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  1. Anisotropic bias dependent transport property of defective phosphorene layer

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    Umar Farooq, M.; Hashmi, Arqum; Hong, Jisang

    2015-01-01

    Phosphorene is receiving great research interests because of its peculiar physical properties. Nonetheless, no systematic studies on the transport properties modified due to defects have been performed. Here, we present the electronic band structure, defect formation energy and bias dependent transport property of various defective systems. We found that the defect formation energy is much less than that in graphene. The defect configuration strongly affects the electronic structure. The band gap vanishes in single vacancy layers, but the band gap reappears in divacancy layers. Interestingly, a single vacancy defect behaves like a p-type impurity for transport property. Unlike the common belief, we observe that the vacancy defect can contribute to greatly increasing the current. Along the zigzag direction, the current in the most stable single vacancy structure was significantly increased as compared with that found in the pristine layer. In addition, the current along the armchair direction was always greater than along the zigzag direction and we observed a strong anisotropic current ratio of armchair to zigzag direction. PMID:26198318

  2. Exceptional and Anisotropic Transport Properties of Photocarriers in Black Phosphorus.

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    He, Jiaqi; He, Dawei; Wang, Yongsheng; Cui, Qiannan; Bellus, Matthew Z; Chiu, Hsin-Ying; Zhao, Hui

    2015-06-23

    One key challenge in developing postsilicon electronic technology is to find ultrathin channel materials with high charge mobilities and sizable energy band gaps. Graphene can offer extremely high charge mobilities; however, the lack of a band gap presents a significant barrier. Transition metal dichalcogenides possess sizable and thickness-tunable band gaps; however, their charge mobilities are relatively low. Here we show that black phosphorus has room-temperature charge mobilities on the order of 10(4) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), which are about 1 order of magnitude larger than silicon. We also demonstrate strong anisotropic transport in black phosphorus, where the mobilities along the armchair direction are about 1 order of magnitude larger than in the zigzag direction. A photocarrier lifetime as long as 100 ps is also determined. These results illustrate that black phosphorus is a promising candidate for future electronic and optoelectronic applications. PMID:25961945

  3. Scalable Directed Self-Assembly and Anisotropic Transport Properties of Soft Mesophases for Membrane Applications

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    Osuji, Chinedum

    2013-03-01

    Self-assembly of block copolymers and surfactant mesophases can be can be utilized in creating composite materials with very fine periodic structures. Easy access to nm-scale features coupled with compositional variety and thus tunable physical properties makes these nanoscale heterogeneous materials excellent candidates for selective transport applications including ion-conduction, ultrafiltration and desalination. A critical limitation in their performance however arises from the tortuosity of randomly oriented self-assembled structures. We show that in appropriately engineered systems, magnetic fields provide a viable route for scalable control of morphology, producing well aligned materials over large length scales. Here we discuss this approach for the fabrication of ion conduction membranes, aligned carbon nanotube membranes and nanoporous films. We quantitatively assess the anisotropic transport properties of one such system and confront the data with models based on effective medium theory and composite conductivity calculations. The results demonstrate that directed self-assembly can provide non-trivial enhancement of the transport properties in these applications. NSF support is gratefully acknowledged (DMR-0847534, CBET-1133484, CMMI-1246804).

  4. Large anisotropic thermal transport properties observed in bulk single crystal black phosphorus

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    Wang, Yue; Xu, Guizhou; Hou, Zhipeng; Yang, Bingchao; Zhang, Xiaoming; Liu, Enke; Xi, Xuekui; Liu, Zhongyuan; Zeng, Zhongming; Wang, Wenhong; Wu, Guangheng

    2016-02-01

    The anisotropy of thermal transport properties for bulk black phosphorus (BP) single crystal, which might be of particular interest in the fabrication of thermoelectric/optoelectronic devices, was investigated by using angular dependent thermal conductivity and Seebeck coefficient measurements at various temperatures. We found that the maximum thermal conductivities in x (zigzag), y (armchair), and z (perpendicular to the puckered layers) directions are 34, 17, and 5 W m-1 K-1, respectively, exhibiting large anisotropy. At temperature around 200 K, a large Seebeck coefficient up to +487 ± 10 μV/K has been obtained in x direction, which is 1.5 times higher than that in z direction. The large anisotropy of thermal transport properties can be understood from the crystal structure and bonding characters of BP. In addition, the energy gap has been obtained from nuclear spin lattice relaxation measurements, which is consistent with the value derived from temperature-dependent Seebeck coefficient measurements.

  5. Anisotropic transport properties of charge-ordered La5/8-yPryCa3/8MnO3 (y = 0.43) film

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    Liu, Yuan-Bo; Wang, Shuan-Hu; Sun, Ji-Rong; Shen, Bao-Gen

    2015-05-01

    The anisotropic resistances along [001] and [1-10] axes are investigated for an La5/8-yPryCa3/8MnO3 (y = 0.43) (LPCMO) film grown on (110)-oriented LaAlO3 substrate. It is found that the charge order (CO) transition is much stronger and the resistance is larger along the [001] direction than that along the [1-10] direction. Special attention has been paid to the different effects of a magnetic field on the resistances of the two axes. The resistance is more susceptible to the magnetic field along the [001] direction compared with that along the [1-10] direction. Our results demonstrate that the anisotropic transport properties can be ascribed to the intrinsic anisotropic strain field in the film, which changes the shape of metallic domains for the phase separation manganite film. We also provide a feasible method to rule out the Joule heat effect from the electric current effect. This could be useful for future construction and application of materials and devices. Project supported by the Knowledge Innovation Project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the National Basic Research Program of China.

  6. Anisotropic flow in transport + hydrodynamics hybrid approaches

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    Petersen, Hannah

    2014-12-01

    This contribution to the focus issue covers anisotropic flow in hybrid approaches. The historical development of hybrid approaches and their impact on the interpretation of flow measurements is reviewed. The major ingredients of a hybrid approach and the transition criteria between transport and hydrodynamics are discussed. The results for anisotropic flow in (event-by-event) hybrid approaches are presented. Some hybrid approaches rely on hadronic transport for the late stages for the reaction (so called afterburner) and others employ transport approaches for the early non-equilibrium evolution. In addition, there are ‘full’ hybrid calculations where a fluid evolution is dynamically embedded in a transport simulation. After demonstrating the success of hybrid approaches at high Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and Large Hadron Collider energies, existing hybrid caluclations for collective flow observables at lower beam energies are discussed and remaining challenges outlined.

  7. Charged Particle Transport in Anisotropic Magnetic Turbulence

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    Sun, P.; Jokipii, J. R.

    2011-12-01

    Turbulence with an irregular magnetic field is common in the astrophysical environment. Charged particles drift and diffuse in inhomogeneous magnetic fields. The transport is both parallel and perpendicular to the mean magnetic field. It is believed that the characteristics of the turbulent magnetic field will affect the transport of the charged particles. A number of different magnetic turbulence models have been proposed for this study. An anisotropic (Goldreich & Sridhar 1995), Kolmogorov type, magneto-hydrodynamic turbulence is constructed and compared with the standard isotropic model. And the transport coefficients of energetic particles are calculated and analyzed by test particle simulations in the constructed turbulence.

  8. On the anisotropic elastic properties of hydroxyapatite.

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    Katz, J. L.; Ukraincik, K.

    1971-01-01

    Experimental measurements of the isotropic elastic moduli on polycrystalline specimens of hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite are compared with elastic constants measured directly from single crystals of fluorapatite in order to derive a set of pseudo single crystal elastic constants for hydroxyapatite. The stiffness coefficients thus derived are given. The anisotropic and isotropic elastic properties are then computed and compared with similar properties derived from experimental observations of the anisotropic behavior of bone.

  9. Transport of anisotropic chiral particles in a confined structure

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    Hu, Cai-tian; Ou, Ya-li; Wu, Jian-chun; Ai, Bao-quan

    2016-03-01

    Directed transport of anisotropic chiral particles is numerically investigated in the presence of the regular arrays of rigid half-circle obstacles. It is found that due to the rotational-translational coupling, the transport of anisotropic particles is considerably more complicated compared to the isotropic case. For isotropic chiral particles, the transport direction is completely determined by the chirality of particles. However, for anisotropic chiral particles, the competition between the chirality and the anisotropic degree determines the transport direction. For a given chirality, by suitably tailoring parameters (the anisotropic degree and the self-propulsion speed), particles with different anisotropic degrees (or self-propulsion speed) can move in different directions and can be separated.

  10. First-principles study of anisotropic thermoelectric transport properties of IV-VI semiconductor compounds SnSe and SnS

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    Guo, Ruiqiang; Wang, Xinjiang; Kuang, Youdi; Huang, Baoling

    2015-09-01

    Tin selenide (SnSe) and tin sulfide (SnS) have recently attracted particular interest due to their great potential for large-scale thermoelectric applications. A complete prediction of the thermoelectric performance and the understanding of underlying heat and charge transport details are the key to further improvement of their thermoelectric efficiency. We conduct comprehensive investigations of both thermal and electrical transport properties of SnSe and SnS using first-principles calculations combined with the Boltzmann transport theory. Due to the distinct layered lattice structure, SnSe and SnS exhibit similarly anisotropic thermal and electrical behaviors. The cross-plane lattice thermal conductivity κL is 40 -60 % lower than the in-plane values. Extremely low κL is found for both materials because of high anharmonicity, while the average κL of SnS is ˜8 % higher than that of SnSe from 300 to 750 K. It is suggested that nanostructuring would be difficult to further decrease κL because of the short mean free paths of dominant phonon modes (1-30 nm at 300 K), while alloying would be efficient in reducing κL considering that the relative κL contribution (˜65 %) of optical phonons is remarkably large. On the electrical side, the anisotropic electrical conductivities are mainly due to the different effective masses of holes and electrons along the a , b , and c axes. This leads to the highest optimal ZT values along the b axis and lowest ones along the a axis in both p -type materials. However, the n -type ones exhibit the highest ZT s along the a axis due to the enhancement of power factor when the chemical potential gradually approaches the secondary conduction band valley that causes significant increase in electron mobility and density of states. Owing to the larger mobility and smaller κL along the given direction, SnSe exhibits larger optimal ZTs compared with SnS in both p - and n -type materials. For both materials, the peak ZT s of n -type materials are much higher than those of p -type ones along the same direction. The predicted highest ZT values at 750 K are 1.0 in SnSe and 0.6 in SnS along the b axis for the p -type doping, while those for the n -type doping reach 2.7 in SnSe and 1.5 in SnS along the a axis, rendering them among the best bulk thermoelectric materials for large-scale applications. Our calculations show reasonable agreements with the experimental results and quantitatively predict the great potential in further enhancing the thermoelectric performance of SnSe and SnS, especially for the n -type materials.

  11. Numerical investigation of nanoparticles transport in anisotropic porous media.

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    Salama, Amgad; Negara, Ardiansyah; El Amin, Mohamed; Sun, Shuyu

    2015-10-01

    In this work the problem related to the transport of nanoparticles in anisotropic porous media is investigated numerically using the multipoint flux approximation. Anisotropy of porous media properties is an essential feature that exists almost everywhere in subsurface formations. In anisotropic media, the flux and the pressure gradient vectors are no longer collinear and therefore interesting patterns emerge. The transport of nanoparticles in subsurface formations is affected by several complex processes including surface charges, heterogeneity of nanoparticles and soil grain collectors, interfacial dynamics of double-layer and many others. We use the framework of the theory of filtration in this investigation. Processes like particles deposition, entrapment, as well as detachment are accounted for. From the numerical methods point of view, traditional two-point flux finite difference approximation cannot handle anisotropy of media properties. Therefore, in this work we use the multipoint flux approximation (MPFA). In this technique, the flux components are affected by more neighboring points as opposed to the mere two points that are usually used in traditional finite volume methods. We also use the experimenting pressure field approach which automatically constructs the global system of equations by solving multitude of local problems. This approach facilitates to a large extent the construction of the global system. A set of numerical examples is considered involving two-dimensional rectangular domain. A source of nanoparticles is inserted in the middle of the anisotropic layer. We investigate the effects of both anisotropy angle and anisotropy ratio on the transport of nanoparticles in saturated porous media. It is found that the concentration plume and porosity contours follow closely the principal direction of anisotropy of permeability of the central domain. PMID:26212784

  12. Anisotropic distributions in a multiphase transport model

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    Zhou, You; Xiao, Kai; Feng, Zhao; Liu, Feng; Snellings, Raimond

    2016-03-01

    With a multiphase transport (AMPT) model we investigate the relation between the magnitude, fluctuations, and correlations of the initial state spatial anisotropy ɛn and the final state anisotropic flow coefficients vn in Au+Au collisions at √{s NN}=200 GeV. It is found that the relative eccentricity fluctuations in AMPT account for the observed elliptic flow fluctuations, both are in agreement with the elliptic flow fluctuation measurements from the STAR collaboration. In addition, the studies based on two- and multiparticle correlations and event-by-event distributions of the anisotropies suggest that the elliptic-power function is a promising candidate of the underlying probability density function of the event-by-event distributions of ɛn as well as vn. Furthermore, the correlations between different order symmetry planes and harmonics in the initial coordinate space and final state momentum space are presented. Nonzero values of these correlations have been observed. The comparison between our calculations and data will, in the future, shed new insight into the nature of the fluctuations of the quark-gluon plasma produced in heavy ion collisions.

  13. Investigation of anisotropic thermal transport in polymers using infrared thermography

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    Nieto Simavilla, David; Venerus, David; Schieber, Jay

    2014-03-01

    During manufacturing, the anisotropic nature of thermal transport in flowing polymers plays an important role in the final properties of materials. In our laboratory, we have investigated anisotropic thermal conductivity in polymers subjected to deformation using an optical technique based on Forced Rayleigh Scattering (FRS). For over a decade, our setup has been the only one capable of testing the linear relationship between anisotropy in thermal conductivity and stress, known as the stress-thermal rule. In order to overcome some of the limitations in the optical properties of materials inherent to FRS, we have recently developed a complementary technique based on infrared thermography (IRT). We validate IRT technique by comparing measurements of anisotropy in thermal conductivity on crosslinked networks against those obtained with FRS. The main advantage of IRT method is that, it allows us to study optically thick materials, including polymers that are prone to strain induced crystallization. Additionally, examination of IRT transient state experiments enables us to study the effect of deformation on other properties such as specific heat capacity.

  14. Upscaling Diffusive Transport in Heterogeneous and Anisotropic Porous Media

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    Bianchi, M.

    2012-12-01

    Diffusion is the main transport process in low permeability media such as clay-rich geological formations. Laboratory and field experiments in these formations, which are considered potential long-term deep geological repositories for high-level nuclear waste, indicate that the effective molecular diffusion coefficient (D) is a heterogeneous and anisotropic property. In this work, we study diffusive transport in three-dimensional domains characterized by a heterogeneous and anisotropic spatial distribution of D with given statistical properties (i.e., mean, variance, anisotropy ratio and spatial correlation function). The goal is to upscale the local transport problem and estimate the equivalent diffusion coefficient. A series of Monte Carlo simulations designed to mimic diffusion from a source localized in the center of the heterogeneous domain are conducted to investigate the evolution in time of the ensemble average of the second centered spatial moments. Results show deviations from the linear time dependence of the second centered moment, which is at the basis of the classical Fickian interpretation. Instead anomalous diffusion is observed and the time dependence of the second moment is found to be better described by a power law. The values of the effective diffusion coefficient and of the exponent of the power law for fields characterized by different variance and anisotropy ratio of the D spatial distribution were estimated by applying a fractional diffusion model. Results are indicative of a subdiffusive behavior and show that these values are a function of the statistical properties of the D fields. In particular, the effective D increases with the variance, while the opposite relationship is observed for the exponent of the power law. The classical Fickian model and the fractional diffusion model are also evaluated by comparing their predictions of breakthrough curves at different locations in the domain.

  15. Field dependent spin transport of anisotropic Heisenberg chain

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    Rezania, H.

    2016-04-01

    We have addressed the static spin conductivity and spin Drude weight of one-dimensional spin-1/2 anisotropic antiferromagnetic Heisenberg chain in the finite magnetic field. We have investigated the behavior of transport properties by means of excitation spectrum in terms of a hard core bosonic representation. The effect of in-plane anisotropy on the spin transport properties has also been studied via the bosonic model by Green's function approach. This anisotropy is considered for exchange constants that couple spin components perpendicular to magnetic field direction. We have found the temperature dependence of the spin conductivity and spin Drude weight in the gapped field induced spin-polarized phase for various magnetic field and anisotropy parameters. Furthermore we have studied the magnetic field dependence of static spin conductivity and Drude weight for various anisotropy parameters. Our results show the regular part of spin conductivity vanishes in isotropic case however Drude weight has a finite non-zero value and the system exhibits ballistic transport properties. We also find the peak in the static spin conductivity factor moves to higher temperature upon increasing the magnetic field at fixed anisotropy. The static spin conductivity is found to be monotonically decreasing with magnetic field due to increase of energy gap in the excitation spectrum. Furthermore we have studied the temperature dependence of spin Drude weight for different magnetic field and various anisotropy parameters.

  16. Electromagnetic properties of anisotropic plasmonic metamaterials

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    Elser, Justin Lee

    In this dissertation we study the electromagnetic properties of plasmonic metamaterials. We develop an analytical description to solve the fundamental problem of free-space scattering in planar plasmonic systems by utilizing anisotropic metamaterials. We show with exact numerical simulations that these manufactured materials do completely eliminate the scattering, and even in the case of fabrication defects the scattering is greatly minimized. We further show that the standard effective medium theory calculations for the cases of anisotropic metamaterials constructed of metal-dielectric layers fails to account for nonlocal effects in the cases where the constituent materials have large differences in permittivity. We show how it is possible to construct a plasmon waveguide out of such a structure and describe a new naming scheme based on the bulk plasmon modes that are supported. Finally, we study the effective medium theory applied to the case of plasmonic wires embedded in a dielectric host. We describe the effect the geometric properties of the structure has on effective permittivities. For example, we show that a 10% stretching/compression of the distance between nanowires can change the sign of elements of the permittivity tensor. These results can be applied to high-performance optical sensing, optical polarizers, novel lenses including the hyper- and superlenses, and subdiffraction imaging.

  17. Transport equations for multicomponent anisotropic space plasmas - A review

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    Barakat, A. R.; Schunk, R. W.

    1982-01-01

    An attempt is made to present a unified approach to the study of transport phenomena in multicomponent anisotropic space plasmas. In particular, a system of generalized transport equations is presented that can be applied to widely different plasma flow conditions. The generalized transport equations can describe subsonic and supersonic flows, collision-dominated and collisionless flows, plasma flows in rapidly changing magnetic field configurations, multicomponent plasma flows with large temperature differences between the interacting species, and plasma flows that contain anisotropic temperature distributions. In addition, if Maxwell's equations of electricity and magnetism are added to the system of transport equations, they can be used to model electrostatic shocks, double layers, and magnetic merging processes. These transport equations also contain terms which act to regulate both the heat flow and temperature anisotropy, processes which appear to be operating in the solar wind.

  18. Investigation of anisotropic thermal transport in cross-linked polymers

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    Simavilla, David Nieto

    Thermal transport in lightly cross-linked polyisoprene and polybutadine subjected to uniaxial elongation is investigated experimentally. We employ two experimental techniques to assess the effect that deformation has on this class of materials. The first technique, which is based on Forced Rayleigh Scattering (FRS), allows us to measure the two independent components of the thermal diffusivity tensor as a function of deformation. These measurements along with independent measurements of the tensile stress and birefringence are used to evaluate the stress-thermal and stress-optic rules. The stress-thermal rule is found to be valid for the entire range of elongations applied. In contrast, the stress-optic rule fails for moderate to large stretch ratios. This suggests that the degree of anisotropy in thermal conductivity depends on both orientation and tension in polymer chain segments. The second technique, which is based on infrared thermography (IRT), allows us to measure anisotropy in thermal conductivity and strain induced changes in heat capacity. We validate this method measurements of anisotropic thermal conductivity by comparing them with those obtained using FRS. We find excellent agreement between the two techniques. Uncertainty in the infrared thermography method measurements is estimated to be about 2-5 %. The accuracy of the method and its potential application to non-transparent materials makes it a good alternative to extend current research on anisotropic thermal transport in polymeric materials. A second IRT application allows us to investigate the dependence of heat capacity on deformation. We find that heat capacity increases with stretch ratio in polyisoprene specimens under uniaxial extension. The deviation from the equilibrium value of heat capacity is consistent with an independent set of experiments comparing anisotropy in thermal diffusivity and conductivity employing FRS and IRT techniques. We identify finite extensibility and strain-induced crystallization as the possible causes explaining our observations and evaluate their contribution making use of classical rubber elasticity results. Finally, we study of the role of evaporation-induced thermal effects in the well-know phenomena of the tears of wine. We develop a transport model and support its predictions by experimentally measuring the temperature gradient present in wine and cognac films using IRT. Our results demonstrate that the Marangoni flow responsible for wine tears results from both composition and temperature gradients, whose relative contribution strongly depends on the thermodynamic properties of ethanol-water mixtures. The methods developed here can be used to obtain a deeper understanding of Marangoni flows, which are ubiquitous in nature and modern technology.

  19. Anisotropic Mesoscale Eddy Transport in Ocean General Circulation Models

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    Reckinger, S. J.; Fox-Kemper, B.; Bachman, S.; Bryan, F.; Dennis, J.; Danabasoglu, G.

    2014-12-01

    Modern climate models are limited to coarse-resolution representations of large-scale ocean circulation that rely on parameterizations for mesoscale eddies. The effects of eddies are typically introduced by relating subgrid eddy fluxes to the resolved gradients of buoyancy or other tracers, where the proportionality is, in general, governed by an eddy transport tensor. The symmetric part of the tensor, which represents the diffusive effects of mesoscale eddies, is universally treated isotropically in general circulation models. Thus, only a single parameter, namely the eddy diffusivity, is used at each spatial and temporal location to impart the influence of mesoscale eddies on the resolved flow. However, the diffusive processes that the parameterization approximates, such as shear dispersion, potential vorticity barriers, oceanic turbulence, and instabilities, typically have strongly anisotropic characteristics. Generalizing the eddy diffusivity tensor for anisotropy extends the number of parameters to three: a major diffusivity, a minor diffusivity, and the principal axis of alignment. The Community Earth System Model (CESM) with the anisotropic eddy parameterization is used to test various choices for the newly introduced parameters, which are motivated by observations and the eddy transport tensor diagnosed from high resolution simulations. Simply setting the ratio of major to minor diffusivities to a value of five globally, while aligning the major axis along the flow direction, improves biogeochemical tracer ventilation and reduces global temperature and salinity biases. These effects can be improved even further by parameterizing the anisotropic transport mechanisms in the ocean.

  20. Anisotropic magnetization and transport properties of RAgSb{sub 2} (R=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm)

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    Myers, Kenneth D.

    1999-11-08

    This study of the RAgSb{sub 2} series of compounds arose as part of an investigation of rare earth intermetallic compounds containing antimony with the rare earth in a position with tetragonal point symmetry. Materials with the rare earth in a position with tetragonal point symmetry frequently manifest strong anisotropies and rich complexity in the magnetic properties, and yet are simple enough to analyze. Antimony containing intermetallic compounds commonly possess low carrier densities and have only recently been the subject of study. Large single grain crystals were grown of the RAgSb{sub 2} (R=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm) series of compounds out of a high temperature solution. This method of crystal growth, commonly known as flux growth is a versatile method which takes advantage of the decreasing solubility of the target compound with decreasing temperature. Overall, the results of the crystal growth were impressive with the synthesis of single crystals of LaAgSb{sub 2} approaching one gram. However, the sample yield diminishes as the rare earth elements become smaller and heavier. Consequently, no crystals could be grown with R=Yb or Lu. Furthermore, EuAgSb{sub 2} could not be synthesized, likely due to the divalency of the Eu ion. For most of the RAgSb{sub 2} compounds, strong magnetic anisotropies are created by the crystal electric field splitting of the Hund's rule ground state. This splitting confines the local moments to lie in the basal plane (easy plane) for the majority of the members of the series. Exceptions to this include ErAgSb{sub 2} and TmAgSb{sub 2}, which have moments along the c-axis (easy axis) and CeAgSb{sub 2}, which at intermediate temperatures has an easy plane, but exchange coupling at low temperatures is anisotropic with an easy axis. Additional anisotropy is also observed within the basal plane of DyAgSb{sub 2}, where the moments are restricted to align along one of the {l_angle}110{r_angle} axes. Most of the RAgSb{sub 2} compounds containing magnetic rare earths, antiferromagnetically ordered at low temperatures. The ordering temperatures of these compounds are approximately proportional to the de Gennes factor, which suggests that the RKKY interaction is the dominant exchange interaction between local moments. Although metamagnetic transitions were observed in many members of the series, the series of sharp step-like transitions in DyAgSb{sub 2} are impressive. In this compound, up to 11 different magnetic states are stable depending on the magnitude and direction of the applied field. The saturated magnetization of these states and the critical fields needed to induce a phase transition vary with the direction of the applied field. Through detailed study of the angular dependence of the magnetization and critical fields, the net distribution of magnetic moments was determined for most, of the metamagnetic states. In DyAgSb{sub 2}, the crystal electric field (CEF) splitting of the Hund's rule ground state creates a strong anisotropy where the local Dy{sup 3+} magnetic moments are constrained to one of the equivalent {l_angle}110{r_angle} directions within the basal plane. The four position clock model was introduced to account for this rich metamagnetic system. Within this model, the magnetic moments are constrained to one of four equivalent orientations within the basal plane and interactions are calculated for up third nearest neighbors. The theoretical phase diagram, generated from the coupling constants is in excellent agreement with the experimental phase diagram. Further investigation of this compound using magnetic X-ray or neutron diffraction would be extremely useful to verify the net distributions of moments and determine the wave vectors of each of the ordered states.

  1. An engineered anisotropic nanofilm with unidirectional wetting properties.

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    Malvadkar, Niranjan A; Hancock, Matthew J; Sekeroglu, Koray; Dressick, Walter J; Demirel, Melik C

    2010-12-01

    Anisotropic textured surfaces allow water striders to walk on water, butterflies to shed water from their wings and plants to trap insects and pollen. Capturing these natural features in biomimetic surfaces is an active area of research. Here, we report an engineered nanofilm, composed of an array of poly(p-xylylene) nanorods, which demonstrates anisotropic wetting behaviour by means of a pin-release droplet ratchet mechanism. Droplet retention forces in the pin and release directions differ by up to 80 μN, which is over ten times greater than the values reported for other engineered anisotropic surfaces. The nanofilm provides a microscale smooth surface on which to transport microlitre droplets, and is also relatively easy to synthesize by a bottom-up vapour-phase technique. An accompanying comprehensive model successfully describes the film's anisotropic wetting behaviour as a function of measurable film morphology parameters. PMID:20935657

  2. Anisotropic properties in Fe-Pt thick film magnets

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    Nakano, M.; Shibata, S.; Yanai, T.; Fukunaga, H.

    2009-04-01

    As-deposited Fe-Pt thick films prepared by a pulsed laser deposition method with the laser power higher than 5 W had L1{sub 0} ordered phase without a substrate heating system. As the laser power increased, the properties of the obtained films changed from isotropic to anisotropic ones. It was also confirmed that x-ray diffraction analysis agrees with the anisotropic phenomenon in crystalline structure with increasing laser power.

  3. Effective Dirac Hamiltonian for anisotropic honeycomb lattices: Optical properties

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    Oliva-Leyva, M.; Naumis, Gerardo G.

    2016-01-01

    We derive the low-energy Hamiltonian for a honeycomb lattice with anisotropy in the hopping parameters. Taking the reported Dirac Hamiltonian for the anisotropic honeycomb lattice, we obtain its optical conductivity tensor and its transmittance for normal incidence of linearly polarized light. Also, we characterize its dichroic character due to the anisotropic optical absorption. As an application of our general findings, which reproduce the previous case of uniformly strained graphene, we study the optical properties of graphene under a nonmechanical distortion.

  4. Anisotropic Tribological Properties of Silicon Carbide

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    Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1980-01-01

    The anisotropic friction, deformation and fracture behavior of single crystal silicon carbide surfaces were investigated in two categories. The categories were called adhesive and abrasive wear processes, respectively. In the adhesive wear process, the adhesion, friction and wear of silicon carbide were markedly dependent on crystallographic orientation. The force to reestablish the shearing fracture of adhesive bond at the interface between silicon carbide and metal was the lowest in the preferred orientation of silicon carbide slip system. The fracturing of silicon carbide occurred near the adhesive bond to metal and it was due to primary cleavages of both prismatic (10(-1)0) and basal (0001) planes.

  5. Pressure effects, anisotropic transport properties and irreversibility line of Pb 2Sr 2Y 1- xCa xCu 3O 8 crystals

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    Laborde, O.; Souletie, B.; Martinez, J. C.; Borges, H.; Beille, J.; Capponi, J. J.; Chmaissem, O.

    1993-02-01

    We present a detailed study of the superconducting properties of crystals of Pb 2Sr 2Y 1- xCa xCu 3O 8(x between 0.36 and 0.39), in particular the irreversibility line obtained from magnetoresistance measurements up to 20 teslas, and the variation of T c with hydrostatic pressure (H.P.) up to 16.6. kbars and quasi-hydrostatic pressure (Q.H.P.) up to 100 kbars. This variation of T c with pressure strongly depends on the nature of the applied pressure, which is attributed to a strong sensitivity of T c to defects introduced in QHP experiments. The anisotropy of the irreversibility field H ∗ is similar to that of YBa 2Cu 3O 7 although the distance between the double copper-oxygen planes is much larger for Pb 2Sr 2Y 1- xCa xCu 3O 8.

  6. Anisotropic tribological properties of silicon carbide

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    Miyoshi, K.; Buckley, D. H.

    1981-01-01

    The effects of crystallographic orientation on the tribological properties of single-crystal silicon carbide surfaces in contact with various solids are investigated for adhesive and abrasive wear processes. In the adhesive wear process, the adhesion and wear of silicon carbide is found to be markedly dependent on crystallographic orientation. The force resisting shearing fracture of the adhesive bonds at the interface is lower in preferred crystallographic direction of slip. In the abrasive wear process, the 1 0 -1 0 direction on the basal plane of silicon carbide exhibits the lowest coefficient of friction and the greatest resistance to abrasion.

  7. CONDENSED MATTER: ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE, ELECTRICAL, MAGNETIC, AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES: Effective Anisotropic Dielectric Properties of Crystal Composites

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    Wei, En-Bo; Gu, Guo-Qing; Poon, Ying-Ming; Franklin, G. Shin

    2010-02-01

    Transformation field method (TFM) is developed to estimate the anisotropic dielectric properties of crystal composites having arbitrary shapes and dielectric properties of crystal inclusions, whose principal dielectric axis are different from those of anisotropic crystal matrix. The complicated boundary-value problem caused by inclusion shapes is circumvented by introducing a transformation electric field into the crystal composites regions, and the effective anisotropic dielectric responses are formulated in terms of the transformation field. Furthermore, the numerical results show that the effective anisotropic dielectric responses of crystal composites periodically vary as a function of the rotating angle between the principal dielectric axes of inclusion and matrix crystal materials. It is found that at larger inclusion volume fraction the inclusion shapes induce profound effect on the effective anisotropic dielectric responses.

  8. Anisotropic spin transport in (110) GaAs quantum wells.

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    Couto, O D D; Iikawa, F; Rudolph, J; Hey, R; Santos, P V

    2007-01-19

    Mobile piezoelectric potentials are used to coherently transport electron spins in GaAs (110) quantum wells (QW) over distances exceeding 60 microm. We demonstrate that the dynamics of mobile spins under external magnetic fields depends on the direction of motion in the QW plane. This transport anisotropy is an intrinsic property of moving spins associated with the bulk inversion asymmetry of the underlying GaAs lattice. PMID:17358707

  9. Anisotropic Radiation Transport Experiments on the OMEGA Laser

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    Hager, Jonathan; Lanier, Nick; Kline, John; Flippo, Kirk; Workman, Jonathan; Bruns, H. C.; Schneider, M.; Saculla, M.; McCarville, T.

    2014-10-01

    A new experimental platform is being developed at the OMEGA laser to generate an anisotropic radiation source to provide data that will challenge our implementation of Implicit Monte Carlo (IMC) radiation transport models. A low density silica aerogel foam physics package is mounted to a laser driven half-hohlraum. The x-ray drive from the hohlraum is modified by a filter and aperture to decrease the optical thickness of the foam and increase the source anisotropy, respectively. Point projection backlighting is used to measure the hydrodynamic response to the Marshak wave once it goes subsonic. The temperature of the driven foam can also be inferred using absorption spectroscopy when a titanium dopant is introduced. Experimental results using a Ti doped foam will be presented with analytic calculations and 2-D radiation hydrodynamic simulations demonstrating the impact of the source anisotropy on the measurable parameters in the foam. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by LANL under Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.

  10. Mechanical properties, anisotropic swelling behaviours and structures of jellyfish mesogloea.

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    Zhu, Jintang; Wang, Xuezhen; He, Changcheng; Wang, Huiliang

    2012-02-01

    Learning from nature is a promising way for designing and fabricating new materials with special properties. As the first step, we need to understand the structures and properties of the natural materials. In this work, we paid attention to the mesogloea of an edible jellyfish (Rhopilema esculenta Kishinouye) and mainly focused on its structure, mechanical and swelling properties. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) investigations show that jellyfish mesogloea has a well-developed anisotropic microstructure, which consists of nano-sized membranes connected with many fibres. The tensile and compressive properties of swollen and dried jellyfish mesogloea samples are measured. The jellyfish mesogloea displays very high tensile strength (0.17 MPa) and compressive strength (1.43 MPa) even with 99 wt % water. The mechanical properties of jellyfish mesogloea exceed most synthetic hydrogels with similar or even lower water contents. Swelling in acidic and basic buffer solutions weakens the mechanical properties of jellyfish mesogloea. The dried jellyfish mesogloea has very high tensile strength and modulus, which are very similar to those of synthetic plastics. The swelling properties of jellyfish mesogloea in solutions with different pH values were studied. The jellyfish mesogloea exhibits pH-sensitive and anisotropic swelling properties. The jellyfish mesogloea swells (expands) in height but deswells (shrinks) in length and width, without significant change in the volume. This phenomenon has never been reported for synthetic hydrogels. This study may provide gel scientists new ideas in designing and fabricating hydrogels with well-defined microstructures and unique mechanical and swelling properties. PMID:22301174

  11. Structural, anisotropic and electronic properties of C96 under pressure

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    Xing, Mengjiang; Li, Binhua; Yu, Zhengtao; Chen, Qi

    2016-01-01

    An investigation of the structural, elastic, electronic and anisotropic properties of C96 under high pressure has been calculated using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory, as implemented in the Cambridge Serial Total Energy Package code. At elevated pressures, the elastic constants and shear modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio for C96 increase with pressure increasing. The anisotropy studies of Young's modulus, shear modulus, Poisson's ratio, Zener anisotropy index, the universal elastic anisotropy index AU and hardness show that C96 exhibits a small anisotropy. The sound velocities, Debye temperature and band gap of C96 under high pressure are also calculated.

  12. Transport properties of ions

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    Biolsi, Louis; Biolsi, David

    1987-01-01

    The strong long-range interactions between (among) charged species require the inclusion of higher order contributions to the transport properties (viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion) of ionized gases than are required for neutral gases. These higher order contributions have been rewritten so that they are given in terms of universal functions which can be tabulated. Tables which provide for the rapid calculation of some higher order contributions to the transport properties of both ions and electrons are given. Some results which are useful for calculating the higher order contributions to the transport properties of mixtures of ions are also given. These results are applied to the ionic species in air at high temperatures.

  13. Anisotropic MRI contrast reveals enhanced ionic transport in plastic crystals.

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    Romanenko, Konstantin; Jin, Liyu; Madsen, Louis A; Pringle, Jennifer M; O'Dell, Luke A; Forsyth, Maria

    2014-11-01

    Organic ionic plastic crystals (OIPCs) are attractive as solid-state electrolytes for electrochemical devices such as lithium-ion batteries and solar and fuel cells. OIPCs offer high ionic conductivity, nonflammability, and versatility of molecular design. Nevertheless, intrinsic ion transport behavior of OIPCs is not fully understood, and their measured properties depend heavily on thermal history. Solid-state magnetic resonance imaging experiments reveal a striking image contrast anisotropy sensitive to the orientation of grain boundaries in polycrystalline OIPCs. Probing triethyl(methyl)phosphonium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (P1222FSI) samples with different thermal history demonstrates vast variations in microcrystallite alignment. Upon slow cooling from the melt, microcrystallites exhibit a preferred orientation throughout the entire sample, leading to an order of magnitude increase in conductivity as probed using impedance spectroscopy. This investigation describes both a new conceptual window and a new characterization method for understanding polycrystalline domain structure and transport in plastic crystals and other solid-state conductors. PMID:25312993

  14. High field dielectric properties of anisotropic polymer-ceramic composites

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    Tomer, V.; Randall, C. A.

    2008-10-01

    Using dielectrophoretic assembly, we create anisotropic composites of BaTiO{sub 3} particles in a silicone elastomer thermoset polymer. We study a variety of electrical properties in these composites, i.e., permittivity, dielectric breakdown, and energy density as function of ceramic volume fraction and connectivity. The recoverable energy density of these electric-field-structured composites is found to be highly dependent on the anisotropy present in the system. Our results indicate that x-y-aligned composites exhibit higher breakdown strengths along with large recoverable energy densities when compared to 0-3 composites. This demonstrates that engineered anisotropy can be employed to control dielectric breakdown strengths and nonlinear conduction at high fields in heterogeneous systems. Consequently, manipulation of anisotropy in high-field dielectric properties can be exploited for the development of high energy density polymer-ceramic systems.

  15. Rectangular waveguide material characterization: anisotropic property extraction and measurement validation

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    Crowgey, Benjamin Reid

    Rectangular waveguide methods are appealing for measuring isotropic and anisotropic materials because of high signal strength due to field confinement, and the ability to control the polarization of the applied electric field. As a stepping stone to developing methods for characterizing materials with fully-populated anisotropic tensor characteristics, techniques are presented in this dissertation to characterize isotropic, biaxially anisotropic, and gyromagnetic materials. Two characterization techniques are investigated for each material, and thus six different techniques are described. Additionally, a waveguide standard is introduced which may be used to validate the measurement of the permittivity and permeability of materials at microwave frequencies. The first characterization method examined is the Nicolson-Ross-Weir (NRW) technique for the extraction of isotropic parameters of a sample completely filling the cross-section of a rectangular waveguide. A second technique is proposed for the characterization of an isotropic conductor-backed sample filling the cross-section of a waveguide. If the sample is conductor-backed, and occupies the entire cross-section, a transmission measurement is not available, and thus a method must be found for providing two sufficiently different reflection measurements.The technique proposed here is to place a waveguide iris in front of the sample, exposing the sample to a spectrum of evanescent modes. By measuring the reflection coefficient with and without an iris, the necessary two data may be obtained to determine the material parameters. A mode-matching approach is used to determine the theoretical response of a sample placed behind the waveguide iris. This response is used in a root-searching algorithm to determine permittivity and permeability by comparing to measurements of the reflection coefficient. For the characterization of biaxially anisotropic materials, the first method considers an extension of the NRW technique for characterization of a sample filling the cross-section of a waveguide. Due to the rectangular nature of the waveguide, typically three different samples are manufactured from the same material in order to characterize the six complex material parameters. The second technique for measuring the electromagnetic properties of a biaxially anisotropic material sample uses a reduced-aperture waveguide sample holder designed to accommodate a cubical sample. All the tensor material parameters can then be determined by measuring the reflection and transmission coefficients of a single sample placed into several orientations. The parameters are obtained using a root-searching algorithm by comparing theoretically computed and measured reflection and transmission coefficients. The theoretical coefficients are determined using a mode matching technique. The first technique for characterizing the electromagnetic properties of gyromagnetic materials considers requires filling the cross-section of a waveguide. The material parameters are extracted from the measured reflection and transmission coefficients. Since the cross-sectional dimensions of waveguides become prohibitively large at low frequencies, and it is at these frequencies that the gyromagnetic properties are most pronounced, sufficiently large samples may not be available. Therefore, the second technique uses a reduced-aperture sample holder that does not require the sample to fill the entire cross section of the guide. The theoretical reflection and transmission coefficients for both methods are determined using a mode matching technique. A nonlinear least squares method is employed to extract the gyromagnetic material parameters. Finally, this dissertation introduces a waveguide standard that acts as a surrogate material with both electric and magnetic properties and is useful for verifying systems designed to characterize engineered materials using the NRW technique. A genetic algorithm is used to optimize the all-metallic structure to produce a surrogate with both relative permittivity and permeability near six across S-band, and with low sensitivity to changes in geometry to reduce the effects of fabrication errors.

  16. Anisotropic Elastic Properties of Muscle-like Nematic Elastomers

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    Ratna, Banahalii; Thomseniii, Donald L.; Shenoy, Devanand; Srinivasan, Amritha; Keller, Patrick

    2001-03-01

    De Gennes suggested in 1997 that the liquid crystal elastomers are an excellent framework to mimic muscular action. We have prepared anisotropic freestanding films of nematic elastomers from laterally attached side-chain polymers that show muscle-like mechanical properties. The orientational order of the liquid crystal side groups imposes a conformational anisotropy in the polymer backbone. When the order parameter drops at the nematic-isotropic phase transition, there is a concomitant loss of order in the backbone which results in a contraction of the film in the direction of the director orientation. Dynamic mechanical data along directions parallel and perpendicular to the optic axis, show anisotropic stress-strain behavior. The film exhibits soft elasticity when strained in the perpendicular direction when the liquid crystal mesogens reorient without appreciable stress build up. Thermostrictive studies in the parallel direction show 40constriction at the nematic-isotropic phase transition. Isometric studies show that the elastic energy stored is purely entropic in origin and the elastomer acts like a spring with unusually large spring constant at the NI transition. The maximum stress measured is 300kPa. A strain rate of 5s-1 is estimated from shear relaxation studies.

  17. Anisotropic magnetism and spin-dependent transport in Co nanoparticle embedded ZnO thin films

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    Li, D. Y.; Zeng, Y. J.; Pereira, L. M. C.; Batuk, D.; Hadermann, J.; Zhang, Y. Z.; Ye, Z. Z.; Temst, K.; Vantomme, A.; Van Bael, M. J.; Van Haesendonck, C.

    2013-07-01

    Oriented Co nanoparticles were obtained by Co ion implantation in crystalline ZnO thin films grown by pulsed laser deposition. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the presence of elliptically shaped Co precipitates with nanometer size, which are embedded in the ZnO thin films, resulting in anisotropic magnetic behavior. The low-temperature resistance of the Co-implanted ZnO thin films follows the Efros-Shklovskii type variable-range-hopping. Large negative magnetoresistance (MR) exceeding 10% is observed in a magnetic field of 1 T at 2.5 K and the negative MR survives up to 250 K (0.3%). The negative MR reveals hysteresis as well as anisotropy that correlate well with the magnetic properties, clearly demonstrating the presence of spin-dependent transport.

  18. Anisotropic heat transport in reversed shear configurations: shearless Cantori barriers and nonlocal transport

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    Blasevski, D.; Del-Castillo-Negrete, D.

    2012-10-01

    Heat transport in magnetized plasmas is a problem of fundamental interest in controlled fusion. In Ref.footnotetext D. del-Castillo-Negrete, and L. Chac'on, Phys. Rev. Lett., 106, 195004 (2011); Phys. Plasmas 19, 056112 (2012). we proposed a Lagrangian-Green's function (LG) method to study this problem in the strongly anisotropic (χ=0) regime. The LG method bypasses the need to discretize the transport operators on a grid and it is applicable to general parallel flux closures and 3-D magnetic fields. Here we apply the LG method to parallel transport (with local and nonlocal parallel flux closures) in reversed shear magnetic field configurations known to exhibit robust transport barriers in the vicinity of the extrema of the q-profile. By shearless Cantori (SC) we mean the invariant Cantor sets remaining after the destruction of toroidal flux surfaces with zero magnetic shear, q^'=0. We provide numerical evidence of the role of SC in the anomalously slow relaxation of radial temperature gradients in chaotic magnetic fields with no transport barriers. The spatio-temporal evolution of temperature pulses localized in the reversed shear region exhibits non-diffusive self-similar evolution and nonlocal effective radial transport.

  19. Shape-Dependent Nonlinear Optical Properties of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Hua, Yi; Chandra, Kavita; Dam, Duncan Hieu M; Wiederrecht, Gary P; Odom, Teri W

    2015-12-17

    This Letter reports the shape-dependent third-order nonlinear optical properties of anisotropic gold nanoparticles. We characterized the nonlinear absorption coefficients of nanorods, nanostars, and nanoshells using femtosecond Z-scan measurements. By comparing nanoparticle solutions with a similar linear extinction at the laser excitation wavelength, we separated shape effects from that of the localized surface plasmon wavelength. We found that the nonlinear response depended on particle shape. Using pump-probe spectroscopy, we measured the ultrafast transient response of nanoparticles, which supported the strong saturable absorption observed in nanorods and weak nonlinear response in nanoshells. We found that the magnitude of saturable absorption as well as the ultrafast spectral responses of nanoparticles were affected by the linear absorption of the nanoparticles. PMID:26595327

  20. Anisotropic Elastic Resonance Scattering model for the Neutron Transport equation

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    Mohamed Ouisloumen; Abderrafi M. Ougouag; Shadi Z. Ghrayeb

    2014-11-24

    The resonance scattering transfer cross-section has been reformulated to account for anisotropic scattering in the center-of-mass of the neutron-nucleus system. The main innovation over previous implementations is the relaxation of the ubiquitous assumption of isotropic scattering in the center-of-mass and the actual effective use of scattering angle distributions from evaluated nuclear data files in the computation of the angular moments of the resonant scattering kernels. The formulas for the high order anisotropic moments in the laboratory system are also derived. A multi-group numerical formulation is derived and implemented into a module incorporated within the NJOY nuclear data processing code. An ultra-fine energy mesh cross section library was generated using these new theoretical models and then was used for fuel assembly calculations with the PARAGON lattice physics code. The results obtained indicate a strong effect of this new model on reactivity, multi-group fluxes and isotopic inventory during depletion.

  1. Investigating the Effects of Anisotropic Mass Transport on Dendrite Growth in High Energy Density Lithium Batteries

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    Tan, Jinwang; Tartakovsky, Alexandre M.; Ferris, Kim F.; Ryan, Emily M.

    2016-01-01

    Dendrite formation on the electrode surface of high energy density lithium (Li) batteries causes safety problems and limits their applications. Suppressing dendrite growth could significantly improve Li battery performance. Dendrite growth and morphology is a function of the mixing in the electrolyte near the anode interface. Most research into dendrites in batteries focuses on dendrite formation in isotropic electrolytes (i.e., electrolytes with isotropic diffusion coefficient). In this work, an anisotropic diffusion reaction model is developed to study the anisotropic mixing effect on dendrite growth in Li batteries. The model uses a Lagrangian particle-based method to model dendrite growth in an anisotropic electrolyte solution. The model is verified by comparing the numerical simulation results with analytical solutions, and its accuracy is shown to be better than previous particle-based anisotropic diffusion models. Several parametric studies of dendrite growth in an anisotropic electrolyte are performed and the results demonstrate the effects of anisotropic transport on dendrite growth and morphology, and show the possible advantages of anisotropic electrolytes for dendrite suppression.

  2. Black Arsenic-Phosphorus: Layered Anisotropic Infrared Semiconductors with Highly Tunable Compositions and Properties

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    Liu, Bilu; Zhou, Chongwu

    2D layered materials with diverse properties have attracted significant interest in the past decade. The layered materials discovered so far have covered a wide, yet discontinuous electromagnetic spectral range from semimetallic graphene, insulating boron nitride, to semiconductors with bandgaps from middle infrared to visible light. Here, we introduce new layered semiconductors, black arsenic-phosphorus (b-AsP), with highly tunable chemical compositions and electronic and optical properties. Transport and infrared absorption studies demonstrate the semiconducting nature of b-AsP with tunable bandgaps, ranging from 0.3 to 0.15 eV. These bandgaps fall into long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) regime and cannot be readily reached by other layered materials. Moreover, polarization-resolved infrared absorption and Raman studies reveal in-plane anisotropic properties of b-AsP. This family of layered b-AsP materials extend the electromagnetic spectra covered by 2D layered materials to the LWIR regime, and may find unique applications for future all 2D layered material based devices. Ref. Liu, B., et al., Black Arsenic-Phosphorus: Layered Anisotropic Infrared Semiconductors with Highly Tunable Compositions and Properties. Adv. Mater., 2015, 27, 4423-4429.

  3. Local and nonlocal anisotropic transport in reversed shear magnetic fields: shearless Cantori and nondiffusive transport.

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    Blazevski, Daniel; del-Castillo-Negrete, Diego

    2013-06-01

    A study of anisotropic heat transport in reversed shear (nonmonotonic q-profile) magnetic fields is presented. The approach is based on a recently proposed Lagrangian-Green's function method that allows an efficient and accurate integration of the parallel (i.e., along the magnetic field) heat transport equation. The magnetic field lines are described by a nontwist Hamiltonian system, known to exhibit separatrix reconnection and robust shearless (dq/dr=0) transport barriers. The changes in the magnetic field topology due to separatrix reconnection lead to bifurcations in the equilibrium temperature distribution. For perturbations of moderate amplitudes, magnetic chaos is restricted to bands flanking the shearless region. As a result, the temperature flattens in the chaotic bands and develops a very sharp radial gradient at the shearless region. For perturbations with larger amplitude, shearless Cantori (i.e., critical magnetic surfaces located at the minimum of the q profile) give rise to anomalous temperature relaxation involving widely different time scales. The first stage consists of the relatively fast flattening of the radial temperature profile in the chaotic bands with negligible flux across the shearless region that, for practical purposes, on a short time scale acts as an effective transport barrier despite the lack of magnetic flux surfaces. In the long-time scale, heat starts to flow across the shearless region, albeit at a comparatively low rate. The transport of a narrow temperature pulse centered at the reversed shear region exhibits weak self-similar scaling with non-Gaussian scaling functions indicating that transport at this scale cannot be modeled as a diffusive process with a constant diffusivity. Evidence of nonlocal effective radial transport is provided by the existence of regions with nonzero heat flux and zero temperature gradient. Parametric flux-gradient plots exhibit multivalued loops that question the applicability of the Fourier-Fick's prescription even in the presence of a finite pinch velocity. PMID:23848788

  4. Nanostructured SnS with inherent anisotropic optical properties for high photoactivity

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    Patel, Malkeshkumar; Chavda, Arvind; Mukhopadhyay, Indrajit; Kim, Joondong; Ray, Abhijit

    2016-01-01

    In view of the worldwide energy challenge in the 21st century, the technology of semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting has received considerable attention as an alternative approach for solar energy harvesting and storage. Two-dimensional (2D) structures such as nanosheets have the potential to tap the solar energy by unlocking the functional properties at the nanoscale. Tin(ii) sulfide is a fascinating solar energy material due to its anisotropic material properties. In this manuscript, we report on exploiting the 2D structure modulated optical properties of nanocrystalline SnS thin film synthesized by chemical spray pyrolysis using ambient transport in the harvesting of solar energy. We obtained the nanostructured SnS with well-preserved dimensions and morphologies with one step processing. The work demonstrates that the intrinsically ordered SnS nanostructure on FTO coated glass can tap the incident radiation in an efficient manner. The structure-property relationship to explain the photo-response in nanocrystalline-SnS is verified experimentally and theoretically. The novel design scheme for antireflection coating along with the anisotropic properties of SnS is conceived for realizing a PEC cell. The developed PEC cell consists of a SnS photoanode which shows considerably high photocurrent density of 7 mA cm-2 with aqueous media under AM 1.5G, 100 mW cm-2 exposure with notably stable operation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy revealed that a non-ideal capacitive behavior as well as drift assisted transport across the solid-state interface is responsible for such a high photo-current density in the nanocrystalline-SnS photoanode.In view of the worldwide energy challenge in the 21st century, the technology of semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting has received considerable attention as an alternative approach for solar energy harvesting and storage. Two-dimensional (2D) structures such as nanosheets have the potential to tap the solar energy by unlocking the functional properties at the nanoscale. Tin(ii) sulfide is a fascinating solar energy material due to its anisotropic material properties. In this manuscript, we report on exploiting the 2D structure modulated optical properties of nanocrystalline SnS thin film synthesized by chemical spray pyrolysis using ambient transport in the harvesting of solar energy. We obtained the nanostructured SnS with well-preserved dimensions and morphologies with one step processing. The work demonstrates that the intrinsically ordered SnS nanostructure on FTO coated glass can tap the incident radiation in an efficient manner. The structure-property relationship to explain the photo-response in nanocrystalline-SnS is verified experimentally and theoretically. The novel design scheme for antireflection coating along with the anisotropic properties of SnS is conceived for realizing a PEC cell. The developed PEC cell consists of a SnS photoanode which shows considerably high photocurrent density of 7 mA cm-2 with aqueous media under AM 1.5G, 100 mW cm-2 exposure with notably stable operation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy revealed that a non-ideal capacitive behavior as well as drift assisted transport across the solid-state interface is responsible for such a high photo-current density in the nanocrystalline-SnS photoanode. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/C5NR06731F

  5. Excellent dielectric properties of anisotropic polymer composites filled with parallel aligned zinc flakes

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    Zhang, Ye; Wang, Yao; Deng, Yuan; Guo, Yanjingtian; Bi, Wencheng; Li, Mao; Luo, Yu; Bai, Jinbo

    2012-11-01

    Orderly polymer composites based on polyvinylidene fluoride assembled with parallel aligned zinc flakes were fabricated by a simple process. It is interesting to note that the microstructure of parallel arrangement could introduce excellent dielectric properties with obvious anisotropic dielectric behaviors. The dielectric constant in the parallel direction was obviously higher than that of the perpendicular direction. And the anisotropic intensity of interfacial polarization is proposed to interpret the anisotropic dielectric constant. Also, an equivalent circuit model of two parallel RC circuits in series, based on the analysis of impedance data, is employed to further discuss the anisotropic dielectric behavior.

  6. Nanostructured SnS with inherent anisotropic optical properties for high photoactivity.

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    Patel, Malkeshkumar; Chavda, Arvind; Mukhopadhyay, Indrajit; Kim, Joondong; Ray, Abhijit

    2016-01-28

    In view of the worldwide energy challenge in the 21(st) century, the technology of semiconductor-based photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting has received considerable attention as an alternative approach for solar energy harvesting and storage. Two-dimensional (2D) structures such as nanosheets have the potential to tap the solar energy by unlocking the functional properties at the nanoscale. Tin(ii) sulfide is a fascinating solar energy material due to its anisotropic material properties. In this manuscript, we report on exploiting the 2D structure modulated optical properties of nanocrystalline SnS thin film synthesized by chemical spray pyrolysis using ambient transport in the harvesting of solar energy. We obtained the nanostructured SnS with well-preserved dimensions and morphologies with one step processing. The work demonstrates that the intrinsically ordered SnS nanostructure on FTO coated glass can tap the incident radiation in an efficient manner. The structure-property relationship to explain the photo-response in nanocrystalline-SnS is verified experimentally and theoretically. The novel design scheme for antireflection coating along with the anisotropic properties of SnS is conceived for realizing a PEC cell. The developed PEC cell consists of a SnS photoanode which shows considerably high photocurrent density of 7 mA cm(-2) with aqueous media under AM 1.5G, 100 mW cm(-2) exposure with notably stable operation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy revealed that a non-ideal capacitive behavior as well as drift assisted transport across the solid-state interface is responsible for such a high photo-current density in the nanocrystalline-SnS photoanode. PMID:26745636

  7. Anisotropic properties of the enamel organic extracellular matrix.

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    do Esprito Santo, Alexandre R; Novaes, Pedro D; Line, Srgio R P

    2006-05-01

    Enamel biosynthesis is initiated by the secretion, processing, and self-assembly of a complex mixture of proteins. This supramolecular ensemble controls the nucleation of the crystalline mineral phase. The detection of anisotropic properties by polarizing microscopy has been extensively used to detect macromolecular organizations in ordinary histological sections. The aim of this work was to study the birefringence of enamel organic matrix during the development of rat molar and incisor teeth. Incisor and molar teeth of rats were fixed in 2% paraformaldehyde/0.5% glutaraldehyde in 0.2 M phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), pH 7.2, and decalcified in 5% nitric acid/4% formaldehyde. After paraffin embedding, 5-microm-thick sections were obtained, treated with xylene, and hydrated. Form birefringence curves were obtained after measuring optical retardations in imbibing media, with different refractive indices. Our observations showed that enamel organic matrix of rat incisor and molar teeth is strongly birefringent, presenting an ordered supramolecular structure. The birefringence starts during the early secretion phase and disappears at the maturation phase. The analysis of enamel organic matrix birefringence may be used to detect the effects of genetic and environmental factors on the supramolecular orientation of enamel matrix and their effects on the structure of mature enamel. PMID:16674708

  8. Anisotropic vanadium dioxide sculptured thin films with superior thermochromic properties

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    Sun, Yaoming; Xiao, Xiudi; Xu, Gang; Dong, Guoping; Chai, Guanqi; Zhang, Hua; Liu, Pengyi; Zhu, Hanmin; Zhan, Yongjun

    2013-01-01

    VO2 (M) STF through reduction of V2O5 STF was prepared. The results illustrate that V2O5 STF can be successfully obtained by oblique angle thermal evaporation technique. After annealing at 550°C/3 min, the V2O5 STF deposited at 85° can be easily transformed into VO2 STF with slanted columnar structure and superior thermochromic properties. After deposition SiO2 antireflective layer, Tlum of VO2 STF is enhanced 26% and ΔTsol increases 60% compared with that of normal VO2 thin films. Due to the anisotropic microstructure of VO2 STF, angular selectivity transmission of VO2 STF is observed and the solar modulation ability is further improved from 7.2% to 8.7% when light is along columnar direction. Moreover, the phase transition temperature of VO2 STF can be depressed into 54.5°C without doping. Considering the oblique incidence of sunlight on windows, VO2 STF is more beneficial for practical application as smart windows compared with normal homogenous VO2 thin films. PMID:24067743

  9. Effects of anisotropic thermal conduction on wind properties in hot accretion flow

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    Bu, De-Fu; Wu, Mao-Chun; Yuan, Ye-Fei

    2016-03-01

    Previous works have clearly shown the existence of winds from black hole hot accretion flow and investigated their detailed properties. In extremely low accretion rate systems, the collisional mean-free path of electrons is large compared with the length-scale of the system, thus thermal conduction is dynamically important. When the magnetic field is present, the thermal conduction is anisotropic and energy transport is along magnetic field lines. In this paper, we study the effects of anisotropic thermal conduction on the wind production in hot accretion flows by performing two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulations. We find that thermal conduction has only moderate effects on the mass flux of wind. But the energy flux of wind can be increased by a factor of ˜10 due to the increase of wind velocity when thermal conduction is included. The increase of wind velocity is because of the increase of driving forces (e.g. gas pressure gradient force and centrifugal force) when thermal conduction is included. This result demonstrates that thermal conduction plays an important role in determining the properties of wind.

  10. Effects of anisotropic thermal conduction on wind properties in hot accretion flow

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    Bu, De-Fu; Wu, Mao-Chun; Yuan, Ye-Fei

    2016-06-01

    Previous works have clearly shown the existence of winds from black hole hot accretion flow and investigated their detailed properties. In extremely low accretion rate systems, the collisional mean-free path of electrons is large compared with the length-scale of the system, thus thermal conduction is dynamically important. When the magnetic field is present, the thermal conduction is anisotropic and energy transport is along magnetic field lines. In this paper, we study the effects of anisotropic thermal conduction on the wind production in hot accretion flows by performing two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulations. We find that thermal conduction has only moderate effects on the mass flux of wind. But the energy flux of wind can be increased by a factor of ˜10 due to the increase of wind velocity when thermal conduction is included. The increase of wind velocity is because of the increase of driving forces (e.g. gas pressure gradient force and centrifugal force) when thermal conduction is included. This result demonstrates that thermal conduction plays an important role in determining the properties of wind.

  11. Electric field activated nonlinear anisotropic charge transport in doped polypyrrole

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    Varade, Vaibhav; Anjaneyulu, P.; Suchand Sangeeth, C. S.; Ramesh, K. P.; Menon, R.

    2013-12-01

    Electric field activated nonlinear transport is investigated in polypyrrole thin film in both in-plane and out-of-plane geometries down to 5 K and strong anisotropy is observed. A morphological model is suggested to explain the anisotropy through inter-chain and intra-chain transport. The deviation from the variable range hopping at low temperature is accounted by fluctuation assisted transport. From Zabrodaskii plots, it is found that electric field can tune the transport from insulating to metallic regime. Glazman-Matveev model is used to describe the nonlinear conduction. Field scaling analysis shows that conductance data at different temperature falls on to a single curve. Nonlinearity exponent, mT and characteristic length, LE are estimated to characterize the transport in both the geometries.

  12. Applying nonlinear diffusion acceleration to the neutron transport k-Eigenvalue problem with anisotropic scattering

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    Willert, Jeffrey; Park, H.; Taitano, William

    2015-10-12

    High-order/low-order (or moment-based acceleration) algorithms have been used to significantly accelerate the solution to the neutron transport k-eigenvalue problem over the past several years. Recently, the nonlinear diffusion acceleration algorithm has been extended to solve fixed-source problems with anisotropic scattering sources. In this paper, we demonstrate that we can extend this algorithm to k-eigenvalue problems in which the scattering source is anisotropic and a significant acceleration can be achieved. Lastly, we demonstrate that the low-order, diffusion-like eigenvalue problem can be solved efficiently using a technique known as nonlinear elimination.

  13. Probing Anisotropic Surface Properties of Molybdenite by Direct Force Measurements.

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    Lu, Zhenzhen; Liu, Qingxia; Xu, Zhenghe; Zeng, Hongbo

    2015-10-27

    Probing anisotropic surface properties of layer-type mineral is fundamentally important in understanding its surface charge and wettability for a variety of applications. In this study, the surface properties of the face and the edge surfaces of natural molybdenite (MoS2) were investigated by direct surface force measurements using atomic force microscope (AFM). The interaction forces between the AFM tip (Si3N4) and face or edge surface of molybdenite were measured in 10 mM NaCl solutions at various pHs. The force profiles were well-fitted with classical DLVO (Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek) theory to determine the surface potentials of the face and the edge surfaces of molybdenite. The surface potentials of both the face and edge surfaces become more negative with increasing pH. At neutral and alkaline conditions, the edge surface exhibits more negative surface potential than the face surface, which is possibly due to molybdate and hydromolybdate ions on the edge surface. The point of zero charge (PZC) of the edge surface was determined around pH 3 while PZC of the face surface was not observed in the range of pH 3-11. The interaction forces between octadecyltrichlorosilane-treated AFM tip (OTS-tip) and face or edge surface of molybdenite were also measured at various pHs to study the wettability of molybdenite surfaces. An attractive force between the OTS-tip and the face surface was detected. The force profiles were well-fitted by considering DLVO forces and additional hydrophobic force. Our results suggest the hydrophobic feature of the face surface of molybdenite. In contrast, no attractive force between the OTS-tip and the edge surface was detected. This is the first study in directly measuring surface charge and wettability of the pristine face and edge surfaces of molybdenite through surface force measurements. PMID:26434695

  14. Anisotropic nanomaterials: Synthesis, optical and magnetic properties, and applications

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    Banholzer, Matthew John

    As nanoscience and nanotechnology mature, anisotropic metal nanostructures are emerging in a variety of contexts as valuable class of nanostructures due to their distinctive attributes. With unique properties ranging from optical to magnetic and beyond, these structures are useful in many new applications. Chapter two discusses the nanodisk code: a linear array of metal disk pairs that serve as surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrates. These multiplexing structures employ a binary encoding scheme, perform better than previous nanowires designs (in the context of SERS) and are useful for both convert encoding and tagging of substrates (based both on spatial disk position and spectroscopic response) as well as biomolecule detection (e.g. DNA). Chapter three describes the development of improved, silver-based nanodisk code structures. Work was undertaken to generate structures with high yield and reproducibility and to reoptimize the geometry of each disk pair for maximum Raman enhancement. The improved silver structures exhibit greater enhancement than Au structures (leading to lower DNA detection limits), convey additional flexibility, and enable trinary encoding schemes where far more unique structures can be created. Chapter four considers the effect of roughness on the plasmonic properties of nanorod structures and introduces a novel method to smooth the end-surfaces of nanorods structures. The smoothing technique is based upon a two-step process relying upon diffusion control during nanowires growth and selective oxidation after each step of synthesis is complete. Empirical and theoretical work show that smoothed nanostructures have superior and controllable optical properties. Chapter five concerns silica-encapsulated gold nanoprisms. This encapsulation allows these highly sensitive prisms to remain stable and protected in solution, enabling their use as class-leading sensors. Theoretical study complements the empirical work, exploring the effect of encapsulation on the SPR of these structures. Chapter six focuses on the magnetic properties of Au-Ni heterostructures. In addition to demonstration of nanoconfinement effects based upon the anisotropy of the nanorods/nanodisk structure, the magnetic coupling of rod-disk heterostructures is examined. Subsequent investigations suggest that the magnetic behavior of disks can be influenced by nearby rod segments, leading to the creation of a three-state spin system that may prove useful in device applications.

  15. Spatial frequency analysis of anisotropic drug transport in tumor samples

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    Russell, Stewart; Samkoe, Kimberley S.; Gunn, Jason R.; Hoopes, P. Jack; Nguyen, Thienan A.; Russell, Milo J.; Alfano, Robert R.; Pogue, Brian W.

    2014-01-01

    Directional Fourier spatial frequency analysis was used on standard histological sections to identify salient directional bias in the spatial frequencies of stromal and epithelial patterns within tumor tissue. This directional bias is shown to be correlated to the pathway of reduced fluorescent tracer transport. Optical images of tumor specimens contain a complex distribution of randomly oriented aperiodic features used for neoplastic grading that varies with tumor type, size, and morphology. The internal organization of these patterns in frequency space is shown to provide a precise fingerprint of the extracellular matrix complexity, which is well known to be related to the movement of drugs and nanoparticles into the parenchyma, thereby identifying the characteristic spatial frequencies of regions that inhibit drug transport. The innovative computational methodology and tissue validation techniques presented here provide a tool for future investigation of drug and particle transport in tumor tissues, and could potentially be used a priori to identify barriers to transport, and to analyze real-time monitoring of transport with respect to therapeutic intervention.

  16. Anisotropic quantum transport in a network of vertically aligned graphene sheets.

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    Huang, J; Guo, L-W; Li, Z-L; Chen, L-L; Lin, J-J; Jia, Y-P; Lu, W; Guo, Y; Chen, X-L

    2014-08-27

    Novel anisotropic quantum transport was observed in a network of vertically aligned graphene sheets (VAGSs), which can be regarded as composed of plenty of quasi-parallel, nearly intrinsic, freestanding monolayers of graphene. When a magnetic field was perpendicular to most graphene sheets, magnetoresistance (MR) curves showed a weak localization (WL) effect at low field and a maximum value at a critical field ascribed to diffusive boundary scattering. While the magnetic field was parallel to the graphene sheets, the MR maximum disappeared and exhibited a transition from WL to weak antilocalization (WAL) with increasing temperature and magnetic field. Edges as atomically sharp defects are the main elastic and inelastic intervalley scattering sources, and inelastic scattering is ascribed to electron-electron intervalley scattering in the ballistic regime. This is the first time simultaneously observing WL, WAL and diffusive boundary scattering in such a macroscopic three-dimensional graphene system. These indicate the VAGS network is a robust platform for the study of the intrinsic physical properties of graphene. PMID:25090659

  17. Anisotropic Electron transport and device applications of atomically thin ReS2

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    Liu, Erfu; Fu, Yajun; Wang, Yaojia; Feng, Yanqing; Liu, Huimei; Wan, Xiangang; Zhou, Wei; Wang, Baigeng; Zeng, Junwen; Ho, Ching-Hwa; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Yuan, Hongtao; Hwang, Harold Y.; Cui, Yi; Xing, Dingyu; Miao, Feng

    Semiconducting two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides are emerging as top candidates for post-silicon electronics. While most of them exhibit isotropic behavior, lowering the lattice symmetry could induce anisotropic properties, which are both scientifically interesting and potentially useful. In this talk, we will present atomically thin rhenium disulfide (ReS2) flakes with unique distorted 1T structure, which exhibit in-plane anisotropic properties. We first fabricated mono- and few-layer ReS2 field effect transistors, which exhibit competitive performance with large current on/off ratios (~107) and low subthreshold swings (100 mV dec-1) . The observed anisotropic ratio along two principle axes reaches up to 3.1. Furthermore, we successfully demonstrated an integrated digital inverter with good performance by utilizing two ReS2 anisotropic field effect transistors, suggesting the promising implementation of large-scale two-dimensional logic circuits. Recent results on ultra-high responsivity (as high as 88,600 A W-1) phototransistors based on few-layer ReS2 will also be discussed. Our results underscore the unique properties of two-dimensional semiconducting materials with low crystal symmetry for future electronic and optoelectronic applications.

  18. Anisotropic Pressure, Transport, and Shielding of Magnetic Perturbations

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    H.E. Mynick and A.H. Boozer

    2008-05-23

    We compute the effect on a tokamak of applying a nonaxisymmetric magnetic perturbation δΒ. An equilibrium with scalar pressure p yields zero net radial current, and therefore zero torque. Thus, the usual approach, which assumes scalar pressure, is not self-consistent, and masks the close connection which exists between that radial current and the in-surface currents, which provide shielding or amplification of δΒ. Here, we analytically compute the pressure anisoptropy, anisoptropy, pll, p⊥ ≠ p, and from this, both the radial and in-surface currents. The surface-average of the radial current recovers earlier expressions for ripple transport, while the in-surface currents provide an expression for the amount of self-consistent shielding the plasma provides.

  19. An Algorithm for the Transport of Anisotropic Neutrons

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    Tweed, J.

