    In this study, the temperature-induced variations in the TLD-100 response and the modifications in its glow peaks are investigated in real environmental exposure conditions in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where ambient temperatures during summer reach >45 degrees C and with relative humidity of <10%. Three groups of 12 TLD-100 cards in Harshaw type 8814 TLD cardholders were deployed as environmental dosemeters for a period of approximately 1 month for 12 consecutive months. One group was irradiated to 5 mGy 137Cs prior to deployment; another was irradiated to the same dose after deployment, while the last group was left unirradiated. Analysis of glow curves was done using commercially available glow curve deconvolution software (CGCD). Monthly variations in peak 3, 4 and 5 areas relative to the corresponding peak areas of a prompt glow curve are presented. Results of this study show good TL signal compensation between peaks 4 and 5 at all ambient temperatures encountered in this experiment, despite the observed individual variations experienced by each of these peaks. The sum of peak 4 and 5 areas is constant to within approximately 10%, for both pre- and post-irradiated dosemeters, during this 12-month cycle. PMID:16735566

  10. Anomalous Broadening of Balmer H{sub {alpha}} Line in Aluminum and Copper Hollow Cathode Glow Discharges

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    Sisovic, N. M.; Majstorovic, G. Lj.; Konjevic, N.

    2008-10-22

    The presented results are concerned with the shape of Balmer alpha line emitted from a low pressure DC glow discharge with aluminum (Al) and copper (Cu) hollow cathode (HC) in pure H{sub 2} and Ar-H{sub 2} gas mixture. The analysis indicates that the line profile represents a convolution of Gaussian profiles resulting from different collision excitation processes.

  11. Account of nonlocal ionization by fast electrons in the fluid models of a direct current glow discharge

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    Rafatov, I.; Bogdanov, E. A.; Kudryavtsev, A. A.

    2012-09-15

    We developed and tested a simple hybrid model for a glow discharge, which incorporates nonlocal ionization by fast electrons into the 'simple' and 'extended' fluid frameworks. Calculations have been performed for an argon gas. Comparison with the experimental data as well as with the hybrid (particle) and fluid modelling results demonstated good applicability of the proposed model.

  12. Voltage-current characteristics of a high-power pulsed sputtering (HPPS) glow discharge and plasma density estimation

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    Yukimura, Ken; Mieda, Ryosuke; Azuma, Kingo; Tamagaki, Hiroshi; Okimoto, Tadao

    2009-05-01

    A droplet-free metallic plasma source is promising for enhanced adhesion of films with a smooth coating surface. This paper concerns the study of a highly ionized metallic plasma source using a pulsed Penning discharge designed with a magnetic field oriented parallel to an electric field. Such a plasma is called a high-power pulsed sputtering (HPPS) glow discharge plasma. This technology is related to so-called high-power impulse magnetron sputtering (HIPIMS), though the interaction of the magnetic and electric field in the HPPS glow plasma is different from the HIPIMS plasma. The titanium metallic species are sputtered by energetic argon ion bombardment, causing their ionization in as short as a few microsecond. The typical electrical characteristics are as follows: a peak current of 45 A (0.9 A/cm2), a peak power of 18 kW (0.8 kW/cm2), and an average power of 1 kW. The target voltage is approximately 400 V at 30 μs for glow currents of 30-120 A. A negative pulse voltage is applied to the substrate holder electrode to extract ions from the magnetically confined HPPS glow plasma. Using the recovery characteristics of the voltage applied to the substrate, the ion density at the substrate surface is estimated to be on the order of 1016-17 m-3 for a singly charged titanium plasma.

  13. Art By Don Davis As the probes and the bus enter the Venusian atmosphere they glowed briefly like

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    1977-01-01

    Art By Don Davis As the probes and the bus enter the Venusian atmosphere they glowed briefly like meteorites. The bus as shown in this artisit's rendering, was most spectacular because it did not carry a heat shield; as a result, it burned up completely.

  14. Abnormal Head Position in Infantile Nystagmus Syndrome

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    Noval, Susana; Gonzlez-Manrique, Mar; Rodrguez-Del Valle, Jos Mara; Rodrguez-Snchez, Jos Mara

    2011-01-01

    Infantile nystagmus is an involuntary, bilateral, conjugate, and rhythmic oscillation of the eyes which is present at birth or develops within the first 6 months of life. It may be pendular or jerk-like and, its intensity usually increases in lateral gaze, decreasing with convergence. Up to 64% of all patients with nystagmus also present strabismus, and even more patients have an abnormal head position. The abnormal head positions are more often horizontal, but they may also be vertical or take the form of a tilt, even though the nystagmus itself is horizontal. The aim of this article is to review available information about the origin and treatment of the abnormal head position associated to nystagmus, and to describe our treatment strategies. PMID:24533187

  15. [Nutritional abnormalities in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].

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    Gea, Joaquim; Martínez-Llorens, Juana; Barreiro, Esther

    2014-07-22

    Nutritional abnormalities are associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with a frequency ranging from 2 to 50%, depending on the geographical area and the study design. Diagnostic tools include anthropometry, bioelectrical impedance, dual energy radioabsortiometry and deuterium dilution, being the body mass and the lean mass indices the most frequently used parameters. While the most important consequences of nutritional abnormalities are muscle dysfunction and exercise limitation, factors implicated include an imbalance between caloric intake and consumption, and between anabolic and catabolic hormones, inflammation, tobacco smoking, poor physical activity, hypoxemia, some drugs and aging/comorbidities. The most important molecular mechanism for malnutrition associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease appears to be the mismatching between protein synthesis and breakdown. Among the therapeutic measures proposed for these nutritional abnormalities are improvements in lifestyle and nutritional support, although the use of anabolic drugs (such as secretagogues of the growth hormone) offers a new therapeutic strategy. PMID:24054776

  16. Abnormal Grain Growth Suppression in Aluminum Alloys

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    Hales, Stephen J. (Inventor); Claytor, Harold Dale (Inventor); Alexa, Joel A. (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    The present invention provides a process for suppressing abnormal grain growth in friction stir welded aluminum alloys by inserting an intermediate annealing treatment ("IAT") after the welding step on the article. The IAT may be followed by a solution heat treatment (SHT) on the article under effectively high solution heat treatment conditions. In at least some embodiments, a deformation step is conducted on the article under effective spin-forming deformation conditions or under effective superplastic deformation conditions. The invention further provides a welded article having suppressed abnormal grain growth, prepared by the process above. Preferably the article is characterized with greater than about 90% reduction in area fraction abnormal grain growth in any friction-stir-welded nugget.

