Sample records for alpha particles emitted

  1. Radioimmunotherapy with alpha-particle emitting radionuclides.

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    Zalutsky, M R; Pozzi, O R

    2004-12-01

    An important consideration in the development of effective strategies for radioimmunotherapy is the nature of the radiation emitted by the radionuclide. Radionuclides decaying by the emission of alpha-particles offer the possibility of matching the cell specific reactivity of monoclonal antibodies with radiation with a range of only a few cell diameters. Furthermore, alpha-particles have important biological advantages compared with external beam radiation and beta-particles including a higher biological effectiveness, which is nearly independent of oxygen concentration, dose rate and cell cycle position. In this review, the clinical settings most likely to benefit from alpha-particle radioimmunotherapy will be discussed. The current status of preclinical and clinical research with antibodies labeled with 3 promising alpha-particle emitting radionuclides - (213)Bi, (225)Ac, and (211)At - also will be summarized. PMID:15640792

  2. Quality factors for alpha particles emitted in tissue

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    Borak, Thomas B.; Chatterjee, A. (Principal Investigator)

    2002-01-01

    A concept of a mean or dose averaged quality factor was defined in ICRP Publication 26 using relationships for quality factor as a function of LET. The concept of radiation weighting factors, wR, was introduced in ICRP Publication 60 in 1990. These are meant to be generalized factors that modify absorbed dose to reflect the risk of stochastic effects as a function of the quality of the radiation incident on the body or emitted by radioactivity within the body. The values of wr are equal to 20 for all alpha particles externally or internally emitted. This note compares the dose averaged quality factor for alpha particles originating in tissue using the old and revised recommendations for quality factor as a function of LET. The dose averaged quality factor never exceeds 20 using the old recommendations and is never less than 20 with the revised recommendations.

  3. Alpha Particle

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    P. Murdin

    2000-01-01

    Term that is sometimes used to describe a helium nucleus, a positively charged particle that consists of two protons and two neutrons, bound together. Alpha particles, which were discovered by Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) in 1898, are emitted by atomic nuclei that are undergoing alpha radioactivity. During this process, an unstable heavy nucleus spontaneously emits an alpha particle and transmut...

  4. Calculations of Alpha-Particle Trajectories for Long-Range Alpha Particles Emitted in Spontaneous Fission

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    Y. Boneh; Z. Fraenkel; I. Nebenzahl

    1967-01-01

    Calculated angular and energy distributions of the alpha particles in long-range alpha-particle fission are presented. The distributions were obtained from calculated alpha-particle trajectories based on a three-point-charge model for the scissioning nucleus. The calculation is two dimensional, and spontaneous fission (no preferred direction) is assumed. This reduces the number of free variables of the system to seven (except for the

  5. Intense alpha-particle emitting crystallites in uranium mill wastes

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    Landa, E.R.; Stieff, L.R.; Germani, M.S.; Tanner, A.B.; Evans, J.R.

    1994-01-01

    Nuclear emulsion microscopy has demonstrated the presence of small, intense ??-particle emitting crystallites in laboratory-produced tailings derived from the sulfuric acid milling of uranium ores. The ??-particle activity is associated with the isotope pair 210Pb 210Po, and the host mineral appears to be PbSO4 occurring as inclusions in gypsum laths. These particles represent potential inhalation hazards at uranium mill tailings disposal areas. ?? 1994.

  6. Enhanced retention of the alpha-particle-emitting daughters of Actinium-225 by liposome carriers.

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    Sofou, Stavroula; Kappel, Barry J; Jaggi, Jaspreet S; McDevitt, Michael R; Scheinberg, David A; Sgouros, George

    2007-01-01

    Targeted alpha-particle emitters hold great promise as therapeutics for micrometastatic disease. Because of their high energy deposition and short range, tumor targeted alpha-particles can result in high cancer-cell killing with minimal normal-tissue irradiation. Actinium-225 is a potential generator for alpha-particle therapy: it decays with a 10-day half-life and generates three alpha-particle-emitting daughters. Retention of (225)Ac daughters at the target increases efficacy; escape and distribution throughout the body increases toxicity. During circulation, molecular carriers conjugated to (225)Ac cannot retain any of the daughters. We previously proposed liposomal encapsulation of (225)Ac to retain the daughters, whose retention was shown to be liposome-size dependent. However, daughter retention was lower than expected: 22% of theoretical maximum decreasing to 14%, partially due to the binding of (225)Ac to the phospholipid membrane. In this study, Multivesicular liposomes (MUVELs) composed of different phospholipids were developed to increase daughter retention. MUVELs are large liposomes with entrapped smaller lipid-vesicles containing (225)Ac. PEGylated MUVELs stably retained over time 98% of encapsulated (225)Ac. Retention of (213)Bi, the last daughter, was 31% of the theoretical maximum retention of (213)Bi for the liposome sizes studied. MUVELs were conjugated to an anti-HER2/neu antibody (immunolabeled MUVELs) and were evaluated in vitro with SKOV3-NMP2 ovarian cancer cells, exhibiting significant cellular internalization (83%). This work demonstrates that immunolabeled MUVELs might be able to deliver higher fractions of generated alpha-particles per targeted (225)Ac compared to the relative fractions of alpha-particles delivered by (225)Ac-labeled molecular carriers. PMID:17935286

  7. Determining the impact of alpha-particle-emitting contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster on Japanese manufacturing sites

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    Robert C. Baumann

    2011-01-01

    We briefly review nuclear reactor operation from the point of view of the major radioactive contaminants formed and consider how these were released and dispersed into the air, water, and soil around Fukushima. The risk of contamination from alpha-particle-emitting uranium and plutonium isotopes at semiconductor manufacturing sites in Japan is considered from theoretical aspects. We report the results of low

  8. Renal tubulointerstitial changes after internal irradiation with alpha-particle-emitting actinium daughters.

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    Jaggi, Jaspreet Singh; Seshan, Surya V; McDevitt, Michael R; LaPerle, Krista; Sgouros, George; Scheinberg, David A

    2005-09-01

    The effect of external gamma irradiation on the kidneys is well described. However, the mechanisms of radiation nephropathy as a consequence of targeted radionuclide therapies are poorly understood. The functional and morphologic changes were studied chronologically (from 10 to 40 wk) in mouse kidneys after injection with an actinium-225 (225Ac) nanogenerator, a molecular-sized, antibody-targeted, in vivo generator of alpha-particle-emitting elements. Renal irradiation from free, radioactive daughters of 225Ac led to time-dependent reduction in renal function manifesting as increase in blood urea nitrogen. The histopathologic changes corresponded with the decline in renal function. Glomerular, tubular, and endothelial cell nuclear pleomorphism and focal tubular cell injury, lysis, and karyorrhexis were observed as early as 10 wk. Progressive thinning of the cortex as a result of widespread tubulolysis, collapsed tubules, glomerular crowding, decrease in glomerular cellularity, interstitial inflammation, and an elevated juxtaglomerular cell count were noted at 20 to 30 wk after treatment. By 35 to 40 wk, regeneration of simplified tubules with tubular atrophy and loss with focal, mild interstitial fibrosis had occurred. A lower juxtaglomerular cell count with focal cytoplasmic vacuolization, suggesting increased degranulation, was also observed in this period. A focal increase in tubular and interstitial cell TGF-beta1 expression starting at 20 wk, peaking at 25 wk, and later declining in intensity with mild increase in the extracellular matrix deposition was noticed. These findings suggest that internally delivered alpha-particle irradiation-induced loss of tubular epithelial cells triggers a chain of adaptive changes that result in progressive renal parenchymal damage accompanied by a loss of renal function. These findings are dissimilar to those seen after gamma or beta irradiation of kidneys. PMID:15987754

  9. Thorium and actinium polyphosphonate compounds as bone-seeking alpha particle-emitting agents.

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    Henriksen, Gjermund; Bruland, Oyvind S; Larsen, Roy H

    2004-01-01

    The present study explores the use of alpha-particle-emitting, bone-seeking agents as candidates for targeted radiotherapy. Actinium and thorium 1,4,7,10 tetraazacyclododecane N,N',N'',N''' 1,4,7,10-tetra(methylene) phosphonic acid (DOTMP) and thorium-diethylene triamine N,N',N'' penta(methylene) phosphonic acid (DTMP) were prepared and their biodistribution evaluated in conventional Balb/C mice at four hours after injection. All three bone-seeking agents showed a high uptake in bone and a low uptake in soft tissues. Among the soft tissue organs, only kidney had a relatively high uptake. The femur/kidney ratios for 227Th-DTMP, 228-Ac-DOTMP and 227Th-DOTMP were 14.2, 7.6 and 6.0, respectively. A higher liver uptake of 228Ac-DOTMP was seen than for 227Th-DTMP and 227Th-DOTMP. This suggests that some demetallation of the 228Ac-DOTMP complex had occurred. The results indicate that 225Ac-DOTMP, 227Th-DOTMP and 227Th-DTMP have promising properties as potential therapeutic bone-seeking agents. PMID:15015582

  10. Radioimmunotherapy with alpha-emitting nuclides.

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    McDevitt, M R; Sgouros, G; Finn, R D; Humm, J L; Jurcic, J G; Larson, S M; Scheinberg, D A

    1998-09-01

    This review discusses the application of alpha particle-emitting radionuclides in targeted radioimmunotherapy. It will outline the production and chemistry of astatine-211, bismuth-212, lead-212, actinium-225, bismuth-213, fermium-255, radium-223 and terbium-149, which at present are the most promising alpha-emitting isotopes available for human clinical use. The selective cytotoxicity offered by alpha particle-emitting radioimmunoconstructs is due to the high linear energy transfer and short particle path length of these radionuclides. Based upon the pharmacokinetics of alpha particle-emitting radioimmunoconstructs, both stochastic and conventional dosimetric methodology is discussed, as is the preclinical and initial clinical use of these radionuclides conjugated to monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of human neoplasia. PMID:9724387

  11. Cytotoxicity of alpha-particle-emitting astatine-211-labelled antibody in tumour spheroids: no effect of hyperthermia.

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    Hauck, M. L.; Larsen, R. H.; Welsh, P. C.; Zalutsky, M. R.

    1998-01-01

    The high linear energy transfer, alpha-particle-emitting radionuclide astatine-211 (211At) is of interest for certain therapeutic applications; however, because of the 55- to 70-microm path length of its alpha-particles, achieving homogeneous tracer distribution is critical. Hyperthermia may enhance the therapeutic efficacy of alpha-particle endoradiotherapy if it can improve tracer distribution. In this study, we have investigated whether hyperthermia increased the cytotoxicity of an 211At-labelled monoclonal antibody (MAb) in tumour spheroids with a radius (approximately 100 microm) greater than the range of 211At alpha-particles. Hyperthermia for 1 h at 42 degrees C was used because this treatment itself resulted in no regrowth delay. Radiolabelled chimeric MAb 81C6 reactive with the extracellular matrix antigen tenascin was added to spheroids grown from the D-247 MG human glioma cell line at activity concentrations ranging from 0.125 to 250 kBq ml(-1). A significant regrowth delay was observed at 125 and 250 kBq ml(-1) in both hyperthermia-treated and untreated spheroids. For groups receiving hyperthermia, no increase in cytotoxicity was seen compared with normothermic controls at any activity concentration. These results and those from autoradiographs indicate that hyperthermia at 42 degrees C for 1 h had no significant effect on the uptake or distribution of this antitenascin MAb in D-247 MG spheroids. Images Figure 4 Figure 5 PMID:9514054

  12. Alpha-Particle Emitting 213Bi-Anti-EGFR Immunoconjugates Eradicate Tumor Cells Independent of Oxygenation

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    Gaertner, Florian C.; Bruchertseifer, Frank; Morgenstern, Alfred; Essler, Markus; Senekowitsch-Schmidtke, Reingard

    2013-01-01

    Hypoxia is a central problem in tumor treatment because hypoxic cells are less sensitive to chemo- and radiotherapy than normoxic cells. Radioresistance of hypoxic tumor cells is due to reduced sensitivity towards low Linear Energy Transfer (LET) radiation. High LET ?-emitters are thought to eradicate tumor cells independent of cellular oxygenation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to demonstrate that cell-bound ?-particle emitting 213Bi immunoconjugates kill hypoxic and normoxic CAL33 tumor cells with identical efficiency. For that purpose CAL33 cells were incubated with 213Bi-anti-EGFR-MAb or irradiated with photons with a nominal energy of 6 MeV both under hypoxic and normoxic conditions. Oxygenation of cells was checked via the hypoxia-associated marker HIF-1?. Survival of cells was analysed using the clonogenic assay. Cell viability was monitored with the WST colorimetric assay. Results were evaluated statistically using a t-test and a Generalized Linear Mixed Model (GLMM). Survival and viability of CAL33 cells decreased both after incubation with increasing 213Bi-anti-EGFR-MAb activity concentrations (9.25 kBq/ml–1.48 MBq/ml) and irradiation with increasing doses of photons (0.5–12 Gy). Following photon irradiation survival and viability of normoxic cells were significantly lower than those of hypoxic cells at all doses analysed. In contrast, cell death induced by 213Bi-anti-EGFR-MAb turned out to be independent of cellular oxygenation. These results demonstrate that ?-particle emitting 213Bi-immunoconjugates eradicate hypoxic tumor cells as effective as normoxic cells. Therefore, 213Bi-radioimmunotherapy seems to be an appropriate strategy for treatment of hypoxic tumors. PMID:23724085

  13. Imaging alpha particle detector

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    Anderson, D.F.

    1980-10-29

    A method and apparatus for detecting and imaging alpha particles sources is described. A dielectric coated high voltage electrode and a tungsten wire grid constitute a diode configuration discharge generator for electrons dislodged from atoms or molecules located in between these electrodes when struck by alpha particles from a source to be quantitatively or qualitatively analyzed. A thin polyester film window allows the alpha particles to pass into the gas enclosure and the combination of the glass electrode, grid and window is light transparent such that the details of the source which is imaged with high resolution and sensitivity by the sparks produced can be observed visually as well. The source can be viewed directly, electronically counted or integrated over time using photographic methods. A significant increase in sensitivity over other alpha particle detectors is observed, and the device has very low sensitivity to gamma or beta emissions which might otherwise appear as noise on the alpha particle signal.

  14. First In Vivo Evaluation of Liposome-encapsulated 223Ra as a Potential Alpha-particle-emitting Cancer Therapeutic Agent

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    Jonasdottir, Thora J.; Fisher, Darrell R.; Borrebaek, Jorgen; Bruland, Oyvind S.; Larsen, Roy H.

    2006-09-13

    Liposomes carrying chemotherapeutics have had some success in cancer treatment and may be suitable carriers for therapeutic radionuclides. This study was designed to evaluate the biodistribution of and to estimate the radiation doses from the alpha emitter 223Ra loaded into pegylated liposomes in selected tissues. 223Ra was encapsulated in pegylated liposomal doxorubicin by ionophore-mediated loading. The biodistribution of liposomal 223Ra was compared to free cationic 223Ra in Balb/C mice. We showed that liposomal 223 Ra circulated in the blood with an initial half-time in excess of 24 hours, which agreed well with that reported for liposomal doxorubicin in rodents, while the blood half-time of cationic 223Ra was considerably less than one hour. When liposomal 223 Ra was catabolized, the released 223Ra was either excreted or taken up in the skeleton. This skeletal uptake increased up to 14 days after treatment, but did not reach the level seen with free 223Ra. Pre-treatment with non-radioactive liposomal doxorubicin 4 days in advance lessened the liver uptake of liposomal 223 Ra. Dose estimates showed that the spleen, followed by bone surfaces, received the highest absorbed doses. Liposomal 223 Ra was relatively stable in vivo and may have potential for radionuclide therapy and combination therapy with chemotherapeutic agents.

  15. Alpha-particle-induced soft errors in dynamic memories

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    T. C. May; M. H. Woods

    1979-01-01

    A new physical soft error mechanism in dynamic RAM's and CCD's is the upset of stored data by the passage of alpha particles through the memory array area. The alpha particles are emitted by the radioactive decay of uranium and thorium which are present in parts-per-million levels in packaging materials. When an alpha particle penetrates the die surface, it can

  16. Treatment of HER2-Expressing Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Cells With Alpha Particle-Emitting {sup 227}Th-Trastuzumab

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    Heyerdahl, Helen; Krogh, Cecilie [Department of Radiation Biology, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital, Montebello, Oslo (Norway); Borrebaek, Jorgen [Algeta ASA, Kjelsas, Oslo (Norway); Larsen, Asmund [Algeta ASA, Kjelsas, Oslo (Norway); Department of Radiation Biology, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital, Montebello, Oslo (Norway); Dahle, Jostein, E-mail: jostein.dahle@rr-research.n [Department of Radiation Biology, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital, Montebello, Oslo (Norway)

    2011-02-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the cytotoxic effects of low-dose-rate alpha particle-emitting radioimmunoconjugate {sup 227}Th-p-isothiocyanato-benzyl-DOTA-trastuzumab ({sup 227}Th-trastuzumab [where DOTA is 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid]) internalized by breast and ovarian cancer cell lines in order to assess the potential of {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab as a therapeutic agent against metastatic cancers that overexpress the HER2 oncogene. Methods and Materials: Clonogenic survival and cell growth rates of breast cancer cells treated with {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab were compared with rates of cells treated with nonbinding {sup 227}Th-rituximab, cold trastuzumab, and X-radiation. Cell growth experiments were also performed with ovarian cancer cells. Cell-associated radioactivity was measured at several time points, and the mean radiation dose to cells was calculated. Results: SKBR-3 cells got 50% of the mean absorbed radiation dose from internalized activity and 50% from cell surface-bound activity, while BT-474 and SKOV-3 cells got 75% radiation dose from internalized activity and 25% from cell surface-bound activity. Incubation of breast cancer cells with 2.5 kBq/ml {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab for 1 h at 4{sup o}C, followed by washing, resulted in mean absorbed radiation doses of 2 to 2.5 Gy. A dose-dependent inhibition of cell growth and an increase in apoptosis were induced in all cell lines. Conclusions: Clinically relevant activity concentrations of {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab induced a specific cytotoxic effect in three HER2-expressing cell lines. The cytotoxic effect of {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab was higher than that of single-dose X-radiation (relative biological effectiveness = 1.2). These results warrant further studies of treatment of breast cancer and ovarian cancer with {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab.

  17. Summary of Alpha Particle Transport

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    Medley, S.S.; White, R.B.; Zweben, S.J.

    1998-08-19

    This paper summarizes the talks on alpha particle transport which were presented at the 5th International Atomic Energy Agency's Technical Committee Meeting on "Alpha Particles in Fusion Research" held at the Joint European Torus, England in September 1997.

  18. Cancer radioimmunotherapy with alpha-emitting nuclides.

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    Couturier, Olivier; Supiot, Stéphane; Degraef-Mougin, Marie; Faivre-Chauvet, Alain; Carlier, Thomas; Chatal, Jean-François; Davodeau, François; Cherel, Michel

    2005-05-01

    In lymphoid malignancies and in certain solid cancers such as medullary thyroid carcinoma, somewhat mixed success has been achieved when applying radioimmunotherapy (RIT) with beta-emitters for the treatment of refractory cases. The development of novel RIT with alpha-emitters has created new opportunities and theoretical advantages due to the high linear energy transfer (LET) and the short path length in biological tissue of alpha-particles. These physical properties offer the prospect of achieving selective tumoural cell killing. Thus, RIT with alpha-emitters appears particularly suited for the elimination of circulating single cells or cell clusters or for the treatment of micrometastases at an early stage. However, to avoid non-specific irradiation of healthy tissues, it is necessary to identify accessible tumoural targets easily and rapidly. For this purpose, a small number of alpha-emitters have been investigated, among which only a few have been used for in vivo preclinical studies. Another problem is the availability and cost of these radionuclides; for instance, the low cost and the development of a reliable actinium-225/bismuth-213 generator were probably determining elements in the choice of bismuth-213 in the only human trial of RIT with an alpha-emitter. This article reviews the literature concerning monoclonal antibodies radiolabelled with alpha-emitters that have been developed for possible RIT in cancer patients. The principal radio-immunoconjugates are considered, starting with physical and chemical properties of alpha-emitters, their mode of production, the possibilities and difficulties of labelling, in vitro studies and finally, when available, in vivo preclinical and clinical studies. PMID:15841373

  19. Measurement of Alpha Particle Radioactivtiy in IC Device Packages

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    E. S. Meieran; P. R. Engel; T. C. May

    1979-01-01

    Alpha particle radioactivity in package materials has been shown to cause soft errors in semiconductor devices. The particles are emitted by uranium and thorium decay sequence radioactive isotopes present as trace impurities in the raw materials used to make the package component parts. Chemical and radiation analys s techniques were correlated to alpha particle fluxes, which range in value from

  20. Streptavidin in antibody pretargeting. 5. chemical modification of recombinant streptavidin for labeling with the alpha-particle-emitting radionuclides 213Bi and 211At.

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    Wilbur, D Scott; Hamlin, Donald K; Chyan, Ming-Kuan; Brechbiel, Martin W

    2008-01-01

    We are investigating the use of recombinant streptavidin (rSAv) as a carrier molecule for the short-lived alpha-particle-emitting radionuclides 213Bi ( t 1/2 = 45.6 min) and 211At ( t 1/2 = 7.21 h) in cancer therapy. To utilize rSAv as a carrier, it must be modified in a manner that permits rapid chelation or bonding with these short-lived radionuclides and also modified in a manner that diminishes its natural propensity for localization in the kidney. Modification for labeling with (213)Bi was accomplished by conjugation of rSAv with the DTPA derivative p-isothiocyanato-benzyl-CHX-A'' (CHX-A''), 3a. Modification for direct labeling with 211At was accomplished by conjugation of rSAv with an isothiocyanatophenyl derivative of a nido-carborane (nCB), 3b, or an isothiocyanatophenyl-dPEG/decaborate(2-) derivative, 3c. After conjugation of the chelating or bonding moiety, rSAv was further modified by reaction with an excess (50-100 equivalents) of succinic anhydride. Succinylation of the lysine amines has previously been shown to greatly diminish kidney localization. rSAv modified by conjugation with 3a and succinylated rapidly radiolabeled with 213Bi (<5 min), providing a 72% isolated yield. 211At labeling of modified rSAv was accomplished in aqueous solution using chloramine-T as the oxidant. Astatination of rSAv conjugated with 3b and succinylated occurred very rapidly (<1 min), providing a 50% isolated radiochemical yield. Astatination of rSAv conjugated with 3c and succinylated was also very rapid (<1 min) providing 66-71% isolated radiochemical yields. Astatination of succinylated rSAv, 2a, which did not have conjugated borane cage moieties, resulted in a much lower radiolabeling yield (18%). The 213Bi or 211At-labeled modified rSAv preparations were mixed with the corresponding 125 I-labeled rSAv, and dual-label in vivo distributions were obtained in athymic mice. The in vivo data show that 213Bi-labeled succinylated rSAv [ 213Bi] 6a has tissue concentrations similar to those of 125 I-labeled modified rSAv [ 125 I] 6b, suggesting that (213)Bi is quite stable toward release from the chelate in vivo. In vivo data also indicate that the (211)At-labeled rSAv conjugated with 3b or 3c and succinylated are stable to in vivo deastatination, whereas succinylated rSAv lacking a boron cage moiety is subject to some deastatination. The modified rSAv conjugated with nido-carborane derivative 3b has a higher retention in many tissues than rSAv without the carborane conjugated. Interestingly, the rSAv conjugated with 3c, which also contains an m-dPEG 12 moiety, has significantly decreased concentrations in blood and other tissues when compared with those of direct-labeled rSAv, suggesting that it may be a good candidate for further study. In conclusion, rSAv that has been modified with CHX-A'' and succinylated (i.e., 5a) may be useful as a carrier of 213Bi. The encouraging results obtained with the PEGylated decaborate(2-) derivative 3c and succinylated (i.e., 5c) suggests that its further study as a carrier of 211At in pretargeting protocols is warranted. PMID:18072725

  1. Alpha-particle spectrometer experiment

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    Gorenstein, P.; Bjorkholm, P.

    1972-01-01

    Mapping the radon emanation of the moon was studied to find potential areas of high activity by detection of radon isotopes and their daughter products. It was felt that based on observation of regions overflown by Apollo spacecraft and within the field of view of the alpha-particle spectrometer, a radon map could be constructed, identifying and locating lunar areas of outgassing. The basic theory of radon migration from natural concentrations of uranium and thorium is discussed in terms of radon decay and the production of alpha particles. The preliminary analysis of the results indicates no significant alpha emission.

  2. Patient-specific alpha-particle dosimetry.

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    Palm, Stig; Elgqvist, Jörgen; Jacobsson, Lars

    2011-10-01

    Alpha-particle therapy has received increased attention during the last few years because of the development of new targeting constructs and new labeling techniques and the availability of suitable ?-particle - emitting radionuclides. This work provides an overview of methods that have been used in clinical trials in estimating the absorbed dose to tumors and healthy tissue in patients following such ?-particle therapy. Similarities and differences compared to conventional therapies using ?¯-particle emitters are presented. The specific challenges of establishing accurate dosimetry for ?- particles in the individual patient are also discussed, as is the effect that improved patient-specific dosimetry might have on the overall efficacy of this type of therapy. PMID:22202155

  3. Targeted alpha particle immunotherapy for myeloid leukemia.

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    Jurcic, Joseph G; Larson, Steven M; Sgouros, George; McDevitt, Michael R; Finn, Ronald D; Divgi, Chaitanya R; Ballangrud, Ase M; Hamacher, Klaus A; Ma, Dangshe; Humm, John L; Brechbiel, Martin W; Molinet, Roger; Scheinberg, David A

    2002-08-15

    Unlike beta particle-emitting isotopes, alpha emitters can selectively kill individual cancer cells with a single atomic decay. HuM195, a humanized anti-CD33 monoclonal antibody, specifically targets myeloid leukemia cells and has activity against minimal disease. When labeled with the beta-emitters (131)I and (90)Y, HuM195 can eliminate large leukemic burdens in patients, but it produces prolonged myelosuppression requiring hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at high doses. To enhance the potency of native HuM195 yet avoid the nonspecific cytotoxicity of beta-emitting constructs, the alpha-emitting isotope (213)Bi was conjugated to HuM195. Eighteen patients with relapsed and refractory acute myelogenous leukemia or chronic myelomonocytic leukemia were treated with 10.36 to 37.0 MBq/kg (213)Bi-HuM195. No significant extramedullary toxicity was seen. All 17 evaluable patients developed myelosuppression, with a median time to recovery of 22 days. Nearly all the (213)Bi-HuM195 rapidly localized to and was retained in areas of leukemic involvement, including the bone marrow, liver, and spleen. Absorbed dose ratios between these sites and the whole body were 1000-fold greater than those seen with beta-emitting constructs in this antigen system and patient population. Fourteen (93%) of 15 evaluable patients had reductions in circulating blasts, and 14 (78%) of 18 patients had reductions in the percentage of bone marrow blasts. This study demonstrates the safety, feasibility, and antileukemic effects of (213)Bi-HuM195, and it is the first proof-of-concept for systemic targeted alpha particle immunotherapy in humans. PMID:12149203

  4. Commercial Availability of Alpha-Emitting Radionuclides for Medicine

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    Fisher, Darrell R.

    2008-09-15

    Alpha-emitting radionuclides provide effective cell-killing properties and have been shown to be effective in cancer treatment. The number of different alpha emitters having suitable physical and chemical characteristics for applications in medicine is relatively few. Development and testing of new radiopharmaceuticals requires a reliable supply of alpha-emitters in high quality, with timely delivery, but at reasonable cost. Applications and commercial availability of the follow alpha emitters are reviewed: Actinium-225, bismuth-213, astatine-211, radium-223, bismuth-212, radium-224, radium-226, terbium-149, and thorium-227. Recommendations for improving the supply of these alpha emitters include an increased federal commitment (through funding and joint-agency cooperation), establishing new production capabilities, and strengthening federal-private partnerships with companies involved in helping to meet critical radionuclide supplies.

  5. Actinium-225 in targeted alpha-particle therapeutic applications.

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    Scheinberg, David A; McDevitt, Michael R

    2011-10-01

    Alpha particle-emitting isotopes are being investigated in radioimmunotherapeutic applications because of their unparalleled cytotoxicity when targeted to cancer and their relative lack of toxicity towards untargeted normal tissue. Actinium- 225 has been developed into potent targeting drug constructs and is in clinical use against acute myelogenous leukemia. The key properties of the alpha particles generated by 225Ac are the following: i) limited range in tissue of a few cell diameters; ii) high linear energy transfer leading to dense radiation damage along each alpha track; iii) a 10 day halflife; and iv) four net alpha particles emitted per decay. Targeting 225Ac-drug constructs have potential in the treatment of cancer. PMID:22202153

  6. cap alpha. Particle confinement in compact tori

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    Bozhokin

    1986-01-01

    The motion of high-energy ..cap alpha.. particles in compact tori is studied. The classically accessible regions of motion of charged particles are found. The conditions are formulated under which the ..cap alpha.. particles produced in fusion reactions are absolutely confined. An ..cap alpha.. particle starting in a region enclosed by a ''critical'' surface will never, in the course of its

  7. Targeted cancer therapy with a novel low-dose rate alpha-emitting radioimmunoconjugate.

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    Dahle, Jostein; Borrebaek, Jørgen; Jonasdottir, Thora J; Hjelmerud, Anne Kristine; Melhus, Katrine B; Bruland, Øyvind S; Press, Oliver W; Larsen, Roy H

    2007-09-15

    Alpha-emitting radionuclides are highly cytotoxic and are of considerable interest in the treatment of cancer. A particularly interesting approach is in radioimmunotherapy. However, alpha-emitting antibody conjugates have been difficult to exploit clinically due to the short half-life of the radionuclides, low production capability, or limited source materials. We have developed a novel technology based on the low-dose rate alpha-particle-emitting nuclide (227)Th, exemplified here using the monoclonal antibody rituximab. In vitro, this radioimmunoconjugate killed lymphoma cells at Becquerel per milliliter (Bq/mL) levels. A single injection of (227)Th-rituximab induced complete tumor regression in up to 60% of nude mice bearing macroscopic (32-256 mm(3)) human B-lymphoma xenografts at Becquerel per gram (Bq/g) levels without apparent toxicity. Therapy with (227)Th-rituximab was significantly more effective than the control radioimmunoconjugate (227)Th-trastuzumab and the standard beta-emitting radioimmunoconjugate for CD20(+) lymphoma(90)Y-tiuxetan-ibritumomab. Thorium-227 based constructs may provide a novel approach for targeted therapy against a wide variety of cancers. PMID:17536011

  8. cap alpha. -Particle confinement in compact tori

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    Bozhokin, S.V.

    1986-11-01

    The motion of high-energy ..cap alpha.. particles in compact tori is studied. The classically accessible regions of motion of charged particles are found. The conditions are formulated under which the ..cap alpha.. particles produced in fusion reactions are absolutely confined. An ..cap alpha.. particle starting in a region enclosed by a ''critical'' surface will never, in the course of its motion, intersect the separatrix of a compact torus. These critical surfaces are constructed. The ratio of the volume of absolute ..cap alpha.. confinement to the total volume of a compact torus is calculated as a function of the magnetic field strength and the dimensions of the compact torus.

  9. Realizing the potential of the Actinium-225 radionuclide generator in targeted alpha particle therapy applications.

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    Miederer, Matthias; Scheinberg, David A; McDevitt, Michael R

    2008-09-01

    Alpha particle-emitting isotopes have been proposed as novel cytotoxic agents for augmenting targeted therapy. Properties of alpha particle radiation such as their limited range in tissue of a few cell diameters and their high linear energy transfer leading to dense radiation damage along each alpha track are promising in the treatment of cancer, especially when single cells or clusters of tumor cells are targeted. Actinium-225 (225 Ac) is an alpha particle-emitting radionuclide that generates 4 net alpha particle isotopes in a short decay chain to stable 209 Bi, and as such can be described as an alpha particle nanogenerator. This article reviews the literature pertaining to the research, development, and utilization of targeted 225 Ac to potently and specifically affect cancer. PMID:18514364

  10. Counting Particles Emitted by Stratospheric Aircraft and Measuring Size of Particles Emitted by Stratospheric Aircraft

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    Wilson, James Charles

    1994-01-01

    There were two principal objectives of the cooperative agreement between NASA and the University of Denver. The first goal was to modify the design of the ER-2 condensation nuclei counter (CNC) so that the effective lower detection limit would be improved at high altitudes. This improvement was sought because, in the instrument used prior to 1993, diffusion losses prevented the smallest detectable particles from reaching the detection volume of the instrument during operation at low pressure. Therefore, in spite of the sensor's ability to detect particles as small as 0.008 microns in diameter, many of these particles were lost in transport to the sensing region and were not counted. Most of the particles emitted by aircraft are smaller than 0.1 micron in diameter. At the start date of this work, May 1990, continuous sizing techniques available on the ER-2 were only capable of detecting particles larger than 0.17 micron. Thus, the second objective of this work was to evaluate candidate sizing techniques in an effort to gain additional information concerning the size of particles emitted by aircraft.

  11. Mutagenic effects of alpha particles in normal human skin fibroblasts

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    Chen, D.J.; Carpenter, S.; Hanks, T. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1992-12-31

    Alpha-irradiation to the bronchial airways from inhaled radon progeny increases the risk of developing lung cancer. The molecular mechanism of radon-induced lung cancer is not clear, but one of the most important genetic effects of ionizing radiation is the induction of gene mutation. Mutations, especially those associated with visible chromosome abnormalities in humans, have been associated with cancer. Therefore, our objective is to use a well-defined model system to determine the mutagenic potential of alpha particles in normal human skin cells and to define this action at the molecular level. Normal human skin fibroblasts were irradiated with alpha particles (3.59 MeV, LET 115 keV {mu}m{sup {minus}1}) emitted from the decay of {sup 238}Pu. Mutagenicity was determined at the X-linked hypoxanthine guanine phosphoribosyl transferase (HPRT) locus. Results from this study indicate that beta particles were more efficient in mutation induction than gamma rays. Based on the initial slopes of the dose-response curves, the RBE for mutation is about 8 for alpha particles. HPRT-deficient mutants which are resistant to 6-thioguanine have been isolated and analyzed by the Southern blot technique. To date, we have characterized 69 gamma-ray-induced and 195 alpha-particle-induced HPRT-deficient mutants. Our data indicate that more than 50% of all gamma-ray-induced mutants have band patterns identical to that observed for the normal structural HPRT gene, whereas the remaining mutants (45%) contain either a rearrangement, partial deletion, or total deletion of the HPRT gene. In contrast, only 30% of alpha-particle-induced human HPRT mutants contain a normal Southern blot pattern, and about 50% indicate total deletion of the HPRT gene. Our results support the notion that high-LET radiation produces more unrepaired or misrepaired DNA damage than do gamma rays.

  12. Modelling and Dosimetry for Alpha-Particle Therapy

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    Sgouros, George; Hobbs, Robert F.; Song, Hong

    2015-01-01

    As a consequence of the high potency and short range of alpha-particles, radiopharmaceutical therapy with alpha-particle emitting radionuclides is a promising treatment approach that is under active pre-clinical and clinical investigation. To understand and predict the biological effects of alpha-particle radiopharmaceuticals, dosimetry is required at the micro or multi-cellular scale level. At such a scale, highly non-uniform irradiation of the target volume may be expected and the utility of a single absorbed dose value to predict biological effects comes into question. It is not currently possible to measure the pharmacokinetic input required for micro scale dosimetry in humans. Accordingly, pre-clinical studies are required to provide the pharmacokinetic data for dosimetry calculations. The translation of animal data to the human requires a pharmacokinetic model that links macro- and micro-scale pharmacokinetics thereby enabling the extrapolation of micro-scale kinetics from macroscopic measurements. These considerations along with a discussion of the appropriate physical quantity and related units for alpha-particle radiopharmaceutical therapy are examined in this review. PMID:22201712

  13. Measurement of the Internal Magnetic Field of Plasmas using an Alpha Particle Source

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    S.J. Zweben; D.S. Darrow; P.W. Ross; J.L. Lowrance; G. Renda

    2004-05-13

    The internal magnetic fields of plasmas can be measured under certain conditions from the integrated v x B deflection of MeV alpha particles emitted by a small radioactive source. This alpha source and large-area alpha particle detector would be located inside the vacuum vessel but outside the plasma. Alphas with a typical energy of 5.5 MeV (241Am) can reach the center of almost all laboratory plasmas and magnetic fusion devices, so this method can potentially determine the q(r) profile of tokamaks or STs. Orbit calculations, background evaluations, and conceptual designs for such a vxB (or ''AVB'') detector are described.

  14. Lyman Alpha Emitting Galaxies in the Nearby Universe

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    Hayes, Matthew

    2015-07-01

    The Lyman alpha emission line (Ly?) of neutral hydrogen (Hi) is intrinsically the brightest emission feature in the spectrum of astrophysical nebulae, making it a very attractive observational feature with which to survey galaxies. Moreover as an ultraviolet resonance line, Ly? possesses several unique characteristics that make it useful to study the properties of the interstellar medium and ionising stellar population at all cosmic epochs. In this review, I present a summary of Ly? observations of galaxies in the nearby universe. By ultraviolet continuum selection, at the magnitudes reachable with current facilities, only ? 5% of the local galaxy population shows a Ly? equivalent width (W Ly?) that exceeds 20 Å. This fraction increases dramatically at higher redshifts, but only in the local universe can we study galaxies in detail and assemble unprecedented multi-wavelength datasets. I discuss many local Ly? observations, showing that when galaxies show net Ly? emission, they ubiquitously also produce large-scale halos of scattered Ly?, that dominate the integrated luminosity. Concerning global measurements, we discuss how W Ly? and the Ly? escape fraction (f Ly? esc) are higher (W Ly? ? 20 Å and f Ly? esc ? 10%) in galaxies that represent the less massive and younger end of the distribution for local objects. This is connected with various properties, such that Ly?-emitting galaxies have lower metal abundances (median value of 12 + log(O/H) ~ 8.1) and dust reddening. However, the presence of galactic outflows/winds is also vital to Doppler shift the Ly? line out of resonance with the atomic gas, and high W Ly? is found only among galaxies with winds faster than ~ 50 km s-1. The empirical evidence is then assembled into a coherent picture, and the requirement for star-formation-driven feedback is discussed in the context of an evolutionary sequence where the interstellar medium is accelerated and/or subject to hydrodynamical instabilities, which reduce the scattering of Ly?. Concluding remarks take the form of perspectives upon future developments, and the most pressing questions that can be answered by observation.

  15. The status of alpha-particle diagnostics

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    Young, K.M.; Johnson, D.W.

    1992-08-01

    There is a flurry of activity to complete alpha-particle diagnostics so that they can undergo some experimental testing in DT plasmas on JET or TFTR prior to implementation on ITER. Successful measurements of escaping charged fusion products have been made in DD plasmas, and the {alpha}-particle source can be well characterized by neutron profile measurement. These methods can be extrapolated to DT plasmas. Measurement of the confined {alpha}-particles requires a new technique. Collective Thomson scattering, methods involving charge-exchange interactions and nuclear reactions with impurities will be discussed. Some assessment is given of the capabilities of these techniques, bearing in mind the potential for their use in the physics phase of the ITER program.

  16. The status of alpha-particle diagnostics

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    Young, K.M.; Johnson, D.W.

    1992-01-01

    There is a flurry of activity to complete alpha-particle diagnostics so that they can undergo some experimental testing in DT plasmas on JET or TFTR prior to implementation on ITER. Successful measurements of escaping charged fusion products have been made in DD plasmas, and the {alpha}-particle source can be well characterized by neutron profile measurement. These methods can be extrapolated to DT plasmas. Measurement of the confined {alpha}-particles requires a new technique. Collective Thomson scattering, methods involving charge-exchange interactions and nuclear reactions with impurities will be discussed. Some assessment is given of the capabilities of these techniques, bearing in mind the potential for their use in the physics phase of the ITER program.

  17. Alternating current long range alpha particle detector

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    MacArthur, D.W.; McAtee, J.L.

    1993-02-16

    An alpha particle detector, utilizing alternating currents, which is capable of detecting alpha particles from distinct sources. The use of alternating currents allows use of simpler ac circuits which, in turn, are not susceptible to dc error components. It also allows the benefit of gas gain, if desired. In the invention, a voltage source creates an electric field between two conductive grids, and between the grids and a conductive enclosure. Air containing air ions created by collision with alpha particles is drawn into the enclosure and detected. In some embodiments, the air flow into the enclosure is interrupted, creating an alternating flow of ions. In another embodiment, a modulated voltage is applied to the grid, also modulating the detection of ions.

  18. Alternating current long range alpha particle detector

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    MacArthur, Duncan W. (Los Alamos, NM); McAtee, James L. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1993-01-01

    An alpha particle detector, utilizing alternating currents, whcih is capable of detecting alpha particles from distinct sources. The use of alternating currents allows use of simpler ac circuits which, in turn, are not susceptible to dc error components. It also allows the benefit of gas gain, if desired. In the invention, a voltage source creates an electric field between two conductive grids, and between the grids and a conductive enclosure. Air containing air ions created by collision with alpha particles is drawn into the enclosure and detected. In some embodiments, the air flow into the enclosure is interrupted, creating an alternating flow of ions. In another embodiment, a modulated voltage is applied to the grid, also modulating the detection of ions.

  19. THE SPATIALLY RESOLVED H{alpha}-EMITTING WIND STRUCTURE OF P CYGNI

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    Balan, Aurelian; Tycner, C. [Department of Physics, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 (United States); Zavala, R. T.; Benson, J. A.; Hutter, D. J. [US Naval Observatory, Flagstaff Station, 10391 W. Naval Observatory Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (United States); Templeton, M., E-mail: abalan@delta.ed, E-mail: c.tycner@cmich.ed, E-mail: bzavala@nofs.navy.mi, E-mail: jbenson@nofs.navy.mi, E-mail: djh@nofs.navy.mi, E-mail: matthewt@aavso.or [American Association of Variable Star Observers, 49 Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

    2010-06-15

    High spatial resolution observations of the H{alpha}-emitting wind structure associated with the luminous blue variable star P Cygni were obtained with the Navy Prototype Optical Interferometer. These observations represent the most comprehensive interferometric data set on P Cyg to date. We demonstrate how the apparent size of the H{alpha}-emitting region of the wind structure of P Cyg compares between the 2005, 2007, and 2008 observing seasons and how this relates to the H{alpha} line spectroscopy. Using the data sets from 2005, 2007, and 2008 observing seasons, we fit a circularly symmetric Gaussian model to the interferometric signature from the H{alpha}-emitting wind structure of P Cyg. Based on our results, we conclude that the radial extent of the H{alpha}-emitting wind structure around P Cyg is stable at the 10% level. We also show how the radial distribution of the H{alpha} flux from the wind structure deviates from a Gaussian shape, whereas a two-component Gaussian model is sufficient to fully describe the H{alpha}-emitting region around P Cyg.

  20. Sterically stabilized liposomes as a carrier for alpha-emitting radium and actinium radionuclides.

    PubMed

    Henriksen, Gjermund; Schoultz, B W; Michaelsen, T E; Bruland, Ø S; Larsen, R H

    2004-05-01

    The alpha-particle emitting radionuclides (223)Ra (t(1/2) = 11.4 d), (224)Ra (t(1/2) = 3.6 d), and (225)Ac(t(1/2) = 10.0 d) may have a broad application in targeted radiotherapy provided that they could be linked to vehicles with tumor affinity. The potential usefulness of liposomes as carriers was studied in the present work. Radium and actinium radionuclides could be loaded in good yields into sterically stabilized liposomes. Subsequent coating of the liposomes with a folate-F(ab')(2) construct yielded a product with affinity towards tumor cells expressing folate receptors. Radionuclide loaded liposomes showed excellent stability in serum in vitro. PMID:15093814

  1. Nuclear diagnostic for fast alpha particles

    DOEpatents

    Grisham, Larry R. (Lawrence Township, Mercer County, NJ); Post, Jr., Douglass E. (Belle Mead, NJ); Dawson, John M. (Pacific Palisades, CA)

    1986-01-01

    Measurement of the velocity distribution of confined energetic alpha particles resulting from deuterium-tritium fusion reactions in a magnetically contained plasma is provided. The fusion plasma is seeded with energetic boron neutrals for producing, by means of the reaction .sup.10 B (.alpha.,n) .sup.13 N reaction, radioactive nitrogen nuclei which are then collected by a probe. The radioactivity of the probe is then measured by conventional techniques in determining the energy distribution of the alpha particles in the plasma. In a preferred embodiment, diborane gas (B.sub.2 H.sub.6) is the source of the boron neutrals to produce .sup.13 N which decays almost exclusively by positron emission with a convenient half-life of 10 minutes.

  2. Cross section balance in the 14N + 159Tb reaction and the origin of fast alpha particles

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    Siemssen, R. H.; Balster, G. J.; Wilschut, H. W.; Bond, P. D.; Crouzen, P. C. N.; Goldhoorn, P. B.; Shukui, Han; Sujkowski, Z.

    1985-10-01

    Exclusive cross sections have been obtained from particle-K X-ray coincidence data measured at 236 MeV for ejectiles ranging from 4He to 15N. Production cross sections for primary fragments and alpha particle multiplicities associated with different channels have been deduced. The major fraction of the alpha particles appears to originate from inelastic (damped) processes in which only light particles with Z ? 2 are emitted.

  3. Alpha particle analysis using PEARLS spectrometry

    SciTech Connect

    McKlveen, J.W.; Klingler, G.W.; McDowell, W.J.; Case, G.N.

    1984-01-01

    Alpha particle assay by conventional plate-counting methods is difficult because chemical separation, tracer techniques, and/or self-absorption losses in the final sample may cause either non-reproducible results or create unacceptable errors. PEARLS (Photon-Electron Rejecting Alpha Liquid Scintillation) Spectrometry is an attractive alternative since radionuclides may be extracted into a scintillator in which there would be no self-absorption or geometry problems and in which up to 100% chemical recovery and counting efficiency is possible. Sample preparation may include extraction of the alpha emitter of interest by a specific organic-phase-soluble compound directly into the liquid scintillator. Detection electronics use energy and pulse-shape discrimination to provide discrete alpha spectra and virtual absence of beta and gamma backgrounds. Backgrounds on the order of 0.01 cpm are readily achievable. Accuracy and reproducibility are typically in the 100 +-1% range. Specific procedures have been developed for gross alpha, uranium, plutonium, thorium, and polonium assay. This paper will review liquid scintillation alpha counting methods and reference some of the specific applications. 8 refs., 1 fig.

  4. Ferroelectric Devices Emit Charged Particles and Radiation

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    Bar-Cohen, Yoseph; Sherrit, Stewart; Bao, Xiaoqi; Felsteiner, Joshua; Karsik, Yakov

    2005-01-01

    Devices called solid-state ferroelectric- based sources (SSFBSs) are under development as sources of electrons, ions, ultraviolet light, and x-rays for diverse applications in characterization and processing of materials. Whereas heretofore it has been necessary to use a different device to generate each of the aforementioned species of charged particles or radiation, a single SSFBS can be configured and operated to selectively generate any of the species as needed using a single source. Relative to comparable prior sources based, variously, on field emission, thermionic emission, and gaseous discharge plasmas, SSFBSs demand less power, and are compact and lightweight. An SSFBS exploits the unique physical characteristics of a ferroelectric material in the presence of a high-frequency pulsed electric field. The basic building block of an SSFBS is a ferroelectric cathode -- a ferroelectric wafer with a solid electrode covering its rear face and a grid electrode on its front face (see figure). The application of a voltage pulse -- typically having amplitude of several kilovolts and duration of several nanoseconds -- causes dense surface plasma to form near the grid wires on the front surface.

  5. ALPHA-PARTICLE RADIOBIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS USING THIN CR-39 DETECTORS

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    Yu, K.N.

    ALPHA-PARTICLE RADIOBIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS USING THIN CR-39 DETECTORS K. F. Chan1 , S. Y. M. Siu2 advantages of using CR-39 detectors as the cell-culture substrates in alpha-particle radiobiological the DNA damage in individual HeLa cervix cancer cells after alpha-particle irradiation. We prepared thin

  6. Track reconstruction and performance of DRIFT directional dark matter detectors using alpha particles

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    S. Burgos; J. Forbes; C. Ghag; M. Gold; V. A. Kudryavtsev; T. B. Lawson; D. Loomba; P. Majewski; D. Muna; A. St J. Murphy; G. G. Nicklin; S. M. Paling; A. Petkov; S. J. S. Plank; M. Robinson; N. Sanghi; N. J. T. Smith; D. P. Snowden-Ifft; N. J. C. Spooner; T. J. Sumner; J. Turk; E. Tziaferi; T. Tziaferi

    2008-01-01

    First results are presented from an analysis of data from the DRIFT-IIa and DRIFT-IIb directional dark matter detectors at Boulby Mine in which alpha particle tracks were reconstructed and used to characterise detector performance—an important step towards optimising directional technology. The drift velocity in DRIFT-IIa was 59.3±0.2(stat)±7.5(sys)ms-1 based on an analysis of naturally occurring alpha-emitting background. The drift velocity in

  7. Gallium Nitride Room Temperature alpha Particle Detectors

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    Min Lu; Guo-Guang Zhang; Kai Fu; Guo-Hao Yu

    2010-01-01

    Gallium Nitride (GaN) room temperature alpha particle detectors are fabricated and characterized, whose device structure is Schottky diode. The current-voltage (I - V) measurements reveal that the reverse breakdown voltage of the detectors is more than 200 V owing to the consummate fabrication processes, and that the Schottky barrier and ideal factor of the detectors are 0.64 eV and 1.02,

  8. Counting particles emitted by stratospheric aircraft and measuring size of particles emitted by stratospheric aircraft

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    Wilson, James Charles

    1994-01-01

    The ER-2 condensation nuclei counter (CNC) has been modified to reduce the diffusive losses of particles within the instrument. These changes have been successful in improving the counting efficiency of small particles at low pressures. Two techniques for measuring the size distributions of particles with diameters less than 0.17 micrometers have been evaluated. Both of these methods, the differential mobility analyzer (DMA) and the diffusion battery, have fundamental problems that limit their usefulness for stratospheric applications. We cannot recommend either for this application. Newly developed, alternative methods for measuring small particles include inertial separation with a low-loss critical orifice and thin-plate impactor device. This technique is now used to collect particles in the multisample aerosol collector housed in the ER-2 CNC-2, and shows some promise for particle size measurements when coupled with a CNC as a counting device. The modified focused-cavity aerosol spectrometer (FCAS) can determine the size distribution of particles with ambient diameters as small as about 0.07 micrometers. Data from this instrument indicates the presence of a nuclei mode when CNC-2 indicates high concentrations of particles, but cannot resolve important parameters of the distribution.

  9. Local Control of Lung Derived Tumors by Diffusing Alpha-Emitting Atoms Released From Intratumoral Wires Loaded With Radium-224

    SciTech Connect

    Cooks, Tomer [Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel); Schmidt, Michael [School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel); Bittan, Hadas; Lazarov, Elinor [Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel); School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel); Arazi, Lior; Kelson, Itzhak [School of Physics and Astronomy, Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel); Althera Medical Ltd., Tel Aviv (Israel); Keisari, Yona [Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel)], E-mail: ykeisari@post.tau.ac.il

    2009-07-01

    Purpose: Diffusing alpha-emitters radiation therapy (DART) is a new form of brachytherapy enabling the treatment of solid tumors with alpha radiation. The present study examines the antitumoral effects resulting from the release of alpha emitting radioisotopes into solid lung carcinoma (LL2, A427, and NCI-H520). Methods and Materials: An in vitro setup tested the dose-dependent killing of tumor cells exposed to alpha particles. In in vivo studies, radioactive wires (0.3 mm diameter, 5 mm long) with {sup 224}Ra activities in the range of 21-38 kBq were inserted into LL/2 tumors in C57BL/6 mice and into human-derived A427 or NCI-H520 tumors in athymic mice. The efficacy of the short-lived daughters of {sup 224}Ra to produce tumor growth retardation and prolong life was assessed, and the spread of radioisotopes inside tumors was measured using autoradiography. Results: The insertion of a single DART wire into the center of 6- to 7-mm tumors had a pronounced retardation effect on tumor growth, leading to a significant inhibition of 49% (LL2) and 93% (A427) in tumor development and prolongations of 48% (LL2) in life expectancy. In the human model, more than 80% of the treated tumors disappeared or shrunk. Autoradiographic analysis of the treated sectioned tissue revealed the intratumoral distribution of the radioisotopes, and histological analysis showed corresponding areas of necrosis. In vitro experiments demonstrated a dose-dependent killing of tumors cells exposed to alpha particles. Conclusions: Short-lived diffusing alpha-emitters produced tumor growth retardation and increased survival in mice bearing lung tumor implants. These results justify further investigations with improved dose distributions.

  10. Alpha particle effects on the internal kink and fishbone modes

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Y.; Cheng, C.Z.; White, R.B. (Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (United States))

    1994-10-01

    The effects of alpha particles on the internal kink and fishbone modes are studied analytically. The nonadiabatic contribution from untrapped alpha particles is negligible. Finite inverse aspect ratio, plasma [beta], and plasma shaping effects can significantly enhance the trapped particle drift reversal domain in the pitch angle space and reduce the bounce-averaged magnetic drift frequency. The decrease of the drift magnitude and drift reversal effects on the ideal kink mode is small, but the [beta][sub [alpha

  11. Alpha particle loss in the TFTR DT experiments

    SciTech Connect

    Zweben, S.J.; Darrow, D.S.; Herrmann, H.W. [and others

    1995-01-01

    Alpha particle loss was measured during the TFTR DT experiments using a scintillator detector located at the vessel bottom in the ion grad-B drift direction. The DT alpha particle loss to this detector was consistent with the calculated first-orbit loss over the whole range of plasma current I=0.6-2.7 MA. In particular, the alpha particle loss rate per DT neutron did not increase significantly with fusion power up to 10.7 MW, indicating the absence of any new ``collective`` alpha particle loss processes in these experiments.

  12. Epithermal and thermal alpha-particle transport and control

    SciTech Connect

    Miley, G.H.; Hu, S.C.; Varadarajan, V. (Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL (United States))

    1990-12-01

    In this paper alpha-particle ash accumulation in tokamaks and two possible ash control techniques are discussed. The effect of thermal alpha-particle ash accumulation on plasma performance is examined using a zero-dimensional analysis with profile corrections. Alpha-particle accumulation is shown to have serious effects on ignition requirements. An analytical model developed to predict the effect of sawtooth disruption on ash accumulation is discussed. The analytical results indicate that the sawtooth is effective when the temperature profile is parabolic or flatter. Alpha-particle ejection by a fishbone oscillation is envisaged to be helpful in ash control, and a model of the physics in a large-aspect-ratio approximation is discussed using an extended version of a Chen et al. formalism. The trapped particle destabilization of the internal kinks due to the alpha particles and a second hot-particle species is considered, and the expected oscillation frequency and growth rates are derived.

  13. Analytic expressions for {alpha} particle preformation in heavy nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Zhang, H. F.; Wang, Y. J.; Dong, J. M. [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Royer, G. [Laboratoire Subatech, UMR IN2P3/CNRS Universite Ecole des Mines, Nantes 44 (France); Zuo, W.; Li, J. Q. [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2009-11-15

    Experimental {alpha} decay energies and half-lives are investigated systematically to extract {alpha} particle preformation in heavy nuclei. Formulas for the preformation factors are proposed that can be used to guide microscopic studies on preformation factors and perform accurate calculations of the {alpha} decay half-lives. There is little evidence for the existence of an island of long stability of superheavy nuclei.

  14. Calibration and operation of continuous air monitors for alpha-emitting radionuclides

    SciTech Connect

    Hoover, M.D.; Newton, G.J.

    1993-12-31

    Spectrometer-based continuous air monitors have improved our capabilities for detecting aerosols of alpha-emitting radionuclides. This paper describes basic requirements and statistical limitations in the sensitivity of alpha continuous air monitors, and presents a technical basis for selecting the energy window for detection of uranium and plutonium aerosols, correcting for interference from airborne dust, selecting filters with low pressure drop and good front surface collection characteristics, and properly using electroplated calibration sources. Sensitivity limits are described for detecting uranium or plutonium aerosols in the presence of increased concentrations of naturally occurring, alpha-emitting radon progeny radionuclides. Decreasing the lower energy boundary of the detection window from 4.3 MeV to 2.7 MeV improves by a factor of three the detection of plutonium in the presence of dust, while causing minimal additional interference from ambient radon progeny. Selection of the Millipore Fluoropore teflon membrane filter reduces both pressure drop and interference from ambient radon progeny by up to a factor of two. Field collection of ambient radon progeny can be used to verify the proper energy of alpha emissions from electroplated calibration sources. In the absence of energy verification, errors in instrument calibration may result from solid state diffusion of the electroplated calibration radionuclide into the substrate plate.

  15. Absorbed fractions for alpha-particles in tissues of cortical bone

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    Watchman, Christopher J.; Bolch, Wesley E.

    2009-10-01

    Bone-seeking alpha-particle emitting radionuclides are common health physics hazards. Additionally, they are under consideration as an option for therapeutic molecular radiotherapy applications. Current dose models do not account for energy or bone-site dependence as shown by alpha-particle absorbed fractions given in ICRP Publication 30. Energy-dependent, yet bone-site independent, alpha-particle absorbed fractions have been presented by the models of Stabin and Siegel (2003 Health Phys. 85 294-310). In this work, a chord-based computational model of alpha-particle transport in cortical bone has been developed that explicitly accounts for both the bone-site and particle-energy dependence of alpha-particle absorbed fractions in this region of the skeleton. The model accounts for energy deposition to three targets: cortical endosteum, haversian space tissues and cortical bone. Path length distributions for cortical bone given in Beddoe (1977 Phys. Med. Biol. 22 298-308) provided additional transport regions in the absorbed fraction calculation. Significant variations in absorbed fractions between different skeletal sites were observed. Differences were observed between this model and the absorbed fractions given in ICRP Publication 30, which varied by as much as a factor of 2.1 for a cortical bone surface source irradiating cortical endosteum.

  16. Dosimetry and radiobiological studies of automated alpha-particle irradiator.

    PubMed

    M V, Jyothish Babu; Shinde, Sanjay G; S, Sunil Kumar; Ali, Manjoor; Vasumathy, R; Kumar, Amit; Kolekar, R; Kumar, Manish; Nema, P; Bhagwat, P V; Pandey, Badri N

    2013-01-01

    Understanding the effect of alpha radiation on biological systems is an important component of radiation risk assessment and associated health consequences. However, due to the short path length of alpha radiation in the atmosphere, in vitro radiobiological experiments cannot be performed with accuracy in terms of dose and specified exposure time. The present paper describes the design and dosimetry of an automated alpha-particle irradiator named 'BARC BioAlpha', which is suitable for in vitro radiobiological studies. Compared to alpha irradiators developed in other laboratories, BARC BioAlpha has integrated computer-controlled movement of the alpha-particle source, collimator, and electronic shutter. The diaphragm blades of the electronic shutter can control the area (diameter) of irradiation without any additional shielding, which is suitable for radiobiological bystander studies. To avoid irradiation with incorrect parameters, a software interlock is provided to prevent shutter opening, unless the user-specified speed of the source and collimator are achieved. The dosimetry of the alpha irradiator using CR-39 and silicon surface barrier detectors showed that ~4 MeV energy of the alpha particle reached the cells on the irradiation dish. The alpha irradiation was also demonstrated by the evaluation of DNA double-strand breaks in human cells. In conclusion, 'BARC BioAlpha' provides a user-friendly alpha irradiation system for radiobiological experiments with a novel automation mechanism for better accuracy of dose and exposure time. PMID:24266413

  17. ITER alpha particle diagnostics using knock-on ion tails

    SciTech Connect

    Fisher, R.K.; Parks, P.B.; McChesney, J.M. [and others

    1995-09-01

    Alpha particles will play a critical role in the physics and successful operation of ITER. Achieving fusion ignition requires that the {alpha} particles created by deuterium-tritium (D-T) reactions deposit a large fraction of their energy in the reacting plasma before they are lost. Toroidal field ripple can localize any alpha particle losses and cause first wall damage. We have proposed a new method of measuring the fast confined {alpha}-particle distribution in a reacting plasma. The same elastic collisions that transfer the alpha energy to the D-T plasma ions and allow fusion ignition will also create a high energy tail on the deuterium and tritium ion energy distributions. Some of these energetic tail ions will undergo fusion reactions with the background plasma producing neutrons whose energy is increased significantly above 14 MeV due to the kinetic energy of the reacting ions. Measurement of this high energy tail on the D-T neutron distribution as a function of plasma minor radius would provide information on the alpha density profile with a time response equal to the ion slowing-down time. Although this technique may provide only limited information on the {alpha}-particle energy distribution, experimental studies of fast ions on existing tokamaks have shown that the observed slowing-down is essentially classical. Hence the {alpha}-energy distribution is expected to be classical except in situations where the {alpha}-confinement is poor. The confinement of {alpha}`s can be affected by ripple losses and a number of instabilities. Toroidal field ripple can cause both prompt orbit losses and stochastic ripple diffusion losses. Magnetohydrodynamic activity, including fishbone instabilities, toroidal Alfven eigenmodes, and sawtooth oscillations, may also affect alpha confinement. The diagnostic proposed here, by monitoring the confined alpha population, can provide valuable information on the confinement of fast alphas in a reacting plasma.

  18. An accurate method to measure alpha-emitting natural radionuclides in atmospheric filters: Application in two NORM industries

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    R. L. Lozano; J. P. Bolívar; E. G. San Miguel; R. García-Tenorio; M. J. Gázquez

    2011-01-01

    In this work, an accurate method for the measurement of natural alpha-emitting radionuclides from aerosols collected in air filters is presented and discussed in detail. The knowledge of the levels of several natural alpha-emitting radionuclides (238U, 234U, 232Th, 230Th, 228Th, 226Ra and 210Po) in atmospheric aerosols is essential not only for a better understanding of the several atmospheric processes and

  19. {alpha}-particle spectrum in the reaction p + {sup 11}B {yields} {alpha} + {sup 8}Be* {yields} 3{alpha}

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    Dmitriev, V. F., E-mail: dmitriev@inp.nsk.s [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics (Russian Federation)

    2009-07-15

    Using a simple phenomenological parametrization of the reaction amplitude we calculated {alpha}-particle spectrumin the reaction p + {sup 11}B {yields} {alpha} + {sup 8}Be* {yields} 3{alpha} at the resonance proton energy of 675 keV. The parametrization includes Breit-Wigner factor with an energy-dependent width for intermediate {sup 8}Be* state and the Coulomb and the centrifugal factors in {alpha}-particle-emission vertices. The shape of the spectrum consists of a well-defined peak corresponding to emission of the primary {alpha} and a flat shoulder going down to very low energy. We found that below 1.5MeV there are 17.5% of {alpha}'s and below 1MeV there are 11% of them.

  20. Alpha particle effects on the internal kink and fishbone modes

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    Wu, Y.; Cheng, C.Z.; White, R.B.

    1994-06-01

    The effects of alpha particles on the internal kink and fishbone modes are studied analytically. The nonadiabatic contribution from untrapped alpha particles is negligible. Finite inverse aspect ratio, plasma {beta} and plasma shaping effects can significantly enhance the trapped particle drift reversal domain in the pitch angle space and reduce the bounce-averaged magnetic drift frequency. The drift reversal effect on the ideal kink mode is small, but the {beta}{sub {alpha}} threshold for the fishbone mode can be much lower than previously predicted. Moreover, the fishbone mode could be excited by alpha particles even when the plasma is stable in the ideal MHD limit. In addition, the ion diamagnetic drift frequency (finite ion Larmor radius effect) has a strong destabilizing effect on the fishbone mode when it is comparable with the trapped alpha averaged precessional drift frequency, even though it stabilizes the plasma in the ideal MHD limit.

  1. Effects of alpha-particles on survival and chromosomal aberrations in human mammary epithelial cells

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    Durante, M.; Grossi, G. F.; Gialanella, G.; Pugliese, M.; Nappo, M.; Yang, T. C.

    1995-01-01

    We have studied the radiation responses of a human mammary epithelial cell line, H184B5 F5-1 M/10. This cell line was derived from primary mammary cells after treatment with chemicals and heavy ions. The F5-1 M/10 cells are immortal, density-inhibited in growth, and non-tumorigenic in athymic nude mice and represent an in vitro model of the human epithelium for radiation studies. Because epithelial cells are the target of alpha-particles emitted from radon daughters, we concentrated our studies on the efficiency of alpha-particles. Confluent cultures of M/10 cells were exposed to accelerated alpha-particles [beam energy incident at the cell monolayer = 3.85 MeV, incident linear energy transfer (LET) in cell = 109 keV/microns] and, for comparison, to 80 kVp x-rays. The following endpoints were studied: (1) survival, (2) chromosome aberrations at the first postirradiation mitosis, and (3) chromosome alterations at later passages following irradiation. The survival curve was exponential for alpha-particles (D0 = 0.73 +/- 0.04 Gy), while a shoulder was observed for x-rays (alpha/beta = 2.9 Gy; D0 = 2.5 Gy, extrapolation number 1.6). The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of high-LET alpha-particles for human epithelial cell killing was 3.3 at 37% survival. Dose-response curves for the induction of chromosome aberrations were linear for alpha-particles and linearquadratic for x-rays. The RBE for the induction of chromosome aberrations varied with the type of aberration scored and was high (about 5) for chromosome breaks and low (about 2) for chromosome exchanges.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

  2. Effect of alpha particles on Toroidal Alfven Eigenmodes

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    Berk, H.L.

    1992-11-01

    An overview is given of the analytic structure for the linear theory of the Toroidal Alfven Eigenmode (TAE), where multiple gap structures occur. A discussion is given of the alpha particle drive and the various dissipation mechanisms that can stabilize the system. A self-consistent calculation of the TAE mode, for a low-beta high-aspect-ratio plasma, indicates that though the alpha particle drive is comparable to the dissipation mechanisms, overall stability is still achieved for ignited ITER-like plasma. A brief discussion is given of the nonlinear theory for the TAE mode and how nonlinear alpha particle dynamics can be treated by mapping methods.