    2005-01-01

    One major obstacle to human space exploration is the possible limitations imposed by the adverse effect of long-term exposure to the space environment. Even before human spaceflight began, the potentially brief exposure of astronauts to the very intense random solar particle events (SPE) were of great concern. A new challenge appears in deep space exploration from exposure to the low-intensity heavy-ion flux of the galactic cosmic rays (GCR) since the missions are of long duration and the accumulated GCR exposures can be high. Because cancer induction rates increase behind low to rather large thicknesses of aluminum shielding, according to available biological data on mammalian exposures to GCR like ions, the shield requirements for a Mars mission are prohibitively expensive in terms of mission launch costs. Therefore, a critical issue in the Human Exploration and Development of Space enterprise is cost effective mitigation of risk associated with ionizing radiation exposure. In order to estimate astronaut risk to GCR exposure and associated cancer risks and health hazards, it is necessary to do shield material studies. To determine an optimum radiation shield material it is necessary to understand nuclear interaction processes such as fragmentation and secondary particle production which is a function of energy dependent cross sections. This requires knowledge of material transmission characteristics either through laboratory testing or improved theoretical modeling. Here ion beam transport theory is of importance in that testing of materials in the laboratory environment generated by particle accelerators is a necessary step in materials development and evaluation for space use. The approximations used in solving the Boltzmann transport equation for the space setting are often not sufficient for laboratory work and those issues are a major emphasis of the present work.

  20. Layered Black Phosphorus: Strongly Anisotropic Magnetic, Electronic, and Electron-Transfer Properties.

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    Sofer, Zdeněk; Sedmidubský, David; Huber, Štěpán; Luxa, Jan; Bouša, Daniel; Boothroyd, Chris; Pumera, Martin

    2016-03-01

    Layered elemental materials, such as black phosphorus, exhibit unique properties originating from their highly anisotropic layered structure. The results presented herein demonstrate an anomalous anisotropy for the electrical, magnetic, and electrochemical properties of black phosphorus. It is shown that heterogeneous electron transfer from black phosphorus to outer- and inner-sphere molecular probes is highly anisotropic. The electron-transfer rates differ at the basal and edge planes. These unusual properties were interpreted by means of calculations, manifesting the metallic character of the edge planes as compared to the semiconducting properties of the basal plane. This indicates that black phosphorus belongs to a group of materials known as topological insulators. Consequently, these effects render the magnetic properties highly anisotropic, as both diamagnetic and paramagnetic behavior can be observed depending on the orientation in the magnetic field. PMID:26822395

  1. Cellulose-Templated Graphene Monoliths with Anisotropic Mechanical, Thermal, and Electrical Properties.

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    Zhang, Rujing; Chen, Qiao; Zhen, Zhen; Jiang, Xin; Zhong, Minlin; Zhu, Hongwei

    2015-09-01

    Assembling particular building blocks into composites with diverse targeted structures has attracted considerable interest for understanding its new properties and expanding the potential applications. Anisotropic organization is considered as a frequently used targeted architecture and possesses many peculiar properties because of its unusual shapes. Here, we show that anisotropic graphene monoliths (AGMs), three-dimensional architectures of well-aligned graphene sheets obtained by a dip-coating method using cellulose acetate fibers as templates show thermal-insulating, fire-retardant, and anisotropic properties. They exhibit a feature of higher mechanical strength and thermal/electrical conductivities in the axial direction than in the radial direction. Elastic polymer resins are then introduced into the pores of the AGMs to form conductive and flexible composites. The composites, as AGMs, retain the unique anisotropic properties, revealing opposite resistance change under compressions in different directions. The outstanding anisotropic properties of AGMs make them possible to be applied in the fields of thermal insulation, integrated circuits, and electromechanical devices. PMID:26284380

  2. Anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau scaling of H c2 and transport properties of 112-type Ca0.8La0.2Fe0.98Co0.02As2 single crystal

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    Xing, Xiangzhuo; Zhou, Wei; Zhou, Nan; Yuan, Feifei; Pan, Yongqiang; Zhao, Haijun; Xu, Xiaofeng; Shi, Zhixiang

    2016-05-01

    High-quality single crystal Ca0.8La0.2Fe0.98Co0.02As2 has been successfully synthesized using a self-flux method. The magnetization measurement reveals a second peak effect and high critical current density {J}c exceeding 2 × 106 A cm-2 at 5 K (self-field). The upper critical field anisotropy was systematically studied by measuring the electrical resistivity under various magnetic fields and angles. The angle-dependent magnetoresistance, by choosing an appropriate anisotropy parameter within the framework of the anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau (AGL) theory, can be scaled onto one single curve. In the normal state, the negative Hall coefficient shows strong but nonmonotonic T-dependence through a minimum at ˜175 K. Moreover, it is shown that the magnetoresistance apparently violates the semiclassical Kohler’s rule below ˜175 K but can be well scaled by the Hall angle instead. This suggests either a change of carriers with T or exotic anisotropic scattering in the system.

  3. A new multiscale air quality transport model (Fluidity, 4.1.9) using fully unstructured anisotropic adaptive mesh technology

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    Zheng, J.; Zhu, J.; Wang, Z.; Fang, F.; Pain, C. C.; Xiang, J.

    2015-06-01

    A new anisotropic hr-adaptive mesh technique has been applied to modelling of multiscale transport phenomena, which is based on a discontinuous Galerkin/control volume discretization on unstructured meshes. Over existing air quality models typically based on static-structured grids using a locally nesting technique, the advantage of the anisotropic hr-adaptive model has the ability to adapt the mesh according to the evolving pollutant distribution and flow features. That is, the mesh resolution can be adjusted dynamically to simulate the pollutant transport process accurately and effectively. To illustrate the capability of the anisotropic adaptive unstructured mesh model, three benchmark numerical experiments have been setup for two-dimensional (2-D) transport phenomena. Comparisons have been made between the results obtained using uniform resolution meshes and anisotropic adaptive resolution meshes.

  4. Molecular anisotropic magnetoresistance

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    Otte, Fabian; Heinze, Stefan; Mokrousov, Yuriy

    2015-12-01

    Using density functional theory calculations, we demonstrate that the effect of anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) can be enhanced by orders of magnitude with respect to conventional bulk ferromagnets in junctions containing molecules sandwiched between ferromagnetic leads. We study ballistic transport in metal-benzene complexes contacted by 3 d transition-metal wires. We show that a gigantic AMR can arise from spin-orbit coupling effects in the leads, drastically enhanced by orbital-symmetry filtering properties of the molecules. We further discuss how this molecular anisotropic magnetoresistance (MAMR) can be tuned by the proper choice of materials and their electronic properties.

  5. Viscous corrections to anisotropic flow and transverse momentum spectra from transport theory

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    Plumari, Salvatore; Guardo, Giovanni Luca; Greco, Vincenzo; Ollitrault, Jean-Yves

    2015-09-01

    Viscous hydrodynamics is commonly used to model the evolution of the matter created in an ultra-relativistic heavy-ion collision. It provides a good description of transverse momentum spectra and anisotropic flow. These observables, however, cannot be consistently derived using viscous hydrodynamics alone, because they depend on the microscopic interactions at freeze-out. We derive the ideal hydrodynamic limit and the first-order viscous correction to anisotropic flow (v2, v3 and v4) and momentum spectrum using a transport calculation. The linear response coefficient to the initial anisotropy, vn (pT) /εn, depends little on n in the ideal hydrodynamic limit. The viscous correction to the spectrum depends not only on the differential cross section, but also on the initial momentum distribution. This dependence is not captured by standard second-order viscous hydrodynamics. The viscous correction to anisotropic flow increases with pT, but this increase is slower than usually assumed in viscous hydrodynamic calculations. In particular, it is too slow to explain the observed maximum of vn at pT ∼ 3 GeV / c.

  6. Anisotropic thermal property measurement of carbon-fiber/epoxy composite materials

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    Tian, Tian

    This work originated from a need for understanding heat transfer in carbon-fiber/epoxy natural-gas tanks undergoing rapid heating during refilling. The dissertation is focused on the determination of the anisotropic thermal properties of carbon-fiber/epoxy composite materials for in-plane and through-thickness directions. An effective anisotropic parameter estimation system consisting of the 3ω experimental technique and an anisotropic two-dimensional heat transfer model is developed. In the present work, the 3ω method, an experimental technique that has been well established to evaluate the thermal properties of isotropic materials, especially thin film materials, is extended to treat the thermal properties of bulk anisotropic materials. A platinum film deposited on the sample surface is periodically heated by a sinusoidally oscillating current at frequency ω, and thereby causes a time-harmonic electrical resistance variation at frequency 2ω. The heat-induced resistance variation at frequency 2ω coupled with the current at frequency ω produces a voltage variation component at frequency 3ω. The phase and amplitude data of the voltage signal at frequency 3ω are collected from the experiment. An impedance analysis model is employed to convert the voltage data to temperature data. The anisotropic thermal properties are deduced from an inverse parameter estimation model, which is a least-square systematic comparison between experimental data and the theoretical model. The anisotropic theoretical model is based on the Green's function approach. A careful sensitivity analysis is used to demonstrate the feasibility of simultaneous estimation of the in-plane and through-thickness thermal conductivities. Poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) samples were applied as reference samples to verify the measurement system. The parameter estimation result for experimental data from PMMA samples agree very well with handbook values. Experimental results from carbon-fiber/epoxy samples are presented.

  7. An asymptotic-preserving Lagrangian algorithm for the time-dependent anisotropic heat transport equation

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    Chacon, Luis; del-Castillo-Negrete, Diego; Hauck, Cory D.

    2014-09-01

    We propose a Lagrangian numerical algorithm for a time-dependent, anisotropic temperature transport equation in magnetized plasmas in the large guide field regime. The approach is based on an analytical integral formal solution of the parallel (i.e., along the magnetic field) transport equation with sources, and it is able to accommodate both local and non-local parallel heat flux closures. The numerical implementation is based on an operator-split formulation, with two straightforward steps: a perpendicular transport step (including sources), and a Lagrangian (field-line integral) parallel transport step. Algorithmically, the first step is amenable to the use of modern iterative methods, while the second step has a fixed cost per degree of freedom (and is therefore scalable). Accuracy-wise, the approach is free from the numerical pollution introduced by the discrete parallel transport term when the perpendicular to parallel transport coefficient ratio X /X becomes arbitrarily small, and is shown to capture the correct limiting solution when ε = X⊥L2/X1L2 → 0 (with L∥∙ L⊥ , the parallel and perpendicular diffusion length scales, respectively). Therefore, the approach is asymptotic-preserving. We demonstrate the capabilities of the scheme with several numerical experiments with varying magnetic field complexity in two dimensions, including the case of transport across a magnetic island.

  8. Cosmic ray transport in anisotropic magnetohydrodynamic turbulence. III. Mixed magnetosonic and Alfvénic turbulence

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    Shalchi, A.; Schlickeiser, R.

    2004-06-01

    Observations of interstellar turbulence imply that the power spectrum of the wave turbulence must be highly anisotropic. This anisotropy has to be included when transport of high energy cosmic rays in the Galaxy is discussed. Here we evaluate the relevant cosmic ray transport parameters in the presence of anisotropic plasma wave turbulence, consisting of a mixture of shear Alfvén waves and fast magnetosonic waves. By averaging the respective Fokker-Planck coefficient over the particle pitch-angle we calculate the momentum and spatial diffusion coefficients for different anisotropy parameters. For strongly perpendicular turbulence (Λ ≪ 1) we obtain that the momentum diffusion coefficient is proportional to Λ -1/2 [ ln ɛ-1 + ln Λ 1/2 ], whereas for strongly parallel turbulence (Λ ≫ 1) the momentum diffusion coefficient is a constant. We also calculate the anisotropy dependence of the spatial diffusion coefficient and the parallel mean free path for the mixed turbulence. For all coefficients we discuss the rigidity dependence for different cosmic ray particles. Appendices A, B and C are only available in electronic form at http://www.edpsciences.org

  9. Magnetic properties of electrons confined in an anisotropic cylindrical potential

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    Nedelkoski, Zlatko; Petreska, Irina

    2014-11-01

    In the present paper a theoretical model, describing the effects of external electric and magnetic fields on an electron confined in an anisotropic parabolic potential, is considered. The exact wave functions are used to calculate electron current and orbital magnetic dipole momentum for the single electron. Exact expressions, giving the force and energy of the dipole-dipole interaction, are also determined. Further, the system is coupled to a heat bath, and mean values and fluctuations of the magnetic dipole momentum, utilizing the canonical ensemble are calculated. Influences of the temperature, as well as the external magnetic field, expressed via the Larmor frequency are analyzed. We also include the dependencies of the magnetic dipole momentum and its fluctuations on the effective mass of the electron, considering some experimental values for low-dimensional systems, that are extensively studied for various applications in electronics. Our results suggest that the average momentum or its fluctuations are strongly related to the effective mass of the electron. Having on mind that parabolically shaped potentials have very wide area of application in the low-dimensional systems, such as quantum dots and rings, carbon nanotubes, we believe that the proposed model and the consequent analysis is of general importance, since it offers exact analytical approach.

  10. Anisotropically Enhanced Nonlinear Optical Properties of Ensembles of Gold Nanorods Electrospun in Polymer Nanofiber Film.

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    Zhang, Hang; Hu, Zhongliang; Ma, Zhijun; Gecevičius, Mindaugas; Dong, Guoping; Zhou, Shifeng; Qiu, Jianrong

    2016-01-27

    Polymeric nanofibers containing gold nanorods (GNRs) are aligned in a uniform orientation through electrospinning. The dispersive and absorptive parts of the third-order optical nonlinear optical refractive index of the composite film measured by polarization dependent z-scan method are demonstrated to be anisotropically enhanced. Anisotropic optical response of the aligned GNRs and its connection with the ultrafast electron dynamics are discussed in light of the results of resonant femtosecond pump-probe experiments. The significant appearance of anisotropic nonlinear optical properties of ensembles of GNRs is attributed to the sensitive excitation of longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of highly aligned GNRs. For the macroscopic applications of ensembles of GNRs, such as passive mode-locking and all-optical switching, the experimental results demonstrate that the alignment of GNRs through electrospinning should be very high efficient, and economic. PMID:26731010

  11. Anisotropic properties of RFe_2Ge2 single crystals

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    Avila, M. A.; Bud'Ko, S. L.; Canfield, P. C.

    2003-03-01

    We have grown RFe_2Ge2 single crystals for R = Y and ten members of the lanthanide series (Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd-Tm, Lu) using Sn flux as the solvent. The method yields clean, high quality crystal plates as evidenced by residual resistivities and RRR values in the range of 3-12 μΩ cm and 20-70 respectively. The crystals are also virtually free of magnetic impurities or secondary phases, allowing the study of the intrinsic anisotropic magnetic behavior of each compound. Characterization was made with X-Ray diffraction, temperature and field dependent magnetization, specific heat and resistivity. Strong anisotropies arising mostly from CEF effects were observed for all magnetic rare earths except Gd. Anti-ferromagnetic ordering occurred at temperatures between 16.5 K (Nd) and 1.25 K (Ho) and for some members there are further well-defined metamagnetic transitions. The calculated effective moments per rare earth atom tend to be larger than the expected values at high temperatures while smaller at low temperatures, probably indicating temperature-dependent contributions of d-band electrons to the magnetic behavior. We acknowledge the help of R. A. Ribeiro and C. Petrovic in the X-Ray diffraction measurements, and K. Myers in the early development and characterization of the crystals. Ames Laboratory is operated for the US Department of Energy by Iowa State University under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-82. This work was supported by the Director for Energy Research, Office of Basic Energy Sciences.

  12. Anisotropic magnetic properties of the KMo4O6

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    Andrade, M.; Maffei, M. L.; Dos Santos, C. A. M.; Ferreira, B.; Sartori, A. F.

    2012-02-01

    Electrical resistivity measurements in the tetragonal KMo4O6 single crystals show a metal-insulator transition (MIT) near 100K. Magnetization measurements as a function of temperature show no evidence of magnetic ordering at this MIT [1]. Single crystals of KMo4O6 were obtained by electrolysis of a melt with a molar ratio of K2MoO4:MoO3 = 6:1. The process were carried out at 930 C with a current of 20-25mA for 52h in argon atmosphere. After that, electrodes were removed from the melt alloying the crystals to cool down to room temperature rapidly. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) showed that the black single crystals were grown on the platinum cathode. Typical dimensions of the single crystals are 1x0.2x0.2mm^3. X-ray diffractometry confirmed that the single crystals have KMo4O6 tetragonal crystalline structure with space group P4. Magnetization measurements were performed parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis from 2 to 300K. The results show anisotropic behavior between both directions. Furthermore, the temperature independence of the magnetization at high temperature and the upturn at low temperature are observed in agreement with previous results [1]. MxH curves measured at several temperatures show nonlinear behavior and a small magnetic ordering. The magnetic ordering seems to be related to the MIT near 100K. This material is based upon support by FAPESP (2009/14524-6 and 2009/54001-6) and CNPq/NSF (490182/2009-7). M. Andrade is CAPES fellow and C.A.M. dos Santos is CNPq fellow. [4pt] [1] K. V. Ramanujachary et al., J. Sol. State Chem.102 (1993) 69.

  13. Multimodel analysis of anisotropic diffusive tracer-gas transport in a deep arid unsaturated zone

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    Green, Christopher T.; Walvoord, Michelle A.; Andraski, Brian J.; Striegl, Robert G.; Stonestrom, David A.

    2015-08-01

    Gas transport in the unsaturated zone affects contaminant flux and remediation, interpretation of groundwater travel times from atmospheric tracers, and mass budgets of environmentally important gases. Although unsaturated zone transport of gases is commonly treated as dominated by diffusion, the characteristics of transport in deep layered sediments remain uncertain. In this study, we use a multimodel approach to analyze results of a gas-tracer (SF6) test to clarify characteristics of gas transport in deep unsaturated alluvium. Thirty-five separate models with distinct diffusivity structures were calibrated to the tracer-test data and were compared on the basis of Akaike Information Criteria estimates of posterior model probability. Models included analytical and numerical solutions. Analytical models provided estimates of bulk-scale apparent diffusivities at the scale of tens of meters. Numerical models provided information on local-scale diffusivities and feasible lithological features producing the observed tracer breakthrough curves. The combined approaches indicate significant anisotropy of bulk-scale diffusivity, likely associated with high-diffusivity layers. Both approaches indicated that diffusivities in some intervals were greater than expected from standard models relating porosity to diffusivity. High apparent diffusivities and anisotropic diffusivity structures were consistent with previous observations at the study site of rapid lateral transport and limited vertical spreading of gas-phase contaminants. Additional processes such as advective oscillations may be involved. These results indicate that gases in deep, layered unsaturated zone sediments can spread laterally more quickly, and produce higher peak concentrations, than predicted by homogeneous, isotropic diffusion models.

  14. Multimodel analysis of anisotropic diffusive tracer-gas transport in a deep arid unsaturated zone

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    Green, Christopher T.; Walvoord, Michelle Ann; Andraski, Brian J.; Striegl, Rob; Stonestrom, David A.

    2015-01-01

    Gas transport in the unsaturated zone affects contaminant flux and remediation, interpretation of groundwater travel times from atmospheric tracers, and mass budgets of environmentally important gases. Although unsaturated zone transport of gases is commonly treated as dominated by diffusion, the characteristics of transport in deep layered sediments remain uncertain. In this study, we use a multimodel approach to analyze results of a gas-tracer (SF6) test to clarify characteristics of gas transport in deep unsaturated alluvium. Thirty-five separate models with distinct diffusivity structures were calibrated to the tracer-test data and were compared on the basis of Akaike Information Criteria estimates of posterior model probability. Models included analytical and numerical solutions. Analytical models provided estimates of bulk-scale apparent diffusivities at the scale of tens of meters. Numerical models provided information on local-scale diffusivities and feasible lithological features producing the observed tracer breakthrough curves. The combined approaches indicate significant anisotropy of bulk-scale diffusivity, likely associated with high-diffusivity layers. Both approaches indicated that diffusivities in some intervals were greater than expected from standard models relating porosity to diffusivity. High apparent diffusivities and anisotropic diffusivity structures were consistent with previous observations at the study site of rapid lateral transport and limited vertical spreading of gas-phase contaminants. Additional processes such as advective oscillations may be involved. These results indicate that gases in deep, layered unsaturated zone sediments can spread laterally more quickly, and produce higher peak concentrations, than predicted by homogeneous, isotropic diffusion models.

  15. Identifying the complete space of feasible anisotropic properties in polycrystalline microstructures

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    Proust, Gwenaelle

    Current engineering design focuses mainly on the geometrical optimization of a component, while the material selection is often limited to picking a material based on a set of properties reported in handbooks. The inherent anisotropic behavior of materials is often ignored in the design process, and is usually assumed to be addressed by the safety factor employed. This simple treatment of material selection in the design and optimization process often leads to inefficient design. In this study, we present a rigorous and a comprehensive procedure that facilitates the treatment of material microstructure as a continuous design variable in the elastic-plastic design of structural components made from anisotropic polycrystalline metals. The mechanical behavior of a metal is influenced by several details of its microstructure, including chemical composition, grain size distribution, crystallographic texture, among others. Here, we focus on the crystallographic texture (also called Orientation Distribution Function or ODF) as the main microstructural parameter controlling the anisotropic elastic-plastic properties of interest. The property closures that we have delineated describe the complete set of feasible property combinations for a given polycrystalline material system, while accounting for all possible textures. The property closures are obtained here using a spectral representation of ODF and its relationship with rigorous first order bounds on the effective properties of interest in design. Using the proposed methodology, we successfully developed a few examples of property closures for face centered cubic (fcc) and hexagonal close-packed (hcp) metals. The mechanical anisotropic behavior at the single crystal level for face centered cubic metals has been characterized using the nanoindentation technique along with orientation imaging mapping. This methodology shows promising possibilities to extract fundamental elastic and plastic parameters. However, the methods proposed in the literature to extract data from the load-displacement curves cause discrepancy between the experimental and expected values. The discrepancy could be attributed to the induced plastic deformation among other factors.

  16. Rotational positioning system adapted to atomic force microscope for measuring anisotropic surface properties

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    Liao, H.-S.; Juang, B.-J.; Chang, W.-C.; Lai, W.-C.; Chang, C.-S.; Huang, K.-Y.

    2011-11-15

    The diverse atomic configurations induce the anisotropic surface properties. For investigating anisotropic phenomena, we developed a rotational positioning system adapted to atomic force microscope (AFM). This rotational positioning system is applied to revolve the measured sample to defined angular direction, and it composed of an inertial rotational stepper and a visual angular measurement. The inertial rotational stepper with diameter 30 mm and height 7.6 mm can be easily attached to the AFM-system built in any general optical microscope. Based on a clearance less bearing and the inertial driving method, its bidirectional angular resolution reaches 0.005 deg. per step. For realizing a close-loop controlled angular positioning function, the visual measurement method is utilized. Through the feedback control, the angular positioning error is less than 0.01 deg. For verifying the system performance, we used it to investigate the anisotropic surface properties of graphite. Through a modified cantilever tip, the atomic-scale stick-slip, and the anisotropic friction phenomena can be distinctly detected.

  17. Evolution, Interaction, and Intrinsic Properties of Dislocations in Intermetallics: Anisotropic 3D Dislocation Dynamics Approach

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    Qian Chen

    2008-08-18

    The generation, motion, and interaction of dislocations play key roles during the plastic deformation process of crystalline solids. 3D Dislocation Dynamics has been employed as a mesoscale simulation algorithm to investigate the collective and cooperative behavior of dislocations. Most current research on 3D Dislocation Dynamics is based on the solutions available in the framework of classical isotropic elasticity. However, due to some degree of elastic anisotropy in almost all crystalline solids, it is very necessary to extend 3D Dislocation Dynamics into anisotropic elasticity. In this study, first, the details of efficient and accurate incorporation of the fully anisotropic elasticity into 3D discrete Dislocation Dynamics by numerically evaluating the derivatives of Green's functions are described. Then the intrinsic properties of perfect dislocations, including their stability, their core properties and disassociation characteristics, in newly discovered rare earth-based intermetallics and in conventional intermetallics are investigated, within the framework of fully anisotropic elasticity supplemented with the atomistic information obtained from the ab initio calculations. Moreover, the evolution and interaction of dislocations in these intermetallics as well as the role of solute segregation are presented by utilizing fully anisotropic 3D dislocation dynamics. The results from this work clearly indicate the role and the importance of elastic anisotropy on the evolution of dislocation microstructures, the overall ductility and the hardening behavior in these systems.

  18. Perylenetetracarboxylic-metal assemblies and anisotropic charge transport in a Cu(II) assembly.

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    Bai, Linyi; Xia, Youyi; Jana, Avijit; Ang, Chung Yen; Zhao, Lingzhi; Fan, Zhi; Zhao, Yanli

    2016-04-28

    Structural diversity and uniformity of nanomaterials are usually prerequisites for many practical applications involving the oriented fabrication of various devices with full control over their desired physiochemical properties. Particularly in the optoelectronic field, ordered assembly inside cells is required not only for obtaining attractive configurations but also for playing an important role in the characteristics of photoconduction and conductivity. Here, we present a synergetic self-assembly driven by coordination and intermolecular interactions for the construction of organic-inorganic hybrids with multi-morphologies and tunable physical properties. 3,4,9,10-Perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride was treated with base to produce various assemblies by coordination with metal ions, showing morphologies of nanowires, nanosheets, nanoribbons and nanorods. The organic π-spacer affords an extension in different directions through the suitable incorporation of metal ions with different coordination modes for the formation of metal-ligand complexes. Interestingly, the obtained nanorods were twisted rods with obvious screw threads on the rod wall, supporting the synergetic self-assembly. Then, anisotropic mobility measurements of the obtained Cu(2+)-ligand assembly were carried out to show the importance of the size- and shape-confined synthesis of the hybrids. By presenting a series of ordered metal-ligand complex superstructures driven by synergetic self-assembly, this work is expected to pave the way for future anisotropic measurements of complex assemblies. PMID:27093038

  19. Magnetic properties of anisotropic Sr-La-system ferrite magnets

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    Yamamoto, H.; Nagakura, M. ); Terada, H. )

    1990-05-01

    This paper presents an experiment carried out to investigate the effect of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition to the magnetic and physical properties of strontium ferrite magnets. It was found that the La{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition to SrO {center dot} 6Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (stoichiometric composition) was very useful in stabilizing the magnetoplumbite structure and that these Sr-La-system ferrites had excellent properties as a permanenent magnet. Compositions were chosen according to the formula ((SrO){sub 1/n+1}(Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub n/n+1}){sub 100{minus}x}(La{sub 2}O{sub 3}){sub x}, where n was varied between 5.0 and 6.5, and x between 0 and 5.0. The optimum conditions for making magnets and some properties of typical specimens are discussed.

  20. Transport properties of uranium dioxide

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    Fink, J.K.; Chasanov, M.G.; Leibowitz, L.

    1981-04-01

    In order to provide reliable and consistent data on the thermophysical properties of reactor materials for reactor safety studies, this revision is prepared for the transport properties of the uranium dioxide portion of the fuel property section of the report Properties for LMFBR Safety Analysis. Since the original report was issued in 1976, measurements of thermal diffusivity and emissivity have been made. In addition to incorporating this new data, new equations have been derived to fit the thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity data. This analysis is consistent with the analysis of enthalpy and heat capacity. A new form of equation for the emissivity is also given. The present report comprises the transport part of the UO/sub 2/ portion of section A of the planned complete revision of Properties for LMFBR Safety Analysis.

  1. Anisotropic properties of human cortical bone with osteogenesis imperfecta.

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    Katti, Kalpana S; Gu, Chunju; Katti, Dinesh R

    2016-02-01

    The heterogeneity of bone shape and size variation is modulated by genetic, mechanical, nutritional, and hormonal patterning throughout its lifetime. Microstructural changes across cross sections are a result of mechanistic optimization that results over the years of evolution while being based on universal, time-invariant ingredients and patterns. Here we report changes across anatomical sections of bone with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) that undermines the work of evolution through genetic mutation. This work examines the microstructure and molecular composition of different anatomical positions (anterior, medial, posterior, and lateral regions) in the diaphysis of an OI human tibia. The study shows that although there is no significant microstructural difference, molecular changes are observed using FTIR revealing differences in molecular composition of the four anatomical positions. In addition, the nanomechanical properties of anterior section of OI bone seem more heterogeneous. The nanomechanical properties of interstitial lamellae in all these bone samples are consistently greater than those of osteonal lamellae. The nanomechanical properties of bone depend on its anatomical section and on the measurement direction as well. Variations in molecular structure with anatomical positions and also corresponding differences in nanomechanical properties are reported. These are compared to those observed typically in healthy bone illustrating the unique influence of OI on bone multiscale behavior which results from an evolutionary process lasting for many years. PMID:26399513

  2. Anisotropic parton escape is the dominant source of azimuthal anisotropy in transport models

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    He, Liang; Edmonds, Terrence; Lin, Zi-Wei; Liu, Feng; Molnar, Denes; Wang, Fuqiang

    2016-02-01

    We trace the development of azimuthal anisotropy (vn, n = 2 , 3) via parton-parton collision history in two transport models. The parton vn is studied as a function of the number of collisions of each parton in Au + Au and d + Au collisions at √{sNN} = 200 GeV. It is found that the majority of vn comes from the anisotropic escape probability of partons, with no fundamental difference at low and high transverse momenta. The contribution to vn from hydrodynamic-type collective flow is found to be small. Only when the parton-parton cross-section is set unrealistically large does this contribution start to take over. Our findings challenge the current paradigm emerged from hydrodynamic comparisons to anisotropy data.

  3. The effect of anisotropic heat transport on magnetic islands in 3-D configurations

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    Schlutt, M. G.; Hegna, C. C.

    2012-08-15

    An analytic theory of nonlinear pressure-induced magnetic island formation using a boundary layer analysis is presented. This theory extends previous work by including the effects of finite parallel heat transport and is applicable to general three dimensional magnetic configurations. In this work, particular attention is paid to the role of finite parallel heat conduction in the context of pressure-induced island physics. It is found that localized currents that require self-consistent deformation of the pressure profile, such as resistive interchange and bootstrap currents, are attenuated by finite parallel heat conduction when the magnetic islands are sufficiently small. However, these anisotropic effects do not change saturated island widths caused by Pfirsch-Schlueter current effects. Implications for finite pressure-induced island healing are discussed.

  4. Nonlinear and Anisotropic Tensile Properties of Graft Materials used in Soft Tissue Applications

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    Yoder, Jonathon H; Elliott, Dawn M

    2010-01-01

    Background The mechanical properties of extracellular matrix grafts that are intended to augment or replace soft tissues should be comparable to the native tissue. Such grafts are often used in fiber-reinforced tissue applications that undergo multi-axial loading and therefore knowledge of the anisotropic and nonlinear properties are needed, including the moduli and Poisson's ratio in two orthogonal directions within the plane of the graft. The objective of this study was to measure the tensile mechanical properties of several marketed grafts: Alloderm, Restore, CuffPatch, and OrthADAPT. Methods The degree of anisotropy and nonlinearity within each graft was evaluated from uniaxial tensile tests and compared to their native tissue. Results The Alloderm graft was anisotropic in both the toe and linear-region of the stress-strain response, was highly nonlinear, and generally had low properties. The Restore and CuffPatch grafts had similar stress-strain responses, were largely isotropic, had a linear-region modulus of 18 MPa, and were nonlinear. OrthADAPT was anisotropic in the linear region (131 vs 47 MPa) and was highly nonlinear. The Poisson ratio for all grafts was between 0.4 and 0.7, except for the parallel orientation of Restore which was greater than 1.0. Interpretation Having an informed understanding of how the available grafts perform mechanically will allow for better assessment by the physician for which graft to apply depending upon its application. PMID:20129728

  5. Anisotropic Thermoelectric Properties of MnSiγ Film Prepared on R-Sapphire

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    Takeda, Komei; Kikuchi, Yuta; Hayashi, Kei; Miyazaki, Yuzuru; Kajitani, Tsuyoshi

    2012-05-01

    We attempted to obtain an epitaxial MnSiγ (γ˜1.7) film on R-sapphire, i.e., Sapphire(1102), substrate by pulsed laser deposition. We prepared MnSiγ films by changing the substrate temperature gradient. It was found that the MnSiγ film, whose temperature gradient in a substrate is parallel to Sapphire[1120], could be grown epitaxially on the substrate. The epitaxial relationship was MnSiγ(1000)[0010] ∥ Sapphire(1102)[1120]. The thermoelectric properties of the epitaxial MnSiγ film were different in the a- and c-axes, reflecting the anisotropic MnSiγ crystal structure. The anisotropic thermoelectric properties are discussed in terms of the electronic structure.

  6. Blow-up properties in the parabolic problems with anisotropic nonstandard growth conditions

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    Liu, Bingchen; Yang, Jie

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we study the parabolic problems with anisotropic nonstandard growth nonlinearities. We first give the existence and uniqueness of weak solutions in variable Sobolev spaces. Second, we use the energy methods to show the existence of blow-up solutions with negative or positive initial energy, respectively. Both the variable exponents and the coefficients make important roles in Fujita blow-up phenomena. Moreover, asymptotic properties of the blow-up solutions are determined.

  7. Interventional nerve visualization via the intrinsic anisotropic optical properties of the nerves

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    Chin, Kenneth W.; Meijerink, Andries; Chin, Patrick T. K.

    2015-07-01

    We present an optical concept to visualize nerves during surgical interventions. The concept relies on the anisotropic optical properties of the nerves which allows for specific switching of the optical reflection by the nervous tissue. Using a low magnification polarized imaging system we are able to visualize the on and off switching of the optical reflection of the nervous tissue, enabling a non-invasive nerve specific real-time nerve visualization during surgery.

  8. Synthesis and colloidal properties of anisotropic hydrothermal barium titanate

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    Yosenick, Timothy James

    2005-11-01

    Nanoparticles of high dielectric constant materials, especially BaTiO3, are required to achieve decreased layer thickness in multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Tabular metal nanoparticles can produce thin metal layers with low surface roughness via electrophoretic deposition (EPD). To achieve similar results with dielectric layers requires the synthesis and dispersion of tabular BaTiO3 nanoparticles. The goal of this study was to investigate the deposition of thin BaTiO3 layers using a colloidal process. The synthesis, interfacial chemistry and colloidal properties of hydrothermal BaTiO3 a model particle system, was investigated. After characterization of the material system particulates were deposited to form thin layers using EPD. In the current study, the synthesis of BaTiO3 has been investigated using a hydrothermal route. TEM and AFM analyses show that the synthesized particles are single crystal with a majority of the particle having a <111> zone axis and {111} large face. The particles have a median thickness of 5.8 +/- 3.1 nm and face diameter of 27.1 +/- 12.3 nm. Particle growth was likely controlled by the formation of {111} twins and the synthesis pH which stabilizes the {111} face during growth. With limited growth in the <111> direction, the particles developed a plate-like morphology. Physical property characterization shows the powder was suitable for further processing with high purity, low hydrothermal defect concentration, and controlled stoichiometry. TEM observations of thermally treated powders indicate that the particles begin to loose the plate-like morphology by 900 °C. The aqueous passivation, dispersion, and doping of nanoscale BaTiO 3 powders was investigated. Passivation BaTiO3 was achieved through the addition of oxalic acid. The oxalic acid selectively adsorbs onto the particle surface and forms a chemically stable 2-3 nm layer of barium oxalate. The negative surface charge of the oxalate effectively passivated the BaTiO3 providing a surface suitable for the use of a cationic dispersant, polyethylenimine (PEI). Rheological properties indicate the presence of an oxalate-PEI interaction which can be detrimental to dispersion. With a better understanding of the aqueous surface chemistry of BaTiO3 the surface chemistry was manipulated to control the adsorption of aqueous soluble complexes of Co, Nb, and Bi, three common dopants in the processing of BaTiO3 Surface charge, TEM, and EDS analysis showed that while in suspension the dopants selectively absorbed onto the particle surface forming an engineered coating. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  9. Transport properties of silicate melts

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    Ni, Huaiwei; Hui, Hejiu; Steinle-Neumann, Gerd

    2015-09-01

    A quantitative description of the transport properties, diffusivity, viscosity, electrical, and thermal conductivity, of silicate melts is essential for understanding melting-related petrologic and geodynamic processes. We here provide a systematic overview on the current knowledge of these properties from experiments and molecular dynamics simulations, their dependence on pressure, temperature, and composition, atomistic processes underlying them, and physical models to describe their variations. We further establish phenomenological and physical links between diffusivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity that are based on structural rearrangement in the melt. Neutral molecules and network-modifying cations with low electric field strength display intrinsic diffusivity, which is controlled by the intrinsic properties (size and valence) of the species. By contrast, oxygen and network formers with high field strength show extrinsic diffusivity, which is more sensitive to extrinsic parameters including temperature (T), pressure (P), and melt composition (X). Similar T-P-X dependence of diffusivity and electrical conductivity and their quantitative relation reveal the role of intrinsically diffusing species in electrical transport, while viscosity is tied to the extrinsically diffusing species in a similar way. However, the differences in the structural role and mobility of various atomic species diminish with increasing temperature and/or pressure: all transport processes are increasingly coupled, eventually converging to a uniform rate and mechanism. Accurate comprehension of interatomic interactions and melt structure is vital to fully accounting for the compositional dependence of transport properties, and simple polymerization parameters such as nonbridging oxygen per tetrahedrally coordinated cation are inadequate.

  10. Perylenetetracarboxylic-metal assemblies and anisotropic charge transport in a CuII assembly

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    Bai, Linyi; Xia, Youyi; Jana, Avijit; Ang, Chung Yen; Zhao, Lingzhi; Fan, Zhi; Zhao, Yanli

    2016-04-01

    Structural diversity and uniformity of nanomaterials are usually prerequisites for many practical applications involving the oriented fabrication of various devices with full control over their desired physiochemical properties. Particularly in the optoelectronic field, ordered assembly inside cells is required not only for obtaining attractive configurations but also for playing an important role in the characteristics of photoconduction and conductivity. Here, we present a synergetic self-assembly driven by coordination and intermolecular interactions for the construction of organic-inorganic hybrids with multi-morphologies and tunable physical properties. 3,4,9,10-Perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride was treated with base to produce various assemblies by coordination with metal ions, showing morphologies of nanowires, nanosheets, nanoribbons and nanorods. The organic π-spacer affords an extension in different directions through the suitable incorporation of metal ions with different coordination modes for the formation of metal-ligand complexes. Interestingly, the obtained nanorods were twisted rods with obvious screw threads on the rod wall, supporting the synergetic self-assembly. Then, anisotropic mobility measurements of the obtained Cu2+-ligand assembly were carried out to show the importance of the size- and shape-confined synthesis of the hybrids. By presenting a series of ordered metal-ligand complex superstructures driven by synergetic self-assembly, this work is expected to pave the way for future anisotropic measurements of complex assemblies.Structural diversity and uniformity of nanomaterials are usually prerequisites for many practical applications involving the oriented fabrication of various devices with full control over their desired physiochemical properties. Particularly in the optoelectronic field, ordered assembly inside cells is required not only for obtaining attractive configurations but also for playing an important role in the characteristics of photoconduction and conductivity. Here, we present a synergetic self-assembly driven by coordination and intermolecular interactions for the construction of organic-inorganic hybrids with multi-morphologies and tunable physical properties. 3,4,9,10-Perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride was treated with base to produce various assemblies by coordination with metal ions, showing morphologies of nanowires, nanosheets, nanoribbons and nanorods. The organic π-spacer affords an extension in different directions through the suitable incorporation of metal ions with different coordination modes for the formation of metal-ligand complexes. Interestingly, the obtained nanorods were twisted rods with obvious screw threads on the rod wall, supporting the synergetic self-assembly. Then, anisotropic mobility measurements of the obtained Cu2+-ligand assembly were carried out to show the importance of the size- and shape-confined synthesis of the hybrids. By presenting a series of ordered metal-ligand complex superstructures driven by synergetic self-assembly, this work is expected to pave the way for future anisotropic measurements of complex assemblies. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional synthesis and characterization data. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01120a

  11. Optical Properties of Anisotropic Polycrystalline Ce+3 activated LSO

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    Roy, Sudesna; Lingertat, Helmut; Brecher, Charles; Sarin, Vinod

    2012-01-01

    Polycrystalline cerium activated lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO:Ce) is highly desirable technique to make cost effective and highly reproducible radiation detectors for medical imaging. In this article methods to improve transparency in polycrystalline LSO:Ce were explored. Two commercially available powders of different particulate sizes (average particle size 30 and 1500 nm) were evaluated for producing dense LSO:Ce by pressure assisted densification routes, such as hot pressing and hot isostatic pressing. Consolidation of the powders at optimum conditions produced three polycrystalline ceramics with average grain sizes of 500 nm, 700 and 2000 nm. Microstructural evolution studies showed that for grain sizes larger than 1 µm, anisotropy in thermal expansion coefficient and elastic constants of LSO, resulted in residual stress at grain boundaries and triple points that led to intragranular microcracking. However, reducing the grain size below 1 µm effectively avoids microcracking, leading to more favorable optical properties. The optical scattering profiles generated by a Stover scatterometer, measured by a He-Ne laser of wavelength 633 nm, showed that by reducing the grain size from 2 µm to 500 nm, the in-line transmission increased by a factor of 103. Although these values were encouraging and showed that small changes in grain size could increase transmission by almost 3 orders of magnitude, even smaller grain sizes need to be achieved in order to get truly transparent material with high in-line transmission. PMID:23505329

  12. Anisotropic magnetic properties of dysprosium iron garnet (DyIG)

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    Lahoubi, M.; Younsi, W.; Soltani, M.-L.; Ouladdiaf, B.

    2010-01-01

    The magnetic properties of dysprosium iron garnet (DyIG) have been studied by performing high resolution powder neutron diffraction experiments and high dc fields magnetizations on single crystals. Among all the reflections (hkl) indexed in the nuclear cubic space group (CSG) Ia bar 3 d with h+k+l=2n and k=[000], the superstructure lines (hkl)* forbidden by the symmetry (222)* and (622)* are not observed in the patterns at all temperatures. The pattern at 130 K is well interpreted within the magnetic modes F belonging to the irreducible representation (IR) T1g of the CSG and identified to the room temperature ferrimagnetic Nel model. The high magnetic field behavior of the spontaneous collinear magnetic structure (MS) along the easy axis (EA) <111> is isotropic. Below 130 K, the patterns exhibit additional magnetic superstructure lines. They are associated to the appearance of the spontaneous non collinear MS which is described in the subgroup of the CSG, R bar 3 c within the IR A2g. A strong magnetization anisotropy (MA) is observed at 1.5 K in the low symmetry phases were the spin reorientation transition (SR) occur at TRS=14.5 K. The onset of MA is detected below two characteristic temperatures, Ta1=125 K and Ta2=75 K respectively to the hard axis (HA) <100> and <110>. Symmetry arguments are used in the framework of the theory of representation analysis (RA) applied to the subgroup of R bar 3 c, C2/c within the IR Ag. It seems that this MA results essentially from the difference between the spontaneous non collinear MS and the field induced (FI) configurations. All results are discussed with previous neutrons studies.

  13. A Numerical Model of Anisotropic Mass Transport Through Grain Boundary Networks

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    Wang, Yibo

    Tin (Sn) thin films are commonly used in electronic circuit applications as coatings on contacts and solders for joining components. It is widely observed, for some such system, that whiskers---long, thin crystalline structures---emerge and grow from the film. The Sn whisker phenomenon has become a highly active research area since Sn whiskers have caused a large amount of damage and loss in manufacturing, military, medical and power industries. Though lead (Pb) addition to Sn has been used to solve this problem for over five decades, the adverse environmental and health effects of Pb have motivated legislation to severely constrain Pb use in society. People are researching and seeking the reasons which cause whiskers and corresponding methods to solve the problem. The contributing factors to cause a Sn whisker are potentially many and much still remains unknown. Better understanding of fundamental driving forces should point toward strategies to improve (a) the accuracy with which we can predict whisker formation, and (b) our ability to mitigate the phenomenon. This thesis summarizes recent important research achievements in understanding Sn whisker formation and growth, both experimentally and theoretically. Focus is then placed on examining the role that anisotropy in grain boundary diffusivity plays in determining whisker characteristics (specifically, whether they form and, if so, where on a surface). To study this aspect of the problem and to enable future studies on stress driven grain boundary diffusion, this thesis presents a numerical anisotropic mass transport model. In addition to presenting details of the model and implementation, model predictions for a set of increasingly complex grain boundary networks are discussed. Preliminary results from the model provide evidence that anisotropic grain boundary diffusion may be a primary driving mechanism in whisker formation.

  14. Transport Properties for Combustion Modeling

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    Brown, N.J.; Bastein, L.; Price, P.N.

    2010-02-19

    This review examines current approximations and approaches that underlie the evaluation of transport properties for combustion modeling applications. Discussed in the review are: the intermolecular potential and its descriptive molecular parameters; various approaches to evaluating collision integrals; supporting data required for the evaluation of transport properties; commonly used computer programs for predicting transport properties; the quality of experimental measurements and their importance for validating or rejecting approximations to property estimation; the interpretation of corresponding states; combination rules that yield pair molecular potential parameters for unlike species from like species parameters; and mixture approximations. The insensitivity of transport properties to intermolecular forces is noted, especially the non-uniqueness of the supporting potential parameters. Viscosity experiments of pure substances and binary mixtures measured post 1970 are used to evaluate a number of approximations; the intermediate temperature range 1 < T* < 10, where T* is kT/{var_epsilon}, is emphasized since this is where rich data sets are available. When suitable potential parameters are used, errors in transport property predictions for pure substances and binary mixtures are less than 5 %, when they are calculated using the approaches of Kee et al.; Mason, Kestin, and Uribe; Paul and Warnatz; or Ern and Giovangigli. Recommendations stemming from the review include (1) revisiting the supporting data required by the various computational approaches, and updating the data sets with accurate potential parameters, dipole moments, and polarizabilities; (2) characterizing the range of parameter space over which the fit to experimental data is good, rather than the current practice of reporting only the parameter set that best fits the data; (3) looking for improved combining rules, since existing rules were found to under-predict the viscosity in most cases; (4) performing more transport property measurements for mixtures that include radical species, an important but neglected area; (5) using the TRANLIB approach for treating polar molecules and (6) performing more accurate measurements of the molecular parameters used to evaluate the molecular heat capacity, since it affects thermal conductivity, which is important in predicting flame development.

  15. Optical and electronic properties of anisotropic parabolic quantum disks in the presence of tilted magnetic fields

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    Khordad, R.; Tafaroji, S.; Katebi, R.; Ghanbari, A.

    2012-02-01

    In the present work, the electronic and optical properties of anisotropic parabolic quantum disks are studied in the presence of an applied magnetic field. For this goal, we first obtain the electron energy levels of an anisotropic parabolic quantum disk under axial, tilted, and in-plane magnetic fields. According to the results obtained for the energy levels reveal that there is no degeneracy at zero magnetic field due to symmetry breaking. With increasing the anisotropy, the energy level spacing increases. At a constant anisotropy, the energy levels splitting decreases with increasing tilt angle of magnetic field. The total refractive index changes decrease when the tilt angle of magnetic field and the anisotropy increase. Also, the total absorption coefficients increase as the tilt angle of magnetic field and anisotropy increase.

  16. A stochastic method for Brownian-like optical transport calculations in anisotropic biosuspensions and blood

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    Miller, Steven

    1998-03-01

    A generic stochastic method is presented that rapidly evaluates numerical bulk flux solutions to the one-dimensional integrodifferential radiative transport equation, for coherent irradiance of optically anisotropic suspensions of nonspheroidal bioparticles, such as blood. As Fermat rays or geodesics enter the suspension, they evolve into a bundle of random paths or trajectories due to scattering by the suspended bioparticles. Overall, this can be interpreted as a bundle of Markov trajectories traced out by a "gas" of Brownian-like point photons being scattered and absorbed by the homogeneous distribution of uncorrelated cells in suspension. By considering the cumulative vectorial intersections of a statistical bundle of random trajectories through sets of interior data planes in the space containing the medium, the effective equivalent information content and behavior of the (generally unknown) analytical flux solutions of the radiative transfer equation rapidly emerges. The fluxes match the analytical diffuse flux solutions in the diffusion limit, which verifies the accuracy of the algorithm. The method is not constrained by the diffusion limit and gives correct solutions for conditions where diffuse solutions are not viable. Unlike conventional Monte Carlo and numerical techniques adapted from neutron transport or nuclear reactor problems that compute scalar quantities, this vectorial technique is fast, easily implemented, adaptable, and viable for a wide class of biophotonic scenarios. By comparison, other analytical or numerical techniques generally become unwieldy, lack viability, or are more difficult to utilize and adapt. Illustrative calculations are presented for blood medias at monochromatic wavelengths in the visible spectrum.

  17. Turbulent anomalous transport and anisotropic electron heating in a return current system

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    Lee, Kuang Wu; Buechner, Joerg

    2011-02-15

    Anisotropic electron heating due to self-generated electromagnetic turbulences is observed in collisionless return current plasmas. The corresponding energy conversion, electron heating, and associated anomalous momentum transport are investigated by means of a two-dimensional electromagnetic particle-in-cell simulation code. The return current model consists of two counterstreaming electron beams with different temperatures and a stationary ion background. First, a general multifluid dispersion analyzer is presented in a clear matrix form that allows to study electron streaming instabilities. The numerical simulation confirms the predicted electrostatic electron-electron acoustic instability. Generating electromagnetic waves, the system evolves into a nonlinear stage. As a result, the electron drifts are slowed down due to turbulence-induced anomalous momentum exchange. Localized electric and magnetic field fluctuations play major roles in the energy conversion. Perpendicular electron heating follows the growth of magnetic field perturbations and the slowing of the electron drifts. Parallel and perpendicular electron heating occurs at different time scales. It is shown that the longer lasting perpendicular electron heating is caused by preheated parallel electron flows. The deflection of the preheated parallel electron flows in the localized turbulences, which is essentially a two-dimensional effect, leads to perpendicular electron heating even after the saturation of parallel electron heating. We conclude that the self-generated magnetic turbulence dominates the anomalous transport process in the late stage of return current system evolution.

  18. Turbulent anomalous transport and anisotropic electron heating in a return current system

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    Lee, Kuang Wu; Bchner, Jrg

    2011-02-01

    Anisotropic electron heating due to self-generated electromagnetic turbulences is observed in collisionless return current plasmas. The corresponding energy conversion, electron heating, and associated anomalous momentum transport are investigated by means of a two-dimensional electromagnetic particle-in-cell simulation code. The return current model consists of two counterstreaming electron beams with different temperatures and a stationary ion background. First, a general multifluid dispersion analyzer is presented in a clear matrix form that allows to study electron streaming instabilities. The numerical simulation confirms the predicted electrostatic electron-electron acoustic instability. Generating electromagnetic waves, the system evolves into a nonlinear stage. As a result, the electron drifts are slowed down due to turbulence-induced anomalous momentum exchange. Localized electric and magnetic field fluctuations play major roles in the energy conversion. Perpendicular electron heating follows the growth of magnetic field perturbations and the slowing of the electron drifts. Parallel and perpendicular electron heating occurs at different time scales. It is shown that the longer lasting perpendicular electron heating is caused by preheated parallel electron flows. The deflection of the preheated parallel electron flows in the localized turbulences, which is essentially a two-dimensional effect, leads to perpendicular electron heating even after the saturation of parallel electron heating. We conclude that the self-generated magnetic turbulence dominates the anomalous transport process in the late stage of return current system evolution.

  19. Direct Observation of Anisotropic Carrier Transport in Organic Semiconductor by Time-Resolved Microscopic Optical Second-Harmonic Imaging

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    Manaka, Takaaki; Matsubara, Kohei; Abe, Kentaro; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2013-10-01

    In-plane anisotropic carrier transport in single-crystalline grains of the dip-coated 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl) (TIPS) pentacene film is studied by using the time-resolved microscopic optical second-harmonic generation (TRM-SHG). The TRM-SHG imaging directly visualizes the directional dependence of the carrier velocity, indicating the anisotropic carrier mobility of the TIPS pentacene single crystal. Results showed that the mobility anisotropy is smaller than that obtained from the current-voltage (I-V) characteristics. Overestimation of the mobility anisotropy using the I-V characteristics, compared with that obtained from the TRM-SHG measurement, is ascribed to the effect of the grain boundary on the carrier transport.

  20. Rotational properties of dipolar Bose-Einstein condensates confined in anisotropic harmonic potentials

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    Malet, F.; Reimann, S. M.; Kristensen, T.; Kavoulakis, G. M.

    2011-03-15

    We study the rotational properties of a dipolar Bose-Einstein condensate confined in a quasi-two-dimensional anisotropic trap for an arbitrary orientation of the dipoles with respect to their plane of motion. Within the mean-field approximation, we find that the lowest-energy state of the system depends strongly on the relative strength between the dipolar and the contact interactions, as well as on the size and the orientation of the dipoles and the size and the orientation of the deformation of the trapping potential.

  1. Landau levels and magneto-transport property of monolayer phosphorene

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    Zhou, X. Y.; Zhang, R.; Sun, J. P.; Zou, Y. L.; Zhang, D.; Lou, W. K.; Cheng, F.; Zhou, G. H.; Zhai, F.; Chang, Kai

    2015-07-01

    We investigate theoretically the Landau levels (LLs) and magneto-transport properties of phosphorene under a perpendicular magnetic field within the framework of the effective k·p Hamiltonian and tight-binding (TB) model. At low field regime, we find that the LLs linearly depend both on the LL index n and magnetic field B, which is similar with that of conventional semiconductor two-dimensional electron gas. The Landau splittings of conduction and valence band are different and the wavefunctions corresponding to the LLs are strongly anisotropic due to the different anisotropic effective masses. An analytical expression for the LLs in low energy regime is obtained via solving the decoupled Hamiltonian, which agrees well with the numerical calculations. At high magnetic regime, a self-similar Hofstadter butterfly (HB) spectrum is obtained by using the TB model. The HB spectrum is consistent with the LL fan calculated from the effective k·p theory in a wide regime of magnetic fields. We find the LLs of phosphorene nanoribbon depend strongly on the ribbon orientation due to the anisotropic hopping parameters. The Hall and the longitudinal conductances (resistances) clearly reveal the structure of LLs.

  2. Landau levels and magneto-transport property of monolayer phosphorene.

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    Zhou, X Y; Zhang, R; Sun, J P; Zou, Y L; Zhang, D; Lou, W K; Cheng, F; Zhou, G H; Zhai, F; Chang, Kai

    2015-01-01

    We investigate theoretically the Landau levels (LLs) and magneto-transport properties of phosphorene under a perpendicular magnetic field within the framework of the effective k·p Hamiltonian and tight-binding (TB) model. At low field regime, we find that the LLs linearly depend both on the LL index n and magnetic field B, which is similar with that of conventional semiconductor two-dimensional electron gas. The Landau splittings of conduction and valence band are different and the wavefunctions corresponding to the LLs are strongly anisotropic due to the different anisotropic effective masses. An analytical expression for the LLs in low energy regime is obtained via solving the decoupled Hamiltonian, which agrees well with the numerical calculations. At high magnetic regime, a self-similar Hofstadter butterfly (HB) spectrum is obtained by using the TB model. The HB spectrum is consistent with the LL fan calculated from the effective k·p theory in a wide regime of magnetic fields. We find the LLs of phosphorene nanoribbon depend strongly on the ribbon orientation due to the anisotropic hopping parameters. The Hall and the longitudinal conductances (resistances) clearly reveal the structure of LLs. PMID:26159856

  3. Landau levels and magneto-transport property of monolayer phosphorene

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    Zhou, X. Y.; Zhang, R.; Sun, J. P.; Zou, Y. L.; Zhang, D.; Lou, W. K.; Cheng, F.; Zhou, G. H.; Zhai, F.; Chang, Kai

    2015-01-01

    We investigate theoretically the Landau levels (LLs) and magneto-transport properties of phosphorene under a perpendicular magnetic field within the framework of the effective k·p Hamiltonian and tight-binding (TB) model. At low field regime, we find that the LLs linearly depend both on the LL index n and magnetic field B, which is similar with that of conventional semiconductor two-dimensional electron gas. The Landau splittings of conduction and valence band are different and the wavefunctions corresponding to the LLs are strongly anisotropic due to the different anisotropic effective masses. An analytical expression for the LLs in low energy regime is obtained via solving the decoupled Hamiltonian, which agrees well with the numerical calculations. At high magnetic regime, a self-similar Hofstadter butterfly (HB) spectrum is obtained by using the TB model. The HB spectrum is consistent with the LL fan calculated from the effective k·p theory in a wide regime of magnetic fields. We find the LLs of phosphorene nanoribbon depend strongly on the ribbon orientation due to the anisotropic hopping parameters. The Hall and the longitudinal conductances (resistances) clearly reveal the structure of LLs. PMID:26159856

  4. Transport properties in the atmosphere of Jupiter

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    Biolsi, L., Jr.

    1978-01-01

    The calculation of transport properties near the surface of a probe entering the atmosphere of Jupiter is discussed for (1) transport properties in the pure Jovian atmosphere, (2) transport properties for collisions between monatomic carbon atoms, including the effect of excited electronic states, (3) transport properties at the boundaries for mixing of the pure Jovian atmosphere and the atmosphere due to the injection of gaseous ablation products, and (4) transport properties for interactions involving some of the molecular ablation products. The transport properties were calculated using the kinetic theory of gases. Transport collision integrals were calculated for only a limited set of empirical and semiempirical interaction potentials. Since the accuracy of the fit of these empirical potentials to the true potential usually determines the accuracy of the calculation of the transport properties, the various interaction potentials used in these calculations are discussed.

  5. Features of the electric-field distribution in anisotropic semiconductor wafers in a transverse magnetic field

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    Filippov, V. V.; Bormontov, E. N.

    2013-07-15

    A macroscopic model of the Hall effects and magnetoresistance in anisotropic semiconductor wafers is developed. The results obtained by solving the electrodynamic boundary problem allow the potential and eddy currents in anisotropic semiconductors to be calculated at different current-contact locations, depending on the parameters of the sample material's anisotropy. The results of this study are of great practical importance for investigating the physical properties of anisotropic semiconductors and simulating the electron-transport phenomena in devices based on anisotropic semiconductors.

  6. Vertically Aligned Nanoplate Particles Directed by Block Copolymer Domains for Anisotropic Properties

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    Krook, Nadia; Meth, Jeffrey; Murray, Christopher; Riggleman, Robert; Composto, Russell

    During common processing methods, anisotropic fillers in polymer nanocomposites align in the direction of flow, parallel to the surfaces, thus enhancing properties in the plane of the substrate. This research aims to create thin film nanocomposites with perpendicularly aligned anisotropic particles to improve properties in the out-of-plane direction. The demonstrated work explores vertical orientation of rare-earth fluoride nanoplates in lamellar-forming poly(styrene- b-methyl methacrylate) to establish a platform that controls the alignment of any planar particle. Currently, gadolinium fluoride (GdF3) rhombus nanoplates with the longest and shortest diagonal dimensions of ~30 nm and ~25 nm, respectively, have been specially synthesized with the potential to intercalate the block copolymer (BCP) domains. By employing a ternary brush blend layer to neutralize silicon substrates to both BCP domains, vertical lamellae orientation has been enabled with an optimum film thickness of ~110 nm. The GdF3 surfaces are chemically modified to drive the plates to a specific BCP domain. After surface modification, the dispersion of GdF3 in homopolymer will first be shown followed by morphology results from integrating GdF3 into the BCP using scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

  7. Anisotropic optical properties of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7

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    Nee, T. )

    1992-06-15

    Based upon the published results of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7} single-crystal reflectance spectra measured at room temperature, the empirical anisotropic spectral density functions and quasidielectric functions {epsilon}{sub 1{ital j}}+{ital i}{epsilon}{sub 2{ital j}} ({ital j}={ital a},{ital b},{ital c}) are determined in the 0.05 to 6 eV spectral range. These functions are an excellent fit to the reflectance spectra of samples in single-crystal, twin-crystal, and polycrystalline forms; they agree well with the published anisotropic transport and ellipsometry data. For polarizations along the {ital a} and {ital b} axes, the numerically determined empirical spectral density functions have shown two interband absorption peaks at 2.5 and 5 eV. For energy above 3 eV, the spectral density functions do not agree with the published theoretical interband conductivities that are derived from the band structure calculations.

  8. First-principle-based full-dispersion Monte Carlo simulation of the anisotropic phonon transport in the wurtzite GaN thin film

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    Wu, Ruikang; Hu, Run; Luo, Xiaobing

    2016-04-01

    In this study, we developed a first-principle-based full-dispersion Monte Carlo simulation method to study the anisotropic phonon transport in wurtzite GaN thin film. The input data of thermal properties in MC simulations were calculated based on the first-principle method. The anisotropy of thermal conductivity in bulk wurtzite GaN is found to be strengthened by isotopic scatterings and reduced temperature, and the anisotropy reaches 40.08% for natural bulk GaN at 100 K. With the GaN thin film thickness decreasing, the anisotropy of the out-of-plane thermal conductivity is heavily reduced due to both the ballistic transport and the less importance of the low-frequency phonons with anisotropic group velocities. On the contrary, it is observed that the in-plane thermal conductivity anisotropy of the GaN thin film is strengthened by reducing the film thickness. And the anisotropy reaches 35.63% when the natural GaN thin film thickness reduces to 50 nm at 300 K with the degree of specularity being zero. The anisotropy is also improved by increasing the surface roughness of the GaN thin film.

  9. Anisotropic elastic properties of thermal spray coatings determined via resonant ultrasound spectroscopy

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    Tan, Yang; Shyam, Amit; Choi, Wanhuk Brian; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Sampath, Sanjay

    2010-01-01

    The determination of elastic properties of plasma-sprayed ceramic and metallic coatings is difficult due to their complex microstructure, which involves a myriad array of pores, interfaces and other defects. Furthermore, the splat-based build-up of the coating results in transverse anisotropy in the elastic properties. In this paper, we report on the anisotropic elastic properties of these coatings determined by resonant ultrasound spectroscopy (RUS). This approach along with the analysis presented enables, for the first time, the determination of elastic properties as a function of direction and temperature for these complex systems with concomitant implications for design. The coating systems investigated included plasma-sprayed yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and nickel. An additional nickel coating deposited by high-velocity oxygen-fuel process was investigated and its elastic properties were compared to those of plasma-sprayed nickel. Average Young s moduli of the coatings were independently measured by using the instrumented indentation method. The elastic properties determined from the RUS and indentation methodologies allowed description of the microstructure elastic property relationships in the coatings.

  10. Probing the anisotropic behaviors of black phosphorus by transmission electron microscopy, angular-dependent Raman spectra, and electronic transport measurements

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    Lu, Wanglin; Ma, Xiaomeng; Fei, Zhen; Zhou, Jianguang; Zhang, Zhiyong; Jin, Chuanhong; Zhang, Ze

    2015-07-01

    In this study, we correlated the angular dependence of the Raman response of black phosphorus to its crystallographic orientation by using transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. It was found that the intensity of the Ag 2 mode reached a maximum when the polarization direction of the incident light was parallel to the zigzag crystallographic orientation. Notably, it was further confirmed that the zigzag crystallographic direction exhibited superior conductance and carrier mobility. Because of the lattice extension along the armchair direction, an intensification of the anisotropic Raman response was observed. This work provides direct evidence of the correlation between anisotropic properties and crystallographic direction and represents a turning point in the discussion of the angular-dependent electronic properties of black phosphorus.

  11. Anisotropic Poly(Vinyl Alcohol) Hydrogel: Connection Between Structure and Bulk Mechanical Properties

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    Hudson, Stephen; Hutter, Jeffrey; Millon, Leonardo; Wan, Wankei; Nieh, Mu-Ping

    2009-03-01

    Poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogels are formed from PVA solution by creation of physical cross-links during freeze/thaw cycling. By choosing a suitable freeze/thaw protocol and applying a strain during thermal processing, gels with permanent, anisotropic bulk mechanical properties matching those of cardiovascular tissues can be made, making them useful for applications ranging from artificial heart valves to vascular grafts. We have performed small- and ultra small-angle neutron scattering (SANS and USANS) measurements covering length scales from 2 nm to 10 μm, and modeled the structure as interconnected PVA blobs of size 20 to 50 nm arranged in fractal aggregates extending to at least 10 μm. Here, we discuss the relationship between the microstructure and bulk mechanical properties. Strength increases with the number of thermal cycles due to reinforcement of the small-scale gel phase, while anisotropy is due to elongation of the much larger fractal aggregates.

  12. Anisotropic mechanical properties of the MA956 ODS steel characterized by the small punch testing technique

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    Turba, K.; Hurst, R. C.; Hähner, P.

    2012-09-01

    The small punch testing technique was used to assess both creep and fracture properties of the MA956 oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel. The anisotropy in mechanical properties was addressed, as well as the alloy's susceptibility to thermal embrittlement. Strong anisotropy was found in the material's creep resistance at 725 °C for longer rupture times. Anisotropic behavior was also observed for the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT). The origin of the anisotropy can be related to the strongly directional microstructure which enables a large amount of intergranular cracking during straining at both high and low temperatures. The DBTT of the alloy is very high, and can be further increased by at least 200 °C after 1000 h of ageing at 475 °C, due to the formation of the Cr-rich α' phase. The particularly high susceptibility of the MA956 to thermal embrittlement is mainly a consequence of its high chromium content.

  13. Anisotropic Mechanical and Giant Magneto-Impedance Properties of Cobalt-Rich Amorphous Ribbons

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    Tran, H. T.; Devkota, J.; Eggers, T.; Wingo, J.; Cai, W.; Skorvanek, I.; Srikanth, H.; Phan, M. H.

    2016-01-01

    A comparative study was performed on the mechanical and giant magneto-impedance (GMI) properties in the longitudinal and transverse directions of Co69Fe4Ni1Mo2B12Si12 amorphous ribbons. Both mechanical and GMI properties were found to be anisotropic. Kerr microscopy shows the presence of a stripe-type domain structure with the magnetic easy axis parallel to the longitudinal direction. The fracture strength, elastic modulus, and fracture toughness in the transverse direction was higher than those in the longitudinal direction. A larger GMI response was achieved in the transverse direction at a frequency range where both the domain wall motion and spin rotation dominantly contributed to the effective permeability and hence the magneto-impedance. The current study paves the way for designing Co-rich amorphous ribbons as desirable components in electronics such as magnetic sensors.

  14. Optical properties of composite systems based on anisotropic fibers with axisymmetric stacking

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    Zolotarev, V. M.

    2004-10-01

    Simulation of optical properties of composite systems in the form of bundles consisting of anisotropic fibers with axisymmetric stacking is carried out in the ray-optics approximation. It is shown that such composite systems observed by the interference-polarization method for the case of crossed Nicol prisms produce figures in the form of a system of concentric light and dark rings, in the center of which there is a dark cross. The results of simulations applied to microsections of the human tooth taking into account the numerical values of the constituent components of the dentin (the sizes and optical properties of the dentinal tubules and of the matrix, etc.) are compared with the experiment. A good qualitative agreement between the calculation and the experiment for the observed patterns is found in the cases of some samples (molar and premolar).

  15. Anisotropic Mechanical and Giant Magneto-Impedance Properties of Cobalt-Rich Amorphous Ribbons

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    Tran, H. T.; Devkota, J.; Eggers, T.; Wingo, J.; Cai, W.; Skorvanek, I.; Srikanth, H.; Phan, M. H.

    2016-04-01

    A comparative study was performed on the mechanical and giant magneto-impedance (GMI) properties in the longitudinal and transverse directions of Co69Fe4Ni1Mo2B12Si12 amorphous ribbons. Both mechanical and GMI properties were found to be anisotropic. Kerr microscopy shows the presence of a stripe-type domain structure with the magnetic easy axis parallel to the longitudinal direction. The fracture strength, elastic modulus, and fracture toughness in the transverse direction was higher than those in the longitudinal direction. A larger GMI response was achieved in the transverse direction at a frequency range where both the domain wall motion and spin rotation dominantly contributed to the effective permeability and hence the magneto-impedance. The current study paves the way for designing Co-rich amorphous ribbons as desirable components in electronics such as magnetic sensors.

  16. Dispersion properties of transverse anisotropic liquid crystal core photonic crystal fibers

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    Karasawa, Naoki

    2016-04-01

    The dispersion properties of liquid crystal core photonic crystal fibers for different core diameters have been calculated by a full vectorial finite difference method. In calculations, air holes are assumed to be arranged in a regular hexagonal array in fused silica and a central hole is filled with liquid crystal to create a core. In this study, three types of transverse anisotropic configurations, where liquid crystal molecules are oriented in a transverse plane, and a planar configuration, where liquid crystal molecules are oriented in a propagation direction, are considered. The large changes of the dispersion properties are found when the orientation of the liquid crystal molecules is changed from a planar configuration to a uniform configuration, where all molecules are oriented in the same direction in a transverse plane. Since the orientation of liquid crystal molecules may be controlled by applying an electric field, it could be utilized for various applications including the spectral control of supercontinuum generation.

  17. Propagation Characteristics of Laser-Generated Rayleigh Waves in Coating-Substrate Structures with Anisotropic and Viscoelastic Properties

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    Sun, Hong-xiang; Zhang, Shu-yi; Xia, Jian-ping

    2015-06-01

    The propagation characteristics of laser-generated Rayleigh waves in coating-substrate structures with anisotropic and viscoelastic properties have been investigated quantitatively. Based on the plane strain theory, finite element models for simulating laser-generated Rayleigh waves in coating-substrate structures are established, in which the carbon fiber-reinforced epoxy matrix composite and aluminum are used as the coating and/or the substrate alternately. The numerical results exhibit that the characteristics of the laser-generated Rayleigh waves, including attenuation, velocity, and dispersion, are mainly and closely related to the anisotropic and viscoelastic properties of the composite in the coating-substrate structures.

  18. Single-crystal growth and anisotropic magnetic properties of nonstoichiometric three-layer sodium cobalt oxides

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    Chen, D. P.; Wang, Xiaolin; Dou, S. X.; Lin, C. T.

    2007-10-01

    Large single crystals of {alpha}-Na{sub x}CoO{sub 2} (x=0.91, 0.92, and 0.93) have been successfully fabricated by using the traveling solvent floating zone method. Details on the crystal growth are discussed. The crystal structures were characterized using powder x-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement. The magnetic susceptibility measurements show that the magnetic properties depend strongly on x. The compound was found to be antiferromagnetic at T{sub N}{approx_equal}20 K for x=0.91 and x=0.92, and paramagnetic for x=0.93. The in-plane and out-of-plane anisotropies were observed for the x=0.91 crystals. In addition, the derived anisotropic g-factor ratios (g{sub ab}/g{sub c}) from the anisotropic susceptibility along H parallel ab and H parallel c decreased significantly as the sodium composition increased from x=0.91 to x=0.93.

  19. Probing anisotropic surface properties and interaction forces of chrysotile rods by atomic force microscopy and rheology.

