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  1. Avalanches in Foam Collapse

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    Anlage, Steven

    Avalanches in Foam Collapse Andrew Rhines (Reed College) Advisor Daniel Lathrop #12;Avalanches Question: What causes foam to collapse in avalanches? Two possibilities Shockwaves Stresses formed Avalanche t (s) MicDiaphragmPosition(AU) Detection threshold tb N2N2 Anechoic chamber `Steady state' foam

  2. Dust Avalanches

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

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    Crater wall dust avalanches in southern Arabia Terra.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 10.3, Longitude 24.5 East (335.5 West). 19 meter/pixel resolution.

  3. Negative feedback avalanche diode

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    Itzler, Mark Allen (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A single-photon avalanche detector is disclosed that is operable at wavelengths greater than 1000 nm and at operating speeds greater than 10 MHz. The single-photon avalanche detector comprises a thin-film resistor and avalanche photodiode that are monolithically integrated such that little or no additional capacitance is associated with the addition of the resistor.

  4. AVALANCHES, SANDPILES AND TUTTE DECOMPOSITION

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    Gabrielov, Andrei

    AVALANCHES, SANDPILES AND TUTTE DECOMPOSITION Andrei GABRIELOV Department of Geology, Cornell and avalanche models of failure were introduced recently (Bak et al., 1987, and an avalanche of publications properties of an important class of these models, Abelian sandpiles (Dhar, 1990) and Abelian avalanches

  5. Avalanche statistics of sand heaps

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    Buchholtz, V.; Poeschel, T.

    1996-09-01

    Large-scale computer simulations are presented to investigate the avalanche statistics of sandpiles using molecular dynamics. We show that different methods of measurement lead to contradictory conclusions, presumably due to avalanches not reaching the end of the experimental table.

  6. Inverse avalanches on Abelian sandpiles

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    Chau, H.F. Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801-3080 )

    1994-11-01

    A simple and computationally efficient way of finding inverse avalanches for Abelian sandpiles, called the inverse particle addition operator, is presented. In addition, the method is shown to be optimal in the sense that it requires the minimum amount of computation among methods of the same kind. The method is also conceptually succinct because avalanche and inverse avalanche are placed in the same footing.

  7. Avalanches in Wood Compression.

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    Mäkinen, T; Miksic, A; Ovaska, M; Alava, Mikko J

    2015-07-31

    Wood is a multiscale material exhibiting a complex viscoplastic response. We study avalanches in small wood samples in compression. "Woodquakes" measured by acoustic emission are surprisingly similar to earthquakes and crackling noise in rocks and laboratory tests on brittle materials. Both the distributions of event energies and of waiting (silent) times follow power laws. The stress-strain response exhibits clear signatures of localization of deformation to "weak spots" or softwood layers, as identified using digital image correlation. Even though material structure-dependent localization takes place, the avalanche behavior remains scale-free. PMID:26274428

  8. Dune Avalanche Scars

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    05 August 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows large, low albedo (dark) sand dunes in Kaiser Crater near 47.2oS, 340.4oW. The dunes are--ever so slowly--moving east to west (right to left) as sand avalanches down the steeper, slip face slopes of each. Avalanching sand in the Kaiser dune field has left deep scars on these slopes, suggesting that the sand is not loose but is instead weakly cemented. The image covers an area approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) wide and is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left.

  9. Granular Avalanches in Fluids

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    S. Courrech du Pont; P. Gondret; B. Perrin; M. Rabaud

    2002-09-03

    Three regimes of granular avalanches in fluids are put in light depending on the Stokes number St which prescribes the relative importance of grain inertia and fluid viscous effects, and on the grain/fluid density ratio r. In gas (r >> 1 and St > 1, e.g., the dry case), the amplitude and time duration of avalanches do not depend on any fluid effect. In liquids (r ~ 1), for decreasing St, the amplitude decreases and the time duration increases, exploring an inertial regime and a viscous regime. These regimes are described by the analysis of the elementary motion of one grain.

  10. Avalanches in wood compression

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    Tero Mäkinen; Amandine Miksic; Markus Ovaska; Mikko J. Alava

    2015-06-15

    Wood is a multi-scale material exhibiting a complex viscoplastic response. We study avalanches in small wood samples in compression. "Woodquakes" measured by acoustic emission are surprisingly similar to earthquakes and crackling noise in rocks and laboratory tests on brittle materials. Both the distributions of event energies and of waiting (silent) times follow power-laws. The stress- strain response exhibits clear signatures of localization of deformation to "weak spots" or softwood layers, as identified using Digital Image Correlation. Even though material structure-dependent localization takes place, the avalanche behavior remains scale-free.

  11. Avalanches in Wood Compression

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    Mäkinen, T.; Miksic, A.; Ovaska, M.; Alava, Mikko J.

    2015-07-01

    Wood is a multiscale material exhibiting a complex viscoplastic response. We study avalanches in small wood samples in compression. "Woodquakes" measured by acoustic emission are surprisingly similar to earthquakes and crackling noise in rocks and laboratory tests on brittle materials. Both the distributions of event energies and of waiting (silent) times follow power laws. The stress-strain response exhibits clear signatures of localization of deformation to "weak spots" or softwood layers, as identified using digital image correlation. Even though material structure-dependent localization takes place, the avalanche behavior remains scale-free.

  12. Reuyl Crater Dust Avalanches

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2002-01-01

    (Released 13 May 2002) The Science The rugged, arcuate rim of the 90 km crater Reuyl dominates this THEMIS image. Reuyl crater is at the southern edge of a region known to be blanketed in thick dust based on its high albedo (brightness) and low thermal inertia values. This thick mantle of dust creates the appearance of snow covered mountains in the image. Like snow accumulation on Earth, Martian dust can become so thick that it eventually slides down the face of steep slopes, creating runaway avalanches of dust. In the center of this image about 1/3 of the way down is evidence of this phenomenon. A few dozen dark streaks can be seen on the bright, sunlit slopes of the crater rim. The narrow streaks extend downslope following the local topography in a manner very similar to snow avalanches on Earth. But unlike their terrestrial counterparts, no accumulation occurs at the bottom. The dust particles are so small that they are easily launched into the thin atmosphere where they remain suspended and ultimately blow away. The apparent darkness of the avalanche scars is due to the presence of relatively dark underlying material that becomes exposed following the passage of the avalanche. Over time, new dust deposition occurs, brightening the scars until they fade into the background. Although dark slope streaks had been observed in Viking mission images, a clear understanding of this dynamic phenomenon wasn't possible until the much higher resolution images from the Mars Global Surveyor MOC camera revealed the details. MOC images also showed that new avalanches have occurred during the time MGS has been in orbit. THEMIS images will allow additional mapping of their distribution and frequency, contributing new insights about Martian dust avalanches. The Story The stiff peaks in this image might remind you of the Alps here on Earth, but they really outline the choppy edge of a large Martian crater over 50 miles wide (seen in the context image at right). While these aren't the Alps, you will find quite a few avalanches. Avalanches of dust, however, not snow. Martian dust can become so thick in this area that it eventually slides down the steep slopes, creating runaway avalanches of dust. No dedicated, Swiss-like avalanche rescue teams would be needed much on Mars, however. Unlike snow, the dust doesn't pile up and accumulate at the bottom. Instead, dust particles are so small that they get launched into the atmosphere where they remain suspended until . . . poof! They are blown away and distributed lightly elsewhere. For evidence of past avalanches, check out the dark streaks running down the bright, sunlit slopes (western side of the peaks about 1/3 of the way down the image). These avalanche scars are dark because the underlying surface is not as bright as the removed dust. Eventually, new dust will settle over these scars, and the streaks will brighten until they fade into the background. The neat thing is that we'll be able to see all of these changes happening over time. Our current two Mars orbiters (called Mars Global Surveyor and 2001 Mars Odyssey) are showing that avalanche action is happening right now, all of the time on Mars. For example, the camera on Mars Global Surveyor has already taken pictures of the Martian surface in some areas that showed no avalanches - the first time the picture was snapped, that is. The next time around, the camera took a picture of the same area, only voila! New streaks, meaning new avalanches! That's why it can be so exciting to look at the Martian landscape over time to see how it changes. The THEMIS camera on Odyssey will continue to map out the places where the avalanches occur and how often. This information will really help scientists understand how dust is works to shape the terrain and to influence the Martian climate as it constantly swings into the atmosphere, falls down to the ground, and rises back up again. Stay tuned to see if you too can pick out the changes over time!

  13. Avalanche Photodiode Statistics in Triggered-avalanche Detection Mode

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    Tan, H. H.

    1984-01-01

    The output of a triggered avalanche mode avalanche photodiode is modeled as Poisson distributed primary avalanche events plus conditionally Poisson distributed trapped carrier induced secondary events. The moment generating function as well as the mean and variance of the diode output statistics are derived. The dispersion of the output statistics is shown to always exceed that of the Poisson distribution. Several examples are considered in detail.

  14. Asymmetric Abelian Avalanches and Sandpiles Andrei Gabrielov

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    Gabrielov, Andrei

    Asymmetric Abelian Avalanches and Sandpiles Andrei Gabrielov Mathematical Sciences Institute consider two classes of threshold failure models, Abel- ian avalanches and sandpiles, with the redistribution matrices satisfying nat- ural conditions guaranteeing absence of infinite avalanches. We

  15. Exclusion processes with avalanches.

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    Bhat, Uttam; Krapivsky, P L

    2014-07-01

    In an exclusion process with avalanches, when a particle hops to a neighboring empty site which is adjacent to an island the particle on the other end of the island immediately hops, and if it joins another island this triggers another hop. There are no restrictions on the length of the islands and the duration of the avalanche. This process is well defined in the low-density region ? < 1/2. We describe the nature of steady states (on a ring) and determine all correlation functions. For the asymmetric version of the process, we compute the steady state current, and we describe shock and rarefaction waves which arise in the evolution of the step-function initial profile. For the symmetric version, we determine the diffusion coefficient and examine the evolution of a tagged particle. PMID:25122277

  16. Laboratory singing sand avalanches.

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    Dagois-Bohy, Simon; Ngo, Sandrine; du Pont, Sylvain Courrech; Douady, Stéphane

    2010-02-01

    Some desert sand dunes have the peculiar ability to emit a loud sound up to 110 dB, with a well-defined frequency: this phenomenon, known since early travelers (Darwin, Marco Polo, etc.), has been called the song of dunes. But only in late 19th century scientific observations were made, showing three important characteristics of singing dunes: first, not all dunes sing, but all the singing dunes are composed of dry and well-sorted sand; second, this sound occurs spontaneously during avalanches on a slip face; third this is not the only way to produce sound with this sand. More recent field observations have shown that during avalanches, the sound frequency does not depend on the dune size or shape, but on the grain diameter only, and scales as the square root of g/d--with g the gravity and d the diameter of the grains--explaining why all the singing dunes in the same vicinity sing at the same frequency. We have been able to reproduce these singing avalanches in laboratory on a hard plate, which made possible to study them more accurately than on the field. Signals of accelerometers at the flowing surface of the avalanche are compared to signals of microphones placed above, and it evidences a very strong vibration of the flowing layer at the same frequency as on the field, responsible for the emission of sound. Moreover, other characteristics of the booming dunes are reproduced and analyzed, such as a threshold under which no sound is produced, or beats in the sound that appears when the flow is too large. Finally, the size of the coherence zones emitting sound has been measured and discussed. PMID:19880153

  17. Hebes Chasma Dust Avalanches

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    2005-01-01

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    Dust avalanches, also called slope streaks, occur on many Martian terrains. The deposition of airborne dust on surfaces causes a bright tone in the THEMIS VIS images. Any movement of the dust downhill, a dust avalanche, will leave behind a streak where the darker, dust-free surface is exposed.

    These dust avalanches are located in Hebes Chasma.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -1.4, Longitude 286.6 East (73.4 West). 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  18. Triangular avalanches and uphill instabilities

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    Jean-Philippe Bouchaud; Michael Cates

    1998-01-14

    Recent experiments show that an avalanche initiated from a point source propagates downwards by invading a triangular shaped region. The opening angle of this triangle appears to reach 180$^o$ for a critical inclination of the pile, beyond which avalanches also propage upwards. We propose a simple interpretation of these observations, based on an extension of a phenomenological model for surface flows.

  19. Tikhonravov Crater Dust Avalanches

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    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Dust avalanches, also called slope streaks, occur on many Martian terrains. The deposition of airborne dust on surfaces causes a bright tone in the THEMIS VIS images. Any movement of the dust downhill, a dust avalanche, will leave behind a streak where the darker, dust-free surface is exposed.

    These dust avalanches are located within a small crater inside Tikhonravov Crater.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 12.6, Longitude 37.1 East (322.9 West). 36 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  20. Crater Dust Avalanches

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Dust avalanches, also called slope streaks, occur on many Martian terrains. The deposition of airborne dust on surfaces causes a bright tone in the THEMIS VIS images. Any movement of the dust downhill, a dust avalanche, will leave behind a streak where the darker, dust-free surface is exposed.

    These dust avalanches are located in a small canyon within a crater rim northeast of Naktong Vallis.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 7.1, Longitude 34.7 East (325.3 West). 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  1. Crater Dust Avalanches

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Dust avalanches, also called slope streaks, occur on many Martian terrains. The deposition of airborne dust on surfaces causes a bright tone in the THEMIS VIS images. Any movement of the dust downhill, a dust avalanche, will leave behind a streak where the darker, dust-free surface is exposed.

    This region of dust avalanches is located in and around a crater to the west of yesterday's image.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 14.7, Longitude 32.7 East (327.3 West). 18 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  2. Lycus Sulci Dust Avalanches

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    Dust avalanches, also called slope streaks, occur on many Martian terrains. The deposition of airborne dust on surfaces causes a bright tone in the THEMIS VIS images. Any movement of the dust downhill, a dust avalanche, will leave behind a streak where the darker, dust-free surface is exposed.

    These dust avalanches occur on the slopes of Lycus Sulci near Olympus Mons.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 28.1, Longitude 220.4 East (139.6 West). 18 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  3. Integrated avalanche photodiode arrays

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    Harmon, Eric S.

    2015-07-07

    The present disclosure includes devices for detecting photons, including avalanche photon detectors, arrays of such detectors, and circuits including such arrays. In some aspects, the detectors and arrays include a virtual beveled edge mesa structure surrounded by resistive material damaged by ion implantation and having side wall profiles that taper inwardly towards the top of the mesa structures, or towards the direction from which the ion implantation occurred. Other aspects are directed to masking and multiple implantation and/or annealing steps. Furthermore, methods for fabricating and using such devices, circuits and arrays are disclosed.

  4. Abelian Avalanches and Tutte Polynomials Andrei Gabrielov

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    Gabrielov, Andrei

    Abelian Avalanches and Tutte Polynomials Andrei Gabrielov Department of Geology, Cornell University of deterministic lattice models of failure, Abelian avalanche (AA) models, with continuous phase variables, similar and statistical properties of avalanches in these models. We show that the distributions of avalanches in AA

  5. Technological advances in avalanche survival.

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    Radwin, Martin I; Grissom, Colin K

    2002-01-01

    Over the last decade, a proliferation of interest has emerged in the area of avalanche survival, yielding both an improved understanding of the pathophysiology of death after avalanche burial and technological advances in the development of survival equipment. The dismal survival statistics born out of the modern era of winter recreation unmistakably reveal that elapsed time and depth of burial are the most critical variables of survival and the focus of newer survival devices on the market. Although blunt trauma may kill up to one third of avalanche victims, early asphyxiation is the predominant mechanism of death, and hypothermia is rare. A survival plateau or delay in asphyxiation may be seen in those buried in respiratory communication with an air pocket until a critical accumulation of CO2 or an ice lens develops. The newest survival devices available for adjunctive protection, along with a transceiver and shovel, are the artificial air pocket device (AvaLung), the avalanche air bag system (ABS), and the Avalanche Ball. The artificial air pocket prolongs adequate respiration during snow burial and may improve survival by delaying asphyxiation. The ABS, which forces the wearer to the surface of the avalanche debris by inverse segregation to help prevent burial, has been in use in Europe for the last 10 years with an impressive track record. Finally, the Avalanche Ball is a visual locator device in the form of a spring-loaded ball attached to a tether, which is released from a fanny pack by a rip cord. Despite the excitement surrounding these novel technologies, avalanche avoidance through knowledge and conservative judgment will always be the mainstay of avalanche survival, never to be replaced by any device. PMID:12092969

  6. Neuronal avalanches and learning

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    de Arcangelis, Lucilla

    2011-05-01

    Networks of living neurons represent one of the most fascinating systems of biology. If the physical and chemical mechanisms at the basis of the functioning of a single neuron are quite well understood, the collective behaviour of a system of many neurons is an extremely intriguing subject. Crucial ingredient of this complex behaviour is the plasticity property of the network, namely the capacity to adapt and evolve depending on the level of activity. This plastic ability is believed, nowadays, to be at the basis of learning and memory in real brains. Spontaneous neuronal activity has recently shown features in common to other complex systems. Experimental data have, in fact, shown that electrical information propagates in a cortex slice via an avalanche mode. These avalanches are characterized by a power law distribution for the size and duration, features found in other problems in the context of the physics of complex systems and successful models have been developed to describe their behaviour. In this contribution we discuss a statistical mechanical model for the complex activity in a neuronal network. The model implements the main physiological properties of living neurons and is able to reproduce recent experimental results. Then, we discuss the learning abilities of this neuronal network. Learning occurs via plastic adaptation of synaptic strengths by a non-uniform negative feedback mechanism. The system is able to learn all the tested rules, in particular the exclusive OR (XOR) and a random rule with three inputs. The learning dynamics exhibits universal features as function of the strength of plastic adaptation. Any rule could be learned provided that the plastic adaptation is sufficiently slow.

  7. Culling avalanches in bootstrap percolation

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    Farrow, C.; Duxbury, P. M.; Moukarzel, Cristian F.

    2005-12-01

    We study the culling avalanches which occur after the “death” of a single randomly chosen site in a network where sites are unstable, and are culled, if they have coordination less than an integer parameter m . Avalanche distributions are presented for triangular and cubic lattices for values of m where the associated bootstrap transitions are either first or second order. In second order cases, the culling avalanche distribution is found to be exponential, while in first order cases it follows a power law. We present an exact relation between culling avalanches and conventional bootstrap percolation and show that a relation proposed by Manna [Physica A 261, 351 (1998)] can be a good approximation for strongly first order bootstrap transitions but not for continuous bootstrap transitions.

  8. Neuronal avalanches and coherence potentials

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    Plenz, D.

    2012-05-01

    The mammalian cortex consists of a vast network of weakly interacting excitable cells called neurons. Neurons must synchronize their activities in order to trigger activity in neighboring neurons. Moreover, interactions must be carefully regulated to remain weak (but not too weak) such that cascades of active neuronal groups avoid explosive growth yet allow for activity propagation over long-distances. Such a balance is robustly realized for neuronal avalanches, which are defined as cortical activity cascades that follow precise power laws. In experiments, scale-invariant neuronal avalanche dynamics have been observed during spontaneous cortical activity in isolated preparations in vitro as well as in the ongoing cortical activity of awake animals and in humans. Theory, models, and experiments suggest that neuronal avalanches are the signature of brain function near criticality at which the cortex optimally responds to inputs and maximizes its information capacity. Importantly, avalanche dynamics allow for the emergence of a subset of avalanches, the coherence potentials. They emerge when the synchronization of a local neuronal group exceeds a local threshold, at which the system spawns replicas of the local group activity at distant network sites. The functional importance of coherence potentials will be discussed in the context of propagating structures, such as gliders in balanced cellular automata. Gliders constitute local population dynamics that replicate in space after a finite number of generations and are thought to provide cellular automata with universal computation. Avalanches and coherence potentials are proposed to constitute a modern framework of cortical synchronization dynamics that underlies brain function.

  9. Ultraviolet avalanche photodiodes

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    McClintock, Ryan; Razeghi, Manijeh

    2015-08-01

    The III-Nitride material system is rapidly maturing; having proved itself as a material for LEDs and laser, and now finding use in the area of UV photodetectors. However, many UV applications are still dominated by the use of photomultiplier tubes (PMT). PMTs are capable of obtaining very high sensitivity using internal electron multiplication gain (typically ~106). It is highly desirable to develop a compact semiconductor-based photodetector capable of realizing this level of sensitivity. In principle, this can be obtained in III-Nitrides by taking advantage of avalanche multiplication under high electric fields - typically 2.7 MV/cm, which with proper design can correspond to an external reverse bias of less than 100 volts. In this talk, we review the current state-of-the-art in III-Nitride solar- and visible-blind APDs, and present our latest results on GaN APDs grown on both conventional sapphire and low dislocation density free-standing c- and m-plane GaN substrates. Leakage current, gain, and single photon detection efficiency (SPDE) of these APDs were compared. The spectral response and Geiger-mode photon counting performance of UV APDs are studied under low photon fluxes, with single photon detection capabilities as much as 30% being demonstrated in smaller devices. Geiger-mode operation conditions are optimized for enhanced SPDE.

  10. Spatiotemporal recurrences of sandpile avalanches

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    Tarun, Anjali B.; Paguirigan, Antonino A.; Batac, Rene C.

    2015-10-01

    We study the space and time properties of avalanches in a continuous sandpile model by constructing a temporally directed network linking together the recurrent avalanche events based on their spatial separation. We use two different criteria for network construction: a later event is connected to a previous one if it is either nearest or farthest from it among all the later events. With this, we observe scale-free regimes emerge as characterized by the following power-law exponents: (a) ? = 1.7 for the avalanche size distributions; (b) ?F = 2.1 in the in-degree distribution of farthest recurrences; (c) ? = 1 for the separation distances; and (d) ? = 1 for the temporal separations of recurrences. Our results agree with earlier observations that describe the sandpile avalanches as repulsive events, i.e. the next avalanche is more likely to be physically separated from an earlier one. These observations, which are not captured by usual interoccurrence statistics and by random connection mechanisms, suggest an underlying spatiotemporal organization in the sandpile that makes it useful for modeling real-world systems.

  11. Evolution of locally excited avalanches in semiconductors

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    Z. L. Yuan; J. F. Dynes; A. W. Sharpe; A. J. Shields

    2010-05-25

    We show that semiconductor avalanche photodiodes can exhibit diminutive amplification noise during the early evolution of avalanches. The noise is so low that the number of locally excited charges that seed each avalanche can be resolved. These findings constitute an important first step towards realization of a solid-state noiseless amplifier. Moreover, we believe that the experimental setup used, \\textit{i.e.}, time-resolving locally excited avalanches, will become a useful tool for optimizing the number resolution.

  12. First Sentinel-1 detections of avalanche debris

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    Malnes, E.; Eckerstorfer, M.; Vickers, H.

    2015-03-01

    Snow avalanches are natural hazards, occurring in snow covered mountain terrain worldwide. Present avalanche research and forecasting relies on complete avalanche activity records in a given area over an entire winter season, which cannot be provided with traditional, mainly field based methods. Remote sensing, using weather, and light independent SAR satellites has the potential of filling these data gaps, however, to date their use was limited by high acquisition costs, long repeat cycles, and small ground swath. Sentinel-1A (S1A), on the other hand, operational since October 2014 provides free-of-charge, 20 m spatial resolution, 250 km × 150 km ground swath images every 12 days. In this paper, we present for the first time, that it is possible to detect avalanche debris using S1A images. We successfully apply a change detection method that enhances avalanche debris zones, by comparing repeat pass images before and after the avalanche occurred. Due to the increase in backscatter from avalanche debris, manual detection is possible. With this first proof-of-concept, we show the detection of 489 avalanche debris zones in a S1A image from 6 January 2015, covering the counties Troms and parts of Nordland in Northern Norway. We validate our avalanche detection using very high resolution Radarsat-2 Ultrafine images, as well as extensive field reconnaissance. Our results give us confidence, that S1A detection of avalanches is a critical step towards operational use of SAR avalanche detection in avalanche forecasting.

  13. Advances in Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors

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    A. Buzulutskov

    2015-03-29

    Cryogenic Avalanche Detectors (CRADs) are referred to as a new class of noble-gas detectors operated at cryogenic temperatures with electron avalanching performed directly in the detection medium, the latter being in gaseous, liquid or two-phase (liquid-gas) state. Electron avalanching is provided by Micro-Pattern Gas Detector (MPGD) multipliers, in particular GEMs and THGEMs, operated at cryogenic temperatures in dense noble gases. The final goal for this kind of detectors is the development of large-volume detectors of ultimate sensitivity for rare-event experiments and medical applications, such as coherent neutrino-nucleus scattering, direct dark matter search, astrophysical (solar and supernova) neutrino detection experiments and Positron Emission Tomography technique. This review is the first attempt to summarize the results on CRAD performances obtained by different groups. A brief overview of the available CRAD concepts is also given and the most remarkable CRAD physics effects are discussed.

  14. Avalanche Collapse of Interdependent Network

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    G. J. Baxter; S. N. Dorogovtsev; A. V. Goltsev; J. F. F. Mendes

    2012-12-14

    We reveal the nature of the avalanche collapse of the giant viable component in multiplex networks under perturbations such as random damage. Specifically, we identify latent critical clusters associated with the avalanches of random damage. Divergence of their mean size signals the approach to the hybrid phase transition from one side, while there are no critical precursors on the other side. We find that this discontinuous transition occurs in scale-free multiplex networks whenever the mean degree of at least one of the interdependent networks does not diverge.

  15. A branching process model for sand avalanches

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    Garcia-Pelayo, R.; Salazar, I.; Schieve, W.C. )

    1993-07-01

    An analytically solvable model for sand avalanches of noninteracting grains of sand, based on the Chapman-Kolmogorov equations, is presented. For a single avalanche, distributions of lifetimes, sizes of overflows and avalanches, and correlation functions are calculated. Some of these are exponentials, some are power laws. Spatially homogeneous distributions of avalanches are also studied. Computer simulations of avalanches of interacting grains of sand are compared to the solutions to the Chapman-Kolmogorov equations. It is found that within the range of parameters explored in the simulation, the approximation of noninteracting grains of sand is a good one. 20 refs., 4 figs.

  16. Retrieving avalanche basal friction law parameters from high rate positioning of avalanches

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    Pulfer, Gaëtan; Naaim, Mohamed; Thibert, Emmanuel; Soruco, Alvaro

    2015-04-01

    The Voellmy avalanche basal friction parameters are retrieved from high rate positioning of artificially released avalanches. Avalanche fronts were tracked thanks to an accurate photogrammetric system set up at the Lautaret full-scale avalanche test-site (French Alps). Couples of images were acquired at 1 frame per second with 2 APS-C DSLR synchronized cameras set at 800 meters from the avalanche track. The avalanche height and velocity are also measured at a fixed location in the avalanche track. Rheological parameters of the avalanche flow are reconstructed by an inverse optimization method using these in situ data. The direct model is a Saint-Venant type model were basal friction is parameterized according to the Voellmy's friction law. A Sensitivity analysis of the friction parameters is conducted and theirs uncertainty are determined. Finally the results obtained from different avalanches are compared and discussed.

  17. Crossover behavior in failure avalanches

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    Srutarshi Pradhan; Alex Hansen; Per C. Hemmer

    2006-03-23

    Composite materials, with statistically distributed threshold for breakdown of individual elements, are considered. During the failure process of such materials under external stress (load or voltage), avalanches consisting of simultaneous rupture of several elements occur, with a distribution $D(\\Delta)$ of the magnitude $\\Delta$ of such avalanches. The distribution is typically a power law $D(\\Delta)\\propto\\Delta^{-\\xi}$. For the systems we study here, a crossover behavior is seen between two power laws, with a small exponent $\\xi$ in the vicinity of complete breakdown and a larger exponent $\\xi$ for failures away from the breakdown point. We demonstrate this analytically for bundles of many fibers where the load is uniformly distributed among the surviving fibers. In this case $\\xi=3/2$ near the breakdown point and $\\xi=5/2$ away from it. The latter is known to be the generic behavior. This crossover is a signal of imminent catastrophic failure of the material. Near the breakdown point, avalanche statistics show nontrivial finite size scaling. We observe similar crossover behavior in a network of electric fuses, and find $\\xi=2$ near the catastrophic failure and $\\xi=3$ away from it. For this fuse model power dissipation avalanches show a similar crossover near breakdown.

  18. Volcano webcam down an avalanche

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    Surpisingly, the Webcam managed to stay on top as it rode the avalanche to the bottom of the crater. When the fume cleared, the broken legs of the tripod (center frame and slightly above and right of center) and the Webcam enclosure (just below the tripod legs at center) were visible on the rubble p...

  19. Lumped transmission line avalanche pulser

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    Booth, Rex (Livermore, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A lumped linear avalanche transistor pulse generator utilizes stacked transistors in parallel within a stage and couples a plurality of said stages, in series with increasing zener diode limited voltages per stage and decreasing balanced capacitance load per stage to yield a high voltage, high and constant current, very short pulse.

  20. Lumped transmission line avalanche pulser

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    Booth, R.

    1995-07-18

    A lumped linear avalanche transistor pulse generator utilizes stacked transistors in parallel within a stage and couples a plurality of said stages, in series with increasing zener diode limited voltages per stage and decreasing balanced capacitance load per stage to yield a high voltage, high and constant current, very short pulse. 8 figs.

  1. The Use of Dendrochronology to Determine Avalanche Frequency Along the Avalanche Path East of Balu Peak, Within

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    Smith, Dan

    1 The Use of Dendrochronology to Determine Avalanche Frequency Along the Avalanche Path East for avalanches and the frequency of avalanche events can help to mitigate this risk. Dendrochronology (the study the Balu trail in Glacier National Park using dendrochronological techniques, an avalanche history could

  2. Avalanche ecology and large magnitude avalanche events: Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

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    Fagre, Daniel B.; Peitzsch, Erich H.

    2010-01-01

    Large magnitude snow avalanches play an important role ecologically in terms of wildlife habitat, vegetation diversity, and sediment transport within a watershed. Ecological effects from these infrequent avalanches can last for decades. Understanding the frequency of such large magnitude avalanches is also critical to avalanche forecasting for the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR). In January 2009, a large magnitude avalanche cycle occurred in and around Glacier National Park, Montana. The study site is the Little Granite avalanche path located along the GTSR. The study is designed to quantify change in vegetative cover immediately after a large magnitude event and document ecological response over a multi-year period. GPS field mapping was completed to determine the redefined perimeter of the avalanche path. Vegetation was inventoried using modified U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis plots, cross sections were taken from over 100 dead trees throughout the avalanche path, and an avalanche chronology was developed. Initial results indicate that the perimeter of this path was expanded by 30%. The avalanche travelled approximately 1200 vertical meters and 3 linear kilometers. Stands of large conifers as old as 150 years were decimated by the avalanche, causing a shift in dominant vegetation types in many parts of the avalanche path. Woody debris is a major ground cover up to 3 m in depth on lower portions of the avalanche path and will likely affect tree regrowth. Monitoring and measuring the post-avalanche vegetation recovery of this particular avalanche path provides a unique dataset for determining the ecological role of avalanches in mountain landscapes.

  3. Spontaneous cortical activity in awake monkeys composed of neuronal avalanches

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    Lin, Kevin K.

    Spontaneous cortical activity in awake monkeys composed of neuronal avalanches Thomas Petermanna that spontaneous activity forms characteristic clusters in space and time, called neuronal avalanches. Modeling processing, information storage, and transfer, but the relevance of avalanches for fully functional cerebral

  4. Snowfall and avalanche synchronization: beyond observational statistics

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    Crouzy, Benoît; Forclaz, Romain; Sovilla, Betty; Corripio, Javier; Perona, Paolo

    2015-04-01

    We present a methodology for quantifying the synchronization between snowfall and avalanches in relation to slope and terrain properties at the detachment zone. Focusing on a particular field situation (SLF study site, Vallée de la Sionne, Valais, Switzerland), we present a dataset consisting of 549 avalanche events and use a stochastic framework (Perona et al., Proceedings of the Royal Society A, 2012) for capturing the avalanche statistics with a minimal number of ingredients. Over the observation period (7 years), meteorological data was collected and pictures of the slope were taken every 30 minutes. For the avalanche events, slope, aspect, coordinates and altitude of the detachment zone are available from georeferenced images, and the timing of the events can be obtained from selecting the images before and after avalanche events. All model parameters can directly be computed from meteorological data (snow depth evolution), except for one parameter: the state-dependent avalanche release rate, which aggregates the influence of slope and terrain properties. From the timing distribution of the precipitation events and of the avalanche events, we calibrate the model and fix the value of the missing parameter by maximizing the likelihood of the field observations, conditional to the value of the model parameter. We carefully discuss confidence intervals for our parameter estimation. The calibrated model allows us to obtain statistical properties of the avalanches in our study site, beyond observational statistics. We compute the synchronization between snowfall and avalanches for low and high slopes, which in turn allows us to derive the return period of avalanche events (dependent and independent on the release depth). We obtain the critical event magnitude above which the return period of avalanche events with release depth h* is shorter than the return period of snowfall with equal deposited snow depth h*. Finally, using the concept of information entropy, we quantify the uncertainty in predicting the occurrence of an avalanche from the observation of snowfall.

  5. Dynamic and instability of submarine avalanches

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    F. Malloggi; J. Lanuza; B. Andreotti; E. Clément

    2005-04-21

    We perform a laboratory-scale experiment of submarine avalanches on a rough inclined plane. A sediment layer is prepared and thereafter tilted up to an angle lower than the spontaneous avalanche angle. The sediment is scrapped until an avalanche is triggered. Based on the stability diagram of the sediment layer, we investigate different structures for the avalanche front dynamics. First we see a straight front descending the slope, and then a transverse instability occurs. Eventually, a fingering instability shows up similar to rivulets appearing for a viscous fluid flowing down an incline. The mechanisms leading to this new instability and the wavelength selection are discussed.

  6. Shocks Generate Crossover Behaviour In Lattice Avalanches

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    James Burridge

    2013-10-30

    A spatial avalanche model is introduced, in which avalanches increase stability in the regions where they occur. Instability is driven globally by a driving process that contains shocks. The system is typically subcritical, but the shocks occasionally lift it into a near or super critical state from which it rapidly retreats due to large avalanches. These shocks leave behind a signature -- a distinct power--law crossover in the avalanche size distribution. The model is inspired by landslide field data, but the principles may be applied to any system that experiences stabilizing failures, possesses a critical point, and is subject to an ongoing process of destabilization which includes occasional dramatic destabilizing events.

  7. Time Directed Avalanches in Invasion Models

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    Maslov, S. Department of Physics, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11794 )

    1995-01-23

    We define forward and backward time-directed avalanches for a broad class of self-organized critical models including invasion percolation, interface depinning, and a simple model of evolution. Although the geometrical properties of the avalanches do not change under time reversal, their stationary state statistical distribution does. The overall distribution of forward avalanches [ital P]([ital s])[similar to][ital s][sup [minus]2] is superuniversal in this class of models. The power-law exponent [pi] for the distribution of distances between subsequent active sites is derived from the properties of backward avalanches.

  8. Forest damage and snow avalanche flow regime

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    Feistl, T.; Bebi, P.; Christen, M.; Margreth, S.; Diefenbach, L.; Bartelt, P.

    2015-01-01

    Snow avalanches break, uproot and overturn trees causing damage to forests. The extent of forest damage provides useful information on avalanche frequency and intensity. However, impact forces depend on avalanche flow regime. In this paper, we define avalanche loading cases representing four different avalanche flow regimes: powder, intermittent, dry and wet. In the powder regime, the blast of the cloud can produce large bending moments in the tree stem because of the impact area extending over the entire tree crown. We demonstrate that intermittent granular loadings are equivalent to low-density uniform dry snow loadings under the assumption of homogeneous particle distributions. In the wet snow case, avalanche pressure is calculated using a quasi-static model accounting for the motion of plug-like wet snow flows. Wet snow pressure depends both on avalanche volume and terrain features upstream of the tree. Using a numerical model that simulates both powder and wet snow avalanches, we study documented events with forest damage. We find (1) powder clouds with velocities over 20 m s-1 can break tree stems, (2) the intermittent regime seldom controls tree breakage and (3) quasi-static pressures of wet snow avalanches can be much higher than pressures calculated using dynamic pressure formulas.

  9. Remote detection of artificially triggered avalanches below a fixed avalanche control installation

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    van Herwijnen, Alec; Simioni, Stephan; Schweizer, Juerg

    2014-05-01

    Avalanche control by explosives is widely used as a temporary preventive measure to reduce avalanche hazard. The goal is to artificially trigger smaller less destructive avalanches, by detonating charges either above or on the snow surface. Hand charges are most often used, whereby the explosives are deployed by manually hand tossing or lowering onto the snow slope. Given the inherent dangers and limitations of this type of avalanche control, fixed avalanche control installations are increasingly used. These consist of strategically placed remote controlled installations that generate an explosion above the snow pack in an avalanche starting zone. While fixed installations can be used at any time and minimize the risk to avalanche control personnel, visual confirmation is still required to verify if an avalanche released. In order to remotely detect artificially triggered avalanches, we therefore developed a low-cost seismic monitoring system. We deployed the monitoring system in a ski area above the town of Davos , in the eastern Swiss Alps, below a Gazex installation, a remote controlled installation that generates an air blast by detonating a fuel-air explosive above the snow pack. The monitoring system consists of three vertical component geophones inserted in the ground at approximately 14, 27 and 46 meters from the Gazex installation. Our results show that, despite the relatively low precision of the monitoring equipment, both the detonation and the resulting avalanches can clearly be identified in the seismic data. Specifically, detonations are characterized by short, high amplitude broadband signals, while avalanches generate much longer, low frequency signals. Furthermore, information on the size of the artificially triggered avalanches is also obtained as it directly relates to the duration of the generated seismic signal. The overall goal is to assess the effectiveness of the fixed avalanche control installation with regards to yield (i.e. number of avalanches triggered per explosion) and avalanche size.

  10. On the temporal organization of neuronal avalanches.

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    Lombardi, Fabrizio; Herrmann, Hans J; Plenz, Dietmar; De Arcangelis, Lucilla

    2014-01-01

    Spontaneous activity of cortex in vitro and in vivo has been shown to organize as neuronal avalanches. Avalanches are cascades of neuronal activity that exhibit a power law in their size and duration distribution, typical features of balanced systems in a critical state. Recently it has been shown that the distribution of quiet times between consecutive avalanches in rat cortex slice cultures displays a non-monotonic behavior with a power law decay at short time scales. This behavior has been attributed to the slow alternation between up and down-states. Here we further characterize the avalanche process and investigate how the functional behavior of the quiet time distribution depends on the fine structure of avalanche sequences. By systematically removing smaller avalanches from the experimental time series we show that size and quiet times are correlated and highlight that avalanche occurrence exhibits the characteristic periodicity of ? and ?/? oscillations, which jointly emerge in most of the analyzed samples. Furthermore, our analysis indicates that smaller avalanches tend to be associated with faster ?/? oscillations, whereas larger ones are associated with slower ? and 1-2 Hz oscillations. In particular, large avalanches corresponding to ? cycles trigger cascades of smaller ones, which occur at ?/? frequency. This temporal structure follows closely the one of nested ? - ?/? oscillations. Finally we demonstrate that, because of the multiple time scales characterizing avalanche dynamics, the distributions of quiet times between avalanches larger than a certain size do not collapse onto a unique function when rescaled by the average occurrence rate. However, when considered separately in the up-state and in the down-state, these distributions are solely controlled by the respective average rate and two different unique function can be identified. PMID:25389393

  11. Avalanche dynamics on a rough inclined plane

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    Tamas Borzsonyi; Thomas C. Halsey; Robert E. Ecke

    2008-03-31

    Avalanche behavior of gravitationally-forced granular layers on a rough inclined plane are investigated experimentally for different materials and for a variety of grain shapes ranging from spherical beads to highly anisotropic particles with dendritic shape. We measure the front velocity, area and the height of many avalanches and correlate the motion with the area and height. We also measure the avalanche profiles for several example cases. As the shape irregularity of the grains is increased, there is a dramatic qualitative change in avalanche properties. For rough non-spherical grains, avalanches are faster, bigger and overturning in the sense that individual particles have down-slope speeds $u_p$ that exceed the front speed $u_f$ as compared with avalanches of spherical glass beads that are quantitatively slower, smaller and where particles always travel slower than the front speed. There is a linear increase of three quantities i) dimensionless avalanche height ii) ratio of particle to front speed and iii) the growth rate of avalanche speed with increasing avalanche size with increasing $\\tan\\theta_r$ where $\\theta_r$ is the bulk angle of repose, or with increasing $\\beta_P$, the slope of the depth averaged flow rule, where both $\\theta_r$ and $\\beta_P$ reflect the grain shape irregularity. These relations provide a tool for predicting important dynamical properties of avalanches as a function of grain shape irregularity. A relatively simple depth-averaged theoretical description captures some important elements of the avalanche motion, notably the existence of two regimes of this motion.

  12. Avalanche!--Teachable Moments in Outdoor Education

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    Galloway, Shayne

    2005-01-01

    Rarely do outdoor educators get the opportunity to safely incorporate an avalanche while the topic of the day is actually avalanche awareness and forecasting. Many similar possibilities exist in the expeditionary context, but even brief excursions may result in incredible learning experiences. These "teachable moments" occur regularly in the…

  13. Forest damage and snow avalanche flow regime

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    Feistl, T.; Bebi, P.; Christen, M.; Margreth, S.; Diefenbach, L.; Bartelt, P.

    2015-06-01

    Snow avalanches break, uproot and overturn trees causing damage to forests. The extent of forest damage provides useful information on avalanche frequency and intensity. However, impact forces depend on avalanche flow regime. In this paper, we define avalanche loading cases representing four different avalanche flow regimes: powder, intermittent, dry and wet. Using a numerical model that simulates both powder and wet snow avalanches, we study documented events with forest damage. First we show that in the powder regime, although the applied impact pressures can be small, large bending moments in the tree stem can be produced due to the torque action of the blast. The impact area of the blast extends over the entire tree crown. We find that, powder clouds with velocities over 20 m s-1 can break tree stems. Second we demonstrate that intermittent granular loadings are equivalent to low-density uniform dry snow loadings under the assumption of homogeneous particle distributions. The intermittent regime seldom controls tree breakage. Third we calculate quasi-static pressures of wet snow avalanches and show that they can be much higher than pressures calculated using dynamic pressure formulas. Wet snow pressure depends both on avalanche volume and terrain features upstream of the tree.

  14. GPS Tracking Performance under Avalanche Deposited Snow

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    Calgary, University of

    GPS Tracking Performance under Avalanche Deposited Snow John B. Schleppe and Gérard Lachapelle Positioning System (HSGPS) receivers under avalanche deposited snow was investigated. Two field trials were in the snow pack. GPS Signal attenuation of approximately 1.8 dB per metre of snow penetration was measured

  15. Avalanche in Adhesion at Metal Interfaces

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    Banerjea, Amitava; Good, Brian S.

    1994-01-01

    Simulations have shown that as two metal surfaces approach each other, the surface layers can avalanche together when the rigid interfacial spacing falls below a critical distance. This is accompanied by a discontinuous decrease in the adhesive energy. Here we present an examination of this phenomenon for the body centered cubic (BCC) metals Fe and W using the Equivalent Crystal Theory. In order to identify the circumstances under which avalanche might be inhibited, the effect of loss of registry between the two surfaces is investigated in detail. The avalanche is inhibited when the two surfaces are sufficiently far out of registry and when only a few layers near the surface are allowed to relax. As the relaxing slabs get thicker a sharp avalanche reappears. However, as the loss of registry increases the energy released in the avalanche decreases.

  16. Avalanche prediction in Self-organized systems

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    O. Ramos; E. Altshuler; K. J. Maloy

    2008-08-05

    It is a common belief that power-law distributed avalanches are inherently unpredictable. This idea affects phenomena as diverse as evolution, earthquakes, superconducting vortices, stock markets, etc; from atomic to social scales. It mainly comes from the concept of ``Self-organized criticality" (SOC), where criticality is interpreted in the way that at any moment, any small avalanche can eventually cascade into a large event. Nevertheless, this work demonstrates experimentally the possibility of avalanche prediction in the classical paradigm of SOC: a sandpile. By knowing the position of every grain in a two-dimensional pile, avalanches of moving grains follow a distinct power-law distribution. Large avalanches, although uncorrelated, are preceded by continuous, detectable variations in the internal structure of the pile that are monitored in order to achieve prediction.

  17. Thermal energy in dry snow avalanches

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    Steinkogler, W.; Sovilla, B.; Lehning, M.

    2015-09-01

    Avalanches can exhibit many different flow regimes from powder clouds to slush flows. Flow regimes are largely controlled by the properties of the snow released and entrained along the path. Recent investigations showed the temperature of the moving snow to be one of the most important factors controlling the mobility of the flow. The temperature of an avalanche is determined by the temperature of the released and entrained snow but also increases by frictional processes with time. For three artificially released avalanches, we conducted snow profiles along the avalanche track and in the deposition area, which allowed quantifying the temperature of the eroded snow layers. This data set allowed to calculate the thermal balance, from release to deposition, and to discuss the magnitudes of different sources of thermal energy of the avalanches. For the investigated dry avalanches, the thermal energy increase due to friction was mainly depending on the effective elevation drop of the mass of the avalanche with a warming of approximately 0.3 °C per 100 vertical metres. Contrarily, the temperature change due to entrainment varied for the individual avalanches, from -0.08 to 0.3 °C, and depended on the temperature of the snow along the path and the erosion depth. Infrared radiation thermography (IRT) was used to assess the surface temperature before, during and just after the avalanche with high spatial resolution. This data set allowed to identify the warmest temperatures to be located in the deposits of the dense core. Future research directions, especially for the application of IRT, in the field of thermal investigations in avalanche dynamics are discussed.

  18. Thermal energy in dry snow avalanches

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    Steinkogler, W.; Sovilla, B.; Lehning, M.

    2014-11-01

    Avalanches can exhibit many different flow regimes from powder clouds to slush flows. Flow regimes are largely controlled by the properties of the snow released and entrained along the path. Recent investigations showed the temperature of the moving snow to be one of the most important factors controlling the mobility of the flow. The temperature of an avalanche is determined by the temperature of the released and entrained snow but also increases by frictional and collisional processes with time. For three artificially released avalanches, we conducted snow profiles along the avalanche track and in the deposition area, which allowed quantifying the temperature of the eroded snow layers. Infrared radiation thermography (IRT) was used to assess the surface temperature before, during and just after the avalanche with high spatial resolution. This data set allowed to calculate the thermal balance, from release to deposition, and to discuss the magnitudes of different sources of thermal energy of the avalanches. We could confirm that, for the investigated dry avalanches, the thermal energy increase due to friction was mainly depending on the elevation drop of the avalanche with a warming of approximately 0.5 °C per 100 height meters. Contrary, warming due to entrainment was very specific to the individual avalanche and depended on the temperature of the snow along the path and the erosion depth ranging from nearly no warming to a maximum observed warming of 1 °C. Furthermore, we could observe the warmest temperatures are located in the deposits of the dense core. Future research directions, especially for the application of IRT, in the field of thermal investigations in avalanche dynamics are discussed.

  19. Identification of criticality in neuronal avalanches Luc Berthouze

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    Gorban, Alexander N.

    Identification of criticality in neuronal avalanches Luc Berthouze ! University of Sussex and UCL Institute of Child Health #12;What are neuronal avalanches? Beggs and Plenz (2003). J Neurosci 23 model Building a sandpile Avalanches Power-law distribution of avalanches · System is far away from

  20. Systems/Circuits Neuronal Avalanches in the Resting MEG of

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    Henson, Rik

    Systems/Circuits Neuronal Avalanches in the Resting MEG of the Human Brain Oren Shriki,1 Jeff of activity across many spatial scales, termed neuronal avalanches. In experiment and theory, avalanche.Itwasabsentinphase-shuffledcontrolswiththesamepowerspectrumoremptyscannerdata.Ourresultsdemonstratethat normal cortical activity in healthy human subjects at rest organizes as neuronal avalanches and is well

  1. Huge compact flux avalanches in superconducting Nb thin films

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    Huge compact flux avalanches in superconducting Nb thin films M.S. Welling *, R.J. Westerwaal, W avalanches (HCAs for brevity), very much like some snow-avalanches and unlike the rough dendritic flux of thermo-magnetic avalanches as proposed by Aranson et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 87 (2001) 067003

  2. Avalanches: A novice guide Avalanches are very complex phenomena and are certainly one of the major natural hazards

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    Moore, John

    Avalanches: A novice guide J.C. Moore Avalanches are very complex phenomena and are certainly one of the major natural hazards in mountain areas. Thousands of avalanches happen every year without causing any casualties or damage, however in the European Alps about 150 people are killed every year by snow avalanches

  3. Continuum description of avalanches in granular media.

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    Aranson, I. S.; Tsimring, L. S.

    2000-12-05

    A continuum theory of partially fluidized granular flows is proposed. The theory is based on a combination of the mass and momentum conservation equations with the order parameter equation which describes the transition between flowing and static components of the granular system. We apply this model to the dynamics of avalanches in chutes. The theory provides a quantitative description of recent observations of granular flows on rough inclined planes (Daerr and Douady 1999): layer bistability, and the transition from triangular avalanches propagating downhill at small inclination angles to balloon-shaped avalanches also propagating uphill for larger angles.

  4. Avalanches in vanadium sesquioxide nanodevices

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    Wang, Siming; Ramírez, Juan Gabriel; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2015-08-01

    The resistance versus temperature across the metal-insulator transition (MIT) of V2O3 nanodevices exhibits multiple discontinuous jumps. The jump sizes range over three orders of magnitude in resistance and their distribution follows a power law, implying that the MIT of V2O3 occurs through avalanches. While the maximum jump size depends on the device size, the power law exponent for V2O3 is independent of device geometry and different than the one found earlier in V O2 . A two-dimensional random percolation model exhibits a power law distribution different from the one found in V2O3 . Instead, the model gives a similar exponent found in another vanadium oxide, V O2 . Our results suggest that the MITs of V O2 and V2O3 are produced by different mechanisms.

  5. Initiation of immersed granular avalanches.

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    Mutabaruka, Patrick; Delenne, Jean-Yves; Soga, Kenichi; Radjai, Farhang

    2014-05-01

    By means of coupled molecular dynamics-computational fluid dynamics simulations, we analyze the initiation of avalanches in a granular bed of spherical particles immersed in a viscous fluid and inclined above its angle of repose. In quantitative agreement with experiments, we find that the bed is unstable for a packing fraction below 0.59 but is stabilized above this packing fraction by negative excess pore pressure induced by the effect of dilatancy. From detailed numerical data, we explore the time evolution of shear strain, packing fraction, excess pore pressures, and granular microstructure in this creeplike pressure redistribution regime, and we show that they scale excellently with a characteristic time extracted from a model based on the balance of granular stresses in the presence of a negative excess pressure and its interplay with dilatancy. The cumulative shear strain at failure is found to be ? 0.2, in close agreement with the experiments, irrespective of the initial packing fraction and inclination angle. Remarkably, the avalanche is triggered when dilatancy vanishes instantly as a result of fluctuations while the average dilatancy is still positive (expanding bed) with a packing fraction that declines with the initial packing fraction. Another nontrivial feature of this creeplike regime is that, in contrast to dry granular materials, the internal friction angle of the bed at failure is independent of dilatancy but depends on the inclination angle, leading therefore to a nonlinear dependence of the excess pore pressure on the inclination angle. We show that this behavior may be described in terms of the contact network anisotropy, which increases with a nearly constant connectivity and levels off at a value (critical state) that increases with the inclination angle. These features suggest that the behavior of immersed granular materials is controlled not only directly by hydrodynamic forces acting on the particles but also by the influence of the fluid on the granular microstructure. PMID:25353783

  6. Initiation of immersed granular avalanches

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    Mutabaruka, Patrick; Delenne, Jean-Yves; Soga, Kenichi; Radjai, Farhang

    2014-05-01

    By means of coupled molecular dynamics-computational fluid dynamics simulations, we analyze the initiation of avalanches in a granular bed of spherical particles immersed in a viscous fluid and inclined above its angle of repose. In quantitative agreement with experiments, we find that the bed is unstable for a packing fraction below 0.59 but is stabilized above this packing fraction by negative excess pore pressure induced by the effect of dilatancy. From detailed numerical data, we explore the time evolution of shear strain, packing fraction, excess pore pressures, and granular microstructure in this creeplike pressure redistribution regime, and we show that they scale excellently with a characteristic time extracted from a model based on the balance of granular stresses in the presence of a negative excess pressure and its interplay with dilatancy. The cumulative shear strain at failure is found to be ?0.2, in close agreement with the experiments, irrespective of the initial packing fraction and inclination angle. Remarkably, the avalanche is triggered when dilatancy vanishes instantly as a result of fluctuations while the average dilatancy is still positive (expanding bed) with a packing fraction that declines with the initial packing fraction. Another nontrivial feature of this creeplike regime is that, in contrast to dry granular materials, the internal friction angle of the bed at failure is independent of dilatancy but depends on the inclination angle, leading therefore to a nonlinear dependence of the excess pore pressure on the inclination angle. We show that this behavior may be described in terms of the contact network anisotropy, which increases with a nearly constant connectivity and levels off at a value (critical state) that increases with the inclination angle. These features suggest that the behavior of immersed granular materials is controlled not only directly by hydrodynamic forces acting on the particles but also by the influence of the fluid on the granular microstructure.

  7. Shocks generate crossover behavior in lattice avalanches.

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    Burridge, James

    2013-11-22

    A spatial avalanche model is introduced, in which avalanches increase stability in the regions where they occur. Instability is driven globally by a driving process that contains shocks. The system is typically subcritical, but the shocks occasionally lift it into a near- or supercritical state from which it rapidly retreats due to large avalanches. These shocks leave behind a signature-a distinct power-law crossover in the avalanche size distribution. The model is inspired by landslide field data, but the principles may be applied to any system that experiences stabilizing failures, possesses a critical point, and is subject to an ongoing process of destabilization that includes occasional dramatic destabilizing events. PMID:24313528

  8. Avalanche dynamics of fiber bundle models.

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    Hidalgo, R C; Kun, F; Kovács, K; Pagonabarraga, I

    2009-11-01

    We present a detailed analytical and numerical study of the avalanche distributions of the continuous damage fiber bundle model (CDFBM). Linearly elastic fibers undergo a series of partial failure events which give rise to a gradual degradation of their stiffness. We show that the model reproduces a wide range of mechanical behaviors. We find that macroscopic hardening and plastic responses are characterized by avalanche distributions, which exhibit an algebraic decay with exponents between 5/2 and 2 different from those observed in mean-field fiber bundle models. We also derive analytically the phase diagram of a family of CDFBM which covers a large variety of potential avalanche size distributions. Our results provide a unified view of the statistics of breaking avalanches in fiber bundle models. PMID:20364948

  9. Electrothermal simulation of superconducting nanowire avalanche photodetectors

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    Marsili, Francesco

    We developed an electrothermal model of NbN superconducting nanowire avalanche photodetectors (SNAPs) on sapphire substrates. SNAPs are single-photon detectors consisting of the parallel connection of N superconducting ...

  10. Piling and avalanches of magnetized particles

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    S. Fazekas; J. Kertész; D. E. Wolf

    2004-04-09

    We performed computer simulations based on a two-dimensional Distinct Element Method to study granular systems of magnetized spherical particles. We measured the angle of repose and the surface roughness of particle piles, and we studied the effect of magnetization on avalanching. We report linear dependence of both angle of repose and surface roughness on the ratio $f$ of the magnetic dipole interaction and the gravitational force (\\emph{interparticle force ratio}). There is a difference in avalanche formation at small and at large interparticle force ratios. The transition is at $f_c \\approx 7$. For $f avalanches leave the system in a quasi-continuous granular flow (\\emph{granular regime}), while for $f > f_c$ the avalanches are formed by long particle clusters (\\emph{correlated regime}). The transition is not sharp. We give plausible estimates for $f_c$ based on stability criteria.