  3. DUST EXTINCTION AND METALLICITIES OF STAR-FORMING Ly{alpha} EMITTING GALAXIES AT LOW REDSHIFT

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    Finkelstein, Steven L.; Papovich, Casey [George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A and M University, College Station, TX 77843 (United States); Cohen, Seth H.; Malhotra, Sangeeta; Rhoads, James E. [School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States); Moustakas, John, E-mail: stevenf@physics.tamu.edu [Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States)

    2011-06-01

    We present the results of an optical spectroscopic study of 12 GALEX-discovered star-forming Ly{alpha} emitting galaxies (LAEs) at z {approx} 0.3. We measure the emission-line fluxes from these galaxies by fitting their observed spectra to stellar population models in order to correct for underlying stellar absorption. We revisit earlier stellar population model fitting results, finding that excluding now-known active galactic nuclei lowers the typical stellar population age and stellar mass of this sample to {approx}300 Myr and {approx}4 x 10{sup 9} M{sub sun}, respectively. We calculate their dust extinction using the Balmer decrement, and find a typical visual attenuation of A{sub V} {approx} 0.3 mag, similar to that seen in some high-redshift LAEs. Comparing the ratios of Ly{alpha}/H{alpha} and the Ly{alpha} equivalent widths to the measured dust extinction, we find that the interstellar media (ISMs) in these objects appear to be neither enhancing nor seriously attenuating the Ly{alpha} equivalent widths, as would be the case in a quasi-clumpy ISM. Lastly, we perform a detailed analysis of the gas-phase metallicities of these galaxies, and we find that most galaxies in our sample have Z {approx}< 0.4 Z{sub sun}. We find that at a fixed stellar mass, these low-redshift LAE analogs are offset by {approx}0.3-0.6 dex lower metallicity from the general galaxy population at similar redshifts based on the local mass-metallicity relationship. This implies that galaxies with Ly{alpha} in emission may be systematically more metal-poor than star-forming galaxies at the same stellar mass and redshift, similar to preliminary results at z {approx} 2.

  4. Alpha particle losses from Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor deuteriumtritium plasmas*

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    Alpha particle losses from Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor deuterium­tritium plasmas* D. S. Darrow, S. Petrov,e) C. K. Phillips, M. H. Redi, E. Ruskov,d) D. A. Spong,b) E. J. Strait,c) G. Taylor, R. B. White have a significant influence on tokamak reactor viability, the loss of deuterium­tritium alpha

  5. Measurement of alpha particle energy using windowless electret ion chambers.

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    Dua, S K; Kotrappa, P; Srivastava, R; Ebadian, M A; Stieff, L R

    2002-10-01

    Electret ion chambers are inexpensive, lightweight, robust, commercially available, passive, charge-integrating devices for accurate measurement of different ionizing radiations. In an earlier work a chamber of dimensions larger than the range of alpha particles having aluminized Mylar windows of different thickness was used for measurement of alpha radiation. Correlation between electret mid-point voltage, alpha particle energy, and response was developed and it was shown that this chamber could be used for estimating the effective energy of an unknown alpha source. In the present study, the electret ion chamber is used in the windowless mode so that the alpha particles dissipate their entire energy inside the volume, and the alpha particle energy is determined from the first principles. This requires that alpha disintegration rate be accurately known or measured by an alternate method. The measured energies were within 1 to 4% of the true values for different sources (230Th, 237Np, 239Pu, 241Am, and 224Cm). This method finds application in quantitative determination of alpha energy absorbed in thin membrane and, hence, the absorbed dose. PMID:12240732

  6. Full orbit calculation for lost alpha particle measurement on ITERa)

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    Funaki, D.; Isobe, M.; Nishiura, M.; Sato, Y.; Okamoto, A.; Kobuchi, T.; Kitajima, S.; Sasao, M.

    2008-10-01

    An orbit following calculation code with full gyromotion under the ITER magnetic field configuration has been developed to investigate escaping alpha particle orbits in ITER and to determine the geometrical arrangement for alpha particle detection. The code contained the full geometrical information of the first wall panels. It was carefully investigated whether an alpha particle escaping from the plasma through the last closed flux surface does not touch or intersect the first wall boundary before reaching the detection point. Candidates of blanket module modification have been studied to achieve effective measurement geometry for escaping alpha particle detection. The calculations showed that direct orbit loss and banana diffusion can be detected with a probe head recessed from the first wall surface.

  7. Evaluation of silicon active pixel sensors for alpha particle detection

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    Maneuski, Dzmitry; Blue, Andrew; Hynds, Daniel; Mac Raighne, Aaron; O'Shea, Val

    2011-12-01

    Alpha particles can be used as a test stimulus offering several advantages for probing materials of micrometre thicknesses. In this work a silicon CMOS Active Pixel Sensor (APS) is evaluated for alpha particle detection and imaging. These devices can replace traditionally used solid-state track detectors, giving advantages of increased sensitivity, improved linearity and higher dynamic range. CMOS APSs offer high detection efficiency, low noise and digital readout. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the back-illuminated back-thinned (BT) and standard sensor response to 5.5 MeV alpha particles is presented. Alpha particle detection efficiency was estimated and energy resolution was measured. Imaging capabilities were assessed and quantified. Cluster centroiding algorithms were implemented for image quality improvement.

  8. Full orbit calculation for lost alpha particle measurement on ITER

    SciTech Connect

    Funaki, D.; Isobe, M.; Nishiura, M.; Sato, Y.; Okamoto, A.; Kobuchi, T.; Kitajima, S.; Sasao, M. [Department of Quantum Energy Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)

    2008-10-15

    An orbit following calculation code with full gyromotion under the ITER magnetic field configuration has been developed to investigate escaping alpha particle orbits in ITER and to determine the geometrical arrangement for alpha particle detection. The code contained the full geometrical information of the first wall panels. It was carefully investigated whether an alpha particle escaping from the plasma through the last closed flux surface does not touch or intersect the first wall boundary before reaching the detection point. Candidates of blanket module modification have been studied to achieve effective measurement geometry for escaping alpha particle detection. The calculations showed that direct orbit loss and banana diffusion can be detected with a probe head recessed from the first wall surface.

  9. Q Values in alpha-Particle-Accompanied Ternary Fission

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. Feather

    1968-01-01

    In relation to any mode of binary fission, there are nine possible ways in which the constituents of an alpha particle can be assembled using nucleons from one or both of the nascent binary fragments. Basing a definition of \\

  10. TEST PROCEDURE FOR GROSS ALPHA PARTICLE ACTIVITY IN DRINKING WATER: INTERLABORATORY COLLABORATIVE STUDY

    EPA Science Inventory

    Gross alpha activity values were calculated with four different alpha emitting radionuclide standard counting efficiencies to see which standard was best for gross alpha activity determinations. Thorium-230, a pure alpha emitter, appeared to be the best standard for gross alpha c...

  11. Alpha particle radiography with the CR39 nuclear track detector

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    B. A. de Souza; S. C. Cabral; R. T. Lopes

    1995-01-01

    This work studies the alpha particle radiography technique, in conjunction with the CR-39 plastic track detector. The irradiations were made in the CV-28 cyclotron at IEN\\/CNEN\\/RJ, using a 7 MeV\\/nucleon alpha particle beam. All etches were performed by using a 6.25 N NaOH solution, at 70°C. The best etch time to obtain radiographs was determined. A calibration curve (Gray Levels

  12. Alpha particle effects on the internal kink modes

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Yanlin; Cheng, C.Z.

    1994-08-01

    The {alpha}-particle effects on the internal kink mode stability are studied. Finite Grad-Shafranov Shift, plasma {beta}, and plasma shape can significantly enhance the trapped particle drift reversal domain in pitch angle space and reduce average magnetic drift frequency. The drift reversal effect on the ideal kink mode is small, but the {beta}{sub {alpha}} threshold for the fishbone mode can be much lower than previously predicted. In addition, the ion diamagnetic drift has a stronger destabilizing effect.

  13. Shielding of manned space vehicles against protons and alpha particles

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    Alsmiller, R. G., Jr.; Santoro, R. T.; Barish, J.; Claiborne, H. C.

    1972-01-01

    The available information on the shielding of manned space vehicles against protons and alpha particles is summarized. The emphasis is placed on shielding against Van Allen belt protons and against solar-flare protons and alpha particles, but information on shielding against galactic cosmic rays is also presented. The approximation methods for use by nonexperts in the space shielding field are those that are standard in the space shielding literature.

  14. Screening of alpha- and beta-emitting radionuclides using liquid scintillation counting and monitoring procedures in radiation emergencies.

    PubMed

    Yoon, Seokwon; Ha, Wi-Ho; Yoo, Jaeryong; Lee, Seung-Sook

    2014-11-01

    Urine gross alpha and beta activity analysis was conducted, and an internal contamination screening method was adopted to monitor visitors to Japan after the Fukushima accident. In particular, spot urine samples were used to evaluate internal contamination for 16 mo, and a total of 90 people participated in gross alpha and beta emitter screening. An ultra-low-background liquid scintillation counter was used for measurement, and optimal pulse shape analysis values were determined by measuring alpha- and beta-emitting certified reference materials. Moreover, linearity and reproducibility were assessed to validate the adopted methods, and international intercomparison was conducted using synthetic urine samples by measuring alpha- and beta-emitting radionuclides in multi-contaminated samples. Here, the measurement results of visitors to Japan are discussed, and a screening procedure is established for gross alpha and beta activity analysis during radiation emergencies. PMID:25271927

  15. Alpha particle backscattering measurements used for chemical analysis of surfaces

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    Patterson, J. H.

    1967-01-01

    Alpha particle backscattering performs a chemical analysis of surfaces. The apparatus uses a curium source and a semiconductor detector to determine the energy spectrum of the particles. This in turn determines the chemical composition of the surface after calibration to known samples.

  16. HETDEX: Developing the HET's Second Generation Low Resolution Spectrograph for Probing Lyman-alpha Emitting Galaxies

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    Chonis, Taylor S.; Hill, G. J.; Lee, H.; Tuttle, S. E.; Vattiat, B. L.; Gebhardt, K.; Finkelstein, S. L.; Adams, J. J.; HETDEX Collaboration

    2012-01-01

    HETDEX will map the power spectrum of 0.8 million blindly discovered Lyman-alpha Emitting Galaxies (LAE) using a revolutionary new array of massively replicated fiber-fed spectrographs dubbed the Visible Integral-Field Replicable Unit Spectrograph (VIRUS). In the era of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope wide-field upgrade and VIRUS, the current Low Resolution Spectrograph (LRS) must be replaced with a fiber instrument. We discuss the development of the second generation LRS (LRS2), which is a multi-channel instrument based on the VIRUS design. In its current design phase, it is fed by a 287 fiber microlens coupled integral field unit that covers 7” x 12” with 0.62” resolution. The instrument covers 3720 Å to 4700 Å at R ? 1900 and 4600 Å to 7000 Å at R ?1200. With the purpose of making the instrument ideal for follow-up observations of LAE in the HETDEX survey, we discuss the science drivers for selecting the instrument's spectral resolution. We test the utility of the instrument and pilot a future study with LRS2 by presenting R ? 2000 spectra taken with the VIRUS prototype spectrograph (VIRUS-P) in a high-resolution mode at the McDonald Observatory Harlan J. Smith 2.7 m telescope. These LAE were originally discovered in the HETDEX Pilot Survey and their Lyman-alpha line profiles are constrained by near-infrared observations of rest-frame optical emission lines that set the systemic redshift of the galaxies. We discuss the velocity offsets of the Lyman-alpha line from the systemic line center and compare the line profiles to theoretical predictions and to similar observations for Lyman-break galaxies. Our observations provide an example of how LRS2 can be used to probe Lyman-alpha emission in 2 < z < 3 star forming galaxies.

  17. Targeted alpha-particle radiotherapy with 211At-labeled monoclonal antibodies.

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    Zalutsky, Michael R; Reardon, David A; Pozzi, Oscar R; Vaidyanathan, Ganesan; Bigner, Darell D

    2007-10-01

    An attractive feature of targeted radionuclide therapy is the ability to select radionuclides and targeting vehicles with characteristics that are best suited for a particular clinical application. One combination that has been receiving increasing attention is the use of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) specifically reactive to receptors and antigens that are expressed in tumor cells to selectively deliver the alpha-particle-emitting radiohalogen astatine-211 (211At) to malignant cell populations. Promising results have been obtained in preclinical models with multiple 211At-labeled mAbs; however, translation of the concept to the clinic has been slow. Impediments to this process include limited radionuclide availability, the need for suitable radiochemistry methods operant at high activity levels and lack of data concerning the toxicity of alpha-particle emitters in humans. Nonetheless, two clinical trials have been initiated to date with 211At-labeled mAbs, and others are planned for the near future. PMID:17921029

  18. Analysis of radiation risk from alpha particle component of soalr particle events

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    Cucinotta, F. A.; Townsend, L. W.; Wilson, J. W.; Golightly, M. J.; Weyland, M.

    1994-01-01

    The Solar Particle Events (SPE) will contain a primary alpha particle component, representing a possible increase in the potential risk to astronauts during an SPE over the often studied proton component. We discuss the physical interactions of alpha particles important in describing the transport of these particles through spacecraft and body shielding. Models of light ion reactions are presented and their effects on energy and Linear Energy Transfer (LET) spectra in shielding are discussed. We present predictions of particle spectra, dose, and dose equivalent in organs of interest for SPE spectra typical of those occurring in recent solar cycles. The large events of solar cycle 19 are found to have substantial increase in biological risk from alpha particles, including a large increase in secondary neutron production from alpha particle breakup.

  19. Investigation of magnetic nanoparticles for the rapid extraction and assay of alpha-emitting radionuclides from urine: demonstration of a novel radiobioassay method.

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    O'Hara, Matthew J; Carter, Jennifer C; MacLellan, Jay A; Warner, Cynthia L; Warner, Marvin G; Addleman, R Shane

    2011-08-01

    In the event of an accidental or intentional release of radionuclides into a populated area, massive numbers of people may require radiobioassay screening as triage for dose-reduction therapy or identification for longer-term follow-up. If the event released significant levels of beta- or alpha-emitting radionuclides, in vivo assays would be ineffective. Therefore, highly efficient and rapid analytical methods for radionuclide detection from submitted spot urine samples (?50 mL) would be required. At present, the quantitative determination of alpha-emitting radionuclides from urine samples is highly labor intensive and requires significant time to prepare and analyze samples. Sorbent materials that provide effective collection and enable rapid assay could significantly streamline the radioanalytical process. The authors have demonstrated the use of magnetic nanoparticles as a novel method of extracting media for four alpha-emitting radionuclides of concern (polonium, radium, uranium and americium) from chemically-unmodified and pH-2 human urine. Herein, the initial experimental sorption results are presented along with a novel method that uses magnetic nanoparticles to extract radionuclides from unmodified human urine and then collect the magnetic field-induced particles for subsequent alpha-counting-source preparation. Additionally, a versatile human dose model is constructed that determines the detector count times required to estimate dose at specific protective-action thresholds. The model provides a means to assess a method's detection capabilities and uses fundamental health physics parameters and actual experimental data as core variables. The modeling shows that, with effective sorbent materials, rapid screening for alpha-emitters is possible with a 50-mL urine sample collected within 1 wk of exposure/intake. PMID:21709509

  20. Impact of Environments on Lyman alpha Emitting Galaxies at High Redshift {z 2.7}

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    Hong, Sungryong

    2012-10-01

    In the current paradigm of hierarchical structure formation of the Universe, environment appears to have a critical impact on galaxy formation and evolution. Our team has performed a deep intermediate-band survey for Lyman alpha emission in a 1 deg^2 region {corresponding to 100A?A?100 comoving Mpc^2} around the z = 2.656 LyI± blob discovered by Dey. et al. {2005}. This survey has uncovered 2200 LyI± emitting galaxies {LAEs} and two more large LyI± blobs. The blobs lie within a > 60 Mpc {comoving} long filament traced by the LAEs. The number density of LAEs is higher near the blobs, showing an overdensity at least > 3A?A? the field density.We propose to investigate the effect of environment on LAEs by comparing the properties of those near high density regions with those in the outlying low- density regions of the field. The WFC3/IR F110W {J} and F160W {H} filters are fortuitously positioned right at the redshifted age-sensitive Balmer break region at z = 2.7, ideal for estimating stellar mass and age in the relatively dust-free LAEs. With F139M images, we will also measure the strength of the redshifted [OII]{3727,3729} doublet in the LAEs, and thereby estimate {a} the line contamination to the broad-band photometry; {b} the star- formation rate {and compare it to the SFR derived from Lyman alpha and UV continuum; and {c} discover other non-LyI±-emitting [OII] emitters in the field. A detailed comparison of the stellar populations and masses of LAEs and [OII] emitters in low and high density environments will shed light on the formation history of the densest locations in the high-redshift Universe.

  1. Utility of extracting {alpha}-particle energy by waves

    SciTech Connect

    Fisch, N.J.; Herrmann, M.C.

    1994-05-01

    The utility of extracting {alpha}-particle power, and then diverting this power to fast fuel ions, is investigated. As power is diverted to fast ions and then to ions, a number of effects come into play, as the relative amounts of pressure taken up by electrons, fuel ions, and fast {alpha}-particles shift. In addition, if the {alpha}-particle power is diverted to fast fuel ions, there is an enhanced fusion reactivity because of the nonthermal component of the ion distribution. Some useful expressions for describing these effects are derived, and it is shown that fusion reactors with power density about twice what otherwise might be obtained can be contemplated, so long as a substantial amount of the {alpha}-particle power can be diverted. Interestingly, in this mode of operation, once the electron heat is sufficiently confined, further improvement in confinement is actually not desirable. A similar improvement in fusion power density can be obtained for advanced fuel mixtures such as D-He{sup 3}, where the power of both the energetic {alpha}-particles and the energetic protons might be diverted advantageously.

  2. Alpha-Particle Condensation in Nuclear Systems

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    Schuck, P.; Funaki, Y.; Horiuchi, H.; Röpke, G.; Tohsaki, A.; Yamada, T.

    2013-02-01

    The onset of quartetting, i.e. ?-particle condensation, in symmetric and asymmetric nuclear matter is studied with the help of an in-medium modified four nucleon equation. It is found that at very low density quartetting wins over pairing, because of the strong binding of the ?-particles. The critical temperature can reach values up to around 8 MeV. The disappearance of ?-particles with increasing density, i.e. the Mott transition, is investigated. In finite nuclei the Hoyle state, that is the 02+ of 12C is identified as an '?-particle condensate' state. It is conjectured that such states also exist in heavier n?-nuclei, like 16O, 20Ne, etc. The sixth 0+ state in 16O is proposed as an analogue to the Hoyle state. The Gross-Pitaevski equation is employed to make an estimate of the maximum number of ? particles a condensate state can contain. Possible quartet condensation in other systems is discussed briefly.

  3. Targeted alpha-particle immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia.

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    Jurcic, Joseph G; Rosenblat, Todd L

    2014-01-01

    Because alpha-particles have a shorter range and a higher linear energy transfer (LET) compared with beta-particles, targeted alpha-particle immunotherapy offers the potential for more efficient tumor cell killing while sparing surrounding normal cells. To date, clinical studies of alpha-particle immunotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have focused on the myeloid cell surface antigen CD33 as a target using the humanized monoclonal antibody lintuzumab. An initial phase I study demonstrated the safety, feasibility, and antileukemic effects of bismuth-213 ((213)Bi)-labeled lintuzumab. In a subsequent study, (213)Bi-lintuzumab produced remissions in some patients with AML after partial cytoreduction with cytarabine, suggesting the utility of targeted alpha-particle therapy for small-volume disease. The widespread use of (213)Bi, however, is limited by its short half-life. Therefore, a second-generation construct containing actinium-225 ((225)Ac), a radiometal that generates four alpha-particle emissions, was developed. A phase I trial demonstrated that (225)Ac-lintuzumab is safe at doses of 3 ?Ci/kg or less and has antileukemic activity across all dose levels studied. Fractionated-dose (225)Ac-lintuzumab in combination with low-dose cytarabine (LDAC) is now under investigation for the management of older patients with untreated AML in a multicenter trial. Preclinical studies using (213)Bi- and astatine-211 ((211)At)-labeled anti-CD45 antibodies have shown that alpha-particle immunotherapy may be useful as part conditioning before hematopoietic cell transplantation. The use of novel pretargeting strategies may further improve target-to-normal organ dose ratios. PMID:24857092

  4. Nuclear alpha-particle condensates or the emperor's new clothes

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    Zinner, N T

    2007-01-01

    We assess the validity of recent claims for appearance of alpha-cluster condensation in nuclei. We compare different measures of condensation and show that few-body nuclear condensates are ill-defined. We use the quantality condition of Mottelson, separating solid and mean-field structures, to emphasize the conflict between localization and condensate formation. We explore the connection between Ikeda diagrams, linear chains and Tonks-Girardeau gasses. We show that no new information is contained in approximations of nuclear states as alpha-cluster condensates. Condensate states of more than three alpha-particles do not exist due to couplings to other degrees of freedom.

  5. Selective flow path alpha particle detector and method of use

    DOEpatents

    Orr, Christopher Henry (Sellafield, Seascale, Cumbria, GB); Luff, Craig Janson (Sellafield, Seascale, Cumbria, GB); Dockray, Thomas (Sellafield, Seascale, Cumbria, GB); Macarthur, Duncan Whittemore (P.O. Box 1663, Los Alamos, NM 87545)

    2002-01-01

    A method and apparatus for monitoring alpha contamination are provided in which ions generated in the air surrounding the item, by the passage of alpha particles, are moved to a distant detector location. The parts of the item from which ions are withdrawn can be controlled by restricting the air flow over different portions of the apparatus. In this way, detection of internal and external surfaces separately, for instance, can be provided. The apparatus and method are particularly suited for use in undertaking alpha contamination measurements during the commissioning operations.

  6. Validating modeling assumptions of alpha particles in electrostatic turbulence

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    Wilkie, G. J.; Abel, I. G.; Highcock, E. G.; Dorland, W.

    2015-06-01

    To rigorously model fast ions in fusion plasmas, a non-Maxwellian equilibrium distribution must be used. In this work, the response of high-energy alpha particles to electrostatic turbulence has been analyzed for several different tokamak parameters. Our results are consistent with known scalings and experimental evidence that alpha particles are generally well confined: on the order of several seconds. It is also confirmed that the effect of alphas on the turbulence is negligible at realistically low concentrations, consistent with linear theory. It is demonstrated that the usual practice of using a high-temperature Maxwellian, while previously shown to give an adequate order-of-magnitude estimate of the diffusion coefficient, gives incorrect estimates for the radial alpha particle flux, and a method of correcting it in general is provided. Furthermore, we see that the timescales associated with collisions and transport compete at moderate energies, calling into question the assumption that alpha particles remain confined to a flux surface that is used in the derivation of the slowing-down distribution.

  7. AlphaRad, a new integrated CMOS System-On-Chip for high efficiency alpha particle counting.

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    1 AlphaRad, a new integrated CMOS System-On-Chip for high efficiency alpha particle counting. D * corresponding author : daniel.husson@ires.in2p3.fr Abstract An integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) has been designed; #12;2 Key words: Solid state detectors; System-on-chip; Alpha particles; Neutrons. The field

  8. Study of excitation functions of alpha-particle induced nuclear reactions on holmium for 167Tm production.

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    Tárkányi, F; Hermanne, A; Király, B; Takács, S; Ignatyuk, A V

    2010-03-01

    (167)Tm is a candidate radioisotope for both nuclear medicine diagnostics and therapy due to its emitted Auger-electrons, low energy X- and gamma-rays. In the frame of a systematic study of excitation functions for production of medically relevant radioisotopes by charged particle induced reactions on rare earths, the (165)Ho(alpha,2n)(167)Tm reaction and the (165)Ho(alpha,n)(168)Tm, (165)Ho(alpha,3n)(166)Tm, (165)Ho(alpha,4n)(165)Tm side reactions were measured up to 40 MeV by the stacked foil irradiation technique and gamma-ray spectroscopy. The measured results were compared to the ALICE-IPPE and EMPIRE-II theoretical curves. Thick target yields, impurity levels and specific activities were deduced and compared with the same parameters for other charged particle production routes of (167)Tm. PMID:20022515

  9. Process of converting polluting particles, emitted in chemical or physical processes, into harmless substances

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    Hooykaas, C.W.

    1982-03-02

    Harmful metals containing particles being emitted in chemical or physical processes, such as in iron production or in combustion processes, are caught and intimately divided in a molten metallurgic slag in order to avoid pollution problems.

  10. Optical appearance of alpha particle tracks in CR39 SSNTD

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    K. N. Yu; H. H. W. Lee; A. W. T. Wong; Y. L. Law; S. F. L. Cheung; D. Nikezic; F. M. F. Ng

    2007-01-01

    A ray tracing method based on geometrical optics was used to study the tracks from alpha particles with different energies and with an incident angle of 50°. The transmission operation mode of the microscope is simulated. Considering the distribution of light intensities from the tracks, the mean and the 80% percentile gray levels from real experiments are proposed as quantitative

  11. Skeletal dosimetry models for alpha-particles for use in molecular radiotherapy

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    Watchman, Christopher J.

    Molecular radiotherapy is a cancer treatment methodology whereby a radionuclide is combined with a biologically active molecule to preferentially target cancer cells. Alpha-particle emitting radionuclides show significant potential for use in molecular radiotherapy due to the short range of the alpha-particles in tissue and their high rates of energy deposition. Current radiation dosimetry models used to assess alpha emitter dose in the skeleton were developed originally for occupational applications. In medical dosimetry, individual variability in uptake, translocation and other biological factors can result in poor correlation of clinical outcome with marrow dose estimates determined using existing skeletal models. Methods presented in this work were developed in response to the need for dosimetry models which account for these biological and patient-specific factors. Dosimetry models are presented for trabecular bone alpha particle dosimetry as well as a model for cortical bone dosimetry. These radiation transport models are the 3D chord-based infinite spongiosa transport model (3D-CBIST) and the chord-based infinite cortical transport model (CBICT), respectively. Absorbed fraction data for several skeletal tissues for several subjects are presented. Each modeling strategy accounts for biological parameters, such as bone marrow cellularity, not previously incorporated into alpha-particle skeletal dosimetry models used in radiation protection. Using these data a study investigating the variability in alpha-particle absorbed fractions in the human skeleton is also presented. Data is also offered relating skeletal tissue masses in individual bone sites for a range of ages. These data are necessary for dose calculations and have previously only been available as whole body tissue masses. A revised 3D-CBIST model is also presented which allows for changes in endosteum thickness to account for revised target cell location of tissues involved in the radiological induction of bone cancer. In addition, new data are presented on the location of bone-marrow stem cells within the marrow cavities of trabecular bone of the pelvis. All results presented in this work may be applied to occupational exposures, but their greatest utility lies in dose assessments for alpha-emitters in molecular radiotherapy.

  12. Experimental Studies on the Influence of Diesel Engine Operating Parameters on Properties of Emitted Soot Particles

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    Ulrich Leidenberger; Wolfgang Mühlbauer; Sebastian Lorenz; Sebastian Lehmann; Dieter Brüggemann

    2012-01-01

    Physical and chemical properties of emitted soot particles are influenced by diesel engine operating parameters. In order to find correlations between the in-cylinder processes of combustion and the engine-out properties of soot particles, parameter studies were carried out on a modern light duty production diesel engine (turbo direct injection, TDI) and an optically accessed single cylinder diesel engine (single cylinder).

  13. Note: Scanned multi-light-emitting-diode illumination for volumetric particle image velocimetry

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    Wettlaufer, John S.

    Note: Scanned multi-light-emitting-diode illumination for volumetric particle image velocimetry M-based three-dimensional illumination systems for volumetric particle image velocimetry PIV that uses a single fluid flow. In the most common modality, PIV is used across a single laser illuminated plane that must

  14. Alpha-particle physics in the tokamak fusion test reactor DT experiment

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    S. J. Zweben; V. Arunasalam; S. H. Batha; R. V. Budny; C. E. Bush; S. Cauffman; C. S. Chang; Z. Chang; C. Z. Cheng; D. S. Darrow; R. O. Dendy; H. H. Duong; N. J. Fisch; E. D. Fredrickson; R. K. Fisher; R. J. Fonck; G. Y. Fu; V. Goloborod'ko; N. Gorelenkov; R. J. Hawryluk; R. Heeter; W. W. Heidbrink; H. W. Herrmann; M. Herrmann; D. W. Johnson; J. Machuzak; R. Majeski; K. M. McGuire; G. McKee; S. S. Medley; H. E. Mynick; R. Nazikian; M. P. Petrov; M. H. Redi; S. Reznik; J. Rogers; G. Schilling; D. A. Spong; J. D. Strachan; B. C. Stratton; E. Synakowski; G. Taylor; S. Wang; R. B. White; K. L. Wong; V. Yavorski

    1997-01-01

    A summary is presented of recent alpha-particle experiments on the tokamak fusion test reactor. Alpha particles are generally well confined in MHD-quiescent discharges, and alpha heating of electrons has been observed. The theoretically predicted toroidicity-induced Alfvén eigenmode has been seen in discharges of <= 1 MW of alpha power, but only in plasmas with weak magnetic shear.

  15. Control of alpha-particle transport by ion cyclotron resonance heating

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    Chang, C.S.; Imre, K.; Weitzner, H.; Colestock, P. (Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Plasma Physics Lab.)

    1990-12-01

    In this paper control of radial alpha-particle transport by using ion cyclotron range of frequency (ICRF) waves is investigated in a large-aspect-ratio tokamak geometry. Spatially inhomogeneous ICRF wave energy with properly selected frequencies and wave numbers can induce fast convective transports of alpha particles at the speed of order v{sub {alpha}} {approximately} (P{sub RF}/n{sub {alpha}}{epsilon}{sub 0}){rho}{sup p}, where R{sub RF} is the ICRF wave power density, n{sub {alpha}} is the alpha-particle density, {epsilon}{sub 0} is the alpha-particle birth energy, and {rho}{sub p} is the poloidal gyroradius of alpha particles at the birth energy. Application to International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) plasma is studied and possible antenna designs to control alpha-particle flux are discussed.

  16. Counting Particles Emitted by Stratospheric Aircraft and Measuring Size of Particles Emitted by Stratospheric Aircraft. Final report, 1 May 1990-31 December 1992

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    Wilson, J.C.

    1994-04-01

    There were two principal objectives of the cooperative agreement between NASA and the University of Denver. The first goal was to modify the design of the ER-2 condensation nuclei counter (CNC) so that the effective lower detection limit would be improved at high altitudes. This improvement was sought because, in the instrument used prior to 1993, diffusion losses prevented the smallest detectable particles from reaching the detection volume of the instrument during operation at low pressure. Therefore, in spite of the sensor`s ability to detect particles as small as 0.008 microns in diameter, many of these particles were lost in transport to the sensing region and were not counted. Most of the particles emitted by aircraft are smaller than 0.1 micron in diameter. At the start date of this work, May 1990, continuous sizing techniques available on the ER-2 were only capable of detecting particles larger than 0.17 micron. Thus, the second objective of this work was to evaluate candidate sizing techniques in an effort to gain additional information concerning the size of particles emitted by aircraft.

  17. A Novel Experiment to Investigate the Attenuation of Alpha Particles in Air

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    Andrews, D. G. H.

    2008-01-01

    A simple student experiment investigating dependence on air pressure of the attenuation of alpha particles in air is described. An equation giving the pressure needed to absorb all alpha particles of a given energy is derived from the Bethe-Bloch formula. Results are presented for the attenuation of alpha particles from americium 241 and radium…

  18. Influence of Magnolol on the bystander effect induced by alpha-particle irradiation

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    Yu, K.N.

    Influence of Magnolol on the bystander effect induced by alpha-particle irradiation T.P.W. Wong, Hong Kong a r t i c l e i n f o Keywords: Bystander effect Alpha-particle CHO cells Magnolol a b s t r a c t In this work, the influence of Magnolol on the bystander effect in alpha-particle irradiated

  19. GaN-based PIN alpha particle detectors

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    Guo Wang; Kai Fu; Chang-sheng Yao; Dan Su; Guo-guang Zhang; Jin-yan Wang; Min Lu

    GaN-based PIN alpha particle detectors are studied in this article. The electrical properties of detectors have been investigated, such as current–voltage (I–V) and capacitance–voltage (C–V). The reverse current of all detectors is in nA range applied at 30V, which is suitable for detector operation. The charge collection efficiency (CCE) is measured to be approximately 80% but the energy resolution is

  20. An alpha particle instrument with alpha, proton, and X-ray modes for planetary chemical analyses

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    Economou, T. E.; Turkevich, A. L.

    1976-01-01

    The interaction of alpha particles with matter is employed in a compact instrument that could provide rather complete in-situ chemical analyses of surfaces and thin atmospheres of extraterrestrial bodies. The instrument is a miniaturized and improved version of the Surveyor lunar instrument. The backscattering of alpha particles and (alpha, p) reactions provide analytical data on the light elements (carbon-iron). An X-ray mode that detects the photons produced by the alpha sources provides sensitivity and resolution for the chemical elements heavier than about silicon. The X-rays are detected by semiconductor detectors having a resolution between 150 and 250 eV at 5.9 keV. Such an instrument can identify and determine with good accuracy 99 percent of the atoms (except hydrogen) in rocks. For many trace elements, the detecting sensitivity is a few ppm. Auxiliary sources could be used to enhance the sensitivities for elements of special interest. The instrument could probably withstand the acceleration involved in semi-hard landings.

  1. The effects of alpha particle irradiation on stainless steel 

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    Shipp, John Douglas

    1999-01-01

    (1000), Pu 239, Pu 240, Am 241 +, deveta(1000), dev Jz, devflux, avgSae(1000) +, avgeta(1000), avg Jz, avgflux, stdSae(1000) +, stdeta(1000), std Jz, stdflux, particle(10), avgparticle, stdparticle, +sumparticle, Elow, Elo(10), devElo, stdElo, sum...THE EFFECTS OF ALPHA PARTICLE IRRADIATION ON STAINLESS STEEL A Thesis by JOHN DOUGLAS SHIPP Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE...

  2. Cancer Stem Cell Targeting Using the Alpha-Particle Emitter, 213Bi: Mathematical Modeling and Feasibility Analysis

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    Sgouros, George; Song, Hong

    2010-01-01

    There is increasing recognition that treatment failure in cancer may be associated with the failure to sterilize a small subpopulation of tumor cells that have been characterized as tumor stem cells. Defined as cells that are able to self-renew and also to replenish a phenotypically diverse tumor-cell population, such cells are also considered resistant to chemotherapy. These characteristics are optimal for targeting by using alpha-particle-emitting radionuclides. Because of their high-energy deposition density per track, alpha-particles are capable of targeting single cells or small clusters of cells with minimal normal organ toxicity. The DNA damage induced by alpha-particles is largely irreparable and, therefore, alpha-particle-induced damage is minimally susceptible to resistance mechanisms. In this work, theoretical modeling was performed to examine the potential of alpha-emitter targeting of such small clusters of cancer stem cells. Critical parameters influencing efficacy and toxicity were identified and their relationship elucidated. The results identify specific activity, antigen site density, and number of target cells as critical parameters for effective cell killing and demonstrate substantial efficacy gains by targeting a smaller number of stem cells, as opposed to the entire tumor-cell population. PMID:18298331

  3. Alpha particles induce apoptosis through the sphingomyelin pathway.

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    Seideman, Jonathan H; Stancevic, Branka; Rotolo, Jimmy A; McDevitt, Michael R; Howell, Roger W; Kolesnick, Richard N; Scheinberg, David A

    2011-10-01

    The sphingomyelin pathway involves the enzymatic cleavage of sphingomyelin to produce ceramide, a second messenger that serves as a key mediator in the rapid apoptotic response to various cell stressors. Low-linear energy transfer (LET) ? radiation can initiate this pathway, independent of DNA damage, via the cell membrane. Whether short-ranged, high-LET ? particles, which are of interest as potent environmental carcinogens, radiotherapies and potential components of dirty bombs, can act through this mechanism to signal apoptosis is unknown. Here we show that irradiation of Jurkat cells with ? particles emitted by the ²²?Ac-DOTA-anti-CD3 IgG antibody construct results in dose-dependent apoptosis. This apoptosis was significantly reduced by pretreating cells with cholesterol-depleting nystatin, a reagent known to inhibit ceramide signaling by interfering with membrane raft coalescence and ceramide-rich platform generation. The effects of nystatin on ?-particle-induced apoptosis were related to disruption of the ceramide pathway and not to microdosimetry alterations, because similar results were obtained after external irradiation of the cells with a broad beam of collimated ? particles using a planar ²?¹Am source. External irradiation allowed for more precise control of the dosimetry and geometry of the irradiation, independent of antibody binding or cell internalization kinetics. Mechanistically consistent with these findings, Jurkat cells rapidly increased membrane concentrations of ceramide after external irradiation with an average of five ?-particle traversals per cell. These data indicate that ? particles can activate the sphingomyelin pathway to induce apoptosis. PMID:21631289

  4. Alpha-particle Measurements Needed for Burning Plasma Experiments

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    Kenneth M. Young

    2001-09-26

    The next major step in magnetic fusion studies will be the construction of a burning plasma (BP) experiment where the goals will be to achieve and understand the plasma behavior with the internal heating provided by fusion-generated alpha particles. Two devices with these physics goals have been proposed: the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) and the Fusion Ignition Research Experiment (FIRE). Extensive conceptual design work for the instrumentation to try to meet the physics demands has been done for these devices, especially ITER. This article provides a new look at the measurements specifically important for understanding the physics aspects of the alpha particles taking into account two significant events. The first is the completion of physics experiments on the Joint European Torus (JET) and the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) with deuterium-tritium fueling with the first chances to study alpha physics and the second is the realization that relatively compact plasmas, making use of advanced tokamak plasma concepts, are the most probable route to burning plasmas and ultimately a fusion reactor.

  5. SPECIAL TOPIC: Alpha particle physics experiments in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    Zweben, S. J.; Budny, R. V.; Darrow, D. S.; Medley, S. S.; Nazikian, R.; Stratton, B. C.; Synakowski, E. J.; Taylor, G.; TFTR Group

    2000-01-01

    Alpha particle physics experiments were done on TFTR during its DT run from 1993 to 1997. These experiments utilized several new alpha particle diagnostics and hundreds of DT discharges to characterize the alpha particle confinement and wave-particle interactions. In general, the results from the alpha particle diagnostics agreed with the classical single particle confinement model in MHD quiescent discharges. The alpha loss due to toroidal field ripple was identified in some cases, and the low radial diffusivity inferred for high energy alphas was consistent with orbit averaging over small scale turbulence. Finally, the observed alpha particle interactions with sawteeth, toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes and ICRF waves were approximately consistent with theoretical modelling. What was learned is reviewed and what remains to be understood is identified.

  6. Photodiode radiation hardness, lyman-alpha emitting galaxies and photon detection in liquid argon neutrino detectors

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    Baptista, Brian

    My dissertation is comprised of three projects: 1) studies of Lyman-alpha Emitting galaxies (LAEs), 2) radiation hardness studies of InGaAs photodiodes (PDs), and 3) scintillation photon detection in liquid argon (LAr) neutrino detectors. I began work on the project that has now become WFIRST, developing a science case that would use WFIRST after launch for the observation of LAEs. The radiation hardness of PDs was as an effort to support the WFIRST calibration team. When WFIRST was significantly delayed, I joined an R&D effort that applied my skills to work on photon detection in LAr neutrino detectors. I report results on a broadband selection method developed to detect high equivalent width (EW) LAEs. Using photometry from the CFHT-Legacy Survey Deep 2 and 3 fields, I have spectroscopically confirmed 63 z=2.5-3.5 LAEs using the WIYN/Hydra spectrograph. Using UV continuum-fitting techniques I computed properties such as EWs, internal reddening and star formation rates. 62 of my LAEs show evidence to be normal dust-free LAEs. Second, I present an investigation into the effects of ionizing proton radiation on commercial off-the-shelf InGaAs PDs. I developed a monochromator-based test apparatus that utilized NIST-calibrated reference PDs. I tested the PDs for changes to their dark current, relative responsivity as a function of wavelength, and absolute responsivity. I irradiated the test PDs using 30, 52, and 98 MeV protons at the IU Cyclotron Facility. I found the InGaAs PDs showed increased dark current as the fluence increased with no evidence of broadband response degradation at the fluences expected at an L2 orbit and a 10-year mission lifetime. Finally, I detail my efforts on technology development of both optical detector technologies and waveshifting light guide construction for LAr vacuum UV scintillation light. Cryogenic neutrino detectors use photon detection for both accelerator based science and for SNe neutrino detection and proton decay. I have developed waveshifter doped cast acrylic light guides that convert scintillation light and guide the waveshifted light to SiPMs detectors.

  7. Particle-Mesh Simulations of the Lyman-Alpha Forest

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    A. Meiksin; M. White

    2000-08-15

    Numerical hydrodynamical simulations have proven a successful means of reproducing many of the statistical properties of the Lyman-Alpha forest as measured in high redshift quasar spectra. Pseudo-hydrodynamical methods based only on simulating the dark matter component have been claimed to yield a comparable level of success. We investigate the degree to which two pseudo-methods, with and without allowing for a pseudo-gas pressure, are able to match the predictions of fully hydrodynamical plus dark matter simulations. We also address the requirements for convergence to the statistics of the spectra and the inferred properties of the Lyman-Alpha forest as a function of resolution and box size. Generally we find it is possible to reach agreement with full hydrodynamic simulations at the 10% level in the cumulative distributions of the flux and absorption line parameter statistics for readily achievable particle and grid numbers, but difficult to do much better.

  8. GaN-based PIN alpha particle detectors

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    Wang, Guo; Fu, Kai; Yao, Chang-sheng; Su, Dan; Zhang, Guo-guang; Wang, Jin-yan; Lu, Min

    2012-01-01

    GaN-based PIN alpha particle detectors are studied in this article. The electrical properties of detectors have been investigated, such as current-voltage ( I- V) and capacitance-voltage ( C- V). The reverse current of all detectors is in nA range applied at 30 V, which is suitable for detector operation. The charge collection efficiency (CCE) is measured to be approximately 80% but the energy resolution is calculated to be about 40% mostly because the intrinsic layer is not sufficiently thick enough.

  9. Radiolytic gas production in the alpha particle degradation of plastics

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    Reed, D.T.; Hoh, J.; Emery, J. (Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)); Hobbs, D. (Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States))

    1992-01-01

    Net gas generation due to alpha particle irradiation of polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride was investigated. Experiments were performed in an air environment at 30, 60, and 100{degree}C. The predominant radiolytic degradation products of polyethylene were hydrogen and carbon dioxide with a wide variety of trace organic species noted. Irradiation of polyvinyl chloride resulted in the formation of HCl in addition to the products observed for polyethylene. For both plastic materials, a strong enhancement of net yields was noted at 100{degree}C.

  10. Radiolytic gas production in the alpha particle degradation of plastics

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    Reed, D.T.; Hoh, J.; Emery, J. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Hobbs, D. [Westinghouse Savannah River Co., Aiken, SC (United States)

    1992-05-01

    Net gas generation due to alpha particle irradiation of polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride was investigated. Experiments were performed in an air environment at 30, 60, and 100{degree}C. The predominant radiolytic degradation products of polyethylene were hydrogen and carbon dioxide with a wide variety of trace organic species noted. Irradiation of polyvinyl chloride resulted in the formation of HCl in addition to the products observed for polyethylene. For both plastic materials, a strong enhancement of net yields was noted at 100{degree}C.

  11. Observation of lunar radon emanation with the Apollo 15 alpha particle spectrometer.

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    Gorenstein, P.; Bjorkholm, P.

    1972-01-01

    The alpha particle spectrometer, a component of the orbital Sim Bay group of 'geochemistry' experiments on Apollo 15, was designed to detect alpha particles emitted during the decay of isotopes of radon gas and her daughter products. The purpose was to measure the gross activity of radon on the lunar surface and to find possible regions of increased local activity. Results are presented from a partial analysis of Apollo 15 data. For the moon as a whole, Rn220 was not observed and the upper limit on its decay rate above the lunar surface is 0.00038 disintegrations/sq cm-sec. Rn222 was marginally observed. Possible variations of radon activity on the lunar surface are being investigated. Po210 (a daughter product of Rn222) has been detected in a broad region from west of Mare Crisium to the Van de Graaff-Orlov region. The observed count rate is (4.6 plus or minus 1.4) x 0.001 disintegrations/sq cm-sec. The observed level of Po210 activity is in excess of the amount that would be in equilibrium with Rn222 by about an order of magnitude. This implies that larger levels of radon emanation have occurred on the moon within a time scale of 10 to 100 years.

  12. Alpha Particles Induce Apoptosis through the Sphingomyelin Pathway

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    Seideman, Jonathan H.; Stancevic, Branka; Rotolo, Jimmy A.; McDevitt, Michael R.; Howell, Roger W.; Kolesnick, Richard N.; Scheinberg, David A.

    2011-01-01

    The sphingomyelin pathway involves the enzymatic cleavage of sphingomyelin to produce ceramide, a second messenger that serves as a key mediator in the rapid apoptotic response to various cell stressors. Low-linear energy transfer (LET) ? radiation can initiate this pathway, independent of DNA damage, via the cell membrane. Whether short-ranged, high-LET a particles, which are of interest as potent environmental carcinogens, radiotherapies and potential components of dirty bombs, can act through this mechanism to signal apoptosis is unknown. Here we show that irradiation of Jurkat cells with a particles emitted by the 225Ac-DOTA-anti-CD3 IgG antibody construct results in dose-dependent apoptosis. This apoptosis was significantly reduced by pretreating cells with cholesterol-depleting nystatin, a reagent known to inhibit ceramide signaling by interfering with membrane raft coalescence and ceramide-rich platform generation. The effects of nystatin on ?-particle-induced apoptosis were related to disruption of the ceramide pathway and not to microdosimetry alterations, because similar results were obtained after external irradiation of the cells with a broad beam of collimated a particles using a planar 241Am source. External irradiation allowed for more precise control of the dosimetry and geometry of the irradiation, independent of antibody binding or cell internalization kinetics. Mechanistically consistent with these findings, Jurkat cells rapidly increased membrane concentrations of ceramide after external irradiation with an average of five ?-particle traversals per cell. These data indicate that a particles can activate the sphingomyelin pathway to induce apoptosis. PMID:21631289

  13. Two-electron capture from helium by fast [alpha] particles

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    Belkic, D.; Mancev, I.; Mudrinic, M. (University of Stockholm, Atomic Physics, Frescativaegen 24, S-104 05 Stockholm (Sweden) Institute of Physics, P.O. Box 57, 11001 Belgrade (Yugoslavia) Department of Physics, University of Nis, P.O. Box 91, 18001 Nis (Yugoslavia))

    1994-05-01

    Two-electron capture from helium by fast [alpha] particles is investigated. Working within the four-body framework of scattering theory, we perform detailed computations for differential as well as total cross sections, by means of the second-order Born distorted-wave (BDW) approximation, and find good agreement with the available experimental data. We also report the results obtained by means of the continuum distorted-wave (CDW) method in both the four-body formalism and the independent-particle model. The former fails to reproduce the measurement, whereas the latter emerges as a satisfactory method for [alpha]-He double-charge exchange. The reported study of the electronic continuum intermediate states clearly indicates that double-charge exchange is remarkably sensitive to inclusion of these long-range Coulomb effects, even at incident energies at which the Thomas double scattering is completely unimportant. This is in sharp contrast to the familiar situation at the comparable energies encountered in treating single-electron transfer in ion-atom collisions.

  14. Emitted High Energy Light Particle Data Base Development Using a Thermodynamic Coalescence Model

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    Arsalan, M. P.; Townsend, L. W.

    2013-03-01

    In many applications, double-differential (energy and angle) secondary light particle production cross sections must be known for ion energies from tens of MeV/nucleon to tens of GeV/nucleon. Incorporating high energy light particle spectral and angular distribution cross section databases in the transport codes enable them to transport nearly any radiation field, in three dimensions, that humans and instruments might be exposed to in space, near accelerators or during charged particle radiotherapy. In this work a thermodynamics coalescence model is used to estimate the coalescence and emitting source radii for both symmetric and asymmetric heavy ion collision systems.

  15. Profiles and parameters of tracks in the LR115 detector irradiated with alpha particles

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    Yu, K.N.

    Profiles and parameters of tracks in the LR115 detector irradiated with alpha particles D. Nikezic particles. Some differences between the behavior of CR39 and LR115 detectors are discussed. Track parameters have been calculated and plotted for the CR39 detector irradiated with alpha particles [11]. Another

  16. Alpha particle losses from Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor deuterium-tritium plasmas

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    Darrow, D.S.; Zweben, S.J. [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Plasma Physics Lab.] [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Plasma Physics Lab.; Batha, S. [Fusion Physics and Technology, Torrance, CA (United States)] [Fusion Physics and Technology, Torrance, CA (United States)

    1996-01-01

    Because alpha particle losses can have a significant influence on tokamak reactor viability, the loss of deuterium-tritium alpha particles from the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) has been measured under a wide range of conditions. In TFTR, first orbit loss and stochastic toroidal field ripple diffusion are always present. Other losses can arise due to magnetohydrodynamic instabilities or due to waves in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies. No alpha particle losses have yet been seen due to collective instabilities driven by alphas. Ion Bernstein waves can drive large losses of fast ions from TFTR, and details of those losses support one element of the alpha energy channeling scenario.

  17. Selective Alpha-Particle Mediated Depletion of Tumor Vasculature with Vascular Normalization

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    Seshan, Surya V.; Kappel, Barry J.; Chattopadhyay, Debjit; May, Chad; McDevitt, Michael R.; Nolan, Daniel; Mittal, Vivek; Benezra, Robert; Scheinberg, David A.

    2007-01-01

    Background Abnormal regulation of angiogenesis in tumors results in the formation of vessels that are necessary for tumor growth, but compromised in structure and function. Abnormal tumor vasculature impairs oxygen and drug delivery and results in radiotherapy and chemotherapy resistance, respectively. Alpha particles are extraordinarily potent, short-ranged radiations with geometry uniquely suitable for selectively killing neovasculature. Methodology and Principal Findings Actinium-225 (225Ac)-E4G10, an alpha-emitting antibody construct reactive with the unengaged form of vascular endothelial cadherin, is capable of potent, selective killing of tumor neovascular endothelium and late endothelial progenitors in bone-marrow and blood. No specific normal-tissue uptake of E4G10 was seen by imaging or post-mortem biodistribution studies in mice. In a mouse-model of prostatic carcinoma, 225Ac-E4G10 treatment resulted in inhibition of tumor growth, lower serum prostate specific antigen level and markedly prolonged survival, which was further enhanced by subsequent administration of paclitaxel. Immunohistochemistry revealed lower vessel density and enhanced tumor cell apoptosis in 225Ac-E4G10 treated tumors. Additionally, the residual tumor vasculature appeared normalized as evident by enhanced pericyte coverage following 225Ac-E4G10 therapy. However, no toxicity was observed in vascularized normal organs following 225Ac-E4G10 therapy. Conclusions The data suggest that alpha-particle immunotherapy to neovasculature, alone or in combination with sequential chemotherapy, is an effective approach to cancer therapy. PMID:17342201

  18. Consistent optical potential for incident and emitted low-energy ? particles

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    Avrigeanu, V.; Avrigeanu, M.

    2015-06-01

    Recent measurements of ? -particle induced reactions on the 64Zn nucleus, below and around the Coulomb barrier, are analyzed simultaneously with ? -particle emission at similar energies in proton-induced reactions on Zn isotopes. All open reaction channels, particularly the ? decay, are calculated using consistent input parameters. Additionally, we check a previous optical-model potential for ? particles on nuclei within the mass number range 45 ?A ?209 [Avrigeanu et al., Phys. Rev. C 90, 044612 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevC.90.044612] and prove its correctness in the outgoing channel at least for the present case involving 64Zn and nearby nuclei. The reliability of this potential for incident as well as emitted low-energy ? particles is supported by the successful reproduction of high-precision measured data, using no empirical rescaling factor of the ? and/or particle widths.

  19. A self-consistent theory of collective alpha particle losses induced by Alfvenic turbulence

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    Biglari, H. [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Plasma Physics Lab.; Diamond, P.H. [California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics

    1992-01-01

    The nonlinear dynamics of kinetic Alfven waves, resonantly excited by energetic ions/alpha particles, is investigated. It is shown that {alpha}-particles govern both linear instability and nonlinear saturation dynamics, while the background MHD turbulence results only in a nonlinear real frequency shift. The most efficient saturation mechanism is found to be self-induced profile modification. Expressions for the fluctuation amplitudes and the {alpha}-particle radial flux are self-consistently derived. The work represents the first self-consistent, turbulent treatment of collective {alpha}-particle losses by Alfvenic fluctuations.

  20. Multimodal particle size distributions emitted from HFA-134a solution pressurized metered-dose inhalers.

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    Smyth, Hugh D C; Hickey, Anthony J

    2003-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to investigate the measurement and in vitro delivery implications of multimodal distributions, occurring near or in the respirable range, emitted from pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs). Particle size distributions of solution pMDIs containing hydrofluoroalkane-134a (HFA-134a) and ethanol were evaluated using 2 complementary particle-sizing methods: laser diffraction (LD) and cascade impaction (CI). Solution pMDIs were formulated from mixtures of HFA-134a (50%-97.5% wt/wt) and ethanol. A range of propellant concentrations was selected for a range of vapor pressures. The fluorescent probe, Rhodamine B, was included for chemical analysis. The complementary nature of LD and CI allowed identification of 2 dominant particle size modes at 1 and 10 micro m or greater. Increasing propellant concentrations resulted in increases in the proportion of the size distributions at the 1- micro m mode and also reduced the particle size of the larger droplet population. Despite significant spatial differences and time scales of measurement between the particle-sizing techniques, the fine particle fractions obtained from LD and CI were practically identical. This was consistent with LD experiments, which showed that particle sizes did not decrease with increasing measurement distance, and may be explained by the absence of significant evaporation/disintegration of larger droplets. The fine particle fractions (FPFs) emitted from HFA-134a/ethanol solution pMDI can be predicted on the basis of formulation parameters and is independent of measurement technique. These results highlight the importance of presenting particle size distribution data from complementary particle size techniques. PMID:14621970

  1. Anomalous loss of DT alpha particles in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

    SciTech Connect

    Herrmann, H.W.

    1997-09-01

    An escaping alpha collector probe has been developed for TFTR`s DT phase. Energy distributions of escaping alphas have been determined by measuring the range of {alpha}-particles implanted into nickel foils located within the alpha collector. Results at 1.0 MA of plasma current are in good agreement with predictions for first orbit alpha loss. Results at 1.8 MA, however, show a significant anomalous loss of partially thermalized alphas (in addition to the expected first orbit loss), which is not observed with the lost alpha scintillator detectors in DT plasmas, but does resemble the anomalous delayed loss seen in DD plasmas. None of the candidate explanations proposed thus far are fully consistent with the anomalous loss observations. An experiment designed to study the effect of plasma major radius shifts on {alpha}-particle loss has led to a better understanding of {alpha}-particle dynamics in tokamaks. Intuitively, one might suppose that confined marginally passing {alpha}-particles forced to move toward higher magnetic field during an inward major radius shift (i.e., compression) would mirror and become trapped particles, leading to increased alpha loss. Such an effect was looked for during the shift experiment, however, no significant changes in alpha loss to the 90{degree} lost alpha scintillator detector were observed during the shifts. It is calculated that the energy gained by an {alpha}-particle during the inward shift is sufficient to explain this result. However, an unexpected loss of partially thermalized {alpha}-particles near the passing/trapped boundary was observed to occur between inward and outward shifts at an intermediate value of plasma current (1.4 MA). This anomalous loss feature is not yet understood.

  2. Enhanced production of low energy electrons by alpha particle impact.

    PubMed

    Kim, Hong-Keun; Titze, Jasmin; Schöffler, Markus; Trinter, Florian; Waitz, Markus; Voigtsberger, Jörg; Sann, Hendrik; Meckel, Moritz; Stuck, Christian; Lenz, Ute; Odenweller, Matthias; Neumann, Nadine; Schössler, Sven; Ullmann-Pfleger, Klaus; Ulrich, Birte; Fraga, Rui Costa; Petridis, Nikos; Metz, Daniel; Jung, Annika; Grisenti, Robert; Czasch, Achim; Jagutzki, Ottmar; Schmidt, Lothar; Jahnke, Till; Schmidt-Böcking, Horst; Dörner, Reinhard

    2011-07-19

    Radiation damage to living tissue stems not only from primary ionizing particles but to a substantial fraction from the dissociative attachment of secondary electrons with energies below the ionization threshold. We show that the emission yield of those low energy electrons increases dramatically in ion-atom collisions depending on whether or not the target atoms are isolated or embedded in an environment. Only when the atom that has been ionized and excited by the primary particle impact is in immediate proximity of another atom is a fragmentation route known as interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) enabled. This leads to the emission of a low energy electron. Over the past decade ICD was explored in several experiments following photoionization. Most recent results show its observation even in water clusters. Here we show the quantitative role of ICD for the production of low energy electrons by ion impact, thus approaching a scenario closer to that of radiation damage by alpha particles: We choose ion energies on the maximum of the Bragg peak where energy is most efficiently deposited in tissue. We compare the electron production after colliding He(+) ions on isolated Ne atoms and on Ne dimers (Ne(2)). In the latter case the Ne atom impacted is surrounded by a most simple environment already opening ICD as a deexcitation channel. As a consequence, we find a dramatically enhanced low energy electron yield. The results suggest that ICD may have a significant influence on cell survival after exposure to ionizing radiation. PMID:21730184

  3. Phase Response of Brain Alpha Wave to Temporally Alternating Red/Blue Light Emitting Diode Stimuli

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    Nishifuji, Seiji; Tanaka, Shogo

    2003-09-01

    Spatial phase response of the alpha wave is investigated under the condition that red and blue flicker stimuli are temporally alternately applied. The alternating stimuli lead to two distinct phase distributions depending on the subjects: 1) a phase reversal, in which the phases of the alpha waves are antilocked between the occipital and frontal regions, and 2) a quasi-phase-locking, in which the phase difference distribution includes the temporal alternation of a phase locking over the entire scalp and the phase reversal between the occiput and front. The result suggests possibilities for the underlying mechanism of the hyper-synchronization of the brain waves seen in photosensitive epilepsy.

  4. A CMOS integrated pulse mode alpha-particle counter for application in radon monitoring

    SciTech Connect

    Ahmed, A.; Walkey, D.J.; Tarr, N.G. [Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). Dept. of Electronics] [Carleton Univ., Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). Dept. of Electronics

    1997-06-01

    A custom integrated circuit for detecting alpha particles for application in the monitoring of radon has been designed and tested. The design uses the reverse-biased well to a substrate capacitance of a p-n junction in a conventional CMOS process as a sense capacitor for incident alpha particles. A simple CMOS inverter is used as an analog amplifier to detect the small potential change induced by an alpha-particle strike on the sense capacitor. The design was implemented in a 1.2-{micro}m conventional CMOS process with a sense capacitor area of 110 {micro}m{sup 2}. Tests carried out under vacuum conditions using a calibrated {sup 241}Am alpha-particle source showed an output voltage swing of {ge}2.0 V for an alpha event. The detector is also shown to have good immunity to noise and high-quantum efficiency for alpha particles.

  5. Relative biological effectiveness of alpha particles at radon exposure.

    PubMed

    Zhukovsky, M; Bastrikova, N; Vasilyev, A

    2015-06-01

    The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of alpha particles at radon exposure is estimated by comparison of radiation risks at external gamma exposure and radon exposure in different situations. For external gamma exposure, the BEIR VII model of radiation risk assessment was used. For occupational and indoor radon exposure, models such as BEIR VI, WISMUT, Tomasek's and combined miners population were considered. It was demonstrated that RBE values are strongly dependent on models of radiation risk assessment used for RBE calculation, sex of exposed peoples and age at the exposure. The average values of RBE in dependence on model of risk assessment choice are in the range from 1.5 to 12.0 for males and in the range from 0.34 to 2.7 for females. PMID:25979745

  6. A connection between extremely strong Damped Lyman-alpha Systems and Lyman-alpha Emitting Galaxies at small impact parameters

    E-print Network

    Noterdaeme, P; Paris, I; Cai, Z; Finley, H; Ge, J; Pieri, M M; York, D G

    2014-01-01

    We present a study of ~100 high redshift (z~2-4) extremely strong damped Lyman-alpha systems (ESDLA, with N(HI)>0.5x10^22 cm^-2) detected in quasar spectra from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey SDSS-III DR11. We study the neutral hydrogen, metal, and dust content of this elusive population of absorbers and confirm our previous finding that the high column density end of the N(HI) frequency distribution has a relatively shallow slope with power-law index -3.6, similar to what is seen from 21-cm maps in nearby galaxies. The stacked absorption spectrum indicates a typical metallicity ~1/20th solar, similar to the mean metallicity of the overall DLA population. The relatively small velocity extent of the low-ionisation lines suggests that ESDLAs do not arise from large-scale flows of neutral gas. The high column densities involved are in turn more similar to what is seen in DLAs associated with gamma-ray burst afterglows (GRB-DLAs), which are known to occur close to star forming regions. This indicates...

  7. Self-consistent study of the alpha particle driven TAE mode

    SciTech Connect

    Wu, Y.; White, R.B.

    1994-04-01

    The interaction of high energy particles with an Alfven eigenmode is investigated self-consistently by using a realistic kinetic dispersion relation. All important poloidal mode numbers and their radial mode profiles as calculated with the NOVA-K code are included. A Hamiltonian guiding center code is used to simulate the alpha particle motion. The numerical simulations include particle orbit width, nonlinear particle dynamics and the effects of the modes on the particles. Modification of the particle distribution leading to mode saturation is observed. Particle loss is limited to devices in which the alpha particle gyro radius is a significant fraction of the minor radius.

  8. Anomalous Loss of DT Alpha Particles in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

    SciTech Connect

    Herrmann, Hans W.

    1997-06-01

    Princeton's Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) is the first experimental fusion device to routinely use tritium to study the deuterium-tritium (DT) fusion reaction,allowing the first systematic study of DT alpha particles in tokamak plasmas. A crucial aspect of alpha-particle physics is the fraction of alphas that escape from the plasma, particularly since these energetic particles can do severe damage to the first wall of a reactor. An escaping alpha collector probe has been developed for TFTR's DT phase. Energy distributions of escaping alphas have been determined by measuring the range of alpha-particles implanted into nickel foils located within the alpha collector. Results at 1.0 MA of plasma current are in good agreement with predictions for first orbit alpha loss. Results at 1.8 MA, however, show a significant anomalous loss of partially thermalized alphas (in addition to the expected first orbit loss), which is not observed with the lost alpha scintillator detectors in DT plasmas, but does resemble the anomalous "delayed" loss seen in DD plasmas. None of the candidate explanations proposed thus far are fully consistent with the anomalous loss observations. An experiment designed to study the effect of plasma major radius shifts on alpha-particle loss has led to a better understanding of alpha-particle dynamics in tokamaks. Intuitively, one might suppose that confined marginally passing alpha-particles forced to move toward higher magnetic field during an inward major radius shift (i.e. compression) would mirror and become trapped particles, leading to increased alpha loss. Such an effect was looked for during the shift experiment, however, no significant changes in alpha loss to the 90 degree lost alpha scintillator detector were observed during the shifts. It is calculated that the energy gained by an alpha-particle during the inward shift is sufficient to explain this result. However, an unexpected loss of partially thermalized alpha-particles near the passing/trapped boundary was observed to occur between inward and outward shifts at an intermediate value of plasma current (1.4 MA). This anomalous loss feature is not yet understood.

  9. Identification of platinum and palladium particles emitted from vehicles and dispersed into the surface environment.

    PubMed

    Prichard, Hazel M; Fisher, Peter C

    2012-03-20

    Platinum, palladium, and rhodium are emitted from vehicle catalytic converters. Until now, the form of precious metal particles in road dust and urban waste has not been identified. This study has located, imaged, and analyzed these particles in road dust and gully waste. Two fragments of catalytic converter have been observed in road dust. They are 40-80 ?m in size and covered in many minute particles (<0.3 ?m) of either platinum with minor rhodium or palladium. One fragment identified in gully sediment is smaller, 25 ?m in diameter, hosting only one attached particle of palladium with minor rhodium. As fragments are washed off roads they begin to disintegrate and the precious metals become detached. Also precious metal-bearing particles have been located in incinerated sewage ash including a 20 ?m diameter cluster of <3 ?m sized platinum particles that may be the remains of a catalytic converter fragment that has survived incineration. The form of these precious metal-bearing particles described here reveals that as they are dispersed from roads they are likely to be present predominantly as two particle sizes. Either they are attached to larger fragments of catalytic converter or they are released as individual detached tiny <0.3 ?m to nanoparticle sizes. PMID:22313190

  10. Note: Real time optical sensing of alpha-radiation emitting radioactive aerosols based on solid state nuclear track detector.

    PubMed

    Kulkarni, A; Ha, S; Joshirao, P; Manchanda, V; Bak, M S; Kim, T

    2015-06-01

    A sensitive radioactive aerosols sensor has been designed and developed. Its design guidance is based on the need for a low operational cost and reliable measurements to provide daily aerosol monitoring. The exposure of diethylene-glycol bis (allylcarbonate) to radiation causes modification of its physico-chemical properties like surface roughness and reflectance. In the present study, optical sensor based on the reflectance measurement has been developed with an aim to monitor real time presence of alpha radioactive aerosols emitted from thorium nitrate hydrate. The results shows that the fabricated sensor can detect 0.0157 kBq to 0.1572 kBq of radio activity by radioactive aerosols generated from (Th(NO3)4 ? 5H2O) at 0.1 ml/min flow rate. The proposed instrument will be helpful to monitor radioactive aerosols in/around a nuclear facility, building construction sites, mines, and granite polishing factories. PMID:26133876

  11. Note: Real time optical sensing of alpha-radiation emitting radioactive aerosols based on solid state nuclear track detector

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kulkarni, A.; Ha, S.; Joshirao, P.; Manchanda, V.; Bak, M. S.; Kim, T.

    2015-06-01

    A sensitive radioactive aerosols sensor has been designed and developed. Its design guidance is based on the need for a low operational cost and reliable measurements to provide daily aerosol monitoring. The exposure of diethylene-glycol bis (allylcarbonate) to radiation causes modification of its physico-chemical properties like surface roughness and reflectance. In the present study, optical sensor based on the reflectance measurement has been developed with an aim to monitor real time presence of alpha radioactive aerosols emitted from thorium nitrate hydrate. The results shows that the fabricated sensor can detect 0.0157 kBq to 0.1572 kBq of radio activity by radioactive aerosols generated from (Th(NO3)4 ? 5H2O) at 0.1 ml/min flow rate. The proposed instrument will be helpful to monitor radioactive aerosols in/around a nuclear facility, building construction sites, mines, and granite polishing factories.