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    Yang, Dingzheng; Xie, Lei; Bobicki, Erin; Xu, Zhenghe; Liu, Qingxia; Zeng, Hongbo

    2014-09-16

    Understanding the surface properties and interactions of nonspherical particles is of both fundamental and practical importance in the rheology of complex fluids in various engineering applications. In this work, natural chrysotile, a phyllosilicate composed of 1:1 stacked silica and brucite layers which coil into cylindrical structure, was chosen as a model rod-shaped particle. The interactions of chrysotile brucite-like basal or bilayered edge planes and a silicon nitride tip were measured using an atomic force microscope (AFM). The force-distance profiles were fitted using the classical Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) theory, which demonstrates anisotropic and pH-dependent surface charge properties of brucite-like basal plane and bilayered edge surface. The points of zero charge (PZC) of the basal and edge planes were estimated to be around pH 10-11 and 6-7, respectively. Rheology measurements of 7 vol % chrysotile (with an aspect ratio of 14.5) in 10 mM NaCl solution showed pH-dependent yield stress with a local maximum around pH 7-9, which falls between the two PZC values of the edge and basal planes of the rod particles. On the basis of the surface potentials of the edge and basal planes obtained from AFM measurements, theoretical analysis of the surface interactions of edge-edge, basal-edge, and basal-basal planes of the chrysotile rods suggests the yield stress maximum observed could be mainly attributed to the basal-edge attractions. Our results indicate that the anisotropic surface properties (e.g., charges) of chrysotile rods play an important role in the particle-particle interaction and rheological behavior, which also provides insight into the basic understanding of the colloidal interactions and rheology of nonspherical particles. PMID:25115179

  20. Oriented Morphology and Anisotropic Transport in Uniaxially Stretched Perfluorosulfonate Ionomer Membranes

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    J Park; J Li; G Divoux; L Madsen; R Moore

    2011-12-31

    Relations between morphology and transport sensitively govern proton conductivity in perfluorsulfonate ionomers (PFSIs) and thus determine useful properties of these technologically important materials. In order to understand such relations, we have conducted a broad systematic study of H{sup +}-form PFSI membranes over a range of uniaxial extensions and water uptakes. On the basis of small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and {sup 2}H NMR spectroscopy, uniaxial deformation induces a strong alignment of ionic domains along the stretching direction. We correlate ionic domain orientation to transport using pulsed-field-gradient {sup 1}H NMR measurements of water diffusion coefficients along the three orthogonal membrane directions. Intriguingly, we observe that uniaxial deformation enhances water transport in one direction (parallel-to-draw direction) while reducing it in the other two directions (two orthogonal directions relative to the stretching direction). We evaluate another important transport parameter, proton conductivity, along two orthogonal in-plane directions. In agreement with water diffusion experiments, orientation of ionic channels increases proton conduction along the stretching direction while decreasing it in the perpendicular direction. These findings provide valuable fodder for optimal application of PFSI membranes as well as for the design of next generation polymer electrolyte membranes.

  1. Strong in-plane anisotropic optical properties of monolayer, few-layer and bulk ReSe2

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    Zhao, Huan; Guo, Qiushi; Wang, Luhao; Xia, Fengnian; Wang, Han

    2015-03-01

    Recently, there has been growing interest in the anisotropic properties of certain two-dimensional (2D) materials with reduced lattice symmetry, such as black phosphorus, for developing novel applications in nanoelectronics and infrared optoelectronics. In this work, we report the strong anisotropic optical and electronic properties of monolayer, few-layer and bulk ReSe2, an emerging member of the 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) family. With its bulk bandgap around 1.1 eV and potentially tunable with layer number and strain, ReSe2 may complement black phosphorus for optoelectronic applications utilizing its anisotropic properties in the near-infrared and visible range. Through careful investigations of the polarization-resolved Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL), polarization-resolved optical extinction spectrum, angle-resolved DC conductance and first principles calculations, we observed and explained the consistent dependence of phonon, optical and electrical properties of ReSe2 on its in-plane crystal orientation. Our results reveal the interesting anisotropic properties of 2D ReSe2 and shed light on its potential applications in electronics and optoelectronics. This work was supported by the Army Research Laboratory.

  2. Graphene aerogel/epoxy composites with exceptional anisotropic structure and properties.

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    Wang, Zhenyu; Shen, Xi; Akbari Garakani, Mohammad; Lin, Xiuyi; Wu, Ying; Liu, Xu; Sun, Xinying; Kim, Jang-Kyo

    2015-03-11

    3D interconnected graphene aerogels (GAs) are prepared through one-step chemical reduction and rational assembly of graphene oxide (GO) sheets, so that the difficulties to uniformly disperse the individual graphene sheets in the polymer matrixes are avoided. Apart from ultralow density, high porosity, high electrical conductivity, and excellent compressibility, the resulting GAs possess a cellular architecture with a high degree of alignment when the graphene content is above a threshold, ∼0.5 wt %. The composites prepared by infiltrating GA with epoxy resin present excellent electrical conductivities, together with high mechanical properties and fracture toughness. The unusual anisotropic structure gives rise to ∼67% and ∼113% higher electrical conductivity and fracture toughness of the composites, respectively, in the alignment direction than that transverse to it. PMID:25691257

  3. A note on conservative transport in anisotropic, heterogeneous porous media in the presence of small-amplitude transients

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    Naff, R.L.

    1998-01-01

    The late-time macrodispersion coefficients are obtained for the case of flow in the presence of a small-scale deterministic transient in a three-dimensional anisotropic, heterogeneous medium. The transient is assumed to affect only the velocity component transverse to the mean flow direction and to take the form of a periodic function. For the case of a highly stratified medium, these late-time macrodispersion coefficients behave largely as the standard coefficients used in the transport equation. Only in the event that the medium is isotropic is it probable that significant deviations from the standard coefficients would occur.

  4. Anisotropic Hc2 , thermodynamic and transport measurements, and pressure dependence of Tc in K2Cr3As3 single crystals

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    Kong, Tai; Bud'ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul C.

    2015-01-30

    We present a detailed study of single crystalline K2Cr3As3 and analyze its thermodynamic and transport properties, anisotropic Hc2(T), and initial pressure dependence of Tc. In zero field, the temperature-dependent resistivity is metallic. Deviation from a linear temperature dependence is evident below 100 K and a T3 dependence is roughly followed from just above Tc (~10K) to ~40K. Anisotropic Hc2(T) data were measured up to 140 kOe with field applied along and perpendicular to the rodlike crystals. For the applied field perpendicular to the rod, Hc2(T) is linear with a slope ~–70 kOe/K. For field applied along the rod, the slopemore » is about –120 kOe/K below 70 kOe. Above 70 kOe, the magnitude of the slope decreases to ~–70 kOe/K. The electronic specific heat coefficient γ, just above Tc, is 73 mJ/mol K2; the Debye temperature ΘD is 220 K. As a result, the specific heat jump at the superconducting transition ΔC~2.2γTc. Finally, for hydrostatic pressures up to ~7 kbar, Tc decreases under pressure linearly at a rate of –0.034K/kbar.« less

  5. Anisotropic transport in single-crystal molybdenum bronze, Li0.33MoO3

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    Moshfeghyeganeh, Saeed; Cohn, Joshua L.; Neumeier, John J.

    2015-03-01

    We present transport measurements (resistivity, thermopower, thermal conductivity) on single crystals of the quasi-one-dimensional semiconductor Li0.33MoO3 in the temperature range 200-500 K. First synthesized and studied long ago, the thermal and thermoelectric properties for this compound have not been previously reported. We find extreme anisotropy in the Seebeck coefficient within the a - c planes, with Sc -Sa ~= 300 ? V/K near room temperature. The thermal conductivity at room temperature in the a - c planes was ~ 1 . 5 - 2 W/mK and 7-8 times smaller along b*. We also report x-ray studies of the out-of-plane (b*) lattice constants indicating a small structural transition at T ~ 350 K that coincides with anomalies in the transport properties. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences Grant DE-FG02-12ER46888 (Univ. Miami) and the National Science Foundation under Grant DMR-0907036 (Mont. St. Univ.).

  6. Geomechanical and anisotropic acoustic properties of Lower Jurassic Posidonia shales from Whitby (UK)

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    Zhubayev, Alimzhan; Houben, Maartje; Smeulders, David; Barnhoorn, Auke

    2014-05-01

    The Posidonia Shale Formation (PSF) is one of the possible resource shales for unconventional gas in Northern Europe and currently is of great interest to hydrocarbon exploration and production. Due to low permeability of shales, economically viable production requires hydraulic fracturing of the reservoir. The design of hydrofractures requires an estimate of stress state within the reservoir and geomechanical properties such as Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio. Shales are often highly anisotropic and the models which neglect shale anisotropy may fail to predict the behaviour of hydrofractures. Seismic attenuation anisotropy, on the other hand, can play a key role in quantitative rock characterization. Where the attenuation anisotropy can potentially be linked to anisotropic permeability of shales, its fluid/gas saturation and preferred development of anisotropic fracture orientations. In this research, by utilizing the so-called Thomsen's notations, the elastic anisotropy of our (fractured and unfractured) shales has been investigated using a pulse transmission technique in the ultrasonic frequency range (0.3-1 MHz). Assuming transverse isotropy of the shales, and taking the axis x3 as the axis of rotational symmetry, directional Young's moduli and Poisson's ratios were obtained. The Young's modulus measured parallel to bedding (E1) is found to be larger than the Young's modulus measured orthogonal to bedding (E3). In case of the Poisson's ratios, we found that ν31 is larger than ν12, where νijrelates elastic strain in xj direction to stress applied in xi direction. Finally, attenuation anisotropy in dry and layer-parallel fractured Posidonia shale samples has been studied in the same frequency range. The attenuation of compressional (QP-1) and shear (QS-1) waves increases substantially with a macro (or wavelength) fracture introduction, especially for P and S waves propagating orthogonal to the bedding. In non-fractured and fractured dry shales, QP-1 is always larger than QS-1. This inequality was also found for the fractured shale using different fluids (water, oil) on the fracture surface. A high-viscosity fluid decreases QP-1 and QS-1 in both (orthogonal and parallel to the bedding) directions, and the QP-1 to QS-1 ratio decreases with the increase of fluid viscosity.

  7. Anisotropic superconducting properties of nanowires at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 (110) interface

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    Irvin, Patrick; Huang, Mengcheng; Annadi, Anil; Cheng, Guanglei; Levy, Jeremy; Gopinadhan, Kalon; Venkatesan, Thirumalai; Ariando, Ariando

    2015-03-01

    The superconducting properties of nanowires created on anisotropic SrTiO3 (110) surfaces were investigated. Nanowires are created using conductive AFM (c-AFM) lithography at the LaAlO3/SrTiO3(110) interface along the (001) and (1 1 0) crystallographic directions. In these devices we observe anisotropic superconductivity. The upper critical magnetic field along the (001) and (1 1 0) directions are found to be markedly different with a superconducting dome that is shifted for the two orientations. These observations can be explained by anisotropic orbital binding of Ti and O atoms or the differences in the spin-orbit coupling along the two different directions. We gratefully acknowledge support for this work from NSF (DMR-1124131, DMR-1104191), AFOSR (FA9550-12-1-0057, FA9550-12-1-0268), and CRP-NRF (Tailoring Oxide Electronics).

  8. The Transport Properties of Activated Carbon Fibers

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    di Vittorio, S. L.; Dresselhaus, M. S.; Endo, M.; Issi, J-P.; Piraux, L.

    1990-07-01

    The transport properties of activated isotropic pitch-based carbon fibers with surface area 1000 m{sup 2}/g have been investigated. We report preliminary results on the electrical conductivity, the magnetoresistance, the thermal conductivity and the thermopower of these fibers as a function of temperature. Comparisons are made to transport properties of other disordered carbons.

  9. TRANSPORT PROPERTY MEASUREMENTS OF HFC-236EA

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    The report gives results of an evaluation of transport properties of 1,1,1,2,3,3,-hexafluoropropane (HFC-236ea), with liquid viscosity and thermal conductivity being the two main transport properties of interest. In addition, the specific heat and density of refrigerant/lubrican...

  10. TRANSPORT PROPERTY MEASUREMENTS OF HFC-236EA

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an evaluation of transport properties of 1, 1, 1, 2, 3, 3-hexafluoropropane (HFC-236ea), with liquid viscosity and thermal conductivity being the two main transport properties of interest. In addition, the specific heat and density of refrigerant/lubri...

  11. Transport properties of fission product vapors

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    Im, K.H.; Ahluwalia, R.K.

    1983-07-01

    Kinetic theory of gases is used to calculate the transport properties of fission product vapors in a steam and hydrogen environment. Provided in tabular form is diffusivity of steam and hydrogen, viscosity and thermal conductivity of the gaseous mixture, and diffusivity of cesium iodide, cesium hydroxide, diatomic tellurium and tellurium dioxide. These transport properties are required in determining the thermal-hydraulics of and fission product transport in light water reactors.

  12. Anisotropic optical properties in electroluminescent conjugated polymers based on grazing angle photoluminescence measurements

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    Yim, Keng-Hoong; Friend, Richard; Kim, Ji-Seon

    2006-05-01

    Grazing angle photoluminescence (GPL) originates from a waveguided light emitted at grazing angle to the substrate due to the total internal reflections, and the light emission is polarized with enhanced intensity at selective mode wavelength. GPL measurements reveal the optical anisotropy of luminescent conjugated polymers, in particular, the alignment of emitting dipoles from which emission occurs, in contrast to spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements that give the anisotropy in the absorption. Based on the GPL emission intensities and spectra, we investigate the anisotropic optical properties in electroluminescent poly(9,9'-di-n-octylfluorene-alt-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) conjugated polymer thin films of different molecular weights (Mn=9-255kg/mol), both in the pristine and annealed states. The optical anisotropy in F8BT films generally increases with molecular weight, suggesting that higher molecular weight polymers with longer chains are more likely to lie in-plane to the substrate. Upon annealing, high molecular weight F8BT films show even a higher degree of anisotropy, in contrast to low molecular weight F8BT films that become more isotropic. Annealing causes the polymer chains to rearrange and adopt a configuration in which the interchain exciton migration to better ordered low energy (LE) emissive states is strongly suppressed. We observe that the emissive states in F8BT are strongly affected by the local polymer chain arrangement, producing the less ordered high energy (HE) emissive states near the substrate interface where there is a higher degree of chain disorder and the LE states in the bulk of the film. When spin coated onto a quartz substrate precoated with a poly(styrenesulfonate)-doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT:PSS) layer, films of F8BT show severe luminescence quenching near the PEDOT:PSS interface for both the LE and HE emissive states, but a selective quenching of the LE states in the bulk of the film. These observations have important implications for fabricating efficient electronic devices using conjugated polymers as an active material, since the performance of these devices will strongly depend on anisotropic optical properties of electroluminescent conjugated polymers.

  13. When do fractured media become seismically anisotropic? Some implications on quantifying fracture properties

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    Yousef, B. M.; Angus, D. A.

    2016-06-01

    Fractures are pervasive features within the Earth's crust and they have a significant influence on the multi-physical response of the subsurface. The presence of coherent fracture sets often leads to observable seismic anisotropy enabling seismic techniques to remotely locate and characterise fracture systems. In this study, we confirm the general scale-dependence of seismic anisotropy and provide new results specific to shear-wave splitting (SWS). We find that SWS develops under conditions when the ratio of wavelength to fracture size (λS / d) is greater than 3, where Rayleigh scattering from coherent fractures leads to an effective anisotropy such that effective medium model (EMM) theory is qualitatively valid. When 1 <λS / d < 3 there is a transition from Rayleigh to Mie scattering, where no effective anisotropy develops and hence the SWS measurements are unstable. When λS / d < 1 we observe geometric scattering and begin to see behaviour similar to transverse isotropy. We find that seismic anisotropy is more sensitive to fracture density than fracture compliance ratio. More importantly, we observe that the transition from scattering to an effective anisotropic regime occurs over a propagation distance between 1 and 2 wavelengths depending on the fracture density and compliance ratio. The existence of a transition zone means that inversion of seismic anisotropy parameters based on EMM will be fundamentally biased. More importantly, we observe that linear slip EMM commonly used in inverting fracture properties is inconsistent with our results and leads to errors of approximately 400% in fracture spacing (equivalent to fracture density) and 60% in fracture compliance. Although EMM representations can yield reliable estimates of fracture orientation and spatial location, our results show that EMM representations will systematically fail in providing quantitatively accurate estimates of other physical fracture properties, such as fracture density and compliance. Thus more robust and accurate quantitative estimates of in situ fracture properties will require improvements to effective medium models as well as the incorporation of full-waveform inversion techniques.

  14. Investigation of low field dielectric properties of anisotropic porous Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics: Experiment and modeling

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    Olariu, C. S.; Padurariu, L.; Stanculescu, R.; Baldisserri, C.; Galassi, C.; Mitoseriu, L.

    2013-12-01

    Anisotropic porous Pb(Zr,Ti)O3 ceramics with various porosity degrees have been studied in order to determine the role of the pore shape and orientation on the low-field dielectric properties. Ceramic samples with formula Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)0.976Nb0.024O3 with different porosity degrees (dense, 10%, 20%, 40% vol.) have been prepared by solid state reaction. Taking into consideration the shape and orientation of the pore inclusions, the dielectric properties of porous ceramics have been described by using adapted mixing rules models. Rigorous bounds, derived on the basis on Variational Principle, were used to frame dielectric properties of porous composites. The finite element method (FEM) was additionally used to simulate the dielectric response of the porous composites under various applied fields. Among the few effective medium approximation models adapted for anisotropic oriented inclusions, the best results were obtained in case of needle-like shape inclusions (which do not correspond to the real shape of microstructure inclusions). The general case of Wiener bounds limited well the dielectric properties of anisotropic porous composites in case of parallel orientation. Among the theoretical approaches, FEM technique allowed to simulate the distribution of potential and electric field inside composites and provided a very good agreement between the computed permittivity values and experimental ones.

  15. Magnetic properties of the anisotropic MnBi/Sm2Fe17Nx hybrid magnet

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    Yang, Y. B.; Wei, J. Z.; Peng, X. L.; Xia, Y. H.; Chen, X. G.; Wu, R.; Du, H. L.; Han, J. Z.; Wang, C. S.; Yang, Y. C.; Yang, J. B.

    2014-05-01

    In order to improve the magnetic properties of MnBi compound, anisotropic MnBi/Sm2Fe17Nx hybrid magnet was prepared by grinding of high purity MnBi ribbons and Sm2Fe17Nx particles together. The smooth hysteresis loops of the hybrid magnets indicated that the mixture of the hard/hard phase magnetic components was well exchange coupled. As compared to the single MnBi phase magnet, the remanent magnetization and maximum energy product (BH)max of the composited magnets were improved. As an optimized result, the exchange coupled magnet of MnBi/Sm2Fe17Nx = 3/7 yielded both high remanence and coercivity from 250 K to 380 K. A maximum energy product (BH)max of 18 MGOe was achieved at 300 K, and remained 10 MGOe at 380 K, implying the MnBi/Sm2Fe17Nx magnets can be specially utilized in the high temperature environment.

  16. Structure and anisotropic properties of single crystals nickel doped barium iron arsenide

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    Ronning, Filip; Bauer, Eric D; Sefat, A S; Jin, R; Mcguire, M A; Sales, B C; Mandrus, D

    2009-01-01

    The crystal structure, anisotropic electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility, as well as specific heat results of the pure single crystals of BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2}, BaFeNiAs{sub 2}, and BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2} are surveyed. BaFe{sub 2}As{sub 2} properties demonstrate the equivalence of C(T), Fisher's d({chi}T)/dT and d{rho}/dT results in determining the antiferromagnetic transition at T{sub N} = 132(1) K. BaNi{sub 2}As{sub 2} shows a structural phase transition from a high-temperature tetragonal phase to a low-temperature triclinic pol symmetry at T{sub 0} 131 K, with superconducting critical temperature well below at {Tc} 0.69 K. BaFeNiAs{sub 2} does not show any sign of superconductivity and gives behavioral similarity to BaCo{sub 2}As{sub 2}, a renomalized paramagnetic metal.

  17. Influence of anisotropic elasticity on the mechanical properties of fivefold twinned nanowires

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    Niekiel, Florian; Spiecker, Erdmann; Bitzek, Erik

    2015-11-01

    Previous atomistic simulations and experiments have shown an increased Young's modulus and yield strength of fivefold twinned (FT) face-centered cubic metal nanowires (NWs) when compared to single crystalline (SC) NWs of the same orientation. Here we report the results of atomistic simulations of SC and FT Ag, Al, Au, Cu and Ni NWs with diameters between 2 and 50 nm under tension and compression. The simulations show that the differences in Young's modulus between SC and FT NWs are correlated with the elastic anisotropy of the metal, with Al showing a decreased Young's modulus. We develop a simple analytical model based on disclination theory and constraint anisotropic elasticity to explain the trend in the difference of Young's modulus between SC and FT NWs. Taking into account the role of surface stresses and the elastic properties of twin boundaries allows to account for the observed size effect in Young's modulus. The model furthermore explains the different relative yield strengths in tension and compression as well as the material and loading dependent failure mechanisms in FTNWs.

  18. Influence of Surfactant Bilayers on the Refractive Index Sensitivity and Catalytic Properties of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Martinsson, Erik; Shahjamali, Mohammad M; Large, Nicolas; Zaraee, Negin; Zhou, Yu; Schatz, George C; Mirkin, Chad A; Aili, Daniel

    2016-01-20

    Shape-controlled synthesis of gold nanoparticles generally involves the use of surfactants, typically cetyltrimethylammonium (CTAX, X = Cl(-) , Br(-)), to regulate the nucleation growth process and to obtain colloidally stable nanoparticles. The surfactants adsorb on the nanoparticle surface making further functionalization difficult and therefore limit their use in many applications. Herein, the influence of CTAX on nanoparticle sensitivity to local dielectric environment changes is reported. It is shown, both experimentally and theoretically, that the CTAX bilayer significantly reduces the refractive index (RI) sensitivity of anisotropic gold nanoparticles such as nanocubes and concave nanocubes, nanorods, and nanoprisms. The RI sensitivity can be increased by up to 40% by removing the surfactant layer from nanoparticles immobilized on a solid substrate using oxygen plasma treatment. This increase compensates for the otherwise problematic decrease in RI sensitivity caused by the substrate effect. Moreover, the removal of the surfactants both facilitates nanoparticle biofunctionalization and significantly improves their catalytic properties. The strategy presented herein is a simple yet effective universal method for enhancing the RI sensitivity of CTAX-stabilized gold nanoparticles and increasing their potential as transducers in nanoplasmonic sensors, as well as in catalytic and biomedical applications. PMID:26583756

  19. Optical properties of phase shift on reflection and/or transmission through biaxial anisotropic thin films

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    Hou, Yongqiang; Qi, Hongji; Li, Xu; He, Kai; Fang, Ming; Yi, Kui; Shao, Jianda

    2013-07-01

    On the basis of theoretical analysis of biaxial birefringent thin films, this study investigates the optical properties of phase shift on reflection and/or transmission through slanted columnar TiO2 sculptured anisotropic thin film (ATF) deposited with glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique via reactive electron-beam evaporation. The tilted nanocolumn microstructures of thin film induce the optical anisotropy. The optical constants dispersion equations of TiO2 ATF are determined from fitting the transmittance spectra for s- and p-polarized waves measured at normal and oblique incidence within 400-1200nm. With the extracted structure parameters, the phase shifts of polarized light are analyzed with the characteristic matrix and then measured with spectroscopic ellipsometry in the deposition plane. A reasonably good agreement between the theoretical studies and experimental measurements is obtained. In addition, the dependence of the phase shift on oblique incidence angle is also discussed. The results show a greater generality and superiority of the characteristic matrix method. Birefringence of the biaxial ATF performed a sophisticated phase modulation with varied incidence angles over a broad range to have a wide-angle phase shift.

  20. An asymptotic-preserving semi-Lagrangian algorithm for the time-dependent anisotropic heat transport equation

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    Chacón, L.; del-Castillo-Negrete, D.; Hauck, C. D.

    2014-09-01

    We propose a semi-Lagrangian numerical algorithm for a time-dependent, anisotropic temperature transport equation in magnetized plasmas in regimes with negligible variation of the magnitude of the magnetic field B along field lines. The approach is based on a formal integral solution of the parallel (i.e., along the magnetic field) transport equation with sources. While this study focuses on a Braginskii (local) heat flux closure, the approach is able to accommodate nonlocal parallel heat flux closures as well. The numerical implementation is based on an operator-split formulation, with two straightforward steps: a perpendicular transport step (including sources), and a Lagrangian (field-line integral) parallel transport step. Algorithmically, the first step is amenable to the use of modern iterative methods, while the second step has a fixed cost per degree of freedom (and is therefore algorithmically scalable). Accuracy-wise, the approach is free from the numerical pollution introduced by the discrete parallel transport term when the perpendicular to parallel transport coefficient ratio χ⊥/χ∥ becomes arbitrarily small, and is shown to capture the correct limiting solution when ɛ=χ⊥L∥2/χ∥L⊥2 →0 (with L∥, L⊥ the parallel and perpendicular diffusion length scales, respectively). Therefore, the approach is asymptotic-preserving. We demonstrate the performance of the scheme with several numerical experiments with varying magnetic field complexity in two dimensions, including the case of heat transport across a magnetic island in cylindrical geometry in the presence of a large guide field.

  1. Dispersion properties of liquid crystal core photonic crystal fibers calculated by a multipole method modified for anisotropic inclusions

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    Karasawa, Naoki

    2015-03-01

    Temperature dependence of the dispersion properties of liquid crystal core photonic crystal fibers with large air fraction in clads between 300 and 2000 nm for different core diameters have been calculated by a multipole method, which is modified to treat anisotropic inclusions rigorously. In calculations, air holes are assumed to be arranged in a regular hexagonal array in fused silica and a central hole is filled with liquid crystal to create a core. Below the clearing point temperature, the liquid crystal molecules are assumed to be oriented parallel to the cylindrical axis of the holes, where the liquid crystal is highly anisotropic. The large changes of the dispersion properties are found at the clearing point temperature, where the liquid crystal becomes isotropic.

  2. Anisotropic strain in SmSe and SmTe: Implications for electronic transport

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    Kuroda, Marcelo A.; Jiang, Zhengping; Povolotskyi, Michael; Klimeck, Gerhard; Newns, Dennis M.; Martyna, Glenn J.

    2014-12-01

    Mixed valence rare-earth samarium compounds Sm X (X =Se,Te ) have been recently proposed as candidate materials for use in high-speed, low-power digital switches driven by stress induced changes of resistivity. At room temperature these materials exhibit a pressure driven insulator-to-metal transition with resistivity decreasing by up to seven orders of magnitude over a small pressure range. Thus, the application of only a few GPa's to the piezoresistor (Sm X ) allows the switching device to perform complex logic. Here we study from first principles the electronic properties of these compounds under uniaxial strain and discuss the implications for carrier transport. Based on changes in the band structure and a model we show that the piezoresistive response is mostly governed by the reduction of band gap with strain. Furthermore, the piezoresistive reponse becomes optimal when the Fermi level is pinned near the localized valence band. The piezoresistive effect under uniaxial strain, which must be taken into account in thin films and other systems with reduced dimensionality, is also studied. Under uniaxial strain we find that the piezoresistive response can be substantially larger than in the isotropic case. Analysis of the complex band structure of SmSe yields a tunneling length of the order of 1 nm. This suggest that the conduction mechanism governing the piezoresistive effect in bulk, i.e., thermal promotion of electrons, should still be dominant in few-nanometer-thick films.

  3. Anisotropic physical properties of SC-15 epoxy reinforced with magnetic nanofillers under uniform magnetic field

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    Malkina, Olga

    SC-15 epoxy is used in many industrial applications and it is well known that the mechanical and viscoelastic properties of epoxy can be significantly enhanced when reinforced with nanofillers. In this work, SC-15 epoxy is reinforced by loading with magnetically-active nanofillers and cured in a modest magnetic field. Because of the significant magnetic response of the nanofillers, this is a low cost and relatively easy technique for imposing a strong magnetic anisotropy to the system without the need of a superconducting magnet. It is also found that this method is an effective way of enhancing the mechanical properties of epoxy. Three systems were prepared and studied. The first is a dilute system of various concentrations of Fe2O3 nanoparticles in SC-15 epoxy. The second systems is a combination of Fe2O3 nanoparticles and chemically-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT(COOH)s) in SC-15 epoxy. The third is a dilute system of SWCNT(COOH)s decorated with Fe3O4 particles through a sonochemical oxidation process in SC-15 epoxy. Samples have an initial cure of 6 hrs in a magnetic filed of 10 kOe followed by an additional 24 hrs of post curing at room temperature. These are compared to the control samples that do not have initial field curing. Tensile and compressive stress-strain analysis of the prepared systems shows that mechanical properties such as tensile strength, tensile modulus and compressive strength are enhanced with the inclusion of these nanofillers. It is also found that there is an anisotropic enhancement of these properties with respect to the imposed curing field. An interesting phenomenon is observed with the increase in modulus of toughness and fracture strain with nanotube inclusion. These parameters are drastically enhanced after curing the systems in a magnetic field. While there is a modest shift in glass transition temperature during viscoelastic analysis, the thermal stability of the created systems is not compromised. Results of these mechanical enhancements will be compared with other nanoloading techniques from literature.

  4. Electronic, transport, and optical properties of bulk and mono-layer PdSe2

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    Sun, Jifeng; Shi, Hongliang; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J.

    2015-10-01

    The electronic and optical properties of bulk and monolayer PdSe2 are investigated using first-principles calculations. Using the modified Becke-Johnson potential, we find semiconductor behavior for both bulk and monolayer PdSe2 with indirect gap values of 0.03 eV for bulk and 1.43 eV for monolayer, respectively. Our sheet optical conductivity results support this observation and show similar anisotropic feature in the 2D plane. We further study the thermoelectric properties of the 2D PdSe2 using Blotzmann transport model and find interestingly high Seebeck coefficients (>200 μV/K) for both p- and n-type up to high doping level (˜2 × 1013 cm-2) with an anisotropic character in an electrical conductivity suggesting better thermoelectric performance along y direction in the plane.

  5. Electronic, transport, and optical properties of bulk and mono-layer PdSe{sub 2}

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    Sun, Jifeng; Shi, Hongliang; Siegrist, Theo; Singh, David J.

    2015-10-12

    The electronic and optical properties of bulk and monolayer PdSe{sub 2} are investigated using first-principles calculations. Using the modified Becke-Johnson potential, we find semiconductor behavior for both bulk and monolayer PdSe{sub 2} with indirect gap values of 0.03 eV for bulk and 1.43 eV for monolayer, respectively. Our sheet optical conductivity results support this observation and show similar anisotropic feature in the 2D plane. We further study the thermoelectric properties of the 2D PdSe{sub 2} using Blotzmann transport model and find interestingly high Seebeck coefficients (>200 μV/K) for both p- and n-type up to high doping level (∼2 × 10{sup 13} cm{sup −2}) with an anisotropic character in an electrical conductivity suggesting better thermoelectric performance along y direction in the plane.

  6. Anisotropic superconducting and normal state magnetic properties of single crystals of RNi*2*B*2*C compounds (R = Y, Gd, Dy, Ho, Er, and Tm)

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    Cho, B.

    1995-11-01

    The interaction of superconductivity with magnetism has been one of the most interesting and important phenomena in solid state physics since the 1950`s when small amounts of magnetic impurities were incorporated in superconductors. The discovery of the magnetic superconductors RNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C (R = rare earth, Y) offers a new system to study this interaction. The wide ranges of superconducting transition (T{sub c}) and antiferromagnetic (AF) ordering temperatures (T{sub N}) (0 K {le} T{sub c} {le} 16 K, 0 K {le} T{sub N} {le} 20 K) give a good opportunity to observe a variety of interesting phenomena. Single crystals of high quality with appropriate size and mass are crucial in examining the anisotropic intrinsic properties. Single crystals have been grown successfully by an unusual high temperature flux method and characterized thoroughly by X-ray, electrical transport, magnetization, neutron scattering, scanning electron microscopy, and other measurements.

  7. Transport Properties and Transport Phenomena in Casting Nickel Superalloys

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    Felicelli, S. D.; Sung, P. K.; Poirier, D. R.; Heinrich, J. C.

    1998-11-01

    Nickel superalloys that are used in the high-temperature regions of gas-turbine engines are cast by directional solidification (DS). In the DS processes, the castings are cooled from below, and three zones exist during solidification: (1) an all-solid zone at the bottom, (2) a "mushy zone" that is comprised of solid and liquid material, and (3) an overlying all-liquid zone. Computer simulations can be useful in predicting the complex transport phenomena that occur during solidification, but realistic simulations require accurate values of the transport properties. In addition to transport properties, the thermodynamic equilibria between the solid and liquid during solidification must also be known with reasonable accuracy. The importance of using reasonably accurate estimations of the transport properties is illustrated by two-dimensional simulations of the convection during solidification and the coincidental macrosegregation in the DS castings of multicomponent Ni-base alloys. In these simulations, we examine the sensitivity of the calculated results to measured partition ratios, thermal expansion coefficients, and viscosities that are estimated by regression analyses and correlations of existing property data.

  8. Anisotropic heat transport in nanoconfined polyamide-6,6 oligomers: atomistic reverse nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation.

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    Eslami, Hossein; Mohammadzadeh, Laila; Mehdipour, Nargess

    2012-03-14

    While polymers are known as thermal insulators, recent studies show that stretched single chains of polymers have a very high thermal conductivity. In this work, our new simulation scheme for simulation of heat flow in nanoconfined fluids [H. Eslami, L. Mohammadzadeh, and N. Mehdipour, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 064703 (2011)] is employed to study the effect of chain ordering (stretching) on the rate of heat transfer in polyamide-6,6 nanoconfined between graphene surfaces. Our results for the heat flow in the parallel direction (the plane of surfaces) show that the coefficient of thermal conductivity depends on the intersurface distance and is much higher than that of the bulk polymer. A comparison of results in this work with our former findings on the heat flow in the perpendicular direction, with the coefficient of heat conductivity less than the bulk sample, reveal that well-organized polymer layers between the confining surfaces show an anisotropic heat conduction; the heat conduction in the direction parallel to the surfaces is much higher than that in the perpendicular direction. The origin of such anisotropy in nanometric heat flow is shown to be the dramatic anisotropy in chain conformations (chain stretching) beside the confining surfaces. The results indicate that the coefficients of heat conductivity in both directions, normal and parallel to the surfaces, depend on the degree of polymer layering between the surfaces and the pore width. PMID:22423855

  9. Macroscopic properties of isotropic and anisotropic fracture networks from the percolation threshold to very large densities

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    Adler, P. M.; Thovert, J.; Mourzenko, V.

    2011-12-01

    The main purpose of this review paper is to summarize some recent studies of fracture networks. Progress has been made possible thanks to a very versatile numerical technique based on a three-dimensional discrete description of the fracture networks. Any network geometry, any boundary condition, and any distribution of the fractures can be addressed. The first step is to mesh the fracture network as it is by triangles of a controlled size. The second step consists in the discretization of the conservation equations by the finite volume technique. Two important properties were systematically studied, namely the percolation threshold rho_c and the macroscopic permeability K_n of the fracture network. Dimensionless quantities are denoted by a prime. The numerical results are interpreted in a systematic way with the concept of excluded volume which enables us to define a dimensionless fracture density rho' equal in the average to the average number of intersections per fracture. 1. Isotropic networks of identical fractures The dimensionless percolation threshold rho'_c of such networks was systematically studied for fractures of various shapes. rho'_c was shown to be almost independent of the shape except when one has very elongated rectangles. A formula is proposed for rho'_c. The permeability of these networks was calculated for a wide range of fracture densities and shapes. K'_n(rho') is almost independent of the fracture shape; an empirical formula is proposed for any value of rho' between rho'_c and infinity. For large rho', K_n is well approximated by the Snow formula initially derived for infinite fractures. 2. Anisotropic networks of identical fractures The fracture orientations are supposed to follow a Fisher distribution characterized by the parameter kappa; when kappa=0, the fractures are isotropic; when kappa=infinity, the fractures are perpendicular to a given direction. rho'_c does not depend significantly on kappa and the general formula proposed in 1 can be used as a first approximation. A considerable simplification occurs for permeability. The dependence on kappa can be determined analytically for infinite fractures as an extension of the Snow formula and is a tensor K'_S. Numerically, K'_n is equal to the product K'_n,i K'_S. 3. Extensions Two important extensions were already worked out. rho'_c and K'_n were determined for fracture networks with power law size distribution wether they are anisotropic or not. So far only fractures which are uniformly distributed in space were considered. However, in Excavation Damaged Zones, the density decreases exponentially from the wall. The previous analysis has been recently extended to this case. Results for both extensions are conveniently analyzed in the same framework. 4. Conclusions Our studies can be summarized as follows. rho'_c and K'_n(rho') do not depend significantly of the fracture shape. Moreover, semi empirical formulae are proposed to predict these quantities for all densities. Further studies closer to geophysical reality will be performed.

  10. Electronic transport properties of SWGaNNTs

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    Sharma, U. S.; Shah, R.; Pathak, C.; Sharma, M.

    2013-06-01

    In the present study, the electronic transport properties of single wall gallium nitride nanotubes (SWGaNNTs) were theoretically studied by using ab-initio calculations under density functional theory (DFT) with TranSIESTA code employing norm-conserving pseudopotential. The curvature has prominent effect on the band structure of SWGaNNTs, the energy bandgap decreases as the decrease the diameter. the calculated bandgap of (9,0) is 1.8126 eV are good experiment with the previous reported by theoretical studies. It is also observed that, there is a corresponding relation between the electronic transport properties and the valley of state density of GaNNT.

  11. Coupled light transport-heat diffusion model for laser dosimetry with dynamic optical properties

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    London, R.A.; Glinsky, M.E.; Zimmerman, G.B.; Eder, D.C.; Jacques, S.L.

    1995-03-01

    The effect of dynamic optical properties on the spatial distribution of light in laser therapy is studied via numerical simulations. A two-dimensional, time dependent computer program called LATIS is used. Laser light transport is simulated with a Monte Carlo technique including anisotropic scattering and absorption. Thermal heat transport is calculated with a finite difference algorithm. Material properties are specified on a 2-D mesh and can be arbitrary functions of space and time. Arrhenius rate equations are solved for tissue damage caused by elevated temperatures. Optical properties are functions of tissue damage, as determined by previous measurements. Results are presented for the time variation of the light distribution and damage within the tissue as the optical properties of the tissue are altered.

  12. Wave-Particle Decorrelation and Transport of Anisotropic Turbulence in Collisionless Plasmas

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    Lin, Z.; Holod, I.; Chen, L.; Diamond, P. H.; Hahm, T. S.; Ethier, S.

    2007-12-31

    Comprehensive analysis of the largest first-principles simulations to date shows that stochastic wave-particle decorrelation is the dominant mechanism responsible for electron heat transport driven by electron temperature gradient turbulence with extended radial streamers. The transport is proportional to the local fluctuation intensity, and phase-space island overlap leads to a diffusive process with a time scale comparable to the wave-particle decorrelation time, determined by the fluctuation spectral width. This kinetic time scale is much shorter than the fluid time scale of eddy mixing.

  13. Anisotropic Mechanical Properties of Plasma-Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coatings at High Temperature Determined by Ultrasonic Method

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    Wei, Qin; Zhu, Jianguo; Chen, Wei

    2016-01-01

    The mechanical properties of plasma-sprayed thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are of great scientific and technological significance for the design and fabrication of TBC systems. The ultrasonic method combined with a sing-around method for mechanical properties measurement of TBC is deduced and the elastic modulus can be determined in the spray, or longitudinal, direction, and the transverse direction. Tested specimens of plasma-sprayed TBC are detached from the substrate and treated with thermal exposure at 1400 °C. The elastic moduli along the longitudinal and transverse directions of the TBCs are measured by different types of ultrasonic waves combined with a sing-around method, while the Poisson's ratio is also obtained simultaneously. The experimental results indicate that the magnitude of longitudinal elastic modulus is larger than that of the transverse one, and thus the plasma-sprayed TBC has an anisotropic mechanical property. Moreover, the elastic moduli along both longitudinal and transverse directions change with high-temperature exposure time, which consists of a rapid increasing stage followed by a slow decreasing stage. In addition, the magnitude of Poisson's ratio increases slightly from 0.05 to 0.2 with the high-temperature exposure time. Generally, the microstructures in the plasma-sprayed coatings and their evolution in a high-temperature environment are the main causes of the varying anisotropic mechanical properties.

  14. Anisotropic Mechanical Properties of Plasma-Sprayed Thermal Barrier Coatings at High Temperature Determined by Ultrasonic Method

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    Wei, Qin; Zhu, Jianguo; Chen, Wei

    2016-02-01

    The mechanical properties of plasma-sprayed thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are of great scientific and technological significance for the design and fabrication of TBC systems. The ultrasonic method combined with a sing-around method for mechanical properties measurement of TBC is deduced and the elastic modulus can be determined in the spray, or longitudinal, direction, and the transverse direction. Tested specimens of plasma-sprayed TBC are detached from the substrate and treated with thermal exposure at 1400 °C. The elastic moduli along the longitudinal and transverse directions of the TBCs are measured by different types of ultrasonic waves combined with a sing-around method, while the Poisson's ratio is also obtained simultaneously. The experimental results indicate that the magnitude of longitudinal elastic modulus is larger than that of the transverse one, and thus the plasma-sprayed TBC has an anisotropic mechanical property. Moreover, the elastic moduli along both longitudinal and transverse directions change with high-temperature exposure time, which consists of a rapid increasing stage followed by a slow decreasing stage. In addition, the magnitude of Poisson's ratio increases slightly from 0.05 to 0.2 with the high-temperature exposure time. Generally, the microstructures in the plasma-sprayed coatings and their evolution in a high-temperature environment are the main causes of the varying anisotropic mechanical properties.

  15. Computing Thermodynamic And Transport Properties Of Air

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    Thompson, Richard A.; Gupta, Roop N.; Lee, Kam-Pui

    1994-01-01

    EQAIRS computer program is set of FORTRAN 77 routines for computing thermodynamic and transport properties of equilibrium air for temperatures from 100 to 30,000 K. Computes properties from 11-species, curve-fit mathematical model. Successfully implemented on DEC VAX-series computer running VMS, Sun4-series computer running SunOS, and IBM PC-compatible computer running MS-DOS.

  16. Transport properties of pseudospin-1 photons (Presentation Recording)

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    Chan, Che Ting; Fang, Anan; Zhang, Zhao-Qing; Louie, Steven G.

    2015-09-01

    Pseudospin is of central importance in governing many unusual transport properties of graphene and other artificial systems which have pseudospins of 1/2. These unconventional transport properties are manifested in phenomena such as Klein tunneling, and collimation of electron beams in one-dimensional external potentials. Here we show that in certain photonic crystals (PCs) exhibiting conical dispersions at the center of Brillouin zone, the eigenstates near the "Dirac-like point" can be described by an effective spin-orbit Hamiltonian with a pseudospin of 1. This effective Hamiltonian describes within a unified framework the wave propagations in both positive and negative refractive index media which correspond to the upper and lower conical bands respectively. Different from a Berry phase of π for the Dirac cone of pseudospin-1/2 systems, the Berry phase for the Dirac-like cone turns out to be zero from this pseudospin-1 Hamiltonian. In addition, we found that a change of length scale of the PC can shift the Dirac-like cone rigidly up or down in frequency with its group velocity unchanged, hence mimicking a gate voltage in graphene and allowing for a simple mechanism to control the flow of pseudospin-1 photons. As a photonic analogue of electron potential, the length-scale induced Dirac-like point shift is effectively a photonic potential within the effective pseudospin-1 Hamiltonian description. At the interface of two different potentials, the 3-component spinor gives rise to distinct boundary conditions which do not require each component of the wave function to be continuous, leading to new wave transport behaviors as shown in Klein tunneling and supercollimation. For examples, the Klein tunneling of pseudospin-1 photons is much less anisotropic with reference to the incident angle than that of pseudospin-1/2 electrons, and collimation can be more robust with pseudospin-1 than pseudospin-1/2. The special wave transport properties of pseudospin-1 photons, coupled with the discovery that the effective photonic "potential" can be varied by a simple length-scale change, may offer new ways to control photon transport. We will also explore the difference between pseudospin-1 photons and pseudospin-1/2 particles when they encounter disorder.

  17. Transport properties of binary salt polymer electrolytes

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    Doeff, M. M.; Edman, L.; Sloop, S. E.; Kerr, J.; De Jonghe, L. C.

    Transport properties (ionic conductivities ( σ), salt diffusion coefficients ( Ds), and cationic transference numbers ( t+0)) as a function of salt concentration ( Cs) are reported and compared for several common binary salt/polymer systems being considered for use as electrolytes in rechargeable lithium batteries for electric vehicle and other applications. The three properties provide a complete description of transport in solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) or "dry" systems in cells undergoing galvanostatic charge and discharge. The macroscopic approach used obviates the need to know the details of speciation in these non-ideal solutions and allows for a more sophisticated correlation of the characteristics of ion transport with polymer structure, salt type, and concentration than conductivity data alone.

  18. Electronic and transport properties of phosphorene nanoribbons

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    Wu, Qingyun; Shen, Lei; Yang, Ming; Cai, Yongqing; Huang, Zhigao; Feng, Yuan Ping

    2015-07-01

    By combining density functional theory and nonequilibrium Green's function, we study the electronic and transport properties of monolayer black phosphorus nanoribbons (PNRs). First, we investigate the band gap of PNRs and its modulation by the ribbon width and an external transverse electric field. Our calculations indicate a giant Stark effect in PNRs, which can switch on transport channels of semiconducting PNRs under low bias, inducing an insulator-metal transition. Next, we study the transport channels in PNRs via the calculations of the current density and local electron transmission pathway. In contrast to graphene and MoS2 nanoribbons, the carrier transport channels under low bias are mainly located in the interior of both armchair and zigzag PNRs, and immune to a small amount of edge defects. Last, a device of the PNR-based dual-gate field-effect transistor, with high on/off ratio of 103, is proposed based on the giant electric-field tuning effect.

  19. Anisotropic defect-induced ferromagnetism and transport in Gd-doped GaN two-dimensional electron gasses

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    Yang, Zihao; Kent, Thomas F.; Yang, Jing; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph P.; Myers, Roberto C.

    2015-12-01

    Here we report on the effect of rare-earth Gd doping on the magnetic properties and magnetotransport of GaN two-dimensional electron gasses (2DEGs). Samples are grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy and consist of AlN/GaN heterostructures where Gd is δ doped within a polarization-induced 2DEG. Ferromagnetism is observed in these Gd-doped 2DEGs with a Curie temperature above room temperature and an anisotropic spontaneous magnetization preferring an out-of-plane (c -axis) orientation. At magnetic fields up to 50 kOe, the magnetization remains smaller for the in-plane configuration than for the out-of-plane configuration, which is indicative of exchange-coupled spins locked along the polar c axis. The sample with the lowest Gd concentration (2.3 ×1014c m-2 ) exhibits a saturation magnetization of 41.1 μB/ G d3 + at 5 K revealing that the Gd ion spins (7 μB ) alone do not account for the magnetization. Surprisingly, control samples grown without any Gd display inconsistent magnetic properties; in some control samples weak ferromagnetism is observed, and in others paramagnetism is observed. The ferromagnetic 2DEGs do not exhibit the anomalous Hall effect; the Hall resistance varies nonlinearly with the magnetic field but does not track the magnetization, indicating the lack of coupling between the ferromagnetic phase and the conduction-band electrons within the 2DEG.

  20. Transport properties of C60/nanotube heterostructures

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    Shi, Wu; Pham, Thang; Barzegar, Hamid; Zettl, Alex

    Crystal structures determine the electronic properties. The fullerene C60 is insulating but can become superconducting with Tc above 30 K by inserting atoms or apply a pressure. In addition, Tc changes with the distance between fullerene molecules. Because of relatively weak intermolecular interactions, C60 molecules can even pack into nanowire structures with low dimensional constrains imposed by carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). In this study, we will report the characterization of C60/nanotube heterostructures and their transport properties. By filling into nanotubes, C60 molecules form one-dimensional quasi-crystal structures, which are absent in bulk or film forms. The C60-C60 intermolecular distance changes with the tube diameters, which could potentially yield rich transport properties.

  1. Anisotropic Fermi Surface and Quantum Limit Transport in High Mobility Three-Dimensional Dirac Semimetal Cd3As2

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    Zhao, Yanfei; Liu, Haiwen; Zhang, Chenglong; Wang, Huichao; Wang, Junfeng; Lin, Ziquan; Xing, Ying; Lu, Hong; Liu, Jun; Wang, Yong; Brombosz, Scott M.; Xiao, Zhili; Jia, Shuang; Xie, X. C.; Wang, Jian

    2015-07-01

    Three-dimensional topological Dirac semimetals have a linear dispersion in 3D momentum space and are viewed as the 3D analogues of graphene. Here, we report angle-dependent magnetotransport on the newly revealed Cd3As2 single crystals and clearly show how the Fermi surface evolves with crystallographic orientations. Remarkably, when the magnetic field lies in the [112] or [44 1 ¯ ] axis, magnetoresistance oscillations with only single period are present. However, the oscillation shows double periods when the field is applied along the [1 1 ¯ 0 ] direction. Moreover, aligning the magnetic field at certain directions also gives rise to double period oscillations. We attribute the observed anomalous oscillation behavior to the sophisticated geometry of Fermi surface and illustrate a complete 3D Fermi surface with two nested anisotropic ellipsoids around the Dirac points. Additionally, a submillimeter mean-free path at 6 K is found in Cd3As2 crystals, indicating ballistic transport in this material. By measuring the magnetoresistance up to 60 T, we reach the quantum limit (n =1 Landau level) at about 43 T. These results improve the knowledge of the Dirac semimetal material Cd3As2 and also pave the way for proposing new electronic applications based on 3D Dirac materials.

  2. Anisotropic thermoelectric properties of layered compounds in SnX2 (X = S, Se): a promising thermoelectric material.

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    Sun, Bao-Zhen; Ma, Zuju; He, Chao; Wu, Kechen

    2015-11-28

    Thermoelectrics interconvert heat to electricity and are of great interest in waste heat recovery, solid-state cooling and so on. Here we assessed the potential of SnS2 and SnSe2 as thermoelectric materials at the temperature gradient from 300 to 800 K. Reflecting the crystal structure, the transport coefficients are highly anisotropic between a and c directions, in particular for the electrical conductivity. The preferred direction for both materials is the a direction in TE application. Most strikingly, when 800 K is reached, SnS2 can show a peak power factor (PF) of 15.50 μW cm(-1) K(-2) along the a direction, while a relatively low value (11.72 μW cm(-1) K(-2)) is obtained in the same direction of SnSe2. These values are comparable to those observed in thermoelectrics such as SnSe and SnS. At 300 K, the minimum lattice thermal conductivity (κmin) along the a direction is estimated to be about 0.67 and 0.55 W m(-1) K(-1) for SnS2 and SnSe2, respectively, even lower than the measured lattice thermal conductivity of Bi2Te3 (1.28 W m(-1) K(-1) at 300 K). The reasonable PF and κmin suggest that both SnS2 and SnSe2 are potential thermoelectric materials. Indeed, the estimated peak ZT can approach 0.88 for SnSe2 and a higher value of 0.96 for SnS2 along the a direction at a carrier concentration of 1.94 × 10(19) (SnSe2) vs. 2.87 × 10(19) cm(-3) (SnS2). The best ZT values in SnX2 (X = S, Se) are comparable to that in Bi2Te3 (0.8), a typical thermoelectric material. We hope that this theoretical investigation will provide useful information for further experimental and theoretical studies on optimizing the thermoelectric properties of SnX2 materials. PMID:26486877

  3. Inverse estimation of the elastic and anelastic properties of the porous frame of anisotropic open-cell foams.

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    Cuenca, Jacques; Göransson, Peter

    2012-08-01

    This paper presents a method for simultaneously identifying both the elastic and anelastic properties of the porous frame of anisotropic open-cell foams. The approach is based on an inverse estimation procedure of the complex stiffness matrix of the frame by performing a model fit of a set of transfer functions of a sample of material subjected to compression excitation in vacuo. The material elastic properties are assumed to have orthotropic symmetry and the anelastic properties are described using a fractional-derivative model within the framework of an augmented Hooke's law. The inverse estimation problem is formulated as a numerical optimization procedure and solved using the globally convergent method of moving asymptotes. To show the feasibility of the approach a numerically generated target material is used here as a benchmark. It is shown that the method provides the full frequency-dependent orthotropic complex stiffness matrix within a reasonable degree of accuracy. PMID:22894184

  4. Towards a new multiscale air quality transport model using the fully unstructured anisotropic adaptive mesh technology of Fluidity (version 4.1.9)

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    Zheng, J.; Zhu, J.; Wang, Z.; Fang, F.; Pain, C. C.; Xiang, J.

    2015-10-01

    An integrated method of advanced anisotropic hr-adaptive mesh and discretization numerical techniques has been, for first time, applied to modelling of multiscale advection-diffusion problems, which is based on a discontinuous Galerkin/control volume discretization on unstructured meshes. Over existing air quality models typically based on static-structured grids using a locally nesting technique, the advantage of the anisotropic hr-adaptive model has the ability to adapt the mesh according to the evolving pollutant distribution and flow features. That is, the mesh resolution can be adjusted dynamically to simulate the pollutant transport process accurately and effectively. To illustrate the capability of the anisotropic adaptive unstructured mesh model, three benchmark numerical experiments have been set up for two-dimensional (2-D) advection phenomena. Comparisons have been made between the results obtained using uniform resolution meshes and anisotropic adaptive resolution meshes. Performance achieved in 3-D simulation of power plant plumes indicates that this new adaptive multiscale model has the potential to provide accurate air quality modelling solutions effectively.

  5. Anisotropic quantum transport in two dimension — hints of emergence of a metallic behaviour

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    Ganguly, Sudin; Basu, Saurabh

    2015-04-01

    We have compared and contrasted between the diagonal and off-diagonal disorder with regard to the conductance of a two dimensional conducting system. The diagonal (onsite) disorder is found to be more predictable in the sense that the conductivity gradually vanishes as the disorder strength is enhanced. A few of the physical quantities such as the participation ratio and the correlation length, etc. directly correlate with the localization length of a strongly disordered conductor. Such an intuitive picture is found to be absent for the off diagonal (hopping) disorder. The hopping disorder strongly enhances the conductance properties even in the weak localization regime and surprisingly yields metallic conductivity at large disorder values.

  6. Anisotropic thermal transport in Bi2223/Ag superconducting tape with sandwiched structure

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    Naito, Tomoyuki; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki; Osabe, Goro; Fujikami, Jun

    2013-01-01

    The thermal conductivity, κ(T), of the Bi2223/Ag tape reinforced by metal tapes (stainless steel (SS) or copper-based alloy (CA)) from both side was evaluated along the length (l) and width (w) directions. κ(T) along the l-direction was measured directly using a single tape and that along the w-direction was estimated from the κ(T) measured for a stacked bundle which consists of several sandwiched Bi2223/Ag tapes. We analyzed the obtained κ(T) curves using an equivalent heat current circuit, and found that the heat transports along both directions were nearly the same and that the route of heat-flow depended on the species of the reinforcing metal. The absolute values of κ(T) at 77 K along the l- and w- directions for the Bi2223/Ag-SS tape were 174 and 140 W m-1 K-1 and those for the Bi2223/Ag-CA tape were 206 and 206 W m-1 K-1, respectively, the values of which were approximately 30-40% and 10-15% smaller than those of the standard Bi2223/Ag tape.

  7. Analysis of an anisotropic coastal aquifer system using variable-density flow and solute transport simulation

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    Souza, W.R.; Voss, C.I.

    1987-01-01

    The groundwater system in southern Oahu, Hawaii consists of a thick, areally extensive freshwater lens overlying a zone of transition to a thick saltwater body. This system is analyzed in cross section with a variable-density groundwater flow and solute transport model on a regional scale. The simulation is difficult, because the coastal aquifer system has a saltwater transition zone that is broadly dispersed near the discharge area, but is very sharply defined inland. Steady-state simulation analysis of the transition zone in the layered basalt aquifer of southern Oahu indicates that a small transverse dispersivity is characteristic of horizontal regional flow. Further, in this system flow is generally parallel to isochlors and steady-state behavior is insensitive to the longitudinal dispersivity. Parameter analysis identifies that only six parameters control the complex hydraulics of the system: horizontal and vertical hydraulic conductivity of the basalt aquifer; hydraulic conductivity of the confining "caprock" layer; leakance below the caprock; specific yield; and aquifer matrix compressibility. The best-fitting models indicate the horizontal hydraulic conductivity is significantly greater than the vertical hydraulic conductivity. These models give values for specific yield and aquifer compressibility which imply a considerable degree of compressive storage in the water table aquifer. ?? 1987.

  8. Anisotropic colloidal transport and periodic stick-slip motion in cholesteric finger textures.

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    Chen, Kui; Metcalf, Linnea P; Rivas, David P; Reich, Daniel H; Leheny, Robert L

    2015-06-01

    We have investigated the mobility of discoidal colloidal particles sedimenting within cholesteric finger textures formed by mixtures of the nematic liquid crystal 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (5CB) and the chiral dopant 4-(2-methylbutyl)-4'-cyanobiphenyl (CB15) with cholesteric pitch p between 24 and 114 μm. The nickel disks, with radius 17 μm and thickness 300 nm, displayed varied transport behavior that depended on the size of the pitch and the orientation of the gravitational force with respect to the cholesteric axis. In textures with small pitch (p < 40 μm), the disks moved perpendicular to the axis irrespective of the orientation of gravity as a result of an elastic retarding force that prevented motion along the axis. In textures with larger pitch, the disks similarly moved perpendicular to the axis when the angle between the force and axis was large. When the angle was small, the disks displayed stick-slip motion caused by periodic yielding of the finger texture. A model considering viscous drag on the particles and the elastic energy cost of deforming the finger texture describes the stick-slip motion accurately. The effective drag viscosities obtained from the disk motion are anomalously large compared with those of pure nematic 5CB indicating a large contribution to the dissipation from the motion of disclinations in the texture in the vicinity of the translating disks. PMID:25875803

  9. Contact mechanics and rubber friction for randomly rough surfaces with anisotropic statistical properties

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    Carbone, G.; Lorenz, B.; Persson, B. N. J.; Wohlers, A.

    2009-07-01

    In this paper we extend the theory of contact mechanics and rubber friction developed by one of us (B.N.J. Persson, J. Chem. Phys. 115, 3840 (2001)) to the case of surfaces with anisotropic surface roughness. As an application we calculate the viscoelastic contribution to the rubber friction. We show that the friction coefficient may depend significantly on the sliding direction, while the area of contact depends weakly on the sliding direction. We have carried out experiments for rubber blocks sliding on unidirectionally polished steel surfaces. The experimental data are in a good qualitative agreement with the theory.

  10. Crystal growth and anisotropic thermal properties of the nonlinear and polar oxide Cs2TeW3O12

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    Feng, Jiang-He; Xiang, Xu; Mao, Jiang-Gao

    2015-12-01

    Large crystal of the nonlinear optical and polar oxide Cs2TeW3O12 with a size of 20×15×4 mm3 has been grown by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. This crystal can be thermally stable up to 808 °C and melts incongruently. It possesses a large transparent range of 0.415-5.250 μm. Thermal properties, including thermal expansion, specific heat, thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity were investigated. The average linear thermal expansion coefficients were calculated based on the measurement in the temperature range of 30-390 °C. It exhibits strong anisotropic thermal expansion which was discussed according to the relationships between the structure and thermal properties. Furthermore, laser-induced damage threshold has been estimated to be 591.28 MW/cm2 with a laser wavelength of 1064 nm and pulse duration of 8 ns.

  11. Anisotropic charge transport in large single crystals of ?-conjugated organic molecules

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    Hourani, Wael; Rahimi, Khosrow; Botiz, Ioan; Vinzenz Koch, Felix Peter; Reiter, Gnter; Lienerth, Peter; Heiser, Thomas; Bubendorff, Jean-Luc; Simon, Laurent

    2014-04-01

    The electronic properties of organic semiconductors depend strongly on the nature of the molecules, their conjugation and conformation, their mutual distance and the orientation between adjacent molecules. Variations of intramolecular distances and conformation disturb the conjugation and perturb the delocalization of charges. As a result, the mobility considerably decreases compared to that of a covalently well-organized crystal. Here, we present electrical characterization of large single crystals made of the regioregular octamer of 3-hexyl-thiophene (3HT)8 using a conductive-atomic force microscope (C-AFM) in air. We find a large anisotropy in the conduction with charge mobility values depending on the crystallographic orientation of the single crystal. The smaller conduction is in the direction of ?-? stacking (along the long axis of the single crystal) with a mobility value in the order of 10-3 cm2 V-1 s-1, and the larger one is along the molecular axis (in the direction normal to the single crystal surface) with a mobility value in the order of 0.5 cm2 V-1 s-1. The measured current-voltage (I-V) curves showed that along the molecular axis, the current followed an exponential dependence corresponding to an injection mode. In the ?-? stacking direction, the current exhibits a space charge limited current (SCLC) behavior, which allows us to estimate the charge carrier mobility.

  12. Anisotropic charge transport in large single crystals of π-conjugated organic molecules.

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    Hourani, Wael; Rahimi, Khosrow; Botiz, Ioan; Koch, Felix Peter Vinzenz; Reiter, Günter; Lienerth, Peter; Heiser, Thomas; Bubendorff, Jean-Luc; Simon, Laurent

    2014-05-01

    The electronic properties of organic semiconductors depend strongly on the nature of the molecules, their conjugation and conformation, their mutual distance and the orientation between adjacent molecules. Variations of intramolecular distances and conformation disturb the conjugation and perturb the delocalization of charges. As a result, the mobility considerably decreases compared to that of a covalently well-organized crystal. Here, we present electrical characterization of large single crystals made of the regioregular octamer of 3-hexyl-thiophene (3HT)8 using a conductive-atomic force microscope (C-AFM) in air. We find a large anisotropy in the conduction with charge mobility values depending on the crystallographic orientation of the single crystal. The smaller conduction is in the direction of π-π stacking (along the long axis of the single crystal) with a mobility value in the order of 10(-3) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), and the larger one is along the molecular axis (in the direction normal to the single crystal surface) with a mobility value in the order of 0.5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). The measured current-voltage (I-V) curves showed that along the molecular axis, the current followed an exponential dependence corresponding to an injection mode. In the π-π stacking direction, the current exhibits a space charge limited current (SCLC) behavior, which allows us to estimate the charge carrier mobility. PMID:24658783

  13. ANALYTIC SOLUTIONS FOR CURRENT SHEET STRUCTURE DETERMINED BY SELF-CONSISTENT, ANISOTROPIC TRANSPORT PROCESSES IN A GRAVITATIONAL FIELD

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    Goodman, Michael L.

    2011-04-10

    A Harris sheet magnetic field with maximum magnitude B{sub 0} and length scale L is combined with the anisotropic electrical conductivity, viscosity, and thermoelectric tensors for an electron-proton plasma to define a magnetohydrodynamic model that determines the steady state of the plasma. The transport tensors are functions of temperature, density, and magnetic field strength, and are computed self-consistently as functions of position x normal to the current sheet. The flow velocity, magnetic field, and gravitational force lie along the z-axis. The plasma is supported against gravity by the viscous force. Analytic solutions are obtained for temperature, density, and velocity. They are valid over a broad range of temperature, density, and magnetic field strength, and so may be generally useful in astrophysical applications. Numerical examples of solutions in the parameter range of the solar atmosphere are presented. The objective is to compare Joule and viscous heating rates, determine the velocity shear that generates viscous forces that support the plasma and are self-consistent with a mean outward mass flux comparable to the solar wind mass flux, and compare the thermoelectric and conduction current contributions to the Joule heating rate. The ratio of the viscous to Joule heating rates per unit mass can exceed unity by orders of magnitude, and increases rapidly with L. The viscous heating rate can be concentrated outside the region where the current density is localized, corresponding to a resistively heated layer of plasma bounded by viscously heated plasma. The temperature gradient drives a thermoelectric current density that can have a magnitude greater than that of the electric-field-driven conduction current density, so thermoelectric effects are important in determining the Joule heating rate.

  14. Multiglass properties and magnetoelectric coupling in the uniaxial anisotropic spin-cluster-glass Fe2Ti O5

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    Sharma, Shivani; Basu, Tathamay; Shahee, Aga; Singh, K.; Lalla, N. P.; Sampathkumaran, E. V.

    2014-10-01

    The compound Fe2Ti O5 (FTO) is a well-known uniaxial anisotropic spin-glass insulator with two successive glassy freezing temperatures, i.e., transverse (TT F= 9 K ) and longitudinal (TL F= 55 K ) . In this article, we present the results of measurements of complex dielectric behavior, electric polarization as a function of temperature (T ), in addition to characterization by magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity, primarily to explore magnetoelectric (ME) coupling and multiglass properties in uniaxial anisotropic spin-cluster-glass FTO. The existence of two magnetic transitions is reflected in the isothermal magnetodielectric (MD) behavior in the sense that the sign of MD is different in the T regime T TT F . The data in addition provide evidence for the glassy dynamics of electric dipoles; interestingly, this occurs at much higher temperature (˜100-150 K) than TL F, with high remnant polarization at 10 K (˜4000 μ C /m2) attributable to short-range magnetic correlations, thereby offering a route to attain ME coupling above 77 K.

  15. Charge Transport Properties in Polymer Brushes

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    Moog, Mark; Tsui, Frank; Vonwald, Ian; You, Wei

    Electrical transport properties in poly(3-methyl)thiophene (P3MT) brushes have been studied. The P3MT brushes correspond to a new type of surface-tethered, vertically oriented conjugated molecular wires, sandwiched between two metallic electrodes to form the electrode-molecule-electrode (EME) devices. P3MT is a highly conjugated polymer, a ''workhorse'' material for organic electronics and photonics. The P3MT brushes were grown on ITO surfaces with controlled length (between 2 and 100 nm). The top electrodes were transfer-printed Au films with lateral dimensions between 200 nm and 50 μm. I-V and differential conductance measurements were performed using conductive AFM and 4-terminal techniques. Tunneling and field-emission measurements in EME devices with molecular lengths < 5 nm show HOMO mediated direct hole tunneling with energy barriers of 0.3 and 0.5 eV at the respective interfaces with ITO and Au. The transport properties in longer brushes are indicative of the two quasi-Ohmic interfaces with a characteristic offset in the conductance minimum of 0.12 V biased toward the ITO. Temperature dependent parameters have been examined at various molecular lengths. The drift mobility and the interplay between intra- and intermolecular transport have been investigated.

  16. Electronic and transport properties of kinked graphene

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    Rasmussen, Jesper Toft; Gunst, Tue; Bøggild, Peter; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2013-01-01

    Summary Local curvature, or bending, of a graphene sheet is known to increase the chemical reactivity presenting an opportunity for templated chemical functionalisation. Using first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), we investigate the reaction barrier reduction for the adsorption of atomic hydrogen at linear bends in graphene. We find a significant barrier lowering (≈15%) for realistic radii of curvature (≈20 Å) and that adsorption along the linear bend leads to a stable linear kink. We compute the electronic transport properties of individual and multiple kink lines, and demonstrate how these act as efficient barriers for electron transport. In particular, two parallel kink lines form a graphene pseudo-nanoribbon structure with a semimetallic/semiconducting electronic structure closely related to the corresponding isolated ribbons; the ribbon band gap translates into a transport gap for electronic transport across the kink lines. We finally consider pseudo-ribbon-based heterostructures and propose that such structures present a novel approach for band gap engineering in nanostructured graphene. PMID:23503656

  17. Thermodynamic and transport properties of gaseous tetrafluoromethane in chemical equilibrium

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    Hunt, J. L.; Boney, L. R.

    1973-01-01

    Equations and in computer code are presented for the thermodynamic and transport properties of gaseous, undissociated tetrafluoromethane (CF4) in chemical equilibrium. The computer code calculates the thermodynamic and transport properties of CF4 when given any two of five thermodynamic variables (entropy, temperature, volume, pressure, and enthalpy). Equilibrium thermodynamic and transport property data are tabulated and pressure-enthalpy diagrams are presented.

  18. Effect of mechanical boundary conditions on the dynamic and static properties of a strongly anisotropic ferromagnet

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    Gorelikov, G. A.; Fridman, Yu. A.

    2013-07-15

    The spectra of coupled magnetoelastic waves in a semi-infinite strongly anisotropic easy-plane ferromagnet with a rigidly fixed face are analyzed for two variants of fixation (in the basal plane and perpendicularly to it). The phase states of the system are determined. Differences in the phase diagrams and elementary excitation spectra depending on the choice of the sample fixation plane are considered. When rotational invariance is taken into account, the nonreciprocity effect for the velocities of sound in a crystal appears. It is shown that the velocity of sound in the sample considerably depends on the symmetry of the imposed mechanical boundary conditions. The phase diagrams of the system under investigation are presented.

  19. Anisotropic elastic properties of flexible metal-organic frameworks: how soft are soft porous crystals?

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    Ortiz, Aurélie U; Boutin, Anne; Fuchs, Alain H; Coudert, François-Xavier

    2012-11-01

    We performed ab initio calculations of the elastic constants of five flexible metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): MIL-53(Al), MIL-53(Ga), MIL-47, and the square and lozenge structures of DMOF-1. Tensorial analysis of the elastic constants reveals a highly anisotropic elastic behavior, some deformation directions exhibiting very low Young's modulus and shear modulus. This anisotropy can reach a 400:1 ratio between the most rigid and weakest directions, in stark contrast to the case of nonflexible MOFs such as MOF-5 and ZIF-8. In addition, we show that flexible MOFs can display extremely large negative linear compressibility. These results uncover the microscopic roots of stimuli-induced structural transitions in flexible MOFs, by linking the local elastic behavior of the material and its multistability. PMID:23215398

  20. Anisotropic Elastic Properties of Flexible Metal-Organic Frameworks: How Soft are Soft Porous Crystals?

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    Ortiz, Aurélie U.; Boutin, Anne; Fuchs, Alain H.; Coudert, François-Xavier

    2012-11-01

    We performed ab initio calculations of the elastic constants of five flexible metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): MIL-53(Al), MIL-53(Ga), MIL-47, and the square and lozenge structures of DMOF-1. Tensorial analysis of the elastic constants reveals a highly anisotropic elastic behavior, some deformation directions exhibiting very low Young’s modulus and shear modulus. This anisotropy can reach a 400∶1 ratio between the most rigid and weakest directions, in stark contrast to the case of nonflexible MOFs such as MOF-5 and ZIF-8. In addition, we show that flexible MOFs can display extremely large negative linear compressibility. These results uncover the microscopic roots of stimuli-induced structural transitions in flexible MOFs, by linking the local elastic behavior of the material and its multistability.