  17. Retinal abnormalities in β-thalassemia major.

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    Bhoiwala, Devang L; Dunaief, Joshua L

    2016-01-01

    Patients with beta (β)-thalassemia (β-TM: β-thalassemia major, β-TI: β-thalassemia intermedia) have a variety of complications that may affect all organs, including the eye. Ocular abnormalities include retinal pigment epithelial degeneration, angioid streaks, venous tortuosity, night blindness, visual field defects, decreased visual acuity, color vision abnormalities, and acute visual loss. Patients with β-thalassemia major are transfusion dependent and require iron chelation therapy to survive. Retinal degeneration may result from either retinal iron accumulation from transfusion-induced iron overload or retinal toxicity induced by iron chelation therapy. Some who were never treated with iron chelation therapy exhibited retinopathy, and others receiving iron chelation therapy had chelator-induced retinopathy. We will focus on retinal abnormalities present in individuals with β-thalassemia major viewed in light of new findings on the mechanisms and manifestations of retinal iron toxicity. PMID:26325202

  18. [Pathogenetical aspects of complicated abnormal renal mobility].

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    Tatevosian, A S; Tonian, A G; Khalafian, A A

    2013-01-01

    The present article is devoted to the search for topographic and anatomical factors of abnormal renal mobility that affects renal hemodynamics and determines complicated course of nephroptosis. Comparative evaluation of hemodynamics in patients with chronic pyelonephritis and symptomatic hypertension in abnormal renal mobility depending on the distribution on the degree of rotation and skeletotopic omission of kidney was performed. According to the data of frequency analysis and correspondence analysis of Statistics 6.0 program, it was determined that kidney rotated in three dimensions, and mainly in II degree descent kidney in study group. It was found that consistent multiple view scanning of patients with abnormal renal mobility allows to accurately assess the violations of tissue blood flow, which determine severity of complications of the disease, and to choose an adequate conservative and surgical treatment in each case. PMID:23789359

  19. Parsing abnormal grain growth in specialty aluminas

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    Lawrence, Abigail Kremer

    Grain growth in alumina is strongly affected by the impurities present in the material. Certain impurity elements are known to have characteristic effects on abnormal grain growth in alumina. Specialty alumina powders contain multiple impurity species including MgO, CaO, SiO2, and Na 2O. In this work, sintered samples made from alumina powders containing various amounts of the impurities in question were characterized by their grain size and aspect ratio distributions. Multiple quantitative methods were used to characterize and classify samples with varying microstructures. The grain size distributions were used to partition the grain size population into subpopulations depending on the observed deviation from normal behavior. Using both grain size and aspect ratio a new visual representation for a microstructure was introduced called a morphology frequency map that gives a fingerprint for the material. The number of subpopulations within a sample and the shape of the distribution on the morphology map provided the basis for a classification scheme for different types of microstructures. Also using the two parameters a series of five metrics were calculated that describe the character of the abnormal grains in the sample, these were called abnormal character values. The abnormal character values describe the fraction of grains that are considered abnormal, the average magnitude of abnormality (including both grain size and aspect ratio), the average size, and variance in size. The final metric is the correlation between grain size and aspect ratio for the entire population of grains. The abnormal character values give a sense of how different from "normal" the sample is, given the assumption that a normal sample has a lognormal distribution of grain size and a Gaussian distribution of aspect ratios. In the second part of the work the quantified measures of abnormality were correlated with processing parameters such as composition and heat treatment conditions. A multivariate statistical tool called canonical correlation analysis was adopted to seek out relationships between a set of input variables and the abnormal character values. The input variables include the MgO, CaO, Na 2O, and SiO2 contents, the ratio of MgO:(CaO+SiO2), and the annealing time and temperature. The analysis was applied to 33 different samples and showed that the composition ratio and MgO content were the strongest processing variables. These variables are most closely related to the correlation between grain size and aspect ratio, the average magnitude of abnormality, and the variance in grain size. The physical implications of these relationships are explored for a number of samples with different abnormal grain growth behaviors. Several of the samples contained a beta"-alumina phase that is shown to have a dampening effect on abnormal grain growth. TEM investigation provides evidence that there is a grain boundary complexion with a different composition and structure than the second phase. A series of samples are compared after annealing for different times and are shown to have very different behaviors as a result of the second phase competing with complexions for control over the microstructure.

  20. Schizophrenia and abnormal brain network hubs

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    Rubinov, Mikail; Bullmore, Ed.

    2013-01-01

    Schizophrenia is a heterogeneous psychiatric disorder of unknown cause or characteristic pathology. Clinical neuroscientists increasingly postulate that schizophrenia is a disorder of brain network organization. In this article we discuss the conceptual framework of this dysconnection hypothesis, describe the predominant methodological paradigm for testing this hypothesis, and review recent evidence for disruption of central/hub brain regions, as a promising example of this hypothesis. We summarize studies of brain hubs in large-scale structural and functional brain networks and find strong evidence for network abnormalities of prefrontal hubs, and moderate evidence for network abnormalities of limbic, temporal, and parietal hubs. Future studies are needed to differentiate network dysfunction from previously observed gray- and white-matter abnormalities of these hubs, and to link endogenous network dysfunction phenotypes with perceptual, behavioral, and cognitive clinical phenotypes of schizophrenia. PMID:24174905

  1. Advances in understanding paternally transmitted Chromosomal Abnormalities

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    Marchetti, F; Sloter, E; Wyrobek, A J

    2001-03-01

    Multicolor FISH has been adapted for detecting the major types of chromosomal abnormalities in human sperm including aneuploidies for clinically-relevant chromosomes, chromosomal aberrations including breaks and rearrangements, and other numerical abnormalities. The various sperm FISH assays have been used to evaluate healthy men, men of advanced age, and men who have received mutagenic cancer therapy. The mouse has also been used as a model to investigate the mechanism of paternally transmitted genetic damage. Sperm FISH for the mouse has been used to detect chromosomally abnormal mouse sperm, while the PAINT/DAPI analysis of mouse zygotes has been used to evaluate the types of chromosomal defects that can be paternally transmitted to the embryo and their effects on embryonic development.