  12. Enhanced homologous recombination is induced by alpha-particle radiation in somatic cells of Arabidopsis thaliana

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Bian, Po; Liu, Ping; Wu, Yuejin

    Almost 9 percent of cosmic rays which strike the earth's atmosphere are alpha particles. As one of the ionizing radiations (IR), its biological effects have been widely studied. However, the plant genomic instability induced by alpha-particle radiation was not largely known. In this research, the Arabidopsis thaliana transgenic for GUS recombination substrate was used to evaluate the genomic instability induced by alpha-particle radiation (3.3MeV). The pronounced effects of systemic exposure to alpha-particle radiation on the somatic homologous recombination frequency (HRF) were found at different doses. The 10Gy dose of radiation induced the maximal HRF which was 1.9-fold higher than the control. The local radiation of alpha-particle (10Gy) on root also resulted in a 2.5-fold increase of somatic HRF in non-radiated aerial plant, indicating that the signal(s) of genomic instability was transferred to non-radiated parts and initiated their genomic instability. Concurrent treatment of seedlings of Arabidopsis thaliana with alpha-particle and DMSO(ROS scavenger) both in systemic and local radiation signifi- cantly suppressed the somatic HR, indicating that the free radicals produced by alpha-particle radiation took part in the production of signal of genomic instability rather than the signal transfer. Key words: alpha-particle radiation, somatic homologous recombination, genomic instability

  13. A global 2.5-dimensional three fluid solar wind model with alpha particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Bo Li; Xing Li; Nicolas Labrosse

    2006-01-01

    A global 2.5-dimensional three fluid solar wind model is presented. Two ion species, namely protons and alpha particles, are heated by an empirical energy flux while electrons are heated by the classical heat flux and Coulomb coupling with ions. It is found that for a reasonable relative speed between alpha particles and protons at 1 AU to be achieved, the

  14. WIND Measurements of Proton and Alpha Particle Flow and Number Density J. T. Steinberg

    E-print Network

    Richardson, John

    for investigating the interplanetary edium. The solar wind experiment (SWE) on WIND e e includes 2 Faraday cup-alpha particle differential flow can s a be determined. We present early SWE Faraday cup result nd compare proton detectors for measuring th nergy/charge spectrum of solar wind protons and alpha f t particles. The Faraday

  15. Ion Densities and Particle Charges for Alpha Ionization in an Aerosol Atmosphere: Columnar Recombination Corrections

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. S. Mayya; W. Holländer

    1995-01-01

    Ionization by alpha sources in an environment containing small aerosol particles is of interest in aerosol neutralizes, particle chargers and atmospheric electricity. It is known that the conventional ion-balance equation is inadequate in describing the bulk ion densities for alpha sources in view of the columnar recombination process. An earlier self-consistent formulation to include this effect is extended to the

  16. Simulation of Alpha Particles in Rotating Plasma Interacting with a Stationary Ripple

    SciTech Connect

    Abraham J. Fetterman and Nathaniel J. Fisch

    2011-01-11

    Superthermal ExB rotation can provide magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) stability and enhanced confinement to axisymmetric mirrors. However, the rotation speed has been limited by phenomena at end electrodes. A new prediction is that rotation might instead be produced using a magnetic ripple and alpha particle kinetic energy, in an extension of the alpha channeling concept. The interaction of alpha particles with the ripple results in visually interesting and practically useful orbits.

  17. Experimental determination of LR115 detector efficiency for exposure to alpha particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    D Marocco; F Bochicchio

    2001-01-01

    The alpha particle detection efficiency of LR-115 detectors has been measured against alpha particle energy E and incidence angle ? (with respect to the normal to the detector surface), using an experimental apparatus with an 241Am alpha source and air in a pressure-controlled chamber as the degrading medium, and a spark-counter for counting tracks. About 200 LR-115 detectors were exposed

  18. Use of /sup 3/He/sup + +/ ICRF minority heating to simulate alpha particle heating

    DOEpatents

    Post, D.E. Jr.; Hwang, D.Q.; Hovey, J.

    1983-11-16

    It is an object of the present invention to provide a better understanding of alpha particle behavior in a magnetically confined, energetic plasma. Another object of the present invention is to provide an improved means and method for studying and measuring the energy distribution of heated alpha particles in a confined plasma. Yet another object of the present invention is to permit detailed analysis of energetic alpha particle behavior in a magnetically confined plasma for use in near term fusion reactor experiments. A still further object of the present invention is to simulate energetic alpha particle behavior in a deuterium-tritium plasma confined in a fusion reactor without producing the neutron activation associated with the thus produced alpha particles.

  19. Relative Biologic Effects of Low-Dose-Rate {alpha}-Emitting {sup 227}Th-Rituximab and {beta}-Emitting {sup 90}Y-Tiuexetan-Ibritumomab Versus External Beam X-Radiation

    SciTech Connect

    Dahle, Jostein [Department of Radiation Biology, Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello, Oslo (Norway)], E-mail: jostein.dahle@rr-research.no; Bruland, Oyvind S. [University of Oslo and Department of Oncology, Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello, Oslo (Norway); Larsen, Roy H. [Department of Radiation Biology, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Montebello, Oslo (Norway)

    2008-09-01

    Purpose: To determine the relative biologic effects (RBE) of {alpha}-particle radiation from {sup 227}Th-rituximab and of {beta}-radiation from {sup 90}Y-tiuexetan-ibritumomab (Zevalin) compared with external beam X-radiation in the Raji lymphoma xenograft model. Methods and Materials: Radioimmunoconjugates were administered intravenously in nude mice with Raji lymphoma xenografts at different levels of activity. Absorbed dose to tumor was estimated by separate biodistribution experiments for {sup 227}Th-rituximab and Zevalin. Tumor growth was measured two to three times per week after injection or X-radiation. Treatment-induced increase in growth delay to reach tumor volumes of 500 and 1,000 mm{sup 3}, respectively, was used as an end point. Results: The absorbed radiation dose-rate in tumor was slightly more than 0.1 Gy/d for the first week following injection of {sup 227}Th-rituximab, and thereafter gradually decreased to 0.03 Gy/d at 21 days after injection. For treatment with Zevalin the maximum dose-rate in tumor was achieved already 6 h after injection (0.2 Gy/d), and thereafter decreased to 0.01 Gy/d after 7 days. The relative biologic effect was between 2.5 and 7.2 for {sup 227}Th-rituximab and between 1 and 1.3 for Zevalin. Conclusions: Both at low doses and low-dose-rates, the {sup 227}Th-rituximab treatment was more effective per absorbed radiation dose unit than the two other treatments. The considerable effect at low doses suggests that the best way to administer low-dose-rates, {alpha}-emitting radioimmunoconjugates is via multiple injections.

  20. Mitigation of radiation nephropathy after internal {alpha}-particle irradiation of kidneys

    SciTech Connect

    Jaggi, Jaspreet Singh [Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Seshan, Surya V. [Department of Pathology, Cornell University Weill Medical College, New York, NY (United States); McDevitt, Michael R. [Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States); Sgouros, George [Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States); Hyjek, Elizabeth [Department of Pathology, Cornell University Weill Medical College, New York, NY (United States); Scheinberg, David A. [Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States) and Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY (United States)]. E-mail: d-scheinberg@ski.mskcc.org

    2006-04-01

    Purpose: Internal irradiation of kidneys as a consequence of radioimmunotherapy, radiation accidents, or nuclear terrorism can result in radiation nephropathy. We attempted to modify pharmacologically, the functional and morphologic changes in mouse kidneys after injection with the actinium ({sup 225}Ac) nanogenerator, an in vivo generator of {alpha}- and {beta}-particle emitting elements. Methods and Materials: The animals were injected with 0.35 {mu}Ci of the {sup 225}Ac nanogenerator, which delivers a dose of 27.6 Gy to the kidneys. Then, they were randomized to receive captopril (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor), L-158,809 (angiotensin II receptor-1 blocker), spironolactone (aldosterone receptor antagonist), or a placebo. Results: Forty weeks after the {sup 225}Ac injection, the placebo-control mice showed a significant increase in blood urea nitrogen (BUN) (87.6 {+-} 6.9 mg/dL), dilated Bowman spaces, and tubulolysis with basement membrane thickening. Captopril treatment accentuated the functional (BUN 119.0 {+-} 4.0 mg/dL; p <0.01 vs. placebo controls) and histopathologic damage. In contrast, L-158,809 offered moderate protection (BUN 66.6 {+-} 3.9 mg/dL; p = 0.02 vs. placebo controls). Spironolactone treatment, however, significantly prevented the development of histopathologic and functional changes (BUN 31.2 {+-} 2.5 mg/dL; p <0.001 vs. placebo controls). Conclusions: Low-dose spironolactone and, to a lesser extent, angiotensin receptor-1 blockade can offer renal protection in a mouse model of internal {alpha}-particle irradiation.

  1. Treatment of neuroblastoma meningeal carcinomatosis with intrathecal application of alpha-emitting atomic nanogenerators targeting disialo-ganglioside GD2.

    PubMed

    Miederer, Matthias; McDevitt, Michael R; Borchardt, Paul; Bergman, Ira; Kramer, Kim; Cheung, Nai-Kong V; Scheinberg, David A

    2004-10-15

    Labeling of specific antibodies with bifunctional chelated Actinium-225 ((225)Ac; an alpha generator) allows the formation of new, highly potent and selective alpha-emitting anticancer drugs. We synthesized and evaluated a radioimmunoconjugate based on 3F8, an IgG(3) antibody that specifically binds to ganglioside GD2, which is overexpressed by many neuroectodermal tumors including neuroblastoma. The (225)Ac-1,4,7,10-tetra-azacylododecane (DOTA)-3F8 construct was evaluated for radiochemical purity and sterility, immunoreactivity, cytotoxicity in vitro, induction of apoptosis on GD2-positive cells, as well as for pharmacological biodistribution and metabolism of the (225)Ac generator and its daughters in a nude mouse xenograft model of neuroblastoma. The (225)Ac-3F8 showed an IC(50) of 3 Bq/ml (80 pCi/ml) on the neuroblastoma cell line, NMB7, in vitro. Apoptosis of these cells was not observed. Biodistribution in mice showed specific targeting of a subcutaneous tumor; there was redistribution of the (225)Ac daughter nuclides mainly from blood to kidneys and to small intestine. Toxicity was examined in cynomolgus monkeys. Monkeys injected with 1 to 3 doses of intrathecal (225)Ac-3F8 radioimmunoconjugate (80 to 150 kBq/kg total dose) did not show signs of toxicity based on blood chemistry, complete blood counts, or by clinical evaluations. Therapeutic efficacy of intrathecal (225)Ac-3F8 was studied in a nude rat xenograft model of meningeal carcinomatosis. The (225)Ac-3F8 treatment improved survival 2-fold from 16 to 34 days (P = 0.01). In conclusion, in vivo alpha generators targeted by 3F8 warrant additional study as a possible new approach to the treatment of carcinomatous meningitis. PMID:15501978

  2. FORMATION OF METAL-POOR GLOBULAR CLUSTERS IN Ly{alpha} EMITTING GALAXIES IN THE EARLY UNIVERSE

    SciTech Connect

    Elmegreen, Bruce G. [IBM Research Division, T. J. Watson Research Center, 1101 Kitchawan Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (United States); Malhotra, Sangeeta; Rhoads, James, E-mail: bge@watson.ibm.com [School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287 (United States)

    2012-09-20

    The size, mass, luminosity, and space density of Ly{alpha} emitting (LAE) galaxies observed at intermediate to high redshift agree with expectations for the properties of galaxies that formed metal-poor halo globular clusters (GCs). The low metallicity of these clusters is the result of their formation in low-mass galaxies. Metal-poor GCs could enter spiral galaxies along with their dwarf galaxy hosts, unlike metal-rich GCs, which form in the spirals themselves. Considering an initial GC mass larger than the current mass to account for multiple stellar populations, and considering the additional clusters that are likely to form with massive clusters, we estimate that each GC with a mass today greater than 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 5} M{sub Sun} was likely to have formed among a total stellar mass {approx}> 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 7} M{sub Sun }, a molecular mass {approx}> 10{sup 9} M{sub Sun }, and 10{sup 7} to 10{sup 9} M{sub Sun} of older stars, depending on the relative gas fraction. The star formation rate would have been several M{sub Sun} yr{sup -1} lasting for {approx}10{sup 7} yr, and the Ly{alpha} luminosity would have been {approx}> 10{sup 42} erg s{sup -1}. Integrating the LAE galaxy luminosity function above this minimum, considering the average escape probability for Ly{alpha} photons (25%), and then dividing by the probability that a dwarf galaxy is observed in the LAE phase (0.4%), we find agreement between the comoving space density of LAEs and the average space density of metal-poor GCs today. The local galaxy WLM, with its early starburst and old GC, could be an LAE remnant that did not get into a galaxy halo because of its remote location.

  3. In vitro immunotoxic and genotoxic activities of particles emitted from two different small-scale wood combustion appliances

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Tapanainen, Maija; Jalava, Pasi I.; Mäki-Paakkanen, Jorma; Hakulinen, Pasi; Happo, Mikko S.; Lamberg, Heikki; Ruusunen, Jarno; Tissari, Jarkko; Nuutinen, Kati; Yli-Pirilä, Pasi; Hillamo, Risto; Salonen, Raimo O.; Jokiniemi, Jorma; Hirvonen, Maija-Riitta

    2011-12-01

    Residential wood combustion appliances emit large quantities of fine particles which are suspected to cause a substantial health burden worldwide. Wood combustion particles contain several potential health-damaging metals and carbon compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), which may determine the toxic properties of the emitted particles. The aim of the present study was to characterize in vitro immunotoxicological and chemical properties of PM 1 ( Dp ? 1 ?m) emitted from a pellet boiler and a conventional masonry heater. Mouse RAW264.7 macrophages were exposed for 24 h to different doses of the emission particles. Cytotoxicity, production of the proinflammatory cytokine TNF-? and the chemokine MIP-2, apoptosis and phases of the cell cycle as well as genotoxic activity were measured after the exposure. The type of wood combustion appliance had a significant effect on emissions and chemical composition of the particles. All the studied PM 1 samples induced cytotoxic, genotoxic and inflammatory responses in a dose-dependent manner. The particles emitted from the conventional masonry heater were 3-fold more potent inducers of programmed cell death and DNA damage than those emitted from the pellet boiler. Furthermore, the particulate samples that induced extensive DNA damage contained also large amounts of PAH compounds. Instead, significant differences between the studied appliances were not detected in measurements of inflammatory mediators, although the chemical composition of the combustion particles differed considerably from each other. In conclusion, the present results show that appliances representing different combustion technology have remarkable effects on physicochemical and associated toxicological and properties of wood combustion particles. The present data indicate that the particles emitted from incomplete combustion are toxicologically more potent than those emitted from more complete combustion processes.

  4. Angular distribution of {alpha} particles from oriented {sup 253,254}Es and {sup 255}Fm nuclei

    SciTech Connect

    Severijns, N.; Golovko, V.V.; Kraev, I.S.; Phalet, T. [Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, K.U. Leuven, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Belyaev, A.A.; Lukhanin, A.A.; Noga, V.I. [Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, 61108 Kharkov (Ukraine); Erzinkyan, A.L.; Parfenova, V.P. [Institute of Nuclear Physics, Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Eversheim, P.-D.; Herzog, P.; Tramm, C. [Helmholtz Institute fuer Strahlen- und Kernphysik, Universitaet Bonn, D-53115 Bonn (Germany); Filimonov, V.T.; Toporov, Yu.G.; Zotov, E. [Research Institute for Atomic Reactors, 433510 Dimitrovgrad-10 (Russian Federation); Gurevich, G.M.; Rusakov, A.V. [Institute for Nuclear Research, Russian Academy of Sciences, 119312, Moscow (Russian Federation); Vyachin, V.N. [RFNC All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics, 607190 Sarov (Russian Federation); Zakoucky, D. [Nuclear Physics Institute, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, CZ-25068 Rez (Czech Republic)

    2005-04-01

    The anisotropy in the angular distribution of {alpha} particles from oriented {sup 253,254}Es and {sup 255}Fm nuclei, which are among the strongest deformed {alpha} emitters, was measured. Large {alpha} anisotropies have been observed for all three nuclei. The results are compared with calculations based on {alpha}-particle tunneling through a deformed Coulomb barrier.

  5. PPPL-3253, Preprint: June 1997, UC-420, 426, 427 Alpha Particle Loss in TFTR Deuterium-Tritium Plasmas

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    PPPL-3253, Preprint: June 1997, UC-420, 426, 427 Alpha Particle Loss in TFTR Deuterium-Tritium ions. This paper presents calculations of guiding-center code alpha particle orbit loss from deuterium-tritium

  6. Feasibility study on the use of polyallyldiglycol-carbonate cell dishes in TUNEL assay for alpha particle radiobiological experiments

    E-print Network

    Yu, K.N.

    on polyallyldiglycol-carbonate (PADC) films to investigate the effects of alpha particles on HeLa cervix cancer cells to investigate the effects of alpha particles on HeLa cervix cancer cells. To directly provide evidence alpha particle hit positions. A special method involving ``base tracks'' for aligning the images of cell

  7. The Effects of Alpha Particle Confinement on Burning Plasma Tokamak Performance

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    Gormley, Robert P.

    In this thesis, three effects of alpha particle plasma interactions on the global performance of a fusion reactor are studied, namely, (i) the energy coupling efficiency of the fast alpha particles with the bulk plasma, (ii) the relationship between imperfect alpha energy coupling to the bulk plasma and the resultant alpha particle/helium ash fuel dilution; and (iii) the neoclassical bootstrap current induced by fusion born alpha particles calculated self-consistently with the plasma equilibrium. First, the ion drift kinetic equation for the high energy alpha particles is reduced from the exact five dimensional form to a two dimensional form in radius r and energy E (plus time t). The resulting slowing-down diffusion equation is solved by a multiple energy group method. A theoretically based anomalous diffusion coefficient D_sp{alpha}{an} is then introduced from a self-consistent alpha particle Alfven wave turbulence solution (by F. Gang), in which D_sp{alpha}{an } itself depends on the gradient in alpha density. The temporal and spatial behavior of eta_ alpha is analyzed for an ITER-CDA physics phase fusion reactor. We find that eta_ alpha can be as low as 0.95 depending on the plasma operating temperature. Next, the relationship between the alpha-particle power coupling efficiency and the actual alpha-particle power that is coupled with the bulk plasma is investigated, this time taking into account the concomitant helium ash accumulation. It is found that the coupled power varies less than linearly with eta_alpha and is, in fact, significantly depressed for eta_alpha near unity. Combining these effects with a thermal power balance shows that the high temperature "thermally stable" side of the ignition boundary is pushed toward lower temperatures if either D_alpha increases (which results in a lower eta_alpha) or the helium-ash confinement time lengthens. This is a consequence of strengthened fuel dilution and imperfect alpha power coupling. Implications on the thermal stability of a fusion reactor are also discussed. Lastly, we calculate the alpha particle induced bootstrap current produced, while retaining the effects of slowing-down drag, pitch-angle scattering, and arbitrary aspect ratio. The alpha drift kinetic equation is solved for the alpha bootstrap current density; and the resulting expression inserted into a simple cylindrical Ampere's Law. In addition, the alpha bootstrap current is more rigorously solved, self-consistently, with the full 2-D Grad-Shafranov equilibrium equations for three currently conceived tokamaks: TPX, ITER-CDA and ITER-EDA. In particular, the effect of varying plasma Zeff on the alpha bootstrap current is investigated. (Copies available exclusively from MIT Libraries, Rm. 14-0551, Cambridge, MA 02139-4307. Ph. 617 -253-5668; Fax 617-253-1690.).

  8. WIND measurements of proton and alpha particle flow and number density

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    Steinberg, J. T.; Lazarus, A. J.; Ogilvie, J. T.; Lepping, R.; Byrnes, J.; Chornay, D.; Keller, J.; Torbert, R. B.; Bodet, D.; Needell, G. J.

    1995-01-01

    We propose to review measurements of the solar wind proton and alpha particle flow velocities and densities made since launch with the WIND SWE instrument. The SWE Faraday cup ion sensors are designed to be able to determine accurately flow vector directions, and thus can be used to detect proton-alpha particle differential flow. Instances of differential flow, and the solar wind features with which they are associated will be discussed. Additionally, the variability of the percentage of alpha particles as a fraction of the total solar wind ion density will be presented.

  9. MIRD Pamphlet No. 22 (Unabridged): Radiobiology and Dosimetry of alpha-Particle Emitters for Targeted Radionuclide Therapy

    SciTech Connect

    Sgouros, George; Roeske, John C.; McDevitt, Michael S.; Palm, Stig; Allen, Barry J.; Fisher, Darrell R.; Brill, Bertrand A.; Song, Hong; Howell, R. W.; Akabani, Gamal

    2010-02-28

    The potential of alpha-particle emitters to treat cancer has been recognized since the early 1900s. Advances in the targeted delivery of radionuclides, in radionuclide conjugation chemistry, and in the increased availability of alpha-emitters appropriate for clinical use have recently led to patient trials of alpha-particle-emitter labeled radiopharmaceuticals. Although alpha-emitters have been studied for many decades, their current use in humans for targeted therapy is an important milestone. The objective of this work is to review those aspects of the field that are pertinent to targeted alpha-particle-emitter therapy and to provide guidance and recommendations for human alpha-particle-emitter dosimetry.

  10. Alpha particle driven current and torque in ITER baseline scenarios with 3D perturbations

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    Snicker, A.; Asunta, O.; Ylitie, H.; Kurki-Suonio, T.; Schneider, M.; Pinches, S. D.

    2015-06-01

    In this paper three-dimensional (3D) kinetic Monte Carlo orbit-following simulations are carried out with the ASCOT code to estimate the alpha particle driven current and torque profiles in ITER baseline scenarios. Several different 3D magnetic field configurations, including TF ripple, ferritic inserts, test blanket modules and edge localized mode coil perturbations, are used in these simulations. The alpha particle current is found to be less than one percent for all configurations and scenarios. In axisymmetric magnetic field configurations, the collisional and j × B torque components cancel each other, whilst in non-axisymmetric cases, the total torque is nonzero. The total alpha driven torque is found to oppose that generated by the neutral beam injection particles and to be an order of magnitude smaller. Consequently, alpha particles will not significantly contribute to the plasma current nor act as a source of plasma rotation in the ITER baseline scenarios considered.

  11. Influence of rotation-induced nuclear deformation on. alpha. -particle evaporation spectra

    SciTech Connect

    Huizenga, J.R.; Behkami, A.N.; Govil, I.M.; Schroder, W.U.; Toke, J. (Department of Chemistry and Nuclear Structure Research Laboratory, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 14627 (US))

    1989-08-01

    The shapes of {alpha}-particle spectra from hot, high-spin compound nuclei produced in energetic heavy-ion fusion reactions are analyzed within the framework of a statistical model. Contrary to claims made in the literature, good agreement is obtained between calculated and experimental spectra when the evaporation barrier of each nuclide in the complex cascade is assumed equal to its respective absorption channel barrier. The dependence of the shape of {alpha}-particle spectra on nuclear deformation is discussed both in terms of the transmission coefficients and the spin-dependent level density of deformed nuclei. For deformations of the magnitude given by the rotating liquid drop model, {alpha}-particle spectra and effective barriers are insensitive to whether deformed or spherical nucleus transmission coefficients are used. It is important, however, to include the deformation dependence in the nuclear level density. Model calculations indicate that the shape of {alpha}-particle spectra may be quite insensitive to large deformations.

  12. Direct and indirect effects of alpha-particle irradiations of human prostate tumor cells

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    Wang, Rong, Ph. D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2005-01-01

    The objective of this project is to establish a model system to study the direct effect, the bystander effect and the combinational effect of alpha-particle irradiations of human prostate tumor cells, toward the goal of ...

  13. LIMITS ON ALPHA PARTICLE TEMPERATURE ANISOTROPY AND DIFFERENTIAL FLOW FROM KINETIC INSTABILITIES: SOLAR WIND OBSERVATIONS

    SciTech Connect

    Bourouaine, Sofiane; Verscharen, Daniel; Chandran, Benjamin D. G. [Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 (United States)] [Space Science Center, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824 (United States); Maruca, Bennett A. [Space Science Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)] [Space Science Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Kasper, Justin C., E-mail: s.bourouaine@unh.edu [Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA 02138 (United States)

    2013-11-01

    Previous studies have shown that the observed temperature anisotropies of protons and alpha particles in the solar wind are constrained by theoretical thresholds for pressure and anisotropy driven instabilities such as the Alfvén/ion-cyclotron (A/IC) and fast-magnetosonic/whistler (FM/W) instabilities. In this Letter, we use a long period of in situ measurements provided by the Wind spacecraft's Faraday cups to investigate the combined constraint on the alpha proton differential flow velocity and the alpha particle temperature anisotropy due to A/IC and FM/W instabilities. We show that the majority of the data are constrained to lie within the region of parameter space in which A/IC and FM/W waves are either stable or have extremely low growth rates. In the minority of observed cases in which the growth rate of the A/IC (FM/W) instability is comparatively large, we find relatively higher values of T {sub ?}/T {sub p} (T {sub ??}/T {sub ?p}) when the alpha proton differential flow velocity is small, where T {sub ?} and T {sub p} (T {sub ??} and T {sub ?p}) are the perpendicular (parallel) temperatures of alpha particles and protons. We conjecture that this observed feature might arise from preferential alpha particle heating which can drive the alpha particles beyond the instability thresholds.

  14. Limits on Alpha Particle Temperature Anisotropy and Differential Flow from Kinetic Instabilities: Solar Wind Observations

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    Bourouaine, Sofiane; Verscharen, Daniel; Chandran, Benjamin D. G.; Maruca, Bennett A.; Kasper, Justin C.

    2013-11-01

    Previous studies have shown that the observed temperature anisotropies of protons and alpha particles in the solar wind are constrained by theoretical thresholds for pressure and anisotropy driven instabilities such as the Alfvén/ion-cyclotron (A/IC) and fast-magnetosonic/whistler (FM/W) instabilities. In this Letter, we use a long period of in situ measurements provided by the Wind spacecraft's Faraday cups to investigate the combined constraint on the alpha proton differential flow velocity and the alpha particle temperature anisotropy due to A/IC and FM/W instabilities. We show that the majority of the data are constrained to lie within the region of parameter space in which A/IC and FM/W waves are either stable or have extremely low growth rates. In the minority of observed cases in which the growth rate of the A/IC (FM/W) instability is comparatively large, we find relatively higher values of T ?/T p (T ??/T ?p ) when the alpha proton differential flow velocity is small, where T ? and T p (T ?? and T ?p ) are the perpendicular (parallel) temperatures of alpha particles and protons. We conjecture that this observed feature might arise from preferential alpha particle heating which can drive the alpha particles beyond the instability thresholds.

  15. Modification of alpha-particle emission spectrum in beam-injected deuterium-tritium plasmas

    SciTech Connect

    Matsuura, H.; Nakao, Y. [Department of Applied Quantum Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Kyushu University, Motooka, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan)

    2009-04-15

    The alpha ({alpha})-particle and neutron emission spectra in a deuterium-tritium plasma accompanied with neutral-beam-injection (NBI) heating are evaluated in a consistent way by solving the Boltzmann-Fokker-Planck equations for deuteron, triton, and {alpha}-particle simultaneously. It is shown that owing to the existence of non-Maxwellian tail component in fuel-ion distribution function due to NBI and/or nuclear elastic scattering, the generation rate of the energetic ({>=}4 MeV) {alpha}-particle increases significantly. When 20 MW intense deuterium beam with 1 MeV beam-injection energy is injected into an 800 m{sup 3} plasma (T{sub e}=10 keV, n{sub e}=6.2x10{sup 19} m{sup -3}), the enhancement of the fraction of the power carried by {alpha}-particles with energy above 4 (3.9) MeV to total {alpha}-particle power is almost twice (1.5 times) as much from the value for Gaussian distribution. A verification scenario for the modification of the emission spectrum by using the gamma ({gamma})-ray-generating {sup 9}Be({alpha},n{gamma}){sup 12}C reaction is also presented.

  16. Modeling of carbonaceous particles emitted by boreal and temperature wildfires at northern latitudes

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    Lavoué, David; Liousse, Catherine; Cachier, HéLèNe; Stocks, Brian J.; Goldammer, Johann G.

    2000-11-01

    For the first time, a spatial and monthly inventory has been constructed for carbonaceous particles emitted by boreal and temperate wildfires in forests, shrublands, and grasslands, with burned area data statistics, fuel load maps, fire characteristics, and particle emission factors. The time period considered is 1960-1997, and an important year-to-year variability was observed. On average, boreal and temperate vegetation fires represent 4% of global biomass burning, but during extreme years, their contribution may reach 12%, producing 9% and 20% of black carbon (BC) and particulate organic matter (POM), respectively, emitted by worldwide fires. The North American component of the boreal forest fires (Canada and Alaska) represents 4 to 122 Gg C yr-1 of BC and 0.07 to 2.4 Tg yr-1 of POM emitted, whereas the Eurasiatic component (Russia and northern Mongolia) may vary in the 16 to 474 Gg C yr-1 range for BC and between 0.3 and 9.4 Tg yr-1 for POM, with however great uncertainty. Temperate forests in conterminous United States and Europe have a much lower contribution with an average of 11 Gg C yr-1 of BC and 0.2 Tg yr-1 of POM. Grassland fires in Mongolia represent significant BC and POM sources which may reach 62 Gg C and 0.4 Tg, respectively. Finally, an annual average of BC emissions for shrubland fires in both the Mediterranean region and California is 20 Gg C yr-1, with average POM emissions of 0.1 Tg yr-1. These source maps obtained with a high spatial resolution (lox lo) can now be added to previous ones developed for other global carbonaceous aerosol sources (fossil fuel combustion, tropical biomass burning, agricultural and domestic fires) in order to provide global maps of particulate carbon emissions. Taking into account particle injection height in relation with each type of fire, our source map is a useful tool for studying the atmospheric transport and the impact of carbonaceous aerosols in three-dimensional transport and climate models.

  17. {alpha}-particle optical potentials for nuclear astrophysics (NA) and nuclear technology (NT)

    SciTech Connect

    Avrigeanu, V.; Avrigeanu, M. [Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, POBox MG-6, 077125 Magurele, Ilfov (Romania)

    2012-11-20

    The high precision of recent measurements for low-energy {alpha}-particle elastic-scattering as well as induced-reaction data makes possible the understanding of actual limits and possible improvement of the global optical model potentials parameters. Involvement of recent optical potentials for reliable description of both the elastic scattering and emission of {alpha}-particles, of equal interest for nuclear astrophysics (NA) and nuclear technology (NT) for fusion devices, is discussed in the present work.

  18. Alpha-particle interactions with nuclei at 12A GeV/c

    SciTech Connect

    Claesson, G.; Garpman, S.; Lund, I.; Otterlund, I.; Stenlund, E.; Soederstroem, K.; Bhalla, K.B.; Bharti, A.; Kumar, V.; Lokanathan, S.

    1986-05-01

    Pseudorapidity-density distributions of shower particles from 12A-GeV/c ..cap alpha..-emulsion interactions are presented. As compared to extrapolations from p-nucleus data, the central ..cap alpha..+(Ag,Br) interactions exhibit an excess of particles in the middle pseudorapidity region. The correlation between and can be understood within a wounded-nucleon model.

  19. Physical aspects of precise spectrometry of alpha-particles with silicon pn-junction detectors

    Microsoft Academic Search

    E. Verbitskaya; V. Eremin; N. Strokan; J. Kemmer; B. Schmidt; J. von Borany

    1994-01-01

    Investigations of energy and charge losses have been carried out for silicon planar alpha-particle detectors. The detectors were manufactured by an advanced technology, using ion implantation and various annealing temperatures. A detailed analysis of the recombination processes in alpha-particle tracks with a high electron-hole density and a measurement procedure for the main parameters of charge carrier loss have been developed.

  20. High-spin particle states in 151Sm studied with the (alpha, 3He) reaction

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. Løvhøiden; J. R. Lien; J. C. Waddington; J. Rekstad; I. Espe; C. Gaarde; J. S. Larsen; S. van der Werf

    1981-01-01

    High-spin states have been located in 151Sm by means of the (alpha, 3He) reaction with 40 MeV alpha-particles. The scattered particles were momentum analyzed in a QMG\\/2 magnetic spectrometer and recorded in a position sensitive detector. Several high-spin states were observed in the energy range below 1.7 MeV excitation. The previously unknown strongly populated levels at 867 and 1480 keV

  1. High-spin particle states in 153Sm studied with the (alpha, 3He) reaction

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. R. Lien; G. Løvhøiden; J. Rekstad; A. Henriques; C. Gaarde; J. S. Larsen; S. Y. van der Werf

    1984-01-01

    High-spin states have been located in 153Sm by means of the (alpha, 3He) reaction with 40 MeV alpha-particles. The scattered particles were momentum-analysed in a QMG\\/2 magnetic spectrometer and recorded in a position-sensitive detector. Several high-spin states were observed below 2 MeV of excitation. Strongly populated levels at 698, 1118 and 1708 keV can most likely be interpreted as 13\\/2+

  2. Evaluation of ZnO(Ga)Coatings as Alpha Particle Transducers Within a Neutron Generator

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. T. Mihalczo; J. S. Neal; J. C. Cooper; D. S. Koltick

    2002-01-01

    We report investigations and preliminary results from efforts to develop a recoil alpha particle detector for use in a portable neutron generator. The associated particle sealed tube neutron generator (APSTNG) will be used as an interrogation source for the Nuclear Materials Identification System (NMIS). With the emission of 14.1 MeV neutrons produced by the D-T reaction, associated 3.5 MeV alpha

  3. Relative determination of W-values for alpha particles in tissue-equivalent and other gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G L Krieger; J W Baum; M N Varma; J L Beach

    1979-01-01

    W (the average energy to form an ion pair) for 5.4 MeV 241Am alpha particles in a Rossi-type tissue-equivalent (TE) gas, argon and methane was determined to an accuracy better than 0.2% using a new automated data handling system. A vibrating reed electrometer and current digitiser were used to measure the current produced by completely stopping the alpha particles in

  4. Energy dependence of the differential W-value of alpha particles in tissue-equivalent gas

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Booz; Th Smit; A. Waker

    1972-01-01

    The linear ion density of alpha -particles of energies 0.27 to 5.3 MeV was measured in tissue-equivalent gas. The results were compared with experimental and theoretical mass stopping powers in order to evaluate the differential W-value of alpha -particles, walpha . Above 1.6 MeV walpha was within 3% agreement with Winfinity , the constant W-value of electrons. For low energies

  5. Behavior of low-energy protons and alpha particles during a disturbed time period

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    Ipavich, F. M.; Gloeckler, G.; Fan, C. Y.; Hovestadt, D.

    1976-01-01

    The paper presents observations of 130- to 1200-keV protons and 40- to 420-keV/nucleon alpha particles made on the earth-orbiting spacecraft Imp 8 and Imp 7 during an active solar period in September 1974, concentrating, in particular, on an energetic storm particle (ESP) event observed in association with an interplanetary shock wave on September 21. It is found that the observed variations in the proton-to-alpha particle ratios and spectral indices can be explained either by 'pileup' or by acceleration models of ESP events. Several instances of local acceleration of particles in the near-earth environment are also discussed.

  6. On resonant excitations of high-n magnetohydrodynamic modes by energetic/alpha particles in tokamaks

    SciTech Connect

    Chen, Liu

    1989-03-01

    Analytical theories for the excitations in tokamaks of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) modes with large toroidal mode numbers (n>>1) are presented. Specifically, only instability mechanisms due to resonances with energetic ions/alpha particles are considered. It is noted that, while trapped energetic particles contribute to the ideal region, circulating energetic particles contribute mainly to the singular layer dynamics. A unified dispersion relation manifesting both fishbone-like modes and beam transit-resonance modes is then driven. Finally, we also analyze the stability property of toroidicity-induced shear Alfven waves excited via transit resonances with alpha particles in ignited tokamaks. 11 refs.

  7. Physico-chemical characteristics of particles emitted from vehicles using gasoline with methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl

    SciTech Connect

    Ardeleanu, A.; Loranger, S.; Gareau, L.; Zayed, J. [Univ. of Montreal, Quebec (Canada); L`Esperance, G.; Kennedy, G. [Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

    1995-12-31

    Methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT), an organic derivative of manganese, has been used exclusively in Canada since 1990 as an antiknock agent in unleaded gasoline. Its combustion leads to the formation and the release to the atmosphere of oxides of Mn, especially manganese tetraoxide or hausmanite. The aim of this research is to estimate the quantity of Mn oxides emitted at the tailpipe and to determine the physico-chemical characteristics of the particles. A total of nine different vehicles were used, with engine sizes varying from 2 to 5 liters and previously driven from 3,500 to 124,000 km. The tests were carried out with urban (UDDS -- Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule) and highway (HWFET -- Highway Fuel Economy Test) cycles based on the Federal Test Procedure. Particles to be analyzed by scanning electron microscopy for size distribution and chemical composition were collected at the end of the tailpipe using a pump and 0.4 {micro}m Teflon filters. Other solid particles were collected by bubbling the exhaust gases through water and the Mn concentrations were measured by neutron activation analysis. The Mn emissions from the vehicles varied from 4 to 52% which is of the same order of magnitude as previous studies on the subject. A positive correlation between % emission and vehicle mileage was obtained for the urban cycle only with a coefficient of 0.57 (p < 0.05) Scanning electron microscopy enabled the identification of Mn oxide particles bound to different elements such as S, Fe, Cr, Si and Al. The size of the agglomerates varied from 0.2 to 30 {micro}m. Almost 50% of the Mn particles were found to be in the respirable fraction (<0.5 {micro}m).

  8. Bose-Einstein condensation of {alpha} particles and Airy structure in nuclear rainbow scattering

    SciTech Connect

    Ohkubo, S. [Department of Applied Science and Environment, Kochi Women's University, Kochi 780-8515 (Japan); Hirabayashi, Y. [Information Initiative Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0810 (Japan)

    2004-10-01

    It is shown that the dilute density distribution of {alpha} particles in nuclei can be observed in the Airy structure in nuclear rainbow scattering. We have analyzed {alpha}+{sup 12}C rainbow scattering to the 0{sub 2}{sup +} (7.65 MeV) state of {sup 12}C in a coupled-channel method with the precise wave functions for {sup 12}C. It is found that the enhanced Airy oscillations in the experimental angular distributions for the 0{sub 2}{sup +} state is caused by the dilute density distribution of this state in agreement for the idea of Bose-Einstein condensation of the three alpha particles.

  9. Monte Carlo simulation of age-dependent radiation dose from alpha- and beta-emitting radionuclides to critical trabecular bone and bone marrow targets

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dant, James T.; Richardson, Richard B.; Nie, Linda H.

    2013-05-01

    Alpha (?) particles and low-energy beta (?) particles present minimal risk for external exposure. While these particles can induce leukemia and bone cancer due to internal exposure, they can also be beneficial for targeted radiation therapies. In this paper, a trabecular bone model is presented to investigate the radiation dose from bone- and marrow-seeking ? and ? emitters to different critical compartments (targets) of trabecular bone for different age groups. Two main issues are addressed with Monte Carlo simulations. The first is the absorption fractions (AFs) from bone and marrow to critical targets within the bone for different age groups. The other issue is the application of 223Ra for the radiotherapy treatment of bone metastases. Both a static model and a simulated bone remodeling process are established for trabecular bone. The results show significantly lower AFs from radionuclide sources in the bone volume to the peripheral marrow and the haematopoietic marrow for adults than for newborns and children. The AFs from sources on the bone surface and in the bone marrow to peripheral marrow and haematopoietic marrow also varies for adults and children depending on the energy of the particles. Regarding the use of 223Ra as a radionuclide for the radiotherapy of bone metastases, the simulations show a significantly higher dose from 223Ra and its progeny in forming bone to the target compartment of bone metastases than that from two other more commonly used ?-emitting radiopharmaceuticals, 153Sm and 89Sr. There is also a slightly lower dose from 223Ra in forming bone to haematopoietic marrow than that from 153Sm and 89Sr. These results indicate a higher therapy efficiency and lower marrow toxicity from 223Ra and its progeny. In conclusion, age-related changes in bone dimension and cellularity seem to significantly affect the internal dose from ? and ? emitters in the bone and marrow to critical targets, and 223Ra may be a more efficient radiopharmaceutical for the treatment of bone metastases than 153Sm and 89Sr, if the diffusion of 219Rn to the bone marrow is insignificant.

  10. Simulation of {alpha}-particle redistribution due to sawteeth on TFTR

    SciTech Connect

    Yi Zhao; White, R.B.

    1996-12-31

    In recent Deuterium-Tritium experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR), both the Pellet Charge Exchange (PCX) and the alpha Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy ({alpha}-CHERS) diagnostics indicate that sawtooth oscillations can cause significant broadening of the fusion alpha radial density profile. The authors investigate this sawtooth mixing phenomenon by applying a Hamiltonian guiding center approach. A model of time evolution of the Kadomtsev-type sawtooth is constructed. The presence of more than one mode in the nonlinear stage of the sawtooth crash is necessary to cause significant broadening of the alpha density profile. Use of numerical equilibria allows us to perform detailed comparisons with TFTR experimental data. The results are in reasonable agreement with {alpha}-CHERS and show a broadening of alpha particles similar to that seen in PCX measurements.

  11. Alpha particle transport in the presence of toroidal driftwaves

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    Nishimura, Y.; Huang, B.; Cheng, C. Z.

    2013-10-01

    Transport of fusion born ? particles is investigated in the presence of poloidally mode coupled ballooning type driftwaves. The onset of orbit stochasticity is understood as an overlapping of electric islands produced by the driftwaves, whose overlapping threshold is lower for the thermal particles than for the ? particles (high energy particles). For the trapped particles, transport is determined by the particles' sensitive response to the fluctuation at the banana tip where the parallel velocity decreases drastically. Time dependent turbulent signals (finite ?* effects) give rise to the shift of the resonant radial locations, which again is larger for the thermal particles than the high energy particles. The transport process is influenced by the microscopic structure of the islands, which deviates from the Gaussian process. This work is supported by National Science Council of Taiwan, NSC 100-2112-M-006-021-MY3 and NCKU Top University Project.

  12. IV. ALPHA-PARTICLE PHYSICS IN BPX D. J. SIGMAR (MIT)

    E-print Network

    al- FUSION TECHNOLOGY VOL. 21 MAY 1992 pha power balance that the coupling parameter qa E [Pa distribution (fa) averaged al- pha pressure including the effect of ur, on the ki- netic equation for fa. (For. Quantitative measurements of 7"" due to al- pha particles require Q 2 2. 1113 #12;Sigmar ALPHA-PARTICLE PHYSICS

  13. Use of .sup.3 He.sup.30 + ICRF minority heating to simulate alpha particle heating

    DOEpatents

    Post, Jr., Douglass E. (Belle Mead, NJ); Hwang, David Q. (Lawrencevill, NJ); Hovey, Jane (Plainsboro, NJ)

    1986-04-22

    Neutron activation due to high levels of neutron production in a first heated deuterium-tritium plasma is substantially reduced by using Ion Cyclotron Resonance Frequency (ICRF) heating of energetic .sup.3 He.sup.++ ions in a second deuterium-.sup.3 He.sup.++ plasma which exhibit an energy distribution and density similar to that of alpha particles in fusion reactor experiments to simulate fusion alpha particle heating in the first plasma. The majority of the fast .sup.3 He.sup.++ ions and their slowing down spectrum can be studied using either a modulated hydrogen beam source for producing excited states of He.sup.+ in combination with spectrometers or double charge exchange with a high energy neutral lithium beam and charged particle detectors at the plasma edge. The maintenance problems thus associated with neutron activation are substantially reduced permitting energetic alpha particle behavior to be studied in near term large fusion experiments.

  14. Mechanics and multiple-particle tracking microheterogeneity of alpha-actinin-cross-linked actin filament networks.

    PubMed Central

    Tseng, Y; Wirtz, D

    2001-01-01

    Cell morphology is controlled by the actin cytoskeleton organization and mechanical properties, which are regulated by the available contents in actin and actin regulatory proteins. Using rheometry and the recently developed multiple-particle tracking method, we compare the mechanical properties and microheterogeneity of actin filament networks containing the F-actin cross-linking protein alpha-actinin. The elasticity of F-actin/alpha-actinin networks increases with actin concentration more rapidly for a fixed molar ratio of actin to alpha-actinin than in the absence of alpha-actinin, for networks of fixed alpha-actinin concentration and of fixed actin concentration, but more slowly than theoretically predicted for a homogeneous cross-linked semiflexible polymer network. These rheological measurements are complemented by multiple-particle tracking of fluorescent microspheres imbedded in the networks. The distribution of the mean squared displacements of these microspheres becomes progressively more asymmetric and wider for increasing concentration in alpha-actinin and, to a lesser extent, for increasing actin concentration, which suggests that F-actin networks become progressively heterogeneous for increasing protein content. This may explain the slower-than-predicted rise in elasticity of F-actin/alpha-actinin networks. Together these in vitro results suggest that actin and alpha-actinin provides the cell with an unsuspected range of regulatory pathways to modulate its cytoskeleton's micromechanics and local organization in vivo. PMID:11509377

  15. Simple experimental method for alpha particle range determination in lead iodide films.

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    Dmitriev, Yuri; Bennett, Paul R; Cirignano, Leonard J; Klugerman, Mikhail; Shah, Kanai S

    2007-05-01

    An experimental method for determining the range of alpha particles in films based on I-V(s) analysis has been suggested. The range of 5.5 MeV alpha particles in PbI(2) films determined by this technique is 30+/-5 microm, and this value is in agreement with the value calculated by SRIM (the stopping and range of ions in matter), r=24 microm in PbI(2). More than 100 I-V(s) of PbI(2) films with different thicknesses and quality have been analyzed, and the influence of alpha particle radiation on PbI(2) I-V(s) curves has been studied. Developed analytical methods (dependence of current density on electric field and conception of surface defects) were used, and the method limitations are discussed. It was shown that I-V(s) demonstrate the tendency to obey Ohm's law under alpha radiation. On the other hand, dark conductivity of the lead iodide films shows a typical impure character that can lead to an overestimation of the alpha particles' range in PbI(2) films. After films were exposed to alpha radiation, the dark resistivity and I-V shape of some films improved. Also, a weak decrease of the charge carrier concentration, due to a decrease of the "surface defect" concentration ("surface refining"), was registered after successive measurements of I-V(s). PMID:17552841

  16. Temperature dependence of electroluminescence from Si-based light emitting diodes with ?-FeSi 2 particles active region

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    Cheng Li; T. Suemasu; F. Hasegawa

    2006-01-01

    Electroluminescence (EL) properties of Si-based light emitting diodes with ?-FeSi2 particles active region grown by reactive deposition epitaxy are investigated. EL intensity of ?-FeSi2 particles versus excitation current densities has different behaviors at 8, 77K and room temperature, respectively. The EL peak energy shifted from 0.81 to 0.83eV at 77K with the increase of current density from 1 to 70A\\/cm2.

  17. Destabilization of planar lipid bilayers by. cap alpha. particles from polonium-210

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    Nelson, G.A.

    1984-01-01

    A system for measuring the interacton between ..cap alpha.. particles from /sup 210/Polonium and planar lipid bilayers is described. Membrane capacitance and conductance were simultaneously measured with a voltage clamp. A micrometer advance mechanism was used to control the position of a /sup 210/Polonium source with respect to a bowed-out bilayer. Conductance records showed an abrupt failure of the bilayer when the source was approximately 30 microns or less from the bilayer. Comparisons of conductance noise characteristics just prior to membrane breakage and noise characteristics with a source - bilayer separation of 50 microns or greater showed no difference. The range of the ..cap alpha.. particles inferred from observations of membrane failure is consistent with the expected maximum range of approximately 35 microns for ..cap alpha.. particles from the particular gold-covered source in water. The breakage mechanism is not directly peroxide-mediated as experiments with added peroxide alone did not show significant alterations. The breakdown of lipid bilayers by ..cap alpha.. particles may be analogous to the observations in a set of experiments which showed ..cap alpha.. particle destabilization of surfactant films in air. Evidence supports the hypothesis that free radicals generated in the bilayer, as opposed to aqueous solution free radicals, are the most important agent for bilayer destabilization.

  18. Alpha Particles Play a Relatively Minor Role in Magnetized Target Fusion Systems

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    Ryutov, D.D. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)

    2002-03-15

    Two problems related to alpha particle physics in magnetized target fusion (MTF) systems are briefly discussed. First, we evaluate the pressure and density of alpha particles under the assumption that they are perfectly confined and have a classical slowing-down distribution. It turns out that because of a comparatively low plasma temperature in MTF systems, the relative pressure and density of alpha particles are more than an order of magnitude less than in fusion reactors based on ITER-type tokamaks. Therefore, one may expect that even in the extreme case of a perfect confinement of alpha particles, their presence will have a much weaker (than in the case of tokamaks) effect on plasma stability and transport. Second, we discuss the kinetics of plasma burn under the opposite extreme assumption that all the alpha particles are instantaneously lost, without leaving any energy in a plasma. It turns out that even in this case, the plasma energy yield in batch-burn systems is only weakly affected by burnout effects.

  19. Size distribution, chemical composition, and hygroscopicity of fine particles emitted from an oil-fired heating plant.

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    Happonen, Matti; Mylläri, Fanni; Karjalainen, Panu; Frey, Anna; Saarikoski, Sanna; Carbone, Samara; Hillamo, Risto; Pirjola, Liisa; Häyrinen, Anna; Kytömäki, Jorma; Niemi, Jarkko V; Keskinen, Jorma; Rönkkö, Topi

    2013-12-17

    Heavy fuel oil (HFO) is a commonly used fuel in industrial heating and power generation and for large marine vessels. In this study, the fine particle emissions of a 47 MW oil-fired boiler were studied at 30 MW power and with three different fuels. The studied fuels were HFO, water emulsion of HFO, and water emulsion of HFO mixed with light fuel oil (LFO). With all the fuels, the boiler emitted considerable amounts of particles smaller than 200 nm in diameter. Further, these small particles were quite hygroscopic even as fresh and, in the case of HFO+LFO emulsion, the hygroscopic growth of the particles was dependent on particle size. The use of emulsions and the addition of LFO to the fuel had a reducing effect on the hygroscopic growth of particles. The use of emulsions lowered the sulfate content of the smallest particles but did not affect significantly the sulfate content of particles larger than 42 nm and, further, the addition of LFO considerably increased the black carbon content of particulate matter. The results indicate that even the fine particles emitted from HFO based combustion can have a significant effect on cloud formation, visibility, and air quality. PMID:24245691

  20. CR-SA hysteresis phenomenon on the basis of alpha-particle satellite data

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    Dorman, L. I.; Iucci, N.; Parisi, M.; Villoresi, G.

    We analyzed satellite 5-min data on alpha-particle fluxes in energy intervals 60-160 MeV, 160-260 MeV and 330-500 MeV during January 1986 -- May 2000. In the first we excluded periods with great CR increases caused by particle acceleration in solar flare events. Then we determined monthly averaged fluxes as well as 5 months and 11 months smooth averaged data. We corrected these data on drift effects according to the procedure described in Dorman (2004) in dependence of alpha-particle energies. Corrected on drifts alpha-particles fluxes we compare with expected according to convection-diffusion modulation for different values of supposed dimension of the modulation region (measured by time of solar wind propagation from the Sun to the boundary of this region Xo from 1 to 60 av. months; described in Dorman, 2004). By this way we can determine Xomax, at what the correlation coefficient reaches the maximum value. Then it can be determined the dimension of modulation region (with taking into account the influence of nonlinear processes on the solar wind speed in the outer Heliosphere according to Le Roux and Fichtner, 1997), the radial diffusion coefficient and transport path as well as expected alpha-particle intensity out of the modulation region and absolute alpha-particle modulation (relative to the alpha-particle intensity level in the interstellar space). References: Dorman L.I. ``Expected relative role of drift and convection-diffusion mechanisms in global small energy cosmic ray modulation''. Paper, submitted on the Session D1.2 of COSPAR 2004. Le Roux J.A. and H. Fichtner ``The influence of pickup, anomalous, and galactic cosmic ray protons on the structure of the heliospheric shock: a self consistent approach'', Astrophys. J, 477, L115-L118, 1997.

  1. Investigation of thermal and slowing-down alpha particles on JET using charge-exchange spectroscopy

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    M. von Hellermann; W. Mandl; H. P. Summers; A. Boileau; R. Hoekstra; F. J. de Heer; J. Frieling

    1991-01-01

    Thermal alpha particles are observed in JET during helium discharges using spectral emission in He II (n=4 to 3) near 4685 AA following charge transfer reactions along the path of the neutral deuterium heating beams. New and reappraised He22\\/H charge transfer cross-sections are presented. The effects of cross-section energy dependence on temperatures, velocities and absolute densities deduced from thermal alpha

  2. Alpha particle condensation in {sup 12}C and nuclear rainbow scattering

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    Ohkubo, S. [Department of Applied Science and Environment, Kochi Women's University, Kochi 780-8515 (Japan); Hirabayashi, Y. [Information Initiative Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0811 (Japan)

    2008-05-12

    It is shown that the large radius of the Hoyle state of {sup 12}C with a dilute density distribution in an {alpha} particle condensate can be clearly seen in the shift of the rainbow angle (therefore the Airy minimum) to a larger angle in {alpha}+{sup 12}C rainbow scattering at the high energy region and prerainbow oscillations in {sup 3}He+{sup 12}C scattering at the lower energy region.

  3. Fire hose instability driven by alpha particles in the solar wind

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    Matteini, Lorenzo; Hellinger, Petr; Schwartz, Steven J.; Landi, Simone

    2015-04-01

    We discuss the dynamics of fire hose parallel instability driven by anisotropic alpha particles in a plasma with typical solar wind composition (n? = 5%ne). We show, for the first time, the liner and nonlinear dynamics of the instability by means of hybrid numeric simulations, highlighting its dependence on the main plasma parameters, including the relative drift between the alphas and the main proton population. Our results confirm that the parallel fire hose instability can be efficiently excited by anisotropic distribution of the less abundant alpha particles, even when the rest of the plasma (electrons and protons) is Maxwellian. Moreover, our finding suggest that the dynamics driven by the alphas can also influence the properties of the protons. In particular the instability is found to significantly affect the evolution of the alpha-proton drift, constraining its final intensity to values smaller than the local Alfvén speed, as observed in the solar wind far from the Sun. When simulations with both species initially anisotropic are performed, we find a coexistence of the fire hose wave activity excited by both ions, leading to final stable configurations which reflect the marginal stability state of each species. As a consequence, when observed in the commonly used (?||,T?/T||) plane, alpha particles and protons are seen to saturate in different regions of the parameter space. This property is in very good agreement with recent solar wind in situ observations and strongly suggests that those instabilities play a role in regulating the anisotropy solar wind ions.

  4. Energetic/alpha particle effects on MHD modes and transport

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    Cheng, C.Z.; Budny, R. [Princeton Univ., NJ (United States). Plasma Physics Lab.; Chen, L. [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States). Dept. of Physics

    1995-01-01

    A nonvariational kinetic-MHD stability code (NOVA-K) has been employed to study TAE stability in TFRR D-T and DIII-D experiments and to achieve understanding of TAE instability drive and damping mechanism. Reasonably good agreement between theory and experiment has been obtained. In these experiments the dominant damping mechanism is due to both the thermal ion Landau damping and/or the beam ion Landau damping. Based on ITER EDA parameters, the TAE modes are expected to be unstable in normal ITER operations. Energetic particle transport has been studied using a test particle code (ORBIT). Energetic particle loss scales linearly with the TAE mode amplitude and can be large for TFRR and DIII-D for {delta}B{sub r}/B > 10{sup {minus}4} due to large banana orbit. From quasi-linear (ORBIT) and nonlinear kinetic-MHD (MH3D-K) simulations the saturation of TAE modes is due to nonlinear wave particle trapping and energetic particle profile modification in both radial and energy space. Finally, a convective bucket transport mechanism by MHD waves with time-dependent frequency is presented. Based on the energy-selective characteristics of the bucket transport mechanism, undesirable particles such as helium ash can be removed from the plasma core efficiently.

  5. High resolution alpha particle detectors based on 4H-SiC epitaxial layer

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    Zat'ko, B.; Dubecký, F.; Šagátová, A.; Sedla?ová, K.; Ry?, L.

    2015-04-01

    We fabricated and characterized 4H-SiC Schottky diodes as a spectrometric detector of alpha particles. A thin blocking contact of Ni/Au (15 nm) was used to minimize the influence on alpha particles energy. Current-voltage characteristics of the detector were measured and a low current density below 0.3 nAcm?2 was observed at room temperature. 239Pu241Am244Cm was used as a source of alpha particles within the energy range between 5.1 MeV and 5.8 MeV for detector testing. The charge collection efficiency close to 100 % at reverse bias exceeding 50 V was determined. The best spectrometric performance shows a pulse height spectrum at a reverse bias of 200 V giving an energy resolution of 0.25 % in the full width and half maximum for 5.486 MeV of 241Am.

  6. A study of the effects of MeV alpha particles in PE and PVDC

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    Evelyn, A.L.; Ila, D.; Zimmerman, R.L.; Bhat, K. [Center for Irradiation of Materials, Departments of Physics and Chemistry, Alabama AM University, P.O. Box 1447, Normal, Alabama 35762-1447 (United States); Poker, D.B.; Hensley, D.K. [Solid State Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, P.O. Box 2008, MS 6048, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831 (United States)

    1997-02-01

    We have mapped and studied the effects of MeV alpha-particle bombardment in polyvinylidene chloride (PVDC) and polyethylene (PE). We used 3.5 and 5.0 MeV alpha-particle incident beams and stacked polymer films to separate the contributing effects of the electronic ({var_epsilon}{sub e}) and nuclear ({var_epsilon}{sub n}) stopping powers. The electrical conductance and change in the chemical structures were measured by direct resistivity measurement, Raman microprobe, RBS and FTIR. The results indicate significant differences in the ({var_epsilon}{sub e}) and ({var_epsilon}{sub n}) effects at higher alpha-particle bombardment fluences. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  7. Rigidity-independent coronal propagation and escape of solar protons and alpha particles

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    Perron, C.; Domingo, V.; Reinhard, R.; Wenzel, K.-P.

    1978-01-01

    In a study of rigidity-independent coronal propagation processes, data on the azimuthal variation of the solar proton/alpha-particle ratio were obtained. Sources for the data included a statistical analysis of events observed by Heos-2, a comparative study of events recorded by both Heos-2 and Pioneer-10 and -11, and a multiday survey of individual events observed by Heos-2 and Pioneer-10. The statistical investigation of Heos-2 events reveals an increase of the lower value of the proton/alpha-particle ratio away from the well-connected region. The data from one or two spacecraft connected at different heliolongitudes indicates no azimuthal dependence of the proton/alpha-particle ratio. All the data appear to suggest rigidity-independent propagation or escape processes.

  8. Investigation of alpha particle induced single-event upsets in charge-coupled devices

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    Pepper, Gary T.; Fechete, Andrew

    1991-12-01

    The mechanisms for generation of single-event upsets (SEUs) in a linear charge coupled device (CCD) were studied through irradiation with monoenergetic 5.48 MeV alpha particles from a very low flux Am source. Spatial correlation (cluster analysis) of soft errors due to single alpha particle hits was demonstrated to be a necessary prerequisite for quantitative analysis of different SEU error-generating phenomena. The Texas Instruments TC-103 virtual phase CCD used in this study is shown to be sensitive to alpha particles not only in the vicinity of photosites as expected, but also in the transport CCDs. This latter effect may have adverse consequences for applications employing CCDs as position-sensitive ionizing radiation detectors. The techniques developed in this work for the analysis of one dimensional arrays is readily extensible to two dimensional CCD arrays.

  9. Optical properties of green-blue-emitting Ca-alpha-Sialon:Ce3+,Li+ phosphors for white light-emitting diodes (LEDs)

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    Hui-Li Li; Guo-Hong Zhou; Rong-Jun Xie; Naoto Hirosaki; Xiao-Jun Wang; Zhuo Sun

    2011-01-01

    Ce3+,Li+-codoped Ca-alpha-Sialon phosphors with the formula [Ca(1-2x)CexLix]m\\/2Si12-(m+n)Alm+nOnN16-n (0<=x<=0.25, 0.5<=m<=3.5, and 0.16<=n<=2.0) have been synthesized by gas pressure sintering (GPS). The effects of the activator concentration and the overall composition of host lattice on the phase evolution, morphology, and optical properties were investigated. The single-phase Ca-alpha-Sialon:Ce3+,Li+ can be synthesized at x<0.1, 1.0<=m<=2.5, and n<=1.2. The synthesized powders exhibit a relatively dispersive

  10. Prediction of Lung Cells Oncogenic Transformation for Induced Radon Progeny Alpha Particles Using Sugarscape Cellular Automata

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    Baradaran, Samaneh; Maleknasr, Niaz; Setayeshi, Saeed; Akbari, Mohammad Esmaeil

    2014-01-01

    Background Alpha particle irradiation from radon progeny is one of the major natural sources of effective dose in the public population. Oncogenic transformation is a biological effectiveness of radon progeny alpha particle hits. The biological effects which has caused by exposure to radon, were the main result of a complex series of physical, chemical, biological and physiological interactions. The cellular and molecular mechanisms for radon-induced carcinogenesis have not been clear yet. Methods Various biological models, including cultured cells and animals, have been found useful for studying the carcinogenesis effects of radon progeny alpha particles. In this paper, sugars cape cellular automata have been presented for computational study of complex biological effect of radon progeny alpha particles in lung bronchial airways. The model has included mechanism of DNA damage, which has been induced alpha particles hits, and then formation of transformation in the lung cells. Biomarkers were an objective measure or evaluation of normal or abnormal biological processes. In the model, the metabolism rate of infected cell has been induced alpha particles traversals, as a biomarker, has been followed to reach oncogenic transformation. Results The model results have successfully validated in comparison with “in vitro oncogenic transformation data” for C3H 10T1/2 cells. This model has provided an opportunity to study the cellular and molecular changes, at the various stages in radiation carcinogenesis, involving human cells. Conclusion It has become well known that simulation could be used to investigate complex biomedical systems, in situations where traditional methodologies were difficult or too costly to employ. PMID:25250147

  11. Annealing effect of the 6H-SiC semiconductor detector for alpha particles

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    J. H. HA; S. M. Kang; S. H. Park; H. S. Kim; Y. H. Cho; J. H. Lee; N. H. Lee; J. B. Kim; Y. K. Kim

    2008-01-01

    Alpha-particle detectors based on 6H-SiC semiconductor were fabricated and their electrical and radiation performances were measured. Detector structure was Au\\/Ni\\/6H-SiC\\/Ni\\/Au multi-layer structure. The current–voltage characteristics of the SiC detectors were measured and the radiation response was evaluated by 238Pu with 5.5MeV alpha particles at room temperature in air. The 6H-SiC detectors were annealed by a rapid temperature annealing (RTA) device

  12. Counting particles emitted by stratospheric aircraft and measuring size of particles emitted by stratospheric aircraft. Final technical report, 1 May 1990-31 December 1992

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    Wilson, J.C.

    1994-04-01

    The ER-2 condensation nuclei counter (CNC) has been modified to reduce the diffusive losses of particles within the instrument. These changes have been successful in improving the counting efficiency of small particles at low pressures. Two techniques for measuring the size distributions of particles with diameters less than 0.17 micrometers have been evaluated. Both of these methods, the differential mobility analyzer (DMA) and the diffusion battery, have fundamental problems that limit their usefulness for stratospheric applications. The authors cannot recommend either for this application. Newly developed, alternative methods for measuring small particles include inertial separation with a low-loss critical orifice and thin-plate impactor device. This technique is now used to collect particles in the multisample aerosol collector housed in the ER-2 CNC-2, and shows some promise for particle size measurements when coupled with a CNC as a counting device. The modified focused-cavity aerosol spectrometer (FCAS) can determine the size distribution of particles with ambient diameters as small as about 0.07 micrometers. Data from this instrument indicates the presence of a nuclei mode when CNC-2 indicates high concentrations of particles, but cannot resolve important parameters of the distribution.

  13. Theory of energetic/alpha particle effects on magnetohydrodynamic modes in tokamaks

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    Chen, L.; White, R.B.; Rewoldt, G.; Colestock, P.; Rutherford, P.H.; Chen, Y.P.; Ke, F.J.; Tsai, S.T.; Bussac, M.N.

    1989-01-01

    The presence of energetic particles is shown to qualitatively modify the stability properties of ideal as well as resistive magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) modes in tokamaks. Specifically, we demonstrate that, consistent with highpower ICRF heating experiments in JET, high energy trapped particles can effectively stabilize the sawtooth mode, providing a possible route to stable high current tokamak operation. An alternative stabilization scheme employing barely circulating energetic particles is also proposed. Finally, we present analytical and numerical studies on the excitations of high-n MHD modes via transit resonances with circulating alpha particles. 14 refs., 3 figs.

  14. Gene expression profile of human lymphocytes exposed to (211)At alpha particles.

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    Turtoi, A; Brown, I; Schläger, M; Schneeweiss, F H A

    2010-08-01

    In this study, the Whole Human Genome 44K DNA microarray assay was used for the first time to obtain gene expression profiles in human peripheral blood lymphocytes 2 h after exposure (in suspension) to 6.78 MeV mean energy alpha particles from extracellular (211)At. Lymphocytes were exposed to fluences of 0.3-9.6 x 10(6) alpha particles/cm(2) [corresponding to mean absorbed alpha-particle doses (D(alpha)) of 0.05-1.60 Gy] over 30 min. Significantly modulated expression was identified in 338 early-response genes. Up-regulated expression was evident in 183 early-response genes, while the remaining 155 were down-regulated. Over half of the up-regulated genes and 40% of the down-regulated genes had a known biological process related primarily to cell growth and maintenance and cell communication. Genes associated with cell death were found only in the up-regulated genes and those with development only in the down-regulated genes. Eight selected early-response genes that displayed a sustained up- or down-regulation (CD36, HSPA2, MS4A6A, NFIL3, IL1F9, IRX5, RASL11B and SULT1B1) were further validated in alpha-particle-irradiated lymphocytes of two human individuals using the TaqMan(R) RT-qPCR technique. The results confirmed the observed microarray gene expression patterns. The expression modulation profiles of IL1F9, IRX5, RASL11B and SULT1B1 genes demonstrated similar trends in the two individuals studied. However, no significant linear correlation between increasing relative gene expression and the alpha-particle dose was evident. The results suggest the possibility that a panel of genes that react to alpha-particle radiation does exist and that they merit further study in a greater number of individuals to determine their possible value regarding alpha-particle biodosimetry. PMID:20681779

  15. Nuclear reactions induced by high-energy alpha particles

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    Shen, B. S. P.

    1974-01-01

    Experimental and theoretical studies of nuclear reactions induced by high energy protons and heavier ions are included. Fundamental data needed in the shielding, dosimetry, and radiobiology of high energy particles produced by accelerators were generated, along with data on cosmic ray interaction with matter. The mechanism of high energy nucleon-nucleus reactions is also examined, especially for light target nuclei of mass number comparable to that of biological tissue.

  16. Distributions of Alpha Particles Escaping to the Wall because of Sawtooth Oscillations in TFTR

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    Kolesnichenko, Ya.I.; Lutsenko, V.V.; White, R.B.; Yakovenko, Yu.V., Zweben, S.J.

    1998-11-01

    It has been observed experimentally in deuterium-tritium shots of the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) that crashes of sawtooth oscillations may result in very inhomogeneous flux of alpha particles to the wall. Namely, measurements with four detectors installed at the wall at 20°, 45°, 60°, and 90° below the midplane of the torus have shown that the alpha flux to the wall is strongly peaked at the 20° and 90° detectors and on the noise level at the 45° detector. To explain this phenomenon, both theoretical analysis and numerical simulation have been carried out. It is concluded that the "crash-induced prompt loss," i.e., the orbital loss of marginally trapped particles arising because of the crash-induced orbit transformation of circulating particles, is responsible for the flux to the 90° and 60° detectors, whereas the crash-induced stochastic diffusion of moderately trapped particles explains the large signal at the 20° detector. The calculated poloidal distributions of the integral alpha flux are in reasonable agreement with experimental data. In addition to the integral flux, the flux of particles with given energy was calculated. The energy spectrum of the escaping particles has also been calculated, which can be used for diagnostics of the crash type.