  1. Anisotropic thermal properties of monoclinic Yb:KLu(WO4)2 crystals

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    Zhang, Jianxiu; Wang, Kunpeng; Wang, Jiyang; Zhang, Huaijin; Yu, Wentao; Wang, Xuping; Wang, Zhengping; Lu, Qingming; Ba, Mingfang; Ran, D. G.; Ling, Z. C.; Xia, H. R.

    2005-08-01

    Yb :KLu(WO4)2 (KLuW) crystals with large size and good optical quality have been grown by the top-seeded solution growth (TSSG) method. The melting point and specific heat, anisotropic thermal expansion and thermal conductivity have been measured. The Jackson factor α of a series of observed faces (hkl) on Yb:KLuW crystals have been calculated. In addition, the microhardness has also been measured. We find that the thermal expansion anisotropy of Yb:KLuW is weaker than KGd(WO4)2 (KGW) and KYb(WO4)2 (KYbW) and the thermal conductivity is up to 4.4Wm-1k-1 along [205] directions at 25°C, which is the greatest in their family.

  2. Anisotropic Hydraulic Permeability Under Finite Deformation

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    Ateshian, Gerard A.; Weiss, Jeffrey A.

    2011-01-01

    The structural organization of biological tissues and cells often produces anisotropic transport properties. These tissues may also undergo large deformations under normal function, potentially inducing further anisotropy. A general framework for formulating constitutive relations for anisotropic transport properties under finite deformation is lacking in the literature. This study presents an approach based on representation theorems for symmetric tensor-valued functions and provides conditions to enforce positive semi-definiteness of the permeability or diffusivity tensor. Formulations are presented which describe materials that are orthotropic, transversely isotropic, or isotropic in the reference state, and where large strains induce greater anisotropy. Strain-induced anisotropy of the permeability of a solid-fluid mixture is illustrated for finite torsion of a cylinder subjected to axial permeation. It is shown that, in general, torsion can produce a helical flow pattern, rather than the rectilinear pattern observed when adopting a more specialized, unconditionally isotropic spatial permeability tensor commonly used in biomechanics. The general formulation presented in this study can produce both affine and non-affine reorientation of the preferred directions of material symmetry with strain, depending on the choice of material functions. This study addresses a need in the biomechanics literature by providing guidelines and formulations for anisotropic strain-dependent transport properties in porous-deformable media undergoing large deformations. PMID:21034145

  3. Ellipsometric characterization and density-functional theory analysis of anisotropic optical properties of single-crystal α-SnS

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    Banai, R. E.; Brownson, J. R. S.; Burton, L. A.; Walsh, A.; Choi, S. G. To, B.; Hofherr, F.; Sorgenfrei, T.; Cröll, A.

    2014-07-07

    We report on the anisotropic optical properties of single-crystal tin monosulfide (SnS). The components ε{sub a}, ε{sub b}, and ε{sub c} of the pseudodielectric-function tensor (ε)=(ε₁)+i(ε₂) spectra are taken from 0.73 to 6.45 eV by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The measured (ε) spectra are in a good agreement with the results of the calculated dielectric response from hybrid density functional theory. The (ε) spectra show the direct band-gap onset and a total of eight above-band-gap optical structures that are associated with the interband-transition critical points (CPs). We obtain accurate CP energies by fitting analytic CP expressions to second-energy-derivatives of the (ε) data. Their probable electronic origins and implications for photovoltaic applications are discussed.

  4. Magnetic and transport properties of oxide thin films

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    Hong, Yuanjia

    My dissertation research focuses on the investigation of the transport and magnetic properties of transition metal and rare earth doped oxides, particularly SnO2 and HfO2 thin films. Cr- and Fe-doped SnO 2 films were deposited on Al2O3 substrates by pulsed-laser deposition. X-ray-diffraction patterns (XRD) show that the films have rutile structure and grow epitaxially along the (101) plane. The diffraction peaks of Cr-doped samples exhibit a systematic shift toward higher angles with increasing Cr concentration. This indicates that Cr dissolves in SnO 2. On the other hand, there is no obvious shift of the diffraction peaks of the Fe-doped samples. The magnetization curves indicate that the Cr-doped SnO2 films are paramagnetic at 300 and 5 K. The Fe-doped SnO 2 samples exhibit ferromagnetic behaviour at 300 and 5 K. Zero-field-cooled and field-cooled curves indicate super paramagnetic behavior above the blocking temperature of 100 K, suggesting that it is possible that there are ferromagnetic particles in the Fe-doped films. The anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) was not observed in any of the samples. It was found that a Sn0.98Cr0.02O2 film became ferromagnetic at room temperature after annealing in H2. We have calculated the activation energy and found it decreasing with the annealing, which is explained by the increased oxygen vacancies/defects due to the H2 treatment of the films. The ferromagnetism may be associated with the presence of oxygen vacancies although AMR was not observed in the samples. Pure HfO2 and Gd-doped HfO2 thin films have been grown on different single crystal substrates by pulsed laser deposition. XRD patterns show that the pure HfO2 thin films are of single monoclinic phase. Gd-doped HfO2 films have the same XRD patterns except that their diffraction peaks have a shift toward lower angles, which indicates that Gd dissolves in HfO2. Transmission electron microscopy images show a columnar growth of the films. Very weak ferromagnetism is observed in pure and Gd-doped HfO2 films on different substrates at 300 and 5 K, which is attributed to either impure target materials or signals from the substrates. The magnetic properties do not change significantly with post deposition annealing of the HfO2 films. Keywords. SnO2, HfO2, pulsed laser deposition, thin film, epitaxial growth, magnetic thin films, ferromagnetic materials, transport properties.

  5. Electronic transport properties of silicon clusters

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    Matsuura, Yukihito

    2016-02-01

    The electronic transport properties of silicon clusters were examined via theoretical calculations using the first-principles method. Additionally, p-type doping and n-type doping were analyzed by calculating conductance and current of boron- and phosphorus-doped silicon clusters. The p-type doping and n-type doping provided a new transmission peak at an energy level around the Fermi level to increase conductance. Furthermore, simultaneous boron and phosphorus doping resulted in noticeable rectifying characteristics, with the current drive in forward bias being three times higher than that in the reverse bias. A p-n junction was achieved even on a molecular scale.

  6. Anisotropic transport in the quasi-one-dimensional semiconductor Li0.33MoO3

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    Moshfeghyeganeh, S.; Cote, A. N.; Neumeier, J. J.; Cohn, J. L.

    2016-03-01

    Transport measurements (electrical resistivity, Seebeck coefficient, and thermal conductivity) in the temperature range 80-500 K are presented for single crystals of the quasi-one-dimensional (Q1D) semiconductor Li0.33MoO3. Opposite signs are observed for the Seebeck coefficient along the trinclinic a and c axes, with Sc - Sa ≃ 250 μV/K near room temperature and ≃100 μV/K at 380 K. The thermal conductivity at room temperature in the a-c planes was ˜2 W/m K and ˜10 times smaller along b*. A weak structural anomaly at Ts ≈ 355 K, identified in the temperature-dependent lattice constants, coincides with anomalies in the electrical properties. Analysis of the electronic transport at T > Ts favors an intrinsic semiconductor picture for transport along the most conducting Q1D axis and small-polaronic transport along the other directions, providing insight into the origin of the Seebeck anisotropy.

  7. Electronic transport properties of assembled carbon nanoribbons.

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    Girão, Eduardo Costa; Cruz-Silva, Eduardo; Meunier, Vincent

    2012-07-24

    Graphitic nanowiggles (GNWs) are 1D systems with segmented graphitic nanoribbon GNR edges of varying chiralities. They are characterized by the presence of a number of possible different spin distributions along their edges and by electronic band-gaps that are highly sensitive to the details of their geometry. These two properties promote these experimentally observed carbon nanostructures as some of the most promising candidates for developing high-performance nanodevices. Here, we highlight this potential with a detailed understanding of the electronic processes leading to their unique spin-state dependent electronic quantum transport properties. The three classes of GNWs containing at least one zigzag edge (necessary to the observation of multiple-magnetic states) are considered in two distinct geometries: a perfectly periodic system and in a one-GNW-cell system sandwiched between two semi-infinite terminals made up of straight GNRs. The present calculations establish a number of elementary rules to relate fundamental electronic transport functionality, electronic energy, the system geometry, and spin state. PMID:22735039

  8. NMR Properties of the Polar Phase of Superfluid ^3 He in Anisotropic Aerogel Under Rotation

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    Mineev, V. P.

    2016-04-01

    The polar phase of superfluid ^3 He is stable in "nematically ordered" densed aerogel. A rotating vessel with the polar superfluid can be filled either by an array of the single quantum vortices or by an array of the half-quantum vortices. It is shown that the inhomogeneous distribution of the spin part of the order parameter arising in an array of half-quantum vortices in strong enough magnetic field tilted to the average direction of aerogel strands leads to the appearance of a satellite in the NMR signal shifted in the negative direction with respect to the Larmor frequency. The satellite is absent in the case of an array of single quantum vortices which allows to distinguish these two configurations. The polar state in the anisotropic aerogel with lower density transforms at lower temperatures to the axipolar state. The array of half-quantum vortices created in the polar phase keeps its structure under transition to the axipolar state. The temperature dependence of the vortex-satellite NMR frequency is found to be slower below the transition temperature to the axipolar state.

  9. Properties of (311) planes anisotropically etched in (100) silicon by TMAH

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    Resnik, Drago; Vrtacnik, Danilo; Aljancic, Uros; Mozek, Matej; Amon, Slavko

    2001-09-01

    This paper presents an investigation focused on the formation of (311) planes by wet anisotropic etching of (100) silicon in 5% TMAH etchant. Atomistic model of (311) plane formation is proposed, suggesting that (311) planes are composed of (111) and (100) steps. Surface roughness that is in most cases consequence of hillock formation at low concentrations of TMAH and etch rates of (311) and (100) planes were studied as a function of etch temperature, time and addition of small amounts of ammonium peroxodisulfate (APODS). It was found that the smooth (311) planes without hillocks can be obtained only by etching in 5% TMAH with addition of 0,5% APODS. Due to obvious decomposition of APODS in the etching process determined by increased surface roughness, replenishing of additive is mandatory. Stirring experiments with 5%TMAH solution showed increased surface roughness and reduced etch rates of (100) and (311) plane. Dissolution rates of thermal oxide, LPCVD nitride and PECVD oxide and nitride were determined in temperature range from 60 degree(s)C-90 degree(s)C in 5% TMAH. APODS additive was found to have minor influence.

  10. Analysis of thermodynamic and transport properties of La(2-x)M(x)CuO4 and YBa2Cu3O(7 - delta) superconductors

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    Langner, A.; Sahu, D.; George, Thomas F.

    1988-06-01

    Anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau theory for coupled s-wave and d-wave order parameters is used to analyze the unique thermodynamic and transport properties of the new La2-x(Ba,Sr)xCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O7-delta superconductors. This simple phenomenological approach is used to explain the prevalence of the large Sommerfeld coefficients of the specific heat, the existence of multiple specific heat anomalies, the ultrasonic attenuation peak, and model the anisotropic critical field data as observed in oriented samples.

  11. Analysis of thermodynamic and transport properties of La(2-x)MxCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconductors

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    Langner, A.; Sahu, D.; George, Thomas F.

    Anisotropic Ginzburg-Landau theory for coupled s-wave and d-wave order parameters is used to analyze the unique thermodynamic and transport properties of the new La(2-x)(Ba, Sr)xCuO4 and YBa2Cu3O(7-delta) superconductors. This simple phenomenological approach is used to explain the prevalence of the large Sommerfeld coefficients of the specific heat, the existence of multiple specific heat anomalies, and the ultrasonic attenuation peak and to model the anisotropic critical field data as observed in oriented samples.

  12. Anisotropic Fermi surface from holography

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    Fang, Li Qing; Ge, Xian-hui; Wu, Jian-Pin; Leng, Hong-Qiang

    2015-06-01

    We investigate the probe holographic fermions by using an anisotropic charged black brane solution. We derive the equation of motion of probe bulk fermions with one Fermi momentum along the anisotropic and one along the isotropic directions. We then numerically solve the equation and analyze the properties of Green function with these two momentums. We find in this case the shape of Fermi surface is anisotropic. However, for both Fermi momentums perpendicular to the anisotropic direction, the Fermi surface is isotropic. We verify that our system obeys the recently conjectured bound for thermoelectric diffusion constants for the stable branch of the black brane solutions.

  13. Transport properties of epitaxial lift off films

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    Mena, R. A.; Schacham, S. E.; Young, P. G.; Haugland, E. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.

    1993-05-01

    Transport properties of epitaxially lifted-off (ELO) films were characterized using conductivity, Hall, and Shubnikov-de Haas measurements. A 10-15 percent increase in the 2D electron gas concentration was observed in these films as compared with adjacent conventional samples. We believe this result to be caused by a backgating effect produced by a charge build up at the interface of the ELO film and the quartz substrate. This increase results in a substantial decrease in the quantum lifetime in the ELO samples, by 17-30 percent, but without a degradation in carrier mobility. Under persistent photoconductivity, only one subband was populated in the conventional structure, while in the ELO films the population of the second subband was clearly visible. However, the increase of the second subband concentration with increasing excitation is substantially smaller than anticipated due to screening of the backgating effect.

  14. Electronic transport properties of (fluorinated) metal phthalocyanine

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    Fadlallah, M. M.; Eckern, U.; Romero, A. H.; Schwingenschlögl, U.

    2016-01-01

    The magnetic and transport properties of the metal phthalocyanine (MPc) and F16MPc (M = Sc, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn and Ag) families of molecules in contact with S-Au wires are investigated by density functional theory within the local density approximation, including local electronic correlations on the central metal atom. The magnetic moments are found to be considerably modified under fluorination. In addition, they do not depend exclusively on the configuration of the outer electronic shell of the central metal atom (as in isolated MPc and F16MPc) but also on the interaction with the leads. Good agreement between the calculated conductance and experimental results is obtained. For M = Ag, a high spin filter efficiency and conductance is observed, giving rise to a potentially high sensitivity for chemical sensor applications.

  15. Transport properties of epitaxial lift off films

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    Mena, R. A.; Schacham, S. E.; Young, P. G.; Haugland, E. J.; Alterovitz, S. A.

    1993-01-01

    Transport properties of epitaxially lifted-off (ELO) films were characterized using conductivity, Hall, and Shubnikov-de Haas measurements. A 10-15 percent increase in the 2D electron gas concentration was observed in these films as compared with adjacent conventional samples. We believe this result to be caused by a backgating effect produced by a charge build up at the interface of the ELO film and the quartz substrate. This increase results in a substantial decrease in the quantum lifetime in the ELO samples, by 17-30 percent, but without a degradation in carrier mobility. Under persistent photoconductivity, only one subband was populated in the conventional structure, while in the ELO films the population of the second subband was clearly visible. However, the increase of the second subband concentration with increasing excitation is substantially smaller than anticipated due to screening of the backgating effect.

  16. Transport properties of graphene containing structural defects

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    Lherbier, Aurélien; Dubois, Simon M.-M.; Declerck, Xavier; Niquet, Yann-Michel; Roche, Stephan; Charlier, Jean-Christophe

    2012-08-01

    We propose an extensive report on the simulation of electronic transport in two-dimensional graphene in presence of structural defects. Amongst the large variety of such defects in sp2 carbon-based materials, we focus on the Stone-Wales defect and on two divacancy-type reconstructed defects. Based on ab initio calculations, a tight-binding model is derived to describe the electronic structure of these defects. Semiclassical transport properties including the elastic mean-free paths, mobilities, and conductivities are computed using an order-N real-space Kubo-Greenwood method. A plateau of minimum conductivity (σscmin=4e2/πh) is progressively observed as the density of defects increases. This saturation of the decay of conductivity to σscmin is associated with defect-dependent resonance energies. Finally, localization phenomena are captured beyond the semiclassical regime. An Anderson transition is predicted with localization lengths of the order of tens of nanometers for defect densities around 1%.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of an anisotropic M-type LaCo-substituted strontium hexaferrite

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    Tyrman, Muriel; Pasko, Alexandre; De La Barrière, Olivier; Mazaleyrat, Frédéric

    2015-11-01

    Rare-earth-free permanent magnets returned to the forefront of scientific and technological concerns about the environmental and economical issues. The emergence of new markets, control of costs and availability of raw materials encourage to look for alternative materials containing much less, or no, rare earth elements selected from the most common and most available. The hexaferrite doped with lanthanum and cobalt present interesting properties to succeed the rare-earth magnets. The structural and magnetic properties of a strontium hexaferrite are presented in this paper, and two models are developed in order to correlate structural and magnetic properties. Contribution to the topical issue "Electrical Engineering Symposium (SGE 2014)", edited by Adel Razek

  18. Theoretical study on transport properties of topological states of matter

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    Hsu, Hsiu-Chuan

    In condensed matter physics, states of matter are usually classified by symmetry. Topological states of matter describe new quantum states of matter that cannot adiabatically connect to conventional states of matter even though they share the same symmetry. Thus, the discovery of topological states of matter has opened a new research era and attracted intensive research interests in recent years. This dissertation is devoted to the theoretical and numerical study of transport properties of topological states of matter, mainly focusing on two topological systems, time reversal invariant topological insulator nano-structures and the quantum anomalous Hall insulators. The first system studied in this dissertation is time reversal invariant topological insulator, which is an insulating material behaving as an insulator in its interior but with conducting channels on its surface. The conducting surface states of a topological insulator are known as "helical states" due to the spin texture in the momentum space and protected by time reversal symmetry. Helical surface states have been observed in surface sensitive experiments, such as angular-resolved photon emission spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy. However, signatures of topological surface states in transport measurements are complicated by the dominating conduction from bulk channels and strong disorder effect. Therefore, in this dissertation, we numerically study transport in disordered topological insulator nano-structures, e.g. nanowires and nanotubes, which possess a larger surfaceto-volume ratio compared to bulk systems. For a topological insulator nanowire, it is found that a gapless mode with linear dispersion, which is refered to as a topological state in the main text, arises when a half-integer magnetic flux quantum is inserted along the nanowire. We find that topological states possess a longer localization length than other non-topological states. Thus, for a long nanowire or nanotube, a larger conductance appears for half-integer magnetic flux, leading to magnetoconductance oscillations with a period equivalent to one magnetic flux quantum. Our numerical simulation of the magnetoconductance oscillations is supported by experimental observations in resistive Bi 2Te3 nanotubes. Another system that we study is the quantum anomalous Hall insulator. Similar to the quantum Hall effect, the Hall conductance is quantized and the longitudinal resistance drops to zero in the quantum anomalous Hall effect. However, the quantum anomalous Hall effect is realized in a magnetic system in absence of external magnetic fields and the associated Landau levels. The quantum anomalous Hall effect was first proposed in magnetically doped HgTe quantum wells. However, one obstacle is that this system is paramagnetic, and thus external magnetic fields are required to polarize magnetization and inevitably leads to Landau levels. In this study, we focus on the role of in-plane magnetic fields and find that the quantum anomalous Hall effect can be realized by a purely in-plane magnetic field when there is strain in the system. Symmetry analysis is adopted to provide more theoretical insight of the underlying physics. Without any strain, we explore how to extract the role of magnetization in the standard transport measurement of Hall resistance by rotating magnetic fields. Our results provide a guidance to the recent experiments in Mn doped HgTe quatnum wells with rotating magnetic fields. Besides these studies, we also investigate anisotropic magneto-conductance in magnetically doped (Bi,Sb)2Te3 films. The studies in the dissertation are in a close collaboration with transport measurements of experimental groups, including magneto-conductance oscillation observed by Qi's group at Penn State and the study of the Hall conductance in Mn doped HgTe quantum wells with rotating magnetic fields by Molenkamp's group at Wuerzburg University.

  19. Documentation and verification of VST2D; a model for simulating transient, Variably Saturated, coupled water-heat-solute Transport in heterogeneous, anisotropic 2-Dimensional, ground-water systems with variable fluid density

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    Friedel, Michael J.

    2001-01-01

    This report describes a model for simulating transient, Variably Saturated, coupled water-heatsolute Transport in heterogeneous, anisotropic, 2-Dimensional, ground-water systems with variable fluid density (VST2D). VST2D was developed to help understand the effects of natural and anthropogenic factors on quantity and quality of variably saturated ground-water systems. The model solves simultaneously for one or more dependent variables (pressure, temperature, and concentration) at nodes in a horizontal or vertical mesh using a quasi-linearized general minimum residual method. This approach enhances computational speed beyond the speed of a sequential approach. Heterogeneous and anisotropic conditions are implemented locally using individual element property descriptions. This implementation allows local principal directions to differ among elements and from the global solution domain coordinates. Boundary conditions can include time-varying pressure head (or moisture content), heat, and/or concentration; fluxes distributed along domain boundaries and/or at internal node points; and/or convective moisture, heat, and solute fluxes along the domain boundaries; and/or unit hydraulic gradient along domain boundaries. Other model features include temperature and concentration dependent density (liquid and vapor) and viscosity, sorption and/or decay of a solute, and capability to determine moisture content beyond residual to zero. These features are described in the documentation together with development of the governing equations, application of the finite-element formulation (using the Galerkin approach), solution procedure, mass and energy balance considerations, input requirements, and output options. The VST2D model was verified, and results included solutions for problems of water transport under isohaline and isothermal conditions, heat transport under isobaric and isohaline conditions, solute transport under isobaric and isothermal conditions, and coupled water-heat-solute transport. The first three problems considered in model verification were compared to either analytical or numerical solutions, whereas the coupled problem was compared to measured laboratory results for which no known analytic solutions or numerical models are available. The test results indicate the model is accurate and applicable for a wide range of conditions, including when water (liquid and vapor), heat (sensible and latent), and solute are coupled in ground-water systems. The cumulative residual errors for the coupled problem tested was less than 10-8 cubic centimeter per cubic centimeter, 10-5 moles per kilogram, and 102 calories per cubic meter for liquid water content, solute concentration and heat content, respectively. This model should be useful to hydrologists, engineers, and researchers interested in studying coupled processes associated with variably saturated transport in ground-water systems.

  20. Microstructure and magnetic properties of anisotropic NdFeB powders from hot rolled ingots by HD process

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    Hinz, D.; Handstein, A.; Harris, I. R.

    1994-03-01

    Hot rolling of cast Nd(16.5)Fe(77.5)B6 ingots wrapped in iron was used to produce anisotropic magnets as starting material for anisotropic powder. After application of the HD process the NdFeB powder could be easily removed from the sheath. Metallographic and SEM investigations showed a great variety of particle shapes and sizes. Predominantly needle- and shell-shaped particles with medium particle sizes of about 160 micron were formed with their magnetically easy axis perpendicular to the great half axis. To produce anisotropic bonded magnets the aligning magnetic field has to be applied parallel to the pressure direction.

  1. Hydrostatic pressure effect on charge transport properties of phenacene organic semiconductors.

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    Nguyen, Thao P; Shim, Ji Hoon

    2016-05-18

    We investigate the charge transport properties of phenacene organic semiconductors including phenanthrene, chrysene and picene using density functional theory (DFT) calculations under hydrostatic pressure. Under compression, the crystal structures of the three materials are altered and thus, a decrease in the intermolecular distances gives changes in charge transport properties while the molecular structures remain stable. As a result of the applied pressure, the mobilities of these materials increase dramatically. Chrysene shows a transition from a p-type semiconductor to an ambipolar semiconductor at around 2.0 GPa. Interestingly, chrysene favors electron transport at above 3.0 GPa. On the other hand, both phenanthrene and picene exhibit hole transport characteristics under high pressure. Between 3.1 and 4.3 GPa, the picene crystal is found to transform from an anisotropic mobility to an isotropic mobility in the ab plane. We also found that, the bulk modulus representing the resistance of the material under pressure compression follows a linear relationship with molecular length. PMID:27146786

  2. Magnetic properties and anisotropic coercivity in nanogranular films of Co/Al2O3 above the percolation limit

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    Kulyk, M. M.; Kalita, V. M.; Lozenko, A. F.; Ryabchenko, S. M.; Stognei, O. V.; Sitnikov, A. V.; Korenivski, V.

    2014-08-01

    Magnetic properties of nanogranular ferromagnetic Co/Al2O3 films with 74.5 at% Co, which is above the percolation limit, are investigated. It is established that the films have perpendicular magnetic anisotropy and a weaker in-plane anisotropy. The magnetization curves show that the film consists of two magnetic components: a dominating contribution from magneto-anisotropic isolated grains with the anisotropy axis perpendicular to the film plane and a weaker contribution from the percolated part of the film. This two-component magnetic composition of the films, with the dominating contribution from the nanograins, is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy as well as by ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy. It is further established that the coercive field of the film is almost entirely determined by the percolated part of the film. In this, the angular dependence of the coercive force, Hc (θH), is essentially proportional to sin-1θH, where θH is the angle between the applied field and the film's normal. However, for θH → 0, Hc (θH) there is a narrow minimum with Hc approaching zero. Such non-linear dependence agrees well with our modelling results for a two-component magnetic system of the film, where the non-percolated nanograins have a distinct perpendicular anisotropy. The reported results should be important for in-depth characterization and understanding the magnetism and anisotropy in inhomogeneous systems as well as for applications, specifically in perpendicular magnetic recording.

  3. Anisotropic ray trace

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    Lam, Wai Sze Tiffany

    Optical components made of anisotropic materials, such as crystal polarizers and crystal waveplates, are widely used in many complex optical system, such as display systems, microlithography, biomedical imaging and many other optical systems, and induce more complex aberrations than optical components made of isotropic materials. The goal of this dissertation is to accurately simulate the performance of optical systems with anisotropic materials using polarization ray trace. This work extends the polarization ray tracing calculus to incorporate ray tracing through anisotropic materials, including uniaxial, biaxial and optically active materials. The 3D polarization ray tracing calculus is an invaluable tool for analyzing polarization properties of an optical system. The 3x3 polarization ray tracing P matrix developed for anisotropic ray trace assists tracking the 3D polarization transformations along a ray path with series of surfaces in an optical system. To better represent the anisotropic light-matter interactions, the definition of the P matrix is generalized to incorporate not only the polarization change at a refraction/reflection interface, but also the induced optical phase accumulation as light propagates through the anisotropic medium. This enables realistic modeling of crystalline polarization elements, such as crystal waveplates and crystal polarizers. The wavefront and polarization aberrations of these anisotropic components are more complex than those of isotropic optical components and can be evaluated from the resultant P matrix for each eigen-wavefront as well as for the overall image. One incident ray refracting or reflecting into an anisotropic medium produces two eigenpolarizations or eigenmodes propagating in different directions. The associated ray parameters of these modes necessary for the anisotropic ray trace are described in Chapter 2. The algorithms to calculate the P matrix from these ray parameters are described in Chapter 3 for anisotropic ray tracing. x. Chapter 4 presents the data reduction of the P matrix of a crystal waveplate. The diattenuation is embedded in the singular values of P. The retardance is divided into two parts: (A) The physical retardance induced by OPLs and surface interactions, and (B) the geometrical transformation induced by geometry of a ray path, which is calculated by the geometrical transform Q matrix. The Q matrix of an anisotropic intercept is derived from the generalization of s- and p-bases at the anisotropic intercept; the p basis is not confined to the plane of incidence due to the anisotropic refraction or reflection. Chapter 5 shows how the multiple P matrices associated with the eigenmodes resulting from propagation through multiple anisotropic surfaces can be combined into one P matrix when the multiple modes interfere in their overlapping regions. The resultant P matrix contains diattenuation induced at each surface interaction as well as the retardance due to ray propagation and total internal reflections. The polarization aberrations of crystal waveplates and crystal polarizers are studied in Chapter 6 and Chapter 7. A wavefront simulated by a grid of rays is traced through the anisotropic system and the resultant grid of rays is analyzed. The analysis is complicated by the ray doubling effects and the partially overlapping eigen-wavefronts propagating in various directions. The wavefront and polarization aberrations of each eigenmode can be evaluated from the electric field distributions. The overall polarization at the plane of interest or the image quality at the image plane are affected by each of these eigen-wavefronts. Isotropic materials become anisotropic due to stress, strain, or applied electric or magnetic fields. In Chapter 8, the P matrix for anisotropic materials is extended to ray tracing in stress birefringent materials which are treated as spatially varying anisotropic materials. Such simulations can predict the spatial retardance variation throughout the stressed optical component and its effects on the point spread function and modulation transfer function for different incident polarizations. The anisotropic extension of the P matrix also applies to other anisotropic optical components, such as anisotropic diffractive optical elements and anisotropic thin films. It systematically keeps track of polarization transformation in 3D global Cartesian coordinates of a ray propagating through series of anisotropic and isotropic optical components with arbitrary orientations. The polarization ray tracing calculus with this generalized P matrix provides a powerful tool for optical ray trace and allows comprehensive analysis of complex optical system. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  4. Modeling graphene: Magnetic, transport and optical properties

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    Chang, Yi Chen

    Graphene, with its unique linear dispersion near the Fermi energy, has attracted great attention since its successful isolation from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite in 2004. Many important properties have been identified in graphene, including a remarkably high mobility at room temperature, an unusual quantum hall effect, and an ambipolar electric field effect. It has been proposed as a candidate for many applications, such as optical modulators, spintronic devices, and solar cells. Understanding the fundamental properties of graphene is therefore important. In this dissertation, I present a study of transport, magnetism and optical properties of graphene. In the first chapter, I introduce the electronic properties of mono layer and few layer graphene. In the second chapter, I present low temperature transport measurements in few layer graphene. An electric-field induced semimetal-to-metal transition is observed based on the temperature dependence of the resistance for different applied gate voltages. At small gate voltages the resistance decreases with increasing temperature due to the increase in carrier concentration resulting from thermal excitation of electron-hole pairs, as it is characteristic of a semimetal. At large gate, voltages excitations of electron-hole pairs are suppressed, and the resistance increases with increasing temperature because of the decrease in mean free path due to electron-phonon scattering, as is characteristic of a metal. The electron and hole mobilities are almost equal, so there is approximate electron-hole symmetry. The data are analyzed according to two different theoretical models for few-layer graphene. A simple two band (STB) model, two overlapping bands with quadratic energy-versus-momentum dispersion relations, is used to explain the experimental observations. The best fitting parameter for the overlap energy is found to be 16 meV. However, at low temperatures, the STB suggests that the conductivity is gate independent in the small gate voltage regime, which is not observed in the data. By considering frustration of the electronic potential due to impurities from the substrate, a Gaussian-distribution puddle model can successfully describe the observed transport behavior in the low temperature, small gate voltage regime. In the third chapter, I investigate the effects of point and line defects in monolayer graphene within the framework of the Hubbard model, using a self-consistent mean field theory. These defects are found to induce characteristic patterns into the electronic density of states and cause non-uniform distributions of magnetic moments in the vicinity of the impurity sites. Specifically, defect induced resonances in the local density of states are observed at energies close to the Dirac points. The magnitudes of the frequencies of these resonance states are shown to decrease with the strength of the scattering potential, whereas their amplitudes decay algebraically with increasing distance from the defect. For the case of defect clusters, we observe that with increasing defect cluster size the local magnetic moments in the vicinity of the cluster center are strongly enhanced. Furthermore, non-trivial impurity induced magnetic patterns are observed in the presence of line defects: zigzag line defects are found to introduce stronger-amplitude magnetic patterns than armchair line defects. When the scattering strength of these topological defects is increased, the induced patterns of magnetic moments become more strongly localized. In the fourth chapter, I theoretically study the electronic properties properties in graphene dots under mechanical deformation, using both tight binding lattice model and effective Dirac model. We observed an edge state, which is tunned by an effective quantum well originating from a strain-induced gauge field. Applying a uniaxial strain along the zigzag or armchair directions enhances or dampens the edge state due to the development of edge quantum wells. When an arc bending deformation is applied, the inner and outer edges of graphene dot display edge states caused by the induced nonuniform gauge field. These states suggest that an effective single well potential is introduced by a strong nonuniform pseudo-magnetic field, leading to a pseudo quantum Hall effect. Furthermore, we find that introducing a Hubbard term on the mean-field level induces a strong polarization between the A and B sublattices, which provides an experimental test of the theory presented here. Finally, I study charge impurity induced plasmon resonance in graphene by using the self-consistent method within random phase approximation (RPA). I attribute the observed increase in excitation energy to the increasing carrier density due to stronger impurity potentials. On the other hand, the carrier density within low energy region is decreased when impurity size is increased, as result of lower excitation frequency. The plasmon patterns show that the dipole resonances are supported for the lower excitation frequency due to a simple transition process. For higher excitation frequencies, quadrapole resonance is observed because the transitions between higher energy levels become possible. With increasing impurity size, a larger spatial range of plasmons is observed.

  5. Magnetic properties of cubic FeCo nanoparticles with anisotropic long chain structure

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    Liu, Jinming; Wu, Kai; Wang, Jian-Ping

    2016-05-01

    Cubic FeCo alloy nanoparticles (NPs) with body-centered cubic (bcc) phase were prepared using sputter based gas-condensation method. When the NPs formed long chain assemblies, the magnetic properties were quite different from that of well-dispersed NPs. Most of the well-dispersed NPs were superparamagnetic at room temperature while the long chain NP assemblies were ferromagnetic with coercivities around 765 Oe, which displayed quite different magnetic properties. The ferromagnetism of long chain NPs was from the exchange coupling between NPs, which eventually led to the transition from superparamagnetism (SPM) to superferromagetism (SFM). Zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) curves were obtained and long chain NP assemblies displayed ferromagnetism at the temperature ranging from 10 K to 400 K. Time-dependent remanent magnetic moment curves also indicated that the long chain structure had better thermal stability due to the strong exchange coupling.

  6. Determination of the optical properties of anisotropic turbid media using an integrating sphere

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    Heine, M. T.; Foschum, F.; Kienle, A.

    2009-07-01

    Visible integrating sphere spectroscopy was applied to determine the optical properties of turbid media in the spectral range of 480 to 650 nm. Total transmission and diffuse remission were measured. As samples, we used liquid phantoms consisting of pH-buffer solution and different amounts of Lipovenoes 10% or black ink. It was investigated if the scattering coefficient and the absorption coefficient of turbid media can be accurately obtained.

  7. Anisotropic metamaterial optical fibers

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    Pratap, Dheeraj; Anantha Ramakrishna, S.; Pollock, Justin G.; Iyer, Ashwin K.

    2015-04-01

    Internal physical structure can drastically modify the properties of waveguides: photonic crystal fibers are able to confine light inside a hollow air core by Bragg scattering from a periodic array of holes, while metamaterial loaded waveguides for microwaves can support propagation at frequencies well below cutoff. Anisotropic metamaterials assembled into cylindrically symmetric geometries constitute light-guiding structures that support new kinds of exotic modes. A microtube of anodized nanoporous alumina, with nanopores radially emanating from the inner wall to the outer surface, is a manifestation of such an anisotropic metamaterial optical fiber. The nanopores, when filled with a plasmonic metal such as silver or gold, greatly increase the electromagnetic anisotropy. The modal solutions in anisotropic circular waveguides can be uncommon Bessel functions with imaginary orders.

  8. Anisotropic metamaterial optical fibers.

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    Pratap, Dheeraj; Anantha Ramakrishna, S; Pollock, Justin G; Iyer, Ashwin K

    2015-04-01

    Internal physical structure can drastically modify the properties of waveguides: photonic crystal fibers are able to confine light inside a hollow air core by Bragg scattering from a periodic array of holes, while metamaterial loaded waveguides for microwaves can support propagation at frequencies well below cutoff. Anisotropic metamaterials assembled into cylindrically symmetric geometries constitute light-guiding structures that support new kinds of exotic modes. A microtube of anodized nanoporous alumina, with nanopores radially emanating from the inner wall to the outer surface, is a manifestation of such an anisotropic metamaterial optical fiber. The nanopores, when filled with a plasmonic metal such as silver or gold, greatly increase the electromagnetic anisotropy. The modal solutions in such anisotropic circular waveguides can be uncommon Bessel functions with imaginary orders. PMID:25968741

  9. Equilibrium and transport properties of constrained systems

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    Chaudhuri, Debasish

    2006-10-01

    Systems under external confinement and constraints often show interesting properties. In this thesis, we study some systems under external confinement. We begin by finding out the probability distribution of end-to-end separation of a Worm Like Chain (WLC) polymer whose ends are positionally (and orientationally) constrained. We use Monte-Carlo simulations (MC) and a theoretical mapping of the WLC to a quantum particle moving on the surface of an unit sphere to find multimodality in Helmholtz ensemble as a generic signature of semi-flexibility. Secondly, we study Laser Induced Freezing using a Kosterlitz-Thouless type renormalization group calculation and a restricted MC simulation to obtain phase diagrams for Hard Disk, Soft Disk and DLVO potentials. They show very good agreement with phase diagrams simulated by other groups. Lastly, we study the strain response and failure mechanism of a two-dimensional solid confined within a hard wall channel using MC and molecular dynamics simulations. We find a reversible plastic failure through solid-smectic coexistence and observe layering transitions. Mean field calculations can capture some of these features. We study the heat transport in this system thorugh nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations and find strong signatures of the transitions. We propose a simple free volume calculation that reproduces some qualitative features of the strain response of heat current for small strains.

  10. Transport properties of alkali metal doped fullerides

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    Yadav, Daluram Yadav, Nishchhal

    2015-07-31

    We have studied the intercage interactions between the adjacent C{sub 60} cages and expansion of lattice due to the intercalation of alkali atoms based on the spring model to estimate phonon frequencies from the dynamical matrix for the intermolecular alkali-C{sub 60} phonons. We considered a two-peak model for the phonon density of states to investigate the nature of electron pairing mechanism for superconducting state in fullerides. Coulomb repulsive parameter and the electron phonon coupling strength are obtained within the random phase approximation. Transition temperature, T{sub c}, is obtained in a situation when the free electrons in lowest molecular orbital are coupled with alkali-C{sub 60} phonons as 5 K, which is much lower as compared to reported T{sub c} (20 K). The superconducting pairing is mainly driven by the high frequency intramolecular phonons and their effects enhance it to 22 K. The importance of the present study, the pressure effect and normal state transport properties are calculated within the same model leading superconductivity.

  11. ElAM: A computer program for the analysis and representation of anisotropic elastic properties

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    Marmier, Arnaud; Lethbridge, Zoe A. D.; Walton, Richard I.; Smith, Christopher W.; Parker, Stephen C.; Evans, Kenneth E.

    2010-12-01

    The continuum theory of elasticity has been used for more than a century and has applications in many fields of science and engineering. It is very robust, well understood and mathematically elegant. In the isotropic case elastic properties are easily represented, but for non-isotropic materials, even in the simple cubic symmetry, it can be difficult to visualise how properties such as Young's modulus or Poisson's ratio vary with stress/strain orientation. The ElAM ( Elastic Anisotropy Measures) code carries out the required tensorial operations (inversion, rotation, diagonalisation) and creates 3D models of an elastic property's anisotropy. It can also produce 2D cuts in any given plane, compute averages following diverse schemes and query a database of elastic constants to support meta-analyses. Program summaryProgram title: ElAM1.0 Catalogue identifier: AEHB_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEHB_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 43 848 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 2 498 882 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Fortran90 Computer: Any Operating system: Linux, Windows (XP, Vista) RAM: Depends chiefly on the size of the arrays representing elastic properties in 3D Classification: 7.7 Nature of problem: Representation of elastic moduli and ratios, and of wave velocities, in 3D; automatic discovery of unusual elastic properties. Solution method: Stiffness matrix (66) inversion and conversion to compliance tensor (3333), tensor rotation, dynamic matrix diagonalisation, simple optimisation, postscript and VRML output preparation. Running time: Dependent on angular accuracy and size of elastic constant database (from a few seconds to a few hours). The tests provided take from a few seconds for test0 to approximately 1 hour for test4.

  12. Osmotic compression of anisotropic proteins: interaction properties and associated structures in wheat gliadin dispersions.

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    Boire, Adeline; Menut, Paul; Morel, Marie-Hélène; Sanchez, Christian

    2015-04-30

    In this Article, we investigated the interaction properties of wheat gliadins, properties that are at the basis of their functionality in wheat grain and in food matrixes. We established the equation of state of our isolate by osmotic compression and characterized the concentration-induced structural transitions, from the secondary structure of proteins to the rheological properties. We evidenced three thermodynamical regimes corresponding to several structuring regimes. First, for Φ < 0.03, gliadins behave as repulsive colloids, with a positive second virial coefficient, arising presumably from their surface charge density and/or their steric repulsion. No intermolecular interaction was detected by FT-IR, suggesting that proteins form a stable dispersion. In the second regime, the system becomes more easily compressible, i.e., less repulsive and/or more attractive. It is associated with the disappearance of β-sheet intramolecular structures of the proteins in favor of random coils/α-helix and intermolecular β-sheet interactions. This coincides with the appearance of elasticity and the increase of the apparent viscosity. Finally, in the last regime, for Φ > 0.16, FT-IR spectra show that proteins are strongly interacting via intermolecular interactions. A correlation peak develops in SAXS, revealing a global order in the dispersion. Interestingly, the osmotic pressure applied to extract the solvent is higher than expected from a hard-sphere-like protein and we highlighted a liquid-like state at very high concentration (>450 g L(-1)) which is in contrast with most proteins that form gel or glass at such concentration. In the discussion, we questioned the existence of supramolecular assemblies and the role of the solvation that would lead to this specific behavior. PMID:25839358

  13. Diameter dependence of the transport properties of antimony telluride nanowires.

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    Zuev, Yuri M; Lee, Jin Seok; Galloy, Clément; Park, Hongkun; Kim, Philip

    2010-08-11

    We report measurements of electronic, thermoelectric, and galvanomagnetic properties of individual single crystal antimony telluride (Sb(2)Te(3)) nanowires with diameters in the range of 20-100 nm. Temperature-dependent resistivity and thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements indicate hole dominant diffusive thermoelectric generation with an enhancement of the TEP for smaller diameter wires up to 110 microV/K at T = 300 K. We measure the magnetoresistance in magnetic fields both parallel and perpendicular to the nanowire [110] axis, where strong anisotropic positive magnetoresistance behavior was observed. PMID:20698617

  14. Dimensional percolation of sheared nano-rod dispersions and consequences for highly anisotropic property tensors

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    Forest, M. Gregory; Zheng, Xiaoyu; Zhou, Ruhai; Vaia, Richard

    2008-03-01

    The Doi-Hess theory for flowing nano-rod dispersion yields orientational probability distribution functions for the nano-particle phase in flow-processed thin films. These numerical databases for variable shear rate, particle aspect ratio and volume fraction are then combined with a Monte Carlo algorithm to populate sheared dispersions. Nano-rod cluster statistics are then computed to determine percolation thresholds, which yield transitions from zero to one, two and three dimensional percolating paths. Finally, effective property enhancements are computed which include standard volume-averaged homogenization and percolation cluster statistics.

  15. Prediction of the anisotropic properties of energetic materials at elevated pressures and temperatures

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    Ojeda, Oscar; Cagin, Tahir

    2011-03-01

    Localization of strain and changes under extreme conditions in energetic materials (EM) can cause runaway reactions and unexpected initiation. A clear understanding of the mechanical properties is a perquisite in understanding the interplay between mechanical, chemical and thermodynamic properties that relate sensitivity and EM's before they undergo initiation. We have conducted first principles ground state studies, complemented by atomistic calculations at elevated temperatures and pressures, for energetic commonly used secondary EM's with varying sensitivities. Chemical information found from ab intio methods, and from compression at elevated temperatures show that external conditions relevant to impact and shock behavior can have different effects on the studied systems. These range from changes in local conformation, changes in the hydrogen-bonding network, and more drastically to a full crystallographic transition in which the symmetry of the system undergoes a transformation. Due to the chemical, mechanical and thermodynamic level information that provides, multiscale modeling methods, can then be applied to the understanding of other type of systems and give a clearer understanding of the molecular processes that undergo energetic materials, prior to initiation. Laboratory of Computational Engineering of Nanomaterials.

  16. Transport properties of silver selenomolybdate glassy ionic conductors

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    Deb, B.; Ghosh, A.

    2012-11-01

    Transport properties of silver selenomolybdate glassy ionic conductors have been reported for wide composition and temperature ranges. It has been observed that the transport properties of these glasses depend strongly on the modifier content as well as on the glass formers ratio. A direct correlation between the ion transport and the modification of the glass structure has been predicted. Transport properties of these glasses are also strongly influenced by the existence of dual character of SeO2 as a glass former and a glass modifier. Structural models for different compositions have also been proposed.

  17. Neoclassical Transport Properties of Tokamak Plasmas

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    Weyssow, B.

    2004-03-15

    The classical transport theory is strictly valid for a plasma in a homogeneous and stationary magnetic field. In the '60, experiments have shown that this theory does not apply as a local theory of transport in Tokamaks. It was shown that global geometric characteristics of the confining elements have a strong influence on the transport. Three regimes of collisionality are characteristic of the neoclassical transport theory: the banana regime (the electronic diffusion coefficient increases starting from zero), the plateau regime (the diffusion coefficient is almost independent of the collisionality) and the Pfirsch-Schlueter regime (the electronic diffusion coefficient again increases with the collisionality)

  18. Optical Determination of Anisotropic Material Properties of Bovine Articular Cartilage in Compression

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    Wang, Christopher C-B.; Chahine, Nadeen O.; Hung, Clark T.; Ateshian, Gerard A.

    2010-01-01

    The precise nature of the material symmetry of articular cartilage in compression remains to be elucidated. The primary objective of this study was to determine the equilibrium compressive Young’s moduli and Poisson’s ratios of bovine cartilage along multiple directions (parallel and perpendicular to the split line direction, and normal to the articular surface) by loading small cubic specimens (0.9×0.9×0.8 mm, n=15) in unconfined compression, with the expectation that the material symmetry of cartilage could be determined more accurately with the help of a more complete set of material properties. The second objective was to investigate how the tension-compression nonlinearity of cartilage might alter the interpretation of material symmetry. Optimized digital image correlation was used to accurately determine the resultant strain fields within the specimens under loading. Experimental results demonstrated that neither the Young’s moduli nor the Poisson’s ratios exhibit the same values when measured along the three loading directions. The main findings of this study are that the framework of linear orthotropic elasticity (as well as higher symmetries of linear elasticity) is not suitable to describe the equilibrium response of articular cartilage nor characterize its material symmetry; a framework which accounts for the distinctly different responses of cartilage in tension and compression is more suitable for describing the equilibrium response of cartilage; within this framework, cartilage exhibits no lower than orthotropic symmetry. PMID:12594982

  19. Theoretical studies of H2-H2 collisions. IV. Ab initio calculations of anisotropic transport phenomena in para-hydrogen gasa)

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    Köhler, Walter E.; Schaefer, J.

    1983-04-01

    The temperature dependence of the effective Waldmann-Snider cross sections determining the Senftleben-Beenakker effects of viscosity and heat conductivity has been studied for pH2 gas between 10 and 200 K. From ab initio nonspherical potentials of H2-H2, scattering matrices have been determined in close-coupling calculations. From these, the elements of the scattering amplitude matrix have been obtained and used as input quantities for the evaluation of the various Waldmann-Snider collision integrals. The results of these first ab initio numerical calculations of anisotropic transport coefficients show excellent agreement of calculated and measured effective cross sections, especially for the most recent improved version of the interaction potential. In addition, it has been shown that the polarization production cross sections are quite sensitive to the potential anisotropy.

  20. Research Update: Structural and transport properties of (Ca,La)FeAs2 single crystal

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    Caglieris, F.; Sala, A.; Fujioka, M.; Hummel, F.; Pallecchi, I.; Lamura, G.; Johrendt, D.; Takano, Y.; Ishida, S.; Iyo, A.; Eisaki, H.; Ogino, H.; Yakita, H.; Shimoyama, J.; Putti, M.

    2016-02-01

    Structural and transport properties in the normal and superconducting states are investigated in a Ca0.8La0.2FeAs2 single crystal with Tc = 27 K, belonging to the newly discovered 112 family of iron based superconductors. The transport critical current density Jc for both field directions measured in a focused ion beam patterned microbridge reveals a weakly field dependent and low anisotropic behaviour with a low temperature value as high as Jc(B = 0) ˜ 105 A/cm2. This demonstrates not only bulk superconductivity but also the potential of 112 superconductors towards applications. Interestingly, this superconducting compound undergoes a structural transition below 100 K which is evidenced by temperature-dependent X-ray diffraction measurements. Data analysis of Hall resistance and magnetoresistivity indicate that magnetotransport properties are largely dominated by an electron band, with a change of regime observed in correspondence of the onset of a structural transition. In the low temperature regime, the contribution of a hole band to transport is suggested, possibly playing a role in determining the superconducting state.

  1. Fast and Accurate Multicomponent Transport Property Evaluation

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    Ern, Alexandre; Giovangigli, Vincent

    1995-08-01

    We investigate iterative methods for solving linear systems arising from the kinetic theory and providing transport coefficients of dilute polyatomic gas mixtures. These linear systems are obtained in their naturally constrained, singular, and symmetric form, using the formalism of Waldmann and Trübenbacher. The transport coefficients associated with the systems obtained by Monchick, Yun, and Mason are also recovered, if two misprints are corrected in the work of these authors. Using the recent theory of Ern and Giovangigli, all the transport coefficients are expressed as convergent series. By truncating these series, new, accurate, approximate expressions are obtained for all the transport coefficients. Finally, the computational efficiency of the present transport algorithms in multicomponent flow applications is illustrated with several numerical experiments.

  2. Modeling of anisotropic flow and thermodynamic properties of magnetic nanofluids induced by external magnetic field with varied imposing directions

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    Song, Dongxing; Jing, Dengwei; Luo, Bing; Geng, Jiafeng; Ren, Yuxun

    2015-07-01

    Magnetic field can enhance both thermal conductivity and Lorentz force resistance of the magnetic nanofluids (MNFs), in which the former is favored while the latter often leads to pressure drop of the flow. It is assumed that there would exist a balance between the magnetic field induced thermal conductivity and Lorentz force if one can appropriately adjust the angle of the imposing magnetic field with respect to the direction of the flow. In the present study, the effects of direction of magnetic field ( α) on anisotropic thermodynamic properties of magnetic nanofluids in channel were studied. The effects of direction of magnetic field on thermal conductivity, Nusselt number, global total entropy generation, and other parameters, such as velocity, temperature, and concentration, have been discussed in detail. A greater α can lead to a larger thermal conductivity normal to the walls of channel and a more uniform temperature field. However, the velocity of magnetic nanofluid tends to decrease. There is a threshold for magnetic intensity (B). When magnetic intensity becomes large than the threshold, its effect on thermal conductivity will tends to be constant. The effect of increase of α is found to be similar to that of increasing Hartmann number ( H a ) and both can lead to augment of Lorentz resistance force along flow direction. With the increases of α and H a , both heat transfer efficiency (Nu) and global total entropy generation ( ST ) increase. Here, ST indicates the extent of loss of useful work due to the irreversibility of the process. A comprehensive utility index, Iu , is defined for evaluation of the performance of a practical heat transfer system employing MNFs. For the case where the purpose of heat transfer is to cool an equipment such as electrical device, guaranteeing heat transfer efficiency (Nu) is more important than decreasing useful energy loss ( ST ); thus, we propose a large α relative to the flow direction. For industrial processes, where energy loss ( ST ) have to be particularly considered, a small α is recommended.

  3. Molecular Properties of Bacterial Multidrug Transporters

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    Putman, Monique; van Veen, Hendrik W.; Konings, Wil N.

    2000-01-01

    One of the mechanisms that bacteria utilize to evade the toxic effects of antibiotics is the active extrusion of structurally unrelated drugs from the cell. Both intrinsic and acquired multidrug transporters play an important role in antibiotic resistance of several pathogens, including Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Vibrio cholerae. Detailed knowledge of the molecular basis of drug recognition and transport by multidrug transport systems is required for the development of new antibiotics that are not extruded or of inhibitors which block the multidrug transporter and allow traditional antibiotics to be effective. This review gives an extensive overview of the currently known multidrug transporters in bacteria. Based on energetics and structural characteristics, the bacterial multidrug transporters can be classified into five distinct families. Functional reconstitution in liposomes of purified multidrug transport proteins from four families revealed that these proteins are capable of mediating the export of structurally unrelated drugs independent of accessory proteins or cytoplasmic components. On the basis of (i) mutations that affect the activity or the substrate specificity of multidrug transporters and (ii) the three-dimensional structure of the drug-binding domain of the regulatory protein BmrR, the substrate-binding site for cationic drugs is predicted to consist of a hydrophobic pocket with a buried negatively charged residue that interacts electrostatically with the positively charged substrate. The aromatic and hydrophobic amino acid residues which form the drug-binding pocket impose restrictions on the shape and size of the substrates. Kinetic analysis of drug transport by multidrug transporters provided evidence that these proteins may contain multiple substrate-binding sites. PMID:11104814

  4. Insight into interfacial effect on effective physical properties of fibrous materials. I. The volume fraction of soft interfaces around anisotropic fibers.

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    Xu, Wenxiang; Wang, Han; Niu, Yanze; Bai, Jingtao

    2016-01-01

    With advances in interfacial properties characterization technologies, the interfacial volume fraction is a feasible parameter for evaluating effective physical properties of materials. However, there is a need to determine the interfacial volume fraction around anisotropic fibers and a need to assess the influence of such the interfacial property on effective properties of fibrous materials. Either ways, the accurate prediction of interfacial volume fraction is required. Towards this end, we put forward both theoretical and numerical schemes to determine the interfacial volume fraction in fibrous materials, which are considered as a three-phase composite structure consisting of matrix, anisotropic hard spherocylinder fibers, and soft interfacial layers with a constant dimension coated on the surface of each fiber. The interfacial volume fraction actually represents the fraction of space not occupied by all hard fibers and matrix. The theoretical scheme that adopts statistical geometry and stereological theories is essentially an analytic continuation from spherical inclusions. By simulating such three-phase chopped fibrous materials, we numerically derive the interfacial volume fraction. The theoretical and numerical schemes provide a quantitative insight that the interfacial volume fraction depends strongly on the fiber geometries like fiber shape, geometric size factor, and fiber size distribution. As a critical interfacial property, the present contribution can be further drawn into assessing effective physical properties of fibrous materials, which will be demonstrated in another paper (Part II) of this series. PMID:26747814

  5. Insight into interfacial effect on effective physical properties of fibrous materials. I. The volume fraction of soft interfaces around anisotropic fibers

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    Xu, Wenxiang; Wang, Han; Niu, Yanze; Bai, Jingtao

    2016-01-01

    With advances in interfacial properties characterization technologies, the interfacial volume fraction is a feasible parameter for evaluating effective physical properties of materials. However, there is a need to determine the interfacial volume fraction around anisotropic fibers and a need to assess the influence of such the interfacial property on effective properties of fibrous materials. Either ways, the accurate prediction of interfacial volume fraction is required. Towards this end, we put forward both theoretical and numerical schemes to determine the interfacial volume fraction in fibrous materials, which are considered as a three-phase composite structure consisting of matrix, anisotropic hard spherocylinder fibers, and soft interfacial layers with a constant dimension coated on the surface of each fiber. The interfacial volume fraction actually represents the fraction of space not occupied by all hard fibers and matrix. The theoretical scheme that adopts statistical geometry and stereological theories is essentially an analytic continuation from spherical inclusions. By simulating such three-phase chopped fibrous materials, we numerically derive the interfacial volume fraction. The theoretical and numerical schemes provide a quantitative insight that the interfacial volume fraction depends strongly on the fiber geometries like fiber shape, geometric size factor, and fiber size distribution. As a critical interfacial property, the present contribution can be further drawn into assessing effective physical properties of fibrous materials, which will be demonstrated in another paper (Part II) of this series.

  6. Transient Absorption Measurements on Anisotropic Monolayer ReS2.

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    Cui, Qiannan; He, Jiaqi; Bellus, Matthew Z; Mirzokarimov, Mirzojamshed; Hofmann, Tino; Chiu, Hsin-Ying; Antonik, Matthew; He, Dawei; Wang, Yongsheng; Zhao, Hui

    2015-11-01

    Anisotropic optical and transport properties of monolayer ReS2 fabricated by mechanical exfoliation are reported. Transient absorption measurements with different polarization configurations and sample orientations reveal that the absorption coefficient and transient absorption are both anisotropic, with maximal and minimal values occurring when the light polarization is parallel and perpendicular to the Re atomic chains, respectively. The maximal values are about a factor of 2.5 of the minimal values. By resolving the spatiotemporal dynamics of excitons, it is found that the diffusion coefficient of excitons moving along Re atomic chains is about 16 cm(2) s(-1) at room temperature, which is about a factor of three larger than those moving perpendicular to that direction. An exciton lifetime of 40 ps is also extracted. These findings establish monolayer ReS2 as an anisotropic 2D transition metal dichalcogenide. PMID:26317682

  7. The Effect of Anisotropic Valleys on Phonon Scattering and the Magnetotransport Properties of n-Type PbTe

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    Swartz, C. H.; Petersen, J. E.; Welch, E. W.; Myers, T. H.

    2016-01-01

    The success of PbTe as a thermoelectric material has generated growing interest in its charge carrier transport properties. The Boltzmann transport equation (BTE) is solved in a way which takes anisotropy, non-parabolicity, and inelastic scattering fully into account, and an inaccuracy arising from the standard treatment of phonon emission scattering is corrected. The method is used to calculate the conductivity and Hall coefficient of n-PbTe over a wide range of temperatures and doping levels, and it is found that room temperature measurements of PbTe may underestimate the true carrier concentration in some cases by a factor of 2. Experimental results on both bulk and epitaxial samples are in reasonable agreement with the predictions. A conducting p-type layer is also observed in the epitaxial films, exhibiting both persistent photoconductivity and sensitivity to air exposure.

  8. Stable Anisotropic Materials.

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    Li, Yijing; Barbic, Jernej

    2015-10-01

    The Finite Element Method (FEM) is commonly used to simulate isotropic deformable objects in computer graphics. Several applications (wood, plants, muscles) require modeling the directional dependence of the material elastic properties in three orthogonal directions. We investigate linear orthotropic materials, a special class of linear anisotropic materials where the shear stresses are decoupled from normal stresses, as well as general linear (non-orthotropic) anisotropic materials. Orthotropic materials generalize transversely isotropic materials, by exhibiting different stiffness in three orthogonal directions. Orthotropic materials are, however, parameterized by nine values that are difficult to tune in practice, as poorly adjusted settings easily lead to simulation instabilities. We present a user-friendly approach to setting these parameters that is guaranteed to be stable. Our approach is intuitive as it extends the familiar intuition known from isotropic materials. Similarly to linear orthotropic materials, we also derive a stability condition for a subset of general linear anisotropic materials, and give intuitive approaches to tuning them. In order to simulate large deformations, we augment linear corotational FEM simulations with our orthotropic and general anisotropic materials. PMID:26340037

  9. Highly anisotropic thermal conductivity of arsenene: An ab initio study

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    Zeraati, Majid; Vaez Allaei, S. Mehdi; Abdolhosseini Sarsari, I.; Pourfath, Mahdi; Donadio, Davide

    2016-02-01

    Elemental two-dimensional (2D) materials exhibit intriguing heat transport and phononic properties. Here we have investigated the lattice thermal conductivity of newly proposed arsenene, the 2D honeycomb structure of arsenic, using ab initio calculations. Solving the Boltzmann transport equation for phonons, we predict a highly anisotropic thermal conductivity of 30.4 and 7.8 W/mK along the zigzag and armchair directions, respectively, at room temperature. Our calculations reveal that phonons with mean free paths between 20 nm and 1 μ m provide the main contribution to the large thermal conductivity in the zigzag direction; mean free paths of phonons contributing to heat transport in the armchair directions range between 20 and 100 nm. The obtained anisotropic thermal conductivity and feasibility of synthesis, in addition to high electron mobility reported elsewhere, make arsenene a promising material for nanoelectronic applications and thermal management.

  10. Anisotropic universe with anisotropic sources

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    Aluri, Pavan K.; Panda, Sukanta; Sharma, Manabendra; Thakur, Snigdha E-mail: sukanta@iiserb.ac.in E-mail: snigdha@iiserb.ac.in

    2013-12-01

    We analyze the state space of a Bianchi-I universe with anisotropic sources. Here we consider an extended state space which includes null geodesics in this background. The evolution equations for all the state observables are derived. Dynamical systems approach is used to study the evolution of these equations. The asymptotic stable fixed points for all the evolution equations are found. We also check our analytic results with numerical analysis of these dynamical equations. The evolution of the state observables are studied both in cosmic time and using a dimensionless time variable. Then we repeat the same analysis with a more realistic scenario, adding the isotropic (dust like dark) matter and a cosmological constant (dark energy) to our anisotropic sources, to study their co-evolution. The universe now approaches a de Sitter space asymptotically dominated by the cosmological constant. The cosmic microwave background anisotropy maps due to shear are also generated in this scenario, assuming that the universe contains anisotropic matter along with the usual (dark) matter and vacuum (dark) energy since decoupling. We find that they contribute dominantly to the CMB quadrupole. We also constrain the current level of anisotropy and also search for any cosmic preferred axis present in the data. We use the Union 2 Supernovae data to this extent. An anisotropy axis close to the mirror symmetry axis seen in the cosmic microwave background data from Planck probe is found.

  11. PROPERTIES OF INTERFACES AND TRANSPORT ACROSS THEM

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    Much of the biological activity in cell cytoplasm occurs in compartments which are thought to form by phase separation, and many of the functions of these compartments occur by the transport or exchange of molecules across interfaces. Thus, a fundamentally based discussion of th...

  12. Unravelling Doping Effects on PEDOT at the Molecular Level: From Geometry to Thermoelectric Transport Properties.

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    Shi, Wen; Zhao, Tianqi; Xi, Jinyang; Wang, Dong; Shuai, Zhigang

    2015-10-14

    Tuning carrier concentration via chemical doping is the most successful strategy to optimize the thermoelectric figure of merit. Nevertheless, how the dopants affect charge transport is not completely understood. Here we unravel the doping effects by explicitly including the scattering of charge carriers with dopants on thermoelectric properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT, which is a p-type thermoelectric material with the highest figure of merit reported. We corroborate that the PEDOT exhibits a distinct transition from the aromatic to quinoid-like structure of backbone, and a semiconductor-to-metal transition with an increase in the level of doping. We identify a close-to-unity charge transfer from PEDOT to the dopant, and find that the ionized impurity scattering dominates over the acoustic phonon scattering in the doped PEDOT. By incorporating both scattering mechanisms, the doped PEDOT exhibits mobility, Seebeck coefficient and power factors in very good agreement with the experimental data, and the lightly doped PEDOT exhibits thermoelectric properties superior to the heavily doped one. We reveal that the thermoelectric transport is highly anisotropic in ordered crystals, and suggest to utilize large power factors in the direction of polymer backbone and low lattice thermal conductivity in the stacking and lamellar directions, which is viable in chain-oriented amorphous nanofibers. PMID:26406937

  13. Transport properties of pancreatic cancer describe gemcitabine delivery and response

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    Koay, Eugene J.; Truty, Mark J.; Cristini, Vittorio; Thomas, Ryan M.; Chen, Rong; Chatterjee, Deyali; Kang, Ya’an; Bhosale, Priya R.; Tamm, Eric P.; Crane, Christopher H.; Javle, Milind; Katz, Matthew H.; Gottumukkala, Vijaya N.; Rozner, Marc A.; Shen, Haifa; Lee, Jeffery E.; Wang, Huamin; Chen, Yuling; Plunkett, William; Abbruzzese, James L.; Wolff, Robert A.; Varadhachary, Gauri R.; Ferrari, Mauro; Fleming, Jason B.

    2014-01-01

    Background. The therapeutic resistance of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is partly ascribed to ineffective delivery of chemotherapy to cancer cells. We hypothesized that physical properties at vascular, extracellular, and cellular scales influence delivery of and response to gemcitabine-based therapy. Methods. We developed a method to measure mass transport properties during routine contrast-enhanced CT scans of individual human PDAC tumors. Additionally, we evaluated gemcitabine infusion during PDAC resection in 12 patients, measuring gemcitabine incorporation into tumor DNA and correlating its uptake with human equilibrative nucleoside transporter (hENT1) levels, stromal reaction, and CT-derived mass transport properties. We also studied associations between CT-derived transport properties and clinical outcomes in patients who received preoperative gemcitabine-based chemoradiotherapy for resectable PDAC. Results. Transport modeling of 176 CT scans illustrated striking differences in transport properties between normal pancreas and tumor, with a wide array of enhancement profiles. Reflecting the interpatient differences in contrast enhancement, resected tumors exhibited dramatic differences in gemcitabine DNA incorporation, despite similar intravascular pharmacokinetics. Gemcitabine incorporation into tumor DNA was inversely related to CT-derived transport parameters and PDAC stromal score, after accounting for hENT1 levels. Moreover, stromal score directly correlated with CT-derived parameters. Among 110 patients who received preoperative gemcitabine-based chemoradiotherapy, CT-derived parameters correlated with pathological response and survival. Conclusion. Gemcitabine incorporation into tumor DNA is highly variable and correlates with multiscale transport properties that can be derived from routine CT scans. Furthermore, pretherapy CT-derived properties correlate with clinically relevant endpoints. Trial registration. Clinicaltrials.gov NCT01276613. Funding. Lustgarten Foundation (989161), Department of Defense (W81XWH-09-1-0212), NIH (U54CA151668, KCA088084). PMID:24614108

  14. Scaling properties of the anisotropic critical current density in bulk textured YBaCuO. Evidence toward a 3D flux line lattice

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    Braithwaite, D.; Bourgault, D.; Sulpice, A.; Barbut, J. M.; Tournier, R.; Monot, I.; Lepropre, M.; Provost, J.; Desgardin, G.

    1993-04-01

    We have measured dc transport critical current densities of melt texture grown and magnetically melt textured bulk YBaCuO at 77 K and in magnetic field. A maximum value of over 31,000 A/cm2 is obtained with a field of 7 teslas applied parallel to the ( a, b) planes. Over the rest of the angular range the critical current is shown to be determined mainly by the c-axis component of the applied field. Although this dependency is expected in the presence of two-dimensional vortices, in fact the data are shown to correspond better to the behavior expected of an anisotropic three-dimensional superconductor. These results are compared to magnetization measurements on the same samples. We show that when the field is directed close to the c-axis, superconducting transport currents flow at fields well above the field at which the irreversible magnetization disappears.

  15. Lagrangian transport properties of pulmonary interfacial flows

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    Smith, Bradford J.; Lukens, Sarah; Yamaguchi, Eiichiro; Gaver, Donald P.

    2012-01-01

    Disease states characterized by airway fluid occlusion and pulmonary surfactant insufficiency, such as respiratory distress syndrome, have a high mortality rate. Understanding the mechanics of airway reopening, particularly involving surfactant transport, may provide an avenue to increase patient survival via optimized mechanical ventilation waveforms. We model the occluded airway as a liquid-filled rigid tube with the fluid phase displaced by a finger of air that propagates with both mean and sinusoidal velocity components. Finite-time Lyapunov exponent (FTLE) fields are employed to analyse the convective transport characteristics, taking note of Lagrangian coherent structures (LCSs) and their effects on transport. The Lagrangian perspective of these techniques reveals flow characteristics that are not readily apparent by observing Eulerian measures. These analysis techniques are applied to surfactant-free velocity fields determined computationally, with the boundary element method, and measured experimentally with micro particle image velocimetry (μ-PIV). We find that the LCS divides the fluid into two regimes, one advected upstream (into the thin residual film) and the other downstream ahead of the advancing bubble. At higher oscillatory frequencies particles originating immediately inside the LCS experience long residence times at the air–liquid interface, which may be conducive to surfactant transport. At high frequencies a well-mixed attractor region is identified; this volume of fluid cyclically travels along the interface and into the bulk fluid. The Lagrangian analysis is applied to velocity data measured with 0.01 mg ml−1 of the clinical pulmonary surfactant Infasurf in the bulk fluid, demonstrating flow field modifications with respect to the surfactant-free system that were not visible in the Eulerian frame. PMID:23049141

  16. FIELD DETERMINATION OF SOIL HYDRAULIC AND CHEMICAL TRANSPORT PROPERTIES

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    Hydraulic and chemical transport properties are the major inputs in predictive models that simulate the movement of water and chemicals through the vadose zone. However, there is a lack of field measurements of such properties to verify models describing water and chemical movement through the soil...

  17. Superlens from complementary anisotropic metamaterials

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    Li, G. X.; Tam, H. L.; Wang, F. Y.; Cheah, K. W.

    2007-12-01

    Metamaterials with isotropic property have been shown to possess novel optical properties such as a negative refractive index that can be used to design a superlens. Recently, it was shown that metamaterials with anisotropic property can translate the high-frequency wave vector k values from evanescence to propagating. However, electromagnetic waves traveling in single-layer anisotropic metamaterial produce diverging waves of different spatial frequency. In this work, it is shown that, using bilayer metamaterials that have complementary anisotropic property, the diverging waves are recombined to produce a subwavelength image, i.e., a superlens device can be designed. The simulation further shows that the design can be achieved using a metal/oxide multilayer, and a resolution of 30 nm can be easily obtained in the optical frequency range.

  18. Physical transport properties of marine microplastic pollution

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    Ballent, A.; Purser, A.; Mendes, P. de Jesus; Pando, S.; Thomsen, L.

    2012-12-01

    Given the complexity of quantitative collection, knowledge of the distribution of microplastic pollution in many regions of the world ocean is patchy, both spatially and temporally, especially for the subsurface environment. However, with knowledge of typical hydrodynamic behavior of waste plastic material, models predicting the dispersal of pelagic and benthic plastics from land sources into the ocean are possible. Here we investigate three aspects of plastic distribution and transport in European waters. Firstly, we assess patterns in the distribution of plastics found in fluvial strandlines of the North Sea and how distribution may be related to flow velocities and distance from source. Second, we model transport of non-buoyant preproduction pellets in the Nazaré Canyon of Portugal using the MOHID system after assessing the density, settling velocity, critical and depositional shear stress characteristics of such waste plastics. Thirdly, we investigate the effect of surface turbulences and high pressures on a range of marine plastic debris categories (various densities, degradation states and shapes tested) in an experimental water column simulator tank and pressure laboratory. Plastics deposited on North Sea strandlines varied greatly spatially, as a function of material composition and distance from source. Model outputs indicated that such dense production pellets are likely transported up and down canyon as a function of tidal forces, with only very minor net down canyon movement. Behaviour of plastic fragments under turbulence varied greatly, with the dimensions of the material, as well as density, playing major determining roles. Pressure was shown to affect hydrodynamic behaviours of only low density foam plastics at pressures ≥ 60 bar.

  19. Enhancement of wall jet transport properties

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    Claunch, Scott D.; Farrington, Robert B.