  11. Laboratory study of avalanches in magnetized plasmas.

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    Van Compernolle, B; Morales, G J; Maggs, J E; Sydora, R D

    2015-03-01

    It is demonstrated that a novel heating configuration applied to a large and cold magnetized plasma allows the study of avalanche phenomena under controlled conditions. Intermittent collapses of the plasma pressure profile, associated with unstable drift-Alfvén waves, exhibit a two-slope power-law spectrum with exponents near -1 at lower frequencies and in the range of -2 to -4 at higher frequencies. A detailed mapping of the spatiotemporal evolution of a single avalanche event is presented. PMID:25871044

  12. Modeling temporal fluctuations in avalanching systems.

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    Rypdal, M; Rypdal, K

    2008-11-01

    We demonstrate how to model the toppling activity in avalanching systems by stochastic differential equations (SDEs). The theory is developed as a generalization of the classical mean-field approach to sandpile dynamics by formulating it as a generalization of Itô's SDE. This equation contains a fractional Gaussian noise term representing the branching of an avalanche into small active clusters and a drift term reflecting the tendency for small avalanches to grow and large avalanches to be constricted by the finite system size. If one defines avalanching to take place when the toppling activity exceeds a certain threshold, the stochastic model allows us to compute the avalanche exponents in the continuum limit as functions of the Hurst exponent of the noise. The results are found to agree well with numerical simulations in the Bak-Tang-Wiesenfeld and Zhang sandpile models. The stochastic model also provides a method for computing the probability density functions of the fluctuations in the toppling activity itself. We show that the sandpiles do not belong to the class of phenomena giving rise to universal non-Gaussian probability density functions for the global activity. Moreover, we demonstrate essential differences between the fluctuations of total kinetic energy in a two-dimensional turbulence simulation and the toppling activity in sandpiles. PMID:19113115

  13. Prehistoric rock avalanches in the Olympic Mountains, Washington

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    Schuster, R.L.; Logan, R.L.; Pringle, P.T.

    1992-01-01

    Rock avalanches blocked streams in the Olympic Mountains southwest of Puget Sound during the past few thousand years. Limiting radiocarbon ages indicated that three or four of six avalanches occurred from 1000 to 1300 years ago or shortly thereafter. Most of the dates were from the outer preserved rings of trees drowned behind avalanche dams. These three or four avalanches may be coeval not only with one another but also with abrupt tectonic deformation in western Washington. No rock avalanches in the Olympic Mountains are known to have resulted from storms or earthquakes during the past century. The avalanches strengthen the case that a large prehistoric earthquake occurred in the Puget Sound region.

  14. Dynamics of glide avalanches and snow gliding

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    Ancey, Christophe; Bain, Vincent

    2015-09-01

    In recent years, due to warmer snow cover, there has been a significant increase in the number of cases of damage caused by gliding snowpacks and glide avalanches. On most occasions, these have been full-depth, wet-snow avalanches, and this led some people to express their surprise: how could low-speed masses of wet snow exert sufficiently high levels of pressure to severely damage engineered structures designed to carry heavy loads? This paper reviews the current state of knowledge about the formation of glide avalanches and the forces exerted on simple structures by a gliding mass of snow. One particular difficulty in reviewing the existing literature on gliding snow and on force calculations is that much of the theoretical and phenomenological analyses were presented in technical reports that date back to the earliest developments of avalanche science in the 1930s. Returning to these primary sources and attempting to put them into a contemporary perspective are vital. A detailed, modern analysis of them shows that the order of magnitude of the forces exerted by gliding snow can indeed be estimated correctly. The precise physical mechanisms remain elusive, however. We comment on the existing approaches in light of the most recent findings about related topics, including the physics of granular and plastic flows, and from field surveys of snow and avalanches (as well as glaciers and debris flows). Methods of calculating the forces exerted by glide avalanches are compared quantitatively on the basis of two case studies. This paper shows that if snow depth and density are known, then certain approaches can indeed predict the forces exerted on simple obstacles in the event of glide avalanches or gliding snow cover.

  15. Erosion dynamics of powder snow avalanches - Observations

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    Sovilla, Betty; Louge, Michel

    2013-04-01

    Powder snow avalanches (PSA) entrain massive amounts of material from the underlying snow cover by erosion mechanisms that are not fully understood. Despite their inherent diversity, PSAs have recognizable flow features: they are fast, reaching velocity up to 80 m/s, they develop a tall, low density powder cloud and, at the same time, they can exert impact pressure with similar magnitudes of high density flow. In this talk, we report observations that underscore the interplay between entrainment and flow dynamics qualitatively shared by several PSAs at the Vallée de la Sionne test site in Switzerland. Measurements include time-histories of snow pack thickness with buried FMCW radar and time-histories of particle velocity using optical sensors, cloud density and cluster size using capacitance probes, and impact pressure measured at several elevations on a pylon. Measurements show that, at the avalanche front, a layer of light, cold and cohesionless snow is rapidly entrained, creating a turbulent and stratified head region with intermittent snow clusters. Fast and localized entrainment of deeper and warmer snow layers may also occur well behind the front, up to a distance of hundreds of meters, where pronounced stratification appears and snow clusters grow larger. In the avalanche head, impact pressure strongly fluctuates and is larger near the ground. Velocity profiles change throughout the avalanche head, with more abrupt changes localized where rapid entrainment occurs. A basal, continuous dense layer forms as deeper, warmer and denser snow cover is entrained and as suspended material starts to deposit. The thickness of the basal layer progressively increases toward the avalanche tail where, finally, deposition occurs en masse. Toward the avalanche tail, velocity profiles tend to become uniform, impact pressures are lower and nearly constant, while entrainment processes are negligible. These observations underscore the relevance of entrainment location and the nature of the erodible material on avalanche dynamics and contrast the sharply different behaviors observed at the head of PSAs and well behind it.

  16. The application of Landsat data to mapping avalanche hazards

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    Waterman, S.

    1979-01-01

    Two test areas, representing a variety of avalanche hazards, were selected in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Midwinter Landsat digital data were analyzed using a clustering technique, and the results compared to 1:24,000 scale maps of avalanche hazards derived from air photo interpretation and field surveys. Confined avalanches were readily identified because of the high contrast between the snow covered avalanche track and the adjacent forested slopes. Unconfined avalanches could not be identified without supplementary topographic data. Spatial characteristics were of primary importance in delineating avalanche tracks. Spatial resolution was the limiting factor in avalanche detection. Landsat data should prove useful for rapid reconnaissance mapping of avalanche hazards, particularly in the absence of other data sources.

  17. Mountain Snowmobilers and Avalanches: An Examination of Precautionary Behaviour

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    Mountain Snowmobilers and Avalanches: An Examination of Precautionary Behaviour by Luke Robbins of Resource Management (Planning) Report No. 586 Title of Thesis: Mountain Snowmobilers and Avalanches within the snowmobiling community. Since there was limited information available on mountain snowmobilers

  18. Electron avalanches in liquid argon mixtures

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    Kim, J.G.; Dardin, S.M.; Kadel, R.W.; Kadyk, J.A.; Wenzel, W.B.; Peskov, V.

    2004-03-19

    We have observed stable avalanche gain in liquid argon when mixed with small amounts of xenon in the high electric field (>7 MV/cm) near the point of a chemically etched needle in a point-plane geometry. We identify two gain mechanisms, one pressure dependent, and the other independent of the applied pressure. We conclude that the pressure dependent signals are from avalanche gain in gas bubbles at the tip of the needle, while the pressure independent pulses are from avalanche gain in liquid. We measure the decay time spectra of photons from both types of avalanches. The decay times from the pressure dependent pulses decrease (increase) with the applied pressure (high voltage), while the decay times from the pressure independent pulses are approximately independent of pressure or high voltage. For our operating conditions, the collected charge distribution from avalanches is similar for 60 keV or 122 keV photon sources. With krypton additives, instead of Xe, we measure behavior consistent with only the pressure dependent pulses. Neon and TMS were also investigated as additives, and designs for practical detectors were tested.

  19. High Resolution Radar Measurements of Snow Avalanches

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    McElwaine, J. N.; Vriend, N. M.; Sovilla, B.; Keylock, C. J.; Brennan, P.; Ash, M.

    2012-12-01

    Geophysical mass flows, such as snow avalanches, are a major hazard in mountainous areas and have a significant impact on the infrastructure, economy and tourism of such regions. Obtaining a thorough understanding of the dynamics of snow avalanches is crucial for risk assessment and the design of defensive structures. However, because the underlying physics is poorly understood there are significant uncertainties concerning current models, which are poorly validated due to a lack of high resolution data. Direct observations of the denser core of a large avalanche are particularly difficult, since it is frequently obscured by the dilute powder cloud. We have developed and installed a phased array FMCW radar system that penetrates the powder cloud and directly images the dense core with a resolution of around 1 m at 50 Hz over the entire slope. We present data from recent avalanches at Vallée de la Sionne that show a wealth of internal structure and allow the tracking of individual fronts, roll waves and surges down the slope for the first time. We also show good agreement between the radar results and existing measurement systems that record data at particular points on the avalanche track.

  20. High Resolution Radar Measurements of Snow Avalanches

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    McElwaine, Jim; Sovilla, Betty; Vriend, Nathalie; Brennan, Paul; Ash, Matt; Keylock, Chris

    2013-04-01

    Geophysical mass flows, such as snow avalanches, are a major hazard in mountainous areas and have a significant impact on the infrastructure, economy and tourism of such regions. Obtaining a thorough understanding of the dynamics of snow avalanches is crucial for risk assessment and the design of defensive structures. However, because the underlying physics is poorly understood there are significant uncertainties concerning current models, which are poorly validated due to a lack of high resolution data. Direct observations of the denser core of a large avalanche are particularly difficult, since it is frequently obscured by the dilute powder cloud. We have developed and installed a phased array FMCW radar system that penetrates the powder cloud and directly images the dense core with a resolution of around 1 m at 50 Hz over the entire slope. We present data from recent avalanches at Vallee de la Sionne that show a wealth of internal structure and allow the tracking of individual fronts, roll waves and surges down the slope for the first time. We also show good agreement between the radar results and existing measurement systems that record data at particular points on the avalanche track.

  1. Modlisation spatio-temporelle de dcompte d'avalanches

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    Modélisation spatio-temporelle de décompte d'avalanches A. Lavigne, L. Bel, N. Eckert et E. Parent probabilité (annuelle) qu'une avalanche atteigne un point donné. Hypothèse d'indépendance des fréquences et amplitude. On s'intéresse aux fréquences d'avalanches Stationnarité des fréquences d'avalanches ? Hypothèse

  2. Equilibrium avalanches in spin glasses Pierre Le Doussal

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Equilibrium avalanches in spin glasses Pierre Le Doussal , Markus M¨uller , and Kay J¨org Wiese, Italy (Dated: October 11, 2011) We study the distribution of equilibrium avalanches (shocks) in Ising, which allows us to compute all cumulants of the magnetization. We find that (M) M- with an avalanche

  3. CHARACTERISTICS OF OLD-DEEP-SLAB AVALANCHES David Tracz1,*

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    Jamieson, Bruce

    CHARACTERISTICS OF OLD-DEEP-SLAB AVALANCHES David Tracz1,* , Bruce Jamieson1,2 1 Dept. of Civil, Canada ABSTRACT: Deep and old slab avalanches (ODS) are often hard-to-forecast. The size and destructive potential of ODS avalanches can be disturbing. As a starting point for a study of hard-to- forecast

  4. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS OF AVALANCHES: PRELIMINARY RESEARCH IN GLACIER NATIONAL

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    Smith, Dan

    ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS OF AVALANCHES: PRELIMINARY RESEARCH IN GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Site Focus: Balu Pass, Glacier National Park, B.C. Avalanche path near Balu Pass. (Photo Courtesy of: www in avalanche areas? #12;Researchers · Ben Ferrel · Keri Laughlin · Kevin McPhedran · Mark Brown · also thanks

  5. Avalanche: A Communication and Memory Architecture for Scalable Parallel Computing

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    Carter, John B.

    Avalanche: A Communication and Memory Architecture for Scalable Parallel Computing John B. Carter communication performance and limit effective scalability. In the Avalanche project we are re­ designing­level context sensitive cache that is tightly coupled to the communication fabric. The primary goal of Avalanche

  6. Dynamical equilibrium of avalanches on a rough plane Adrian Daerra)

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    Daerr, Adrian - Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes, Université Paris 7

    Dynamical equilibrium of avalanches on a rough plane Adrian Daerra) Laboratoire de Physique 2001 We present experimental results on avalanches which are triggered in a metastable static layer. Next to the problem of foreseeing an avalanche or a landslide, a major unknown is the actual size

  7. Neuronal avalanches, epileptic quakes and other transient forms of neurodynamics

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    Milton, John G.

    Neuronal avalanches, epileptic quakes and other transient forms of neurodynamics John G. Milton W: avalanches, epilepsy, multistability, power laws, time delays Abstract Power-law behaviors in brain activity in healthy animals, in the form of neuronal avalanches, potentially benefit the computational activities

  8. Granular Avalanches in Fluids Sylvain Courrech du Pont,1

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    Weeks, Eric R.

    Granular Avalanches in Fluids Sylvain Courrech du Pont,1 Philippe Gondret,1 Bernard Perrin,2 2003) Three regimes of granular avalanches in fluids are put in light depending on the Stokes number St of avalanches do not depend on any fluid effect. In liquids (r 1), for decreasing St, the amplitude decreases

  9. Avalanche: A Communication and Memory Architecture for Scalable Parallel Computing

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    Avalanche: A Communication and Memory Architecture for Scalable Parallel Computing John B. Carter communication performance and limit e ective scalability. In the Avalanche project we are re- designing-level context sensitive cache that is tightly coupled to the communication fabric. The primary goal of Avalanche

  10. Anisotropic avalanches and flux penetration in patterned superconductors

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    Anisotropic avalanches and flux penetration in patterned superconductors Diana G. Gheorghe a current as a rectangular lattice of square anti- dots. In addition we show how thermo-magnetic avalanches rights reserved. PACS: 74.25.Qt Keywords: Vortex dynamics; Periodic pinning; Vortex avalanches 1

  11. Avalanche crown-depth distributions Edward H. Bair,1

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    Dozier, Jeff

    Avalanche crown-depth distributions Edward H. Bair,1 Jeff Dozier,1 and Karl W. Birkeland2 Received] The literature disagrees about the statistical distribution of snow avalanche crown depths. Large datasets from Mammoth Mountain, California and the Westwide Avalanche Network show that the three-parameter generalized

  12. Kadanoff Sand Pile Model Avalanches and Fixed Points

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    Liège, Université de

    Kadanoff Sand Pile Model Avalanches and Fixed Points K´evin Perrot and ´Eric R´emila ´equipe MC2 #12;Aim of this work 1 2 D-1 ... #12;Introduction Definition Representation Known results Avalanches Inductive computation Avalanche as a carry the Snowball Conjecture Statement Approach and issues #12

  13. Avalanche mode of motion: Implications from lunar examples

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    Howard, K.A.

    1973-01-01

    A large avalanche (21 square kilometers) at the Apollo 17 landing site moved out several kilometers over flat ground beyond its source slope. If not triggered by impacts, then it was as "efficient" as terrestrial avalanches attributed to air-cushion sliding. Evidently lunar avalanches are able to flow despite the lack of lubricating or cushioning fluid.

  14. Nonlinear Dynamics and Fractal Avalanches in a Pile of Rice

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    Nonlinear Dynamics and Fractal Avalanches in a Pile of Rice Rinke J. Wijngaarden1 , Kinga A dominated by similar punctu- ated behaviour, which we call here generically `avalanches'. Other examples are: snow-avalanches [2], forest fires, rain fall [3], stock-market indices [4] and the extinction

  15. Avalanche dynamics of elastic interfaces LPTENS-13/02

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Avalanche dynamics of elastic interfaces LPTENS-13/02 Pierre Le Doussal and Kay J¨org Wiese CNRS substrate, or cracks in brittle disordered material proceed via intermittent motion, called avalanches. Here- tics of instantaneous velocities within an avalanche. For elastic interfaces at (or above

  16. Avalanche Characteristics of Substitution-Permutation Encryption Networks

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    Heys, Howard

    Avalanche Characteristics of Substitution- Permutation Encryption Networks Howard M. Heys and Stafford E. Tavares, member IEEE Abstract -- This paper develops analytical models for the avalanche or SPNs. An SPN is considered to display good avalanche characteristics if a one bit change

  17. Schmas numriques pour des avalanches viscoplastiques Paul Vigneaux

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    Mancini, Simona

    Schémas numériques pour des avalanches viscoplastiques Paul Vigneaux We talk about the numerical flows like a fluid. In the context of avalanches, it means that after going down a slope, the material­Moreno) to discretize the problem. To be able to accurately simulate the stopping behavior of the avalanche, new schemes

  18. Avalanche amplification of a single exciton in a semiconductor nanowire

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    Avalanche amplification of a single exciton in a semiconductor nanowire Gabriele Bulgarini1 quantum dots with avalanche photo- diodes, thus enabling the conversion of an incoming single photon of carriers from only a single exciton generated in a quantum dot after tunnelling into a nano- wire avalanche

  19. Collaboration Surrounding Beacon Use During Companion Avalanche Rescue

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    Greenberg, Saul

    Collaboration Surrounding Beacon Use During Companion Avalanche Rescue Audrey Desjardins 1 , Carman Avalanche companion rescue is a problem of distributed cognition Avalanche beacons hinder rather than leverage distributed cognition Beacons can be redesigned from a CSCW perspective #12;Backcountry Skiing Out

  20. Dynamic scaling for avalanches in disordered systems

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    Zheng, Guang-Ping; Li, Mo

    2001-03-01

    Dynamic scaling for fracture or breakdown process in disordered systems is investigated in a two-dimensional random field Ising model (RFIM). We find two evolving stages in the avalanche process in the RFIM. At the short-time regime, a power-law growth of the avalanche size {Delta}s is observed; and at late times, the conventional nucleation and growth process is found. At the critical point of the RFIM, the avalanche size is found to obey the dynamic scaling law {Delta}s{approx}t{sup (d-{beta}/{nu})/z}. From this dynamic scaling relation, the critical strength of the random field D{sub c} and the critical exponents, {beta}, {nu}, and z, are determined. The observed dynamics is explained by a simple nucleation theory of first-order phase transformations.

  1. Bulk Metallic Glasses Deform via Slip Avalanches

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    James Antonaglia; Wendelin J. Wright; Xiaojun Gu; Rachel R. Byer; Todd C. Hufnagel; Michael LeBlanc; Jonathan T. Uhl; Karin A. Dahmen

    2013-12-21

    Inelastic deformation of metallic glasses occurs via slip events with avalanche dynamics similar to those of earthquakes. For the first time in these materials, measurements have been obtained with sufficiently high temporal resolution to extract both the exponents and the scaling functions that describe the nature, statistics and dynamics of the slips according to a simple mean-field model. These slips originate from localized deformation in shear bands. The mean-field model describes the slip process as an avalanche of rearrangements of atoms in shear transformation zones (STZs). Small slips show the predicted power-law scaling and correspond to limited propagation of a shear front, while large slips are associated with uniform shear on unconstrained shear bands. The agreement between the model and data across multiple independent measures of slip statistics and dynamics provides compelling evidence for slip avalanches of STZs as the elementary mechanism of inhomogeneous deformation in metallic glasses.

  2. Assessing the importance of terrain parameters on glide avalanche release

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    Peitzsch, Erich H.; Hendrikx, Jordy; Fagre, Daniel B.

    2014-01-01

    Glide snow avalanches are dangerous and difficult to predict. Despite recent research there is still a lack of understanding regarding the controls of glide avalanche release. Glide avalanches often occur in similar terrain or the same locations annually and observations suggest that topography may be critical. Thus, to gain an understanding of the terrain component of these types of avalanches we examined terrain parameters associated with glide avalanche release as well as areas of consistent glide crack formation but no subsequent avalanches. Glide avalanche occurrences visible from the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor in Glacier National Park, Montana from 2003-2013 were investigated using an avalanche database derived of daily observations each year from April 1 to June 15. This yielded 192 glide avalanches in 53 distinct avalanche paths. Each avalanche occurrence was digitized in a GIS using satellite, oblique, and aerial imagery as reference. Topographical parameters such as area, slope, aspect, elevation and elevation were then derived for the entire dataset utilizing GIS tools and a 10m DEM. Land surface substrate and surface geology were derived from National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring maps and U.S. Geological Survey surface geology maps, respectively. Surface roughness and glide factor were calculated using a four level classification index. . Then, each avalanche occurrence was aggregated to general avalanche release zones and the frequencies were compared. For this study, glide avalanches released in elevations ranging from 1300 to 2700 m with a mean aspect of 98 degrees (east) and a mean slope angle of 38 degrees. The mean profile curvature for all glide avalanches was 0.15 and a plan curvature of -0.01, suggesting a fairly linear surface (i.e. neither convex nor concave). The glide avalanches occurred in mostly bedrock made up of dolomite and limestone slabs and talus deposits with very few occurring in alpine meadows. However, not all glide avalanches failed as cohesive slabs on this bedrock surface. Consequently, surface roughness proved to be a useful descriptive variable to discriminate between slopes that avalanched and those that did not. Annual 'repeat offender' glide avalanche paths were characterized by smooth outcropping rock plates with stratification planes parallel to the slope. Combined with aspect these repeat offenders were also members of the highest glide category. Using this understanding of the role of topographic parameters on glide avalanche activity, a spatial terrain based model was developed to identify other areas with high glide avalanche potential outside of our immediate observation area.

  3. Assessing the importance of terrain parameters on glide avalanche release

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    Peitzsch, E.; Hendrikx, J.; Fagre, D. B.

    2013-12-01

    Glide snow avalanches are dangerous and difficult to predict. Despite recent research there is still a lack of understanding regarding the controls of glide avalanche release. Glide avalanches often occur in similar terrain or the same locations annually and observations suggest that topography may be critical. Thus, to gain an understanding of the terrain component of these types of avalanches we examined terrain parameters associated with glide avalanche release as well as areas of consistent glide crack formation but no subsequent avalanches. Glide avalanche occurrences visible from the Going-to-the-Sun Road corridor in Glacier National Park, Montana from 2003-2013 were investigated using an avalanche database derived of daily observations each year from April 1 to June 15. This yielded 192 glide avalanches in 53 distinct avalanche paths. Each avalanche occurrence was digitized in a GIS using satellite, oblique, and aerial imagery as reference. Topographical parameters such as area, slope, aspect, elevation and elevation were then derived for the entire dataset utilizing GIS tools and a 10m DEM. Land surface substrate and surface geology were derived from National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring maps and U.S. Geological Survey surface geology maps, respectively. Surface roughness and glide factor were calculated using a four level classification index. . Then, each avalanche occurrence was aggregated to general avalanche release zones and the frequencies were compared. For this study, glide avalanches released in elevations ranging from 1300 to 2700 m with a mean aspect of 98 degrees (east) and a mean slope angle of 38 degrees. The mean profile curvature for all glide avalanches was 0.15 and a plan curvature of -0.01, suggesting a fairly linear surface (i.e. neither convex nor concave). The glide avalanches occurred in mostly bedrock made up of dolomite and limestone slabs and talus deposits with very few occurring in alpine meadows. However, not all glide avalanches failed as cohesive slabs on this bedrock surface. Consequently, surface roughness proved to be a useful descriptive variable to discriminate between slopes that avalanched and those that did not. Annual 'repeat offender' glide avalanche paths were characterized by smooth outcropping rock plates with stratification planes parallel to the slope. Combined with aspect these repeat offenders were also members of the highest glide category. Using this understanding of the role of topographic parameters on glide avalanche activity, a spatial terrain based model was developed to identify other areas with high glide avalanche potential outside of our immediate observation area.

  4. Collisional dust avalanches in debris discs

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    Anna Grigorieva; Pawel Artymowicz; Philippe Thébault

    2006-09-26

    We quantitatively investigate how collisional avalanches may developin debris discs as the result of the initial break-up of a planetesimal or comet-like object, triggering a collisional chain reaction due to outward escaping small dust grains. We use a specifically developed numerical code that follows both the spatial distribution of the dust grains and the evolution of their size-frequency distribution due to collisions. We investigate how strongly avalanche propagation depends on different parameters (e.g., amount of dust released in the initial break-up, collisional properties of dust grains and their distribution in the disc). Our simulations show that avalanches evolve on timescales of ~1000 years, propagating outwards following a spiral-like pattern, and that their amplitude exponentially depends on the number density of dust grains in the system. We estimate a probability for witnessing an avalanche event as a function of disc densities, for a gas-free case around an A-type star, and find that features created by avalanche propagation can lead to observable asymmetries for dusty systems with a beta Pictoris-like dust content or higher. Characteristic observable features include: (i) a brightness asymmetry of the two sides for a disc viewed edge-on, and (ii) a one-armed open spiral or a lumpy structure in the case of face-on orientation. A possible system in which avalanche-induced structures might have been observed is the edge-on seen debris disc around HD32297, which displays a strong luminosity difference between its two sides.

  5. Phase avalanches in near-adiabatic evolutions

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    Vertesi, T.; Englman, R.

    2006-02-15

    In the course of slow, nearly adiabatic motion of a system, relative changes in the slowness can cause abrupt and high magnitude phase changes, ''phase avalanches,'' superimposed on the ordinary geometric phases. The generality of this effect is examined for arbitrary Hamiltonians and multicomponent (>2) wave packets and is found to be connected (through the Blaschke term in the theory of analytic signals) to amplitude zeros in the lower half of the complex time plane. Motion on a nonmaximal circle on the Poincare-sphere suppresses the effect. A spectroscopic transition experiment can independently verify the phase-avalanche magnitudes.

  6. Bulk metallic glasses deform via slip avalanches.

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    Antonaglia, James; Wright, Wendelin J; Gu, Xiaojun; Byer, Rachel R; Hufnagel, Todd C; LeBlanc, Michael; Uhl, Jonathan T; Dahmen, Karin A

    2014-04-18

    For the first time in metallic glasses, we extract both the exponents and scaling functions that describe the nature, statistics, and dynamics of slip events during slow deformation, according to a simple mean field model. We model the slips as avalanches of rearrangements of atoms in coupled shear transformation zones (STZs). Using high temporal resolution measurements, we find the predicted, different statistics and dynamics for small and large slips thereby excluding self-organized criticality. The agreement between model and data across numerous independent measures provides evidence for slip avalanches of STZs as the elementary mechanism of inhomogeneous deformation in metallic glasses. PMID:24785049

  7. Internal Avalanches in a Granular Medium

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    S. S. Manna; D. V. Khakhar

    1998-08-04

    Avalanches of grain displacements can be generated by creating local voids within the interior of a granular material at rest in a bin. Modeling such a two-dimensional granular system by a collection of mono-disperse discs, the system on repeated perturbations, shows all signatures of Self-Organized Criticality. During the propagation of avalanches the competition among grains creates arches and in the critical state a distribution of arches of different sizes is obtained. Using a cellular automata model we demonstrate that the existence of arches determines the universal behaviour of the model system.

  8. Avalanches, Barkhausen noise, and plain old criticality

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    Perkovic, O.; Dahmen, K.; Sethna, J.P.

    1995-12-01

    We explain Barkhausen noise in magnetic systems in terms of avalanches of domains near a plain old critical point in the hysteretic zero-temperature random-field Ising model. The avalanche size distribution has a universal scaling function, making nontrivial predictions of the shape of the distribution up to 50{percent} above the critical point, where two decades of scaling are still observed. We simulate systems with up to 1000{sup 3} domains, extract critical exponents in 2, 3, 4, and 5 dimensions, compare with our 2D and 6{minus}{epsilon} predictions, and compare to a variety of experiments. {copyright} {ital 1995 The American Physical Society.}

  9. Relating rock avalanche morphology to emplacement processes

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    Dufresne, Anja; Prager, Christoph; Bösmeier, Annette

    2015-04-01

    The morphology, structure and sedimentological characteristics of rock avalanche deposits reflect both internal emplacement processes and external influences, such as runout path characteristics. The latter is mainly predisposed by topography, substrate types, and hydrogeological conditions. Additionally, the geological setting at the source slope controls, e.g. the spatial distribution of accumulated lithologies and hence material property-related changes in morphology, or the maximum clast size and amount of fines of different lithological units. The Holocene Tschirgant rock avalanche (Tyrol, Austria) resulted from failure of an intensely deformed carbonate rock mass on the southeast face of a 2,370-m-high mountain ridge. The initially sliding rock mass rapidly fragmented as it moved towards the floor of the Inn River valley. Part of the 200-250 x 106 m3 (Patzelt 2012) rock avalanche debris collided with and moved around an opposing bedrock ridge and flowed into the Ötz valley, reaching up to 6.3 km from source. Where the Tschirgant rock avalanche spread freely it formed longitudinal ridges aligned along motion direction as well as smaller hummocks. Encountering high topography, it left runup ridges, fallback patterns (i.e. secondary collapse), and compressional morphology (successively elevated, transverse ridges). Further evidence for the mechanical landslide behaviour is given by large volumes of mobilized valley-fill sediments (polymict gravels and sands). These sediments indicate both shearing and compressional faulting within the rock avalanche mass (forming their own morphological units through, e.g. in situ bulldozing or as distinctly different hummocky terrain), but also indicate extension of the spreading landslide mass (i.e. intercalated/injected gravels encountered mainly in morphological depressions between hummocks). Further influences on its morphology are given by the different lithological units. E.g. the transition from massive dolomite/limestone sequences to weaker siliciclastic and evaporitic beds (sand-/siltstones, rauhwacken) can be pinpointed on LiDAR shaded relief images of the rock avalanche deposit. Hence, several morphological signatures are clearly related to differences in mechanical behaviour of the involved lithologies, whereas others reflect particular emplacement modes of the same rock unit: e.g. rockslide motion versus rock avalanche spreading. Reference Patzelt G. 2012. The rock avalanches of Tschirgant and Haiming (Upper Inn Valley, Tyrol, Austria), comment on the map supply. (German language only). Jahrbuch der Geologischen Bundesanstalt 152(1-4): 13-24.

  10. Cascade dynamics of thermomagnetic avalanches in superconducting films with holes

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    Vestgârden, J. I.; Colauto, F.; de Andrade, A. M. H.; Oliveira, A. A. M.; Ortiz, W. A.; Johansen, T. H.

    2015-10-01

    The submicrosecond dynamics of thermomagnetic avalanches in superconducting films with nonconducting holes (antidots) is considered. When such an avalanche reaches a hole, it is quickly filled with magnetic flux, and often its rim becomes unstable and a second avalanche is nucleated. In this work the time- and space-resolved behavior of such cascading avalanche behavior is determined using numerical simulations. Results are presented for films with holes of different shape. It is found that holes with sharp corners are those that most frequently create secondary avalanches, and they tend to nucleate in corners. Magneto-optical imaging of Nb films patterned with the same set of holes strongly supports the numerical results.

  11. Nano-multiplication region avalanche photodiodes and arrays

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    Zheng, Xinyu (Inventor); Pain, Bedabrata (Inventor); Cunningham, Thomas J. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    An avalanche photodiode with a nano-scale reach-through structure comprising n-doped and p-doped regions, formed on a silicon island on an insulator, so that the avalanche photodiode may be electrically isolated from other circuitry on other silicon islands on the same silicon chip as the avalanche photodiode. For some embodiments, multiplied holes generated by an avalanche reduces the electric field in the depletion region of the n-doped and p-doped regions to bring about self-quenching of the avalanche photodiode. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

  12. Vortex avalanches in a type II superconductor

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    Behnia, K.; Capan, C.; Mailly, D.; Etienne, B.

    1999-12-01

    The authors report on a study of the spatiotemporal variation of magnetic induction in a superconducting niobium sample during a slow sweep of external magnetic field. A sizable fraction of the increase in the local vortex population occurs in abrupt jumps. They compare the size distribution of these avalanches with the predictions of self-organized-criticality models for vortex dynamics.

  13. Rock avalanches caused by earthquakes: Source characteristics

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    Keefer, D.K.

    1984-01-01

    Study of a worldwide sample of historical earthquakes showed that slopes most susceptible to catastrophic rock avalanches were higher than 150 meters and steeper than 25 degrees. The slopes were undercut by fluvial or glacial erosion, were composed ofintensely fractured rock, and exhibited at least one other indicator of low strength or potential instability.

  14. Rock avalanches caused by earthquakes: source characteristics.

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    Keefer, D K

    1984-03-23

    Study of a worldwide sample of historical earthquakes showed that slopes most susceptible to catastrophic rock avalanches were higher than 150 meters and steeper than 25 degrees. The slopes were undercut by fluvial or glacial erosion, were composed of intensely fractured rock, and exhibited at least one other indicator of low strength or potential instability. PMID:17759365

  15. Colloquium: Experiments in vortex avalanches E. Altshuler*

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    Johansen, Tom Henning

    as pinning centers, and the vortex motion becomes impeded. The interplay of pinning with an ex- ternal driveColloquium: Experiments in vortex avalanches E. Altshuler* Superconductivity Laboratory and ``Henri be found in vortex matter when a type-II superconductor is externally driven, for example, by an increasing

  16. Relief and snow avalanches in the Tatra Mts.

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    R?czkowska, Zofia; D?ugosz, Micha?; Rojan, El?bieta

    2015-04-01

    Snow avalanches are among the main factors influencing the high-mountain environment of the Tatra Mts. and their denudation system in the three uppermost geoecological belts. Dirty avalanches are assumed to be an important morphogenetic factor but also relief affects spatial differentiation of snow avalanche activity. The research aims to recognize the geomorphological conditions for avalanches and assessment of the morphogenetic role of avalanches in the whole Tatra Mts. For recognition of geomorphological conditions of snow avalanches activity was made map of avalanches paths, based on maps of snow avalanches occurred in the recent past, air- photos and digital terrain model. Starting zone and transition zone were specified within each path. For each type of designated zones the morphometric analysis was made, taking in account slope aspect and inclination. The map presents more than 3700 avalanche paths. The number of avalanche paths is more than double in the High Tatras than in the Western Tatras. Morphometric features and altitudinal range of avalanche paths also differ in individual parts of the Tatras what correspond with the relief differences. Length of avalanche paths reach up to 3138 m and in average is the biggest avalanche in the Bielanske Tatra. The paths are located about 200 m higher in the High Tatras than in other parts of the massif. There is no clear relationship between exposure of the slopes and the distribution of the avalanche path, while relationship with slope inclination is distinct. Over 70% of the avalanche paths occur on slopes 26-55o. Similar patterns were found in the distribution of avalanche accumulation zones. Detailed studies of morphogenetic role of avalanches are conducted in four chosen avalanche paths located both in the Western and the High Tatras. Measuring points of erosion, transport and accumulation installed there in the autumn 2012 are checked two times a year. It was found that effects of snow avalanches on the relief is characterised by temporal and spatial variability. The study are supported by the National Science Centre, project no 2011/03/B/ST10/06115

  17. A field study on failure of storm snow slab avalanches Edward H. Bair a,

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    Dozier, Jeff

    A field study on failure of storm snow slab avalanches Edward H. Bair a, , Ron Simenhois b , Karl Alaska Avalanche Center, Juneau, AK, USA c US Forest Service National Avalanche Center, Bozeman, MT, USA 2012 Keywords: Snow Avalanche Anticrack Storm snow often avalanches before crystals metamorphose

  18. Teaching Natural Hazards: The Use of Snow Avalanches in Demonstrating and Addressing Geographic Topics and Principles.

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    Butler, David R.

    1988-01-01

    Illustrates the importance of studying the snow avalanche as a natural hazard. Describes the various kinds of snow avalanches, the types of triggering mechanisms that produce them, the typical avalanche terrain, and the geomorphic and the vegetative evidence for snow avalanching. Depicts methods of human adjustment to the avalanche hazard.…

  19. Measuring Avalanche Frequency on the Balu Pass Trail, Glacier National Park, BC

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    Smith, Dan

    Measuring Avalanche Frequency on the Balu Pass Trail, Glacier National Park, BC Geog 477 ­ Fall reconstructions of avalanche activity · Use avalanche reconstruction in conjunction with snowpack data to determine avalanche frequency ­ may be used as a predictive measure to aid in mitigating avalanche related

  20. CMOS Avalanche Radio-over-Fiber wchoi@yonsei.ac.kr

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    Choi, Woo-Young

    #12;#12;CMOS Avalanche Radio-over-Fiber , wchoi@yonsei.ac.kr CMOS Avalanche Photo-detector for Radio-over-Fiber Systems Yonsei Univ. 0.13um CMOS avalanche (avalanche photo-detector, APDF) [1-2]. RoF CMOS . CMOS GaAs responsivity . APD avalanche

  1. Modelling the evolution of temperature in avalanche flow

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    Vera, Cesar; Christen, Marc; Funk, Martin; Bartelt, Perry

    2013-04-01

    Because the mechanical properties of snow are temperature dependent, snow temperature has a strong influence on avalanche flow behaviour. In fact, snow avalanche classification schemes implicitly account for the below-zero temperature regime, i.e. wet snow avalanches contain warm moist snow, whereas dry flowing or powder avalanches consist of colder snow. Although thermal effects are an important feature of avalanche flow behaviour, the temperature field is usually not considered in avalanche dynamics calculations. In this presentation we explicitly model the temperature evolution of avalanches by extending the basic set of depth-averaged differential equations of mass, momentum and fluctuation energy to include a depth-averaged internal energy equation. Two dissipative processes contribute to the irreversible rise in internal energy: the shear work and the dissipation of fluctuation energy due to random granular interactions. Snow entrainment is also an important source of thermal energy. As the temperature of the snow can vary between the release area and runout zone, we model the effect of snowcover temperature elevation gradients. Additionally we introduce a physical constraint on the temperature field to account for phase changes: when the temperature of the avalanche flow surpasses the melting point of ice, the surplus rise in internal energy is used to produce meltwater. We do not consider heat losses due to sensible heat exchanges between the atmosphere and the avalanche. Using numerical simulations we demonstrate how the temperature of the snow in the release area in relation to the temperature of the snowcover encountered by the avalanche at lower elevations can modify avalanche velocity and runout behaviour. We show how the production of turbulent fluctuation energy, which separates dense and dilute, fluidized flow regimes, can be controlled by temperature, creating a wide-range of avalanche deposition patterns. Finally, we investigate under what thermal conditions meltwater can be generated during the runout phase of the avalanche.

  2. The Marocche rock avalanches (Trentino, Italy)

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    Ivy-Ochs, Susan; Martin, Silvana; Campedel, Paolo; Viganò, Alfio; Alberti, Silvio; Rigo, Manuel; Vockenhuber, Christof

    2015-04-01

    The floors of the Adige and Sarca River valleys are punctuated by numerous rock avalanche deposits of undetermined age. With a view to understanding predisposition and triggering factors, thus ultimately paleoseismicity in the region, we are studying the geomorphology and timing of the largest rock avalanches of the River Sarca-Lake Garda area (e.g., Marocche, Monte Spinale, Lago di Tovel, Lago di Molveno, San Giovanni and Torbole). Among the most extensive of these deposits, with an area of 13 km2 and a volume of about 109 m3, are the Marocche. Marocche deposits cover the lower Sarca valley north of Lake Garda for a length of more than 8 km with 200 m of debris. Both collapse and bedding parallel sliding are a consequence of dip slopes and the extreme relief on the right side of the valley of nearly 2000 m from the bedrock below the valley floor to the peaks combined with the zones of structural weakness. The rock avalanches developed within carbonate rocks of Mesozoic age, mainly limestones of the Jurassic Calcari Grigi Group. The main scarps are located on the western side of the lower Sarca Valley, along the steep faces of Mt. Brento and Mt. Casale. The presence of these scarps is strictly related to the Southern Giudicarie and the Ballino fault systems. The former is here constituted by regular NNE-directed ESE-vergent thrust faults. The latter has been reactivated as normal faults. These complicated structural relationships favored complex failure mechanisms, including rock slide and massive collapse. At the Marocche itself, based on field relationships and analysis of lidar imagery, we differentiated two large rock avalanches: the Marocca di Kas in the south which overlies and in part buries the Marocche (s.s.) in the northern sector. Previous mapping had suggested up to five rock avalanches in the area where we differentiate two. In spite of hypotheses suggesting failure of the rock avalanches onto stagnating late Pleistocene glaciers, preliminary 36Cl exposure dating results for boulders of the two deposits suggests middle and late Holocene ages. The latter are well comparable with post-Roman ages proposed by Trener in 1924 based on the presence of artifacts found at the base of the younger deposits during construction of hydroelectric tunnels early in the last century.

  3. Mechanisms of evolution of avalanches in regular graphs

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    Handford, Thomas P.; Pérez-Reche, Francisco J.; Taraskin, Sergei N.

    2013-06-01

    A mapping of avalanches occurring in the zero-temperature random-field Ising model to life periods of a population experiencing immigration is established. Such a mapping allows the microscopic criteria for the occurrence of an infinite avalanche in a q-regular graph to be determined. A key factor for an avalanche of spin flips to become infinite is that it interacts in an optimal way with previously flipped spins. Based on these criteria, we explain why an infinite avalanche can occur in q-regular graphs only for q>3 and suggest that this criterion might be relevant for other systems. The generating function techniques developed for branching processes are applied to obtain analytical expressions for the durations, pulse shapes, and power spectra of the avalanches. The results show that only very long avalanches exhibit a significant degree of universality.

  4. Investigations using dendrochronology to determine snow avalanche characteristics in Rogers Pass, British Columbia

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    Smith, Dan

    Investigations using dendrochronology to determine snow avalanche characteristics in Rogers Pass multiple trees in the run out area of a major avalanche path. Dendrochronology was used to analyze......................................................................................................................................14 3.3.1 Dendrochronology and Avalanche Occurrence

  5. Analysis of Avalanche's Shared Memory Architecture Ravindra Kuramkote, John Carter, Alan Davis,

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    Carter, John B.

    Analysis of Avalanche's Shared Memory Architecture Ravindra Kuramkote, John Carter, Alan Davis write update, and (soon) write invalidate). We describe the performance implications of Avalanche; Analysis of Avalanche's Shared Memory Architecture Ravindra Kuramkote, John Carter, Alan Davis, Chen

  6. Olokele rock avalanche, island of Kauai, Hawaii.

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    Jones, B.L.; Chinn, S.S.W.; Brice, J.C.

    1984-01-01

    In October 1981 a mass of rock and soil having an estimated volume of 500 000 m3 fell as a rock fall-avalanche from a steep slope 800 m high near the head of Olokele Canyon. Boulders were launched into the air from a bench on the slope for a downstream distance of about 850 m. The velocity of the avalanche was rapidly diminished by impact against the valley sides, and it became a muddy debris flow that traveled 4.6 km downstream, severely eroding the valley sides. The volume of debris deposited on the canyon bottom is estimated to be 2 500 000 m3, or about four times the volume derived from the slope. -from Authors

  7. Stochastic simulation of electron avalanches on supercomputers

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    Rogasinsky, S. V.; Marchenko, M. A.

    2014-12-09

    In the paper, we present a three-dimensional parallel Monte Carlo algorithm named ELSHOW which is developed for simulation of electron avalanches in gases. Parallel implementation of the ELSHOW was made on supercomputers with different architectures (massive parallel and hybrid ones). Using the ELSHOW, calculations of such integral characteristics as the number of particles in an avalanche, the coefficient of impact ionization, the drift velocity, and the others were made. Also, special precise computations were made to select an appropriate size of the time step using the technique of dependent statistical tests. Particularly, the algorithm consists of special methods of distribution modeling, a lexicographic implementation scheme for “branching” of trajectories, justified estimation of functionals. A comparison of the obtained results for nitrogen with previously published theoretical and experimental data was made.

  8. GEM scintillation readout with avalanche photodiodes

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    Conceição, A. S.; Requicha Ferreira, L. F.; Fernandes, L. M. P.; Monteiro, C. M. B.; Coelho, L. C. C.; Azevedo, C. D. R.; Veloso, J. F. C. A.; Lopes, J. A. M.; dos Santos, J. M. F.

    2007-09-01

    The use of the scintillation produced in the charge avalanches in GEM holes as signal amplification and readout is investigated for xenon. A VUV-sensitive avalanche photodiode has been used as photosensor. Detector gains of about 4 × 104 are achieved in scintillation readout mode, for GEM voltages of 490 V and for a photosensor gain of 150. Those gains are more than one order of magnitude larger than what is obtained using charge readout. In addition, the energy resolutions achieved with the scintillation readout are lower than those achieved with charge readout. The GEM scintillation yield in xenon was measured as a function of GEM voltage, presenting values that are about a half of those achieved for the charge yield, and reach about 730 photons per primary electron at GEM voltages of 490 V.

  9. Hierarchical networks, power laws, and neuronal avalanches

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    Friedman, Eric J.; Landsberg, Adam S.

    2013-03-01

    We show that in networks with a hierarchical architecture, critical dynamical behaviors can emerge even when the underlying dynamical processes are not critical. This finding provides explicit insight into current studies of the brain's neuronal network showing power-law avalanches in neural recordings, and provides a theoretical justification of recent numerical findings. Our analysis shows how the hierarchical organization of a network can itself lead to power-law distributions of avalanche sizes and durations, scaling laws between anomalous exponents, and universal functions—even in the absence of self-organized criticality or critical points. This hierarchy-induced phenomenon is independent of, though can potentially operate in conjunction with, standard dynamical mechanisms for generating power laws.

  10. Communicators' perspective on snow avalanche risk communication

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    Charriere, M. K. M.; Bogaard, T.; Mostert, E.

    2014-12-01

    Among all the natural hazards, snow avalanches are the only ones for which a public danger scale is globally used. It consists of 5 levels of danger displayed with a given number and colour and for each of them, behavioural advices are provided. Even though this is standardized in most of the countries affected by this natural hazard, the tools (usually websites or smartphone applications) with which the information is disseminated to the general pubic differs, particularly in terms of target audience and level of details. This study aims at gathering the perspectives of several communicators that are responsible for these communication practices. The survey was created to assess how and why choices were made in the design process of the communication tools and to determine how their effectiveness is evaluated. Along with a review of existing avalanche risk communication tools, this study provides guidelines for communication and the evaluation of its effectiveness.

  11. Avalanche in adhesion. [interfacial separation between two Ni crystals

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    Smith, John R.; Bozzolo, Guillermo; Banerjea, Amitava; Ferrante, John

    1989-01-01

    Consider surfaces being brought into contact. It is proposed that atomic layers can collapse or avalanche together when the interfacial spacing falls below a critical distance. This causes a discontinuous drop in the adhesive binding energy. Avalanche can occur regardless of the stiffness of external supports. A simple understanding of the origin of this phenomenon is provided. A numerical calculation has been carried out for adhesion in Ni. A new wear mechanism due to avalanche is suggested.

  12. Viscoelastic effects in avalanche dynamics: a key to earthquake statistics.

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    Jagla, E A; Landes, François P; Rosso, Alberto

    2014-05-01

    In many complex systems a continuous input of energy over time can be suddenly relaxed in the form of avalanches. Conventional avalanche models disregard the possibility of internal dynamical effects in the interavalanche periods, and thus miss basic features observed in some real systems. We address this issue by studying a model with viscoelastic relaxation, showing how coherent oscillations of the stress field can emerge spontaneously. Remarkably, these oscillations generate avalanche patterns that are similar to those observed in seismic phenomena. PMID:24836251

  13. Precursors and prediction of catastrophic avalanches

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    Srutarshi Pradhan; Bikas K. Chakrabarti

    2006-03-23

    In this work we review the precursors of catastrophic avalanches (global failures) in several failure models, namely (a) Fiber Bundle Model (FBM), (b) Random Fuse Model (RFM), (c) Sandpile Models and (d) Fractal Overlap Model. The precursor parameters identified here essentially reflect the growing correlations within such systems as they approach their respective failure points. As we show, often they help us to predict the global failure points in advance.

  14. Thermal avalanches near a Mott transition.

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    Lashley, J C; Gofryk, K; Mihaila, B; Smith, J L; Salje, E K H

    2014-01-22

    We probe the volume collapse transition (?V/Vo ? 15%) between the isostructural ? and ? phases (T ? 100 K) of Ce0.9Th0.1 using the Hall effect, three-terminal capacitive dilatometry, and electrical resistivity measurements. Hall effect measurements confirm the itinerant ground state as the carrier concentration increases by a factor of 7 in the ? phase, ? phase (nH = 5.28 × 10(26) m(-3)), and the ? phase (nH = 3.76 × 10(27) m(-3)). We were able to detect a noise spectrum consisting of avalanches while slowly varying the temperature through the hysteretic region. We surmise that the avalanches originate from intergranular stresses at the interfaces between partially transformed high-volume and low-volume phases. The statistical distribution of avalanches obey power laws with energy exponent ? ? 1.5. Hall effect measurements, combined with universal critical exponents, point to short electron mean-free percolation pathways and carrier localization at phase interfaces. Carrier localization was predicted many years ago for elemental cerium by Johansson (1974 Phil. Mag. 30 469). PMID:24351548

  15. Avalanches, extreme events, and finite size effects

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    Chapman, S. C.; Watkins, N. W.

    2011-12-01

    Bursty transport and energy release are key characteristics of driven, dissipative, out of equilibrium systems, and are ubiquitous in laboratory, space and astrophysical plasmas. This class of phenomenology can be captured, at least in a macroscopic sense, by avalanche models, which algorithmically support a separation of timescales between (slow) driving and (fast) redistribution. A hallmark of avalanche models is the statistical scaling of burst measures in the limit where the system size is large. Importantly, observable physical systems, such as the corona and earth's magnetosphere, are finite sized- they can support at most a few decades in spatial scale. How finite size effects modify the statistical scaling of such natural systems is an open question and in itself is an observable that may inform our understanding. In particular, finite size effects have impact on the statistics and dynamics of the largest (systemwide) events that these systems can support. It is precisely these extreme events which are often of paramount interest from an operational point of view. By referring both to simple models for SOC and to data we will discuss the quantitative statistical properties of bursty energy release (avalanches) for i) events that are small on the scale size of the system - with respect to these events the system is in the large system size limit- and ii) events that are 'systemwide' in scale. We will compare and contrast the quantitative statistical signatures of systems close to SOC with other systems showing bursty dynamics, in particular finite size turbulence.

  16. Avalanching silicon drift photodetector (A+SDP)

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    Vilkelis, Gintas; Patt, Bradley E.; Iwanczyk, Jan S.; MacDonald, Lawrence R.; Tull, Carolyn R.

    2001-12-01

    The performance of solid-state photodetectors is limited by noise due to their capacitance and leakage current. A new type of photodetector is being investigated, which contains a micro-avalanche multiplication gain stage incorporated into the small anode structure of a silicon drift photodetector (SDP). This technology is expected to result in improved performance over large area avalanche photodiodes (APD's) because of the very small region of multiplication in the new A+SDP versus multiplication over the entire active area for APD's. APD reliability has generally deteriorated as a function of the size of the devices being manufactured. The A+SDP will be markedly better than PIN diodes because of both the low capacitance and the avalanche multiplication. The device also promises to be better than standard large area Silicon Drift Photodetectors (SDP's) by mitigating the remaining noise due to the leakage current that dominates the performance of these devices at room temperature. Large area SDP's require cooling to well below 0 degree(s)C to obtain satisfactory leakage current-related noise. Physical device simulation tools were used to model the dopant concentrations, E-field magnitude and potential distributions. A+SDP's could have practical application in scintillation detectors for gamma ray spectroscopy as well as PMT replacements in nuclear medicine.

  17. Unambiguous reconstruction of network structure using avalanche dynamics.

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    Leleu, Timothée; Aihara, Kazuyuki

    2015-02-01

    A robust method for inferring the structure of networks is presented based on the one-to-one correspondence between the expected composition of cascades of bursts of activity, called crackling noise or avalanches, and the weight matrix. Using a model of neuronal avalanches as a paradigmatic example, we derive this correspondence exactly by calculating the closed-form expression of the joint probability distribution of avalanche sizes obtained by counting separately the number of elements active in each subnetwork during avalanches. PMID:25768549

  18. Quantifying snowfall and avalanche release synchronization: A case study

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    Crouzy, Benoît; Forclaz, Romain; Sovilla, Betty; Corripio, Javier; Perona, Paolo

    2015-02-01

    We quantify the synchronization between snowfall and natural avalanches in relation to terrain properties at the detachment zone. We analyze field statistics of 549 avalanche events in terms of slope, aspect, timing, coordinate, and release area, identified by a georeferencing procedure applied on terrestrial photography. The information from the digital pictures, together with associated meteorological data, provides us with the input needed for model calibration, namely, the magnitude of snowfall, the snow compaction rate, and the timing of precipitation and of avalanche events. Synchronization between snowfall and avalanches is established for different slope categories. We obtain an average probability of release after a snow event of 30% and 16% for the high- and low-slope categories (average slope 44° and 36°, respectively). Using the notion of information entropy, we quantify the uncertainty in predicting avalanche occurrence from a snow event. The steeper slopes correspond to a larger entropy in avalanche prediction. Further, the presented method allows us to establish the return period of avalanches without requiring a long series of data. When considering events regardless of their release depth, the avalanches had a return period of 48 days (higher slopes) and 88 days (lower slopes). Finally, we determine the average daily detachment rate as a function of snow depth and the return period of avalanches as a function of the release depth.

  19. WET LOOSE SNOW AVALANCHING IN SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA Simon August Trautman

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    Dyer, Bill

    WET LOOSE SNOW AVALANCHING IN SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA by Simon August Trautman A thesis submitted ..........................................................................................................1 2. WET SNOW...................................................................................................................3 Metamorphism of Wet Snow

  20. New advances for modelling the debris avalanches

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    Cuomo, Sabatino; Cascini, Leonardo; Pastor, Manuel; Castorino, Giuseppe Claudio

    2013-04-01

    Flow-like landslides are a major global hazard and they occur worldwide causing a large number of casualties, significant structural damages to property and infrastructures as well as economic losses. When involving open slopes, these landslides often occur in triangular source areas where initial slides turn into avalanches through further failures and/or eventual soil entrainment. This paper deals with the numerical modelling of the propagation stage of debris avalanches which provides information such as the propagation pattern of the mobilized material, its velocity, thickness and run-out distance. In the paper, a "depth integrated" model is used which allows: i) adequately taking into account the irregular topography of real slopes which greatly affect the propagation stage and ii) using a less time consuming model than fully 3D approaches. The used model is named "GeoFlow_SPH" and it was formerly applied to theoretical, experimental and real case histories (Pastor et al., 2009; Cascini et al., 2012). In this work the behavior of debris avalanches is analyzed with special emphasis on the apical angle, one of the main features of this type of landslide, in relation to soil rheology, hillslope geometry and features of triggering area. Furthermore, the role of erosion has been investigated with reference to the uppermost parts of open slopes with a different steepness. These analyses are firstly carried out for simplified benchmark slopes, using both water-like materials (with no shear strength) and debris type materials. Then, three important case studies of Campania region (Cervinara, Nocera Inferiore e Sarno) are analyzed where debris avalanches involved pyroclastic soils originated from the eruptive products of Vesusius volcano. The results achieved for both benchmark slopes and real case histories outline the key role played by the erosion on the whole propagation stage of debris avalanches. The results are particularly satisfactory since they indicate the "GeoFlow_SPH" model as a suitable tool for the analysis of these phenomena. References Pastor, M., Haddad, B., Sorbino, G., Cuomo, S., Drempetic V. (2009). A depth-integrated, coupled SPH model for flow-like landslides and related phenomena. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 33, 143-184. Cascini L., Cuomo S., Pastor M., Sorbino G., Piciullo L. (2012). Modeling of propagation and entrainment phenomena for landslides of the flow type: the May 1998 case study. Proc. of 11th Int. Symposium on Landslides: Landslides and Engineered Slopes, Banf, Canada June 3-8, 2012, Ed. E. Eberhardt, C. Froese, K. Turner, S. Leroueil, ISBN 978-0-415-62423-6, 1723-1729.

  1. Avalanches mediate crystallization in a hard-sphere glass

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    Eduardo Sanz; Chantal Valeriani; Emanuela Zaccarelli; Wilson C K Poon; Michael E Cates; Peter N Pusey

    2014-04-02

    By molecular-dynamics simulations, we have studied the devitrification (or crystallization) of aged hard-sphere glasses. First, we find that the dynamics of the particles are intermittent: Quiescent periods, when the particles simply "rattle" in their nearest-neighbor cages, are interrupted by abrupt "avalanches," where a subset of particles undergo large rearrangements. Second, we find that crystallization is associated with these avalanches but that the connection is not straightforward. The amount of crystal in the system increases during an avalanche, but most of the particles that become crystalline are different from those involved in the avalanche. Third, the occurrence of the avalanches is a largely stochastic process. Randomizing the velocities of the particles at any time during the simulation leads to a different subsequent series of avalanches. The spatial distribution of avalanching particles appears random, although correlations are found among avalanche initiation events. By contrast, we find that crystallization tends to take place in regions that already show incipient local order.