  2. [Abnormal hemoglobins and thalassemias in Mexico].

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    Ruiz-Reyes, G

    1998-01-01

    The distribution of abnormal hemoglobins in Mexico is derived from surveys and from the study of patients with hemolytic anemia. In aboriginal populations, more than 3,000 individuals have been studied: structural abnormal hemoglobins are virtually absent in Mexican Indians and the sporadic finding of hemoglobin S among them is due to admixture with Africans brought as slaves during the Spanish domination; two new variants of hemoglobin (Mexico and Chiapas) were found in aborigines. The surveys in hybrid groups in selected areas of the country show that in some West and East Coast communities there are different frequencies of Hb S heterozygous, and that a high prevalence of Hb S trait has been found in some communities similar to that in some African areas. In a group of 200 subjects of a town located along the Gulf of Mexico Coast, 6% of Hb S and 15% of thalassemia beta heterozygous is observed. In hospital surveys in two cities (Guadalajara and Puebla) several abnormalities of hemoglobin have been identified (C, SC, Riyadh, Baltimore, Tarrant, Fannin-Lubbock and Mexico). In the study of isolated cases, mainly of patients with hemolytic anemia, hemoglobins I-Philadelphia, G-San Jose and D-Los Angeles are seen. The thalassemias are the more frequent hemoglobin abnormalities in selected populations of our country. In a community of Italian ancestry a frequency of 1.3% of beta thalassemia trait is found. In our laboratory, 76% of the abnormalities are cases of beta thalassemia trait. Patients with Hb H disease, beta thalassemia (homozygous and heterozygous) and combinations of these abnormalities with hemoglobins S, Hb S + hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) and Hb E as well as families with delta-beta thalassemia, HPFH and Hb Lepore-Washington-Boston have been also detected. PMID:9658939

  3. Electric Field and Impedance Measurements of Glow Discharges Used for Plasma Etching

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    Shan, Hongqing

    Non-equilibrium plasmas such as those generated in DC and RF glow discharges are extremely complicated but widely used in industrial applications such as sputtering, plasma etching and deposition. Experimental measurements have been a leading factor in promoting understanding of the physical phenomena in such discharges. A principal aim of this work is to develop relatively simple diagnostic techniques to measure key glow discharge parameters such as electric field, impedance, power dissipation, and electron concentration, that can be applied in an industrial setting. Electric fields in the cathode fall of DC glow discharges in He and mixtures of He/CF_4 have been measured using optical emission of Stark -enhanced forbidden transitions. An experimental technique was developed to derive the local electric field from the forbidden to allowed transition intensity ratio. A Stark mixing model was formulated and calculations made to relate the forbidden-to-allowed intensity ratio to the local electric field. Comparison of experimental measurements with theoretical calculations show good agreement. Discharge impedance and true RF power dissipation have been measured on a commercial plasma etcher as functions of gas pressure and input RF power for both electronegative (SF_6) and electropositive (Ar) gases as well as mixtures of the two. Electronegative and electropositive discharges are found to have quite different impedance magnitudes and phases, which is explained by the effect of ion inertia in electronegative discharges. Using a modified circuit model, the charged particle concentrations are derived from the measured impedance. By mapping the measured impedance into the plane of the settings of the two tuning capacitors in the matching network, real-time monitoring of the discharge impedance is possible. The stray impedance between the powered electrode and the matching network was characterized and found to be mainly capacitive. It was found that the RF power efficiency (i.e. the fraction of the generator power actually dissipated in the discharge) can be as low as 30% depending on the nature of the discharge. Therefore, the normal practice of monitoring only the RF power from the power supply can be misleading. As a remedy, a simple method for calculating the power loss to the matching network between the RF generator and the powered electrode has been developed. Good agreement was achieved with the embedded network calculations of the total RF power loss.

  4. Collisional plasmas in Martian dust storms: Application to sustenance and glow emissions

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    Jackson, Telana Leilani

    Mars' dynamic atmosphere displays dust devils and larger, global dust storms. Through models and simulations, these features show large electrostatic fields and it is possible that, in the low pressure Martian atmosphere, they may create an electron avalanche and a collisional plasma due to an increase in electron density with ambient E-field. To show that a plasma is sustained under these conditions, a model of the predicted electric Martian dust storm electron avalanche is created, including electron impact ionization sources and electron loss processes (i.e. dust absorption, system loss, electron dissociation and electron recombination). This new model is called the "Dust Devil Electron Avalanche Model (DDEAM)". These losses have not been included in previous models, which stimulated the objectives of this study, to (a) develop a simple form for the Townsend coefficient, (b) determine the critical E-field where plasma sustenance occurs, (c) determine the electron density and model the continuity equation including losses, and (d) model the developments of a plasma "glow" discharge and Mars methane destruction as functions of E-field. This work enhances the recently- published model by Delory et al. [2006], which considered source terms for electron generation. The DDEAM system of eight one-dimensional differential equations was solved simultaneously for values to characterize the electron density, the densities of constituents ( CO 2 , H 2 O ) and their products ([Special characters omitted.] , CO, O - , OH, H - ) due to electron/molecule interactions in the Martian atmosphere. Values for glow discharge and methane destruction rates were also found. When all losses are included in the electron continuity equation, the electron density grows exponentially with increasing E-field, eventually reaching the equilibrium needed to sustain a plasma. The recombination loss plays the biggest role in stabilizing the system. It is also shown that glow discharges can occur within Martian dust storms, reaching a value of 610^21 [Special characters omitted.] with a mean free path of ~32m after traveling 60m down a dust column and should be observable by landed spacecraft. The destruction rate for methane shows an increase by a factor of 10 17 / m 3 s as the E-field increases from 5-25kV/m, which is comparable to the value found in [66].

  5. First operation of 88 glow discharge detector VLSI focal plane array toward mm wave and THz radiation video rate imaging

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    Kopeika, N. S.; Abramovich, A.; Joseph, H.; Akram, A.; Yadid-Pecht, O.; Belenky, A.; Lineykin, S.