    1997-01-01

    By enhancing the natural instabilities in the boundary layer and in the free shear layer of a wall jet, the boundary is minimized thereby increasing the transport of heat and mass. Enhancing the natural instabilities is accomplished by pulsing the flow of air that creates the wall jet. Such pulsing of the flow of air can be accomplished by sequentially occluding and opening a duct that confines and directs the flow of air, such as by rotating a disk on an axis transverse to the flow of air in the duct.

  20. Enhancement of wall jet transport properties

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    Claunch, S.D.; Farrington, R.B.

    1997-02-04

    By enhancing the natural instabilities in the boundary layer and in the free shear layer of a wall jet, the boundary is minimized thereby increasing the transport of heat and mass. Enhancing the natural instabilities is accomplished by pulsing the flow of air that creates the wall jet. Such pulsing of the flow of air can be accomplished by sequentially occluding and opening a duct that confines and directs the flow of air, such as by rotating a disk on an axis transverse to the flow of air in the duct. 17 figs.

  1. Fractures in anisotropic media

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    Shao, Siyi

    Rocks may be composed of layers and contain fracture sets that cause the hydraulic, mechanical and seismic properties of a rock to be anisotropic. Coexisting fractures and layers in rock give rise to competing mechanisms of anisotropy. For example: (1) at low fracture stiffness, apparent shear-wave anisotropy induced by matrix layering can be masked or enhanced by the presence of a fracture, depending on the fracture orientation with respect to layering, and (2) compressional-wave guided modes generated by parallel fractures can also mask the presence of matrix layerings for particular fracture orientations and fracture specific stiffness. This report focuses on two anisotropic sources that are widely encountered in rock engineering: fractures (mechanical discontinuity) and matrix layering (impedance discontinuity), by investigating: (1) matrix property characterization, i.e., to determine elastic constants in anisotropic solids, (2) interface wave behavior in single-fractured anisotropic media, (3) compressional wave guided modes in parallel-fractured anisotropic media (single fracture orientation) and (4) the elastic response of orthogonal fracture networks. Elastic constants of a medium are required to understand and quantify wave propagation in anisotropic media but are affected by fractures and matrix properties. Experimental observations and analytical analysis demonstrate that behaviors of both fracture interface waves and compressional-wave guided modes for fractures in anisotropic media, are affected by fracture specific stiffness (controlled by external stresses), signal frequency and relative orientation between layerings in the matrix and fractures. A fractured layered medium exhibits: (1) fracture-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are weakly coupled; (2) isotropic behavior when fractures delay waves that are usually fast in a layered medium; and (3) matrix-dominated anisotropy when the fractures are closed and no longer delay the signal. The theory and experimental results in this report demonstrate that the presence of fractures in anisotropic material can be unambiguously interpreted if experimental measurements are made as a function of stress, which eliminates many fracture-generated discrete modes (e.g., interface waves, and leaky guided-modes). Orthogonal fracture networks that are often encountered in field exploration bring in additional challenges for seismic/acoustic data interpretation. An innovative wavefront imaging system with a bi-axial load frame was designed and implemented on orthogonally-fractured samples to determine the effect of fracture networks on elastic wave propagation. The effects of central wave guiding and extra time delays along a fracture intersection were observed in experiments and was analyzed. Interpreting data from media with intersecting fracture sets must account for fracture intersections and the non-uniformity of fracture properties caused by local tectonic conditions or other physical process such as non-uniform fluid distributions within a network and/or chemical alterations.

  2. Middle Atmosphere Transport Properties of Assimilated Datasets

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    Pawson, Steven; Rood, Richard

    1999-01-01

    One of the most compelling reasons for performing data assimilation in the middle atmosphere is to obtain global, balanced datasets for studies of trace gas transport and chemistry. This is a major motivation behind the Goddard Earth observation System-Data Assimilation System (GEOS-DAS). Previous studies have shown that while this and other data assimilation systems can generally obtain good estimates of the extratropical rotational velocity field, the divergent part of the dynamical field is deficient; this impacts the "residual circulation" and leads to spurious trace gas transport on seasonal and interannual timescales. These problems are impacted by the quality and the method of use of the observational data and by deficiencies in the atmospheric general circulation model. Whichever the cause at any place and time, the "solution" is to introduce non-physical forcing terms into the system (the so-called incremental analysis updates); these can directly (thermal) or indirectly (mechanical) affect the residual circulation. This paper will illustrate how the divergent circulation is affected by deficiencies in both observations and models. Theoretical considerations will be illustrated with examples from the GEOS-DAS and from simplified numerical experiments. These are designed to isolate known problems, such as the inability of models to sustain a quasi-biennial oscillation and sparse observational constraints on tropical dynamics, or radiative inconsistencies in the presence of volcanic aerosols.

  3. Middle Atmospheric Transport Properties of Assimilated Datasets

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    Pawson, Steven; Rood, Richard

    1999-01-01

    One of the most compelling reasons for performing data assimilation in the middle atmosphere is to obtain global, balanced datasets for studies of trace gas transport and chemistry. This is a major motivation behind the Goddard Earth observation System-Data Assimilation System (GEOS-DAS). Previous studies have shown that while this and other data assimilation systems can generally obtain good estimates of the extratropical rotational velocity field, the divergent part of the dynamical field is deficient; this impacts the "residual circulation" and leads to spurious trace gas transport on seasonal and interannual timescales. These problems are impacted by the quality and the method of use of the observational data and by deficiencies in the atmospheric general circulation model. Whichever the cause at any place and time, the "solution" is to introduce non-physical forcing terms into the system (the so-called incremental analysis updates); these can directly (thermal) or indirectly (mechanical) affect the residual circulation. This paper will illustrate how the divergent circulation is affected by deficiencies in both observations and models. Theoretical considerations will be illustrated with examples from the GEOS-DAS and from simplified numerical experiments. These are designed to isolate known problems, such as the inability of models to sustain a quasi-biennial oscillation and sparse observational constraints on tropical dynamics, or radiative inconsistencies in the presence of volcanic aerosols.

  4. High temperature transport properties of air

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    Levin, E.; Partridge, Harry; Stallcop, J. R.

    1987-01-01

    A general computer code was developed to allow calculation of atom-atom and ion-atom transport collision integrals from accurate potential energy curves described by a set of discrete data points for a broad range of scattering conditions. This code is based upon semiclassical approximations that properly account for quantum mechanical behavior such as tunneling effects near a barrier maximum, resonance charge exchange, and nuclear symmetry effects. Transport collision integrals were determined for N-N, O-O, N(+)-N, and O(+)-O interactions from complete sets of accurate potential functions derived from combined experimental and ab initio structure calculations. For the O-O case, this includes results for excited states. The calculated values of the N(+)-N and O(+)-O resonance charge exchange cross section Q(ex) agree well with measurements from beam experiment that are available at high energies where the diffusion cross section Q(d) satisfies Q(d) approximately equal to 2Q(ex).

  5. Ultrasonic polarization measurements of elastic-anisotropic properties of metamorphized rocks on the slit of the German KTB superdeep well in the 4100-7100 m depth range

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    Kovalevskiy, Mikhail

    2013-04-01

    The KTB German Superdeep Well (Germany, Windischeschenbach) has limiting depth of 9101 m. It is one of the world deepest well among the continental boreholes. A study of physical parameters including elastic ones of the massif intersected by the well allowed to represent a real pattern of changing properties and the state of crystalline rocks in upper and middle part of the Earth crust. Such a deep section enables performing analyses of large spectrum of geological and geophysical objects, such as minerals, crystalline rocks, geological strata, formation complexes et al. Recently obtained results permit to get a general idea of elastic-anisotropic properties of crystalline rocks extracted from great depths. A study of properties and state of rocks along the KTB section will make it possible to most precisely determine regular changes of the Earth's rock properties within a large range of depths. Below are the results of investigation of elastic-anisotropic properties for 13 core samples of the KTB rocks in the range of 4.1 to 7.1 km. In this interval the well has penetrated metamorphosed rocks [1]. The measurements have been done by an acoustopolarization method with recent improvements and with devices for determination of sample elastic properties [2 3]. The data obtained are the result of extended study into the KTB rock samples by the method [4]. Study of rock samples from the KTB Superdeep Well in the 4100-7100 m depth range showed that they all are elastic anisotropic and pertain to a orthorhombic symmetry type. Virtually the degree of linear acoustic anisotropic absorption (LAAA) effect has been detected in all samples. Its appearance is likely related to directional orientation of mineral grains as well as to the generation of microcracks during drilling and lithostatic stress release. The several samples showed an angular unconformity between the LAAA orientation and elastic symmetry elements. The shear waves depolarization (DSW) effect was detected in garnet amphibolites samples. There was observed a tendency to persistence in propagation rate of compression and shear wave velocities. The pattern of change in anisotropy factors for compression and shear waves in depth shows itself in a similar way. There is an inverse correlation between density and anisotropy. R E F E R E N C E S 1. Emmermann R., Althaus E., Giese P., Stockhert B.. KTB Hauptbohrung. Results of Geoscientific Investigation in the KTB Field Laboratory. Final Report: 0-9101m. KTB Report 95-2. Hannover. 1995. 2. Gorbatsevich F.F. Acoustopolariscopy of rock forming minerals and crystalline rocks. Apatity, Kola Science Centre RAS, 2002, p. 140. (In Russian) 3. Kovalevskiy M.V. Automated hardware-software complex Acoustpol: Tutorial: Apatity, «K & M» Publ., 2009. 54p. (In Russian). 4. Kovalevsky M.V., Gorbatsevich F.F., Harms U., Dahlheim H.-A. Ultrasonic polarization measurements of elastic-anisotropic properties of metamorphized rocks on the slit of German KTB Superdeep Well // Geophysical magazine.- Geophysics Institute of NAS of Ukraine. -2012.- Issue 34.-#2.-P. 36-48. (In Russian)

  6. CET89 - CHEMICAL EQUILIBRIUM WITH TRANSPORT PROPERTIES, 1989

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    Mcbride, B.

    1994-01-01

    Scientists and engineers need chemical equilibrium composition data to calculate the theoretical thermodynamic properties of a chemical system. This information is essential in the design and analysis of equipment such as compressors, turbines, nozzles, engines, shock tubes, heat exchangers, and chemical processing equipment. The substantial amount of numerical computation required to obtain equilibrium compositions and transport properties for complex chemical systems led scientists at NASA's Lewis Research Center to develop CET89, a program designed to calculate the thermodynamic and transport properties of these systems. CET89 is a general program which will calculate chemical equilibrium compositions and mixture properties for any chemical system with available thermodynamic data. Generally, mixtures may include condensed and gaseous products. CET89 performs the following operations: it 1) obtains chemical equilibrium compositions for assigned thermodynamic states, 2) calculates dilute-gas transport properties of complex chemical mixtures, 3) obtains Chapman-Jouguet detonation properties for gaseous species, 4) calculates incident and reflected shock properties in terms of assigned velocities, and 5) calculates theoretical rocket performance for both equilibrium and frozen compositions during expansion. The rocket performance function allows the option of assuming either a finite area or an infinite area combustor. CET89 accommodates problems involving up to 24 reactants, 20 elements, and 600 products (400 of which may be condensed). The program includes a library of thermodynamic and transport properties in the form of least squares coefficients for possible reaction products. It includes thermodynamic data for over 1300 gaseous and condensed species and transport data for 151 gases. The subroutines UTHERM and UTRAN convert thermodynamic and transport data to unformatted form for faster processing. The program conforms to the FORTRAN 77 standard, except for some input in NAMELIST format. It requires about 423 KB memory, and is designed to be used on mainframe, workstation, and mini computers. Due to its memory requirements, this program does not readily lend itself to implementation on MS-DOS based machines.

  7. Early Collective Expansion: Relativistic Hydrodynamics and the Transport Properties of QCD Matter

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    Heinz, Ulrich

    This document is part of Volume 23 `Relativistic Heavy Ion Physics' of Landolt-Börnstein - Group I `Elementary Particles, Nuclei and Atoms'. It contains the Section `5.1 Hydrodynamics and Transport Properties of QCD Matter' of the Chapter `5 Primordial Bulk Plasma Dynamics in Nuclear Collisions at RHIC' with the content: 5.1 Hydrodynamics and Transport Properties of QCD Matter 5.1.1 Introduction 5.1.2 The equations of relativistic hydrodynamics 5.1.2.1 Ideal fluid dynamics for perfect fluids 5.1.2.2 Dissipative fluid dynamics for viscous relativistic fluids 5.1.2.3 Transport equations for the dissipative flows 5.1.2.3.1 Standard dissipative fluid dynamics (first-order or Navier-Stokes theory) 5.1.2.3.2 Second-order Israel-Stewart theory 5.1.3 The beginning and end of the hydrodynamic stage in heavy-ion collisions 5.1.3.1 Initialization 5.1.3.1.1 Glauber model 5.1.3.1.2 Color Glass Condensate theory and KLN model 5.1.3.1.3 Non-central collisions and initial fireball eccentricity 5.1.3.2 Decoupling and freeze-out 5.1.3.2.1 Two-stage decoupling 5.1.3.2.2 Final hadron momentum spectra 5.1.4 The nuclear equation of state 5.1.5 Phenomenology of the transverse expansion 5.1.5.1 Radial expansion in central collisions 5.1.5.2 Anisotropic flow in non-central collisions 5.1.6 Comparison with experiment 5.1.6.1 Azimuthally integrated momentum spectra 5.1.6.1.1 Rapidity distributions 5.1.6.1.2 Transverse momentum and transverse mass distributions at midrapidity 5.1.6.2 Anisotropic transverse momentum spectra from deformed fireballs 5.1.6.2.1 Elliptic flow as an early fireball signature 5.1.6.2.2 Elliptic flow at RHIC 5.1.6.2.3 Implications: Rapid thermalization and "strongly coupled quark-gluon plasma" (sQGP) 5.1.6.3 Signs of viscosity 5.1.6.3.1 Spectra and elliptic flow at midrapidity 5.1.6.3.2 Centrality and rapidity dependence of elliptic flow 5.1.6.3.3 Multiplicity scaling of elliptic flow 5.1.6.3.4 Towards extracting the QGP viscosity 5.1.7 Epilogue

  8. Unsaturated Zone and Saturated Zone Transport Properties (U0100)

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    J. Conca

    2000-12-20

    This Analysis/Model Report (AMR) summarizes transport properties for the lower unsaturated zone hydrogeologic units and the saturated zone at Yucca Mountain and provides a summary of data from the Busted Butte Unsaturated Zone Transport Test (UZTT). The purpose of this report is to summarize the sorption and transport knowledge relevant to flow and transport in the units below Yucca Mountain and to provide backup documentation for the sorption parameters decided upon for each rock type. Because of the complexity of processes such as sorption, and because of the lack of direct data for many conditions that may be relevant for Yucca Mountain, data from systems outside of Yucca Mountain are also included. The data reported in this AMR will be used in Total System Performance Assessment (TSPA) calculations and as general scientific support for various Process Model Reports (PMRs) requiring knowledge of the transport properties of different materials. This report provides, but is not limited to, sorption coefficients and other relevant thermodynamic and transport properties for the radioisotopes of concern, especially neptunium (Np), plutonium (Pu), Uranium (U), technetium (Tc), iodine (I), and selenium (Se). The unsaturated-zone (UZ) transport properties in the vitric Calico Hills (CHv) are discussed, as are colloidal transport data based on the Busted Butte UZTT, the saturated tuff, and alluvium. These values were determined through expert elicitation, direct measurements, and data analysis. The transport parameters include information on interactions of the fractures and matrix. In addition, core matrix permeability data from the Busted Butte UZTT are summarized by both percent alteration and dispersion.

  9. Prediction of thermodynamic properties of coal derivatives. Progress report, September 1, 1984-August 31, 1985. [Perturbed-Anisotropic-Chain Theory (PACT)

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    Donohue, M.D.

    1985-05-01

    In this report, the progress of our efforts toward understanding mole. Tular behavior and its effect on thermodynamic properties is presented. An equation of state, the Perturbed-Anisotropic-Chain Theory (PACT), has been developed to treat fluids and fluid mixtures with various intermolecular interactions. These include Lennard-Jones interactions, anisotropic forces for dipolar and quadrupolar molecules, and hydrogen bonding interactions. Experiments also were performed for binary and ternary mixtures containing carbon dioxide and heavy aromatics. Our progress, both theoretical and experimental, is presented below in the following order: (1) prediction of properties for polymeric systems using PACT; (2) extension of PACT to treat hydrogen bonding systems for two cases: (a) pure-components and (b) binary mixtures of a hydrogen bonding molecule with an inert solvent (diluent); (3) reformulation of PACT to account for group-group interactions when several functional groups are present in one molecule; (4) simplification of the Perturbed-Hard-Chain Theory (PHCT) by replacing the cumbersome attractive term with an expression derived from the local composition model; and (5) experimental measurements for binary mixtures of carbon dioxide and heavy aromatics as well as enhancement of solubility of heavy aromatics in carbon dioxide by addition of a third component. 7 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Calix[4]pyrrole-based anion transporters with tuneable transport properties.

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    Yano, Masafumi; Tong, Christine C; Light, Mark E; Schmidtchen, Franz P; Gale, Philip A

    2010-10-01

    Three new bis-1,2,3-triazole strapped calix[4]pyrroles have been prepared via'click' chemistry and their anion complexation and lipid bilayer transport properties studied by a combination of single crystal X-ray diffraction studies, (1)H NMR titration techniques, isothermal titration calorimetry and lipid bilayer anion transport studies in POPC vesicles. Bilayer transport efficiency for transmembrane chloride transport was found to directly depend on the length of the alkyl chain present in the bis-triazole strap. PMID:20676429

  11. Anisotropic resistivity tomography

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    Herwanger, J. V.; Pain, C. C.; Binley, A.; de Oliveira, C. R. E.; Worthington, M. H.

    2004-08-01

    Geophysical tomographic techniques have the potential to remotely detect and characterize geological features, such as fractures and spatially varying lithologies, by their response to signals passed through these features. Anisotropic behaviour in many geological materials necessitates the generalization of tomographic methods to include anisotropic material properties in order to attain high-quality images of the subsurface. In this paper, we present a finite element (FE) based direct-current electrical inversion method to reconstruct the conductivity tensor at each node point of a FE mesh from electrical resistance measurements. The inverse problem is formulated as a functional optimization and the non-uniqueness of the electrical inverse problem is overcome by adding penalty terms for structure and anisotropy. We use a modified Levenberg-Marquardt method for the functional optimization and the resulting set of linear equation is solved using pre-conditioned conjugate gradients. The method is tested using both synthetic and field experiments in cross-well geometry. The acquisition geometry for both experiments uses a cross-well experiment at a hard-rock test site in Cornwall, southwest England. Two wells, spaced at 25.7 m, were equipped with electrodes at a 1 m spacing at depths from 21-108 m and data were gathered in pole-pole geometry. The test synthetic model consists of a strongly anisotropic and conductive body underlain by an isotropic resistive formation. Beneath the resistive formation, the model comprises a moderately anisotropic and moderately conductive half-space, intersected by an isotropic conductive layer. This model geometry was derived from the interpretation of a seismic tomogram and available geological logs and the conductivity values are based on observed conductivities. We use the test model to confirm the ability of the inversion scheme to recover the (known) true model. We find that all key features of the model are recovered. However, the inversion model is smoother than the true model and the difference in absolute value of anisotropy and conductivity between features is slightly underestimated. Using an anisotropic conductivity distribution aggravates the problem of non-uniqueness of the solution of the inverse electrical problem. This problem can be overcome by applying appropriate structural and anisotropy constraints. We find that running a suite of inversions with varying constraint levels and subsequent examination of the results (including the inspection of residual maps) offers a viable method for choosing appropriate numerical values for the imposed constraints. Inversion of field data reveals a strongly anisotropic subsurface with marked spatial variations of both magnitude of anisotropy and conductivity. Average conductivities range from 0.001 S m-1 (= 1000 ? m) to 0.003 S m-1 (= 333 ? m) and anisotropy values range from 0 per cent to more than 300 per cent. As an independent test of the reliability of the structures revealed by anisotropic electric tomography, anisotropic seismic traveltime tomograms were calculated. We find a convincing structural agreement between the two independently derived images. Areas of high electric anisotropy coincide with seismically anisotropic areas and we observe an anticorrelation between electric conductivity and seismic velocity. Both observations are consistent with anisotropy anomalies caused by fracturing or layering.

  12. Applying distributions of hydraulic conductivity for anisotropic systems and applications to Tc Transport at the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford Site

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    Allen G Hunt

    2008-06-09

    43Tc99 is spreading mostly laterally through the U.S. Department of Energy Hanford site sediments. At higher tensions in the unsaturated zone, the hydraulic conductivity may be strongly anisotropic as a consequence of finer soils to retain more water than coarser ones, and for these soils to have been deposited primarily in horizontal structures. We have tried to develop a consistent modeling procedure that could predict the behavior of Tc plumes. Our procedure consists of: (1) Adapting existing numerical recipes based on critical path analysis to calculate the hydraulic conductivity, K, as a function of tension, h, (2) Statistically correlating the predicted K at various values of the tension with fine content, (3) Seeking a tension value, for which the anisotropy and the horizontal K values are both sufficiently large to accommodate multi-kilometer spreading, (4) Predicting the distribution of K values for vertical flow as a function of system support volume, (5) Comparing the largest likely K value in the vertical direction with the expected K in the horizontal direction, (6) Finding the length scale at which the two K values are roughly equal, (7) Comparing that length scale with the horizontal spreading of the plume. We find that our predictions of the value of the tension at which the principle spreading is likely occurring compares very well with experiment. However, we seem to underestimate the physical length scale at which the predominantly horizontal spreading begins to take on significant vertical characteristics. Our data and predictions would seem to indicate that this should happen after horizontal transport of somewhat over a km, but the chiefly horizontal transport appears to continue out to scales of 10km or so.

  13. Graphene nanopores: electronic transport properties and design methodology.

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    Qiu, Wanzhi; Nguyen, Phuong; Skafidas, Efstratios

    2014-01-28

    Graphene nanopores (GNPs) hold great promise as building blocks for electronic circuitry and sensors for biological and chemical sensing applications. Methods to design graphene nanopores that achieve desirable conduction performance and sensing characteristics have not been previously described. Here we present a study of the quantum transport properties of GNPs created by drilling pores in armchair and zigzag graphene ribbons. For the first time, our study reveals that the quantum transmission spectra of GNPs are highly tunable and GNPs with specific transport properties can be produced by properly designing pore shapes. Our investigation shows that the biological sensing capabilities of GNPs are transmission spectrum dependent, can vary dramatically, and are critically dependent on pore geometry. Our study provides design guidelines for creating graphene nanopores with specific transport properties to meet the needs of diverse applications and for developing sensitive biological/chemical sensors with required performance characteristics. PMID:24302213

  14. Anisotropic magnetic properties of Dy{sub 6}Cr{sub 4}Al{sub 43} single crystal

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    Maurya, Arvind Thamizhavel, A. Dhar, S. K.

    2014-04-24

    We have studied the anisotropic magnetic behavior of the rare earth intermetallic compound Dy{sub 6}Cr{sub 4}Al{sub 43}. This compound crystallizes in the hexagonal symmetry and orders ferromagnetically at 8.3 K as confirmed by the magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements. A significant anisotropy in the magnetization is observed between the c axis and the ab-plane. The easy axis liesin theab-plane at low temperatures; however it orients itselfalong the c-axis above 170 K as inferred from the susceptibility data.

  15. Transport properties of interacting magnetic islands in tokamak plasmas

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    Gianakon, T.A.; Callen, J.D.; Hegna, C.C.

    1993-10-01

    This paper explores the equilibrium and transient transport properties of a mixed magnetic topology model for tokamak equilibria. The magnetic topology is composed of a discrete set of mostly non-overlapping magnetic islands centered on the low-order rational surfaces. Transport across the island regions is fast due to parallel transport along the stochastic magnetic field lines about the separatrix of each island. Transport between island regions is assumed to be slow due to a low residual cross-field transport. In equilibrium, such a model leads to: a nonlinear dependence of the heat flux on the pressure gradient; a power balance diffusion coefficient which increases from core to edge; and profile resiliency. Transiently, such a model also exhibits a heat pulse diffusion coefficient larger than the power balance diffusion coefficient.

  16. Transport properties in nontwist area-preserving maps

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    Szezech Jr., J. D.; Caldas, I. L.; Lopes, S. R.; Viana, R. L.; Morrison, P. J.

    2009-10-23

    Nontwist systems, common in the dynamical descriptions of fluids and plasmas, possess a shearless curve with a concomitant transport barrier that eliminates or reduces chaotic transport, even after its breakdown. In order to investigate the transport properties of nontwist systems, we analyze the barrier escape time and barrier transmissivity for the standard nontwist map, a paradigm of such systems. We interpret the sensitive dependence of these quantities upon map parameters by investigating chaotic orbit stickiness and the associated role played by the dominant crossing of stable and unstable manifolds.

  17. Transport properties of water at functionalized molecular interfaces

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    Feng, Jun; Wong, Ka-Yiu; Dyer, Kippi; Pettitt, B. Montgomery

    2009-01-01

    Understanding transport properties of solvent such as diffusion and viscosity at interfaces with biomacromolecules and hard materials is of fundamental importance to both biology and biotechnology. Our study utilizes equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations to calculate solvent transport properties at a model peptide and microarray surface. Both diffusion and selected components of viscosity are considered. Solvent diffusion is found to be affected near the peptide and surface. The stress-stress correlation function of solvent near the hard surface exhibits long time memory. Both diffusion and viscosity are shown to be closely correlated with the density distribution function of water along the microarray surface. PMID:19791920

  18. Transport properties associated with carbon-phenolic ablators

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    Biolsi, L.

    1982-01-01

    Entry vehicle heat shields designed for entry into the atmosphere of the outer planets are usually made of carbonaceous material such as carbon-phenolic ablator. Ablative injection of this material is an important mechanism for reducing the heat at the surface of the entry vehicle. Conductive transport properties in the shock layer are important for some entry conditions. The kinetic theory of gases has been used to calculate the transport properties for 17 gaseous species obtained from the ablation of carbon-phenolic heat shields. Results are presented for the pure species and for the gas mixture.

  19. Transport properties of self-consolidating concrete

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    Sonebi, M.; Nanukuttan, S.

    2009-03-15

    This study reports the findings from an investigation carried out to study the effect of the mixture variations on the durability of medium- and high-strength self-consolidating concrete (SCC). The mixture variations studied include the type of mineral admixtures, such as limestone powder (LSP) and pulverized fuel ash (PFA), and viscosity-modifying admixtures (VMA) for both medium- and high-strength SCC. Air permeability, water permeability, capillary absorption, and chloride diffusivity were used to assess the durability of SCC mixtures in comparison with normal, vibrated concretes. The results showed that SCC mixtures, for medium- and high-strength grades using PFA followed by LSP give lower permeability, properties compared with normal concretes. SCC made with VMA had a higher sorptivity, air permeability, and water permeability compared with other SCC mixtures, which can be attributed to higher water-cement ratio (w/c) and lack of pore filling effect. An in-place migration coefficient was obtained using the in-place ion migration test. This was used to compare the potential diffusivity of different concretes. The results indicated that SCC, for both grades of strength, made with PFA showed much lower diffusivity values in comparison with other mixtures, whereas the SCC mixtures with VMA showed higher diffusivity.

  20. The filler-rubber interface in styrene butadiene nanocomposites with anisotropic silica particles: morphology and dynamic properties.

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    Tadiello, L; D'Arienzo, M; Di Credico, B; Hanel, T; Matejka, L; Mauri, M; Morazzoni, F; Simonutti, R; Spirkova, M; Scotti, R

    2015-05-28

    Silica-styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) nanocomposites were prepared by using shape-controlled spherical and rod-like silica nanoparticles (NPs) with different aspect ratios (AR = 1-5), obtained by a sol-gel route assisted by a structure directing agent. The nanocomposites were used as models to study the influence of the particle shape on the formation of nanoscale immobilized rubber at the silica-rubber interface and its effect on the dynamic-mechanical behavior. TEM and AFM tapping mode analyses of nanocomposites demonstrated that the silica particles are surrounded by a rubber layer immobilized at the particle surface. The spherical filler showed small contact zones between neighboring particles in contact with thin rubber layers, while anisotropic particles (AR > 2) formed domains of rods preferentially aligned along the main axis. A detailed analysis of the polymer chain mobility by different time domain nuclear magnetic resonance (TD-NMR) techniques evidenced a population of rigid rubber chains surrounding particles, whose amount increases with the particle anisotropy, even in the absence of significant differences in terms of chemical crosslinking. Dynamic measurements demonstrate that rod-like particles induce stronger reinforcement of rubber, increasing with the AR. This was related to the self-alignment of the anisotropic silica particles in domains able to immobilize rubber. PMID:25899456

  1. A two-step hybrid technique for accurately localizing acoustic source in anisotropic structures without knowing their material properties.

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    Kundu, T; Yang, X; Nakatani, H; Takeda, N

    2015-02-01

    Acoustic source localization techniques generally assume straight line propagation of waves from the acoustic source to the sensor. However, it is well-known that in anisotropic plates the acoustic energy does not always propagate in straight lines. Even for isotropic plates containing a cavity or an inclusion between the acoustic source and the sensor the straight line propagation assumption is violated. In such cases only options available in localizing acoustic source is to use relatively expensive distributed sensor systems, or to follow time reversal techniques based on the impulse response functions which is labor intensive and computationally demanding. A two-step hybrid technique is proposed in this paper for predicting acoustic source in anisotropic plates. During the first step it was assumed that the waves propagated along straight lines from the acoustic source to the sensor. The source was localized with this simplifying assumption. Then this first prediction was improved in the second step by solving an optimization problem. Experimental results showed that the second step always moved the estimates towards the actual source location. Thus it always reduced the prediction error irrespective of whether the final prediction coincided with the actual source location or not. PMID:25245206

  2. Anisotropic structural and magnetic properties of the field-aligned superconducting system SmFeAsO1-x F x (x = 0.05 , 0.1, 0.2, 0.25, and 0.3)

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    You, Y. B.; Wang, J. W.; Tai, M. F.; Ku, H. C.; Hsu, Y. Y.

    2011-03-01

    Anisotropic structural and magnetic properties of the field-aligned superconducting system SmFeAs O1 - x Fx (x = 0.05 , 0.1, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3) are reported. Due to the Fe spin-orbital related anisotropic exchange coupling, all the tetragonal microcrystalline powders in epoxy were aligned at room temperature using the field-rotation method where the tetragonal ab -plane is parallel to the magnetic alignment field Ba of 0.9 T and the c -axis parallels to the rotating axis. Anisotropic magnetic properties are studied through low temperature magnetic measurements along the c -axis and paralleled to the ab -plane of aligned samples in both ZFC and FC modes. The under-doped compound (x = 0.1) is not superconducting with an antiferromagnetic Néel temperature TN ~ 40 K, while the two optimum-doped compounds (x = 0.2 and 0.25) show high superconducting transition temperatures Tc of 49K and 50K, respectively. The variation of anisotropic structural and magnetic properties for this system are discussed and compared with the previously reported 52 K anisotropic superconductor Sm 0.95 La 0.05 FeAs O0.85 F0.15 . This work was supported by NSC98-2112-M-007-013-MY3.

  3. Anisotropic structural and magnetic properties of the field-aligned superconducting system SmFeAsO1-xFx (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.25 and 0.3)

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    You, Y. B.; Hsiao, T. K.; Chang, B. C.; Tai, M. F.; Hsu, Y. Y.; Ku, H. C.; Wei, Z.; Ruan, K. Q.; Li, X. G.

    2011-01-01

    Anisotropic structural and magnetic properties of the field-aligned superconducting system SmFeAsO1-xFx (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.25 and 0.3) are reported. Due to the Fe spin-orbital related anisotropic exchange coupling, all the tetragonal microcrystalline powders in epoxy were aligned at room temperature using the field-rotation method where the tetragonal ab-plane is parallel to the magnetic alignment field Ba of 0.9 T and the c-axis parallels to the rotating axis. Anisotropic magnetic properties are studied through low temperature magnetic measurements along the c-axis and paralleled to the ab-plane of aligned samples in both zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) modes. The under-doped compound (x = 0.1) is not superconducting with an antiferromagnetic Néel temperature TN ~ 40 K, while the two optimum-doped compounds (x = 0.2 and 0.25) show high superconducting transition temperatures Tc of 49K and 50K, respectively. The variation of anisotropic structural and magnetic properties for this system are discussed and compared with the previously reported 52 K anisotropic superconductor Sm0.95La0.05FeAsO0.85F0.15.

  4. A general methodology for inverse estimation of the elastic and anelastic properties of anisotropic open-cell porous materials—with application to a melamine foam

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    Cuenca, Jacques Van der Kelen, Christophe; Göransson, Peter

    2014-02-28

    This paper proposes an inverse estimation method for the characterisation of the elastic and anelastic properties of the frame of anisotropic open-cell foams used for sound absorption. A model of viscoelasticity based on a fractional differential constitutive equation is used, leading to an augmented Hooke's law in the frequency domain, where the elastic and anelastic phenomena appear as distinctive terms in the stiffness matrix. The parameters of the model are nine orthotropic elastic moduli, three angles of orientation of the material principal directions and three parameters governing the anelastic frequency dependence. The inverse estimation consists in numerically fitting the model on a set of transfer functions extracted from a sample of material. The setup uses a seismic-mass measurement repeated in the three directions of space and is placed in a vacuum chamber in order to remove the air from the pores of the sample. The method allows to reconstruct the full frequency-dependent complex stiffness matrix of the frame of an anisotropic open-cell foam and in particular it provides the frequency of maximum energy dissipation by viscoelastic effects. The characterisation of a melamine foam sample is performed and the relation between the fractional-derivative model and other types of parameterisations of the augmented Hooke's law is discussed.

  5. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-01-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11–22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1–100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting. PMID:26861595

  6. Anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using double AlN buffer layers

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    Zhao, Guijuan; Wang, Lianshan; Yang, Shaoyan; Li, Huijie; Wei, Hongyuan; Han, Dongyue; Wang, Zhanguo

    2016-02-01

    We report the anisotropic structural and optical properties of semi-polar (11–22) GaN grown on m-plane sapphire using a three-step growth method which consisted of a low temperature AlN buffer layer, followed by a high temperature AlN buffer layer and GaN growth. By introducing double AlN buffer layers, we substantially improve the crystal and optical qualities of semi-polar (11–22) GaN, and significantly reduce the density of stacking faults and dislocations. The high resolution x-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the in-plane anisotropic structural characteristics of GaN layer are azimuthal dependent. Transmission electron microscopy analysis showed that the majority of dislocations in the GaN epitaxial layer grown on m-sapphire are the mixed-type and the orientation of GaN layer was rotated 58.4° against the substrate. The room temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed the PL intensity and wavelength have polarization dependence along parallel and perpendicular to the [1–100] axis (polarization degrees ~ 0.63). The realization of a high polarization semi-polar GaN would be useful to achieve III-nitride based lighting emission device for displays and backlighting.

  7. A general methodology for inverse estimation of the elastic and anelastic properties of anisotropic open-cell porous materials—with application to a melamine foam

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    Cuenca, Jacques; Van der Kelen, Christophe; Göransson, Peter

    2014-02-01

    This paper proposes an inverse estimation method for the characterisation of the elastic and anelastic properties of the frame of anisotropic open-cell foams used for sound absorption. A model of viscoelasticity based on a fractional differential constitutive equation is used, leading to an augmented Hooke's law in the frequency domain, where the elastic and anelastic phenomena appear as distinctive terms in the stiffness matrix. The parameters of the model are nine orthotropic elastic moduli, three angles of orientation of the material principal directions and three parameters governing the anelastic frequency dependence. The inverse estimation consists in numerically fitting the model on a set of transfer functions extracted from a sample of material. The setup uses a seismic-mass measurement repeated in the three directions of space and is placed in a vacuum chamber in order to remove the air from the pores of the sample. The method allows to reconstruct the full frequency-dependent complex stiffness matrix of the frame of an anisotropic open-cell foam and in particular it provides the frequency of maximum energy dissipation by viscoelastic effects. The characterisation of a melamine foam sample is performed and the relation between the fractional-derivative model and other types of parameterisations of the augmented Hooke's law is discussed.

  8. TRANSPORT

    EPA Science Inventory

    Presentation outline: transport principles, effective solubility; gasoline composition; and field examples (plume diving).
    Presentation conclusions: MTBE transport follows from - phyiscal and chemical properties and hydrology. Field examples show: MTBE plumes > benzene plu...

  9. Characterization of anisotropic acoustic metamaterial slabs

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    Park, Jun Hyeong; Lee, Hyung Jin; Kim, Yoon Young

    2016-01-01

    In an anisotropic acoustic metamaterial, the off-diagonal components of its effective mass density tensor should be considered in order to describe the anisotropic behavior produced by arbitrarily shaped inclusions. However, few studies have been carried out to characterize anisotropic acoustic metamaterials. In this paper, we propose a method that uses the non-diagonal effective mass density tensor to determine the behavior of anisotropic acoustic metamaterials. Our method accurately evaluates the effective properties of anisotropic acoustic metamaterials by separately dealing with slabs made of single and multiple unit cells along the thickness direction. To determine the effective properties, the reflection and transmission coefficients of an acoustic metamaterial slab are calculated, and then the wave vectors inside of the slab are determined using these coefficients. The effective material properties are finally determined by utilizing the spatial dispersion relation of the anisotropic acoustic metamaterial. Since the dispersion relation of an anisotropic acoustic metamaterial is explicitly used, its effective properties can be easily determined by only using a limited number of normal and oblique plane wave incidences into a metamaterial slab, unlike existing approaches requiring a large number of wave incidences. The validity of the proposed method is verified by conducting wave simulations for anisotropic acoustic metamaterial slabs with Z-shaped elastic inclusions of tilted principal material axes.

  10. Thermal transport properties of complex oxides from first principles

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    Bhatti, Aqyan; Jain, Ankit; McGaughey, Alan; Benedek, Nicole

    2015-03-01

    Thermal transport properties of materials are key parameters in the design of many engineering devices. For this reason, it is highly desirable to be able to control or tailor the thermal properties of materials for specific applications. Complex oxides are attractive in this regard, due to their low and potentially highly tunable thermal conductivity. However, the theoretical description of the thermal transport properties of oxides presents a number of challenges compared to conventional semiconductors. For example, oxides tend to have complex crystal structures and the atoms interact through long-range electrostatic forces. In this talk, we use the example of PbTiO3 to discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with thermal transport predictions in complex oxides. For example, many oxides contain very low-lying optical branches, which may provide important acoustic-optical scattering channels. In addition, it is often possible to tune the frequencies of such optical modes with epitaxial strain. We also link the observed negative thermal expansion behavior of PbTiO3 to two zone-boundary modes with large, negative Grüneisen parameters and comment on the consequences of this finding for the thermal transport properties of this material.

  11. Reference Fluid Thermodynamic and Transport Properties Database (REFPROP)

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    SRD 23 NIST Reference Fluid Thermodynamic and Transport Properties Database (REFPROP) (PC database for purchase)   NIST 23 contains revised data in a Windows version of the database, including 105 pure fluids and allowing mixtures of up to 20 components. The fluids include the environmentally acceptable HFCs, traditional HFCs and CFCs and 'natural' refrigerants like ammonia

  12. Oxygen transport properties estimation by DSMC-CT simulations

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    Bruno, Domenico; Frezzotti, Aldo; Ghiroldi, Gian Pietro

    2014-12-09

    Coupling DSMC simulations with classical trajectories calculations is emerging as a powerful tool to improve predictive capabilities of computational rarefied gas dynamics. The considerable increase of computational effort outlined in the early application of the method (Koura,1997) can be compensated by running simulations on massively parallel computers. In particular, GPU acceleration has been found quite effective in reducing computing time (Ferrigni,2012; Norman et al.,2013) of DSMC-CT simulations. The aim of the present work is to study rarefied Oxygen flows by modeling binary collisions through an accurate potential energy surface, obtained by molecular beams scattering (Aquilanti, et al.,1999). The accuracy of the method is assessed by calculating molecular Oxygen shear viscosity and heat conductivity following three different DSMC-CT simulation methods. In the first one, transport properties are obtained from DSMC-CT simulations of spontaneous fluctuation of an equilibrium state (Bruno et al, Phys. Fluids, 23, 093104, 2011). In the second method, the collision trajectory calculation is incorporated in a Monte Carlo integration procedure to evaluate the Taxman’s expressions for the transport properties of polyatomic gases (Taxman,1959). In the third, non-equilibrium zero and one-dimensional rarefied gas dynamic simulations are adopted and the transport properties are computed from the non-equilibrium fluxes of momentum and energy. The three methods provide close values of the transport properties, their estimated statistical error not exceeding 3%. The experimental values are slightly underestimated, the percentage deviation being, again, few percent.

  13. Properties and Transport Behavior among 12 Different Environmental Escherichia coli

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    Escherichia coli is a commonly used indicator organism for detecting the presence of fecal-borne pathogenic microorganisms in water supplies. The importance of E. coli as an indicator organism has led to numerous studies looking at cell properties and transport behavior of this microorganism. In man...

  14. Exceptional charge transport properties of graphene on germanium.

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    Cavallo, Francesca; Rojas Delgado, Richard; Kelly, Michelle M; Sánchez Pérez, José R; Schroeder, Daniel P; Xing, Huili Grace; Eriksson, Mark A; Lagally, Max G

    2014-10-28

    The excellent charge transport properties of graphene suggest a wide range of application in analog electronics. While most practical devices will require that graphene be bonded to a substrate, such bonding generally degrades these transport properties. In contrast, when graphene is transferred to Ge(001) its conductivity is extremely high and the charge carrier mobility derived from the relevant transport measurements is, under some circumstances, higher than that of freestanding, edge-supported graphene. We measure a mobility of ∼ 5 × 10(5) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at 20 K, and ∼ 10(3) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) at 300 K. These values are close to the theoretical limit for doped graphene. Carrier densities in the graphene are as high as 10(14) cm(-2) at 300 K. PMID:25203974

  15. Mass-Transport Properties In Growth Of Crystals From Vapors

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    Wiedemeier, H.

    1992-01-01

    Brief report summarizes results of experimental and theoretical studies of mass-transport properties of GeSe/Gel4 and Hg0.8Cd0.2Te systems in connection with growth of crystals in closed ampoules. Primary emphasis in studies was on thermochemical analyses, on development of mathematical models to predict diffusion-limited mass transport, and on comparison of theoretically predicted with experimental fluxes. Results applied to design, preparation, performance, and analysis of crystal-growth experiments of semiconducting materials on Earth and in outer space. Model extended to predict mass flux and overall composition of transport products of Hg0.8Cd0.2Te transport system.

  16. Transport properties in semiconducting NbS{sub 2} nanoflakes

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    Huang, Y. H.; Chen, R. S. Ho, C. H.; Peng, C. C.; Huang, Y. S.

    2014-09-01

    The electronic transport properties in individual niobium disulphide (NbS{sub 2}) nanoflakes mechanically exfoliated from the bulk crystal with three rhombohedral (3R) structure grown by chemical vapor transport were investigated. It is found that the conductivity values of the single-crystalline nanoflakes are approximately two orders of magnitude lower than that of their bulk counterparts. Temperature-dependent conductivity measurements show that the 3R-NbS{sub 2} nanoflakes exhibit semiconducting transport behavior, which is also different from the metallic character in the bulk crystals. In addition, the noncontinuous conductivity variations were observed at the temperature below 180 K for both the nanoflakes and the bulks, which is attributed to the probable charge density wave transition. The photoconductivities in the semiconducting nanoflakes were also observed under the excitation at 532 nm wavelength. The probable mechanisms resulting in the different transport behaviors between the NbS{sub 2} nanostructure and bulk were discussed.

  17. Review on measurement techniques of transport properties of nanowires.

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    Rojo, Miguel Muñoz; Calero, Olga Caballero; Lopeandia, A F; Rodriguez-Viejo, J; Martín-Gonzalez, Marisol

    2013-12-01

    Physical properties at the nanoscale are novel and different from those in bulk materials. Over the last few decades, there has been an ever growing interest in the fabrication of nanowire structures for a wide variety of applications including energy generation purposes. Nevertheless, the study of their transport properties, such as thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity or Seebeck coefficient, remains an experimental challenge. For instance, in the particular case of nanostructured thermoelectrics, theoretical calculations have shown that nanowires offer a promising way of enhancing the hitherto low efficiency of these materials in the conversion of temperature differences into electricity. Therefore, within the thermoelectrical community there has been a great experimental effort in the measurement of these quantities in actual nanowires. The measurements of these properties at the nanoscale are also of interest in fields other than energy, such as electrical components for microchips, field effect transistors, sensors, and other low scale devices. For all these applications, knowing the transport properties is mandatory. This review deals with the latest techniques developed to perform the measurement of these transport properties in nanowires. A thorough overview of the most important and modern techniques used for the characterization of different kinds of nanowires will be shown. PMID:24113712

  18. Wentzel-Bardeen singularity in coupled Luttinger liquids: Transport properties

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    Martin, T.

    1994-08-26

    The recent progress on 1 D interacting electrons systems and their applications to study the transport properties of quasi one dimensional wires is reviewed. We focus on strongly correlated elections coupled to low energy acoustic phonons in one dimension. The exponents of various response functions are calculated, and their striking sensitivity to the Wentzel-Bardeen singularity is discussed. For the Hubbard model coupled to phonons the equivalent of a phase diagram is established. By increasing the filling factor towards half filling the WB singularity is approached. This in turn suppresses antiferromagnetic fluctuations and drives the system towards the superconducting regime, via a new intermediate (metallic) phase. The implications of this phenomenon on the transport properties of an ideal wire as well as the properties of a wire with weak or strong scattering are analyzed in a perturbative renormalization group calculation. This allows to recover the three regimes predicted from the divergence criteria of the response functions.

  19. Configurational temperature and local properties of the anisotropic Gay-Berne liquid crystal model: Applications to the isotropic liquid/vapor interface and isotropic/nematic transition

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    Ghoufi, Aziz; Morineau, Denis; Lefort, Ronan; Malfreyt, Patrice

    2011-01-01

    Molecular simulations in the isothermal statistical ensembles require that the macroscopic thermal and mechanical equilibriums are respected and that the local values of these properties are constant at every point in the system. The thermal equilibrium in Monte Carlo simulations can be checked through the calculation of the configurational temperature, {k_BT_{conf}={< |nabla _r U({r}^N)|2>}/{< nabla _r{^2} U({r}^N) >}}, where nabla _r is the nabla operator of position vector r. As far as we know, T_{conf} was never calculated with the anisotropic Gay-Berne potential, whereas the calculation of T_{conf} is much more widespread with more common potentials (Lennard Jones, electrostatic, …). We establish here an operational expression of the macroscopic and local configurational temperatures, and we investigate locally the isotropic liquid phase, the liquid / vapor interface, and the isotropic-nematic transition by Monte Carlo simulations.

  20. Magnetic properties and anisotropic magnetoresistance of antiperovskite nitride Mn{sub 3}GaN/Co{sub 3}FeN exchange-coupled bilayers

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    Sakakibara, H. Ando, H.; Kuroki, Y.; Kawai, S.; Ueda, K.; Asano, H.

    2015-05-07

    Epitaxial bilayers of antiferromagnetic Mn{sub 3}GaN/ferromagnetic Co{sub 3}FeN with an antiperovskite structure were grown by reactive magnetron sputtering, and their structural, magnetic, and electrical properties were investigated. Exchange coupling with an exchange field H{sub ex} of 0.4 kOe at 4 K was observed for Mn{sub 3}GaN (20 nm)/Co{sub 3}FeN (5 nm) bilayers. Negative anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) effect in Co{sub 3}FeN was observed and utilized to detect magnetization reversal in exchange-coupled Mn{sub 3}GaN/Co{sub 3}FeN bilayers. The AMR results showed evidence for current-induced spin transfer torque in antiferromagnetic Mn{sub 3}GaN.

  1. Peculiarities of spectral properties of a one-dimensional photonic crystal with an anisotropic defect layer of the nanocomposite with resonant dispersion

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    Vetrov, S Ya; Timofeev, I V; Pankin, P S

    2014-09-30

    We have studied the spectral properties of a one-dimensional photonic crystal with a structure defect that represents an anisotropic nanocomposite layer sandwiched between two multilayer dielectric mirrors. The nanocomposite consists of metallic nanoscale inclusions of orientationally ordered spheroidal shape, dispersed in a transparent matrix, and is characterised by an effective resonant permittivity. Each of the two orthogonal polarisations of probe radiation corresponds to a particular plasmon resonant frequency of the nanocomposite. The problem of calculating the transmittance spectrum of the waves with s- and p-polarisations for such structures is solved. Spectral manifestation of splitting of the defect mode depending on the structure parameters and volumetric fraction of the nanospheroids is studied. The essential dependence of the position of maxima of the defect modes in the bandgap of the photonic crystal and their splitting on the incidence angle, polarisation, and the ratio of lengths of the polar and equatorial semi-axes of the spheroidal nanoparticles is shown. (photonic crystals)

  2. Magneto-optical transport properties of monolayer phosphorene

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    Tahir, M.; Vasilopoulos, P.; Peeters, F. M.

    2015-07-01

    The electronic properties of monolayer phosphorene are exotic due to its puckered structure and large intrinsic direct band gap. We derive and discuss its band structure in the presence of a perpendicular magnetic field. Further, we evaluate the magneto-optical Hall and longitudinal optical conductivities as functions of temperature, magnetic field, and Fermi energy, and show that they are strongly influenced by the magnetic field. The imaginary part of the former and the real part of the latter exhibit regular interband oscillations as functions of the frequency ω in the range ℏ ω ˜1.5 -2 eV . Strong intraband responses in the latter and weak ones in the former occur at much lower frequencies. The magneto-optical response can be tuned in the microwave-to-terahertz and visible frequency ranges in contrast with a conventional two-dimensional electron gas or graphene in which the response is limited to the terahertz regime. This ability to isolate carriers in an anisotropic structure may make phosphorene a promising candidate for new optical devices.

  3. Transport processes in partially saturate concrete: Testing and liquid properties

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    Villani, Chiara

    The measurement of transport properties of concrete is considered by many to have the potential to serve as a performance criterion that can be related to concrete durability. However, the sensitivity of transport tests to several parameters combined with the low permeability of concrete complicates the testing. Gas permeability and diffusivity test methods are attractive due to the ease of testing, their non-destructive nature and their potential to correlate to in-field carbonation of reinforced concrete structures. This work was aimed at investigating the potential of existing gas transport tests as a way to reliably quantify transport properties in concrete. In this study gas permeability and diffusivity test methods were analyzed comparing their performance in terms of repeatability and variability. The influence of several parameters was investigated such as moisture content, mixture proportions and gas flow. A closer look to the influence of pressure revealed an anomalous trend of permeability with respect to pressure. An alternative calculation is proposed in an effort to move towards the determination of intrinsic material properties that can serve as an input for service life prediction models. The impact of deicing salts exposure was also analyzed with respect to their alteration of the degree of saturation as this may affect gas transport in cementitious materials. Limited information were previously available on liquid properties over a wide range of concentrations. To overcome this limitation, this study quantified surface tension, viscosity in presence of deicing salts in a broad concentration range and at different temperatures. Existing models were applied to predict the change of fluid properties during drying. Vapor desorption isotherms were obtained to investigate the influence of deicing salts presence on the non-linear moisture diffusion coefficient. Semi-empirical models were used to quantify the initiation and the rate of drying using liquid properties and pore structure information as inputs. Concrete exposed to deicing salts resulted to have a reduced gas transport due to the higher degree of saturation (DOS). The higher DOS is believed to contribute to the premature deterioration observed in concrete pavements exposed to deicing salts. Moisture diffusion and moisture profiles in concrete are known to directly relate with the stresses generated during shrinkage and creep mechanisms. The alteration due to the presence of shrinkage reducing admixtures on drying was also investigated in this work. Liquid properties were used to predict the diffusion coefficient in presence of SRA. Moisture profiles obtained using Fick's second law for diffusion were compared to relative humidity profiles measured on concrete slabs. Results confirm that a qualitative prediction of drying in concrete elements is realistic when using this type of approach.

  4. Self-assembly of anisotropic nanostructures

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    Jung, Youngsoo

    Controlling and manipulating the physical and chemical intrinsic properties of nanomaterials has been a fascinating issue in chemistry and materials science. Two central geometric variables, size and shape, strongly affect the intrinsic properties of nanomaterials. Specifically, the shape of nanocrystals plays a pivotal role in the determining intrinsic properties, including optical, electronic, magnetic, and catalytic behavior. Since nanocrystals with tailored geometries possess unique shape dependent behaviors, considerable efforts to develop shape controlled inorganic materials and to investigate their shape anisotropic effects on functional properties are currently being undertaken. This dissertation will introduce specific shape anisotropic behavior of the shape modified particles achieved through two different synthetic routes: i) structural modification of shape anisotropic particles and ii) 3-dimensional self-assembly via microwave-assisted solvothermal reactions. Each topic section will systematically provide an approach on enhancing each specific intrinsic property originating from self-assembly of anisotropic nanostructure and will discuss the fundamentals behind these phenomena.

  5. Modelling of the transport properties of topologically protected edge states

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    Dang, Xiaoqian; Burton, J. D.; Tsymbal, Evgeny

    2014-03-01

    One of the great successes of modern condensed matter physics is the discovery of topological insulators (TI). A thorough investigation of their transport properties, along with proposed device geometries, could bring such materials from fundamental research to potential applications. Here we report on theoretical investigations of transport properties of simple systems which incorporate TIs and their protected edge states. We utilize the tight-binding form of the Bernevig-Hughes-Zhang model as a prototype for generic topological insulators. Transport properties are investigated theoretically by constructing the Green's functions and employing the Landauer-Büttiker formalism. We study the limitations to scattering-free transport around defects/impurities through topologically protected edge states, as well as the prospect of metal-TI-metal tunnel junctions where the protected edge states reside between the metal electrode and the insulating bulk of the TI. Elucidating the fundamental physical effects that occur in these (and other) systems will be an integral step in establishing TIs as a building block for potential electronic device applications.

  6. Charge carrier transport properties in layer structured hexagonal boron nitride

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    Doan, T. C.; Li, J.; Lin, J. Y.; Jiang, H. X.

    2014-10-15

    Due to its large in-plane thermal conductivity, high temperature and chemical stability, large energy band gap (~ 6.4 eV), hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) has emerged as an important material for applications in deep ultraviolet photonic devices. Among the members of the III-nitride material system, hBN is the least studied and understood. The study of the electrical transport properties of hBN is of utmost importance with a view to realizing practical device applications. Wafer-scale hBN epilayers have been successfully synthesized by metal organic chemical deposition and their electrical transport properties have been probed by variable temperature Hall effect measurements. The results demonstrate that undoped hBN is a semiconductor exhibiting weak p-type at high temperatures (> 700 °K). The measured acceptor energy level is about 0.68 eV above the valence band. In contrast to the electrical transport properties of traditional III-nitride wide bandgap semiconductors, the temperature dependence of the hole mobility in hBN can be described by the form of μ ∝ (T/T{sub 0}){sup −α} with α = 3.02, satisfying the two-dimensional (2D) carrier transport limit dominated by the polar optical phonon scattering. This behavior is a direct consequence of the fact that hBN is a layer structured material. The optical phonon energy deduced from the temperature dependence of the hole mobility is ħω = 192 meV (or 1546 cm{sup -1}), which is consistent with values previously obtained using other techniques. The present results extend our understanding of the charge carrier transport properties beyond the traditional III-nitride semiconductors.

  7. Transport properties of the Fermi hard-sphere system

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    Mecca, Angela; Lovato, Alessandro; Benhar, Omar; Polls, Artur

    2016-03-01

    The transport properties of neutron star matter play an important role in many astrophysical processes. We report the results of a calculation of the shear viscosity and thermal conductivity coefficients of the hard-sphere fermion system of degeneracy ν =2 , that can be regarded as a model of pure neutron matter. Our approach is based on the effective interaction obtained from the formalism of correlated basis functions and the cluster expansion technique. The resulting transport coefficients show a strong sensitivity to the quasiparticle effective mass, reflecting the effect of second-order contributions to the self-energy that are not taken into account in nuclear matter studies available in the literature.

  8. Transport properties of single TiO2 nanotubes

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    Stiller, Markus; Barzola-Quiquia, Jos; Lorite, Israel; Esquinazi, Pablo; Kirchgeorg, Robin; Albu, Sergiu P.; Schmuki, Patrik

    2013-10-01

    We investigated the electric transport properties of single TiO2 nanotubes separated from an anodic titania nanotube array. The temperature dependence of the resistance measured with the conventional four point method of all investigated samples show a Mott variable range hopping behavior. The results obtained with two contacts indicate the existence of a potential barrier between the Cr/Au contacts and samples surfaces, which influence is clearly observable at temperatures <150 K. Impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range of 40 Hz to 1 MHz carried out at room temperature indicates that the electronic transport of these polycrystalline tubes is dominated by the grain cores.

  9. Anisotropically structured magnetic aerogel monoliths.

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    Heiligtag, Florian J; Airaghi Leccardi, Marta J I; Erdem, Derya; Süess, Martin J; Niederberger, Markus

    2014-11-01

    Texturing of magnetic ceramics and composites by aligning and fixing of colloidal particles in a magnetic field is a powerful strategy to induce anisotropic chemical, physical and especially mechanical properties into bulk materials. If porosity could be introduced, anisotropically structured magnetic materials would be the perfect supports for magnetic separations in biotechnology or for magnetic field-assisted chemical reactions. Aerogels, combining high porosity with nanoscale structural features, offer an exceptionally large surface area, but they are difficult to magnetically texture. Here we present the preparation of anatase-magnetite aerogel monoliths via the assembly of preformed nanocrystallites. Different approaches are proposed to produce macroscopic bodies with gradient-like magnetic segmentation or with strongly anisotropic magnetic texture. PMID:25255203

  10. Anisotropically structured magnetic aerogel monoliths

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    Heiligtag, Florian J.; Airaghi Leccardi, Marta J. I.; Erdem, Derya; Süess, Martin J.; Niederberger, Markus

    2014-10-01

    Texturing of magnetic ceramics and composites by aligning and fixing of colloidal particles in a magnetic field is a powerful strategy to induce anisotropic chemical, physical and especially mechanical properties into bulk materials. If porosity could be introduced, anisotropically structured magnetic materials would be the perfect supports for magnetic separations in biotechnology or for magnetic field-assisted chemical reactions. Aerogels, combining high porosity with nanoscale structural features, offer an exceptionally large surface area, but they are difficult to magnetically texture. Here we present the preparation of anatase-magnetite aerogel monoliths via the assembly of preformed nanocrystallites. Different approaches are proposed to produce macroscopic bodies with gradient-like magnetic segmentation or with strongly anisotropic magnetic texture.Texturing of magnetic ceramics and composites by aligning and fixing of colloidal particles in a magnetic field is a powerful strategy to induce anisotropic chemical, physical and especially mechanical properties into bulk materials. If porosity could be introduced, anisotropically structured magnetic materials would be the perfect supports for magnetic separations in biotechnology or for magnetic field-assisted chemical reactions. Aerogels, combining high porosity with nanoscale structural features, offer an exceptionally large surface area, but they are difficult to magnetically texture. Here we present the preparation of anatase-magnetite aerogel monoliths via the assembly of preformed nanocrystallites. Different approaches are proposed to produce macroscopic bodies with gradient-like magnetic segmentation or with strongly anisotropic magnetic texture. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Digital photographs of dispersions and gels with different water-to-ethanol ratios; magnetic measurements of an anatase aerogel containing 0.25 mol% Fe3O4 nanoparticles; XRD patterns of the iron oxide and titania nanoparticles. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr04694c

  11. FMR study of the anisotropic properties of an epitaxial Fe3Si film on a Si(111) vicinal surface

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    Belyaev, B. A.; Izotov, A. V.

    2016-01-01

    The anisotropic characteristics of an iron silicide (Fe3Si) epitaxial thin magnetic film grown on a Si(111) silicon vicinal surface with a misorientation angle of 0.14° have been measured by the ferromagnetic resonance method. It has been shown that the polar and azimuth misorientation angles of the crystallographic plane of the substrate can be determined simultaneously from the angular dependences of the ferromagnetic resonance field of the epitaxial film. The effective saturation magnetization of the film M eff = 1105 G and the constant of the cubic magnetocrystalline anisotropy K 4 = 1.15 × 105 erg/cm3 have been determined. The misorientation of the substrate plane leads to the formation of steps on the film surface and, as a result, to the appearance of uniaxial magnetic anisotropy of the magnetic dipole nature with the constant K 2 = 796 erg/cm3. Small unidirectional magnetic anisotropy ( K 1 = 163 erg/cm3), which may be associated with symmetry breaking on the steps of the film and is due to the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction, has been detected.

  12. Synthesis and anisotropic properties of single crystalline Ln2Ru3Al15+x (Ln=Gd, Tb)

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    Morrison, Gregory; Prestigiacomo, Joseph; Haldolaarachchige, Neel; Rai, Binod K.; Young, David P.; Stadler, Shane; Morosan, Emilia; Chan, Julia Y.

    2016-04-01

    Single crystals of Ln2Ru3Al15+x (Ln=Gd, Tb) have been grown using the self-flux method under Ru-poor conditions. The structure of the Gd analog is found to be highly dependent on the synthesis method. Gd2Ru3Al15.08 orders antiferromagnetically at 17.5 K. Tb2Ru3Al15.05 enters an antiferromagnetic state at 16.6 K followed by a likely incommensurate-to-commensurate transition at 14.9 K for crystals oriented with H//ab. For crystals oriented with H//c, a broad maximum is observed in the temperature dependent M/H, indicative of a highly anisotropic magnetic system with the hard axis in the c-direction. The magnetization as a function of field and magnetoresistance along the ab-direction of Tb2Ru3Al15.05 display a stepwise behavior and indicate strong crystalline electric field effects.

  13. Thermodynamic and anisotropic properties of single crystalline RCo2Ge2 (R = Y, La-Nd, Sm-Tm)

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    Kong, Tai; Buffon, Malinda; Lin, Xiao; Thaler, Alex; Cunningham, Charles; Bud'Ko, Sergey; Canfield, Paul

    2013-03-01

    Single crystals of RCo2Ge2 (R = Y, La-Nd, Sm-Tm) were grown using a self-flux method and were characterized from 1.8-300 K by heat capacity, magnetization and in-plane resistivity measurements. Anisotropic metamagnetism was studied at 1.8 K up to 9 T. Due to a strong crystal electric field (CEF) effect, the magnetic ordering temperatures of the heavy rare earth members do not follow the de Gennes scaling, but rather a CEF modified trend. The RCo2Ge2 series offers an opportunity to study different types of magnetic anisotropy ranging from Heisenberg-like GdCo2Ge2 to Ising-like TbCo2Ge2. Correlation between the local moments and conduction electrons as well as the influence of interplay between CEF effect and long-range indirect exchange interaction (RKKY type) will also be discussed. This work is supported by the US DOE, Basic Energy Sciences under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11358.

  14. Thermodynamic properties of the anisotropic frustrated spin-chain compound linarite PbCuSO4(OH)2

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    Schäpers, M.; Wolter, A. U. B.; Drechsler, S.-L.; Nishimoto, S.; Müller, K.-H.; Abdel-Hafiez, M.; Schottenhamel, W.; Büchner, B.; Richter, J.; Ouladdiaf, B.; Uhlarz, M.; Beyer, R.; Skourski, Y.; Wosnitza, J.; Rule, K. C.; Ryll, H.; Klemke, B.; Kiefer, K.; Reehuis, M.; Willenberg, B.; Süllow, S.

    2013-11-01

    We present a comprehensive macroscopic thermodynamic study of the quasi-one-dimensional (1D) s=(1)/(2) frustrated spin-chain system linarite. Susceptibility, magnetization, specific heat, magnetocaloric effect, magnetostriction, and thermal-expansion measurements were performed to characterize the magnetic phase diagram. In particular, for magnetic fields along the b axis five different magnetic regions have been detected, some of them exhibiting short-range-order effects. The experimental magnetic entropy and magnetization are compared to a theoretical modeling of these quantities using density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) and transfer matrix renormalization group (TMRG) approaches. Within the framework of a purely 1D isotropic model Hamiltonian, only a qualitative agreement between theory and the experimental data can be achieved. Instead, it is demonstrated that a significant symmetric anisotropic exchange of about 10% is necessary to account for the basic experimental observations, including the three-dimensional (3D) saturation field, and which in turn might stabilize a triatic (three-magnon) multipolar phase.

  15. Modeling transport properties of inhomogeneous superconductor-metal composites

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    Borroto, A.; Altshuler, E.; Del Río, L.; Arronte, M.; Johansen, T. H.

    2014-11-17

    We propose a model for a superconductor-metal composite that allows to derive intrinsic transport properties of the superconducting phase based on 2D images of its cross section, and a minimal set of parameters. The method is tested experimentally by using, as model composite, a “transversal bridge” made on a Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}Ca{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 10+x} (BSCCO)-Ag multi-filamentary tape. It is shown that the approach allows to predict the measured I−〈E〉 curves of the filaments. In addition, one can determine the critical current anisotropy between the longitudinal and transverse directions of the Ag-BSCCO tape, and also of its superconducting filaments separately, which emphasizes the role of the morphology of the composite in the transport properties.

  16. Mitochondrial calcium transport systems: properties, regulation, and taxonomic features.

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    Deryabina, Y I; Isakova, E P; Zvyagilskaya, R A

    2004-01-01

    Currently available information on properties and regulation of mitochondrial Ca2+ transporting systems in eukaryotic cells is summarized. We describe in detail kinetic properties and effects of inhibitors and modulators on the energy-dependent Ca2+ uptake through the Ca2+ uniporter, as well as on Na+-dependent and Na+-independent pathways for Ca2+ release in mammalian mitochondria. Special emphasis is placed on Ca2+ transport systems (for ion uptake and release) in mitochondria of higher plants, algae, and yeasts. Potential physiological implications of mitochondrial Ca2+ fluxes (influx and efflux), e.g., regulation of activity of Ca2+-dependent enzymes of the Krebs cycle, maintaining of cellular Ca2+ homeostasis, and engagement in pathophysiological processes, are discussed. PMID:14972024

  17. Electrical Transport Properties of Liquid Al-Cu Alloys

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    Thakore, B. Y.; Khambholja, S. G.; Suthar, P. H.; Jani, A. R.

    2010-06-01

    Electrical transport properties viz. electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity of liquid Al-Cu alloys as a function of Cu concentration have been studied in the present paper. Ashcroft empty core model potential has been used to incorporate the ion-electron interaction. To incorporate the exchange and correlation effects, five different forms of local field correction functions viz. Hartree, Taylor, Ichimaru et al., Farid et al. and Sarkar et al. have been used. The transport properties of binary system have been studied using Faber-Ziman formulation combined with Ashcroft-Langreth (AL) partial structure factor. The computed values of electrical resistivity are compared with experimental data and for low Cu concentration, good agreement has been observed. Further, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity have also been predicted.

  18. Transport properties of β-FeSi2

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    Arushanov, Ernest; Lisunov, Konstantin G.

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this paper is to summarize considerable experimental efforts undertaken within the last decades in the investigations of transport properties of β-FeSi2. The β-FeSi2 compound is the most investigated among a family of semiconducting silicides. This material has received considerable attention as an attractive material for optoelectronic, photonics, photovoltaics and thermoelectric applications. Previous reviews of the transport properties of β-FeSi2 have been given by Lange and Ivanenko et al. about 15 years ago. The Hall effect, the conductivity, the mobility and the magnetoresistance data are presented. Main attention is paid to the discussion of the impurity (defect) band conductivity, the anomalous Hall effect, the scattering mechanisms of charge carriers, as well as to the hopping conduction and the magnetoresistance.

  19. Electrical and thermal transport properties of CdO ceramics

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    Lü, Qing; Wang, ShuFang; Li, LongJiang; Wang, JiangLong; Dai, ShouYu; Yu, Wei; Fu, GuangSheng

    2014-09-01

    High temperature electrical and thermal transport properties, that is, electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient and thermal conductivity, of CdO ceramics have been investigated. Because of the good electrical properties and low thermal conductivity, the dimensionless figure-of-merit ZT of the CdO ceramics reaches 0.34 at 1023 K. This value is comparable to the best reported ZT for the n-type oxide ceramic thermoelectric materials and remains as potential to be further improved by porosity controlling or nanostructuring.

  20. TOPICAL REVIEW: Nanoscale transport properties at silicon carbide interfaces

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    Roccaforte, F.; Giannazzo, F.; Raineri, V.

    2010-06-01

    Wide bandgap semiconductors promise devices with performances not achievable using silicon technology. Among them, silicon carbide (SiC) is considered the top-notch material for a new generation of power electronic devices, ensuring the improved energy efficiency required in modern society. In spite of the significant progress achieved in the last decade in the material quality, there are still several scientific open issues related to the basic transport properties at SiC interfaces and ion-doped regions that can affect the devices' performances, keeping them still far from their theoretical limits. Hence, significant efforts in fundamental research at the nanoscale have become mandatory to better understand the carrier transport phenomena, both at surfaces and interfaces. In this paper, the most recent experiences on nanoscale transport properties will be addressed, reviewing the relevant key points for the basic devices' building blocks. The selected topics include the major concerns related to the electronic transport at metal/SiC interfaces, to the carrier concentration and mobility in ion-doped regions and to channel mobility in metal/oxide/SiC systems. Some aspects related to interfaces between different SiC polytypes are also presented. All these issues will be discussed considering the current status and the drawbacks of SiC devices.

  1. Thermomagnetic transport properties of ferromagnetic MnBi

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    Boona, Stephen; Heremans, Joseph

    Spin-dependent transport phenomena such as the spin Seebeck effect and magnon drag offer intriguing new possibilities for tuning the thermoelectric properties of magnetically ordered materials. One particularly interesting approach is to examine magnetic materials that are expected to display large intrinsic spin orbit coupling, such as MnBi. In spite of this material's popularity as a candidate for rare-earth free permanent magnets, no studies have been published so far concerning its Seebeck or Nernst coefficients. This talk will discuss our recent measurements of the thermomagnetic properties of high purity polycrystalline MnBi between 2K and 385K and in magnetic fields up to 7T. Our measurements reveal the existence of a substantial anomalous Nernst effect (ANE) from 382K down to the spin reorientation temperature of 90K, while the other transport phenomena show relatively weak magnetic field dependence at all temperatures. We also observe that the Seebeck and ANE coefficients display strikingly similar temperature dependence, with the former peaking at approximately -10 μV/K and the latter at approximately -2.5 μV/K/T, hinting at the important role of spin-dependent processes in determining the transport properties of this material.