  2. Avalanches mediate crystallization in a hard-sphere glass.

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    Sanz, Eduardo; Valeriani, Chantal; Zaccarelli, Emanuela; Poon, Wilson C K; Cates, Michael E; Pusey, Peter N

    2014-01-01

    By molecular-dynamics simulations, we have studied the devitrification (or crystallization) of aged hard-sphere glasses. First, we find that the dynamics of the particles are intermittent: Quiescent periods, when the particles simply "rattle" in their nearest-neighbor cages, are interrupted by abrupt "avalanches," where a subset of particles undergo large rearrangements. Second, we find that crystallization is associated with these avalanches but that the connection is not straightforward. The amount of crystal in the system increases during an avalanche, but most of the particles that become crystalline are different from those involved in the avalanche. Third, the occurrence of the avalanches is a largely stochastic process. Randomizing the velocities of the particles at any time during the simulation leads to a different subsequent series of avalanches. The spatial distribution of avalanching particles appears random, although correlations are found among avalanche initiation events. By contrast, we find that crystallization tends to take place in regions that already show incipient local order. PMID:24306932

  3. A cooled avalanche photodiode with high photon detection probability

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    Robinson, D. L.; Metscher, B. D.

    1986-01-01

    An avalanche photodiode has been operated as a photon-counting detector with 2 to 3 times the sensitivity of currently-available photomultiplier tubes. APD (avalanche photodiodes) detection probabilities that exceed 27% and approach 50% have been measured at an optimum operating temperature which minimizes noise. The sources of noise and their dependence on operating temperature and bias voltage are discussed.

  4. Validation of DEM prediction for granular avalanches on irregular terrain

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    Mead, Stuart R.; Cleary, Paul W.

    2015-09-01

    Accurate numerical simulation can provide crucial information useful for a greater understanding of destructive granular mass movements such as rock avalanches, landslides, and pyroclastic flows. It enables more informed and relatively low cost investigation of significant risk factors, mitigation strategy effectiveness, and sensitivity to initial conditions, material, or soil properties. In this paper, a granular avalanche experiment from the literature is reanalyzed and used as a basis to assess the accuracy of discrete element method (DEM) predictions of avalanche flow. Discrete granular approaches such as DEM simulate the motion and collisions of individual particles and are useful for identifying and investigating the controlling processes within an avalanche. Using a superquadric shape representation, DEM simulations were found to accurately reproduce transient and static features of the avalanche. The effect of material properties on the shape of the avalanche deposit was investigated. The simulated avalanche deposits were found to be sensitive to particle shape and friction, with the particle shape causing the sensitivity to friction to vary. The importance of particle shape, coupled with effect on the sensitivity to friction, highlights the importance of quantifying and including particle shape effects in numerical modeling of granular avalanches.

  5. Collaboration Surrounding Beacon Use During Companion Avalanche Rescue

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    Greenberg, Saul

    Collaboration Surrounding Beacon Use During Companion Avalanche Rescue Audrey Desjardins1 , Carman beacon that transmits an electromagnetic signal. If buried, others use their beacons to locate victims of avalanche rescue and the interactions with beacons while backcountry skiing. We conducted interviews

  6. ORIGINAL PAPER Amateur decision-making in avalanche terrain with

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    ORIGINAL PAPER Amateur decision-making in avalanche terrain with and without a decision aid in mountainous terrain. This study explores how the three main amateur user groups of avalanche terrain the strengths and weak- nesses in the decision process of the three amateur groups by comparing their responses

  7. Avalanche Statistics of Driven Granular Slides in a Miniature Mound

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    Juanico, D E; Batac, R; Monterola, C

    2008-01-01

    We examine avalanche statistics of rain- and vibration-driven granular slides in miniature soil mounds using experimental and numerical approaches. A crossover from power-law to non power-law avalanche-size statistics is demonstrated as a generic driving rate $\

  8. Some recent advances in snow and avalanche science 1. Introduction

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    Marshall, Hans-Peter

    (Schneebeli and Johnson, 1998) to estimate weak layer fracture energy. They used a finite element model with the theme of "A Merging of Theory and Practice." The 9 papers in this Special Issue cover a wide range, a statistical analysis of avalanches in the high Arctic, and forecasting of ice avalanches. 2. Snow cover

  9. NEW INSTRUMENT Pulsed Electron Avalanche Knife (PEAK-fc)

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    Palanker, Daniel

    NEW INSTRUMENT Pulsed Electron Avalanche Knife (PEAK-fc) for Dissection of Retinal Tissue Siegfried retinal tissue dissection by the advanced version of the pulsed electron avalanche knife for fine cutting V, a repetition rate of 300 Hz, and 30 "minipulses" per pulse of 100-microsecond dura- tion

  10. Age of Palos Verdes submarine debris avalanche, southern California

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    Normark, W.R.; McGann, M.; Sliter, R.

    2004-01-01

    The Palos Verdes debris avalanche is the largest, by volume, late Quaternary mass-wasted deposit recognized from the inner California Borderland basins. Early workers speculated that the sediment failure giving rise to the deposit is young, taking place well after sea level reached its present position. A newly acquired, closely-spaced grid of high-resolution, deep-tow boomer profiles of the debris avalanche shows that the Palos Verdes debris avalanche fills a turbidite leveed channel that extends seaward from San Pedro Sea Valley, with the bulk of the avalanche deposit appearing to result from a single failure on the adjacent slope. Radiocarbon dates from piston-cored sediment samples acquired near the distal edge of the avalanche deposit indicate that the main failure took place about 7500 yr BP. ?? 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Avalanche Prediction in a Self-Organized Pile of Beads

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    Ramos, O.; Altshuler, E.; Måløy, K. J.

    2009-02-01

    It is a common belief that power-law distributed avalanches are inherently unpredictable. This idea affects phenomena as diverse as evolution, earthquakes, superconducting vortices, stock markets, etc., from atomic to social scales. It mainly comes from the concept of “self-organized criticality” (SOC), where criticality is interpreted in the way that, at any moment, any small avalanche can eventually cascade into a large event. Nevertheless, this work demonstrates experimentally the possibility of avalanche prediction in the classical paradigm of SOC: a pile of grains. By knowing the position of every grain in a two-dimensional pile, avalanches of moving grains follow a distinct power-law distribution. Large avalanches, although uncorrelated, are on average preceded by continuous, detectable variations in the internal structure of the pile that are monitored in order to achieve prediction.

  12. Avalanche-like behavior in ciliary import.

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    Ludington, William B; Wemmer, Kimberly A; Lechtreck, Karl F; Witman, George B; Marshall, Wallace F

    2013-03-01

    Cilia and flagella are microtubule-based organelles that protrude from the cell body. Ciliary assembly requires intraflagellar transport (IFT), a motile system that delivers cargo from the cell body to the flagellar tip for assembly. The process controlling injections of IFT proteins into the flagellar compartment is, therefore, crucial to ciliogenesis. Extensive biochemical and genetic analyses have determined the molecular machinery of IFT, but these studies do not explain what regulates IFT injection rate. Here, we provide evidence that IFT injections result from avalanche-like releases of accumulated IFT material at the flagellar base and that the key regulated feature of length control is the recruitment of IFT material to the flagellar base. We used total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy of IFT proteins in live cells to quantify the size and frequency of injections over time. The injection dynamics reveal a power-law tailed distribution of injection event sizes and a negative correlation between injection size and frequency, as well as rich behaviors such as quasiperiodicity, bursting, and long-memory effects tied to the size of the localized load of IFT material awaiting injection at the flagellar base, collectively indicating that IFT injection dynamics result from avalanche-like behavior. Computational models based on avalanching recapitulate observed IFT dynamics, and we further show that the flagellar Ras-related nuclear protein (Ran) guanosine 5'-triphosphate (GTP) gradient can in theory act as a flagellar length sensor to regulate this localized accumulation of IFT. These results demonstrate that a self-organizing, physical mechanism can control a biochemically complex intracellular transport pathway. PMID:23431147

  13. Avalanche Photodiode Arrays for Optical Communications Receivers

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    Srinivasan, M.; Vilnrotter, V.

    2001-01-01

    An avalanche photodiode (APD) array for ground-based optical communications receivers is investigated for the reception of optical signals through the turbulent atmosphere. Kolmogorov phase screen simulations are used to generate realistic spatial distributions of the received optical field. It is shown that use of an APD array for pulse-position modulation detection can improve performance by up to 4 dB over single APD detection in the presence of turbulence, but that photon-counting detector arrays yield even greater gains.

  14. Photon detection with cooled avalanche photodiodes

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    Robinson, D. L.; Metscher, B. D.

    1987-01-01

    Commercial avalanche photodiodes have been operated as single-photon detectors at an optimum operating temperature and bias voltage. These detectors were found to be 1.5-3 times more sensitive than presently available photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). Both single-photon detection probability and detector noise increase with bias voltage; detection probabilities greater than twice that of a PMT were obtained with detector noise levels below 100 counts per second. Higher probabilities were measured at higher noise levels. The sources of noise and their dependence on temperature and bias voltage are discussed.

  15. Avalanches and Dynamical Correlations in supercooled liquids

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    R. Candelier; A. Widmer-Cooper; J. K. Kummerfeld; O. Dauchot; G. Biroli; P. Harrowell; D. R. Reichman

    2009-12-01

    We identify the pattern of microscopic dynamical relaxation for a two dimensional glass forming liquid. On short timescales, bursts of irreversible particle motion, called cage jumps, aggregate into clusters. On larger time scales, clusters aggregate both spatially and temporally into avalanches. This propagation of mobility, or dynamic facilitation, takes place along the soft regions of the systems, which have been identified by computing isoconfigurational Debye-Waller maps. Our results characterize the way in which dynamical heterogeneity evolves in moderately supercooled liquids and reveal that it is astonishingly similar to the one found for dense glassy granular media.

  16. Cooled avalanche photodiode used for photon detection

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    Robinson, Deborah L.; Metscher, Brian D.

    1987-01-01

    Commercial avalanche photodiodes have been operated as single-photon detectors at an optimum operating temperature and bias voltage. These detectors were found to be 1.5 to 3 times more sensitive than presently-available photomultiplier tubes (PPMTs). Both single-photon detection probability and detector noise increase with bias voltage; detection probabilities greater than 25 percent were obtained with detector noise levels comparable to the noise of a PMT; higher probabilities were measured at higher noise levels. The sources of noise and their dependence on temperature and bias voltage are discussed.

  17. Bilayer avalanche spin-diode logic

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    Friedman, Joseph S.; Fadel, Eric R.; Wessels, Bruce W.; Querlioz, Damien; Sahakian, Alan V.

    2015-11-01

    A novel spintronic computing paradigm is proposed and analyzed in which InSb p-n bilayer avalanche spin-diodes are cascaded to efficiently perform complex logic operations. This spin-diode logic family uses control wires to generate magnetic fields that modulate the resistance of the spin-diodes, and currents through these devices control the resistance of cascaded devices. Electromagnetic simulations are performed to demonstrate the cascading mechanism, and guidelines are provided for the development of this innovative computing technology. This cascading scheme permits compact logic circuits with switching speeds determined by electromagnetic wave propagation rather than electron motion, enabling high-performance spintronic computing.

  18. PHYSICAL REVIEW E 85, 066131 (2012) Statistical properties of avalanches in networks

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    Restrepo, Juan G.

    2012-01-01

    PHYSICAL REVIEW E 85, 066131 (2012) Statistical properties of avalanches in networks Daniel B the distributions of size and duration of avalanches propagating in complex networks. By an avalanche we mean that the statistics of avalanches can be characterized in terms of the largest eigenvalue and corresponding

  19. Maximal avalanches in the Bak-Sneppen model Alexis Gillett1

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    Meester, Ronald

    Maximal avalanches in the Bak-Sneppen model Alexis Gillett1 , Ronald Meester1 and Peter van der Wal2 May 18, 2004 Abstract We study the durations of the avalanches in the maximal avalanche decomposition of the Bak-Sneppen evolution model. We show that all the avalanches in this maximal decomposition

  20. Forecasting artificially-triggered avalanches in storm snow at a large ski area Edward H. Bair

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    California at Santa Barbara, University of

    Forecasting artificially-triggered avalanches in storm snow at a large ski area Edward H. Bair US Keywords: Snow Avalanche Ski area At ski areas, a majority of avalanches fail in storm snow. Using thousands of observations from avalanche control work at Mammoth Mountain, CA, USA, a large coastal ski area

  1. Particle Size Segregation in Granular Avalanches PhD Supervisor: Professor Nico Gray

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    Sidorov, Nikita

    Particle Size Segregation in Granular Avalanches PhD Supervisor: Professor Nico Gray (a) (b) (c mass flows, such as debris-flows, dense pyroclastic avalanches and snow avalanches. Larger rougher, recirculation and deposition of coarse particles near two-dimensional avalanche fronts. J. Fluid Mech. 629, 387

  2. Continuum description of avalanches in granular media Igor S. Aranson1

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    Tsimring, Lev S.

    Continuum description of avalanches in granular media Igor S. Aranson1 and Lev S. Tsimring2 1 avalanches propagating downhill at small inclination angles to balloon-shaped avalanches also propagating- lar flow. The most spectacular manifestation of such a tran- sition occurs during an avalanche

  3. Statistics of Avalanches with Relaxation, and Barkhausen Noise: A Solvable Model Alexander Dobrinevski,

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Statistics of Avalanches with Relaxation, and Barkhausen Noise: A Solvable Model Alexander of each avalanche of the standard ABBM model into a cluster of sub-avalanches, sharply delimited for slow at which the particle velocity never vanishes, are modified. We also analyze non-stationary avalanches

  4. Avalanches and scaling in plastic deformation

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    Koslowski, M.

    2004-01-01

    Plastic deformation of crystalline materials is a complex non-homogeneous process characterized by avalanches in the motion of dislocations. We study the evolution of dislocations loops using an analytically solvable phase-field model of dislocations for ductile single crystals during monotonic loading. We present simulations of dislocations under slow external loading that generate scale-free avalanches and power-law behavior that are characteristics of self organized criticality. The distribution of dislocation loop sizes is given by P(A) {approx} A{sup -{sigma}}, with {sigma} = 1.8 {+-} 0.1. The power law exponent is in agreement with those found in acoustic emission measurements on stressed ice single crystals. In addition to the jerky character of dislocation motion, this model also predicts a range of macroscopic behaviors in agreement with observation, including hardening and dislocation multiplication with monotonic loading and a maximum in the acoustic emission signal at the onset of yielding. At sufficient large stress, the hardening rate drops and the stress-strain curve saturates. At the same time the acoustic emission as well as the dislocation production decreases in agreement with experimental observation.

  5. Avalanche dynamics of radio pulsar glitches

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    A. Melatos; C. Peralta; J. S. B. Wyithe

    2007-10-04

    We test statistically the hypothesis that radio pulsar glitches result from an avalanche process, in which angular momentum is transferred erratically from the flywheel-like superfluid in the star to the slowly decelerating, solid crust via spatially connected chains of local, impulsive, threshold-activated events, so that the system fluctuates around a self-organised critical state. Analysis of the glitch population (currently 285 events from 101 pulsars) demonstrates that the size distribution in individual pulsars is consistent with being scale invariant, as expected for an avalanche process. The waiting-time distribution is consistent with being exponential in seven out of nine pulsars where it can be measured reliably, after adjusting for observational limits on the minimum waiting time, as for a constant-rate Poisson process. PSR J0537$-$6910 and PSR J0835$-$4510 are the exceptions; their waiting-time distributions show evidence of quasiperiodicity. In each object, stationarity requires that the rate $\\lambda$ equals $- \\epsilon \\dot{\

  6. Avalanches and the distribution of solar flares

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    Lu, Edward T.; Hamilton, Russell J.

    1991-01-01

    The solar coronal magnetic field is proposed to be in a self-organized critical state, thus explaining the observed power-law dependence of solar-flare-occurrence rate on flare size which extends over more than five orders of magnitude in peak flux. The physical picture that arises is that solar flares are avalanches of many small reconnection events, analogous to avalanches of sand in the models published by Bak and colleagues in 1987 and 1988. Flares of all sizes are manifestations of the same physical processes, where the size of a given flare is determined by the number of elementary reconnection events. The relation between small-scale processes and the statistics of global-flare properties which follows from the self-organized magnetic-field configuration provides a way to learn about the physics of the unobservable small-scale reconnection processes. A simple lattice-reconnection model is presented which is consistent with the observed flare statistics. The implications for coronal heating are discussed and some observational tests of this picture are given.

  7. Angle sensitive single photon avalanche diode

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    Lee, Changhyuk; Johnson, Ben; Molnar, Alyosha

    2015-06-01

    An ideal light sensor would provide exact information on intensity, timing, location, and angle of incoming photons. Single photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) provide such desired high (single photon) sensitivity with precise time information and can be implemented at a pixel-scale to form an array to extract spatial information. Furthermore, recent work has demonstrated photodiode-based structures (combined with micro-lenses or diffraction gratings) that are capable of encoding both spatial and angular information of incident light. In this letter, we describe the implementation of such a grating structure on SPADs to realize a pixel-scale angle-sensitive single photon avalanche diode (A-SPAD) built in a standard CMOS process. While the underlying SPAD structure provides high sensitivity, the time information of the two layers of diffraction gratings above offers angle-sensitivity. Such a unique combination of SPAD and diffraction gratings expands the sensing dimensions to pave a path towards lens-less 3-D imaging and light-field time-of-flight imaging.

  8. Avalanches of Singing Sand in the Laboratory

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    Dagois-Bohy, Simon; Courrech Du Pont, Sylvain; Douady, Stéphane

    2011-03-01

    The song of dunes is a natural phenomenon that has arisen travellers' curiosity for a long time, from Marco Polo to R.A. Bagnold. Scientific observations in the XXth century have shown that the sound is emitted during a shear flow of these particular grains, the free surface of the flow having coherent vibrations like a loud speaker. The sound emission is also submitted to a threshold effect with many parameters like humidity, flow speed, surface of the grains. The sound has been reproduced in laboratory avalanche experiments close to the natural phenomenon on field, but set in a channel with a hard bottom and a few centimeters of sand flowing, which contradicts explanations of the sound that involve a sand dune under the avalanche flow. Flow rates measurements also show the presence of a plug region in the flow above the sheared band, with the same characteristic length as the coherence zones of the sound. Finally we show experimentally that the Froude number, once modified to take into account the height of this plug band, is the parameter that sets the amplitude of the sound, and produces a threshold that depends on the grain type.

  9. Reducing financial avalanches by random investments.

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    Biondo, Alessio Emanuele; Pluchino, Alessandro; Rapisarda, Andrea; Helbing, Dirk

    2013-12-01

    Building on similarities between earthquakes and extreme financial events, we use a self-organized criticality-generating model to study herding and avalanche dynamics in financial markets. We consider a community of interacting investors, distributed in a small-world network, who bet on the bullish (increasing) or bearish (decreasing) behavior of the market which has been specified according to the S&P 500 historical time series. Remarkably, we find that the size of herding-related avalanches in the community can be strongly reduced by the presence of a relatively small percentage of traders, randomly distributed inside the network, who adopt a random investment strategy. Our findings suggest a promising strategy to limit the size of financial bubbles and crashes. We also obtain that the resulting wealth distribution of all traders corresponds to the well-known Pareto power law, while that of random traders is exponential. In other words, for technical traders, the risk of losses is much greater than the probability of gains compared to those of random traders. PMID:24483518

  10. Reducing financial avalanches by random investments

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    Emanuele Biondo, Alessio; Pluchino, Alessandro; Rapisarda, Andrea; Helbing, Dirk

    2013-12-01

    Building on similarities between earthquakes and extreme financial events, we use a self-organized criticality-generating model to study herding and avalanche dynamics in financial markets. We consider a community of interacting investors, distributed on a small-world network, who bet on the bullish (increasing) or bearish (decreasing) behavior of the market which has been specified according to the S&P500 historical time series. Remarkably, we find that the size of herding-related avalanches in the community can be strongly reduced by the presence of a relatively small percentage of traders, randomly distributed inside the network, who adopt a random investment strategy. Our findings suggest a promising strategy to limit the size of financial bubbles and crashes. We also obtain that the resulting wealth distribution of all traders corresponds to the well-known Pareto power law, while the one of random traders is exponential. In other words, for technical traders, the risk of losses is much greater than the probability of gains compared to those of random traders.

  11. Reducing financial avalanches by random investments

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    Biondo, Alessio Emanuele; Pluchino, Alessandro; Rapisarda, Andrea; Helbing, Dirk

    2013-12-01

    Building on similarities between earthquakes and extreme financial events, we use a self-organized criticality-generating model to study herding and avalanche dynamics in financial markets. We consider a community of interacting investors, distributed in a small-world network, who bet on the bullish (increasing) or bearish (decreasing) behavior of the market which has been specified according to the S&P 500 historical time series. Remarkably, we find that the size of herding-related avalanches in the community can be strongly reduced by the presence of a relatively small percentage of traders, randomly distributed inside the network, who adopt a random investment strategy. Our findings suggest a promising strategy to limit the size of financial bubbles and crashes. We also obtain that the resulting wealth distribution of all traders corresponds to the well-known Pareto power law, while that of random traders is exponential. In other words, for technical traders, the risk of losses is much greater than the probability of gains compared to those of random traders.

  12. Germanium avalanche receiver for low power interconnects.

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    Virot, Léopold; Crozat, Paul; Fédéli, Jean-Marc; Hartmann, Jean-Michel; Marris-Morini, Delphine; Cassan, Eric; Boeuf, Frédéric; Vivien, Laurent

    2014-01-01

    Recent advances in silicon photonics have aided the development of on-chip communications. Power consumption, however, remains an issue in almost all integrated devices. Here, we report a 10?Gbit per second waveguide avalanche germanium photodiode under low reverse bias. The avalanche photodiode scheme requires only simple technological steps that are fully compatible with complementary metal oxide semiconductor processes and do not need nanometre accuracy and/or complex epitaxial growth schemes. An intrinsic gain higher than 20 was demonstrated under a bias voltage as low as -7?V. The Q-factor relating to the signal-to-noise ratio at 10?Gbit per second was maintained over 20?dB without the use of a trans-impedance amplifier for an input optical power lower than -26?dBm thanks to an aggressive shrinkage of the germanium multiplication region. A maximum gain over 140 was also obtained for optical powers below -35?dBm. These results pave the way for low-power-consumption on-chip communication applications. PMID:25232823

  13. Disordered artificial spin ices: Avalanches and criticality (invited)

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    Reichhardt, Cynthia J. Olson Chern, Gia-Wei; Reichhardt, Charles; Libál, Andras

    2015-05-07

    We show that square and kagome artificial spin ices with disconnected islands exhibit disorder-induced nonequilibrium phase transitions. The critical point of the transition is characterized by a diverging length scale and the effective spin reconfiguration avalanche sizes are power-law distributed. For weak disorder, the magnetization reversal is dominated by system-spanning avalanche events characteristic of a supercritical regime, while at strong disorder, the avalanche distributions have subcritical behavior and are cut off above a length scale that decreases with increasing disorder. The different type of geometrical frustration in the two lattices produces distinct forms of critical avalanche behavior. Avalanches in the square ice consist of the propagation of locally stable domain walls separating the two polarized ground states, and we find a scaling collapse consistent with an interface depinning mechanism. In the fully frustrated kagome ice, however, the avalanches branch strongly in a manner reminiscent of directed percolation. We also observe an interesting crossover in the power-law scaling of the kagome ice avalanches at low disorder. Our results show that artificial spin ices are ideal systems in which to study a variety of nonequilibrium critical point phenomena as the microscopic degrees of freedom can be accessed directly in experiments.

  14. Indirect flat-panel detector with avalanche gain

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    Zhao, Wei; Hunt, Dylan C.; Tanioka, Kenkichi; Rowlands, John A.

    2004-05-01

    A new concept - an indirect flat-panel detector with avalanche gain - for low dose x-ray imaging has been proposed. The detector consists of an amorphous selenium (a-Se) photoconductor optically coupled to a structured cesium iodide (CsI) scintillator. Under an electric field ESe, the a-Se is sensitive to light and converts the optical photons emitted from CsI into electronic signal. These signals can be stored and read out in the same fashion as in existing flat-panel detectors. When ESe is increased to > 90 V/?m, avalanche multiplication occurs. The avalanche gain ranges between 1-800 depending on ESe and the thickness of the a-Se layer dSe. The avalanche a-Se photoconductor is referred to as HARP (High-gain Avalanche Rushing amorphous Photoconductor). A cascaded linear system model for the proposed detector was developed in order to determine the optimal CsI properties and avalanche gain for different x-ray imaging applications. Our results showed that x-ray quantum noise limited performance can be achieved at the lowest exposure level necessary for fluoroscopy (0.1 ?R) and mammography (0.1 mR) with a moderate avalanche gain of 20 (d = 1-2 ?m). A laboratory test system using an existing HARP tube optically coupled (through a lens) to a CsI layer was built and the advantage of avalanche gain in overcoming electronic noise was demonstrated experimentally. One of the advantages of the avalanche gain is that it will permit the use of high resolution (HR) CsI (which due to its low light output has not previously been used in flat-panel detectors) to improve DQE at high spatial frequencies.

  15. Statistical Analyses Support Power Law Distributions Found in Neuronal Avalanches

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    Klaus, Andreas; Yu, Shan; Plenz, Dietmar

    2011-01-01

    The size distribution of neuronal avalanches in cortical networks has been reported to follow a power law distribution with exponent close to ?1.5, which is a reflection of long-range spatial correlations in spontaneous neuronal activity. However, identifying power law scaling in empirical data can be difficult and sometimes controversial. In the present study, we tested the power law hypothesis for neuronal avalanches by using more stringent statistical analyses. In particular, we performed the following steps: (i) analysis of finite-size scaling to identify scale-free dynamics in neuronal avalanches, (ii) model parameter estimation to determine the specific exponent of the power law, and (iii) comparison of the power law to alternative model distributions. Consistent with critical state dynamics, avalanche size distributions exhibited robust scaling behavior in which the maximum avalanche size was limited only by the spatial extent of sampling (“finite size” effect). This scale-free dynamics suggests the power law as a model for the distribution of avalanche sizes. Using both the Kolmogorov-Smirnov statistic and a maximum likelihood approach, we found the slope to be close to ?1.5, which is in line with previous reports. Finally, the power law model for neuronal avalanches was compared to the exponential and to various heavy-tail distributions based on the Kolmogorov-Smirnov distance and by using a log-likelihood ratio test. Both the power law distribution without and with exponential cut-off provided significantly better fits to the cluster size distributions in neuronal avalanches than the exponential, the lognormal and the gamma distribution. In summary, our findings strongly support the power law scaling in neuronal avalanches, providing further evidence for critical state dynamics in superficial layers of cortex. PMID:21720544

  16. ELECTRON AVALANCHE MODEL OF DIELECTRIC-VACUUM SURFACE BREAKDOWN

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    Lauer, E J

    2007-02-21

    The model assumes that an 'initiating event' results in positive ions on the surface near the anode and reverses the direction of the normal component of electric field so that electrons in vacuum are attracted to the dielectric locally. A sequence of surface electron avalanches progresses in steps from the anode to the cathode. For 200 kV across 1 cm, the spacing of avalanches is predicted to be about 13 microns. The time for avalanches to step from the anode to the cathode is predicted to be about a ns.

  17. III-V alloy heterostructure high speed avalanche photodiodes

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    Law, H. D.; Nakano, K.; Tomasetta, L. R.

    1979-01-01

    Heterostructure avalanche photodiodes have been successfully fabricated in several III-V alloy systems: GaAlAs/GaAs, GaAlSb/GaAlSb, and InGaAsP/InP. These diodes cover optical wavelengths from 0.4 to 1.8 micron. Early stages of development show very encouraging results. High speed response of less than 35 ps and high quantum efficiency more than 95 percent have been obtained. The dark currents and the excess avalanche noise are also dicussed. A direct comparison of GaAlSb, GaAlAsSb, and In GaAsP avalanche photodiodes is given.

  18. Characterization of avalanche photodiodes for lidar atmospheric return signal detectors

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    Antill, C. W., Jr.; Holloway, R. M.

    1988-01-01

    Results are presented from tests to characterize noise, dark current, overload, and gain versus bias, relationships of ten avalanche photodiodes. The advantages of avalanche photodiodes over photomultiplier tubes for given laser wavelengths and return signal amplitudes are outlined. The relationship between responsivity and temperature and dark current and temperature are examined. Also, measurements of the noise equivalent power, the excess noise factor, and linearity are given. The advantages of using avalanche photodiodes in the Lidar Atmospheric Sensing Experiment and the Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment are discussed.

  19. Flux Avalanches in Multi-layer Superconducting Strip Arrays

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    Tada, S.; Tsuchiya, Y.; Mine, A.; Pyon, S.; Tamegai, T.; Nagasawa, S.; Hidaka, M.

    We have fabricated three-dimensional double- and triple-layer strip arrays of Nb and observed flux penetration into these strip arrays with an applied field perpendicular to the plane by using the magneto-optical imaging method. In the triple-layer strip arrays with large overlaps between the strips, we observed flux avalanches and one-dimensional penetrations perpendicular to the strip similar to the case of double-layer strip arrays. In thicker triple-layer samples, we also observed flux avalanches parallel to the strip. Enhanced demagnetization effect, thermal conductivity between the neighboring layers, and the driving force parallel to the strip are believed to cause these avalanches.

  20. Topographic Avalanche Risk: DEM Sensitivity Analysis

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    Nazarkulova, Ainura; Strobl, Josef

    2015-04-01

    GIS-based models are frequently used to assess the risk and trigger probabilities of (snow) avalanche releases, based on parameters and geomorphometric derivatives like elevation, exposure, slope, proximity to ridges and local relief energy. Numerous models, and model-based specific applications and project results have been published based on a variety of approaches and parametrizations as well as calibrations. Digital Elevation Models (DEM) come with many different resolution (scale) and quality (accuracy) properties, some of these resulting from sensor characteristics and DEM generation algorithms, others from different DEM processing workflows and analysis strategies. This paper explores the impact of using different types and characteristics of DEMs for avalanche risk modeling approaches, and aims at establishing a framework for assessing the uncertainty of results. The research question is derived from simply demonstrating the differences in release risk areas and intensities by applying identical models to DEMs with different properties, and then extending this into a broader sensitivity analysis. For the quantification and calibration of uncertainty parameters different metrics are established, based on simple value ranges, probabilities, as well as fuzzy expressions and fractal metrics. As a specific approach the work on DEM resolution-dependent 'slope spectra' is being considered and linked with the specific application of geomorphometry-base risk assessment. For the purpose of this study focusing on DEM characteristics, factors like land cover, meteorological recordings and snowpack structure and transformation are kept constant, i.e. not considered explicitly. Key aims of the research presented here are the development of a multi-resolution and multi-scale framework supporting the consistent combination of large area basic risk assessment with local mitigation-oriented studies, and the transferability of the latter into areas without availability of higher resolution elevation modes. Worked examples are provided from different DEMs for Alpine as well as Central Asian study areas (including an avalanche cadaster of a mountain road in the Kyrgyz Republic), exploring the transfer of uncertainty parameters into regions where only lower resolution DEMs are available.

  1. Avalanche behavior in yield stress fluids

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    Bonn, Daniel

    2005-03-01

    We show that above a critical stress, typical yield stress fluids (gels, clay suspensions) and soft glassy materials (the colloidal glass of Laponite) start flowing abruptly and subsequently accelerate, leading to avalanches that are remarkably similar to those of granular materials. Rheometrical tests reveal that this is associated to a bifurcation in rheological behavior: for small stresses, the viscosity increases in time: the material ``ages,'' and eventually stops flowing. For slightly larger stresses the viscosity decreases continuously in time: the flow accelerates and we observe a 1 ``rejuvenation'' of the material by the flow. We show that for the Laponite system, both the aging and the shear rejuvenation can be observed directly using Diffusive Wave Spectroscopy. We propose a simple physical model capable of reproducing the rheological observations. These results may have some implication in geophysics: they shed some light on certain landslides of clayey soils, and the way quicksand works.

  2. Recovering coincidence contrast from saturated avalanche photodiodes

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    James A. Grieve; Rakhitha Chandrasekara; Zhongkan Tang; Cliff Cheng; Alexander Ling

    2015-10-13

    In this paper we present a high-level numerical model for estimating rates of accidental coincidence between a pair of passively quenched Geiger mode avalanche photodiodes operating in the saturated regime. By considering the recovery time of both the photodiodes and the detection circuit we introduce the concept of an "effective duty cycle" and show that it may be estimated by numeric simulation. The impact of effective duty cycle on the observed accidental rate is examined and we demonstrate that post-processing using the updated model leads to improved visibility in actual experiments. This will improve the signal-to-noise ratio in some applications which depend on coincidence measurements and can be extended to scenarios with more than two detectors.

  3. Avalanche of particles in evaporating coffee drops

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    Marin, Alvaro G; Snoeijer, Jacco; Lohse, Detlef

    2010-01-01

    The pioneering work of Deegan et al. [Nature 389, (1997)] showed how a drying sessile droplet suspension of particles presents a maximum evaporating flux at its contact line which drags liquid and particles creating the well known coffee stain ring. In this Fluid Dynamics Video, measurements using micro Particle Image Velocimetry and Particle Tracking clearly show an avalanche of particles being dragged in the last moments, for vanishing contact angles and droplet height. This explains the different characteristic packing of the particles in the layers of the ring: the outer one resembles a crystalline array, while the inner one looks more like a jammed granular fluid. Using the basic hydrodynamic model used by Deegan et al. [Phys. Rev. E 62, (2000)] it will be shown how the liquid radial velocity diverges as the droplet life comes to an end, yielding a good comparison with the experimental data.

  4. Overspill avalanching in a dense reservoir network

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    Mamede, George L.; Araújo, Nuno A. M.; Schneider, Christian M.; de Araújo, José Carlos; Herrmann, Hans J.

    2012-01-01

    Sustainability of communities, agriculture, and industry is strongly dependent on an effective storage and supply of water resources. In some regions the economic growth has led to a level of water demand that can only be accomplished through efficient reservoir networks. Such infrastructures are not always planned at larger scale but rather made by farmers according to their local needs of irrigation during droughts. Based on extensive data from the upper Jaguaribe basin, one of the world’s largest system of reservoirs, located in the Brazilian semiarid northeast, we reveal that surprisingly it self-organizes into a scale-free network exhibiting also a power-law in the distribution of the lakes and avalanches of discharges. With a new self-organized-criticality-type model we manage to explain the novel critical exponents. Implementing a flow model we are able to reproduce the measured overspill evolution providing a tool for catastrophe mitigation and future planning. PMID:22529343

  5. Relative degradation of near infrared avalanche photodiodes from proton irradiation

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    Becker, Heidi; Johnston, Allan H.

    2004-01-01

    InGaAs and Ge avalanche photodiodes are compared for the effects of 63-MeV protons on dark current. Differences in displacement damage factors are discussed as they relate to structural differences between devices.

  6. Failure avalanches in fiber bundles for discrete load increase

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    Per C. Hemmer; Srutarshi Pradhan

    2007-01-11

    The statistics of burst avalanche sizes $n$ during failure processes in a fiber bundle follows a power law, $D(n)\\sim n^{-\\xi}$, for large avalanches. The exponent $\\xi$ depends upon how the avalanches are provoked. While it is known that when the load on the bundle is increased in a continuous manner, the exponent takes the value $\\xi=5/2$, we show that when the external load is increased in discrete and not too small steps, the exponent value $\\xi=3$ is relevant. Our analytic treatment applies to bundles with a general probability distribution of the breakdown thresholds for the individual fibers. The pre-asymptotic size distribution of avalanches is also considered.

  7. InAs avalanche photodiodes as X-ray detectors

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    Meng, X.; Zhou, X.; Zhang, S.; Lees, J.; Tan, C. H.; Ng, J. S.

    2015-10-01

    We designed and demonstrated an InAs avalanche photodiode (APD) for X-ray detection, combining narrow band gap semiconductor materials and avalanche gain from APDs. The InAs APD (cooled by liquid nitrogen) was tested with a 55Fe X-ray source. Full width at half maximum (FWHM) from the spectra decreases rapidly with reverse bias, rising again for higher voltages, resulting in a minimum FWHM value of 401 eV at 5.9 keV. This minimum value was achieved at 10 V reverse bias, which corresponds to an avalanche gain of 11. The dependence of FWHM on reverse bias observed is explained by the competition between various factors, such as leakage current, capacitance and avalanche gain from the APD, as well as measurement system noise. The minimum FWHM achieved is largely dominated by the measurement system noise and APD leakage current.

  8. Avalanche Erosion: Four Years of Measurements from the Guggigraben, Switzerland

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    Moore, J. R.; Egloff, J.; Nagelisen, J.; Hunziker, M.; Aerne, U.; Christen, M.

    2013-12-01

    While the geomorphic significance of avalanche erosion has been recognized for some time, relatively few quantitative studies exist that examine their effects in sculpting bedrock landforms and transporting sediment from the upper reaches catchments to adjacent fans and river systems. Large unknowns thus remain as to the efficacy and mechanics of avalanche erosion, and its relative role in mass transfer in alpine mountain belts. Here we present results of field investigations at the Guggigraben catchment (Matter Valley, Switzerland) where we measured transported sediment loads and calculated catchment-wide erosion rates over four years. We further discuss the origin of transported sediment, describe typical features of dirty avalanche deposits, use numerical modeling to predict flow velocities and impact pressures, and comment on mechanisms of bedrock erosion by particle-bed interactions. Combined results highlight the relative importance of avalanche erosion in catchment-scale denudation and mass redistribution, as well as in aiding incision and widening of bedrock gullies.

  9. High-resolution radar measurements of snow avalanches

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    Vriend, N. M.; McElwaine, J. N.; Sovilla, B.; Keylock, C. J.; Ash, M.; Brennan, P. V.

    2013-02-01

    Two snow avalanches that occurred in the winter 2010-2011 at Vallée de la Sionne, Switzerland, are studied using a new phased array FMCW radar system with unprecedented spatial resolution. The 5.3 GHz radar penetrates through the powder cloud and reflects off the underlying denser core. Data are recorded at 50 Hz and have a range resolution better than 1 m over the entire avalanche track. We are able to demonstrate good agreement between the radar results and existing measurement systems that record at particular points on the avalanche track. The radar data reveal a wealth of structure in the avalanche and allow the tracking of individual fronts and surges down the slope for the first time.

  10. Effect of volume fraction on granular avalanche dynamics.

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    Gravish, Nick; Goldman, Daniel I

    2014-09-01

    We study the evolution and failure of a granular slope as a function of prepared volume fraction, ?(0). We rotated an initially horizontal layer of granular material (0.3-mm-diam glass spheres) to a 45° angle while we monitor the motion of grains from the side and top with high-speed video cameras. The dynamics of grain motion during the tilt process depended sensitively on ?(0)?[0.58-0.63] and differed above or below the granular critical state, ?(c), defined as the onset of dilation as a function of increasing volume fraction. For ?(0)-?(c)<0, slopes experienced short, rapid, precursor compaction events prior to the onset of a sustained avalanche. Precursor compaction events began at an initial angle ?(0)=7.7±1.4° and occurred intermittently prior to the onset of an avalanche. Avalanches occurred at the maximal slope angle ?(m)=28.5±1.0°. Granular material at ?(0)-?(c)>0 did not experience precursor compaction prior to avalanche flow, and instead experienced a single dilational motion at ?(0)=32.1±1.5° prior to the onset of an avalanche at ?(m)=35.9±0.7°. Both ?(0) and ?(m) increased with ?(0) and approached the same value in the limit of random close packing. The angle at which avalanching grains came to rest, ?(R)=22±2°, was independent of ?(0). From side-view high-speed video, we measured the velocity field of intermittent and avalanching flow. We found that flow direction, depth, and duration were affected by ?(0), with ?(0)-?(c)<0 precursor flow extending deeper into the granular bed and occurring more rapidly than precursor flow at ?(0)-?(c)>0. Our study elucidates how initial conditions-including volume fraction-are important determinants of granular slope stability and the onset of avalanches. PMID:25314432

  11. Avalanche dynamics in evolution, growth, and depinning models

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    Paczuski, M.; Maslov, S.; Bak, P.

    1996-01-01

    Dynamics of complex systems in nature often occurs in terms of punctuations, or avalanches, rather than following a smooth, gradual path. Theory of avalanche dynamics in models of growth, interface depinning, and evolution is presented. Specifically, we include the Bak-Sneppen evolution model, Sneppen interface depinning model, Zaitsev flux creep model, invasion percolation, and several other depinning models into a unified treatment encompassing a large class of far from equilibrium processes. The formation of fractal structures, the appearance of 1/{ital f} noise, diffusion with anomalous Hurst exponents, L{acute e}vy flights, and punctuated equilibria can all be related to the same underlying avalanche dynamics. This dynamics can be represented as a fractal in {ital d} spatial plus one temporal dimension. The complex state can be reached either by tuning a parameter, or it can be self-organized. We present two {ital exact} equations for the avalanche behavior in the latter case. (1) The slow approach to the critical attractor, i.e., the process of self-organization, is governed by a ``gap`` equation for divergence of avalanche sizes. (2) The hierarchical structure of avalanches is described by an equation for the average number of sites covered by an avalanche. The exponent {gamma} governing the approach to the critical state appears as a constant rather than as a critical exponent. In addition, the conservation of activity in the stationary state manifests itself through the superuniversal result {eta}=0. The exponent {pi} for the L{acute e}vy flight jumps between subsequent active sites can be related to other critical exponents through a study of {open_quote}{open_quote}backward avalanches.{close_quote}{close_quote} We develop a scaling theory that relates many of the critical exponents in this broad category of extremal models, representing different universality classes, to two basic exponents characterizing the fractal attractor. (Abstract Truncated)

  12. Optimum Receiver Structure for PPM Signals with Avalanche Photodiode Statistics

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    Vilnrotter, V.; Srinivasan, M.

    1998-01-01

    The maximum likelihood decision statistic for detection of pulse-position modulated signals with an avalanche photodiode is derived, using the more accurate Webb density rather than Poisson or Gaussian approximations for the distribution of avalanche photodiode output electrons. It is shown that for Webb-distributed output electtrons, the maximum likelihood rule is to choose the PPM word corresponding to the slot with the maximum electron count.

  13. Influence of snow temperature on avalanche impact pressure

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    Sovilla, Betty; Koehler, Anselm; Steinkogler, Walter; Fischer, Jan-Thomas

    2015-04-01

    The properties of the snow entrained by an avalanche during its motion (density, temperature) significantly affect flow dynamics and can determine whether the flowing material forms granules or maintains its original fine-grained structure. In general, a cold and light snow cover typically fluidizes, while warmer and more cohesive snow may form a granular denser layer in a flowing avalanche. This structural difference has a fundamental influence not only in the mobility of the flow but also on the impact pressure of avalanches. Using measurements of impact pressure, velocity, density and snow temperature performed at the Swiss Vallée de la Sionne full-scale test site, we show that, impact pressure fundamentally changes with snow temperature. A transition threshold of about -2°C is determined, the same temperature at which snow granulation starts. On the one hand warm avalanches, characterized by temperatures larger than -2°C, move as a plug and exert impact pressures linearly proportional to the avalanche depth. For Froude numbers larger than 1, an additional square-velocity dependent contribution cannot be neglected. On the other hand cold avalanches, characterized by a temperature smaller than -2°C, move as dense sheared flows, or completely dilute powder clouds and exert impact pressures, which are mainly proportional to the square of the flow velocity. For these avalanches the impact pressures strongly depend on density variations within the flow. We suggest that the proposed temperature threshold can be used as a criterion to define the transition between the impact pressures exerted by warm and cold avalanches, thus offering a new way to elude the notorious difficulties in defining the differences between wet and dry flow, respectively.

  14. Effect of volume fraction on granular avalanche dynamics

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    Gravish, Nick; Goldman, Daniel I.

    2014-09-01

    We study the evolution and failure of a granular slope as a function of prepared volume fraction, ?0. We rotated an initially horizontal layer of granular material (0.3-mm-diam glass spheres) to a 45? angle while we monitor the motion of grains from the side and top with high-speed video cameras. The dynamics of grain motion during the tilt process depended sensitively on ?0?[0.58-0.63] and differed above or below the granular critical state, ?c, defined as the onset of dilation as a function of increasing volume fraction. For ?0-?c<0, slopes experienced short, rapid, precursor compaction events prior to the onset of a sustained avalanche. Precursor compaction events began at an initial angle ?0=7.7±1.4? and occurred intermittently prior to the onset of an avalanche. Avalanches occurred at the maximal slope angle ?m=28.5±1.0?. Granular material at ?0-?c>0 did not experience precursor compaction prior to avalanche flow, and instead experienced a single dilational motion at ?0=32.1±1.5? prior to the onset of an avalanche at ?m=35.9±0.7?. Both ?0 and ?m increased with ?0 and approached the same value in the limit of random close packing. The angle at which avalanching grains came to rest, ?R=22±2?, was independent of ?0. From side-view high-speed video, we measured the velocity field of intermittent and avalanching flow. We found that flow direction, depth, and duration were affected by ?0, with ?0-?c<0 precursor flow extending deeper into the granular bed and occurring more rapidly than precursor flow at ?0-?c>0. Our study elucidates how initial conditions—including volume fraction—are important determinants of granular slope stability and the onset of avalanches.

  15. Avalanches, Plasticity, and Ordering in Colloidal Crystals Under Compression

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    D. McDermott; C. J. Olson Reichhardt; C. Reichhardt

    2015-03-09

    Using numerical simulations we examine colloids with a long-range Coulomb interaction confined in a two-dimensional trough potential undergoing dynamical compression. As the depth of the confining well is increased, the colloids move via elastic distortions interspersed with intermittent bursts or avalanches of plastic motion. In these avalanches, the colloids rearrange to minimize their colloid-colloid repulsive interaction energy by adopting an average lattice constant that is isotropic despite the anisotropic nature of the compression. The avalanches take the form of shear banding events that decrease or increase the structural order of the system. At larger compressions, the avalanches are associated with a reduction of the number of rows of colloids that fit within the confining potential, and between avalanches the colloids can exhibit partially crystalline or even smectic ordering. The colloid velocity distributions during the avalanches have a non-Gaussian form with power law tails and exponents that are consistent with those found for the velocity distributions of gliding dislocations. We observe similar behavior when we subsequently decompress the system, and find a partially hysteretic response reflecting the irreversibility of the plastic events.

  16. Avalanche risk assessment for the link Osh - Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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    Nazarkulova, Kydyr

    2015-04-01

    The Bishkek-Osh road is main North-South ground transportation connection between the two major cities of Kyrgyzstan. One of the causes for frequent interruptions and closures between November and May is the avalanche risk due to local terrain characteristics and orographically induced precipitation maxima during winter. As a first step towards more effective prediction and implementation of mitigating measures the development of a digital avalanche inventory ('avalanche cadastre') has been initiated. This is aiming at modeling regional risk, and prioritizes the implementation of protective infrastructures in the most avalanche-prone zones. In addition, this helps with continuous monitoring of avalanche behaviour and the assessment of potential influence of climate change. For the parameterisation of models and support of decisions, details about avalanche incidences need to be collected. Historical data collected during Soviet time serve as an important baseline, complemented by more recent data. Overall, developing such a geo database shall be useful and effective for future planning at the Ministry of Emergency Services. This paper demonstrates important parameters to be collected and critical role of historical data as a baseline. Geodatabases are being developed on ArcGIS and used locally for planning preventive measures.

  17. Pattern formation of granular avalanches with vortex convection

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    Hirofumi Niiya; Akinori Awazu; Hiraku Nishimori

    2013-02-06

    It has been known that the granular flow of polystyrene particles down a slope forms a wavy pattern with many heads at the moving front of the resulting avalanche. In experiments of granular flow using low-density particles, the instability of the moving front and the subsequent head formation are driven by gravity and air drag. To elucidate the instability mechanism of granular avalanches, we propose a particle method considering gravity as the driving force for the avalanche, the contact interaction between granular particles, and the long-range interaction between granular particles through the ambient fluid as a type of air drag. Using this model, we simulate the head formation at the moving front of the avalanche, and we investigate the particle flow caused by the air drag. It is found that the air drag destabilizes the shape of the avalanche that deforms into a wavy pattern, leading to the generation of a pair of granular vortex convection currents inside the head. Further, the relationship between the particle radius and head size is found to satisfy the positive linear scaling law. Moreover, the hydrodynamic interaction between the particles causes their aggregation at the moving front of the avalanche, and this aggregation effect generates the head-tail structure. These numerical results are qualitatively consistent with the results of previous experiments.

  18. Avalanches and hysteresis in frustrated superconductors and XY spin glasses.

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    Sharma, Auditya; Andreanov, Alexei; Müller, Markus

    2014-10-01

    We study avalanches along the hysteresis loop of long-range interacting spin glasses with continuous XY symmetry, which serves as a toy model of granular superconductors with long-range and frustrated Josephson couplings. We identify sudden jumps in the T=0 configurations of the XY phases as an external field is increased. They are initiated by the softest mode of the inverse susceptibility matrix becoming unstable, which induces an avalanche of phase updates (or spin alignments). We analyze the statistics of these events and study the correlation between the nonlinear avalanches and the soft mode that initiates them. We find that the avalanches follow the directions of a small fraction of the softest modes of the inverse susceptibility matrix, similarly as was found in avalanches in jammed systems. In contrast to the similar Ising spin glass (Sherrington-Kirkpatrick) studied previously, we find that avalanches are not distributed with a scale-free power law but rather have a typical size which scales with the system size. We also observe that the Hessians of the spin-glass minima are not part of standard random matrix ensembles as the lowest eigenvector has a fractal support. PMID:25375434

  19. Skier triggering of backcountry avalanches with skilled route selection

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    Sinickas, Alexandra; Haegeli, Pascal; Jamieson, Bruce

    2015-04-01

    Jamieson (2009) provided numerical estimates for the baseline probabilities of triggering an avalanche by a backcountry skier making fresh tracks without skilled route selection as a function of the North American avalanche danger scale (i.e., hazard levels Low, Moderate, Considerable, High and Extreme). Using the results of an expert survey, he showed that triggering probabilities while skiing directly up, down or across a trigger zone without skilled route selection increase roughly by a factor of 10 with each step of the North American avalanche danger scale (i.e. hazard level). The objective of the present study is to examine the effect of skilled route selection on the relationship between triggering probability and hazard level. To assess the effect of skilled route selection on triggering probability by hazard level, we analysed avalanche hazard assessments as well as reports of skiing activity and triggering of avalanches from 11 Canadian helicopter and snowcat operations during two winters (2012-13 and 2013-14). These reports were submitted to the daily information exchange among Canadian avalanche safety operations, and reflect professional decision-making and route selection practices of guides leading groups of skiers. We selected all skier-controlled or accidentally triggered avalanches with a destructive size greater than size 1 according to the Canadian avalanche size classification, triggered by any member of a guided group (guide or guest). These operations forecast the avalanche hazard daily for each of three elevation bands: alpine, treeline and below treeline. In contrast to the 2009 study, an exposure was defined as a group skiing within any one of the three elevation bands, and consequently within a hazard rating, for the day (~4,300 ratings over two winters). For example, a group that skied below treeline (rated Moderate) and treeline (rated Considerable) in one day, would receive one count for exposure to Moderate hazard, and one count for exposure to Considerable hazard. While the absolute values for triggering probability cannot be compared to the 2009 study because of different definitions of exposure, our preliminary results suggest that with skilled route selection the triggering probability is similar all hazard levels, except for extreme for which there are few exposures. This means that the guiding teams of backcountry skiing operations effectively control the hazard from triggering avalanches with skilled route selection. Groups were exposed relatively evenly to Low hazard (1275 times or 29% of total exposure), Moderate hazard (1450 times or 33 %) and Considerable hazard (1215 times or 28 %). At higher levels, the exposure reduced to roughly 380 times (9 % of total exposure) to High hazard, and only 13 times (0.3 %) to Extreme hazard. We assess the sensitivity of the results to some of our key assumptions.

  20. Prehistoric Rock Avalanches in the Obersee Valley, Glarner Alps, Switzerland

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    Nagelisen, J.; Moore, J. R.; Ivy-Ochs, S.

    2013-12-01

    Prehistoric rock avalanches in Alpine valleys have come under renewed scientific scrutiny as cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating allows new measurements of absolute failure timing. Many recently dated landslides reveal failure ages thousands of years younger than deglaciation of inner Alpine valleys, challenging commonly held assumptions regarding triggering by glacial retreat and debuttressing. Here we investigate two large rock avalanches in the Obersee area of the Glarner Alps, Switzerland, providing detailed mapping of all landslide and related Quaternary phenomena, revised volume estimates for each event, and surface exposure dating of rock avalanche deposits. The Rautispitz rock avalanche originated from the southern flank of the Obersee valley, releasing approximately 91 million m3 of material on steeply-dipping limestone beds. Debris had maximum horizontal travel distance of ~5000 m, a fahrboeschung angle (relating fall height to length) of 18°, and was responsible for creation of the Lake Obersee. Deposits are more than 130 m thick in places. The Platten rock avalanche released a total of 11 million m3 of material from the northern flank of the Obersee valley on similar steeply-dipping limestone beds (bedrock forms a syncline under the valley). Debris had a maximum horizontal travel distance of 1600 m with a fahrböschung angle of 21°, and is more than 80 m thick in places. Deposits of the Platten rock avalanche are superposed atop those from the Rautispitz event at the end of the Obersee valley where they dam the Lake Haslensee. Runout for both events was assessed using the quasi-3D dynamic analysis code DAN3D; results showed excellent match to mapped deposit extents and thickness distributions and helped confirm the hypothesized failure scenarios. 36Cl cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating of 13 deposited boulders revealed an early Holocene age for the Rautispitz event and a mid-Holocene age for the Platten rock avalanche; a seismological trigger is suspected for the former due to coincident turbidite deposits in nearby Lake Zurich.

  1. OPTIMIZING THROUGH CO-EVOLUTIONARY AVALANCHES

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    S. BOETTCHER; A. PERCUS

    2000-08-01

    We explore a new general-purpose heuristic for finding high-quality solutions to hard optimization problems. The method, called extremal optimization, is inspired by ''self-organized critically,'' a concept introduced to describe emergent complexity in many physical systems. In contrast to Genetic Algorithms which operate on an entire ''gene-pool'' of possible solutions, extremal optimization successively replaces extremely undesirable elements of a sub-optimal solution with new, random ones. Large fluctuations, called ''avalanches,'' ensue that efficiently explore many local optima. Drawing upon models used to simulate far-from-equilibrium dynamics, extremal optimization complements approximation methods inspired by equilibrium statistical physics, such as simulated annealing. With only one adjustable parameter, its performance has proved competitive with more elaborate methods, especially near phase transitions. Those phase transitions are found in the parameter space of most optimization problems, and have recently been conjectured to be the origin of some of the hardest instances in computational complexity. We will demonstrate how extremal optimization can be implemented for a variety of combinatorial optimization problems. We believe that extremal optimization will be a useful tool in the investigation of phase transitions in combinatorial optimization problems, hence valuable in elucidating the origin of computational complexity.

  2. The structure of powder snow avalanches

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    Sovilla, Betty; McElwaine, Jim N.; Louge, Michel Y.

    2015-01-01

    Powder snow avalanches (PSAs) can be hundreds of metres high and descend at astonishing speeds. This review paints a composite picture of PSAs from data acquired at the Vallée de la Sionne test site in Switzerland, including time-histories of snow cover thickness from buried RADAR and, at several elevations on a pylon, impact pressures from load cells, air pressure, particle velocity from optical sensors, and cloud density and particle cluster size from capacitance probes. PSAs feature distinct flow regions with stratification in mean density. At the head, highly fluctuating impact pressures weaken with elevation, while vertical velocity profiles evolve rapidly along the flow, suggesting that surface snow layers of light, cold, cohesionless snow erupt into a turbulent, inhomogeneous, recirculating frontal cloud region. For hundreds of metres behind the head, cloud stratification sharpens with the deposition of suspended cloud particles, while a denser basal flow of increasing thickness forms as deeper, warmer and heavier parts of the weakened snow cover are entrained. Toward the tail, vertical velocity profiles are more uniform, impact pressures become lower and steadier as the flow becomes thinner, and snow pack entrainment is negligible.