  17. CURRENT DRIVE BY LOWER HYBRID WAVES IN THE PRESENCE OF ENERGETIC ALPHA PARTICLES

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    energetic reactor plasma and, if they do, the wave power may be absorbed by alpha particles rather than not penetrate into the centre of the more energetic reactor plasma, and, second, if they do, as pointed out, reactor plasma, because there are sufficient hot electrons at a distance from the plasma centre

  18. Boron compounds as a dominant source of alpha particles in semiconductor devices

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    Robert Baumann; Tim Hossain; Shinya Murata; Hideki Kitagawa

    1995-01-01

    The interaction of cosmic ray neutrons and boron is demonstrated as the dominant source of alpha particles and other radiations in electronic devices utilizing borophosphosilicate glass (BPSG). A simple process modification is proposed to significantly reduce this intense source of ionizing radiation without compromising the reflow and passivation properties of BPSG.

  19. RADON AND PROGENY ALPHA-PARTICLE ENERGY ANALYSIS USING NUCLEAR TRACK METHODOLOGY

    SciTech Connect

    Espinosa Garcia, Guillermo [ORNL; Golzarri y Moreno, Dr. Jose Ignacio [Instituto de Fisica, Mexico; Bogard, James S [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    A preliminary procedure for alpha energy analysis of radon and progeny using Nuclear Track Methodology (NTM) is described in this paper. The method is based on the relationship between alpha-particle energies deposited in polycarbonate material (CR-39) and the track size developed after a well-established chemical etching process. Track geometry, defined by parameters such as major or minor diameters, track area and overall track length, is shown to correlate with alpha-particle energy over the range 6.00 MeV (218Po) to 7.69 MeV (214Po). Track features are measured and the data analyzed automatically using a digital imaging system and commercial PC software. Examination of particle track diameters in CR-39 exposed to environmental radon reveals a multi-modal distribution. Locations of the maxima in this distribution are highly correlated with alpha particle energies of radon daughters, and the distributions are sufficiently resolved to identify the radioisotopes. This method can be useful for estimating the radiation dose from indoor exposure to radon and its progeny.

  20. PPPL-3164 -Preprint Date: January 1996, UC-420 Alpha Particle Losses from Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    Reactor Deuterium-Tritium Plasmas D. S. Darrow, S. J. Zweben, S. Batha*, R. V. Budny, C. E. Bush, Z. Chang. S. Medley, M. Murakami, M. Petrov¶, C. K. Phillips, M. H. Redi, E. Ruskov§, D. A. Spong, E. J on tokamak reactor viability, the loss of deuterium-tritium alpha particles from the Tokamak Fusion Test

  1. alpha-particle knock-on signature in the neutron emission of DT plasmas

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    L. Ballabio; G. Gorini; J. Käautllne

    1997-01-01

    The fast alpha-particle kinetic effects in fusion plasmas of deuterium and tritium are studied in the perspective that they can give rise to minority populations of fast fuel ions. The resulting modification of the neutron emission spectrum is computed for a plasma in the state of steady thermonuclear burn of conditions similar to those envisaged for the planned ITER tokamak.

  2. Depleted uranium-catalyzed oxidative DNA damage: absence of significant alpha particle decay

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    Alexandra C. Miller; Michael Stewart; Kia Brooks; Lin Shi; Natalie Page

    2002-01-01

    Depleted uranium (DU) is a dense heavy metal used primarily in military applications. Published data from our laboratory have demonstrated that DU exposure in vitro to immortalized human osteoblast cells (HOS) is both neoplastically transforming and genotoxic. DU possesses both a radiological (alpha particle) and a chemical (metal) component. Since DU has a low-specific activity in comparison to natural uranium,

  3. The new Athena alpha particle X-ray spectrometer for the Mars Exploration Rovers

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    R. Rieder; R. Gellert; J. Brückner; G. Klingelhöfer; G. Dreibus; A. Yen; S. W. Squyres

    2003-01-01

    The new alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS) is part of the Athena payload of the two Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). The APXS sensor head is attached to the turret of the instrument deployment device (IDD) of the rover. The APXS is a very light-weight instrument for determining the major and minor elemental composition of Martian soils, rocks, and other geological

  4. Differential Flow Between Solar Wind Protons and Alpha Particles: First WIND Observations

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    Richardson, John

    made using the SWE Faraday cup detectors on the WIND p spacecraft are reported. Some overall trends solar wind. e e SWE includes two Faraday cup detectors for measuring th nergy-per-charge spectrum of solar wind protons and alpha - u particles [Ogilvie et al., 1995]. The Faraday cups provide meas rements

  5. Environmental Radioactivity 60 (2002) 293305 Absorbed dose delivered by alpha particles

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    Yu, K.N.

    2002-01-01

    fraction of alpha particles in sensitive cells of the tracheobronchial tree obtained by NRC and ICRP are in good agreement with those obtained previously by NRC and ICRP66. Using the semi-analytical method by NRC and ICRP, respectively, have been satisfactorily reproduced. Using the tissue stopping power

  6. Low temperature alpha particle irradiation of a STAR1000 CMOS APS

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    G. R. Hopkinson; A. Mohammadzadeh

    2007-01-01

    A STAR1000 CMOS active pixel sensor was irradiated with alpha particles at -130degC and dark current measurements were made at temperatures up to 25degC. Approximately 90% of dark current spikes were seen to anneal near room temperature. This implies that room temperature irradiations will not give a good estimate of on-orbit effects for cooled applications.

  7. Low Temperature Alpha Particle Irradiation of a STAR1000 CMOS APS

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    G. R. Hopkinson; A. Mohammadzadeh

    2008-01-01

    A STAR1000 CMOS active pixel sensor was irradiated with alpha particles at -130deg C and dark current measurements were made at temperatures up to 25degC. Approximately 90% of dark current spikes were seen to anneal near room temperature. This implies that room temperature irradiations will not give a good estimate of on-orbit effects for cooled applications.

  8. BJT detector with FPGA-based read-out for alpha particle monitoring

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    V. Tyzhnevyi; G.-F. Dalla Betta; L. Rovati; G. Verzellesi; N. Zorzi

    2011-01-01

    In this work we introduce a new prototype of readout electronics (ALPHADET), which was designed for an alpha-particle detection system based on a bipolar junction transistor (BJT) detector. The system uses an FPGA, which provides many advantages at the stage of prototyping and testing the detector. The main design and electrical features of the board are discussed in this paper,

  9. Anomalous energy loss distributions of alpha particles in heavily implanted thin aluminium films

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    K. M. Barfoot; S. E. Donnelly; R. Werz; P. Rietveld

    1982-01-01

    Anomalous energy loss distributions of Gd alpha particles have been observed in heavily implanted thin aluminium films. It is surmised that thin film micro-wrinkling is responsible for the observed effect and that the novel technique of energy loss spectral analysis (ELSA) should be useful in studies of the topography of such films.

  10. Destabilization of low mode number Alfven modes in a tokamak by energetic or alpha particles

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    Tsang, K. T.; Sigmar, D. J.; Whitson, J. C.

    1980-12-01

    With the inclusion of finite Larmor radius effects in the shear Alfven eigenmode equation, the continuous Alfven spectrum, which has been extensively discussed in ideal magnetohydrodynamics, is removed. Neutrally stable, discrete radial eigenmodes appear in the absence of sources of free energy and dissipation. Alpha (or energetic) particle toroidal drifts destabilize these modes, provided the particles are faster than the Alfven speed. Although the electron Landu resonance contributes to damping, a stability study of the parametric variation of the energy and the density scale length of the energetic particles shows that modes with low radial mode numbers remain unstable in most cases. Since the alpha particles are concentrated in the center of the plasma, this drift-type instability suggests anomalous helium ash diffusion. Indeed, it is shown that stochasticity of alpha orbits due to the overlapping of radially neighboring Alfven resonances is induced at low amplitudes, e/sub i//sup approx./phi/T/sub i/ greater than or equal to 0.05, implying a diffusion coefficient D/sub r//sup ..cap alpha../ greater than or equal to 4.4 x 10/sup 3/cm/sup 2//s.

  11. The Apollo Alpha Spectrometer.

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    Jagoda, N.; Kubierschky, K.; Frank, R.; Carroll, J.

    1973-01-01

    Located in the Science Instrument Module of Apollo 15 and 16, the Alpha Particle Spectrometer was designed to detect and measure the energy of alpha particles emitted by the radon isotopes and their daughter products. The spectrometer sensor consisted of an array of totally depleted silicon surface barrier detectors. Biased amplifier and linear gate techniques were utilized to reduce resolution degradation, thereby permitting the use of a single 512 channel PHA. Sensor identification and in-flight radioactive calibration were incorporated to enhance data reduction.

  12. Fabrication of substrates with curvature for cell cultivation by alpha-particle irradiation and chemical etching of PADC films

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    Yu, K.N.

    . As an application, the present work studied mechanosensing of substrate curvature by epithelial cells (HeLa cellsFabrication of substrates with curvature for cell cultivation by alpha-particle irradiation online 16 February 2012 Keywords: Microfabrication Cell-culture substrates Alpha particles PADC Substrate

  13. Alpha Particle-Driven Toroidal Alfv en Eigenmodes in Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor Deuterium-Tritium Plasmas: Theory and

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    Alpha Particle-Driven Toroidal Alfv en Eigenmodes in Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor Deuterium-Tritium 26, 11 1984 Deuterium- Tritium plasmas are analyzed using the NOVA-K code C. Z. Cheng, Phys. Reports Deuterium-Tritium DT plasma, the fusion product alpha particles are born with an energy of 3:5 Me

  14. Studying effects of Magnolol on alpha-particle induced bystander effects using PADC-film based dishes

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    Yu, K.N.

    Studying effects of Magnolol on alpha-particle induced bystander effects using PADC-film based May 2009 Accepted 17 October 2009 Keywords: Bystander effect Alpha-particle CHO cells Magnolol PADC irradiated directly by ionizing radiation. In the present paper, the effects of Magnolol, an extract from

  15. Alpha particle induced DNA damage and repair in normal cultured thyrocytes of different proliferation status.

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    Lyckesvärd, Madeleine Nordén; Delle, Ulla; Kahu, Helena; Lindegren, Sture; Jensen, Holger; Bäck, Tom; Swanpalmer, John; Elmroth, Kecke

    2014-07-01

    Childhood exposure to ionizing radiation increases the risk of developing thyroid cancer later in life and this is suggested to be due to higher proliferation of the young thyroid. The interest of using high-LET alpha particles from Astatine-211 ((211)At), concentrated in the thyroid by the same mechanism as (131)I [1], in cancer treatment has increased during recent years because of its high efficiency in inducing biological damage and beneficial dose distribution when compared to low-LET radiation. Most knowledge of the DNA damage response in thyroid is from studies using low-LET irradiation and much less is known of high-LET irradiation. In this paper we investigated the DNA damage response and biological consequences to photons from Cobolt-60 ((60)Co) and alpha particles from (211)At in normal primary thyrocytes of different cell cycle status. For both radiation qualities the intensity levels of ?H2AX decreased during the first 24h in both cycling and stationary cultures and complete repair was seen in all cultures but cycling cells exposed to (211)At. Compared to stationary cells alpha particles were more harmful for cycling cultures, an effect also seen at the pChk2 levels. Increasing ratios of micronuclei per cell nuclei were seen up to 1Gy (211)At. We found that primary thyrocytes were much more sensitive to alpha particle exposure compared with low-LET photons. Calculations of the relative biological effectiveness yielded higher RBE for cycling cells compared with stationary cultures at a modest level of damage, clearly demonstrating that cell cycle status influences the relative effectiveness of alpha particles. PMID:24769180

  16. Lung cancer risk from exposure to alpha particles and inhalation of other pollutants in rats

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    Burns, F.J.

    1990-01-01

    The goal of these experiments is to establish a quantitative correlation between early DNA damage and cancer incidence in a way that would be helpful for assessing the carcinogenic risk of radon alone or in combination with specific indoor pollutants. Rat tracheal epithelium has been exposed in vivo to {sup 210}Po alpha particles in the presence and absence of NO{sub 2} or cigarette smoke. The major accomplishments so far are: the design and implementation of a tracheal implant to simulate radon alpha particle exposure, the measurement of DNA breaks in a small 7.0 mm segment of the trachea exposed to external x-irradiation, the measurement of the rate of repair of the x-ray induced tracheal DNA strand breaks, the measurement of DNA strand breaks following inhalation of cigarette smoke or NO{sub 2}, the measurement of tracheal DNA stand breaks following exposure to high doses {sup 210}Po alpha particle radiation, the assessment of the amount of mucous in the goblet cells and in the underlying mucous glands. So far we have been unable to detect DNA strand breaks in the tracheal epithelium as a result of exposure to NO{sub 2} cigarette smoke or {sup 210}Po alpha particles. We have developed a simple artificial' trachea consisting of rat tracheal epithelial cells growing on a basement membrane coated millipore filter. Experiments are proposed to utilize these artificial tracheas to eliminate the potential interference of increased mucous secretion and/or inflammation that can significantly affect the radiation dose from the alpha particles. 61 refs., 17 figs.

  17. Bismuth-213 and actinium-225 -- generator performance and evolving therapeutic applications of two generator-derived alpha-emitting radioisotopes.

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    Morgenstern, Alfred; Bruchertseifer, Frank; Apostolidis, Christos

    2012-07-01

    The alpha emitters (225)Ac and (213)Bi are promising therapeutic radionuclides for application in targeted alpha therapy of cancer and infectious diseases. Both alpha emitters are available with high specific activity from established radionuclide generators. Their favourable chemical and physical properties have led to the conduction of a large number of preclinical studies and several clinical trials, demonstrating the feasibility, safety and therapeutic efficacy of targeted alpha therapy with (225)Ac and (213)Bi. This review describes methods for the production of (225)Ac and (213)Bi and gives an overview of (225)Ac/(213)Bi radionuclide generator systems. Selected preclinical studies are highlighted and the current clinical experience with (225)Ac and (213)Bi is summarized. PMID:22642390

  18. Production of actinium-225 for alpha particle mediated radioimmunotherapy.

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    Boll, Rose A; Malkemus, Dairin; Mirzadeh, Saed

    2005-05-01

    The initial clinical trials for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia have demonstrated the effectiveness of the alpha emitter (213)Bi in killing cancer cells. Bismuth-213 is obtained from a radionuclide generator system from decay of 10-days (225)Ac parent. Recent pre-clinical studies have also shown the potential application of both (213)Bi, and the (225)Ac parent radionuclide in a variety of cancer systems and targeted radiotherapy. This paper describes our five years of experience in production of (225)Ac in partial support of the on-going clinical trials. A four-step chemical process, consisting of both anion and cation exchange chromatography, is utilized for routine separation of carrier-free (225)Ac from a mixture of (228)Th, (229)Th and (232)Th. The separation of Ra and Ac from Th is achieved using the marcoporous anion exchange resin MP1 in 8M HNO(3) media. Two sequential MP1/NO(3) columns provide a separation factor of approximately 10(6) for Ra and Ac from Th. The separation of Ac from Ra is accomplished on a low cross-linking cation exchange resin AG50-X4 using 1.2M HNO(3) as eluant. Two sequential AG50/NO(3) columns provide a separation factor of approximately 10(2) for Ac from Ra. A 60-day processing schedule has been adopted in order to reduce the processing cost and to provide the highest levels of (225)Ac possible. Over an 8-week campaign, a total of approximately 100 mCi of (225)Ac (approximately 80% of the theoretical yield) is shipped in 5-6 batches, with the first batch typically consisting of approximately 50 mCi. After the initial separation and purification of Ac, the Ra pool is re-processed on a bi-weekly schedule or as needed to provide smaller batches of (225)Ac. The averaged radioisotopic purity of the (225)Ac was 99.6 +/- 0.7% with a (225)Ra content of < or =0.6%, and an average (229)Th content of (4(-4)(+5)) x 10(-5)%. PMID:15763472

  19. Variation of the track etch rates of alpha-particle trajectory in PADC

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    Zaki, M. F.; Hegazy, T. M.; Seddik, U.; Morsy, A. A.

    2005-01-01

    The formation of etched tracks in solid-state nuclear track detectors is usually described by assuming an unequivocal correlation of the etch-rate ratio with the energy loss of charged particles. For alpha particles, this assumption could be verified within the scatter of the experimental data. In this article, the dependence of the depth (x) on the track etch rate (V-T) was determined experimentally by track length measurement. It is found that the track etch rate as a function of the depth within the detector follows the Bragg curve. The track etch rate has been found to be described by a generalization of the restricted energy loss, in good approximation along the trajectories of alpha particles.

  20. Map model for nonlinear alpha particle interaction with toroidal Alfven waves

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    Berk, H.L.; Breizman, B.N.; Ye, H.

    1992-09-01

    A map model has been developed for studying the nonlinear interaction of alpha particles with the toroidal Alfven eigenmodes. The map is constructed by assuming a linear interaction during a single poloidal transit, which allows the study of the nonlinear interaction over many transits. By using this map, analytic expressions are obtained for the particle nonlinear bounce frequency, and the wave amplitude threshold for the onset of particle orbit stochasticity. The map model can also facilitate self-consistent simulations which incorporate the time variation of the waves.

  1. Neoclassical Simulations of Fusion Alpha Particles in Pellet Charge Exchange Experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    Batha, S.H.; Budny, R.V.; Darrow, D.S.; Levinton, F.M.; Redi, M.H.; et al

    1999-02-01

    Neoclassical simulations of alpha particle density profiles in high fusion power plasmas on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor (TFTR) [Phys. Plasmas 5 (1998) 1577] are found to be in good agreement with measurements of the alpha distribution function made with a sensitive active neutral particle diagnostic. The calculations are carried out in Hamiltonian magnetic coordinates with a fast, particle-following Monte Carlo code which includes the neoclassical transport processes, a recent first-principles model for stochastic ripple loss and collisional effects. New global loss and confinement domain calculations allow an estimate of the actual alpha particle densities measured with the pellet charge exchange diagnostic.

  2. Electronic Properties of DNA-Based Schottky Barrier Diodes in Response to Alpha Particles.

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    Al-Ta'ii, Hassan Maktuff Jaber; Periasamy, Vengadesh; Amin, Yusoff Mohd

    2015-01-01

    Detection of nuclear radiation such as alpha particles has become an important field of research in recent history due to nuclear threats and accidents. In this context; deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) acting as an organic semiconducting material could be utilized in a metal/semiconductor Schottky junction for detecting alpha particles. In this work we demonstrate for the first time the effect of alpha irradiation on an Al/DNA/p-Si/Al Schottky diode by investigating its current-voltage characteristics. The diodes were exposed for different periods (0-20 min) of irradiation. Various diode parameters such as ideality factor, barrier height, series resistance, Richardson constant and saturation current were then determined using conventional, Cheung and Cheung's and Norde methods. Generally, ideality factor or n values were observed to be greater than unity, which indicates the influence of some other current transport mechanism besides thermionic processes. Results indicated ideality factor variation between 9.97 and 9.57 for irradiation times between the ranges 0 to 20 min. Increase in the series resistance with increase in irradiation time was also observed when calculated using conventional and Cheung and Cheung's methods. These responses demonstrate that changes in the electrical characteristics of the metal-semiconductor-metal diode could be further utilized as sensing elements to detect alpha particles. PMID:26007733

  3. Electronic Properties of DNA-Based Schottky Barrier Diodes in Response to Alpha Particles

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    Al-Ta’ii, Hassan Maktuff Jaber; Periasamy, Vengadesh; Amin, Yusoff Mohd

    2015-01-01

    Detection of nuclear radiation such as alpha particles has become an important field of research in recent history due to nuclear threats and accidents. In this context; deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) acting as an organic semiconducting material could be utilized in a metal/semiconductor Schottky junction for detecting alpha particles. In this work we demonstrate for the first time the effect of alpha irradiation on an Al/DNA/p-Si/Al Schottky diode by investigating its current-voltage characteristics. The diodes were exposed for different periods (0–20 min) of irradiation. Various diode parameters such as ideality factor, barrier height, series resistance, Richardson constant and saturation current were then determined using conventional, Cheung and Cheung’s and Norde methods. Generally, ideality factor or n values were observed to be greater than unity, which indicates the influence of some other current transport mechanism besides thermionic processes. Results indicated ideality factor variation between 9.97 and 9.57 for irradiation times between the ranges 0 to 20 min. Increase in the series resistance with increase in irradiation time was also observed when calculated using conventional and Cheung and Cheung’s methods. These responses demonstrate that changes in the electrical characteristics of the metal-semiconductor-metal diode could be further utilized as sensing elements to detect alpha particles. PMID:26007733

  4. Lost alpha-particle diagnostics from a D-T plasma by using nuclear reactions

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    Sasao, Mamiko [Organization for Research Initiative and Development, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan); Wada, Motoi [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan); Isobe, Mitsutaka [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki Gifu 509-5292 (Japan)

    2014-08-21

    Among various methods proposed for alpha-particles loss measurement, we studied on those by measuring gamma rays of three cases, from (1) nuclear reactions induced by alpha particles, (2) those from short-life-time activities and (3) those from long-life-time activities induced by alpha particles. The time evolution of local alpha flux may possibly be measured by using the {sup 9}Be (a, n) {sup 12}C reaction (1). Using the same system, but with a target set up close to the first wall, activation measurement on site right after turning-off the discharge is possible (2). Nuclear reaction, {sup 25}Mg (a, p) {sup 28}Al, that produce radioisotopes of short lifetime of 2.2 minutes in one of the best candidates. As to the activation to a long lifetime (3), it is predicted that the gamma ray yield from {sup 19}F (a, n) {sup 22}Na reaction is enough for the measurement at the reactor site.

  5. Variation in RBE for Survival of V79-4 Cells as a Function of Alpha-Particle (Helium Ion) Energy.

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    Tracy, Bliss L; Stevens, David L; Goodhead, Dudley T; Hill, Mark A

    2015-07-01

    High linear energy transfer (LET) ? particles are important with respect to the carcinogenic risk associated with human exposure to ionizing radiation, most notably to radon and its progeny. Additionally, the potential use of alpha-particle-emitting radionuclides in radiotherapy is increasingly being explored. Within the body the emitted alpha particles slow down, traversing a number of cells with a range of energies and therefore with varying efficiencies at inducing biological response. The LET of the particle typically rises from between ~70-90 keV ?m(-1) at the start of the track (depending on initial energy) to a peak of ~237 keV ?m(-1) towards the end of the track, before falling again at the very end of its range. To investigate the variation in biological response with incident energy, a plutonium-238 alpha-particle irradiator was calibrated to enable studies with incident energies ranging from 4.0 MeV down to 1.1 MeV. The variation in clonogenic survival of V79-4 cells was determined as a function of incident energy, along with the relative variation in the initial yields of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB) measured using the FAR assay. The clonogenic survival data also extends previously published data obtained at the Medical Research Council (MRC), Harwell using the same cells irradiated with helium ions, with energies ranging from 34.9 MeV to 5.85 MeV. These studies were performed in conjunction with cell morphology measurements on live cells enabling the determination of absorbed dose and calculation of the average LET in the cell. The results show an increase in relative biological effectiveness (RBE) for cell inactivation with decreasing helium ion energy (increasing LET), reaching a maximum for incident energies of ~3.2 MeV and corresponding average LET of 131 keV ?m(-1), above which the RBE is observed to fall at lower energies (higher LETs). The effectiveness of single alpha-particle traversals (relevant to low-dose exposure) at inducing cell inactivation was observed to increase with decreasing energy to a peak of ~68% survival probability for incident energies of ~1.8 MeV (average LET of 190 keV ?m(-1)) producing ~0.39 lethal lesions per track. However, the efficiency of a single traversal will also vary significantly with cell morphology and angle of incidence, as well as cell type. PMID:26121227

  6. Chemical and size characterization of particles emitted from the burning of coal and wood in rural households in Guizhou, China

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    Zhang, Hefeng; Wang, Shuxiao; Hao, Jiming; Wan, Lin; Jiang, Jingkun; Zhang, Min; Mestl, Heidi E. S.; Alnes, Line W. H.; Aunan, Kristin; Mellouki, Abdel Wahid

    2012-05-01

    Field measurements were conducted to determine indoor air particulate pollutant emissions from the burning of coal and wood, two major household fuels, in rural households in Guizhou, China. Chemical composition, particle mass and particle size distribution as well as number concentration were measured in this study. Chemical composition analysis indicates that the carbonaceous particle is dominant in the PM2.5 mass, accounting for about 41% for wood and 55% for coal. The OC/EC ratio was 10.8 for wood and 7.6 for coal. Most of the water-soluble ions were found in the 0.4-2.1 ?m size fractions and dominated by ammonium and sulfate. Particle mass concentrations inversely correlate with particle total number concentrations during the sampling period. Obvious differences were observed in the evolution of particle number concentrations and size distributions between coal combustion and wood burning. Particles emitted from coal combustion were characterized by unimodal size distribution, with average peak values ranging from 70.3 to 75.7 nm during the flaming stage of the burning cycle. Particles from wood burning were characterized by a transition from a bimodal size distribution to a unimodal distribution during the same period. Average peak values in the bimodal mode were 10-20 nm (nucleation mode) and 40-50 nm (Aitken mode), whereas the average peak value in the unimodal mode was about 63 nm.

  7. Search for {alpha}-states in {sup 13}C via elastic resonant scattering of {alpha} particles on {sup 9}Be

    SciTech Connect

    Lombardo, I.; Campajola, L.; Rosato, E.; Spadaccini, G.; Vigilante, M. [Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche dell'Universita di Napoli Federico II INFN - Sezione di Napoli, Napoli (Italy)

    2013-07-18

    We will discuss new experimental data concerning the elastic resonant scattering of {alpha}-particles on {sup 9}Be nuclei at bombarding energies from 3.5 MeV up to 9.9 MeV. Several excitation functions have been obtained at different polar angles, mainly in the backward hemisphere in the centre of mass frame. Excitation functions show various anomalies that can be linked to the presence of various excited states in the {sup 13}C compound nucleus. In the literature, some of these states have been proposed to belong to rotational bands built on deformed a-cluster excited state. Unfortunately, up to date the spin-parity assignment of many of these states is doubtful. The set of excitation functions we obtained from the present experiment can contribute to improve spectroscopy of highling excited states of {sup 13}C.

  8. Ionization and scintillation response of high-pressure xenon gas to alpha particles

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    Álvarez, V.; Borges, F. I. G.; Cárcel, S.; Cebrián, S.; Cervera, A.; Conde, C. A. N.; Dafni, T.; Díaz, J.; Egorov, M.; Esteve, R.; Evtoukhovitch, P.; Fernandes, L. M. P.; Ferrario, P.; Ferreira, A. L.; Freitas, E. D. C.; Gehman, V. M.; Gil, A.; Goldschmidt, A.; Gómez, H.; Gómez-Cadenas, J. J.; González-Díaz, D.; Gutiérrez, R. M.; Hauptman, J.; Hernando Morata, J. A.; Herrera, D. C.; Irastorza, I. G.; Jinete, M. A.; Labarga, L.; Laing, A.; Liubarsky, I.; Lopes, J. A. M.; Lorca, D.; Losada, M.; Luzón, G.; Marí, A.; Martín-Albo, J.; Miller, T.; Moiseenko, A.; Monrabal, F.; Monteiro, C. M. B.; Mora, F. J.; Moutinho, L. M.; Muñoz Vidal, J.; Natal da Luz, H.; Navarro, G.; Nebot-Guinot, M.; Nygren, D.; Oliveira, C. A. B.; Palma, R.; Pérez, J.; Pérez Aparicio, J. L.; Renner, J.; Ripoll, L.; Rodríguez, A.; Rodríguez, J.; Santos, F. P.; dos Santos, J. M. F.; Seguí, L.; Serra, L.; Shuman, D.; Simón, A.; Sofka, C.; Sorel, M.; Toledo, J. F.; Tomás, A.; Torrent, J.; Tsamalaidze, Z.; Vázquez, D.; Veloso, J. F. C. A.; Webb, R.; White, J. T.; Yahlali, N.

    2013-05-01

    High-pressure xenon gas is an attractive detection medium for a variety of applications in fundamental and applied physics. In this paper we study the ionization and scintillation detection properties of xenon gas at 10 bar pressure. For this purpose, we use a source of alpha particles in the NEXT-DEMO time projection chamber, the large scale prototype of the NEXT-100 neutrinoless double beta decay experiment, in three different drift electric field configurations. We measure the ionization electron drift velocity and longitudinal diffusion, and compare our results to expectations based on available electron scattering cross sections on pure xenon. In addition, two types of measurements addressing the connection between the ionization and scintillation yields are performed. On the one hand we observe, for the first time in xenon gas, large event-by-event correlated fluctuations between the ionization and scintillation signals, similar to that already observed in liquid xenon. On the other hand, we study the field dependence of the average scintillation and ionization yields. Both types of measurements may shed light on the mechanism of electron-ion recombination in xenon gas for highly-ionizing particles. Finally, by comparing the response of alpha particles and electrons in NEXT-DEMO, we find no evidence for quenching of the primary scintillation light produced by alpha particles in the xenon gas.

  9. Alpha-particle-induced luminescence of rare-earth-doped Y 2O 3 nanophosphors

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    Cress, Cory D.; Redino, Christopher S.; Landi, Brian J.; Raffaelle, Ryne P.

    2008-08-01

    The feasibility of utilizing Y 2O 3:Tb 3+ and Y 2O 3:Eu 3+ as radioluminescent nanophosphors under alpha-particle excitation is investigated. Materials synthesized by the urea homogeneous precipitation method were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD analysis of as-produced precipitates and nanophosphors fired at temperatures ranging from 950 to 1100 °C indicated the presence of highly crystalline cubic Y 2O 3 with crystallite sizes of ˜40 nm. SEM and TEM analysis revealed that particles with average diameters of ˜200 nm and comprised of ˜40 nm grains were obtained. High-resolution radioluminescence and photoluminescence spectra were used to investigate the unwanted radioluminescence saturation effects associated with the high ionization rate of alpha-particles. Additionally, the radioluminescence intensity as a function of rare-earth ion dopant concentration is investigated for these materials under alpha-particle excitation. The prospect for utilizing these materials as intermediate absorbers in indirect-conversion radioisotope batteries is discussed.

  10. A FLUX-LIMITED SAMPLE OF z {approx} 1 Ly{alpha} EMITTING GALAXIES IN THE CHANDRA DEEP FIELD SOUTH ,

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    Barger, A. J.; Wold, I. G. B. [Department of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 475 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Cowie, L. L. [Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States)

    2012-04-20

    We describe a method for obtaining a flux-limited sample of Ly{alpha} emitters from Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) grism data. We show that the multiple GALEX grism images can be converted into a three-dimensional (two spatial axes and one wavelength axis) data cube. The wavelength slices may then be treated as narrowband images and searched for emission-line galaxies. For the GALEX NUV grism data, the method provides a Ly{alpha} flux-limited sample over the redshift range z = 0.67-1.16. We test the method on the Chandra Deep Field South field, where we find 28 Ly{alpha} emitters with faint continuum magnitudes (NUV > 22) that are not present in the GALEX pipeline sample. We measure the completeness by adding artificial emitters and measuring the fraction recovered. We find that we have an 80% completeness above a Ly{alpha} flux of 10{sup -15} erg cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}. We use the UV spectra and the available X-ray data and optical spectra to estimate the fraction of active galactic nuclei in the selection. We report the first detection of a giant Ly{alpha} blob at z < 1, though we find that these objects are much less common at z = 1 than at z = 3. Finally, we compute limits on the z {approx} 1 Ly{alpha} luminosity function and confirm that there is a dramatic evolution in the luminosity function over the redshift range z = 0-1.

  11. Possible stimulation of nuclear alpha-decay by superfluid helium

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    A. L. Barabanov

    2009-09-03

    It is suggested that superfluid helium (condensate of 4-He atoms) may stimulate nuclear alpha-decay in a situation when an alpha-emitter moves through superfluid helium with fine-tuned velocity, so that the backward-emitted alpha-particle is at rest in the laboratory frame. It is shown that the probability of stimulated alpha-decay in this case may be sizable enough to be detected.

  12. Cryogenic microcalorimeter system for ultra-high resolution alpha-particle spectrometry

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    Rabin, Michael W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hoover, Andrew S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bacrania, Mnesh K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Croce, Mark P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hoteling, N J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lamont, S P [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Plionis, A A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dry, D E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Ullom, J N [NIST; Bennett, D A [NIST; Horansky, R [NIST; Kotsubo, V [NIST; Cantor, R [STAR CRYOELECTRONICS

    2009-01-01

    Microcalorimeters have been shown to yield unsurpassed energy resolution for alpha spectrometry, up to 1.06 keV FWHM at 5.3 MeV. These detectors use a superconducting transition-edge sensor (TES) to measure the temperature change in an absorber from energy deposited by an interacting alpha particle. Our system has four independent detectors mounted inside a liquid nitrogen/liquid helium cryostat. An adiabatic demagnetization refrigerator (ADR) cools the detector stage to its operating temperature of 80 mK. Temperature regulation with {approx}15 uK peak-to-peak variation is achieved by PID control of the ADR. The detectors are voltage-biased, and the current signal is amplified by a commercial SQUID readout system and digitized for further analysis, This paper will discuss design and operation of our microcalorimeter alpha spectrometer, and will show recent results.

  13. Blue-Emitting Small Silica Particles Incorporating ZnSe-Based Nanocrystals Prepared by Reverse Micelle Method

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    Ando, Masanori; Li, Chunliang; Yang, Ping; Murase, Norio

    2007-01-01

    ZnSe-based nanocrystals (ca. 4-5 nm in diameter) emitting in blue region (ca. 445 nm) were incorporated in spherical small silica particles (20–40 nm in diameter) by a reverse micelle method. During the preparation, alkaline solution was used to deposit the hydrolyzed alkoxide on the surface of nanocrystals. It was crucially important for this solution to include Zn2+ ions and surfactant molecules (thioglycolic acid) to preserve the spectral properties of the final silica particles. This is because these substances in the solution prevent the surface of nanocrystals from deterioration by dissolution during processing. The resultant silica particles have an emission efficiency of 16% with maintaining the photoluminescent spectral width and peak wavelength of the initial colloidal solution. PMID:18350119

  14. Neutral gas in Lyman-alpha emitting galaxies Haro 11 and ESO 338-IG04 measured through sodium absorption

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    Sandberg, A; Hayes, M; Fathi, K; Schaerer, D; Mas-Hesse, J M; Rivera-Thorsen, T

    2013-01-01

    Context. The Lyman alpha emission line of galaxies is an important tool for finding galaxies at high redshift, and thus probe the structure of the early universe. However, the resonance nature of the line and its sensitivity to dust and neutral gas is still not fully understood. Aims. We present measurements of the velocity, covering fraction and optical depth of neutral gas in front of two well known local blue compact galaxies that show Lyman alpha in emission: ESO 338-IG 04 and Haro 11. We thus test observationally the hypothesis that Lyman alpha can escape through neutral gas by being Doppler shifted out of resonance. Methods. We present integral field spectroscopy from the GIRAFFE/Argus spectrograph at VLT/FLAMES in Paranal, Chile. The excellent wavelength resolution allows us to accurately measure the velocity of the ionized and neutral gas through the H-alpha emission and Na D absorption, which traces the ionized medium and cold interstellar gas, respectively. We also present independent measurements w...

  15. Survival and yields of chromosome aberrations in hamster and human lung cells irradiated by alpha particles

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    Simmons, J.A.; Cohn, P.; Min, T. [Univ. of Westminster, London (United Kingdom)

    1996-02-01

    The effects of {alpha}-particle irradiation on hamster and human lung cells have been studied. In both cases two end points were taken, cell death and the induction of chromosome aberrations. The hamster cells were common stock V79 cells; the human ones were freshly derived from fetal material. For both types of cells, the survival curves could be described by straight lines in the conventional exponential plot, with values of D{sub 0} of 0.78 and 0.37 Gy for the hamster and human cells, respectively. The rate of induction of chromosome aberrations could also be described by straight lines with slopes of 0.30 and 0.62 aberration per cell per gray. Thus, for this second end point also, it appears that human cells are twice as sensitive to the effects of {alpha}-particle irradiation as hamster cells. 30 refs., 3 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Redefining Relative Biological Effectiveness in the Context of the EQDX Formalism: Implications for Alpha-Particle Emitter Therapy

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    Hobbs, Robert F.; Howell, Roger W.; Song, Hong; Baechler, Sébastien; Sgouros, George

    2014-01-01

    Alpha-particle radiopharmaceutical therapy (?RPT) is currently enjoying increasing attention as a viable alternative to chemotherapy for targeting of disseminated micrometastatic disease. In theory, ?RPT can be personalized through pre-therapeutic imaging and dosimetry. However, in practice, given the particularities of ?-particle emissions, a dosimetric methodology that accurately predicts the thresholds for organ toxicity has not been reported. This is in part due to the fact that the biological effects caused by ?-particle radiation differ markedly from the effects caused by traditional external beam (photon or electron) radiation or ?-particle emitting radiopharmaceuticals. The concept of relative biological effectiveness (RBE) is used to quantify the ratio of absorbed doses required to achieve a given biological response with alpha particles versus a reference radiation (typically a beta emitter or external beam radiation). However, as conventionally defined, the RBE varies as a function of absorbed dose and therefore a single RBE value is limited in its utility because it cannot be used to predict response over a wide range of absorbed doses. Therefore, efforts are underway to standardize bioeffect modeling for different fractionation schemes and dose rates for both nuclear medicine and external beam radiotherapy. Given the preponderant use of external beams of radiation compared to nuclear medicine in cancer therapy, the more clinically relevant quantity, the 2 Gy equieffective dose, EQD2(?/?), has recently been proposed by the ICRU. In concert with EQD2(?/?), we introduce a new, redefined RBE quantity, named RBE2(?/?), as the ratio of the two linear coefficients that characterize the ? particle absorbed dose-response curve and the low-LET megavoltage photon 2 Gy fraction equieffective dose-response curve. The theoretical framework for the proposed new formalism is presented along with its application to experimental data obtained from irradiation of a breast cancer cell line. Radiobiological parameters are obtained using the linear quadratic model to fit cell survival data for MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells that were irradiated with either ? particles or a single fraction of low-LET 137Cs ? rays. From these, the linear coefficient for both the biologically effective dose (BED) and the EQD2(?/?) response lines were derived for fractionated irradiation. The standard RBE calculation, using the traditional single fraction reference radiation, gave RBE values that ranged from 2.4 for a surviving fraction of 0.82–6.0 for a surviving fraction of 0.02, while the dose-independent RBE2(4.6) value was 4.5 for all surviving fraction values. Furthermore, bioeffect modeling with RBE2(?/?) and EQD2(?/?) demonstrated the capacity to predict the surviving fraction of cells irradiated with acute and fractionated low-LET radiation, ? particles and chronic exponentially decreasing dose rates of low-LET radiation. RBE2(?/?) is independent of absorbed dose for ?-particle emitters and it provides a more logical framework for data reporting and conversion to equieffective dose than the conventional dose-dependent definition of RBE. Moreover, it provides a much needed foundation for the ongoing development of an ?-particle dosimetry paradigm and will facilitate the use of tolerance dose data available from external beam radiation therapy, thereby helping to develop ?RPT as a single modality as well as for combination therapies. PMID:24502376

  17. Cytotoxic reaction and TNF-alpha response of macrophages to polyurethane particles.

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    Ma, Nan; Petit, Alain; Yahia, L'Hocine; Huk, Olga L; Tabrizian, Maryam

    2002-01-01

    Their unique mechanical and biological properties make polyurethanes (PUs) ideal materials for many implantable devices. However, uncertain long-term biostability in the human physiological environment limits their extensive clinical applications. Chronic inflammatory response associated with macrophage activation has been suggested as a prime factor; although the mechanism of macrophage activation in response to biomaterial surfaces and debris is still unknown. The overall objective of this work was to study the response of macrophages to PU materials in vitro by measuring cell viability and activity. The studies were carried out using phagocytozable-size PU particles from three types of commercially-available PUs: Pellethane 2363 80ABA (PL); Tecothane TT2065 (TC65); and Tecothane TT2085 (TC85). These polymers posess the same generic composition but differ in the length of hard and soft segments, as revealed by the FTIR and NMR studies. The results showed that PU particles affected both viability and activity of J774 macrophages. The percentage of mortality ranged from 1 to 15% with 10-100 microg ml(-1) of particles after 24 and 48 h incubation. These three types of particles induced different mortality on the macrophages. Specifically, the mortality with PL particles was 1-4% (p > 0.05), while the mortality with TC85 particles was 2-10% (p < 0.05) and 4-15% with TC65 (p < 0.05). Conversely, these particles also affected cell proliferation. Cell numbers increased by 132 and 167% after 24 and 48 h incubation, respectively, without particles, whereas the cell numbers increased only 46 and 78% with TC65, 66 and 105% with TC85, and 67 and 110% with PL in the presence of 100 microg ml(-1) of particles for the respective incubation times. PU particles also increased TNF-alpha release from macrophage. After having been incubated for 24 h with 100 microg ml(-1) particles of TC65, TC85, and PL, macrophages release TNF-alpha 7.4, 5.2, and 4.1 times more than the control. In conclusion, PU particles had cytotoxic effects on J774 macrophage at high concentrations. The order of macrophage response for three types of particles was TC65 > TC85 > PL. PU particles' effect on macrophage viability and activity depends on the concentration of particles and their chemical composition, especially on the ratio of hard to soft segments. PMID:12102593

  18. Mutagenic effects of a single and an exact number of alpha particles in mammalian cells

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    Hei, T. K.; Wu, L. J.; Liu, S. X.; Vannais, D.; Waldren, C. A.; Randers-Pehrson, G.

    1997-01-01

    One of the main uncertainties in risk estimation for environmental radon exposure using lung cancer data from underground miners is the extrapolation from high- to low-dose exposure where multiple traversal is extremely rare. The biological effects of a single alpha particle are currently unknown. Using the recently available microbeam source at the Radiological Research Accelerator Facility at Columbia University, we examined the frequencies and molecular spectrum of S1- mutants induced in human-hamster hybrid (A(L)) cells by either a single or an exact number of alpha particles. Exponentially growing cells were stained briefly with a nontoxic concentration of Hoechst dye for image analysis, and the location of individual cells was computer-monitored. The nucleus of each cell was irradiated with either 1,2,4, or 8 alpha particles at a linear energy transfer of 90 keV/microm consistent with the energy spectrum of domestic radon exposure. Although single-particle traversal was only slightly cytotoxic to A(L) cells (survival fraction approximately 0.82), it was highly mutagenic, and the induced mutant fraction averaged 110 mutants per 10(5) survivors. In addition, both toxicity and mutant induction were dose-dependent. Multiplex PCR analysis of mutant DNA showed that the proportion of mutants with multilocus deletions increased with the number of particle traversals. These data provide direct evidence that a single a particle traversing a nucleus will have a high probability of resulting in a mutation and highlight the need for radiation protection at low doses.

  19. Determination of the range of alpha particles in histological samples using a proton beam

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    M Giacomelli; J Skvar?; R Ili?

    2001-01-01

    The 70?m-thick sliced mouse samples used in boron neutron capture therapy research are normally freeze-dried and permanently mounted on a sticky tape. Such a preparation alters the tissue density and makes it impossible to correctly determine the ranges of the alpha particles from the 10B(n,?)7Li reaction. Proton radiography utilising etched-track detectors can be successfully used for the density determination of

  20. Ionisation cross sections of Cd, Sn, Te, I and Ba for protons and alpha particles

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    L. Avaldi; M. Milazzo; G. Trivia; I. V. Mitchell

    1983-01-01

    K-shell X-ray production cross sections of 48Cd, 50Sn, 52Te, 53I and 56Ba have been measured for alpha particles with energies between 2.2 and 2.8 MeV. In addition, production cross sections for 52Te have been measured for protons between 1.6 and 3 MeV. The values have been compared with the earlier experiments and with the theoretical predictions given by four different

  1. Choosing fitting functions to describe peak tails in alpha-particle spectrometry

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    C. John Bland

    1998-01-01

    We seek to identify the major differences between two types of peak-fitting programs for alpha-particle spectrometry. One function is the well-known convolution of a Gaussian function with two (usually) left-handed exponential functions. The other function is contained in an analysis program described by Koskelo et al. (Koskelo, M. J., Burnett, W. C. and Cable, P. H. (1996) An advanced analysis

  2. Alpha-Particle-Driven Toroidal Alfvén Eigenmodes in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    R. Nazikian; G. Y. Fu; S. H. Batha; M. G. Bell; R. E. Bell; R. V. Budny; C. E. Bush; Z. Chang; Y. Chen; C. Z. Cheng; D. S. Darrow; P. C. Efthimion; E. D. Fredrickson; N. N. Gorelenkov; B. Leblanc; F. M. Levinton; R. Majeski; E. Mazzucato; S. S. Medley; H. K. Park; M. P. Petrov; D. A. Spong; J. D. Strachan; E. J. Synakowski; G. Taylor; S. von Goeler; R. B. White; K. L. Wong; S. J. Zweben

    1997-01-01

    Alpha-particle-driven toroidal Alfvén eigenmodes (TAEs) have been observed for the first time in deuterium-tritium (D-T) plasmas on the tokamak fusion test reactor (TFTR). These modes are observed 100-200 ms following the end of neutral beam injection in plasmas with reduced central magnetic shear and elevated central safety factor [q0>1]. Mode activity is localized to the central region of the discharge

  3. GaN as a detector of alpha-particles and neutrons

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    A. Y. Polyakov; N. B. Smirnov; A. V. Govorkov; In-Hwan Lee; S. J. Pearton; N. G. Kolin; I. L. Gazizov; V. M. Zalyetin

    2011-01-01

    Properties of GaN radiation detectors are analyzed. It is shown that present day epitaxial material is suitable for detection of alpha-particles with the charge collection efficiency close to 100%. Such detectors can operate at temperatures of at least 60°C and withstand irradiation with reactor neutrons fluences higher than 1015 cm-2. They keep the collection efficiency at 30% even after irradiation

  4. Study of the beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of [sup 16]N

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    Z. Zhao; R. H. France; K. S. Lai; M. Gai; E. L. Wilds; R. A. Kryger; J. A. Winger; K. B. Beard

    1993-01-01

    The beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of [sup 16]N has been studied, with [sup 16]N nuclei produced using 80 MeV\\/nucleon [sup 18]O beams on [sup 9]Be targets. The [sup 16]N secondary nuclei were mass analyzed and separated from the reaction products using the Michigan State University A1200 isotope separator. A detector array, including four thin surface barrier detectors, a [ital p]-[ital i]-[ital

  5. Study of the beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of 16N

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    Z. Zhao; R. H. France III; K. S. Lai; M. Gai; E. L. Wilds; R. A. Kryger; J. A. Winger; K. B. Beard

    1993-01-01

    The beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of 16N has been studied, with 16N nuclei produced using 80 MeV\\/nucleon 18O beams on 9Be targets. The 16N secondary nuclei were mass analyzed and separated from the reaction products using the Michigan State University A1200 isotope separator. A detector array, including four thin surface barrier detectors, a p-i-n diode, a Ge gamma-ray detector, and a

  6. Fusion alpha-particle losses in a high-beta rippled tokamak

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    Bunno, M.; Nakamura, Y. [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan)] [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Suzuki, Y. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan)] [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki 509-5292 (Japan); Shinohara, K.; Matsunaga, G. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki 311-0193 (Japan)] [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki 311-0193 (Japan); Tani, K. [Nippon Advanced Technology, Naka, Ibaraki 311-0102 (Japan)] [Nippon Advanced Technology, Naka, Ibaraki 311-0102 (Japan)

    2013-08-15

    In tokamak plasmas, the confinement of energetic ions depends on the magnetic field structure. If the plasma pressure is finite, the equilibrium current (i.e., the Pfirsch-Schlüter current and diamagnetic current) flows in the plasma to maintain the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equilibrium. These plasma currents generate poloidal and toroidal magnetic field and alter the field structure. Moreover, if we consider the non-axisymmetry of magnetic field structures such as toroidal field (TF) ripples, the non-axisymmetric component of the equilibrium current can alter TF ripples themselves. When the plasma beta becomes high, the changes in the field structure due to the equilibrium current might affect the confinement of energetic ions significantly. We intend to clarify how these currents alter the field structure and affect the confinement of alpha particles in high-beta plasma. The MHD equilibrium is calculated using VMEC and the orbits of fusion alpha particles are followed by using the fully three-dimensional magnetic field orbit-following Monte Carlo code. In relatively low-beta plasma (e.g., the volume-averaged beta value ?2%), the changes in the magnetic field component due to the plasma current negligibly affect the confinement of alpha particles except for the Shafranov shift effect. However, for ?3%, the diamagnetic effect reduces the magnetic field strength and significantly increases alpha-particle losses. In these high-beta cases, the non-axisymmetric field component generated by the equilibrium current also increases these losses, but not as effectively as compared to the diamagnetic effect.

  7. Accuracy testing using thick source alpha-particle spectroscopy for the U and Th series estimations.

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    Michael, C T; Zacharias, N; Hein, A

    2010-01-01

    The new technique for the calculation of U and Th based on the alpha particle spectrum taken from a thick sample by using a silicon detector (PIPS) is tested and some technical problems are encountered and also some notifications for better accuracy are addressed. This technique which is mainly developed to be used for dose rate determination in TL, OSL and ESR dating applications, gives also the possibility for detecting and estimating possible disequilibrium in U and Th series. PMID:19900816

  8. Wurtzite Gallium Nitride as a scintillator detector for alpha particles (a Geant4 simulation)

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    Taheri, A.; Sheidaiy, M.

    2015-05-01

    Gallium Nitride has become a very popular material in electronics and optoelectronics. Because of its interesting properties, it is suitable for a large range of applications. This material also shows very good scintillation properties that make it a possible candidate for use as a charged particles scintillator detector. In this work, we simulated the scintillation and optical properties of the gallium nitride in the presence of alpha particles using Geant4. The results show that gallium nitride can be an appropriate choice for this purpose.

  9. Malignant transformation of human benign prostate epithelial cells by high linear energy transfer alpha-particles.

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    Li, Hongzhen; Gu, Yongpeng; Miki, Jun; Hukku, Bharati; McLeod, David G; Hei, Tom K; Rhim, Johng S

    2007-09-01

    Although epidemiological studies have suggested a positive correlation between environmental radon exposure and prostate cancer, the mechanism involved is not clear. In the present study, we examined the oncogenic transforming potency of alpha-particles using non-tumorigenic, telomerase-immortalized human benign prostate epithelial cells. We report the malignant transformation of human benign prostate epithelial cells after a single exposure to 0.6 Gy dose of alpha-particles. Transformed cells showed anchorage-independent growth in soft agar and induced progressively growing tumors when transplanted into SCID mice. The tumors were characterized histologically as poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas. The cell line derived from tumor (SCID 5015), like the unirradiated cells, expressed cytokeratin 5, 8 and 18, NKX3.1 and AMACR. The malignant cells showed increased secretion of MMP2. Stepwise chromosomal changes in the progression to tumorigenicity were observed. Chromosome abnormalities were identified in both irradiated and tumorigenic cells relative to the non-irradiated control cells. Prominent changes in chromosomes 6, 11 and 16, as well as mutations and deletions of the p53 gene were observed in the tumor outgrowth and tumor cells. These findings provide the first evidence of malignant transformation of human benign prostate epithelial cells exposed to a single dose of alpha-particles. This model provides an opportunity to study the cellular and molecular alterations that occur in radiation carcinogenesis in human prostate cells. PMID:17671680

  10. Hormetic effect induced by alpha-particle-induced stress communicated in vivo between zebrafish embryos.

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    Choi, V W Y; Cheung, A L Y; Cheng, S H; Yu, K N

    2012-11-01

    We report data showing that embryos of the zebrafish, Danio rerio, at 1.5 h post fertilization (hpf) subjected to a low-dose alpha-particle irradiation can release a stress signal into the water, which can be communicated to unirradiated bystander zebrafish embryos sharing the same water medium to induce a hormetic effect in the bystander embryos. Hormetic responses are characterized as biphasic dose-response relationships exhibiting a low-dose stimulation and a high-dose inhibition. The effects on the whole embryos were studied through quantification of apoptotic signals at 24 hpf through staining with the vital dye acridine orange, followed by counting the stained cells under a microscope. The results show that, for low alpha-particle dose, the number of apoptotic signals decreases in the irradiated embryos and also in the unirradiated bystander embryos having partnered with the irradiated embryos. These suggested that alpha-particle-irradiated zebrafish embryos could release a stress signal into the water, which could be communicated to unirradiated bystander zebrafish embryos sharing the same water medium to induce a hormetic effect in the bystander embryos. PMID:23050846

  11. Study of the beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of 16N

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    Zhao, Z.; France, R. H., III; Lai, K. S.; Gai, M.; Wilds, E. L.; Kryger, R. A.; Winger, J. A.; Beard, K. B.

    1993-07-01

    The beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of 16N has been studied, with 16N nuclei produced using 80 MeV/nucleon 18O beams on 9Be targets. The 16N secondary nuclei were mass analyzed and separated from the reaction products using the Michigan State University A1200 isotope separator. A detector array, including four thin surface barrier detectors, a p-i-n diode, a Ge gamma-ray detector, and a two-dimensional position sensitive parallel plate avalanche counter, was used for implantation and study of the separated nuclei. A beta-decay branching ratio of (1.3+/-0.3)×10-5 to the 1- state at 9.6 MeV and a centroid of 2.35+/-0.05 MeV for the beta-delayed alpha-particle emission were measured. These results are essential for the analysis of a high sensitivity measurement at Yale University of the low-energy beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of 16N, and for understanding the 12C(?,?)16O reaction in the helium burning process in massive stars.

  12. Electrostatic ion-acoustic-like instabilities in the solar wind with a backstreaming alpha particle beam

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    Gomberoff, L. [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile); Gomberoff, K. [Department of Physics, Technion, Haifa 32000 (Israel); Deutsch, A. [Rafael, P.O. Box 2250, Haifa 31021 (Israel)

    2010-06-15

    Nonlinear electrostatic instabilities have been shown to occur frequently and under very different conditions in plasma with two ion beams such as the fast solar wind. These instabilities can be triggered when the phase velocity of electrostatic ion-acoustic waves propagating forward and backward relative to the interplanetary magnetic field overlaps due to the presence of a finite amplitude of circularly polarized wave. The instabilities can be triggered by waves supported by the same ion component, or by waves supported by different ion components. By assuming a beam of alpha particles moving backward relative to the external magnetic field, as observed in some events in the fast solar wind, it is shown that a very small negative drift velocity of the alpha particle beam relative to the core plasma--a few percent of the local Alfven velocity--can trigger a very rich variety of nonlinear electrostatic acousticlike instabilities. Their growth rates can be rather large and they persist for larger negative alpha particles drift velocities and temperatures.

  13. Applications of 211At and 223Ra in Targeted Alpha-Particle Radiotherapy

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    Vaidyanathan, Ganesan; Zalutsky, Michael R.

    2012-01-01

    Targeted radiotherapy using agents tagged with ?-emitting radionuclides is gaining traction with several clinical trials already undertaken or ongoing, and others in the advanced planning stage. The most commonly used ?-emitting radionuclides are 213Bi, 211At, 223Ra and 225Ac. While each one of these has pros and cons, it can be argued that 211At probably is the most versatile based on its half life, decay scheme and chemistry. On the other hand, for targeting bone metastases, 223Ra is the ideal radionuclide because simple cationic radium can be used for this purpose. In this review, we will discuss the recent developments taken place in the application of 211At-labeled radiopharmaceuticals and give an overview of the current status of 223Ra for targeted ?-particle radiotherapy. PMID:22202151

  14. Applications of 211At and 223Ra in targeted alpha-particle radiotherapy.

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    Vaidyanathan, Ganesan; Zalutsky, Michael R

    2011-10-01

    Targeted radiotherapy using agents tagged with ?-emitting radionuclides is gaining traction with several clinical trials already undertaken or ongoing, and others in the advanced planning stage. The most commonly used ?-emitting radionuclides are 213Bi, 211At, 223Ra and 225Ac. While each one of these has pros and cons, it can be argued that 211At probably is the most versatile based on its half life, decay scheme and chemistry. On the other hand, for targeting bone metastases, 223Ra is the ideal radionuclide because simple cationic radium can be used for this purpose. In this review, we will discuss the recent developments taken place in the application of 211At-labeled radiopharmaceuticals and give an overview of the current status of 223Ra for targeted ?-particle radiotherapy. PMID:22202151

  15. Acceleration of low-energy protons and alpha particles at interplanetary shock waves

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    Scholer, M.; Hovestadt, D.; Ipavich, F. M.; Gloeckler, G.

    1983-01-01

    The low-energy protons and alpha particles in the energy range 30 keV/charge to 150 keV/charge associated with three different interplanetary shock waves in the immediate preshock and postshock region are studied using data obtained by the ISEE 3. The spatial distributions in the preshock and postshock medium are presented, and the dependence of the phase space density at different energies on the distance from the shock and on the form of the distribution function of both species immediately at the shock is examined. It is found that in the preshock region the particles are flowing in the solar wind frame of reference away from the shock and in the postshock medium the distribution is more or less isotropic in this frame of reference. The distribution function in the postshock region can be represented by a power law in energy which has the same spectral exponent for both protons and alpha particles. It is concluded that the first-order Fermi acceleration process can consistently explain the data, although the spectra of diffuse bow shock associated particles are different from the spectra of the interplanetary shock-associated particles in the immediate vicinity of the shock. In addition, the mean free path of the low energy ions in the preshock medium is found to be considerably smaller than the mean free path determined by the turbulence of the background interplanetary medium.

  16. Coinhibition of viral interferon induction by Benzo(. alpha. )pyrene in association with occupation-related particles

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    Hahon, N. (National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV (United States) West Virginia Univ., Morgantown (United States)); Booth, J.A. (West Virginia Univ., Morgantown (United States)); Flowers, L. (Univ. of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (United States))

    1990-06-01

    Benzo({alpha})pyrene (B(a)P) in combination with coal, asbestos, silicate, or metal particles was studied for its inhibitory effects on interferon-{alpha}/{beta} induction by influenza virus in rhesus monkey kidney (LLC-MK{sub 2}) cell monolayers. B(a)P per se had no adverse effect on the induction process. However, when cell cultures were pretreated with B(a)P that was bioactivated by rat liver S9 homogenate, from 52 to 65% inhibition of interferon induction occurred. Significantly greater depression (coinhibition) of viral interferon induction (>83%) resulted when bioactivated B(a)P was incorporated with coal particles representative of coal rank (anthracite, bituminous, lignite, peat). Coinhibition affected by bioactivated B(a)P was coal rank-independent but any interferon inhibitory activity affected by coal particles per se was coal rank-independent. When metals (aluminum, aluminum oxide, ferric oxide, nickel, or chromium) or asbestos fibers were individually mixed with bioactivated B(a)P, coinhibition of cellular interferon synthesis also resulted which was significantly greater than that manifested by bioactivated B(a)P or particles per se. Coinhibition of interferon induction by silicates and the bioactivated hydrocarbon was not in evidence although some silicates alone partially inhibited the induction process. Viral interferon induction was inhibited in a dose-response manner by B(a)P ({+-}S9) in combination with selected particles.

  17. Preferential energization of alpha particles in polar coronal holes at one solar radius above the photosphere

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    Chakravarty, Aniruddha; Bose, M.

    2015-04-01

    Heating of polar coronal holes (PCH) during solar minimum and acceleration of the fast solar wind issuing therefrom lack comprehensive theoretical understanding. Wave-particle interactions are considered to have crucial effects on the extreme properties of heavy ions in the collisionless region of the PCH. In this paper, we have presented a novel sensitivity analysis to investigate plasma heating by radio waves at lower hybrid (LH) frequencies. We have employed a three-fluid Maxwell model comprising electrons, protons, and ?-particles at around two solar radii heliocentric distance in the PCH and derived a dispersion relation as a 13th-order polynomial for the frequency. Our model provides indications of preferential heating of ?-particles in comparison with protons by means of LH instabilities. We have employed the electron velocity and spatial charge distribution as our basic study tools so as to show the effects of alpha-proton differential mass and differential perpendicular velocity on the preferential heating of ?-particles.

  18. Alpha particle transport in the presence of ballooning type electrostatic driftwaves

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    Nishimura, Y.; Huang, B.; Cheng, C. Z.

    2015-07-01

    Employing Hamiltonian mechanics, the transport of fusion born alpha particles in the presence of driftwave turbulence is investigated. An analytical turbulence model based on the toroidal drift eigenmode is employed for guiding center orbit-following calculations. It is shown that high energy particles are less susceptible to driftwave turbulence. The passing particle transport is due to overlapping of guiding center electric islands whose widths are inversely proportional to the square root of the parallel velocity. For trapped particles, through a coordinate transformation from the poloidal angle and the parallel velocity to the action-angle variables, the resonance between the bounce motion and the toroidal precession motion, which can cause secondary island formation in the phase space, is demonstrated.

  19. Effects of alpha particles on the angular momentum loss from the Sun

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    Bo Li; Xing Li

    2006-06-07

    The classic Weber-Davis model of the solar wind is reconsidered by incorporating alpha particles and by allowing the solar wind to flow out of the equatorial plane in an axisymmetrical configuration. In the ion momentum equations of the solar wind, the ion gyro-frequency is many orders of magnitude higher than any other frequency. This requires that the difference between proton and alpha velocity vectors be aligned with the background magnetic field. With the aid of this alignment condition, the governing equations of the multi-fluid solar wind are derived from the standard transport equations. The governing equations are numerically solved along a prescribed meridional magnetic field line located at colatitude $70^\\circ$ at 1AU and a steady state fast solar wind solution is found. A general analysis concludes, in agreement with the Weber-Davis model, that the magnetic field helps the coronal plasma to achieve an effective corotation out to the Alfv\\'enic radius, where the poloidal Alfv\\'enic Mach number $M_T$ equals unity ($M_T$ is defined by equation (\\ref{eq:mach})). The model computations show that, magnetic stresses predominate the angular momentum loss of the Sun. For the fast wind considered, the proton contribution to the angular momentum loss, which can be larger than the magnetic one, is almost completely canceled by the alpha particles that develop an azimuthal speed in the direction opposite to the solar rotation. The Poynting flux associated with the azimuthal components is negligible in the energy budget. However, the solar rotation can play some role in reducing the relative speed between alpha particles and protons for low latitude fast solar wind streams in interplanetary space.

  20. Elemental Analysis of the Surface of Comet 67p/Churyumov-Gerasimenko with the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer APXS on the Rosetta Lander Philae: Preliminary Results

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    Klingelhoefer, G.; Schmanke, D.; Girones-Lopez, J.; Brueckner, J.; d'Uston, C.; Economou, T.; Gellert, R.; Markovski, C.

    2014-12-01

    After a 10 years cruise the Rosetta probe has reached its final target, the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The main objectives of the mission are to gain more knowledge of the composition, the origin and formation of comets and the solar system. After extensive remote exploration of the comet the lander Philae will be separated to land on the comet surface, starting immediately examining its landing site with its scientific payload. Part of this payload is the APXS (Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer). It will measure in situ the chemical composition of the comet's surface and it's changes during the journey of the comet towards the sun. APXS is a combination of two spectrometers in one single instrument. It will irradiate the comet surface using Curium 244 sources, which are emitting alpha-particle and X-rays. In the alpha-mode the instrument uses alpha backscattering spectroscopy to detect lower Z elements like C, N and O and groups of elements with higher Z. In the X-ray mode alpha particle / X-ray induced X-ray spectroscopy (XRF) will allow the detection of most of the higher Z elements from Na up to Ni and above. Both modes will be always run in parallel allowing to determine lower and higher Z elements simultaneously. For 3 years the solar powered Rosetta probe had to pass a hibernation phase because of a long passage far away to the sun. After wakeup in January 2014 an extensive test phase of all instruments and subsystems has been performed, including the APXS. After landing on the comet an intense initial measurement phase of all instruments is planned, the First Science Sequence (FSS). It will be followed by a long term science phase (LTS). As long as possible APXS and the other instruments will continue to measure and monitor the changes and increasing activity of the comet during its journey towards the inner region of the solar system.The project is funded by the German Space Agency DLR under contracts 50 QP 0404 and 50 QP 0902. References: G. Klingelhöfer et al., The Rosetta Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), Space Science Reviews, Vol.128 (2007) 383-396;

  1. Dynamic radioactive particle source

    DOEpatents

    Moore, Murray E.; Gauss, Adam Benjamin; Justus, Alan Lawrence

    2012-06-26

    A method and apparatus for providing a timed, synchronized dynamic alpha or beta particle source for testing the response of continuous air monitors (CAMs) for airborne alpha or beta emitters is provided. The method includes providing a radioactive source; placing the radioactive source inside the detection volume of a CAM; and introducing an alpha or beta-emitting isotope while the CAM is in a normal functioning mode.

  2. Quantum 1/f noise in nondegenerate semiconductors and emission statistics of alpha particles

    SciTech Connect

    Kousik, G.S.

    1985-01-01

    Charged particle scattering is accompanied by the emission of soft photons. Handel's theory of 1/f noise, based on the infrared divergent coupling of the system to the electromagnetic field or other elementary excitations, states that the current associated with a beam of scattered particles will exhibit 1/f noise. The fraction of the particles scattered with an energy loss epsilon to soft photon emission is proportional to 1/epsilon and herein lies the origin of the quantum theory of 1/f noise. The 1/f noise caused by mobility fluctuations in semiconductors is related to the scattering cross section fluctuation given by Handel's theory, through the relaxation time. Results are presented of the detailed calculation of mobility fluctuation 1/f noise and Hooge parameter in nondegenerate semiconductors. Numerical results are given for silicon and gallium arsenide. Data obtained from extensive measurements on counting techniques for alpha-particle radioactive decay from a source containing /sub 94/Pu/sup 239/, /sub 95/Am/sup 241/ and /sub 96/Cm/sup 244/ are presented. These data show that the statistics are non-Poissonian for large counting times (of the order of 1000 minutes) contrary to the popular belief that alpha decay is an example of Poissonian statistics.