  2. Thermoelectric transport properties of In2Se3 single crystal

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    Nguyen, Thi Huong; Duong, Van Thiet; Nguyen, Van Quang; Duong, Anh Tuan; Cho, Sunglae; Song, Jae Yong; Park, Hyun-Min

    In recent years the discovery and development of green energy source are one of the top concerns in science. The enormous efforts have been devoted to search for thermoelectric materials. Enhancement of thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT = (S2 σ / κ) T) is currently research goal of scientists. In2Se3 is one of semiconductors with layered structure, which is good for thermoelectric applications. In this study, we report on the transport and thermoelectric properties of In2Se3 single crystal. The layered crystal structure of In2Se3 was determined by XRD and FE-SEM measurements. Ellipsometry measurement illustrated the indirect band gap of In2Se3, about 1.61 eV. Transport properties have been studied in the temperature range from 20 to 400 K along axis which is parallel to the layers direction. Interestingly, Seebeck coefficient was n-type and increased with temperature and the electrical conductivity increased with temperature. Therefore, power factor increased up to 2.69 µWcm-1K-2at 400 K. In this talk, we will discuss more on transport properties.

  3. Modeling Saharan dust emissions, transport, deposition, and optical properties

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    Colarco, Peter Richard

    We simulate Saharan dust emissions, transport, and removal with a three-dimensional aerosol transport model driven by assimilated meteorology. We explore dust distributions and optical properties for model runs over the tropical North Atlantic for time periods covering the ACE-2 (summer 1997, Canary Islands) and PRIDE (summer 2000, Puerto Rico) field experiments. Modeled dust fields are compared to ground-based, in situ, and satellite observations. Dust imaginary refractive index and single scatter albedo at UV wavelengths are inferred near source regions by computing the TOMS Aerosol Index from modeled dust fields. Our results indicate a dust aerosol that is considerably less absorbing than previous estimates. The timing of downwind dust events is generally uncorrelated with the details of the dust source process, indicating the dust exists in a persistent reservoir over source regions and the timing of its transport to remote regions is most strongly controlled by the transporting dynamics. Our model simulates the complicated vertical distributions of dust observed over Puerto Rico. The dust vertical distribution is controlled by sedimentation of dust particles and a general descending air motion over the tropical North Atlantic. Low-level dust can be transported directly from source regions, but the majority of it is efficiently eroded away in transit by wet removal processes. Our computed estimates of iron deposition fluxes into the North Atlantic are in reasonable agreement with estimates based on station data.

  4. Viscoelastic properties of actin networks influence material transport

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    Stam, Samantha; Weirich, Kimberly; Gardel, Margaret

    2015-03-01

    Directed flows of cytoplasmic material are important in a variety of biological processes including assembly of a mitotic spindle, retraction of the cell rear during migration, and asymmetric cell division. Networks of cytoskeletal polymers and molecular motors are known to be involved in these events, but how the network mechanical properties are tuned to perform such functions is not understood. Here, we construct networks of either semiflexible actin filaments or rigid bundles with varying connectivity. We find that solutions of rigid rods, where unimpeded sliding of filaments may enhance transport in comparison to unmoving tracks, are the fastest at transporting network components. Entangled solutions of semiflexible actin filaments also transport material, but the entanglements provide resistance. Increasing the elasticity of the actin networks with crosslinking proteins slows network deformation further. However, the length scale of correlated transport in these networks is increased. Our results reveal how the rigidity and connectivity of biopolymers allows material transport to occur over time and length scales required for physiological processes. This work was supported by the U. Chicago MRSEC

  5. Theoretical study of anisotropic MHD turbulence with low magnetic Reynolds number

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    Sukoriansky, Semion; Zemach, Efi

    2016-03-01

    Flows of electrically conducting fluids under the action of external magnetic field present an example of strongly anisotropic turbulence. Such flows are not only important for different engineering applications, but also provide an interesting framework for studies of quasi-two-dimensional turbulence with strongly modified transport properties in easily controllable laboratory experiments. We present theoretical results that advance our understanding of magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flows with low magnetic Reynolds number by treating this phenomenon within the quasi-normal scale elimination (QNSE) theory. Previous applications of the theory to turbulent flows with stable stratification and solid body rotation have demonstrated that QNSE is a powerful tool for studies of anisotropic turbulent flows. We derive expressions for scale-dependent eddy viscosities and eddy diffusivities in the directions parallel and normal to the external magnetic field and investigate progressive anisotropization of turbulent transport of momentum and passive scalar. The theory yields analytical expressions for anisotropic one-dimensional spectra of MHD turbulence. In particular, the theory sheds light upon the modification of the Kolmogorov k-5/3 spectrum by anisotropic Ohmic (Joule) dissipation.

  6. Spin Dependent Transport Properties of Metallic and Semiconducting Nanostructures

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    Sapkota, Keshab R.

    Present computing and communication devices rely on two different classes of technologies; information processing devices are based on electrical charge transport in semiconducting materials while information storage devices are based on orientation of electron spins in magnetic materials. A realization of a hybrid-type device that is based on charge as well as spin properties of electrons would perform both of these actions thereby enhancing computation power to many folds and reducing power consumptions. This dissertation focuses on the fabrication of such spin-devices based on metallic and semiconducting nanostructures which can utilize spin as well as charge properties of electrons. A simplified design of the spin-device consists of a spin injector, a semiconducting or metallic channel, and a spin detector. The channel is the carrier of the spin signal from the injector to the detector and therefore plays a crucial role in the manipulation of spin properties in the device. In this work, nanostructures like nanowires and nanostripes are used to function the channel in the spin-device. Methods like electrospinning, hydrothermal, and wet chemical were used to synthesize nanowires while physical vapor deposition followed by heat treatment in controlled environment was used to synthesis nanostripes. Spin-devices fabrication of the synthesized nanostructures were carried out by electron beam lithography process. The details of synthesis of nanostructures, device fabrication procedures and measurement techniques will be discussed in the thesis. We have successfully fabricated the spin-devices of tellurium nanowire, indium nanostripe, and indium oxide nanostripe and studied their spin transport properties for the first time. These spin-devices show large spin relaxation length compared to normal metals like copper and offer potentials for the future technologies. Further, Heusler alloys nanowires like nanowires of Co 2FeAl were synthesized and studied for electrical transport properties since such systems are halfmetallic in nature and promise the possibilities of spin injection and detection. The study was extended to dilute magnetic semiconducting nanowire system of Cd1-xMnxTe which possess both magnetic and semiconducting properties. In summary, the studies made in this thesis will offer a new understanding of spin transport behavior for future technology.

  7. Space radiation transport properties of polyethylene-based composites.

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    Kaul, R K; Barghouty, A F; Dahche, H M

    2004-11-01

    Composite materials that can serve as both effective shielding materials against cosmic-ray and energetic solar particles in deep space, as well as structural materials for habitat and spacecraft, remain a critical and mission enabling component in mission planning and exploration. Polyethylene is known to have excellent shielding properties due to its low density, coupled with high hydrogen content. Polyethylene-fiber reinforced composites promise to combine this shielding effectiveness with the required mechanical properties of structural materials. Samples of polyethylene-fiber reinforced epoxy matrix composite 1-5 cm thick were prepared at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and tested against a 500 MeV/nucleon Fe beam at the HIMAC facility of NIRS in Chiba, Japan. This paper presents measured and calculated results for the radiation transport properties of these samples. PMID:15644352

  8. Space radiation transport properties of polyethylene-based composites

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    Kaul, R. K.; Barghouty, A. F.; Dahche, H. M.

    2004-01-01

    Composite materials that can serve as both effective shielding materials against cosmic-ray and energetic solar particles in deep space, as well as structural materials for habitat and spacecraft, remain a critical and mission enabling component in mission planning and exploration. Polyethylene is known to have excellent shielding properties due to its low density, coupled with high hydrogen content. Polyethylene-fiber reinforced composites promise to combine this shielding effectiveness with the required mechanical properties of structural materials. Samples of polyethylene-fiber reinforced epoxy matrix composite 1-5 cm thick were prepared at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and tested against a 500 MeV/nucleon Fe beam at the HIMAC facility of NIRS in Chiba, Japan. This paper presents measured and calculated results for the radiation transport properties of these samples.

  9. Radiation Transport Properties of Polyethylene-Fiber Composites

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    Kaul, Raj K.; Barghouty, A. F.; Dahche, H. M.

    2003-01-01

    Composite materials that can both serve as effective shielding materials against cosmic-ray and energetic solar particles in deep space as well as structural materials for habitat and spacecraft remain a critical and mission enabling piece in mission planning and exploration. Polyethylene is known to have excellent shielding properties due to its low density coupled with high hydrogen content. Polyethylene fiber reinforced composites promise to combine this shielding effectiveness with the required mechanical properties of structural materials. Samples of Polyethylene-fiber reinforced epoxy matrix composite 1-5 cm thick were prepared at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and tested against 500 MeV/nucleon Fe beam at the HIMAC facility of NIRS in Chiba, Japan. This paper presents measured and calculated results for the radiation transport properties of these samples.

  10. Semiconducting black phosphorus: synthesis, transport properties and electronic applications.

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    Liu, Han; Du, Yuchen; Deng, Yexin; Ye, Peide D

    2015-05-01

    Phosphorus is one of the most abundant elements preserved in earth, and it comprises a fraction of ?0.1% of the earth crust. In general, phosphorus has several allotropes, and the two most commonly seen allotropes, i.e. white and red phosphorus, are widely used in explosives and safety matches. In addition, black phosphorus, though rarely mentioned, is a layered semiconductor and has great potential in optical and electronic applications. Remarkably, this layered material can be reduced to one single atomic layer in the vertical direction owing to the van der Waals structure, and is known as phosphorene, in which the physical properties can be tremendously different from its bulk counterpart. In this review article, we trace back to the research history on black phosphorus of over 100 years from the synthesis to material properties, and extend the topic from black phosphorus to phosphorene. The physical and transport properties are highlighted for further applications in electronic and optoelectronics devices. PMID:25307017

  11. Simultaneous Measurement of Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity by Means of Inverse Solution for One-Dimensional Heat Conduction (Anisotropic Thermal Properties of CFRP for FCEV)

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    Kosaka, Masataka; Monde, Masanori

    2015-11-01

    For safe and fast fueling of hydrogen in a fuel cell electric vehicle at hydrogen fueling stations, an understanding of the heat transferred from the gas into the tank wall (carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) material) during hydrogen fueling is necessary. Its thermal properties are needed in estimating heat loss accurately during hydrogen fueling. The CFRP has anisotropic thermal properties, because it consists of an adhesive agent and layers of the CFRP which is wound with a carbon fiber. In this paper, the thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity of the tank wall material were measured by an inverse solution for one-dimensional unsteady heat conduction. As a result, the thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity were 2.09 × 10^{-6}{ m}2{\\cdot }{s}^{-1} and 3.06{ W}{\\cdot }{m}{\\cdot }^{-1}{K}^{-1} for the axial direction, while they were 6.03 × 10^{-7} {m}2{\\cdot }{s}^{-1} and 0.93 {W}{\\cdot }{m}^{-1}{\\cdot }{K}^{-1} for the radial direction. The thermal conductivity for the axial direction was about three times higher than that for the radial direction. The thermal diffusivity shows the same trend in both directions because the thermal capacity, ρ c, is independent of direction, where ρ is the density and c is the heat capacity.

  12. Structure and Anisotropic Properties of BaFe2-xNixAs2 (x = 0, 1, and 2) Single Crystals

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    Safa-Sefat, Athena; Jin, Rongying; McGuire, Michael A; Sales, Brian C; Mandrus, David; Ronning, F.; Bauer, E D; Mozharivskyj, Yurij

    2009-01-01

    The crystal structure, anisotropic electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility, as well as specific heat results from single crystals of BaFe2As2, BaNi2As2, and BaFeNiAs2 are surveyed. BaFe2As2 properties demonstrate the equivalence of C(T), Fisher s d(T)/dT, and d/dT results in determining the antiferromagnetic transition at TN = 132(1) K. BaNi2As2 shows a structural phase transition from a high-temperature tetragonal phase to a low-temperature triclinic (Pī) phase at T0 = 131 K. The superconducting critical temperature for BaNi2As2 is well below T0 and at Tc = 0.69 K. BaFeNiAs2 does not show any sign of superconductivity to 0.4 K and exhibits properties similar to BaCo2As2, a renormalized paramagnetic metal.

  13. Small molecules with ambipolar transporting properties for efficient OLEDs

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    Duan, Lian; Wei, Peng; Qiu, Yong

    2007-11-01

    For stable and efficienct organic light-emitting diodes, it is essential to find molecules with high photoluminescent efficiency, little self-quenching and balanced charge transporting properties. Recently, we've designed and synthesized some highly emissive naphtho[2,3-c][1,2,5]thiadiazole (NTD) derivatives and naphtho[2,3-c][1,2,5]selenadiazole (NSeD) derivatives with unusual ambipolar transporting properties. The ambipolar transporting properties of the NTDs were explained by Marcus theory with carrier reorganization energies and charge-transfer integrals. We obtained high quality single crystals of 4,9-di(biphenyl-4-yl)-naphtho[2,3-c][1,2,5]thiadiazole (NTD02) and 4,9-bis(4-(2,2-diphenylvinyl)phenyl)-naphtho[2,3-c][1,2,5]thiadiazole (NTD05). They have disordered NTD rings' orientation with the opposite directions in the center of the molecule because of NTD's planar configuration and the single-bond connection with the phenyl substituents. The packing structure of NTD02 shows the planar arrangement of NTD rings, forming a "charge transporting channel". Quantum calculation also confirms that the π-π stacking interaction in NTD derivatives benefits the charge transporting via intermolecular hopping on NTD rings. The hole and electron mobilities of NTD05 are 7.16×10 -4 cm2/VÂ.s and 6.19×10 -4 cm2/V•s at an electronic field E = 2.0×10 5 V/cm, respectively. The hole mobility of NTD05 is close to that of N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(1-naphthyl)(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine (NPB) and the electron mobility of NTD05 is two orders-of-magnitude higher than that of tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq 3). For the NTD derivatives, NTD05 also shows the best performance in non-doped OLEDs. CIE coordinates of (0.65, 0.35) and a peak efficiency of 2.4% are achieved for a double layer OLED with NPB as the hole transporting layer and NTD05 as the emitting layer. Moreover, we get ultimate red emission with CIE coordinates of (0.71, 0.29) for some of the NSeD based non-doped OLEDs.

  14. Predicting radiative transport properties of plasma sprayed porous ceramics

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    Wang, B. X.; Zhao, C. Y.

    2016-03-01

    The typical yttria-stabilized zirconia material for making the thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) is intrinsically semitransparent to thermal radiation, and the unique disordered microstructures in TBCs make them surprisingly highly scattering. To quantitatively understand the influence of disordered microstructures, this paper presents a quantitative prediction on the radiative properties, especially the transport scattering coefficient of plasma sprayed TBC based on microstructure analysis and rigorous electromagnetic theory. The impact of the porosity, shape, size, and orientation of different types of voids on transport scattering coefficient is comprehensively investigated under the discrete dipole approximation. An inverse model integrating these factors together is then proposed to quantitatively connect transport scattering coefficient with microstructural information, which is also validated by available experimental data. Afterwards, an optimization procedure is carried out based on this model to obtain the optimal size and orientation distribution of the microscale voids to achieve the maximal radiation insulation performance at different operating temperatures, providing guidelines for practical coating design and fabrication. This work suggests that the current model is effective and also efficient for connecting scattering properties to microstructures and can be implemented as a quantitative tool for further studies like non-destructive infrared imaging as well as micro/nanoscale thermal design of TBCs.

  15. Upscaling flow and transport properties in synthetic porous media

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    Jasinski, Lukasz; Dabrowski, Marcin

    2015-04-01

    Flow and transport through the porous media has instances in nature and industry: contaminant migration in geological formations, gas/oil extraction from proppant filled hydraulic fractures and surrounding porous matrix, underground carbon dioxide sequestration and many others. We would like to understand the behavior of propagating solute front in such medium, mainly flow preferential pathways and the solute dispersion due to the porous medium geometry. The motivation of our investigation is to find connection between the effective flow and transport properties and porous media geometry in 2D and 3D for large system sizes. The challenge is to discover a good way of upscaling flow and transport processes to obtain results comparable to these calculated on pore-scale in much faster way. We study synthetic porous media made of densely packed poly-disperse disk-or spherical-shaped grains in 2D and 3D, respectively. We use various protocols such as the random sequential addition (RSA) algorithm to generate densely packed grains. Imposed macroscopic pressure gradient invokes fluid flow through the pore space of generated porous medium samples. As the flow is considered in the low Reynolds number regime, a stationary velocity field is obtained by solving the Stokes equations by means of finite element method. Void space between the grains is accurately discretized by using body-fitting triangular or tetrahedral mesh. Finally, pure advection of a front carried by the velocity field is studied. Periodicity in all directions is applied to microstructure, flow and transport processes. Effective permeability of the media can be calculated by integrating the velocity field on cross sections, whereas effective dispersion coefficient is deduced by application of centered moment methods on the concentration field of transported solute in time. The effective parameters are investigated as a function of geometrical parameters of the media, such as porosity, specific surface area and fractal dimension of the pore space geometry. Discretization effects are taken into account. Furthermore, as we aim to simulate transport processes in complex and large systems in 3D, following upscaling technique is checked against the original calculations. The pore space of the media is approximated in the form of a capillary network by converting the pore space throats between the grains into lines in 2D and polygons in 3D. Effective flow and transport properties are calculated on such network models and compared with the results obtained for original geometry.

  16. Reservoir transport and poroelastic properties from oscillating pore pressure experiments

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    Hasanov, Azar K.

    Hydraulic transport properties of reservoir rocks, permeability and storage capacity are traditionally defined as rock properties, responsible for the passage of fluids through the porous rock sample, as well as their storage. The evaluation of both is an important part of any reservoir characterization workflow. Moreover, permeability and storage capacity are main inputs into any reservoir simulation study, routinely performed by reservoir engineers on almost any major oil and gas field in the world. An accurate reservoir simulation is essential for production forecast and economic analysis, hence the transport properties directly control the profitability of the petroleum reservoir and their estimation is vital for oil and gas industry. This thesis is devoted to an integrated study of reservoir rocks' hydraulic, streaming potential and poroelastic properties as measured with the oscillating pore pressure experiment. The oscillating pore pressure method is traditionally used to measure hydraulic transport properties. We modified the method and built an experimental setup, capable of measuring all aforementioned rock properties simultaneously. The measurements were carried out for four conventional reservoir-rock quality samples at a range of oscillation frequencies and effective stresses. An apparent frequency dependence of permeability and streaming potential coupling coefficient was observed. Measured frequency dispersion of drained poroelastic properties indicates an intrinsically inelastic nature of the porous mineral rock frame. Standard Linear Model demonstrated the best fit to the experimental dispersion data. Pore collapse and grain crushing effects took place during hydrostatic loading of the dolomitic sample and were observed in permeability, coupling coefficient and poroelastic measurements simultaneously. I established that hydraulically-measured storage capacities are overestimated by almost one order of magnitude when compared to elastically-derived ones. The fact that the values of storage capacities as estimated from the hydraulic component of the oscillating pore pressure experiment are unreliable was also demonstrated by comparing poroelastic Biot and Skempton coefficients. These coefficients were estimated both from hydraulic and strain measurements and the comparison of two datasets points out ambiguity of hydraulic measurements. I also introduce a novel method, which allowed us to estimate the permeability from the full range of acquired frequency data by utilizing a nonlinear least-squares regression. I additionally performed numerical simulation of oscillatory fluid flow. The simulated frequency-dependent results displayed an excellent agreement with both analytical solution and experimental data. This agreement proves that numerical simulation is a powerful tool in predicting frequency response of a porous rock sample to harmonic pore pressure excitations.

  17. Morphologic and transport properties of natural organic floc

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    Larsen, L.G.; Harvey, J.W.; Crimaldi, J.P.

    2009-01-01

    The morphology, entrainment, and settling of suspended aggregates ("floc") significantly impact fluxes of organic carbon, nutrients, and contaminants in aquatic environments. However, transport properties of highly organic floc remain poorly understood. In this study detrital floc was collected in the Florida Everglades from two sites with different abundances of periphyton for use in a settling column and in racetrack flume entrainment experiments. Although Everglades flocs are similar to other organic aggregates in terms of morphology and settling rates, they tend to be larger and more porous than typical mineral flocs because of biostabilization processes and relatively low prevailing shear stresses typical of wetlands. Flume experiments documented that Everglades floc was entrained at a low bed shear stress of 1.0 ?? 10-2 Pa, which is considerably smaller than the typical entrainment threshold of mineral floc. Because of similarities between Everglades floc and other organic floc populations, floc transport characteristics in the Everglades typify the behavior of floc in other organic-rich shallow-water environments. Highly organic floc is more mobile than less organic floc, but because bed shear stresses in wetlands are commonly near the entrainment threshold, wetland floc dynamics are often transport-limited rather than supply limited. Organic floc transport in these environments is therefore governed by the balance between entrainment and settling fluxes, which has implications for ecosystem metabolism, materials cycling, and even landscape evolution. Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.

  18. 26 CFR 49.4271-1 - Tax on transportation of property by air.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 16 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 true Tax on transportation of property by air. 49... (CONTINUED) MISCELLANEOUS EXCISE TAXES FACILITIES AND SERVICES EXCISE TAXES Transportation of Property § 49.4271-1 Tax on transportation of property by air. (a) Purpose of this section. In general, section...

  19. Coefficients for calculating thermodynamic and transport properties of individual species

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    Mcbride, Bonnie J.; Gordon, Sanford; Reno, Martin A.

    1993-01-01

    Libraries of thermodynamic data and transport properties are given for individual species in the form of least-squares coefficients. Values of C(sup 0)(sub p)(T), H(sup 0)(T), and S(sup 0)(T) are available for 1130 solid, liquid, and gaseous species. Viscosity and thermal conductivity data are given for 155 gases. The original C(sup 0)(sub p)(T) values were fit to a fourth-order polynomial with integration constants for H(sup 0)(T) and S(sup 0)(T). For each species the integration constant for H(sup 0)(T) includes the heat of formation. Transport properties have a different functional form. The temperature range for most of the data is 300 to 5000 K, although some of the newer thermodynamic data have a range of 200 to 6000 K. Because the species are mainly possible products of reaction, the data are useful for chemical equilibrium and kinetics computer codes. Much of the data has been distributed for several years with the NASA Lewis equilibrium program CET89. The thermodynamic properties of the reference elements were updated along with about 175 species that involve the elements carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. These sets of data will be distributed with the NASA Lewis personal computer program for calculating chemical equilibria, CETPC.

  20. Low temperature carrier transport properties in isotopically controlled germanium

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    Itoh, K.

    1994-12-01

    Investigations of electronic and optical properties of semiconductors often require specimens with extremely homogeneous dopant distributions and precisely controlled net-carrier concentrations and compensation ratios. The previous difficulties in fabricating such samples are overcome as reported in this thesis by growing high-purity Ge single crystals of controlled {sup 75}Ge and {sup 70}Ge isotopic compositions, and doping these crystals by the neutron transmutation doping (NTD) technique. The resulting net-impurity concentrations and the compensation ratios are precisely determined by the thermal neutron fluence and the [{sup 74}Ge]/[{sup 70}Ge] ratios of the starting Ge materials, respectively. This method also guarantees unprecedented doping uniformity. Using such samples the authors have conducted four types of electron (hole) transport studies probing the nature of (1) free carrier scattering by neutral impurities, (2) free carrier scattering by ionized impurities, (3) low temperature hopping conduction, and (4) free carrier transport in samples close to the metal-insulator transition.

  1. Transport properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbon decorated with copper clusters

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    Berahman, M.; Sheikhi, M. H.

    2014-09-07

    Using non-equilibrium green function with density functional theory, the present study investigates the transport properties of decorated zigzag graphene nanoribbon with a copper cluster. We have represented the decoration of zigzag graphene nanoribbon with single copper atom and cluster containing two and three copper atoms. In all the cases, copper atoms tend to occupy the edge state. In addition, we have shown that copper can alter the current-voltage characteristic of zigzag graphene nanoribbon and create new fluctuations and negative differential resistance. These alternations are made due to discontinuity in the combination of orbitals along the graphene nanoribbon. Decoration alters these discontinuities and creates more visible fluctuations. However, in low bias voltages, the changes are similar in all the cases. The study demonstrates that in the decorated zigzag graphene nanoribbon, the edge states are the main states for transporting electron from one electrode to another.

  2. Electronic correlation and transport properties of nuclear fuel materials

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    Yin Quan; Kutepov, Andrey; Haule, Kristjan; Kotliar, Gabriel; Savrasov, Sergey Y.; Pickett, Warren E.

    2011-11-15

    The electronic structures and transport properties of a series of actinide monocarbides, mononitrides, and dioxides are studied systematically using a combination of density-functional theory and dynamical mean-field theory. The studied materials present different electronic correlation strength and degree of localization of 5f electrons, where a metal-insulator boundary naturally lies within. In the spectral function of Mott-insulating uranium oxide, a resonance peak is observed in both theory and experiment and may be understood as a generalized Zhang-Rice state. We also investigate the interplay between electron-electron and electron-phonon interactions, both of which are responsible for the transport in the metallic compounds. Our findings allow us to gain insight in the roles played by different scattering mechanisms, and suggest how to improve their thermal conductivities.

  3. Transport properties of ultrathin black phosphorus on hexagonal boron nitride

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    Doganov, Rostislav A.; Koenig, Steven P.; Yeo, Yuting; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Özyilmaz, Barbaros

    2015-02-01

    Ultrathin black phosphorus, or phosphorene, is a two-dimensional material that allows both high carrier mobility and large on/off ratios. Similar to other atomic crystals, like graphene or layered transition metal dichalcogenides, the transport behavior of few-layer black phosphorus is expected to be affected by the underlying substrate. The properties of black phosphorus have so far been studied on the widely utilized SiO2 substrate. Here, we characterize few-layer black phosphorus field effect transistors on hexagonal boron nitride—an atomically smooth and charge trap-free substrate. We measure the temperature dependence of the field effect mobility for both holes and electrons and explain the observed behavior in terms of charged impurity limited transport. We find that in-situ vacuum annealing at 400 K removes the p-doping of few-layer black phosphorus on both boron nitride and SiO2 substrates and reduces the hysteresis at room temperature.

  4. Transport Properties in Superconducting Wires Coupled to Ferromagnetic Leads

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    Chen, Qiao; Zhang, Ya-Min; Xu, H. Q.; Xu, Ning

    2016-02-01

    We investigate the transport properties of a pair of Majorana bound states in both serial configuration and T-shape configuration with ferromagnetic leads. By using a non-equilibrium Green's function method, the formula of current and shot noise are obtained. The numerical results show that the coupling between the Majorana bounds states at the ends of a wire can be tuned by the polarization P and polarization angle θ intimately in serial configuration. However, this coupling in T-shape configuration is only affected by ferromagnetic leads faintly. In addition, the Fano factor in both configurations is influenced by the polarization P and polarization angle θ intimately at low bias region. Because of the different transport mechanisms, the serial configuration and T-shape configuration show sub-Poissonian and super-Poissonian shot noise at low bias, respectively.

  5. Structural and robustness properties of smart-city transportation networks

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    Zhang, Zhen-Gang; Ding, Zhuo; Fan, Jing-Fang; Meng, Jun; Ding, Yi-Min; Ye, Fang-Fu; Chen, Xiao-Song

    2015-09-01

    The concept of smart city gives an excellent resolution to construct and develop modern cities, and also demands infrastructure construction. How to build a safe, stable, and highly efficient public transportation system becomes an important topic in the process of city construction. In this work, we study the structural and robustness properties of transportation networks and their sub-networks. We introduce a complementary network model to study the relevance and complementarity between bus network and subway network. Our numerical results show that the mutual supplement of networks can improve the network robustness. This conclusion provides a theoretical basis for the construction of public traffic networks, and it also supports reasonable operation of managing smart cities. Project supported by the Major Projects of the China National Social Science Fund (Grant No. 11 & ZD154).

  6. Study of electronic transport properties of doped 8AGNR

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    Sharma, Uma Shankar; Srivastava, Anurag; Verma, U. P.

    2014-04-24

    The electronic and transport properties of 8-armchair graphene nanoribbon (8AGNR) with defect at different sites are investigated by performing first-principles calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). The calculated results show that the 8AGNR are semiconductor. The introduction of 3d transition metals, creates the nondegenerate states in the conduction band, makes 8AGNR metallic. The computed transmission spectrum confirms that AGNR are semiconducting in nature and their band gap remain unchanged and localized states appear when there is vacancy in their structures, and the conductance decreases due to defects compared with the pristine nanoribbon.

  7. Nonequilibrium Quantum Transport Properties of Organic Molecules on Silicon

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    Lu, Wenchang; Meunier, Vincent; Bernholc, J.

    2005-11-01

    Electron transport properties of a Si/organic-molecule/Si junction are investigated by large-scale nonequilibrium Green function calculations. The results provide a qualitative picture and quantitative understanding of the importance of self-consistent screening, broadening of quasimolecular orbitals under large bias, and enhancement of transmission, which occurs when the broadened lowest unoccupied molecular orbital aligns with the conduction band edge of the negative lead. The varying coupling can lead to negative differential resistance for a large class of small molecules.

  8. Transport properties in periodically modulated zigzag silicene nanoribbon

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    Wang, Xiao-Shuang; Shen, Man; An, Xing-Tao; Liu, Jian-Jun

    2016-04-01

    We study theoretically the electronic transport properties of zigzag silicene nanoribbon superlattices subject to a periodic electric field perpendicular to the surface of silicene. Our results show that the conductivity of the system depends on the superlattice structural parameters and show effects analogous to those found with two-dimensional semiconductor superlattices. For a superlattice with Nb barriers, a series of resonant peaks, each of which is split into (Nb - 1) subpeaks, and transmission blockade regions appear in the conductance spectrum, which indicates the formation of minibands and minigaps. These silicene-based quantum structures can provide concepts for the design nanodevices.

  9. Cell encapsules with tunable transport and mechanical properties

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    Luo, Dawei; Pullela, Srinivasa Rao; Marquez, Manuel; Cheng, Zhengdong

    2007-01-01

    We utilized a microfluidic device with hydrodynamic flow focusing geometry to produce uniform agarose droplets in the range of 50 to 110 μm. The transport property of the thermally gelled particles was tailored by layer-by-layer (LBL) polyelectrolytes coating on the surface and was measured via the release rates of Rhodamine B. The mechanical strength of the capsules was further enhanced by a coating of silica nano-particles in addition to polyelectrolyte coatings. We demonstrated that yeast cells can be successfully encapsulated into agarose capsules. PMID:19693358

  10. Transport properties of plastic separator for renewable energy applications

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    Sharma, A. L.; Thakur, A. K.

    2013-06-01

    We report innovative results on optimization of intercalated polymer-clay nanocomposite endowed with desirable properties; (i) very high ionic conductivity (˜10-3 S cm-1) at room temperature, (ii) tion˜99% and cation transport number (tLi+)˜67%: Intercalation of (PAN)8LiCF3SO3 complex into dodecylamine modified montmorillonite clay (DMMT) nanometric channels has been confirmed by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. The optimized polymer film serves dual purpose of electrolyte and separator in energy storage devices.

  11. The Effect of Microstructure On Transport Properties of Porous Electrodes

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    Peterson, Serena W.

    The goal of this work is to further understand the relationships between porous electrode microstructure and mass transport properties. This understanding allows us to predict and improve cell performance from fundamental principles. The investigated battery systems are the widely used rechargeable Li-ion battery and the non-rechargeable alkaline battery. This work includes three main contributions in the battery field listed below. Direct Measurement of Effective Electronic Transport in Porous Li-ion Electrodes. An accurate assessment of the electronic conductivity of electrodes is necessary for understanding and optimizing battery performance. The bulk electronic conductivity of porous LiCoO2-based cathodes was measured as a function of porosity, pressure, carbon fraction, and the presence of an electrolyte. The measurements were performed by delamination of thin-film electrodes from their aluminum current collectors and by use of a four-line probe. Imaging and Correlating Microstructure To Conductivity. Transport properties of porous electrodes are strongly related to microstructure. An experimental 3D microstructure is needed not only for computation of direct transport properties, but also for a detailed electrode microstructure characterization. This work utilized X-ray tomography and focused ion beam (FIB)/scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to obtain the 3D structures of alkaline battery cathodes. FIB/SEM has the advantage of detecting carbon additives; thus, it was the main tomography tool employed. Additionally, protocols and techniques for acquiring, processing and segmenting series of FIB/SEM images were developed as part of this work. FIB/SEM images were also used to correlate electrodes' microstructure to their respective conductivities for both Li-ion and alkaline batteries. Electrode Microstructure Metrics and the 3D Stochastic Grid Model. A detailed characterization of microstructure was conducted in this work, including characterization of the volume fraction, nearest neighbor probability, domain size distribution, shape factor, and Fourier transform coefficient. These metrics are compared between 2D FIB/SEM, 3D FIB/SEM and X-ray structures. Among those metrics, the first three metrics are used as a basis for SG model parameterization. The 3D stochastic grid (SG) model is based on Monte Carlo techniques, in which a small set of fundamental inter-domain parameters are used to generate structures. This allows us to predict electrode microstructure and its effects on both electronic and ionic properties.

  12. Effective Potential Energies and Transport Properties for Nitrogen and Oxygen

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    Stallcop, James R.; Partridge, Harry; Levin, Eugene; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The results of recent theoretical studies for N--N2, O--O2, N2--N2 interactions are applied to the transport properties of nitrogen and oxygen gases. The theoretical results are used to select suitable oxygen interaction energies from previous work for determining the diffusion and viscosity coefficients at high temperatures. A universal formulation is applied to determine the collision integrals for O2--O2 interactions at high temperatures and to calculate certain ratios for determining higher-order collision integrals.

  13. Anisotropic optical film embedded with cellulose nanowhisker.

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    Kim, Dah Hee; Song, Young Seok

    2015-10-01

    We investigated anisotropic optical behaviors of composite films embedded with CNWs. To control the orientation of CNWs, elongation was applied to the composite film. Morphological and mechanical analyses of the specimens were carried out to examine the influence of the applied extension. The CNWs were found to be aligned in the elongated direction, yielding remarkable anisotropic microstructure and optical properties. As the applied elongation and CNW loading increased, the resulting degree of polarization and birefringence increased due to increased interactions between the embedded particles. This study suggests a way to prepare an anisotropic optical component with nanoparticles of which the microstructures, such as orientation and filler content, can be controlled. PMID:26076646

  14. Stacking dependence of carrier transport properties in multilayered black phosphorous

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    Sengupta, A.; Audiffred, M.; Heine, T.; Niehaus, T. A.

    2016-02-01

    We present the effect of different stacking orders on carrier transport properties of multi-layer black phosphorous. We consider three different stacking orders AAA, ABA and ACA, with increasing number of layers (from 2 to 6 layers). We employ a hierarchical approach in density functional theory (DFT), with structural simulations performed with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the bandstructure, carrier effective masses and optical properties evaluated with the meta-generalized gradient approximation (MGGA). The carrier transmission in the various black phosphorous sheets was carried out with the non-equilibrium green’s function (NEGF) approach. The results show that ACA stacking has the highest electron and hole transmission probabilities. The results show tunability for a wide range of band-gaps, carrier effective masses and transmission with a great promise for lattice engineering (stacking order and layers) in black phosphorous.

  15. Predicting the transport properties of sedimentary rocks from microgeometry

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    Schlueter, E.M.

    1995-02-01

    The author investigates through analysis and experiment how pore geometry, topology, and the physics and chemistry of mineral-fluid and fluid-fluid interactions affect the flow of fluids through consolidated/partially consolidated porous media. The approach is to measure fluid permeability and electrical conductivity of rock samples using single and multiple fluid phases that can be frozen in place (wetting and nonwetting) over a range of pore pressures. These experiments are analyzed in terms of the microphysics and microchemistry of the processes involved to provide a theoretical basis for the macroscopic constitutive relationships between fluid-flow and geophysical properties that the authors develop. The purpose of these experiments and their analyses is to advance the understanding of the mechanisms and factors that control fluid transport in porous media. This understanding is important in characterizing porous media properties and heterogeneities before simulating and monitoring the progress of complex flow processes at the field scale in permeable media.

  16. Predicting the transport properties of sedimentary rocks from microgeometry

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    Schlueter, E.M.

    1993-01-01

    We investigate through analysis and experiment how pore geometry, topology, and the physics and chemistry of mineral-fluid and fluid-fluid interactions affect the flow of fluids through consolidated/partially consolidated porous media. Our approach is to measure fluid permeability and electrical conductivity of rock samples using single and multiple fluid phases that can be frozen in place (wetting and nonwetting) over a range of pore pressures. These experiments are analyzed in terms of the microphysics and microchemistry of the processes involved to provide a theoretical basis for the macroscopic constitutive relationships between fluid-flow and geophysical properties that we develop. The purpose of these experiments and their analyses is to advance the understanding of the mechanisms and factors that control fluid transport in porous media. This understanding is important in characterizing porous media properties and heterogeneities before simulating and monitoring the progress of complex flow processes at the field scale in permeable media.

  17. Simplified curve fits for the transport properties of equilibrium air

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    Srinivasan, S.; Tannehill, J. C.

    1987-01-01

    New, improved curve fits for the transport properties of equilibruim air have been developed. The curve fits are for viscosity and Prandtl number as functions of temperature and density, and viscosity and thermal conductivity as functions of internal energy and density. The curve fits were constructed using grabau-type transition functions to model the tranport properties of Peng and Pindroh. The resulting curve fits are sufficiently accurate and self-contained so that they can be readily incorporated into new or existing computational fluid dynamics codes. The range of validity of the new curve fits are temperatures up to 15,000 K densities from 10 to the -5 to 10 amagats (rho/rho sub o).

  18. Stacking dependence of carrier transport properties in multilayered black phosphorous.

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    Sengupta, A; Audiffred, M; Heine, T; Niehaus, T A

    2016-02-24

    We present the effect of different stacking orders on carrier transport properties of multi-layer black phosphorous. We consider three different stacking orders AAA, ABA and ACA, with increasing number of layers (from 2 to 6 layers). We employ a hierarchical approach in density functional theory (DFT), with structural simulations performed with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the bandstructure, carrier effective masses and optical properties evaluated with the meta-generalized gradient approximation (MGGA). The carrier transmission in the various black phosphorous sheets was carried out with the non-equilibrium green's function (NEGF) approach. The results show that ACA stacking has the highest electron and hole transmission probabilities. The results show tunability for a wide range of band-gaps, carrier effective masses and transmission with a great promise for lattice engineering (stacking order and layers) in black phosphorous. PMID:26809017

  19. Electronic and transport properties of LiCoO2.

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    Andriyevsky, Bohdan; Doll, Klaus; Jacob, Timo

    2014-11-14

    Using first principles density functional theory (DFT), the electronic and magnetic properties as well as the Li-ion migration in LiCoO2 have been studied with a gradient corrected functional. The magnetic properties were also investigated in addition using a gradient corrected functional in combination with an on-site repulsion U and a hybrid functional. We find LiCoO2 to be non-magnetic under ambient conditions. A magnetic ground state can be obtained by a volume expansion corresponding to a negative pressure of -8 GPa due to a competition between Hund's rules favoring magnetism on the Co(3+) ions and the crystal field splitting, which suppresses magnetism at zero pressure. The barrier for lithium transport is determined to be 0.44 eV from nudged elastic band (NEB) calculations on the Li0.917CoO2 system. PMID:25264622

  20. Graphene on graphene antidot lattices: Electronic and transport properties

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    Gregersen, Sren Schou; Pedersen, Jesper Goor; Power, Stephen R.; Jauho, Antti-Pekka

    2015-03-01

    Graphene bilayer systems are known to exhibit a band gap when the layer symmetry is broken by applying a perpendicular electric field. The resulting band structure resembles that of a conventional semiconductor with a parabolic dispersion. Here, we introduce a bilayer graphene heterostructure, where single-layer graphene is placed on top of another layer of graphene with a regular lattice of antidots. We dub this class of graphene systems GOAL: graphene on graphene antidot lattice. By varying the structure geometry, band-structure engineering can be performed to obtain linearly dispersing bands (with a high concomitant mobility), which nevertheless can be made gapped with a perpendicular field. We analyze the electronic structure and transport properties of various types of GOALs, and draw general conclusions about their properties to aid their design in experiments.

  1. Thermoelectric transport properties of PbTe under pressure

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    Xu, Lanqing; Zheng, Yongping; Zheng, Jin-Cheng

    2010-11-01

    In this work, we present a comprehensive picture of structural, dynamical, electronic, and transport properties of PbTe at ambient and high pressures. The first-principles linear-response calculations show that there exists an anharmonic instability of the optical branch phonon at the Brillouin-zone (BZ) center and soft phonons at the BZ boundary X point. The k -dependent soft modes may lead to substantial changes in the thermal conductivity when the pressure is applied. The electronic band structure of both B1 and Pnma phases are investigated by full potential method with various exchange-correlation functionals. Under pressure there is a band-gap closure as well as reopening within B1 structure whereas for Pnma phase only the gap closure is observed. Their thermoelectric transport properties are studied by exploring their energy bands based on Boltzmann transport theory. We found that n -doped Pnma phase at 6.7 GPa has better thermoelectric performance than B1 phase at ambient condition, while for the p -doped case, B1 phase has much better thermoelectric properties. Energy band gap does play an important role in thermoelectric performance. At 300 K, modifications of thermoelectric properties caused by band-gap variation can be observed only at a low doping level, at 600 K the influence can be detected in mid-to-high doping levels. The detailed analysis of thermoelectric properties as respect to temperatures and carrier concentrations reveal that in the low-doping case the optimal performance occurs in 300-450 K temperature range but for mid-to-high doping cases the optimal working temperature increase to higher range. With the pressure applied, the thermoelectric response shows many interesting features. The thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) for B1 phase achieves its maximum at middoping region with ˜8GPa for p doping and above 18 GPa for n doping. In the Pnma case, ZT values are more sensitive to doping than to pressure, and there is small difference between the 300 and 600 K results. These findings are expected to be useful in searching an optimal combination of doping level, working temperature, and pressure in order to achieve higher ZT in PbTe-based materials.

  2. Anisotropic surface properties of micro/nanostructured a-C:H:F thin films with self-assembly applications

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    Freire, V.-M.; Corbella, C.; Bertran, E.; Portal-Marco, S.; Rubio-Roy, M.; Andjar, J.-L.

    2012-06-01

    The singular properties of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) thin films deposited by pulsed DC plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), such as hardness and wear resistance, make it suitable as protective coating with low surface energy for self-assembly applications. In this paper, we designed fluorine-containing a-C:H (a-C:H:F) nanostructured surfaces and we characterized them for self-assembly applications. Sub-micron patterns were generated on silicon through laser lithography while contact angle measurements, nanotribometer, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the surface. a-C:H:F properties on lithographied surfaces such as hydrophobicity and friction were improved with the proper relative quantity of CH4 and CHF3 during deposition, resulting in ultrahydrophobic samples and low friction coefficients. Furthermore, these properties were enhanced along the direction of the lithography patterns (in-plane anisotropy). Finally, self-assembly properties were tested with silica nanoparticles, which were successfully assembled in linear arrays following the generated patterns. Among the main applications, these surfaces could be suitable as particle filter selector and cell colony substrate.

  3. FLUID- THERMODYNAMIC AND TRANSPORT PROPERTIES OF FLUIDS (IBM VERSION)

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    Fessler, T. E.

    1994-01-01

    The accurate computation of the thermodynamic and transport properties of fluids is a necessity for many engineering calculations. The FLUID program was developed to calculate the thermodynamic and transport properties of pure fluids in both the liquid and gas phases. Fluid properties are calculated using a simple gas model, empirical corrections, and an efficient numerical interpolation scheme. FLUID produces results that are in very good agreement with measured values, while being much faster than older more complex programs developed for the same purpose. A Van der Waals equation of state model is used to obtain approximate state values. These values are corrected for real-gas effects by model correction factors obtained from tables based on experimental data. These tables also accurately compensate for the special circumstances which arise whenever phase conditions occur. Viscosity and thermal conductivity values are computed directly from tables. Interpolation within tables is based on Lagrange's three point formula. A set of tables must be generated for each fluid implemented. FLUID currently contains tables for nine fluids including dry air and steam. The user can add tables for any fluid for which adequate thermal property data is available. The FLUID routine is structured so that it may easily be incorporated into engineering programs. The IBM 360 version of FLUID was developed in 1977. It is written in FORTRAN IV and has been implemented on an IBM 360 with a central memory requirement of approximately 222K of 8 bit bytes. The IBM PC version of FLUID is written in Microsoft FORTRAN 77 and has been implemented on an IBM PC with a memory requirement of 128K of 8 bit bytes. The IBM PC version of FLUID was developed in 1986.

  4. FLUID- THERMODYNAMIC AND TRANSPORT PROPERTIES OF FLUIDS (IBM PC VERSION)

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    Fessler, T. E.

    1994-01-01

    The accurate computation of the thermodynamic and transport properties of fluids is a necessity for many engineering calculations. The FLUID program was developed to calculate the thermodynamic and transport properties of pure fluids in both the liquid and gas phases. Fluid properties are calculated using a simple gas model, empirical corrections, and an efficient numerical interpolation scheme. FLUID produces results that are in very good agreement with measured values, while being much faster than older more complex programs developed for the same purpose. A Van der Waals equation of state model is used to obtain approximate state values. These values are corrected for real-gas effects by model correction factors obtained from tables based on experimental data. These tables also accurately compensate for the special circumstances which arise whenever phase conditions occur. Viscosity and thermal conductivity values are computed directly from tables. Interpolation within tables is based on Lagrange's three point formula. A set of tables must be generated for each fluid implemented. FLUID currently contains tables for nine fluids including dry air and steam. The user can add tables for any fluid for which adequate thermal property data is available. The FLUID routine is structured so that it may easily be incorporated into engineering programs. The IBM 360 version of FLUID was developed in 1977. It is written in FORTRAN IV and has been implemented on an IBM 360 with a central memory requirement of approximately 222K of 8 bit bytes. The IBM PC version of FLUID is written in Microsoft FORTRAN 77 and has been implemented on an IBM PC with a memory requirement of 128K of 8 bit bytes. The IBM PC version of FLUID was developed in 1986.

  5. Effect of Patch Mechanical Properties on Right Ventricle Function Using MRI-Based Two-Layer Anisotropic Models of Human Right and Left Ventricles

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    Yang, Chun; Geva, Tal; Gaudette, Glenn; del Nido, Pedro J.

    2010-01-01

    Right and left ventricle (RV/LV) combination models with three different patch materials (Dacron scaffold, treated pericardium, and contracting myocardium), two-layer construction, fiber orientation, and active anisotropic material properties were introduced to evaluate the effects of patch materials on RV function. A material-stiffening approach was used to model active heart contraction. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging was performed to acquire patient-specific ventricular geometries and cardiac motion from a patient with severe RV dilatation due to pulmonary regurgitation needing RV remodeling and pulmonary valve replacement operation. Computational models were constructed and solved to obtain RV stroke volume, ejection fraction, patch area variations, and stress/strain data for patch comparisons. Our results indicate that the patch model with contracting myocardium leads to decreased stress level in the patch area, improved RV function and patch area contractility. Maximum Stress-P1 (maximum principal stress) value at the center of the patch from the Dacron scaffold patch model was 350% higher than that from the other two models. Patch area reduction ratio was 0.3%, 3.1% and 27.4% for Dacron scaffold, pericardium, and contracting myocardium patches, respectively. These findings suggest that the contracting myocardium patch model may lead to improved recovery of RV function in patients with severe chronic pulmonary regurgitation. PMID:21209792

  6. Effect of Patch Mechanical Properties on Right Ventricle Function Using MRI-Based Two-Layer Anisotropic Models of Human Right and Left Ventricles.

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    Tang, Dalin; Yang, Chun; Geva, Tal; Gaudette, Glenn; Del Nido, Pedro J

    2010-01-01

    Right and left ventricle (RV/LV) combination models with three different patch materials (Dacron scaffold, treated pericardium, and contracting myocardium), two-layer construction, fiber orientation, and active anisotropic material properties were introduced to evaluate the effects of patch materials on RV function. A material-stiffening approach was used to model active heart contraction. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging was performed to acquire patient-specific ventricular geometries and cardiac motion from a patient with severe RV dilatation due to pulmonary regurgitation needing RV remodeling and pulmonary valve replacement operation. Computational models were constructed and solved to obtain RV stroke volume, ejection fraction, patch area variations, and stress/strain data for patch comparisons. Our results indicate that the patch model with contracting myocardium leads to decreased stress level in the patch area, improved RV function and patch area contractility. Maximum Stress-P(1) (maximum principal stress) value at the center of the patch from the Dacron scaffold patch model was 350% higher than that from the other two models. Patch area reduction ratio was 0.3%, 3.1% and 27.4% for Dacron scaffold, pericardium, and contracting myocardium patches, respectively. These findings suggest that the contracting myocardium patch model may lead to improved recovery of RV function in patients with severe chronic pulmonary regurgitation. PMID:21209792

  7. Anisotropic Transport of Electrons in a Novel FET Channel with Chains of InGaAs Nano-Islands Embedded along Quasi-Periodic Multi-Atomic Steps on Vicinal (111)B GaAs

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    Akiyama, Y.; Kawazu, T.; Noda, T.; Sakaki, H.

    2010-01-01

    We have studied electron transport in n-AlGaAs/GaAs heterojunction FET channels, in which chains of InGaAs nano-islands are embedded along quasi-periodic steps. By using two samples, conductance Gpara(Vg) parallel to the steps and Gperp(Vg) perpendicular to them were measured at 80 K as functions of gate voltage Vg. At sufficiently high Vg, Gpara at 80 K is several times as high as Gperp, which manifests the anisotropic two-dimensional transport of electrons. When Vg is reduced to -0.7 V, Gperp almost vanishes, while Gpara stays sizable unless Vg is set below -0.8 V. These results indicate that "inter-chain" barriers play stronger roles than "intra-chain" barriers.

  8. Nonlinear Transport and Noise Properties of Acoustic Phonons

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    Walczak, Kamil

    We examine heat transport carried by acoustic phonons in molecular junctions composed of organic molecules coupled to two thermal baths of different temperatures. The phononic heat flux and its dynamical noise properties are analyzed within the scattering (Landauer) formalism with transmission probability function for acoustic phonons calculated within the method of atomistic Green's functions (AGF technique). The perturbative computational scheme is used to determine nonlinear corrections to phononic heat flux and its noise power spectral density with up to the second order terms with respect to temperature difference. Our results show the limited applicability of ballistic Fourier's law and fluctuation-dissipation theorem to heat transport in quantum systems. We also derive several noise-signal relations applicable to nanoscale heat flow carried by phonons, but valid for electrons as well. We also discuss the extension of the perturbative transport theory to higher order terms in order to address a huge variety of problems related to nonlinear thermal effects which may occur at nanoscale and at strongly non-equilibrium conditions with high-intensity heat fluxes. This work was supported by Pace University Start-up Grant.

  9. Transport properties of highly ordered heterogeneous ion-exchange membranes.

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    Shapiro, V; Freger, V; Linder, C; Oren, Y

    2008-08-01

    Model "ordered" heterogeneous ion exchange membranes are made with ion exchange particles heaving ion exchange capacity in the range 3 to 2.5 meq/gr (dry basis) and diameters ranging from 37 to 7 microm and 2 component room-temperature vulcanizing silicon rubber as a polymeric matrix, by applying an electric field normal to the membrane surface during preparation. These membranes were shown to have an improved ionic conductivity compared with "nonordered" membranes based on the same ion exchange content (for instance, at 10% resin content "nonordered" membranes show <10(-5) mS/cm while "ordered" membranes have conductivity of 1 mS/cm). The transport properties of ordered membranes were compared with those of nonordered membranes, through the current-voltage characteristics. Limiting currents measured for the ordered membranes were significantly higher than those of the nonordered membranes with the same resin concentration. In addition, higher limiting currents were observed in ordered membranes as the resin particles became smaller. Energy dispersion spectrometry analyses revealed that the concentration of cation exchange groups on the membrane surface was higher for ordered membrane as compared to that of nonordered membranes. This implies that the local current density for the conducting domains at the surface of the nonordered membranes is higher, leading to higher concentration polarization and, eventually, to lower average limiting current densities. The effect of ordering the particles on the membrane conductivity and transport properties was studied, and the advantages of the ordered membranes are discussed. PMID:18630866

  10. TASK 7 DEMONSTRATION OF THAMES FOR MICROSTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT PROPERTIES

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    Langton, C.; Bullard, J.; Stutzman, P.; Snyder, K.; Garboczi, E.

    2010-03-29

    The goal of the Cementitious Barriers Partnership (CBP) is to develop a reasonable and realible set of tools to reduce the uncertainty in predicting the structural, hydraulic and chemical performance of cement barriers used in nuclear applications that are exposed to dynamic environmental conditions over extended time frames. One of these tools, the responsibility of NIST, is THAMES (Thermodynamic Hydration and Microstructure Evolution Simulator), which is being developed to describe cementitious binder microstructures and calculate important engineering properties during hydration and degradation. THAMES is designed to be a 'micro-probe', used to evaluate changes in microstructure and properties occurring over time because of hydration or degradation reactions in a volume of about 0.001 mm{sup 3}. It will be used to map out microstructural and property changes across reaction fronts, for example, with spatial resolution adequate to be input into other models (e.g., STADIUM{reg_sign}, LeachSX{trademark}) in the integrated CBP package. THAMES leverages thermodynamic predictions of equilibrium phase assemblages in aqueous geochemical systems to estimate 3-D virtual microstructures of a cementitious binder at different times during the hydration process or potentially during degradation phenomena. These virtual microstructures can then be used to calculate important engineering properties of a concrete made from that binder at prescribed times. In this way, the THAMES model provides a way to calculate the time evolution of important material properties such as elastic stiffness, compressive strength, diffusivity, and permeability. Without this model, there would be no way to update microstructure and properties for the barrier materials considered as they are exposed to the environment, thus greatly increasing the uncertainty of long-term transport predictions. This Task 7 report demonstrates the current capabilities of THAMES. At the start of the CBP project, THAMES did not exist, so that it is in the early stages of development. However, extensive experience with 3-D microstructure models at NIST is making possible a timely development process.

  11. Highly anisotropic elements for acoustic pentamode applications.

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    Layman, Christopher N; Naify, Christina J; Martin, Theodore P; Calvo, David C; Orris, Gregory J

    2013-07-12

    Pentamode metamaterials are a class of acoustic metafluids that are characterized by a divergence free modified stress tensor. Such materials have an unconventional anisotropic stiffness and isotropic mass density, which allow themselves to mimic other fluid domains. Here we present a pentamode design formed by an oblique honeycomb lattice and producing customizable anisotropic properties. It is shown that anisotropy in the stiffness can exceed 3 orders of magnitude, and that it can be realistically tailored for transformation acoustic applications. PMID:23889408

  12. Ab initio study of anisotropic mechanical properties of LiCoO2 during lithium intercalation and deintercalation process

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    Wu, Linmin; Zhang, Jing

    2015-12-01

    The mechanical properties of LixCoO2 under various Li concentrations and associated anisotropy have been systematically studied using the first principles method. During the lithium intercalation process, the Young's modulus, bulk modulus, shear modulus, and ultimate strength increase with increasing lithium concentration. Strong anisotropy of mechanical properties between a-axis and c-axis in LixCoO2 is identified at low lithium concentrations, and the anisotropy decreases with increasing lithium concentration. The observed lithium concentration dependence and anisotropy are explained by analyzing the charge transfer using Bader charge analysis, bond order analysis, and bond strength by investigating partial density of states and charge density difference. With the decrease of Li concentration, the charge depletion in the bonding regions increases, indicating a weaker Co-O bond strength. Additionally, the Young's modulus, bulk modulus, shear modulus, and toughness are obtained by simulating ab initio tensile tests. From the simulated stress-strain curves, LixCoO2 shows the highest toughness, which is in contraction with Pugh criterion prediction based on elastic properties only.

  13. Electronic structure and microscopic charge-transport properties of a new-type diketopyrrolopyrrole-based material.

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    Huang, Jin-Dou; Li, Wen-Liang; Wen, Shu-Hao; Dong, Bin

    2015-04-15

    Recently, diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-based materials have attracted much interest due to their promising performance as a subunit in organic field effect transistors. Using density functional theory and charge-transport models, we investigated the electronic structure and microscopic charge transport properties of the cyanated bithiophene-functionalized DPP molecule (compound 1). First, we analyzed in detail the partition of the total relaxation (polaron) energy into the contributions from each vibrational mode and the influence of bond-parameter variations on the local electron-vibration coupling of compound 1, which well explains the effects of different functional groups on internal reorganization energy (λ). Then, we investigated the structural and electronic properties of compound 1 in its isolated molecular state and in the solid state form, and further simulated the angular resolution anisotropic mobility for both electron- and hole-transport using two different simulation methods: (i) the mobility orientation function proposed in our previous studies (method 1); and (ii) the master equation approach (method 2). The calculated electron-transfer mobility (0.00003-0.784 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) from method 1 and 0.02-2.26 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) from method 2) matched reasonably with the experimentally reported value (0.07-0.55 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) ). To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the transport parameters of compound 1 were calculated in the context of band model and hopping models, and both calculation results suggest that the intrinsic hole mobility is higher than the corresponding intrinsic electron mobility. Our calculation results here will be instructive to further explore the potential of other higher DPP-containing quinoidal small molecules. PMID:25706355

  14. Unique anisotropic optical properties of a highly stable metal-organic framework based on trinuclear iron(iii) secondary building units linked by tetracarboxylic linkers with an anthracene core.

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    Vinogradov, A V; Milichko, V A; Zaake-Hertling, H; Aleksovska, A; Gruschinski, S; Schmorl, S; Kersting, B; Zolnhofer, E M; Sutter, J; Meyer, K; Lönnecke, P; Hey-Hawkins, E

    2016-05-01

    A highly stable metal-organic framework, [{Fe3(ACTBA)2}X·6DEF]n (1; X = monoanion), based on trinuclear iron(iii) secondary building units connected by tetracarboxylates with an anthracene core, 2,6,9,10-tetrakis(p-carboxylatophenyl)anthracene (ACTBA), is reported. Depending on the direction of light polarisation, crystals of 1 exhibit anisotropic optical properties with birefringence Δn = 0.3 (λ = 590 nm). PMID:26906040

  15. Epitaxial growth and electrical transport properties of Cr{sub 2}GeC thin films

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    Eklund, Per; Bugnet, Matthieu; Mauchamp, Vincent; Dubois, Sylvain; Tromas, Christophe; Jaouen, Michel; Cabioc'h, Thierry; Jensen, Jens; Piraux, Luc; Gence, Loiek

    2011-08-15

    Cr{sub 2}GeC thin films were grown by magnetron sputtering from elemental targets. Phase-pure Cr{sub 2}GeC was grown directly onto Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) at temperatures of 700-800 deg. C. These films have an epitaxial component with the well-known epitaxial relationship Cr{sub 2}GeC(0001)//Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) and Cr{sub 2}GeC(1120)//Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(1100) or Cr{sub 2}GeC(1120)//Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(1210). There is also a large secondary grain population with (1013) orientation. Deposition onto Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(0001) with a TiN(111) seed layer and onto MgO(111) yielded growth of globally epitaxial Cr{sub 2}GeC(0001) with a virtually negligible (1013) contribution. In contrast to the films deposited at 700-800 deg. C, the ones grown at 500-600 deg. C are polycrystalline Cr{sub 2}GeC with (1010)-dominated orientation; they also exhibit surface segregations of Ge as a consequence of fast Ge diffusion rates along the basal planes. The room-temperature resistivity of our samples is 53-66 {mu}{Omega}cm. Temperature-dependent resistivity measurements from 15-295 K show that electron-phonon coupling is important and likely anisotropic, which emphasizes that the electrical transport properties cannot be understood in terms of ground state electronic structure calculations only.

  16. Anisotropic colloidal crystal particles from microfluidics.

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    Cheng, Yao; Zhu, Cun; Xie, Zhuoying; Gu, Hongcheng; Tian, Tian; Zhao, Yuanjin; Gu, Zhongze

    2014-05-01

    Anisotropic colloidal crystal particles (CCPs) have showed their great potential in biotechnology and structural materials due to their anisotropic shapes and tunable optical property. However, their controllable generation is still a challenge. Here, a novel microfluidic approach is developed to generate anisotropic CCPs. The microfluidic device is composed of an injection capillary and a collection capillary with available size and shape. Based on the device, the anisotropic particles with non-close-packed colloidal crystal structures are achieved by photo-polymerizing droplet templates in a confined collection capillary with different shapes and sizes. Moreover, anisotropic close-packed CCPs can be made from non-close-packed CCPs through a thermal process. It is demonstrated that the anisotropic CCPs in different sizes, structural colors and shapes (rods, cuboids and disks) can be generated. These distinguishable features of resultant particles make them ideal barcodes for high-throughput bioassays. In order to prove it, DNA multiplex detection is carried out. The experimental results indicate that achieved particles have a great encoding capacity and are highly practical for multiplex coding bioassays. Therefore, we believe that the anisotropic CCPs would be highly promising barcodes in biomedical applications, including high-throughput bioassays and cell culture research where multiplexing is needed. PMID:24594033

  17. Quantifying Effective Flow and Transport Properties in Heterogeneous Porous Media

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    Heidari, P.; Li, L.

    2012-12-01

    Spatial heterogeneity, the spatial variation in physical and chemical properties, exists at almost all scales and is an intrinsic property of natural porous media. It is important to understand and quantify how small-scale spatial variations determine large-scale "effective" properties in order to predict fluid flow and transport behavior in the natural subsurface. In this work, we aim to systematically understand and quantify the role of the spatial distribution of sand grains of different sizes in determining effective dispersivity and effective permeability using quasi-2D flow-cell experiments and numerical simulations. Two dimensional flow cells (20 cm by 20 cm) were packed with the same total amount of fine and coarse sands however with different spatial patterns. The homogeneous case has the completely mixed fine and coarse sands. The four zone case distributes the fine sand in four identical square zones within the coarse sand matrix. The one square case has all the fine sands in one square block. With the one square case pattern, two more experiments were designed in order to examine the effect of grain size contrast on effective permeability and dispersivity. Effective permeability was calculated based on both experimental and modeling results. Tracer tests were run for all cases. Advection dispersion equations were solved to match breakthrough data and to obtain average dispersivity. We also used Continuous Time Random Walk (CTRW) to quantify the non-Fickian transport behavior for each case. For the three cases with the same grain size contrast, the results show that the effective permeability does not differ significantly. The effective dispersion coefficient is the smallest for the homogeneous case (0.05 cm) and largest for the four zone case (0.27 cm). With the same pattern, the dispersivity value is the largest with the highest size contrast (0.28 cm), which is higher than the one with the lowest case by a factor of 2. The non-Fickian behavior was quantified by the ? value within the CTRW framework. Fickian transport will result in ? values larger than 2 while its deviation from 2 indicates the extent of non-Fickian behavior. Among the three cases with the same grain size contrast, the ? value is closest to 2 in the homogeneous case (1.95), while smallest in the four zone case (1.89). In the one square case, with the highest size contrast, the ? value was 1.57, indicating increasing extent of non-Fickian behavior with higher size contrast. This study is one step toward understanding how small-scale spatial variation in physical properties affect large-scale flow and transport behavior. This step is important in predicting subsurface transport processes that are relevant to earth sciences, environmental engineering, and petroleum engineering.

  18. Novel 18650 lithium-ion battery surrogate cell design with anisotropic thermophysical properties for studying failure events

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    Spinner, Neil S.; Hinnant, Katherine M.; Mazurick, Ryan; Brandon, Andrew; Rose-Pehrsson, Susan L.; Tuttle, Steven G.

    2016-04-01

    Cylindrical 18650-type surrogate cells were designed and fabricated to mimic the thermophysical properties and behavior of active lithium-ion batteries. An internal jelly roll geometry consisting of alternating stainless steel and mica layers was created, and numerous techniques were used to estimate thermophysical properties. Surrogate cell density was measured to be 1593 ± 30 kg/m3, and heat capacity was found to be 727 ± 18 J/kg-K. Axial thermal conductivity was determined to be 5.1 ± 0.6 W/m-K, which was over an order of magnitude higher than radial thermal conductivity due to jelly roll anisotropy. Radial heating experiments were combined with numerical and analytical solutions to the time-dependent, radial heat conduction equation, and from the numerical method an additional estimate for heat capacity of 805 ± 23 J/kg-K was found. Using both heat capacities and analysis techniques, values for radial thermal conductivity were between 0.120 and 0.197 W/m-K. Under normal operating conditions, relatively low radial temperature distributions were observed; however, during extreme battery failure with a hexagonal cell package, instantaneous radial temperature distributions as high as 43-71 °C were seen. For a vertical cell package, even during adjacent cell failure, similar homogeneity in internal temperatures were observed, demonstrating thermal anisotropy.

  19. Structural, electrical and anisotropic properties of Tl{sub 4}Se{sub 3}S chain crystals

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    Qasrawi, A.F.; Gasanly, N.M.

    2009-10-15

    The structure, the anisotropy effect on the current transport mechanism and the space charge limited current in Tl{sub 4}Se{sub 3}S chain crystals have been studied by means of X-ray diffraction, electrical conductivity measurements along and perpendicular to the crystal's c-axis and the current voltage characteristics. The temperature-dependent electrical conductivity analysis in the region of 150-400 K, revealed the domination of the thermionic emission of charge carriers over the chain boundaries above 210 and 270 K along and perpendicular to the c-axis, respectively. Below these temperatures, the variable range hopping is dominant. At a consistent temperature range, the thermionic emission analysis results in conductivity activation energies of 280 and 182 meV, along and perpendicular to the c-axis, respectively. Likewise, the hopping parameters are altered significantly by the conductivity anisotropy. The current-voltage characteristics revealed the existence of hole trapping state being located at 350 meV above the valence band of the crystal.

  20. Neutrons for fuel cell membranes: Structure, sorption and transport properties

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    Lyonnard, S.; Gebel, G.

    2012-11-01

    A molecular level understanding of structure and transport properties in fuel cell ionomer membranes is essential for designing new electrolytes with improved performance. Scattering techniques are suited tools for this purpose. In particular, neutron scattering, which has been extensively used in hydrogen-containing systems, is well adapted to investigate water-dependent complex polymeric morphologies. We report Small-Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) studies on different types of fuel cell polymers: perfluorinated, radiation-grafted and sulfonated polyphosphazene membranes. We show that contrast variation methods can be efficiently employed to provide new insights on membrane microstructure and reveal ionic condensation effects. Neutrons have been used also as non-intrusive diagnosis tool to probe water properties and distribution inside membranes. Recently, in-situ neutronography and SANS experiments on operating fuel cells have been reported. In-plane cartography of water distribution at the surface of bipolar plates and water profiles across membrane thickness have been obtained and studied as a function of operating conditions. The last section of the article is devoted to the use of Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering to study water dynamics at molecular scale. We show that analysis with an appropriate sophisticated diffusion model allows to extract diffusion coefficients, characteristic times and length-scales of molecular motions. This quantitative information is fruitfully integrated in multi-scale modelling and usefully compared with numerical simulations. QENS also permits to compare alternative polymers and relate dynamical properties to chemical composition and membrane nanostructure.

  1. Electrical transport properties of single-layer WS2.

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    Ovchinnikov, Dmitry; Allain, Adrien; Huang, Ying-Sheng; Dumcenco, Dumitru; Kis, Andras

    2014-08-26

    We report on the fabrication of field-effect transistors based on single layers and bilayers of the semiconductor WS2 and the investigation of their electronic transport properties. We find that the doping level strongly depends on the device environment and that long in situ annealing drastically improves the contact transparency, allowing four-terminal measurements to be performed and the pristine properties of the material to be recovered. Our devices show n-type behavior with a high room-temperature on/off current ratio of ∼10(6). They show clear metallic behavior at high charge carrier densities and mobilities as high as ∼140 cm(2)/(V s) at low temperatures (above 300 cm(2)/(V s) in the case of bilayers). In the insulating regime, the devices exhibit variable-range hopping, with a localization length of about 2 nm that starts to increase as the Fermi level enters the conduction band. The promising electronic properties of WS2, comparable to those of single-layer MoS2 and WSe2, together with its strong spin-orbit coupling, make it interesting for future applications in electronic, optical, and valleytronic devices. PMID:25069042

  2. Anisotropic thermal properties of the polar crystal Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12}

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    Zhang, Junjie; Zhang, Zhonghan; Sun, Youxuan; Zhang, Chengqian; Tao, Xutang

    2012-11-15

    A Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12} single crystal with dimensions of 17 mm Multiplication-Sign 17 mm Multiplication-Sign 18 mm was grown using the top-seeded solution growth method. Thermal properties, including thermal expansion, specific heat, thermal diffusivity and thermal conductivity, were investigated as a function of temperature. The average linear thermal expansion coefficients along different crystallographic directions were measured to be {alpha}{sub a}=7.34 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} and {alpha}{sub c}=32.02 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} K{sup -1} over the temperature range of 30-430 Degree-Sign C. The specific heat was measured to be 0.400-0.506 J g{sup -1} K{sup -1} from 22 Degree-Sign C to 440 Degree-Sign C. The thermal conductivity was calculated to be 1.86 and 0.76 W m{sup -1} K{sup -1} at 22 Degree-Sign C along the a and c axes, respectively. With increasing temperature from 22 to 430 Degree-Sign C, the thermal conductivity decreases by 33.0% along the a axis, while it decreases by 18.5% below 200 Degree-Sign C and then remains unchanged along the c axis. The relationship between structure and the thermal properties is also discussed. - Graphical Abstract: Centimeter-sized crystals of polar Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12} were grown using the top-seeded solution growth method. The relative large anisotropy in thermal expansion and thermal conductivity of Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12} is attributable to its layered structure. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12} single crystals with dimensions of 17 Multiplication-Sign 17 Multiplication-Sign 18 mm{sup 3} were grown. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal properties of Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12} were studied as a function of temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The thermal expansion anisotropy of Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12} is explained using its structure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer To protect Cs{sub 2}TeMo{sub 3}O{sub 12} crystal, a small cooling rate should be used during growth. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A large temperature gradient should be avoided during processing and application.

  3. Optical and transport properties of dense liquid silica

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    Qi, Tingting; Millot, Marius; Kraus, Richard G.; Root, Seth; Hamel, Sebastien

    2015-06-01

    Using density-functional-theory based molecular dynamics and the Kubo-Greenwood linear response theory, we evaluated the high-pressure equation of state and the optical and transport properties of quartz and fused silica shock-compressed to 2000 GPa. The computed Hugoniots and corresponding optical reflectivity values are in very good agreement with published data for quartz, and new data that we obtained on fused silica using magnetically launched flyer plate experiments. The rise of optical reflectivity upon shock compression appears to be primarily a temperature-driven mechanism, which is relatively insensitive to small density variation. We observed that the electrical conductivity does not display Drude-like frequency dependence, especially at lower temperatures. In addition, the Wiedemann-Franz relation between electrical and thermal conductivities was found to be invalid. It suggests that even at three-fold compression, warm dense liquid silica on the Hugoniot curve is still far away from the degenerate limit.