  3. Avalanche outbreaks emerging in cooperative contagions

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    Cai, Weiran; Chen, Li; Ghanbarnejad, Fakhteh; Grassberger, Peter

    2015-11-01

    The spreading of contagions can exhibit a percolation transition, which separates transitory prevalence from outbreaks that reach a finite fraction of the population. Such transitions are commonly believed to be continuous, but empirical studies have shown more violent spreading modes when the participating agents are not limited to one type. Striking examples include the co-epidemic of the Spanish flu and pneumonia that occurred in 1918 (refs , ), and, more recently, the concurrent prevalence of HIV/AIDS and a host of diseases. It remains unclear to what extent an outbreak in the presence of interacting pathogens differs from that due to an ordinary single-agent process. Here we study a mechanistic model for understanding contagion processes involving inter-agent cooperation. Our stochastic simulations reveal the possible emergence of a massive avalanche-like outbreak right at the threshold, which is manifested as a discontinuous phase transition. Such an abrupt change arises only if the underlying network topology supports a bottleneck for cascaded mutual infections. Surprisingly, all these discontinuous transitions are accompanied by non-trivial critical behaviours, presenting a rare case of hybrid transition. The findings may imply the origin of catastrophic occurrences in many realistic systems, from co-epidemics to financial contagions.

  4. Dead Time of Single Photon Avalanche Diodes

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    Neri, L.; Tudisco, S.; Musumeci, F.; Scordino, A.; Fallica, G.; Mazzillo, M.; Zimbone, M.

    2011-06-01

    Single Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) is the new generation of Geiger-Muller counter device developed in semiconductor technology [S. Privitera et al. Sensors Journal, vol 8 Iss. 8 (2008) 4636; S. Tudisco et al. IEEE Sensors Journal vol 8 ISS 7-8 (2008) 1324; S. Cova et al. Applied Optics 35 (1996) 1956]. Physical dead time model and noise production process has been analyzed and their corrections have been performed [S.H. Lee, R.P. Gardner, M. Jae, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. in Phys. Res. B 263 (2007) 46]. We have been able to extract the real amount of incident photon rate up to 10 7cps using a device with 0.97?s total deadtime. We also developed the equation of the noise count rate vs incoming photon rate, supported by Montecarlo simulation and experimental data. We marked the difference between dark rate and noise count rate, and introduced the noise rate inside the hybrid deadtime equation used for SPAD device.

  5. Arrest of Avalanche Propagation by Discontinuities on Snow Cover

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    Frigo, B.; Chiaia, B.

    2009-04-01

    Considering the spatial variability of the snow cover, the paper analyses, in the framework of Fracture Mechanics, the Mode II fracture propagation on snow cover that leads to large dry slab avalanches. Under the hypothesis of a perfectly brittle phenomenon, avalanche triggering is usually investigated numerically by means of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (McClung, 1979; Chiaia et al., 2008). Since, however, the real phenomenon is intrinsically dynamical, another aspect to investigate is represented by dynamic fracture propagation. In this paper, we model dynamic crack propagation into a dry snow slab, to assess the possibility of crack arrest due to the presence of weak zones distributed along the snow slope. As a consequence of the first triggering mechanism (the Mode II fracture propagation on the weak plane), the secondary Mode I crack propagation in the crown is studied by means of numerical simulations based on Dynamic Elastic Fracture Mechanics and on the theory of crack arresters. By taking into account kinetic energy and using the FEM software FRANC 2D (Wawrzynek and Ingraffea, 1993), several paths of crown fracture propagation and their stability have been investigated. The snowpack is considered as a linear-elastic plate (2D problem), whose physical and mechanical parameters are chosen according to classical literature values. To investigate the possible arrest of crown fracture, we apply the theory of crack arresters, usually adopted for pipelines and perforated steel sheets fracture problems. To study crack arrest, different crack paths are simulated, in discontinuous (equipped with different shapes and geometries of artificial voids) snowpacks. The simulations show the effectiveness of these weak zones, to reduce substantially the crack driving force of the propagating fracture. This means that, increasing spatial variability tends to stabilize the snow slope, eventually splitting a major avalanche event into smaller, independent avalanches. Our results are supported also by other investigations, which suggested that increased spatial variability in the snow cover leads to a lower release probability of snow avalanches. The above studies are based on very different approaches, such as cellular automata (Kronholm and Birkeland, 2005) and statistical renormalization (Chiaia and Frigo, 2009) models, but come to the same conclusion, i.e. that the presence of randomly distributed weak zones increase the global robustness and toughness of the snow slope. From a practical engineering viewpoint, results could be used towards a new idea of active avalanche protection, based on the presence of natural (e.g., trees) or artificial objects throughout the slope, able to create low deposition zones as discontinuities in the snow cover. Key words: snow avalanche, fracture mechanics, crack arrester. References Chiaia, B., Cornetti, P., Frigo, B., 2008. Triggering of dry snow slab avalanches: Stress versus fracture mechanical approach Cold Reg. Sci. Technol. 53 170-178. Chiaia, B., Frigo, B., 2009, A scale-invariant model for snow slab-avalanches, J. Stat. Phys., submitted Föhn, P.M.B., Camponovo, C., Krüsi, G., 1998. Mechanical and structural properties of weak snow layers measured in situ. Annals of Glaciology 26, 1-6. Jamieson, J.B., Johnston, C.D., 1992. A fracture-arrest model for unconfined dry slab avalanches. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 29, 61-66. Jamieson, B., Johnston, C.D., 2001. Evaluation of shear frame test for weak snowpack layers. Annals of Glaciology 32, 59-69. Kirchner, H.O.K., Michot, G., Schweizer, J., 2002. Fracture toughness of snow in shear and tension. Scripta Materialia 46, 425-429. Kronholm, K., Birkeland, K. W., 2005. Integrating spatial patterns into a snow avalanche cellular automata model, Geophysical Research Letters 32, L19504. McClung, D. M. 1979. Shear fracture precipitated by strain softening as a mechanism of dry slab avalanche release, J. Geophys. Res. 84(B7) 3519-3526. Schweizer, J., 1999. Review of dry snow avalanche release Cold Reg. Sci. Technol. 30 43-57. Wawrzynek, P., Ingr

  6. Sediment Transport by Spring Avalanches in the Southern Swiss Alps

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    Egloff, J. M.; Hunziker, M.; Moore, J. R.; Christen, M.

    2010-12-01

    Dense wet-snow avalanches breaking through to the base of the snow pack or overriding snow-free surfaces can entrain basal material and act as important agents of sediment transport in steep Alpine catchments. As part of an ongoing study, we investigated two debris fans in the Matter Valley of southern Switzerland during spring 2009 and 2010, with emphasis on quantifying avalanche sediment transport. Deposited debris ranged from soil parcels and plant material to cobbles and boulders greater than 1 m3. Large boulders were generally angular and fresh with clear signs of recent impacts. The seasonal sediment load transported by avalanches was estimated at one fan by sampling the debris content within a number of representative areas, and then extrapolating the cumulative volume. Results reveal a total transported sediment volume of ~150 m3 in 2009 and ~15 m3 in 2010, which likely reflects varying snowfall and avalanche frequency between years. When distributed over the deposition area on the fan, these results imply an average accumulated sediment thickness of 12 mm in 2009 and 3 mm in 2010. Calculated catchment-wide erosion rates are ~0.1 mm/yr for 2009 and ~0.01 mm/yr for 2010. Cross-sections through avalanche debris revealed that transported sediment generally resides on top of the snow surface. As the avalanches melt, entrained sediment is set down gently, often resulting in precariously balanced boulders and rows of blocks perched on the walls of the fan’s channels. In flat lying areas, snowmelt resulted in sparse sediment deposits with no clear structure or sorting. Observations show that the fan surface is usually protected from erosion by snow and older avalanche deposits, which provide a smooth gliding plane for new events. Within the bedrock gulley adjacent to the fan, and in the avalanche source region above, signs of abrasive wear were evident on exposed bedrock surfaces. These include rounded and scoured bedrock, fresh signs of boulder impacts, and scratch marks on the rock walls. Numerical modeling of avalanche flow dynamics, using the program RAMMS with realistic scenarios, revealed areas of predicted maximum pressure, which corresponded well with field observations of scoured bedrock.

  7. Avalanches in the Weakly Driven Frenkel-Kontorova Model

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    Franz-Josef Elmer

    1994-09-29

    A damped chain of particles with harmonic nearest-neighbor interactions in a spatially periodic, piecewise harmonic potential (Frenkel-Kontorova model) is studied numerically. One end of the chain is pulled slowly which acts as a weak driving mechanism. The numerical study was performed in the limit of infinitely weak driving. The model exhibits avalanches starting at the pulled end of the chain. The dynamics of the avalanches and their size and strength distributions are studied in detail. The behavior depends on the value of the damping constant. For moderate values a erratic sequence of avalanches of all sizes occurs. The avalanche distributions are power-laws which is a key feature of self-organized criticality (SOC). It will be shown that the system selects a state where perturbations are just able to propagate through the whole system. For strong damping a regular behavior occurs where a sequence of states reappears periodically but shifted by an integer multiple of the period of the external potential. There is a broad transition regime between regular and irregular behavior, which is characterized by multistability between regular and irregular behavior. The avalanches are build up by sound waves and shock waves. Shock waves can turn their direction of propagation, or they can split into two pulses propagating in opposite directions leading to transient spatio-temporal chaos. PACS numbers: 05.70.Ln,05.50.+q,46.10.+z

  8. The Sentinel Rock Avalanche of Zion National Park, Utah

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    Castleton, J.; Moore, J. R.; Ivy-Ochs, S.

    2014-12-01

    Blocking the mouth of Zion Canyon over a distance of 2.3 km, the prehistoric Sentinel rock avalanche has had long-lasting impact on the spectacular scenery of Zion National Park, once damming a large lake that filled the rocky canyon with sediment. Today few of Zion's nearly 3 million annual visitors appreciate that the gentle and inviting, flat valley floor amidst great sandstone cliffs owes its origin to a massive landslide. In addition to representing an extreme-magnitude natural hazard with potentially devastating consequences, we also point out the constructive geomorphic and anthropogenic significance of large rock avalanches in this steep desert landscape. We combine new mapping of rock avalanche and related lacustrine deposits to reconstruct topography before and after the landslide, comment on failure kinematics, and determine new, refined volume estimates for the event. Cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating of deposited rock avalanche boulders allows us to date the landslide, determine subsequent rates of deposit erosion, and propose potential triggering mechanisms. Evidence suggests that boulders from across the slide surface were deposited simultaneously, yielding similar exposure ages and indicating a single massive and catastrophic rock slope failure. Rich anthropogenic use of the slide-dammed canyon attests to the long-lasting and diverse impacts of large rock avalanches.

  9. Looking for self-organized critical behavior in avalanches of slightly cohesive powders.

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    Quintanilla, M A; Valverde, J M; Castellanos, A; Viturro, R E

    2001-11-01

    We report results from a statistical analysis of avalanches of cohesive powders in a slowly rotated drum. Interparticle adhesion, which diminishes the effect of inertia and whose magnitude strongly fluctuates in a local scale, makes avalanches in slightly cohesive powders eligible for displaying self-organized criticality. However, the results show that avalanche sizes, time interval between avalanches, and maximum stable angle do not follow a power-law distribution. Otherwise, these parameters scale with powder cohesiveness. PMID:11690413

  10. Modeling and monitoring avalanches caused by rain-on-snow events

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    Havens, S.; Marshall, H. P.; Trisca, G. O.; Johnson, J. B.; Nicholson, B.

    2014-12-01

    Direct-action avalanches occur during large storm cycles in mountainous regions, when stresses on the snowpack increase rapidly due to the load of new snow and outpace snow strengthening due to compaction. If temperatures rise above freezing during the storm and snowfall turns to rain, the near-surface snow undergoes rapid densification caused by the introduction of liquid water. This shock to the snowpack, if stability is near critical, can cause widespread immediate avalanching due to the large induced strain rates in the slab, followed by secondary delayed avalanches due to both the increased load as well as water percolation to the depth of a weak layer. We use the semi-empirical SNOow Slope Stability model (SNOSS) to estimate the evolution of stability prior to large avalanches during rain-on-snow events on Highway 21 north of Boise, Idaho. We have continuously monitored avalanche activity using arrays of infrasound sensors in the avalanche-prone section of HW21 near Stanley, in collaboration with the Idaho Transportation Department's avalanche forecasting program. The autonomous infrasound avalanche monitoring system provides accurate timing of avalanche events, in addition to capturing avalanche dynamics during some major releases adjacent to the array. Due to the remote location and low winter traffic volume, the highway is typically closed for multiple days during major avalanche cycles. Many major avalanches typically release naturally and reach the road, but due the complex terrain and poor visibility, manual observations are often not possible until several days later. Since most avalanche programs typically use explosives on a regular basis to control slope stability, the infrasound record of avalanche activity we have recorded on HW21 provides a unique opportunity to study large naturally triggered avalanches. We use a first-order physically based stability model to estimate the importance of precipitation phase, amount, and rate during major rain-on-snow avalanche cycles.

  11. The Avalanche Myrinet Simulation Package | User Manual for V2.0 |

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    The Avalanche Myrinet Simulation Package | User Manual for V2.0 | Chen-Chi Kuo, John B. Carter fchenchi, retracg@cs.utah.edu WWW: http://www.cs.utah.edu/projects/avalanche UUCS-96-010 Department for the con gurable Myrinet 1]1 simulation package that has been developed for the Avalanche project

  12. Propagation of Avalanches in Mn12-acetate: Magnetic Deflagration Yoko Suzuki,1

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    Lombardi, John R.

    Propagation of Avalanches in Mn12-acetate: Magnetic Deflagration Yoko Suzuki,1 M. P. Sarachik,1 E- acetate indicate that the magnetization avalanche spreads as a narrow interface that propagates through. This phenomenon, also ob- served in other molecular magnets, has been attributed to a thermal runaway (avalanche

  13. Dynamical Synapses Give Rise to a Power-Law Distribution of Neuronal Avalanches

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    Dynamical Synapses Give Rise to a Power-Law Distribution of Neuronal Avalanches Anna Levina3,4 , J show avalanche ac- tivity with the intensity of firing events being distributed as a power-law. We present a biologically plausible extension of a neural network which exhibits a power-law avalanche

  14. MEASUREMENTS AT RECENT DEEP SLAB AVALANCHES Michael J.W. Conlan

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    Jamieson, Bruce

    MEASUREMENTS AT RECENT DEEP SLAB AVALANCHES Michael J.W. Conlan 1* , David Tracz 1 , and Bruce of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada ABSTRACT: Hard-to-forecast deep slab avalanches can to the snowpack. For the formation of many natural avalanches, a point is reached where the mass loading

  15. Can Power-Law Scaling and Neuronal Avalanches Arise from Stochastic Dynamics?

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    Destexhe, Alain

    Can Power-Law Scaling and Neuronal Avalanches Arise from Stochastic Dynamics? Jonathan Touboul1 with no ambiguity that the avalanche size is distributed as a power-law. We conclude that logarithmic and Neuronal Avalanches Arise from Stochastic Dynamics? PLoS ONE 5(2): e8982. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0008982

  16. Regional comparison of old-deep slab avalanches David Tracz1

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    Jamieson, Bruce

    Regional comparison of old-deep slab avalanches David Tracz1 ,Sascha Bellaire1 , Bruce Jamieson1, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada ABSTRACT Deep slab avalanches are rare events that are often forecasting and mitigation efforts. We analyzed avalanche data from 17 winters between 1991 and 2010

  17. Safety on the Hills in Winter: Avalanche Risk--Snow Formation.

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    Grant, Frank

    2003-01-01

    This compact training session on avalanche risk reviews snow crystal formations and common generalities about avalanches. Two types of avalanches--loose and slab--are described, and the characteristics of each are given along with danger signs that accompany each one. Three books are highly recommended for further information. (TD)

  18. J.Stat.Mech.(2015)P08019 Spatial shape of avalanches in the

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    2015-01-01

    J.Stat.Mech.(2015)P08019 Spatial shape of avalanches in the Brownian force model Thimothée Thiery model of avalanche statistics for an interface, in a general discrete setting. The BFM describes landscapes. Avalanches are defined as the collective jump of the particles in response to an arbitrary

  19. Avalanche-size distribution at the depinning transition: A numerical test of the theory

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Avalanche-size distribution at the depinning transition: A numerical test of the theory Alberto S of jumps (avalanches) between successively pinned config- urations of an elastic line (d = 1) or interface(S/Sm) where Sm := S2 2 S m-d- is the scale of avalanches, and the roughness exponent at the depinning

  20. Avalanche Considerations in SiGe HBT Scaling Greg Freeman, Basanth Jagannathan, Jae-Sung Rieh

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    Rieh, Jae-Sung

    Avalanche Considerations in SiGe HBT Scaling Greg Freeman, Basanth Jagannathan, Jae-Sung Rieh IBM-base space-charge region of the device. The higher electric fields result in collector current avalanche multiplication, the effect of which is only now being explored because such trends result in greater avalanche

  1. Avalanche Beacon Parks: Skill Development and Group Coordination in a Technological Training Ground

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    Greenberg, Saul

    Avalanche Beacon Parks: Skill Development and Group Coordination in a Technological Training Ground. In this paper, we use the practice of avalanche companion rescue as a case study to explore how technological training grounds support recreationist training. Our results offer insights into how avalanche beacon

  2. Avalanche: A Fine-Grained Flow Graph Model for Irregular Applications on Distributed-Memory Systems

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    Newton, Ryan R.

    Avalanche: A Fine-Grained Flow Graph Model for Irregular Applications on Distributed-Memory Systems this problem, we present Avalanche, a flow graph model for fine-grained applications that automatically generates active-message handlers. Avalanche is built as a C++ library on top of our previously

  3. Mean size of avalanches on directed random networks with arbitrary degree distributions James P. Gleeson

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    Gleeson, James P.

    Mean size of avalanches on directed random networks with arbitrary degree distributions James P avalanches on infinite directed random networks may be determined using the damage propagation function.057101 PACS number s : 89.75.Da, 02.50.Ey, 02.10.Ox, 05.50. q Unordered binary avalanches UBAs on directed net

  4. Avalanche Beacon Parks: Skill Development and Team Coordination in a Technological Training Ground

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    Greenberg, Saul

    Avalanche Beacon Parks: Skill Development and Team Coordination in a Technological Training Ground. In this paper, we use the practice of avalanche companion rescue as a case study to explore how technological training grounds support recreationist training. Our results offer insights into how avalanche beacon

  5. Onset of Dendritic Flux Avalanches in Superconducting Films D. V. Denisov,1,2

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    Johansen, Tom Henning

    Onset of Dendritic Flux Avalanches in Superconducting Films D. V. Denisov,1,2 D. V. Shantsev,1,2 Y], viscous fluid flow [17], and electric discharge [18]. Abrupt flux avalanches are known to occur in super such avalanches should develop into dendritic patterns is a topic under vivid discussion, and several competing

  6. PHYSICAL REVIEW B 85, 214402 (2012) Equilibrium avalanches in spin glasses

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    Müller, Markus

    2012-01-01

    PHYSICAL REVIEW B 85, 214402 (2012) Equilibrium avalanches in spin glasses Pierre Le Doussal,1 2012; published 5 June 2012) We study the distribution of equilibrium avalanches (shocks) in Ising spin, which allows us to compute all cumulants of the magnetization. We find that ( M) M- with an avalanche

  7. Numerical simulations of dense clouds on steep slopes: Application to powdersnow avalanches

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    Saramito, Pierre

    Numerical simulations of dense clouds on steep slopes: Application to powder­snow avalanches results. The interest of the results for powder­ snow avalanches is discussed, concluding that two. Introduction A powder­snow avalanche is a dense cloud of suspended snow particles moving down a steep slope

  8. Avalanches in mean-field models and the Barkhausen noise in spin-glasses

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    epl draft Avalanches in mean-field models and the Barkhausen noise in spin-glasses PIERRE LE of sizes of "static avalanches", or shocks, in generic mean-field glasses with replica driven slowly, reacting with abrupt responses over a broad range of scales [1]. These avalanche phenomena

  9. International Snow Science Workshop Anchorage 2012 STORM SNOW AVALANCHES: CHARACTERISTICS AND FORECASTING

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    California at Santa Barbara, University of

    International Snow Science Workshop Anchorage 2012 STORM SNOW AVALANCHES: CHARACTERISTICS Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA 3 Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center, Juneau, AK, USA 4 WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland 5 US

  10. A Single Particle Impact Model for Motion in Avalanches J. J. P. Veerman

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    Arias, Cristina M.

    A Single Particle Impact Model for Motion in Avalanches J. J. P. Veerman (1,2), D. Daescu (1), M particles falling down a rough slope as well as measurements in laboratory controlled avalanches. This (and the robustness of the results) suggests that many-particle systems (avalanches) behave in similar ways as our low

  11. Avalanches and finite size fluctuations in a mesoscopic model of amorphous plasticity

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    Avalanches and finite size fluctuations in a mesoscopic model of amorphous plasticity Mehdi Cachan cedex, France (Dated: September 30, 2010) We discuss avalanche and finite size fluctuations show evidence for a scale free distribution of avalanches P(s) S- with a non trivial exponent 1

  12. Flying avalanches Kristin Martha Hakonardottir, Andrew J. Hogg, and Jenny Batey

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    Hogg, Andrew

    Flying avalanches Kristi´n Martha Ha´konardo´ttir, Andrew J. Hogg, and Jenny Batey Centre November 2003; published 4 December 2003. [1] Rapidly flowing avalanches are highly destructive natural important practical consequences for the design of dams used to provide protection from snow avalanches

  13. Avalanche mobility induced by the presence of an erodible bed and associated entrainment

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    Tsimring, Lev S.

    Avalanche mobility induced by the presence of an erodible bed and associated entrainment A mass changes from a decelerating avalanche to a traveling wave. Numerical simulation suggest, and F. Bouchut (2007), Avalanche mobility induced by the presence of an erodible bed and associated

  14. Assessment of the hazard potential of ice avalanches using remote sensing and GIS-modelling

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    Kääb, Andreas

    Assessment of the hazard potential of ice avalanches using remote sensing and GIS-modelling NADINE., Huggel, C., Allgo¨wer, B. & Haeberli, W. 2004. Assessment of the hazard potential of ice avalanches using­84. Oslo. ISSN 0029-1951. Ice avalanches typically occur when a large mass of ice breaks off from steep

  15. Avalanche-driven fractal flux distributions in NbN superconducting films I. A. Rudnev

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    Johansen, Tom Henning

    Avalanche-driven fractal flux distributions in NbN superconducting films I. A. Rudnev Moscow of abrupt avalanches resulting in dendritic structures. Magnetization curves in this regime exhibit instability; that is, avalanche-like penetration of magnetic flux along narrow branching channels. Using

  16. Avalanche structure in a running sandpile model B. A. Carreras and V. E. Lynch

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    Newman, David

    Avalanche structure in a running sandpile model B. A. Carreras and V. E. Lynch Oak Ridge National of the avalanche size in the sandpile model does not verify strict self-similarity under changes of the sandpile size. Here we show the existence of avalanches with different space-time structure, and each type

  17. Avalanches in mean-field models and the Barkhausen noise in spin-glasses

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    OFFPRINT Avalanches in mean-field models and the Barkhausen noise in spin-glasses P. Le Doussal, M.epljournal.org/alerts #12;September 2010 EPL, 91 (2010) 57004 www.epljournal.org doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/91/57004 Avalanches obtain a general formula for the distribution of sizes of "static avalanches", or shocks, in generic mean

  18. Reconstitution de la dynamique des avalanches dans le Nanztal et le Ltschental (Valais)

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    Butler, David R. - Department of Geography, Texas State University

    Reconstitution de la dynamique des avalanches dans le Nanztal et le Lötschental (Valais) par régulièrement blessés, étêtés ou courbés par les avalanches. Les traces de tels événements sont encore visibles- vient à définir aussi l'extension spatiale de très anciennes avalanches. La présente étude décrit des

  19. Statistics of static avalanches in a random pinning landscape Pierre Le Doussal,1

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Statistics of static avalanches in a random pinning landscape Pierre Le Doussal,1 A. Alan Middleton, the center of mass of the interface changes in discrete jumps, also called shocks or "static avalanches." We obtain analytically the distribution of avalanche sizes and its cumulants within an =4-d expansion from

  20. Dendritic flux avalanches in superconducting Nb3Sn films I.A. Rudnev a

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    Johansen, Tom Henning

    Dendritic flux avalanches in superconducting Nb3Sn films I.A. Rudnev a , S.V. Antonenko a , D was visualized using magneto-optical imaging. Below 8 K an avalanche-like flux penetration in form of big a flux-filled defect and continue growth from its other end. The avalanches manifest themselves

  1. Avalanche Dynamics of Human Brain Oscillations: Relation to Critical Branching Processes and

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    van Ooyen, Arjen

    Avalanche Dynamics of Human Brain Oscillations: Relation to Critical Branching Processes be interpreted as neuronal avalanches propagating in a network with a critical branching ratio. However, a direct and characterize the activity propagation in terms of avalanche life-time distributions and temporal correlations

  2. Secondary Instability in Drift Wave Turbulence as a Mechanism for Avalanche Formation

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    Lin, Zhihong

    Secondary Instability in Drift Wave Turbulence as a Mechanism for Avalanche Formation P.H. Diamond for avalanche formation. A theory of radially extended streamer cell formation and self-regulation is presented is indicative of the formation of structures akin to avalanches[3], #12;c.) the observation that the pdf

  3. Multiplication theory for dynamically biased avalanche photodiodes: new limits for gain

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    Hayat, Majeed M.

    @ece.unm.edu Abstract: Novel theory is developed for the avalanche multiplication process in avalanche photodiodes (APDs sensitivity. ©2012 Optical Society of America OCIS codes (040.0040) Detectors; (040.1345) Avalanche­ 240 (2005). 9. Y. M. Kang, H. D. Liu, M. Morse, M. J. Paniccia, M. Zadka, S. Litski, G. Sarid, A

  4. Soil Erosion Caused by Snow Avalanches: a Case Study in the Aosta Valley Michele Freppaz*{

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    Williams, Mark W.

    and on morphological features, as well as soil properties and vegetation cover. We monitored a channeled avalanche path be available for plants in the growing season. Moreover, avalanche paths are places where soil accumulates-mountain environments. They result almost exclusively from dirty snow avalanches that erode, transport and deposit soil

  5. Numerical simulations of dense clouds on steep slopes: Application to powder-snow avalanches

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    Saramito, Pierre

    Numerical simulations of dense clouds on steep slopes: Application to powder-snow avalanches results. The interest of the results for powder- snow avalanches is discussed, concluding that two. Introduction A powder-snow avalanche is a dense cloud of suspended snow particles moving down a steep slope

  6. Granular avalanche flow down a smoothly varying slope: the existence of entropy solutions

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    Granular avalanche flow down a smoothly varying slope: the existence of entropy solutions Robin a model developed by Savage and Hutter [SH91] which describes the flow of granular avalanches down and momentum of the avalanche resembles the shallow water equations. The existence of entropy solutions

  7. STRICT AVALANCHE CRITERION OVER FINITE FIELDS YUAN LI AND T.W.CUSICK

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    STRICT AVALANCHE CRITERION OVER FINITE FIELDS YUAN LI AND T.W.CUSICK Abstract. Boolean functions on GF(2) which satisfy the Strict Avalanche Criterion (SAC) play an important role in the art transform, cryptography, Boolean functions, algebraic normal form, strict avalanche criterion, resilience

  8. Granular avalanche flow down a smoothly varying slope: the existence of entropy solutions

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    Granular avalanche flow down a smoothly varying slope: the existence of entropy solutions Robin and Hutter [SH91] which describes the flow of granular avalanches down a smoothly varying slope. The system of two conservation equations for height and mo­ mentum of the avalanche resembles the shallow water

  9. Large area avalanche photodiode detector array upgrade for a ruby-laser Thomson scattering system

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    Wisconsin at Madison, University of

    Large area avalanche photodiode detector array upgrade for a ruby-laser Thomson scattering system T microchannel plate MCP detector was replaced with an array of modular large area avalanche photodiode detectors-laser head, collection optics, a Jarrell-Ash MonoSpec-27 Model 82-499 spectrometer, and avalanche photodiode

  10. PHYSICAL REVIEW E 90, 042103 (2014) Avalanches and hysteresis in frustrated superconductors and XY spin glasses

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    Müller, Markus

    2014-01-01

    PHYSICAL REVIEW E 90, 042103 (2014) Avalanches and hysteresis in frustrated superconductors and XY October 2014) We study avalanches along the hysteresis loop of long-range interacting spin glasses becoming unstable, which induces an avalanche of phase updates (or spin alignments). We analyze

  11. The avalanche climate of Glacier National Park, B.C., Canada during 1965-2011

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    Jamieson, Bruce

    The avalanche climate of Glacier National Park, B.C., Canada during 1965-2011 Sascha Bellaire 1 and evolution of the seasonal mountain snow cover and therefore determine the avalanche hazard. For this study we analyzed long-term weather data as well as snow and avalanche data from Glacier National Park

  12. Avalanche Forecasting for Transportation Corridor and Backcountry in Glacier National Park (BC, Canada)

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    Smith, Dan

    Avalanche Forecasting for Transportation Corridor and Backcountry in Glacier National Park (BC, 2500 University Drive NW Calgary AB T2N 1N4, Canada David Skjonsberg Avalanche Control, Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, PO Box 350 Revelstoke BC V0E 2S0, Canada ABSTRACT. The Avalanche Control Section

  13. STRICT AVALANCHE CRITERION OVER FINITE FIELDS YUAN LI AND T.W.CUSICK

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    STRICT AVALANCHE CRITERION OVER FINITE FIELDS YUAN LI AND T.W.CUSICK Abstract. Boolean functions on GF (2) which satisfy the Strict Avalanche Criterion (SAC) play an important role in the art. Fourier transform, cryptography, Boolean functions, algebraic normal form, strict avalanche criterion

  14. [Death by avalanche in the minor mountain range].

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    Geisenberger, Dorothee; Kramer, Lena; Pircher, Rebecca; Pollak, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    On 30 Jan 2015, two avalanche accidents happened in the Black Forest (at the foot of the 1493 m high Feldberg and the Herzogenhorn situated next to it), in which experienced ski tourers--a 58-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man--were completely buried by snow masses. Both victims were recovered dead after nearly 2 hours under the snow. The avalanches were promoted by strong snowfalls, snowdrift by the wind and steep downwind slopes. One of the victims, the 20-year-old man, underwent a forensic autopsy. The findings suggested death by protracted asphyxiation with agonal hypothermia. A mechanical traumatization with internal injuries suspected by the emergency doctor at the scene could not be confirmed at autopsy. The possible causes of death in the avalanche are discussed using the reported case as an example and in reference to the relevant literature. PMID:26548036

  15. Mobility of large rock avalanches: evidence from Valles Marineris, Mars

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    McEwen, A.S.

    1989-01-01

    Measurements of H/L (height of drop/length of runout) vs. volume for landslides in Valles Marineris on Mars show a trend of decreasing H/L with increasing volume. This trend, which is linear on a log-log plot, is parallel to but lies above the trend for terrestrial dry rock avalanches. This result and estimates of 104 to 105 Pa yield strength suggest that the landslides were not water saturated, as suggested by previous workers. The offset between the H/L vs. volume trends shows that a typical Martian avalanche must be nearly two orders of magnitude more voluminous than a typical terrestrial avalance in order to achieve the same mobility. This offset might be explained by the effects of gravity on flows with high yield strengths. These results should prove useful to future efforts to resolve the controversy over the mechanics of long-runout avalanches. -Author

  16. Avalanche Dynamics of Crackle Sound in the Lung

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    Alencar, Adriano M.; Buldyrev, Sergey V.; Majumdar, Arnab; Stanley, H. Eugene; Suki, Bela

    2001-08-20

    We analyze a sequence of short transient sound waves, called 'crackles,' which are associated with explosive openings of airways during lung inflation. The distribution of time intervals between consecutive crackles {Delta}t shows two regimes of power law behavior. We develop an avalanche model which fits the data over five decades of {Delta}t. We find that the regime for large {Delta}t is related to the dynamics of distinct avalanches in a Cayley tree, and the regime for small {Delta}t is determined by the dynamics of crackle propagation within a single avalanche. We also obtain a mean-field solution of the model which provides information about lung inflation.

  17. Erosive granular avalanches : a cross confrontation between theory and experiment.

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    Clement, E.; Malloggi, F.; Andreotti, B.; Aranson, I. S.; Materials Science Division; ESPCI-Univ. Paris; Univ. of Twente

    2007-01-01

    Results on two laboratory scale avalanches experiments taking place both in the air and under-water, are presented. In both cases a family of solitary erosion/deposition waves are observed. At higher inclination angles, we show the existence of a long wavelength transverse instability followed by a coarsening and the onset of a fingering pattern. While the experiments strongly differ by the spatial and time scales, the agreement between the stability diagram, the wavelengths selection and the avalanche morphology suggest a common erosion/deposition scenario. These experiments are studied theoretically in the framework of the 'partial fluidization' model of dense granular flows. This model identifies a family of propagating solitary waves displaying a behavior similar to the experimental observation. A primary cause for the transverse instability is related to the dependence of avalanche velocity on the granular mass trapped by the flow.

  18. Communicators' perspective on snow avalanche risk communication using smartphone applications

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    Charrière, Marie; Bogaard, Thom; Junier, Sandra; Mostert, Erik

    2015-04-01

    Among all the natural hazards, snow avalanches are the only ones for which a public danger scale is used globally. It consists of 5 levels of danger displayed with a given number and colour, and for each of them behavioural advices are provided. Even though this is standardized in most of the countries affected by this natural hazard, the smartphone applications with which the information is disseminated to the general public differ, particularly in terms of target audience and level of details. This study aims to gather the perspectives of several persons that are responsible for these avalanche risk communication practices. The survey was created to assess how and why choices were made in the design process of the applications and to determine how their effectiveness is evaluated. Along with a review of existing avalanche risk communication smartphone applications, this study provides guidelines for communication and the evaluation of its effectiveness.

  19. Distribution of maximum velocities in avalanches near the depinning transition.

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    LeBlanc, Michael; Angheluta, Luiza; Dahmen, Karin; Goldenfeld, Nigel

    2012-09-01

    We report exact predictions for universal scaling exponents and scaling functions associated with the distribution of the maximum collective avalanche propagation velocities v(m) in the mean field theory of the interface depinning transition. We derive the extreme value distribution P(v(m)|T) for the maximum velocities in avalanches of fixed duration T and verify the results by numerical simulation near the critical point. We find that the tail of the distribution of maximum velocity for an arbitrary avalanche duration, v(m), scales as P(v(m))~v(m)(-2) for large v(m). These results account for the observed power-law distribution of the maximum amplitudes in acoustic emission experiments of crystal plasticity and are also broadly applicable to other systems in the mean-field interface depinning universality class, ranging from magnets to earthquakes. PMID:23005300

  20. Flux avalanches in Nb superconducting shifted strip arrays

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    Tsuchiya, Y.; Mawatari, Y.; Ibuka, J.; Tada, S.; Pyon, S.; Nagasawa, S.; Hidaka, M.; Maezawa, M.; Tamegai, T.

    2013-09-01

    Flux penetrations into three-dimensional Nb superconducting strip arrays, where two layers of strip arrays are stacked by shifting a half period, are studied using a magneto-optical imaging method. Flux avalanches are observed when the overlap between the top and bottom layers is large even if the width of each strip is well below the threshold value. In addition, anomalous linear avalanches perpendicular to the strip are observed in the shifted strip array when the overlap is very large and the thickness of the superconductor is greater than the penetration depth. We discuss possible origins for the flux avalanches, including linear ones, by considering flux penetration calculated by the Campbell method assuming the Bean model.

  1. Controlling avalanche criticality in 2D nano arrays

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    Zohar, Y. C.; Yochelis, S.; Dahmen, K. A.; Jung, G.; Paltiel, Y.

    2013-01-01

    Many physical systems respond to slowly changing external force through avalanches spanning broad range of sizes. Some systems crackle even without apparent external force, such as bursts of neuronal activity or charge transfer avalanches in 2D molecular layers. Advanced development of theoretical models describing disorder-induced critical phenomena calls for experiments probing the dynamics upon tuneable disorder. Here we show that isomeric structural transitions in 2D organic self-assembled monolayer (SAM) exhibit critical dynamics with experimentally tuneable disorder. The system consists of field effect transistor coupled through SAM to illuminated semiconducting nanocrystals (NCs). Charges photoinduced in NCs are transferred through SAM to the transistor surface and modulate its conductivity. Avalanches of isomeric structural transitions are revealed by measuring the current noise I(t) of the transistor. Accumulated surface traps charges reduce dipole moments of the molecules, decrease their coupling, and thus decrease the critical disorder of the SAM enabling its tuning during experiments. PMID:23677142

  2. Avalanches of rearrangements in quasi-2D emulsion hopper flow

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    Xia Hong; Kenneth W. Desmond; Dandan Chen; Eric R. Weeks

    2015-03-25

    We experimentally study the flow of a quasi-two-dimensional emulsion through a constricting hopper shape. Our area fractions range from 0.83 to 0.99, such that the droplets are always in contact with one another and are in many cases highly deformed. At the lowest flow rates, the droplets exit the hopper via intermittent avalanches. At the highest flow rates, the droplets exit continuously. The transition between these two types of behaviors is a fairly smooth function of the mean strain rate. The avalanches are characterized by a power law distribution of the time interval between droplets exiting the hopper, with long intervals between the avalanches. There is little or no dependence of the flow behavior on the area fraction of the system.

  3. Activity-Dependent Model for Neuronal Avalanches

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    de Arcangelis, L.

    Networks of living neurons represent one of the most fascinating systems of modern biology. If the physical and chemical mechanisms at the basis of the functioning of a single neuron are quite well understood, the collective behavior of a system of many neurons is an extremely intriguing subject. Crucial ingredient of this complex behavior is the plasticity property of the network, namely the capacity to adapt and evolve depending on the level of activity. This plastic ability is believed, nowadays, to be at the basis of learning and memory in real brains. This fundamental problem in neurobiology has recently shown a number of features in common to other complex systems. These features mainly concern the morphology of the network, namely the spatial organization of the established connections, and a novel kind of neuronal activity. Experimental data have, in fact, shown that electrical information propagates in a cortex slice via an avalanche mode. Both features have been found in other problems in the context of the physics of complex systems and successful models have been developed to describe their behavior. In this contribution, we apply a statistical mechanical model to describe the complex activity in a neuronal network. The network is chosen to have a number of connections in long range, as found for neurons in vitro. The model implements the main physiological properties of living neurons and is able to reproduce recent experimental results. The numerical power spectra for electrical activity reproduces also the power law behavior measured in an EEG of man resting with the eyes closed.

  4. On the formation of glide-snow avalanches

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    Mitterer, C.; Schweizer, J.

    2012-12-01

    On steep slopes the full snowpack can glide on the ground; tension cracks may open and eventually the slope may fail as a glide-snow avalanche. Due to their large mass they have considerable destructive potential. Glide-snow avalanches typically occur when the snow-soil interface is moist or wet so that basal friction is reduced. The occurrence, however, of glide cracks and their evolution to glide avalanches are still poorly understood. Consequently, glides are difficult to predict as (i) not all cracks develop into an avalanche, and (ii) for those that do, the time between crack opening and avalanche event might vary from hours to weeks - or on the other hand be so short that there is no warning at all by crack opening. To improve our understanding we monitored several slopes and related glide snow activity to meteorological data. In addition, we explored conditions that favor the formation of a thin wet basal snowpack layer with a physical-based model representing water and heat flux at the snow-soil interface. The statistical analyses revealed that glide-snow avalanche activity might be associated to an early season and a spring condition. While early season conditions tend to have warm and dry autumns followed by heavy snowfalls, spring conditions showed good agreement with increasing air temperature. The model indicates that energy (summer heat) stored in the ground might be sufficient to melt snow at the bottom of the snowpack. Due to capillary forces, water will rise for a few centimeters into the snowpack and thereby reduce friction at the interface. Alternatively, we demonstrate that also in the absence of melt water production at the bottom of the snowpack water may accumulate in the bottom layer due to an upward flux into the snowpack if a dry snowpack overlies a wet soil. The particular conditions that are obviously required at the snow-soil interface explain the strong winter-to-winter variations in snow gliding.

  5. Negative Avalanche Feedback Detectors for Photon-Counting Optical Communications

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    Farr, William H.

    2009-01-01

    Negative Avalanche Feedback photon counting detectors with near-infrared spectral sensitivity offer an alternative to conventional Geiger mode avalanche photodiode or phototube detectors for free space communications links at 1 and 1.55 microns. These devices demonstrate linear mode photon counting without requiring any external reset circuitry and may even be operated at room temperature. We have now characterized the detection efficiency, dark count rate, after-pulsing, and single photon jitter for three variants of this new detector class, as well as operated these uniquely simple to use devices in actual photon starved free space optical communications links.

  6. Avalanches in Strained Amorphous Solids: Does Inertia Destroy Critical Behavior?

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    K. Michael Salerno; Craig E. Maloney; Mark O. Robbins

    2012-04-26

    Simulations are used to determine the effect of inertia on athermal shear of a two-dimensional binary Lennard-Jones glass. In the quasistatic limit, shear occurs through a series of rapid avalanches. The distribution of avalanches is analyzed using finite-size scaling with thousands to millions of particles. Inertia takes the system to a new underdamped universality class rather than driving the system away from criticality. Scaling exponents are determined for the underdamped and overdamped limits and a critical damping that separates the two regimes. Systems are in the overdamped universality class even when most vibrational modes are underdamped.

  7. Further studies of electron avalanche gain in liquid argon

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    Kim, J.G.; Dardin, S.M.; Kadel, R.W.; Kadyk, J.A.; Jackson, K.H.; Peskov, V.; Wenzel, W.A.; Joo, K.S.

    2003-03-07

    Previously we showed how small admixtures of xenon (Xe) stabilize electron avalanches in liquid Argon (LAr). In the present work, we have measured the positive charge carrier mobility in LAr with small admixtures of Xe to be 6.4 x 10{sup -3} cm{sup 2}/Vsec, in approximate agreement with the mobility measured in pure LAr, and consistent with holes as charge carriers. We have measured the concentration of Xe actually dissolved in the liquid and compared the results with expectations based on the amount of Xe gas added to the LAr. We also have tested LAr doped with krypton to investigate the mechanism of avalanche stabilization.

  8. Assessing risk based on uncertain avalanche activity patterns

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    Zeidler, Antonia; Fromm, Reinhard

    2015-04-01

    Avalanches may affect critical infrastructure and may cause great economic losses. The planning horizon of infrastructures, e.g. hydropower generation facilities, reaches well into the future. Based on the results of previous studies on the effect of changing meteorological parameters (precipitation, temperature) and the effect on avalanche activity we assume that there will be a change of the risk pattern in future. The decision makers need to understand what the future might bring to best formulate their mitigation strategies. Therefore, we explore a commercial risk software to calculate risk for the coming years that might help in decision processes. The software @risk, is known to many larger companies, and therefore we explore its capabilities to include avalanche risk simulations in order to guarantee a comparability of different risks. In a first step, we develop a model for a hydropower generation facility that reflects the problem of changing avalanche activity patterns in future by selecting relevant input parameters and assigning likely probability distributions. The uncertain input variables include the probability of avalanches affecting an object, the vulnerability of an object, the expected costs for repairing the object and the expected cost due to interruption. The crux is to find the distribution that best represents the input variables under changing meteorological conditions. Our focus is on including the uncertain probability of avalanches based on the analysis of past avalanche data and expert knowledge. In order to explore different likely outcomes we base the analysis on three different climate scenarios (likely, worst case, baseline). For some variables, it is possible to fit a distribution to historical data, whereas in cases where the past dataset is insufficient or not available the software allows to select from over 30 different distribution types. The Monte Carlo simulation uses the probability distribution of uncertain variables using all valid combinations of the values of input variables to simulate all possible outcomes. In our case the output is the expected risk (Euro/year) for each object (e.g. water intake) considered and the entire hydropower generation system. The output is again a distribution that is interpreted by the decision makers as the final strategy depends on the needs and requirements of the end-user, which may be driven by personal preferences. In this presentation, we will show a way on how we used the uncertain information on avalanche activity in future to subsequently use it in a commercial risk software and therefore bringing the knowledge of natural hazard experts to decision makers.

  9. Avalanche behavior in the dynamics of chemical reactions.

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    Claycomb, J R; Bassler, K E; Miller, J H; Nersesyan, M; Luss, D

    2001-10-22

    Sudden bursts of chemical activity, displaying avalanche-like behavior, have been observed in reactions between metals and liquid electrolytes by measuring the time-dependent chemomagnetic fields with a high-T(c) SQUID. The observed intermittent chemomagnetic field pulses exhibit power-law behavior in the distributions of peak sizes, noise spectra, and return-time distributions. Such power-law behavior provides evidence for self-organized criticality occurring in the form of "chemical avalanches" over a wide range of size and time scales. PMID:11690317

  10. Self-Organization in a Granular Medium by Internal Avalanches

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    S. S. Manna

    2000-09-12

    Internal avalanches of grain displacements can be created inside a granular material kept in a bin in two ways: (i) By removing a radomly selected grain at the bottom of the bin (ii) By breaking a stable arch of grains clogging a hole at the bottom of the bin. Repeated generations of such avalanches lead the system to a steady state. The question asked, is this state a critical state as that in Self-Organized Criticality? We review here some of the recent studies on this problem using cellular automata as well as hard disc models.

  11. A compact gas-filled avalanche counter for DANCE

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    Wu, C. Y.; Chyzh, A.; Kwan, E.; Henderson, R. A.; Gostic, J. M.; Carter, D.; Bredeweg, T. A.; Couture, A.; Jandel, M.; Ullmann, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    A compact gas-filled avalanche counter for the detection of fission fragments was developed for a highly segmented 4? ?-ray calorimeter, namely the Detector for Advanced Neutron Capture Experiments located at the Lujan Center of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. It has been used successfully for experiments with 235U, 238Pu, 239Pu, and 241Pu isotopes to provide a unique signature to differentiate the fission from the competing neutron-capture reaction channel. It was also used to study the spontaneous fission in 252Cf. The design and performance of this avalanche counter for targets with extreme ?-decay rate up to ˜2.4×108/s are described.

  12. Snow avalanche detection and identification for near real-time application

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    Havens, S.; Johnson, J. B.; Marshall, H.; Nicholson, B.; Trisca, G. O.

    2013-12-01

    A near real-time avalanche detection system will provide highway avalanche forecasters with a tool to remotely monitor major avalanche paths and provide information about regional avalanche activity and timing. For the last three winters, a network of infrasound arrays has been remotely monitoring both avalanche and non-avalanche events along a 10 mile section of Highway 21 in Idaho. To provide the best results to avalanche forecasters, the system must be robust and detect all major avalanche events of interest that affect the highway. Over the last three winters, the infrasound arrays recorded multiple avalanche cycles and we explore different methods of event detection for both large dry avalanches (strong infrasound signal) and small wet avalanches (weak infrasound signal). We compare the F-statistic and cross-correlation techniques (i.e. PMCC) to determine the most robust method and develop computationally efficient algorithms to implement in near-real time using parallel processing and GPU computing. Once an event has been detected, we use the artificial intelligence method of recursive neural networks to classify based on similar characteristics to past known signals.

  13. Reducing the Odds: Backcountry Powder Skiing in Avalanche Terrain.

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    Daffern, Tony

    This paper provides information and strategies to reduce the risk of encountering an avalanche when skiing or climbing on steep slopes. Skiers must recognize that the risk exists, be aware of their own tolerance for risk, and not allow companions to pressure them into taking more risk than they can tolerate. Ideally, one should ski with a small…

  14. Teaching Avalanche Safety Courses: Instructional Techniques and Field Exercises.

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    Watters, Ron

    This paper discusses course structure, teaching techniques, and field exercises for enhancing winter travelers' avalanche knowledge and skills. In two class sessions, the course typically consists of a historical perspective; a section on snow physics (clouds, types of snow crystals, effects of riming, identification of precipitated snow crystals,…

  15. Catastrophic debris avalanche deposit of Socompa volcano, northern Chile

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    Francis, P. W.; Gardeweg, M.; Ramirez, C. F.; Rothery, D. A.

    1985-01-01

    Between 10,000 and 500 yr ago the Socompa volcano in northern Chile experienced a catastrophic collapse of a 70 deg sector of the original cone, causing a debris avalanche that descended nearly 3000 m vertically and traveled more than 35 km from the volcano. The deposits cover some 490 sq km and have a minimum volume of 15 cu km. Parts of the original cone slumped in a nearly coherent form and are now preserved as large blocks more than 400 m high. The primary avalanche traveled northwestward over sloping ground before coming to rest transiently, forming a prominent marginal ridge, and then slid away northeastward to form a secondary flow, overriding much of the primary avalanche deposit. Abundant, prismatic, jointed dacite blocks within the debris avalanche deposit and a thin, fine-grained pumiceous deposit beneath it suggest that the collapse was triggered by magmatic activity and may have been accompanied by a violent lateral blast. Collapse was followed by eruption of pumiceous pyroclastic flows and extrusion of voluminous dacite domes.

  16. Group Dynamics and Decision Making: Backcountry Recreationists in Avalanche Terrain

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    Bright, Leslie Shay

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to describe and determine the prevalence of decision-making characteristics of recreational backcountry groups when making a decision of where to travel and ride in avalanche terrain from the perspective of individuals. Decision-making characteristics encompassed communication, decision-making processes, leadership,…

  17. Grigni: [17] Optimizing through CoEvolutionary Avalanches

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    Grigni, Michelangelo

    to Genetic Algorithms which operate on an entire ``gene­ pool'' of possible solutions, extremal optimization fluctuations, called ``avalanches,'' ensue that efficiently explore many local optima. Drawing upon models used to consumers, the scheduling of a transportation fleet, or the flow of information in communication networks

  18. Gridded snow maps supporting avalanche forecasting in Norway

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    Müller, K.; Humstad, T.; Engeset, R. V.; Andersen, J.

    2012-04-01

    We present gridded maps indicating key parameters for avalanche forecasting with a 1 km x 1 km resolution. Based on the HBV hydrology model, snow parameters are modeled based on observed and interpolated precipitation and temperature data. Modeled parameters include for example new snow accumulated the last 24 and 72 hours, snow-water equivalent, and snow-water content. In addition we use meteorological parameters from the UK weather prediction model "Unified Model" such as wind and radiation to model snow-pack properties. Additional loading in lee-slopes by wind-transport is modeled based on prevailing wind conditions, snow-water content and snow age. A depth hoar index accounts for days with considerable negative temperature gradients in the snow pack. A surface hoar index based on radiation and humidity is currently under development. The maps are tested against field reports from avalanche observers throughout Norway. All data is available via a web-platform that combines maps for geo-hazards such as floods, landslides and avalanches. The maps are used by the Norwegian avalanche forecasting service, which is currently in a test phase. The service will be operational by winter 2012/2013.

  19. Afterpulsing and instability in superconducting nanowire avalanche photodetectors

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    Berggren, Karl K.

    ) Si-interdiffusion in heavily doped AlN-GaN-based quantum well intersubband photodetectors Appl. PhysAfterpulsing and instability in superconducting nanowire avalanche photodetectors F. Marsili, F of intrinsic dark count in superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 161105 (2011

  20. Avalanche amplification of a single exciton in a semiconductor nanowire

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    Avalanche amplification of a single exciton in a semiconductor nanowire Gabriele Bulgarini1 solid-state qubits1­8 . Semiconductor nanowires offer the unique possibility of combining optical at the nanoscale using semi- conductor nanowires14­16 and carbon nanotubes17, with sensitivity limited to, at best

  1. Noise in Disordered Systems: Higher Order Spectra in Avalanche Models

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    Amit P. Mehta; Karin A. Dahmen; M. W. Weissman; Tim Wotherspoon

    2005-01-26

    We present a novel analytic calculation of the Haar power spectra, and various higher order spectra, of mean field avalanche models. We also compute these spectra from a simulation of the zero-temperature mean field RFIM and infinite range RFIM model for $d = 3$. We compare the results and obtain novel exponents.

  2. Avalanche spin-valve transistor K. J. Russell,a)

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    Russell, Kasey

    Avalanche spin-valve transistor K. J. Russell,a) Ian Appelbaum,b) Wei Yi, D. J. Monsma, F. Capasso, California 93106 (Received 11 June 2004; accepted 10 September 2004) A spin-valve transistor with a Ga allow fabrication of spin-valve transistors with high gain in a variety of materials. © 2004 American

  3. Dry friction avalanches: Experiment and theory Sergey V. Buldyrev,1

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    Buldyrev, Sergey

    Dry friction avalanches: Experiment and theory Sergey V. Buldyrev,1 John Ferrante,2 and Fredy R and theoretical models are presented supporting the conjecture that dry friction stick-slip is described by self the variation of the friction force as a function of time. We study nominally flat surfaces of matching aluminum

  4. Vortex avalanches and the onset of superfluid turbulence

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    N. B. Kopnin

    2003-09-30

    Quantized circulation, absence of Galilean invariance due to a clamped normal component, and the vortex mutual friction are the major factors that make superfluid turbulence behave in a way different from that in classical fluids. The model is developed for the onset of superfluid turbulence that describes the initial avalanche-like multiplication of vortices into a turbulent vortex tangle.

  5. Automated identification of potential snow avalanche release areas based on digital elevation models

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    Bühler, Y.; Kumar, S.; Veitinger, J.; Christen, M.; Stoffel, A.; Snehmani

    2013-05-01

    The identification of snow avalanche release areas is a very difficult task. The release mechanism of snow avalanches depends on many different terrain, meteorological, snowpack and triggering parameters and their interactions, which are very difficult to assess. In many alpine regions such as the Indian Himalaya, nearly no information on avalanche release areas exists mainly due to the very rough and poorly accessible terrain, the vast size of the region and the lack of avalanche records. However avalanche release information is urgently required for numerical simulation of avalanche events to plan mitigation measures, for hazard mapping and to secure important roads. The Rohtang tunnel access road near Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India, is such an example. By far the most reliable way to identify avalanche release areas is using historic avalanche records and field investigations accomplished by avalanche experts in the formation zones. But both methods are not feasible for this area due to the rough terrain, its vast extent and lack of time. Therefore, we develop an operational, easy-to-use automated potential release area (PRA) detection tool in Python/ArcGIS which uses high spatial resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) and forest cover information derived from airborne remote sensing instruments as input. Such instruments can acquire spatially continuous data even over inaccessible terrain and cover large areas. We validate our tool using a database of historic avalanches acquired over 56 yr in the neighborhood of Davos, Switzerland, and apply this method for the avalanche tracks along the Rohtang tunnel access road. This tool, used by avalanche experts, delivers valuable input to identify focus areas for more-detailed investigations on avalanche release areas in remote regions such as the Indian Himalaya and is a precondition for large-scale avalanche hazard mapping.

  6. Avalanche Debris Detection Using Satellite- and Drone Based Radar and Optical Remote Sensing

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    Eckerstorfer, M.; Malnes, E.; Vickers, H.; Solbø, S. A.; Tøllefsen, A.

    2014-12-01

    The mountainous fjord landscape in the county of Troms, around its capital Tromsø in Northern Norway is prone to high avalanche activity during the snow season. Large avalanches pose a hazard to infrastructure, such as buildings and roads, located between the steep mountainsides and the fjords. A prolonged cold spell during January and February 2014 was followed by rapid new-snow loading during March 2014, inducing a significant avalanche cycle with many spontaneous, size D4 avalanches that affected major transport veins. During and shortly after the avalanche cycle of March 2014, we obtained 11 Radarsat-2 Ultrafine mode scenes, chosen according to reported avalanche activity. We further collected four Radarsat-2 ScanSAR mode scenes and two Landsat-8 scenes covering the entire county of Troms. For one particular avalanche, we obtained a drone-based orthophoto, from which a DEM of the avalanche debris surface was derived, using structure-from-motion photogrammetry. This enabled us to calculate the debris volume accurately. We detected avalanche debris in the radar images visually, by applying two detection algorithms that make use of the increased backscatter in avalanche debris. This backscatter increase is a product of increased snow water equivalent and surface roughness, roughly of the order of 3 dB. In addition, we applied a multi-temporal approach by repeatedly detecting avalanche debris at different acquisition times, as well as a multi-sensor approach, covering similar areas with different sensors. This multi-temporal and multi-sensor approach enabled us to map the spatial extent and magnitude of the March 2014 avalanche cycle in the county Troms. With ESA's Sentinel-1 satellite, providing high-resolution, large swath radar images with a short repeat cycle, a complete avalanche record for a forecasting region could become feasible. In this first test season, we detected more than 550 avalanches that were released during a one-month period over an area of roughly 3000 km2.