  3. Jet Nebulization of Prostaglandin E1 During Neonatal Mechanical Ventilation: Stability, Emitted Dose and Aerosol Particle Size

    PubMed Central

    Sood, Beena G.; Peterson, Jennifer; Malian, Monica; Galli, Robert; Geisor-Walter, Maria; McKinnon, Jon; Sharp, Jody; Maddipati, Krishna Rao

    2008-01-01

    Background We have previously reported the safety of aerosolized PGE1 in neonatal hypoxemic respiratory failure. The aim of this study is to characterize the physicochemical properties of PGE1 solution, stability, emitted dose and the aerodynamic particle size distribution (APSD) of PGE1 aerosol in a neonatal ventilator circuit. Methods PGE1 was diluted in normal saline and physicochemical properties of the solution characterized. Chemical stability and emitted dose were evaluated during jet nebulization in a neonatal conventional (CMV) or high frequency (HFV) ventilator circuit by a High Performance Liquid Chromatography - Mass Spectrometry method. The APSD of the PGE1 aerosol was evaluated with a six-stage cascade impactor during CMV. Results PGE1 solution in normal saline had a low viscosity (0.9818 cP) and surface tension (60.8 mN/m) making it suitable for aerosolization. Little or no degradation of PGE1 was observed in samples from aerosol condensates, the PGE1 solution infused over 24 h, or the residual solution in the nebulizer. The emitted dose of PGE1 following jet nebulization was 32–40% during CMV and 0.1% during HFV. The PGE1 aerosol had a mass median aerodynamic diameter of 1.4 µm and geometric standard deviation of 2.9 with 90% of particles being < 4.0 µm in size. Conclusion Nebulization of PGE1 during neonatal CMV or HFV is efficient and results in rapid nebulization without altering the chemical structure. On the basis of the physicochemical properties of PGE1 solution and the APSD of the PGE1 aerosol, one can predict predominantly alveolar deposition of aerosolized PGE1. PMID:17997106

  4. Exciton dynamics in alpha-particle tracks in organic crystals: Magnetic field study of the scintillation in tetracene crystals

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nicholas E. Geacintov; Michael Binder; Charles E. Swenberg; Martin Pope

    1975-01-01

    The mechanisms of scintillation of organic crystals bombarded by alpha particles are discussed in terms of the current knowledge of exciton dynamics, which has been derived from a study of the photofluorescence of crystals such as anthracene and tetracene. The scintillation of tetracene excited by 4.4-MeV alpha particles incident in a direction perpendicular to the ab plane has been studied

  5. Deep level defects and carrier removal due to proton and alpha particle irradiation of InP

    Microsoft Academic Search

    George C. Rybicki; Christian A. Zorman

    1994-01-01

    Deep level transient spectroscopy and capacitance voltage measurements of the defect introduction rates and carrier removal rates for 2 MeV proton and 2 MeV alpha particle irradiations in p-type InP have been performed. The carrier removal rate for 2 MeV protons was 6500 cm?1 and for 2 MeV alpha particles was 73 400 cm?1, or 12 times higher. The defect

  6. Detection of charged particles emitted by electrolytically induced cold nuclear fusion

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ryoichi Taniguchi; Takao Yamamoto; Setsuko Irie

    1989-01-01

    An attempt was made to obtain evidence for electrolytically induced cold nuclear fusion by detecting charged particles associated with the nuclear reaction. Charged particles were detected by a conventional silicon surface barrier detector attached close to the thin foil cathode which formed the bottom of an electrolysis cell. The efficiency and signal-to-noise ratio of this system are higher than those

  7. Modification of arc emitted W particles in a model scrape-off layer plasma

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Laux, M.; Balden, M.; Siemroth, P.

    2014-04-01

    In fusion machines (like e.g. ASDEX Upgrade and JET) equipped with W-coated plasma facing components (PFCs) arc tracks are observed post-mortem and W particles are identified as a component of the dust. Results from laboratory arcing of W-coated PFC-material concerning the size, velocity and direction of macro-particles are combined with model calculations of the heating, cooling and evaporation of W particles flying through a simplified scrape-off layer (SOL) plasma to assess the role of arc-produced particles as a source of W impurities. W atoms or ions eroded from a macro-particle flying across the SOL plasma are not subject to prompt re-deposition onto a PFC. Therefore, macro-particles constitute an essential source of W in the SOL and may even result in an impurity input into the region of confined plasma if the particle succeeds in pathing the SOL and crosses the last closed flux surface. The main result of the modelling is that a W particle from the large-size end of the distribution obtained in laboratory arcing and having a typical velocity (also known from laboratory experiment) is able to pass a SOL of 10 cm thickness filled with a realistic plasma and, finally, inject a certain amount of W-material into the confined plasma region.

  8. A clear patch in the dark age Universe? Looking for reionization sources around two bright Ly-alpha emitting galaxies at z=7

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Castellano, Marco

    2014-10-01

    The last few years have seen a number of discoveries that provided the first glimpse of the Universe at z>7 using both space and ground-based telescopes. The spectroscopic determination of a significant decrease at z>6 of the Ly-alpha emitter fraction among Lyman break galaxies (LBGs) has been interpreted as evidence for a rapid increase of the neutral HI in the inter-galactic medium (IGM). Among the different lines of sight explored so far, the BDF field stands out as a peculiar area since it contains two bright, high EW, Ly-alpha emitting galaxies at z=7.008 and z=7.109. However, their UV luminosity is not sufficient to generate an ionized region large enough to explain the observability of their Ly-alpha lines: the close physical distance between the two objects (4.4Mpc) thus suggests that they might be included in the same, large HII bubble which is ionized thanks to contribution of a yet undetected population of fainter sources. Indeed, theoretical models predict that a factor of 4-10 overdensity of z-dropout galaxies with respect to the available, robust determinations of the z~7 UV LF, should be detected by pushing the detection limits to Y=27.5 (M(UV)=-19.5).A small investment of HST time will allow us to perform a direct test of these theoretical predictions by searching for additional ionizing sources through standard optical/near IR photometric criteria. With the proposed observations we will be able to confirm whether the BDF area is the first re-ionized "bubble'' ever detected in the early Universe. This will help us to understand the earliest phases of galaxy formation and see the process of reionization caught in the act.

  9. Absolute number of photons produced by alpha-particles in liquid and gaseous xenon

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miyajima, Mitsuhiro; Sasaki, Shinichi; Shibamura, Eido

    1992-02-01

    The Ws which is defined as an average energy expended per scintillation photon, was found to be 16.3 ± 0.3 eV for alpha-particles in liquid xenon, and 49.6 ± 1.1 eV in gaseous xenon, respectively. These results followed from the number of photoelectrons measured with a VUV sensitive photomultiplier tube, which was used as a photodiode. The number of photoelectrons from the photomultiplier photocathode was measured absolutely with a well calibrated charge sensitive amplifier system as a function of distance between the alpha-source and the photomultiplier photocathode. The detection geometries included both reflective and nonreflective walls. The data were well fitted to corresponding curves obtained with a Monte Carlo simulation, and yielded the total number of scintillation photons.

  10. Orbit-averaged drift kinetic equation for the study of alpha-particle transport in tokamaks

    SciTech Connect

    Sager, G.T.; Miley, G.H. (Illinois Univ., Urbana, IL (United States). Fusion Studies Lab.); Burrell, K.H. (General Atomics Co., San Diego, CA (United States))

    1990-11-01

    Neoclassical transport of minority suprathermal alpha particles is investigated. This paper departs from previous investigations in that (a) the banana-width ordering parameter {rho}{sub {theta}}/L is not formally restricted to be a small parameter and (b) a linearized collision operator that retains the effects of pitch-angle scattering, electron and ion drag, and speed diffusion is used. A step model approximation for the large-aspect-ratio, circular-cross-section tokamak magnetic field is adopted to simplify the orbit-averaging procedure. Assuming that the suprathermal alphas are in the banana regime, an asymptotic expansion in {tau}{sub B}/{tau}{sub S} {much lt} l is carried out.

  11. Electron-hole pair generation in SiC high-temperature alpha particle detectors

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Garcia, Timothy R.; Kumar, Ashutosh; Reinke, Benjamin; Blue, Thomas E.; Windl, Wolfgang

    2013-10-01

    We demonstrate alpha-particle detection in an n-type 4H-SiC Schottky diode detector up to a temperature of 500 °C using an Am-241 disc source. The measured spectra were used to calculate the electron-hole pair creation energy in 4H-SiC and its non-bandgap contribution, which are both found to decrease with increasing temperature. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the measured alpha-energy peaks was found to increase exponentially with temperature due to an exponential increase of leakage current. For our measurement system, above 300 °C, where the leakage current was 10-6 A, this increase exceeded the FWHM at room temperature.

  12. Electron-Hole Pair Generation in SiC High-Temperature Alpha Particle Detectors

    E-print Network

    Garcia, Timothy R; Reinke, Benjamin T; Blue, Thomas E; Windl, Wolfgang E

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate alpha-particle detection in an n-type 4H-SiC Schottky diode detector up to an unprecedented temperature of 500 {\\deg}C using an Am-241 disc source. The measured spectra were used to calculate the electron-hole pair creation energy in 4H-SiC and its non-bandgap contribution, which are both found to decrease with increasing temperature. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the measured alpha-energy peaks was found to increase exponentially with temperature due to an exponential increase of leakage current. For our measurement system, above 300 {\\deg}C, where the leakage current was 10-6 A, this increase exceeded the FWHM at room temperature.

  13. Red-Emitting Phosphor Particles with Spherical Shape, Dense Morphology, and High Luminescent Efficiency under Ultraviolet

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kang, Yun Chan; Roh, Hyun Sook; Park, Seung Bin; Jung, Kyeong Youl

    2004-08-01

    Gd2O3:Eu phosphor particles of spherical shape, filled morphology, and high brightness were prepared by large-scale spray pyrolysis. The morphology control of Gd2O3:Eu particles was attempted by adding organic precursors in a spray solution. The influence of chain length of organic additives and introduction of esterification reaction within the droplet on the morphological and luminescent characteristics of Gd2O3:Eu particles was studied. The particles prepared from aqueous solution with no organic additive showed the hollow and porous shell structure and poor brightness, while those particles prepared from solutions with only polyethylene glycol (PEG) exhibited relatively filled structure and high brightness. The longer the chain length of added PEG is, the better morphological and luminescence characteristics the particles showed. The introduction of esterification reaction within the droplet by adding citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) or PEG with various molecular weight enhanced the morphological characteristics and significantly improved photoluminescence characteristics regardless of chain length of PEG. The particles prepared from solution containing 0.1 M CA and 0.1 M PEG (M.W. 1500) showed the maximum photoluminescence intensity, which was 148% that of commercial product.

  14. Beams of protons and alpha particles greater than approximately 30 keV/charge from the earth's bow shock

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Scholer, M.; Ipavich, F. M.; Gloeckler, G.

    1981-01-01

    Two beamlike particle events (30 keV/charge to 160 keV/charge) upstream of the earth's bow shock have been investigated with the Max-Planck-Institut/University of Maryland ultralow energy and charge analyzer on ISEE 1. These beams consist of protons as well as of alpha particles, and the spectra are generally steep and are decreasing with increasing energy. During one event the spectra of both protons and alpha particles have a maximum at approximately 65 keV/charge. During these events, the interplanetary magnetic field through the satellite position was almost tangent to the bow shock, and application of the theory of acceleration predicts acceleration of a solar wind particle up to 60 keV/nucleon in a single reflection. The observation of reflected protons as well as alpha particles has implications for the physical reflection process usually not discussed in acceleration theories.

  15. Investigations of factors affecting the use of uranium metal as a source of alpha particles for the evaluation of alpha track detectors

    E-print Network

    Voirin, Marc

    1994-01-01

    , an uranium foil was used as the alpha particle source. The foil created new problems which needed to be studied in detail. Among these problems, the effect of the thickness of the oxide layer on the uranium metal foil surface was the most important. To study...

  16. Investigations of factors affecting the use of uranium metal as a source of alpha particles for the evaluation of alpha track detectors 

    E-print Network

    Voirin, Marc

    1994-01-01

    , an uranium foil was used as the alpha particle source. The foil created new problems which needed to be studied in detail. Among these problems, the effect of the thickness of the oxide layer on the uranium metal foil surface was the most important. To study...

  17. Trajectory of a test particle around a slowly rotating relativistic star emitting isotropic radiation

    SciTech Connect

    Oh, Jae Sok; Kim, Hongsu; Lee, Hyung Mok [Department of Physics and Astronomy, FPRD, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of); Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Daejeon 305-348 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics and Astronomy, FPRD, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-04-15

    We explored the motion of test particles near slowly rotating relativistic star having a uniform luminosity. In order to derive the test particle's equations of motion, we made use of the radiation stress-energy tensor first constructed by Miller and Lamb. From the particle's trajectory obtained through the numerical integration of the equations of motion, it is found that for sufficiently high luminosity, 'suspension orbit' exists, where the test particle hovers around at uniform angular velocity in the same direction as the star's spin. Interestingly, it turned out that the radial position of the suspension orbit was determined by the luminosity and the angular momentum of the star alone and was independent of the initial positions and the specific angular momentum of the particle. Also found is that there exist not only the radiation drag but also 'radiation counter drag', which depends on the stellar radius and the angular momentum, and it is this radiation counterdrag that makes the test particle in the suspension orbit hover around at a uniform angular velocity that is greater than that induced by the Lense-Thirring effect (i.e., general relativistic dragging of inertial frame).

  18. Chemistry of Rocks and Soils in Gusev Crater from the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gellert, R.; Rieder, R.; Anderson, R. C.; Brueckner, J.; Clark, B. C.; Dreibus, G.; Economou, T.; Klingelhoefer, G.; Lugmair, G. W.; Ming, D. W.

    2005-01-01

    The alpha particle x-ray spectrometer on the Spirit rover determined major and minor elements of soils and rocks in Gusev crater in order to unravel the crustal evolution of planet Mars. The composition of soils is similar to those at previous landing sites, as a result of global mixing and distribution by dust storms. Rocks (fresh surfaces exposed by the rock abrasion tool) resemble volcanic rocks of primitive basaltic composition with low intrinsic potassium contents. High abundance of bromine (up to 170 parts per million) in rocks may indicate the alteration of surfaces formed during a past period of aqueous activity in Gusev crater.

  19. Damage of EUV optical coatings induced by alpha-particles bombardment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pelizzo, M. G.; Zuccon, S.; Napolitani, E.; Corso, A. J.; Zuppella, P.; Tessarolo, E.; Nardello, M.; Gerlin, F.; Naletto, G.; Fineschi, S.; Antonucci, E.

    2014-09-01

    Future solar missions will investigate the Sun from very close distances and optical components are constantly exposed to low energy ions irradiation. Single layer thin films as well as extreme ultraviolet multilayer coatings have been exposed to low energy alpha particles (4keV). In order to change the total dose accumulated, for each ion fluency the time of exposure was varied. The experiment was carried out considering typical doses accumulated during the ESA Solar Orbiter mission. Results show that ion implantation affects the performances of both single and multilayer coatings.

  20. Chemistry of rocks and soils in Gusev Crater from the alpha particle x-ray spectrometer.

    PubMed

    Gellert, R; Rieder, R; Anderson, R C; Brückner, J; Clark, B C; Dreibus, G; Economou, T; Klingelhöfer, G; Lugmair, G W; Ming, D W; Squyres, S W; D'Uston, C; Wänke, H; Yen, A; Zipfel, J

    2004-08-01

    The alpha particle x-ray spectrometer on the Spirit rover determined major and minor elements of soils and rocks in Gusev crater in order to unravel the crustal evolution of planet Mars. The composition of soils is similar to those at previous landing sites, as a result of global mixing and distribution by dust storms. Rocks (fresh surfaces exposed by the rock abrasion tool) resemble volcanic rocks of primitive basaltic composition with low intrinsic potassium contents. High abundance of bromine (up to 170 parts per million) in rocks may indicate the alteration of surfaces formed during a past period of aqueous activity in Gusev crater. PMID:15297665

  1. Chemistry of rocks and soils at Meridiani Planum from the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer.

    PubMed

    Rieder, R; Gellert, R; Anderson, R C; Brückner, J; Clark, B C; Dreibus, G; Economou, T; Klingelhöfer, G; Lugmair, G W; Ming, D W; Squyres, S W; d'Uston, C; Wänke, H; Yen, A; Zipfel, J

    2004-12-01

    The Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer on the Opportunity rover determined major and minor elements of soils and rocks in Meridiani Planum. Chemical compositions differentiate between basaltic rocks, evaporite-rich rocks, basaltic soils, and hematite-rich soils. Although soils are compositionally similar to those at previous landing sites, differences in iron and some minor element concentrations signify the addition of local components. Rocky outcrops are rich in sulfur and variably enriched in bromine relative to chlorine. The interaction with water in the past is indicated by the chemical features in rocks and soils at this site. PMID:15576611

  2. A Metastable Alpha-Particle Irradiation Induced Defect in n-GaAs

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Auret, F.; Erasmus, Rudolph; Goodman, Stewart

    1994-04-01

    We report the introduction and characterization of a metastable alpha-particle irradiation induced defect, E?8, in n-GaAs by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) using Schottky barrier diodes. The E?8 defect, with an energy level 0.18 eV below the conduction band, as determined by low-field DLTS measurements, could be reversibly transformed (removed and re-introduced) by employing zero and reverse bias anneals, respectively, in the 100 140 K temperature range. The transformation kinetics of E?8 displayed first order behaviour and was found to be charge state dependant.

  3. Mapping alpha-Particle X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (Map-X)

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Blake, D. F.; Sarrazin, P.; Bristow, T.

    2014-01-01

    Many planetary surface processes (like physical and chemical weathering, water activity, diagenesis, low-temperature or impact metamorphism, and biogenic activity) leave traces of their actions as features in the size range 10s to 100s of micron. The Mapping alpha-particle X-ray Spectrometer ("Map-X") is intended to provide chemical imaging at 2 orders of magnitude higher spatial resolution than previously flown instruments, yielding elemental chemistry at or below the scale length where many relict physical, chemical, and biological features can be imaged and interpreted in ancient rocks.

  4. The Evolution of Ly-alpha Emitting Galaxies Between z = 2.1 and z = 3.l

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Ciardullo, Robin; Gronwall,Caryl; Wolf, Christopher; McCathran, Emily; Bond, Nicholas A.; Gawiser, Eric; Guaita, Lucia; Feldmeier, John J.; Treister, Ezequiel; Padilla, Nelson; Francke, Harold; Matkovic, Ana; Altmann, Martin; Herrera, David

    2011-01-01

    We describe the results of a new, wide-field survey for z= 3.1 Ly-alpha emission-line galaxies (LAEs) in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South (ECDF-S). By using a nearly top-hat 5010 Angstrom filter and complementary broadband photometry from the MUSYC survey, we identify a complete sample of 141 objects with monochromatic fluxes brighter than 2.4E-17 ergs/cm^2/s and observers-frame equivalent widths greater than 80 Angstroms (i.e., 20 Angstroms in the rest-frame of Ly-alpha). The bright-end of this dataset is dominated by x-ray sources and foreground objects with GALEX detections, but when these interlopers are removed, we are still left with a sample of 130 LAE candidates, 39 of which have spectroscopic confirmations. This sample overlaps the set of objects found in an earlier ECDF-S survey, but due to our filter's redder bandpass, it also includes 68 previously uncataloged sources. We confirm earlier measurements of the z=3.1 LAE emission-line luminosity function, and show that an apparent anti-correlation between equivalent width and continuum brightness is likely due to the effect of correlated errors in our heteroskedastic dataset. Finally, we compare the properties of z=3.1 LAEs to LAEs found at z=2.1. We show that in the approximately 1 Gyr after z approximately 3, the LAE luminosity function evolved significantly, with L * fading by approximately 0.4 mag, the number density of sources with L greater than 1.5E42 ergs/s declining by approximately 50%, and the equivalent width scalelength contracting from 70^{+7}_{-5} Angstroms to 50^{+9}_{-6} Angstroms. When combined with literature results, our observations demonstrate that over the redshift range z approximately 0 to z approximately 4, LAEs contain less than approximately 10% of the star-formation rate density of the universe.

  5. Effects of pre-equilibrium nucleon emission on excitation functions of various reactions in vanadium induced by alpha particles

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N L Singh; S Mukherjee; A V Mohan Rao; L Chaturvedi; P P Singh

    1995-01-01

    Excitation functions for the 51V(( alpha ,n), ( alpha ,3n), ( alpha ,p3n), ( alpha ,p6n), ( alpha , alpha 3n), ( alpha , alpha 2pn), ( alpha ,2 alpha ), ( alpha ,2 alpha n) and ( alpha ,2 alpha 3n)) reactions have been measured up to 120 MeV using the stacked foil technique with a view to improving

  6. Comparitive Ionization Energies for Protons, Deuterons and Alpha Particles in High Purity Germanium and Si(Li) Nuclear Radiation Detectors

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Martini; T. W. Raudorf; W. R. Stott; J. C. Waddington

    1975-01-01

    Relative measurements of the average energy, ¿, expended for electron-hole pair generation in silicon and high purity germanium detectors were made using 10 to 19 MeV proton, deuteron and alpha particle beams. The results show that ¿ is constant for different particles in high purity germanium detectors but not in silicon detectors. A model is presented which could explain both

  7. Alfven waves, alpha particles, and pickup ions in the solar wind

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Goldstein, B. E.; Neugebauer, M.; Smith, E. J.

    1995-01-01

    Past studies of the properties of Alfven waves in the solar wind have indicated that (1) the amplitude of the velocity fluctuations is almost always smaller than expected on the basis of the amplitude of the field fluctuations, even when the anisotropy of the plasma is taken into account, and (2) the alpha particles do not participate in the wave motions because they 'surf' on the waves carried by the proton fluid. Ulysses data are used to demonstrate that (1) the discrepancy between the velocity and field fluctuations is greater at high heliographic latitudes than in the ecliptic plane, and (2) the alphas do participate in the waves, being either in phase or out of phase with the proton motions depending on whether the differential flow speed between the alphas and protons is greater than or less than the 'observed' wave speed, B(sub o)(delta v squared / delta B squared)exp 1/2, as determined from the ratio of the amplitudes of the velocity and magnetic fluctuations. It is proposed that the modification of Alfven wave propagation speed is due to pressure anisotropies resulting from asymmetric distributions of interstellar pickup ions. If the proposed explanation is correct, it indicates that scattering of pickup ions onto a (bi)spherical shell may not be as complete as generally supposed.

  8. Alpha particle beam interactions with Fe-based FeCo-based amorphous magnets

    SciTech Connect

    Sorescu, M. [Duquesne Univ., Pittsburgh, PA (United States). Physics Dept.; Barb, D. [Inst. of Atomic Physics, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania)

    1997-12-01

    Samples of Fe{sub 78}B{sub 13}Si{sub 9} and Fe{sub 66}Co{sub 18}B{sub 15}Si{sub 1} metallic glasses were irradiated with alpha particle beams (W = 2.8 MeV) using radiation doses of 10{sup 16} and 10{sup 17} cm{sup {minus}2}. Irradiation-induced effects on the magnetic and structural properties of alloy samples were studied by transmission and conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy. The evolution of phases and microstructure during the radiation-induced amorphous-to-crystalline transformation was found to depend on the particle flux and sample composition. Differences between bulk and surface irradiation behaviors were demonstrated.

  9. Quantum 1/f noise in non-degerate semiconductors and emission statistics of alpha particles

    SciTech Connect

    Kousik, G.S.

    1985-01-01

    Charged particle scattering is accompanied by the emission of soft photons. Handel's theory of 1/f noise, based on the infrared divergent coupling of the system to the electromagnetic field or other elementary excitations, states that the current associated with a beam of scattered particles will exhibit 1/f noise. The fraction of the particles scattered with an energy loss epsilon to soft photon emission is proportional to 1/epsilon and herein lies the origin of the quantum theory of 1/f noise. The 1/f noise caused by mobility fluctuations in semiconductors is related to the scattering cross section fluctuation given by Handel's theory, through the relaxation time. Chapters Two through Five of this dissertation presents the results of the detailed calculation of mobility fluctuation 1/f noise and Hooge parameter in nondegenerate semiconductors. Numerical results are given for silicon and gallium arsenide. Data obtained from extensive measurements on counting techniques for alpha-particles radioactive decay from a source containing /sub 94/Pu/sup 239/, /sub 95/Am/sup 241/ and /sub 96/Cm/sup 244/ are presented in Chapters Six and Seven of this dissertation. These data show that the statistics are non-Poissonian for large counting times (of the order of 1000 minutes) contrary to the popular belief that alpha-decay is an example of Poissonian statistics. Measurements of the Allan variance indicated the presence of a slow Lorentzian flicker noise and 1/f noise and the magnitude of the noise for large counting times is considerably larger than that predicted by Poissonian statistics.

  10. Ly{alpha}-EMITTING GALAXIES AT z = 2.1 IN ECDF-S: BUILDING BLOCKS OF TYPICAL PRESENT-DAY GALAXIES?

    SciTech Connect

    Guaita, Lucia; Padilla, Nelson; Francke, Harold [Departmento de Astronomia y Astrofisica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago (Chile); Gawiser, Eric; Bond, Nicholas A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (United States); Gronwall, Caryl; Ciardullo, Robin; Sinawa, Shawn [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State University, State College, PA 16802 (United States); Feldmeier, John J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH 44555-2001 (United States); Blanc, Guillermo A. [Department of Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States); Virani, Shanil, E-mail: lguaita@astro.puc.c [Department of Astronomy, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8101 (United States)

    2010-05-01

    We discovered a sample of 250 Ly{alpha} emitting (LAE) galaxies at z {approx_equal} 2.1 in an ultra-deep 3727 A narrow-band MUSYC image of the Extended Chandra Deep Field-South. The LAEs were selected to have rest-frame equivalent widths (EWs) >20 A and emission-line fluxes F{sub Ly{alpha}>}2.0 x 10{sup -17} erg cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}, after carefully subtracting the continuum contributions from narrow-band photometry. The median emission-line flux of our sample is F{sub Ly{alpha}} = 4.2 x 10{sup -17} erg cm{sup -2} s{sup -1}, corresponding to a median Ly{alpha} luminosity L{sub Ly{alpha}} = 1.3 x 10{sup 42} erg s{sup -1} at z {approx_equal} 2.1. At this flux, our sample is {>=}90% complete. Approximately 4% of the original NB-selected candidates were detected in X-rays by Chandra, and 7% were detected in the rest-frame far-UV by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer; these objects were eliminated to minimize contamination by active galactic nuclei and low-redshift galaxies. At L{sub Ly{alpha} {>=}} 1.3 x 10{sup 42} erg s{sup -1}, the EW distribution is unbiased and is represented by an exponential with scale-length 83 {+-}10 A. Above this same luminosity threshold, we find a number density of 1.5 {+-} 0.5 x 10{sup -3} Mpc{sup -3}. Neither the number density of LAEs nor the scale-length of their EW distribution show significant evolution from z {approx_equal} 3 to z {approx_equal} 2. We used the rest-frame UV luminosity to estimate a median star formation rate of 4 M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}. The median rest-frame UV slope, parameterized by the color B - R, is typical of dust-free, 0.5-1 Gyr old or moderately dusty, 300-500 Myr old population. Approximately 30% of our sample is consistent with being very young (age <100 Myr) galaxies without dust. Approximately 40% of the sample occupies the z {approx} 2 star-forming galaxy locus in the UVR two-color diagram, but the true percentage could be significantly higher taking into account photometric errors. Clustering analysis reveals that LAEs at z {approx_equal} 2.1 have r{sub 0} = 4.8 {+-} 0.9 Mpc, corresponding to a bias factor b = 1.8 {+-} 0.3. This implies that z {approx_equal} 2.1 LAEs reside in dark matter halos with median masses log(M/M{sub sun}) = 11.5{sup +0.4}{sub -0.5}, which are among the lowest mass halos yet probed at this redshift. We used the Sheth and Tormen conditional mass function to study the descendants of these LAEs and found that their typical present-day descendants are local galaxies with L* properties, like the Milky Way.

  11. [Characteristics of water soluble inorganic ions in fine particles emitted from coal-fired power plants].

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    Duan, Lei; Ma, Zi-Zhen; Li, Zhen; Jiang, Jing-Kun; Ye, Zhi-Xiang

    2015-03-01

    Currently, China suffers from serious pollution of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). Coal-fired power plant is one of the most important sources of PM2.5 in the atmosphere. To achieve the national goals of total emission reductions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NO(x)) during the 11th and 12th Five-Year Plan, most of coal-fired power plants in China have installed or will install flue gas desulfurization (FGD) and flue gas denitrification (DNO(x)) systems. As a result, the secondary PM2.5, generated from gaseous pollutants in the atmosphere, would be decreased. However, the physical and chemical characteristics of PM2.5 in flue gas would be affected, and the emission of primary PM2.5 might be increased. This paper summarized the size distributions of PM2.5 and its water soluble ions emitted from coal-fired power plants, and highlighted the effects of FGD and DNO(x) on PM2.5 emission, especially on water soluble ions (such as SO4(2-), Ca2+ and NH4+) in PM2.5. Under the current condition of serious PM2.5 pollution and wide application of FGD and DNO(x), quantitative study on the effects of FGD and DNO(x) installation on emission characteristics of PM2.5 from coal-fired power plants is of great necessity. PMID:25929084

  12. Results of the Alpha-Particle-X-Ray Spectrometer on Board of the Mars Exploration Rovers

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    Geller, R.; Zipfel, J.; Brueckner, J.; Dreibus, G.; Lugmair, G.; Rieder, R.; Waenke, H.; Klingelhoefer, G.; Clark, B. C.; Ming, D. W.

    2005-01-01

    The Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed at Gusev crater and Meridiani Planum. The Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) is part of the instrument suite on both rovers. It is equipped with six 244Cm sources which provide x-ray excitation with alpha-particles (PIXE) and x-ray radiation (XRF). This combination allows x-ray spectroscopy of elements from Na to Br in the energy range of 0.9 to 16 keV. X-ray detectors with a high energy resolution of 160 eV at Fe K allow us to separate even closely spaced energy peaks, such as Na, Mg, Al and Si. The APXS is attached to the rover s arm and provides in-situ measurements of the chemical composition of soils, surfaces of rocks and outcrops and their abraded surfaces. This abstract gives an overview of APXS results obtained during the first year of operation on both landing sites.

  13. Controlling the velocities and the number of emitted particles in the tunneling to open space dynamics

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    Lode, Axel U. J.; Klaiman, Shachar; Alon, Ofir E.; Streltsov, Alexej I.; Cederbaum, Lorenz S.

    2014-05-01

    A scheme to control the many-boson tunneling process from a trap through a potential barrier to open space is devised and demonstrated. The number of ejected particles and their velocities can be controlled by two parameters, the threshold of the potential and the interparticle interaction. Employing a recently developed efficient many-body method, results for two, three, and one hundred interacting bosons in one spatial dimension can be computed numerically exactly, solving thereby an intricate problem of general interest. It is shown that the control scheme devised for the many-boson tunneling process performs very well for the dynamics of the momentum density, the correlations, and the coherence, as well as for the number of particles remaining in the trap. To interpret the many-body tunneling process, a transparent model assembling the many-body process from single-particle emission processes is derived. Analysis of the energetics of available decay channels together with the numerical results rules out the situation of two (or more) bosons tunneling together to open space. The present investigation generalizes the findings reported by us [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109, 13521 (2012), 10.1073/pnas.1201345109] for many-boson tunneling to open space in the absence of a threshold.

  14. Non-equilibrium effects in alpha-particle-induced reactions in light, medium and heavy nuclei up to 120 MeV

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    J. Rama Rao; A. V. Mohan Rao; S. Mukherjee; R. Upadhyay; N. L. Singh; S. Agarwal; L. Chaturvedi; P. P. Singh

    1987-01-01

    Alpha-particle-induced reactions on the target elements vanadium, niobium and holmium were investigated in the energy range from 10 to 120 MeV, using the foil stack activation technique and Ge(Li) gamma-ray spectroscopy. The excitation functions of six reactions of the ( alpha , xn) type were studied, of which three reactions 51V( alpha ,n)54Mn, 165Ho( alpha ,2n)167Tm and 165Ho( alpha ,4n)165Tm

  15. Feasibility study on the use of polyallyldiglycol-carbonate cell dishes in TUNEL assay for alpha particle radiobiological experiments

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    Chan, K. F.; Yum, E. H. W.; Wan, C. K.; Fong, W. F.; Yu, K. N.

    2007-08-01

    In the present work, we have studied the feasibility of a method based on polyallyldiglycol-carbonate (PADC) films to investigate the effects of alpha particles on HeLa cervix cancer cells. Thin PADC films with thickness of about 20 ?m were prepared from commercially available CR-39 films by chemical etching to fabricate custom-made petri dishes for cell culture, which could accurately record alpha particle hit positions. A special method involving "base tracks" for aligning the images of cell nuclei and alpha particle hits has been proposed, so that alpha particle transversals of cell nuclei can be visually counted. Radiobiological experiments were carried out to induce DNA damages, with the TdT-mediated d UTP Nick- End Labeling (TUNEL) fluorescence method employed to detect DNA strand breaks. The staining results were investigated by flow cytometer. The preliminary results showed that more strand breaks occurred in cells hit by alpha particles with lower energies. Moreover, large TUNEL positive signals were obtained even with small percentages of cells irradiated and TUNEL signals were also obtained from non-targeted cells. These provided evidence for the bystander effect.

  16. Scattering of 42 MeV alpha particles from copper-65

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    Stewart, W. M.; Seth, K. K.

    1973-01-01

    Beams of 42-MeV alpha particles were elastically and inelastically scattered from Cu-65 in an attempt to excite states which may be described in terms of an excited core model. Angular distributions were measured for 17 excited states. Seven of the excited states had angular distributions similar to a core quadrupole excitation and eight of the excited states had angular distributions similar to a core octupole excitation. The excited state at 2.858 MeV had an angular distribution which suggests that it may have results from the particle coupling to a two-phonon core state. An extended particle-core coupling calculation was performed and the predicted energy levels and reduced transition probabilities compared to the experimental data. The low lying levels are described quite well and the wavefunctions of these states explain the large spectroscopic factors measured in stripping reactions. For Cu-65 the coupling of the particle to the core is no larger weak as in the simpler model, and configuration mixing results.

  17. Differential Effects of Alpha-Particle Radiation and X-Irradiation on Genes Associated with Apoptosis

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    Chauhan, Vinita; Howland, Matthew; Chen, Jeremy; Kutzner, Barbara; Wilkins, Ruth C.

    2011-01-01

    This study examined differential effects of alpha-(?-) particle radiation and X-rays on apoptosis and associated changes in gene expression. Human monocytic cells were exposed to ?-particle radiation and X-rays from 0 to 1.5?Gy. Four days postexposure, cell death was measured by flow cytometry and 84 genes related to apoptosis were analyzed using real-time PCR. On average, 33% of the cells were apoptotic at 1.5?Gy of ?-particle radiation. Transcript profiling showed statistical expression of 15 genes at all three doses tested. Cells exposed to X-rays were <5% apoptotic at ~1.5?Gy and induced less than a 2-fold expression in 6 apoptotic genes at the higher doses of radiation. Among these 6 genes, Fas and TNF-? were common to the ?-irradiated cells. This data suggests that ?-particle radiation initiates cell death by TNF-? and Fas activation and through intermediate signalling mediators that are distinct from X-irradiated cells. PMID:22091383

  18. Alpha-particle-driven instability of alfven waves in a tandem mirror. Final summary report, 21 February-20 May 1985

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    Ho, S.K.

    1985-08-20

    Alpha particles born at D-T fusion are mirror confined in the tandem mirror due to their relatively high energy. Therefore, they have a loss-cone type distribution in the velocity space. This anisotropy is susceptible to microinstability. The objective of this work is to study the possible instability that can be driven by the alpha loss-cone. The low frequency (at the order of the ion cyclotron frequency) wave spectrum is studied to seek the waves that can be destabilized by the alphas. The radial mode structure is found for the growth rate calculation. The alpha particle distribution with a loss-cone is obtained from a Legendre function expansion and a diffusion front method. The growth rate of the instability is formulated from linear stability theory and computed numerically. A marginal stability boundary in the ion density and temperature parameters is calculated.

  19. Particles emitted from indoor combustion sources: size distribution measurement and chemical analysis.

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    Roy, A A; Baxla, S P; Gupta, Tarun; Bandyopadhyaya, R; Tripathi, S N

    2009-08-01

    This study is primarily focused toward measuring the particle size distribution and chemical analysis of particulate matter that originates from combustion sources typically found in Indian urban homes. Four such sources were selected: cigarette, incense stick, mosquito coil, and dhoop, the latter being actually a thick form of incense stick. Altogether, seven of the most popular brands available in the Indian market were tested. Particle size distribution in the smoke was measured using a scanning mobility particle sizer, using both long and nano forms of differential mobility analyzer (DMA), with readings averaged from four to six runs. The measurable particle size range of the nano DMA was 4.6 nm to 157.8 nm, whereas that of the long DMA was 15.7 nm to 637.8 nm. Therefore, readings obtained from the long and the nano DMA were compared for different brands as well as for different sources. An overlap was seen in the readings in the common range of measurement. The lowest value of peak concentration was seen for one brand of incense stick (0.9 x 10(6) cm(-3)), whereas the highest (7.1 x 10(6) cm(-3)) was seen for the dhoop. Generally, these sources showed a peak between 140 and 170 nm; however, 2 incense stick brands showed peaks at 79 nm and 89 nm. The dhoop showed results much different from the rest of the sources, with a mode at around 240 nm. Chemical analysis in terms of three heavy metals (cadmium, zinc, and lead) was performed using graphite tube atomizer and flame-atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Calculations were made to assess the expected cancer and noncancer risks, using published toxicity potentials for these three heavy metals. Our calculations revealed that all the sources showed lead concentrations much below the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) threshold limit value (TLV) level. One of the two mosquito coil brands (M(2)) showed cadmium concentrations two times higher than the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA) reference exposure level (REL). The latter also showed the highest carcinogenic risks of 350 people per million population. The amount of zinc obtained from the sources, however, was found to be quite below the standard limits, implying no risk in terms of zinc. PMID:19591538

  20. Combustion particles emitted during church services: implications for human respiratory health.

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    Chuang, Hsiao-Chi; Jones, Tim; BéruBé, Kelly

    2012-04-01

    Burning candles and incense generate particulate matter (PM) that produces poor indoor air quality and may cause human pulmonary problems. This study physically characterised combustion particles collected in a church during services. In addition, the emissions from five types of candles and two types of incense were investigated using a combustion chamber. The plasmid scission assay was used to determine the oxidative capacities of these church particles. The corresponding risk factor (CRf) was derived from the emission factor (Ef) and the oxidative DNA damage, and used to evaluate the relative respiratory exposure risks. Real-time PM measurements in the church during candle-incense burning services showed that the levels (91.6 ?g/m(3) for PM(10); 38.9 ?g/m(3) for PM(2.5)) exceeded the European Union (EU) air quality guidelines. The combustion chamber testing, using the same environmental conditions, showed that the incense Ef for both PM(10) (490.6-587.9 mg/g) and PM(2.5) (290.1-417.2 mg/g) exceeded that of candles; particularly the PM(2.5) emissions. These CRf results suggested that the exposure to significant amounts of incense PM could result in a higher risk of oxidative DNA adducts (27.4-32.8 times) than tobacco PM. The generation and subsequent inhalation of PM during church activities may therefore pose significant risks in terms of respiratory health effects. PMID:21831441

  1. Lyman alpha radiation in external galaxies

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    Neufeld, David A.; Mckee, Christopher F.

    1990-01-01

    The Ly alpha line of atomic hydrogen is often a luminous component of the radiation emitted by distant galaxies. Except for those galaxies which have a substantial central source of non-stellar ionizing radiation, most of the Ly alpha radiation emitted by galaxies is generated within regions of the interstellar medium which are photoionized by starlight. Conversely, much of the energy radiated by photoionized regions is carried by the Ly alpha line. Only hot, massive stars are capable of ionizing hydrogen in the interstellar medium which surrounds them, and because such stars are necessarily short-lived, Ly alpha emission traces regions of active star formation. Researchers argue that the strength of the Ly alpha emission observed from external galaxies may be used to estimate quantitatively the dust content of the emitting region, while the Ly alpha line profile is sensitive to the presence of shock waves. Interstellar dust particles and shock waves are intimately associated with the process of star formation in two senses. First, both dust particles and shock waves owe their existence to stellar activity; second, they may both serve as agents which facilitate the formation of stars, shocks by triggering gravitational instabilities in the interstellar gas that they compress, and dust by shielding star-forming molecular clouds from the ionizing and dissociative effects of external UV radiation. By using Ly alpha observations as a probe of the dust content in diffuse gas at high redshift, we might hope to learn about the earliest epochs of star formation.

  2. Design, spectrum measurements and simulations for a 238Pu alpha-particle irradiator for bystander effect and genomic instability experiments.

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    Hakanen, Arvi; Siiskonen, Teemu; Pöllänen, Roy; Kosunen, Antti; Turunen, Asko; Belyakov, Oleg

    2006-08-01

    Design, spectrum measurements and simulations for an alpha-particle irradiator for bystander effect and genomic instability experiments are presented. Measured alpha-particle energy spectra were used to confirm the characteristics of the source of the irradiator specified by the manufacturer of the source. The spectra were measured in vacuum with a high-resolution spectrometer and simulated with an AASI Monte Carlo code. As a next step, we simulated alpha-particle energy spectra at the target plane of the irradiator for three different source-to-target distances. In these simulations, helium was used as the medium between the source and the exit window of the irradiator; its pressure and temperature corresponded to those of the ambient air. Mean energies and full-widths at half-maximum (FWHM) were calculated for the three different helium gas tracks. PMID:16618543

  3. Development of a three-layer phoswich alpha-beta-gamma imaging detector

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    Yamamoto, Seiichi; Ishibashi, Hiroyuki

    2015-06-01

    For radiation monitoring at the sites of such nuclear power plant accidents as Fukushima Daiichi, radiation detectors are needed not only for gamma photons but also for alpha and beta particles because some nuclear fission products emit beta particles and gamma photons and some nuclear fuels contain plutonium that emits alpha particles. In some applications, imaging detectors are required to detect the distribution of plutonium particles that emit alpha particles and radiocesium in foods that emits beta particles and gamma photons. To solve these requirements, we developed an imaging detector that can measure the distribution of alpha and beta particles as well as gamma photons. The imaging detector consists of three-layer scintillators optically coupled to each other and to a position sensitive photomultiplier tube (PSPMT). The first layer, which is made of a thin plastic scintillator (decay time: ~5 ns), detects alpha particles. The second layer, which is made of a thin Gd2SiO5 (GSO) scintillator with 1.5 mol% Ce (decay time: 35 ns), detects beta particles. The third layer made of a thin GSO scintillator with 0.4 mol% Ce (decay time: 70 ns) detects gamma photons. Using pulse shape discrimination, the images of these layers can be separated. The position information is calculated by the Anger principle from 8×8 anode signals from the PSPMT. The images for the alpha and beta particles and the gamma photons are individually formed by the pulse shape discriminations for each layer. We detected alpha particle images in the first layer and beta particle images in the second layer. Gamma photon images were detected in the second and third layers. The spatial resolution for the alpha and beta particles was ~1.25 mm FWHM and less than 2 mm FWHM for the gamma photons. We conclude that our developed alpha-beta-gamma imaging detector is promising for imaging applications not only for the environmental monitoring of radionuclides but also for medical and molecular imaging.

  4. Study of the absorption coefficient of alpha particles to lower hybrid waves in tokamak

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    Wang, Jianbing; Zhang, Xianmei; Yu, Limin; Zhao, Xiang

    2014-02-01

    Part of the energy of the Lower Hybrid (LH) waves may be absorbed by the ? particles via the so-called perpendicular landau damping mechanism, which depends on various parameters of fusion reactors and the LH waves. In this article, we calculate the absorption coefficient ?? of LH waves due to ? particles. Results show that, the ?? increases with the parallel refraction index n? while deceases with increasing the frequency of LH waves ?LH over a wide range. Higher background plasma temperature and toroidal magnetic field will increase the absorption, and there is a peak value of ?? when ne?8×1019m-3 for ITER-like scenario. The thermal corrections to the cold plasma dispersion relation will change the damping rate to a certain extent under some specific conditions. We have also evaluated the fraction of LH power absorbed by the alpha particles, ? ? 0.47% and 4.1% for an LH frequency of 5 GHz and 3.7 GHz respectively for ITER-like scenario. This work gives the effective reference for the choice of parameters of future fusion reactors.

  5. Study of the absorption coefficient of alpha particles to lower hybrid waves in tokamak

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    Wang, Jianbing, E-mail: zhangxm@ecust.edu.cn; Zhang, Xianmei, E-mail: zhangxm@ecust.edu.cn; Yu, Limin, E-mail: zhangxm@ecust.edu.cn; Zhao, Xiang, E-mail: zhangxm@ecust.edu.cn [Department of Physics, East China University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 385, Shanghai 200237 (China)

    2014-02-12

    Part of the energy of the Lower Hybrid (LH) waves may be absorbed by the ? particles via the so-called perpendicular landau damping mechanism, which depends on various parameters of fusion reactors and the LH waves. In this article, we calculate the absorption coefficient ?{sub ?} of LH waves due to ? particles. Results show that, the ?{sub ?} increases with the parallel refraction index n{sub ?} while deceases with increasing the frequency of LH waves ?{sub LH} over a wide range. Higher background plasma temperature and toroidal magnetic field will increase the absorption, and there is a peak value of ?{sub ?} when n{sub e}?8×10{sup 19}m{sup ?3} for ITER-like scenario. The thermal corrections to the cold plasma dispersion relation will change the damping rate to a certain extent under some specific conditions. We have also evaluated the fraction of LH power absorbed by the alpha particles, ? ? 0.47% and 4.1% for an LH frequency of 5 GHz and 3.7 GHz respectively for ITER-like scenario. This work gives the effective reference for the choice of parameters of future fusion reactors.

  6. Emission rates and physico-chemical characteristics of Mn particles emitted by vehicles using Methylcyclopentadienyl Manganese Tricarbonyl (MMT) as an octane improver

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    Adriana Ardeleanu; Sylvain Loranger; Greg Kennedy; Gilles L'Espérance; Joseph Zayed

    1999-01-01

    Since 1990, methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl (MMT) has been added to all gasoline in Canada as an antiknock agent. The objective of this study is to determine the percentage of manganese emitted by different types of automobiles and to evaluate the size and chemical characteristics of the Mn-containing particles. Nine vehicles with different mileage and engine capacity were tested using standard

  7. Determination of sterols, estrogens and inorganic ions in waste water and size-segregated aerosol particles emitted from waste water treatment

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    Melanie Beck; Michael Radke

    2006-01-01

    Concentrations of steroids and inorganic ions were measured in waste water of an aerated sand trap as well as in aerosol particles emitted from this tank at the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) of Bayreuth, Germany, in January and February 2003. The investigations comprised seven sterols, two estrogens, and several inorganic ions. Since an appropriate method for the determination of

  8. An SiC\\/GaN Detector\\/Front-End Detection System for High-Resolution Alpha-Particle Spectroscopy

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    A. Pullia; G. Bertuccio; D. Maiocchi; S. Caccia; F. Zocca

    2008-01-01

    An alpha-particle spectrometer has been assembled, consisting of an epitaxial 50 mum thick 4H silicon carbide (SiC) detector connected to a gallium-nitride (GaN) high-electron mobility transistor (HEMT) used as input transistor of the front-end electronics. The depleted layer of the SiC diode detector was sufficient to stop all alpha particles in the 4.8-MeV to 5.8-MeV energy range. An excellent energy

  9. An alpha particle measurement system using an energetic neutral helium beam in ITER (invited)

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    Sasao, M.; Tanaka, N.; Terai, K.; Kaneko, O. [Graduate school of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Kisaki, M.; Kobuchi, T.; Tsumori, K.; Okamoto, A.; Kitajima, S. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Shinto, K. [IFMIF R and D Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho, Aomori 039-3212 (Japan); Wada, M. [Graduate School of Engineering, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan)

    2012-02-15

    An energetic helium neutral beam is involved in the beam neutralization measurement system of alpha particles confined in a DT fusion plasma. A full size strong-focusing He{sup +} ion source (2 A, the beam radius of 11.3 mm, the beam energy less than 20 keV). Present strong-focusing He{sup +} ion source shows an emittance diagram separated for each beamlet of multiple apertures without phase space mixing, despite the space charge of a beamlet is asymmetric and the beam flow is non-laminar. The emittance of beamlets in the peripheral region was larger than that of center. The heat load to the plasma electrode was studied to estimate the duty factor for the ITER application.

  10. Solar flare protons and alpha particles during the last three solar cycles

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    Goswami, J. N.; Mcguire, R. E.; Reedy, R. C.; Lal, D.; Jha, R.

    1988-01-01

    This paper presents solar-flare-associated proton and alpha-particle fluxes determined for major events from October 1972 through March 1987 (the period that represents the last part of solar cycle 20 and the whole of solar cycle 21), using data obtained by detectors on board the IMP-7 and IMP-8 satellites, along with earlier obtained data for cycle 20. It was found that the average omnidirectional flux of protons with kinetic energy above 10 MeV for cycle 21 (64/sq cm per sec) is lower than the corresponding number for cycle 20 (92/sq cm per sec) and for the cycle 19 (378/sq cm per sec). No definitive correlation was found to exist between cycle-averaged solar flare proton fluxes and peak sunspot numbers.

  11. Study of the beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of [sup 16]N

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    Zhao, Z.; France, R.H. III; Lai, K.S.; Gai, M. (A.W. Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory, Department of Physics, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06511 (United States)); Wilds, E.L. (Department of Physics, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06268 (United States)); Kryger, R.A.; Winger, J.A. (National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (United States)); Beard, K.B. (Department of Physics, Hampton University, Hampton, Virgina 23668 (United States))

    1993-07-01

    The beta-delayed alpha-particle emission of [sup 16]N has been studied, with [sup 16]N nuclei produced using 80 MeV/nucleon [sup 18]O beams on [sup 9]Be targets. The [sup 16]N secondary nuclei were mass analyzed and separated from the reaction products using the Michigan State University A1200 isotope separator. A detector array, including four thin surface barrier detectors, a [ital p]-[ital i]-[ital n] diode, a Ge gamma-ray detector, and a two-dimensional position sensitive parallel plate avalanche counter, was used for implantation and study of the separated nuclei. A beta-decay branching ratio of (1.3[plus minus]0.3)[times]10[sup [minus]5] to the 1[sup [minus

  12. Receiver calibration of the JET fast ion and alpha particle diagnostic

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    Machuzak, J.S.; Woskov, P.P. (MIT Plasma Fusion Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (United States)); Bindslev, H.; Comiskey, M.; Fessey, J.; Hoekzema, J.A.; Hughes, T.P. (JET Joint Undertaking, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3EA (United Kingdom)); Orsitto, F. (ENEA CRE Frascati (Italy))

    1992-10-01

    A collective Thomson scattering diagnostic is being implemented at JET to diagnose the velocity distribution and density of alpha particles and energetic ions. This diagnostic consists of a number of major subsystems including: a high-power 140-GHz gyrotron, a 32-channel 12-GHz bandwidth heterodyne receiver, efficient corrugated waveguide systems, variable polarizers, and in vacuum beam steering mirrors. Proper calibration of these subsystems for signal level losses, positioning, and polarization is imperative for the successful operation of the diagnostic and to facilitate the interpretation of the scattered data. A low-power Gunn oscillator was used to verify the polarization rotation induced by the seven miter bends in the receiver transmission line. The full bandwidth receiver front end losses, including the sapphire tokamak vacuum window, were initially calibrated by using the hot tokamak vessel wall as a blackbody source at approximately 310 {degree}C. Background ECE measurements will be presented.

  13. Propagation distance of the alpha-particle-induced bystander effect: the role of nuclear traversal and gap junction communication.

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    Gaillard, Sylvain; Pusset, David; de Toledo, Sonia M; Fromm, Michel; Azzam, Edouard I

    2009-05-01

    When cell populations are exposed to low-dose alpha-particle radiation, a significant fraction of the cells will not be traversed by a radiation track. However, stressful effects occur in both irradiated and bystander cells in the population. Characterizing these effects, and investigating their underlying mechanism(s), is critical to understanding human health risks associated with exposure to alpha particles. To this end, confluent normal human fibroblast cultures were grown on polyethylene terephthalate foil grafted to an ultrathin solid-state nuclear track detector and exposed under non-perturbing conditions to low-fluence alpha particles from a broadbeam irradiator. Irradiated and affected bystander cells were localized with micrometer precision. The stress-responsive protein p21(Waf1) (also known as CDKN1A) was induced in bystander cells within a 100-microm radius from an irradiated cell. The mean propagation distance ranged from 20 to 40 microm around the intranuclear alpha-particle impact point, which corresponds to a set of approximately 30 cells. Nuclear traversal, induced DNA damage, and gap junction communication were critical contributors to propagation of this stressful effect. The strategy described here may be ideal to investigate the size of radiation-affected target and the relative contribution of different cellular organelles to bystander effects induced by energetic particles, which is relevant to radioprotection and cancer radiotherapy. PMID:19580486

  14. Ly{alpha}-EMITTING GALAXIES AT z = 2.1: STELLAR MASSES, DUST, AND STAR FORMATION HISTORIES FROM SPECTRAL ENERGY DISTRIBUTION FITTING

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    Guaita, Lucia; Padilla, Nelson [Departmento de Astronomia y Astrofisica, Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago (Chile); Acquaviva, Viviana; Gawiser, Eric; Bond, Nicholas A.; Kurczynski, Peter [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854 (United States); Ciardullo, Robin; Gronwall, Caryl [Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Penn State University, State College, PA 16802 (United States); Treister, Ezequiel [Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States); Lira, Paulina [Departamento de Astronoma de la Universidad de Chile, Santiago (Chile); Schawinski, Kevin, E-mail: lguaita@astro.puc.cl, E-mail: lguai@astro.su.se [Department of Astronomy, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511 (United States)

    2011-06-01

    We study the physical properties of 216 z {approx_equal} 2.1 Ly{alpha}-emitting galaxies (LAEs) discovered in an ultra-deep narrow- MUSYC image of the ECDF-S. We fit their stacked spectral energy distribution (SED) using Charlot and Bruzual templates. We consider star formation histories (SFHs) parameterized by the e-folding time parameter {tau}, allowing for exponentially decreasing ({tau} > 0), exponentially increasing ({tau} < 0), and constant star formation rates (SFRs). We estimated the average flux at 5015 A of our LAE sample, finding a non-detection, which translates into negligible He II line emission at z {approx_equal} 2.1. In addition to this, the lack of high equivalent width (EW) Ly{alpha} line objects ruled out the hypothesis of a top-heavy initial mass function in LAEs. The typical LAEs of our sample are characterized by best-fit parameters and 68% confidence intervals of log(M{sub *}/M{sub sun}) = 8.6[8.4-9.1], E(B - V) = 0.22[0.00-0.31], {tau} = -0.02[(- 4)-18] Gyr, and age{sub SF} = 0.018[0.009-3] Gyr. Thus, we obtain robust measurements of low stellar mass and dust content, but we cannot place meaningful constraints on the age or SFH of the LAEs. We also calculate the instantaneous SFR to be 35[0.003-170] M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}, with its average over the last 100 Myr before observation giving (SFR){sub 100} = 4[2-30] M{sub sun} yr{sup -1}. When we compare the results for the same SFH, typical LAEs at z {approx_equal} 2.1 appear dustier and show higher instantaneous SFRs than z {approx_equal} 3.1 LAEs, while the observed stellar masses of the two samples seem consistent. Because the majority are low-mass galaxies, our typical LAEs appear to occupy the low-mass end of the distribution of star-forming galaxies at z {approx} 2. We perform SED fitting on several sub-samples selected based on photometric properties and find that LAE sub-samples at z {approx_equal} 2.1 exhibit heterogeneous properties. The typical IRAC-bright, UV-bright, and red LAEs have the largest stellar mass and dust reddening. The typical UV-faint, IRAC-faint, and high EW LAE sub-samples appear less massive (<10{sup 9} M{sub sun}) and less dusty, with E(B - V) consistent with zero.

  15. Radioactive Positron Emitter Production by Energetic Alpha Particles in Solar Flares

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    Murphy, R. J.; Kozlovsky, B.; Share, G. H.

    2014-12-01

    Measurements of the 0.511 MeV positron-annihilation line from solar flares are used to explore the flare process in general and ion acceleration in particular. In flares, positrons are produced primarily by the decay of radioactive positron-emitting isotopes resulting from nuclear interactions of flare-accelerated ions with ambient solar material. Kozlovsky et al. provided ion-energy-dependent production cross sections for 67 positron emitters evaluated from their threshold energies (some <1 MeV nucleon-1) to a GeV nucleon-1, incorporating them into a computer code for calculating positron-emitter production. Adequate cross-section measurements were available for proton reactions, but not for ?-particle reactions where only crude estimates were possible. Here we re-evaluate the ?-particle cross sections using new measurements and nuclear reaction codes. In typical large gamma-ray line flares, proton reactions dominate positron production, but ?-particle reactions will dominate for steeper accelerated-ion spectra because of their relatively low threshold energies. With the accelerated-3He reactions added previously, the code is now reliable for calculating positron production from any distribution of accelerated-ion energies, not just those of typical flares. We have made the code available in the online version of the Journal. We investigate which reactions, projectiles, and ion energies contribute to positron production. We calculate ratios of the annihilation-line fluence to fluences of other gamma-ray lines. Such ratios can be used in interpreting flare data and in determining which nuclear radiation is most sensitive for revealing acceleration of low-energy ions at the Sun.

  16. RADIOACTIVE POSITRON EMITTER PRODUCTION BY ENERGETIC ALPHA PARTICLES IN SOLAR FLARES

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    Murphy, R. J. [Code 7650, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Kozlovsky, B. [Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv (Israel); Share, G. H., E-mail: murphy@ssd5.nrl.navy.mil, E-mail: benz@wise.tau.ac.il, E-mail: share@astro.umd.edu [University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 (United States)

    2015-01-01

    Measurements of the 0.511 MeV positron-annihilation line from solar flares are used to explore the flare process in general and ion acceleration in particular. In flares, positrons are produced primarily by the decay of radioactive positron-emitting isotopes resulting from nuclear interactions of flare-accelerated ions with ambient solar material. Kozlovsky et al. provided ion-energy-dependent production cross sections for 67 positron emitters evaluated from their threshold energies (some <1 MeV nucleon{sup –1}) to a GeV nucleon{sup –1}, incorporating them into a computer code for calculating positron-emitter production. Adequate cross-section measurements were available for proton reactions, but not for ?-particle reactions where only crude estimates were possible. Here we re-evaluate the ?-particle cross sections using new measurements and nuclear reaction codes. In typical large gamma-ray line flares, proton reactions dominate positron production, but ?-particle reactions will dominate for steeper accelerated-ion spectra because of their relatively low threshold energies. With the accelerated-{sup 3}He reactions added previously, the code is now reliable for calculating positron production from any distribution of accelerated-ion energies, not just those of typical flares. We have made the code available in the online version of the Journal. We investigate which reactions, projectiles, and ion energies contribute to positron production. We calculate ratios of the annihilation-line fluence to fluences of other gamma-ray lines. Such ratios can be used in interpreting flare data and in determining which nuclear radiation is most sensitive for revealing acceleration of low-energy ions at the Sun.

  17. Biodistributions, myelosuppression, and toxicities in mice treated with an anti-CD45 antibody labeled with the alpha-emitting radionuclides bismuth-213 or astatine-211.

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    Nakamae, Hirohisa; Wilbur, D Scott; Hamlin, Donald K; Thakar, Monica S; Santos, Erlinda B; Fisher, Darrell R; Kenoyer, Aimee L; Pagel, John M; Press, Oliver W; Storb, Rainer; Sandmaier, Brenda M

    2009-03-15

    We previously investigated the potential of targeted radiotherapy using a bismuth-213 ((213)Bi)-labeled anti-CD45 antibody to replace total body irradiation as conditioning for hematopoietic cell transplantation in a canine model. Although this approach allowed sustained marrow engraftment, limited availability, high cost, and short half-life of (213)Bi induced us to investigate an alternative alpha-emitting radionuclide, astatine-211 ((211)At), for the same application. Biodistribution and toxicity studies were conducted with conjugates of the anti-murine CD45 antibody 30F11 with either (213)Bi or (211)At. Mice were injected with 2 to 50 muCi on 10 microg or 20 muCi on 2 or 40 microg of 30F11 conjugate. Biodistribution studies showed that the spleen contained the highest concentration of radioactivity, ranging from 167 +/- 23% to 417 +/- 109% injected dose/gram (% ID/g) after injection of the (211)At conjugate and 45 +/- 9% to 166 +/- 11% ID/g after injection of the (213)Bi conjugate. The higher concentrations observed for (211)At-labeled 30F11 were due to its longer half-life, which permitted better localization of isotope to the spleen before decay. (211)At was more effective at producing myelosuppression for the same quantity of injected radioactivity. All mice injected with 20 or 50 muCi (211)At, but none with the same quantities of (213)Bi, had lethal myeloablation. Severe reversible acute hepatic toxicity occurred with 50 muCi (213)Bi, but not with lower doses of (213)Bi or with any dose of (211)At. No renal toxicity occurred with either radionuclide. The data suggest that smaller quantities of (211)At-labeled anti-CD45 antibody are sufficient to achieve myelosuppression and myeloablation with less nonhematologic toxicity compared with (213)Bi-labeled antibody. PMID:19244101

  18. Alpha-quartz-induced chemokine expression by rat lung epithelial cells: effects of in vivo and in vitro particle exposure.

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    Driscoll, K. E.; Howard, B. W.; Carter, J. M.; Asquith, T.; Johnston, C.; Detilleux, P.; Kunkel, S. L.; Isfort, R. J.

    1996-01-01

    Chemokines are chemotactic cytokines that can play a key role in leukocyte recruitment to sites of tissue injury or infection. Previous studies have demonstrated that exposure to alpha-quartz as well as other noxious particles increases chemokine gene expression in rat lung, although the cells responsible for chemokine expression and the mechanisms underlying this response have remained unclear. The present studies demonstrate that exposure of rats to alpha-quartz induced expression of mRNA for the chemokine macrophage-inflammatory protein (MIP)-2 in epithelial cells lining the terminal bronchioles and alveolar ducts as well as macrophages and alveolar type II cells in the more distal lung. Treatment of rats with an anti-MIP-2 antiserum before alpha-quartz exposure markedly attenuated neutrophilic infiltration of the lungs demonstrating an important role for MIP-2 in alpha-quartz-induced pulmonary inflammation. In vitro exposure of primary cultures of rat alveolar type II cells or the rat alveolar type II cell line RLE-6TN to tumor necrosis factor-alpha, endotoxin, or alpha-quartz increased mRNA for MIP-2 as well as the structurally and functionally similar chemokine cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant but not the chemokine MIP-1 alpha. The alpha-quartz-induced increase in epithelial MIP-2 mRNA resulted, at least in part, from increased gene transcription and was associated with the release of active MIP-2 protein. Induction of RLE-6TN MIP-2 and cytokine-induced neutrophil chemoattractant mRNA expression was not unique to alpha-quartz, being also increased by crocidolite asbestus fibers but not by titanium dioxide or MMVF-10 glass fibers. These findings indicate that epithelial cells contribute to chemokine expression in rat lung after exposure to alpha-quartz and potentially other noxious particles and suggest that alpha-quartz-activated MIP-2 expression in vivo results, at least in part, from a direct action of the particles on the lung epithelium. Images Figure 1 Figure 3 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 PMID:8909252

  19. Time-dependent isospin composition of particles emitted in fission events following Ar40+Au197 at 35 MeV/u

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    Wang, R. S.; Zhang, Y.; Xiao, Z. G.; Tian, J. L.; Zhang, Y. X.; Wu, Q. H.; Duan, L. M.; Jin, G. M.; Hu, R. J.; Wang, S. F.; Li, Z. Y.; Wang, H. W.; Zhang, Z.; Yi, H.; Li, H. J.; Cheng, W. J.; Huang, Y.; Lü, L. M.

    2014-06-01

    Fission fragments resulting from the fission of target-like nuclei produced in the Ar40+Au197 reaction at 35 MeV/u are measured in coincidence with the emitted light charged particles (LCPs). Comparison of the N /Z composition of the LCPs at middle and large angles in the laboratory frame shows that particles emitted at smaller angles, which contain a larger contribution from dynamical emission, are more neutron rich. A moving-source model is used to fit the energy spectra of the hydrogen isotopes. A hierarchy from proton to deuteron and triton is observed in the multiplicity ratio between the intermediate velocity source and the compound nucleus source. This ratio is sensitive to the dynamical emission at early stages of the reaction and to statistical emission lasting up to the scission point. Calculations with the improved quantum molecular dynamics (ImQMD) transport-model qualitatively support the picture that more free and bound neutrons are emitted during the early stage, showing a clear dependence of N /Z on the parametrization of the symmetry energy. The time-dependent isospin composition of the emitted particles thus may be used to probe the symmetry energy at subsaturation densities.

  20. Kerr black hole parameters in terms of red/blue shifts of photons emitted by geodesic particles

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    Herrera-Aguilar, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    We are motivated by the recently reported dynamical evidence of stars with short orbital periods moving around the center of the Milky Way and the corresponding hypothesis about the existence of a supermassive black hole hosted at its center. In this paper we show how the mass and rotation parameters of a Kerr black hole (assuming that the putative supermassive black hole is of this type), as well as the distance that separates the black hole from the Earth, can be estimated in a relativistic way in terms of i) the red and blue shifts of photons that are emitted by geodesic massive particles (stars and galactic gas) and travel along null geodesics towards a distant observer, and ii) the radius of these star/gas orbits. As a concrete example and as a first step towards a full relativistic analysis of the above mentioned star orbits around the center of our galaxy, we consider stable equatorial circular orbits of stars and express their corresponding red/blue shifts in terms of the metric parameters (mass and a...

  1. 2948 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE, VOL. 39, NO. 11, NOVEMBER 2011 Simulation of Alpha Particles in Rotating Plasma

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    throat, and these electrodes limited the rotation speed to the Alfven critical ionization velocity (CIV2948 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE, VOL. 39, NO. 11, NOVEMBER 2011 Simulation of Alpha Particles in Rotating Plasma Interacting With a Stationary Ripple Abraham J. Fetterman and Nathaniel J

  2. Channeling of Fusion Alpha-Particle Power Using Minority Ion Catalysis A. I. Zhmoginov and N. J. Fisch

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    , with electrons kept cold, so that the effective fusion reactivity can be increased [9­11]. The meansChanneling of Fusion Alpha-Particle Power Using Minority Ion Catalysis A. I. Zhmoginov and N. J greatly facilitate controlled nuclear fusion. The parameter range for achieving this temperature disparity

  3. Lower hybrid instability driven by mono-energy {alpha}-particles with finite pitch angle spread in a plasma

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    Kumar, Pawan; Singh, Vishwesh; Tripathi, V. K. [Department of Physics, IIT Delhi, New Delhi-110016 (India)

    2013-02-15

    A kinetic formalism of lower hybrid wave instability, driven by mono-energy {alpha}-particles with finite pitch angle spread, is developed. The instability arises through cyclotron resonance interaction with high cyclotron harmonics of {alpha}-particles. The {alpha}-particles produced in D-T fusion reactions have huge Larmor radii ({approx}10 cm) as compared to the wavelength of the lower hybrid wave, whereas their speed is an order of magnitude smaller than the speed of light in vacuum. As a result, large parallel phase velocity lower hybrid waves, suitable for current drive in tokamak, are driven unstable via coupling to high cyclotron harmonics. The growth rate decreases with increase in pitch angle spread of the beam. At typical electron density of {approx}10{sup 19} m{sup -3}, magnetic field {approx}4 Tesla and {alpha}-particle concentration {approx}0.1%, the large parallel phase velocity lower hybrid wave grows on the time scale of 20 ion cyclotron periods. The growth rate decreases with plasma density.