  4. The electrical transport properties of liquid Rb using pseudopotential theory

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    Patel, A. B. Bhatt, N. K. Thakore, B. Y. Jani, A. R.; Vyas, P. R.

    2014-04-24

    Certain electric transport properties of liquid Rb are reported. The electrical resistivity is calculated by using the self-consistent approximation as suggested by Ferraz and March. The pseudopotential due to Hasegawa et al for full electron-ion interaction, which is valid for all electrons and contains the repulsive delta function due to achieve the necessary s-pseudisation was used for the calculation. Temperature dependence of structure factor is considered through temperature dependent potential parameter in the pair potential. Finally, thermo-electric power and thermal conductivity are obtained. The outcome of the present study is discussed in light of other such results, and confirms the applicability of pseudopotential at very high temperature via temperature dependent pair potential.

  5. Coarse grained modeling of transport properties in monoclonal antibody solution

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    Swan, James; Wang, Gang

    Monoclonal antibodies and their derivatives represent the fastest growing segment of the bio pharmaceutical industry. For many applications such as novel cancer therapies, high concentration, sub-cutaneous injections of these protein solutions are desired. However, depending on the peptide sequence within the antibody, such high concentration formulations can be too viscous to inject via human derived force alone. Understanding how heterogenous charge distribution and hydrophobicity within the antibodies leads to high viscosities is crucial to their future application. In this talk, we explore a coarse grained computational model of therapeutically relevant monoclonal antibodies that accounts for electrostatic, dispersion and hydrodynamic interactions between suspended antibodies to predict assembly and transport properties in concentrated antibody solutions. We explain the high viscosities observed in many experimental studies of the same biologics.

  6. Electrical Transport Properties of Liquid Sn-Sb Binary Alloys

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    Thakore, B. Y.; Suthar, P. H.; Khambholja, S. G.; Jani, A. R.

    2010-06-01

    The study of electrical transport properties viz. electrical resistivity, thermo electrical power and thermal conductivity of liquid Sn-Sb binary alloys have been made by our well recognized single parametric model potential. In the present work, screening functions due to Hartree, Taylor, Ichimaru et al.. Farid et al.. and Sarkar et al.. have been employed to incorporate the exchange and correlation effects. The liquid alloy is studied as a function of its composition at temperature 823 K according to the Faber-Ziman model. Further, thermoelectric power and thermal conductivity have been predicted. The values of electrical resistivity of binary alloys computed with Ichimaru et al. and Farid et al.. screening function are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  7. Optical and transport properties of dense liquid silica

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    Qi, Tingting; Millot, Marius; Kraus, Richard G.; Hamel, Sebastien; Root, Seth

    2015-06-15

    Using density-functional-theory based molecular dynamics and the Kubo-Greenwood linear response theory, we evaluated the high-pressure equation of state and the optical and transport properties of quartz and fused silica shock-compressed to 2000 GPa. The computed Hugoniots and corresponding optical reflectivity values are in very good agreement with published data for quartz, and new data that we obtained on fused silica using magnetically launched flyer plate experiments. The rise of optical reflectivity upon shock compression appears to be primarily a temperature-driven mechanism, which is relatively insensitive to small density variation. We observed that the electrical conductivity does not display Drude-like frequency dependence, especially at lower temperatures. In addition, the Wiedemann-Franz relation between electrical and thermal conductivities was found to be invalid. It suggests that even at three-fold compression, warm dense liquid silica on the Hugoniot curve is still far away from the degenerate limit.

  8. Transport properties of a spin polarizer for electrons

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    Ritter, C. F.; Makler, S. S.; da Cunha Lima, I. C.

    We describe the transport properties of a Ga1-yAlyAs/Ga1-xMnxAs resonant tunneling diode (RTD). In previous works we have studied the transport of holes at the valence band (VB), considering the contacts made of GaAs:Be (p-doped). We now focus on electron transport as it is known that the spin coherence length for electrons is much larger than for holes. Therefore, we now consider the contacts made of GaAs:Si (n-doped). Ga1-xMnxAs is a diluted magnetic semiconductor (DMS) of p type in which the ferromagnetism produces a spin splitting of the VB and the conduction band (CB) due to the s,p-d exchange interaction. The splitting of the CB generates a spin splitting of the energies associated with electron resonant peaks in the well. We apply a variable bias between the emitter and the collector. As the spin degeneracy is lifted and the current flows through the resonant peaks, we get a spin polarized current when only one of these peaks is in between the Fermi level and the bottom of the CB. The Ga1-xMnxAs alloy has a Curie temperature lower than room temperature ( ⩽115 K). However this system has the advantage that it can be easily integrated into the well known GaAs/AlAs technology. Our system is described by a tight-binding Hamiltonian. The hole-hole interaction is calculated in the Hartree approximation and the charge distribution of the system and the potential profile are calculated selfconsistently.

  9. Magnetocaloric-transport properties correlation in doped manganites

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    Mohamed, Abd El-Moez A.; Hernando, B.; Ahmed, A. M.

    2016-05-01

    This investigation is interested in studying the relation between magnetocaloric effect and transport properties in La0.7Ba0.3MnO3 manganite compound. The resistivity shows a metal-semiconductor transition at Tms temperature near to its reported Curie temperature (Tc). Magnetic field application decreases resistivity and increases Tms towards higher temperatures. The magnetoresistance shows a peak around Tc and increases in value with the applied magnetic field. A similar behavior has been observed between magnetic entropy change (ΔS), resistivity and magnetoresistance around Tc, this is attributed to the spin order/disorder feature that plays a main role in the magnetocaloric-transport correlation. In spite of this similarity, the correspondence among the experimental ΔS and ΔS based resistivity calculations is missing because of lattice polarons effect on resistivity as a result of the electron-phonon interaction. The magnetocaloric-magnetoresistance relation is also studied and results show the contribution of additional factors in the magnetoresistance mechanism other than spin disorder suppression as Jahn-Teller effect and electronic phase separation.

  10. Electron Transport Materials: Synthesis, Properties and Device Performance

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    Cosimbescu, Lelia; Wang, Liang; Helm, Monte L.; Polikarpov, Evgueni; Swensen, James S.; Padmaperuma, Asanga B.

    2012-06-01

    We report the design, synthesis and characterization, thermal and photophysical properties of two silane based electron transport materials, dibenzo[b,d]thiophen-2-yltriphenylsilane (Si{phi}87) and (dibenzo[b,d]thiophen-2-yl)diphenylsilane (Si{phi}88) and their performance in blue organic light emitting devices (OLEDs). The utility of these materials in blue OLEDs with iridium (III) bis[(4,6-difluorophenyl)-pyridinato-N,C']picolinate (Firpic) as the phosphorescent emitter was demonstrated. Using the silane Si{phi}87 as the electron transport material (ETm) an EQE of 18.2% was obtained, with a power efficiency of 24.3 lm/W (5.8V at 1mA/cm{sup 2}), in a heterostructure. When Si{phi}88 is used, the EQE is 18.5% with a power efficiency of 26.0 lm/W (5.5V at 1mA/cm{sup 2}).

  11. Transport properties of liquid metal hydrogen under high pressures

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    Brown, R. C.; March, N. H.

    1972-01-01

    A theory is developed for the compressibility and transport properties of liquid metallic hydrogen, near to its melting point and under high pressure. The interionic force law is assumed to be of the screened Coulomb type, because hydrogen has no core electrons. The random phase approximation is used to obtain the structure factor S(k) of the system in terms of the Fourier transform of this force law. The long wavelenth limit of the structure factor S(o) is related to the compressibility, which is much lower than that of alkali metals at their melting points. The diffusion constant at the melting point is obtained in terms of the Debye frequency, using a frequency spectrum analogous with the phonon spectrum of a solid. A similar argument is used to obtain the combined shear and bulk viscosities, but these depend also on S(o). The transport coefficients are found to be about the same size as those of alkali metals at their melting points.

  12. Electrophotographic properties of thiophene derivatives as charge transport material

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    Kuroda, Masami; Kawate, Kenji; Nabeta, Osamu; Furusho, N.

    1991-08-01

    The authors investigated electrophotographic properties of some substituted thiophenecarboxaldehyde-hydrazones as charge transport materials in layered-type photoreceptors from a viewpoint of molecular design. The values of optical bandgap [Eg(opt)] of the polycarbonate films doped with the hydrazones decrease from 2.9 to 2.4 eV with increasing thiophene rings and, therefore, with increasing (pi) -conjugation length. The Eg(opt) values for the thiophene derivatives are smaller than those for phenyl derivatives. Hole mobilities in the polycarbonate films doped with the hydrazones (50% in weight ratio) fall in the range between 1X10MIN6 and 5X10MIN6 cm(superscript 2/Vsec. Any significant difference was not found between the hole drift mobilities for the thiophene derivatives and those for the phenyl derivatives. Hole mobility and charge injection efficiency of the thiophene derivatives increase with decreasing Eg(opt). The hydrazone derivatives with longer (pi) -conjugation length show higher hole mobility and higher charge injection efficiency. And the thiophene derivative shows higher injection efficiency and larger total carrier quantity than the phenyl derivative. The thiophene derivative is superior to the phenyl derivative as a charge transport dopant.

  13. Tuning transport properties on graphene multiterminal structures by mechanical deformations

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    Latge, Andrea; Torres, Vanessa; Faria, Daiara

    The realization of mechanical strain on graphene structures is viewed as a promise route to tune electronic and transport properties such as changing energy band-gaps and promoting localization of states. Using continuum models, mechanical deformations are described by effective gauge fields, mirrored as pseudomagnetic fields that may reach quite high values. Interesting symmetry features are developed due to out of plane deformations on graphene; lift sublattice symmetry was predicted and observed in centrosymmetric bumps and strained nanobubbles. Here we discuss the effects of Gaussian-like strain on a hexagonal graphene flake connected to three leads, modeled as perfect graphene nanoribbons. The Green function formalism is used within a tight-binding approximation. For this particular deformation sharp resonant states are achieved depending on the strained structure details. We also study a fold-strained structure in which the three leads are deformed extending up to the very center of the hexagonal flake. We show that conductance suppressions can be controlled by the strain intensity and important transport features are modeled by the electronic band structure of the leads.

  14. Transport properties of elastically coupled fractional Brownian motors

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    Lv, Wangyong; Wang, Huiqi; Lin, Lifeng; Wang, Fei; Zhong, Suchuan

    2015-11-01

    Under the background of anomalous diffusion, which is characterized by the sub-linear or super-linear mean-square displacement in time, we proposed the coupled fractional Brownian motors, in which the asymmetrical periodic potential as ratchet is coupled mutually with elastic springs, and the driving source is the external harmonic force and internal thermal fluctuations. The transport mechanism of coupled particles in the overdamped limit is investigated as the function of the temperature of baths, coupling constant and natural length of the spring, the amplitude and frequency of driving force, and the asymmetry of ratchet potential by numerical stimulations. The results indicate that the damping force involving the information of historical velocity leads to the nonlocal memory property and blocks the traditional dissipative motion behaviors, and it even plays a cooperative role of driving force in drift motion of the coupled particles. Thus, we observe various non-monotonic resonance-like behaviors of collective directed transport in the mediums with different diffusion exponents.

  15. Hole transporting properties of tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3)

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    Fong, H. H.; So, S. K.

    2006-11-01

    The hole transporting properties of tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) were investigated by time-of-flight (TOF) technique between 278 and 373K, and under an applied field range of 0.6-1.3MV/cm. At room temperature, the hole mobility has a value between 10-9 and 10-8cm2V-1s-1. The hole mobility is at least two orders of magnitude less than electron under identical preparation and measurement conditions. Generally, all hole TOF transients of Alq3 exhibit a nondispersive behavior, with a clear plateau region and a dispersion tail. Two disorder transport models, namely, the Gaussian disorder model (GDM) and the correlated disorder model (CDM), were applied to analyze the temperature and field dependent hole mobility data. The GDM, however, is found to be invalid because it fails to produce a meaningful positional disorder parameter. The CDM gives a better fit to the data, yet the model is still not satisfactory.

  16. Transport properties of ultrathin black phosphorus on hexagonal boron nitride

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    Doganov, Rostislav A.; Özyilmaz, Barbaros; Koenig, Steven P.; Yeo, Yuting; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi

    2015-02-23

    Ultrathin black phosphorus, or phosphorene, is a two-dimensional material that allows both high carrier mobility and large on/off ratios. Similar to other atomic crystals, like graphene or layered transition metal dichalcogenides, the transport behavior of few-layer black phosphorus is expected to be affected by the underlying substrate. The properties of black phosphorus have so far been studied on the widely utilized SiO{sub 2} substrate. Here, we characterize few-layer black phosphorus field effect transistors on hexagonal boron nitride—an atomically smooth and charge trap-free substrate. We measure the temperature dependence of the field effect mobility for both holes and electrons and explain the observed behavior in terms of charged impurity limited transport. We find that in-situ vacuum annealing at 400 K removes the p-doping of few-layer black phosphorus on both boron nitride and SiO{sub 2} substrates and reduces the hysteresis at room temperature.

  17. Predicting the transport properties of sedimentary rocks from microstructure

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    Schlueter, E.M.

    1995-01-01

    Understanding transport properties of sedimentary rocks, including permeability, relative permeability, and electrical conductivity, is of great importance for petroleum engineering, waste isolation, environmental restoration, and other applications. These transport properties axe controlled to a great extent by the pore structure. How pore geometry, topology, and the physics and chemistry of mineral-fluid and fluid-fluid interactions affect the flow of fluids through consolidated/partially consolidated porous media are investigated analytically and experimentally. Hydraulic and electrical conductivity of sedimentary rocks are predicted from the microscopic geometry of the pore space. Cross-sectional areas and perimeters of individual pores are estimated from two-dimensional scanning electron microscope (SEM) photomicrographs of rock sections. Results, using Berea, Boise, Massilon, and Saint-Gilles sandstones show close agreement between the predicted and measured permeabilities. Good to fair agreement is found in the case of electrical conductivity. In particular, good agreement is found for a poorly cemented rock such as Saint-Gilles sandstone, whereas the agreement is not very good for well-cemented rocks. The possible reasons for this are investigated. The surface conductance contribution of clay minerals to the overall electrical conductivity is assessed. The effect of partial hydrocarbon saturation on overall rock conductivity, and on the Archie saturation exponent, is discussed. The region of validity of the well-known Kozeny-Carman permeability formulae for consolidated porous media and their relationship to the microscopic spatial variations of channel dimensions are established. It is found that the permeabilities predicted by the Kozeny-Carman equations are valid within a factor of three of the observed values methods.

  18. Theoretical investigation of fluorination effect on the charge carrier transport properties of fused anthra-tetrathiophene and its derivatives.

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    Yin, Jun; Chaitanya, Kadali; Ju, Xue-Hai

    2016-03-01

    The crystal structures of known anthra-tetrathiophene (ATT) and its three fluorinated derivatives (ATT1, ATT2 and ATT3) were predicted by the Monte Carlo-simulated annealing method with the embedded electrostatic potential (ESP) charges. The most stable crystal structures were further optimized by the density functional theory with the dispersion energy (DFT-D) method. In addition, the effect of the electron-withdrawing fluorine atoms on the molecular geometry, molecular stacking, electronic and transport properties of title compounds were investigated by the density functional theory and the incoherent charge-hopping model. The calculated results show that the introduction of fluorine atoms does not affect the molecular planarity but decreases the HOMO-LUMO gap, which is beneficial to electron injection and provides more charge carrier stabilization. The improved electron mobility from ATT to ATT3 is attributed to the favorable molecular packing with strong π-π interaction and the short stacking distance. ATT2 and ATT3 exhibit remarkable angular dependence of mobilities and anisotropic behaviors. The band structures reveal that all the paths with larger transfer integrals are along the directions of large dispersions in the valence band (VB) and conduction band (CB). ATT3 has the largest electron mobility (0.48 cm(2)V(-1)s(-1)) among the four compounds, indicating that fluorination is an effective approach to improve electron transport. PMID:26774641

  19. Anisotropic models for compact stars

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    Maurya, S. K.; Gupta, Y. K.; Ray, Saibal; Dayanandan, Baiju

    2015-05-01

    In the present paper we obtain an anisotropic analog of the Durgapal and Fuloria (Gen Relativ Gravit 17:671, 1985) perfect fluid solution. The methodology consists of contraction of the anisotropic factor with the help of both metric potentials and . Here we consider the same as Durgapal and Fuloria (Gen Relativ Gravit 17:671, 1985) did, whereas is as given by Lake (Phys Rev D 67:104015, 2003). The field equations are solved by the change of dependent variable method. The solutions set mathematically thus obtained are compared with the physical properties of some of the compact stars, strange star as well as white dwarf. It is observed that all the expected physical features are available related to the stellar fluid distribution, which clearly indicates the validity of the model.

  20. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CELL SURFACE PROPERTIES AND TRANSPORT OF BACTERIA THROUGH SOIL

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    A study was conducted to relate the properties of Enterobacter, Pseudomonas, Bacillus, Achromobacter, Flavobacterium, and Arthrobacter strains to their transport with water moving through soil. the bacteria differed markedly in their extent of transport; their hydrophobicity, as...

  1. Dependence of dynamic magnetization and magneto-transport properties of FeAlSi films with oblique sputtering studied via spin rectification effect

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    Soh, Wee Tee; Ong, C. K.; Zhong, Xiaoxi

    2014-09-15

    FeAlSi (Sendust) is known to possess excellent soft magnetic properties comparable to traditional soft magnetic alloys such as NiFe (Permalloy), while having a relatively higher resistance for lower eddy current losses. However, their dynamic magnetic and magneto-transport properties are not well-studied. Via the spin rectification effect, we electrically characterize a series of obliquely sputtered FeAlSi films at ferromagnetic resonance. The variations of the anisotropy fields and damping with oblique angle are extracted and discussed. In particular, two-magnon scattering is found to dominate the damping behavior at high oblique angles. An analysis of the results shows large anomalous Hall effect and anisotropic magneto-resistance across all samples, which decreases sharply with increasing oblique incidence.

  2. Testing different formulations of leading-order anisotropic hydrodynamics

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    Tinti, Leonardo; Ryblewski, Radoslaw; Florkowski, Wojciech; Strickland, Michael

    2016-02-01

    A recently obtained set of the equations for leading-order (3+1)D anisotropic hydrodynamics is tested against exact solutions of the Boltzmann equation with the collisional kernel treated in the relaxation time approximation. In order to perform detailed comparisons, the new anisotropic hydrodynamics equations are reduced to the boost-invariant and transversally homogeneous case. The agreement with the exact solutions found using the new anisotropic hydrodynamics equations is similar to that found using previous, less general formulations of anisotropic hydrodynamics. In addition, we find that, when compared to a state-of-the-art second-order viscous hydrodynamics framework, leading-order anisotropic hydrodynamics better reproduces the exact solution for the pressure anisotropy and gives comparable results for the bulk pressure evolution. Finally, we compare the transport coefficients obtained using linearized anisotropic hydrodynamics with results obtained using second-order viscous hydrodynamics.

  3. Material simulation of charge carrier transport properties of polymer dielectrics

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    Unge, Mikael; Christen, Thomas; Törnkvist, Christer; ABB Corporate Research Team

    To understand electron and hole transport in solid material requires to know its electronic properties, i.e. the density of states (DOS) and whether the states are spatially localized or delocalized. The states closest to the band edges may be localized, states further away can be delocalized. This transition from localized to delocalized states determines the mobility edge, above the mobility edge the mobility is expected to be high. A real polymer is never perfect; it contains a number of oxidative states, bonding defects and molecular impurities. These imperfections yield electronic states that can appear in the band gap of the polymer, traps. Traps can be shallow, i.e. close to the band edges, from these states the charge carrier easily can jump to a state in the band edge or another shallow state. Other traps can be deep, in these states it is likely that the charge carrier remains and become immobile. All these properties related to the electronic structure of the polymer, including its defects, affects the conductivity of the polymer. Linear scaling Density Functional Theory has been applied to calculate electronic structure of amorphous polyethylene. In particular DOS, trap levels and mobility edges are studied.

  4. Anisotropic nanomaterials: structure, growth, assembly, and functions

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    Sajanlal, Panikkanvalappil R.; Sreeprasad, Theruvakkattil S.; Samal, Akshaya K.; Pradeep, Thalappil

    2011-01-01

    Comprehensive knowledge over the shape of nanomaterials is a critical factor in designing devices with desired functions. Due to this reason, systematic efforts have been made to synthesize materials of diverse shape in the nanoscale regime. Anisotropic nanomaterials are a class of materials in which their properties are direction-dependent and more than one structural parameter is needed to describe them. Their unique and fine-tuned physical and chemical properties make them ideal candidates for devising new applications. In addition, the assembly of ordered one-dimensional (1D), two-dimensional (2D), and three-dimensional (3D) arrays of anisotropic nanoparticles brings novel properties into the resulting system, which would be entirely different from the properties of individual nanoparticles. This review presents an overview of current research in the area of anisotropic nanomaterials in general and noble metal nanoparticles in particular. We begin with an introduction to the advancements in this area followed by general aspects of the growth of anisotropic nanoparticles. Then we describe several important synthetic protocols for making anisotropic nanomaterials, followed by a summary of their assemblies, and conclude with major applications. PMID:22110867

  5. Transport properties and nanosensors of oxide nanowires and nanobelts

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    Lao, Changshi

    ZnO is one of the most important materials for electronics, optoelectronics, piezoelectricity and optics. With a wide band gap of 3.37eV and an exiton binding energy of 60meV, ZnO ID nanostructures exhibit promising properties in a lot of optical device applications. It is also an important piezoelectric material and has applications in a new category of nanodevices, nano-piezotronics. Demonstrated prototype of devices includes nanogenerators, piezoelectric-FET, and a series of evolutive devices based on the concept of nanogenerator. This is based on working principle of a semiconductor and piezoelectric coupled property. This thesis is about the growth, characterization and device fabrication of ZnO nanowires and nanobelts for sensors and UV detectors. First, the fundamental synthesis of ZnO nanostructurs is investigated, particularly polar surface dominated nanostructues, to illustrate the unique growth configurations of ZnO nanobelts, nanorings and nanosprings. Detail study in this part includes nanobelts, nanorings, nanocombs, nanonetworks, and nanodiskettes synthesis. Important factors in driving the nanostructure synthesis mechanism are analyzed, such as the chemical activities of different surface of ZnO, the abundant of available Zn ions in the vapor, and the polar surface dominated effects. These factors contribute to the large abundant available ZnO nanostructures. Then, the devices fabricated methods using individual nanowires/nanobelts and their electrical transport properties were carefully characterized. In this part, dominant factors which are critical for nanobelt device performance are investigated, such as the contact properties, interface effects, and durability testing. Also, a metal doping method is studied to explore the controlling and modification of nanowire electric and optical properties. Research results obtained here provide a basic and thoroughly understanding the control process and fabrication criteria in building a functional nanobelt based device. Further more, I will present the surface functionalization of nanobelt for largely improving its electrical, optoelectronic and chemical performance. Surface functionalization of nanobelts is proven to be an effective method in enhancing the semiconductor and metal contact. Piezoelectric field-effect transistors will be demonstrated as a powerful approach as chemical sensors. Finally, a technique is illustrated for functionalizing the surfaces of ZnO nanobelts for enhancing its UV sensitivity by over five orders of magnitude. This demonstrates an effective approach for fabricatiing ultrasensitive UV detectors. The research results presented in this thesis have made great contribution to the growth, device fabrication and novel applications of ZnO nanostructures for photonics, optoelectronics and sensors.

  6. Elastic and transport properties in polycrystals of crackedgrains: Cross-property relations and microstructure

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    Berryman, J.G.

    2007-10-02

    Some arguments of Bristow (1960) concerning the effects of cracks on elastic and transport (i.e., electrical or thermal conduction) properties of cold-worked metals are reexamined. The discussion is posed in terms of a modern understanding of bounds and estimates for physical properties of polycrystals--in contrast to Bristow's approach using simple mixture theory. One type of specialized result emphasized here is the cross-property estimates and bounds that can be obtained using the methods presented. Our results ultimately agree with those of Bristow, i.e., confirming that microcracking is not likely to be the main cause of the observed elastic behavior of cold-worked metals. However, it also becomes clear that the mixture theory approach to the analysis is too simple and that crack-crack interactions are necessary for proper quantitative study of Bristow's problem.

  7. Optical and Transport Properties of Organic Molecules: Methods and Applications

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    Strubbe, David Alan

    Organic molecules are versatile and tunable building blocks for technology, in nanoscale and bulk devices. In this dissertation, I will consider some important applications for organic molecules involving optical and transport properties, and develop methods and software appropriate for theoretical calculations of these properties. Specifically, we will consider second-harmonic generation, a nonlinear optical process; photoisomerization, in which absorption of light leads to mechanical motion; charge transport in junctions formed of single molecules; and optical excitations in pentacene, an organic semiconductor with applications in photovoltaics, optoelectronics, and flexible electronics. In the Introduction (Chapter 1), I will give an overview of some phenomenology about organic molecules and these application areas, and discuss the basics of the theoretical methodology I will use: density-functional theory (DFT), time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT), and many-body perturbation theory based on the GW approximation. In the subsequent chapters, I will further discuss, develop, and apply this methodology. 2. I will give a pedagogical derivation of the methods for calculating response properties in TDDFT, with particular focus on the Sternheimer equation, as will be used in subsequent chapters. I will review the many different response properties that can be calculated (dynamic and static) and the appropriate perturbations used to calculate them. 3. Standard techniques for calculating response use either integer occupations (as appropriate for a system with an energy gap) or fractional occupations due to a smearing function, used to improve convergence for metallic systems. I will present a generalization which can be used to compute response for a system with arbitrary fractional occupations. 4. Chloroform (CHCl3) is a small molecule commonly used as a solvent in measurements of nonlinear optics. I computed its hyperpolarizability for second-harmonic generation with TDDFT with a real-space grid, finding good agreement with calculations using localized bases and with experimental measurements, and that the response is very long-ranged in space. 5. N C 60 is an endohedral fullerene, a sphere of carbon containing a single N atom inside, which is weakly coupled electronically. I show with TDDFT calculations that a laser pulse can excite the vibrational mode of this N atom, transiently turning on and off the system's ability to undergo second-harmonic generation. The calculated susceptibility is as large as some commercially used frequency-doubling materials. 6. A crucial question in understanding experimental measurements of nonlinear optics and their relation to device performance is the effect of the solution environment on the properties of the isolated molecules. I will consider possible explanations for the large enhancement of the hyperpolarizability of chloroform in solution, demonstrate an ab initio method of calculating electrostatic effects with local-field factors, and derive the equations necessary for a full calculation of liquid chloroform. 7. Many-body perturbation theory, in the GW approximation for quasiparticle band-structure and Bethe-Salpeter equation for optical properties, is a powerful method for calculations in solids, nanostructures, and molecules. The BerkeleyGW code is a freely available implementation of this methodology which has been extensively tested and efficiently parallelized for use on large systems. 8. Molecular junctions, in which a single molecule is contacted to two metallic leads, are interesting systems for studying nanoscale transport. I will present a method called DFT+Sigma which approximates many-body perturbation theory to enable accurate and efficient calculations of the conductance of these systems. 9. Azobenzene is a molecule with the unusual property that it can switch reversible between two different geometries, cis and trans, upon absorption of light. I have calculated the structures of these two forms when absorbed on the Au(111) surface, to understand scanning tunneling microscope studies and elucidate the switching mechanism on the surface. I have also calculated the conductance of the two forms in a molecular junction. 10. The Seebeck and Peltier thermoelectric effects can interconvert electricity and heat, and are parametrized by the Seebeck coefficient. Standard methods in quantum transport for computing this quantity are problematic numerically. I will show this fact in a simple model and derive a more robust and efficient approach. 11. Pentacene is an organic semiconductor which shows exciton self-trapping in its optical spectra. I will present a method for calculation of excited-state forces with the Bethe-Salpeter equation that can be applied to study the geometrical relaxation that occurs upon absorption of light by pentacene.

  8. Interfacial and transport properties of nanoconstrained inorganic and organic materials

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    Kocherlakota, Lakshmi Suhasini

    Nanoscale constraints impact the material properties of both organic and inorganic systems. The systems specifically studied here are (i) nanoconstrained polymeric systems, poly(l-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) (PTMSP) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) relevant to gas separation membranes (ii) Zwitterionic polymers poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate)(pSBMA), poly(carboxybetaine acrylamide) (pCBAA), and poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl methacrylate) (PEGMA) brushes critical for reducing bio-fouling (iii) Surface properties of N-layer graphene sheets. Interfacial constraints in ultrathin poly(l-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) (PTMSP) membranes yielded gas permeabilities and CO2/helium selectivities that exceed bulk PTMSP membrane transport properties by up to three-fold for membranes of submicrometer thickness. Indicative of a free volume increase, a molecular energetic mobility analysis (involving intrinsic friction analysis) revealed enhanced methyl side group mobilities in thin PTMSP membranes with maximum permeation, compared to bulk films. Aging studies conducted over the timescales relevant to the conducted experiments signify that the free volume states in the thin film membranes are highly unstable in the presence of sorbing gases such as CO2. To maintain this high free volume configuration of polymer while improving the temporal stability an "inverse" architecture to conventional polymer nanocomposites was investigated, in which the polymer phase of PTMSP and PEO were interfacially and dimensionally constrained in nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. While with this architecture the benefits of nanocomposite and ultrathin film membranes of PTMSP could be reproduced and improved upon, also the temporal stability could be enhanced substantially. The PEO-AAO nanocomposite membranes also revealed improved gas selectivity properties of CO2 over helium. In the thermal transition studies of zwitterionic pSBMA brushes a reversible critical transition temperature of 60 °C in 27 nm films was evidenced, indicating changes in molecular conformations with respect to the temperature. pCBAA and pEGMA brushes displayed no thermal transitions, suggesting that the molecular conformations of these systems were insensitive to temperature in the investigated regime. The surface energy of a dimensionally constrained inorganic system, graphene is studied via local Hamaker constant determination from a single graphene layer to bulk graphite. Intrinsic friction scattering analysis of dipolar fluctuations of the Van der Waals interactions between an atomic force microscopy tip and graphene layers revealed a four-fold reduction in the surface energy from bulk HOPG to graphene. A numerical analysis based on electron energy loss spectroscopy confirms quantitatively the results.

  9. Stochastic microstructural modeling of fuel cell gas diffusion layers and numerical determination of transport properties in different liquid water saturation levels

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    Tayarani-Yoosefabadi, Z.; Harvey, D.; Bellerive, J.; Kjeang, E.

    2016-01-01

    Gas diffusion layer (GDL) materials in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are commonly made hydrophobic to enhance water management by avoiding liquid water blockage of the pores and facilitating reactant gas transport to the adjacent catalyst layer. In this work, a stochastic microstructural modeling approach is developed to simulate the transport properties of a commercial carbon paper based GDL under a range of PTFE loadings and liquid water saturation levels. The proposed novel stochastic method mimics the GDL manufacturing process steps and resolves all relevant phases including fiber, binder, PTFE, liquid water, and gas. After thorough validation of the general microstructure with literature and in-house data, a comprehensive set of anisotropic transport properties is simulated for the reconstructed GDL in different PTFE loadings and liquid water saturation levels and validated through a comparison with in-house ex situ experimental data and empirical formulations. In general, the results show good agreement between simulated and measured data. Decreasing trends in porosity, gas diffusivity, and permeability is obtained by increasing the PTFE loading and liquid water content, while the thermal conductivity is found to increase with liquid water saturation. Using the validated model, new correlations for saturation dependent GDL properties are proposed.

  10. Thermodynamic and transport combustion properties of hydrocarbons with air. Part 1: Properties in SI units

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    Gordon, S.

    1982-01-01

    Thermodynamic and transport combustion properties were calculated for a wide range of conditions for the reaction of hydrocarbons with air. Three hydrogen-carbon atom ratios (H/C = 1.7, 2.0, 2.1) were selected to represent the range of aircraft fuels. For each of these H/C ratios, combustion properties were calculated for the following conditions: Equivalence ratio: 0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25 Water - dry air mass ratio: 0, 0.03 Pressure, kPa: 1.01325, 10.1325, 101.325, 1013.25, 5066.25 (or in atm: 0.01, 0.1, 1, 10, 50) Temperature, K: every 10 degrees from 200 to 900 K; every 50 degrees from 900 to 3000 K Temperature, R: every 20 degrees from 360 to 1600 R; very 100 degrees from 1600 to 5400 R. The properties presented are composition, density, molecular weight, enthalphy, entropy, specific heat at constant pressure, volume derivatives, isentropic exponent, velocity of sound, viscosity, thermal conductivity, and Prandtl number. Property tables are based on composites that were calculated by assuming both: (1) chemical equilibrium (for both homogeneous and heterogeneous phases) and (2) constant compositions for all temperatures. Properties in SI units are presented in this report for the Kelvin temperature schedules.

  11. Cross-plane phonon transport properties of molybdenum disulphide

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    Wei, Zhiyong; Liu, Biao; Liu, Chenhan; Bi, Kedong; Yang, Juekuan; Chen, Yunfei

    2015-11-01

    The cross-plane thermal conductivity of a molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) film is calculated from the nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulation. The results show that, unlike graphite which has a slow convergent speed, the thermal conductivity of MoS2 tends to a convergent value when the film thickness is beyond about 40?nm. We also construct the cross-plane thermal conductivity of bulk MoS2 as an accumulation function of the phonon mean free path (MFP). It is found that phonons with MFPs below 40?nm contribute ~90% of the MoS2 cross-plane thermal conductivity at room temperature. This critical size of the phonon MFP is about two orders of magnitude smaller than that of graphite. Further calculations show that the shorter cross-plane phonon MFPs in bulk MoS2 may result from the lower phonon cut-off frequency and the mismatch of phonon density of state between Mo and S due to the mass difference. The phonon transport properties obtained would be helpful in the design and optimization of MoS2-based devices.

  12. Strain dependence of the heat transport properties of graphene nanoribbons.

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    Yeo, Pei Shan Emmeline; Loh, Kian Ping; Gan, Chee Kwan

    2012-12-14

    Using a combination of accurate density-functional theory and a nonequilibrium Green's function method, we calculate the ballistic thermal conductance characteristics of tensile-strained armchair (AGNR) and zigzag (ZGNR) edge graphene nanoribbons, with widths between 3 and 50 Å. The optimized lateral lattice constants for AGNRs of different widths display a three-family behavior when the ribbons are grouped according to N modulo 3, where N represents the number of carbon atoms across the width of the ribbon. Two lowest-frequency out-of-plane acoustic modes play a decisive role in increasing the thermal conductance of AGNR-N at low temperatures. At high temperatures the effect of tensile strain is to reduce the thermal conductance of AGNR-N and ZGNR-N. These results could be explained by the changes in force constants in the in-plane and out-of-plane directions with the application of strain. This fundamental atomistic understanding of the heat transport in graphene nanoribbons paves a way to effect changes in their thermal properties via strain at various temperatures. PMID:23149343

  13. On uniqueness and non-degeneracy of anisotropic polarons

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    Ricaud, Julien

    2016-05-01

    We study the anisotropic Choquard-Pekar equation which describes a polaron in an anisotropic medium. We prove the uniqueness and non-degeneracy of minimizers in a weakly anisotropic medium. In addition, for a wide range of anisotropic media, we derive the symmetry properties of minimizers and prove that the kernel of the associated linearized operator is reduced, apart from three functions coming from the translation invariance, to the kernel on the subspace of functions that are even in each of the three principal directions of the medium.

  14. Nanostructured semiconductors for thermoelectric energy conversion: Synthesis and transport properties

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    Sahoo, Pranati

    Increasing energy demands and decreasing natural energy resources have sparked search for alternative clean and renewable energy sources. For instance, currently there is a tremendous interest in thermoelectric and photovoltaic solar energy production technologies. Half-Heusler (HH) alloys are among the most popular material systems presently under widespread investigations for high temperature thermoelectric energy conversion. Approaches to increase the thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) of HH range from (1) chemical substitution of atoms with different masses within the same atomic position in the crystal structure to optimize carrier concentration and enhance phonon scattering via mass fluctuation and (2) embedding secondary phonon scattering centers in the matrix (nanostructuring) to further reduce thermal conductivity. This work focuses on three material systems. The first part describes the synthesis and properties (thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity, magnetic) of various oxide nanostructures (NiO, Co3O4) which were subsequently used as inclusion phases in a HH matrix to reduce the thermal conductivity. Detailed reviews of the past efforts along with the current effort to optimize synthetic routes are presented. The effects of the synthesis conditions on the thermoelectric properties of compacted pellets of NiO and Co3O4 are also discussed. The second part of the work discusses the development of synthetic strategies for the fabrication of p-type and n-type bulk nanostructured thermoelectric materials made of a half-Heusler matrix based on (Ti,Hf)CoSb, containing nanostructures with full-Heusler (FH) compositions and structures coherently embedded inside the half-Heusler matrix. The role of the nanostructures in the regulation of phonon and charge carrier transports within the half-heusler matrix is extensively discussed by combining transport data and electron microscopy images. It was found that the FH nanoinclusions form staggered heterojunctions with a valence band (VB) offset energy at the HH/FH phase boundaries. The resulting energy barrier discriminates existing holes with respect to their energy by trapping low energy holes, while promoting the transport of high energy holes through the VB of the FH-quantum dots. This "carrier culling" results in surprisingly large increase in the mobility and the effective mass of high energy holes contributing to electronic conduction. The simultaneous reduction in the density and the increase in the effective mass of holes resulted in large enhancements of the thermopower, whereas the increase in the mobility minimizes the drop in the electrical conductivity. In the third part, the application of this concept of nanostructuring on the Copper Selenide material system is described. Various synthetic approaches such as liquid assisted solid-state reaction and mechanical alloying are utilized for the fabrication of copper selenide compositions. We found that the mechanical alloying clearly decreases the thermal conductivity of the composition as well increases the Seebeck due to decrease in carrier concentrations.

  15. Understanding electronic structure and transport properties in nanoscale junctions

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    Dhungana, Kamal B.

    Understanding the electronic structure and the transport properties of nanoscale materials are pivotal for designing future nano-scale electronic devices. Nanoscale materials could be individual or groups of molecules, nanotubes, semiconducting quantum dots, and biomolecules. Among these several alternatives, organic molecules are very promising and the field of molecular electronics has progressed significantly over the past few decades. Despite these progresses, it has not yet been possible to achieve atomic level control at the metal-molecule interface during a conductance measurement, which hinders the progress in this field. The lack of atomic level information of the interface also makes it much harder for theorist to interpret the experimental results. To identify the junction configuration that possibly exists during the experimental measurement of conductance in molecular junction, we created an ensemble of Ruthanium-bis(terpyridine) molecular devices, and studied the transport behavior in these molecular junctions. This helps us identifying the junction geometry that yields the experimentally measured current-voltage characteristics. Today's electronic devices mostly ignore the spin effect of an electron. The inclusion of spin effect of an electron on solid-state transistor allows us to build more efficient electronic devices; this also alleviates the problem of huge heat dissipation in the nanoscale electronic devices. Different materials have been utilized to build three terminals spin transistor since its inception in 1950. In search of suitable candidates for the molecular spin transistor, we have recently designed a spin-valve transistor based on an organometallic molecule; a large amplification (320 %) in tunnel magneto-resistance (TMR) is found to occur at an experimentally accessible gate field. This suggests that the organic molecules can be utilized for making the next generation three terminal spintronic devices. Similarly, we have designed a spin transistor based on boron nitride nanotube (BNNT) quantum dot. The TMR and exchange energy in BNNT based spin transistor are found to switch sign with the increase of the gate field. The direct application of BNNT in electronic devices in several instances is hindered due to its large band gap. However, the functionalization of BNNT with different foreign species allows us to tune the band gap of BNNT. Fluorine functionalization in BNNT increases its conductance by more then 2 orders, as well as it induces strong magnetism in BNNT. The fluorine functionalization in BNNT thus has opened up the possibility of using the BNNT in future electronics and spintronics. Our study shows that a long range ferromagnetic spin ordering exists in the fluorinated BNNT even at a temperature much above the room temperature. Our spin polarized transport study further shows that the fluorine functionalization in BNNT not only enhances its conductance by more than two orders but also makes it a perfect spin filter with efficiency more than 99%. Our transport study is based upon an orbital dependent density functional theory and a single particle Green's function approach.

  16. SPECIES - EVALUATING THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES, TRANSPORT PROPERTIES & EQUILIBRIUM CONSTANTS OF AN 11-SPECIES AIR MODEL

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    Thompson, R. A.

    1994-01-01

    Accurate numerical prediction of high-temperature, chemically reacting flowfields requires a knowledge of the physical properties and reaction kinetics for the species involved in the reacting gas mixture. Assuming an 11-species air model at temperatures below 30,000 degrees Kelvin, SPECIES (Computer Codes for the Evaluation of Thermodynamic Properties, Transport Properties, and Equilibrium Constants of an 11-Species Air Model) computes values for the species thermodynamic and transport properties, diffusion coefficients and collision cross sections for any combination of the eleven species, and reaction rates for the twenty reactions normally occurring. The species represented in the model are diatomic nitrogen, diatomic oxygen, atomic nitrogen, atomic oxygen, nitric oxide, ionized nitric oxide, the free electron, ionized atomic nitrogen, ionized atomic oxygen, ionized diatomic nitrogen, and ionized diatomic oxygen. Sixteen subroutines compute the following properties for both a single species, interaction pair, or reaction, and an array of all species, pairs, or reactions: species specific heat and static enthalpy, species viscosity, species frozen thermal conductivity, diffusion coefficient, collision cross section (OMEGA 1,1), collision cross section (OMEGA 2,2), collision cross section ratio, and equilibrium constant. The program uses least squares polynomial curve-fits of the most accurate data believed available to provide the requested values more quickly than is possible with table look-up methods. The subroutines for computing transport coefficients and collision cross sections use additional code to correct for any electron pressure when working with ionic species. SPECIES was developed on a SUN 3/280 computer running the SunOS 3.5 operating system. It is written in standard FORTRAN 77 for use on any machine, and requires roughly 92K memory. The standard distribution medium for SPECIES is a 5.25 inch 360K MS-DOS format diskette. The contents of the diskettes are compressed using the PKWARE archiving tools. The utility to unarchive the files, PKUNZIP.EXE, is included. This program was last updated in 1991. SUN and SunOS are registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

  17. Avalanche properties in a transport model based on critical-gradient fluctuation dynamics

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    Garcia, L.; Carreras, B.A.

    2005-09-15

    A simple one-dimensional transport model based on critical-gradient fluctuation dynamics is applied to describe some of the properties of plasma-turbulence-induced transport. This model combines avalanche-like transport with diffusion. The particle flux is self-regulated by the stability properties of the fluctuations. A high-gradient edge region emerges where transport dynamics is close to marginal stability. In steady state, the core remains at the subcritical gradient. The avalanches change from quasiperiodic events triggered mostly near the edge region to intermittent transport events depending on the noise level of the particle source.

  18. The synthesis and transport properties of the complex salt /TMPD/ /TCNQ/2

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    Somoano, R.; Hadek, V.; Yen, S. P. S.; Rembaum, A.; Deck, R.

    1975-01-01

    The syntheses and transport properties of the complex salt /TMPD/ /TCNQ/2 are described. At high temperatures, the complex is a magnetic semiconductor with transport properties intermediate between those found in the highly conducting and poorly conducting TCNQ salts. The complex undergoes a transition below 50-60 K to a state exhibiting singlet-triplet behavior with weakly alternating exchange coupling.

  19. Computer program for calculation of complex chemical equilibrium compositions and applications. Supplement 1: Transport properties

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    Gordon, S.; Mcbride, B.; Zeleznik, F. J.

    1984-01-01

    An addition to the computer program of NASA SP-273 is given that permits transport property calculations for the gaseous phase. Approximate mixture formulas are used to obtain viscosity and frozen thermal conductivity. Reaction thermal conductivity is obtained by the same method as in NASA TN D-7056. Transport properties for 154 gaseous species were selected for use with the program.

  20. Transport properties of multicomponent thermal plasmas: Grad method versus Chapman-Enskog method

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    Porytsky, P.; Krivtsun, I.; Demchenko, V.; Reisgen, U.; Mokrov, O.; Zabirov, A.; Gorchakov, S.; Timofeev, A.; Uhrlandt, D.

    2013-02-15

    Transport properties (thermal conductivity, viscosity, and electrical conductivity) for multicomponent Ar-Fe thermal plasmas at atmospheric pressure have been determined by means of two different methods. The transport coefficients set based on Grad's method is compared with the data obtained when using the Chapman-Enskog's method. Results from both applied methods are in good agreement. It is shown that the Grad method is suitable for the determination of transport properties of the thermal plasmas.

  1. Magnetization and transport properties of single RPd2P2 (R=Y, La-Nd, Sm-Ho, Yb)

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    Drachuck, Gil; Boehmer, Anna; Bud'Ko, Sergey L.; Canfield, Paul

    Single crystals of RPd2P2 (R=Y, La-Nd, Sm-Ho, Yb) were grown using a self-flux method and were characterized by room-temperature powder X-ray diffraction, anisotropic temperature and field dependent magnetization and temperature dependent in-plane resistivity. Anisotropic magnetic properties, arising mostly from crystal electric field (CEF) effects, were observed for most magnetic rare earths. The experimentally estimated CEF parameters B02 were calculated from the anisotropic paramagnetic θab and θcvalues. Ordering temperatures, as well as the polycrystalline averaged paramagnetic Curie-Weiss temperature, θave, were extracted from magnetization and resistivity measurements. Work done at Ames Laboratory was supported by US Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering under Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH111358.

  2. Evaluation of Baltic Sea transport properties using particle tracking

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    Dargahi, Bijan; Cvetkovic, Vladimir

    2014-05-01

    Particle tracking model (PTM) is an effective tool for quantifying transport properties of large water bodies such as the Baltic Sea. We have applied PTM to our fully calibrated and validated Baltic Sea 3D hydrodynamic model for a 10-years period (2000-9). One hundred particles were released at a constant rate during an initial 10-days period from all the Baltic Sea sub-basins, the major rivers, and the open boundary in the Arkona Basin. In each basin, the particles were released at two different depths corresponding to the deep water and middle water layers. The objectives of the PTM simulations were to analyse the intra-exchange processes between the Baltic Sea basins and to estimate the arrival times and the paths of particles released from the rivers. The novel contribution of this study is determining the paths and arrival times of deeper water masses rather than the surface masses. Advective and diffusive transport processes in the Bornholm and Arkona basins are both driven by the interacting flows of the northern basins of the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Particles released from Arkona basin flows northwards along the Stople Channel. The Gotland basins are the major contributors to the exchange process in the Baltic Sea. We find high values of the advection ratio, indicative of a forced advective transport process. The Bay of Gdansk is probably the most vulnerable region in the Baltic Sea. This is despite the fact that the main exchanging basins are the Bornholm Sea and the Easter Gotland Basin. The main reason is the intensive supply of the particles from the northern basins that normally take about 3000 days to reach the Bay of Gdansk. The process maintains a high level of particle concentration (90%) along its coastlines even after the 10-years period. Comparing the particle paths in the Western and Eastern Gotland basins two interesting features were found. Particles travelled in all four directions in the former basin and the middle layer particles reached the surface flow in the eastern most part of the Gulf of Finland. This implies mixing of deeper waters of the Western Gotland Basin with the sub-surface waters of the Gulf of Finland. We believe strong density current and upwelling processes drive the process. Surprisingly, the two rivers Narva and Venta have the highest spreading in comparison to other rivers. This is despite the relatively low flow discharge values that rules out a correlation between high moment flows and the extent of spreading. We found the flow discharge to be correlated with the advection lengths. The lack of any correlation for the other rivers, signifies different hydrodynamic characteristics among the basins. The results of our PTM study may be used for a general environmental assessment in terms of sensitivity of the various coastlines and rick to the release of contaminants in the Baltic Sea.

  3. Transport properties in amorphous U/sub x/-T/sub 1//sub -//sub x/ films (T = Fe, Ni, Gd, Tb, and Yb) (invited)

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    Freitas, P.P.; Plaskett, T.S.; Moreira, J.M.; Amaral, V.S.

    1988-11-15

    We describe the competing magnetic, localization, and phonon effects on the transport properties of amorphous magnetic U/sub x/T/sub 1-//sub x/ films, with T = Fe, Ni, Gd, Tb, and Yb. Amorphous U/sub x/Fe/sub 1-//sub x/ films change from collinear to random ferromagnetism as x increases, and the temperature dependence of the resistivity denotes the competing effects of spin-flip and non-spin-flip exchange scattering processes. The resistivity has a minimum at T/sub f/ rising sharply below this temperature. The sign of the magnetic resistivity and the magnetoresistance indicates >0, while the anisotropic magnetoresistance indicates a local exchange gap. Amorphous U/sub x/Gd/sub 1-//sub x/ and a-U/sub x/Tb/sub 1-//sub x/ are, respectively, spin glasses and random anisotropy dominated systems. The resistivity increases smoothly through T/sub f/ and has a slight upturn at low temperatures that we associate with weak localization. The magnetoresistance is negative in both systems and the anisotropic magnetoresistance is null, although the applied field induces anisotropic behavior in the Tb containing films (asperomagnets). All samples show quadratic and positive field dependence of magnetoresistance well inside the paramagnetic regime, and a linear regime below T/sub f/. At low temperatures and in the a-U/sub x/Gd/sub 1-//sub x/ films, negative (H)/sup 1/2/ and H/sup 2/ regimes occur and are associated with weak localization processes dominated by the inelastic mean free path.

  4. Decoupling Mechanical and Ion Transport Properties in Polymer Electrolyte Membranes

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    McIntosh, Lucas D.

    Polymer electrolytes are mixtures of a polar polymer and salt, in which the polymer replaces small molecule solvents and provides a dielectric medium so that ions can dissociate and migrate under the influence of an external electric field. Beginning in the 1970s, research in polymer electrolytes has been primarily motivated by their promise to advance electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices, such as lithium ion batteries, flexible organic solar cells, and anhydrous fuel cells. In particular, polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) can improve both safety and energy density by eliminating small molecule, volatile solvents and enabling an all-solid-state design of electrochemical cells. The outstanding challenge in the field of polymer electrolytes is to maximize ionic conductivity while simultaneously addressing orthogonal mechanical properties, such as modulus, fracture toughness, or high temperature creep resistance. The crux of the challenge is that flexible, polar polymers best-suited for polymer electrolytes (e.g., poly(ethylene oxide)) offer little in the way of mechanical robustness. Similarly, polymers typically associated with superior mechanical performance (e.g., poly(methyl methacrylate)) slow ion transport due to their glassy polymer matrix. The design strategy is therefore to employ structured electrolytes that exhibit distinct conducting and mechanically robust phases on length scales of tens of nanometers. This thesis reports a remarkably simple, yet versatile synthetic strategy---termed polymerization-induced phase separation, or PIPS---to prepare PEMs exhibiting an unprecedented combination of both high conductivity and high modulus. This performance is enabled by co-continuous, isotropic networks of poly(ethylene oxide)/ionic liquid and highly crosslinked polystyrene. A suite of in situ, time-resolved experiments were performed to investigate the mechanism by which this network morphology forms, and it appears to be tied to the disordered structure observed in diblock polymer melts near the order-disorder transition. In the resulting solid PEMs, the conductivity and modulus are both high, exceeding the 1 mS/cm and approaching the 1 GPa metrics, respectively, often cited for lithium-metal batteries. In the final chapter, an alternative synthetic route to generate nanostructured PEMs is presented. This strategy relies on the formation of a thermodynamically stable network morphology exhibited by a triblock terpolymer prepared with crosslinking moieties along the backbone. Although the mechanical properties of the resulting PEM are excellent, the conductivity is found to be somewhat limited by network defects that result from the solvent-casting procedure.

  5. Transport properties, optical response and slow dynamics of ionic liquids

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    Hu, Zhonghan

    In this thesis, we report on our studies of the transport properties, optical response and slow dynamical nature of novel room temperature ionic liquids. Using computer simulations we have demonstrated that the diffusive dynamics of these systems is in many ways analogous to that of other glassy or supercooled liquids. These solvents show non-Gaussian rotational and translational diffusion which have a temporal extent on the order of nanoseconds at room temperature. Our study of their response upon application of an external mechanical perturbation shows that even for systems with a box length as large as 0.03 microns the viscosities computed from perturbation wavenumbers compatible with this box size have not yet reached the hydrodynamic limit. We found these systems to behave in a non-Newtonian fashion and we also observe a clear break down of linear response theory on the nano- or sub-micrometer scale. Upon photoexcitation of an organic probe with lifetime shorter than the reorganization timescale in these ionic liquids, (which is quite long on the order of several nanoseconds at least), the emission spectrum is absorption wavelength dependent. Our computer simulations rationalized this observation in terms of local solvent environment around individual subensemble probe members. Excitation of different solute molecules in the liquid gives rise to site-specific optical responses. We revealed that the origin of this excitation wavelength dependence is the existence of persistent excited-state environments that do not get solvent averaged on a time scale relevant to fluorescence. The computed time resolved fluorescence spectra show that the full loss of correlation between absorption and emission frequencies for probes in room temperature ionic liquids occur on a time scale of nanoseconds. One of the most interesting features of ionic liquids is their uncommonly large range of dynamical time scales which in turn makes some of their properties to be quite different from that of most other conventional solvents. We hope that our understanding of these phenomena will be useful in the future in the development of tools to harness their potential to control the outcome of chemical and photo-chemical reactions.

  6. Optical and transport properties of one-dimensional quantum wire structures

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    Das Sarma, S.; He, S.; Qiang, Li

    1990-04-01

    We calculate optical and transport properties of semiconductor quantum wire structures and compare our theoretical results with available experimental data. Optical properties are calculated by developing a theory for the far-infrared electromagnetic response of the system in the multi-subband occupancy situation, including effects of both intra-subband and inter-subband excitations and the modecoupling between them. Transport properties are calculated for the currently experimentally interesting quantum constriction structures from the ballistic to the diffusive regime by using the recursive Green's function technique. Good agreement between our theory and experiment is found for both optical and transport properties.

  7. High field transport properties of a bilayer graphene

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    Bhargavi, K. S.; Kubakaddi, S. S.

    2014-02-01

    The high electric field transport properties namely, hot electron energy loss rate P, momentum loss rate Q, electron temperature Te and drift velocity Vd are studied theoretically in a bilayer graphene (BLG) by employing the momentum and energy balance technique. P and Q are investigated as a function of Te by considering the electron interaction with the acoustic phonons (APs) and the surface polar phonons (SPPs). In the Bloch-Grüneisen regime P (Q) due to APs is ~Te4 (Te2.5), with a new feature of a kink appearing due to the chiral nature of the electrons. The predicted Te4 is consistent with the recent experimental observation of heat resistance (Yan et al. Nature Nanotechnology 3 (2012) 472 [35]). Hot phonon effect is taken into account for SPPs. A dip has been observed in the hot phonon distribution of SPPs, a new feature, which is not found in conventional two-dimensional electron gas, and this can be attributed to the chiral nature of the electrons. P (Q) due to SPPs is found to be dominant at about Te>150 (180) K for a lattice temperature T=4.2 K. It is observed that the hot phonon effect is found to reduce P and Q due to SPPs significantly. Te and Vd are calculated as a function of the electric field E by taking into account the additional channels for momentum relaxation due to Coulomb impurity (CI) and short-range disorder (SD). Te is found to increase with the increasing electric field and is significantly enhanced by the hot phonon effect. Low field Vd is found to be limited by CI, SD and APs and in the high field region it reaches a near saturation value. The hot phonon effect tends to reduce the value of Vd. The presence of disorders CI and SD reduces Vd significantly and in clean samples larger saturation velocity can be achieved at a relatively smaller E.

  8. Thickness dependence of magnetic and transport properties in organic-CoFe discontinuous multilayers

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    Wang, W. X.; Wang, Y. P.; Zhang, X.-G.; Wang, Y.; Zou, Jin; Han, X. F.

    2010-05-01

    Spin-dependent transport measurement in 3-hexadecyl pyrrole (3HDP) with a CoFe layer and the current-in-plane geometry is reported. Transport properties indicate the CoFe layers are discontinuous when their thicknesses are smaller than 6 nm. The temperature dependence of the conductance suggests that the transport mechanism is likely small polaron hopping. The observed positive magnetoresistance ratio at low temperature gives evidence of spin-conserving transport.

  9. Anisotropic Continuum Emission in Seyferts

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    Whittle, D. Mark

    The primary aim of this program is to thoroughly examine the evidence for anisotropic continuum emission in Seyferts. Collimated emission in the classic powerful radio galaxies is generally accepted, but what of the situation for the radio quiet majority? Evidence for anisotropic ionization exists for a few objects e.g. NGC1068. It is clearly important to establish whether this is a general property. We have chosen to work with two complete samples of Seyferts, one distance limited and the other flux limited. We have analyzed the IRAS, Einstein and IUE archive data for these samples under our 1988 ADP proposal. From this initial analysis it is now clear that one of the most important contributions to the project is from IUE observations of Seyfert 2s. Unfortunately, because of their low UV flux, Seyfert 2s have been relatively ignored by IUE observers, leaving an archive which is quite incomplete in comparison to the other wavebands. Using the new extraction techniques, however. we find that Seyfert 2s do yield the continuum flux and slope measurements required for our program. We therefore propose to observe five new nearby Seyfert 2s with IUE. Data on these five will have a significant impact on the UV coverage in our sample, giving us an unbiased distance limited sample which is COMPLETE in Seyfert 2s. Not only will this greatly enhance our study of anisotropic emission in Seyferts, but as a spinoff we will be able to present the first comprehensive study of the UV properties of Seyfert 2 galaxies.

  10. Raman scattering study of spin-density-wave-induced anisotropic electronic properties in A Fe2As2 (A =Ca , Eu)

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    Zhang, W.-L.; Yin, Z. P.; Ignatov, A.; Bukowski, Z.; Karpinski, Janusz; Sefat, Athena S.; Ding, H.; Richard, P.; Blumberg, G.

    2016-05-01

    We present a polarization-resolved and temperature-dependent Raman scattering study of A Fe2As2 (A =Ca , Eu). In the spin-density-wave phase, spectral weight redistribution is observed in the fully symmetric and nonsymmetric scattering channels at different energies. An anisotropic Raman response is observed in the fully symmetric channel in spontaneously detwinned CaFe2As2 samples. We calculate the orbital-resolved electronic structures using a combination of density functional theory and dynamical mean field theory. We identify the electronic transitions corresponding to these two spectral features and find that the anisotropic Raman response originates from the lifted degeneracy of the dx z /y z orbitals in the broken-symmetry phase.

  11. A Review of the Thermodynamic, Transport, and Chemical Reaction Rate Properties of High-temperature Air

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    Hansen, C Frederick; Heims, Steve P

    1958-01-01

    Thermodynamic and transport properties of high temperature air, and the reaction rates for the important chemical processes which occur in air, are reviewed. Semiempirical, analytic expressions are presented for thermodynamic and transport properties of air. Examples are given illustrating the use of these properties to evaluate (1) equilibrium conditions following shock waves, (2) stagnation region heat flux to a blunt high-speed body, and (3) some chemical relaxation lengths in stagnation region flow.

  12. Bottom-up processing and low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe

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    Ge, Zhen-Hua; Wei, Kaya; Lewis, Hutton; Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S.

    2015-05-01

    A hydrothermal approach was employed to efficiently synthesize SnSe nanorods. The nanorods were consolidated into polycrystalline SnSe by spark plasma sintering for low temperature electrical and thermal properties characterization. The low temperature transport properties indicate semiconducting behavior with a typical dielectric temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity. The transport properties are discussed in light of the recent interest in this material for thermoelectric applications. The nanorod growth mechanism is also discussed in detail.

  13. Conformally flat polytropes for anisotropic matter

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    Herrera, L.; Di Prisco, A.; Barreto, W.; Ospino, J.

    2014-12-01

    We analyze in detail conformally flat spherically symmetric fluid distributions, satisfying a polytropic equation of state. Among the two possible families of relativistic polytropes, only one contains models which satisfy all the required physical conditions. The ensuing configurations are necessarily anisotropic and show interesting physical properties. Prospective applications of the presented models to the study of super-Chandrasekhar white dwarfs, are discussed.

  14. Structural Properties of the Brazilian Air Transportation Network.

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    Couto, Guilherme S; da Silva, Ana Paula Couto; Ruiz, Linnyer B; Benevenuto, Fabrício

    2015-09-01

    The air transportation network in a country has a great impact on the local, national and global economy. In this paper, we analyze the air transportation network in Brazil with complex network features to better understand its characteristics. In our analysis, we built networks composed either by national or by international flights. We also consider the network when both types of flights are put together. Interesting conclusions emerge from our analysis. For instance, Viracopos Airport (Campinas City) is the most central and connected airport on the national flights network. Any operational problem in this airport separates the Brazilian national network into six distinct subnetworks. Moreover, the Brazilian air transportation network exhibits small world characteristics and national connections network follows a power law distribution. Therefore, our analysis sheds light on the current Brazilian air transportation infrastructure, bringing a novel understanding that may help face the recent fast growth in the usage of the Brazilian transport network. PMID:26312421

  15. Electrostriction of anisotropic tissue.

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    Prior, Phillip; Roth, Bradley J

    2007-02-01

    The electrostrictive effects in anisotropic tissue, such as muscle, are interesting and qualitatively different than in an isotropic material. A striking feature in anisotropic tissue is the presence of a charge distribution, which is absent in isotropic tissue. This charge interacts with the electric field to give rise to body forces that deform the tissue. We develop an electromechanical model to investigate how anisotropic tissue deforms due to an electric field, and find analytical solutions for the pressure and displacement. The distribution of the pressure and displacement are complex and dependent on the boundary conditions. The effects of electrostriction are small, but comparable in size to pressures and displacements in other imaging modalities that utilize similar mechanical effects. PMID:17358363

  16. Transport and optical properties of low-dimensional complex systems

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    Iurov, Andrii

    Over the last five years of my research work, I, my research was mainly concerned with certain crucial tunneling, transport and optical properties of novel low-dimensional graphitic and carbon-based materials as well as topological insulators. Both single-electron and many-body problems were addressed. We investigated the Dirac electrons transmission through a potential barrier in the presence of circularly polarized light. An anomalous photon-assisted enhanced transmission is predicted and explained in a comparison with the well-known Klein paradox. It is demonstrated that the perfect transmission for nearly-head-on collision in an infinite graphene is suppressed in gapped dressed states of electrons, which is further accompanied by shift of peaks as a function of the incident angle away from the head-on collision. We calculate the energy bands for graphene monolayers when electrons move through a periodic electrostatic potential in the presence of a uniform perpendicular magnetic field. We clearly demonstrate the quantum fractal nature of the energy bands at reasonably low magnetic fields. We present results for the energy bands as functions of both wave number and magnetic flux through the unit cells of the resulting moiŕe superlattice. This feature is also observed at extremely high magnetic fields. We have discovered a novel feature in the plasmon excitations for a pair of Coulomb-coupled non-concentric spherical two-dimensional electron gases (S2DEGs). Our results show that the plasmon excitations for such pairs depend on the orientation with respect to the external electromagnetic probe field. The origin of this anisotropy of the inter-sphere Coulomb interaction is due to the directional asymmetry of the electrostatic coupling of electrons in excited states which depend on both the angular momentum quantum number L and its projection M on the axis of quantization taken as the probe E-field direction. Such an effect from the plasmon spatial correlation is expected to be experimentally observable by employing circularly-polarized light or a helical light beam for incidence. The S2DEG serves as a simple model for fullerenes as well as metallic dimers, when the energy bands are far apart. Magnetoplasmons in gapped graphene have been investigated and the exchange energy dependence on magnetic field is presented.

  17. Thermodynamic and transport properties of air/water mixtures

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    Fessler, T. E.

    1981-01-01

    Subroutine WETAIR calculates properties at nearly 1,500 K and 4,500 atmospheres. Necessary inputs are assigned values of combinations of density, pressure, temperature, and entropy. Interpolation of property tables obtains dry air and water (steam) properties, and simple mixing laws calculate properties of air/water mixture. WETAIR is used to test gas turbine engines and components operating in relatively humid air. Program is written in SFTRAN and FORTRAN.

  18. Quasiparticle band structures and thermoelectric transport properties of p-type SnSe

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    Shi, Guangsha; Kioupakis, Emmanouil

    2015-02-14

    We used density functional and many-body perturbation theory to calculate the quasiparticle band structures and electronic transport parameters of p-type SnSe both for the low-temperature Pnma and high-temperature Cmcm phases. The Pnma phase has an indirect band gap of 0.829 eV, while the Cmcm has a direct band gap of 0.464 eV. Both phases exhibit multiple local band extrema within an energy range comparable to the thermal energy of carriers from the global extrema. We calculated the electronic transport coefficients as a function of doping concentration and temperature for single-crystal and polycrystalline materials to understand the previous experimental measurements. The electronic transport coefficients are highly anisotropic and are strongly affected by bipolar transport effects at high temperature. Our results indicate that SnSe exhibits optimal thermoelectric performance at high temperature when doped in the 10{sup 19}–10{sup 20 }cm{sup −3} range.

  19. Gravitational stresses in anisotropic rock masses

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    Amadei, B.; Savage, W.Z.; Swolfs, H.S.

    1987-01-01

    This paper presents closed-form solutions for the stress field induced by gravity in anisotropic rock masses. These rocks are assumed to be laterally restrained and are modelled as a homogeneous, orthotropic or transversely isotropic, linearly elastic material. The analysis, constrained by the thermodynamic requirement that strain energy be positive definite, gives the following important result: inclusion of anisotropy broadens the range of permissible values of gravity-induced horizontal stresses. In fact, for some ranges of anisotropic rock properties, it is thermodynamically admissible for gravity-induced horizontal stresses to exceed the vertical stress component; this is not possible for the classical isotropic solution. Specific examples are presented to explore the nature of the gravity-induced stress field in anisotropic rocks and its dependence on the type, degree and orientation of anisotropy with respect to the horizontal ground surface. ?? 1987.

  20. Matter sourced anisotropic stress for dark energy

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    Chang, Baorong; Lu, Jianbo; Xu, Lixin

    2014-11-01

    Usually a dark energy as a perfect fluid is characterized by the ratio of pressure to energy density (w =p /? ) and the ratio of their perturbations in its rest frame (cs2=? p /? ? ). However, a dark energy would have other characteristics beyond its equation of state and the effective speed of sound. Here the extra property is the anisotropic stress sourced by matter as a simple extension to the perfect fluid model. At the background level, this anisotropic stress is zero with respect to the cosmological principle, but not at the first-order perturbation. We tested the viability of the existence of this kind of anisotropic stress by using the currently available cosmic observations through the geometrical and dynamical measurements. Using the Markov-chain Monte Carlo method, we found that the upper bounds on the anisotropic stress which enters into the summation of the Newtonian potentials should be of the order O (1 0-3)?m . We did not find any strong evidence for the existence of this matter-sourced anisotropic stress, even in the 1 ? region.

  1. EquilTheTA: Thermodynamic and transport properties of complex equilibrium plasmas

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    Colonna, G.; D'Angola, A.

    2012-11-27

    EquilTheTA (EQUILibrium for plasma THErmodynamics and Transport Applications) is a web-based software which calculates chemical equilibrium product concentrations from any set of reactants and determines thermodynamic and transport properties for the product mixture in wide temperature and pressure ranges. The program calculates chemical equilibrium by using a hierarchical approach, thermodynamic properties and transport coefficients starting from recent and accurate databases of atomic and molecular energy levels and collision integrals. In the calculations, Debye length and cut-off are consistently updated and virial corrections (up to third order) can be considered. Transport coefficients are calculated by using high order approximations of the Chapman-Enskog method.

  2. [Transport properties of disordered porous media from the microstructure

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    Not Available

    1993-01-01

    Progress was made in 4 general areas: quantitative characterization of microstructure via n-point distribution functions; determination of bounds on effective properties that depend on these n-point functions (conductivity, NMR, permeability); derivation of cross- property relations; and development of efficient first-passage time algorithms (Brownian-motion simulations) to compute effective diffusion properties.

  3. Equations of state and transport properties of mixtures in the warm dense regime

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    Hou, Yong; Dai, Jiayu; Kang, Dongdong; Ma, Wen; Yuan, Jianmin

    2015-02-15

    We have performed average-atom molecular dynamics to simulate the CH and LiH mixtures in the warm dense regime, and obtained equations of state and the ionic transport properties. The electronic structures are calculated by using the modified average-atom model, which have included the broadening of energy levels, and the ion-ion pair potentials of mixtures are constructed based on the temperature-dependent density functional theory. The ionic transport properties, such as ionic diffusion and shear viscosity, are obtained through the ionic velocity correlation functions. The equations of state and transport properties for carbon, hydrogen and lithium, hydrogen mixtures in a wide region of density and temperature are calculated. Through our computing the average ionization degree, average ion-sphere diameter and transition properties in the mixture, it is shown that transport properties depend not only on the ionic mass but also on the average ionization degree.

  4. Electrolytes: transport properties and non-equilibrium thermodynamics

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    Miller, D.G.

    1980-12-01

    This paper presents a review on the application of non-equilibrium thermodynamics to transport in electrolyte solutions, and some recent experimental work and results for mutual diffusion in electrolyte solutions.

  5. First-principles calculations of thermal, electrical, and thermoelectric transport properties of semiconductors

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    Zhou, Jiawei; Liao, Bolin; Chen, Gang

    2016-04-01

    The transport properties of semiconductors are key to the performance of many solid-state devices (transistors, data storage, thermoelectric cooling and power generation devices, etc). An understanding of the transport details can lead to material designs with better performances. In recent years simulation tools based on first-principles calculations have been greatly improved, being able to obtain the fundamental ground-state properties of materials (such as band structure and phonon dispersion) accurately. Accordingly, methods have been developed to calculate the transport properties based on an ab initio approach. In this review we focus on the thermal, electrical, and thermoelectric transport properties of semiconductors, which represent the basic transport characteristics of the two degrees of freedom in solids—electronic and lattice degrees of freedom. Starting from the coupled electron-phonon Boltzmann transport equations, we illustrate different scattering mechanisms that change the transport features and review the first-principles approaches that solve the transport equations. We then present the first-principles results on the thermal and electrical transport properties of semiconductors. The discussions are grouped based on different scattering mechanisms including phonon-phonon scattering, phonon scattering by equilibrium electrons, carrier scattering by equilibrium phonons, carrier scattering by polar optical phonons, scatterings due to impurities, alloying and doping, and the phonon drag effect. We show how the first-principles methods allow one to investigate transport properties with unprecedented detail and also offer new insights into the electron and phonon transport. The current status of the simulation is mentioned when appropriate and some of the future directions are also discussed.