  7. A multi path, weather independent avalanche monitoring tool using distributed acoustic fiber optic sensing

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    Prokop, Alexander; Wirbel, Anna

    2013-04-01

    Information on avalanche activity is a paramount parameter in avalanche forecasting. When avalanches are released spontaneously, the risk of avalanches is very high. Triggering avalanches by artificial means, such as explosives launched from helicopter or avalanche towers, can also give information on the stability of the snow pack. Hence, monitoring of avalanches released naturally or artificially, is an important quantity in avalanche forecasting. This information is also needed when deciding whether to close or not endangered ski runs, roads or railway lines. So far monitoring systems lack certain benefits. Either they monitor only large avalanches, can only be used for single avalanche tracks or are weather/sight dependant. Therefore a new tool for avalanche- monitoring, a distributed fiber optic system, is for the first time installed and adapted for the purpose of monitoring snow avalanche activity. The method is based on an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) system, which dates back to the 1970`s and detects seismic vibrations and acoustic signals on a fiber optic cable that can have a length of up to 30 km. An appropriate test slope for this configuration has been found in the ski area of "Lech am Arlberg". In this work a detailed description of the theoretical background, the system implementation, the field installation, realization of tests and an investigation of the recorded data is presented. We conducted 100 tests and triggered 41 avalanches so far with a runout distances ranging from a few meters to approximately 250 meters, all of which were detected by the system, as well as the 59 not successful attempts of artificial triggering. Moreover we measured properly if critical infrastructure (in our case a ski run) was reached by the avalanches or not. The spatial distributed sensing approach allowed us to relate the amplitude and spectral content of the signals to avalanche size, avalanche speed and snow properties of the avalanches. In conclusion we summarize that distributed acoustic fiber optic sensing is a precise method to monitor avalanche activity, runout distances and avalanche properties.

  8. Fragmentation and boosting of rock falls and rock avalanches

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    De Blasio, Fabio Vittorio; Crosta, Giovanni Battista

    2015-10-01

    Fragmentation has been proposed as an important dynamical process in the propagation of rock avalanches. The occurrence of an intense block fragmentation inside a rock avalanche traveling on smooth inclined terrain followed by a flat region (a geometry common to many landslides) is first studied numerically by means of a discrete element 2-D code in which blocks are subjected to mutual collisions and impact with the terrain. This numerical model confirms that the locations where fragmentation is more likely to occur are those in correspondence of abrupt slope changes. We thus analyze this geometry of impact in two cases: low- and high-impact energy. In the first case, where recent experimental data are available, a kinematic analysis shows that the energy released at impact causes high velocities of the smallest fragments, a highly probable scenario in rock avalanche dynamics. When the impact is so energetic to disintegrate the landslide, we find that explosive fragmentation at the slope break provides an extra horizontal boost to a rock avalanche via a peculiar mechanism coupling the geometry of the slope path to the dynamics of the rock avalanche. As a consequence, a net momentum gain (boost) results along the horizontal direction due to the terrain asymmetry. However, under normal field conditions, only when the slope angle is greater than 70° and fragmentation produces clasts of fairly uniform size, the momentum and runout distance are significantly enhanced. Allowing for a spectrum of fragment sizes and velocities, we find a relationship between the degree of fragmentation and the magnitude of the extra boost.

  9. Application of LANDSAT data to delimitation of avalanche hazards in Montane Colorado

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    Knepper, D. H., Jr. (principal investigator)

    1977-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Many avalanche hazard zones can be identified on LANDSAT imagery, but not consistently over a large region. Therefore, regional avalanche hazard mapping, using LANDSAT imagery, must draw on additional sources of information. A method was devised that depicts three levels of avalanche hazards according to three corresponding levels of certainty that active avalanches occur. The lowest level, potential avalanche hazards, was defined by delineating slopes steep enough to support avalanches at elevations where snowfall was likely to be sufficient to produce a thick snowpack. The intermediate level of avalanche hazard was interpreted as avalanche hazard zones. These zones have direct and indirect indicators of active avalanche activity and were interpreted from LANDSAT imagery. The highest level of known or active avalanche hazards was compiled from existing maps. Some landslides in Colorado were identified and, to a degree, delimited on LANDSAT imagery, but the conditions of their identification were highly variable. Because of local topographic, geologic, structural, and vegetational variations, there was no unique landslide spectral appearance.

  10. Direct observation of avalanche scintillations in a THGEM-based two-phase Ar avalanche detector using Geiger-mode APD

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    Bondar, A.; Buzulutskov, A.; Grebenuk, A.; Sokolov, A.; Akimov, D.; Alexandrov, I.; Breskin, A.

    2010-08-01

    A novel concept of optical signal recording in cryogenic two-phase avalanche detectors, with Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiodes (G-APD) measuring avalanche-scintillation photons in a thick Gas Electron Multiplier (THGEM), has been studied in view of its potential applications in rare-event experiments. The effective detection of avalanche scintillations in THGEM holes has been demonstrated in two-phase Ar with a bare G-APD without wavelength shifter, i.e. insensitive to VUV emission of Ar. At gas-avalanche gain of 400 and under ±70° viewing-angle, the G-APD yielded 640 photoelectrons (pe) per 60 keV X-ray converted in liquid Ar; this corresponds to 0.7 pe per initial (prior to multiplication) electron. The avalanche-scintillation light yield measured by the G-APD was about 0.7 pe per avalanche electron, extrapolated to 4? acceptance. The avalanche scintillations observed occurred presumably in the near infrared (NIR) where G-APDs may have high sensitivity. The measured scintillation yield is similar to that observed by others in the VUV. Other related topics discussed in this work are the G-APD's single-pixel and quenching resistor characteristics at cryogenic temperatures.

  11. Structural vulnerability assessment using reliability of slabs in avalanche area

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    Favier, Philomène; Bertrand, David; Eckert, Nicolas; Naaim, Mohamed

    2013-04-01

    Improvement of risk assessment or hazard zoning requires a better understanding of the physical vulnerability of structures. To consider natural hazard issue such as snow avalanches, once the flow is characterized, highlight on the mechanical behaviour of the structure is a decisive step. A challenging approach is to quantify the physical vulnerability of impacted structures according to various avalanche loadings. The main objective of this presentation is to introduce methodology and outcomes regarding the assessment of vulnerability of reinforced concrete buildings using reliability methods. Reinforced concrete has been chosen as it is one of the usual material used to build structures exposed to potential avalanche loadings. In avalanche blue zones, structures have to resist to a pressure up to 30kPa. Thus, by providing systematic fragility relations linked to the global failure of the structure, this method may serve the avalanche risk assessment. To do so, a slab was numerically designed. It represented the avalanche facing wall of a house. Different configuration cases of the element in stake have been treated to quantify numerical aspects of the problem, such as the boundary conditions or the mechanical behaviour of the structure. The structure is analysed according to four different limit states, semi-local and global failures are considered to describe the slab behaviour. The first state is attained when cracks appear in the tensile zone, then the two next states are described consistent with the Eurocode, the final state is the total collapse of the structure characterized by the yield line theory. Failure probability is estimated in accordance to the reliability framework. Monte Carlo simulations were conducted to quantify the fragility to different loadings. Sensitivity of models in terms of input distributions were defined with statistical tools such as confidence intervals and Sobol's indexes. Conclusion and discussion of this work are established to well determine contributions, limits and future needs or developments of the research. First of all, this study provides spectrum of fragility curves of reinforced concrete structures which could be used to improve risk assessment. Second, the influence of the failure criterion picked up in this survey are discussed. Then, the weight of the statistical distribution choice is analysed. Finally, the limit between vulnerability and fragility relations is set up to establish the boundary use of our approach.

  12. Magnetic avalanches in manganese-acetate, "magnetic deflagration"

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    Suzuki, Yoko

    Mn12-acetate, first synthesized in 1980 by Lis, is one example of a class of many molecules called single molecule magnets (SMMs) or molecular nanomagnets. These molecules have several atomic spins strongly coupled together within each molecule. They exhibit interesting quantum mechanical phenomena at low temperatures such as quantum tunneling of magnetization, which was first found with Mn12-acetate in 1996 by Friedman, et al. , and Berry phase oscillations which were measured in Fe8 (another SMM) in 1999 by Wernsdorfer, et al. In addition to possible application as memory storage and qubits for quantum computers, these systems provide the means for studies of mesoscopic physics as well as the interactions of the molecules with their environment, such as phonon, photon, nuclear spin, intermolecular dipole, and exchange interactions. Mn12-acetate has twelve Mn ions magnetically coupled in the center of the molecule yielding a giant spin of S = 10 at low temperature. It also has a large uniaxial anisotropy of 65 K. Below 3 K, magnetization curves show strong hysteresis due to the anisotropy barrier. At thesis temperatures, the spin relaxes through the barrier by quantum tunneling of magnetization, which produces regularly-spaced multiple resonant steps in the hysteresis curve. Magnetic avalanches, first detected by Paulsen et al., also occur for some samples only at low temperature, leading to a very fast single-step reversal of the full magnetization, which clearly differs from relaxation by tunneling. In this thesis, I present the results of detailed experimental studies of two aspects of magnetic avalanche phenomenon: "conditions for the triggering of avalanches" and "propagation of the avalanche front". In the first study, we find the magnetic fields at which avalanches occur are stochastically distributed in a particular range of fields. For the second study, we conducted local time-resolved measurements. The results indicate the magnetization avalanches spread as a narrow interface that propagate through the crystal at a constant velocity which is roughly two orders of magnitude smaller than the speed of sound in solids. We argue this phenomenon is closely analogous to the propagation of a flame front(deflagration) through a flammable chemical substance.

  13. Hummocks: how they form and evolve in debris avalanches (Invited)

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    Paguican, E. R.; van Wyk de Vries, B.; Lagmay, A.

    2013-12-01

    Hummocks are topographic features of large landslides and rockslide-debris avalanches common in volcanic settings. We use scaled analog models to study hummock formation and explore their importance in understanding landslide kinematics and dynamics. The models are designed to replicate large-scale volcanic collapses but are relevant also to non-volcanic settings. We characterize hummocks in terms of their evolution, spatial distribution, and internal structure from slide initiation to final arrest. Hummocks initially form by extensional faulting as a landslide begins to move. During motion, individual large blocks develop and spread, creating an initial distribution, with small hummocks at the landslide front and larger ones at the back. As the mass spreads, hummocks remain as discrete entities. They can get wider but may decrease in height, break up, or merge to form bigger and long anticlinal hummocks when confined. In areas of transverse movement within a landslide, elongate hummocks develop between strike-slip flower structures. Absence of hummocks and fault-like features in the deposit may imply a more fluidal flow of emplacement or very low cohesion of lithologies. Hummock size depends on their position in the initial mass, modified by subsequent breakup or coalescence. Hummock size, shape and spatial distribution vary between and within deposits. Such a universal structure with clear connection to the deformation process should provide a framework with which to study avalanche emplacement dynamics and conditions. We study well-preserved and well-sectioned hummocks in the Mt Iriga rockslide-debris avalanches (Philippines), to characterise the internal structure and relate hummocks to the landslide-avalanche behaviour. All the model structures are consistent with field observations and suggest a general brittle-slide emplacement for most landslide avalanches. The upper and outer hummock surface is destabilised by minor slumps and scree formation forming a rubbly carapace. The central parts of many hummocks are dissected by high angle normal faults that descend and merge into low angle detachments of listric shear zones and merge at the base. In the upper parts of the hummocks, second-order smaller ones can form when the layers parallel to the thinning boudinage and generate blocks. The type of stretch structure depends on the lithology and layer interface. The study shows that hummock distribution is independent of distance and transport disintegration but could be related to lithology, initial position, and avalanche kinematics. In conclusion, hummocks as intact survivors do not provide clear evidence of fragmentation during transport, but do provide information on the transport conditions, kinematics, and initial composition of the landslide.

  14. Avalanche effect and gain saturation in high harmonic generation

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    Serrat, Carles; Budesca, Josep M; Seres, Jozsef; Seres, Enikoe; Aurand, Bastian; Hoffmann, Andreas; Namba, Shinichi; Kuehl, Thomas; Spielmann, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Optical amplifiers in all ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum exhibit two essential characteristics: i) the input signal during the propagation in the medium is multiplied by the avalanche effect of the stimulated emission to produce exponential growth and ii) the amplification saturates at increasing input signal. We demonstrate that the strong-field theory in the frame of high harmonic generation fully supports the appearance of both the avalanche and saturation effects in the amplification of extreme ultraviolet attosecond pulse trains. We confirm that the amplification takes place only if the seed pulses are perfectly synchronized with the driving strong field in the amplifier. We performed an experimental study and subsequent model calculation on He gas driven by intense 30-fs-long laser pulses, which was seeded with an attosecond pulse train at 110 eV generated in a separated Ne gas jet. The comparison of the performed calculations with the measurements clearly demonstrates that the pumped He gas med...

  15. Universality of Avalanche Exponents in Plastic Deformation of Disordered Solids

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    Zoe Budrikis; Daviod Fernandez-Castellanos; Stefan Sandfeld; Michael Zaiser; Stefano Zapperi

    2015-11-21

    Plastic deformation of amorphous solids occurs by power law distributed slip avalanches whose universality is still debated. Interpreting results from experiments and molecular dynamics simulations is difficult due to limited statistical sampling, while existing elasto-plastic models are well understood but elasticity is only approximated by scalar fields. Here we introduce a fully tensorial mesoscale model for the elasto-plasticity of disordered media that is able to reproduce the wide variety of shear band patterns observed experimentally for different deformation modes. Slip avalanches are characterized by universal scaling laws that are largely independent on system dimensionality (2D vs 3D), boundary and loading conditions, and uni-or biaxiality of the stress state.

  16. Robust quantum random number generator based on avalanche photodiodes

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    Fang-Xiang Wang; Chao Wang; Wei Chen; Shuang Wang; Fu-Sheng Lv; De-Yong He; Zhen-Qiang Yin; Hong-Wei Li; Guang-Can Guo; Zheng-Fu Han

    2015-06-18

    We propose and demonstrate a scheme to realize a high-efficiency truly quantum random number generator (RNG) at room temperature (RT). Using an effective extractor with simple time bin encoding method, the avalanche pulses of avalanche photodiode (APD) are converted into high-quality random numbers (RNs) that are robust to slow varying noise such as fluctuations of pulse intensity and temperature. A light source is compatible but not necessary in this scheme. Therefor the robustness of the system is effective enhanced. The random bits generation rate of this proof-of-principle system is 0.69 Mbps with double APDs and 0.34 Mbps with single APD. The results indicate that a high-speed RNG chip based on the scheme is potentially available with an integrable APD array.

  17. Macroscopic control parameter for avalanche models for bursty transport

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    Chapman, S. C.; Rowlands, G.; Watkins, N. W.

    2009-01-15

    Similarity analysis is used to identify the control parameter R{sub A} for the subset of avalanching systems that can exhibit self-organized criticality (SOC). This parameter expresses the ratio of driving to dissipation. The transition to SOC, when the number of excited degrees of freedom is maximal, is found to occur when R{sub A}{yields}0. This is in the opposite sense to (Kolmogorov) turbulence, thus identifying a deep distinction between turbulence and SOC and suggesting an observable property that could distinguish them. A corollary of this similarity analysis is that SOC phenomenology, that is, power law scaling of avalanches, can persist for finite R{sub A} with the same R{sub A}{yields}0 exponent if the system supports a sufficiently large range of lengthscales, necessary for SOC to be a candidate for physical (R{sub A} finite) systems.

  18. Avalanche size distributions in mean field plastic yielding models

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    E. A. Jagla

    2015-06-02

    I discuss the size distribution ${\\cal N}(S)$ of avalanches occurring at the yielding transition of mean field (i.e., Hebraud-Lequeux) models of amorphous solids. The size distribution follows a power law dependence of the form: ${\\cal N}(S)\\sim S^{-\\tau}$. However (contrary to what is found in its depinning counterpart) the value of $\\tau$ depends on details of the dynamic protocol used. For random triggering of avalanches I recover the $\\tau=3/2$ exponent typical of mean field models, which in particular is valid for the depinning case. However, for the physically relevant case of external loading through a quasistatic increase of applied strain, a smaller exponent (close to 1) is obtained. This result is rationalized by mapping the problem to an effective random walk in the presence of a moving absorbing boundary.

  19. Spatiotemporal Chaotic unjamming and jamming in granular avalanches

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    Ziwei Wang; Jie Zhang

    2014-10-23

    We have investigated the spatiotemporal chaotic dynamics of unjamming and jamming of particles in a toy-model system -- a rotating drum partially filled with bidisperse disks to create avalanches. The magnitudes of the first Lyapunov vector $\\delta u(t)$ and velocity $v(t)$ of particles are directly measured for the first time to yield insights into their spatial correlation $C_{\\delta u,v}$, which is stronger near the unjamming but is weaker near the jamming transition, consistent with the recent work of Banigan et al., Nature Phys. $\\bf{9}$, 288, (2013). $v(t)$ shows rich dynamics: it grows exponentially for unstable particles and keeps increasing despite stochastic interactions; after the maximum, it decays with large fluctuations. Hence the spatiotemporal chaotic dynamics of avalanche particles are entangled, causing temporal correlations of macroscopic quantities of the system. We propose a simple model for these observations.

  20. Modelling and simulation of powder-snow avalanches

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    Étienne, Jocelyn; Rastello, Marie; Hopfinger, Emil J.

    2006-08-01

    Finite volume release gravity currents of large density contrast on steep slopes, representing powder-snow avalanches, are simulated numerically using a dynamic mesh adaptation technique. This technique allows to treat large Reynolds numbers and large density contrast flows, but it is (presently) restricted to two dimensions. Comparison of numerical results with experiments in the Boussinesq limit shows that 2D simulations capture the essential flow dynamics. The physics of powder-snow avalanches is analysed on hand of the similarity model developed by Rastello and Hopfinger (2004) and briefly reproduced here. The numerical simulations provide the closure parameters required in this model and give access to the flow structure. The non-Boussinesq effect is to decrease substantially the spatial growth in height and to increase the aspect ratio, hence the overall flow structure. To cite this article: J. Étienne et al., C. R. Mecanique 334 (2006).

  1. Anisotropic properties of spin avalanches in crystals of nanomagnets

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    Dion, C. M.; Jukimenko, O.; Modestov, M.; Marklund, M.; Bychkov, V.

    2013-01-01

    Anisotropy effects for spin avalanches in crystals of nanomagnets are studied theoretically with the external magnetic field applied at an arbitrary angle to the easy axis. Starting with the Hamiltonian for a single nanomagnet in the crystal, two essential quantities characterizing spin avalanches are calculated: the activation and Zeeman energies. The calculation is performed numerically for a wide range of angles and analytical formulas are derived within the limit of small angles. The anisotropic properties of a single nanomagnet lead to anisotropic behavior of the magnetic deflagration speed. Modifications of the magnetic deflagration speed are investigated for different angles between the external magnetic field and the easy axis of the crystals. Anisotropic properties of magnetic detonation are also studied, which concern, first of all, the temperature behind the leading shock and the characteristic time of spin switching in the detonation.

  2. Universality of Avalanche Exponents in Plastic Deformation of Disordered Solids

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    Zoe Budrikis; Daviod Fernandez-Castellanos; Stefan Sandfeld; Michael Zaiser; Stefano Zapperi

    2015-11-19

    Plastic deformation of amorphous solids occurs by power law distributed slip avalanches whose universality is still debated. Interpreting results from experiments and molecular dynamics simulations is difficult due to limited statistical sampling, while existing elasto-plastic models are well understood but elasticity is only approximated by scalar fields. Here we introduce a fully tensorial mesoscale model for the elasto-plasticity of disordered media that is able to reproduce the wide variety of shear band patterns observed experimentally for different deformation modes. Slip avalanches are characterized by universal scaling laws that are largely independent on system dimensionality (2D vs 3D), boundary and loading conditions, and uni-or biaxiality of the stress state.

  3. Robust Quantum Random Number Generator Based on Avalanche Photodiodes

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    Wang, Fang-Xiang; Wang, Chao; Chen, Wei; Wang, Shuang; Lv, Fu-Sheng; He, De-Yong; Yin, Zhen-Qiang; Li, Hong-Wei; Guo, Guang-Can; Han, Zheng-Fu

    2015-08-01

    We propose and demonstrate a scheme to realize a high-efficiency truly quantum random number generator (RNG) at room temperature (RT). Using an effective extractor with simple time bin encoding method, the avalanche pulses of avalanche photodiode (APD) are converted into high-quality random numbers (RNs) that are robust to slow varying noise such as fluctuations of pulse intensity and temperature. A light source is compatible but not necessary in this scheme. Therefor the robustness of the system is effective enhanced. The random bits generation rate of this proof-of-principle system is 0.69 Mbps with double APDs and 0.34 Mbps with single APD. The results indicate that a high-speed RNG chip based on the scheme is potentially available with an integrable APD array.

  4. Weathering processes implied from analysis of small Martian avalanche chutes

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    Sullivan, R.

    1992-01-01

    It has been proposed that the smaller features of martian spur and gully slope morphology, located along the upper walls of Valles Marineris, are avalanche chutes. A three-dimensional stability back-analysis technique was developed and applied to these small avalanche chutes, yielding average values of cohesion and angle of internal friction for the mobile layer materials on these slopes at the time of each slope failure. Generally, the analysis showed that at the time of each slope failure material strengths had been reduced to those of moderately cohesive debris down through depths of tens of meters. These results have implications and possible constraints for the nature and rate of martian weathering processes.

  5. Origin of the Avalanche-Like Photoluminescence from Metallic Nanowires.

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    Ma, Zongwei; Yu, Ying; Shen, Shaoxin; Dai, Hongwei; Yao, Linhua; Han, Yibo; Wang, Xia; Han, Jun-Bo; Li, Liang

    2016-01-01

    Surface plasmonic systems provide extremely efficient ways to modulate light-matter interaction in photon emission, light harvesting, energy conversion and transferring, etc. Various surface plasmon enhanced luminescent behaviors have been observed and investigated in these systems. But the origin of an avalanche-like photoluminescence, which was firstly reported in 2007 from Au and subsequently from Ag nanowire arrays/monomers, is still not clear. Here we show, based on systematic investigations including the excitation power/time related photoluminescent measurements as well as calculations, that this avalanche-like photoluminescence is in fact a result of surface plasmon assisted thermal radiation. Nearly all of the related observations could be perfectly interpreted with this concept. Our finding is crucial for understanding the surface plasmon mediated thermal and photoemission behaviors in plasmonic structures, which is of great importance in designing functional plasmonic devices. PMID:26728439

  6. Repartition spatiale et temporelle de la frequence d'avalanches dans les Alpes francaises

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    R´epartition spatiale et temporelle de la fr´equence d'avalanches dans les Alpes francaises Aurore-Martin-d'H`eres, France. R´esum´e : Les avalanches menacent les r´egions de montagnes et le calcul probabiliste de longues 60 ans de d´ecomptes d'avalanches concernant l'ensemble des Alpes. L'unit´e de temps est l'hiver, et

  7. Automated detection of snow avalanche deposits: segmentation and classification of optical remote sensing imagery

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    Lato, M. J.; Frauenfelder, R.; Bühler, Y.

    2012-09-01

    Snow avalanches in mountainous areas pose a significant threat to infrastructure (roads, railways, energy transmission corridors), personal property (homes) and recreational areas as well as for lives of people living and moving in alpine terrain. The impacts of snow avalanches range from delays and financial loss through road and railway closures, destruction of property and infrastructure, to loss of life. Avalanche warnings today are mainly based on meteorological information, snow pack information, field observations, historically recorded avalanche events as well as experience and expert knowledge. The ability to automatically identify snow avalanches using Very High Resolution (VHR) optical remote sensing imagery has the potential to assist in the development of accurate, spatially widespread, detailed maps of zones prone to avalanches as well as to build up data bases of past avalanche events in poorly accessible regions. This would provide decision makers with improved knowledge of the frequency and size distributions of avalanches in such areas. We used an object-oriented image interpretation approach, which employs segmentation and classification methodologies, to detect recent snow avalanche deposits within VHR panchromatic optical remote sensing imagery. This produces avalanche deposit maps, which can be integrated with other spatial mapping and terrain data. The object-oriented approach has been tested and validated against manually generated maps in which avalanches are visually recognized and digitized. The accuracy (both users and producers) are over 0.9 with errors of commission less than 0.05. Future research is directed to widespread testing of the algorithm on data generated by various sensors and improvement of the algorithm in high noise regions as well as the mapping of avalanche paths alongside their deposits.

  8. Investigation of avalanche photodiodes radiation hardness for baryonic matter studies

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    Kushpil, V; Ladygin, V P; Kugler, A; Kushpil, S; Svoboda, O; Tlustý, P

    2015-01-01

    Modern avalanche photodiodes (APDs) with high gain are good device candidates for light readout from detectors applied in relativistic heavy ion collisions experiments. The results of the investigations of the APDs properties from Zecotek, Ketek and Hamamatsu manufacturers after irradiation using secondary neutrons from cyclotron facility U120M at NPI of ASCR in \\v{R}e\\v{z} are presented. The results of the investigations can be used for the design of the detectors for the experiments at NICA and FAIR.

  9. Avalanche localization and crossover scaling in amorphous plasticity

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    Zoe Budrikis; Stefano Zapperi

    2013-09-25

    We perform large scale simulations of a two dimensional lattice model for amorphous plasticity with random local yield stresses and long-range quadrupolar elastic interactions. We show that as the external stress increases towards the yielding phase transition, the scaling behavior of the avalanches crosses over from mean-field theory to a different universality class. This behavior is associated with strain localization, which significantly depends on the short-range properties of the interaction kernel.

  10. Dynamics and avalanches in a system exhibiting granular collapse

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    Sánchez, R.; Huerta, A.

    2015-11-01

    The dynamics of an experimental driven quasi-2D system of polydisperse particles in a cluster formed by granular collapse is characterized via the self-intermediate scattering function and the mean-squared displacement and is compared with monodisperse experimental and computational systems. The dynamics, despite the difference in dimensionality, is shown to resemble that of de-vitrification in certain simulations of 3D colloidal monodisperse hard sphere glasses in that avalanches are a key feature.

  11. Flux avalanches in superconducting films with periodic arrays of holes.

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    Vlasko-Vlasov, V.; Welp, U.; Metlushko, V.; Crabtree, G. W.; Materials Science Division; Inst. of Solid State Physics RAS

    2000-01-01

    The magnetic flux dynamics in Nb films with periodic hole arrays is studied magneto-optically. Flux motion in the shape of microavalanches along {l_brace}100{r_brace} and {l_brace}110{r_brace} directions of the hole lattice is observed. At lower temperatures anisotropic large scale thermo-magnetic avalanches dominate flux entry and exit. At T-T{sub c} critical-state-like field patterns periodically appear at fractions of the matching field.

  12. Receiver characteristics of laser altimeters with avalanche photodiodes

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    Sun, Xiaoli; Davidson, Frederic M.; Boutsikaris, Leo; Abshire, James B.

    1992-01-01

    The receiver characteristics of a laser altimeter system containing an avalanche photodiode photodetector are analyzed using the Gaussian approximation, the saddle-point approximation, and a nearly exact analysis. The last two methods are shown to yield very similar results except when the background noise is extremely low and the probability of false alarm is high. However, the Gaussian approximation method is shown to cause significant errors even under relatively high levels of background noise and received signal energy.

  13. Automated characterization of single-photon avalanche photodiode

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    Aina M. M. Ghazali; Audun N. Bugge; Sebastien Sauge; Vadim Makarov

    2012-02-08

    We report an automated characterization of a single-photon detector based on commercial silicon avalanche photodiode (PerkinElmer C30902SH). The photodiode is characterized by I-V curves at different illumination levels (darkness, 10 pW and 10 uW), dark count rate and photon detection efficiency at different bias voltages. The automated characterization routine is implemented in C++ running on a Linux computer.

  14. Scaling of avalanche queues in directed dissipative sandpiles

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    Tadic; Priezzhev

    2000-09-01

    Using numerical simulations and analytical methods we study a two-dimensional directed sandpile automaton with nonconservative random defects (concentration c) and varying driving rate r. The automaton is driven only at the top row and driving rate is measured by the number of added particles per time step of avalanche evolution. The probability distribution of duration of elementary avalanches at zero driving rate is exactly given by P1(t,c)=t(-3/2) exp[t ln(1-c)]. For driving rates in the interval 0avalanches are queuing one after another, increasing the periods of noninterrupted activity of the automaton. Recognizing the probability P1 as a distribution of service time of jobs arriving at a server with frequency r, the model represents an example of the class server queue in the queue theory. We study scaling properties of the busy period and dissipated energy of sequences of noninterrupted activity. In the limit c-->0 and varying linear system size L<1/c we find that at driving rates ravalanche queues are characterized by a multifractal scaling and we determine the corresponding spectral functions. For L>1/c increasing the driving rate somewhat compensates for the energy losses at defects above the line r approximately sqrt[c]. The scaling exponents of the distributions in this region of phase diagram vary approximately linearly with the driving rate. Using properties of recurrent states and the probability theory we determine analytically the exact upper bound of the probability distribution of busy periods. In the case of conservative dynamics c=0 the probability of a continuous flow increases as F(infinity) approximately r(2) for small driving rates. PMID:11088824

  15. Design of reliable high voltage avalanche transistor pulsers

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    Fulkerson, E. S.; Booth, R.

    1994-06-01

    Avalanche transistor based pulsers were developed for use as pockel cell drivers and for impulse radar work. The output voltages range from 1 to 8kV, with rise times of 100 to 200 picoseconds and repetition rates in excess of 1kHz. Several of these units have been in service for over a year with no failures. The design of these units is discussed in detail, including circuit design, component selection, diagnostics, and the all important physical layout.

  16. A thermal neutron beam monitor based on avalanche counter

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    Nakhostin, M.; Baba, M.

    2013-05-01

    A simple neutron beam monitor based on the combination of a low-pressure position-sensitive avalanche counter with a 6Li neutron converter has been developed. The details of the construction of the device, as well as, the results of the test of the device with a thermal neutron beam are described. The main features of the neutron beam monitor are high count-rate capability, low ?-sensitivity, low perturbation on neutron beams and a position sensitivity of ˜2 mm.

  17. Propagation of avalanches in Mn12-acetate: magnetic deflagration.

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    Suzuki, Yoko; Sarachik, M P; Chudnovsky, E M; McHugh, S; Gonzalez-Rubio, R; Avraham, Nurit; Myasoedov, Y; Zeldov, E; Shtrikman, H; Chakov, N E; Christou, G

    2005-09-30

    Local time-resolved measurements of fast reversal of the magnetization of single crystals of Mn12-acetate indicate that the magnetization avalanche spreads as a narrow interface that propagates through the crystal at a constant velocity that is roughly 2 orders of magnitude smaller than the speed of sound. We argue that this phenomenon is closely analogous to the propagation of a flame front (deflagration) through a flammable chemical substance. PMID:16241690

  18. Photon detection efficiency of Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes

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    Simonetta Gentile; Ekaterina Kuznetsova; Franco Meddi

    2010-06-16

    The photon detection efficiencies of multi-pixel Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes manufactured by different produ cers are estimated. A new fit method of the response spectra to low-intensity light, taking into ac count after-pulse and cross-talk effects is proposed to yield the initial number of photons. The value of photon detection efficiency is calculated using a calibrated photodetector as a reference.

  19. Electro-thermal simulation of superconducting nanowire avalanche photodetectors

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    Marsili, F.; Najafi, F.; Herder, C.; Berggren, K. K.

    2011-01-01

    We developed an electrothermal model of NbN superconducting nanowire avalanche photodetectors (SNAPs) on sapphire substrates. SNAPs are single-photon detectors consisting of the parallel connection of N superconducting nanowires. We extrapolated the physical constants of the model from experimental data and we simulated the time evolution of the device resistance, temperature and current by solving two coupled electrical and thermal differential equations describing the nanowires. The predictions of the model were in good quantitative agreement with the experimental results.

  20. An MHD avalanche model of multi-threaded coronal loop

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    Hood, A W; Browning, P K; Tam, K V

    2015-01-01

    For the first time, we demonstrate how an MHD avalanche might occur in a multi-threaded coronal loop. Considering 23 non-potential magnetic threads within a loop, we use 3D MHD simulations to show that only one thread needs to be unstable in order to start an avalanche even when the others are below marginal stability. This has significant implications for coronal heating in that it provides for energy dissipation with a trigger mechanism. The instability of the unstable thread follows the evolution determined in many earlier investigations. However, once one stable thread is disrupted, it coalesces with a neighbouring thread and this process disrupts other nearby threads. Coalescence with these disrupted threads then occurs leading to the disruption of yet more threads as the avalanche develops. Magnetic energy is released in discrete bursts as the surrounding stable threads are disrupted. The volume integrated heating, as a function of time, shows short spikes suggesting that the temporal form of the heatin...

  1. Solar flares and avalanches in driven dissipative systems

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    Lu, Edward T.; Hamilton, Russell J.; Mctiernan, J. M.; Bromund, Kenneth R.

    1993-01-01

    The contention of Lu and Hamilton (1991) that the energy release process in solar flares can be understood as avalanches of many small reconnection events is further developed. The dynamics of the complex magnetized plasma of solar active regions is modeled with a simple driven dissipative system, consisting of a vector field with local instabilities that cause rapid diffusion of the field. It is argued that the avalanches in this model are analogous to solar flares. The distributions of avalanches in this model are compared with the solar flare frequency distributions obtained from ISEE 3/ICE satellite observations. Quantitative agreement is found with the energy, peak luminosity, and duration distributions over four orders of magnitude in flare energy, from the largest flares down to the completeness limit of the observations. It is predicted that the power-law solar flare frequency distributions will be found to continue downward with the same logarithmic slopes to an energy of about 3 x 10 exp 25 ergs and duration of about 0.3 s, with deviations from power-law behavior below these values.

  2. Avalanches in the Bean critical-state model

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    Barford, W.

    1997-07-01

    A macroscopic equation of motion for the flux density in dirty type-II superconductors is introduced. The flux density is subject to various types of spatially varying pinning force. When there is no stick-slip dynamics, i.e., when the static pinning force equals the dynamic pinning force, it is shown that in both one and two dimensions an increase in the surface magnetic field leads to an overall height change and hence to a change in magnetization equal to the change in the surface magnetic field. More interesting behavior occurs on introducing stick-slip dynamics, i.e., when the static pinning force exceeds the dynamic pinning force. In this limit a distribution of avalanche sizes over four orders of magnitude is found for a 100{times}100 lattice. Apart from the anomalous behavior at large sizes, this is shown to fit a distribution of the form P(s){approx}s{sup {minus}{nu}}exp({minus}s/{alpha}), where s is the avalanche size. The anomalous behavior for large sizes corresponds to avalanches which involve most of the lattice and, hence, cause the flux to {open_quotes}slide over the edge,{close_quotes} as detected by a change in the edge magnetization. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Particle-size segregation in dense granular avalanches

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    Gray, John Mark Nicholas Timm; Gajjar, Parmesh; Kokelaar, Peter

    2015-01-01

    Particles of differing sizes are notoriously prone to segregate, which is a chronic problem in the manufacture of a wide variety of products that are used by billions of people worldwide every day. Segregation is the single most important factor in product non-uniformity, which can lead to significant handling problems as well as complete batches being discarded at huge financial loss. It is generally regarded that the most important mechanism for segregation is the combination of kinetic sieving and squeeze expulsion in shallow granular avalanches. These free-surface flows are more common than one might expect, often forming part of more complicated flows in drums, heaps and silos, where there is mass exchange with underlying regions of static or slowly moving grains. The combination of segregation and solid-fluid granular phase transitions creates incredibly complicated and beautiful patterns in the resulting deposits, but a full understanding of such effects lies beyond our capabilities at present. This paper reviews recent advances in our ability to model the basic segregation processes in a single avalanche (without mass exchange) and the subtle feedback effects that they can have on the bulk flow. This is particularly important for geophysical applications, where segregation can spontaneously self-channelize and lubricate the flow, significantly enhancing the run-out of debris-flows, pyroclastic flows, rock-falls and snow-slab avalanches.

  4. Experimental Investigation of Plastic Deformations Before Granular Avalanche

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    Axelle Amon; Roman Bertoni; Jérôme Crassous

    2012-11-23

    We present an experimental study of the deformation inside a granular material that is progressively tilted. We investigate the deformation before the avalanche with a spatially resolved Diffusive Wave Spectroscopy setup. At the beginning of the inclination process, we first observe localized and isolated events in the bulk, with a density which decreases with the depth. As the angle of inclination increases, series of micro-failures occur periodically in the bulk, and finally a granular avalanche takes place. The micro-failures are observed only when the tilt angles are larger than a threshold angle much smaller than the granular avalanche angle. We have characterized the density of reorganizations and the localization of micro-failures. We have also explored the effect of the nature of the grains, the relative humidity conditions and the packing fraction of the sample. We discuss those observations in the framework of the plasticity of granular matter. Micro-failures may then be viewed as the result of the accumulation of numerous plastic events.

  5. Avalanches and power-law behaviour in lung inflation

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    Suki, Béla; Barabási, Albert-László; Hantos, Zoltán; Peták, Ferenc; Stanley, H. Eugene

    1994-04-01

    WHEN lungs are emptied during exhalation, peripheral airways close up1. For people with lung disease, they may not reopen for a significant portion of inhalation, impairing gas exchange2,3. A knowledge of the mechanisms that govern reinflation of collapsed regions of lungs is therefore central to the development of ventilation strategies for combating respiratory problems. Here we report measurements of the terminal airway resistance, Rt , during the opening of isolated dog lungs. When inflated by a constant flow, Rt decreases in discrete jumps. We find that the probability distribution of the sizes of the jumps and of the time intervals between them exhibit power-law behaviour over two decades. We develop a model of the inflation process in which 'avalanches' of airway openings are seen-with power-law distributions of both the size of avalanches and the time intervals between them-which agree quantitatively with those seen experimentally, and are reminiscent of the power-law behaviour observed for self-organized critical systems4. Thus power-law distributions, arising from avalanches associated with threshold phenomena propagating down a branching tree structure, appear to govern the recruitment of terminal airspaces.

  6. Information processing occurs via critical avalanches in a model of the primary visual cortex

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    Bortolotto, G S; Gonsalves, J J; Pinto, L T; Tragtenberg, M H R

    2015-01-01

    We study a new biologically motivated model for the Macaque monkey primary visual cortex which presents power-law avalanches after a visual stimulus. The signal propagates through all the layers of the model via avalanches that depend on network structure and synaptic parameter. We identify four different avalanche profiles as a function of the excitatory postsynaptic potential. The avalanches follow a size-duration scaling relation and present critical exponents that match experiments. The structure of the network gives rise to a regime of two characteristic spatial scales, one of which vanishes in the thermodynamic limit.

  7. A debris avalanche at Forest Falls, San Bernardino County, California, July 11, 1999

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    Morton, Douglas M.; Hauser, Rachel M.

    2001-01-01

    The community of Forest Falls, California, is frequently subject to relatively slow moving debris flows. Some 11 debris flow events that were destructive to property have been recorded between 1955 and 1998. On July 11 and 13, 1999, debris flows again occurred, produced by high-intensity, short-duration monsoon rains. Unlike previous debris flow events, the July 11 rainfall generated a high-velocity debris avalanche in Snow Creek, one of the several creeks crossing the composite, debris flow dominated, alluvial fan on which Forest Falls is located. This debris avalanche overshot the bank of the active debris flow channel of Snow Creek, destroying property in the near vicinity and taking a life. The minimum velocity of this avalanche is calculated to have been in the range of 40 to 55 miles per hour. Impact from high-velocity boulders removed trees where the avalanche overshot the channel bank. Further down the fan, the rapidly moving debris fragmented the outer parts of the upslope side of large pine trees and embedded rock fragments into the tree trunks. Unlike the characteristic deposits formed by debris flows, the avalanche spread out down-slope and left no deposit suggestive of a debris avalanche. This summer monsoon-generated debris avalanche is apparently the first recorded for Forest Falls. The best indications of past debris avalanches may be the degree of permanent scars produced by extensive abrasion and splintering of the outer parts of pine trees that were in the path of an avalanche.

  8. Avalanche dynamics of magnetic flux in a two-dimensional discrete superconductor

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    Ginzburg, S. L.; Nakin, A. V.; Savitskaya, N. E.

    2006-11-15

    The critical state of a two-dimensional discrete superconductor in an external magnetic field is studied. This state is found to be self-organized in the generalized sense, i.e., is a set of metastable states that transform to each other by means of avalanches. An avalanche is characterized by the penetration of a magnetic flux to the system. The sizes of the occurring avalanches, i.e., changes in the magnetic flux, exhibit the power-law distribution. It is also shown that the size of the avalanche occurring in the critical state and the external magnetic field causing its change are statistically independent quantities.

  9. Theory of suppressing avalanche process of carrier in short pulse laser irradiated dielectrics

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    Deng, Hongxiang; Zu, Xiaotao; Zheng, WG; Yuan, XD; Xiang, Xia; Sun, Kai; Gao, Fei

    2014-05-28

    A theory for controlling avalanche process of carrier during short pulse laser irradiation is proposed. We show that avalanche process of conduction band electrons (CBEs) is determined by the occupation number of phonons in dielectrics. The theory provides a way to suppress avalanche process and a direct judgment for the contribution of avalanche process and photon ionization process to the generation of CBEs. The obtained temperature dependent rate equation shows that the laser induced damage threshold of dielectrics, e.g., fused silica, increase nonlinearly with the decreases of temperature. Present theory predicts a new approach to improve the laser induced damage threshold of dielectrics.

  10. The Tancitaro Debris Avalanche: Characterization, propagation and modeling

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    Morelli, Stefano; Monroy, Victor Hugo Garduño; Gigli, Giovanni; Falorni, Giacomo; Rocha, Eleazar Arreygue; Casagli, Nicola

    2010-06-01

    The Tancitaro volcano (3860 m) is an andesitic-dacitic stratovolcano located in the western portion of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt within the state of Michoacán (Mexico). The tectonic activity of this area has likely contributed to a large sector collapse of the volcano. The first findings of a multidisciplinary investigation into this debris avalanche are presented here. Geomorphological analyses, based on the interpretation of orthophotos, satellite imagery and on GIS elaborations, had the objective of determining the main morphometric features of the landslide. The collapse structure is an east-facing horseshoe-shaped crater (4 km wide and 5.3 km long), while the deposit forms a large fan that is 66 km long, covers an area of approximately 1155 km 2 and has an estimated volume of 18 km 3. Event volume was established by reconstructing the paleo-edifice in a GIS and taking into account volumetric expansion. Cross sections measured in the field were also used for this purpose. Field investigations also highlighted the presence of two texturally distinct units, which are referred to as the "block facies" and the "matrix facies", respectively. The first is responsible for the typical hummock morphologies found in the proximal area. A transitional zone contains a "mixed block and matrix facies" while in the distal portion blocks and megablocks, some of which have a jigsaw puzzle texture, gradually decrease in size until they disappear entirely. A number of matrix samples were collected to conduct direct shear tests, granulometric analyses and classification of the materials. The data and analyses described above were used to discuss the mechanism controlling the long runout of the avalanche. Based on the comparison between the Tancitaro debris avalanche and similar events we propose that mechanical fluidization was the mechanism responsible for the remarkable mobility of the landslide. The predisposing factors leading to the collapse were also considered. Field observations suggest that these are mainly related to weakening processes operating both in volcanoes and in non-volcanic areas. The runout of the Tancitaro debris avalanche was numerically modeled using DAN-W. The geotechnical parameters determined in the field and from the laboratory analyses were used as input. The DAN-W code models longitudinal spreading and the thickness and velocity of the failed mass by opportunely selecting a specific rheological model (Voellmy, Frictional, Bingham). Thus, it was determined that the two-parameter "Voellmy model" provided the best simulation of the Tancitaro debris avalanche movement, and the best fitting rheological parameters have been found through back analysis.

  11. Spatial aspects of vulnerability and risk resulting from snow avalanches

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    Fuchs, S.; Koltermann, P.; Sokratov, S.; Seliverstov, Y.; Shnyparkov, A.

    2012-04-01

    Mountain regions provide a significant proportion of areas used for human settlements, economic purpose, and recreation. Simultaneously, due to steep vertical gradients mountain areas are prone to mass movement processes. The intersection of such processes with areas used by human action turns them into hazards. In particular in arctic regions, which show a greater susceptibility to disturbances than many landscapes, considerable efforts have been undertaken in recent decades to reduce the adverse effects of mountain hazards. The concept of risk supplemented the traditional engineering approaches of technical mitigation since the 1990s to comprehensively manage these threats, and to develop strategies for a sustainable use of these areas. The concept of risk is based on a mathematical combination of hazards and consequences, but is static over time. However, three major dynamic systems interact in the field of mountain hazard risk management: the physical environment, which includes hazardous events; the social and demographic characteristics of the communities that experience them; and the values at risk such as buildings, roads, and other components of the built environment. These dynamics have not sufficiently been taken into account so far in natural hazard risk management, in particular with respect to industrialised artic regions. Within the city of Kirovsk, Kola Peninsula, Russian Federation, these dynamics were assessed by taking snow avalanche risk as an example. The test site is exposed to multiple avalanche tracks with repeated releases during individual winter seasons, endangering the built environment and any kind of infrastructure lines. The aim was to contribute to the development of a spatial risk model for mountain regions on different temporal scales. The spatial characteristics of the long-term avalanche risk, as a result of the evolution of the built environment, was analysed on an annual as well as inter-annual level. This long-term development was superimposed by short-term fluctuations due to the spatiotemporal movement of people and mobile values into and within areas endangered by avalanche hazards. As a result, individual system dynamics and the evolution of the entire risk system were specifically assessed. Furthermore, insights in spatiotemporal aspects of vulnerability of elements at risk exposed to snow avalanches were gained. The overall purpose of the study was to develop concepts and methods for an enhanced natural hazard risk management applicable in mountain regions.

  12. Numerical run-out modelling used for reassessment of existing permanent avalanche paths in the Krkonose Mts., Czechia

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    Blahut, Jan; Klimes, Jan; Balek, Jan; Taborik, Petr; Juras, Roman; Pavlasek, Jiri

    2015-04-01

    Run-out modelling of snow avalanches is being widely applied in high mountain areas worldwide. This study presents application of snow avalanche run-out calculation applied to mid-mountain ranges - the Krkonose, Jeseniky and Kralicky Sneznik Mountains. All mentioned mountain ranges lie in the northern part of Czechia, close to the border with Poland. Its highest peak reaches only 1602 m a.s.l. However, climatic conditions and regular snowpack presence are the reason why these mountain ranges experience considerable snow avalanche activity every year, sometimes resulting in injuries or even fatalities. Within the aim of an applied project dealing with snow avalanche hazard prediction a re-assessment of permanent snow avalanche paths has been performed based on extensive statistics covering period from 1961/62 till present. On each avalanche path different avalanches with different return periods were modelled using the RAMMS code. As a result, an up-to-date snow avalanche hazard map was prepared.

  13. Teaching Natural Hazards: The Use of Snow Avalanches in Demonstrating and Addressing Geographic Topics and Principles.

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    Barber, David L.

    1988-01-01

    Because of increased recreational use of alpine environments in the western United States, this lesson plan integrates the themes of location, place, and human-environment interaction in order to teach avalanche hazard awareness. Presents classroom activities and research topics to enhance student awareness of snow avalanche hazards. Provides…

  14. A Methodology To Allow Avalanche Forecasting on an Information Retrieval System.

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    Purves, R. S.; Sanderson, M.

    1998-01-01

    Presents adaptations and tests undertaken to allow an information retrieval system to forecast the likelihood of avalanches on a particular day; the forecasting process uses historical data of the weather and avalanche conditions for a large number of days. Describes a method for adapting these data into a form usable by a text-based IR system and…

  15. Snow-avalanche impact landforms in Breheimen, southern Norway: Origin, age, and paleoclimatic implications

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    Matthews, J.A.; McCarroll, D. )

    1994-05-01

    Twelve snow-avalanche ramparts in Jostedalen and Sprongdalen (Breheimen, southern Norway) are investigated to elucidate processes of formation, the history of avalanche activity, and their potential for paleoclimatic reconstruction. Variation in the form of these riverbank boulder ramparts reflects local patterns of avalanche impact. Differences in clast roundness between ramparts, avalanche tracks, and river beds indicate that, on average, 50 to 60% of the clasts in the ramparts originate from river bedload as opposed to avalanche source areas or tracks. Rampart clasts increase in roundness downstream over a distance of 12 km, and the contribution from the river bed varies from 26 to 80% depending on local factors. Conventional lichenometric dating suggests ages for the initiation of rampart formation of 250 to 2000 yr, but they probably have a much longer history. Lichen-size frequency distributions, using the largest lichen from each of n boulders, reflect the age-frequency of surface boulders, providing a record of late Holocene avalanche activity. A simulation model suggests that maximum avalanche activity affected nine of the ramparts during the 19th century, after the peak of the Little Ice Age. The pattern of avalanche activity differs from the pattern of glacier variations but is in close agreement with that of debris-flow activity. The ramparts may yield a valuable proxy record of winter snowfall. 48 refs., 12 figs., 4 tabs.

  16. Application of LANDSAT data to delimitation of avalanche hazards in Montane, Colorado

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    Knepper, D. H. (principal investigator); Summer, R.

    1976-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. With rare exceptions, avalanche areas cannot be identified on LANDSAT imagery. Avalanche hazard mapping on a regional scale is best conducted using LANDSAT imagery in conjunction with complementary data sources. Level of detail of such maps will be limited by the amount and completeness of the complementary information used.

  17. PHYSICAL REVIEW E 83, 061301 (2011) Simulation of a Casimir-like effect in a granular pile with avalanches

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    2011-01-01

    with avalanches D. V. Denisov, Y. Y. Villanueva, and R. J. Wijngaarden Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences-Tang-Wiesenfeld model for sand piles, we simulate a Casimir-like effect in a granular pile with avalanches. Results, with the aim of avalanche prevention, the possibility of suppressing self-organized criticality with an array

  18. Size distributions of shocks and static avalanches from the functional renormalization group Pierre Le Doussal and Kay Jrg Wiese

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Size distributions of shocks and static avalanches from the functional renormalization group Pierre avalanches, or shocks, defined here as jumps between distinct global minima upon changing an external field fixed-point functions. This allows us to obtain the size distribution P S of static avalanches

  19. Self-organized criticality induced by quenched disorder: Experiments on flux avalanches in NbHx films

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    Self-organized criticality induced by quenched disorder: Experiments on flux avalanches in Nb, the avalanche sizes are power- law distributed and show finite-size scaling, as expected from self-organized criticality SOC . Furthermore, the shape of the avalanches is observed to be fractal. In the absence

  20. Avalanches and Self-Organized Criticality in Superconductors Rinke J. Wijngaarden, Marco S. Welling, Christof M. Aegerter and Mariela Menghini

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    Avalanches and Self-Organized Criticality in Superconductors Rinke J. Wijngaarden, Marco S. Welling and avalanches. Using the magneto-optical technique, the spatial distribution of the vortex density in the sample' are determined and compared to the exponents that char- acterize the avalanches in the framework of Self

  1. PHYSICAL REVIEW E 88, 032106 (2013) Statistics of avalanches with relaxation and Barkhausen noise: A solvable model

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    2013-01-01

    PHYSICAL REVIEW E 88, 032106 (2013) Statistics of avalanches with relaxation and Barkhausen noise shapes. We elucidate another qualitatively new feature: the breakup of each avalanche of the standard velocity never vanishes, are modified. We also analyze nonstationary avalanches following a step

  2. Spatial shape of avalanches in the Brownian force model Thimothee Thiery, Pierre Le Doussal, Kay Jorg Wiese

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Spatial shape of avalanches in the Brownian force model Thimoth´ee Thiery, Pierre Le Doussal, Kay J Cedex-France Abstract. We study the Brownian force model (BFM), a solvable model of avalanche statistics particles driven by a parabolic well in independent Brownian force landscapes. Avalanches are defined

  3. Experimental studies on fast-ion transport by Alfven wave avalanches on the National Spherical Torus Experiment

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    Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

    Experimental studies on fast-ion transport by Alfv´en wave avalanches on the National Spherical-linearly and disrupt in avalanches, are characterized. A depletion of the energy range > 20 keV, leading to sudden that avalanches lead to a relaxation of the fast-ion profile, which in turn reduces the drive

  4. Experimental studies on fast-ion transport by Alfvn wave avalanches on the National Spherical Torus Experimenta...

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    Heidbrink, William W.

    Experimental studies on fast-ion transport by Alfvén wave avalanches on the National Spherical , which interact nonlinearly and terminate in avalanches, are characterized. A depletion of the energy a broad spatial range. It is shown that avalanches lead to a relaxation of the fast-ion profile, which

  5. Dendritic magnetic avalanches in carbon-free MgB2 thin films with and without a deposited Au layer

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    Johansen, Tom Henning

    Dendritic magnetic avalanches in carbon-free MgB2 thin films with and without a deposited Au layer October 2005 From magneto optic images MOI , the dendritic magnetic avalanche is known to appear that carbon contamination was not the main source of the avalanche. The MOI clearly showed that the deposition

  6. Dating of snow avalanches by means of wound-induced vessel anomalies in sub-arctic Betula pubescens

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    Butler, David R. - Department of Geography, Texas State University

    Dating of snow avalanches by means of wound-induced vessel anomalies in sub-arctic Betula pubescens): Dating of snow avalanches by means of wound-induced vessel anomalies in sub-arctic Betula pubescens by snow avalanches in Norway and Iceland. Earlywood vessel lumina were measured for each tree in the xylem

  7. Avalanches in Tip-Driven Interfaces in Random Media L.E. Aragon, A.B. Kolton1

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    epl draft Avalanches in Tip-Driven Interfaces in Random Media L.E. Arag´on, A.B. Kolton1 , P. Le and scaling arguments the avalanche statistics of 1-dimensional elastic interfaces in random media driven at a single point. Both global and local avalanche sizes are power-law distributed, with universal exponents

  8. Edge effect on the power law distribution of granular avalanches Kinga A. Lrincz and Rinke J. Wijngaarden

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    apparently 13 power-law distributed avalanches, in addition to the quasi- periodic system spanning avalanchesEdge effect on the power law distribution of granular avalanches Kinga A. Lrincz and Rinke J-organized criticality SOC to be power-law distributed. In our experiments on a three-dimensional pile of long

  9. LARGE-SCALE AVALANCHE BRAKING MOUND AND CATCHING DAM EXPERIMENTS WITH SNOW: A STUDY OF THE AIRBORNE JET

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    Hogg, Andrew

    LARGE-SCALE AVALANCHE BRAKING MOUND AND CATCHING DAM EXPERIMENTS WITH SNOW: A STUDY OF THE AIRBORNE-scale experiments to study the interaction of a snow avalanche with a dam and a row of mounds which to smaller-scale experiments with glass particles, the avalanche detaches from the top of the dam or mound

  10. Avalanche dynamics, surface roughening, and self-organized criticality: Experiments on a three-dimensional pile of rice

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    Wijngaarden, Rinke J.

    Avalanche dynamics, surface roughening, and self-organized criticality: Experiments on a three-organized criticality. The avalanches that occur on the surface of a pile of rice are found to exhibit finite size scaling in their probability distribution. The critical exponents are 1.21(2) for the avalanche size

  11. Monitoring and modeling ice-rock avalanches from ice-capped volcanoes: A case study of frequent large avalanches on Iliamna Volcano, Alaska

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    Huggel, C.; Caplan-Auerbach, J.; Waythomas, C.F.; Wessels, R.L.