    2009-09-01

    A new kind of 88 focal plane array (FPA) based on glow discharge detector (GDD) elements was constructed and tested experimentally. First THz images of this FPA are presented. The data acquisition of this system is performed with a special VLSI board designed for this system. Previously, signal detection of the FPA elements was based upon a lock in amplifier (LIA) which limited the rate of image formation. This was in order to detect weak signals required for stand-off remote detection. Switching mode is necessary in order to save energy but stabilization time of the GDD found to be 0.5 sec. Recent investigations proved that it is possible to overcome the above timing limitations. It was shown that heterodyne detection yielded 40 times more sensitivity than the direct detection, thus in many circumstances obviating the need for a LIA. Moreover, GDD stabilization time of less than 1 msec was achieved. These developments should enable video rate THz imaging using GDD FPAs.

  6. The back-diffusion effect of air on the discharge characteristics of atmospheric-pressure radio-frequency glow discharges using bare metal electrodes

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    Sun, Wen-Ting; Liang, Tian-Ran; Wang, Hua-Bo; Li, He-Ping; Bao, Cheng-Yu

    2007-05-01

    Radio-frequency (RF), atmospheric-pressure glow discharge (APGD) plasmas using bare metal electrodes have promising prospects in the fields of plasma-aided etching, deposition, surface treatment, disinfection, sterilization, etc. In this paper, the discharge characteristics, including the breakdown voltage and the discharge voltage for sustaining a stable and uniform α mode discharge of the RF APGD plasmas are presented. The experiments are conducted by placing the home-made planar-type plasma generator in ambient and in a vacuum chamber, respectively, with helium as the primary plasma-forming gas. When the discharge processes occur in ambient, particularly for the lower plasma-working gas flow rates, the experimental measurements show that it is the back-diffusion effect of air in atmosphere, instead of the flow rate of the gas, that results in the obvious decrease in the breakdown voltage with increasing plasma-working gas flow rate. Further studies on the discharge characteristics, e.g. the luminous structures, the concentrations and distributions of chemically active species in plasmas, with different plasma-working gases or gas mixtures need to be conducted in future work.

  7. Ocular motor abnormalities in neurodegenerative disorders

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    Antoniades, C A; Kennard, C

    2015-01-01

    Eye movements are a source of valuable information to both clinicians and scientists as abnormalities of them frequently act as clues to the localization of a disease process. Classically, they are divided into two main types: those that hold the gaze, keeping images steady on the retina (vestibulo-ocular and optokinetic reflexes) and those that shift gaze and redirect the line of sight to a new object of interest (saccades, vergence, and smooth pursuit). Here we will review some of the major ocular motor abnormalities present in neurodegenerative disorders. PMID:25412716

  8. Abnormal carbene-silicon halide complexes.

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    Wang, Yuzhong; Xie, Yaoming; Wei, Pingrong; Schaefer, Henry F; Robinson, Gregory H

    2016-04-14

    Reaction of the anionic N-heterocyclic dicarbene (NHDC), [:C{[N(2,6-Pr(i)2C6H3)]2CHCLi}]n (1), with SiCl4 gives the trichlorosilyl-substituted (at the C4 carbon) N-heterocyclic carbene complex (7). Abnormal carbene-SiCl4 complex (8) may be conveniently synthesized by combining 7 with HCl·NEt3. In addition, 7 may react with CH2Cl2 in warm hexane, giving the abnormal carbene-complexed SiCl3(+) cation (9). The nature of the bonding in 9 was probed with complementary DFT computations. PMID:26605692

  9. Abnormal Taenia saginata tapeworms in Thailand.

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    Maipanich, Wanna; Sato, Megumi; Pubampen, Somchit; Sanguankiat, Surapol; Kusolsuk, Teera; Thaenkham, Urusa; Waikagul, Jitra

    2011-09-01

    Sixty-eight residents of Ban Luang and Ban Pang Kae villages, in Nan Province, northern Thailand, visited our mobile field station in September 2006 and March 2007, seeking treatment for taeniasis. After treatment, 22 cases discharged tapeworm strobila in their fecal samples and 17 scolices were recovered. Among these, 3 were morphologically abnormal, with six suckers on the scolex. To confirm the species of these tapeworms, the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene was used as a molecular marker. The partial COI sequences (800 bp) of the abnormal tapeworms were identical to the sequences of Taenia saginata deposited in Genbank. PMID:22299430

  10. Nonpathologizing trauma interventions in abnormal psychology courses.

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    Hoover, Stephanie M; Luchner, Andrew F; Pickett, Rachel F

    2016-01-01

    Because abnormal psychology courses presuppose a focus on pathological human functioning, nonpathologizing interventions within these classes are particularly powerful and can reach survivors, bystanders, and perpetrators. Interventions are needed to improve the social response to trauma on college campuses. By applying psychodynamic and feminist multicultural theory, instructors can deliver nonpathologizing interventions about trauma and trauma response within these classes. We recommend class-based interventions with the following aims: (a) intentionally using nonpathologizing language, (b) normalizing trauma responses, (c) subjectively defining trauma, (d) challenging secondary victimization, and (e) questioning the delineation of abnormal and normal. The recommendations promote implications for instructor self-reflection, therapy interventions, and future research. PMID:26460794

  11. Hemorheological abnormalities in human arterial hypertension

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    Lo Presti, Rosalia; Hopps, Eugenia; Caimi, Gregorio

    2014-05-01

    Blood rheology is impaired in hypertensive patients. The alteration involves blood and plasma viscosity, and the erythrocyte behaviour is often abnormal. The hemorheological pattern appears to be related to some pathophysiological mechanisms of hypertension and to organ damage, in particular left ventricular hypertrophy and myocardial ischemia. Abnormalities have been observed in erythrocyte membrane fluidity, explored by fluorescence spectroscopy and electron spin resonance. This may be relevant for red cell flow in microvessels and oxygen delivery to tissues. Although blood viscosity is not a direct target of antihypertensive therapy, the rheological properties of blood play a role in the pathophysiology of arterial hypertension and its vascular complications.

  12. Environmental trichlorfon and cluster of congenital abnormalities.

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    Czeizel, A E; Elek, C; Gundy, S; Mtneki, J; Nemes, E; Reis, A; Sperling, K; Tmr, L; Tusndy, G; Virgh, Z

    1993-02-27

    Of 15 live births in one Hungarian village in 1989-90, 11 (73%) were affected by congenital abnormalities and 6 were twins. Of the 11, 4 had Down syndrome. Likely causes of such clusters (known teratogenic factors, familial inheritance, consanguinity) were excluded. A case-control study and environmental investigations pointed the finger of suspicion at the excessive use of trichlorfon at local fish farms. The content of this chemical was very high in fish (100 mg/kg) and several pregnant women, including all mothers of babies with Down syndrome, had consumed contaminated fish in the critical period for the congenital abnormalities observed. PMID:8094783

  13. Normal and abnormal human vestibular ocular function

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    Peterka, R. J.; Black, F. O.