  4. Determination of Geometry and Absorption Effects and Their Impact on the Accuracy of Alpha Particle Soft Error Rate Extrapolations

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    Robert C. Baumann; Daniele Radaelli

    2007-01-01

    The results of a physical experiment and extensive simulation runs are presented for the first time demonstrating the significant effects of geometry and air absorption on accelerated alpha particle soft error rate tests. These results show that geometry and absorption must be properly accounted for even when the source is in close proximity to the device to avoid substantial underestimation

  5. Production and evaluation of ZnS thin films by the MOCVD technique as alpha-particle detectors

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    H. Kashani

    1996-01-01

    Zinc sulphide thin films are deposited on several substrates such as glass, quartz, silicon, Teflon and Mylar. The chemical reaction of hydrogen sulphide with dimethylzinc is utilised for the deposition process. The optimum working conditions (deposition rate versus flow rate, temperature and pressure) are obtained. The acquired films are characterised and the films are examined for alpha-particle sensitivity. In general,

  6. I. Excluded Volume Effects in Ising Cluster Distributions and Nuclear Multifragmentation II. Multiple-Chance Effects in Alpha-Particle Evaporation

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    Breus, Dimitry E.

    2005-05-16

    In Part 1, geometric clusters of the Ising model are studied as possible model clusters for nuclear multifragmentation. These clusters may not be considered as non-interacting (ideal gas) due to excluded volume effect which predominantly is the artifact of the cluster's finite size. Interaction significantly complicates the use of clusters in the analysis of thermodynamic systems. Stillinger's theory is used as a basis for the analysis, which within the RFL (Reiss, Frisch, Lebowitz) fluid-of-spheres approximation produces a prediction for cluster concentrations well obeyed by geometric clusters of the Ising model. If thermodynamic condition of phase coexistence is met, these concentrations can be incorporated into a differential equation procedure of moderate complexity to elucidate the liquid-vapor phase diagram of the system with cluster interaction included. The drawback of increased complexity is outweighted by the reward of greater accuracy of the phase diagram, as it is demonstrated by the Ising model. A novel nuclear-cluster analysis procedure is developed by modifying Fisher's model to contain cluster interaction and employing the differential equation procedure to obtain thermodynamic variables. With this procedure applied to geometric clusters, the guidelines are developed to look for excluded volume effect in nuclear multifragmentation. In part 2, an explanation is offered for the recently observed oscillations in the energy spectra of {alpha}-particles emitted from hot compound nuclei. Contrary to what was previously expected, the oscillations are assumed to be caused by the multiple-chance nature of {alpha}-evaporation. In a semi-empirical fashion this assumption is successfully confirmed by a technique of two-spectra decomposition which treats experimental {alpha}-spectra has having contributions from at least two independent emitters. Building upon the success of the multiple-chance explanation of the oscillations, Moretto's single-chance evaporation theory is augmented to include multiple-chance emission and tested on experimental data to yield positive results.

  7. Evaluation of beta partical densitometry for determination of self-absorption factors in gross alpha and gross beta radioactivity measurements on air particulate filter samples 

    E-print Network

    Breida, Margaret A

    1994-01-01

    Alpha and beta particles emitted from radioactive material collected on an air filter may be significantly attenuated by the mass (thickness) of collected dust. In this study, we determined the mass or thickness of the ...

  8. Low doses of alpha particles do not induce sister chromatid exchanges in bystander Chinese hamster cells defective in homologous recombination

    SciTech Connect

    Nagasawa, H; Wilson, P F; Chen, D J; Thompson, L H; Bedford, J S; Little, J B

    2007-10-26

    We reported previously that the homologous recombinational repair (HRR)-deficient Chinese hamster mutant cell line irs3 (deficient in the Rad51 paralog Rad51C) showed only a 50% spontaneous frequency of sister chromatid exchange (SCE) as compared to parental wild-type V79 cells. Furthermore, when irradiated with very low doses of alpha particles, SCEs were not induced in irs3 cells, as compared to a prominent bystander effect observed in V79 cells (Nagasawa et al., Radiat. Res. 164, 141-147, 2005). In the present study, we examined additional Chinese hamster cell lines deficient in the Rad51 paralogs Rad51C, Rad51D, Xrcc2, and Xrcc3 as well as another essential HRR protein, Brca2. Spontaneous SCE frequencies in non-irradiated wild-type cell lines CHO, AA8 and V79 were 0.33 SCE/chromosome, whereas two Rad51C-deficient cell lines showed only 0.16 SCE/chromosome. Spontaneous SCE frequencies in cell lines defective in Rad51D, Xrcc2, Xrcc3, and Brca2 ranged from 0.23-0.33 SCE/chromosome, 0-30% lower than wild-type cells. SCEs were induced significantly 20-50% above spontaneous levels in wild-type cells exposed to a mean dose of 1.3 mGy of alpha particles (<1% of nuclei traversed by an alpha particle). However, induction of SCEs above spontaneous levels was minimal or absent after {alpha}-particle irradiation in all of the HRR-deficient cell lines. These data suggest that Brca2 and the Rad51 paralogs contribute to DNA damage repair processes induced in bystander cells (presumably oxidative damage repair in S-phase cells) following irradiation with very low doses of alpha particles.

  9. The effectiveness of an air cleaner in controlling droplet/aerosol particle dispersion emitted from a patient's mouth in the indoor environment of dental clinics

    PubMed Central

    Chen, Chun; Zhao, Bin; Cui, Weilin; Dong, Lei; An, Na; Ouyang, Xiangying

    2010-01-01

    Dental healthcare workers (DHCWs) are at high risk of occupational exposure to droplets and aerosol particles emitted from patients' mouths during treatment. We evaluated the effectiveness of an air cleaner in reducing droplet and aerosol contamination by positioning the device in four different locations in an actual dental clinic. We applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods to solve the governing equations of airflow, energy and dispersion of different-sized airborne droplets/aerosol particles. In a dental clinic, we measured the supply air velocity and temperature of the ventilation system, the airflow rate and the particle removal efficiency of the air cleaner to determine the boundary conditions for the CFD simulations. Our results indicate that use of an air cleaner in a dental clinic may be an effective method for reducing DHCWs' exposure to airborne droplets and aerosol particles. Further, we found that the probability of droplet/aerosol particle removal and the direction of airflow from the cleaner are both important control measures for droplet and aerosol contamination in a dental clinic. Thus, the distance between the air cleaner and droplet/aerosol particle source as well as the relative location of the air cleaner to both the source and the DHCW are important considerations for reducing DHCWs' exposure to droplets/aerosol particles emitted from the patient's mouth during treatments. PMID:20031985

  10. The effectiveness of an air cleaner in controlling droplet/aerosol particle dispersion emitted from a patient's mouth in the indoor environment of dental clinics.

    PubMed

    Chen, Chun; Zhao, Bin; Cui, Weilin; Dong, Lei; An, Na; Ouyang, Xiangying

    2010-07-01

    Dental healthcare workers (DHCWs) are at high risk of occupational exposure to droplets and aerosol particles emitted from patients' mouths during treatment. We evaluated the effectiveness of an air cleaner in reducing droplet and aerosol contamination by positioning the device in four different locations in an actual dental clinic. We applied computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods to solve the governing equations of airflow, energy and dispersion of different-sized airborne droplets/aerosol particles. In a dental clinic, we measured the supply air velocity and temperature of the ventilation system, the airflow rate and the particle removal efficiency of the air cleaner to determine the boundary conditions for the CFD simulations. Our results indicate that use of an air cleaner in a dental clinic may be an effective method for reducing DHCWs' exposure to airborne droplets and aerosol particles. Further, we found that the probability of droplet/aerosol particle removal and the direction of airflow from the cleaner are both important control measures for droplet and aerosol contamination in a dental clinic. Thus, the distance between the air cleaner and droplet/aerosol particle source as well as the relative location of the air cleaner to both the source and the DHCW are important considerations for reducing DHCWs' exposure to droplets/aerosol particles emitted from the patient's mouth during treatments. PMID:20031985

  11. Deceleration of Alpha Particles in the Solar Wind by Instabilities and the Rotational Force: Implications for Heating, Azimuthal Flow, and the Parker Spiral Magnetic Field

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    Verscharen, Daniel; Bourouaine, Sofiane; Hollweg, Joseph V

    2014-01-01

    Protons and alpha particles in the fast solar wind are only weakly collisional and exhibit a number of non-equilibrium features, including relative drifts between particle species. Two non-collisional mechanisms have been proposed for limiting differential flow between alpha particles and protons: plasma instabilities and the rotational force. Both mechanisms decelerate the alpha particles. In this paper, we derive an analytic expression for the rate $Q_{\\mathrm{flow}}$ at which energy is released by alpha-particle deceleration, accounting for azimuthal flow and conservation of total momentum. We find that $Q_{\\mathrm{flow}} > 0 $ at $r r_{\\mathrm{crit}}$. We compare the value of $Q_{\\mathrm{flow}}$ at $rUlysses spacecraft. We find that $Q_{\\mathrm{flow}}$ exceeds $Q_{\\alpha}$ at $r < 1\\,\\mathrm{AU}$, $Q_{...

  12. Evaluation of internal alpha-particle radiation exposure and subsequent fertility among a cohort of women formerly employed in the radium dial industry.

    PubMed

    Schieve, L A; Davis, F; Roeske, J; Handler, A; Freels, S; Stinchcomb, T; Keane, A

    1997-02-01

    This study examined the effect of internal exposure to alpha-particle radiation on subsequent fertility among women employed in the radium dial industry prior to 1930, when appreciable amounts of radium were often ingested through the practice of pointing the paint brush with the lips. The analysis was limited to women for whom a radium body burden measurement had been obtained and who were married prior to age 45 (n = 603). Internal radiation dose to the ovary was calculated based on initial intakes of radium-226 and radium-228, average ovarian mass, number and energy of alpha particles emitted, fraction of energy absorbed within the ovary, effective retention integrals and estimated photon irradiation. Time between marriage and pregnancy, number of pregnancies and number of live births served as surrogates for fertility. Radiation appeared to have no effect on fertility at estimated cumulative ovarian dose equivalents below 5 Sv; above this dose, however, statistically significant declines in both number of pregnancies and live births were observed. These trends persisted after multivariable adjustment for potential confounding variables and after exclusion of subjects contributing a potential classification or selection bias to the study. Additionally, the high-dose group experienced fewer live births than would have been expected based on population rates. There were no differences in time to first pregnancy between high- and low-dose groups. These results are consistent with earlier studies of gamma-ray exposures and suggest that exposure to high doses of radiation from internally deposited radium reduces fertility rather than inducing sterility. PMID:9008216

  13. Evaluation of internal alpha-particle radiation exposure and subsequent fertility among a cohort of women formerly employed in the radium dial industry

    SciTech Connect

    Schieve, L.A.; Davis, F.; Freels, S. [Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL (United States)] [and others

    1997-02-01

    This study examined the effect of internal exposure to {alpha}-particle radiation on subsequent fertility among women employed in radium dial industry prior to 1930, when appreciable amounts of radium were often ingested through the practice of pointing the paint brush with the lips. The analysis was limited to women for whom a radium body burden measurement had been obtained and who were married prior to age 45 (n = 603). Internal radiation dose to the ovary was calculated based on initial intakes of radium-226 and radium-228, average ovarian mass, number and energy of {alpha} particles emitted, fraction of energy absorbed within the ovary, effective retention integrals and estimated photon irradiation. Time between marriage and pregnancy, number of pregnancies and number of live births served as surrogates for fertility. Radiation appeared to have no effect on fertility at estimated cumulative ovarian dose equivalents below 5 Sv; above this dose, however, statistically significant declines in both number of pregnancies and live births were observed. These trends persisted after multivariable adjustment for potential confounding variables and after exclusion of subjects contributing a potential classification or selection bias to the study. Additionally, the high-dose group experienced fewer live births than would have been expected based on population rates. There were no differences in time to first pregnancy between high- and low-dose groups. These results are consistent with earlier studies of {gamma}-ray exposures and suggest that exposure to high doses of radiation from internally deposited radium reduces fertility rather than inducing sterility. 42 refs., 5 tabs.

  14. Alpha-Particle/Proton Differential Flow in the Solar Wind: Implications for Plasma Heating, Azimuthal Flow, and the Parker Spiral Magnetic Field

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    Verscharen, D.; Bourouaine, S.; Chandran, B. D. G.

    2014-12-01

    Protons and alpha particles in the fast solar wind are only weakly collisional and exhibit a number of non-equilibrium features, including temperature anisotropies and relative drifts along the direction of the background magnetic field. Two mechanisms have been proposed for limiting differential flow between alpha particles and protons: plasma instabilities and the rotational force. Both mechanisms decelerate the alpha particles - for example, the Alfvén/ion-cyclotron and fast-magnetosonic/whistler instabilities limit the drift velocity to a value comparable to the Alfvén speed, which decreases with increasing heliocentric distance r. However, while plasma instabilities transform bulk-flow kinetic energy into heat and plasma waves, the rotational force does not. We present an analytic expression for the rate Qflow at which energy is released when alpha particles are decelerated by instabilities. We find that Qflow becomes zero at a critical radius r=rcrit, where rcrit is between 1.5 AU and 2 AU in the fast solar wind in the ecliptic plane, and rcrit increases with increasing heliographic latitude. We show that instabilities control the deceleration of alpha particles at ralpha particles at r>rcrit. We compare the value of Qflow at ralpha particles deduced from in-situ measurements of fast-wind streams from the Helios and Ulysses spacecraft. We find that Qflow exceeds the empirical heating rate for alpha particles at r<1 AU. We conclude that the continuous energy input from alpha-particle deceleration at ralpha-particle drift for the azimuthal flow velocities of the ions and for the Parker spiral magnetic field.

  15. An alpha scintillation spectrometer

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    Yates, Ralph Aaron

    1952-01-01

    . Uranium 1'hick Uranium sources were tested to determine if any differences would exist between the oulse height distribution oi' thick Uranium and Thorium sources. Sources were prepared by placing small pieces of Uranium nitrate, UO2 (NO3)2 6H20, on a... phosphor covered light-piper. The ten different energy alpha particles that were emitted from the Uranium were blended into a continuous distribution, there being no apparent difference between this and the thick Thorium distribution. The same was true...

  16. An alpha scintillation spectrometer 

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    Yates, Ralph Aaron

    1952-01-01

    . Uranium 1'hick Uranium sources were tested to determine if any differences would exist between the oulse height distribution oi' thick Uranium and Thorium sources. Sources were prepared by placing small pieces of Uranium nitrate, UO2 (NO3)2 6H20, on a... phosphor covered light-piper. The ten different energy alpha particles that were emitted from the Uranium were blended into a continuous distribution, there being no apparent difference between this and the thick Thorium distribution. The same was true...

  17. Schottky barrier detectors on 4H-SiC n-type epitaxial layer for alpha particles

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    Chaudhuri, S. K.; Krishna, R. M.; Zavalla, K. J.; Mandal, K. C.

    2013-02-01

    Schottky barrier detectors have been fabricated on 50 ?m n-type 4H-SiC epitaxial layers grown on 360 ?m SiC substrates by depositing ?10 nm nickel contact. Current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements were carried out to investigate the Schottky barrier properties. The detectors were evaluated for alpha particle detection using a 241Am alpha source. An energy resolution of ?2.7% was obtained with a reverse bias of 100 V for 5.48 MeV alpha particles. The measured charge collection efficiency (CCE) was seen to vary as a function of bias voltage following a minority carrier diffusion model. Using this model, a diffusion length of?3.5 ?m for holes was numerically calculated from the CCE vs. bias voltage plot. Rise-time measurements of digitally recorded charge pulses for the 5.48 MeV alpha particles showed a presence of two sets of events having different rise-times at a higher bias of 200 V. A biparametric correlation scheme was successfully implemented for the first time to visualize the correlated pulse-height distribution of the events with different rise-times. Using the rise-time measurements and the biparametric plots, the observed variation of energy resolution with applied bias was explained.

  18. Kerr black hole parameters in terms of red/blue shifts of photons emitted by geodesic particles

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    Alfredo Herrera-Aguilar; Ulises Nucamendi

    2015-06-17

    We are motivated by the recently reported dynamical evidence of stars with short orbital periods moving around the center of the Milky Way and the corresponding hypothesis about the existence of a supermassive black hole hosted at its center. In this paper we show how the mass and rotation parameters of a Kerr black hole (assuming that the putative supermassive black hole is of this type), as well as the distance that separates the black hole from the Earth, can be estimated in a relativistic way in terms of i) the red and blue shifts of photons that are emitted by geodesic massive particles (stars and galactic gas) and travel along null geodesics towards a distant observer, and ii) the radius of these star/gas orbits. As a concrete example and as a first step towards a full relativistic analysis of the above mentioned star orbits around the center of our galaxy, we consider stable equatorial circular orbits of stars and express their corresponding red/blue shifts in terms of the metric parameters (mass and angular momentum per unit mass) and the orbital radii of both the emitter star (and/or galactic gas) and the distant observer. In principle, these expressions allow one to statistically estimate the mass and rotation parameters of the Kerr black hole, and the radius of our orbit, through a Bayesian fitting, i.e., with the aid of observational data: the red/blue shifts measured at certain points of stars' orbits and their radii, with their respective errors, a task that we hope to perform in the near future. We also point to several astrophysical phenomena, like accretion discs of rotating black holes, binary systems and active galactic nuclei, among others, to which this formalism can be applied.

  19. Treatment of HER2 Positive Breast Carcinomatous Meningitis with Intrathecal Administration of ?-Particle Emitting 211At-labeled Trastuzumab?

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    Boskovitz, Abraham; McLendon, Roger E.; Okamura, Tatsunori; Sampson, John H.; Bigner, Darell D.; Zalutsky, Michael R.

    2009-01-01

    Introduction Carcinomatous meningitis (CM) is a devastating disease characterized by the dissemination of malignant tumor cells into the subarachnoid space along the brain and spine. Systemic treatment with monoclonal antibody (mAb) trastuzumab can be effective against HER2-positive systemic breast carcinoma but like other therapies, is ineffective against CM. The goal of this study was to evaluate the therapeutic effect of ?-particle emitting 211At-labeled trastuzumab following intrathecal administration in a rat model of breast carcinoma CM. Methods Athymic rats were injected intrathecally with MCF-7/HER2-18 breast carcinoma cells through a surgically-implanted indwelling intrathecal catheter. In Experiment 1, animals received 33 or 66 µCi 211At-labeled trastuzumab, cold trastuzumab, or saline. In Experiment 2, animals were inoculated with a lower tumor burden and received 46 or 92 µCi 211At-labeled trastuzumab, or saline. In Experiment 3, animals received 28 µCi 211At-labeled trastuzumab, 30 µCi 211At-labeled TPS3.2 control mAb or saline. Histopathological analysis of the neuroaxis was performed at the end of the study. Results In Experiment 1, median survival increased from 21 days for the saline and cold trastuzumab groups to 45 and 48 days for 33 and 66 µCi 211At-labeled trastuzumab, respectively. In Experiment 2, median survival increased from 23 days for saline controls to 68 and 92 days for 46 and 92 µCi 211At-labeled trastuzumab, respectively. In Experiment 3, median survival increased from 20 days to 29 and 36 days for animals treated with 211At-labeled TPS3.2 and 211At-labeled trastuzumab, respectively. Long-term survivors were observed exclusively in the 211At-trastuzumab-treated groups. Conclusion Intrathecal 211At-labeled trastuzumab shows promise as a treatment for patients with HER2-positive breast CM. PMID:19647172

  20. An investigation of alpha-like particles in the DIII-D tokamak using fusion-product diagnostics

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    Duong, H.H.

    1993-01-01

    Two important issues associated with alpha physics, the single-particle behavior and the effect of collective fast-ion-driven instabilities on fast-ion confinement, have been studied in the DIII-D tokamak using fusion product diagnostics. The single-particle behavior of alpha-like tritons and [sup 3]He ions produced in deuterium-deuterium fusion reactions is studied using the d(t,n)[alpha] and d([sup 3]he,p)[alpha] fusion reactions. Fusion-produced MeV ions exhibit classical behavior in high field (B[sub T] [ge] 1.0 T) DIII-D discharges, including the new class of [open quotes]very high[close quotes] confinement plasmas. However, discharges with strong sawtooth, fishbone, or TAE activity exhibit anomalous fusion product losses. For the high field discharges without strong MHD activity, the data imply an effective diffusion coefficient smaller than [approximately]0.1 m[sup 2]/s, but in the presence of strong MHD activity, the effective diffusion of the MeV ions exceeds 1.0 m[sup 2]/s. Collective alpha particle processes are simulated by means of neutral beam injected energetic ion minorities. Toroidicity-induced Alfven Eigenmodes (TAE) are observed in DIII-D when energetic beam ions ([approximately]75 keV) are used to destabilize the mode. Measurements of the neutron emission indicate that up to 70% of the injected power is lost during strong TAE activity. Measurements of the poloidal distribution of fast-ion losses suggest that the losses are greatest near the vessel midplane. Fast-ion losses in discharges with combined fishbones and TAE bursts are 1.5 to 2 times greater than losses in fishbone discharges without TAE activity. The scaling of fast ion losses with MHD mode amplitude exhibits no threshold in the mode amplitude, suggesting that mode-particle pumping is the dominant loss mechanism.

  1. AZO films with Al nano-particles to improve the light extraction efficiency of GaN-based light-emitting diodes

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    Ying-Hung Chou; Jheng-Tai Yan; Hsin-Ying Lee; Ching-Ting Lee

    2008-01-01

    The co-sputtering Al-doped ZnO (AZO) films with Al nano-particles were used to increase the extraction efficiency of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Fixing the ZnO radio frequency (RF) power of 100W and changing the Al DC power from 0 to 13W, the AZO films with various Al contents can be obtained. In the experimental results, the AZO films deposited with Al

  2. Production of the Alpha-Particle Emitting Radionuclide Astatine-211 at the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute 

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    Bhakta, Viharkumar Satish

    2011-10-21

    connections. 6) Vacuum system. ................................................................................... 27 Figure 10 Background spectrum obtained using HPGe detector in the counting room. The only major gamma contribution observed... was that of potassium-40 (K-40) at 1.460 MeV ........................................ 30 Figure 11 Uncalibrated Co-60 spectrum at 10 cm (Counts v. Channel Number) ..... 32 Figure 12 HPGe efficiency curves utilized for gamma-ray spectroscopy at different source...

  3. Production of the Alpha-Particle Emitting Radionuclide Astatine-211 at the Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute

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    Bhakta, Viharkumar Satish

    2011-10-21

    in damage to the liver, bone surfaces and bone marrow posing a serious health risk for the exposed individual. Based on this hazard, great emphasis is placed in minimizing the production of this contaminant. Along with cross-section data, TALYS also... my time at Texas A&M University. vi NOMENCLATURE A Ampere Bq Becquerel Ci Curie EOB End of Bombardment FWHM Full Width Half Max LET Linear Energy Transfer mAb monoclonal Antibody NCI National Cancer Institute NHL Non-Hodgkin?s Lymphoma...

  4. The Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS): Results from Gusev Crater and Calibration Report

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    Gellert, R.; Rieder, R.; Brueckner, J.; Clark, B.; Dreibus, G.; Klingelhoefer, G.; Lugmair, G.; Ming, D.; Waenke, H.; Yen, A.; Zipfel, J.; Squyres, S.

    2006-01-01

    The chemical composition of rocks and soils on Mars analyzed during the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit Mission was determined by X-ray analyses with the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS). Details of the data analysis method and the instrument calibration are presented. Measurements performed on Mars to address geometry effects and background contributions are shown. Cross calibration measurements among several instrument sensors and sources are discussed. An unintentional swap of the two flight instruments is evaluated. New concentration data acquired during the first 470 sols of rover Spirit in Gusev Crater are presented. There are two geological regions, the Gusev plains and the Columbia Hills. The plains contain soils that are very similar to previous landing sites on Mars. A meteoritic component in the soil is identified. Rocks in the plains revealed thin weathering rinds. The underlying abraded rock was classified as primitive basalt. One of these rocks contained significant Br that is probably associated with vein-filling material of different composition. One of the trenches showed large subsurface enrichments of Mg, S, and Br. Disturbed soils and rocks in the Columbia Hills revealed different elemental compositions. These rocks are significantly weathered and enriched in mobile elements, such as P, S, Cl, or Br. Even abraded rock surfaces have high Br concentrations. Thus, in contrast to the rocks and soils in the Gusev Plains, the Columbia Hills material shows more significant evidence of ancient aqueous alteration.

  5. Particle size and interfacial effects on heat transfer characteristics of water and {alpha}-SiC nanofluids.

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    Timofeeva, E.; Smith, D. S.; Yu, W.; France, D. M.; Singh, D.; Routbort, J. L. (Energy Systems); ( NE); (Univ. of Illinois)

    2010-01-01

    The effect of average particle sizes on basic macroscopic properties and heat transfer performance of {alpha}-SiC/water nanofluids was investigated. The average particle sizes, calculated from the specific surface area of nanoparticles, were varied from 16 to 90 nm. Nanofluids with larger particles of the same material and volume concentration provide higher thermal conductivity and lower viscosity increases than those with smaller particles because of the smaller solid/liquid interfacial area of larger particles. It was also demonstrated that the viscosity of water-based nanofluids can be significantly decreased by pH of the suspension independently from the thermal conductivity. Heat transfer coefficients were measured and compared to the performance of base fluids as well as to nanofluids reported in the literature. Criteria for evaluation of the heat transfer performance of nanofluids are discussed and optimum directions in nanofluid development are suggested.

  6. Effect of Differential Flow of Alpha Particles on Proton Pressure Anisotropy Instabilities in the Solar Wind

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    Podesta, John J.; Gary, S. Peter

    2011-11-01

    In the solar wind, when the effects of proton-proton Coulomb collisions are negligible, alpha particles usually flow faster than the protons in such a way that the differential alpha-proton flow velocity V d = V ? - V p is on the order of the Alfvén speed, is directed away from the Sun, and is nearly aligned with the local mean magnetic field. When this differential flow is taken into account, solutions of the hot plasma dispersion relation show that for the parallel propagating electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC) instability driven by the proton temperature anisotropy T bottomp > T parp , the maximum growth rate occurs in the + V d direction and for the parallel firehose instability driven by the opposite proton temperature anisotropy T parp > T bottomp , the maximum growth rate occurs in the - V d direction. Thus, the EMIC instability preferentially generates left circularly polarized Alfvén-ion-cyclotron waves propagating away from the Sun and the parallel firehose instability preferentially generates right circularly polarized magnetosonic-whistler waves propagating toward the Sun with the maximum growth rates occurring for frequencies on the order of the proton cyclotron frequency and wavenumbers on the order of the proton inertial length. Because of the Doppler shift caused by the motion of the solar wind, both types of waves are left circularly polarized in the spacecraft frame for observations taken when the local mean magnetic field is collinear with the solar wind flow velocity. Theoretical investigation of these instabilities also shows that regions of parameter space exist where the unstable waves are generated propagating unidirectionally such as, for the EMIC instability for example, when the temperature anisotropy is small |(T bottomp /T parp ) - 1| < 1. Taken together, the above properties can explain the origin of parallel propagating electromagnetic waves recently observed near the proton inertial length in high-speed solar wind. The observed waves are most likely produced in situ by these instabilities. A remarkable property of the proposed mechanism that may be of practical importance is that the magnetic helicity of the unstable waves has the same sign no matter whether the proton temperature anisotropy (T pbottom/T ppar) - 1 is positive or negative.

  7. The emission probabilities of long range alpha particles from even-even 244-252Cm isotopes

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    Santhosh, K. P.; Krishnan, Sreejith; Priyanka, B.

    2014-10-01

    The alpha accompanied cold ternary fission of even-even 244Cm, 246Cm, 248Cm, 250Cm and 252Cm isotopes has been studied by taking the interacting barrier as the sum of the Coulomb and proximity potential with the fragments in equatorial configuration. The favorable fragment combinations are obtained from the cold reaction valley plot and by calculating the relative yield for the charge minimized fragments. In the alpha accompanied ternary fission of the 244Cm isotope, the highest yield is found for the fragment combination 110Ru+4He+130Sn, which possess near doubly magic nuclei 130Sn. For the ternary fission of 246Cm, 248Cm, 250Cm and 252Cm isotopes with 4He as the light charged particle, the highest yield is obtained for the fragment combination with doubly magic nuclei 132Sn as the heavier fragment. The emission probabilities and kinetic energies of long range alpha particles have been computed for the 242,244,246,248Cm isotopes and are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data. The relative yields for the 4He accompanied ternary fission (equatorial and collinear) of 242-252Cm isotopes are compared with the corresponding yield for binary fission. The effect of deformation and orientation of fragments in the 4He accompanied ternary fission of 244-252Cm isotopes are studied. Our study reveals that the ground state deformation has as an important role in the alpha accompanied ternary fission as that of the shell effect.

  8. The emission probabilities of long range alpha particles from even-even 244-252Cm isotopes

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    K. P. Santhosh; Sreejith Krishnan; B. Priyanka

    2014-09-02

    The alpha accompanied cold ternary fission of even-even 244Cm, 246Cm, 248Cm, 250Cm and 252Cm isotopes have been studied by taking the interacting barrier as the sum of Coulomb and proximity potential with the fragments in equatorial configuration. The favorable fragment combinations are obtained from the cold reaction valley plot and by calculating the relative yield for the charge minimized fragments. In the alpha accompanied ternary fission of 244Cm isotope, the highest yield is found for the fragment combination 110Ru+4He+130Sn, which possess near doubly magic nuclei 130Sn. For the ternary fission of 246Cm, 248Cm, 250Cm and 252Cm isotopes with 4He as light charged particle, the highest yield is obtained for the fragment combination with doubly magic nuclei 132Sn as the heavier fragment. The emission probabilities and kinetic energies of long range alpha particle have been computed for the 242,244,246,248Cm isotopes and are found to be in good agreement with the experimental data. The relative yields for the 4He accompanied ternary fission (equatorial and collinear) of 242-252Cm isotopes are compared with the corresponding yield for binary fission. The effect of deformation and orientation of fragments in the 4He accompanied ternary fission of 244-252Cm isotopes are studied. Our study reveals that the ground state deformation has an important role in the alpha accompanied ternary fission as that of shell effect.

  9. A MOSAIC Search for Lyman Alpha Emitting Galaxies Patrick Williams1, S. L. Finkelstein2, J. Rhoads3, E. McLinden3, S. Malhotra3

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    into a single stacked image. This deep, stacked image will aid us in detecting LAEs at our chosen redshift of z Universe as seen in the Cosmic Microwave Background evolved into the heterogeneous and galaxy alpha radiation. This emission of Lyman alpha radiation is thought to be indicative of outbursts of star

  10. Rn alpha-ray detector on board lunar mission SELENE

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    Nishimura, J.; Kashiwagi, T.; Takashima, T.; Okuno, S.; Yoshida, K.; Mori, K.; Itoh, M.; Saeki, K.

    Alpha Ray Detector (ARD) will be on-board SELENE, a Japanese lunar orbiter to be launched in 2005. The Primary target is alpha particles emitted by 222Rn and 210Po. 222Rn is emitted from the lunar surface and trapped by the gravity, which decays with the half-life of 3.8days emitting 5.490MeV alpha particle. Half of the daughter nuclei are deposited on the lunar surface. Among them, 210Po nuclei emit alpha particles with the energy of 5.305 MeV about 20 yrs after the decay of Rn. Thus 210Po provides us with the information on the crust movement and change of Rn emission rate during the time scale of 20 yr. Results from Apollo 15, 16, and recent Lunar Prospector mission indicate that the amount of Rn on the lunar surface is much smaller than expected, and the Rn-alpha distribution suggests that Rn comes out through gas emission from the crack of the lunar surface. We developed large area detector of about 300cm^2 for ARD, being 20-30 times of that of Apollo, and low background achieved with the anti-coincidence by rejecting cosmic-ray tracks. It will enable (1) the precise global mapping of the radio-active material, (2) identification of gas emission location to be useful future human exploration on the moon, (3) obtaining information on the crust movement during about 20yrs.

  11. Determination of alpha-particle track depths in CR39 detector from their cross-sections and replica heights

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    F. M. F. Ng; K. Y. Luk; D. Nikezic; K. N. Yu

    2007-01-01

    A challenging task in the application of solid-state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs) is the measurement of depths of the tracks. One approach involves breaking and polishing the side of SSNTDs to reveal the cross-sections of the tracks for direct measurements. Recently, surface profilometry was used to measure the heights of the replicas of alpha-particle tracks to give the track depths.

  12. Study on the Sensitivity of Solid State Nuclear Track Detector (SSNTD) CR39 for Alpha-Particles Registration

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    M. Gaber; A. A. Abou El-Khier; N. M. Fahmi

    1991-01-01

    The bulk etch rate, VB, in CR-39 was determined by using three methods at different etching conditions. The study was carried out for alpha-particles of energies ranging from 2.35 to 4.3 MeV at three different dissolved layers of 5.4, 7.2 and 9 ?m. Based on published REL-data, a very simple empirical formula was given to calculate REL for different ions

  13. Alpha-Particle-Driven Toroidal Alfv{acute e}n Eigenmodes in the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    R. Nazikian; G. Fu; M. Bell; R. Bell; R. Budny; C. Bush; Z. Chang; Y. Chen; C. Cheng; D. Darrow; P. Efthimion; E. Fredrickson; B. Leblanc; R. Majeski; E. Mazzucato; S. Medley; J. Strachan; E. Synakowski; G. Taylor; S. Von Goeler; R. White; K. Wong; S. Zweben; S. Batha; F. Levinton; N. Gorelenkov; M. Petrov; D. Spong

    1997-01-01

    Alpha-particle-driven toroidal Alfv{acute e}n eigenmodes (TAEs) have been observed for the first time in deuterium-tritium (D-T) plasmas on the tokamak fusion test reactor (TFTR). These modes are observed 100â200ms following the end of neutral beam injection in plasmas with reduced central magnetic shear and elevated central safety factor [q(0)<1]. Mode activity is localized to the central region of the discharge

  14. Mechanism of Scintillation of Helium, Helium-Argon, and Helium-Neon Gas Mixtures Excited by Alpha Particles

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    Shinzou Kubota; Tan Takahashi; Tadayoshi Doke

    1968-01-01

    An experimental investigation of the mechanism of scintillation of helium, helium-argon, and helium-neon mixtures excited by alpha particles has been performed. No detectable decrease in light yield was observed at pressures less than 3 atm when the applied electric field was increased in steps to Ep~1.0 V\\/cm Torr, where E is the electric field and p is the gas pressure.

  15. Cross sections for the production of berylium isotopes from the 880 MeV alpha-particle bombardment of carbon

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    J. Lestringuez; G. M. Raisbeck; F. Yiou; R. Bernas

    1971-01-01

    The cross sections for the production of 9Be and 10Be from the 880 MeV alpha-particle bombardment of carbon have been measured to be 10.6 +\\/- 1.7 and 6.5 +\\/- 1.4 mb. These values are essentially twice the high-energy proton cross sections. It is shown that the effect of the interstellar helium on the distribution of berylium isotopes in cosmic rays

  16. Evaluation of Melt-Grown, ZnO Single Crystals for Use as Alpha-Particle Detectors

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    John S. Neal; Nancy C. Giles; Xiaocheng Yang; R. Andrew Wall; K. Burak Ucer; Richard T. Williams; Dariusz J. Wisniewski; Lynn A. Boatner; Varatharajan Rengarajan; Jeff E Nause; Bill Nemeth

    2008-01-01

    As part of an ongoing investigation of the scintillation properties of zinc-oxide-(ZnO)-based scintillators, several melt-grown, ZnO single crystals have been characterized using alpha-particle excitation, infrared reflectance, and room temperature photoluminescence. The crystals, grown by Cermet, Inc., using an oxygen-pressurized melt-growth process, were doped with Group 1 elements (Li), Group 2 elements (Mg), Group 3 elements (Ga, In) and lanthanides (Gd,

  17. NOTES ON MEASUREMENTS OF $alpha$PARTICLE ACTIVITY OF SOILS, FERTILIZERS, PLANTS AND ANIMALS

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    1960-01-01

    A method is described for determining total alpha activity of a sample ; and at the same time determining the relative contributions of the uranium--; radium and thorium families. Results are reported from applications of the ; method in measurements of natural alpha radioactivity of samples of soils, ; fertilizers, plants, and animal materials. (C.H.);

  18. Cytogenetic and molecular genetic analysis of tumorigenic human bronchial epithelial cells induced by radon alpha particles.

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    Weaver, D A; Hei, T K; Hukku, B; McRaven, J A; Willey, J C

    1997-06-01

    To establish a cell culture model for lung carcinogenesis, independent populations of the human papillomavirus 18-immortalized human bronchial epithelial cell line BEP2D were treated with high linear energy transfer radon-simulated alpha-particles, expanded and xenotransplanted into Nu/Nu mice. Six independent cell lines were established from tumors that developed from three separate radiation treatments as follows: treatment (Tx) 1 (30 cGy--two doses), H2BT, Tx 2 (30 cGy--single dose), R30T1L, R30T2 and R30T3L, Tx 3 (30 cGy--single dose), H1ATN and H1ATBA1. Cytogenetic analysis revealed common changes in all tumor lines: loss of the Y chromosome (ch), one of three copies of ch8, one of three copies of ch14, and one of two copies of ch4p16-pter and ch11p15-pter. Analysis of polymerase chain reaction-amplified short tandem repeats of informative loci confirmed the loss of chY in all lines and loss of heterozygosity (LOH) at eight loci spanning the length of ch8 in all lines from Tx's 1 and 2. Our data support previous studies indicating the presence of tumor suppressor genes on ch8. LOH also was confirmed on ch14 at locus D14S306 in all cell lines from Tx 2 and in one of two lines from Tx 3. This region, 14q12-q13, may contain changes in one of the five known somatostatin receptor genes (SSTR1). No LOH was detected at any of the informative loci tested for on ch4 or ch11. PMID:9214610

  19. Development and characterization of an exposure platform suitable for physico-chemical, morphological and toxicological characterization of printer-emitted particles (PEPs)

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    Pirela, Sandra V.; Pyrgiotakis, Georgios; Bello, Dhimiter; Thomas, Treye; Castranova, Vincent; Demokritou, Philip

    2015-01-01

    An association between laser printer use and emissions of particulate matter (PM), ozone and volatile organic compounds has been reported in recent studies. However, the detailed physico-chemical, morphological and toxicological characterization of these printer-emitted particles (PEPs) and possible incorporation of engineered nanomaterials into toner formulations remain largely unknown. In this study, a printer exposure generation system suitable for the physico-chemical, morphological, and toxicological characterization of PEPs was developed and used to assess the properties of PEPs from the use of commercially available laser printers. The system consists of a glovebox type environmental chamber for uninterrupted printer operation, real-time and time-integrated particle sampling instrumentation for the size fractionation and sampling of PEPs and an exposure chamber for inhalation toxicological studies. Eleven commonly used laser printers were evaluated and ranked based on their PM emission profiles. Results show PM peak emissions are brand independent and varied between 3000 to 1 300 000 particles/cm3, with modal diameters ranging from 49 to 208 nm, with the majority of PEPs in the nanoscale (<100 nm) size. Furthermore, it was shown that PEPs can be affected by certain operational parameters and printing conditions. The release of nanoscale particles from a nano-enabled product (printer toner) raises questions about health implications to users. The presented PEGS platform will help in assessing the toxicological profile of PEPs and the link to the physico-chemical and morphological properties of emitted PM and toner formulations. PMID:24862974

  20. Development and characterization of an exposure platform suitable for physico-chemical, morphological and toxicological characterization of printer-emitted particles (PEPs).

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    Pirela, Sandra V; Pyrgiotakis, Georgios; Bello, Dhimiter; Thomas, Treye; Castranova, Vincent; Demokritou, Philip

    2014-06-01

    An association between laser printer use and emissions of particulate matter (PM), ozone and volatile organic compounds has been reported in recent studies. However, the detailed physico-chemical, morphological and toxicological characterization of these printer-emitted particles (PEPs) and possible incorporation of engineered nanomaterials into toner formulations remain largely unknown. In this study, a printer exposure generation system suitable for the physico-chemical, morphological, and toxicological characterization of PEPs was developed and used to assess the properties of PEPs from the use of commercially available laser printers. The system consists of a glovebox type environmental chamber for uninterrupted printer operation, real-time and time-integrated particle sampling instrumentation for the size fractionation and sampling of PEPs and an exposure chamber for inhalation toxicological studies. Eleven commonly used laser printers were evaluated and ranked based on their PM emission profiles. Results show PM peak emissions are brand independent and varied between 3000 to 1?300?000?particles/cm³, with modal diameters ranging from 49 to 208?nm, with the majority of PEPs in the nanoscale (<100?nm) size. Furthermore, it was shown that PEPs can be affected by certain operational parameters and printing conditions. The release of nanoscale particles from a nano-enabled product (printer toner) raises questions about health implications to users. The presented PEGS platform will help in assessing the toxicological profile of PEPs and the link to the physico-chemical and morphological properties of emitted PM and toner formulations. PMID:24862974

  1. Improve the catalytic activity of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in decomposition of ammonium perchlorate by coating amorphous carbon on their surface

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    Zhang Yifu [Engineering Research Center of Organosilicon Compound and Material, Ministry of Education of China, College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Liu Xinghai, E-mail: liuxh@whu.edu.c [School of Printing and Packaging, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079 (China); Nie Jiaorong [Jianghe Chemical Factory of CSSG, Yuan'an 444200 (China); Yu Lei; Zhong Yalan [Engineering Research Center of Organosilicon Compound and Material, Ministry of Education of China, College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Huang Chi, E-mail: chihuang@whu.edu.c [Engineering Research Center of Organosilicon Compound and Material, Ministry of Education of China, College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China)

    2011-02-15

    Sphere- and pod-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles have been selectively synthesized using NH{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O and NaOH solution to adjust the pH value of the designed synthetic system, respectively. The sphere-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles with diameter about 25 nm on average were encapsulated into carbon shells to fabricate a novel core-shell composite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-C) through the coating experiments. The catalytic performance of the products on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) was investigated by thermal gravimetric analyzer (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The thermal decomposition temperatures of AP in the presence of pod-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, sphere-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-C are reduced by 72, 81 and 109 {sup o}C, respectively, which show that {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-C core-shell composites have higher catalytic activity than that of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. -- Graphical abstract: The catalytic performance of pod-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, sphere-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-C on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP). Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} Sphere- and pod-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles have been selectively synthesized using NH{sub 3}.H{sub 2}O and NaOH solution to adjust the pH value. {yields} A novel core-shell composite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-C core-shell structured composite) has been successfully synthesized using sphere-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles as the cores and glucose as the source of carbon. {yields} The thermal decomposition temperatures of AP in the presence of pod-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, sphere-like {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-C are reduced by 72, 81 and 109 {sup o}C, respectively, which shows that these materials have high catalytic activity.

  2. The $\\alpha-\\alpha$ fishbone potential revisited

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    Day, J P; Elhanafy, M; Smith, E; Woodhouse, R; Papp, Z

    2011-01-01

    The fishbone potential of composite particles simulates the Pauli effect by nonlocal terms. We determine the $\\alpha-\\alpha$ fishbone potential by simultaneously fitting to two-$\\alpha$ resonance energies, experimental phase shifts and three-$\\alpha$ binding energies. We found that essentially a simple gaussian can provide a good description of two-$\\alpha$ and three-$\\alpha$ experimental data without invoking three-body potentials.

  3. Effect of type-II quantum well of m-MTDATA\\/alpha-NPD on the performance of green organic light-emitting diodes

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    Jungjin Yang; C. K. Suman; Changhee Lee

    2009-01-01

    The type-II multiple quantum well (MQW) structure is prepared and introduced into green organic green light-emitting diodes consisting of 4,4?-bis-[N-(naphthyl)-N-phenyl-amino]biphenyl (?-NPD) and tris-(8-hydroxyquinolinato)-aluminum (Alq3). The quantum well (QW) and wall are fabricated by 4,4?,4?-tris-(3-methylphenylphenylamino)triphenylamine (m-MTDATA) and ?-NPD, respectively. The device performance of MQW organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) has been improved; the luminous efficiency by 25% and power efficiency by 17%

  4. The Radiation Chemistry of Aqueous Solutions. I. The Effect of Changing Linear Energy Transfer Along a Polonium alpha-Particle Track

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    E. Collinson; F. S. Dainton; J. Kroh

    1962-01-01

    Absolute G values for chemical change when various aqueous solutions are irradiated with alpha-particles from an external polonium source have been determined for different fractions (x) of the alpha-particle track spent within the solution. G(Fe3+) for an aerated solution containing 1 mM ferrous ions and 0\\\\cdot1 N sulphuric acid decreases from 5\\\\cdot0 at x = 0\\\\cdot02 through a minimum value

  5. High-resolution alpha-particle spectroscopy with an hybrid SiC\\/GaN detector\\/front-end detection system

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    A. Pullia; G. Bertuccio; D. Maiocchi; S. Caccia; F. Zocca

    2007-01-01

    An alpha-particle spectrometer has been assembled, consisting of an epitaxial 50 mum thick 4H silicon carbide detector connected to a gallium nitride HEMT used as input transistor of the front-end electronics. The depleted layer of the SiC diode detector was sufficient to stop all alpha particles of the used emitter in the 4.8-MeV to 5.8-MeV energy range. An excellent energy

  6. Selective gene amplification in mammalian cells after exposure to 60Co gamma rays, 241Am alpha particles, or uv light

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    Luecke-Huhle, C.P.; Pech, M.; Herrlich, P.

    1986-06-01

    Simian Virus 40 wild type (SV40)-transformed Chinese hamster embryo cells (Co631) contain about five viral copies integrated per cell genome. These SV40 sequences were used as endogenous indicator genes to study the response of mammalian cells to radiation at the gene level. An increase in copy number was detected by dispersed cell blotting and Southern analysis in combination with specific DNA hybridization. All types of radiation tested induce a 15- to 25-fold amplification of SV40 sequences without producing intact virus. The amplification is dose dependent and increases with time after irradiation: a maximum effect is observed at Day 3 after alpha particle or uv exposure and at Day 6 after gamma-ray exposure. A RBE of 6 can be calculated for alpha particles if amplification rates at Day 3 are compared. However, when the maximum effect is considered independent of time, no difference between different types of radiation is observed. Southern blots of genomic DNA show that not all integrated SV40 sequences are amplified upon radiation. Amplified sequences are found either in restriction fragments of relatively high molecular weight or in unit size fragments. SV40 amplification is selective in that the amplification of other genes, e.g., of alpha-actin, dhfr (dihydrofolate reductase), and of two oncogenes of the ras family (Kirsten ras and Harvey ras), was below detection level.

  7. Alpha-particle-induced luminescence of rare-earth-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanophosphors

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    Cress, Cory D. [NanoPower Research Laboratories at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 85 Lomb Memorial Road, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States); Microsystems Engineering Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States)], E-mail: cory_cress@hotmail.com; Redino, Christopher S. [NanoPower Research Laboratories at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 85 Lomb Memorial Road, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States)], E-mail: csr8932@rit.edu; Landi, Brian J. [NanoPower Research Laboratories at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 85 Lomb Memorial Road, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States)], E-mail: bjlsps@rit.edu; Raffaelle, Ryne P. [NanoPower Research Laboratories at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 85 Lomb Memorial Road, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States); Microsystems Engineering Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY 14623 (United States)], E-mail: rprsps@rit.edu

    2008-08-15

    The feasibility of utilizing Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} as radioluminescent nanophosphors under alpha-particle excitation is investigated. Materials synthesized by the urea homogeneous precipitation method were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD analysis of as-produced precipitates and nanophosphors fired at temperatures ranging from 950 to 1100 deg. C indicated the presence of highly crystalline cubic Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} with crystallite sizes of {approx}40 nm. SEM and TEM analysis revealed that particles with average diameters of {approx}200 nm and comprised of {approx}40 nm grains were obtained. High-resolution radioluminescence and photoluminescence spectra were used to investigate the unwanted radioluminescence saturation effects associated with the high ionization rate of alpha-particles. Additionally, the radioluminescence intensity as a function of rare-earth ion dopant concentration is investigated for these materials under alpha-particle excitation. The prospect for utilizing these materials as intermediate absorbers in indirect-conversion radioisotope batteries is discussed. - Graphical abstract: The photoluminescence and radioluminesce emission from rare-earth doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanophosphors are being investigated. Below is a representative image of the photoluminescence from Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} (left) and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} (right) under UV-light excitation.

  8. Wave mechanics of particle detectors

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    A. A. Broyles

    1993-01-01

    The operations of many detection devices are usually explained in terms of the ionization tracks produced by classical charged particles. A wave-mechanical analysis does not seem to be available. Mott [Proc. R. Soc. London Ser. A 126, 79 (1929)] has shown that an incident alpha wave emitted by a radioactive nucleus would be scattered by atoms primarily in directions almost

  9. Production of TNF-alpha and bone resorbing activity by macrophages in response to different types of bone cement particles.

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    Ingham, E; Green, T R; Stone, M H; Kowalski, R; Watkins, N; Fisher, J

    2000-05-01

    We have compared the capacity of clinically relevant wear debris from seven different cement types to activate macrophages to produce TNF-alpha, IL-1beta, IL-6 and bone resorbing activity in vitro. The bone cements were: CMW 1 original (PMMA only); CMW 1RO (1 microm BaSO4; 9.2%); CMW copolymer bone cement 1 (10 microm BaSO4; 10%); CMW copolymer bone cement 2 (1 microm BaSO4; 10%); Palacos R (10 microm ZrO2; 15.6%); CMW Calcium phosphate cement 20% (10 microm tri-calcium phosphate; 20%) and CMW calcium phosphate cement 30% (10 microm tri-calcium phosphate; 30%). Cement debris was produced aseptically using a simple configuration wear test. The majority of particles were in the size range 0.1-0.5 microm for each cement type. The cement particles were co-cultured with the U937 macrophage cell line at ratios of 10 and 100 microm3 particle volumes to macrophage cell numbers for 24 h. At the 10:1 ratio the particles had no effect on the cells. At the 100:1 ratio, the major cytokine produced was TNF-alpha and there were no statistical differences between the different types of cement debris. The bone resorption activity of the co-culture supernatants was significantly greater than the control (U937 cells without particles) for particles of CMW 1RO, CMW copolymer bone cement 1, CMW copolymer bone cement 2 and Palacos R (P < 0.05, ANOVA). However there were no statistical differences between the levels of bone resoprtion evoked by these four cement types. The CMW1 original and CMW calcium phosphate containing cements failed to induce the macrophages to elaborate bone resorption activity at the 100:1 ratio. These data suggest that the addition of radio-opaque additives to bone cement may increase the capacity of the debris to induce osteolysis. PMID:10768752

  10. Effect of composition and radiation on the Hertzian indentation behavior of nuclear waste glasses. [77-MeV alpha particles

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    Matzke, H.; Kahl, L.; Routbort, J.L.; Saidl, J.

    1983-01-01

    The Hertzian indentation technique has been used to determine the fracture toughness, K/sub Ic/ of two borosilicate glasses developed to contain high-level nuclear waste. For the product VG 98/12, adding selected groups of fission products leaves K/sub Ic/ unchanged, but addition of Pb lowers K/sub Ic/ by approx. 20%. Radiation with 77 MeV ..cap alpha..-particles to a dose of approx. 10/sup 15/ ..cap alpha../cm/sup 2/ increases K/sub Ic/ by approx. 75%. For the product SM 58 LW 11, the fracture toughness was measured on pieces taken from different parts of a large cylinder to investigate the effects of segregation phenomena and of partial crystallization and formation of small cristobalite inclusions which decrease K/sub Ic/ by approx. 25%.

  11. Fabrication, testing and simulation of a high spatial resolution alpha-particle imager based on ZnO nanowires in a polycarbonate nanoporous membrane

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    Taheri, Ali; Saramad, Shahyar; Ghalenoi, Samira; Setayeshi, Saeed

    2013-12-01

    A new architecture consisting of ZnO nanowires embedded in a polycarbonate nanoporous membrane was proposed, fabricated and simulated as a high spatial resolution alpha particle imager. The experimental and Geant4 simulation results showed that ZnO nanowires could act as scintillating fibers to prevent spread of the generated optical photons inside the imager. This property can be used to precisely determine alpha collision coordinates. An array of these nanowires can be also applied as a new high spatial resolution alpha particle imager.

  12. Radioimmunotherapy of Breast Cancer Metastases with Alpha-Particle-emitter 225Ac: Comparing Efficacy with 213Bi, 90Y

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    Song, Hong; Hobbs, Robert F.; Vajravelu, Ravy; Huso, David L.; Esaias, Caroline; Apostolidis, Christos; Morgenstern, Alfred; Sgouros, George

    2009-01-01

    Alpha-particles are suitable to treat cancer micrometastases because of their short range and very high linear energy transfer. Alpha-particle-emitter 213Bi based radioimmunotherapy has shown efficacy in a variety of metastatic animal cancer models, such as breast, ovarian, prostate cancer and leukemia. Its clinical implementation, however, is challenging due to the limited supply of 225Ac, the high technical requirement to prepare radioimmunoconjugate with very short half-life (T1/2=45.6 mins) on site and prohibitive cost. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of the alpha-particle-emitter 225Ac, parent of 213Bi, in a mouse model of breast cancer metastases. A single administration of 225Ac (400 nCi) labeled anti-rat HER-2/neu monoclonal antibody (7.16.4) completely eradicated breast cancer lung micrometastases in about 67% of HER-2/neu transgenic mice and led to long-term survival of these mice for up to one year. Treatment with 225Ac-7.16.4 is significantly more effective than 213Bi-7.16.4 (120 ?Ci) (median survival = 61 days, P=0.001), and 90Y-7.16.4 (120 ?Ci) (median survival = 50 days, P<0.001), as well as untreated control (median survival = 41 days, P=0.0001). Dosimetric analysis showed that 225Ac treated metastases received a total dose of 9.6 Gy, significantly higher than 2.0 Gy from 213Bi and 2.4 Gy from 90Y. Biodistribution studies revealed that 225Ac daughters, 221Fr and 213Bi, accumulated in kidneys and probably contributed to the long-term renal toxicity observed in surviving mice. These data suggest 225Ac labeled anti-HER-2/neu monoclonal antibody could significantly prolong survival in HER-2/neu-positive metastatic breast cancer patients. PMID:19920193

  13. Radioimmunotherapy of breast cancer metastases with alpha-particle emitter 225Ac: comparing efficacy with 213Bi and 90Y.

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    Song, Hong; Hobbs, Robert F; Vajravelu, Ravy; Huso, David L; Esaias, Caroline; Apostolidis, Christos; Morgenstern, Alfred; Sgouros, George

    2009-12-01

    alpha-Particles are suitable to treat cancer micrometastases because of their short range and very high linear energy transfer. alpha-Particle emitter (213)Bi-based radioimmunotherapy has shown efficacy in a variety of metastatic animal cancer models, such as breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Its clinical implementation, however, is challenging due to the limited supply of (225)Ac, high technical requirement to prepare radioimmunoconjugate with very short half-life (T(1/2) = 45.6 min) on site, and prohibitive cost. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of the alpha-particle emitter (225)Ac, parent of (213)Bi, in a mouse model of breast cancer metastases. A single administration of (225)Ac (400 nCi)-labeled anti-rat HER-2/neu monoclonal antibody (7.16.4) completely eradicated breast cancer lung micrometastases in approximately 67% of HER-2/neu transgenic mice and led to long-term survival of these mice for up to 1 year. Treatment with (225)Ac-7.16.4 is significantly more effective than (213)Bi-7.16.4 (120 microCi; median survival, 61 days; P = 0.001) and (90)Y-7.16.4 (120 microCi; median survival, 50 days; P < 0.001) as well as untreated control (median survival, 41 days; P < 0.0001). Dosimetric analysis showed that (225)Ac-treated metastases received a total dose of 9.6 Gy, significantly higher than 2.0 Gy from (213)Bi and 2.4 Gy from (90)Y. Biodistribution studies revealed that (225)Ac daughters, (221)Fr and (213)Bi, accumulated in kidneys and probably contributed to the long-term renal toxicity observed in surviving mice. These data suggest (225)Ac-labeled anti-HER-2/neu monoclonal antibody could significantly prolong survival in HER-2/neu-positive metastatic breast cancer patients. PMID:19920193

  14. Improving the output power of GaN-based light-emitting diode using Ag particles embedded within a SiO2 current blocking layer

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    Park, Jae-Seong; Han, Jaecheon; Seong, Tae-Yeon

    2015-07-01

    GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) fabricated with Ag particles embedded within a SiO2 current blocking layer (CBL) are demonstrated. The Ag particles varied from 100 to 250 nm in size, and had a density of ?3.8 × 108 cm-2. The transmittances obtained from GaN/sapphire and Ag particles/GaN/sapphire were 75 and 66% at 450 nm, respectively. The LEDs (chip size: 1000 × 1000 ?m2) fabricated with ITO-only, ITO/SiO2 CBL, and ITO/Ag particles/SiO2 CBL showed forward-bias voltages of 3.05, 3.25 and 3.1 V at 20 mA, respectively. The LEDs with the ITO/Ag particles/SiO2 CBL yielded 11.9 and 7.0% higher light output powers (at 20 mA) than the LEDs with the ITO-only and ITO/SiO2 CBL, respectively. The improved output power is explained by the combined effects of the improved extraction and current spreading.

  15. Saturation of a floating potential of an electron emitting electrode with increased electron emission: A one-dimensional kinetic model and particle-in-cell simulation

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    Gyergyek, T. [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Trzaska 25, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, P. O. Box 100, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Association EURATOM/MHEST, Ljubljana (Slovenia); Kovacic, J. [Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Trzaska 25, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Association EURATOM/MHEST, Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2012-01-15

    A bounded plasma system is studied by a one-dimensional kinetic model and particle-in-cell computer simulation using the XPDP1 code. Three particle species are injected into the system from a planar source, which are the singly charged positive ions and the cool and the hot electrons. All the particle species are injected with half-Maxwellian velocity distributions with different temperatures. From the collector, the emitted electrons are injected, also with a half-Maxwellian velocity distribution, but with a much lower temperature than the cool electrons. As electron emission from the collector is increased, the floating potential of the collector increases also until the boundary of space charge limited emission is achieved. In the simulation, the emission can be increased further and it turns out that the floating potential of the collector remains constant in spite of the increased electron emission. The model on the other hand is valid only up to the boundary of space charge limited emission. The predictions of that limit and of the respective floating potential of the collector by the model are in very good agreement with the simulation. As the criterion for comparison of the model and the simulations propose the matching of the potential, electric field, and density profiles obtained from the simulation and from the numerical solution of the Poisson equation. The matching of potential and electric field profiles is usually almost perfect. On the other hand, the numerical solutions of the Poisson equation give larger ion density at the source and emitted electron density at the collector than obtained from the simulation, but the matching of the particle densities around the inflection point of the potential between the model and the simulation is excellent for all 4 particle species. The same is valid also for the hot electron density at the source. If the potentials and the electric fields are read from the simulation and inserted into the model equations, one obtains an over-determined system of 4 equations for 3 unknown parameters: the ion and the hot electron density at the source and the emitted electron density at the collector. A solution of such a system with the method of least squares is presented. The errors obtained by such a solution can be considered as a measure of how well does the model describe the simulated system.

  16. The role of nuclear reactions and {alpha}-particle transport in the dynamics of inertial confinement fusion capsules

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    Garnier, Josselin [Laboratoire de Probabilites et Modeles Aleatoires and Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Universite Paris VII, 2 Place Jussieu, 75251 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Cherfils-Clerouin, Catherine [Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Direction des Applications Militaires, Boite Postale 12, 91680 Bruyeres le Chatel (France)

    2008-10-15

    This paper is devoted to the study of the deceleration phase of inertial confinement capsules. The purpose is to obtain a zero-dimensional model that has the form of a closed system of ordinary differential equations for the main hydrodynamic quantities. The model takes into account the energy released by nuclear reactions, a nonlocal model for the {alpha}-particle energy deposition process, and radiation loss by electron bremsstrahlung. The asymptotic analysis is performed in the case of a strong temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity. We finally study the beginning of the expansion phase after stagnation to derive an ignition criterion.

  17. Development of a He- and He0 beam source for alpha particle measurement in a burning plasma.

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    Tanaka, N; Sasao, M; Terai, K; Okamoto, A; Kitajima, S; Yamaoka, H; Wada, M

    2012-02-01

    Proof of principle experiments of neutral helium beam production for alpha particle diagnostics was carried out on a test stand. Negative helium ions were produced in the Li charge exchange cell, in which stable and long time operation was possible. He(-) beam was accelerated to 157 keV. Finally, He(0) beam was successfully produced after the flight in the drift-tube through the auto-electron-detachment process from He(-) to He(0). A neutral beam detector using a pyroelectric device was also developed to measure He(0) beam intensity. The metastable component in the neutral helium beam was found to be less than 2%. PMID:22380272

  18. 1.5D Quasilinear Model for Alpha Particle-TAE Interaction in ARIES ACT-I

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    K. Ghantous, N.N. Gorelenkov, C. Kessel, F. Poli

    2013-01-30

    We study the TAE interaction with alpha particle fusion products in ARIES ACT-I using the 1.5D quasilinear model. 1.5D uses linear analytic expressions for growth and damping rates of TAE modes evaluated using TRANSP pro les to calculates the relaxation of pressure pro les. NOVA- K simulations are conducted to validate the analytic dependancies of the rates, and to normalize their absolute value. The low dimensionality of the model permits calculating loss diagrams in large parameter spaces.

  19. Comparison of PHITS, GEANT4, and HIBRAC simulations of depth-dependent yields of ?(+)-emitting nuclei during therapeutic particle irradiation to measured data.

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    Rohling, Heide; Sihver, Lembit; Priegnitz, Marlen; Enghardt, Wolfgang; Fiedler, Fine

    2013-09-21

    For quality assurance in particle therapy, a non-invasive, in vivo range verification is highly desired. Particle therapy positron-emission-tomography (PT-PET) is the only clinically proven method up to now for this purpose. It makes use of the ?(+)-activity produced during the irradiation by the nuclear fragmentation processes between the therapeutic beam and the irradiated tissue. Since a direct comparison of ?(+)-activity and dose is not feasible, a simulation of the expected ?(+)-activity distribution is required. For this reason it is essential to have a quantitatively reliable code for the simulation of the yields of the ?(+)-emitting nuclei at every position of the beam path. In this paper results of the three-dimensional Monte-Carlo simulation codes PHITS, GEANT4, and the one-dimensional deterministic simulation code HIBRAC are compared to measurements of the yields of the most abundant ?(+)-emitting nuclei for carbon, lithium, helium, and proton beams. In general, PHITS underestimates the yields of positron-emitters. With GEANT4 the overall most accurate results are obtained. HIBRAC and GEANT4 provide comparable results for carbon and proton beams. HIBRAC is considered as a good candidate for the implementation to clinical routine PT-PET. PMID:23999571

  20. Comparison of PHITS, GEANT4, and HIBRAC simulations of depth-dependent yields of ?+-emitting nuclei during therapeutic particle irradiation to measured data

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    Rohling, Heide; Sihver, Lembit; Priegnitz, Marlen; Enghardt, Wolfgang; Fiedler, Fine

    2013-09-01

    For quality assurance in particle therapy, a non-invasive, in vivo range verification is highly desired. Particle therapy positron-emission-tomography (PT-PET) is the only clinically proven method up to now for this purpose. It makes use of the ?+-activity produced during the irradiation by the nuclear fragmentation processes between the therapeutic beam and the irradiated tissue. Since a direct comparison of ?+-activity and dose is not feasible, a simulation of the expected ?+-activity distribution is required. For this reason it is essential to have a quantitatively reliable code for the simulation of the yields of the ?+-emitting nuclei at every position of the beam path. In this paper results of the three-dimensional Monte-Carlo simulation codes PHITS, GEANT4, and the one-dimensional deterministic simulation code HIBRAC are compared to measurements of the yields of the most abundant ?+-emitting nuclei for carbon, lithium, helium, and proton beams. In general, PHITS underestimates the yields of positron-emitters. With GEANT4 the overall most accurate results are obtained. HIBRAC and GEANT4 provide comparable results for carbon and proton beams. HIBRAC is considered as a good candidate for the implementation to clinical routine PT-PET.

  1. PPPL3164 Preprint Date: January 1996, UC420 Alpha Particle Losses from Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor

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    Reactor Deuterium­Tritium Plasmas D. S. Darrow, S. J. Zweben, S. Batha*, R. V. Budny, C. E. Bush + , Z. A. Spong + , E. J. Strait # , G. Taylor, R. B. White, J. R. Wilson, K.­L. Wong, and M. C. Zarnstorff can have a significant influence on tokamak reactor viability, the loss of deuterium­tritium alpha

  2. Nickel-59 in Surface Layers of Lunar Basalt 74275: Implications for the Solar Alpha Particle Flux

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    Schnabel, C.; Xue, S.; Ma, P.; Herzog, G. F.; Fifield, K.; Cresswell, R. G.; diTada, M. L.; Hausladen, Paul; Reedy, R. C.

    2000-01-01

    By using AMS we have profiled 59 Ni/Ni ratios in lunar basalt 74275. Activities (dpm 59 Ni/[kg Fe]) range from 120 to 10 at depths (mg/cm 2) from about 30 to 650. Modeling results hint at higher solar alpha fluxes during the last about 0.5 My than during the last approximately 1 My.

  3. TF Ripple Loss of Alpha Particles from the ITER Interim Design: Simulation and Theory

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    the normalization of a simple model for stochastic ripple losses within the TRANSP code [6]. Collisions were found without collisional eects. Good agree- ment was found in comparing appropriately normalized TRANSP in the ITER database. TRANSP simulations of ITER also provided alpha source pro#12;les, before and after

  4. TF Ripple Loss of Alpha Particles from the ITER Interim Design: Simulation and Theory

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    the normalization of a simple model for stochastic ripple losses within the TRANSP code [6]. Collisions were found without collisional effects. Good agree­ ment was found in comparing appropriately normalized TRANSP database. TRANSP simulations of ITER also provided alpha source profiles, before and after sawtooth

  5. Very High Efficiency, Miniaturized, Long-Lived Alpha Particle Power Source Using Diamond Devices for Extreme Space Environments

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    Kolawa, Elizabeth A. (Inventor); Patel, Jagdishbhai U. (Inventor); Fleurial, Jean-Pierre (Inventor)

    2004-01-01

    A power source that converts a-particle energy into electricity by coulomb collision in doped diamond films is described. Alpha particle decay from curium-244 creates electron-hole pairs by free- ing electrons and holes inside the crystal lattice in N- and P-doped diamond films. Ohmic contacts provide electrical connection to an electronic device. Due to the built-in electric field at the rectifying junction across the hT- and P-doped diamond films, the free electrons are constrained to traveling in generally one direction. This one direction then supplies electrons in a manner similar to that of a battery. The radioactive curium layer may be disposed on diamond films for even distribution of a-particle radiation. The resulting power source may be mounted on a diamond substrate that serves to insulate structures below the diamond substrate from a-particle emission. Additional insulation or isolation may be provided in order to prevent damage from a-particle collision. N-doped silicon may be used instead of N-doped diamond.