    2007-01-01

    Iliamna is an andesitic stratovolcano of the Aleutian arc with regular gas and steam emissions and mantled by several large glaciers. Iliamna Volcano exhibits an unusual combination of frequent and large ice-rock avalanches in the order of 1 ?? 106??m3 to 3 ?? 107??m3 with recent return periods of 2-4??years. We have reconstructed an avalanche event record for the past 45??years that indicates Iliamna avalanches occur at higher frequency at a given magnitude than other mass failures in volcanic and alpine environments. Iliamna Volcano is thus an ideal site to study such mass failures and its relation to volcanic activity. In this study, we present different methods that fit into a concept of (1) long-term monitoring, (2) early warning, and (3) event documentation and analysis of ice-rock avalanches on ice-capped active volcanoes. Long-term monitoring methods include seismic signal analysis, and space-and airborne observations. Landsat and ASTER satellite data was used to study the extent of hydrothermally altered rocks and surface thermal anomalies at the summit region of Iliamna. Subpixel heat source calculation for the summit regions where avalanches initiate yielded temperatures of 307 to 613??K assuming heat source areas of 1000 to 25??m2, respectively, indicating strong convective heat flux processes. Such heat flow causes ice melting conditions and is thus likely to reduce the strength at the base of the glacier. We furthermore demonstrate typical seismic records of Iliamna avalanches with rarely observed precursory signals up to two hours prior to failure, and show how such signals could be used for a multi-stage avalanche warning system in the future. For event analysis and documentation, space- and airborne observations and seismic records in combination with SRTM and ASTER derived terrain data allowed us to reconstruct avalanche dynamics and to identify remarkably similar failure and propagation mechanisms of Iliamna avalanches for the past 45??years. Simple avalanche flow modeling was able to reasonably replicate Iliamna avalanches and can thus be applied for hazard assessments. Hazards at Iliamna Volcano are low due to its remote location; however, we emphasize the transfer potential of the methods presented here to other ice-capped volcanoes with much higher hazards such as those in the Cascades or the Andes. ?? 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Irregular spiking of pyramidal neurons organizes as scale-invariant neuronal avalanches in the awake state.

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    Bellay, Timothy; Klaus, Andreas; Seshadri, Saurav; Plenz, Dietmar

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous fluctuations in neuronal activity emerge at many spatial and temporal scales in cortex. Population measures found these fluctuations to organize as scale-invariant neuronal avalanches, suggesting cortical dynamics to be critical. Macroscopic dynamics, though, depend on physiological states and are ambiguous as to their cellular composition, spatiotemporal origin, and contributions from synaptic input or action potential (AP) output. Here, we study spontaneous firing in pyramidal neurons (PNs) from rat superficial cortical layers in vivo and in vitro using 2-photon imaging. As the animal transitions from the anesthetized to awake state, spontaneous single neuron firing increases in irregularity and assembles into scale-invariant avalanches at the group level. In vitro spike avalanches emerged naturally yet required balanced excitation and inhibition. This demonstrates that neuronal avalanches are linked to the global physiological state of wakefulness and that cortical resting activity organizes as avalanches from firing of local PN groups to global population activity. PMID:26151674

  13. Apparatus and method for recharging a string a avalanche transistors within a pulse generator

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    Fulkerson, E. Stephen (Livermore, CA)

    2000-01-01

    An apparatus and method for recharging a string of avalanche transistors within a pulse generator is disclosed. A plurality of amplification stages are connected in series. Each stage includes an avalanche transistor and a capacitor. A trigger signal, causes the apparatus to generate a very high voltage pulse of a very brief duration which discharges the capacitors. Charge resistors inject current into the string of avalanche transistors at various points, recharging the capacitors. The method of the present invention includes the steps of supplying current to charge resistors from a power supply; using the charge resistors to charge capacitors connected to a set of serially connected avalanche transistors; triggering the avalanche transistors; generating a high-voltage pulse from the charge stored in the capacitors; and recharging the capacitors through the charge resistors.

  14. Spike Avalanches Exhibit Universal Dynamics across the Sleep-Wake Cycle

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    Ribeiro, Tiago L; Caixeta, Fábio; Belchior, Hindiael; Chialvo, Dante R; Nicolelis, Miguel A L; Ribeiro, Sidarta; 10.1371/journal.pone.0014129

    2011-01-01

    Scale-invariant neuronal avalanches have been observed in cell cultures and slices as well as anesthetized and awake brains, suggesting that the brain operates near criticality, i.e. within a narrow margin between avalanche propagation and extinction. In theory, criticality provides many desirable features for the behaving brain, optimizing computational capabilities, information transmission, sensitivity to sensory stimuli and size of memory repertoires. However, a thorough characterization of neuronal avalanches in freely-behaving (FB) animals is still missing, thus raising doubts about their relevance for brain function. To address this issue, we employed chronically implanted multielectrode arrays (MEA) to record avalanches of spikes from the cerebral cortex (V1 and S1) and hippocampus (HP) of 14 rats, as they spontaneously traversed the wake-sleep cycle, explored novel objects or were subjected to anesthesia (AN). We then modeled spike avalanches to evaluate the impact of sparse MEA sampling on their sta...

  15. Scaling Behavior of Barkhausen Avalanches along the Hysteresis loop in Nucleation-Mediated Magnetization Reversal Process

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    Im, Mi-Young; Fischer, Peter; Kim, D.-H.; Shin, S.-C.

    2008-10-14

    We report the scaling behavior of Barkhausen avalanches for every small field step along the hysteresis loop in CoCrPt alloy film having perpendicular magnetic anisotropy. Individual Barkhausen avalanche is directly observed utilizing a high-resolution soft X-ray microscopy that provides real space images with a spatial resolution of 15 nm. Barkhausen avalanches are found to exhibit power-law scaling behavior at all field steps along the hysteresis loop, despite their different patterns for each field step. Surprisingly, the scaling exponent of the power-law distribution of Barkhausen avalanches is abruptly altered from 1 {+-} 0.04 to 1.47 {+-} 0.03 as the field step is close to the coercive field. The contribution of coupling among adjacent domains to Barkhausen avalanche process affects the sudden change of the scaling behavior observed at the coercivity-field region on the hysteresis loop of CoCrPt alloy film.

  16. NASA's Potential Contributions to Avalanche Forecasting Using Active and Passive Microwave Measurements

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    Blonski, Slawomir

    2007-01-01

    This Candidate Solution is based on using active and passive microwave measurements acquired from NASA satellites to improve USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Forest Service forecasting of avalanche danger. Regional Avalanche Centers prepare avalanche forecasts using ground measurements of snowpack and mountain weather conditions. In this Solution, range of the in situ observations is extended by adding remote sensing measurements of snow depth, snow water equivalent, and snowfall rate acquired by satellite missions that include Aqua, CloudSat, future GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement), and the proposed SCLP (Snow and Cold Land Processes). Measurements of snowpack conditions and time evolution are improved by combining the in situ and satellite observations with a snow model. Recurring snow observations from NASA satellites increase accuracy of avalanche forecasting, which helps the public and the managers of public facilities make better avalanche safety decisions.

  17. Martian Dust Devil Electron Avalanche Process and Associated Electrochemistry

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    Jackson, Telana L.; Farrell, William M.; Delory, Gregory T.; Nithianandam, Jeyasingh

    2010-01-01

    Mars' dynamic atmosphere displays localized dust devils and larger, global dust storms. Based on terrestrial analog studies, electrostatic modeling, and laboratory work these features will contain large electrostatic fields formed via triboelectric processes. In the low-pressure Martian atmosphere, these fields may create an electron avalanche and collisional plasma due to an increase in electron density driven by the internal electrical forces. To test the hypothesis that an electron avalanche is sustained under these conditions, a self-consistent atmospheric process model is created including electron impact ionization sources and electron losses via dust absorption, electron dissociation attachment, and electron/ion recombination. This new model is called the Dust Devil Electron Avalanche Model (DDEAM). This model solves simultaneously nine continuity equations describing the evolution of the primary gaseous chemical species involved in the electrochemistry. DDEAM monitors the evolution of the electrons and primary gas constituents, including electron/water interactions. We especially focus on electron dynamics and follow the electrons as they evolve in the E field driven collisional gas. When sources and losses are self-consistently included in the electron continuity equation, the electron density grows exponentially with increasing electric field, reaching an equilibrium that forms a sustained time-stable collisional plasma. However, the character of this plasma differs depending upon the assumed growth rate saturation process (chemical saturation versus space charge). DDEAM also shows the possibility of the loss of atmospheric methane as a function of electric field due to electron dissociative attachment of the hydrocarbon. The methane destruction rates are presented and can be included in other larger atmospheric models.

  18. Avalanche-diode oscillator circuit with tuning at multiple frequencies

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    Parker, D.; Ablow, C. M.; Lee, R. E.; Karp, A.; Chambers, D. R.

    1971-01-01

    Detailed theoretical analysis of three different modes or types of high efficiency oscillation in a PIN diode are presented. For the TRAPATT mode in a PIN diode, it is shown that a traveling avalanche zone is not necessary to generate a dense trapped plasma. An economical computer program for TRAPATT oscillations in a PIN diode is described. Typical results of diode power, dc-to-RF conversion efficiency, and required circuit impedances are presented for several different current waveforms. A semianalytical solution for a second type of high efficiency mode in a PIN diode is derived assuming a rectangular current waveform. A quasi-static approximation is employed to derive a semianalytical solution for the voltage across a PIN diode in a third mode, where avalanching occurs during a major portion of a half cycle. Calculations for this mode indicate that the power increases proportionally to the magnitude of the drive current with a small decrease in efficiency relative to the ordinary TRAPATT mode. An analytical solution is also given for a PIN diode, where it is assumed that the ionization coefficient is a step function. It is shown that the step-ionization approximation permits one to draw possible patterns of avalanche region in the depletion layer as a function of time. A rule governing admissible patterns is derived and an example solution given for one admissible pattern. Preliminary experimental results on the high-efficiency oscillations are presented and discussed. Two different experimental circuits, which used channel-dropping filters to provide independent harmonic tuning, are described. Simpler circuits used to produce high-efficiency oscillations are discussed. Results of experiments using inexpensive Fairchild FD300 diodes are given.

  19. Photon counting modules using RCA silicon avalanche photodiodes

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    Lightstone, Alexander W.; Macgregor, Andrew D.; Macsween, Darlene E.; Mcintyre, Robert J.; Trottier, Claude; Webb, Paul P.

    1989-01-01

    Avalanche photodiodes (APD) are excellent small area, solid state detectors for photon counting. Performance possibilities include: photon detection efficiency in excess of 50 percent; wavelength response from 400 to 1000 nm; count rate to 10 (exp 7) counts per sec; afterpulsing at negligible levels; timing resolution better than 1 ns. Unfortunately, these performance levels are not simultaneously available in a single detector amplifier configuration. By considering theoretical performance predictions and previous and new measurements of APD performance, the anticipated performance of a range of proposed APD-based photon counting modules is derived.

  20. Correcting for accidental correlations in saturated avalanche photodiodes

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    Grieve, James A; Tang, Zhongkan; Ling, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present a high-level numerical model for estimating rates of accidental correlations between a pair of passively quenched Geiger mode avalanche photodiodes operating in the saturated regime. By considering the recovery time of both the diodes and the detection circuit we introduce the concept of an "effective duty cycle" and show that it may be estimated by numeric simulation. The impact of effective duty cycle on the observed accidental rate is examined and we demonstrate that the updated model leads to an improved correction factor in actual experiments. This will improve the signal-to-noise ratio in applications depending on correlation measurements.

  1. Microslips to "Avalanches" in Confined, Molecular Layers of Ionic Liquids.

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    Espinosa-Marzal, R M; Arcifa, A; Rossi, A; Spencer, N D

    2014-01-01

    We have measured forces between mica surfaces across two hydrophobic ionic liquids with a surface forces apparatus. Both surface-adsorbed water and alkyl-chain length on the imidazolium cation influence the structure of the nanoconfined film and the dynamics of film-thickness transitions. Friction shows accumulative microslips as precursors to collective "avalanches" that abruptly reduce friction momentarily. This behavior is interpreted as a consequence of interlayer ion correlations within the 1 to 2 nm thick film; we identify this to be analogous to the friction response of crackling noise systems over a broad range of sizes. PMID:26276199

  2. Reliability assessment of multiple quantum well avalanche photodiodes

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    Yun, Ilgu; Menkara, Hicham M.; Wang, Yang; Oguzman, Isamil H.; Kolnik, Jan; Brennan, Kevin F.; May, Gray S.; Wagner, Brent K.; Summers, Christopher J.

    1995-01-01

    The reliability of doped-barrier AlGaAs/GsAs multi-quantum well avalanche photodiodes fabricated by molecular beam epitaxy is investigated via accelerated life tests. Dark current and breakdown voltage were the parameters monitored. The activation energy of the degradation mechanism and median device lifetime were determined. Device failure probability as a function of time was computed using the lognormal model. Analysis using the electron beam induced current method revealed the degradation to be caused by ionic impurities or contamination in the passivation layer.

  3. Avalanche contribution to shear modulus of granular materials.

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    Otsuki, Michio; Hayakawa, Hisao

    2014-10-01

    Shear modulus of frictionless granular materials near the jamming transition under oscillatory shear is numerically investigated. It is found that the shear modulus G satisfies a scaling law to interpolate between G?(?-?J)(1/2) and G??0(-1/2)(?-?J) for a linear spring model of the elastic interaction between contacting grains, where ?, ?J, and ?0 are, respectively, the volume fraction of grains, the fraction at the jamming point, and the amplitude of the oscillatory shear. The linear relation between the shear modulus and ?-?J can be understood by slip avalanches. PMID:25375484

  4. A 1.06 micrometer avalanche photodiode receiver

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    Eden, R. C.

    1975-01-01

    The development of a complete solid state 1.06 micron optical receiver which can be used in optical communications at data rates approaching 1.5 Gb/s, or in other applications requiring sensitive, short pulse detection, is reported. This work entailed both the development of a new type of heterojunction III-V semiconductor alloy avalanche photodiode and an extremely charge-sensitive wideband low noise preamp design making use of GaAs Schottky barrier-gate field effect transistors (GAASFET's) operating in in the negative-feedback transimpedance mode. The electrical characteristics of the device are described.

  5. Electron-avalanche amplifier based on the electronic Venturi effect

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    Taubert, D.; Schinner, G. J.; Tranitz, H. P.; Wegscheider, W.; Tomaras, C.; Kehrein, S.; Ludwig, S.

    2010-10-01

    Scattering of otherwise ballistic electrons far from equilibrium is investigated in a cold two-dimensional electron system. The interaction between excited electrons and the degenerate Fermi liquid induces a positive charge in a nanoscale region which would be negatively charged for diffusive transport at local thermal equilibrium. In a three-terminal device we observe avalanche amplification of electrical current, resulting in a situation comparable to the Venturi effect in hydrodynamics. Numerical calculations using a random-phase approximation are in agreement with our data and suggest Coulomb interaction as the dominant scattering mechanism.

  6. Ultraviolet avalanche in anisotropic non-Abelian plasmas

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    Adrian Dumitru; Yasushi Nara; Michael Strickland

    2007-01-12

    We present solutions of coupled particle-field evolution in classical U(1) and SU(2) gauge theories in real time on three-dimensional lattices. For strongly anisotropic particle momentum distributions, we find qualitatively different behavior for the two theories when the field strength is high enough that non-Abelian self-interactions matter for SU(2). It appears that the energy drained by a Weibel-like plasma instability from the particles does not build up exponentially in transverse magnetic fields but instead returns, isotropically, to the hard scale via a rapid avalanche into the ultraviolet.

  7. Design, fabrication, and characterization of mid wavelength infrared avalanche photodiode

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    Mallick, Shubhrangshu

    Photodetectors with high bandwidth and internal gain are required to detect highly attenuated optical signals for defense applications and long distance communication. Modern laser detection and ranging (LADAR) systems as well as weapon systems, used for long range military and astronomical applications, need to detect, recognize and track a variety of targets under a wide spectrum of atmospheric conditions. A continually varying atmospheric conditions and optical absorption by carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and water vapor pose severe threats for the proper recognition of the target. The choice of an additional amplification stage along with the detection stage becomes obvious to enhance the signal to noise ratio at the receiver. Avalanche Photodiode (APD) plays a unique role by combing the detection and amplification stage and hence reduces the complexity. But due to the probabilistic nature associated with the incident radiation absorption and multiplication of the photo-generated carriers, the noise level (known as excess noise) of an APD increases and might result in the deterioration of the signal to noise ratio at the detector output. Participation of both electrons and holes in the avalanche mechanism increases the probability, hence the excess noise at the detector output. So, the goal of the APD design lies in the fact of the minimization of the excess noise along with a reasonable multiplication gain. In this research, two material systems, II-VI based Hg1-xCd xTe on Si, and III-V based InAs/GaSb strained layer superlattice (SLS) was studied extensively to achieve the noiseless avalanche characteristics in the mid wavelength infrared region. The electronic bandstructure of the multiplication region of these APDs were designed with the help of 14 band k.p model. The doping and thickness of individual layers were designed with the help of Atlas and Sentaurus simulation platform. The devices were fabricated using standard UV Photo-lithography and wet etching. During the fabrication of the III-V SLS APDs, a detailed study was carried out in terms of the surface preparation and passivation to improve the device characteristics. The noiseless avalanche characteristics from these two material systems were found to be comparable to the more expensive and fragile Hg1- xCdxTe on CdZnTe APDs.

  8. The Vaigat Rock Avalanche Laboratory, west-central Greenland

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    Dunning, S.; Rosser, N. J.; Szczucinski, W.; Norman, E. C.; Benjamin, J.; Strzelecki, M.; Long, A. J.; Drewniak, M.

    2013-12-01

    Rock avalanches have unusually high mobility and pose both an immediate hazard, but also produce far-field impacts associated with dam breach, glacier collapse and where they run-out into water, tsunami. Such secondary hazards can often pose higher risks than the original landslide. The prediction of future threats posed by potential rock avalanches is heavily reliant upon understanding of the physics derived from an interpretation of deposits left by previous events, yet drawing comparisons between multiple events is normally challenging as interactions with complex mountainous terrain makes deposits from each event unique. As such numerical models and the interpretation of the underlying physics which govern landslide mobility is commonly case-specific and poorly suited to extrapolation beyond the single events the model is tuned to. Here we present a high-resolution LiDAR and hyperspectral dataset captured across a unique cluster of large rock avalanche source areas and deposits in the Vaigat straight, west central Greenland. Vaigat offers the unprecedented opportunity to model a sample of > 15 rock avalanches of various age sourced from an 80 km coastal escarpment. At Vaigat many of the key variables (topography, geology, post-glacial history) are held constant across all landslides providing the chance to investigate the variations in dynamics and emplacement style related to variable landslide volume, drop-heights, and thinning/spreading over relatively simple, unrestricted run-out zones both onto land and into water. Our data suggest that this region represents excellent preservation of landslide deposits, and hence is well suited to calibrate numerical models of run out dynamics. We use this data to aid the interpretation of deposit morphology, structure lithology and run-out characteristics in more complex settings. Uniquely, we are also able to calibrate our models using a far-field dataset of well-preserved tsunami run-up deposits, resulting from the 21.11.00 Paatuut landslide. The study was funded by Polish National Science Centre grant No. 2011/01/B/ST10/01553, and project UK NERC ARSF IG13-15.

  9. Debris Avalanches along the South Aegean Volcanic Arc

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    Nomikou, P.; Papanikolaou, P.; Tibaldi, A.; Carey, S.; Croff Bell, K.; Pasquarè, F. A.; Livanos, I.

    2012-04-01

    Several hummocky deposits have been discovered along the Aegean Volcanic Arc using multibeam bathymetric mapping, airgun seismic profiling, side scan sonar survey and ROV dives. In particular, these hummocks have been discovered on the submarine flanks of Antimilos, Santorini and Nisyros volcanic islands: (i)The seabed morphology of the area northeast of Antimilos exhibits a rather irregular small-scale rough relief and an assembly of three hills in the form of volcanic domes with decreasing size eastwards. The seabed topography and the character of the backscattered intensity of the small scale morpho-bathymetric features, led us to interpret them accordingly as submarine volcanic debris avalanche, flows, domes or dikes, analogous to the on-land outcropping volcanic features. (ii) Analysing of geophysical data shows that hummocky seafloor features on the eastern flank of Santorini volcano cover an area 6 Km wide by 20 Km long and up to 75m in thickness in the central region where the highest concentration of hummocky deposits occur. The hummocks are composed of several individual blocks that are a few meters to hundreds of meters in diameter and protrude up to tens of meters from the surrounding seafloor. The total volume of the deposit is estimated to be approximately 4.4×109 m3 as a result of multi-stage landslide event. (iii) The hummocky topography on the sea bottom in front of the southeastern Nisyros coastline is characterized by numerous hills and longitudinal ridges which cover a tongue-shaped area in plan view (about 16 km2), elongated towards SE. The overall morphology of this area can be viewed as a large deposit from a volcanic debris avalanche with a seaward termination displaying an irregular pattern characterized by elongated lobes. The source of these hummocks may be found in Nikia lava flow in the south-eastern flank of Nisyros volcano. The above described hummocks are the result of debris avalanches that were triggered during Holocene either by large earthquakes or volcanic eruptions. Debris avalanches are one of the most significant causes of dangerous hazards in coastal volcanic environments. Understanding how these events are triggered and the potential dynamics of future events is of utmost importance, particularly in highly populated regions such as the Aegean.

  10. Granular avalanches in a two-dimensional rotating drum with imposed vertical vibration.

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    Amon, Daniel L; Niculescu, Tatiana; Utter, Brian C

    2013-07-01

    We present statistics on granular avalanches in a rotating drum with and without imposed vertical vibration. The experiment consists of a quasi-two-dimensional, vertical drum containing pentagonal particles and rotated at a constant angular velocity. The drum rests on an electromagnetic shaker to allow vibration of the assembly as it rotates. We measure time series of the slope of the interface and find that the critical angle for slope failure ?(c) and the resulting angle of repose ?(r) are broadly distributed with an approximate power-law distribution of avalanches ?(c)-?(r) for large avalanches. The faceted pentagonal grains used lead to significant interlocking with critical and repose angles (?(c)?45° and ?(r)?39°) larger than experiments using spherical grains, even with vibration, and avalanche magnitudes correlated with the prior build-up and anti-correlated with the prior avalanche. We find that the stability of the assembly increases with small vibrations and is destabilized at vibration amplitudes above a dimensionless acceleration (peak acceleration divided by acceleration due to gravity) of ?=0.2. We also study history dependence of the avalanches by periodically oscillating the drum to compare the initial avalanche upon reversal of shear to steady-state distributions for avalanches during continuous rotation. We observe history dependence as an initial decrease in critical angle upon reversal of the drum rotation direction, indicating that a texture is induced to resist continued shear such that the surface is weaker to reversals in shear direction. Memory of this history is removed by sufficient external vibration (??0.8), which leads to compaction and relaxation of the surface layer grains responsible for avalanching dynamics, as initial and steady-state avalanche distributions become indistinguishable. PMID:23944450

  11. Snow-avalanche hazard forecasting in the Krkonoše Mountains, Czechia

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    Blahut, Jan; Pavlasek, Jiri; Juras, Roman; Klimes, Jan; Klose, Zbynek; Balek, Jan; Roubinek, Jiri; Taborik, Petr; Hajek, Petr

    2014-05-01

    The Krkonoše Mts., with the highest peak at 1602 m, are the highest mountains in the Czech Republic. This middle-mountain range covers an area of 454 km2 and includes 53 permanent avalanche paths. Despite its low altitude Krkonoše experience considerably high avalanche activity, even causing fatalities. Unfortunately, and so far, the local authorities do not have a professional tool for avalanche forecasting available. Within the framework of a project devoted to preparation of a tool for snow avalanche hazard forecasting an analysis of historical datasets was performed including weather and snow condition data covering more than 1100 avalanche events in the last 50 years. HR-DEM from airborne LiDAR was used to get accurate slope and terrain characteristics, which were used for calculation of a release susceptibility map using ANN method. Afterwards and regional runout susceptibility was calculated employing Flow-R code (http://www.flow-r.org) and information from the regression analysis of avalanche runout length. This "static" information about avalanche hazard is then being coupled with snow distribution and stability models in order to assess the snow-avalanche hazard in near-real time. For the snow distribution modelling are being tested two models - Alpine 3D and newly developed spatial distributed HBV-ETH model. It is planned that the forecasting system will be employed as a public avalanche alert system for the Krkonoše Mts. and consequently will be extended for the whole Czechia under the patronage of the Mountain Rescue Service, an organization responsible for the public snow-avalanche hazard forecasting. The system will use forecasted ALADIN weather data.

  12. Spatiotemporal chaotic unjamming and jamming in granular avalanches.

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    Wang, Ziwei; Zhang, Jie

    2015-01-01

    We have investigated the spatiotemporal chaotic dynamics of unjamming and jamming of particles in a model experiment - a rotating drum partially filled with bidisperse disks to create avalanches. The magnitudes of the first Lyapunov vector ?u(t) and velocity v(t) of particles are directly measured for the first time to yield insights into their spatial correlation C?u,v, which is on statistical average slightly larger near the unjamming than the value near the jamming transition. These results are consistent with the recent work of Banigan et al (Nature Phys. 2013), and it is for the first time to validate their theoretical models in a real scenario. v(t) shows rich dynamics: it grows exponentially for unstable particles and keeps increasing despite stochastic interactions; after the maximum, it decays with large fluctuations. Hence the spatiotemporal chaotic dynamics of avalanche particles are entangled, causing temporal correlations of macroscopic quantities of the system. We propose a simple model for these observations. PMID:25634753

  13. Active microrheology in active matter systems: Mobility, intermittency, and avalanches.

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    Reichhardt, C; Reichhardt, C J Olson

    2015-03-01

    We examine the mobility and velocity fluctuations of a driven particle moving through an active matter bath of self-mobile disks for varied density or area coverage and varied activity. We show that the driven particle mobility can exhibit nonmonotonic behavior that is correlated with distinct changes in the spatiotemporal structures that arise in the active media. We demonstrate that the probe particle velocity distributions exhibit specific features in the different dynamic regimes and identify an activity-induced uniform crystallization that occurs for moderate activity levels and is distinct from the previously observed higher activity cluster phase. The velocity distribution in the cluster phase has telegraph noise characteristics produced when the probe particle moves alternately through high-mobility areas that are in the gas state and low-mobility areas that are in the dense phase. For higher densities and large activities, the system enters what we characterize as an active jamming regime. Here the probe particle moves in intermittent jumps or avalanches that have power-law-distributed sizes that are similar to the avalanche distributions observed for nonactive disk systems near the jamming transition. PMID:25871116

  14. Avalanche Photo-Detection for High Data Rate Applications

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    H. B. Coldenstrodt-Ronge; C. Silberhorn

    2007-09-19

    Avalanche photo detection is commonly used in applications which require single photon sensitivity. We examine the limits of using avalanche photo diodes (APD) for characterising photon statistics at high data rates. To identify the regime of linear APD operation we employ a ps-pulsed diode laser with variable repetition rates between 0.5MHz and 80MHz. We modify the mean optical power of the coherent pulses by applying different levels of well-calibrated attenuation. The linearity at high repetition rates is limited by the APD dead time and a non-linear response arises at higher photon-numbers due to multiphoton events. Assuming Poissonian input light statistics we ascertain the effective mean photon-number of the incident light with high accuracy. Time multiplexed detectors (TMD) allow to accomplish photon- number resolution by photon chopping. This detection setup extends the linear response function to higher photon-numbers and statistical methods may be used to compensate for non-linearity. We investigated this effect, compare it to the single APD case and show the validity of the convolution treatment in the TMD data analysis.

  15. Relativistic electron avalanches as a thunderstorm discharge competing with lightning.

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    Kelley, Nicole A; Smith, David M; Dwyer, Joseph R; Splitt, Michael; Lazarus, Steven; Martinez-McKinney, Forest; Hazelton, Bryna; Grefenstette, Brian; Lowell, Alexander; Rassoul, Hamid K

    2015-01-01

    Gamma-ray 'glows' are long duration (seconds to tens of minutes) X-ray and gamma-ray emission coming from thunderclouds. Measurements suggest the presence of relativistic runaway electron avalanches (RREA), the same process underlying terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Here we demonstrate that glows are relatively a common phenomena near the tops of thunderstorms, when compared with events such as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Examining the strongest glow measured by the airborne detector for energetic emissions, we show that this glow is measured near the end of a downward RREA, consistent with occurring between the upper positive charge layer and the negative screening layer above it. The glow discharges the upper positive layer by ?9.6?mA, strong enough to be an important charging mechanism of the storm. For this glow, the gamma-ray flux observed is close to the value at which relativistic feedback processes become important, with an avalanche multiplication factor of 4,500. PMID:26263880

  16. Tuned critical avalanche scaling in bulk metallic glasses

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    Antonaglia, James; Xie, Xie; Schwarz, Gregory; Wraith, Matthew; Qiao, Junwei; Zhang, Yong; Liaw, Peter K.; Uhl, Jonathan T.; Dahmen, Karin A.

    2014-03-17

    In this study, ingots of the bulk metallic glass (BMG), Zr64.13Cu15.75Ni10.12Al10 in atomic percent (at. %), are compressed at slow strain rates. The deformation behavior is characterized by discrete, jerky stress-drop bursts (serrations). Here we present a quantitative theory for the serration behavior of BMGs, which is a critical issue for the understanding of the deformation characteristics of BMGs. The mean-field interaction model predicts the scaling behavior of the distribution, D(S), of avalanche sizes, S, in the experiments. D(S) follows a power law multiplied by an exponentially-decaying scaling function. The size of the largest observed avalanche depends on experimental tuning-parameters, such as either imposed strain rate or stress. Similar to crystalline materials, the plasticity of BMGs reflects tuned criticality showing remarkable quantitative agreement with the slip statistics of slowly-compressed nanocrystals. The results imply that material-evaluation methods based on slip statistics apply to both crystalline and BMG materials.

  17. Active Microrheology in Active Matter Systems: Mobility, Intermittency and Avalanches

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    C. Reichhardt; C. J. Olson Reichhardt

    2015-02-20

    We examine the mobility and velocity fluctuations of a driven particle moving through an active matter bath of self-mobile disks for varied density or area coverage and varied activity. We show that the driven particle mobility can exhibit non-monotonic behavior that is correlated with distinct changes in the spatial-temporal structures that arise in the active media. We demonstrate that the probe particle velocity distributions exhibit specific features in the different dynamic regimes, and identify an activity-induced uniform crystallization that occurs for moderate activity levels and that is distinct from the previously observed higher activity cluster phase. The velocity distribution in the cluster phase has telegraph noise characteristics produced when the probe particle moves alternately through high mobility areas that are in the gas state and low mobility areas that are in the dense phase. For higher densities and large activities, the system enters what we characterize as an active jamming regime. Here the probe particle moves in intermittent jumps or avalanches which how power-law distributed sizes that are similar to the avalanche distributions observed for non-active disk systems near the jamming transition.

  18. An Atomically Layered InSe Avalanche Photodetector.

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    Lei, Sidong; Wen, Fangfang; Ge, Liehui; Najmaei, Sina; George, Antony; Gong, Yongji; Gao, Weilu; Jin, Zehua; Li, Bo; Lou, Jun; Kono, Junichiro; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel; Halas, Naomi J

    2015-05-13

    Atomically thin photodetectors based on 2D materials have attracted great interest due to their potential as highly energy-efficient integrated devices. However, photoinduced carrier generation in these media is relatively poor due to low optical absorption, limiting device performance. Current methods for overcoming this problem, such as reducing contact resistances or back gating, tend to increase dark current and suffer slow response times. Here, we realize the avalanche effect in a 2D material-based photodetector and show that avalanche multiplication can greatly enhance the device response of an ultrathin InSe-based photodetector. This is achieved by exploiting the large Schottky barrier formed between InSe and Al electrodes, enabling the application of a large bias voltage. Plasmonic enhancement of the photosensitivity, achieved by patterning arrays of Al nanodisks onto the InSe layer, further improves device efficiency. With an external quantum efficiency approaching 866%, a dark current in the picoamp range, and a fast response time of 87 ?s, this atomic layer device exhibits multiple significant advances in overall performance for this class of devices. PMID:25822539

  19. Infrasonic and seismic signals of snow avalanches and debris flow

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    Kogelnig, Arnold; Suriñach, Emma; Hübl, Johannes; Vilajosana, Ignasi; Hiller, Martin; Dufour, Francois; McArdell, Brian W.

    2010-05-01

    Infrasonic and seismic signals generated by debris flows and snow avalanches are observed by microphones and seismometers, respectively, in near field. The properties of the signals obtained are presented. For debris flows, infrasonic and seismic signals are correlated and their amplitudes show a relationship with flow depth and precipitation data. During the passing of a debris flow several surges identified by ultrasonic gauges are observed in the time series and in the running spectra of infrasonic and seismic data. Both sensors detect the debris flow phenomena before reaching the sensors. Analyses in the time and frequency domains of seismic and acoustic signals from snow avalanches provide information on these natural phenomena. Although time series behaviour of infrasonic and seismic waves is similar, the time series present some differences in the information supplied. Complementarity and peculiarities of the use of these sensors for monitoring purposes are discussed in the paper. During the execution of this study infrasonic signals emitted from helicopters, airplanes and thunder were also identified and are presented

  20. Tuned critical avalanche scaling in bulk metallic glasses

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    Antonaglia, James; Xie, Xie; Schwarz, Gregory; Wraith, Matthew; Qiao, Junwei; Zhang, Yong; Liaw, Peter K.; Uhl, Jonathan T.; Dahmen, Karin A.

    2014-03-17

    In this study, ingots of the bulk metallic glass (BMG), Zr64.13Cu15.75Ni10.12Al10 in atomic percent (at. %), are compressed at slow strain rates. The deformation behavior is characterized by discrete, jerky stress-drop bursts (serrations). Here we present a quantitative theory for the serration behavior of BMGs, which is a critical issue for the understanding of the deformation characteristics of BMGs. The mean-field interaction model predicts the scaling behavior of the distribution, D(S), of avalanche sizes, S, in the experiments. D(S) follows a power law multiplied by an exponentially-decaying scaling function. The size of the largest observed avalanche depends on experimental tuning-parameters,more »such as either imposed strain rate or stress. Similar to crystalline materials, the plasticity of BMGs reflects tuned criticality showing remarkable quantitative agreement with the slip statistics of slowly-compressed nanocrystals. The results imply that material-evaluation methods based on slip statistics apply to both crystalline and BMG materials.« less

  1. Relativistic electron avalanches as a thunderstorm discharge competing with lightning

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    Kelley, Nicole A.; Smith, David M.; Dwyer, Joseph R.; Splitt, Michael; Lazarus, Steven; Martinez-McKinney, Forest; Hazelton, Bryna; Grefenstette, Brian; Lowell, Alexander; Rassoul, Hamid K.

    2015-08-01

    Gamma-ray `glows' are long duration (seconds to tens of minutes) X-ray and gamma-ray emission coming from thunderclouds. Measurements suggest the presence of relativistic runaway electron avalanches (RREA), the same process underlying terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Here we demonstrate that glows are relatively a common phenomena near the tops of thunderstorms, when compared with events such as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Examining the strongest glow measured by the airborne detector for energetic emissions, we show that this glow is measured near the end of a downward RREA, consistent with occurring between the upper positive charge layer and the negative screening layer above it. The glow discharges the upper positive layer by >=9.6 mA, strong enough to be an important charging mechanism of the storm. For this glow, the gamma-ray flux observed is close to the value at which relativistic feedback processes become important, with an avalanche multiplication factor of 4,500.

  2. Tuned Critical Avalanche Scaling in Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Antonaglia, James; Xie, Xie; Schwarz, Gregory; Wraith, Matthew; Qiao, Junwei; Zhang, Yong; Liaw, Peter K.; Uhl, Jonathan T.; Dahmen, Karin A.

    2014-01-01

    Ingots of the bulk metallic glass (BMG), Zr64.13Cu15.75Ni10.12Al10 in atomic percent (at. %), are compressed at slow strain rates. The deformation behavior is characterized by discrete, jerky stress-drop bursts (serrations). Here we present a quantitative theory for the serration behavior of BMGs, which is a critical issue for the understanding of the deformation characteristics of BMGs. The mean-field interaction model predicts the scaling behavior of the distribution, D(S), of avalanche sizes, S, in the experiments. D(S) follows a power law multiplied by an exponentially-decaying scaling function. The size of the largest observed avalanche depends on experimental tuning-parameters, such as either imposed strain rate or stress. Similar to crystalline materials, the plasticity of BMGs reflects tuned criticality showing remarkable quantitative agreement with the slip statistics of slowly-compressed nanocrystals. The results imply that material-evaluation methods based on slip statistics apply to both crystalline and BMG materials. PMID:24632786

  3. Spontaneous Avalanche Ionization of a Strongly Blockaded Rydberg Gas

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    Robert-de-Saint-Vincent, M.; Hofmann, C. S.; Schempp, H.; Günter, G.; Whitlock, S.; Weidemüller, M.

    2013-01-01

    We report the sudden and spontaneous evolution of an initially correlated gas of repulsively interacting Rydberg atoms to an ultracold plasma. Under continuous laser coupling we create a Rydberg ensemble in the strong blockade regime, which at longer times undergoes an ionization avalanche. By combining optical imaging and ion detection, we access the full information on the dynamical evolution of the system, including the rapid increase in the number of ions and a sudden depletion of the Rydberg and ground state densities. Rydberg-Rydberg interactions are observed to strongly affect the dynamics of plasma formation. Using a coupled rate-equation model to describe our data, we extract the average energy of electrons trapped in the plasma, and an effective cross section for ionizing collisions between Rydberg atoms and atoms in low-lying states. Our results suggest that the initial correlations of the Rydberg ensemble should persist through the avalanche. This would provide the means to overcome disorder-induced heating, and offer a route to enter new strongly coupled regimes.

  4. Measurement of electrical avalanches and optical radiation near solid insulators in high pressure (up to 0. 3 MPa) nitrogen gas

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    Mahajan, S.M. ); Sudarshan, T.S. )

    1991-03-01

    Electron and ion avalanches have been recorded near a variety of insulators (plexiglas, teflon, high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, delrin, polyvinyl chloride, and nylon) in nitrogen gas at pressures of 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3 MPa. With the exception of nylon, suppression of avalanches has been observed in the presence of insulators. In addition to electron and ion avalanches, simultaneous measurement of optical radiation associated with an electron avalanche was successfully carried out. Qualitative explanations have been provided for the suppression of avalanches near most insulators and an anomalous growth of avalanches near nylon insulators. Photoemission from nylon surfaces appears to be responsible for the enhanced growth of avalanches near nylon insulators. More precise measurements of optical radiation are needed to better understand the electron-photon interactions near a solid insulator in a gaseous dielectric medium.

  5. Avalanches near a solid insulator in nitrogen gas at atmospheric pressure

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    Mahajan, S. M.; Sudarshan, T. S.

    1989-08-01

    The pulsed Townsend (PT) technique was used to record the growth of avalanches near a solid insulator in nitrogen gas at 0.1 MPa. Several other nonconventional techniques for releasing initiatory electrons at the cathode are discussed. In this paper, experimental results of avalanches initiated by illuminating a fast (0.6-ns) nitrogen laser onto the cathode triple junction are presented. Data were recorded with plexiglas, Teflon, high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, Delrin, etc. Effect of surface condition, variation of the distance between insulator surface and the avalanche initiation region, and the effect of a large number of previous avalanches on the avalanche characteristics at a particular voltage were studied. The Townsend primary ionization coefficient, hereafter referred to as growth coefficient (..cap alpha..), and drift velocity (/ital V//sub /ital e//) were evaluated through the PT technique. Results indicate that the avalanche growth in the vicinity of a solid insulator is less than that in an identical plain gas gap. Existence of a nonuniform field as a result of surface charges on the insulator and/or field modifications due to the avalanche space charge are believed to be responsible for this behavior.

  6. Low dose digital X-ray imaging with avalanche amorphous selenium

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    Scheuermann, James R.; Goldan, Amir H.; Tousignant, Olivier; Léveillé, Sébastien; Zhao, Wei

    2015-03-01

    Active Matrix Flat Panel Imagers (AMFPI) based on an array of thin film transistors (TFT) have become the dominant technology for digital x-ray imaging. In low dose applications, the performance of both direct and indirect conversion detectors are limited by the electronic noise associated with the TFT array. New concepts of direct and indirect detectors have been proposed using avalanche amorphous selenium (a-Se), referred to as high gain avalanche rushing photoconductor (HARP). The indirect detector utilizes a planar layer of HARP to detect light from an x-ray scintillator and amplify the photogenerated charge. The direct detector utilizes separate interaction (non-avalanche) and amplification (avalanche) regions within the a-Se to achieve depth-independent signal gain. Both detectors require the development of large area, solid state HARP. We have previously reported the first avalanche gain in a-Se with deposition techniques scalable to large area detectors. The goal of the present work is to demonstrate the feasibility of large area HARP fabrication in an a-Se deposition facility established for commercial large area AMFPI. We also examine the effect of alternative pixel electrode materials on avalanche gain. The results show that avalanche gain > 50 is achievable in the HARP layers developed in large area coaters, which is sufficient to achieve x-ray quantum noise limited performance down to a single x-ray photon per pixel. Both chromium (Cr) and indium tin oxide (ITO) have been successfully tested as pixel electrodes.

  7. Avalanche risk in backcountry terrain based on usage frequency and accident data

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    Techel, F.; Zweifel, B.; Winkler, K.

    2014-08-01

    In Switzerland, the vast majority of avalanche accidents occurs during recreational activities. Risk analysis studies mostly rely on accident statistics without considering exposure (or the elements at risk), i.e. how many and where people are recreating. We compared the accident data (backcountry touring) with reports from two social media mountaineering networks - bergportal.ch and camptocamp.org. On these websites, users reported more than 15 000 backcountry tours during the five winters 2009/2010 to 2013/2014. We noted similar patterns in avalanche accident data and user data like demographics of recreationists, distribution of the day of the week (weekday vs. weekend) or weather conditions (fine vs. poor weather). However, we also found differences such as the avalanche danger conditions on days with activities and accidents, but also the geographic distribution. While backcountry activities are concentrated in proximity to the main population centres in the West and North of the Swiss Alps, a large proportion of the severe avalanche accidents occurred in the inner-alpine, more continental regions with frequently unfavorably snowpack structure. This suggests that even greater emphasis should be put on the type of avalanche problem in avalanche education and avalanche forecasting to increase the safety of backcountry recreationists.

  8. Multiplication theory for dynamically biased avalanche photodiodes: new limits for gain bandwidth product.

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    Hayat, Majeed M; Ramirez, David A

    2012-03-26

    Novel theory is developed for the avalanche multiplication process in avalanche photodiodes (APDs) under time-varying reverse-biasing conditions. Integral equations are derived characterizing the statistics of the multiplication factor and the impulse-response function of APDs, as well as their breakdown probability, all under the assumption that the electric field driving the avalanche process is time varying and spatially nonuniform. Numerical calculations generated by the model predict that by using a bit-synchronous sinusoidal biasing scheme to operate the APD in an optical receiver, the pulse-integrated gain-bandwidth product can be improved by a factor of 5 compared to the same APD operating under the conventional static biasing. The bit-synchronized periodic modulation of the electric field in the multiplication region serves to (1) produce large avalanche multiplication factors with suppressed avalanche durations for photons arriving in the early phase of each optical pulse; and (2) generate low avalanche gains and very short avalanche durations for photons arriving in the latter part of each optical pulse. These two factors can work together to reduce intersymbol interference in optical receivers without sacrificing sensitivity. PMID:22453474

  9. A field-shaping multi-well avalanche detector for direct conversion amorphous selenium

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    Goldan, A. H.; Zhao, W.

    2013-01-15

    Purpose: A practical detector structure is proposed to achieve stable avalanche multiplication gain in direct-conversion amorphous selenium radiation detectors. Methods: The detector structure is referred to as a field-shaping multi-well avalanche detector. Stable avalanche multiplication gain is achieved by eliminating field hot spots using high-density avalanche wells with insulated walls and field-shaping inside each well. Results: The authors demonstrate the impact of high-density insulated wells and field-shaping to eliminate the formation of both field hot spots in the avalanche region and high fields at the metal-semiconductor interface. Results show a semi-Gaussian field distribution inside each well using the field-shaping electrodes, and the electric field at the metal-semiconductor interface can be one order-of-magnitude lower than the peak value where avalanche occurs. Conclusions: This is the first attempt to design a practical direct-conversion amorphous selenium detector with avalanche gain.

  10. Natural avalanches and transportation: A case study from Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

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    Reardon, B.A.; Fagre, Daniel B.; Steiner, R.W.

    2004-01-01

    In January 2004, two natural avalanches (destructive class 3) derailed a freight train in John F. Stevens Canyon, on the southern boundary of Glacier National Park. The railroad tracks were closed for 29 hours due to cleanup and lingering avalanche hazard, backing up 112km of trains and shutting down Amtrak’s passenger service. The incident marked the fourth time in three winters that natural avalanches have disrupted transportation in the canyon, which is also the route of U.S. Highway 2. It was the latest in a 94-year history of accidents that includes three fatalities and the destruction of a major highway bridge. Despite that history and the presence of over 40 avalanche paths in the 16km canyon, mitigation is limited to nine railroad snow sheds and occasional highway closures. This case study examines natural avalanche cycles of the past 28 winters using data from field observations, a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) SNOTEL station, and data collected since 2001 at a high-elevation weather station. The avalanches occurred when storms with sustained snowfall buried a persistent near-surface faceted layer and/or were followed by rain-on-snow or dramatic warming (as much as 21oC in 30 minutes). Natural avalanche activity peaked when temperatures clustered near freezing (mean of -1.5oC at 1800m elev.). Avalanches initiated through rapid loading, rain falling on new snow, and/ or temperature-related changes in the mechanical properties of slabs. Lastly, the case study describes how recent incidents have prompted a unique partnership of land management agencies, private corporations and non-profit organizations to develop an avalanche mitigation program for the transportation corridor.

  11. Transport and emplacement mechanisms of channelised long-runout debris avalanches, Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand

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    Tost, M.; Cronin, S. J.; Procter, J. N.

    2014-12-01

    The steep flanks of composite volcanoes are prone to collapse, producing debris avalanches that completely reshape the landscape. This study describes new insights into the runout of large debris avalanches enhanced by topography, using the example of six debris avalanche deposits from Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand. Individual large flank collapses (>1 km3) produced all of these units, with four not previously recognised. Five major valleys within the highly dissected landscape surrounding Mount Ruapehu channelled the debris avalanches into deep gorges (?15 m) and resulted in extremely long debris avalanche runouts of up to 80 km from source. Classical sedimentary features of debris avalanche deposits preserved in these units include the following: very poor sorting with a clay-sand matrix hosting large subrounded boulders up to 5 m in diameter, jigsaw-fractured clasts, deformed clasts and numerous rip-up clasts of late-Pliocene marine sediments. The unusually long runouts led to unique features in distal deposits, including a pervasive and consolidated interclast matrix, and common rip-up clasts of Tertiary mudstone, as well as fluvial gravels and boulders. The great travel distances can be explained by the debris avalanches entering deep confined channels (?15 m), where friction was minimised by a reduced basal contact area along with loading of water-saturated substrates which formed a basal lubrication zone for the overlying flowing mass. Extremely long-runout debris avalanches are most likely to occur in settings where initially partly saturated collapsing masses move down deep valleys and become thoroughly liquified at their base. This happens when pore water is available within the base of the flowing mass or in the sediments immediately below it. Based on their H/L ratio, confined volcanic debris avalanches are two to three times longer than unconfined, spreading flows of similar volume. The hybrid qualities of the deposits, which have some similarities to those of debris flows, are important to recognise when evaluating mass flow hazards at stratovolcanoes.

  12. Are dragon-king neuronal avalanches dungeons for self-organized brain activity?

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    de Arcangelis, L.

    2012-05-01

    Recent experiments have detected a novel form of spontaneous neuronal activity both in vitro and in vivo: neuronal avalanches. The statistical properties of this activity are typical of critical phenomena, with power laws characterizing the distributions of avalanche size and duration. A critical behaviour for the spontaneous brain activity has important consequences on stimulated activity and learning. Very interestingly, these statistical properties can be altered in significant ways in epilepsy and by pharmacological manipulations. In particular, there can be an increase in the number of large events anticipated by the power law, referred to herein as dragon-king avalanches. This behaviour, as verified by numerical models, can originate from a number of different mechanisms. For instance, it is observed experimentally that the emergence of a critical behaviour depends on the subtle balance between excitatory and inhibitory mechanisms acting in the system. Perturbing this balance, by increasing either synaptic excitation or the incidence of depolarized neuronal up-states causes frequent dragon-king avalanches. Conversely, an unbalanced GABAergic inhibition or long periods of low activity in the network give rise to sub-critical behaviour. Moreover, the existence of power laws, common to other stochastic processes, like earthquakes or solar flares, suggests that correlations are relevant in these phenomena. The dragon-king avalanches may then also be the expression of pathological correlations leading to frequent avalanches encompassing all neurons. We will review the statistics of neuronal avalanches in experimental systems. We then present numerical simulations of a neuronal network model introducing within the self-organized criticality framework ingredients from the physiology of real neurons, as the refractory period, synaptic plasticity and inhibitory synapses. The avalanche critical behaviour and the role of dragon-king avalanches will be discussed in relation to different drives, neuronal states and microscopic mechanisms of charge storage and release in neuronal networks.

  13. Spatially Extended Avalanches in a Hysteretic Capillary Condensation System: Superfluid {sup {bold 4}}He in Nuclepore

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    Lilly, M.P.; Wootters, A.H.; Hallock, R.B.

    1996-11-01

    Capacitive studies of hysteretic capillary condensation of superfluid {sup 4}He in Nuclepore have shown that the initial draining of the pores occurs over a small range of the chemical potential with avalanches present as groups of pores drain. In the work reported here, the avalanches in this system are shown to be nonlocal events which involve pores distributed at low density across the entire sample. The nonlocal avalanche behavior is shown to be enabled by the presence of a superfluid film connection among the pores. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  14. Two-threshold model for scaling laws of noninteracting snow avalanches

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    Faillettaz, J.; Louchet, F.; Grasso, J.-R.

    2004-01-01

    A two-threshold model was proposed for scaling laws of noninteracting snow avalanches. It was found that the sizes of the largest avalanches just preceding the lattice system were power-law distributed. The proposed model reproduced the range of power-law exponents observe for land, rock or snow avalanches, by tuning the maximum value of the ratio of the two failure thresholds. A two-threshold 2D cellular automation was introduced to study the scaling for gravity-driven systems.

  15. XeCl Avalanche discharge laser employing Ar as a diluent

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    Sze, Robert C. (Santa Fe, NM)

    1981-01-01

    A XeCl avalanche discharge exciplex laser which uses a gaseous lasing starting mixture of: (0.2%-0.4% chlorine donor/2.5%-10% Xe/97.3%-89.6% Ar). The chlorine donor normally comprises HCl but can also comprise CCl.sub.4 BCl.sub.3. Use of Ar as a diluent gas reduces operating pressures over other rare gas halide lasers to near atmospheric pressure, increases output lasing power of the XeCl avalanche discharge laser by 30% to exceed KrF avalanche discharge lasing outputs, and is less expensive to operate.

  16. Application of LANDSAT data to delimitation of avalanche hazards in Montane, Colorado

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    Knepper, D. H. (principal investigator); Ives, J. D.; Summer, R.

    1976-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Photointerpretation of individual avalanche paths on single band black and white LANDSAT images is greatly hindered by terrain shadows and the low spatial resolution of the LANDSAT system. Maps produced in this way are biased towards the larger avalanche paths that are under the most favorable illumination conditions during imaging; other large avalanche paths, under less favorable illumination, are often not detectable and the smaller paths, even those defined by sharp trimlines, are only rarely identifiable.

  17. Driving rate dependence of avalanche statistics and shapes at the yielding transition

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    Chen Liu; Ezequiel E. Ferrero; Francesco Puosi; Jean-Louis Barrat; Kirsten Martens

    2015-06-29

    We study the stress time series caused by plastic avalanches in athermally sheared disordered materials. Using extensive simulations of a bidisperse Lennard-Jones system and a corresponding mesoscopic elasto-plastic model, we find that critical exponents differ from mean-field predictions, that we only approach further away from the critical point at larger driving rates. We analyze the avalanche duration and size distributions introducing a scaling to account for the rate dependency of the dynamics. The average temporal shape of the stress drops also depends strongly on the imposed shear rate and also system size. When individual avalanches are considered, they show a clear asymmetry.

  18. Dynamical transformation of the critical state caused by the thermomagnetic avalanches

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    Chabanenko, Victor; Vasiliev, Sergiy; Nabia?ek, Adam; Rusakov, Volodymyr; Aleksyeyev, Pylyp; Szymczak, Henryk; Piechota, Stanis?aw

    2007-09-01

    We have investigated surface magnetization of a superconducting NbTi cylinder. It was found that after the thermomagnetic avalanche the diamagnetic signal of the surface magnetization changes its sign into a positive (“paramagnetic”) one. Similar phenomena were also found in decreasing external magnetic field. In this case, after the thermomagnetic avalanche, the positive (“paramagnetic”) signal changes into a negative (i.e. “diamagnetic”). To explain the above phenomena it is necessary to assume a break of the axial symmetry of the screening currents, induced by the thermomagnetic avalanche.

  19. Kinetic modelling of runaway electron avalanches in tokamak plasmas

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    Nilsson, E.; Decker, J.; Peysson, Y.; Granetz, R. S.; Saint-Laurent, F.; Vlainic, M.

    2015-09-01

    Runaway electrons can be generated in tokamak plasmas if the accelerating force from the toroidal electric field exceeds the collisional drag force owing to Coulomb collisions with the background plasma. In ITER, disruptions are expected to generate runaway electrons mainly through knock-on collisions (Hender et al 2007 Nucl. Fusion 47 S128-202), where enough momentum can be transferred from existing runaways to slow electrons to transport the latter beyond a critical momentum, setting off an avalanche of runaway electrons. Since knock-on runaways are usually scattered off with a significant perpendicular component of the momentum with respect to the local magnetic field direction, these particles are highly magnetized. Consequently, the momentum dynamics require a full 3D kinetic description, since these electrons are highly sensitive to the magnetic non-uniformity of a toroidal configuration. For this purpose, a bounce-averaged knock-on source term is derived. The generation of runaway electrons from the combined effect of Dreicer mechanism and knock-on collision process is studied with the code LUKE, a solver of the 3D linearized bounce-averaged relativistic electron Fokker-Planck equation (Decker and Peysson 2004 DKE: a fast numerical solver for the 3D drift kinetic equation Report EUR-CEA-FC-1736, Euratom-CEA), through the calculation of the response of the electron distribution function to a constant parallel electric field. The model, which has been successfully benchmarked against the standard Dreicer runaway theory now describes the runaway generation by knock-on collisions as proposed by Rosenbluth (Rosenbluth and Putvinski 1997 Nucl. Fusion 37 1355-62). This paper shows that the avalanche effect can be important even in non-disruptive scenarios. Runaway formation through knock-on collisions is found to be strongly reduced when taking place off the magnetic axis, since trapped electrons can not contribute to the runaway electron population. Finally, the relative importance of the avalanche mechanism is investigated as a function of the key parameters for runaway electron formation, namely the plasma temperature and the electric field strength. In agreement with theoretical predictions, the LUKE simulations show that in low temperature and electric field the knock-on collisions becomes the dominant source of runaway electrons and can play a significant role for runaway electron generation, including in non-disruptive tokamak scenarios.

  20. Fiber Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing in Avalanche Research

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    Woerndl, Michaela; Tyler, S. W.; Hatch, C. E.; Dozier, J.; Prokop, A.

    2010-05-01

    Being a major driving force for snow metamorphism, thermal properties and temperature gradients in an alpine snow pack influence both, spatial distribution and temporal evolution of its stability throughout a winter season. In avalanche research and forecasting mainly weather station networks and models are employed for temperature-data collection and prediction. Standard temperature measurement devices used in weather stations and for model calibration typically provide point data over time. With fiber-optic Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) a laser is pulsed through standard telecommunications optical fibers of up to 30km in length, and uses the cables themselves as a thermometer. DTS allows for continuous observations of temperatures over large spatial scales and with high temporal resolution. Depending on the type of instrument, temperature readings can be provided every 0.25 to 2 meters along the cable and up to six times a minute. Measurement accuracies depend on integration times and can reach +/- 0.1 degrees C or better. Already well established in other environmental applications such as surface water - groundwater hydrology and soil moisture studies, this study assesses applicability and performance of DTS in snow environments and its potential benefits for avalanche research and forecasting. At the CRREL/UCSB research site on Mammoth Mountain, California, 40m fiber-optic cable loops were deployed at different depths in the snow pack to measure temperature and thermal gradient evolution over time and space. Four discrete measurement sessions of 4 to 20 days were conducted during the winter season 2008/2009. Strong horizontal spatial variability of temperatures of up to 3 degrees C within the snow pack over the 40m-sections were resolved. As expected, vertical thermal gradients were influenced by spatial location. Evolution of temperatures and gradients over time could be continuously monitored along the 40m transects during each measurement session. Instrument performance was affected by strongly varying ambient air temperatures, though resulting errors could be easily corrected during post processing. Specific demands when using a DTS system in a snow environment are discussed, as special care must be taken in instrument calibration, site and experimental design. Possible applications of a DTS system in avalanche research are presented.