    1986-01-01

    The major motivation of this research is to understand the role the vestibular system plays in sensorimotor interactions which result in spatial disorientation and motion sickness. A second goal was to explore the range of abnormality as it is reflected in quantitative measures of vestibular reflex responses. The results of a study of vestibular reflex measurements in normal subjects and preliminary results in abnormal subjects are presented in this report. Statistical methods were used to define the range of normal responses, and determine age related changes in function.

  14. Development and fundamental investigation of Laser Ablation Glow Discharge Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (LA-GD-TOFMS)

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    Tarik, Mohamed; Lotito, Giovanni; Whitby, James A.; Koch, Joachim; Fuhrer, Katrin; Gonin, Marc; Michler, Johann; Bolli, Jean-Luc; Gnther, Detlef

    2009-03-01

    Glow Discharge (GD) spectroscopy is a well known and accepted technique for the bulk and surface composition analysis, while laser ablation (LA) provides analysis with high spatial-resolution analysis in LIBS (laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy) or when coupled to inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP-OES or ICP-MS). This work concerns the construction of a Laser Ablation Glow Discharge Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (LA-GD-TOFMS) instrument to study the analytical capabilities resulting from the interaction of a laser-generated sample plume with a pulsed glow discharge. Two ablation configurations were studied in detail. In a first approach, the laser-generated plume was introduced directly into the GD, while the second approach generated the plume inside the GD. The ablated material was introduced at different times with respect to the discharge pulse in order to exploit the efficient ionization in the GD plasma. For both LA-GD configurations, direct ablation into the afterglow of the pulsed glow discharge leads to an ion signal enhancement of up to a factor of 7, as compared to the ablation process alone under the same experimental conditions. The LA-GD enhancement was found to occur exclusively in the GD afterglow, with a maximum ablation S/N occurring in a few hundred microseconds after the termination of the glow discharge. The duration of the enhanced signal is about two milliseconds. Both the laser pulse energy and the position of the ablation plume (with respect to the sampling orifice) were found to affect the amount of mass entering the afterglow region and consequently, the enhancement factor of ionization.

  15. Damage characterization in plates using singularity of scale mode shapes

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    Cao, M. S.; Xu, H.; Bai, R. B.; Ostachowicz, W.; Radzie?ski, M.; Chen, L.

    2015-03-01

    Damage is a prevailing physical phenomenon in in-service structures; accumulation of damage can cause catastrophic structural failure. For damage identification in plates, the concept of scale mode shape with fractal singularity is formulated based on 2D Gabor wavelet transform incorporating fractal dimension analysis of measured mode shapes. With this concept, a scale fractal complexity spectrum is created to reveal mode shape singularities by eliminating noise and interference. The singularity manifests the abnormality of the mode shape, clearly indicating damage. This study develops a philosophy of fusing wavelets and fractals to detect singularities of physical fields in noisy conditions.

  16. Photoelectronic properties of hydrogenated amorphous silicon films deposited by R. F sputtering and glow discharge methods

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    Abdel-Rahman, M.; Madkour, H. ); Hassan, H.H.; El-Desouki, S. )

    1989-09-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon films a-Si:H were deposited by both R.F. sputtering in a planar magnetron configuration and glow discharge methods on Corning glass substrates at different substrate temperatures. The dc and ac photoconductivities of the deposited films were extensively studied as a function of temperature, photon energy and photo-excitation intensity. The results showed that, the dark and photoconductivities have different dependency regions on temperature with different activation energies in the range of 0.08-0.20 eV. It has been also found that the photoconductivity is influenced by the method of deposition and the deposition parameters, indicating that the density of gap states is sensitive to the deposition conditions. The photoconductivity ({sigma}{sub ph}) has a power dependence on the illumination intensity (I) of the form {sigma}{sub ph} {alpha} I {sup {nu}}, where {nu} is a constant and was found also to be increase with temperature.

  17. Glow-spark switching by a dielectric wall in a pin-to-electrolyte discharge

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    Rezvani Jalal, Masoud; Rezvani Jalal, Javad; Fakhry, Saeed; Younesi Zadeh, Feyzolla; Alvand, Faezeh

    2015-08-01

    In this paper, the shape, sound, and current of an electrical discharge in the air between a metal pin and an electrolyte solution are studied. Two different situations are considered: (A) without, and, (B) with inclusion of a dielectric wall in the discharge circuit. It is found that: (1) the discharge A has a cylindrical shape rather than a branched shape in discharge B, (2) the sound and current of discharge in case A are coherent and deterministic but those of case B are incoherent and stochastic. These differences along with the simulation results of a simple model demonstrate that the discharge in case A is glow, but, that in case B is spark.

  18. Comparative Study of Electric Field Measurement in Glow Discharges using Laser Optogalvanic Spectroscopy

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    Hussain, Shahid; Saleem, M.; Baig, M. A.

    2008-10-22

    The net electric field inside low-pressure glow discharges has been measured using laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of 1s2s {sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}np{sup 1}P{sub 1} Rydberg series of atomic helium. Three different types of discharges, an inductively coupled RF discharge cell operating at 4 MHz, a homemade DC discharge cell and a commercial see-through hollow cathode lamp have been used for these studies. The Rydberg series terminates earlier in the high electric field discharge as compared to that in the low electric field discharge. The net electric field also produces shift and broadens the observed spectral lines especially in the high lying Rydberg transitions. The electric field has been determined from the series termination and also from the energy shift of the observed transitions.

  19. Analysis of glow discharges for understanding the process of film formation

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    Venugopalan, M.; Avni, R.

    1984-01-01

    The physical and chemical processes which occur during the formation of different types of films in a variety of glow discharge plasmas are discussed. Emphasis is placed on plasma diagnostic experiments using spectroscopic methods, probe analysis, mass spectrometric sampling and magnetic resonance techniques which are well suited to investigate the neutral and ionized gas phase species as well as some aspects of plasma surface interactions. The results on metallic, semi-conducting and insulating films are reviewed in conjunction with proposed models and the problem encountered under film deposition conditions. It is concluded that the understanding of film deposition process requires additional experimental information on plasma surface interactions of free radicals and the synergetic effects where photon, electron and ion bombardment change the reactivity of the incident radical with the surface.