  6. Enhancement of non-resonant dielectric cloaks using anisotropic composites

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    Takezawa, Akihiro Kitamura, Mitsuru

    2014-01-15

    Cloaking techniques conceal objects by controlling the flow of electromagnetic waves to minimize scattering. Herein, the effectiveness of homogenized anisotropic materials in non-resonant dielectric multilayer cloaking is studied. Because existing multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials can be regarded as homogenous anisotropic cloaking from a macroscopic view, anisotropic materials can be efficiently designed through optimization of their physical properties. Anisotropic properties can be realized in two-phase composites if the physical properties of the material are within appropriate bounds. The optimized anisotropic physical properties are identified by a numerical optimization technique based on a full-wave simulation using the finite element method. The cloaking performance measured by the total scattering width is improved by about 2.8% and 25% in eight- and three-layer cylindrical cloaking materials, respectively, compared with multilayer cloaking by isotropic materials. In all cloaking examples, the optimized microstructures of the two-phase composites are identified as the simple lamination of two materials, which maximizes the anisotropy. The same performance as published for eight-layer cloaking by isotropic materials is achieved by three-layer cloaking using the anisotropic material. Cloaking with an approximately 50% reduction of total scattering width is achieved even in an octagonal object. Since the cloaking effect can be realized using just a few layers of the laminated anisotropic dielectric composite, this may have an advantage in the mass production of cloaking devices.

  7. Designing novel anisotropic lenses with transformation optics

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    Jiang, Wei Xiang; Bao, Di; Cui, Tie Jun

    2016-04-01

    Transformation optics (TO), based on the formally invariant property of Maxwell’s equations, has provided a powerful strategy to design anisotropic or nearly-isotropic devices, in both time-varied and static fields. In this paper, we present and investigate the negative refraction or reflection phenomena by positive-index anisotropic materials based on transformation-optics design. First, we propose and design an inhomogeneous transformed planar lens, in which we will show the negative-refraction-like properties of transformation media. Secondly, we present a homogeneous transformed lens based on linear spatial transformation, in which we will reveal the negative-reflection properties of positive transformation media. Both transformed lenses have unusual properties which are different from those in natural materials.

  8. Analysis of community properties and node properties to understand the structure of the bus transport network

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    Sun, Yeran; Mburu, Lucy; Wang, Shaohua

    2016-05-01

    Akin to most infrastructures, intraurban bus networks are large and highly complex. Understanding the composition of such networks requires an intricate decomposition of the network into modules, taking into account the manner in which network links are distributed among the nodes. There exists for each set of highly interlinked nodes little connectivity with the next set of highly interlinked nodes. This inherent property of nodes makes community detection a popular approach for analyzing the structure of complex networks. In this study, we attempt to understand the structure of the intraurban bus network of Ireland's capital city, Dublin in a two-step approach. We first analyze the modular structure of the network by identifying potential communities. Secondly, we assess the prominence of each network node by examining the module-based topological properties of the nodes. Results of this empirical study reveal a clear pattern of independent communities, indicating thus, an implicit multi-community structure of the intraurban bus network. Examination of the geographic characteristics of the identified communities shows a degree of socio-economic divisions of the Dublin city. Furthermore, a large majority of the important nodes (vital transportation hubs) are located at the city center, implying that most of the bus lines in Dublin city tend to intersect the city's core.

  9. Pollen dispersal over complex terrain: How does anisotropic airborne pollen transport affect interpretation of fossil pollen records? A case study in Northern Patagonia.

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    Pérez, Claudio; Bianchi, María Martha; Gassmann, Marisa; Pisso, Ignacio

    2014-05-01

    Accumulated pollen in stratified fossil reservoirs is used to infer temporal changes in vegetation composition. Transport and dispersal by winds are known to introduce large biases in the interpretation of polynic records. In order to calibrate the models used to infer information about past species distributions, human activities and climate, contemporary time series of polynic records are assessed and modelled. In this study we analyse measurements collected hourly in Bariloche, Argentina (41° 10' S, 71° 15' W, 850 masl) of the species Weinmannia trichosperma, a characteristic forest tree which grows only the western (Chilean) slopes of the Andes, but not on the eastern (Argentinian) slopes where the measurements were collected. Instead of the simplistic Gaussian plume mixing model that is usually employed by the palynological community, we apply a full 3D Lagrangian dispersion model to interpret the observations and assess the impact of long-range transport over the Andean mountain range. The Lagrangian calculation of the origins of the air masses (the "backward footprint") is consistent not only with the Chilean Weinmania pollen measurements but also with a set of species only found on the dryer steppe located to the east of the measurement site in Argentina. The agreement of the modelling results indicates that significant interpretation mistakes may arise from inconsistent transport treatment. We also discuss the further application of inverse trajectory modelling to the estimation of source intensity.

  10. Hybrid Anisotropic Micromesh

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    Gutzov, S.; Danchova, N.; Tsekov, R.; Barreno, I.; Ruiz del Portal, X.; Ulbikas, J.

    2015-10-01

    A new hybrid woven micromesh containing metal and polyester wires with a 2D porosity of about 30% has been created. The anisotropic microcomposite is developed as a new material with wide applications in thermal and electrical engineering. The mesh material is carefully characterized using electron microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, chemical analysis, thermal conductivity measurements and differential scanning calorimetry.

  11. Anisotropic Ambient Volume Shading.

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    Ament, Marco; Dachsbacher, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    We present a novel method to compute anisotropic shading for direct volume rendering to improve the perception of the orientation and shape of surface-like structures. We determine the scale-aware anisotropy of a shading point by analyzing its ambient region. We sample adjacent points with similar scalar values to perform a principal component analysis by computing the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of the covariance matrix. In particular, we estimate the tangent directions, which serve as the tangent frame for anisotropic bidirectional reflectance distribution functions. Moreover, we exploit the ratio of the eigenvalues to measure the magnitude of the anisotropy at each shading point. Altogether, this allows us to model a data-driven, smooth transition from isotropic to strongly anisotropic volume shading. In this way, the shape of volumetric features can be enhanced significantly by aligning specular highlights along the principal direction of anisotropy. Our algorithm is independent of the transfer function, which allows us to compute all shading parameters once and store them with the data set. We integrated our method in a GPU-based volume renderer, which offers interactive control of the transfer function, light source positions, and viewpoint. Our results demonstrate the benefit of anisotropic shading for visualization to achieve data-driven local illumination for improved perception compared to isotropic shading. PMID:26529745

  12. Anisotropic eddy viscosity models

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    Carati, D.; Cabot, W.

    1996-01-01

    A general discussion on the structure of the eddy viscosity tensor in anisotropic flows is presented. The systematic use of tensor symmetries and flow symmetries is shown to reduce drastically the number of independent parameters needed to describe the rank 4 eddy viscosity tensor. The possibility of using Onsager symmetries for simplifying further the eddy viscosity is discussed explicitly for the axisymmetric geometry.

  13. Anisotropic epitaxial ZnO/CdO core/shell heterostructure nanorods

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    2012-01-01

    Various surface structures and polarities of one-dimensional nanostructures offer additional control in synthesizing heterostructures suitable for optoelectronic and electronic applications. In this work, we report synthesis and characterization of ZnO-CdO nanorod-based heterostructures grown on a-plane sapphire. The heterojunction formed on the sidewall surface of the nanorod shows that wurtzite ZnO {1010} planes are interfaced with rocksalt CdO {100}. This is evidently different from the heterojunction formed on the nanorod top surface, where a ZnO (0001) top plane is interfaced with a CdO (111) plane. Such anisotropic heterostructures are determined by different surface structures of the nanorods and their polarities. Revelation of such anisotropic heterojunctions will provide a clue for understanding charge transport properties in electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices. PMID:23151180

  14. Evidence for anisotropic dielectric properties of monoclinic hafnia using valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy in high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and ab initio time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Guedj, C.; Hung, L.; Zobelli, A.; Blaise, P.; Sottile, F.; Olevano, V.

    2014-12-01

    The effect of nanocrystal orientation on the energy loss spectra of monoclinic hafnia (m-HfO2) is measured by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and valence energy loss spectroscopy (VEELS) on high quality samples. For the same momentum-transfer directions, the dielectric properties are also calculated ab initio by time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT). Experiments and simulations evidence anisotropy in the dielectric properties of m-HfO2, most notably with the direction-dependent oscillator strength of the main bulk plasmon. The anisotropic nature of m-HfO2 may contribute to the differences among VEELS spectra reported in literature. The good agreement between the complex dielectric permittivity extracted from VEELS with nanometer spatial resolution, TDDFT modeling, and past literature demonstrates that the present HRTEM-VEELS device-oriented methodology is a possible solution to the difficult nanocharacterization challenges given in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

  15. Evidence for anisotropic dielectric properties of monoclinic hafnia using valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy in high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and ab initio time-dependent density-functional theory

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    Guedj, C.; Hung, L.; Sottile, F.; Zobelli, A.; Blaise, P.; Olevano, V.

    2014-12-01

    The effect of nanocrystal orientation on the energy loss spectra of monoclinic hafnia (m-HfO{sub 2}) is measured by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and valence energy loss spectroscopy (VEELS) on high quality samples. For the same momentum-transfer directions, the dielectric properties are also calculated ab initio by time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT). Experiments and simulations evidence anisotropy in the dielectric properties of m-HfO{sub 2}, most notably with the direction-dependent oscillator strength of the main bulk plasmon. The anisotropic nature of m-HfO{sub 2} may contribute to the differences among VEELS spectra reported in literature. The good agreement between the complex dielectric permittivity extracted from VEELS with nanometer spatial resolution, TDDFT modeling, and past literature demonstrates that the present HRTEM-VEELS device-oriented methodology is a possible solution to the difficult nanocharacterization challenges given in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors.

  16. The spin-dependent transport properties of zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbons and new device design.

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    Ni, Yun; Wang, Xia; Tao, Wei; Zhu, Si-Cong; Yao, Kai-Lun

    2016-01-01

    By performing first-principle quantum transport calculations, we studied the electronic and transport properties of zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbons in different magnetic configurations. We designed the device based on zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbon and studied the spin-dependent transport properties, whose current-voltage curves show obvious spin-polarization and conductance plateaus. The interesting transport behaviours can be explained by the transport spectra under different magnetic configurations, which basically depends on the symmetry matching of the electrodes' bandstructures. Simultaneously, spin Seebeck effect is also found in the device. Thus, according to the transport behaviours, zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbons can be used as a dual spin filter diode, a molecule signal converter and a spin caloritronics device, which indicates that α-graphyne is a promising candidate for the future application in spintronics. PMID:27180808

  17. The spin-dependent transport properties of zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbons and new device design

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    Ni, Yun; Wang, Xia; Tao, Wei; Zhu, Si-Cong; Yao, Kai-Lun

    2016-01-01

    By performing first-principle quantum transport calculations, we studied the electronic and transport properties of zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbons in different magnetic configurations. We designed the device based on zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbon and studied the spin-dependent transport properties, whose current-voltage curves show obvious spin-polarization and conductance plateaus. The interesting transport behaviours can be explained by the transport spectra under different magnetic configurations, which basically depends on the symmetry matching of the electrodes’ bandstructures. Simultaneously, spin Seebeck effect is also found in the device. Thus, according to the transport behaviours, zigzag α-graphyne nanoribbons can be used as a dual spin filter diode, a molecule signal converter and a spin caloritronics device, which indicates that α-graphyne is a promising candidate for the future application in spintronics. PMID:27180808

  18. Transport in Halobacterium Halobium: Light-Induced Cation-Gradients, Amino Acid Transport Kinetics, and Properties of Transport Carriers

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    Lanyi, Janos K.

    1977-01-01

    Cell envelope vesicles prepared from H. halobium contain bacteriorhodopsin and upon illumination protons are ejected. Coupled to the proton motive force is the efflux of Na(+). Measurements of Na-22 flux, exterior pH change, and membrane potential, Delta(psi) (with the dye 3,3'-dipentyloxadicarbocyanine) indicate that the means of Na(+) transport is sodium/proton exchange. The kinetics of the pH changes and other evidence suggests that the antiport is electrogenic (H(+)/Na(++ greater than 1). The resulting large chemical gradient for Na(+) (outside much greater than inside), as well as the membrane potential, will drive the transport of 18 amino acids. The I9th, glutamate, is unique in that its accumulation is indifferent to Delta(psi): this amino acid is transported only when a chemical gradient for Na(+) is present. Thus, when more and more NaCl is included in the vesicles glutamate transport proceeds with longer and longer lags. After illumination the gradient of H+() collapses within 1 min, while the large Na(+) gradient and glutamate transporting activity persists for 10- 15 min, indicating that proton motive force is not necessary for transport. A chemical gradient of Na(+), arranged by suspending vesicles loaded with KCl in NaCl, drives glutamate transport in the dark without other sources of energy, with V(sub max) and K(sub m) comparable to light-induced transport. These and other lines of evidence suggest that the transport of glutamate is facilitated by symport with Na(+), in an electrically neutral fashion, so that only the chemical component of the Na(+) gradient is a driving force.

  19. Tables of thermodynamic and transport properties of UO/sub 2/

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    Fink, J.K.

    1982-06-01

    The thermodynamic and transport properties of solid and liquid UO/sub 2/ are tabulated as a function of temperature. Properties are given for the temperature range 298.15 K to 3120 K for solid UO/sub 2/ and from 3120 to 6000 K for liquid UO/sub 2/. Thermodynamic properties tabulated include enthalpy, heat capacity, pressure, density, instantaneous thermal expansion coefficient, compressibility, thermal pressure coefficient, and speed of sound. Tabulated transport properties include thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, emissivity, electrical conductivity, and viscosity. Tables are given in SI units and cgs units.

  20. The electron transport properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbons with upright standing linear carbon chains

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    He, Jing-Jing; Yan, Xiao-Hong; Guo, Yan-Dong; Liu, Chun-Sheng; Xiao, Yang; Meng, Lan

    2016-02-01

    The electron transport properties of zigzag graphene nanoribbons (ZGNRs) with upright standing carbon chains are investigated by using first-principles calculations. The calculated results show a significant odd-even dependence. The currents of even-numbered chain configurations are small because a suppression emerges around the Fermi energy in the transmission spectra under a finite bias. However the I - V curves of odd-numbered chain structures display metallic properties with a big transmission peak in the transmission spectra, indicating the high conductance. These properties offer an interesting method by modifying the odd-even parity of the carbon chains to tune the electron transport properties of ZGNRS.

  1. Walker Diffusion Method for Calculation of Transport Properties of Finite Composite Systems

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    Van Siclen, Clinton D

    2002-01-01

    A heterogeneous medium may be represented by a scalar field of local transport coefficients (e.g., conductivity) or by a resistor network derived from that scalar field. In either case the effective (macroscopic) and local (microscopic) transport properties may be calculated by the walker diffusion method. Some sample calculations for disordered systems are presented to demonstrate the method.

  2. Monte Carlo Simulations on the Thermoelectric Transport Properties of Width-Modulated Nanowires

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    Zianni, X.

    2016-03-01

    We performed Monte Carlo simulations on the electron and phonon transport properties of Si nanowires with constant widths and of nanowires modulated by a constriction. We discuss and compare the transport properties and the thermoelectric efficiency in the nanowires. An overall figure of merit ( ZT) enhancement is predicted compared to the corresponding non-modulated nanowires. The ZT enhancement in thick, modulated nanowires has been found comparable to that in thin, non-modulated nanowires.

  3. The phase diagram and transport properties for hydrogen-helium fluid planets

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    Stevenson, D. J.; Salpeter, E. E.

    1977-01-01

    The properties of pure hydrogen and helium are examined, taking into account metallic hydrogen, molecular hydrogen, and the molecular-metallic transition. Metallic hydrogen-helium mixtures are considered along with molecular hydrogen-helium mixtures, the total phase diagram, and minor constituents, including deuterium. The transport properties of the metallic and the molecular phase are also discussed, giving attention to electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, viscosity, self-diffusion, interdiffusion, radiative opacity, and second-order transport coefficients.

  4. Transport Properties of the Dust Components in Weakly Ionized Plasma

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    Vaulina, O. S.; Adamovich, X. G.; Petrov, O. F.; Fortov, V. E.

    2008-09-07

    The experimental study of transport processes are presented for the dusty plasma in radio-frequency (RF-) capacitive discharge. Validity of the Langevin and Green-Kubo equations for the description of dynamics of dusty grains is verified. Experimental examination of the Einstein-Stokes relation between the viscosity and diffusion constants is carried out.

  5. Kondo effect goes anisotropic in vanadate oxide superlattices.

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    Rotella, H; Pautrat, A; Copie, O; Boullay, P; David, A; Mercey, B; Morales, M; Prellier, W

    2015-11-01

    We study the transport properties in SrVO3/LaVO3 (SVO/LVO) superlattices deposited on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. We show that the electronic conduction occurs in the metallic LVO layers with a galvanomagnetism typical of a 2D Fermi surface. In addition, a Kondo-like component appears in both the thermal variation of resistivity and the magnetoresistance. Surprisingly, in this system where the STO interface does not contribute to the measured conduction, the Kondo correction is strongly anisotropic. We show that the growth temperature allows a direct control of this contribution. Finally, the key role of vanadium mixed valency stabilized by oxygen vacancies is enlightened. PMID:26444931

  6. Kondo effect goes anisotropic in vanadate oxide superlattices

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    Rotella, H.; Pautrat, A.; Copie, O.; Boullay, P.; David, A.; Mercey, B.; Morales, M.; Prellier, W.

    2015-11-01

    We study the transport properties in SrVO3/LaVO3 (SVO/LVO) superlattices deposited on SrTiO3 (STO) substrates. We show that the electronic conduction occurs in the metallic LVO layers with a galvanomagnetism typical of a 2D Fermi surface. In addition, a Kondo-like component appears in both the thermal variation of resistivity and the magnetoresistance. Surprisingly, in this system where the STO interface does not contribute to the measured conduction, the Kondo correction is strongly anisotropic. We show that the growth temperature allows a direct control of this contribution. Finally, the key role of vanadium mixed valency stabilized by oxygen vacancies is enlightened.

  7. Transport Properties of the Tomato Fruit Tonoplast 1

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    Joyce, Daryl C.; Cramer, Grant R.; Reid, Michael S.; Bennett, Alan B.

    1988-01-01

    Calcium transport into tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill, cv Castlemart) fruit tonoplast vesicles was studied. Calcium uptake was stimulated approximately 10-fold by MgATP. Two ATP-dependent Ca2+ transport activities could be resolved on the basis of sensitivity to nitrate and affinity for Ca2+. A low affinity Ca2+ uptake system (Km > 200 micromolar) was inhibited by nitrate and ionophores and is thought to represent a tonoplast localized H+/Ca2+ antiport. A high affinity Ca2+ uptake system (Km = 6 micromolar) was not inhibited by nitrate, had reduced sensitivity to ionophores, and appeared to be associated with a population of low density endoplasmic reticulum vesicles that contaminated the tonoplast-enriched membrane fraction. Arrhenius plots of the temperature dependence of Ca2+ transport in tomato membrane vesicles showed a sharp increase in activation energy at temperatures below 10 to 12°C that was not observed in red beet membrane vesicles. This low temperature effect on tonoplast Ca2+/H+ antiport activity could only by partially ascribed to an effect of low temperature on H+-ATPase activity, ATP-dependent H+ transport, passive H+ fluxes, or passive Ca2+ fluxes. These results suggest that low temperature directly affects Ca2+/H+ exchange across the tomato fruit tonoplast, resulting in an apparent change in activation energy for the transport reaction. This could result from a direct effect of temperature on the Ca2+/H+ exchange protein or by an indirect effect of temperature on lipid interactions with the Ca2+/H+ exchange protein. PMID:16666428

  8. A generalized anisotropic deformation formulation for geomaterials

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    Lei, Z.; Rougier, Esteban; Knight, E. E.; Munjiza, A.; Viswanathan, H.

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, the combined finite-discrete element method (FDEM) has been applied to analyze the deformation of anisotropic geomaterials. In the most general case geomaterials are both non-homogeneous and non-isotropic. With the aim of addressing anisotropic material problems, improved 2D FDEM formulations have been developed. These formulations feature the unified hypo-hyper elastic approach combined with a multiplicative decomposition-based selective integration for volumetric and shear deformation modes. This approach is significantly different from the co-rotational formulations typically encountered in finite element codes. Unlike the co-rotational formulation, the multiplicative decomposition-based formulation naturally decomposes deformation into translation, rotation, plastic stretches, elastic stretches, volumetric stretches, shear stretches, etc. This approach can be implemented for a whole family of finite elements from solids to shells and membranes. This novel 2D FDEM based material formulation was designed in such a way that the anisotropic properties of the solid can be specified in a cell by cell basis, therefore enabling the user to seed these anisotropic properties following any type of spatial variation, for example, following a curvilinear path. In addition, due to the selective integration, there are no problems with volumetric or shear locking with any type of finite element employed.

  9. A generalized anisotropic deformation formulation for geomaterials

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    Lei, Z.; Rougier, Esteban; Knight, E. E.; Munjiza, A.; Viswanathan, H.

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, the combined finite-discrete element method (FDEM) has been applied to analyze the deformation of anisotropic geomaterials. In the most general case geomaterials are both non-homogeneous and non-isotropic. With the aim of addressing anisotropic material problems, improved 2D FDEM formulations have been developed. These formulations feature the unified hypo-hyper elastic approach combined with a multiplicative decomposition-based selective integration for volumetric and shear deformation modes. This approach is significantly different from the co-rotational formulations typically encountered in finite element codes. Unlike the co-rotational formulation, the multiplicative decomposition-based formulation naturally decomposes deformation into translation, rotation, plastic stretches, elastic stretches, volumetric stretches, shear stretches, etc. This approach can be implemented for a whole family of finite elements from solids to shells and membranes. This novel 2D FDEM based material formulation was designed in such a way that the anisotropic properties of the solid can be specified in a cell by cell basis, therefore enabling the user to seed these anisotropic properties following any type of spatial variation, for example, following a curvilinear path. In addition, due to the selective integration, there are no problems with volumetric or shear locking with any type of finite element employed.

  10. Crystallographic study of a MATE transporter presents a difficult case in structure determination with low-resolution, anisotropic data and crystal twinning.

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    Symersky, Jindrich; Guo, Yi; Wang, Jimin; Lu, Min

    2015-11-01

    NorM from Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NorM-NG) belongs to the multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) family of membrane-transport proteins, which can extrude cytotoxic chemicals across cell membranes and confer multidrug resistance. Here, the structure determination of NorM-NG is described, which had been hampered by low resolution (? 4 ), data anisotropy and pseudo-merohedral twinning. The crystal structure was solved using molecular replacement and was corroborated by conducting a difference Fourier analysis. The NorM-NG structure displays an extracellular-facing conformation, similar to that of NorM-NG bound to a crystallization chaperone. The approaches taken to determine the NorM-NG structure and the lessons learned from this study are discussed, which may be useful for analyzing X-ray diffraction data with similar shortcomings. PMID:26527145

  11. Comparison on thermal transport properties of graphene and phosphorene nanoribbons

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    Peng, Xiao-Fang; Chen, Ke-Qiu

    2015-01-01

    We investigate ballistic thermal transport at low temperatures in graphene and phosphorene nanoribbons (PNRS) modulated with a double-cavity quantum structure. A comparative analysis for thermal transport in these two kinds of nanomaterials is made. The results show that the thermal conductance in PNRS is greater than that in graphene nanoribbons (GNRS). The ratio kG/kP (kG is the thermal conductivity in GNRS and kP is the thermal conductivity in PNRS) decreases with lower temperature or for narrower nanoribbons, and increases with higher temperature or for wider nanoribbons. The greater thermal conductance and thermal conductivity in PNRS originate from the lower cutoff frequencies of the acoustic modes. PMID:26577958

  12. Opto-electronic transport properties of graphene oxide based devices

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    Das, Poulomi; Ibrahim, Sk; Chakraborty, Koushik; Ghosh, Surajit; Pal, Tanusri

    2015-06-01

    Large area, solution-processed, graphene oxide (GO)nanocomposite based photo FET has been successfully fabricated. The device exhibits p-type charge transport characteristics in dark condition. Our measurements indicate that the transport characteristics are gate dependent and extremely sensitive to solar light. Photo current decay mechanism of GO is well explained and is associated with two phenomena: a) fast response process and b) slow response process. Slow response photo decay can be considered as the intrinsic phenomena which are present for both GO and reduced GO (r-GO), whereas the first response photo decay is controlled by the surface defect states. Demonstration of photo FET performance of GO thin film is a significant step forward in integrating these devices in various optoelectronic circuits.

  13. Understanding hopping transport and thermoelectric properties of conducting polymers

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    Ihnatsenka, S.; Crispin, X.; Zozoulenko, I. V.

    2015-07-01

    We calculate the conductivity σ and the Seebeck coefficient S for the phonon-assisted hopping transport in conducting polymers poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) or PEDOT, experimentally studied by Bubnova et al. [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 16456 (2012)], 10.1021/ja305188r. We use the Monte Carlo technique as well as the semianalytical approach based on the transport energy concept. We demonstrate that both approaches show a good qualitative agreement for the concentration dependence of σ and S . At the same time, we find that the semianalytical approach is not in a position to describe the temperature dependence of the conductivity. We find that both Gaussian and exponential density of states (DOS) reproduce rather well the experimental data for the concentration dependence of σ and S giving similar fitting parameters of the theory. The obtained parameters correspond to a hopping model of localized quasiparticles extending over 2-3 monomer units with typical jumps over a distance of 3-4 units. The energetic disorder (broadening of the DOS) is estimated to be 0.1 eV. Using the Monte Carlo calculation we reproduce the activation behavior of the conductivity with the calculated activation energy close to the experimentally observed one. We find that for a low carrier concentration a number of free carriers contributing to the transport deviates strongly from the measured oxidation level. Possible reasons for this behavior are discussed. We also study the effect of the dimensionality on the charge transport by calculating the Seebeck coefficient and the conductivity for the cases of three-, two-, and one-dimensional motion.

  14. Theoretical studies of the transport properties in compound semiconductors

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    Segall, Benjamin

    1994-01-01

    This final report is an overview of the work done on Cooperative Agreement NCC 3-55 with the Solid State Technology Branch of the NASA-Lewis Research Center (LeRC). Over the period of time that the agreement was in effect, the principal investigator and, in the last three years, the co-principal investigator worked on a significant number of projects and interacted with members of the Solid State Technology (SST) branch in a number of different ways. For the purpose of this report, these efforts will be divided into five categories: 1) work directly with experimental electrical transport studies conducted by members of the SST branch; 2) theoretical work on electrical transport in compound semiconductors; 3) electronic structure calculations which are relevant to the electrical transport in polytypes of SiC and SiC-AlN alloys; 4) the electronic structure calculations of polar interfaces; and 5) consultative and supportive activities related to experiments and other studies carried out by SST branch members. Work in these categories is briefly discussed.

  15. Parallel Anisotropic Tetrahedral Adaptation

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    Park, Michael A.; Darmofal, David L.

    2008-01-01

    An adaptive method that robustly produces high aspect ratio tetrahedra to a general 3D metric specification without introducing hybrid semi-structured regions is presented. The elemental operators and higher-level logic is described with their respective domain-decomposed parallelizations. An anisotropic tetrahedral grid adaptation scheme is demonstrated for 1000-1 stretching for a simple cube geometry. This form of adaptation is applicable to more complex domain boundaries via a cut-cell approach as demonstrated by a parallel 3D supersonic simulation of a complex fighter aircraft. To avoid the assumptions and approximations required to form a metric to specify adaptation, an approach is introduced that directly evaluates interpolation error. The grid is adapted to reduce and equidistribute this interpolation error calculation without the use of an intervening anisotropic metric. Direct interpolation error adaptation is illustrated for 1D and 3D domains.

  16. Anisotropic progressive photon mapping

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    Liu, XiaoDan; Zheng, ChangWen

    2014-01-01

    Progressive photon mapping solves the memory limitation problem of traditional photon mapping. It gives the correct radiance with a large passes, but it converges slowly. We propose an anisotropic progressive photon mapping method to generate high quality images with a few passes. During the rendering process, different from standard progressive photon mapping, we store the photons on the surfaces. At the end of each pass, an anisotropic method is employed to compute the radiance of each eye ray based on the stored photons. Before move to a new pass, the photons in the scene are cleared. The experiments show that our method generates better results than the standard progressive photon mapping in both numerical and visual qualities.

  17. Spatially anisotropic Heisenberg kagome antiferromagnet

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    Apel, W.; Yavors'kii, T.; Everts, H.-U.

    2007-04-01

    In the search for spin-1/2 kagome antiferromagnets, the mineral volborthite has recently been the subject of experimental studies (Hiroi et al 2001 J. Phys. Soc. Japan 70 3377; Fukaya et al 2003 Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 207603; Bert et al 2004 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16 S829; Bert et al 2005 Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 087203). It has been suggested that the magnetic properties of this material are described by a spin-1/2 Heisenberg model on the kagome lattice with spatially anisotropic exchange couplings. We report on investigations of the {\\mathrm {Sp}}(\\mathcal {N}) symmetric generalization of this model in the large \\mathcal {N} limit. We obtain a detailed description of the dependence of possible ground states on the anisotropy and on the spin length S. A fairly rich phase diagram with a ferrimagnetic phase, incommensurate phases with and without long-range order and a decoupled chain phase emerges.

  18. Transport properties of sputtered W/C multilayers in high fields

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    Broto, J.M.; Ousset, J.C.; Rakoto, H.; Vidal, B.; Jiang, Z.; Sdaq, A.; Khmou, A.

    1997-02-01

    In this article, we present the transport properties of W/C multilayers which are generally studied for their optical properties (X-ray mirrors). For the thinnest tungsten layers the magnetoresistance is clearly governed by weak localization. We point out the importance of electron-electron interactions. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  19. Microsphere-chain waveguides: Focusing and transport properties

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    Allen, Kenneth W. Astratov, Vasily N.; Darafsheh, Arash; Abolmaali, Farzaneh; Mojaverian, Neda; Limberopoulos, Nicholaos I.; Lupu, Anatole

    2014-07-14

    It is shown that the focusing properties of polystyrene microsphere-chain waveguides (MCWs) formed by sufficiently large spheres (D ≥ 20λ, where D is the sphere diameter and λ is the wavelength of light) scale with the sphere diameter as predicted by geometrical optics. However, this scaling behavior does not hold for mesoscale MCWs with D ≤ 10λ resulting in a periodical focusing with gradually reducing beam waists and in extremely small propagation losses. The observed effects are related to properties of nanojet-induced and periodically focused modes in such structures. The results can be used for developing focusing microprobes, laser scalpels, and polarization filters.

  20. Anisotropic Total Variation Filtering

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    Grasmair, Markus; Lenzen, Frank

    2010-12-15

    Total variation regularization and anisotropic filtering have been established as standard methods for image denoising because of their ability to detect and keep prominent edges in the data. Both methods, however, introduce artifacts: In the case of anisotropic filtering, the preservation of edges comes at the cost of the creation of additional structures out of noise; total variation regularization, on the other hand, suffers from the stair-casing effect, which leads to gradual contrast changes in homogeneous objects, especially near curved edges and corners. In order to circumvent these drawbacks, we propose to combine the two regularization techniques. To that end we replace the isotropic TV semi-norm by an anisotropic term that mirrors the directional structure of either the noisy original data or the smoothed image. We provide a detailed existence theory for our regularization method by using the concept of relaxation. The numerical examples concluding the paper show that the proposed introduction of an anisotropy to TV regularization indeed leads to improved denoising: the stair-casing effect is reduced while at the same time the creation of artifacts is suppressed.

  1. Transport Properties of III-N Hot Electron Transistors

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    Suntrup, Donald J., III

    Unipolar hot electron transistors (HETs) represent a tantalizing alternative to established bipolar transistor technologies. During device operation electrons are injected over a large emitter barrier into the base where they travel along the device axis with very high velocity. Upon arrival at the collector barrier, high-energy electrons pass over the barrier and contribute to collector current while low-energy electrons are quantum mechanically reflected back into the base. Designing the base with thickness equal to or less than the hot electron mean free path serves to minimize scattering events and thus enable quasi-ballistic operation. Large current gain is achieved by increasing the ratio of transmitted to reflected electrons. Although III-N HETs have undergone substantial development in recent years, there remain ample opportunities to improve key device metrics. In order to engineer improved device performance, a deeper understanding of the operative transport physics is needed. Fortunately, the HET provides fertile ground for studying several prominent electron transport phenomena. In this thesis we present results from several studies that use the III-N HET as both emitter and analyzer of hot electron momentum states. The first provides a measurement of the hot electron mean free path and the momentum relaxation rate in GaN; the second relies on a new technique called electron injection spectroscopy to investigate the effects of barrier height inhomogeneity in the emitter. To supplement our analysis we develop a comprehensive theory of coherent electron transport that allows us to model the transfer characteristics of complex heterojunctions. Such a model provides a theoretical touchstone with which to compare our experimental results. While these studies are of potential interest in their own right, we interpret the results with an eye toward improving next-generation device performance.

  2. Cytochrome p450 inhibitory properties of common efflux transporter inhibitors.

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    Englund, Gunilla; Lundquist, Patrik; Skogastierna, Cristine; Johansson, Jenny; Hoogstraate, Janet; Afzelius, Lovisa; Andersson, Tommy B; Projean, Denis

    2014-03-01

    Drug transporter inhibitors are important tools to elucidate the contribution of transporters to drug disposition both in vitro and in vivo. These inhibitors are often unselective and affect several transporters as well as drug metabolizing enzymes, which can make experimental results difficult to interpret with confidence. We therefore tested 14 commonly used P-glycoprotein (P-gp), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP), and multidrug-resistance associated protein (MRP) inhibitors as inhibitors of cytochrome P450 (P450) enzyme activities using recombinant enzymes. A subset of P-gp and/or CYP3A inhibitors were selected (cyclosporin A, elacridar, ketoconazole, quinidine, reserpine, and tacrolimus) for a comparison of P450 inhibition in human microsomes and hepatocytes. Most P-gp inhibitors showed CYP3A4 inhibition, with potencies often in a similar range as their P-gp inhibition, as well as less potent CYP2C19 inhibition. Other P450 enzymes were not strongly inhibited except a few cases of CYP2D6 inhibition. MRP and BCRP inhibitors showed limited P450 inhibition. Some inhibitors showed less P450 inhibition in human hepatocytes than human liver microsomes, for example, elacridar, probably due to differences in binding, permeability limitations, or active, P-gp mediated efflux of the inhibitor from the hepatocytes. Quinidine was a potent P450 inhibitor in hepatocytes but only showed weak inhibition in microsomes. Quinidine shows an extensive cellular uptake, which may potentiate intracellular P450 inhibition. Elacridar, described as a potent and selective P-gp inhibitor, displayed modest P450 inhibition in this study and is thus a useful model inhibitor to define the role of P-gp in drug disposition without interference with other processes. PMID:24396142

  3. Transport properties of partially ionized and unmagnetized plasmas

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    Magin, Thierry E.; Degrez, Gérard

    2004-10-01

    This work is a comprehensive and theoretical study of transport phenomena in partially ionized and unmagnetized plasmas by means of kinetic theory. The pros and cons of different models encountered in the literature are presented. A dimensional analysis of the Boltzmann equation deals with the disparity of mass between electrons and heavy particles and yields the epochal relaxation concept. First, electrons and heavy particles exhibit distinct kinetic time scales and may have different translational temperatures. The hydrodynamic velocity is assumed to be identical for both types of species. Second, at the hydrodynamic time scale the energy exchanged between electrons and heavy particles tends to equalize both temperatures. Global and species macroscopic fluid conservation equations are given. New constrained integral equations are derived from a modified Chapman-Enskog perturbative method. Adequate bracket integrals are introduced to treat thermal nonequilibrium. A symmetric mathematical formalism is preferred for physical and numerical standpoints. A Laguerre-Sonine polynomial expansion allows for systems of transport to be derived. Momentum, mass, and energy fluxes are associated to shear viscosity, diffusion coefficients, thermal diffusion coefficients, and thermal conductivities. A Goldstein expansion of the perturbation function provides explicit expressions of the thermal diffusion ratios and measurable thermal conductivities. Thermal diffusion terms already found in the Russian literature ensure the exact mass conservation. A generalized Stefan-Maxwell equation is derived following the method of Kolesnikov and Tirskiy. The bracket integral reduction in terms of transport collision integrals is presented in Appendix for the thermal nonequilibrium case. A simple Eucken correction is proposed to deal with the internal degrees of freedom of atoms and polyatomic molecules, neglecting inelastic collisions. The authors believe that the final expressions are readily usable for practical applications in fluid dynamics.

  4. FORTRAN 4 computer program for calculation of thermodynamic and transport properties of complex chemical systems

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    Svehla, R. A.; Mcbride, B. J.

    1973-01-01

    A FORTRAN IV computer program for the calculation of the thermodynamic and transport properties of complex mixtures is described. The program has the capability of performing calculations such as:(1) chemical equilibrium for assigned thermodynamic states, (2) theoretical rocket performance for both equilibrium and frozen compositions during expansion, (3) incident and reflected shock properties, and (4) Chapman-Jouguet detonation properties. Condensed species, as well as gaseous species, are considered in the thermodynamic calculation; but only the gaseous species are considered in the transport calculations.

  5. Pesticide Transport with Runoff from Creeping Bentgrass Turf: Relationship of Pesticide Properties to Mass Transport

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    The off-site transport of pesticides with runoff is both an agronomic and environmental concern resulting from reduced control of target pests in the area of application and contamination of surrounding ecosystems. Experiments were designed to measure the quantity of pesticides in runoff from creepi...

  6. Anisotropic and Hierarchical Porosity in Multifunctional Ceramics

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    Lichtner, Aaron Zev

    The performance of multifunctional porous ceramics is often hindered by the seemingly contradictory effects of porosity on both mechanical and non-structural properties and yet a sufficient body of knowledge linking microstructure to these properties does not exist. Using a combination of tailored anisotropic and hierarchical materials, these disparate effects may be reconciled. In this project, a systematic investigation of the processing, characterization and properties of anisotropic and isotropic hierarchically porous ceramics was conducted. The system chosen was a composite ceramic intended as the cathode for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Comprehensive processing investigations led to the development of approaches to make hierarchical, anisotropic porous microstructures using directional freeze-casting of well dispersed slurries. The effect of all the important processing parameters was investigated. This resulted in an ability to tailor and control the important microstructural features including the scale of the microstructure, the macropore size and total porosity. Comparable isotropic porous ceramics were also processed using fugitive pore formers. A suite of characterization techniques including x-ray tomography and 3-D sectional scanning electron micrographs (FIB-SEM) was used to characterize and quantify the green and partially sintered microstructures. The effect of sintering temperature on the microstructure was quantified and discrete element simulations (DEM) were used to explain the experimental observations. Finally, the comprehensive mechanical properties, at room temperature, were investigated, experimentally and using DEM, for the different microstructures.

  7. Studies of Transport Properties of Fractures: Final Report

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    Stephen R. Brown

    2006-06-30

    We proposed to study several key factors controlling the character and evolution of fracture system permeability and transport processes. We suggest that due to surface roughness and the consequent channeling in single fractures and in fracture intersections, the tendency of a fracture system to plug up, remain permeable, or for permeability to increase due to chemical dissolution/precipitation conditions will depend strongly on the instantaneous flow channel geometry. This geometry will change as chemical interaction occurs, thus changing the permeability through time. To test this hypothesis and advance further understanding toward a predictive capability, we endeavored to physically model and analyze several configurations of flow and transport of inert and chemically active fluids through channels in single fractures and through fracture intersections. This was an integrated program utilizing quantitative observations of fractures and veins in drill core, quantitative and visual observations of flow and chemical dissolution and precipitation within replicas of real rough-walled fractures and fracture intersections, and numerical modeling via lattice Boltzmann methods.

  8. Electron transport properties of single molecular junctions under mechanical modulations

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    Zhou, Jianfeng; Guo, Cunlan; Xu, Bingqian

    2012-04-01

    Electron transport behaviors of single molecular junctions are very sensitive to the atomic scale molecule-metal electrode contact interfaces, which have been difficult to control. We used a modified scanning probe microscope-break junction technique (SPM-BJT) to control the dynamics of the contacts and simultaneously monitor both the conductance and force. First, by fitting the measured data into a modified multiple tunneling barrier model, the static contact resistances, corresponding to the different contact conformations of single alkanedithiol and alkanediamine molecular junctions, were identified. Second, the changes of contact decay constant were measured under mechanical extensions of the molecular junctions, which helped to classify the different single molecular conductance sets into specific microscopic conformations of the molecule-electrode contacts. Third, by monitoring the changes of force and contact decay constant with the mechanical extensions, the changes of conductance were found to be caused by the changes of contact bond length and by the atomic reorganizations near the contact bond. This study provides a new insight into the understanding of the influences of contact conformations, especially the effect of changes of dynamic contact conformation on electron transport through single molecular junctions.

  9. Renormalized anisotropic exchange for representing heat assisted magnetic recording media

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    Jiao, Yipeng; Liu, Zengyuan; Victora, R. H.

    2015-05-07

    Anisotropic exchange has been incorporated in a description of magnetic recording media near the Curie temperature, as would be found during heat assisted magnetic recording. The new parameters were found using a cost function that minimized the difference between atomistic properties and those of renormalized spin blocks. Interestingly, the anisotropic exchange description at 1.5 nm discretization yields very similar switching and magnetization behavior to that found at 1.2 nm (and below) discretization for the previous isotropic exchange. This suggests that the increased accuracy of anisotropic exchange may also reduce the computational cost during simulation.

  10. Renormalized anisotropic exchange for representing heat assisted magnetic recording media

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    Jiao, Yipeng; Liu, Zengyuan; Victora, R. H.

    2015-05-01

    Anisotropic exchange has been incorporated in a description of magnetic recording media near the Curie temperature, as would be found during heat assisted magnetic recording. The new parameters were found using a cost function that minimized the difference between atomistic properties and those of renormalized spin blocks. Interestingly, the anisotropic exchange description at 1.5 nm discretization yields very similar switching and magnetization behavior to that found at 1.2 nm (and below) discretization for the previous isotropic exchange. This suggests that the increased accuracy of anisotropic exchange may also reduce the computational cost during simulation.

  11. A nonlinear anisotropic model for porcine aortic heart valves.

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    Li, J; Luo, X Y; Kuang, Z B

    2001-10-01

    The anisotropic property of porcine aortic valve leaflet has potentially significant effects on its mechanical behaviour and the failure mechanisms. However, due to its complex nature, testing and modelling the anisotropic porcine aortic valves remains a continuing challenge to date. This study has developed a nonlinear anisotropic finite element model for porcine heart valves. The model is based on the uniaxial experimental data of porcine aortic heart valve leaflet and the properties of nonlinear composite material. A finite element code is developed to solve this problem using the 8-node super-parameter nonlinear shells and the update Lagrangian method. The stress distribution and deformation of the porcine aortic valves with either uniform and non-uniform thicknesses in closed phase and loaded condition are calculated. The results showed significant changes in the stress distributions due to the anisotropic property of the leaflets. Compared with the isotropic valve at the same loading condition, it is found that the site of the peak stress of the anisotropic leaflet is different; the maximum longitudinal normal stress is increased, but the maximum transversal normal stress and in-plane shear stress are reduced. We conclude that it is very important to consider the anisotropic property of the porcine heart valves in order to understand the failure mechanism of such valves in vivo. PMID:11522307

  12. Data-driven imaging in anisotropic media

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    Volker, Arno; Hunter, Alan

    2012-05-17

    Anisotropic materials are being used increasingly in high performance industrial applications, particularly in the aeronautical and nuclear industries. Some important examples of these materials are composites, single-crystal and heavy-grained metals. Ultrasonic array imaging in these materials requires exact knowledge of the anisotropic material properties. Without this information, the images can be adversely affected, causing a reduction in defect detection and characterization performance. The imaging operation can be formulated in two consecutive and reciprocal focusing steps, i.e., focusing the sources and then focusing the receivers. Applying just one of these focusing steps yields an interesting intermediate domain. The resulting common focus point gather (CFP-gather) can be interpreted to determine the propagation operator. After focusing the sources, the observed travel-time in the CFP-gather describes the propagation from the focus point to the receivers. If the correct propagation operator is used, the measured travel-times should be the same as the time-reversed focusing operator due to reciprocity. This makes it possible to iteratively update the focusing operator using the data only and allows the material to be imaged without explicit knowledge of the anisotropic material parameters. Furthermore, the determined propagation operator can also be used to invert for the anisotropic medium parameters. This paper details the proposed technique and demonstrates its use on simulated array data from a specimen of Inconel single-crystal alloy commonly used in the aeronautical and nuclear industries.

  13. Monotonic solution of heterogeneous anisotropic diffusion problems

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    Aricò, Costanza; Tucciarelli, Tullio

    2013-11-01

    Anisotropic problems arise in various areas of science and engineering, for example groundwater transport and petroleum reservoir simulations. The pure diffusive anisotropic time-dependent transport problem is solved on a finite number of nodes, that are selected inside and on the boundary of the given domain, along with possible internal boundaries connecting some of the nodes. An unstructured triangular mesh, that attains the Generalized Anisotropic Delaunay condition for all the triangle sides, is automatically generated by properly connecting all the nodes, starting from an arbitrary initial one. The control volume of each node is the closed polygon given by the union of the midpoint of each side with the “anisotropic” circumcentre of each final triangle. A structure of the flux across the control volume sides similar to the standard Galerkin Finite Element scheme is derived. A special treatment of the flux computation, mainly based on edge swaps of the initial mesh triangles, is proposed in order to obtain a stiffness M-matrix system that guarantees the monotonicity of the solution. The proposed scheme is tested using several literature tests and the results are compared with analytical solutions, as well as with the results of other algorithms, in terms of convergence order. Computational costs are also investigated.

  14. Electronic transport properties of one dimensional lithium nanowire using density functional theory

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    Thakur, Anil; Kumar, Arun; Chandel, Surjeet; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2015-05-01

    Single nanowire electrode devices are a unique platform for studying as energy storage devices. Lithium nanowire is of much importance in lithium ion batteries and therefore has received a great deal of attention in past few years. In this paper we investigated structural and electronic transport properties of Li nanowire using density functional theory (DFT) with SIESTA code. Electronic transport properties of Li nanowire are investigated theoretically. The calculations are performed in two steps: first an optimized geometry for Li nanowire is obtained using DFT calculations, and then the transport relations are obtained using NEGF approach. SIESTA and TranSIESTA simulation codes are used in the calculations correspondingly. The electrodes are chosen to be the same as the central region where transport is studied, eliminating current quantization effects due to contacts and focusing the electronic transport study to the intrinsic structure of the material. By varying chemical potential in the electrode regions, an I-V curve is traced which is in agreement with the predicted behavior. Agreement of bulk properties of Li with experimental values make the study of electronic and transport properties in lithium nanowires interesting because they are promising candidates as bridging pieces in nanoelectronics. Transmission coefficient and V-I characteristic of Li nano wire indicates that Li nanowire can be used as an electrode device.

  15. Electronic transport properties of one dimensional lithium nanowire using density functional theory

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    Thakur, Anil; Kumar, Arun; Chandel, Surjeet; Ahluwalia, P. K.

    2015-05-15

    Single nanowire electrode devices are a unique platform for studying as energy storage devices. Lithium nanowire is of much importance in lithium ion batteries and therefore has received a great deal of attention in past few years. In this paper we investigated structural and electronic transport properties of Li nanowire using density functional theory (DFT) with SIESTA code. Electronic transport properties of Li nanowire are investigated theoretically. The calculations are performed in two steps: first an optimized geometry for Li nanowire is obtained using DFT calculations, and then the transport relations are obtained using NEGF approach. SIESTA and TranSIESTA simulation codes are used in the calculations correspondingly. The electrodes are chosen to be the same as the central region where transport is studied, eliminating current quantization effects due to contacts and focusing the electronic transport study to the intrinsic structure of the material. By varying chemical potential in the electrode regions, an I-V curve is traced which is in agreement with the predicted behavior. Agreement of bulk properties of Li with experimental values make the study of electronic and transport properties in lithium nanowires interesting because they are promising candidates as bridging pieces in nanoelectronics. Transmission coefficient and V-I characteristic of Li nano wire indicates that Li nanowire can be used as an electrode device.

  16. Impact of carbonation on the durability of cementitious materials: water transport properties characterization

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    Auroy, M.; Poyet, S.; Le Bescop, P.; Torrenti, J.-M.

    2013-07-01

    Within the context of long-lived intermediate level radioactive waste geological disposal, reinforced concrete would be used. In service life conditions, the concrete structures would be subjected to drying and carbonation. Carbonation relates to the reaction between carbon dioxide (CO2) and the main hydrates of the cement paste (portlandite and C-S-H). Beyond the fall of the pore solution pH, indicative of steel depassivation, carbonation induces mineralogical and microstructural changes (due to portlandite and C-S-H dissolution and calcium carbonate precipitation). This results in the modification of the transport properties, which can impact the structure durability. Because concrete durability depends on water transport, this study focuses on the influence of carbonation on water transport properties. In fact, the transport properties of sound materials are known but they still remain to be assessed for carbonated ones. An experimental program has been designed to investigate the transport properties in carbonated materials. Four hardened cement pastes, differing in mineralogy, are carbonated in an accelerated carbonation device (in controlled environmental conditions) at CO2 partial pressure of about 3%. Once fully carbonated, all the data needed to describe water transport, using a simplified approach, will be evaluated.

  17. Design and control of electron transport properties of single molecules.

    PubMed

    Pan, Shuan; Fu, Qiang; Huang, Tian; Zhao, Aidi; Wang, Bing; Luo, Yi; Yang, Jinlong; Hou, Jianguo

    2009-09-01

    We demonstrate in this joint experimental and theoretical study how one can alter electron transport behavior of a single melamine molecule adsorbed on a Cu (100) surface by performing a sequence of elegantly devised and well-controlled single molecular chemical processes. It is found that with a dehydrogenation reaction, the melamine molecule becomes firmly bonded onto the Cu surface and acts as a normal conductor controlled by elastic electron tunneling. A current-induced hydrogen tautomerization process results in an asymmetric melamine tautomer, which in turn leads to a significant rectifying effect. Furthermore, by switching on inelastic multielectron scattering processes, mechanical oscillations of an N-H bond between two configurations of the asymmetric tautomer can be triggered with tuneable frequency. Collectively, this designed molecule exhibits rectifying and switching functions simultaneously over a wide range of external voltage. PMID:19706435

  18. Electrical transport properties of CaB6

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    Stankiewicz, Jolanta; Sesé, Javier; Balakrishnan, Geetha; Fisk, Zachary

    2014-10-01

    We report results from a systematic electron-transport study in a broad temperature range on 12 CaB6 single crystals. None of the crystals were intentionally doped. The different carrier densities observed presumably arise from slight variations in the Ca:B stoichiometry. In these crystals, the variation of the electrical resistivity and of the Hall effect with temperature can be consistently accounted for by the model we propose, in which B-antisite defects (B atom replacing Ca atom) are "amphoteric." The magnetotransport measurements reveal that most of the samples we have studied are close to a metal-insulator transition at low temperatures. The magnetoresistance changes smoothly from negative—for weakly metallic samples—to positive values—for samples in a localized regime.

  19. Collective Transport Properties of Driven Skyrmions with Random Disorder

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    Reichhardt, C.; Ray, D.; Reichhardt, C. J. Olson

    2015-05-01

    We use particle-based simulations to examine the static and driven collective phases of Skyrmions interacting with random quenched disorder. We show that nondissipative effects due to the Magnus term reduce the depinning threshold and strongly affect the Skyrmion motion and the nature of the dynamic phases. The quenched disorder causes the Hall angle to become drive dependent in the moving Skyrmion phase, while different flow regimes produce distinct signatures in the transport curves. For weak disorder, the Skyrmions form a pinned crystal and depin elastically, while for strong disorder the system forms a pinned amorphous state that depins plastically. At high drives the Skyrmions can dynamically reorder into a moving crystal, with the onset of reordering determined by the strength of the Magnus term.

  20. Charge transport properties of CdMnTe radiation detectors

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    Kim K.; Rafiel, R.; Boardman, M.; Reinhard, I.; Sarbutt, A.; Watt, G.; Watt, C.; Uxa, S.; Prokopovich, D.A.; Belas, E.; Bolotnikov, A.E.; James, R.B.

    2012-04-11

    Growth, fabrication and characterization of indium-doped cadmium manganese telluride (CdMnTe)radiation detectors have been described. Alpha-particle spectroscopy measurements and time resolved current transient measurements have yielded an average charge collection efficiency approaching 100 %. Spatially resolved charge collection efficiency maps have been produced for a range of detector bias voltages. Inhomogeneities in the charge transport of the CdMnTe crystals have been associated with chains of tellurium inclusions within the detector bulk. Further, it has been shown that the role of tellurium inclusions in degrading chargecollection is reduced with increasing values of bias voltage. The electron transit time was determined from time of flight measurements. From the dependence of drift velocity on applied electric field the electron mobility was found to be n = (718 55) cm2/Vs at room temperature.

  1. Synthesis and properties of hole-transporting fluorene linked bistriphenylamine

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    Promarak, Vinich; Ichikawa, Musubu; Sudyoadsuk, Taweesak; Saengsuwan, Sayant; Keawin, Tinnagon

    2007-11-01

    An amorphous hole-transporting material, 2,7-bis(4-diphenylaminophenyl)-9,9-bis-n-hexylfluorene (DAF), was synthesized by Suzuki cross-coupling reaction. DAF showed UV-vis absorption bands at 301 and 370 nm in dichloromethane solution and the photoluminescence spectrum showed a maximum peak at 426 nm in a purplish blue region. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis revealed that DAF was an electrochemically stable amorphous material. It was fabricated as HTL with the device configuration of ITO/DAF/Alq3/LiF:Al. A bright green emission from Alq3 layer with a maximum brightness of 6500 cd/m2 was observed at 15 V and a low turn-on voltage of 3.8 V.

  2. Scaling Properties of Charge Transport in Polycrystalline Graphene

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Polycrystalline graphene is a patchwork of coalescing graphene grains of varying lattice orientations and size, resulting from the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth at random nucleation sites on metallic substrates. The morphology of grain boundaries has become an important topic given its fundamental role in limiting the mobility of charge carriers in polycrystalline graphene, as compared to mechanically exfoliated samples. Here we report new insights to the current understanding of charge transport in polycrystalline geometries. We created realistic models of large CVD-grown graphene samples and then computed the corresponding charge carrier mobilities as a function of the average grain size and the coalescence quality between the grains. Our results reveal a remarkably simple scaling law for the mean free path and conductivity, correlated to atomic-scale charge density fluctuations along grain boundaries. PMID:23448361

  3. Direct measurements of transport properties are essential for site characterization

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    Wright, J.; Conca, J.L.

    1994-08-01

    Direct measurements of transport parameters on subsurface sediments using, the UFA method provided detailed hydrostratigraphic mapping, and subsurface flux distributions at a mixed-waste disposal site at Hanford. Seven hundred unsaturated conductivity measurements on fifty samples were obtained in only six months total of UFA run time. These data are used to provide realistic information to conceptual models, predictive models and restoration strategies. The UFA instrument consists of an ultracentrifuge with a constant, ultralow flow pump that provides fluid to the sample surface through a rotating seal assembly and microdispersal system. Effluent from the sample is collected in a transparent, volumetrically-calibrated chamber at the bottom of the sample assembly. Using a strobe light, an observer can check the chamber while the sample is being centrifuged. Materials can be run in the UFA as recomposited samples or in situ samples can be subcored directly into the sample UFA chamber.

  4. 41 CFR 302-7.11 - Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... route eligible for transportation at Government expense? 302-7.11 Section 302-7.11 Public Contracts and... EQUIPMENT (PBP&E) General Rules § 302-7.11 Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense? No, property acquired en route will not be eligible for transportation at...

  5. 41 CFR 302-7.10 - Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... route eligible for transportation at Government expense? 302-7.10 Section 302-7.10 Public Contracts and... EQUIPMENT (PBP&E) General Rules § 302-7.10 Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense? No, property acquired en route will not be eligible for transportation at...

  6. 41 CFR 302-7.10 - Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... route eligible for transportation at Government expense? 302-7.10 Section 302-7.10 Public Contracts and... EQUIPMENT (PBP&E) General Rules § 302-7.10 Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense? No, property acquired en route will not be eligible for transportation at...

  7. 41 CFR 302-7.11 - Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense?

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... route eligible for transportation at Government expense? 302-7.11 Section 302-7.11 Public Contracts and... EQUIPMENT (PBP&E) General Rules § 302-7.11 Is property acquired en route eligible for transportation at Government expense? No, property acquired en route will not be eligible for transportation at...

  8. Bottom-up processing and low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe

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    Ge, Zhen-Hua; Wei, Kaya; Lewis, Hutton; Martin, Joshua; Nolas, George S.

    2015-05-15

    A hydrothermal approach was employed to efficiently synthesize SnSe nanorods. The nanorods were consolidated into polycrystalline SnSe by spark plasma sintering for low temperature electrical and thermal properties characterization. The low temperature transport properties indicate semiconducting behavior with a typical dielectric temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity. The transport properties are discussed in light of the recent interest in this material for thermoelectric applications. The nanorod growth mechanism is also discussed in detail. - Graphical abstract: SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method through a bottom-up approach. Micron sized flower-like crystals changed to nanorods with increasing hydrothermal temperature. Low temperature transport properties of polycrystalline SnSe, after SPS densification, were reported for the first time. This bottom-up synthetic approach can be used to produce phase-pure dense polycrystalline materials for thermoelectrics applications. - Highlights: • SnSe nanorods were synthesized by a simple and efficient hydrothermal approach. • The role of temperature, time and NaOH content was investigated. • SPS densification allowed for low temperature transport properties measurements. • Transport measurements indicate semiconducting behavior.

  9. Transport Properties of Equilibrium Argon Plasma in a Magnetic Field

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    Bruno, D.; Laricchiuta, A.; Chikhaoui, A.; Kustova, E. V.; Giordano, D.

    2005-05-16

    Electron electrical conductivity coefficients of equilibrium Argon plasma in a magnetic field are calculated up to the 12th Chapman-Enskog approximation at pressure of 1 atm and 0.1 atm for temperatures 500K-20000K; the magnetic Hall parameter spans from 0.01 to 100. The collision integrals used in the calculations are discussed. The convergence properties of the different approximations are assessed. The degree of anisotropy introduced by the presence of the magnetic field is evaluated. Differences with the isotropic case can be very substantial. The biggest effects are visible at high ionization degrees, i.e. high temperatures, and at strong magnetic fields.

  10. Structure evolution and electrical transport property of Si nanowire

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    Wang, Y.; Li, Q. Q.; Dong, J. C.; He, Y. Z.; Li, H.

    2015-02-01

    Various optimized Si and its alloy nanowires, from a monoatomic chain to helical and multishell coaxial cylinder, have been obtained. Results reveal that the structure of the Si nanowires transforms as the radii of the carbon nanotubes increase, despite of the chirality of the CNTs. We also calculate the physical properties, such as density of states, transmission functions, current-voltage (I-V) characteristics, and conductance spectra (G-V) of optimized nanowires and alloy nanowires sandwiched between two gold contacts. Interestingly, compared with the pure Si nanowires, the conductance of the alloy nanowires is even lower.

  11. Electrical transport and magnetic properties of CeGe

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    Marcano, N.; Espeso, J. I.; Noakes, D. R.; Kalvius, G. M.; Gómez Sal, J. C.

    2005-04-01

    Although CeGe is a simple binary alloy, little information on its magnetic properties is available. Earlier studies suggested antiferromagnetic order below T=10.5 K. We present the results of a detailed resistivity and magnetoresistance study down to 2 K together with μSR spectroscopic data. The measurements verify the transition into long-range magnetic order at the temperature reported. Anomalous behaviour of the resistivity around TN is interpreted in terms of the formation of superzone magnetic gaps in the ordered phase. The μSR spectra for T< TN indicate a complex antiferromagnetic spin structure.

  12. Modeling of anisotropic wound healing

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    Valero, C.; Javierre, E.; García-Aznar, J. M.; Gómez-Benito, M. J.; Menzel, A.

    2015-06-01

    Biological soft tissues exhibit non-linear complex properties, the quantification of which presents a challenge. Nevertheless, these properties, such as skin anisotropy, highly influence different processes that occur in soft tissues, for instance wound healing, and thus its correct identification and quantification is crucial to understand them. Experimental and computational works are required in order to find the most precise model to replicate the tissues' properties. In this work, we present a wound healing model focused on the proliferative stage that includes angiogenesis and wound contraction in three dimensions and which relies on the accurate representation of the mechanical behavior of the skin. Thus, an anisotropic hyperelastic model has been considered to analyze the effect of collagen fibers on the healing evolution of an ellipsoidal wound. The implemented model accounts for the contribution of the ground matrix and two mechanically equivalent families of fibers. Simulation results show the evolution of the cellular and chemical species in the wound and the wound volume evolution. Moreover, the local strain directions depend on the relative wound orientation with respect to the fibers.

  13. Extensive characterization of anisotropic conductors in the Montgomery geometry

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    Corraze, B.; Ribault, M.

    1994-04-01

    In very anisotropic materials the transport properties of a single crystal may be equivalent to those of a long thin bar. In this geometry we show that an extension of the Montgomery method [1] allows a detailed discussion of the experimental results. It is then possible to establish the correct value of the anisotropy of the resistivity tensor. The method is used to show that in La2CuO{4+0.018}, the conductivity is activated in the Cu-O planes while it results from variable range hopping process perpendicular to the planes as previously established. Dans le cas de matériaux très anisotropes, les propriétés de transport d'un monocristal peuvent être équivalentes à celle d'une longue barre de section quasi carrée. Dans cette géométrie, nous avons analysé en détail les erreurs introduites par l'emploi de la technique de Montgomery [1]. Nous proposons une extension de cette méthode. Dans ces conditions, nous montrons qu'une analyse complète peut aisément permettre de choisir une géométrie de test conduisant à la détermination de l'anisotropie réelle du matériau et de sa variation thermique. La méthode est utilisée pour montrer que, dans le composé La2CuO{4+0.018}, la conductivité est activée dans les plans Cu-O alors que, perpendiculairement aux plans, nous avons montré précédemment qu'elle résulte d'un processus de sauts.

  14. Magnetic colloid by PLA: Optical, magnetic and thermal transport properties

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    Pandey, B. K.; Shahi, A. K.; Gopal, Ram

    2015-08-01

    Ferrofluids of cobalt and cobalt oxide nanoparticles (NPs) have been successfully synthesized using liquid phase-pulse laser ablation (LP-PLA) in ethanol and double distilled water, respectively. The mechanism of laser ablation in liquid media and formation process for Co target in double distilled water (DDW) and ethanol are speculated based on the reactions between laser generated highly nascent cobalt species and vaporized solvent media in a confined high temperature and pressure at the plume-surrounding liquid interface region. Optical absorption, emission, vibrational and rotational properties have been investigated using UV-vis absorption, photoluminescence (PL) and Fourier transform-infra red (FT-IR) spectroscopy, respectively. In this study optical band gap of cobalt oxide ferrofluids has been engineered using different pulse energy of Nd:YAG laser in the range of (2.80-3.60 eV). Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) is employed to determine the magnetic properties of ferrofluids of cobalt and cobalt oxide NPs while their thermal conductivities are examined using rotating disc method. Ferrofluids have gained enormous curiosity due to many technological applications, i.e. drug delivery, coolant and heating purposes.

  15. Preparation, transport properties and patterning of superconducting YBCO thin films

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    Kataria, N. D.; May, D.; Wolf, H.; Schneider, R.; Niemeyer, J.

    1991-09-01

    The preparation of YBCO thin films by coevaporation and magnetron sputtering is reported. The coevaporated films were fabricated on SrTiO 3 substrates by the codeposition of Y, BaF 2 and Cu at elevated substrate temperature and an ex situ annealing process. Zero resistance T c was as high as 88 K and the critical current density was j c(77K)≈10 5 A/cm 2. The superconducting sputtered films were fabricated in situ using an inverted cylindrical target on Y-stabilized ZrO 2 substrates with T c near 85 K and j c (77K)≈10 6 A/cm 2. The films were structured by a conventional photolithographic technique and chemical etching. The temperature dependence of the resistance R(T) and critical current I c(T) were measured for bridges with different line widths w. Line widths down to 3 μm were patterned on sputtered films by EDTA without any degradation of the superconducting properties, whereas due to the intrinsic surface roughness of the coevaporated films, degradation in the superconducting properties was observed for w < 10μm.

  16. Tuning the electronic transport properties of grapheme through functionalisation with fluorine

    PubMed Central

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate the possibility to tune the electronic transport properties of graphene mono-layers and multi-layers by functionalisation with fluorine. For mono-layer samples, with increasing the fluorine content, we observe a transition from electronic transport through Mott variable range hopping (VRH) in two dimensions to Efros-Shklovskii VRH. Multi-layer fluorinated graphene with high concentration of fluorine show two-dimensional Mott VRH transport, whereas CF0.28 multi-layer flakes exhibit thermally activated transport through near neighbour hopping. Our experimental findings demonstrate that the ability to control the degree of functionalisation of graphene is instrumental to engineer different electronic properties in graphene materials. PMID:21910905

  17. The dynamic properties of intermediate filaments during organelle transport

    PubMed Central

    Chang, Lynne; Barlan, Kari; Chou, Ying-Hao; Grin, Boris; Lakonishok, Margot; Serpinskaya, Anna S.; Shumaker, Dale K.; Herrmann, Harald; Gelfand, Vladimir I.; Goldman, Robert D.

    2009-01-01

    Summary Intermediate filament (IF) dynamics during organelle transport and their role in organelle movement were studied using Xenopus laevis melanophores. In these cells, pigment granules (melanosomes) move along microtubules and microfilaments, toward and away from the cell periphery in response to α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH) and melatonin, respectively. In this study we show that melanophores possess a complex network of vimentin IFs which interact with melanosomes. IFs form an intricate, honeycomb-like network that form cages surrounding individual and small clusters of melanosomes, both when they are aggregated and dispersed. Purified melanosome preparations contain a substantial amount of vimentin, suggesting that melanosomes bind to IFs. Analyses of individual melanosome movements in cells with disrupted IF networks show increased movement of granules in both anterograde and retrograde directions, further supporting the notion of a melanosome-IF interaction. Live imaging reveals that IFs, in turn, become highly flexible as melanosomes disperse in response to α-MSH. During the height of dispersion there is a marked increase in the rate of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching of GFP-vimentin IFs and an increase in vimentin solubility. These results reveal a dynamic interaction between membrane bound pigment granules and IFs and suggest a role for IFs as modulators of granule movement. PMID:19638410

  18. Transport Properties of the Tomato Fruit Tonoplast 1

    PubMed Central

    Oleski, Nancy; Mahdavi, Peiman; Peiser, Galen; Bennett, Alan B.

    1987-01-01

    An anion-sensitive H+-translocating ATPase was identified in membrane vesicles isolated from mature green tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) fruit. The H+-ATPase was associated with a low density membrane population having a peak density of 1.11 grams per cubic centimeter, and its activity was inhibited by NO3−, N,N′-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide and diethylstilbestrol but not by vanadate, azide, molybdate, or oligomycin. This H+-ATPase has an unusual pH dependence indicating both a slightly acidic and a near neutral peak of activity. Chloride was found to be a potent stimulator of ATPase activity. The Km for the H+-ATPase was approximately 0.8 millimolar ATP. The characteristics of this H+-ATPase are very similar to those described for a number of plant cell tonoplast H+-ATPases suggesting that the activity identified in tomato fruit membranes is tonoplast-associated. This report demonstrates the feasibility of isolating tonoplast vesicles from acidic fruit tissues for studies of transport activities associated with fruit development and maturation. PMID:16665635

  19. The dynamic properties of intermediate filaments during organelle transport.

    PubMed

    Chang, Lynne; Barlan, Kari; Chou, Ying-Hao; Grin, Boris; Lakonishok, Margot; Serpinskaya, Anna S; Shumaker, Dale K; Herrmann, Harald; Gelfand, Vladimir I; Goldman, Robert D

    2009-08-15

    Intermediate filament (IF) dynamics during organelle transport and their role in organelle movement were studied using Xenopus laevis melanophores. In these cells, pigment granules (melanosomes) move along microtubules and microfilaments, toward and away from the cell periphery in response to alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) and melatonin, respectively. In this study we show that melanophores possess a complex network of vimentin IFs which interact with melanosomes. IFs form an intricate, honeycomb-like network that form cages surrounding individual and small clusters of melanosomes, both when they are aggregated and dispersed. Purified melanosome preparations contain a substantial amount of vimentin, suggesting that melanosomes bind to IFs. Analyses of individual melanosome movements in cells with disrupted IF networks show increased movement of granules in both anterograde and retrograde directions, further supporting the notion of a melanosome-IF interaction. Live imaging reveals that IFs, in turn, become highly flexible as melanosomes disperse in response to alpha-MSH. During the height of dispersion there is a marked increase in the rate of fluorescence recovery after photobleaching of GFP-vimentin IFs and an increase in vimentin solubility. These results reveal a dynamic interaction between membrane bound pigment granules and IFs and suggest a role for IFs as modulators of granule movement. PMID:19638410

  20. Cross Sections and Transport Properties of BR- Ions in AR

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    Jovanovic, Jasmina; Stojanovic, Vladimir; Raspopovic, Zoran; Petrovic, Zoran

    2014-10-01

    We have used a combination of a simple semi-analytic theory - Momentum Transfer Theory (MTT) and exact Monte Carlo (MC) simulations to develop Br- in Ar momentum transfer cross section based on the available data for reduced mobility at the temperature T = 300 K over the range 10 Td <= E / N <= 300 Td. At very low energies, we have extrapolated obtained cross sections towards Langevin's cross section. Also, we have extrapolated data to somewhat higher energies based on behavior of similar ions in similar gases and by the addition of the total detachment cross section that was used from the threshold around 7.7 eV. Relatively complete set was derived which can be used in modeling of plasmas by both hybrid, particle in cell (PIC) and fluid codes. A good agreement between calculated and measured ion mobilities and longitudinal diffusion coefficients is an independent proof of the validity of the cross sections that were derived for the negative ion mobility data. In addition to transport coefficients we have also calculated the net rate coefficients of elastic scattering and detachment. Author acknowledge Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Proj. Nos. 171037 and 410011.