  1. Elastic-plastic-brittle transitions and avalanches in disordered media.

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    Kale, Sohan; Ostoja-Starzewski, Martin

    2014-01-31

    A spring lattice model with the ability to simulate elastic-plastic-brittle transitions in a disordered medium is presented. The model is based on bilinear constitutive law defined at the spring level and power-law-type disorder introduced in the yield and failure limits of the springs. The key parameters of the proposed model effectively control the disorder distribution, significantly affecting the stress-strain response, the damage accumulation process, and the fracture surfaces. The model demonstrates a plastic strain avalanche behavior for perfectly plastic as well as hardening materials with a power-law distribution, in agreement with the experiments and related models. The strength of the model is in its generality and ability to interpolate between elastic-plastic hardening and elastic-brittle transitions. PMID:24580467

  2. Avalanches and waves in the Abelian sandpile model

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    Paczuski, M.; Boettcher, S.

    1997-10-01

    We numerically study avalanches in the two-dimensional Abelian sandpile model in terms of a sequence of waves of toppling events. Priezzhev {ital et al.} [Phys. Rev. Lett. {bold 76}, 2093 (1996)] have recently proposed exact results for the critical exponents in this model based on the existence of a proposed scaling relation for the difference in sizes of subsequent waves, {Delta}s=s{sub k}{minus}s{sub k+1}, where the size of the previous wave s{sub k} was considered to be almost always an upper bound for the size of the next wave s{sub k+1}. Here we show that the significant contribution to {Delta}s comes from waves that violate the bound; the average {l_angle}{Delta}s(s{sub k}){r_angle} is actually negative and diverges with the system size, contradicting the proposed solution. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  3. Avalanches and Continuous Flow in Aging Aqueous Foam

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    Michael M. Folkerts; Sam W. Stanwyck; Oleg G. Shpyrko

    2012-02-25

    We used coherent light scattering in a multi-speckle detection scheme to investigate the mesoscale dynamics in aqueous foam. Time-resolved correlation of the scattered speckle intensities reveals the details of foam dynamics during aging. We introduce Temporal Contrast Analysis, a novel statistical tool that can be effective in characterizing structural rearrangements. Using Temporal Contrast Analysis we were able to detect two distinct dynamical components present during foam aging: spontaneous and intermittent, avalanche-like events and continuous, flow-like rearrangements in the foam structure. We were able to measure these contributions separately from the intrinsic statistical noise contribution, and thereby independently analyze the decay of each dynamical component during foam aging process.

  4. Vortex avalanches at one thousandth the superconducting transition temperature

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    Zieve, R.J.; Rosenbaum, T.F.; Jaeger, H.M.; Seidler, G.T.; Crabtree, G.W.; Welp, U.

    1996-05-01

    We study the nonequilibrium dynamics of vortex motion at millikelvin temperatures in untwinned single crystals of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}}. Above threshold fields of many tesla, flux jumps appear in the magnetic hysteresis {ital B}({ital H}). These jumps correspond to a change of 750 vortices, on average, under our micrometer-sized Bi Hall probes. Not only are the threshold fields large, but they, and the characteristics of the flux jumps themselves, are essentially independent of magnet ramp rate or sample thickness, militating against a thermally triggered instability. Moreover, the threshold differs significantly on the ascending and descending branches of the hysteresis loop. We argue for a dynamical origin for these vortex avalanches and invoke a sandpile analogy to guide our detailed explorations of the {ital H}-{ital T} plane. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  5. Strain Discontinuity, Avalanche, and Memory in Carbon Nanotube Serpentine Systems.

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    Müssnich, Lucas C P A M; Chacham, Hélio; Soares, Jaqueline S; Barbosa Neto, Newton M; Shadmi, Nitzan; Joselevich, Ernesto; Cançado, Luiz Gustavo; Jorio, Ado

    2015-09-01

    This work addresses the problem of how a nano-object adheres to a supporting media. The case of study are the serpentine-like structures of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) grown on vicinal crystalline quartz. We develop in situ nanomanipulation and confocal Raman spectroscopy in such systems, and to explain the results, we propose a dynamical equation in which static friction is treated phenomenologically and implemented as cutoff for velocities, via Heaviside step function and an adhesion force tensor. We demonstrate that the strain profiles observed along the SWNTs are due to anisotropic adhesion, adhesion discontinuities, strain avalanches, and memory effects. The equation is general enough to make predictions for various one- and two-dimensional nanosystems adhered to a supporting media. PMID:26226057

  6. Temperature Control of Avalanche Photodiode Using Thermoelectric Cooler

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    Refaat, Tamer F.; Luck, William S., Jr.; DeYoung, Russell J.

    1999-01-01

    Avalanche photodiodes (APDS) are quantum optical detectors that are used for visible and near infrared optical detection applications. Although APDs are compact, rugged, and have an internal gain mechanism that is suitable for low light intensity; their responsivity, and therefore their output, is strongly dependent on the device temperature. Thermoelectric coolers (TEC) offers a suitable solution to this problem. A TEC is a solid state cooling device, which can be controlled by changing its current. TECs are compact and rugged, and they can precisely control the temperature to within 0.1 C with more than a 150 C temperature gradient between its surfaces. In this Memorandum, a proportional integral (PI) temperature controller for APDs using a TEC is discussed. The controller is compact and can successfully cool the APD to almost 0 C in an ambient temperature environment of up to 27 C.

  7. The response characteristics of avalanche photodiodes to ultrashort pulsed laser

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    Zhang, Yufa; Dou, Xianan; Li, Feng; Sun, Xiaoquan

    2015-11-01

    The physical model of avalanche photodiode (APD) response to ultrashort pulsed laser is established. Numerical simulation of APD response characteristics is focused and presented. The simulated results show that the response peak voltage degrades approximately linearly with the laser pulse duration narrowing when the peak power of laser pulse keeps unchanged. Meanwhile, when the energy of input pulse laser is at the same quantity, the response peak voltage keeps invariably in different pulse duration. Moreover, the pulse duration of response voltage is determined by the sensitivity of APD itself, and the input duration of ultrashort pulsed laser could not be recognized by the APD. Experiments are carried out and the experimental results are in good agreement with simulated data.

  8. High resolution, low energy avalanche photodiode X-ray detectors

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    Farrell, R.; Vanderpuye, K.; Entine, G.; Squillante, M. R.

    1991-01-01

    Silicon avalanche photodiodes have been fabricated, and their performance as X-ray detectors has been measured. Photon sensitivity and energy resolution were measured as a function of size and operating parameters. Noise thresholds as low as 212 eV were obtained at room temperature, and backscatter X-ray fluorescence data were obtained for aluminum and other light elements. It is concluded that the results with the X-ray detector are extremely encouraging, and the performance is challenging the best available proportional counters. While not at the performance level of either cryogenic silicon or HgI2, these device operate at room temperature and can be reproduced in large numbers and with much larger areas than typically achieved with HgI2. In addition, they are rugged and appear to be indefinitely stable.

  9. Avalanche photodiode based time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Ogasawara, Keiichi; Livi, Stefano A; Desai, Mihir I; Ebert, Robert W; McComas, David J; Walther, Brandon C

    2015-08-01

    This study reports on the performance of Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) as a timing detector for ion Time-of-Flight (TOF) mass spectroscopy. We found that the fast signal carrier speed in a reach-through type APD enables an extremely short timescale response with a mass or energy independent <2 ns rise time for <200 keV ions (1-40 AMU) under proper bias voltage operations. When combined with a microchannel plate to detect start electron signals from an ultra-thin carbon foil, the APD comprises a novel TOF system that successfully operates with a <0.8 ns intrinsic timing resolution even using commercial off-the-shelf constant-fraction discriminators. By replacing conventional total-energy detectors in the TOF-Energy system, APDs offer significant power and mass savings or an anti-coincidence background rejection capability in future space instrumentation. PMID:26329176

  10. Development of scintillation detectors based on avalanche microchannel photodiodes

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    Britvitch, I.; Lorenz, E.; Olshevski, A.; Renker, D.; Sadygov, Z.; Scheuermann, R.; Stoykov, A.; Werner, A.; Zheleznykh, I.

    2007-02-01

    Avalanche Microchannel PhotoDiodes (AMPDs) are solid state photodetectors with high internal gain and a density of independent channels up to 10 4/mm 2. They are potential substitutes for photomultiplier tubes in a wide variety of applications in nuclear physics and nuclear medicine, especially when fine segmentation of the detectors and their operation in high magnetic fields is required. In this work, we study the performance of a detector based on a LYSO (2×2×10 mm 3) scintillation crystal and AMPD at detection of 511 keV ?-quanta. The detector shows linear energy response, an energy resolution of ˜12%, and sub-nanosecond time resolution. These characteristics are encouraging for using AMPDs in detector systems of positron emission tomographs (PET) of the next generation.

  11. Rapid sequestration of rock avalanche deposits within glaciers

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    Dunning, Stuart A.; Rosser, Nicholas J.; McColl, Samuel T.; Reznichenko, Natalya V.

    2015-08-01

    Topographic development in mountainous landscapes is a complex interplay between tectonics, climate and denudation. Glaciers erode valleys to generate headwall relief, and hillslope processes control the height and retreat of the peaks. The magnitude-frequency of these landslides and their long-term ability to lower mountains above glaciers is poorly understood; however, small, frequent rockfalls are currently thought to dominate. The preservation of rarer, larger, landslide deposits is exceptionally short-lived, as they are rapidly reworked. The 2013 Mount Haast rock avalanche that failed from the slopes of Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand, onto the glacier accumulation zone below was invisible to conventional remote sensing after just 3 months. Here we use sub-surface data to reveal the now-buried landslide deposit, and suggest that large landslides are the primary hillslope erosion mechanism here. These data show how past large landslides can be identified in accumulation zones, providing an untapped archive of erosive events in mountainous landscapes.

  12. Avalanche photodiode based time-of-flight mass spectrometry

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    Ogasawara, Keiichi; Livi, Stefano A.; Desai, Mihir I.; Ebert, Robert W.; McComas, David J.; Walther, Brandon C.

    2015-08-01

    This study reports on the performance of Avalanche Photodiodes (APDs) as a timing detector for ion Time-of-Flight (TOF) mass spectroscopy. We found that the fast signal carrier speed in a reach-through type APD enables an extremely short timescale response with a mass or energy independent <2 ns rise time for <200 keV ions (1-40 AMU) under proper bias voltage operations. When combined with a microchannel plate to detect start electron signals from an ultra-thin carbon foil, the APD comprises a novel TOF system that successfully operates with a <0.8 ns intrinsic timing resolution even using commercial off-the-shelf constant-fraction discriminators. By replacing conventional total-energy detectors in the TOF-Energy system, APDs offer significant power and mass savings or an anti-coincidence background rejection capability in future space instrumentation.

  13. Motion of current filaments in avalanching PIN diodes

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    Xingrong, Ren; Changchun, Chai; Zhenyang, Ma; Yintang, Yang; Liping, Qiao; Chunlei, Shi; Lihua, Ren

    2013-04-01

    The motion of current filaments in avalanching PIN diodes has been investigated in this paper by 2D transient numerical simulations. The simulation results show that the filament can move along the length of the PIN diode back and forth when the self-heating effect is considered. The voltage waveform varies periodically due to the motion of the filament. The filament motion is driven by the temperature gradient in the filament due to the negative temperature dependence of the impact ionization rates. Contrary to the traditional understanding that current filamentation is a potential cause of thermal destruction, it is shown in this paper that the thermally-driven motion of current filaments leads to the homogenization of temperature in the diode and is expected to have a positive influence on the failure threshold of the PIN diode.

  14. On the avalanche generation of runaway electrons during tokamak disruptions

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    Martín-Solís, J. R.; Loarte, A.; Lehnen, M.

    2015-08-01

    A simple zero dimensional model for a tokamak disruption is developed to evaluate the avalanche multiplication of a runaway primary seed during the current quench phase of a fast disruptive event. Analytical expressions for the plateau runaway current, the energy of the runaway beam, and the runaway energy distribution function are obtained allowing the identification of the parameters dominating the formation of the runaway current during disruptions. The effect of the electromagnetic coupling to the vessel and the penetration of the external magnetic energy during the disruption current quench as well as of the collisional dissipation of the runaway current at high densities are investigated. Current profile shape effects during the formation of the runaway beam are also addressed by means of an upgraded one-dimensional model.

  15. Avalanches on a conical bead pile: scaling with tuning parameters

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    S. Y. Lehman; Elizabeth Baker; Howard A. Henry; Andrew J. Kindschuh; Larry C. Markley; Megan B. Browning; Mary E. Mills; R. Michael Winters IV; D. T. Jacobs

    2012-02-24

    Uniform spherical beads were used to explore the behavior of a granular system near its critical angle of repose on a conical bead pile. We found two tuning parameters that could take the system to a critical point where a simple power-law described the avalanche size distribution as predicted by self-organized criticality, which proposed that complex dynamical systems self-organize to a critical point without need for tuning. Our distributions were well described by a simple power-law with the power {\\tau} = 1.5 when dropping beads slowly onto the apex of a bead pile from a small height. However, we could also move the system from the critical point using either of two tuning parameters: the height from which the beads fell onto the top of the pile or the region over which the beads struck the pile. As the drop height increased, the system did not reach the critical point yet the resulting distributions were independent of the bead mass, coefficient of friction, or coefficient of restitution. All our apex-dropping distributions for any type of bead (glass, stainless steel, zirconium) showed universality by scaling onto a common curve with {\\tau} = 1.5 and {\\sigma} = 1.0, where 1/{\\sigma} is the power of the tuning parameter. From independent calculations using the moments of the distribution, we find values for {\\tau} = 1.6 \\pm 0.1 and {\\sigma} = 0.91 \\pm 0.15. When beads were dropped across the surface of the pile instead of solely on the apex, then the system also moved from the critical point and again the avalanche size distributions fell on a common curve when scaled similarly using the same values of {\\tau} and {\\sigma}. We also observed that an hcp structure on the base of the pile caused an emergent structure in the pile that had six faces with some fcc or hcp structure.

  16. Landsat Thematic Mapper observations of debris avalanche deposits in the Central Andes

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    Francis, P. W.; Wells, G. L.

    1988-01-01

    Remote sensing with the Landsat Thematic Mapper of debris avalanche deposits in the Central Andes between 18 and 27 deg S revealed, for the first time, the presence of 28 breached volcanic cones and 11 major volcanic debris avalanche deposits, several of which cover areas in excess of 100 sq km. It is concluded that such avalanche deposits are normal products of the evolution of large composite volcanoes, comparable with lava and pyroclastic flow deposits. A statistical survey of 578 composite volcanoes in the same area indicated that a majority of cones which achieve edifice heights between 2000 and 3000 m may undergo sector collapse. The paper describes morphological criteria for identifying breached composite cones and volcanic debris avalanches using orbital images.

  17. Statistics of avalanches in the self-organized criticality state of a Josephson junction

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    Matizen, E. V.; Martynets, V. G. Bezverkhii, P. P.

    2010-08-15

    Magnetic flux avalanches in Josephson junctions that include superconductor-insulator-superconductor (SIS) tunnel junctions and are magnetized at temperatures lower than approximately 5 K have been studied in detail. Avalanches are of stochastic character and appear when the magnetic field penetration depth {lambda} into a junction becomes equal to the length a of the Josephson junction with a decrease in the temperature. The statistical properties of such avalanches are presented. The size distribution of the avalanches is a power law with a negative noninteger exponent about unity, indicating the self-organized criticality state. The self-organized criticality state is not observed in Josephson junctions with a superconductor-normal metal-superconductor (SNS) junction.

  18. Avalanche statistics and time-resolved grain dynamics for a driven heap

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    A. R. Abate; H. Katsuragi; D. J. Durian

    2007-08-08

    We probe the dynamics of intermittent avalanches caused by steady addition of grains to a quasi-two dimensional heap. To characterize the time-dependent average avalanche flow speed v(t), we image the top free surface. To characterize the grain fluctuation speed dv(t), we use Speckle-Visibility Spectroscopy. During an avalanche, we find that the fluctuation speed is approximately one-tenth the average flow speed, and that these speeds are largest near the beginning of an event. We also find that the distribution of event durations is peaked, and that event sizes are correlated with the time interval since the end of the previous event. At high rates of grain addition, where successive avalanches merge into smooth continuous flow, the relationship between average and fluctuation speeds changes to dv Sqrt[v].

  19. Statistics of electron avalanches and bursts in low pressure gases below the breakdown voltage

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    Donko, Z.

    1995-12-31

    Avalanches in different types of dynamical systems have been subject of recent interest. Avalanches building up in gases play an important role in radiation detectors and in the breakdown process of gas discharges. We have used computer simulation to study statistical properties of electron avalanches and bursts (sequences of avalanches) in a gas subjected to a homogeneous electric field. Helium was used as buffer gas, but we believe that our results are more general. The bursts were initiated by injecting low energy electrons into the gas. We applied Monte Carlo procedure to trace the trajectories of electrons. The elementary processes considered in the model were anisotropic elastic scattering of electrons from He atoms, electron impact excitation and ionization of He atoms. The electrons were traced until the are reached the perfectly absorbing anode.

  20. Analysis of the dynamic avalanche of punch through insulated gate bipolar transistor (PT-IGBT)

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    Lefranc, P.; Planson, D.; Morel, H.; Bergogne, D.

    2009-09-01

    In the paper proposed here, we are studying the dynamic avalanche from experimental results first, dynamic avalanche is identified on a punch through insulated gate bipolar transistor (PT-IGBT) module 1200 V-300 A from Mitsubishi. Secondly, the phenomenon is analysed thanks to simple solid state devices equations. Numerical simulations are used to confirm experimental results. Simulation results allows us locating the active area of the dynamic avalanche during turn-off under over-current conditions. A PT-IGBT cell is described with MEDICI™, a finite element simulator. A mixed-mode simulation is performed thanks to MEDICI™ and SPICE™. The circuit simulated here is a buck topology with an inductive load. Finally, a thermal analysis is performed to estimate temperature increase due to dynamic avalanche.

  1. STRUCTURE AND EMPLACEMENT MECHANISMS OF THE ROQUE NUBLO DEBRIS AVALANCHE, GRAN CANARIA (CANARY ISLANDS)

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    Belousov, Alexander

    ISLANDS) Alexander Belousov (1,2), Marina Belousova (1) and Hans-Ulrich Schmincke(2) (1) - Institute topographic barrier. Beyond the barrier the avalanche deposit displays abrupt increase of shearing and mixing

  2. Two-threshold model for scaling laws of noninteracting snow avalanches.

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    Faillettaz, Jerome; Louchet, Francois; Grasso, Jean-Robert

    2004-11-12

    The sizes of snow slab failure that trigger snow avalanches are power-law distributed. Such a power-law probability distribution function has also been proposed to characterize different landslide types. In order to understand this scaling for gravity-driven systems, we introduce a two-threshold 2D cellular automaton, in which failure occurs irreversibly. Taking snow slab avalanches as a model system, we find that the sizes of the largest avalanches just preceding the lattice system breakdown are power-law distributed. By tuning the maximum value of the ratio of the two failure thresholds our model reproduces the range of power-law exponents observed for land, rock, or snow avalanches. We suggest this control parameter represents the material cohesion anisotropy. PMID:15600971

  3. Layer number dependence of flux avalanches in superconducting shifted strip array

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    Mine, A.; Tsuchiya, Y.; Miyano, S.; Pyon, S.; Tamegai, T.; Nagasawa, S.; Hidaka, M.

    2015-11-01

    We have fabricated multi-layer superconducting shifted strip arrays (SSAs) of Nb up to 4 layers and systematically studied the vortex penetrations into these structures. We observed the vortex penetration as a function of the number of layers and the ratio of overlap between neighboring layers by using magneto-optical (MO) imaging. In the case of 2- and 3-layer SSAs, spot-like avalanches occur when the overlap is small, while linear avalanches occur when the overlap is large, consistent with our previous reports. In the 4-layer SSAs, the smallest limit of the overlap between the neighboring layers for the linear avalanche is lower. Flux penetrations parallel to the strip which were observed in the 3-layer SSA were also observed in the 4-layer SSAs with smaller ratio of overlap. Larger demagnetization effects in the middle two layers in 4-layer SSA help to make avalanches larger and more extended.

  4. HOW ACCURATE ARE WEATHER MODELS IN ASSISTING AVALANCHE FORECASTERS? M. Schirmer, B. Jamieson

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    Jamieson, Bruce

    HOW ACCURATE ARE WEATHER MODELS IN ASSISTING AVALANCHE FORECASTERS? M. Schirmer, B. Jamieson and decision makers strongly rely on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models, for example on the forecasted on forecasted precipitation. KEYWORDS: Numerical weather prediction models, validation, precipitation 1

  5. Backcountry snowmobilers' risk perceptions, avalanche related information seeking behaviours, preparedness and decision-making processes

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    Baker, Jennifer

    Although there has been substantial research on the avoidance of risk, much less has been completed on voluntary risk. This study examined backcountry snowmobilers' risk perceptions, avalanche related information seeking behaviours, and decision-making processes when dealing with avalanches and backcountry risk in Canada. To accomplish this, in-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 participants who were involved in backcountry snowmobiling. Interviews were done both in person and by telephone. The results of this study show that, unlike previous research on snowmobilers, the participants of this study were well prepared and knowledgeable about backcountry risks. All 17 participants stated that they carried a shovel, probe, and transceiver with them on each backcountry trip, and 10 participants had taken an avalanche safety course. Group dynamics and positive peer pressure were influential in promoting safe backcountry behaviour. KEYWORDS: Backcountry snowmobiling, Avalanches, Voluntary Risk, Preparedness, Decision-Making.

  6. Syn and post- emplacement transformations of the Misti (Peru) volcanic debris avalanches into lahars

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    Bernard, K.; Van Wyk de Vries, B.; Thouret, J.

    2012-12-01

    We identify stratigraphic, sedimentological and structural variations in lithofacies of debris-avalanche deposits from El Misti volcano in the Quebrada San Lazaro and Río Chili Valley, near the city of Arequipa (south Peru), to determine lithofacies transformations. We describe the internal process associated to the external conditions acting on debris-avalanche deposits in order to assess stages of transformations from the proximal to distal debris-avalanche deposits and the associated epiclastic deposits. Syn-emplacement transformations inside the volcanic debris-avalanche deposits in the upper course of the Rio Chili Valley: within a few meters, the proximal block facies of the sheared debris-avalanche deposit is transformed at the contact of the ash-rich alluvial deposits in thick units comprising a strongly sheared base of the deposit, then stratified matrix dominated beds with normally sorted boulders aligned with the beds. This is interpreted as the effect of strong shearing inside the confined and proximal debris avalanche during motion, which generated a localised stretching near the base of the deposit and the bulking of the thin water saturated basal layers: the bearing capacity of the matrix debris- avalanche is modified, the block facies has been transformed in a stratified matrix facies. The transformations by bulking along a strong sheared contact contribute to reduce the run-out distance of the debris avalanches in the Río Chili valley. Post-deposition evolutions of the debris-avalanche deposits in the Quebrada San Lazaro: in the upper course of the valley, the landslides in the debris- avalanche deposits related to water circulation destabilise the covering scree and volcanic colluvium dipping at 70°. The fragmentation and sorting due to gravity and water are the external processes which separate matrix and block elements; This is the first stage of transformation. The remobilisation of these separated fractions into lahars transforms this landslide-colluvium mix. Down valley, the debris-avalanche deposits have been incised and reworked by stream flow, rather than landslides. This causes differential erosion of the block and the matrix facies creating fine (block-derived) and course matrix-derived units, and generally fines dominated lahars. The transformations shown here are either produced in-flow, or long after deposition, leading to different lahar facies. We not that Arequipa lahars material are probably sourced from quite near the city, and important point, as the ravines such as San Lazaro are being altered and developed by human activity. This is likely to change lahar hazards in the future.

  7. Robust snow avalanche detection using machine learning on infrasonic array data

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    Thüring, Thomas; Schoch, Marcel; van Herwijnen, Alec; Schweizer, Jürg

    2014-05-01

    Snow avalanches may threaten people and infrastructure in mountain areas. Automated detection of avalanche activity would be highly desirable, in particular during times of poor visibility, to improve hazard assessment, but also to monitor the effectiveness of avalanche control by explosives. In the past, a variety of remote sensing techniques and instruments for the automated detection of avalanche activity have been reported, which are based on radio waves (radar), seismic signals (geophone), optical signals (imaging sensor) or infrasonic signals (microphone). Optical imagery enables to assess avalanche activity with very high spatial resolution, however it is strongly weather dependent. Radar and geophone-based detection typically provide robust avalanche detection for all weather conditions, but are very limited in the size of the monitoring area. On the other hand, due to the long propagation distance of infrasound through air, the monitoring area of infrasonic sensors can cover a large territory using a single sensor (or an array). In addition, they are by far more cost effective than radars or optical imaging systems. Unfortunately, the reliability of infrasonic sensor systems has so far been rather low due to the strong variation of ambient noise (e.g. wind) causing a high false alarm rate. We analyzed the data collected by a low-cost infrasonic array system consisting of four sensors for the automated detection of avalanche activity at Lavin in the eastern Swiss Alps. A comparably large array aperture (~350m) allows highly accurate time delay estimations of signals which arrive at different times at the sensors, enabling precise source localization. An array of four sensors is sufficient for the time resolved source localization of signals in full 3D space, which is an excellent method to anticipate true avalanche activity. Robust avalanche detection is then achieved by using machine learning methods such as support vector machines. The system is initially trained by using characteristic data features from known avalanche and non-avalanche events. Data features are obtained from output signals of the source localization algorithm or from Fourier or time domain processing and support the learning phase of the system. A significantly improved detection rate as well as a reduction of the false alarm rate was achieved compared to previous approaches.

  8. Reevaluation of tsunami formation by debris avalanche at Augustine Volcano, Alaska

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    Waythomas, C.F.

    2000-01-01

    Debris avalanches entering the sea at Augustine Volcano, Alaska have been proposed as a mechanism for generating tsunamis. Historical accounts of the 1883 eruption of the volcano describe 6- to 9-meter-high waves that struck the coastline at English Bay (Nanwalek), Alaska about 80 kilometers east of Augustine Island. These accounts are often cited as proof that volcanigenic tsunamis from Augustine Volcano are significant hazards to the coastal zone of lower Cook Inlet. This claim is disputed because deposits of unequivocal tsunami origin are not evident at more than 50 sites along the lower Cook Inlet coastline where they might be preserved. Shallow water (<25 m) around Augustine Island, in the run-out zone for debris avalanches, limits the size of an avalanche-caused wave. If the two most recent debris avalanches, Burr Point (A.D. 1883) and West Island (<500 yr. B.P.) were traveling at velocities in the range of 50 to 100 meters per second, the kinetic energy of the avalanches at the point of impact with the ocean would have been between 1014 and 1015 joules. Although some of this energy would be dissipated through boundary interactions and momentum transfer between the avalanche and the sea, the initial wave should have possessed sufficient kinetic energy to do geomorphic work (erosion, sediment transport, formation of wave-cut features) on the coastline of lowwer Cook Inlet. Because widespread evidence of the effects of large waves cannot be found, it appears that the debris avalanches could not have been traveling very fast when they entered the sea, or they happened during low tide and displaced only small volumes of water. In light of these results, the hazard from volcanigenic tsunamis from Augustine Volcano appears minor, unless a very large debris avalanche occurs at high tide.

  9. Natural glide slab avalanches, Glacier National Park, USA: A unique hazard and forecasting challenge

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    Reardon, Blase; Fagre, Daniel B.; Dundas, Mark; Lundy, Chris

    2006-01-01

    In a museum of avalanche phenomena, glide cracks and glide avalanches might be housed in the “strange but true” section. These oddities are uncommon in most snow climates and tend to be isolated to specific terrain features such as bedrock slabs. Many glide cracks never result in avalanches, and when they do, the wide range of time between crack formation and slab failure makes them highly unpredictable. Despite their relative rarity, glide cracks and glide avalanches pose a regular threat and complex forecasting challenge during the annual spring opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, U.S.A. During the 2006 season, a series of unusual glide cracks delayed snow removal operations by over a week and provided a unique opportunity to record detailed observations of glide avalanches and characterize their occurrence and associated weather conditions. Field observations were from snowpits, crown profiles and where possible, measurements of slab thickness, bed surface slope angle, substrate and other physical characteristics. Weather data were recorded at one SNOTEL site and two automated stations located from 0.6-10 km of observed glide slab avalanches. Nearly half (43%) of the 35 glide slab avalanches recorded were Class D2-2.5, with 15% Class D3-D3.5. The time between glide crack opening and failure ranged from 2 days to over six weeks, and the avalanches occurred in cycles associated with loss of snow water equivalent and spikes in temperature and radiation. We conclude with suggest ions for further study.

  10. Avalanches in One-Dimensional Piles with Different Types of Bases

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    Altshuler, E.; Ramos, O.; Martinez, C.; Flores, L. E.; Noda, C.

    2001-06-11

    We perform a systematic experimental study of the influence of the type of base on the avalanche dynamics of slowly driven 1D ball piles. The control of base details allows us to explore a wide spectrum of pile structures and dynamics. The scaling properties of the observed avalanche distributions suggest that self-organized critical behavior is approached as the {open_quotes}base-induced{close_quotes} disorder at the pile profile increases.

  11. 14 MHz rate photon counting with room temperature InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes

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    Köprülü, Kahraman Güçlü

    14 MHz rate photon counting with room temperature InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes PAUL L. VOSS based on InGaAs/InP avalanche photodiodes for use at 1.55 mm wavelength. Operation at room temperature- equivalent power of 2:2 Â 10À15 W HzÀ1=2 at 14% quantum efficiency with dark- count probability of 0.2%. We

  12. Post-glacial rock avalanches in the Obersee Valley, Glarner Alps, Switzerland

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    Nagelisen, Jan; Moore, Jeffrey R.; Vockenhuber, Christoph; Ivy-Ochs, Susan

    2015-06-01

    The geological record of prehistoric rock avalanches provides invaluable data for assessing the hazard posed by these rare but destructive mass movements. Here we investigate two large rock avalanches in the Obersee valley of the Glarner Alps, Switzerland, providing detailed mapping of landslide and related Quaternary phenomena, revised volume estimates for each event, and surface exposure dating of rock avalanche deposits. The Rautispitz rock avalanche originated from the southern flank of the Obersee valley, releasing approximately 91 million m3 of limestone on steeply-dipping bedding planes. Debris had maximum horizontal travel distance of ~ 5000 m, a fahrboeschung angle (relating fall height to length) of 18°, and was responsible for the creation of Lake Obersee; deposits are more than 130 m thick in places. The Platten rock avalanche encompassed a source volume of 11 million m3 sliding from the northern flank of the Obersee valley on similar steeply-dipping limestone beds (bedrock forms a syncline under the valley). Debris had a maximum horizontal travel distance of 1600 m with a fahrboeschung angle of 21°, and is more than 80 m thick in places. Deposits of the Platten rock avalanche are superposed atop those from the Rautispitz event at the end of the Obersee valley where they dam Lake Haslensee. Runout for both events was simulated using the dynamic analysis code DAN3D; results showed excellent match to mapped deposit extents and thickness and helped confirm the hypothesized single-event failure scenarios. 36Cl cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure dating of 13 deposited boulders revealed a Younger Dryas age of 12.6 ± 1.0 ka for the Rautispitz rock avalanche and a mid-Holocene age of 6.1 ± 0.8 ka for the Platten rock avalanche. A seismological trigger is proposed for the former event due to potentially correlated turbidite deposits in nearby Lake Zurich.

  13. Is extracorporeal rewarming indicated in avalanche victims with unwitnessed hypothermic cardiorespiratory arrest?

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    Mair, Peter; Brugger, Hermann; Mair, Birgit; Moroder, Luca; Ruttmann, Elfriede

    2014-12-01

    International guidelines recommend using extracorporeal rewarming in all hypothermic avalanche victims with prolonged cardiac arrest if they have patent airways and a plasma potassium level?12?mmol/L. The aim of this study was to evaluate outcome data to determine if available experience with extracorporeal rewarming of avalanche victims supports this recommendation. At Innsbruck Medical University Hospital, 28 patients with hypothermic cardiac arrest following an avalanche accident were resuscitated using extracorporeal circulation. Of these patients, 25 were extricated from the snow masses with no vital signs and did not survive to hospital discharge. Three patients had witnessed cardiac arrest after extrication and a core temperature of 21.7°C, 22°C, and 24.0°C, two of whom survived long-term with full neurological recovery. A search of the literature revealed only one asystolic avalanche victim with unwitnessed hypothermic cardiac arrest (core temperature 19°C) surviving long-term. All other avalanche victims in the medical literature surviving prolonged hypothermic cardiac arrest suffered witnessed arrest after extrication with a core temperature below 24°C. Our results suggest that prognosis of hypothermic avalanche victims with unwitnessed asystolic cardiac arrest and a core temperature>24°C is extremely poor. Available outcome data do not support the use of extracorporeal rewarming in these patients. PMID:25531463

  14. Artificial kagome spin ice: dimensional reduction, avalanche control and emergent magnetic monopoles.

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    Hügli, R V; Duff, G; O'Conchuir, B; Mengotti, E; Rodríguez, A Fraile; Nolting, F; Heyderman, L J; Braun, H B

    2012-12-28

    Artificial spin-ice systems consisting of nanolithographic arrays of isolated nanomagnets are model systems for the study of frustration-induced phenomena. We have recently demonstrated that monopoles and Dirac strings can be directly observed via synchrotron-based photoemission electron microscopy, where the magnetic state of individual nanoislands can be imaged in real space. These experimental results of Dirac string formation are in excellent agreement with Monte Carlo simulations of the hysteresis of an array of dipoles situated on a kagome lattice with randomized switching fields. This formation of one-dimensional avalanches in a two-dimensional system is in sharp contrast to disordered thin films, where avalanches associated with magnetization reversal are two-dimensional. The self-organized restriction of avalanches to one dimension provides an example of dimensional reduction due to frustration. We give simple explanations for the origin of this dimensional reduction and discuss the disorder dependence of these avalanches. We conclude with the explicit demonstration of how these avalanches can be controlled via locally modified anisotropies. Such a controlled start and stop of avalanches will have potential applications in data storage and information processing. PMID:23166379

  15. High resolution tree-ring based spatial reconstructions of snow avalanche activity in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

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    Pederson, Gregory T.; Reardon, Blase; Caruso, C.J.; Fagre, Daniel B.

    2006-01-01

    Effective design of avalanche hazard mitigation measures requires long-term records of natural avalanche frequency and extent. Such records are also vital for determining whether natural avalanche frequency and extent vary over time due to climatic or biophysical changes. Where historic records are lacking, an accepted substitute is a chronology developed from tree-ring responses to avalanche-induced damage. This study evaluates a method for using tree-ring chronologies to provide spatially explicit differentiations of avalanche frequency and temporally explicit records of avalanche extent that are often lacking. The study area - part of John F. Stevens Canyon on the southern border of Glacier National Park – is within a heavily used railroad and highway corridor with two dozen active avalanche paths. Using a spatially geo-referenced network of avalanche-damaged trees (n=109) from a single path, we reconstructed a 96-year tree-ring based chronology of avalanche extent and frequency. Comparison of the chronology with historic records revealed that trees recorded all known events as well as the same number of previously unidentified events. Kriging methods provided spatially explicit estimates of avalanche return periods. Estimated return periods for the entire avalanche path averaged 3.2 years. Within this path, return intervals ranged from ~2.3 yrs in the lower track, to ~9-11 yrs and ~12 to >25 yrs in the runout zone, where the railroad and highway are located. For avalanche professionals, engineers, and transportation managers this technique proves a powerful tool in landscape risk assessment and decision making.

  16. The September 1988 intracaldera avalanche and eruption at Fernandina volcano, Galapagos Islands

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    Chadwick, W.W., Jr.; De Roy, T.; Carrasco, A.

    1991-01-01

    During 14-16 September 1988, a large intracaldera avalanche and an eruption of basaltic tephra and lava at Fernandina volcano, Galapagos, produced the most profound changes within the caldera since its collapse in 1968. A swarm of eight earthquakes (mb 4.7-5.5) occurred in a 14 h period on 24 February 1988 at Fernandina, and two more earthquakes of this size followed on 15 April and 20 May, respectively. On 14 September 1988, another earthquake (mb 4.6) preceded a complex series of events. A debris avalanche was generated by the failure of a fault-bounded segment of the east caldera wall, approximately 2 km long and 300 m wide. The avalanche deposit is up to 250 m thick and has an approximate volume of 0.9 km3. The avalanche rapidly displaced a preexisting lake from the southeast end of the caldera floor to the northwest end, where the water washed up against the lower part of the caldera wall, then gradually seeped into the avalanche deposit and was completely gone by mid-January 1989. An eruption began in the caldera within about 1-2 h of the earthquake, producing a vigorous tephra plume for about 12 h, then lava flows during the next two days. The eruption ended late on 16 September. Most of the eruptive activity was from vents on the caldera floor near the base of the new avalanche scar. Unequivocal relative timing of events is difficult to determine, but seismic records suggest that the avalanche may have occurred 1.6 h after the earthquake, and field relations show that lava was clearly erupted after the avalanche was emplaced. The most likely sequence of events seems to be that the 1988 feeder dike intruded upward into the east caldera wall, dislocated the unstable wall block, and triggered the avalanche. The avalanche immediately exposed the newly emplaced dike and initiated the eruption. The exact cause of the earthquakes is unknown. ?? 1991 Springer-Verlag.

  17. Monitoring snow avalanches in the medium range by a network of infrasonic arrays: first results

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    ulivieri, giacomo; marchetti, emanuele; ripepe, maurizio; durand, nathalie; frigo, barbara; chiambretti, igor; segor, valerio

    2013-04-01

    Monitoring of small-to-medium sized avalanches activity represents a crucial parameter to compare predictions and real effects. However, at present natural avalanche activity is mainly based on field observations, which have a limited range and are possible only during the daylight. Since 2009, the Department of Earth Sciences of University of Florence in collaboration with the Regione Valle d'Aosta is using the infrasonic array technology for near real-time monitoring of natural and artificial avalanche activity in the Alpine area. The results obtained during the last 3 years indicate that small-to-medium sized snow avalanches can be detected in the short-to-medium range distance (2-6 km). However, despite single array analysis allows to recognise many natural (microbarom, earthquakes, avalanches) and artificial (airplane, explosions) infrasound sources by using apparent velocity criterion, any unique identification and precise location of infrasonic sources is not possible without any additional information. In order to solve this problem, the monitoring system is upgraded by installing two additional arrays. In fact, a network of 3 arrays is operating since December 2012 around the MonteRosa and Cervino international ski resorts on the related massifs. Each infrasonic array consists of 4 infrasonic sensors deployed in triangular geometry and ~150 m of aperture. Data are sampled at 100 Hz and transmitted in real-time to Department of Earth Sciences in Florence for near real-time (<2 minutes) processing. The network has improved the capability in locating avalanches sources in a medium range distance (from 6 km to more than 10 km). In fact, the 3 arrays are covering an area of ~ 250 km2. Efficiency of source location and sensitivity of this infrasonic array network are tested by using artificial triggered avalanches: avalanches can now be located with a precision of ~ 1 km. Information on geographical position, origin time and infrasonic energy will be supplied to Avalanche Warning Service of Aosta Valley in near real-time. The research is supported by the Operational programme Italy - France (Alps - ALCOTRA) - Project "Map3 - Monitoring for the Avalanche Prevision, Prediction and Protection".

  18. Substorm onset: Current sheet avalanche and stop layer

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    Haerendel, Gerhard

    2015-03-01

    A new scenario is presented for the onset of a substorm and the nature of the breakup arc. There are two main components, current sheet avalanche and stop layer. The first refers to an earthward flow of plasma and magnetic flux from the central current sheet of the tail, triggered spontaneously or by some unknown interaction with an auroral streamer or a suddenly appearing eastward flow at the end of the growth phase. The second offers a mechanism to stop the flow abruptly at the interface between magnetosphere and tail and extract momentum and energy to be partially processed locally and partially transmitted as Poynting flux toward the ionosphere. The stop layer has a width of the order of the ion inertial length. The different dynamics of the ions entering freely and the magnetized electrons create an electric polarization field which stops the ion flow and drives a Hall current by which flow momentum is transferred to the magnetic field. A simple formalism is used to describe the operation of the process and to enable quantitative conclusions. An important conclusion is that by necessity the stop layer is also highly structured in longitude. This offers a natural explanation for the coarse ray structure of the breakup arc as manifestation of elementary paths of energy and momentum transport. The currents aligned with the rays are balanced between upward and downward directions. While the avalanche is invoked for explaining the spontaneous substorm onset at the inner edge of the tail, the expansion of the breakup arc for many minutes is taken as evidence for a continued formation of new stop layers by arrival of flow bursts from the near-Earth neutral line. This is in line with earlier conclusions about the nature of the breakup arc. Small-scale structure, propagation speed, and energy flux are quantitatively consistent with observations. However, the balanced small-scale currents cannot constitute the substorm current wedge. The source of the latter must be located just earthward of the stop layer in the near-dipolar magnetosphere and be powered by the internal energy of the flow bursts. The stop layer mechanism is in some way the inverse of reconnection, as it converts flow into electromagnetic energy, and may have wide applicability in astrophysical plasmas.

  19. Development of solid-state avalanche amorphous selenium for medical imaging

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    Scheuermann, James R. Goldan, Amir H.; Zhao, Wei; Tousignant, Olivier; Léveillé, Sébastien

    2015-03-15

    Purpose: Active matrix flat panel imagers (AMFPI) have limited performance in low dose applications due to the electronic noise of the thin film transistor (TFT) array. A uniform layer of avalanche amorphous selenium (a-Se) called high gain avalanche rushing photoconductor (HARP) allows for signal amplification prior to readout from the TFT array, largely eliminating the effects of the electronic noise. The authors report preliminary avalanche gain measurements from the first HARP structure developed for direct deposition onto a TFT array. Methods: The HARP structure is fabricated on a glass substrate in the form of p-i-n, i.e., the electron blocking layer (p) followed by an intrinsic (i) a-Se layer and finally the hole blocking layer (n). All deposition procedures are scalable to large area detectors. Integrated charge is measured from pulsed optical excitation incident on the top electrode (as would in an indirect AMFPI) under continuous high voltage bias. Avalanche gain measurements were obtained from samples fabricated simultaneously at different locations in the evaporator to evaluate performance uniformity across large area. Results: An avalanche gain of up to 80 was obtained, which showed field dependence consistent with previous measurements from n-i-p HARP structures established for vacuum tubes. Measurements from multiple samples demonstrate the spatial uniformity of performance using large area deposition methods. Finally, the results were highly reproducible during the time course of the entire study. Conclusions: We present promising avalanche gain measurement results from a novel HARP structure that can be deposited onto a TFT array. This is a crucial step toward the practical feasibility of AMFPI with avalanche gain, enabling quantum noise limited performance down to a single x-ray photon per pixel.

  20. Avalanche photodiode photon counting receivers for space-borne lidars

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    Sun, Xiaoli; Davidson, Frederic M.

    1991-01-01

    Avalanche photodiodes (APD) are studied for uses as photon counting detectors in spaceborne lidars. Non-breakdown APD photon counters, in which the APD's are biased below the breakdown point, are shown to outperform: (1) conventional APD photon counters biased above the breakdown point; (2) conventional APD photon counters biased above the breakdown point; and (3) APD's in analog mode when the received optical signal is extremely weak. Non-breakdown APD photon counters were shown experimentally to achieve an effective photon counting quantum efficiency of 5.0 percent at lambda = 820 nm with a dead time of 15 ns and a dark count rate of 7000/s which agreed with the theoretically predicted values. The interarrival times of the counts followed an exponential distribution and the counting statistics appeared to follow a Poisson distribution with no after pulsing. It is predicted that the effective photon counting quantum efficiency can be improved to 18.7 percent at lambda = 820 nm and 1.46 percent at lambda = 1060 nm with a dead time of a few nanoseconds by using more advanced commercially available electronic components.

  1. Avalanches in compressed porous SiO(2)-based materials.

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    Nataf, Guillaume F; Castillo-Villa, Pedro O; Baró, Jordi; Illa, Xavier; Vives, Eduard; Planes, Antoni; Salje, Ekhard K H

    2014-08-01

    The failure dynamics in SiO(2)-based porous materials under compression, namely the synthetic glass Gelsil and three natural sandstones, has been studied for slowly increasing compressive uniaxial stress with rates between 0.2 and 2.8 kPa/s. The measured collapsed dynamics is similar to Vycor, which is another synthetic porous SiO(2) glass similar to Gelsil but with a different porous mesostructure. Compression occurs by jerks of strain release and a major collapse at the failure point. The acoustic emission and shrinking of the samples during jerks are measured and analyzed. The energy of acoustic emission events, its duration, and waiting times between events show that the failure process follows avalanche criticality with power law statistics over ca. 4 decades with a power law exponent ?? 1.4 for the energy distribution. This exponent is consistent with the mean-field value for the collapse of granular media. Besides the absence of length, energy, and time scales, we demonstrate the existence of aftershock correlations during the failure process. PMID:25215740

  2. Transport, hysteresis and avalanches in artificial spin ice systems

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    Reichhardt, Charles; Reichhardt, Cynthia J; Libal, A

    2010-01-01

    We examine the hopping dynamics of an artificial spin ice system constructed from colloids on a kagome optical trap array where each trap has two possible states. By applying an external drive from an electric field which is analogous to a biasing applied magnetic field for real spin systems, we can create polarized states that obey the spin-ice rules of two spins in and one spin out at each vertex. We demonstrate that when we sweep the external drive and measure the fraction of the system that has been polarized, we can generate a hysteresis loop analogous to the hysteretic magnetization versus external magnetic field curves for real spin systems. The disorder in our system can be readily controlled by changing the barrier that must be overcome before a colloid can hop from one side of a trap to the other. For systems with no disorder, the effective spins all flip simultaneously as the biasing field is changed, while for strong disorder the hysteresis curves show a series of discontinuous jumps or avalanches similar to Barkhausen noise.

  3. Kinetic modelling of runaway electron avalanches in tokamak plasmas

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    Nilsson, E; Peysson, Y; Granetz, R S; Saint-Laurent, F; Vlainic, M

    2015-01-01

    Runaway electrons (REs) can be generated in tokamak plasmas if the accelerating force from the toroidal electric field exceeds the collisional drag force due to Coulomb collisions with the background plasma. In ITER, disruptions are expected to generate REs mainly through knock-on collisions, where enough momentum can be transferred from existing runaways to slow electrons to transport the latter beyond a critical momentum, setting off an avalanche of REs. Since knock-on runaways are usually scattered off with a significant perpendicular component of the momentum with respect to the local magnetic field direction, these particles are highly magnetized. Consequently, the momentum dynamics require a full 3-D kinetic description, since these electrons are highly sensitive to the magnetic non-uniformity of a toroidal configuration. A bounce-averaged knock-on source term is derived. The generation of REs from the combined effect of Dreicer mechanism and knock-on collision process is studied with the code LUKE, a s...

  4. Avalanches of Bose-Einstein Condensates in Leaking Optical Lattices

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    G. S. Ng; H. Hennig; R. Fleischmann; T. Kottos; T. Geisel

    2008-05-14

    One of the most fascinating experimental achievements of the last decade was the realization of Bose-Einstein Condensation (BEC) of ultra-cold atoms in optical lattices (OL's). The extraordinary level of control over these structures allows us to investigate complex solid state phenomena and the emerging field of ``atomtronics'' promises a new generation of nanoscale devices. It is therefore of fundamental and technological importance to understand their dynamical properties. Here we study the outgoing atomic flux of BECs loaded in an one-dimensional OL with leaking edges, using a mean field description provided by the Discrete Non-Linear Schrodinger Equation (DNLSE). We demonstrate that the atom population inside the OL decays in avalanches of size $J$. For intermediate values of the interatomic interaction strength their distribution ${\\cal P}(J)$ follows a power law i.e. ${\\cal P}(J)\\sim1/J^{\\alpha}$ characterizing systems at phase transition. This scale free behaviour of ${\\cal P}(J)$ reflects the complexity and the hierarchical structure of the underlying classical mixed phase space. Our results are relevant in a variety of contexts (whenever DNLSE is adequate), most prominently the light emmitance from coupled non-linear optics waveguides.

  5. Characterization of Advanced Avalanche Photodiodes for Water Vapor Lidar Receivers

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    Refaat, Tamer F.; Halama, Gary E.; DeYoung, Russell J.

    2000-01-01

    Development of advanced differential absorption lidar (DIAL) receivers is very important to increase the accuracy of atmospheric water vapor measurements. A major component of such receivers is the optical detector. In the near-infrared wavelength range avalanche photodiodes (APD's) are the best choice for higher signal-to-noise ratio, where there are many water vapor absorption lines. In this study, characterization experiments were performed to evaluate a group of silicon-based APD's. The APD's have different structures representative of different manufacturers. The experiments include setups to calibrate these devices, as well as characterization of the effects of voltage bias and temperature on the responsivity, surface scans, noise measurements, and frequency response measurements. For each experiment, the setup, procedure, data analysis, and results are given and discussed. This research was done to choose a suitable APD detector for the development of an advanced atmospheric water vapor differential absorption lidar detection system operating either at 720, 820, or 940 nm. The results point out the benefits of using the super low ionization ratio (SLIK) structure APD for its lower noise-equivalent power, which was found to be on the order of 2 to 4 fW/Hz(sup (1/2)), with an appropriate optical system and electronics. The water vapor detection systems signal-to-noise ratio will increase by a factor of 10.

  6. Pore geometry, avalanching, and subsurface flow: A sand infiltration model

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    Leonardson, R.; Hunt, J. R.; Dietrich, W. E.

    2009-12-01

    The deposition of sand into gravel riverbeds has been well-documented, along with its negative impacts on developing salmon eggs and riverbank extraction for water supplies. Dam releases may be used on regulated rivers to flush the bed of fine sediment, but it is not generally known how deep the sand deposit extends or how much sand is there. One-dimensional (plane-bed) experiments consistently show that the depth of infiltration is a function of the sand and gravel grain size distributions and that the saturation sand fraction is near 8-10%. However, precise empirical relationships developed in individual studies do poorly at predicting the results of other experiments. Furthermore, no infiltration model includes the effect of flow conditions in the water column, although flow conditions clearly impact the deposit characteristics. We propose a mechanistic model for the infiltration of fine sediment and compare its predictions to the results of two recent infiltration experiments. This model is based on geometric arguments about pore and particle shape and five mechanisms: particle settling, particle capture, subsurface avalanching, average subsurface flow, and subsurface pressure fluctuations. The model successfully predicts for both experiments the fraction of sand deposited and the shape of that deposit as a function of depth.

  7. Rapid sequestration of rock avalanche deposits within glaciers.

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    Dunning, Stuart A; Rosser, Nicholas J; McColl, Samuel T; Reznichenko, Natalya V

    2015-01-01

    Topographic development in mountainous landscapes is a complex interplay between tectonics, climate and denudation. Glaciers erode valleys to generate headwall relief, and hillslope processes control the height and retreat of the peaks. The magnitude-frequency of these landslides and their long-term ability to lower mountains above glaciers is poorly understood; however, small, frequent rockfalls are currently thought to dominate. The preservation of rarer, larger, landslide deposits is exceptionally short-lived, as they are rapidly reworked. The 2013 Mount Haast rock avalanche that failed from the slopes of Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand, onto the glacier accumulation zone below was invisible to conventional remote sensing after just 3 months. Here we use sub-surface data to reveal the now-buried landslide deposit, and suggest that large landslides are the primary hillslope erosion mechanism here. These data show how past large landslides can be identified in accumulation zones, providing an untapped archive of erosive events in mountainous landscapes. PMID:26286361

  8. Rapid sequestration of rock avalanche deposits within glaciers

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    Dunning, Stuart A.; Rosser, Nicholas J.; McColl, Samuel T.; Reznichenko, Natalya V.

    2015-01-01

    Topographic development in mountainous landscapes is a complex interplay between tectonics, climate and denudation. Glaciers erode valleys to generate headwall relief, and hillslope processes control the height and retreat of the peaks. The magnitude–frequency of these landslides and their long-term ability to lower mountains above glaciers is poorly understood; however, small, frequent rockfalls are currently thought to dominate. The preservation of rarer, larger, landslide deposits is exceptionally short-lived, as they are rapidly reworked. The 2013 Mount Haast rock avalanche that failed from the slopes of Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand, onto the glacier accumulation zone below was invisible to conventional remote sensing after just 3 months. Here we use sub-surface data to reveal the now-buried landslide deposit, and suggest that large landslides are the primary hillslope erosion mechanism here. These data show how past large landslides can be identified in accumulation zones, providing an untapped archive of erosive events in mountainous landscapes. PMID:26286361

  9. Radiation effects in Low Gain Avalanche Detectors after hadron irradiations

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    Kramberger, G.; Baselga, M.; Cindro, V.; Fernandez-Martinez, P.; Flores, D.; Galloway, Z.; Gorišek, A.; Greco, V.; Hidalgo, S.; Fadeyev, V.; Mandi?, I.; Mikuž, M.; Quirion, D.; Pellegrini, G.; Sadrozinski, H. F.-W.; Studen, A.; Zavrtanik, M.

    2015-07-01

    Novel silicon detectors with charge gain were designed (Low Gain Avalanche Detectors - LGAD) to be used in particle physics experiments, medical and timing applications. They are based on a n++-p+-p structure where appropriate doping of multiplication layer (p^+) is needed to achieve high fields and impact ionization. Several wafers were processed with different junction parameters resulting in gains of up to 16 at high voltages. In order to study radiation hardness of LGAD, which is one of key requirements for future high energy experiments, several sets of diodes were irradiated with reactor neutrons, 192 MeV pions and 800 MeV protons to the equivalent fluences of up to ?eq=1016 cm-2. Transient Current Technique and charge collection measurements with LHC speed electronics were employed to characterize the detectors. It was found that the gain decreases with irradiation, which was attributed to effective acceptor removal in the multiplication layer. Other important aspects of operation of irradiated detectors such as leakage current and noise in the presence of charge multiplication were also investigated.

  10. Solar flares as avalanches in driven dissipative systems

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    Lu, E.T.; Hamilton, R.J.

    1992-01-01

    We further develop the idea that the energy release process in solar flares can be understood as avalanches of many small reconnection events. We consider a generalized model of a vector field with local instabilities that cause rapid diffusion of the field. The distributions of energy release events in this system are in general given by power laws. We make a detailed comparison of the distributions of relaxation events in this system with the distribution of solar flares observed by the ISEE-3/ICE satellite. We find excellent quantitative agreement with the energy, peak luminosity, and duration distributions over four orders of magnitude in flare energy. The elementary reconnection events are found to have energy [approximately]10[sup 25] ergs, duration [approximately]0.3s, and typical length scale [approximately]400 km. This approach represents a new method of understanding the dynamics of a highly complex magnetized plasma. We will present a video showing how the energy release process proceeds in such a geometry.

  11. Analysis of avalanche risk factors in backcountry terrain based on usage frequency and accident data in Switzerland

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    Techel, F.; Zweifel, B.; Winkler, K.