  20. On the mechanism of pattern formation in glow dielectric barrier discharge

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    Qiao, Yajun; Li, Ben; Ouyang, Jiting

    2016-01-01

    The formation mechanism of pattern in glow dielectric barrier discharge is investigated by two-dimensional fluid modeling. Experimental results are shown for comparison. The simulation results show that the non-uniform distribution of space charges makes the discharge be enhanced in the high-density region but weakened in its neighborhood, which is considered as an activation-inhibition effect. This effect shows through during a current pulse (one discharge event) but also in a certain period of time after discharge that determines a driving frequency range for the non-uniformity of space charges to be enhanced. The effects of applied voltage, surface charge, electrode boundary, and external field are also discussed. All these factors affect the formation of dielectric-barrier-discharge pattern by changing the distribution or the dynamics of space charges and hence the activation-inhibition effect of non-uniform space charges.

  1. Mechanisms for the adhesion of silver to glow discharge sensitized perfluorinated ethylene propylene (PEP)

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    Schutt, J. B.; Gilchrist, W. H.; Paczkowski, F. N.

    1972-01-01

    Details are given for the deposition of silver onto FEP for a batch coater capable of handling 864 square inches at a time. The effectiveness of the glow discharge is shown to be optimum when the FEP faces the anode. Using solid state theory based upon the work function difference, and the heuristic assumption that the surface of FEP is populated with fluoride ions, it is argued that an anode sensitized surface develops states receptive to electron transfer from silver, whereas a cathode sensitized surface is polarized only, and as a result cannot permanently trap charge. Thermodynamic arguments given show that an order of magnitude of 10 to the 9th power electrons are transferred into states to a depth of 10 nm.

  2. Discharge ignition characteristics of pulsed radio-frequency glow discharges in atmospheric helium

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    Shi, Jianjun; Cai, Yeqing; Zhang, Jie; Ding, Ke; Zhang, Jing

    2009-07-01

    An experimental study of radio-frequency (15 MHz) glow discharges in atmospheric helium modulated by pulses with repetition frequency of 500 kHz and duty cycle of 6% and 8% is presented in this paper. In each discharge burst, the discharge is restricted to operate in ignition phase with duration of one or two radio-frequency cycles. The ignition characteristics in terms of spatial-temporal evolution of discharge interelectrode structure and optical emission intensity are investigated by time resolved imaging. Optical emission intensities at lines of 706 and 777 nm are used to capture clearly the temporal evolution of energetic electrons and active specie of atom oxygen generated in discharge.

  3. Drag force reduction on an airfoil via glow discharge plasma-based control

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    Fu, X.; Li, Y.; Li, B.; Kwok, D. Y.

    2009-04-01

    Glow discharge plasma on a solid surface will result in a body force which modifies the pressure distribution along the flow boundary layer, and consequently re-attaches the separated flows for reduction of a hydrodynamic drag force. In this paper, we investigate the discharge performance of various plasma-actuated electrodes in terms of their arrangements and structures. The resulting optimal configuration for the electrode separation distance was used to develop a flexible actuated panel to be mounted onto a NACA 0015 airfoil. Both uniphase and eight-phase power inputs were used to examine its drag reduction performance at various attack angles and flow velocities. Numerical calculations were also performed by including an electrostatic body force in the hydrodynamic equation. Good agreement were found between the numerical and experiment results.

  4. Investigation and quantification of nonlinearity using surrogate data in a glow discharge plasma

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    Saha, Debajyoti; Shaw, Pankaj Kumar; Ghosh, Sabuj; Janaki, M. S.; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.

    2015-02-01

    Detection of nonlinearity has been carried out in periodic and aperiodic floating potential fluctuations of DC glow discharge plasma by generating surrogate data using iterative amplitude adjusted Fourier transform method. We introduce "delay vector variance" analysis (DVV) for the first time, which allows reliable detection of nonlinearity and provides some easy to interpret diagram conveying information about the nature of the experimental floating potential fluctuations (FPF). The method of false nearest neighbourhood is deployed on the FPF's to find a good embedding so as to be acquainted with the precise knowledge of m, which is desirable for carrying out DVV analysis. The emergence of nonlinearity with increase in discharge voltage has been ensured by taking into consideration the total energy present in different band of frequencies excited due to nonlinear processes. Rejection of null hypothesis has been verified by performing the rank test method that confirms the presence of nonlinearity quantitatively.

  5. Non-local Effects in a Stratified Glow Discharge With Dusty Particles

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    Sukhinin, G. I.; Fedoseev, A. V.; Ramazanov, T. S.; Amangaliyeva, R. Zh.; Dosbolayev, M. K.; Jumabekov, A. N.

    2008-09-07

    The work is aimed to describe non-local effects in the positive column of a low pressure stratified DC glow discharge in argon with dusty particles in a vertical cylindrical discharge tube. The numerical calculations of plasma parameters in the axis of the discharge tube were performed with the help of hybrid model based on the solution of non-local Boltzmann equation for EEDF. Distributions of optical emission from striations were measured experimentally. It is shown that in a stratified positive column the EEDF is not Maxwellian and even non-monotonous. Also, the effect of displacing of optical emission distribution relative to the electric field is shown both by numerical simulation and experimental measurements.

  6. Observation of dust torus with poloidal rotation in direct current glow discharge plasma

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    Kaur, Manjit; Bose, Sayak; Chattopadhyay, P. K.; Sharma, Devendra; Ghosh, J.; Saxena, Y. C.

    2015-03-01

    Observation of dust cloud rotation in parallel-plate DC glow discharge plasma is reported here. The experiments are carried out at high pressures (130 Pa) with a metallic ring placed on the lower electrode (cathode). The dust cloud rotates poloidally in the vertical plane near the cathode surface. This structure is continuous toroidally. Absence of magnetic field rules out the possibility of E B induced ion flow as the cause of dust rotation. The dust rotational structures exist even with water cooled cathode. Therefore, temperature gradient driven mechanisms, such as thermophoretic force, thermal creep flow, and free convection cannot be causing the observed dust rotation. Langmuir probe measurement reveals the existence of a sharp density gradient near the location of the rotating dust cloud. The gradient in the density, giving rise to a gradient in the ion drag force, has been identified as the principal cause behind the rotation of dust particles.