  6. Development of an alpha/beta/gamma detector for radiation monitoring

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    Yamamoto, Seiichi [Kobe City College of Technology, 8-3, Gakuen-Higashi-machi, Nishi-ku, Kobe, 651-2194 (Japan); Hatazawa, Jun [Osaka University of Graduate School of Medicine, 2-2, Yamadaoka, Suita-shi, Osaka, 565-0871 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    For radiation monitoring at the site of nuclear power plant accidents such as Fukushima Daiichi, radiation detectors not only for gamma photons but also for alpha and beta particles are needed because some nuclear fission products emit beta particles and gamma photons and some nuclear fuels contain plutonium that emits alpha particles. We developed a radiation detector that can simultaneously monitor alpha and beta particles and gamma photons for radiation monitoring. The detector consists of three-layered scintillators optically coupled to each other and coupled to a photomultiplier tube. The first layer, which is made of a thin plastic scintillator (decay time: 2.4 ns), detects alpha particles. The second layer, which is made of a thin Gd{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} (GSO) scintillator with 1.5 mol.% Ce (decay time: 35 ns), detects beta particles. The third layer made of a thin GSO scintillator with 0.4 mol.% Ce (decay time: 70 ns) detects gamma photons. By using pulse shape discrimination, the count rates of these layers can be separated. With individual irradiation of alpha and beta particles and gamma photons, the count rate of the first layer represented the alpha particles, the second layer represented the beta particles, and the third layer represented the gamma photons. Even with simultaneous irradiation of the alpha and beta particles and the gamma photons, these three types of radiation can be individually monitored using correction for the gamma detection efficiency of the second and third layers. Our developed alpha, beta, and gamma detector is simple and will be useful for radiation monitoring, especially at nuclear power plant accident sites or other applications where the simultaneous measurements of alpha and beta particles and gamma photons are required.

  7. Development of an alpha/beta/gamma detector for radiation monitoring.

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    Yamamoto, Seiichi; Hatazawa, Jun

    2011-11-01

    For radiation monitoring at the site of nuclear power plant accidents such as Fukushima Daiichi, radiation detectors not only for gamma photons but also for alpha and beta particles are needed because some nuclear fission products emit beta particles and gamma photons and some nuclear fuels contain plutonium that emits alpha particles. We developed a radiation detector that can simultaneously monitor alpha and beta particles and gamma photons for radiation monitoring. The detector consists of three-layered scintillators optically coupled to each other and coupled to a photomultiplier tube. The first layer, which is made of a thin plastic scintillator (decay time: 2.4 ns), detects alpha particles. The second layer, which is made of a thin Gd(2)SiO(5) (GSO) scintillator with 1.5 mol.% Ce (decay time: 35 ns), detects beta particles. The third layer made of a thin GSO scintillator with 0.4 mol.% Ce (decay time: 70 ns) detects gamma photons. By using pulse shape discrimination, the count rates of these layers can be separated. With individual irradiation of alpha and beta particles and gamma photons, the count rate of the first layer represented the alpha particles, the second layer represented the beta particles, and the third layer represented the gamma photons. Even with simultaneous irradiation of the alpha and beta particles and the gamma photons, these three types of radiation can be individually monitored using correction for the gamma detection efficiency of the second and third layers. Our developed alpha, beta, and gamma detector is simple and will be useful for radiation monitoring, especially at nuclear power plant accident sites or other applications where the simultaneous measurements of alpha and beta particles and gamma photons are required. PMID:22128972

  8. Deceleration of Alpha Particles in the Solar Wind by Instabilities and the Rotational Force: Implications for Heating, Azimuthal Flow, and the Parker Spiral Magnetic Field

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    Verscharen, Daniel; Chandran, Benjamin D. G.; Bourouaine, Sofiane; Hollweg, Joseph V.

    2015-06-01

    Protons and alpha particles in the fast solar wind are only weakly collisional and exhibit a number of non-equilibrium features, including relative drifts between particle species. Two non-collisional mechanisms have been proposed for limiting differential flow between alpha particles and protons: plasma instabilities and the rotational force. Both mechanisms decelerate the alpha particles. In this paper, we derive an analytic expression for the rate {Q}{flow} at which energy is released by alpha-particle deceleration, accounting for azimuthal flow and conservation of total momentum. We show that instabilities control the deceleration of alpha particles at r\\lt {r}{crit}, and the rotational force controls the deceleration of alpha particles at r\\gt {r}{crit}, where {r}{crit}? 2.5 {AU} in the fast solar wind in the ecliptic plane. We find that {Q}{flow} is positive at r\\lt {r}{crit} and {Q}{flow}=0 at r?slant {r}{crit}, consistent with the previous finding that the rotational force does not lead to a release of energy. We compare the value of {Q}{flow} at r\\lt {r}{crit} with empirical heating rates for protons and alpha particles, denoted {Q}p and {Q}? , deduced from in situ measurements of fast-wind streams from the Helios and Ulysses spacecraft. We find that {Q}{flow} exceeds {Q}? at r\\lt 1 {AU}, and that {Q}{flow}/{Q}p decreases with increasing distance from the Sun from a value of about one at r = 0.29–0.42 AU to about 1/4 at 1 AU. We conclude that the continuous energy input from alpha-particle deceleration at r\\lt {r}{crit} makes an important contribution to the heating of the fast solar wind. We also discuss the implications of the alpha-particle drift for the azimuthal flow velocities of the ions and for the Parker spiral magnetic field.

  9. Sulfur-containing particles emitted by concealed sulfide ore deposits: an unknown source of sulfur-containing particles in the atmosphere

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    Cao, J. J.; Li, Y. K.; Jiang, T.; Hu, G.

    2015-06-01

    Sources of sulfur dioxide, sulfates, and organic sulfur compounds, such as fossil fuels, volcanic eruptions, and animal feeding operations, have attracted considerable attention. In this study, we collected particles carried by geogas flows ascending through soil, geogas flows above the soil that had passed through the soil, and geogas flows ascending through deep faults of concealed sulfide ore deposits, and analysed them using transmission electron microscopy. Numerous crystalline and amorphous sulfur-containing particles or particle aggregations were found in the ascending geogas flows. In addition to S, the particles contained O, Ca, K, Mg, Fe, Na, Pb, Hg, Cu, Zn, As, Ti, Sr, Ba, Si, etc. Such particles are usually a few to several hundred nanometres in diameter with either regular or irregular morphology. The sulfur-containing particles originated from deep-seated weathering or faulting products of concealed sulfide ore deposits. The particles suspended in the ascending geogas flow migrated through faults from deep-seated sources to the atmosphere. This is a previously unknown source of the atmospheric particles. This paper reports, for the first time, the emission of sulfur-containing particles into the atmosphere from concealed sulfide ore deposits. The climatic and ecological influences of these sulfur-containing particles and particle aggregations should be assessed.

  10. Anisotropic alpha emission from on-line separated isotopes

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    Wouters, J.; Vandeplassche, D.; van Walle, E.; Severijns, N.; Vanneste, L.

    1986-05-05

    A systematic on-line nuclear-orientation study of heavy isotopes using anisotropic ..cap alpha.. emission is reported for the first time. The anisotrophies recorded for /sup 199/At, /sup 201/At, and /sup 203/At are remarkably pronounced and strongly varying. At lower neutron number the ..cap alpha.. particles are more preferentially emitted perpendicularly to the nuclear-spin direction. This may be interpreted in terms of the high sensitivity of the ..cap alpha..-emission probability to changes in the nuclear shape.

  11. Gene amplification and microsatellite instability induced in tumorigenic human bronchial epithelial cells by alpha particles and heavy ions

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    Piao, C. Q.; Hei, T. K.; Hall, E. J. (Principal Investigator)

    2001-01-01

    Gene amplification and microsatellite alteration are useful markers of genomic instability in tumor and transformed cell lines. It has been suggested that genomic instability contributes to the progression of tumorigenesis by accumulating genetic changes. In this study, amplification of the carbamyl-P-synthetase, aspartate transcarbamylase, dihydro-orotase (CAD) gene in transformed and tumorigenic human bronchial epithelial (BEP2D) cells induced by either alpha particles or (56)Fe ions was assessed by measuring resistance to N-(phosphonacetyl)-l-aspartate (PALA). In addition, alterations of microsatellite loci located on chromosomes 3p and 18q were analyzed in a series of primary and secondary tumor cell lines generated in nude mice. The frequency of PALA-resistant colonies was 1-3 x 10(-3) in tumor cell lines, 5-8 x 10(-5) in transformed cells prior to inoculation into nude mice, and less than 10(-7) in control BEP2D cells. Microsatellite alterations were detected in all 11 tumor cell lines examined at the following loci: D18S34, D18S363, D18S877, D3S1038 and D3S1607. No significant difference in either PALA resistance or microsatellite instability was found in tumor cell lines that were induced by alpha particles compared to those induced by (56)Fe ions.

  12. High resolution alpha particle detection using 4H-SiC epitaxial layers: Fabrication, characterization, and noise analysis

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    Chaudhuri, Sandeep K.; Zavalla, Kelvin J.; Mandal, Krishna C.

    2013-11-01

    In this article we report the fabrication and characterization of large area, room-temperature operable and very high resolution Schottky barrier detectors for alpha particles using 20 ?m thick n-type 4H-SiC epitaxial layers. Schottky barriers were fabricated by depositing circular nickel contacts of ~11 mm2 area on the 4H-SiC epitaxial layers. Room temperature current-voltage measurements revealed very high Schottky barrier height of 1.6 eV and extremely low leakage current of 3.5 pA at an operating reverse bias of -90 V. We also report an energy resolution of 0.29%, which is the best resolution obtained so far for uncollimated 5.48 MeV alpha particles in 4H-SiC epitaxial detectors with such a large area. Very low micropipe density (<1 cm-2) and low effective doping concentration (2.4×1014 cm-3) in the epilayer helped to achieve a high resolution even with the large detector area and a broad source. A diffusion length of ~18.6 ?m for holes has been determined in these detectors following a calculation based on a drift-diffusion model. A noise analysis in terms of equivalent noise charge revealed that the white series noise due to the detector capacitance has substantial effect on their spectroscopic performance.

  13. Gas-phase and particle-phase organic compounds emitted from motor vehicle traffic in a Los Angeles roadway tunnel

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    Matthew P. Fraser; Glen R. Cass; Bernd R. T. Simoneit

    1998-01-01

    The emission rates for 221 vapor-phase, semivolatile, and particle-phase organic compounds from motor vehicles plus fine particulate matter mass and some inorganic particle-phase species are calculated based on measurements made inside and outside a Los Angeles roadway tunnel in 1993. These emission rates are calculated based on tunnel dilution rates or air circulation. The results show carbon monoxide emissions rates

  14. Screening materials with the XIA UltraLo alpha particle counter at Southern Methodist University

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    Nakib, M. Z.; Cooley, J.; Kara, B.; Qiu, H.; Scorza, S. [Department of Physics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (United States)] [Department of Physics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (United States); Guiseppe, V. E. [Department of Physics, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (United States)] [Department of Physics, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (United States); Rielage, K. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States)] [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (United States); Schnee, R. W. [Department of Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (United States)] [Department of Physics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (United States)

    2013-08-08

    Southern Methodist University houses one of five existing commercially available UltraLo 1800 production model alpha counters made by XIA LLC. The instrument has an electron drift chamber with a 707 cm{sup 2} or 1800 cm{sup 2} counting region which is determined by selecting the inner electrode size. The SMU team operating this device is part of the SuperCDMS screening working group, and uses the alpha counter to study the background rates from the decay of radon in materials used to construct the SuperCDMS experiment. We have studied four acrylic samples obtained from the MiniCLEAN direct dark matter search with the XIA instrument demonstrating its utility in low background experiments by investigating the plate-out of {sup 210}Pb and comparing the effectiveness of cleaning procedures in removing {sup 222}Rn progenies from the samples.

  15. Application of traditional cyclone with spray scrubber to remove airborne silica particles emitted from stone-crushing factories.

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    Bahrami, Abdulrahman; Ghorbani, Farshid; Mahjub, Hossien; Golbabei, Farideh; Aliabadi, Mohsan

    2009-08-01

    The traditional cyclone with spray scrubber was developed for the removal of airborne silica particles from local exhaust ventilation (LEV). The objective of this research is to evaluate the efficiency of this process for removing silica particles in LEV. After designing and installing a traditional cyclone and spray scrubber, air samples were obtained at the inlet and outlet of the apparatus. The mass of each collected sample was determined gravimetrically using EPA method. The efficiency of the cyclone with spray scrubber for the removal of dust particles from the LEV system was determined to be in the range of 92-99%. There was a high correlation between the inlet concentration of dust particles and the efficiency of the apparatus. The total pressure across the system was 772.17-1120.90 Pa. It was concluded that a traditional cyclone with a spray scrubber can effectively remove a very high percentage of the incoming silica particles from an LEV. The total pressure drop across the current process is less than the pressure drop across other treatment equipment, which means that our process can effectively remove silica particles while using less electricity than other processes. PMID:19672019

  16. Substate Populations and Nuclear Polarization Produced by Inelastic Alpha-Particle Scattering on Carbon12

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    T. D. Hayward; F. H. Schmidt

    1970-01-01

    We have measured the normalized alpha-gamma angular correlation in the reaction plane for excitation of the 4.44-MeV, 2+ state of 12C at 22.750 MeV. These data yield the relative populations (am)2 of the three magnetic substates referred to the normal to the reaction plane. The ambiguity between (a+2)2 and (a-2)2 was resolved by coincidence measurements of the circular polarization of

  17. Recommended Energy and Intensity Values of Alpha Particles from Radioactive Decay

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Rytz

    1991-01-01

    The present compilation in the third revised version of a collection of selected α-particle data found in the literature. It includes 516 values from 286 α-particle emitters, corresponding to an increase of 12% and 17%, respectively, over the 1979 version. The weighted means form a consistent set of recommended energy and branching values.

  18. Alpha track analysis and fission track analysis for localizing actinide-bearing micro-particles in the Yenisey River bottom sediments

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. E. Vlasova; St. N. Kalmykov; Yu. V. Konevnik; S. G. Simakin; I. S. Simakin; A. Yu. Anokhin; Yu. A. Sapozhnikov

    2008-01-01

    Distribution of actinides in bottom sediment and flood land soil cores collected from the Yenisey River near the Krasnoyarsk Mining and Chemical Combine (MCC) were analyzed. Actinide-bearing micro-particles were localized using alpha track analysis (ATA) and fission track analysis (FTA). Different types of radioactive micro-particles were found by analysis of the ratios of fission tracks to ?-tracks from single particles.

  19. Single particle tracking of alpha7 nicotinic AChR in hippocampal neurons reveals regulated confinement at glutamatergic and GABAergic perisynaptic sites.

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    Bürli, Thomas; Baer, Kristin; Ewers, Helge; Sidler, Corinne; Fuhrer, Christian; Fritschy, Jean-Marc

    2010-01-01

    Alpha7 neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (alpha7-nAChR) form Ca(2+)-permeable homopentameric channels modulating cortical network activity and cognitive processing. They are located pre- and postsynaptically and are highly abundant in hippocampal GABAergic interneurons. It is unclear how alpha7-nAChRs are positioned in specific membrane microdomains, particularly in cultured neurons which are devoid of cholinergic synapses. To address this issue, we monitored by single particle tracking the lateral mobility of individual alpha7-nAChRs labeled with alpha-bungarotoxin linked to quantum dots in live rat cultured hippocampal interneurons. Quantitative analysis revealed different modes of lateral diffusion of alpha7-nAChR dependent on their subcellular localization. Confined receptors were found in the immediate vicinity of glutamatergic and GABAergic postsynaptic densities, as well as in extrasynaptic clusters of alpha-bungarotoxin labeling on dendrites. alpha7-nAChRs avoided entering postsynaptic densities, but exhibited reduced mobility and long dwell times at perisynaptic locations, indicative of regulated confinement. Their diffusion coefficient was lower, on average, at glutamatergic than at GABAergic perisynaptic sites, suggesting differential, synapse-specific tethering mechanisms. Disruption of the cytoskeleton affected alpha7-nAChR mobility and cell surface expression, but not their ability to form clusters. Finally, using tetrodotoxin to silence network activity, as well as exposure to a selective alpha7-nAChR agonist or antagonist, we observed that alpha7-nAChRs cell surface dynamics is modulated by chronic changes in neuronal activity. Altogether, given their high Ca(2+)-permeability, our results suggest a possible role of alpha7-nAChR on interneurons for activating Ca(2+)-dependent signaling in the vicinity of GABAergic and glutamatergic synapses. PMID:20634896

  20. A comparative study of the number and mass of fine particles emitted with diesel fuel and marine gas oil (MGO)

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    Nabi, Md. Nurun; Brown, Richard J.; Ristovski, Zoran; Hustad, Johan Einar

    2012-09-01

    The current investigation reports on diesel particulate matter emissions, with special interest in fine particles from the combustion of two base fuels. The base fuels selected were diesel fuel and marine gas oil (MGO). The experiments were conducted with a four-stroke, six-cylinder, direct injection diesel engine. The results showed that the fine particle number emissions measured by both SMPS and ELPI were higher with MGO compared to diesel fuel. It was observed that the fine particle number emissions with the two base fuels were quantitatively different but qualitatively similar. The gravimetric (mass basis) measurement also showed higher total particulate matter (TPM) emissions with the MGO. The smoke emissions, which were part of TPM, were also higher for the MGO. No significant changes in the mass flow rate of fuel and the brake-specific fuel consumption (BSFC) were observed between the two base fuels.

  1. Cross-sections for Balmer-alpha excitation in heavy-particle collisions

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    Bae, Y.K.

    1982-08-01

    Doppler shifted and unshifted Balmer-alpha radiation has been observed in the absolute sense for energetic H/sup +/, H/sub 2//sup +/ and H/sub 3//sup +/ ions incident on molecular hydrogen by the method of decay inside the target within the energy range of 20 keV to 150 keV. Most of the measurements were based on single-collision conditions, but a simple thick-target experiment has been tried for the case of dissociative excitation of the target molecules by H atoms.

  2. Use of neutralized knock-on ion fluxes for alpha-particle confinement studies

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    Nesenevich, V. G.; Afanasyev, V. I.; Goncharov, P. R.; Mironov, M. I.; Petrov, M. P.; Petrov, S. Ya

    2014-12-01

    One of the objectives of neutral particle diagnostics on large tokamaks exploring DT plasma is to measure the distribution functions of fast deuterium (D) and tritium (T) ions in a suprathermal energy range. High energy tails in D,T-ion energy distributions (so-called knock-on ions) appear as a result of close elastic collisions between thermal fuel ions and fusion ?-particles. The knock-on ion density depends directly on the density and energy distribution of the ?-particles. Therefore measurements of the neutralized knock-on D,T-ion fluxes escaping from the plasma volume can provide information on the ?-particle confinement in DT plasma. This paper presents the results of a numerical simulation for the neutralized fast D,T-ion fluxes in the case of ITER fusion plasma. Feasible experimental measurements of the fluxes are considered with respect to the neutral particle diagnostics. We will show that the diagnostics can provide information on the confinement properties of fast ions in DT fusion plasma.

  3. Coincidence measurements between alpha particles and gamma rays in reactions induced by 85 and 155 MeV ¹²C on ¹??Sm

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    Cala, Steven Edward

    1978-01-01

    COINCIDENCE MEASUREMENTS BETWEEN ALPHA PARTICLES AND GAMMA RAYS 12 154 IN REACTIONS INDUCED BY 85 AND 155 MEV C ON Sm A Thesis by STEVEN EDWARD CALA Submitted to the Graduate College of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment... of the requirement for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE August 1978 Major Subject: Chemistry COINCIDENCE MEASUREMENTS BETWEEN ALPHA PARTICLES AND GAMMA RAYS 12 154 IN REACTIONS INDUCED BY 85 AND 155 MEV C ON Sm A Thesis by STEVEN EDWARD CALA Approved...

  4. A Critical Review of Alpha Radionuclide Therapy—How to Deal with Recoiling Daughters?

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    de Kruijff, Robin M.; Wolterbeek, Hubert T.; Denkova, Antonia G.

    2015-01-01

    This review presents an overview of the successes and challenges currently faced in alpha radionuclide therapy. Alpha particles have an advantage in killing tumour cells as compared to beta or gamma radiation due to their short penetration depth and high linear energy transfer (LET). Touching briefly on the clinical successes of radionuclides emitting only one alpha particle, the main focus of this article lies on those alpha-emitting radionuclides with multiple alpha-emitting daughters in their decay chain. While having the advantage of longer half-lives, the recoiled daughters of radionuclides like 224Ra (radium), 223Ra, and 225Ac (actinium) can do significant damage to healthy tissue when not retained at the tumour site. Three different approaches to deal with this problem are discussed: encapsulation in a nano-carrier, fast uptake of the alpha emitting radionuclides in tumour cells, and local administration. Each approach has been shown to have its advantages and disadvantages, but when larger activities need to be used clinically, nano-carriers appear to be the most promising solution for reducing toxic effects, provided there is no accumulation in healthy tissue. PMID:26066613

  5. A Critical Review of Alpha Radionuclide Therapy-How to Deal with Recoiling Daughters?

    PubMed

    de Kruijff, Robin M; Wolterbeek, Hubert T; Denkova, Antonia G

    2015-01-01

    This review presents an overview of the successes and challenges currently faced in alpha radionuclide therapy. Alpha particles have an advantage in killing tumour cells as compared to beta or gamma radiation due to their short penetration depth and high linear energy transfer (LET). Touching briefly on the clinical successes of radionuclides emitting only one alpha particle, the main focus of this article lies on those alpha-emitting radionuclides with multiple alpha-emitting daughters in their decay chain. While having the advantage of longer half-lives, the recoiled daughters of radionuclides like 224Ra (radium), 223Ra, and 225Ac (actinium) can do significant damage to healthy tissue when not retained at the tumour site. Three different approaches to deal with this problem are discussed: encapsulation in a nano-carrier, fast uptake of the alpha emitting radionuclides in tumour cells, and local administration. Each approach has been shown to have its advantages and disadvantages, but when larger activities need to be used clinically, nano-carriers appear to be the most promising solution for reducing toxic effects, provided there is no accumulation in healthy tissue. PMID:26066613

  6. Production of the therapeutic radionuclides 193mPt and 195mPt with high specific activity via alpha-particle-induced reactions on 192Os.

    PubMed

    Hilgers, K; Coenen, H H; Qaim, S M

    2008-04-01

    For the production of therapy-relevant radionuclides (193m)Pt (T(1/2)=4.33 d) and (195m)Pt (T(1/2)=4.03 d) with a high specific activity, the (192)Os(alpha,n)(195m)Pt and (192)Os(alpha,3n)(193m)Pt nuclear reactions were investigated for the first time from their respective thresholds up to 28 MeV. Thin samples of enriched (192)Os were prepared by electrodeposition on Ni, and the conventional stacked-foil technique was used for cross-section measurements. The calculated thick target yields were found to be 0.013 MBq/microA h for the (192)Os(alpha,n)(195m)Pt reaction in the energy range of E(alpha)=24-->18 MeV, and 0.25 MBq/microA h for the (192)Os(alpha,3n)(193m)Pt reaction in the energy range of E(alpha)=28-->24 MeV. The two radionuclides could not be detected in the interactions of (3)He particles with (192)Os. A production method involving high-current alpha-particle irradiation of enriched (192)Os and efficient chemical separation of radioplatinum was developed. Batch yields of about 1 MBq (195m)Pt and 8.7 MBq (193m)Pt were achieved. Compared to the reactor production these batch yields are very low, but the (192)Os(alpha,n)(195m)Pt and (192)Os(alpha,3n)(193m)Pt reactions are superior with respect to the specific activity of the products which is higher by two orders of magnitude. PMID:18083038

  7. Complex aberrations in lymphocytes exposed to mixed beams of (241)Am alpha particles and X-rays.

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    Staaf, Elina; Deperas-Kaminska, Marta; Brehwens, Karl; Haghdoost, Siamak; Czub, Joanna; Wojcik, Andrzej

    2013-08-30

    Modern radiotherapy treatment modalities are associated with undesired out-of-field exposure to complex mixed beams of high and low energy transfer (LET) radiation that can give rise to secondary cancers. The biological effectiveness of mixed beams is not known. The aim of the investigation was the analysis of chromosomal damage in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL) exposed to a mixed beam of X-rays and alpha particles. Using a dedicated exposure facility PBL were exposed to increasing doses of alpha particles (from (241)Am), X-rays and a mixture of both. Chromosomal aberrations were analysed in chromosomes 2, 8 and 14 using fluorescence in situ hybridisation. The found and expected frequencies of simple and complex aberrations were compared. Simple aberrations showed linear dose-response relationships with doses. A higher than expected frequency of simple aberrations was only observed after the highest mixed beam dose. A linear-quadratic dose response curve for complex aberrations was observed after mixed-beam exposure. Higher than expected frequencies of complex aberrations were observed for the two highest doses. Both the linear-quadratic dose-response relationship and the calculation of expected frequencies show that exposure of PBL to mixed beams of high and low LET radiation leads to a higher than expected frequency of complex-type aberrations. Because chromosomal changes are associated with cancer induction this result may imply that the cancer risk of exposure to mixed beams in radiation oncology may be higher than expected based on the additive action of the individual dose components. PMID:23669292

  8. Studies on the variation of the track etch rate along alpha particle trajectories in CR39

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    B Dörschel; H Hartmann; K Kadner; P Rö?ler

    1995-01-01

    At the beginning of the etching process a constant track etch rate can be assumed. In deeper detector layers, however, the etch rate varies drastically along the particle trajectories. Consequently, the indirect determination of the track etch rate by measuring the etch pit diameters on the detector surface does not yield correct results. Therefore, a method for the direct measurement

  9. Evaluation of Melt-Grown, ZnO Single Crystals for Use as Alpha-Particle Detectors

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    Neal, John S [ORNL; Giles, N. C. [West Virginia University; Yang, Xiaocheng [West Virginia University; Wall, R. Andrew [Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; Ucer, Burak [Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; Williams, Richard T. [Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC; Wisniewski, Dariusz J [ORNL; Boatner, Lynn A [ORNL; Rengarajan, Varatharajan [ORNL; Nause, Jeff E [ORNL; Nemeth, Bell [Cermet, Inc., Atlanta

    2008-01-01

    As part of an ongoing investigation of the scintillation properties of zinc-oxide-based scintillators, several melt-grown, ZnO single crystals have been characterized using -particle excitation, infrared reflectance, and room temperature photoluminescence. The crystals, grown by Cermet, Inc. using a pressurized melt growth process, were doped with Group 1 elements (Li), Group 2 elements (Mg), Group 3 elements (Ga, In) and Lanthanides (Gd, Er, Tm). The goals of these studies are to better understand the scintillation mechanisms associated with various members of the ZnO scintillator family and to then use this knowledge to improve the radiation detection capabilities of ZnO-based scintillators. One application for which ZnO is particularly well suited as a scintillator is as the associated particle detector in a deuterium-tritium (D-T) neutron generator. Application requirements include the exclusion of organic materials, outstanding timing resolution, and high radiation resistance. ZnO(Ga) and ZnO(In) have demonstrated fast (sub-nanosecond) decay times with relatively low light yields, and ZnO(Ga) has been used in a powder form as the associated particle detector for a D-T neutron generator. Four promising candidate materials, ZnO, ZnO:Ga, ZnO:In,Li, and ZnO:Er,Li, were identified in this study. These four samples demonstrated sub-nanosecond decay times and alpha particle excited luminescence comparable to BC-400 fast plastic scintillator. The ZnO:Mg,Ga, ZnO:Gd, and ZnO:Li samples demonstrated appreciable slow (microsecond) decay components that would be incompatible with high-counting-rate applications.

  10. 16. cap alpha. -(/sup 77/Br)bromoestradiol-17. beta. : a high specific-activity, gamma-emitting tracer with uptake in rat uterus and induced mammary tumors

    SciTech Connect

    Katzenellenbogen, J.A. (Univ. of Illinois, Urbana); Senderoff, S.G.; McElvany, K.D.; O'Brien, H.A. Jr.; Welch, M.J.

    1981-01-01

    16..cap alpha..-(/sup 77/Br)bromoestradiol-17..beta.. (compound 1) has been synthesized by radiobromination of estrone enoldiacetate. Tissue uptake studies performed 1 hr after administration of compound 1 to immature or mature female rats showed uterus-to-blood ratios of 13, with nontarget tissue-to-blood ratios ranging from 0.6 to 2. Co-administration of unlabeled estradiol caused a selective depression in the uterine uptake with no effect on nontarget tissue uptake. In adult animals bearing adenocarcinomas induced by DMBA (7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene), tumor-to-blood ratios of 6.3 were obtained, this uptake also being depressed in animals treated with unlabeled estradiol. The studies demonstrate that compound 1 has suitable binding properties and sufficiently high specific activity so that its uptake in estrogen target tissues in vivo is mediated primarily by the estrogen receptor. Furthermore, they suggest that this compound may be suitable for imaging human breast tumors that contain estrogen receptors.

  11. Proton-nucleus optical potential in the alpha-particle model

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    Tan, Zhen-Qiang; Ruan, Wen-Ying

    1990-07-01

    In this paper, by using a phenomenological amplitude fitted with p- 4He elastic scattering data, and on the basis of the ?-particle model of the nucleus, a theoretical proton-nucleus optical potential is constructed. With this potential, the differential cross section, the polarization and the spin-rotation parameter for p- 12C elastic scattering are calculated at Tp = 200 and 398 MeV. The theoretical calculations are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  12. Minimum ionizing and alpha particles detectors based on epitaxial semiconductor silicon carbide

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. Nava; P. Vanni; M. Bruzzi; S. Lagomarsino; S. Sciortino; G. Wagner; C. Lanzieri

    2004-01-01

    The relatively high value of the energy required to produce an electron-hole pair in silicon carbide, SiC, by a minimum ionizing particle (MIP) against the value for Si, imposes severe constrains in the crystallographic quality, the thickness and the doping concentration of the SiC epitaxial layer used as the detection medium. In this work, a 40 ?m thick 4 H-SiC

  13. Alpha-particle formation and decay rates from Skyrme-HFB wave functions

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    Ward, D. E.; Carlsson, B. G.; Åberg, S.

    2014-05-01

    ? decay is treated microscopically, where the unstable mother nucleus and residual daughter nucleus are described using Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov (HFB) wave functions, obtained with the Skyrme effective interaction. From these wave functions the amplitude for forming ? particles in the mother nucleus is computed. Two different Skyrme parametrizations with different pairing properties are compared, and we find good agreement with experiment for relative decay rates in both cases. The absolute values of the decay rates are underestimated.

  14. Investigation on polycrystalline CVD diamond-based alpha-particle detectors

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. G Wang; Q Zhang; S. F Yoon; J Ahn

    2002-01-01

    In this paper, ?-particle detectors have been fabricated using good quality polycrystalline CVD diamond thin films deposited by HFCVD technique. Coplanar electrical contacts with interelectrode spacing of 100?m were prepared on the growth side of the CVD diamond film using lift-off technology. The detector performance has been tested with a 241Am source with a characteristic energy of 5.5MeV at room

  15. Alpha-particle capture reactions in inverse kinematics relevant to p-process nucleosynthesis

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    Uji?, P.; Lagoyannis, A.; Mertzimekis, T. J.; de Oliveira Santos, F.; Harissopulos, S.; Demetriou, P.; Perrot, L.; Stodel, Ch.; Saint-Laurent, M.-G.; Kamalou, O.; Lefebvre-Schuhl, A.; Spyrou, A.; Amthor, M. A.; Grevy, S.; Caceres, L.; Koivisto, H.; Laitinen, M.; Uusitalo, J.; Julin, R.

    2011-10-01

    The first feasibility study of an ?-particle capture reaction in inverse kinematics at energies relevant to the p process was performed at the Wien Filter of the LISE spectrometer at GANIL. Hereby, the 4He(78Kr,?)82Sr reaction was investigated using as target an 4He-implanted thin Al foil. The analysis of the data has shown that the determination of (?,?) reaction cross sections at rather low energies around 2 MeV/u in inverse kinematics is indeed feasible regarding the high rejection rate of the primary beam, which in the present work was better than a factor of 109. However, the expected position of the recoils of interest was completely masked by particles of currently unknown origin that could hardly be attributed to scattering of the primary beam. The most probable explanation for the origin of these "pollutants" could be microscopic dust particles of 10 ?m diameter and less, that are extremely difficult to avoid in standard experimental conditions. Hence, the use of a gas-jet target instead of a solid one is compulsory.

  16. Targeting Aberrant DNA double strand break repair in triple negative breast cancer with alpha particle emitter radiolabeled anti-EGFR antibody

    PubMed Central

    Song, Hong; Hedayati, Mohammad; Hobbs, Robert F.; Shao, Chunbo; Bruchertseifer, Frank; Morgenstern, Alfred; DeWeese, Theodore L.; Sgouros, George

    2013-01-01

    The higher potential efficacy of alpha-particle radiopharmaceutical therapy lies in the 3 to 8-fold greater biological effectiveness (RBE) of alpha particles relative to photon or beta-particle radiation. This greater RBE, however, also applies to normal tissue, thereby reducing the potential advantage of high RBE. Since alpha particles typically cause DNA double strand breaks (DSBs), targeting tumors that are defective in DSB repair effectively increases the RBE, yielding a secondary, RBE-based differentiation between tumor and normal tissue that is complementary to conventional, receptor-mediated tumor targeting. In some triple negative breast cancers (TNBC, ER?/PR?/HER-2?), germline mutation in BRCA-1, a key gene in homologous recombination (HR) DSB repair, predisposes patients to early onset of breast cancer. These patients have few treatment options once the cancer has metastasized. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of alpha particle emitter, 213Bi labeled anti-EGFR antibody, Cetuximab, in BRCA-1 defective TNBC. 213Bi-Cetuximab was found to be significantly more effective in the BRCA-1 mutated TNBC cell line HCC1937 than BRCA-1 competent TNBC cell MDA-MB-231. siRNA knockdown of BRCA-1 or DNA-PKcs, a key gene in non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) DSB repair pathway, also sensitized TNBC cells to 213Bi-Cetuximab. Furthermore, the small molecule inhibitor of DNA-PKcs, NU7441, sensitized BRCA-1 competent TNBC cells to alpha particle radiation. Immunofluorescent staining of ?H2AX foci and comet assay confirmed that enhanced RBE is caused by impaired DSB repair. These data offer a novel strategy for enhancing conventional receptor-mediated targeting with an additional, potentially synergistic radiobiological targeting that could be applied to TNBC. PMID:23873849

  17. Targeting aberrant DNA double-strand break repair in triple-negative breast cancer with alpha-particle emitter radiolabeled anti-EGFR antibody.

    PubMed

    Song, Hong; Hedayati, Mohammad; Hobbs, Robert F; Shao, Chunbo; Bruchertseifer, Frank; Morgenstern, Alfred; Deweese, Theodore L; Sgouros, George

    2013-10-01

    The higher potential efficacy of alpha-particle radiopharmaceutical therapy lies in the 3- to 8-fold greater relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of alpha particles relative to photon or beta-particle radiation. This greater RBE, however, also applies to normal tissue, thereby reducing the potential advantage of high RBE. As alpha particles typically cause DNA double-strand breaks (DSB), targeting tumors that are defective in DSB repair effectively increases the RBE, yielding a secondary, RBE-based differentiation between tumor and normal tissue that is complementary to conventional, receptor-mediated tumor targeting. In some triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC; ER(-)/PR(-)/HER-2(-)), germline mutation in BRCA-1, a key gene in homologous recombination DSB repair, predisposes patients to early onset of breast cancer. These patients have few treatment options once the cancer has metastasized. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of alpha-particle emitter, (213)Bi-labeled anti-EGF receptor antibody, cetuximab, in BRCA-1-defective TNBC. (213)Bi-cetuximab was found to be significantly more effective in the BRCA-1-mutated TNBC cell line HCC1937 than BRCA-1-competent TNBC cell MDA-MB-231. siRNA knockdown of BRCA-1 or DNA-dependent protein kinase, catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs), a key gene in non-homologous end-joining DSB repair pathway, also sensitized TNBC cells to (213)Bi-cetuximab. Furthermore, the small-molecule inhibitor of DNA-PKcs, NU7441, sensitized BRCA-1-competent TNBC cells to alpha-particle radiation. Immunofluorescent staining of ?-H2AX foci and comet assay confirmed that enhanced RBE is caused by impaired DSB repair. These data offer a novel strategy for enhancing conventional receptor-mediated targeting with an additional, potentially synergistic radiobiological targeting that could be applied to TNBC. PMID:23873849

  18. The anthropogenic magnetic particles contain in indoor dust as markers of pollution emitted by different outside sources.

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    Szczepaniak, Iga; Górka-Kostrubiec, Beata

    2015-04-01

    The aim of the study was to explain the impact of magnetic particles originated from different external sources of pollution on the air quality inside apartments. We used the indoor dust as an indicator of air pollution inside apartments. For the study, a small town was chosen, in which dominated the local sources of pollution: (1) vehicle traffic (in the city center), (2) local heating plant, (3) individual households (in the suburbs) and (4) re-emission of soil particles from the contaminated post-industrial area. In each of four areas were selected several private apartments as a sampling points. Dust samples were collected by the owners of apartments from the floor surface using vacuum cleaners in the same time period (September 2014). The concentration-dependent magnetic parameters (magnetic susceptibility - and magnetization MS) were used to determine the level of the magnetic pollution of the indoor dust. The properties of magnetic particles (mineralogy, domain structure and grain size), and their chemical composition were used to describe and identify the source of air pollution inside the apartments. Generally, the results showed that in each of studied areas were observed flats with both: very high and low values of parameters depending on the concentration of magnetic particles. The biggest differences between the areas were visible in mineralogy of magnetic fraction of pollution. The research of apartments exposed to pollution generated by vehicle traffic (located in the city center) show a wide range of values ? (75-1021 -10-8 m3kg-1) and MS (35-656 -10-3 Am2kg-1). These differences were due to the high contribution of pure iron to magnetic fraction of pollution. Detailed analysis of the M (T) curves revealed two magnetic transitions: first at a temperature Tc = 585oC for magnetite and the second at Tc = 760oC for pure iron. For the dust samples from the city center the high values of ? and MS well correlated with high level of anthropogenic elements Ni, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cr, Co, which main source is the motor vehicle traffic. Samples of dust collected from the apartments located near the urban heat contained magnetite and pure iron, but in smaller amounts than the samples from the city center. The dust coming from the apartments located on contaminated post-industrial area contains only magnetite. On the curves ?(T), the contribution of the pure iron was not visible. For the both groups of the samples, the concentration expressed by the magnetic susceptibility correlated with a high concentration of heavy metals and toxic elements. Dust samples from the apartments located in the area with low anthropogenic factor (in the suburbs) had the values of ? and MS below average values determined from all investigated areas. Generally, the magnetic fraction of dust mainly contained fine grained magnetite but also small amount of pure iron. The contribution of pure iron depends on proximity of the apartment to the road. In this group, the relatively low susceptibility values of correlated with the low concentration of heavy metals.

  19. Apparatus for detecting alpha radiation in difficult access areas

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    Steadman, Peter (Santa Fe, NM); MacArthur, Duncan W. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1997-09-02

    An electrostatic alpha radiation detector for measuring alpha radiation emitted from inside an enclosure comprising an electrically conductive expandable electrode for insertion into the enclosure. After insertion, the electrically conductive expandable electrode is insulated from the enclosure and defines a decay cavity between the electrically conductive expandable electrode and the enclosure so that air ions generated in the decay cavity are electrostatically captured by the electrically conductive expandable electrode and the enclosure when an electric potential is applied between the electrically conductive expandable electrode and the enclosure. Indicator means are attached to the electrically conductive expandable electrode for indicating an electrical current produced by generation of the air ions generated in the decay cavity by collisions between air molecules and the alpha particles emitted from the enclosure. A voltage source is connected between the indicator means and the electrically conductive enclosure for creating an electric field between the electrically conductive expandable electrode and the enclosure.

  20. Further explorations of the alpha-particle optical model potential at low energies for the mass range A=45-209

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    V. Avrigeanu; M. Avrigeanu; C. M?n?ilescu

    2014-10-28

    The recent high-precision measurements of alpha-particle induced reaction data below the Coulomb barrier (B) make possible the understanding of limits and possible improvement of a previous optical model potential (OMP) for alpha-particles on nuclei within the mass number range 45130. Moreover, underestimation of reaction cross sections for well-deformed nuclei is removed by using ~7% larger radius for the surface imaginary part of this spherical OMP. Improved input parameters based on recent independent data, particularly gamma-ray strength functions, but no empirical rescaling factor of the gamma and/or neutron widths have been involved within statistical model calculation of the corresponding (alpha,x) reaction cross sections.

  1. The implications of particle energy and acidic media on gross alpha and gross beta determination using liquid scintillation.

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    Zapata-García, D; Llauradó, M; Rauret, G

    2012-04-01

    The interaction of humans with radioactivity present in the environment from natural and artificial sources necessitates an evaluation of its risk on human health. Gross alpha and gross beta activities can provide a rapid evaluation of the radioactive content of a sample and can be simultaneously determined by using liquid scintillation counters. However, calibration of the liquid scintillation counter is required and is affected by many factors, such as particle energy and the acidity of the media. This study investigates what effect the particle energy used for calibration has on misclassification and how to account for this misclassification in routine measurements. The variability in measurement produced by the final pH, as well as any acids used in sample treatment, was also studied. These results showed that the most commonly used acid for these types of analyses, HNO(3), produced a high amount of misclassifications at very low pH. The results improved when HCl was used to adjust the sample to low pH. PMID:22200448

  2. Evolution in the Continuum Morphological Properties of Ly alpha-Emitting Galaxies from Z=3.1 to Z=2.1

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    Bond, Nicholas A.; Gawiser, Eric; Guaita, Lucia; Padilla, Nelson; Gronwall, Chile Caryl; Ciardullo, Robin; Lai, Kamson

    2011-01-01

    We present a rest-frame ultraviolet morphological analysis of 108 z = 2.1 Lyman Alpha Emitters (LAEs) in the Extended Chandra Deep Field South (ECDF-S) and compare it to a similar sample of 171 LAEs at z = 3.1 . Using Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images taken as part of the Galaxy Evolution From Morphology and SEDs survey, Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey, and Hubble Ultradeep Field surveys, we measure the size and photometric component distributions, where photo- metric components are defined as distinct clumps of UV-continuum emission. At both redshifts, the majority of LAEs have observed half-light radii < 2 kpc, but the median half-light radius rises from 0.97 kpc at z = 3.1 to 1.41 kpc at z = 2.1. A similar evolution is seen in the sizes of individual rest-UV components, but there is no evidence for evolution in the number of mUlti-component systems. In the z = 2.1 LAE sample, we see clear correlations between the LAE size and other physical properties derived from its SED. LAEs are found to be larger for galaxies with larger stellar mass, larger star formation rate, and larger dust obscuration, but there is no evidence for a trend between equivalent width and half-light radius at either redshift. The presence of these correlations suggests that a wide range of objects are being selected by LAE surveys at that redshift, including a significant fraction of objects for which a massive and moderately extended population of old stars underlies the young starburst giving rise to the Lya emission.

  3. A Method of Measuring Hydrogen Isotopes in Surface Layers of Planetary Soils by Spectroscopy of Recoil Protons in Alpha Particle Elastic Scattering

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    B. N. Korchuganov; G. G. Dol'nikov; M. V. Gerasimov; O. F. Prilutskii; R. Rider; G. Waenke; T. Economou

    2004-01-01

    A theoretical and experimental feasibility study of possible determination of the hydrogen and deuterium concentrations in the surface layers of planetary bodies is presented. The method under study is the recoil proton and deuteron spectrometry of forward scattering in the course of elastic interaction of alpha particles with the nuclei of hydrogen isotopes. The spectra of recoil protons and deuterons

  4. Observation of alpha particle loss from JET plasmas during ion cyclotron resonance frequency heating using a thin foil Faraday cup detector array

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    D. S. Darrow; F. E. Cecil; V. Kiptily; K. Fullard; A. Horton; A. Murari; Jet Efda Contributors

    2010-01-01

    The loss of MeV alpha particles from JET plasmas has been measured with a set of thin foil Faraday cup detectors during third harmonic heating of helium neutral beam ions. Tail temperatures of ~2 MeV have been observed, with radial scrape off lengths of a few centimeters. Operational experience from this system indicates that such detectors are potentially feasible for

  5. Optical appearance of alpha particle tracks in CR-39 SSNTD K.N. Yu *, H.H.W. Lee, A.W.T. Wong, Y.L. Law, S.F.L. Cheung, D. Nikezic, F.M.F. Ng

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    Yu, K.N.

    .40; 23.60 Keywords: CR-39 detector; Alpha particles; Tracks; Ray tracing; Gray level 1. Introduction OneOptical appearance of alpha particle tracks in CR-39 SSNTD K.N. Yu *, H.H.W. Lee, A.W.T. Wong, Y of the challenging tasks in the application of solid- state nuclear track detectors (SSNTDs) is the automation

  6. Readout cross-talk for alpha-particle measurements in a pixelated sensor system

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    Norlin, B.; Reza, S.; Krapohl, D.; Fröjdh, E.; Thungström, G.

    2015-05-01

    Simulations in Medici are performed to quantify crosstalk and charge sharing in a hybrid pixelated silicon detector. Crosstalk and charge sharing degrades the spatial and spectral resolution of single photon processing X-ray imaging systems. For typical medical X-ray imaging applications, the process is dominated by charge sharing between the pixels in the sensor. For heavier particles each impact generates a large amount of charge and the simulation seems to over predict the charge collection efficiency. This indicates that some type of non modelled degradation of the charge transport efficiency exists, like the plasma effect where the plasma might shield the generated charges from the electric field and hence distorts the charge transport process. Based on the simulations it can be reasoned that saturation of the amplifiers in the Timepix system might generate crosstalk that increases the charge spread measured from ion impact on the sensor.

  7. Determination of 239Pu and 240Pu isotope ratio for a nuclear bomb particle using X-ray spectrometry in conjunction with gamma-ray spectrometry and non-destructive alpha-particle spectrometry

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    R. Pöllänen; K. Ruotsalainen; H. Toivonen

    2009-01-01

    A nuclear bomb particle from Thule containing Pu and U was analyzed using X-ray spectrometry in combination with gamma-ray spectrometry and non-destructive alpha-spectrometry. The main objective was to investigate the possibility to determine the 239Pu and 240Pu isotope ratios. Previously, X-ray spectrometry together with the above-mentioned methods has been successfully applied for radiochemically processed samples, but not for individual particles.

  8. Single photon emitted by a single particle in free-space vacuum modes and its resonant interaction with two- and three-level absorbers

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    Shakhmuratov, R. N.; Odeurs, J.; Mandel, Paul

    2007-01-01

    We consider the time-delayed coincidence counting of two photons emitted in a cascade by a single particle (atom, molecule, nucleus, etc.). The time-dependence of the probability amplitude of the second photon in the cascade has a sharply rising leading edge due to the detection of the first photon, as results from causality. If a macroscopic ensemble of resonant two-level absorbers is placed in the path of the second photon between the radiation source and the detector, the photon absorption does not follow Beer’s law due to the time-asymmetric shape of the photon. For very short delay times almost no absorption takes place, even in an optically dense medium. We analyze the propagation of such a second photon in a thick resonant three-level absorber if a narrow electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) window is present at the center of the absorption line. It is shown that the EIT medium can change the asymmetric time dependence of the photon probability amplitude to a bell shape (EIT filtering). This bell-shaped photon interacts much more efficiently with another ensemble of two-level absorbers chosen, for example, to store this photon and the information it carries. Ideally a photon wave packet with a Gaussian time-envelope is most effectively stored.

  9. Monte Carlo particle-trajectory models for neutral cometary gases. I. Models and equations. II. The spatial morphology of the Lyman-alpha coma

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    Combi, M.R.; Smyth, W.H.

    1988-04-01

    The mathematical derivations of various methods employed in the Monte Carlo particle-trajectory model (MCPTM) are presented, and the application of the MCPTM to the calculation of the photochemical heating of the inner coma through the partial thermalization of cometary hydrogen atoms produced by the photodissociation of water is discussed. This model is then used to explain the observed morphology of the spatially extended Ly-alpha comas of comets. The rocket and Skylab images of the Ly-alpha coma of Comet Kohoutek are examined. 90 references.

  10. Calculated /alpha/-induced thick target neutron yields and spectra, with comparison to measured data

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    Wilson, W.B.; Bozoian, M.; Perry, R.T.

    1988-01-01

    One component of the neutron source associated with the decay of actinide nuclides in many environments is due to the interaction of decay /alpha/ particles in (/alpha/,n) reactions on low Z nuclides. Measurements of (/alpha/,n) thick target neutron yields and associated neutron spectra have been made for only a few combinations of /alpha/ energy and target nuclide or mixtures of actinide and target nuclides. Calculations of thick target neutron yields and spectra with the SOURCES code require /alpha/-energy-dependent cross sections for (/alpha/,n) reactions, as well as branching fractions leading to the energetically possible levels of the product nuclides. A library of these data has been accumulated for target nuclides of Z /le/ 15 using that available from measurements and from recent GNASH code calculations. SOURCES, assuming neutrons to be emitted isotopically in the center-of-mass system, uses libraries of /alpha/ stopping cross sections, (/alpha/,n) reaction cross reactions, product nuclide level branching fractions, and actinide decay /alpha/ spectra to calculate thick target (/alpha/,n) yields and neutron spectra for homogeneous combinations of nuclides. The code also calculates the thick target yield and angle intergrated neutron spectrum produced by /alpha/-particle beams on targets of homogeneous mixtures of nuclides. Illustrative calculated results are given and comparisons are made with measured thick target yields and spectra. 50 refs., 1 fig., 2 tabs.

  11. Characteristics and mechanisms of the bystander response in monolayer cell cultures exposed to very low fluences of alpha particles

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    Little, John B.; Azzam, Edouard I.; de Toledo, Sonia M.; Nagasawa, Hatsumi

    2005-02-01

    When confluent cultures of mammalian cells are irradiated with very low fluences of alpha particles whereby only occasional cells receive any radiation exposure, genetic changes are observed in the non-irradiated ("bystander") cells. Upregulation of the p53 damage-response pathway as well as activation of proteins in the MAPK family occurred in bystander cells; p53 was phosphorylated on the serine 15 residue suggesting that the upregulation of p53 was a consequence of DNA damage. Damage signals were transmitted to bystander cells through gap junctions, as confirmed by the use of genetically manipulated cells including connexin43 knockouts. Expression of connexin43 was markedly enhanced by irradiation. A moderate bystander effect was observed for specific gene mutations and chromosomal aberrations. This effect was markedly enhanced in cells defective in the non-homologous end joining DNA repair pathway. Finally, an upregulation of oxidative metabolism occurred in bystander cells; the increased levels of reactive oxygen species appeared to be derived from flavine-containing oxidase enzymes. We hypothesize that genetic effects observed in non-irradiated bystander cells are a consequence of oxidative base damage; >90% of mutations in bystander cells were point mutations. When bystander cells cannot repair DNA double strand breaks, they become much more sensitive to the induction of chromosomal aberrations and mutations, the latter consisting primarily of deletion mutants. While we propose that the genetic effects occurring in bystander cells are a consequence of oxidative stress, the nature of the signal that initiates this process remains to be determined.

  12. Cell Cycle Checkpoint Proteins p21 and Hus1 Regulating Intercellular Signaling Induced By Alpha Particle Irradiation

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    Wu, Lijun; Zhao, Ye; Wang, Jun; Hang, Haiying

    In recent years, the attentions for radiation induced bystander effects (RIBE) have been paid on the intercellular signaling events connecting the irradiated and non-irradiated cells. p21 is a member of the Cip/Kip family and plays essential roles in cell cycle progression arrest after cellular irradiation. DNA damage checkpoint protein Hus1 is a member of the Rad9-Rad1-Hus1 complex and functions as scaffold at the damage sites to facilitate the activation of downstream effectors. Using the medium trasfer method and the cells of MEF, MEF (p21-/-), MEF (p21-/-Hus1-/-) as either medium donor or receptor cells, it was found that with 5cGy alpha particle irradiation, the bystander cells showed a significant induction of -H2AX for normal MEFs (p¡0.05). However, the absence of p21 resulted in deficiency in inducing bystander effects. Further results indicated p21 affected the intercellular DNA damage signaling mainly through disrupting the production or release of the damage signals from irradiated cells. When Hus1 and p21 were both knocked out, an obvious induction of -H2AX recurred in bystander cells and the induction of -H2AX was GJIC (gap junction-mediated intercellular communication) dependent, indicating the interrelationship between p21 and Hus1 regulated the production and relay of DNA damage signals from irradiated cells to non-irradiated bystander cells.

  13. SOURCES 4A: A Code for Calculating (alpha,n), Spontaneous Fission, and Delayed Neutron Sources and Spectra

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    Madland, D.G.; Arthur, E.D.; Estes, G.P.; Stewart, J.E.; Bozoian, M.; Perry, R.T.; Parish, T.A.; Brown, T.H.; England, T.R.; Wilson, W.B.; Charlton, W.S.

    1999-09-01

    SOURCES 4A is a computer code that determines neutron production rates and spectra from ({alpha},n) reactions, spontaneous fission, and delayed neutron emission due to the decay of radionuclides. The code is capable of calculating ({alpha},n) source rates and spectra in four types of problems: homogeneous media (i.e., a mixture of {alpha}-emitting source material and low-Z target material), two-region interface problems (i.e., a slab of {alpha}-emitting source material in contact with a slab of low-Z target material), three-region interface problems (i.e., a thin slab of low-Z target material sandwiched between {alpha}-emitting source material and low-Z target material), and ({alpha},n) reactions induced by a monoenergetic beam of {alpha}-particles incident on a slab of target material. Spontaneous fission spectra are calculated with evaluated half-life, spontaneous fission branching, and Watt spectrum parameters for 43 actinides. The ({alpha},n) spectra are calculated using an assumed isotropic angular distribution in the center-of-mass system with a library of 89 nuclide decay {alpha}-particle spectra, 24 sets of measured and/or evaluated ({alpha},n) cross sections and product nuclide level branching fractions, and functional {alpha}-particle stopping cross sections for Z < 106. The delayed neutron spectra are taken from an evaluated library of 105 precursors. The code outputs the magnitude and spectra of the resultant neutron source. It also provides an analysis of the contributions to that source by each nuclide in the problem.

  14. Calculation of effective atomic number and electron density of essential biomolecules for electron, proton, alpha particle and multi-energetic photon interactions

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    Kurudirek, Murat; Onaran, Tayfur

    2015-07-01

    Effective atomic numbers (Zeff) and electron densities (Ne) of some essential biomolecules have been calculated for total electron interaction, total proton interaction and total alpha particle interaction using an interpolation method in the energy region 10 keV-1 GeV. Also, the spectrum weighted Zeff for multi-energetic photons has been calculated using Auto-Zeff program. Biomolecules consist of fatty acids, amino acids, carbohydrates and basic nucleotides of DNA and RNA. Variations of Zeff and Ne with kinetic energy of ionizing charged particles and effective photon energies of heterogeneous sources have been studied for the given materials. Significant variations in Zeff and Ne have been observed through the entire energy region for electron, proton and alpha particle interactions. Non-uniform variation has been observed for protons and alpha particles in low and intermediate energy regions, respectively. The maximum values of Zeff have found to be in higher energies for total electron interaction whereas maximum values have found to be in relatively low energies for total proton and total alpha particle interactions. When it comes to the multi-energetic photon sources, it has to be noted that the highest Zeff values were found at low energy region where photoelectric absorption is the pre-dominant interaction process. The lowest values of Zeff have been shown in biomolecules such as stearic acid, leucine, mannitol and thymine, which have highest H content in their groups. Variation in Ne seems to be more or less the same with the variation in Zeff for the given materials as expected.

  15. Clinical Experience with ?-Particle–Emitting 211At: Treatment of Recurrent Brain Tumor Patients with 211At-Labeled Chimeric Antitenascin Monoclonal Antibody 81C6

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    Zalutsky, Michael R.; Reardon, David A.; Akabani, Gamal; Coleman, R. Edward; Friedman, Allan H.; Friedman, Henry S.; McLendon, Roger E.; Wong, Terence Z.; Bigner, Darell D.

    2010-01-01

    ?-Particle–emitting radionuclides, such as 211At, with a 7.2-h half-life, may be optimally suited for the molecularly targeted radiotherapy of strategically sensitive tumor sites, such as those in the central nervous system. Because of the much shorter range and more potent cytotoxicity of ?-particles than of ?-particles, 211At-labeled agents may be ideal for the eradication of tumor cells remaining after surgical debulking of malignant brain tumors. The main goal of this study was to investigate the feasibility and safety of this approach in patients with recurrent malignant brain tumors. Methods Chimeric antitenascin monoclonal antibody 81C6 (ch81C6) (10 mg) was labeled with 71–347 MBq of 211At by use of N-succinimidyl 3-[211At]astatobenzoate. Eighteen patients were treated with 211At-labeled ch81C6 (211At-ch81C6) administered into a surgically created resection cavity (SCRC) and then with salvage chemotherapy. Serial ?-camera imaging and blood sampling over 24 h were performed. Results A total of 96.7% ± 3.6% (mean ± SD) of 211At decays occurred in the SCRC, and the mean blood-pool percentage injected dose was ?0.3. No patient experienced dose-limiting toxicity, and the maximum tolerated dose was not identified. Six patients experienced grade 2 neurotoxicity within 6 wk of 211At-ch81C6 administration; this neurotoxicity resolved fully in all but 1 patient. No toxicities of grade 3 or higher were attributable to the treatment. No patient required repeat surgery for radionecrosis. The median survival times for all patients, those with glioblastoma multiforme, and those with anaplastic astrocytoma or oligodendroglioma were 54, 52, and 116 wk, respectively. Conclusion This study provides proof of concept for regional targeted radiotherapy with 211At-labeled molecules in oncology. Specifically, the regional administration of 211At-ch81C6 is feasible, safe, and associated with a promising antitumor benefit in patients with malignant central nervous system tumors. PMID:18077533

  16. Low-altitude measurements of precipitating protons, alpha particles, and heavy ions during the geomagnetic storm on March 26-27, 1976

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    Scholer, M.; Hovestadt, D.; Hartmann, G.; Blake, J. B.; Fennell, J. F.; Gloeckler, G.

    1979-01-01

    During the geomagnetic storm of March 16-17, 1976, observations were made of precipitating protons, alpha particles, and heavy ions by two counter telescopes aboard the low-altitude S3-2 satellite. These observations are presented in this paper and their significance discussed. Briefly, a two-zone precipitation region is observed on the nightside, at L equals 2.7 and L equals 4.0 with an alpha/p ratio of about 0.008 in the low-latitude region and about 0.0009 at higher latitude at 0.4 MeV/necleon. The heavier ions, CNO nuclei, are seen in the low-latitude zone with a CNO/alpha ratio of about 0.056 at 0.25 MeV/nucleon.

  17. Sequential Cytarabine and Alpha-Particle Immunotherapy with Bismuth-213-Lintuzumab (HuM195) for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

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    Rosenblat, Todd L.; McDevitt, Michael R.; Mulford, Deborah A.; Pandit-Taskar, Neeta; Divgi, Chaitanya R.; Panageas, Katherine S.; Heaney, Mark L.; Chanel, Suzanne; Morgenstern, Alfred; Sgouros, George; Larson, Steven M.; Scheinberg, David A.; Jurcic, Joseph G.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose Lintuzumab (HuM195), a humanized anti-CD33 antibody, targets myeloid leukemia cells and has modest single-agent activity against acute myeloid leukemia (AML). To increase the antibody’s potency without the nonspecific cytotoxicity associated with ?-emitters, the ? particle-emitting radionuclide bismuth-213 (213Bi) was conjugated to lintuzumab. This phase I/II trial was conducted to determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and antileukemic effects of 213Bi-lintuzumab, the first targeted ?-emitter, after partially cytoreductive chemotherapy. Experimental Design Thirty-one patients with newly diagnosed (n = 13) or relapsed/refractory (n = 18) AML (median age, 67 years; range, 37–80) were treated with cytarabine 200 mg/m2/day for 5 days followed by 213Bi-lintuzumab 18.5–46.25 MBq/kg. Results The MTD of 213Bi-lintuzumab was 37 MB/kg; myelosuppression lasting > 35 days was dose-limiting. Extramedullary toxicities were primarily limited to ? grade 2 events, including infusion-related reactions. Transient grade 3/4 liver function abnormalities were seen in 5 patients (16%). Treatment-related deaths occurred in 2 of 21 patients (10%) who received the MTD. Significant reductions in marrow blasts were seen at all dose levels. The median response duration was 6 months (range, 2–12). Biodistribution and pharmacokinetic studies suggested that saturation of available CD33 sites by 213Bi-lintuzumab was achieved after partial cytoreduction with cytarabine. Conclusions Sequential administration of cytarabine and 213Bi-lintuzumab is tolerable and can produce remissions in patients with AML. PMID:20858843

  18. Reexamination of the {alpha}-{alpha}''fishbone'' potential

    SciTech Connect

    Day, J. P.; McEwen, J. E.; Elhanafy, M.; Smith, E.; Woodhouse, R.; Papp, Z. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California (United States)

    2011-09-15

    The fishbone potential of composite particles simulates the Pauli effect by nonlocal terms. We determine the {alpha}-{alpha} fishbone potential by simultaneously fitting to two-{alpha} resonance energies, experimental phase shifts, and three-{alpha} binding energies. We found that, essentially, a simple Gaussian can provide a good description of two-{alpha} and three-{alpha} experimental data without invoking three-body potentials.

  19. The major components of particles emitted during recycling of waste printed circuit boards in a typical e-waste workshop of South China

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    Bi, Xinhui; Simoneit, Bernd R. T.; Wang, ZhenZhen; Wang, Xinming; Sheng, Guoying; Fu, Jiamo

    2010-11-01

    Electronic waste from across the world is dismantled and disposed of in China. The low-tech recycling methods have caused severe air pollution. Air particle samples from a typical workshop of South China engaged in recycling waste printed circuit boards have been analyzed with respect to chemical constituents. This is the first report on the chemical composition of particulate matter (PM) emitted in an e-waste recycling workshop of South China. The results show that the composition of PM from this recycling process was totally different from other emission sources. Organic matter comprised 46.7-51.6% of the PM. The major organic constituents were organophosphates consisting mainly of triphenyl phosphate (TPP) and its methyl substituted compounds, methyl esters of hexadecanoic and octadecanoic acids, levoglucosan and bisphenol A. TPP and bisphenol A were present at 1-5 orders of magnitude higher than in other indoor and outdoor environments throughout the world, which implies that they might be used as potential markers for e-waste recycling. The elemental carbon, inorganic elements and ions had a minor contribution to the PM (<5% each). The inorganic elements were dominated by phosphorus and followed by crustal elements and metal elements Pb, Zn, Sn, and lesser Cu, Sb, Mn, Ni, Ba and Cd. The recycling of printed circuit boards was demonstrated as an important contributor of heavy metal contamination, particularly Cd, Pb and Ni, to the local environment. These findings suggest that this recycling method represents a strong source of PM associated with pollutants to the ambient atmosphere of an e-waste recycling locale.

  20. Modifications in Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Parameters After ?-Particle-Emitting {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab Therapy of HER2-Expressing Ovarian Cancer Xenografts

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    Heyerdahl, Helen, E-mail: Helen.Heyerdahl@rr-research.no [Department of Radiation Biology, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo University Hospital - The Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo (Norway); Røe, Kathrine [Department of Oncology, Division of Medicine, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog (Norway); Brevik, Ellen Mengshoel [Department of Research and Development, Algeta ASA, Oslo (Norway); Dahle, Jostein [Nordic Nanovector AS, Oslo (Norway)

    2013-09-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of ?-particle-emitting {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab radioimmunotherapy on tumor vasculature to increase the knowledge about the mechanisms of action of {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab. Methods and Materials: Human HER2-expressing SKOV-3 ovarian cancer xenografts were grown bilaterally in athymic nude mice. Mice with tumor volumes 253 ± 36 mm{sup 3} (mean ± SEM) were treated with a single injection of either {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab at a dose of 1000 kBq/kg body weight (treated group, n=14 tumors) or 0.9% NaCl (control group, n=10 tumors). Dynamic T1-weighted contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCEMRI) was used to study the effect of {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab on tumor vasculature. DCEMRI was performed before treatment and 1, 2, and 3 weeks after therapy. Tumor contrast-enhancement curves were extracted voxel by voxel and fitted to the Brix pharmacokinetic model. Pharmacokinetic parameters for the tumors that underwent radioimmunotherapy were compared with the corresponding parameters of control tumors. Results: Significant increases of k{sub ep}, the rate constant of diffusion from the extravascular extracellular space to the plasma (P<.05), and k{sub el,} the rate of clearance of contrast agent from the plasma (P<.01), were seen in the radioimmunotherapy group 2 and 3 weeks after injection, compared with the control group. The product of k{sub ep} and the amplitude parameter A, associated with increased vessel permeability and perfusion, was also significantly increased in the radioimmunotherapy group 2 and 3 weeks after injection (P<.01). Conclusions: Pharmacokinetic modeling of MRI contrast-enhancement curves evidenced significant alterations in parameters associated with increased tumor vessel permeability and tumor perfusion after {sup 227}Th-trastuzumab treatment of HER2-expressing ovarian cancer xenografts.

  1. Non-destructive alpha-particle activation analysis of P, Cl, K and Ca in marine macro-alga samples using synthetic multielement reference material as comparative standard

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. Iwata; H. Naitoh; N. Suzuki

    1992-01-01

    A Synthetic Reference Material (SyRM) composed with accurately known amounts of 12 elements has been prepared. The elemental composition of the SyRM is closely similar to that of marine macro-algac sample. The elemental composition of the SyRM was regulated by the starting materials used for the synthesis. The SyRM was used as a comparative standard for non-destructive alpha-particle activation analysis

  2. Observation of alpha particle loss from JET plasmas during ion cyclotron resonance frequency heating using a thin foil Faraday cup detector array.