    2015-09-01

    Recreational activities in snow-covered mountainous terrain in the backcountry account for the vast majority of avalanche accidents. Studies analyzing avalanche risk mostly rely on accident statistics without considering exposure (or the elements at risk), i.e., how many, when and where people are recreating, as data on recreational activity in the winter mountains are scarce. To fill this gap, we explored volunteered geographic information on two social media mountaineering websites - bergportal.ch and camptocamp.org. Based on these data, we present a spatiotemporal pattern of winter backcountry touring activity in the Swiss Alps and compare this with accident statistics. Geographically, activity was concentrated in Alpine regions relatively close to the main Swiss population centers in the west and north. In contrast, accidents occurred equally often in the less-frequented inner-alpine regions. Weekends, weather and avalanche conditions influenced the number of recreationists, while the odds to be involved in a severe avalanche accident did not depend on weekends or weather conditions. However, the likelihood of being involved in an accident increased with increasing avalanche danger level, but also with a more unfavorable snowpack containing persistent weak layers (also referred to as an old snow problem). In fact, the most critical situation for backcountry recreationists and professionals occurred on days and in regions when both the avalanche danger was critical and when the snowpack contained persistent weak layers. The frequently occurring geographical pattern of a more unfavorable snowpack structure also explains the relatively high proportion of accidents in the less-frequented inner-alpine regions. These results have practical implications: avalanche forecasters should clearly communicate the avalanche danger and the avalanche problem to the backcountry user, particularly if persistent weak layers are of concern. Professionals and recreationists, on the other hand, require the expertise to adjust the planning of a tour and their backcountry travel behavior depending on the avalanche danger and the avalanche problem.

  12. Characterization of the artificially triggered avalanches in the MonterosaSki resort (North-western Italian Alps)

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    Maggioni, Margherita; Brulport, A.; Freppaz, M.; Welf, A.; Purves, R.

    2010-05-01

    Artificially triggering methods are nowadays commonly used for avalanche prevention within ski-resorts. The knowledge of possible relations between the characteristics of the avalanche events and the snowpack and weather conditions might help to foresee the avalanche release probability after a favorable weather cycle. The forecast might be helped by models, like for example snowpack evolution models or nearest neighbor models. The latters are based on statistics performed on large databases where the avalanche events, together with the related snow and weather conditions, are well recorded. Within the Operational programme 'Italy - France (Alps - ALCOTRA)', Project "Gestion en sécurité des territories de montagne transfrontalière - Risk-Nat", from winter 2009-2010, in the MonterosaSki resort all the artificially triggered avalanches are registered with their characteristics (e.g. outline, type of avalanches, elevation, aspect), the triggering method (e.g. explosive, Daisy-Bell) and the snow and weather conditions. The aim of this project is to create a well documented database in order to perform some simple statistical analysis to find possible relation between the characteristics of the avalanches (e.g. type, size, run-out distance), the topography of the site (e.g. slope angle, aspect), snowpack condition (e.g. snow crystal type, snow temperature, density) and meteorological parameters (e.g. new snow, air temperature, wind). Moreover, the avalanche release method and the result of the triggering are recorded, in order to understand which are the most favorable conditions for avalanche release. This project is at its first operational winter, therefore in this work we present preliminary data concerning the study area, the methodology and the results from the first winter season, which might be useful to improve our knowledge about artificially triggered avalanches and to help the ski-piste security personnel to take decisions about the avalanche situation within ski-resorts. Keywords: artificial release, snowpack characteristics, topography, prevention, forecast.

  13. New applications and analysis of avalanche photodiodes as detectors for electrons ranging from 10 keV to 300 keV

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    Kodama, T.; Osakabe, N.; Endo, J.; Tonomura, A.; Urakami, T.; Ohsuka, S.; Tsuchiya, H.; Tsuchiya, Y.

    1998-12-31

    New applications of avalanche photodiodes as fast timing detectors for electrons ranging from 10 keV to 300 keV together with an analysis of the response of silicon avalanche photodiodes to the electrons are reported.

  14. The December 2008 Crammont rock avalanche, Mont Blanc massif area, Italy

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    Deline, Philip; Broccolato, Massimo; Noetzli, Jeannette; Ravanel, Ludovic; Tamburini, Andrea

    2010-05-01

    Rock avalanching is a very hazardous process in high mountain area, that generates a high risk in inhabited valleys (e.g. Kolka-Karmadon, 2002). Present glacier shrinkage and permafrost degradation in steep rockwalls could increase the frequency and magnitude of rock avalanching in the context of the current climate change. We describe a small (c. 0.4 M m3) rock avalanche that occurred in December 2008 on Mont Crammont, 10 km from Mont Blanc summit (western Italian Alps), to discuss its control factors, and to consider the potential risk of this type of landslide. The 400-m-high North face of Mont Crammont, composed by the ‘Flysch de Tarentaise' sequence of the Valais Zone, is culminating at 2653 m a.s.l. in the rock avalanche area, with a mean slope angle of 50°. Located between 2400 m and the crest, the tens meters deep scar is controlled by the dense fracturing in the rock assemblage (conglomerate, limestones, schists, and sandstones). The main part of the collapsed rock mass settled on the plateau at the foot of the rockwall, between 2150 and 1950 m a.s.l.. But c. 10 % of the rock mass travelled farther in two torrent beds, and reached the Doire river bed (1090 m a.s.l.), with horizontal and vertical travel distances of 3400 m and 1560 m, respectively. The rock avalanche mobility was enhanced by (i) the channelization in the torrent gullies, and (ii) the dense snow cover, that reduces the friction and fluidises the moving mass: a large amount of snow was incorporated, with e.g. a several m-thick mixed snow/rock deposit into the two gullies. Three elements suggest that the rock avalanche could have been triggered by the current degradation of the permafrost: (i) seepage water was observed in the detachement zone in the days after the collapse, in spite of the negative air temperature; (ii) modelling of the rock temperature for north-aspect rockwalls within the range of elevation of the scar indicates that ‘warm' permafrost (T > -2°C) could be present; (ii) no other rock avalanche deposit detached from the Mont Crammont ridge is present on the Lateglacial morainic complex deposited on the plateau. Rock avalanche volume was computed by comparison of pre- and post-event LiDAR DTMs. We also present geomechanical characterization of the detachement zone from LiDAR point cloud processing, and back analysis calculation of the rock avalanche runout.

  15. Rockfalls and Avalanches from Little Tahoma Peak on Mount Rainier, Washington

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    Crandell, Dwight Raymond; Fahnestock, Robert K.

    1965-01-01

    In December 1963 rockfalls from Little Tahoma Peak on the east side of Mount Rainier volcano fell onto Emmons Glacier and formed avalanches of rock debris that traveled about 4 miles down the glacier and the White River valley. In this distance, the rock debris descended as much as 6,200 feet in altitude. Minor lithologic differences and crosscutting relations indicate that the rockfalls caused at least seven separate avalanches, having an estimated total volume of 14 million cubic yards. The initial rockfall may have been caused by a small steam explosion near the base of Little Tahoma Peak. During movement, some of the avalanches were deflected from one side of the valley to the other. Calculations based on the height to which the avalanches rose on the valley walls suggest that their velocity reached at least 80 or 90 miles per hour. The unusually long distance some of the avalanches were transported is attributed to a cushion of trapped and compressed air at their base, which buoyed them up amid reduced friction.

  16. A statistical analysis of avalanching heat transport in stationary enhanced core confinement regimes

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    Tokunaga, S.; Jhang, Hogun; Kim, S. S.; Diamond, P. H.

    2012-09-15

    We present a statistical analysis of heat transport in stationary enhanced confinement regimes obtained from flux-driven gyrofluid simulations. The probability density functions of heat flux in improved confinement regimes, characterized by the Nusselt number, show significant deviation from Gaussian, with a markedly fat tail, implying the existence of heat avalanches. Two types of avalanching transport are found to be relevant to stationary states, depending on the degree of turbulence suppression. In the weakly suppressed regime, heat avalanches occur in the form of quasi-periodic (QP) heat pulses. Collisional relaxation of zonal flow is likely to be the origin of these QP heat pulses. This phenomenon is similar to transient limit cycle oscillations observed prior to edge pedestal formation in recent experiments. On the other hand, a spectral analysis of heat flux in the strongly suppressed regime shows the emergence of a 1/f (f is the frequency) band, suggesting the presence of self-organized criticality (SOC)-like episodic heat avalanches. This episodic 1/f heat avalanches have a long temporal correlation and constitute the dominant transport process in this regime.

  17. 3-D-numerical approach to simulate an avalanche impact into a reservoir

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    Gabl, R.; Seibl, J.; Gems, B.; Aufleger, M.

    2015-06-01

    The impact of an avalanche into a reservoir induces an impulse wave, which poses a threat to population and infrastructure. For a good approximation of the generated wave height and length as well as the resulting outflow volume over structures and dams, formulas, which base on different simplifying assumptions, can be used. Further project-specific investigations by means of a scale model test or numerical simulations are advisable for complex reservoirs as well as the inclusion of hydraulic structures such as spillways. The paper presents a new approach for a 3-D-numerical simulation of an avalanche impact into a reservoir. In this model concept the energy and mass of the avalanche are represented by accelerated water on the real hill slope. Instead of snow, only water and air are used to simulate the moving avalanche with the software FLOW-3D. A significant advantage of this assumption is the self-adaptation of the model avalanche onto the terrain. In order to reach good comparability of the results with existing research at the ETH Zürich, a simplified reservoir geometry is investigated. Thus, a reference case has been analysed including a variation of three geometry parameters (still water depth in the reservoir, freeboard of the dam and reservoir width).

  18. Deposits of large volcanic debris avalanches at Mount St. Helens and Mount Shasta volcanoes

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    Glicken, H.

    1985-01-01

    Large volcanic debris avalanches are among the world's largest mass movements. The rockslide-debris avalanche of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens produced a 2.8 km/sup 3/ deposit and is the largest historic mass movement. A Pleistocene debris avalanche at Mount Shasta produced a 26 km/sup 3/ deposit that may be the largest Quaternary mass movement. The hummocky deposits at both volcanoes consist of rubble divided into (1) block facies that comprises unconsolidated pieces of the old edifice transported relatively intact, and (2) matrix facies that comprises a mixture of rocks from the old mountain and material picked up from the surrounding terrain. At Mount St. Helens, the juvenile dacite is found in the matrix facies, indicating that matrix facies formed from explosions of the erupting magma as well as from disaggregation and mixing of blocks. The block facies forms both hummocks and interhummock areas in the proximal part of the St. Helens avalanche deposit. At Mount St. Helens, the density of the old cone is 21% greater than the density of the avalanche deposit. Block size decreases with distance. Clast size, measured in the field and by sieving, coverages about a mean with distance, which suggests that blocks disaggregated and mixed together during transport.

  19. Quantification of basal friction for technical and silvicultural glide-snow avalanche mitigation measures

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    Feistl, T.; Bebi, P.; Dreier, L.; Hanewinkel, M.; Bartelt, P.

    2014-11-01

    A long-standing problem in avalanche engineering is to design defense structures and manage forest stands such that they can withstand the forces of the natural snow cover. In this way, glide-snow avalanches can be prevented. Ground friction plays a crucial role in this process. To verify existing guidelines, we collected data on the vegetation cover and terrain characteristics of 101 glide-snow release areas in Davos, Switzerland. We quantified the Coulomb friction parameter ?m by applying a physical model that accounts for the dynamic forces of the moving snow in the stauch zone. We investigated the role of glide length, slope steepness and friction in avalanche release. Our calculations revealed that the slope angle and slab length for smooth slopes correspond to the technical guidelines for defense structure distances in Switzerland. Artificial defense structures, built in accordance with guidelines, prevent glide-snow avalanche releases, even when the terrain is smooth. Slopes over 40 m in length and 45° in steepness require a ground friction of ?m = 0.7 corresponding to stumps or tree regeneration to ensure protection. Forest management guidelines that define maximum forest gap sizes to prevent glide-snow avalanche release neglect the role of surface roughness and therefore underestimate the danger on smooth slopes.

  20. Intrinsic Noise Induces Critical Behavior in Leaky Markovian Networks Leading to Avalanching

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    Jenkinson, Garrett; Goutsias, John

    2014-01-01

    The role intrinsic statistical fluctuations play in creating avalanches – patterns of complex bursting activity with scale-free properties – is examined in leaky Markovian networks. Using this broad class of models, we develop a probabilistic approach that employs a potential energy landscape perspective coupled with a macroscopic description based on statistical thermodynamics. We identify six important thermodynamic quantities essential for characterizing system behavior as a function of network size: the internal potential energy, entropy, free potential energy, internal pressure, pressure, and bulk modulus. In agreement with classical phase transitions, these quantities evolve smoothly as a function of the network size until a critical value is reached. At that value, a discontinuity in pressure is observed that leads to a spike in the bulk modulus demarcating loss of thermodynamic robustness. We attribute this novel result to a reallocation of the ground states (global minima) of the system's stationary potential energy landscape caused by a noise-induced deformation of its topographic surface. Further analysis demonstrates that appreciable levels of intrinsic noise can cause avalanching, a complex mode of operation that dominates system dynamics at near-critical or subcritical network sizes. Illustrative examples are provided using an epidemiological model of bacterial infection, where avalanching has not been characterized before, and a previously studied model of computational neuroscience, where avalanching was erroneously attributed to specific neural architectures. The general methods developed here can be used to study the emergence of avalanching (and other complex phenomena) in many biological, physical and man-made interaction networks. PMID:24415927

  1. Using Classification Trees to Examine Spring Wet Slab and Glide Avalanche Occurrence Along the Going-To Road Corridor, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

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    Peitzsch, E.; Fagre, D. B.; Hendrikx, J.

    2011-12-01

    Wet slab and glide snow avalanches are dangerous and yet can be particularly difficult to predict. In Glacier National Park, Montana, both types of avalanches can occur in the same year and affect the Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTSR) during spring plowing and road opening activities. We investigated wet slab and glide avalanche occurrence along the GTSR from 2003-2011 using meteorological and snowpack data from two high-elevation weather stations, one SNOTEL site, and an avalanche database to characterize 55 wet slab and 182 glide avalanches. Daily wet slab and glide avalanche occurrence were combined to represent an avalanche day and were compared to non-avalanche days (no avalanche occurrence) for 60 variables (both direct measurements and derived) using a univariate analysis. A classification tree (CART) was then trained to capture the most important variables in characterizing these types of avalanches. The CART was 10-fold cross validated using the data for 2003-2010 seasons and resulted in overall predictive accuracy of 73%. We then used the statistically optimal CART as a predictive model for the spring avalanche season of 2011 which resulted in an overall predictive accuracy of 82% for both avalanche and non-avalanche days, and a predictive accuracy of 91% for avalanche days. The results of this analysis suggest that the role of air temperature, snow pack settlement, and snowpack structure appear to be the most important variables in wet slab and glide avalanche occurrence. When applied to the 2011 season, the results of the CART model are encouraging and they enhance our understanding of the required meteorological and snowpack conditions for wet slab and glide avalanches.

  2. Large rock avalanches in southern Perù: the Cerro Caquilluco - Cerrillos Negros rock slide - avalanche (Tacna, Tomasiri, Perù)

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    Crosta, G.; Hermanns, R. L.; Murillo, P. V.

    2012-04-01

    The Andean bent which coincides with the Peruvian-Chilean border region is characterised by one of the largest relief contrasts on earth with depth of the subduction trench ranging from 5000 to 6000 m below sea level and mountain tops ranging from 5500 to 6300 m a.s.l.. The western flank of the Andes is subdivided in 4 major geologic zones (i.e. Coastal Cordillera, longitudinal Basin or depression, the Precordillera or western escarpment and western Cordillera). Local relief contrasts are also pronounced due to the incision of deep canyons into several million old uplifted surfaces, preserved because of the extremely dry climate with precipitation averaging a few mm and less per year. The Lluta collapse (minimum age of 2.5 Ma; volume 26 km3) is one of the largest non-volcanic non-marine landslides on Earth and has been mapped in that area (Wörner et al., 2002). Systematic mapping in northern Chile and Southern Peru has revealed that this is not the only gigantic landslide in the area but that further landslides of similar size occurred in the area, located both along the canyon slopes and along the western escarpment of the Cordillera. This suggests that landsliding has been a major factor in controlling erosion. This contribution describes first results on mapping a giant landslide complex in southern Perù called the Cerro Caquilluco - Cerrillos Negros Tomasiri rock slide - avalanche complex. The systematic mapping we have carried out in the area is presented in a further contribution to this conference. The Cerro Caquilluco - Cerrillos Negros Tomasiri rock slide - avalanche complex affected the upper part of a SW dipping paleosurface (8° to 9°) cut by a disconnected and regular primitive drainage network organized in a series of SW trending parallel valleys. This network developed within the lower Miocene pinkish tuffaceous deposits of the Huaylillas formation, whereas the main landslide scarp lies within the conglomerates of the Upper Moquegua formation (lower Oligocene). The same type of landscape is found to the southeast of Tacna and Arica (Huaylillas anticline, Oxaya anticline and Sucuna homocline) The Cerro Caquilluco - Cerrillos Negros Tomasiri rock slide - avalanche complex has a total length of about 43 km, a source area width and length of about 4 km and 5.1 km, respectively. The computed fahrböschung is equal to 4.6° with an H/L ratio of about 0.08 and resulting in an extremely large excessive travel distance. The H/L value is well below the expected value computed according to the classical (H/L) vs volume empirical relationships presented in the literature. Deposition occurred along most of the transportation area and is evidenced by a series of wide lobes (10 to 65 m high) and levees (from a few meters to some tens of meters high) with an average extent of 8 km transversally to the flow direction. Flow structures are visible all over the transportation area and several lobes can be mapped out. Presently, we cannot determine if most of these failures belong to a consequent large retrogressive event or to different events separated in time. The longest lobe has only pristine morphology in the most distal part of the accumulation area. Here the deposit is represented by a unique tongue shaped deposit, 11 km long, 3 km wide and 25 to 60 m thick (rough volume estimate 1.15 km3) ), deposited along the piedmont surface (ave. slope: 2°). This deposit presents a series of features typical of rock avalanches deposited on regular smooth surfaces, like: lateral levees, longitudinal and transversal ridges and furrows. The extreme runout of this failure could be explained assuming a single failure event or the detachment from a part of the slope located well below the present day upper scarp. In the middle part of the deposition/transportation area few lateral levees are preserved and deep valleys have been eroded into the deposit. Considering the relationship with the piedmont deposits and the faults cutting through the area the deposit could be up to 2-2.3 Ma old. The morphology of this lower lobe is contrasti

  3. Merging Terrestrial Laser Scanning Technology with Photogrammetric and Total Station Data for the Determination of Avalanche Modeling Parameters

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    Prokop, Alexander; Schön, Peter; Singer, Florian; Pulfer, Gaëtan; Naaim, Mohamed; Thibert, Emmanuel

    2015-04-01

    Dynamic avalanche modeling requires as input the volumes and areas of the snow released, entrained and deposited, as well as the fracture heights. Determining these parameters requires high-resolution spatial snow surface data from before and after the avalanche. In snow and avalanche research, terrestrial laser scanners are used increasingly to efficiently and accurately map snow surfaces and depths over an area of several km². In practice however, several problems may occur, which must be recognized and accounted for during post-processing and interpretation, especially under the circumstances of surveying an artificially triggered avalanche at a test site, where time pressure due to operational time constraints may also cause less than ideal circumstances and surveying setups. Thus, we combine terrestrial laser scanning with photogrammetry, total station measurements and field snow observations to document and accurately survey an artificially triggered avalanche at the Col du Lautaret test site (2058 m) in the French Alps. The ability of TLS to determine avalanche modeling input parameters efficiently and accurately is shown, and we demonstrate how, merging TLS with the other methods facilitates and improves data post-processing and interpretation. Finally, we present for this avalanche the data required for the parameterization and validation of dynamic avalanche models and discuss using newest data, how the new laser scanning device generation (e.g Riegl VZ6000) further improves such surveying campaigns.

  4. International Snow Science Workshop Grenoble Chamonix Mont-Blanc -2013 Impressions from Applying ISO 31000 to an Avalanche Mitigation Project

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    Jamieson, Bruce

    International Snow Science Workshop Grenoble ­ Chamonix Mont-Blanc - 2013 Impressions from Applying, property damage or transportation delays, all of which can be caused by snow avalanches. Since few and terminology using a simple hypothetical example of a proposed mining road threatened by snow avalanches

  5. Forecasting for natural avalanches during spring opening of Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

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    Reardon, Blase; Lundy, Chris

    2004-01-01

    The annual spring opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park presents a unique avalanche forecasting challenge. The highway traverses dozens of avalanche paths mid-track in a 23-kilometer section that crosses the Continental Divide. Workers removing seasonal snow and avalanche debris are exposed to paths that can produce avalanches of destructive class 4. The starting zones for most slide paths are within proposed Wilderness, and explosive testing or control are not currently used. Spring weather along the Divide is highly variable; rain-on-snow events are common, storms can bring several feet of new snow as late as June, and temperature swings can be dramatic. Natural avalanches - dry and wet slab, dry and wet loose, and glide avalanches - present a wide range of hazards and forecasting issues. This paper summarizes the forecasting program instituted in 2002 for the annual snow removal operations. It focuses on tools and techniques for forecasting natural wet snow avalanches by incorporating two case studies, including a widespread climax wet slab cycle in 2003. We examine weather and snowpack conditions conducive to wet snow avalanches, indicators for instability, and suggest a conceptual model for wet snow stability in a northern intermountain snow climate.

  6. Debris-flow activity and snow avalanches in a steep watershed of the Valais Alps (Switzerland): Dendrogeomorphic event reconstruction and identification of triggers

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    Butler, David R. - Department of Geography, Texas State University

    Debris-flow activity and snow avalanches in a steep watershed of the Valais Alps (Switzerland: Debris flow Snow avalanche Dendrogeomorphology Seasonality Conifers Broad-leaved trees Triggering Debris flows and snow avalanches are common processes in the headwaters of steep watersheds worldwide

  7. Dramatic Role of Critical Current Anisotropy on Flux Avalanches in MgB2 Films J. Albrecht and A. T. Matveev*

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    Johansen, Tom Henning

    Dramatic Role of Critical Current Anisotropy on Flux Avalanches in MgB2 Films J. Albrecht and A. T occurs via abrupt dendritic avalanches that preferentially propagate perpendicular to the surface steps avalanches propagate in the strongest pinning direction. The observed behavior is fully explained using

  8. Proceedings of the 2008 International Snow Science Workshop, Whistler, British Columbia SNOW SLOPE STABILITY MODELING OF DIRECT-ACTION AVALANCHES IN A

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    Marshall, Hans-Peter

    STABILITY MODELING OF DIRECT-ACTION AVALANCHES IN A CONTINENTAL CLIMATE: RED MOUNTAIN PASS, COLORADO Hans and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, NH 3 Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Silverton, CO 4 Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Silverton, CO 5 Earth and Space Sciences Department, University of Washington

  9. arXiv:0803.1142v1[cond-mat.dis-nn]7Mar2008 Statistics of static avalanches in a random pinning landscape

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    arXiv:0803.1142v1[cond-mat.dis-nn]7Mar2008 Statistics of static avalanches in a random pinning, the center of mass of the interface changes in discrete jumps, also called shocks or "static avalanches". We obtain analytically the distribution of avalanche sizes and its cumulants within an = 4 - d expansion

  10. Size distributions of shocks and static avalanches from the Functional Renormalization Group arXiv:0812.1893, LPTENS 08/63

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Size distributions of shocks and static avalanches from the Functional Renormalization Group ar by quenched disorder are often used to model jerky self-organized critical motion. We study static avalanches. This allows us to obtain the size distribution P(S) of static avalanches in an expansion in the internal

  11. Avalanche-size distribution at the depinning transition: A numerical test of the theory Alberto Rosso,1,2 Pierre Le Doussal,2 and Kay Jrg Wiese2

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    Wiese, Kay Jörg

    Avalanche-size distribution at the depinning transition: A numerical test of the theory Alberto; published 30 October 2009 We calculate numerically the sizes S of jumps avalanches between successively-scale cutoff, takes the form P S = S Sm 2 p S/Sm where Smª S2 2 S m-d- is the scale of avalanches

  12. avalanche using d1 and k1, we can obtain good fit with experiments. In addition, Rsub and Rds can be used to further

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    Dutton, Robert W.

    #12; avalanche using d1 and k1, we can obtain good fit with experiments. In addition, Rsub and Rds have presented a more robust, computationally stable formulation for the avalanche multiplicative M and d1 should only matter at the onset of avalanche, by affecting where and how fast the output

  13. Scaling behavior of individual barkhausen avalanches in nucleation-mediated magnetization reversal processes

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    Im, Mi-Young; Fischer, Peter; Kim, Dong-Hyun; Shin, Sung-Chul

    2009-11-09

    We report the scaling behavior of Barkhausen avalanches along the hysteresis loop of a CoCrPt alloy film with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy for every field step of 200 Oe. Individual Barkhausen avalanches are directly observed via high-resolution soft X-ray microscopy with a spatial resolution of 15 nm. The Barkhausen avalanches exhibit a power-law scaling behavior, where the scaling exponent of the power-law distribution drastically changes from 1 {+-} 0.04 to 1.47 {+-} 0.03 as the applied magnetic field approaches the coercivity of the CoCrPt film. We infer that this is due to the coupling of adjacent domains.

  14. Cartographic modeling of snow avalanche path location within Glacier National Park, Montana

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    Walsh, Stephen J.; Brown, Daniel G.; Bian, Ling; Butler, David R.

    1990-01-01

    Geographic information system (GIS) techniques were applied to the study of snow-avalanche path location within Glacier National Park, Montana. Aerial photointerpretation and field surveys confirmed the location of 121 avalanche paths within the selected study area. Spatial and nonspatial information on each path were integrated using the ARC/INFO GIS. Lithologic, structural, hydrographic, topographic, and land-cover impacts on path location were analyzed. All path frequencies within variable classes were normalized by the area of class occurrence relative to the total area of the study area and were added to the morphometric information contained within INFO tables. The normalized values for each GIS coverage were used to cartographically model, by means of composite factor weightings, avalanche path locations.

  15. Avalanches in 2D dislocation systems: plastic yielding is not depinning.

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    Ispánovity, Péter Dusán; Laurson, Lasse; Zaiser, Michael; Groma, István; Zapperi, Stefano; Alava, Mikko J

    2014-06-13

    We study the properties of strain bursts (dislocation avalanches) occurring in two-dimensional discrete dislocation dynamics models under quasistatic stress-controlled loading. Contrary to previous suggestions, the avalanche statistics differ fundamentally from predictions obtained for the depinning of elastic manifolds in quenched random media. Instead, we find an exponent ?=1 of the power-law distribution of slip or released energy, with a cutoff that increases exponentially with the applied stress and diverges with system size at all stresses. These observations demonstrate that the avalanche dynamics of 2D dislocation systems is scale-free at every applied stress and, therefore, cannot be envisaged in terms of critical behavior associated with a depinning transition. PMID:24972216

  16. Signal-to-noise ratio of Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode single-photon counting detectors

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    Kolb, Kimberly

    2014-08-01

    Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (GM-APDs) use the avalanche mechanism of semiconductors to amplify signals in individual pixels. With proper thresholding, a pixel will be either "on" (avalanching) or "off." This discrete detection scheme eliminates read noise, which makes these devices capable of counting single photons. Using these detectors for imaging applications requires a well-developed and comprehensive expression for the expected signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). This paper derives the expected SNR of a GM-APD detector in gated operation based on gate length, number of samples, signal flux, dark count rate, photon detection efficiency, and afterpulsing probability. To verify the theoretical results, carrier-level Monte Carlo simulation results are compared to the derived equations and found to be in good agreement.

  17. Full-depth avalanches and soil erosion: an experimental site in NW Italy

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    Ceaglio, Elisabetta; Freppaz, Michele; Maggioni, Margherita; Filippa, Gianluca; Godone, Danilo; Zanini, Ermanno

    2010-05-01

    In the future the combined effect of changes in climate and land use could contribute to the intensification of soil erosion, related to snowpack movements as snow gliding and full-depth avalanches. Often, with particular meteorological conditions, the snow movement along a slope is associated with erosion and transport of the upper soil horizons, with the release of significant amount of material in the runout zone. Moreover the chemical composition of the snow in the deposition zone is usually different from the snow in the starting zone, revealing a potential release of ionic species mainly by the organic debris transported by the avalanche itself. The aim of this work is to characterize the quantity and quality of the material released by full-depth avalanches in the deposition zone. The study area is located in Aosta Valley (NW-Italy), on a SW exposed avalanche path, running from 2000 m a.s.l. of the triggering zone to 1200 m a.s.l. of the deposition zone. At this site, snow gliding and glide cracks, generally followed by full-depth avalanches, have been frequently observed. In the starting area, two plots located at the same elevation, slope and aspect, but with different soil moisture content, are equipped with moisture and temperature sensors, located at different depth in the soil, at the snow-soil interface and in the basal snowpack layer, and with glide shoes. The recorded data are related to the snow physical properties, measured by periodical investigations. In the deposition area, after a full-depth avalanche event occurred in March 2009, the mixed material was collected through snow avalanche coring, and a snow pit was dug in the deposit, in order to evaluate the quantity and the distribution of the material transported by the avalanche. First results show that the average density of the snow in the deposition zone was 624 kg m-3. The solid material was distributed mainly in the upper 5 cm of the avalanche deposit, with a mean concentration of the material equal to 187 kg m-3. The accumulation of sediments in the runout zone was estimated equal to 93 Mg ha-1. The concentration of cations and anions in the avalanche snow was higher on the deposit surface (e.g. NH4+: 85.6 µeq L-1 in the surface and 1.5 µeq L-1 along the profile) and was significantly higher than the mean concentrations observed for alpine snowpacks (e.g. NH4+: ~ 5 µeq L-1). By redistributing snow, avalanches not only redistribute water, but also nutrients, that can be available for plants in the growing season. Moreover avalanche tracks are places where soil accumulates in some areas and erodes in others, contributing to potentially unique pedo-environmental conditions. This project is carried out as part of "DYNAVAL", a EU Interreg Project.

  18. Plasmonic field confinement for separate absorption-multiplication in InGaAs nanopillar avalanche photodiodes

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    Farrell, Alan C.; Senanayake, Pradeep; Hung, Chung-Hong; El-Howayek, Georges; Rajagopal, Abhejit; Currie, Marc; Hayat, Majeed M.; Huffaker, Diana L.

    2015-01-01

    Avalanche photodiodes (APDs) are essential components in quantum key distribution systems and active imaging systems requiring both ultrafast response time to measure photon time of flight and high gain to detect low photon flux. The internal gain of an APD can improve system signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Excess noise is typically kept low through the selection of material with intrinsically low excess noise, using separate-absorption-multiplication (SAM) heterostructures, or taking advantage of the dead-space effect using thin multiplication regions. In this work we demonstrate the first measurement of excess noise and gain-bandwidth product in III–V nanopillars exhibiting substantially lower excess noise factors compared to bulk and gain-bandwidth products greater than 200?GHz. The nanopillar optical antenna avalanche detector (NOAAD) architecture is utilized for spatially separating the absorption region from the avalanche region via the NOA resulting in single carrier injection without the use of a traditional SAM heterostructure. PMID:26627932

  19. Apparent Cooling Rate of 7°C per Hour in an Avalanche Victim.

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    Ströhle, Mathias; Putzer, Gabriel; Procter, Emily; Paal, Peter

    2015-12-01

    Ströhle, Mathias, Gabriel Putzer, Emily Procter, and Peter Paal. Apparent cooling rate of 7°C per hour in an avalanche victim. High Alt Biol Med 16:356-357, 2015.-Avalanche victims can become hypothermic within 35 minutes of snow burial. However, reported cooling rates for avalanche victims are highly variable and it is poorly understood how much cooling is influenced by general factors (body composition, clothing, ambient conditions, duration of burial, and metabolism), unknown inter-individual factors or other phenomena (e.g., afterdrop). We report an apparent cooling rate of ?7°C in ?60 minutes in a healthy backcountry skier who was rewarmed with forced air and warm fluids and was discharged after 2 weeks without neurological sequelae. PMID:26217979

  20. Plasmonic field confinement for separate absorption-multiplication in InGaAs nanopillar avalanche photodiodes.

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    Farrell, Alan C; Senanayake, Pradeep; Hung, Chung-Hong; El-Howayek, Georges; Rajagopal, Abhejit; Currie, Marc; Hayat, Majeed M; Huffaker, Diana L

    2015-01-01

    Avalanche photodiodes (APDs) are essential components in quantum key distribution systems and active imaging systems requiring both ultrafast response time to measure photon time of flight and high gain to detect low photon flux. The internal gain of an APD can improve system signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Excess noise is typically kept low through the selection of material with intrinsically low excess noise, using separate-absorption-multiplication (SAM) heterostructures, or taking advantage of the dead-space effect using thin multiplication regions. In this work we demonstrate the first measurement of excess noise and gain-bandwidth product in III-V nanopillars exhibiting substantially lower excess noise factors compared to bulk and gain-bandwidth products greater than 200?GHz. The nanopillar optical antenna avalanche detector (NOAAD) architecture is utilized for spatially separating the absorption region from the avalanche region via the NOA resulting in single carrier injection without the use of a traditional SAM heterostructure. PMID:26627932

  1. Transient and steady-state dark current mechanisms in amorphous selenium avalanche radiation detectors

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    Kabir, M. Z.; Imam, Safayat-Al

    2013-04-15

    A theoretical model for describing bias-dependent transient and steady-state behaviors of dark current in amorphous selenium (a-Se) avalanche detector structures has been developed. The analytical model considers bulk thermal generation current from mid-gap sates, transient carrier depletion, and carrier injection from the electrodes incorporating avalanche multiplication. The proposed physics-based dark current model is compared with the published experimental results on three potential a-Se avalanche detector structures. The steady-state dark current is the minimum for the structures that have effective blocking layers for both holes and electrons. The transient decay time to reach a plateau decreases considerably with increasing electric field.

  2. Avalanches and Dimensional Reduction Breakdown in the Critical Behavior of Disordered Systems

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    Tarjus, Gilles; Baczyk, Maxime; Tissier, Matthieu

    2013-03-01

    We investigate the connection between a formal property of the critical behavior of several disordered systems, known as “dimensional reduction,” and the presence in these systems at zero temperature of collective events known as “avalanchesAvalanches generically produce nonanalyticities in the functional dependence of the cumulants of the renormalized disorder. We show that this leads to a breakdown of the dimensional reduction predictions if and only if the fractal dimension characterizing the scaling properties of the avalanches is exactly equal to the difference between the dimension of space and the scaling dimension of the primary field. This is proven by combining scaling theory and the functional renormalization group. We therefore clarify the puzzle of why dimensional reduction remains valid in random field systems above a nontrivial dimension (but fails below), always applies to the statistics of branched polymer, and is always wrong in elastic models of interfaces in a random environment.

  3. Sheet Flows, Avalanches, and Dune Evolution on Earth and Mars

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    2003-01-01

    This investigation is a collaboration between researchers at Cornell University, the University of Florida, and the University of Rennes 1, France. Flow modeling at Cornell University focused on mechanisms for the suspension and transport of wind-blown sand that are important in both terrestrial and Martian environments. These mechanisms include the saltation (or jumping) of grains, collisions between grains, and the interaction of grains with the velocity fluctuations of the turbulent wind. Of particular interest are sheet flows; these are relatively thin, highly concentrated regions of grains flowing near the ground under the influence of a strong turbulent wind. In them, the grains are suspended by interparticle collisions. Sheet flows may be relatively rare events, but they have the capacity to move great amounts of sand. In order to describe sheet flows, a turbulent mixture theory was formulated for particles in a fluid in which fluctuations in the volume fiaction of the particles take place on the scale of the turbulent eddies. Ensemble averaged equations for particle and fluid mass, momentum, and energy and fluid rate of dissipation were expressed in terms of Farve (concentration) averaged velocities and the associated velocity fluctuations. Correlations that describe the turbulent suspension of particles and dissipation of turbulent energy of both phases due to fluid particle interactions were modeled and boundary conditions at the bed and at the upper surface of the collisional flow were formulated. The boundary conditions at the upper surface were tested in a numerical simulation developed at the University of Florida. Steady and unsteady solutions for steady and unsteady fully-developed flows were obtained over a range of wind speeds fiom the lowest for which collisional between particles occurred to at which turbulent suspension is found to dominate collisional suspension. Below the value of the wind speed at which collisions between particles were unimportant, numerical solutions were obtained for the velocity distribution function and the resulting fields of concentration, particle and gas mean velocity, and particle shear stress for the steady two-dimensional saltation of spherical sand particles driven by a turbulent wind over a bed characterized by a simple relationship (the splash function) between the properties of incoming particles and those of the rebounding particles and other particles ejected fiom the bed. At the University of Rennes 1, experiments devoted to the characterization of the splash function for beds consisting of either random or ordered arrays of spheres in two- dimensions were completed. These indicated the role played by the packing geometry in the rebound and ejection of grains. Preliminary experiments on response of a three- dimensional collision bed to a collision with a single particle were performed. Data was taken with a single camera focused on the plane of collision. Here, for example, the decrease of the effective coefficient of restitution of the bed with an increase of the angle of incidence of the incoming particle has been measured. Other experiments on avalanches at Rennes studied the properties of the flows of particles that are responsible for the motion of the leeward side of a dune. In these, the dependence of the initiation of avalanches on the packing and depth of the particles was measured. Particle migration was studied in inclined flows of a binary mixture of disks and the mechanisms of diffision and segregation were isolated and characterized. The influence of side wall on dense, rapid inclined flows was measured and shown to be the reason why the angle of the free surface in such flows can exceed the static angle of repose. Future research will be devoted to a better understanding the transition between saltating (collisionless) and collisional flows as the wind speed the increases. This will involve the understanding of the evolution of the splash function as clisions with the bed become more numerous, more frequent, and more violent.

  4. Avalanching glacier instabilities: Review on processes and early warning perspectives

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    Faillettaz, Jérome; Funk, Martin; Vincent, Christian

    2015-06-01

    Avalanching glacier instabilities are gravity-driven rupture phenomena that might cause major disasters, especially when they are at the origin of a chain of processes. Reliably forecasting such events combined with a timely evacuation of endangered inhabited areas often constitute the most efficient action. Recently, considerable efforts in monitoring, analyzing, and modeling such phenomena have led to significant advances in destabilization process understanding, improving early warning perspectives. The purpose of this paper is to review the recent progress in this domain. Three different types of instabilities can be identified depending on the thermal properties of the ice/bed interface. If cold (1), the maturation of the rupture is associated with a typical time evolution of surface velocities and passive seismic activity. A prediction of the final break off is possible using these precursory signs. For the two other types, water plays a key role in the development of the instability. If the ice/bed interface is partly temperate (2), the presence of meltwater may reduce the basal resistance, which promotes the instability. No clear and easily detectable precursory signs are known in this case, and the only way to infer any potential instability is to monitor the temporal evolution of the thermal regime. The last type of instability (3) concerns steep temperate glacier tongues switching for several days/weeks during the melting season into a so-called "active phase" followed in rare cases by a major break-off event. Although the prediction of such events is still far from being achievable, critical conditions promoting the final instability can be identified.

  5. A few strong connections: optimizing information retention in neuronal avalanches

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    2010-01-01

    Background How living neural networks retain information is still incompletely understood. Two prominent ideas on this topic have developed in parallel, but have remained somewhat unconnected. The first of these, the "synaptic hypothesis," holds that information can be retained in synaptic connection strengths, or weights, between neurons. Recent work inspired by statistical mechanics has suggested that networks will retain the most information when their weights are distributed in a skewed manner, with many weak weights and only a few strong ones. The second of these ideas is that information can be represented by stable activity patterns. Multineuron recordings have shown that sequences of neural activity distributed over many neurons are repeated above chance levels when animals perform well-learned tasks. Although these two ideas are compelling, no one to our knowledge has yet linked the predicted optimum distribution of weights to stable activity patterns actually observed in living neural networks. Results Here, we explore this link by comparing stable activity patterns from cortical slice networks recorded with multielectrode arrays to stable patterns produced by a model with a tunable weight distribution. This model was previously shown to capture central features of the dynamics in these slice networks, including neuronal avalanche cascades. We find that when the model weight distribution is appropriately skewed, it correctly matches the distribution of repeating patterns observed in the data. In addition, this same distribution of weights maximizes the capacity of the network model to retain stable activity patterns. Thus, the distribution that best fits the data is also the distribution that maximizes the number of stable patterns. Conclusions We conclude that local cortical networks are very likely to use a highly skewed weight distribution to optimize information retention, as predicted by theory. Fixed distributions impose constraints on learning, however. The network must have mechanisms for preserving the overall weight distribution while allowing individual connection strengths to change with learning. PMID:20053290

  6. Signal and noise properties of position-sensitive avalanche photodiodes.

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    Yang, Yongfeng; Wu, Yibao; Farrell, Richard; Dokhale, Purushottam A; Shah, Kanai S; Cherry, Simon R

    2011-10-01

    After many years of development, position-sensitive avalanche photodiodes (PSAPDs) are now being incorporated into a range of scintillation detector systems, including those used in high-resolution small-animal PET and PET/MR scanners. In this work, the signal, noise, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), flood histogram and timing resolution were measured for lutetium oxyorthosilicate (LSO) scintillator arrays coupled to PSAPDs ranging in size from 10 to 20 mm, and the optimum bias voltage and working temperature were determined. Variations in the SNR performance of PSAPDs with the same dimensions were small, but the SNR decreased significantly with increasing PSAPD size and increasing temperature. Smaller PSAPDs (10 mm and 15 mm in width) produced acceptable flood histograms at 24 °C, and cooling lower than 16 °C produced little improvement. The optimum bias voltage was about 25 V below the break down voltage. The larger 20 mm PSAPDs have lower SNR and require cooling to 0-7 °C for acceptable performance. The optimum bias voltage is also lower (35 V or more below the break down voltage depending on the temperature). Significant changes in the timing resolution were observed as the bias voltage and temperature varied. Higher bias voltages provided better timing resolution. The best timing resolution obtained for individual crystals was 2.8 ns and 3.3 ns for the 10 mm and 15 mm PSAPDs, respectively. The results of this work provide useful guidance for selecting the bias voltage and working temperature for scintillation detectors that incorporate PSAPDs as the photodetector. PMID:21896961

  7. Measuring snow properties relevant to slab avalanche release

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    Reuter, Benjamin; Proksch, Martin; Löwe, Henning; van Herwijnen, Alec; Schweizer, Jürg

    2014-05-01

    The release of a slab avalanche is preceded by a sequence of fractures. The main material properties relevant for the fracture processes are the specific fracture energy of the weak layer, as also the elastic modulus and the density of the overlying slab layers. The snow micro-penetrometer (SMP) is the method of choice for snow stratigraphy measurements in the field with high resolution. Recent advances in signal processing allow us to derive the most needed material properties to model the fracture behaviour of snow. On a smaller scale, the three dimensional structure of snow samples is obtained from snow micro-tomography (CT) providing snow density directly. By modelling the mechanical behaviour of the ice matrix the elastic properties of the snow sample can be calculated. At the macro-scale, fracture mechanical field tests with particle tracking velocimetry (PTV) allow observing the in-situ fracture behaviour. Specific fracture energy and slab stiffness are derived from PTV measurement by fitting an analytical beam equation to the observed deformation field. Over the past years we were able to generate two datasets of overlapping SMP and CT as well as SMP and PTV measurements. SMP measurements and micro-tomography of snow samples show that snow density is well reproduced with current SMP signal processing algorithms. Also the specific fracture energy as derived from the SMP signal is in agreement with PTV results. The effective modulus, however, being the most sensitive parameter in fracture covers three orders of magnitude depending on measurement method. The present work discusses observed similarities and differences arising from measurement methods, theoretical assumptions and process scales. Reliable methods to determine the parameters describing the fracture process are key to snow instability modelling based on either snow cover simulations or field measurements. Preliminary modelling results from ongoing spatial variability studies illustrate the practical relevance.

  8. A viscoplastic lubrication model for entrainment by avalanches and debris flows, and comparison with experiments

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    Bates, Belinda; Ancey, Christophe

    2015-04-01

    Recently, experiments were designed and carried out examining how a viscoplastic avalanche begins to entrain a shallow layer of identical fluid lying in its path, much like a snow avalanche or mud flow which suddenly encounters an entrainable layer, described as a yield stress material. This represents a simplified problem, investigated in order to gain some physical insight into entrainment by avalanches. These experiments serve as a test for mathematical models of entraining gravity currents. Two classes of entrainment behaviour were observed: either the avalanche ``glided'' out over the entrainable bed, immediately shearing it in the downstream direction and progressively incorporating fluid down to the rigid base, or the avalanche seemed to ``roll'' out onto the entrainable bed, with strong motion in the slope-normal direction in the bed after yield. This difference in behaviour was dictated by the magnitude of the flume's slope. For the steeper flows studied (20 and 24 degrees), entrainment was principally in the former class, whereas for shallower slope angle (12 and 16 degrees) entrainment more closely resembled the latter type. This would suggest that there is a competition between the normal and shear stresses exerted on the bed, with bed-yield and entrainment occurring when these stresses exceed a critical value. An interesting phenomenon that was observed in all cases was a sort of buckling of the bed, downstream of the avalanche front. This was far more significant in the flows down shallower slopes, and regular waves were created in the bed with wavelength dependent on the flow depth. Based on theoretical comparisons with non-entraining Herschel Bulkley flows, the physics of entraining flows are investigated numerically for shallow viscoplastic gravity currents on different slopes. The predictions are compared with the experimental values for velocity field and surface height. The model was successful in reproducing velocities of the correct order, but the buckling behaviour was not explained. A further description is thus sought for this.

  9. Repeated Holocene rock avalanches onto the Brenva Glacier, Mont Blanc massif, Italy: A chronology

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    Deline, Philip; Akçar, Naki; Ivy-Ochs, Susan; Kubik, Peter W.

    2015-10-01

    Infrequent rock avalanches (volume ?1 Mm3) are long-runout processes, especially when travelling onto a glacier, that may threaten populated mountain valleys. Rock avalanches also have strong implications are for relief generation and destruction though time. Both consequences make reconstruction and dating of past events crucial, but dense clusters of events documented in one basin that may improve our knowledge of rock-avalanche frequency and triggering are very rare. Here we propose a chronology of seven of the rock-ice avalanches that affected a steep glacier basin on the southeast side of the Mont Blanc during the late Holocene. A geomorphological study of the runout deposits on the valley floor and the opposite side was combined with the analysis of historical sources and the use of absolute and relative dating methods, especially surface exposure dating with cosmogenic nuclides of 18 granite boulders from two deposits. These rock-ice avalanches are dated AD 1997 and 1920, with a rock volume in the range 2.4-3.6 and 2 × 106 m3, respectively; AD 1767, with a slightly shorter runout; AD 1000-1200, with a longer runout; c. AD 500, the runout of which is uncertain; c. 2500 BP, the determination of which is indirect; and c. 3500 years, with the longest runout. There is no distinct relationship between climatic periods and occurrence of these rock avalanches. Even for the two best documented ones, modelling suggests that the 1997 scar was characterized by a permafrost close to 0 °C, whereas in contrast, the 1920 scar was on the contrary located in cold permafrost.

  10. Design and testing of an active quenching circuit for an avalanche photodiode photon detector

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    Arbel, D.; Schwartz, J. A.

    1991-01-01

    The photon-detection capabilities of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) operating above their theoretical breakdown voltages are described, with particular attention given to the needs and methods of quenching an avalanche once breakdown has occurred. A brief background on the motives of and previous work with this mode of operation is presented. Finally, a description of the design and testing of an active quenching circuit is given. Although the active quenching circuit did not perform as expected, knowledge was gained as to the signal amplitudes necessary for quenching and the need for a better model for the above-breakdown circuit characteristics of the Geiger-mode APD.

  11. Driving rate dependence of avalanche statistics and shapes at the yielding transition

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    Chen Liu; Ezequiel E. Ferrero; Francesco Puosi; Jean-Louis Barrat; Kirsten Martens

    2015-11-27

    We study stress time series caused by plastic avalanches in athermally sheared disordered materials. Using particle-based simulations and a mesoscopic elasto-plastic model, we analyze size and shear-rate dependence of the stress-drop durations and size distributions together with their average temporal shape. We find critical exponents different from mean-field predictions, and a clear asymmetry for individual avalanches. We probe scaling relations for the rate dependency of the dynamics and we report a crossover towards mean-field results for strong driving.

  12. Rockslide-debris avalanche of May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens Volcano, Washington

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    Glicken, Harry

    1996-01-01

    This report provides a detailed picture of the rockslide-debris avalanche of the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens volcano. It provides a characterization of the deposit, a reinterpretation of the details of the first minutes of the eruption of May 18, and insight into the transport mechanism of the mass movement. Details of the rockslide event, as revealed by eyewitness photographs, are correlated with features of the deposit. The photographs show three slide blocks in the rockslide movement. Slide block I was triggered by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 8:32 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (P.D.T.). An exploding cryptodome burst through slide block II to produce the 'blast surge.' Slide block III consisted of many discrete failures that were carried out in continuing pyroclastic currents generated from the exploding cryptodome. The cryptodome continued to depressurize after slide block III, producing a blast deposit that rests on top of the debris-avalanche deposit. The hummocky 2.5 cubic kilometer debris-avalanche deposit consists of block facies (pieces of the pre-eruption Mount St. Helens transported relatively intact) and matrix facies (a mixture of rocks from the old mountain and cryptodome dacite). Block facies is divided into five lithologic units. Matrix facies was derived from the explosively generated current of slide block III as well as from disaggregation and mixing of debris-avalanche blocks. The mean density of the old cone was measured to be abut 20 percent greater than the mean density of the avalanche deposit. Density in the deposit does not decrease with distance which suggests that debris-avalanche blocks were dilated at the mountain, rather than during transport. Various grain-size parameters that show that clast size converges about a mean with distance suggest mixing during transport. The debris-avalanche flow can be considered a grain flow, where particles -- either debris-avalanche blocks or the clasts within the blocks -- collided and created dispersive stress normal to the movement of material. The dispersive stress preserved the dilation of the material and allowed it to flow.

  13. Reaching the hydrodynamic regime in a Bose-Einstein condensate by suppression of avalanches

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    Stam, K. M. R. van der; Meppelink, R.; Vogels, J. M.; Straten, P. van der

    2007-03-15

    We report the realization of a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) in the hydrodynamic regime. The hydrodynamic regime is reached by evaporative cooling at a relatively low density suppressing the effect of avalanches. With the suppression of avalanches a BEC containing more than 10{sup 8} atoms is produced. The collisional opacity can be tuned from the collisionless regime to a collisional opacity of more than 2 by compressing the trap after condensation. In the collisional opaque regime a significant heating of the cloud at time scales shorter than half of the radial trap period is measured, which is a direct proof that the BEC is hydrodynamic.

  14. 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.

  15. A multiple parallel-plate avalanche counter for fission-fragment detection

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    Wu, C. Y.; Henderson, R. A.; Haight, R. C.; Lee, H. Y.; Taddeucci, T. N.; Bucher, B.; Chyzh, A.; Devlin, M.; Fotiades, N.; Kwan, E.; O'Donnell, J. M.; Perdue, B. A.; Ullmann, J. L.

    2015-09-01

    A new low-mass multiple gas-filled parallel-plate avalanche counter for the fission-fragment detection has been developed to mark the fission occurrence in measurements of the prompt fission neutron energy spectrum as a function of incident neutron energy. It was used successfully for the neutron-induced fission of 235U and 239Pu with a total mass near 100 mg each and the spontaneous fission of 252Cf. Both the incident neutron energy and the prompt fission neutron energy are measured by using the time-of-flight method. The design and performance of this avalanche counter are described.

  16. Improved x-ray detection and particle identification with avalanche photodiodes

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    Diepold, Marc; Fernandes, Luis M. P.; Machado, Jorge; Amaro, Pedro; Abdou-Ahmed, Marwan; Amaro, Fernando D.; Antognini, Aldo; Biraben, François; Chen, Tzu-Ling; Covita, Daniel S.; Dax, Andreas J.; Franke, Beatrice; Galtier, Sandrine; Gouvea, Andrea L.; Götzfried, Johannes; Graf, Thomas; Hänsch, Theodor W.; Hildebrandt, Malte; Indelicato, Paul; Julien, Lucile; Kirch, Klaus; Knecht, Andreas; Kottmann, Franz; Krauth, Julian J.; Liu, Yi-Wei; Monteiro, Cristina M. B.; Mulhauser, Françoise; Naar, Boris; Nebel, Tobias; Nez, François; Santos, José Paulo; dos Santos, Joaquim M. F.; Schuhmann, Karsten; Szabo, Csilla I.; Taqqu, David; Veloso, João F. C. A.; Voss, Andreas; Weichelt, Birgit; Pohl, Randolf

    2015-05-01

    Avalanche photodiodes are commonly used as detectors for low energy x-rays. In this work, we report on a fitting technique used to account for different detector responses resulting from photoabsorption in the various avalanche photodiode layers. The use of this technique results in an improvement of the energy resolution at 8.2 keV by up to a factor of 2 and corrects the timing information by up to 25 ns to account for space dependent electron drift time. In addition, this waveform analysis is used for particle identification, e.g., to distinguish between x-rays and MeV electrons in our experiment.

  17. Improved x-ray detection and particle identification with avalanche photodiodes.

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    Diepold, Marc; Fernandes, Luis M P; Machado, Jorge; Amaro, Pedro; Abdou-Ahmed, Marwan; Amaro, Fernando D; Antognini, Aldo; Biraben, François; Chen, Tzu-Ling; Covita, Daniel S; Dax, Andreas J; Franke, Beatrice; Galtier, Sandrine; Gouvea, Andrea L; Götzfried, Johannes; Graf, Thomas; Hänsch, Theodor W; Hildebrandt, Malte; Indelicato, Paul; Julien, Lucile; Kirch, Klaus; Knecht, Andreas; Kottmann, Franz; Krauth, Julian J; Liu, Yi-Wei; Monteiro, Cristina M B; Mulhauser, Françoise; Naar, Boris; Nebel, Tobias; Nez, François; Santos, José Paulo; dos Santos, Joaquim M F; Schuhmann, Karsten; Szabo, Csilla I; Taqqu, David; Veloso, João F C A; Voss, Andreas; Weichelt, Birgit; Pohl, Randolf

    2015-05-01

    Avalanche photodiodes are commonly used as detectors for low energy x-rays. In this work, we report on a fitting technique used to account for different detector responses resulting from photoabsorption in the various avalanche photodiode layers. The use of this technique results in an improvement of the energy resolution at 8.2?keV by up to a factor of 2 and corrects the timing information by up to 25?ns to account for space dependent electron drift time. In addition, this waveform analysis is used for particle identification, e.g., to distinguish between x-rays and MeV electrons in our experiment. PMID:26026509

  18. Geant4 Simulation of the Relativistic Runaway Electron Avalanche Process and Terrestrial Gamma ray Flashes

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    Alnussirat, S. T.; Watts, J. W.; Fishman, G. J.; Christian, H. J.

    2015-04-01

    Terrestrial Gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) are energetic pulses of photons, which are short and intense, originating in the atmosphere during thunderstorm activity. Despite the variety of observations, understanding the mechanisms that generate TGFs have lagged behind. Two mechanisms have been suggested as a source of the TGFs: (1) The Relativistic Runaway Electron Avalanche (RREA) process with the FeedBack mechanism, and (2) the lightning leader mechanism. Using different Electro-Magnetic (EM) processes and electric fields implemented in Geant4, we have simulated the RREA and Feedback Mechanism. The avalanche rate and photon spectra of different EM processes will be presented and discussed.

  19. Development of Fuses for Protection of Geiger-Mode Avalanche Photodiode Arrays

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    Grzesik, Michael; Bailey, Robert; Mahan, Joe; Ampe, Jim

    2015-11-01

    Current-limiting fuses composed of Ti/Al/Ni were developed for use in Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode arrays for each individual pixel in the array. The fuses were designed to burn out at ˜4.5 × 10-3 A and maintain post-burnout leakage currents less than 10-7 A at 70 V sustained for several minutes. Experimental fuse data are presented and successful incorporation of the fuses into a 256 × 64 pixel InP-based Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode array is reported.

  20. Elasticity of a contact-line and avalanche-size distribution at depinning.

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    Le Doussal, Pierre; Wiese, Kay Jörg

    2010-07-01

    Motivated by recent experiments, we extend the Joanny-deGennes calculation of the elasticity of a contact line to an arbitrary contact angle and an arbitrary plate inclination in presence of gravity. This requires a diagonalization of the elastic modes around the nonlinear equilibrium profile, which is carried out exactly. We then make detailed predictions for the avalanche-size distribution at quasistatic depinning: we study how the universal (i.e., short-scale independent) rescaled size distribution and the ratio of moments of local to global avalanches depend on the precise form of the elastic kernel. PMID:20866566