  7. Plasma sheath physics and dose uniformity in enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition

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    Li Liuhe; Li Jianhui; Kwok, Dixon T. K.; Chu, Paul K.; Wang Zhuo

    2009-07-01

    Based on the multiple-grid particle-in-cell code, an advanced simulation model is established to study the sheath physics and dose uniformity along the sample stage in order to provide the theoretical basis for further improvement of enhanced glow discharge plasma immersion ion implantation and deposition. At t=7.0 mus, the expansion of the sheath in the horizontal direction is hindered by the dielectric cage. The electron focusing effect is demonstrated by this model. Most of the ions at the inside wall of the cage are implanted into the edge of the sample stage and a relatively uniform ion fluence distribution with a large peak is observed at the end. Compared to the results obtained from the previous model, a higher implant fluence and larger area of uniformity are disclosed.

  8. Heterodyne detection at 300 GHz using neon indicator lamp glow discharge detector.

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    Aharon Akram, Avihai; Rozban, Daniel; Kopeika, Natan S; Abramovich, Amir

    2013-06-10

    A miniature neon indicator lamp, also known as a glow discharge detector (GDD), costing about 50 cents, was found to be an excellent room temperature terahertz radiation detector. Proof-of-concept 300 GHz heterodyne detection using GDD is demonstrated in this paper. Furthermore, a comparison to direct detection was carried out as well. Previous results with the GDD at 10 GHz showed 40 times better sensitivity using heterodyne detection compared to direct detection. Preliminary results at 300 GHz showed better sensitivity by a factor of 20 with only 56 ?W local-oscillator power using heterodyne compared to direct detection. The higher the local-oscillator power (P(lo)), the better the sensitivity of the detector. Further improvement can be achieved by employing better quasi-optical design. PMID:23759859

  9. Low-cost THz heterodyne detection by miniature neon indicator lamp glow discharge detector

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    Joseph, H.; Kopeika, N. S.; Abramovich, A.; Akram, A.; Levanon, A.; Rozban, D.

    2011-11-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation or millimeter wavelength detection and imaging don't have to be expensive. A miniature neon indicator lamp costing about 50 cents acting as a Glow Discharge Detector (GDD) is excellent as a low cost THz detector, but not as the most sensitive detector on the market. Experimental results show that a GDD can work as heterodyne detector, which improves the sensitivity. The experimental results show that sensitivity of heterodyne detection is improved by two orders of magnitude as compared to direct detection. We show here a proof of concept at low frequencies. In this work we compare the performance of GDDs in direct detection to the performance of GDDs in heterodyne detection at 10 GHz and at 300GHz with a low power source.

  10. Heterodyne detection at 300 GHz using glow discharge detectors with efficient quasi-optical design

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    Aharon Akram, Avihai; Rozban, Daniel; Levanon, Assaf; Abramovich, A.; Kopeika, N. S.

    2013-05-01

    A miniature neon indicator lamp, also known as a Glow Discharge Detector (GDD), costing about 50 cents, was found to be an excellent room temperature THz radiation detector. A proof of concept of 300 GHz heterodyne detection using GDD is demonstrated in this paper. Furthermore, a comparison to direct detection was carried-out and polarization effects on heterodyne detection were investigated. Preliminary results at 300 GHz showed better sensitivity by a factor of 20 with only 56 microwatt local oscillator power using heterodyne compared to direct detection. Further improvement of the detection sensitivity can be achieved if the Local Oscillator (LO) power (Plo) is increased. Effects of orthogonal polarizations of signal and local oscillator powers on heterodyne sensitivity were found to be surprisingly weak. More efficient quasi optical design for heterodyne detection is presented in this study, experimental results showed above 50% better performance compared to conventional ones.

  11. Helium glow detector experiment, MA-088. [Apollo Soyuz test project data reduction

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    Bowyer, C. S.

    1978-01-01

    Of the two 584 A channels in the helium glow detector, channel #1 appeared to provide data with erratic count rates and undue susceptibility to dayglow and solar contamination possibly because of filter fatigue or failure. Channel #3 data appear normal and of high quality. For this reason only data from this last channel was analyzed and used for detailed comparison with theory. Reduction and fitting techniques are described, as well as applications of the data in the study of nighttime and daytime Hel 584 A emission. A hot model of the interstellar medium is presented. Topics covered in the appendix include: observations of interstellar helium with a gas absorption cell: implications for the structure of the local interstellar medium; EUV dayglow observations with a helium gas absorption cell; and EUV scattering from local interstellar helium at nonzero temperatures: implications for the derivations of interstellar medium parameters.

  12. Trap spectroscopy by the glow rate technique using bleaching of colour centres.

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    Kulis, P; Tale, I; Rudlof, G

    2002-01-01

    An application of the glow rate technique (GRT) for analysis of the parameters of thermostimulated decay of colour centres is presented using the data on the decay of radiation defects in LiBaF3:Fe crystals created by X rays at 300 K. The GRT offers a procedure for evaluation of the mean activation energy as a function of temperature in the case of arbitrary thermostimulated relaxation kinetics represented by the trap distribution function. The experimental procedure involves at least two subsequent measurements of thermostimulated decay kinetics at different heating rates. It is shown that the decay of the F type centres is governed by interaction of mobile anion vacancies with F(A) and F centres, leading to both the hopping migration and recombination of F centres and the thermoactivated dissociation of the F(A) centres. PMID:12382853

  13. Dynamic contraction of the positive column of a self-sustained glow discharge in air flow

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    Shneider, M. N.; Mokrov, M. S.; Milikh, G. M.

    2014-03-15

    We study the dynamic contraction of a self-sustained glow discharge in air in a rectangular duct with convective cooling. A two dimensional numerical model of the plasma contraction was developed in a cylindrical frame. The process is described by a set of time-dependent continuity equations for the electrons, positive and negative ions; gas and vibrational temperature; and equations which account for the convective heat and plasma losses by the transverse flux. Transition from the uniform to contracted state was analyzed. It was shown that such transition experiences a hysteresis, and that the critical current of the transition increases when the gas density drops. Possible coexistence of the contracted and uniform state of the plasma in the discharge, where the current flows along the density gradient of the background gas, is discussed.

  14. Xe isotopic fractionation in a cathodeless glow discharge. [for carbonaceous meteoritic composition studies

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    Bernatowicz, T. J.; Fahey, A. J.