    PubMed

    Darrow, D S; Cecil, F E; Kiptily, V; Fullard, K; Horton, A; Murari, A

    2010-10-01

    The loss of MeV alpha particles from JET plasmas has been measured with a set of thin foil Faraday cup detectors during third harmonic heating of helium neutral beam ions. Tail temperatures of ? 2?MeV have been observed, with radial scrape off lengths of a few centimeters. Operational experience from this system indicates that such detectors are potentially feasible for future large tokamaks, but careful attention to screening rf and MHD induced noise is essential. PMID:21058457

  3. Observation of alpha particle loss from JET plasmas during ion cyclotron resonance frequency heating using a thin foil Faraday cup detector array

    SciTech Connect

    Darrow, D. S. [Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey 08543 (United States); Cecil, F. E. [Physics Department, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Kiptily, V.; Fullard, K.; Horton, A. [Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Euratom/CCFE Fusion Assoc., Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3DB (United Kingdom); Murari, A. [Consorzio RFX-Associazione EURATOM ENEA per la Fusione, I-35127 Padova (Italy); Collaboration: JET EFDA Contributors

    2010-10-15

    The loss of MeV alpha particles from JET plasmas has been measured with a set of thin foil Faraday cup detectors during third harmonic heating of helium neutral beam ions. Tail temperatures of {approx}2 MeV have been observed, with radial scrape off lengths of a few centimeters. Operational experience from this system indicates that such detectors are potentially feasible for future large tokamaks, but careful attention to screening rf and MHD induced noise is essential.

  4. Design and calibration of a two-channel low-noise heterodyne receiver for use in a CO/sub 2/ laser Thomson scattering alpha particle diagnostic

    SciTech Connect

    Bennett, C.A.; Richards, R.K.; Hutchinson, D.P.

    1988-03-01

    A dual channel low noise heterodyne receiver has been constructed as part of a development effort to build a carbon dioxide laser based Thomson scattering alpha particle diagnostic for a burning plasma experiment. The receiver employs two wide bandwidth (>1 GHz) HgCdTe photovoltaic mixers followed by low noise IF amplifiers. A noise equivalent power of less than 3.0 )times) 10/sup -20/ WHz has been demonstrated. Design details and calibration methods are described. 8 refs

  5. Optical-Model Analysis of Alpha-Particle Scattering by 36Ar from 12.83 to 17.83 MeV

    Microsoft Academic Search

    W. J. Wallace; K. R. Knuth; R. H. Davis

    1970-01-01

    Forty-six-point angular distributions for the elastic scattering of alpha particles by 36Ar have been measured with a gas target from 12.83 to 17.83 MeV in 20-keV intervals throughout the angular range from 29.0 to 167.8° (c.m.). Optical-model fits to the data smoothed in energy with a Lorentzian weighting function have been obtained. The computed cross sections were obtained from an

  6. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering

    E-print Network

    Serdar Elhatisari; Dean Lee; Gautam Rupak; Evgeny Epelbaum; Hermann Krebs; Timo A. Lähde; Thomas Luu; Ulf-G. Meißner

    2015-06-11

    Processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei comprise a major part of stellar nucleosynthesis and hypothesized mechanisms for thermonuclear supernovae. In an effort towards understanding alpha processes from first principles, we describe in this letter the first ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of nucleons and apply a technique called the adiabatic projection method to reduce the eight-body system to an effective two-cluster system. We find good agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for S-wave and D-wave scattering. The computational scaling with particle number suggests that alpha processes involving heavier nuclei are also within reach in the near future.

  7. Ab initio alpha-alpha scattering

    E-print Network

    Elhatisari, Serdar; Rupak, Gautam; Epelbaum, Evgeny; Krebs, Hermann; Lähde, Timo A; Luu, Thomas; Meißner, Ulf-G

    2015-01-01

    Processes involving alpha particles and alpha-like nuclei comprise a major part of stellar nucleosynthesis and hypothesized mechanisms for thermonuclear supernovae. In an effort towards understanding alpha processes from first principles, we describe in this letter the first ab initio calculation of alpha-alpha scattering. We use lattice effective field theory to describe the low-energy interactions of nucleons and apply a technique called the adiabatic projection method to reduce the eight-body system to an effective two-cluster system. We find good agreement between lattice results and experimental phase shifts for S-wave and D-wave scattering. The computational scaling with particle number suggests that alpha processes involving heavier nuclei are also within reach in the near future.

  8. Stopping of 0.3 1.2 MeV/u protons and alpha particles in Si

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Abdesselam, M.; Ouichaoui, S.; Azzouz, M.; Chami, A. C.; Siad, M.

    2008-09-01

    The stopping cross sections ?(E) of silicon for protons and alpha particles have been measured over the velocity range 0.3-1.2 MeV/u from a Si//SiO2//Si (SIMOX) target using the Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) with special emphasis put on experimental aspects. A detection geometry coupling simultaneously two solid-state Si detectors placed at 165° and 150° relative to each side of the incident beam direction was used to measure the energies of the scattered ions and determine their energy losses within the stopping medium. In this way, the basic energy parameter, Ex, at the Si/SiO2 interface for a given incident energy E0 is the same for ions backscattered in the two directions off both the Si and O target elements, and systematic uncertainties in the ?(E) data mainly originating from the target thickness are significantly minimized. A powerful computer code has been elaborated for extracting the relevant ?(E) experimental data and the associated overall uncertainty that amounts to less than 3%. The measured ?(E) data sets were found to be in fair agreement with Paul's compilation and with values calculated by the SRIM 06 computer code. In the case of 4He+ ions, experimental data for the ? effective charge parameter have been deduced by scaling the measured stopping cross sections to those of protons crossing the same target with the same velocity, and compared to the predictions of the SRIM 06 computer code. It is found that the ?-parameter values generated by the latter code slightly deviate from experiment over the velocity region around the stopping cross section maximum where strong charge exchanges usually occur.

  9. SOURCES 4C : a code for calculating ([alpha],n), spontaneous fission, and delayed neutron sources and spectra.

    SciTech Connect

    Wilson, W. B. (William B.); Perry, R. T. (Robert T.); Shores, E. F. (Erik F.); Charlton, W. S. (William S.); Parish, Theodore A.; Estes, G. P. (Guy P.); Brown, T. H. (Thomas H.); Arthur, Edward D. (Edward Dana),; Bozoian, Michael; England, T. R.; Madland, D. G.; Stewart, J. E. (James E.)

    2002-01-01

    SOURCES 4C is a computer code that determines neutron production rates and spectra from ({alpha},n) reactions, spontaneous fission, and delayed neutron emission due to radionuclide decay. The code is capable of calculating ({alpha},n) source rates and spectra in four types of problems: homogeneous media (i.e., an intimate mixture of a-emitting source material and low-Z target material), two-region interface problems (i.e., a slab of {alpha}-emitting source material in contact with a slab of low-Z target material), three-region interface problems (i.e., a thin slab of low-Z target material sandwiched between {alpha}-emitting source material and low-Z target material), and ({alpha},n) reactions induced by a monoenergetic beam of {alpha}-particles incident on a slab of target material. Spontaneous fission spectra are calculated with evaluated half-life, spontaneous fission branching, and Watt spectrum parameters for 44 actinides. The ({alpha},n) spectra are calculated using an assumed isotropic angular distribution in the center-of-mass system with a library of 107 nuclide decay {alpha}-particle spectra, 24 sets of measured and/or evaluated ({alpha},n) cross sections and product nuclide level branching fractions, and functional {alpha}-particle stopping cross sections for Z < 106. The delayed neutron spectra are taken from an evaluated library of 105 precursors. The code provides the magnitude and spectra, if desired, of the resultant neutron source in addition to an analysis of the'contributions by each nuclide in the problem. LASTCALL, a graphical user interface, is included in the code package.

  10. Alpha detection as a probe for counter proliferation

    SciTech Connect

    Koster, J.E.; Johnson, J.P.; MacArthur, D.W.; Walters, S.G.

    1994-07-01

    An indication of the presence of special nuclear material (SNM) can be obtained by the detection of alpha particles from the decay of the SNM. Current techniques for detecting alpha particles have a number of limitations. Sensitive conventional detection of SNM traces involves off-site laboratory analysis -- but at the loss of an on-site confirmation. Fieldable detection instruments, on the other hand, are delicate and have poor sensitivity. New long-range alpha detection (LRAD) technology mitigates these limitations. An LRAD-based instrument relies on the detection of the hundreds of thousands of ions produced in ambient air by one emitted alpha particle. The ions can be transported to an ion detector at a distance much greater than the range of the original alpha particle. The LRAD-based monitors have the characteristics of high sensitivity, fast (real-time) response, ruggedness, and reliability. Many of the designs are quite portable. In this paper, several scenarios are identified for which particular LRAD-based detectors can provide confirmation of proliferation activity.

  11. Radium-223 dichloride bone-targeted alpha particle therapy for hormone-refractory breast cancer metastatic to bone

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Background Hormone-refractory breast cancer metastatic to bone is a clinically challenging disease associated with high morbidity, poor prognosis, and impaired quality of life owing to pain and skeletal-related events. In a preclinical study using a mouse model of breast cancer and bone metastases, Ra-223 dichloride was incorporated into bone matrix and inhibited proliferation of breast cancer cells and differentiation of osteoblasts and osteoclasts (all P values?alpha-particle therapy for the treatment of symptomatic bone metastases in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer. On the basis of a strong preclinical rationale, we used Ra-223 dichloride to treat bone metastases in a patient with breast cancer. Results A 44-year-old white woman with metastatic breast cancer who was estrogen receptor–positive, BRCA1-negative, BRCA2-negative, PIK3CA mutation (p.His1047Arg) positive presented with diffuse bony metastases and bone pain. She had hormone refractory and chemotherapy refractory breast cancer. After Ra-223 therapy initiation her bone pain improved, with corresponding decrease in tumor markers and mixed response in 18F-FDG PET/CT and 18F-NaF bone PET/CT. The patient derived clinical benefit from therapy. Conclusion We have shown that Ra-223 dichloride can be safely administered in a patient with hormone-refractory bone metastasis from breast cancer at the US FDA–approved dose for prostate cancer. Furthermore, because the treatment did not cause any drop in hematologic parameters, it has the potential to be combined with other radiosensitizing therapies, which may include chemotherapy or targeted therapies. Given that Ra-223 dichloride is already commercially available, this case report may help future patients and provide a rationale for initiating clinical research in the use of Ra-223 dichloride to treat bone metastasis from breast cancer. A randomized clinical trial is needed to provide evidence of efficacy, safety, and good outcomes. PMID:25243101

  12. Formation of the isomeric pair {sup 194}Ir{sup m,g} in interactions of {alpha} particles with {sup 192}Os

    SciTech Connect

    Uddin, M. S.; Qaim, S. M. [Institut fuer Neurowissenschaften und Medizin, INM-5: Nuklearchemie, Forschungszentrum Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Sudar, S. [Institut fuer Neurowissenschaften und Medizin, INM-5: Nuklearchemie, Forschungszentrum Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Institute of Experimental Physics, Debrecen University, H-4001 Debrecen (Hungary)

    2011-08-15

    Cross sections were measured by the activation technique for the nuclear processes {sup 192}Os({alpha},d+pn+np){sup 194}Ir{sup m,g} up to {alpha}-particle energies of 39 MeV. From the measured data the isomeric cross-section ratio was deduced as a function of projectile energy. The present experimental data as well as those for the {sup 194}Pt(n,p){sup 194}Ir{sup m,g} reaction, given in the literature, were compared with the results of nuclear model calculations using the code talys, which combines the statistical, precompound, and direct interactions. In general, the experimental data were reproduced well by the model calculations, which were done using relatively low values of {eta} (i.e., {Theta}{sub eff}/{Theta}{sub rigid}). The results provide more evidence for the mass dependence of {eta}. The level density parameter for {sup 194}Ir was determined unambiguously.

  13. Gravitational radiation in massless-particle collisions

    E-print Network

    Pavel Spirin; Theodore N. Tomaras

    2015-06-27

    The angular and frequency characteristics of the gravitational radiation emitted in collisions of massless particles is studied perturbatively in the context of classical General Relativity for small values of the ratio $\\alpha\\equiv 2 r_S/b$ of the Schwarzschild radius over the impact parameter. The particles are described with their trajectories, while the contribution of the leading nonlinear terms of the gravitational action is also taken into account. The old quantum results are reproduced in the zero frequency limit $\\omega\\ll 1/b$. The radiation efficiency $\\epsilon \\equiv E_{\\rm rad}/2E$ outside a narrow cone of angle $\\alpha$ in the forward and backward directions with respect to the initial particle trajectories is given by $\\epsilon \\sim \\alpha^2$ and is dominated by radiation with characteristic frequency $\\omega \\sim {\\mathcal O}(1/r_S)$.

  14. Gravitational radiation in massless-particle collisions

    E-print Network

    Spirin, Pavel

    2015-01-01

    The angular and frequency characteristics of the gravitational radiation emitted in collisions of massless particles is studied perturbatively in the context of classical General Relativity for small values of the ratio $\\alpha\\equiv 2 r_S/b$ of the Schwarzschild radius over the impact parameter. The particles are described with their trajectories, while the contribution of the leading nonlinear terms of the gravitational action is also taken into account. The old quantum results are reproduced in the zero frequency limit $\\omega\\ll 1/b$. The radiation efficiency $\\epsilon \\equiv E_{\\rm rad}/2E$ outside a narrow cone of angle $\\alpha$ in the forward and backward directions with respect to the initial particle trajectories is given by $\\epsilon \\sim \\alpha^2$ and is dominated by radiation with characteristic frequency $\\omega \\sim {\\mathcal O}(1/r_S)$.

  15. Radon alpha-ray detector on-board lunar mission SELENE

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Nishimura, J.; Kashiwagi, T.; Takashima, T.; Okuno, S.; Yoshida, K.; Mori, K.; Itoh, M.; Saeki, K.; Furuichi, K.

    Alpha-ray detector (ARD) will be on-board SELENE, a Japanese lunar orbiter to be launched around 2006. Primary target is the alpha particles emitted by 222Rn and 210Po. 222Rn is produced by the decay of 238U and emanates from the lunar surface. It is trapped by the lunar gravity and decays with the half-life of 3.8 days emitting 5.490 MeV alpha particle. In the decay sequence of 222Rn, 210Po emits alpha particle with the energy of 5.305 MeV. Time scale of the activity is dominated by the 21-year half-life of 210Pb. Thus, alpha particle intensity from 210Po is an indicator of the change of radon emanation rate and change of crust condition due to seismic activity or impact events for the time scale of ˜50 years, while that of 222Rn reflects the current emanation rate. Results from Apollo 15, 16, and recent Lunar Prospector mission indicate that the average amount of radon on the lunar surface is much smaller than expected, and the radon-alpha distribution suggests that radon comes out through gas emanation from fissures of the lunar surface. We developed a large-area detector of 326 cm2 for the ARD, which is 15 20 times larger than the detectors of Apollo and Lunar Prospector. Reduction of the background was achieved with the anti-coincidence by rejecting cosmic-ray tracks. It will enable: (1) precise global mapping of the radioactive material on the lunar surface; (2) identification of gas emanation location; (3) study of the radon gas emanation mechanism on the lunar surface and the origin of the lunar atmosphere; (4) obtaining information on the crustal movement during the last ˜50 years.

  16. {alpha}-particle production: Direct and compound contribution in the reaction {sup 7}Li+{sup 28}Si at near-barrier energies

    SciTech Connect

    Pakou, A.; Nicolis, N.G.; Papachristodoulou, C. [Department of Physics, The University of Ioannina, GR-45110 Ioannina (Greece); Rusek, K. [Department of Nuclear Reactions, The Andrzej Soltan Institute for Nuclear Studies, Hoza 69, PL-00-681 Warsaw (Poland); Alamanos, N.; Gillibert, A.; Pollacco, E.C. [DSM/DAPNIA CEA SACLAY, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Doukelis, G. [Technical Educational Institute of Athens, GR-12210 Athens (Greece); Kalyva, G.; Lagoyannis, A.; Perdikakis, G.; Spyrou, A.; Zarkadas, Ch. [National Research Center, Demokritos (Greece); Kokkoris, M. [National Technical University of Athens, Athens (Greece); Musumarra, A. [Dipartimento di Metodologie Fisiche e Chimiche per l'Ingegneria dell'Universita di Catania, Catania (Italy); Pierroutsakou, D. [INFN Sezione di Napoli, I-80125 Naples (Italy)

    2005-06-01

    The production of {alpha} particles in the {sup 7}Li+{sup 28}Si reaction was studied at near-barrier energies. Angular distributions were measured at four energies, namely 9, 10, 11, and 13 MeV. The data were treated in a statistical model and DWBA framework to disentangle the degree of competition between direct and compound channels in the reaction and its energy evolution near the barrier. It was found that whereas the compound mechanism is substantial, d transfer and possibly t transfer are the dominant mechanism at near-barrier energies. The influence of the reaction channels on the optical potential threshold anomaly is discussed.

  17. A mechanism of variation in the electrical properties of polycrystalline p-PbSe films as a result of irradiation with {alpha} particles

    SciTech Connect

    Salii, Ya. P. [Stefanik Carpathian-region National University (Ukraine)

    2006-02-15

    The effect of irradiation with 5.5-MeV {alpha} particles on the electrical properties of polycrystalline p-PbSe films is studied. It is found that the concentration (p) and mobility ({mu}) of charge carriers decreases as a result of irradiation. The linear dependence of p and {mu}{sup -1} on the square root of the integrated flux {phi}{sup 1/2} is accounted for on the assumption that interstitial atoms in both sublattices are captured by intrinsic extended defects (dislocations and grain boundaries)

  18. Collective relaxation, single particle motion and short range order in. cap alpha. '-NbD/sub x/: A quasielastic neutron scattering study

    SciTech Connect

    Hempelmann, R.; Richter, D.; Faux, D.A.; Ross, D.K.

    1988-01-01

    Applying both incoherent and coherent quasielastic neutron scattering we have studied simultaneously single particle motion, collective relaxation and short range order of deuterium in ..cap alpha..'-NbD/sub x/. A comparison with recent Monte Carlo simulations lead to a consistent description of all results in terms of strongly repulsive deuterium-deuterium interactions. Relating the independently determined tracer and chemical diffusion coefficients with the also measured structure factor we show experimentally that for lattice gases the de Gennes narrowing Ansatz needs to be modified by correlation factors. 18 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  19. The use of alpha particle tagged neutrons for the inspection of objects on the sea floor for the presence of explosives

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Valkovic, V.; Sudac, D.; Obhodas, J.; Eleon, C.; Perot, B.; Carasco, C.; Sannié, G.; Boudergui, K.; Kondrasovs, V.; Corre, G.; Normand, S.; Woo, R.; Bourbotte, J. M.

    2013-03-01

    A system using a neutron sensor installed within a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) for underwater inspection has been developed. The system can inspect objects for the presence of threat materials, such as explosives and chemical agents, by using alpha particle tagged neutrons from a sealed tube d+t neutron generator to produce characteristic gamma rays within the interrogated object. Here we show that the measured gamma spectra for commonly found ammunition charged with TNT explosives are dominated by C, O and Fe peaks enabling the underwater determination of explosives inside an ammunition shell.

  20. Luminescent properties of Li 2 (Ca 0.99 , Eu 0.01 ) SiO 4 : B 3+ particles as a potential bluish green phosphor for ultraviolet light-emitting diodes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shanshan Yao; Donghua Chen

    2007-01-01

    In our study, the 1% mol Eu2+ doped Li2CaSiO4: B3+ phosphors were prepared by the combustion method as fluorescent material for ultraviolet, light-emitting diodes (UV-LEDs)\\u000a used as a light source. The properties of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ phosphors with urea concentration, doping boric acid and a series of initiating combustion temperature were investigated.\\u000a The crystallization and particle sizes of

  1. Single and multiple cross sections for ionizing processes of biological molecules by protons and alpha-particle impact: a classical Monte Carlo approach.

    PubMed

    Abbas, I; Champion, C; Zarour, B; Lasri, B; Hanssen, J

    2008-02-21

    A classical trajectory model has been used to predict total cross sections of single and double ionizing processes (including capture processes) for several ion-biological molecule collisional systems in the intermediate and high energy range. In this work, the systems studied are water, adenine or cytosine targets ionized by protons and alpha-particles with kinetic energies ranging from 25 keV amu(-1) to 3000 keV amu(-1). In our approach, we have combined several features of two classical methods namely the classical trajectory Monte Carlo (CTMC) and the classical over-barrier (COB) models. For the water target, our results are compared, for high kinetic energies of incident particles, to the available experimental and theoretical results, and reasonable agreement are generally observed especially for the single ionization (liberated electron moves freely after the collision) and the single capture (liberated electron captured by the projectile), both processes representing ionizing processes. Considering the double ionizing processes which have been largely less studied, the unique comparison concerns the double capture process for alpha+H(2)O collision for which we reproduce the experiment reasonably well. Finally, we present total cross sections of single and double ionizing processes for biological targets such as adenine and cytosine where no experimental results exist till now. PMID:18263940

  2. Do the various radiations present in BNCT act synergistically? Cell survival experiments in mixed alpha-particle and gamma-ray fields.

    PubMed

    Phoenix, Ben; Green, Stuart; Hill, Mark A; Jones, Bleddyn; Mill, Andrew; Stevens, David L

    2009-07-01

    In many radiotherapy situations patients are exposed to mixed field radiation. In particular in BNCT, as with all neutron beam exposures, a significant fraction of the dose is contributed by low LET gamma ray photons. The components of such a mixed field may show a synergistic interaction and produce a greater cell kill effect than would be anticipated from the independent action of the different radiation types. Such a synergy would have important implications for treatment planning and in the interpretation of clinical results. An irradiation setup has been created at the Medical Research Council in Harwell to allow simultaneous irradiation of cells by cobalt-60 gamma rays and plutonium-238 alpha-particles. The setup allows for variation of dose and dose rates for both sources along with variation of the alpha particle energy. A series of cell survival assays for this mixed field have been carried out using V79-4 cells and compared to exposures to the individual components of the field under identical conditions. In the experimental setup described no significant synergistic effect was observed. PMID:19376715

  3. Activation cross sections of $\\alpha$-particle induced nuclear reactions on hafnium and deuteron induced nuclear reaction on tantalum: production of $^{178}$W/$^{178m}$Ta generator

    E-print Network

    Tárk'anyi, F; Ditrói, F; Hermanne, A; Ignatyuk, A V; Uddin, M S

    2014-01-01

    In the frame of a systematic study of charged particle production routes of medically relevant radionuclei, the excitation function for indirect production of $^{178m}$Ta through $^{nat}$Hf($\\alpha$,xn)$^{178}$W-$^{178m}$Ta nuclear reaction was measured for the first time up to 40 MeV. In parallel, the side reactions $^{nat}$Hf($\\alpha$,x)$^{179,177,176,175}$W, $^{183,182,178g,177,176,175}$Ta, $^{179m,177m,175}$Hf were also assessed. Stacked foil irradiation technique and $\\gamma$-ray spectrometry were used. New experimental cross section data for the $^{nat}$Ta(d,xn)$^{178}$W reaction are also reported up to 40 MeV. The measured excitation functions are compared with the results of the ALICE-IPPE, and EMPIRE nuclear reaction model codes and with the TALYS 1.4 based data in the TENDL-2013 library. The thick target yields were deduced and compared with yields of other charged particle ((p,4n), (d,5n) and ($^3$He,x)) production routes for $^{178}$W.

  4. Fabrication of high resolution n-type 4H-SiC epitaxial layer alpha particle detectors, defect characterization and electronic noise analysis

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Zavalla, Kelvin J.; Chaudhuri, Sandeep K.; Mandal, Krishna C.

    2013-09-01

    In the present work high-resolution alpha particle detectors have been fabricated on high quality 20 ?m thick n-type 4H-SiC epitaxial layers. Schottky barrier detectors have been fabricated by depositing 10 nm thick nickel contacts on the Si face of the epilayers. The detectors were characterized using current-voltage (I-V), capacitance-voltage (CV), alpha spectroscopic measurements, and deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). I-V measurements revealed a barrier height of ~1.6 eV, diode ideality factor of 1.09, and leakage current of the order of 14 pA at an operating bias of 110 V. C-V measurements revealed low effective doping concentrations of 3.1 × 1014 cm-3 in the epilayers. A micropipe density lower than 1 cm-2 was evaluated in the epilayers. Pulse-height spectroscopy exhibited energy resolution as high as 0.37 % for 5.48 MeV alpha particles with a detector active area of 11 mm2. A diffusion length of ~13.2 ?m for holes has been determined in these detectors following a calculation based on a drift-diffusion model. Detailed electronic noise analysis in terms of equivalent noise charge (ENC) was carried out to study the effect of various noise components that contribute to the total electronic noise in the detection system. The noise analysis revealed that the white series noise due to the detector capacitance has substantial effect on the detector's overall performance. DLTS measurements have revealed the presence of at least four majority (electron) carrier trap levels that can act as recombination/generation or trapping centers.

  5. Light emitting elastomer compositions and method of use

    DOEpatents

    McElhanon, James R.; Zifer, Thomas; Whinnery, LeRoy L.

    2004-11-23

    There is provided a light emitting device comprising a plurality of triboluminescent particles dispersed throughout an elastomeric body and activated by deforming the body in order to transfer mechanical energy to some portion of the particles. The light emitted by these mechanically excited particles is collected and directed into a light conduit and transmitted to a detector/indicator means.

  6. Test of statistical model predictions for alpha-particle decay of 90,92,94,96Ru compound nuclei

    Microsoft Academic Search

    B. Fornal; F. Gramegna; G. Prete; G. Nebbia; R. Smith; G. D'erasmo; L. Fiore; A. Pantaleo; G. Viesti; P. Blasi; F. Lucarelli; I. Iori; A. Moroni

    1990-01-01

    The alpha decay of Ru compound nuclei populated in 32S on 58,60,62,64Ni reactions at Ebeam=135-185 MeV has been studied. Experimental data have been compared with statistical model calculations performed with two different computer codes. The quality of the agreement between calculations and experimental data was found, in one case, to depend on the compound nucleus populated. Comparing the results from

  7. Measurement of the OXYGEN-17(PROTON, Alpha Particle) Nitrogen -14 Cross Section at Stellar Energies (proton Energies, Resonant Reaction)

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    Blackmon, Jeffery Curtis

    The isotopic abundance ratio 16O/17O has been shown to be a good probe of mass flow and mixing in stars. This ratio is sensitive to the depth of convective mixing which occurs on the giant branch and to the amount of nonconvective mixing occurring on the main sequence. The interpretation of recent observations of this ratio in red giants is limited by a large uncertainty in the value of the 17O(p, alpha)14N reaction rate. This reaction rate is dominated at stellar energies by a resonance at E_{rm x} = 5673 keV in the compound nucleus 18 F, whose strength was previously uncertain. We have carried out a measurement of the ^ {17}O(p,alpha)^{14 }N cross section at proton energies of 75 keV and 65 keV. Thick, high-purity rm Ta_2O _5 targets enriched to 77% ^ {17}O were used in conjunction with beam currents of 0.45 mA and large-solid-angle detectors. The background for the experiment was measured using targets of natural isotopic composition. The resonance peak was observed in the data collected at 75 keV, and we determined the proton width of the 5673 keV state to be 22 +/- 4 neV. This implies a rate for the 17O(p,alpha)^ {14}N reaction that is ten times greater than the typical rates used previously in stellar models.

  8. Synthesis of single phase. alpha. -Fe, Fe sub 3 C and Fe sub 7 C sub 3 nano-particles by CO sub 2 laser pyrolysis technique

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    Eklund, P.C.; Bi, X.X.

    1992-01-01

    Iron-containing catalysts have been known to be useful in assisting the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reaction for synthesizing hydrocarbons. However, it has been well recognized that iron catalyst are not stable during the reaction but converted into iron carbides. It is thus important to understand the role of the iron carbides in the catalytic reaction of the FT-synthesis. It has been found difficult to produce iron carbide nano-particles as a single phase, because iron carbide phases are only metastable under 1 atm pressure. Iron carbide bulk particles prepared so far are often contaminated with metallic iron, iron oxides and free carbon. In this study, we investigate the synthesis of iron carbide nano-particles using CO{sub 2} laser pyrolysis technique. We show that this technique is successful in synthesizing {alpha}-Fe, Fe{sub 3}C and Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} nano-particles in their single phase with sizes in the range of 5--20nm. In particular, we have produced for the first time the Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3} which has been known to exist but unable to be produced as a single phase. Furthermore, it is interesting that Fe{sub 5}C{sub 2} which has carbon and iron ratio between Fe{sub 3}C and Fe{sub 7}C{sub 3}, is not seen in any run of our synthesis.

  9. In vitro cell irradiation systems based on 210Po alpha source: construction and characterisation

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    Szabo, J.; Feher, I.; Palfalvi, J.; Balashazy, I.; Dam, A. M.; Polonyi, I.; Bogdandi, E. N.

    2002-01-01

    One way of studying the risk to human health of low-level radiation exposure is to make biological experiments on living cell cultures. Two 210Po alpha-particle emitting devices, with 0.5 and 100 MBq activity, were designed and constructed to perform such experiments irradiating monolayers of cells. Estimates of dose rate at the cell surface were obtained from measurements by a PIPS alpha-particle spectrometer and from calculations by the SRIM 2000, Monte Carlo charged particle transport code. Particle fluence area distributions were measured by solid state nuclear track detectors. The design and dosimetric characterisation of the devices are discussed. c2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. High speed imaging system in continuum and H-alpha at the Hida observatory for the study of high energy particles in solar flares

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    Ichimoto, K.; Kawate, T.; Yoshikazu, N.; Ishii, T.; Nagata, S.; Asai, A.; Masuda, S.; Kusano, K.; Yamamoto, T. T.; Minoshima, T.; Yokoyama, T.; Watanabe, K.

    2011-12-01

    Non-thermal particles are the fundamental ingredient of solar flares that carry the bulk energy released from the coronal magnetic fields and cause subsequent heating of the solar atmosphere to produce the radiation of wide range of electro-magnetic waves. The observations of hard X-ray and radio emissions suggest a rapid change of population of high energy particles with a time scale of sub-second. Flare kernels observed in visible lights, ex., H-alpha and continuum, show drastic evolutions in space and time during the rising phase of solar flares, and thought to be representing the locations of the precipitation of high energy particles into the chromosphere. Therefore the observations of flare kernels with high spatial and temporal resolutions provide valuable diagnosis of the distribution of high energy particles together with the information of connectivity of coronal magnetic fields. We developed a new high speed imaging system on a 25cm diameter telescope of the Solar Magnetic Activity Research Telescope (SMART) at the Hida observatory of Kyoto University. Images in H-alpha (width~3A) and continuum (6547A, width~10A) are recorded simultaneously with two CCD cameras with a spatial sampling of 0.2 arcsec/pix, field coverage of 344 arcsec x 258 arcsec, and a frame rate of 30fr/sec. Observation is conducted continuously by focusing a targeted active region every day, while only data sets that capture flare events are permanently stored for further analysis. The spatial and temporal evolutions of flare kernels thus obtained are combined with photospheric vector magnetic field taken by the SMART, SOT/Hinode and HMI/SDO, radio data by NoRH, hard X-ray image by RHESSI, and X-ray / UV images by SXT/Hinode and AIA/SDO to identify the instantaneous locations of high energy particles injection in the corona. In this paper we will present an overview of the observing system and its initial results. This work was carried out by the joint research program of the Solar-Terrestorial Environment Laboratory, Nagoya University.

  11. Suppression of the Critical Temperature of Superconducting NdFeAs(OF) Single Crystals by Kondo-Like Defect Sites Induced by {alpha}-Particle Irradiation

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    Tarantini, C.; Gurevich, A.; Larbalestier, D. C. [National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 32310 Florida (United States); Putti, M. [CNR-SPIN and Department of Physics, University of Genova, 16146 Genova (Italy); Shen, Y.; Singh, R. K.; Rowell, J. M.; Newman, N. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, 85287 Arizona (United States); Cheng Peng; Jia Ying; Wen Haihu [Institute of Physics and National Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100190 Beijing (China)

    2010-02-26

    We report the effect of {alpha}-particle irradiation on the reduction of the critical temperature T{sub c} of a NdFeAs(OF) single crystal. Our data indicate that irradiation defects cause both nonmagnetic and magnetic scattering, resulting in the Kondo-like excess resistance {Delta}{rho}(T)propor tolnT over 2 decades in temperatures above T{sub c}. The critical density of magnetic irradiation defects which suppresses T{sub c} is found to be much higher than those for cuprates and multiband BCS superconductors. We suggest that such anomalously weak pair breaking by irradiation defects indicates that magnetic scattering in pnictides is coupled with pairing interactions mediated by spin fluctuations.

  12. Scaling of cross sections for K-electron capture by high-energy protons and alpha-particles from the multielectron atoms

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    Omidvar, K.

    1976-01-01

    Electron capture by protons from H, He, and the K-shell of Ar, and alpha particles from He are considered. It is shown that when a certain function of the experimental cross sections is plotted versus the inverse of the collision energy, at high energies the function falls on a straight line. At lower energies the function concaves up or down, depending on the charge of the projectile, the effective charge and the ionization potential of the electron that is being captured. The plot can be used to predict cross sections where experimental data are not available, and as a guide in future experiments. High energy scaling formulas for K-electron capture by low-charge projectiles are given.

  13. Development of a strongly focusing high-intensity He{sup +} ion source for a confined alpha particle measurement at ITER

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    Kisaki, M.; Shinto, K.; Kobuchi, T.; Okamoto, A.; Kitajima, S.; Sasao, M.; Tsumori, K.; Nishiura, M.; Kaneko, O.; Matsuda, Y.; Wada, M.; Sakakita, H.; Kiyama, S.; Hirano, Y. [School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-0579 (Japan); National Institute for Fusion Science, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Department of Electronics, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan); National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)

    2008-02-15

    A strongly focusing high-intensity He{sup +} ion source has been designed and constructed as a beam source for a high-energy He{sup 0} beam probe system for diagnosis of fusion produced alpha particles in the thermonuclear fusion plasmas. The He{sup +} beam was extracted from the ion source at an acceleration voltage of 18-35 kV. Temperature distributions of the beam target were observed with an IR camera. The 1/e-holding beam profile half-width was about 15 mm at optimum perveance (Perv) of 0.03 (I{sub beam}=2.4 A). A beam current about 3 A was achieved at an acceleration voltage of 26.7 kV with an arc power of 10 kW (Perv=0.023)

  14. Development of a He{sup -} and He{sup 0} beam source for alpha particle measurement in a burning plasma

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    Tanaka, N.; Sasao, M.; Terai, K.; Okamoto, A.; Kitajima, S. [Tohoku University, Aoba, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Yamaoka, H. [Harima Institute, RIKEN, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan); Wada, M. [Doshisha University, Kyotanabe, Kyoto 610-0321 (Japan)

    2012-02-15

    Proof of principle experiments of neutral helium beam production for alpha particle diagnostics was carried out on a test stand. Negative helium ions were produced in the Li charge exchange cell, in which stable and long time operation was possible. He{sup -} beam was accelerated to 157 keV. Finally, He{sup 0} beam was successfully produced after the flight in the drift-tube through the auto-electron-detachment process from He{sup -} to He{sup 0}. A neutral beam detector using a pyroelectric device was also developed to measure He{sup 0} beam intensity. The metastable component in the neutral helium beam was found to be less than 2%.

  15. Enhanced light output of InGaN/GaN blue light emitting diodes with Ag nano-particles embedded in nano-needle layer.

    PubMed

    Jang, Lee-Woon; Ju, Jin-Woo; Jeon, Dae-Woo; Park, Jae-Woo; Polyakov, A Y; Lee, Seung-Jae; Baek, Jong-Hyeob; Lee, Song-Mei; Cho, Yong-Hoon; Lee, In-Hwan

    2012-03-12

    2.7 times increase in room temperature photoluminescence (PL) intensity and 3.2 times increase in electroluminescence (EL) intensity were observed in blue multi-quantum-well (MQW) GaN/InGaN light emitting diodes (LEDs) as a result of introduction of nano-needle structure embedded with Ag nanoparticles (NPs) into n-GaN film underlying the active MQW region and thick p-GaN contact layer of LEDs. The nano-needle structure was produced by photoelectrochemical etching. Simultaneously a measurable decrease in room temperature decay time from 2.2 ns in control samples to 1.6 ns in PL was observed. The results are explained by strong coupling of recombination in GaN/InGaN MQWs with Ag NPs related localized surface plasmons. PMID:22418481

  16. Determination of alpha quartz particle distribution in respirable coal-mine dust samples and reference standards. Rept. of Investigations\\/1985

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    C. W. Huggins; S. N. Johnson; J. M. Segreti; J. G. Snyder

    1985-01-01

    The objective of the Bureau of Mines research was to compare the size distribution of respirable quartz collected at coal mines with that of several reference standards used to quantify quartz in coal-mine dust samples. Particle-size measurements were made on 23 samples and 4 reference standards using a scanning electron microscope in the backscatter electron mode of operation, interfaced with

  17. The Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer APXS on the Rosetta lander Philae to explore the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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    Klingelhoefer, Goestar; Girones Lopez, Jordi; Schmanke, Dirk; Markovski, Cristina; Brückner, Johannes; d'Uston, Claude; Economu, Tom; Gellert, Ralf

    2015-04-01

    The Rosetta Mission was launched in 2004 with the main objectives to gain a better understanding of the origin and formation of comets and the solar system. After 10 years of cruise Rosetta rendevouded with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 to study the nucleus of the comet and its environment. Rosetta consists of an orbiter and a lander (Philae) with 11 and 9 scientific experiments respectively. It did what has never been attempted before, orbiting and landing on a comet. After orbit insertion in August 2014, the main spacecraft will follow the comet for several months to investigate its surface. Subsequently, Philae has been deployed for a safe landing. As part of the lander payload the APXS will measure in situ the chemical composition of the comet's surface and it's changes during the journey of the comet around the sun. The data obtained with the APXS will be used to characterize the surface of the comet, to determine the chemical composition of the dust component, and to compare the dust with known meteorite types. APXS combines an alpha mode for alpha backscattering spectroscopy and an x-ray mode for alpha particle/x-ray induced x-ray spectroscopy (XRF) in one single instrument, being low in mass (640g) and power consumption (1.5 W in operating mode) [4]. The comet surface will be irradiated by a Curium 244 source exciting characteristic x-rays of the elements present in the surface material. The alpha mode will allow detection of elements like C and O and groups of elements with a higher Z. The x-ray-SD-detector will allow the detection of most of the elements from Na up to Ni and above. The design of the Rosetta APX spectrometer is based on the experience gained with the APXS built for Russian and American Mars missions: Mars 96 spacecraft and Mars Pathfinder, MPF [1]. Two APXS were also built for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission of the NASA, MER [2-3]. Acknowledgements This project is funded by the German Space Agency DLR under contracts 50 QP 0404 and 50 QP 0902 and the Max Planck Society. References: [1] Brückner, J., Dreibus, G., Rieder, R., and Wänke, H.: 2003, J. Geophys. Res. 108(E12), 8094. [2] Gellert, R., et al.: 2006, J. Geophys. Res. - Planets 111, E02S05. [3] Klingelhöfer, G., Brückner, J., D'uston, C., Gellert, R. und Rieder, R.: 2007, Space Science Reviews 383, 128.

  18. Background canceling surface alpha detector

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    MacArthur, Duncan W. (Los Alamos, NM); Allander, Krag S. (Ojo Caliente, NM); Bounds, John A. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1996-01-01

    A background canceling long range alpha detector which is capable of providing output proportional to both the alpha radiation emitted from a surface and to radioactive gas emanating from the surface. The detector operates by using an electrical field between first and second signal planes, an enclosure and the surface or substance to be monitored for alpha radiation. The first and second signal planes are maintained at the same voltage with respect to the electrically conductive enclosure, reducing leakage currents. In the presence of alpha radiation and radioactive gas decay, the signal from the first signal plane is proportional to both the surface alpha radiation and to the airborne radioactive gas, while the signal from the second signal plane is proportional only to the airborne radioactive gas. The difference between these two signals is proportional to the surface alpha radiation alone.

  19. Soluble tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptors p55 and p75 and interleukin-10 downregulate TNF-alpha activity during the lung response to silica particles in NMRI mice.

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    Huaux, F; Arras, M; Vink, A; Renauld, J C; Lison, D

    1999-07-01

    We have found reduced activity of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha accompanying resolving and fibrosing alveolitis induced in NMRI mice by mineral particles (MnO2 and SiO2, respectively), which is in apparent contradiction to the well-recognized proinflammatory and profibrotic activities of this cytokine. The objective of this study was to examine the mechanisms involved in this paradoxical response in NMRI mice. Although lung tissue messenger RNA (mRNA) levels for TNF-alpha were transiently (up to 15 d) and persistently (up to 120 d) upregulated in the resolving and fibrosing models, respectively, these changes were not accompanied by a parallel release of TNF-alpha protein, which was respectively transiently and persistently downregulated in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and bronchoalveolar lavage cell cultures. The downregulation of the TNF-alpha protein was concurrent with the accumulation of recruited polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) in alveoli, and coculture experiments showed that PMN explanted from the lungs of mice treated with silica particles were able to downregulate the expression of TNF-alpha protein by naive alveolar macrophages. In addition, PMN depletion prevented the downregulation of TNF-alpha induced by silica, further establishing the role of PMNs in the downregulation of TNF-alpha. The possible degradation of TNF-alpha by proteolytic enzymes could be excluded. Marked increases in soluble p55 and p75 TNF receptors (sTNF-R), as well as in interleukin (IL)-10, paralleled the downregulation of TNF-alpha protein. The role of these mediators in the observed reduction of TNF-alpha activity was confirmed by immunoneutralizing the activity of p55 and p75 sTNF-R and by using IL-10-deficient animals. Because IL-10 also exerts profibrotic activity in addition to its antiinflammatory activity, the protracted overproduction of IL-10 observed in fibrosing alveolitis may help the understanding of why, in NMRI mice treated with silica particles, lung fibrosis develops in association with a downregulation of TNF-alpha. PMID:10385602

  20. DNA Double Strand Breaks as Predictor of Efficacy of the Alpha-Particle Emitter Ac-225 and the Electron Emitter Lu-177 for Somatostatin Receptor Targeted Radiotherapy

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    Graf, Franziska; Fahrer, Jörg; Maus, Stephan; Morgenstern, Alfred; Bruchertseifer, Frank; Venkatachalam, Senthil; Fottner, Christian; Weber, Matthias M.; Huelsenbeck, Johannes; Schreckenberger, Mathias; Kaina, Bernd; Miederer, Matthias

    2014-01-01

    Rationale Key biologic effects of the alpha-particle emitter Actinium-225 in comparison to the beta-particle emitter Lutetium-177 labeled somatostatin-analogue DOTATOC in vitro and in vivo were studied to evaluate the significance of ?H2AX-foci formation. Methods To determine the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) between the two isotopes (as - biological consequence of different ionisation-densities along a particle-track), somatostatin expressing AR42J cells were incubated with Ac-225-DOTATOC and Lu-177-DOTATOC up to 48 h and viability was analyzed using the MTT assay. DNA double strand breaks (DSB) were quantified by immunofluorescence staining of ?H2AX-foci. Cell cycle was analyzed by flow cytometry. In vivo uptake of both radiolabeled somatostatin-analogues into subcutaneously growing AR42J tumors and the number of cells displaying ?H2AX-foci were measured. Therapeutic efficacy was assayed by monitoring tumor growth after treatment with activities estimated from in vitro cytotoxicity. Results Ac-225-DOTATOC resulted in ED50 values of 14 kBq/ml after 48 h, whereas Lu-177-DOTATOC displayed ED50 values of 10 MBq/ml. The number of DSB grew with increasing concentration of Ac-225-DOTATOC and similarly with Lu-177-DOTATOC when applying a factor of 700-fold higher activity compared to Ac-225. Already 24 h after incubation with 2.5–10 kBq/ml, Ac-225-DOTATOC cell-cycle studies showed up to a 60% increase in the percentage of tumor cells in G2/M phase. After 72 h an apoptotic subG1 peak was also detectable. Tumor uptake for both radio peptides at 48 h was identical (7.5%ID/g), though the overall number of cells with ?H2AX-foci was higher in tumors treated with 48 kBq Ac-225-DOTATOC compared to tumors treated with 30 MBq Lu-177-DOTATOC (35% vs. 21%). Tumors with a volume of 0.34 ml reached delayed exponential tumor growth after 25 days (44 kBq Ac-225-DOTATOC) and after 21 days (34 MBq Lu-177-DOTATOC). Conclusion ?H2AX-foci formation, triggered by beta- and alpha-irradiation, is an early key parameter in predicting response to internal radiotherapy. PMID:24516620

  1. Event counting alpha detector

    DOEpatents

    Bolton, Richard D. (Los Alamos, NM); MacArthur, Duncan W. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1996-01-01

    An electrostatic detector for atmospheric radon or other weak sources of alpha radiation. In one embodiment, nested enclosures are insulated from one another, open at the top, and have a high voltage pin inside and insulated from the inside enclosure. An electric field is produced between the pin and the inside enclosure. Air ions produced by collision with alpha particles inside the decay volume defined by the inside enclosure are attracted to the pin and the inner enclosure. With low alpha concentrations, individual alpha events can be measured to indicate the presence of radon or other alpha radiation. In another embodiment, an electrical field is produced between parallel plates which are insulated from a single decay cavity enclosure.

  2. Improvement in the speed of alpha-decay track measurement

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    Kobayashi, Hidetaka; Nakazawa, Kazuma; Yoshida, Jyunya; Mishina, Akihiro; Kinbara, Shinji; Endo, Yoko; Itoh, Hiroki; Soe, Mintkyaw; Tantint, Kint; E07 Collaboration

    2014-09-01

    For analysis of double- ? hypernucleus in nuclear emulsion, it is necessary to know shrinkage factor and density of emulsion plate by measuring the track ranges of alpha particles. The kinetic energies of nuclear fragment from double- ? hypernucleus are measured by their ranges in the emulsion, which is dedicated photographic emulsion for nuclear physics. Then we have to reconstruct their original ranges since the emulsion plate shrinks about half in thickness after development. Besides, we have to calibrate range-energy relation because the density depends on the emulsion content of moisture. Therefore we use alpha-rays with monochromatic energy as calibration sources which were emitted from natural Radioisotope such as Thorium series and Uranium series in the emulsion. Technique which performs alpha-tracks measurement by image processing is being studied. In the E07 experiment at J-PARC, quick analysis is required for about alpha tracks on about 100 double- ? hypernuclear events within a few years. At present, we are developing automated range measurement technique instead of traditional manual measurement. Alpha tracks are seen as black, bold lines in micrographs. Image processing program detects such lines and the positions, angles, ranges of them in micrographs.

  3. Alpha-Lipoic Acid Reduces LDL-Particle Number and PCSK9 Concentrations in High-Fat Fed Obese Zucker Rats

    PubMed Central

    Carrier, Bradley; Wen, Shin; Zigouras, Sophia; Browne, Richard W.; Li, Zhuyun; Patel, Mulchand S.; Williamson, David L.; Rideout, Todd C.

    2014-01-01

    We characterized the hypolipidemic effects of alpha-lipoic acid (LA, R-form) and examined the associated molecular mechanisms in a high fat fed Zucker rat model. Rats (n?=?8) were assigned to a high fat (HF) diet or the HF diet with 0.25% LA (HF-LA) for 30 days and pair fed to remove confounding effects associated with the anorectic properties of LA. Compared with the HF controls, the HF-LA group was protected against diet-induced obesity (102.5±3.1 vs. 121.5±3.6,% change BW) and hypercholesterolemia with a reduction in total-C (?21%), non-HDL-C (?25%), LDL-C (?16%), and total LDL particle number (?46%) and an increase in total HDL particles (?22%). This cholesterol-lowering response was associated with a reduction in plasma PCSK9 concentration (?70%) and an increase in hepatic LDLr receptor protein abundance (2 fold of HF). Compared with the HF-fed animals, livers of LA-supplemented animals were protected against TG accumulation (?46%), likely through multiple mechanisms including: a suppressed lipogenic response (down-regulation of hepatic acetyl-CoA carboxylase and fatty acid synthase expression); enhanced hepatic fat oxidation (increased carnitine palmitoyltransferase I? expression); and enhanced VLDL export (increased hepatic diacylglycerol acyltransferase and microsomal triglyceride transfer protein expression and elevated plasma VLDL particle number). Study results also support an enhanced fatty acid uptake (2.8 fold increase in total lipase activity) and oxidation (increased CPT1? protein abundance) in muscle tissue in LA-supplemented animals compared with the HF group. In summary, in the absence of a change in caloric intake, LA was effective in protecting against hypercholesterolemia and hepatic fat accumulation under conditions of strong genetic and dietary predisposition toward obesity and dyslipidemia. PMID:24595397

  4. Particle generator

    DOEpatents

    Hess, Wayne P.; Joly, Alan G.; Gerrity, Daniel P.; Beck, Kenneth M.; Sushko, Peter V.; Shlyuger, Alexander L.

    2005-06-28

    Energy tunable solid state sources of neutral particles are described. In a disclosed embodiment, a halogen particle source includes a solid halide sample, a photon source positioned to deliver photons to a surface of the halide, and a collimating means positioned to accept a spatially defined plume of hyperthermal halogen particles emitted from the sample surface.

  5. Calculation procedure of potential alpha energy concentration with continuous air sampling.

    PubMed

    Tokonami, S; Ichiji, T; Iimoto, T; Kurosawa, R

    1996-12-01

    A continuous potential alpha energy concentration monitor was developed to estimate the lung dose for inhalation of radon progeny. A silicon semiconductor detector was used as a detector. The build-up method was used and alpha particles emitted from 218Po, 214Po, 212Bi, and 212Po were detected. As 218Po and 212Bi have alpha particles of nearly the same energy, three detecting channels were set up. Counts corresponding to each nuclide were sent to a printer every 30 min. For the purpose of determining the potential alpha energy concentration of radon progeny continuously, a proper calculation procedure was investigated in detail. With this method, 218Po concentration and potential alpha energy concentration of radon progeny could be continuously obtained. The potential alpha energy concentration based on this procedure agreed well with that calculated from individual radon progeny concentration. When the measurement was done at 30-min intervals, the minimum detectable concentrations of 218Po concentration and equilibrium equivalent radon concentration were 0.3 Bq m(-3) and 0.15 Bq m(-3), respectively. The monitor can be used not only to estimate the lung dose but also to analyze environmental behavior of radon progeny. PMID:8919077

  6. An overview of targeted alpha therapy.

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    Kim, Young-Seung; Brechbiel, Martin W

    2012-06-01

    The effectiveness of targeted ?-therapy (TAT) can be explained by the properties of ?-particles. Alpha particles are helium nuclei and are ~8,000 times larger than ?(-)-particles (electrons). When emitted from radionuclides that decay via an ?-decay pathway, they release enormous amounts of energy over a very short distance. Typically, the range of ?-particles in tissue is 50-100 ?m and they have high linear energy transfer (LET) with a mean energy deposition of 100 keV/?m, providing a more specific tumor cell killing ability without damage to the surrounding normal tissues than ?(-)-emitters. Due to these properties, the majority of pre-clinical and clinical trials have demonstrated that ?-emitters such as (225)Ac, (211)At, (212)Bi, (213)Bi, (212)Pb, (223)Ra, and (227)Th are ideal for the treatment of smaller tumor burdens, micrometastatic disease, and disseminated disease. Even though these ?-emitters have favorable properties, the development of TAT has been limited by high costs, unresolved chemistry, and limited availability of the radionuclides. To overcome these limitations, more potent isotopes, additional sources, and more efficient isotope production methods should be addressed. Furthermore, better chelation and labeling methods with the improvements of isotope delivery, targeting vehicles, molecular targets, and identification of appropriate clinical applications are still required. PMID:22143940

  7. Alpha Thalassemia

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    ... the anemia. Normal alpha globin genes found on chromosome 16 People who do not produce enough alpha ... by four genes, two on each strand of chromosome 16. Individuals who have one or two abnormal ...

  8. Measurements of the Cerenkov light emitted by a TeO2 crystal

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    Bellini, F; Dafinei, I; Marafini, M; Morganti, S; Orio, F; Pinci, D; Vignati, M; Voena, C

    2012-01-01

    Bolometers have proven to be good instruments to search for rare processes because of their excellent energy resolution and their extremely low intrinsic background. In this kind of detectors, the capability of discriminating alpha particles from electrons represents an important aspect for the background reduction. One possibility for obtaining such a discrimination is provided by the detection of the Cerenkov light which, at the low energies of the natural radioactivity, is only emitted by electrons. In this paper, the results of the analysis of the light emitted by a TeO2 crystal at room temperature when transversed by a cosmic ray are reported. Light is promptly emitted after the particle crossing and a clear evidence of its directionality is also found. These results represent a strong indication that Cerenkov light is the main, if not even the only, component of the light signal in a TeO2 crystal. They open the possibility to make large improvements in the performance of experiments based on this kind o...

  9. Measurements of the Cerenkov light emitted by a TeO2 crystal

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    F. Bellini; N. Casali; I. Dafinei; M. Marafini; S. Morganti; F. Orio; D. Pinci; M. Vignati; C. Voena

    2012-12-12

    Bolometers have proven to be good instruments to search for rare processes because of their excellent energy resolution and their extremely low intrinsic background. In this kind of detectors, the capability of discriminating alpha particles from electrons represents an important aspect for the background reduction. One possibility for obtaining such a discrimination is provided by the detection of the Cerenkov light which, at the low energies of the natural radioactivity, is only emitted by electrons. In this paper, the results of the analysis of the light emitted by a TeO2 crystal at room temperature when transversed by a cosmic ray are reported. Light is promptly emitted after the particle crossing and a clear evidence of its directionality is also found. These results represent a strong indication that Cerenkov light is the main, if not even the only, component of the light signal in a TeO2 crystal. They open the possibility to make large improvements in the performance of experiments based on this kind of materials

  10. Alpha particle and proton relative thermoluminescence efficiencies in LiF:Mg,Cu,P:is track structure theory up to the task?

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    Horowitz, Y S; Siboni, D; Oster, L; Livingstone, J; Guatelli, S; Rosenfeld, A; Emfietzoglou, D; Bilski, P; Obryk, B

    2012-07-01

    Low-energy alpha particle and proton heavy charged particle (HCP) relative thermoluminescence (TL) efficiencies are calculated for the major dosimetric glow peak in LiF:Mg,Cu,P (MCP-N) in the framework of track structure theory (TST). The calculations employ previously published TRIPOS-E Monte Carlo track segment values of the radial dose in condensed phase LiF calculated at the Instituto National de Investigaciones Nucleares (Mexico) and experimentally measured normalised (60)Co gamma-induced TL dose-response functions, f(D), carried out at the Institute of Nuclear Physics (Poland). The motivation for the calculations is to test the validity of TST in a TL system in which f(D) is not supralinear (f(D) >1) and is not significantly dependent on photon energy contrary to the behaviour of the dose-response of composite peak 5 in the glow curve of LiF:Mg,Ti (TLD-100). The calculated HCP relative efficiencies in LiF:MCP-N are 23-87% lower than the experimentally measured values, indicating a weakness in the major premise of TST which exclusively relates HCP effects to the radiation action of the secondary electrons liberated by the HCP slowing down. However, an analysis of the uncertainties involved in the TST calculations and experiments (i.e. experimental measurement of f(D) at high levels of dose, sample light self-absorption and accuracy in the estimation of D(r), especially towards the end of the HCP track) indicate that these may be too large to enable a definite conclusion. More accurate estimation of sample light self-absorption, improved measurements of f(D) and full-track Monte Carlo calculations of D(r) incorporating improvements of the low-energy electron transport are indicated in order to reduce uncertainties and enable a final conclusion. PMID:22042968

  11. Dosimetry and clustering properties of energy deposition from beta particles emitted by hydrogen-3 and carbon-14 in the nucleus of a mamalian cell

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Semenenko, Vladimir Anatolievich

    It has been suggested that the more densely ionizing terminal portion of an electron track could be responsible for the majority of biological damage as opposed to the less densely ionizing initial part of the track. To test this hypothesis, it is proposed to compare chromosome aberration yields when cell nuclei are irradiated by incorporated 3H and 14 C. The rationale is that virtually all electron tracks from 3H would originate and terminate in the nucleus, whereas almost none of the beta particles would stop inside the nucleus for 14C. Since the intention would be to determine RBE values, careful evaluation of dosimetry of beta particles from decays of 3H and 14C in the nucleus of a cell is necessary. Three aspects of this dosimetry were addressed: (1) the intranuclear dose, (2) the internuclear dose, and (3) the fraction of dose deposited by electron track ends. A Monte Carlo electron track-structure code was used as the primary tool for solving these problems. Comparisons of results produced by three different Monte Carlo codes in terms of energy deposition in spherical volumes showed good agreement. Track-structure codes were also compared with other analytical methods for beta dosimetry reported in the literature. The intranuclear dose from both radionuclides was calculated for a variety of nuclear sizes under assumptions of spherical and ellipsoidal geometry for a cell nucleus. A method for estimating the internuclear dose for cells with nuclei of different geometries was described. For cells with flat nuclei, similar to those that will be used in the experiments, the internuclear dose was determined to be negligible for 3H and a few percent of the intranuclear dose for 14C. A K-means clustering algorithm was employed to characterize electron track ends. Criteria were developed and implemented in a scoring procedure to identify clusters associated with track ends of primary and secondary electrons and separate these from the less densely ionizing portion of electron tracks. The fraction of dose due to electron track ends was estimated as ˜43% for 3H and ˜30% for 14 C. These values were independent of geometry for a cell nucleus.

  12. Evaluation of alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in human serum by chemiluminescence enzyme immunoassay with magnetic particles and coated tubes as solid phases.

    PubMed

    Zhang, Qianyun; Wang, Xu; Li, Zhenjia; Lin, Jin-Ming

    2009-01-12

    In this work, the monoclonal antibodies (McAbs) to alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) were immobilized on two different solid phases, i.e., magnetic particles (MP) and coated tubes (CT). Based on this, a MP based chemiluminescence enzyme immunoassay (MP-CLEIA) and a CT based CLEIA (CT-CLEIA) were proposed for the evaluation of AFP in human serum and their analytical merits were studied and compared. By detailed discussion of several performance variants, including the concentration of immobilized McAb, dilution ratio of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) labeled McAb (HRP-McAb), total assay time, substrate volume, chemiluminescent kinetics, and hook effect concentration, the advantages of MP-CLEIA became conspicuously apparent. Moreover, in the presence of MP, the catalytic activity of labeled enzyme was kept to high extent and the stability of immunoreagents was satisfied. Finally, 59 human serum samples were detected by the MP-CLEIA and a good correlation was obtained when comparing the results with that from a commercial electrochemiluminescence immunoassay kit. PMID:19084628

  13. Geochemical properties of rocks and soils in Gusev Crater, Mars: Results of the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer from Cumberland Ridge to Home Plate

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ming, D. W.; Gellert, R.; Morris, R. V.; Arvidson, R. E.; Brückner, J.; Clark, B. C.; Cohen, B. A.; d'Uston, C.; Economou, T.; Fleischer, I.; Klingelhöfer, G.; McCoy, T. J.; Mittlefehldt, D. W.; Schmidt, M. E.; Schröder, C.; Squyres, S. W.; Tréguier, E.; Yen, A. S.; Zipfel, J.

    2008-12-01

    Geochemical diversity of rocks and soils has been discovered by the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) during Spirit's journey over Husband Hill and down into the Inner Basin from sol 470 to 1368. The APXS continues to operate nominally with no changes in calibration or spectral degradation over the course of the mission. Germanium has been added to the Spirit APXS data set with the confirmation that it occurs at elevated levels in many rocks and soils around Home Plate. Twelve new rock classes and two new soil classes have been identified at the Spirit landing site since sol 470 on the basis of the diversity in APXS geochemistry. The new rock classes are Irvine (alkaline basalt), Independence (low Fe outcrop), Descartes (outcrop similar to Independence with higher Fe and Mn), Algonquin (mafic-ultramafic igneous sequence), Barnhill (volcaniclastic sediments enriched in Zn, Cl, and Ge), Fuzzy Smith (high Si and Ti rock), Elizabeth Mahon (high Si, Ni, and Zn outcrop and rock), Halley (hematite-rich outcrop and rock), Montalva (high K, hematite-rich rock), Everett (high Mg, magnetite-rich rock), Good Question (high Si, low Mn rock), and Torquas (high K, Zn, and Ni magnetite-rich rock). New soil classes are Gertrude Weise (very high Si soil) and Eileen Dean (high Mg, magnetite-rich soil). Aqueous processes have played a major role in the formation and alteration of rocks and soils on Husband Hill and in the Inner Basin.

  14. Characterization of the activity of ultrasound emitted in a perpendicular liquid flow using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and electrochemical mass transfer measurements.

    PubMed

    Barthès, Magali; Mazue, Gerald; Bonnet, Dimitri; Viennet, Remy; Hihn, Jean-Yves; Bailly, Yannick

    2015-05-01

    The present work is dedicated to the study of the interactions between a liquid circulation and a perpendicular acoustic wave propagation. A specific experimental setup was designed to study one transducer operating at 20 kHz, with the help of electrochemical mass transfer measurements combined with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) determination. Electrodes were located on the wall opposite to the acoustic emission. Experiments were performed for various Reynolds numbers: from 0 to 21700 (different liquid flow rates and viscosities). Both PIV and electrochemical measurements methods were found to be relevant, and had delivered complementary information. Even if PIV showed that the plume due to streaming was highly deflected by the additional flow, electrochemical measurements showed that there was still an activity, higher than in silent conditions, on the wall facing the transducer. Thus the ultrasound contribution remained noticeable on the surface opposite to the transducer even for a disturbed hydrodynamic environment due to the presence of a liquid circulation perpendicular to the wave propagation. PMID:25724307

  15. Probing single-particle structures beyond the proton drip line

    SciTech Connect

    Page, R. D.; Bianco, L.; Darby, I. G.; Joss, D. T.; Grahn, T.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Pakarinen, J.; Thomson, J. [Oliver Lodge Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZE (United Kingdom); Uusitalo, J.; Eeckhaudt, S.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jones, P. M.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Ketelhut, S.; Leino, M.; Leppaenen, A.-P.; Nyman, M.; Rahkila, P.; Saren, J. [Department of Physics, University of Jyvaeskylae, PO Box 35, FIN-40014, Jyvaeskylae (Finland)] (and others)

    2007-11-30

    Single-particle energies have been investigated in the closed neutron shell proton emitter {sup 155}Ta. The {sup 155}Ta nuclei were populated through the {alpha} decay of {sup 159}Re, which has been observed for the first time. The {sup 159}Re nuclei were produced in reactions of 300 MeV {sup 58}Ni ions with an isotopically enriched {sup 106}Cd target, separated in-flight using the RITU separator and implanted into the GREAT spectrometer. The {sup 159}Re {alpha} decay emanates from the proton-emitting {pi}h{sub 11/2} state and populates a state in {sup 155}Ta which decays by the emission of a proton from a {pi}h{sub 11/2} orbital. The results fit in with the systematics of proton and {alpha}-particle separation energies in the region, but disagree with the previously reported decay properties of {sup 155}Ta.

  16. Refinement of the $n-\\alpha$ and $p-\\alpha$ fish-bone potential

    E-print Network

    Smith, E; Papp, Z

    2012-01-01

    The fishbone potential of composite particles simulates the Pauli effect by nonlocal terms. We determine the $n-\\alpha$ and $p-\\alpha$ fish-bone potential by simultaneously fitting to the experimental phase shifts. We found that with a double Gaussian parametrization of the local potential can describe the $n-\\alpha$ and $p-\\alpha$ phase shifts for all partial waves.

  17. Pulse-shape discrimination of scintillation from alpha and beta particles with liquid scintillator and Geiger-mode multipixel avalanche diodes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    I. Kreslo; I. Badhrees; S. Delaquis; A. Ereditato; S. Janos; M. Messina; U. Moser; B. Rossi; M. Zeller

    2011-01-01

    A successfull application of Geiger-mode multipixel avalanche diodes (GMAPDs) for pulse-shape discrimination in alpha-beta spectrometry using organic liquid scintillator is described in this paper. Efficient discrimination of alpha and beta components in the emission of radioactive isotopes is achieved for alpha energies above 0.3 MeV. The ultra-compact design of the scintillating detector helps to efficiently suppress cosmic-ray and ambient radiation

  18. Alpha Antihydrogen Experiment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fujiwara, M. C.; Andresen, G. B.; Ashkezari, M. D.; Baquero-Ruiz, M.; Bertsche, W.; Bray, C. C.; Butler, E.; Cesar, C. L.; Chapman, S.; Charlton, M.; Cesar, C. L.; Fajans, J.; Friesen, T.; Gill, D. R.; Hangst, J. S.; Hardy, W. N.; Hayano, R. S.; Hayden, M. E.; Humphries, A. J.; Hydomako, R.; Jonsell, S.; Kurchaninov, L.; Lambo, R.; Madsen, N.; Menary, S.; Nolan, P.; Olchanski, K.; Olin, A.; Povilus, A.; Pusa, P.; Robicheaux, F.; Sarid, E.; Silveira, D. M.; So, C.; Storey, J. W.; Thompson, R. I.; van der Werf, D. P.; Wilding, D.; Wurtele, J. S.; Yamazaki, Y.

    2011-12-01

    ALPHA is an experiment at CERN, whose ultimate goal is to perform a precise test of CPT symmetry with trapped antihydrogen atoms. After reviewing the motivations, we discuss our recent progress toward the initial goal of stable trapping of antihydrogen, with some emphasis on particle detection techniques.

  19. Luminescent properties of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ particles as a potential bluish green phosphor for ultraviolet light-emitting diodes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yao, Shanshan; Chen, Donghua

    2007-12-01

    In our study, the 1% mol Eu2+ doped Li2CaSiO4: B3+ phosphors were prepared by the combustion method as fluorescent material for ultraviolet, light-emitting diodes (UV-LEDs) used as a light source. The properties of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ phosphors with urea concentration, doping boric acid and a series of initiating combustion temperature were investigated. The crystallization and particle sizes of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ has been investigated by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Luminescence measurements showed that the phosphors can be efficiently excited by UV to the visible region, and exhibited bluish green light with a peak of 480 nm. The results showed that the boric acid was effective in improving the luminescence intensity of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ and the optimum molar ratio of boric acid to calcium nitrate was about 0.06. The optimized phosphors Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B{0.06/3+} showed 180% improved emission intensity compared with that of the Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4 phosphors under ultraviolet (?ex =287 nm) excitation.

  20. Luminescent properties of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ particles as a potential bluish green phosphor for ultraviolet light-emitting diodes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yao, Shanshan; Chen, Donghua

    2007-12-01

    In our study, the 1% mol Eu2+ doped Li2CaSiO4: B3+ phosphors were prepared by the combustion method as fluorescent material for ultraviolet, light-emitting diodes (UV-LEDs) used as a light source. The properties of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ phosphors with urea concentration, doping boric acid and a series of initiating combustion temperature were investigated. The crystallization and particle sizes of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ has been investigated by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Luminescence measurements showed that the phosphors can be efficiently excited by UV to the visible region, and exhibited bluish green light with a peak of 480 nm. The results showed that the boric acid was effective in improving the luminescence intensity of Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B3+ and the optimum molar ratio of boric acid to calcium nitrate was about 0.06. The optimized phosphors Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4: B0.063+ showed 180% improved emission intensity compared with that of the Li2 (Ca0.99, Eu0.01) SiO4 phosphors under ultraviolet (?ex =287 nm) excitation.