    1986-01-01

    Results are reported on the isotopic composition of Xe processed in cathodeless glow discharges in rarefied air at pressures of 20-40 microns Hg, in the presence of activated charcoal and in empty pyrex containers. Residual gas phase Xe and trapped Xe were found to be fractionated, with the trapped Xe fractionated up to 1 percent per amu. A model is presented for the fractionating process in which Xe ions are simultaneously implanted and sputtered from substrate material, with a mass dependence favoring retention of the heavy isotopes in the substrate. Results of the investigation show that plasma synthesis of carbonaceous material is unnecessary for producing Xe fractionations, and that the fractionations observed in previous synthesis experiments are probably due to implantation of ions into the synthesized material.

  15. Investigation and quantification of nonlinearity using surrogate data in a glow discharge plasma

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    Saha, Debajyoti Shaw, Pankaj Kumar; Ghosh, Sabuj; Janaki, M. S.; Sekar Iyengar, A. N.

    2015-02-15

    Detection of nonlinearity has been carried out in periodic and aperiodic floating potential fluctuations of DC glow discharge plasma by generating surrogate data using iterative amplitude adjusted Fourier transform method. We introduce delay vector variance analysis (DVV) for the first time, which allows reliable detection of nonlinearity and provides some easy to interpret diagram conveying information about the nature of the experimental floating potential fluctuations (FPF). The method of false nearest neighbourhood is deployed on the FPF's to find a good embedding so as to be acquainted with the precise knowledge of m, which is desirable for carrying out DVV analysis. The emergence of nonlinearity with increase in discharge voltage has been ensured by taking into consideration the total energy present in different band of frequencies excited due to nonlinear processes. Rejection of null hypothesis has been verified by performing the rank test method that confirms the presence of nonlinearity quantitatively.

  16. Application of an atomic oxygen beam facility to the investigation of shuttle glow chemistry

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    Arnold, G. S.; Peplinski, D. R.

    1985-09-01

    A facility for the investigation of the interactions of energetic atomic oxygen with solids is described. The facility is comprised of a four chambered, differentially pumped molecular beam apparatus which can be equipped with one of a variety of sources of atomic oxygen. The primary source is a dc arc heated supersonic nozzle source which produces a flux of atomic oxygen in excess of 10 to the 15th power sq cm/sec at the target, at a velocity of 3.5 km/sec. Results of applications of this facility to the study of the reactions of atomic oxygen with carbon and polyimide films are briefly reviewed and compared to data obtained on various flights of the space shuttle. A brief discussion of possible application of this facility to investigation of chemical reactions which might contribute to atmosphere induced vehicle glow is presented.

  17. Degradation of Methyl Orange in Water by Contact Glow Discharge Electrolysis

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    Gong, Jianying; Cai, Weimin

    2007-04-01

    The degradation of methyl orange in a neutral phosphate buffer solution was investigated by means of contact glow discharge electrolysis (CGDE). The methyl oranges were degraded and eventually decomposed into inorganic carbon when CGDE was conducted under the applied DC voltage of 480 V and current of ca. 80 mA. As the intermediate products, some phenolic compounds were detected as well as carboxylic acids. Experimental results showed that the oxidation process followed the first-order reaction law. Based on the analysis of the ultraviolet (UV) spectra of the solution and the intermediate products from High Pressure Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrum (HPLC-MS), the reaction pathway was proposed. The attack of hydroxyl radicals was considered to be a key step to start the whole oxidation process.

  18. A study of the glow discharge characteristics of contact electrodes at atmospheric pressure in air

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    Liu, Wenzheng Sun, Guangliang Li, Chuanhui; Zhang, Rongrong

    2014-04-15

    Electric field distributions and discharge properties of rod-rod contact electrodes were studied under the condition of DBD for the steady generation of atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma (APGD) in air. We found that under the effect of the initial electrons generated in a nanometer-scale gap, the rod-rod cross-contact electrodes yielded APGD plasma in air. Regarding the rod-rod cross-contact electrodes, increasing the working voltage expanded the strong electric field area of the gas gap so that both discharge area and discharge power increased, and the increase in the number of contact points kept the initial discharge voltage unchanged and caused an increase in the plasma discharge area and discharge power. A mesh-like structure of cross-contact electrodes was designed and used to generate more APGD plasma, suggesting high applicability.

  19. Atmospheric Manmade Glowings Phenomena Observed During the Launches of Solid Propellant Rockets

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    Chernouss, S. A.; Platov, V. V.; Upspensky, M. V.; Alpatov, V. V.; Kirillov, A. S.

    2015-09-01

    Exotic types of luminosities observed in the upper atmosphere always take place during the launch and flight of solid-propellant rockets We consider a large-scale geometry and dynamic features of such phenomena also physics of the intense turquoise (blue-green) glow observed in twilight conditions in the region of missile flight. This study has been based on numerous observations of different rocket flights in the atmosphere over Russia and Scandinavia. Formation of the monoxide aluminum clouds observed in the upper atmosphere is a result of interaction of the exhausted propellant products with the atomic oxygen. The sunlight excited the monoxide aluminum EA1O*) resonance emissions in the atmosphere. Careful studies of spectra of the manmade luminosities during rocket launch/flight permit us to know chemical, thermal and mechanical processes in the atmosphere similar as it is doing in experiments with the artificial cloud release from sounding rockets in the high latitude atmosphere.

  20. A novel Y-type reactor for selective excitation of atmospheric pressure glow discharge plasma

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    Xia, Guan-Guang; Wang, Jin-Yun; Huang, Aimin; Suib, Steven L.; Hayashi, Yuji; Matsumoto, Hiroshige

    2001-02-01

    A novel Y-type atmospheric pressure ac glow discharge plasma reactor has been designed and tested in CO reduction with hydrogen and the reverse water-gas shift reaction. The reactor consists of a Y-type quartz tube with an angle of 120-180 between the two long arms, two metal rod electrodes serving as high voltage terminals and two pieces of aluminum foil which were wrapped outside of the quartz tubes as a ground electrode. Different combinations of input power applied on this three- electrode system can lead to selective plasmas on one side, two sides, or can also generate a stable arc between the two high voltage terminal electrodes. The ability to selectively activate different species with this type of apparatus can help to minimize side reactions in plasmas to obtain desirable products. The Y-type reactor may provide a novel means to study fundamental problems regarding radical reactions.